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8th Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit (AFLBS) Summit Launched

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A view of the participants of the Launching of the 8th Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit (AFLBS)


The best form of education is by example. There is no better way of presenting it but by immersing subjects to where the example is.

And that is what The Aboitiz Group’s Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit (AFLBS) is all about. Through this program, ninety students from all over the country is given the chance to participate in a two-day activity that can prepare them to become the future leaders for their role in nation-building, inspire them to develop a renewed faith in the country, and motivate them to respond to the everyday call of leadership. Read the full story


GTUG/GDG Pre Startup Weekend Cebu Bootcamp on May 5

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If you are a Technopreneur looking for inspiration, a budding online business innovator or a participant of Startup Weekend Cebu, GTUG/GDG STARTUP WEEKEND CEBU BOOTCAMP is a must attended event before the actual STARTUP WEEKEND CEBU.

The final schedule of the GTUG/GDG Pre-Startup Weekend Cebu Bootcamp is on May 5, 2012 from 8:30AM to 5:00 PM.

Official Registration is ongoing online. You can visit this link:

For questions, you can view the Official GTUG/GDG Philippines Pre-Startup Weekend Cebu Bootcamp information sheet here. Details on the official worksheet is still subject to change without prior notice.

REGISTER NOW: http://swgtugbootcampcebu.eventbrite.com/

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Cebu Bloggers Society Celebrates 4th Year Anniversary

Cebu Bloggers Society 4th Year Anniversary Poster Cebu Bloggers Society Celebrates 4th Year Anniversary

One of the Philippines most organized blogging organization — Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. (CBSI)  is celebrating its 4th year anniversary.

The gathering, which is expected to draw old and new Cebu Blogger members, will be held at Azkals Sports Bar and Grill  on February 11, 2012 from 5:30PM – 8:00PM.

Cebu Bloggers Will be Checking In at Azkals Sports Bar and Grill

Azkals Sports Bar and Grill
Treehouse Building, Ramon Aboitiz St, Cebu City.
(right next to backgate of St.Theresa’s College)
Opens Mondays through Thursdays
BAR HOURS: Weekdays – 4:00PM – 1:00 AM and  Weekends – 4:00PM – 3:00 AM

For reservation contact at +63 915 343 3251 and +63 32 2391967. Interested parties can also email at azkalssportsbarandgrill@gmail.com.

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SM Seaside City Cebu to Open in 2013 in SRP

Aerial View Master Development day 1024x748 SM Seaside City Cebu to Open in 2013 in SRP

Cebu is becoming the centerpiece of major infrastructure and business developments. Same with SM Supermalls, the largest mall chain in the Philippines and arguably in Asia Pacific. In South Reclamation Properties (SRP) of Cebu City will soon rise the “SM Seaside City Cebu“.

In a one-on-one interview with SM Vismin PR Manager RJ Leduna, “SM Seaside City Cebu is built like a city in a city.”

The SM Seaside City Cebu is expected to be one of the major developments that we can see in the SM Properties masterplan in their 304,100 sq. meter property in SRP, Cebu City. The said SM property spreads from the norther part of the exclusive SRP area to the sea.

The said grand mall, which is expected to be the first of its kind in urban design and development at SRP and designed by Miami, Florida based Arquitectonica, will set a new benchmark and change the landscape of the city with its “nautilus-inspired design of expanding, concentric arcs from a central multi-purpose space.”

RJ Leduna further confirms that Shrine of Mary will be finished first on 2012. Also with an acronym “SM”, the church is a “sleek, modern all-white structure nestled among lush foliage.” It is the firs structure that will be built in the SM SRP Complex where the SM Seaside City Cebu is the centerpiece.

SM SRP Complex, aside from the Shrine of Mary church, is also planned to have also have a condominium buildings, hotel, a school, and a hospital.

More information will follow as we continue to unveil SM Seaside City Cebu and the SM SRP Complex.


Filipino wins 2011 Grand Prize winner of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk Contest

The 2011 Grand Prize winner of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk Contest is from the Philippines. His photo was judged the winner out of more than 1,000 other entries. There is also a People’s Choice award and we want him to win that, too. This time it’s via web voting so we can all participate.

Deadline is noon of Oct 28 Eastern Daylight Time (that’s midnight Oct 27 Philippine time). For now, his photo is behind on votes but kaya pa nating ihabol para manalo. We have until the deadline to get votes. Kayang-kaya ng Pinoy yan. Follow the steps below to vote and then ask your friends to do the same (forward or copy and paste on your Facebook profiles).

STEP 1: Click on this link which will bring you to page 13 of that website. His photo is on the third row under Surigao City. http://worldwidephotowalk.com/peoples-choice/page/13/

STEP 2: Hover your cursor on the stars under his photo until all 5 stars turn red then click to vote. Make sure you click the 5 stars to give him the highest points. When you’re done voting, it will say “vote saved” under the photo. Not sure if you can vote more than once but you can try.

STEP 3: Ask your friends to do the same. Tag them or copy and paste this on your Facebook profiles. Let’s do this! All the other countries are voting for their entries so let’s give him our support.


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PHILIPPINE ARENA: Worlds Largest Dome being Constructed

Philippine Arena Mockup Design PHILIPPINE ARENA: Worlds Largest Dome being Constructed
The model scale of the 50,000 seater PHILIPPINE ARENA, dubbed as the “Worlds Largest Dome” being constructed in the Philippines commissioned by an influential and respected religion in the Philippines – Iglesia Ni Cristo.

The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) - Church of Christ , is making another history by developing scores of hectares of barren farm land into a site of national pride – the PHILIPPINE ARENA.

Located at Ciudad de Victoria, which literally means “City of Victory”, the PHILIPPINE ARENA will be an expansive and said to be the Largest Domed Arena in the world which has seating capacity of 50,000 after its completion.

The use of the said facility will not be limited to Iglesia Ni Cristo. In his Groundbreaking speech aired over Net25, Iglesia Ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo said that the said edifice is for the welfare of men, the honor of the Philippines and mostly, for the glory of God.

INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo also recognized the support of the national and local government for the realization of the plans of building the 50,000 seating capacity dome.

Philippines Speaker of the House Sonny Belmonte said in an interview that “…it will be a phenomenal structure, edifice and development, on its own, (is) for the country. Its more than ambitious. It is historic.”

He further adds that the construction is a dream come true.

The PHILIPPINE ARENA is estimated to cost USD 175 Million and will be completed in around 30 months, just in time for Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Centennial Celebration on July 27, 2014.


Iglesia Ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo with Hanwa E and C Chairman Kin Hyun Chung PHILIPPINE ARENA: Worlds Largest Dome being Constructed
Iglesia Ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo with Hanwa E and C Vice Chairman Kin Hyun-Chung. Photo Credits: www.koreaherald.com

Architectural design proofs were provided by worldwidely respected Architectural Design Firm POPULOUS (http://www.populous.com/) of Australia, and BURO HAPPOLD (www.burohappold.com) of United Kingdom.

Construction of the Arena was awarded to Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. (www.hwenc.com).

Architectural Design Consultant Andrew James of Populous, Architectural Design Consultant Chris Sparrow of Buro Happold, and Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. vice chairman Kim Hyun-chung, represented their respective firms in the Groundbreaking Ceremony held last week.

POPULOUS is a global design practice company with global offices in 12 major cities. The company specializes in comprehensive design services, including sports architecture, conference and exhibition center architecture, interior design, environmental graphics and way-finding, events planning and overlay, master planning, sustainable design consulting and facilities operations and analysis. Their portfolio of completed projects includes the Yankee Stadium, Hong Kong Stadium,and Dubai Autodrome. Populous was chosen to provide Architectural and Overlay Design Services for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games venues aside from the major function of providing designs for the main stadium.

BURO HAPPOLD is also a structural design firm with presence in America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Buro Happold is known worldwide for its Environmental Infrastructure designs for well-known modern landmarks of the world, to include Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Royal Shakespear Theatre(UK), SAbal Al Ahmad Sea City (Kuwait) to name a few.

Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. will take the helm in the construction of the edifice which is expected to complete in 30 months. The company is known for their efficient, state-of-the-art and massive building system that can allow them to create cities in shorter span of time.

Their current projects include the construction of a new town east of Bhagdad worth USD 7.25 Billion, and the development of the eco-friendly housing complex which is expected to accomodate approximately 12,000 housing, educational, cultural and commercial facilities in Incheon, South Korea.


Ciudad de Victoria Sta Maria Bulacan Actual Location 1024x748 PHILIPPINE ARENA: Worlds Largest Dome being Constructed
Ciudad de Victoria is a farmland, turned Historic landmark, along North Luzon Express Way (NLEX), at the borders of Bocaue and Sta. Maria Bulacan, Philippines

This expansive land in between the borders of Bocaue and Sta. Maria, Bulacan is not only home to the largest domed arena in the world. The said area will also be an area where an Erano G. Manalo (EGM) Medical Center will be built. It is also expected, after completion, that the New Era University Bocaue Campus will be moved to the new infrastructure of the New Era University Sports Complex. Just around the vicinity, a state-of-the-art EVM Convention Center will also provide world-class theater and convention facilities to all Filipinos.

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Krispy Kreme Branch to Open in Cebu

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Krispy Kreme finds its new home in the Queen City of the South.

Krispy Kreme Philippines Chairman Jim Fuentebella will unveil the worldwide doughnut and coffee sensation’s 1st branch in the thriving Cebu Business District in an exclusive meeting with the media and stakeholders on Monday (August 22, 2011).

In the said event, Chairman Fuentebella will share exciting news and updates from the global brand Krispy Kreme – from widening its national footprint to the newest product and brand innovations.

New updates about Krispy Kreme Cebu will be posted as soon as it is available.

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3rd Cebu Bloggers Society Anniversary Party on February 19

Cebu Blogger Society 3rd Anniversary 3rd Cebu Bloggers Society Anniversary Party on February 19

Cebu Blogger Society 3rd Anniversary Poster

While the world celebrates the Heart Day, officially on the 14th of February annually, the Cebu Blogger’s made a remarkable feat on the same day three years ago – the birth of Cebu Blogger’s Society.

Not only has it changed the Philippine’s blogging scene by being, perhaps, the first SEC-registered blogging group with more than a hundred strong members promoting Cebu through blogs, it also continues to play its social development role by initializing efforts to educate Cebu (and the world) about the power of blogging for business and social change.

PINOYWORLD salutes its founders and movers (a.k.a. Members) for making the 3rd year possible. For CBS members, don’t forget to be there on February 19, 2011 (Saturday) at around 3:00-6:00 PM at PAGCOR, Casino Filipino Cebu, Parkmall, North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City, Philippines.


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Philippines: Poor Suffer Most From Corruption

PINOYWORLD Moderator’s Note: This article was written by Prime Sarmiento (Manila) released last Tuesday, February 03, 2009 by Inter Press Service

Apo Aguila, a computer programmer, moved to Singapore in 2005, frustrated with the news that Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had allegedly cheated in the 2004 presidential election.

Aguila saw this as a betrayal as he was one of the millions of Filipinos who formed the ‘People Power’ revolt in 2001 that brought Arroyo to power.

The revolt toppled then the president Joseph Estrada who had been weakened by a flood of corruption allegations and a failed impeachment trial. Aguila, like the other participants in that revolt, expected Arroyo to bring reforms to a graft-ridden government.

But Arroyo failed to meet the high expectations and her presidency has been rocked by numerous scandals involving fund diversion, election rigging and massive bribery.

In a survey done by Pulse Asia in 2007, Arroyo was perceived as the most corrupt president in Philippine history. Under her watch, the country was also ranked as among the world’s most corrupt by the World Bank and the Berlin-based Transparency International.

Aguila, currently back in Manila for a short break, is planning to migrate to either New Zealand or the United States as he has lost hope that things will change in this country. ‘Life is difficult here and I don’t see reforms happening in the next ten years or so,’ he said.

Aguila believes that as long as corruption persists, ordinary citizens like him cannot hope for a better life in the country of their birth.

As a skilled professional, Aguila is fortunate because he can still opt to leave. The majority of poor Filipinos are compelled to stay on and remain frustrated watching corruption leach away the funds needed to deliver them basic social services.

Participants in the Jan. 27-28 ‘First Integrity and Human Rights Conference’ held here were agreed that corruption amounts to human rights violation. Corrupt practices violate every citizen’s right to good governance, freedom and decent life, they said.

‘Absent from anti-corruption analysis are humans rights concerns, in particular how we define our corruption and how it adversely impacts on the enjoyment of rights, especially of the poor and vulnerable,’ Leila M. de Lima, chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR), told participants.

‘Every person’s large or small contribution to a widespread culture of corruption adds to an ever expanding gap between those who can secure rent and those who cannot,’ De Lima said.

Widespread corruption in the Philippines, she said, ‘led us into our quagmire now the poor are less educated, have less access to health and economic opportunity, and are less able to uplift themselves from their own poverty’’.

De Lima pointed out that graft ‘’is a perpetuation of the decline of budgetary allocations for education and health while public works and military spendings increase with the growing ease of securing kickbacks’’.

What Filipinos now need is not just another revolution, she said. ‘’We need a revolution that upstages all previous revolutions, one that not only changes the configuration of political power, but one that changes the Filipino psyche.’

‘Corruption is a matter of life and death,’ said Omar Siddique, policy and programme analyst at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) regional office in Colombo. According to him it is the poor – not only in the Philippines but around the world – who suffer most from corruption as they are hurt by acts which are beyond their control.

The UNDP Asia Pacific Human Development Report, issued June 2008, revealed that countries in the region with higher levels of human development have lower perceived levels of corruption. This is because some of the most corrupt agencies in the government are also the ones directly involved in the delivery of social services.

The UNDP report also revealed that some of the most common forms of corruption in education systems in Asia and the Pacific are bribes for admission and grades, ‘ghost schools’ and ‘ghost teachers’ as well as kickbacks from the construction of school buildings.

‘Higher levels of corruption are correlated with fewer children attending schools and higher dropout and illiteracy rates, blocking key routes out of poverty,’ it said.  Corruption is also deeply entrenched in public healthcare systems, compelling the poor to pay more for medicines, hospitals and health services.

A survey of public hospitals in the region revealed that some of the drugs and medical supplies are either expired or counterfeit, as the funds earmarked to buy them were diverted by unscrupulous government officials.

The poor often have to…

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CALL FOR APPLICANTS: SULAT DULA (A basic Playwriting Workshop in Northern Mindanao, Philippines) on November 6-8, 2009

Xavier University- Culture and Arts Office and National Commission for Culture and the Arts will hold SULAT DULA- a basic playwriting workshop for North/ Central/ Eastern Mindanao on November 6-8, 2009 at Xavier University Board room. There are 10 slots open for young aspiring (20-35 years old) playwrights. This workshop aims at establishing a sustained playwright development in Mindanao.

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