Magdalena’s ‘Millennior vloggers’ share lives, loves on video

For Perpekto Samparada, a rice farmer from Magdalena, Laguna, his farm is his pride and joy. “This is our family’s main source of livelihood,” he says, gesturing to the rice field behind him. “I have dedicated my life to this, and I can say that this is our slice of heaven here on earth.” It used to be that the only ones who could see his farm are those who could make the trip. But after learning how to shoot and upload videos on social …

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Earth Hour Philippines 2019 shines a light on plastic pollution

Now on its 12th year, Earth Hour is considered as the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. When #Connect2Earth was launched last year, more than 17,900 landmarks and monuments in over 180 countries and territories switched off their lights to show their commitment to and support for raising awareness and inspiring action on conserving nature and biodiversity. On the second year of the global #Connect2Earth theme of Earth Hour that calls for the urgent need to care for the Earth’s biological diversity, World Wide …

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Budding teacher develops an award-winning tutoring app

Cris Militante was still in college when he realized how much he wanted to teach. The computer science and information technology student recalled that three of his classmates at the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City had asked him to tutor them in programming lessons. The three subsequently passed the courses they had initially been struggling with. The positive results encouraged Militante to tutor other students who needed help with complex, specialized classes. Even though student organizations offered tutorials, not everyone could be …

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Donate to Bantay Bata using your beep™ Card

Special beep™ card donation terminals called Bantay Bata kiosks have been deployed at LRT 1 stations at Roosevelt, Balintawak, D. Jose, Central Station, Gil Puyat, and EDSA Taft, Monumento and Baclaran. Each tap donates five pesos (P5) to Bantay Bata. Donations are deposited by AF Payments Inc, operator of the beep system, to the foundation’s bank account on a daily basis by electronic means. “Thank you po!” Instead of the usual beep sound, the cheery voice of a child saying “Thank you po!” is what …

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Women Empowerment through Technology and Literature

Women’s Month celebrates the intelligence and talent of empowered women—and raises awareness that women can be strong and successful. Mobile technology is a growth catalyst, especially for women writers. Andrea Flores thinks she might be remembered as someone who pushed that particular agenda: Bringing Filipino voices out internationally, making people notice the Philippines in terms of books. Women’s Month celebrates the intelligence and talent of empowered women—and raises awareness that women can be strong and successful. Mobile technology is a growth catalyst, especially for women …

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‘Maginoo’ is the new ‘Macho’

In celebration of Women’s Month, various transport groups and construction workers nationwide joined the bill’s authors Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros and Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin in calling out and warning Filipino men who still perform acts of sexual harassment in public spaces, prohibited under the Safe Spaces Bill ratified last February. As principal author and sponsor of the measure, Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros welcomed this proactive response from Filipino men in pushing for the Safe Spaces Law, ahead of its signing. “Gone are the …

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Grade school students win the Power Mac Center app contest

A game app that will help toddlers and grade school students build their passion for learning bagged the grand prize in Power Mac Center’s recently concluded “emPOWER UP! Design a Better World: App Development Challenge” for kids. The winning app concept aims to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Quality Education by integrating valuable lessons during gameplay. According to the UN, more than 265 million children are currently out of school, 22 percent of which are of primary school age. Moreover, 617 million youth …

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‘KulToura’ the travel guide app bags Anvil honor

KulToura app features information on heritage sites, historic schools and churches, nature parks, popular attractions, famous landmarks and other must-see places in various parts of the country. National Commission for Culture and the Arts Chair Virgilio S. Almario and consultant Noel de Guia pose with the Anvil trophy received from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines for the KulToura app, a mobile travel guide to the Philippines. KulToura is a collaboration by the NCCA, the Department of Tourism, Smart Communications and InnoPub Media. A …

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PLDT-Smart Join San Beda in honoring Outstanding Achievements of Top Alumni

The alumni were honored by San Beda in an event held at the Manila Hotel for their commitment to excellence and efforts toward nation-building. PLDT and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications recently joined the “Pride and Glory: Red and White Ball” in celebration of the outstanding achievements of graduates of San Beda University. For their commitment to excellence and efforts toward nation-building, the alumni were honored by San Beda in an event held at the Manila Hotel. San Beda University alumni association president Dominador Buhain Jr., …

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Angels Walk for Autism Marks its 30th Year of Promoting Autism Awareness

The Angels Walk for Autism continues to advocate for acceptance, accommodation and appreciation of Filipinos with autism towards an Autism-OK Philippines. There will also be a pre-walk program that will include performances from children and adults on the autism spectrum and special guests, the annual ASP Autism Angel Achievement Awards and a special presentation on ASP’s milestones. The Autism Society Philippines (ASP), together with SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, will hold the annual Angels Walk for Autism on March …

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