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PRA lauds NZ Expat Grahame Walton for support ing CDO Rugby 

September 24, 2019

The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) has honoured a Kiwi for supporting the Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club. In a simple ceremony held at the office of Mayor Oscar Moreno's  last 16 September 2019, Ms. Bella Biscocho of the PRA presented a Certificate of Recognition to Mr. Grahame Murray Walton for “his valuable contribution in serving the Filipino people by continuously supporting the Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club”. Mr. Walton, a native of New Zealand and PRA member since 2011, is one of the Club’s strongest supporters and sponsor since it was established in November 2013. Mr. Noel Villa, Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club’s Founder and Coach, also presented a CDO RFC Team Jersey to Mr. Walton for his continuous support and for being one of the founding members of the Club. According to the PRA, 80-90% of the expat-retirees in Mindanao are living in Cagayan de Oro City. Mr. Walton also urged the expat community to show more support for the Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club who not only teaches the sport for free but also assists in various community outreach programs. Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club is the premiere Rugby Club in Northern Mindanao and has been working on spreading and teaching the sport gratis et amore since 2013. The Club also enjoins private and government schools to avail of its free Get Into Rugby Program, a non-tackle version of the sport designed by World Rugby. “If you are an individual who would like to learn how to play the sport or if you are a teacher who would like your school to avail of the program and give your students a chance of being selected for next year’s Rugby Tournaments, message us through our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/cdorugbyclub or email at cdorugbyclub@gmail.com,” Coach Noel invited.

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Panasonic scholarship, developing new breed of leaders, serving the nation

September 24, 2019

Panasonic granted scholarships to 20 deserving university and vocational students during the 2019 Panasonic Scholarship Asia awarding ceremony held recently at Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC), Taytay, Rizal.  The said scholarship program is one of the manifestations of the company’s vision of aders, serving the nationPanasonic granted scholarships to 20 deserving university and vocational students during the 2019 Panasonic Scholarship Asia awarding ceremony held recently at Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC), Taytay, Rizal.  The said scholarship program is one of the manifestations of the company’s vision of pursuing a better life for each individual customer with its various partners, and realizing a better world through its contributions to the environment and other activities, including the Panasonic Scholarship Asia program. The ceremony was led by Panasonic Corporation (PC) Groupwide Brand Communications Division leader for CSR & Citizenship Department Haruhisa Okuda, and PMPC president Masatoshi Sasaki.  Other guests, who graced the occasion included Pamantasan ng Cabuyao (PnC) president Isabel F. Inlayo; University of Rizal System (URS)-Morong campus director Allan E. Conde; URS College of Engineering dean Francis B. Culibrina;  Bulacan State University (BSU) scholarship office head Elinita P. Galvez; Dualtech Training Center (DTC) community relations manager Rodolfo V. Sta. Ana III; Don Bosco College (DBC)-Canlubang technical affairs assistant director Erwin Go;  Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) – Makati  external relations officer Armando Z. Marquez; Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) – Mandaluyong TVET technical director Joseph C. Abillada;  PMPC executive director Masaru Toyota; PMPC executive director Yoshiyuki Takahashi; PMPC center sub-head Satoshi Chujo; PMPC BD sub-head Edwardo  S. Alegrid; PMPC center sub-head Julieta D. Beltran; and PMPC center sub-head Homer P. Ponesto. The 20 new Panasonic scholars are (Undergraduate Category):  Mr. Kevin A. Balatico (PnC - Marketing Management); Miss Jazzrine A. Tagle (University of the Philippines-Diliman - Eletronics and Communications Engineering);  Mr. Ian Jester B. Jose (URS Morong - Mechanical Engineering); Mr. Agustin P. Lacre Jr. (URS Morong - Mechanical Engineering); Miss Heidilyn B. Sampaga (URS Morong – Electronics Engineering); Miss Ma. Elena I. Guanlao (BSU - Accounting Technology); Mr. Ronaldo M. Velilla  Jr. (BSU - Accounting Technology); and Miss Gian Bianca F. Vergara (BSU - Accounting Technology). For Vocational Category:  Mr. Ronald O. Atienza (DTC - Electro-Mechanical Technology);  Mr. John Mark G. Cabilan         (DTC - Electro-Mechanical Technology); Mr. Zandro A. Fernandez (DTC - Electro-Mechanical Technology);  Mr. Roy B. Manangkil (DTC - Electro-Mechanical Technology);  Mr. Reymon Tigbabao  (DTC - Electro-Mechanical Technology); Mr. Rommel S. Abris (DBC Canlubang – Machining); Mr. Mark  Jerald Calisura (DBC Canlubang - Shielded Metal Arc Welding); Mr. Jhon Moises M. Penasbo (DBC Canlubang – Shielded Metal Arc Welding); Mr. Lance Kobe A. Apilado (DBTC – Madaluyong - General Electrician); Mr. Milestone B. Bautista (DBTC Mandaluyong - Technical Industrial Electronics ); Mr. Robert John S. Boñon (DBTC Mandaluyong - General Electrician; and Mr. Ryan C. Tubalinal (DBTI Makati - Electro-Mechanical Technology). The new scholars  were chosen after passing series of interviews, and assessment of their over-all performance as students along with the expectation that they will make use of their scholarship not only for their personal gain, but also for their contribution to the progress and development of society by becoming good leaders in their chosen field.  

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Finals now ongoing for The 5th Mindanao Journalism Excellence Awards

September 23, 2019

FINALS for The 5th Mindanao Journalism Excellence Awards is now ongoing at Ayala Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro City. A total of 106 finalists from more than a dozen schools in Northern Mindanao participated in The 5th Mindanao Journalism Excellence Awards which will have its finals and awards program today at 10:00 a.m. at Ayala Centrio in Cagayan de Oro City. Separated by high school and college, the finalists will vie for the following categories: English news writing, Filipino news writing, English feature writing, Filipino feature writing, English photojournalism, Filipino photojournalism, English sports writing, Filipino sports writing, English science reporting, Filipino science reporting, English radio news scriptwriting, Filipino radio news scriptwriting and business writing. They come from the following schools: Xavier Univerity, St. Michael’s College, Phinma-COC, Liceo RNP Campus, Indahag National High School, Central Mindanao University, Villanueva National High School, Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School, Danao National High School, Bobontugan National High School and Bukidnon National High School. The following will be the award presenters: Philippine Veterans Bank vice president for corporate communications and marketing Mike Villa Real, Cepalco assistant vice president for customer and community relations Marilyn Chavez, BPI area business director for Cagayan de Oro Isagani Saguindang, Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro president Julino Dulfo, Rotary Cagayan de Oro immediate past president Danilo Empedrad, Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro director Jimmy Casiño, Department of Tourism (DOT) 10 director Marie Elaine Unchuan, Ayala Centrio marketing manager Karina Caragdag, Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro director Leony Quicoy, Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano and PhilHealth 10 information officer Merylyn Ybañez. The 5th Mindanao Journalism Excellence Awards is a corporate social responsibility project of Mindanao Daily News Corporation under publisher Dante Sudaria and chaired by editor-in-chief Allan Mediante. It is a search for the best campus journalists who are not commercial media practitioners, aiming to encourage the non-mainstream journalists to write for publications beyond their spheres of activity and contribute more to the higher ideals of nation building, economic development and social responsibility. The 5th Mindanao Journalism Excellence Awards is co-presented by the Philippine Veterans Bank with Ayala Corporation, provincial government of Misamis Oriental and BPI as major sponsors. Minor sponsors are Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro, Ale Resto (Jeffrey Ang), Babu Kwan, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Normin Hog Producers Association, U1st Realty (Rica Gador), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, Ayala Centrio, Cepalco, PhilHealth, Pepsi (Bob Flores), HerbaLife, Social Security System, The Travel Club and Chai Eat Pa More.

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Sip a cup of great coffee with Great Taste White’s new flavors

September 17, 2019

COFFEE lovers have more reasons to indulge in a delicious cup anytime and anywhere as Great Taste White offers its latest variants to delight the craving of avid coffee drinkers. Whether it’s for starting the day right or for quick pick-me-ups in the middle of the day, the new Great Taste White Caramel and Great Taste White Crema are bound to satisfy the busy and always on-the-go Filipino. Fans of sweet and aromatic coffee can find themselves enjoying Great Taste White Caramel. It offers the perfect mix of roasted coffee and cream with hints of luscious caramel, blending a sweet linamnam for everyday coffee fix. For a more flavorful and full-bodied coffee experience, Great Taste White Crema combines the real coffee taste with rich vanilla cream for a creamy linamnam that is reminiscent of everyone’s favorite latte. These two new variants, and the original Great Taste White coffee mix, come in a fresh and attractive new packaging. Singer and actress, Janella Salvador, joins Great Taste (White) as its newest ambassador in bringing amazing everyday experiences that start with great coffee. She shares, “I am absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this big family. It feels good to endorse a product you enjoy and personally, I love Great Taste White Caramel because it is sweet and creamy – just like how I prefer having my cup of coffee!” A trailblazer in the instant coffee industry, Great Taste continues to brew new experiences for Filipinos – from being the first to introduce white coffee mix, first twin pack size, and first re-sealable pouch, among others. Tikmanangsarap ng tamangtimpla with Great Taste White Caramel and Great Taste White Crema. These two new exciting variants come in 30g and 50g sachets, for only 6.05 (SRP) and 9.70 (SRP) respectively. Grab these in sari-sari stores, groceries and supermarkets nationwide. Stay updated on Great Taste’s latest offerings by following Great Taste Coffee on Facebook (@GreatTasteCoffeePH) or visiting Universal Robina Corporation’s website at www.urc.com.ph.

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Mediqueen Aesthetic Cafe & Spa celebrates third anniversary

September 16, 2019

MEDIQUEEN Aesthetic Café & Spa – Northern Mindanao’s leading provider of the best beauty products and services with advanced, latest, safe and effective professional hair, nails and skin care technology – has just celebrated its third anniversary. Then known as Starwhite Beauty and Wellness Center, Mediqueen opened its first branch along Corrales-Hayes here in Cagayan de Oro City in September 2016 as founded by entrepreneur and now a budding Doctor of Medicine student, Karenbelle Esquera. But Karenbelle doesn’t like to sit on her laurels and so, she opened up more branches through the years, inspired by her ever growing and growing clientele.  Today, Mediqueen Aesthetic Café & Spa can be found in the following addresses: Hotel Xentro (Corrales CDO), Madison Square ( N. Domingo, San Juan, Manila), Cahulogan Square (Masterson Ave., CDO), Gaston Park CDO and along San Agustin-Velez St.  In 2018, Mediqueen Aesthetic Café & Spa boasts of a total of 16,000 plus individual clients. The following are just some of the 200 services found in all Mediqueen branches: injectables (gluta push, collagen, hormonal therapy, beauty drip, mesoratherapy, acne injection, keloid injection); nail spa services (gel manicure, gel pedicure); body sculpting services; a dozen range of laser services; eyelash extensions; painless cosmetic tattoo; hair removal services (waxing, threading, IPL, SHR); massage (whitening, anti-aging, slimming); body wraps (scrub, bleach); peeling (power peel, oxyjet hydra peel). On top of that, Mediqueen has its own range of beauty products – all of them manufactured in Japan to ensure their quality – to name a few: Collacenta, Liposure, Collasure, Glutaasure, etc. Ms. Esquera herself has acquired quite a number of extensive aesthetic trainings through the years in Bangkok, Tokyo, Shanghai, Taipei and Manila. In fact, she is also a holder of a Master's degree in Entrepreneurship which she took at Ateneo de Manila University. In the next five years – with her Doctor of Medicine degree at the horizon – Ms. Esquera is planning to introduce a range of invasive/pathological services in dermatology at Mediqueen. Now that’s something to look forward to.

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Liza Soberano spices things up with Jollibee and the new Crispy Spice Fries

September 16, 2019

Check out the newest addition to the Jollibee family!   One of the country’s most beautiful, sought-after celebrities Liza Soberano joins Jollibee’s star-studded roster of endorsers to promote the brand’s newest snack, the Crispy Spice Fries.    “I’m really happy to be part of the Jollibee family, specifically because my family really loves Jollibee, and of course, I love the food,” said Liza. “Being welcomed by them the other day was such a wonderful experience. Everyone just showered me with warmth.”   Liza Soberano’s fun demeanor and sense of spontaneity and adventure makes her the perfect match for the delicious Crispy Spice Fries.    “I believe that I’m really spontaneous, especially when I’m with my friends. One day I’ll wake up and want to be somewhere and do something new, and I do it!’” Liza shared. “That’s why I relate to the Crispy Spice Fries. When you eat it, you feel a certain rush because of the spices and the flavor. When I’m with friends and people I love, I always want to do something that gives me a certain rush, that spice!”   “We’re really happy to have Liza in our Jollibee family,” said Kay Segismundo, Jollibee Senior Marketing Manager for Complementary Products. “We can’t think of anyone more adventurous and likeable to represent our new Jollibee Crispy Spice Fries. It’s a very exciting product and campaign, and we look forward to having such a coveted personality carry that excitement with her!”   Liza’s entry into the Jollibee family will officially be unveiled on September 15 with an exciting new commercial! Stay tuned in Jollibee Philippines’ Facebook page to watch it yourself, and go grab your own Crispy Spice Fries, now available for dine-in, take-out, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide for only PHP 49.00 (regular) and PHP 69.00 (large).

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