Bo’s Coffee to cap 1st quarter with 100 branches

Brew of choice. A barista shows guests where Bo’s Coffee beans are sourced. (SunStar Foto/Allan Cuizon)

HOMEGROWN coffee chain Bo’s Coffee has unveiled plans to open nine more outlets to close the first quarter of this year with 100 branches across the country.

The coffee chain founded by Cebuano Steve Benitez soft-opened its 91st branch in the Philippines and 31st outlet in Cebu at Island Central Mall in Lapu-Lapu City yesterday.MORE

SunStar streams live Simbang Gabi 2016

SUNSTAR website, at, will once again broadcast live this year’s Simbang Gabi, a nine-day series of dawn masses in preparation for Christmas, from the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in Cebu City.

Filipinos in the Philippines and those outside the country can watch the live streaming from December 16 to 24 at 4:30 a.m.

There will also be simultaneous live streaming of 4 a.m. masses in some churches in Cebu, including Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church of El Pardo, Cebu City (December 16 and 19); St. Joseph The Worker Parish Church in Tabunok, Talisay City (December 17 and 23); Our Lady of the Rule Parish Church in B.M. Dimataga St., Lapu-Lapu City (December 20, 21 and 22); Sta. Teresa de Avila Parish in Talisay City (December 18); and Don Bosco Formation Center in Talisay City (December 24). (MORE)

London School of Marketing hosts unconventional graduation

THOUSANDS of students from across the globe have gathered in London to take part in what’s believed to be the UK’s biggest graduation of international students.

Almost 2,000 students received their awards from the London School of Marketing (LSM) at the Global Graduation Ceremony, held at the O2 Arena.

Among them were 47 students from the Philippines.

Thousands of students from across the globe have gathered in London to take part in what’s believed to be the UK’s biggest graduation of international students. (Contributed Photo)
Thousands of students from across the globe have gathered in London to take part in what’s believed to be the UK’s biggest graduation of international students. (Contributed Photo)

The ceremony offered a modern take on traditional graduations with students able to walk up on stage on a first come basis, receive their awards and have selfies with their families.

There was even a photo booth, complete with fun props, for students and their families to take silly snaps.

The London School of Marketing (LSM) is leading the way in e-learning and over the last three years has opened a network of Local Access Points (LAPs) across the globe.

These allow students to study for a UK accredited degree from home rather than travelling to and living in the UK.

LSM teaches them virtually but with offline support in their home country. The LAPs offer a physical presence within a country and local support for the student.

Today it teaches students from India, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Sri Lanka and many more.

Students from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Qatar and many other nationalities took part in the event.

Anton Dominique, chief finance officer for LSM said: “Over the last three years we’ve seen huge changes in the way education is delivered. For these students we offer them a cost effective way to gain a degree or qualification from a UK University without leaving home. For many it means they can study and work at the same time.

“We wanted the graduation ceremony to be different too and reflect the changing times. For many of our students, this was the first time they had visited London and we wanted the event to be one they would remember.

“That’s why it was all about having fun and enjoying the moment with their families and friends.”

Mr Dominique continued: “Our experience shows that international students do want a UK education but the cost of moving to and studying in the UK is prohibitive for many of them.

“Our Local Access Points can really make a difference. It gives students the chance to gain a UK accredited degree at a fraction of the cost. Feedback we’ve had from graduates proves the approach is working with many saying it’s already improving their career prospects.” (PR)

Fil-Brit talent Matthew Parry-Jones returns to Cebu

FILIPINO-British performer Matthew Parry-Jones has returned to Cebu, Philippines, to feed poor kids as part of his foundation’s (Jeremiah’s Foundation International) outreach program.

The 15-year-old Matthew, together with his Cebuana mother, Evelyn, Living Light Christian Fellowship pastor Ben Neri, and volunteers held a feeding program for the kids at Pediacare section of the Cebu City Medical Center on March 26.

On March 29, Matthew went to the Basak Elementary School in Mandaue City to give school supplies to kids. (MORE)

Filipino kids win 8 awards in world math tilt

Filipino contestants with Dr. Luz Almeda (middle) of the DepEd-NCR at the 18th Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest awards ceremony in Hong Kong. (Photo by Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines)
Filipino contestants with Dr. Luz Almeda (middle) of the DepEd-NCR at the 18th Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest awards ceremony in Hong Kong. (Photo by Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines)

YOUNG Filipino students took home eight awards in a tough math competition in Hong Kong.

The Philippines won two silver and six bronze awards in the 18th Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest (PMWC), said Dr. Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG).

Bagging silver awards for the Philippines are Albriz Moore Bagsic of Lilyrose School and Naomi Anne King of St. Jude Catholic School.

The bronze medalists are Maria Monica Manlises of St. Stephen’s High School, Annika Angela Mei Tamayo of Ateneo de Iloilo-Sta. Maria Catholic School, Dominic Lawrence Bermudez of Notre Dame of Greater Manila, Sted Micah Cheng of Hope Christian High School, Gregory Charles Tiong of St. Jude Catholic School, and Aiman Andrei Kue of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School.

Other members of the Philippine delegation are Vanessa Ryanne Julio of St. Jude Catholic School, Al Patrick Castro of Pasig Catholic College, Hiraya Marcos of Philippine Cultural College-Manila, Justin Teng Soon Khoo of Learning Circle, John Angelo Oringo of Guinobatan West Central School, Erika Emmanuelle Pantaleon of Small World Christian School Foundation, Jan Cedrick Quintin of Mothergoose Special School System and Allyana Coleen Reyes of Falcon School.

Team leaders who accompanied the delegation were Dr. Luz Almeda, regional director of the Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR); Dr. Eduardo dela Cruz, Arellano University assistant vice president for Basic Education; Rechilda Villame, MTG executive vice president; and Dr. Chua.

During the awarding ceremony, the Filipino contestants wearing Maria Clara and Barong Tagalog costumes performed a “La Jota” dance as part of the program’s cultural presentation of all participating countries.

A total of 160 elementary students from 15 countries and territories joined the contest held from July 13 to 17.

They were from the United States, Australia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, Macau, Malaysia and the Philippines. (PR)

Fil-Am professor shapes global business thinking

Dr. J. Mark Munoz (Contributed Photo)
Dr. J. Mark Munoz (Contributed Photo)

A FILIPINO-AMERICAN professor is shaping the global business thinking around the world through his works.

Doctor J. Mark Munoz started his career in senior international management roles and became an account director for a United States and Asia-Pacific market research and consulting firm based in New Jersey.

Munoz studied high school at the University of the Philippines in Cebu, acquired his bachelor’s degree at the West Visayas State University in Iloilo and finished his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management at the University of San Jose – Recoletos in Cebu.

He is currently teaching at the Millikin University and is collaborating with students to create strategic plans for Fortune 500 companies and businesses in China, Italy, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Korea, and New Zealand.

Every year, he directs a two-week international travel immersion course for MBA students in the US. In the past 10 years, he facilitated post-graduate business programs in Germany and China.

He also founded an international mentorship program which allows students from around the world to mentor each other on international business issues.

Published Books

Aside from teaching, he continues to write books of global significance.

He just completed a book on Hispanic Latino Entrepreneurship and is wrapping up one on African American Entrepreneurship. He is also editing two books: Managerial Forensics and Strategies in University Management, which gather the views of top experts and writers from around the world.

His success in writing paved the way for numerous books with a global theme, including Winning Across Borders (based on a globalization study covering 35 countries), A Salesman in Asia (strategic selling methods for Asia-Pacific), International Social Entrepreneurship (strategies for creating socially driven business enterprises), Contemporary Microenterprise: Concepts and Cases (pioneering book on small businesses worldwide), and Handbook on the Geopolitics of Business (reference guide on how geography, economics and politics impact global business).

Munoz completed a total of nine books, most of which are distributed globally and were used as business reference materials in several courses around the world.

Career and Awards

In 2001, he joined the academe in the US and worked as an Assistant Professor of International Business at the Millikin University in Illinois.

In 2005, he was honored with the Calatagan Literary Award by the Philippine American Writers and Artists Association. The award was for the book “Land of My Birth” – a socio-political critique of the Philippines that has been described as the contemporary version of Dr. Jose Rizal’s book Noli me Tangere.

In 2012, he was recognized as Distinguished Scholar by the Academy of Global Business Advancement.

In 2013, he was accorded the Teaching Excellence Award by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) – one of 10 in the entire world.

In the past 14 years, Munoz’s career blazed the trail with numerous researches, writing, and teaching awards.

He now holds the highest academic rank of Full Professor.

Born a Filipino and starting out from humble beginnings, Dr. Mark Munoz is a living proof that the Filipino can make important academic and business contributions to the world. (PR)

FoPo company’s food powder to feed 9 billion people

LISBON, PORTUGAL – The FoPo Company aims to reduce food waste by creating food powder from groceries’ fresh produce before their expiry date and to feed nine billion people — an ideal product for humanitarian aid purposes.

FoPo Food Powder, a social entrepreneurship business that won the Thought For Food Challenge last Feb. 14, 2015 in Lisbon, aims to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables from two weeks to two years through freeze drying and breaking it down into powder.

FoPo Food Powder reduces food waste by creating food powder from groceries’ fresh produce before their expiry date.

The business idea, which earned $5,000 seed funding, will also generate income by penetrating the freeze dried food powder industry –- a $19 billion market globally last 2014.

FoPo Food Powder is the brainchild of Erasmus Mundus Masters in Food Innovation and Product Design (Fifdes) students Gerald Perry Marin from the Philippines and Vita Jarolimkova from Czech Republic, and a Swedish Mechanical Engineering masters student Kent Ngo from Lund University.

They also partnered with business associates and fellow FIPDes batchmates Erliza Karen Cabisidan from Philippines and Adriana Balazy from Poland, which helped them get more partners and gather support in their home countries.

The competition is aimed to bring together student entrepreneurs, scientists, and experts in the food industry to solve the world’s ever-growing demand for food as the population will hit 9 billion by 2050.

FoPo will be piloted in the next few months in the Philippines together with their partner government agency, groceries, and private companies interested in the idea.

After clarifying food safety and nutrition issues with the help of partner universities, they will begin the collection, production, and distribution of fruits and vegetable powders to their channels in the Philippines and globally via online.

Short term goals also include setting-up a freeze drying facility, piloting in other countries, and coordinate with humanitarian aid groups.
FoPo company is currently interested in getting interns and volunteers, as well as investors, to help pilot the project. For more information, contact

FoPo believes that the world does not need to produce more food to feed the people.

The company’s solution shows that we just have to see value from the inefficiency of the current food system, and create a sustainable, innovative, and socially relevant business out of it. Now that is a great way to feed 9 billion by 2050.

For more information, visit FoPo here.

DFA cautions OFWs on unpaid loans, bouncing checks

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) cautions overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the United Arab Emirates on taking out loans and using credit cards.

The advisory is being issued in view of the alarming increase in the number of Filipinos detained due to unpaid loans.

Many people are tempted to apply for loans in the UAE due to various reasons. They are lured by low interest rates, without paying much attention to the other charges which appear in the fine print, and the prospect of taking as much as 18 months of one’s salary. Usually, banks require only a certificate of employment to approve a loan application. (MORE)

CloudFX launches CloudSelect

SINGAPORE — CloudFX Group, one of Asia’s most innovative technology companies as voted by CIO Asia, has launched CloudSelect, the industry’s most advanced, innovative open standards-based Cloud Services Brokerage platform. CloudSelect represents the first of its kind in the high growth Cloud services management category of Cloud Service Brokering. At launch, CloudSelect will offer over […]

Filipina celebrates 25 years with Maryknoll Sisters

Sister Jocelyn Fenix

Sister Jocelyn Fenix

MARYKNOLL, NY — Sister Jocelyn Fenix, MM, recently named co-formator of Maryknoll Sisters Formation Program in Chicago, IL, will celebrate 25 years with Maryknoll Sisters with a special Mass at 10:30 a.m. of June 22 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

Born in Manila, Philippines, Sister Joji, as she is familiarly known by others in her congregation, is a graduate of the University of East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Philippines, where she received her degree as a Doctor of Medicine in 1985.

Sister Joji entered Maryknoll at their residence in Newburgh, NY, on August 26, 1989, and made her final vows in the Philippines on May 15, 1999. She is also a graduate of the University of the Philippines, Quezon City, where she received a BS in psychology in 1979.

Before entering Maryknoll, Sister Joji served from 1986-1987 as a consultant for the Philippines Ministry of Health on its one-year study/evaluation of its primary health care program. There she worked with a team of other physicians and social workers making recommendations to the then new president, Corazon Aquino, for better collaboration between governmental and non-governmental sectors in its’ program implementation.

In 1987, as part of her admissions process with the congregation, Sister Joji lived and worked with Maryknoll Sisters in the Diocese of Ipil, Zamboanga del Sur, in the southern part of the Philippines, in their Primary Health Care Program, training barefoot doctors and health promoters in very poor rural villages. On her return to the Manila in 1988, she was asked to join in the Jesuits’ Center for Community Services as one of the co-coordinators of the Likas (Lingap sa Kalusugan ng Sambayanan) or People’s Health Care Program Office. The office conducted trainings, both in rural and urban areas, of community-based health promoters and helped initiate a generic drugs promotion among various health non-governmental organizations.

Following a brief period spent working in the congregation’s direct mail office, Sister Joji was assigned to Panama, where she served 24 communities located within the vicariate of Darien. There she engaged in pastoral ministry, holistic health promotion and care as a support team member in the promotion of organic farming techniques, and small project administration at the Santa Fe Pastoral Center.

Sister Joji also started a small savings and loan association to help local farmers develop their own integrated family farms, including collecting and cultivating medicinal plants that later formed part of a project and a small group to process and commercialize some of them into herbal teas, soaps, salves, etc. that is now independent but still in existence.

Sister Joji was also involved in doing leadership training and sponsoring popular art and theatre workshops for children and youth in the area.

Founded in 1912, Maryknoll Sisters is the first US-based congregation of women religious dedicated to foreign mission. Working primarily among the poor and marginalized in 26 countries around the world, they now number nearly 500 members from both the US and overseas. (PR)

FilCan Sen. Enverga at AFCA

Gala and Induction ballSenator Tobias “Jun” and Rosemer Enverga were special guests at the Association of Filipino Canadian Accountants (AFCA) Gala and Induction held at the Versailles Convention Centre.

Photo shows Vida Cruz and Danio Penuliar of AFCA and Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF), and their PCCF colleagues Arnold Cruz, Primo and Noemi Milanes, Fe Paca-Taduran, Sena Flores and Nitz Penuliar.

Photo by Ariel Ramos (PR)

Globe bags Gold and Bronze Stevies

LEADING telecommunications company Globe Telecom has won Gold and Bronze Stevie Awards for the best use of technology and innovation in customer service, respectively, thereby putting it at par with top companies for customer service globally. The 8th Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, one of the most coveted international business awards, gives recognition […]

Bicol Canada Community Association Inc. officers

Bicol Canada associationThe officers and members of the board of directors of the Bicol Canada Community Association Inc. headed by President Rafael Nebres (seated 4th from left) will be serving from 2014 to 2015. Others in photo (seated from left to right) are Jess Cabrias, director; Virgie Manaog, director; Aida Dolores Lagarde, assistant treasurer; Jojo Taduran, vice president for government relations and membership; Naty Gutierrez, director; and Ching Ragos, treasurer.

Standing from left to right are Nestor (Von) Canton, director for special projects; Ronnie de la Gana, director for special projects; Ely Olayon, director; Noli Aquino, vice president for sports and youth development; Helen Lopez, director; Monsie Royong, assistant secretary; Arlene Martirez, secretary; Larry Bercasio, director; Fely Ortega, director; Estrella Dilla Carpenter, vice president for public relations; Bobby Achacon, director; Benhur Llacer Salcedo Jr., director.

Not in photo is Raul Tarin, director. (St. Jamestown News Service/PR)

KCCC honors volunteers, sponsors

Mama Ching Quejas, president of KCCC (Kalayaan Cultural Community Center) honored the active Volunteers and regular Sponsors, with a Volunteer evening at KCCC Mississauga, recently.

KCCC is a non-profit charitable organization founded on Dec.8, 1997 to serve the community. They moved to their KCCC building at 5225 Orbitor Rd. in Mississauga on December 15, 2005.

KCCC and some sponsors who attended: Left Photo: Merla Carbonell, Rowena Sancho, Dolly Poblete, Judy Hontiveros (KCCC), George Poblete and Resty del Rosario (KCCC). (Contributed photo)

KCCC and some sponsors who attended: Left Photo: Merla Carbonell, Rowena Sancho, Dolly Poblete, Judy Hontiveros (KCCC), George Poblete and Resty del Rosario (KCCC). (Contributed photo)

Founding President Lady Ching Quejas built this organization to its present large and successful one, with the support of sponsors and hundreds of active volunteers.

Right photo seated: Ching Quejas, Dolly Poblete, Rafael Nebres, Standing: Rowena Sancho and Merla Carbonell. (Contributed photo)

Right photo seated: Ching Quejas, Dolly Poblete, Rafael Nebres, Standing: Rowena Sancho and Merla Carbonell. (Contributed photo)

Lady Ching will be 90 years old in May. Due to poor health, Mama Ching may step down from her position on February 23. (PR)