Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Global Village Champions For One Billion Meals Against Hunger

    Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has fought many battles in his life. This time the "Pambansang Kamao" has joined hand with the world's biggest feeding programs to knock out world hunger.

    The Global Village Champions Foundation (GVCF), a world-leader in the humanitarian delivery of meals to starving people in disaster hit areas around the globe, has chosen Filipino boxing champion and Saranggani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, along with Mr. Cesar Montano and Ms. Tessa Prieto, Philippine celebrities, as its goodwill ambassadors for Asia.

    The goal of of GVCG is simple to achieve a day without hunger. since 1993,the program has provided and distributed more than 900 million documented meals to the needy around the world. The goal is to reach one billion meals by December 31, 2013, Barry said. The free meals come in the form of Vita Pro soybean food products.

    In 2011, GVCF delivered disaster relief in the form of meals to Haiti, The Philippines, Japan, Thailand and the southern United States. In addition to Vita Pro meals, GVCF also delivered rice and beans, water, medical supplies and other basic needs.

    Yank Barry said the GVCF is now preparing to send two million meals to provinces in Mindanao that were hit by storm Pablo, particularly Saranggani and the Compostela Valley. For the past 15 years, Barry said his foundation was able to send 60 million meals to the Philippines.

Recently, GVCF’s global ambassador, boxer Evander Holyfield visited areas in Mindanao that were hit by Pablo

    Storm Pablo struck Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley in Mindanao last December 3 and brought devastation to the provinces for almost a week. More than 170,000 people were displaced by Pablo.

     “I would like to thank Evander Holyfield and Yank Barry for personally coming to the Philippines, especially to my province to help me feed the typhoon victims and the needy,” said Pacquiao 

       Barry said sending food to the starving victims of storm Pablo in Mindanao is but a small step towards recovery.

     “I don’t think your country understands the devastation brought by the typhoon. It would take between eight and 10 years to rebuild,” he said.

     Barry said GVCF is steadily receiving cash donations from famous professional athletes, musicians, models and movie stars to fund its meal delivery operations around the world. Among the foundation’s sponsors are Celine Dion, Michael Jordan, actress Bo Derek, actor Jon Voight and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Want To Know The Stages Of Love And How Kissing Works?!

Join us for a Sunday of Science and Love.
Book your tickets ONLINE today!

The MindBurst will tackle topics including love, sexual selection, and the male and female brains using perspectives from science. There will be a science-inspired Speed Dating event called Sexual Selection, as well as booths on The Stuff of Love and talks on what our brains are on when we are in love or when we have been in love for a long time. If you've ever wondered how humans fall in love, how kissing affects the body, how body language reveals emotions, and other supremely interesting facts, The Mind Museum's MindBurst is the most amazing way to discover them!  
Visit here: https://www.themindmuseum.org/

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sony Introduces New Full-frame 99!

Sony Introduces New Full-frame  99

A-mount flagship 35mm full-frame camera debuts Dual AF System and pro-style video 

Flagship camera with Translucent Mirror Technology and newly developed 24.3 effective megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor
World’s first full-frame camera  with Dual AF System with 19 sensors (including 11 cross sensors) + 102 AF point system (focal plane) and a new AF range control function to set the distance range recognised by the AF system
Very wide sensitivity range ISO 50-25600 (at expanded sensitivity setting) with extremely low noise
Advanced Full HD 50p progressive movie shooting with non-stop Continuous AF and pro-style audio features
XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 100% frame coverage
Enthusiast-class handling with tough, light magnesium alloy body, weather seals and revised Quick Navi Pro interface 
(PHILIPPINES, 20 February 2013) – Advanced photographers in the Philippines can now explore the creative possibilities of full-frame imaging and the responsiveness of Translucent Mirror Technology.

The eagerly awaited successor to the flagship  900 DSLR, the new  99 is the first Translucent Mirror camera from Sony to feature a full-frame 35mm image sensor. Ruggedly built to cope effortlessly with tough assignments, the  99 sets new standards of imaging performance, creative options, user-focused ergonomics and reliability to satisfying the needs of demanding photography enthusiasts.

Bakery Fair 2013, Now On Its 7th Year!

BAKERY FAIR 2013, the 7th International Exhibition on Bakery, Confectionery and Foodservice Equipment & Supplies is the largest show in the Philippines completely dedicated to baking and foodservice industry. 

To be held on February 21-23, 2013 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, the event has been designed to provide a forum where suppliers, small and large bakers and buyers of baked goods can meet on common ground and conduct business. It has seen an unprecedented growth with more than 400 booths showcasing and taking 10,000 square meters of space of World Trade Center, Philippines. 

Aside from the daily demonstrations and seminars on centerstage, highlighting the event is the Bakers Cup Philippines 2013 Baking Competition in two categories. The Original Bread Competition showcasing a variety of Baguettes, Rolls, Sandwich Loaves and a Freestyle California Raisin Bread. The second category is the newly launched Steamed Buns Category backed by Angel Yeast. This will challenge the competitors on making the best mantou, siopao and push their creativity on artistic presentations of Steamed Buns. 
Another fun activity will be the Cake Display Exhibition joined by our exhibitors with the theme "It's More Fun in the Philippines!" so, what are you waiting for? Come and visit us the 7th Bakery Fair! 

The event is participated by its members and allied industry players and is being supported by the International Federation of Chinese Bakery and Confectionery Association. Bakery Fair is a non-profit event organized by the Filipino Chinese Bakery Association, Inc.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hatol ng Bayan 2013!

Hatol ng Bayan Launch!
Hatol ng Bayan, the nationwide and comprehensive coverage of the 2013 National and Local Elections, will be launched on February 20, 2013.
Hatol ng Bayan will be implemented by a host of professional and seasoned news reporters and information officers under the banner of Media ng Bayan.
Media ng Bayan is the latest partnership of leading news and information organizations that teamed up to deliver the latest on the elections.
Participating in the partnership are the People's Television Network (PTV), Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), Philippine Broadcasting Service-DZRB Radyo ng Bayan (PBS-DZRB, Philippines News Agency (PNA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Manila Bulletin (MB), Air 21 and Informatics-Diliman.
The launching will take place at 2 pm at  the Atrium of the PIA Building along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.
Organizations under Media ng Bayan will sign a memorandum of agreement to share resources and expertise with the purpose of delivering developments unfolding across the country from the campaign period up to the proclamation of winners as well as feed the electorate with the necessary information that will enable them to decide intelligently in the elections.
The Hon. Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office to witness the signing.
Media ng Bayan, so far, has established a website of its own, mediangbayan.ph as well as the TV - radio program, "Ang Paghahanda para sa Hatol ng Bayan (Paghahanda)."

Literally means the people’s judgment, Hatol ng Bayan is the actual coverage of the 2013 National and Local elections.
Hatol ng Bayan, will be implemented by the finest news and information organizations of “Media ng Bayan
The coverage is divided into two phases: the Phase 1 dubbed “Paghahanda” will focus on the pre-election events from February 12 to May 11.
This phase will deal on preparations for the elections, the campaign period and other activities related to voters’ education.
Phase 2, on the other hand, will delve on election eve, election day and the day after.  
So far, at the Paghahanda phase, Media ng Bayan has developed channels where voters can get situationers, information on the voting process, program and platforms etc. to help them make informed decisions come elections.
On February 4, Media ng Bayan through PTV launched Paghahanda para sa Hatol ng Bayan that featured personalities and experts on suffrage, local governments, national and local legislation (the Senate and the House of Representatives), political parties and multi-party system.  
Each episode was aired simulcast over the Philippine Broadcasting Service-DZRB Radyo ng Bayan and livestreamed on mediangbayan.ph
And from these episodes, voters got blow by blow reports from Twitter (@hatol2013), Facebook (Hatol ng Bayan) and Short Messaging System (Text Blasts from PIA).
Articles on the topics discussed on Paghahanda para sa Hatol ng Bayan were likewise posted on the PNA and PIA websites as well on the front page of Manila Bulletin.
Replays were aired on the same day at 10 pm; previous episodes, articles and videos were stored at mediangbayan.ph which served as the central depository of Hatol ng Bayan.
On Phase Two, all organizations under Media ng Bayan will be operating 72 hours to deliver the latest on the elections and the following days.
With a host of experienced field reporters and information officers backing up Media ng Bayan, Hatol ng Bayan will generate news, reactions and opinions across the country.

Election news and information without twists, spins or controversies

Weeks before the 90-day campaign period for Senatorial and partylist candidates started, the country's finest news and information organizations joined forces with a purpose of providing situationers, news, feedbacks and election basics to help voters makes sense of the 2013 National and Local Elections.

Media ng Bayan is about helping the electorate getting the leaders they truly deserve and the development the country needed as well.

Hence, Media ng Bayan came into being.
MEDIA NG BAYAN, people’s guide to the 2013 Elections
This new partnership, dubbed Media ng Bayan, is composed of the People’s Television Network (PTV-4), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippines News Agency (PNA), Philippine Broadcasting Service-Radyo ng Bayan (PBS-DZRB), Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13), Air 21, Informatics-Diliman and Manila Bulletin.

Backed by media professionals and seasoned information officers nationwide, Media ng Bayan will deliver blow by blow accounts of events taking place before, during and after elections simulcast over TV, radio and cyberspace.

Media ng Bayan shall likewise put together shakers and personalities to close the information gap as well as clear the issues.

In the end, Media ng Bayan wanted voters to be ready to make the decision on Election Day: news and information without controversies, spins or twists.

Catch all the election events and stories at mediangbayan.ph.

We got you covered
Partners under the Media ng Bayan banner pooled resources to provide voters with the widest coverage of the 2013 National and Local Elections.
Philippine Information Agency dig up and forward situationers and feedbacks from various of sectors in towns, cities and provinces through Short Messaging System, electronic mails and social media networks.
PIA is present in 16 regions and in 68 provinces.
PIA offices are located in Region I (La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Cordillera Administrative Region (Baguio, Abra, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province), Region II (Tuguegarao, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Batanes), Region III (Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan and Bulacan), Mega Manila (Quezon City in the National Capital Region), Region IV-A (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal & Quezon), Region IV-B (Quezon City Central Office, Oriental Mindoro, and Palawan)and Region V (Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Masbate), in Region VI (Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Negros Occidental and Antique), Region VII (Iloilo, Negros Oriental, Bohol and Siquijor), Region VIII (Tacloban City, Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte and Biliran), Region IX (Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga City and Isabela City), Region X (Cagayan De Oro, Bukidnon, Camiguin, iligan City, Marawi City), Region XI (Davao City, Tagum City, Davao del Norte), Region XII (Koronadal City, Cotabato City and General Santos City) and Region XIII (Butuan City, Agusan del Sur, Surigao Del Sur and Surigao Del Norte).
Philippine Broadcasting Service-DZRB Radyo ng Bayan's 27 radio stations make the airswaves available for local voices to talk about grass roots issues.
In Luzon, PBS-Radyo ng Bayan is on air in Dagupan (DZMQ), Agoo (DZAG), Baguio City (DZEQ), Bontoc (DWFR),Tabuk (DZRK), Tuguegarao (DWPE), Batanes (DWBT), Laoag (DWFB), Quezon City (DZRB-Manila), Lucena (DWLC), Palawan (DWRM), Virac (DZVC) and Naga (DWRB). In the Visayas, PBS-Radyo ng Bayan is heard over Borongan (DYES), Calbayog (DYOG), Cebu (DYMR), Iloilo (DYLL), Sogod (DYSL). And in Mindanao, PBS-Radyo ng Bayan deliver the news from Butuan (DXBN), Cagayan De Oro (DXIM), Davao (DXRP), Gingoog (DXRG), Jolo (DXSM), Marawi (DXSO), Tandag (DXIS), Tawi-tawi (DXDC) and Zamboanga (DXMR).
PBS has also four field coordinators (reporters in areas where there are no radio stations)  in Nueva Ecija, Vigan, Iligan and Pagadian.
Videos, on the other hand, will be handled by People's Television Network (PTV-4) and Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation 13 (IBC-13). PTV is present in Baguio (PTV-8), Bacolod (PTV-8) Cebu (PTV-11), Dumaguete (PTV-10) and Davao (PTV-11).
IBC stations are located in Laoag (IBC-TV13), Baguio (IBC- TV6), Cebu (IBC-TV13), Iloilo (IBC-TV12), Davao (IBC-TV13) and Cagayan De Oro (IBC-TV10) and supported by radio stations in Aklan (DYRG), Iloilo (DYBQ) and Roxas City (DYJJ).
All in all, Media ng Bayan is backed up by 13 televisions (six from PTV and and other from IBC-13) plus 3 more IBC radio stations.
Philippines News Agency (PNA) post stories online from Quezon City (Central Office in National Capital Region) Dagupan, Tuguegarao, Baguio, Pampanga, Calamba City, Legaspi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Cagayan De Oro, Davao, Cotabato and General Santos City.
PNA has 15 bureaus including the central office which has 11 reporters fielded in major beat around the National Capital Region.
With a media partner like Manila Bulletin, the nation's leading newspaper with the largest circulation, readership and strong online presence, all the details of election issues, events and incidents are within the reach of voters.
Also on board Media ng Bayan are Air 21and Informatics Diliman.
Air21, formerly known as Air 21, is one of the first global partner of Federal Express in the Asia Pacific Region. In 2009, the US Embassy has appointed the company to ship its VISA and passports. During the first automated elections in the country in 2010, Air 21was tapped to delivery CF cards and ballots through the partnership of the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic.
Informatics Diliman, on the other hand, is Media ng Bayan's technology partner.
Banking on its experience in the academe, research and development, Informatics-Diliman will provide  Media ng Bayan computer and election monitoring units to help the partnership gather, store and disseminate news and information needed by the electorate.
Informatics Diliman management will likewise engage their students and other communities in voter's education.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The 3rd Volunteering Expo, March 5, 2013!

  Join the leading conference on volunteering for development as we discuss THE FUTURE WE WANT FOR VOLUNTEERING.

Full-packed learning exchange. Hear the latest and have your say at the conference featuring the most authoritative speakers in the volunteering and active citizenship arena.

Morning plenary discussion on forecasting the future of volunteering

Afternoon plenary discussion on valuing and measuring volunteering

Three break-out session tracks: Trending topics in volunteering, Enhancing the practice of volunteering, and Accounting for impact of volunteering

Synthesis presentation at the end of all sessions

A wide range of relevant topics with best practice case studies from corporate and civil society organizations

Fully-engaging volunteer fair and exhibits. Happening simultaneously with the conference is the biggest volunteering fair in the country to put your passion into practice. Free and open to the volunteering public!

   Individuals of all ages and walks of life can scout for the perfect volunteering opportunities that fit their passion and purpose

   Volunteer-involving organizations can recruit and sign up volunteers and promote their projects and causes

    Featuring live micro-presentations and interactive activities

   Results-oriented networking. The volunteering community is a passionate lot. More than 30 influential experts, 250 conference delegates and 150 volunteer fair participants and exhibitors are expected to attend. Meet, network and jumpstart partnerships with leaders, volunteer managers and volunteers who share your commitment to changing the world, one volunteer at a time.

Who should attend:
volunteer managers, program managers and executives of NGOs, civil society organizations, volunteer-involving and volunteer-placing organizations, international development agencies

leaders and executives of corporate foundations, companies with employee volunteering/engagement and CSR programs

leaders and executives of universities, colleges and academic institutions with volunteer and community extension programs

government executives and program managers

leaders and program managers of local government units (LGUs)

volunteers, students and community leaders

More about the Volunteering Expo

    The Philippines is ripe for a volunteering revolution! It is one of the few countries that has institutionalized volunteerism as a strategy for national development and international cooperation. The Volunteer Act of 2007 provides a clear mandate and push for organizations to underscore the value of active citizenship and volunteering for development.

   Volunteerism as a movement also reached a peak during the time of Ondoy, and much recently in the wake of the Sendong floods, helped along by new technologies and social media which made real-time information gathering and speedy mass mobilization possible. All these helped to awaken a critical mass to the rewards of volunteering.

The Volunteering Expo aims to help ignite a volunteering revolution, not only when citizen action is urgent, but at all times. We aim to raise the profile and value of volunteering and volunteers, elevating them in the consciousness of our society as integral and essential in our pursuit of progress and better life for all.

   It is a pioneering platform for all those who share the work of volunteering and development. It provides an avenue for learning exchange and brokering of knowledge in volunteering for development. It is a venue for debate, discussion and continuing conversations about the role and the future of the volunteering and how it can be harnessed for national and global development. It will showcase best practices and laudable programs that have shaped the voluntary and development sector in the country.

    The Volunteering Expo is conceived, developed and organized by VSO Bahaginan as part of its continuing commitment to promote volunteering for development. 

Daniel Meyer's ANALYTICS Training This February 23, 2013!

DMAI announces a first of its kind type of training here in the Philippines!

    Learn how to read and interpret numbers, and use it to improve efficiency and productivity..Attend this Analytics Training..

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Who make countless decisions every day!


To avail of the PROMO 2+1, contact PMCM at 5658851/ 0917 2433920

Visit here: https://www.facebook.com/dmaiph?filter=3

Sensodyne Introduces: Repair & Protect!

What is tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the dentine underneath the tooth enamel becomes exposed. When exposed dentine comes into contact with hot or cold, sweet, sour or even your toothbrush it can trigger the nerve, causing a short sharp pain.

Repair & Protect

“Helps repair sensitive areas of your teeth”

How does the new Sensodyne Repair & Protect work?

New Sensodyne Repair & Protect is different from other toothpastes. It has a unique, clinically proven concentrated calcium formula that helps repair vulnerable areas with the natural building blocks of your teeth.

¬When Being Sensitive Becomes A Bad Thing
Nobody wants to be around an insensitive person.
You know the type–the guy who never thinks twice when speaking his mind. The tactless girl who spills everybody’s secrets. The abrasive ones.
But neither does anyone want to be someone who’s too sensitive.
We Pinoys have a term for it: balat-sibuyas. The one who’s easily hurt or offended from the smallest joke. The one who can’t take a chill pill and raises an insurrection against anything that remotely makes a negative observation about his or her quirks.
To think about it, being too sensitive might even be worse than insensitivity.
And no, it’s not just emotions we’re talking about.
Let’s Talk About Dentine Hypersensitivity
In the study entitled “The everyday impact of dentine sensitivity: personal and functional aspects”1, conducted by professionals from the University of Sheffield and the University of Toronto, the researchers noted that “the emotional impact of dentine sensitivity is directly linked to the major distressing factor of the oral condition – pain, its unpredictability and detrimental effect on natural and supposedly pleasant daily routines of food consumption. Affective evaluation of physical pain occurs simultaneously or soon after sensitivity episodes, in bringing mind and body, invoking ‘displeasure, anxiety, sadness and anger that are fully emotional.’”
In the Philippines, a consumer survey revealed that 7 out of 10 Filipinos* have sensitive teeth. 78% of people experience the phenomenon known as pangingilo when eating or drinking something cold, while 47% experience this when eating or drinking something sour, and 45% reported pain when consuming hot food or drinks**. However, because of the natural tendency to dismiss this condition, dentine hypersensitivity persists, to the detriment of its sufferers.

Yes – Pinoys are Too Sensitive

Remember when some of us launched a Twitter war versus an international teenage singing sensation and his horde of fans when the famous teen pop star posted mocking photos of a Filipino boxing hero right after his crushing defeat?

How about the Amerasian actress who “doesn’t want to look Filipino” incident? Or when we cried foul because a Hollywood actress said Manila was infested with rats and cockroaches?

Fine – maybe it’s a matter of us Pinoys defending the national pride.

NOVAMIN® formula releases the building blocks of teeth: calcium and phosphate. These ions form a protective mineral layer to repair the vulnerable areas of the tooth.

Brush twice a day and not more than three times, minimize swallowing and spit out. Close cap after each use to protect contents from moisture. Do not use if foil seal on the nozzle is broken. Remove foil seal before use.

Suggested retail price for Sensodyne Repair & Protect is Php198.00. Available nationwide in leading supermarkets, drugstores, groceries, hypermarkets and department stores.

But here’s a thought: what if we’re just being too sensitive?

Funnily, a recent global poll revealed that Filipinos are the most emotional people – ranking higher than El Salvador, Bahrain, Oman, and Colombia.1

Are we too sensitive for our own good? Maybe.

And surprisingly, we’re not just talking about emotions here.

Hypersensitive Filipinos

In a consumer survey conducted, results revealed that 7 out of 10 Filipinos* have sensitive teeth – a condition Pinoys often refer to as pangingilo.

Visit here: https://www.facebook.com/SensodyneMe?fref=ts

Friday, February 15, 2013

GEB (Grand Eye Ball) SUPERCLUB: The newest Disco Soulshaker Trending in Tomas Morato!

   A new entertainment disco club situated at the heart of Tomas Morato, has risen to feed every individual's hunger for party, dancing and booze. Opened and launched last November 2012. GEB Superclub revolutionizes the party scene and the dance floor that will bring out the club kid in you. Another great addition to the nightlife in Quezon City. Once inside the club, you'll be amazed at disco balls, laser lights and high-end speakers that will surely soulshake and groove your world. It caters to certainly any gourp of people who have the heart for good coversation, socialzing or recreation. A not too loud nor too tame crowd that will give you a coy and relax ambience. Beverages and food of different kinds is also served to satisfy our cravings. A hub where you can just sit back , sip a drink andd just be YOU. It is near to every establishment that you can think of . Indeed a perfect place to go to after work to unwind,. kill time and release one's tension.

Wednesday is themed as Ladies'Night, Thursday gets hotter with MOdel's NIght, Friday is Thanks GEB its Friday, and Saturday is Jampacked Saturdays! So if you have upcoming social event and cooking up an unforgettable night where your group needs to do things such as eating, drinking, dancing talking or partying to the high energy sounds, this is indeed the place to see and be seen. Make it happen. Book now or be on the guest list!


     Celebrating 20 years of showcasing the widest array of tour products, this year’s 20th Travel Tour Expo 2013 (TTE 2013) is set on February 15 to 17, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center Halls 1, 2, 3 & 4, and Function Room 5 in Pasay City.

    The 3-day event dubbed as Gateway to Getaways, promises an even grander showcase of booths featuring the cream of the crop in Philippine travel and tourism, with an overwhelming number of exhibitors this year, thus, the additional venue.

    Exhibitor presentations, fun games, and prizes upon prizes await the visitors.  This year’s special activities marks the launch of the first PTAA TravelTour Expo Gateway to Getaways Coupon Book, which is a compilation of all discounts and freebies, from participating exhibitors and two (2) complimentary entrance tickets to the event.  For the first time in its 20 years of existence, the TravelTour Expo will have live streaming to reach a wider range of visitors online.

Visitors can also look forward to the Asia Miles (Frequent Flyer Program) daily raffle that can be redeemed for trips worldwide.  Special guests are also set to grace the Expo such as Hello Kitty by the Japanese Embassy, as well as other celebrities from the television and movie industries.

   The 20th Travel Tour Expo 2013 is open to the public from 10:00am to 9:00pm on Friday, February 15 to Saturday, February 16 and from 10:00am to 7:00pm on Sunday, February 17, for a minimal entrance fee of P50.00 for regular visitors and P20.00 for senior citizens.
The 20th Travel Tour Expo 2013 is organized by PTAA with the Department of Tourism – Tourism Promotions Board, featuring Solaire Resort & Casino.  The event is also supported by Platinum Sponsors Philippine Airlines as Official Carrier, Citibank as Official Credit Card Partner and Asia Miles as Official Travel Reward Programme, Silver Sponsor Icon Graphics, Bronze Sponsors Air Asia, Duty Free, Globe and TIEZA, Official Venue SMX Convention Center, Official Caterer Lina Vitan Catering and Official Broadsheet Partner The Philippine Star. Crossover 105.1, RJ 100.3, Business Mirror, The Foreign Post, Travel Update and View Travel & Lifestyle Magazine likewise support the event.

   Follow the TravelTour Expo on Twitter (twitter.com/ traveltourexpo) and Facebook (facebook.com/ traveltour.expo).  
    For more information on the 20th TravelTour Expo 2013, please call, Fairs & More (Event Manager) at 845-1324/759-6680 or the PTAA Secretariat at 552-0026 to 29.

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) is an organization born out of the union of national associations of outbound travel agencies and inbound tour operators in 1980.  Founded to foster unity in the travel industry and to promote the welfare of its members and the traveling public, PTAA is a strong force that plays a vital role in both the national and international scenes.

PTAA, with more than 500 members, is the most prestigious association in the country, widely recognized by international airlines, hotel and resorts, insurance and cruise companies, and works closely with government agencies, namely the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Authority, the National Census and Statistics Office (NCSOs) and various embassies and consulates.

PTAA is the National Association recognized by international travel trade associations and an affiliate member of the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA), the Federation of ASEAN Travel Association (FATA) and the United Federation of Travel Agents Association (UFTAA).  It also holds meetings and interaction with members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which represents carriers and most major international airlines.

Secretariat Contact Details
12-1G EGI Rufino Plaza
Taft corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenues, Pasay City, Philippines
Tel (+63 2) 552 00 26 to 29
Fax (+63 2) 552 00 30
Email: ptaa@ptaa.org.ph

The World’s Hottest Mobile Messenger LINE Arrives in the Philippines!

- LINE is the fastest growing mobile messaging service in Asian and Western countries with various features as a ‘Smartphone Life Platform’
- LINE is keenly eyeing the Philippine market, as it is filled with a multitude of opportunities  
- LINE plans to collaborate with various Philippine companies and carry out local marketing activities to benefit users
February 14, 2013 – MANILA, Philippines: NHN Corporation introduced LINE, the world’s leading mobile messenger, in the Philippines at a press conference today. LINE offers free messaging, calling and group chatting, while integrating various social network service (SNS) elements in its features such as Stickers and Home & Timeline and LINE’s multiple family apps including LINE Game and LINE Camera, making it a ‘Smartphone Life Platform.’

Launched in June 2011, LINE has already surpassed the 110 million user milestone in 231 countries worldwide in only about a year and a half. Continuing this trend, LINE is tapping into this momentum to further expand its service worldwide, especially in the Philippines. It is keenly eyeing the Philippine market, as it is filled with a multitude of opportunities such as Philippines’ high smartphone penetration rate and its high potential market growth. In order to enhance the presence of LINE and its family apps in the Philippines, LINE has plans to actively carry out marketing campaigns like partnering with local artists, animation and entertainment companies to release various localized contents such as stickers and Official Accounts, solely for users in the Philippines. Moreover, LINE intends to outsource fun games through cooperation with game developers in the Philippines. 

Director of LINE Business Office, NHN Corp., Mr. Hyun-bin Kang said, “Through the continuous release of features, LINE has become wildly popular in Asia and is also rapidly growing in North America and Europe, as well as in Spanish speaking countries. LINE is an ideal communication tool for the Philippines, the world’s text-messaging capital. Users can communicate through various methods such as free messages, local and international calls, and even by playing games together.” He added, “LINE’s fun stickers will also enable the users in the Philippines, who are known to freely express their feelings, to accurately illustrate and visualize their emotions. The Philippines is a new target market for LINE and LINE is striving to introduce localized dynamic and distinct features for users in the Philippines.”

As a leading innovator in the mobile communication field, LINE offers not only basic services including free messaging, voice call and group messaging with up to 100 people, but also value-added elements such as LINE Stickers to enhance the communication experience by incorporating emotions. In particular, there are four representative LINE characters, Brown, Cony, Moon and James. They each have distinctive personalities that have allowed them to gain popularity from users worldwide, who are fanatic about the wide array of dramatic facial expressions portrayed by these original characters. There are more than 200 types of stickers in which users can utilize while chatting to share realistic and vivid emotional expressions to invigorate conservations.

LINE, the HOTTEST Global Smartphone Life Platform

LINE is the world’s leading mobile messenger app that offers local and international free messaging, voice call and group messaging, while integrating various social network service elements in its features such as Stickers, Home & Timeline and numerous LINE family apps including LINE Game and LINE Camera, making it a ‘Smartphone Life Platform.’

LINE and its diverse features carry three major characteristics: social/interactive, fun/entertaining and easy/convenient. In particular, LINE provides fun stickers that allows user to express their emotions more freely and vividly with LINE’s various characters with distinctive personalities. LINE also offers social and interactive features such as Home & Timeline, a personal space where users can share their life stories by posting pictures, videos and location information, and Official Accounts that enable communication on a real-time basis with favourite celebrities, public figures and corporate brands. Furthermore, LINE is available for convenient use on almost all kinds of smartphones, as well as PCs and tablets

LINE’s Distinctive Features
• Stickers
- Users can share realistic and vivid emotional expressions while chatting for more exciting conversations.
- There are more 200 types of stickers that feature characters that all have particular identities (As of January 2013)
- After opening the “Sticker Shop”, where users can purchase fun stickers to send to friends, LINE became the top-grossing app in App Stores in various countries.
- LINE’s four representative characters have distinctive personalities that have allowed them to gain popularity from users worldwide, who are fanatic about the wide array of dramatic facial expressions portrayed by these original characters

• Home & Timeline
- 'Home' and 'Timeline' features allow users connected via LINE to enjoy sharing their most recent happenings and life stories with one another by posting pictures, videos and location information on their own space.
- The features serve as another trigger for communication since users will be able to check what their friends have been up to recently, in real time, without the necessity of sending messages.
- The release of Home and Timeline is a critical moment, which marks LINE's evolution into becoming a ‘Smartphone Life Platform,’ as it moves beyond merely sending and receiving messages.

Official Accounts
- Enables users add Official Accounts of their favourite celebrities, public figures and corporate brands to directly communicate with them and receive exciting contents.
- Not only can users follow updates from Official Accounts, but also interact with them in real-time during 'On Air Mode', when the Official Accounts can read and respond to messages from users.
- LINE plans to add more local celebrities and brands in each country to become more show its commitment to the local markets

PC version of LINE
- User can call his or her LINE friends from PC to PC as well as between PC and smartphones (iPhone/Android).
- To make it even easier to convey users’ thoughts and feelings, users can send text, photos and stickers even while on a voice call

LINE Family Apps
• LINE Game
- Integrated with LINE messenger to enhance interaction with real friends, while sending gifts to each other and compare rankings
- Offer a new level of excitement by featuring LINE’s original characters
- As of January 2013, there are more than 10 games over 70 million registered players worldwide

LINE’s Mega hit Games
- A simple puzzle game linked with LINE and patterned with LINE characters
- Goal is to match up three or more identical characters either horizontally or vertically as quickly as possible for a successful POP
- As of January 2013, LINE POP achieved 20 million downloads within 58 days since its release on November 19, 2012 and ranked first in the Top Free Apps chart in App Stores of 11 countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia.
• LINE Bubble
- LINE BUBBLE is a bubble-shooting game in which players have to fire different coloured bubbles into combinations of three or more to eliminate them.
- As of January 2013, LINE BUBBLE achieved 10 million downloads within 28 days since its release on December 22, 2012.

• LINE Camera
- Allows users to design, decorate, edit and then share your photos via LINE and other SNS
- Offers numerous decorating functions such as photo frames, stamps, unique filtered effects, brushes and font styles. Photos can be instantly shared with friends and family through LINE.
- Within ten months of its release, LINE Camera reached 20M downloads and ranked number one in the camera category of App Stores in 27 countries worldwide.
• LINE Band
- A private mobile group service for managing real-life relationship as a group in a more private, safe and intimate manner
- Particular functions include a gallery where members of a group can see all photos shared and bulletin boards, a schedule check that includes members’ birthdays and anniversary dates, and even a poll feature that allows members to decide on time and place of a meeting.

• Other LINE Family apps
- LINE Anti-Virus is a free security software that protects users’ mobile devices from any security threats
- LINE Card allows users to select a perfect-greeting card from any category and combine this with a message and image of users’ choice.
- LINE Brush enables users make artistic impressions from photos, and draw anything
- LINE Café is a mobile community service where LINE users can share or chat about your favourite interests with likeminded people.

Further Information: The Latest on LINE’s Usage

1. Top 5 countries (in order of highest user numbers)
Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, Spain

2. Countries and regions where LINE has been ranked no.1 at App Store/Google Play (in the free apps categories)
Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman
Russia, Belarus, Spain, Switzerland, Latvia
North America
Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras
South America
Ecuador, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay
Mali, Angola
Papua New Guinea

3. Frequency of Use
Monthly Active User:80.3% (as of end of December 2012)

4. Maximum number of registrations/day
600, 000 registrations (recorded on 16 December 2012)

6.   Awards
iTunes BEST OF 2012: No.1 in Top Free category (Japan)
iF DESIGN AWARDS 2013: Cross-Media Advertising Award
2012 Shogakukan Dime Trend Award
The 17th AMD Award: Digital Contents of the Year ‘11
Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun: Nikkei Superior Products Service Award 2012
Nikkei MJ Hit Products 2012
Nikkei Trendy: Hit Products of 2012: No.2 out of 30
Top Worldwide in Non-Game Apps by Monthly Revenues for iOS/Google Play (November 2012)
elEconomista: Nominated for Best Technology Award 2012 (Spain)
EL PAIS: Nominated for Best Trend of 2012 (Spain)
7.   Information on LINE related apps
No. of apps available: 24 (excluding web apps)
Download total: over 100 million

Visit here: http://line.naver.jp/en/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/line.worldwide

Monday, February 11, 2013

RUN AGAINST CANCER - A Charity Run for Indigent Cancer Patients

     Cancer remains a leading cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organization. In 2008, it accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths). About 70% of all cancer deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries. Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue to rise to over 13.1 million in 2030. (World Health Organization, Cancer Fact Sheet, February 2012, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/)

       In the Philippines, recent studies from 2008-2010 showed a steady increase in cancer incidence. It is also predicted that new cases of cancer will amount to roughly 82,468 new cases in both male and female. (http://www.psmo.org.ph/philippine-society-of-medical-oncology-leads-celebration-of-cancer-consciousness-week/)

Unless we all step into the ugly picture and stand up to cancer, it might continue to cripple more families and claim more lives.

It is for this reason that the Corridor of Hope, the cancer support group of the country’s premier tertiary cancer center, St. Luke’s Medical Center, is both challenged and compelled to take the lead in standing up to cancer by running against it.

RUN AGAINST CANCER is a charity run for indigent cancer patients under the auspices of Corridor of Hope. To be held on 20 April 2013, 4:30AM, at the Bonifacio Global City Grounds in Taguig City, the fundraising event aims to garner support from allied medical practitioners, corporate partners, other cancer support groups, and cancer patients’ families and friends. 

Supported by SKYJET Airlines, AHCC Nutrients, Manila Water, Bonifacio Global City, along with media partners The Philippine Star, The Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, Moms Today, Health Today, 91.5 BIG Radio, 106.7 Energy FM, 107.5 WIN Radio, 702 DZAS, this charity run is organized by Huper International with Runningmate as our timing partner.

Visit here for more details: https://www.facebook.com/RUNvsCANCER

Sunday, February 10, 2013


  The Necessary Theatre proudly announces the Asian premiere of “ RED ” - the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Play written by American writer John Logan about the famous abstract expressionist painter artist Mark Rothko.

    “RED” is set to open on February 22, 2103  -  7:30 P.M. at CSB - SDA Theater, 5/F College of St. Benilde School of Design And Arts located at  Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila.  The other playdates are on Feb. 23; March 1 and 2, 2013.

        “ Red ” by John Logan won almost every major award in London when it premiered in 2009 and went on to do the same in New York the following year. This brilliant play by John Logan (The Last Samurai, Gladiator, Any Given Sunday) speculates about one of the most enigmatic incidents in the 20th Century art world.

In 1958, the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko was commissioned, for an astounding sum, to paint a series of murals for the cutting edge Seagram Building on Park Avenue. After completing the works, he decides to keep them and returns every penny of his commission. Years later, he donates the works to the Tate Gallery in London and commits suicide.

The play introduces a fictitious assistant who engages Rothko in arguments and conversations that ultimately make us understand why he might decide to withdraw his work from the commission.

Playing Rothko is theater veteran Bart Guingona who also directs. He is matched line for line by another veteran, also a director, albeit one generation younger, Joaquin Valdes playing the fictional assistant Ken.

Bart is known for playing intense, driven characters (Hamlet, John Proctor, Oedipus, etc.) while Joaquin, who started his career at the age of 9 (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), is carving out a name for himself as a film and commercial director. People sat up when he won the an award for his first short “Bulong” at the Beijing Film Festival and then took further notice of his considerable skill and talent when he released “Dagim.” Although these two directors now find themselves busy doing work outside the theater, each one finds himself gravitating back to what both consider a “true love.”

“ Red ” the play is a dramatic look at the artistic process and it is both gripping and emotional and never less than intelligent. In a series of scenes, the two characters trade wit and barbed emotions provoking us to think about the tension between art and commerce; the cycles of fashion and obsolescence; the dynamic between teacher and student, and most touchingly, the relationship between forebear and offspring.

“ Red ” is produced by Actor’s Actors Inc. and CSB’s The Vito Cruz Project.

Tickets are available at Ticketworld 8919999 or through 09159108098. Like us, www.facebook.com/TheNecessaryTheatre.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Livin' La Vida Imelda by CARLOS CELDRAN!

Since 2004, performance artist and cultural activist CARLOS CELDRAN has been performing his multi-media 1970's Philippine history and disco themed Livin' La Vida Imelda tour/ performance at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex. His performance explores issues of Cold-War geopolitics, the global influence of Hollywood, Philippine Post-colonial cultural identity and it's constructs, the ideals of democracy in developing nations, and the creation of what CELDRAN likes to call: "State sanctioned arts & culture". 

This gossipy performance is framed by the biography of the Philippine's flamboyant former first lady Imelda Marcos and set to disco music. 

In lieu of the setting provided by Mrs. Imelda Marcos' commissioned architecture, CELDRAN will be using handmade visual guides, multi-media and selected artworks among the Silverlens collection as a jumping point for the Livin' La Vida Imelda narrative. This is the third time CELDRAN has transposed the performance to a gallery setting. "Livin' La Vida Imelda - The Performance" premiered in 2011 at Twist Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

There will be 19 show dates, these are scheduled on: 
February 13*, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 
March 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

All shows start promptly at 7:30 pm and will be held at Silverlens Gallery located at the 2/F YMC Building II, 2320 Don Chino Roces Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati City. Regular tickets sell for PhP1,100 while student tickets sell for PhP550. The performance runs one hour and forty minutes long with a 15-minute intermission. 


Monday, February 4, 2013


Love Yourself, the country's fastest-growing HIV advocacy group with more than 200 trained volunteers, has launched its 2013 visual campaign dubbed ‘Project Indulge’ in collaboration with advertising agency Campaigns and Grey, and  photographer Jeanne Young.

‘Project Indulge’ – a first-of-its-kind campaign, features provocative yet tasteful imagery coupled with insightful, witty ‘matter-of-fact’ copy that departs from the usual fear tactics of HIV awareness campaigns. It suggests that people include regular HIV testing as part of their personal grooming routine to stay healthy and sexy.

“We have to break away from ‘fear’ since it prevents sexually-active individuals to go for HIV testing which is why we help avoid the stigma behind it through awareness, education and counseling. And based on the results, we believe it is working,” says Chris Lagman, Director for Counseling and Education for Love Yourself. “Love Yourself has reach 2.5 million online -- 2,253 of which were tested. Assistance for treatment were given to the 404 who tested positive.”