Malampaya engineers cited 

    Shell Global recently named Malampaya engineers Peter Doping and Niño Navarro  as two of 2020’s Inspiring NXplorers Mentors for guiding six high school students from Gusa Regional Science High School in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental in their bid to win at Shell NXplorers Program’s Bright Ideas Challenge.

    The challenge tasked young people to come up with real-life, innovative and sustainable solutions to the food, water and energy issues in their local areas.

    Out of 25 teams that participated, the student team from Gusa — which Doping and Navarro mentored — bagged the first place for creating a handheld generator that produces energy by utilizing heat difference through the Seebeck effect or the build-up of an electric potential across a temperature gradient. Their objective was to come up with an alternative power source for Mindanaoans during unforeseen events like calamities and disasters.

    The two used their rest days to guide them in their power generation project. 

    HARI launches e-B2B online platform

    Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) has launched Hyundai e-B2B, an easy Booking to Buying online platform.

    Housed in Hyundai Philippines’ official website, the platforms enables buyers of Hyundai trucks and buses, get quick access to the showroom of their preferred dealer, learn more about the vehicle of their choice, and request for a quote.

    “We are in the business of partnerships,” said HARI president and chief executive officer Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo. “On our fifth year in the business, Hyundai Trucks and Buses Philippines always has the needs of the Filipino entrepreneur as top priority. Regardless of circumstances, pandemic or no pandemic, we are the Filipino businessman’s ‘Partner in Every Way’ in successfully transforming businesses towards a better normal. E-B2B is testament to our commitment to constantly innovate for our customers by simplifying the buying process so that customers may focus on what truly matters: growing their businesses and fulfilling their aspirations.”

    Echostore, Naturland support sustainability

    Local sustainability retailer ECHOstore  and Germany-based international organic farmer association Naturland have partnered  to help improve the livelihood of local smallholders and boost a sustainable lifestyle in the Philippines.

    Consumers can buy and order at ECHOstore local Philippine products certified according to the strict organic standards of Naturland.  Products include  virgin coconut oil, turmeric powder and tea from Davao and mascobado sugar.

    In its online store , ECHOstore has a special section ito Naturland certified organic products. Customers will also find Naturland certified products in the physical ECHOstore in Makati.

    More than 3,000 Naturland farmers produce healthy food in the Philippines

    FFCCCII funds review scholarships for doctors

    The Federation of the Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCII) has funded the review of 1,000 graduate doctors for the March Physician Licensure Examination.

    This is through the program of the Dr Carl Balita Review Center (CBRC) whose  lineup of faculty includes Dr. Tony Leachon, Dr. Willie Ong, Dr. Jim Sanchez, Dr-Attys Bu Castro and Tony Rebosa.   Classes will be conducted virtually and shall cover all salient contents of the Physicians Board Examination.

    This project is a non-profit undertaking as the scholarship by the FFCCCI covered only the faculty costs while the other operational costs are borne on the CBRC’s social support fund.

    Jeff to open 30 laundry hubs

    Spanish startup Jeff which started its home laundry and dry-cleaning app and delivery service in the Philippines, will open 30 franchises in 2021 in  Metro Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Angeles City.

    Customers can choose the exact location, time, and day of pick up; a driver picks up the items and delivers them, cleaned and folded or ironed, in just 48 hours.

    As of 2020, Jeff has sold 80 Mr Jeff laundry franchises in the Philippines, with its laundry hubs operating in Metro Manila and in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

    Jeff is open to individual entrepreneurs as well as to big investors who are interested to manage 10 or more franchises. The initial capital is pegged at $25,000 to $50,000.

    A laundry hub must have a store space of 40 to 60 square meters , with about four sets of washer/dryers,  a laundry specialist, a dedicated driver upon opening, a computer using Jeff Technology and special laundry equipment.

    Jeff will expand its super-app capability with the introduction of Fit Jeff and Beauty Jeff for booking beauty and fitness services before store visits. The expected first openings in Southeast Asia will be in Metro Manila during this  quarter.

    Globe, Walang Iwanan Alliance raise P4.9M

    Globe and Walang Iwanan Alliance (WIA) gave at least 14,000 food and rice packs to disadvantaged and underserved communities in Mandaluyong, Paranaque, San Juan and other cities and municipalities in Luzon recently.

    Through the support of Globe customers, the company and WIA were able to raise more than P4.9 million, with more than P650,000 coming from customers’ donations through Globe Rewards and GCash apps, which in turn was used to provide and deliver the food assistance.

    Food packs were given to communities in Addition Hills, Hi-way Hills, Barangka Drive, Barangka Itaas, Namayan, Plainview, Buayang Bato and Hulo in Mandaluyong; and in Marcelo Green, La Huerta, San Dionisio, Moonwalk, Don Bosco, San Antonio in Paranaque. Residents of Little Baguio in San Juan also received food assistance.

    Globe and WIA also brought rice subsidies to Rizal, Cagayan, Albay, Quezon and Camarines Norte provinces as well as in the Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Las Pinas and Manila.

    Union Bank, Lombard Odier partner for future-proofing  family businesses

    Union Bank of the Philippines in partnership with Swiss global private bank Lombard Odier, launched NextGen Academy Online, a two-part event series designed to empower next-generation family business leaders.

    Hosted by the newly launched UnionBank Private Banking Binondo Center via Zoom, the first NextGen Academy Online had over 500 participants, majority of whom are members of the Filipino- Chinese community.

    The first session focused on family wealth and business succession, as well as global and local investment strategies.

    The following session tackled the digitalization and future-proofing of a family business.

    UnionBank Private Banking regards itself as the client’s wealth management solutions provider. The group values each client’s financial legacy – understanding that their wealth is more than just their money. Lombard Odier has served its clients across seven generations, with over two centuries of rich heritage and stability through 40 financial crises.

    New Benilde Manila campus opens 

    The 10-story PWD-ready The Atrium @ Benilde, the fourth academic building and newest campus of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde was recentlyinaugurated.

    The Atrium @ Benilde, built on the property of the late Br. Rafael Donato FSC and his family, through their generous support, is located at the corner of Arellano and Ayala streets in Malate, Manila and designed by award-winning architect Daniel Lichauco, the principal and managing partner of Archion Architects. It was constructed by D.M. Consunji Inc.

    Lichauco called The Atrium @ Benilde an environmental forced air structure. The center will house The School of Diplomacy and Governance , School of Management and Information Technology and School of Professional and Continuing Education , plus various departments, offices and conference rooms, as well as initiative learning studios, classrooms and its own Learning Resource Center dedicated to the students of the Benilde Deaf School.

    Viber poll: Filipinos take data privacy seriously

    A recent poll conducted by Viber showed  89 percent of Filipinos who responded to a global voluntary in-app poll say they will switch to another messaging app if the one they are using has privacy issues, emphasizing most of the people’s desire to keep their chats away from prying eyes.

    There were 340,000 people who took part in the global Viber survey, where it was revealed that 77 percent of Viber users across the globe say digital privacy is very important for them. In the Philippines, the number is even higher than the global average at 95 percent.

    About 83 percent of Filipinos also said  they prefer a messaging app that won’t be able to see their messages and listen in on their calls and has end-to-end encryption by default. They’d also want their communication platform to refrain from collecting personal data such as gender, age, and exact location that are considered unnecessary for the app’s operations.

    Rakuten Viber’s recent poll underscores that despite the increased need for online communication platforms, data privacy is still top of mind for its users.

    Potato Corner, Tokyo Tempura Founders share business secrets

    Jorge and Jenny Wieneke, two of the most successful and prominent entrepreneurs in the country, share their thoughts, expertise, and know-how on “homepreneurship” in the new normal.

    The Wieneke couple founded Tokyo Tempura while  Jorge was one of the founders of Potato Corner.

    “An entrepreneur must first develop a sense of innovative mindset because technology represents innovation. One must cultivate this mindset to adapt to technology,” said Jorge with Jenny adding that technology is the entrepreneur’s best friend. They consider Facebook important for their business

    Viber and Messenger, on the other hand, are essential apps to communicate with staff and customers efficiently, according to Jenny. Opting for cloud-based POS systems are likewise helpful in monitoring both inventory and sales.

    Cashless transactions are now the norm, so having apps like PayMaya, and online banking are necessary and required. Jorge adds that delivery apps are also a must-haves for “homepreneurs.”


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