Saturday, September 29, 2018
Medicine has come a long way since the ancient times. Mankind has struggled with finding out what really works when it comes to medical treatments. Technology has developed and research has evolved. But there are still some treatments that sometimes fall through the cracks and these cures slowly become quack.
Let’s discover some cures that can be very real or very false when it comes to ancient or modern-day medicine.
Right off the bat, let’s start with one of the worst and most terrifying medical ideas in all of history. Mental illness has many forms. Today, each one is carefully diagnosed and treated. But this wasn’t the case back then. Doctors rarely understood psychological illness or traumas. They often associated it with physical symptoms or even spiritual forces. The cure? Drill the head open. Since then lobotomy has become a word associated with horror, violence, and fear.
Mercury and Metal Ingestion
Medicine was very vague and unclear in the 1800s. It was so undeveloped in fact that ingesting mercury was one of the treatments for headaches! Imagine people consciously going through mercury-poisoning thinking they would get better!
Trading Morphine for Heroin
Morphine is a classic and widely used painkiller back in the day. But there were side effects such as addiction that made people wary to use it in treatments. Enter a brand-new idea with a brand-new drug: heroin! It was primarily introduced as a safe and non-addictive substitute for morphine. Little did they know that they were using what would be one of the most dangerous and illegal drugs ever as a cure.
Shock Treatments for Impotence
Having trouble with the little guy? Give it a little shock! It was widely-believed that electric therapy or shock treatments was a cure for impotence or genital dysfunction. All of mankind now gives a sigh of relief that modern medicine threw that horrifying “cure” out.
If you’re craving for some real medical expertise coupled with showbiz drama, check out The Resident, now on its second season on video-streaming service FOX+. In the long tradition of ER, House, and Grey’s Anatomy comes another riveting medical drama that takes the blinders of medical norms and dives deep into the heart of what really happens at hospitals and with doctors.
Stream the latest episodes of season 2 exclusively and all of season 1 of The Resident on FOX+ now. New users can now download FOX+ from the App Store and Google Play store for a free 30-Day trial.
About Fox Networks Group Asia
FOX Network Group Asia (FNG) is 21st Century FOX’s international multi-media business. FNG develops, produces and distributes more than 300 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. FNG’s core channel brands include FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX+ and National Geographic. FNG’s movie channels include FOX Movies, FOX Action Movies, FOX Family Movies and SCM (formerly Star Chinese Movies). Non-linear brands include FOX Play, FOX Play+ and Nat Geo Play. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.8 billion cumulative households worldwide. In addition, FNG owns and operates two production studios and produces thousands of local programing hours for its wholly owned channels and third parties. In 2017, FNG launched FOX+, the on-demand streaming app for watching the best in entertainment on the go. FNG has been in operation since August 14, 1993.
FOX+ is the only video-streaming service in Asia that combines TV series, movies and live sports, in one place, accessible from any device, at any time and in HD. With a combination of first-run Hollywood blockbusters and hit Chinese series and movies, FOX+ is the ultimate destination for entertainment. More than 11,000 hours of programming across multiple genres are available, comprising of the most popular content from global movie studios and television channels, as well as original FOX programming and FOX+ exclusive content.
The local economy may be going through a few rough patches but there are bright spots on the horizon. For one, the Philippine automotive industry is slowly yet steadily growing, currently producing 400,000 cars yearly versus 100,000 a decade ago. Annual car sales in the country are also projected to reach one million units by 2028. The increasing demand means the industry will make more cars, requiring more quality engineers, technicians, specialists, and other professionals within the decade.
With the Philippine automotive sector becoming an employment hotspot, companies are partnering with the public sector to raise awareness about the different opportunities that jobhunters and educational institutions can maximize. Last September 28, the Philippine Auto Industry-Academia Linkage (PAAL) Congress was conducted by a coalition of four organizations – JobStreet Philippines, Department of Trade and Industry-Board of Investments (DTI-BOI), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP). The first-of-its-kind the country, the event connected schools and training centers with automotive companies, bolstering collaboration and cooperation towards future projects and programs that can benefit more students, jobseekers, and businesses.
Preparing to meet higher demand
The coalition estimates that by 2028, direct employment in the industry will grow by 700,000 to 1.17 million more jobs. Indirect employment will also increase, with many new jobs expected to open in the production of car parts and materials, automotive sales and maintenance, transport and storage, and petroleum stations. For these prospects to be optimized, the industry needs to address the limited knowledge and on-the-job training opportunities in the different companies, processes, and technical skills involved in the car production chain; human resources’ difficulties in fielding and finding candidates with suitable educational background; and the need for schools and training centers to connect to a bigger and more beneficial network of partners.
The PAAL Congress thus brought together students, teachers, trainers, employers, engineers, and executives in a series of learning and networking sessions. It aimed to help participants better understand the industry as a whole – its different players, demands, and standards; realize the career potential and different opportunities opening up in the automotive sector; and enable car companies to offer more input in schools’ curricula, thereby developing the right employee candidates in the near future.
The different talks by field experts offered an overview of the local industry, sharing its realities, trends, potentials, job market needs, and future goals. Participants also heard from practitioners in a panel discussion and asked questions in a fruitful Q&A. Later in the day was the career and product exhibition that showcased the various companies in the automotive supply chain and the different job options. Resumes were also submitted and same-day interviews were held.
“There are more than 100 companies in the industry’s supply chain. With the expected growth in the sector, there’s going to be a lot of recruitment activity within the near future. Through the congress, the partnership has opened bigger doors for dialogue and cooperation, which in turn will provide the sector with valuable information and insights that can multiply opportunities further. We at JobStreet Philippines have been learning so much through this partnership, and we consider it a pleasure to be able to use this knowledge to make the best-fitting matches between even more employers and thousands of Filipino jobseekers. This partnership has empowered all of us here to create and seek even more growth prospects for more people,” says Philip Gioca, Country Manager of JobStreet Philippines.
More plans in the future
As a post-event service and to ensure the long-range impact of the event, feedback will be collected. Among the success indicators are the number and quality of industry-academia partnerships that were formed, job applications facilitated, increased interest and engagement in auto industry careers, and regular communication among the participants who connected with each other. Summaries of the speeches and discussions, tips and other learnings will also be shared online to reach more people.
Gioca adds: “It’s key to monitor the effect of this first congress to help us create better and more effective career and learning experiences in the future. There is unlimited potential in the technology-based skills and working attitude of Filipinos and we will keep supporting them through diverse programs. We have many more partnerships and activities planned.”
Over 50 educational and training institutions, 40 companies, and 800 individuals joined the congress, which is also part of the Elaboration of Industrial Promotion Plans using Value Chain Analysis project. The two-year pilot project operated by JICA and DTI promotes the automotive industry through the development and implementation of concrete policies and plans.
For more information about JobStreet Philippines programs and events, visit www.jobstreet.com.ph.
Friday, September 28, 2018
ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Baguio City, Philippines is scheduled to face reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil in a highly-anticipated bantamweight title unification bout at ONE: HEART OF THE LION, set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium on .
Before he takes to the ONE Championship cage in this epic World Champion vs. World Champion super-bout, Belingon talks about the announcement of the bout and his opponent Fernandes.
Ticket information for ONE: HEART OF THE LION is available at www.onefc.com.
Kevin Belingon, ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion, stated:
“I am super excited. Finally the long wait is over, and now I’m fighting Bibiano Fernandes for the undisputed bantamweight title. Ever since the night I lost to him the first time in China, this moment has been all that I have looked forward to. Every opponent, every challenge that I have faced since then, has brought me here. This is what I have worked extremely hard for. I know that nothing will get easier, and I have to work twice as hard to prepare for the biggest bout of my life. This is a career-defining bout for me. I am laser focused on coming into this fight in the best shape ever, and I am working triple on my preparations.”
“I’m always motivated. After taking home the interim belt, I felt even more motivated because I knew I would be facing the champion soon. The Filipino fans have wanted this for so long, and it makes me happy that I can now give this to them. I feel strong and confident knowing I have their support. Coming to Singapore, I know it’s neutral ground, but I am grateful for every Filipino who shows their support. I am doing this for myself, and for the honor of my country. I will not leave anything to chance. I will take control of my destiny and I am definitely looking to finish this fight within the distance.”
“Bibiano [Fernandes] is an incredible champion. For so long I have looked up to him as a martial artist, and I have complete respect for him. But I have zeroed in on facing him. He has been on my mind for more than two years now. I have upgraded my skills where necessary. This time around, things will be different. I am a completely different fighter. I know the mistakes I made in the first bout. This is my chance to erase that memory. See you inside the cage Bibiano.”
ONE: HEART OF THE LION is scheduled for at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The main event features a World Champion vs. World Champion super-bout as reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China defends her title against ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee of Singapore.
For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONECh
About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship is the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Championship is the home of martial arts and is the world's largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more. The world’s most exciting martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 1.7 billion potential viewers across 138 countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Bandsports, Startimes, Premier Sports, Thairath TV, Skynet, Mediacorp, OSN, and more.
The IPRA Golden World Awards for Excellence (GWA): the world’s most prestigious PR awards scheme, announces a total of 80 winners for 2018, up some 25% on last year. Many entries tackled social and health issues such as eye-care amongst children in the Philippines, and activities with an extraordinary 1 billion reach to promote World Water Day.
The IPRA GWA judges flew to Brussels, Belgium to make their final decisions: little knowing the atmosphere of the Belgian capital would be charged with World Cup fever. The jury comprised judges from all over the world including: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Holland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UK.
“This year the competition showed method, excellent planning and superb creativity,” explains Bart de Vries, IPRA’s President and chairman of the jury: "It was good to see our new categories of Influencer Management and Sport PR attracting quality entries. Some entries moved the heartstrings and others made us laugh."
The prestigious Grand Prix was also chosen but the judges have been sworn to secrecy. Along with the UN award for PR with an objective of meeting one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Grand Prix will be announced at the Golden World Awards Gala Dinner in Barcelona, Spain on 19 October 2018. “I look forward to meeting all the 80 winners in Barcelona,” adds Bart de Vries.
Background to IPRA
IPRA, the International Public Relations Association, is the leading global network for Public Relations professionals. Membership is individual not corporate. It aims to further the development of open communication and the ethical practice of public relations. IPRA fulfils this aim through networking opportunities, its code of conduct and intellectual leadership of the profession. IPRA is the organiser of the annual Golden World Awards for excellence – PR's global awards scheme. With 60 years of experience, IPRA, recognised by the United Nations, is now present throughout the world wherever public relations are practiced. IPRA welcomes all those within the profession who share its aim and who wish to be part of the IPRA worldwide fellowship. For more information please visit: www.ipra.org.
Background to the Golden World Awards for Excellence
The annual IPRA Golden World Awards (GWA) initiative, established in 1990, recognizes excellence in public relations practice worldwide in a variety of categories. Recipients of the award take particular pride in the recognition granted to their entry as meeting international standards of excellence in public relations. An overall IPRA Grand Prix for Excellence is presented each year to the entry judged as representing the highest standards that year. While there are many national and regional PR awards, there is only one truly global scheme: the GWA.
Fifty-seven Filipino para athletes journey to Jakarta, Indonesia on Monday, October 1 to slug it out in the 3rd Asian Para Games that will take place from October 6 to 13, 2018 in 19 locations around Jakarta.
Filipino para athletes will compete in 10 of 18 sports slated in the Para Games, namely archery, athletics, badminton, chess, cycling, judo, powerlifting, table tennis, swimming and tenpin bowling.
Leading the Philippine contingent are bemedalled para athletes Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta of powerlifting and Josephine Medina of table tennis. Ancheta holds the record for being the first Filipino to win a medal in the Paralympics after bagging a bronze medal in Sydney, Australia in 2000. Ancheta won another bronze medal recently in the 2018 World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championships held in Fukuoka, Japan in early September. Medina won a bronze medal in 2016 at the Paralympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Philippine Paralympic Committee president Michael Barredo expressed optimism in the Philippine campaign in Jakarta, saying that the Philippines hopes to improve on its five silvers and five bronzes finish in Incheon, South Korea four years ago.
University of the Philippines Professor Francis Carlos Diaz who will serve as Chef de Mission said that the Philippine team went through rigorous training to prepare for this regional event. He thanked the Philippine Sports Commission for the generous support that it extended so that Filipino para athletes could compete for the country.
Donning the national colors are Agustina Bantiloc and Giovanni Ola (archery); Prudencia Panaligan, Andy Avellana, Jerrold Pete Mangliwan, Joel Balatucan, Evaristo Carbonel, Jeanette Acebeda, Marites Burce, Arman Dino and Cendy Asusano (athletics); Jonas Matados, Paz Lita and Kathleen Pedrosa (badminton); Sander Severino, Henry Roger Lopez, Jasper Rom, Minandro Redor, Israel Peligro, Arman Subaste, Francis Ching, Rodolfo Sarmiento, Cecilio Bilog, Fe Mangayayam, Jean-lee Nacita and Cheryl Angot (chess); Arthus Bucay and Godfrey Taberna (cycling); Gener Padilla, Deterson Omas and Carlito Agustin (judo); and Achelle Guion, Agustin Kitan, Marydol Pamatian and Romeo Tayawa (powerlifting).
Also joining the Jakarta trip are Minnie Cadag, Benedicto Gaela, Pablo Catalan, Darwin Salvacion and Smith Billy Cartera (table tennis); Ernie Gawilan, Gary Bejino, Roland Subido, Arnel Aba and Edwin Villanueva (swimming); and Kim Ian Chi, Samuel Matias, Angelito Guloya, Christopher Yue, Francisco Ednaco, Jaime Manginga, Augusto Hernandez, Crisostomo Yao, Noel Espanol and Ruben San Diego (tenpin bowling).
The Asian Para Games is a multi-sport event held every four years after every Asian Games for athletes with physical disabilities.The first Asian Games were held in Guangzhou, China in 2010. The second edition was held in 2014 in Incheon, Korea.
This year’s contingent hopes to better their last medal record to inspire other para athletes to break barriers and pursue their dream of representing the country.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
The NBA 2K League held its first expansion draft today at the NBA office in Secaucus, New Jersey.
The league’s four expansion teams, affiliates of the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, recently announced their NBA 2K League names as Hawks Talon GC, NetsGC, Lakers Gaming and T-Wolves Gaming, respectively. Each of the four expansion teams selected two players from a pool of 68 players who participated in the inaugural season and were not protected by their original team. All expansion draftees will join their new teams for the 2019 season.
The expansion draft was a two-round snake draft, meaning that the second round had the inverse order of the first round. With the first pick, Hawks Talon GC selected Connor “Dat Boy Shotz” Rodrigues, who spent his first season in Portland with Blazer5 Gaming. NetsGC selected second, T-Wolves Gaming selected third and Lakers Gaming selected fourth. The complete list of round-by-round selections and team-by-team selections can be found below.
The draft order was determined by a draft lottery earlier this month, which was conducted by drawing ping-pong balls in random order from the official ball machine that is used for the NBA Draft Lottery.
From Sept. 27 to Oct. 10, all 21 teams will have the opportunity to make trades, and the original 17 teams can retain additional players from their 2018 rosters in exchange for 2019 draft picks. For more information on offseason player protection, additional player retainment, and trade rules, click here.
The date of the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft will be announced in the coming months. The 2019 NBA 2K League Draft order is subject to change based on trades and additional player retainment.
Hawks Talon GC
Dat Boy Shotz
I F E A S T
Moshood Balogun, Jr.
Hawks Talon GC
DRAFT PICKS BY TEAM
Hawks Talon GC
1. Connor Rodrigues (Dat Boy Shotz)
8. Devon Peek (ARS0NAL x)
2. Nate Kahl (NateKahl)
7. Moshood Balogun, Jr. (Shockey)
3. Tim Anselimo (oLARRY)
6. Mihad Feratovic (I F E A S T)
4. Mitchell Franklin (Mootyy)
5. Chris Cantrell (Kontrul)
For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com and follow @NBA2KLeague on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s teams drafts six players to compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, in-season tournaments and playoffs. Knicks Gaming won the first NBA 2K League Finals on Saturday, Aug. 25. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III filed on September 19, 2018 a Senate Bill that will institutionalize the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) Program to further strengthen the landmark micro loan program of President Rodrigo Duterte that will provide relief to micro enterprises through alternative source of financing.
The Senate Bill No. 2017 or “An Act Providing a Socialized Microfinancing Program for Micro Enterprises Thereby Promoting Entrepreneurship” aims to address financing concerns of micro enterprises throughout the country and help them sustain their businesses.
Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez welcomed the news, saying it will further ensure funds are made available for micro enterprises to veer them away from onerous loans, particularly the “5-6” money-lending system.
“This is another milestone as we continue our drive to empower our MSMEs and alleviate poverty. Through this bill, we will be able to assist more entrepreneurs to have easy access to P3 loans that come in one-form, one-day processing, and don’t require any collateral, especially those in the countryside,” said Sec. Lopez.
On the other hand, Small Business Corporation (SB Corp) President and CEO Ma. Luna E. Cacanando said the filing of the Senate Bill will strengthen the Corporation’s mandate and will greatly contribute to the development of micro enterprises, which comprises the bulk of the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector.
Micro enterprises account for 90% out of the 99.6% from the MSME sector.
As the financing arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), SB Corp is tapped as the lead implementing agency of the P3 Program and is tasked to handle the fund delivery through direct lending to micro enterprises, wholesale lending to conduits that on-lend to micro enterprises.
Likewise, the House of Representatives in June 2018 also adopted a bill that will establish P3 Program as an affordable and easy access alternative source of financing for micro enterprises.
Under House Bill No. 7446 or the "Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso" or "P3 Act," the House of Representatives seeks the creation of the “Pondo sa Pagbabago and Pag-asenso” or the P3 Fund, which will be made available for beneficiaries such as market vendors, agri-businessmen and members of cooperatives, industry associations, and cooperators.
As of September 9, 2018, the P3 Program has assisted over 50,000 micro enterprises throughout the country with a total of P1.5 billion of released loans.
Under the P3 Program, a micro enterprise can borrow between P5,000 up to P200,000 depending on its business need and repayment capacity with no collateral requirement. Interest rate and service fees, all in, do not exceed 2.5% monthly.
The P3 Program serves as an alternative to the P30 billion “5-6” money lending industry that charges 20% nominal interest rate to MSMEs.
“We thank Sen. Koko Pimentel for sponsoring this bill in the Senate and being our partner in strengthening the MSME sector,” said Sec. Lopez.
The engagement ring symbolizes true commitment. It is a message of love and devotion to that one person, made known --loud and clear--to the world.
Every time your significant other looks down on her engagement ring, she is reminded of all the reasons you fell in love, how you promised to spend the rest of your lives together, and all the things you look forward to in the future.
Undoubtedly a substantial purchase, it is important to make the perfect choice when selecting an engagement ring.
My Diamond, known as one of the country’s top trusted jewelers, offers helpful tips in choosing the perfect engagement ring.
Set a budget. Deciding on a budget early can allow you to fully explore all your options when it comes to the center stone’s characteristics and ring design. Determine the maximum amount you are willing to spend on an engagement ring before shopping.
Know your soon-to-be fiancée’s style. Consider her personality and taste in jewelry. What suit’s her best - classic, simple or a more intricate engagement ring?
Get the right fit. You don’t want to ruin your proposal with a ring that does not fit. Know her ring finger size. To keep it a surprise, borrow one of her older rings through a family member or friend.
Take note of the 4C’s. The cut, carat, clarity and color refer to the sparkle, weight, imperfections and shade of the diamond or stone in the ring. When a diamond has greater brilliance, weighs more, has less visible flaws, and lacks color, the more value it holds. Striking a balance between these characteristics can help ensure you get the best diamond for your engagement ring.
Timeless, elegant and versatile, My Diamond engagement rings are delicately made by internationally-trained craftsmen using diamonds of top-tier cut, clarity, color and carat weight.
Propose to the love of your life with the perfect engagement ring rom My Diamond. Visit MyDiamond concept stores in Ayala Center Cebu, Festival Supermall, Gateway Mall, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM Lanang Premier Davao, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM Aura Premier.
SunPIOLORy and Piolo Pascual has come a long way, from a charity-sorting event in partnership with Sun Life Philippines and as their ambassador. A decade of challenges but fun and exciting events. TR10 will thrill its fans to raise funds for education, dabetes awareness, and help more Filipinos live
SUNPIOLOGY TR10 will have 3 parts.
-SUN CYCLE PH on November 17 at Bonifacio Global City.
-SUN LIFE RESOLUTION RUN
-SUN vs STARS with Star Magic,
both happening on January 26, 2019 at Camp Aguinaldo.
"Wellness has been one of our key intiatives for the past years. Now, we are strengthening our message by inspiring more people to 'live healthier lives' With our line of new-generation Health and Accident insurance products. Go Well community events, and partnerships such as SUNPIOLOgy we want to show Filipinos
how health and wealth shine brighter together" explains Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Ms. Mylene Lopa
Bike with SUN LIFE CYCLE PH once again and enjoy the beauty of four cities (Taguig, Makati, Manila, and Pasay) in routes fit for both beginners and seasoned bikers.
Organized by Sunrise Events, SUN LIFE CYCLE PH categories include a Family Ride (30mins dur); Tricycle Ride (100m and 500m); Short Ride (20km); and Long Ride (40km). Celebrity SunLife ambassadors Matteo Guidicelli and Piolo Pascual will be leading the race. Interested parties may
register at www.sunlife.cycleph.com.
Run with SUN LIFE RESOLUTION RUN
Part of SunPIOLOgy TR10 is the SUN LIFE RESOLUTION RUN. It has evolved to a regional spectacle with counterparts in different Sun Life Asia territories. Aside from the Philippines, a Resolution Run to kick diabetes and live healthier lives will also happen in Malaysia (January 13), Indonesia (January 20), Hong Kong(January 27), and Vietnam (January 27). Here in t Philippines, t charity Run will retain its charm of a gun start by sunset as the country's biggest stars ce for beneficiaries Hebreo Foundation, Instituteo for Studies on Diabetes Foundation, Nordhoff Foundation, and Star Magic scholars. Registration is now open at www.sunpiology.com.
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial Inc. ("SLF Inc.") is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance,
wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December
31, 2017, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management ("AUM") of $975 bilion. For more information. Please visit www.sunlife.com.
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.
URCC Global launches its biggest, most exciting, adrenaline pumping fight card, "COLOSSAL, at
the Araneta Coliseum on September 29, 7:00 p.m. highlighted by the featherweight showdown
between top Filipino pick Mark "Mugen" Striegl and South Korean fighter Do Gyeom Lee.
Founded by Filipino Brazilian jiu-jitsublack belt Alvin Aguilar, the Universal Reality Combat
Championship (URCC) started the mixed martial arts (MMA) trend in the Philippines with its
inaugur event at the Casino Filipino Amphitheater in Parañaque City on November 23, 2002,
and has since become the breeding ground for world-class Filipino fighters who have c
their own respective legacies in the global MMA arena.
This year, the URCC marks its foray towards global domination in the mixed martial arts (MMA)
scene with the creation of URCC Global, spearheaded by its new chairman, Arnold Vegafria.
Under its strengthened leadership, URCC Global hopes to penetrate the Southeast Asian region
and forge long-term partnerships with its Asian counterparts, and eventually assemble a
contir of iconic fighters willing to take on their Caucasian counterparts.
The fight series also features some of the country's best MMA fighters, including four female
competitors and a three-on-three match-up.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Kicking off at Baguio City last July, Shell Bike Fair wraps up this year’s festivities with a bang this Saturday, September 22 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.
The biker community in the Philippines has grown exponentially as more and more riders consider two-wheeled vehicles as a more practical and convenient mode of transport. Based on the latest statistics from LTO, the number of registered motor vehicles in the Philippines has grown to 10.5 million as of 2017.
Pilipinas Shell, a reliable partner of the biker community, in making their rides better celebrates the courage and resilience of bikers as they take their daily journeys despite the difficulties that they face in weaving through obstacles on the road.
“This day is really to express how grateful we are for the support that we received from the Filipino biking community,” said Shell V-Power Brand Manager, Mark Malabanan. “As our theme says, together we ride stronger. We are honored to be chosen as their partner on the road, being there with them through the years. And, as we have for more than a hundred years, Pilipinas Shell continues to strive to make life’s journeys better for all motorists.”
Participants were treated to special offers from Shell and event sponsors as well as exciting games and booth activities. Performances by Rico Blanco, Rocksteddy, and other local acts also rocked the event alongside celebrity guests Daiana Menezes, Yam Concepcion, and Phoebe Walker.
Five winners each brought home scooters or motorcycles that were raffled off as major prizes:
Honda CBR150, Yamaha Mio i125, and Suzuki Raider J115. The biker community was also given the chance to express their creativity through the Modified Bike and Helmet Design contests.
The highlight of the day was the announcement of the big winner of Shell Outriders: the nationwide search for the best bike club.
A total of 17 finalists representing Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were picked out through careful screening of hundreds of entries received over the past two months. The chosen clubs set up creative displays at the convention hall to showcase their love for riding and how they exhibit personal and social courage. The champions received a cash prize of PHP 100,000.00 and fuel vouchers worth PHP 50,000.00.
“We put up this search because we want to recognize bike clubs who exemplify the brand values and ideals of Shell. We were amazed to see how passionate they are for what they do and how they push to continue to outride anything.” said Shell Advance Brand Manager, Lorrie Ramirez.
This year’s Shell Bike Fair was made possible by Shell Advance and Shell V-Power, led by their passion to be the most reliable partners on the road. As a global leader in power and energy, Shell continually works to deliver smarter products and cleaner energy solutions.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez encouraged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their relatives to use remittances to start their own businesses back home to take advantage of the fast growing economy under the Duterte administration. This was conducted at the sidelines of the Philippine government’s trade and investment roadshow in London on Sept 21 – 26. Secretary Lopez, Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) president Richard Sanz, and PFA Director Chris Lim pitched franchising as a viable business model during the Kapihan sa Pasuguan in London last September 22. The event was organized by DTI and the Department of Foreign Affairs Philippine Embassy headed by Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio Lagdameo.
Passionate and fun-loving Filipinos have a new cause for celebration—heartthrob Piolo Pascual has extended his term as Mega Sardines’ brand ambassador, coinciding with the reintroduction of an exciting array of Mega Sardines variants.
It was a veritable fiesta as Piolo signed his new contract with Mega Sardines, a Filipino staple that is loved by people across the country. Piolo, after all, reflects the heart and passion behind Mega Sardines, as well as its promise of #MegaGandaAngBuhay, which is word play of the phrase “may igaganda ang buhay.”
The relaunch of Mega Sardines’ variants evokes the joy that comes with a true Filipino fiesta. The variants are a festive assortment of exciting flavors and create a feast of the senses, with new offerings such as Mega Sardines in Spanish-Style, Mega Sardines in Natural Oil, Mega Extra Hot Sardines, Mega Fried Sardines Tausi, and Mega Fried Sardines Hot and Spicy. Through the years, these well-loved flavors have become an important part of family meals and have come to define the Filipino way of life.
Piolo’s association with the Mega Sardines brand is deep-rooted. Not too long ago, Piolo starred in Mega Sardines’ multi-awarded TV and radio ad, which showcased the brand’s unique and meticulous 12 hour catching-to-canning process. The process captures the company’s dedication to bring only the best to Filipinos, para sa ikagaganda ng buhay. In the ad, Piolo takes Mega’s fishing boat as a witness to the hard work of the men and women who bring Mega into the tables of thousands of Filipinos around the country. It also shows Mega Sardines’ state-of-the-art equipment, which ensures the freshness, cleanliness, and quality of its products.
“Mega Sardines is part of Filipino life so much so that it’s a staple in Filipino homes, and so is Piolo Pascual. His presence on our screens––whether big or small––has been impactful over the years and truly shows Filipino excellency, and that’s why he’s perfect as Mega Sardines’ brand ambassador,” said Mr. Marvin Tiu Lim, VP of Sales and Marketing of Mega Global.
Mega Sardines will also be launching a series of short films called #MegaGandaAngBuhay which features inspiring short films that is sure to touch the hearts of Filipinos everywhere. The short films will showcase contemporary Filipino stories about their struggles, passions, and unwavering resilience.
With the renewed collaboration between Piolo and Mega Sardines, Filipinos can look forward to enjoying the brand’s promise that #MegaGandaAngBuhay.
All variants of Mega Sardines are available in supermarkets nationwide. The new Mega Fried Sardines, though, are exclusively available in SM Supermarkets, SM Hypermarkets, and SaveMore stores nationwide. For more information, please visit the website www.megaglobal.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/officialmegasardines/.