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ACES recognizes Accenture as top advocate

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Accenture was ewcently recognized as a Top Sustainability Advocate while its country managing director in the Philippines — Lito Tayag — was named an Eminent Leader in Asia in this year’s Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability (ACES) Awards 2020.

Organized by the MORS Group, the ACES awards recognized Accenture for its commitment to implement responsible business strategies that impact its people, clients, communities and the environment through various corporate citizenship initiatives in the Philippines and exemplary leadership in the information technology and business process management.

As a responsible business, Accenture aligns its corporate citizenship programs with priority sustainable development goals under the United Nations and works towards achieving gender equality, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, and responsible consumption and production.

As a responsible corporate citizen and business partner, Accenture supports various initiatives that engage employee volunteers to give back to the society and help businesses that it serves observe ethical and environmentally-sound practices.

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Senior citizens’ healthcare get huge boost

Some of these innovative devices are now even able to become useful tools for detecting COVID-19.

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Taiwan Excellence product launch showcases the innovative devices and best healthcare for smart aging. / Photograph courtesy of Taiwan Excellence

Taiwan Excellence launched recently its Smart Medical Products that are focused on the aging society and it showcased four brands that were awarded for their innovative products.

These are Gigantex’s carbon fiber wheelchair, Merits’ foldable power wheelchair, iXensor’s point-of-care testing solution and Leadtek’s wireless fingertip oximeter.

As the quality of medical technology improved around the world, the average age of humans is rising and according to a 2019 United Nations report on world population aging, there were more than 703 million people aged over 65.

Over the next three decades, this is seen to double to more than 1.5 billion people in 2050 and this trend has been noted in an increasing number of countries and efforts have been made in coming up with long-term care policies and facilities.

Demand for elderly care products, such as assistive technologies and home care service, is also projected to skyrocket.

Since 2014, Taiwan has ranked as the second largest exporter of assistive devices, where the output value of assistive devices in Taiwan has reached $930 million and of these, mobility assistance has the largest output value that reached $354 million, or 38 percent of the total in 2019.

The four Taiwan Excellence Award brands mentioned — Gigantex Composite Technologies Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., iXensor Co., Ltd. and Leadtek Research Inc. — all demonstrated their excellence in the long-term care area with the launch of their trusted healthcare products.

Taiwanese companies remain committed to designing new products with reduced product weight to create a more convenient wheelchair.

Gigantex focused on carbon fiber and designed a one-piece and super-light wheelchair, as their carbon fiber wheelchair MF012 is designed with an “H” shape that allows the user to fold it in seconds, and is considered as one of the lightest folding wheelchairs in the market.

Merits’ P113 YOYO foldable power wheelchair is for users who need to rely on power wheelchairs for indoor, home and short trips. Not only is it lightweight and foldable, it’s also equipped with a detachable battery box. These features allow users to carry a wheelchair on different kinds of transport vehicles.

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Araneta City celebrates first anniversary

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Araneta City has become a bustling complex with innovative features that showcases leisure and comfortable way of living. / Photograph courtesy of Araneta City

It’s already been a year since the Filipino public was introduced to the new “Araneta City” brand.

From being the country’s first Smart 5G Lifestyle Hub to the topping off of the first ibis Styles Hotel in the country and the New Gateway, the first anniversary of the City of First’s rebranding was filled with memorable events.

Today, Araneta City continues to innovate for every Filipino, making it a great place to discover and experience all of your ‘firsts’ and to mark the special occasion, Araneta City is inviting everyone to celebrate with them.

Looking to refresh the wardrobe? Maybe craving for one’s favorite dish or maybe one just need some gardening supplies to step up their plant game. Whatever it may be, Araneta City has got your back.

Have anything and everything you need or want from Araneta City delivered to you through the Araneta City Assist service.

Share some Instagrammable pics of your memorable firsts enjoyed at Araneta City and get the chance to win P5,000 and have the opportunity of being featured in Araneta City’s ads. All you need to do is share your photo on Instagram with a caption that details your favorite memory at Araneta City and use the hashtag #AranetaFirst.

You can also have fun on your Instagram Stories and share your Araneta City firsts through the special Araneta City-branded Instagram Filter. Just Follow Araneta City on Instagram and look for it in the effects tab.

Araneta City has been a part of Filipino lives for 60 years now and now, one can go back in time and discover all the innovations and milestones of Araneta City through the City of Firsts exhibit.
The exhibit started last 21 September in Gateway Mall activity area and can be visited until 30 September.

Also, one can enjoy the mall from the comfort of your own home with the Araneta City 360 Virtual Mall. Using 3D technology, Araneta City is making a realistic shopping experience complete with a 360-degree view of a mall storefront facade that showcases various products.

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DoST-SEI scouts best student-innovations

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The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DoST-SEI) is again on the look-out for the best student-led innovations that address community problems as it recently announced the opening of the 4th imake.wemake: Create. innovate. collaborate. competition.

The annual tilt — which began in 2017 — seeks to unleash the creativity of young Filipinos in innovation using accessible technologies and aims to expose students to the whole process of innovation from idea pitching to building and testing actual prototypes.

Innovations should be powered by a microcomputer or microcontroller

“The competition has been effective in improving students’ engineering and technical proficiencies, as well as develops their communication, critical and analytical thinking skills. We believe we can sustain the momentum even though our mobility is limited these days,” said DoST-SEI director Dr. Josette Biyo.

As was in the past, the competition has three stages — Call for Proposals and Selection; Technical Training/Workshop and Project Pitching; and Final Project Presentation and Judging.

Teams should be composed of three Grade 11 and/or Grade 12 students and a teacher per school. They may pitch projects addressing any of the following areas: food safety, security, traffic/road congestion, health, education, disaster mitigation, entrepreneurship, agriculture and environment. An accompanying video not longer than three minutes should also explain the concept.

School teams passing the selection process will be invited to attend a five-day technical training/workshop on basic electronics, programming, troubleshooting, and presentation skills.
Qualifiers will also get free kit-of-parts, which will be used to develop their prototype or actual technologies.

“Since we’re on a pandemic, we’re designing the technical training to be purely online. Challenging as it may, we will make sure the online training will just be as effective as face-to-face sessions,” said Biyo.

Teams will be given a build and testing period of three months prior to the final project presentation and judging. The projects will be evaluated by the board of judges based on relevance and potential impact on the community of interest, novelty, viability and community engagement.

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Heineken brews better possibilities for local graduates

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Kat Fanio, a 23 year-old business graduate from the University of the Philippines, is one of the Asia Pacific Graduates who has been hooked on content creation and has been exploring this passion during her stints as a graduate for AB Heineken Philippines.

She developed her knack for creatives in college and brewed it more during one of her first projects as the Employer Brand Lead in Human Resources.

Fanio applied in the program after briefly working with a homegrown lifestyle app, as its Partnerships and Campaign Manager and later found herself discovering her what-ifs in Human Resources and rolling the dice with Heineken’s Asia Pacific Graduate Program.

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Doc Nielsen treats ‘Fur parents’

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TopBreed ambassador Dr. Nielsen Donato knows the importance of good dog grooming for happier pets. / Photograph courtesy of TopBreed

For fur parents, the love and fondness they have for their pets go beyond their cute looks and distinct smell, so aside from spoiling them with treats and teaching them new tricks, owners practice responsible pet parenting by keeping their furry friends safe and cared for.

One of the ways they prioritize their pets’ welfare is by ensuring they are always well-groomed. Although certain limitations are barring people from visiting pet grooming salons, there are ways in which they can keep their pets looking sharp and smelling great, even just by themselves, at home.

According to TopBreed ambassador Dr. Nielsen Donato, it is important to understand the level of grooming pets would need to help them feel better as there are long-haired breeds that need more frequent grooming.

There are also dogs with long ears that need more frequent ear cleaning compared to those with erect ears and to know more about details like these, pet owners can get in touch with a vet.
Donato also noted that since the Philippines is a tropical country, the heat can sometimes get really harsh which can lead to dogs’ glands secreting too much oil, which causes them to feel icky and uncomfortable.

To check up on this, one can stroke their dog’s fur and see if there is dust clinging onto it. If such is the case, bathing them once a week with warm water can do the trick. If your dog is of a bigger breed and is prone to heatstroke, bathe them with cooler water instead.

He also added that the ideal time to bathe dogs is during the morning at around 9 to 10 a.m. and regular baths should last for about 15-20 minutes — starting from the shoulders, then slowly moving on to the back.

For the head, it is good to use a wet towel or a sponge. Dogs with erect ears may feel irritated when water gets inside their ears and apply dog shampoo with slow, gentle strokes, making sure to keep shampoo from getting into pets’ eyes.

When fur parents start doing the grooming by their own, pets may somehow find it unusual.

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KMC Solutions offer flexibility in workspaces

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With over 10 years of providing forward-thinking office space solutions and building high-performing teams, KMC Solutions (KMC) expands its offerings to specifically cater to businesses as they adapt to new ways of working due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The company recently launched HOME, HUB and HQ, its latest innovative solution that responds to the new business realities.

Designed to ensure productivity and safety amid disruptions, HOME, HUB and HQ is a workforce distribution plan that allows businesses to split their operations and to provide their people with the option to work either from their home, near their homes or in their company headquarters.

This addresses not only the operational challenges faced by business owners, but also the persisting issues experienced by the employees themselves, including transportation restrictions, internet stability, and data privacy, aside from the ongoing health threat posed by the pandemic.

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Mikael Daez takes his food game to the next level

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Foodpanda’s newest endorser – actor Mikael Daez – enjoys the delivery service’s great deals. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF FOODPANDA

As a true blue gamer who used to go on 10-hour marathon computer sessions, playing DOTA 1 and going for “Beyond Godlike” killstreaks with his friends during his teenage years, Mikael Daez knows that gaming and food go hand-in-hand.

The model-turned-actor relates to how gamers often have to decide between food and play when one’s real-life energy bar runs low.

By choosing to defeat other players, upgrade items, or clear quests to advance in the storyline, Daez admits to making poor food choices in the past, such as going for instant noodles or canned goods and rice.

As he is introduced as one of the newest endorsers of the country’s on-demand delivery service Foodpanda, Daez has leveled up his food game.

“Foodpanda has been amazing in providing a seamless experience to be able to get food without disturbing my gaming,” Daez said. “All it takes is just a few clicks on the Foodpanda app and my food is on the way.”

Daez does not have to quit games anymore to take food breaks, as Foodpanda allows him to simply hit pause, place his orders through the app’s user-friendly interface, and get right back into the action without losing the all-important gamer’s momentum.

With its lists of over 20,000 restaurant partners nationwide, it promises to deliver one’s favorite meals in just 25 minutes or less.

Additionally, your home-bound lives are also now a little bit easier with shops, as it delivers daily essentials safely and securely.

Forget figuring out how to buy groceries and household needs such as pet food, soap, alcohol, or tissue paper. Simply check out stores nearest you, tick your orders, and just wait for the Foodpanda rider to deliver everything to you right at your door.

The go-to orders of Daez as of late have been pancakes and waffles. Like any tactical gamer/foodie, he has his orders saved on foodpanda for repeat deliveries for lunch, afternoon and even midnight, to save time on ordering and focus more on his gaming.

“It’s been a great experience with Foodpanda as it enhances my gaming experience,” said Daez, who is currently playing a lot of Fallout Shelter Online, DOTA 2, and Ragnarok M: Eternal Love, or Ragnarok Mobile.

In the popular online role-playing game, Daez, whose username is “Beefbelly,” married his wife Megan Young, who goes by “Boneezy,” for the third time this year, following their two intimate ceremonies in January. The couple shares a passion for gaming and says it even helps them forge a stronger relationship.

“It’s been super cool because we support each other,” Daez said. “If I want to play my game solo, she doesn’t mind because she understands, then she plays her own game solo, too. When there’s a new game that’s intriguing, we’re excited to try it out with one another.”

“Gaming and lots of comfort food definitely gives us more avenues to interact and grow our relationship. Aside from this, I truly love how Foodpanda, brings us closer to all the things that I need, all in one place,” he added.

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Be fearless against hair loss

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Medic Hair brand manager Lucio Pua has the solution for thinning hair. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MEDIC HAIR

Thinning hair and balding has been a problem for some Filipinos for quite some time, but it does not mean that they just have to accept it, as here comes Medic Hair, the newest all Filipino-made hair loss scalp solution.

In a study conducted by the Philippine Council for Health and Research Development (PCHRD), at least 50 percent of Filipino men would experience hair loss by the age of 40.

While it’s a common condition for men, hair loss still negatively impacts most guys’ self-esteem.

For online personality, DJ and brand manager Lucio Pua, hair loss has affected the way he handles his work.

“I do have relatives that went bald. At first I thought they were just stressed, but the genetic combination is inescapable,” Pua said. “It’s bothering me a little bit, especially my line of work and of course, going out to promote my liquor brands. It’s a hassle.”

However, Medic Hair provides an effective solution for men’s hair loss problems to further boost their confidence.

Created by Nutriplus Laboratories Corporation, the innovators who produced the first ever FDA-approved anti-hangover capsules WrecOver, Medic Hair believes that early preventive measures are key to becoming fearless every day.

Specifically formulated for men, Medic Hair utilizes natural ingredients that are essential in promoting male hair growth, namely, the powerful combination of Saw Palmetto and Ginseng extract. Unlike the existing brands in the market today, Medic Hair works as an effective DHT blocker.

DHT stands for Dihydrotestosterone, which is considered the root cause of hair loss for most men. With aging, testosterone, the primary hormone for male physical growth, is converted to DHT by the enzyme 5-alpha Reductase.

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Shopee enhances brand support

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Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is expanding its initiatives to help brands and retailers launch, scale and succeed online, starting with its annual Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival.

As more brands and retailers step up their digitalization efforts to capture a growing proportion of online-first consumers, it is crucial for brands to find new ways to reach and engage with their consumers.

This 10.10 Brands Festival, Shopee enhances its support for brands with the launch of its Shopee Media Agencies Partner Program (SMAP) covering seven markets and the strategic program is the region’s first and largest of its kind, comprising five leading global media agencies — Dentsu Aegis Network, Omnicom Media Group, Publicis Groupe, Havas Group and Mediabrands.

Through this program, Shopee will equip media agencies with in-depth knowledge and skills on using Shopee’s suite of brand marketing tools, including advertising solutions such as Shopee Ads, products such as in-app branding assets and other value-added services.

Shopee will also provide the media agencies with a deeper understanding of e-commerce sharing best practices on store management, campaign execution, and optimization. As brands invest more in growing their online presence, SMAP will enable media agencies to leverage a broader range of e-commerce tools to maximize the return on investment of their clients’ media spend.

Also, media agencies and their clients will have the opportunity to get exclusive first-hand access to Shopee’s new marketing solutions and products.

“We’re encouraged by the growth in the number of local and international brands joining Shopee Mall, who trust and rely on Shopee to sustain and expand their businesses. Helping our brand partners make a seamless transition online, amplify their online presence and boost brand affinity has always been a priority,” said Martin Yu, Associate Director at Shopee Philippines.

“We’re excited to launch the SMAP program, which complements our existing end-to-end support system for brands to achieve success online. We will continuously innovate our platform to deliver better value for brands and their customers,” he added.

Aside from SMAP, brands can further elevate their online presence and scale their e-commerce business with Shopee’s strong ecosystem of solutions — robust logistics and warehouse solutions which enables brands to fulfill their orders with ease, especially when sales volumes are high.

It also added that with Shopee’s custom-built Shop Decoration Tool, brands can easily customize the layout of their Official Stores to reflect their brand image and identity. This is especially useful for brands to build authentic connections with their customers through enhanced brand storytelling.

As more consumers seek greater entertainment while shopping online, brands can leverage in-app features such as Shopee Live to bring together unique entertainment, real-time interactions, and instant purchases.

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