Monday, November 23, 2015

NEO Launches Shift N81: A Laptop and Tablet Hybrid with Dual Platform Technology

NEO, one of the local laptop brands in the market, recently launched its laptop and tablet hybrid with dual platform technology for an ease in performance and productivity. With Shift N81, play games and work on your files as you enjoy Android 4.4 Kitkat and Windows 10 interface in one device.

If you’re the type of person who wants to be trendy and professional at the same time, this gadget will best suit your lifestyle. With its 8.9” IPS Touch screen display and 16.2mm thinness, its sleek and trendy design can get you going, anywhere! Its detachable keyboard is really convenient.

NEO Shift N81 is powered by 1.33 GHz Quad-core Intel Z3735F Processor Baytrail platform which performs well and runs intensive apps and games. It also has 2GB RAM and 32GB Flash Storage that lets you multi-task with your games and workload. The device also has a built-in sim card slot so you can access 3G and your social media sites.

It’s connectivity and accessibility anywhere!

About NEO

NEO customizes and delivers products to satisfy a myriad of customer requirements, from home entertainment to business computing, making them one of the leading providers of notebook solutions in the Philippines. Headquartered in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, they conduct a growing nationwide business with their extensive network of valued resellers and distributors. Employing world-class technology from Intel and Microsoft and cost-effective standards-based processes, NEO strives to be a globally competitive brand known for quality products, services and people.

For more updates, like NEO on Facebook or visit their website

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bond with Your Dogs at the 2nd Team Kovu Dog Sport Cup on November 28

The first ever human and dog outdoor adventure challenge, 2nd Team Kovu Dog Sports Cup is set to happen on November 28, 2015 at the Greenfield City Sports Field in Paseo Center, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Expect a whole day of fun activities for you and your dog.

Yesterday, I met Carl Michael de Leon of TeamKovu Enterprises. He shared his and his American Bulldog Kovu’ experiences in attending different dog events around the metro. I have a big heart for people who love and value their dogs so much as I grew up in a family who can’t live without a dog in the house.

TeamKovu was created in memory of Carl’s dog Kovu, to continue the legacy of promoting an active human and dog lifestyle. Nine years of professional dog training experience has helped Carl come up with the following obstacles for Team Kovu Challenge:

Bamboo TeePee Maze 
Horizontal Ladder Walk 
Crawling Pit 
Pull Power 
Bamboo Bridge 
Hurdle Overload 
Artifice Box 
Uphill Battle 

These challenges are more or less the same with other dog challenges held locally or otherwise, but inspired by Carl and Kovu’s real-life adventures together. He incorporated the use of bamboo to showcase Filipino style. Rigid dog training is not a requirement to finish the challenges. Likewise, big or small dogs, of any breed (at least 6 months old) can join as teamwork and bonding with your dog is the key for you to finish all the challenges with the fastest time. Participating dog owners below 13 years old must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. You can check out Team Kovu’s Facebook page for details of each of these obstacles for you to be at least prepared on what to expect during the event.

There will also Beginners’ Fun Challenge, Philippine Canine Sports Alliance (PCSA) Official Agility Trials, All American Bulldog Show and Photo Contest.

A reasonable amount of registration is required to participate (check out TeamKovu website.) Percentage from registrations will go to Island Rescue Organization (IRO), a non-profit animal welfare group based in Cebu. Its Executive Director Ms Nena Hernandez will share awareness on their advocacies.

Expect freebies from sponsors like Royal Canin, Ezy Dog, Vitality and Pet Discount.

I can see that this will be a perfect time to bond with your dogs. See you on November 28! Live it up!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Alay Sining 8's 'Art with a Heart' Exhibits on November 12 to 15

MANILA – The Rotary Club of Makati West (RCMW) is calling on art lovers to support their annual all-sculpture exhibit-sale dubbed “Alay Sining” to be held at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5, Makati City from November 12 to 15, 2015. Now on its eight year, Alay Sining 8’s theme is “Art with a Heart” which complements the Rotary International’s theme of “Be a Gift to the World”.

Alay Sining is a fund-raising initiative for one of RCMW’s signature projects, the Gift of Life program, which gives congenital heart disease (CHD) patients under the program with free heart surgeries.

According to RCMW President Victor “Junvee” Vital, supporting the art-for-a cause exhibit will not only mean supporting Filipino children with heart ailments but also local artists.

Both seasoned and new sculptors will be contributing pieces to the Alay Sining, and donating a portion of the sale price of their art pieces to the exhibit’s intended recipients – the CHD patients that will be given free heart surgeries under the Gift of Life program.

If you support Alay Sining, you don’t only support children with heart ailments, but Filipino artists as well. So I say, “Start saving hearts through art,” said Vidal.

According to Paolo Delgado, this year’s chairman of the exhibit’s Organizing Committee, this year’s Alay Sining will be joined by over a hundred artists who have sent their respective works for the exhibit.

They are from all over the country – we have some from Palawan, Mindanao and Cebu. So, it’s really a Philippine-wide sculpture shop, and what’s really nice is that all of the artists have joined because they want to support the Club and the Gift of Life,” said Delgado.

They (the artists) have taken all the time and the effort to be with us. We’ve had a lot of them over the last eight years, and they have been with us since the first Alay Sining, when we are still learning how to run an art exhibit. And it’s really been heartening and we are very thankful for all the support that the artists have given us,” he added.

Explained Delgado, congenital heart disease usually forms at a very young age, and the mortality rate is not very good.

Even if you do survive, you end up living a life with some sort of a handicap… you will not be able to engage in sports which young kids should be doing at their young age. So this fundraising that we run for the Gift of Life can really make a world of difference for the children out there,” he said.

RCMW member and former president Roque Tordesillas said that the cost of a heart surgery in a private hospital ranges from Ph800,000 to more than Php 1 million if for an open-heart surgery.

But because of the work we have done at the Rotary over the past 11 years, we have established ties with the National Children Hospital, our main partner, which have brought down the costs because of subsidies. So that the Club only pays about P100,000 up to P200,000 especially for more complicated surgeries."

Tordesillas also lauded the Alay Sining artists calling them the “heroes” in this project.

They are the real heroes of this program because they are the ones contributing their works, their artistry, and their hearts for this particular project. Without the artists, there will be no Alay Sining. We have had very generous artists who have contributed their talents to the cause over the years, so that the hearts of children are saved.”

Speaking on behalf of his co-artists, Ral Arrogante, who have been with Alay Sining since Year One, said that for them artists, doing charity completes their vocation.

Since hindi kami maka-contribute ng cash, kino-contribute namin ang aming works. Hindi din kasi magiging full ang pagka-artist namin kung wala kaming tinatawag na kawanggawa. So 'yun lang ang maitutulong namin… ang aming mga sariling gawa (Since we cannot contribute cash, we contribute our works. We can’t fully consider ourselves as artists if we don’t do charity. Our works are the best things that we can contribute),” he said.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Internet Savvy Customers Drive SMEs’ to Embrace Technology

In today’s technology-driven business landscape, having the digital edge can propel small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to success.

This is mainly because a vast portion of the country’s population – 44.2 million out of the country’s total population of about a hundred million – are active Internet users who transact online and mine its unlimited multi-media content.

This trend is partly enabled by the explosion of mobile devices –laptops, tablets, smartphones and even wearable gadgets like watches – that can easily connect to the Internet. Mobile connection penetration rate in the country is at 114 percent and there are 32 million active mobile social media accounts.

"The marketplace of the future is online," FVP and Head of PLDT Smart SME Nation Kat Luna-Abelarde said. "In fact, setting up a digital shop first before transitioning into a brick-and-mortar business seems to be the trend among the new generation of entrepreneurs. By harnessing technological innovations, SMEs can do and achieve more, and better connect with a new breed of customers."

According to Abelarde, equipping today’s SMEs with digital capabilities has been the mission of PLDT Smart SME Nation, the country’s leading telecommunication and multimedia company’s enterprise arm, since it came into being.

To empower and recognize start-ups and digital small business pioneers, the group unveiled the first ever The Bozz awards which seeks to recognize a new generation of digital movers and shakers. This is the first social media crowd sourced search for the next generation of leaders in digital innovation and entrepreneurship. The awards night, which will showcase winners from various categories including e-commerce, social media, customer service, mobility and social responsibility, will be held on October 28.

"As an enterprise technology services provider, our role is to provide today's businesses with digital tools and solutions necessary to thrive online and reach out to markets they wouldn't otherwise be able to reach offline," Abelarde added. "Technology can help level the playing field for entrepreneurs and we want to empower them to embrace it as part of their long-term strategy for sustainable success."

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Visit Southern Flavors Bazaar on October 24-25

The Zonta Club of Alabang will hold its Southern Flavors Bazaar (Food, Wine and Music Festival) on Oct. 24-25, 2015 at Cuenca Park in Ayala Alabang Village.

Southern Flavors is an event for the entire family to enjoy. It will feature hundreds of concessionaires offering unique, practical and giftable items, together with a backyard BBQ extravaganza. Feast on grilled delicacies, organic fare and delicious comfort food while listening to your favorite music played by live bands and musicians. While the grown-ups shop, the little ones can mosey on over to the arts and crafts area (featuring do-it-yourself geo bags and adult coloring books), watch a magic show, play in the Funtastikids toddler area, or check out the petting zoo. 

Expect some great bargains from Philippa soaps, Headware, Popjunklove, Coco & Tres, One for the Road, Space Garden and lots of other concessionaires, entrepreneurs and online merchants. We have hearty and healthy grub from Holy Carabao, Elbert’s, El Chupacabra, Liq My Stick (organic popsicles) and Bizu Creperie, among other dining options.

Make the most of the weekend with your family by heading over to the Southern Flavors Bazaar for a rip-roaring good time.

Proceeds from the bazaar will help fund the various projects of the Zonta Club of Alabang such as hepatitis B awareness and vaccination, maternal health seminars, Say No to Violence Against Women and Children, and livelihood and advocacy programs that seek to raise the status of women in the community.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

SOC Land’s Anuva Residences Turns Over First Tandem Building

SOC Land Development Corporation (SOC Land) recently completed and turned over its first tandem building, Anala, located inside its residential resort community Anuva Residences.

Strategically located between Sucat and Alabang in Muntinlupa, Anuva Residences prides itself in providing ample space inside and out. A total of 80 percent of the development’s land area is dedicated to world-class amenities including swimming pools, clubhouse and a basketball court, a tennis court, an amphitheater, yoga deck, meditation area, nature trail, and a jogging path, among others. A perimeter road was also constructed to allow for safe movement of residents, particularly children, in between units and amenity areas.

Ready for occupancy Anala features studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units in every floor. Each floor only has an approximate of 20 units, and each unit has a kitchen, a toilet and bath, and a laundry area. One-bedroom and two-bedroom units will have a balcony.

When we developed Anuva, we focused on low density living to make sure that our residents have a home that truly feels like one,” John Paul G. Reyes President, SOC Land Devt. Corp said. “We believe that sustainable living is possible even in a condo living set-up. We pride ourselves in providing homes that work with nature, not against it.”

To help bring the distinct condo living experience to its residents, SOC Land teamed up with the country’s leading broadband and multimedia services provider, PLDT HOME, for the installation of PLDT HOME Fibr in all of Anala’s new units. PLDT HOME Fibr is PLDT HOME’s most powerful broadband with speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

Our residents deserve nothing less than the best-in-class services, and we definitely think that PLDT HOME Fibr will be able to provide the most powerful broadband at home. Their service will fit in right with our own suite of world-class amenities,” Reyes added.

Three high-speed elevators and staircases serve the Anuva building. Residents also enjoy the protection and convenience of a 24-hour security service, fire detection and alarm system, and centralized garbage collection system.

For more information about Anuva Residences, call SOC Land at 553-4070 and 553-4080 or visit /

Friday, October 09, 2015

LG Electronics Recognized in 2015 Korean CSR Awards in PH

MANLA – For their outstanding humanitarian effort and contribution through disaster response and preparedness, trailblazer in technological innovations LG Electronics Philippines (LGEPH) was acknowledged with the Rescue and Aid Award during the 2015 Korean CSR Awards Ceremony held September 29, 2015 in Mariott Hotel, Pasay City. LGEPH has been a dynamic volunteer in relief operations during the height of national state of emergency during calamities, especially when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013. Keeping true to their mantra of making life good, LGEPH’s CSR activities through the years included installations of solar panels in different areas in Tacloban, cash donations, and an annual service camp which provide the following services: free home appliance and mobile phone servicing to all affected LG customers. LGEPH also conducts a year-round event dubbed LG Caravan where their team visit different areas in the Philippine to provide week-long, well-rounded activities from fitness and health, educational, entertainment, and livelihood set-ups. On these visits, they provide services making use of their very own products such as free labada day, free charging stations, as well as free repair services for appliances. They also provide a week-long medical mission for free checkups. The awards ceremony is a collaborative effort between the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines (KCCP), and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).