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PH can become a true creative producing hub in Asia

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 PH can become a true creative producing hub in Asia

 


The Philippines should grab the opportunity to penetrate the global creative entertainment market.

 

“We want to establish the Philippines as a true creative producing hub in Asia. We have that capacity. We have that opportunity. The time is now. The window of the world is looking at us (Southeast Asia, including the Philippines) but that window won’t be there forever,” said Magoo Del Mundo, President of Creative Content Creators' Association of the Philippines (SIKAP).

 













SIKAP is an association specifically for copyright owners / holders whether they be individuals or studios, not only in Manila but also in Visayas and Mindanao, who create original content with the vision of global consumption in the creative sectors of animation, games, music, comics and character.

 

“Let’s co-create a sustainable industry for the Filipino creators like you and me,” Del Mundo said.

 

He was among the speakers of the Cebu Creative Entertainment Week (CEW) Original Content Forum held on Thursday, October 7, through Zoom and aired live on the Facebook page of the Cebu Business Month (CBM). The CBM is an annual event of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

 

“Our stories and narratives are breaking into a global audience,” Del Mundo said. “We are looking at a very big industry that is untapped in the Philippines. We have the foot in the door, we’re not just getting through.”

 

He added that the country has a lot of folklore, a lot of stories that could be translated into different mediums of narrative.

 

Marla Rausch, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Animation Vertigo and Animation Vertigo Asia and the Managing Partner of Kampilan Productions, also stressed the importance of creating content that showcases Philippine culture.

 

“The Philippines has been part of the creative supply chain for decades but our development of our own content has not grown as fast – and we have a lot of  unique stories that the world is waiting for,” Rausch noted.

 

She also highlighted that IP, if done correctly, can provide returns for a lifetime through various mediums, each of which has value. This is in contrast to the mind-set that IP only generates earnings just once, like, say, a fee for service.

 

As of 2020, Rausch disclosed that the US market alone for intellectual property authorship focused activities reached US$6.6 trillion. This does not include other big markets like China, Asia, and Europe, which means this is even higher.

 

On financing, Gin Kai Chan, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Silver Media Group, explained that grants from film commissions and tourism agencies in the Philippines and other countries can provide funds for projects.

 

Other funding sources include loans, equity and sweat investments as well as presales, Chan said. However, he warned that there could be potential pitfalls.

 

In the Philippines, the Film Development Council of the Philippines also provide various financing assistance for various creative entertainment projects, said Undersecretary Mary Liza Diño, FDCP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

 

Diño noted that the creative industry in our country is a massive growth sector that contributes considerably to the national economy.

 

“With services aspects or original IP continually on the rise, we Filipinos are gaining ground and recognition in what our content creators are achieving and how far we can go with talent and industry connections,” she said.

 

Diño then stressed the importance of sustainability of the country’s arts by treating these as business. “And I am confident that with partnerships like yours with the CCCI that route will be shorter, faster and definitely more meaningful,” she added.

 

FDCP officials discussed various funding assistance for projects. Grace Paulino, Administrative Manager for FDCP Film Philippine Office, discussed CreatePH Films funding program while Mil Alcain, Unit Manager for FDCP Incentive Unit- Film Philippine Office, focused on Film Location Engagement Desk (Flex).

 

Sophia Laurenne Agunat, Senior Program Officer of FDCP National Registry and Film Philippine Office also discussed the benefits of inclusion in the national registry.

 

After the FDCP presentations, Ms. Rausch, Lawrence Panganiban, Chairman of Enigma Kai, and novelist David Chan introduced their productions. These are The Kampilan by Ms. Rausch, Panganiban’s Solemn Vow and Chan’s Kindred Chronicles. 

 

Meanwhile, CCCI signed a memorandum of understanding with SIKAP represented by Del Mundo and the Cebu International Film Festival represented by its President Mel Allego to strengthen alliances for the promotion of the creative industry.

 

In another forum on Comics held Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Hugo ‘Boboy’ Yonzon, Executive Creative Director of Yonzon Associates Inc., disclosed that country’s comics began on a high note with national hero Jose Rizal had created a comics entitled The Monkey and the Turtle included in Trubner’s Oriental Record.

 

The golden age of the Comics industry occurred in the late 1940s when legendary comics creator Mars Ravelo came up with a super heroine called Varga, which is believed to be the forerunner of popular heroine Darna.

 

However, comics creators have to contend with high printing costs so the comics industry faced difficulties, recalled the multi-talented Yonzon, who is publisher, writer, director, photographer, graphic designer and cartoonist.

 

There were efforts to help revive the comics industry. Yonzon spearheaded the Philippine International Cartoon, Comics, & Animation (PICCA) festival to create and increase awareness of the Philippine comics sector. They held the festival in various venues like shopping malls and schools.

 

He then noted that the country’s comics industry has bright prospects. “Mahusay tayo sa story-telling. Marami tayong maikuwento. Marami tayong pwedeng ibato,” Yonzon said.

 

He suggested that cartoon content creators veer away from superheroes. “Daanin nalang natin sa iba’t-ibang paraan,” he added.

 

Yonzon noted that during recent competitions, there were no cartoon entries with superheroes as main characters.

 



For his part, Jeff Velayo, Co-Founder of Jump Jet Comics, said that he and other enthusiastic comics lovers were inspired to create a group in Cebu to give a chance to aspiring comics creators.

 

While they drew their inspiration mostly from western and Japanese manga, Velayo explained that they wanted to create comics that feature Cebuano culture and mythology.

 

They wanted to introduce to the new generation local mythology such as the Bakunawa, he said. Bakunawa is a serpent-like dragon in Philippine mythology.

 

“Maraming talented comics creators here in Cebu who are shy so we give them inspiration so they would not hide their talent in comics,” Velayo added.

 

He also noted that while comics in print form are almost non-existent, social media can still provide the platform for comics artists. “I hope the future of comics will be the same as in Japan.”

 

Comics artists are also given the chance to showcase their talents through the Philippine Komiks Convention (Komikon).

 

John Zamar, Creative Head of Komikon, and Sherry Zamar, Komikon Program Head, explained that the event aims to provide a venue for different comics creators and publishers.

 

The event focuses on Filipino comics, made by Filipino comics creators that are published independently or through a publisher using various styles of drawing and encompassing numerous genres.

 

“We would also like to bring to people’s awareness the current state of the Philippine comics industry,” they added.

 

The two forums are part of the CEW, an activity of the 2021 Cebu Business Month (CBM). The CBM is an annual activity of CCCI.


The CEW is in partnership with the Animation Council of the Philippines Inc. (ACPI), Cebu Creative Hub, and Creative Content Creators Association of the Philippines (SIKAP) and the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP).

Omnibus Platinum Sponsors are the following: Cebu Pacific Air, Converge ICT Solutions Inc., PLDT Enterprise and Ride Hero. 

 

Omnibus Gold Sponsors include Eastern Communications, Qualfon Philippines and Vivant Energy Corporation. 

 

Omnibus Silver Sponsors are Ayala Land Inc., Cebu Holdings Inc., Lazada Philippines, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. and Security Bank Corporation.

 

The Event Sponsors are Payoneer Philippines Branch, Inc., Wacom Philippines, Allego Media, Emottoons Animation Studio, IIFBA (International Institute Film and Broadcast Arts), Lilu Advertising & Marketing Solutions and Marie Ernestine School.

 

Special thanks to RMA News as the Media Partner.

 

For more informationvisit the CBM Facebook page or email jovito@cebuchamber.org.




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3:55 AM

Good Things Come in mWell Gift Packages mWell launches Gift Of mWellness for Christmas

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 Good Things Come in mWell Gift Packages

mWell launches Gift Of mWellness for Christmas


 

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (PSE: MPI)’s mWell PHthe fastest growing fully integrated health and wellness mobile app in the country, now caring for thousands of patients online is fast becoming the go-to-app among celebrity moms who value health and put a premium on wellness.

Beauty queen, model, actress, TV host and new mom Miriam Quiambao-Roberto says she has become an avid mWell PH app user. She says, “From doctor consultations to wellness tips, I’m amazed at the many features this app offers”.  She uses the mWell PH app for her family’s healthcare and wellness needs, easing the strain and anxiety of being a new parent with 24/7 access to doctors and parenting tips and articles.

Other celebrity moms who make their family’s health top priority have discovered the mWell PH app. Nina Corpuz, Ara Mina, Sunshine Cruz, Geneva Cruz, Nikki Valdes, and Empress Shuck, enjoy mWell’s many features that benefit every member of the family.

After being launched last July, mWell now offers a holiday season Gift of mWellness by giving away prizes to new users via Flex your mWell PH app on Facebook. New users who download and register on the app and showcase their photo along with their mWell homepage have a chance to win health and wellness gift items like air purifiers, UV-C lamps, e-vouchers from Southstar Drug and PhilCare.

 The Gift of mWellness keeps giving with the mWellness Subscription Package: Get 3 doctor video consultations for only P249; with mWell’s Best Value Package, save as much as P1,500. Available only from October 16 to November 30.



 mWell gives patients easy access to an impressive roster of partner-doctors from Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc. (Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos, Asian Hospital and Medical Center De Los Santos Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital and Marikina Valley Medical Center), CareSpan, PhilCare, and Keralty Clinic. Its digital health ecosystem is supported by a powerhouse of top names in technology including CareSpan, Telus, Ping An and LotusFlare.

Doctors and data scientists from Aktivo as well as Olympians, dietitians, nutritionists, fitness experts, and doctors from multi-awarded app active8me, back mWell’s wellness programs.  Users get daily fitness and nutrition plans, workout videos, and calorie-controlled recipes. Soon, users will have their own personal health tracker in the mWell app. They will get personal daily mWellness Score based on analysis of their physical activities and sleep-- a meaningful indicator of health and longevity. Thousands of health and wellness products are also available for mWell app users at the online health shop managed by Adobomall.

mWell’s goal of promoting the well-being of the Filipinos is aligned with the MPIC Group’s commitment to contribute to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being. It also supports the MVP Group’s Gabay Kalusugan advocacy to bring quality and affordable healthcare to Filipinos by providing convenient access to doctors without having to leave home to go to a clinic or hospital. Using the mWell PH app ensures that patients, wherever they may be in the country, can easily reach experts and receive essential medical advice.

Get your Gift of mWellness by downloading the mWell PH app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Follow mWell on Facebook and mwellph on Instagram for more updates.

ABOUT mWell



mWell, is the health technology platform developed by Metro Pacific Health Tech Corporation that offers telemedicine, e-pharmacy, health and wellness programs, e-commerce, among others, in an integrated, tech-based healthcare digital ecosystem. Metro Pacific Health Tech Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, the leading infrastructure investment company in the Philippines with investments in various infrastructure assets including healthcare.

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3:05 AM

Christmas starts early at Robinsons Galleria Cebu

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 Christmas starts early at Robinsons Galleria Cebu

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Robinsons Galleria as a Giant Christmas tree stands majestically in its Mall Atrium.  With the theme “Starry Christmas”, Robinsons Galleria Cebu reminds its shoppers and mallers that spirit lives in the heart of every Cebuano and the Mall is one in sharing this heartwarming experience. 




 

The Christmas attractions at Robinsons Galleria Cebu is predominantly in Red and Gold, an elegant and classic ensemble that perfectly blends with the Mall’s beautiful interiors.  The Christmas Tree is complemented with mini trees, golden deers and sleigh, sparkly stars and life-size cabana – a perfect backdrop for selfies and family groupies.

 

To kick-off the annual Christmas celebration, a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is set on Friday, 08 October 2021, 4:30 pm at the Mall Atrium.  Shoppers will be serenaded with Christmas Carols played in the Grand Piano and will witness the turnover of donations to Mall’s official beneficiary, the residents of Barangay Tejero. Catch more Holiday offerings and updates in RobinsonsGalleriaCebuOfficial and IG @robgalleriacebu.



 

Visit Robinsons Galleria Cebu from Mondays - Sundays, 10:00am - 8:00pm. For your safety, remember to always keep your face mask and face shield on.


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7:05 PM

Have a Healthier Home with Xiaomi Smart Products

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 Have a Healthier Home with Xiaomi Smart Products



Manila, PHILIPPINES – If there’s anything the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us, it is the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. From a healthy diet to regular exercise, and even making sure our homes are sanitized, the frequent quarantines have given us plenty of time to examine our lifestyles so we can be more fit and be more energized to face the stresses of the new normal. 


To help us create a healthier home, global consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company Xiaomi has developed a suite of products designed to help improve our well-being during this critical time. Read on to find out the different ways we can improve our health with Xiaomi’s smart and cost-efficient tech products!



Breathe Healthy


With many Filipinos being asked to stay indoors to help prevent the spread of the virus, it is important to make sure that the air one breathes is free from germs. An air purifier would definitely be a smart home investment at this point and the Mi Air Purifier 3H (PHP 8,490) comes with the latest technology to help purify the air inside one’s home. 


Among its features are a high-precision laser PM sensor that detects microscopic particulates and reports changes in room air quality in real time and an integrated 360 degree 3-layer filter. The first layer removes hair, dust, cotton fibers and other large particles. The second layer consists of a premium High Efficiency filter that effectively eliminates 99.97% of bacteria, viruses, cigarette smoke, PM2.5, pollen, dust, pet dander, and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns from the air while the third layer is an active carbon filter that absorbs formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful gases.


Perfect for medium and large rooms, it can effectively 6,330 liters of purified air per minute in 21-37 sq. meter room. It’s also easy to use with an OLED Touch Display so owners can switch to the mode they need (Sleep, Auto, Favorite, Low, Medium and High level) and also comes with APP+AI smart voice control by linking it to your Google Home, allowing you to keep track of air quality in your home at all times and access it remotely. 

 



Eat Healthy


Another important aspect of overall wellness is making sure what you put on your plate is good for one’s body. Aside from switching to leaner proteins and eating green, changing to healthier food preparation is another way to maximize the vitamins in one’s food.  


Enter the Mi Air Fryer 3.5L (PHP 2,990), which makes it easier to cook healthy by lessening the oil and fat during food prep. It comes with 360° heated air circulation for delicious food that is low in fat and cooks quickly – and if one wants to check on the cooking, simply pull out the basket to pause and one can monitor the cooking status of one’s dish. The smart functions also make this a great option for busy moms and dads as one can pre-set the fryer and have a hot meal waiting for the family when one gets home. Cleaning is a breeze as the air fryer is wear resistant and has a non-stick surface. 


The Mi Air Fryer is a great value because it is so multifunctional – it also works as a yogurt maker, fruit dryer and can even stand in as a microwave oven and electric oven. 



Exercise Regularly


While the quarantine may prevent one from going to the gym, there are plenty of ways to get some exercise while indoors, from checking out YouTube videos or doing more chores. One can also keep track of our fitness regimen with the Mi Band 6, the Mi Watch or the Mi Watch Lite.


The No. 1 Wearable in the World, the Mi Band 6 (PHP comes with a 40% larger dynamic AMOLED touch screen and offers a total of 30 fitness modes (19 are new), including activities like HIIT, Basketball, Boxing, and Zumba. Exercise duration, calories burned, and heart rate are clearly visible at a glance, making for more efficient exercise sessions.


The Mi Band 6 also comes with embedded SpO2 sensors and PPG biosensors to monitor your oxygen levels and heart rate during cardio workouts and includes REM and nap sleep monitoring that tracks your sleep quality. It even keeps track of your stress levels and gives suggestions for easing and recovering from stress. Daily health intelligence reports are delivered to your Mi FIT or Mi Wear App.

 

The Mi Band 6 comes with a long-lasting125mAh battery and magnetic charging. It fully charges in only 2 hours with convenient USB magnetic charging that snaps securely on or off and offers long lasting battery life with up to 14 days of standby time. 

 

Or if you’re looking for a fitness tracker with even more features, the Mi Watch (PHP 4,990) is a fantastic choice. It comes with a staggering 117 exercise modes, empowering all kinds of active lifestyles. It also offers round-the-clock monitoring of many essential health metrics, including accurate heart rate tracking and blood oxygen level monitoring, and additional indicators on users’ sleep cycles, stress levels, and energy levels to ensure comprehensive awareness of one's health. 


Plus, it has a large 1.39” AMOLED display to ensure a clear view of essential information, and an outstanding 16-day battery life* from its 420mAh battery after just two hours of charge, so users only need to plug it in twice a month to receive over two weeks of uninterrupted activity.


Those looking for a more compact version can opt to get the Mi Watch Lite (PHP 2,490) – it comes with a stylish 1.4” inch TFT LCD color display and comes with over 120+ watch faces. It has a built-in GPS and GLONASS to capture wider signal coverage, providing better accuracy and faster positioning to map running routes and navigate the outdoors. It also comes with professional grade health monitoring like heart rate monitoring, sleep detection and even guided breath training to help one cope with stress. 


Equipped with a 230mAh battery, the Mi Watch Lite offers up to 9 days of battery life and only requires 2 hours of charging to be fully charged. 


Have a healthier home and stay fit with Xiaomi! For more information on Xiaomi smart products, visit their official Xiaomi Store on Lazada and Shopee or visit an Authorized Xiaomi Store nearest you. Follow Xiaomi Philippines' official Facebook page and the Xiaomi site to stay up to date on their latest news. 



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About Xiaomi Corporation

Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company with smartphones, smart hardware and Internet of Things (IoT) platform at its core.

 

With an equal emphasis on innovation and quality, Xiaomi continuously pursues high-quality user experience and operational efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology.

 

As of the second quarter of 2021, Xiaomi is the No.2 smartphone brand in the global smartphone market. The company has also established the world’s leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform, with over 351.1 million smart devices connected to its platform, excluding smartphones and laptops. Xiaomi products are present in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. In August 2021, the company made the Fortune Global 500 list for the third time, ranking 338th, up 84 places compared to 2020. 

 

Xiaomi is a constituent of the Hang Seng Index, Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, Hang Seng TECH Index and Hang Seng China 50 Index.

 

For more information about Xiaomi as a company, please visit https://blog.mi.com/en/



 







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6:51 PM

CCCI targets P500M annual revenue for Cebu creative entertainment sub-sector

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 CCCI targets P500M annual revenue for  Cebu creative entertainment sub-sector



The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) supports the development of the creative entertainment sector so it could achieve P500 million annual revenue in the next two years and P30 billion by 2030.



“The initial target for Cebu is we want to reach 500 million per year and P30 billion by 2030,” CCCI trustee Mario Panganiban said during the launching the Creative Entertainment Week (CEW) on Monday, September 27, 2021. CEW is among the activities of the 2021 Cebu Business Month, an annual event organized by CCCI.


"This can be achieved with the support of the Creative Industries Development bill, the City of Cebu, and the support of our partners Animation Council of the Philippines Inc. (ACPI), the Creative Content Creators Association of the Philippines (SIKAP), Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP),  and Film Development Council of the Philippines, Cultural Center of the Philippines, and other government agencies" Panganiban added.


“We have witnessed innovations through the ingenuity of the Cebuano creatives. Cebu City having been designated as a world-class ‘Creative City’ by UNESCO is a testament to this,” said CCCI president Felix Taguiam in his opening remarks.


According to Taguiam, Cebuano artists kept their creative juices flowing despite the threats brought by the pandemic.


“Home businesses and startups propelled by creativity thrived. CCCI acknowledges not only the entertaining side of creativity, but also its role as a driving force of the economy,” the CCCI president pointed out. 


“Creativity is the fuel of innovation that grows out of crisis, and it could be the most relevant skill our workforce needs for our businesses to grow beyond the new normal,” he added.


CBM chair Mike Cubos also noted the role of creativity among Cebuanos.


“Creativity nurtures us. We may come from different backgrounds, but I believe all of us cannot imagine a life without creative arts, be it in the form of music, film, animation, or games,” said Cubos, who is also the CCCI vice president for Cebu business mobilization. 


During the pandemic, many found comfort in art, he said. “We’ve witnessed the rise of many Cebuanos getting creative in their kitchens and eventually turning their creations into viable businesses that continue to prosper today.”


“We envision the CEW to function as a hub for our creatives to engage with other artists and business leaders in order to open global opportunities,” Cubos said.


Creative Industry chairperson Marie Ernestine Denise Fajatin explained that CEW is born out of the need to build a proactive ecosystem for Cebuano talents in different fields particularly in Animation, Games, Original Content, Komiks, Film, Music & Theatre.


“Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, we’ve witnessed how the creative sector navigated its path to development and rise above adversities,” Fajatin said.



She then stressed the importance of the need to develop a sustainable creative community to enable creativity to reach its peak.


“This week is a chance for us to map our efforts in presenting Cebu’s Creative Entertainment Industry as a new opportunity for societal and economic development,” Fajatin said.


CCCI Immediate Past President Virgilio Espeleta explained that the CEW is an exceptional example of collaboration and cooperation. The business community, the government, as well as private sectors and organizations can work as one under one goal to support our artisans, he said.


“I believe that CEW will pave the way for us to perceive shared challenges within the creative sectors, and to ponder on the best strategies that we can adopt in proactively finding support, programs, and interventions for our artists,” Espeleta said.


Meanwhile, Panganiban noted that Cebu could become a creative entertainment hub next to Manila because it has long been noted for its creativity. 


“Creativity is in the DNA of Cebuanos. We are naturally creative. We like to entertain. We like to perform,” Panganiban said. He noted that Cebu had a vibrant creative entertainment subsector, including radio dramas, Visayan-language movies and music, among others.


As an example, he cited the holding of the Cebu Pop Music Festival, which had generated original Visayan songs. 


Panganiban recalled that Cebu had been making films in the 1960s. In addition, he said, Cebu also had published comics in the local language.


“When we really look at the global figure, even Manila, we’re getting to be behind in a field where we have a natural advantage,” Panganiban pointed out.


"While the global value of animation is $270 billion, the Philippines only accounts for between $20 million to $30 million in revenues as of 2020", ACPI president Juan Miguel Del Rosario disclosed.


The country’s animation industry has registered 5.5 percent growth per year, with five major studios supplying 75 percent of the country's total revenues, Del Rosario said. The Philippines service Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, United States and Canada.


He noted that there are existing creative businesses in Cebu that are very successful and global, adding that ACPI wants to make Cebu a major provider of animation in the Philippines.


“Our hope is ultimately that by 2030 the Philippines will be a premier destination of animation in Southeast Asia,” Del Rosario said. 


On the other hand, Panganiban recalled that the creative sector achieved version 1.0 during the 50s, 70s and 80s and the chamber will be promoting version 2.0.



The annual Cebu Pop Music Festival that started in 1981 had produced many popular Visayan songs. There were also Visayan language drama series aired over the radio, a popular entertainment at the time, and comics.


Panganiban also noted that Cebu and other areas in the Visayas and Mindanao had a very prolific comics industry.


“After realizing that we are behind and we have big potential, we have to push (creative entertainment sector) and that’s the reason why we have the Creative Entertainment Week,” he added.


James Lo, president of Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), discussed the state of the country's game industry. 


“We (Philippine game companies) have been involved in the creation of high-quality games,” Lo said. 


“If you’re familiar with Playstation or the Xbox or the Nintendo Switch, and so on. These are what we call consoles. We call them the category of Triple A and basically the best of the best. I proudly announce that a lot of our game companies that are focused on animation and game assets, they actually provide all of these,” he added.


“So, a number of games that you play on the different consoles, some of those games are actually the art assets, the environment, maps, the characters, the animations, effects are actually done here in the Philippines,” Lo said.


In 2020, the global games market reached $86.3 billion for Mobile Devices and P37.4 billion for personal computers, Lo said. Of this amount, Asia Pacific share is at $74.8 billion while Filipinos spending on games reached $572 million.


“There are many, many opportunities (in the game industry). I am happy to sit down with you and talk about all these opportunities,” Lo said. 


Speaking during the CEW launching, Acting Mayor Michael Rama noted that the creative entertainment industry has transformed from a purely spectator industry to an interactive and collaborative one.


“Our younger generation has transformed from mere audiences to content producers,” he pointed out.


“One particular challenge is separation from mediocrity. We don’t want mediocrity to prevail. We want to see excellence. Mediocrity should never be what we would be content with. Otherwise, mediocrity would lead to inferiority. And lastly, (it) will never bring us to liberation from this pandemic,” Rama stressed.


The ongoing CEW features the country’s industry leaders as well as international experts. The week-long event will focus on several topics such as Theatre  Music and Film (October 1); Video Game Industry (October 4), Animation (October 5), Komiks (October 6); Original Content (October 7); Government & Schools Support (October 8); and Investors Primer (October 9). 



Except for the Investors Primer, all the sessions will be aired live on the CBM 2021 Facebook page.


Experts will also discuss International Industry standards, and investment opportunities for anyone interested to enter the entertainment business, trends, and new opportunities that Cebu can participate in and many more.

 

The CEW is in partnership with the Animation Council of the Philippines Inc. (ACPI), Cebu Creative Hub, Creative Content Creators Association of the Philippines (SIKAP) and the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP).

 

Omnibus Platinum Sponsors are the following: Cebu Pacific Air, Converge ICT Solutions Inc., PLDT Enterprise and RideHero. 

 

Omnibus Gold Sponsors include Eastern Communications, Qualfon Philippines and Vivant Energy Corporation. 

 

Omnibus Silver Sponsors are Ayala Land Inc., Cebu Holdings Inc., Lazada Philippines, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. and Security Bank Corporation.

 

The Event Sponsors are Payoneer Philippines Branch, Inc., Wacom Philippines, Allego Media, Emottoons Animation Studio, IIFBA (International Institute Film and Broadcast Arts), Lilu Advertising & Marketing Solutions and Marie Ernestine School.

 

Special thanks to RMA News as the Media Partner.

 

For more information, visit the CBM Facebook page or email jovito@cebuchamber.org.



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