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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Making it big in the cellphone prepaid loading service

The spirit of entrepreneurship is truly alive and well among the Filipino youth. Load.com.ph is the brainchild of two young entrepreneurs Erick Kalugdan and Joey Uy who shared a vision of making it big in the prepaid loading service.

The idea came about as many Filipinos are now comfortable doing transactions through their mobile phones. This was initiated through various efforts by local telco operators in getting more Filipinos to use their cellphones to accomplish basic needs ranging from simple entertainment to making seemingly complex money transfers. Now a new trend is getting web-wary shoppers to use the Internet for transacting as well. At Load.com.ph, the credits you load into your mobile phone are almost as good as cash.

Load.com.ph is a free of charge prepaid load service provider that allows one to buy, sell and convert your credits via the Internet, SMS or WAP. Through load.com.ph you can do online electronic loading. Anyone can load their prepaid cellphones, whether it be from Smart, Talk N�Text, Addict Mobile, Globe Handyphone, Touch Mobile, and Sun Cellular from anywhere in the world, anytime, via the Internet. Electronic PIN�s such as online game Top-Ups are also available! Load.com.ph�s Mobile Electronic Loading System allows mobile phone subscribers with ordinary SIM�s, whether prepaid or post-paid, from any telephone operator, to electronically load their own cellphone or electronically load another person�s cellphone wirelessly via plain cell-to-cell SMS.

Load.com.ph aims to provide the most convenient, most accessible and most reliable prepaid loading service at the best rates possible.

A subscriber can also sell his load credits to other Load.com.ph users.

Load.com.ph even have a great Referral Program. Just introduce Load.com.ph to your friends and earn one percent from all their load credit purchases from Load.com.ph! Clearly with Load.com.ph you not only save money but you can also earn from your transactions.

The best part is that you can relax with confidence when it comes to making your online transactions through Load.com.ph as the site is VeriSign secured. To add to this, Load.com.ph is backed by two large corporations, namely Telecom Concepts and First Telecom, who are major distributors of all the telco providers in the Philippines, namely Smart, Sun, and Globe.

Load.com.ph is the only universal prepaid loading service provider which accepts payment from virtually all channels � cash, credit card (visa, mastercard, jcb), US checks, US direct debit, Smart Money, Smart Padala, G-Cash. They even have their very own prepaid card � the All-in-1 prepaid card which you can use to buy cellphone load and other prepaid cards available in the Philippines. Just look for this All-in-1 Prepaid card from Load.com.ph at your nearest convenience or sari-sari store! Enter your Card Number and PIN via Web, SMS, or WAP to credit your Load.com.ph account instantly. Source.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Unilab develops ZincPlus technology for children’s vitamins

Scientists at United Laboratories Inc., the country’s largest and leading pharmaceutical and healthcare company, have introduced ZincPlus technology, the latest research and development (R&D) breakthrough for children’s vitamins formulated to boost children’s resistance against sickness, Unilab president and chief executive officer Carlos Ejercito announced recently.

"The development of ZincPlus demonstrates Filipino scientists’ ingenuity in scientific research relative to the world’s best," Ejercito said. "This affirms Unilab’s commitment to find more ways to better address the healthcare needs of Filipinos, especially children."

Prior to the ZincPlus technology, vitamin C and zinc could not be successfully combined in liquid products because vitamin C degrades rapidly in the presence of zinc. As a result, children are not able to get adequate amount of both vitamin C and zinc in products not using ZincPlus.

Developed by PediaTech, the R&D arm of Unilab, ZincPlus is a technology that allows a stable combination of vitamin C and zinc in liquid preparations, assuring children of the correct daily dosage of vitamin C and zinc.

This technology is now used in Zeeplus Syrup marketed by Pediatrica, Unilab’s pediatric division. Patent applications for ZincPlus technology have been filed in the United States, Southeast Asia, and other countries.

PediaTech, which is dedicated to developing innovative solutions in childcare, is headed by Dr. Kennie Dee, Unilab senior vice president.

Launched in 2001, PediaTech is committed to making a difference in the lives of parents and children by developing breakthrough technologies that better satisfy patients’ needs. Source.


Friday, April 13, 2007

To speak English, maybe in London

The English Speaking Union-Philippines chapter has selected two student representatives for the ESU International Public Speaking Competition to be held in London from May 14 to 17.

Coordinated by the UP Debate Society last Saturday at UP Diliman, in conjunction with the annual Philippine Intercollegiate Debating Championship, the local contest actually produced three winners, including a high school student.

Earning the top slot was Weber Amores, 20 years old, and an Architecture student at Far Eastern University. He will be ESU-Phil’s lead representative to the London competition that draws as many as 60 participants from over 35 countries.

Since an ESU member-chapter can field a maximum of two delegates, Sarah Kristine Alanzalon of Malate Catholic High School, who surprisingly placed second despite her tender age of 15, may also represent the Philippines. She actually turns 16 later this month, thus meeting the age requirement, which is from 16 to 20.

That she gained the judges’ nod is certainly no fluke. Early last February, Sarah topped the Voice of the Youth impromptu speaking contest organized by Rotary Club District 3810 together with the Department of Education, with Allied Banking Corporation as sponsor.

Named as an alternate after placing third was 19-year-old UP Diliman Psychology student Samantha Ann Tirthdas.

The contestants spoke for five minutes on the theme "Dynamic World." On the judging panel were ESU-Phil chair Ambassador Cesar Bautista, our former envoy to the Court of St. James, who was instrumental in organizing the Philippines chapter; this writer who serves as ESU-Phil vice president; guest judges Prof. Zenaida Martinez of FEU and Edgardo Maranan, prizewinning poet and writer who just returned home after years of serving as information officer at the Philippine embassy in London; and our previous representatives to the ESU IPSC: Ryan Buenafe, Kevin Punzalan and Celine Guinto.

Apart from these three, four other Philippine students have competed in London since 2002 when ESU-Phil first sent a contestant, with Patricia Evangelista of UP Diliman copping the grand prize in 2004.

Pilipinas Shell traditionally supports the Philippine representation in the ESU International Public Speaking Competition. Other officers of the Philippines chapter which gained formal entry into the ESU only over a year ago are Dr. Butch Dalisay of UP as president, Dr. Marlu Vilches of Ateneo as secretary, writer-editor Erlinda Panlilio as treasurer, and Atty. Katrina Legarda as corporate secretary.

At a recent meeting attended by Her Majesty’s Ambassador Peter Beckingham, various plans of action were discussed to help promote and enhance the use of English, including the possibility of organizing a video-conference debate between a Philippine university team and one from Hong Kong or Singapore.

We were also delighted to hear from the British Council representative, David Hopkinson, that it has been doing its part in disseminating English-teaching programs. Arranged for local broadcast, for instance, was the "English by Radio" program co-sponsored by BBC World Service, in partnership with Radyo ng Bayan and the DepEd.

Here we help disseminate the following information provided by Ms. Jennifer Domingo of the British Council Philippines:

"The objective of the project is to provide a practical English-language-assisted ‘learning-through-listening’ program that would be broadcast around the country for use by schools.

"Using the English language curriculum of the DepEd, three radio programs have been initially produced. They are: 1) ALPHABETICUS — designed for Elementary learners (ages 6-8) — a program that includes songs and simple interactive English exercises, and is transmitted over Radyo Ng Bayan at 10:45 to 11:00 a.m. every Tuesday; 2) E-CLUB — designed for early high school learners (ages 11-12) — includes conversation and comprehension exercises, carried at the same time slot every Thursday; 3) E-CLUB Storyland — designed for early high school learners (ages 11-12) — includes conversation and comprehension exercises, on broadcast every Friday."

Launched at the ambassador’s residence last August, the English by Radio project features materials that are now utilized by e-PLDT Ventus for the implementation of its English Day Outreach Programs for 2007. Last month, the country’s biggest radio network, the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), began to air English by Radio through its Radyo Natin network.

Future programs will include the E-Club 2: for later high school, with conversation, stories, quizzes and comprehension; Adventures in English: short stories and comprehension exercises; Working English: for those wanting English practice for their work; and Follow Us: English conversation and repetition only — a lesson that concentrates on good pronunciation.

The BC Philippines hopes to re-launch the project in June with DepED’s support, so that the program can be integrated into public elementary and secondary schools’ daily English instruction.

Per Ms. Domingo: "We are also hoping to partner with other radio stations to increase our area of coverage. We are looking for volunteer radio talents, scriptwriters and creative ideas! Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact Nadine Jacinto-Alberto, consultant/director, English by Radio, third floor, Ventures I Bldg., 7849 Makati Ave. corner Gen. Luna St., Makati City, tel. nos. 899-3324." One may also log in at www.englishbyradio.com.ph.

Our good friend Vicente L. Rafael, or Vince, distinguished author and unarguably our finest literary scholar in the United States, just added another bright feather to his groaning cap with his recent selection as the 2007 Grant Goodman Prize awardee.

The biennial prize (more or less) is awarded by the Philippine Studies Group of the Association of Asian Studies "for substantial contributions to Philippine historical studies over a considerable period."

"It’s a nice little honor," Vince informs us, "and so much of the work I do of course draws from your own and the writings of other Pinoys both here and in the diaspora. So it’s an award that I can only share with friends as well as family."

The citation reads:

"Vicente Leuterio Rafael has pursued the study of Philippine history, broadly conceived, and in so doing has broadened notions of what historical studies might encompass. Using intellectual tools from literary studies, communication theory, and the social sciences, he has explored the colonial and post-colonial in the Philippines and its diaspora.

"Beginning with his 1984 Cornell doctoral dissertation, which ascribed new meaning to the notion of translation in the conversion enterprise of Spanish missionaries in a Tagalog context, Rafael’s scholarship has broken ground in such areas as interpretation of documentary photography, study of messianic politics, border studies, Filipino nationalism and effects of technology on popular culture.

"His insider/outsider perspective on Filipino life in America reconnects the diaspora to its origins, as it extends the reach and view of what is included in Philippine historical studies. In these and in other ways, Rafael embodies the qualities of the creative historian and teacher in the best tradition of the Grant Goodman Award."

Established in 1990, the lifetime achievement award "is open to all scholars across academic disciplines, providing their work is innovative and incorporates an historical perspective."

The prize was endowed by a gift from Professor Grant Goodman, who’s considered a good friend of Philippine studies. He led a rather interesting life before joining academe. He accompanied Gen. Douglas Macarthur in the liberation of the Philippines, and served with the US occupation forces in Tokyo. He learned Japanese, took advantage of the GI Bill, went to graduate school and started writing on the history of Japan-Philippines relations.

Goodman became a specialist in Tokugawa intellectual history and Japan’s cultural relations with South and Southeast Asia since the Meiji Period. He has been a visiting professor in a good number of universities in Asia (including UP) and Europe, and eventually became Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Kansas. He has written, edited or co-edited 15 books and published over 60 scholarly articles.

The awards ceremony was conducted on March 23 at the Association for Asian Studies annual convention, which was held in Boston this year. But Vince couldn’t make it.

He writes further: "There’s a very modest cash award, enough to buy me about two weeks’ worth of groceries, so it’s more symbolic than anything else. Nothing like the Templeton Prize for the arts and sciences (recently awarded to the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor), which is the largest one in these parts: $1.5 million, far more than the MacArthur ‘genius’ awards (which are worth about $500,000). Anyway, the company for the Goodman Prize is good (Resil Mojares et. al.) so I’m not complaining."

Past winners include John N. Schumacher, SJ in 1994, John A. Larkin in 1996, Resil B. Mojares in 1996, and Alfred McCoy in 2000. The current prize committee members are Patricio N. Abinales, Roger J. Bresnahan, and John A. Larkin.

Congrats, Vince! Blow-out naman ng one week’s worth of groceries!

KRIPOTKIN By Alfred A. Yuson
The Philippine STAR 04/09/2007


Monday, April 09, 2007

Amaya Paz sixth in world archery leg

Amaya Paz finished sixth overall in the women’s compound division of the just concluded Stage-One-Meteksan Archery World Cup 2007 at the Ulsan Munsu International Center in Ulsan, Korea.

Paz held on until the quarterfinals where she lost to Shabani Akram of Iran, 109-101.

In the qualifying round, Paz placed seventh with a score of 1334, way below her personal best of 1388. Teammate Jennifer Chan placed 11th overall and 10th in the qualifying.

In the men’s compound division, Enrique Cojuangco Jr. became the best Filipino finisher at 17th overall, followed by Adam Jimenez at 29th. EarlYap ran into trouble early and wound up 40th.

The weather was cold with unpredictable gusts of winds bringing down the temperature to a low of three degrees and a high of 13.

"A tricky, circling wind kept blowing the whole day on the field. Moreover, the temperature was colder than expected for this time of the year in this area. Many archers complained of their shooting being disturbed by these weather factors," said Ludivine Maitre Wicki of FITA Communications.

This World Cup is the first of four stages for 2007. The other venues will be in Italy, Turkey and England. But the mother of all tournaments for this year is the 44th World Archery Championships in Leipzig, Germany in July.

Paz is currently ranked No. 12 in the world, Yap No. 17, Chan No. 26, and Cojuangco No. 42. Based on these rankings they are in a realistic striking position to get golds in the coming 44th World Championships.

Both men and women’s teams were outfitted by Accel. Visit the source.


Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Residences at Greenbelt

Much has been said about The Residences at Greenbelt: its choice location at the heart of the country's central business district spells an unparalleled level of connectivity and access. This Ayala Land Premier development has the distinction of being the only high-rise residential building incorporated with the renowned Greenbelt lifestyle center, thus offering a plethora of exciting destinations for shopping, dining and entertainment.

And with its wide range of facilities available to future residents at The Fifth, The Residences at Greenbelt promises to bring the ultimate Greenbelt lifestyle to a whole new level.

The Fifth is undoubtedly the jewel of this exciting development. At 5,000 square meters, it is one of the largest amenity areas for any residential building development in the metro. And what a range The Fifth boasts, bringing not only grandness in size and choices, but also offering other premium services that reflect The Residences at Greenbelt's pampering touch.

A great deal of care and attention to detail has been given to its development to ensure that The Fifth provides a perfect balance of fun and excitement, rest and relaxation. For one, The Fifth features both indoor as well as outdoor facilities, even providing a lush, green oasis in the heart of the city unique to the development.

For further information about The Residences at Greenbelt, please call 728-7000, or log on to www.ayalalandpremier.com, or email ask@ayalalandpremier.com. Model units are available for viewing at the 3rd level, Greenbelt 3. Source.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Ayala Land: Taking the lead in sustainable land use

Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), the Philippines’ premier real estate developer, recently concluded its first ever Sustainable Land Use and Development Workshop, a pioneering program that introduced Ayala Land employees on the principles and perspectives of genuine sustainability in property planning and development, specifically for its Canlubang property.

Calls for environmental conservation and the reversal of accelerating ecological degradation have sounded louder than ever. In response to this, Ayala Land mounted the workshop to align its different business units to the common goal of sustainable land use and development and to provide them with a coherent planning framework for future projects.

According to ALI president Jaime I. Ayala, "as an industry leader, Ayala Land should be at the forefront of the sustainability discussion. We need to encourage everyone in ALI to start thinking about our sustainability strategies so that we can build them into our plans and allocate resources to it. We need a new mindset."

Leading experts and academics in various aspects of sustainable development provided ALI the knowledge, perspectives, and framework, for this new mindset in general, and for the incorporation of sustainability targets in various aspects of land use and development—energy efficiency, water efficiency, solid waste and wastewater management, and construction methodologies—in particular.

Susan Roxas, WWF vice-president for marketing and corporate relations, brought to the fore the current acceleration of community development but with little consideration for the sustainability of these cities on the long term. Systemic issues on the relationship between urban cultures and the ability of natural resources to support future generations of these communities are apparent. With the growing impact of climate change that is constantly being felt globally, she emphasized the urgent need to build in sustainability programs into development plans.

Kicking off the workshop was a comprehensive overview of Philippine patterns of urbanization by Paulo Alcazaren, which also served as a historical framework to the land development projects in the country. Former Philippine economic adviser Sixto K. Roxas, who has been developing an ecosystems-based and community-centered organization and management system for the last 30 years, talked about the concept of ecological footprint and 21st century models for land development. Briefly, ecological footprint is a metaphor for the amount of land and water area an individual will need to support its life on earth and to absorb its wastes.

Dr. Rex Victor Cruz, a leading scientist in forestry and watershed management, discussed an alternative framework to traditional paradigms of land use with the use of the watershed-ecosystem approach. Jose Ignacio, a British Council scholar and fellow at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development in UK for his research on energy efficient design, provided case studies of green architecture projects in the Asia. Yeb Sano, project manager for Cebu and Bohol for WWF’s Coastal Resource Management and Fisheries Conservation Project, stressed the importance of stakeholder consultations and community relations in his lecture.

In terms of resource efficiency, Gerardo Parco and Dr. Alice Herrera provided new perspectives in water and energy efficiency respectively. Parco, an urban specialist with the USAID project Sustainable Coastal Tourism in Asia, discussed the issue of sustainable sanitation, specifically water resources and wastewater efficiency, and introduced breakthrough wastewater solutions that are now available. Dr. Herrera, president of the Energy Efficiency Practitioners Association of the Philippines, touched on the crucial role of city planners and constructors in the efficient use of energy and provided examples of renewable energy.

During the workshop, Ayala reiterated to the group the urgency of adopting a sustainable approach. "There’s a commitment and a desire to do this. This is something we must do and we must embrace. We are in the middle of great change, but I am encouraged by history. We have always embraced innovation and the company has always done well. We find creative solutions," he said.

ALI’s Sustainable Land Use and Development Workshop is the first workshop designed and developed by the WWF-Philippines for a corporation. It is part of the WWF network, one of the world’s largest and most effective independent organizations dedicated to the conservation of nature. The two-day workshop was attended by top management from ALI, Community Innovations, Avida, Ayala Properties Management Corp., Makati Development Corp., and the project team and business partners for its Canlubang property development.

Source: philstar.com/philstar/business200704035601.htm