Nissan Philippines to open 10 dealerships this year

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:18 p.m.

AS PART of its aggressive move in the domestic auto industry, Nissan Philippines Inc. will open 10 new dealerships in the country this year, with six of them to open this month.

Fashion accessory company opens new Ayala store

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:15 p.m.

AS it moved into a more accessible and spacious area inside Ayala Center Cebu, a homegrown fashion accessory firm, Gems and Designs by Premium Concepts, will be introducing an interactive customer experience, through the use of technology.

Aside from a more vibrant and refreshing feel, Melanie Ng, owner of Gems and Designs, said the new store is equipped with a computer where customers can do online research on designs of bracelets, necklaces and earrings they wish to be assembled by the staff of the store.

Taiheiyo doubles delivery capacity

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:14 p.m.

Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) doubled its capacity to deliver Grand Cement products to markets off Cebu as Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) inaugurated recently its expanded port facilities in South Poblacion, San Fernando, Cebu.

Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale attended the inauguration with San Fernando Vice Mayor Miguel Antonio Canoy as she inspected the limestone mining quarry of SEDC and the cement manufacturing facility of TCPI in the same barangay as the pier.

Centurion marks half-century

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:50 p.m.

BEFORE he passed the bar exam and became a lawyer, Jacinto V. Mendez supported himself by working as a security guard for three years. On March 5, 1965, he returned to his roots in security by establishing Centurion Security Agency Inc.

Fifty years later, his children are proud to say that despite the evolving demands of security, they have endured because of their father’s passion for the business.

Entry of luxury brands ‘to boost shopping tourism’ in Philippines

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:40 p.m.

THE continued entry of more luxury brands to the Philippine market is seen to boost the country’s shopping tourism, an industry stakeholder said.

More than a reflection of investor confidence on the country’s economic fundamentals, Consul Robert Joseph believes the expansion of high-end products in the country is an opportunity to entice more tourists to travel.

P4B project to rise in Lapu-Lapu City

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:36 p.m.

THE Filinvest Group continues to expand its presence in Cebu as its subsidiary, Filinvest Alabang Inc (FAI), recently marked its first regional expansion in Cebu with the launching of the P4-billion Serulyan Seascapes in Lapu-Lapu City.

The development, which will have six towers, will nestle in a two-hectare property near Crimson Resort and Spa, which is also a Filinvest project. FAI Serulyan Seascapes project head Don-Don Mari S. Ubaldo said the development is part of the Filinvest Premiere home brand category and will offer to the market 581 high-end condominium units.

Radisson Blu sees great year ahead

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:35 p.m.

THIS year will be a “double banner year” for Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu after it posted high growth in occupancy and profits in 2014, a top hotel executive said.

Nishan Silva, the general manager of the 400-room hotel, said 2014 was a banner year with an occupancy of 75 percent and a total revenue higher than its target.

High time to lower taxes on individuals

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:34 p.m.

OUR 1987 Constitution provides for a uniform, equitable and progressive system of taxation, wherein taxes are based on one’s ability to pay. The poor and the middle class should not be taxed at the same level as the upper class. This is not the case, however, looking at our current tax rates. The Philippines has one of the highest personal income tax rate at 32 percent. This rate has not been adjusted for decades, distorting the lines between the poor, the middle class and the wealthy.

When should you adopt a family constitution?

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." – Chinese proverb

The family business owner should view the tree as an investment for the future. That investment is the family constitution. If you missed investing on a family constitution 20 years ago, the second best time to start investing in one is now.

Fuel ‘just small part’ in power generation

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:16 p.m.

DESPITE the low price of oil in the world market, power rates in most of Metro Cebu have remained the same. An official of the Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) explained that the reason for this is the low fuel component in their energy mix.

Sun Savings assets rise to P550M

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:14 p.m.

SUN Savings Bank’s high growth trajectory propelled it to new heights in 2014. By yearend, its total assets reached a record level of P550 million, increasing by 46 percent over the 2013 level of P377 million.

The higher-yielding assets, in particular the loans and receivables portfolio, grew to P315 million, which was 63 percent higher than the year-ago level of P194 million.

‘PH needs auto industry road map’

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:13 p.m.

THE Philippines needs an auto industry road map if it wants to stay competitive with neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, an auto company official said.

Personality development opens facility in Banilad

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:10 p.m.

A COMPANY that offers personality development training recently opened its new facility in Banilad, Cebu.

Self-Esteem Learning Formation Institute (Selfi) Studios says it aims to enhance personality development through month-long workshops on hosting, dancing, acting, modeling and cosmetics starting this summer.

Resignation calls ‘crazy’

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:32 p.m.

IF SOME sectors are calling for President Benigno Aquino III to step down, leaders of Cebu’s business sector are against the idea.

“That call is crazy,” said Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Ma. Teresa Chan at the sidelines of the CCCI’s general membership meeting.

Bohol, in midst of recovery, offers ‘surprise’

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:30 p.m.

Nonet Madriñan-Bolo Contributor

“IN Manga is Manga. In Maribojoc is Maribojoc.” Such was the serious reply of a gentle woman who acts as a local guide for the SAVIMA Mangrove Adventure, a mangrove community in the town of Maribojoc, Bohol.

Batuhan: A long and bleak winter

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:28 p.m.

IT WAS not too long ago that the world was proclaiming the advent of what it called the Arab Spring. Back then, countries like Egypt and Libya were overthrowing their despotic leaders, and installing – or at least trying to install in their place – more democratic forms of government. Syria was also looking to be headed in this direction, with the struggle to oust its long-standing Assad family rulers, who have run the country for decades.

Almirante: Seafarer's disability benefits

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:26 p.m.

Dominador Almirante Labor Case Digest

PETITIONERS United Philippine Lines, Inc. and Holland America Line hired respondent Generoso E. Sibug as a waste handler on board the vessel M/S Volendam.Last Aug. 5, 2005, Sibug fell from a ladder while cleaning the silo sensor in a garbage room of the vessel and injured his knee. He was repatriated and had anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery in the Manila Doctors’ Hospital. Last Jan. 19, 2006, he was declared fit to return to work from an orthopedic point of view.

Population in Megaworld townships to hit 1M

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:10 p.m.

MANILA–As it aggressively expands its township developments across the country, real estate giant Megaworld announced that the population in its various urban townships is expected to reach at least one million by 2020.

Speaking during the 18th Outstanding Filipino Retailers & Shopping Centers of the Year Award by the Philippine Retailers Association, Megaworld chairman and CEO Dr. Andrew L. Tan said its 20 townships across the country will be home to around 600,000 condominium and village residents and 400,000 business process outsourcing (BPO) and office workers.

Science, engineering courses to include entrepreneurship

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:09 p.m.

RECOGNIZING the potential contribution of entrepreneurship and innovation to the country’s economic progress, the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) signed an agreement with the Philippine Science and Technology Development Foundation-Manila Inc. (PhilDev) to infuse entrepreneurship in science and engineering courses.

Ng: Scientific breakthroughs

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:08 p.m.

THIS week, I would like to cover some exciting technology developments that would potentially impact us. Science and technology have progressed fast. Last week, Time showed that a baby may live up to 142 years, while Businessweek was more audacious. It showed a woman who may live to be 173.

Filinvest turns over to owners units in One Oasis Kasambagan

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:30 p.m.

HAVING four sons in college in Cebu City, Balamban resident Alex Alasco has been paying P12,000 a month for a small room in Talamban to house the four boys. The room was across a university, and while it served its purpose, Alasco felt it was time to pay for something he could eventually own.

He checked several developments and open houses and found the 22-square meter studio unit at the One Oasis in Kasambagan most suited to his sons’ needs. Alasco was one of several unit owners who received their keys from Filinvest Land Inc. last Saturday.

Organization to work with GK on ‘social tourism’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:29 p.m.

THE Network of Independent Travel Agencies (Nitas) will be working with Tony Meloto’s Gawad Kalinga (GK) organization to promote social tourism in the country. GK is planning to replicate and expand its Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan to 28 more sites across the country.

According to Consul Robert Lim Joseph, chairman emeritus of Nitas, Meloto sought his assistance in creating a travel campaign for GK’s Enchanted Farm. Called MAD (Making A Difference) for Social Tourism, the campaign aims to raise awareness on social tourism among students and tourism stakeholders.

Radisson ready for Apec

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:28 p.m.

THE 400-room Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu is ready to open its doors to international delegates and host the meetings of the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) to be held here.

Accenture builds delivery center in Ilocos Norte

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:27 p.m.

SAN NICOLAS, Ilocos Norte – Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, is announcing the expansion of its footprint in the Philippines with a new delivery center based in Ilocos, set to become operational later this year. This is the third Accenture delivery center in the country, in addition to centers in Metro Manila and Cebu City.

Microsoft offers solutions to make health care workers more efficient

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:16 p.m.

TO address the needs of Philippine health care workers, Microsoft Philippines has partnered with HP to provide a suite of solutions meant to make their work easier and more efficient.

Mobile commerce ‘growing in PH’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:15 p.m.

MOBILE commerce is growing in the Philippines, shopping website Lazada.com.ph said.

Spa operator welcomes suspension of order

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

A SPA and wellness operator welcomed the Health Department’s suspension of its policy requiring the licensing of massage therapists in the country.

The Department of Health (DOH) implemented a three-year moratorium on a section of its Administrative Order 2010-0034 while working out a system of accreditation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

Globe carrier billing ‘drives digital shift’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:13 p.m.

GLOBE Telecom’s direct carrier billing service for apps on Google Play and Apple App Store has become a major driving force in the continuing shift to digital lifestyle as more smartphone owners are now getting into the habit of purchasing apps, the company said.

The number of Globe customers per day who have either bought an app or bought items inside apps on the Google Play Store have more than doubled since the service was launched in October 2014.

Don’t use substandard materials, DTI warns

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:59 p.m.

WHILE the construction industry is experiencing robust growth, the Department of Trade and Industry is reminding contractors and industry players to never consider using substandard building materials, to ensure project quality and safety.

Student team builds app for agri trade

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:58 p.m.

A TEAM of students from Wesleyan University Philippines of Cabanatuan City bested nine other teams at the 11th Sweep Innovation and Excellence Awards of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) with a mobile application that hopes to facilitate efficient trade of agricultural crops.

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