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DENR to Lead Twin Environmental Events on September 16

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will lead the local celebration of two important global environmental events this September: the International Coastal Cleanup Day and the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu called on Filipinos to take part in the twin celebration seeking to raise public awareness on the protection of the seas and the ozone layer, both will be held on September 16.

“These two global environmental events will not only educate Filipinos about the current situation of the environment, but also heighten the consciousness of the general public on the dangers that may come if we do not properly take care of our water resources and the ozone layer,” Cimatu said.

In the National Capital Region, simultaneous clean-up activities will be held in Manila Bay near the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Centennial Park and Fish Port in Navotas, Pinagsabugan creek in Malabon, Pasig River and at the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area.

The DENR advises participants in clean-up activities to bring their own industrial or garden gloves, reusable containers and utensils, and wear comfortable clothes. Children aged 16 years old and below are discouraged to join the activity.

With the theme “Sama-sama para sa Karagatan,” this year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day is organized by the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau, in partnership with the International Coastal Cleanup Philippines under the Washington-based environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy, and the Philippine Coast Guard.

The institutional partners include the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Department of Tourism.

Now on its 31st year, the event aims to engage people to remove trash from beaches and waterways around the world, identify the sources of the debris and change the behavioral patterns that contribute to pollution.

The observance of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer coincides with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion.

This year’s theme is “Caring for the life under the sun” and the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau has lined up some activities, including seminars and workshops on the inventory of greenhouse gases (GHG) in relation to the country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Agreement.

A global climate deal reached in Rwanda last year, the Kigali Agreement is an amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol which aims to phase out hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, a family of potent GHG by the late 2040s.

On September 14, the United Nations Environment Program will launch the website for its newest campaign www.ozoneheroes.org, as well as #OzoneHeroes that will be used in social media to raise awareness on the accomplishments of the Montreal Protocol.

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is intended to spread awareness of the depletion of the ozone and search for solutions to preserve it. (DENR/RJB/Susan De Leon/PIA-NCR)

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Best Travel Deals with Globe Platinum and Singapore Airlines at the Showcase and Travel Fair 2018

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Globe Telecom once again partnered with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to give Globe Platinum customers the opportunity to get inspired and explore new destinations this year with the fifth installment of its much-awaited Showcase and Travel Fair 2018.

Slated on January 26 to 28, 2018 at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center in Makati City and at the TriNoma Activity Center in Quezon City, SIA offers some of the best travel deals in renowned destinations around the world!

This is also the fifth year that Globe Platinum has partnered with SIA to be able to give its customers exclusive access to various perks and privileges especially when they travel via Singapore Airlines.

“Our partnership with SIA complements the distinct experience we want to provide our Platinum customers. Through our collaboration with one of the world’s premiere airlines, we get to enable our customers’ travel goals and help them create wonderful memories for themselves or their families,” explains Vice President of Emerging Strategic Businesses Coco Domingo.

During the fair, there will be a “Globe Platinum Priority Lane” for Platinum members in Glorietta so they may enjoy priority service by simply presenting their Globe Platinum Signal or Digital cards. Additionally, Globe Platinum clients will enjoy priority check in when they fly SQ and those who fly Business Class will receive special treats during the entire year.

There will also be special, all-inclusive round-trip airfares for passengers flying Economy Class from Manila to Singapore (from US$150), Southeast Asia (from US$220), India (from US$490), Australia (from US$540), Europe (from US$700), South Africa (from US$700), and the United States (from US$870).

Those flying Premium Economy Class, on the other hand, may travel to select Asian destinations (from US$970), Australia (from US$1020), Europe (from US$1400), South Africa (from US$1550), New Zealand (from US$1550), and the United States (from US$1900). For Business Class flyers, explore Southeast Asia (from US$690), South Africa (from US$1900), Australia (from US$1980), Europe (from US$2370), New Zealand (from US$2400), and the United States (from US$2400).

Other available promos from event partners also include Real 0% interest up to six months installment plan for BPI Credit cardholders; 500 KrisFlyer Bonus Miles when travelling to selected destinations; up to 25% discount on select Sentosa Singapore attractions; a SGD60 Changi Gift Card for every two tickets to selected destinations; a SGD20 Changi Dollar Voucher when going to destinations beyond Singapore; and a chance to win 50,000 KrisFlyer miles exclusively for Glorietta and TriNoma mall shoppers.

Complementing the exclusive travel deals and privileges is Globe Platinum customers’ access to a worldwide concierge service and domestic airport lounges.

To know more about Globe Platinum, visit platinum.globe.com.ph.

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Lenovo Officially Kicks off Highly-Anticipated Legion of Champions Series II Grand Finale

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On January 26, Lenovo officially kicked-off the Finale of “Legion of Champions Series II” in Bangkok, Thailand. The event, held in collaboration with Intel, is a major gaming competition in the region.

Lenovo, the world’s leading PC manufacturer, has officially kicked off the “Legion of Champions Series II” Grand Finale (LoC; former League of Champions). This three-day gaming extravaganza, held in partnership with Intel, is expected to bring together over 60 gaming talents in Asia Pacific together in a Bangkok, Thailand.

Following last year’s successful debut, the competition has expanded its footprint to include teams from Hong Kong and Taiwan, in addition to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The in-market champions from the eight markets will battle it out and the winning teams will walk away with a combined pool of close to 500,000 THB (approximately PHP 812,000) in cash.

After three days of intense competition, from January 26 – 28, the champion team will walk home with a cash prize of 210,000 THB (approximately PHP 341,000), while the first and second runners up will be awarded 110,000 THB (approximately PHP 178,000) and 70,000 THB (approximately PHP 113,000) respectively.

Lenovo Legion gaming devices will be the enablers for qualifying champion teams to compete during LoC, empowering them with a world-class experience in speed, performance and consistency. The anniversary edition of Legion Y520 laptop will also make its first appearance at LoC to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of Lenovo Legion, a gaming sub-brand first introduced in CES 2017. Coming in two designs – one in red and another in black and gold. In the Philippines, the black and gold version will be available in limited stocks in February 2018.

Legion of Champions Series II is one of Lenovo’s major efforts in nurturing the next-generation gamers and growing the gaming community in Asia. Professional or amateur gamers alike, the teams competing at the Grand Finale of LoC are the best in Asia’s gaming scene. These in-market champions have stood out despite the fierce competition; all of them have gone through multiple elimination rounds at the local level to finally reach the highly-anticipated Grand Finale, competing against other top-notch talents for the ultimate gaming glory.

Hundreds of gaming fans are expected to attend this year’s Grand Finale of “Legion of Champions Series II” in Bangkok, Thailand to watch the heated battle and the birth of a new champion. For those who reside outside Bangkok, they can watch the live-streaming of the competition via https://www.facebook.com/LenovoTH/videos/10155550049041843/.

For more information on LoC 2018, please visit https://legionlenovo.com/loc2018/.

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US-Based Pinoy Doctors to Hold Free Surgical Mission in Palawan

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A US-based association of Filipino physicians is set to conduct the first-ever medical and surgical mission in Palawan for this year at the newly-constructed Aborlan Medicare Hospital (AMH) in Barangay Ramon Magsaysay in the town of Aborlan.

The medical mission would be from Jan. 22 to 24, Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Jr. said on Saturday.

It will be led by the North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians (NTAPP) in cooperation with Governor Jose Alvarez, 3rd District Congressman Gil Acosta, 3rd District Board Member Albert Rama, and the municipal government of Aborlan.

Acosta said the NTAPP was composed of 44 Filipino physicians who arrived Sunday to bring free medical and minor surgical services to indigent residents of Aborlan town.

These are circumcision, harelip, breast-lumpectomy, biopsy, simple mastectomy, herniorrhaphy, hysterectomy-myomectomy, oophorectomy, appendectomy, colon resection with end to end anastomosis, amputation for gangrene, thyroidectomy, lysis adhesions, colostomy, cesarean section and tubal ligation.

Dr. Maria Arlin Josue, AMH chief, said they had already prepared for the medical and surgical mission, and were excited for the residents of Aborlan.

“Para sa mga nais makibahagi sa naturang aktibidad, maaaring makipag-ugnayan sa mga Operation Centers ng Rescue 165 na nakatalaga sa mga munisipyo sa lalawigan (For those who want to avail of free medical and surgical services they offer, residents can coordinate with the Operation Centers of Rescue 165),” she said.

Josue added they are grateful that the first medical and surgical mission in the province for this year chose Aborlan as it will surely help a lot of residents who lack funds to pay even for minor surgeries.

AMH is a 50-bed capacity medicare hospital in the first class municipality of Aborlan, located 69 kilometers from the capital of Puerto Princesa.

Its construction was funded cooperatively by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA, the Palawan government, and the local government unit of Aborlan.

It was part of 15 others being constructed in different municipalities in the province, including the island town of Coron.

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Fiesta Señor and Sinulog 2018 Goes Digital

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Amid the digital era, organizers of the Sinulog festival have decided to tap social media to help deliver the message on the real essence of the celebration, which is the devotion and gratitude to the Holy Child Jesus, Sto. Niño.

Sinulog Foundation Inc. has launched the Sinulog 2018 app, where users can plot their own Sinulog route and schedule, as well as take a good look at various Sinulog activities, parade contingents, and the official route maps.

The app also enables the user to vote for this year’s Sinulog festival queen of their choice.

“One of the goals for the Sinulog 2018 is to bring back the essence of Sinulog to the Sto. Niño, especially to the younger generation who generally just wants to party,” said Stephanie Villarica, Sinulog Foundation Inc. Marketing and Promotions head.

In coordination with the social media teams of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the organizers are also exerting efforts in expanding social media presence.

Both government institutions will serve as reliable sources and will provide real-time updates during the celebration.

Aside from downloading the Sinulog 2018 app, Sinulog head secretariat Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes also encourages the public to download prayer apps.

Sinulog activities

Dubbed as “Kalingawan sa Plaza,” nightly activities are held at the Plaza Independencia for free. Fresh farm produce are also sold around the area.

The organizers also stressed that there will no longer be booths and Sinulog activities held along the Fuente Osmeña circle.

The Cebu City Government recently banned all parties and sale of liquor within 300 meters of the route.

www.cebu.gov.ph

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