Monday, May 28, 2012

UNIQLO

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Leading Japanese retail clothing brand steps up preparations prior to the opening of its first store by announcing the UNIQLO Cast.

 

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UNIQLO, the global apparel brand from Japan announces the complete Cast of highly admired Filipino personalities to embody its MADE FOR ALL Philosophy

 

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MADE FOR ALL is the UNIQLO brand philosophy that captures the company‟s vision of providing casual clothing that is made for all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or any other ways that define an individual. The “UNIQLO Cast” plays a vital role in creating a bridge between the UNIQLO brand and the heart of every Filipino.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cocoon Botique Hotel

 

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Welcome to Cocoon Boutique Hotel - the Philippine’s first truly-Green Hotel in

Quezon City.

COCOON…A warm nesting place that is -Modern yet Classic

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Tranquil yet steps from vibrant entertainment

 

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Environmentally Responsible, yet Luxuriously Carefree

 

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Global yet truly Filipino

 

We open our doors to our pioneering guests who share our commitment for environmentally sustainable luxury.

With each stay and use of the deluxe amenities at Cocoon, our guests are able

to take part in an initiative to be environmentally responsible and make a

positive contribution to the community.

We redefine the pleasure of sleep and bath experience. And we strive to establish sustainable relationships with our guests through sincere, warm, and nurturing service befitting a genuine Boutique Hotel

 

Cocoon Boutique Hotel is resolute in its commitment to all its stakeholders.

For its guests - Elegant, stylish and intimate facilities with complete five-star amenities from a genuine boutique hotel with superior guest services

For its staff – Extensive training and a work environment providing a sense of belonging and ownership that will manifest in ‘that special personal connection’ with all the guests.

For the community - A determined effort to give significant contributions to save the environment with the goal of being LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. In addition, a venue for community-immersion of youth with disability at the hotel’s back-of-the-house operations.

 

Cocoon Boutique Hotel – where Luxury is Responsible.

 

Our emblem embodies what we stand for. As seen throughout the hotel,

calado (wooden cut-outs) adorn different areas. The emblem in calado design symbolize the following-

1- A plant – which embodies our goal to highlight the need to protect the environment.

2- The resources that we need to conserve with the flower as an interpretation of the Sun – the symbol for energy, and the flowing leaves as an interpretation of Water.

3- A person with outstretched arms to depict the people in our community – our staff, our guests, our neighbors, with whom we aim to build sustainable relationships.

Listing of hotel’s facilities and services, combining luxury and responsibility.

BUILDING

  • SUSTAINABLE SITE near Hospitals, Malls, Fresh Produce Markets, Supermarkets, Dining and Entertainment Center, Schools, Churches, Media Centres, Government Agencies, Corporations, etc.

It is steps away from the bustling Timog Avenue while contained within a quiet, affluent community within the South Triangle Areas acknowledged as one of the City’s prime locations. It is only two blocks from Tomas Morato Avenue, another popular entertainment strip in Quezon City.

  • Rain & ground water harvesting for toilet flushing, plant irrigation & general house cleaning.

· 100% use of LED lighting

· Reclaimed all wood, metal roofing & steel grills of demolished structure on site.

· Use of reclaimed materials for the construction process & re-use to form part of the structure.

· Passive cooling thru building orientation

· Use of insulation on metal roofing

· * 2 level Basement for ample parking space.

  • * Business Center, Boardroom, Flower & Gift Shop, Specialty Bar & Restaurant, Spa & Nail Salon, Travel Agency, Aesthetic Clinic, Dental Clinic, Gym

* In progress

LOBBY

  • Use of reclaimed wood
  • Use of natural & renewable materials such as woodstone

· Use of used lighting fixtures

· Front stairwell has natural lighting & ventilation

· Use of indoor plants

· Latest design Schindler elevator

· PABX System

· Modern Tropical interiors with touches of Filipino designed by Steven Leach + Associates.

  • Concierge Services

· original 1800s Steinway Grand Piano

· Antique wheels of carabao drawn carriages, heirloom chests & intricate wooden calado cutouts

HALLWAY

· Fresh cool air generated from Heat Recovery System

· Use of used lighting fixtures

· Use of CCTV & addressable fire alarm systems for security

· Limit traffic access by use of RFID key card system

· Wide hallways with acoustic panels

· Original oil on canvass paintings

ROOMS

· Inverter type airconditioners using non-ozone-damaging R410A refrigerant

· Use of reclaimed wood

  • Art wall from individual scrap wood pieces

· Use of large windows for natural lighting.

· Fixed windows for sound insulation

· Lower Operable awning window to allow fresh air

  • 32 inches LED Cable TV with USB port capable of playing movies, DVD, MP3
  • Absorption-type mini refrigerators; coffee/tea making facility

· Fresh air circulation in guestrooms through natural positive-negative air pressure

  • Waste segregation program
  • Linen reuse program
  • Built-in desk & floors using reclaimed solid hardwood
  • Structured cabling system for high speed internet
  • In-room electronic safe; hair dryer
  • 3-units IDD/NDD telephone set-up
  • Top-of-the line bed with pocket springs & anti dust mite, anti microbial memory foam
  • 400 Thread-count, 100% Egyptian Cotton bed linen
  • 90% Goose down duvets and circle-of-down pillows
  • Day Service & Turn-down Service

BATHROOMS

  • Towels reuse program
  • Eco-certified 100% organic bathroom amenities
  • Toiletries made of Plasticized Cornstarch with packaging using Stone Paper & Soy Ink
  • Dual piping system for separate grey & potable water
  • Water-saving faucets with aerators & Siphonic jet toilet flushing
  • Separate Deep-soak bathtubs & rainshower with hot & cold water
  • Open bathroom set-up with speakers for TV viewing convenience in most rooms
  • 100% Egyptian Cotton towel sets

BALLROOM

· Use of Low-e laminated glass & insulated double glaze glass for windows and doors.

· Use of eco-friendly cleaning materials throughout the hotel.

· No smoking policy

· 250 pax capacity with soundproof operable walls that can divide to 2 Function Rooms

· 4-fixturesdeep soak bathtub and rainshower

· High ceiling accented by four Murano dimmable LED chandeliers

· State of the art sound and video equipment.

THE DECK

· Use of canopies for natural sun shading & protection from rain

· Use of reclaimed wood

· Roof garden as “quarantine” for the indoor plants

  • Coffeeshop with Home style comfort Filipino & International food.
  • Wireless Internet Connection in Public Areas
  • Adult pool has four jets for hydro massage & with over 60 light shows
  • Kiddie pool with bubbler
  • Rainshower with hot & cold water

Enjoy the luxury of five-star amenities & service

The Deck Bar and Breakfast Venue

Abuela’s Coffeeshop

Wireless Internet Connection in Public Areas

Outdoor Adult and Kiddie Swimming Pool

High-ceiling Ballroom for 250 persons, or Two function rooms for 100 persons each

State-of-the Art Boardroom

Business Center

Exercise Area (in progress)

The Mulberry Flowers and Finds – Flowers and Gift Shop

Il Duelo Rustic Italian Restaurant

Paire Cocktails and Pastries

Serendipitea Milk Tea Shop

Iris Spa and Nail Art

Nouvelle Aesthetic Clinic

Peps Silvestre Salon

Triple Star Travel Agency

Concierge Services, Room Service

Laundry, Dry-cleaning and Pressing Services

Transportation Service and Tours Assistance

Proximity Card Access Control, 24-hour CCTV & Security,

and Addressable Fire Alarm system

LOCATION

Cocoon Boutique Hotel is in the heart of Quezon City, the biggest and most progressive city in Metro Manila.

It is steps away from the bustling Timog Avenue while contained within a quiet, affluent community within the South Triangle Areas acknowledged as one of the City’s prime locations. It is only two blocks from Tomas Morato Avenue, another popular entertainment strip in Quezon City.

Press contact

Annie R. Convocar, Hotel Consultant

Mobile Phone – 0920-9249219 Email ac.thecocoonhotel@gmail.com

For inquiries and reservations, please contact the Sales and Reservations Office

Telephone 632-998 3117 Mobile Phone 0922- 810 4692 Email info@thecocoonhotel.com

Cocoon Boutique Hotel

61 Scout Tobias corner Scout Rallos Streets, Bgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City 1103, Philippines

Telephone 632- 9212706 to 08 Mobile Phone 0917- 5567893 TeleFax 632- 4137281

Website www.thecocoonhotel.com

Thursday, May 24, 2012

LIAM NEESON BACK IN “TAKEN 2”

 

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LIAM NEESON BACK IN “TAKEN 2”

Shot in Istanbul, Turkey and directed by Olivier Megaton , “Taken 2” reunites Liam Neeson with his co-stars Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace in this rocket-paced action sequel that rivals some of the greatest gun-handlers in cinema history.

Neeson reprises the role of Bryan Mills, a father and an estranged husband who would do anything for his family in the movie. Mills’ daughter having been kidnapped the first time. But he faces a different kind of conflict in “Taken 2.” Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a particular set of skills who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from Albanian kidnappers. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge, and takes Bryan and his wife hostage during their family vacation in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape, and uses the same advanced level of special forces tactics to get his family to safety and then systematically take out the kidnappers one by one

 

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“In the first movie he's really a guy with nothing to lose. He's divorced, he's lost his daughter, and you see his reaction when she's kidnapped,” explains Megaton. “In this movie, he's got that relationship back and he's even flirting with his ex-wife. It's almost cheesy, but that makes him all the more human at the beginning of the movie, because he's not thinking about his training, he's thinking about his family.”

But being kidnapped once is unfortunate; twice is just careless. Rest assured, then, that things play out differently in this sequel. “The powers-that-be–namely our gracious leader Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen—have come up with a much better plot than that,” assures Grace. “Someone has the notion of attempting to abduct Bryan. It's a personal vendetta; someone bent on extracting recompense from a man with a particular set of skills, as ill-advised as that might be. So it's not a random second abduction of my character, Kim, which I think would be everyone's first concern.”

“Taken 2” opens October in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

RESULTS COMPANIES

 

It was a day of celebration for the trainee’s and soon to become employees together with Results companies head President COO Mr. Alec Becker ,  for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies with Mayor Ramon Ilagan and It’s Grand Opening of the 3rd Site in Cainta, Philippines.

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The Results Companies Opens a Third Site in the Philippines

DANIA, FLORIDA, May 15, 2012 – The Results Companies (Results), one of the world’s leading customer experience management partners in the business process outsourcing (BPO) space, announced that they will be opening a third site in the Philippines. Q Plaza, located in Sta. Lucia Mall at the junction of heavily populated suburban areas such as Quezon City, Marikina and Rizal, will open May 23, 2012. The initial phase of the center’s build out will result in a 250 seat cutting edge contact center, equipped with the latest technology and amenities to support the work environment. Results’ SVP of Operations, Aaron Fender said “The launch of Q Plaza is an exciting time for Results. The Philippine market has provided us with incredible success and we plan to continue the expansion of Q Plaza to a total of 750 seats over the next 12 months.”

Joining Results’ Silver City and Eastwood locations, the opening of the Q Plaza facility and continued growth of Results will create more than 500 new jobs in 2012. The new location will include a significant support structure of operation managers, supervisors, trainers and quality roles. The company is accepting applications for sales agents and support positions through their website at www.theresultscompanies.com/jobs.

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The grand opening celebration last  May 23, 2012 has been attended by government officials like Mayor Ramon Ilagan of Cainta and other politicians, as well as by members of Results’ Executive team.  Media such as print, television broadcast and bloggers meet with President and COO, Alec Brecker and said “The Philippines continues to provide our clients with top-notch customer care and sales agents and has solidified Results’ competitive foothold in the far shore market. We are appreciative of the country’s commitment to our company and we look forward to continuing to give back to the communities that support us.”

About The Results Companies

For more than 20 years, The Results Companies has served as a premier global customer solutions provider for Fortune 500 companies. With over 5,000 employees in 11 near shore, off shore and domestic customer contact centers, The Results Companies’ expertise extends beyond call centers. We’re experts in representatives, analytical technologies, brand fulfillment and creating strategic advantages for our clients. Visit TheResultsCompanies.com to learn more

Human Nature

 

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Human Nature’s Story

It all began with a cosmetic junkie, a radical Englishman, a harassed new mom and a baby.
Human Nature was the brainchild of Anna Meloto-Wilk, Dylan Wilk and Camille Meloto. All three were Gawad Kalinga volunteers who were exposed early on to the harsh realities of poverty in the Philippines and now burned with the desire to do more for the country.
Anna’s passion for the environment blossomed with her first child in 2005. Together with her husband, Dylan, the successful British multi-millionaire who gave up his fast cars and wealthy lifestyle in England to work for the poor in the Philippines, the couple decided to use cloth diapers after reading that it takes 500 years for disposable diapers to biodegrade and that many of the chemicals in them are toxic. Anna struggled with the decision (especially when washing squishy nappies!) but initial reluctance became a conviction that their inconvenience was a small price to pay for their kids to know a world that is still intact and beautiful. Their desire to live a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle extended to the products they used on their children and themselves, opting for fewer chemicals and less stuff in general, resulting in less waste and a smaller carbon footprint.
Camille, on the other hand was already experimenting with cosmetics as early as elementary school! She eventually became a freelance make-up artist and joined a cosmetics company after college. However, her longing to merge her passion for cosmetics and her conscience to help the country was still waiting to be fulfilled.
Anna and Dylan spent a year in the US between July 2007 and June 2008, where Dylan was setting up a network of volunteers for Gawad Kalinga. Whilst in the US, Anna observed a growing trend of natural and ethical products penetrating the mainstream market, making them more accessible to ordinary Americans instead of just being products for the wealthy and the elite. They were now present in supermarkets and drug stores at more affordable prices. She wondered whether this phenomenon could be replicated in the Philippines. Were Americans the only people who could have the privilege of enjoying a healthier lifestyle and saving the environment?

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Camille joined the couple halfway through their US assignment. Soon the sisters started doing more research on how to bring affordable, natural products to the Philippines, work that they continued even after coming home to the country. Their persistence finally paid off and the Human Nature brand was born.
Human Nature was launched in November 2008. Today, it has become the country’s leading and trail-blazing social enterprise, hailed by Entrepreneur magazine as “the game-changer of the decade,” and studied as a successful working model for a social enterprise by students at Berkley University, California and Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore. It has sold almost 3 million products through its network of16,000 dealers and its 19 branches all over the country. This year, it started selling its mineral makeup line Love Minerals at Beauty Bar, the only Filipino cosmetics brand carried by the premiere personal care chain. A selection of Human Nature’s best-selling products is available at Rustan’s Supermarket and Shopwise. Human Nature is also distributed in the US and Singapore, with more plans of expansion on the way.
Human Nature employs Gawad Kalinga residents as part of its full-time staff and has started work on a Human Nature Organic Demo Farm at the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan. Guided by the principles of being PRO-PHILIPPINES, PRO-POOR and PRO-ENVIRONMENT, the company continues to strive to provide prosperity to the Philippines through successful and sustainable social enterprise and quality natural products for all Filipinos.
Philosophy
Gandang Kalikasan, Inc., the company that brings you the Human Nature range of natural personal care and beauty products is founded on three core principles of being PRO-PHILIPPINES, PRO-POOR, & PRO-ENVIRONMENT.
PRO-POOR
From the beginning, the company was set up with the goal of providing more livelihood to Gawad Kalinga residents and communities. The dream is to set up GK communities as globally certified organic farms which can produce world-class raw materials for Human Nature products. Work has already started on the very first Human Nature GK Organic Farm in Bulacan in partnership with NGOs that specialize in organic farming and processing. As firm believers in fair trade principles, Human Nature buys raw materials from its community-based suppliers at fair trade prices, and sometimes even above market prices if the market price is not enough to provide a good quality of life for the farmers.
The company employs GK residents from nearby communities in Quezon City and provides a fair living wage which is much more than the minimum wage required by law. It also provides warehouse staff with full benefits and overtime pay in order to promote dignity of work.


PRO-PHILIPPINES
Human Nature products are 100% made in the Philippines. It sources as many raw materials as possible from the Philippines and will only import if there is no local availability. All too often, multinational companies (or even Philippine-owned ones) will source their products and raw materials abroad if the price is cheaper by even a few centavos, costing Philippine jobs and sending that money out of the local economy forever. Human Nature wants to invest in Philippine-made products because it believes in the country and its people.
During the product development stage, potential raw materials are evaluated based on two criteria: Can the plant/herb/raw material be sourced locally? If not, can it eventually be grown in the Philippines so that the company can find ways to start an industry producing it? Only when an ingredient meets these qualifications is it used. For example, Tea Tree Oil is a very popular ingredient but it can't be grown in the Philippines so it is not used in Human Nature’s formulations. Lemongrass is widely grown and produced in the Philippines so it is in many Human Nature products and the company continues to seek ways to use it.
Human Nature believes that Filipinos can produce world-class finished goods. Other countries have reached prosperity by buying raw materials cheaply from poor countries and turning them into expensive finished goods. Think of Switzerland – they produce some of the finest chocolate in the world, yet not a single cocoa bean grows naturally in Switzerland. They buy cocoa from around the world, turn it into chocolate and sell it back to the country that grew it for many times the price! The only way for the Philippines to become prosperous is for it to produce not just raw materials, but world-class finished goods and for Filipinos to start buying Filipino products.
Let’s face it, the Philippines will be mostly agricultural for a long time to come and for as long as they only grow rice, its farmers will always be poor. But other countries have developed first-world economies from agriculture. Think of France – what do they produce? Fine wine, champagne, the best cheeses, expensive natural fragrances... some of the most valuable natural products in the world come from France. If our farmers grow okra, they can often only get 50 centavos per piece or less. But by switching to, say, organic aloe vera, they can earn as much as P50 per leaf – a hundred times the value. This is how Human Nature aims to help the country – by sourcing locally at fair trade prices, producing world-class finished goods and exporting them around the world.
PRO-ENVIRONMENT
Human Nature takes its responsibility of being nature’s steward very seriously. It carefully deliberates on the impact of all its business decisions on the environment. For example, all raw materials are thoroughly researched to ensure that they are naturally derived, are not processed using environmentally toxic processes and do not become toxic when released into the environment after the user has finished with the product. It also uses recyclable bottles in its packaging to minimize its impact on the country’s overburdened landfills.
Human Nature is about loving the Philippines, loving the environment and loving people as it provides only the safest and purest world-class ingredients for them. These are effective AND affordable organic and natural personal care products that feel as good on your skin as they do in your heart. We hope that you will find a sense of peace and purpose knowing that your everyday choices have a positive impact on the poor, our country and our planet.


Advocacies
Gandang Kalikasan Inc was created by Anna M. Wilk and Camille Meloto, two of the daughters of Tony Meloto, founder of Gawad Kalinga (GK). GK has already transformed more than 2,000 slums in the Philippines into beautiful, peaceful communities that are on their way to becoming productive too.

 

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Gawad Kalinga is recognized globally as a world-class Filipino movement for nation-building by everyone from Harvard University to the National Institute of Education in Singapore. In 2006, GK won the Magsaysay Award, Asia’s Nobel Prize. Human Nature’s vision is that as soon as GK villages are capable of producing its ingredients to the highest standards, the company will equip and empower them to grow and process the raw materials needed for its products.
Beginning October 2010, 100% of all profits earned by Human Nature from the sales of its best-selling Citronella Bug Spray have gone to the farmer’s cooperative in Labo, Camarines Norte, Bicol, which supplies the organic citronella oil used in the product through thePhilippine Federation for Environmental Concern (PFEC). This contribution has not only funded new extractors to improve their production, it has also uplifted their community by funding a school renovation and providing healthcare for the farming families.
Human Nature’s certified organic lemongrass essential oil is sourced from the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc.(AIDFI) in Negros Occidental. AIDFI provides renewable and cheap technologies to rural folk to help supply the basic needs of water, sanitation and energy. In 2010, AIDFI won the BBC World Challenge with its perfection of the hydraulic water pump that provides water to remote villages. With this technology, the lemongrass farmers in Negros were able to produce organic lemongrass essential oil for Human Nature.
Through its partnerships with these noble organizations, Human Nature hopes to bring sustainable livelihood to Gawad Kalinga communities to fulfill its vision of creating hundreds of world-class community organic farms in the Philippines, providing livelihood for thousands of its poorest people.
Human Nature is available through Human Nature dealers and branches. The Flagship Store is located at 463 Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City. To learn more about Human Nature products, contact a Human Nature dealer, or find out how to be a Human Nature dealer, visit www.humanheartnature.com, your nearest Human Nature Branch or call (02) 931-5787.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

4th Bayer Animal Nutrition Pilipinas Forum

 

This event has gained momentous and somehow re-educates poultry raisers and its businessman to be more than aware of every problem related and being cautious to the extent of preventing such deceases that has to be expected in any season . It has been so detailed and a state of the art techniques has been performed from the documents using power point and multi screens from computer based machines and most of the new paradigm practice in every field we are in today.

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The 4th Bayer ANP Forum with the theme “Total Hands –On Mycotoxin Control to Optimize Revenue Streams” will explore the following topics:

  • Dr. Ariel B. Carlos, a highly respected Nutrition Consultant provides better understanding of the “Nutritional Effects of Mycotoxins and the Impact on Performance of Poultry & Swine”.
  • Dr. Nancy S. Romano, Bayer’s Nutrition Technical Person, discusses a breakthrough technology, “One-step to measure relevant mycotoxins using Bayer Quality Analyzer”.
  • Dr. Paula Butkeraitis, a proficient scientist from Brazil shares her expertise on “Selection Criteria Towards an Effective Mycotoxin Control”.
  • Francis J. Kong, the Philippines’ top inspirational speaker takes us to next level on how to “Optimize Revenue Stream of our Business”.

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People and Business Nationwide has been there to learn and be inform of the latest technologies being discovered and to reengineer their known knowledge and understanding regarding on the matter but somehow wanting to achieve if not perfection but trying to do the most out of the tested solutions.

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Some of the information on  the speaker  who  took  the post of Dr. Paula Butkeraitis , as  she was  not able to attend the convention due to health issues.

Jean Brinkman

*BS and MS in Animal Science from  Central Mindanao University (CMU)

*Has specialized training in Poultry and Foodmill in Netherlands

*Current PHD student  in Kasertsart University in  Thailand

*Currently teaching  in Caraga Institute of Technology

*Country Manager for Biomin, Philippines

* Farm Manager of  Seaboard Foods in Colorado, USA

 

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At the end a very noted guest Francis J. Kong gives an inspirational talk which somehow gives boost and energy to the event and push the businessman to be more positive and just do what they intend to do in their own related field of works.

Here are some of the Important Points to Remember in Running you own Business given and delivered by Mr. Francis Kong.

1. The number one reason of business failure is business success.

- Never be happy with the last success you have.

2. You need to be hands-on.

- No business is run by remote control.

3. Intensify your leadership program.

- Train your leaders.

4. Every business person should have passion.

5. Hands off people who gives advice but are not experts.

Here’s some video clip of Mr. Kong’s excerpts: