February 28, 2013

Join SpotlightPinas’ Photography & Travel Writing Workshops on March 16

Learn now and earn later by learning the industry standards in PHOTOGRAPHY and TRAVEL WRITING! Know how great photos are taken but do not have the money to pay for a professional training. You can write awesome articles on Travels in the publishable way.
Spotlight Pinas, a new an upcoming network of writers and photographers that aim to promote the beauty of the Philippines will conduct a series of Summer Workshops this March 2013 onward. The series will kick off with ‘Photography and Travel Writing Workshops‘ slated on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 11am to 5pm at YTREE, The Hub, Greenfield District (near EDSA – Shaw Blvd MRT).
Registration Fee is P2,000 for the two sessions but those who will register on or before February 28 will get a P500 discount! You just have to pay P1,500.00.
It is inclusive of workshop materials and food during the workshops. To register, text us at 0915.395.8748 or email your concerns to workshops@spotlightpinas.com. Only 20 slots available! So hurry and register! 
P.S. Participants will also get the chance to be a contributor in the website magazine that we will launch soon.

Financial businesses embrace Globe Business security solutions

“Information technology is vital to that security because nowadays, our day-to-day financial transactions involve not simply cash or gold reserves but data: money and goods are traded in the form of bits and bytes of information exchanged across the world,” said Manny Aligada, Head of Corporate & SME Segments, Globe Business. 
WebEye service from Globe Business provides reliable, real-time, Internet-based surveillance of office premises, ATM booths, vaults and other off-limits areas that financial institutions need to protect. The images captured by WebEye are accessible via desktop PC, laptop, netbook,  tablet device, or smartphone, from anywhere with an Internet connection.
In  a high-stakes, high-risk industry like finance, data security is of paramount importance. Not only are millions of dollars’ (or pesos) worth of assets at stake, but the trust and confidence of one’s clients, as well. This makes advanced, reliable, and secure information technology a must for every financial institution.

“There are millions of financial transactions going on in the world every minute, from ATM withdrawals to credit card purchases, to trade at the stock market. The challenge is, with financial activities already on a global scale, how to secure these activities," said Aligada.

Globe Business provides Fleet Management Service that uses GPS tracking technology to monitor the location of company vehicles in real time. Entrepreneurs can now know exactly where their vehicles and personnel are while on the move, and even determine what is the best route to take to avoid traffic and other delays.

According to Aligada, Globe Business offers state-of-the-art, advanced and reliable information technology-based security products and services to financial institutions. These infotech solutions are maintained, updated and secured at the optimum level through the infrastructure of the Globe Telecom network. 

“A fast, secure and reliable Internet connection is a given for any financial enterprise. You simply cannot make financial transactions without it anymore. Besides an Internet connection, however, there are other solutions that such an enterprise needs for security reasons,” said Aligada. 

He also added that Globe Business’ solutions are customizable to the unique needs of all types of financial institutions, so it is important that these companies sit down with their Globe Business representative to discuss their needs. 

Secured business data 

Financial institutions would do well to organize and secure their data and ICT resources through the Globe Business’ Data Center—a technologically advanced, highly secured facility built for data storage.
Financial institutions like banks, insurance offices, pawnshops, moneychangers, lending companies and similar businesses will reap tremendous benefits from WebEye, an Internet-based surveillance system. WebEye also helps banks in particular to comply with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) security regulations requiring them to install surveillance cameras in their premises, as well as ATM sites.
Data Center offers a wide range of services including co-location, dedicated service hosting, LAN-based Internet, media storage, disaster recovery seats, recovery services, and email hosting. 

Financial institutions rely on and process huge amounts of data—especially confidential information—so ensuring that this information is utilized in a fast, reliable and secure way is of vital importance.

Lost or compromised data, whether due to a computer virus, deliberate hacking, spying or data theft; or computer hardware/system failure, is disastrous for business. Globe Business’ Data Center prevents such a catastrophe, which would otherwise result in losing the confidence and trust of clients and investors. 

Private network 

Globe Business offers financial institutions two services, the Virtual Private Network (VPN) Express, and the Multi-Protocol Label Switch (MPLS) that allow authorized personnel to remotely access business data and connect a company's branches and company sites. 

VPN lets one read company emails, upload and download files, check reports, and do other business tasks—even outside the office. This business solution ensures private, secure communication between two or more multi-site companies. It provides real-time connectivity and access to a company’s secured network. Executives, managers, and consultants may access business data and assist their colleagues; all in real time live from home or anywhere with Internet access.

VPN Express provides highly secured and efficient networking between the financial institution’s head office and its company sites.

On the other hand, MPLS allows interconnection of systems and applications among business branches within a scalable and reliable network. It's most useful to any finance-related business whose branches need to coordinate with one another to ensure quality service to clients. 

The MPLS has three levels of Quality of Service—Standard, Business, and Premium—to manage network traffic in a cost effective manner. 

Pro-active security, surveillance 

Globe Business has a Security and Surveillance service that gives owners greater control over securing company sites. Security and Surveillance installs security devices (such as motion and door sensors, panic buttons) that are linked to Globe M2M Management System. 

When an intruder breaks in to the secured site for example, the M2M security devices send out alerts through the computer network. This signals the system to deploy an emergency response team to deal with the threat. 

The M2M Security and Surveillance system is pro-active and preventive: the security devices are always ready to activate alarms and trigger an emergency response. 

All in all, Globe Business' M2M Solutions optimize the functionality and productivity of a company's machines/assets. They make business operations less costly yet more efficient. They also provide greater security and control over a company's mobile and fixed assets. 

M2M Solutions are ideal for financial enterprises such as banks, pawnshops, as well as other businesses—including the food and/or service industries (restaurants, resorts, hotels, etc.); manufacturing, distribution—that rely on machine-to-machine networking and pro-active security. 
Direct Internet by Globe Business provides financial institutions with high-speed, reliable Internet access of up to 10 Mbps. On the other hand, bankers, stock-brokers, insurance agents, consultants and other finance professionals, who are always on the go, will benefit from Globe Tattoo Broadband which provides Internet access, anytime, anywhere.

Watch through WebEye 

Every financial institution also needs to monitor and secure its physical premises. For this, Globe Business offers WebEye, an online video surveillance system that monitors activities in one’s business premises and streams these video images through a private, secure Internet connection. The surveillance videos are viewable by management and other authorized personnel on any Internet device: a desktop computer; laptop; mobile phone or tablet.

Banks, insurance offices, pawnshops, moneychangers, lending companies and other businesses that need to secure its premises—including hotels, restaurants, bars or resorts; factories; warehouses; retail outlets; government/law enforcement agencies—will reap tremendous benefits from this service.

WebEye will also help financial institutions, banks in particular, comply with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) security regulations. For example, in 2008, the BSP released BSP Circular number 620 to banks, requiring them to install surveillance cameras in their premises, and also to similarly secure ATM sites. 

Automated trunklines 

Financial institutions need infrastructure that allows constant communication between personnel in various departments and their clients.

This need is best served through Globe Business’ Integrated Services Digital Network - Primary Rate Interface (ISDN PRI), an innovative solution for business voice. It provides fast, accurate data transmission over existing copper telephone wiring. 

ISDN PRI is composed of 30 channels with corresponding subscriber numbers capable of both outgoing and incoming calls, providing direct connection without need to pass through an operator. ISDN PRI provides clear, digital transmission for voice and data communications. 

“Information technology and modern telecommunications are our allies in securing our businesses and keeping the confidence and trust of our clients. Globe Business is the best partner that a financial institution can have when it comes to securing their data and their offices, as well as providing their communications needs,” said Aligada. 

Learn more about what Globe Business can do for you by visiting http://business.globe.com.ph/ or calling (02) 730-1288. 

Globe Business is the corporate arm of Globe Telecom, the leading mobile telecommunications company in the Philippines. Globe Business provides wireless and wireline solutions for a diverse set of industries, businesses, and commercial enterprises. It assures SMEs of affordable, reliable, and dependable services for all communication needs, both wireless and wireline solutions, to generate the highest possible profit at the lowest possible cost. 

Experience the benefits of having customized solutions to support your business.
Consult a Globe Business Account Manager, visit Globe stores, call the Globe Business Hotline at +632 730-1288 or log on to http://www.globe.com.ph/business today to find out more.

Villar bats for creation of Department of OFW for our "new hereos" of the country

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) dubbed as "New Heroes" of the country, face the challenges of working outside the country. Hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who have sought greener pastures abroad.

But, we all know,  the realities of life abroad are not the wholesome. Most Filipino workers are overworked, both males and females. They silently endure harsh treatment in order to save and send money for their families back home. they wish to experience. Not a few overseas workers suffer maltreatment from cruel employers. 

Having been exposed to all the troubles and maltreatment encountered by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in their quest for greener pasture, former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar vowed to push for the creation of a separate department for Filipino migrant workers if elected senator. 
Managing director of the Villar Foundation for the past 20 years, Misis Villar, being a three-time congresswoman has learned about the various ‘harrowing ordeal’ suffered by our distraught workers.

“I even had the chance to personally talk to them during their arrival in the country since their repatriation is among our tasks of our Sagip OFW program under the Villar Foundation,” noted Villar, popularly known as “Misis Hanep Buhay.” 

The President of the the Lady Legislators in the House of Representatives in the 12th, 13th and 14th Congress said the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (DOFW) which she intends to propose in the Senate, will centralize all the services and functions of concerned government agencies or bureaus for OFWs. 

She said the creation of a department dedicated solely to OFWs would simplify and harmonize efforts to look after them when there is a crisis and secure their welfare and rights during normal times. 

“This would also put an end to finger-pointing among government agencies involved in the evacuation and repatriation of our distressed OFWs especially those who ran away from their abusive employers, and those in conflict areas,” said Misis Villar who is running for senator under the ticket of Team PNoy. 

“We should promptly ensure that our OFWs are always protected since we consider them ‘modern day heroes.’ We draw a lifeline from their remittances being sent to the country. The dollar remittances provide a big boost to the country’s economy,” stressed Villar. 

She related that her husband, Sen. Manny Villar, who served as House Speaker and Senate President had already filed a similar bill in the Senate, but it was not acted upon. 

The senator had called for the establishment of a Cabinet-level agency exclusively for OFWs and their families at the height of the growing crisis in Syria. He said this would adequately and promptly address the needs of OFWs around the world. 

Latest statistics from the Philippine Overseas Employment Association show we have over 2.2 billion OFWs in different parts of the world.

We thank our OFWs for the enormous contributions they’re rendering to our country. But we pray that God will help them surmount the moral and family problems they’re encountering in their pursuit for a better life.

February 27, 2013

ABS-CBN's Top Rating Teleseries "Be Careful with my Heart" World Tour Starting this March!

"Be Careful with my Heart" is the story about a simple girl MAYA DELA ROSA (Jodi Sta. Maria) who journeys to the big city to follow her dreams to become a flight stewardess to help her family. And meet the handsome SIR CHIEF ( Richard Yap), and family. Maya encounters bigger challenges that will test her strength and will challenge even her own heart.  Because she falls in love with the kids and with Richard himself.

This is ABS-CBN's no.1 daytime "kilig-serye" as we call it, with love and romance comedy that many people fell in love to Maya, Sir Chief, Baby Abby and all characters.

During the Thanksgiving Press Conference held at the ABS-CBN restaurant last February 25, they officially announced that "Be Careful with my Heart" cast led by Jodi Sta. Maria (Maya) and Richard Yap (Sir Chief), is going on a world tour to thank the global Filipinos for their phenomenal support to ABS-CBN's no.1 daytime kilig-serye. Maya, Sir Chief and their families are set to visit Asia, Middle East, USA and Europe starting this March!
The cast will fly to the Middle East in March; USA and Canada in May; Europe in August; and Japan in November.

“Be Careful With My Heart” has changed the daytime viewing of the whole nation since it premiered last July 2012. Now, almost seven months on-air, the show has achieved several milestones. The daytime teleserye enjoyed high TV ratings nationwide that are comparable to primetime shows. Its soundtrack sold so well to achieve a gold status. Its mall shows were such a hit that thousands of fans flock to every event, in any location.
The show was such a big hit that it quickly invaded the digital world as it managed to become a daily hot topic on social networking sites like Twitter, one of the most liked fanpages on Facebook and the most viewed program in the video-on-demand site iWanTV with more than 25 million page views as of January 2013. 

It has also won the hearts of global Filipinos as proven by its record of being the most viewed program on The Filipino Channel’s TFC.TV with 3.2 million page views as of January 2013. The kilig-serye further proved its unique international appeal as it was recently named as one of the finalists in telenovela category of the prestigious 2013 New York Festivals (NYF) World’s Best Television and Film.
Talented and pretty child actress Mutya  Orquia ( Abby)  said that she's so happy to go 
to other countries to thank people watching her in "Be careful with my Heart."
For more details about the world tour, continue to follow “Be Careful With My Heart,” everyday, 11:45am, before “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN’s Prime-Tanghali.

Also, don’t miss “Be Careful With My Heart Sabado Rewind” every Saturday, 10am, before “It’s Showtime.”
For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com, follow @becarefulheart on Twitter; and ‘like’ the show’s official Facebook fanpage at www.facebook.com/becarefulwithmyheartofficial.

February 26, 2013

Tanghalang Pilipino Summer Theater Adventure 2013

TANGHALANG PILIPINO (TP), the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), is proud to present the 2013 Summer Theater Adventure, a month-long program of various theatrical activities in different age levels designed to unleash the creative potentials of aspiring theater artists.

TP’s acting workshops have been highly-acclaimed by parents, students and educational institutions for the intensive training and excellent experience it imparts on the participants.

The 2013 Summer Theater Adventure is composed of classes for children, teens and adults facilitated by some of the country’s most outstanding thespians and practitioners in the field. Special lectures are also given by TP’s outstanding alumni.  Each workshop culminates in a recital held at the CCP – Tanghalang Huseng Batute, where students get the chance to be seen by talent scouts. 

April 4-6, 10-13, 16-20, 23-25 2013
April 26, 2013 - RECITAL of Musical Teen Theater / Teen Theater @ 3pm
April 26, 2013 - RECITAL of Beginning Acting / Acting in Musical Theater @ 8pm
April 28, 2013- RECITAL of Children’s Dramatic Theater 1 and 2 @ 3pm
Course Details
Children’s Dramatic Theater 1
(5-8 years old)
 16 sessions
Tuesday-Saturday, 9am -12nn 
April 4-28, 2013
Creative dramatics for children using games, storytelling techniques, movement, music and masks as tools of expression. Participants perform in a showcase production at the end of the course.
Tanghalang Huseng Batute
 (CCP Studio Theater)
Children’s Dramatic Theater 2
(9-12 years old)
16 sessions
Tuesday-Saturday, 9am -12nn 
April 4-28, 2013
Creative dramatics for children using games, storytelling techniques, movement, music and masks as tools of expression. Participants perform in a showcase production at the end of the course.
Museo ng Kalinangan ng Pilipinas
(CCP Multi-Purpose Hall)
Musical Teen Theater
16 sessions
(13-16 years old)
Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm -5pm
April 4-26, 2013
An introduction to performance skills for young adults, the workshop integrates creative drama, music, writing, movement and visual arts to explore themes concerning the youth. Script analysis and voice for theater are likewise incorporated in the course.
Bulwagang Amado Hernandez
(CCP Conference Room)
Teen Theater
16 sessions
(13-16 years old)
Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm -5pm
April 4-26, 2013
An introduction to performance skills for young adults, the workshop integrates creative drama, music, writing, movement and visual arts to explore themes concerning the youth. Script analysis and voice for theater are likewise incorporated in the course.
Tanghalang Huseng Batute
 (CCP Studio Theater)
Beginning Acting
(17 years old & above)
18 sessions
Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm -5pm
April 4-26, 2013
A practical application of the rudiments of acting, including concentration, spontaneity, improvisation, confidence, body and voice preparation, characterization and script analysis to create a unique and authentic life on stage.
Museo ng Kalinangan ng Pilipinas
(CCP Multi-Purpose Hall)

Acting in Musical Theater
16 sessions
(17 years old and above)
Tuesday-Saturday, 6-10pm
April 10 to May 4, 2012
An introduction to performance skills for young adults, the workshop integrates creative drama, music, writing, movement and visual arts to explore themes concerning the youth. Script analysis and voice for theater are likewise incorporated in the course.
Museo ng Kalinangan ng Pilipinas
(CCP Multi-Purpose Hall)
Production & Stage Management
(17 years old and above)
 12 sessions
Tuesday-Saturday, 6-10pm
April 4-28, 2013
Organizing the production, communicating across different disciplines, and keeping everything running smoothly. Learn about the seamless management of the technical as human aspects of a production.
Tanghalang Huseng Batute
(CCP Studio Theater)
Summer Workshop Teachers for 2013
Childrens Dramatic Theater 1
Facilitator : Marco Viana
Assistant : Remus Villanueva
Childrens Dramatic Theater 2
Facilitator: Jonathan Tadioan 
Assistant : Doray Dayao & Ralph Mateo
Teen Theater
Facilitator: Regina De Vera
Co- Facilitator : Jovanni Cadag
Beginning Acting
Facilitator: Tuxqs Rutaquio
Assistant : Niccolo Magno

Production & Stage Management
Facilitator: Ed Murillo
Floy Quintos on “Acting for Musical Theater” – April 4-26, 2013 (T-Th) 6-10pm / MKP CCP
Chris Millado on “Acting Theories” – May 7-9 & 14-16, 2013 (T-Th)
9am-12nn / Arts In the City, Bonifacio Global City Taguig

Rody Vera on “Interpreting Shakespeare” - May 21-23 & 28-30, 2013 (T-Th)
9am-12nn / Arts In the City, Bonifacio Global City Taguig
WORKSHOP FEE: Php8,000.00 (Inclusive of All Materials & Recital Fee)For Reservations:
• Call at 822-6920 / 8323661 / 8321125 loc. 1620 / 1621 and look for Lorelei Celestino
or check out new website: www.tanghalangpilipino.org.ph
• Visit Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation, Inc. 2/F PDC Bldg., CCP Complex,
Roxas Blvd., Pasay City


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