Widus, Mike T, Canon, PLDT

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By Noel G. Tulabut

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Friday, August 8, 2014


WIDUS' Prism -- an upscale and premier bar – was turned recently into a media conference room when it hosted Talk Widus, a collaboration between Pampanga Press Club and Widus Hotel and Casino inside Clark Freeport.

In its maiden edition, Talk Widus had no less than the debonair Alfred M. Reyes, its general manager and Board Member Mike Tapang who is ex-officio member in Pampanga’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), representing the councilors.

Alfred talked about the expansion of Widus – its hotel and casino complex which will all be completed before the year ends. He also delved on the challenges to the hotel and restaurant industry such as the need for more waiters and servers. He said that during big banquets at Widus, the hotel has to import anywhere from 30 to 50 waiters from Metro Manila as the local manpower pool lacked such expertise.

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For his part, BM Mike T who looks like mayorly with each passing day (he has the stature already), discussed about the initiatives of the Philippine Councilors League in Pampanga. Foremost of which is the issue on overloaded trucks that destroy national and local roads in Pampanga.

He said that an ordinance he has filed in SP will put in more teeth to an existing national law on overloading, particularly those hauling sand and gravel from Pampanga.

He said that it is high time that sand and gravel truckers should police their own ranks by monitoring their own colleagues. He also called on them to cooperate by not using the shoulders and expanded portions of highways as their parking lots. He also agrees on the imposition of ban on trucks that are too long (with 16 rear wheels) as they are stalled negotiating tight corners, proving the fact the local roads were not designed for their lengths.

Talk Widus is a kapihan media forum being held every first Wednesday at 8:30 AM.

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CANON Marketing Philippines Inc. (CMPI) recently announced the appointment of Lim Kok Hin as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Alan Chng, who now assumes his post as President and CEO of Canon Marketing Thailand. Lim officially took over last July 1, 2014.

Having been with Canon for more than twenty years, Lim held several management positions at Canon Malaysia from 1991 until 2006, when he was promoted as Senior Director of Business Imaging Solutions (BIS) at Canon Singapore Pte Ltd (CSPL).

He became the Vice President of the BIS group for Southeast Asia in 2011, with overall responsibility for the Sales and Marketing of business imaging hardware and software solutions across 18 countries; these including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand, and a representative office in Vietnam. In addition, Lim also served as the head of CSPL Domestic Business Operations and was in charge of the overall growth, sales, marketing and services of the Consumer Imaging & Information Products (CII) and BIS groups for the Singapore market.

The guy, more than his impressive curriculum vitae, looks nice and has a good sense of humor and outstanding PR. He will do his company a lot of good with his stature and countenance especially in promoting goodwill and cooperation.

His appointment came at a time when Canon has opened its new and better branch in Central and Northern Luzon. In fact, it was him who served as the guest of honor during the shop’s opening recently.

That’s right photography buff, Canon has a new showroom, sales and service center right in the heart of Central Luzon.

It has recently opened a bigger and better shop to serve its customers better. Located at Jose Abad Santos Avenue (GSO Road), this Canon shop has not only the latest in photography, printing and imaging devices but also superb customer service staff.

Led by the hardworking Dennis Amores, who is well-loved by local media practitioners, Canon offers only the latest and the best cameras, lens, printers and peripheral equipment.

Here is the complete address and contact details G/F Unit 4 Northwalk Complex, Gapan-Olongapo Road, San Fernando City, Pampanga Monday - Friday; 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (except non-working holidays) Tel. No: (045) 961-8734, (045) 961-8727 Fax No: (045) 961-8728

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Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) the leading telecoms operator in the Philippines, and Rocket Internet AG (“Rocket”), have entered into a global strategic partnership to drive the development of online and mobile payment solutions in emerging markets.

Under the terms of the partnership agreement PLDT will invest €333 million for a 10 per cent stake in Rocket. PLDT's investment terms reflect its long-term commitment to Rocket and its unique ability to combine PLDT’s world-class mobile money expertise and resources with Rocket's global platform to drive future value enhancing growth opportunities.

Concurrent with the investment, PLDT and Rocket will jointly develop mobile and online payment technologies and services in emerging markets. The partnership will leverage PLDT's experience and intellectual property in mobile payments and remittance platforms, together with Rocket's global technology platform, to provide products and services for the “unbanked, uncarded and unconnected” population in emerging markets.

Rocket provides a platform for the rapid creation and scaling of consumer internet businesses outside the U.S. and China. Rocket has more than 20,000 employees in its network of companies across over 100 countries, with aggregated revenues in excess of €700 million in 2013.

Its most prominent brands include leading Southeast Asian e-Commerce businesses Zalora and Lazada, as well as fast growing brands with strong positions in their markets such as Dafiti, Linio, Jumia, Namshi, Lamoda, Jabong, Westwing, Home24 and HelloFresh, in Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Russia, India and Europe. Alongside e-Commerce and marketplaces, financial technology and payments comprise Rocket's third sector where it anticipates numerous and significant growth opportunities.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 09, 2014.

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