JUDY ANN PERKS UP LATE AFTERNOON WITH 'BET ON YOUR BABY' 

OCT 27 --PHOTO: As the host, Judy Ann Santos does not only interview the parents, she also shares with them amusing anecdotes about her own family. Initially hesitant to host a game show, Judy Ann Santos was able to successfully deliver when she agreed to do Bet On Your Baby, which recently started its second season on ABS-CBN. What started as a weekly game show now airs daily, Mondays to Fridays at 5 p.m. Soaps have taken a backseat to Judy Ann’s TV assignments lately. After her late-night soap series, Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (with KC Concepcion and Sam Milby) prematurely ended, Judy Ann took a break from doing drama. Today, aside from Bet On Your Baby, she hosts the reality show, I Do, which features couples who are about to tie the knot. I Do airs on weekends, Saturday and Sunday nights, also on ABS-CBN.

Judy Ann accepts shows that are right up her sleeves. She perks up the late-afternoon slot with Bet On Your Baby. The show is a challenge for her. The fact that she is raising a toddler explains why she can easily relate to the parents. She does not only interview the parents, she also shares with them amusing personal anecdotes or stories about her son Lucho or her husband, Ryan Agoncillo. She also has an elder daughter, Yohan. Three years ago, Judy Ann hosted the cooking competition, Junior Masterchef, with grade school kids as participants. And, as most everyone knows, Judy Ann is a good cook. The first season of Bet On Your Baby featured celebrity moms or couples and their toddlers.

Viewers saw for the first time Ai-Ai de las Alas and her son baby Seth, Benjie Paras and wife Lyxen with son Sam, Anthony Taberna and wife Rossel with daughter Helga, beauty queen Nina Ricci Alagao and husband Michael Flores with son Pablo; Niño Muhlach and wife Abby Tupas with their son Alonzo, Petron Blaze Boosters cager Arwind Santos and wife Ivette with baby Iona, It’s Showtime host Teddy Corpuz and wife Jasmine with son Theodore John and San Miguel Beermen cager Doug Kramer and wife Cheska Garcia with baby Scarlett. The new season features ordinary couples and their babies, who are two to four years old. The game show displays the strong bond between parents and their babies when they get to do the challenge that will make them win money. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Juday cries 12 hours for Movie T’yanak 

OCT 27 --Would you believe that, for a scene in T’yanak (one of the four films in the Sineng Pambansa Horror Plus Film Festival, Oct. 29 to Nov. 4), directors Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes made Judy Ann Santos cry for 12 hours? How did they do it? Did Peque play a sad music to put Juday in the right mood like when he made Cherie Gil listen to a classical song for a scene in Sonata? “Actually,” said Peque, “Juday didn’t need it. The shoot took 12 hours but Juday’s crying was off and on, not naman continuous.”  “What we played was not really a sad song, just a romantic tune played on the piano,” explained Lore. “She remembered the music that affected her, reminding us that it was the one played in an earlier shoot, the second cut. Nag-sink in ‘yung music sa kanya, which she felt was tamang-tama for her love affair with her baby.”

“It’s easy for Juday to cry,” added Peque. “She said that sometimes, even before the camera starts rolling, tumutulo na ang luha niya so she has to re-do her make-up. She’s sobrang vulnerable. Iniisip pa lang niya ‘yung premise naiiyak na siya, so what she does is ‘blank out’ her mind and wait for the ‘take.’”  We’ve seen that baby two decades and a half ago (in 1988) in the Regal movie (also directed by Peque and Lore) similarly titled (but with an “i” instead of an apostrophe between the “T” and the “y”), with Janice de Belen as the mother (Janice is appearing as guest in the new, “rebooted” version), the role now played by Juday.  No, Peque and Lore didn’t use the old doll (which has melted) but a new one which is just as scary (scream as much as you want when you watch the movie).

It’s a good thing that Juday is not (yet) infanticipating as some people suspected when she was wrongly reported to have been hospitalized, otherwise she might take a fancy (maglihi) on her screen baby and, horrors, well, you know… Juday confirmed, though, that she and husband Ryan Agoncillo have been trying hard to have another baby since their son Lucho has just turned four years old. “We are not into family planning,” said Juday, touching the head of the monster baby in front of her during the presscon. “We are into ‘free flow,’ sige lang nang sige para makabuo, hehehehe!” *READ MORE...

Hannah’s Beach Resort in Ilocos Norte Most Outstanding Tourist Destination

The beach front of Hannah’s Resort & Convention Center MANILA, Philippines - Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center has been named by Gawad Amerika Foundation as 2014 Most Outstanding Tourist Destination in the Philippines. In a letter addressed to the owner, retired PAF Col. Ricardo Nolasco, Gawad Amerika Foundation founding president and CEO Charles Simbulan cited the resort’s success and achievements as a tourist destination as basis for the award. Col. Nolasco said, “I’m happy that our efforts to help promote tourism in Ilocos Norte have been recognized by such a prestigious entity like Gawad Amerika Foundation. The award will make us even more diligent and dedicated in our programs to promote Hannah’s Beach Resort in particular and Ilocos Norte in general in the field of local tourism.”

The awarding ceremonies will be held on Nov. 8 at the Celebrity Center in Hollywood. Also to be awarded are other Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who have distinguished themselves with achievements in their respective fields. Among those who have been honored by Gawad Amerika are former Vice President Noli de Castro and Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who received The Lifetime Achievement Award; Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Lakandula awardee; PAO Chief Persisa Acosta for Outstanding Legal Jurisprudence; and Joel Cruz as Outstanding Entrepreneur/Philanthropist. For 2014, former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. With over 100 villas and two dormitories, Hannah’s Beach Resort sits on a cliff by the beach, providing a spectacular view of the sparkling Blue Lagoon. It is located at Sitio Malingay, Barangay Balaoi in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. It is named after Col. Nolasco’s only daughter Hannah, an aspiring singer who recently launched her debut album.

Among others, Hannah’s Beach Resort prides itself for having the longest zipline over water in the whole world. It is more than a kilometer long. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: More hidden champions of Philippine business 

OCT 27 --PHOTO: Clockwise from upper left: Paul Riley, Dr. Alfonso Uy, Corazon D. Ong, Antonio “Tony” Tiu, Chris Tiu, --It seems that in the business arena, if you cannot become the No. 1 champion, it is still immensely profitable and worthwhile to keep fighting as a good No. 2 or dynamic upstart challenger. Often, the challenger breaks up a monopoly or near-monopoly situation. In the past, our series on the “hidden champions” of Philippine business has gotten a lot of good feedback. Here are more successful, low-key and below-the-radar business enterprises: • Mighty Corporation, the upstart challenger to Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco – Mighty Corporation is the Philippines’ second biggest cigarette manufacturer, steadily growing its market share to almost 25 percent of the huge domestic cigarette market of 100 billion sticks per year, according to Paul Riley, president of PMFTC, Inc. or the joint venture of American multinational Philip Morris and philanthropist Lucio Tan’s industry leader, Fortune Tobacco.

While Mighty Corp. claims that its success was achieved due to “more efficient distribution and better marketing efforts,” Riley told me that he disagrees. Quoting “key findings in the Senate Tax Study and Research Office (STSRO) confirms its long-held suspicion on Mighty Corporation’s business practices that may have adversely impacted government revenues.” He accused Mighty of gaining market share from five to over 20 percent due to alleged “systemic and endemic fraud” via tax evasion and smuggling. Riley estimates that P10 billion in taxes are uncollected from their competitor per year. He asks how come Mighty’s share in excise taxes to the government is only 14.1 percent from January to June 2014? It is ironic that it is under the administration of Marlboro menthol smoker President Noynoy C. Aquino that his government has pushed “sin taxes” on cigarettes to unprecedented levels, but both big bosses of PMFTC, Inc. Riley and chairman Lucio Tan, are very disciplined health buffs who exercise daily and never smoke, but whose company paid a staggering P73 billion in taxes in 2013.

I explained to Riley that Tan learned the tobacco trade when he was a high school working student at the now defunct Bataan Cigar & Cigarette Factory on Roosevelt Avenue, Quezon City, where his late dad used to work, too. The 49-year-old Riley not only doesn’t smoke, he also runs six to seven kilometers every morning before breakfast and goes to the office at 7 a.m. daily. He vowed “to be relentless” in helping government stop massive tax evasion. Sources told me that Riley even walks to his office in Makati often, or sometimes rides the jeepney, despite being one of the highest-paid and accomplished corporate expats in the Philippines. • La Filipina Uygongco Corporation, whose “corn rice” innovation might save us from being the world’s No. 1 rice importer. Another hidden champion of Philippine business is one of the country’s most honest and biggest corporate taxpayers, the La Filipina Uygongco Corporation led by philanthropist, Iloilo-bred Dr. Alfonso Uy. He also built up the country’s second biggest flourmill enterprise, the Philippine Foremost Milling Corp.* READ MORE...

(ALSO) Laude or Pemberton: Netizens take sides on Olongapo slay case 

While United States (US) Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is being investigated for the killing of Filipino Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, social media users have taken sides on the case. Groups supporting both sides on the Olongapo slay case have sprouted on social networking site Facebook through pages "Justice For Jennifer Laude" and "Support For Joseph Scott Pemberton". Screenshot of 'Justice for Jennifer Laude' Facebook page Screenshot of 'Support for Joseph Scott Pemberton' Facebook page Twitter users also expressed their opinion on the case. Some groups are calling to junk the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) because of the incident while others claim that it is a hate crime against members of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders) community. The US Embassy in Manila expressed their condolences for Laude's family and assured that they will work closely with the Philippine government to ensure that justice is served. Pemberton was transferred to Armed Forced of the Philippines headquarters Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Wednesday morning but remains under the custody of the US government. SEE ALL SCREENSHOTS BELOW...

ALSO: Bringing the Philippine brand to the world  

OCT 27 ---PHOTO: Celebrating its landmark 60th year, Manila FAME, organized by the Center for International Trade Missions and Expositions (CITEM), is the second longest-running trade show in Asia Pacific. As a testament to its global reach, it is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. MANILA, Philippines - “Every edition of Manila FAME is exciting because it’s always an opportunity for us to bring something new. That something new comes in different shapes, forms, and textures. It can be a breakout young star, or a new product,” says CITEM executive director Rosvi Gaetos. “It’s not only exciting for us at CITEM, but also for the exhibitors because they undergo a lot of product development. When they come to Manila FAME, they make sure they have something new that will define them,” she adds.

This year’s design and lifestyle event was driven by three overall concepts: luxury, youthfulness, and soulcrafts, explains Manila FAME creative director Budji Layug. “Soulcrafts” being qualified in their catalogue as “Colorful stories of history, heritage, and hope… woven into every intricately crafted product by dedicated Filipino craftsmen whose skills have been perfected through the years – with passion. Influenced by the craftsmanship of the past, these handmade creations bring tradition to the now and continue to inspire those who value soul art.” Both Layug and Gaetos point out some Filipino brands featured in the event that stand out as the brands to look out for on the global market: Schema, Industria Home, and Triboa Bay, which mix the use of interesting materials with a unique and edgy style. “They are the most forward designs right now. It is very exciting to see their work,” says Gaetos. * READ MORE...


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Judy Ann perks up late afternoons with Bet On Your Baby



As the host, Judy Ann Santos does not only interview the parents, she also shares with them amusing anecdotes about her own family

MANILA, OCTOBER 27, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Leah C. Salterio - Initially hesitant to host a game show, Judy Ann Santos was able to successfully deliver when she agreed to do Bet On Your Baby, which recently started its second season on ABS-CBN. What started as a weekly game show now airs daily, Mondays to Fridays at 5 p.m.

Soaps have taken a backseat to Judy Ann’s TV assignments lately. After her late-night soap series, Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (with KC Concepcion and Sam Milby) prematurely ended, Judy Ann took a break from doing drama. Today, aside from Bet On Your Baby, she hosts the reality show, I Do, which features couples who are about to tie the knot. I Do airs on weekends, Saturday and Sunday nights, also on ABS-CBN.

Judy Ann accepts shows that are right up her sleeves. She perks up the late-afternoon slot with Bet On Your Baby. The show is a challenge for her. The fact that she is raising a toddler explains why she can easily relate to the parents.

She does not only interview the parents, she also shares with them amusing personal anecdotes or stories about her son Lucho or her husband, Ryan Agoncillo. She also has an elder daughter, Yohan. Three years ago, Judy Ann hosted the cooking competition, Junior Masterchef, with grade school kids as participants. And, as most everyone knows, Judy Ann is a good cook.

The first season of Bet On Your Baby featured celebrity moms or couples and their toddlers. Viewers saw for the first time Ai-Ai de las Alas and her son baby Seth, Benjie Paras and wife Lyxen with son Sam, Anthony Taberna and wife Rossel with daughter Helga, beauty queen Nina Ricci Alagao and husband Michael Flores with son Pablo; Niño Muhlach and wife Abby Tupas with their son Alonzo, Petron Blaze Boosters cager Arwind Santos and wife Ivette with baby Iona, It’s Showtime host Teddy Corpuz and wife Jasmine with son Theodore John and San Miguel Beermen cager Doug Kramer and wife Cheska Garcia with baby Scarlett.

The new season features ordinary couples and their babies, who are two to four years old. The game show displays the strong bond between parents and their babies when they get to do the challenge that will make them win money.

* The program starts with the upbeat Ang Galing ni Baby dance jingle, which shows Judy Ann swiftly gliding on the dance floor. Reportedly, she is the only host around the world who dances the jingle. The catchy song is being danced even by babies these days, proof of the show’s huge popularity.

Three couples with their kids play respective challenges in the initial round. One parent accompanies the kid inside the Baby Dome, while the other parent outside bets if the kid can actually do the challenge or not.

The Puzzle Round has been dropped for the second season. Instead, Whatcha Makulit is introduced. Judy Ann enters the Baby Dome and chats with the toddlers. Outside, the parents attempt to guess what their babies are talking about. The parent who guesses correctly will get to play in the jackpot round.

Jackpot Friday starts with the winning parents playing Dice, Dice Baby with their kids. The kids roll the dice with numbers on a slide and the parent advances in the course. The first two parents who finish first get to play Whatcha Makulit. Whoever guesses right gets to play in the weekly jackpot round.

There are more piggy banks to smash in the jackpot round — total of 15. The piggy banks contain prizes that range from P25,000 to as high as P200,000. Then there are showcases for gadgets, computer, bedroom, kitchen, dining room, negosyo and trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. The major prize is P1M.

If luck is on the family’s side, then they might just smash the lucky piggy bank and take home the P1M.

Juday cries 12 hours for T’yanak FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 27, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Judy Ann Santos on the set of T’yanak with Peque Gallaga

Would you believe that, for a scene in T’yanak (one of the four films in the Sineng Pambansa Horror Plus Film Festival, Oct. 29 to Nov. 4), directors Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes made Judy Ann Santos cry for 12 hours? How did they do it? Did Peque play a sad music to put Juday in the right mood like when he made Cherie Gil listen to a classical song for a scene in Sonata?

“Actually,” said Peque, “Juday didn’t need it. The shoot took 12 hours but Juday’s crying was off and on, not naman continuous.”

“What we played was not really a sad song, just a romantic tune played on the piano,” explained Lore. “She remembered the music that affected her, reminding us that it was the one played in an earlier shoot, the second cut. Nag-sink in ‘yung music sa kanya, which she felt was tamang-tama for her love affair with her baby.”

“It’s easy for Juday to cry,” added Peque. “She said that sometimes, even before the camera starts rolling, tumutulo na ang luha niya so she has to re-do her make-up. She’s sobrang vulnerable. Iniisip pa lang niya ‘yung premise naiiyak na siya, so what she does is ‘blank out’ her mind and wait for the ‘take.’”

We’ve seen that baby two decades and a half ago (in 1988) in the Regal movie (also directed by Peque and Lore) similarly titled (but with an “i” instead of an apostrophe between the “T” and the “y”), with Janice de Belen as the mother (Janice is appearing as guest in the new, “rebooted” version), the role now played by Juday.

No, Peque and Lore didn’t use the old doll (which has melted) but a new one which is just as scary (scream as much as you want when you watch the movie).

It’s a good thing that Juday is not (yet) infanticipating as some people suspected when she was wrongly reported to have been hospitalized, otherwise she might take a fancy (maglihi) on her screen baby and, horrors, well, you know…

Juday confirmed, though, that she and husband Ryan Agoncillo have been trying hard to have another baby since their son Lucho has just turned four years old.

“We are not into family planning,” said Juday, touching the head of the monster baby in front of her during the presscon. “We are into ‘free flow,’ sige lang nang sige para makabuo, hehehehe!”

* The couple already has a daughter (Yohan, a few years older than Lucho), so if and when, would they prefer another girl or another boy?

“Kahit ano,” quipped Juday, laughing again, “basta huwag t’yanak,” adding, “at sana twins.”

Unlike other parents who would “scare” their kids into behaving by mentioning pulis or aswang, Juday said that t’yanak would do wonders.

“When Lucho doesn’t want to brush his teeth,” related Juday, “I would tell him, ‘Sige, maging parang sa t’yanak ang ngipin mo,’ and he would quickly brush his teeth. I would tell him the same thing to make him eat vegetables and go to bed early.”

Juday has turned down two movies due to conflict of schedules, but she’s glad that T’yanak beautifully fitted in.

“My first time to do a horror movie,” said Juday, “and with two brilliant directors pa!”

Revealed Peque, “Every time she went before the camera, Juday surprised me.”

T’yanak also stars, among others, Tom Rodriguez, Sid Lucero and Solenn Heussaff.

“Game si Solenn,” said Juday. “When direk would tell her to roll in the mud, nagpapagulong-gulong siya. Very professional, ganoon din si Tom.”

Peque also complimented Tom.

“I thought Tom had an accent,” because he grew up in the US. “But,” observed Peque, “mahusay siya mag-Tagalog. He would report to the set eager to work even if he lacked sleep from continuous work on other projects.”

Added Lore, “Tom is like Dennis (Trillo), hindi matsika, tahimik lang sa isang tabi. He reported to the set on time, making no excuses. Sid is just as easy to work with, very intense, just like his (late) father, Mark (Gil). When he talks, Mark Gil na Mark Gil ang dating.”

Hannah’s Resort Most Outstanding Tourist Destination (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 27, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The beach front of Hannah’s Resort & Convention Center

MANILA, Philippines - Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center has been named by Gawad Amerika Foundation as 2014 Most Outstanding Tourist Destination in the Philippines. In a letter addressed to the owner, retired PAF Col. Ricardo Nolasco, Gawad Amerika Foundation founding president and CEO Charles Simbulan cited the resort’s success and achievements as a tourist destination as basis for the award.

Col. Nolasco said, “I’m happy that our efforts to help promote tourism in Ilocos Norte have been recognized by such a prestigious entity like Gawad Amerika Foundation. The award will make us even more diligent and dedicated in our programs to promote Hannah’s Beach Resort in particular and Ilocos Norte in general in the field of local tourism.”

The awarding ceremonies will be held on Nov. 8 at the Celebrity Center in Hollywood. Also to be awarded are other Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who have distinguished themselves with achievements in their respective fields. Among those who have been honored by Gawad Amerika are former Vice President Noli de Castro and Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who received The Lifetime Achievement Award; Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Lakandula awardee; PAO Chief Persisa Acosta for Outstanding Legal Jurisprudence; and Joel Cruz as Outstanding Entrepreneur/Philanthropist. For 2014, former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

With over 100 villas and two dormitories, Hannah’s Beach Resort sits on a cliff by the beach, providing a spectacular view of the sparkling Blue Lagoon. It is located at Sitio Malingay, Barangay Balaoi in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. It is named after Col. Nolasco’s only daughter Hannah, an aspiring singer who recently launched her debut album.

Among others, Hannah’s Beach Resort prides itself for having the longest zipline over water in the whole world. It is more than a kilometer long.

More hidden champions of Philippine business BULL MARKET, BULL SHEET By Wilson Lee Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 27, 2014 - 12:00am 1 13 googleplus0 0


Clockwise from upper left: Paul Riley, Dr. Alfonso Uy, Corazon D. Ong, Antonio “Tony” Tiu, Chris Tiu

It seems that in the business arena, if you cannot become the No. 1 champion, it is still immensely profitable and worthwhile to keep fighting as a good No. 2 or dynamic upstart challenger. Often, the challenger breaks up a monopoly or near-monopoly situation.

In the past, our series on the “hidden champions” of Philippine business has gotten a lot of good feedback. Here are more successful, low-key and below-the-radar business enterprises:

• Mighty Corporation, the upstart challenger to Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco – Mighty Corporation is the Philippines’ second biggest cigarette manufacturer, steadily growing its market share to almost 25 percent of the huge domestic cigarette market of 100 billion sticks per year, according to Paul Riley, president of PMFTC, Inc. or the joint venture of American multinational Philip Morris and philanthropist Lucio Tan’s industry leader, Fortune Tobacco.

While Mighty Corp. claims that its success was achieved due to “more efficient distribution and better marketing efforts,” Riley told me that he disagrees. Quoting “key findings in the Senate Tax Study and Research Office (STSRO) confirms its long-held suspicion on Mighty Corporation’s business practices that may have adversely impacted government revenues.” He accused Mighty of gaining market share from five to over 20 percent due to alleged “systemic and endemic fraud” via tax evasion and smuggling. Riley estimates that P10 billion in taxes are uncollected from their competitor per year. He asks how come Mighty’s share in excise taxes to the government is only 14.1 percent from January to June 2014?

It is ironic that it is under the administration of Marlboro menthol smoker President Noynoy C. Aquino that his government has pushed “sin taxes” on cigarettes to unprecedented levels, but both big bosses of PMFTC, Inc. Riley and chairman Lucio Tan, are very disciplined health buffs who exercise daily and never smoke, but whose company paid a staggering P73 billion in taxes in 2013.

I explained to Riley that Tan learned the tobacco trade when he was a high school working student at the now defunct Bataan Cigar & Cigarette Factory on Roosevelt Avenue, Quezon City, where his late dad used to work, too.

The 49-year-old Riley not only doesn’t smoke, he also runs six to seven kilometers every morning before breakfast and goes to the office at 7 a.m. daily. He vowed “to be relentless” in helping government stop massive tax evasion. Sources told me that Riley even walks to his office in Makati often, or sometimes rides the jeepney, despite being one of the highest-paid and accomplished corporate expats in the Philippines.

• La Filipina Uygongco Corporation, whose “corn rice” innovation might save us from being the world’s No. 1 rice importer.

Another hidden champion of Philippine business is one of the country’s most honest and biggest corporate taxpayers, the La Filipina Uygongco Corporation led by philanthropist, Iloilo-bred Dr. Alfonso Uy. He also built up the country’s second biggest flourmill enterprise, the Philippine Foremost Milling Corp.

*Since the Philippines is the world’s biggest importer of rice, his firm has come up with the Rico brand of “corn rice” made from 100-percent Philippine-grown corn fortified with iron and calcium. It tastes just like regular rice but provides the nutrition and health benefits of corn. Can this innovation help ease the need for huge Philippine rice imports every year?

His executives say that each grain is naturally rich in antioxidants and vitamin A as well as beta-carotene and lutein for good eyesight. As a complex carbohydrate, corn provides sustained energy. Corn is known for its high fiber content, has no cholesterol and has a lower glycemic index for controlled and balanced blood sugar.

Unlike most of his peers who enjoyed good school lives, Uy had to be a working student. His work frequently made him absent from class and delayed his graduation by a few years, but Uy overcame, graduated with the highest academic honors and became an engineering board topnotch-er. He is now honorary president of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), and a top donor of public school buildings for poor rural areas under the FCCCII’s “Operation Barrio Schools” civic project.

• San Marino canned tuna is the upstart challenger to leader Century Tuna. Another “hidden champion” of Philippine business is 39-year-old Foodsphere, Inc. based in Valenzuela City, established by founder and vice chairman, nutrionist Corazon D. Ong, the person whose initials CDO have also become the firm’s popular brand for hotdogs, tocino, bacon and corned beef.

Apart from its success in processed meat products, five years ago Foodsphere, Inc. started to produce corned tuna under its San Marino brand with celebrities Marian Rivera and her boyfriend, Dingdong Dantes, as endorsers. This year, their new San Marino celebrity endorser is half-Japanese, half-Brazilian model Daniel Matsunaga, who was a former boyfriend of actress Heart Evangelista.

San Marino Tuna Flakes category brand manager Pilar Rosa R. de Guzman revealed that the Philippine market for canned tuna is P7 billion per year, and that San Marino has already steadily gained 19 percent of the market in only five years due mainly to product innovations and dynamic marketing efforts. The industry leader in canned tuna is publicly listed Century Tuna, founded by the humble and industrious self-made industrialist Ricardo Po Sr., who used to work for a local Chinese-language newspaper in his youth.

De Guzman said that the average per-capita canned tuna consumption of Filipinos is only three cans or half a kilo per person — half of the per-capita consumption in Japan. She foresees robust growth for this industry.

• If AgriNurture’s Tony Tiu can overcome controversy, his companies can really tap the Philippines’ vast agricultural potential. Lots of people in media and on social media have asked me whether headline-grabbing young agriculture entrepreneur Antonio “Tony” Lee Tiu of AgriNurture, Inc. (ANI) is related to the Tiu family which owns the Discovery hotel group. No, they are totally unrelated, in the same way that not all Lees, Santoses or Gomezes are related.

I told DZMM radio host Anthony Taberna that I personally know Tony Tiu. He is a self-made man whose father died young, an Australian-educated finance whiz who is soft-spoken and very disciplined. He is a vegetarian, and I wonder whether it is his diet or Buddhist faith that has given him such a remarkable, calm demeanor amid the alleged “Binay hacienda” scandal in our political headlines now. Tiu not only speaks English and Tagalog, but also perfect Hokkien and Mandarin as well. If he can overcome this ongoing political controversy that has involved his companies and if he can really tap the Philippines’ vast agricultural potential, then his firms can someday qualify to become champions (they are no longer hidden) of Philippine business.

If I were Tiu, I’d seize upon all this news buzz about that sprawling farm in Rosario, Batangas, to turn it quickly into a cash-generating agricultural tourism enterprise. This is one segment of the tourism business that I urge our entrepreneurs, farmers, landowners and government people to consider: transforming our diverse farms nationwide into agri-tourism resorts for international and local tourists.

Not to be confused with self-made entrepreneur Tony Tiu, the Tiu family of the Discovery hotel chain is now led by the children of the late self-made steel trader and hardware entrepreneur John Tiu Ka Cho, whose own father was an intellectual and respected Chinese-language educator steeped in Confucian values.

The talented Tiu Ka Cho built his fortune as a savvy trader and boss of Manila Chinatown’s Union Hardware. His family’s JTKC Group now owns the Discovery Leisure Company, the Mansion Group, publicly listed TKC Steel, JTKC Land, Inc., Kent floor tiles, Sterling Bank of Asia and iRemit.

A more famous member of this humble and hardworking family is Tiu Ka Cho’s grandson, basketball athlete Chris Tiu, whose father Jerry Tiu also years ago bought control of the Mega Publishing Group, now rebranded as the One Mega Group. Chris is himself an entrepreneur and a positive role model for the youth, especially for the children and grandkids of top business families on how to stay humble despite wealth and success.

Laude or Pemberton: Netizens take sides on Olongapo slay case By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated October 22, 2014 - 5:01pm 16 612 googleplus1 0


Facebook groups and pages have sprouted on social networking site Facebook appealing for justice for the death of Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, while some believe his suspected perpetrator, Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, is not guilty of the crime. Pemberton was detained aboard the USS Peleliu seen in photo. Philstar/file

MANILA, Philippines - While United States (US) Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is being investigated for the killing of Filipino Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, social media users have taken sides on the case.

Groups supporting both sides on the Olongapo slay case have sprouted on social networking site Facebook through pages "Justice For Jennifer Laude" and "Support For Joseph Scott Pemberton".

Screenshot of 'Justice for Jennifer Laude' Facebook page

Screenshot of 'Support for Joseph Scott Pemberton' Facebook page

Twitter users also expressed their opinion on the case.

Some groups are calling to junk the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) because of the incident while others claim that it is a hate crime against members of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders) community.

The US Embassy in Manila expressed their condolences for Laude's family and assured that they will work closely with the Philippine government to ensure that justice is served.

Pemberton was transferred to Armed Forced of the Philippines headquarters Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Wednesday morning but remains under the custody of the US government.

Bringing the Philippine brand to the world By Ida Anita Q. del Mundo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 26, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Celebrating its landmark 60th year, Manila FAME, organized by the Center for International Trade Missions and Expositions (CITEM), is the second longest-running trade show in Asia Pacific. As a testament to its global reach, it is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

MANILA, Philippines - “Every edition of Manila FAME is exciting because it’s always an opportunity for us to bring something new. That something new comes in different shapes, forms, and textures. It can be a breakout young star, or a new product,” says CITEM executive director Rosvi Gaetos.

“It’s not only exciting for us at CITEM, but also for the exhibitors because they undergo a lot of product development. When they come to Manila FAME, they make sure they have something new that will define them,” she adds.

This year’s design and lifestyle event was driven by three overall concepts: luxury, youthfulness, and soulcrafts, explains Manila FAME creative director Budji Layug. “Soulcrafts” being qualified in their catalogue as “Colorful stories of history, heritage, and hope… woven into every intricately crafted product by dedicated Filipino craftsmen whose skills have been perfected through the years – with passion. Influenced by the craftsmanship of the past, these handmade creations bring tradition to the now and continue to inspire those who value soul art.”

Both Layug and Gaetos point out some Filipino brands featured in the event that stand out as the brands to look out for on the global market: Schema, Industria Home, and Triboa Bay, which mix the use of interesting materials with a unique and edgy style.

“They are the most forward designs right now. It is very exciting to see their work,” says Gaetos.

* CITEM, the export and promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, is dedicated to making the Philippines one of the design capitals of the world. It is committed to develop, nurture, and promote globally competitive small and medium enterprises, exporters, designers, and manufacturers through export-driven programs, such as Manila FAME.

“We’re looking forward to inspiring people to understand that good design breeds life, inspires the moment, and brings joy to living. When you have good design, it spells a good future and good business,” says Layug.

“It’s not an easy job,” says Gaetos, but she realizes that “Any effort we do here in trade impacts how the world perceives the Philippines. It’s not just the beaches and the sand that will make people visit the Philippines.”

While perhaps other countries are equipped to mass produce items at low cost, Gaetos says Filipinos can “Differentiate ourselves in terms of design, quality, and artisanship.”

While in the past, many designers have experienced problems with copycats replicating their own designs, usually when displayed at exhibitions, Gaetos says that for true designers, copying is not an issue. “Designers have to be one step ahead. Copying will force you as a designer or manufacture to be able to improve and come up with a new idea… It will always be a challenge.”

On the global field, the Philippines has started to see much success with the likes of Kenneth Cobonpue and Josie Natori receiving recognition not only as designers, but as brands.

“We have very good success stories when it comes to designers who are very good businessmen as well,” says Gaetos on the designers today who have become more business-savvy. “We got Kenneth Cobonpue as a consultant in CITEM and Manila FAME because he is a designer, manufacturer, and businessman and has been pretty lucky in that respect. He has remained an icon that designers and manufacturers here should strive for.”

CITEM also aims to discover and nurture young talents through the Red Box designer development program. “One important thing is that we always have to bring them outside to see the world. It changes their perspective. This is especially true for the young designers,” says Gaetos.

Featuring new breed designers who are on a rise, Manila FAME exhibited the works of the Red Box home scenography junior designers Rachelle Dagñalan, Joseph Rastrullo, Leeroy New, and Lillianna Manahan under the mentorship of Layug.

“Red Box will bring the winners abroad to New York, Milan, Paris – Josie Natori offered her atelier in New York for the designers to train with her,” says Gaetos. “It makes your design more global.”

But, Gaetos adds, in the end, the strength of Filipino designers and companies lies in “Their sense and sensibility that comes from their upbringing, their environment and exposure. These are the things that create them, give them their point of view.”

She again cites Cobonpue whose playground as a child was his mother’s furniture factory. “Early childhood trained him to know material, which is one of his strengths.”

She also mentions Michelline Syjuco, another exhibitor who has been making the rounds at trade fares and is one of the standouts in Manila FAME. Michelline being from a family of artists, Gaetos says, “She has perfect genes and upbringing, at the same time, she has developed a sensibility that is totally different and totally unique.”

Through CITEM’s work, the executive director hopes “That we will have a lot more Michellines and a lot more Kenneth Cobonpues.”

Looking forward to 60 more years and beyond for the center, Gaetos says, “I wish everyone will think about developing their own brands and they will not only manufacture for foreign companies. How nice it would be to go to, for example, Crate and Barrel in the US, and see Arden Philippines or Lillian Manahan on the tag. That’s my ultimate objective.”

She adds, “I’m not sure if it will happen in my lifetime, but surely, we have started it already.”


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