Global Shapers Iloilo Call To Help Davao

Global Shapers Iloilo

Global Shapers Iloilo Call To Help Davao – The Global Shapers Community (GSC) is an international network of hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. It is an initiative of the World Economic Forum and is currently headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, there are 403 hubs all over the world, 4 of which are Philippine hubs namely Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Manila.

With these hubs having a shared mission to drive dialogue, action and change to shape the future of the Philippines, we respond with conscious efforts to events that call for help. This includes the recent earthquake in Mindanao that displaced many communities specifically in Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

Recently, a series of earthquakes jolted certain areas in Mindanao, claiming lives and property and leaving the survivors in dire need for basic necessities. A difficult time for our fellow Filipinos affected by this tragic disaster, it calls on all of us to unite in helping them rise above the rubble. We are calling into your kind hearts to extend your blessings upon our affected brothers and sisters. A little help goes a long way!

With the help that you can give in cash, goods or publicity for this cause​, it will be relevant in pooling resources for the following:

  1. Tents for medical staff and volunteers.
  2. Crayons and coloring books for the psychosocial first aid of the affected children
  3. Potable water
  4. Blankets
  5. Underwear

Should you want to send financial support in this cause, you may send your funds through the bank details below.
Donate through Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) Bank
Account Name: Global Shapers Iloilo
Account Number: 2830-0075-07

You may reach Global Shapers Iloilo at or at (+63)956-568-6233.

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SM Foundation Gathers SM Scholars of Iloilo, Bacolod and Roxas

SM Foundation SM Scholars

SM Foundation scholars in Iloilo, Bacolod and Roxas City have gathered for their very first general assembly last October 20, 2019 at SM City Iloilo. The general assembly is an annual event for all college and technical vocational (techvoc) scholars under SM Foundation to interact and get to know one another, and to meet up with their mentors and benefactors.

The gathering began with a morning mass in SM City Iloilo’s main entrance, the venue where the regular Sunday mass in the mall is held. After the mass, SM Foundation Executive Director for Education Carmen Linda Atayde addressed the crowd, including the regular mallgoers in the mall, and emphasized that The SM Foundation’s Scholarship Program was established by the late Henry Sy Sr. because he believes that education is the best weapon to alleviate people from poverty.

SM Foundation SM Scholars

Added Atayde, SM Foundation already has over 3,000 college scholars and over 2,000 technical-vocational (tech-voc) scholars nationwide at present.

The SMFI tech-voc scholars from Don Bosco in Dumangas, Iloilo were also present together with Fr. Dindo Vitug and Fr. Allen Elevado.

The scholars then proceeded to the mall’s cinema 6 for the program wherein the SM Foundation Asst. Vice President Ling Lansang welcomed them and gave a brief overview of the general assembly.

The students were later made to watch short inspirational videos about the life of SM Founder Henry Sy, Sr.

The gathering was also an opportunity for the tech-voc scholars and the college scholars to know each other, as well as meet the alumni who are now professionals in their chosen fields.

SM Foundation SM Scholars

SM Scholars and alumni shared testimonies and inspirational messages about SM Foundation’s scholarship program and their stories of struggles and success along the way.

SM City Iloilo Mall Manager Gilbert Domingo and The SM Store Branch Manager Reina Donesa also shared their experiences working in SM as well as offer inspirational messages on how they hurdled the challenges to get to where they are now in their respective careers.

After the program, the scholars were given a treat as they cap the day with the movie Lion King.

Aspiring SM scholars can already avail of the SM College Scholarship Program online application for SY 2020-2021, which started last October 15 and will end until December 15, 2019.

Interested applicants can visit the SM Scholarship website for the qualifications, requirements, accredited courses, partner schools, and other information about the program:

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50-Million Campaign for Iloilo MICE Tourism


ILOILO CITY – A 50-million MICE campaign – “Meet you in Iloilo” – was launched last October 10, 2019 at Iloilo Convention Center led by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat together with the Iloilo MICE Alliance, Department of Tourism to market Iloilo as a premier MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions and Exhibitions) destination in the country.

The launching of “Meet you in Iloilo” campaign is expected to pull in tourists, business investors and exhibitors to one of the progressive and livable cities in the Philippines, Iloilo City, and be recognized as a premier MICE destination in the country.

“The launching of Iloilo as a MICE hub will surely open more opportunities for Iloilo to further boost its tourism industry, drive investments and development, and create jobs,” Senator Drilon said.

Promoting Iloilo as a MICE center is projected to bring significant contributions to the province and the entire region’s development. This campaign includes a handful of promotions and related tourism packages in partnership with different tourism stakeholders in the city. 

The launching of the MICE campaign also highlighted some of the tourism facilities and projects that will surely attract every tourist, local and international.

  • Iloilo convention center
  • an 8-kilometer Esplanade, the longest linear park in the country
  • the 10-lane, 15-km Sen. Benigno Aquino Avenue
  • the 4-lane President Corazon Aquino circumferential road
  • rehabilitated Iloilo River
  •  four museums including the country’s first Museum of Philippine Economic History
  • restoration of heritage buildings along Calle Real
  • restoration of the Iloilo Customs House, or Aduana
  • building the Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge by 2023

For more information, you visit Iloilo MICE Alliance, Department of Tourism at Ground floor, Casa Real de Iloilo (Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol), Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City, Philippines or contact their office through these numbers: (+63 33) 337-5411 / 335-0245 (Telefax). You can also reach them online through an email, or visit the website, #MeetYouInIloilo

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9 Reasons for Iloilo as a MICE Destination


Iloilo – culinary haven, a vibrant festival destination, a cosmopolitan trading port since the turn of the last century, the heart of the Philippines, and so much more.

It’s a fairly easy task to fall in love with Iloilo – a locale steeped in history and rich indigenous culture, yet also an emergent city assuredly making strides toward a sustainable tomorrow, an eclectic marriage of the traditional and the modern. As multifaceted as it is colorful, Iloilo will leave you spellbound by its manifold charms.

Here are 9 reasons why you should consider the “City of Love” as your next MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions, Exhibitions) destination.

1. The Heart of the Philippines

Smack dab in the middle of this vibrant archipelago, Iloilo’s strategic location lends its ease of accessibility to most major hubs in both Luzon and Mindanao, as well as being a gateway to multi-cultural Panay Island and the greater Visayas.

2.Steeped in History

Ours is a culture shaped by a rich genteel history and undeniable Spanish influence, as demonstrated by Iloilo’s architectural marvels: from the stately ancestral mansions of the moneyed sugar barons to age-old ornate churches that have stood the test of time. The country’s former textile capital and the Philippines’ most important seaport during the Spanish era – second only to Manila – one only needs to visit Iloilo’s immersive museums to fully fathom the city’s old glory.

3. Food-Lover’s Haven

Satisfy your cravings: From the quintessential Ilonggo batchoy, to seafood freshly plucked from the ocean, to saccharine delicacies that will satisfy any sweet tooth – Iloilo is a gastronomical destination like no other. Iloilo’s sprawling shorelines and serendipitous proximity to the uplands ensures abundant produce from both the land and the sea whole year-round, making it a bountiful playground for chefs and foodies alike.

4. Sunny Shores and Marvelous Mounts

Traced by the Panay Gulf in the east and bordered by the Central Panay Mountain Range in the west, Iloilo and its neighboring provinces has scenic excursions for beachcombers and mountain adventurers alike.


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5. Heartfelt Ilonggo Hospitality

Ilonggos, Iloilo’s locals, are known to be a generous and hospitable bunch – it isn’t the “City of Love” for nothing. Hoteliers and restauranteurs in this cosmopolitan destination put a premium on exceptional service to delight guests, but Ilonggos have always been innately warm and outgoing.

6. Beacon of Sustainability

Lauded for numerous successful civic initiatives, sustainability has become the foundation for the mapping and planning of this developing metropolis. The Iloilo River Esplanade first comes to mind, an 8.1-kilometer linear park that traces the banks of its namesake waterway, running along major thoroughfares in the city.

7. Among Southeast Asia’s Safest Place

Iloilo is consistently recognized as one of the safest cities in Southeast Asia by the survey of international online database Numbeo. In 2019, the city landed 8th place, following the ranks of Singapore, Bangkok, and Bali, among others.

8. Seamless Incentives

The tight-knit collaboration of Iloilo’s MICE Alliance seeks to offer a seamless experience, with an across-the-board incentive plan that no other city is likely capable to match – encompassing from confab discounts on domestic airfare, to exclusive hotel perks, and even concessions from major malls and affiliated restaurants. Iloilo promises an unparalleled MICE experience. Giving meeting planners every reason to choose Iloilo as their next MICE venue.

9. International MICE Standards

Iloilo is committed to abide by the tight touchstones of global MICE standards. The city has revealed itself a trailblazer, being one of only a few hubs in the Philippines to have successfully hosted both APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meetings and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) delegates in 2015 and 2017, respectively.


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For more information, you visit Iloilo MICE Alliance, Department of Tourism at Ground floor, Casa Real de Iloilo (Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol), Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City, Philippines or contact their office through these numbers: (+63 33) 337-5411 / 335-0245 (Telefax). You can also reach them online through an email, or visit the website, #MeetYouInIloilo


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Bluejay at 15 Years + Promos


Bluejay Coffee and Company is celebrating its 15 years in the business of serving Iloilo with their best selling coffee-based products. “We are proud to say that we only source our coffee beans from Sagada, ” said Mrs. Arlene Juantong, owner of Bluejay Coffee and Company. This celebration will be exciting as events and promos shall captivate the coffee lovers in the city in Bluejay’s three branches.

This coffee shop started as the husband of Mrs. Arlene is a coffee drinker. To satisfy their love for coffee, they decided to come up with a coffee shop that serves only the best of Philippines’ coffee beans last 2004. Bluejay gets their from Mr. Goad Sibayan of Bana’s Cafe in Sagada. Last 2017, Mr. Goad’s coffee beans received the Medaille Gourmet in the International Contest of Coffees Roasted in their Countries of Origin organized by the Agency for the Valorization of Agricultural Products. “This only shows that internationally, Philippines can compete when it comes to coffee beans.” emphasized by Mrs. Arlene.

This year on its 15th anniversary, Bluejay Coffee and Company graced the celebration with promos on their hot americano, iced mocha and ensaymada.


October 15, 2019 – SM City Branch, get one (1) hot americano or iced mocha for P15 only when you buy one (1) ensaymada.
October 19, 2019 – Ayala Technohub Branch, get one (1) ensaymada for P15 only when you buy either one (1) hot americano or iced mocha.October 23, 2019 – The Medical City Branch, get one (1) hot americano or iced mocha for P15 only.
Until supply last. One purchase per person only.


And gracing this whole celebration is the tour of Ms. Tsina Jade Chu, Miss Iloilo Tourism 2019. Kindly follow the Facebook page of Bluejay Coffee and Company for the schedules.

For events, Bluejay will have Coffeecon: The Coffee Connection – A gathering of like-minded coffee-drinkers who want to appreciate coffee on Friday, October 18, 2019 (9AM – 11AM) at Ubra: Shared Space + Cafe Lounge, SM Southpoint. This a FREE class so reserved your slot now!


Also, check out the watercolor art class at Ayala Technohub Branch on October 26, 2019, 10AM to 12NN together with Erika Velasco, a watercolor artist. For every minimum purchase of P350 an any branch, you can register for the class. Limited slots only, so get yours now!

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There are musical acts that take the world by storm, there are some that prefer a more slow and steady approach, and then there are those who just play by their own rules. UDD and R&B/hip-hop artist Just Hush fall under the third—both being more comfortable flying under the radar. In effect, they keep up an effortlessly cool reputation, something easily admired by their superfans—those who love the craft of music, rather than just the fame.

UDD, composed of Armi Millare on keyboards and vocals, Carlos Tañada on guitars and synth, Ean Mayor on drums and electronics, and Paul Yap on bass and synth, never fail to charm the hearts of listeners with their eloquent lyrics and unique beats. In the next episode of Coke Studio Season 3, they are paired with up-and-coming artist Just Hush—a reveal that the band tells us was full of surprises.  “When I heard how he mixed English and Filipino on his tracks, I was surprised with how he did it.  It comes off unexpected but natural.  Actually, I had always wanted to do a song in both languages, and I think the band will probably still do one,” says Ean.


Armi admits, “What surprised me was how quiet he was! Because he does rap, we do have this image of what a rapper should be, and he is very different from that.”

On his end, Just Hush was definitely thrilled to be working with one of the greats in OPM, but he was keeping his cool.  He shares, “When we first met, I was really excited because I really love their songs. I know they’re a big deal but I didn’t want to show that I was their fanboy! But they were so humble, so down to earth, and that really surprised me.”

When it came to their creative process, Just Hush says, “They’re very open.  Even when they knew that I was their fan, I could feel that they didn’t look at me that way.  I wanted to mix funk with R&B, and they were also game.  In the end, it was very spontaneous.  Somehow, we were able to capture the emotion of the moment.”

UDD all agree that their working dynamic flowed effortlessly.  “It was on the spot, we were able to work well together.”


Emotion was definitely an important factor, especially since the collab was about letting go of the things that inhibits you and the #feels involved when you have to Let Go and Grow. Surprises aside, the collaboration was a good mesh of the two artists, integrating common elements while still keeping cool, collected and true to their own sound.

Armi adds, “I really like R&B, it’s what I grew up on, and I do think that you can hear it a bit on our music.  When it comes to art, somehow you will come to, more or less, the same questions, the same why.  So even from different genres and generations, you will still find what feels right.”

Ean sums it up, “I like to think of us as perpetual students.  We went out of our comfort zone, but the funny thing is, I am sure that when fans hear the song, they will still say that it’s very us.”

Watch UDD  and Just Hush as they collaborate on Coke Studio Season 3. Catch them on October 12, Saturday at 10a.m. on ABS-CBN or subscribe to Coke Studio’s Youtube page at for the latest episodes.

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Coke Studio Season 3: GIRLS GONE #WOKE

Coke Studio

Janine Teñoso, Bea Lorenzo, and Clara Benin all started on the path to music as very young girls. And though they’ve forged their names as solo artists, from the first time they met, there was an instant rapport that made their Coke Studio collaboration feel free-flowing and natural.

Janine says, “Literally, I was just listening to their songs, and then a few days after, we were meeting together. It felt as if we were sisters right away, we just started sharing our ideas and talking and talking.”

Coke Studio

For their Coke Studio Season 3 episode, the girls tackled something the youth feel strongly about: the environment, and how to create even more awareness and action to save it. These days, people are getting more and more #woke and want to do their part to help, and Coke is taking action through their various green initiatives. With this musical collaboration, Coke champions two things they firmly believe in: an active stance on environmental issues and women empowerment.

Knowing that their Coke Studio episode would focus on the single biggest issue of this generation, all three realized that the big environmental issue comes from the smaller task of deciphering one’s priorities. They saw that the root of caring for the environment is self knowledge. From self knowledge comes the realization that we are all connected to each other.

Coke Studio

Janine understood that they were taking on a big task. “We knew that the song had to be uplifting spiritually.”

In creating their all-girl anthem, Clara says a little spontaneity went a long way. “You also have to surprise yourself. That’s part of the process. We want to write a song that will encourage people to be themselves.”

At the end of the day, it’s all about being true to your heart. As Bea sums it up: “The essence of being woke is doing what you love. You have to do something that really speaks to you. And for our song, it was about finding that balance without being too preachy.”

Watch how Bea Lorenzo, Clara Benin and Janine Teñoso, collaborate for Coke Studio Season 3. Catch them this coming October 5, at 10:00 a.m. on ABS-CBN or online at .

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SM Foundation set to open College Scholarship Applications

SM Foundation

SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) is set to open its online application for its college scholarship program this year.

Aspiring SM scholars can get ready for the opening of the SM College Scholarship Program online application for SY 2020-2021, which will start October 15, 2019.

The SMFI College Scholarship program is aimed at extending assistance to poor but deserving highschool students get a college education and build a better future for them and their families.

SM founder Henry Sy, Sr. believes that education is the best defense against poverty. SM Foundation provide college and technical-vocational scholarship grants as well as access to primary education through school buildings to help the youth achieve their dreams.

Interested applicants can visit the SM Scholarship website for the qualifications, requirements, accredited courses, partner schools, and other information about the program:

For inquiries, aspirants can also the contact the Education team at 857-0100 local 1688 /

Apllication deadline is December 31, 2019

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Tunog Transcom Tayo Y2 – Happy Culture and Work-Life Balance

Tunog Transcom Tayo

More than 2,000 employees from Transcom Worldwide Philippines’ Manila sites gathered at the Metrotent Convention Center in Pasig City last September 14, 2019 to celebrate camaraderie and togetherness in the second year of the company’s musicfest dubbed as Tunog Transcom Tayo.

The event was graced by live performances from various well-loved Filipino musicians and bands such as Ebe Dancel, Mayonnaise, Chiquerella, Sponge Cola, Where’s Ramona, This Band, Ben&Ben, and Aegis.

Tunog Transcom Tayo

“As we’ve been transforming our business in recent years, creating a positive culture where our folks can express themselves has been and continues to be a key focus. Tunog Transcom Tayo, our annual musicfest, is just one building block in the foundation that is Transcom Tayo and sits alongside our annual CSR activities, our support for the LGBTQ community and our HIV & AIDS awareness campaign in conjunction with The Red Whistle,” said Mark Lyndsell, Transcom’s CEO for the Global English Region.

This is also the second year that a Karaoke-inspired singing contest – Viral Voice – which Transcom coworkers participate in was incorporated in the music event.

“Our awesome multi-talented coworkers are placed at the heart of Tunog Transcom Tayo and have been auditioning for months as part of our very own Viral Voice competition. Filipinos are known across the globe for their musicality and singing abilities and this is no exception here at Transcom where our finalists will be showing off their talent alongside bands such as Sponge Cola, Ben&Ben, and Aegis,” Lyndsell further shared.

Tunog Transcom Tayo

Tunog Transcom Tayo was also held yesterday September 21, 2019 at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City and today, September 22 at the SMX-Bacolod City. The event is sponsored by Seda Hotel, Caronia, Jergens, and Liese.

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Arriba Visayas Iloilo on Cactus and Succulents for a Greener Space

Cactus Succulent

ILOILO CITY – Arriba Visayas: A Cactus and Succulent Roadshow stopped over in Iloilo Festive Walk Mall last Sunday, September 15, 2019 for a one-day exhibit and workshop on tropicalizing cactus and succulents, basic grafting and starting a cactus and succulent business participated Arids and Aroids Boyet Ganigan, Masiteras, DOS Tillandsias, Sprouting Surprise Garden, Pinky Spikes, Succulents and Spikes, and Planthaholic Garden. The event was very much embraced by members of Iloilo Cactus and Succulent Lover Group.

Cactus Succulent

Iloilo is the third leg of Arriva Visayas following Bacolod and Antique. This roadshow aims to educate the public about cactus and succulent. Boyet Ganigan of Arids and Aroids is convinced that planting and taking good care of cactuses and succulents is good therapy for everyone even for kids. “It brings relaxation, distresses the mind and creates tranquility from within” said Boyet. “Cactus and succulent is becoming a craze. Millennials now considered plants as pets at home” he added.

Cactus Succulent

Part of this event was a workshop on tropicalizing cactus and succulent conducted by Mark Dizon of Masitera. “There is a very big potential for cactus and succulent breeders in Iloilo City. The Ilonggos are very welcoming” said Mark. Taking care of a cactus or a succulent is very easy for a beginner. You will only need constant sunlight exposure, a soilless medium and to be watered minimally once a week. “The next stop will be in Cebu but will have it for three days. The Cebu demands a longer exhibit as it currently has a very big market” he added.

This event happened in Iloilo as an aspiration of Honey Mae Osimco of Sprouting Surprise Garden whose love for cactuses and succulents started as a hobby. She collected different breeds until she thought of having it as a business. This opened her up to a more complex and diverse network of businesses. She not only wants cactus and succulent breeding business to thrive but also other trade-related enterprises such as pots, succulent collectors and sellers, recyclable bottles, compost mixers and sellers, workshops on kids painting on pots and basic grafting.

Cactus Succulent

Honey Mae hopes to instill environmentalism on kids through these activities. She also supports this lifestyle and habit to help breeders and collectors. Ultimately, she believes that having cactuses and succulent around us can also helps keep our air clean or lessens the pollutants at the very least. “We all know plants help clean the air” she added. Having cactus at home can then help us breathe cleaner air.

Cactus Succulent

Meet Punggo and Estrella!

The next stopover of the roadshow is in North Drive Mall in Cebu City on September 20-22. Attending this event somehow sparks a desire in me to have ab cactus or succulent. I brought a cactus and a succulent at home. They will be called as Punggo and Estrella. Let me try my thumb if this time it’ll become green!

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