Monthly Archives: September 2015

 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 or follow the NDAA at Facebook: and Twitter: NDAAPhilippines.

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