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11:56 PM

Palawan Group of Companies Continues to Win the Heart of Cebuanos with its “Barato, Paspas, Walay Hasol na Serbisyo" (Affordable, Fast and Hassle-free Service)

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 Palawan Group of Companies Continues to Win the Heart of Cebuanos with its “Barato, Paspas, Walay Hasol na Serbisyo" (Affordable, Fast and Hassle-free Service)



In a heartfelt show of appreciation for the unwavering support from the Cebuano community, Palawan Group of Companies, the leading and most trusted financial institution comprising Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala chain, and PalawanPay e-wallet, actively participated in the 2024 Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.

For nearly two decades, the Palawan Group of Companies has played a pivotal role in addressing the diverse financial needs of Cebuanos. From facilitating seamless money transfers to supporting education, healthcare, and entrepreneurial endeavors, the company has been a steadfast partner for the people of Cebu.



Ilyn Dizon, Brand Manager for Pawning and Jewelry Selling expressed the company's deep connection with Cebu, stating, "It's only fitting that we join the annual Sinulog Festival because Cebu holds a special place in our hearts at Palawan. Witnessing the warmth and friendliness of the Cebuanos is always a delightful experience."

With an extensive network of 319 branches in the province and a dedicated workforce of over 1500 Cebuano partners and associates, Palawan Group of Companies has consistently maintained a strong presence in Cebu. Serving more than 25,000 Cebuanos daily for remittances and over 300,000 pawnshop customers, the company has been a dominant leader in the region for the past five years.

Dizon emphasized the company's commitment to providing the best financial solutions for Cebuanos, stating, "Our Cebuano sukis deserve the best when it comes to meeting their financial needs. That is what Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PalawanPay aim to provide to all Cebu residents."




The Palawan Group of Companies has made it their goal to provide reliability and affordability to its customers,  offering high appraisal rates and low-interest rates for its pawning services. Its "walay hasol" (hassle-free) money transfer services as well as its dependable PalawanPay mobile digital wallet app have solidified its position as the top choice for Cebuanos.

"In times of need, Palawan Pawnshop remains to be their constant 'sandalan na mapagkakatiwalaan' (a reliable pillar of support) due to our “barato, paspas, at walay hasol na serbisyo’,  (affordable, fast and hassle-free service). The Palawan Group of Companies will always look for ways to improve the lives of each Cebuano suki we serve," affirmed Dizon.

As an expression of gratitude, the company actively participated in the Sinulog Festival, celebrating alongside the Cebuano community and reinforcing its commitment to being a reliable financial partner in their everyday lives and journey towards success.

 

ABOUT PALAWAN GROUP OF COMPANIES:

The Palawan Group of Companies is composed of products and services such as Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, Palawan ProtekTODO, Palawan Credit, and PalawanPay. A brand trusted by Filipinos for 38 years, PGC  is one of the fastest-growing financial institutions in the country.  With its strength in remittance and pawning services, the company is the market leader in the industry and has over 25,000 branches, Pera Padala outlets, and PalawanPay Money Shops nationwide.

Palawan Group of Companies introduced PalawanPay, an e-wallet app that lets you send and receive remittances anytime, anywhere. PalawanPay app is the company’s latest digital solution for faster, safer, and easier transactions and gives users access to other financial services such as bills payment, e-cellphone load top-ups,  and scan-to-pay QRPH codes. The app now features integrated functionality for pawn renewal and claiming of international remittances.

Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PalawanPay are supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For more information, go to Palawan Pawnshop and PalawanPay Websites.



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5:13 AM
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Sony to kick off its Creators Workshop series

Upgrade your content creation with Cha Ocampo, Janina Manipol, and Gabs Gibbs



Indulge in a day filled with inspiration and creativity at the first-ever Sony Creators Workshop with lifestyle and travel content creators Cha Ocampo, Janina Manipol, and Gabs Gibbs. The first workshop will be on February 21, 4 PM at Pat’s Putts, Ayala Center Bloc, Cebu featuring Cha Ocampo.

Sony’s Creators Workshop, inspired by the brand’s masterclass workshops, is an initiative of their ongoing commitment to empower creators by offering participants a platform to learn from the expertise of selected content creators. During this immersive experience, participants will learn different tips and tricks to help them grow as content creators and also engage hands-on with Sony cameras, mastering the art of maximizing their features for enhanced content creation. Additionally, they will have the chance to build connections with fellow creators and win exciting prizes. Slots are limited, so don't miss out on this opportunity to gain insights from some of the best creators in the country and step up your game with Sony's cameras tailored for the creator in you!

The workshop series will kickstart with Cha Ocampo, a travel and lifestyle content creator and certified scuba diver who has previously worked with numerous tourism boards, hotels/resorts, and brands all over the world. She currently uses her channels not just to document her adventures, but to also spread awareness about her environmental advocacies. Accompanied by Sony’s α6700 Premium E-mount APS-C Camera, which offers reliable performance with exceptional quality and enhanced subject recognition, capturing the world the way she wants is no hassle. Specially designed for creative adventures, anytime, anywhere, the lightweight α6700 makes creating content on the go much easier.

 

 

 



Another Sony Creator who will share her expertise in the upcoming legs of the workshop is Janina Manipol, a lifestyle content creator, filmmaker, and entrepreneur who has worked with numerous top brands in the country. With her background in filmmaking and photography, she dedicates her platforms to creating high-quality content for brands.

Stay tuned as well for Gabs Gibbs, a fashion and lifestyle content creator known for her various artistic pursuits outside of content creation. As a creative director, she breaks boundaries and sparks light on topics less talked about. Her content focuses on embracing one’s true self and the creativity that surrounds you.

Both Janina and Gabs choose the α7C II, which boasts a smarter and faster autofocus, compact and lightweight build, and cutting-edge capture technology for both stills and videos that are perfect for capturing the world the way you want to.

Catch Cha Ocampo on February 21 in Cebu as she shares how to integrate content creation into your lifestyle and how you can easily capture the best moments of your life. Register now and secure your slot here: https://bit.ly/SonyCreatorsWorkshop.

For more information about the upcoming Sony’s Creators Workshop series, visit their official social media pages, @SonyPhilippines on Facebook and @sonyphinc on Instagram.

 

 

 

About Sony Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. 

Based in Singapore, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. It serves as the regional headquarters for Sony’s electronics business, overseeing Asia, Middle East and Africa regions. For more information on Sony’s products and services, please visit www.Sony-asia.com.

 

About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation and is responsible for the Entertainment, Technology & Services (ET&S) business. With the vision of "continuing to deliver Kando and Anshin(*) to people and society across the world through the pursuit of technology and new challenges," Sony Corporation supports the Sony Group with technology to create the entertainment of the future together with creators. For more information, visit: http://www.Sony.net/

 

* Both Japanese words, Kando means emotion and Anshin has various meanings such as peace of mind, reassurance, reliability, and trust.



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7:24 AM

The Next Step for Road to Champion: Honda Recognizes the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup Tryout Participants

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 The Next Step for Road to Champion: 

Honda Recognizes the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup Tryout Participants 


Find out who among the young future champs made it. 

Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), the No.1 motorcycle manufacturer in the country recognized the talented racers to come out of the latest Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup (HPDC) tryouts. The event was held last November 18, are meant to help HPI discover and ultimately, nurture the next generation of motorcycle racing talents. 

For this round of tryout, a total of 18 aspiring motorcycle racers participated in the event held at the Carmona Racing Circuit in Cavite where each rider showcased their skills on the CBR150R race bikes. 

Below are the 12 outstanding riders who made it during the tryout: 


All 18 participants were officially recognized at a special ceremony at the Honda Safety Driving School Center in Paranaque. The 12 will then participate in Honda’s “Road to Champion” racing campaign for 2024, where they will take part in upcoming domestic and international races. 


Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup TryOut participants together with HPI Riders, Mr. Alfonsi Daquigan and Mr. Jakob Sablaya. 

HPI President Ms. Sayaka Arai emphasizes that “We will continue to support the dreams of these young riders that one day there will be a Honda Filipino rider who push themselves and accepts the challenges and be the next rider aiming to be on the Road to Champion. Again, to all young riders, make the most of your passion and challenge yourself to achieve your dreams.”  

This is possible through HPI’s regular racing events held both here and abroad. It was through this domestic competition that the company was able to discover and support talented racers such as Mr. Jakob Sablaya and Mr. Alfonsi Daquigan, who had proven themselves. 

HPI Vice President for MC Office and SCM Division Mr. Jomel Jerezo added that “HPI are overwhelmed that many young Filipino riders are dreaming to become world-class racers.Again, to all young riders, make the most of your passion and challenge yourself to achieve your dreams.” 



For more information, visit www.hondaph.com. Stay updated on Honda’s newest products and promos by following Honda Philippines, Inc. on Facebook (facebook.com/hondaph) and Instagram (instagram.com/hondaph_mc/), YouTube (HondaPhilippines_Motorcycle) and Tiktok (tiktok.com/@hondaphilippines) or contact (02)-8581-6700 to 6799, and 0917-884-6632.  





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7:14 AM

Prime Infra waste unit inaugurates PH’s first automated Materials Recovery Facility

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Prime Infra waste unit inaugurates PH’s first automated Materials Recovery Facility


 Prime Integrated Waste Solutions Inc. (PWS) inaugurated on Monday, January 29, its automated Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Cebu that uses state-of-the-art equipment for waste segregation and storage—a first in the Philippines.

 


PWS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Prime Infra, was established in response to the increasing demand for proper waste management and resource recovery solutions in industrialized and fast-growing cities in the Philippines. PWS’ model is based on Prime Infra’s overall objective to convert recovered resources into sustainable fuels.

 

“I need not tell you how groundbreaking this is because this is in fact the first in the country,” said DENR Secretary Ma. Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga. 

 

“It’s efforts like this that make our job possible…The first thing we need to do in this country is regard the solid waste management sector as an industry and for that, it needs to realize the efficiencies according to scale. Investments will not make sense without all the moving parts put on the table and that includes local governance, environmental management; that includes private investment with government and aligned with government in addressing these particular issues,” she said.

 

The DENR secretary also lauded PWS for the “social impact of this transition in solid waste management technology” by incorporating the informal waste picker sector into the process. 

 

PWS Chair Katrina Razon said the “state-of-the-art MRF embodies innovation, and our commitment to building a regenerative future.”

 

PWS procured equipment from Europe and Asia such as vibrating sieves, baler systems, magnetic separators, as well as air density separator to maximize resource recovery leading to landfill avoidance, thus preventing over 15,000 tons of methane emissions per annum. 

 

“As we gather here today, we acknowledge the importance of responsible waste management in safeguarding our environment and the well-being of future generations. We recognize that every single one of you is a steward for a new way forward in the Philippines,” she added.

 

Also present during the inauguration were Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado, Cebu City Councilors, DENR Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna, and Director Steve Paradies, President and CEO Guillaume Lucci, Regulatory Officers Donato Almeda and Vince Dizon, Chief Financial Officer Sandy Alipio, Chief Legal Officer Philip Ranada, Chief Administrative Officer Minerva Matibag and Market Sector Lead for Waste Cara Peralta of Prime Infra. 

 

“We saw how critical the demand was for proper waste management solutions through Materials Recovery Facilities where we can sort, segregate and process—not just for our own sites, but also for cities or areas in need of proper waste disposal facilities,” said Peralta.

 

“Although we’ve come far, there is still much work to be done. PWS’ mission does not end with sorting, segregating, and stacking bales of waste. It ends with waste value creation. Our goal is to further enhance our process flow and to essentially go back to our original objective of turning waste into sustainable fuels to further reduce methane emissions and for our country to be able to provide sustainable fuels to the global market,” she added. 

 

Rama, for his part, congratulated PWS for keeping its commitment to make the facility at par with world-class MRFs in other developed countries like Singapore. 

 

“I’ve been [telling] the Razon Group and company that I want to be here for the first time,” said Rama. “I was assured that it’s going to be state-of-the-art…because the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So, I have seen the equipment, kindly give them a round of applause.”

 

PWS is also expanding its operations by developing other facilities across the country.




 

About Prime Infra

 

Building today’s critical infrastructure for a sustainable future.

 

Prime Infra is Filipino businessman Enrique K. Razon Jr.’s infrastructure arm that focuses on building assets that support the most urgent sustainability priorities - energy, access to clean water, and waste management.

 

With sustainability at the core of the business and projects carried out by a fast and lean management process,  Prime Infra helps transform countries around the world by developing economically critical and socially relevant infrastructure that people depend on today and tomorrow.

 

Prime Infra is committed to ensuring its investments are socially relevant so that its customers and stakeholders are able to transition to their decarbonization goals, multiply social benefits, and promote inclusive economic growth.






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7:06 AM

Zonta District 17 Area 3 Zonta Clubs identify needs, proposed projects to promote women's empowerment

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 Zonta District 17 Area 3 Zonta Clubs identify needs, proposed projects to promote women's empowerment.

 


Zonta District 17 Area 3 Zonta clubs identify top needs and come up with proposed projects to attain its goal of women empowerment following three simultaneous workshops tackling three topics – Education, Entrepreneurship, and Equitable Access.

 


The workshop on Education focused on the top needs of Literacy and Numeracy; Health and Nutrition of Mother and Child; Learning Loss and Remedial Tutorial. Suggested projects for education include Zonta-Department of Education Partnership; Responsible Parenthood, Adopt-a-School project in the locality of the clubs; and conduct of assessment, design program, and training of tutors.

 


Five top needs have to be prioritized to encourage or promote entrepreneurship.. These are Training, Instilling Values and Motivation, Funding, Marketing, and Opportunities. To address these, five projects were suggested during the workshop – Handy Women Training; Seminars; Collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Science and Technology; Trade fairs/bazaars; and support from Social Media/industrial organizations.

 


To achieve Equitable Access, there’s a need to prioritize the improvement of women’s economic empowerment and capacity building on laws protecting and promoting rights. This can be done through livelihood training based on gender analysis of identified needs and evaluation of impact on women leaders as well as leadership training for grassroots women.

 


At the end of two-year implementation for Equitable Access projects, Zonta Club Area 3 aims to address the concern of poverty among women by undertaking several projects. These include livelihood based on identified needs of target stakeholders; capacity building of grassroots women leaders; increased awareness of women’s human rights; and education through continuing literacy programs.

 


Zonta also has to undertake participative consultation, conducting gender analysis in designing Programs, Projects, and Activities. The implementation of the project also requires the crafting of monitoring and evaluation to determine the positive impacts of their projects for empowering women.

 


The workshops were conducted in the afternoon on January 27, 2024. The opening ceremony held in the morning of the same day featured the Parade of Clubs, the Entry of Colors, and dance numbers.

 

Area 3 Director Zn. Ma. Teresa Chan, who delivered the welcome address,  explains that the Area Meeting aims to foster camaraderie and fellowship among Area 3 members of the clubs and enhance their skills and respective capabilities to help serve our communities. 

 

“That’s why we have workshops so we can listen to insights of people. We listen to speakers who can give us new perspectives. We can look for other beneficiaries, improve what we are doing now and maybe even look for other types of projects,” Zn. Chan explains.

 

Vice Area 3 Director Evelyn D. Clarin conducted the roll call of clubs. The Clubs include Zonta Club of Cebu I, Zonta Club of Cebu II, Zonta Club Davao I, Zonta Club Davao II, Zonta Club Metro Iloilo, Zonta Club Bacolod, Zonta Club Iloilo, Zonta Club Cagayan de Oro, Zonta Club Cagayan II, Zonta Club Zamboanga, Zonta Club Tacloban, and Zonta Club General Santos.

 

District 17 Governor Zn. Ophelia C. Bautista congratulates Zn. Chan and Zn. Petite Garcia, chairman of the Area 3 Meeting Organizing Committee for the success of the activity, thanked the various clubs for the overwhelming attendance of the meeting. There were 165 delegates from the different clubs in the Visayas and Mindanao.

 

Zn. Bautista also stressed the need for Zontians to empower themselves to empower women. “The more we understand Zonta, the more we get enabled; the more we want to engaged. Let us engage to empower women through education, through entrepreneurship, and equitable access.

 

In her keynote speech, Myrish Cadapan-Antonio, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Living Heritage Initiative talks about the  Area 3 Meeting's theme "Women + Education + Entrepreneurship + Equitable Access EmpowerHer." She emphasized the pivotal role of education in the efforts to empower women.

 

“Education is the cornerstone of progress. Entrepreneurship is the catalyst that turns knowledge into action. Equitable access acts as the bridge,” Atty. Cadapan-Antonio said.

 

Atty. Cadapan-Antonio also served as Deputy Legal Counsel, Faculty of Law, and Director of the Dr. Jovito R. Salonga Center for Law and Development at Silliman University in the Philippines for over a decade before she and her family moved to the United States. She also serves on the boards of the Harvard Club of the Philippines Global, Save One Life (Interim President; an international non-profit serving children with bleeding disorders worldwide), and Khan Academy Philippines.

 

Meanwhile, the Club Presidents delivered reports on various projects and best practices in their respective communities.

 

Zn. Dr. Vivien Seno also briefed delegates on the three simultaneous workshops that will discuss Education, Entrepreneurship, and Equitable Access. 

 

These concerns are vital to the empowerment of women. The workshop speakers are Atty. Joan S. Largo, Vice President for Administration of the University of San Carlos for education; Ms. Laurie Boquiren, Marketing and R&D Director, Castilex Industrial Corp. and CEO/Founder Jamaica Markets Corp. for Entrepreneurship and Atty. Mylen Gonzales-Esquivel, Executive Director at Child Justice League Inc. for Equitable Access.

 

In the afternoon, Motivational Speaker Mader Perci Cendaňa, former Commissioner of the Philippine National Youth Commission, delivered an inspirational message. He discussed the topic “Celebrating Differences...Towards a more Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Zonta.”

 

He cited the need to embrace diversity but should be combined with inclusion so there would be equity in the end.

 

Cendaňa holds the distinction of being the first openly gay Chairperson of the UP Diliman University Student Council and is currently a consultant of the Quezon City GAD Council and QC Pride Council. He is also the immediate past president of Babaylanes Inc., an NGO working on building capacities of young LGBTs.

 

The day ended with a fun-filled evening during the Fellowship Dinner held at NUSTAR Resort. It was the second social gathering of the delegates who were first treated to a Welcome Dinner also at NUSTAR Resort the previous day, on January 26, 2024.

 

On the third day of the Zonta District 17 Area 3 Meeting, a Mass and Memorial Service was also offered at NUSTAR Resort function room as tribute to the Zontians who had passed away. 



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