Monthly Archives: November 2013

Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to Cebu

CEBU will be part of another international event this month when the Philippines joins the world for the first time in celebrating the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this year.
While the main GEW Philippines celebration was held at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Cebu will host an entrepreneurial-related event dubbed as “Cebu Startup Day” on December 7, 2013 at the University of the Philippines, Audio Visual Room 2 in Lahug, Cebu City.
This event was originally scheduled last November 23 but was moved in light of typhoon Yolanda relief efforts. Organized by, “Cebu Startup Day” will feature successful Cebuano entrepreneurs and policy-makers who will share their insights on startups and other key topics such as traffic problems and disasters.
Speakers include CITOM Executive Director Atty. Rafael Yap, NgKhai President Wilson Ng, Founder/CEO Wesley Chiongbian and Co-founder/CTO Gerald Yuvallos. Highlighting the “Cebu Startup Day” on Nov. 23 at the University of The Philippines – Cebu City campus will be the Startup Product Demos, featuring recent transit app winner, taxi app, and disaster app
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration gathering innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national, and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
The GEW, founded by the Kauffman Foundation in 2008, has since grown to 131 countries with 24,008 partner organizations planning 33,846 activities that directly engage millions of participants every year.“I was pleasantly surprised to have been invited as partner of GEW Philippines,” founder Tina Amper said. “How can I refuse a global event by Kauffman Foundation? I am proud for to be among the numerous GEW hosts around the world.”
In Pasay, the three main GEW events – Global Entrepreneurship Week Awards, Global Entrepreneurship Week Congress, and Business Startup Expo – were staged on Nov. 20-22 at the Mall of Asia’s SMX Convention Center.
“Cebu Startup Day” will be held on Saturday, December 7, from 10am to 5pm at the Audio Visual Room 2 of the University of the Philippines in Lahug, Cebu City.
For registration and other details, go to and choose “Cebu”.   For sponsorship and other event information, email   Join group on Facebook and follow them on twitter @techtalkscebu.

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AirAsia Zest rolls out Piso Fare promo

ImageAirAsia Zest’s anticipated Piso fare is back again, this time in conjunction with promo seats available throughout AirAsia and AirAsia X’s extensive route network throughout the region and beyond. AirAsia Zest Piso seats are available for booking at from today until 1st Dec 2013. Guests will be able to travel from 5 May 2014 up to 31 January 2015 with all-in promo seats starting from as low as Php 353.92 for one way including applicable taxes and fees. Many domestic destinations such as Manila to Cebu, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Kalibo (Boracay), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Tagbilaran and many others are featured in this Piso Fare promo including direct flights from Cebu to Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Puerto Princesa (Palawan). Joy Caneba, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AirAsia Zest said, “Now is the perfect opportunity for our guests to connect from many places conveniently as we continuously add new routes and increase frequencies into our network. Exciting deals also await those who would like to travel overseas with promo fares from our Manila and Cebu hubs to various international destinations.” AirAsia Zest is also offering promo fares for international routes from Cebu to Kuala Lumpur and Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Miri (Malaysia), Macau, Incheon and Shanghai from as low Php461 one way and including applicable taxes and fees. Promo seats via AirAsia hubs operating in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Baru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu are also available in line with Visit Malaysia Year 2014, as there will be many international travellers who will arrive into Malaysia. International destinations featured in this AirAsia regional campaign also include Singapore, Jakarta, Bandung, Bangkok, Hatyai, Surat Thani, Phnom Penh and many others. AirAsia X is also offering low fares on long haul routes, which include newly launched destinations of Nagoya, Adelaide, Male, Colombo and Busan. Guests on AirAsia X flights may book online and enjoy prices from as low as Php2,197 on economy and Php9,087 on premium from Kuala Lumpur. “AirAsia Zest’s new direct flights from Cebu to Kuala Lumpur starting December 1 will enable travellers from Visayas region to as far as those from Mindanao via our daily flights from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro and Davao to take advantage of this promo fare and benefit from AirAsia’s vast network across all Asean countries including China, India and Australia,” Caneba said.

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From Russia with Love

CLOSE to 40,000 families in the calamity-stricken areas of Cebu and Leyte provinces have received the relief assistance extended by the government of the Russian Federation in the wake of supertyphoon Yolanda.

The nearly 60 tons of Russian relief goods were entirely released last Wednesday (Nov. 20) to the families affected by the supertyphoon in the Cebu northern towns of Sogod, Medellin, Malapascua, Daanbantayan, Tabogon, San Remigio, Tabuelan, and Borbon, the islands of Camotes and Bantayan, and the cities of Ormoc and Tacloban in Leyte.

The Russian relief aid arrived in Cebu on Nov. 14 aboard two Ilyushin-76 military freighter aircrafts which took off from the Ramenskoye airport in Moscow.

Including hundreds of boxes of canned goods and sacks of sugar, the relief goods were immediately repackaged for distribution and then transported without delay to the affected towns in Northern Cebu.

Russian Honorary Consul Armi L. Garcia said the relief goods came from the State Reserves of the Russian Federation (Rosrezerv) and were personally delivered by Gen. Vladimir Stepanov, the deputy minister for Civil Defense and Emergencies for Natural Calamities.

The relief aid was duly turned over to Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and Atty. Mark Tolentino, on behalf of the Cebu Provincial Government, for the distribution process.

“On behalf of the Russian government, I wish to extend my gratitude to all the school children and volunteers responsible for the efficient repacking of the goods,” Garcia said. “The joint efforts of the volunteers, the Sweet Alert Society and friends, together with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Provincial Government made it possible for us to deliver the goods to the families in the affected areas in such a short time!”

Consul Garcia also expressed total appreciation for the very enthusiastic response of Ateneo de Cebu by instantaneously opening its gymnasium for the temporary storage and repacking of the relief stocks.

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Alternative Water Source

Step 1

Locate a full-grown banana or plantain tree.

Step 2

Use a knife or sharp rock to cut the top of the tree completely away, leaving just one foot of the stump. Banana and plantain trees aren’t particularly tough, so the cutting shouldn’t be too difficult.

Step 3

Use the knife or the sharp rock to carve a bowl out of the top of the remaining stump. It should be about 6 inches deep in the middle, and curve up at the sides, just like a regular bowl.

Step 4

The bowl will soon fill up with water–all by itself. Once the bowl is filled, empty all of the water without drinking any. This first bowl of water will be bitter and not drinkable.

Step 5

Repeat Step 4 twice more. You should now have emptied the first three bowls of water without drinking any.

Step 6

After the bowl has filled a fourth time, drink to your heart’s content. This water should be fresh, drinkable water–and your bowl should refill itself for at least three days. Now you can concentrate on shelter, food and your own rescue!

Don’t make your bowl too shallow–this is your repository of water, so make it at least 6 inches deep!

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