Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Upcoming 16th Franchise and Business Expo to Showcase Filipino Entrepreneurs, Adhering to ASEAN Economic Agenda

The AFFI officers during the press conference held on September 19, 2017 at The City Club, Makati City. From L to R: Mr. Ricardo Cuna, AFFI Board of Adviser; Ms. Tess Ngan Tian, AFFI Board of Adviser;  Mr. John Chung, President ; Mr. Sonny Francisco, Chairman of the Board;  Ms. Anne Francisco, AFFI Assistant to the Expo Chairman.  
Image by: Monch "Monchster" Henares.

The Association of the Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) announced today the much-awaited Franchise and Business Expo to be held on September 29 to October 1, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Scan GCash Mobile App To Pay For Food and Drinks at Mercato Centrale

Wide variety of food at Mercato Centrale in Bonifacio Global City.

Cashless? Have no fear if your mobile phone is near.  The future of paying through Globe's GCash is here. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Olay Unveils New and Improved Line for the Modern Filipina

Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzback and Charo Santos-Cancio with Olay Philippines Team led by Brand Manager Chandana Sunder, and Prinicipal Science Expert David Khoo during the launch of Olay's new line held at Shangrila The Fort on September 12, 2017.

It was an exciting day to witness the launch of Olay’s newly re-engineered formulas at the Shangrila Hotel in Bonifacio Global City.  

Monchster's live interview of Olay's Brand Manager Chandana Sunder and Olay's Principal Science Expert David Khoo.

Present during the unveiling of this ageless beauty product were Olay's Principal Science Expert David Khoo, and Chandana Sunder, Olay's Brand Manager.

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Who will win this year's Miss World Philippines crown?

Thirty-five candidates will be vying for the coveted Miss World Philippines crown during the grand pageant to be held tonight, September 3, at the Mall of Asia arena.

The event will be hosted by Iya Villania, KC Montero and Carla Abellana, with special guests Jay-R, Kris Lawrence and other surprise guests.

Miss World 2016 and her court
(L-R) Miss World Asia Natasha Manuella, Miss World Caribbean Yaritza Reyes, Miss World Stephanie del Valle
Miss World founder and CEO Julia Morley, MWP Director Arnold Vegafria, Chief Zwelivelile Mandelsizwe Mandela
Miss World Oceania Madeline Cowe, Miss World Europe Lenty Frans, and Miss World Americas Audra Mari.

Aside from the country's past Miss World Philippines titlists such as Gwendoline Ruais, Queenierich Rehman, Megan Young, Valerie Weigmann, Hillarie Parungao and Catriona Gray, this year's pageant will also be highlighted by the presence of Miss World founder and CEO Julia Morley and her entourage, including reigning Miss World Stephanie del Valle, reigning Mr. World Rohit Khandelwal, Miss World Caribbean Yaritza Reyes, Miss World Asia Natasha Manuella, Miss World Americas Audra Mari, Miss World Europe Lenty Frans, Miss World Africa Evelyn Njambi, Miss World Oceania Madeline Cowe, and special guest of honor Chief Zwelivelile Mandelsizwe Mandela, the eldest grandson of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela.

The Miss World Philippines 2017 pageant is a production of ALV Events International.

(click on the Facebook links for more info)

Miss World Facebook
Miss World Philippines Facebook

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017 Philippine Trust Index results show rising trust in the government

Amid the wave of societal and institutional distrust observed across the globe, Filipinos run against the tide as their trust and confidence in the country’s key institutions increased, particularly the government.  This is according to the fifth Philippine Trust Index (PTI), a nationwide survey that looks into Filipinos’ levels and drivers of trust in six key Philippine institutions – government, academe, businesses, NGOs, church and media. 

A multi-awarded proprietary research of the EON group, this year’s PTI also probed into Filipinos’ trust in social media compared to other institutions and tuned in to social media conversations to discover whether online discussions truly reflect on-the-ground realities. 

Among the six key institutions, four institutions - government, academe, businesses, and NGOs gained increased trust ratings, while trust for the two remaining institutions – Media and the Church – stagnated.

A Leap in Government Trust 

Filipinos’ expressed greatest belief in the government as extreme trust ratings almost tripled since 2015 and overall trust levels rose by 30 percentage points.  The survey also revealed that among government sub-institutions, the Office of the President (82%) and Local Government Units (78%) are the most trusted.   Collectively, the Executive Branch is the most trusted, while the Legislative branch is the least trusted in government.   

Meanwhile, about 93% of the respondents considered government agencies providing social services such as PhilHealth, SSS and Department of Education to be trustworthy.  Naturally, respondents were more sceptical about agencies that were least familiar to them such as the Dept. of Finance, National Economic and Development Authority, and the Department of Budget and Management.

Positive Sentiments for Business Industries

For business institutions, public sentiments point to the rise of extreme trust, compared to two years ago. This 2017, Healthcare, Food and Beverage (F&B), Pharmaceuticals, Energy, and Telecommunications industries are regarded as highly trustworthy by 40%, 36%, 35% and 32% of Filipinos, respectively.    On the far end are the Mining, Alcohol and Tobacco, Advertising and PR, and Legal industries. These figures reaffirm that Filipinos respond favourably to brands that they have interacted with as employees or customers.  This is why the most trusted brands are those that come from the manufacturing (36%), retail (33%), and restaurants and fast food chains (19%). 

The push and pull of traditional and new media  

Albeit the expansion of internet and social media use among Filipinos, the general public still trusts traditional media channels – television networks (89%), radio stations (85%) and newspapers (75%) - more than social media sites.  

Of the 49% of Filipinos who have access to social media, 87% believes in the truthfulness of social media sites, while only 73% believes in traditional media.  Those who trust social media sites tend to believe organic and personal posts by friends and family, and are more doubtful of posts from social media influencers and strangers. 

Key Drivers of Trust 

A salient finding in this research is that repeated interactions are critical in building and driving trust.  Be it the government or the business sector, the most trusted institutions and sub-institutions are those that Filipinos come in contact with the most.

Specifically for the government, trust hinges on initiatives that impact Filipinos’ lives in tangible ways. Both the PTI results in 2015 and 2017 indicate that Filipinos value the government’s ability to ensure peace and security and help the poor as the foremost driver of trust, followed by the provision of better job opportunities and imprisoning corrupt politicians.  This year, Filipinos are most satisfied with the institution’s efficacy in putting corrupt politicians in jail (47%), preparing communities for disasters and calamities (46%) and ensuring national security (43%). Also, confidence in its ability to improve the economy and support industry development rose by 18 and 17 percentage points, respectively. 

For businesses, trust drivers pertain to aspects of employee and customer welfare. The general public are most satisfied with the business sector’s performance in the five most important indicators: provides good salaries and benefits (42%), improves the quality of their products and services (41%), treats customers well (39%), do their business well to increase profit (39%), and practice fair labor (38%).

When it comes to media, Filipinos place high value on integrity as professionals, competence and objectivity as reporters of facts. Evaluating media’s performance, they are most satisfied with the media’s competence and objectivity when reporting facts, and unanimously least satisfied with the media’s integrity.  

Social Media Buzz vs. Offline Sentiment 

Results from Groundswell™, EON’s proprietary and award-winning social media listening tool, confirm that issues trending on social media reflect on-the-ground realities about Filipino trust, even though only half of Filipinos are active online and active on social media. The PTI looked into social media posts that are relevant to the topic of institutional trust and found that the government (11,394 mentions), the media (3,298 mentions) and the church (2,006 mentions) were the most meaningfully discussed out of the six institutions.  

According to Junie del Mundo, CEO and Chairman of EON The Stakeholder Relations Group, “The Philippine Trust Index shows us the promise and opportunities in Filipinos’ rising trust in our institutions today.  This means that leaders in these key sectors have greater influence but should harness this to help positively improve the daily lives of people in concrete ways.”  Given these realities, del Mundo said that it is imperative for organizations to communicate tangible, relatable truths to engage stakeholders and build trust-based relationships.  It is also important to leverage social media in shaping and taking control of the conversations regarding their brands. 

The 5th Philippine Trust Index were culled from the responses of 1,200 Filipinos aged 18 and above coming from urban and rural areas in NCR, North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.  The study was conducted from March to April 2017.

The Philippine Trust Index (PTI) is the EON Group's multi-awarded proprietary research that looks into the levels and drivers of Filipinos' trust among key institutions in society - the Government, the Business Sector, the Media, Non-Governmental Organizations, the Church, and the Academe.

For more information, visit www.eon.com.ph

 Must-Watch presentations shown at the Launch

As EON has always endeavored to go the extra mile to remain timely and relevant, the PTI goes beyond trust levels to look deeper into pressing issues important to Filipinos. This year, EON turned social media into a pillar of the study by exploring Filipinos' trust in social media compared to other institutions, and by listening in on social media conversations about trust in the six key institutions to discover whether online discussions truly reflect on-the-ground realities.

If we trusted Twitterverse to show who we collectively are as Filipinos, what interesting things will we discover about ourselves? The Twitterverse has spoken and this is the Pinoy Slambook.

This video was presented by Mr. Gino Nacianceno, Head of EON DiG, during the Launch of the Fifth Philippine Trust Index last August 29, 2017
(Click to Watch) Pinoy Twitter Slambook.

Monch "Monchster" Henares is a blogger, tech and motoring specialist, inventor, and automotive engineer. He managed the motorpool for a limousine company in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
He is now based in Manila, Philippines.

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Globe Awards 21st Century High-Speed Learning Program to Quezon City Public Schools

By Monch Henares

August 29,2017.  It's consistently been Globe Telecom's commitment to develop the country's telecommunications infrastructure to be world-class. Realizing the power of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in providing meaningful 21st century learning, Globe Telecom brings its Global Filipino School (GFS) program to Quezon City via Masambong High School (MHS). Guest speakers at the turn-over event at Masambong High School were QC Mayor Herbert Bautista and Congressman Vicente "BingBong" Crisologo.

Masambong High School represents the Department of Education (DepEd) Quezon City division and is, therefore, the 1st public school in QC to benefit from the Global Filipino School program which now covers 142 schools all over the country. Globe has passed the half-way mark of a total of 250+ schools.

“Quality education goes hand-in-hand with ICT which allows learning to take place not only within the classroom but even beyond it.   Mobile internet adoption and the availability of affordable data-capable gadgets make it easier now for both students and teachers to access a vast library of information previously out of their reach. We believe that by providing the teachers and students with the tools they need, we can help uplift the state of Philippine education one school at a time,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications.

With the Global Digital Learning Lab
(L - R) QC Representative Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo, Masambong High School Principal Adora Teano, Miguel Bermundo, Manager, Globe Citizenship; Patricia Dee, Business Development Manager, Globe; and PC Magnaye, Project Lead, Globe Citizenship.
The Global Filipino School program provides select public schools with infrastructure support and ICT equipment such as the Globe Digital Learning Lab – a mobile cart of ICT gadgets composed of Globe Prepaid Supersticks, charging station,  netbooks, tablets, and an LED projector all powered with superior internet connectivity.  The Global Digital Learning Lab can be used to teach different subject matters whether inside or outside the classroom to encourage creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

For Masambong High School, Globe Telecom, in partnership with Habitat For Humanity, also spearheaded the renovation of an underused classroom to create a multi-functional ICT Laboratory with a collaborative working space which includes modular tables designed to be quickly and easily moved around to form various shapes appropriate for individual learning, small-large group discussions and conferences.

The Creative Space can, likewise, be used as a teacher training center for the DepEd Division of Quezon City as part of the partnership between Globe Telecom and DepEd.  Under the program, Masambong High School teachers were given training on how to seamlessly use internet connectivity and ICT tools in their subject expertise.  The teachers in turn, are responsible for sharing the knowledge with neighboring schools as MHS will be serving as a teacher training hub for DepEd Division of QC on the use of internet connectivity and ICT tools in the classroom.

At present, many public schools are still missing out on the benefits of ICT, prompting Globe to help address the concern through GFS.  The program, which started in 2012, intends to transform at least one school in each of the 221 school divisions under the Department of Education into centers of ICT excellence within the next four years.

Based on the impact assessment released by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) Global Market Research Company last year, digital skills among teachers and students particularly on the usage of mobile technology and computer software, showed marked improvement as a result of the GFS program.  Students also became more well-rounded due to increased engagements driven by various pillars under the 21st Century Learning Framework.  The notable increase in the presence of ICT equipment also resulted in more students and teachers now using ICT in their daily academic proceedings and becoming more engaged in the lessons.

Monch "Monchster" Henares is a blogger, tech and motoring specialist, inventor, and automotive engineer. He managed the motorpool for a limousine company in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Choi Garden Manila Sumptuously Opens It's Doors at the Winford Hotel and Casino

“Good food, reasonable prices, and quality service,” these are what make up a successful restaurant according to Choi Garden Manila President Benito Gaw as his team opened up at new five-star Hotel Winford Hotel and Casino (WHC) last August 18, 2017. Being the newest Choi Garden restaurant after branches in Greenhills and Makati, the WHC outlet will be the biggest. Catering mostly to families looking to celebrate, Choi Garden Manila has a seating capacity of 300 on the second floor with eight private rooms, a presidential room with lavatory, as well as a ballroom on the fourth floor which can seat up to 700 guests in a Chinese Lauriat-style setting.

Benito Gaw - President - Chio Garden Manila Welcoming The VIPs
“The restaurant here in WHC will look more luxurious as evident in its interiors,” said Gaw emphasizing how the look and feel of the establishment goes well with WHC’s own design. He also revealed that the architect behind the beautiful Choi Garden Manila is none other than the famed Jose Antonio Nazareno of Nazareno + Guerrero Design Consultancy, renowned for delivering high-end, upscale residential projects. 

Modern Entrance to the Restaurant

Seating Capacity of 300
Upper Floor Dining Area

Presidential Room w/ Lavatory
In the kitchen, an experienced Hong Kong chef who has cooked for fine dining restaurants in Hong Kong and Thailand runs Choi Garden Manila. Executive Chef Ho Wai Kit, along with three other chefs from Hong Kong and China, have all mastered traditional Cantonese and Chinese dishes such as suckling pig with glutinous rice, shark’s fin soup, Peking duck, hot prawn salad, fried pigeon, and Choi Garden’s set of dim sum classics.

Suckling Pig w/ Glutinous Rice
Whole Fried Scallop Ring
Deep-Fried Pigeon

For chef specialties, Chef Kit can enumerate a long line of dishes that are popular among foodies. Among these are the poonchay Chinese mix hotpot, boiled patola with suahe and black fungus, seafood tofu pot, minced pork with eggplant, and braised fish head in casserole, among others.

XO Sauce Shrimp w/ Celery

Braised Shark's Fin w/ Crab Meat Soup

“We have secret recipes that set every dish apart from other Cantonese-styled restaurants,” said Chef Kit. “Rest assured, the food here in Choi Garden Manila will remain faithful to the standard and quality of that in our Greenhills and Makati outlets,” assured Gaw.

Singapore Style Crab

Australian Abalone w/ Mushroom

For seasonal specialties such as braised fish maw with abalone sauce, steam suahe, calmex abalone, steam rock lobster with garlic, and salt pepper sea mantis, advanced orders are required as the meat and authentic ingredients are shipped fresh daily from Hong Kong markets.

Choi Garden Manila is indeed another exciting addition to WHC’s superb offerings for its guests, and what will surely be welcome news to the Filipino-Chinese community in Manila’s Greater Chinatown.

Watch Facebook Live Video of Opening Night

More Photo of Opening Event

Mr. and Miss Chinatown 2017 Candidates

Sen. Edgardo Angara

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Mayor Joseph E. Estrada Painting Chinese Lion's Eyes at Eye-Dotting Ceremony

Distinguished Guests Domingo Yap, Mayor Joseph E. Estrada, Dr. Andrew L. Tan

VIP Table

Opening Night Menu

Steamed Lapu-Lapu

Hong Kong Style Pao

Beautifully Laid-Out Menu

For more on Winford Hotel and Casino, visit www.winfordhotel.com.ph or call the Guest Services Hotline at (632) 528-3600.

Monch "Monchster" Henares is a blogger, tech and motoring specialist, inventor, and automotive engineer. He managed the motorpool for a limousine company in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
He is now based in Manila, Philippines.

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