4th Regional Travel Fair pushes for domestic tourism

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Spearheaded by the revitalized Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the 4th Regional Travel Fair in Clark, Pampanga recently concluded with a wide range of activities such as business-to-business sessions, a two-day business-to-consumer exhibit, forums and pre-event tours to further increase nationwide domestic tourist arrivals while promoting sustainable tourism in private-public initiatives and programs. The four-day travel fair highlighted two main events: business-to-consumer exposition attended by hundreds of travel enthusiasts, and participated in by the biggest tour operators and local tourism officers in the country to market their special travel deals and promos; and the business-to-business travel exchange that enabled participating buyers and sellers to network and discuss investment opportunities to generate leads and sales. Present during the opening ceremony were (L-R) DOT Region 10 director Marie Elaine Unchuan, TPB Domestic Department OIC Nerissa Juan, Philippine Airlines Luzon Station area head Christopher Lebumfacil, TPB Corporate Affairs Sector acting deputy chief operating officer Joselito Gregorio, Cebu Pacific sales director Agnes Gupalor, and TPB Domestic Promotions – Sales Division OIC Cesar Villanueva.

Unique Pinoy specialties highlighted in Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition #SolaneKitchenHero

Solane, the leading LPG solutions brand, launches its grandest culinary competition yet. Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition is the first-ever cooking competition that aims to discover the next big name in the culinary world. This regional-to-national cooking tilt will go from north to south, and across 16 regional stops in the country to recognize a new generation of talented chefs.

“We believe that the Philippines has some of the best and most talented chefs in the world,” says Isla LPG Corp. CEO Ruben Domingo. “Through the Solane Kitchen Hero competition, we aim to recognize these chefs who are vital in bringing Filipino cuisine to the world stage. At the same time, we are on a quest to explore and highlight Filipino specialties that are unique to our provinces.”

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For this one-of-a-kind cook-off, participants must be Filipino professional chefs with at least three (3) years of kitchen experience gained locally or abroad. They must be currently employed as a professional chef in a hotel, restaurant, or any food service establishment.

The competition will comprise of two (2) rounds. Round one will be the regional competition where contestants from the different provinces per region will compete to determine who a¬¬-mong them will represent their region in the national competition. Round two will be the semi-finals and grand finals where all regional champions will cook-off to find out who among them will be hailed the champion of Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition.

The culinary creations will be judged by renowned chef and Solane Kitchen Hero ambassador Chef Sau del Rosario and bestselling author and Solane Kitchen Hero competition director Nancy Reyes-Lumen. It will be based on the following criteria: 50% featured ingredients and 50% originality and creativity. The competition will conclude on September 7, 2019 at Eastwood City, Metro Manila.

The winner of Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition will take home P100,000 and will embark on a culinary trip to Japan with customized stops at different food and drink destinations. This exciting cooking contest is made possible with the support of dynamic organizations and brands championing the same passion for cookery in the country. STI serves as their official school partner while Midea is a co-presenter. Major sponsors are Masflex, Jolly, Jolly Heartmate Canola Oil, Dona Elena, and Dona Elena Al Dente. Minor sponsors are King Sue, Ajinomoto, Philtranco, Fastcat, Chef’s Garb, and National Bookstore.

To know more about Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition, visit Solane’s website www.solane.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/solane.ph/

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“WATCH: Fun, laughter, and play for families this summer ”

Psychologist and family expert Dr. Michele Alignay gives us tips on practicing real play
this summer through the #WeHaveEachOther video series
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WATCH: Fun, laughter, and play for families this summer learn how to build better and stronger relationships through fun, laughter, and play with SM’s #WeHaveEachOther campaign, a weekly video series that centers on the importance of social play in the family, featuring psychologist and family expert Dr. Michele Alignay.
“The videos aim to encourage parents to go out and play with their kids especially this summer and remind them about the value of time they spend with their families,” said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls SVP for marketing.
Join Dr. Alignay as she walks us through the how to’s of bringing fun and laughter into play this summer through the #WeHaveEachOther snackable video series released every week from April until May on SM Supermalls’ Facebook page. The videos tackle a range of topics that help foster the kids’ social skills through playing, learning, exploring, and a lot more.
As a plus point, post a photo of yourself doing the challenge in the comments section using the hashtags #WeHaveEachOther, #SummerPlayDaysAtSM, and #FAMomentsAtSM for a chance to win SM gift certificates!
Had enough of the heat? Cool down with families and friends this summer as SM Supermalls offers an exciting line up of activities and deals for families to enjoy such as bazaars, costume contests, pampering and dining deals, digital activations, and art & crafts workshops!
For more information and event schedule, visit www.smsupermalls.com. Laugh and play
with kids this summer and let them know that #WeHaveEachOther!

Hone the next big startup with QBO’s Startup Roadshow

 

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The multi-city roadshow aims to level up tech startups, small businesses all over the country

 

The future of Philippine startups looks bright with the Philippines national ranking up by 16 positions, according to the recently released StartupBlink Ecosystem Ranking Report. To continue this momentum, QBO Innovation Hub, the Philippines’ first public-private sector initiative which aims to connect, transform, and empower Filipino startups, holds the Startup Roadshow starting this May.

The roadshow aims to inspire innovators and enable communities throughout the country through sessions on startup business concepts and tools, ideation, design thinking, business model canvas, and local ecosystem mapping. Facilitated by highly experienced QBO members and startup founders, the workshops are designed to be fun and engaging to spark the participants’ creativity as they kickoff their startup journey. The event also features panel discussions and networking opportunities for those wanting to connect with fellow tech leaders.

“The local startup ecosystem continues to grow due to sustained confidence in the country’s economy, technological advancements, and newly-introduced regulations such as the ‘Innovative Startup Act’ which seeks to promote ease of doing business in the Philippines,” says Katrina Chan, Director of QBO Innovation Hub. “While it’s all helpful in creating a healthy business environment for Filipino entrepreneurs, there are more opportunities to bring cutting-edge ideas to life.”

This is the second time that QBO Innovation Hub is holding the roadshow across major cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. In 2018, 13 cities and over 1,300 participants joined the first run of the roadshow. Government organizations signed partnerships with QBO to contribute to countryside development efforts. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was among the first to get on board, sponsoring programs in 7 cities last year.

QBO hopes to make this year’s roadshow bigger through the support of more partners, communities, and business owners. Interested partners who want to bring the workshop to their respective communities, schools, or cities can host an introductory workshop using QBO’s set module. Partners wanting to learn specific skills or learn more about certain topics can have custom-made workshops as well.

“We saw the impact of last year’s roadshow in answering what most aspiring startup founders want to know: ‘Where do we start?’ We want to help them figure out the answer,” adds Chan. “We’d also like for more partners to come on board with us to help discover the next wave of homegrown startups that will put our country on the global innovation map. Who knows? The next big thing may be in your school, your community, or your city.”

To learn more about the Startup Roadshow, visit http://www.qbo.com.ph/ and https://www.facebook.com/QBOphilippines/ or email karla@qbo.com.ph.

 

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About QBO

QBO (‘ku-bo’) is an innovation hub or a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talent, and grow. It provides startups with support and resources through events and capacity building programs as well as focused interventions designed to improve access to markets, knowledge, capital, and talent. QBO is the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, created through a partnership between IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry.

Spurred on by the vision of Filipinos startups changing the world, QBO’s mission is to create a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines.

 

 

 

 

Making life better: The many faces of a hardworking Pinoy

We all look forward to making our lives better regardless of what ‘better’ means for us. We all strive at our own pace, focusing on working hard in order to reach our personal end goals. This is why some of us also look forward to a deserving relaxation time alone or with family, friends and loved ones, especially on Labour Day. It is, after all, the day for the hardworking ones, a holiday meant to honour the efforts and contributions made to have a better life and a community.

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But while Labour Day provides the hardworking Pinoys to get a day off, many still do not have the luxury of celebrating the day on their own terms.

Last Labour Day, we asked five different workers how they manage to persevere despite having a job that barely affords them the opportunity to enjoy the holidays, even the one that is intended for them.

Rhea Abiada, 29

Nurse

Nung simula mahirap, pero masasanay ‘din ‘yung sarili mo. ‘Yun talaga ‘yung profession mo kaya walang problema. Nakakatuwa kasi sa pedia ako [naka-station]. Nakakatuwa ‘pag ngumingiti na ulit sa ’yo ‘yung mga bata, ‘yung sa una parang hindi na sila magsu-survive pero gagaling sila at pagbalik nila dito ang lulusog na nila.”

(At first it was difficult, but you’ll get used to it. That’s what your profession calls for, so it’s not a problem. I enjoy being stationed at the pediatric ward. It’s great when the kids are finally smiling at you, especially when earlier you worried about their condition and then they recover and come back and they’re all healthy again).

 

Mary Grace Arca, 31

Housekeeper

Nung una, lumuwas ako dito sa Cavite para mangamuhan para maging mas malaya ako. Pero gusto ko talagang makatulong sa pamilya ko. Syempre mahirap na hindi ko sila nakakasama pero na-realise ko na mahirap talaga ang buhay namin sa probinsya. Kulang talaga. Kaya natanggap ko na ako ‘yung nasa posisyon para makatulong sa kanila.”

(At first, I moved to Cavite to work as a housekeeper so that I could live independently. But I really wanted to also help my family. Of course, it’s hard to be away from them, but I realised how hard our life in the province truly was. It really wasn’t enough. So, I’ve accepted that it’s my responsibility to help).

Marlon Bucad, 30

Jeepney driver

Mas mahirap pa nga pag sinesermonan ako ng asawa ko. Pagdating sa pangarap, wala, masaya na ‘ko sa gan’to. Ang pangarap ko na lang ay para sa mga anak ko. Gusto kong mapatapos ko sila.”

 

(Getting nagged by my wife is harder. As far as dreams go, I’m already good with what I’m doing. My only dream is for my children. I want them to be able to finish school).

John-John “Ambo” Maeso, 29

Taho vendor

Mahirap ‘pag mainit. Pati na ‘din ‘pag umuulan. Mahina kita. Pangarap ko kasi magkaroon ng motor para lagyan ng sidecar pang-service. Para kahit umuulan, kahit walang benta, may pagkakakitaan pa rin ako.”

(It’s challenging when it’s too hot. The same when it rains. Sales are slow. My dream is to buy a motor that I can attach a sidecar to and then use for [school] service. So even if income from selling taho is low, I’d still have another way of earning money).

Juliet Carrascal, 50

Sidewalk vendor

“Kahit Pasko man ‘yan o baha, nagbebenta pa din ako dito. Minsan hindi na nga ako nakakauwi sa amin. Wala kasing papalit. Pero okay naman kasi dito na lang ako kakain. Bibili na lang ako ng makakain, at may makakain naman sila doon sa bahay. Nalilibang ako dito. Nauubos ‘yung oras ko. Masaya siya, marami kang nakakausap, marami kang nakikilala at marami kang nae-experience. Dito na ‘ko tumanda. Mahilig kasi ako magsugal dati. Lagi akong nagsusugal, pero pagkatapos kong magsimulang magtinda, natanggal na lahat ng bisyo ko. Imbis na magsugal ako, e di magbenta na lang ako. May kikitain pa ‘ko.”

 

(Whether it’s Christmas or even if there’s a storm, I remain at this post to sell goods. Sometimes, in fact, I don’t get to go home anymore as there’s nobody to take over my post. But that’s okay. I can just buy food and have my meals here knowing my family has food on the table at home. I enjoy my work here. The time just passes by. You get to talk to a lot of people; you meet a lot and you get to experience many things. I’ve spent a good number of years here. I used to gamble a lot but after I started being vendor here, I stopped all my vices. Instead of gambling, I might as well just sell and earn.)

The working Filipino has many different faces. He could be Ambo, who continues striving to earn more for his family. She could be Mary Grace, persevering for her family despite being away from them. This present-day hero could be Marlon, chasing not their own dreams but for others. Or she could be Rhea and Juliet, who see their roles as something more than a job but rather as a vocation and a source of joy.

No matter the kind of worker one is or the kind of job he or she has, anyone who makes an honest living should be celebrated for their hard work and contributions to their family and communities. We salute our fellow Filipinos who face life with great optimism and perseverance to make lives better.

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Hip-hop dancer, 3D artist, and music prodigyjoin Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp 7

It’s summertime! Some kids spent their vacations glued to their gadgets, but there are
other kids, like Rhian Udalve, Geof Liwanag, and Jade Lawrence Yusiong, who joined
Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp this summer, the breeding ground for talented
children in the arts, dance, and music.
Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp, now on its 7th season, continues to provide parents
withvenues for a much more productive summer break for their children. These three
kids, along with hundreds like them every year, look forward to the camp as a stepping
stone to reach their dreams of shining in their respective fields of interest.
Jade Lawrence Yusiong of Music Camp, Geof Liwanag of Art camp and Rhian Udalve of Dance camp
For Rhian, 10, this summer was all about honing her skills in dance. Promil Four’s i-
Shine 7 Dance Camp taught her hip-hop moves that she picked up from the talented G-
Force choreographers. She dreams of becoming an actress and professional dancer,
just like her idol Maja Salvador. Her aspirations are fully supported by both parents.
Para sa anak ko ito. Nakita namin na may potential siya at susuportahan namin ang
pangarap niya,” her dad Rolly said. He also said he is willing to work thrice as hard if
that’s what it takes to provide her with opportunities to learn.
Another kid who made the mostof summer vacation is Geof, 9, who spent his break
thinking outside the box at Promil Four’s i-Shine 7 Art Camp. His mom, KC Enerva, is
happy with the outcome. “I enrolled him in i-Shine because alam ko yung quality ng
camps based on previous i-Shiners. Perfectionist kasi si Geof, pero ngayon natuto siya
na it’s okay to make mistakes and ask for help from others,” she said Mentored by teachers Robert Alejandro and Kara Escay, Art Camp is a place where children have fun exploring, growing, and learning about themselves, the people, and the world around them.
Geof was three years old when his mom noticed that he was skilled in arts and
sciences. Admittedly a fast learner, Geof has not only improved on his art structures
and 3D paintings, but also his social skills. “I’m so happy that I have new friends and I
learned that it’s okay to make mistakes because that’s how I grow,” he said.
Indeed, growing is an integral lesson in the camps. This new environment gives them
the chance to try take on new challenges and pick up new skills, as Jade, 6, discovered
as he explored and honed his musical gift.
Mentored by none other than National Artist Ryan Cayabyab himself and teachers from
his Music School, Jade had the time of his life discovering and developing his craftc.
According to his mom Annie Yusiong, Jade taught himself to play the piano at age 2,
and has showed serious signs of interest since then.
Jade is one of the youngest in the camp. He is very obedient and keeps his mind open
to new musical possibilities. “My new friends and I always enjoy the activities in camp
because we learned that everyone is gifted in their own way,” he said.
As Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp stays true to its mission of nurturing the gift, the
next generation of awe-inspiring kids is guided by some of the country’s finest experts
andmentors to help them reach their full potential through mental, physical, and social
stimulation workshops.
After a summer of unique learning and growth opportunities, Promil Four i-Shiners will
graduate from the camps with more than just new relationships; they learned to
cooperate with and respect others, as well as take responsibility as young individuals.
Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp experience gave them an advantage to shine not
just on stage or in the studio, but also in life

Gifted kids shine bright in Promil Four’s i-Shine 7 Celebrate the Gift Recital

Over 270 Promil Four i-Shine 7 talent camp i-Shiner graduates took the stage to shine bright, wowing the audience with amazing creations and inspiring performances during Promil Four’s i-Shine 7 Celebrate the Gift Recital at SMX Aura.

Ever-supportive parents, relatives, mentors, and other kids filled the SMX Aura Convention Center with cheers and applause as they witnessed future artists, dancers, musicians, ballerinas, and actors conquer the stage. Seasoned actress Dimples Romana, who has been hosting Promil Four’s i-Shine ever since its beginning in 2009, once again  had the honor of hosting the recital.

To begin the celebration, members of the Art Camp, under the mentorship of Teacher Robert Alejandro of Papemelroti and Teacher Kara of Masterpiece Movement, cultivated the value of Imagination through creative exploration and self-expression as they showcased a lovely mural & tunnel that they worked on during their workshop.

Next, participants of the Dance Camp, mentored by G-Force choreographers and guided by Teacher Georcelle Dapat-Sy, brought the house down with both beginner and intermediate hip-hop moves. Through sequences of steps, rhythmic patterns, thumping beats, and awesome formations, each Promil Four i-Shiner explored and found a passion for dance. The value of Teamwork was incorporated as an important part of their learning during their workshops, allowing them to work together while also expressing individuality in their performance.

Meanwhile, the little ballerinas melted the audience’s hearts because of their frilly tutus and satin ballet shoes. Personally taught and led by Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde of Ballet Manila, the little ballerinas demonstrated poise and grace with their smooth and delicate movements. With the help of Promil Four i-Shine7 Ballet Camp, the little girls learned the value of discipline that they will take with them beyond the workshop.

 

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Next, the Theatre Camp i-Shiners showed off their confident, gregarious, and versatile selves on stage. One of the Promil Four Theater camp i-Shiners’ performances was the popular fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” directed by Coaches from Trumpets Playshop. Through imagination and creativity, as well as embracing the arts in all its forms, the Theatre Camp took a step closer towards creating well-rounded, confident, and versatile kids.

 

Members of the Music Camp showcased their gift through a lively performance of voices and instruments in perfect harmony, guided by National Artist, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. While the kids learned new musical lessons, they were also imparted with improved skills, confidence, and an increased awareness of the learning and leadership needed to thrive in life.

 

Promil Four’s i-Shine 7 Camps ran from April to May 2019.  This year’s camp locations expanded beyond Metro Manila with the addition of Batangas, Cebu, and Davao. Promil Four, as part of its commitment, continues to encourage parents to nurture their children’s gifts, not only with expert guidance, but also with proper nutrition. The New Promil Four’s Nutrissentials are now made even better with Oligofructose, to help support proper growth and mental development. For more information, visit https://www.promilnurturethegift.com.ph/promil-four-nutrissentials

Promil Four is committed to its mission of nurturing the gift in every Filipino child. In partnership with experts, Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp 7 helped instill in the participants values such as imagination, teamwork, versatility, discipline, and harmony –  to help them shine not just on stage, but in real life as well.

 

 

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Since 2009, Promil Four’s iShine Talent Camp has continued to evolve in helping mothers nurture the gift of their children by providing experts in various fields who personally design the summer talent camps for the children. Promil Four’s philosophy instills the importance of not only proper nutrition, but also proper parenting and continuous guidance to fully support a child’s proper growth and mental development to nurture the gift.