FLI plans BPO component

AS it topped off the first building of its condominium project at the South Road Properties, Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) also announced plans to include four office buildings to house business process outsourcing companies in the area. Tristan Las Marias, FLI first vice president, said that if the City Government approves, the four buildings will [...]

Cedf-it pledges to continue building academy-industry link

THE Cebu Educational Development Foundation for Information Technology (Cedf-it) pledged to strengthen further the academe-industry linkage, particularly in job matching, with the still increasing demand for IT-BPO/KPO jobs in Cebu. Cedf-it executive director Jun Sa-a said the main thrust of Cedf-it is still on helping the academe produce talents who meet industry requirements. (more)

Green Apple Dental files for ISO accreditation

PATIENTS, both local and international, are assured of excellent dental care as Green Apple Dental Cebu starts its process toward International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification. Green Apple Dental, which is one of the biggest and most modern dental clinics in Visayas and Mindanao, is working with AGF Consulting Group- Philippines in its move for [...]

Silicon Valley dreams

APPS that allow users to reach sports coaches anywhere in the world or to search for the names of friends and businesses, using text rather than numbers, will compete in the national level of the ON3 Business Plan Pitching Competition. Out of nine teams, six made it to the national level of the competition, which [...]

Arroyo administration blamed for Scarborough standoff

A party-list group blamed Thursday the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for a naval standoff between Philippines and China in the disputed West Philippine Sea citing the Baselines Law signed in 2009.

The two nations were locked in a political and military impasse on Tuesday after the Philippine Navy tried to arrest eight Chinese fishing vessels that were conducting “illegal fishing activities” inside the Scarborough shoal. (more)

Public asked to continue monitoring cases vs Arroyo

MALACAÑANG urged the public Wednesday to continue monitoring the cases filed against former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her alleged cohorts.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made the call as Arroyo and her husband, Jose Miguel, and former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos pleaded not guilty on the graft case filed against them before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Wednesday morning. (more)

From around the world, people join Araw celeb

DABAWENYOS from different parts of the world took part in the celebration of the 75th Araw ng Dabaw last March 14-16 via the live streaming of events on the Sun.Star website.

Streamed over www.sunstar.com.ph and its micro site, specials.sunstar.com.ph/arawngdavao, were the Mutya ng Dabaw pageant, Sayawan sa Dan, Datu Bago Awards and, the highlight of the Charter Day celebration, the Parada Dabawenyo.

The live streaming resulted in an increase in the number of visits to the Sun.Star Davao website at www.sunstar.com.ph/davao and a rise in new visits by Dabawenyos formerly not aware of the local information provided by the site, said Mildred Galarpe of the Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex) that runs Sun.Star’s online and mobile products.

“They viewed the events as they happened, listened to the sounds, and exchanged greetings or interacted with other readers,” Galarpe said.

The micro site and the live streaming were done in partnership of Sun.Star Davao and Sunnex with the Smart Communications Inc. that provided its latest LTE technology to allow fast upload of the video.

A total of 11,349 views were logged during the live streaming and 2,033 readers participated in the live blogging of events as they happened, Galarpe said.


Matt of Seattle, WA, USA:
Salamat sa mga sponsors for sharing this celebration. I’m not a Dabawenyo, but I visited the city in late 70s. Look where it is now! Move on, Davao!

It feels like I’m home. Thanks Sun.Star for this live streaming!

RicAtencia of Dili, Timor-Leste:
No doubt, people of Davao City will keep their city as one of the most livable cities in Asia!

Debbie of Makati:
Seeing familiar places eases my homesickness, at least.

Yanix of New York, USA:
Happy Araw ng Dabaw. Glad to see you here! Kalami mouli diha oi, kaon ko durian. Hehehe.

No question (about it) but watching the Davao parade miles and miles away.

Julie of Germany:
Salamat kaayo Sun.Star Davao and Smart’s LTE. Clear kaayo ang sounds and pic diri sa Germany. Happy kaayo ko watching this event! Dugay na kaayo ko na wala na makawitness ani na event diha sa ato!

Family in Singapore:
Hello sa tanan taga Davao, from Singapore. Congrats!

Daniel of Saudi:
Enjoy na enjoy kami dinhi sa Saudi. Makawala og kamingaw! Basta naay mga kalingawan diha sa atoa, please Sun.Star, stream niny opirmi. Daku kaayo ni’g tabang sa amoa nga mga OFW. Salamat Sun.Star og Smart.

Franilyn of Singapore:
Missing Davao City. Happy Araw ng Dabaw everyone! Kudos co-Mutya’s all the way here from Singapore!

Arroyo pleads not guilty to graft raps over broadband deal

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo entered Wednesday a not guilty plea on the graft charges filed against her in connection with the overpriced broadband deal with Chinese firm ZTE Corp.

Arroyo pleaded innocent during her arraignment before Associate Justice Gregory Ong of the 4th division of the Sandiganbayan around 8:30 a.m. (more)

Cebuano awarded in US

This article was published in http://www.herald-review.com

AS A prolific author and associate professor of international business at Millikin University, Mark Munoz has won his share of awards.

All of them are honors, but none have been quite so “mind-boggling” as the one he received in Dubai last month. Munoz received the 2012 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Academy of Global Business Advancement, which held its World Congress meeting on March 19-21.

“I couldn’t believe it, but I was very humbled and thrilled, at the same time, with the opportunity,” Munoz said.

Munoz has taught at the university since 2001, following a career that spanned several international companies and positions in multiple countries. He is the author of seven books, though he said he thinks it is his latest, published in 2010, that contributed to his recognition at the Dubai conference.

“Contemporary Microenterprise: Concepts and Cases” focuses on what Munoz said is a relatively new area of study: an extension of discussions about microfinance, already a “hot topic” in the business world.

“One of the findings I have in the book is the best way to help these very small businesses is to have a microenterprise zone. … House them together in one venue and provide support services, provide marketing support, technology support, to help them grow,” Munoz said.

Munoz used some of his time as a visiting fellow at Harvard University in 2009-10 to work on the book. Jim Dahl, dean of the Tabor School of Business and a longtime colleague of Munoz’s, said the topic is growing in importance on an international level.

“If you look at where job growth happens, most of the job growth happens not in the big companies but across all the many small and mid-size companies,” Dahl said. “There isn’t a lot of research in that area. Increasingly there is becoming a body of work, and Mark certainly is well-engaged in the forefront of that work.”

As part of his work at Millikin, Munoz teaches an International Business Consulting class that involves about a dozen students in international work.

Last year, students traveled to Italy to present their research to Academia Barilla, an offshoot of the large pasta company. In May, Munoz’s class will travel to the Republic of Zambia, where they plan to present research about microenterprise zones to government officials.

Munoz credits Millikin with allowing faculty members the freedom to engage in such projects.

“That’s kind of why I love it here, aside from having very supportive colleagues,” Munoz said. “They let the creative spirit thrive.”

Angelo Castro died on April 5, 2012

VETERAN broadcast journalist Angelo Castro Jr. died on April 5, 2012 due to lung cancer at the Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. He was 67.

Castro was known for anchoring ABS-CBN’s “The World Tonight,” an English-language newscast.

He started anchoring The World Tonight in 1986 after it went back on air, following the Edsa Revolution, until 1999 when it was moved to ANC, ABS-CBN’s news channel.

He anchored the show together with Tina Monzon-Palma on weekdays.

He was forced to take a break due to his illness. He returned to the show in 2011.

Castro is survived by his wife June Keithly Castro, who is also fighting against breast cancer; his son Diego and a daughter.

ABS-CBN, where Castro served as the senior vice president for news affairs in 2000, sent its condolences to Castro’s family and relatives.

It described Castro as an epitome of “professionalism, creativity and passion for perfection.”

Arroyo wishes for prosperity as she turns 65

DETAINED former President-turned-Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will celebrate his 65th birthday this Maundy Thursday, April 5.

Arroyo is currently under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) for electoral sabotage charges. (more)