Martes, Nobyembre 30, 2021

At Sogo Hotel your simply home away from home

Your simply at home and at ease when checking in with Hotel Sogo. They adhere to the health protocols implemented by the government to bounce back from this tumultuous time.

Hotel Sogo's New Normal campaign with the theme "We are fully vaccinated, Para kayo ay ProtekTODO" promotes that all Hotel Sogo staff have completed two jabs of vaccine to secure the safety of its guests as early as July 2021. 


"We have 41 branches nationwide and five more upcoming branches. There are thousands of employees working in all our hotels, and their safety is important to protect our guests. We are really grateful that our staff is fully vaccinated," said Sue Geminiano, Hotel Sogo Marketing Manager.


Hotel Sogo management is committed to their employees' welfare. They also believe that getting the vaccine is a simple way to bring us closer to life, feeling normal again and worry-free. Hotel Sogo takes care of their staff as a family as well as their guests. "I can say that the 11 anti-Covid innovations that we installed in our hotels with hotel staff that is fully vaccinated, we are sure that our family and friends are safe to stay at Hotel Sogo". She added


Indeed, Hotel Sogo is So Clean…So Good…So Safe.

Lunes, Nobyembre 29, 2021

Mayor Randy Salamat of Alfonso Cavite Man of the Year for Public Service


November 11, 2021, A mix of Business leaders and Public Servants were gathered together at the Embassy of Singapore in the Philippines for Asia Leaders Awards (ALA) 2021.  ALA is an avenue where exceptional leaders are recognized for their efforts in making their companies and organization shine. It also gives recognition to outstanding public servant who always puts the welfare of their constituents, the Filipino people in general, first and foremost. 

Asia Leaders Awards put on the spotlight for the second time to this millennial mayor, who despite his young age and experience has made his hometown, the “Hidden Gem of the South.”  ALA 2021’s  Man of the Year for Public Service is no other than, Mayor Randy Salamat.

“Sa pangalawang pagkakataon. Maraming Salamat pong muli sa Asia Leaders Awards sa pagbibigay ng gantimpala sa aking liderato sa ilalim ng #ResponsablengSerbisyo para sa ating bayan ng Alfonso. Maraming Salamat din po sa pagkilala bilang isang negosyante na patuloy na lumalaban sa gitna ng pandemya para sa patuloy na pag bangon ng ating ekonomiya sa pamamagitan po ng pagbibigay ng hanap-buhay sa ating mga dakilang empleyado. To God be the highest glory.” – Alfonso Mayor Randy Salamat

Mayor Salamat, the youngest Chief Executive Official in Cavite proved to his constituents and the entire Philippines that young blood may do better so long as armed with optimism, determination, and a clear vision to take on the lead. He has shown consistency on his kind of hands-on leadership

He has initiated many projects for his constituents, not only focusing on the development of infrastructure, policies, to help the seniors and constituents of his hometown, Alfonso, Cavite but also projects for the benefit of the children, in health care and education. Not forgetting the environment, he also took the forefront in combatting climate change by his green initiatives. 

On the side, Mayor Randy is also a successful entrepreneur. Just recently, he was also cited by the AMerican Association of the Philippines as recipient of the Outstanding International Hospitality Entrepreneur award, because of his innovation and grit in launching different restaurants even during pandemic, thus giving jobs to more people who are in need and displaced by this global health crisis. 

Get to know more of Mayor Randy’s projects and initiatives on his social media pages; Facebook:; Instagram: and  Youtube:

Congressman Michael Romero received the same award from ALA and as a nation builder. Other Business leaders who won Man of the Year on different categories were: Mr. Ronald Mascarinas of BAVI, Mr. Jonathan So and Mr. Carlito Macadangdang. 

Asia Leaders Awards is the largest business awards event in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. It is only the recognition giving body whose awards committee is composed of respected leaders from different organizations and embassies. Its main objective is to promote the Philippines as a premier business hub and destination in Asia.

Linggo, Nobyembre 28, 2021

One-Eyed Women Art Exhibit Dec 4 to 18, 2021

One-Eyed Women Art Exhibit
World AIDS Day Exhibit 
December 4 to 18, 2021
Venue: Met Live Mall Atrium, 
Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City

The Artist

Oftentimes, hear a famous artist in the western world but rarely in the far-east in southeast Asia. There is one artist who stands out, his name is Rommel Rico aka Virrco. According to Virrco is a New York-based artist who transforms his artworks into wearable art. He has done two well-received solo exhibits in New York and is known for his "Fishwives" artworks and colorful Filipiniana artworks as a tribute to his Filipino roots. The Virrco Artshow is his 2nd solo exhibit in the Philippines.

Virrco works as a project manager in the US. He is also a Physical Therapist and a Registered Nurse in the US. A rare talent who comes from the Philippines with so much passion for artwork paintings. Who is Rommel Rico aka Virrco. A humble beginning in the province of Romblon.

Who is Rommel Rico as a person aka Virrco? Rommel Rico is a US registered nurse working currently as a project manager with a big US-based pharmaceutical company. He paints and helps the Duyan Project or Project Red Ribbon.

Virrco's Inspiration

Who inspired you to paint? None inspired me to paint. Can't attribute it to a person. But can attribute it to NY as a place. NY will surround you with different kinds/forms of art, it awakened the artist in me.

You are using Virrco, why that name? My subjects are women and guess it is influenced by the strong-willed, independent, and well-accomplished women in my family, my friends, and workplace. Always been fascinated by the trait and characters that they always manifest in my paintings. VIRRCO IS A COMBINation of the family names of my grandparents. It is a tribute to them. a combination and a product of all of them. Believe that if not for their genes and experiences, wouldn't be who I am. VI for VIctorio, Rs for Ruga, Repil and Royo, CO for Rico.

Past Projects

Some of your work was an exhibit in New York City. Yes, had two exhibits done in NYC. In the building gallery where I work in 2nd avenue and 42nd st. It's one of my first 2 abundance paintings, showcasing Filipino people with their harvest. It is a tribute to my roots as a Filipino. Also had two one-man exhibits in queens, one showcasing Filipiniana arts again showcasing Filipinos with baskets in Filipiniana attire, and the 2nd showcasing colorful watercolor art and acrylic which we converted as wearable art, like shirts, dresses, scarves, etc.


Heard that you are helping the less fortunate with your paintings. My artwork helps the children with HIV and Aids under the care of Duyan project. These children are survived by their grandparents or aunts and uncle. These families have difficulty buying food to place on their table, so buying Medicine is not their priority. Can't fathom how difficult their situation is. Just really heartbreaking.

Tell us about your advocacy and upcoming projects. Really wanted to help more these children of Duyan. In my little way, hoping to shed light on them, not only through the income coming from art but as well as to encourage other people to share their blessings with these children.

Fun Facts

3 fun facts about you. One is that I'm afraid of heights, Two I love coffee, 4 to 6 cups q day, and three I wish to paint in Europe someday

Future Upcoming Projects

2022 will be à busy year. There is a line up of Exhibit in the US(LA, Las Vegas, New York) Canada and Australia. We will update you soon régarding this developments.

For more details visit 


Frontrow PH Took Home Six Awards from ALA 2021

Asia Leaders Awards Honours Exceptional and Powerful Leaders


                  Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas and Gerald Ho                                          of  Singapore


Awards do not only acknowledge success, they recognize many other qualities like the skills, abilities, efforts, and even struggles. Most of the award giving bodies across the country particularly on the business side commonly focuses only on the front end, looking at the tangible measurement of achievements. But this is not how it goes with Asia Leaders Awards.

             Macao Imperial Milk Tea CEO Avin Ong

Asia Leaders Awards annually acknowledges industry leaders who are making significant changes not only in their respective fields, but also going beyond to help improve other people’s lives. ALA also take into consideration company efforts in promoting the Philippines as a premier business hub in Asia.

                  J&T Express Vice President Zoe Chi   

Founded by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas, the first Filipina and first Woman President of American Association of the Philippines after 74 years and founder of Tag Media Group, Asia Leaders Awards  piloted in 2018 and has given several awards to deserving individuals and companies from various fields since then, recognizing global excellence among its awardees. It honors businesses providing above standard services to the public by showcasing innovation at the same time embracing social awareness with their Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

        Grab Philippines Managing Director Grace Vera                                       Perez and team

ALA’s core group is meticulous in all ways, from preparations to the selection committee, up to the lineup of their judges.  They make sure all the nominees are deserving, all the judges are honorable and all preparations are at par with the excellence they are promoting. The awards committee is made up of Foreign Ambassadors, officers of esteemed organizations and accomplished individuals from different industries. 

       Frontrow President RS Francisco , 1Pacman           Partylist Congressman Mikee Romero and Frontrow   CEO Sam Verzosa

ALA awards venue is always grand, by the likes of Makati Shangrila and the Embassy of Singapore.  The Embassy of Singapore symbolises leadership, exclusivity and power, very appropriate to recognize few and exceptional individuals and companies. 

       Congressman Mikee Romero and Air Asia                                          Chairman Sheila Romero

As the years go by, Asia Leaders Awards only gets bigger and bolder, with each year surpassing the previous year’s level of success. ALA only competes with its own standard of excellence.

And by the way, each year, ALA takes on different themes, aptly fitted to the current year’s situation. This year, as we are all picking up from the degression caused about by the pandemic which started early part of 2020, the theme is about Hope and Optimism, coinciding with the colors of the year, yellow and gray. Two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another. Unity regardless of the differences. 

      American Association of the Philippines Chairman          Emeritus Rick Sobrevinas, Alfamart Trading COO            Harvey Ong and Federation of Filipino Chinese                Chamber Dr. Elton See Tan

Indeed, Asia Leaders Awards is the only award giving body that emanates excellence in all aspect of execution, celebrating leadership at its finest!

Miyerkules, Nobyembre 24, 2021

" Ang Hari ng Siomai" Franchise Company of the Year


Siomai King by JC Worldwide, populary regarded as “Ang Hari ng Siomai” for being the first and original siomai meal, has once again proven its premier position as a most sought-after food franchise company by winning Asia Leaders Awards 2021’s Franchise Company of the Year for Vice President and CFO Mr Carlito Macadangdang and President and CEO Mr Jonathan So.

“We continue to adapt, innovate, and find safer ways for our customers to order their favorite food while giving entrepreneurs easier and more convenient ways to franchise and earn,” shared VP and CFO Macadangdang shared. 

“Instead of providing the traditional food carts, we’ve successfully transitioned online, providing franchisees with their own Siomai King Shoplink page for buyers to order their favorite Siomai King easy-to-cook products!”

Going on its twelfth year, Siomai King is not only famous among consumers for serving five siomais per order and offering the most number of variants, including Chicken, Hongkong, Japanese, and Shanghai, that would surely make diners come back for more, they’ve also revolutionized the industry.

“By launching the country’s first-ever online franchise platform we’ve risen above the challenges and limitations of the times,” explained President and CEO So explained.

“So, instead of giving up with many businesses closing, we’ve actually encouraged more stores to open!”

Siomai King is the flagship franchise brand of JC Worldwide Franchise, Inc., which is also the owner of Boy Bondat, Noodle House, and Potato King. 

For more information about Siomai King, visit

Joining the Best in Asia Leaders Awards 2021

Siomai King received their recognition last November 11 at the Embassy of Singapore in Manila alongside business luminaries from various industries in joint celebration of their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Philippines and to the Filipino people amidst the pandemic.

Other companies who received citation from Asia Leaders Awards this year were the following: 24/7 Customer Philippines Inc., Alfamart, AstraZeneca, DYnaQuest, ECLARO, FICWSI, Fredley Group of Companies, Frontrow Enterprise Philippines, Grab, iACADEMY, JCI Makati, JC Premiere, KMV Asia Development Corporation, Mer-nels, PH Global Jet Express Inc, Reyes Haircutters, and Santos Knight Frank Inc. 

Asia Leaders Awards continues to be an avenue where business leaders are recognized for their outstanding efforts to make their companies shine while giving back to the community through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.

Asia Leaders Awards is the largest business awards event in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. 

It is only the recognition giving body whose awards committee is composed of respected leaders from different organizations and embassies. Its main objective is to promote the Philippines as a premier business hub and destination in Asia.

Check out for more of the event details.

Ghie Pangilinan : Most Influential Entrepreneur of the Year


Awards and citations coming one after the other for Ms. Ghie Pangilinan, Founder and CEO of Skin Magical. She was declared “Woman of the Year” in the most recently concluded American Association of the Philippines “Men and Women of the Year” awards night. It was her second in a row from AAP, next to many other awards received in the recent years. She was also a recipient of Asia Leaders Awards in 2019 and 2020, as Influencer of the Year and the Beauty and wellness company she founded, Skin Magical, as Startup Company of the Year. In the 14th Gawad Pilipino Awards, she was also regarded to as the Most Influential Entrepreneur of the Year.

The serial entrepreneur and young CEO is very thankful to all the award giving bodies and promised to strive more to help the Filipino people to be successful also.

Ghie Pangilinan’s name has been making waves since the rise to fame of her pilot business, Skin Magical. She did not start big time, she started as an ordinary online seller who bravely ventured into starting a brand of her own with a meager capital of P7k. Her story is more than just a story of success, it’s a story of inspiration and empowerment, a successful business born out of hard work, perseverance and determination, now providing livelihood and high-quality skin care and beauty products for all.

“What could be more inspiring than being able to inspire others that no big dreams are impossible if you have the heart for it!  It doesn’t matter how many times you tried or fail, what matters is you never give up and you continue to achieve it little by little. “ says Ghie Pangilinan

Not resting from her accolades, from Skin Magical alone, now she has a “Skye group of companies” to manage.  To name a few more for Health & Wellness, Speaks G, Cloud Face International, Magical Posh Cosmetics, and Artista Scent.  Venturing into food and beverage, she has Coffee Periodt and “Tea Talk,” which for only 2 years now, has grown into many franchises across Rizal and the Metro. And now, together with her husband Gerry, they made official their dream realty and construction business, the “MagicalWorld Realty Corporation. 

According to Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas, the 1st ever woman President of the American Association of the Philippines and an equally empowered woman, “Ghie is a superwoman. Having so much in her plate and yet still building and conceptualizing more projects and branches nationwide helping the Filipino people to earn and succeed.”

Such a truly remarkable and amazing woman in business, undoubtedly deserving to be included in this year’s AAP’s Profiles of Excellence, Men and Women who matters list!

The American Association of the Philippines is a non-political, non-commercial organization established in 1949, founded on the concept of community interest, welfare, responsibility.

Princess and Brides by #FDLP


Lunes, Nobyembre 22, 2021

Pinay Business Mavericks, Science Community Leaders headline DOST Book Launch


Filipina business mavericks and science community leaders are the authors of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Science for the People Book Series--five books packed with anecdotes, experiences and learnings through the use of science, technology and innovation from people deemed as mavericks in their own fields.  Each book contains features on how different sectors of society used the outputs of research and development (R&D) for upgrades and improvements.

 “In communicating our work, we are often asked to create a narrative, to tell the story—the story in the journey to discovery,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.  “The SFTP Book Series is a testament to the dedicated work done—with each step taken leading to the road where science meets and serves our people.  It is hoped that the experiences gained, the challenges faced and overcame, and the little triumphs will serve as the foundation of future successes to benefit the succeeding generations who will live in and love our only country.”  

“The literature of the times reflects human nature and the ability of people to cope, in any given situation,” says DOST Undersecretary for Research & Development, Rowena Cristina L. Guevara. “Science, technology, and innovation (STI) is a topic worthy of being immortalized in pages of books to be read again and again. Given the pivotal role of STI in the rehabilitation efforts of the country during and after the pandemic, promotion and encouragement to read about STI is a critical endeavor.”

Five books were launched on November 23, 2021 through an online event spearheaded by the DOST-Office of the Undersecretary for R&D.  Science for Innovation, authored by Filipina business titans Robina Gokongwei-Pe of Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. and Maret Follosco-Bautista of CLFG Capital Corp. with DOST Secretary de la Peña, is a book promoting technopreneurship and highlights the advantages of having technology business incubators (TBIs), with anecdotes and strategies that fresh graduates, entrepreneurs, and companies alike can use to bring an idea to market.  

Science for Change is a book from DOST Undersecretary for R&D Rowena Cristina Guevara and DOST Secretary de la Peña on the contributions of the Science for Change Program (S4CP) to the development of the country.  The book breaks down the four components of the endeavor dubbed “Accelerated R&D Program for Capacity Building of Research and Development Institutions and Industrial Competitiveness” that promote inclusive innovation, R&D expertise, applications, and collaborations between the government, the academe, and the private sector.  

Science for Cooperation is a book reflecting on the importance of international collaborations in the S&T sector, including the advantages of Science and Technology bilateral and multilateral linkages authored by DOST Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation Leah J. Buendia and DOST Secretary de la Peña. The book Science for Human Capital, authored by DOST-Science Education Institute Director Josette T. Biyo and Secretary de la Peña is a book set to spark the Filipino youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), through the success stories of DOST-SEI Scholars.  

The late DOST Undersecretary for Regional Offices Brenda Nazareth-Manzano conceptualized the fifth book Science for Communities - a book that will show how S&T can empower communities.  It was continued and finished posthumously by DOST Regional Director Ernesto M. Granada and Secretary de la Peña.  

The Science for the People Book Launch is part of the 2021 National Science and Technology Week celebration.  The SFTP books will be available for free download starting today at the DOST-S4CP website through the link:

Lunes, Nobyembre 15, 2021

The Woman Behind Successful Shows



Grace Bondad Nicolas—the woman behind successful shows, an indefatigable civic and multiplatform leader, and adviser to billionaires—recently concluded the successful “Men and Women Who Matter” charity dinner, networking and recognition activity as the first woman and Filipina president of the American Association of the Philippines (AAP).

She made history by being the association’s first lady head honcho since it was established 73 years ago helping the Americans, Filipino Americans and indigent Filipinos. She’s helping the association by crafting events for the AAP with the luminaries of her brainchild Asia Leaders Awards!

"The Board of the American Association of the Philippines (AAP) names former Vice President Grace Bondad Nicolas as new president in recognition of her accomplishments in our key fundraising efforts. She is the first ever woman president of the AAP, a notable first," according to Chairman Emeritus Rick Sobreviñas.

Launching Successful Events and Shows

The AAP event isn’t just the only activity she cooked up this November as she also successfully wrapped up the much-coveted “Asia Leaders Awards 2021” at the Embassy of Singapore in the Philippines, launching their first coffee-table book, Profiles of Excellence.

“It’s a pleasure that I’m with the leaders of this generation as they help Filipinos to survive in this global health crisis through the products and services they are offering. These awardees are all breaking the glass ceiling and making a difference then until now,” she said.

The tireless supporter of all things productive, helpful, and socially responsible, Nicolas not only founded and judged Asia Leaders Awards, she was also the brains behind TAG Media Group—composed of TAG Media and Public Relations, AG Builders and Developers, and AAA Cosmetics and Trading Company—the team behind ALA and other successful shows.

TAG Media and Public Relations is the force behind Asia Leaders Forum, Asia’s Best Singing Competition, Asia Digital Marketing Expo, Asia HR Expo, Asia E-commerce Expo, Dwelo and Pandemic Heroes Online Series in partnership with The Manila Times. 

Nicolas, who is also a business writer for The Manila Times, is also a concert producer

Launching Outreach Programs in NCR and Laguna

Multimedia celebrity and serial entrepreneur, Grace Bondad Nicolas, is a bombshell inspired to achieve everything she could every day for family, businesses, and community.

“I’m giving my 1,000x percent each day as if there’s no tomorrow as tomorrow might never come” is her mantra. Thus, she’d come up with explosive events to help the less fortunate in every capacity.

She’d also invite sponsors and facilitate outreach activities to places far and wide, from Metro Manila to her hometown Calauan, Laguna, as Past President of Kiwanis Club of Makati and now Lieutenant Governor Elect of Kiwanis International Division 3A.

The former president of the Kiwanis Club of Makati, she will handle clubs in Manila, Pasay, Taguig, and Makati as she holds the highest post in the division for 2021-2022. 

Mentoring New and Aspiring Entrepreneurs

As founder of AAA Cosmetics and Trading Company she would be mentoring dealers on how to successfully market their products even during the pandemic to generate and boost income opportunities for those who have been economically displaced.

“Our heart is to help out, and not even this deadly virus can stop us from being of assistance in this ongoing crisis. There are always ways to help so I am encouraging everyone to do the same,” she shared.

AAA is a cosmetic and food company with four brands: Graceful Skin Essentials, GlutaGlow Slimming Drinks, Immune CEE, and GlamHigh Cosmetics by Andria, with 100 distributors nationwide. 

She’d also mentor aspiring entrepreneurs through her “Go Negosyo” mentorships given her first-hand business experience, proven acumen, and academic background as a graduate of the Asian Institute of Management.

Balancing Achievement and Fulfilment

On a concurrent capacity, the dynamic Grace Bondad Nicolas is also the vice president of the Makati Tourism Foundation, Inc.; founder and proprietor of eco-tourism destination Hidden Hills Farm by Josefino, named after her father who was also her inspiration and mentor.

“In this crisis, it’s your time to prove your worth and make a difference. Even while in lockdown, you can still do something productive and be of help to others by sharing your blessings,” she said, encouraging everyone to follow her lead.

Nicolas, who holds both a BS in Industrial Engineering and took an MM in Engineering Management from Colegio de San Juan de Letran  attended also programs in Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Asian Institute of Management and Ateneo with a Social Media Management training in Malaysia.




And just like that a lot of things have changed since we were hit by the pandemic. But the country’s and Asia’s #1 MLM company—FRONTROW—remains at the forefront with its constant expansion and development, and most importantly, continuous efforts to help our community and fellowmen. With this, FRONTROW’s non-stop efforts were celebrated once again as they bagged not just one, but ten major awards at the esteemed Asia Leaders Awards held at the Embassy of Singapore last November 11.


Hailed yearly as the Best Global Company by the Asian Network’s Convention & Expo (ANCE) and previously as the American Association of the Philippines CSR Company of the Year, to name a few, FRONTROW recently took home the following awards at this 2021’s Asia Leaders: Most Trusted & Admired MLM Company, Health & Wellness Company of the Year, Global Company of the Year, MLM Company of the Year, Best Celebrity Ad Campaign in MLM (for Digital Ad with Regine Velasquez-Alcasid), and Most Comprehensive Pandemic Response Movement for its charity arm FRONTROW Cares.


Its company founders were also recognized individually for their game changing moves; CEO Sam Verzosa as the Most Inspiring Entrepreneur Awardee and CEO of the Year, and President RS Francisco as the COVID-19 Hero Awardee and Most Dynamic Entrepreneur. In the recent years, Asia Leaders Awards has built its name as an authority in recognizing household names in their respective industries. Apart from FRONTROW, other trusted brands honored this 2021 were Astra Zeneca, GRAB, J&T Express, FILA and Alfamart.


In their speeches, company founders Verzosa and Francisco both credited their FRONTROW distributors as the main reason and driving force behind all their recognitions. With FRONTROW’s active philanthropic efforts as common knowledge to most, Sam Verzosa shared in his Asia Leaders acceptance speech, “It’s not just us, my business partner RS Francisco and I, who do the helping but we see so many of our leaders do their own initiatives in their different communities as well.” RS Francisco, on the other hand, expressed, “During challenging times like these, I feel that it’s important to think out of the box to come up with actual solutions and to be of more help to others.”


At the height of the pandemic, FRONTROW was able to launch their new all-in-one immune boosting supplement Luxxe ImmunPlus (Made in Australia)—packed with the antiviral and antibacterial Vitamin C, D, Zinc, Turmeric and other powerful natural ingredients. They’ve also come up with programs to help augment the income of their distributors like the FRONTROW ayuda (assistance) which they call XTRA KITA.


Even with its full-blown charitable efforts, especially at this crucial time of pandemic, it is apparent that FRONTROW is an organization that puts its own people first. And as a result, we don’t only see the company, but also their distributors come up with their own efforts to help our community and our country. Hence, a culture of giving and constantly innovating is in the DNA of the most recognized FRONTROW—which continues to be the best and the most revolutionary MLM company in Asia after all these years.


Learn more about FRONTROW at or Facebook page: Frontrow Philippines.

Linggo, Nobyembre 14, 2021

Inauguration of commemorative marker of inventions

 As a symbolic landmark in commemorating local inventors for their contributions to national development, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) spearheaded the inauguration of the commemorative marker of inventions last  15 November 2021 at the facade of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI).

“With the commemorative marker of inventions, we are reminded by the success of our collaborative efforts in the past, the continuation of these activities in the present, and the eventual domination of Filipino talents, technologies, and innovations in the very near future,” said DOST-TAPI Director Marion Ivy D. Decena.

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, DOST-TAPI Director Marion Ivy D. Decena, DOST Officials, and inventors precede the inauguration of the commemorative marker of inventions  last  15 November 2021 at DOST-TAPI

The Department’s function through DOST-TAPI was expanded to administer the Invention Development Assistance Fund for the initial experiments, prototype development, and other invention-development activities in 1992.

Since then, invention-related development programs have been constantly reinventing and extending to inventors and assisting them in their innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors.

The role of invention and innovation, technology transfer, and technology commercialization to contribute for economic and social development play a crucial role as mentioned in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) from 2017 to 2022 by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

“The story of the Filipino inventors and innovators may be regarded as the story of the very foundation of Filipino ingenuity, workmanship, and zeal,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.

Secretary de la Peña added that Filipino inventors and innovators have matured and evolved perfectly along with the needs and signs of the times, transforming an idea endlessly into an enterprise of their own.

Organized by DOST-TAPI, the event has brought together inventors and their organizations, the media, and DOST Officials to witness the unveiling of the marker.

The commemorative marker also showcases the number of inventions assisted and a number of intellectual properties (IP) filed from 2010 to 2021.

At present, 84 inventions have been assisted by the Institute from concept prototyping, prototype development, to market testing, while 529 IPs have been granted and 161 IPs have been filed through the help of DOST-TAPI’s IP Rights Assistance Program (IPRAP).

In counting, a total of 774 assistance for IP protection and invention-related development activities have been performed by the Institute for inventors, researchers, and professional organizations including the academe.

IPRAP provides financial and technical assistance for inventions, utility models, industrial designs, and trademarks to have a successful filing before the IP Office of the Philippines.

The initiative by DOST-TAPI with the help of individual inventors and inventors organizations to build a commemorative marker of inventions is just the start of the renewed and strengthened relationship under the Institute’s new administration.

“While the science-based, inventive-centric solutions have been the hallmark of the Institute in opening discourse for milestones year after year, the commemorative marker of inventions solidifies and culminates our worthwhile activities,” concluded Dir. Decena.

For more information, please contact 8837 2071 locals 2157 and 2167 or email

Biyernes, Nobyembre 5, 2021

DOST-ITDI to Open First Metrology in Chemistry Lab in the Philippines


The Philippines' first Metrology in Chemistry Laboratory will be inaugurated on November 9, 2021. DOST Secretary Fortunato T.  De La Peña will lead the event together with the Director of DOST-ITDI, Dr. Annabelle V. Briones. Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez will be the  keynote speaker. 

Established by the Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), the 1900 m2, 4-story MiC Laboratory is located on Saliksik Street in the Science Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City.  It will gather in hundreds from the food and water industry sectors and science communities as it officially opens its services to the public on Tuesday.

DOST-ITDI Director, Dr. Annabelle V.  Briones, admitted that "It took us quite a while, a decade actually, to establish our chemical testing services and house it in one of the most economically vital and heavily invested infrastructures in metrology.
DOST-ITDI created the MiC Laboratory to help local testing laboratories comply with traceable chemical measurements by producing reference materials (RMs) and conducting accuracy-based Proficiency Testing (PT) schemes.

What makes RMs valuable is how it supports the results of measurement laboratories to ensure that commodities can pass stringent international trade standards on food quality and control. MiC thus aims to reduce the detention and recall of Philippine products for export.

But, while highly characterized, authenticated control materials, such as RMs, are vital in food testing, the Philippines took time to develop these. Finally, through the MiC Laboratory of DOST-ITDI, these are readily available.

Dr. Benilda S. Ebarvia, the former project leader of the MiC Team who conceptualized the establishment of the laboratory, explained that chemical testing and production of RMs or referencing is time-consuming.

She added that the referencing process requires skills that need to be learned and honed through the years adding that, "RM development has to be matched with appropriate, state of the art – that means very expensive - equipment. Staff who will be using the equipment and devices have to be trained to use, maintain, and troubleshoot the same.

Currently, most Philippine food manufacturers rely on RMs purchased overseas like the US, UK, Japan, China, and Thailand.  RMs are pretty pricey; one material per food product may cost from Php15,000 to Php30,000. Further, these are updated continually.

To date, DOST-ITDI has developed RMs on trace presence of toxic metals in drinking water (manganese, nickel, cobalt, and iron), benzoic acid in banana catsup, sulfite as a preservative in dried mango, and histamine  (a chemical indication of food spoilage) in dried salinas fish.

This year, it hopes to complete the development of 15 RMs on trace presence of pesticides in fresh mango, and other fruits and vegetables; and presence of veterinary drug residues such as salbutamol in pork meat; and 3-Amino-5-morpholino ethyl-2-oxazolidone or AMOZ in fish, among others.

Early works include RMs on the presence of trace heavy metals in water, such as lead, cadmium, copper, iron, manganese, nickel, zinc, cobalt, and magnesium. As well, an RM on calcium, a reactive metal in water, was developed. These metals are toxic and noted for their potential toxicity in the environment.

Through referencing, the MiC Laboratory stands to cut costs on purchasing RMs abroad by our local food and water industries.  Further, it aims to ensure that local products pass international trade standards to avoid product recall or detention, a scenario that is too costly and damaging for our economy. 

The MiC Laboratory is monitored by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) under a five-year program on capabilities enhancement of the National Metrology Laboratory of the Philippines. (AMGuevarra\ DOST-ITDI S&T Media Service) 

Lunes, Nobyembre 1, 2021

No Contact Policy: MMDA REMINDERS

 MMDA reminders:

Starting this novenber 15, the NO CONTACT POLICY shall be enforced.  This means that no MMDA traffic enforcer will flag down any driver for any traffic violation on the road but instead, will monitor violations onscreen via the CCTV camera.

  Consequently, car registered owners will be informed of violations via post mail and shall be given only 5 days to contest the violations.  If the MMDA office does not receive any contest after 10 days, MMDA shall effect a prescribed fine and shall indicate or show the fine during registration renewal.

  Please remind yourself whenever you drive or your driver to remember to:

1.  Buckle up (this includes all passengers in the car - the CCTV camera is so accurate as to show if passengers are properly buckled up);

2.  Maintain lanes for private vehicles (the yellow lanes will strictly be for buses and public utility vehicles) unless you are turning right;

3.  Shift lanes only on broken lines (and never on solid lines, more so on double yellow lines);

4.  Shift one lane at a time (shifting two lanes will be considered swerving);

 5.  Never be on the road on coding days (except, of course, at window times).  Marikina and Taguig do not follow the coding scheme so you are free to drive around these two cities on weekdays;

 Makati and Las Piñas have no window times so don't even attempt to go there on your coding day;

6.  Never use the phone to call nor text while on the wheels (remember, the CCTV camera can detect this even in the dark).  It is advised that you pull over if you have to text or call.  Spread the word; inform your loved ones.

Celebs #JoinTheBoobment with Avon

For the past 30 years, Avon has relentlessly advocated for Breast 
Cancer Awareness—
donating over $939 million in the fight against the disease, educating 
more than 180 million people about Breast Cancer, and funding breast health screenings for 
over 16.4 million women all over the world.

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Avon Philippines 
asked women to
#JoinTheBoobment to promote monthly breast self-
checks in order to detect early signs of Breast Cancer. With 3 in every 
100 Filipinas diagnosed before they reach the age of 75, the Philippines has one of the highest number of cases across Asia.

Representing the Boobment
To highlight this important statistic, Avon Philippines held a photoshoot featuring three
personalities whose lives were affected by Breast Cancer. The symbol 
for Breast Cancer
awareness, the Pink Ribbon, became the key visual element during the 
shoot led by celebrity photographer, Andrea Beldua.

“Here, the ribbon is interpreted through a flowing tulle that represents 
women’s strength and resilience even in the toughest times,” explains Andrea. “I am so 
fascinated by the female form that almost my whole body of work revolves around it. So it is only right that I photograph women who are empowered, women who are survivors of this disease.” she adds.

Should you detect anything peculiar or out of the ordinary, don’t worry 
because Avon
Philippines is in partnership with the online teleconsultation app, 
Konsulta MD, so more
women can take action for their health 24/7. Free Breast Consultations are available until
November 20, 2021 for the first 500 individuals to avail  just use the voucher code PINKRIBBON.

For those who want to extend their participation in the fight against Breast Cancer, you may also #JoinTheBoobment by availing limited-edition fundraising items available at including the Self-Check Watch, the Breast Cancer Promise Umbrella, the Empower non-wirMastectomBra and Bra Prosthesis, or donate via G-Cash. All proceeds will go to the Philippine Cancer Society.

Breast Cancer is not something that should be taken lightly, but it’s also not something to be afraid of. Early detection saves lives that’s why it’s important to know 
the risks, the signs, and the actions to take should you encounter it—that is the Avon Breast Cancer Promise.

Don’t have an Avon Representative? Visit or like and 
check out Avon
Philippines on Facebook to find out how you can shop your favorite Avon products!

About Avon
Avon has been doing beauty differently for 135 years. Avon is a company that connects people, using the power of beauty to transform lives for the better. Millions of independent sales Representatives across the world sell iconic Avon brands through their social networks, building their own beauty businesses on full- or part-time basis. Avon stands for gender equality, and
we believe in listening to women’s needs, speaking out about issues 
that matter and creating positive change. Through Avon and the Avon Foundation we’ve donated over $1.1billion, with a focus on tackling gender violence and breast cancer. Avon is part of the Natura Co Group.

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