Heart of Kapitan For the Country’s Heroes

PAL continues to support the PH troops amid the Marawi crisis by granting special privileges to AFP and PNP personnel. Earlier this month, PAL chairman Dr. Lucio Tan has also personally turned over a P2 million check donation to support the country’s soldiers.

Philippine Airlines Chairman Lucio C. Tan is granting special privileges for the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in recognition of their sacrifices for the country.

Dr. Tan is granting 40 kilos free baggage allowance to AFP and PNP personnel in active service traveling on all PAL domestic routes on official or personal capacity.

Military personnel are required to present their valid identification card upon check in at the airport. Baggage in excess of the free baggage allowance of 40 kilos shall be assessed the applicable excess baggage rates.

This grant, which is applicable across all fare brands, shall be valid only for travel until 31 December 2017.

My heart goes out to our country’s heroes and heroines who have sacrificed their lives in the battlefield and to all those who continue fighting to save Marawi and other critical areas. You deserve the country’s highest honor,”stressed Chairman Tan.

In addition, a 20% discount on ALL regular domestic fare brands (except budget economy fare brands) is also being provided to all active members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for any type of travel – official or personal. AFP and PNP personnel must present a valid ID card upon ticketing.


Last July 25, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte honored fallen soldiers of Marawi in Malacanang Palace with the family members of deceased soldiers as special guests.

PAL is extending two free domestic tickets to Manila for each family attending the said event called “Salamat Magigiting na Mandirigma, Go Negosyo Kapatid from Marawi Financial Assistance to the Families of Fallen Heroes”.

The flag carrier donated two million pesos to the AFP for the soldiers who are fighting or have fought in Marawi.

The Tan Yan Kee Foundation – the corporate social responsibility arm of the LT Group as well as the PAL foundation are carrying out donation drives and humanitarian cargo grants, respectively, for those affected by the Marawi situation.


Disaster Awareness Month With the Help of BPI-Philam

Press Release: 

The Philippines isn’t new to natural disasters or calamities.


Compared to its other Southeast Asian neighbors, our country experiences a wider range of disasters. From floods to landslides, and typhoons to earthquakes – the most recent of which just happened in Leyte with a magnitude of 6.5 – the Philippines continues to endure and survive. Though the government does its best in preparing for and anticipating these times of emergency through awareness efforts and disaster response drills, self-mitigation is still an area that we can further improve on.


Surendra Menon, CEO of the country’s premier bancassurance company, BPI-Philam, learned from the resiliency of Filipinos and their experience in times of crisis, believing this has given them a good start in disaster preparedness.


“Most Asian countries don’t have typhoons; most of them are prepared for floods, fires, and some earthquakes. But here you have the full range – you have typhoons, you have earthquakes, tsunamis, even volcanoes. Most things about disaster preparedness Filipinos have learned because you’ve gone through it all,” he said


Despite this vast experience of the nation, Menon encourages practicing resourcefulness by taking notes from disaster responsiveness of other countries in the region. Having worked and lived in Indonesia, he recalls the massive 1989 earthquake that hit its West Papua region, where countless people died and survivors ran out of supplies in a few months’ time, remaining displaced years after the incident.


He believes Indonesians and Filipinos are somewhat similar given their experiences, but Filipinos can up their preparedness by starting with themselves.


“Disaster has a long-term impact, but only short-term assistance will come so it’s up to you to bridge the gap between short-term assistance and long-term necessities,” he stressed.





Menon, who served as a Lieutenant Captain for Singapore’s Civil Defense Forces, shared some practical tips that could help anybody self-mitigate in times of disaster.


“On a physical basis, make sure you have two weeks’ worth of water in your house. The first and foremost necessity for survival is water,” Menon said. “You will need food – dry food like biscuits that can last for two weeks as well for you and your family should be enough to go around when a disaster strikes and until help comes.”


Apart from physical needs, he also reminded Filipinos to have available cash at hand for emergency purchases and backup funds in the bank. “Maintaining an insurance plan would help too,” he said. “Prioritize protection from accidents first, then your health and life [insurance].”



Prioritize today, protect the future


Starting and maintaining financial contingency plans may not seem to be a priority for the average Filipino worker, but Menon believes foresight is a good thing to have, not just for ourselves but for those who matter to us most.


“The order of priority for your funds should be ‘today’ first and then ‘immediate emergency,'” he said.

“The next priority after that should be protecting your future income, preferably through a life insurance plan, so your family won’t have to worry about resources should something happen to you.”


Confident of the Filipinos’ indomitable spirit – the driving force against some of the worst natural and man-made disasters that hit the region – Menon is convinced the Philippines can only get more resilient through learnings from past calamities and ensure enough preparation for life’s uncertainties.


Hey There Mighty MARCH!

Wow! Fabulous February just came and went! Thank you my dear birth month…lots of great stuff went by then and I had a busy working birthday which I am thankful for.

I miss my Mom each and everyday. She’s always stuck with me thru thick and thin like what every Mom should… ♥♥♥ Heavenly Hello up there, Ma!

And here we are on the 3rd month of 2017…Hey there Mighty March! and it’s gotten already hot in the city…Signalling the entry of our Summer season here in the Philippines.

Looking forward to out of town coverages, which for sure will be utterly coooool !!! ☺☺

Happy 40th Anniversary ACER!


On October 26, Acer and its co-hosts held a forum titled “Smart Cities of a New Si-vilization” in Taipei. As the final event to wrap up the company’s 40th anniversary celebration, Acer invited government and industry leaders to discuss and share their thoughts about the future of global technology.

Stan Shih, Acer’s Co-founder and Honorary Chairman took to the stage to deliver a keynote speech where he called on governments and businesses to encourage new thinking, people-centric innovation and integrated cross-industry capabilities with a service-oriented mindset.

Keynote speeches were also presented by industry leaders from Microsoft and TSMC. The keynote speeches were followed by a number of panel discussions and breakout lectures to discuss the many facets of creating smart cities and the New Si-vilization.”
The day-long event also included Acer’s Tech Showcase which gave attendees a look at what an early phase of the New Si-vilization could be by exhibiting a full suite of the company’s latest BYOC products in the segments of smart transportation and smart cities, smart retail and integrated enterprise communications, programming kits, life and wellness solutions, among other applications of new people-centric technologies and solutions.

The forum was hosted jointly by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, National Development Council and Acer Inc.


From Meralco: Lower Energy Rates this June!

Changes in Residential BillsTyphoon season is upon us, but don’t expect sweater or blanket weather soon. It’s still hot and humid! What’s hotter is Meralco’s good news: lower electricity rates this June!

The country’s largest power distributor has announced that residential rates would go down by around Php 0.13 per kWh this month. Meralco says the rate reduction is due to lower generation charges, which is the cost of producing electricity collected by Meralco in behalf of generation companies. In fact, this June’s generation charge is the lowest since October 2004.

Electricity rates 2014-June 2016Aside from the reduced generation charge, taxes and other charges were also lower at Php 0.033 per kWh. Meralco’s distribution, supply, and metering charges have remained unchanged for nearly a year now.

For an average Filipino household consuming around 200 kWh every month, the new rates mean a reduction of around Php 25 in their June bill.

Changes in Residential BillsMeanwhile, typhoon season also brings floods to many areas in Metro Manila. We can avoid accidents at home by keeping in mind these safety reminders from Meralco:

  • Turn off the circuit breaker or main power switch when it’s starting to flood.
  • Unscrew the light bulbs and unplug appliances.
  • When cleaning your circuit breaker, fuse and main power switch, wear rubber gloves and rubber-soled shoes to prevent electrocution.
  • Always hire a licensed electrician to check the electrical wiring. Don’t do it on your own!
  • Bring in your flood-submerged appliances to a professional before turning them on or using them again.

For more Meralco safety tips or if you have any questions, just visit the website http://www.meralco.com.ph, or follow them on Twitter (@meralco) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/meralco). You may also call the Meralco 24-hour Call Center at 16211.

Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga showing the decrease in electricity rates this June 2016

Watch Before You Vote: Diyos-Diyosan (A Review)

Directed by: Cesar E. Buendia
Princess Punzalan, John Prats, Kiko Estrada, Cheska Diaz, Lorenzo Mata, Vaness del Moral, Ryza Cenon, Tirso Cruz III
Release Date: May 4, 2016 (nationwide)


Just very recently, I received an invitation from a PR friend to attend a press conference for their partner’s socio-political film. I asked who were the cast members? My friend replied Princess Punzalan, John Prats, Kiko Estrada, among many others. And with that kind of rare casting, I said “Yes!” to the invitation. But the scheduled presscon turned out to be an exclusive movie screening instead which I was able to watch except for the remaining scenarios since I had to rush out for another previous appointment. And then I wondered how would the controversial  film end?  

DIYOS-DIYOSAN is a socio-political spiritual movie which top bills come-backing veteran actress Princess Punzalan and top-caliber actor/comedian John Pratts. They are supported by Kiko Estrada, Cheska Diaz, Lorenzo Mara, Vaness del Moral, Glaiza de Castro with Tirso Cruz III among many others.

The tumultuous decade of the 80’s particularly 1986. She loved her country but hated God. That is why Estrell, played by Princess Punzalan, made sure that each of her 4th year High School students would do the same. “Serve the people!” she said. “But believe only in yourself.”

Her brilliant but broken favorite student, Bernard, played by John Prats, did just as she instructed. He believed in himself, albeit only in himself. He did not believe in God.

But somewhere along the way, Estrell met the Lord and became a believer. Bernard on the other hand grew up and started to believe more and more in himself… that he could somehow be his own god.

Several years later, it is 2014 – Estrell is now a missionary preaching God’s word. Bernard, on the other hand, has emerged to become an evil and corrupt Senator who is one of the strongest candidates for President in 2016. They meet again.
diyos2Acting wise, the film is loaded with Grade A actors in Ms. Princess, who’s acting caliber is tops and Sir Pip (Tirso Cruz III) who executed a very convincing role as one of the fraternity masters. Hands down! You should watch out for the “fraternity meeting with the neophytes” scene.

Kiko Estrada on the other hand is a grand revelation in this flick. Being the son of serious actor Gary Estrada and the grandson to acting greats Paquito Diaz and George Estregan, acting does run in his genes and entire family. I personally praised his dramatic acting skills during the presscon and premiere night. Kiko was appreciative of the feedbacks. Also advised him to keep getting better but remain humble and his feet always on the ground.

The rest of the support cast did very well as the likes of Vaness, Ryza, Lorenzo and Ms. Cheska. Kudos likewise to the contributions of the rest of the not-so-well-known actors in the movie who performed and gave their 100% very best! Your efforts don’t go unnoticed.

The film also seeks to open the eyes of the Filipino millennials on what a true leader should be. Its timing is perfect as it opens a few days before the Philippine national elections on May 9th. DIYOS-DIYOSAN is expected to be a media catalyst for the large percent of undecided voters.

Direk Cesar who wrote the movie had his script done two years ago. The production also underwent challenges and concerns but with utmost faith and unwavering support from the proper people, this project made it in time to one of the most important elections of our generation. Congrats, direk and to your hardworking team and crew!

Arguably the movie is fast paced for most of its delicate scenes and I must also commend the musical scoring applied especially to some of its suspenseful scenes. We must remember that not all socio-political materials can hold the attention of its audience and viewers for at least two hours.

Hopefully by then, the voting public can take on the film’s lessons and reflect as to who the deserving leaders should be elected and change the course of the country for the better. We have seen all the debates and are being continuously being wooed by the surveys. One thing is for sure about the film’s message is trust and guidance from The Divine Master. That in His time, our country will see and experience favorable changes. Amen to that!

diyosThis is a story about the evil in Philippine politics and how the Power of God’s unending love and mercy can cause change, real change.
DIYOS-DIYOSAN  is a victorious story every freedom-loving Filipino wants to see.  Despite being pitted with a couple of romantic-comedy films, the folks of this remarkable production aims to inspire and move us to just do what is proper and correct. God is a God of order in case we are forgetting.

Hopefully by then, the voting public can take on the film’s lessons and reflect as to who the deserving leaders should be elected and change the course of the country for the better. We have seen all the debates and are being continuously being wooed by the surveys. One thing is for sure about the film’s message is trust and guidance from The Divine Master. That in His time, our country will see and experience favorable changes.

During the presscon, I asked the four major cast present and direk Cesar how they would describe Diyos-Diyosan in one word? Each exclaimed, “powerful” “matapang” “pasabog” “blessing” and “annointed” …

diyos5With the director of the hour —- Cesar E. Buendia after the grand premiere held last April 30 at SM Megamall. He was pleased and  happy to see me again after our first meet up during the presscon. “Thank you for coming again and for seeing the film,” was his greeting to me. God bless your movie, direk Cesar. It was also nice to meet up with Ms. Princess, John Prats and Kiko Estrada once again.  More worthwhile films to come!

Please come and watch Diyos-Diyosan starting May 4 at your nearest favorite theater now.  Please vote very, very wisely!

God bless our beloved Philippines!  ♥♥♥

Many thanks to Ms. Nadj and Anthony for the invite and privilege of covering this awesome film project! More to come!  ☺

Do Your Share…LIGHTS OUT! #EarthHour2016

Earth-Hour-ImageLet’s participate, Let’s heed the call…

770c27f7-bf42-48d8-bd1e-aec5a5924f50As climate change advocate Leonardo Di Caprio mentioned in his Oscar Awards acceptance speech,
“Let us not take climate change for granted.”

EH2016Switch that light off on March 19 … For just an hour worldwide can make a BIG difference!


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