MANILA,  September 15
, 2004 (STAR)  Biggest mechanical eng’g event slated at WTC

The Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME), composed of 82 chapters nationwide and abroad and with over 40,000 mechanical engineer members, will be holding twin-events, the 52nd PSME annual convention and the International Exposition on Mechanical Engineering at the World Trade Center on September 29 to October 1, 2004. Both events are deemed to be the best technology-driven activities in the country today, most especially with the partnership of PSME with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The events highlight of the annual convention include technical seminars & technical papers, job fair, sports tournament, cultural night, plant tours, on-site processing of PRC ID, innovation competition, pollution control officer certification, national quiz contest and a lot more.

The International Exposition on Mechanical Engineering has evolved into a serious player in the exhibition industry with over 100 exhibitors both local and foreign. Mark your calendars, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. The show is open to the general public.

Mechanical engineers/delegates may register on-site or may call the organizer, Premier Events Plus Group Inc at 9297993 or 63, 4364209, 4269603, 9208136.

Mexican envoy, Shahani guests at Taqueria opening

Mexico’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Enrique Hubbard and former Sen. Leticia Shahani, will be the guests of honor at the opening of the second branch of Taqueria Chilanga, a popular local Mexican restaurant on Mexico’s Independence Day, September 16 at the Shangri-la Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City. Officiating the blessing will be Fr. Hector Raynal, a long-time resident of the Philippines of Mexican descent.

Members of the Mexican community will be in attendance, as well as friends and regular patrons of Chilanga’s first outlet in Food Choices at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City.

"Taqueria" means a fast food place that sells tortilla-based items such as tacos, burritos, uesadillas, tostadas, fajitas and nachos. "Chilanga" simply means a city slicker from Mexico City.

Tortillas are standard Mexican fare for Mexicans and other Central American countries. They are "flat bread" usually made of corn or flour. Tortillas are eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time. Dating back two thousand years ago, they are the base of a typical Mexican meal, in the way that rice is the base for Asians. With almost four years experience in serving tortillas, Chilanga counts among its patrons several personalities in entertainment, politics and even sports.

Contrary to popular belief, Mexican food is not automatically hot and spicy. Chilanga offers freshly made salsa and hot sauce each day on site.

For more information, contact Luz Martinez at 0917-5322480.

Last call for TOYM nominees

The search for The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) winds up as hundreds of nominations are received by the Philippine Jaycees nationwide. Though the last day for submission of nomination forms and documents is today, Sept. 15, the TOYM committee may extend the deadline due to numerous requests from prospective nominees.

"We encourage all young achievers under the age of 40 to submit nominations to the search," Butch Jimenez, president of the TOYM Foundation said. "The TOYM remains to be the most prestigious award given for excellence and public service to young leaders."

Over nearly 40 years, the TOYM awards have been a literal ‘Who’s Who’ among Filipinos whose career has been marked not only by excellence in one’s field, but by a heart to serve the people and the country.

"You cannot win the TOYM if you only excel in what you do," explained Jimenez who himself was awarded the TOYM for multi-media achievement after producing the award winning film, Jose Rizal. "You must also have a sincere passion to channel your excellence towards serving the country."

Excellence and a heart to serve is what sets the TOYM apart from all other awards and is what makes it the most sought after recognition in the country.

Winners include Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jaime Zobel De Ayala, Ryan Cayabyab, Lea Salonga, Lance Gokongwei, Manuel V. Pangilinan, Jose Pardo, Loren Legarda, among many distinguished others.

Nomination forms are available from any Philippine Jaycee member or you can get in touch with Larry Cruz, TOYM Foundation executive director at 0920-9131542.

University of British Columbia visits RP

One of Canada’s leading universities, the University of British of Columbia (UBC), will travel to Manila on Sept. 19 to 22 to promote its world-class programs to Filipino students. In connection with this visit, the Embassy of Canada in Manila is offering the public a Study in Canada Information Seminar on Monday, Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The University of British Columbia attracts award-winning faculty and outstanding students from around the world. Students choose UBC for its innovative programs and the portability of a first-class degree from an internationally recognized university.

Programs offered include business, engineering, social sciences and humanities, education, life and physical sciences, and more. Located in cosmopolitan Vancouver on Canada’s spectacular Pacific coast, UBC students have access to numerous outdoor activities year-round. 23,000 full-time undergraduate students attend UBC, an impressive 10 percent of whom are international students representing 122 different countries.

This is UBC’s fourth recruitment visit to the Philippines, and the second this year, evidence of their strong interest and commitment to Filipino students. UBC will be represented by Dr. Paul Harrison, associate dean, Student Services for the Faculty of Science.

"We are thrilled to see UBC back in the Philippines so soon," said Robert McCubbing, Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy. "These frequent visits are not only good news for interested Filipino students, but for UBC and Canada as well."

Students interested in meeting with the UBC representative are invited to come to the Canadian Education Resource Center, Level 8 Tower 2, RCBC Plaza, Makati City, on Sept. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free to this important education event, however, seats are limited. Call (02) 8579137 or e-mail: nation to reserve your seat.

Live Values 1st popularizes Filipino family ideals

First Life reintroduces the Life Values 1st photo contest on its second year with the focus on Filipino family ideals this time. With the conviction that planning for a better tomorrow is the most eloquent expression of love for the family, the contest aims to reflect the impact and inspiration of life insurance on how Filipinos selflessly take care of their dear ones.

Revolving around the theme, "Life Values 1st," First Life has tied up with Good Housekeeping by opening the contest to all its Metro Manila/NCR readers for the month of September. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to send non-winning and unpublished entries up to a maximum of three 2'x5" photos each.

The grand prize winner will take home P15,000 in cash while the next top five front runners will receive P5,000 each. In addition, all winners will receive free subscriptions to Good Housekeeping magazine. The 12 most catching photos will be put on display at the 4/F SM Megamall bridgeway from Nov. 11 to 17, 2004.

The "Life Values 1st photo contest is the company’s unique way of presenting a richer and more colorful existence by pounding on the importance of life insurance through the vivid images of tradition and spirit that are characteristic of Filipinos. First Life is a leading provider of proudly Filipino world-class life insurance products that cater to the changing needs of families.

NHI-FEU symposium on preserving RP cultural heritage

In celebration of History Week on Sept. 15-21, 2004, the National Historical Institute and the Far Eastern University are holding a symposium on the Preservation of Philippine Cultural Heritage at the FEU Main Auditorium at the FEU campus on Nicanor Reyes St., Sampaloc, Manila on Sept. 21, 2004 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The symposium which will have History Week’s theme of "Save Our History, Save Our Nation," will include lectures by resource speakers: Dr. Augusto de Viana, history; Dr. Ramon Santos, music; Director Eddie Romero, cinema; DOT Usec. and NCCA Chair Evelyn Pantig, cultural tourism; Dr. Eusebio Dizon, archaeology; Arch. Reynaldo Inovero, architecture, and architect-environmental planner Miguel Carpio, FEU’s history and heritage.

Interested parties may contact Arch. Wilkie Delumen (NHI) at tel. no. 5231039 or Dean Miguel Carpio (FEU-IARFA) at tel. no. 7358698.

UPSEAA forum on fiscal crisis set

The University of the Philippines School of Economics Alumni Association (UPSEAA) will be holding the first of a series of forums on the Philippine economy on Friday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. at the UP School of Economics’ Diosdado Macapagal Auditorium in Diliman, Quezon City. The public is invited.

Titled "The Fiscal Crisis: A Closer Look" or "Prognosis on the Fiscal Crisis," the main speaker for the occasion will be Congressman Jose Salceda who is presently the co-chairman of the economic managers group of President Arroyo and is the concurrent chairman of the economic affairs committee of the House of Representatives. The forum seeks to address the issues on how the country arrived at this fiscal crisis in the first place as well as define possible strategies and solutions on how to get out of it.

Expected to attend the lecture are Econ alumni, current graduate and undergraduate students and faculty and anyone interested in the economic issues of the day.

To ensure a well-rounded discussion from various perspectives, the UPSEAA board according to its president Robert Aventajado, has invited a diverse group to form the panel of reactors. These will include Dr. Philip Medalla for the academe, Vic Valdepenas, the president of Union Bank, for the private sector and Filomeno Sta Ana III of the Action for Economic Reforms representing civil society. Host will be 1976 BSBE alumnus Jack Teotico. These series of lectures are designed to encourage an active exchange of ideas among parties interested in the economic situation in the Philippines.

For more information, call Dida Salita-Cosio, UPSEAA, chairperson for economic fora at tel. no. 8404149 or (0922) 8383432. It will be recalled that the UP School of Economics has recently been the source of highly analytical economic papers.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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