First of its kind: Fashion show atop
Jessica Minh Anh
added Hoover Dam into the world’s most iconic runway venues
June 27, 2017
NEVADA – Earlier
today, producer of the world’s most innovative runways transformed
American engineering masterpiece, Hoover Dam, into a sky-high catwalk.
Matching the unstoppable strength of a new daring generation with the
hydroelectric power, Jessica Minh Anh’s Summer Fashion Show 2017
premiered design excellence while redefining a series of modern
standards. The extraordinary production, which stopped traffic atop
the iconic megastructure, showcased 9 exquisite haute couture,
ready-to-wear, and jewelry collections from 4 continents.
A perfect portrait of modern
beauty with endless sensuality, Jessica Minh Anh opened the
highly-anticipated catwalk in a mesmerizing mermaid red dress by
Brazilian haute couturier Patricia Nascimento. Her striking royal look
was complimented by an artistic crown-shaped architectural hairpiece
by Mirror Mirror Vegas and uniquely designed crystal and gold
jewelries from artist Cristina Sabatini. Against the cinematic
backdrop of the Black Canyon and the dreamy Lake Mead, the exotic
beauty was followed by a gorgeous model lineup in nude, white, pink,
gold, and ocean blue gowns made of fluid fabrics. A master at
stand-out waistline and elongated silhouette, Patricia and her new
collection ‘Realize’ successfully inserted mystery and seduction onto
the epic catwalk.
Returning to Jessica Minh
Anh’s grand production for the fifth time, Pakistani award-winning
designer Syeda Amera celebrated femininity and elegance with a
colorful floral collection inspired by the beautiful nature. Featuring
over-sized shoulders, extravagant maxi dresses, and uniquely-cut
jumpsuits, the radiant designs brightened up the catwalk while
demonstrating special print technique on luxurious fabrics. Poppy,
daisy, lily, and rose print were certainly part of the summer charm.
On the contrary, newcomer
Kine Dione chose beige and white color pallet for her creatively
embroidered collection. Focusing on refinement and craftsmanship, each
piece was distinctively cut and handcrafted with gold flowers and
pearl details on tulle, lace, silk, and organza. The gold regal
designs played a significant role in adding the sun-kiss glow on the
Gulnur Gunes rejoined Jessica Minh Anh’s exclusive runway with a
powerful collection influenced by the beauty and intelligence of the
Greek goddess Métis. Using special crystal embellishments on lilac,
gold, and silver fabric mixed with daring cuts, the talented designer
created ultimate glamour while effectively reflecting a woman’s
Next, South American
designer Christian Zerrá gave audience a sense of solemnity and
modernity through his exciting new collection which used baroque art
on red, black, and white velvet and fine cotton. Perfectly blending
traditional elements of the great Cuzco heritage with contemporary
cuts and original embroideries, Cristian’s designs cleverly revealed
the alluring side of practical but by no means simplistic garments.
The ultra-charismatic and
bold collection by Hong Kong-based brand Kaprice was a harmonious
fusion of the East and the West. Bringing together ambience of texture
and designs influenced from across the world, each piece infused
freshness with vibrant colors and lightness from soft fabrics such as
silk, satin, and chiffon. Imaginative and lavish, the “Kouture”
collection, which included exclusive prints and Swarovski and sequins
embellishments, gave out a dramatic appeal.
Adding class and
sophistication to Jessica Minh Anh’s summer catwalk, Malaysian
powerhouse Emmanuel Haute Couture premiered a romantic bridal
collection using luxurious fabrics, hand-beaded embellishments, and
couture craftsmanship. With deep necklines and polished silhouettes,
each design conveyed effortless elegance and edge.
An expert at fabric
manipulation, three-dimensional embellishments, and technological
cuts, Peruvian designer Ani Alvarez Calderon put the traditional
crafts into a new context in the finale collection of the grand show.
Inspired by famous architectural shapes of the pyramids, huacas and
royal tombs, Ani’s wearable arts were made of gold, turquoise, green,
and black colour pallet. Saving the best for last, Jessica Minh Anh
appeared as a goddess in a brilliantly crafted royal red dress and an
impressive golden feather crown. Symbolizing the ancient beauty with
both fragility and power, the supermodel closed the show with
unattainable desire and supremacy.
The iconic J Summer Fashion
Show 2017 was supported by industry best Joy Mangano, AVP Nationwide
Productions, Saks Fifth Avenue Las Vegas, Arrow Stage Lines, Fred's
Bakery, Alexis Park All Suite Resort, Hoover Dam Lodge Hotel & Casino,
Body in Mind Pilates Studio, JB Pro Graphics, Icelandic Glacial, and
Haas-Jordan. The show marked Jessica Minh Anh’s 20th highly successful
productions since her history-making catwalk on England’s famous
London’s Tower Bridge. The catwalk queen is now ready for her next
step: producing original series to share her inspiring journey of
conquering the most challenging venues.
commander MGen. Raul Farnacio AFP delivering his message during
the Opening Ceremony of the 38th National Reservist Week at 8ID
Grandstand on June 24, 2017.
the 38th National Reservists Week
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 24, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Regional Community Defense Group (RCDG) celebrates
the 38th National Reservist Week with the theme, “Laang Kawal: Laging
Handa sa Pagtugon sa Pangangailangan at Kusang Loob na Naglilingkod
Para sa Kaunlaran ng Bayan,” on June 23-25, 2017 at Camp Lukban,
Maulong Catbalogan City.
The three-day activity held
at Headquarters 8th Infantry Division, PA is a Provincial Assembly
Test to the 1st Western Samar Ready Reserve Battalion in order to
determine the completeness of the Reserve Force fill-up; to account
the actual number of AFP reservists in the area; disseminate awareness
of the AFP Policies; improve their Humanitarian Assistance and
Disaster Response (HADR) capabilities; and to disseminate the
direction of ROTC to the school administrators and cadets.
The activity focuses on the
significant contributions and roles of the trained and equipped
reserve force of the country and its people through maintaining
internal security and stability, participation in disaster/emergency
response, community development activities and humanitarian
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio
AFP in his message said: “I am pleased with your presence because the
spirit of volunteerism is still in our youth today. Volunteerism is
one of the many ways to show our patriotism to our country. You’ve
chosen the right path to be among the selected few who served our
country without expecting anything for return.”
“Our constitution recognizes
the role of the Citizen Armed Force as protector of the country and
its people. In particular, the reserve force, in tandem with the
regular counterparts, has played a significant role in maintaining
internal security and stability by actively participating in
humanitarian assistance, disaster response and community development
activities. Let us all continue to work together for peace and
progress in our country. Congratulations to all of us and Mabuhay
Tayong Lahat!” Farnacio added.
electronics industry development
Calls for closer
industry-academe ties towards innovation
June 22, 2017
PASAY – Relevant
industry players should continue partnering with the Philippine
government in developing further the electronics industry, being one
of the primary sources of economic growth today, the country’s trade
Stressing the robust
Philippine economy and a booming global market, Department of Trade
and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez outlined government
initiatives to strengthen the electronics industry, as well as DTI’s
partnership with industry stakeholders.
Said initiatives include
projects that will move the industry’s capabilities to higher value
activities, as well as help identify products and technologies in the
developing sectors of electronics in the next five years. DTI and the
Board of Investments (BOI) also have active partnerships with other
institutions to forward capacity-building programs and exchange of
best industry practices.
In his keynote speech at the
14th Philippine Semiconductor and Electronics Convention and
Exhibition (PSECE) on 21 June, Sec. Lopez said that closer
industry-academe linkages can lead to a stronger electronics industry
that will later on “generate inclusive economic growth, reaching those
at the bottom of the pyramid.”
As one of the pillars of the
country’s industrial growth and one of the top 12 industry priorities
of the current administration, the electronics industry is a top
export performer with a 51.3% share of total exports in 2016 (worth
USD 28.8 billion). The industry has also generated about 2.6 million
direct and indirect employments as of 2015.
He also mentioned that as
the Philippines chairs ASEAN 2017, the government’s priority is to
lead an inclusive, innovation-led growth, which means working to
create an enabling environment to develop micro, small, and medium
enterprises (MSMEs), and prepare them to become globally competitive,
innovative, inclusive and resilient.
“There is a very strong role
that innovation plays in helping and enabling a lot of our countrymen
to develop an innovation mindset, culture and capability, for them to
also have equal chances to success and move up in life,” Sec. Lopez
The trade chief noted the
need to focus on key areas affecting MSME growth, including the
promotion of productivity, technology, and innovation, as well as
making these available and accessible to MSMEs.
“If we are able to broaden
the capacity and innovation culture to a larger percentage of our
population, then we also increase peoples’ chances of becoming
successful,” he added.
Sec. Lopez reiterated that
Pres. Duterte’s Dutertenomics aims to narrow development gap and widen
the gains of economic growth through creation of jobs and income
opportunities for all.
Led by the Semiconductor &
Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI),
the 14th PSECE provides an avenue, wherein public and private
stakeholders gather to strategically identify possible areas of
cooperation and to learn best industry practices.
“As we gain insight and
appreciation on the issues affecting the electronics industry, we are
confident that whatever we learn will help us in our efforts to create
broad-based growth that generates jobs, fosters entrepreneurship, and
gives Filipinos more opportunities,” Sec. Lopez said.
‘Now, a perfect
time to expand’ – Lopez to IT-BMP players
June 20, 2017
TAGUIG – The
government intensifies its support for the continuous development of
the information technology-business process management (IT-BPM)
industry, following the industry’s generated revenue of around US$23
billion and direct employment of 1.3 million last year.
Speaking at the office
opening of financial institution ING Business Shared Services BV on 20
June, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez
said that ING’s expansion comes at a perfect time when the Philippines
is considered the global leader in IT-BPM, having an annual growth
rate of 30% over a decade.
Sec. Lopez also mentioned
that IT-BMP’s economic contributions surpass remittances of overseas
Filipino workers, making the industry more competitive and
“The industry benefits from
an enabling policy environment under the administration of President
Rodrigo Duterte. I encourage the IT-BMP industry players to continue
expanding and specifically take advantage of this moment, when the
Philippines is experiencing an economic breakout, as further
intensified by efforts to improve ease of doing business,” he said.
The trade chief also
highlighted that the country has a qualified, highly-trainable,
hardworking work force, with notable English proficiency and fast
“Filipinos’ adaptability to
universal cultures and their high level of commitment and loyalty
prove that the country’s greatest asset has always been its people,
who will bring inclusive growth to the rest of the country,” he said.
Globally, the Philippines is
competitively positioned in terms of talent, costs, and risks relative
to established and emerging offshore destinations. Cities from Metro
Manila to Clark, to the cities of Cebu, Davao, Santa Rosa, Bacolod,
Iloilo, Dumaguete, and Baguio are listed in the 2016 Top 100
Outsourcing Destinations as reported by Tholons.
While the Philippines is the
number one global provider of voice BPM services, it is also rapidly
expanding in the value-driven non-voice, complex services segments of
Non-voice services included
range from engineering, health care, legal, financial, creative, and
software services for the energy, banking, investment, insurance,
shipping, media, and other industries.
DTI has set up Training for
Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) for IT-BPM, wherein the government
invests on training for students to work in the industry.
DTI also has a partnership
with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the IT & Business
Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) to run the Service
Management Program (SMP), a specialized track for business and IT
schools to develop skills in students needed to work in the IT-BPM
The first foreign bank that
transitioned into a universal bank in the country, ING offers banking
insurance, retirement and investments services with global presence in
NPA harass troops
while conducting community service
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 20, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A squad of Task Group Alpha of 78th Infantry (Warrior)
Battalion while conducting Community Service at Barangay Paglaum,
Carigara, Leyte was harassed by undetermined number of NPA terrorist
group on June 19, 2017 at around 9:10 o’clock in the evening.
This activity is intended to
deliver basic services to interior barangays that will promote
economic development and will address the problems affecting peace and
Initial result of the
harassment disclosed that PFC Reynaldo C. Llemos, suffered a gunshot
wound on the left side of his stomach. He was immediately brought to
Saint Paul’s Hospital, Tacloban City for immediate medical treatment
while undetermined casualties on the enemy side.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
8ID Commander ensures that no matter what conflict may arise that
needs to be addressed, the soldiers are ready to dedicate their lives.
Your Army in Eastern Visayas will still pursue and continue its
mandated duty to protect the welfare of the populace in the far flung
areas. The 8ID is calling the massive support of the communities to
report any presence of armed group in their barangays to help stop
violence that hinders the fast development of the region.
orders seven more Bombardier Q400 aircraft
June 19, 2017
TORONTO, Ontario –
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today, from the International
Paris Air Show, that it has signed an agreement with Philippine
Airlines, Inc. for the exercise of its seven Q400 aircraft purchase
rights. This latest rights exercise brings Philippine Airlines' total
firm order to twelve Q400 aircraft. The original firm order for five
Q400 with purchase rights for an additional seven was previously
announced on December 8, 2016.
Based on the list price of
the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$235
"The Q400 aircraft have
helped airlines around the world expand their networks, and capture
new opportunities" said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial
Aircraft. "We are delighted that Philippine Airlines is growing its
fleet with more Q400 aircraft, and are confident that the airline will
benefit from the aircraft's outstanding economics and performance."
"As we position ourselves
for growth, we are pleased to be adding more Q400 to our fleet," said
Jaime J. Bautista, President & Chief Operating Officer, Philippine
Airlines. "We are thrilled about the opportunities that lie ahead, and
we look forward to offering more capacity and improving connectivity
in the region with comfortable, fast and efficient regional aircraft
like Bombardier's 86-seat turboprops."
The flag carrier of the
Philippines is expected to take delivery of the world's first
dual-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft in July 2017.
Including this latest order,
Bombardier has now recorded a total of 585 Q400 aircraft on firm
Big labor group ALU
lauded Lorenzana and Año for sophisticated and careful generalship of
Maute and Martial Law in Mindanao
By Associated Labor Unions
June 15, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
country’s biggest labor group the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union
Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) today calls for recognition for
the nuanced sophisticated leadership of both Defense Secretary Delfin
Lorenzana and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff
General Eduardo Año in this difficult hour of our nation’s history.
The ALU-TUCP lauds Lorenzana
and Año for their adherence to the highest standards of
professionalism and patriotism in the fight against the Maute
terrorist group and in the deliberate and measured tenor of their
administration of martial law in Mindanao.
“We warrant full confidence
that Secretary Lorenzana and General Año will make the courageous,
careful and deliberate moves to counter the seriousness of the Maute
threat. The Maute group is the new generation of Muslim youth
disgruntled with the failed strategies and tactics of their MILF and
MNLF elders and who are now adopting the new social media as the new
political fashion for organizing their struggle,” ALU vice president
Louie Corral said.
While the Maute’s are
seeking to legitimize by identifying themselves as ISIS, Secretary
Lorenzana and General Año are systematically reducing their military
capacity and annihilating their political potential.
“Let us take our cues from
these officers and gentlemen rather than listening to the siren calls
of opportunists trying to make political hay of the conflict. We know
that both Lorenzana and Año are running an intelligent and
intelligence-based interdiction to minimize both troop losses and
civilian casualties. We also feel that that their leadership of the
military effort is taking proper heed that both the MILF and MNLF
secessions can be taken advantage of to evolve into something more
sinister and evil. Thanks to their appreciation of the facts on the
ground and political sophistication, they are drawing the bounds and
scope of both military and political intervention,” Corral said.
We encourage support for
both Lorenzana and Año in their difficult task. They have avoided
reckless warmongering and irresponsible scaremongering of those
wrapping the Philippine flag around themselves while engaging in
self-promotion and aggrandizement.
This war against the Maute
will not be solved by political adventurism or politicos. Let us fight
the fire in one room intelligently now, lest by incautious calculation
we destroy the whole house. Let us support our troops in this
struggle. Let us support the political and military maturity of
Lorenzana and Año to seeing us through this crisis soonest, he added.
Lopez to sari-sari
store owners: gov’t is your expansion partner
June 15, 2017
MANILA – Filipino
sari-sari store owners can count on the government to finance their
dream expansion through the Pondo para sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso
(P3), the country’s trade chief said.
Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez encouraged sari-sari store
owners, who belong to the sector of micro, small and medium
enterprises (MSMEs), to consider expansion plans through the P3
program, a direct alternative to the “5-6” lending scheme.
“Sari-sari stores form part
the economic backbone of the country. Providing them more
opportunities can only mean greater economic development,” said Sec.
Lopez during the appreciation and awarding ceremonies of supermarket
chain Puregold on 14 June.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s
P1 billion financing program offers an affordable, MSME-friendly
micro-financing system, whose priority beneficiaries include
microenterprises and entrepreneurs that do not have easy access to
credit, or are accessing credit at very high cost, such as,
micro-entrepreneurs, market vendors, agri-businessmen and members of
cooperatives, industry associations and co-operators.
“Loanable amount has
interest rate ranging from 20 to 25% per annum with no collateral
requirement. This rate is substantially lower than what is being
charged by 5-6 loan sharks,” he said, adding that the government hopes
that through the P3 Program, it will be able to reach and help even
the smallest of entrepreneurs in the countryside.
The trade chief expressed
hoped that Puregold continue its advocacy of assisting sari-sari store
owners increase their potential earnings through the Tindahan ni Aling
Puring program, as it complements DTI’s grand objective of helping
MSMEs level-up and contribute to national development.
Meanwhile, reading Pres.
Duterte’s message for the event, Philippine National Police Chief Gen.
Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa urged stakeholders to make MSMEs “globally
competitive through sustainable and innovative business practices.”
Puregold’s Lucio Co
highlighted the significance of sari-sari stores as the immediate
go-to pantry of the common Filipino household, adding that
establishing one has likewise become “the business of choice” of
returning overseas Filipino workers.
“The shared vision to
address inequality and reduce income gaps is the thrust of the
Durtertenomics. The current growth story of the Philippines can only
matter more to our countrymen if it reaches the bottom of the
pyramid,” said Sec. Lopez.
“As we strengthen the
industries to create more jobs, DTI’s programs are available to
encourage and to inspire Filipinos to give entrepreneurship a good
try,” he added.
Puregold, which currently
caters to about 10 million Filipino households and employs 52,000 and
growing, recognized its top 20 gold members, as well as those with
highest sales, highest growth and best merchandise.