Play Freerice and feed the hungry

Friday, August 31, 2012

Photography: BLACK ICE's ***BLOW*** @ Leq's Eye view studio…


The Awakening World Tour : James Morrison Live in Manila

James Morrison achieved worldwide success in 2006 with the release of his debut single “You Give Me Something” from his first album, Undiscovered, which also holds songs like "Wonderful World" and "The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore." His second album, Songs for You, Truths for Me in 2008 entered the UK Album Chart and singles from this album reached the UK Singles Chart namely "You Make It Real,” and “Broken Strings,” a duet with Nelly Furtado.


He has sold out arena tours, gigged coast-to-coast in America as well as in Australia, Japan and across Europe; he has performed on Jimmy Kimmel’s and Jay Leno’s TV shows in the States; sung in front of tens of thousands at London’s Hyde Park supporting both Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder; appeared on Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-winning album The Imagination Project – singing a widely acclaimed cover of Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come; he has been voted Best Male at the 2007 Brit Awards; and – at just 21 – was the biggest-selling British male solo artist the year his debut album, Undiscovered, came out.


His current and third album The Awakening is a warm, live-sounding collection of classic but contemporary folk-soul songs. The album represented a sound of an artist coming of age. “My first two albums felt like practice shots,” he says, “and now I’ve graduated. In many ways this feels like my first proper album.”


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Event: VIBE–FAME. FASHION. FUN 09.15.12

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When : September 15, 2012 | 6:00pm on wards
Where : 3rd Floor Bellagio Square, 243 Tomas Morato cor. Scout Fuentabella Sts… Quezon City
Guest DJ: DJ ICE

Music: DJ Franco new MiX- The PRODIGAL MiX

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Click here to DOWNLOAD : http://official.fm/tracks/7c9I

First Laguna Blogging Summit

The 1st and the biggest Laguna Blogging Summit (#1LaBS) will be on September 27-28, 2012 at the Provincial Cultural Center at Santa Cruz, Laguna from 8:00am to 5:00pm and supported by the Laguna Provincial Government under Governor Jeorge "ER" Ejercito, Commission on Election (COMELEC), ALAM (Alab ng mamamahayag) and Philippine Information Agency 4-A(PIA) with Kliping Times, Creative Voices, Phil IT and When In Manila as media partners.

#1LaBS is a free event and will present famous speakers from the Philippines and abroad with different topics for 20 minutes speaking slot for each. Topics will highlights the importance of Social Media on what they do whether it's about Finance, Environment, Search Engine Optimization, Advocacy, Tourism, Marketing, Public Relations and Education.

1. Noemi Lardizabal Dado
2. Dean Jorge Bocobo
3. Tony Ahn
4. Sonnie Santos
5. Chuckie Dreyfus
6. Randell Tiongson
7. Atty. Toto Causing
8. Elizabeth Angsioco
9. Jayvee Fernandez
10. Jinkee Umali
11. Noel De Guia
12. Enzo Luna
13. Senator Richard Gordon
14. Jonel Uy
15. Azrael Colladilla
16. Janette Toral
17. James Jimenez
18. Wenchie Flores Sabban
19. Alvin Cloyd Dakis
20. Fitz Villafuerte
21. Jaypee David
22. Acee Vitangcol
23. Lloyd Luna
24. Pocholo De Leon Gonzales
25. Juned Sonido

For the past years, events like this has become a highly-anticipated interaction venue where famous and upcoming Pinoy bloggers give informative talks. More than 300 bloggers from all over the country make time to attend events like this and with 25 municipalities and 5 cities from the province of LAGUNA, we're expecting more.

According to COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez " A historical event."
The organizers seeks to promote Laguna in this event and for the different communities to understand the advantages of Social Media.

(The Team)
took her Masters in Management Major in Engineering Management (MMEM) at Colegio De San Juan De Letran, Calamba City with only two minor subjects left to graduate. She works at Andrew Grace Home Builders as a Project Engineer for multiple constructions at CALABARZON area since 2006 up to present and an eligible Building Contractor under the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, Laguna. When she worked at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) as the Regional Media Coordinator for five provinces, she met different kinds of people and understand the need of the society which is AWARENESS, thus it is one of her advocacy and why we are planning this event, in order for the community to know and be aware about LAGUNA and for that, we are expecting them to be more knowledgeable.

As a speaker for different Blogging Conferences/Summit, she finds that Social Media is happening already, a revolution and evolution from the mainstream media. In just 1 single click, a blogger could INFLUENCE, ENCOURAGE AND EMPOWER multiple or group of people anywhere in this world. The REVOLUTION AND EVOLUTION is happening now.

She is a columnist under Kliping Times which is circulating in Region 4A and in which her blog (http://www.empoweredgrace.blogspot.com/) is featured every week and was the finalist under two categories (Bloggers Choice Award and Advocacy award) at the Philippine Blog Awards last year (2011) that happened at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Her articles are published to different newspapers including at the Manila Bulletin.

She is a Writer/Contributor under Blogwatch.tv and Mulat Pinoy and When in manila, three of the best online magazines that seeks to give transparent news and commentaries for the Filipinos. An advocate of Human Rights and organizer of different seminars about Climate Change, Health, Good Governance and feeding programs.

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Join us and be part of history. Log on to www.lagunabloggingsummit.comfor more details.
We are still looking for sponsors.
Call or text 0921391471.

Event: LesFilles en Route - Open Photo-shoot for Photographers

presented by Coven Creations in cooperation with M&Em Production


Flaunt your poshest shot of one of our 8 Gorgeous Ladies strutting their stuff in the CLASSIEST digs up North and get a chance to win Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000).

Featuring :
Ann Mateo
Yassi Benitez
Maybelle Villadelgado
Leslie Sincioco
Kimberly Baculi
Achie Lim
Era Barrientos
Triixy Ablang

When : September 1, 2012 | 9:00am - 3:00pm
Where : en Route Distillery, Sct.Delgado cor Tomas Morato
Reg Fee : 500Php Only (Meal Included)

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Friday, August 24, 2012



MANILA, Philippines – These days thoughts and tweets are almost one and the same. We just can’t help but share what we’re thinking to the world. It’s like our minds have gone digital and invaded the social networking scene. And with the rising popularity of Foursquare and other location-tracking apps, your location is just as accessible as your tweets. Today, broadcasting one’s whereabouts has just been more than just a habit, but a social statement.


With that in mind, where you are matters! Where you dine. Where you shop. Where you unwind. Let everyone know where you are. Let them know that you’re @Il Terrazzo!

At the heart of Tomas Morato, Il Terrazzo is the home to a variety of restaurants, fitness & beauty centers, supermarket, specialty shops, and an events place. Indeed, it is the only complete lifestyle hub that merges the recreational mall atmosphere with the bustling nightlife entertainment scene unique to Tomas Morato. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Il Terrazzo has it covered.


Craving for sushi? Dine at Omakase @Il Terrazzo.

Perhaps something for your sweet tooth? Indulge at Gong Cha or Banapple @Il Terrazzo.

Yearning for some meditation? Exercise your mind and body at Beyond Yoga @Il Terrazzo.

Call for a beauty makeover? Pamper yourself at Sexy Solutions or The Lash Bar @Il Terrazzo.


Need your techie fix? Splurge at the Digital Hub or Technovox @Il Terrazzo.

Thirsty for your favorite cocktail or beer? Unwind at Jack’s Loft @Il Terrazzo.

Does your pantry need restocking? Shop groceries at Rustan’s Supermarket @Il Terrazzo.

In need of an events place? Book The Ariato Function Center @Il Terrazzo.

Needless to say, Il Terrazzo is indeed the hippest cosmopolitan center for all your lifestyle impulses.
So, when someone asks where you at?

Check in @Il Terrazzo!

Il Terrazzo is located at 305 Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Scout Madriñan St., Quezon City, Philippines. For inquiries,
call (02) 374 8378.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tech News: Globe Telecom Supports MozillaPH Roadshow



Leading telecommunications provider Globe Telecom gives its support to MozillaPH, a Mozilla-supported community initiative in the country which is set to conduct a roadshow on August 22 to promote HTML5 technologies and to showcase the upcoming FirefoxOS, an open-source mobile operating system for mobile and tablet devices.

With the new FirefoxOS, developers can easily create cross-browser applications for the web and portable devices such as smartphones and tablets using HTML5, a markup language for structuring and presenting web content. With HTML5, developers would be able to handle multimedia and graphical content on the web without having to resort to proprietary plug-ins and platform-specific application programming interfaces (APIs). This means more opportunities to create stimulating and interactive websites as well as better and more powerful applications.


“Globe Labs is always in a lookout for innovations in the mobile space in view of advancements in the delivery of mobile products and services. Thus, we continuously engage the IT community by offering various trainings and workshops and entering into partnerships with third-party developers and communities such as MozillaPH which hold similar activities,” said Anne Michelle Santos, Developer Relations Manager of Globe Labs.

She added: “In fact, we have been in partnership with MozillaPH on various project initiatives since 2009. This way, we are able to provide a venue for interested parties to develop their own apps and bring them to market.”

Globe Labs, which was launched by Globe in 2008, is an innovative community composed of dynamic and vibrant IT professionals, students and business managers, with primarily focus on mobile and future technologies which can be later on deployed to the market.

On the other hand, Robert Reyes, MozillaPH Regional Localization leader said: “We are grateful to be working with Globe Labs in promoting openness, innovation and opportunity in the mobile space. We are very excited to do a roadshow for FirefoxOS to teach, support, and inspire as much people as we can so that they can develop something better suited to the Philippine market.”

Tech News: Mozilla Philippines HTML5 & Firefox OS Roadshow



Mozilla Philippines (@MozillaPH in Twitter), headed by Community Manager Eusebio “Jun” Barrun, Jr. welcomes the roadshow guests composed of members from different print, radio, television, and internet media outfits; select technology bloggers; and friends from the different sectors of the IT industry. Through the kindness of Globe Telecoms’ Globe Labs, the event is held at the Valero Telepark, Makati City on 22 August 2012.


Jun Barrun gave an introduction to what Mozilla believes, advocate, as well as a run through of the different products aside from the popular Firefox web browser. Jun also discuss the different activities and localization efforts being undertaken by the Mozilla Philippines Community, alongside the on-going recruitment of Mozilla Reps (ReMo) and Mozilla Student Reps all over the country.

Mozilla Representative and Regional Localizer Lead Robert “Bob” Reyes (@bobreyes in Twitter) had a presentation about the Firefox OS -- formerly known as the Boot to Gecko (B2G) project. Bob’s presentation shows how HTML5 plays a major role in Firefox OS.


Touch point Channels:

Visit the Mozilla Philippines website at http://www.mozillaph.org

Like us in Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mozillaphilippines

Follow us in Twitter via https://twitter.com/mozillaph

Email Contacts:

Eusebio “Jun” Barrun, Jr. è ebarrun@mozillaphilippines.org

Robert “Bob” Reyes è bob@mozillaph.org

General Press Inquiries è press@mozilla.com

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Tech News: The Firefox OS -- Booting to the Web (formerly known as Boot to Gecko / B2G)



Mozilla believes that the web can displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development. To make open web technologies a better basis for future applications on mobile and desktop alike, we need to keep pushing the envelope of the web to include -- and in places exceed -- the capabilities of the competing stacks in question.

We also need a hill to take, in order to scope and focus our efforts. Recently we saw the pdf.js project expose small gaps that needed filling in order for "HTML5" to be a superset of PDF. We want to take a bigger step now, and find the gaps that keep web developers from being able to build apps that are -- in every way -- the equals of native apps built for the iPhone, Android, and WP7.



User space process architecture

To that end, we started a project we’re calling Firefox OS, formerly Boot to Gecko (B2G), to pursue the goal of building a complete, standalone operating system for the open web. It requires work in a number of areas:

  • New web APIs: build prototype APIs for exposing device and OS capabilities to content (Telephony, SMS, Camera, USB, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.)
  • Privilege model: making sure that these new capabilities are safely exposed to pages and applications
  • Booting: prototype a low-level substrate for mobile devices (phones and tablets)
  • Applications: choose and port or build apps to prove out and prioritize the power of the system.

We will do this work in the open, we will release the source in real-time, we will take all successful additions to an appropriate standards group, and we will track changes that come out of that process. We aren't trying to have these native-grade apps just run on Firefox, we're trying to have them run on the web. Read more about the Firefox OS at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/b2g

Tech News: Mozilla Firefox “We’re building a better Internet”



Mozilla’s mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Internet.

Mozilla is a proudly non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the power of the Web in people’s hands. We’re a global community of users, contributors and developers working to innovate on your behalf. When you use Firefox, or any Mozilla product, you become a part of that community, helping us build a brighter future for the Web.

Read more about what we believe at the Mozilla Manifesto:


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Suzuki’s helpful tips on cleaning motorcycles submerged in flood

Suzuki mechanics are ready to assist you with your submerged motorcycle units with these helpful tips:

With the ignition switch turned “off”, remove spark plug and kick-start to remove water inside combustion chamber.
Then, clean the Suzuki Motorcycle Unit with clear running water (pressurized water spray recommended). If seawater flood, immediately wash and lubricate with anti-rust. 


Drain the oil by removing drain plug and engine oil cap.
Apply compressed air into oil filler hole to push out remaining oil and water inside crankcase.  Replace oil and oil filter with Suzuki Genuine Oil and Suzuki Genuine Oil Filter.

Clean and dry wiring harness and check all connectors for possible dirt/mud residue. Inspect all electrical parts (CDI, IGNITION COIL, IGNITION SWITCH, ALL RELAY, ALL BULB AND SOCKET, SPEEDOMETER PANEL ASSEMBLY, AND BATTERY).

Remove the air box and carburetor assembly. Clean air box assembly and replace with new air filter. Have the carburetor assembly over-hauled and make sure to clean all jets, air passage and gasoline passage.

Drain all gasoline from the fuel tank and check if contaminated with water.
Clean and lubricate throttle grip, throttle cable, clutch cable, brake cables and starter cable. Clean also the front and rear brake system and re-grease all wheel bearing. Remove and hang muffler to dry.

Remember, pressurized washing might take out the existing grease in most parts; see to it that new grease will be applied in the steering stem and other parts that require it.

Some of the items above, you can do yourself, but for the most part, the experts are on hand to serve your needs and get you back on the road. Please have your Suzuki unit checked and serviced by an accredited Suzuki mechanic from any Suzuki 3s shop or Suzuki Moto Center nearest you. For complete listing, please visit www.suzuki.com.ph or call Suzuki Customer Care Hotline at 902-1001

And keep in mind to properly dispose of used oil, fuel, and filter. Those floods serve to remind us of the urgent need to save our environment.

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Operation Smile Philippines: Libreng operasyon sa bingot at ngongo



After debuting in the comedy “I Heart Huckabees,” Jonah Hill has steadily posited himself as a solid hilarious support in the string of his movies that followed. Appearing afterwards in acclaimed hits like “The 40-Year Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Superbad,” “Forgettting Sarah Marshall,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “Moneyball” and the most recent “21 Jump Street” with Channing Tatum which is Hill’s highest grossing film after “Superbad.”


Jonah Hill & Ben Stiller in ‘’THE WATCH’’

His latest movie “The Watch” which is about to open in cinemas this September 5 (in Phils. cinemas) allowed him to work with Ben Stiller, one of moviedom’s great comic talents. In “The Watch,” four suburban guys formed a patrol which they tagged as ‘Neighborhood Watch’ after a mysterious incident left a security guard lifeless in the town’s superstore Costco. Headed by the civic minded Evan (Ben Stiller), he recruits fun-loving family guy Bob (Vince Vaughn), tough-talking ‘wild card’ Franklin (Jonah Hill) and the recent divorcé Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade).

Even with – or maybe because of – their spiffy new “Watch” jackets, which are emblazoned with fiery wings and a tiger head, the not-so-fearsome foursome initially gets no respect from the residents they’re supposedly looking out for. A group of kids plaster them with eggs, and the local cops think they’re a joke: the Hardy Boys…only far less savvy.


Jonah Hill in THE WATCH

“When they formed this ‘band of brothers’, the guys thought, sure, they might encounter some weird neighborhood stuff – maybe a burglar here, or peeping tom there – but suddenly they realize they’ve facing something extraordinary,” says producer Shawn Levy, the director of such hits as “Night at the Museum” and “Real Steel.” “And The Watch is not just unprepared or unqualified, it’s not remotely equipped to deal with this problem; yet it’s all on them to stop it.”


THE WATCH - Jonah Hill

The youngest member of the team is Franklin (Jonah Hill), a twenty something, militant looking tough guy with, notes Schaffer “a sweetness just underneath.” (He still lives at home with his mom.) Franklin has a planet-size chip on his shoulder because he’s been rejected as a candidate for the police force and all other law enforcement organizations. So for Franklin, The Watch is the only way he can legally kick ass and take names. “Franklin is alienated from, well everything,” says Hill. “He’s very strange and very funny.”



Coming off his Oscar®-nominated performance in the drama “Moneyball,” and executive producing and starring in the critically-hailed hit “21 Jump Street,” Hill was not looking to return to the kind of raucous comedy that had propelled him to superstardom (like “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express”), but he “couldn’t resist the chance to perform opposite alongside Ben, Vince and Richard,” notes the actor.

“It was something I had to do.” Moreover, “if I was going to do another broad comedy, I wanted it to have no basis in reality, and portray a character that could say or do anything. Plus, anytime you put an extreme amount of danger in the hands of irresponsible people, you know the results are going to be really wild.”

More of Jonah Hill and the movie in this interactive trailer of “The Watch” http://www.youtube.com/thewatchintl.

“The Watch” is a 20th Century Fox movie to be distributed by Warner Bros. in local cinemas (Sept. 5).

Saturday, August 18, 2012

NBA TALENTS ARRIVE IN TOWN!: NBA 3X Philippines 2012 Presented by Sprite Kicks off in Manila

Manila, Philippines, 17 August 2012 – Following the great turnout from last year’s inaugural event, slots for this year’s NBA 3X Philippines 2012 presented by the sprite filled up within two weeks of the start of team registration. Once again, the stage was set for another exciting tournament.


The NBA player Brook Lopez , dancers and mascot arrived in town and took some time out of their schedule to attend the Opening Ceremony at the SM Mall of Asia to officially kick off the event and meet with excited fans. Matches commenced at 4pm and ran through to 8pm, giving spectators and players just a taste of what is to come for the next two basketball-and-entertainment-filled days.


Brook Lopez, who recently re-signed with the Brooklyn Nets, will make appearance throughout the weekend as well as interact with fans during the three-day event. Additionally, the 2009 All-Rookie First Team selectee is looking forward to conducting basketball clinics and partaking in community events around Manila. The Charlotte LadyCats dancers and Stuff the Magic Dragon even managed to squeeze in a city tour around Manila and get some shopping done.


The weekend will feature an authentic NBA half-time show featuring performances by the Charlotte LadyCats dancers and Orlando Magic mascot, Stuff the Magic Dragon, as well as NBA merchandise giveaways and live music to keep fans entertained. Entry to watch the tournament and soak in the festivities is free of charge.


This year, Asia’s up-and-coming girl pop group Blush will also be giving a special performance on the final day. Blush are the only singers to date, from Asia, to have their two singles hit #3 (Undivided feat. Snoop Dogg) and #1 (Dance On) on a major US Billboard Chart. The five members hail from the Philippines, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan.


A highlight of the tournament includes a celebrity division featuring local star like Fabio Ide (Brazilian-Japanese model and TV personality), Marco Alcaraz (actor-model), Jon Hall (actor and former Survivor Philippines contestant) and Ervic Vijandre (actor-model and former Survivor Philippines contestant) to name a few that fans should come and check out. There will also be a Special Olympic clinic August 19 at 10 a.m.) Where the NBA talents will spend the morning interacting with the kids and teaching them some basketball fun.


There is still a chance for basketball aficionados, mall goers and those who did not get register for NBA 3X to still be part of the action. They can come down and participate in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contact and Sprite Skills Challenge on the weekend or the KFC 3pt Bucket, and win cool prizes from the NBA Registration will be on site. There is also an exclusive NBA Corner set up to showcase the latest and hottest official NBA merchandise available in the Philippines.


Fans should also check out the numerous activities at the event like the Sprite booth where fans will have a chance to get cool premiums and photo opportunities, or KFC’s, where some grest deals on their tasty bucket meals will be offered. Take a break from the action and be sure to check out the Kit Kat 100-points Best Break Contest and Monster Cable Dance Contest as well. So basketball enthusiasts and Filipinos alike, don’t miss out on this a year action-packed event and come on down to the SM Mall of Asia to soak in all of the festivities this weekend.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Gloc-9 gives in to fans’ requests: Holds show at Eastwood


Rapper Gloc-9 broke sales records when he launched his newest album Mga Kwento Ng Makata (MKNM) in three different malls. The success of the string of shows fanned out requests for him to do another show, and with the overwhelming support Gloc-9 and his album MKNM are enjoying, this gifted rapper is more than willing to oblige.


This August 17, 7 p.m., Gloc-9 will be having a special MKNM show at the Eastwood Central Plaza featuring Ebe Dancel, Denise Barbacena, Q-York, Mike Swift, Silent Sanctuary, among others.

Fans who will purchase the CD at the venue will have free limited edition MKNM lanyards and poster, on a first come, first served basis.

MKNM, upon its release, immediately topped the albums and singles chart of downloading site, www.mymusicstore.com.ph.

Gloc-9 adds that he is ultimately satisfied with MKNM, which includes collaborations with some of the biggest names in the industry – Chito Miranda, Bamboo, Ebe Dancel, Jay Durias, Billy Crawford, Maychelle Baay of Moonstar 88, among others.

Gloc-9 admits being super proud of the album’s single Sirena, which talks about the story of a responsible gay man. The song also features Ebe Dancel.


“I think this is the first time that a song about a gay man is presented in a first person’s point of view,” explains Gloc-9. “I worked very hard on this song for it not to be offending to anyone.”

The music video of Sirena also boasts of Boy Abunda’s participation.


The rapper also adds that MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata marks a new chapter in his career as this is his first release under Universal Records, where he joins its elite roster of artists like Gary Valenciano, Jose Mari Chan, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Parokya Ni Edgar, Christian Bautista, Kamikazee, Sam Concepcion, among others.

“I am very thankful that Universal welcomed me into their stable,” concludes Gloc-9. “I am looking forward to doing more projects with my new label.”

DOWNLOAD "SIRENA" HERE:http://mymusicstore.com.ph/music/gloc-9/453669/Sirena.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/glocdash9
Instagram: glocdash9


MKNM (Mga Kwento ng Makata) Tracklist:

1. Balak ni Syke
2. Apatnapungbara feat. Ian Tayao
3. Silup feat. Denise Barbacena
4. Alalay ng hari feat. Allan Mitchell Silonga
5. Sirena feat. Ebe Dancel
6. Hindi mo nadinig feat. Jay Durias
7. Sino (interlude)
8. Salarin feat. Bamboo Manalac
9. Inday feat. Cathy Go
10. Bakit hindi feat. Billy Crawford
11. Malakas (interlude)
12. Pison feat. Chito Miranda
13. Thankful feat. Maychelle Baay of Moonstar88 & Bambu
Bonus Tracks
14. Hari ng tondo feat. Denise Barbacena
15. Kung tama Siya feat. Jaq Dionisio of Kissjane

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New MICHELIN tire technology helped make London’s public bus system safer


Michelin, the pioneering brand in electronic tire development, made London’s public bus transits safe and ready for the summer Olympics crowd, with tires equipped with Michelin’s latest innovation in tire technology. Called Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Chips, the new technology allows for quick, safe and efficient evaluation of tire conditions.


The new “communicating” tires provide a breakthrough solution to improving road safety. Combining the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and RFID chips installed in the tire, the device helps check the tire pressure and conditions and link to a data processing system. After seven years of thorough testing and research plus thousands of manufactured chips that validate test phases, the technology was introduced to 85% of London’s city buses in time for the 30th Olympic Games.

The small RFID chips require no batteries and instead are activated by the radio waves it receives during scanning. The users may input their own data and update them as well. It can last longer than the tire itself, shave time in vehicle maintenance and provide cost-efficient vehicle operations.


With Michelin’s “communicating” tires, the transit operators only need to use an electronic reader that automatically gathers information about the tire’s condition and history. Now, instead of physical check-ups that may be dangerous to the operators, a more reliable system of monitoring tire conditions guarantee that the passenger vehicle tires will last longer, be more accurately traceable, reduce fuel consumption and avoid the need for frequent and costly replacements.

The Michelin Group: A major player in the British urban transport system

The figures speak for themselves. With 33,000 buses covered by service contracts (representing 80% of the country’s bus market) and a 100% market share for four of the five largest British bus transport companies and a 50% share for the fifth, Michelin is eminently qualified to provide bus fleets with end-to-end tire management solutions.

What’s more, 85% of all London buses are fitted with MICHELIN tires. More than just buses, these highly original vehicles – with their bright red color so well-liked by tourists – play both a symbolic and an indispensable role in urban mobility and at the same time are rightly considered to be one of the city’s cultural assets

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cocoon Boutique Hotel - the Philippine’s first truly-Green Hotel in Quezon City.

COCOON…A warm nesting place that is - Modern yet Classic Tranquil yet steps from vibrant entertainment Environmentally Responsible, yet Luxuriously Carefree Global yet truly Filipino

                                                              Board Room

We open our doors to our pioneering guests who share our commitment for environmentally sustainable luxury. With each stay and use of the deluxe amenities at Cocoon, our guests are able to take part in an initiative to be environmentally responsible and make a positive contribution to the community. We redefine the pleasure of sleep and bath experience. And we strive to establish sustainable relationships with our guests through sincere, warm, and nurturing service befitting a genuine Boutique Hotel

Cocoon Boutique Hotel is resolute in its commitment to all its stakeholders.

For its guests - Elegant, stylish and intimate facilities with complete five-star amenities from a genuine boutique hotel with superior guest services

For its staff – Extensive training and a work environment providing a sense of belonging and ownership that will manifest in ‘that special personal connection’ with all the guests.

For the community - A determined effort to give significant contributions to save the environment with the goal of being LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. In addition, a venue for community-immersion of youth with disability at the hotel’s back-of-the-house operations.

Cocoon Boutique Hotel – where Luxury is Responsible.


Our emblem embodies what we stand for. As seen throughout the hotel,

calado (wooden cut-outs) adorn different areas. The emblem in calado design symbolize the following-

1- A plant – which embodies our goal to highlight the need to protect the environment.

2- The resources that we need to conserve with the flower as an interpretation of the Sun – the symbol for energy, and the flowing leaves as an interpretation of Water.

3- A person with outstretched arms to depict the people in our community – our staff, our guests, our neighbors, with whom we aim to build sustainable relationships.

Listing of hotel’s facilities and services, combining luxury and responsibility.




  • SUSTAINABLE SITE near Hospitals, Malls, Fresh Produce Markets, Supermarkets, Dining and Entertainment Center, Schools, Churches, Media Centres, Government Agencies, Corporations, etc.

It is steps away from the bustling Timog Avenue while contained within a quiet, affluent community within the South Triangle Areas acknowledged as one of the City’s prime locations. It is only two blocks from Tomas Morato Avenue, another popular entertainment strip in Quezon City.

  • Rain & ground water harvesting for toilet flushing, plant irrigation & general house cleaning.

· 100% use of LED lighting

· Reclaimed all wood, metal roofing & steel grills of demolished structure on site.

· Use of reclaimed materials for the construction process & re-use to form part of the structure.

· Passive cooling thru building orientation

· Use of insulation on metal roofing

· * 2 level Basement for ample parking space.

  • * Business Center, Boardroom, Flower & Gift Shop, Specialty Bar & Restaurant, Spa & Nail Salon, Travel Agency, Aesthetic Clinic, Dental Clinic, Gym

* In progress



  • Use of reclaimed wood
  • Use of natural & renewable materials such as woodstone

· Use of used lighting fixtures

· Front stairwell has natural lighting & ventilation

· Use of indoor plants

· Latest design Schindler elevator

· PABX System

· Modern Tropical interiors with touches of Filipino designed by Steven Leach + Associates.

  • Concierge Services

· original 1800s Steinway Grand Piano

· Antique wheels of carabao drawn carriages, heirloom chests & intricate wooden calado cutouts


· Fresh cool air generated from Heat Recovery System

· Use of used lighting fixtures

· Use of CCTV & addressable fire alarm systems for security

· Limit traffic access by use of RFID key card system

· Wide hallways with acoustic panels

· Original oil on canvass paintings







· Inverter type air conditioners using non-ozone-damaging R410A refrigerant

· Use of reclaimed wood

  • Art wall from individual scrap wood pieces

· Use of large windows for natural lighting.

· Fixed windows for sound insulation

· Lower Operable awning window to allow fresh air

  • 32 inches LED Cable TV with USB port capable of playing movies, DVD, MP3
  • Absorption-type mini refrigerators; coffee/tea making facility

· Fresh air circulation in guestrooms through natural positive-negative air pressure

  • Waste segregation program
  • Linen reuse program
  • Built-in desk & floors using reclaimed solid hardwood
  • Structured cabling system for high speed internet
  • In-room electronic safe; hair dryer
  • 3-units IDD/NDD telephone set-up
  • Top-of-the line bed with pocket springs & anti dust mite, anti microbial memory foam
  • 400 Thread-count, 100% Egyptian Cotton bed linen
  • 90% Goose down duvets and circle-of-down pillows
  • Day Service & Turn-down Service


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  • Towels reuse program
  • Eco-certified 100% organic bathroom amenities
  • Toiletries made of Plasticized Cornstarch with packaging using Stone Paper & Soy Ink
  • Dual piping system for separate grey & potable water
  • Water-saving faucets with aerators & Siphonic jet toilet flushing
  • Separate Deep-soak bathtubs & rainshower with hot & cold water
  • Open bathroom set-up with speakers for TV viewing convenience in most rooms
  • 100% Egyptian Cotton towel sets




· Use of Low-e laminated glass & insulated double glaze glass for windows and doors.

· Use of eco-friendly cleaning materials throughout the hotel.

· No smoking policy

· 250 pax capacity with soundproof operable walls that can divide to 2 Function Rooms

· 4-fixturesdeep soak bathtub and rainshower

· High ceiling accented by four Murano dimmable LED chandeliers

· State of the art sound and video equipment.



· Use of canopies for natural sun shading & protection from rain

· Use of reclaimed wood

· Roof garden as “quarantine” for the indoor plants

  • Coffeeshop with Home style comfort Filipino & International food.
  • Wireless Internet Connection in Public Areas
  • Adult pool has four jets for hydro massage & with over 60 light shows
  • Kiddie pool with bubbler
  • Rainshower with hot & cold water

Enjoy the luxury of five-star amenities & service

The Deck Bar and Breakfast Venue

Abuela’s Coffeeshop

Wireless Internet Connection in Public Areas

Outdoor Adult and Kiddie Swimming Pool

High-ceiling Ballroom for 250 persons, or Two function rooms for 100 persons each

State-of-the Art Boardroom

Business Center

Exercise Area (in progress)

The Mulberry Flowers and Finds – Flowers and Gift Shop

Il Duelo Rustic Italian Restaurant

Paire Cocktails and Pastries

Serendipitea Milk Tea Shop

Iris Spa and Nail Art

Nouvelle Aesthetic Clinic

Peps Silvestre Salon

Triple Star Travel Agency

Concierge Services, Room Service

Laundry, Dry-cleaning and Pressing Services

Transportation Service and Tours Assistance

Proximity Card Access Control, 24-hour CCTV & Security,

and Addressable Fire Alarm system


Cocoon Boutique Hotel is in the heart of Quezon City, the biggest and most progressive city in Metro Manila.

It is steps away from the bustling Timog Avenue while contained within a quiet, affluent community within the South Triangle Areas acknowledged as one of the City’s prime locations. It is only two blocks from Tomas Morato Avenue, another popular entertainment strip in Quezon City.