PISM Advocates for Globally Competitive Filipino Supply Management Professionals via Biggest Industry Confab in PHL

From Left to Right : Jose Emmanuel M. Estrera, SOFSM VP for Research and Development; Mariel B. Zamora, PISM President; Anne P. Saboya, PISM Admin Manager; Romeo T. Recto, SOFSM Managing Director and Immediate Past President; Ricardo Joaquin V. Sison, SOFSM President

Philippine Institute for Supply Management (PISM), the premiere organization for Filipino Supply Management professionals, raises the bar for local professionals as it sets the stage for a bigger and grander Supply Management conference and exhibit with SupplyLink 2013 this March.

Slated to be held at the SMX Convention Center from March 6 to 7, SupplyLink 2013 will observe the theme “Innovation + Collaboration: the Keys to Global Supply Management Excellence” to highlight the significance of developing synergies and creative thinking to address the current megatrends in the Supply Management profession.

The conference will feature local and international experts in the Supply Management field to be headed by USA’s Institute for Supply Management (ISM) CEO, Thomas Derry. Derry and the other speakers from Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines will showcase methodologies and techniques to help our national professionals raise their level of practice and at the same time, face the challenges in the industry today.

Consequently, SupplyLink 2013 will also play host to the Gawad Sinop 2013 – the annual award-giving body organized by the Foundation of the Society of Fellows in Supply Management (SOFSM). Gawad Sinop seeks to recognize professionals and corporations who have exhibited outstanding achievements in the Supply Management profession – with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima as its keynote speaker.

Furthermore, as a teaser to PISM’s continued mission to arm our national professionals with vital intelligence to help Filipino Supply Managers make more intelligent decisions, PISM has recently disclosed the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for January 2013. PMI is a composite index measuring the health of industries and is published monthly. According to the report, the Consolidated Index is at 55.74 in January compared to 57.75 for December 2012. Overall, the sectors monitored continued to expand but at a slower rate compared to December 2012. The manufacturing index in January was at 51.76 compared to 47.86 last December indicating manufacturing is expanding but at faster rate compared to last month. The increase of the manufacturing index was attributed to the higher demand for consumer products and the build-up in preparation for the Chinese New Year. Services index on the other hand, was at 60.57, down from 64.66 in December 2012. Moreover, the retail and wholesale index at 52.57 continues to show expansion but at slower rate since October 2012.

With this, PISM is optimistic that SupplyLink 2013 will successfully serve its purpose as the melting pot of best practices, ideas and industry knowledge that will arm local professionals with the necessary tools to become successful locally and worldwide.

Norton Delivers Protection for Windows® 8, Social Networking and Scams

Norton by Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC)  released its  latest versions last October 18, 2012  its award-winning core security products, Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus, which are compatible with Windows 8 and engineered to be safer, optimized for speed and performance, and simpler to use.

Enhancing the product line-up further, Norton 360 Multi-Device, a comprehensive security solution that provides security across platforms and devices, will also be available to consumers in Singapore. Ideal for consumers who have multiple devices and want a simple, easy-to-use security solution, Norton 360 Multi-Device provides protection for Windows based PCs, Macs, Android-based phones and tablets, right out of the box along with 25 Gig of online backup. It offers a single key to activate protection on all devices. It uses a cloud-based Norton management console that lets users take charge of their devices’ security from anywhere, at any time, right over the Internet. In addition, Norton 360 Multi-Device is a flexible solution that allows customers to move protection from one device to another to meet their changing needs as they add or change the number and type of devices they own.

With five patented layers of protection, stronger social networking defenses, anti-scam capabilities, and improved cloud-enabled features, the latest Norton products set new benchmarks for protection and performance. In addition, the latest releases are Windows® 8 compatible and engineered to make Windows 8 safer and faster compared with running Windows Defender on Windows 8.

According to third-party testing, when paired with Norton, Windows 8 is 50 percent faster and 20 percent safer than with Windows Defender . In addition, testing showed that Norton was able to correctly detect and block all the threats that Windows Defender failed to recognize.

“According to this year’s Norton Cybercrime Report , one in 10 social network users said they’d fallen victim to a scam or fake link on social network platforms. Today, consumers are living nearly every aspect of their lives online and often putting personal information at risk,” said Janice Chaffin, Group President, Norton by Symantec. “With our latest releases, Norton responds to this and other consumer vulnerabilities with stronger social media and scam protection to ensure consumers are safe in the multi-device, Wi-Fi-enabled world.”

The latest Norton products are engineered to be safer, optimized for speed and performance, and simpler to use. In third-party testing, the new products ranked first in both protection and performance among a field of competitors. New features and improvements include:

In addition to industry-leading core security technologies, the new Norton releases feature protection enhancements including:
– Social Networking Protection – New defenses protect consumers from attacks and scams on social networks, such as likejacking, malicious messages, posts and notices on social networks
– Scam Insight – Anti-scam capabilities warn users of potentially risky sites that are new or do not have an established reputation within the Norton user community, enabling users to keep personal information such as bank account or login data secure
– Enhanced Network Defenses – To keep consumers safe from constantly evolving web-based attacks, the latest releases feature stronger networking defenses including a new Intelligent Firewall and broader uses of Insight information, which now tracks IP address reputation in addition to file, URL and domain reputation

With consumers becoming more on-the-go with devices such as tablets and ultrabooks, faster startup, shutdown and improved battery power are increasingly important. The latest Norton products feature:
– Faster Startup & Shutdown – Completely re-engineered to minimize startup and shutdown time
– Maximized Battery Power – Reduced power consumption, resulting in extended battery life and faster response from system sleep and hibernate states
– More Efficient Support for Digital Media Files – Designed to ensure digital media files – such as photos, music and videos – are safe from attack, without impacting performance

In addition to being safer and faster, Norton products are also simpler to use, offering enhancements including:
– Touch Screen-Friendly – User interface is engineered for faster performance and optimized for touch screens
– Version-Less – With all product updates now downloaded in the background and installed automatically, consumers can rest assured they are safe from the latest threats without manually checking for updates
– Reboot-Less – Product updates no longer require reboot, so consumers can receive the most up-to-date protection without being interrupted Pricing & Availability
The latest versions of Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus are now available for purchase in the Philippines through various retailers and the Norton online store at http://buy.norton.com/.
Pricing for Norton 360 Multi-Device will be available in November 2012.

The MSRP for one year of protection of:
• Norton Internet Security: P1,200 for single PC; P2, 400 for up to three PCs.
• Norton AntiVirus: P990 for single PC; P1,950 for up to three PCs.

Norton customers with a valid product subscription are eligible to receive the latest product updates via the subscription service model. For more information, visit the Norton Update center at http://updatecenter.norton.com.

About Norton
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About Symantec
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Chef Sau del Rosario recommends Titania’s Made for Men

Titania’s Made for Men line puts nail care and grooming in the domain of men who take themselves seriously.
Most men would admit that their idea of nail-care is limited to the requisite weekly trimming. But for men whose lifestyles require them to work with their hands day in and day out, keeping their nails neat and tidy is a reflection of personal hygiene and professionalism.
Titania, the German brand of high-quality nail, hand and feet care products, addresses this need through its Made for Men line – a suite of nail-care and grooming tools made especially for men. The products in the lineup feature masculine design and unique details, such as an ergonomic shape and Soft Touch coating for anti-slip and precise cutting. Among them are the Softtouch Sapphire Nail, Softtouch Cuticle Nipper, Softtouch Nail Clipper, and a Manicure Set with 4 instruments (tweezer, nail cutter, cuticle nipper and nail file).
Titania also recognizes an individual who represents this “handy” lifestyle in the person of celebrity Chef Sau del Rosario, who is now the Made for Men line’s brand ambassador. Chef Sau knows too well how important grooming is to his fruitful career. The French-trained chef has worked in restaurants and kitchens of noted hotels all over the world.  Locally, he has had a hand at the success of such restaurants as M Café, Chelsea, Madison Grill, Le Bistro Vert, Toro and his very own Villa Cafe.
“I work with my hands a lot as a chef and I can very well say they’re the most important tools of my trade. I have to make it a point that my nails are neat, tidy, and cared for as well, not only to be able to cook hygienically, but also to present myself well professionally,” says Chef Sau. “Titania’s Made for Men line ensures that my nails are always in excellent condition,” he adds.
1.  Softtouch Sapphire Nail File
     SRP P143.75
·        Elastic chrome-plated Solingen spring steel nail file
·        Ergonomically formed anti-slip Softtouch handle
·        Coated with fine micro sapphire dust in two grain sizes – fine and coarse
·        Prevents nails from ripping and fraying
2.  Softtouch Nail Nipper
     SRP P529.75
·        Secure and safe grip c/o the Softtouch coating
·        Guarantees even and gentle nail cutting due to high-precision ground cutting edges
·        Especially made for mens’ strong and hard nails

3.  Softtouch Nail Clipper
     SRP P199.75
·        Secure and safe grip c/o the Softtouch coating
  • Guarantees even and gentle nail cutting due to high-precision ground cutting edges
  • Especially made for mens’ strong and hard nails
4.  Manicure Set with 4 Instruments
     SRP P959.75
·        Contains one small nail clipper with a small nail file;
·        One cuticle scissors and one tweezer
·        Smart folding etui in black leather optic
·        Quality controlled and packed in Germany
The reputation of Chef Sau del Rosario as the country’s most prolific young chef is not without reason. Consider the prestigious hotels and food outlets he had been to and the countries that availed of his culinary expertise: Raffles Hotel in Singapore, Equinox in Swisshotel, Restaurant L’universe in Nice, France, Le Devellec in Paris, Luna in Shanghai… the list continues and the demand of his gastronomic wizardry never ceases to amaze to this day.
You might say that Chef Sau was born in right smack in the scenario that effected the preoccupation that made him famous, and a most respected kitchen denizen.  And just like the perfect combination of ingredients for his concoctions, Chef Sau is indeed a true artist with an unerring sense for the creation of exquisite compositions.
Born in Pampanga, one of the country’s culinary centers that boast of prominent people engaged in the food business, Chef Sau belongs to a family of Chefs spanning four generations. His father, was a great influence that he and his nephews took up studies in the same school he went to, the Culinary Institute of America, before taking up and graduating with a Hotel and Restaurant Management degree at the University of the Philippines.
A job as junior commis of the Westin Philippine Plaza was the baptism of fire that led him to be with the pioneer team that opened the EDSA Shangrila Hotel, the first Shangrila property in the Philippines and, two years later, as Chef de Partie of the New World Hotel as member of the opening team of Bocarinos.
His growing career, marked by dynamic achievements, caught the eye of people in the business that during the renovation of the Manila Peninsula, he was pulled in to mull over the menu and operations planning of the hotel’s in-house restaurants such as the Old Manila, the Conservatory and the famous lobby – responsibilities that rewarded him with a Senior Chef status at a tender age of 29, becoming Chef Gundlach protégé and, eventually, promoted to sous chef, one of only three in the entire hotel.
Responding to his young wishes to be in a place where he could broaden his horizons in French cuisine, he left for Nice and, later on, Paris.  Still in France, he went on extensive trips, studying, learning and discovering new things related to French cuisine that, in retrospect, he exclaims: “It gave me a deeper understanding of the culture, food and lifestyle of the French.”
Despite the lavish accolades accorded him, he hankered for home and when he decided to come back, Venezia had its pre-opening stages that eventually embraced him in. Owned by Ayalas, Chef Sau had the opportunity to create menus that were patronized by the elite clientele, nightly packing up the place.
From there, he flew to Singapore for the legendary Raffles Hotel where he was assigned the development, execution and maintenance of the culinary standards of all the Equinox Restaurants, like the Jaan, a unique French-Khmer boutique restaurant and the vibrant New Asia Bar and Grill.
But it was back in Manila in 2004 that Chef Sau’s career reached its prime when he held the culinary reins of the Museum Café, fondly called M. Here, he gave vent to his creativity with signature dishes like the Artist Plates, a selection of meat, poultry, fish and a section of noodles and vegetables, considered benchmarks in the industry.
Chef Sau went on as corporate chef of the Raintree Restaurant Group and eventually opened another acclaimed restaurant, Chelsea Market Café, which remains a favorite by many until this day.
He has since done consultations for other successful restaurants nationwide, and opened his very own Thai restaurant called ‘Kingdom’ in his hometown of Pampanga.
Today, Chef Sau is a sought-after endorser and brand ambassador for respected brands such as Bounty Fresh Chicken, Elba Cookers, Philips, Globe Telecoms, Selecta, Titania, and many others.  He is also a columnist for Breakfast Magazine and supplies all kinds of bread to hotels and restaurants through his Food Garage commissary.
Another much-awaited Italian restaurant is in the works while he is busy tending to Villa, his very own Filipino restaurant along Yakal Street in Makati.  There, he delightfully continues to amaze diners as he wields his culinary batons to orchestrate a most memorable gourmet experience for many.
Titania Made for Men products are made in Solingen, Germany and are available at Watsons and all leading department stores nationwide. For more information about Titania’s Made for Men line, please “like” Titania PH on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TitaniaPH) or follow @Titania_PH on Twitter.
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CI Philippines, Universal Harvester launch The Outstanding Farmers Awards 2012

JCI Philippines and Universal Harvester, Inc. (UHI) today launched the search and awards for TOFARM 2012 — The Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines recognition program — for the most noteworthy achievers and achievements in the agriculture sector of 2012.

The nationwide awards program cites the achievements of both public and private entities engaged in farming and includes traditional and modern farmers, fisherfolk, animal raisers, cooperatives, farm communities, organizations, scientists, the academe, LGUs and public employees, as well as business entities in rural and urban areas.

The Awards Program is the special tribute set aside by the Junior Chamber International-Philippines for the agricultural sector which is seen to still be the main driver of the country’s development.


Its main goal, according to JCI Philippines National President Randolf Ivan Ruste, is to foster the steady increase of youth venturing into the agriculture sector, invigorating investment and scientific advancement to achieve sustainable food supply.

Ruste said JCI partnered with Universal Harvester this year to pursue the program last held in 2003. “We have found our perfect fit in pursuing our common vision of helping the Filipino farmer in Universal Harvester,” Ruste said. “We are both concerned about the improvement of conditions for the farmer and are working together for better urban-rural relations through a keener understanding of agricultural concerns.”

UHI, a progressive Filipino company, is involved in the direct manufacturing, local distribution and exportation of a number of world-class quality fertilizers. “We are passionately pursuing our mission of reviving Philippine agriculture by promoting farming as a noble, lucrative profession and a key pillar in nation building,” said Mrs. Milagros Ong-How, UHI Executive Vice President. “Through these Awards, we also want to excite rural and urban youth about farming. We want them to see it as a viable, highly rewarding career and a great way to help their country.”

The UHI lady executive said her dream is for the Filipino youth to go back to the land and revive its promise besides just aspiring towards high-paying jobs in the city.

“Today’s farmer faces both great challenges and wonderful opportunities. With assistance, they can turn the agriculture sector around so it can fulfil its main goal of achieving food sustainability for present and future generations. Many farmers now are entrepreneurs engaged in agribusiness that deals with various aspects of farming, including technology, farm implements, fertilizers and insecticides that will raise the volume and quality of crops while taking care not to violate environmental regulations. There is a bright future for the youth in farming,” Mrs. How added.

TOFARM will give out 11 awards this year, said TOFARM Project Chairman Rommel Cunanan : six in the individual category and five in the group category. These are : Farmer, Fisherfolk, Livestock, Agri-Entrepreneur, Young Farmer, Agricultural Innovator and Urban/City Farmer in the individual category; and Agriculture Cooperative, Family Farmer, Local Government Unit, Agriculture Initiatives and People’s Choice in the group category.

The nomination period for Outstanding Farmer candidates begins August 1and will end on September 30. Validation and Judging of nominees will take place in October and November, while the Awarding takes place in December.

Nominations may be submitted as hard copy or sent online to  www.tofarm.org.  Nomination forms may be downloaded from the website.

For more information, call the TOFARM Hotline 709-5001 to 54, fax 709-5006 or email info.tofarm@gmail.com.

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Is your BFF’s birthday coming soon? How about that girlfriend of yours who is oozing with girlish demeanor? Then the new Hallmark Spirogira! Cards are the best way to greet that special girl with girl power pride!

Hallmark Spirogira! Cards are specially made for all the charming and fun-loving birthday girls out there! These cards have bright feminine colors that reflect just how fabulous your loved one is. Surely the birthday girl will feel even more special with the shining glittery designs and the shimmering foil prints of these cards ranging from cute shapes of hearts to colorful flowers. Make sure to get the new Hallmark Spirogira! Cards for the most “kikay” birthday girls ever!

Hallmark Spirogira! Cards are exclusively distributed by Filstar Distributors Corp. and are available at all National Book Store branches and other fine retail stores nationwide.

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