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@SM CDO Downtown Premier | JBL Opens First Store in Mindanao

December 12, 2017

One of the world’s top premier manufacturers of quality audio equipment has opened its first Mindanao store in Cagayan de Oro City. Louie A. Ramos, owner of Premier AV Automation Davao, Inc. cut the ribbon at the store’s grand launch Friday, December 8 with SM CDO Downtown Premier Leasing Manager Corrine Bollozos near the Cyberzone at the mall’s 3rd Level. “Actually we will also be opening another branch in SM Lanang in Davao City hopefully by December,” Ramos said. “We’re just waiting for the store to be finished, this just happened to be ready earlier.” The JBL Store at the 3rd Level of SM CDO Downtown Premier near the Cyberzone has been operating since September, this year. JBL is an American audio electronics company founded in 1946 by James B. Lansing, after whom the company was named. Their primary products are loudspeakers and associated electronics. There are two independent divisions within the company — JBL Consumer and JBL Professional. The former produces audio equipment for the consumer home market while the latter produces professional equipment for the studio, installed sound, tour sound, portable sound (production and DJ), and cinema markets. Intially, the JBL Store in Cagayan de Oro is focusing on JBL Consumer products for Lifestyle and the Home. “Our JBL Store will showcase JBL and harman/kardon products from headphones, portable Bluetooth speakers to Home Theater Systems that aim to amplify one’s life,” Ramos said. “The trends today are towards portability and interconnectivity,” he added. “For instance, if you’re having a beach party, you don’t have to lug around a big heavy speaker because we have small ones that are just as powerful.” Among the speakers the store staff were demonstrating during the grand opening day was the tumbler sized Pulse 3 portable Bluetooth speaker that didn’t only pack the sound and fidelity of a bigger and more expensive speaker, but was also guaranteed to remain water-free even immersed for up to 30 minutes. To demo the JBL 5.1 Home Theater System, store staff first played back a popular film which showcased not only the hi fidelity of the movie’s sound effects but the realism brought by its overhead speakers as well (the system includes overhead speakers which can be embedded in the ceiling of your den or living room). For its opening salvo, the new JBL Store is offering up to 50% discount on selected items such as the harman/kardon portable bluetooth speaker and harman/kardon Omni 10 wireless hd loudspeakers. Early birds from December 8-10, 2019 also get first dibs on exciting bundles, and free JBL Statement tee shirts for a minimum single receipt purchase of P5,000 worth of JBL Products. This offer is exclusive for JBL SM CDO Downtown Premier branch and may not be used in conjunction with other promos. Besides its consumer and professional product lineups, JBL has also established its brand among car owners who wish to enjoy hi fi audio systems to match with their rides. JBL was formerly used in Ford’s top-of-the-line vehicle audio systems, in competition with Chrysler (whose cars used Infinity ) and Nissan (which used Bose ). Today, Toyota, Ferrari and smart use JBL systems in their product line-ups.

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MyPhone to Hold TechSummit 2018 on January

December 12, 2017

MyPhone Philippines, together with Brown & Proud and BBulletin held a press conference at the MyPhone Loft in Green Sun Makati last December 7th to introduce its dream project, The Bussines Tech Summit on January 18 - 19, 2018 with the theme “Hack to the Future: Collaborate for a Better Future”. Metro Manila, NCR (December 2017) -- In an effort to provide the Filipino youth with the right technological tools and knowledge to design world-class products and services, MyPhone announces the commencement of TechSummit 2018 on January 18 - 19, 2017, at the Green Sun Hotel, 2285 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. Along with event partners, Brown & Proud and Bbulletin, MyPhone chose Filipino-centric theme for its 2018 Business Tech Summit, “Hack to the Future: Collaborate for a Better Future.” “We want to showcase the beauty and elegance of the Philippines, including its products, cultures, heritage, even the local brands here, the food, as well as the fiestas and festivities that we enjoy. We are a country rich in culture and heritage that when creatively expressed, can be truly spectacular and world-class. “ said Beda Manalac, Vice President of Solid Group Inc,. “[Through the TechSummit 2018], we also aim to foster a collaborative environment among barangays, non-profit organizations, universities and academe communities, government agencies, and the Filipino citizens.” Mr. Beda Manalac also shares an inspiring story about Solid Group, Inc. the mother company of MyPhone and Brown&Proud. “The story of the Solid Group started decades back. It was after the World War 2 when a lady from Tacloban made a living out of reading and acting comics to people who weren’t able to read. From that little money she was able to go to Manila and start a new life. Fast forward to 2017, the young lady then, Elena Lim, is now the founder of group of companies who brought in and built several known brands in the country. While striving to build the now 70 year-old Solid Group, Mrs. Lim’s formula to to success is to carefully study every business she’s going into. This she wants to partake to every starting Filipino entrepreneurs, and this is the very foundation of the BROWN&PROUD Movement.” A recent study from the World Economic Forum (WEF) for the Global Information Technology Report finds that the Philippines continues to show improvements in terms of leveraging the benefits of information and communications technologies (ICT) since 2014 until present. Of the different indicators WEF used in their report, the Philippines showed significant performance in terms of quality of management schools, quality of educational system, adult literacy rate, use of virtual social networks, capacity for innovation, and impact of ICTs on new organizational models. “Filipino youth are generally technologically-inclined. Just imagine how many hours we spend every day on our mobile phones, on Google, YouTube, and all those social media sites. The interest is already there. We just need to educate and direct them towards the better use of information and technology in realizing their dreams,” said Kristine Ricafort, Founder/CEO of Bbulletin, an IT Enabled Bulletin Board, a Tech-platform that intends to bridge people and communities through technology and collaboration. “How we can harness the power of technology to better communicate and effectively disseminate information with authentic and timely contents is one of the things we want to impart to the summit delegates.” “The world is changing fast and you need to keep up in order to survive, at-least. What we need is a community, a venue to share, collaborate and help each other stand and face the inevitable. The BUSINESS TECH SUMMIT is that place. The venue that will help our countrymen adapt, understand and embrace the evolution.” Said Cedric Horndeo, Director of Brown & Proud, a brainchild of MySolid Technologies, a Global Filipino movement that prides itself by offering a unique platform, a portal where the people can express their creativity and entrepreneurial skills, and benefit from it financially. Hackathon and Short Film Competition will be steered by Indigitous Philippines and The Film Dream during the event and will be judged by industry leaders. “Through the power of inspiring stories and films, The Film Dream Community believes in our Filipino youth’s values, creativity and innovation as key contribution to building our nation as one community. We are committed to be a partner in community building through each and every Filipino youth and the realization of their film dreams.” said Hope of The Film Dream Other sponsors of the event include Green Sun Hotel (a hotel and events venue place in the beautiful and modern city of Makati), Soma Bistro, and VitaGreen-C (premium quality alkaline vitamin C supplement that’s 100% plant based). The TechSummit is also supported by Tech4ed – DICT (Technology for Education, to gain Employment, train Entrepreneurs towards Economic Development), DevCon (Developers Connect), SEO – Hacker (is all about providing the world with the latest information in the SEO industry) and Syntactics PINK (Promoting Innovation and Networking Knowledge for Women). About MyPhone, Brown&Proud and Solid Group Inc. MyPhone is the first Filipino mobile phone brand that offers dual-SIM mobility in the country. It has always been a pioneer in bringing various technological developments that are heavy on nationalistic themes and pro-Filipino features. About MyPhone Tech Summit 2018: The MyPhone Tech Summit 2018 celebrates the Filipino pride and excellence in information technology, encouraging the Filipino youth and communities to join and participate the 2-day event which will talk about the latest trends and developments in the IT industry. It will be held on January 18 - 19, 2018, from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, at the Green Sun Hotel, 2285 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. Delegates may now reserve Ticket’s for the summit: Early Bird Rate: (Deadline: December 22) Student Delegate Fee: Php 250 Community Delegate Fee: Php 500 Regular Rate: Student Delegate Fee: Php 500 Community Delegate Fee: Php 1000 Links to Register: https://tinyurl.com/httf-studentdelegate https://tinyurl.com/httf-communitydelegate https://tinyurl.com/httf-individualdelegate For more information and updates, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/hacktothefuture and http://facebook.com/myphone

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Tent Avenue Food Park opens

December 12, 2017

AN al fresco food joint has just opened right at the heart of Cagayan de Oro. The aptly-named Tent Avenue Food Park is located right beside CDO Bar and across Rodelsa Circle in barangay Nazareth. It offers a variety of dishes in 19 stalls from Japanese, tuna, soup, rappes, burgers, lechon, barbecue, Korean, dimsum, café, lechon kawali, chicken, Mexican, steak and babyback ribs to much more. The list of homegrown brands are stunning – Steka Out, Mercedes, Tres Amigos, Nic’s Pizza Baguettes, Feed Goals, Jojo Potato, Borj, Wasabeh, Anton’s, Bae Go pa, etc. Manager Nicole Aballe said she made sure that each dish in their respective menus is unique. This is precisely the reason why the 2,000 square-meter wide Tent Avenue Food Park is full house every night. Consider this: Borj Tuna has its own variety of panga, belly, kinilaw, tinola, bagaybay , bihod and ginataang buntot. Walk over at Barbecue Joe’s and you’ll discover varied buffalo wings – Devil’s Wing, Jack Daniel’s Wing, Sweet and Spicy and Classic. They also offer hotdog sandwiches and Hungarian sausages. At the Japanese-themed Wasabeh, you’ll find various maki, kali, salmon, tuna, yakitani, tempura, tuna nachos, ramen and your choice of donburi and bento dishes. In Bae Go Pa, you can order bibimbap, ramyeon, rabokki, soegogi-gui, bulgogi rice burger, tteokboki, kimchi, japchae, kimbap and chicken value meals. Aside from the food, Tent Avenue also features trivia night and movie night on weeknights and acoustic night with DJ on weekends. It is open from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. the next day.

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Mayor Sara: No transport of firecrackers thru Davao

December 12, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- Traders of firecrackers and pyrotechnics have to think again about bringing in these small explosive devices through Davao City to nearby provinces. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio maintained that the ban on transporting of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices through Davao City. “It is not allowed in the law,” she said adding that the city cannot even issue a permit to transport because the law prohibits transporting firecrackers in Davao City. Earlier, the Police Regional Office 11- Regional Civil Security Unit (PRO 11 –RCSU) bared there have been inquiries whether they can get a permit to transport firecrackers and other devices for Christmas and New Year’s revelries passing through Davao City. RCSU 11 chief, Supt. Cydric Earl Tamayo, said he has to follow the ordinance. If a trader from Tagum wants to sell firecrackers in Davao del Sur, he has to go through other areas where firecrackers are not totally banned. Tamayo said the city has an existing ordinance banning firecracker and the local government has the right to strictly implement it within its territory. He said traders may go to Davao del Sur through Butuan City, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon then Kidapawan. He said traders have to spend more on freight or, Tamayo said, firecrackers and pyrotechnics may be transported by sea crafts to Panabo City. The Police Regional Office (PRO) XI has reminded local government units (LGUs) on the enforcement of the firecracker ban, saying they are required to identify designated areas for the fireworks display. Tamayo warned the public not to use firecrackers and pyrotechnics in non-designated areas as set by Executive Order No. 28 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte. Davao City and the towns of Bansalan and Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur are not required to identity fireworks display sites because of their local ordinances ban all firecrackers and pyrotechnics. “Anybody who will use firecrackers outside the community fireworks display areas will be apprehended,” he said, adding that anyone who violates the order will be penalized up to PHP30,000 and up to six months imprisonment. He said the provincial government down to the barangay level will identify the places where the people can use their firecrackers and pyrotechnics. “The LGUs will be the ones to identify the area that will be used as community fireworks display areas,” he said. Tamayo said the LGUs will also designate the areas for selling firecrackers and pyrotechnics. The order entitled “Providing for the Regulation and Control of the use firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices” aims to lessen the firecracker-related injuries during the yuletide season. (PNA)

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Japan’s Kitakyushu City eyes Davao’s cacao beans

December 12, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- Kitakyushu City in Japan could be the next destination of Davao City’s cacao beans. Kitakyushu City officials hinted on the possibility of sourcing cacao beans from the city for its chocolate industry duting Mayor Inday Sara Duterte’s visit there. During her November 28 visit to Japan, Mayor Inday and Kitakyushu City Mayor Kenji Kitahashi also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Green Sister City Cooperation. “The mayor of Kitakyushu is interested in Davao’s cacao beans as a source for their chocolate industry. They are familiar with the Malagos Chocolate as it has won various awards internationally and want to check out the possibilities in that area,” Mayor Inday said. Kitakyushu City has offered to help Davao with its solid waste management. In turn, Davao City could supply the Japanese city with quality cacao beans. Mayor Inday said the Kitakyushu mayor is familiar with the cacao produced by Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp. Malagos cacao beans was recently chosen as one of the best 50 (out of the 166 bean samples submitted) cacao beans samples during the International Cocoa Awards held in Paris. Mayor Inday, who spoke before delegates of the Kakao Konex 2017 held here from December 5-6, narrated how Kitakyushu City produces peculiar chocolates. “They produce chocolates formed into nuts and bolts and you can play with it while eating; it’s not sweet and a little bitter,” she said. Kitakyushu City is also known as the City of Iron because of the large ironwork companies in the area. Because of this, the Neji choco, which is 57 percent made of cacao and shaped like nuts and bolts, became the most sought after souvenir from the city. Mayor Inday said she is hopeful that the popularity of Davao’ cacao beans in the international market would allow micro and macro farms and farmers to maximize their production. Mindanao accounts for 90% of the Philippine cacao production, with Davao identified as the country’s chocolate capital. The city government has recently launched Cacao City to help promote the city’s cacao industry. CIO

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Air Force personnel shoots colleague in Cagayan de Oro

December 11, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City – A drinking session led to a death of a Philippine Air Force (PAF) personnel who was shot by his fellow serviceman in Barangay Lumbia here late Friday night, authorities said Saturday. Police report identified the victim as Staff Sgt. Renante Blanco, 39, married, and a resident of Barangay Pulung Maragul in Angeles City, Pampanga. Airman 2nd Class Reymart Jayme Noquera, 26, married, from Quezon City, was tagged by law enforcers as the suspect in the killing of Blanco. Investigators said Blanco and Noquera were having a drink when the shooting started. It was not yet determined if the two were with a group of Air Force servicemen when the incident happened inside the PAF’s Tactical Operations Group-10 (TOG-10) headquarters at the city’s old airport facility in Barangay Lumbia, at about 10:45 p.m. on Friday. Both Blanco and Noquera were assigned at TOG-10. Airman 2nd Class Alijani Sapayani, told police investigators he heard Blanco and Noquera were having a heated argument prior to the shooting. A series of gun fires were heard coming from the back of the TOC-10 headquarters a few minutes after. Police said the suspect used his issued firearm, an M-16 Elisco assault rifle, in shooting Blanco. The victim, the police report said, succumbed to a lone gunshot wound in the back of his head. Blanco was rushed to the Phil. Army’s 4th Infantry Division hospital in Barangay Patag but was declared dead by the attending physician at around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. Law enforcers recovered 16 pieces of spent 5.56 empty shells from the crime scene. The suspect was brought to the 4ID detention facility for temporary detention, said Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez, the division spokesperson. Martinez said Noquera will be temporarily under their custody while the PAF is looking for a facility to detain their personnel since the Army has no jurisdiction of Air Force troopers. The suspect’s firearm was taken and turned over to the Lumbia police station for safekeeping. As of this writing, the PAF has yet to issue an official statement regarding the incident.

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