September 30, 2014

Gilas Pilipinas fans meet Marc Pingris

Filipino basketball fans (L-R) Jerome Hernandez, Jeiel Guarino, Andrew Penaranda, Mike Cleofe and Jose Clipper Besin pose with Gilas Pilipinas Player and Master Game Face ambassador Marc Pingris during a meet and greet event at the sidelights of the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Seville, Spain.
The winners of the Master Game Face Goes to Spain promo, sponsored by the biggest male face care brand in the Philippines, all flew to Spain for an 8-day all expenses paid trip and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch live and cheer for members of the national men’s basketball team, as they put their oil-free game faces on and play in the biggest basketball event in the world.

#Laban Pilipinas, #MasterGoesToSpain, #MasterGameFace

Don Moen returns to Manila on October 17 - “God Will Make A Way! Philippine Tour 2014”

“God Will Make A Way! Philippine Tour 2014” will treat concert-goers to an inspiring musical and spiritual experience featuring the musical talent and skill of the 64-year-old artist who has captivated millions with his marvelous voice and style that gave the world songs like “God Will Make A Way,” “Thank You, Lord,” “God Is Good All The Time” and “Give Thanks”. 

Don Moen, the singer-songwriter-producer who gained worldwide recognition for his hit praise-and-worship songs that interpret closely the words of the Bible, is scheduled to return to Manila for an evening of contemporary Christian music on Friday, Oct. 17, at the new CCF Center, Frontera Verde Ortigas Ave., Pasig City (beside Tiendesitas).

The popular American singer will take center stage during the one-night musical presentation from Ovation Productions almost one year after his last local tour that took him to the cities of Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos and Dipolog in Mindanao and which followed his 2012 concert series that covered Metro Manila, Tagbilaran City and Butuan City.

Other Christian songs he has popularized include “Lord, I Offer My Life To You”, “Crown Him”, “I Want To Be Where You Are”, “Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord”, “Celebrate, Jesus, Celebrate”, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, “All We Like Sheep”, “Your Steadfast Love”, and many more. 

Aside from his excellent vocal quality and style, Don’s music stands out for its straightforward simplicity that bares men’s souls before God, and which contributes in making worship music sound so effortless, animated by his smooth tenor over catchy, string-laden adult contemporary tunes.

While many worship leaders can reach only certain demographics, Don can extend to and touch a cross-section of worshippers and believers from diverse social classes and religious beliefs, with many seniors and youngsters enjoying his songs. 

A frequent visitor to the Philippines during the past several years, Don has established a solid base of Pinoy fans of different classes and ages and who are expected to turn out in impressive numbers during his coming performance.

Associated with some of the best-known contemporary Christian music for more than three decades, Don developed his musical talent while attending Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma until he became a Living Sound musician for Terry Law Ministries before joining Integrity Incorporated, authors of the “Hosanna! Music” praise and worship series.

As worship leader, he produced a total of 11 volumes in the series, including the first album, “Hosanna! Music: Give Thanks” which sold hundreds of thousands of copies and became the label’s bestseller. He followed this up with a number of successful albums of his own. His music has total global sales of over five million copies.

After working for 20 years in such positions as creative director of Integrity Media, president of Integrity Label Group and executive producer of Integrity Music albums, Don left Integrity Media in 2008 to start a new venture, the Don Moen Company, which eventually acquired MediaComplete, the church software company that created MediaShout.

Don received a Dove Award for his work on the musical, “God With Us” and Dove Award nominations for ”God Will Make A Way” and eight other songs two years earlier. A greatest hits compilation featuring 19 top hits and aptly titled, “God Will Make A Way: The Best of Don Moen” was released by Integrity in 2003.

A prolific songwriter, Don has worked with Claire Cloninger, Paul Overstreet, Martin J. Nystrom, Randy Rothwell, Ron Kenoly, Bob Fitts, Debbye Graafsma, Paul Baloche, Tom Brooks, among many others. He has also worked with talented musicians like Justo Almario, Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna, Paul Jackson, Jr., Lenny LeBlanc and Carl Albrecht.

Don’s album, “Hiding Place,” became his first studio, followed by “I Believe There Is More” in the fall of (2008), “Uncharted Territory” (2012), and “Christmas: A Season of Home,” (2012). Don released an album titled, “Hymnbook” as a celebration of his reaching over one million likes on his Facebook page.

He is visiting the Philippines fresh from a historic Holy Land tour on Sept. 9-14, where he worshipped in Israel together with his wife Luisa and other worship leaders like Lenny LeBlanc, Paul Wilbur and Bible teacher and author Stephen Mansfield. Three months earlier, He embarked on a tour of Africa that was highlighted by a three-day concert in Kampala, capital city of Uganda. 

Join us in a night of praise and worship with Don Moen at CCF Center, Frontera Verde Ortigas Ave., Pasig City on 17th October.

“God Will Make A Way! Philippine Tour 2014” is produced by Ovation Productions and supported by The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, BusinessWorld,, 96.3 Easy Rock, Retro 105.9 and Monster Radio RX 93.1. Ticket prices are P2,000, P1,500, P1,000 and P500 plus applicable service charges. 

Tickets are available at the CCF Center, (02) 635-3410 and at Ticketworld outlets (891-9999) and online at

September 29, 2014

Tata Motors launches the Big 7 eco-diesel vehicles

The Big 7 from Tata Motors now retail in the Philippines -  heavy-duty eco-diesel vehicles, pickups and mini trucks to take over Philippine roads.
Photo: Gadgetpilipinas

Pilipinas Taj Autogroup, the No.1 automotive brand in India launches Big 7 heavy-duty eco-diesel vehicles during the event last September 25 held at the Mega Tent in Libis, Quezon City.

Pilipinas Tadj unveiled two sedans -- The Tata Indigo Diesel sedan and the Tata Manza Aura Diesel sedan at its Tata Motors Big 7 launch.
Also launched at the same event were the Tata Indica Diesel, the hatchback equivalent of the Tata Indigo, both of which are perfect for fleet service with style and comfort to boot.

The Tata Vista Ignis Diesel, a diesel version of the Tata Manza; a new and improved Tata Xenon XT Diesel pickup in 4x4 and 4x2 versions; the Tata Super Ace “Big Boy”, a go-to vehicle for carrying heavy loads and the more nimble and zippy Tata Ace “Bata”.

The Tata Indigo Diesel is a Tata Motors bestseller because of its cost- and fuel efficiency. It looks great inside and out, boasts of spacious interiors and the brand’s signature chrome accentuated smiling grille and teardrop headlamps.

It is safety-oriented and family-friendly. Performance-wise, the 1.4 liter turbo diesel engine and independent suspension offer a maneuverable and smooth ride. The hatchback Tata Indica Diesel offers the same amenities, with a sportier look. 

The Tata Manza Aura and Tata Vista Ignis join Tata’s family of diesel variants, offering similar style and dimensions as the petrol-run Manza and Vista with a cost-efficient and high-performing diesel touch. The Ignis and Aura have same high-class brake and suspension systems, classy interiors and looks, with better fuel mileage and heavy-duty eco-diesel performance.

The Tata Super Ace and Tata Ace mini trucks meanwhile are workhorses with multi-purpose bodies that can easily be customized for delivery or transport of various business needs. 

The Tata Ace “Bata” is the best in its category for fuel efficiency with its efficient Diesel engine and a load capacity of 750kg. Best as a jeepney body variant, it can confidently brave both city and rural roads because of bigger tires, high ground clearance, independent suspension system with disc brakes and drum brakes for the front and rear, respectively. Safety is a big investment, so the Tata Ace has intrusion panels on the front doors, seat belts, and a crash-tested body from the front, roof and back. Various body configurations can be used on the Ace, as well as a 2 year or 36,000 km warranty is included in every purchase thus making it a very versatile investment. 

The Tata Super Ace alias “Big Boy”, on the other hand, has more power to go places with a load capacity of 1 ton! Its strong chassis, independent suspension running on a 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine and a Load Conscious Reducing Valve (LRCV) makes this Big Boy ultra-versatile in fulfilling a wide range of functions for passenger carriage or delivery uses.

Perfect for longer trips, the Tata Super Ace “Big Boy” can also be fitted with various rear body configurations to suit your business needs.

As for the Tata Xenon XT, it is a more empowered workhorse with enhanced looks and capabilities. The 4X4 and 4X2 variants now has a sleeker console, adjustable seating, streamlined facilities, a stronger and tougher load body and has 150 PS of power, plus more Low End Torque at 223 Nm for power and acceleration.

What makes the Big 7 launch even bigger are the special introductory prices of the following world-tested eco-diesel powered vehicles.

-- Tata Indica Diesel Hatchback retails at PhP 545,000
-- Tata Indigo Diesel Sedan is at PhP 525,000
-- Tata Vista Ignis Diesel hatchback retails at PhP 678,000
-- Tata Manza Aura Diesel sedan retails at PhP 738,000

-- The rugged Tata Xenon XT 4X4 pickup sells at PhP 1,135,000 while also capable 4X2 variant sells at PhP 830,000.

-- Tata Ace micro truck is available at PhP 360,000 for cab and chassis configuration.

For the Tata Super Ace 1 ton mini truck, feel free to inquire through our showrooms regarding our special introductory price.

All these vehicles come with a 3 year or 100,000 km warranty, and for the Ace it comes with a 2 year or 36,000 km warranty which ensures a stress free ownership.

The all new models can be visited and test-driven at the Tata Motors showrooms at Marcos Highway in Marikina City, Ortigas Extension in Cainta, Rizal; and Barrio Pampanga in Davao City. More showrooms will be opened this year at Quezon Ave in Quezon City and in Cagayan de Oro City. Visit any of our showrooms or give us a call to know more about our special introductory prices for all our vehicles. 

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Midea’s new wave of cooking redefines culinary adventures

Midea, known as one of the world’s largest producer of consumer appliances, its latest kitchen appliance line answers food preparation woes with all-new kitchen range.

Charles Zhang - Deputy General Manager Phillip Trapaga - General Manager Guest Chef Rob Pengson Joeben Gamatero II - Marketing Director and Jerry Zhao

A New Wave of Cooking aims to solve the food-preparation woes of Filipino households, to change the way you do things around the kitchen. 

With the lifestyles of modern homemakers changing at a fast pace, lengthy and tedious meal preparations have become quite a challenge for champions of the household. In the kitchen, it is no longer just about how food is prepared—more importantly, it is about how fast and easy the task can be done. 
Phillip Trapaga General Manager of Concepcion Midea Inc Philippines speaks at the launch of their New Wave of Cooking kichen appliance line.

During the product launch event, Phillip Trapaga, General Manager of Midea Philippines shared that 
“while meal preparation appears to be such a mundane part of our daily tasks, it actually has considerable weight in our way of life because it affects how we manage our time and, more importantly, our health and well being.”

According to Trapaga, there are three essential factors that are considered when cooking: meal preparation, nutritional value, and cost. “Midea’s new kitchen range presents solutions for each of these,” he added.

A special guest during the event, Celebrity Chef Rob Pengson shared some insights about his ideal kitchen. He said, “A handy kitchen is composed of appliances that provide the best-tasting meals without compromising energy efficiency and affordability.”

Guest Chef Rob Pengson performs a live kitchen demonstration using Midea's latest line of kitchen appliances titled A New Wave of Cooking which aims.

“Most of the time, nutrition and affordability are sacrificed in favor of easier food preparation. But cooking is really more of an art. Once you’ve found the right tools, you can pretty much create whatever masterpiece you want without sacrificing quality. It is all about investing in the right kitchen partners,” he said.

Included in Midea’s newest kitchen line are the microwave oven, induction cooker, multi-cooker, rice cooker, and kettles.

Microwave meals for us low as P1

Leading Midea’s kitchen range is its all-new microwave ovens, which let people cook basic meals for as low as P1. These appliances save on electrical consumption, as it is twice as fast as a regular stove—making it friendlier to electricity bills.

“People often have misconceptions about microwave ovens—claiming that they blow-up electricity bills. But it is all about the quality and efficiency of your appliances,” Chef Rob Pengson said. 

“Actually, you can cook using the microwave. In fact, microwaves can prepare meals that are just as nutritious (or even more) as the ones we prepare the traditional way,” he attested.

Midea’s microwave ovens are perfect for quick and easy-to-cook recipes that do not compromise nutritional value. Trapaga described, “Using our microwaves, you can get 10 percent less fat on your meals compared to frying. At the same time, they can prepare basic meals in as quick as 90 seconds.” 

Midea microwaves also come with sleek silver-mirror finishes that can smarten the aesthetics of any kitchen.

Faster cooking time, lesser cost

The Midea induction cooker prepares food twice as fast compared to regular electrical stoves. In fact, it is equipped with double-coil technology that saves 37 percent on electrical consumption. 

“With rising energy prices, electrical efficiency is a top priority of our kitchen line,” explained Trapaga.

Efficient brewing

Coffee and tea are breakfast staples for the Filipino. For this, Midea has a line of kettles, which save-up to 33 percent on power consumption, while heating twice as fast as regular kettles. 

The smart way to cook rice

Another innovative product from the brand is its rice cooker. This product is equipped with smart sensors that automatically measure the ideal cooking time you need to get the perfect rice, no matter how much water you put.

 “As you know, Filipinos have an unbreakable affinity with rice. What makes our rice cooker special is that it makes the grains bigger—making your rice more delicious,” Trapaga remarked.

Multiple-modes for cooking flexibility
One of Midea’s most promising appliances is the multi-cooker, which has 19 functions, 12 cooking modes, and 7 auxiliary functions that give modern homemakers the flexibility they need to prepare meals. 

“As the manager of a household, you should never compromise when it comes to cooking. Whether it be your schedule, health, or budget, you can get the best by having the right kitchen appliances to help you,” Trapaga finished.

Globe Telecom brings back Free FB promo

Globe's answer to  #SmartFREEInternet is #FreeFBisBACK!

Free Facebook is back! Globe Telecom brings back its free Facebook offer starting next week, giving its over 36 million subscribers free access to Facebook on mobile phones for an initial period of three months.

Starting next week, all Globe users can enjoy sharing, liking & posting on FB for FREE! Only from Globe, your network that gives you a wonderful experience with no strings attached! 

After last Friday, PLDT and Smart Communications Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan made an announcement of free internet access for Smart, Talk N Text and Sun Prepaid users, its rival, Globe Telecom is bringing back FREE FACEBOOK starting next week!

Thinking of what a wonderful internet world nowadays, a healthy competition is good for consumers.
And this giant telecommunication companies' announcement is really a super fun time! Enjoying being a prepaid user, Globe or Smart, Talk N Text and Sun , the best things in life are FREE! 

September 28, 2014

A No-Sting Approach to Good Oral Health

Good oral health begins and ends with brushing their teeth after meals. While this practice is commendable, sadly it is not enough. Food particles, especially those at the back of the teeth and in hard-to-reach areas, may remain lodged, causing a host of alarming oral health problems. These include halitosis (bad breath), gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (a gum infection that damages soft tissue and the teeth’s bone support).

Regular use of mouthwash like OraCare, together with brushing and flossing, gives you a healthy mouth that can help you gain confidence.

Food particles that are not removed by regular brushing may be used as fuel by anaerobic bacteria (bad bacteria) so they can multiply. These bacteria may cause dental problems such as tartar, plaque, and cavities, among others. They also release gaseous elements called volatile sulfur compounds, which are identified as major sources of strong odors in the mouth.

In addition to brushing, most dentists recommend flossing as part of regular oral hygiene. Many also recommend the use of mouthwash, especially if there are problems with oral malodor. Despite these advisories, patients still fail to comply. There are several reasons for non-compliance and one of these may be because the alcohol-based mouthwash they use stings the mouth and leaves a strong aftertaste.

Fortunately, there is no-sting OraCare Mouthrinse, which is specially formulated with stabilized chlorine dioxide (ClO2­­) and purified water, for a more pleasurable gargling experience. It is an effective way of eliminating harmful bacteria and odor-causing compounds in the mouth. 

Currently, OraCare is the only mouthwash brand available in leading drugstores and grocery stores nationwide that contains stabilized chlorine dioxide. While it delivers the same benefits as the alcohol-based variants such as killing bad bacteria, preventing plaque build-up and promoting healthy gums, OraCare’s ClO2 also neutralizes foul odor-causing compounds for a really clean mouth. Plus, as an added benefit, it does not stain teeth, even with regular use, unlike mouthrinses that contain chlorhexidine.

Don’t wait for symptoms of dental issues to arise before you take action. Include OraCare in your regular oral care regimen. 

 Aside from visiting the dentist twice a year and regular brushing and flossing, gargling with OraCare can help give you the exceptional oral health that you desire—a really clean mouth with really fresh breath, without the sting.

Made by Pascual Laboratories, OraCare Mouthrinse has three variants (Cool, Regular and Merrymint) and comes in 80mL, 250mL and 500mL sizes (except Merrymint). 

It is available in major drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Epson, the number one Point-of-Sale (POS) printer manufacturer for the 5th year running

The world leader in print solutions, Epson has been named the number one Point-of-Sale (POS) printer manufacturer in Southeast Asia for the 5th year running.

This is according to the latest research results from International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets.

Over the past 5 years, Epson has dominated the market, with results in 2013 showing the print solution leader holding steady at 45% market share in the overall Southeast Asia POS printer market. This means that almost every other POS printer purchased in 2013 was an Epson printer.

While figures vary in every market, Epson maintains the lead in all markets where it has a presence. In Singapore, Epson holds 61% of the total market share, while in Indonesia, Epson holds 54% of the market for POS printers. In the Philippines and Malaysia Epson holds a 1-in-3 share with 37% and 33% respectively, and in Thailand, Epson holds 45% of the POS printer market.

“POS systems are the backbone of many businesses from F&B to retail and can have a very big impact on things like productivity, efficiency and overheads, which is why we put so much effort into creating the best, most user-intuitive systems we can, and the results show in this great honor we have received,” says Koichi Endo, Managing Director of Epson Southeast Asia. “Being the number one POS printer for the past five years, however, does not mean we can rest on our laurels. We have a responsibility to our customers to live up to, and exceed their expectations. It is this dedication to innovation that has led to Epson being named Southeast Asia’s number one POS printers, and it continues to be a great honor.”

The strength of Epson’s POS printers – which has led to the past 5 years of being named Southeast Asia’s Number One POS Printer Brand – lies in the reliability of the systems coupled with a wide network of system integrators and top notch customer service and support. While Epson strives to meet and exceed their customers’ expectations it also ensures that its partners hold to the same high standard when dealing with their customers. 

Achieving the number one market share position in Southeast Asia is a mark of Epson’s commitment to customer satisfaction.

Jason Mraz returns In Manila for November 27 gig at Smart Araneta

Jason Mraz and Raining Jane Live In Manila! on November 27, 2014 that will be held at the Smart Araneta, Quezon City, Philippines 

Since launching Mraz's musical career 15 years ago by playing the local shops and coffee-house circuit in San Diego, California, the 36-year-old American pop sensation has brought his positive image and soulful, folk-pop sound to audiences worldwide through his recordings, sold-out live performances and philanthropic projects. During the next few years, he has earned multi-platinum certifications in more than 20 countries for his various releases, sold 48 million singles and made pop history with his record-shattering single, “I’m Yours”. Among the accolades he has received were two Grammy Awards (out of six nominations), a Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and nominations from the Teen Circle Choice Award and People’s Choice Award.

Mraz has performed in major amphitheaters and arenas across the globe and sold out iconic venues, such as the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and London’s 02 Arena.

His latest recording achievement was the release on July 5, 2014 of “YES!”, his fifth and first-ever acoustic album which he wrote and recorded with the Los Angeles-based folk-rock band Raining Jane. Hailed by Billboard as “an invigorating change-up record that shines in an already impressive discography,” the new album made a smash debut at Number 1 in 46 countries, with its chart performance showing no signs of slowing down.
MMI Live! and Ovation Productions have teamed up in bringing back the multi-Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter to the concert scene one-and-a-half years after his last performance here on May 14, 2013, also at the Big Dome, and for his fourth appearance since his first visit in 2006 during a two-day promo tour.

Aside from being a singer and recording artist, Mraz is also known as a dedicated surfer, farmer-gardener, filmmaker and photographer. As a committed global citizen, he is deeply involved in various social activism and philanthropic efforts that include wide-ranging environmental advocacy and support for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) equality. He has participated in several global activism endeavors, such as a rescue mission to Ghana with Free The Slaves and an internationally broadcast performance in Myanmar with MTV Exit to promote awareness of human trafficking.

In 2009, in recognition of his advocacy and support for a clean environment, sustainable energy, education and human equality, the Environmental Media gave Mraz the Missions in Music Award. He was also invited to join former US Vice President Al Gore in the Climate Reality Fact-Finding Expedition to Antarctica in January, 2012. With these activities, Jason Mraz hopes to continuously celebrate and acclaim music’s myriad forms and transforming power, inspiring and delighting countless fans all over the world which he calls home. 

Jason Mraz and Raining Jane Live In Manila! is promoted by Ovation Productions and MMI Live! 

Ticket prices are P5,800, P4,800, P3,500, P2,300 and P800 plus applicable surcharges. Tickets will be out starting Sunday, Sept. 28, through

Manila Doctors launches new Siemens Symbia Intevo xSPECT: The world’s best Gamma Camera with CT Scan

New Siemens Symbia Intevo xSPECT is the world’s best Gamma Camera with CT Scan. Symbia Intevo's faster imaging solutions improve patient comfort and satisfaction. 

Manila Doctors launched and introduced the new Siemens Symbia Intevo xSPECT during the press conference held last September 23, 2014. 
(From left) MDH Nuclear Medicine Department Chair Dr. Antonio Garcia, SVP for Medical Affairs Dr. Dante Morales, Siemens Healthcare Clinical Marketing Advisor Dr. Partha Ghosh and MDH Medical Director Dr. Mario Juco introduces to the member of the press the new Symbia Intevo xSPECT - the first xSPECT system in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia .

Manila Doctors Hospital partners with Siemens in bringing the world’s best xSPECT system to the Philippines and in Southeast Asia - the new Symbia Intevo which provides physicians with the ability to not only image disease, but also to leverage the high resolution to see the unseen for more confident interpretations. Its unique quantitative capabilities provide the ability to monitor and adjust treatments earlier by accurately measuring even small differences. 

To support patient safety and increased efficiency, Symbia Intevo was designed to administer the lowest dose while imaging patients faster than ever.

Symbia Intevo is the world’s best Gamma Camera with CT Scan and the first system of its kind in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia to allow easy, accurate and reproducible quantification, making treatment follow-up possible.

(In this photo MDH Nuclear Medicine Department Chair Dr. Antonio Garcia explains to the patient the machine's unique imaging features.)

Faster and more accurate cardiac imaging 

The increase in demand for faster myocardial perfusion imaging has been one of the key trends in nuclear medicine. With Symbia Intevo, cardiac imaging becomes 75% faster and more comfortable and accurate than ever before. The innovative IQ.SPECT makes cardiac imaging 4 times faster for patient comfort and improved image quality.

Molecular Imaging is now Quantitative

Accurate and reproducible quantification supports physicians’ ability to more confidently interpret clinical images, enabling early modification of treatment and potentially reducing the cost for skeletal such as assessment of bone graft function and retention, hip joint replacement follow-up, assessment of meniscal pathology and grading and follow up of renal osteodystrophy. The scanner may also be used for other applications such as infection, inflammation, lung perfusion, renal cortical mass, liver and autoimmune disease.

Through this latest acquisition, Manila Doctors Hospital in its thrust to provide world-class quality and affordable healthcare to its stakeholders aims improve patient well-being, reduce costs and increase productivity. Symbia Intevo may give physicians the ability to make progress in diagnosing and treating the most challenging diseases, and to make more accurate treatment decisions.

Manila Doctors Hospital
One of the leading centers of health and wellness in the Philippines, MDH is a Metrobank Foundation healthcare affiliate. The Foundation actively supports the Hospital’s operations and provides funds for a wide array of social services—which includes subsidies for in-house charity patients, surgical missions, outreach programs and health-related interventions, projects in adopted communities and schools—and research. MDH is certified as an ISO 9001:2008 institution and recognized as the first private hospital in Asia to be accredited by Accreditation Canada International.

September 27, 2014

MVP Announces FREE INTERNET for Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text Prepaid!

The much awaited announcement by Manny V. Pangilinan made at the Makati Shangrila Hotel, September 26, 2014. It wasn’t about running for public office but the announcement is for an advocacy and promo they want to give more to people - Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text Prepaid subscribers.

In an unprecedented move, wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) together with Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular today announced that they will start providing free Internet access to its prepaid subscriber base via their mobile phones.

Manuel V. Pangilinan, (MVP) chairman of Smart and its parent company PLDT has announced that all subscribers of Smart Prepaid, Sun Prepaid and Talk ‘N Text will be able to use mobile internet for free. He said that these subscribers can post status on Facebook, upload photos on Instagram, listen to streaming music on Spinnr, shopping on Lazada or Zalora, and of course browse your favorite websites.

"We are launching this initiative to provide a much larger number of Filipinos the opportunity to try out and experience the Internet, enjoy its benefits and, as we at Smart like to say, live more," MVP said.

“This special offer is specifically designed to assist our prepaid subscribers who make up the bulk of our population. Many of them have the mobile devices capable of accessing the Internet but have yet to use them to go online,” said MVP.

Through this special offer, all of the 66 million Smart Prepaid, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular Prepaid subscribers can use their data-enabled cellphones to browse through and post on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, visit their favorites websites, search on Google and Wikipedia, use navigation tools like Waze and Google Maps, book a cab or limo service via Easy Taxi and Uber, or use traffic info sites such as the MMDA's and InterAksyon's.

They can also send and receive emails, read their favorite blogs or update their own blogs, listen to songs via Smart’s Spinnr music service, shop via online stores like Zalora, Lazada, book their travel details through sites like Skyscanner and Expedia, among other things – all without incurring data charges.

Orlando B. Vea, Smart's chief wireless advisor said, "This special offer is in line with our advocacy of 'Internet for All'."

"It complements the affordable mobile Internet packages that Smart has been introducing over the past year. Among the latest of such innovations are PowerApp and PisoNet service which provides 10 minutes of mobile Internet access for one peso."

They’re encouraging prepaid subscribers to go online and experience mobile internet life without having to pay and subscribe for special prepaid data promos.

To avail of this promo, subscribers must:

**  have an available airtime balance of at least PhP 1 or is subscribed to any load bucket or promo

** register each day by sending "FREE" to "9999" (registration is free)

An SMS confirmation will be received upon successful registration.

Once registered, subscribers can enjoy free data of up to 30MB per day. However, data charges apply to peer-to-peer uploads and download, VOIP, and messaging.

Smart, Sun and Talk ‘N Text prepaid subscribers can start using their free mobile data starting today with at least 1 peso in their prepaid balance. Though The Big Boss of PLDT, MVP mentioned and encouraged that mobile browsing and app usage that requires internet connectivity can be used with their free mobile data, accessing streaming videos like YouTube and torrent downloading are not allowed. A paywall would appear and will advise the user to top-up their credits to access those features. “Free” here means no data charges, not unlimited bandwidth.

Smart, Sun Cellular, or Talk ‘n Text prepaid SIM on a data-enabled mobile device, you can enjoy up to 30mb of FREE mobile Internet per day for two months. Subscribers can access the internet either through data-capable feature phones or smartphones running on Android, iOS and Windows operating systems. 

The promo is good up to November 30, 2014.

This move complements Smart’s other affordable Internet access innovations, such as PisoNet, which gives users 10 minutes of mobile Internet access for one peso.

Unrivaled network

Smart’s free mobile Internet offer follows the telco leader’s recent announcement that it has stepped up the deployment of its mobile internet network, to meet the growing demand for mobile data services.

Smart recently reported a 73% hike in mobile data traffic, as smartphone prices continue to fall and innovative services like SmartNet and PisoNet allow more and more Filipinos to gain access to the Internet via their mobile phones.

“The strength and resiliency of our mobile data infrastructure enable us to make this special free internet offer available to our prepaid subscribers. Moreover, we continue to expand the reach of our network so that we can bring the internet to more communities all over the country,” said Napoleon L. Nazareno, president and CEO of Smart and PLDT.

The PLDT Group has thus far rolled out about 90,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables all over the country which provides the transmission facilities needed to support internet services. It has also the most extensive international cable systems needed to connect the Philippines to the rest of the world.

Philips commemorates breast cancer awareness month

With the use of medical expertise and innovative technology to offer information, education and free testing to women, helping them manage their health and well-being. That can change the world when it comes to early diagnoses, treatment and prevention.

Every year, approximately 1.4 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer. The cure lies in innovation.

In terms of breast cancer incidence, the Philippines ranks the highest in Asia. According to research, one in every 13 Filipino women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. 

For its part, Philips has always been committed to improving the healthcare landscape of the country—including providing solutions to help women care for themselves better.

In line with this, Philips Avent and Philips Healthcare are set to cap breast cancer awareness month with an event geared to raise awareness about this deadly disease.

Last September 24, 2014, Philips held a tour of the mammography facility at Capitol Medical Center, Quezon City.

Luckily, I am one of the media people invited to join a event to see the reseach and innovation as part of the campaign to raise awareness. I had my mammography and thankfully for what result it would be. 

Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States, regardless of race or ethnicity. Nearly all breast cancers can be treated successfully if found early. When breast cancer is found in its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

In 2013 we continue to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month through a global, multi-year campaign. As part of the campaign we raise awareness through eye-catching pink illuminations of landmarks, we help fund international research, and we offer women free testing and education in various locations around the world.

For years Philips have been supporting Breast Cancer Awarenss by using our innovative colored LEDs to illuminate global landmarks and literally putting a pink spotlight on the importance of early breast cancer detection.

In 2013 we go a step further: rolling out a global relay of eye-catching pink illuminations, travelling around the world throughout the month of October.

Every year, approximately 1.4 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer. The cure lies in innovation. Ground-breaking research and technological development can change the world when it comes to early diagnoses, treatment and prevention.

That is why as part of the campaign; Philips and Philips employees donate money to renowned research institutes in North America, Europe and Asia.

We also use our medical expertise and innovative technology to offer information, education and free testing to women, helping them manage their health and well-being.

“At Philips, we believe that innovation should be personal, relevant and impactful. This is why our solutions are focused on the needs and expectations of our customers around the world, many of whom are women,” says Frans van Houten, Philips Chief Executive Officer, “Through our support of Breast Cancer Awareness, we want to emphasize the importance of early detection. We also strongly believe that research and innovation can change the world when it comes to early diagnosis, treatment and prevention.”

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – As a technology company that cares about people, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is pleased to continue its support of Breast Cancer Awareness on a global scale. As part of its commitment, Philips aims to offer 10,000 women free mammography testing and highlight the importance of early detection by illuminating an estimated 100 landmarks around the world pink throughout the month of October.

2013 marks the second year of the company’s multi-year global Breast Cancer Awareness program. Philips hopes to add meaningful value to the cause in the fight against breast cancer by building on the technology, expertise and passion across its three sectors.

“At Philips, we believe that innovation should be personal, relevant and impactful. This is why our solutions are focused on the needs and expectations of our customers around the world, many of whom are women,” says Frans van Houten, Philips Chief Executive Officer, “Through our support of Breast Cancer Awareness, we want to emphasize the importance of early detection. We also strongly believe that research and innovation can change the world when it comes to early diagnosis, treatment and prevention.”

Philips will build on its expertise in Healthcare to educate men and women within and outside the organization on the importance of early detection and ways of (self) examination. Philips also aspires to galvanize its employee base of 115,000 employees to raise funds for ground-breaking innovation, by supporting international research in three renowned institutes based across Europe, Asia and North America*.

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September 26, 2014

DepEd supports preparedness efforts of Albay LGU, ensures continued delivery of educ needs in affected schools

In its mission to ensure the safety of students and school personnel, the Department of Education (DepEd)—in close coordination with the local government unit (LGU) of Albay—has implemented preventive measures such as organizing a skeletal force and safeguarding records and equipment in schools within the permanent danger zone (PDZ) and extended danger zone (EDZ), and preparing evacuation centers ahead of actual evacuation in areas affected by the Mayon volcano disturbance.

Of the 724 schools in the province, 76 have been identified as affected. These affected schools are those within the PDZ and EDZ. Of these, 28 have already resumed classes as of September 23. To date, 676 out of 724 schools have regular classes in the province despite Alert Level 3.

DepEd has implemented interventions to foster a sense of normalcy among learners. The Department has worked together with the local government of Albay and UNICEF for the deployment of 155 tents for the 38 schools used as evacuation centers in five towns and two cities in the province. These evacuation centers are closely monitored and co-managed by DepEd school personnel.

These 38 schools used as evacuation centers are also accommodating the student enrolment of displaced schools to ensure the continued delivery of education needs. For instance, San Jose Elementary School in Malilipot, Albay has taken in Calbayog ES pupils. On September 23, some 1,200 students are expected to report, to be accounted for, while 18 tents are being set up to provide for their needs. School personnel are likewise tasked to do daily tracking of all students by grade level.

Together with the Albay provincial government, DepEd continues to work toward class resumption in affected schools in Albay, Legaspi, Tabaco, and Ligao.

ATAT Motorcycle Club turns 12! 1st official long ride of ATAT on September 26-28

Highly passionate individuals who loves to ride motorcycles on the street and on the race track and aims on promoting Philippine Motorsports through racing and having organized riding events throughout the country - ATAT, Any Time All The Time.

ATAT Motorcycle Club (ATAT, as formally registered in the SEC, stands for Any Time All the Time) will have its 1st official long ride for 2014 to Baguio as it commemorates the new set of officers for the year 2014-2015 with President Charlie Carlos Ride.

The 1st official long ride of ATAT (2014-2015) to Baguio, will be on this weekend, September 26-28, 2014.

ATAT was founded on friendship in 2002 when three long-time friends Kiko Bernardo, Teddy Lim and Elton Ong decided to get together after realizing their passion for motorbikes. From there, the group of three started to grow and had many impromptu rides —at any given time, at a moment’s notice, with a “drop what you are doing and let’s ride!” kind of attitude.

Together with another long time friend Alberto Matias the group decided to name the group ATAT — which, in the vernacular, describes someone all too eager and impatient to do something. Together with Benjie Ladra, Myke Torres, Kevin Chua, and Jimmy Chan pioneers in ATAT, the group started to grow in numbers. Reaching a high of 45 members at its peak. 

Now on to its 12th year, ATAT Motorcycle Club has established itself as one of the premier motorcycle clubs in the country. At present, the club has 24 members and despite their busy schedules, their friendship has evolved into a deep sense of camaraderie and a brotherhood of passionate riders.

The members consists of : Elton Ong, Benjie Ladra, Abet Matias, Marc de Joya, Charlie Carlos, Raymond Hallare, Vince Mercado, Felix Luakian, Mervin Pullon,Francis Varela, Paolo Vialu, Rei Lagamia, Mayie Capinpin , Oliver Jimeno, JC Villanueva, AJ Maralit, Aaron Macalinao, Jevis Aguila Marketing Manager at Granstar Motors, the local distributor of Aprilia and Lawrence Macalinao “We have been riding for a long time, and unlike other sport-bike riders, ATAT members really push and ride hard. We have made it our advocacy to ride hard on the track, not on the streets, to promote safe riding,” said Marc de Joya, General Manager at Ducati Phils.

Follow their ride schedule and adventures by liking on Facebook as ATAT Racing Team heads on to Clark International Speedway this October 4 & 5 and witness the much awaited 4th leg of the Ducati Cup 2014 and Any Time All the Time Motorcycle Club (ATAT MC).


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