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RedDoorz Adopts New Safety & Cleanliness Protocols

RedDoorz Philippines has continuously worked to expand the number of hotels that implemented the HygienePass Certification Program. Launched last June 2020, the new initiative aims to equip hotels with an industry-wide cleanliness and sanitation certification which is co-created with local medical experts and also aligned with local government guidelines. Currently, RedDoorz has successfully managed to […].....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 25th, 2020Related News

Tips for Small Enterprises on How to Choose an EDR Solution that Suits Their Needs

The attacks taking place on small and medium enterprises (SME) are becoming more sophisticated, meaning that they cannot be easily prevented by traditional endpoint protection mechanisms. In such cases, timely incident detection is essential to minimizing any potential negative impact. However, this challenging task cannot be done without enhanced endpoint visibility, exploring suspicious activities, and […].....»»

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Konnichiwa, Bai: FamilyMart Goes to Cebu

Heads up, Cebuanos! FamilyMart is opening in Cebu with three new unique outlets offering the best and newest of its Japanese food selection in a safer and more accessible way. Starting October 28, new FamilyMart stores at Phoenix V. Rama, Phoenix Banilad stations, and a stand-alone outlet in Banawa, will be offering FamilyMart Philippines’ best-selling […].....»»

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Alex Gonzaga, her parents, and fiancé Mikee recover from Covid-19

Despite plans that have been cancelled, the actress is still grateful for many things Earlier today, Alex Gonzaga shared an intimate and very personal documentary video of how life was the past three weeks since they found out that she and her parents, fiancé Mikee, and one household help Sophie, were infected with Covid-19.  She was contemplating if she should share how life was when Covid-19 hit them, and decided that she should, “so you can learn from our mistakes and to give you hope so that you know you can get better.” She started off by revealing that the virus infected their family because a member went out to buy food. The first one who got infected was her mom Pinty, and thankfully, both parents were asymptomatic.  It was her and Mikee who had it worse, and Alex was able to document how she felt on a daily basis and put it out in her vlog. She started with day three where one can see her crying, “My plans were ruined. I wanted to get married with my family and a few friends, so I needed to change my plans. I also have a new show, but I couldn’t attend. For the next two weeks, I’ll be staying here at home.” On the fourth day, she admitted that she was emotional because so many of her plans didn’t push through, including attending the birthday of her one and only nephew Seve. “Right now, no one leaves the house,” she added that it’s also important to take lots of rest, drink fluids, and take Vitamin C. She also shared the symptoms she was experiencing that time such as feeling weak, slight fever (37.7C), sore throat, loss of appetite, clogged nose, and loss of taste. They also taped a sheet of plastic over on each of the rooms so that they would not leave their rooms. Both her parents are also staying in different rooms. Thankfully, her sister Toni and family, along with her friends, tested negative.  On the fifth day, she didn’t have the appetite to eat and her mom suggested that she should go to the hospital but Mikee recommended to stay at home since things might worsen if she went to the hospital. She also started taking Melatonin, so that she can sleep better and get her much needed rest. True enough, on the sixth day, she woke up at around 10a.m. For the next few days, she added other ways to boost her immunity by eating more protein, opening the curtains and taking in the sun and savoring its warmth. She also kept an oxygenator by her side so she could check her oxygen level. On the eighth day, she was slightly back to normal except that she got tired more often. On the tenth day, she started getting emotional again, but felt very blessed. “God healed us, and my parents didn’t experience any symptoms, even if they’re senior citizens,” she continues. “And it just dawned on me that we survived Covid-19.” They had everyone, including the whole house staff, tested on the 15th day for Covid-19, with the negative results for everyone, even Mikee. It’s been three weeks and she shares in her vlog that she’s happy to be back and happy that they survived Covid-19 as a family. “You can survive Covid-19. Don’t panic. Consult with your doctor and really take care of your body. Boost your immune system. Drink your vitamins. Gargle with salt and water, and take lots of rest,” she reminds her viewers. “We should stop thinking about ourselves, we should really start thinking about others. It’s not about you, but the people around you. So that we can avoid infecting people during this pandemic.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 24th, 2020Related News

Coke PH expands Balik Pinas program for repatriated OFWs

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI)—the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country—has expanded its Balik Pinas program to national scale to reach more repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and help them start their own business at home. Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “Coca-Cola’s commitment to Filipinos has only grown stronger, in weathering this crisis together,” said Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “We will help and support where we can. Through Balik Pinas, our goal is to help repatriated OFWs who have lost their livelihood abroad to start anew, via owning and operating their own business and be successful here, at home, with their families.” With the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), CCBPI aims to reach more OFWs who are interested to start their own business through Balik Pinas. Data from the Department of Foreign Affairs show that as of September 2020, over 190,000 overseas Filipino workers have been repatriated. Balik Pinas gives opportunities to OFWs to be part of the Coca-Cola family as a distributor, wholesaler, or a community reseller. Balik Pinas is a journey that the company and new entrepreneurs take together at every step—from setting up the business, to sustaining it, to ensuring growth. Coca-Cola assists former OFWs in choosing a suitable business model for their area, helps in managing their cash flow and inventory, and sees to it that they are given proper guidance and training until they are fully ready and equipped to operate on their own—all in all, a sustainable and profitable business founded on practical support from a global beverage brand. According to Carlos Rivera, CCBPI Territory Sales Team in Naga City, the Balik Pinas Program started as a small-scale initiative in Naga City to help former OFWs. Just a couple of months after returning home, Carlos Manzano and his family was able to set up their business as Coca-Cola distributor through the Balik Pinas Program, which Carlos said has reshaped his life and outlook forever. IN PHOTO: Carlos and their family’s multi-cab routing unit with the Coca-Cola Naga Sales team. When the program’s pilot rollout started, the Manzanos—brothers Carlos and Jazz, and their father Lito—were among the pioneer members. Carlos and Jazz had both been working for several years in Qatar until the COVID-19 pandemic shook the trajectory of their career and, consequently, the well-being of their families. Together with their father, Lito, who also used to be an overseas worker, they set up a beverage distribution business in their hometown Naga City. Their optimism, as with any new business venture, was tempered with anxiety over how it would all turn out—especially with the considerable challenge of launching during such tenuous times until Rivera offered them membership to the Balik Pinas Program of Coca-Cola. Now, the Manzanos are running a profitable business as Coca-Cola distributors. “Even when I had to leave Qatar suddenly because of the lay-offs, I always envisioned that I would head back to work there when things settle. But with Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas, I have a livelihood that doesn’t take me away from my family as being an OFW had,” said Carlos.  Lito can still remember his first order of 60 cases of Coke products. Now, the Manzano  family business has grown to an average of 4,000 cases a month, just five months after they started—a feat magnified for it being in the middle of a pandemic and strict quarantine measures. The Manzanos have also since invested in routing units to augment their business’s capabilities—a multicab and a tricycle. Since starting his business in 2019, Billy Belleza (left), is now one of the prominent Coca-Cola distributors in his area and has added another mini truck to serve more routes and deliveries. Billy is one of the pioneers of Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas program. Another Balik Pinas program pioneer member is Billy Belleza who decided to return to the country after working for 20 years in Brunei. “I am really thankful that Coca-Cola reached out to me to be a part of this. They have never failed to present opportunities for me and my business to grow since I decided to take part in the Balik Pinas Program. My sales actually soared this year,” said Belleza, who is also based in Naga City. According to Rivera, Balik Pinas Program was really designed for returning OFWs like Billy, Carlos, and Jazz and their families to set up and run a viable business at home. “With their success and in light of current events, this program was expanded to operate on a national scale, so the company can lend assistance to repatriated OFWs and their families as they weather through new challenges brought on by the pandemic,” Rivera said. Coca-Cola has consistently sought to create programs to support MSMEs, more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted countless lives and livelihoods. With programs like Balik Pinas, Coca-Cola remains firm in their commitment to help local communities, contributing to the restart of the national economy—by way of reaching out to Filipinos.  To know more about the program, you may reach Coca-Cola’s contact center at (02)-8813-COKE (2653). For SMART/PLDT users: toll-free number: 1800-1888-COKE (2653); and for GLOBE users: toll-free number: 1800-8888-COKE (2653). You may also contact 0919-160-COKE (2653) via SMS......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 24th, 2020Related News

Coconut farmers are poorest agri people

Coconut farmers are now the poorest people in the agriculture sector, much poorer than when they were 30 years ago.  This was the assessment of Danny Carranza, a coconut farmer and member the Kilusan Para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo at Katarungang Panlipunan (Katarungan). (MB FILE, Keith Bacongco) Carranza blamed the coconut farmers’ poverty on the low copra prices, inability to intercrop and modernize, and now the COVID-19 pandemic, which isolates some of them who are living in far-flung areas.                “If you’re going to compare, we are much poorer now than we were back in 1990,” said Carranza. Carranza said the “crisis in coconut” that started in the 1990s was never resolved, but even worsened especially when farmers failed to diversify and intercrop before copra prices, dictated by world prices, crashed in 2019 and in the previous years.              “The price of copra is improving, reaching P16/kg from P8/kg last year, but that is still not enough,” Carranza said, adding that farmers’ income from a hectare of coconut plantation does not reach P10,000 anymore.            At present, about 95 percent of the 3.5 million hectares of coconut farms in the Philippines are meant to produce copra, which is the material for coconut oil manufacturing.  But with the collapse of the prices of coconut oil in the world market over the last two years, prices of copra have also dropped plunging farmers into deeper poverty. According to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), prices of copra at farmgate as of October 15 stood at P21.86/kg, which is higher compared to P14.55/kg price level during the same day last year.           But Carranza said that it normally takes three to four years for coconut farmers to recover when a typhoon hits their plantation because coconut trees don’t recover fast. Several typhoons have devastated coconut trees lately.  “Farmers’ income is dictated by world prices, they don’t have enough funds to modernize their industry, and the government has failed to support them in the diversification of their coconut plantations,” Carranza said.  “Then things got worse because of climate change. And then, because of lockdown, a lot of farmers who live in far-flung areas were isolated and couldn’t deliver their produce,” he added.   In 2018, farmers working in coconut farms only received a daily nominal wage rate of P264, based on Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data.   To alleviate the current situation of coconut farmers, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has announced that it will soon distribute a P5,000 worth of assistance to coconut farmers, which will be withdrawn from the agency’s P24-billion stimulus package granted under ‘Bayanihan 2’. The problem, according to Carranza, is that the assistance may only benefit farmers who own 1 hectare of coconut plantations or less. The PCA is also setting aside a portion of its budget to finance on-farm and off-farm livelihood projects for coconut farmers such as intercropping and livestock. Meanwhile, Pambansang Kilusan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas (PKMP) Chairman Eduardo Mora said the legal team of Senator Bong Go pledged to help coconut farmers push for provisions that they want to be included in the Coco Levy Act, the proposed law that will pave the way for the release of the P100-billion coco levy fund.           “It was the office of Senator Bong Go that informed us that the senate version of Coco Levy Act was already passed in third and final reading. But his legal team also assured to help us in the congress version of the law, in bicameral, and in the drafting of the IRR [implementing rules and regulation] of the law,” Mora told Business Bulletin.         Mora’s group, which represents more than a hundred thousand coconut farmers in the country, has been calling for increased farmers’ representation in the planned coconut trust fund management committee.         Coconut farmers also don’t want the funds to be handled by PCA, Mora said.         Business Bulletin already sought for Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s reaction regarding the farmers’ opposition of the Coco Levy Act, but he hasn’t responded yet. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 24th, 2020Related News

Motorcycle Taxis To Resume Soon

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the resumption of the pilot study on motorcycle taxis on Friday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said it is good news for the commuting public as they can now soon be able to utilize their services. “Mabuting balita po iyan dahil pwede […].....»»

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MUPH2020 netizens react: Pauline Amelinckx is crown-ready

Amid technical difficulties the Miss Universe Philippines website experienced on 21 October, causing some delay, netizens unearthed a fun fact: Miss Bohol Pauline Amelinckx is hard to contend with when it comes to the crucial question-and-answer (Q&A) portion. During the preliminary Q&A round held at the Baguio Country Club, the 2018 Miss Global Beauty Queen […] The post MUPH2020 netizens react: Pauline Amelinckx is crown-ready appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 23rd, 2020Related News

Seo Ye Ji leads new mystery drama

“It’s Okay Not to Be Okay” star Seo Ye Ji is soon to have a small-screen comeback for a fantasy-mystery drama “Island”. Jumping from a heavy drama related to mental health, she will take the lead role of Won Mi Ho, an heiress excommunicated by her family due to controversial headlines. She then goes on […] The post Seo Ye Ji leads new mystery drama appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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4 troopers hurt in Maguindanao blast

Two soldiers and two militiamen were injured when a landmine exploded in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Friday morning, the military said. Injured were two enlisted personnel of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Battalion and two of the Civilian Active Auxiliary, according to a report from the Armed Forces’ Western Mindanao Command. The four, along with other personnel under […] The post 4 troopers hurt in Maguindanao blast appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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Lorenzana kay Parlade: Maglabas ng ebidensya o itikom ang bibig

Pinayuhan ni Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ngayong Biyernes si  Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. na maglabas ng ebidensya kaugnay ng mga personalidad na umano’y may kaugnayan sa komunistang grupo. Idinagdag ni Lorenzana na mas mabuting itikom na lamang ni Parlade ang bibig kung hindi niya masusuportahan ang pahayag. “My thoughts on […] The post Lorenzana kay Parlade: Maglabas ng ebidensya o itikom ang bibig appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 23rd, 2020Related News

Guy Sebastian releases his ‘Truth’

Australian pop sensation Guy Sebastian released his ninth studio album, T.R.U.T.H., on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music. The hitmaker behind the chart-topper “Angels Brought Me Here,” which dominated the music charts in the Philippines and across the globe in the 2000s, is the first to admit that his latest album delivers a deeper, […] The post Guy Sebastian releases his ‘Truth’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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3 Tips For Helping Your Children Persevere Through Music Lessons

85% of parents believe that kids who take music lessons are better able to manage their time as well as problem-solving, according to one Guitar Center research study. However, many children end up quitting their lessons before they can reap the benefits that playing music has to offer. If your child seems to be losing […].....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 21st, 2020Related News

LandBank Digital Banking Reaches 1M Accounts

Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, more people are encouraged to shift digital banking for efficient and safer banking transaction, thus, LandBank already breached it’s 1 million mark. LandBank has now 1,039,926 accounts to date and 492, 156 of those were opened between the January and September. 11,972 accounts were also opened through […].....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 21st, 2020Related News

High COVID-19 Cases Could Pose Threat to PH Economy

Even though countries all over the world are starting to implement the “new normal” way or life, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is still a threat to every economy. In the Philippines, COVID-19 cases still continues to elevate, affecting the economy. This prompts the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged every concerned sector to stem […].....»»

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These Products will Keep Your Hands Clean and Protected From COVID-19

In this COVID-19 pandemic, proper hygiene is the most important thing everyone must practice. With regular disinfection, you can decrease your chances of catching COVID-19 by a lot. Other equipment may also help you in keeping the dreaded virus at bay. Wearing a face mask, face shield, or gloves will give you another layer of […].....»»

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Japan’s Iconic Vending Machines: Will it be Saved?

If you have been to Japan, or if you visit there in the coming days or months, you will be overwhelmed by the number of vending machines. In every street and in every corner, vending machines are available ranging from the classic vending machine that gives you soda to a modern vending machine that lets […].....»»

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Kaspersky Detects Intensified Scamming Activities Amid Launch of iPhone 12

During the first nine months of 2020, Kaspersky has seen that scammers are consistently interested in Apple users and their accounts. For instance, every month, the company’s researchers have found about 100 suspicious domains around the world mentioning “Apple” as a company. Most of these websites require users to enter their Apple ID and password. […].....»»

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Pogoy shoots the lights out anew as TNT goes 4-0

        By JONAS TERRADO         RR Pogoy went on another scoring spree despite nursing a sprained left ankle as TNT came back to beat Phoenix Super, 110-91, in Monday’s battle between two undefeated teams in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. A […].....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 19th, 2020Related News

Maskne: The Truth Behind the Phenomenon

Breakouts can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, no matter your age. Though acne tends to resolve with age, between 40 and 55 percent of the adult population experience persistent acne. Acne is often triggered by hormones and excess oil production in the skin but can also increase in times of stress. The uncertainty of a global […].....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 19th, 2020Related News