PMAP: Induction of Officers 2015

PMAP: Induction of Officers 2015
PMAP 2015 New set of officers

The mood was festive during the induction of People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) 2015 New set of officers held during its 602nd General Membership Meeting at the Luzon Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City last January 28, 2015. 

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny B. Coloma inducted the 2015 Officers and Board of Trustees of the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP).

Secretary Coloma, 1998 PMAP President, delivered an inspiring talk about the PMAP’s theme this year: Defy Limits… Perform Beyond the Ordinary.

The 2015 officers inducted are President Roberto M. Policarpio, AFPM (San Miguel Corporation/ San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation); Vice President Jesse Francis N. Rebustillo (Philippine Daily Inquirer); Board Secretary Bonifacio C. Afortunado (Orglink, Inc.); and Treasurer Leo S. Gellor (Individual Member).

Passing on the torch.

Symbolic symbol of leadership pass on to the new president.

 

The new set of PMAP Board of Trustees is composed by Marvin P. Adolfo (Dualtech Training Center Foundation, Inc.); Dioscoro O. Ayag, Jr (PMAP Bohol); Marie Agnes L. Alcasid (Solutions Incorporated/Solutions Insurance Brokers, Inc.); Ric A. Bayao (Moog Controls Corporation); Jacqueline A. Fedalizo (Rayomar Management, Inc.); Ellen C. Fulido (F. J. Elizalde Group of Companies / Manila Broadcasting Company); Reynaldo V. Garote (San Pedro College); Dina H. Loomis (South East Asia Speakers & Trainers Bureau, Inc.); Ma. Paz V. Malubay (P&A Grant Thornton Outsourcing, Inc.); Jocelyn R. Pick (Profiles Asia Pacific, Inc.); Myrna G. Reyes, FPM (Lyceum of the Philippines University); Rossana B. Silvestre (Universal Robina Corporation); Vilma C. Valera (Medicard Philippines, Inc.).

The PMAP Ex-Officios who also took oath of office are Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez, FPM (Immediate Past President); Rene M. Gener, DPM (Executive Director); Enrique V. Abadesco Jr., DPM (President, Society of Fellows in People Management and Chairperson, Council of Presidential Advisers); Atty. Pilar Nenuca P. Almira, DPM (President, PMAP HRM Foundation); and Lucila C. Tarriela, DPM (President, Center for Human Resource Management).

PMAP’s theme for 2015 is to defy Limits;Perform Beyond the Ordinary. The idea of performing beyond the ordinary as they transverse the waves of change and transformation. With this move, the organization is encouraging everyone to become more responsive and dynamic for the present and future generation.

PMAP, with 24 chapters nationwide, is strictly a professional, non-stock, not-for-profit organization of over 1,800 member companies and individual management executives engaged or interested in Human Resource Management (HRM) and Industrial Relations (IR) work. Founded more than 56 years ago, PMAP continue the tradition of its forefathers in advancing the profession, the science, and the art of Human Resource Management. 

As a professional association, PMAP helps institutions mold an enlightened, competent, socially responsible, and influential sector of people managers who can effectively participate in nation-building. PMAP also helps its members become more effective on the job by teaching the human aspect of management via numerous career development forums and training programs.

For more news and updates about PMAP, you may visit their:

Website: www.pmap.org.ph
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PMAP1956

You may also contact them through tel. no. 726-1532 or or email pmap@pmap.org.ph

DepEd: Holds A Month Long Early Registration For Public School

DepEd: Holds A Month Long Early Registration For Public School 

Attention: Ola! Mommy, Daddy, Tita, Tito, Lolo, Lola, Ate, Kuya and to all my fellow Filipinos who know anyone or have a relative who will study or has a plan to study in any public elementary and secondary schools nationwide for SY 2015-2016.
Did you know that DepEd will be holding a month-long early registration in public schools nationwide starting today, January 24 to to February 27, 2015? Go and register now, it’s FREE!

The month-long early registration period will give the Department a clear picture of the total number of expected enrollees and will help in addressing challenges that may arise during the regular enrollment period.  Its collective aim is a smooth school opening come June.

The early registration aims to ensure that all five-year old children are enrolled in kinder while all six-year old are enrolled in Grade 1 by June.

Other targets of the early registration are out-of-school children (OSC) and out-of-school youth (OSY) from marginalized sectors, including street children ages 5 to 18. These targeted learners will be provided with their preferred education delivery system which could either be formal through the alternative delivery mode (ADM) or through the alternative learning system (ALS).

To ensure universal participation, DepEd has enlisted the assistance of local and Barangay officials for the early registration of OSC, the OSY, those with difficulty in learning and the indigenous peoples (IPs).

The early registration will see DepEd working closely with the LGUs, the Parent-Teachers Associations, Barangay officials, civil society groups, civic organizations and the business sector to ensure wide sectoral participation in the exercise of granting all learners access to education.

Documentary requirements DepEd emphasized that there are no fees required for the registration. The birth certificate of the child shall be the documentary basis for early registration. If this is not available during the early registration, the document can be submitted within the school year.

Good luck!

Winners of the First Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2014

Winners of the First Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2014 

Winners of the First Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2014
Congratulations and best wishes to the winners of the first ever Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2014 in the Philippines. I am so happy for all of you! 

The winners, Kristine Caballes from University of San Carlos Cebu and Jason Labacanacruz from the Technological University of the Philippines Manila, won the prestigious Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA) 2014 for interior design and architecture categories, respectively. 

Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA) announced the winners at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas.   The competition’s theme is “Re:Think. Re:Create. Our Community, Our Home.” NPYDA was launched in 2008 but was brought to the Philippines only last year.

Yes, friends! The prestigious NPYDA 2014 has for the first time recognized the talent of the Filipino students.  The Filipino winners won a fully-paid trip to Japan for a cross-country learning program, among other prizes. 

The first Philippine edition of the competition received 196 entries from all over the Philippines. The entries revolved around creating a “community-centric and sustainable township that provides high quality of life for all ages and walks of life.”

Kristine Caballes, a University of San Carlos (USC Cebu) student who incorporated a garden in her design of the interiors of an imaginary home, is the first Filipino winner for interior design in the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA).  

Caballes said her design was guided by the Philippine climate, geography and everything about the country. In her design statement, she said “people living in this residence can save energy, water and money by using rainwater as their source of energy and water supply.” She incorporated rain catchment facilities and a vertical wall garden with hydroponics plants.

Caballes’ project introduced a residential house that not only uses rainwater for water supply but also converts it into electricity.

Caballes walked away with Php50,000 cash prize, A 6-month internship paid internship contracts under Lor Calma & Partners, which will give her an opportunity to acquire valuable experience from working alongside industry professionals.and spots in the exclusive Japan Learning Program and the prestige of being the first Filipino winner in the interior design category of NPYDA.  She also got an additional Php5,000 when her design was named Best Green Innovation. 
VERTICAL garden in Caballes’ winning dining room design
Caballes’ design impressed the judges so much she got a rating of more than 90 percent while the runner-up got less than 80 percent.
Jason B. Labanacruz wowed the judges with the idea to use recycled container vans for stable low cost housing instead of tents which are not resistant to typhoons. Caballes’ project meanwhile introduced a residential house that not only uses rainwater for water supply but also converts it into electricity. 
Scenes of devastation and death caused by recent typhoons, Labacanacruz said, led him to think of a design that would minimize the destructive impact of natural and other calamities. His entry, “Indayog ng Kulay Housing Project,” uses, among other things, recycled cargo containers to reduce the use of natural construction materials.
LABACANACRUZ proposes the use of recycled cargo containers for his “housing development.”
Labanacruz won the gold award and walked away with Php50,000 cash prize, a 6-month paid internship contracts under Lor Calma & Partners and spots in the exclusive Japan Learning Program and the prestige of being the first Filipino winner in the architecture category of NPYDA. He also received Php5,000 for winning the prize for Best Color Choice.
Aside from the cash prize and trophy, the winners will each receive a six-month internship at Lor Calma & Partners and a fully paid trip in March to Osaka, Japan, to compete with the winners from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, Japan and Hong Kong for the regional title.

They will also participate in the Japan Learning Program, an exclusive workshop for NPYDA winners that will feature internationally renowned architects and interior designers as speakers and resource persons.

USC Interior Design professor Adrian del Monte, Caballes’ adviser, and TUP Architecture professor Elpidio Balais Jr.,  Labacanacruz’s adviser, each received Php10,000. The winners’ schools each got Php10,000 in cash and Php10,000 worth of paint voucher.

Jestefanie Tanchuling of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is the Silver awardee for interior design.

She won Php30,000 in cash. 
Tanchuling received an additional P5,000 for winning the Best Color Choice.

Silver awardee for architecture is Lloyd Hopanda of Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST Manila). He won Php30,000 in cash.

In architecture, Arian Sustento of Adamson University (Manila) received P5,000 for winning the Best Green Innovation award.
The other eight finalists in each category of the Philippines’ first NPYDA competition received P10,000 each. 
For Interior design—Liana Bianca Limjoco, UST; Stacy Mae Chan, USC Cebu; April Jan Molino, UST; Hannah Marie Betonio, USC Cebu; Mark John Acoba, Philippine Women’s University Manila; Syril Jendryl Clemente, UST; Kristel Anne Poyaoan, University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman); and Raiza Gangoso, La Consolacion College Bacolod.

Architecture—Roldan Lopeña, National University (NU Manila); Jose Laserna Jr., EARIST Manila; Niel Gardonia, NU Manila; Rod Kevin Gonzales, UP Diliman; Rewin John F. Corpuz, Tarlac State University (TSU); Jan Nicole Dizon, TSU; and Daisy Antonio, TUP Manila.

NPYDA is an annual, region-wide competition regional competition across 10 Asia Pacific countries such as the following:

  • Malaysia 
  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • Indonesia
  • Pakistan
  • China
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • and now the Philippines. 

The competition challenges emerging designers to find innovative and practical solutions to real-world demands of their profession. It is aimed at developing creative young talent and raising the standards of design excellence.

Indeed, without the inspiration of the young, the design world will be stagnant.

Gladys Goh, group general manager of Nippon Paint Malaysia Group, said “the exceptionally talented young people” who participated in the competition represented the future of design. The first NPYDA drew 120 entries in interior design and 76 in architecture.

Goh said she was impressed that they got so many entries in just about six months since they launched NPYDA in the Philippines. She added that the competition was not just about “looking pretty,” as it put emphasis on the green element. The contest criteria assigned 30 percent of the total score to “green-ness.”

“All entries are very unique and relevant to the needs of the Philippines and inspired by the Philippines’ natural wonders,” she said. Nippon Paint invested in the competition, she said, “because what’s the use of having green technology if there is no green design?”

Rogelio Caringal, president of the Philippine Institute of Interior Design, said NPYDA is “planting the seeds of green consciousness for better, greener and healthier environment.”

Beth Regala, president of United Architects of the Philippines, said architects played a critical role in shaping the environment, while Rolando Cordero, chair of the Professional Regulation Commission Board for Architecture, who chaired the board of judges, said the NPYDA confirmed his view that there is an abundance of talent among young Filipino interior designers and architects.

Photo shows (from left) Gladys Goh, Nippon Paint Malaysia Group – Group General Manager; Jason Labacanacruz, and Kristine Caballes.


Father-and-son tandem of Lor and Ed Calma is a formidable force in architecture.

Lor Calma is a legend in the world of architect and interior design. He translated the modernism’s minimalist form into a Filipino context in the ’50s throughout the ’70s. The younger Calma, meanwhile, has made a name for himself, stepping out of the shadows from his architect father.

NPYDA, a recognition program in Asia that shines the spotlight on young specifiers who want their work showcased in both the local and international arena, will also send the winners to Japan for a cross-country learning program.

Lor Calma, who is also the head judge for the interior design category of NPYDA 2014, can’t wait to guide the winners during their internship at his firm.

“We’re partners with Nippon Paint, so this is a big deal,” he said. “It’s an international competition so we’re looking for talents here in the Philippines that would be able to compete worldwide. I believe our students have a fighting chance because you can see from the work, the passion they have.”

During the six-month internship, Calma hopes to share his experiences and guide them as to how international juries would look at their projects.

The youth is the hope of every nation. 

SAMSUNG: Introduces the Galaxy A-Series Smartphones

SAMSUNG: Introduces the Galaxy A-Series Smartphones 



Samsung introduces a new generation of smartphones with the all-new Samsung GALAXY A-Series. The Cutting-Edge A-Series phones were launched at the newest and hippest party place in town, Valkyrie, during the January 14, 2015 event hosted by MTV VJ Yassi Pressman. 


Geez, you could imagine my excitement when I got invited to witness the launching of the new Samsung Galaxy A-Series. 

Donning a Samsung unit, I had that VIP feel as I accessed #TheALife  entering through Valkyrie’s VIP lanes.

All eyes are on the slim and stylish Galaxy Alpha and its new brand ambassadors led by 
  • Yassi Pressman
  • Lauren Young
  • Callum David
  • Lissa Kahayon,
  • Janina Manipol 
  • and David Guison. 

Life is awesome when you are young and all the Samsung Brand Ambassadors for the Cutting-Edge Samsung Galaxy A-Series have good vibes aura. 

First Photo: The author with Adobo Magazine Account Manager Nicole Songco. Second Photo: Cha Sy with Yassi Pressman and Lauren Young, newest Samsung Galaxy A-series Ambassadors.

As part of the mobile crowd of this generation there’s nothing better than having access to the A life – an awesome lifestyle that lets you freely express yourself and have fun the way you want to. 

The A life means being able to experience life’s greatest moments and sharing them with your friends. 

Those who want to experience the A Life can make it happen with the Samsung Galaxy A-Series with its slim, stylish and full metal design. Samsung Galaxy A-Series is Samsung’s first full metal smartphone which features both a stylish design and powerful specs.It is stylishly crafted with a slim, full metal body. It gives you a true-to-life viewing experience with AMOLED technology and is packed with a wide range of selfie functions to play with.

Available in three variants:
  • Galaxy A7
  • Galaxy A5 
  • and Galaxy A3

Yes, my dear the A series features a first full metal unibody device that comes in a variety of colors and sizes, and advanced features that bring the Samsung smartphone experience to a new level of functionality.

The Galaxy A Series is Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date, making them the perfect accessory to go with any get-up. The Galaxy A7 stands at 6.3mm thin, while Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 comes at 6.7mm and 6.9mm, respectively. For the Galaxy A3, there will be Black and White colors. Black, White, Gold, and Silver will be available for Galaxy A5 while Galaxy A7 will come in Black, White, and Gold.
Sporting an advanced 5MP front-facing camera, it allows you to take better selfies with greater ease than ever—whether you’re bar hopping with friends, lounging at the beach, or exploring a new vacation getaway. Innovative photo-taking features, such as Wide Selfie, Voice and Palm Gestures Activation, Animated GIF, Beauty Face Features (Face Retouch, Eye Enlarge, and Slim Face), and Rear-cam Selfie, letusers take photos in high resolution by automatically detecting and focusing on a person’s face.
Since photos are meant to be shared, you can easily share photos of your A life with friends using your favorite social media channels with the device’s fast network speed of LTE Category 4 standard.
Vivid Display and Powerful Processor
Further, the A Series allows you to expand your entertainment options. Whether you want to play video games or watch films, you will surely love the Galaxy A series Super AMOLED display and Adaptive Display technology, which gives users a more exciting viewing experience. It delivers clearer images with deep contrast and better viewing angles for more vivid, colorful content in virtually any environment, even under bright sunlight.
To ensure that you always enjoy what technology has to offer in every facet of your life, the A Series was made for seamless multi-tasking and faster browsing experience. The A7 features an Octa Core (1.5GHz Quad Core and 1.0 GHz Quad Core) processor while A5 and A3 feature a Quad Core 1.2 GHz processor. In addition, the Galaxy A Series sports popular features exclusive to Galaxy devices, such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen, as well as adjustable audio which intelligently adapts and enhances sound outputbased on the user’s surrounding environment.
The Galaxy A7 is priced at Php 24,990, Galaxy A5 at Php 19,990 and Galaxy A3 at Php 16,990.  It will be available in Samsung Experience Stores and authorized dealers beginning January 2015.
Not only that, since Samsung wanted you to Access the A life, it will have a promotion on Jan. 24 to 25. I am so excited for the mobile crowd because you’ll get to enjoy P1,000 off from the price tag, a free Valkyrie VIP card, free Content and Services vouchers and zero-percent installment for 18 months. What are you waiting for? Hurry and enjoy the new Samsung A-series.
Samsung Galaxy A7 Products Specifications
Galaxy A7
SRP Php 24,990
Launch February 2015
Design Full Metal
Sim Type Dual SIM active (Hybrid) Nano
Connectivity Wi-Fi + LTE Ready
Display 5.5” Super Amoled Display
Processor Octa Core (1.5GHz Quad Core + 1.0GHz Quad Core)
RAM 2GB
Memory 16GB
Camera 13MP AF w/ LED Flash + 5MP (F)
Dimension 150.9 x 75.9 x 6.3 mm
Battery 2,600mAh (Non removable)
OS Android OS 4.4 KitKat
Colors White, Black, and Gold
Others Ultra Power Saving mode

Samsung Galaxy A5 Products Specifications
Galaxy A5
SRP Php 19,990
Launch January 2015
Design Full Metal
Sim Type Nano SIM
Connectivity Wi-Fi + LTE Ready
Display 5” Super Amoled Display
Processor Quad Core 1.2GHz
RAM 2GB
Memory 16GB
Camera 13MP AF w/ LED Flash + 5MP (F)
Dimension 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm
Battery 2,300mAh (Non removable)
OS Android OS 4.4 KitKat
Colors White, Black, Gold, and Silver
Others Ultra Power Saving mode

Samsung Galaxy A3 Products Specifications
Galaxy A3
SRP Php 16,990
Launch January 2015
Design Full Metal
Sim Type Nano SIM
Connectivity Wi-Fi + LTE Ready
Display 4.5” Super Amoled Display
Processor Quad Core 1.2GHz
RAM 1GB
Memory 16GB
Camera 8MP AF w/ LED Flash + 5MP (F)
Dimension 130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm
Battery 1,900mAh (Non removable)
OS Android OS 4.4 KitKat
Colors White and Black
Others Ultra Power Saving mode

* Features and functions will vary by market.

* All functions, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities are subject to change without notice or obligation.

* User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.

You can ask the world to end your doubts and questions, but the answers to it all are within you. You are the Answer. 

#SamsungGalaxyASeries #Slim #Stylish #FullMetalAccess #theALife

12-year old asked Pope Francis: Why does God allow this to happen?

12-year old asked Pope Francis: Why does God allow this to happen?

12-year old asked Pope Francis: Why does God allow this to happen?

12-year-old Glyzelle Palomar, dressed in a Filipiniana attire and was carrying a prepared speech to relate her life as a street kid to Pope Francis at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila (UST). She started by introducing herself as one who lives in the streets and who is exposed to all sorts of problems such as drugs and prostitution.

She then asked in Filipino “Why does God allow abuse and prostitution? Why does God allow this to happen?” and then she broke down and cried and stopped speaking. In a span of several seconds, this little girl’s speech managed to make everyone cry.

Organizers had to console her before she and another street kid, 14-year-old Jun Chura, were brought to the Pope, who gave them a tight hug. 

The two are from the Tulay ng Kabataan foundation, which takes care of street children in Metro Manila. The Pope had an unscheduled visit with members of Tulay ng Kabataan on his second day in the Philippines, last Friday, January 13.
Because of what the 12-year old said, Pope Francis had to forego his prepared English homily.

“The reality that you have is more superior to the paper in front of me” quips Pope Francis.

He then spoke in Spanish ( his native tongue ) and based another extemporaneous homily to the 12-year old child and also Ricky, one of the volunteers who helped the Yolanda survivor. Amazing! You could feel that he talks from the heart and you can sense the rawness of it!

“Women have so much to tell us about the society. Women are able to pose questions that men are not able to understand,”
“Today’s world lacks the capacity of knowing how to cry.”

“Be courageous don’t be afraid of crying. Let us learn how to weep, how to cry.”

Have you ever ask yourself: ” Have I learned to weep for someone who has suffered abuse?”
It’s ok to cry…realities are seen through the tears of our eyes.
Rikki Macolor, an electronics engineer who invented the Solar Night Light for Yolanda victims, asked Pope Francis, “What more can the youth do? How can we, especially the youth, be agents of mercy and compassion?”

To Ricky who built solar lamps for Yolanda: You give but do you allow yourself to receive? “You lack only one thing. Become a beggar. To learn how to beg.”

“Let yourselves to be loved. It is important to let yourselves be loved by Him.”

“The most important subject you have to learn is how to love.”

Real love is about loving and letting yourselves be loved. It is important to let yourselves be loved by Him. 

Use 3 languages: Mind, heart, hands that is to think, to feel, to do -Pope Francis

#PopeFrancisPh #Pope #PopeFrancis #DearPopeFrancis #PopeFrancisUST #overwhelm

I am so emotional since the @Pontifex arrived. Each of his quotable quotes makes me ponder and cry each and every time the Pope shows mercy and compassion. 
Photo credits to the rightful owner of the pictures.

NCR Banking Schedule During Papal Visit

NCR Banking Schedule During Papal Visit



Banks that are open during the 5-day Holiday in the National Capital Region


Several banks announced the selected branches that will be open from January 15 to 19, 2015, which were declared as non-working holidays in NCR due to Pope Francis’ visit.

BDO

BDO Unibank said selected branches in the NCR will be open during the Papal visit from January 15 to 19. On these dates, selected non-mall branches will have regular opening hours until 3 p.m. while selected mall branches will be open until 4 p.m.

For the list of BDO branches open during the holiday, visit here.

Bank of the Philippine Islands

BPI said no NCR branches will be open on January 15 and 16. All mall-based branches and kiosks will be open on January 17 and 18.

On January 19, the bank said 55 BPI branches and 18 BPI Family Bank branches in NCR will be open.

Metrobank

Metrobank said key branches in Metro Manila will be open from January 15 to January 19. All branches outside of NCR will have regular banking hours.

January 15, 2015 (Thursday):
Open until 12:00 NN – Greenhills North, Greenhills – Eisenhower, Ermita, J.Nakpil – Taft Ave., Midtown – U.N. Ave., Paco-A.Linao, Quirino Ave. – Leon Guinto, Roxas Blvd.-Vito Cruz, Taft Ave. – P. Ocampo.

Open until 1:00 PM – Pureza-R.Magsaysay Blvd., Asuncion, Pasong Tamo-Javier, Pasong Tamo-Bagtikan, Sucat-Gatchalian, Alabang.

Open until 3:00 PM – Salcedo Village and Pasay-Baclaran.

Open until 4:30 PM – A. Lacson Ave. – Sampaloc, Morayta, N. Domingo – San Juan, V. Mapa, Annapolis-Greenhills, Greenhills-Promenade, Greenhills-Wilson Center, Sta. Cruz-Manila.

Other branches – Roosevelt branch will be open until 12:30 PM while ADB Branch will be open only until 4:00PM.

January 19, 2015 (Monday):
Open until 12:00 NN – C3-A.Mabini, Farmers Plaza, Commonwealth Ave., Raon, A. Maceda, Bustillos-Sampaloc, España, UST-España, Zurbaran, Escolta Tower, and Intramuros.

Open until 1:00 PM – Masangkay-Luzon, Lavezares, Nueva, Pasong Tamo-Buendia, Pasong Tamo-Metropolitan Ave., Head Office Center, Las Piñas-Pamplona and Madrigal Bus Park – Alabang.

Open until 4:30 PM – Evangelista-Quiapo, Quiapo, Ortigas-Xavier and Addition Hills.

Other branches – 999 Mall branch will be open until 2:00 PM, Sto. Cristo-C.M. Recto will be open until 3:00 PM, while ADB branch will be open until 5:00 PM.

Metrobank said all over-the-counter transactions will be accepted and processed by these selected branches on the said holidays, except for checks received which will be processed on the next banking day.

Maybank Philippines

Select Maybank branches in Metro Manila will be open during the Papal visit.

January 15
The following branches will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Main Office Branch, Binondo, Caloocan, Cubao, Tomas Morato, Greenhills, Marikina, Bel Air, Ayala Alabang, Las Pinas and Resorts World.

January 16
All Maybank Metro Manila branches will be closed

January 17
Resorts World branch will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the Main Office Branch will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

January 18
Resorts World branch will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

January 19
All Metro Manila branches will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except for the Villamor; Legaspi Tower Center; and Newport branches.

Maybank said all provincial branches will observe regular banking hours during the Papal visit, except for Tacloban branch, which will be closed on January 15 and 16.

Asia United Bank

AUB said selected branches in NCR will be open during the Papal visit holiday.

On January 15, selected AUB branches in the NCR will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Provincial branches, except for Tacloban and Isabela, will be open on regular banking hours.

On January 16, AUB branches in NCR, Tacloban and Isabela will be closed. All other branches in the country will be open.

Regular banking operations will resume in all AUB branches on January 19.

EastWest Bank

EastWest Bank said it is opening at least 30 branches in the NCR on January 15 and 16. They will observe regular banking hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All branches in NCR will be open on January 19.

The following branches will be open:

January 15
The Fort-Beaufort, Paseo-Philam Tower, Amorsolo-Aegis, Binondo, City Place Square, Gil Puyat-F.B. Harrison, Sampaloc-J. Figueras, Katipunan-St. Ignatius, Marikina-J.P. Rizal, Tandang Sora, Quezon Ave. – Banawe, Congressional Ave., Navotas-North Bay, Novaliches-Gulod, Grace Park-7th Ave., New Manila, Cubao-P. Tuazon, Tektite, Pasig-Kapasigan, Mandaluyong-Shaw Blvd., Alabang Madrigal, Sucat-Kabihasnan, Las Piñas-Marcos Alvarez, 168 Mall, 999 Shopping Mall, Baclaran, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills-Promenade, Festival Mall Level 2 and Bicutan-East Service Road.

January 16
Evangelista, The Fort-Marajo Tower, Gil Puyat-Metro House, Chino Roces-Bagtikan, Binondo, City Place Square, Paco, Pasay-Libertad, Marikina-Concepcion, Loyola Heights-Katipunan, Regalado, Banawe-Scout Alcaraz, Visayas Avenue, Baesa Town Center, Valenzuela-Dalandanan, Grace Park-11th Ave., E. Rodriguez Ave.-Cubao, Tomas Morato, F. Ortigas Jr., Pasig-Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong-Shaw Blvd., Sucat-Evacom, Alabang-Commerce Ave., Las Piñas-Pamplona, 168 Mall, 999 Shopping Mall, Baclaran, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills-Promenade, Festival Mall Level 2 and Bicutan-East Service Road.

EastWest Bank said mall-based branches and those with Saturday and/or Sunday banking will have regular banking operations during the holiday weekend. Branches outside Metro Manila will have regular banking operations.

PBCOM

PBCOM said all branches in Metro Manila will be closed from January 15 to 19.

Only the following branches will be open on January 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Quezon Avenue, Binondo Banking Center, Makati Banking Center, Meralco Avenue and Cubao.

All branches will resume normal banking hours on January 20.

China Bank

China Bank said all Metro Manila branches will be closed on January 15, while branches outside NCR will be open.

On January 16, selected Metro Manila mall branches (shortened hours) and branches outside Metro Manila are open. The Tacloban branch will be closed.

On January 17 and 18, all branches with Saturday and Sunday banking schedule will be open. All branches in Metro Manila and outside NCR will be open on January 19.

Security Bank

Security Bank said selected branches will be open on January 15, 16 and 19. For a complete list of these operational branches, visit the Security Bank Facebook or its website.

PSBank

PSBank said all branches in NCR will be closed on January 15 and 16, while provincial branches will have regular operations.

All PSBank branches in NCR and around the country will be open on January 19.

UCPB

Selected UCPB branches in NCR are open on January 15, 16 and 19.
Branches outside the NCR, including Rizal, Cavite, Laguna and Bulacan, are also open on the said dates.

FREE TWITTER

FREE TWITTER 
Good news o faithful! 
When I first heard about the free twitter, the first question that comes to my mind is, how?
And that is what I research on the net today, to know how to avail of the free twitter.  I learned that Smart, Sun and Talk ’N Text are partnering with Twitter and will offer FREE Twitter on mobile as a public service to the millions of Filipinos who wants to share their thoughts and experiences at the upcoming visit of Pope Francis on January 15 to 19, 2015.

Almost 69 million prepaid and postpaid subscribers of Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text may access Twitter without worrying about mobile data charges, allowing more Filipinos to follow the Pope’s Twitter account (@Pontifex), send wishes and prayers to the Pope using #DearPopeFrancis hashtag, and get real-time updates on the much anticipated apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

More details of the Pope’s visit, including #DearPopeFrancis Tweets, videos, stories and the Pope’s itinerary, can be found at dearpopefrancis.ph.

With this collaboration, Smart and Twitter aim to allow more Filipinos to get involved and immerse in this historic experience with Pope Francis, who our Catholic nation hold very dear to our heart,” said Napoleon L. Nazareno, president and CEO, PLDT and Smart.

All you have to do is to just, text DEARPOPE to 9999 starting January 15. This is a one time registration for the free Twitter service.

We all now that Pope Francis has an official Twitter account @Pontifex, you can now have a FREE access and tweet your aspirations and messages to the beloved Pope using #DearPopeFrancis. 

Subscribers may also post real-time updates, upload photos, and even reach out to him through Twitter with no extra cost.

THE PAPAL VISIT 2015 ITINERARY

THE PAPAL VISIT 2015 ITINERARY
The official itinerary is as follows:
January 15, 2015
Arrival from Sri Lanka – Villamor Air Base
Motorcade to the Apostolic Nunciature – Taft Avenue, Manila
January 16, 2015
Welcome Ceremony – Malacañan Palace, Manila
Motorcade to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral)
Mass with Bishops, Priests, and Religious – Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral)
Motorcade to the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay
Encounter with Families – Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay
January 17, 2015
Departure for Archdiocese of Palo – Villamor Air Base
Arrival at Tacloban Airport
Holy Mass – Tacloban Airport
Lunch with the Poor and Survivors of Calamities at Gonzagahaus (Residence of the Archbishop of Palo) – Palo, Leyte
Blessing of the Pope Francis Center for the Poor – Palo, Leyte
Meeting with the Priests and Religious at Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration (Palo Cathedral) – Palo, Leyte
Departure for Manila
Arrival at Manila – Villamor Air Base
January 18, 2015
Brief Meeting with the Religious Leaders and Encounter with the Youth – Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila
Motorcade to Rizal Park, Manila
Concluding Mass, Rizal Park, Manila
January 19, 2015
Motorcade from the Apostolic Nunciature
Departure for Rome – Villamor Air Base
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TERMINAL FEE: To be Included In Your Plane Ticket’s Cost

TERMINAL FEE: To be Included In Your Plane Ticket’s Cost 

Is this a good thing or a bad thing for all of you out there with itchy feet? MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado said in a memorandum to all the airlines and airport stakeholders that the integration of the terminal fee will finally proceed on February 1, 2015

The MIAA has deferred the integration which was supposed to take effect beginning Jan. 15 to give way to the papal visit on Jan. 15 to 19.
For me, this is a good thing because it means you and I, common people, don’t have to line up and wait for our turn to pay for our terminal fee. It would facilitate smooth boarding. So, thumbs up for that.

The implementation of the memorandum circular seeking the integration of the terminal fees with the cost of plane tickets has likewise been delayed in September last year due to opposition mainly from groups of overseas Filipino workers who because of the new policy would need to pay the terminal fees and line up for refund afterward.

OFWs along with Muslim pilgrims, and Filipino athletes are exempted from paying the terminal fees.

To avail themselves of the exemption, workers have to present their exemption certificate while pilgrims and athletes must present airport authorities proof of the endorsement of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and Philippine Sports Commission, respectively.

Those buying their tickets online and overseas may get a refund at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport afterward.