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Cebu can become animation, creative hotspot in Visayas

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 Cebu could become an animation and creative hotspot in the Visayas, according to Toon City company executives.

 








Manila-based Toon City, which is recognized as one of the top animation studio in the Philippines and the world, is now looking at Cebu as a major source for animators.

 

The company, which ranked 22nd best in the world, is working with the likes of Disney, Warner Bros., and Universal Studios.

 

Developing Cebu as major hub for animation could also help boost the industry’s goal of increasing animation earnings to one percent of the $270-billion total global revenues for animation, said Roderico Rene de Guzman, vice president for Toon City and chief operations officer of Toon City Academy (TCA).

 

At present, the country’s animation industry revenues is placed at $20 million to $30 million.

 

Juan Miguel del Rosario, president and chief executive officer of Toon City, noted that there’s a huge demand for animators in the country due to the rising demand for animation from global entertainment companies.

 

Because of this, Toon City is looking at Cebu as a possible source of animators.

 

“Toon City is looking for animators. There’s a lot of work and we know for a fact that people in Cebu are very talented. And we would like to expand our reach by asking the young people of Cebu to join Toon City or Toon City Academy,” De Guzman said.

 

The TCA is the official training arm of Toon City, with veteran Filipino animators as instructors. It will start operations of its Cebu City facility by June this year.

 

According to Del Rosario, jobs in animation industry pays well and provides jobs even for those who have not finished a four-year course. He added that 60 percent of their animators are non-college graduates.

 

Animators earn from P24,000 to P25,000 monthly, which is not bad especially for those who haven’t finished a four-year college course, Del Rosario pointed out.

 

He added that there are even some Toon City animators who earn up to P100,000 monthly.

 

“We believe in the creativity of the Cebuanos. We believe the talent (for animation) is in Cebu,” said Del Rosario. “We would like to share this opportunity for Cebu to shine in the field of animation because we believe in the creativity of the Cebuanos.”

 

“We’re really here to tap the talent of Cebuanos and provide opportunity for them to work with us,” De Guzman said.

 

They started accepting applications from those interested to work for Toon City and will continue to accept job applications.

 

Because the studio has a big client base, Toon City’s presence in Cebu will help provide job opportunities for Cebu-based animators, according to Toon City Academy Cebu president Mario Panganiban.

 

Toon City will be bringing jobs and would not compete with local studios because they would need more people to cope with the big projects given to them, Panganiban stressed.

 

TCA Cebu will provide training for animators to the level and quality required by the major global entertainment companies, he said.

 

Panganiban noted that the potential and possibilities are great for Cebu if it could prove that it has enough talents that meet the level their clients require.

 

He added that Cebu’s creative sector could also look at other possible sources of revenue.

 

Even if Toon City caters to the entertainment industry, Panganiban noted that Cebu could also cater the gaming industry.

 

In 2020, the global gaming market was valued at $162.32 billion. It is projected to increase to $295.63 billion by 2026.

 

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Toon City and TCA, conducted a Virtual Animation Career Fair and Webinar last Saturday, April 24.

 

The event’s goal was to take the creative talents of the Cebuanos to a higher level and give them the opportunity to be competent in the field of animation.

 

The sponsors of the event include Wacom, a global company based in Japan; ASUS, and Seagate Technology.

 

Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays as well as of digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures.

 

ASUS is a multinational company known for the world’s best motherboards and high-quality personal computers, monitors, graphics cards, routers and other technology solutions. Today, ASUS is designs and builds next-generation smart technologies to provide incredible experiences that enhance the lives of people everywhere.

Seagate Technology, a world leader in data storage solutions, helps to maximize humanity’s potential by innovating world-class precision-engineered data storage and management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. LaCie, the premium brand of Seagate Technology, designs world-class storage solutions for photographers, videographers, audio professionals, and other power users.



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12:00 AM

JobStreet goes hyperlocal, launches microsites and virtual career fairs in several regions

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JobStreet goes hyperlocal, launches microsites
and virtual career fairs in several regions


Living up to its commitment to provide jobs that matter across the country, leading online job portal JobStreet is going hyperlocal as it launches its dedicated microsite for Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao as well as its upcoming virtual career fair with the selected Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Offices in time for the upcoming Labor Day. 


The initiatives also help boost the job market in provinces as the public is encouraged to decongest Metro Manila following the on-going pandemic. 

Jobseekers from Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao can now browse thousands of jobs available in their locality through the respective microsites. Candidates can also learn from work-life guides and advice from JobStreet’s career hub which will be written in their local dialect.  

“Many Filipinos recently returned to their provinces because of layoffs or the new work from home arrangements and this caused a shift in the labor market. We’ve also observed that candidates from major provinces have increased their activities in terms of platform website visits, which is why we really targeted to promote local employment and provide them valuable support in their career through their own dialect,” said JobStreet Philippines Country Manager Philip Gioca.

Hyperlocal microsites

The microsite for Cebu offers opportunities from the top industries namely Call Center/IT-Enabled Services/BPO (12.5%), Manufacturing/Production (7.6%), Healthcare/ Medical (6.5%), Education (5.5%), and Construction/Building/Engineering (5.2%). The average salary reported in Cebu is Php 31,487. 

Candidates from Davao can apply for jobs with an average salary of Php 28,500 as top industries continue hiring such as Call Center/IT-Enabled Services/BPO (8.7%), Healthcare/Medical (7.8%), Education (7.2%), Food & Beverage/Catering/Restaurant (5.6%), and Retail/Merchandise (5.3%). 

Meanwhile, thousands of jobs are also found in Iloilo microsite with an average salary of Php 27,370. Top industries include Healthcare/Medical (13.6%), Call Center/IT-Enabled Services/BPO (9.2%), Education (8.3%), Construction/Building/Engineering (5.6%), and Food & Beverage/Catering/Restaurant (5.3%). 

As of 2021, JobStreet earned a 13% growth in average platform visits from Cebu, 56% from Davao, and 44% in Iloilo. Moreover, hirers from the said provinces are gradually picking up. Based on JobStreet Database as of March 2021, job offerings based in Central Visayas grew by 9% from a sharp decline in 2020. Western Visayas recently jumped to 44% increase in job openings, while Davao Region is also recovering with 26% job postings this year.    

Ensuring that the initiative will be advantageous for both local hirers and candidates, JobStreet is also establishing a local team in each province to accommodate queries. 

Labor Day Virtual Career Fair 

JobStreet continues to support the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in providing livelihood among Filipinos during this period. Following the success of the recent Virtual Career Fair, JobStreet partners with selected DOLE regions to launch another Virtual Career Fair on May 1 to 3. 

Over 100 companies from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have participated in the upcoming Virtual Career Fair, offering thousands of jobs nationwide. Candidates from different regions will also have a chance to experience engaging features such as live chats, on-the-spot interviews with HR representatives, and companies’ virtual booths. In addition, DOLE Regional Offices will accommodate concerns and questions from candidates via chat in the platform. 

Jobseekers can join the online raffle as JobStreet goes live on its official Facebook Page on the first day of the Virtual Career Fair on May 1 at 5:00PM.

“We appreciate DOLE and the participating regions for trusting to partner with JobStreet in this initiative. We’re hoping that the Virtual Career Fair would be able to reach out to more jobseekers across the country who are looking for opportunities at this time,” shared Gioca.

The Virtual Career Fair is now open for pre-registration through http://bit.ly/JobStreetDOLEVCF

Provincial microsites are also accessible via http://bit.ly/JobStreetIloilo, http://bit.ly/JobStreetCebu, and http://bit.ly/JobStreetDavao.


About JobStreet 

JobStreet is a leading online job board presently covering the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. JobStreet currently services over 230,000 corporate hirers and over 15 million jobseekers in its database. 



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5:27 AM

Zonta Club of Cebu II President Says Teamwork Leads To Successful Endeavors

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 Newly installed president of Zonta Club of Cebu II Zn Petite Garcia stressed that teamwork and shared leadership are crucial to attain success in achieving the goals and objectives of Zonta Club of Cebu II

 

Newly installed president of Zonta Club of Cebu II Zn Petite Garcia

Speaking after her installation as club president, Garcia stated that Zonta Club of Cebu II is built on a time-tested foundation of strong leadership and participatory and collaborative membership and the Officers and Members of the Board of Directors are fortunate to lead a group that is fully committed to the Zontian Ideals of Service and Advocacy toward the Empowerment of Women and Gender Equality. She credited past successes to the leadership of former club president, the late Elena Chiongbian Young and the other Past presidents as well as the collective efforts and cooperation of the club members.

 


As a result of the interesting challenges imposed by the worldwide health crisis she exhorted the members of the club to innovate with smart solutions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the club’s ability to remain relevant to the community served and responsive to the needs of partners and beneficiaries. She stressed that now more than ever there is a need to leverage what is considered the one key strength of Zonta, that is, the diversity in skillsets, vocations, and professions across our members, many of whom are successful business leaders and professionals.

 

Garcia was installed as club president by Zonta International District 17 Lieutenant Governor Zn Ofelia Bautista during the installation ceremony held Wednesday, April 14 via Zoom.

 

Aside from Garcia, also installed were Zn Edwina Wu as Vice-President for Internal Affairs and Zn Mae Elaine Bathan as the new member of the Board of Directors.

 

The installation ceremony also featured an inspirational talk by Human Resource executive and professional coach Mia Zamora.

 

Ms. Zamora discussed the topic “Purposive Leadership.” She explained that the current pandemic can be considered as a Black Swan phenomenon, because it is rare and unexpected and has catastrophic impact.

 

The crisis generated by the pandemic, she said, provides an opportunity for individual members to assess oneself and determine how each one can connect to Zonta’s mission of empowering women through service and advocacy.

 

According to Zamora, Zonta Club members will have to identify what they could commit to help club fulfill its advocacies.

 

She ended her talk by saying that ‘Service to humanity is the best work of life.’

 

The welfare of women has been foremost among the goals of the club, when extending assistance to the community; thus dignity kits (female hygiene kits) have become an important component of donations, given to the evacuees from the Guadalupe creek , and the Naga landslide victims . Likewise, the women PDLs The most recent celebration of the 18 Days of Activism To Say No to Violence Against Women highlighted Republic Act 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act at the Mandaue City BJMP, have been recipients of the same dignity kits.

 

Zonta Club of Cebu II stepped out of the box, and expanded its service to the community in the early days of the campaign against COVID-19, by supporting the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the infection in the city, by partnering with the UP Medical Alumni Society Cebu chapter and the Cebu City government for the information drive. This was done through a recorida or a van going around with public address system, playing recorded messages on how to protect oneself from getting infected with the SARS CoV 2 virus.

 


The most recent celebration of the 18 Days of Activism To Say No to Violence Against Women highlighted Republic Act 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act. The principal author, Senator Risa Hontiveros calls it a “game changer


Human Resource executive and professional coach Mia Zamora discussed the topic “Purposive Leadership.”





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9:04 PM

LUXURIOUS STAY: CALL US HOME! @ PLANTATION BAY RESORT AND SPA

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Looking for a long-term shelter stay in a 5-star resort? Plantation Bay Resort and Spa is the place to live simply because it has the high-quality residential feels! During this pandemic, this resort is a luxurious choice to stay as a quite escape from the lockdown.


Some fancy resorts offer high rates to well-to-do pandemic refugees, but, Plantation Bay charges much less while giving you the comfort of stay. Living in a condo or house you have many things to arrange, plants need pruning, pipes leak, servants leave, dozens of bills need to be paid, etc. But, with Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, you just have to think of Simplicity, One Bill, leave your worries and details to someone else and Relax. This Resort offers to ideal Filipino-Americans and other nationalities planning to retire to the Philippines as a year-round or seasonal residence, or as temporary place while evaluating where in the country they want to settle. 




Your own private estate has 20 acres, 4 swimming pools, 4 salt water lagoons, tennis courts, climbing walls, archery, lending library, private spa therapists, scuba and marine sports facilities and four outstanding restaurants with high-end Mediterranean, Asian Seafoods, International and Filipino Comfort Foods.
 
Fantastic and relaxing plantation ambiance, mature tree shades and sandy beach areas, extensive level grounds perfect for early morning stroll and biking, these are just few of the activities that you can experience while living in the resort. Their courteous and well-trained staff are always available to make your stay convenient. 



What are you waiting for? Liberate yourself! Come and Live High for less than the cost of living Average only at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa! Where everything about luxury and comfort is at its best.

So if you are looking for a good way to shelter in place for 2021, you may get in touch or visit plantationbay.com/callhome for more details. 

 
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4:05 AM

PAREF Springdale School holds Titans Virtual Race 2021 as it marks 25th anniversary

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 Are you a running enthusiast? Or are you an amateur who have never joined a race in your life but would you like to experience one? Here’s good news! PAREF Springdale School Inc. will be holding a Virtual Race as part of the school’s 25th anniversary.

 


The Titans Virtual Race 2021 is one that offers four types of races – Walk, Run, Bike and Swim. The Virtual Race, with the hashtag Run For Your Life is open to the public so anyone, wherever you are, can join the race. You may participate in just one race or you might opt to do all four races.

 










The four types of races offers various categories that even those who haven’t participated in fun runs or triathlons could join.

 

For the Walk and Run races, there will be four categories – 3-km for father and son, 3-km for six to nine years old, five kilometer and 10 kilometer.

 

However, the Run race has an additional 21-kilometer category.

 

The Swim Race has similar categories to that of Walk and Run except that the second category, the 3-km, has no age limit.

 

Meanwhile, the Bike Race has four categories – 25-km, 50-km, 100-km and 250-km.

 

The Titans Virtual Race 2021 is the school’s fund-raising activity and the proceeds will be used for various outreach projects of the PAREF Springdale Student Body Organization (SBO).

 

SBO president Anton Ballreich said they intend to implement as many projects as possible as part of commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines.

 

Their recent outreach projects include providing food packs to law enforcement personnel assigned to implement health protocols at checkpoints in Lahug, Busay and Banilad and to the medical frontliners at the Cebu City Medical Center.

 

They also donated clothes, toys and packed meals to the Little Servants of Christ the King Orphanage December last year, Ballreich added.

 






PAREF Springdale School sports coordinator Karl Angelo Ocampo said they decided to come up with a combination of different types of virtual races because most virtual races have single events – either one of the four races.

 

“By helping the school, we can also help ourselves because of the beneficial effects on health,” says Chester Lim, Grade 3 Class Head Parent Coordinator.

 

Lim explained that the activity aims to promote health and wellness inside their homes.

 

He noted that with elderly staying at home due to the pandemic, the virtual race is an opportunity for them to have an activity by joining the Walk category.

 

According to Dexter Go, race coordinator of Titans Virtual Race 2021, the participants will receive a medal, a singlet and a virtual certificate of participation. Top finishers in each category will also receive winners’ medals as well as prizes in cash and kind.

 

Go explained the finisher’s medal is a collector’s item and the singlet is world-class. He stressed that the registration fee is very affordable, perhaps almost half of the cost of other big runs in Cebu and even nationwide. The registration fee is P750.

 

According to Lim, the medal itself is a great memorabilia as it is similar to those given to participants of major races such as Spartan Race and Iron Man.

 

The three-inch-diameter medal is made of antique silver with embossed design created by the SBO officers. It also symbolizes the pandemic with its spikes and even the running figures on the medal wear masks. Also, the back of the medal has a space where one can engrave his/her name.

 

Although running enthusiasts prefer to do road runs, Go said they expect to have a good number of participants because there were very few virtual runs that has been held in the past months.

 

Before the pandemic, there are fun runs almost every week, he said. “We are expecting a good turnout of participants for the Titans Virtual Race 2021.”

 

In fact, Lim noted that the school’s virtual run has already attracted international participants.

 

Even triathlete and Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Kim Andrew Remolino  and Orencio James de los Santos a two-time SEA games bronze medalist and outstanding alumnus of PAREF Springdale School Batch 2005 will be among those who will join the virtual race.

 

Because the race is virtual, the participants can spread the length of the race category over several days as long as they complete it by the deadline on May 2, Go explained.

 

“They can do it (run) on a treadmill. They can even do it on a cross trainer. Anywhere as long as they do the distance,” he added.

 

To join you may register at the official website of Titans Virtual Race 2021: https://parefspringdale.myruntime.com/.

 

Participants are also urged to follow the guidelines of their local government in participating of the said event.

 

As part of PAREF Springdale's 25th year anniversary, the school also held a wellness talk entitled "Adventure Time: A Journey to Wellness," on April 16 via Zoom.

 

Dr. Jonathan Flordelis, an Orthopaedic Hip & Knee Specialist at the Cebu Orthopaedic Institute (COI), discussed the importance of . Dr. Flordelis is also a Health and Fitness Advocate.

 

Dr. Flordelis gave tips on correct posture while sitting down in front  of the computer to prevent neck pain and eye strain.

 

He also noted that spending long time sitting down could lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

 

The doctor then cited the need to move around, not stand or sit all day to live a long life.

 

For those living a sedentary life, joining the Titans Virtual Race 2021 would be a good start to healthy living.

 

“We are encouraging everyone to have a healthy lifestyle by joining this race,” Lim said.

 

The Titans Virtual Race 2021 jumpstarts the year-long celebration of PAREF Springdale’s 25th anniversary.

 

They have asked other PAREF schools in the country to support their activity.

 

The four-race event also has generated support from several sponsors. Gold sponsors are Cebu Landmaster Inc., Anjo World, JPark Island Resort and Waterpark, OPAV, Lifesmart Philippines and Gaisano Interpace Computer System.

 

The Silver sponsors are Harley Davidson-Cebu, Nortierra, Mountain View Nature’s Park, LLG Architects Design Studio, Cebu Home Builders and Yu Family.

 

The Bronze sponsors are Archiglobal, Cebu Orthopaedic Institute, B. Benedicto & Sons Co., C. Racho, New Datche Phils Traders Corp., Val & Pets, Daniel Carl Go and Santiago Shipyard and Shipbuilding Corp.

 

The race also has several donors. They include Prince Warehouse, La Mia, RDAKLand, Robinsons Supermarket, Macy’s Camera Shop, Golden Prince Hotel & Suites, Roy F. Uy and Family, Ng Khai, Meerea High Street, Cebu Merlion Traders, Inc., Urban Deca Homes, Arienza Land Corporation, Jared Iden Ng Go and Loqhasz Chavez.

 

The other donors are XYZ Hotel, God’s Grace, Eric & Tiffany Tan and Kultura Cebuana.



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