Experience a feast like no other for only P380! Lola Maria Restaurant ups the buffet ante every Saturdays and Sundays by offering more dishes and more choices at a lower price.
The Phillippine Red Cross Muntinlupa Branch and the Caridade International Models will be having the Red Runway event this September 29, 2011 on 7th High, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City.
It was so nice to be invited to such a cool and hip event like Urbanears Bloggers Event for the official product presentation and demo at the Digital Walker Café at Eastwood Mall.
Michael Jackson is really one of a kind. No one can ever replace him. There is only one Michael Jackson in this world and one King of Pop.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The esteemed ANVIL recognition was given to IBM for its outstanding public relations program directed at employees, retirees and their families.
Commemorating its centennial in 2011, IBM embarked on the Centennial Celebration of Service initiative last year to enhance the company culture of mobilizing its employees to resolve societal issues through transfer of skills and volunteerism.
“The Centennial Celebration of Service was embraced and greatly supported by IBMers in the Philippines, delivering over 38,000 volunteer hours, equivalent to around 13 years of community services to several organizations in support of their causes," said Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, President and Country General Manager, IBM Philippines.
In 2011, IBM Grants were awarded to Philippine Business for Social Progress for Mangrove Reforestation, CNN Hero: Efren Penaflorida’s Kariton Klasrum, Bantay Kalikasan of ABS CBN Foundation and Ayala Foundation, among others.
Considered the "Oscars" of the Public Relations (PR) industry, the Anvil Awards is an annual event organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines to recognize exceptional PR programs and tools implemented in the previous year. It is the symbol of Excellence in the public relations practice in the Philippines.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The tale has been adapted to various media, most notably the Opera Hansel and Gretel in 1893 by Engelbert Hamoperdick and a stop-motion animated feature films made in 1950s based on the Opera. It is adapted of course from the book of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, published in1812 and now being used for the launching of Kids Acts Philippines who celebrated its 10th year . As a presenter of Classic stories for children, they produce adaptations with a distinctively Filipino flair. Their Music and lyrics are original compositions and directorial nuances are bred in the finest of Philippine Theater.
KAP Theatre productions teach valuable life lessons to children that hopefully will build into their character now and into their later years, the ability to work together, to discover and expand their horizons and to love the arts as food for their soul.
Hansel and Gretel is proudly presented by Kids Acts Philippines Inc. (KAPI). Direction, Script and Lyrics by Luigi nacario and Music by Eugene Belbis. More infortantly, the musical play will feature the promising child actors who are scholars of the group's musical theater school called "The Camp Art".
Their show will re-run on October 12-14, 19-21, 2012 at the St. Cecilia's Hall St. Scholastica's College Manila.
KAPI has also The Camp Art Summer 2012 Musical Theater Workshops that incorporates and integrate the children's singing, dancinbg and acting abilities through intensive training and appropriate application on performing arts.
Classes will start on April 10 to May 20, 2012. You can ENROLL your children at Kids Acts Philippines, Unit 260, 2F Cityland Pasong Tamo Condominium 6264 Estacion St. Brgy. Pio Del Pilar. Makati City (behind Waltermart Makati infront of PNR Train Station) with Telephone Numbers: 750-1551, Mobile Number: 0915-4478959 / 0919-4338565.
You can also visit them in their websies www.kidsacts.com, email them at email@example.com. Like their facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecampartstudio
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Christian and Karylle, who exhibited undeniable chemistry in the musical West Side Story and international series The Kitchen Musical, is set to bring their magic in the concert stage.
They will dish out memorable love songs of different themes in the show- from falling in love to heartbreak to reconciliation and moving on.
An elaborate The Kitchen Musical medley was also prepared for the show.
“Christian and I are so alike in so many ways,” admits Karylle. “We have always been good friends and I am excited to do this show with him and the other talented artists who will join us.”
Comedienne Nanette Inventor, known for her hilarious skits, will give this show a funny dimension.
“Leap year only happens once every four years,” says Nanette. “So the concept of this concert is also a rarity. With the immense talent of Christian and Karylle, I am sure viewers will fall in love and travel back in time with such beautiful love songs that they will perform.”
Opera Belles and Primo are also guests of the show.
Tickets are available at the Resorts World Manila Box Office and all TicketWorld outlets.
Call the Resorts World Manila Tourist/Visitor Hotline at 836-6333, 908-8833
or TicketWorld at 891-9999 for more information.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Christian also expressed excitement over the chance to work with some of the most promising artists of this generation Angeline Quinto for In Love With You, originally recorded by Regine Velasquez and Asian superstar Jacky Cheung, and KC Concepcion for We Could Be In Love, first interpreted by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane.
2. In Love With You with Angeline Quinto
3. Love You This Much
4. We Could Be In Love with Kc Concepcion
5. Let Go
6. Rescue You with Sam Concepcion
8. I'm Already King
9. In My Arms with Baby M
10. Sasabihin with Neocolours
11. What Can I Do
14. All That’s Left
15. Love Moves In Mysterious Ways
16. Hands To Heaven featuring Zia Quizon
17. The Way You Look At Me
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
At the same time, the research shows that the measures used to evaluate marketing are changing. While 59 percent of ASEAN CMOs (Global: 63 percent) think return on marketing investment (ROI) will be the primary measure of the marketing function’s effectiveness by 2015, even among the most successful enterprises, they feel insufficiently prepared to provide hard numbers.
And most of these executives – responsible for the integrated marketing of their organization’s products, services and brand reputations – say they lack significant influence in key areas such as product development, pricing and selection of sales channels.
“IBM has embarked on this study to understand how the marketing profession is responding to the dynamic forces changing business today. Interestingly, the perspectives shared are in line with those across the executive suite. IBM has conducted similar interviews with CEOs, CFOs, CIOs and CHROs over the past eight years and more importantly, over the last 100 years globally and 75 years in the Philippines, IBM has observed, responded to and transformed businesses in line with or ahead of global business and markets evolution,” said Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, Country General Manager, IBM Philippines.
“From a company that sells, clocks, weighing scales, PCs, etc – IBM has transformed to become the premier Globally Integrated Company, harnessing the potential of its global presence and putting work where it can be done best based on the right talent, skills, economics and overall business environment. As a result, IBM is now a higher-performing, more resilient business today than it was several years ago.”
Digital Revolution is Transforming the Marketplace
“Globalization has brought the world to everyone’s backyard. Today, everyone is a broadcaster, publisher and a critic – there is nowhere to hide, and transparency is the new price of entry. What all these translate to is that there are more data from more sources, but less clarity,” said Charles Njendu, Senior Engagement Manager, Global Business Services, IBM ASEAN.
Customers are sharing their experiences widely online, giving them more control and influence over brands. This shift in the balance of power from organizations to their customers requires new marketing approaches, tools and skills in order to stay competitive. CMOs are aware of this changing landscape, but are struggling to respond.
“The inflection point created by social media represents a permanent change in the nature of customer relationships. Approximately 90 percent of all the real-time information being created today is unstructured data. CMOs who successfully harness this new source of insight will be in a strong position to increase revenues, reinvent their customer relationships and build new brand value,” added Njendu.
Unprepared for Complexity
The IBM study found that while 76 percent of ASEAN CMOs (Global: 79 percent) expect a high to very high level of complexity that their organizations will have to master over the next three to five years, compared to today, only 40 percent (Global: 48 percent) feels prepared for the expected complexity. This represents a complexity gap of 36 percent (Global: 31 percent).
Collectively, the study findings point to four key challenges that CMOs everywhere are confronting that will be pervasive, universal game changers for their marketing organizations over the next three to five years.
1. Explosion of data (ASEAN: 56 percent, Global: 71 percent)
2. Social media (ASEAN: 64 percent, Global: 68 percent)
3. Channel and device choices (ASEAN: 48 percent, Global: 65 percent)
4. Shifting demographics (ASEAN: 52 percent, Global: 63 percent)
To grapple with the first of the four challenges – data explosion – ASEAN CMOs are more likely to deploy tools and technologies over the next three to five years, including their use of social media (ASEAN: 93 percent, Global: 82 percent), customer analytics (ASEAN: 89 percent, Global: 81 percent), and customer relationship management (ASEAN: 85 percent, Global: 81 percent) tools.
Despite this urgency to change, CMOs cite cost (ASEAN: 63 percent, Global: 72 percent), a lack of ROI certainty (ASEAN: 61 percent, Global: 61 percent), and tool implementation issues (ASEAN: 36 percent, Global: 47 percent) as roadblocks that are preventing them from already adopting new tools and technologies available.
In order to deal with the broad level under preparedness, CMOs signal three key domains of improvements – deliver value to empowered customers, foster lasting connections, and capture value and measure results.
Delivering Value to Empowered Customers
One reason why most organizations struggle to get the customer insights they need is that they still focus on understanding markets rather than individuals. Although CMOs identify customer intimacy as a top priority, and recognize the impact of real-time data supplementing traditional methods of channel marketing and gathering market feedback, most say they remain mired in 20th century approaches.
The majority of the CMOs surveyed are still focusing primarily on traditional sources of information such as market research (ASEAN: 84 percent, Global: 82 percent), competitive benchmarking (ASEAN: 83 percent, Global: 80 percent), and sales campaign analysis (ASEAN: 61 percent, Global: 68 percent) to make strategic decisions.
Traditional sources of information are important, of course.
However, most of them have one big drawback – they can only show customers in aggregate, offering little insight into what individual customers need or desire.
Relatively few CMOs are exploiting the full power of the digital grapevine. Although nearly three-quarters of CMOs (ASEAN: 70 percent, Global: 74 percent) use customer analytics to mine data, only 29 percent of ASEAN CMOs (Global: 26 percent) are currently tracking blogs, 41 percent (Global: 42 percent) are tracking third-party reviews and 46 percent (Global: 48 percent) are tracking consumer reviews to help shape their marketing strategies. This is largely because the tools, processes and metrics they use are not designed to capture and evaluate the unstructured data produced by social platforms.
Njendu likened marketers who underestimate the impact of social media to those who were slow to view the Internet as a new and powerful platform for commerce. Like the rise of e-business more than a decade ago, the radical embrace of social media by all customer demographic categories represents an opportunity for marketers to drive increased revenue, brand value and to reinvent the nature of the relationship between enterprises and the buyers of their offerings. Marketers who establish a culture receptive to deriving insight from social media will be far better prepared to anticipate future shifts in markets and technology.
Fostering Lasting Connections
Proactive CMOs forge customer relationships that continue after the sale; and they fortify this bond by creating a corporate character that manifests itself in everything their employees do and say.
More so than their global peers (Global: 67 percent), 83 percent of ASEAN CMOs see enhancing customer loyalty and advocacy as the top priority for investing in digital technologies.
Despite this stated priority, most CMOs are, in fact, still focusing on the transaction, and less on the data required to build lasting relationships with the customer. 70 percent of ASEAN CMOs (Global: 61 percent) are using data primarily to segment and sell; not to generate awareness, stimulate interest, and build loyalty and advocacy.
Capturing Value, Measuring Results
Most CMOs have not traditionally been expected to provide hard financial evidence of their ROI. But given the current economic volatility and pressure to be profitable, organizations can no longer afford to write a blank check for their marketing initiatives. CMOs recognize they now need to quantify the value they bring to the business, be it from investing in advertising, new technologies or any other activity.
In fact, 59 percent of ASEAN CMOs (Global: 63 percent) believe ROI on marketing spend will be the most important measure of their success by 2015. While not all of them (ASEAN: 54 percent) feel fully prepared to be held accountable for marketing ROI, ASEAN CMOs (54 percent) appear to fare better than their global peers (44 percent). Other important measures to gauge marketing success are the positivity of customer experience (ASEAN: 56 percent, Global: 58 percent), the ability to convert and attract new customers (ASEAN: 54 percent, Global: 48 percent), and overall sales (ASEAN: 51 percent, Global: 45 percent).
If CMOs are to be held responsible for the marketing returns they deliver, they must also have significant influence over all “Four Ps”: promotion, products, place and price. The study found that this is often not the case.
CMOs say they exert a strong influence over promotional activities such as advertising (ASEAN: 85 percent, Global: 84 percent), external communications (ASEAN: 87 percent, Global: 82 percent) and social media initiatives (ASEAN: 70 percent, Global: 73 percent). But, in general, they play a smaller role in shaping the other three Ps – having less impact on new product development, and even lesser sway over key parts of the pricing process or channel selection.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Catch the repeat timings of The Firm's Pilot Episode on Feb 23 at 10:55pm & Feb 26 at 10:20am. New episode every Sunday at 9:55pm, First and Exclusively on AXN.
Photo Courtesy Of: Sony Pictures Television/Frank Ockenfels
Monday, February 20, 2012
But no, because it's Nuffnang's 5th year Birthday on February 27. I will do my longest greetings to Nuffnang like "Happpppyyyyyyy Birthdayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy NUFFNANGggggggggggggggggggggggg..."
And my wish for you is to have more birthdays to come, more success and more promos and opportunity for us! God bless!
The Nuffnang Birthday celebration is sponsored by Churp Churp, Fitness Punch Out, Borough for the venue and Jack TV as Media partners.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
“The WD Sentinel small office storage server is the ideal storage, backup, and secure remote access solution for any SMB,” said Thomas Gallivan, vice president of marketing for WD’s SMB Solutions Group. “The ability to have centralized storage that is both on-premise and offers secure remote access provides a small business owner and employees the flexibility needed for today’s mobile lifestyle. WD is providing small business owners with a hands-free solution that offers complete data protection and unparalleled peace-of-mind.”
“The requirement for collaboration across multiple devices and locations necessitates the need for a centralized storage solution in today’s SMB environment”, said David Tuhy, General Manager, Intel Data Center and Connected Systems Group. “Intel is working closely with the industry and companies like Western Digital to provide the technology that is at the core of these storage solutions and provide SMBs a platform to manage, organize and secure their data to ensure business continuity.”
“Built on Windows Storage Server, WD Sentinel gives small business customers the storage and file services capabilities of Windows Server, as well as a solution aimed specifically at the SMB segment,” said Thomas Pfenning, general manager, Storage, at Microsoft. “We are pleased to see WD Sentinel serve our mutual customers.”
Whether they’re personal or professional, digital content and important files are invaluable and often irreplaceable if lost or compromised. WD Sentinel small office storage server provides several ways for businesses to protect their information without user intervention. WD Sentinel comes preconfigured with enterprise-class drives, RAID storage protection, built-in server based backup and recovery software, redundant networking ports and a redundant power option. In addition, WD Sentinel offers users the ability to connect to a “public cloud” storage provider, which offers small businesses an economical and integrated disaster recovery solution against earthquake, theft and fire or water damage.
Software included with WD Sentinel provides business owners and their employees the freedom and flexibility to remotely access files and share files with external employees, independent consultants and satellite offices anywhere in the world.
Five Levels of Data Protection
WD Sentinel DX4000 provides five levels of data protection for every device on the small office network and is supported by WD Guardian Services.
1. The Drives Inside: Pre-configured with WD’s award-winning enterprise-class drives for durability and reliability.
2. RAID: Featuring levels 1 and 5 for data protection and speed.
3. Daily Backup: Automatic backup and recovery software provides daily full system back ups for up to 25 devices on your network. Simply set it and forget it.
4. Redundant Network Connectivity: Dual Gigabit Ethernet configured in Adaptive Fault Tolerance (AFT) automatically switches to second network port in the event of a network failure.
5. Optional Disaster Recovery Protection:Connect to the small business cloud provided by optional disaster recovery software and store your data offsite for disaster recovery.
WD Sentinel is certified to be compatible with a variety of Operating Systems (OS) including Windows XP, Windows Vista®, and Windows 7. In addition, WD Sentinel is compatible with Mac OS X® Leopard® and Snow Leopard® for file sharing among Windows, Mac and Unix/Linux operating systems and allows businesses to share files with clients, consultants, and inter-office personnel regardless of the OS used.
WD Guardian™ Services for Small Business
WD Sentinel DX4000 is backed by WD’s world-class customer service and support. All WD Sentinel small business customers will receive free tech support for 30 days from the time of the first call. WD Sentinel customers may wish to upgrade their service plan to one of three options:
1. WD Guardian Express: Offers next-day parts replacement service including shipping and handling costs.
2. WD Guardian Pro: Offers a one year support agreement with WD service, express parts replacement and priority access to technical support.
3. Guardian Extended Care: Service that extends the product warranty from the standard three year warranty to five years.
Price and Availability
WD Sentinel DX4000 small office storage server isavailable at select retailers and is distributed by Iontech Technologies Inc. and EA Global Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. in the Philippines.MSRP is PhP 46,265.00for 4 TB and Php 70,482.00 for the 8 TB.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Bicol Region is one of the key growth regions outside of the capital city of Manila. Geographic expansion into these smaller cities is one of IBM’s core growth strategies in the Philippines and in ASEAN. IBM is committed to assisting local businesses that are experiencing significant growth such as LCC in these smaller provinces to develop skills and advance new and more efficient processes with the use of information technology.
Last year, LCC started a major expansion initiative to better serve their loyal customers. With their short and long term growth plans, of 5 years and 10 years respectively, the Bicol-based retail giant which operates and manages several supermarkets, department stores, food outlets, malls and property developments needed to establish a robust and highly resilient infrastructure to ensure continued business operations. With operations in multiple geographic locations, intermittent supply of power and telecom, typhoon, earthquake and the proximity to Mayon Volcano are major concerns for the company’s long term plans.
Leveraging on IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services (BCRS) solutions, all of LCC’s critical data would still be available and accessible if disaster strikes. The IBM solution allows the company to focus on their core business instead of worrying about its IT infrastructure.
"Working with IBM will help us better manage our IT spending, comply with regulatory standards and focus on our key priorities," says Christian Tan, Chief Information Officer, LCC. "We will operate with an enhanced security and protection from IBM’s reliable hardware and services solutions."
IBM brings more than 50 years of business continuity and disaster recover experience of managing successful customer recoveries and crisis management. IBM manages thousands of clients around the globe and has deep understanding of industry challenges and dynamics.
The project will enable LCC to focus on their core business that will result in increased value for their customers and ultimately achieve their business objectives. It also indicates that local businesses based outside capital cities are slowly realizing the great value in information technology (IT) adoption as a way to increase competitiveness and as a key enabler for growth.
The retail industry is experiencing significant growth in the Philippines, mainly due to rapid urbanization happening especially in growth areas like Bicol Region. It is also an important contributor to the Philippine economy as it accounts for roughly 15% of the country’s total Gross National Product (GNP) and 33% of the entire services sector. It employs some 5.25 million people, representing a significant 18% of the country’s work force, which means roughly 2 out of every ten (10) workers is employed in the retail industry.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
A performance laptop that includes all the powerful features professionals want – and helps them look good in the process – the XPS 14z is available with second-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, an HD WLED display for great entertainment experiences, a slot-load optical drive and NVIDIA graphics option. The XPS 14z is a sleek laptop with a compact design that measures in at less than an inch thin. The unique design also maximizes screen size, delivering a 14-inch screen in a 13-inch form factor.
The XPS 14z is the latest member of Dell’s portfolio of thin-and-powerful solutions, and the second such solution in the XPS family, joining the successful XPS 15z laptop. Dell’s thin-and-powerful solutions now include the Inspiron 13z laptop, Inspiron 14z laptop, and the Inspiron One all-in-one computer that are ideal solutions for parents and students, as well as the Vostro V131 laptop for small businesses. All solutions are designed to deliver impressive performance in beautiful packages.
Well-designed and well-built, the XPS 14z is the classic example of style and substance. Customers will get more with this laptop: more screen size, and surprising portability for such a fully-loaded laptop.
The 14-inch HD display easily fits into a 13-inch laptop form factor –while offering 10 percent more viewing area than a 13.3” display. And starting at just 4.36 pounds, less than an inch thin, and up to six hours, 42 minutes of battery life, it also has the easy portability of a 13-inch laptop. The XPS 14z’s uncompromising performance helps busy professionals achieve their personal and professional pursuits – and look good while doing it. The XPS 14z is visually striking, with a slim, yet powerful form synonymous with innovation. Its anodized-aluminum finish is stylish and sophisticated, and the latch-less design is simple, yet elegant.
“The XPS 14z delivers what professionals want – raw power paired with a stunning, sophisticated design that signals ‘I’ve arrived’,” said Chris Papa, Country Manager, Consumer and Small Business, Dell Philippines. “The XPS 14z is specifically engineered to help our customers do more in their personal and professional lives – and it advances our industry-leading vision for thin-and-powerful solutions that deliver performance without compromise.”
“When Dell looks at innovation and product development, we start with the customer. For us, it’s about delivering the right feature-set and design to provide the best user experience for our customers,” said Sam Burd, vice president of Dell’s Consumer and Small/Medium Business product group. “With the XPS 14z, our challenge was to build a laptop that provided customers the performance and portability that they need, with the design and finish they desire.”
Dell XPS laptops also come with the Dell Stage user interface, which offers one-click access to favorite content including music, photos and video. SyncUP powered by Nero can keep content and personal information synched with other Stage-enabled Dell PCs and mobile devices within a home Wi-Fi network.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Just click here http://www.myxph.com/mma2012/, select your favorites per category and click VOTE!
Click on the MYX Music Awards app on the upper left side of the MYX Philippines official fan page https://www.facebook.com/MYX.Philippines. Select your favorites per category and click VOTE!
Tweet your votes Follow the format "#mma2012 I am voting for <nominee> for <category> ."to cast your vote over Twitter.
#mma2012 I am voting for PANGARAP LANG KITA – PAROKYA NI EDGAR FT. HAPPEE SY for FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO .
FOR MORE DETAILS: http://www.myxph.com/features/2534/voting-for-myx-music-awards-2012-starts-now/