Jessica Minh Anh
lights up New York atop One World Trade Center
The global sensation marked
her 7th history making catwalk in New York
June 29, 2014
NEW YORK CITY –
History was made at sunset on Wednesday night when Jessica Minh Anh
took the first step down the highly anticipated catwalk on the 63rd
floor of One World Trade Center.
Looking like a vision in a
feather dress, the young entrepreneur led models along the octagonal
glass walls surrounding America’s tallest tower with New York’s
skyline as the natural backdrop. The iconic moment marked a new era of
positivity, growth, and innovation with a thriving generation of
self-made creators at the frontier. As Jessica Minh Anh said “We dig
deep and rise higher. You do not need to be privileged to find your
place in this world.”
Inspired by Jessica Minh
Anh’s vision, eight designers from four continents gathered to
celebrate cultural integration and premier their latest fashion
creations. Filipino talent Puey Quinones opened the phenomenal catwalk
with an impressive Haute Couture collection which combined pale pink
undertones and strong earthy palates.
Russian sensation Alina
German followed with 15 unique designs that showed transparency and
purity of colours and textures.
Bringing sparkles all the
way from South America, Peruvian artist Norka Peralta showcased
crystal embroidered and laced dresses.
In the accessory sector,
America’s very own footwear brand CAT delivered timeless classics with
a contemporary twist through rich leathered designs for men and easy -
to - wear heels for women.
HAY UNITED spiced up the catwalk with bold colours, preppy looks, and
pop art prints for active wear.
inspiration from photography and architecture, Spanish designer Diego
Cortizas infused all American graphics onto simple silhouettes.
Also inspired by 9/11,
Indian fashion house LIBAS Reshma Riyaz Gangji blended modern designs
with traditional motifs using black, white, and red to represent a mix
The finale collection by
Lebanese celebrity designer Ziad Nakad redefined sensuality and
femininity. The Haute Couture designer used royal colours with hand
beaded and very distinctive cuts to truly reflect women’s figures. The
picture perfect ending included Jessica Minh Anh in Ziad Nakad’s
signature red dress and Brazilian designer Cristina Sabatini’s maroon
and golden ring leading the models into the sunset.
”Last night’s stunning and
inspired fashion show by Jessica Minh Anh demonstrated that One World
Trade Center is the perfect platform for creative and innovative
people and companies to showcase their work for a global audience,”
said Jordan Barowitz, Director of External Affairs for The Durst
The high profile event
continued with an exclusive VIP Networking Party where participating
designers and guests were treated to world class cuisine’s and
beverage collections by French chef Sebastien Pourrat, owner of
Cocotte SoHo New York. The open kitchen and bar set up created a
special ambiance that matched the grandness of the entire production.
J Summer Fashion Show 2014
was supported by W New York – Downtown, Bentley Meeker, Fashion One,
Geo Events, Nunzio Saviano, Mehron, Sweets First, Print City, Howard
Johnson Manhattan Soho Hotel, and Hollywood Banners.
J Summer Fashion Show 2014
is Jessica Minh Anh’s seventh history making catwalk and her second
one in America. “Turning the most iconic venues into phenomenal
catwalks is my reality. My dream is to never stop”. After the Grand
Canyon Skywalk, London’s Tower Bridge, PETRONAS Twin Towers’ Skybridge,
Seine River in Paris, Costa Atlantica in Dubai, and Gardens by the
Bay’s Skyway in Singapore, one may wonder which exclusive location
will capture Jessica’s attention next.
Roxas calls on
youth’s active role in disaster risk reduction
June 26, 2014
QUEZON CITY –
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has called on the
youth to play an active role in disaster risk reduction in the face of
the worst impacts of climate change.
Roxas, vice chairman for
preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management
Council (NDRRMC) told students of Eastern Visayas State University -
Ormoc campus on Monday, June 23, that as youth and students, they can
help save lives by becoming responsible leaders, whether in school or
in the communities where they live in.
Roxas, addressed students
from the biggest state university system in the region, along with
local officials of Ormoc . He was welcomed by no less than EVSU
President Dominador Aguirre.
Roxas whose challenge to his
audience received an enthusiastic welcome, said students need to be
champions of disaster risk reduction in their household, community or
towns, and be part of the solution to the problem brought about by the
worst impacts of climate change.
According to Roxas,
individually and collectively, student leaders can help enhance
disaster preparedness of their household, as well as their community,
and be ready against all forms of natural calamities.
"Don't be victims. Be a
leader. Be responsible. Be part of the solution," he said.
He said that as students,
the participants can make a difference by choosing not to become
passive victims of natural calamities, but responsible leaders
championing disaster risk reduction.
Roxas said the impact of a
devastating typhoon such as Yolanda can be avoided by preparing ahead
to reduce the risk of disaster, explaining that over the years,
because of climate change, the impact of typhoons have resulted in
tragic loss of lives.
According to Roxas, the
National Government has already put in place a comprehensive disaster
prevention mechanism through Project NOAH, which stands for Nationwide
Operational Assessment of Hazards, a project of the Department of
Science and Technology (DOST).
His presentation centered on
the new technology that can be used by local officials, students,
national agencies, NGOs and anyone in order to make informed decisions
about the weather and its hazards to the local community.
Project NOAH, he said, can
enhance disaster preparedness plans of communities prone to natural
calamities such as typhoons, landslides, flashfloods, or even storm
“Nasa inyong mga kamay ang
kaligtasan ninyo. Ang buhay ninyo at ng inyong kasambahay. Kayo ba ay
magiging biktima o isang leader?” he asked.
To make the event merrier,
he distributed emergency kits to five lucky texters who joined in
answering his question on what constituted the best preparedness
Partnership’s Philippines Phase set to kick off with eight-team
By Joint Task Force Pacific
June 25, 2014
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippines portion of the multinational Pacific Partnership 2014
mission is scheduled to begin with an eight-team basketball tournament
at the San Jose Regional Health Center basketball court in Tacloban
City on July 5.
Teams from the United
States, Australia, Japan and the Armed Forces of the Philippines will
join with a group of local Tacloban City teams in the daylong
competition, which is scheduled to take place from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00
Along with catching all the
basketball action, patrons who will attend the free tournament can
enjoy the musical styling of the Pacific Fleet Band, which will have
its rock group on stage playing a wide variety of pop contemporary and
The people of Tacloban are
encouraged to come out, enjoy the day, and cheer for their favorite
Meanwhile, The U.S. Navy’s
Pacific Fleet Band is scheduled to have its rock band ensemble play a
series of three free concerts in July for the citizens of Tacloban as
part of the multinational mission Pacific Partnership 2014.
The 12-member rock band,
which always plays a wide variety of contemporary pop and classic
hits, is scheduled to play on the first floor of Robinsons Place
Tacloban (Robinsons Mall) July 7-9 from 4-7 p.m.
Members of the public are
encouraged to come enjoy the music.
SELDA calls for
congressional probe on inhuman jail conditions
June 25, 2014
QUEZON CITY – Samahan
ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) called on
lawmakers to investigate the inhuman prison conditions which most
inmates, political prisoners and common criminals alike, are subjected
Amidst the VIP treatment of
detained senators Revilla and Estrada who face plunder charges, SELDA
challenged the BS Aquino government to comply with the Minimum
Standards of Treatment of Prisoners. SELDA is outraged with the double
standard the BS Aquino government giving to plunderers while common
criminals and political prisoners are suffering from inhuman
“We hear Sen. Revilla
complaining about his hot detention cell, with rats and cockroaches.
But actually, regular detention cells are far worse than his,” Roneo
Clamor, SELDA national coordinator said. “A 3x5-meter cell meant for
two inmates is cramped with six to 10 detainees in regular jails. Even
the lavatories are used as sleeping quarters,” Clamor described.
“Prisoners usually have limited supply of water, suffer from poor
ventilation, and receive no proper medical attention,” Clamor
Clamor cited the condition
of Benny Barid, a political prisoner who has been in and out of the
New Bilibid Prisons hospital because of his illnesses. “He is all
skinny, as in buto’t balat (skin and bones), because of his chronic
asthma. His skin is full of allergies. Instead of releasing him on
humanitarian grounds, he remains in the NBP hospital without proper
medical attention. He becomes susceptible to more infectious diseases
inside the hospital and in their cramped cells,” said Clamor.
“Despite the many exposé and
complaints on the conditions of jails in the country the BS Aquino
government has not done anything to improve the situation. But it has
ensured the comfort of plunderers like Janet Lim-Napoles and senators
Revilla and Estrada in their own rooms while supposedly in prison,”
In a message dated June 8,
Eduardo Sarmiento, detained peace consultant for the National
Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), shared the plight of the
489 political prisoners detained in different detention centers in the
country. “Political prisoners, like common criminals, suffer arbitrary
and discriminatory regulations such as curtailment of visiting rights…
harassed by corrupt prison guards, who punish them and put them in
isolation for no reason,” said Sarmiento.
“Worst, the political
prisoners are made to face several trumped up criminal charges for
practicing their political beliefs which is a right of every person,”
Lastly, SELDA called to
release all political prisoners especially those who are ailing and
elderly based on humanitarian grounds. “The plunderers should take
their place in jail.”
Young liberals slam
UNA's Tiangco on Hitler youth remarks
By Filipino Liberal Youth
June 25, 2014
QUEZON CITY – The Filipino
Liberal Youth (FLY) calls on Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco to
stop politicking and instigating instability for Youth Reforms.
FLY, being the premiere
organization of young liberals today, accounts Rep. Tiangco’s ill-
thought accusations regarding the process of choosing the Task Force
for Youth Development.
Mr. Jyleazar Dela Rosa, Lead
Convener and Chairman Emeritus of FLY, alarmed by the statement of
Rep. Tiangco, said, "I am troubled on how Rep. Tiangco mustered his
facts before accusing the DILG Secretary. His statement is alarming
and reflects how the opposition thinks, the allegations especially
that of the comparison with “Hitler Youth” is alarming considering its
historical basis is very ill, he should review world history. This
only means that the opposition will do anything to veer the public
away from the reforms this administration has been doing, and it is
unfortunate that some politicians like Tiangco and Ridon will use even
the youth top push for their political agenda. We are more intelligent
and informed as you think, so don't drag us into baseless and
This is to answer Rep. Ridon
and Tiangco's statement that Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party are using
LP exploiting SK vacancies to prepare for 2016 polls.
"Rep. Ridon said that Sec.
Roxas, through the IRR, instructed the baranggay councils to appoint
the members of the new SK Task Force. This is an outrage! If we are
going to read the IRR, the process of choosing the SK Task Force
starts from the nomination of the youth organizations within the
baranggay. After the nomination, the citizens within the baranggay can
share their issues and concerns related to the nominees. Then from
those issues and concerns submitted by the citizens, there will be a
hearing conducted by the Sangguniang Barangay to determine the
capability of the nominees. Clearly, the process of choosing the SK
Task Force starts from the bottom, from the youth, from the grassroots
level. His statements are rather pointless and badly lacked facts."
Reforming the Sangguniang
Kabataan is one of the most crucial steps of the government to change
the political landscape of the Philippines, but for these reforms to
be successful, we need the support of all young leaders, including
“Instead of baseless
accusations, he should be helping us in this step of reformation,
unless he wants to put into waste the votes given to him by the
Filipino youth,” Executive Vice-Chair Christian Gultia added.
“Let's be adamant in looking
at those people who want to put color in the transformation that this
administration pushes. This country faces too much politicking
already, and the youth shouldn't be part of it. We call on Rep. Ridon
to show evidence of this accusation, if he can't prove it, then we
call for his immediate resignation,” Mr. Dela Rosa furthered.
Director Sheila Enciso (extreme left) together with other DAR-8
officials show the freshly-harvested farm products from the
“Yolanda”-affected agrarian reform communities (ARCs) during the
mini-trade fair held at the DAR Regional Office in line with the
agency’s commemoration of the 26th year of CARP implementation.
(Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
ARBs bounce back
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
June 24, 2014
TACLOBAN CITY –
Agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from the severely
“Yolanda”-affected agrarian reform communities (ARCs) had bounced
Seven months after super
typhoon “Yolanda” devastated many areas in Region-8, some of the ARBs
have gradually recovered from loses and are now back to business.
This is what the Department
of Agrarian Reform (DAR) highlighted during its kick-off activities on
Monday when it opened a mini-trade fair at the lobby of the regional
office that lasted for two days only showcasing ARC products as the
said agency commemorates the 26th year of implementation of the
Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Farmers’ harvests such as
vegetables, sweet corn and peanuts from Tacloban ARC and from other
ARCs throughout the region were sold in the two-day trade fair. Their
products, according to DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso, exhibited
how the ARBs had bounced back from devastation, considering that many
areas here were affected by “Yolanda”.
Assistant Regional Director
for Program Beneficiaries Development Ismael Aya-ay disclosed that the
mini-trade fair reached a total gross sales of more than P25,000 for
the said period including those from processed foods and handicrafts.
Civil Service Commission
Regional Director Victoria Esber was invited too on June 16 and
discussed to the DAR employees the “7 Habits of Highly Effective
People” to help the latter improve their working attitudes and become
Other activities lined up in
relation to this month-long occasion are project turnover and
distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs).
On June 24, two
farm-to-market roads implemented under the second phase of the
Agrarian Reform Communities Projects (ARCP-2) will be turned over in
Daram, Samar, while 148 CLOAs will be handed to its recipient farmers
in Catbalogan City on the same day.
Early this month, a
3.8-kilometer concreted farm-to-market road was turned over in Kananga,
Leyte, while on June 25 another ARCP-2 project will be turned over in
Enciso said that the
celebration culminates on June 27 in Northern Samar but our agency
continues to deliver its mandate in improving the quality of life of
the farmers particularly the ARBs.
Republic Act No. 6657 or the
CARL was signed into law on June 10, 1988 by then President Corazon
Aquino which took effect on June 15 of the same year. CARP
implementation was extended twice in 1998 and 2009 through the
issuance of Republic Acts numbered 8532 and 9700, respectively.
‘power of community’ in disaster response, recovery
June 24, 2014
QUEZON CITY –
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today underscored
the power of community working together as a people in responding to
natural calamities such as typhoon Yolanda.
Roxas, vice chairman for
preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Council (NDRRMC) said the nation was dealt with the hardest blow when
Yolanda, strongest storm to ever make landfall in history, more than
seven months ago on November 8, 2013.
“We reeled from its impact,
staggered at its effect, but we never fell,” says Roxas.
Roxas, who delivered the
keynote address during the launch of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa
Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services –
National Community-Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) in Ormoc City
on Monday challenged various stakeholders to continue working together
as they have shown in the past seven months after Yolanda.
The program was highlighted
by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on World-Bank
- Asian Development Bank Partnership for the KC-NDCCP led by WB
Country Director Motoo Konishi and ADB Country Director Richard Bolt.
“The nation and the Filipino
people were the cornerstone of response and recovery,” he said. Adding
that while there were tremendous outpouring of aid from the
international community the people are thankful for, he said “It was
the people who made quick response and recovery possible, and which
prevented further deterioration of conditions on the ground.”
Launched by the Department
of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the KC-NCDDP scales up the
program which aim to empower communities in targeted municipalities,
improve access to services and to participate in a more inclusive
local planning, budgeting and implementation.
Specifically, the program
aims to strengthen community groups and barangay level institutions to
better identify and articulate development needs, and manage public
resources, financing priority small-scale community sub-projects, and
enhancing the capacity of municipal-level government to partner with
barangays in responding to priority development needs; and to respond
promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency.
The DILG, which serves as
project management of the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP)
in partnership with various national and local government agencies,
people’s organizations (POs) and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) is
encouraging a broader civil society participation in governance by
identifying projects and programs that they believe would matters most
for their communities.
This year, the national
government has allotted P20 billion for various anti-poverty projects
to be implemented across the country. The projects and programs were
earlier identified by POs, NGOs and community-based groups together
with local government units (LGUs) during budgeting processes last
“The Yolanda response showed
us the power of community. Beyond just a place where people live,
‘community’ during Yolanda meant ‘people who had, and lived through
the same experience finding common unity of purpose and resolve to
respond,’” he stressed.
According to the DILG chief,
the success of Kalahi-CIDSS over the past 12 years showed that a
united people, provided with full government support, can and do
The DILG chief said that the
up-scaling of the program through the KC-NCDDP demonstrate the Aquino
administration’s commitment to fulfill its social contract with the
people, anchored on Pres. Aquino’s “Kayo ang Boss” policy.
“Kayo ang boss, sabi nga ni
Pang. P’Noy. Ito po iyon. Bilang pagkilala at pagtupad sa kontrata ng
pamahalaan sa taong bayan, ibinibigay naming sa inyo ang pagkakataon
napangunahan bilang tagapag-plano at bilang mga managers ng recovery,
rehabilitation, at development sa pamamagitan ng KC-NCDDP,” he said.
University of the
Philippines Diliman wins CFA Institute Research Challenge Global Final
June 24, 2014
MANILA, Philippines –
The University of the Philippines Diliman was declared champion of the
eighth CFA Institute Research Challenge Global Final, an annual
competition considered 'the investment Olympics' for university
students. The UP Diliman team edged out from the other finalists,
Politecnico di Milano of Italy (representing Europe, Middle East, and
Africa) and the University of Missouri, Kansas City (representing the
Looking through the record
history, the victory in Singapore earned UP Diliman the distinction of
being the only university to win the Global Final twice, recognizing
the world-class talent of future finance professionals in the
Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region. UP Diliman last won the
Global Final in 2010.
April Lynn Tan, CFA,
president of CFA Society Philippines said the UP Diliman team has
proven again to be solid representatives of the future of our
industry. "The team's victory is an impressive feat as over 800
universities worldwide vied to make it to the finals and brings great
honor to our country. We thank the team's mentor and teachers who
guided the team toward success. These aspiring financial professionals
are the agents of the next era of finance – one of integrity,
stewardship, and professional excellence. Through their strong
leadership, knowledge, and ethics, we can move closer toward a more
trustworthy finance industry," said Tan.
The UP team was composed of
Geoffrey Archangel Bautista, Diego Mikhail de Ocampo, Nigel Williamson
Lee, Corrine Francesca Reyes, and Miguel Alfonso Solidum and presented
a buy recommendation on Meralco and defended their recommendation
before an international panel of judges. Raymund Abara, CFA, of Vicsal
Investment Inc. served as mentor, while Professor Daniel Vincent Borja
served as faculty advisor.
"We are very honored to
share this achievement with the Philippine finance community. Our
rigorous preparation every step of the way has helped us learn what it
takes to excel in the finance profession. Financial skills are
important, but so too is adherence to the highest ethical standards,"
said Professor Borja.
Commenting on nurturing
financial professionals, Mr. Hans B. Sicat, President and CEO of the
Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) said, "The PSE is committed to
providing continuing education to market participants and investors.
As such, it commends the CFA Institute for its efforts in supporting
the development of the next generation of financial professionals
through the Research Challenge. The future of investment research
looks even better when students are exposed to the excellence and
ethical standards observed by CFA charterholders, and the team from
the UP Diliman is to be congratulated for being the best in the
The CFA Institute Research
Challenge is an annual educational initiative that promotes best
practices in equity research through hands-on mentoring and intensive
training in company analysis and presentation skills. Throughout the
course of the competition, which requires hundreds of hours of
preparation, participants receive mentoring from an industry
professional as they analyze a publicly traded company, write a
professional research report, and present their research results and
recommendations to a high-profile panel of experts. Ethics and
professional standards are at the core of the process and all
participants are held to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and
Standards of Professional Conduct. Points are awarded to teams on the
basis of their investment case, poise, and ability to answer the
CFA Institute, the global
association of investment professionals, and its over 140 member
societies worldwide including CFA Society Philippines, host local and
regional Research Challenge competitions leading up to the Global
Final, where the winning teams from the three regional finals compete.
In 2013-2014, more than 3,700 students from over 800 universities
around the world participated in the Research Challenge.
The winning team is awarded
a USD$10,000 grant for the university, and each team member receives a
scholarship for the CFA Program.