Makati hosts iconic designer Tom Dixon


Tom Dixon’s arrival in the country for the first leg of the Makati Design Series heralds a new era in design — one where aesthetics and functionality take center stage amid the country’s most progressive business district.

“In a way, Tom Dixon’s vision and design philosophy mirrors the values that Makati — being the country’s leading business, recreation, residential district —stand for. It is a real honor for us to have been given the opportunity to introduce his work to Filipinos and hear from the eminent designer himself,” shares Iris Josef, assistant vice president of Strategic Landbank Management Group (SLMG). Continue reading »

Gen F: 2nd IMC Youth Congress, PANANAW Awards Debuts

On October 7, 2011 the PANA Foundation will stage the 2nd PANAF IMC Youth Congress where fresh young minds from the top universities will gather at the Irwin Theater of the Ateneo de Manila University.  Continue reading »

The Philippines Gears Up with Japan for an Epic Adventure


Be on the look out this October, as Animax prepares for another epic adventure for its fans. This time, Asia’s first ever anime channel is doing a same day simulcast with Japan. If you checkout their teaser video, there seems to be some sort of encrypted message within it. Could it possibly be morse code? Continue reading »

Unilab Ideas Positive

Young minds coming together can spark great ideas.

Believing that great ideas should be shared, not contained, Unilab Ideas Positive, a social marketing clinic and competition-in-one, invites college students to share their innovative, exciting, and sustainable ideas to address the health and wellness concerns of the Philippines, one community at a time.

Now on its second year, Unilab Ideas Positive continues to provide not just an avenue to learn and understand social marketing, but more importantly, an opportunity for our youth to see their ideas come to life. To prepare them for the bigger challenge of implementing their ideas, semi-finalists will undergo an intensive three-day clinic, where they will be taught social marketing approaches by a pool of experts using current and relevant social marketing practices and case studies.

UNILAB will provide a total of P250,000 seed money to jumpstart the winning student groups’ social marketing projects and help contribute to a healthier Philippines. Bigger prizes are also at stake with a total cash prize of P95,000 for the winning student groups and faculty coaches.

Want to be part of this transformative journey towards a healthier Philippines? Start by sharing your idea.

The Unilab Ideas Positive logo brings to life Unilab’s corporate culture of Bayanihan in accomplishing any undertaking, and extends the same values to creating positive change in communities.

The hands clasped together symbolize the Bayanihan spirit of people reaching out and working with each other, this time represented in a variety of colors to reflect the youth’s diversity in background, upbringing, personalities, and way of thinking. The differences may seem discouraging, but when held together by a common beneficial cause, such diversity produces a beautiful and powerful show of positives—both ideas coming from the youth, and the transformation in the health and wellness of Philippine communities.

Bravehearts and POGS run for women’s reproductive health

If you can convert the time you run a kilometer to save a Filipinas life  – would you do so?

This is exactly what Bravehearts and the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS)  are setting out to do in the Millennium Run for Women’s Health. To be held on November 6, 2011, the fundraising event aims to increase awareness on women’s health issues. Unlike your ordinary run, registration fees of participants will help fund different POGS initiatives for women’s health. Meanwhile, as part of this momentous event, runners will also be pledging their support for women’s issues— specifically pregnancy related deaths, breast cancer and cervical cancer. Continue reading »

DepEd vigorously pushes environmental education in public and private schools

Strengthen environmental education and match this with concrete school-based activities that will preserve and protect the environment.

This is the marching order of Education Secretary Armin Luistro to both public and private schools nationwide as contained inDepEd Order No. 52. s, 2011.. The move of the education chief is pursuant to Republic Act 9512 entitled “An Act to Promote Environmental Education and for other Purposes.” Continue reading »

DepEd launches campaign to say “thank you” to teachers

Have you ever said thank you to at least one of your teachers who created a big difference in your life?   If not, this is your chance as the Department of Education launches a campaign that encourages every Filipino to say a word of thanks to their teachers – a fitting highlight to the annual celebration of Teachers Month  this September and World Teachers’ Day celebration on October 5.

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Gawad Kalinga offers its classrooms and teachers to DepEd

The Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation (GKDCF) has offered its 346 classrooms nationwide to be used for extension classes for 5-year old children who are enrolled under the Department of Education’s universal kindergarten program.

“Our gratitude goes to the foundation for offering not only their facilities but their teachers as well,” a beaming Education Secretary Armin Luistro said. Under the arrangement, added Luistro, children are officially enrolled in public elementary schools but shall recite or hold classes in GKCDF classroom under a volunteer teacher from the foundation. The teacher will use the National Kindergarten Curriculum Guide developed by DepEd. Wouldn’t that be nice if they gave the teachers a Pegboard too?

DepEd’s started implementing the universal kindergarten program this year to give 5-year olds enough preparation on the rigors of regular schooling. Many studies have shown that a learner who has a pleasant pre-school experience is more likely to complete basic education.

The sudden surge of enrolment in pre-school which is offered by the government for free aggravated the perennial problem of classroom shortage in public schools.

“We welcome this offer of  GKDCF because it concretely addressed classroom and teacher shortages which we all know is a continuing challenge for DepEd considering the increasing number of enrollees which do not go lower than one million new entrants every year,”explained Luistro.

DepEd is duty-bound to accept into its fold all students who want to enrol in public schools as part of its mandate to make education accessible to all Filipinos.

The universal kindergarten program is the first step in the K to 12 basic education reform program under the Aquino administration aimed at producing high school graduates who have the skills to enter the world of work, better prepared for college education and ready for the global market.

Luistro directed all school officials beginning at the regional level to coordinate with GKCDF coordinator in their areas and identify the public elementary schools needing additional classrooms and thus, make use of the foundation’s facility.  He also urged them to monitor and provide technical assistance to the GKCDK volunteer teachers.

“We will also invite the foundation’s volunteer teachers to participate in school-based and division training so that we can also help in further honing their teaching skills,” Luistro said.

Display It

Have you been to one of those expos and exhibits lately? These are normally held in one of the biggest exhibition halls in the city and normally runs for two to three days coming into the weekend. Exhibit themes range from food, cheap laptops , events and trade products, and exciting and creative displays showcasing companies’ wares and products are definitely a feast to behold. I am sure that they do have people waiting to admire the products. I’m sure that crowd control plays a big factor during this kinds of events.

Some companies even offer free taste tests or gives out free samples and swatches of their product on display behind the stanchions  Apart from that, they also have a wide array of drool-worthy adverts display behind the velvet rope to lure the crowd into their booths.

Admission to these exhibits are fairly affordable and patrons often go home with bag loads of freebies and loots. Of course some displays have barricades which are of course sensitive to touch and moisture. So, if you haven’t gone to one, now is the best time to visit an exhibit near you. Tag along the kids if you must so they can enjoy what these events have to offer, too!