Monthly Archives: December 2013

Ka Bino Computer for School Project.


Atty. Jane Paredes, VisMin Head of Smart Communications Public Affairs, Ms Jesica Reyes, Principal San Jose Elementary School, San Jose, Tanjay City and Ka Bino

San Jose Elementary School had always been close to my heart. This is the very school I first went, during my time pre-school was not necessary.  I was six when my parents allow me to attend grade one, in which the teacher happens to be my aunt. Since I was underage I was taken as visitor. I did all school works as other classmates does but that is only true in the morning for after lunch I would go to one corner of the classroom and take my afternoon nap while the rest continued with school works.
This same school became my pooling place when I came to voting age.

And this same school was our session hall during my SK days.

Until now, every Election I go back to the same school to exercise suffrage and guard votes.

Last mid-term election I saw big development of the school, a brandnew 6 classroom 2 storey building was donated by Doña Maria Luisa Mendieta y Aboitez dominates the campus.

I ask the principal,  who is married to a distant relative of mine, “what else the School needs”
“We need computers, Please give us even just one unit of PC. Our teacher would just skip the lesson of computer even if its part of the curriculum, for we can’t show our pupils a computer simple because we have none.” narrated Ms. Jesica Reyes, the school’s principal.

I replied “I can personally donate buy it would take time for I still have to save for it. But I have friends, I will try my best to asked for help.”

It did not take long, a friend who works for Smart Communications Public Affairs informed me that they have computers in thier warehouse, and required the school principal to write a letter to Mr. Mon Isberto.

And it did not take long the PCs where shipped to Cebu.

The “Series of Unfortunate Events” that hits Visayas and me personally some what delayed the turn-over.

But the long wait is over and kids of San Jose Elementary School would have an early Christmas gift from Smart Communications.

A 6 units brandnew  Acer PC with MS Windows 7 license to be used it the yet to be established Computer Room.

The sugar farm kids will no longer be left behind by thier city counterparts,  they will now have access to computers and hopefully somebody would sponsor Internet Connections so they surf the information superhighway.

The Ka Bino Computer for School project acts as bridge to School in the countryside and donors.

A big thanks to Smart Communications, Truly Smart Cares.

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SingTel donates P1.7M for typhoon victims



Globe employee volunteers troop to Gawad Kalinga (top) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (bottom) repacking stations to prepare relief goods for distribution

               Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel)  has donated SGD 50,000 (roughly PHP 1.75 million) to buy food and drinking water for Typhoon Yolanda victims via Globe Telecom’s corporate social responsibility program.  In addition to the corporate donation, SingTel has set up staff donation drives across its operations in Singapore and Australia to raise more funds. SingTel is a major stockholder of Globe together with Ayala Corporation. 


               “We wish to extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences on the loss of thousands of lives and massive destruction to properties. Together with Globe, our regional mobile associate, we want to play a part in assisting affected Filipinos with their daily needs in the hope of helping get them back on their feet again,”  said Mr Andrew Buay, SingTel’s VP of Group Corporate Social Responsibility.


               Globe was one of the first companies to respond to the calamity by offering Libreng Tawag, Libreng Charging, and Libreng Internet stations to help the victims contact their kin even as it continues to provide relief operations in the disaster-stricken areas.


               The SingTel donation, together with almost P300,000 raised from Globe employees, will be used for the second wave of relief operations in Eastern Visayas such as Tacloban City in Leyte and Guiuan, Eastern Samar.  Other sites are yet to be finalized.


               So far, Globe has already distributed relief packages to almost 5,000 families as well as hot meals to 3,000 individuals.


               During the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong in 2011 and Typhoon Pablo in 2012, SingTel was also among foreign corporations which offered aid to the victims.  In 2013, SingTel employee volunteers also joined the Gawad Kalinga Bayani Challenge to build homes for those displaced by Typhoon Pablo.


Globe Bangon Pinoy is an integrated program that allows communities devastated by the recent calamity to benefit from relief operations, free call and text services, network restoration, and a series of community-rebuilding activities. It was first introduced by Globe in 2009 after typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng wreaked havoc in the country.  Details of Globe Bangon Pinoy efforts can be viewed at

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Cebu welcomes AirAsia Zest’s first international flight


CEBU, 1 Dec.2013 – AirAsia Zest, the Filipino Low Cost Carrier that flies hand in hand with AirAsia, voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier, today launched its first international flight from Mactan Cebu International Airport to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Flight Z2 187, operated by an all-Filipino crew, left Mactan Cebu International Airport at 6:00AM and arrived at Kuala Lumpur’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at 9:50AM carrying 128 guests.

A traditional water-dousing ceremony welcomed AirAsia Zest return flight from Kuala Lumpur when its Airbus A320 touched down at Mactan Cebu airport at 2:50PM.

“Today’s inaugural flight is only the first among the many new routes that AirAsia Zest will launch in Cebu. Our commitment in partnering with AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier, is to build a truly great value airline that will serve the needs of the Filipino travellers and invigorate the tourism industry in the country,” Joy Caneba, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AirAsia Zest, said.

The new flight from Cebu to Kuala Lumpur compliments AirAsia Zest’s twice daily flights currently operating out of Manila’s NAIA Terminal 4 to Malaysia.

“Our Cebu to KL flight provides yet another link for Filipinos and Malaysians in the areas of trade and commerce but more importantly, we hope to draw tourists from Malaysia to our amazing beaches and natural wonders in Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Davao, Cagayan de Oro amongst others. If we are able to draw even a fraction of Malaysia’s 25 million annual tourists, it will have a significant impact on our tourist arrival record, which translates to more jobs, more food on the table, more opportunities for every Filipino,” Caneba said.

“Staying true to our commitment to give more choices, better value and enhanced service, AirAsia Zest is pleased to announce that we are adding two new international routes from Cebu. Starting December 19, we will start servicing Cebu to Kota Kinabalu and by mid-December we will fly to Incheon, South Korea,” Caneba added.

To celebrate the new routes, AirAsia Zest is offering P8 base fare only promo for all domestic and select international flights from its hub in Cebu and Manila. Promo seats from as low as P545 one way are available for booking now at Guests who will avail of this promo will be able to fly from 1 June to 30 September 2014.

“In partnership with AirAsia, we offer passengers super affordable fares and the strength of our combined network between Korea and the Philippines that extends across 87 destinations in Asia including China, India and Australia,” Caneba said.

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