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6:50 AM


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Almost a year has passed since the COVID-19 pandemic started, which has forced all sectors to devise innovative ways of continuing their operations.


Educational institutions are among those who had no choice but to come up with completely new ways of providing educations to students, who are one of the most vulnerable sectors in this pandemic.


For GT Northeast Academy (GTNA), adhering to their vision-mission of providing solid basic education, promoting the holistic formation of youth has helped them in the development of their new alternative modes of learning.


“In GT Northeast Academy, our remote learning is a blend of real-time, flexible, technological, and non-technological options that fit best for our students, families and teachers’ synchronous and asynchronous learning,” GTNA CEO Engr. Leonora Salvane explained.


The hard work and dedication of its faculty members have helped GTNA in carrying out their remote learning program for the past school year 2020-2021, despite challenges in the first months of its implementation.


Consider the past school year as a test run of GTNA’s remote learning program.


While there may have been birthing pains in the first months of its implementation, the program has definitely improved through constant consultations with stakeholders.


“With the supportive and understanding parents and guardians, who became our partners in the teaching-learning under the remote learning program, and through the series of meetings and consultations, GTNA was able to improve its services,” Salvane said.


Now, for the upcoming school year, GTNA is excited to offer its better and improved remote learning program to their students which include Nursery 1 to Kindergarten, Grade School, Junior High School and Senior High School.


Through its remote learning program, GTNA aims to ensure that all students have the opportunity to continue learning that focuses on critical standards for success in the coming school year.


Parents will have the freedom to choose their type of program depending on their situation.


The fist option is the School-Provided Instructional Materials with Teacher Support. This option is recommended for working parents of early childhood and elementary students wherein nobody from the family can help or monitor the student in attending online classes.


In this option, the school will provide instructional materials weekly and the parent or guardian will pick it up in school or have it delivered to their doorstep. The parent or guardian will then inform the school of his/her day off or available schedule, between Monday to Saturday, in order to conduct a special online class.


By this time, the teacher will be able to assist and tackle the topics for the whole week to the student and the parent.


The second option is the Teacher-Led Instruction Online with Teacher Support and Support Program which is a mix of both online and offline teaching.


The third option is the Teacher-Led Full Digital Instruction with Teacher Support and Support Programs.


In the second and third options, teachers will use both instruction methods in order to deliver what is intended and appropriate for the students. It is essential to use varied techniques to ensure success of the delivery of instruction.


In addition, GTNA will continue to provide guidance and support through the following programs: (1) Grab and Go Food Packs (early childhood pupils only), (2) Counseling and Health Consultation, (3) Technical Support, and (4) Advisory Checkup.


“The transition to remote learning will not be simple and easy. This will be a complicated time for families and the transition will be a challenge. As we all adjust to the new normal, the best response we can do is to face it with adaptability, patience, and partnership,” Salvane shared.


In order to let more parents know of their remote learning program, GTNA is inviting everyone to their Early Childhood Virtual Open House on the following schedules:

Batch 1 – January 23, 2021 (9 A.M. to 11 A.M.)

Batch 2 – February 20, 2021 (9 A.M. to 11 A.M.)


The virtual open house will be via Zoom. Those interested will have to preregister using these links: or


GTNA is also already accepting reservations for school year 2021-2022 from Nursery 1 to Senior High School. You may contact the Information Office at 0920-281-6086.

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6:40 AM

Girls not Brides: Zonta Club of Cebu II commits to saving girls from child marriages

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 The Zonta Club of Cebu II, in its cause to empower and advance the status of women, embarks on the challenge to end child marriages among Filipina girls who are often on the receiving end of the adverse consequences of these underage unions. 

Maria Aurora Quillala, Advocacy and Partnership Manager of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), said the adverse effects of child marriages and unions among girls cover her physical, mental and emotional health and moreso, her economic well-being. Quilala made the statement in her keynote speech in the “Girls Not Brides” webinar hosted by Zontians on Saturday, January 9. 

A child marriage happens when one or both of the spouses are under the age of maturity which is, in the case of the Philippines, 18 years old. Quilala said cases of child marriages are technically equivalent to forced marriage since under the law, persons under 18 do not have the capacity to freely enter into contracts, let alone an eternally binding contract of marital relations.

Prevalence of child marriages in the Philippines

While discussions on child marriage is not a common topic on the table, statistics on child marriage in the Philippines say otherwise in reality, especially for girls bound by the chains of poverty. 

The Philippines, according to data presented by Quilala, ranks 12th globally in terms of absolute number of child marriages. “Marriage,” in this case, includes both those that are legally binding and common law unions where the underaged spouse or spouses cohabit with each other. 

One in every six Filipinas enters marriage before she turns 18 while 15% of  women aged 20-24 say they got married before they turn 18 and 2% of Filipinas in this age group married while they were still under 15. Around 75% of the time that underage girls are ushered into child marriage, they are marrying an adult man.      

Quilala said there is a strong correlation between incidence of child marriage and poverty in the country. Aside from poverty, traditions where children are compelled to enter into marriage also play a significant factor.

Although the Family Code of the Philippines requires that parties in a marriage should be at least 18 years old, this does not stop common law unions and even marriages of young girls that are sanctioned by exemptions under other laws such as the Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines which allows the marriage of girls upon reaching the age of puberty. 

Effects of child marriages on girls

Girls entering marriage at a very early age face consequences from the risk of bearing and rearing a child at an age, when her anatomy and her emotional and mental state are not yet ready for motherhood, and when she, herself, should still have been under a nurturing parental care. 

Physically, a child mother faces a number of health risks which include anemia, STIs, postpartum hemorrhage, abortion, poor mental health, and closely spaced pregnancies. According to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, pregnancy and childbirth-related complications among 15-24-year-old mothers account for 22% of maternal deaths in the country. The child born from a young mother also faces the risks of preterm birth, low birth weight which contribute to infant mortality.  

Herein, adolescent pregnancy may be a result from child marriage. In other cases, meanwhile, child marriages also proceed from the intent to “preserve the family’s honor” when a girl is found to be conceiving a child.  

In terms of opportunities, a girl who is ushered into marriage loses her opportunities for self-improvement and to have a better standing when she comes of age. Data shows that the top reason for girls in dropping out of school is “marriage and family matters.” Without completing her education, a girl who is forced into marital life also loses her chances to land a good job that could fit her interest and skills that she could have acquired from studying. This case results in the economic dependency of a girl to her husband.

Legislations to end child marriage

According to Quilala, the initiative and call for legislation to end child marriages in the Philippines date back 10 years ago. However, a proposed bill for the purpose only materialized in 2019. Before the end of 2020, a consolidated bill to end child marriages, which makes marrying children a public crime, has been passed in third reading in the Senate. In the House of Representatives, however, three proposed bills for the same purpose remain pending and unprioritized at the committee level.

          While the road to end child marriages has been rough, with several obstacles,, the Zontians are committed to reach out and educate stakeholders, so that more Filipino girls are given the opportunity to manage their choices towards a better and brighter future, empowered through quality education and financial independence. Quilala said Zontians and other women can join the cause of ending child marriages by being part of the Girls Defender Alliance and taking part in the dialogues to lobby with lawmakers the passage of the legislation on ending child marriages in the country.

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5:29 AM

Philippine Red Cross Recognizes Honda Philippines Inc. for Humanitarian Service

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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) recently awarded Honda Foundation, Inc. (HFI) the Outstanding Humanitarian Award for Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR)[1]. The recognition was for the initiative and support for the organization’s efforts in in helping communities in times of calamities and amid the pandemic. 

In May 2020, HFI donated 104 motorcycle units--52 red units each of TMX125 alpha and Wave 110 alpha--with insulated top boxes to PRC. These motorcycles will be used by PRC volunteers and staff in its 104 Chapters nationwide. The endowment also provides PRC with a fast and high-quality mode of transportation.   


"We, at Honda, are one with the Philippine Red Cross in providing a helping hand to those in need. With our innovative mindset, we recognize the power of our motorcycles in helping this organization in all its much-needed humanitarian efforts," said Mr. Susumu Mitsuishi, HFI Member of the Board of Trustees.   


HFI is the arm of the Honda group of companies in the Philippines that oversees and manages its corporate social responsibility programs and activities, such as promoting road safety, protecting the environment, supporting the youth, and addressing local community needs.    


"Honda has always been present in protecting the lives of Filipinos, especially during crises like the Taal Volcano eruption, the current COVID-19 pandemic, and even the series of typhoons. In 67 years of its trustworthy services, Honda Philippines, Incorporated has been supportive to the Philippine Red Cross for a decade now," Mr. Mitsuishi said.   


The donation project is in line with Honda's ONE DREAM campaign, which aims to make Honda motorcycles an essential tool in saving lives and helping institutions like the PRC by enabling the group to respond rapidly during crises.  


For more details about Honda products and promos, visit us at our website and follow our Facebook page, Honda Philippines, Inc., and Instagram, @hondaph_mc. 

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9:40 PM

J&T Express and PDEA partner to safeguard logistics and protect SME customers

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 J&T Express and PDEA partner to safeguard logistics and protect SME customers 


Safety protocols enhanced as transactions rise during the holidays 

Following the boom of e-commerce and the heightened demand for courier services, J&T Express Philippines is continuing their commitment to uplift the Filipino as the fastest-growing and farthest-reaching logistics company by officially partnering with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). 


A memorandum of agreement was signed in an effort to strengthen the growing number of transactions and to avert any illegal transactions, especially in light of the holiday season rush. With PDEA having already destroyed 6.25B php worth of confiscated drugs just last October, the agency is now looking to private stakeholders to help avoid a likely surge in illegal smuggling as deliveries increase.  


With the signing of this memorandum, J&T is heightening their crusade against such criminal activities, especially drug smuggling. This latest measure is just one of many that the company has taken to discourage criminals and to eliminate unlawful affairs. 


J&T Express Philippines is dedicated to protecting their customers along with the Philippine trade and industry. Furthermore, they are enthusiastic to champion the local SMEs and their patrons who relies on their services for safe and fast deliveries no matter the distance or location. That’s why they are working alongside a government agency such as PDEA who wants to erase all crime from logistics. 


Aside from receiving more stringent training for their team members and adding more safety protocols to identify erring packages, J&T is also reminding customers to follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Guidelines which are stated in-store and online at J&T platforms. 


These include open checking, declaring the correct value, and filling in the item description of the packages.  


Expecting delivery transactions to increase in demand through the holidays and into 2021, J&T Express wants to bolster the online SME industry and help the country usher in an economic bounce-back without threat from drug smugglers and their ilk.  


J&T Express Philippines is poised for brighter days in the next year, and wants to assure everyone that J&T will help pave the way for an even better future for logistics. 

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12:35 AM

Making Your Christmas Travel Safe and Secured

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 Making Your Christmas Travel Safe and Secured 

Pasig, Philippines—December 21,2020— Like many traditional holidays, Christmas will be completely different this year as Filipinos brace for a non-traditional celebration since mass gatherings and parties remain restricted due to the pandemic. 


As quarantine guidelines loosen, on the other hand, people can now visit malls, restaurants, and shops if they abide by specific safety protocols to prevent the further spreading of the virus.  


With travel still possible for Filipinos, Prestone Philippines, the leading manufacturer of cutting-edge coolants and brake fluids in the country, reminds motorists of the importance of keeping their vehicles in good shape to have safe journeys this holiday season. Before embarking on your trip, the company encourages us to check on your vehicles and if possible, undergo preventive maintenance. 


Following your vehicle's preventive maintenance schedule (PMS) can help ensure that it stays safe and in tiptop condition. It maintains that it has no engine leaks or irregular noises that can be signs of problems, as well as keeps its oil and coolant at the right levels. It also reminds you to charge your vehicle's battery and keep its terminals clean. 


Other than engine parts, PMS also helps make certain other parts of your vehicle are in good shape. For instance, ensuring your tires are fresh or still in good condition, inspecting your vehicle's auto lights, and ensuring that your vehicle's brake is not too loose and ready for road travel. 


Prestone also ensures that motorists' products are high-quality and dependable fluids to ensure your vehicle remains safe and in good condition. For instance, the company's Asian Coolant Range provides instant protection to all Asian-made engines. It optimizes engine temperature and protects parts from rust and corrosion. 


They also provide an Auto Transmission Fluid (ATF) designed to meet or exceed many cars' needs on today's road. It can help delay or eliminate the need for costly repairs by assisting to stop leaks and condition dry and cracked seals. Their Power Steering Fluid (PSF) also helps maintain smooth power steering operation while fighting leaky seals for vehicles. 


One of the company's best products is its Prestone DOT 4 Synthetic Hi-Temp Brake Fluid built for systems that require high-temperature DOT 4 brake fluid. It exceeds specifications, provides excellent performance in high-temperature braking systems, and provides corrosion protection for all metals within the braking system. It is suitable for disk, drum, and ABS brakes. 


Prestone also wants to remind motorists to stay cautious with the products they use on their vehicles, especially brake fluids that are possibly old or counterfeit. Using fake brake fluids can permanently damage or overheat your vehicle's engine and cause it to lose its brake, leading to accidents.  


To know its authenticity, check the product's details and look for any imperfections, and ensure it has a PS mark or ICC stickers issued by the Bureau of Product Standards of the Philippines. Many counterfeit products also have 900ml packaging. 


"We all surely want a joyful and warm Christmas celebration this year, especially with all the challenges we have experienced. So, we should make sure the products we use in our vehicles are high-quality and safe. Watch out for brake fluid sellers whose products come from unknown sources. Familiarize yourself with the product's original price to know products with suspicious prices and discounts. High-quality products are more important than cheap but low-quality products to ensure safe travels," said Paolo Lao, marketing director of Prestone Philippines. 


To know more information about Prestone Philippines, visit their website, and follow their Facebook page, Prestone Philippines. 

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12:00 AM

Bo’s Coffee Brings the Cheer for the 2020 Holidays

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Bo’s Coffee Brings the Cheer for the 2020 Holidays 


This holiday season, a new selection of food and drinks, together with holiday favorites are up for grabs at Bo’s Coffee through their stores nationwide and online stores in Manila and Cebu. 

The holiday offers include specially curated coffee gift sets and sweet treats. The gift options include beans of your favorite homegrown brew that you can make at home, DIY kits using their signature blended coffee mixes, and delicious locally-sourced snacks and beverages. These holiday gift bundles, and other goodies are available in select stores and through their website(Gift sets start at P500).

Bo’s Coffee also launches the 2nd design of their reloadable gift card Philippine Coffee Edition. Like last year’s card featuring Sagada, the new design incorporates the T’boli pride through the Matutum reloadable Gift Card.

You can also shop for eGift certificates through their Facebook page. The electronic gift voucher value starts at P300 which the recipient can use at participating store locations nationwide. It’s a perfect and convenient gift to send to friends and loved ones far away. With aunique code and your personalized message, your family and friends will surely enjoy their gift of coffee at their own convenience.


The Filipino-owned coffee chain features their new drink, the Matcha Hazelnut Freeze, a blended non-coffee beverage with matcha powder and hazelnut syrup, topped with whipped cream and a dash of green tea powder (Tall - P178, Medium - P190, Large - P205)


Bo’s Coffee also brings back their holiday specials, the Dark Mocha Macadamia Froccino and Hazelnut Mocha Froccino(Tall - P165, Medium - 180, Large - 195). 

These limited edition Holiday Beverages are available in all Bo’s Coffee stores nationwide until January 15, 2021. These delicious beverages and new items may be ordered for delivery via FoodPanda, GrabFood, LalaFood or Order Ahead via Messenger.

To pair with your favorite homegrown brew, the local coffee chain releases their freshly-baked Christmas Chocolate Mousse with a Filipino Twist - arranged and styled into the image of a Parol. (P800/Whole)

And from your crowd-favorite Carrot Bar comes the Premium Carrot Cake, generously coated with cream cheese frosting and topped with crushed walnuts. (P1,500/Whole, P150/Slice)

These special cakes are also available for pre-order in all Luzon and Cebu store locations. 

More seasonal food items in gift boxes to pair your favorite Bo’s Coffee beverage with are: 

Merry Doughnuts (P500/Box of 6, P85/Slice)

Soft and moist ringed doughnuts, coated with Christmas colored chocolate glaze and decorated with white, red, and green accents to spread the cheer to your celebrations

Cookie Crisps (P220/150g)

Delicate and thin cookies with a crispy and crunchy texture that are made with rolled oats. Bo’s Coffee Cookie Crisps are available in white couverture chocolate and dark coverture chocolate. 

Your favorite baked goods are also available in gift boxes such as:

Biscotti (P270/Box of 6)

Delicious twice-baked cookies dipped in chocolate that can be paired with your favorite homegrown brew.

Bars and Brownies


The crowd-favorite Carrot Bar (P300/Box of 4). Moist, lightly spiced and full of fresh carrots, and topped with heavenly cream cheese frosting.

Crispy, chewy, creamy, fudgy, Chocolate Revel Bars (P300/Box of 4)

Moist, dark chocolate Fudge Brownies, topped with walnuts. (P300/Box of 4)

 Craft Cookies (P250/Box of 5)

Available in dark chocolate, oatmeal and raisin, double dark chocolate, and white chocolate and almond.

For a taste of savory, Bo’s Coffee offers its signature butter and spreads from your favorite food items. 

Herb Butter (P240/200g)

Bo’s House Dressing (P260/200g)

Bo’s Coffee Pesto Sauce (P295/200g)

You can also grab these three sauces as a set from their Fantastic Flavors Gift Box (P750/set)

In addition to Bo’s Coffee’s Bottled Drinks Collection, introduces their Ready to Drink Cold Brew Tea. Available in Peach Black flavor. (P170/Bottle) 

Bo’s Coffee has the perfect treat for this holiday season.Try them all or give as gifts. Order from for delivery via FoodPanda, GrabFood, LalaFood or pick-up from stores through Order Ahead via Messenger. More items are available in the Bo’s Coffee Online Shop. Check out their website at

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