NAST PHL conducted the Science Policy and Information Forum on the Philippine Blue Economy last January 28, 2019 in Quezon City. The forum aimed to promote the Philippine Blue Economy, a game-changer for the country’s overall development and progress.
Negros Occ LGU to showcase Negrense food and culinary culture at IFEX Philippines 2018
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).
Manila, Philippines – Evogen Nutrition Philippines hosted the recent Asia Fitness Exhibition & Competition at the Forum Tent, Philippine International Convention Center, CCP Complex, Pasay City last April 28 and 29, 2018 and flew in 4x Olympia Physique World Champion, Fil–Am Jeremy Buendia and 19x Olympia World Champion Trainer Hany Rambod. They opened the event and gave talks and seminars that inspired the Filipino athletes to a whole new level.
The 2-day fitness and wellness extravaganza gave Filipino athletes the opportunity to showcase their talents, skills and physicality in both the Bodybuilding competition that was held on the 1st day and the CrossFit competition on the 2nd day. Elated and jubilant would be the best word to describe the participants of the events especially those who won in their specific categories. The organizers would like to congratulate the Overall Bodybuilding Champion, Ernesto Rubio; Overall Physique Champion, VhenSagabain and for the Women’s Bikini Champion, Ms. Lorie Enriquez.
Trade and retail booths that featured fitness and wellness products, fitness equipment and apparel and product sponsors catered to all event visitors, participants and athletes from the growing fitness community in Manila.
“Being a champion is not an action, it is a state of mind”, says Jeremy Buendia. Evogen hopes to create more fitness and wellness events that are life-changing, experiential, and awe-inspiring for the Filipino fitness enthusiasts in the coming years.
The Asia Fitness Exhibition and Competition was also brought to us by the IFBB Professional League, The Asia Regional Amateur Competition, Hera Hero Fitness Apparel, Avant Garde CrossFit, Gym Rat, Xtreme Gym Equipment, Philsupplements Corporation, Phenom Sportswear Inc., Circulan, Lung Care Plus, Macropharma, Young Americana, CM Talents, Shua Gym, Pink Parlour, the Official Tanning Partner, Slimmers World International, Pocari Sweat, Organique, Vitaminboost, Musli & Lightwater, Anytime Fitness – Banawe, Monster Energy Drink, Tanduay Athletics, Happyfit, A Toy, Wise Choice, Whey Sted, Gorilla Gainz, Nice Day Coffee, Movenpick Cebu, Wacoal Fitness Apparel and Innerwear, Hollistic Integrative Care Center, The Beauty Lounge. Special thanks to our Media Partners; Business Mirror, Health & Fitness by Business Mirror, The Philippine Graphics Magazine, Pilipino Mirror, Asian Journal Publication, Balikbayan Magazine, Wheninmanila.com, Chinoy TV, A-plus OOH Advertising, ABS CBN Sports & Action, Steel Art Billboards and LEDs in Cebu, The Philippines Event, Sacrifice Radio and Pinoykami Online.
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After the successful launch of the first five towers: Molave, Maple, Narra, Magnolia, and Mandarin which now have sold-out, the Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes, touted to be the biggest garden community in Manila, is making another milestone with the unveiling of its newest tower – the Mahogany. The Mahogany Tower forms part of the 8-tower residential enclave that has already captivated young families and investors with its kid-friendly features and thoughtful amenities.
Speaking during the launch of Mahogany, Dennis Lim, SVP for Sales and Marketing of Federal Land, talked about the sales of the Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes. Months after the launch of its last tower, the development has already reached its target in terms of sales record. Lim attributed the high sales to the inherent features of Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes.
“The Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes has an ideal location – and it is very rare that we have a property like this in the midst of Metro Manila. With over 2 hectares of space, we are going to build a safe and kid-friendly community in the heart of Manila. It is in a secluded area but is also within a gated community with its own garden road,” Lim said.
What makes it an ideal entry point to Makati and nearby Manila is the property’s location along Quirino Avenue Extension-OTIS Peñafrancia in Paco. With its dual access roads, one going to Quirino Avenue Extension and the other heading to Penafrancia Street, the Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes makes it very convenient for unit owners to go in and out of their homes. The ease of access also gives families plenty of time to bond at home and simply savor the development’s unique living experience.
Always alive with the glittering Manila at its heart, the Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes also affords its residents the captivating fusion of old and cosmopolitan Manila. Ideally positioned to some of the best educational institutions, hospitals, recreational, historical and shopping areas, parents and children have interesting places to explore. What also makes the project a truly incomparable, sought-after residential address is its nurturing environment.
“The Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes was actually conceptualized with the kids and families in mind,” said Lim. “We have devoted large open spaces not only for the children to play but also for family members to relax, bond and have fun without going out. The open spaces we offer are very generous.”
With more than 50 percent of the property devoted to open spaces, the children will have plenty of spaces to roam around, see new sights, meet new friends, and discover new things.
Carefully created to nurture family bonding moments, the development hosts a superb selection of amenities that every family member is sure to enjoy: swimming pools (25-meter lap pool and heated pool) and children’s pool for water enthusiasts; gym/ fitness center for health buffs; children’s play area and indoor game room for kids; a multi-purpose court as well as a clubhouse for some rest and recreation. The garden community, with its extensive development, also features a garden road, gazebo, health walk, a jogging path and promenade as well as a meditation garden. Busy parents can leave their precious one at the day care center while they are at work.
The 19-story Mahogany Tower also has sky gardens incorporated into the building. This green landscape does not only promote an earth-friendly lifestyle for its home owners but also present energy efficiency for the environment. With offerings of studio and two-bedroom units in sizes ranging from 19.00 to 38.2 sqm, Mahogany Tower has a low-density design to foster a sense of camaraderie and harmonious co-existence among home owners. Another exciting feature of the Mahogany is the inclusion of a retail area on its ground floor level.
As aforementioned by Lim, the Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes boasts of top-notch security. Truly wanting to ensure the privacy and serenity of the residents, the development has a 24-hour security and Property Management Office to look after their interests.
The Mahogany Tower of Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes is due for completion by 2017.
For more inquiries about Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes, you may visit its on-site showroom located along Quirino Avenue Extension-OTIS (Peñafrancia), Paco, Manila, or call 497-8646, or log on to http://www.peninsulagarden.com.ph
MANILA, Philippines –Three of ASEAN conglomerate SCG’s local subsidiaries – Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc. (MSC), United Pulp and Paper Co. and SCG Marketing Philippines, Inc. – were awarded with the Green Choice Philippines Seal of Approval during the Suppliers’ Forum on Green Public Procurement recently held at the SMX Convention Center, attesting to the Group’s commitment of conducting business alongside conserving the environment and creating value for society.
The Green Choice seal is awarded to products that are certified to be environment-friendly, with the objective of raising consumer consciousness on the environmental features of products they choose to buy and use. Among the products awarded with this quality mark is Mariwasa Siam Ceramics’ wall and floor ceramic tiles; UPPC’s test liner board, which is made from 100% recycled paper used in the manufacture of boxes and other packaging materials; and SCG Marketing’s fiber board, which is an asbestos-free cement board, reinforced by high-quality cellulose natural fibers used for various purposes in construction.
These products are compliant to the Green Choice requirements on environment and product quality performance, including adherence to environmental regulations, green procurement policies, health and safety standards, energy efficient processes, and waste and pollution-reducing practices, among others.
“We are very honored and proud to accept the Green Choice Philippines Seal of Approval. It is indeed our philosophy to commit to sustainable development, and we hope and believe that with our high-quality products, green technology and green process, we will help support the Philippines achieve sustainable development for its economy, society and environment, to build towards a better quality of life in the country,” said Anukul Kongrit, President of MSC and SCG Country Director for Philippine Operations.
Aside from highlighting the environmental value of these products, the Green Choice seal also marks the company’s leadership in promoting sustainable development, which takes into consideration not just operational or production costs, but also the environmental and societal impact of doing business. With the Green Choice mark, these products are envisioned to encourage producers and manufactures to improve their production and operating process into reducing environmental harm.
This is aligned with SCG’s philosophy in taking the lead in developing solutions and programs toward economic, social, and environmental issues affecting its business operations, as part of its path toward becoming an ASEAN sustainable business leader. It imbues the concept of reducing, reusing/recycling, and replenishing throughout all its business units, which helps shape the design of its plants and facilities, helps develop and improve production processes, and utilizes eco-friendly materials and technology, to ultimately produce green, sustainable, high-value added products.
ASEAN conglomerate SCG’s local subsidiaries were granted the Green Choice Seal of Approval for its environment-friendly products and processes. Shown in photo are United Pulp and Paper Co. VP for Marketing Jirasak Kaewubol, Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc. VP for Sales and Marketing Jakkrit Suwansilp, SCG Country Director for Philippine Operations Anukul Kongrit, and SCG Marketing Philippines President Sunchai Jindasri.
Mariwasa President and SCG Country Director for Philippine Operations Anukul Kongrit (5th from left) accepts the Green Choice Seal of Approval from Presidential Adviser on Environmental Protection Sec. Neri Acosta. Also shown in photo are (L-R) Development Academy of the Philippines President Antonio Kalaw Jr., Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Nora Terrado, Mariwasa Assistant Manager for Sustainable Development Jonathan Macaraeg, Mariwasa VP-Sales and Marketing Jakkrit Suwansilp and Asian Productivity Organization Director Setsuko Miyakawa.
SCG, one of the leading conglomerates in the ASEAN region, comprises three core businesses: SCG Chemicals, SCG Paper, and SCG Cement-Building Materials, and has more than 200 companies under its umbrella and approximately 43,000 employees. As it celebrates its 100th year anniversary, SCG continues to create and distribute innovative products and services that respond to the current and future needs of consumers.
SCG has been present in the Philippines since 1993 with more than 1,000 employees through its 7 subsidiaries: United Pulp & Paper Co., Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Inc., CPAC Monier Philippines Inc., SCG Trading Philippines Inc., Green Siam Resources Inc., Green Alternative Technology Specialist Inc., and SCG Marketing Inc.