Thursday, August 25, 2016

MTECH 2016 showcases latest innovations from MERALCO’s technology partners

MERALCO’s a three-day technology and innovation summit dubbed as MTECH 2016 opened last August 23, 2016 at the MERALCO Lopez Building Lobby. With the theme “Creating The Customer-Centric Utility“, it showcases new and intelligent ways to enhance customer experience through informed energy management and multi-channel services while boosting business agility and developing new opportunities for the distribution utility. The MTECH 2016 stages an Exhibit Zone and an Experience Zone that showcases Meralco’s partner brands latest products and services.

MERALCO Chief Technology Advisor Gavin D. Barfield said the exhibits would demonstrate the huge amount of technology and innovation that is going on at MERALCO as we embrace the digital age. “We are utilizing the latest technology to improve our grid operations, provide more consumption information and convenience to our customers and to roll out new products and services. At MERALCO, we are engraining technology and innovation into our DNA.”

The Exhibit Zone in the MERALCO Lopez Building Lobby, will showcase the company’s leading technology partner brands such as, Dell, Hitachi, SAP, Pazifik Power, Lenovo, Symantec + Blue Coat, CALIBR8, Schneider Electric, Indra, Siemens, Huawei, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Salesforce, Microsoft, Trends and Technologies Inc., Trend Micro, Geodata Systems Technologies, WSI, Smart, PLDT and Radius Telecoms will showcase their latest innovations. MERALCO Kuryente Load – the power utility’s prepaid electricity service will also be demonstrated until August 25, 2016.

The Experience Zone, situated inside the MERALCO Theatre Lounge features Smart Home Solutions by Schneider Electric (which includes appliance control and electric consumption monitoring), Indra (smart sensors and appliance control through smart plugs) and CALIBR8 (electric consumption monitoring and analytics).

The Experience Zone carry exhibits by Lenovo (tablets, PCs, and Laptops), Dell (tablets, office PCs, gaming PCs and laptops; servers for back end systems), WSI Philippines (large format displays and office printer), Trends and Technologies (sound system), Microsoft (Xbox One and VR device) and Abenson (home appliances).

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

PhilamLife supports Education for the Underserved Communities

Barangay Burabod is a secluded area located at the foot of Mt. Isarog in Calabanga, Camarines Sur. Because of its remoteness and distance from the urban areas of the municipality, students in Barangay Burabod had to hike 5 kilometers to be able to reach the nearest school.

 Upon visiting the area a few years ago, former Camarines Sur Representative and now Vice President Leni Robredo had a chance to speak with Burabod’s Barangay Captain Roberto C. Cabaltera. They looked for possible ways to bring education closer to students and put up a secondary school in the location. After enlisting the support of various LGUs and government agencies, Severo High School in Burabod – named after Eduardo A. Severo, who generously donated a one-hectare lot – finally opened its doors to 123 enrollees last June 2014.

As fate would have it, Typhoon Glenda hit the Philippines that same year, and devastated areas of Camarines Sur. Severo High School was severely damaged, leaving its teachers, students and entire community in dire need to repair its classrooms with the hope to make it far sturdier than the original construction.

Not known to the people of Brgy. Burabod, events were already unfolding to address their need. Philam Foundation was coordinating with the Department of Education in identifying areas that were most in need of new classrooms under its “Philam Paaralan” program. Its goal was to build classrooms in calamity-stricken and under-served communities. When Robredo explained the situation of Severo High School to Philam Foundation President Max Ventura, construction plans began to unfold.

Apart from rehabilitation work that needed to be done, Philam Foundation successfully built two new Philam Paaralan classrooms for Severo Highschool, in partnership with the Happy Hearts Fund.

“The act of physically building an educational structure is such a metaphor for deeper, more profound things,” explained Ventura. “Ultimately, we are building the knowledge of our youth and securing their future. Philam Foundation is thankful to all our partners and everyone who made it possible,” he added.

The new Philam Paaralan classrooms can accommodate approximately 100 students. “We were intentional in the way we designed these classrooms, taking into consideration the risk of calamities,” Ventura pointed out. “These classrooms are typhoon-proof and built using the latest steel frame technology. Students of Severo High school can now concentrate on their lessons and academic work with no need to worry when the rains come.”

“Aside from having typhoon-resilient structures, our classrooms are fully-furnished with water sanitation and hygiene facilities that will promote cleanliness and healthy living among students,” Ventura concluded.

Established in 1997 to commemorate Philam Life's 50th Golden Anniversary, Philam Foundation, Inc. is the social development arm of the Philam Group of Companies. It is a non-stock, non-profit organization committed to serve the less privileged in society. To learn more about the Philam Foundation, visit

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fresh New Take at Breakfast by Italianni's

Italianni's do believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and so it recently launched an exciting menu to add to its extensive breakfast line-up.

Italianni's has everyone  in the family covered from greens, breads,  rice dish  and desserts! And I got to try all seven dishes in their Bonifacio High Street branch last week, courtesy of ZomatoPH


Mela Verde Salad - A refreshing mix of romaine lettuce, arugula, mandarin orange, watermelon, peach, dried cranberries tossed in honey balsamic dressing topped with green apple slices. The fruity combination and taste was superb!
P 245 Bistro Premiere Exclusive,   P 320 Regular

Pollo e L'uovo Salad - Romaine lettuce, arugula, paprika with ham and chicken are tossed in balsamic Caesar dressing. It comes with a runny poached egg and toast. This was a low down for for as it lacked flavor.
P 245 Bistro Premiere Exclusive,   P 320 Regular

Avocado e L'uovo Salad - Romaine lettuce, arugula, avocado, goat cheese, crispy fried panchetta and parmesan cheese are tossed in balsamic Caesar dressing topped with soft boiled egg. I so love goat cheese and avocados combination that make this salad extra creamy. This is the best among the 3 salad varieties I tasted that day!
P 265 Bistro Premiere Exclusive,   P 340 Regular


Pollo Zenzero - Savory chicken teriyaki with tapa rice and sunny side up egg. It tasted similar to a Chinese-style adobo that is sweet and salty in flavor.
P 295 Bistro Premiere Exclusive,   P 380 Regular


Velluto Rosso Pancake - is a three-layered red velvet button pancakes topped with whipped cream, blueberries and powdered sugar with mixed fruits on the side. Other than its rich velvet color, it would pass off as ordinary pancakes. but subtle flavor. I was looking for the buttery taste and creaminess of a real red velvet cake.
P 295 Bistro Premiere Exclusive,   P380 Regular

French Toast ala Suzette - French toast topped with mixed fruits with 2 pcs. bacon and sunny side up egg.
P 245 Bistro Premiere Exclusive,  P 320 Regular

French Toast Cannella de Crema - Cinnamon French toast drizzled with creme cheese with 2 pcs. bacon and sunny side up egg. The hefty servings of bacon gives this dish a boost of flavor
P 245 Bistro Premiere Exclusive,  P 320 Regular

Catch Italianni's exciting and new Breakfast Creations at BGC and Greenbelt branches from 7:00 to 10:30 AM daily.
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