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His name is synonymous to first-rate achievement. Yet, despite all the accolades he receives, remains very humble, listens to his team members and personally reaches out to them.





NEWS 3 Intro: Remy AVR repaired 4 SEZ SEED articles 5 MEZ/BEZ SEED articles


Time Off: MEZ/BEZ goes to Bantayan!

5 SEZ implements ERP


9 Kapihan with BACJ

24 Why trees are important?

10 Branding page


11 SEZ

launches Safety Program

16-17 Trainings and Seminars 18 AESI donates 24 computers to 4 schools in CARAGA 19 BEZ gives 25 computers To Buanoy High 20 SEZ, SBMA sign Guardhouse Donation MOA anew 21 The

Green Connection: EnerZones join Aboitiz-Wide Tree-Planting activity



24 The Word 25 A Gift from Nature: Eight surprising uses for olive oil 26 Team Member’s Page 26 All in a Day’s Work

IT’S IN OUR HANDS SEZ team members participated in the Aboitiz-Wide Simultaneous Tree-Planting activity to offset the company’s carbon emissions, October 10. This is also in support of the SBMA’s Adopt-A-Forest Program.

SPORTS 27 Double Dragon: Dolphins, Seals outlast opponents in table tennis


27 A New Era: Surprising winners for this season’s Board Games




PRESIDENT, CEO Jaime Jose Y. Aboitiz



stands out in “Affare da Ricordarsi”

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/LAYOUT ARTIST Raymund Tamayo ASSOCIATE EDITOR Dianne Iris Ubasa FINANCE OFFICERS Corinne Grace Manalo, SEZ; Janice Veriña, MEZ/BEZ STAFF John Louis Ducos, Ethel Navarro, Justin Jay Navarro, Ryan Griva, Jerry Mark Famanila, Anielou Gelacio, Karen Matawaran, SEZ; Ava-Lou Perez, Kim Khyber Anton Niño Ang, Dennis Montebon, Mirza Lea Labiste, Joanna Mae Baguio, Vegie Niala, Jerre Bon Manlangit, MEZ/BEZ; Rizza Joy Montefrio, AESI

This issue’s cover features Benjamin A. Cariaso Jr., the EVP & COO of the Aboitiz EnerZones and the Aboitiz Energy Solutions. He was recently given the Don Ramon Aboitiz Awards of Excellence recognition.

CONTRIBUTORS Yolly Cawagas, Ronald Allan Petilo, Rhoderick Antopina, Junnel Sultan EDITORIAL CONSULTANTS Mars Escobar and Ramny Guatelara GENERAL MANAGERS VP Dante Pollescas, SEZ; AVP Irwin Pagdalian, MEZ/BEZ, Raymond Carl Roseus, AESI

FLAME is the official newsletter of the Aboitiz EnerZones - Subic EnerZone Corporation, Mactan EnerZone Corporation, and Balamban EnerZone Corporation. SEZ Office address: Canal Road corner Labitan Street, Central Business District, Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Tel. No.: (+6347) 252-7392, Fax No.: (+6347) 252-7397. Visit us at MEZ and BEZ Main Office address: Aboitiz Corporate Office, Manuel A. Cuenco Avenue, Kasambagan, Cebu City. MEZ and BEZ Admin Office address: VECO complex, J. Panis Street, Banilad, Cebu City. Tel. No.: (+6332) 231-7531, Telefax No.: (+6332) 232-3455. MEZ Field Office Address: Mactan Economic Zone II, Basak, Lapu Lapu City. Tel. No.: (+6332) 340-4692. BEZ Field Office address: West Cebu Industrial Park, Balamban, Cebu. Tel. No.: (+6332) 465-2929.


Remy AVR repaired.

former #1 was de-energized. The AVRs were swapped with MJ-XI AVR controllers and all are working perfectly. The transformer was re-energized and AVR taps were monitored per hour.

One of Remy Field substation’s Siemens Automatic Voltage Regulators underwent repairs.


fter some repairs, one of Subic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ) Remy Field substation’s Siemens Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) was restored last October 5. In September 14, one of the substation’s Siemens AVRs in its Transformer #1 stopped its tap change operation, making the power transformer’s output unbalanced. SEZ’s Substation and Electrical Equipment Department (SEED) had an emergency load transfer VOL. 5, ISSUE 4

from Transformer #1 to Transformer #2. The two power transformers can be paralleled but the AVRs should be in the neutral position. Since the defective AVR in Transformer #1 cannot be set to neutral, a power interruption was needed. SEED strategically scheduled the emergency interruption of three power feeders at 12:00 noon of that day so that customers will not notice the outage because it is lunchtime. After load transfer, Trans-

Even with some delays because of Typhoon Ondoy, SEZ was able to repair its AVR in the quickest time possible. SEED called ISTS, an accredited contractor of Siemens, for assistance. The repairs were delayed because of Typhoon Ondoy, but with the support of SEZ’s


Transmission and Distribution (T&D) department, the AVR was untanked and checked. It was found out that the mounting of the motor mechanism was loose and the gear box was stuck up during operation. It was then re-tightened and a series of electrical tests were conducted. Finally, after the inspection and repairs, Transformer #1 was reenergized with all AVRs working properly. The AVRs are then monitored rigorously. After two weeks of monitoring, and everything seemed to be working properly, the original load of Transformer #1 was transferred back to it. Remy Field substation operation was back to normal. ♦ JJNavarro FLAME October 2009


Maritan S/S Relay replacement


ubic EnerZone Corporation’s (SEZ) Substation and Electrical Equipment Department (SEED) is replacing the Maritan Substation’s existing GEC-Alstom protection relays with Siemens Siprotec 7SJ61’s with a project that started last September 19. The relay replacement is currently 66% completed. Because of the flexible bypass system of the power distribution feeders at Maritan, SEED was able to load shift onto another feeder while relays are being replaced and re-wired. The old GEC-Alstom relays are not capable of integration with the SEZ Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and are not flexible, such as not having different Time Overcurrent Curves. Thus, these relays are now being replaced with Siprotec, which has greater functionality. The feeder breakers can now be remotely controlled and monitored via the new relays incorporated with the NovaView Plus SCADA system using DNP protocol connected to an Orion 5R Automation Platform. As of now, two SCADA systems are running in SEZ – the ION enterprise for ION

Technical upgrade. The new and efficient Siemens Siprotec 7SJ61 protection relays installed in the Maritan substation.

meters, and the NovaView Plus for protection relays and also for ION meters. Both serve as back-up systems to one another. The project was delayed due to recent weather conditions, intermittent faults may occur which may cause power outages on large areas if load shifting is done. Estimated date of completion is on October 2009. ♦ JJNavarro VOL. 5, ISSUE 4

Fixing a broken line. SEZ crew, headed by DLPC’s Bobot Padillo (extreme left), repairs a broken fiber cable line. SEZ SEED



broken fiber optic cable was repaired by Subic EnerZone Corporation’s (SEZ) Substation and Electrical Equipment Department (SEED) last October 15. The fiber optic line, damaged because of recent severe weather conditions, was located at Bohol Street, Upper Cubi when tree branches fell on it. It broke at the in-line fiber optic closure. This line serves the NAS Switching Station at the SBMA Airport old terminal for SCADA communication. The NAS station distributes power to the airport and Leyte Wharf via underground power cables. SEED requested for Davao Light & Power Company’s (DLPC) technical assistance on the repair. Headed by Engr. Nolasco “Bobot” Padillo of DLPC-Network Infrastructure Department (NID), with the assistance of SEZ substation engineer John Khristoffer Vergara, SEED technician Amelito Razal, and CDECO’s Merante Silagan, the project was

completed and communication at the NAS Switching Station was restored. Fusion splicing was used for the repair and the existing splice closure was utilized. SEZ’s power distribution system is now again running ready for any conditions. Installation of additional RMU in SBIP Meanwhile, SEZ is installing an additional Ring Main Unit (RMU) in the Subic Bay Industrial Park (SBIP). Tentative completion of the project is on October 2009. A new Ormazabal RMU is being installed in the feeder line supplying Wistron Infocomm (Phils.) Corporation, one of SEZ’s biggest consumers, which will give improved flexibility and reliability in its power supply. ♦

Another one. (right) SEZ contractors digging the foundation for the additional RMU.


FLAME October 2009


BEZ energizes substation’s 69kV Line BY KIM KHYBER ANTON NIŇO ANG


alamban EnerZone Corporation (BEZ) successfully energized its 1.89 kilometer 69kV line to serve its new 25/33 MVA Substation located in West Cebu Industrial Park, Buanoy, Balamban, Cebu last August 26. The substation will serve the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, Inc. (THI) Phase 4 expansion project and the THI Pipe Shop with a combined load of 8 megawatts. The new line will replace BEZ old substation’s Feeder 1 load which at times exceed to a peak of 12 megawatts. The event was graced by the presence of MEZ/BEZ general manager Irwin Pagdalian, BEZ technical operations head Mario Gabunilas, and BEZ project manager Danny Caro, with some BEZ field personnel and representatives from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). The connection of the BEZ line to the grid started at around 12:30 in the afternoon, upon the closing of the 69kV Gang-Operated Air Break Switch (GOABS) at the tapping point, after which NGCP representatives proceeded to the metering point located in Arpili, Balamban to set and energize their billing meter. At exactly 12:55 pm, after


MEZ expands control room


Brand New. The new BEZ 25/33 MVA Substation in West Cebu Industrial Park, Balamban, where the 69kV line was energized.

SEZ implements ERP


ubic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ) implemented the deployment of its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system last July


With the implementation, SEZ’s transaction processing greatly improved as the system catered important business requirements, covering purchasing, inventory, and finance. A team from the Visayan Electric Company (VECO), SEZ’s sister company, led by Aboitiz Power VP & CFO Ma. Chona Tiu together with ERP supervisor Julian Valdueza came to SEZ in September 2008 to begin and lay down the activities of the project. The SEZ team knew it will not be an easy task VOL. 5, ISSUE 4

checking if everything was in order, and having clearance from NGCP, the 69kV SF6 Power Circuit Breaker was closed by BEZ project engineer Kim Khyber Anton Niño Ang with the supervision of NGCP Metering Services department head Vito Holasca. After the energization, lunch was served, which was sponsored by J. Beltram Western Cruisers. ♦

because of limited time and manpower to provide all the resources and gather all data needed. Also, to give much-needed assistance, VECO sent four (4) computer units in Subic to be used for training. One of the highlights of this project is the putting up of the Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IPVPN) for SEZ, connecting it to VECO as host and database for the ERP applications. This was done though the help and expertise of VECO and SEZ’s other sister company Davao Light and Power Company’s (DLPC) Network Infrastructure Departments (NID). ERP is a way to integrate the data and processes of an organization into one single system.


actan EnerZone Corporation’s (MEZ) vision to render “world class customer service” has started with the implementation of the control room expansion project. The company has many plans in the future to fully convert its vision into reality. The construction started last July 2009. This would show MEZ’s customers that it is not only driven to deliver reliable power but also to perform unparalleled customer service. The area of the expansion covers the previous serving grounds of the control room. It now provides space for warehouse, tool room for hotline tools, metering laboratory, reception area, and a quarter for substation engineers and linemen. The project is expected to be completed on October 2009. ♦ RAPetilo

Usually ERP systems have many components in order to achieve integration. Most systems use a unified database to store data for various functions found in the organization. It is, in a sense, a convergence of people, hardware and software into an efficient service that creates profit. ♦ JMFamanila

Team members underwent training before deployment.

FLAME October 2009



Aboitiz Power Corporation’s Vice President is the 2009 Don Ramon Aboitiz Awards of Excellence (DRAAE) awardee. BY RAYMUND TAMAYO


hen it comes to corporate leadership, Benjamin “Benjie” A. Cariaso is the complete package. Gifted with sharp business acumen coupled with an undeniable technical competence to match it, Benjie is someone who always seeks new and groundbreaking business opportunities to handle. His skills are the product of 33 years of solid work experience in Aboitiz, joining the company in 1976 as a management trainee of the corporate staff department of the Transport group. He rose from the ranks starting as an analyst of Aboitiz Transport System’s finance division. Through the years, he held various managerial and executive positions in ATS, WG&A, and Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV). His immediate past positions include being VP for Project Development for AEV from 1998 to 2007 and SVP for Ship Management Division and the SuperFerry Group for WG&A from 1996 to 1998. Benjie, more commonly known as BACJ in the corporate world, is presently the Vice President for Business Development for Aboitiz Power Corporation (APC) and is the Executive Vice President and Chief OperatVOL. 5, ISSUE 4

ing Officer of Aboitiz Energy Solutions, Inc. (AESI), Subic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ), Mactan EnerZone Corporation (MEZ), and Balamban EnerZone Corporation (BEZ). He is also currently director of City Savings Bank and was also director of Western Mindanao Power Corporation from 2006 to 2008. BACJ is a well-respected leader by his colleagues and team members, and is ever relentless in the pursuit not only of business success but team success as well. His name is synonymous to first-rate achievement. Yet, despite all the accolades he receives, remains very humble.

The Man. BACJ during the DRAAE awarding ceremony, flocked by his colleagues.


That’s what makes the package complete. He uses head and heart equally well. The ultimate people-person, he listens to his team members and personally reaches out to them, even introducing the Kapihan sessions, which aim to foster open communication lines between and among them. He is also known to remain cool, calm, and collected under the most pressing situations, and displays a positively enthusiastic attitude towards work. He comes in the office every morning with a ready smile, and is strongly admired for his excellent work ethics. BACJ demonstrates passion and dedication to his work with unquestionable credibility, integrity, and honor. Highly regarded for having masterful negotiation skills, he is very persistent and persevering in the most quiet and unassuming way. He is the epitome of excellent customer service, one who leads by example and brings out the best in his people. Benjie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines in Diliman and earned his Masters of Management (Business Management) also at the U.P. He and his wife, Lilian, have 2 children named Raymund and Joyce Anne. ♦ FLAME October 2009




FLAME: What or who influenced you in choosing your career path? BACJ: I choose a job where I am happy. Meeting people interests me a lot. FLAME: What made you decide to join Aboitiz? BACJ: I was a new Industrial Engineer and

FLAME: As EVP of the EnerZones and AESI, and VP of Aboitiz Power, is there a typical day on the job? How does your day generally go? What are the challenges? BACJ: I usually start early with a breakfast meeting with business contacts. Mornings to sign documents and have short meetings or

of all your teammates and not you alone. TEAMWORK is very important. FLAME: To date, what are your proudest accomplishments in Aboitiz? BACJ: The EnerZones. I started this from initial project study, bidding and actually running the company as COO. But this would not be possible without the full support of our technical and admin teams from DLPC, APC, and AEV. FLAME: How do you see the Power Group in five years? BACJ: We will be the biggest power group in the Philippines. ON A LIGHTER SIDE FLAME: What are your favorite pastimes? BACJ: Playing golf. FLAME: What types of books do you read? What are you reading right now? BACJ: Mostly about business and new technology. FLAME: What do you usually do on weekends? BACJ: Normally I just stay at home with the family if I do not have a golf game with my friends. FLAME: What makes you laugh? BACJ: Funny situations. FLAME: What irks you or makes you angry? BACJ: When people do not have any sense of urgency. FLAME: What inspires you? BACJ: The achievements and happiness of my team and my teammates.

Capturing the moment. BACJ with his wife Lilian (ATS EVP & CFO), receiving the award from Txabi Aboitiz (extreme left) and Montxu Aboitiz.

it interested me to do the time and motion study of container ships. I started with Aboitiz shipping. It also influenced that my grandfather and uncle worked with Aboitiz before. FLAME: What made you stay this long in Aboitiz? Briefly describe how it has been working for Aboitiz. BACJ: The challenges and new assignments. Aboitiz gave me the opportunity to learn new things everyday. FLAME: What attitudes did you develop early in your career that are helping you now in your job? BACJ: Hardwork and a sense of urgency in all I do. VOL. 5, ISSUE 4

calls with my team. Afternoon is for readings and again some meetings. FLAME: How would you describe your working style? Your leadership style? BACJ: I usually work fast and always with a sense of urgency. I usually decide after conferring with my team. FLAME: With your tight work schedule, how do you balance your family and professional life? BACJ: Saturdays and Sundays are usually with the family. We usually travel abroad as a family once a year. FLAME: How do you define success? BACJ: Success is dependent on the success


FLAME: Who is your role model or most admired person? BACJ: My wife. FLAME: How does it feel to be a Don Ramon awardee? BACJ: I am very honored and this reflects the achievements and aspirations of all my teammates. FLAME: What to you is Passion for Better Ways? BACJ: Doing things better everyday. FLAME: Any message for your Kaibigans? BACJ: As I’ve mentioned during the awarding, the DRAAE is not for me alone but for the whole team and its achievements. This award reflects the aspirations of each team member in the EnerZones and AESI. ♌ FLAME October 2009

Coffee Interaction. BACJ shares updates and announcements during his AESI Kapihan. the promotion of Escobar as Human Resources Head of AESI and all the Aboitiz EnerZones. BACJ also talked about the direction of the team, which will open more opportunities in the energy sales business. This will yield in the creation of a new team for sales and marketing. To equip the team members, Escobar was tasked to look for more training and seminars specifically in Substation and Power Metering, Thermal Scanning, and even driving lessons. Olea, meanwhile, suggested putting up a small technical library so that the company’s engineers can have access to references on different projects they were handling. Later on, everyone was given the chance to share their thoughts or any suggestions to develop the team’s performance and even their rapport with each other. Some team members thanked BACJ for his support in improving their performances on their responsibilities. SEZ

Kapihan with BACJ. BACJ initiates sharing sessions with teammates from SEZ, MEZ, BEZ, and AESI. BY RAYMUND TAMAYO AND RIZZA JOY MONTEFRIO


boitiz EnerZones (SEZ, MEZ, and BEZ) and Aboitiz Energy Solutions, Inc. (AESI) executive vice president and chief operating officer Benjamin A. Cariaso Jr. recently introduced “Kapihan with BACJ”, a local version of AEV’s “Coffee with the President”, which encourages earnest sharing between teammates and himself in a relaxed and light ambiance. The meeting with team members, which is presided by BACJ and being set to be a quarterly event, provides an avenue for open interaction and an opportunity to talk with team leaders regarding each one’s concerns and suggestions. MEZ & BEZ For Mactan and Balamban EnerZones, the Kapihan was done last May 12 at the La Baulita Food Kiosks in Cebu. It was also attended by MEZ/BEZ administration and finance manager Ramny Guatelara and HR head Mars Escobar. BACJ updated the team regarding the construction and improvements of the company’s control room and quarters for field personnel. He said that if there are any concerns during the construction, they can voice it out immediately. BACJ also announced developments on the medical insurance of the employees. A Group Medical Accident insurance for field work worth P500,000 was mentioned. VOL. 5, ISSUE 4

To keep the mood casual, BACJ welcomed expressions of concerns from each team member, ranging from topics such as the uniforms, additional safety protective equipment requests, company vehicle issues, and some personal matters. AESI AESI team members gathered together for one morning of Kapihan last August 10 at the AESI Trading Room in Makati. AESI GM Raymond Carl Roseus and Escobar also attended. BACJ started off with the announcement of the regularization of its two project e n g i n e e rs namely Joseph Olea and Ceriaco Catian, and R i z z a M o n tefrio’s appointment as HR Specialist. He also announced


BACJ conducted the Kapihan for Subic EnerZone last August 13 at the SEZ administration building conference room in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The event was also attended by SEZ VP & general manager Dante Pollescas, again with Escobar. BACJ warmed things up by presenting some of Aboitiz Power’s developing achievements and upcoming projects. He updated the team about the acquisition of the Tiwi-Makban geothermal facilities in Albay, Laguna, and Batangas from PSALM. He also shared some plans about the Olongapo-PUD take over, which he described as “a great opportunity” not only for the company but also for its team members. He also said that Aboitiz Power will aggressively bid for different PEZA utilities in Bataan, Cavite, Baguio, and Cebu, stating that “it is a target for the next five to ten years” and that is “a valid dream.” BACJ also reported that the Subic Power plant will also be acquired by year’s end. All the developments and future plans brought much excitement to the team. Afterwards, BACJ cooled down to a more casual pace – welcoming exchanges of ideas and questions, sparking laidback conversation, heeding the team’s concerns and imparting advice. Same as MEZ & BEZ, some teammates expressed concerns about their uniforms, additional office area and parking space, training requests, and also some personal matters. Team members thanked BACJ for the privilege of a shuttle service provided to them going to and from work, and also the issued motorbikes for some which, as the employees said, “gives us more savings and helps us a lot in being on time for work especially in bad weather conditions.” Overall Story In a nutshell, the series is a huge success. Ideas are emerging and concerns are coming out. Each and everyone now have the chance to help BACJ in sustaining the ideas and solving the concerns. Capped with steaming hot coffee, chilled drinks for some, and tasty snacks, Kapihan with BACJ will definitely enrich both body and soul, and will become one of the most muchanticipated occasions in the four companies’ calendar every year. ♦ FLAME October 2009


Branding talk. Ballesteros leads



PEP Workshop.


2nd batch of SEZ TMs undergo the seminar. BY RAYMUND TAMAYO


Guest Speaker. AEV’s Carol Ballesteros (middle) with SEZ’s Mon Tamayo, PMAP-Subic’s VP Rommel De Vera, former PMAP-Subic president Merlin de Gracia, and SEZ’s Mars Escobar.


aroline Ballesteros, AEV AVP for Branding and Corporate Communications, led the Aboitiz Brand Marketing Program (ABMP) as guest speaker for the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Subic-Olongapo Chapter’s August General Membership Meeting (GMM) held at the Olongapo City Convention Center, August 27. With her talk titled “Corporate Branding: What it means to HR people”, Ballesteros discussed how employees become brand ambassadors of their own companies. She gave examples of profitable companies who succeeded in having a culture within their organizations that ran over through its customers, with the customers becoming brand “evangelists”, as she termed it, of these companies. She also shared a brief history of Aboitiz and some of its best practices as a group and from its different business units. The talk was a complete success as the audience appreciated everything Ballesteros imparted. Some comments from the attendees in their evaluations were: Speaker is very smart, she is able to capture the attenVOL. 5, ISSUE 4

tion of the audience; Powerpoint presentation was excellent; speaker is very much familiar with the topic; motivating and inspiring; setting Aboitiz as an example for branding is very good; amazing and excellent delivery. Subic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ) sponsored this monthly PMAP event. Brand Team attends Measuring and Managing Brand Equity Workshop Meanwhile, the SEZ Brand Task Team attended a Measuring and Managing Brand Equity Workshop at the SEZ Admin Room, the same day before the PMAP-GMM. Ballesteros conducted the one-day workshop. She tackled topics on branding particularly on the areas of: building brand equity, brand valuation process, brand dynamics loyalty pyramid, brand signature, brand voltage, managing brand equity, brand evolution, and brand equity dimensions. The workshop ended with SEZ brand team’s creation of their own customer survey based on the different levels of the brand dynamics loyalty pyramid. ♦


second batch of Subic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ) team members attended the Professional Image Enhancement Program (PEP) workshop at the SEZ Conference Room, August 27. ACO Brand Administrative Officer Paula Ruelan facilitated the seminar. As part of the corporate Universal Training Plan (UTP), this program is conducted to all Aboitiz companies to promote professional wellbeing of its employees. It comprises the basics on personality development and self-esteem, customer service, speech and public speaking, and effective business writing. The one-day lecture-workshop was filled with lively discussion and team activities. Ms. Ruelan was impressed with the group’s attentiveness and creativity. Attendees were the following: Jeremy Picones, Kristine Pulido, Karen Matawaran, and Jerry Paul Mendez (CSG); Achilles Phill Balbuena and Jerry Mark Famanila (ADMIN); Anielou Gelacio and Brian Benedicto (ASD); Richard Bulaon, Fritzi Ryan de Leon, and John Kristoffer Vergara (SEED); and Manny Tabradillo, Kyle Credo, Chris Celiz, and Michael Pamintuan (T&D). Meanwhile, SEZ conducted its own companywide Brand Exam to inform and review its team members on updates and facts about the Aboitiz and SEZ brands. It was a week-long activity, from August 17 to 20 in preparation for the Brand Audit. The exam included five (5) sets of questions with a total of 108 items. Passing score is 87 points or 80%. All team leaders and team members of SEZ took the exam. SEZ scored 83.6% as a group, barely passing, discovering that more approaches must be done to fully instill Branding among its TMs. ♦

Getting Ready. SEZ team members undergo Mock Branding Exam. FLAME October 2009

Safety is my responsibility. SEZ VP & GM Dante Pollescas presents Subic EnerZone’s Safety Committee during the launch. (Not in photo were Mars Escobar and Edgardo Geronimo.)

SEZ launches Safety Program. The company gains foothold on safety awareness in the work environment.


BY RYAN GRIVA t’s never too early – or too late – to learn about safety.”

These were the words of Subic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ) Vice President and General Manager Dante Pollescas during Subic EnerZone’s Safety Awareness Program Launch held at the SEZ administration VOL. 5, ISSUE 4

office building, October 2. He said that “although it has been six years when we had a ‘serious’ safety program, the company has always valued safety among its team members.” Pollescas reinforced SEZ’s official safety slogan of “Safety First, Last, and Always” stressing that safety must always be the mindset of everyone in the company, from the beginning of a task, through the operation, to the completion of it. No one should ever be complacent


when it comes to work safety. He also encouraged everyone to have the same kind of “Passion for Safety” as if everyone is a Safety Officer themselves. “Everybody should look out for everybody,” he said, pointing out that each Kaibigan must be concerned about their fellow colleagues. “Watch out for one another, because in the field, one another is all we have,” he added. Pollescas also presented SEZ’s Safety Committee, in which he is the ChairFLAME October 2009


A safe afternoon. (above photo, left) The SEZ Newts present their Nobody dance number. (above photo, right) The SEED/T&D group during their round in Pinoy Henyo - “Safety” edition. (below) SEZ VP & GM Dante Pollescas unveils the 5 Cardinal Rules of Safety.

man. The committee members are as follows: Edgar Caluza, Vice Chairman; Elmer Amigo, Adviser; Ryan Griva, Head Safety Officer; John Louis Ducos, Secretary; Edgardo Geronimo, T&D Safety Marshal; Justin Jay Navarro, SEED Safety Marshal; Yolanda Cawagas, CSG Safety Marshal; and Mars Escobar, HR/Admin Safety Marshal. The 5 Cardinal Rules of Safety was


unveiled during the program as well. These are the set of rules where every safety awareness act of everyone should be based. Griva said in his message that any violation of the Cardinal Rules will be dealt with accordingly. “We will strictly implement these rules and any violation, even small ones, will be heavily penalized,” Griva


stressed. “I would also want to emphasize that this is not to bring us a hard time at work, but this is for everyone’s sake. Our lives depend on this.” Griva added that “just a simple mistake can be dangerous, or even deadly. Remember your loved ones that are waiting for you at home. Think safety first, last, and always!” The SEZ Newts (new team members) presented a dance number to the tune of Nobody to start the program, which drew much laughter from the audience and somehow energized the mood of the event. They are composed of Ronald del Rosario, Brian Benedicto, Jessie Ebanen, Jaypee Cabreros, and Raychelle Mariano. A safety awareness version of Pinoy Henyo was then played by everyone before dinner, pitting the ADMIN group, SEED/T&D group, CSG group, and the contractors. CSG was represented by Jerry Paul Mendez and Antonio Casimero, SEED/ T&D by Edgar Magalang and Tikboy Rodriguez, the contractors by Rene Eldian and Roland Hebron, and ADMIN by managers Pollescas and Caluza. This brought a lot of fun in the afternoon as the audience was given the opportunity to place icing on the faces of the losers after each round. A sumptuous dinner and photo-ops ended the early evening’s affair. ♦ FLAME October 2009


NGCP thanks SEZ


he National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) thanked Subic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ) in a letter by its District V Head Napoleon Viterbo dated September 3, 2009. NGCP acknowledged SEZ for the company’s assistance to its maintenance crew during an emergency replacement of busted lightning arresters at the Subic Power Corporation (SPC) switchyard near SEZ’s Bldg. 1800 last August 30. NGCP said that the joint effort “resulted to a faster restoration of power supply” to both its substation and SEZ’s. “May this good bond between our groups remain strong. Thank you very much,” the letter ended. ♦ JJNavarro

SEZ TM’s join PNRC blood donors


elected Subic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ) team members joined the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Olongapo City chapter’s blood letting drive held at the Olongapo City Convention Center (OCCC), July 31. The SEZ group who donated blood was led by Performance Based Regulatory (PBR) Supervisor Frederick Coronel. Other team members who participated were Ray-



ERC allows Napocor to hike UC BY YOLLY CAWAGAS


he Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) recently allowed the state-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) to increase by less than P10 centavos, or P0.0978 per kilowatthour, its Universal Charge (UC) rate. The approved rate hike will be reflected in the billing of Subic EnerZone Corporation’s (SEZ) consumers starting October 2009. Napocor will bill SEZ of the new rates this September 2009. “All distribution utilities are directed to collect the Universal ChargeMissionary Electrification Charge in the amount of P0.0978 centavos per kWh from the consumers starting the next billing period from receipt of this order,” ERC said in its decision. The ERC ruling directed Napocor to remit to the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) the UC collection on or before the 15th of the succeeding month. The Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) designated PSALM as the administrator of the UC, which will be used for the funding of the missionary electrification program of the government. “The Napocor- Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) is now constrained to rely on its revenues and the UCME fund to

mund Tamayo, human resources department (QHRD); Jeremy Picones, line services department (LSD); Ruben Santiago Jr., also from LSD; Michael Pamintuan, transmission and distribution department (T&D); and Raychelle Mariano, geographical information systems department (GIS). PNRC designates July of each year as Blood Donor’s month to acknowledge volunteers who selflessly respond to the increased demand for blood donations. ♦ ENavarro


sustain its operations. Hence, the issuance of a provisional authority is critical for the continued provision of services in the SPUG areas,” ERC said. In its order, the ERC said that Napocor-SPUG might not be able to achieve its goals of providing electricity to off-grid areas if it did not have sufficient fundings. “The Commission is cognizant of the fact that the operation of the NapocorSPUG in missionary areas is not financially viable due to the high cost of providing power in the island grids and the inability to recover the costs from its generated revenues,” the regulator said. It added, “thus, the commission deems it appropriate to provide Napocor-SPUG a provisional relief to sustain its operations and continue providing efficient services in the SPUG areas.” UC is composed of (1) the environmental charge which is to be used for the rehabilitation and management of watershed areas; and the (2) missionary electrification charge which refers to the cost associated with the provision of basic electricity service in unviable areas, with the ultimate aim of bringing operations in these areas to viability levels. In 2003, all distribution utilities were directed to collect a UC in the amount of P0.0373 per kWh which increased to the said amount of P0.0978 per kWh recently. ♦

SEZ PBR Supervisor Frederick Coronel

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The MEZ/BEZ team cool their heads off at the Santa Fe Beach Club, Ogtong Cave, in Bantayan Island, July 11-12. BY DIANNE IRIS UBASA


ith the tag line “Suroysuroy sa Bantayan Island,” which meant roaming around Bantayan Island, Mactan and Balamban EnerZone Corporation took their muchawaited company outing to the popular tourist destination last July 11-12. This long-overdue event was how the company answered the need for time out from work of the companies’ team members. An ocular inspection was done weeks

before the actual outing just to make sure that the place would offer what the team members would want from their short luxury vacation. And it was in fact answered. The long trip to the port was the first leg of the travel to the famous island. The second leg was the float towards the island where the team started to mingle with each other. The final leg of the long trip was the land trip going to Sta. Fe Beach Club. Upon arrival, the team took pictures for documentation and EVP/ COO Benjie Cariaso treated the entire team with shirts to serve as their souvenir for the event. A sumptuous lunch was served. And after satisfying their stomachs, the team members retreated to their respective rooms. In the afternoon, while some had their Having fun with the Man. (above photo) EVP/COO Benjie Cariaso (extreme left) poses for a souvenir photo with some of his MEZ/BEZ team siesta, others members. (main photo) Chillin’ out with Sir BACJ at the Ogtong Cave. took a stroll at


the town proper, and majority took a dip in the Ogtong Cave. The cave was actually one of the reasons why the resort was the chosen venue. It was simply a pool in itself, but provides enough privacy for those who want to enjoy their swimming. The sea was a major attraction, too, as

most of the team members tested the waters during sunset, while the rest of the group simply enjoyed watching them through the tree house. When night came, the team gathered for a luxurious dinner with Cariaso and GM Irwin Pagdalian. Afterwards, most of the engineers had

their drinking session while talking on how best to build teamwork. While others took time on taking pictures, playing billiards, and enjoying the night breeze, some were merely elated for the chance of experiencing the beauty of the island. The team plunged in the swimming pool the following day. This was the


best time for everyone to get to know their teammates, especially those that they do not come in contact with often. The team left after they had their lunch, with the promise that they will forever cherish the time they were given to have fun and get comfortable with each other. ♌


EnerZones, AESI attend PMAP Annual Conference


boitiz Energy Solutions, Inc. (AESI) and the Aboitiz EnerZones (Subic, Mactan, and Balamban EnerZones) attended the 46th Annual PMAP National Conference at the Sofitel Philippines Plaza Hotel in Manila, September 23 to 25. The companies were represented by its human resource team led by HR Head Mars

Escobar with Raymund Tamayo of SEZ, Ava-lou Perez of MEZ & BEZ, and Rizza Joy Montefrio of AESI. One of the notable speakers of the conference was PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, who talked about “Reimagining the Philippines: Prospects and Possibilities in the New World” during the first day. The second day was equally interesting with top notch speakers from different industries sharing their knowledge to the audience. Accenture senior director Rahul Varma and Hyundai Asia Resources president and CEO Fe Perez-Agudo shared about “People Management in a Multi-Cultural Environment”. The afternoon of the second day was a smorgasbord of satellite HR team. (from L to R) EnerZones & AESI HR head Mars Escobar, MEZ/BEZ conferences about the profession HR specialist Ava-lou Perez, Subic-PMAP president Edith Geniza, AESI HR regarding Talent Management, specialist Rizza Montefrio, and SEZ Branding/CorpCom/CSR/HR staff RayPerformance Management, Inmund Tamayo during the conference.

PMAP marks 9th Regional Convention

PSALM conducts UC workshop


he Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corporation, together with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), organized a regional workshop on the New Administration System for Universal Charges (UC) at the Bohol Plaza Resort and Restaurant, Panglao Island, Bohol, August 27 to 28. Mactan and Balamban EnerZone Corporation (MEZ & BEZ) were represented by Mirza Lea Labiste and Janice Veriña. The workshop on the Universal Levy Administration System for Distribution Utilities 2 started with an opening remarks from ITCD manager Helen San Pedro, followed by a re-orientation on universal charges by UCTD-PSALM officer-in-charge Joselyn Carabuena. During the overview, Carabuena defined UC as a non-bypassable charge collected by distribution utilities (DUs) and TransCo (now National Grip Corporation of the Philippines or NGCP) on a monthly basis for various purposes and shall be imposed on all elecVOL. 5, ISSUE 4

dustrial Relations, Training and Development, and Leadership. A special satellite conference about Business Success for Filipino Family Businesses and SMEs was also held. The highlight of the event was the “Dialogue with National Leaders” during the afternoon of the third day, attended by presidentiables Sen. Richard Gordon and Bangon Pilipinas candidate Bro. Eddie Villanueva. Former Sen. Franklin Drilon also came representing Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. Before the conference, PMAP identified the competencies required of the next president. These are navigator and captain of the ship; a servant-leader with a genuinely caring heart and work ethic to achieve the goals of government; guardian of the national wealth and resources; captivator to inspire unity, trust, and optimism among the people; and mobilizer of concerned government and nongovernment and private sectors to achieve objectives and build consensus. ♦ RTamayo

tricity end-users including selfgeneration entities within one year from the effectivity of the Act as enumerated under section 34 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) and section 4 (B), rule 18 of the IRR. An introduction of the PSALM and JICA project and Field Survey Feedback was then presented by Yasushi Iida of Tokyo Electric Power Company. The JICA study team presented their study on assets and liabilities management of PSALM and the administration of the Universal Charge funds in the Philippines which aims to assist PSALM in establishing mid-term strategy to improve its financial position. They also showed a sample DU survey, their findings and recommendations for business improvement. On the second day, Hacer Balisbis introduced the New Universal Levy Administration System. He demonstrated how to use the system and its advantages. The workshop ended with JICA study team leader and chief consultant Takeshi Kikukawa’s closing remarks. ♦ MLLabiste


he People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) held their 9th Regional Convention at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, July 23 to 24. Mactan and Balamban EnerZone Corporation (MEZ & BEZ) were represented by its HR Specialist Ava-lou Perez. With the theme “Moving Business Beyond the Usual”, the event was a prelude to the national convention and was aimed to be an enriching forum for the most up-to-date and relevant professional and technical developments in the industry today. The convention emphasized that in our day-to-day activities, we have this favorite line: “Business as usual”. Today, that cliché is no longer an option. One has to break through boundaries of the usual and move beyond business as usual. On the first day, AEV Chief Human Resources Officer Xavier Jose Aboitiz was one of the speakers. He shared “Creating Exceptional HR advantage in Tough Times.” In the afternoon of the 2nd day was the CEO’s forum, wherein the EnerZones’ president Jaime Jose Aboitiz participated. The topic was about “Business Leaders & the HR Professional: Catalysts to Drive Organizational Change When Times are Uncertain”. The resource person of the closing plenary session was renowned media personality Anthony Pangilinan, director and chief trainer of Inspire Leadership Consultancy, Inc. His topic was “Transformational MEZ/BEZ HR specialist Ava-lou Leadership: Unleashing the power of Perez pose for a souvenir photo high performing teams.” ♦ ALPerez during the convention.


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Visayan Region holds 10th IIEE Conference

MEZ, BEZ address issue on X’former Preventive Maintenance


magine an economic zone without power. Substation engineers receive lots of calls from customers to inquire causes of power outages and asking when the power will be restored. A power interruption is directly proportional to production loss of the locators. Electric power is ultimate for a business to operate effectively. Mactan and Balamban EnerZone Corporation (MEZ & BEZ) sent Mario Gabunilas and Ronald Allan Petilo, both head of technical operations for BEZ and MEZ respectively to attend the “Comprehensive guide to maintenance of distribution and power transformers for commercial, industrial and power utility companies”. This was held at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City last July 29 to 31. On the first two days, the speaker made a clear message to give importance to power and distribution transformers by performing periodic preventive maintenance. The basics of Power and Distribution Transformers were also tackled; testings such as Oil test, Dissolved Gas Analysis, Frequency Response Analysis were also discussed. The third day is a plant visit at Philec, Philippines. This company manufactures power and distribution transformers. The attendees were toured to the production area that made the group understand more the significance of electrical equipment and were challenged to implement preventive maintenance in their fields of work. ♦ RAPetilo

ith the theme “Achieving Excellence Amidst Global Challenges”, the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers (IIEE) held its 10th Visayas Region Conference at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC), Mandaue City, August 27 to 29. Mactan EnerZone Corporation (MEZ) was represented by Walter Matillosa III and Junnel Sultan, while Balamban EnerZone Corporation (BEZ) had Rhoderick Antopina. All three are substation engineers. The three-day seminar was divided into two blocks. The participants were given the chance to choose which block they would want to register. On the first day of the conference, “Protection for Large Substations was discussed” by IIEE North Cebu Chapter President Willie Canizares. IIEE National Auditor Doods A. Amora discussed the “Reliability in Industrial Power Systems.” The second day was the cutting of cable ceremonies and the formal opening of exhibits at the Plenary Hall of CICC. It was graced by IIEE Region 7 Governor Noel Fernandez. Former IIEE National President Francis Mapile discussed the CPE credit units, which is one of the new requirements in renewing the PRC ID license. IIEE Director Consultant and Former National VP Art Evangelista lectured the “Application of Insulation Coordination in Substations”. “Application of Is Limiters and Solid State Current Limiters in Systems with High Fault Cur-

rents” was the topic of IIEE National Secretary Jules Alcantara. “Energy Management Systems and Techniques” was delivered by IIEE National VP-External Armando Diaz. BEE Member Jaime Mendoza shared his insights about “Black-Out 101: System Reliability.” On the last day, endorsers presented their products. One of them even discussed the efficiency of CFLs compared with incandescent bulbs. Adding that in 2010, the incandescent bulb will be phased out in the market. Former IIEE National President Mel Fonollera discussed “Nuclear Energy for Power Generation”. He campaigned for the operation of Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), explaining that Nuclear Plants are more environment-friendly as it does not emit greenhouse gases that causes Global Warming. The last topic was “How to Become a Professional Electrical Engineer,” lectured by BEE Member Edward Mendoza. This topic elaborated on how to become a Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE), the techniques on how to take the examination was also deliberated, as well how to gain confidence in taking the examination. During the closing ceremonies, the organizers conducted a raffle draw. The winners were able to go home with Timex clocks, Diver’s Watches, Lexmark Printers and many others. All participants were also given freebies from different suppliers during their exhibits as part of their promotion. ♦ RAntopina & JSultan

SEZ engr’s undergo Protective Relaying seminar


elected Subic EnerZone (SEZ) engineers attended a Protective Relaying Seminar at the PAMAV Training Institute & Technology Center (PAMAVTECH) in Quezon City, July 28 to July 31. The four engineers who represented SEZ were John Louis Ducos, Richard Bulaon, Kyle Credo, and Fritzi Ryan de Leon. Basic theories and principles lectures were held in Quezon City, while the hands-on and actual practice was done at SEZ’s Cubi Substation. Other participants from the Aboitiz group were: Galen Ray Alova and Jay Duluguin, DLPC; Armando Baguio, CLPC; Kim Khyber Anton Niño Ang, MEZ/BEZ; and Lemuel Ladero, Ciriaco Catian, and Joseph Olea, AESI. There are also other participants from different distribution utilities. The function of protective relaying is to cause the prompt removal from service of any element of a power system when it suffers a short circuit, or when it starts to operate in any abnormal manner that might cause damage or otherwise interfere with the effective operation of the rest of the VOL. 5, ISSUE 4

system. The relay serves as the brain and nervous system in the distribution system. It protects all vital electrical equipments in the Power System such as generators, transformers, busses, transmission lines etc. In an event of fault, over voltage, or over current, the relay commands the circuit breakers within its zone protection in order to isolate the faulted area in the system. ♦ JLDucos

Aboitiz group participants in the seminar.



MEZ, BEZ goes for Tuason Racing seminar


ome team members from Mactan EnerZone (MEZ) and Balamban EnerZone (BEZ) attended a seminar conducted by the Tuason Racing School, a highly acclaimed driving institute in the Philippines, at the Cebu Sports Club, July 17. Kim Khyber Anton Niño Ang and John Gener Quintayo represented MEZ, while Ernesto Villarba Jr. and Jerre Bon Manlangit stood in for BEZ. J. P. Tuason, a multi-awarded race car driver, was the speaker throughout the whole seminar. Objectives of the seminar were: to lessen vehicle crashes, medical expenses, vehicle damages, employers’ uninsured costs, and other administrative expenses. The seminar started at 9:00 am with a Q&A portion with prices. MEZ’s Quintayo won by answering Tuason’s question “if you’re given a chance to have the car of your dreams for free, what would that car be?” Which he proudly answered, “a Ferrari F430”. A series of videos were shown afterwards, explaining causes and how accidents happen, adding that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving over-fatigued, improper car operation, using mobile phones while driving, ignoring road and traffic signs, and many others are some reasons. ♦ JBManlangit

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Addressing the needs in education. AESI donates 24 computers to 4 schools in CARAGA. BY RIZZA JOY MONTEFRIO


total of 24 brand new computer units were donated by Aboitiz Energy Solutions Inc. (AESI) for its Adopt-a-School program in the CARAGA Region, October 7 to 8. This activity is in partnership with Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Specifically in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte and Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, AESI chose these two provinces where their oldest Power Factor Correction clients are located: Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc. (ANECO) and Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative Inc. (ASELCO). Four schools were then chosen to receive six (6) computer units each with one Lexmark printer. ANECO and ASELCO agreed to have their counterpart on the project by providing the schools with new computer tables and chairs for each unit donated. The two beneficiary schools in Cabadbaran were the Libertad Central Elementary School (LCES) and the Cabinet Elementary School (CES), while in Prosperidad the recipients were the East Prosperidad Central Elementary School (EPCES) and Azpetia VOL. 5, ISSUE 4

Given. (main photo) AESI’s Archimedes Flores and Aboitiz Foundation’s Sonny Carpio (2nd & 3rd from left) joins ANHS officials in the MOA signing of the computer donation. (above photo) A student from ANHS trying out their new computer units.

National High School (ANHS). The turnover ceremony and MOA signing of the donation in LCES was done in the morning of October 7, and was graced by


Aboitiz Foundation EVP and managing trustee Sonny Carpio, AESI area head for VisMin operations Archimedes Flores, ANECO general manager Horacio Santos, district schools superintendent Susan Cuizon, and LCES principal Renato Latorre, with other local DepEd, municipal and barangays officials. Same VIPs and officials attended in the afternoon ceremony in CES, but with CES principal Joel Mejorada. Carpio said in his message who and what the Aboitiz company is. He also explained the company’s purpose on donating the computers and inspired the students to perform better, so that AESI will come back and grant additional educational materials for them. On the other hand, Flores introduced the AESI team and discussed its partnership with ANECO. In October 8, the morning ceremony was in EPCES. It was attended by Prosperidad city mayor Nestor Corvera, Carpio, Flores, ASELCO manager Minda Flores, and EPCES principal Editha Luison, as well as other government officials of Prosperidad. They were also present in the afternoon ceremony in ANHS, where ANHS principal Dr. Joseph Barol headed the acceptance of donations. ASELCO also donated 10 KVA transformers to the school beneficiaries in their area. The benefactors and other guests were welcomed with heartwarming appreciation from school teachers, school officials, students, and parents. The students prepared entertaining song and dance numbers and the schools served sumptuous meals after each program. Each school handed AESI and Aboitiz Foundation plaques of appreciation as recognition for the generosity of the company in addressing the needs of the community especially in education. The communities of Cabadbaran and Prosperidad were very thankful and committed to take care of the computers given and use them sensibly. The schools were chosen based on their 2008 NAT ranking result where all four beneficiaries were top ranking schools. Aboitiz team members who were there 2 days earlier to facilitate were AESI project engineer Richard Penero, AESI project engineer Tim Casquejo, AESI HR/Admin specialist Rizza Montefrio, and Aboitiz Foundation project officer Jowelle Ann Cruz. This Corporate Social Responsibility Project left an impression that the company is not only for energy solutions, but also for fulfilling their responsibility to the community thru providing educational equipment for good quality education. ♦ FLAME October 2009


BEZ continues care for adopted school. After conducting a career orientation seminar, BEZ gives 25 computers to Buanoy High. BY DIANNE IRIS UBASA


n partnership with Aboitiz Foundation, Balamban EnerZone Corporation (BEZ) donated 25 brand new computer units to Buanoy National High School (BNHS) in Balamban, Cebu. The turnover ceremony and deed signing was held at the school’s computer laboratory last August 28. This CSR activity is a follow-up to the career orientation seminar given by BEZ to BNHS. All attendees were warmly welcomed by garlands and escorted by students clad in black and white uniforms with umbrellas. The school’s important personalities were there in the actual turnover, led by school principal Misael Borgonia. Balamban councilor Dave John Karamihan came as the municipality’s representative. The event started with a ribbon cutting by BEZ AVP & general manager Irwin Pagdalian, Aboitiz Foundation’s Fred Bayking, Buanoy barangay captain Soledad Milan, and Karamihan. The turnover ceremony started with a

Turnover. BEZ AVP & GM Irwin Pagdalian leads the ceremonial turnover of 25 computer units to Buanoy National High School’s student leaders (from L to R) Edwin Leyson and Anelyn Basbas. Also in the photo were BEZ’s Ramny Guatelara and Aboitiz Foundation’s Fred Bayking.

welcome message from principal Borgonia. Program host Dianne Iris Ubasa of BEZ shared that the Aboitiz group is committed to assist the communities where their entities operate. She also made known that the company’s mission does not end with fulfilling the need of selling electricity, but also to create a sustainable balance among the community and the environment. The symbolic turnover of a keyboard was presided by Bayking, Pagdalian and BEZ administration and finance manager Ramny Guatelara to Edwin Leyson and Anelyn Basbas, an Aboitiz scholar, the student leaders of the school. The Deed of Donation was later signed by Pagdalian and BEZ head of operations Mario Gabunilas. The Deed of Acceptance

The ribbon cutting ceremony before the turnover program in Buanoy National High School.



was signed by Borgonia and Emilie Bardenas, the computer head of the school. In his message, Pagdalian emphasized why the company chose Buanoy National High School as the recipient of the donation under the Adopt-a-School Program of the Department of Education. Bayking, on the other hand, was deeply elated for the warm reception that the guests received. He said that it was the first time that an Aboitiz company was able to donate twenty-five brand new computers all at the same time. Normally an entity just gives out five to ten computer units at a single time of donation. Barangay captain Milan had a short message, too, sharing that the donation was just what the school needed. Councilor Karamihan was truly grateful in behalf of the students. Pointing out that such an act is more than just some electrical device to aid the students in their school works, but it give them the added confidence they need to pursue their dreams. Jessie Joy Bandiala, one of the school’s singing sensations, serenaded the audience before Cebu Division Education Supervisor Dr. Novie Mangubat delivered her talk. Guatelara ended the program with a closing remarks. Together with Ubasa, social studies teacher Linus Caminos, were the event’s hosts. A feast was later on shared by the guests as a sign of gratitude from the school. Thank-you cards were also posted outside the program venue. The afternoon event was attended by the entire BEZ CSR team. ♦ FLAME October 2009


SEZ, SBMA sign Guard House Donation MOA anew. The company donates two more guard houses to the SBMA Law Enforcement Dept. BY RAYMUND TAMAYO


ubic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) signed anew a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to build and renovate guard houses for the SBMA Law Enforcement Department (LED), September 16. Under the MOA, SEZ will construct a new guard house at the freeport’s Morong Gate, while renovating and constructing a lavatory for the guard house at the Kalayaan Gate sentry area. This is the second guard house donation of SEZ to the SBMA-LED in two years. SEZ Vice President and General Manager Dante Pollescas signed the MOA with SBMA Chairman Comm. Feliciano Salonga and SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza during a Ceremonial Mass Contract Signing for new SBMA locators at the Formosa Hall of the Subic Bay Development Management Corporation’s (SBDMC) administration building. Last year, SEZ constructed two guard houses for the SBMA-LED at the Binictican Drive entrances (Junction Maritan and Acacia St.) of the Binictican Housing area in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

SBMA approves $57.74-M new investment projects During the said event, the SBMA ap-


Two more. (from L to R) Subic EnerZone VP & GM Dante Pollescas, SBMA Chairman Comm. Feliciano Salonga, and SBMA administrator Armand Arreza during the MOA signing.

proved new investment projects worth a total of $57.74 million dollars. These included six new projects in the leisure industry worth $53.6 million, three in manufacturing and maritime worth $1.3 million, three in general business worth $266,274, and five in logistics worth $2.57 million. According to Arreza, the latest additions to Subic’s growing business community “only proves the resiliency of the Subic Bay Freeport in attracting new investors despite the global economic crisis.” He added that as of August this year, 65 new accounts have been added by the agency to the list of investor firms that totaled 948 at the end of 2008. Arreza also said that most of the 17 new contracts were signed by new business locators, while a few were by existing Subic firms that opted to expand operations.


The biggest investment commitment in this latest batch is the P2.5 billion (about $50 million) project by Ocean Nine Philkor Inc., a South Korean firm involved in the development and operation of hotels, casinos, and resorts. The firm, under its short term plan, will be renovating a hotel complex in Subic’s Cubi area to start its hotel and casino operation by January 2010, Ocean Nine manager Charles Kim said during the ceremony. The second biggest project in this batch is the P70 million construction of a four-storey hotel and expansion of a dining facility by Innasia Corp., which operates Courtyard Inn in this freeport. This is followed by the P50 million expansion of Puregold Duty Free Subic Corp., and the $1 million project of Lionair Subic Philippines Inc. for the servicing and maintenance of fixed and rotary winged aircrafts. ♦ FLAME October 2009

SEZ Accounting and Finance supervisor Corinne Grace Manalo

The Green Connection. EnerZones join the Aboitiz-Wide Simultaneous Tree-Planting activity. BY RAYMUND TAMAYO AND DIANNE IRIS UBASA VOL. 5, ISSUE 4


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ubic EnerZone (SEZ), Mactan EnerZone (MEZ), and Balamban EnerZone (BEZ) joined other Aboitiz companies nationwide in a massive simultaneous tree-planting activity last October 10. With a theme “Inspired to Create a Better Future”, the event is an effort to plant approximately 1 million trees across the country as Aboitiz needs to plant an estimate of 800,000 trees to offset the group’s carbon emissions. Subic EnerZone

Around 80 SEZ employees and contractors volunteered to plant 1,000 saplings of various trees such as mango, langka, guava, and mahogany in a 10,000 square meter (1 hectare) land at the Mt. Sta. Rita Reforesta-

tion area in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The site, under the care of the Subic Bay

It’s in our hands. Subic EnerZone team members pose for a souvenir photo while resting from their environmental endeavor. (below photo, upper left) SEZ VP & GM Dante Pollescas and SBMA-Ecology’s Edmond de Jesus with “Lory”, the Aeta tribe leader in Mt. Sta. Rita.

Metropolitan Authority Ecology Department’s Edmond de Jesus, is a 140-hectare mountainous grassland. The SBMA had designated it for replanting through a program called “Adopt-a-Forest”. With the simultaneous group activity, SEZ took the opportunity to also support the SBMA’s reforestation project. All participants were given blue t-shirts with Aboitiz Power and the Subic EnerZone logo in it, with the event’s theme printed at the back. The activity lasted until lunchtime, with the SEZ team engaging in a military-style boodle fight meal with the Aetas in the area. Everybody had fun as they ate their hearts out, while also expressing their love and care for the environment. SEZ also launched its tree-planting slogan-logo called “It’s in our hands” days before the activity. It will be incorporated in all of the company’s tree-planting and environmental initiatives in the future. The company is planning to have this tree-planting as a regular CSR activity for years to come. Mactan and Balamban EnerZones Together with more than seven hundred volunteers from all Cebu-based Aboitiz companies, MEZ and BEZ tagged along in the groupwide tree-planting activity. Venue was at the eco-tourism capital of Cebu, Aloguinsan. The entire group met at 6:00 in the morning and hopped in the twelve buses that were provided. All were wearing their blue t-shirts as each one is also provided with tumblers as water containers. Aside from MEZ and BEZ, teammates from Aboitizland, Cebu Industrial Park Developers Inc., Aboitiz Transport System, Cebu Private Power Corporation, East Asia Utilities Corporation, Metaphil, Pilmico Animal Nutrition, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Visayan Electric Company, Union Bank of the Philippines, City Savings Bank, and Aboitiz Summit Alumni were there, together with students from Banilad National High School. After the two-hour ride, the municipality of Aloguinsan welcomed the entire delegation at the Alodome with a colorful and upbeat number from their young folks. A short program followed afterwards while snacks are being distributed. During the actual planting, volunteers were divided into groups of colors to plant trees in different areas that cover the twelvehectare land. The group planted 20,000 of various indigenous trees like kulatingan, taguilomboy, narra, kaningag, nato, bitaog, lauan, kama-



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FEATURES joined the effort, arguing the pact is unfair and toxic to their economic growth. Kyoto’s greatest failing, according to critics, is that developing countries including China and India, which rely heavily on cheap, polluting energy sources such as the burning of coal, are not participating. Since it is estimated that by 2030 emerging economies will account for half of all green house gas emisAboitiz Group sions, “The idea of dealing with The Aboitiz group eyed 11 climate change without asking the sites, including Cebu, Davao, opinion of China would be plainly Cotabato, and Subic, but activities absurd,” said former British Prime in the other sites in Luzon like Minister Tony Blair following a Marikina, Baguio, and Benguet recent meeting on climate change and Magat in Isabela were canwith Japan’s Prime Minister Yacelled due to the devastation suo Fukuda. caused by tropical storms Fortunately, the global warm“Ondoy” and “Pepeng”. ing battle is still a work in proDuring the tree-planting, the gress. The Kyoto Protocol expires teams were instructed to refrain in 2012 and the search for an imfrom using any plastic/styrofoam proved, more inclusive version is disposable containers and utensils under way. In July 2008, the leadas a gesture of care to the enviers of the G-8 industrialized counronment. tries met for a three-day summit in Toyako, Japan. Global warming was high on the agenda, and there Now What? was a growing sense of urgency The Kyoto Protocol won’t save on the debate. The deadline for a the planet. A more robust and new agreement is this December inclusive plan is needed — fast. at a meeting of the United Nations American Ecologist Garrett Framework Convention on CliHardin outlined a rather grim mate Change in Copenhagen. future for mankind when he pubThey will present the results of lished “The Tragedy of the Comthe worldwide EARTH HOUR mons.” The seminal essay, which campaign last March. A billion appeared in the journal Science in votes for Earth will mean that our 1968, described how a freely world leaders will take action to shared resource—in this case, the improve the Kyoto Protocol. Boston Common, once a commu“At this stage, we do not have nity pasture—is ultimately detime for G-8 heads of state to not stroyed because sheepherders, agree on something,” says Kiyoacting in their individual intershi Kurokawa, science adviser to ests, pile on the livestock beyond Fukuda’s administration. the land’s carrying capacity. In Effects of global warming are the 40 years since the essay’s undeniable today. Unusual rain, publication, its thesis has been unbelievable floods, rising temInspired to create a better future. Mactan and Balamban Enerdemonstrated again and again in peratures, and unpredictable Zone team members joined the 700-strong Aboitiz contingent in the crash of the fisheries and weather patterns are enough to the Cebu edition of the tree-planting project. obliteration of forests. “In a see it’s truth. There is an effort crowded world of less-thanneeded from all of us if humanity perfect human beings, mutual ruin is ineviis to have a fighting chance of surviving the other greenhouse gas emissions. But there is table if there are no controls,” Hardin wrote. ravages of climate change. The stakes are only one comprehensive, international pro“This is the tragedy of the commons.” high, our future, the future of our children gram in place to fight global warming—the Today this scenario is playing out on an and our children’s children are on the line. Kyoto Protocol—and the countries that epic scale. The common is the entire planet. Aboitiz is with us in initiating “A Better ratified the landmark 1997 agreement are The looming tragedy is global warming. Not Future”. This groupwide tree-planting activfalling short of even the minimum levels of that the world is indifferent to the increasing ity is just the beginning. It may seem a small reductions that scientists say can avert the odds for catastrophe due to climate change. contribution individually, but collectively as worst effects of climate change. Europe is Consumers, businesses and governments are a group, we believe we can make a real failing to meet its targets. The top two poltaking steps to reduce carbon dioxide and difference. ♦ luters—China and the U.S.—have not

gong, amugis, kalantas, anayan, almon, malakape, sagimsim, mayapis and mangoves which were based on the development plan of the barangay and the municipality. The group concluded their activity past noon. They also received lunch for their hard work.



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Spiritual Optimism Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand.” - 1 SAMUEL 17:45 - 46a David was certainly an optimist! Regardless of his circumstances, David could always see God’s activity! A pessimist focuses on the problems, concentrating on the reasons why something cannot be done. The optimist sees those same problems, but he sees them from the perspective of God’s presence. David was just a young boy when he faced Goliath, an intimidating veteran warrior who frightened even the bravest Israelite soldier. As he prepared for battle, David saw that Goliath was a giant. He heard his boastful taunts. He could not fail

to notice his enemy’s weapons: a sword, a shield, and a javelin. David did not barge into the battle unprepared for a fight. He armed himself with five smooth stones. David was prepared for God to grant him victory with the first stone he hurled at the giant or the fifth. David was ready to accept God’s victory, whether it came easily or with much effort. Optimists do not ignore the difficulties; they are keenly aware of them. But the knowledge of God’s presence prevents them from becoming discouraged or giving up. It is impossible to stand in the


presence of God and be a pessimist! The account of David and Goliath vividly pictures the source of the Christian’s faith - not our own size, strength, or resources, but the power of the almighty God. If we focus on our opposition and problems, they will seem gigantic. But as we focus on God, we will see our situation in the proper perspective and be assured that all things are possible with God (Phil. 4:13). ♦ (taken from “Experiencing God Day-By-Day” by Henry and Richard Blackaby)

10 reasons why trees are important:

Trees Make Our World Beautiful


Produce oxygen.

Trees make our world beautiful and provide us with many obvious benefits such as shade, privacy, shelter and food for birds and other small creatures.


Clean the air.


Absorb and store carbon.


Clean the soil.

Besides these obvious benefits, trees also contribute to the health of our planet. They clean the air by giving off oxygen, storing carbon, and recycling moisture into the atmosphere. Trees help prevent soil erosion, help modify temperatures, and act as windbreaks.


Slow storm water runoff.


Control noise pollution.


Act as windbreaks.


Fight soil erosion.


Provide shade and cool.

Since a tree is half carbon, trees represent one of the best ways to extract carbon (which enters the tree as carbon dioxide) from the air. VOL. 5, ISSUE 3

10. Increase property values.


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REGULARS cause it contains linoleic acid, a compound not made by the body, but which prevents water from evaporating. Consuming olives and olive oil can promote healthy skin, as can applying it directly as a moisturizer. You can also add a bit of olive oil to a warm bath for a good healthy soak. Olive oil also contains at least four different antioxidants which helps neutralize damaging free radicals that can lead to skin aging and skin cancer. Olive oil can also provide a safe and natural lubricant for a “close shave”. As a soothing aftershave, rub in an extra teaspoon of the stuff after rinsing off. Similarly, olive oil can soothe chapped lips. You can also moisturize your cuticles by soaking it in olive oilmixed with water, or apply it directly before applying nail polish or buffing nails. 5. Care for your cat Just as humans can benefit from grooming with olive oil, so can cats. Add a teaspoon of it to your cat’s food to help prevent hairballs, as well as promote a shiny, healthy coat. Olive oil is likely to be gentler on a cat’s system than petroleumbased anti-hairball lubricants.

A Gift from Nature.

6. Free stuck zippers

Eight surprising uses for olive oil. RESEARCHED BY CORINNE GRACE MANALO


live oil is more than a cartoon character, a historic symbol of peace and glory, or a food staple of the much-vaunted Mediterranean diet. It is actually tremendously useful stuff, finding applications in personal care, home improvement, green cleaning, and natural remedies. The health benefits of olive oil have been frequently reported. Olive oil promotes good cholesterol (HDL), is known to be gentle on the digestive system, and even may help prevent gallstones and soothe ulcers. Good quality olive oil contains valuable vitamins and nutrients, and is loaded with antioxidants, which many believe help protect the body from cancer. These days, there is an increasing array of organic and boutique olive oils offered for sale, some of them quite pricey. In general, the less processed an oil the more nutrients it contains, although the more expensive it tends to be. It’s true that you won’t be consuming olive oil in a number of uses below, and we understand if you prefer to use the cheapest, lowest-grade oils for some of these tips. But we still feel responsible in sharing to you some of the “strange” uses of olive oil.

Suggestion: Heat up some olive oil in a microwave for 30 seconds then apply it to the ear that hurts for relief. 3. Tame tangled and damaged hair Comb a bit of olive oil through dry and frizzy hair to help tame and moisturize your locks, especially in humid days. It can also provide some relief for damaged hair. Treat your tresses by kneading a few tablespoons of olive oil into your scalp and hair, then shampoo as usual to reveal a refurbished mane that everyone would envy. 4. Get healthy skin (and fight cancer) People have used olive oil for centuries for personal care. It is a great skin moisturizer, be-

7. Polish furniture and metal (and condition leather) Silverware, copper, and other metal items can be polished with ketchup or toothpaste. After you’re done, rub a bit of olive oil on to prevents streaks, corrosion, and tarnish. To polish a wood desk, use two parts olive oil mixed with one part lemon juice. Pour out just a few drops on a soft cloth, wipe away the dust, scuffs, and fingerprints, and your desk will shine. You can also condition and revitalize leather goods, such as baseball mitts, by rubbing in olive oil. Let set for 30 minutes then wipe away any excess.

1. Ease Snoring Taking a sip of olive oil before heading to bed can help lubricate you throat muscles, cutting down on snoring. Others have noted that downing a teaspoon of olive oil can help soothe a scratchy or ticklish throat.

8. Fix squeaky doors Olive oil can be used as a lubricant in many applications. It’s safe to keep around the house, so you don’t have to worry about children getting into it. Try it out on squeaky doors, hinges, and anywhere you might consider using WD-40 or another lubricant. While WD-40 may work well, it’s also based on hydrocarbons, so any time we can use less of those, we’re taking a step toward a cleaner world. ♦

2. Cure and earache Many swear by olive oil as a natural remedy for earaches. One suggestion is to very carefully use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the outside ear cavity to help with earaches and excess wax. VOL. 5, ISSUE 3

There are few things more annoying than stuck zippers. So if you are vexed by this particular problem, break out the olive oil. Swab some of the stuff on the teeth of the zipper, then try gently easing it unstuck.


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Team Members’ Page Raychelle C. Mariano; data encoder, GIS Dept.

Reymund Villar; cadet engineer

(Above photos, from L to R) SEZ: Jerome Tuazon, stockroom staff; Brian Benedicto, accounting staff MEZ/BEZ: Dianne Iris Ubasa, accounting staff; Samuel Sabas, cadet engineer; Mirza Lea Labiste, accounting staff AESI: Joseph Olea, and Ceriaco Catian, project engineers. Alfie Carvellida; cadet engineer

RAPID ASCENT The CEO called one of his employees into the office. “Rob,” he said, “you’ve been with the company for a year. You started off in the post room, one week later you were promoted to a sales position, and one month after that you were promoted to district manager of the sales department. Just four short months later, you were promoted to vice-chairman. Now it’s time for me to retire, and I want you to take over the company. What do you say to that?” “Thanks,” said the employee. “Thanks?” the boss replied. “Is that all you can say?” “I suppose not,” the employee said. “Thanks, Dad.”

where I am?” The man below says, “Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, about 30 feet above this field.” “You must be an engineer,” says the balloonist. “I am. How did you know?” “Everything you told me is technically correct, but it’s of no use to anyone.” The man below says, “You must be in management.” “I am. But how did you know?” “You don't know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.” THE LAWYERS AND THE ENGINEERS

THE BALLOON A man flying in a hot air balloon realizes he is lost. He reduces his altitude and spots a man in a field down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, “Excuse me, can you tell me VOL. 5, ISSUE 1

Three lawyers and three engineers are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three lawyers each buy tickets and watch as the three engineers buy only a single ticket. “How are three people going to

travel on only one ticket?” wonders one of the lawyers. “Watch, and you’ll see,” replies one of the engineers. They all board the train. The lawyers take their respective seats while all three engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train departs, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, “Ticket, please.” The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on. The lawyers see this and agree it is quite a clever idea. After the conference, the lawyers decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money. When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers don’t buy a ticket at all. “How are you going to travel without a ticket?” asks one perplexed lawyer. “Watch and you’ll see,” replies one of the engineers. When they board the train the three lawyers cram into a restroom and the three engineers cram into another one nearby. The train departs. A few moments later, one of the engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the three lawyers are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, “Ticket, please.” ♦


Michelle S. Malabanan; jr. accountant

Ronald M. Del Rosario; lineman, Transmission & Distribution Dept.

Rizza Joy Montefrio; HR Specialist from administrative assistant

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Double Dragon. Dolphins, Seals

A new era.

outlast opponents in Table Tennis Doubles and Mixed Doubles divisions.

Surprising winners for this season’s Board Games.


he Yellow Dolphins’ tandem of masters Jeff Figuerrez and Raymund Tamayo survived a tooth-and-nail finals match with the Red Sharks’ dream team of Achilles Balbuena and Ryan Griva, going the full five sets, 21-23, 19-21, 21-15, 21-17, 21-16, to win the gold in the 2009 SEZ Table Tennis Tournament-Doubles Division. The Dolphins’ duo struggled in the first two sets but eventually took over the game in the last 3 sets to let the Sharks settle for the silver.

In the Battle-for-Third, the Blue Seals’ Jerome Tuazon and Mark Silos outpointed the Black Stingrays’ connection of Chris Celiz and Ricky Coronel in straight sets, 21-18, 21-14, to capture the bronze. Meanwhile, in the Mixed Doubles’ division, the Blue Seals’ pair of Jerry Paul Mendez and Anielou Gelacio turned back the Red Sharks’ team of Robin Geronimo and Kristine Pulido, 21-5, 21-9, 21-13, to grab the gold. The Black Stingrays’ couple of John Louis Ducos and Corinne G r a c e Manalo bagged the bronze medal via default. ♦ Yellow Dolphins’ Jeff Figuerrez and Raymund Tamayo




he results of this year’s Subic EnerZone (SEZ) Sportsfest’s Board Games are quite surprising, with only the exception of Games of the Generals, as new champions and old champions emerge in their respective games. Black Stingrays’ Christopher Celiz reclaims his old title by beating fellow Stingray Chris Pangilinan, 2-0, in the beset-of-three finals of the 2009 SEZ Chess Championships. Robin Geronimo of the Red Sharks snatched the bronze medal by defeating Sharks compatriot Rosendo Lebante. Meanwhile in Dama, the Black Stingrays strike anew, this time with the “other Chris” Chris Pangilinan winning the gold against Blue Seals’ board games master Mars Escobar, 2-1, in the best-of-three final round. The Battle-for-Third between Robin Geronimo and Chris Celiz is yet to be played as of presstime. In Scrabble, the Yellow Dolphins’ Raymund Tamayo struggled to claim the gold in the final round of the 2009 SEZ Scrabble tournament against tournament favorite Mars Escobar and perennial contenders Karen Matawaran and Anielou Gelacio. Tamayo scored 180 points in the single board final round. Escobar, of the Blue Seals, tallied 149 points to grab the silver while Red Sharks’ Matawaran had 118 points in settling for the bronze. In Games of the Generals, Blue Seals’ Mars Escobar still dominated the highly-touted tournament with bombarding wins against Red Sharks’ Ryan Griva and Robin Geronimo to win the gold for the fourth straight year. Griva gained the silver while Geronimo had the bronze. ♦ FLAME July 2009

AESI stands out in “Affare da Ricordarsi”


he Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) Makati group held their muchanticipated Recognition Night entitled “Affare da Ricordarsi” or “An Affair to Remember” with a 1930’s era theme held at the New World Renaissance Hotel in Makati, September 24. Gorgeous gentlemen and dazzling ladies from AEV-Makati, Aboitiz Power Corporation (APC), Aboitiz Energy Solutions Inc. (AESI), and Hedcor attended the affair wearing their most impressive 1930’s fashion style. AESI general manager Raymond Roseus hosted the show together with Riza Balgos of AEV-Makati. One of the highlights of the evening was the recognition of 2009 Don Ramon Aboitiz Awards of Excellence (DRAAE)

awardee, APC VP and AESI EVP/COO Benjamin Cariaso Jr. With his wife, Lilian, by his side, Sir Benjie accepted this prestigious award thanking everyone for trusting and supporting his efforts. He dedicated his award to all his team mates, saying that it was not possible without them. The AESI/APC dance team composed of Rizza Montefrio, Jerome Maquiraya, Emerson Miteria, Joseph Olea, Yakoo Catian, Rancy Gonzales, Imma Lucero, and Leslie Cornelio won in the night’s dance competition, beating the AEVMakati team. Striking costumes and energetic boogie dance moves bagged the team a cash prize. AESI also emerged as the Best Costumed Team of the Night and also took home a cash prize. ♦



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