Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Tasteful Japan” Is This Year's EIGA SAI Theme for 2015

  The Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Tokyo International Film Festival, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, UP Film Institute and the Film Development Council of the Philippines presents EIGA SAI 2015 with the theme of “Tasteful Japan” featuring the flavorful culinary world of Japan and the contemporary films released in Japan in 2014. Expect a variety of film genres—comedy, feature, documentary, historical dramas and the all-time favorite sci-fi/ fantasy to complete this year’s line-up. Eiga Sai 2015 is generously supported by JT International (Philippines), Akira, SumoSam, Bobson, and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation.   

    The director of the opening film “Our Family,” Mr. Yuya Ishii will be coming all the way from Japan to grace the opening night at the Shang Cineplex on July 9 (Thursday/7:30pm screening time). He will also have a Director’s Talk at the Lopez Center Studio, Ateneo de Manila University on July 10 (Friday/3:00pm) and at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 on July 11 (Saturday/4:30pm).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kokos Coconut Cheese Bags SIAL Innovation Award 2015

  Throughout the centuries, the Philippine culinary industry has evolved to become one of the most important players in the Asian food market as it openly embraces fresh new ideas without forgetting to hark back to the past for guidance. It isn’t a surprise that Salon International de I’Agroalimentaire or SIAL, the world’s largest food innovation observatory chose Manila to host its first-ever ASEAN leg in 2014.
Following the success of the first installment, SIAL ASEAN picked up where it left off as it officially opened its doors to its 2nd edition last June 17 at the World Trade Center Manila for three full days of food extravaganza.
Poised to be bigger and bolder than the last, visitors can expect an all-inclusive business class food event geared towards providing fresh new insights through an impressive line-up of product displays and live demonstrations from 350 exhibitors and international pavilions, insightful pocket events and seminars such as SIAL Seminars and La Cuisine.
Moreover, it also seeks to serve as a platform to build new connections among local and foreign networks as it provides the most ideal venue to conduct B2B opportunities with nearly 10,000 attendees from all corners of the globe.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bienvenue! SIAL ASEAN-MANILA 2015 opens today

  Since 1964 Salon International de I’Agroalimentaire, or simply SIAL, has become the venue where the latest innovations in the food industry come to light to help pave the way to the advancement of the global food market. This season marks a significant moment for the Philippine food industry as SIAL ASEAN Manila returns to host the largest food innovation observatory to be held in the Southeast Asian region.

Made possible with a forged partnership between Comexposium and MAFBEX Events Management (MEM), a subsidiary of the country’s leading event and exhibit organizer, Worldbex Services International, all these and more will unfold right before the eyes of the local food industry as the 2nd SIAL ASEAN-MANILA opens today at the World Trade Center.

To officially mark the launch of SIAL ASEAN-MANILA 2015, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held this morning at the lobby of the venue. To attend this momentous event are MEM Founding Chairman Jospeh L. Ang, MEM Co-founder Mrs. Levi S. Ang, MEM Managing Director Jill Aithnie Ang, SIAL Group Director Nicolas Trentesaux, SIAL ASEAN Regional Director Joanne Cook and other MEM executives  who will be joined by honorary guest DA Usec. Bernadette Romulo Puyat representing Secretary Proceso Alcala.

Monday, June 15, 2015

“Advancing Patriotism in the Age of Internet of Things” At The AFP's 2nd Social Media Summit

Quezon City -Following the success of its biggest event in 2014, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be staging its 2nd Social Media Summit on June 23, 2015 with the theme: “Advancing Patriotism in the Age of Internet of Things” to be held at the AFP Theatre, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

    Spearheaded by Media and Civil Affairs Group (MCAG) and Civil-Military Operations School of the Civil Relations Service (CMOS) of the AFP, and organized by public relations agency ArdentComm, the event aims to help an individual or organization’s initiatives in information and communication management, enhance the skills of social media managers and build bigger network with AFP’s civilian counter parts, and to establish a structure or mechanism that will synergize and harness social media efforts to achieve organizational and national goals.

    BGEN JOSELITO E KAKILALA AFP, Civil Relations Service (CRS) Commander said, “with the advancement of technology and a growing community of Filipino netizens, it is time for us to be more relevant by using technology and social media as an effective tool of communication. We want to promote patriotism through the advancement of social media trends and breakthroughs.”

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) 2015!

    The World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) line-up for this year, which will happen from June 24 to July 7, 2015, are as follows;

     Free admission to Main Competition Gala Premiers
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Seven films have been selected to vie in the Main Competition of the World Premieres Film Festival Philippines 2015.

The selected films are set to have their international premiere upon their showing during the festival in June. The Gala Premieres of the films will take place on the dates of June 25-27, 2015.
Films in the Main Competition will vie for the following prestigious awards: Grand Festival Prize and the Grand Jury Prize, as well as awards for Best Performance by an Actor, Best Performance by an Actress, Best Artistic Contribution, Technical Grand Prize, and Best Ensemble Performance.

Filosofi Kopi
directed by Angga Sasongko

Tres Mentiras (Three Lies)
directed by Ana Murugarren

Sonata for Cello (Sonata per a violoncel)
directed by Anna M. Bofarull

Crimean (Kirimli)
directed by Burak Cem Arliel

The End of Love (愛情的盡頭)
directed by Li-Da Hsu

Son of Mine (Gluckauf)
directed by Remy van Heugten

The Territory (Territoriya)
directed by Aleksandr Melnik

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Traveling To New Heights In Style With the All-New NISSAN NV350 URVAN

  Transporting people and their stuff from one place to another has long been a prosaic chore, usually requiring nothing more than a utilitarian van to meet the requirement.  That is, until Nissan came out with the Urvan, which became a hit with the general public for its major advantages.

Since its inception in Japan in 1973, the Urvan has undergone five iterations ever since. Here in the Philippines, the Urvan made its presence felt, both for family use and in the public transport sector.

“Shuttle operators preferred the Urvan for its proven reliability, passenger comfort and strong air-conditioning system, flexible loading and seating capacity for both cargo and passenger,” said Antonio Zara, President and Managing Director of Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI).

And now, there is more reason to rejoice, as NPI introduces the latest generation van, the all-new NV350 Urvan. Designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, shuttle operators, and family users, the 5th generatation NV350 Urvan sports an overhaul to its design and key features, making this vehicle a strong contender in the commercial van class.

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Yamaha International Motor Show 2015 (The Motion of Innovation) Another Iconic Breakthrough of YAMAHA

 SM MALL OF ASIA, PASAY CITY, JUNE 4-7, 2015 — Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. has set its sights to redefine the landscape of the motor industry with breakthrough technology that will challenge the limits of riding lifestyle. The event is centered on Yamaha’s next-generation engine, The Blue Core. This will bring about a new level of riding enjoyment that will take over the country; a fusion of maximum performance and fuel economy enabling a superior ride will now be available in the country.
The introduction of this engine is just the start of a new era for the company with a series of products featuring the Blue Core in town, commuters, racers and hobbyists will have plenty to choose from. First would be a pair of 125 units, one is the Mio i 125 with its unique “M” shape inspired design gives a sharply defined slim body that complements its lightness and convenient handling. It will allow you to reinvent yourself by elevating your daily ride into a more exciting and more colorful by making you do more than ever before. The other is a trailblazing concept that will establish a daunting presence, the Mio Soul i 125. It has a bold design that is intimidating on the road, giving the rider a more confident demeanor on the road. For fans of the MAX series, they were delighted to know about the unveiling of the N-MAX that is built to give great ease, comfort, and power. All three would feature the Blue Core engine.
Last but not the least would be another member of the R-Series. With the recent launch of the YZF-R15 in country, the high velocity lifestyle has hit an all time high. Now, an everyday super sport bike has arrived in the form of the YZF-R3 making any road just like the race tracks.
Also featured is the Big Bike category which will become available later in the year. The Yamaha Tricity, a marvel that features 2 front wheels that adjusts independently to road conditions, The R-Series with the YZF-R1, and YZF-R15. The Marine category also made a splash with the Wave Runner and outboard motors, and Power products, generators that will give you the power of tomorrow, today.
There are also fun activities for everyone such as the photo booth and the motorcycle selfie where guests who have the best photos received freebies. On June 7, it was a chance for Yamaha Club members to exclusively test ride the new Mio i 125.
This is the start of a new era, with ingenuity that inspires an upgraded lifestyle. Passion has reached a new level and Yamaha will take you there.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Philippine Semiconductor & Electronics Convention and Exhibition 2015

The Philippine Semiconductor & Electronics Convention and Exhibition (PSECE) is an annual event with over 150 exhibiting companies whose products and services range from semiconductor, computer related products, consumer electronics, automotive electronics, photovoltaic/solar, telecommunications, control and instrumentation, industrial, and other support industries such as fabrication, tooling, equipment, utilities, and more.

This will be held on June 3-5,2015 at the World Trade Center, Manila, Philippines.

Matchimi to help thousands of contract job seekers clinch jobs in the Philippines

PHILIPPINES, - Matchimi launches casual job search mobile application in Makati City, Philippines early June on both iOS and Android.

Piloting in Makati City in early April 2015, Matchimi has reached out to hundreds of part-timers since. “Matchimi not only made finding a job easy, but it also made finding the best job possible for me” as 19 year old undergraduate, Camille de Pedro puts it.

With a convenient geo-location job discovery feature, Matchimi will benefit job seekers with:

·       Higher employment success rates through eliminating irrelevant and overqualified jobs
·       Maintaining competitive remunerations for the part-timers in both salaries and incentives that companies provide
·       Raising visibility of jobs through consolidating jobs nearby in a map and increasing the ease of location based job searches
·       Boosting part-timers’ productivity in maximizing their effective employment hours, whilst reducing search time and travelling time

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel

 The Department of Tourism (DOT) is expecting 6 Million foreign tourist in 2016 and with the ASEAN integration, this is not impossible to happen. The first thing we usually ask and prepare when visiting for a vacation is an accommodation that's why an influx of tourist inquiring and checking in to different hotels are overwhelming. 
Inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone, there are so many hotels to choose from but only one hotel stand out not only because of the professional and friendly staff but because of the chic & fun KTV, affordable Spa and the restaurant with fixed tables because of the custom made Shabu Shabu embedded gas range. Subic Grand Hoya Hotel is a class of its own located just along Canal Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales which is just 2 hours North away from Manila, Philippines.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Startup Offers Individuals and SMEs with Intelligent Sales Automation Tool to Enhance Sales Productivity

Manila (June 2, 2015) – The life of a sales professional is lonely, and it is even lonelier for those working in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) where the infrastructure and tools to support sales processes are lacking. Given this inadequacy, it is not surprising that the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) highlighted “productivity and efficiency” as one of the four areas that SMEs are facing massive challenges.

ReadySales, an intelligent sales automation and customer relationship management (CRM) app, is here to change that.

One of the founders, a sales professional himself, was motivated to pursue the creation of ReadySales when he realized that there were many others who were facing the same problems as he was. To add to the problem, he was also an entrepreneur and was restricted by tight operating budgets. This meant that the mobile sales automation tools from the usual suspects such as Salesforce would be too expensive and out of his league.

“As an entrepreneur, I often found myself in the driving seat, responsible for growing the company, which basically meant hitting sales targets. However, the sales automation tools that I tried using were not useful in helping me close my deals. For example, I don’t know why but my potential clients always call when I am driving. And they would give me a bunch of critical specifications that would be essential to packaging a good deal. One or two clients is fine but when you have more, it becomes difficult to remember. And you know men are not the best multi-taskers,” confesses Bryan Toh, one of the creators of ReadySales.

This frustration turned into a moment of awakening when he realized that he would not be the only one facing these pain points. A couple of months later, and incorporating technologies developed in-house, ReadySales is primed to fuse process innovation with the art of selling.

Currently, ReadySales fulfils the basic demands of a sales professional by being able to generate quotations on the go, function as a goal manager to track sales progress and manage expenditure.

Yet, the team is pushing ahead at full speed to incorporate more intelligence into the platform. Not forgetting what inspired him to create ReadySales, Bryan is closely monitoring the development of the voice-text summary function, which will aid sales professionals in capturing vital information exchanged verbally when they are on the move.

To further optimize ReadySales for sales professionals, the team ran pilot trials with actual end-customers in enterprises from a variety of sectors, including logistics and distribution, real estate and FMCG. The insight gathered will also allow the team to customize the app to suit the needs of sales professionals from different sectors. Feedback given by trial participants was favorable, with many choosing to continue using the app, even after the trial ended.

As shared by Eugene Ng, a sales manager from Speedmark, “ReadySales powers up my sales flow, all from my mobile phone. It is liberating because I don’t have to lug my laptop every I go, and that means a lot since I am usually on the move 70 percent of the day, almost every day.”

ReadySales is currently in talks with distributors of Enterprise Solutions, and is actively looking for potential partners.

Agile and affordable, ReadySales is the answer to the problem of inadequate support tools that sales professionals in SMEs face. Without having to commit to thousands of pesos in set-up or licensing costs, or worry about being chained to legacy systems, SMEs can now empower their sales force and provide the necessary tools needed to seal the deal. This boost in productivity helps SMEs to sustain their businesses, an outcome in alignment with the directive of the DTI, which considers the development of SMEs as a significant contributor to the Philippines’ long-term economic growth.  

To get early users off the ground, ReadySales is now offering free licenses; email and sign up at the official web to get yours.

ReadyObjects Pte. Ltd.

ReadyObject is a Singapore start-up focusing on bring ready-to-use solutions to startups, SMEs and corporations. ReadyObject believes mobile-first is the future of business and aims to empower businesses with emerging AI technologies from top research institutes of Singapore.

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Startup Tackles Problems with Preschool Management to Improve Quality of Preschools and Ease Parents’ Concern

Manila, Philippines (June 2, 2015) – Singapore-based startup, Taidii is hard at work these days, actively deploying its childcare management suite of solutions in preschools in Makati, Manila. “Taidii” – pronounced as “teddy”, like the plush toy that children are familiar with, aims to convey feelings of intimacy, trust and comfort. These are the same values that the startup hopes to associate with its solutions and services brought to the teachers, caretakers, parents and children in the Philippines.

As one of the leading preschool management solution providers in Singapore, Taidii is already serving major preschool chains such as MindChamps, Global Eduhub and IMAN. The Philippines, with deployment of preschool management solutions still in the nascent stages, is a strategic and critical market.

“Taidii believes that by imparting best practices in preschool management to school owners and teachers in the Philippines, we can help reduce inefficiencies, foster the relationship between parents and the school and focus on providing better care for the children. Moreover, the benefits of using Taidii’s solutions are aligned with the core values of the Filipino people, which is enabling a healthier and more interactive way of communication,” explains Wang Bin, CEO for Taidii.


By turning every bed into a smart bed, Nana helps answer the question on every parent’s mind – “is my child alright?”
Manila, June 2015 – For most parents, watching footage of their motionless babies sleeping or hearing the deafening silence of their baby monitors does little to allay their fears. A tech startup wants to change this with Nana, their product that promises to go beyond monitoring to help anxious parents in the Philippines better protect their little ones.
Through a thin, contactless sensor mat that slips under a child’s mattress, Nana turns any bed into a smart bed, monitoring the child’s breathing, heart rate, sleep patterns, and environment unobtrusively. It not only alerts parents when their toddlers require immediate attention, but also gives parents deeper insights into their well­being.

The Philippines – The “Guuud” Strategy to Kickstarting Market Expansion Initiatives in Southeast Asia

Manila (June 2, 2015) – “Guuud”, a Singapore-based startup unveils its app for the very first time today – not in Singapore but at A Space Manila, a co-working facility in the Philippines. The startup is part of a delegation participating in a media and customer event hosted by The Co-Foundry, a Singaporean venture accelerator. Till now, founders of Guuud were adament about keeping the tracking and comparison app under wraps, choosing the Philippines as the first country to launch it.

“With a huge base of highly sophisticated and demanding consumers, we always believed that the Philippines will make a great launching pad for Guuud. The team knows that if we are able to satisfy a market of users who are keen to experiment with technology, we will be able to create a compelling and robust app. It is a no-brainer for Guuud to choose the Philippines to test our app before expanding overseas to other markets”, attests Pengfei Xing, founder of Guuud.

Indeed, with the median age in the Philippines at 24 and an emerging population of savvy consumers who are already familiar with e-commerce and price comparison websites, Filipinos fall squarely into Guuud’s target audience.

Guuud is a web and mobile platform that will enable real-time, continuous monitoring of an array of interest areas from new product launches to upcoming events and celebrity gossip. The version launched today however, will first focus on letting its users track the price changes of items in popular e-commerce stores in the Philippines, for instance Kimstore, Zalora and OLX . Yet, this is no mere feat, with Guuud already supporting 16 major e-commerce sites frequented by Filipinos. It also has an aggressive target to increase its coverage to 1000 sites by early 2016; and will allows users to vote for websites they want to track.

                         Step 1                                                  Step 2                                                Step 3
        Select items for price tracking                 Set the desired price point                     Receive an alert when item               
                                                                                                                                       reaches desired price point

A 25 year old marketing executive from Manila who participated in the user trial shares her experience,

“I love searching for good deals online, so I found Guuud helpful since I don’t have to check multiple sites whenever I am free to see if the items I want to buy are on sale. I just need to wait for the alerts, and everything is accessible on a single platform. Guuud has definitely made me a more effective shopper!”

Accurate tracking and alerts are achieved using Guuud’s proprietary infrastructure comprising of a massive automatic crawling engine, categorization and tagging, as well as image recogition algorithms.

The large amounts of data collected can serve as market intelligence to online merchants. Through an aggregation of consumers’ desired price points for instance, merchants are able to determine optimum retail prices for their products. This knowledge in turn, helps merchants to engage in more accurate sales forecasting, execute more effective price-driven promotions and even plan future product offerings.

According to a Nielsen study, 60 percent of Filipino respondents shared that they would less likely try a new product during challenging economic times. It is no doubt that Guuud plays a critical role in removing this barrier and bridging price-sensitive consumers with their preferred merchants to facilitate the sale.

To learn more from a Guuud representative, email


Guuud is a web and mobile platform that aims to be the individual’s personalized tracker, helping to reduce effort needed in information retrieval on interest areas. Its secondary mission is to bridge consumers and merchants, and optimizing the communication and interaction between both entities. With Guuud - stop searching, start tracking.
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Singapore Venture Accelerator Adds Vibrancy to the Philippines Startup Scen

Manila, Philippines (June 2, 2015) -- The Co-Foundry, a venture accelerator from Singapore has officially established its presence in Manila today, with an inaugural event at the co-working facility, A Space Manila. Kicking off with a press conference, The Co-Foundry will introduce a host of exciting initiatives in the Philippines – among which, working with its international partners to select promising fintech startups in the Philippines for admission into its fintech acceleration program. 5 of its portfolio startups will also launch here, showcasing their solutions at a mini startup exhibition at the event. Industry experts gracing the event as panelists will also speak about trends in fintech and cross collaborations among startup ecosystems in the United States and Southeast Asia, specifically the Philippines.

Forum On Artists Welfare Protection

  To all Filipino artists, 18 years old and above, in the fields of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and design, literature, architecture, cinema, traditional arts, and technical support (sound engineering, lighting design, etc.), who would like to take part in an artists' initiative to improve artists' welfare conditions, you are cordially invited to participate in the Artists Welfare Project Inc.'s Orientation and Registration, General Assembly, and Forum on the Artists Welfare and Protection Act, this June 6, Saturday, 3-7pm, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

  Avail of the 2015 free AWPI membership; participate in the discussions; vote in the elections; share food and camaraderie with fellow-artists. Maraming salamat sa inyong pakiki-isa. Please share to your artist networks. Mabuhay ang mga alagad ng sining ng Pilipinas!

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