Saturday, March 19, 2016

Intel Philippines showcases its 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Curie™ module

Last March 17, 2016, Intel Philippines unveiled a series of new devices and technologies that are expected to deliver new technology-enabled experience. This include the 6th Generation Intel Core processor that power a broad range of computing form factors, as well as the Intel Curie module which provides real-time sensor data and will enable consumers to experience technology like never before.

Innovations demand for better-performing, more efficient devices that help users do more. As the nature of technology shifts to adapt to the needs of consumers, Intel’s efforts bring to life even more amazing experiences for its users.

The 6th Generation Intel Core processors, Intel’s best processors ever, deliver enhanced performance and new immersive experiences at the lowest power levels ever. These enhancements include a new quad-core Intel® Core™ i5 processor that offers up to 60 percent improved mobile multitasking.

The 6th Generation Intel Core Processors also enable amazing experiences for the user. Devices can now utilize WiGig™ and Intel® WiDi™ features for wireless display freedom, Intel RealSense™ Technology and Windows Hello* for password-free log-ins, and the integration of Intel RealSense and Cortana* for more immersive interactions with virtual assistants2. More than ever, these experiences will redefine technology consumption and creation in the years to come.

Powering brand-new form factors

The flexibility of the 6th Generation Intel Core Processors allow it to be a scalable processor that helps enable a broad range of device designs such as 2-in-1s, All-In-One desktops, and even Intel’s 2nd Generation Intel® Compute Stick™ powered by the Intel® Core™ M Processor.

“As technology evolves and becomes more accessible, consumers will continue to discover new ways to utilize more of it. The 6th Generation Intel Core Processors have the power and performance to keep pace with the growing needs of our users and deliver an amazing computing experience,” Intel Philippines Country Manager Calum Chisholm related.

New devices that take advantage of the Internet of Things now make it possible for “things” that were never connected before to provide insights to activities that have never been seen before. This presents yet another opportunity for Filipinos to maximize the benefits of technology in their lives.

Intel’s Curie module, a small chip the size of a button, is designed for use in wearable devices, enabling users to track real-time data with built-in sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes. The module revolutionizes the way users view technology, literally enabling them to connect their “things” to the Internet and bring meaningful change to the way they experience technology.

“The Internet of Things is one of the main drivers of innovation today. With almost 50 billion devices connected to the Internet, IoT presents another opportunity to enhance daily life through technology. Intel is bringing this experience closer to consumers through technologies like Intel Curie, and the boundaries for the use of such innovative technologies is truly only limited by users’ imaginations,” noted Chisholm.

Education and Opportunity

There is no doubt that the Internet of Things will become much more common in the years to come. With everything in our environment made capable of automatically communicating with each other without any inter-human or human-to-machine interaction, the Internet of Things proves to be extremely beneficial. Having more information helps us make better decisions. By bringing IoT to the level of consumers and power users, private institutions and the academies have now become starting points for individuals to try their hand in creating new technology.

Through Intel’s collaboration with various ‘Maker Labs,’ organizations such as the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE) and academia from the University of the Philippines, a total of 400 Intel® Galileo development boards were provided to serve as educational platforms for students and individuals who aspire to create their own innovations powered by the Intel chip.

“Our work with private institutions and the academia demonstrates the results of what technology can do for education. A great example of this is our work in rebuilding and providing digital devices to Sto. NiƱo Elementary School, where we were able incorporate technology into the students’ education,” said Chisholm. “These efforts integrate our innovations deeply into education efforts locally, and enable us to contribute to the Filipino community – by ensuring that students and individuals are given a strong chance to realize their full potential through the power of technology,” he concluded.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Try out the Sour-Savory Goodness of the new AJI-SINIGANG® Cube

Sinigang Soup is a ‘must’ in most Pinoy households’ weekly menu. The whole family enjoys a bowl of warm and refreshing Sinigang dish in hot or cold weather conditions.

It has been observed though that most people using sinigang mixes available in the market would need to add other savory and meaty seasonings i.e. pork cube and all-in-one seasonings to achieve the ideal sinigang taste, which is not just about sourness but savory taste as well.

The new Ajinomoto® Sinigang Cube is all that you will ever need to cook Sinigang with the preferred blend of sour-savory (asim-linamnam) taste. It is perfect in providing the balanced rich, savory deliciousness and appetizing sourness to any sinigang dish. Each cube is “ZoopSiksik™” because it is packed with the right level of tamarind sourness and savory taste from meaty extracts.

AJI-SINIGANG® Cube is available in single 13g pillow pack cube for P5.00 and 8 pieces of 13g packed in re-sealable stand-up pouch for P38.00.

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Established in 1958, APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local toll manufacturers using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® Seasoned Crumbs®, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Sinigang Cube and “amino Fres-C” Instant Drink Mix.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

AIA Leadership Centre opens in Bangkok

AIA Group Limited announced the opening of the AIA Leadership Centre (ALC) in Bangkok, Thailand last March 16, 2016. The new Centre, the first-of-its-kind training facility, is expected to further enhance the capabilities of AIA’s senior executives and distribution leaders across the region.

Mark Tucker, Group Chief Executive and President of AIA and Apisak Tantivorawong, the Thai Minister of Finance, officiated at the Opening Ceremony. The launch coincided with the Official Opening of AIA Sathorn Tower, an award-winning and world-class new office tower owned and developed by AIA, and in which the ALC is located.

Tan Kar Hor will serve as Dean of the new Centre, leading a team of experienced faculty members who combine strong business acumen with a deep understanding of the financial services industry.

The ALC will also partner with a network of acclaimed institutions to co-develop customised programmes designed to deliver optimal value to participants. Partners include INSEAD, a leading business school and LIMRA, a worldwide research, learning and development organisation.

“This new Leadership Centre reflects our commitment to nurture talent from within, empowerig our people to meet our customers’ vital protection and savings needs while also contributing to the communities in which we operate. The AIA Leadership Centre will provide a powerful means to enhance the quality, the effectiveness and the professionalism of our senior executives,” said Mark Tucker.

“We look forward to working with those who are trained here to deliver a valuable and important new learning experience on the subject of leadership. The ALC is a state-of-the-art learning facility defined by its use of the best available technology,” said Tan Kar Hor. The curricula focus on leadership capabilities in three major areas:

Executive Leadership – programmes that accelerate effective and sustainable leadership as well as general management capabilities

Distribution Leadership – programmes that develop the leadership skills required for AIA’s senior distribution leaders to produce consistently best-in-class results.

Technical Leadership – develops the capabilities of AIA core functions through promoting operational excellence and supporting AIA to remain best-in-class.

“The opening of our Leadership Centre comes in AIA’s sixth year as an independently listed company. We are immensely confident that AIA will continue to optimise the enormous opportunities the region offers us to provide protection and invest in societies, as we help people to live longer, healthier, better lives,” Mark Tucker said.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Philam Classrooms of Hope

Year in and year out, the Philippines falls victim to natural disasters as the country is surrounded by water, and falls along the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire”. The country is unlikely to be spared from the devastating typhoons that hit other parts of Southeast Asia.

Earthquakes and super typhoons often results to high casualties, and property damage that affect the lives of a large number of people. Destroyed communities left behind by storms, affect the lives of children as well because their schools get devastated too. In order to help the children return back to a state of normalcy, Philam Foundation heeded the call of the Department of Education to rebuild classrooms in disaster affected communities.

 After Typhoon Juan and Sendong devastated the country in 2011, Philam Foundation committed to build sixty-five classrooms within five years in order to help meet the country’s classroom backlog. The first eight Philam Paaralan classrooms were built in Isabela, with additional six more in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City.

Philam Foundation President Max Ventura called the project timely. It was during Philam Life’s 65th year, that the Foundation decided to focus on empowering the Filipino children through healthy education as their primary thrust. “Building in the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong, Pablo and Yolanda, or Typhoon Haiyan as it was internationally called, only highlighted what Philam Paaralan is all about: giving children a healthy education and building communities,” said Ventura.

With more than enough time before their deadline, Philam Foundation has gone beyond its original commitment, having successfully constructing eighty-five classrooms in the past three years.

Each Philam Paaralan is typhoon-resilient, and built with complete facilities: desks, tiled flooring, blackboards, electric fans, and lighting fixtures. As part of their vision to give each child a healthy education, each classroom is also fitted with Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) stations, to promote a healthy and clean lifestyle.

Philam forged partnerships with the best local organizations, who have the vision and drive to create change. “We could not have accomplished this feat without our many project partners, the Department of Education, as well as the local governments where we built our classrooms,” said Ventura. “Thanks to these gracious organizations and people, we were able to not only build classrooms, but also hope,” he concluded.

According to Ventura, Philam Paaralan is more than the sum of its parts, more than the funds raised, and more than the number of classrooms built. “It is about the lives it has touched, the communities it has revived, and the children it has nurtured,” he said.

Even after achieving remarkable results, they have yet to show signs of slowing down. Philam Foundation commits that their 100th classroom will be completed by July of 2016. Considering that each classroom is able to hold about fifty students, a total of 5,000 children will immediately benefit from this project. Since future generations will also utilize the structures, the number of lives touched by these buildings becomes multiplied tenfold.

Visit for more information on Philam Foundation.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Nichols Airport Hotel

It is easier for people to travel these days. Adventures in new places help reduce tension and restore balance in our busy lives. Although travelling brings about a sense of excitement, finding suitable accommodation, and arrangements for transporting luggages (and the entire fsmily) can be such a hassle.

This is specially true on occasions wherein we have to take early flights or on instances wherein flights are delayed and arriving wee hours in our destination is beyond our control. For these reasons, choosing a hotel near the airport is the ideal option for a majority of travellers who put comfort as priority when searching for accommodations.

Preference for hotels in close proximity to the airport, such as Nichols Airport Hotel lets you enjoy your stay without complications.

Since it is near   Ninoy Aquino International Airport,  making early flights becomes less painful.

My family and I had a chance to stay at the Nichols Airport Hotel for winning a contest hosted by Raincheck.

The 8-storey hotel sits besides the Protacio Hospital along Quirino Avenue in Baclaran.  Quirino Avenue runs parallel to Roxas Boulevard and so the hotel expansion at the back looks out to the Hyatt.

The lobby is simple, clean and secured. There is a Coffee Shop located at the back of the front desk. There is strong WiFi connection at communal areas (and in the hotel rooms). Sailfish displays adorned the white walls and hotel walkways.

We stayed in  a Family Room. It was a  big corner room at the 5th floor with a good view of the City of Dreams in the background.

The hotel room door opens to dark mahogany wood panelling on the right that extends out to the  window end of the room. The built-in wooden furniture sets an elegant tone and contains the closets, the personal refrigerator, 40-inch cable LCD TV and working table. The minimalist influences are predominant in its white and black color design schemes.

 Our room was way above standard with its good size. The 2 plush queen-sized beds were fitted with soft and clean linen. The split-type aircon unit was fairly new and offers cool comfort all day.

I like that the spacious room was comfortable and quiet. It was conducive for sleeping and great for guests having short transit time in between flights.

There was a generously-sized bathroom with glass panels opposite the closets. There were soft towels available and standard amenities for basic hygiene.

I revelled in quiet respite in the afternoon while the rest of the family tinkered with their cellphones.

We had our dinner at the Roof Deck. The roof garden gives guests a spectacular 360-degree views of the city. If you love observing and photographing aircrafts then you'll realize that it can be a good spot for planespotting.  Planespotting is an entertaining activity there since the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the busiest airport of the Philippines.

We also got to try out the hotel's massage spa services later in the evening. We opted to have it done in our room. I had a long day and the comfy bed was so inviting. I immediateky fell asleep after a soothing body massage.

 Our overnight stay at Nichols Airport Hotel was satisfactory. 

Do check  out the hotel when opting to stay near the airport. With less time to get you to your gate, you get to sleep in more.  Refreshed and satiated, you'll be ready for your travel schedule up ahead.

484 Quirino Avenue, Baclaran
Phone (02) 854-3399 / 851-8348

Monday, March 14, 2016

Kaya Team Captain Aly Borromeo Leads by Example

Very few players in the history of football can be regarded as one of the best.  And Aly Borromeo is one of them.  He is  considered as one of the  most important names in the history of Philippine football.

Meet the Filipino Messi

If Messi is regarded as Barcelona's all-time top football scorer, then Borromeo is his Philippine counterpart.

Alexander Charles Luis "Aly" Borromeo is an American- born Filipino footballer for Kaya. He and his mom moved to the Philippines just over a week after he was born.

He is a long-time captain of the Philippines national team. Previously a goalkeetper, he has since become a utility player, playing as a central midfielder or center forward for his club and mainly as a central defender for the national team.
Prior to being a central defender, Aly had played different positions throughout his career. He started as a goalkeeper, then played as a forward in the 2004 Tiger Cup and, finally, settled in the center back position in 2005.

Borromeo first represented the Philippines at under-19 level during the 2000 AFC Youth Championship qualifiers and was also a goalkeeper at that time.

Four years later, Borromeo would make his full international debut playing in all four matches in the 2004 Tiger Cup. This time he was playing as a striker and he assisted both goals by Emelio Caligdong, to give the Philippines their first ever win in the competition, defeating Timor-Leste 2–1.

He is the current manager of the Newington 9th eleven.

Love for Sports

If there’s anything noticeable about Aly, it’s his athleticism and healthy lifestyle. 
gymnastics was his first sport, and while it would be difficult to imagine him doing all of the swinging, tumbling, and parkourlike stunts now, it prepared him for the beautiful game of football.  He played practically every sport he came across. He interestedly tried each one, and football ultimately won in the end.

“Basketball helped with my footwork, tennis with my coordination, and golf with my patience. Yes, they helped me a lot. I stopped playing golf because I was getting impatient. I used to play, with my dad, nine holes after school until it became seven holes, four holes, two holes … you need a mental game for that, but that helped me a lot too with football,” explained Aly.

Why he chose football

“Nothing compares to the feeling of playing a team sport like football, like when you score a goal. You worked so hard to achieve that goal. Every player has to work. The unity and camaraderie it brings is different compared to other sports.”

“I was five years old, and my mom enrolled me at Tomas Lozano’s Makati Football School [MFS]. I studied gymnastics for a year before that,” recalled Aly. While MFS introduced the sport to Aly, he grew up at Kaya, where he turned into one of the finest players to don the club’s colors. There was no Kaya FC Academy back then——so MFS was the only choice, and it started from there.

Kaya Roots 

Being the captain of the Azkals undeniably launched and defined his career, but it is also a role that he truly and equally cherishes at Kaya. We see the same Azkals captain at the club. The way he walks, talks, and conducts himself make others soldier on or fight alongside him.

Aly Borromeo has bucked the challenge of knee surgeries and doubts about his playing future to come out stronger as he leads this young Kaya team into their first foray into the AFC Cup.

 Borromeo joined Kaya in 1999, and has been the captain of the first team for several years during his tenure. He went on a loan to Global during the 2010–11 season and led the club to be the champions of the 2010 UFL Cup during that season.

On October 15, 2011, in his first match for Kaya Futbol Club  during the 2011 UFL Cup against Diliman, Borromeo incurred an ACL injury, which sidelined him for the club and the national team.

After almost seven months, he made his return for the 2012 League season on May 12, 2012 as a substitute against Loyola Meralco Sparks, which ended a 2–2 draw. In the following match against Global F.C. on May 16, 2012, he scored an equalizer in second half injury time to end in a 1–1 draw.

He was dropped in the Kaya lineup for the 2012–13 season due to a meniscus injury, in which he acquired while training for the national team in mid-2012.

International career

 Aly had represented the Philippines for the Under-14 and Under-19 levels as a goalkeeper and the Under-23 level as a central defender. In 2004, Coach Aris Caslib invited him to try out for the national team, and eventually, he made his first-team debut in the 2004 Tiger Cup (now called the AFF Suzuki Cup)

In the tournament, Aly, who played as a forward, played together with our very own Chris Greatwich and former Kaya players Anton del Rosario and Kale Alvarez.

He has also represented the Philippines at under-23 level. He captained the Philippines under-23 team during the 2005 Southeast Asian Games on home soil and was converted to a central defender.] He also scored in the 4–2 win against Cambodia. However, the Philippines failed to progress to the knockout stage.

Captain of the Azkals

Even though Aly has been Kaya’s longtime captain, being the captain of the Philippine national football team (Azkals) after the 2010 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup is the title that stuck with the public. And even if he didn’t break Bagets Pinero’s nose several years ago, Aly thinks he would still have been the captain of the Azkals sooner or later. Accepting the armband is an honor that he would always accept with alacrity.

For Aly, his proudest moment on the field remains the win against Vietnam because “it changed the face of Philippine football.” He believes that, while the current squad is fulfilling its potential, there are some areas that need improvement.

The Great Comeback

In May 2014, Aly played his first game since his injury against Stallion, but a series of unfortunate footballing events plagued Kaya, from injuries (not his this time) to fortuitous incidents. We can’t deny the dips and lows that followed since his return, but at the same time, it has been a fulfilling and uplifting professional and personal experience for the team, especially for Aly, who finally won a trophy with Kaya after six years.

Borromeo rreturns from an injury

He played for Kaya at the 2016 AFC Cup and was a starter and captain for the team's first match against Hong Kong sides, Kitchee.

“It feels good to get back out on international exposure,” he says. “After a long time, getting the feet wet again and bringing it back home to the UFL – and the most important part there is transcending my experience to the boys, on and off the pitch.”

He’s no stranger to leading the national team in an international competition, yet Aly admitted that the feeling is different when he is playing for Kaya in such setting.

 “For a while I had to scratch myself, I thought it was the Azkals but I looked back and we’re wearing the yellow jersey and I said, this is Kaya.

“This is my badge, this is my team and it’s what I’ve been representing for the past 16 years, so it’s a totally different experience.

Phrases like “leading by example” and words like “perseverance” are used often, but through Aly’s journey, we learn that he has actually made these words relevant to everyday life. No matter what we are going through or will experience, we can think of how setbacks or failures are necessary and valuable parts of life. Sometimes we need ups and downs to remind us that we are breathing, living, and aspiring to be extraordinary. He has redefined professionalism and leadership with his comeback, and his commitment to the team is an example to everyone in football.

Sometimes when things are falling apart, they might actually be falling into place.

“It all boils down to the resiliency of the team. We showed in the UFL Cup last year that we fought all the way until the end. We weren’t the most gifted team, but individually we worked together, we played as a unit, and I think it showed tonight as well,” he said.

“We did deserve to win because we controlled the game. But I don’t think we are at all satisfied,” Borromeo said of the team’s performance. “It’s another stepping stone for us and we need to concentrate on next week against Balestier.”

KAYA’s faces Group F leaders Balestier Khalsa on March 15, with the AFC Cup match taking place at the Rizal Memorial Stadium once again. The Singapore side will be arriving fresh from a shock victory over Hong Kong giants Kitchee.

Tickets are handled by MaC2 Group Manila, and will be available at the venue on match day.

KAYA FC is proudly supported by LBC.

(Press Release)

Lee Kum Kee donates to Kaisahang Buhay Foundation

Last March 11, 2016, Lee Kum Kee, the century-old international brand and inventor of Oyster Sauce, treated 150 orphans from the Kaisahang Buhay Foundation to a special cinema screening. The children enjoyed the movie and the meals together with the Lee Kum Kee Pandas.

In the same event, Lee Kum Kee presented its P500,000 cheque donation to the said non-profit child and family welfare institution. Carmen Liew Mei Ling, Lee Kum Kee Regional Marketing Director and Ronald Wong Wun Wing, Lee Kum Kee Corporate Affairs Senior Manager talked about the company's presence in the local market, and how they reach out to moms and their families in the Philippines.

Lee Kum Kee has established a series of corporate social responsibility programs across the globe. The company partners with local associations to promote Chinese cuisines and sponsors culinary art programs to cultivate talents for the industry. Lee Kum Kee further strengthens its commitment to benefit the community that contributes to its global success by sharing of fruits of success.

“Lee Kum Kee has committed on CSR efforts for years. In sustaining our company core value of “Considering other’s interests”, we are proactively engaging and benefitting the local community. "Lee Kum Kee has been long part of the community in the Philippines and would like to take this time to give back to the community”, said Carmen Liew Mei Ling.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

3 new sports offered at the 2016 MILO Summer Sports Clinics

With the school year almost over, after-school activity offerings abound. The summer break is a great time to engage kids in active play. Enrolling in a summer camp gives children the opportunity to learn values they need to succeed in life.

MILO® encourages school children to make the most of their vacation by learning sports and taking on new challenges. Experiences like these summer after summer help nurture independence and build confidence. By working with fellow youth, they learn about team work, perseverance, hard work, respect, and sportsmanship. 

MILO® contains Activ-Go which is an energizing mix of Protomalt that contains high quality carbohydrates,   necessary vitamins and minerals for growing up kids. MILO® the body and the brain for optimal energy.

MILO® Summer Sports Clinics are the most participated in sports program in the country.  The good news is that triathlon, golf and fencing will be added in this year's roster of sports program. MILO® Summer Sports Clinics recently partnered with GOLFMIX Philippines, the Philippine Fencing Association and the Triathlon Association of the Philippines in its commitment to discovering and developing tomorrow’s  athletes,

My daughter and I attended the MILO® Summer Sports Clinic 2016 media launch at Alphaland City Club yesterday and she got to try out 7 out of 17 sports programs specially lined up for them. Taking part in the said trial classes gave her an amazing time plus a taste of what an actual class from the MILO® Summer Sports Clinics would be like.

MILO-sponsored programs have produced many athletes who have made their mark in both the local and international sporting scenes. The roster of alumni includes BEST Center graduate and UAAP phenomena Kiefer Ravena, Skating Olympian Christian Martinez, Southeast Asian Games medalist Japoy Lizardo, and PBA star Chris Tiu.

From April to May 2016, the MILO® Summer Sports Clinics program offers immersive training in 17 sporting disciplines: Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Chess, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Karatedo, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Triathlon and Volleyball. The clinics will be available in over 700 venues to 30,000 students nationwide.

Build the champion in your kids this summer by getting them into sports.

Visit to enroll your kids in the MILO® Summer Sports Clinics. Follow MILO® on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines) for updates.
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