Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sining Lakbay: Philippine History in Augmented Reality

Two years ago, 28 UP alumni artists were invited to chronicle the Philippines history in 30 large-scale paintings that comprised the Sining Saysay: Philippine History in Art. The art exhibit is a joint project of the University of the Philippines (UP), the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) and the Araneta Center.

The participating artists depicted the local political maturity including the Chinese, Spanish and American influences and its role in Philippine history. The commissioned UP Artists were Adonai Artificio, Armand Bacaltos, Adi Baen-Santos, Grandier Bella, Benjie Cabangis, Ben Cabrera, Angel Cacnio, Romeo Carlos, Cris Cruz, Denes Dasco, Gig De Pio, Simkin De Pio, Vincent De Pio, Neil Doloricon, Norman Dreo, Amado Hidalgo, Abdul Asia Mari Imao, Ben Infante, Gigi Javier-Alfonso, Aileen Lanuza, Romeo Mananquil, Norlie Meimban, Julius Samson, Jonahmar Salvosa, Randy Solon, Michael Velasco, Jun Yee, and Janice Young. “Sining Saysay: Philippine History in Art,” opened to the public on February 18, 2015.

Now, Gateway Gallery celebrated the second year of its “Sining Saysay: Philippine History in Art” exhibit last February 22, 2017 with the launching of its digital interface that utilizes augmented reality (AR) to recount Philippine history and make it more appealing to digital-savvy youth generation. Dubbed as “Sining Lakbay: Philippine History in Augmented Reality,” the project marries art and technology to give visitors a more enhanced experience of its long-term collection. It seeks to create awareness of history among the youth by appealing to their interest in digital technology.

Art and AR

Sining LakbayThe “Sining Lakbay: Philippine History in Augmented Reality” project is a product of careful and creative implementation spearheaded by artists, filmmakers, historians, curators, editors, and technology providers.

It aims to be a platform for gallery guests to have a more enriched experience of “Sining Saysay”, a collection of 30 large history paintings that resulted from the collaboration between the University of the Philippines and the Araneta Center.

To give Gallery visitors a more immersive experience, 10 paintings from the collection will “come to life” on their WIFI-enabled digital devices like mobile phones and tablets using the Layar app that can be downloaded for free (on iOS and Android).

Users will then be able to scan the selected paintings on their device to watch the video and hear the narration on chapters of Philippine history.

The videos are accurate historical accounts of events depicted in the paintings. Each video lasts roughly three minutes, with the whole tour lasting about 30 minutes total.

This launch is just the first phase of an even bigger project of making all 30 paintings in the collection AR-enabled.

A year after Gateway Gallery opened on November 21, 2014, it received an accreditation from the Department of Tourism.
And in over two years of operations, the Gallery has grown its art collection to 50 artworks donated by various artists. Attendance has also risen to an average of 200 visitors a day in the same period.

The Gateway Gallery will continue to expand its horizons this year, providing artists a home to hone and showcase their craft, and giving the Filipino public a haven of learning and creativity.

With its vision to make arts and culture accessible to ordinary Filipinos, Gateway Gallery will continue programs that introduce arts to young children, holding art workshops for hobbyists, portrait sketching sessions for professional artists, and hosting talks by artists and historians. It has a lot of projects lined up for this year that include the Reading Nook (mini library for all ages) highlighted by story-telling sessions for kids in partnership with Adarna Publishing plus the Bravo Weekend, which showcases Filipino culture through music and dance.

Located at the 5th level of the Gateway Tower at the Araneta Center, Gateway Gallery is free to the public and is open Mondays to Sundays from 10AM to 7PM. Gateway Gallery is supported and managed by the J. Amado Araneta Foundation, the CSR arm of the Araneta Group.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Luis Manzano is Century Tuna's newest ambassador #AngBagongHottieNgCenturyTuna

Summer just got better for Century Corned Tuna consumers as the brand introduces its new variant that's bigger and one that  allows for more servings.

"To introduce the new variant, we're excited to welcome Luis Manzano as the newest member of the Century Tuna family. His versatility, lively and fun personality makes him an obvious choice for the brand."~Greg Banzon, Century Pacific Food Inc. VP and General Manager.

Luis Manzano has managed to successfully carve a name for himself in the entertainment industry as a versatile actor and host. He has appeared in a string of box-office hits straddling both comedy and drama. His wit, sense of humor, and instant rapport with contestants plus his wholesome attribute makes Luis a perfect fit for Century Tuna.

And just like Luis Manzano's buffed physique, Century Tuna is made more bigger with the additional 25 grams for the same suggested retail price! Its distinguishing taste is made Hotter with an improved flavor that's yummier and spicier!

Grab the improved chili corned tuna dubbed as Mas- Pinalaki, Mas-Pina-Hot, but with a same price and added 25% content from supermarkets near you.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

All set for Earth Hour 2017 this March 25

This March 25, Earth's most iconic landmarks will switch off their lights for Earth Hour 2017. the Filipino youth leading the worldwide campaign. Everyone is encouraged to turn off their lights for an hour, from 8:30-9:30 PM as a symbolic action to raise awareness about the threats of climate change.

WWF National Ambassador Marc Nelson and WWF National Youth Council Chairperson Alexa Cancio led the launch of #EarthHourPH2017 last March 8, 2017 in Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center.

A large focus of #EarthHourPH2017 will be on galvanizing the youth to be the climate leaders of tomorrow. NYC members will lead an Earth Hour Camp that will feature interactive climate adaptation and mitigation booths at the Mall of Asia Complex from 4 PM.

Everyone was abuzz with the Earth Hour camp to be spearheaded by the youth, and a switch-off powered by human energy to light up an image of the Earth, proving that Filipinos can shine a light on climate change action  together.

“While the theme of Earth Hour remains at Shining a Light on Climate Action, we took to heart the role of the youth as the key to further propel the country into a climate-resilient one. We continue to engage and encourage the public to emphasize that together, we thrive,” says WWF-Philippines President and CEO Joel Palma.

Since the campaign was launched in Australia in 2007, the Philippines has been consistently at the forefront of the campaign and was dubbed as an Earth Hour champion for several years.

Join the conversation in Social media using the official hashtags, #EarthHourPH2017 and #ChangeClimateChange to promote commitment to the planet.

 Everyone is highly encouraged to use as well as to upload the best photo(s) of their event on to the official Facebook event page

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PowerMac and Galileo launches Digital Summer Camps

Galileo Enrichment Learning Program recently launched its Digital Summer Camp (A Computer Programming Course for Kids) in a media event held in Greenbelt 3. This is in collaboration with PowerMac Center.

Educational summer camps  for kids are fun and interactive. And Digital Summer Camp is where kids ages 9 to 14 can get deep into something that inspires them! Choose from Sphero, game design and more!

I got to try out making some simple Stop Motion Videos using iPad, and had fun programming  Sphero moves  via an app.

In the digital summer camp, the kids will be learning 5 different types of programming courses in the Digital Summer Camp, with   each course will be 2-hours long. These courses aim to break classroom walls and create a learning space that will boost child's creativity using technology. Teachers of these programs are all Power Mac Center  certified and guarantee a techie summer  that combine interest-driven aactivities.

There is a low ratio of teachers and assistants to children for conducive learning. With Power Mac trainers as their mentors, children will be able to enhance their use of digital tools and bring life to their imagination.

This summer, hop onto the programming bandwagon. The trend to teach coding to kids is exploding.

Programming is a highly useful skill for him or her to learn. And coding is a cool way to introduce your child to 21st century skills, such as programming, vital problem-solving, creativity, and logic. By the end of camp, your child will be able to design animations or a video game that he play with friends. Who knows, your child might grow up to be the next Zuckerberg.

In England, and the US, children as young as five are learning programming skills in the classroom. Coding is on the curriculum for primary and secondary school pupils in the UK.

Digital Summer Camp is available in Galileo Davao, Galileo Bacolod, Galileo Enrichment Learning Libis, Galileo Sun Valley, Galileo Legaspi-Makati, Galileo Better Living, Galileo Madrigal Alabang.

For more information about Galileo Summer Programs,  call 845-1234 or email  at

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

PAMI partners with COL Financial in teaching the Art of Financing

Philam Asset Management, Inc. (PAMI), one of the leading mutual funds provider in the country in partnership with COL financial, the number one online stockbroker in the Philippine Stock Exchange holds their first ever lifestyle event entitled “The Art of Investing” at the National Museum of the Philippines for COL Premium clients.

The online brokerage had an agreement with Philam Asset Management Inc. to distribute mutual funds collected by Philam Bond Fund Inc., Philam Fund Inc., PAMI Horizon Fund Inc., Philam Managed Income Fund Inc., and Philam Strategic Growth Fund Inc.

COL Financial is one of PAMI’s biggest distributing partner. Their strong online platform has helped PAMI reach clients across the nation. For their first event together this 2017, PAMI and COL invited guests to an exclusive event where they showcased national artist Vincent Manansala’s works in the Philam Life Gallery.

Fund Expert for COL Financial Mr. Marvin Fausto, Head for COL Premium, Mr. Ed Martinez, and PAMI President and CEO Mr. Eric S. Lustre were present during the event.

A true advocate of financial empowerment and Filipino art and culture, PAMI president and CEO, Eric Lustre and COL Premium Head Ed Martinez opened the night with their take on index and passion investing. Shortly afterward, Philam Foundation Director, Mr. Max Ventura presented a donation worth Php 1 Million to be used for the upkeep of the paintings at the Philam Life Gallery. This was received by Jeremy Barnes, Director of the Cultural Agency of the National Museum.

After the event, guests were led to a guided art tour headed by Ms. Ceres Canilao, OIC of the Art Department. The exclusive night tour featured key highlights from the Museum such as Manasala’s other works, National Artist’s, Featured Artist Agustin Goy’s and Juan Luna’s Parisian Life and the Spolarium.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Rediscovering Outdoor Play at the streets of BGC

Children are naturally drawn to  play, especially when  outdoors.  Outdoor play for kids is highly recommended by experts because it’s beneficial for their well-being and holistic physical development. Exploring  the environment helps  build their self-confidence, develop muscle strength and coordination,

Covering all Sundays of the year beginning March, 9th avenue will be filled with larger-than-life games. Trade away your desktops and business laptops for a giant games as Bonifacio Global City brings us back to a time where the street was the only place where we made friends.

This year’s My Street, High Street  promises a fun and memorable larger-than-life experience that will surely be enjoyed by kids and kids-at-heart alike.

Our excessive online culture is taking outdoor play away from young children and so BGC My Street, High Street  provides an area where they can safely play outdoors and  develop their fine motor skills.

Trade away your desktops and business laptops for a giant game of Jenga, Pick-up Sticks, or Snakes & Ladders; try out super-size toys such as Jack and the Giant Stones, dive into an inflatable ball pit; or enjoy classic Pinoy games such as Tumbang Preso and Piko.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can gather friends and wiggle your way through a game of Limbo rock, jump through Chinese garter, or shake those hips by hula hooping on the sidewalk.

“Here in BGC we always think of ways to promote a healthy and active street life for our BGCitizens,” said Sean Luarca, Marketing Manager at Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation (FBDC), the developer and master planner of BGC. “All of our projects within the BGC community create street camaraderie and in turn makes the street life of BGC dynamic and vibrant. With this My Street, High Street campaign, we encourage our BGCitizens to go out of their units and embrace the street lifestyle and have some real fun under the sun.”

Whether you want to convince your kids or yourself to put down that smartphone or tablet for a fun day outside, or you’re just in for a healthy dose of nostalgia, BGC’s giant playground is the place to be during Sundays.

BGC My Street, High Street is made possible through its partnership with JSA Inc., BGC’s grounds team.

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