Month 2018: Filipino Language of Saliksik!

Adopted by the board of Commissioners of the Resolution No. KWF. 18-24 states that the theme of the Month for the year 2018 will be “Filipino: Language Saliksik.”
The theme recognizes the Filipino as a medium for creating and promoting national prosperity and wisdom. By theme, intended to extend the mandate Filipino language in various fields of knowledge, especially in science and mathematics.
Want to be part of the promotion of Filipino as the language of research? Catch the next KWF announcements regarding language program in August 2018!

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Month 2018: Filipino Language of Saliksik!

Adopted by the board of Commissioners of the Resolution No. KWF. 18-24 states that the theme of the Month for the year 2018 will be “Filipino: Language Saliksik.”

The theme recognizes the Filipino as a medium for creating and promoting national prosperity and wisdom. By theme, intended to extend the mandate Filipino language in various fields of knowledge, especially in science and mathematics.

Want to be part of the promotion of Filipino as the language of research? Catch the next KWF announcements regarding language program in August 2018!




MANILA, Philippines, June 13, 2018- For the first time, a Philippine – made liquor brand has been ranked the top selling rum by global spirits think tank Drinks   International. Tanduay has taken over the number one spot from a list of international rum brands that has been long dominated by  Bacardi.

“Our distinctly Filipino rum is now the world’s no. 1. We have a great product to offer the world and the world recognized it,” said Lucio Bong K. Tan Jr., President and CEO  Tanduay Distillers, Inc. Mr. Tan Jr, who actively took the helm as CEO of the company in 2014 and has been credited for the disruptive changes within the company that led to explorations of new markets abroad and new market approaches locally to bring the brand closer to younger product consumers.

According to Mr. Tan Jr ” Only a visionary like my father, Dr. Lucio Tan, saw this when he acquired  Tanduay from the Elizalde’s in 1988. At that time it was considered very volatile for any business investment in the country, my father held on to  the belief that  someday the world will know Tanduay.”

Since the acquisition of the Tanduay  brand by the Lucio Tan group 30 years ago, plant modernization and expansion projects tremendously increased and distillery’s production capacity, Today, Tanduay  has unmatched aging capability harvesting only the world’s finest from its aged rum reserve All facilities operate based on ISO standards ensuring consumers of quality, efficiency, and food safety. Recently, its Cabuyao Plant has completed its ISO – 9001: 2015 certification.

Through its hands-on leadership of Mr Tan Jr., the company made its historic expansion in the world arena. Tanduay made a strategic alliance with companies in the USA to expand its distribution capacity.

According to  Paul Lim, Chief  Marketing  Officer Of Tanduay, the company embarked on a  brand refresh since the younger Tan took over.

We were the first to implement a nationwide music marketing campaign that brought Tanduay to a younger market We were the first liquor brand to sponsor an NBA  Team. – The Golden State Warriors. We continue to push further as we ride along an ever-changing market landscape now dominated by health-conscious loving millennials with the launch of Tanduay Athletics and a sponsorship of the Century Tuna Superbods. Both projects contributing a premium to Tanduay’s brand equity, he related, citing some of the marketing innovations that led to Tanduay becoming the  World’s No. 1 Rhum.

Tanduay Distillery Inc. is a member of LT Group of companies and Philippine’s top rum maker, which is also distributed in Asia and the United States among other countries in the world. Likewise, the company produces spirits, wines, brandies, gins, and vodka. We have registered the company in the Philippines Stock Exchange as a subsidiary of Tanduay Holdings Inc.





The Social Security System (SSS) regrets to inform its members of the delay in the release of checks for salary loan, death, disability, retirement, sickness and maternity claims submitted starting May 22, 2018 onwards due to check printer malfunction.

The necessary repairs are already underway and the SSS aims to have the checks ready for delivery to PhilPost starting June 8. SSS is coordinating with PhilPost for special handling of these checks for faster delivery.

SSS is also notifying some 106,950 affected members and pensioners of the delay via text message thru the number they registered with SSS. For other inquiries, members may call phone numbers 920-6446 to 55 or email

This is the first time that SSS had a check printer malfunction.  The agency apologizes for the inconvenience.


Negros Occidental returns to PH biggest international food trade event

Negros Occ LGU to showcase Negrense food and culinary culture at IFEX Philippines 2018

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Piaya is one of the popular distinctlocal delicacies that will be showcased at the Negros Pavilion.

The province of Negros Occidental is set to drumbeat their local distinct food products and agri-commodities as they return in the 12th edition of IFEX Philippines 2018  last  May 25 to 27 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).  Led by the provincial government of Negros Occidental, 25 Negros-based companies and agricultural groups  had taken the opportunity  to look for a  new market  in the country’s biggest international food trade event as they stage a holistic presentation of their famous and high-demand food products.

The Negros Occidental Pavilion will offer locally sourced premium products and agri-commodities which include their famous muscovado sugar and other sugarcane derivatives, chorizo, gourmet tuyo, dried seafood varieties, healthy and organic brews, processed peanuts, mushrooms and other native treats.   “We keep on coming back since we have received a positive reception from the visiting international and local buyers since we began participating in 2013 when Negros Occidental became a partner province in IFEX Philippines,” said Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr.

“IFEX Philippines proves to be agreat platform in exposing our producers to market dynamics that helps them further strengthen their market-readiness,” he said. “Last year, one of our producers, Muy Bien Ventures, became a 2017 Katha awardee in the Beverage Category for their innovative Iida Farms’turmeric powder with calamansi.”

For this edition, the Negros Occidental Pavilion will have a twin-exhibit at IFEX Philippines with four local companies joining the fray of top exporters in the Visayas Pavilion at the WTCMM. These exhibitors are HLS Aqua Products, New Wave Exporters Inc., Fishta Seafood, Inc.(formerly, Orient Cold Storage), and Gems Foods International, Inc.  Meanwhile, Negros Occidental will also stage another exhibit in the Marketplace at the PTTC, showcasing a wide array of products and delicacies from 21 companies, namely Muy Bien, MFK Agri Products and Technology, Norgie’s Food products, Anyol’s Food Products, Bobette’s Delicacies, Oyen’s Food Products, Melva’s Food Products, Shiena’s Homemade Products, Virgie’s Homemade Products Corp., Ereneta Manaloto Chorizo, JA & R, T-Flavors, Kusina Jamora, Sir Jess Suarez Enterprise, Ely’s Food Product, Jarvis Gourmet Foods,Fresh Star Organics, Ofelia’s Food, andAding’s Gourmet Tuyo.  Also joining in the retail area are the Organic Producers in the Island of Negros (OPTION) Multi-purpose Cooperative, Sagay Toboso and Calatrava Agrarian Reform Cooperative (SATOCA), and the municipal office of Himamaylan.

Aside from the Negros Pavilion, the Negros Occidental LGU will also host a culinary demonstration of their iconic heirloom cuisines prepared by top local chefs Nico de Asis Millanes and Don Angelo Colmenares at the first day of the “IFEX Kitchen: Summit of Flavors.”  With the theme ‘Slow Food and the Negros Heritage,’ Millanes will make his own rendition of the classic Negrense dish called tambo or bamboo shoots in coconut milk. Meanwhile, Colmenares will cook up ‘tomlaw’—his food fusion of the homegrown kilawin using tanigue as meat base mixed with the popular Thai dish tom yum.  Negros Occidental is known as the Sugar Capital of the Philippines allocating more than 50 percent of its agricultural land to sugarcane plantation and producing around 60 percent of the country’s total sugar and molasses output as of 2017. 

Going Beyond Sugar  

Besides being the country’s top sugar producer, Negros Occidental is also a home to some of the in-demand agri-commodities, including bananas, pineapple, coco water, prawn, dried fish, organic rice and coffee.  “Currently, we are breaking away from monocrop culture and strengthening our agri-diversification efforts as we further drive and promote our local coffee and cacao, coconut, aquaculture,” said Marañon. “We are also scaling up small businesses so they can penetrate even bigger markets like what we wanted to do at IFEX Philippines.”

According to Marañon, joining IFEX Philippines is part of their broader efforts under their Provincial Economic Development and Investment Center (PEDIC) and the Technolocy Livelihood Development Center (TLDC).  “We are working to enhance the market access of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by facilitating and subsidizing their participation in trade fairs and trade missions, packaging and labelling referrals, market outlets, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the acquisition of permits and licenses,” explained Marañon.  Among some of their local MSME services and initiatives is also to provide more access to finance and resources, information and facilitate linkages to financing institutions and conduct product development and enhancement seminars, among others.  

The 12th edition of IFEX Philippines is organized by the DTI‐CITEM in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS).




Go Negosyo’s Mentor Me on Wheels goes to Calamba

Go Negosyo’s Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) will made its second pit stop at SM City Calamba, Laguna – Mall Atrium  last  June 2, 2018.   Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez   once again led  in a one-on-one mentorship session with aspiring entrepreneurs together with Senator Miguel Zubiri and Yazaki Torres Manufacturing Inc. President & CEO Feliciano Torres as well as other successful mentors.

After its successful leg at Mall of Asia last May 11, MMOW , it  will continue to bring mentorship closer to every Filipino especially to those undeserved entrepreneurs from distant areas. The program also provides an avenue for capacity building in realizing President Duterte’s goal of building an inclusive economy.

Attendees  experienced  a 30-minute one-on-one mentoring from the pool of successful Go Negosyo Mentors.    MMOW Laguna  focused on the food, non-food, and the agriculture industry. The   modules on (1) entrepreneurial mind-setting and (2) marketing  gave  supplemental knowledge on setting up and running micro and small businesses. The first module primarily focuses on establishing the foundation of a values-oriented entrepreneur. The second module, on the other hand, provides crash courses on marketing strategy, value proposition, and brand sustenance.

Through MMOW, micro-small business owners can now be equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship in more convenient and accessible locations. It is in line with the current administration’s vision to capacitate micro-small businesses in boosting the Philippine economy.


Asia Fitness Exhibition & Competition published recently @ Health & Fitness Of ALC Group

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