Mindanao mom-and-pop bakeries face stiffer competition from food brands

By Carmencita A. Carillo Correspondent DAVAO CITY — Micro, small and medium-scale enterprise (MSME) bread and cake makers are a growing sector in Mindanao, but they need to keep innovating to compete with big firms that mass-produce baked goods, according to the chairman of the Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association, Inc. “I was here 19 years ago […] The post Mindanao mom-and-pop bakeries face stiffer competition from food brands appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineMar 6th, 2018

Budding Sixers take control of series in Miami

By Shaun Powell, MIAMI — Back in 2014, when the Miami Heat were wrapping up their championship-fueled era, the Philadelphia 76ers began plotting their own. And they did it unconventionally, laughably and by any measure, dreadfully. It was Year One of the most ambitious rebuilding plan before or since, when the Sixers willingly laid down and became a doormat and allowed other teams to wipe their sneakers on them. That season, while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh cruised to a fourth straight appearance, and their last together, in the NBA Finals, the Sixers lost 63 games. And then they got better at this tanking technique and lost 64 and 72 the next two years. But fast-forward to now, to Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at American Airlines Arena, and the roles with the Heat and Sixers are threatening to flip. Maybe not so drastically, but it’s clear through four games of this first-round playoff series that the Sixers are going one way and the Heat another. The Sixers have Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, a pair of young bedrocks slowly building something with the potential to be big. The Heat? They have banners in the rafters commemorating what they used to be, not so long ago. Philly also has something else on Miami, namely a 3-1 series lead after Simmons became the first rookie since Magic Johnson to drop a triple-double in a playoff game and Embiid fought through a poor shooting game and an irritating protective mask to spook any Heat player that challenged him at the rim. It was the Sixers who made all the right plays in the final crucial moments in the 106-102 win, getting key stops and buckets and pulling away, a team with a young core turning mature, and doing it rapidly, despite their lack of post-season experience. And having a front-row seat to this new Process was none other than Wade, a proud if aging member of the extinct Big Three who realizes something unique is happening with the Sixers. “This is a very good team,” said Wade. “They’ve got talent at almost every position. This is definitely one of the best first-round opponents I’ve played in my career.” Are the Sixers all that, already? “They’re good,” said Wade. “They’re special. They put the right team together.” Yes, they have. Maybe it wasn’t properly done in the spirit of competition, and perhaps they embarrassed themselves if not the league while doing so, but that’s all behind the Sixers right now. What’s ahead of them is a potential series-clinching Game 5 in Philly and from there, who knows? Yes, the core of the Sixers is Simmons, Embiid and Dario Saric, all under 25, and in the playing rotation only JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli earned any significant playoff money. But if a young team is ever going to reach the NBA Finals, this is the right time, and this is the right team. Just look at the wide-open landscape in the East: LeBron and the Cavaliers, winners of the last three East titles, are down 2-1 to the Pacers and haven’t appeared this fragile since LeBron returned to Cleveland. The Celtics are missing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Toronto is the No. 1 seed in the East but inspires few outside Canada. Why not the Sixers? Why not now? Simmons is lacking a jump shot and little else, and still manages to score anyway. His direction of the club in the fourth quarter of Game 4 was near-masterful; Simmons stayed poised, found the open man and popped the Heat’s comeback hopes with an uncontested dunk when Miami pulled within a point. Embiid couldn’t hit a shot and yet didn’t fall into a funk; rather he terrorized Miami by being a defensive force, punctuated by his spike of a Goran Dragic late-fourth quarter breakaway layup attempt (followed by an Embiid stare down). “They make you pay every time you make a mistake,” said Wade. Speaking of which, the Sixers had 27 turnovers, certainly the recipe for disaster, and still found a way. In the words of coach Brett Brown: “I’m surprised we won this game. We really didn’t have any right to win this game.” But maybe it’s just additional proof that this is Philly’s time. It’s quite a contrast to the ex-bully on the block. Four years after LeBron made the second biggest decision of his life, the Heat are still searching for the identity they had when the champagne flowed, and the party rolled on South Beach. The only reminder is Wade, and at age 36 he’s only capable of having flashes now, like his 28 points in Game 2 and an impressive 25-point follow up Saturday that was marred only by a missed free throw in the final seconds. Besides that, there’s nothing special. Pat Riley’s latest attempt to recreate a winner is looking dubious right now. Riley decided two summers ago to build the Heat around a seven-foot center with low post-skills, which means Riley gave a $100 million to a dinosaur. And one with a decaying relationship with coach Erik Spoelstra. Hassan Whiteside can’t get on the floor in today’s NBA, where small-ball makes him a liability in certain situations. With no shooting range, and perhaps no incentive to develop one, Whiteside finds himself on the bench in fourth quarters and on the nerves of Spoelstra. “He’s a prisoner of the style of play,” said Brown. Plus: Riley also paid Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Tyler Johnson and Kelly Olynyk. Which means the Heat are almost guaranteed to be a 43-win team fighting for the final playoff spot for the next few years. When the Heat searched for someone to bail them out Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), who did they turn to? An aging All-Star who’s on the downside, which says something about Wade … and the Heat’s roster. “He ended up being our best option,” said Spoelstra. There’s another path the Heat can take, of course. They could follow the current Hawks, Nets, Lakers and Magic, who all took their cues from the 2014 Sixers, and take a few steps back before moving forward. But that’s not a fool-proof plan — have you seen the Magic the last few years? — and besides, losing by any means isn’t in Riley’s DNA. So, mediocrity it is, then. Meanwhile, the Sixers have Embiid and Simmons and if you ask fans in Philly, they’d say it was well worth the steep price, in terms of the misery of tanking, paid for them. “They’re two players that have the chance to be great,” said Brown. “Joel has no right to be doing some of the things he does. Ben’s composure down the stretch is amazing. Those two are exceptional.” What the Sixers just did was win a pair in Miami, under the banners that hung over them, was fly in the face of basketball convention which says youth doesn’t get served in the post-season. They can close out at home and then get the survivor of Celtics-Bucks, and Philly can expect to be the favorite in that conference semifinal. “I can see how much we’ve grown and how much more room we have to grow,” said Brown. “To come here and get a win, in this building, against an organization of winning and culture and history, it’s special.” There’s another story here: If the Sixers eliminate the Heat, then it could be curtains for Wade, who doesn’t have a contract for next season, who hasn’t committed to playing beyond this season, and who paused suspiciously for about three seconds when asked if Saturday was his final game in Miami. “I don’t want to answer that right now,” he said. Whether he sticks around or takes the sunset cruise, Wade must realize that a transformation is taking place in the East. After years of deliberately bad basketball the Sixers are finally bearing fruit, and oh, speaking of food, Wade and the Heat can chew on this for a minute: The Sixers have room under the salary cap to give Embiid and Simmons some help next season. LeBron James, free agent-to-be, might reach the conclusion that the Sixers are his best championship option. for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter.   The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Mejia heads newly organized ECCP-Northern Mindanao Business Council

Food industry pioneer Mercedes Pelaez-Mejia is the president of the newly organized European Chamber of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Business Council (ECCP-NM BC). Ms. Mejia is the Managing Director Slers Industries, Inc., one of the city’s homegrown brands behind the famous chicharon and ham of the same name. Aside from showcasing and selling different varieties of their chicharon, SLERS was also featured of Madrid Fusion Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Bo’s opens 100th branch in Makati

Competing with global brands. Bo's Coffee founder Steve Benitez chose to face tough competition rather than wait and see what would happen. (SunStar File Foto) ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

Aside from security, MSU Marawi students face rising prices of food, transport, dorm

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 14 August) &'8212; Given the still ongoing war between government forces and the Maute Group in the downtown area, students of the Mindanao State University's (MSU) main campus five kilometers away were aware, before coming back here, that they would be facing security issues when the first semester finally begins on [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 14th, 2017

Mindanao banana exporters see tighter competition next year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Dec) – Barely recovering from the recent drought that hit the agriculture sector this year, large banana exporters in Mindanao will be faced with yet another problem in 2017 amid the looming stiffer competitions with othe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2016

Ex-President Aquino, 2 others face charges for Dengvaxia fiasco

The National Bureau of Investigation has filed graft charges against former President Benigno Aquino III and two members of his Cabinet over the P3-billion Dengvaxia fiasco. Charged with Aquino in the complaint filed in the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday were former Health Secretary Janette Garin and former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. There was no immediate comment from the three former officials on Monday. Officials of the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health were also charged. Compounding the troubles of Garin, the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) has brought another criminal complaint against the ...Keep on reading: Ex-President Aquino, 2 others face charges for Dengvaxia fiasco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

PCC reviews face bottlenecks in latest law against red tape

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) could face problems in reviewing complex business deals after the latest law on ease of doing business cut its probe period short, a top official said. I.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Village tanods nab man for killing mother in Pagadian City

PAGADIAN CITY - Tanods of Barangay Banale, Pagadian City arrested Almiro Tinga, 20, in a manhunt operation a day after killing his 47-year-old mother Gina Daniel Tinga, whose body was found by the river at Purok Malunggay, Barangay BanaleSaturday. Barangay tanods searched the area for Almiro after the victim's daughteron Fridaysaw her mother laying face down by the river, where she was washing clothes, Pagadian police investigator P01 Renji Narciso said. Police said the river was 100 meters away from their home in Banale. Gina's daughter, Wellen Jane, brought food to her mother and was surprised to see her lying face down on the ground, and seemed lifeless. The daughter rushed t...Keep on reading: Village tanods nab man for killing mother in Pagadian City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Aguilas face Ceres Negros FC

By Jon Develos DAVAO CITY – The SMB Davao Aguilas play dangerous Ceres Negros FC as the 2018 season of the Philippine Football League shifts its games to Mindanao on July 14. The Davao del Norte Sports Complex in Tagum City will be the match venue. The Aguilas, sporting a 7-7-3 win-loss-draw card in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Makati food, retail firms warned vs plastic pollution

THE Makati city government yesterday warned all the food and retail businesses in the city to comply with the citywide plastic ban and use environment-friendly packaging and dining utensils or face closure. The warning was came directly to the office of Mayor Abby Binay who cited the report of the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

My 7 must-have apps for every working gal

Here at Preen, we're fully aware that adult life doesn't always go as smoothly (and look as beautiful) as curated Instagram feeds. We all face challenges amidst all the good things. Meet Mikka Wee, a former food editor-turned-working gal inSingapore, who's about to share all the ups and downs that come with adulting and living. Welcome to Bless This Mess! I am once again faced with the dilemma of keeping things versus giving them away. I've been doing a massive Marie Kondo tidy-up in our shared apartment as we are preparing to move to our own place this month (more on that soon!), and one of the things that merited an extremely bittersweet farewell was my breakup with over20 paperba...Keep on reading: My 7 must-have apps for every working gal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Road block for Uber-Grab deal in Singapore

SINGAPORE – Singapore on Thursday, July 5, threatened to reverse the sale of Uber's Southeast Asian business to Grab, calling for changes to be made to the deal, which it said infringed competition rules. Singapore-based Grab in March agreed to buy Uber's food and ride-hailing business in Southeast Asia, ending a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Mindanao Institute champs in drum, lyre competition

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 -- The Mindanao Institute (MI) located at Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte bagged the championship title in the Drum and Lyre Competition held at the Provincial Capitol Ground her.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Bishops slam detention of 3 foreign missionaries

A group of Methodist bishops on Monday warned of an impending dictatorship in the Philippines in the face of a series of attacks by the government against the Christian church and its leaders. The College of Bishops Philippines Central Conference (CBPCC) of the United Methodist Church said the assault on the church had been further affirmed by the government's refusal to allow three of its foreign missionaries to leave the country after they investigated alleged military atrocities in Mindanao. "I think [attacks against the church are] the preparation for the road to dictatorship. We can see it everywhere, the way the government is dealing trying to impose what they want and th...Keep on reading: Bishops slam detention of 3 foreign missionaries.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Food Innovation Center opened in Lamitan, Basilan

A FOOD Innovation Center was opened Friday, June 29, in Lamitan City, Basilan as part of the two-day 1st Halal Summit in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Karting, zip-lining and obstacle courses: SandBox has thrills for every daredevil

Do one thing that scares you every day --- but what if you could do several things that made your heart drop, in one go, all in one place? SandBox, an outdoor recreation park in Porac, Pampanga has a thrill for just about everyone, whether you prefer to defy gravity or prove your worth in competition. It is located in Alviera, a sprawling 1,125-hectare up-and-coming community which aims to harmonize urban living with the great outdoors. Figure out which thrill fits you best---or better yet, try them all. For the daredevil While mere mortals watch in horror at the astounding heights they have to face, the daredevil is always up for a dose of danger. Higher, faster, anything more is th...Keep on reading: Karting, zip-lining and obstacle courses: SandBox has thrills for every daredevil.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

2nd Indonesia Food and Beverage Expo opens in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – Filipino and Indonesian exhibitors are joining the three-day 2nd Indonesia Food and Beverage Expo that opened on Friday at the Abreeza Mall to strengthen direct trade between Indonesia and Mindanao. Organized by the Indonesian Consulate in Davao City, the event will feature 21 Indonesian food processors and manufacturers […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Iriga City poised to become Bicol’s volleyball center next year

Iriga City bids to become a sporting mecca in the Bicol Region with the construction of a 5,000-seat gym in this city 400 kilometers southeast of Manila. Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen, owner-manager of the Navy-Iriga City Lady Oragons, said the gym is under construction and will be finished by December.       “Maybe next year the PVL on Tour could go to Iriga now that we will have the facilities to host some of its games,” she said, referring to the league’s program to bring the league's matches to the provinces, which started last year.      Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said Iriga City’s strong partnership with the PVL organizing outfit continues to serve “…our vision of promoting and upgrading volleyball in the country.”  Among others, the Iriga City gym will provide excellent facilities in volleyball as part of the mayor’s vision to restore Bicol’s lofty position in volleyball. “It used to be that Bicolanos were highly regarded in the sport and regularly picked for the national teams,” she said. When the sports arena finally rises six months from now, it will occupy pride of place with Iriga’s new city hall, already transferred to its new home in barangay Sta. Cruz Sur, new library, new public market and new slaughterhouse as part of the more concrete legacy the mayor wants to leave to her constituents.   But it is in sports where the sports-minded chief executive of this multi-awarded city wants to involve her young constituents to develop physical fitness, character and mental toughness, prerequisites, she said, to making the young transform into productive citizens and ideal leaders and followers of the future.   High sports awareness      At no other time has sports awareness in Iriga City been this incredibly high and involving as it is now.  Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen fittingly provides the face to this exciting sports phenomenon happening in her city of birth, where generations from her side of the family have served and continue to serve their people through holding public offices.    The well-loved first and only woman mayor of Iriga said she keeps her balance by finding time to indulge her passion in sports. She is into a lot of sports for recreation or for competition. She still plays volleyball, lawn tennis, table tennis and badminton. At one time in elementary and high school she took up softball as a shortstop and even football. It was her serious intent to lure primarily her youthful constituents into sports that led Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen to form her own club team that proceeded to compete in the 2016 nationally telecast season of the Sports Vision-organized V-League.    After seeing their mayor, her prodigy Grazielle Bombita from Camarines Sur and fellow Bicolanos tangle with the best players in Manila in a big time league on television for the first time ever, parents from even as far as Sorsogon and the Visayas, Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen said, would see her at the city hall or stop her in her tracks to recommend their daughters for training under her volleyball program.      As a result, the city government has tied up with elementary and high schools in Iriga to train kids of all genders not only in volleyball but in basketball, table tennis, lawn tennis and football as well. Scholarships are given to training program participants from San Miguel Elementary School, University of St. Anthony, University of Northeastern Philippines, Ceferino Arroyo High School and Rinconada National Technical and Vocational School.   Multi-awarded city    Daughter of the late Camarines Sur Rep. Ciriaco R. Alfelor, granddaughter of the CamSur Gov. Felix O. Alfelor, and niece of ex-Iriga City Mayor Emmanuel R. Alfelor, Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen became Iriga’s first woman mayor in 2004. She served for three consecutive terms via the biggest margin of votes in Iriga’s political history.    Younger brother Ronald Felix Y. Alfelor, an electrical engineer by profession, was voted into the same position next before she assumed the office again.     Under her leadership anchored on an advocacy on good governance and responsible citizenship, Iriga City has distinguished itself with several awards from national and international organizations.  Among these are the 2009 Award of Excellence in Good Local Governance given by the DILG; 2010 citation as among the Top 10 performing local governments under the component cities category from the DILG; 2010 citation as a Galing Pook Award finalist; 2010 citation for Best Practices given by the Asia Foundation and British Embassy for the city’s programs on people’s participation, revenue generation and environment protection; 2011 Region’s Best Outstanding Local Government Agency award given by the Civil Service Commission; and the 2011 Outstanding Human Resource Management award. Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen finished BA Humanities in the University of the Philippines, BS Biology in Far Eastern University, but instead of proceeding to study medicine, she took up law in the University of Santo Tomas, a course she didn’t get to finish because of she said she was ‘sidetracked’ by marriage.   Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen’s children, all Ateneo students – Maria Cenen, 23; Brendan, 20; and Brian, 18 – may not have inherited her one-of-a-kind passion for sports but they support all her sporting decisions and endeavors.   Her only daughter gets to flex some athletic muscles, though, during university intramurals. Eldest son Brendan is team captain of the popular Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion. Brian, the youngest, helps her mom manage and cheer the Navy-Iriga City Lady Oragons in the PVL if he’s not busy with his commitment as a Star Music talent......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

NFA Starts Selling Rice in Mindanao as Imports Arrive

QUEZON CITY, June 21 — Consumers in the Caraga region in Mindanao were the first to benefit from the freshly-delivered imported rice of the National Food Authority (NFA) as the agency started selling the much-awaited affordable rice since June 8. Imported rice deliveries from Vietnam first arrived on June 2 at the ports of Surigao […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

English bulldog Zsa Zsa wins Ugliest Dog contest

PETALUMA, California, United States --- A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday in the competition where dogs with hairless bodies and lolling tongues flaunt their imperfections. The dogs walk down a red carpet and are evaluated by a panel of judges. The winner takes home $1,500. Zsa Zsa's owner is Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota. The event was held at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. Last year's winner was a 125-pound (57-kilogram) gentle giant named Martha --- a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face. /cbb...Keep on reading: English bulldog Zsa Zsa wins Ugliest Dog contest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018