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YouTube Worldview Pres. Noynoy Aquino

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Written by Patrick King Pascual

October 23, 2011 at 6:30 am

“Shine”: a tribute to Filipino entrepreneurs who believe in the Philippines

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Published in Yahoo Philippines and VERA Files | 17 October 2011



While countless Filipinos still believe in the American dream, the big names in local entrepreneurship have proven that dreams can come true even here at home.

“I have confidence in the countless opportunities that is available in the country,” Erramon I. Aboitiz, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Aboitiz Power Corp., said

Aboitiz, who was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2011, believes the Philippines is a great place for up and coming entrepreneurs.

“People ask me why not go abroad; I said what for?” he related. “We have a lot of opportunities here, if we just look hard, we can make it big in the Philippines.”

Aboitiz also won the Master Entrepreneur Award 2011, a category award that is given to the entrepreneur who best represents a great deal of management in finance, marketing, human resources and sales.

He will represent the Philippines in the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monaco in 2012.

His success in transforming Aboitiz Power Corp. from a regional power distributor into a national power industry player, with generation and distribution assets throughout the country made him a run-away winner of this year’s award.

Aboitiz was chosen for embodying the entrepreneurial values of leadership, strong vision, innovation and strong financial expertise and performance.

The Entrepreneur of the Year program was founded and produced by Ernst & Young in 1986 in the United States. SGV Foundation, Inc. established it in 2003 in the Philippines.

For eight years now, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year has given awards to recognize exceptional entrepreneurs who, collectively and individually, build and lead successful, growing and dynamic businesses that drive the Philippine economy, and inspire other aspiring entrepreneurs to follow their leadership, vision, success, and achievements.

The theme for this year’s search is “Shine,” in recognition of Filipino entrepreneurs who shine and inspire other entrepreneurs with their commitment to uplift their communities, their people and eventually the country.

This year’s Social Entrepreneur Award went to Anna Meloto-Wilk and Camillie D. Meloto, president and creative director of Gandang Kalikasan, Inc., respectively, for applying practical and innovative and market-oriented approach to their business and pushing social change for the poor with livelihood projects.

Reynaldo T. Paulino, managing director of Kraftika Filipina, won the Small Business Entrepreneur Award. He best demonstrated management excellence in his business with an asset less than 100 million pesos. He hopes to make Kraftika Filipina one of the best native fashion producer.

The Woman Entrepreneur Award was given to Maria Fe P. Agudo, president and CEO of Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. Her outstanding leadership and community development was recognized in a male-dominated industry. She’s involved in Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation Program that guides upcoming social entrepreneurs.

Ferdinand Y. Marañon, president and CEO of Sagrex Corporation, bagged the Emerging Entrepreneur Award. Marañon exemplifies the start-up process and plans to make the Philippines the world’s biggest source of cardaba bananas.

Bienvenido V. Tantoco III, president of Rustan’s Supercenter, Inc., was given the Innovation Entrepreneur Award. He demonstrated an innovative approach and business solution that resulted in turning around his company, which previously had huge debts, and making it grow.

Raul Anthony D. Concepcion, president and CEO of Concepcion Durables Inc., got the Business Excellence Award for showing an exceptionally consistent and systematic application of total quality management principles.

“The quality of this year’s finalists has shone through in the work they have done and they have been deemed role models in their respective industries,” SGV Foundation Inc. Chairman  Cirilio P. Noel said.

The other finalists were: Francisco M. Bernardo III, president and founder of LET’S GO Foundation; Bernard Faustino M. Dy, school vice president of University of Perpetual Help System; Prudencio S. Garcia, president of Mekeni Food Corporation; Jaime Enrique Y. Gonzalez, CEO of IPVG Corp.; Pacita U. Juan, marketing director of Earth Life Store Supply, Inc.; Ronnel C. Rivera, president of Gensan Shipyard & Machine Works, Inc.; Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, chief executive mentor of Southville International School and Colleges; Winston S. Uy, president of Universal Leaf Philippines, Inc.; and Francis Glenn L. Yu, president and CEO of SEAOIL Philippines, Inc.

Past winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines were: Tony Tan Caktiong, president and CEO of Jollibee Foods Corporation, Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2003 & World Entrepreneur of the Year 2004; Socorro Cancio-Ramos, founder of National Bookstore, Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2004; Lance Y. Gokongwei, president and CEO of Cebu Air Inc., Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2005; Senen C. Bacani, chairman and president of La Frutera Inc., Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2006; Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, Jr., president and CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation, Entrepreneur of the Year 2007; Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting, chairman and president of Planters Development Bank, Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2009; and Tennyson G. Chen, president of Bounty Fresh Food Inc., Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2010.


(VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”)


ANC Square Off: The CVC Law Debates: Quarter Finals Promo

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Square Off: The CVC Law Debates
Quarter Finals:
October 14, 21, 28 & November 4

October 14:
University of San Carlos, Cebu vs. De La Salle University-Manila

October 21:
St. Louis University Baguio vs. University of the East-Manila

October 28:
University of the Philippines vs. FEU-La Salle

November 4:
University of Sto. Tomas vs. San Beda College Alabang

Moderated by: Maiki Oreta

New HIV cases in PH reach all-time high

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Published in Yahoo Philippines and VERA Files | 11 October 2011



New cases of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the country reached an all-time high of 204 in July this year, the highest number of new cases recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) in a month to date.

The virus is now infecting seven Filipinos every 24 hours, up from last year’s average of five new HIV patients daily.

Latest data showed that a total of 1,220 cases were registered in the first seven months of this year alone, bringing to 7,235 the total number of HIV cases since 1984 when the first such case was recorded in the Philippines.

According to the DOH, 90% of the positive cases were males, 20 to 29 years old. It added that 107 of the 204 HIV cases recorded in July this year were from the National Capital Region (NCR).

DOH also said that the most common means of transmission of the virus was sexual, mostly from MSM (or men who have sex with men). Others were from female sex workers and injecting drug users.

The World Health Organization (WHO) noted that the Philippines is one of seven countries in the world where there has been a continuous rise of HIV-AIDS cases in the last eight years amid a global slowdown. The other six countries are Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

If this trend continues, the Philippine government may need P1 billion every year to produce Antiretroviral Medicines (ARVs) to help slow down the spread of the HIV virus and aid people living with HIV and/or AIDS (PLWHAs).

The Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC) already warned that the number of HIV cases in the country could balloon to 46,000 by 2015 if no concrete programs to educate the people about the disease and a system to control the spread of the virus were put in place.

Five members of Congress have filed House Bill 5312, or the proposed Comprehensive AIDS Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support Policy and Plan Act of 2011, to energize the multi-sectoral PNAC and jumpstart a new National HIV and AIDS Plan with definite strategies, operating guidelines and targets supported by a P400 million budget.

Authors of the bill included Arlene Bag-ao (Akbayan party-list), Jorge Banal (Quezon City), Ma. Isabelle Climaco (Zamboanga City), Janette Garin (Iloilo), and Arnel Ty (LPG Marketers’ Association party-list) Rep.

Ty said HB 5312 enjoins particular agencies to conduct programs that will help decrease the growing number of HIV cases in the country and to improve the conditions of PLWHAs.

PLWHAs are protected by Republic Act 8504, or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998. All government agencies, medical institutions and individuals are mandated to keep all information regarding PLWHAs confidential. A person or institution found violating this law faces penalties that include imprisonment from two months to four years, and revocation of their license and permits.

When a person is HIV-positive it does not mean he has AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

HIV is a condition in the human body in which there is a progressive deterioration of the immune system (body defense) or the ability to fight off disease. AIDS is a disease of the human immune system when it is greatly weakened by HIV. This makes the infected individual vulnerable to other life threatening infections.

There is still no permanent cure for HIV and AIDS, but there are ARVs that may help slow down the growth and spread of the HIV virus. Several medical institutions offer medical assistance to PLWHAs, like counselling, regular monitoring of their vital status, and providing them medical attention.
 (VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”)


Written by Patrick King Pascual

October 15, 2011 at 6:01 am

ANC Primetime Talk Shows Promo

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Talkback with Tina Palma
Mondays 7pm

Strictly Politics with Pia Hontiveros
Tuesdays 7pm

Future Perfect with Tony Velasquez
Wednesdays 7pm

Tamano Perspective with Atty. Adel Tamano
Thursdays 7pm

Promo Producer: Patrick King Pascual
Graphics: Toffee Dimalanta
Voice: Raine Musngi

Written by Patrick King Pascual

October 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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