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Paving The Road to OCEAN18

Road to OCEAN18, a series of masterclasses that will travel to multiple cities throughout the Philippines, will take off at Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan.

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In anticipation of OCEAN (Open Collaboration with East Asian Networks) Summit’s third wave hitting Cebu this November, the organizing team is excited to announce the Road to OCEAN18, a series of masterclasses that will travel to multiple cities throughout the Philippines. The first stop will be at Crimson Resort and Spa in Mactan, Cebu, on July 27, 2018, followed by Iloilo, Davao, and Manila.

Indiepreneurs , or early-stage ventures with disruptive ideas that make a difference in their community, are welcome to attend the Road to OCEAN18 masterclasses, especially those working in our six high-impact sectors: Creative Economy, Education, Food, Global Filipino Engagement, Healthcare, and Tourism.

“We use the term indiepreneurs to highlight that these entrepreneurs and enterprises are independent but have the potential to scale up tremendously and shake up their sectors,” emphasizes Winston Damarillo, co-chair of OCEAN18 and founder and CEO of Amihan Global Strategies.

To strengthen their ventures, indiepreneurs from and around Cebu will be able to learn key business fundamentals with World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader Winston Damarillo; design thinking techniques with Niña Terol of Kick Fire Kitchen; and the essentials of effective pitching with Richard “D-cal” Dacalos of Upstart the Game. At the end of the day, participants will close the master class with a round of benchmark pitches to gauge learned concepts and acquired skills.

The Road to OCEAN18 will culminate in the OCEAN18 Summit on November 9-10, where one selected venture from each of the six sectors will have a platform to share their stories and connect to key stakeholders.

“We’re looking at economic growth more holistically – there are efforts to support innovation, but they are largely isolated to tech startups. OCEAN18 aims to ignite industry, policy, and government support for these leading innovators in non-tech related sectors,” says Damarillo.

Started in 2014, OCEAN has welcomed hundreds of changemakers from all over the world, who set their sights on strengthening the Philippines’ innovation, technology, and creativity ecosystems. From the past two summits emerged initiatives such as the beginnings of the Start-Up Business Bill, proposed by Senator Bam Aquino, which would provide tax exemptions for early-stage ventures, as well as a series of white papers with Pampubliko, which discussed how the Philippines can harness new technologies to accelerate economic development and social progress.

OCEAN18 is a collaborative effort among the Global Shapers Communities of the Philippines, independent initiatives of the World Economic Forum; DevCon Philippines, a nonprofit aimed at promote IT Pinoy Talent; and Kaya Collaborative, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring, educating, and mobilizing diaspora youth as partners to long-term, locally led social change in the Philippines.

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The Best Way to Donate to Charity Through GCash

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GCash introduces a program for advocacy that addresses different issues faced by society across different levels. GCash for Good is a pioneering corporate social responsibility program that encourages Filipinos to donate to non-government organizations for worthy advocacies such as education, environment, animal welfare and other social issues.

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Ney Villasenor – Vice President, GCash and Corporate Communications Group Head

“It all starts with your decision to do good,” says Reyner Villasenor, the VP for corporate communications. “GCash for Good is another big step to further develop the GCash app into a more socially relevant and sustainable platform that helps address issues across different levels,” he adds. With the launch of the GCash for Good Program, GCash invites NGO Partners from Cebu and nearby cities to join a community of doing good and giving back through the program.

“Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt) operates GCash as a springboard for donations to non-government organizations that champion various advocacies, thanks to its scale and innovative digital platform,” says Reyner. “With GCash for Good, GCash users can use the GCash app to donate to various groups to create an impact on society,” he adds.

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Mabel Niala, Head of Sustainability and External Affairs of Mynt

The GCash for Good program currently involves 35 NGOs, including UNDP, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, ECHOstore, Caritas Manila, WWF- Philippines, and more.

“The team at GCash really need to be commended for providing concerned citizens with a highly accountable platform to support the causes they are passionate about,” says Titon Mitra, county representative for UNDP. “I doesn’t matter how much one can afford to give- every peso to a good cause counts. GCash can be a powerful tool for direct citizen engagement and an important contribution to helping the Philippines to meet the Sustainable Development Goals,” he adds.

“I am calling all our NGO friends in Cebu and other nearby locales to join us as we spread the power of good through GCash,” says Reyner. Regulatory requirements are need to be completed by interested NGOs before becoming official GCash for Good partners to ensure the organizations are legitimate and the money donated cannot be abused.

“People now prefer to donate online, as this removes the hassle of having to go through long queues and processes, giving them more time to focus on their daily lives,” says Reyner during the launch of the GCash for Good program in Cebu. With that, partners of the program are happy that GCash has launched a program where people can be comfortable to donate their money.

“After a decade in development work supporting our social enterprises, I have seen the difficulties that non-government organizations face in mobilizing funding support for even the most worthy causes,” says Jeannie Javelosa, the director for ECHOsi Foundation, one of program’s current partner. “ I am excited to see what GCash for Good can do for the development community. With more Filipinos feeling comfortable about giving online, GCash for Good could be a game-changer,” she adds.

Reyner Villasenor stresses during the launch that through GCash, doing good is made easier and more efficient for people who wish to do so. “With GCash for Good, users will also have direct access to where their donations go. It showcases a more transparent and user-friendly interface for anyone to access,” Reyner says.

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Rotary Club Cebu Helps Children with CHD with a Run

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Rotary Club Cebu once again brings us the Citrineland Corporation Run for the Gift of Life last May 19, 2019, which is the third one ever since it was first introduced in the year 2016. This year’s run was held at 4:30 in the morning.

The Gift of Life program has been established for more than 10 years now with the goal of spreading awareness on indigent children from Visayas and Mindanao with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). World-wide statistics show that 5 to 8 of every 1000 newborns are born with the defect and the 2015 Census poverty statistics shows that 1, 012 indigent children in the Visayas and Mindanao are annually born with CHDs. In order to improve these children’s quality of life or to prevent early death, they would need to undergo operation and finances from these families could be strained due to the high cost of maintenance medicine. Moreover, most local and regional public hospitals are not equipped for CHD-related pedia-cardio surgical procedures. Trained medical staff who are capable of undertaking the procedure are short as well.

Citrineland Corporation Run for the Gift of Life aims to address this problem through financially support the medical operations, equipments, and trainings of doctors geared towards the sole beneficiaries, the indigent children suffering from CHD. Through the years, they have also attracted active runners, people looking for avenue to relieve stress, and anyone who simply wanted to support the Gift of Life Program. Last year, the famous actress, Nadine Lustre cooperated with the program which generated a lot of interest and was recognized in both print and social media. Other than Nadine, may groups and people from near and far actively participated in the program, making enough donations to tend to almost 100 children with CHD for the year 2018 alone.

The program has been helping and supporting children with the disease, giving them hopes of a renewed life through reducing their medical costs. Over the years, Gift of Life had attracted national organizations to participate in the program. With last year’s event as a phenomenal success, 97 children with CHD have received heart surgeries and catheterization procedures for free from the funds raised during the run.

Gift of Life International has also been heavily supporting the program by deploying their medical staff to the Philippines in hopes of creating capable centers that can handle any kind of cardiovascular operations. Last year, 120 hospital staff were mentored including surgeons, doctors, nurses, hospital services staff, and maintenance staff. That being said, the program has helped treat more children in the past year than in the previous 11 years.

This year, the program once again have high hopes of treating more children with CHDs from Visayas and Mindanao. With over a thousand runners who participated in this years Run for the Gift of Life, it is no doubt that more children will be receiving the help that they need from the people and groups with good hearts who participated in the event.

Making a difference in this world is a difficult task for many people but Rotary Club Cebu have urged people to stand up and make that difference through participating in the Citrineland Corporation Run for the Gift of Life.

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Landers Cebu Turns Two

How do you celebrate turning two? With a 50% OFF sale, of course.

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Landers Superstore Cebu celebrates its 2nd anniversary with a super shopping experience for its members full of spectacular deals and fun activities from May 1 to May 5, 2019.

Indulge in 50% off on all Home, Doppio, and Dough & Co. items until May 5 and 50% discount on all fruits and vegetables in its fresh section on May 4. On Sunday, May 5, bring the kids for a fun and fantastic family day with their storytelling activity and The Greatest Musical Show at 4 p.m.  

Get 50% off on new memberships and renewal until May 15 exclusively at Landers Cebu. Aside from the convenient shopping experience and bargains on thousands of products Landers members get to experience true membership privileges that add value, give back and complement their everyday lifestyle from getting a free haircut, shampoo, and blowdry at Federal Barbers and the lowest-priced medicines in the market at Capital Care Pharmacy, and discounts of up to PHP 10 per liter when you gas up at the Landers Caltex gas station.

Join Landers Cebu’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration to enjoy five days of great finds, huge savings, and spectacular fun. Visit Landers Superstore on Facebook and Instagram @LandersPH and their website landers.ph.

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