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Philips Monitors Enters Gaming Market with Brand-New Models

After years of being a trusted brand for multimedia displays and consumer monitors, Philips Monitors is finally entering the gaming monitor market with two brand-new models.

Philips Gaming is the new product line of Philips Monitors which will be catered towards video game enthusiasts. Perfect for either PC or consoles, Philips Gaming models are designed to give players an edge in any game they play.

Heralding a new age in Philips Monitors’ lineage of high-quality displays are Philips Gaming 242E1GSJ and Philips Gaming 272E1GSJ. Available in 24” and 27” screen sizes, respectively, both models feature top-class amenities that gamers will truly appreciate.

The Philips Momentum line will also now be under the Philips Monitors banner. As part of this new designation, Philips Gaming will be releasing two new Momentum Monitors: the Philips Momentum 242M8 and 272M8. The Philips Momentum line has been used by many consumers for gaming before, and it’s not until now that the Momentum line will be embracing its calling as a monitor for the gaming community.

For Philips Gaming 272E1GSJ and 242E1GSJ, check out these awesome features:

VA display delivers awesome images with wide viewing angles. See more and do more with Philips VA LED display which will give you super-high static contrast ratios for extra vivid and bright images. You won’t be blindsided just because you were viewing your monitor at an odd angle – this will help you prevent sneak attacks and backstabs.

144Hz refresh rates for ultra-smooth, brilliant images. Never miss ever again. See everything move on your screen smoothly without stutters or jumps, helping you get a better shot at your targets.

1ms (MPRT) fast response for crisp image and smooth gameplay. Be one with your game. Philips console gaming monitor with 1 ms MPRT effectively eliminates smearing and motion blur, delivers shaper and precise visuals to enhance gaming experience. Best choice for playing thrilling and twitch-sensitive games.

SmartImage game mode optimized for gamers. Explore different image modes with “FPS” mode, “Racing” mode, and “RTS” mode. FPS improves dark themes, allowing you to see your opponents in the dark. Racing will increase response time, high color, along with image adjustments. RTS mode has a special SmartFrame mode that enables highlighting of specific areas on the screen and allows for size and image adjustments. Choose the mode that fits your needs.

Ultra Wide-Color wider range of colors for a vivid picture. Enjoy video game graphics in the exact same way the developers intended you to experience them. With a wider array of colors available in Philips Gaming monitors, this definitely brings all your games to life.

Less eye fatigue with Flicker-free technology. Play longer and last longer during game time with Philips Flicker-free technology, giving you a more comfortable viewing experience.

LowBlue Mode for easy on-the-eyes productivity. Protect your eyes with LowBlue Mode, reducing the harmful shortwave length blue light rays from your screen that damage your eyes.

16:9 Full HD display for crisp detailed images. See everything in a better picture quality. Enjoy watching cutscenes in Full HD 1080p resolution.

SmartContrast for rich black details. SmartContrast is a Philips technology that analyzes the contents you are displaying, automatically adjusting colors and controlling backlight intensity to dynamically enhance contrast for the best digital images and videos or when playing games where dark hues are displayed.

Philips Gaming 242E1GSJ and 272E1GSJ are arriving to your favorite retailers this September. Call your dealers and pre-order your own Philips Gaming monitor today. Meanwhile, check out the full Philips Gaming monitor line on our Facebook store here.

People can also purchase these gaming monitors on our official Lazada store www.lazada.com.ph/shop/philipsmonitors/ , or directly contact one of our partner dealers to order a Philips Monitor product. The method of ordering may be different with every partner dealer, below are the list:

Metro Manila

  • Dynaquest PC
  • CKY Planet PC Inc.
  • PC Quarter
  • PC Corner Gilmore
  • PCHUB
  • Machine and Computer
  • Vivocom
  • Digiserve
  • PCWorx
  • Zenith
  • PC Express
  • Softbox
  • EasyPC
  • QLT

Provincial Luzon

  • Hypertech
  • Benerson
  • Xymbolic
  • Albay Computer
  • Visayas
  • TTI
  • Nutech

Mindanao

  • Computerworld
  • PC Gate
  • Biologic

SRP

  • 242M8 – ₱10,265.00
  • 272M8 – ₱16,140.00
  • 242E1GSJ – ₱9,540.00
  • 272E1GSJ – ₱15,400.00

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Philips Monitors

Philips was founded as far back as 1891 in the Netherlands, and has since engaged in more than a century of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Thanks to the company developing timeless business values, Philips has become one of the most highly recognized and trusted brands in the world today. This comes from a tradition of caring about people’s needs, innovating based on ever-changing insights, and working to make a positive change in people’s lives – traditions as meaningful now as they were in the company’s beginnings.

Philips monitors stand for excellent picture quality, and providing innovative solutions to problems people really care about. To reflect this Philips commitment, Philips has created the slogan: ‘Innovation and You’. – See more at www.philips.com.ph

The Great Cebu Sales Sees Growing Online Traffic

Consumers urged to take advantage of the industry-wide virtual sale

CEBU CITY – The Great Cebu Sale (GCS) 2020, Cebu’s first ever industry-wide virtual sale event, has noted a growing online traffic, as organizers urged consumers to take advantage of the best deals they could get from their favorite merchants.

Camille Aldeguer, the chairperson of GCS, shared that for the first week of the virtual sale, which started on Sept. 15, they have recorded over 3,000 visitors on the GCS’s official website www.thegreatcebusale.com.

“We expect this to increase moving forward especially if more people will be aware that some of Cebu’s famous brands are offering great deals and promos this time,” she said.

Most of the site visitors come from the Philippines, followed by the US, Japan, Singapore and Qatar. On a city basis, top visitors come from Ceby City, followed by Iloilo City, Davao City, Quezon City and Makati City.

“Based on the feedback we’ve received, people are eager to go out and relax, many have therefore purchased overnight stay promos offered by our resorts and hotels,” Aldeguer said.

In fact, the sites of tourism-related companies are the most accessed by GCS visitors. They are followed by electronics, lifestyle, home essentials, and food and beverage (F&B).

“The promos offered by our resorts, hotels and F&B establishments are our top deals,” she said.

Aldeguer said they seek to further raise awareness on the ongoing online sale event among shoppers.

The GCS official website is up and running to promote the promos offered by the participating merchants.

“The website does not have a payment platform. The fulfillment of the order or purchase lies directly under the responsibility of the participating company,” she said.

Webinars 

GCS organizers have also scheduled various webinars throughout the sale period to stimulate interest from the public, said Raki Urbina, co-chairperson of the GCS.

“Apart from the industry-wide virtual sale, the GCS will also be hosting various webinars to help guide businesses, retailers and consumers on the new normal,” he said.

On Sept. 28 and 29, GCS has scheduled a two-part webinar series entitled “Rethinking our Business and Repurposing our Facilities for Survival and Sustenance #Diskarte” on Sept. 28 and 29 (for the first part) and on Oct. 5 and 6 (for the second part).

On Oct. 12 and 13, another webinar dubbed as “Redefining and Optimizing the Essential Components of Retail in these Most Challenging Times” will also be conducted.

On Oct. 19 and 20, GCS will also host a webinar on “Leading by Emotional Intelligence with Stressed-out Workforce and Anxious Guests and Customers.”

 

According to Chester Lim, president of the Philippine Retailers Association in Cebu, the main organizer of the GCS, they are planning to extend the conduct of webinars through the holiday season.

“Extending the webinar towards the holiday season is a good idea. In fact the initial plan is to do a monthly sale per industry. We will just probably wait for the outcome of this one before deciding to proceed with the next sale,” Lim said.

If the virtual sale will be extended, there will be a different set of offers and promos for the Christmas season, Lim added.

Raffles

GCS organizers also announced they are raffling off prizes every week to stimulate participation from the public.

There are three ways for you to join the raffle, namely through Facebook, by joining the webinars and through submission of proof of purchase of at least P1,000 and above from any of the participating merchants between Sept. 15 to Oct. 31, 2020.

Submit your entries by messaging the official FB page of GCS or email via info@thegreatcebusale.com the receipt with complete name, address, mobile number and email of the customer.

“We will be announcing the weekly winners every Monday starting Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and 12, Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 2,” Aldeguer said.

“Our official delivery partners Lalamove will deliver the prizes to the address you officially registered,” she added.

She said a person can submit multiple transactions per week for greater chances of receiving prizes. Please visit the FB Page of Great Cebu Sale for more detailed mechanics.

The GCS introduces Cebu’s top brands in the hospitality, wellness, travel, automotive, fashion, hardware, electronics, and food industries.

Participating in the sale are wellness facilities such as Maayo Well Cebu, Prosel Pharma Inc., and UV Care; food and beverage merchants such as Cafe Laguna, Dessert Factory, Margets Deli, Nanays Best, The Lemon Co., Fujinoya Café and Bakery, Amarillo, Lighthouse Restaurant, Freshco Cebu Brand Dried Fruits, Uy Masuy Wine Factory, Bubble Tea Station, Casa Verde, Bricklane Doughnuts, Bon Chon, Asian Wave Seafood Corp.,Lemon Grass and  D+B Wines, Global Pacific, and 10 Dove Street; travel and tourism brands such as Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Marco Polo Plaza, Bai Hotel, J Park Island Resort & Waterpark Cebu, Crimson Resort & Spa, Ano World, Seda Hotel, Cebu Grand Hotel, Kasai Village, Mezzo Hotel, Cebu White Sands, Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown, Radisson Blu, Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Citadines, Summit Galleria Cebu, Southwind Travel & Tours, The Henry, Solea Mactan Cebu Resort, Quest Hotel, Destination Specialists Cebu, Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites, Residencia Isabella, Goldberry Suites and Hotels, San Remigio Beach Club, Tambuli Seaside Resort & Spa, Mystical Rose Flower Farm & Lemon Orchard, The Hotel Elizabeth and Yello Hotel; hardware establishments such as Belmont Hardware Depot, Cebu Home and Builders Centre, Living N Style, Worldwide Home Depot and Worldwide Tile Depot; lifestyle brands such as ATE by Tatah, Mi Dept. Store, Island Souvenirs, My Jewels, %Outlets at Pueblo Verde and Loalde; home essentials merchants such as Ayala Centre Cebu, Ayala Central Bloc, SM City Cebu, SM City Consolacion, Belmont One, Gaisano, Gaisano Grand Malls, Robinsons Galleria Cebu, Prince Hypermart, Oakridge Business Park, SM Seaside City and Uratex Foam the Sleep Specialist; electronics merchants such as Aerophone, Junrex, NGenius, RC Goldline and Family Appliance; automotive companies such as Fast Autoworld Philippines Corporation, Global Star, Hyundai and JMC;  and other services such as DMC Busa Printers, Peel Uniform Printing Services and Architectural Interior Source.

The Great Cebu Sale 2020 is organized in collaboration with the Resort & Restaurant Association of Cebu, Inc. (HRRACI); Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI). Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Cebu Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce (CFCCC); Hardware Consolidated, Inc. (HCI); Cebu Alliance of Tour Operation Specialists, Inc. (CATOS); Cebu Business Club (CBC) and the Mactan Export Processing Zone Chamber of Exporters and Manufacturers (MEPZCEM).

The organizers of GCS 2020 would like to thank the following sponsors: Anjo World, Island Souvenirs, Ng Khai, Alcordo Advertising, Twin Bee Print Ads, Wee Doo, Lalamove, Angkas, Expree, Mober, Foodpanda, GlobeMyBusiness, RD Pawnshop, Aerophone and Uratex.

AOC is Philippines’ #1 PC Monitor brand

AOC continues to be the most sought-after PC Monitor brand in the Philippines. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the world’s premiere global marketing intelligence firm, AOC ranked #1 in the PC monitor market in terms of unit shipments in the Philippines for the second quarter of 2020. This strong performance in the market is evidence to the brand of quality that AOC has long been known for.

AOC Monitors have achieved the distinction multiple times in the past, which shows how AOC Monitors are of high quality that can stand the test of time. AOC Monitors’ innovative technology that they introduce into their new models continuously address the needs and wants of its consumers, allowing it to maintain its high performance in terms of sales.

To further demonstrate the quality of AOC Monitors, it supports local esports tournaments and bring a competitive edge to the esports athletes who use their monitors. Having been involved in many esports events in the past few years, AOC Monitors has become the monitor of choice for many esports practitioners and fans.

This year, as part of a broader tournament encompassing the whole of the Asia-Pacific region, AOC Monitors in the Philippines will be holding the AGON Valorant Cup. Valorant, developed and published by Riot Games, is a new multiplayer team-based First-Person Shooter (FPS) that has attracted the attention of countless players around the world. With the growing popularity of the game, AOC Monitors wants to help in the nascent stages of the local Valorant esports community. With AOC Monitors, Valorant fans will be able to enjoy the game to the fullest, allowing them to unleash their full potential using its products.

To continue its dominance in the market, AOC Monitors continue to expand its portfolio of products. Most recently, AOC Monitors released the AGON G2 line. These monitors were met with favorable reviews from critics, and as a result, received high demand from the market. The favorable response from the gaming community can be seen as a testament to the kind of value that AOC Monitors bring to the gaming table.

While currently #1 in the market, AOC Monitors will continue finding ways to improve their product lines. They want to bring the best experience for consumers, and it has become AOC Monitors’ goal to improve the entertainment lifestyle of everyone who uses their products. Being number 1 will not stop them from delivering its promise of visually stunning displays. Instead, it serves as motivation to do even better.

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About Agon:

To match the increasing demand for a competitive edge and top-tier performance, AOC launched Agon – AOC’s specialist gaming monitor brand. Named after the Ancient Greek word for “struggle” or “contest”, the Agon brand represents AOC’s engagement with the world of gaming. In addition to embracing new technologies, we’ve put our money where our mouth is by sponsoring many leading eSports events and teams – actively driving the emergence of gaming as the global profession it has become today. Whether you’re an eSports professional or an aspiring home gamer, Agon’s performance-driven specifications and convenient features will eliminate any obstacle encountered on the path to glory.

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About AOC:

Sold in over 107 countries, AOC is a market leader in electronic displays and is positioned to be one of the top global brands in providing the best display technology to users worldwide. With nearly 50 years of experience in market analysis and consumer feedback, AOC is dedicated to designing products that address rising technological trends, as well as the diverse and changing needs of different consumers. Our commitment is emphasized through AOC’s slogan: ‘Vision at Heart.’ – at AOC, we’ve kept the hearts of our users in our vision, and we’ve kept their vision in our heart. Find out more about AOC at: https://au.aoc.com.

 

JobStreet Empowers Displaced Workers Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses in many aspects, including their workforce. Unemployment is expected to increase as local companies lay off their employees, not to mention the repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and job-hunting fresh graduates.

To provide valuable support and opportunities among jobseekers and hirers amid the challenging situation, online job portal leader JobStreet.com launched its #TogetherAhead initiative with its commitment to be at the forefront in rebuilding businesses and careers.
Through the #TogetherAhead initiative, JobStreet’s COVID-19 Jobs and Resources Hub provides job opportunities fit for the condition nowadays such as home-based or freelance. The microsite presents information on financial assistance available from the government to guide employees and companies in their applications. It also publishes critical information resources from JobStreet’s extensive network to motivate jobseekers for their next career path and to guide employers in adapting their business through the challenging times.

#TogetherAhead also houses the current job report, available roles, assistance for candidates to get jobs more conveniently, and special aid for hirers.

“The pandemic has greatly impacted businesses and the workforce on a global scale. More than ever, JobStreet strengthens its commitment to rebuild businesses, careers, and people’s lives,” shared Ramesh Rajandran, Chief Marketing Officer of SEEK Asia, JobStreet’s parent company.

Livelihood for Filipino displaced workers

Over two million Filipino workers were reportedly displaced by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), with Metro Manila as the region with the highest displacement figure. The quarantine measures also caused companies to halt their recruitment processes.

“Some companies have paused accepting applications, but many of them remain actively recruiting, so we’d like to encourage jobseekers that there’s a way for them to signal hirers that they are up for urgent hiring,” shared JobStreet Philippines Country Head Philip Gioca.

Candidates can explore other opportunities by industries that are still hiring during this time such as Call Center / IT-Enabled Services / BPO (41%), Government Jobs (15%), Education (9%), Banking / Financial Services (4%), Computer / IT (Software) (4%) among others based on JobStreet Internal Data.

Meanwhile, the following job roles remain widely available on JobStreet: Call Center Agent (10%), Teacher (7%), Nurse (5%), Engineer (4%) and many more.
Fresh graduates who would like to work and earn this time can grab opportunities as Call Center Agent (Php 22,000), Teacher (Php 22,316), Customer Representative (Php 20,500), Admin Assistant (Php 13,319), Nurse (Php 20,745), among others.
Work from home opportunities that are fit for today’s condition are also available via #SanaOL jobs by JobStreet, listing 15,000+ online teaching jobs, 14,000+ job vacancies that require no experience from job seekers, 1,600+ opportunities with work from home setup, and 180+ job opportunities for undergraduates. Under #TogetherAhead initiative, #SanaOL is Jobstreet Philippines’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, supported by YesPinoy Foundation led by actor and youth empowerment advocate Dingdong Dantes. The partnership was able to roll out #SanaOL program by facilitating online career coaching to Filipinos in need of livelihood.

Connecting candidates and hirers

The current situation has shifted the demands of jobseekers. Candidates are now looking for work from home opportunities, home-based, jobs with no work experience, part-time, or freelance.

Also under the #TogetherAhead initiative, JobStreet introduced #WorkNow, its latest feature on the platform to support jobseekers further and get them closer with opportunities. #WorkNow allows ready-to-work candidates to stand out and connect them conveniently to potential employers. Likewise, this lets companies identify which candidates are available for urgent employment. To use this function, jobseekers only need to log in their JobStreet profile, edit ‘Additional Info’, go to ‘Other Information’ and type in #WorkNow then click ‘Save’.
Free-of-charge job posting on JobStreet is also offered to small-to-medium enterprises that offer opportunities for college and K-12 graduates, work from home, and no experience jobs, which gives businesses the opportunity to rebuild themselves and reestablish their workforce.

“The COVID-19 has introduced a new normal to us and it will continue to exist for quite some time, and JobStreet is continuously stimulating the job market as part of our commitment to empower jobseekers and hirers during this trying time,” said Gioca.
To learn more about #TogetherAhead and other JobStreet initiatives, visit https://bit.ly/JobStreetTogetherAhead.

Zonta Club of Cebu II Women’s Month Celebration

Zonta Club of Cebu II, led by President Marilou Cañizares, celebrated Women’s Month last March with activities highlighting some of the club’s advocacies.

Salute to Empowered Women. At its March General Membership Meeting,  Zonta Cebu II  honored three Women of Inspiration awardess, Rosie Abenasa, Maria Rosario Canet Chua and Joy Lam, for their acts of extraordinary courage, innovative work and commitment to community service.

End Violence Against Women and Children.  At  the finale of Vagina Monologues, presented at SEDA Hotel,  Zonta Club of Cebu II joined the  cast and crew in performing Break the Chain, choreographed by Debbie Allen, as part of the One Billion Rising movement to end violence against women. The “billion” refers to the UN statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime or about one billion. Zonta Club of Cebu II is in solidarity with the global community in its campaign to end abuse of women.

In partnership with Fight Like a Girl PH, Zonta Cebu II launched the Raise The Vibration – Rise for Revolution at the Ayala Malls Central Bloc. This event aimed to raise awareness through action, art, connection, imagination and love. 180 victims of violence and human trafficking under the protection of the Bidlisiw Foundation were present at the activity, which attracted about 500 mall goers. Highlights of this event were poetry reading of The Women’s Prayer and I God Flowers Today by club members, Zn Mary Rose Villacasin dance creative dance interpretation and culminating the event with One Billion Rising, Break the Chain performance with enthusiastic audience participation. Yellow roses were distributed to the audience, as a sign of Zonta’s commitment to end violence against women and girls.

Gender Equity. At the Mandaue City Hall flag raising ceremony Zonta Club of Cebu II members also joined  the entire workforce of Mandaue city hall and its women’s group in promoting equality among men and women in the community.The activity was attended by 3,000 participants including the Mayor, Vice Mayor and the councilors of Mandaue City.

Campaign Against Teenage Pregnancy.  In partnership with the University of the Philippines Foundation and the Golden Z Club of USPF, the Club invited Dr. Hans Matthew Lua of  Cebu Velez General Hospital, Department of Family and Community Medicine, to talk about adverse effects of teenage pregnancy.

Dr. Lua . presented an actual case of a 15-year old pregnant girl, which jumpstarted the discussion into the medical and psychosocial issues of teenage pregnancy in general. A learning point from the presentation was the intervention module created by the CVGH entitled CRESCENZA, which gave much importance to Values Formation.

The program ended with the powerful explanation by Zontian Petite Garcia about the significance of ONE BILLION RISING movement.  Zontians, again, performend on stage Break the Chain to the rousing applause of the students.

Wedding Gallery at Robinsons Galleria Cebu

The road to saying the sweetest “I Do” in your life is one that any couple have to be ready for. It is not just a simple decision, but something that needs a lot of preparations.

Luckily, for those who are currently working hard for their dream weddings to come true, Robinsons Galleria Cebu is holding a Wedding Gallery this February 13 to 15 — while all the love from Valentine’s Day is still in the air.

From gowns and tuxedos, reception venues, photography and videography services, down to wedding cakes, the Wedding Gallery has it all for soon to be married couples.

According to Joanna Salazar, Group Marcomm Manager of Robinsons Land Corp., they chose to hold the Wedding Gallery on February in time for Valentine’s Day.

“It is the perfect time to celebrate the culmination of love this love month,” she said.

Wedding suppliers at the exhibit include Bernardo Flores, Carlo Abaquita, CDI Designs, City Cakes Cebu, Danny Boom, Dino Lloren Edward, James Castro, Edwin Alba, Forever Young Spa, GAC Wedding Errands, Helium Hearts, JF Touch by Janna Fernando, Lane of Cakes, and Macaron 5.

March Tan-Geson, Michel’s Wine, MW Studios Photography and Media Services, Onesimus, Protacio, Providore, Rei Escario, Ren Manabat, Robinsons Department Store, Summit Galleria Cebu, Valerie Alvez, Wendell Quisido, and Yoko Sato complete the wedding exhibit which is held at the Atrium of Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

While most wedding exhibits usually always highlight wedding gowns in a fashion show, the Wedding Gallery is doing things differently.

Instead, there will be a Groom’s Fashion Show on February 15 at 4 P.M. in the Robinsons Galleria Cebu Atrium.

Designs by the like of Edwin Alba, Danny Booc, Rei Escario, Bernardo Flores, Marichu Tan-Geson, Dino Lloren, Onesimus, Protacio, and Wendell Quisido will be feature during the Groom’s Fashion Show.

Century Tuna Superbod 2020 Go-See Cebu

The Century Tuna Superbods is considered to be the hottest and sought-after event this summer with over 1 Million Prizes at stake.

One male and one female will be declared this year’s Superbods and Century Tuna’s next image models, winning ₱ 500,000 each plus other exciting perks.

The Cebu leg of the Century Tuna Superbods wrapped up successfully at the Seda Hotel Cebu. It was attended by Century Tuna Marketing Director Carlo Endaya along with Century Tuna Superbod 2012 Grand winner John Spainhour, PC&V Associate Creative Director Ms. Soc Fajardo and local Cebuano bloggers and media.

Over 20 participants auditioned for the Cebu Century Tuna Superbods 2020 go-see and they are all vying for the ultimate crown. Here are some of the Cebuano hopefuls during the Cebu Go-See.

Are you healthy? Are you sexy? Are you a Superbod? You can still catch up with the Manila-leg of Century Tuna Go-see on Feb 22-23 at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall. Check the mechanics below.

Qualifications:

  1. Open to males and females with Filipino Heritage;
  2. Age limit: 18 to 60 Years Old
  3. With valid Philippines tax identification number (TIN)
  4. Physically fit
  5. Pleasing personality
  6. No prior endorsements from any competing brand
  7. Participant must reside in the Philippines from February 1, 2020 to May 1, 2020
  8. No prior record of public misdemeanor.

Requirements:

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Most recent photo (1 Head Shot and 1 Full Body Shot)
  3. Valid ID and TIN #
  4. Filled out application form
  5. Swimwear (2pc for female & board shorts for male)

Zonta Club of Cebu II Reaps Awards at District Conference

As an organization that seeks to empower women through service and advocacy, Zonta International believes it is important to recognize its clubs and districts for their outstanding service projects that benefit women in their communities. These awards serve to highlight the incredible service work that Zontians perform to improve the lives of women and girls in communities across the globe. The District Awards are given at the end of each biennium at the District Conference and recognizes significant contributions to the empowerment of women and gender equality. Awards are presented to clubs who have accomplished district goals in such areas as advocacy, service, public relations. Zonta Club of Cebu II is an active member of District 17 composed of as 76 clubs with 2,461 members from the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Macau.

Members of Zonta Club of Cebu II participated in the District 17 Conference held in Hong Kong in last October 2019 where the club reaped honors for innovative and trailblazing service endeavors for women and children in the community. The club received recognition for the Best Centennial Local Service Project for “Breakthrough behind the Cells”, a series of medical missions that benefited female inmates at the Mandaue City BJMP. It also received an award for the Best Centennial Advocacy Award for the package of activities that marked the annual “18-days of Activism” where different stakeholders took part in symposia and empowering workshops on effective strategies to eliminate Violence against Women (VAW) to encourage broad participation by emphasizing that everyone has a role to play, engaging not just duty-bearers but also other stakeholders especially at the local level.

Since the organizations founding in 1919, Zontians have dedicated the last century to empowering women, both in and outside of Zonta. To celebrate these achievements, Zonta Clubs all over the globe were encouraged to undertake Zonta Centennial projects and Zonta Club of Cebu II was recognized with the Centennial Anniversary – Honour 100 years of Zonta Award for their “100 books for 100 families project and for the Giant Photo Tarp that was displayed at the Ayala Center where 100 women from various sectors in the community called with one voice to “Say No to Violence Against Women and to Say Yes to Gender Equality”.

Not stopping there, Zonta Club of Cebu II garnered the Centennial Leadership Development Award and the top award that recognized the club’s overall contribution to the ideals of Zonta International in Service, Advocacy, Education and Leadership Development, the Centennial Star Club in Excellence Achievement Award – Diamond       Category.           

 

New Date, New Place, and a Bigger Party: Plus63 Music and Arts Festival 2020

Let your hair down and sway to the flow of the music as the biggest and most anticipated international music fest, Plus63 Music and Arts Festival comes back to Cebu!

Plus63 Music and Arts Festival at a glance:

Plus63 Music and Arts Festival started in 2016 with the goal of supporting local talents and musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform alongside the world’s top performers. “Plus63 Music & Arts Festival began as a fun project between childhood friends to create an international music festival for the city of Cebu. We brought Steve Angello from the Swedish House Mafia to kick off the inaugural event on Sinulog, Saturday of 2016.”, says Peter Delantar, head of Plus63 Music and Arts Festival.

Plus63 since then has become an annual music event that never fails to leave partygoers awestruck – with its spot-on premium sound quality, impressive digitally-programmed fireworks and eclectic mix of international and local performers. It has brought in international DJs and performers like Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia, Steve Aoki, Showtek, Kid Ink and Dada Life in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Plus63 always brings the best to give out a true music festival experience while adding a local twist, enhancing it even more with the best of the Philippines’ hospitality and cuisine. “The goal is for Plus63 to be a staple event in Cebu, highlighting great music, great food and an unforgettable experience.”, saysDelantar.

New date. This year’s Plus63 is set on February 2, breaking away from the Sinulog festivities for the first time. “We believe the time is right for Plus63 Music & Arts Festival to establish its own weekend where it becomes the main event of the city. We have bigger and grander plans for the years to come.”Delantar added.

New place. Attracting thousands each year, Plus63 is set to happen at the SM Seaside Complex Cebu Concert Grounds, a location apt to host such a grand event and accommodate a big crowd. With over 7,000+ fans since it was first introduced, the festivalhas grown over the years and is expected to double to over 15,000+ this year. Plus63 persistently grows into a destination festival in Cebu attracting international and local tourists.

Bigger party. Now on its 5th installment, Paul Klein, Charles Leslie Priest and Jake Clifford of LANY headlines the music fest.

LANY is an acronym for Los Angeles New York as their desire is to spread music from coast to coast. Now, they have come to the Philippine music fest scene alongside some of Cebu’s best – Lourdes, Three Legged Men, Mandaue Nights, Sepia Times and DJ Short. In addition, LANY will be bringing special merchandise up for grabs and Plus63 Festival will have limited edition items for sale

CPMS Celebrates 15th Founding Anniversary with Sinulog Blessing of New Building

Sinulog isn’t over just yet for the students and staff of Children’s Paradise Montessori School (CPMS).

As they celebrate their 15th Founding Anniversary today (January 28), CPMS is also inaugurating their newest school building – the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Building. And what better way to kick off the festivities than doing it the Sinulog way?

“January 28, 2005 was when our SEC registration and Charter were signed. For 14 years, we did not really celebrate that. This is the first time in 15 years that we are celebrating our Foundation Day. Sto. Niño has been the source of everything. This is our thanksgiving,” said CPMS President Marivic Bathan.

 After a Holy Mass in front of the new school building, a re-enactment of the arrival of Magellan, who gave the image of Sto. Niño as a gift to Queen Juana and Raja Humabon in 1521, until the victory of Lapu-Lapu was presented by the parents and teachers of CPMS.

 The four-storey St. Therese of the Child Jesus Building, which features green and environment-friendly elements, bursts with the lively beat of the Sinulog as the students themselves performed the traditional dance in veneration of the Snr. Sto. Niño in each floor, while the priest blessed the building.

While they don’t usually commemorate their Founding Anniversary, the students and staff of CPMS always make sure to celebrate the Sinulog Festival every year through dances and performances. After all, culture and arts are some of the disciplines that CPMS instills on their students.

CPMS Consultant Rudy Aviles shared that this yearly tradition is usually done in the same week as the actual Sinulog Festival. But this year they decided to hold it on the 28th in order to celebrate the school’s other milestones.

“This year is important for us. Aside from the 15th Founding Anniversary and the new building, we are also having a new thrust and revisioning for CPMS. We want to instill in the school a nature-loving consciousness and connectedness,” he said.

Aviles explained that CPMS officials and staff have been brainstorming on the school’s focus into green living.

Bathan added that in CPMS, they create an environment that will nurture and cultivate children “to grow to be truly human.”

“We lead everyone back to nature and being natural. The human beings have the spirit that makes us one with nature and connects us to each other, making this world as one, just as our creator intended it to be at the Garden of Eden,” she said.

CPMS has been putting in place several activities and programs in their curriculum on how to embody the green lifestyle over the years – from exposing students to nature and the outdoors, eating healthy, and even solid waste management.

Part of its strengthened focus on nature and the environment is the inauguration of the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Building which is set to be a green building.

“We want to be anchored on caring of nature. If I take care of nature, nature will take care of me. It’s a symbiosis. It’s a communion between me and the environment,” Aviles explained.

CPMS tapped the services of GSG Architects Co. in the design and construction of the new building features sustainable and tropical design concepts.

Among these is a water recycling system wherein wastewater from washbasins are recycled and used to water the garden on each floor’s terrace garden and drip irrigation system. The building’s three main columns also have a plant climbing support structure to encourage vine growth and supply cool fresh oxygen to the hallways and classrooms.

“Two-meter wide balconies and three-meter wide hallways on each floor provide planting strips to bring in fresh air, provide shade, and puts nature in close proximity to the classrooms even if these are elevated from the ground,” explained Archt. Clive Aaron Guanzon, Principal Architect of GSG Architects Co.

The new green building broke ground last year and is set to be completed within 2020. It will host the preschool and elementary classrooms as well as administrative offices.

It is part of the CPMS 2025 masterplan wherein four new school buildings will be built by CPMS within three phases. By 2025, on its 25th year, CPMS foresees a population of 400 to 500 students from toddler to Senior High School.

 

About Children’s Paradises Montessori School (CPMS)

CPMS was founded by Marivic E. Bathan, who has been its President since its inception in 2005, with the mission of providing children with an education for life. CPMS has created a learning environment based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy and principles that guide and nurture the development of each child’s potential to become an informed, creative, compassionate, and lifelong learner who will make a positive contribution to the global community.

For ten straight years, from 2010 to 2019, CPMS has been awarded as Montessori School of the Year in the Business Achievement and Recognition Awards. CPMS has exposed its students to real-world experiences and to the beauty and discipline of the arts. CPMS is located along H. Abellana St. in Canduman, Mandaue City.

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