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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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“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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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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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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Free Coaching Series, Breaking Through Limits

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I am launching a new group coaching this August – Breaking Through Limits under the campaign of Coach Nile.PH to empower us to thrive in a constricted uncertain environment nowadays. 

Breaking Through Limits is a FREE 4-part weekly online group coaching series that will discuss and identify what stops us from becoming our best selves. Also, sessions will help us discover strategies on how we can overcome these obstacles. 

We have our personal pegs and dreams to be someone someday. However, some walls invisibly hinder us. I included four of the most common walls which will be discussed weekly. 

Breaking Through Limits started last August 6 discussing the first wall, Limitation on Possibilities. It answered the basic roadblocks in achieving our dreams, visions, goals, and plans.

Our mind is a gift during creation that can conceive what is intangible to bring it to reality. Vision and dreams, goals, and plans are in the dimension of imagination which has no element of time and space. It is just a matter of time that we see them in our physical dimension as a result of a series of actions and interactions.

Our mind is the asset we can develop without costing us so much, especially with the pandemic now – the very reason why this is made for FREE. It is made possible through the support of Coach Nile.Ph monthly supporters, Iloilo Bloggers SocietyIBS Digital Network, and Thinkspace located in Jalandoni St. Jaro Iloilo City, across Jollibee Drive-thru, above Ultracare.

This aims to push us forward despite the crisis we are facing these days. I am still hopeful that we will thrive over this pandemic and we will get to the other side of this together. 

To join the sessions of Breaking Through Limits, register through this link: https://bit.ly/2X04qeA . Come and join us for the rest of the remaining session!

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More AC Energy Relief Packs to Ilonggos

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Iloilo City – As Ilonggos are settling back to their homes, AC Energy Philippines (ACEPH) continues its commitment to assisting the affected families from the recent oil spill in Bo. Obrero, especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, ACEPH turned over 1,500 Fortified Meal Packs distributed to the residents of Bo. Obrero, Manduriao, and Jaro. Each Fortified Meal pack is composed of rice, soy, dried vegetables, and fruits enriched with vitamins and minerals. Moreover, each pack is can feed a family of 8 to 12 members. Also, Ayala sent in boxes of face masks together with the goods.

Ayala group and the Philippine Air Force supported ACEPH to continue to provide the needs of the affected communities. Ayala Foundation and Ayala Coop donated the meal packs from Rise Against Hunger Philippines, a hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other aid to vulnerable communities.

Philippine Air Force helped in flying in the donated boxes July 30, while the other Ayala business units, namely, Ayala Business Club, Seda Hotels, Globe Telecom, and AC Motors, provided logistical support during distribution. After the boxes were unloaded from the carrier, the goods were disinfected to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

This is a continued effort in response to the oil spill that happened last July 3, 2020 in Bo. Obrero, Iloilo City. From submitting the Environment Management Plan which included (1) completion of oil spill cleanup and ensuring that water quality is restored to safe levels; (2) continued monitoring of air quality and ensuring that air quality is safe before affected families are allowed to return to their homes; (3) proper collection and disposal of oil contaminated materials and wastes; and (4) rehabilitation plan for the affected mangrove areas and fisheries to community support especially now during a pandemic. This is complimented with an effort for the safe return of affected families to their homes.

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Train to Busan Peninsula in Festive Walk Cinemas

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Festive Walk Cinemas becomes ‘first indoor cinema to reopen in PH’ featuring Train to Busan 2 Peninsula

Stringent safety protocols welcome moviegoers in the new normal for the exclusive advance screening of ‘Train to Busan 2: Peninsula’

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls welcomes back moviegoers at Festive Walk Mall as Festive Walk  Cinemas becomes the first-ever indoor cinema in the country to reopen under the new normal.

To mark its reopening, Festive Walk Cinemas will be holding an exclusive advance screening of Train to Busan 2: Peninsula, the much-awaited sequel of the hit Korean zombie film Train to Busan.

Currently the no. 1 movie in South Korea with the biggest opening day-record this year, the 2020 Cannes Film Festival selection starring Kang Dong Won, Lee Jung Hyun, Kwon Hae Hyo and Lee Re will have a two-day advance screening both scheduled at 5 p.m. on August 1 and 2, 2020 ahead of its nationwide release.

With safety of moviegoers as its top priority, Festive Walk Cinemas will be implementing stringent health and safety measures including the following initiatives:

  • Mandatory wearing of face masks and submission of health declaration forms;
  • Footwear and hand sanitation;
  • Observance of 50% seating capacity;
  • Strict implementation of social distancing (one-seat apart);
  • Deep cleaning and sanitation of seats, touchpoints, and common areas before and after screening using UV technology;
  • Designated entry and exit points, and pathway for moviegoers;
  • All theater personnel are required to wear face masks, face shields and gloves, and submit daily health declarations before deployment.

Deep cleaning and sanitation of seats, touchpoints, and common areas are set to assure moviegoers about the safety in the cinemas.

Movie fans can buy tickets online at www.blockbusterseats.com or buy cashless using GCash, PayMaya, WeChat, and Alipay at the cinema ticket booth at the 3rd floor of Festive Walk Mall. Tickets are priced at P270, inclusive of bottled water and popcorn.

Train to Busan 2: Peninsula will resume regular screening at Festive Walk Cinemas on August 12.

Festive Walk Cinemas boasts seven state-of-the-art cinemas, which include Dolby Atmos theaters equipped with the latest sound and big screen technology. It also carries Megaworld Lifestyle Malls’ pioneering VIP cinema, which features relaxing seats equipped with adjustable footrest, food tray and led lamp, unlimited popcorn and drinks, and a butler service – a first in Iloilo and the entire Western Visayas.

For more information on cinema schedule and ticket reservations, visit www.blockbusterseats.com.

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308 families returned home after oil spill

AC Energy Philippines Families Return Home Oil Spill

Iloilo City – After developing and executing the set of parameters for the reintegration of the community, the last remaining 41 households were cleared and passed the reintegration parameters and have returned home on Saturday, July 18 after the oil spill. Confirmed return are 70 families from Mansaya on July 15, 102 Families – Obrero Zone 2 on July 16, 95 Families – Obrero Zone 3 on July 17 and 41 Families – Obrero Zone on July 18.

The set of parameters used for the reintegration of the community after oil spill happened was developed and executed by a multi-stakeholder task force composed of the various barangays in Iloilo City, the Iloilo City Government and its various offices, the Philippine Coast Guard, and AC Energy Philippines and its consultant AECOM Philippines and cleanup contractor Harbor Star Shipping Services Inc., to ensure the safe return of the evacuated families to their homes.

Moreover, AC Energy Philippines initiated the distribution of 2,350 food packs to communities of Loboc, Mansaya, and Obrero, in collaboration with the various barangays in Iloilo City.

AC Energy Philippines Iloilo Oil Spill

Environmental Management Plan for Guimaras

Gabby Mejia and AECOM Philippines presented their action plans on the effects of oil spill in Guimaras in a meeting last Saturday, July 18 with representatives of the Guimaras government led by Gov. Samuel T. Gumarin MD, MPH, and Vice Gov. Atty. John Edward G. Gando.

AC Energy Philippines together with AECOM presented its spill assessment update and criteria called Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique (SCAT) similar to the action plans and commitments made for Iloilo City. Based on international standards, the method will include surveying and documenting the impact of spills on shorelines, and the effectiveness of cleanup activities and conduct post-cleanup inspections and evaluations. The whole assessment includes fisheries and mangrove rehab after the oil spill had encroached the aquatic ecosystem.

Mr. Mejia also met and discussed the action plans with Mayor Ruben Corpuz, Municipality of Jordan, Hon. Ma. Lucille Nava, Congresswoman of Lone District of Guimaras, and Mr. JC Rahman A. Nava, Former Congressman of Lone District of Guimaras.

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Stakeholders, Serious Cleanup Efforts on Oil Spill

AC Energy Philippines Iloilo Oil Spill

Iloilo City – A meeting was held by the multi-stakeholders task force composed of the various barangays in Iloilo City, the Iloilo City Government and its various offices, the Philippine Coast Guard, and AC Energy Philippines and its consultant AECOM Philippines and cleanup contractor Harbor Star Shipping Services Inc., to conduct a walkthrough to assess the progress of the cleanup of the various barangays affected by the oil spill of July 3, 2020.

AC Energy Philippines and AECOM Philippines presented their action plans on the coastal clean up front in a meeting organized by the CENRO which was attended by various stakeholders such as the PENRO, EMB, the DENR regional office, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), and other government agencies together with Dr. Rex Sadaba of U.P. Visayas.

Oil spill assessment update and criteria called Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique (SCAT) was also presented by AECOM Philippines. The SCAT is an internationally-recognized method used to survey and document the impact of spills on shorelines, and the effectiveness of clean-up activities and conduct post-cleanup inspections and evaluations.

The commitment of AC Energy Philippines was regarded as making sure that the cleanup efforts are not only compliant with international standards but also involves all stakeholders in a collaborative approach to the oil spill response.

“We are grateful to everyone for participating in this multi-stakeholder process and we look forward to your continued support for the cleanup, relief and rehabilitation efforts”, said Gabby Mejia, Head of AC Energy Philippines for Plant Operations. “With this strong collaboration among the various stakeholders, we are confident that we will be able to achieve our common objective restore normalcy in the lives of everyone”, he added.

A set of parameters was developed by the task force for the reintegration of the community back to their homes. The initial survey was done on 37 out of the 323 relocated households while the task force will continue to assess the other families in the coming days. It starts the safe return of families to their homes after the community clean-up activities for the oil spill response are done.

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