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Convergys PH Launches Give a Bag of Hope 2

Convergys Philippines has launched its Give a Bag of Hope 2, a nationwide employee-driven program that seeks to address the perennial problem of lack of school supplies among public school students. We are all too familiar about stories of broken young lives that could have been different if they were only given the chance to study with the basic tools they need. The lack of school supplies while in school can be a real cause for many children to drop out and forego their chances for education.   One can only imagine the feelings of children who have had to ask or beg for these supplies from their equally less-privileged classmates. It is easy to understand why some would choose to just look at their classmates, too embarrassed to ask after probably asking too many times before. The decision to just stop schooling usually comes after enduring many episodes of this and there goes the future of a child. Give a Bag of Hope Give a Bag of Hope, which is on its 2nd year, is a project initiated by Convergys Philippines that involves the participation of its employees. Employees can donate in three ways including referral, monetary pledge, and donation of school supplies. Every successful employee referral would mean one Bag of Hope to be donated to the cause. They can also choose to donate PHP 500 (the cost of one Bag of Hope) outright or arrange for salary deduction. The last option is to donate school supplies to be placed in the bags. The very first Give a Bag of Hope Event last year was a huge...

Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016

The Century Tuna Superbods Search started in the year 2006. Since then, it has been held annually with the aim to find the healthiest and fittest young men and women who would best embody the brand. This year’s search is a lot bigger and exciting as it marks its 10th year of discovering superbods in the mold of its long-time endorsers Derek Ramsay and Anne Curtis. Image Source The Presentation of the 26 Finalists After a rigorous search conducted through go-sees all over the country, 12 men and 12 ladies made it to the final cut. It was announced during the presentation of finalists that these 24 young men and women will be joined by 2 finalists from the USA, bringing the number of total finalists to 26. They will be moving on to the next leg of the competition for the finals night on April 10, 2016 to be held at the Palace Pool Club. The Finalists for the Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016 The female finalists include Olivia Medina, Carmela Fernandez, Ambra Gutierrez, Nancy Leonard, Princess Abella, Maria Martinez, Cassie Umali, Mirtle Gimenez, Kaara Tan, Carla Meneses, Anja Peter, and Tanya Hyde. Jerome Tan, Ryan Sy, John Padilla, Erie Obsena, Ifran Khan, Jose Pio Luz III, Tom Esconde, Cedric Roxas, Shawn Stansbury, Ali Khatibi, Clint Bondad, Ameen Sardouk make up the male finalists. The 2 finalists coming from the USA are Andrew Aurellano and Natalia Lalonde. The finals night is expected to be very competitive considering the impressive line-up of finalists. Image Source Online Voting Everyone can boost their favorite finalists’ chance in winning the grand prize by participating in...

Kitchen Masters Finale

Five teams composed of one featured chef and five apprentices, battled it out during the Kitchen Masters Finale held last April 17 at SM City Sta. Rosa. It was the culmination of several days of planning and cooking after the teams were formed during the launch of the event. This activity is in line with the 2016 Flavors of the Philippines project of the  Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Brand. Team Effort After the introduction of each team, everyone worked towards the goal of creating their 3 dishes using the local produce of Laguna. It was very clear that winning is a team effort as each performed his/her assigned task. Most of the apprentices who are students of Malayan Colleges Laguna admitted that they do not have prior experience in handling itik, paco leaves, and kesong puti. This did not prevent them however from doing their best in the competition. Judging Time The three judges had the pleasant but serious task of choosing the best team from among the five. They had to taste each every dish presented to them while scoring. After careful deliberation, they decided on the winner. Team Chef Von Wins These are the winning entries of Team Chef Von. They were the first team to present which is usually nerve-wracking. Obviously, nerves didn’t get in the way as they successfully got the nod of the judges. The team won PHP 10,000 worth of shopping money from SM which they can probably use during the SM Sta. Rosa 3-Day Sale on April 29-30 and May 1. Between the 6 members of the team, I’m sure...

BM 21: Ballet Manila Transitions to 21st Season

Ballet Manila culminated its 20th Season with a bang via its ballet concert BM 21 held last night. After a very successful 20th Season run, Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and company dug into their history and came up with this gala concert showcasing its rich repertoire. According to Lisa, this was also the perfect opportunity to “challenge the collective strength of the principals and soloists, including the second company dancers and trainees from the school”. BM 21 – The Best of Classical Ballet BM 21 stands for Ballet Manila transitioning to its 21st Season. It serves as the fitting “end” for the 20th Season and a signal of better things to come in the new performance season starting on August of this year. Lisa shares what the 3 segments presented in the show is all about. Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadere Choreography: Marius Petipa   Music: Ludwig Minkus This is described as a mesmerizing and dream-like sequence involving ballerinas dancing across the stage in perfect unison. Absolute synchronization is one of the ultimate tests for classical ballerinas. Liza thinks that it is but fitting to open the show with a piece that highlights what they do best: a white tutu ballet that features the lovely ballerinas from the senior company and trainees, dancing as one. Bloom Choreography, Lighting and Costume Design: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa   Music: Philipp Glass For this piece, it was the company’s 24 danseurs’ time to be on the spotlight. This segment shows the versatility of the company in the modern/contemporary genre while. This is the multi awarded choreographer’s  first work for an Asian...

Danvil Claims Batch 2 Update – April 2016

The Insurance Commission has finally released an update with regards to the Danvil Claims Batch 2. This decision is contained in a Directive dated February 24, 2016. In a notice published at Philippine Star at the Classifinder Section dated April 28, 2016, it was announced that checks for claims of the second batch will be released starting May 2, 2016 from 8 am to 5 pm at the Danvil Plans office located at the 2nd floor PPSTA Bldg. Quezon Avenue cor Banawe Street, Quezon City. The list of Batch 2 claimants is expected to be published any time today at the Insurance Commission website.* I personally went to the Danvil office last Wednesday, April 27 to make a follow up but I was informed that they have not yet received the official notification from the liquidator Atty. Rony Togonon. They assured me however that they are expecting to get one any time soon. It is quite a relief to finally see the published notice yesterday, signaling what I hope, is the end of a long and anxiety-filled wait. Who Are Included in Danvil Claims Batch 2? As noted in my previous posts related to this topic, Batch 1 claimants included planholders whose plans matured on or before October 10, 2013. Their checks were released starting January 26, 2016. Batch 2 claimants include the following: For planholders with fully paid (but not yet matured) plans, the premiums they paid will be returned in full For planholders actively paying their plans, the premiums they paid will likewise be returned to them in full For planholders whose plans were pre-terminated prior to December...

Home Buying Trends Among Filipinos

There is no doubt that the country’s property market is flourishing. Real Estate developments are happening everywhere, not only for the residential sector but also for business. How are the consumers behaving in this scenario? I recently came across the 2015 Lamudi Real Estate Report which could help us understand the home buying trends among Filipinos at this time and age. Reasons for Moving House The main reason why most Filipinos are moving and buying real estate properties is the desire to own one’s home. Following a far second is the preference for better area, move to a city, or to live close to relatives. Other reasons cited include work-related relocation and proximity to schools. It would appear that the Philippines which has long been seen as a rental nation is slowly but surely moving towards property ownership. The high demand for residential properties are attributed to two main sources: OFWs investing in residential condos and the young population who have increased buying power. Preferred Property Type As to property type, the hands down winner is the house over condos and townhouses. Houses are preferred by potential home buyers although condos are the most-searched when it come to rental options. This is a clear indication of the Filipino consumers’ preference for living convenience which  the condo set-up makes possible. When it comes to property ownership however, the choice remains traditional thus the preference for houses. Most Popular Areas for Homebuyers Metro Manila continues to be a preferred area for homebuyers. Quezon City, Makati, and Manila tops the list. Cebu and Cavite provinces are the next most preferred after Metro Manila.... read more


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