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thursday | JANUARY 24, 2013


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Sun, Smart donate P10 million to help JV asks gov’t to capitalize rebuild communities of Pablo victims on citations for PH as top LEADING telecommunications firms Sun Cellular and Smart Communications recently donated P10 million to the PLDT-SMART Foundation to help rebuild communities of the Typhoon Pablo victims in Mindanao. Apart from setting up free call stations and emergency communication measures in the typhoon-affected areas, Sun and Smart have gone further to support the MVP Group and the PLDT-SMART. Foundation in raising funds for relief as well as the rebuilding of homes and restoration of livelihood sources for the typhoon victims. “Seeing how this typhoon has devastated Mindanao, we join the rest of the nation in its ongoing support operations and extend our resources to help our typhoon-hit kapatids rise through these tough times,” said Orlando B. Vea, concurrent Chief Executive Officer for Sun Cellular and Chief Wireless Advisor for Smart. With the developmental planning and community

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(L-R): Reuben S.J. Pangan, Vice President-Customer Relationship Management of Sun Cellular, Orlando B. Vea, CEO of Sun Cellular & Chief Wireless Advisor of Smart, Napoleon L. Nazareno, President and CEO of PLDT & Smart , Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman, PLDT & Smart, Esther O. Santos, President of the PLDT-SMART Foundation, and Ramon R. Isberto, Head of PLDT & SMART Public Affairs.

restoration efforts already underway, Sun and Smart also continue to spark generosity among mobile subscribers by tapping on their existing over-the-air technologies and putting up a centralized text donation service for the benefit of these typhoon victims. “As we aim to facilitate

the coming in of more relief funds, we have also made it easier and more seamless for our subscribers to send in their donations through text,” explained Vea. “This way, we hope to foster the bayanihan spirit and encourage more Filipinos to help out their fellowmen, especially in these times of need.”

Both members of the country’s largest telecommunications conglomerate, as well as the MVP Group of Companies, Sun Cellular and Smart Communications continue to join forces and partner with different organizations to put up sustainable programs for disaster response and emergency relief.

Cebu Pacific Air takes delivery of its first A320 with Sharklets FIRST and only Philippine carrier to operate the latest version of fuel-efficient A320 Family Cebu Pacific Air took delivery of its first A320 equipped with Sharklets today during a ceremony in Manila, becoming the first operator of the new fuel-saving wing tip devices in the Philippines. Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices allowing airlines to reduce fuel burn by up to 4% on longer sectors. They are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and are standard on all members of the A320neo Family. Cebu Pacific Air today operates 34 A320 Family aircraft, and has 48 more on order for future delivery, comprising 18 A320ceo and 30 A321neo. “In line with our strategy to operate the youngest, most-modern fleet possible, we are delighted to become one of the first airlines in the world to introduce the A320 with Sharklets”, said Lance Gokongwei, CEB President and CEO. “Thanks to the four-percent fuel savings offered by the Sharklets, we will further benefit from the A320 Family’s unbeatable operating costs, making sure we remain competitive by offering low fares, together with the most extensive route network, to our passengers.”

SAN Juan Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada urged the Department of Tourism (DOT) to take advantage of the citations given to the Philippines as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Ej e rc ito E st r a d a made the statement after the Philippines was given the Best Tourism Destination award by China’s English daily, “Oriental Morning Post.” The citation was based on a consumer survey conducted by the newspaper. Also, American travel magazine “Conde Nast Traveller” recently included the Philippines in its list of “Top Tourist Destinations to Watch in 2013.” Last week, the Philippines received the “Most Romantic Destination” award from another English daily in China, the “Shanghai Morning Post.” The award was also based on a consumer survey. “The DOT should now step up its efforts to promote the Philippines as a tourist spot. At the same time, government should implement the necessary reforms to develop the tourism industry,” said the young lawmaker. He said the government should immediately upgrade major airports in the country and improve other tourism infrastructure to boost tourist arrivals. The senatorial candidate from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said the government should focus on developing the country’s tourism industry given its potential to create more jobs and provide business opportunities to local entrepreneurs. Ejercito Estrada said that while the country has many wonderful tourist spots that could lure in travelers, the Philippines is still being edged out by other Southeast Asian countries in terms of attracting tourists. Malaysia, for instance, was visited by 24.7 million tourists in 2011 while only 3.91 million tourists visited the Philippines that same year.

A Celebration of the Year of the Green Water Snake you should not miss... at LKKS

CEB-Sharklet 2.jpg – CEB President and CEO Lance Gokongwei and Airbus Senior VP for Sales-Asia Jean-Francois Laval do the ceremonial champagne ceremony on the wing of CEB’s newest aircraft.

“Cebu Pacific is one of the great success stories in the Asian low cost market,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. “The additional economic and environmental efficiencies offered by the Sharklet-fitted version of the A320 will enable the airline to benefit from even lower operating costs and further enhance its competitive position in the fast-growing Asian market.” Sharklets are made from light-weight composites

and are 2.4 meters tall. Cutting airlines’ fuel bills by around four percent, Sharklets offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing increased payload capability of up to 450 kilogrammes. The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, over 9,000 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers

and operators worldwide. CEB operates the most extensive network in the Philippines with 32 domestic destinations and hubs in Manila, Cebu, Clark, Iloilo, Kalibo and Davao. It offers 21 international destinations, namely Bangkok, Bali, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -It has been a tradition for Limketkai Mall to celebrate a spectacular, fun-filled Chinese New Year every year, and this year is no exemption. The Chinese New Year is the biggest annual festival for the Chinese- Filipinos. This year, the Ateneo Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies in partnership with Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts is holding the 7th Spring Film Festival at the Rotunda, Limketkai Mall on February 7, 8 & 9 at 5PM. There are Five (5) Films on the 7th Spring Film Festival movie line-up, that includes: The Piano in a Factory, Love for Life, Storm Warriors to name a few, admission is free. This year’s festival features different faces of Chinese society. To officially open the Chinese New Year Celebration, taste the different Chinese food and delicacies on February 8,9 & 10 with a 3-day Chinese Food Bazaar at the Rotunda from 10AM-8PM. As the Chinese New Year falls on February 10, 2013 (Sunday), expect a day- long event for the whole family. There will be a motorcade at 8AM from Rodelsa Circle to Limketkai Mall spearheaded by the Misamis Oriental Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (MOFCCCII). And don’t miss the Lion Dance at 11AM until 3PM around the mall. Afternoon performances during the 3-day event will be shown at 4PM with MUST Gintong Amihan Dance Troupe on February 8, Kong Hua School on February 9 and Oro Christian School on February 10. These exciting events will be happening at the Rotunda, Limketkai Mall. Join us and get ready to usher in the Year of the Green Water Snake as we celebrate the Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fat Cai !

Mindanao Daily News (January 24, 2013 Issue)  
Mindanao Daily News (January 24, 2013 Issue)  

Mindanao Daily News (January 24, 2013 Issue)