French Embassy’s Cultural Counsellor Marc Piton and Cultural Attache Martin Macalintal with SM’s Millie Dizon.

    Cine Europa celebrates opening at SM Cinema Drive-In at MOA

    This year’s edition of the much-awaited Cine Europa film festival was celebrated in an innovative and creative way – an on-ground launch at the SM Cinema Drive-In at the Mall of Asia, toasts and greetings on screen, and its first ever offering of virtual screenings.

    A joint project of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, the EU Member States and cultural institutions Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes Manila, Philippine-Italian Association, Embassy of Switzerland, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and SM Cinema, Cine Europa can be viewed virtually until November 29.

    EU Delegation First Counsellor Rafael de Bustamante and German Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel led the members of the diplomatic corps and media gathered at the SM Cinema Drive-In to mark the opening of the festival. At the same time, the Ambassadors of the EU Member States sent their virtual greetings and toasts.

    Movie enthusiasts can look forward to Cine Europa’s line-up of films from 20 countries that showcase the range of Europe’s filmmaking excellence, and its diverse and vibrant culture and creative industries.

    Now on its 23rd year, Cine Europa is the longest running flagship film festival in the country, bringinh 19 films from 20 European countries which can be accessed for free via  Interested viewers can simply register online.

    2GO launches CabinCargo

    In response to the need to move essential cargo at the shortest possible time from Manila to Visayas and Mindanao, 2GO has introduced 2GOCABINCARGO.

    The service uses ropax fleet, which comprises the fastest vessels in the country and offers special handling of cargoes. This in turn enables  the company to offer the best lead times closest to airfreight and can deliver to consumers in the key ports of Visayas and Mindanao within five days, from pick-up to delivery.

    2GO CabinCargo are handled with unique priority. These cargoes are loaded last on the vessels and stowed in locations, enabling first to discharge directly into a truck.

    This system  bypasses the need to transfer to terminals and CFS hubs for unloading and handling which lengthens lead times. From the port, cargoes are directly transported to customers, B2B or B2C, thereby considerably reducing the time it takes to complete delivery.

    InLife offers affordable, convenient insurance

    Insular Life (InLife) has made financial protection planning more affordable and more convenient for a minimum monthly premium of P2,500 or an annual premium of P30,000. InLife’s Wealth Secure Guaranteed Issue Offer (GIO) enables Filipinos to set up a life protection and investment plan.

    The application for Wealth Secure GIO will be through InLife’s pioneering automated underwriting system, eliminating the need to go through a medical examination.

    InLife’s Wealth Secure GIO provides life insurance coverage equivalent to five times the annual premium. This product’s investment component boosts insurance coverage by putting premiums in a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds.

    Filipinos aged 18 to 60 years old may avail of Wealth Secure GIO until Dec. 18, 2020.

    SYKES Cebu implements 100% work-at-home setup

    SYKES has set up OneLeap, a one-stop shop online portal that offers master classes on remote work how-tos.

    Through the portal, employees have access to free courses on managing a work-at-home (WAH) team, documents on systems and platforms for telecommuting, and documents needed when transitioning to the new work environment, among others.

    The solution has enabled SYKES Cebu  to completely implement remote working for 100 percent  of its workforce. SYKES Cebu has provided employees with the equipment they need, deploying thousands of PC sets, including accessories, office chair, and WiFi connection.

    SYKES Cebu has been able to run operations with minimal interruptions and deliver steady growth. Prior to its 100 percent WAH arrangement, SYKES Cebu has established Camp SYKES, an employee assistance program that provides accommodation, meal and shuttle service provisions, hygiene kits, and other additional incentives and allowances. Necessary sanitary protocols and health regulations were also implemented on-site in compliance with national and international guidelines.

    Corteva Agriscience offers integrated,
    sustainable solutions for farmers

    Corteva Agriscience  has made  available to Filipino farmers its integrated and sustainable approaches for the management of fall armyworm (FAW) infesting corn crops.

    The global agriculture leader in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA), recently held a forum for farmer leaders, agriculture organizations, and industry leaders to help control the growing FAW infestations across several provinces in the Philippines.

    The agriculture leader offers superior hybrid corn varieties such as Pioneer brand Intrasect blended refuge products, also popularly known as Pioneer YHR, which provides control for both Asian corn borer and FAW. It also provides tolerance to glyphosate herbicide. Intrasect blended refuge products have a biosafety permit from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and is registered as plant-incorporated protectant (PIP) under the FPA. Other FPA-approved products of Corteva for the control of FAW are Exalt 60 SC, a foliar insecticide containing spinetoram which is a green chemistry product, and Lumivia®, another insecticide used as seed treatment to protect young seedlings from damage by early pests.

    CLTV36 regional station partners with LGUs,
    local school boards to air DepEd’s TeleSkwela

     Students in Central Luzon can access TV-based learning by watching the Department of Education’s (DepEd) TeleSkwela Program on CLTV36. The station, which is also the only regional TV station in Central Luzon, has officially begun airing K-12 programs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily to students in Region 3.

    CLTV36, together with the Provincial Government of Pampanga, the City Government of San Fernando, and the local school boards of DepEd Pampanga and DepEd San Fernando, forged an agreement to air the TeleSkwela program free-of-charge for all participating parents, teachers, and students in Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan, and Bataan. The show will also be available nationwide through Cignal TV Channel 115.

    As a free-to-air television network, CLTV36 has the potential to reach an estimated 98 percent of students in Pampanga. The program’s telecast is estimated to reach over 1.3 million students, parents, and teachers within regions under CLTV36’s coverage. “The TeleSkwela program encompasses the entire K-12 curriculum, with each K-12 level assigned a 45-minute time slot per day. Drawing from its expertise of televising current affairs, CLTV36 will also air locally-oriented news stories between lessons, which will allow students to keep abreast of current events and to connect these stories with their studies.

    Retail therapy at Paseo Outlets in Greenfield City

    For those for that time when everyone can stroll through their favorite shops or catch brunch with the bros and besties, they are not alone.

    A short drive south and away from the hustle and bustle of the Metro, the Paseo Outlets in Greenfield City complex sits nicely against a backdrop of greenery amid a 400 hectare mixed-use development. The entire area enjoys 30% open space filled with rolling verdant fields and lush trees, that allows for proper physical distancing.

    With the protective gear in place, one is free to roam the halls of the vast complex, or soak in the sunshine for that much needed Vitamin D for the immune system, unlike in the tight, congested shopping centers of the Metro.

    You’ll also find elusive exclusives and bargain deals from premiere international brands.

    Frequently disinfection may be had at the many washrooms scattered throughout the complex, with alcohol, hand sanitizers, and hand soap.

    The Paseo Outlets’ doors are open for you from 10am – 8pm. Find the Paseo Outlets along Tagaytay Balibago Road, Greenfield City, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

    For more info visit the complex’s websiteFacebookInstagram, and Viber Community.

    Taiwan’s medical power shines in SE Asia; helpPhilippine patients regain new lives

    The Ministry of Health and Welfare of Taiwan and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) organized recently the “Join hands with Taiwan to create a healthy and happy life” webinar, which was held at the Taipei International Convention Center.

    Five physicians and experts shared the latest medical technology, treatment methods, and services with regard to bone marrow transplantation, reproductive medicine, depression, cerebrovascular disease, and telemedicine consultation with friends in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries to offer more treatment options for patients in need. The event attracted around 900 viewers who participated online and were able to see the live broadcast in real-time.

    To share epidemic prevention information with the international community, TAITRA launched the “Taiwan Global Anti-COVID-19 Pavilion” in June this year. Hg Taiwan has already established a sound medical system as it recruited the best medical talents and adapted the best technologies to provide high-quality medical services.

    The five phusicians and experts included Dr. Chi-Cheng Li, Director of the Center of Stem Cell and Precision Medicine of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital; Dr. Pin-Yao Lin, Director of the Department of Reproductive Medicine at Lee Women’s Hospital;

    Dr. Mao-Xiang Xiao from Cathay General Hospital; Dr. Ping-Sheng Lu of the Neuroscience Center of Landseed International Hospital; and President Chin-Tang Wang of Medicrowd Smarthealth.

    Taiwan’s achievements in epidemic prevention have attracted worldwide attention, and its medical technology is among the world’s best. This is a new opportunity to globalize Taiwan’s medical services, where the online to offline (O2O) integrated “all-customer” service model will be the future of healthcare.