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5 Year Old Girl Awarded at Run & Raise 2016

Run & raise 2016 awards bronze medal to a 5-year old girl

Article by Ana Junio


An unfazed Shaira received a bronze medal during the recent Run & Raise 2016 organized by New World Hotels in partnership with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI)

“Shaira had no preparation prior to this run. She is just lucky to have great endurance. She has been running five kilometers in other runs. She doesn’t get tired easily,” said Carlito Fantilaga, Shaira’s proud father.

Shaira Mae Fantilaga was one of more than one thousand runners who joined New World Hotels’ Run & Raise 2016. Five-year old Shaira was accompanied by her father, Carlito Fantilaga, 31, also one of the winners in the adult category.

Held at the Rajah Sulayman Park, Roxas Boulevard, Run & Raise 2016 is the second running event organized by New World Hotels Manila Bay and Makati. The first run, organized by New World Makati alone, unfolded in December 2014 and was participated by 600 runners.

“Last year was more of a fun run. This year, the two New World Hotels teamed up to organize a run for a cause, and we found the right partner, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. The name of our event says it well; we run for wellness and raise money for charity,”

New World Hotel Makati General Manager Farid Schoucair articulated. New World Hotel Manila General Manager Mark Heywood recognized that Run & Raise 2016 signals the long-term partnership of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya and New World Hotels.


“Working with ABS-CBN is a wonderful opportunity to raise money for a good cause. This collaboration would not only serve our guests but also the communities of this country,” Heywood enthused.

BPI, DOST Award Young Outstanding Scientists

The 2016 batch of BPI-DOST Science Awardees pose with Ramon L. Jocson, Executive Vice President, BPI; Dr. Josette T. Biyo, Director of the Science Education Institute of DOST, and Faye A. Corcuera, Executive Director of BPI Foundation

MANILA, PHILIPPINES. The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) presented the Best Project of the Year Award to Jerome Alan S. Japitana, a BS-Chemistry student of the University of Santo Tomas at the 2016 BPI-DOST Science Awards, held at The Mind Museum, Taguig last April 5, 2016.

Also the winner Best in Basic Research Award, Japitana’s study “Using Non-Precious Materials in the Development of a Cost-Effective Cathode Catalyst for Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells”, studied the use of cobalt to improve the efficiency of fuel cell performance. Fuel cells are a viable option for environmentally-sustainable and economically-feasible source of energy.

The Best in Applied Research Award winner Joselv E. Albano is a BS Biology student from Ateneo de Davao University. His project “Molecular Detection and Expression of merA and Mercury Reduction by Pseudomonas putida”, demonstrates the promising ability of the mercury-reducing bacteria in the bioremediation of contaminated areas. Bioremediation can be a less expensive and more efficient method of alleviating elemental mercury that pose a great danger to human health.

With the aim to generate and reinforce the interest of our youth to pursue science and technology as a career, BPI Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, launched the BPI-DOST Science Awards a decade ago to primarily inspire, recognize, and support the most outstanding young scientists and innovators from across the Philippines.

Against the backdrop of global warming and a climate-defined future, our theme for the search for the 2016 Best Science Project: “Engineering our Future through Environmental Sustainability” has resulted in the identification of 30 brilliant young scientists from 11 partner Universities whose research projects focus around the discovery and use of sustainable materials, solutions for agriculture, disaster mitigation, health, technology, and many more.

“Scientific research is critical to help meet the challenges for sustainable development as it lays the foundation for new approaches, solutions and technologies to identify, clarify and tackle global challenges for the future,” said Faye Corcuera, Executive Director of BPI Foundation.

She added: “This is precisely why, BPI through the BPI Foundation, supports the endeavor to encourage and recognize promising university students on the pursuit of their scientific research. Throughout our 165 year history, BPI takes its role in economic development to heart.  Thus, in our own way, through such advocacies and programs as the BPI-DOST Science awards, we commit to encourage our youth to pursue STEM education and scientific research and innovation as a means to sustainable development.”

Preceding the Awarding Ceremonies, a short Environmental Forum focused on “Engaging the Youth for Environmental Sustainability” took place to discuss the pressing environmental issued The Philippines currently deals with. The Panel included Atty. Gia Ibay, head of the Climate and Energy Programme of WWF Philippines, Tony Lambino, Head of Public Policy of Ayala Corporation and Carlo Delantar, Country-Director of Waves for Water Philippines. Moderated by Glenn Banaguas of the Environment and Climate Change Research Institute, the discussion tackled the delicate water, energy and food nexus, currently being threatened by effects of climate change.

Now on its 27th year, the BPI-DOST Science Awards has recognized over 800 outstanding science awardees from its partner universities nation-wide: Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo de Davao University, De La Salle University, MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology, Saint Louis University, Silliman University, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of the Philippines Los Baños, University of San Carlos, University of Santo Tomas and Xavier University. Up to three exceptional students are selected per partner institution every year. An awardee is selected on the basis of his academic performance and must be nominated by the school.

Aside from the cash awards, all awardees went through a Technopreneurship Workshop facilitated by Maoi Arroyo, Ariel Lopez and John Christopher Orlina of Hybridigm, and her team last April 4, 2016, in the hopes of planting the seeds of entrepreneurship in young budding researchers and innovators as a career option.

BPI Foundation will be holding awarding ceremonies at the campuses of its partner universities in the months of April and May 2016 for the awardees to be locally recognized for their achievements and contributions to nation-building.

Please visit for more information on the speakers and the 2016 awardees.

The Social Impact of Investing for Good

Capital One Philippines uplifts Filipinos through CSR initiatives

The information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry is a major job source in the Filipino economy. It makes a difference by not only uplifting the Filipino workforce but also through initiating corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs on the ground.

Capital One Philippines Support Services Corp., the Alabang-based global in-house contact center of Capital One Financial Corporation, is one with the industry in giving Filipinos a chance for a better life. Through its “Investing for Good” strategy, Capital One Philippines combines the strength of its workforce with the company’s resources and identifies communities that need assistance.

For Capital One Philippines, it does not matter if it is a community in Alabang or in far south like Bohol. “Changing lives for good knows no geographic boundaries,” said Capital One Philippines Head of Operations Tom McCormick. “Capital One Philippines is proud to partner with local community organizations to affect positive change.”

In 2015, associates logged 10,222 volunteer hours and had a 99% volunteerism participation rate – proof that when a company invests in its people, its people extend the same level of commitment to them.

Capital One Philippines partnered with Tuloy Foundation through the Contact Center Readiness Program, the first-ever contact center training curriculum accredited by TESDA. What started as an initial grant to build a learning center became an instrument of hope for young Filipinos who want to quality for jobs in the IT-BPM and other service industries. Thus far, nine graduates are employed in Capital One Philippines.

“The partnership between Tuloy Foundation and Capital One Philippines is very inspiring and can serve as a template for sustainable and transformative partnership.  Capital One looked into places and situations where our kids can say they have been very well taken care of. Truly it is a very unique, inspiring and mutually enriching partnership,” shared Fr. Marciano “Rocky” Evangelista, SDB, president and founder of Tuloy Foundation.

Benefitting more than 600 students, Capital One Philippines also renovated the kitchen and feeding room of Alabang Elementary School (AES) and refitted them with new shelves and cabinets. New appliances were also given to AES to ensure that its students will get freshly prepared and nutritious food every day. As part of Capital One Philippines’ “We Got Your Back!” event, students were also given waterproof backpacks and school supplies. Faculty members received backpacks with solar powered LED lights, umbrellas, notebooks, and pens. Capital One Philippines also supports the Health Awareness Intervention for Nutrition initiative which helps meet nutritional needs of children under AES’ Malnutrition Program. Volunteers make use of their time preparing and serving food to kids.

Capital One also supports Haven for Children, a temporary shelter which provides healing and empowerment to former street children, through a series of annual CSR initiatives. These include a summer sports clinic called “Kids Day Out”, a Halloween Party, a Movie Day, and a Christmas gift-giving program dubbed “Toys and Tunes”. When its servicing team won PHP15,000 worth of gift certificates from its premier recognition program, the team opted to use the money to give back to the community by holding a kids’ party at Haven for Children.

Its engagement has also moved beyond the immediate community where it operates.

Last July, Capital One Philippines sealed a partnership with International Care Ministries (ICM) by supporting its “Transform” and “Jumpstart” programs for Bohol’s ultra-poor. “Transform” is a livelihood initiative benefitting an estimate of 1,150 families while Jumpstart provides kindergarten education to children from low-income neighborhoods.

Through a partnership with ICM and Stop Hunger Now, volunteers created meal packs with rice, vegetables, flavoring, and a vitamin sachet including 23 essential vitamins and minerals. The activity yielded more than 900 volunteer hours and benefitted six communities in Bohol.

To cap the year off, Capital One Philippines worked with integrated marketing communications firm TeamAsia and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines through its My Dream in a Shoebox Christmas initiative. Capital One Philippines donated 1,500 shoeboxes filled with school supplies, making Christmas merrier for more Filipino children.

As an organization that believes in the importance of doing the right thing, Capital One Philippines continues to invest not only in the amazing Filipino talent but also in the wellbeing of the communities in the Philippines.

In 2016, we plan to do even more in collaboration with our community and industry partners to support and aid those in need in the Philippines,” said McCormick.

Food Service Livelihood Program Brings Poro Fishers Added Income, Marine Protected Area Closer To Reality

Affordable meals in Ilocano country? Wen, Manong! Luto ti Poro’s tasty home-cooked local cuisines answers the need for taste, convenience and true value for money while helping the environment.

San Fernando City, La Union. March 1, 2016 – To augment the income and help wean folks from overdependence on fishing, the Poro Sea Lovers Association (PSLA), a people's organization in barangay Poro in San Fernando City, La Union, recently opened Luto ti Poro (Ilocano for Poro Cuisine), a restaurant and catering services livelihood project.

PSLA launched Luto ti Poro to help the fisher folks of Poro, who live along the coast of San Fernando Bay, cope with the rapid development that comes with living near a large industrial zone. The livelihood project offers home-cooked local cuisines to community residents and workers. It also offers catering services to several institutions and offices of San Fernando City and Poro Point’s growing industrial and commercial zones. The food service training provided by TESDA instructors and on-the-job experience prepare the restaurant’s staffs, who are PSLA members, for possible employment in the city’s growing tourism industry. Luto ti Poro also serves as a direct-to-market venue for legally caught marine products of the PSLA members.

PSLA was founded through a grant of Php7.2 million from Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, to the Institute of Social Order (ISO) for the creation and management of the Poro marine protected area (MPA). As a livelihood project of PSLA, Luto ti Poro will allow PSLA to focus on the planned 173-hectare multi-use Poro Marine Protected Area (MPA) to conserve Poro Bay’s depleted marine resources.

“We are inspired by how Chevron goes beyond grant donation to ensure that sustainable components are built in their social investment programs.  We now have work outside of fishing. We are strongly encouraged by the growing patronage of our community because this will enable us to help that help more fishers. We encourage everyone to visit us or we can deliver straight to your doorstep. Try our best-selling Igado, Sinanglaw, and Pinaryaan Manok,” said PSLA President Moises Cacap.

Dr. Liza Lim, director of project partner Institute of Social Order (ISO), said that apart from the creation of livelihood for PSLA members, “Luto ti Poro profits can be used by PSLA to better equip the MPA guards, buy fuel for the patrol boat, and conduct more workshops for the conservation of San Fernando Bay.

PSLA also partnered with the City Government of San Fernando and the Poro Point Management Corporation (PPMC) to boost support and sustainability of the Poro MPA. PPMC pledged to include PSLA and, consequently, Luto ti Poro, in their community projects. So far, the city government has provided a Php50,000 grant to jumpstart PSLA's rice trading venture to complement the eatery and an annual Php500,000 stipend for the operation of the Poro MPA.

A Week of Gift Giving: NetSuite Employees Continue to Give Back

Posted by Rhoda Navarro, Program Manager, Corporate Citizenship, (View original article here)

The holiday madness may be over, but a lot of people are still reeling from the love and happiness brought by the year that was. This is especially true for NetSuite employees in the Philippines and the charity partners who they had the opportunity to help.

At NetSuite Philippines, we have once again celebrated the spirit of the season with our holiday giving program. Through the efforts of the NetSuite Philippines’ SuiteImpact Team, which is NetSuite’s hands-on volunteerism program, and the Social Committee, NetSuite employees were able to collaborate with local charities Virlanie Foundation, Philippine Christian Foundation and the C.R.I.B.S. Foundation to share the joy of the season with local children participating in their social good programs.


SuiteEmbrace: Adopt-a-Child Day

On December 11, a total of 78 NetSuite volunteers took some time off of work to participate in the 8th Adopt-a-Child Gift-Giving Program. A total of 150 children from Virlanie Foundation and Philippine Christian Foundation joined the event and were adopted by NetSuite employees. All of the children have corresponding sponsors, who granted their wishes for Christmas, such as clothes, toys, school supplies, groceries, and more.

The event coincided with the Kiddie Christmas Party, which was also attended by children of NetSuite employees participating in the event. Apart from the gift-giving, various songs and dances were performed during the program. Food stalls and booths for face painting and balloon-making helped keep everyone full and happy.

Rainy Saturday at C.R.I.B.S. Foundation

Another highlight last month was the holiday offsite celebration at C.R.I.B.S. Foundation, a nonprofit which operates an orphanage, as well as a safe space for girls who have suffered sexual abuse, held on December 19. Despite the heavy rains, a good number of NetSuite Philippine employees still made it to the event to spend time with the babies and teenage girls who live at the foundation.

The employees, through the leadership of the Social Committee, distributed medicines, diapers, milk and hygiene essentials. The items were purchased in advance using the proceeds from a NetSuite Movie-for-a-Cause fundraiser held in November.

Indeed, there is no better feeling than being able to share your blessings with other people, especially the less privileged. The annual giving activities of NetSuite Philippines have not only promoted camaraderie among its employees, but have also allowed them to extend love and happiness beyond themselves.

I am proud that NetSuite employees continue to take part in our regular corporate good and social responsibility activities and events. A big thank you to all of the participants that volunteered this year, and may we continue to give back to our local community in 2016!

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