SPECTRE Blocked Screening at Resorts World Manila

This year’s most awaited James Bond 007 movie is coming to cinemas this November, and PMCM Events Management and WhenInManila.com together with Resorts World Manila brings you this special movie blocked screening of SPECTRE on November 07, 2015 (Saturday) 5:00pm in Newport World Cinema 3.

SPECTRE, which stars Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, is another adventure packed movie produced and distributed by Columbia Pictures. According to the original creator of the James Bond Series, Ian Fleming, SPECTRE stands for “Special Executive for Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion”. In this movie, 007 discovers dirty facts of SPECTRE while its leader Franz Oberhauser hunts him down to death.

This James Bond movie is one of the longest amongst the series as it runs approximately 2.5 hours. It also has the oldest James Bond girl to date, Monica Bellucci, who is now 50 years old. This movie really is a must-see for every 007 fanatic.

You can now reserve your tickets of SPECTRE Movie Block Screening at the Resorts World Manila, November 7, 2015, 5:00 pm, by calling PMCM Events at 5010029 or 09178344978. Don’t miss this opportunity of enjoying this movie with your friends and family.

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Fund your GCash now at 7-Eleven Stores!

GCash makes it easier for millions of its customers to fund their accounts in over 1,000 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide.

This arrangement was a result of the recent Memorandum of Agreement between G-Xchange, Inc., (GXI) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom and operator of GCash, and Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), the local licensee of 7-Eleven.

“We are excited over our partnership with PSC. 7-Eleven is the largest convenience store network in the Philippines.  With its wide reach, GCash customers can now fund their GCash accounts at any 7-Eleven stores as well as enjoy speed, ease, and safety when it comes to money transfer services. Together with 7-Eleven, cash-in transactions will definitely become easier and convenient,” said Xavier Marzan, President and CEO of GXI.

He added: “7-Eleven also boosts the current roster of GCash outlets which would help us provide more accessible and convenient ways for our customers to cash-in at any 7-Eleven branches.”

This partnership makes 7-Eleven one of over 10,000 accredited GCash outlets nationwide which allows GCash customers to fund their accounts through cash-in transactions for free.

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GCash is an internationally-acclaimed micro payment service which transforms a mobile phone into a virtual wallet for safe, secure, and hassle-free mobile money transactions. It can be used to buy prepaid load, pay bills, send money, make donations, online shopping, and even purchase goods without the need to bring any cash.

To know more about GCash products and services, visit www.globe.com.ph/gcash.

Balikbayan box returned

Recently, the Philippines experienced what others labeled as a “small-scale people power for the digital age.” It was during the height of outrage from the online community towards the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for adding up on cargo fees and doing a manual inspection of balikbayan boxes.

After the neverending barrage in Facebook, blogger rants and humorous memes, no less than President Aquino himself called Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Customs chief Bert Lina and told them to put an end to the erstwhile practice.

Indeed, the backlash was especially fierce because the main casualties of the half-baked policies were overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Nevertheless, if a growing number of reports are to be believed, it looks like the BOC people did not learn their lesson the first time. Purportedly, container vans are piling up once more at the Manila Customs yard, held indefinitely by officials. The reason? A new order from the BOC powers-that-be that no containers be released until the “new tax and duty increases” are paid. When freight forwarders and brokers requested for official documentation outlining this adjustment, though, they are told that it was a “verbal directive.”

The truth is,  part of this BOC “verbal instruction” is that all container vans should be inspected via X-ray, and then be subjected to 100-percent physical inspection. This includes inspecting all balikbayan boxes at the forwarder’s facility.

The question arises: Isn’t this in direct conflict with the specific instruction of the President himself? P-Noy gave a very clear order that physical inspections should be conducted only if there were suspicious findings from the X-ray or K-9 examinations.

Since our inspectors and customs officials should also extend the glee, and OFWs are not the only ones who need to send gifts to their friends and relatives, they handed this down last August before the “ber” months came in.

 

Save hearts through art by the Rotarians

The Rotary Club of Makati West (RCMW) is calling on art lovers to support their annual all-sculpture exhibit-sale dubbed “Alay Sining”to be held at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5, Makati City from November 12 to 15, 2015. Now on its eight year, Alay Sining 8’s theme is “Art with a Heart” which complements the Rotary International’s theme of “Be a Gift to the World”.

Alay Sining is a fund-raising initiative for one of RCMW’s signature projects, the Gift of Life program, which gives congenital heart disease (CHD) patients under the program with free heart surgeries.

According to RCMW President Victor “Junvee” Vital, supporting the art-for-a cause exhibit will not only mean supporting Filipino children with heart ailments but also local artists.

Both seasoned and new sculptors will be contributing pieces to the Alay Sining, and donating a portion of the sale price of their art pieces to the exhibit’s intended recipients – the CHD patients that will be given free heart surgeries under the Gift of Life program.

“If you support Alay Sining, you don’t only support children with heart ailments, but Filipino artists as well. So I say, “Start saving hearts through art,” said Vidal.

Rotary Club Makati West officers and members joined by the beneficiaries of the Gift of Life program and their parents.

Rotary Club Makati West officers and members (L–R) Edsa delos Santos, Davy Lim, AP Bartolome, Alay Sining 8 chairman Paolo Delgado, Greenbelt’s Cel Gera, Ayala Malls manager Mina Domingo, RCMW president Junvee Vital, Roque Tordesillas and Patrick Dionisio are joined (center) by the beneficiaries of the Gift of Life program and their parents.

 

According to Paolo Delgado, this year’s chairman of the exhibit’s Organizing Committee, this year’s Alay Sining will be joined by over a hundred artists who have sent their respective works for the exhibit. 

“They are from all over the country – we have some from Palawan, Mindanao and Cebu. So, it’s really a Philippine-wide sculpture shop, and what’s really nice is that all of the artists have joined because they want to support the Club and the Gift of Life,” said Delgado.

Some of the participating artists of the Rotary Club of Makati’s Alay Sining 8 showcase their artworks during the exhibit’s recent presscon: (L-R) Jaime Nepomuceno, Glen Cagandahan, Benjamin Dailo, Fred Caedo, Kish Javier, Helena Alegre, Merlito Gepte, Jaime Gubaton, Milmar Onal, Ral Arrogante, and Jinggoy Salcedo.

Some of the participating artists of the Rotary Club of Makati’s Alay Sining 8 showcase their artworks during the exhibit’s recent presscon: (L-R) Jaime Nepomuceno, Glen Cagandahan, Benjamin Dailo, Fred Caedo, Kish Javier, Helena Alegre, Merlito Gepte, Jaime Gubaton, Milmar Onal, Ral Arrogante, and Jinggoy Salcedo.

“They (the artists) have taken all the time and the effort to be with us. We’ve had a lot of them over the last eight years, and they have been with us since the first Alay Sining, when we are still learning how to run an art exhibit. And it’s really been heartening and we are very thankful for all the support that the artists have given us,” he added.

Explained Delgado, congenital heart disease usually forms at a very young age, and the mortality rate is not very good.

“Even if you do survive, you end up living a life with some sort of a handicap… you will not be able to engage in sports which young kids should be doing at their young age. So this fundraising that we run for the Gift of Life can really make a world of difference for the children out there,” he said.

RCMW member and former president Roque Tordesillas said that the cost of a heart surgery in a private hospital ranges from Ph800,000 to more than Php 1 million if for an open-heart surgery.

“But because of the work we have done at the Rotary over the past 11 years, we have established ties with the National Children Hospital, our main partner, which have brought down the costs because of subsidies. So that the Club only pays about P100,000 up to P200,000 especially for more complicated surgeries.

Tordesillas also lauded the Alay Sining artists calling them the “heroes” in this project.

Rotary Club Makati West officers and members some of the participating artists of Alay Sining 8

Rotary Club Makati West officers and members (L–R) Edsa delos Santos, AP Bartolome, Davy Lim, Paolo Delgado, President Junvee Vital, Roque Tordesillas and Patrick Dionisio with some of the participating artists of Alay Sining 8, a fund raising project of the Club for the Gift of Life program, which provides free heart surgery to children with congenital heart defects from indigent families.

“They are the real heroes of this program because they are the ones contributing their works, their artistry, and their hearts for this particular project. Without the artists, there will be no Alay Sining. We have had very generous artists who have contributed their talents to the cause over the years, so that the hearts of children are saved.”

Speaking on behalf of his co-artists, Ral Arrogante, who have been with Alay Sining since Year One,  said that for them artists, doing charity completes their vocation.

Since hindi kami maka-contribute ng cash, kino-contribute namin ang aming works. Hindi din kasi magiging full ang pagka-artist namin kung wala kaming tinatawag na kawanggawa. So ‘yun lang ang maitutulong namin… ang aming mga sariling gawa (Since we cannot contribute cash, we contribute our works. We can’t fully consider ourselves as artists if we don’t do charity. Our works are the best things that we can contribute),” he said.

Smart Enterprise unveils Smart Logistics Solutions

Wireless service provider for SMEs, Smart Enterprise, launched the Smart Logistics Solutions—a business-to-business (B2B) suite of software and hardware specifically designed to cater to the needs of transportation, logistics and distribution industries.

PLDT EVP and ePLDT President and CEO Eric Alberto noted that the launch of Smart Enterprise’s new product suite encourages SMEs to move towards a mobile and digital vision for their businesses.

“To stay ahead in today’s competitive business landscape, it is crucial for companies to provide speed and accuracy in delivering their services,” he said. “Through Smart Logistics Solutions, we will empower transport companies to enable prompt service, accurate tracking of assets and access data by automating their business.”

Venture forward

 

With Smart Logistics Solutions, SMEs can now say goodbye to manual monitoring of assets, paper-based data gathering, and traditional reports. The suite consists of mobile applications and solutions designed to reduce cost of business operations, improve monitoring efficiency and increase customer satisfaction for SMEs.

Specifically, Smart Logistics Solutions offers SMEs the following mobile applications and solutions: asset tracker-vehicle, fleet management and e-ticketing system for transportation; and, for logistics, the asset tracker vehicle and asset tracker-personnel, as well as proof of delivery (power form). 

Smart Tracker is a solution that utilizes GPS tracking system to enable users to monitor their vehicle or field force personnel’s location in real time. This solution will help businesses increase operational efficiency and ensure asset security. 

Smart E-ticketing handles scheduling and fares for transport companies. It manages and monitors admissions and retail from your head office while tracking sales real-time. 

Smart Fleet is a cloud-based solutions designed to help businesses perform the following operations – vehicle management including maintenance, dispatching and cashiering, driver data and reports.

Smart Form is a digital way of tracking goods’ shipment that leverages the mobile technology and replaces the pen-and-paper system.

PLDT FVP and SME Business Head Kat Luna-Abelarde added, “Speed and accuracy in delivering services give SMEs the edge in today’s fast paced and technology driven business landscape. With Smart Logistics Solutions, it does not have to be a strain on the overhead expenses nor does it have to be complex. To thrive in today’s digitally changing times, SMEs need to be able to harness technology to their advantage, and that’s our mission.”

Anuva Residences

SOC Land’s Anuva Residences turns over first tandem building

SOC Land Development Corporation (SOC Land) recently completed and turned over its first tandem building, Anala, located inside its residential resort community Anuva Residences.

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Anuva Residences’ Anala building

Strategically located between Sucat and Alabang in Muntinlupa, Anuva Residences prides itself in providing ample space inside and out. A total of 80 percent of the development’s land area is dedicated to world-class amenities including swimming pools, clubhouse and a basketball court, a tennis court, an amphitheater, yoga deck, meditation area, nature trail, and a jogging path, among others. A perimeter road was also constructed to allow for safe movement of residents, particularly children, in between units and amenity areas.

Ready for occupancy Anala features studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units in every floor. Each floor only has an approximate of 20 units, and each unit has a kitchen, a toilet and bath, and a laundry area. One-bedroom and two-bedroom units will have a balcony.

“When we developed Anuva, we focused on low density living to make sure that our residents have a home that truly feels like one,” John Paul G. Reyes President, SOC Land Devt. Corp said. “We believe that sustainable living is possible even in a condo living set-up. We pride ourselves in providing homes that work with nature, not against it.”

 

To help bring the distinct condo living experience to its residents, SOC Land teamed up with the country’s leading broadband and multimedia services provider, PLDT HOME, for the installation of PLDT HOME Fibr in all of Anala’s new units. PLDT HOME Fibr is PLDT HOME’s most powerful broadband with speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

“Our residents deserve nothing less than the best-in-class services, and we definitely think that PLDT HOME Fibr will be able to provide the most powerful broadband at home. Their service will fit in right with our own suite of world-class amenities,” Reyes added.

 

Three high-speed elevators and staircases serve the Anuva building. Residents also enjoy the protection and convenience of a 24-hour security service, fire detection and alarm system, and centralized garbage collection system.

For more information about Anuva Residences, call SOC Land at 553-4070 and 553-4080 or visit www.socland.com.ph / www.anuva.com.ph.

BREAKING NEWS: SHOOTING INCIDENT AT WALTERMART MAKATI

A passenger-jeepney driver was shot at point-blank range in front of WalterMart Makati around 3:30 this afternoon.   The driver, was inside  his jeepney parked in front of a fast-food  store  beside the mall’s entrance along Arnaiz St.  While waiting for passengers for their ride, the driver was suddenly approached  by an unknown person then shoot the victim.   According to witnesses and bystanders,  the assailant casually walked from the crime scene heading towards Osmeña Hi-way.

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People gathered and watched closely as investigators conducting interview to passengers and witnesses

 

Immediately arriving at the scene were, policemen and  investigators.  No confirmation yet for the driver’s fate.

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The jeepney. where the driver was seated behind the wheel when shot by an unknown assailant just in front of Waltermart Makati

 

*** to be updated