Hey Empowered Kids!

Got something to say to our President? Do you want to help him make a change in the lives of our countrymen?

Here is your chance to write President Benigno Aquino III through a contest titled, LITTLE PRESIDENT’S LETTER TO MR. PRESIDENT. This will allow you to share your ideas and what you are presently doing to make a difference for your country.

This contest is open to all students, aged 9-12. The entry should be a 1-page letter with 1.5 spacing, in English or Filipino and should include the sender’s complete name, home address, grade level and school name.

You can send your letter to Deadline of submission is on or before July 17.

Winning entry will be published in The Philippine Daily Inquirer on the day of the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22. Aside from a Tang gift pack, Tang will make a donation in the amount of PhP 30,000 to winner’s choice of cause.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your views to be heard by the President. So write your letter now and be an instrument of change!

1. Write a letter to President Benigno Aquino III telling him how as an empowered kid, you would like to be part of the “Daang Matuwid” in your own way. This will allow you to share your ideas and what you are presently doing to make a difference for your country.
2. Letter format and requirements:
• 1 page, 1.5 spacing
• English/Filipino
• Open to 9-12 years old, Male/Female
• 1 letter entry per person
• Include Name, Complete Address, Grade Level, School, Parents’ Names and Contact Details
• Participants must have their parent’s consent to join this contest
3. Send your letters to
4. Deadline of submission is on July 17, Wednesday
• Winning entry will be published in Philippine Daily Inquirer on the day of PNoy’s SONA on July 22, 2013. Aside from a Tang gift pack, Tang will make a donation in the amount of Php30,000 to winner’s choice of cause.
5. All qualified letters will be judged by Mondelez Philippines, Inc. (MPI). Letters will be judged according to the following criteria: [KFL1]
Content- 25%
Relevance to the theme -25%
Originality -25%
Style and Tone – 25%
6. The letter that receives the highest score wins the contest.

A-Plus Brings Philippine Educational-IT Expertise to Japan


H. E. Manuel M. Lopez, (4th from right),Valentino Cabansag (rightmost) and other representatives from Philippine Embassy in Japan visited the A-Plus Language Online booth during the 4th EDIX trade show in Tokyo. The A-Plus delegation was headed by LilianReventar (5th from right) and Armando Osias, Jr. (3rd from right).
    H. E. Manuel M. Lopez, (4th from right),Valentino Cabansag (rightmost) and other representatives from Philippine Embassy in Japan visited the A-Plus Language Online booth during the 4th EDIX trade show in Tokyo. The A-Plus delegation was headed by LilianReventar (5th from right) and Armando Osias, Jr. (3rd from right).

MANILA, Philippines – In the recently concluded 4th Educational IT Solutions Expo (EDIX) at the Tokyo Big Sight on May 15 to 17, 2013, A-Plus Language Online (A-Plus), a leading online provider of language learning solutions, wowed both Japanesestudents and institutionswith its certified teachers, innovative online education platform and learning system.

Booth visitor enjoys real time demo using A-Plus Language Online platform.
Booth visitor enjoys real time demo using A-Plus Language Online platform.

A-Plus showcased the full range of online language services it offers including virtual classroom, learning management system, and curriculum development, which are currently used in the Philippines and China. Visitors to the booth who experienced the real-time demo were greatly impressed by the different tools and features of the online platform which includes a virtual blackboard, file sharing, video, and online access. Most of all, they liked the professionalism of the teachers in delivering the lessons which left them wanting for more.

According to Lilian S. Reventar, Managing Director of A-Plus, they have demonstrated beyond a doubt that they possess the capabilities and resources to deliver online language learning anytime, anywhere and addressed the Japanese demand for high quality and dependable e-learning services.

Supporting A-Plus at EDIX was the Global Online Association for Learning (GOAL),a non-profit group that aims to advance and professionalize online education in the Philippines.Based on client feedback and visitor enquiries, GOAL sees numerous

opportunities for Philippine businesses engaged in e-learning, particularly online English language learning.

Also showing its support to the only Philippine company at the expo was the Embassy of the Philippines in Japan led by Ambassador Manuel Lopez. He sharedthe good news that the Philippine government has plans of starting a program, with the assistance of organizations like A-Plus and GOAL, to generate jobs for Filipinos in the Language Tourism

industry. He alsoadvised the team to bank on the solid relationship between Japan and the Philippines to forge opportunities with Japanese firms and schools.

A-Plus Language Online vies to provide high quality language learning services to more

people who want to become global citizens through the mastery of different languages.

ADEC Group

ADEC Group is a leading provider of customized onshore and offshore outsourcing

solutions. Processing over 30 million transactions each month, ADEC Group has extensive experience in data and document management, business and knowledge process outsourcing, sustainability and energy management, and language learning services. As the

pressure on business growth and profitability continues to intensify, ADEC Group works with clients to create and deliver value-added solutions that are proven to reduce costs, increase operational efficiencies, and optimize internal and external resource use. Trusted by some of the largest companies and governments in the world, privately-held ADEC Group has key delivery centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and the Philippines. For more information, visit

A-Plus Language Online

A-Plus Language Online provides institutions worldwide with access to the best online educational resources. Back by world-class technology and a highly competent faculty, A-Plus Language Online offers scalable, effective and dynamic online learning solutions across cultures who desire to learn a new language and engage in a highly competitive world.


Countries with Tough Visa Applications

Getting a permit to enter or visa to other countries can be a breeze, although in some cases it depends on your country of origin. However, there are some countries where getting a visa is complicated no matter the color of your passport. This is why most people prefer to engage the services  immigration and visa consultancy companies  such as Global Visas which know the ins and outs of the visa application process of most countries. Before you give in to the lure of cheap accommodations or decide that travel to exotic places is just the right move for you at this particular juncture, find out first what you’re getting, or not getting, into.

 The visa application process differs from country to country. In some, such as Angola and Russia, th process requires a multitude of documents, such as medical tests, letters of invitation, financial sureties, educational background, or employment history. Small mistakes in the application form can mean a rejection, and in the case of Angola, approval takes a long time.

 Cuba is off-limits to most Americans, especially if the passport is stamped by a Cuban Embassy. Most Americans may also be denied entry into North Korea, which doesn’t even have an embassy in the US. Getting a visa for Saudi Arabia is not difficult, but chances are if you don’t know what you are doing you are applying for the wrong kind. They have very specific visas for different types of visitors, and women especially will be subject to close scrutiny.

 Iran has no embassies of its own, so visa applications are handled by other countries such as Pakistan in the US and Switzerland in Tehran. To get a visa, you must have an Iranian sponsor, and if you are not careful, you could end up in prison for any number of violations.The case for Brazil is that their visa application process can change from day to day, and there is no fixed timetable  and if you are smiling in your passport photo, you can kiss your chances of approval goodbye.

 It is expensive to enter China; the visa costs $140 for a single entry if you apply yourself. Additional fees apply if you send a representative, but they do process quickly.  However, if your medical history indicates you have suffered from a contagious or mental disease, you will probably be denied a visa.

The US and the UK are very difficult you get a visa for because they have strict security measures in place. Even if you do get a visa, you may still be turned away if they find any reason to suspect you are not what you represent yourself to be, especially in post 9/11 US.  Students are particularly given a hard time; in the UK, foreign students must have employment waiting for him or her at the end of their studies coming with a government-registered employer.

 If you like to travel to other countries, getting a visa is a crucial step in the process. Most people do not have extensive experience in applying for visas, so doing it yourself is probably not going to end well for you. At the very least, you will have wasted your time and money, at the worst you could be turned away at the airport or detained.  If you are considering taking the plunge, consult with professional visa assistance companies like Global Visas and avoid headaches and problems when you travel.

 Global Visas has won for its clients the most difficult battles as far as visa facilitation is concerned, such as immigration to Australia. The expertise of the Global Visas team allows it to deliver the best quality service in the lodgment of spousal, fiancée, tourist and working visas. The company holds the distinct advantage of having personnel in destination countries as well as constant updating of visa regulations in these areas: the USA, Canada, UK and other parts of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asian territories. Visit for more information.


The Pain Behind an Imperfect Smile

Pain finds roots in even the most remote parts of our lives. It takes on many forms but one thing is clear. It is beyond anybody if no help comes.

Pain is behind every imperfect smile as kids with cleft lips and palates face a childhood so different from what they truly deserve.

They are taunted and teased for the way they look. They are shunned from the playground and at school. Never will they experience a normal childhood without surgical intervention. They are scarred for life. They will forever live with and imperfect smile.

Sad it may seem, there is something we can do to help these children.

Operation Smile has been helping children and young adults around the world get rid of the scars of facial deformities like a cleft palate or lip. Worldwide, it has helped 200,000 children. Operation Smile is in over 60 countries including Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Peru, Russia, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Philippines, which is where the organization was founded 30 years ago.

In the Philippines, one in every 500 babies born every year has a cleft lip or palate. This means that 2,064 million out of the 4,004 children born every year do not have the chops to smile the way regular children could. Operation Smile healed the pain of over 24,000 kids by perfecting their smiles.

Perfecting the smile involves not only the surgical intervention to repair the cleft lip and palate. To perfect the smile, the healing must be taken a step further by erasing the marks or scars from surgery with innovative products like Dermatix Ultra.

Dermatix Ultra is the scar expert formulated with innovative CPX (cyclopentasiloane) technology, which can flatten and soften scars while providing Vitamin C for photoprotection and skin lightening.

Dermatix is the scar formula recommended by plastic surgeons. It is easy to apply and is safe to use even for children. It also has excellent cosmetic properties that lighten the scar and make it smooth.

So there is hope. With partnerships like Operation Smile Philippines and Dermatix Ultra, pain like theirs can be erased. Together, the scars left by a cleft lip or palate will be a thing of the past.

To learn more about Operation Smile Philippines and opportunities to help, visit

Press Release

Grand Lifestyle Summer Trade Fair and Bazaar

Below is an invitation for potential merchants:

Good day! We at CBB Events are glad to inform you that our “Summer Lifestyle Trade Fair and Bazaar” is moved to May 23, 24, 25, 26 – 2013, with shopping  time from 11AM to 9PM at the same newest, classy, beautifully elegant venue: The Filinvest Tent. It is located at Filinvest City, Alabang.

The change of date is due to the request of our importer merchants because the great bulk of their new products is due to come from abroad by May.
On the part of exporters and online entrepreneurs, more new styles and creations are coming out on the month of May.

The shoppers are Class A and B from residents of high-end villages and corporate offices’ staff from the surrounding area.

Booth prices for solo, full-panelled booths on all the 4-days occupancy are:

1.) P10,000 – 2sqm., 2 side open, with 3-meter panelled walls for hanging items display, horizontal wide area inside.

2.) P12,000 – 3sqm., 2 side open, with 3.5-meter panelled walls for hanging items display, bigger area inside booth.

3.) P15,000 – 4sqm., 1 side open, 2-meter frontage, with 6-meter panelled walls for hanging items display.

4.) P18,000 – 4sqm., prime center area, 2 side open, with 4-meter panelled walls for hanging items display.

Price range suits merchants’ budgets that will lead to surprising big business income this May.


1.) The P12,000 booths are from Booth No. 54 to 119 as well as Booth 15 to 22. They are located on the left side of the layout.

2.) The P15,000 booths are Booth Nos. 2 to 14, 40 to 48, 51 and 53 – all located on the first row in the layout near the entrance and exit.

3.) The P18,000 booths are all located in the prime center area from Booth No. 120 to 233, as well as Booth Nos. 23 to 39, 49, 52

4.) The P10,000 booths will be half of any of the vacant 4sqm. booths which will be divided into two by a 2 meter wall partition. The half booths will be treated as solo booths with 3 meter walls for hanging display.

5.) The panelled walls of the booths can also be used for tarpaulin promo display of corporations and companies.

6.) Product sampling and flyering are also allowed in your booths.

7.) Concessionaires who are paying for 2 booths or more are allowed time for seminars, fashion shows and product promotions on the stage for 1 hour on any one (1) day of the event.

For booth booking & participation and signing of the contract, please call CBB Events Secretary Ms. Kris de Guzman at 931-0852 / 861-0006 / 0919-6222498.