Friday, January 29, 2016

STI NYC Inspires Innovation

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After a series of successful stops in Baguio, Naga, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Cebu, the 21st STI National Youth Convention (NYC) is now happening in Manila! From February 1 to 5, 2016, more than 25,000 STIers from Metro Manila and nearby cities will gather at the Aliw and Star Theatres, Star City Complex, Pasay City.

With this year’s theme #iWillLeadInnovation, the STI NYC inspires creativity and modernization among young innovators which they need in today’s competitive fields. Aligned with STI’s multiplicity of programs in different areas, the convention will discuss topics that are relevant in various industries.

The event will open with the topic “#iWill Lead: The Innovator’s Character” which looks into the ideal innovator — his qualities and attributes. This will be followed by a talk that focuses on the variety of tools an innovator can use to become creative and constructive with the topic “#iWill Innovate: The Innovator’s Creativity.” The session will conclude with “#iWill Rise: The Innovator’s Spirit” that aims to stimulates the students’ flexibility to the ever-changing world, especially with the challenge of the ASEAN integration that provides more opportunities on a global scale.

The 21st STI NYC will also be travelling to different cities and provinces in the country including Green Leaf Hotel in General Santos City on February 24, and CAP Development and Convention Center in Davao on February 26. It will culminate on March 1, 2016 at the SM City Cagayan De Oro.

The STI NYC is an annual convention that spans for more than 20 years now where thousands of STI students nationwide expand their knowledge in their chosen fields straight from the industry professionals. This is part of their training to become job-ready and life-ready to meet the demands of the constantly growing professional world.

More on Hoverboard and CD-R king’s iRover

Have you ever tried levitation? Glide without touching the ground? Uncanny as it seemed to be Super Saiyans of Dragon Ball Z & Magneto of the X-Men amongst others have perfected that kind of ability. Picture yourself doing so, isn’t it exciting? Cd-R king your one-stop media provider once again spices up an extraordinary treat, iRover. A high-tech yet affordable gadget in-line with CD-R King’s effort to bring technology to the general public.

iRover lets you experience superiority in balance. It makes you gain control and progress at your own pace liberating your feet off the ground. An exhilarating thrill that makes one experience the same. CD-R King provided the hoveroard utilized by eleven Housemates in one of their weekly task at Pinoy Big Brothers, were Miyo emerged as the Pinoy Big Brother 2015 winner.

iRover is the newest hovercraft unit released by CD-R King, designed not just for comfort but also tone your leg and foot muscles, contrary to the concern of some parent on cutting the walking strides of their kids whenever they utlize the board. iRover uses the smart balance technology that uses leg muscle in moving around thus it can help strengthen your lower body.

iRover can climb up to 15 degrees with speed of 10 kilometers per hour and can go as far as 20 kilometer on a single full charge. It uses a Tubeless tire and Brush DC Motor with 36V, 4.4 Lithuim-ion battery hat charges on 300watt power. This variant comes in colors of Red, Blue or White.

Considered as the “IT” Toy in 2016, iRover of CD-R King makes it easier for you to acquire this gadget through 6 months credit card payment for east west and Metrobank credit card holders and comes with a 3-month warranty for a worry –free purchase. Visit CD-R King near you. For more details visit CD-R King’s website at


What immediately comes to mind when the word pottery is mentioned? Interestingly, many would say “like in The Ghost!”, alluding to that iconic romantic movie scene. But, to what is “pottery” commonly associated with? A vessel for food to many Artifact jars,.decorative plates, or functional earthenware to others. But to a group of potter-friends, it connotes a web of close friendships aside from the love for the art itself Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn have been teaching pottery since the late 70’s. Through their commitment they have converted many pottery enthusiasts into serious potters, long after their pottery school closed. Their workshop continues to welcome those interested in working with clay. In recent years, many Pettyjohns’ students meet at least once a month in Pansol to get their “clay fix”. During these “pot sessions” they get high from kneading, slabbing, throwing and trimming the clay, as well as in glazing their bisqued pots. Each month they come back with eager anticipation almost akin to parent-to-be’s anxieties on how their glazed pots will finally come out of the kiln. Every Christmas season, they try to get together for Raku firing and “exchange pots”. Food and music are staples during such get-togethers. It is amazing how pottery has generated such close friendships that continue to deepen and broaden. COMRADES IN CLAY is the reunion of potter friends with common mentors Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn. They come from varied backgrounds: Rita Gudiño, Head of Ceramics Studio of the UP College of Fine Arts’; contemporary pottery artist and UP teacher Joey de Castro; noted painter Tensie Bello; Dr. Peppon Rondain, Head of Makati Medical Center’s Nuclear Medicine; Finance Assistant Secretary Didith Tan; Ging Pajaro, founder/owner of Via Venetto; freelance TV commercial producer Sonny Cruz; investment banker Dedette Bautista of ING Bank; ceramics engineer EJ Espiritu; Japanese restaurateur Ritsuko Kikuchi; Kiko Demetillo of St. Luke’s Medical Center’s International Patient Care; entrepreneur Johann Gohoc, and retired public servant Rescy Bhagwani. COMRADES IN CLAY will be at the Gallery of The Globe Tower, 32nd St. cor. 7th Ave. BGC, Taguig the whole month of February 2016. Exhibit is open during workdays until 7pm and by appointment on Saturdays. Also at the Globe Gallery for the same period is AS I SEE IT, a photo exhibit by Paolo Rondain.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Century Tuna Superbods gets bigger, better, and sexier as it celebrates 10 years of fitness and health

Bigger. Better. Sexier. Temperatures rise across our pulsating tropical isles in what is envisioned to be the hottest Superbods search yet: the Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016. Making a bolder statement and an even bigger splash on its 10th year of sexy, watch out as Century Tuna Superbods take the country by storm—TEN-fold!

With a lineup of enticing activities leading up to the finals night to be held on April 10, 2016 at the ultra exclusive Palace Pool Club, Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016 promises to be the most anticipated happening this summer season—a health and fitness revolution to rock the nation!

“As we mark a glorious decade of promoting health and fitness through our bi-annual Superbods search, which has since become a much anticipated event, we felt that it’s only proper that we raise the bar to even greater heights,” says Greg Banzon, general manager of Century Pacific Food, Inc. “Not only have we widened the scope and reach of our search, we will also be mounting a series of exciting events that form part of an over-all campaign for a change to a healthier lifestyle and reform in fitness across the country.”

Of course, headlining Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016 are the ultimate Superbods Anne Curtis and Derek Ramsay who will all take the stage in the sizzling finals night runway show that is bound to deliver an exhilarating evening of fun, fitness, and fitspiration.

To take part of this much-awaited competition, simply download the Century Tuna Superbods Nation mobile app, an easy-to-use tool that’s designed to help users get fit and healthy while keeping abreast of the latest news on the Superbods competition. Once registered and approved, users get to see all the features of the app, get updated on summer events and activities, join the engagements presented by Century Tuna and submit an entry to the 2016 Superbods competition. This unique app lets users vote, follow, and share the journey of the Superbods finalists for the whole duration of the Superbods competition. Plus, users also get the chance to win invites to the finals and party night, and grab exciting prizes as well.
Schedule of go-sees for aspiring Superbods will be held on February 9, 15, 20 and 28 at Davao City, Cebu City, Pampanga and Manila, respectively. To help the Superbods finalists stay on track and in tip top shape, mentors and coaches, including Jim Saret and Chef Nadine Tengco, will be on hand to facilitate a Superbods Camp aimed at improving the over-all lifestyle and well being of the Superbods finalists. A Superbods Weekend Fitness Fair, meanwhile, allows for consumer engagement, participation, and empowerment towards the achievement of their personal fitness goals.
With all these exciting elements, there’s no doubt, Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016 will make this coming summer a blazing season to remember.
“Since its inception in 2006, it has always been the vision of Century Tuna Superbods to encourage our consumers to get healthy by living right,” Gela Gamboa, Century Tuna marketing manager relates. “Which is why, this year, we’re enjoining everyone to get involved: aside from joining the search, consumers can download the app to get into the Superbods lifestyle. And then there’s the Superbods Weekend Fitness Fair at Bonifacio High Street where lots of fun activities, which they can enjoy together with celebrities and Superbods finalists, await them.”


28 January 2016, Makati City, Philippines - Singapore Airlines (SIA) is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary in the Philippines with a series of exciting announcements for 2016.

§  New services to Canberra, Wellington and Dusseldorf
§  Expanded connectivity to Europe and Southwest Pacific through joint ventures
§  New A350 aircraft fitted with the newest generation of cabin products
§  New Premium Economy Class product launched on more routes
§  Largest travel sale with great all-in fares, exclusive perks and the first ever Premium Economy Class product showcase in the Philippines

“Turning 50 in the Philippines is a huge milestone for us at Singapore Airlines, and what better way to kick-off the festivities than with new products and services as well as the largest travel sale for our Filipino customers,” said Carol Ong, General Manager, Singapore Airlines.

“Over the years, we continuously innovate our products and services, and also seek strategic tie-ups to deliver the best premium air travel experience to our passengers. This year, we want to say a big thank you to all our customers with great deals, even better products and a much expanded network,” Ong added.


New destinations unlocked: Düsseldorf, Canberra and Wellington
The German City, Düsseldorf will be the newest destinations in the SIA network starting 21 July 2016. Flights will be operated three times per week from Singapore with the all-new Airbus A350-900 fitted with Singapore Airlines’ latest cabin products.

SIA will also be commencing services to both Canberra, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand with the launch of a new ‘Capital Express’ route. With the new service, the Airline will be able to bring international flights to Canberra, and link Canberra with Wellington for the very first time.  The flights will be operated four times per week from 20 September 2016 on a Singapore-Canberra-Wellington routing, making SIA the first airline with flights between Canberra and Wellington. Now there are more convenient travel options for Filipinos with Canberra’s first regularly scheduled international flights and the first non-stop links between the capitals of Australia and New Zealand.

Expanded Connectivity to Europe and Southwest Pacific through Joint Ventures
SIA and Lufthansa have signed a wide-ranging partnership agreement that will see the two airline groups operating key routes between Singapore and Europe on a joint-venture basis, in addition to significantly expanding codeshare ties and deepening commercial co-operation. The two airline groups also intend to co-operate in key markets in Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia, co-ordinating schedules to provide customers more convenient connections between route networks.  The expanded codeshare ties will provide SIA customers with convenient access to and from points in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, via the transfer hubs of Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich, with more than 20 new codeshare routes.
In addition, SIA customers can enjoy increased capacity and additional frequencies to New Zealand through Singapore with the Airline’s alliance with Air New Zealand. Both carriers operate one return service each per day on the Singapore-Auckland route and Singapore Airlines operate a daily return service between Singapore and Christchurch. Customers now also have access to a further 40 destinations in the Air New Zealand network, making travel to and within New Zealand much easier.

New SIA A350-900 Aircraft
SIA is taking delivery of its new-generation Airbus A350 aircraft this year, with services expected to begin by April 2016. The Airline has 63 A350-900s on firm order and will be making Amsterdam its inaugural destination for this aircraft type. Come 2018, the Airline is also expected to take delivery of the A350 ultra long range aircraft and resume its non-stop service between Singapore and the United States.


SIA KrisFlyer members, BPI credit cardholders, Globe Platinum customers as well as Glorietta and Ayala Center Cebu shoppers are in for a treat as SIA offers all-inclusive round trip promotional fares starting from just USD 150, with an option of Real 0% interest for up to 6 months under BPI Special Installment Plan. Promotional sale is valid for purchase from 1 to 29 February 2016, and for travel until 31 December 2016. Travel is valid out of Manila on Singapore Airlines and out of Cebu, Davao and Kalibo on SilkAir.

Economy Class Fares
All-in Economy Class fares to Singapore are available from just USD 150 and to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong from USD 200. Other Asian countries within reach are Japan and Korea from USD 400. Economy Class Fares to Australia can be availed for as low as USD 600 and to Europe at USD 880. And from only USD 950, passengers can already travel to New Zealand and the United States.

Premium Economy Class Fares
Travelers can get a taste of SIA’s latest cabin product with special Premium Economy Class rates to Delhi and Mumbai from USD 1,200, Sydney from USD 1,350, Auckland from USD 1,800 and Europe and US from USD 1,850.

Business Class Fares
Enjoy Singapore Airlines Business Class service on your flight to Singapore starting from just USD 800. Other Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia are within your reach starting from just USD 850, and Myanmar from just USD 950.

Visit the world-class city of Dubai or the beautiful beaches of Maldives from only USD 1,800. Promo fares for Business Class passengers to Australia start at USD 2,000 while to India from USD 2,200 and South Africa from USD 3,000. If the New Zealand Alps and European cultures excite you, these are yours to marvel at for only USD 3,000. Customers can also pack their bags for a trip to the US with an all-in roundtrip ticket for low as USD 3,500.


Real 0% Special Installment Plan and USD 50 Cash Back
On top of the great promotional fares, SIA customers can also enjoy special treats from the Airline’s partners. Customers can avail of Real 0% Up to 6 months Installment Plan on BPI Credit Card and also receive USD 50 cash back for every purchase of two tickets beyond Singapore of the same itinerary valid for travel from February to December 2016, or four tickets to Singapore of the same itinerary valid for travel from 01 April to 30 June and 1-31 December 2016.

Free 1-night Hotel Stay in Singapore or Free Admission to over 20 attractions
Customers who purchase the aforementioned promotional tickets will have the option of redeeming a complimentary SIA Singapore Explorer Pass or SIA Singapore Stopover Holiday package, subject to terms and conditions. The SIA Singapore Explorer Pass provides travelers access to over 20 different attractions, including Gardens by the Bay, Madame Tussauds, Singapore Cable Car, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Flyer and free rides on the SIA Hop on Bus. The Singapore Stopover Holiday package, redeemable by passengers with beyond-Singapore itineraries, includes 1-night hotel accommodation, return airport transfers and admission to popular attractions.

Free SGD 20 Changi Dollar Voucher
Customers traveling beyond Singapore can redeem a complimentary SGD 20 Changi Dollar Voucher which can be used with no minimum purchase at participating shops, restaurants and lounge at the Singapore Changi Airport.

Generous baggage allowances
The all-in exceptional value fares come with 30kg baggage allowance for Economy, 35kg for Premium Economy and 40kg for Business Class. Passengers will also get to enjoy delectable inflight meals from Singapore Airlines’ renowned World Gourmet Cuisine and keep themselves entertained with the airline’s award-winning KrisWorld inflight entertainment system.  


To book, visit Singapore Airlines Ticket Office, call SIA Manila Reservations at 756-8888, SilkAir Cebu at 6332-505-7871, SilkAir Davao at 6382-227-5301, SilkAir Kalibo at 6336-500-7226, or contact any participating travel agent from 1 to 29 February 2016. For details, visit

Visit SIA Manila Ticket Office, SilkAir Cebu, Davao or Kalibo Ticket Offices to enjoy up to 6 months Real 0% interest Special Installment plan on your BPI Credit Card when you make your bookings.

SIA Showcase and Travel Fair, 19-21 February 2016
Happening for the third year in a row, this three-day event puts the spotlight on SIA’s key developments and offerings for the Filipino market. For the first time ever, the Airline is bringing in its all new Premium Economy Class seats into the Philippines for the public to personally experience the product for themselves. Members of the public can also enjoy a special heritage walkthrough of SIA’s 50 years in the Philippines and have their kids be a SIA girl or captain for photos. All the above promotional fares and celebratory perks will also be available at this travel fair. SIA’s sister carrier will also be celebrating SIA’s 50th Anniversary through their own travel fair in Cebu at Ayala Center Cebu from 19 – 21 February 2016.

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