Yupangco Group and Ayala Partnership

May 27, 2019 – Yupangco Group of Companies signed a contract with Ayala Group for almost  2000 square meters area at the Ayala Mall Bay Area along Macapagal in their more than 200,000 square meters development. 

Present in the contract signing were Joshua Tsuchiya (Technical Operations Head, EATZ Group/UnliCity), Renz Victor  Picache (Brand Acquisition Manager, Ayala Group), Robert Laurel Yupangco (President of Yupangco Group), MaYa GaMir (COO, Zoomanity Group), Carl Cabral (Manager, Jake Zyrus Team), Grace Bondad Nicolas (Co Founder , Tag Media Group), Jose Mari Laurel Yupangco (CEO, Yupangco Electronics Corporation) and Rolando E. Valenzuela (Financial Advisor, Zoomanity Group).
The development from the Yupangco Group will be the biggest store as compared with their existing  concepts as mentioned by Robert Laurel Yupangco. 
According to Robert, “The concept we have in mind for our project with Ayala group is the first in the Philippines to promote our Filipino talents and to promote the Philippines as the premier tourist destination.”
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My Special Love – #BoBreyinCONCERT to air on GMA Pinoy TV

This Sunday (June 2), avid fans of the phenomenal tandem of Ken Chan and Rita Daniela will definitely have a blast as GMA Network airs their first-ever concert My Special Love – #BoBreyinCONCERT on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

The concert is set to start in high spirits as Ken and Rita portray their well-loved characters in the hit GMA Afternoon Prime soap My Special Tatay – Boyet and Aubrey – while they make their way to the stage. Their hilarious banters drew hearty cheers from the audience, who couldn’t help but sing along to their single “Almusal.” Viewers will see a different side of Ken and Rita as they groove and sing to “Hataw Na.”

In their solo spots, Ken will spread kilig vibes in his performance of his debut single under GMA Music entitled “1 Like”.

Meanwhile, Rita will relive precious moments in her 13 years in the show business. She will touch the hearts of the fans through her single “Florita.”

One of the show’s highlights is the heartwarming song number of Ken and Rita with people with intellectual disabilities.

Ken and Rita’s co-stars in My Special Tatay – Lilet, Teresa Loyzaga, Baby Angelo, and the show’s director LA Madridejos- were also present in the audience to support the pair. Meanwhile, John Kenneth Giducos, who portrayed “Dekdek” in the series, will join Ken on stage for a special duet performance.

Directed by Louie Ignacio for television, My Special Love – #BoBreyinCONCERT  is co-presented by GMA Music, GMA Network, and Starmedia Entertainment, with Barangay LS 97.1 as media partner. The creative direction is by Mcoy Fundales with musical direction by Marc Lopez. 

Don’t miss My Special Love – #BoBreyinCONCERT this Sunday (June 2) on GMA Pinoy TV. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com. (30)

GMA Pinoy TV brings the ‘fiesta’ to Kapuso abroad in the U.S. for PIDC 2019

This June, GMA Network’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV takes Kapuso abroad closer to home by bringing them Filipino festivities to commemorate the 121st Philippine Independence Day.

On June 1, Dragon Lady leading man Tom Rodriguez will headline the Mabuhay Festival, which is a project of the Mabuhay Foundation. The whole-day free festival at Kimball Park, National City, San Diego California will showcase participation of various groups representing businesses, civic organizations, public agencies, non-profit organizations showcasing arts and crafts, local talents, and trade. The event is sponsored by GMA Pinoy TV and DISH Network.

“I’m really excited. I feel like I’m going home for free and I get to visit my family and I get to hang out and celebrate Philippine Independence with our favorite and loved Kapuso abroad. Magpapagutom ako at makikikain ako ng todo kasama ang mga Kapuso abroad. I also prepared a few numbers for them,” says Tom.

The celebration will continue on June 8 with Megan Young gracing Piyesta Pinoy at Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center in Chicago, Illinois. The event, led by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF), is a free festival that will feature local performances, art workshops, Philippine Tourism, and community vendors.

“I’m really looking forward to celebrate the Philippine Independence Day with our Kapuso abroad. I know what it feels like to be far from home and I hope that sharing this day with them will somehow ease the homesickness that they sometimes feel. I’m so excited to have fun with them!” says 2013 Miss World Megan Young.

PACF is a non-profit organization formed exclusively for charitable, cultural, educational, and social services among Filipino-Americans in the Midwest.

These festivities are made possible through the exclusive media sponsorship of GMA Pinoy TV as it continues to provide world class entertainment and at the same time help the Kapuso abroad to reconnect with their kababayans and feel closer to home.

“Our Kapuso abroad will always have a special place in the heart of GMA Network, especially that of GMA Pinoy TV. We sincerely hope that through these events, we are able to bring them closer to home, wherever they are in the world,” says GMA International First Vice President and Head of Operations Joseph T. Francia.

For more updates on Kapuso events abroad, follow GMA Pinoy TV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@gmapinoytv) and visit the GMA Pinoy TV official website at www.gmapinoytv.com. To our Kapuso abroad, you can watch your favorite Kapuso shows via GMA Pinoy TV. To subscribe to our GMA Pinoy Pack, call DISH Network at 1-800-898-2681. (30)DISCLAIMER: This Message may contain confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this message is prohibited. If you received this message in error please notify your Mail Administrator and delete this message immediately. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender and may not necessarily reflect the views of GMA Network, Inc….

Building climate-resilient communities by : Rena S. Hermoso

“Mainit na talaga…kapag nahuli ka ng tanim wala na talaga…”

This is the common sentiment shared by the farmer cooperators in San Francisco and Guinyangan, Quezon. They shared that rain hasn’t poured in their area since the start of the year. Experts from the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) CALABARZON and agricultural technicians from the Office of the Municipal Agriculturists (OMA) warned them that this dry spell is not yet the start of the dry season. It would get drier and hotter. They were advised to anticipate and prepare for the possible problems it would entail.

Earlier this year, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA) advised the public to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential adverse impact of El Niño. This natural phenomenon threatens the livelihood of the agriculture and fisheries (AF) sector. To make matters worse, extreme weather changes, severe droughts and floods, more frequent and stronger typhoons, increase in annual mean temperature, among other events, brought about by climate change also, pose a serious threat to the AF sector as it threatens the sector’s stability and productivity.

In 2013, DA launched the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) Program to enable the AF sector to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and build climate-resilient communities and livelihood. The initial phases of the program identified climate hazards and assessed climate-risk vulnerabilities of the communities. DA tapped various state universities and colleges to conduct a Climate Resiliency and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) in the first 10 provinces: Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Tarlac, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bukidnon, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur. CRVA is measured through three components: 1) exposure of the municipality to climate-related hazards, 2) sensitivity of the crops to climate-risks, and 3) capacity of the farmers to adapt with the changing climate conditions.

Dubbed as the “Food Basket of CALABARZON,” Quezon is primarily an agricultural province with more than 300 thousand hectares of agricultural land. According to the Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) through its CRVA in Quezon, “most of the municipalities have low to moderate exposure index to hazard; but considering that crops are highly sensitive to changes in temperature and extreme rainfall, then a minor change in weather and climate could have major implications on production.”

SLSU identified San Francisco as the most vulnerable municipality followed by Guinyangan. San Francisco has low exposure to hazard index but several crops are sensitive to climate change and they have a low adaptive capacity index. SLSU said that the best strategy to address their adaptive capacity is to increase the human and social capital in the municipality alongside introducing climate-resilient interventions and practices.

CRA project in Quezon

DA-RFOs of the 10 pilot sites used the results of the CRVA as the baseline data for the next phase of the program. DA-Southern Tagalog Integrated Agricultural Research Center (STIARC), through funding support from the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), implemented the “Community-based Action Research for Climate-resilient Agriculture (CRA) in CALABARZON Region.” The project aims to help the farmers adapt to climate risks and build climate-resilient livelihood through participatory action research.

During a monitoring activity of BAR on 27 February- 2 March 2019, farmer cooperators were able to share their observation with the changing climate and their experiences going through the project and adopting the interventions introduced to them.

In order to strengthen and improve the human and social capital of the farmers, the project team organized 10 Farmers’ Learning Groups (FLG) in San Francisco and five FLGs in Guinyangan. “Farmer cooperators conducted field trials of CRA interventions according to their commodity concern and shared these technologies and outcome with other farmers,” shared Project Leader Aida Luistro.

Further, rice farmers in San Francisco tried testing stress-tolerant varieties. They attested that that RC 282 and GSR 11 are the varieties that gave promising yield and results. These varieties are drought-tolerant with longer maturing days, 110 and 115, respectively. To provide additional income for the farmers, the project team introduced the planting of legumes (i.e. mungbean, peanut, and soybean) as it is effective in improving soil health. Other CRA interventions introduced in San Francisco are corn-based cropping system (with legumes or purple yam, sloping agricultural land technology (SALT), breeding of native pig production.

In Guinyangan, vegetable farming was introduced to coconut farmers. The package of technology include fertilizer application based on soils analysis, use of organic fertilizer, and use of open-pollinated variety seeds. They are also currently testing two black pepper varieties (native and Taiwan). Planting black pepper is in support to the Guinyangan Municipal Local Government to expand its production in other barangays.

“To promote CRA technologies and practices to other farmers, two Farmers’ Field Day were conducted,” shared Luistro. She also mentioned that farmer cooperators in San Francisco were able to visit the AMIA villages in Guinyangan. Through this educational visit, they were given the opportunity to learn from each other’s knowledge and experiences with the CRA interventions and practices.

In addition, the project team capacitated the AF communities in agri-based enterprise development through seminars which include corn charcoal briquette making, soybean processing, and native pork processing.   They also linked farmers to government financial service providers and conduit cooperative/bank and provided access to weather information and farming advisories.

Access to weather information and farming advisories were also provided to the farmers with assistance from DOST-PAGASA. Weather forecast is disseminated through social media. They also installed farm-level weather instruments to monitor and record precipitation and temperature.

In San Francisco, Cristino Bayran rigorously observes and records weather information since the start of the project. Based on his observations, the diurnal range increased from 7 degrees Celsius to 14 degrees Celsius. He shared that the extreme changes in the weather is very alarming. In late 2018, he shared that farmers couldn’t plant because of the severe rainfall — a complete opposite of what they are experiencing this early in the year. Thus, the importance of enabling our AF communities to adapt to climate risks and build climate-resilient communities and livelihood. ###