2nd BIMP-Eaga and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference set on Oct 23-26 in Davao City!

Source: Sunstar.com.ph

AROUND 250 exhibitors from the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) and The Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) are expected to join the international trade fair in Davao City on October 23 to 26, 2014.

Romeo Montenegro, Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) director of investment promotions and public affairs, on Thursday said the 2nd BIMP-Eaga and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference will be held at the SMX Convention Center at SM Lanang Premier.

“Majority of the exhibitors are agriculture related. Although, we are also looking into having exhibits on other investment opportunities within the area other than agriculture like trade and tourism,” he said.

Montenegro said they are closely coordinating with the secretariats of BIMP-Eaga and IMT-GT as to who will be participating in the four-day event.

This is the first time that the Philippines will be hosting the event which is also in time for the 20th year celebration of BIMP-Eaga’s creation.

The event, dubbed as “Realizing the Opportunities of Asean Integration,” will provide a “strategic venue for exhibitors, business leaders, as well as key and private sector representatives from the two sub-regions and its development partners to forge greater partnerships, and realize the opportunities of Asean integration.”

This also “seeks to broaden the platform for showcase of unique products and services while seizing the possibilities of exploring and tapping new market links within and outside Asean.”

Aside from the trade fair, they are also expecting some 700 business leaders from BIMP-Eaga, IMT-GT, and partner countries who will attend the Business Leaders’ Conference on October 23.

There will also be buyers-sellers matching, technology seminars, ICT Summit and Technology Expo 2014, Street Food Festival, BIMP-Eaga and IMT-GT Film Festival, and a Friendship Golf Tournament.

MinDA will sit on top of the organizing committee in partnership with Mindanao Business Council Inc. (MBC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the City Government of Davao.

Pinoys can now visit Myanmar without visa starting January 2014!

Filipinos can now visit Myanmar (formerly Burma)without a visa starting January 2014.


In statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Filipino nationals holding ordinary passports may now enter Myanmar without a visa and stay there for up to 14 days, starting January 4, 2013.

January 4 is the date of effectivity of the agreement between the Philippine and Myanmar governments on the visa exemption for holders of ordinary passports. The agreement was signed during Myanmar President U Thein Sein’s state visit to the Philippines last December 5.


Official Holidays in the Philippines for 2013 bared!

Below is the list of holidays for 2014, declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013, unless otherwise specified:

January 1, 2014, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)
January 31, 2014, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)

February 25, 2014, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Holiday for all schools)

April 9, 2014, Wednesday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)
April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)
April 18, 2014 – Good Friday (Regular Holiday)
April 19, 2014 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)

May 1, 2014, Thursday – Labor Day (Regular Holiday)

June 12, 2014, Thursday – Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

August 21, 2014, Thursday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 25, 2014, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)

November 1, 2014, Saturday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2014, Sunday – Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

December 24, 2014, Wednesday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 25, 2014, Thursday – Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)
December 26, 2014, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 30, 2014, Tuesday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)
December 31, 2014, Wednesday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

*Separate proclamations will be issued for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha

Sony Introduces the Multi-Functional VAIO® Fit multi-flip PC Offering an uncompromising notebook experience for productive work and play!

Advanced technology may have enabled us with smartphones or tablets but neither of the two can really provide us a productive computing experience. In this regard, Sony has constantly introduced innovative products that equip us not just with mobile convenience but the benefits of increased productivity and creativity that smartphones and tablets alone cannot provide.
In line with this, Sony is launching today another addition to its line of premium VAIO products – the VAIO® Fit 13A/15A. An all new form factor to the design of VAIO® notebooks, the VAIO® Fit 13A/15A features a multi-flipTM hinge that provide a variety of new ways to use mobile PCs while still enjoying the full functionality of a traditional clamshell laptop. It aims to suit the computing needs of everyone and is available in 13-inch, and 15-inch sizes. Both units were first showcased at the Sony Center by Avid at the Glorietta Mall in Makati.


Sony has been introducing a wider range of premium and class-leading models and the Company is not about to stop. Sony has brought a slider PC with the VAIO Duo 13, the detachable tablet PC VAIO Tap 11, and VAIO Pro 13 which is the thinnest and lightest VAIO Ultrabook in the market.  And now, Sony takes pride in introducing the all new VAIO Fit Multi-flip PC.

The multi-flip PC that suits every computing need
The highlight of the VAIO® Fit multi-flipTM PC’s design is its revolutionary new multi-flipTM hinge, which makes it capable of flipping and converting between laptop, tablet and viewer modes by flipping the display over the hinge. The laptop mode comfortably accommodates highly productive work, the same way as conventional notebook PCs. In tablet mode, it is best utilised for browsing the web, taking pictures, and writing with the digitizer stylus. Lastly, with the viewer mode, the display can be flipped over so that you can share the experience of watching a video or movie with another viewer. This makes the VAIO® Fit multi-flipTM PC adaptable for any use, be it for professionals, students, designers or the everyday PC user.

Structured in a stylish, functional design; its thin chassis is constructed with an aluminium hairline finish. The notebook comes with a full pitch keyboard, touch pad and palm rest to give users a comfortable typing experience, as well as a backlit keyboard which allows for work in low-light conditions.

Powered by the best of Sony
Incorporating the best of Sony’s digital imaging expertise, the Exmor™ RS for PC imaging sensor found on the VAIO® Fit 13A makes it possible to take high-resolution images of documents. Images are clear enough for the computer to recognise and tag texts in the photos, which works harmoniously with the CamScanner app. The back-illuminated CMOS sensor also ensures that there is reduced noise in low-light situations.

Besides the Exmor™ RS for PC sensor, Sony has incorporated other technologies into the VAIO® Fit multi-flipTM PC such as the TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile and X-Reality for mobile, adapted from technology used in the Sony BRAVIA 2013 range of TVs. These allow for a more vivid reproduction of colours on screen and ensure the sharpest picture quality. The VAIO® Fit multi-flipTM PC is also powered to deliver dynamic bass and soaring highs without distortion with the ClearAudio+TM mode that uses a variety of sound technologies to deliver a superior audio performance. With one simple operation, users can enjoy music with the levels of sharpness and depth that the artist intended.

Inspiring Creativity
The VAIO® Inspiration Suite aims to replace the necessity of pen and paper with a collection of core apps that allow users to seamlessly capture, edit and organise content on their VAIO® notebooks. The VAIO® Fit multi-flipTM PC comes pre-loaded with a trio of apps to help users unleash their creativity: after shooting and reorienting images on CamScanner, users can then clip out the subject of the image using VAIO® Clip, and write memos on top of the images with their digitizer stylus1 in VAIO® Paper. This gives users the same experience as drafting or sketching with pen and paper and much more.

The new, multi-functional VAIO® Fit 13A/15A will be available in Philippines from Mid-November 2013 onwards.

Experience the all new VAIO® Fit 13A/15A today. Visit the nearest Sony Center or authorized dealer now or log on to  HYPERLINK “http://www.sony.com.ph” www.sony.com.ph; like us on Facebook:  HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/SonyPhilippines” www.facebook.com/SonyPhilippines;  HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/sonymobileph” www.facebook.com/sonymobileph; and follow us on twitter: @SonyPHInc. for more information.


Night Life in Davao City dead after 1 a.m., new Liquor Ban to take effect soon!

Once the amended liquor ban which was signed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte take effect which prohibits the serving, selling and drinking of intoxicating drinks along city streets, parking areas and uninhabited places from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m., the city’s night life will eventually be good as dead!


The city mayor inked the Ordinance No. 004-13 Series of 2013 (An Order Amending Ordinance No. 1627, Series of 1994, “An Ordinance regulating the operation of business establishments selling liquors, coconut wine and other nature wine and other alcoholic beverages in the City of Davao) in August.

The City Council approved the ordinance in July.

However, the amended ordinance is not yet in effect since it needs to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality for three consecutive times as provided under Section 5 of the ordinance.

It has already been published once. Two more publications are needed before it takes effect.

The amended ordinance mandates that the prohibition of drinking and consuming liquor is not only limited to all business establishments selling and serving liquors, alcoholic beverages, coconut wine (tuba) and other nature wines, but in all other public places in the city.

First offense calls for an administrative fine of P3,000, while the second offense calls for a fine of P5,000 and imprisonment of three months or both upon the discretion of the court. For the third offense, a fine of P5,000, or one year imprisonment will be slapped against the offender and his or her business permit will be revoked.

Many businesses that caters to liquor like bars, Karaoke, and the likes will have to close their establishment by 1 a.m. or stop selling alcohol related products.

There is a big possibility that these establishment will close since alcoholn drinkers usually go out late at night. They may even suffer losses in the long run.

What is your take on this?

Liquor Ban Up on Oct. 27 – 28 in preparation for Barangay Elections!

Commission on Elections (Comelec) imposes a two day liquor ban in connection with the up-coming barangay elections which will take place on Monday,October 28!

The liquor ban will officially start tomorrow, October 27 at exactly 12:01 a.m.

Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Tweeted the following:

“Please note that the ELECTION LIQUOR BAN starts 12:01 a.m. of October 27 and will stay in place until October 28, 2013”

One of the provisions under Section 261 (Prohibited Acts) of the Omnibus Election Code states that: “Any person who sells, furnishes, offers, buys, serves or takes intoxicating liquor on the days fixed by law for the registration of voters in the polling place, or on the day before the election or on election day.”

However, it added: “Hotels and other establishments duly certified by the Ministry of Tourism as tourist oriented and habitually in the business of catering to foreign tourists may be exempted for justifiable reasons upon prior authority of the Commission.”

Aside from selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor, other prohibited acts in the eve of election are “giving, accepting, free transportation, food, drinks and things of value” and campaigning.

The Comelec said these acts are prohibited until Election Day, October 28.

“Pinoy Big Brother” Season 5 and Teen Edition happening in Davao this weekend!

Pinoy Big Brother” opens its doors to aspiring housemates for the hit reality program’s fifth regular and teen editions with a string of auditions beginning this weekend in Davao City.


Hopefuls aged 12 to 17 years old may join the auditions this Saturday (Oct 26), 8AM to 3PM at the Abreeza Mall.

On Sunday (Oct 27), auditions for the regular season will open to men and women 18 to 35 years old at the same venue.

For announcements on the next leg of auditions, just tune in to ABS-CBN, follow @PBBabscbn on Twitter and @pinoybigbrother on Instagram, or like www.facebook.com/OfficialPinoyBigBrother.

Watch out for the 5th regular and teen editions of “Pinoy Big Brother” soon on ABS-CBN.

Davao City Mark World Food Day with Organic Market and Cooking Contest!

October 25, is World Food Day and Davao City will join the celebration with a popular organic market and cooking contest.


The annual celebration adopts a localized theme to emphasize the movement’s campaign in popularizing organically grown crops as the answer to Dabawenyos’ nutritional needs. It is led by the Go Organic Davao City (GODC) movement together with Masipag and Babas Foundation.

With the theme, “Sufficient, Nutritious and Sustainable Food for all Dabawenyos”, the event will showcase fresh produce of small organic farmers from Davao’s third district. It will be held at Babas Wellness Center, corner Sales and Uyanguren Sts., (beside Asia Glass Palace).

A variety of heirloom rice, fruits, and vegetables will be sold at the event.

Human Resource and Management students from different schools in the city will participate in the organic cooking contest, following a “Top Chef” format.

A public forum on the dangers of genetically modified organism crops will also be held.

This year’s celebration is also part of the Global Green Action Week.

GODC is in partnership with the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and various organizations from Asia, Latin America, and Africa in promoting a healthy, accessible, affordable, and sustainable food production system for all the people.

GODC is a cluster network of Go Organic Mindanao. It is composed of organic agriculture practitioners and advocates in Davao City, united to promote organic agriculture and advocate for the full implementation of the Organic Agriculture Ordinance.

The group engages with the local government of Davao City to mainstream sustainable agriculture and organic farming systems.

Kadayawan 2013 Schedule of Events revealed!

Kadayawan Festival 2013 is fast approaching and the events for the almost month long celebration of the biggest festival in Mindanao will start on August 1!


Take note that the street dancing “Indak Indak sa Kadalanan” will be on August 17 and the famous floral float parade “Pamulak Kadayawan” is the next day August 18 is the highlight of the festival

‘Hiyas sa Kadayawan’ cultural presentation and coronation date and venue revealed!

Hiyas sa Kadayawan will be represented by 10 tribes of Davao City!


The 10 tribes of Davao Vity are the tribes of Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvo, Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa, Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Kagan, and Sama ethnic groups.

This years Hiyas sa Kadayawan will no longer showcase the talent night , but a cultural presentation night of each tribe.The prize for the for the talent showcase has been increased as it is intended for the cultural development of the winning tribe.

Carol Valdez, officer-in-charge of Duaw Davao Festivals Foundation said:

“Dati kasi it used to be called as talent night pero ngayon cultural presentation na. So hindi siya magiging Miss Talent. The best cultural showcase is not awarded to the person, it’s awarded to the tribe.”

The cultural presentation at NCCC Mall on August 11.

The coronation night will be on August 16 at the Davao City Recreation Center.

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