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Surala Ninja! FUTURE CLASSROOM Now in Ati Community of Iloilo City

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With Surala Ninja!, ATI Tribe students in Iloilo City became recipients of FUTURE CLASSROOM-LEARNING INNOVATION Project supported by Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro), and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan last October, 2020.

The project aims to enhance the achievement level of mathematics in elementary school children, especially low-achieving students. A leading and globally established E-learning company from Tokyo, Japan, SuRaLa Net Co.,Ltd, conducted “Surala Ninja!” class where children learn Math through their animated Ninja teachers on digital platforms.

“Surala class is very beneficial to ATI children. They can use the computer and now they learn to count the number faster than before. Children are hoping to continue this class in the future,” said Ptr Rogelio Elosendo, Tribe Leader of the community.

The benefits of customized learning is that children can learn individually through game-like online class, practice and answer drills at their own pace. This will lead them easily to get motivated for learning. Forty students and youth from the Ati community are given chance to utilize the Surala Ninja!’s personalized online lessons to develop their basic calculation skills.

Ms. Nur-Hannah Saad-Mirrar, project head and general manager of Miraipartners Learning Center is hoping to reach more children, especially those from low-income families or who face academic challenges.

This is after a unique conference about the current innovations in E-Learning was held at Zuri Hotel last January 9, 2021 and virtually via Zoom. Participants were able to meet the Japanese and Filipino from the EduTECH industry. This project is also a response to pandemic-stricken countries in many parts of the globe shifting away from physical classrooms to synchronized online learning.

Iloilo City is the only city chosen for FUTURE CLASSROOM-LEARNING INNOVATION project in the Philippines, aside from Jakarta and Bandong in Indonesia. Aside from Ati Tribe Mission Inc, famous schools in the city such as St. Joseph School (Iloilo), Inc. and Eden Grace Academy International Inc. also joined as partner school for Surala Ninja!

Stay tuned for more lifestyle blogs here in Iloilo City and beyond!

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Benefits of Niacinamide, Skincare Wonder?

Benefits of Niacinamide Skincare Wonder

Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinamide, is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin. It is one of the most glorified active ingredients in the skincare industry. There are tons of benefits of niacinamide for almost all skin types such as to visibly minimize enlarged pores, tighten lax pores, improve uneven skin tone, soften fine lines and reduce wrinkles, and diminish dullness.

Among the benefits of niacinamide includes reducing the impact of environmental damage as it is good in improving skin’s barrier, our skin’s first line of defense. On top of that, it is also very effective in helping skin to repair signs of daily damage. You can try it now by ordering online! ORDER NOW!

Niacinamide is known to be one of the best brighteners among the active ingredients. Let me discuss and group the benefits we can get by using this ingredient in different skincare products.

Skin brightening

One of the strong benefits of niacinamide is that it helps in the building up of keratin, a type of protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy. Also, even a 5 percent concentration of the ingredient helps in lightening dark spots and aid in collagen production. This leads to brightening dull skin.

Personally, upon using this active in serum form, my skin started to have that healthy shade of skin tone. My dark spots and scars smoothly and slowly disappeared. Surface began to smoothen. 

Acne treatment

Niacinamide is also effective for acne-prone skin types. It can reduce inflammation to ease redness from eczema, acne, and other inflammatory skin conditions. It can help calm severe acne, especially inflammatory forms like papules and pustules. Over time, you may see fewer lesions and improved skin texture.

When I used this starting last year, it visibly helped soothing my skin. I was having a “maskne” or acne due to wearing of face mask as part of health and safety protocols. Big bumps of acne and pimple calmed down and the redness or swelling fades.

Anti-aging

Aging skin can always be traced to damage and dehydrated skin. Niacinamide helps build cells in the skin as much as it is protecting them from environmental stresses. Among the stressors are sunlight, pollution, and toxins. The same concentration is very helpful in reducing some signs of sun damage that come with aging, which are fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydration

Concerning anti-aging property of niacinamide, one of its right-wing is the hydrating and moisturizing properties. It helps in growing within your skin a ceramide (lipid) barrier. By doing so, the skin can retain moisture better. The benefits of moisture retention aren’t just for those with dry skin types, but definitely for all to prevent signs of aging. It can also help regulate the amount of oil production from the skin and prevent your glands from going into overdrive.

Moreover, I notice that my sebum production stabilized. Excess oil added with pollution, open pores and heat is never a good combination.

Overall, the benefits of niacinamide span to almost all skin conditions for all skin types which is why it became one of the must-haves for skincare professionals. You can visit this link ( https://bit.ly/3bRZWz2 ) and try ordering the product! I hope this discussion can help you in whatever you are experiencing in your Quaranskin journey. Stay tuned for more lifestyle blogs.

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Safe Shopping at SM Retail Stores

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SM Retail stores assure shoppers that their safety and convenience remain a top priority amid efforts to reopen the economy reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. SM Retail is comprised of The SM Store and other specialty brands such as Kultura, SM Appliance Center, Our Home, Baby Company, Surplus Shop, Toy Kingdom, and Pet Express, among others.

As the government continues to ease restrictions to buoy efforts to revive the economy, these stores have implemented stringent measures to ensure the wellbeing of their employees and customers. SM Retail stores are regularly cleaned and disinfected. Shoppers must go through temperature check and must wear their face mask and face shield before going inside the facilities.

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Public areas such as aisles and escalators are marked and access points are controlled to regulate the number of entrants and promote the practice of physical distancing. Shopping carts and baskets are regularly sanitized. Hand sanitizers and hand soaps are available in strategic locations, ensuring that both customers and employees are practicing proper hand hygiene.

Sales personnel follow a prescribed distance when dealing with customers. SM Retail stores also take part in Trace Together, the contact tracing initiative of The SM Group of Companies as a response to the government’s effort to fight the spread of COVID-19. SM Retail stores also remind their employees and shoppers about precautionary measures to fight COVID-19 through physical and digital information materials. Signages at store entrances remind shoppers to follow guidelines for their own safety.

The same stringent measures are implemented in the back offices of SM Retail. All employees and service providers of SM Retail undergo regular COVID-19 testing. This is to rule out any potential COVID-19 cases in the company premises. Employees get their temperature checked three times during their shift and must also accomplish a health survey daily. They must wear face mask and other applicable PPEs (personal protective equipment) while at work.

Office spaces have also been reconfigured to promote physical distancing among employees. SM Retail is implementing a hybrid strategy to reach and provide convenience to its customers. While making sure its stores are safe, SM is also introducing innovations in its retail operations.

“This pandemic has reinforced our commitment to our customers’ safety and convenience; and for us, the need to adapt and transform. Through our hybrid operations in our brick and mortar stores and online platforms, we are building new ways to reach and serve our customers,” said Chito Manalo, President of SM Retail Inc.

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Exemplifying this hybrid approach is Shop SM, SM’s own e-commerce platform, which complements the offerings of SM’s physical stores and brings the SM experience online. With just a few clicks, shoppers can purchase their essentials and favorite items from The SM Store, SM Markets and other specialty brands from the comforts of their own home.

Through its Click and Collect and Get & Go options, shoppers may also opt to order online and pick up their items at SM. The SM Store’s Call To Deliver is another exciting retail innovation. Shoppers can choose from a wide range of items and just call the hotline #143SM (#14376), coordinate with their personal shopper assigned to them, and have their purchases delivered to their doorsteps.

Aside from its commitment to continue giving the exceptional SM experience in its physical stores, online platforms and hybrid offerings, SM is also dedicated to ensure the safety of its customers and employees, all in the effort to win the fight against COVID-19.

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“I will be the next Miss Universe!” says Rabiya Mateo as she lights up Festive Walk Iloilo with hope.

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Iloilo City’s pride has come home to a rousing welcome that started and commenced at Festive Walk Iloilo with the lighting Christmas tree and singing of a special birthday song for the Miss Universe Philippines 2020, Ms Rabiya Mateo.

Fresh from being crowned as Miss Universe Philippines 2020, Rabiya Mateo has flown back to her hometown for the very first time to be with her family, thanking her fellow Ilonggos for their all-out support throughout her journey.

Aside from her homecoming, Rabiya is also marking two other milestones during her short stay in Iloilo. First, she is celebrating her 24th birthday on November 14, and the other one is her first-ever Christmas tree lighting as Miss Universe Philippines at Festive Walk Mall also happening on the same day.

“We are so proud that Iloilo Business Park is Rabiya’s official host for her grand homecoming this weekend. She has a perfect model not just to Ilonggos but to all Filipino in terms of how a phenomenal woman like her inspires young people to continue to dream bigger,” says Jennifer Palmares-Fong, vice president for sales and marketing, Iloilo Business Park.

Ms Universe Philippines 2020, Rabiya Mateo on her motorcade in Iloilo City, Photo credits to Remark Wayne Cartel

Richmonde Hotel inside Iloilo Business Park became the official home of Rabiya and her family during this homecoming.

“We welcome Rabiya and her family with the richness of genuine Ilonggo hospitality,” says Natalie Lim, resident manager, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo.

During the lighting ceremony, Ilonggos gets a closer look at Rabiya as she struts her signature pageant walk, aptly called the “Festive Walk” or “Hala Bira Walk,” in hiligaynon.

Moreover, Nile of Nile on Weekends Blog from the Iloilo Bloggers Society got a chance to ask her with one question, “If there is one sentence you want the world to hear from you now, what would that be?” “I will be the next Miss Universe,” Rabiya answered as she claimed her destiny for her first international pageant, Miss Universe. What a night it was at the Festive Walk Iloilo as the whole Ilonggo community cheered for her!

“Rabiya’s milestone has once again put Iloilo City in the global spotlight, and we are more than happy to support her as she vies for the Miss Universe crown next year. We are very excited to see her do her signature ‘Festive Walk’ at the global stage. For us, she is truly an embodiment of a guwapa nga Ilongga that mirrors a phenomenal woman with a heartfelt beauty,” Palmares-Fong adds.

Know more about highlights and updates of Rabiya’s first-ever Christmas tree lighting by following Festive Walk Iloilo on Facebook www.facebook.com/FestiveWalkIloilo.

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Be Home for Christmas at SM City Iloilo

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It is said that it is not what is under the Christmas tree, but the ones around it. SM City Iloilo presents a symbol that embodies the unity of the Ilonggos especially in these challenging times. A 40 ft. Christmas Centerpiece is located at the Northpoint of the mall, carrying out the tradition of bringing cheers to shoppers as they come home to SM City Iloilo.

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Born out of love for everything Ilonggo, the indigenous fabric from local communities–Hablon, Jusi, Piña, Abaca and Rattan, wrapped around the regal centerpiece, symbolic of a solid foundation rooted on rich history and noble tradition, highlights the set-up. The mall dedicates this theme in celebration of the Ilonggo spirit showcasing Ilonggos are at home in SM City Iloilo. The unity shown by people in these trying times exemplifies a family extending a helping hand to brothers and sisters in need.

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Standing tall in pure Ilonggo fashion, SM City Iloilo gives tribute to the culture keepers who have carried on in keeping the weaving tradition alive, up until now for the present generation and beyond to cherish. A grand virtual launch was set November 6, 2020 together with other SM malls, and on ground launch of SM City Iloilo on November 7, signals the holiday season in the mall, with the John B. Lacson choir’s angelic chorus around the centerpiece.

No pandemic can dampen the Ilonggo spirit, as we all celebrate at SM City Iloilo –Safe together this Christmas season

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SM Scholarship Program will accept online application!

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SM Foundation (SMFI) announced the start of the online application period for the SM Scholarship program for college students for School Year 2021-2022 which will open on January 1 and end on February 28, 2021.

The SM College Scholarship Program started from the vision of the late SM patriarch, Henry “Tatang” Sy, Sr. He believed that if you send one child from an economically challenged family to college, that child would have more opportunities to have gainful employment and later on uplift the economic status of his/her family.

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The SM scholarship program is open to the following:

  • Grade 12 public high school graduates from schools in the areas covered; or
  • Grade 12 graduates from private schools in the areas covered (given that they have Department of Education (DepEd) voucher and finished Junior High from a public school) – General Weighted Average grade of at least 88% or its equivalent for Grade 12 – 1st semester – Total household income of at most P150,000 per year.

The program covers the following field of studies: Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer, and Electronics), Education (Elementary and Secondary); Accountancy, and Financial Management, among others.

For more information about the SM College Scholarship program, visit www.sm-foundation.org and follow its social media accounts @SMFoundationInc (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube).

SM Foundation, through its Scholarship program, provides deserving and qualified students with access to college education and technical-vocational studies since 1993. To date, SMFI has supported almost 5,500 scholars nationwide.

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Fil-Am, DACA advocate, eyeing for a local seat in US Elections 2020

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America’s polls sees April Kamilah Bautista, a 33-year old Filipino-American and a registered democrat filled with hope to secure a seat in the city council of La Palma City, Orange County, California in tomorrow’s US elections.

In an interview with Bombo Radyo, April Kamilah Bautista said three seats are open in this 2020 polls at said city while six of them are vying for the vacancy.

Bautista said she is passionate on social issues as she was raised and grew up with an open mind on concerns close to the hearts of the community. This is why politics, she added, is not new to her and the US elections. She was born and raised in La Palma City. Her mother is a native of Nueva-Vizcaya and her father is from Ilocos Sur.

She graduated with a degree in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Education at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. Upon graduation, she worked closely with journalists.

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Bautista also worked for a non-government organization helping undocumented and out-of-status Filipinos with immigration problems. Dubbed “Tago Ng Tago (TNT),” Bautista worked closely under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ((DACA) program of the Obama-Biden Administration in 2012. DACA is instrumental in keeping hundreds of thousands of Filipino families in seeking temporary protection and rights as immigrants. The program enabled affected Filipinos and their dependents to live, study and work legally in America.

Other than coming to the rescue of the TNTs, Bautista is also a staunch advocate of mental health and the environment in this year’s US elections.

If and when elected into office, Bautista will push her continuing advocacy for a higher voter turn-out in La Palma City. She is also committed to forging and strengthening the link between the community and elected city officials. These along with her vision to have a feminist recovery plan introduced and embraced here.

La Palma City, Bautista shared, is also home to about 40% Asians including Filipinos mostly as health workers and in the academe. She is hopeful of Asian backing in the November 3 polls US elections.

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Over 1,200 new jobs in Iloilo City at Asurion, Apply Now!

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Global tech care company Asurion recently announced it is opening a new technical support customer service center in Iloilo, Philippines. The said opening will generate over 1,200 new jobs for Ilonggos with an expectation to improve employment locally. 

The new center is part of the company’s effort in expanding its presence in the country and continues to fill the growing consumer demand for round-the-clock tech support for phones and smart home devices. The center will be located in Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao along the boulevard, at the Fintech Building.

The company is globally recognized as an employer of choice, and for driving operational and strategic excellence within the national tech industry. 

Asurion received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2020 Corporate Equality Index for a second consecutive year, was named a 2020 DiversityInc Top Company for Employee Resource Groups, and has been certified A Great Place to Work® for the last three consecutive years.

“We are excited to expand our Philippines operations to Iloilo City, which will help us attract additional talent as the global demand for tech help continues to grow. We look forward to becoming a part of the Iloilo community,” said Gareth Boulton, Asurion Director of Care Operations in the Philippines.

Asurion has 19,000 employees worldwide, with more than 4,000 people across three facilities in the Philippines since 2009 across three facilities in the Philippines, including a distribution center in Calamba City, an IT services facility in Manila, and a customer service center in Santa Rosa. 

Online applications are now posted with over 20 careers for the new jobs in Iloilo City. Applicants who will pass will enjoy sales incentives, performance incentives, and a great career opportunity on top of its competitive compensation.

Interview of applicants is said to start as early as next week, first week of November 2020, while the employees are foreseen to work on-site starting in January 2021, with safety and social distancing guidelines and protocols in place in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health.

For more information about the careers and job openings in Asurion, Ilolo City, visit careers.asurion.com/philippines/iloilo .

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New E-Book, Shift of the Sound! Order now!

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Coach Nile published another life-changing and mind-boggling book “Shift of the Sound” amid a worldwide pandemic. This is his second book following the release of Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow last May 2020 (which is still available for orders).

Shift of the Sound is a refreshing content to read in a time when all hope is seemingly gone. The book is a short manual in maneuvering the worst scenarios of today’s crisis. It is packed with practical and spiritual solutions to guide you and me in thriving above any problems of today. 

The book also started in a mystery of God. Majority of its content was written last February 2016 from the series of blogs that are not published on the new website. This is in itself is a mystery that God is way ahead than this pandemic. The COVID-19 did not surprise God at all. He was speaking ahead and has given the blueprint four to five years ago. 

This book is for the ones who are looking forward to striving, surviving and eventually thriving over this collapsing world system. This is for those who are eager to hear what God has to say over these days. This is also for those who are curious about the mystery of God being omniscient and omnipresent.

Shift of the Sound book is also for people in levels of leadership roles in organizations, offices, fellowships and companies. Direction and couple of warnings for influential figures are encapsulated in this book. Every leader should not miss the right approach for the new normal that is set before us.

Why should you buy an E-Book?

To everyone who asked how they can send support to the projects initiated or co-organized by Coach Nile.PH, this is the time to make that happen! Support me in my journey in all the projects I am currently doing and those that I will be doing in the future. 

How much is this e-book?

Get the e-book and support my platforms for only P150.00 or 3US$. Since this is a passion project, I strongly urge you to not share the e-book file carelessly but to offer this opportunity to purchase to family and friends who also want to support me on my vision.

My goal in creating Nile.PH is to meet and grow one thousand dreamers of God who are living their God-given purpose in leadership to advance God’s will on earth. This is why I blog, write books, consult, coach, and mentor people.

How Do I Order?

Step 1. Pay for order. Our payment options include:

a. Bank deposit or Bank Transfer

Banco De Oro (BDO): 0008 3030 3243

b. GCash

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Step 2. PM or email me the following details.

  • Full Name
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  • Proof of Payment

Step 3. We will send back the file to you. Please allow us 2-3 working days to deliver to you. Official launching will be on October 26, 2020 – the same day of the launching of the mastermind session with patrons on The Leader’s Quotient (enrollment is on going, enroll now!).

For any questions or further clarifications, you can contact me at yesterdaytodaytomorrow.book@gmail.com or message me on my Nile.PH Facebook Page at fb.me/CoachNile.PH .

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ISAT-U 69kV Line, finally completed by MORE Power

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A request ignored by PECO for two years became a top priority for MORE Power, which promptly acted on it last Sunday.

MORE installed an intermediate pole in order to clear, as per the school’s request, an overpass bridge that crosses the highway and links their two campuses. “They had been requesting PECO non-stop for this work to be done for years but it remained a problem until we came along,” said Engr. Paterno Cabangisan, MORE Power’s Head of Transmission Lines.

Meanwhile, officials of the said university were overjoyed to see MORE Power workers relocate the 69kV line to an 80-foot intermediate pole put up in the area.

“It entailed a little inconvenience on the part of our consumers—our apologies–but the safety of ISAT-U students is imperative. And we had to do this on the least interruptive day. Buti na lang [It’s a good thing] the consumers understood why this had to be done,” Castro said.

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For two years the construction of an overpass linking the two campuses of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) in La Paz district was put on hold, waiting for a 69kV line to be relocated by PECO.

But while the request was never granted by the former Iloilo City power distributor, the relocation of the high-voltage wires to a higher electric post was completed by engineers and linemen of MORE Power last Sunday, a day dedicated to corrective and preventive maintenance works at the Mandurriao Substation.

No less than MORE Power president Roel Castro, together with ISAT-U officials, supervised the relocation of the 69kV line that took them about six hours.

“Actually, the entire University is very happy. Construction of the skywalk started in 2017 but had to stop the next year because of the 69kV line. We requested PECO to help us relocate the line, but they did nothing. Now we are extremely glad that this was carried out with the help of MORE Power. We are all looking forward to the completion of this project very soon,” averred Engr. Gabriel Salistre, Jr., VP for Administration and Finance of the university.

“I am very, very happy that after two long years, it’s finally done. At long last, we can proceed with our overpass project,” said an elated Russ Allen Napud, ISAT-U Director for Planning Development and Auxiliary Services.

“On behalf of the University, we would like to say ‘thank you’ from the bottom of our hearts to MORE Power for realizing the transfer of that 69kV line to a much safer place. Now, there’s nothing that prevents us from completing the overpass,” added Napud.

In an earlier interview, ISAT-U president Dr. Raul Muyong expressed his gratitude to MORE Power president Roel Castro for acting on the problem with speed.

“In fact, MORE Power visited the site as soon as they received our request to evaluate the situation. They also promptly submitted a proposal to correct the problem, which we agreed with,” he said.

“We are grateful because it will now be very easy for us to access the other side of the campus,” he said.
Muyong recalled that MORE Power’s quick action was a far cry from what PECO did when the problem was brought to the attention of the former utility distributor.

“We had formal communications with PECO and even signed a certificate of undertaking with them regarding the problem. We also solicited the help of local officials to help us appeal to PECO to address our concerns, but all those requests fell on deaf ears,” he noted.

He added that the school ended up purchasing high voltage conductor covers to ensure the safety of the personnel working on the access route while they were waiting for PECO to no avail.

Once completed, the access route for the two campuses will be a big help to students, teachers, stakeholders, and officials, providing them with a much safer and more convenient access between the two campus sites.

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