October 26, 2012

Calling All Mobile App Developers!

Do you have the best and creative ideas in your mind which nags for freedom? Do you have what it takes to be one of the ‘elite’ mobile developers in the country? Or perhaps you are an aspiring geek who yearns for spotlight to come and notice your existence? Then you spot the right place.

Smart DevNet & WebGeek finally opened their doors (and even the window) for all of the mobile developers all around the nation to engage in Foursquare Hackday Philippines. #4SQHackPH is an all-day mobile app hackathon. We envision that this will give rise to the most creative and most skillful team to deliver the best mobile application using foursquare API.

Paul Pajo, a Developer Evangelist of SMART Communications said that hackathon assemblies like #4SQHackPH is one good way of giving the developers proper recognition and acknowledgment for the apps they’ve formulated, constructed and created, since most of the time the public forgets all about them. He thinks it is just fair to make people remember that there is always a person working behind those applications they have been using and enjoying.

While Jim Ayson, officer of Strategic Partnerships at SMART Communications pinpointed that the event is also one way of gathering up a whole lot of different and unique ideas when it comes to the web and app development industry.  AYson said that they are very open with crowd-sourcing innovation method and to be able to do that they should accept new and fresh concepts through different developers they meet.

If you think the callings shouts your name then stop hesitating; search for a partner or a three-man team and sign up and grab a ticket worth PhP 1,000. Have no budget? Then get your 80% early bird tickets at PhP 200 on October 29 – better be early. See how fast approaching it is? Don’t let this opportunity blows like a wind and disappears like a mist. After having the ticket, mark your calendars on the actual event – at Sadoce, 12/F Smart Tower, Ayala, Makati City on December 1.

It’s going to be a great event, so be sure to check out the full details at http://hackday.webgeek.ph

About:
SMART Developer Network, (SMART DevNet), is the community program that is made for developers. SMART has recognized that apps will be the future of IT and with this, SMART is now more than just a telecommunications company, it is now a company that helps in engaging those who are usually doing mobile & software development for them to be at the forefront of the mobile world.
WebGeek Philippines is a community that serves as a venue for geeks, developers, designers and startups. We are a growing and thriving community that aims to learn and have fun along the way! Our goal is to form community projects that will advance the IT industry in the Philippines through uniting people of various expertise.

Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan: Homemade food still best for tots


 

Many busy moms nowadays have no time to prepare nutritious baby food. But when opting for store-bought bottled food, moms are not assured of the freshness and quality of these mixes, and that is why homemade food are still the better choice, says mother of five and Philips Avent brand ambassador, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

 “I am very particular when it comes to feeding my children. While there are many respectable brands of bottled baby food in the market, I still believe that nothing compares to homemade food that has been greatly thought out and considered for baby’s particular needs,” Maricel explains.

Me-Ann Achacoso, Philips Avent’s Business Development Manager for Health and Wellness, agrees. “The modern Filipina mom is hands-on and busy. That’s why Philips Avent’s Combined Steamer and Blender is the perfect ally for moms who want to ensure that their baby gets only the freshest and most nutritious food without having to sacrifice time in food preparation,” says Ms. Achacoso.

Ms. Achacoso adds that the Philips Avent Combined Steamer and Blender lets moms craft quick and healthy meals for baby. Its built-in steamer helps lock in food’s nutrients and natural flavors and with the flip of the steamer and blender, moms can instantly make fine purees to soft and small pieces of food that baby can consume for the different stages of weaning. 

 
She adds that if moms don’t have time to prepare food, they can choose to make this ahead of time by storing the pre-made meals into Philips Avent’s Via Cups range which are ideal for storage in the refrigerator or freezer.

Ms. Achacoso concludes, “Creating your own baby food with the Combined Steamer and Blender promotes a healthy bond between parents, siblings and baby. You are also assured that you are giving your baby meals that contain natural vitamins and minerals without the harmful chemicals.”


About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2011 sales of EUR 22.6 billion and employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

October 20, 2012

Marvin Agustin: Young Entrepreneur of the Year


Dreams do come true for every Juan. Marvin Agustin did not imagine being in the roster of the most powerful and influential names in business and economy having won the 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year of the SGV Foundation. Held at the Awards Banquet in Makati Shangrila Hotel last week, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year annually recognizes individuals who have shown exemplary extraordinary passion, vision and conviction that led respective businesses to success. 

 photo credit: entertainment.inquirer.net

Marvin Agustin shared the limelight among the finalists named; Raul M. Ang, President of Maxima Machineries Incorporated, Jaime I. Ayala, President and CEO of Hybrid Social Solutions, Inc.(HSSI), Antonette P. De Guzman and Carolina S. Osteria, Managing Directors, ACM Landholdings Inc., Venus C. Genson, CEO and President Art N’ Nature Manufacturing Corporation, Raoul Roberto P. Goco, Executive Chef and Owner Cyma Greek Taverna Co., Ronald P. Guzman M.D., Chief Executive Officer, President and Founder Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines, Raphael T. Juan, President Centro Manufacturing Corporation, Amelia D. Manas, Founding President and CEO Bruno’s Services Corporation, Nelson C. Par and Siu Ping Par PR Gaz Franchising Corporation, Jose Victor Paterno President and CEO Philippine SEven Corporation, Edwin M. Salonga Chairperson and Mariel Vincent A. Rapisura President and CEO Social Enterprise Development Partnership Inc., (SEDPI), Raphael Lim Soon President North Park Noodle House, Jonathan O. Suy, General Manager, Jomaray Pulp Packaging Industries, Toomanny Tan President and CEO, Filipino Entrepreneurs and Resources Network (FERN) Inc., Willy Tee Ten President and Dealer Principal of Autohub Group of Companies and Dennis A. Uy, President and CEO of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc.,

Bagging the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award designed by the world renowned sculptor, painter and graphic designer Michael Cacnio, Marvin Agustin did not expect to have brought home one of the five awards, Young Entrepreneur from the prestigious Ernst and Young Judges chaired by Cesar E.A.Virata along with Br. Narciso Syloria Erquiza, FSC, Engr. Merly M. Cruz Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry-Regional Operations and Development Group (DTI-RODG), Vivian H. Gee, Head of Asia t the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as well as Associate Editor at the World Economic Forum, Dr. Milwida M. Guevara President of Synergiea Foundation, Rafael Cojuangco Lopa Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and Hans B. Sicat President and CEO of The Philippine Stock Exchange.

Marvin has a lot of stories to tell and inspire the youth to success. Dreaming to be a restaurant manager when he was young, he pursued the passion in the restaurant business after studying at the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management under the tutelage of Chef Norbert Gandler. He gained more skills and knowledge in culinary arts after graduating Managing Arts Program at the Asian Institute of Management which eventually led him to venture with his friends Raymond Magdaluyo and Ricky Laudico opening SumoSam Foods Inc., in 2004. SumoSam has exponentially grown with more established partner restos Mr. Kurosawa, John and Yoko, Johnny Chow, Robotosan and Marciano’s. Today, Marvin shares the inspiration tapping on his experience in media with Futuretainment Inc. and Media Nation Inc., with manager Annabelle Regalado-Borja, production companies that organizes and presents successful concerts by renowned international artists in Manila.

Adding to the array of accolades,  Best Operations Award from Ayala Merchant Awards in 2009 and Most Promising Restaurant in 2008 for John and Yoko, and Mr. Kurosawa in Eastwood Libis named as one of Philippine Tatler’s best restaurants in 2009 is Ernst and Young’s 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award of the President of SumoSam Foods Inc., Marvin Agustin omniscient of the Filipino entrepreneur and inspiring the youth to hope and achieve.
“Hardwork, dedication and determination. Dreams really do come true”- said Marvin joined by manager and friend Annabelle Regalado-Borja and business partners Raymond Magdaluyo and Ricky Laudico.


Follow Marvin Agustin on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/Marvin-Agustin and @Marvin_Agustin on Twitter. Have a taste of cosmopolitan Japanese at SumoSam Fooods. Visit www.sumosamfoods.com, like SumoSam on FB http://www.facebook.com/ilovesumosam and follow @ioveSUMOSAM on Twitter for more updates and promos. 


For concerts and events production visit www.futuretainementinc.com and www.medianationinc.com and like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/futuretainmentinc and http://www.facebook.com/medianationinc for more updates

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Don Garcia Jr is the author of Don Garcia Photography and My Thoughts and the Act blogs. He is a graduate of Information Technology of Saint Mary's University. Currently working as an SEO/SEM and Social Marketing Specialist. A photography hobbyist, a frustrated dancer and singer.

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