CoCo Tea Conquers Cebu City

Tea had a very long history, and i wont belabored of telling you its story, here is a TedTalk Video of the History of Tea.

Milk Tea is relatively young, it was developed in the 80s.

There were several versions of how Milk Tea came about. but the most credible is Liu Han-Chieh of Chun Shui Tang Teahouse in Taichung. In the early 80s, he noted that Japanese people enjoyed drinking cold coffee and so he tried out the idea with tea. His cold teas were so popular that his business expanded and he opened several new branches throughout the city.

The bubbles or pearls arrived on the scene in 1988 when during a meeting Liu poured some tapioca balls into his iced teas. Everyone loved it, and so the well-loved drink was born.

Another popular theory is that Tu Tsong-he of the Hanlin Teahouse invented the drink on a whim. He used white tapioca balls which resembled pearls which is allegedly where the name originated.

Wherever it started, there’s no doubt that it took the Taiwanese tea industry by storm and forced many traditional vendors to adapt their menus to include this new and popular drink.

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice comes from Taiwan, the land of milk tea, with the first CoCo store opened by Tommy Hung in Tamsui District, Taipei, in 1997. Since then, the milk-tea shop has expanded, first by opening 100 stores in Taiwan from 1997 to 2005, then branching out globally with their first overseas stores in Suzhuo, China, in 2007. Today, they have over 2,500 stores all over the world, spanning countries from Thailand, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, to the United States, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. This makes them the largest milk-tea chain in the world.

Larry Evans Tan, General Manager of CoCo, Shares how he brought Coco to the Philippines.

Responding to the clamor of its Cebuano clients, cult favorite milk tea brand CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice has launched two branches in Cebu City in a matter of six months and plans are underway for a third branch soon.

“We are overwhelmed with the response of Cebuanos for CoCo. In fact, Cebu City was one of the most requested area the we have received for CoCo to be present in, and when SM Seaside opened in Cebu, we knew that this is the perfect location to build our flagship store in Cebu,” Larry Evans Tan, General Manager of CoCo , shared in a huddle with Cebu media at the CoCo SM Seaside branch.

Its branch at SM Seaside was CoCo’s flagship store in Cebu which is one of their most picturesque branches and was completed March of this year.  It has since become a favorite hangout place of many Cebuano squads and families.  The second branch which opened only last September was at Ayala Center Cebu to keep up with the demand for CoCo blends from the people of Cebu.

A third CoCo branch in Cebu is underway and might open second quarter of next year.

Tan added that the Cebu branches are the first CoCo branches in the Visayas.

“We felt that the CoCo brand and the Cebuano lifestyle are a perfect match. Cebuanos are known for their love for good food and having a fun, relaxed vibe. They also love to hang out with their friends and families and these are exactly what CoCo stands for,” Tan shared.

Just recently, CoCo was awarded the Favorite Milk Tea brand in the Philippines, a testament of its leadership in the milk tea market segment.

CoCo leads in the global tea market with a formidable 4,000 branches spread out across the world and posting an incredible sale of 100 cups per second globally.

In Metro Manila, where it has become go-to-milk tea brand, a cup of CoCo is ordered every 4 minutes via Grab Food alone.

Tan shared with the Cebu media that they are also partnered with Grab Food delivery in Cebu so that those who crave for CoCo may just order via the app to get their favorite CoCo fix.

Tan added that both CoCo Cebu branches will carry all CoCo blends that are available in Metro Manila, including the latest Chocolate Caramel Cream Slush which he described as “Waves of caramel blended with chocolate slush over velvety salty cream making it a drink that is decadent for the local palate.” Chocolate Caramel Cream Slush is a blend that’s exclusive and created for the Philippines.

The other CoCo bestsellers which have now become favorites as well of the Cebuano customers are the Panda Milk Tea, 3 Buddies, White Pearl Milk Tea and Passion Fruit Tea Burst. 

Tan is very optimistic with the future of CoCo among Filipino milk tea lovers and continues to respond to clamor for more branches nationwide. 

“We continue to explore expansion to other areas and bring CoCo closer to our customers. At the same time, we also try to come up with new flavors that we know our customers would love,” Tan said.

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Ford Philippines Brings Back Safe Driving Program In Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines, 24 October 2019 – Ford Philippines is bringing back its Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program in Cebu City with an aim to educate more drivers to become safer and more responsible while on the road.

The DSFL, now on its third year in Cebu, will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Cebu Trade Hall, 3rd Level, SM City Cebu with three (3) training sessions at 10:00am, 11:30am, and 2:00pm. Interested participants can send a text message Tuason Racing School via 0956-5644385 to reserve a slot for free.

The automotive company first brought its safe driving training program in Cebu in 2017, and since then, the DSFL has trained close to 600 private and public utility drivers, student drivers, and traffic and road management personnel. The participants learned more about the benefits of smart, safe, and fuel-efficient driving as well as the necessary driving skills to help minimize road accidents, altercations, and traffic congestion.

Bacolod DSFL

This year, Ford is looking to partner with taxi, bus and transport network vehicle services (TNVS) companies as well as with traffic management bureaus and colleges and universities within Cebu to reach more drivers and instill to them the importance of road safety – either as a driver or as part of the commuting public.

Ford is also reaching out to various call center companies to enjoin its employees as DSFL participants and train them to be road safety advocates. Ford is also tapping its customers in its dealerships and Ford car clubs in Cebu to make them part of the training audience.

Emergency Braking

DSFL participants can expect to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving, as well as tips and techniques in driving under special conditions and vehicle handling in this year’s sessions. They will also be refreshed with road statistics and relevant regulations such as the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act.

Flagship corporate social responsibility program

A DSFL Bacolod participant’s reaction

The DSFL program is one of Ford’s biggest corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs globally, bringing to life its long-standing advocacy on road safety. A United Nations-recognized training program, the DSFL is now on its 12th year in the Philippines and has successfully trained over 23,000 Filipino drivers since 2008. Over the years, the program has made itself relevant with the changing road conditions, policies, and government regulations.

The DSFL program is a combination of classroom training that includes modules on vehicle handling, driving in special conditions, anti-distracted driving, and fuel-efficient driving, as well as a hands-on driving simulation that allows participating drivers to apply their learnings from the classroom sessions. The DSFL program is offered to participating drivers for free.

“One of our commitments at Ford is to help promote and improve road safety in the country. Our aim every year is to increase driver safety awareness with the DSFL, practicing the proper skills required of anybody who gets behind the wheel and ensuring that drivers and their passengers get to their destinations safely all the time,” shares EJ Francisco, AVP, Communications, Ford Philippines.

The DSFL has been a consistent recipient of awards in the country. Early this year, it bagged a Gold Award in the road safety category of the 3rd Driven to Serve Awards of the Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ).

Driving Skills for Life was established in the United States in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, the U.S. Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts, to teach newly licensed drivers the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what is learned in standard driver education programs.

For more information on Ford Driving Skills for Life, interested parties can visit Ford Philippines’ Facebook page or send an e-mail to fgpcomms@ford.com.

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Cebuanos Turns to Angkas to Beat The Traffic

Development comes with a price, and TRAFFIC is one it, as a commuter with have to bear with it as we go on with our daily grind.

The promise of a Mass Transport System for Cebu, had been held hostage by some political quarters. While the long overdue BRT or Bus Rapid System is yet to be implemented, some quarters are offering MRT, Monorails and what pqnot.

Land Transportation Office Region VII (LTO-7) has over half a million motor vehicles and motorcycles in its registry for Cebu Province as of December 2017.  In 2018, this number grew to around 800,000.

Moreover, in a recent study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the unresolved traffic congestion in Metro Cebu has resulted in at least P1.1 billion in economic losses a day.

Regardless where you are in the Social Strata, we are all affected with the Traffic Problem. Even then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Presidential convoys didn’t escaped the infamous Minglanilla Gridlock.

“Traffic is a problem that affects all social classes,” businessman and Angkas advocate Gilbert Olan stressed. “Rich and poor alike, we are all affected by the traffic problem and are all burdened by its economic and social costs,” he added.

“As a Cebuano, dili ko ganahan sa sobrahan nga katrapik sa atoang sugbu. Mao ning pirti gyud makalagot sa atoang tanan (As a Cebuano, I hate that our city is plagued by heavy traffic. It’s become increasingly frustrating for all of us),” Olan stressed. “This is exactly the reason why Angkas was born, to alleviate the commuting problems of Cebuanos,” he added.

“Angkas is an innovative and timely traffic solution that Cebuanos need and we are happy to offer this service to help commuters reach their destinations in a fast, convenient, and affordable way,” said Angeline Tham, Angkas Founder and CEO.

Tham adds that, Angkas biker-partners are strictly screened and are given thorough safety training before being allowed to service passengers. The Angkas bikers and their passengers are also entitled to insurance in every trip.

“We are all aware of how Angkas puts a premium on the safety of the passengers, the bikers, and everyone else on the road,” she noted. “And this is something that we are proud of.”

Angkas Founder and CEO Angeline Tham

In line with their effort to ensure the safety of the biker-partners and their passengers, Angkas held the very first “Angkas Safety Fiesta” in Cebu last Sunday at the Plaza Independencia, Cebu City. The 12-hour event, which started at 10 a.m., featured a safety seminar and skills training session for their biker-partners, a dental mission, free haircut and massage for the participants, and a Gymkhana tournament.

The Angkas Safety Fiesta also served as an onboarding activity for new Angkas biker-partners, with the objective of being able to service more Cebuano commuters at a time.

As an added treat for the bikers and their families, a musical concert was held featuring popular artists such as Andrew E. and Cueshe as well as upcoming acts like the D7G Girls, Jay R Siaboc, Crazy Duo Jr., and the Maka Girls. The show, which was hosted by DJ Chixie and DJ Ringo, was open to the public.

“Our over 5,000 Angkas biker-partners in Metro Cebu are more than prepared to take on the task of ferrying commuters to where they need to go,” Olan declared. “And this is just the beginning,” he added, stressing that while traffic continues to plague Metro Cebu, Angkas will continue to help Cebuanos by not only providing an efficient transport option, but also providing a decent means of livelihood for motorcycle owners.

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888 TECH EXCHANGE VENTURES, INC. DONATES SOLAR LAMPS TO MANDAUE CITY

LGU-PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP: Technology solutions corporation 888 Tech Exchange, Inc.was recently recognized for its donation of solar streetlights to the City of Mandaue. At the 50thMandaueCity Charter Day observance, Mayor Jonas Cortes (center) acknowledged the company represented by its President Florendo Nograles (right) and Sales and Marketing Manager Mike Merla.

International powerhouse solutions company 888 Tech ExchangeVentures, Inc. recently donated solar streetlamps to the City of Mandaue. The donation was acknowledged by Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes at the city’s recent 50thCharter Day Anniversary.

Cortes formally conveyed the local government’s gratitude to Florendo Nograles and Mike Merla, 888 Tech Exchange President and Sales Manager, respectively.

With a total of 160 watts, the streetlamps will be used to illuminate a part of P. Gomez St. Installation of these lights will bring abut some savings in electric power costs for the local government. In Cebu, 888 Tech Exchange has installed solar streetlamps at Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa and Pulchra Resort in San Fernando.

Solar energy has become popular in recent years due, not only on its innate advantage as a renewable power source, but also on its potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions.

888 Tech Exchange Ventures, Inc. is one of the Philippines’s top Solar PV System Integrators with nine years of experience in system installation. Italso leads in distribution and installation of cybersecurity equipment, wireless battery monitoring systems and numerous industrial brands from Asia, the USA, Europe and Australia. It has expanded its business to Australia and Hongkong as well.

Thedonation to the City of Mandaue is part of 888 Tech’s community partnership initiatives. The company also sustains similar initiatives with other partner government units, private organizations and non-profitinstitutions.

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Salarium: A Fully-Automated Payroll System Arrives in Cebu.

Karl Panahon, Judah Hirsch of Salariun with TechSurge’s Finance Officer Donna Campogan

Cebu City. Salarium Founder and Cebu Judah Hirsch in a Businness Round Table at Seda Ayala Center, last June 18, 2019 introduce a new way of doing Payroll.

” …the fear of automation can be easily solved by reskilling employees”

Hirsch

Reskilling is an initiative in which employees learn new skills to improve their capabilities and enhance their current professional track. For Filipino companies, this could be the difference between building more efficient and innovative operations and being left behind with the times.

“Reskilling works to everyone’s advantage. For the company, it means enhancing the current and trusted workforce you have by taking away automatable tasks and letting them focus on their true expertise and on newly developed skills… For the employees, not only do they get to learn more skills, they will become even more competent and competitive as professionals.”

Hirsch

Salarium is a COMPLETE payroll solutions, they a a fully integrated hardware and software system, the reduce a two-day payroll processing into just hours, now that’s efficiency brought about by Salaruim.

And since this is all done in the cloud, the payroll maker, need now be physically in the office to process the salary.

Salarium also has this VISA powered Union Bank issued SalPay, to be issued to all employee. No more hasle on your employees to open a bank account and that tedious process of bank transfers. With Salarium, one click of the paymaster, funds are automatically credited to employees’ SalPay.

With SalPay, your employees can enjoy E-Banking, Bills Payment, Easy Cash Out thru ATMs, Free Unlimeted Withdrawals among others.

Salary Comes Along way, from it’s Roman’s root, where soldier of the Roman empire were paid Salt for the services they render, thus Salary came about. To that long yellow collumnar pad, then to semi autometed to how Fully Automated Payroll Solution.

Oh did i mentioned Salarium also has its own biometrics machine, Yes you can either integrate you own biometrics machine or let Salarium give you the whole caboodle.

To know more about Salarium check their website

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Palm Grass Hotel host a Multi-National Art exhibit

Cebu City, Philippines. Palm Grass The Heritage Hotel is hosting a month long exhibit dubbed as Kita-Kita sa Palm Grass. It will run from July 8 up to August 8, 2019.

This is a satellite exhibition of the ongoing 3rd Kita International Art Exchange, featuring artworks from Philippines, Malaysia, Korea, Reunion Island and the US.

The Palm Grass Hotel is located along Junquerra St., in Downtown Cebu City.

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Coco Martin: Shell Lubricant patron then, product endorser now

Cebu, Philipines. Coco Martin, Kapamilya’s Most Bankable Star is the latest Brand Ambassador for Shell Lubricants Remula and Advance. Formal announcemen was made by Shell executives during the Cebu Trade Partners Convention, At the Oakredge Pavillion, Oakridge Business Park, Mandaue City.

Prior to the appearance of Coco Martin, the convention attendees were given product update, new marketing schemes and special prize were raffle off, from microwave oven, airconditioning unit a flat sceen tv. Two top prizes a Samsung Curve TV and Honda Click Motorbike were auction off, bidders had to pledge an order of Shell Lubricants Products, and the top prize went to the Trade Partners with highest order.

The last part of the program was a menu concert with Coco Martin and some of his co-stars in the Hit Teleserye Ang Probensyano.

Coco Martin shares his personal experience of Shell Lubricant. Coco Grandfather made a living driving a Jeepney, and was able to provide for his family. Coco’s Father took the route, as his father does.

Coco grew up as a jeepney driver’s son, he witnessed how his father took great care in maintening his Jeepney, the family’s primary source of income. Coco reveals thast his father used Shell Remula heavy duty engine oil for their jeepney.

I share common experience with Coco, not that both of my Father and Grandfather were jeepney drivers, but both of them were Mechanics.

My Father inhirited from my grandfather the task of maintaining all the heavy equiptments of the Hacienda where i grew up, from Cargo Trucks, to Tractors and utility vehicles as well as the laxury cars of the Bosses. All were maintain by my Father and his crew. And the secret for low down time of the farm machineries under my father’s watch was a dependable Shell Remula. Because it is designed to be high performing heavy duty Engine oil, farm equiptments work at their optimal performances with out hurting it’s engine.

I could vividly remember that all those epmty gallons and pails would end up as our water containers.

And who can endorse a product better than once upon a time a fan.

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Trip

For the longest time I haven’t been on a vacation.

The last time I was on a plane, a trip to Davao early 2017.

My last time to Manila was October 2016.

Was holding on to a meager savings, I was preparing for a Trip to San Jose California, I was informed by Google that I am eligible to send an application to the Local Guide Summit. So I submitted my entry, but came June 3, the date of the announcement of who were lucky 200, I was not lucky enough.

So while scrolling down my Facebook Newsfeed, i came across a post the sells Buskalan/Sagada tour.

I chated with the tour operator, and I told her, i have to ask my superior for a leave.

The next morning, i ask my boss, she said yes..

I Book a flight, then wired money to the tour operator.

Now am excited to face Apo Whang Od, and mentally readied my self for her mark.

I will be posting my experience..

Stay tuned.

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 Davide, Cebu delegation in Russia, promote people-to-people connectivity

Governor Hilario Davide lll arrived in Russia Sunday afternoon upon the invitation of Governor Georgy Poltavchenko to renew the twinning agreement between Cebu Province and St. Petersburg Administration.
 
“We are pleased to be here, finally, in the historic city of St. Petersburg to promote people-to-people connectivity,” said Davide, who mentioned that the trip has been postponed twice due to scheduling concerns.

Governor Poltavchenko expressed his gratitude for the “interest and attention to enhancing tight and fruitful cooperation between St. Petersburg and province of Cebu” in his letter to Davide. He is also optimistic that both will “effectively advance the dialogue on the broadest range of issues.”
 
Davide will discuss with his counterpart various areas of potential cooperation which were taken up during the recent visit of Ambassador Igor Khovaev of the Russian Federation together with Honorary Consul Armi Lopez Garcia in Capitol. These include educational exchanges, arts, culture and sports cooperation, tourism and investments promotion, and knowledge sharing on disaster preparedness, emergency response and crisis management. 

“We are hopeful that this meeting will allow us to know each other better and improve connectivity between the two nations,’ said Davide. Ambassador Khovaev also mentioned that “this will serve as one of the platforms for the forthcoming visit of President Vladimir Putin and meeting with President Benigno Aquino lll during the November 2015  APEC Forum in Manila.
 
Khovaev said that “this visit to St. Petersburg and Moscow will be mentioned and highlighted in terms of regional cooperation among local governments of both countries.” The delegation will meet with the highest female politician in Russia, Mrs. Valentina Matviyenko, chairperson of the Federation Council and former governor of St. Petersburg. Ambassador Carlos Sorreta will also receive the delegation in the Philippine Embassy in Moscow. 

Davide is thankful to Consul  Armi Lopez-Garcia and former Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for initiating the agreement in June 2009. He is joined in the delegation by Provincial Board Member Joven Mondigo Jr., Mayor Democrito Mendoza, Mr. Lito Maderazo, and representatives of the private sector in Cebu.

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A call for Visayas entries to the National Digital Arts Awards 2015

Organizers of the National Digital Arts Awards (NDAA) 2015 are calling for entries from the Visayas. Globaltronics, a company specializing in digital advertising in the Philippines, is encouraging students who aspire to be part of the country’s digital arts community to join the contest.

“We are calling on Bisaya youth to be part of the NDAA 2015 Visayas leg. This is your chance to highlight your talents in creating artistic works using new tools in the digital media,” said Nato Agbayani, Globaltronics Vice President for External Affairs and Partnerships.

Agbayani added that this year’s theme #DigitalPinoyAko aims to highlight the works of Filipino youth and their interpretation of the Philippines as a country of daring and innovative people that continues to rise with the help of digital technology.

Globaltronics is partnering with local universities and colleges to encourage more entries from students, especially those from the Visayas. The official school partners are Benedicto College, Southwestern University, St. Theresa’s College, University of Cebu, University of San Jose-Recoletos, and the University of the Philippines Cebu.

The competition is open to 16 -26 year old secondary, college or technical vocational Filipino students. Participants can submit works adhering to the theme #DigitalPinoyAko in two categories: motion graphics and print. A participant can submit an entry in both categories. Deadline for submission of entries is on October 16, 2015.

Judging the entries will be top Filipino creative professionals and experts including Dan Matutina, Plus63 Design Co. Designer and Illustrator; Leeroy New, Visual Artist and Production Designer; Nicolo Nimor, Art Director and Nick Automatic Owner; Chitchat Diangson, Creative Director of David Integrated Marketing Communications PH; Brandie Tan, Jimenezbasic Advertising Executive Creative Director;

Sid Maderazo, 88 Storey Films TVC Director; Dolps Fernando, PostManila Post-production Head; Andre Cui, Fluid Communications Creative Director; Benedick Bana, Chairperson of the Ateneo de Naga University Department of Digital Arts and Computer Animation; Edwin Ortega, Grupo Agatep Creative Director; and Jay Dustin Santiago, Creative Director of ABS-CBN Global Marketing Service.  

Four awards will be given: 1st, 2nd, 3rd as major awards and a People’s Choice award that will be given to the entry that garnered the most votes online. One million in cash and prizes will be given as prizes during the Awards Night set on January 15, 2016.
 
For entry submissions and for more information, visit the website http://ndaa.globaltronics.net or follow the NDAA at Facebook: www.facebook.com/NDAAPhilippines and Twitter: NDAAPhilippines.

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