Women’s fashion comes down to earth for environmental sustainability

World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines’ (WWF-Philippines) latest collaboration with clothing brand, Unica Hija, takes the clothing industry a notch higher by promoting sustainable and responsible fashion through the Down to Earth collection.

Down to Earth is a tribute to the Philippine biodiversity and a reminder of the importance of environmental conservation, especially at a time when the fast fashion industry sparks a lot of environmental and ethical issues.

WWF-PH Brand and Innovative Marketing Manager Kent Rebultan imparted that fashion brands can lessen their environmental impacts by incorporating sustainability within their business operations and supply chain.

“Every industry, including clothing and fashion, can play a key role in conserving the planet through sustainable practices. Another way is by stepping up their game in engaging the consumers, through their designs and whatnot, to take actionable steps in caring for our one shared home,” Rebultan said.

Through fashion, Unica Hija and WWF-Philippines will highlight crops that are central to the country’s agriculture industry — maize, sugarcane, and coconut, which are all part of the Philippines’ agricultural identity.

Inspired by local crops

The clothing collection inspired by local crops will artistically reflect the wonders of Philippine biodiversity and will speak to the sense of hope, excitement, and optimism for the future of the country’s environment.

“Unica is grounded in an abundant love for Mother Nature – from the way we approach design to the production methods we practice, we keep the earth close to heart,” Unica Hija’s Co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer Anna Lagon said in a statement, sharing their sustainable practices as a brand.

“For Down to Earth, we are creating an exclusive collection with special artworks, prints, and other designs inspired by local crops. That’s why we’ve partnered up with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in the Philippines, one of our country’s leading organizations for nature conservation. Through this, we aim to promote sustainable and responsible fashion for a healthy planet,” Lagon added.

Unica and WWF-Philippines both aim to raise awareness of the role of the fashion industry in environment conservation and the ways that they can encourage their consumers in supporting local and sustainable fashion brands.

Through this partnership, they highlight the benefits of fostering environmental change through fashion that clings to eco-friendly and ethical practices of production.

 

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Give your Mom the break she deserves this Mother’s Day

Get her something that will help her with the household chores. Get her a Gruenheim vacuum cleaner.

A mother’s love knows no boundaries. She will do everything and anything for her family, to the point that she forgets to take care of herself. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, why not give your Mom the break she deserves?

On that special day, treat your Mom like a queen. Take over the household chores and cook your Mom a special meal. If you have any extra money, take her out for lunch and go shopping afterward. Get her that gadget she always wanted. Or, get her something that will help her with her household chores. Get her a Gruenheim vacuum cleaner.

Gruenheim vacuum cleaning system makes use of ecologically pure water filter technology. The multi-purpose health cleaning machine serves as an air purifier, air disinfectant, air sanitizer, aromatizer and air medication all rolled into one.

It can also dry vacuum the floor, ceiling, wall, curtains or blinds, and window screens. The vacuum cleaner can also be used to shampoo carpets, sofas, mattresses, and even chairs. It can remove 99.9 percent of harmful fine dust from the air. It is not only user friendly; it is also energy consumption friendly.

This state-of-the-art vacuum cleaner is a product of Gruenheim GmbH & Co. KG. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Stuttgart, Germany, and is a subsidiary of Luckner & Lahusen Group GmbH & Co. KG.

It is a trademark of high-end ecological, innovative, and premium home appliances. It stands for products that combine functional, timeless, and puristic design with impressive technical innovations. Gruenheim products are sold worldwide exclusively by authorized Gruenheim wholesalers.

Its direct distributor in the Philippines is Gruenheim Philippines Inc. The line of high-end, ecological, innovative, and premium home appliances includes the Gruenheim Vacuum cleaning system which makes use of pure water filter technology, and; the Gruenheim Steam cleaning system with innovative industrial technology.

So what are you waiting for? Get hold of a Gruenheim vacuum cleaner for your Mom and give her that break she deserves.

For more information about Gruenheim Vacuum Cleaner and their other products, call 09175984968 or email gruenheimph@gmail.com

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Feel safer for longer with this new smartphone

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announces the newest member of the G-series family, the Nokia G21. Challenging affordable smartphones, it comes with an impressive three-day battery life and 50 percent better display refresh for an extra smooth experience.

 Sancho Chak, general manager for Philippines, Hong Kong and Thailand, HMD Global:

“Our mission from day one has been to make quality mobile technology accessible to everyone around the world. Since we introduced the G-series globally and in the Philippines last year, we’ve enhanced each new addition that has followed in every way – the Nokia G21 encompasses all our hard work. And not only today, but for years to come thanks to our regular software updates and quality materials. We believe in connecting the world without costing the earth. We want to empower Filipinos to feel good about keeping their smartphone for longer and combat the upgrade culture so we can all reduce our carbon footprint.”

 Unrivalled protection for mobile technology that lasts for longer

Three years of monthly security updates and offering more updates than most smartphones in this price range means the Nokia G21 will work seamlessly in the background to protect users, so they can go about the day worry-free.

Supported by industry-leading partners for best-in-class experiences, the Nokia G21 comes pre-loaded with Spotify and ExpressVPN. Spotify will give Nokia smartphone owners access to 70 million tracks and 3.2 million podcasts out of the box.  For enhanced privacy and added peace of mind, ExpressVPN will be available on all new Nokia smartphones with a 30-day free trial.

A smartphone that gives users freedom to do more

Channelling the Nokia feature phone legacy to the world of smartphones, the Nokia G21 makes battery life, a common pain point for consumers, a thing of the past. With unmatched three-day battery life, users can go on a full weekend getaway without a charger.

Fast response for increased productivity and immersive entertainment

Unlocking the power of 90Hz for the first time in G-series, the improved refresh rate makes scrolling and typing even more fluid, and photos look smoother.

Breathtaking photography

Delivering beautiful detail even in low light, the Nokia G21 has 50MP triple-lens camera that fully equips anyone to create professional-looking photography. On the front is the AI smarts to ensure that evening selfies will have just the right amount of light and clarity.

New design, same Finnish durability

Introducing an all-new design, the Nokia G21 is thinner and more ergonomic. Made from tough polycarbonate, the new design honours the durability and Nordic excellence one can expect from a Nokia phone whilst bringing a refreshed look to the range. For extra peace of mind, the Nokia G21 Clear Case will show off the phone’s beauty. It is made from 100 percent recycled materials and can also be recycled after use.

Find comfort and clarity with latest Nokia accessories lineup

 HMD Global brings five new accessories to Filipino fans to perfectly match their Nokia devices – the Nokia Comfort Earbuds Pro, Nokia Clarity Earbuds+, Nokia Wired and Wireless Headphones and Nokia Go Earbuds2 Pro.

 

 Nokia Comfort Earbuds Pro

Championing in-ear comfort and noise cancellation, this new accessory sports ANC noise cancellation technology and provides up to seven hours of noise-cancelled playback time on one charge. Made with natural ergonomic design and unique comfort ring, the Nokia Comfort Earbuds Pro lets users enjoy superbly balanced sound reproduction.

 Nokia Clarity Earbuds+

For quality sound, longer playback and zero interruptions, the Nokia Clarity Earbuds+ come with dual mic ENC Technology and an Active Noise Cancellation mode to keep background sound to a minimum. Its 13mm device driver delivers superior balanced sound quality, plus users can enjoy up to 20 hours of playback and its super-light design built for comfort.

Nokia Wired and Wireless Headphones

Both the Nokia Wired and Wireless Headphones are for fans who enjoy big bass with a comfortable fit. Users can enjoy the pumping bass and powerful sound through the accessories’ lightweight foldable design and comfortable cushions. Moreover, the Nokia Wireless Headphones is capable of delivering up to 60 hours of playback. Perfect companions for listening while on the move.

Nokia Go Earbuds2 Pro

Letting users immerse in rich bass and balanced sound, the Nokia Go Earbuds2 Pro have a balanced 10 mm drivers to get the most out of one’s music. Its environmental noise cancelling feature keeps the user’s voice clear and be heard more clearly on calls.

Pricing and availability

The Nokia G21 is now available for pre-order in Nordic Blue (navy) colour variant and in 6/128 configuration for Php 9,990. Grab yours at the Nokia mobile Shopee store.

The Nokia Comfort Earbuds Pro, Nokia Clarity Earbuds+, Nokia Wired and Wireless Headphones and Nokia Go Earbuds2 Pro will be available soon in all Nokia mobile official stores and authorized resellers online, and physical stores nationwide.

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Unbelievable deals from your favorite brands at the Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival!

Are you looking to upgrade to the latest smartphone, stock up on groceries, or try out highly-reviewed beauty products? You can do all that and more while enjoying greater savings when you shop at Shopee’s 5.5 Brands Festival! Until May 7, gear up for an exciting week full of awesome deals and discounts from your favorite brands, free shipping w/ 0 min. spend, 10% off vouchers daily, and 50% off brand bundles. If that’s not enough to get you excited, Shopee is offering users sitewide free shipping daily with ₱199 min. spend from May 1-5, truly making the most of your shopping.

Exciting offers and exclusive launches from leading brands

 The Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival is the perfect place for techies to upgrade their gadgets. Gamers can look forward to the new realme 9 Pro+ Free Fire Edition, which features a sleek design, powerful gaming performance, and freebies guaranteed to satisfy fans of the popular mobile game. Meanwhile, self-care enthusiasts can score the new Colgate Electric Toothbrush as a smart way to personalize their oral hygiene regimen.

Aside from these exclusive product launches, the Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival offers a wide assortment of brand deals that value-seekers can take advantage of. With 50% off brand bundles until May 7, big savings await shoppers who stock up on family essentials and skincare staples from leading brands like Unilever Beauty, GSK, Innisfree, Belo Essentials, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, and many more.

Irresistible brand deals at the 5.5 Super Brand Days

Mark your calendars for Shopee’s back-to-back Super Brand Days! Enjoy exclusive promos and bigger discounts from your favorite brands from April 29 to May 4: Shopee-exclusive Olay x BT21 freebies when you spend a minimum of ₱1,299 and ₱1,699, Buy 1 Take 1 deal on Belo’s best-selling skincare essentials, and deals up to 47% off on must-have tech items from Huawei!

Shoppers can also enjoy up to 83% off from leading brands including GSK, Nestlé, OPPO, Pampers, P&G Beauty, Unilever Beauty, infinix, Colgate-Palmolive, Abbott, realme Official Store, Ace Hardware, Powerhouse PH, Metrosunnies, DITO and more.

Bigger rewards and seamless shopping experiences for loyal brand shoppers

Want to make the most out of your purchases and avail of special perks from well-loved brands? Sign up for the Brand Membership Program of your choice to enjoy welcome gifts and earn brand loyalty points for every purchase! On May 5 from 6 pm-9 pm, earn 3x more points when you shop from brands such as L’Oreal Paris, Incerun, Vonda, and Zanzea. Use these points to redeem exclusive vouchers and gifts that let you save more when you buy from your favorite brands.

Maximize your checkout experience when you shop Fulfilled by Shopee products this 5.5. Look for Shopee Mall items from featured brands tagged with “Fulfilled by Shopee” to enjoy discounted group shipping rates, Buy 1 Take 1 deal, and exclusive bundles from Nutricia, Enfagrow, Nivea, Nestle, Lactum, Cerelac, Asia Brewery, Johnson and Johnson, B Coffee, and Kleenfant when you check out this May 5 to May 7. To know more about the 5.5 Brands Festival, participating brands, and deals you can look forward to, check out the 5.5 Brands Festival page.

Win up to ₱1,000,000 and get brand deals for as low as ₱1 with ShopeePay this April 30

To prepare for the 5.5 rush, use ShopeePay for all your transactions and reap the rewards. Join the ShopeePay Milyonaryo promo and get a chance to win ₱1,000,000 by sending money with ShopeePay—enjoy instant transfers to any bank, e-wallet, or Shopee user with no hidden fees. To qualify, simply go to your Shopee App, register via ShopeePay Milyonaryo, and start sending money. As an additional perk for new ShopeePay users, you will also receive a P200 bonus when you register here and send at least P50 to any bank, e-wallet, or Shopee user for the first time on April 30.

Get free shipping and cashback vouchers when you use ShopeePay to check out these unbelievable deals. Be on the lookout for ShopeePay ₱1 Brand Deals on April 30 and score items at ₱1 from brands such as Maybelline, Logitech, Lactum, and more when you pay with ShopeePay! On top of these, you can also look forward to more offers when you use ShopeePay for your load and payment needs. Get up to 50% off on load across all networks and up to 100% cashback on your monthly bills from over 60 billers this April 30.

Take advantage of the Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival and watch out for the April 30 Payday Sale to get 10% off vouchers daily, free shipping w/ 0 min. spend 100% cashback, so be sure to shop from your favorite brands. Visit the April 30 Payday Sale page for more info.

 

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This brand is bringing a new sense of freshness to the Asian restaurant sector

Bangkok, Thailand – Exquisine Global, the successful franchisor of Mango Tree and COCA Restaurants around the region, is bringing a new sense of freshness to the Asian restaurant sector, as it uses its successful franchising model to roll out an original fruit-based dessert café concept all across the region.

Yenly Yours is a chain of casual cafés that has grown organically from humble roots become to become one of Southeast Asia’s most refreshing and responsible F&B labels. Having originated 10 years ago at a family fruit farm in northern Thailand, the brand uses only the finest “nam dok mai” mangoes (also known as “Thai golden honey mangoes”) to create sublime smoothies and delicious desserts.

Health-conscious, farm-to-table dining is one of the fastest-growing trends in the culinary industry, and Yenly Yours’ fruit-based products will cater to an affluent group of consumers who crave naturally flavourful dishes. Each outlet will serve a selection of handmade desserts and drinks, ranging from cool mango smoothies and ice creams to Asian classics such as mango sticky rice and bualoy, and even creative alternatives such as mango crêpes and macarons. In addition, preserved products such as mango sweet fish sauce and mango sweet shrimp paste add a fruity tang to Thai cookery, and spectacular cakes and tarts make memorable gifts for loved ones.

YenlyYours Vietnam

Franchisees will benefit from being part of an internationally-known café chain with full support in terms of staff training, sales, marketing, and branding. They will also be able to purchase and import premium Thai mangoes directly from the farmers and sell them to supermarkets and wholesalers, further boosting potential profits. A sustainable and community-focused brand, Yenly Yours sources the finest fruit from a cooperative network of Thai producers, creating value throughout its entire distribution chain.

The world’s mango dessert brand

The overall aim is to establish Yenly Yours as the world’s leading mango dessert brand. The company currently operates an international network of 21 bright and colorful kiosk-style outlets in Thailand and Singapore, with a new café in Cambodia under construction and scheduled to open soon. Exquisine Global will now use its international expertise and franchising model to introduce Yenly Yours to many more Asian destinations in the coming years, with the total global portfolio expected to reach 30 locations by the end of 2022.

Each store will typically be between 30 and 70 square meters in size, with counter service and a limited amount of seating. The majority of business will be takeaway, although a small number of tables will allow some customers to enjoy their drink or dessert at the store. Target locations will include areas with high footfall, such as shopping centers and transport hubs.

“Exquisine Global is a proud ambassador for Thai brands around the world. As a pioneer of creative and innovative culinary concepts that appeal to a wide audience of consumers, we want to use our expertise and experience to help more Thai brands expand overseas and represent Thailand on a global stage. This is what we are passionate about!” said Trevor MacKenzie, Managing Director of Exquisine Global.

Trevor MacKenzie, Managing Director of Exquisine Global, and Tawatchai Watsirisaree, Founder & CEO, Yenly Yours.

 “As a business that started with an owner’s passion for high-quality produce and authentic cuisine, Yenly Yours fits perfectly into our brand portfolio. Having grown from humble beginnings, this innovative company is now showcasing its exquisite nam dok mai mangoes on a multinational level. We want to help them grow further, by enabling franchisees to benefit from our cooperative network and allowing even more diners to taste the sweet flavor of Thai mangoes,” Mr. MacKenzie added.

12 years and counting

“Now entering our 12th year, Yenly Yours is Thailand’s mango leader, in terms of our branch network and market share. Following this agreement, our new goal is to become the biggest mango dessert brand in the world. With this franchise contract, we plan to expand to 30 branches in 2022, including overseas locations in Singapore, Vietnam, and Cambodia. To expand our business effectively and with clear goals, we must have partners who share the same vision. This is an important step for us and we look forward to working with our new franchise partners and talented investors around the world,” said Tawatchai Watsirisaree, Founder & CEO, of Yenly Yours.

The Asia Pacific expansion of Yenly Yours will take place alongside Exquisine Global’s ambitious growth plans. This passionate company, which has successfully expanded the COCA and Mango Tree brands with almost 70 outlets in 13 countries, will now bring Yenly Yours to the global stage.

Featured photo: Yenly Yours outlets will serve a range of fresh desserts and drinks using the finest “nam dok mai” mangoes

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Huawei: Digital Innovation Never Stop for a Greener Intelligent World

Shenzhen, China –  Huawei plans to boost investment in innovation to build new products and to enhance and accelerate new technologies. The company held its 19th annual Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen from April 26 to 27.

For more than 30 years, Huawei has been innovating nonstop to create value for our customers and society. Innovation has become a core part of Huawei’s DNA. Despite considerable operational challenges over the past few years, we have continued to steadily increase our investment in R&D. For nearly a decade, our strategy has been to re-invest at least 10% of our annual revenue back into R&D. Last year, we invested 22%. Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Ken Hu said during the event.

He went on to discuss the specific initiatives that Huawei is working on to realize its vision for the future. “We are currently focusing on three areas: strengthening our approach to innovation, equipping all industries with the tools and knowledge they need to go digital, and helping build a low-carbon world.”

According to him, Huawei sees two major trends: all industries are going digital, and the world is setting its sights on low-carbon development. “Needless to say, no organizations these days are asking themselves whether or not they ought to go digital. They’re more concerned about how to go digital and how to do it well.” Said Hu.

In Huawei’s view, the ICT and finance industries were first-movers, so their transformation goes deep – down to their core production systems. Industries like electric power, fuel, and manufacturing are using digital technology to solve production challenges, whereas the digital journey of industries like real estate, construction, and agriculture has only just begun. Because these industries are at different stages of the transformation process, they naturally have different concerns.

For the past 10 years, we’ve been going through our digital transformation. We’ve gained a lot of valuable experience along the way, Hu said.

Huawei is taking active steps to boost its business resilience and ensure steady development. “We have to keep the ball rolling through nonstop innovation, creating value for customers and society,” said Ken Hu. “We look forward to working more closely with our customers and partners to build a greener intelligent world.”

Featured photo: Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, speaking at HAS 2022

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Huawei: Attracting world-class talent with world-class challenges

Shenzhen, China — Huawei kicked off its 19th annual Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen. Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Ken Hu said that the company will continue to boost investment in innovation to build new products and enhance and accelerate new technologies.

“At Huawei, when we talk about innovation, the first thing we think is people. We hope to attract world-class talent with world-class challenges, and work together to push the limits of science and technology,” said Hu, referring to the Top Minds recruitment program that the company launched on its website.

“We don’t care where you’re from, where you graduated, or what you studied,” he continued. “As long as you have a dream for the future and believe you can make it happen, we want you to come and join us. We provide world-class challenges, a powerful platform, and all the resources you need to explore the unknown.”

Huawei is taking active steps to boost its business resilience and ensure steady development. “We have to keep the ball rolling through nonstop innovation, creating value for customers and society,” said Ken Hu. “We look forward to working more closely with our customers and partners to build a greener intelligent world.”

Dr. Zhou Hong, President of Huawei’s Institute of Strategic Research, said that “everything we imagine today is very likely to be too conservative – too little – for tomorrow. We have to meet the future with bold hypotheses and a bold vision, and throw caution to the wind as we push to break through bottlenecks in theory and technology. This is the only way forward.” He outlined ten challenges that Huawei hopes to address moving forward.

Two scientific questions:

  •  How do machines perceive the world, and can we build models that teach machines how to understand the world?
  • How can we better understand the physiological mechanisms of the human body, including how the eight systems of the bodywork, as well as human intent and intelligence?

Eight tech challenges:

  •  New sensing and control capabilities, e.g., brain-computer interfaces, muscle-computer interfaces, 3D displays, virtual touch, virtual smell, and virtual taste
  • Real-time, unobtrusive blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart monitoring, and strong AI-assisted discoveries in chemical pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, and vaccines
  • Application-centric, efficient, automated, and intelligent software for greater value and a better experience
  • Reaching and circumventing Shannon’s limit to enable efficient, high-performance connectivity both regionally and globally
  • Adaptive and efficient computing models, non-Von Neumann architectures, unconventional components, and explainable and debuggable AI
  • Inventing new molecules, catalysts, and components with intelligent computing
  • Developing new processes that surpass CMOS, cost less, and are more efficient
  • Safe, efficient energy conversion and storage, as well as on-demand services

Huawei said, most Asia Pacific countries have very clear and forward-looking digital strategies. As the Asia Pacific region goes digital, a skilled ICT workforce will be critical. The region has a unique advantage in this area because it has a younger population than the US or Europe. Accelerating the development of ICT talent in the region will require concerted efforts from governments, businesses, and people from all walks of life.

In the Philippines, Huawei also had several programs for cultivating the local ICT talents, such as ICT Academy, and Seeds for the Future, which covered the Philippines for years, and benefited over 9000 ICT students, according to Daniel Guo, the Vice President of Huawei Philippines.

Featured photo: Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Ken Hu

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From an Iskolar to being the PUP President: The Manuel Muhi life story 

The student that the Sintang Paaralan has guided has now become its leader – and he intends to do a great job at it. As the University President, Manuel has several plans that he wishes to implement to ensure that everybody is given the same chance as he was, decades ago.

 

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) has been home to students from all walks of life, hence why it is dubbed the “Sintang Paaralan.” It was a haven for people who wished to continue learning despite obstacles and hindrances that may come their way. This is the exact environment that nurtures people into becoming something much bigger than themselves – something that Manuel Muhi has been on the receiving end of. Now that he’s back in the halls of the fabled university, the student that the Sintang Paaralan has guided has now become its leader– and he intends to do a great job at it.

Humble beginnings 

Manuel Mengorio Muhi was just a seemingly ordinary student when he first entered PUP as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering freshman. Life has been rather hard on him, as he did not come from a wealthy family. He was taught the painful and harsh realities of life early on.

“My learning journey in PUP required me to be humble to succeed, to make ends meet, to become more resourceful, and to appreciate the privilege of being a part of the university to further my education,” he shares.

Then and Now (Facebook)

Looking back, the time he spent as a student in PUP taught Manuel a life lesson in humility. “Kasi kapag PUPian ka, sanay ka sa hirap. Magtatrabaho sa gabi, mag-aaral sa araw. Minsan hindi sumasapat ang baon, pero dapat handa ka. Kaya matututo kang makibagay at magpasalamat sa mga taong makakasalamuha mo dahil sila ang tutulong sayo,” he elaborates.

Being a student at PUP has given him a chance to improve himself to unlock his highest potential, and Manuel was more than grateful for it when he received his diploma from the university in 1988.

The education that the university has provided him has given him the urge to reach for greater heights in the academe. “As a PUPian, hindi tayo tumitigil matuto dahil mataas ang pangarap natin.” Manuel says.

True to his word, he entered graduate school and earned a Master’s degree in Engineering, specializing in Transport and Road Engineering from the prestigious Technical University of Delft-International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulics and Environment Engineering – the Netherlands in 2000. He then chose to pursue a Doctoral degree in Technology at TUP Manila in 2008.

Armed with these huge achievements, he knew that he could look for greater opportunities elsewhere, but he chose to follow his true calling and that is to serve his beloved alma mater.

“The university helped me finish my education and gave me numerous opportunities to serve both inside and outside of the country,” he narrates. He knew that PUP could make it big – and he wanted to be a part of the movement that is going to make this vision a reality.

Back to Sintang Paaralan

 Manuel felt that going back to PUP and serving the university is the best way to give back to the same home that has willingly accepted him – back when he was still a mere freshman student, lost in the university’s expanse. This time, he wandered through the classrooms as a professor, and later on, he became the Dean of the College of Engineering from 2006 to 2013.

Magagaling ang ating mga estudyante. These are deserving youth and they need the university’s assistance,” he shares. As someone who benefited from the university before, he wishes to do the same for others by being someone that can give them the opportunities that he once had.

 

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He also served as the Executive Vice President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning, and Development from 2012 to 2016. After being appointed as the University President, Manuel knew that this position should not be taken lightly.

“Isa din sa mga inspirasyon ko ang mga Iskolar ng Bayan. Nakita ko kung gaano nila ka-gustong makapagtapos ng pag-aaral,” Manuel expounds. “[PUP] has the potential to meet a wide range of needs in the surrounding communities, and I recognized that potential. It gave me hope that I could be a part of an institution that could have a significant impact on the lives of many people.”

The life of a leader 

Being the University President is a huge responsibility that comes with all sorts of challenges. For Manuel, the position required him to be on his toes at all times.

“We cannot let our position get into our heads. What matters is the kind of leadership you demonstrate,” he shares. Manuel wants to be the kind of leader who knows and sees everyone– including their struggles, hardships, and eventually their successes. “Kaya mula sa pinakaibaba, mga estudyante, janitors, security guards, empleyado, hanggang sa mga middle managers, directors and executive officials, pinupuntahan po natin sila, inaabot, kinakausap, pinakikinggan.” 

With this kind of leadership, he has also drafted plans for the university’s improvement, geared towards technological advancement and infrastructure improvement. As an engineer himself, his plan was more focused on improving the technology and facilities. “Over time, we are seeing improvements, from our comfort rooms to our sports facilities, student centers, and newly constructed research and laboratory facilities, we are working tirelessly to achieve our goals,” he states.

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He also plans to make PUP a smart campus, focusing on improvements in technology, and student services, mitigating compliance mistakes, automating workflows, reducing wait times, and conserving energy and resources, among other things. Just like any other institution, PUP must keep up with the times and the increasing demands for quality education.

However, the pandemic posed a significant challenge to his administration and hampered most of his plans for the university. As the University President, it was his job to ensure that everything is covered. “We were caught off guard and unprepared because we needed to come up with a solution right away to make things work,” he narrates. With his brand of leadership, he wanted to ensure that with whatever policy he implemented, no one will be left behind.

The pandemic’s awful hit

 During these unpredictable times, the main concern of the university lies in three aspects: the studentry, the quality of the education they’ll receive, and the technological advancements needed to further their learning. With these in mind, the Flexible Technology Learning (FlexTel) is an alternative learning framework, which improved gradually through time.

FlexTel accommodates the needs of various learners, including their learning circumstances and their ability to access learning tools and gadgets. In this mode, the professors can also follow a curated teaching load that considers their flexibility as well. “Its implementation may have been hampered by birth pains, but it has opened the doors to learning for all PUPians across the country,” he adds.

With the mixed reactions from the studentry, Manuel recognizes that the FlexTel also needs improvement, and just like any other policy, it is open for criticisms and amendments. “PUP continues to work with various sectors to improve FlexTel implementation in the coming years so that it is more inclusive, accessible, and fully coherent,” he says, as he ensures that their concerns will be duly noted.

PUP Education on Wheels (PUP Official).

Moreover, he also launched the PUP Education on Wheels, a project that caters to the educational needs of the out-of-school youth in various places. This project aims to give more learning opportunities for everyone and to ensure that more people get access to education, regardless of their background. “Ito naman po ang matagal nang vision natin sa Sintang Paaralan, to make education accessible and of quality. The EOW is ongoing at napapakinabangan na ng maraming kabataan sa Smokey Mountain,” he proudly shares.

The Education on Wheels also seeks to expand nationwide, seeking out underprivileged youths – truly living up to PUP’s reputation of giving people, regardless of their stature, a chance at a quality education.

“The goal is straightforward: to bring education to those who cannot afford it, right at their doorstep. This would not have been possible without the generous contributions of our donors, all of whom shared the same vision of educating the next generation,” Manuel explains.

Currently, Education on Wheels has 65 students under the Bachelor of Science in Office Administration. Their courses are TESDA inclined, which guarantees them a job after two years of education.

PUP has come a long way as it is now regarded as the top choice for employers, according to JobStreet. It is now known as the number one producer of professionals in different fields.

The university continues to raise its proud colors as it always claims its spot as one of the country’s top-performing schools. Board top-notchers also hail from various courses such as engineering, accounting, law, nutrition and dieticians, psychometrician, and education, among others.

On criticisms and challenges

 Since he sat in the highest position in the university, he has been faced with criticisms and various side comments from various sectors. Being in such a vulnerable post means that Manuel needs to have the right mindset to deal with them professionally.

“I was also once a student of PUP and alam ko po ang mga kailangang baguhin sa Sintang Paaralan, and this is their assurance that someone understands them at hindi natin hahayaan na mahihirapan ang ating mga estudyante,” he shares. He knows that no leadership is perfect, but for it to work, he has to listen to his constituents.

Manuel is aware that PUPians have valid concerns and that they only want what’s best for the entire student population-–a sentiment that Manuel shared back when he was still a student. This kind of connection, as he says, brings him closer to the calls of the studentry and makes him more adept at their needs and concerns.

“We always hear our students, sila ang priority. We always make sure that their frustrations are validated and heard. We understand them and make sure we address their concerns right away,” Manuel adds.

Looking ahead

PUP is one of the most highly regarded universities in the country, but Manuel knows it has so much potential to be more, unlock more doors, and open up new opportunities for students and employees alike. The university has always been in the service of the Filipino people, which also educates them about the realities of life and how the world essentially works. While this resiliency is commonly romanticized, Manuel sees it as undeniably patriotic.

“Lagi’t lagi naming binabanggit,  ‘Mula sa ‘yo para sa bayan.’ Ito po ang identity ng isang PUPian. Buong husay na maglilingkod at magsisilbi para sa bayan. Nandyan ang Sintang Paaralan na kaisa sa pagtataguyod ng maunlad na bansa,” he expounds. “PUPians know that in everything they do, it must be for the country’s sake and for the masses.”

For Manuel, this is what makes PUP different from the other universities. “PUP taught me to accept where I am and honor where I am. Accepting where you are and realizing how far you still have to go and learn is another aspect of humility,” he explains.

The university has taught him life lessons that he carries up to this day, making him more grounded and humbled tirelessly. As the University President, Manuel has several plans that he wishes to implement to ensure that everybody is given the same chance as he was, decades ago.

The current PUP administration is now focusing on reaching the elusive National Polytechnic University status, which will eventually raise the university’s status and open more doors for the students.

“In the coming years, we would like to continue utilizing these by building better infrastructure, as well as higher educational standards. Several plans have been developed for PUP, and these plans will serve to demonstrate that the university is truly concerned with the interests of its stakeholders, particularly our students,” Manuel elaborates.

PUP has been a safe place for Manuel as a student, and as he sits as the University President, he also seeks to make students and employees feel at home within its walls. The university has been through various ups and downs during his administration, but one thing is for sure – he ensures that PUP will stay true to its nature of being a beacon of hope, critical thinking, and quality education for everyone. There is so much to look forward to, and Manuel is determined to do a great job at helping these plans become a reality.

(Ruby’s Precious Moments 3rd anniversary Special Feature)

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1-foot closer by sharing tasty meal subs!

In the last 2 years of strict lockdowns, social distancing has become a norm, it’s about time to reunite with one another through sharing & togetherness. Subway® wants to bring back every person’s friendship, relationship, and every family 1-foot closer by sharing tasty meal subs!

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Visit us now at a Subway® restaurant near you to get your 1-foot closer sub favorites through dine-in and takeout transactions, or order for delivery via  Grab* or FoodPanda* for delivery (*prices vary)

 

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This brand to launch Peanuts UT Collection

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO today announces that it will launch a UT Collection on Friday, May 27 that features 11 winning entries from UT GRAND PRIX 2022, a global T-shirt design competition run by UNIQLO since 2005. The theme of the latest contest was Peanuts, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of creator Charles M. Schulz. This collection showcase takes on his lovable characters from artists around the world.

Members of the distinguished panel of judges for the contest included representatives from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates team, as well as a tennis star and UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassador Roger Federer. The panel selected 11 works out of approximately 14,000 entries from around the world. Prize-winning entries were labors of love, including one blending Snoopy into the border design from the comic strip and another in which characters appear as part of an ice cream cone.

Collection overview

Special website: https://www.uniqlo.com/ph/en/contents/feature/utgp2022/ 

  Comments from Grand Prize winner Kazuhiko Okushita

“I took a minimalist approach to present Snoopy, which is why I used border lines to present him. Peanuts has been ubiquitous since I was a child, and Snoopy’s silhouette has been part and parcel of my life. When I was very young, I wore UTs a lot, so in doing this art I tried to return the favor for all the enjoyment these items have given me. I look forward to seeing people everywhere wearing UTs that I designed.”

About the judges

The three key panel members were Jean Schulz, widow of Charles M. Schulz, Paige Braddock, Chief Creative Officer at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, who also illustrates Peanuts children’s books, and Gina Huntsinger, Director of the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center in Santa Rosa, California.

Award Ceremony

An award ceremony was held on April 13 at the Snoopy Museum Tokyo in Machida, Tokyo, the world’s only official satellite of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. Jean Schulz, Mr. Shulz’s widow, and jury member delivered congratulatory comments live from Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates in California (located across from the Schulz Museum), while Roger Federer provided a video message. Snoopy and friends presented the prizes.

Summer 2022 edition of UT magazine out soon

Interviews with diverse UT collaborators and an array of backstories explore T-shirt design and culture and the joy that these items bring to everyday life. The cover of this sixth issue of the magazine features tennis star Roger Federer, a member of the panel of judges for UT GRAND PRIX 2022.

UT magazine URL: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/ja/contents/feature/ut-magazine/

 

About Peanuts

The characters of Peanuts and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide, which is 41% owned by WildBrain Ltd., 39% owned by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and 20% owned by the family of Charles M. Schulz, who first introduced the world to Peanuts in 1950 when the comic strip debuted in seven newspapers.

Since then, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang have made an indelible mark on popular culture. In addition to enjoying beloved Peanuts shows and specials on Apple TV+, fans of all ages celebrate the Peanuts brand worldwide through thousands of consumer products, as well as amusement park attractions, cultural events, social media, and comic strips available in all formats, from traditional to digital.

In 2018, Peanuts partnered with NASA on a multi-year Space Act Agreement designed to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM among the next generation of students.

 

About the UT Grand Prix

UNIQLO has conducted its UT GRAND PRIX design competition since 2005 to foster creativity and talent around the world. The contest is open to anyone, regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Previous contest themes have included Marvel, Nintendo, and Pokémon, and have attracted numerous entries, with winning designs being sold around the globe.

 

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