FROM a 150-seating capacity, Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa unveiled last Tuesday the upgraded and expanded 372-capacity new Tides restaurant.
THERE has been a lot of news and I would like to summarize some of them. There has been a lot of hoopla that Microsoft will remove the name of Nokia on their smartphones after buying the company and will instead use the name Microsoft Lumia. That is correct, but it does not mean the Nokia brand will disappear.
ACCENTURE, a global leader in management consulting, technology and outsourcing services, has opened its first Ideas Exchange Room in Cebu City, teaming with the University of San Carlos. The new facility supports Accenture’s Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, which aims to equip 700,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.
WHAT are the green rating criteria? What is green architecture and interior design?
These and much more will be shared by architect Joy Onozawa, Cebu’s pride in sustainable architecture, in a half-day seminar dubbed EKOTALK: DEcology on Nov. 15, Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.
THE SM Seaside City still has a year to go before it is opened to the public, but the developers hope to give Cebuanos a slice of what’s in store for them by opening up a landmark for the public to enjoy.
TO promote economic empowerment among women, beverage giant Coca-Cola is aiming to partner with 200,000 women sari-sari store owners and operators in the Philippines by 2020.
A YEAR after Typhoon Yolanda caused widespread damage in Daanbantayan, the town is looking forward to more investment, livelihood and employment opportunities.
Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto D. Corro said in an interview on Monday that two power companies, a commercial and retail player and a hotel operator are in talks with the local government to operate in the area.
THE company behind the Ceres line of buses has partnered with one of Cebu’s most recognized universities to prepare managers and employees as it goes into “aggressive expansion” in the next 10 years.
In an agreement the company signed with University President Rev. Fr. Enrico Peter A. Silab, OAR last Monday, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) has been tapped to provide three masters programs for the company’s managers.
ALTHOUGH local retailers are aware of the impact of the regional integration, which includes entry of more foreign retail players, influx of cheaper goods and mobility of workforce, members of the Philippine Retail Association (PRA) - Cebu Chapter remain confident they will survive the tight competition.
“Price competitiveness is threatening us but all we need is to band together, implement a good strategy and we will survive,” said PRA-Cebu’s newly elected president Robert Go.
FIFTY years in the financial industry is a milestone for the Cebu International Finance Corp., being one of the few non bank survivors left with quasi-banking functions in the country today.
FOR the Philippine Institute for Supply Management (PISM), professionalizing their occupation is important for companies that want to manage their resources well.
PISM Cebu chapter president Jennifer Latoga said any company, whether large or micro, will benefit from having a professional supply manager because 60 percent to 70 percent of a company’s total income is managed by that department.
GOVERNMENT offices know the Department of Budget and Management’s Procurement Service as their source of their supplies and equipment.
What many of them do not realize is that they can also get software licenses and office solutions provided by companies like Microsoft Philippines.
ENTREPRENEUR Glenn Soco is pushing for Cebu to be the next venue of the Coffee Congress. Soco said he will pitch the project to the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), where he sits as one of the board of trustees.
“I want the coffee community in the province to convene and talk about the opportunities coffee production can bring to further grow Cebu’s economy,” said Soco, who owns the Coffee Dream chain.
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“OOUTSIDERS or advisors with a commitment to the company can add perspective, problem-solving ability, expertise, strategic thinking and a network of contacts that complement those of an able owner manager and his top management team.”
FIVE Water Dragons Development Inc. has opened a 49-room business hotel in Guadalupe, its first hotel in Cebu and outside Mindanao.
The company owns Waterloo Hotel in Zamboanga City.
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Regulations No. 8-2014 on Oct. 16, 2014, which amends the deadline for manufacturers and importers of cigarettes in affixing internal revenue stamps.
ALTHOUGH many car owners choose to have their vehicles serviced by smaller shops rather than at the dealership, an automobile service manager believes that in the long run, they are not saving much.
A FEW days back, Google released a new email product called Inbox By Gmail. It is a re-imagining of the email, an “inbox that works for you.”
Google said the product, currently available only by invitation, was built on things they learned from their pioneering email service, GMail. It is, according to the service’s website, a “fresh start that goes beyond email to help you get back to what matters.”
TWENTY-nine-year-old entrepreneur Sheela Farinas built her accessories business by tapping on a key feature of social networking: hashtags.
From a start-up capital of P5,000, Farinas, who makes custom jewelry as a part-time business, is now earning at least P10,000 per month through her online business MS Accessories.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III urged business owners yesterday to support the government’s efforts to further reform the power sector, amid projections of a power shortage next year.
INSURANCE provider AXA Philippines is expanding its operations in the Visayas by opening two new branch offices in Cebu.
The firm unveiled yesterday its two additional branches located in the Cebu Business Park and Crown Regency Tower 3. With this addition, the firm now has three offices, including its regional office along Escario St. in Cebu City.
OVER 49,000 United Kingdom visas were issued to Filipinos from March 2013 to March 2014, reflecting a 27 percent growth in Filipino tourists and business visitors in the UK, reported the British Embassy in Manila.
RESPONDENT Anscor Swire Ship Management Corp. is a manning agency. Since the late 1980s, petitioner Antonio E. Unica was employed by it under various contracts. In his last contract, the petitioner was deployed for nine months from Jan. 29, 2000 to Oct. 25, 2000. However, since the vessel was still at sea, petitioner was only repatriated on Nov. 14, 2000 or 20 days after the expiration of his contract of employment.
WE ALL know the story, or at least the fiction.
American military officer Nathan Algren goes to Japan to fight the “barbaric” samurai. Initially, his mission is to help the supposedly modernizing Japanese government to suppress the rebel warriors, in order to move Japan forward to the new age of civilized society. However, as he later finds out, it is the government who are the villains, and the samurai who are fighting a just cause, to preserve their legacy and their honor. So what happens, in typically Hollywood fashion, is he turns coat and decides to fight for the “enemy” instead.
EXPORTERS in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) and Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand-Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) are encouraged to take advantage of the free trade agreements (FTAs) between the Asean and other nations.
At present, Asean is a signatory of the following FTAs (Asean-Australia New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA), Asean-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA), Asean-India Free Trade Area (AIFTA), Asean-Japan Free Trade Area (AJFTA), and the Asean-Republic of Korea Free Trade Area (AKFTA).
BUDGET carrier AirAsia Zest (AirAsia) said it will make Cebu one of its biggest hubs in the country by mounting more routes.
Yesterday, the carrier launched its newest routes from Cebu to Davao and Cagayan de Oro City to boost traffic in Mindanao’s top tourism cities.
EVEN of AboitizLand is expanding in Mega Manila, the homegrown developer assured Cebuanos it will continue to pour in projects for Cebu in the coming years. An official said a residential project, one of the developer’s biggest, will be launched in Cebu next year.
“In the next five to ten years, AboitizLand will become a significant player (in the national league)…but there will still be enough projects for Cebu,” said AboitizLand vice president for marketing Charity Joyce Marohombsar.
FOR global convenience store chain 7-Eleven, a significant foundation in growing the franchise business system -- from tapping to continuously expanding in new markets -- is making solid alliances with mutually-passionate partners.
I’VE attended at least three tech events this week and I would like to share some statistics of usage. According to Nielsen, who presented during the Microsoft CIO Summit, 76 percent of Filipinos in 2013 own mobile phones, 15 percent of which are smartphones. In 2014, it is estimated that 78 percent of Filipinos now own mobile phones and smartphone are now 34 percent of the total.
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IT HAS been reported that Led Zeppelin was sued by the band Spirit for copyright infringement with the latter claiming that the intro to “Stairway to Heaven” was copied from Spirit’s song “Taurus.” The two bands played four gigs together in the late ‘60s.