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Epicurean: A Thai gastronomic journey PH Tax Academy to offer courses on app-based microlearning


Q Thanintorn Chantharawan ‘Chef Noom’ (left) and Watcharapon Yongbanthom ‘Chef Ja’ EMBARK on an epicurean sojourn hottest restaurants before returning to through Thailand with a rare wine Thailand where he was recognized for pairing curated by the Thai gastro- his stint on Iron Chef Thailand. Chef nomic trio on May 3 and 4 at Benja- Noom also became known for his rong, Dusit Thani Manila. discovery of the 200-year-old recipe Teaming up to bring a one-of- for Tom Yum Plachon Bo-Larn. a-kind culinary experience are Meanwhile, Benjarong Manila’s Thanintorn Chantharawan “Chef Chef Ja, who also appeared on teleNoom� of Michelin-starred Chim by vision as guest chef for Iron Chef Siam Wisdom, Visootha Lohitnavy Thailand in 2014, collaborates with “Nikki,� oenologist and winemaker Chef Noom for this once-in-a-lifetime of GranMonte and Watcharapon culinary affair. These two kitchen geYongbanthom “Chef Ja,� Benjarong NIUSESSHOWCASETHERICH4HAIlAVORS Manila’s Thai Chef de Cusine. by curating the menu for the sixFrom spice to decadence and course dinner of the two-day event. everything in between, Chef Noom Completing the Thai gastronomic is at the helm of the One Michelin- TRIOIS.IKKI THEkRSTANDONLYFULLY starred Thai restaurant Chim By Siam QUALIkEDWINEMAKEROF4HAILAND3HE Wisdom. Trained in European and is the in-house oenologist and winemodern molecular cuisines, he spent maker of her family-owned property, 14 years working in some of London’s GranMonte, Asoke Valley since 2008.

The Grand Dame revives ‘Flores de Mayo’ A THRILLING spectacle with origins stretching back 40 years, the Flores de Mayo at The Manila Hotel is a grand Filipino tradition that combines fashion, artistry and culture. This year, the hotel will partner with the Designers Circle PhilipPINESANDTHE/FkCEOFTHE-AYOR OF -ANILA  TO REVIVE THIS UNIQUE event. Pagsulyap sa mga Reyna: Flores de Mayo at The Manila Hotel, will be held in the nostalgic, historic setting of the Maynila Ballroom on May 1, at 4:00 in the afternoon. The first Flores de Mayo at the Manila Hotel was founded in 1979 by Ben Farrales, hailed the dean of Philippine Fashion and organized under the CongregacĂ­on del Santissimo Nombre del NiĂąo Jesus. Thirty salagas will take part in this year’s traditional procession, wearing Filipiniana couture by the members of Designers Circle Philippines, who number respected names such as Johnny !BAD 2ENEE3ALUD 2OLAND,IRIO !LkE Ong, Fanny Serrano and Malu Veloso. Guests who wish to view Flores de

Mayo or participate in the procession are invited to avail of its exclusive Flores de Mayo package. Stay in one of the elegant Tower De Luxe Rooms for two adults and two children ages twelve and below, with buffet breakfast and Filipino Afternoon Tea at the Lobby. The Flores de Mayo Package is only available from April 30 to May 2. For more information, visit

nice packaging. For example, did you know that the millennial generation is the most avid readers of food labels, with 54 percent claiming that they understand food label content? Case in point, opting for Goya Double Hazelnut Spread which has the same 13 percent hazelnut content. 4. You know what you want, what you really, really want. And you go for it. This is also the reason why the millennial genERATION IS CONSIDERED kCKLE WHEN in truth, we just have a set standard on what we want and prefer not to settle for anything less. 9OUPUTAPREMIUMONQUALITY You can consider yourself an ADULTIFYOUUNDERSTANDTHATQUALITY doesn’t always come with a hefty price tag. For example, Goya Double Hazelnut Spread is at par with international standard for spreads because it is made in Germany. Did you tick any of the things mentioned above? If yes, then conGRATSĂœ9OUCANNOWOFkCIALLYCONSIDER yourself successful at “adulting.â€?

Win government contracts with unsolicited proposals DO you have a trailblazing, inNOVATIVE OR UNIQUE IDEA THAT YOU want to propose as a project for the government? Don’t you wait for government’s invitation to bid. Bag that government contract with your unsolicited proposals. Be ahead of the game and learn How to Prepare Unsolicited Proposals for Government Projects on May 16 and 17 at the Sheraton Manila Hotel, Pasay City. This two-day special training will comprehensively cover all the legal, TECHNICAL kNANCIALANDENVIRONMENTAL aspects in preparing unsolicited proposals. Know the right ingredients to

the University of the Philippines Law Center in designing a capacitybuilding and legal training program FOROFkCERSANDEMPLOYEESREQUIRED to undergo training at the PTA. The PTA is likewise lining up A SERIES OF LECTURES ON CLIMATE knance and on tax reform and the kSCALREGIMEINTHEMININGSECTOR  said Beltran in his report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd during a recent DoF executive committee (Execom) meeting. In his visit to Osaka, Japan in February to lead the country’s delegation to the 7th meeting of the Philippines-Japan Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation, Dominguez also toured the National Tax College Osaka Training Center. The tour was designed to help

VISITING$O&OFkCIALSLEARNFROMTHE Osaka center’s best practices and experiences and later adopt them to help transform the PTA into a premier tax education center and trainINGHUBFOROFkCERSANDEMPLOYEES of the Bureaus of Internal Revenue (BIR) and of Customs (BoC) along with the DOF’s Local Government Finance (BLGF) and the country’s local government unit (LGU) treasurers. According to Beltran, the PTA is planning to set up permanent campuses in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga. For the Tagaytay campus, the PTA will join other government-run professional learning institutions such as the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA) and the

Commission on Audit (CoA) International Training Center in a lot donated by the city government. Beltran said a plan to set up another PTA campus in New Clark City, which is now being developed as the counTRYSkRSTSMARTANDSUSTAINABLEMEtropolis, will likewise push through. He said a benchmarking study for the PTA was conducted recently by the DoF with the National Tax College, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Institute, the Japan Personnel Authority and the Doshisha University in Kyoto. A senior-level International Seminar on Taxation, another on international taxation for Asian countries, and country-focused training courses on tax administration are available to personnel of the DoF and its attached agencies, Beltran said.

Asean BAC PH, Go Negosyo, DoT to hold biggest Tourism Summit 2019 LEARN and explore from Asean experts in the biggest summit on tourism and entrepreneurship, the Tourism Summit 2019 happening on May 2 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. The Tourism Summit 2019 will be the first tourism summit to be presented by the Asean Business Advisory Council Philippines (BAC PH) and Go Negosyo in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DoT). It will be a platform for discussion and RElECTIONONWHATTHE!SEANCOUNTRIES have done to improve the development of sustainable island tourism. Expected to be the biggest tourism event of the year, around 10,000 attendees are expected to attend from the tourism sector, micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs),

aspiring young entrepreneurs, and academe to develop a more integrated tourism industry and contribute to the sustainable socio-economic growth in the region. Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, Asean BAC PH Chair and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion highlighted: “The Philippines is blessed with abundant natural resources and islands which can be used in creating enterprises and livelihood opportunities for our countrymen. This summit will serve as a platform for our aspiring and existing entrepreneurs and how they can learn from our neighboring Asean countries and create a booming tourism economy by growing businesses. This will be an avenue for new learnings that can bring inclusive growth for all.�

Concepcion will be joined by key personalities who continue to champion the tourism industry including Tourism Sec. Bernadette RomuloPuyat, AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri

Anthony “Tony� Fernandes, and Asean BAC 2019 Chairman Arin Jira. Interested participants may register at

Scouts lead Death March memorial event

Signs you’re adulting successfully AS much as “adultingâ€? has been talked about and thrown around, it can admittedly be challenging, thanks to the numerous choices available nowadays. While they are known for loving trends, this age group is also known for grounded social awareness. Here AREkVESIGNSOFgADULTINGu 1. You pay your own bills. "EINGkNANCIALLYINDEPENDENT is not something anyone can do easily. However, having the initiative to manage your own expenses is a good sign that you understand your responsibilities. 2. You can make your own smart choices. Being an adult means you have a mind of your own when it comes to making decisions, so you choose which “hypeâ€? you’re going to ride and which ones to pass. 3. You pay more attention to details. This means you are starting to consider details that might be of importance to you and don’t just look at the

HE Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) is now in the process of designing courses for an online application-based microlearning platform in line with its efforts to make continuing education and TRAININGFOROFkCERSANDEMPLOYEES in state revenue agencies readily available through smartphones and other portable communication devices. A microlearning platform is BOTHACOST ANDTIME EFkCIENTTOOL that allows learners to select online short-term courses or training modules that are most applicable to their current needs on whatever handheld device is available. Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said that besides this ongoing project, PTA, which is under the supervision of the Department of Finance (DoF), has also tied up with

a winning proposal for different kinds of infrastructure projects including land development, transport systems, water supply market redevelopment, among many others. Let your proposal standout with a step-by-step guide from TECHNICALDESIGNANDEVALUATION kNANcial modeling and performance measures, to technical and environmental considerations and many more. This pioneering program is an initiative of the Center for Global Best Practices as part of its advocacy to help spur economic growth and development in the Philippines. For more information, visit .

BOY Scouts (BSP) and Girl Scouts of the Philippines lived up to their motto of “ laging handa � (ever ready) as they led the delegations at the Capas Freedom March (CFM), an annual memorial event to immortalize the uncommon valor of Filipino and American troops who underwent the infamous Death March during World War 2. BSP Senior Vice President Roberto Pagdanganan, the event’s guest of honor and keynote speaker, led the 10-km pre-dawn walk of some 1,000 participants from the People’s Park to the Capas National Shrine, dominated by Scouts from various chapters in Luzon. Other joiners were representatives from the Veterans from Foreign Wars, the Philippine Army’s Mechanized Infantry Division, Philippine National Police, Third Regional Community Defense Group – Army Reserve Command, Philippine Military

Q Boy Scout of the Philippines senior vice president Roberto Pagdanganan, the event’s guest of honor and keynote speaker, leads the 10-km pre-dawn walk. even as we retrace the last steps of Academy, Tarlac Motorcyle Riders Fed- which he has led since 2015. “As we gather every year, we remem- the historic occasion, we do not only eration, civil society groups, government agencies, and the private sector. BERTHEULTIMATESACRIkCEOFTHETENS become sentimental or nostalgic, but Meanwhile, former president of thousands who died in Bataan, also look at the current situation of Fidel Ramos, in a read message, and later on, in the infamous Death our nation, and how we can display lauded the marchers for carrying March and their three-year imprison- valor or kagitingan in the challenges on the four-year old tradition ment here at Camp O’Donell. But of our ever-changing world,� he said.

Malayan Science students receive DoST Youth Excellence in Science Award TWO students of Malayan High School of Science (MHSS) were recognized in the 11th Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. Grade 10 student Kyara Christelle Riguerra and Grade 9 student Mark Julius Ang received the YES Award, a medal of distinction given by the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), for their achievements in international science and mathematics competitions. Riguerra and Ang both took home bronze medals from international competitions they participated in. Riguerra aced the World Mathematics

Invitational Finals held in July 2018 in Seoul, South Korea, while Mark Julius Ang excelled in the World Educational Robot Contest held in December 2018 in Shanghai, China. According to MHSS Principal Emmillie Joy Mejia, the series of achievements of its students is a testament to MHSS’s commitment in providing QUALITYEDUCATIONASWELLASITSSTRENGTH in science and mathematics education. “This recent recognition demonstrates that the school is an instrument in training students TO BE WELL EQUIPPED AND WELL developed individuals in learning and applying their knowledge in real-life situations,� Mejia said.

Q MHSS students Mark Ang (left) and Kyara Christelle Riguerra (right) are among the Department of Science and Technology’s 11th Youth Excellence in Science awardees.

Hotel Sogo gave free bottled waters during Holy Week 2019 IN observance of this year’s Lenten season, Hotel Sogo gave away thousands of bottled waters for free to parishioners and travellers on April 18 (Maundy Thursday) as part of its “Kwaresma campaign.� Six Hotel Sogo branches nationwide including Cainta, Novaliches, Avenida, Harrison Pasay, Tarlac and Cebu has set up their respective booths to distribute ready-todrink bottled waters to the people who practiced Visita Iglesia. These simultaneous activities aimed to aid and reduce people’s thirst while doing their Holy Week activities especially this hot summer season. Some of the efforts are coordi-

nated with nearby major churches and local barangay units. Hotel Sogo Novaliches branch set up their booth near Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Mercy, while Harrison Pasay branch positioned near Baclaran Church, Tarlac branch in San Sebastian Cathedral in Tarlac, and Cebu branch near Basilica Minore del Santo Niùo de Cebu. On the other hand, Hotel Sogo Cainta branch stationed near the Our Lady of Antipolo Shrine to give free BOTTLEDWATERSTOTHEINlUXOF@Alay Lakad’ devotees. The Avenida branch which is near in Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene mounted its booth in front of their hotel building. Moreover, this is part their corpo-

rate social responsibility under its Sogo Cares program, which aimed to give back to the community by conducting different community

services, relief operations, donations, and medical missions. For more information, visit

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