May 4, 2016

Epson launches the new next-generation IC Handlers in Southeast Asia

NS8000II IC Handler

Epson announced the launch of the new generation NS8000II series of IC test handlers in Southeast Asia for chip manufacturers and testers in the manufacturing and semiconductor industry.

As the market leader for IC Handlers, Epson’s expertise is in precision engineering and robotics, and showcased its IC Handlers for the first time at Semicon Southeast Asia 2016 in Penang last 26 to 28 April 2016.

The New Generation NS8000II series of IC handlers are capable of transferring, testing, and sorting up to 13,500 chips per hour. They deliver high consistency and accuracy, with standard contact pressure sufficient for high-speed testing of high-pin-count chips. The machines are able to test chips at temperatures as high as 155°C. 

The IC handlers are used widely in testing of chips for wireless communication such as tablet PCs and smartphones, applications for Internet of Things such as wearables, as well as other applications within the manufacturing and automotive industries. IDC estimates that global spending on IoT devices and services will rise from $656 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 20201.

That growth is expected to be fueled by growth in devices, connectivity solutions, and IT services.

Epson’s IC Handlers, developed from its advanced robotics technology, are recognized as the industry’s fastest and most accurate handlers for high-speed transferring, testing and sorting of chips for factory automation. Epson will be providing a one-stop IC Handler solution and will sell directly to customers.
“We are committed to growing our IC Handler business within Southeast Asia, and look to see further growth, with the expected increase in volume of chips for connected devices and solutions. As a market leader of IC handlers in Southeast Asia, Epson’s expertise in precision engineering and robotics has enabled us to deliver IC handlers that are highly accurate and reliable to meet the stringent needs of our customers and to help them reduce testing costs,” said Mr Ng Ngee Khiang, Regional General Manager, Epson Robotics Division.

1IDC Report, Worldwide Internet of Things Forecast, 2015-2020

Take delight in melodies of film with “Klassikal Music Foundation presents: Songs from a Silver World” , Alden Richards and Gerphil Flores will perform

Young Filipino music students from different universities are set to take the stage with great songs from film classics at "Klassikal Music Foundation presents: Songs from a Silver World," happening on May 7, 2016, 7:30PM at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza. 

Founded in 2007 by Dr. George T. Yang, McDonald’s Philippines Founder and Chairman, Klassikal Music Foundation (KMF) aims to help in the development and appreciation of local classical music. This is done by giving scholarships to deserving classical music students who otherwise cannot afford to continue their study of the very specialized field of music. 

Dr. Yang, also known as one of the Philippines’ tenors with a passion for singing and classical music, will be giving a special performance during the concert. Audiences can also expect an award-winning performance from internationally-acclaimed soprano Ms. Rachelle Gerodias and the KMF Chamber Orchestra.

One of KMF’s distinguished scholars, Gerphil Flores, will also be delighting guests with her heavenly voice that got the nods of judges in Asia’s Got Talent last year. McDonald’s endorser and celebrity heartthrob Alden Richards will also grace the stage. 

‘‘There is so much musical talent among our Filipino youth, and this evening will be a proud moment to celebrate. The scholars are truly world-class in their talents and the KMF is committed to support them in their musical endeavors,“ said Dr. Yang.

Over the years, Dr. Yang’s passion for singing has been strengthened with successful albums, concerts, and performances. Hand-in-hand with this passion is his strong desire to help the youth. Both passions come together in KMF. Since 2007, the foundation has supported 47 scholars, carefully selected from the country’s best musical talents. It currently has 22 scholars in its roster. 

"Klassikal Music Foundation presents: Songs from a Silver World" is directed by Andrew Fernando, with musical direction from Hermenegildo Lanera, choreography from Richardson Yao, and light design from John Batalla. The board members of KMF include Dr. George T. Yang, Dr. Raul Sunico, Ms. Shirley Bangayan, Ms. Rosalinda Orosa, Ms. Lily Monteverde, and Ms. Rachelle Gerodias.

All proceeds of the showcase will go to the scholarship fund.

Tickets for the showcase are available for PHP1,000 (Orchestra); PHP750 (Loge); and PHP500 (Balcony) at Golden Arches Corporation’s office in Citibank Building, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. For ticket inquiries, please call (02)813-0935 or (63)929-470-6538.

Novuhair launches enhanced formulation : Topical scalp lotion is now almost 100% natural.

With 19 natural ingredients, the leading medicated topical scalp lotion is now almost 100% natural. 

Sheila Mae Velilla, CEO of Nutramedica, developer and distributor of Novuhair said that “the Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion used to only have 12 natural ingredients. Its improved formulation has a much better fragrance and a cool and minty feel. It also has anti-dandruff properties, as well as nourishing and moisturizing effects on the hair and scalp.” 

Aside from producing a more effective solution for hair growth, the changes were necessary to make the product 100% compliant to the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD). 
“Nature has provided a safe and effective answer to hair loss and scalp disorders with Novuhair. It is the only topical scalp lotion in the market that has the highest concentration of natural ingredients, FDA-certified and ACD-compliant. Novuhair is a homegrown, proudly Philippine-made product that is globally competitive. ” added Velilla.
Made of herbal ingredients that include moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint, Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. 

 Gary Valenciano
Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. 

Nutramedica is going global and will start shipping Novuhair to the USA, Middle East, Europe and Asia. The first batch of shipment to the USA will be available in California by second quarter of 2016. The company has obtained partnership with a distributor in Kuwait, and is currently facilitating product registration in Denmark.

Novuhair has been awarded by Watsons Philippines as the Most Successful New Brand of the Year in 2012 and has been recognized as the leading Medicated Hair Care Brand from 2012 to 2015. Just recently, they introduced Filipino music icon Gary Valenciano as their latest endorser.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. 

For more information visit, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, and follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and

May 3, 2016

Statement of DepEd on Election Poll Duties of Public School Teachers

In less than 10 days, the nation will troop to the polls for the 2016 automated national and local elections. 

Once again, public school teachers will render service as members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), support staff, polling center supervisors and member of the board of canvassers. 

With this, the Department of Education (DepEd) is confident that our public school teachers will rise to the occasion and take on the responsibility--as they have done in the past--to serve the country.

DepEd reminds its teachers to stay neutral and non-partisan. The Department will work closely with local officials and law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of public school teachers who will render their service during the polls. DepEd has also reactivated its Election Task Force (ETF) to assist those who will serve as BEIs. Also, the Department has partnered with the Public Assistant’s Office (PAO) through a Memorandum of Agreement to provide legal assistance to BEI members should there be election-related suits filed against them.

DepEd believes that our school teachers will give their best for an honest and clean national elections.

Globe Telecom opens Gen3 Stores for Premium Dealership

After opening its 12th Gen3 Store in KCC Mall de Zamboanga recently, Globe now opens Gen3 for premium dealership nationwide. By opening new stores in strategic locations around the Philippines, Globe would be able to expand coverage and allow more customers to experience the latest in digital lifestyle.

Premium Dealer Jerry Lim is the 1st to avail the Gen3 Store under the premium dealership program which opened recently at SM San Jose Del Monte Bulacan. The store is the 13th Gen3 store nationwide and also the 238th Globe store nationwide.
“The Globe GEN3 stores are home to various lifestyle zones with stories and exciting features for customers to experience and enjoy. These zones feature latest trends in product, people and even in business. Various lifestyle vignettes illustrate mobile and broadband technologies as connected solutions—featuring the latest devices, apps, digital connectors, gadgets and services that contribute to the total interactive customer experience” - says Globe Retail Transformation and Stores management Head, Joe Caliro.
(L-R) Gino Guinto - Retail Area Head Central & North Luzon, John Velasco - Vice President for Partner Sales & Development, Jerry Lim - Premium Dealer Partner SM San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, Mr. Peping Lim, Mrs. Lun Sy, Suzette Villanueva - Retail Area Manager

Recently this year, Globe opened new Gen3 stores in places such as EDSA Shangri-la, Trinoma Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Legaspi Commercial Center and KCC Mall Zamboanga and more stores to be converted to Gen3 by the rest of 2016.
“With our Gen3 stores now open for premium dealership, Globe will be able to reach more customers. We can provide the same full customer immersive experience of our products, services and also elevate the customer experience of Globe customers nationwide.” – says Vice President for Globe Partner Sales and Development, John Velasco.
As of today, more than 100 Globe stores have been established with Premium Dealers and continues to grow with more partners. Interested parties can inquire about premium dealership of Globe stores to Ms.Judith Nanat of Business Development for Retail Builds & Development, email


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