Hyundai Motor Philippines Expands Local Lineup and Puts Forward New Era in the MPV Market with the STARGAZER

TAGUIG CITY, November 8, 2022 – Hyundai Motor Philippines, Inc. (HMPH) expands its lineup with the launch of the new STARGAZER. The brand is putting forward a new era in the local MPV segment through futuristic styling, advanced driver assistance technologies as well as premium space and comfort. This 7-seater model was made to suit […] The post Hyundai Motor Philippines Expands Local Lineup and Puts Forward New Era in the MPV Market with the STARGAZER appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 24th, 2022

Ioniq 6 named EV of the year

Hyundai's Ioniq 6, the brand's latest electric vehicle, is making waves in the automotive industry. After its successful preview at the 2023 Manila International Auto Show, the all-electric midsize sedan is now open for reservation in the Philippines. The Ioniq 6 recently earned the coveted Car and Driver’s EV of the Year Award, an accolade that further underscores Hyundai's position as a global leader in the EV market. This award marks the second consecutive year that Hyundai has triumphed in this category, with its Ioniq 5 model taking home the trophy in 2022. To secure the award, the vehicles were subjected to a grueling three-week test, wherein the Ioniq 6 outperformed 13 top-rated competitors, seizing the No. 1 spot. Car and Driver's assessment criteria encompass four key areas: value, mission fulfillment, technological advancement, and driving pleasure. Tony Quiroga, editor-in-chief at Car and Driver, commended the IONIQ 6 for its power and range, stating, “The Ioniq 6 lineup has available power and range that puts Tesla on notice. An 800-volt architecture reduces DC-charging times, but best of all, the Ioniq 6 is a car that we love to drive.” The availability of the Ioniq 6 in the Philippines is a significant development for the local EV market. According to Hyundai Motor Philippines, Inc., the vehicle is priced at P3,798,000, and reservations can be made at certified Hyundai EV dealers in Alabang, Commonwealth, Makati, Pampanga, and Pasig. The Ioniq 6 is being offered in a solitary GLS 2WD Long Range variant, available in eight striking colors, including Abyss Black Pearl, Serenity White Pearl and Ultimate Red Metallic, among others. With the Ioniq 6, Hyundai delivers a distinctive blend of technology, performance, and design. Inside the vehicle, a unified screen panel consisting of a 12.3-inch digital cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen provides connectivity options such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth multi-connection. The safety features are robust, with the inclusion of the Hyundai SmartSense, which offers advanced driving assistance systems, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 2, and Forward, Side, and Reverse Parking Collision-Avoid Assist. HMPH President Mr. Dong Wook Lee has emphasized the unique value proposition of the Ioniq 6, stating, "There’s really more than what meets the eye with the Hyundai Ioniq 6. It’s ‘Beyond Electric’, providing owners a more tailored and immersive driving experience". One of the standout features of the Ioniq 6 is its range of 545 kilometers, making it an attractive option for prospective EV owners. This range is backed by the car's impressive charging speed, which allows it to charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes via a DC fast charger. This rapid charge rate is enabled by the vehicle's 800-volt system. Additionally, the EV’s Virtual Engine Sound System and electric-Active Sound Design enhance the driving experience with immersive sounds. HMPH is offering a comprehensive package to customers who reserve the Ioniq 6. Each purchase comes with a five-year or 200,000 km vehicle warranty, an 8-year or 160,000 km battery warranty, and a free preventive maintenance service for five years or 75,000 km. The deal is sweetened with the inclusion of a free home installation of the standard 7.4 kW AC wall charger. The introduction of the Ioniq 6 expands HMPH's EV lineup in the Philippines, which also includes the Ioniq 5, an electric compact crossover. With its sleek design, advanced features, and impressive performance, the Ioniq 6 is poised to make its mark in the local market. The post Ioniq 6 named EV of the year appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2023

Relishing sweetness of success

A 35-year-old fourth-generation farmer is continuing the legacy of his father in producing delis from bananas, which are now making waves in Europe. Raymund Vincent Aaron, the self-styled ‘Banana Chief’ and the heir of Villa Socorro Farm and its factory that produces sumptuous banana chips headquartered in Pagsanjan, Laguna province, said he inherited his passion for agriculture and farming from his father, incorporating a streak of his own. Right after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Management from Ateneo de Manila University in 2009, Raymund joined the budding family business. “I wanted to be an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. We used to grow bananas on our land in Pagsanjan, and so, after graduating, doing business using bananas seemed the perfect fit,” Raymund shared.   An indirect start The idea of exporting came through his father’s work in marketing for a multinational company, which inspired him to engage in international business. Starting off in 2008 with an initial capitalization of P5 million, the company produced banana chips, with the first export in 2014 to the United States. The Health Safety Certification from the Food and Drug Administration, a requirement of the Philippine authorities, was obtained in 2012, which further added credibility to the business as an exporter. “We began exporting indirectly through a local company that expressed interest in distributing our products to buyers there.”   Targeting Europe According to the Department of Trade and Industry, Aaron, who has been a regular at DTI’s business matching events, recently returned from one such event held in Dubai coinciding with Gulfood 2023. Regular participation in business networking events and seminars since 2015 has provided valuable knowledge and insights on export market access, including the European Union. Be it the DTI or the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions handling the International Food Exhibition Philippines which is the biggest international food trade show in the country, Aaron has always found participation in the trade fairs to be beneficial. “You never knew who you would meet. I always carried samples of my products along,” he said. At one such event arranged by the DTI-Export Marketing Bureau, Aaron established a connection with the Philippine diplomatic mission in Switzerland. Soon, samples from Villa Socorro reached a few Swiss companies with the help of this link. The products were a hit with one distribution company. By the end of 2019, a 20-foot container with 1,000 boxes that cost $14,000 has been shipped to Switzerland. “It was support from the EMB that helped us pursue direct exports to Europe. We made our first link through them.” Recognizing the support he received, Aaron is always willing to share his skills and knowledge with other entrepreneurs and to contribute to local DTI capacity-building initiatives.   Why the EU? The EU appears to be a lucrative market for the company as Aaron gradually expands the product range by including sweet potato chips and corn snacks. About 80 percent of total current revenue comes from exports, while 20 percent comes from sales at hotels, restaurants, canteens, airports, kiosks, and selected supermarkets in the Philippines. Villa Socorro’s exports to Europe are at five percent, with buyers in Switzerland, Norway and EU member state the Netherlands. Aaron wants to increase business with Europe, specifically with EU member states, which he regards as the best destinations for healthy organic food products made from tropical fruits. “It is a market that is willing to pay a premium for natural products.”   EU buyers’ requirements Aaron’s drive to grow specifically in the EU market is evident in his readiness to comply with the necessary requirements.The Registered Exporter System number to avail of the EU Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus scheme to export tariff-free to the EU was obtained on the recommendation of the buyers to strengthen the business. The REX is a self-certification system wherein the origin of goods is declared by economic operators themselves by means of so-called statements about the origin. To be entitled to make out a statement of origin, an economic operator must be registered in a database by the competent authorities. The economic operator then becomes a “registered exporter.” Product and packaging development were also adjusted. There is a shift to use a more natural Brown Muscovado Sugar to suit customer preferences in the EU. Aaron’s company also created a sub-brand, Farmony, to market its products in the EU. “Farmony creates harmony between farmers, manufacturers, and consumers. Our existing brand, Villa Socorro Farm Sabanana Banana Chips, really targets Filipinos or people looking for Filipino products. We created Farmony to have a product that can easily blend on the shelves of the EU market,” Aaron said.   Social entrepreneur Being on a farm allowed Aaron to become a social entrepreneur. He understands well the needs of the farmer. To support banana farmers around his family plantation, he buys 98 percent of the fruit from the community that he fondly refers to as “partner farmers.” “We buy bananas from more than 200 farmers in a radius of 5km around our farm. We only plant two percent of the bananas that we use for banana chips,” he said. By processing 600,000 tons of bananas every year, Aaron provides the local farmers with a market for their produce. He considers himself lucky that things fell into place, enabling him to give back to the community that helped him get to where he is today. Gearing up for the future” I am still here. I look forward to expanding our business. Sticking with the snacks theme, we’re looking at making use of the abundant farm produce in our region and the rest of the Philippines to create fun and healthy snacks.” Aaron is determined to transform his business into a reliable food company by creating an entire line of banana products and drawing in loyal customers at home and abroad. The ARISE Plus Philippines project is enabling Philippine exporters to take advantage of EU market access and the trade privileges granted under the Generalized System of Preference (GSP+). It supports the overall EU-Philippines trade relationship and trade-related policies. ARISE Plus Philippines is a project of the Government of the Philippines, with the DTI as the lead partner, together with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Bureau of Customs, the Department of Science and Technology, as well as the private sector. It is funded by the EU with the International Trade Centre as the technical agency for the project. The post Relishing sweetness of success appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 25th, 2023

Hyundai announces ‘Revive and Drive’ promo

Hyundai Motor Philippines Inc. has launched a new initiative, the "Revive & Drive Promo," aimed at ensuring that Hyundai owners continue to enjoy the reliability and efficiency of their vehicles, even past the warranty period. The promotional campaign, which runs from 15 October to 15 December, is available at all authorized Hyundai dealerships across the nation. The "Revive & Drive Promo" is tailored to cater to the needs of customers who own Hyundai vehicles purchased in the year 2018 or earlier, covering  range of models including the i10, Santa Fe, Eon, Grand Starex, Accent, Sonata, Elantra, Veloster, Tucson, and H100. The primary focus of this program is to offer qualified owners an opportunity to bring their vehicles in for an oil change, which then entitles them to a complimentary care package. This package includes free labor, an oil filter, and a drain plug washer. Moreover, the vehicles will undergo a comprehensive 23-point check-up and a GDS scan, along with a courtesy exterior wash and interior wipe-down, all at no extra cost. These services are to be rendered by Hyundai-trained and certified technicians, ensuring that only Hyundai Genuine Parts are used in the process. This approach aligns with the brand’s endeavor to maintain the manufacturer standards and quality, aimed at delivering a safer and smoother performance for all Hyundai vehicles involved in the program. Cecil Capacete, the managing director of HMPH, expressed the brand’s dedication towards supporting the needs of their loyal customer base, not just the new ones. He stated: “We wish to show all our customers, not just the new ones, that Hyundai is here for them throughout the entire lifecycle of their vehicles. This particular program is meant to support the needs of our loyal out-of-warranty customers.” He further acknowledged a common oversight where maintenance of vehicles aged five years and beyond is often neglected. Through this initiative, Hyundai aims to break this cycle and instill a sense of proactiveness among its customers towards regular maintenance, which in turn contributes to safer roads and ensures the well-being of the occupants. Besides the aforementioned benefits, this limited time offer can also be availed in conjunction with other ongoing local dealer promotions, making it a more attractive proposition for Hyundai owners. Booking an appointment in advance is highly recommended and can be done through the Booking Service on the Hyundai Service Network. Alternatively, customers can also reach out directly to their preferred dealership. The post Hyundai announces ‘Revive and Drive’ promo appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2023

Phl economy still strongest this year — RCBC

The Philippine economy will remain among Asia’s strongest in the fourth quarter despite a possible higher interest rate because of strong consumer demand for certain products and services and more employed Filipinos, the chief economist of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation said Saturday. “This growth forecast is still among the fastest in the region because our economy is doing well,” RCBC’s Michael Ricafort said. The World Bank recently downgraded this year’s Philippine economic growth to 5.6 percent from 6 percent due to inflation risks, apart from lower government spending and weaker demand for exports. However, it is still higher than China’s 5.1 percent, Indonesia’s 4.9 percent, and Malaysia’s 4.3 percent growth forecast. Ricafort said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) might raise its policy rate this year to slow inflation to 4 percent by year-end after it accelerated again to 6.1 percent last month. “The BSP is working to bring down prices of goods and services. As an unintended consequence, the economy could slow down. Borrowing costs for business owners also increase and consumer demand weakens,” he said. Ricafort said global oil prices have started falling which could discourage the central bank from raising its rate drastically. “Global oil prices have declined to $82 to $83 per barrel from a peak of $95 per barrel last month or since the war between oil-rich countries Russia and Ukraine began,” the economist said. He also expected a downtrend in rice prices starting this month as he said local farmers have begun collecting fresh harvests. “Inflation quickened last month mainly from higher prices of rice which accounted for nearly 9 percent of the inflation basket and grew 17 percent year-on-year,” Ricafort said. While a higher interest rate aims to slow consumption, Ricafort said the continued flow of remittances from overseas Filipino workers, or at least 3 percent growth yearly will still support substantial levels of consumer spending, especially during the Christmas season. “That is more than $40 billion a year. That’s the fourth largest in the world after India, China and Mexico,” the economist said. He added more Filipinos or 800,000 could earn from business process outsourcing or BPO this year as the industry’s revenue could rise from $32.5 billion to $59 billion based on data from the Contact Center Association of the Philippines. Another growth area is tourism, which Ricafort said saw 4 million foreign visitors last month, nearing the 4.8 million full-year target of the government. He added higher productivity among Filipinos is also expected as the country’s unemployment rate declined to 4.4 percent in August from 4.8 percent in July, based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority. Moving forward, Ricafort said the government must improve science and technology education for higher quality jobs and increase spending on infrastructure amid the full reopening of most economies. “We are now fully reopened. Students are also back in schools which encourages putting up food businesses. Labor market in the US also improved which will affect export trade,” he said. Ricafort added the government could continue distributing financial and other assistance to farmers to control inflation. He believed the inflation rate will approach 3 percent next year, close to the ideal 2 percent for healthier economic growth. The post Phl economy still strongest this year — RCBC appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2023

LPG Expo to tackle industry trends

As industries and nations across the globe find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, liquified petroleum gas is likely to gain attention as a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels. All data show LPG emits lower amounts of carbon dioxide than diesel and coal, making it a better option for transportation, cooking, and power generation. To explore the ever-evolving world of LPG, the Liquified Petroleum Gas Industry Association, the Liquified Petroleum Gas Marketers Association, the World LPG Association, and several regional associations will host the 4th Asia Pacific LPG Expo is set to make waves in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas from 10-11 October 2023 at the Marriott Hotel. With a diverse lineup of over 30 international and local companies exhibiting, the Asia Pacific LPG Expo continues to be the cornerstone for LPG professionals and industry enthusiasts, offering an invaluable platform to connect, learn, and explore the ever-evolving world of LPG. It is the gateway for esteemed international and local LPG companies to showcase their industry-leading practices and cutting-edge products and services. Beyond the expansive exhibition, the Expo hosts a dynamic conference featuring influential figures in the LPG industry and government representatives who will deliver insightful presentations on policy frameworks, safety standards, cutting-edge technologies, market trends, and investment prospects. These discussions will be led by renowned industry experts and innovators, providing attendees a competitive edge in navigating the dynamic LPG landscape. Local stakeholders and regulators such as former Congressman Arnel Ty from the LPGMA, Mercedita Pastrana from the LPGIA, director Rino E. Abad from the Department of Energy, and director Neil P.Catajay from the Department of Trade and Industry will be on site to share and discuss in details the on the latest regulations. Representatives from the various leading LPG Companies in the Philippines will also present to share more about the landscape of the local LPG industry. Be part of this momentous occasion at the esteemed Marriott Grand Ballroom Convention Center and attend with the participation of thousands of local and international delegates, along with government representatives and distinguished LPG professionals. Experience an event that will redefine the trajectory of the LPG industry in Asia Pacific. Secure your spot today and embark on a journey of limitless possibilities. The post LPG Expo to tackle industry trends appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 6th, 2023

DTI to LGUs: Comply with PBBM order suspending ‘pass-through’ fees

The Department of Industry on Saturday urged local government units to “religiously comply” with the provisions of Executive Order 41 suspending “pass-through fees” for goods transport vehicles on national roads. In a news forum, DTI Undersecretary Kim Lokin said the order “will not only promote ease of doing business, but it will also help local businesses to reduce transportation costs." He added that it will directly address the plight of consumers in terms of prices of goods. “We are very grateful to the President… This has been a longstanding issue, not just from the truckers, but even the manufacturers, iyon pong mga local businesses,” Lokin said, citing that the issues regarding the negative impact of “pass-through fees” have been going on since 2006. “It was only this year that it was finally addressed,” he added. Rina Papa, the Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners and Organization vice president, echoed the same sentiments. Papa said they are looking forward to becoming part of the technical working group that will craft the EO’s implementing rules and regulations. She said EO 41 could make goods transporters save at least P30,000 per year on logistics costs in Manila alone — where two major international ports and the largest domestic port are located. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signed EO 41 on 25 September, suspending the collection of "pass-through fees" on national roads as well as the collection of sticker fees, discharging fees, delivery fees, market fees, toll fees, entry fees or mayor’s permit fees for all motor vehicles. Papa also hoped that roads leading to business centers and manufacturing sites would also be covered by the President’s order. The post DTI to LGUs: Comply with PBBM order suspending ‘pass-through’ fees appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 30th, 2023

The standouts at Fashion Forte XVIII

After more than two decades in the United States, the enterprising fashion designer Nardie Presa came back to the Philippines. Though he had a lucrative practice in California, home is where his heart is. But then Presa saw that budding designers were relegated to showcasing their creations at malls or clubs. He thought that a hotel was a more proper venue for rising talents to present their collections. The idea not only became a clever business venture; it also became the irrepressible Presa’s advocacy. Together with his longtime friend Audie Espino as director and the Crowne Plaza Galleria as the host, more and more design upstarts are getting their breaks at Presa’s Fashion Forte series held at least four times a year. The lineup is usually composed of neophyte talents but established designers such as Presa also participate to show the newbies how it’s done. At the 17th staging, it was barong Tagalog designer Barge Ramos who gave a master class.   At Fashion Forte XVIII, Albert Andrada displayed his universally loved designs of romantic and dreamy confections. Mikaela Rose Fowler, Miss Grand Australia 2023, gushed on her Instagram: “What an honor to not only walk for Sir Albert Andrada during the latest Fashion Forte runway show. I had the privilege of closing the show as the grand finale.” Here are some of the standouts and their thoughts:   [caption id="attachment_188837" align="aligncenter" width="525"] TONI Kimpo recommends using local fabrics to promote the country to the fashion world. | photograph courtesy of Bert Briones[/caption] TONI KIMPO “The title of my collection is Rise of the Phoenix. My inspirations are the mystical bird phoenix while the emotion behind my creations is the power to rise again like a phoenix. “My materials are sourced locally. I used some indigenous material like pearls and shells. I recommend using local fabrics to promote the country to the fashion world. “I said yes to Nardie and Audie because of their integrity, and the high fashion production that only Fashion Forte can make. [caption id="attachment_188833" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Albert Andrada displayed his universally loved designs of romantic and dreamy confections. | photograph courtesy of Mike Zuniga[/caption] “When I was a child, I grew up being influenced by the works of Tito Albert Andrada. His first shop was in my grandmother’s building. I studied fashion at Slim’s Fashion School and worked at the  Carolina’s fabric store.” [caption id="attachment_188834" align="aligncenter" width="525"] CARL Acusa’s latest collection speaks of political movement through fashion. | photograph courtesy of Bert Briones[/caption]   CARL ARCUSA “Luncheon At The Palace is a political movement through fashion. A collection that is intended to raise awareness to the historical past and to not forget the mistreatment, injustices, killings and power abuse during the… regime. “The materials I used are silk, organdy, piña cloth, tulle, red Swarovski crystals, beads and metal religious emblems. [The challenge of procuring the materials] is their availability to suppliers because some are sourced out abroad and the piña cloth’s availability to the market. ‘My recommended remedy] is fast supplier-to-market transport and communications. “[I said yes to Nardie and Audie] because they are both professional and friendly. Their taste and professionalism established a good foundation of trust to us designers. “I’m a self-taught. I was mentored by Rocky Gathercole and Olé Morabe. My inspirations are Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Joey Samson, Ivarluski Aseron and various Filipino veteran designers. My celebrity clients include Andrea Brillantes, Kim Chiu, Vice Ganda, Sanya Lopez, Lea Salonga and Miss Glenda.”   JEZELLE AMORADO “My collection is entitled Imprint. As a fashion designer, one of my primary roles is to create pieces for clients that reflect their identity and persona. It is very seldom that I get to create something that would reflect who I am as an artist. Thus, the ‘Imprint’ collection was born. “For this collection. I wanted to do away with traditional floral and lace details. Instead I focused on the idea of how I can imprint my own DNA as a designer into each piece. The hand-beaded details of each piece were carefully crafted to show my personal way of sketching, yarn and beadwork to mimic my fingerprints and the waves in various colors were created to represent my sound waves when speaking. The Jezelle Hautea Amorado signature book folded details can also be seen in the collection as a representation of my unfolding fashion design story. “The emotions that I wanted the collection to evoke is a sense of identity and self-love for who I am as an artist. I wanted the audience to see who I truly was as an artist and experience the same level of love and admiration I felt when I was allowed to be myself and create what my heart wanted. “I wanted to present a collection that would let people realize and feel that it is OK to be themselves, to love who they are and to not let society dictate who they should be. Imprint is a collection that focuses on the idea of ‘self’ and that no person could ever alter who you are as a person. “I wanted people, women in particular, to have that profound sense of acceptance despite what society would expect of us in terms of how we dress, talk and present ourselves. Hopefully, ‘Imprint’ was able to do that. “The materials that were used were a mixture of silk gazaar, fine crepe, organza and tulle. The finer details were crafted using multicolored yarns, crystals and multi-cut beads. All of my materials were sourced from both local and international vendors that I have worked with in the course of my career. “The main challenge that I face when procuring fabrics was the fear that another designer would be using the same thing as me. My solution for this is that I stay away from already pre-beaded or pre-printed textiles. “Instead of purchasing such textiles I have my team of skilled beaders craft custom prints or details that would guarantee me a unique piece every single time. At times, it is an unavoidable circumstance that I would have to use pre-detailed fabrics such as lace, so to address this situation I would deconstruct the said fabric and have my team rework it by creating new textures, or beading details to give my clients that unique look. “I have a Bachelor’s degree in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde and an Associate’s degree in Fashion Design at Raffles Design Institute Singapore. I apprenticed under Albert Andrada, who is also my mentor and design influence along with Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and Iris Van Herpen.” [caption id="attachment_188836" align="aligncenter" width="525"] ‘Fashion Forte’ expresses Nardie Presa’s specialty and strength in conceptualizing clothes and designs. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MIKE ZUNIGA[/caption] “To be invited back by Nardie Presa and Audie Espino was a wonderful experience and great honor. I had my first show with them back in 2020 before the pandemic and this would have given me another opportunity to work alongside two of the most-sought after personalities in the fashion industry. “Another reason for me to say yes was that Tita Nardie had informed me that this would be a wonderful opportunity for me to continue the Mentor-Protegee story that was unfolding between me and my beloved mentor and fashion father, Albert Andrada. “The period that I got the invite for Fashion Forte was when Sir Albert and I were preparing for our ‘Marry Me at Marriott’ show and it just felt like the perfect fit. Any chance I would get to work alongside Sir Albert and share the runway with him is an opportunity that I would never want to miss.”   The post The standouts at Fashion Forte XVIII appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2023

Dance meets film

Fifth Wall Fest, the Philippines’ first international festival for dance film, returns with Edition 4 and a fresh perspective. Building on the success of last year’s shift from an online festival to a dynamic hybrid experience, Fifth Wall now embarks on an even broader journey. Evolving from a platform solely dedicated to dance films, it opens its doors to embrace the diversity of all dance forms. Edition IV marks Fifth Wall’s determined stride towards bridging gaps between creative disciplines and allowing audiences to engage with dance in non-traditional everyday spaces. Happening from 5 to 15 October, experience Fifth Wall Fest in SM Megamall, Archivo 1984, J Studio, Apotheka, Kino, 1F Projects and The festival opens at SM Megamall with a special IMAX 3D screening of Pina (2011), a dance documentary directed by Wim Wenders. It revolves around capturing the talent and ingenuity of the late pioneer of German dance theater Pina Bausch. With this being open to the public and free-of-charge, all kinds of audiences can look forward to a mesmerizing experience as dancers of Wuppertal Tanztheater grace the big screen, expressing the commonality we all share: Life. This event is supported by the Goethe-Institut Manila, and in partnership with SM Cinemas. Keeping with tradition of its past editions, Fifth Wall boasts of a diverse lineup of dance films from local and international filmmakers. Cinematic gems to watch out for include: Romance (2023) by Samatha Shay who is a Fulbright scholar that worked with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Urban Genesis (2023) by Fu Le is this year’s competition winner, A Strange Loop (2022) featuring the musical score of Filipino violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata, and the list goes on. Films will be screened in both large and small capacity theaters across Metro Manila. Select films will  also be accessible for home viewing through their digital platform. In conjunction with the films is the Black Box: Fifth Wall Fest’s very own space for engagement and education. Transcending the traditional notion of a four-walled performance space, this platform opens dialogues for movement to all kinds of speakers, movers, and listeners. Art leaves you with something to think about, and the Black Box is the best place to process what you’ve witnessed and learn a thing or two about the art, the artist, and yourself. The post Dance meets film appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 24th, 2023

Rewards, innovations, sustainability

Globe, the mobile leader and top digital solutions provider in the Philippines, is redefining customer appreciation with its annual G Day celebration, which brings together life-enabling tools and rewards in line with its mission to uplift the lives of Filipinos. Stretching beyond the date of 17 September (09/17) or 0917, which represents Globe’s mobile number prefix, this month-long celebration offers Globe customers digital innovations and next-gen tech experiences. Globe is also committed to using the G Day platform to reiterate its message of environmental sustainability. Throughout its G Day events and activities, Globe is championing sustainability by encouraging customers to observe eco-friendly and socially-conscious practices through small acts, from proper waste disposal and avoidance of single-use plastics to using sustainable transport through the use of Globe’s electric vehicle shuttles to and from event venues, or via carpooling. Customers are also encouraged to support advocacies such as the Hapag Movement, the Globe-led initia-tive that aims to address involuntary hunger through supplemental feeding and livelihood training. G Chance The Raffle. Globe customers can use their Rewards points to redeem raffle entries via the GlobeOne App. G Chance The Raffle can also kick-start online businesses and equip aspiring vloggers, giving them a chance to learn the ropes from industry leaders such as YouTube, Meta and TikTok. Winners will get access to premium subscriptions such as the RUSH Spark Lite e-Store Platform and Canva Pro, along with the tools they would need in their creator or business owner journey. Techies can win the latest intelligent gadgets, and for shopaholics, Globe is giving away a shopping spree at Puregold, plus GCash prizes and more. Customers can redeem entries until 30 September 2023. G Music Fest. G Music Fest, now on its fourth year, is making an even bigger comeback as a music and creator Festival. With a focus on celebrating local talent, this year will feature an all-Pinoy lineup: Urbandub, December Avenue, Lola Amour, Dilaw, PLAYERTWO, Paul Pablo, Sugarcane, The Itchyworms, Mayonnaise, Ace Ban-zuelo, Nobita, Munimuni and Syd Hartha at Circuit Grounds in Makati on 16 September. Beyond inspiration through music, the festival’s Creator Hub will encourage self-expression, learning and creativity through various art and community building activities such as live murals and painting with Drip Splash and Paint It Fun. G Creator Con. On 17 September, G Creator Con aims to unlock the creative potential of each Filipino in the music, content design and technology space. The event, to be held simultaneously at The Globe Tower, BGC Amphitheater and Globe Creator House, transforms BGC into an art and tech city powered by Globe and serves as a springboard for Globe’s Creator Culture, a long-term program combining thought-leadership, creative tech experiences and rewarding opportunities through creator project grants. Creator Talks will feature speakers from Meta, YouTube, DTI Design Center, Myx, Social Media Marketing PH, Bitskwela, and creative thought-leaders Nadine Lustre, Mela Habijan, Pat Tinguy, Eva Le Queen, Pio Dumayas of Lola Amour as panelists. G Fair. To be held on 23 to 24 September the following weekend also at the BGC Amphitheater, the art and tech pop-up market G Fair will showcase Filipino entrepreneurs and artists. With curated micro, small and medium-size enterprises and artists from MoCAF (Modern and Contemporary Art Festival), the bazaar will offer a blend of homegrown businesses and art. G Battle Zone: G Legends Cup and REV Major. Gaming enthusiasts can participate in an online nationwide Mobile Legends tournament, the G Legends Cup, on 23 to 30 September. Winners will receive cash prizes and a chance to meet, greet and even scrim with Globe’s main gaming ambassador Blacklist International. Gamers may also join the Philippines’ largest fighting game tournament, REV Major 2023, to be held at the SMX Convention Center on 30 September and 1 October. Here, the best of Pinoy gamers will play against international fighting game esports athletes. Attendees will also enjoy exclusive giveaways from Globe’s partners such as GrabCar, Move It and Foodpanda. For more information on the G Day events, download and explore the GlobeOne app or visit The post Rewards, innovations, sustainability appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 17th, 2023

Paleng-QR now available in Mandaue

The city government of Mandaue in Cebu has launched the digital payment Paleng-QR as it helps the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas expands the population of Filipino adults with bank accounts. “Paleng-QR aims to strengthen the financial resilience of Filipinos and help them maximize economic opportunities through inclusion in the formal financial system,” BSP Governor Eli Remolona Jr. said in a statement released Friday.   Payments facilitated Paleng-QR facilitates payments for various purchases of businesses and customers at public markets by scanning QR codes using their e-wallets and banking mobile apps which offer other financial services. “This then leads to access to other welfare-enhancing financial services, such as formal credit in a digital way, and then access to savings, insurance, and of course, investing,” Atty. Charina B. De Vera-Yap, BSP’s financial inclusion and consumer empowerment officer, said. BSP targets to increase bank account holders from 51 percent of Filipino adults to 70 percent and cashless payments up to 50 percent of all retail transactions this year.   Enabling Filipinos to thrive in digital era “We aim to enable more Filipinos to thrive in this digital era. The Department of the Interior and Local Government or DILG fully supports the Paleng-QR because we believe in this policy research-backed project, which emphasizes that in order for Filipinos to really adopt cashless transactions, the palengke is the right place to start,” DILG regional director Leocadio Trovela said. According to Fintech Alliance Philippines, the majority or 37 percent of the 285 digital financial firms in the country focused on e-payments last year, while 20 percent offered loans. Filipinos who are capable of owning bank accounts could increase from 65 million to 85 million, or 30 percent higher, by 2030 as digital wallet providers and banks become more popular, data from global market analyst McKinsey & Company revealed. The post Paleng-QR now available in Mandaue appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 25th, 2023

Next-gen Toyota ‘Tamaraw’ to roll out next year

The roll-out of the next-generation Toyota “Tamaraw” is expected in the third quarter of next year, a Toyota Philippines official said on Tuesday, 22 August. In an interview during the sidelines of Toyota Motor Philippine's 35th Anniversary at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taguig City, Toyota Motor vice president for Corporate Affairs, Atty. Rommel Guttierez said the concept car has no details yet, but the model name ‘Tamaraw’ will likely be changed. “Even the production is not yet certain for the concept car, but certainly, it will be produced here, as announced by our executives,” he said. In his speech, Toyota chairperson Akio Toyoda announced that the company will invest P4.4 billion ($78.2 million) to develop two new models in its facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, “designed for emerging markets,” noting the enormous potential for growth in the country, “from both a business and technology standpoint." Gutierrez said part of the P4.4 billion investments will go to localization or Toyota parts will be produced in the country. “There are a lot of suppliers involved here because they will be producing the deck that will be used on the newest model depending on the purpose. The new model can be used as an ambulance, patrol car, rolling store, pickup truck, and even modernized jeepneys,” he said. He said the parts that will be produced in Sta. Rosa plants might be exported if the international market wishes to produce the model in their countries. The production of parts of the new model would hire an additional workforce, according to Guttierez. In terms of price point, Guttierez failed to provide an estimated amount per unit. He said the newest model of Toyota Tamaraw might be included in the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy or CARS program, as “Toyota still needs the help of the government.” “Any form of support would really be crucial to this project. It’s still the decision of the Board of Investments, but we will coordinate with them to discuss what appropriate program will support this model,” he said. Under the CARS program, the government provides fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to participating car manufacturers that can meet the requirements set by the policy. A participating car manufacturer should be able to sell 200,000 units of its enrolled vehicle model under CARS and invest in localizing critical parts of the vehicle. Toyota's Vios and Mitsubishi's Mirage were the enrolled models for the CARS program. Last May 2023, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. extended the P27-billion program with the aim of boosting the domestic car manufacturing industry. Last July, BoI managing head Ceferino Rodolfo said the CARS program has been driving the growth of the local assembly of vehicles in the country. He said the localization rate of car manufacturing has increased because of the program. The post Next-gen Toyota ‘Tamaraw’ to roll out next year appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2023

PBBM praises Toyota as ‘true’ Phl partner

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday praised Toyota Motor Corporation for its contributions to the Philippines, saying the Japanese auto makers’ unit has helped to create jobs, transfer technology, and boost the economy. In his remarks during his visit to Toyota Manufacturing Plant in Laguna, Marcos said that Toyota had been a “true partner” of the Philippines in its development. “We are very happy to have them as our partner, the Toyota Motor Corporation,” Marcos said. “They have helped us to create jobs, transfer technology, and boost our economy.” Marcos also noted that Toyota has helped to train Filipino employees in the Japanese culture of production, which has helped to make them some of the most efficient manufacturers in the world. “They have shown themselves to be one of the most if not the most efficient, when it comes to manufacturing and high volume production of products,” Marcos said. Marcos said that he looks forward to continuing the partnership between Toyota and the Philippines in the years to come. “We have always seen Toyota as being an important partner in everything in our development in the Philippines,” Marcos said. “And now especially in these difficult times, these partnerships that we think that it certainly wouldn’t be of benefit not only for the Philippines, but even for our partners in Japan,” Marcos added.   35 vehicles to gov’t Meanwhile, Toyota gave 35 cars to the Office of the President as an appreciation for the government’s long-term relationship and dedication to reviving the local auto manufacturing industry. Akio Toyoda, who is the head of Toyota Motor Corporation, gave the President the keys to the Toyota cars. These cars include 10 units of Hiace Ambulance, five units of Lite Ace 1.5L Pickup, five units of Innova 2.8J, five units of Vios 1.3 XLE CVT, five Lite Ace 1.5L Cargo, and three units of Yaris Cross 1.5. Toyota also gave two units of Coaster customized for the Lab For All program of the Office of First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos. When asked about where OP would use the 35 cars, Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil told the reporters in a Viber message that they will make the necessary announcements on the use of the units “soon.”   The post PBBM praises Toyota as ‘true’ Phl partner appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2023

Hyundai Philippines announces EV car park partnership with SM Supermalls

 Hyundai Motor Philippines Inc. (HMPH) revealed plans for six (6) Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in partnership with SM Supermalls this 2023. At the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) last July 20, the brand formally set off its newest project with the country’s largest developer, operator and owner of world-class shopping centers. “Our global vision is based on the belief that we, as an automaker, have to be more proactive when responding to climate change compared to companies in other industries. So Hyundai Motor Philippines is very fortunate to be aligned with a company whose approach to sustainability is as holistic as ours. We are glad that we get to contribute to one of the four main pillars of their green movement which is energy,” says Mr. Cecil Capacete, Managing Director. “A key component to supporting society’s adoption of cleaner mobility solutions is through public awareness. And we are one with the SM group on their mission to assure customers, who are looking to transition to an electrified lifestyle, wider access to charging facilities outside of their homes”. [caption id="attachment_169453" align="aligncenter" width="724"] Back-to-back World Car of The Year awardees, the IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6, charging at the SM Mall of Asia EV Car Park.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_169454" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Steven Tan, Hans Sy Jr. and Dongwook Lee plugs in the IONIQ 6 at the EV charger.[/caption] In the country, HMPH has begun laying the foundation to this journey through the establishment of at least 10 certified Hyundai EV dealers. These not only serve as the official retailers and service providers of the IONIQ 5 and new IONIQ 6 but also equipped with both AC and DC chargers should owners need. Now in addition to these are the following locations: “At SM, we build on our long-term strategy toward net zero emissions by 2040. We commit to address issues that will impact the next generations and welcome Hyundai as our partner in this advocacy. We look forward to this collaboration and working with you in the years to come,” says Mr. Steven T. Tan, President, SCMC.   [caption id="attachment_169458" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Cecil Capacete welcomes guests to the inauguration of the SM EV charging station slots in partnership with HMPH.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_169459" align="aligncenter" width="721"] Stevan Tan gives a special message and shares SM’s initiatives and goals for a greener future.[/caption] Each of the abovementioned car park slots have AC chargers with Type 2 connectors which are being offered free of charge to all owners of EVs and plug-in hybrid cars regardless of their badge. Learn more about the brand’s commitment towards sustainability and other news at Hyundai Motor Philippines’ official website, Facebook and Instagram. SM Supermalls is the country's leading mall property developer and operator with 83 SM malls nationwide. Other locations of their EV Charging Stations and how to use them here.   The post Hyundai Philippines announces EV car park partnership with SM Supermalls appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2023

Malaysian firms eye $285-M investments in Phl

On Thursday, 27 July 2023, President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. together with Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Fred Pascual, attended a series of meetings with Malaysian businesses, which forms part of the President's State Visit to Malaysia. The Philippines and Malaysia have a longstanding bilateral relationship and have been trade and business partners for years. In 2022, Malaysia was the Philippines' 10th major trading partner and 11th export market. FDI net inflows from Malaysia in 2022 showed a massive increase of 505 percent as compared to the total investment value in 2021. This reflected a 17.8 percent share of the total Foreign Direct Investment inflows from ASEAN and one of the Philippines' major source of approved foreign investments in the region. During the one-on-one business meetings, five Malaysian companies signed Letters of Intent, a testament to the increasing trust and confidence of foreign companies toward the Philippines' improved business environment, which was boosted by the recent economic policy reforms of the Marcos Jr. administration. One of the five companies is Malaysian dairy company Farm Fresh Berhad, which expressed its interest to expand in the Philippines through cattle breeding intended for milk production. This investment costs $20 million and is set to commence its operations by 2028 with an estimated employment of 200 local workers. Further, the company has an ongoing construction of a 6,000 sqm dairy processing facility in Pampanga and a lease of 200 to 400 hectares of contiguous farmland intended for raising 2,000 milking cows. "We are optimistic that these signed LOIs will materialize in the coming months. It is important to understand, however, that investments are typically long-term commitments rather than immediate action. These often require careful study, planning and legal processes before they can materialize. We at the DTI remain committed to assisting them in pursuing their investment plans," said Pascual. "These investments are related to food processing, multi-service digital platforms, aviation, aviation maintenance support service, logistics, manufacturing, infrastructure, and water and wastewater treatment. We expect that these will greatly contribute to our pursuit of economic recovery and expansion in the form of 8,365 estimated jobs to be created," he added. The trade and industry chief also joined the roundtable meeting with members of the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and the CEOs of the companies who recently signed LOIs. During the RTM, he conveyed appreciation toward Malaysian businesses for its sustained interest and confidence in the Philippines and informed them of the investment opportunities available in the Philippines for them to take advantage of. "With strong partnerships, I see many opportunities for Malaysia and the Philippines to further strengthen our ties in trade and investment. This roundtable meeting is a significant platform to guide our partnership going forward," said Pascual. Overall, the President's three-day state visit to Malaysia was able to generate a total of $285 million investment pledges from Malaysian businesses. Also present during the RTM were Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles C. Jose, Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Senator Mark Villar, DOE Undersecretary Felix Fuentebella, DTI Assistant Secretary Glenn Peñaranda and representatives from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The post Malaysian firms eye $285-M investments in Phl appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2023

2nd State of the Nation Address

Anti-inflation measures Crafting of Medium-Term Fiscal Framework supported by Congress Implementation of strategies to capacitate economic sectors Results (1) 7.6 percent growth in 2022 — highest rate in 46 years. (2) January to March 2023 — 6.4 growth percent (within 6 to 7 percent target) (3) Philippines considered to be among fastest-growing economies in the Asian region and in the world (4) Strong and stable financial system (5) Banks have strong capital and liquidity positions. (6) Digital economy contributed P2 trillion in 2022, the equivalent of 9.4 percent of our GDP. (7) World Bank projects a 6 percent overall growth rate due to strong local demand, consumer spending, strength from the BPO industry, steady flow of remittances, and continuing jobs recovery (8) Inflation rate eased up from 8.7 percent in January to 5.4 percent in June. (9) Bureau of Internal Revenue posted P1.05 trillion collections — an increase of almost 10 percent over the last year (10) Bureau of Customs increased collection by 7.4 percent for the first seven months of 2023, amounting to P476 billion. (11) PAGCOR increased collection by 47.9 percent (12) PCSO increased collection by 20 percent Reduction of prices of commodities like rice, meat, fish, vegetables and sugar Roll out of more than 7,000 KADIWA stores nationwide that link farmers with consumers, benefited 1.8 million families   Agriculture Science-based methods toward food security Revision of Fisheries Code Unify 300 farm and fisheries clusters composed of 900 cooperatives Extensive technology training like the use of local bio-fertilizers Distribution of farm machinery, tools and inclement Distribution of more than 5 million rice seedlings and other crops Fuel at fertilizer discount vouchers Geo-Agri map of farm-to-market roads Irrigated 49,000 hectares of farmlands across the country. Constructed 4,000 additional fabrication labs, production at cold storage facilities Built 24 multi-species hatcheries to increase fisheries production Anti-animal pest monitoring, medicines, and vaccines Cloud seeding and buffer stocks in preparation for El Niño 70,000 agrarian land titles distributed Signing of EO No. 4. Or New Agrarian Emancipation Act the condoned P57-billion farmers’ loans   Smuggling and hoarding Days of smugglers and hoarders are numbered   Water Supply Creation of Water Resources Management Office Working for legislation of Department of Water Resource Management Allocated P14.6 billion for water supply projects Completion of Wawa Bulk Water Supply Project Phase 1 Installed 6,0000 rainwater collection systems across the country   Infrastructure 8.3-trillion peso “Build, Better, More” Program in progress 194 flagship projects Continuation of “Build, Build, Build” projects Infrastructure spending stays at 5 to 6 percent of GDP 1,200-kilometer Luzon Spine Expressway Network Program will effectively connect Ilocos to Bicol from 20 hours to just 9 hours of travel Under Mega-Bridge Program, 12 bridges totaling 90 kilometers will be constructed including Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge and the Panay-Guimaras-Negros Island Bridges, and Samal Island-Davao City Connector Bridge As of June 2023, 4,000 kilometers of roads and 500 bridges have been constructed, maintained and upgraded Completed Cebu’s Pier 88 smart port, new passenger terminal buildings of Clark Airport and Port of Calapan. North-South Commuter Railway System now in full swing   Strategic financing Enactment into law of Maharlika Investment Fund   Social security Funds for the social security and public health insurance intact and separate Energy and Power Generation Price of crude oil stabilized Since last year, gasoline and diesel prices have gone down by 18 to 29 percent, respectively. Built 8 new additional power plants, bringing to 17 the total number of power generation facilities Energy production increased by 1,174 megawatts. Almost half a million homes given access to electricity; 100 percent household electrification by June 2028 Renewable energy is the way forward Promotion of renewables targets 35 percent share in the power mix by 2030, and 50 percent by 2040 Opened renewable energy projects to foreign investments Since last year, an additional 126 renewable energy contracts with potential capacity of 31,000 megawatts awarded. To date, more than 1,000 active projects all over the country — 299 are solar, 187 are wind, 436 are hydroelectric, 58 are biomass, 36 are geothermal, and 9 are ocean-powered. Malampaya project is boon, energizing 20 percent of Luzon; renewal of the contract guarantees continued revenues and energy production for another 15 years Push for more gas exploration in other parts of the country Partnered with the BARMM in regard to energy exploration and development The Philippines now has a Unified National Grid with the interconnection of the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao grids “One Grid, One Market” will enable more efficient transfers and more competitive pricing of electricity Performance review of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to complete all of its deliverables, starting with the vital Mindanao-Visayas and Cebu-Negros-Panay interconnections.   Social welfare Enough funds for underprivileged DSWD, DoLE, DepEd, TESDA and CHEd involved in providing assistance Programs like AICS, TUPAD, TVET for Social Equity, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, Cash-for-Work for PWDs, and Integrated Livelihood Program-Kabuhayan available for indigents   Social protection Pension of the military and the uniformed personnel is as important, urgent, and humanitarian as that of all other civilian Filipino employees Working closely with Congress to ease the transition from the old system to the new one, to guarantee that no effects are felt by those in the uniformed services.   The post 2nd State of the Nation Address appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2023

Globe teams up with Yield Guild Games for Web3 education in Phl

Leading digital solutions platform Globe has cemented a strategic partnership with Yield Guild Games, the world's largest decentralized gaming guild network, to expand Web3 knowledge through community programs, partnership initiatives, and upskilling sessions in the Philippines. As part of this landmark alliance, Globe and YGG are all set to host the "Web3 Community Summit," an innovative platform designed to empower the Philippines' growing Web3 community. Scheduled to take place at the Market Market Activity Center on 15 July, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the event will include a blend of gaming tournaments, upskilling workshops, and a dedicated career marketplace. "The partnership with YGG goes hand-in-hand with Globe's commitment to foster an inclusive Web3 environment to support the country's digital transformation journey," said Ralph Aligada, Director for Games, ESports, Innovations and Metaverse Partnerships at Globe. "As the nation's most reliable network, we aim to be a dependable source of Web3 education and upskilling activities. We're thrilled to join innovation leaders like YGG and MetaverseGo! to make this a reality." In the run-up to the main event, a thought-provoking exchange among industry leaders dubbed the Leaders Summit Journey will take place on 14 July at Seda BGC. Featured participants include community builders, startup companies, and prominent industry entities like MetaverseGo! and GCrypto. YGG's pre-registered community base of over 1,500 members can look forward to learning from and interacting with the best minds in the sector and participating in engaging programs and activities. This event underlines Globe and YGG's continued dedication to shaping the Web3 landscape, empowering local communities, and spearheading grassroots programs to further technological education.   The post Globe teams up with Yield Guild Games for Web3 education in Phl appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 15th, 2023

2023 National Food Fair fuses tradition, innovation

The 2023 National Food Fair, themed “Go Discover, Taste, Enjoy!”, opened on Wednesday, 12 July, in simple ceremonies headed by Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual as keynote speaker. Organized by the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion in coordination with the DTI Regional Operations Group, the 2023 National Food Fair runs 12-16 July at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Over 250 MSMEs from the country’s 17 regions are exhibiting their products onsite at the event venue. Simultaneously, an online national food fair on the Lazada e-commerce platform is also offering the products of participating MSMEs, for a wider market reach nationwide. Showcasing the fusion of tradition and innovation, special settings, pavilions and MSME clusters draw attention to developments that elevate traditional Filipino products to meet stringent food industry standards and be competitive in the global market. These are: · Philippine Coconut Industry Pavilion and Coconut-Based MSME Cluster · Philippine Food Industry Innovations Lounge · Philippine Fruits and Nuts Pavilion · Innovative and Biotech Products Cluster · Rural Agro-Industrial Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) Project Pavilion · Farm Fresh Produce Pavilion · KAPEtirya or Philippine Coffee Pavilion · Philippine Island Wine, Beer, and Juice Bar For culinary enthusiasts, renowned Filipino chefs are part of the daily program of activities, with live cooking and food preparation demonstrations, among others. The lineup includes: · The Ultimate Filipino Adobo: Stories Through the Ages book launching and cooking demonstrations (Chef Claude Tayag) · Isang Dekada ng Guevarra’s: An Inspiring Story (Chef Laudico Guevarra) · Fiesta Recipes (Chef Boy Logro) · Halal Recipes and lavish feast during social occasions (Chef Yed Dimaporo and Mustapha Ala, Jr.) · SIMPOL Recipes Using Coconut (Chef Tatung Sarthou) · Culinary Kurobuta Masterpieces (Chef Donatello Montrone) · Changing the Food Mindset: Slow Food (Chef Jam Melchor) · Plant-based Desserts (Chef Aileen of Studio Plantmaed) · Benefits of a Plant-based Diet (Chef Mylene Dolonius of Studio Plantmaed) · Healthy Daily Recipes (Chef YLYT Frixiah Manaig) · Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (Chef Eric Gruba) · The Farm at San Benito (Rose Pagcaliwagan) · Philippine Wine Mixology (Bartender Nino Cruz) The culminating highlight of this celebration of the diversity and rich heritage of Filipino food is an interactive cultural presentation of the BARMM Pagana Maguindanao, led by Mustafa Ala and Chef Yed Dimaporo. Pagana is a traditional Maguindanaon celebration that holds great cultural significance in the Maguindanao province of the Philippines. It is a festive event that brings the community together to honor and celebrate important occasions such as weddings, religious holidays or community milestones. The Pagana celebration is characterized by lively music, colorful costumes and traditional dances that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Maguindanaon people. The rhythmic beats of the kulintang ensemble, a musical ensemble composed of gongs, set the tone for the festivities, while traditional dances like the Singkil and Pangalay mesmerize the audience with their graceful movements. The event also offers a feast of traditional Maguindanaon cuisine, featuring flavorful dishes like Lininggil a Manok (chicken cooked in turmeric and coconut milk) and palapa (a spicy condiment made from chili and scallions). Pagana is not only a time of celebration but also an opportunity to strengthen community bonds, pass down cultural traditions to younger generations and showcase the rich artistic talents of the Maguindanaon people. Also part of the daily program are entrepreneurship talks and learning sessions that can offer food entrepreneurs with resources and ideas about how to strengthen and position their businesses for continued growth. The topics covered by various government agencies and partner-institutions participating in the daily program are: · Coconut-based Coffee and/or Cacao Enterprise Development Project (Department of Agriculture) · Geographical Indications and the Benefits of Registering One’s Trademark or Brand in IPOPHIL (Intellectual Property Office) · Sustainable Planting and Replanting of Local Cultivars; Natural and Healthy Coconut Vinegar; Health Benefits of Coconut (Philippine Coconut Authority) · Halal Culinary Tourism (Department of Tourism) · Bioplastic Derived from Pineapple Waste Packaging Technology; Coco-Based Food Technologies (Department of Science and Technology) · Kitchen Lab and Food Connect Plus (Philippine Trade Training Center) · Dairy and Coconut Farming, A Viable Integrated Farming Enterprise (National Dairy Authority) · Boosting Nutrition to Different MSMEs as Suppliers of Healthy Food Products (National Nutrition Council) · Healthy Food Consumption Trends and Research on Health Benefits of Philippine Herbs (Department of Health) · Franchising: A Way to Make Every Filipino Taste Your Lola’s Recipe (Philippine Franchising Association) · Accelerating Growth Through One Research and Extension in Action (UP Los Baños-Agora) · How MSMEs Can Thrive Online (Lazada) · Unilever’s Healthy and Sustainable Food Program (Unilever Philippines) · Maximizing Your Digital Marketing Potential with Analytics and Business Intelligence (Pamela Padilla) The daily program of activities is open to the public and free of charge. For the benefit of remote viewers, these are also being livestreamed on BDTP social media channels. To stay updated about the 2023 National Food Fair and other programs of the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion, please follow the social media accounts on Facebook (DTI.BDTP), Instagram (dti.bdtp), and Twitter (@DTI_BDTP). Or email BDTP Director Marievic M. Bononan at The post 2023 National Food Fair fuses tradition, innovation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2023


Clark International Speedway in Pampanga is still cooling down after the adrenaline-fueled weekend that marked the return of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup. Last weekend, the racetrack was once again set ablaze with action, as the longest-running premier one-make-race series of Toyota Motor Philippines kicked off its 2023 season. This year's TGR Vios Cup kicked off with a twist that has redefined the classic Circuit Championship format. [caption id="attachment_155577" align="aligncenter" width="525"] MICHAEL Keilani Jordan currently sits at 5th overall after the first leg[/caption] For the first time in its history, the series included an endurance racing event in its third leg, marking an evolution in the level of challenge and excitement for racers and spectators alike. The opening round was a spectacle of skill and speed, as both seasoned and new racers took to the track. After three races, Russell Cabrera of Toyota Team Cebu currently leads the Sporting and Promotional Class, followed by Maila Avila of JBT Racing/Toyota Isabela and Ben Corpino of Obengers Racing Team. In the premiere Super Sporting Class, Gerard Loy of R Racing Team went on an assault to take this leg’s lead, ahead of JD Motorsports-Ribbon Arc’s John Dizon and Red Diwa of JBT Racing/Toyota Isabela. Notably, actor Enzo Pineda, a Vios Cup Autocross alumnus, made his debut in the Circuit Promotional Class under Team Toyota Gazoo Racing PH and currently sits at 13th overall. Meanwhile, the Super Sporting Class saw the return of veteran racer Troy Montero, who sits at 8th overall after the first leg. [caption id="attachment_155578" align="aligncenter" width="525"] CHRIS Gleeson edges Julia delos Angeles during the action-packed race.[/caption] In addition to the circuit racing, the Autocross Challenge also made a comeback this year, featuring a roster of social media personalities, including Macoy Dubs, Genesis Redido, Ezra Domingo and Apple David. Former Autocross racers, Reph Bangsil and model Arianne Bautista, as well as beauty queens Carla Lizardo and Megan Young, graced the track. The 2023 Autocross lineup was completed by previous season champ Migy Romulo, and 2022 favorites Benedict Cua, Bianca Yao and Lexi Mendiola. In the Autocross Challenge Promotional Influencers Class, Bianca Yao leads after the first leg ahead of Arianne Bautista and Apple David. The Sporting Influencers Class, meanwhile, saw Miguel Romulo take first place ahead of Lexi Mendiola and Reph Bangsil. In the Promotional Media Class, Patricia Tenorio came out on top, winning over Cesar Miguel and Riz Javier. Siegwald Go took first in the Sporting Media Class ahead of Justin Young and John Rey San Diego. The TGR Vios Cup has long been a significant platform for promoting motorsports in the Philippines, and this year's event was no exception. Since its inception in 2014, the series has not only fostered a love for racing but has also inspired new generations of drivers, shining a spotlight on local talent, and bringing motorsport to a broader audience. The event was open to all, and for those unable to be there in person, the exhilarating action was streamed live on the official Toyota Gazoo Racing Philippines Facebook page. Beyond the on-track action, the event also offered the full Toyota Gazoo Racing experience. Attendees were treated to a display of various Toyota GR cars, the chance to try out the TGR GT Cup racing rigs, and a host of activities and prize-winning opportunities from TMP and TGR Vios Cup sponsors. The event was organized in cooperation with Bridgestone and Petron, with further support from sponsors including Denso, 3M, AVT, ROTA, OMP, Tuason Racing, myToyota Wallet and Kinto One. The opening event of the 2023 TGR Vios Cup season proved once again that the series is more than just a race. It's a beacon of inspiration for aspiring racers, a testament to the spirit of motorsport, and a celebration of talent both old and new. The thrilling spectacle we witnessed on Saturday is a promising sign of what's to come in the rest of the season, as the TGR Vios Cup continues to fuel the growth of motorsports in the Philippines. The post BURNING RUBBER appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 9th, 2023

THERE WIGO — Toyota’s stylish hatchback is back

Toyota Motor Philippines has confirmed the imminent release of the much-anticipated all-new Toyota Wigo. Set to revitalize the automotive scene, this stylish and performance-enhanced hatchback is scheduled for public unveiling on 14 July, with retail sales kicking off on 17 July. Continuing its commitment to its mission of "producing happiness and creating mobility for all," TMP is set to make a significant impact with the Wigo. The carmaker's best-selling entry hatchback now boasts an array of noteworthy improvements, all tailored to meet the expectations and aspirations of its discerning clientele. [caption id="attachment_155568" align="aligncenter" width="525"] ALTHOUGH the new Wigo is completely redesigned by Toyota, its twin, the Perodua Axia, can give interested buyers an idea of the new car's form. | Photograph courtesy of Perodua[/caption] The all-new Wigo presents a bold step forward in the compact car segment. Its bolder exterior design encapsulates a modern and youthful spirit, ensuring it stands out on the streets. However, the major enhancements are not just superficial. A more spacious interior has been incorporated, promising an added level of comfort for both driver and passengers. These characteristics combine to offer a stylish and comfortable ride, staying true to Toyota's reputation for creating quality vehicles that offer practicality without co The grand public unveiling of the all-new Wigo will take place at the Trinoma Activity Center. Starting on 14 July, the exhibition will run through 16 July, giving potential buyers and car enthusiasts ample time to appreciate the car's beauty and inspect the new features up close. During these days, TMP will showcase all variants of the all-new Wigo, each in its distinct color offerings, thereby enabling prospective customers to choose the variant that best suits their personal preferences and needs. The revelation of the 2023 Wigo was hinted at with the recent launch in Indonesia of its sibling, the Perodua Axia, effectively confirming the former’s much-anticipated arrival. Notably, these two vehicles share more than a common lineage. The 2023 Wigo ushers in a new era of Toyota's design philosophy, adopting a complete redesign from bumper to bumper. Most significantly, the new Wigo transitions to the highly versatile Daihatsu New Global Architecture platform. This is a strategic shift aimed at improving the vehicle's overall performance, stability and safety. Interestingly, the DNGA platform is shared with several other Toyota models such as the Toyota Raize, Avanza, Veloz, and even the next-gen Vios, albeit shortened to fit the compact car segment of the Wigo. Inside, the Wigo reveals a fresh, contemporary design, taking inspiration from the all-new Vios and Raize. This means a more refined, streamlined, and user-friendly cabin experience, giving a nod to Toyota's commitment to continuous innovation and improvement. The All-New Wigo comes in three distinct variants. The top-tier G CVT, featuring advanced performance capabilities, is priced at P729,000. The mid-range E CVT, a blend of performance and practicality, comes with a price tag of P684,000. Lastly, the J M/T, offering a manual transmission and streamlined features, is available at a competitive price of P609,000. Further details regarding the features and specifications of each variant will be released on TMP's official website on 14 July. As the automotive world waits with bated breath for the arrival of this promising new hatchback, there's a strong sense of anticipation and optimism in the air. With the launch of the all-new Wigo, Toyota reinforces its leading position in the industry, and it seems that the carmaker is on a clear path to continue “producing happiness and creating mobility for all," especially for the Filipino market that holds the Wigo in high regard. The post THERE WIGO — Toyota’s stylish hatchback is back appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 9th, 2023

Logistics companies choose Tornado EV

With public awareness and acceptance of fully electric vehicles becoming greater every day and, more importantly, more charging stations being added to the national infrastructure every week, it comes as no surprise that commercial vehicles are now starting to follow suit. Foton Motor Philippines is on pole position in this race, fully intending to be at the forefront of electrified commercial vehicles with its game-changing new Foton Tornado Electric Vehicle truck, which debuted at the Foton Big Show 2023 last February at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. “The Foton Tornado EV truck is the country’s first-ever fully electric commercial vehicle. We were the first Chinese automotive brand to break into the Top 10 in the Philippine market — and now we’re the first Chinese brand to introduce a fully electric truck into the local market,” declared Foton Philippines general manager Levy Santos. In just four months since Foton’s Big Show, logistics firms have accepted deliveries of their brand-new Foton Tornado EV trucks. These companies include DB Schenker, which had its own Tornado EV truck launch event, and Holcim Philippines. Like the latest electric vehicles, the Foton Tornado EV truck utilizes a permanent magnet synchronous motor with peak outputs of 154 horsepower and 300 Newton-meters of torque. Driving range on a full charge is 208 kilometers (using the global WLTP standards) while charging may be done via AC or DC charger (2-4 hours on AC and 12 hours on DC from 20 percent to 100 percent charge). The braking system is traditional hydraulic for ease of maintenance and repairs. The truck’s “gradeability” — the steepest hill a truck can climb using maximum torque at the lowest gear — is an impressive 20 percent. The Foton Tornado Electric Vehicle has a GVW of 6,000 kilograms with a load mass of 3,600 kilograms and a curb weight of 2,400 kilograms. It measures 5,960 x 1.925 x 2,260 mm on a 3,360 mm wheelbase. The post Logistics companies choose Tornado EV appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 9th, 2023