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Manila's New Comfort Food Addiction

Filipino culinary virtuoso CHEF MENOY GIMENEZ introduced the “Traveler’s Menu” now available at TITO CHEF EXPRESS in Microtel Acropolis. He showcased the gourmet tastes found in the well-chosen dishes from the highlighted menu.

With the celebrated blend of classic food at reasonable prices, the new Traveler’s Menu pleased the tastes of the guests. From the luscious appetizers that elated everyone’s liking to the plentiful servings of the mains, and the satiating desserts, the well-curated menu truly mirrored the cooking panache of Chef Menoy in Tito Chef Express, which is enchantingly candid comfort food enthused from the classic preferences of every Filipino home.

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Affordable and well portioned at the price of PhP 250 for each dish, the menu selection is a perfect choice for people looking for something quickly served and conveniently available anytime within the day.

  • From the creamy hit of Fish in Pesto Cream to the 
  • spicy kick of Salmon Ramen, 
  • the juicy punch of American Burger, 
  • the savory mix of Barbecued Chicken Jambalaya and the 
  • braise attack of Smothered Pork Chop, 

the Traveler’s Menu had indeed let the taste buds of the guests travel from East to West with its flavors from around the world.

Spanish Chorizo & Mushroom Penne
Spanish Chorizo & Mushroom Penne

Tito Chef Express brings a unique and progressive menu that has comfort food delights, which include

  • starters, 
  • entrees, 
  • pastas, and 
  • desserts. 

The restaurant also offers

  • afternoon tea morsels, 
  • breakfast and 
  • lunch buffets, 
  • full-service catering packages, 
  • party trays, and 
  • in-house banquets. 

Honored to be under the well-known aegis of The Romulo Food Group since 2013, the modern restaurant in the metro north took the hearts of connoisseurs in Eastwood area who love to appreciate kitchen-crafted meals, cozy atmosphere, and whole-hearted service.

Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis - Interior
Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis

From The Romulo Food Group of restaurateurs Enzo and Sandie Squillantini,
Ground floor of Microtel Acropolis,
E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue,
Bagumbayan, Quezon City.

For inquiries and reservations:
call +632.962.8899 / +63916.343.5331

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The Gift Filipinos Deserve This Season

Criticized about how commercialized it has become, gift giving has kept economies bustling every December as families honor each other's relationships with tangible offerings and there is nothing bad about making the people we love happy.

For busy working professionals, shopping has become a dreadful chore that is why online shopping sites have sprouted up guaranteeing convenience to the flustered Filipino consumer. These may teach us delayed gratification as packages arrive two to three days later, but you can never put a price on time you've saved that you can use to attend to the more important things in life like family and career than wasting time driving through traffic, being bombarded with confusing choices and long lists, going head to head with other aggressive shoppers, lining up to the counter and don't even get me started about having these wrapped.

Top-tier e-commerce websites like,,,, catering to different wide range of markets and needs ranging from apparel to houseware, from travel to consumer electronics. But what could be a greater way to enjoy the luxury of time and choice when you use these respected mainstream shopping services than to get super neat deals and discounts.

For me, the joy of waiting for the courier to ring your doorbell is the best part after hitting the checkout button and the unboxing is the climax if all this is an adventure tale. I'd like to share the joy by announcing the arrival of a startup that gives Filipinos like you and me a way to save on online purchases to the sites abovementioned.

Head on to and use the discounts to get you and your loved ones the next lifestyle upgrade happiness especially this season of generosity and love.

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Thoughts from a Mega Banker: Financial Skills For Fellow 20-ish Pinoy Yuppies

I may have financial successes and failures at different points in my life but if there is anything I am proud of, it is that I have stuck with my plans even through privations.

I am living frugally now because I have a lot of responsibilities to pay. I’m currently paying off equities for a pre-sold home (at age 23!), mobile data plan, premiums for a life insurance, premiums for a funeral plan (I know right?), saving for future plans (which I am not able to do yet) like finishing my postgraduate studies or travelling and investments like funding my stocks and mutual funds through Citiseconline and FAMI Equity accounts respectively.

I didn't need to wait until I reach the pinnacle of my career years to educate myself towards financial independence. I take it upon myself to learn about personal finance as early as I can even if I am still a rank-and-file employee. Ignorance is the biggest cost we pay, so we have the responsibility to continually educate ourselves in order to prosper as what God would have wanted. He always has great plans for us, I used to say often, but He can’t do it alone unless we pay our dues and do our share.

Life loves those who dare live it. - Jaysee -

There are small things that we can start doing today:

  1. Be tight-fisted with our pesos. If you save up your small purchases throughout the day, it might add up for an equity payment on a home for the first month alone.
  2. Keep a good credit history. Treat your plastics (credit cards) as cash. This will ensure that banks will lend you money should you ever decide to take out a loan for your business, home or first car. 
  3. Keep your bills low.  Be careful about subscription models and eliminate some recurring bills to things you don’t really “need”. If you are like me, who lives in a world of great consumerism then don’t give in to the pressure of owning the latest phone your telco offers or wearing the brand that everyone covets. This leads to my next advice.
  4. Live humbly. Be frugal but don't deprive yourself of great things you deserve. Being frugal could involve skipping taxis unless needed and taking public transportation instead. Having not to dine out at restaurants regularly could help save you money in the long run. Pantry could be good for you and you may also want to take advantage of the free drinks like the mega bank I am working for now. 
  5. Sock money away. From your pay, take out savings which you might not use for daily expenses. Then from your savings take out an emergency fund and place it on a separate account. This should be at least 6 months’ worth of funds in case you lose your job. This is one tip I didn’t think through when I had quit my previous job and while I had a great time during the transition, trust me when I say this but I am literally paying the price of not socking money away.
  6. After you have saved for your emergency money, open another savings account for investments. Invest today. Check out stocks, and if you are not comfortable with your financial knowledge then go with mutual funds and UITFs. Life insurance products even have investments components today and it is very much recommended that you get one especially if you have dependents. The money you place on these accounts should not be something you would use in the next 10 years or so.
  7. This lack of financial strength makes us all exposed. It makes me feel bad when I had to turn down friends and family when crisis had hit them and I had nothing much to aid them. Share your financial knowledge as much as you can.
  8. Time is not an infinite product. As someone in our 20s, most of us think that we have all the time in the world to figure things out and get what we want. Truth is, we have to make the most of the opportunities we have today, because there will be a time when you have no more of it. 
  9. Don't be so full of yourself. You are irreplaceable. It's easy to drown in our own ego since we may be the most capable, creative, knowledgeable and multi-tasking generation but we have yet to reach our full potential. The real world just have all the mechanisms to crush you down and humble you. We all still have to methodically and painfully work our way to success.
  10. Take Responsibility. I am proud to be part of a mega bank who fosters a culture around integrity. As people starting, we are bound to make mistakes but we shouldn’t be defensive about errors in judgment. We can only grow by embracing the lessons learned, taking accountability in everything we do by heart, I must say.
  11. Chin up if you ever got your butt kicked. Having a horrible boss or coworker is something to be joyful about. This is the most vulnerable, pliable and foundational stage of our professional career.  Working for someone that demands fineness and pushes your bounds on a daily basis will build the most rock-hard ground work for your continuing professional victory. Dealing with difficult people will only strengthen your character along the way anyway.

What other tips can you share? Comment up!

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Thoughts of a Mega Banker: 14 Tips to Outsmart your Credit Card

Working for the biggest financial in North America fortified everything I know about Philippine credit cards. There are better resources online but let me share you what I know about this great financial tool and how you can use it to your advantage and not the other way around.

"The plastic" is very convenient and rewarding to use that is if you know how to use it wisely.

14 Ways to Outsmart your credit card

  1. Always pay it in full based on your "outstanding balance". (Note: not minimum, partial.) This is where we make money from fees like finance, interest, or transaction fees.
  2. Get a card which suits your lifestyle. If you are a frequent flyer, then use card that gives you reward like miles. Make sure you get the best deals of the best card. 
  3. Do not pay for annual fee ever. That is not to say that you don't pay it at all, just ask them nicely over the phone if they could waive it let's say for the first year or the first three years. I made this mistake and so shouldn't you. If they reject the idea then call again in the next 6 hours or so and plea up until you get what you called for. Don't even give in when they say that they will increase your credit limit instead. Remember that is not your money on hand but a money that you are to borrow. You are after the rewards and not paying more fees. Just note that the annual fee is usually billed a month before your first card anniversary.
  4. Know the cutoff of every billing statement. Then pay a week before it. Or better yet divide the payments in two and pay every payday or better yet pay every purchase you make if your savings account and the credit card account is enrolled on your online bank profile.
  5. Always get your rewards before their expiry at the end of the year.
  6. Link all your bills to your plastic so you get the points. (Meralco, Globe, Sun, Smart, Tuition, Life Insurance)
  7. Be responsible enough to never go overdraft so you won't get any fees.
  8. Don't ever be tempted to avail of cash advance unless if it is an emergency and you don't have enough savings. Banks these days offer a .99% interest per month which is good but if you could pay it off before the term reaches half then the better.
  9. Don't treat your plastic as a lotto ticket. You can't swipe it just when you feel like it. Treat it as your extended time lender for 30 days instead. 
  10. Make sure your Philippine credit card has MasterCard and Visa logo on it. These are universal merchant associations and they make sure that your card is accepted everywhere (even internationally) you use it.
  11. If your card has online banking, enroll in e-statements as well like text and email notification. This will serve your reminder for online transaction, fraud detection for unusual transaction and so that you don't forget your due date.
  12. Don't be like the rest of the nation who is influenced under the culture of just paying the minimum amount due. If you don't pay in full, interest charges will start to incur.
  13. It is good to know that banks already earn every time you use it since they charge the merchant and not you. Charging you with additional fees is already an additional stream of income actually.
  14. And if you travel abroad, you can use it to pay the merchant even without going to the money changer. Just inform your bank ahead of time so they can put fraud notifications at bay.

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MBA Diaries: Awesome Things To Know Before Starting Business in PH

There are a lot of resources that gives an in-depth discussion on the requirements needed to legalize business here in the Philippines. The fundamentals and documentation requirements in filing for these make the very foundation of the entrepreneurial work we are to embark in. 

From single proprietorship, partnerships and corporations, requirements differ whichever the government deems necessary and suitable.

There is going to be a great deal of work to be done when starting up but since the DTI has actively devised the Philippine Business Registry, getting into business has never been easier.

SSS and BIR requirements are very long, specific and at times, arduous but are very important in nation building through tax collection and pension planning of everyone in the industry not just with the employees we will employ but our own as well. I couldn’t stress the importance of PhilHealth requirements too in ensuring our labor force are well taken care of.

Corporations whether stock or non-stock should register under Securities and Exchange Commission to ensure the entity is legal.

Brokers and dealers need to do market regulation department and it was great to know long it actually takes to file reports and forms. Investment houses, underwriters, transfer agents and self-regulatory organizations have their own reports and examinations to pass as well. The periodic monitoring is important to ensure the entities operating and financial health.

Philippine Business Registration, Licensing and Permitting 

My spiritual adviser and classmate, Ms Reba, reported in avery entertaining and informative matter. She aided us through a bird’s eye view on how to actually name and make all the necessary steps to help jumpstart your business into actual operation.

We have the BNRS system from the DTI website to search if the name has been registered by someone else or not. We’ve come to realize that you need to register your business to any of the three government agencies depending on the nature: DTI, SEC or CDA if you are a cooperative.

The government has risen up to the challenge to making it easier for business to apply for registration thus spurring productivity and improve the country’s competitiveness.

 The PBR or Philippine Business Registry has been the innovation that the DTI-NERBAC has introduced to streamline the registration with ease since you get to be registered into five national government agencies in a few minutes. The PBR is formerly managed by our professor, Ms Yap, and this positive development has been the product of workshops and seminars hosted by NERBAC 7, a governing board with the support of Cebu City Government.

With less than 30 minutes, you can have a registration to SSS, DTI, PhilHealth and Pag-ibig Fund on the same site in Cebu City. The licensing and permitting process enables any business to be legalized with the city mayor’s approval.

Good news: We now have the business permit and licensing system to ensure payment of taxes in a systematized manner. All these processes makes application for new business a breeze and aspiring entrepreneurs could never be happier. 

Philippine Business Technology Advancement 

Ms Endo was able to define the advancement in the area of technology and has narrowed it down to five examples such as construction, medical, information and environmental, and travel.

These technologies have affected e-commerce in a lot of ways as the exchange of products and services can now be done through the internet.

The advancements has affected the present-day entrepreneur through creating a climate suitable for business, ICT streamlining business operations and most of all the business transactions grow exponentially.

 I have also known about different strategies that improve enterprise productivity such as strengthening business fundamentals, reducing asset intensity and bolstering planning capabilities.

I believe one of the best things that technology has contributed is the value-based management principles and improving cost-efficiency and customer satisfaction. 

Philippine Business Enterprise Identification and Selection 

Ms. Cepe's team was able to give us the greatest factors in identifying a business project which is very useful. Introducing the useful techniques we can use such as finding a business opportunity, supply demand, studying import and export movements and capitalizing on available resources, can help us become great business people someday.

Teaching us to adapt, complement and reshape is one thing but for us to successfully indentify an enterprise we need to explore backward forward industry linkages and screen and select the best investment alternative. 

We have two options: to buy an existing business or take a franchise and they have done such a great job of optimizing the pros and cons of franchising as well. 

The advantages of not starting from scratch is that you are able to use an established brand and customer base as well ongoing research and development with around the clock training and support. But if you have a raw business idea you need to be able to ask yourself about the scope and criteria, your knowledge of the industry, your field experience and skills, ease of entry and how unique your idea is. This topic helps me know the market for the product as well as creating a service and putting it all together so that the finances would eventually follow.

After assessing potential market, technicalities, organization and operational needs, I am pretty sure implementing business plans would go smoothly for the most part.

All of these are my reflections from my Entrepreneurship Class MBA 103 at University of San Jose Recolletos - Cebu Class 2014.

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Cebu #Startup Weekend 2014 Champions Aspiring Entrepreneurs @swcebu @CebuBizMonth

Everyone who are willing to build up businesses, aspiring marketers and passionate entrepreneurs whether with technical or non-technical background, from students to professionals to retired persons who have a passion to build a business or desire to learn how, or anyone who are established business persons looking for technology partners are encouraged to be part of the community of startup enthusiasts, who gather together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch start-ups.

The University of Cebu (UC) – Banilad Campus will play host to the fourth leg of Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) slated on June 6, 7 and 8, 2014 at 6:30PM to 10:00PM.
The 54-hour event starts with an “open mic” pitching of business ideas on Friday night, wherein attendees are urged to bring out their ideas and inspire others who are present to join or make their team.

Each team should focus on:

  1. customer development, 
  2. validating their ideas, 
  3. practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and 
  4. building a minimal viable product over Saturday and Sunday. 
Afterwards, on Sunday evening, teams turn their ideas into prototypes, and demo it for presentation to receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Last year’s SWC3 winners included 1st place winner Edroll, 2nd place winner BloodMatch and 3rd place winner At Your Service Bai.

Organizers of Cebu Startup Weekend anticipate a more productive and exciting field for the participants joining the three-day event. Organized by high-profiled volunteers from, a SEC-registered non-profit of business, which provides opportunities for training and connection with the right resources to help the Philippine grassroots community become more globally competitive.

“Technology fires up businesses.  Technology makes businesses grow faster globally.  This strengthens our position as we approach ASEAN Integration.  We are excited with our partnership with Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) for Cebu Business Month,” said founder Tina Amper.

She is also a global organizer of World Startup Report, a social project to connect and document startup communities worldwide. Rica Ruth Serenio is this year’s SWC lead organizer, who is the Co-founder of Offshore Consultancy and Business Services and a senior member of, and an Alumni and Winner of Startup Weekend Cebu 3.

This year’s SWC will not only help the participants in promoting tech entrepreneurship but also will teach them to be successful entrepreneurs towards global competitiveness. Everyone is guaranteed to leave the event already equipped with an effective foundation to launch profitable ventures in the world of start-ups.

To join SWC, all you need is to register online at Registration includes 7 free meals, coaching by more than 7 mentors who are leaders, tech innovators, start-ups and business, and $100 AWS credit to allow members to start hosting their websites on “Amazon Web Services Cloud”.

SWC is one of the highlights of this year’s Cebu Business Month (CBM) of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

Since 1996, the CBM has become an institutionalized month-long jubilee of the business community founded by CCCI, the only ISO-certified chamber in the Philippines.  CBM features, a series of events that highlight and inspire more successes in the Cebu Business Community as well as advocate, share and provide more dynamic and optimistic road for a sustainable business atmosphere in Cebu and the neighbouring islands.

For further inquiries, you may email at or Like them on Facebook, Startup Weekend Cebu, and follow them on twitter, @swcebu.

You may also contact CCCI Media Relations Officer Nova Nhie Cruz through (032) 232-1421 to 24 local 112, or Also like CBM 2014 on Facebook,, and follow us on Twitter, @CebuBizMonth.

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My MBA Diaries: Awesome Takes on Filipino Entrepreneurship

The Filipino Entrepreneur

The observed characteristics of the Filipino entrepreneur is very much alike to the Eastern philosophy of yin and yang: someone who has strengths and weakness. It is no secret that the successes of today's wealthiest Filipino businessmen was largely influenced by their traits, values and experiences as they rise above their adversities in life and did what they have to do to survive. They have turned their negative practices and attitudes into entrepreneurial assets.

It is very relevant to my life in a sense that we all need role models growing up and learning the ropes of entrepreneurship.

With the current business climate, it makes sense to learn from the best to be the best. 

Industry’s key players could be a rich source of information if you wish to be one of them some day. Their frugality, self-discipline and undying thirst for learning, made them accumulate wealth in the process.

  • Henry Sy, the Philippine’s top retail magnate has grown his investments exponentially that he begins to conquer other markets and potential industries that complement his current undertakings.
  • Lucio Tan has built multiple empires in airline, banking and tobacco through hard work as he was exposed to harsh living conditions as soon to a poor immigrant family.
  • John Gokongwei taught me to “save money instead of spending all of it.” His perception on expenditures has catapulted him to riches beyond his wildest expectations. As chairman to the country’s biggest conglomerates, he shares that we should “love what we do.”

Their stories inspire the rest of us, the aspiring entrepreneurs, as we venture out into harsh business terrains, unknown industry territories and unexpected undertakings that will test our values, patience and knowledge.

The Philippines' SME and the government

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is defined in terms of total assets and liabilities but could encompass a lot of industries as long as it provides products and services that the market would need.

It is very crucial that the class discussed it since as startups, our business undertakings would most likely begin in this sector before graduating as a large enterprise.

SMEs play a major role in economic development because it helps in the industrialization of rural areas with business potentials. It also creates employment and other opportunities. But the most important contribution to nation-building would be the fact that it makes equitable income distributed well amongst players.

It is also assuring that the government has taken big steps in ensuring the sector’s growth and development with the formation of MSMED Council. The agencies that work hand in hand as well as the LGUs participation that ensures that businesses would be sustainable, fair and would thrive in the long run.

The government addresses business enterprises’ concerns in this country:

  1. the high cost of doing business, 
  2. business registration and licensing procedures, and the 
  3. lack of start-up incubation.

Most SMEs also suffer from limited access to information and funding since they are not able to set up research and development teams as well as the usual rejection from financial institutions who flag their proposals as high-risk.

Another thing that hampers SMEs’ growth is the inability to be competitive enough to expend their markets locally and globally.

Training is organized by government agencies to address this and ensure the marketability would penetrate a wide range of prospective clients. DTI, DOST and UP-ISSI has provided assistance for this sector to ensure that

  1. financing, 
  2. technology transfer, 
  3. production and 
  4. management training helps them achieve targets and expand business.

Government gives tax incentives and easy processing of application for registration to these businessmen to help them grow their investments.

But one thing unknown to the consumers is that the government is keeping eye on top performing businesses in the provincial and regional level through the Rising Star and Star Elite award respectively.

Knowing that the government 

  1. goes out of their way to help these industries sustain, 
  2. encourage excellence and 
  3. help foster business climate 

makes it a very good time to contribute in building the nation through setting up business that has latent qualities to expand and grow people’s lives along the way with wealth accumulation coming at second in priority.

We have laws that make sure that the interest both of the consumer and the business is protected. Such laws discussed were the BMBE Act of 2002 and Magna Carta for MSMEs. These regulations ensure that viability and unprecedented growth of such enterprises.

The country has cooperatives, skills and technical education arms, livelihood resource centers that is ready to provide the necessary resources for would-be entrepreneurs to grow and learn, you just need to have the heart and passion to make a difference.

These are all my modified version of my reflection sheet for my Entrepreneurship 103 class while taking up an MBA at University of San Jose Recolletos - Cebu.

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CCCI Awesome Schedule of Activities Cebu #Business Month 2014 @CebuBizMonth

Organizers of Cebu Business Month 2014 has set the Grand Opening Salvo of this year’s Cebu Business Month this Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:00PM at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu.

Cebu Business Month features a month-long series of events geared towards inspiring more successes in the Cebu Business Community. CBM is organized and held annually by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

In the opening festivity, highlights of the CBM 2014 activities will then be introduced together with the official declaration of CBM 2014’s grand opening.  After which, a fantastic fireworks display will be held followed by a concert by the Zee Band and Rave Party.

CBM 2014 carries the theme “ASEAN 2015 and Beyond” and offers “Big and Bold” highlighted activities that will spark to the growth of Cebu’s businesses towards global competitiveness.  These activities focus on CCCI’s major thrusts, which include ICT & Business Process Management (BPM), Tourism and Investment Promotion, Entrepreneurship and Creative Industries and Advocacy.

  • CBM 2014 activities will start on June 2-3 for Cebu ICT and BPM Conference and Expo at 8:00AM to 5:00PM at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel; 
  • Start-up Weekend on June 6-8 at 6:30PM to 10:00PM at University of Cebu-Banilad Campus; 
  • An Entrepreneurship Seminar about Building a National Brand and Going Nationwide on June 10 at 9:00AM to 5:00PM at Cebu City Marriott Hotel; 
  • June 12 to 14 for Franchising Negosyo Para sa Cebu, which will be organized by the Philippine Franchise Association, at 10:00AM to 9:00PM at Ayala Center Cebu.

  • The 2nd Cebu-In-The-Bag: Island Madness Sale will be on June 13 to 15 at SM City Cebu; 
  • Second Entrepreneurship Seminar about Competing in the Global Space on June 17 at 9:00AM to 5:00PM at Harolds Hotel; 
  • June 19 for Tourism and Investment Forum at 8:00AM to 3:00PM at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel; 
  • June 20 for Tourism and Investment Night Roundtable Discussion on the Economic Development of Cebu at 5:30 PM at Radisson Blu Hotel;
  • June 21 for Business- Academe Forum at Radisson Blu Hotel, 9:30AM to 5:00PM; 
  • June 22 for 2nd Cebu Run for the Rivers at SM City Cebu Northwing, 4:00AM to 9:00AM.

  • Three events are scheduled on June 24: Third Entrepreneurship Seminar on Basics in Successful Exporting at Cebu Grand Hotel, 9:00AM to 5:00PM, 
  • the Cebu International Documentary Film Festival at SM City Cebu Cinema 1 at 1:00PM to 4:00PM, and the 
  • Visayan Pop-Song Writing Competition- Finals Night at SM City Cebu Cinema 1 at 8:00PM to 10:00PM; 
  • June 26 for Business-In-Golf Tournament at Cebu Country Club, 6:00AM; June 27 for Creative Industries Cebu: Salon Talks at 32 Sanson by Rockwell, 1:00PM to 5:00PM; 
  • And June 28 for the Grand Chamber Awards and Fellowship Night at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, 5:30PM to 10:00PM, on the same day there will be 
  • Mega Jobs Fair with the Cebu City Government at Cebu City Sports Center, 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

The Cebu business community, firms and individuals interested in exploring business possibilities are encouraged to rally support for CBM 2014 order to take advantage of the opportunities to be opened by the ASEAN Economic Integration in 2015.

Since 1996, the CBM has become an institutionalized month-long jubilee of the business community founded by CCCI, the only ISO-certified chamber in the Philippines.  CBM features, a series of events that highlight and inspire more successes in the Cebu Business Community as well as advocate, share and provide more dynamic and optimistic road for a sustainable business atmosphere in Cebu and the neighboring islands.

For further inquiries, please contact CCCI Media Relations Officer Nova Nhie Cruz through (032) 232-1421 to 24 local 112, or visit Also like CBM 2014 on Facebook,, and follow us on Twitter, @CebuBizMonth.

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See What This Telco Did To Change These Families' Lives Forever [Short Film]

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) will be remembered forever as a catalyst to global cooperation. Thousands of families have lost not only their homes but their lives and their families from the catastrophe that is why it makes my heart warm to be part of the launching of Globe Tattoo Village in Ormoc, Leyte.

Graced by the presence and support of Globe ambassadors, Georgina Wilson, Liz Uy and Mars Miranda, blessed families at Barangay Tambulilid can wake up to a new home soon.

With the mobilization and operational capabilities in community building by Gawad Kalinga, we can only hope that the partnership will spark a stronger, better Leyte and the rest of the country. Enjoy the short film!

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Hooray for Today! @McDo_PH Celebrates 2nd National Breakfast Day with 1000 #freemcmuffin

After the success of the first National Breakfast Day last year, McDonald’s Philippines, together with thousands of other McDonald’s restaurants in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, will be celebrating the second National Breakfast Day.

On March 17, McDonald’s will once again be treating Filipinos to a free McMuffin. Close to 320 McDonald’s breakfast stores nationwide are joining the celebration to say ‘thank you’ to its customers who start their day at McDonald’s. 

Starting 6:00 AM, each participating McDonald’s breakfast store will be giving away free McMuffins to the first 1,000 customers at a first-come-first-serve basis –that’s over 315,000 hot and fresh McMuffins to be given away nationwide via Dine-In, Take-Out, and Drive-Thru.

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 “We were so encouraged by our customers’ resounding response in the region last year, we are bringing back National Breakfast Day to remind people about waking up to better mornings with breakfast,” said Andrew Hipsley, Chief Brand Officer of McDonald’s for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. 

“Breakfast is a significant business for McDonald’s. And we know the convenience of a hot McMuffin on-the-go makes breakfast so much more accessible for people who are often caught up in the morning rush.” 

As a firm believer of breakfast, McDonald’s aims to make more people say “Hooray for Today!” and get the filling meal that they need, especially in the morning.

“Together with the rest of the region, we are both excited and ready for this year’s National Breakfast Day. There have been heavy preparations in our stores to make this year’s celebration bigger and better for more Filipinos to experience the goodness of a McDonald’s breakfast,” says Kenneth S. Yang, McDonald’s Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We continue to see potential growth in our breakfast business – and want to demonstrate that our delicious, quality breakfast is a convenient way to start the day,” he added.

McDonald’s Philippines has been serving breakfast since the 1980’s but was re-launched in 2008 with local products like Hamdesal. Iconic menu items, like the Egg McMuffin, made with lightly grilled Canadian bacon, freshly cracked Grade A egg, and melty American-style cheese sandwiched between warm perfectly toasted English Muffins, have become a breakfast favorite for Filipino customers who are on-the-go and prefer a no-fuss handheld meal.

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So, set your alarm early on March 17 and head to your nearest McDonald’s breakfast store to have a delicious McMuffin in celebration of the second National Breakfast Day. Hooray for Today!
For more information visit or like the official McDonald’s Facebook fan page You can also share your excitement on Twitter by tagging us at @McDo_PH and using the official hashtag #freemcmuffin.

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Watch Sinulog in the Air at @PadgettPlace‎

Sinulog 2014 will literally reach new heights for three days starting January 16 with “Sinulog in the Air” at the 26-storey Padgett Place condominium in Molave St., Brgy. Lahug.

‘Sinulog in the Air’ is a novel way by Duros Land Properties Inc. of expressing gratitude to Señor Santo Nino for favors received in its more than 26 years of existence.

Celebrating the Sinulog in the Air is also a fitting way of thanksgiving for the developer of Cebu’s only leisure condominium that espouses a lifestyle of space.

Located at the expansive part of Barangay Lahug, the Padgett Place is a one tower structure that occupies only one third of a 3,500 square meter property to give way to leisure living with investment benefits.

It is a premium, low density condominium with only 191 units at the heart of Cebu’s upscale, urban residential and business district designed for the discriminating investor.

Aside from spacious plush units that refreshes instead of cramped areas that condos are fast becoming identified with, Padgett Place adds more leisure components into the investment package like playing rights at the Duros Mountain Resort and Golf Club.

Padgett Place is scheduled for turn over to condo unit owners on the 2nd quarter of this year.

Duros Land is a member of the Duros Group of Companies, a multi sectoral conglomerate and enterprises, including a Triple A contracting company and real estate development corporation with the Padgett Place as its flagship project and the Duros Mountain Resort and Golf Club as another major project in progress.

For free seats to the Sinulog In the Air or about Padgett Place Cebu, call 234-6054 or 0917-325-0535.   Model units are available for viewing.

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Barneys New York, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Intel Announce Wearable Tech Collection

Intel, leading international fashion design house and curator Opening Ceremony*, luxury retailer Barneys New York*, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America* announce collaborations to explore and deliver smart wearable technology.

To kick-off the collaborations, Opening Ceremony and Intel will work together on the design and development of a smart bracelet based on Intel technology. Barneys New York will carry this device in their stores, being one of the first luxury retail outlets to carry wearable technologies. 

Intel and the Council of Fashion Designers of America entered into a strategic collaboration to create a community for technology developers and fashion designers focused on wearable technology.


Intel Corporation, Barneys New York*, the Council of Fashion Designers of America* and Opening Ceremony* today announced strategic collaborations to explore and bring to market smart wearable technology, and to increase dialogue and cooperation between the fashion and technology industries.

“The collaborations we announced today are indicative of Intel’s collective and conscious approach to the wearable market,” said Ayse Ildeniz, vice president, Business Development and Strategy of Intel’s New Devices Group.
“Through these initiatives we will combine Intel’s leading technologies with Opening Ceremony’s design prowess, Barneys New York’s track record to identify the next consumer trends, and CFDA’s commitment to advance innovation within the fashion industry. Our shared vision is to accelerate wearable technology innovation and create products that both enhance peoples’ lives and are desirable to wear.”

As part of the collaborations, Intel and Opening Ceremony intend to collaborate in the design of a smart bracelet concept based on Intel technology with design direction from Opening Ceremony.

“Humberto and I have always allowed our curiosity to take us to uncharted waters. Since our early travels and shopping sprees in Asia, we've been keen on discovery,” said Carol Lim, co-owner of Opening Ceremony.

“This is an incredibly exciting and unique opportunity with Intel to bring our design vision to a wearable accessory that collides with Intel's state of the art innovation with fashion. We are diving in to embark on a journey with Intel and can’t wait to see where it will take us. Intel is a company that has powered our lives in countless ways and now we get to be a part of shaping the 21st century with them.”

People’s experiences with a product starts with a first glance at where and how it is presented in the stores. Regarded as the mecca for discerning fashionistas, Barneys New York’s museum-like approach to merchandizing provides a unique opportunity to showcase thoughtfully designed wearable technologies. Barneys New York will carry the smart bracelet engineered by Intel and designed by Opening Ceremony.

“One of the greatest opportunities for wearable technology as a concept to be successful is fairly simple - to design a beautiful accessory that our customers would desire,” said Daniella Vitale, COO of Barneys New York.

“It is exciting to be part of an elite group of brands to bring the reality of smart fashion to life. In collaboration with Intel, we are excited to announce that Barneys New York will be one of the first luxury retailers to merchandise a beautifully designed, smart accessory from Opening Ceremony.”

To scale the convergence of the two industries, Intel will work with CFDA to create a community for technology developers and fashion designers to network, match-make, cultivate and exchange ideas on wearable technology. The collaboration will connect more than 400 leading fashion designers who are members of CFDA with abroad ecosystem of hardware and software developers that Intel has been instrumental in building in the last 40 years.

“CFDA’s commitments are to drive innovation in the fashion industry and as we look at the power of technology and its influence on fashion, we believe technology will need to be part of the fashion industry’s DNA,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of CFDA.
“That’s why we are excited to announce a strategic collaboration with Intel on wearable technology in which we can bring together unique strengths of the two industries -- Intel, a company that delivers technological innovation across computing devices, and our designers, who design beautiful clothing and accessories that people want to wear. The two together will be a powerful combination.”
“The collaborations we announced today will merge the expertise of two very distinct disciplines of technology and fashion, essential in realizing the vision of prolific adoption of wearable technology,” added Ildeniz.
“Intel’s aim is to initiate sustainable, long-term cooperation between the technology and fashion worlds beginning with the today’s announcements.”

About Intel

Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.

About Barneys New York

BARNEYS NEW YORK is a luxury specialty retailer renowned for having the most discerning edit from the world’s top designers, including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances, and gifts for the home.

About Council of Fashion Designers of America

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 400 of America’s foremost women’s wear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers.

About Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony was founded in September 2002 in New York by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon—with the idea of bringing their love of travel and fashion to a concept boutique. The company has grown to encompass several retail outlets in New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.

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Live Large | Concept Store Grind Opens @AyalaCenterCebu

Live outside your comfort zone and expect a new concept store to open in December at the Ayala Center Cebu expansion. 

Bent on firing-up jaded individuals, retail giant and sub-culture purveyor, Primer Group of Companies, introduces a new concept that will yank everyone out of their routine-driven lives. Ayala Center Cebu brings flair beyond compare through the opening of premium concept store Grind, a store dedicated to inspire people to try new things and lead an action fueled life.

Grind Cebu is a namesake concept store that is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The store aims to be a one-stop action sports shop for those who want to try new things and take risks to add some kick to their lives.

Just like the exhilarating skateboarding trick from where it got its name, Grind advocates living out of the ordinary and leading an adventure-filled life. 

And what better way to live and breathe than to immerse in board sports where people have different kinds of passion rooted on their love of such habit forming activities.

More than just competing, action sports set itself apart because of an inherent culture that comes with each discipline. Born out of sheer individuality and ingenuity, each sport is practiced out of camaraderie and self-expression. Skate, surf, and wake are all action sports that advocate individuals to keep things casual, live fast, and simply enjoy life.

Grind Cebu carries an authentic selection of actions sports products – allowing individuals to be fully equipped as they each go out and make a distinctive mark. Find brands that specialize in surf such as Hurley, Quiksilver, Roxy and Volcom, while all things skate shall be catered by Supra, LRG and DC. And finally now available in Cebu, technical water sports brand O’Neill offers wake vests for those who want to take it to the rails.

Grind Cebu opened its first store at Solenad 2, Nuvali. And now it is moving further down south for a second store in Cebu. If you dare to seek for adrenaline, visit Grind at the 2nd Level of Ayala Center Cebu.

Be swept off your feet as Cebu’s premiere lifestyle destination for shopping, dining and entertainment brings in more premium brands and flagship stores such as GRIND at its expansion, set to open this December 11, 2013.   For more inquiries, call the Concierge at 232-0380. You can also visit the website: or “like” the official Ayala Center Cebu on facebook ( for more details on upcoming shows and events.

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Top 8 Brutally Honest Money Tips for Filipinos. Seriously.

Filipinos are apparently boastful and naive when it comes to money. This was quantified during a financial literacy survey headlined by Philippine Daily Inquirer with "Filipinos as money ‘experts’: Clueless on bonds, stocks, loans." 

I don't claim to be a financial expert but I know enough and I care so much for people around me but educating them seems to be hard so I just hope they read this and the rest of millions of Filipinos who haven't got a clue. 

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Rule number 1. 

Get Paid What You're Worth. 

Make sure you make an industry review of what your job is worth on the market. Network is the best source so chat up with peers and build lasting valuable relationships. Think about what you could do to advance your career and what your options are in the future.

Rule number 2. 

Spend Less Than You Earn. 

Why is everyone finding it so hard to live within their means? Why buy things you don’t need? Live humbly. Is that so bad? But reward yourself especially if you deserve it once in a while, before you go crazy.

 Rule number 3. 

Stick to a Budget. 

Know where your money is going. Set aside a few minutes within this day and think about how much you spend for each expenditure. Trackash is a simple app you can download for Android. You’d be surprised to see the results.

Rule number 4. 

Don’t blame the credit card. 

I grew up being taught never to incur debt to anyone because gratitude is hard to repay and debts in a financially challenging time is really bad too. But let me tell you, credit cards are the best financial tool you can use under the perfect circumstances. It could also be a nightmare if you are not responsible. One paradigm shift I had while taking graduate studies was when our Entrepreneurship professor encouraged us to get one for credit history reference should we decide to take out a business or huge personal loan someday. It could also help you acquire resources needed that adds value to your personal life or career at the present, e.g. an income-generating tool like a laptop. Using it to fill your egotistic materialistic social-climbing lifestyle leads you nowhere. I work with these types of people and they are in the worst financial shape of their lives.

Rule number 5. 

Think SSS Retirement Benefit is enough? 

Financial analysts and personal finance books and resources would tell you some things in common:

(1) build a business, (2) build up an emergency fund and (3) invest your long term savings. 

Emergency fund should be more or less three months worth of expenses to make you live comfortably if you go out of work or six months if you have kids. We have the best investment options in the market today and we can take advantage of our economy to place our savings for retirement in a fund that grows cumulatively over time.

Consider opening up pooled investment as a beginner like a UITF account from your local bank or a mutual fund. I currently have FAMI because it is linked to my Metrobank Account online. We are not in the US where they have 401(k) or Roth IRA funds but opening up a separate retirement fund is the next best thing.

Plenty of resources will teach you about long term investing actually and once you get the hang of it, you could try stocks. Stock trading is scary if you don’t have the tools or resources but long-term stock investing to blue-chip companies is the best option in growing your wealth. I recommend Citiseconline because of how they advocate investing among first-timers through tools and reports that guide you unlike BPITrade. Teach yourself delayed gratification once in a while.

Rule number 6. 

You have money for every plan you have, you just don’t know it. 

“I don’t have money for this and that,” you tell yourself.

Negativity only conditions your mind to fail. 

And if there is one thing I’ve realized after completing the Financial Management class being handled by the dean of the university I am in, there is nothing impossible if you plan. I have friends who have children and who have not given thoughts about starting to save for their kid’s college. I don’t encourage education plans because of what happened to CAP but I do encourage placing your savings into an investment vehicle so that you can shield yourself from inflation, make it grow if you don’t have the time for business and of course, shield it from your overspending itching hands. Whatever your other goal is like having a car, house, travel, or an expensive dog, spare a little money consistently every month and place it somewhere and be surprised to check it out after a long time. In addition, people wonder why I get to places and own nice things when I earn just like everyone else. I have a savings plan and it involves a simple equation.

Income – Savings = Expenses. 

I am still replenishing my savings as of the moment because I funded my own graduate studies but still I have a plan and have stuck to it all these years. Take a short time to assess your short term and long term plans, put in writing and post it somewhere you would see every day.

Start with the end in mind. Set a goal. Now.

Never underestimate the power of vision and memory sucks so put plans in writing. Plans should be SMART, our professor used to say. Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Research about SMART Goals to educate yourself further.

 Rule number 7. 

Insure. Get a life insurance. 

I suggest VUL since you don’t necessarily have to die to enjoy the money since within a term of let’s say 10 years, you start receiving returns and dividends! I currently have Cocolife Platinum Savings because it also insures my ability to earn income with disability insurance but SunLife also offers attractive plans which I might put into future consideration. Talk to a financial adviser or go to an IMG seminar to know what products work for you based on your time horizon, goals and risk appetite. If you are young go for Equity. Be conservative if you are kinda mature like Bond Funds or Money Market Funds.

 Rule number 8. 

Get a funeral plan, memorial plan if you can. 

Death is a sensitive issue to most of us; certainly was for me not until I started working and thinking about the future.

Life is beautiful but being a person who have endured a biking accident and a motorcycle accident (coincidentally in the same city area), a rockclimbing accident, and lately, an ATV accident with my brother, all I can say, no matter how careful you are or in my case, the other way around, death is inevitable. But it isn’t such a bad thing if you think about it as a spiritual journey. 

If you’re not born rich, chances are, you can never afford to be displayed in a posh chapel in the city not unless you have prepared for it ahead of time. I recommend St. Peter’s plan because it is also transferable. Premium payments are waived if the plan holder passes away but is transferable to a family member. On the other hand, a memorial plan is important since I definitely have an attitude problem and I don’t like to placed in a public cemetery for a lot of reasons.  Haha And if you can insure your home too, Malayan is the country’s best non-life insurer today.

Stop procrastination. Be a positive-thinker. Stop making effin' excuses. 

Educate yourself to the highest level. Talk to an adviser or a peer you trust. 

The best time to live an awesome life is… now. 

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If you have a great tip/opinion, please comment now and let us know!

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Building the Nation and Better Ways of Tomorrow

Varsity athletes, honor students and student leaders from all over the county once again came together for the 8th Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit at the luxurious Marco Polo Hotel with the theme, "Significantly Changing My Philippines."

Every year, AFLBS gathers about one hundred delegates among thousands of applicants across the country are flown to Cebu to learn business and leadership straight from the executives of the Philippines' best-managed companies and renowned resource speakers. 

"We all have a part to play in nation-building and it's very encouraging to see the youth aspiring to contribute to it.
"But for them to shape our nation towards a better future, we need to shape their mindsets first. This is what we wish to accomplish during the summit," 
- Xavier “Txabi" Aboitiz, Chief HR and Quality Officer of the Aboitiz Group -

Among this year's speakers were:

  • Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) President and CEO Erramon Aboitiz
  • Visayan Electric Co. COO Jim Aboitiz
  • CitySavings Bank VP William Paradies
  • AboitizLand President and CEO Andoni Aboitiz
  • Hedcor President and COO Rene Ronquillo
  • Union Bank of the Philippines Assistant Vice President Anna Aboitiz Delgado
  • AEV SVP for Human Resources Txabi Aboitiz
  • AEV SVP, CFO and CIO Steve Paradies
  • Aboitiz Foundation EVP and COO Sonny Carpio, and 
  • AEV SVP and Chief Reputation and Risk Management Officer Susan Valdez.

One of the summit’s highlights was the Leadership Forum, which featured Aboitiz Foundation President Jon Ramon Aboitiz and Trustee Romy Ronquillo, and Aboitiz Power Corp. FVP for Mindanao Affairs Bobby Orig.

Also present were Maria Ressa, CEO of, and Bianca Gonzalez, TV host and recognized voice of the youth, to give aspirational talks. 

What started as a small gathering of Cebu's brightest soon emerged as an annual coming together of leaders at a national scope.

Pre-summit activities included an enjoyable roundabout of the beautiful city as well as a tour of Don Ramon Aboitiz’s home and the Children of Cebu Foundation, Inc., one of the beneficiaries of Aboitiz Foundation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.


Erramon I. Aboitiz

Erramon Aboitiz is the CEO and President of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. since 2009, and of Aboitiz Power Corporation since 1998. He also serves as the CEO of Hedcor Inc. (the former Benguet Hydropower Corporation), Chairman of both Therma Marine, Inc., and San Fernando Electric Light & Power Company, Inc., and Executive Vice President of Davao Light and Power Company Inc. In 2011, he was named Management Man of the Year by the Management Association of the Philippines.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Major in Accounting and Finance, from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.

Jim Aboitiz Jaime 

Jose Y. Aboitiz serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Visayan Electric Co. (VECO). He is also a trustee for the Aboitiz Foundation. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University in California and a Master's Degree in Management from the Asian Institute of Management.

 William Paradies 

William Paradies is the Vice President of City Savings Bank. He was previously a Manager for the Aboitiz Transport System Corporation and a Financial Analyst for Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. He holds a Master's in Business Administration from IESE Business School, the University of Navarra.

Jon Ramon Aboitiz

Jon Ramon Aboitiz began his career with the Aboitiz Group in 1970. At present, he is the President of the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. He holds a B.S. Commerce degree with a Major in Management from the Santa Clara University, California.

Romy Ronquillo 

Romy S. Ronquillo is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and also serves as a trustee. Bobby Orig Bobby Orig is First Vice President for Mindanao Affairs of Aboitiz Power Corp. Andoni Aboitiz Andoni Aboitiz serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of AboitizLand, Inc., where he previously served as Chief Operating Officer.

Rene Ronquillo 

Rene Ronquillo is the Chief Operating Officer of Hedcor, Inc. Anna Aboitiz Delgado Anna Aboitiz Delgado is Assistant Vice President of Union Bank of the Philippines.

Xavier "Txabi" Aboitiz 

Xavier Jose Aboitiz has been Senior Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer of AEV since 2004. He is also Senior Vice President for Human Resources and a member of the Board of Advisers of Aboitiz & Company, Inc; Director of Pilmico Foods Corporation and Visayan Electric Company, Inc. He took up Business Administration-Finance at Gonzaga University, Spokane, U.S.A.

Steve Paradies 

Steve Paradies is the Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Information Officer of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. since 2004. He also serves as the Senior Vice President for Finance of Aboitiz & Company, Inc., the Vice President of AEV Aviation, Inc., and the Vice President and Treasurer of Aboitiz Jebsen Bulk Transport Corp.

 He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Santa Clara University, California, U.S.A.

Sonny Carpio 

Augusto P.I. Carpio III is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., He also serves as the Managing Trustee of the executive committee of the foundation. 

Susan Valdez

Susan Valdez is Senior Vice President and Chief Reputation and Risk Management Officer of AEV. She is also a Trustee of the Aboitiz Foundation. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting, from St. Theresa's College and earned her Masters degree in Business Management from the University of the Philippines.

She has completed a program on Management Development at Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A.


Maria Ressa

Maria has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta. She became CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and wrote "Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia" (Free Press, 2003). The book was the first from the region documenting the growth of Jemaah Islamiyah and its links to Al-Qaeda.

Maria has worked for every major television network in the Philippines and was one of the founders of independent production company, Probe. In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, for 6 years managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines.

She taught courses in politics and media for her alma mater, Princeton University, as well as in broadcasting at the University of the Philippines.

Her latest book, "From Bin Laden to Facebook," is part of her work as the Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore.

She was named the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. 

Bianca Gonzalez

Bianca Gonzalez is a Filipino model and television host. At 23 years old, she became the youngest person to be cited by the People Asia among the Most Influential Personalities of the Year. She also became the editor-at-large for Meg Magazine and holds a lifestyle column at the Philippine Star.

She was appointed a UNICEF Philippines Child Rights Supporter in 2012. She holds a degree in Communication Arts, Minor in Philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University.

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Awesome Nerds Invades Boracay for "Geeks On A Beach" | DOST supports GOAB

THE Philippines’ first-ever “Geeks On A Beach” (GOAB) tech and startup conference scheduled for Sept. 26-27 in the world-famous Boracay Island is now being co-presented by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

This was learned from Tina Amper, founder and president of the organizing who said that DOST, through its Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), has since been very supportive of the group’s activities.

“The DOST has always been there for us,” said Amper. “From the first Startup Weekend Cebu to Startup Weekend Cebu 3, the DOST has been a perennial supporter. We owe all of this to Usec Casambre and sir Monchito (Ibrahim).”

Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre is the executive director of DOST-ICTO, whose leadership has moved the agency forward in its new thrust to uplift the entrepreneurial spirit in the ICT industry. Monchito Ibrahim is Casambre’s deputy executive director for policies.

“We in the ICTO believe that providing support to technological and entrepreneurial activities like the Startup Weekend and `Geeks On A Beach’ is an effective way to further promote the ICT industry where Filipinos excel,” Casambre said.

Promotion of homegrown ICT products and businesses will not only provide employment in the locality, according to Casambre, but also innovative and creative solutions through products and services.

“We never tire in organizing and supporting events where young entrepreneurial-minded Filipinos will learn the rudiments of starting and managing a business through online media and the emergence of highly-sophisticated mobile devices,” Casambre said.

Attending the GOAB will be like going on a holiday as the conference will be held against the splendid natural backdrop that earned for Boracay the distinction as the “world’s best island” by Travel+Leisure.

The GOAB techfest promises to be a valuable and wonderful experience for participants as experts from across the globe will be on hand to share their insights on startups, technology, gaming, mobile apps, and graphic design with the songs of Bob Marley and real Jamaican reggae music in the background.

Doy Vea, chief wireless adviser and founder of Smart Communications (SMART), will be the keynote speaker in the opening of the GOAB Conference.

Topics lined up for discussion are The World Startup Ecosystem: Distinguishing the Asian Experience, The Evolution of Philippine Startup Ecosystem, Fostering and Funding Asian Startups, Startup Best Practices and Philippine Startup Success Stories, Social Media for World Change, World Startup Report: Opportunities and Threats, Strategies of Successful Startups, Attracting Investors, and Investing in Emerging Markets.

The growing list of resource speakers for the event include Bowei Gai of World Startup Report, Jojo Flores of Plug and Play Tech Center, Ron Hose of Innovation Endeavors, Maria Ressa of, Zac Cohn of Liffft, Ralph Wunsch of MetroDeal, Paul Singh of 500 Startups, Stephen Jagger of PayrollHero, Frederic Levy of CashCashPinoy, Earl Valencia of, Minette Navarette of Kickstart Ventures, Erick Garayblas of Kuyi Mobile, Jia Jih Chai of Airbnb, M. Christina Laskowski of STAC-Silicon Valley, Eric Su of PicLyf, Jay Fajardo of Proudcloud, Steve Cadigan of Cadigan Ventures, and Paco Sandejas of Narra Venture Capital, among many others.

It will also be a great opportunity for startup communities to pitch innovative ideas and create a network of partners, enroute to building new products and launching businesses that would attract investors to the Philippines.

The “Geeks on a Beach” event also features fun-filled geek games, film showing, and exhibitions for participants to enjoy.

Technological background or mastery is not a requirement for admission. One can simply attend “Geeks on a Beach” armed with interest and wicked ideas.

Interested to attend the GOAB may register at the event’s official website at and enjoy 50 percent discount off the registration fee which is being offered until July 20 only. The first 20 early registrants will get the chance to have a group lunch with the speakers.

For more information and details, log on to the official “Geeks on a Beach” Facebook page,, and follow developments on Twitter @GeeksOnABeach.

Organized by and co-presented by SMART and DOST, “Geeks on a Beach” is sponsored by SMART Bro, SMART DevNet, IdeaSpace, Megaworld,, Airbnb, Microsoft Philippines, Island Souvenirs, Lenovo Mobile Philippines, and

The event is also supported by the Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines (dcom), Brain Gain Network, and Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), with Webgeek, e27,, Newsdesk, Business Mirror, and SGEntrepreurs as media partners.

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Intel Launches World's Best Microarchitecture | Low-Power, High-Performance Silvermont


  • Intel announces Silvermont microarchitecture, a new design in Intel’s 22nm Tri-Gate SoC process delivering significant increases in performance and energy efficiency.
  • Silvermont microarchitecture delivers ~3x more peak performance or the same performance at ~5x lower power over current-generation Intel® Atom™ core.1
  • Silvermont to serve as the foundation for a breadth of 22nm products targeted at tablets, smartphones, microservers, network infrastructure, storage and other market segments including entry laptops and in-vehicle infotainment.

Intel today took the wraps off its brand new, low-power, high-performance microarchitecture named Silvermont. 

The technology is aimed squarely at low-power requirements in market segments from smartphones to the data center. Silvermont will be the foundation for a range of innovative products beginning to come to market later this year, and will also be manufactured using the company's leading-edge,22nm Tri-Gate SoC manufacturing process, which brings significant performance increases and improved energy efficiency.
“Silvermont is a leap forward and an entirely new technology foundation for the future that will address a broad range of products and market segments,” said Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president and chief product officer. 
“Early sampling of our 22nm SoCs, including “Bay Trail” and “Avoton” is already garnering positive feedback from our customers. Going forward, we will accelerate future generations of this low-power microarchitecture on a yearly cadence.”
The Silvermont microarchitecture delivers industry-leading performance-per-watt efficiency.2The highly balanced design brings increased support for a wider dynamic range and seamlessly scales up and down in performance and power efficiency. On a variety of standard metrics, Silvermont also enables ~3x peak performance or the same performance at ~5x lower power over the current-generation Intel® Atom™ processor core.1

Silvermont: Next-Generation Microarchitecture

Intel’s Silvermont microarchitecture was designed and co-optimized with Intel’s 22nm SoC process using revolutionary 3-D Tri-gate transistors. By taking advantage of this industry-leading technology, Intel is able to provide a significant performance increase and improved energy efficiency.

Additional highlights of the Silvermont microarchitecture include:

  • A new out-of-order execution engine enables best-in-class, single-threaded performance.1
  • A new multi-core and system fabric architecture scalable up to eight cores and enabling greater performance for higher bandwidth, lower latency and more efficient out-of-order support for a more balanced and responsive system.
  • New IA instructions and technologies bringing enhanced performance, virtualization and security management capabilities to support a wide range of products. These instructions build on Intel’s existing support for 64-bit and the breadth of the IA software installed base. 
  • Enhanced power management capabilities including a new intelligent burst technology, low- power C states and a wider dynamic range of operation taking advantage of Intel’s 3-D transistors. Intel®Burst Technology 2.0 support for single- and multi-core offers great responsiveness scaled for power efficiency.

Architecting Across a Spectrum of Computing 

Silvermont will serve as the foundation for a breadth of 22nm products expected in market later this year. The performance-per-watt improvements with the new microarchitecture will enable a significant difference in performance and responsiveness for the compute devices built around these products.

Intel’s quad-core “Bay Trail” SoC is scheduled for holiday 2013 tablets and will more than double the compute performance capability of Intel’s current-generation tablet offering1. Due to the flexibility of Silvermont, variants of the “Bay Trail” platform will also be used in market segments including entry laptop and desktop computers in innovative form factors.

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