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ePLDT ushers in a new era of business as it expands ICT offerings

May 6, 2019

ePLDT, Inc., the country’s leading enabler of digital solutions, stands at the forefront of solving today’s biggest IT challenges as it expands its ICT offerings for local enterprises. Fully aware of the daunting task of digital transformation, ePLDT now provides a comprehensive suite of solutions — the protection of mission-critical data assets through global-class data center services, the enablement of agility and lower total cost of ownership through managed, hybrid, & end-to-end cloud services, the mitigation of increasing cyber threats through a class-on-its-own cyber security portfolio, and the holistic management of information technology systems via full-spectrum managed IT services.      In ePLDT’s recently concluded event aptly themed “Let IT Be e,” the group thanked customers for entrusting their ICT requirements to ePLDT and announced its newest services offerings. By adopting such slogan, ePLDT highlights its thrust of empowering businesses to focus on their growth and expansion, enjoining customers to Let their IT requirements Be enabled by ePLDT.      “As newer and more experimental practices continue to disrupt and challenge the business resiliency of our customers, we remain committed to innovating our services and offering even more relevant and expertly designed ICT solutions,” said ePLDT Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Nerissa Ramos on the group’s rationale for expanding their offers.      “ePLDT will continue to lead in enabling the digital transformation of local enterprises through relentlessly searching for new ways to solve real-life problems simply, efficiently, in real-time, and with a fan-building experience. We are expanding our ICT solutions not for the elegance of technology or for the curiosity of innovation, but because of the growing needs of our valued customers,” Ramos added.      Through its holistic digital business solutions, ePLDT aspires to transform the Philippines into a more digitally-driven nation and reinforces the group’s belief that technology is a primary vehicle for nation development. Data Center      Among the banner products of the suite is the group’s world-class VITRO Data Center colocation and connectivity services, which assure customers of data security and protection, data accessibility, and disaster resiliency throughout its network of 10 locations situated across strategic geographies in the country. Its most recent development is the interconnection of its ten VITRO Data Centers through software-defined networking (SDN) technology, allowing for a cloud-like deployment of connections across all data centers and, in turn, more efficient implementation of data transport, backup, and replication.      To further support the business continuity of local organizations, ePLDT will be opening three of the first purpose-built Disaster Recovery buildings in the Philippines located across the country, adjacent to the group’s major VITRO Data Centers. Also through SDN technology, organizations can deploy disaster recovery seats in multiple locations, allowing for higher resilience in events of natural and man-made disasters. Cloud      Through their continuous investment in cloud technology, expertise, and best practices, customers can leverage on ePLDT’s best-in-class cloud capability. Their Cloud portfolio covers various competencies such as cloud resources, professional services, cloud connectivity, cloud security, and business applications, focusing on Contact Center, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Spend Management, and Productivity tools. ePLDT’s Cloud Solutions make cloud work for clients by recommending the proper Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service, Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service, and Contact Center-as-a-Service platforms for clients, depending on their specific needs, and managing these cloud systems through best practice methodology and globally certified expertise. ePLDT’s expertise extends across global pacesetting Cloud partners such as Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, and SAP. Cyber Security      Another key solution offered by ePLDT is Cyber Security, which allows businesses to redefine their cyber defenses against a wide range of threats. The group offers class-on-its-own services through a holistic cybersecurity framework that synergizes four key abilities: Predict, Prevent, Detect, and Respond. Through this model, businesses will be able to harness globally accepted cyber security practices and enhance breach monitoring process facilitation, compliant to Data Privacy Act provisions. ePLDT’s cyber security experts can also extend 24/7 support and management, on top of providing best-in-class security platforms.      With ePLDT’s own Security Operations Center, cyber intelligence on potential attacks are gathered through in-house threat-hunting and global threat feeds of its trusted partners. Similarly, ePLDT offers Cyber Security Consulting services to help identify and validate an organization’s vulnerability or risk level to potential cyberattacks. Managed IT Services      Businesses are assured of holistic IT management with ePLDT’s Managed IT services, which seek to eliminate downtime and ensure business continuity through an all-inclusive ecosystem. Key features of the service include proactive monitoring and management of IT systems, complemented by the input of subject matter experts, which translates to faster mean time to repair, minimized cost, and optimization of IT environments.      Other services covered by the pillar are infrastructure consulting, data privacy consulting, data science services, and IT infrastructure services, allowing customers to focus on more strategic and high-level decision making.       “Since its founding, ePLDT has aimed to enable the digital transformation of local enterprises. With the evolution of technology making digital transformation inevitable and our economy continuing its growth trajectory, the local business landscape now stands at one of its most turbulent but promising conditions,” stated SVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups Jovy Hernandez.      “By identifying the four key pillars needed to successfully adopt digital practices, it is our aim to empower customers to take full advantage of this climate to sustain the success of their businesses,” Hernandez continued.      ePLDT, Inc. is the premiere provider of holistic digital business solutions in the Philippines. ePLDT’s full suite of ICT products and services that are up to par with global benchmarks include Cloud, Cyber Security, purpose-built Data Centers, and Managed IT Services.      To learn more about ePLDT’s expanded suite of end-to-end ICT solutions, visit https://www.epldt.com.

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SHARP Philippines awarded as “Trusted Brand” by Reader’s Digest

April 24, 2019

Sharp Philippines Corp. became a household name for the durability and quality of their Washing Machine products that’s why Filipino families trust Sharp as their laundry partner for so many years now. During the recent awarding ceremony held last April 2, 2019 at the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Hotel, Sharp was once again awarded with the Ultimate Seal of Consumer Approval as one of the Most Trusted Brands for Household Products for the Washing Machine Category in the Reader’s Digest Asia’s Trusted Brand 2019 Awards. Establishing Solid Reputation      The Reader’s Digest Asia Trusted Brands has established a solid reputation as the premier consumer-based survey in Asia, providing a credible and reliable reference for consumers throughout the region. With this, Sharp Philippines is truly honored to receive this recognition and is genuinely thankful to everyone who trusted their brand and voted in this category.      In fact, Sharp has released a variety of Washing Machine products fit for everyone’s different needs from Washer, Dryer, Twin-Tub, Fully-Automatic to their newest Front-load Inverter Washing Machine. Sharp continuously strive to develop engineered products that can make consumer’s life more convenient and comfortable.

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Ayala companies top FinanceAsia’s 9th Best Companies in Asia Poll

April 24, 2019

Three Ayala companies have been named among the top Philippine winners in FinanceAsia’s 19th Best Companies Poll, beating about 240 other entrants. Ayala Corporation (AC), Ayala Land (ALI), and Globe Telecom (Globe) have all received top citations in multiple categories.      Ayala Corporation placed first in Best Managed Company with Ayala Chairman & CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala as Best CEO, and Ayala Chief Financial Officer Jose Teodoro K. Limcaoco as Best CFO. AC also ranked first in Best Growth Strategy, first in Best ESG (Environment, Social and Governance), and third in Best Investor Relations.      By the end of 2018, AC’s net income grew to P31.8 billion, up five percent from the previous year with strong earnings contributions from ALI, Globe, and AC Energy. AC invested P43.7 billion in capital expenditure in 2018 and is set to spend P22.6 billion in 2019 primarily to grow business in AC Energy, AC Infra, and AC Health. Over all, the Ayala group maintains its capital spending level this year at P262 billion, with a bulk allocated to ALI and Globe, which have set aside P130 billion and P63 billion respectively.      “The aggressive growth strategy that we embarked on over a decade ago has been unprecedented for the Ayala group. Over the past 10 years, we spent close to P200 billion in capital expenditure at the parent level alone to support the investment programs of our various business units, including our new growth platforms in power, industrial technologies, infrastructure, education, and healthcare. Our profitability has also improved steadily over the past 10 years, growing at a compounded annual rate of 15 percent,” Ayala President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala said.      As Ayala grows its business in 2019, it continues to closely monitor its ESG performance against its 360° Sustainability Reporting Framework, maintain its best practices, and accurately disclose said performance in its Integrated Report. Ayala shall continue to remain highly responsive and accountable to its investors and stakeholders.      Ayala Land ranked second in Best Growth Strategy, fourth in Best ESG, and third in Best Managed Company.      “As we celebrated our 30th year in 2018, we remained focused on developing more sustainable communities that enrich the lives of Filipinos. We introduced two new estates to bring our total to 26, registered the highest level of residential sales in our history, and stayed on track to open more commercial developments. These led to strong financial results and positioned our company for continued growth in the coming years,” said ALI President & CEO Bernard Vincent O. Dy.      Last year, robust property development and commercial leasing fueled ALI’s net earnings, which grew 16% to P29.2 billion. Of its record P110.1 billion in capital expenditures in 2018, ALI spent 41% on residential projects, 23% on commercial projects, 15% on land acquisition, 12% for the development of estates, and 9% for investments.      Since 2014, ALI has been working to reach its “2020-40 plan”, with the goal of achieving P40 billion in net income by 2020. It continues to extend beyond its traditional property development while increasing investments in the commercial leasing segment through sustainable means.      ALI continues its strategy of co-creating sustainable communities to help develop sustainable cities and communities, which is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To ensure that people can live and work sustainable in all ALI developments, it prioritizes four Sustainability Focus Areas in each of its properties: site resilience, pedestrian-transit  connectivity, eco-efficiency, and local economic development.      Additionally, in 2017, ALI kicked off its ambitious plan for all its commercial assets to be carbon-neutral by year 2022. In 2018, ALI offset 64% of its carbon emissions, coming from only 37% in 2017. This was accomplished through ALI’s 560 hectares of carbon forests, the use of passive cooling systems, and renewable energy.      Globe Telecom came in third place in Best Managed Company and sixth in Best Growth Strategy.      Globe’s 2018 net profits were boosted to P18.6 billion in 2018 by the sustained demand for data-related services, which accounted for 61% of total service revenues last year. It invested P43.3 billion in capital expenditure in 2018, equivalent to 32% of its service revenues, and is set to spend P63.0 billion in capital expenditure in 2019 for continued network expansion. Globe continues to develop new products, services, and partnerships to further enhance the Filipino digital lifestyle.      “We will continue to put Filipinos at the forefront of digitalization by delivering a differentiated level of customer experience as we constantly improve the performance of our network,” said Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu.      Other winners in these categories include SM Investments Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, Metro Pacific investments Corporation, Megawide Construction Corporation, Megaworld, First Gen Corporation, Aboitiz Power Corporation, and D&L Industries.

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Cebu Pacific commences direct Cebu-Shanghai flights

April 22, 2019

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) begins commercial operation of its direct service between Cebu and Shanghai, China. Shanghai, the biggest city in China and a global financial hub, is CEB's sixth international route with direct access to its Cebu hub. The improved air connectivity is expected to boost inbound and outbound travelers for both route’s dynamic leisure and business opportunities. Shanghai’s unique oriental charm is perfect for Filipinos who want to experience a mix of Eastern and Western cultures. Often dubbed as The Oriental Paris, Shanghai boasts of beautiful modern skyscrapers and landmarks rich in culture and history. The Cebu-Shanghai flight departs from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport at 6:50pm. The flight’s evening departure allows neighboring cities such as Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete and Iloilo to connect seamlessly and fly to the biggest city in China via Cebu City. The return flight from Shanghai, on the other hand, will depart at 11:55pm. The inaugural flight was graced by Blessie Cruz, Cebu Pacific’s director for marketing “The Cebu-Shanghai route will link two premier Asian destinations—reinforcing Cebu as a key hub for both domestic and international travel—enabling easier and more efficient access within the Philippines and neighboring countries for millions of residents in the Visayas and Mindanao.” Also in attendance were DOT 7’s supervising tourism officer Judilyn Quiachon and Andrew Acquaah-Harrison, GMR-Megawide’s Chief Executive Adviser; in full support of the inaugural flight. The new Cebu-Shanghai route is in line with the carrier’s plans to expand capacity in Cebu to meet increasing demand. The carrier had earlier stated it would ramp-up capacity in its Cebu hub by as much as 20% in 2019. Aside from Shanghai, Cebu Pacific flies direct between Cebu, Hong Kong and Macau in China; as well as Narita, Japan; Incheon, Korea and Singapore. CEB also has direct flights from Cebu to 22 other domestic destinations.

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Therma Mobile signs Power Supply contract with Meralco

April 22, 2019

AboitizPower subsidiary Therma Mobile, Inc. (TMO) has signed a power supply agreement  (PSA) with  Manila Electric Co. (Meralco). “This contract is a timely response of both AboitizPower and Meralco to the call of government for stable and reliable power going into the midterm elections and beyond,” AboitizPower Oil Business Unit President and COO Celso C. Caballero III said. TMO, with four floating power barges moored in Navotas, has a combined gross capacity of 242 MW. The facility went into preservation mode on the 5th of February this year, as well as voluntarily disconnected from the grid and de-registered from the energy market. It is currently expected to be registered again with the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines Inc. (IEMOP) on April 22, 2019 and delivery of power to Meralco will commence on April 26, 2019. The oil-fired barges in Navotas are considered ideal for providing peaking supply and ancillary services with its operational flexibility and the ability to start up quickly to respond to the needs of the grid. TMO will provide Meralco with up to 200 MW of additional power. The Oil Business Unit of AboitizPower operates five oil-fired power facilities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. AboitizPower has a balanced mix portfolio of coal, oil, geothermal, hydro, and solar power plants nationwide.

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The Night Stalker: Botoy’s forays into resto business with Big Tummy’s

April 16, 2019

The Johnny-come-lately-that-could from Bulua is stepping up its game with a foray into the restaurant business.      Botoy’s Litson Manok, BBQ and Liempo will be opening up its first ever restaurant in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental in about a month’s time.      During a briefing held for CDO Bloggers officers 2nd Quarterly Meeting held at their flagship store in Bulua, Joan M. Delatado, D.M., CEO of McAlba Foods Corporation said the new resto dubbed Big Tummy’s (The Foodies Den) will be a casual dining, self service establishment similar to big fast food chains that would serve as a template for future franchising opportunities.      “McAlba Foods is our company for our Botoy’s kiosks while Big Tummy’s will be under Paragon Foods & Catering Corporation which will handle all our company owned restaurants,” Delatado said. “Franchising for both will be handled by Botoy's Lechon Franchising Corp.”      The new resto is under construction at the site of the existing Botoy’s outlet in Tagoloan, which she said is a very promising location that’s near big industries facing the public plaza, near the church and municipal hall, and schools where there are currently no fast food chains or restaurants, and no other function rooms except for Paula’s hotel, so those wishing to have business or social functions often have no other choice than go to Cagayan de Oro city, a good hour’s commute away.      From the artist’s renderings of Big Tummy’s shown to us by Ms. Joan, a Botoy’s To Go counter will be standard for all future restos.  Big Tummy’s Tagoloan will be complemented by another in Gingoog City. Parking is available and so will the ubiquitous free Wifi.      “We also plan to expand this flagship store in Bulua to another Big Tummy’s,” she added, though a timeline for the expansion as yet to be set.      The all Filipino menu will have a fixed set menu for the ground floor restaurant serving the usual Botoy’s grilled staples BBQ, lechon manok, liempo, as well as grilled  seafood like panga, tuna belly, shrimps, kinilaw, calamares, boneless marine bangus from Balingasag.  Take note to look for the sintra board for specials. Affordable combo meals will also be available as well as family boodles fights for Sunday.      Beverages served include Coca Cola drinks, frappes and fruit shakes.      Its target demographic range from kids to adults and it will be open as early as 5AM to serve breakfast and close at 9PM.  Deliveries of call-in orders will be shared between the Tagoloan store and the Bulua store, whichever can serve the orders fastest. Catering for outside events will also be entertained.      Besides the restaurant on the ground floor, both restos will also have 2nd floor function room which can accommodate up to 100 persons.  It will also have a coffee shop serving pastries, coffee and the like when no function is scheduled as well as a kiddie’s corner, becoming a chill place to unwind on weekends with live acoustic music.      Besides the CDO Bloggers officers, we were also entertained by Romnick B. Morcina, who now supervises Botoy’s Divisoria and Tagoloan.      Ms. Joan has invited us to cover the opening of Big Tummy’s (The Foodies Den) in Tagoloan either this month or early May. We can’t wait!

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