Monday, June 18, 2018

DepEd, Muntinlupa LGU recognize partnership with PCPPI and private sectors as key to quality education

THE DEPARTMENT of Education, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc., Brother Philippines, and Muntinlupa Elementary School cements their commitment to quality education.
(L-R) Muntinlupa District 1 Councilor Allan Camilon; Davedinah P. Cometa, Project Development Officer II, Department of Education; Brother Philippines Product Manager Shinichi Tanaka; Atty. Jun Manuel, Vice President for Legal, Government, and Corporate Affairs, of Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc.; Muntinlupa City Mayor, Hon. Jaime R. Fresnedi; Marissa M. Andanza, Principal IV, Muntinlupa Elementary School; Tadefa City District 1 Councilor Ivee Arciaga; Dr. Florante C. Marmeto, Principal IV, Muntinlupa Elementary School; Public School District Supervisor, Gerry Maligaya    

MUNTINLUPA – The Department of Education, the city of Muntinlupa, and Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) cemented their partnership and commitment to quality education at a turnover ceremony held at the Muntinlupa Elementary School (MES).

“Naging magandang engagement yung partnership namin with Pepsi (Our partnership with Pepsi was a very good engagement),” said Dove Cometa, Project Development Officer from the Department of Education, who spoke on behalf of Undersecretary Tonisito Umali, in giving recognition to PCPPI for the company’s involvement in the Adopt-A-School Program.

DepEd’s Adopt-A-School program aims to link up the private sector in giving assistance to public schools. Along with home and business IT solutions company, Brother Philippines, PCPPI turned over 37 printers to the Muntinlupa National High School and the Muntinlupa Elementary school as part of this commitment.

“Napakaswerte ng Muntinlupa Elementary School dahil kayo ay mabibigyan ng good quality printers (The Muntinlupa Elementary School is very lucky to be receiving good quality printers). Pepsi has several branches and business units around the country and we are looking forward to arranging more turnovers in the future,” said Cometa.

The turnover ceremony of PCPPI’s donation of printers coincided with the culmination of Brigada Eskwela, a nationwide initiative by the DepEd to maintain and repair facilities of public schools. PCPPI fielded over 50 volunteers to MES for the repainting of classroom walls and the school’s nutrition room. Meanwhile, Brother Philippines will be providing training for the school’s staff on how to utilize the printers.

“Ito po, mga magulang, ay pagpapakita ng mga opisyales sa pamahalaan at mga private sectors ng kahalagahan ng pagtutulungan para sa kinabukasan ng inyong mga anak (This, dear parents, is the government officials and the private sectors showing the importance of collaboration for the future of your children),” declared Muntinlupa Mayor, Atty. Jaime R. Fresnedi. On behalf of the local government of Municipality, Mayor Fresnedi during the same ceremony donated school supplies and school uniforms to the students of MES.

“Tulong-tulong kaya mabilis ang pagunlad ng ating lungsod, ng ating pamahalaan (We help each other, which is why there is quick progress in our city and in our government),” he said.

PCPPI reiterated its commitment to building the community in which the company has been a part of for many years. The company’s main bottling plant and Head Office is located in Tunasan, Muntinlupa.

“We are proud that our head office is here, and we strive to contribute to the progress of our home,” said Atty. Jun Manuel, PCPPI Vice President for Legal, Government and Corporate Affairs. “We are proud to part of the community and we are always here to be a partner of the DepEd and of the City of Muntinlupa.”

As the students and their parents lined up to receive their school kits from the Muntinlupa LGU, Fresnedi reminded the parents of their role in ensuring quality education:

“Mga magulang, tiyakin po ninyo ang inyong responsibilidad na ang inyong mga anak ay sadyang nag-aaral.”

Ma Hao Bin expects big reward if he triumphs at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER

“The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin has always possessed the drive and talent to achieve all of his lofty goals as he has capitalized on every opportunity that has come his way in his professional mixed martial arts career.
The 24-year-old Chinese national freestyle wrestling champion is unbeaten on the ONE Championship stage, acing his six assignments in the promotion with flying colors.
Making his professional debut in 2016, Ma took home the ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS (CHANGSHA) Flyweight Tournament Championship, defeating Wu Ting Shen and Bu Huo You Ga in a single evening of action.
Since then, Ma has strung together an impressive win-loss slate of 11-2, which includes four wins by submission and two by knockout.
In his most recent outing this past January, Ma turned in another well-rounded performance to claim victory via unanimous decision against battle-tested veteran Sotir Kichukov of Bulgaria.
Ma has the chance to cement his status as one of the best flyweights in the world today as he is set to square off with former world title challenger Danny Kingad on the undercard of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER in Macau, China on Saturday, 23 June.
Although a tall order is in front of him, Ma remains optimistic that he will have his hand raised in triumph as he is driven by his desire to become the best competitor in the organization’s 61.2-kilogram weight class.
“Nothing is easy. A person has to go through hardship to become successful. I know it will be hard, but I am willing to dig deep and get that victory. In order to be a winner, you have to endure. I am here to endure all the hardships because I want to be the best in the division,” he stated.
As Ma crosses paths with an opponent, who is a premier flyweight combatant from the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, the highly-touted Chinese prospect artist sees a big reward if he plays his cards right against Kingad.
Holding a professional record of 9-1, the 22-year-old Baguio City native is a tremendous striker who possesses well-rounded grappling skills.
“He is so talented as a fighter. I can say that he is exceptional for a flyweight like me. That’s why I am exerting my best effort in training. He is an opponent worthy of a good battle. This match excites me,” Ma said of his three-round flyweight encounter with Kingad.
Following an unsuccessful challenge for the ONE Flyweight World Championship this past November against Moraes, which ended in his first professional defeat, Kingad rebounded with an impressive win over Kichukov four months later.
“We both faced Sotir Kichukov in ONE Championship, and we did walk away with respective victories. Honestly, I believe that I’ve done better than him against Sotir. In our ring clash this Saturday, the commitment to hone and perfect my craft will once again be in full display against Danny,” he shared.

“He is blocking my way. I want that gold around my waist. I have to defeat him in order to reach my ultimate destination in this sport,” Ma added.
Ma hopes that if he secures a convincing victory over Kingad, it will bring him an inch closer to a shot at the coveted ONE Flyweight World Championship.
ONE Championship’s undisputed flyweight crown will be at stake on Saturday as division kingpin Adriano Moraes is slated to lock horns with interim champion Geje Eustaquio in a highly-anticipated rematch, serving as the event’s headliner.
“My initial goal is to continue winning until I get closer to the title and become a champion. I want this win. I want to have a remarkable winning result, and then I want to move forward onto that flyweight belt,” Ma ended.
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Living the dream at The Enclave Alabang by Filigree

The Enclave Alabang by Filigree has an unrivaled upmarket location along primary Daang Hari Road.

Investing in an upscale residential development invokes careful planning and decision making. It may be the first big venture for the family, so there are many crucial things to consider.

Paolo Cayton and Elsandra Neri Dagondon-Cayton, a young, successful couple with a growing family, thought things over when they were choosing their own home. After judicious research and comparison of various development projects, the many superior qualities of The Enclave Alabang by luxury real estate brand Filigree easily met their criteria. They are now among the proud and satisfied property owners at The Enclave Alabang

The Enclave Alabang is in an unrivaled upmarket location along the primary Daang Hari Road, allowing for ease of access via major thoroughfares like the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway, and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway or MCX, was the winning feature for the couple.

“She’s from the south, I come from the north,” says Paolo. “Makati, where I work, is closer to The Enclave Alabang. I don’t have to worry about the heavy traffic anymore!” Adds Elsandra, “The deciding factor was really the location, which is close to my work and my daughter’s school.”

The Enclave Alabang sits in 10.5 hectares of low-density, verdant environs, which also attracted the Caytons to the project. Forty percent of The Enclave Alabang is generously dedicated to lush, open spaces, which is even more highlighted with the development’s distinctive tropical modern design architecture. Its centerpiece is the Central Park, which boasts of rich flora, a mini man-made lagoon with calming waters, and a watch tower. This masterfully landscaped focal point offers a children’s playground, ample seating areas, and an expansive green space for outdoor activities like biking, jogging, and walking—perfect for some quality time with the family.

“The mixture of modernity and nature is really welcome,” shares Paolo. “Where I come from, all the establishments are just concrete, so it’s nice to go home and feel that you’re not in the city.”

As The Enclave Alabang puts a premium on exclusivity and privacy, it takes pride in an intimate, close-knit community, which families with discerning tastes seek in a bustling metropolis.

It also helped that a world-class design team was behind The Enclave Alabang—award winning firms H1 Architecture, BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design, and AECOM.

“Having renowned designers on board really gave us the assurance that what they show you on the AVP will really happen,” explains Paolo. “Designers have a reputation to live up to, and if it doesn’t happen, it’s their name on the line.”

The couple was also very much pleased with the relationship they have with the representatives of Filigree.
“Everyone was helpful. I didn’t have a hard time reaching them through phone or e-mail. The village manager is very helpful, too,” says Elsandra. “So far, everything matches the branding, of what Filigree stands for.”

No doubt, the Cayton family has clearly found their ideal community. With The Enclave Alabang’s exceptional location, masterplan, design, amenities and service, it continues to gain the trust of a highly-selective clientele desiring modern luxury developments that promise to deliver value for money.

To know more about The Enclave Alabang, visit

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pioneer hosts beach clean-up event in Iloilo City

Recently, the Pioneer Adhesives Foundation, Inc.  conducted a beach cleanup event at Villa Beach in Arevalo, Iloilo City. Over 100 volunteers participated in the event, which concluded with over 300 kilograms of trash being collected from the beach and properly disposed of.
The event was spearheaded by Pioneer Adhesives Foundation’s Executive Director Martina Spakowski, in fulfillment of the organization’s advocacy of education, disaster relief, and environmental protection.

“The Philippines is home to the most abundant and diverse marine ecosystems on the planet and it is terribly under threat due to several factors, one of which being that we are the third largest contributor of ocean trash in the world. This threat can be eliminated and we believe that by involving individuals in activities like this they will begin to realize the environmental impacts of our daily habits and this hopefully leads to smarter purchase decisions to reduce our trash output.”

The beach cleanup represented both a drive for awareness and a concrete action to help protect our environment. It was a timely gesture that reflects the values of World Environment Day, which took place just recently on June 5 and in which more than 143 countries are a part of every year. This year’s theme was “Beat Plastic Pollution” and Pioneer’s beach cleanup support this thrust by preventing over 300kgs of trash from entering the ocean and posing a threat to marine life.
In a time when trash is beginning to fill our oceans and marine life is being threatened, the call to action has never been louder for us to do our part and make more conscious decisions to help preserve the life of our oceans.
It is through The Foundation that Pioneer Adhesives, Inc. spreads its commitment as a responsible Filipino company.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Give dad the sweetest thank you with Villa Del Conte

This is the perfect season to extend your gratitude and appreciation for dad’s hard work in providing the best for the family. Show him how thankful you are with delicious Villa Del Conte chocolates.

Choose from a special Thank You box which contains 18 pcs of 50% dark chocolates in 5g squares or a 100g dark chocolate bar wrapped in I❤Dad sleeve. Rich and decadent, Villa Del Conte chocolates are specially handcrafted in Padova, Italy.

Make this season extra delightful and memorable with Villa Del Conte chocolates available in all Villa Del Conte stores at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia.

 For bulk orders and to know more about Villa Del Conte’s indulgent creations, contact 893-2575, visit, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @VillaDelContePh and on Twitter: @villadelconte. 

Feel the action of “Ocean’s 8” and “Escape Plan 2: Hades” at SM Cinema

With the release of action movies Ocean’s 8 and Escape Plan 2: Hades, SM Cinema lets you enjoy a premiere cinema experience at Director’s Club Cinema.

Sit back, relax and enjoy these latest action flicks with recliner seats, butler service and advanced sound and projection technology of SM Cinema Director’s Club at these branches: SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura Premier, SM Megamall, SM City BF ParaƱaque, SM City East Ortigas, SM CDO Downtown Premiere, SM City Puerto Princesa, SM Seaside City Cebu, and S Maison in Conrad Manila.

A spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Trilogy, Ocean’s 8 follows the story of Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney), as she assembles her own all-female crew to execute the biggest heist of their lives – stealing a $150 million necklace at the Met Gala.

An all-star female cast featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and a lot of cameos will surely capture your attention with this big movie on the big screen.

Another movie to hit the SM Cinemas this month is Escape Plan 2: Hades, a sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s 2013 action flick, now together with Dave Bautista.

After breaking out of “The Tomb”, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) continued his life together with his own team of elite specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world’s most impenetrable prisons. Unfortunately, his most trusted operative, Shu Ren was kidnapped and disappeared inside Hades, the most elaborate prison ever built. With this situation,

 Breslin together with his team will go to penetrate Hades and rescue.
Catch Ocean’s 8 and Escape Plan 2: Hades at SM Cinema branches nationwide starting June 13, 2018. Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

There is no stopping Mongolian brute Narantungalag Jadambaa at age 42

At an age when many athletes have already decided to call it a day, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa is still aiming to reach the peak form of his professional career.
If anyone thinks that his best days are in the rearview mirror, the 42-year-old Mongolian veteran begs to disagree.
“Age is just a number. Anything is possible if you work for it,” Jadambaa quipped.
Jadambaa, a grappler known for his immense one-punch knockout power, will return to action for the first time since losing to arch-nemesis Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in their November 2016 featherweight title rematch.
Since then, the Mongolian has been on the sidelines, but he has remained active at the gym, working to add new dimensions to his mixed martial arts arsenal.
At 42 years old, it may appear like he is at the tail end of his glorious stint as a mixed martial artist, but the trouper claims that he feels ten years younger than his actual age and is motivated to make another run at the gold.
“After competing against Marat Gafurov, I thought that I needed to improve my wrestling and grappling skills, and my physical strength. Now, I think that I have improved myself even more than before,” he shared.
For his long-awaited return, Jadambaa is scheduled to take on Filipino hard-hitter Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER, which takes place at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China on 23 June.
Jadambaa promises to display the new and improved skills that he has developed and do something special inside the five-rope ONE Championship ring.
“I have been ready to fight anytime,” he assured. “I am in good shape, and I am happy to fight again. My heart is driven to fight. I have been preparing new techniques, and I will show something new in my next fight. You can believe it.”
Although getting back into world title contention is often at the back of every competitor’s mind, Jadambaa pointed out that he is taking one bout at a time for now.
According to Jadambaa, the only thing occupying his thoughts at the moment is his upcoming three-round clash with Kelly, who has ascended up the ranks of ONE Championship’s featherweight division.
“I am only thinking about the fight with Edward Kelly now,” he stated. “If I beat him, I think it would be right to continue to fight, and it will motivate me to train more as a result.”
Jadambaa is well acquainted with the Kelly clan as he once shared the ONE Championship stage with the Team Lakay representative’s older brother Eric, whom he defeated by way of 44-second knockout in July 2016.
However, Jadambaa knows about the danger that the younger Kelly poses in their match-up at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER.
“I think he is strong, a good fighter. You can’t compare him with his brother. Stylistically, both of them are different. I have a tall order in front of me on 23rd of June,” he said.
Entering the marquee featherweight contest as the older man, Jadambaa believes that age will be an issue.
“I always think that I am ten years younger than my actual age, so age will not play a factor at all,” he expressed.
According to Jadambaa, his age means he has less time to accomplish his goal than the younger lions in the organization, but he plans to make up for it by utilizing his vast wealth of knowledge.
Jadambaa revealed that he is concentrating heavily on his cardiovascular regimen to ensure that he can physically match anyone else in the division.
“The focus has to be on endurance and cardio. I do long distance running a few times a week. I mix that with 100-meter sprints,” he explained.
Even though many cageside pundits suggest that he should hang up his gloves for good due to his age, Jadambaa maintained that he is not yet done in the sport.
“My age won’t stop me from competing. I want to prove that age is no obstacle. It is only a number. Edward Kelly, be ready. I can still fight like a young and hungry warrior,” he ended

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