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Suzuki Philippines Holds Three-leg Activation for All-new Jimny All-Grip Pro

March 24, 2019

Suzuki Philippines brought home the much-talked about vehicle for Filipino adventurers- the all-new Jimny All-Grip Pro. The price of the all-new Jimny All-Grip Pro was revealed in a recently held launch in Taguig City. The launch was part of a three-leg activation that was strategically mounted in key parts of NCR. The second leg was held last March 15-17 and the third leg was staged this past weekend at the UP Town Central Plaza.       During these dates, off-road enthusiasts can check out the fourth generation of Suzuki’s trademark 4x4 and other models live and up close. Fun activities and games await off-road adventurers during each leg of the launch.       Designed to deliver authentic 4x4 experience, the all-new Jimny features All Grip Pro for high off-road capability that allows instant response and maneuver through difficult terrain.       The fourth iteration of this popular Suzuki SUV uses a ladder frame that is more resistant than a monocoque body to torsion and is therefore better suited for off-road, rough terrain. Compared with many SUVs today with independent suspensions, the Jimny uses a long-stroke 3-link suspension and rigid full wheel axles on both front and rear for strong traction on uneven terrain.      The Jimny can climb over obstacles and steep hills without scrapping its bumpers or underbody. The vehicle’s 37-degree specialized approach angle, 28-degree ramp breakover angle and 49-degree departure angle allow it to maneuver over ridges and verticals.      With its part-time 4WD with low-range transfer gear, the Jimny can switch between 4WD and 2WD to achieve optimal off-road performance and better fuel economy and enhanced cornering on paved roads, respectively. The SUV also has extra torque in the 4L mode for rough terrain.      Whether the day calls for multiple projects off site or unplanned long trips outside the metro, the all-new Suzuki Jimny can handle the challenge by combining hill hold control, hill descent control and brake limited slip-differential (LSD) traction control. These braking assistance systems allow for better control in rough road conditions.      The fourth-generation SUV sports a square body for better situational awareness.  Its compact dimensions allow the Jimny to maneuver through narrow mountain trails and thick forests, a clear advantage over larger off-road vehicles. Its light weight lets it conquer mud, sand and up steep slippery slopes where heavier vehicles tend to get stuck.       The Jimny’s look and body express off-road functionality in every detail, from the tough square form to the 15-inch alloy wheels painted in dark-metallic gray. The angled bumper is optimized for off-road terrain while the square wheel arches allow for easier tire changes. Molded black bumpers, wheel arch extensions and side sills help block pebbles from scratching the body panels. The iconic round headlamps inherited from past models are completely separated to allow independent replacement.      The interior mirrors the simple and straightforward exterior. Black is used to minimize distraction, with functional parts such as center switches and dials in metallic colors for easy use. The instrument panel and surrounding parts have scratch- and stain-resistant grained finish while the circular steering wheel has a leather cover to withstand rough handling.      The multimedia audio unit features a bigger 9-inch capacitive touchscreen with large icons and soft buttons for easy control. It features off-line GPS navigation system and off-road audio guide.      The all-new Jimny accommodates 53 liters more luggage than the previous model. Small items can be stored in a removable luggage box for easier organization.      The all-new Jimny uses a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder K15B engine that delivers stronger torque at all rpm than the previous Jimny. It features a specially designed flywheel for engine flexibility and improved NVH and a lightweight resin belt cover and fuel tank. The optimized intake system and long nozzle injector enhance fuel efficiency. The Jimny All-Grip Pro also features Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT), which scatters collision energy across the vehicle frame to mitigate damage to the car and passengers.      To reduce driver stress and fatigue, one of the top design considerations for the new Jimny, the SUV’s ladder frame rigidity was increased and the body mounts redesigned for lower vibration. The front seat cushion frames are 70mm wider and 50mm taller for better shock absorption. Unpleasant noise inside the cabin was reduced through the strategic placement of sound-absorbing material throughout the body.       For greater dependability, the Jimny All-Grip Pro use zinc-coated steel more extensively and has a more effective floor undercoating and seater coatings at panel edges to protect it against rust caused by salt from river crossings.      Jimny Fans can choose their vehicle’s armor because this off-road warrior comes in two variants: monotone and two-tone.The monotone variants are Pearl Bluish Black, Solid Medium Gray, Metallic Silky Silver, Superior White and Solid Jungle Green while the two-tone variants are Solid Kinetic Yellow, Metallic Brisk Blue and Metallic Chiffon Ivory.      Prices for the all-new Jimny are Php 975,000 for GL MT; Php 1,035,000 for the GL AT; Php 1,085,000 for the GLX AT monotone and Php 1,095,000 for the GLX AT two-tone.       The Suzuki Jimny All-Grip Pro is now available in all authorized Suzuki dealers.

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Team Liyab all set to compete at the upcoming League of Legends SEA national qualifiers

March 24, 2019

Team Liyab, the official esports team of Globe and Mineski is set on another mission—to secure the top spot and represent the Philippines in the League of Legends (LoL) Southeast Asia Tour (SEA Tour) Finals to be held next month in Vietnam.      The Liyab - League of Legends team is currently undefeated in the National Qualifiers in the League of Legends SEA Tour.  For the upcoming National Minor event, the team will be competing against 3 other local teams in a best-of-3, single elimination bracket for a right to represent the Philippines in the National Major against Singapore/Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.      Liyab recently triumphed in other major LoL events, including the Mogul Silver Slam - SEA Tournament held last February 23 in which they were proclaimed overall champion and took home P80,000 in cash.  Further, the team dominated the group stages at the Philippine Pro Gaming League (PPGL), the country’s premier multi-game nationwide tournament. The team bested some of the biggest esports teams in the Philippines namely, Imperium Pro Team, ISC and Arkangel to secure a spot at the main event and a chance to win P400,000 in cash prize.      On the other hand, the Liyab - Arena of Valor team has also nabbed a number of championship titles locally including the ESL Clash of Nations 2019 Philippines in which they earned the honor and privilege to represent the country in the ESL Clash of Nations – Arena of Valor Regional event to be held at the JIExpo Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 29 to 31. The ESL Clash of Nations has a total prize pool of USD 50,000, with the champion team to get USD 25,000.      The successes of Liyab signify the Philippines’ rise as a major player in the world of global esports.  Globe, through its Games and Esports Program, will continue to support the development of local esports in the country, with the objective of honing the skills of future national esports athletes. For more about Globe Telecom, visit www.globe.com.ph.

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Toyota partners with Mapua for the first hybrid electric vehicle campus tour

March 24, 2019

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) jumpstarted its Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) campus tour series by forging a partnership with MAPUA University’s Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) Department. The first leg of the educational caravan, held at the MAPUA school grounds in Intramuros, Manila, offered both students and faculty a firsthand look on the benefits of HEV technology through a symposium and an all-day test drive activity.      The experiential event coincided with the MME Department’s 79th Anniversary, making the Toyota Prius and Toyota Prius C units the centerpiece of their Engineering Week’s opening day.      During the ceremonial ribbon-cutting with student council leaders, TMP First Vice President Ms. Cristina Arevalo stated: “Our goal is to raise public awareness on the advantages of using HEV technology. There is no better way to start the advocacy than with our future engineers and craftsmen, who will shape our tomorrow.”      Toyota Motor Philippines brought in technical experts from its manufacturing plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna to conduct three sessions of a one-hour symposium discussing the environmental impact of emissions from various energy sources, and how fuel-efficient but powerful hybrids like the Prius contribute to minimizing the automotive industry’s carbon footprint.      A dedicated test drive area also welcomed students for a short route with the Prius C hatchback. Accompanied by a Toyota technical representative to answer their questions, the test drive activity was enjoyed by almost a hundred student-drivers.      “It’s a real eye-opener for us,” said Paolo Napao, a 3rd Year Manufacturing Engineering student. He is among the first to try out the Prius C and attend the educational seminar afterwards. “You barely notice the engine starting because it’s so quiet, and the self-charging battery makes it very convenient,” he added. Throughout the event, the students were able to break down the concept of synergy between the gas engine and electric motor plus battery of the Prius model.      MAPUA University is currently the first Toyota partner in its series of HEV campus tours, with University of Santo Tomas (UST) and De La Salle University (DLSU) to follow in the coming months. This TMP effort is aligned with the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, posed by Toyota Motor Corporation President Mr. Akio Toyoda to promote a sustainable approach to the future of mobility.      For more updates on events and promos, visit TMP’s official website at www.toyota.com.ph and follow the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ToyotaMotorPhilippines.

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Palm Grass Hotel to mark Tres de Abril with National Artist lecture, stage play and music

March 23, 2019

Palm Grass, The Cebu Heritage Hotel, will celebrate the 121st year of the Battle of Tres de Abril and its 2nd Grand Opening Anniversary with a talk by the National Artist for Literature Dr. Resil Mojares on the “Cebu Freedom Fighters” on April 3, 2019 at 3PM.      Collaborating with a Cebu bisrock band, the hotel in Junquera street will also release an 1898 Cebu Katipunan song, interpreted and arranged by the band Aggressive Audio, along with its music video created by filmmaker Prospero Laput of Hongkong-based Asia-Pacific Focus Features.      The song “O, Pilipinas” is part of the Palm Grass’ “Abtik Pas Kilat”, an album of songs of love, war, and history that will be launched this April 3 at 7PM.      Other songs in the Abtik pas Kilat album are Gugmang Kilat (a song on a fictional girl who loved Leon Kilat), Gugmang Gihandom (inspired by the KKK Cebu leaders and the couple C. Padilla and Juliana Revilles), and Alerta Katipunan.  Also included in the album, are the songs Kinasing, Kuyogi Ko, Paglangyaw, Hugot Pas Huot, and Batang Colon.      Other artists to perform are The Clash’s Joannah Sy; Cebu Popular Music Festival Grand Champions Gerlyn Abaño, Fliptop/emcee rapper Asser and DJ Mae Dente; singer and Katipunero descendant Naomi Rosales; and the Bag-ong Teatro  Junquera chorale.      Moreover, a video on Governor Inocencio Junquera and the Bag-ong Teatro Junquera created by Asia-Pacific Focus Features will also be screened.      Supported by the Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC), Bag-ong Teatro Junquera is a community theater in partnership with 3 schools- University of San Jose Recoletos, University of the Visayas, University of San Carlos,  5 barangays along Junquera St, and Palm Grass.      As part of the celebration, Bag-ong Teatro Junquera will present a stage play “Abtik pas Kilat” on April 1 and 2, 2019 at  Fr. Albert van Gansewinkel Hall of the  University of San Carlos Downtown  Campus. There will be two shows in a day: 2PM-4PM and 7PM-9PM.      The April 3, 2019 celebration from 3pm-9pm, will be held at the front area of Palm Grass,  the hotel lobby, Hawanan Tres de Abril function hall and Kapihan ni Lumaya library restaurant.      Other activities on April 3 include: 1) reenactment of the Battle of Tres de Abril; 2)messages from the Cebu City Mayor, Cebu Heritage Community and Katipunero Descendants; 3) excerpts from Stage Play, “Abtik pas Kilat”; and 4) dinner buffet of Cebuano Dishes with Lechon.      Dinner Buffet with lechon and Cebuano dishes will be available for only P399.00 per person and P78.00 discount will be given to the first 20 customers/guests and descendants of Katipuneros.      As the only heritage hotel in Cebu, Palm Grass named its different areas, floors, suite rooms, signature dishes and drinks after some of the Cebuano Katipuneros who fought in the 1898 Cebu Revolution/Battle of Tres de Abril led by Leon Kilat 121 years ago.      “Abtik pas Kilat” (quicker than lightning) describes valiant 1898 Cebu hero Heneral Leon Kilat who led the Battle of Tres de Abril.      For tickets and other inquiries, contact 032-412 2438/ 09151722035 or email at marketing@palmgrasshotel.com.ph

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English learning platform eyes 100K teachers for Chinese kids

March 23, 2019

DAVAO CITY -- An online English learning platform serving Chinese children is seeking to hire 100,000 home-based online teachers in the Philippines in the next five years.      Jennifer Que, country head of 51Talk, said English as a Foreign Language (EFL) is a new industry where Filipinos are qualified and have been the preferred teachers because they speak the language in a neutral accent.      She said Filipinos are also tech-savvy, naturally happy, and have a good grasp of both the Western and Chinese cultures.      She said that in the last two years 51Talk grew by 62 percent. For now, 51Talk has 18,000 home-based Filipino teachers, some 2,000 of whom are based in Davao City.      An online teacher can earn as much as PHP80,000 depending on the tenure. The more bookings mean more earnings and more rewards, Que said.      “If you do well, the student will book you again and even recommend you to friends,” Que said during the press conference at the Waterfront Insular Hotel on Thursday.      51Talk, which is listed in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as the first Chinese online platform and the leading online English platform in the People’s Republic in China, has been in the Philippines since 2011.      Que said 51Talk is gearing towards professionalizing the industry, adding that 51Talk prefers applicants with education-related courses, friendly, hospitable, and with maternal disposition “because they deal with children.”      She said classes start from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. because it is the time when children go online.      “Student traffic happens in the evening and weekends,” Que said, adding 51Talk also offers training for the teachers as part of their development. (PNA)

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British Council presents six Bangsamoro Youth Enterprise for Peace Awardees

March 22, 2019

The British Council in the Philippines named the six winners of the Youth Enterprise for Peace (YEP) Awards on 6 March 2019 in a ceremony at the Shangri-la Plaza Makati. From 16 young people who completed the CSO-SEED Young ARMMpreneurs Workshop in September 2018, six social action projects were selected for funding and implementation in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).      “The Youth Enterprise for Peace award aims to help the next generation of leaders develop youth-led enterprises for peace, cohesion and resilience. We will work with these young people to equip them with skills that they will need to make a positive contribution to their communities through social enterprises,” said Head of Society of the British Council in the Philippines, Maria Angela Flores.      The awardees are:      Marawi Tourism Social Enterprise (MTSE), Abdulrashid Dimnang. Wanting to rebuild Marawi City’s image after the siege, Dimnang formed MTSE to provide meaningful pathways for displaced and young people. Through tourism and social enterprise, MTSE hopes that the youth can create new narratives especially in the face of rising radicalisation and recruitment by extremist groups.      Sikad Pangkabuhayan, Afnan Abukhair. Through a systematic rental scheme, Abukahir’s idea is for sikad or pedicab drivers in Cotabato City to buy their own sikad. This, in turn, will help sikad drivers upgrade their livelihood and have additional income. She also hopes that this initiative will disrupt the unequal relationship between sikad driver and sikad owner.      KapitalPeace, Aldahas Kanakan. Out-of-school youth members of KapitalPeace will sell local produce through a mobile store on wheels called ‘Peace-cart’ that will ply the villages of Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao. They will purchase the produce of women and young farmers and re-sell them to communities and schools. KapitalPeace will use a portion of the income to organise women so they can participate and have a voice in local government units.      Palapa sa Lumba, Faisal Hadji Sapiin. Sapiin introduces the palapa, a Maranao delicacy, to the mainstream palate. With out-of-school youth and mothers in Lumba-Bayabao to work on and benefit from the palapa, the initiative is designed to address unemployment and raise the socio-economic condition of the community.      Cup of Hope, Norhanidah Macatoon. After witnessing the lack of institutional support for Maranaos with mental health issues, Macatoon, with her team, Aqilah, came up with the ‘Cup of Hope’. This is a mental health coffee shop and study hub where students, professionals, out-of-school youth and psychologists, among others, can go and provide mental support to those who need it.      Sailing Garden, Yasir Tahir. With mini-bancas (canoes) as the product, Tahir’s social enterprise will engage his fellow out-of-school youth and benefit the remote Sulutan Matangal community in Basilan. Sulutan Matangal has no roads, no electricity, no mobile signal and can only be reached through bancas. Proceeds from the sales will be used to build comfort rooms, and a community vegetable garden to provide families with more food source and livelihood.      During the awarding ceremony Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Minister Maisara Dandamun-Latiph noted that with CSO-SEED support, she hopes the BTA will pass a social enterprise legislation. “Social entrepreneurship is an instrument of social justice. It plays a huge role in establishing a society that responds to the needs of the people,” she said.      The YEP Award is under the CSO-SEED programme implemented by the British Council in the Philippines and co-funded by the European Union. CSO-SEED is active in the BARMM and aims to contribute to stronger civil society networks in the areas of decent work, job creation and small/medium enterprise development through social enterprise.

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