Mandaue Chamber of Commerce project finalist in Italy world congress

caption: Editha Bonghanoy found P600 among trash at the Umapad dumpsite in Mandaue City. The amount enabled her to start a food business.

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, #CebuBloggingCommunity

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES — Women in Need, Now Entrepreneurs and Rolemodels or WINNERS made it as a finalist to the 9th World Chambers Congress in Torino, Italy picked from 79 applications of 39 countries.

In an electronic correspondence, Alexandra Jercaianu, project officer of International Chambers of Commerce – World Chambers Federation in Paris, France congratulated the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry as WINNERS has been “selected as a finalist in the Best Non-Conventional Project category.”

A record number of 79 applications from 39 countries were received for the 2015 World Chambers Competition and that the full list of finalists in the said category are: Stavanger Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Norway), Chamber of Commerce of Zaragoza (Spain), Calgary Chamber of Commerce (Canada), and Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Philippines).

According to WINNERS project chairperson Ms. Carmel de Pio-Salvador, the chamber will be joining other finalists in front of WCF’s panel of international judges for a live presentation at the 9th World Chambers Congress from June 10 to 12, 2015 whereby a Q&A session will tackle the innovative nature of the project, the impact of the project on the chamber and or the business community; measurable outcomes (financial, business and job creation, participation rates, membership recruitment, people involvement); the relevance of the program in the target category, as well as potential for the project to be successfully adopted by other chambers of commerce throughout the world.

The “Search for WINNERS” was launched on July 26, 2011 at the Benedicto College Campus in Mandaue City. Now on its fifth season, the project is MCCI’s quest for model women micro-entrepreneurs from Mandaue City who are supporting their families and are struggling to rise from abject poverty through their business ventures. Their stories of perseverance and creativity, integrity and strength of character are to inspire other women to be empowered, says de Pio-Salvador.

Community development leaders validate the competence of these micro-entrepreneurs to represent barangays of Mandaue City. The finalists go through Basic Entrepreneurial Skills Training, Basic Banking, Formulation or Structuring of Business Plans, Personality Development, as well as Sponsors Tour wherein they gather more insights and perspectives in other traders’ business ventures.

“It is our goal to make the program a national advocacy. Women entrepreneurs today make up more than 50 percent of the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises, thus they should be given a place in national development,” de Pio-Salvador shared.

Editha Bonghanoy, for example, is scavenger turned entrepreneur.

Bonghanoy, a vendor from Barangay Umapad, lives near the city’s dumpsite. She used to survive on segregating trash that can be sold at junkshops, a way of life she, sort of, inherited from her mother. One day, while performing the backbreaking task of scavenging, she pulled out of the dump an envelop containing P600 (six hundred pesos) or roughly 14 US dollars (based on US$1 = P43 exchange), as of this writing.

Bonghanoy decided to leave scavenging behind by investing the money in a startup business. She started frying chicken parts like neck and feet which became a hit in the neighborhood. The crispy chicken business provided for her family decent meals, an opportunity to send her grandchildren to school, thereby nurturing hope that the blessing breaks the cycle of poverty in her family.###


Diamond Suites blogger, backpacker friendly

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, #newmedia specialist

caption: Front office **grabbed from

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES — Diamond Suites Cebu, a businessperson’s hotel on Apitong corner Escario Streets here, embraces the significant contributions of bloggers and backpackers in moving the economy via information sharing and grassroots travel, respectively.

Recently, Diamond Suites Cebu hosted the first meetup and pool party of the Cebu Blogging Community. The bloggers group, geared at strengthening support for members, finds an ally in the hotel as the latter renews commitment to provide a venue conducive to discussion, debate, and relaxation. The hotel is also open to the current work culture of bloggers that party-mosphere is reward to “hours of brain-firing.”

Executive and marketing officer Keene Albert Tan introduced Diamond Suites’ management team who welcomed CBC headed by executive director/chief blogger Ruben Licera, Jr. with community leads Margarita “Mary” Narvasa, Chanel Marie Imperial, and Gay Aida Dumaguing.

CBC has just facilitated a renewal of its members, now reaching around 50, as well as talks on CBC rules and guidelines, syndication of blogs, netizen media writing and social responsibility.

Tan, an aspiring blogger himself, shared that it is important for them to partner with bloggers which he finds as significant as traditional media. In a chat during the pool party, Tan along with sales account manager Pearlyn Hortelano pointed out that bloggers are already an essential in making stories go viral. “Blogging is an essential tool in today’s means of positioning a brand, selling services, marketing strategies so we stand by our commitment to make the blogging community part of the Diamond Suites family,” this the duo underscored.

Backpackers have a special place too at Diamond Suites Cebu via rooms designed for “wash-up purposes” whenever the need arises. “We have guests who find it a necessity to see the countryside, so they don’t really stay that long in the city. Thus, we came up with a wash-up room for P1,500 good for six hours, the right package to meet their ‘fly-in, fly-out’ approach to travel,” Hortelano informed.

Diamond Suites Cebu has 102 fully functional guest rooms. It used to be 129 but the 27 condominium units already have permanent residents. Rooms vary from Superior, to Deluxe and Suite Rooms. At the disposal of the business traveler are complimentary internet, gooseneck reading lights and a work space, alongside an LCD television that guests can enjoy while relaxing on a plush bed with memory pillows.

Visit for pocket-friendly rates, exclusive use of pool on sixth floor (top floor), and other concerns.###

Maja Salvador, Jessy Mendiola to star in Sacred Heart ’89 Silver Jubilee

PHOTO CAPTION: (Left) Devin Go and (right) Marcelino Co answer questions from print and new media specialists in this presscon for Sacred Heart School Ateneo de Cebu’s Grand Alumni Homecoming set on December 27, 2014.

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, newmedia specialist

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES — Kapamilya TV celebrities Maja Salvador and Jessy Mendiola will entertain participants to a Grand Alumni Homecoming of Sacred Heart School (Ateneo de Cebu) come December 27, 2014 at the JCentre Mall, Mandaue City at 6 p.m.

According to its Alumni Association president Marcelino Co, the event will also take alumni down memory lane to mark the Silver Jubilee of Batch ‘89, a decade that highlighted world economic prosperity but underscored a leadership reform struggle here in the country. The ‘80s documented lifestyle excesses as reflected in the songs of music icons Madonna and Michael Jackson, as well as the rise of more rights advocates and social welfare heroes like Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Princess Diana.

Aside from the said TV primetime princesses, local female groups Go Girls and Glam Girls, as well as Power Trio will pitch in dancing and singing prowess to entertain an 85-percent male crowd. “But the event is not actually gender-specific as we see to it that our entertainers will be able to please our guests regardless of which age bracket they belong or what gender preference they take,” this was pointed out in a media briefing recently.

Batch ‘89neers Anthony Romoff and Peewee Senining, renowned names in both national and local fashion circles, will showcase their collections in a catwalk. After-party is at Liv Super Club at City Times Square (across Parkmall) featuring DJ Arra Pasqual.

Says Devin Go, as part of the Execom, that they envision to give back not just to their alma mater but to Cebu Province as well. “Having been educated with the heart of our patron, St. Ignatius de Loyola, at the core, we are called to be a man for others.” Thus, the reach-out and community extension programs like Operation Tuli and other health missions imply a “very holistic approach in setting a new set of culture for excellence embodying an Ignatian education standard that nourishes the mind, body and spirit.”

So when asked on how an Atenean/Atenista should respond to current crisis in spirituality most especially those involved in religious extremism, the group released a unified statement that they are to be “men for others.” That wherever they are in the globe, they are always called to be more compassionate to the needy and to always be at the frontline of social good.

“Such is to espouse the values of Christ-centeredness, competence, conscience, community, compassion, character, and culture in the spirit of the Magis, to do more and be more, values that make Sacred Heart School Ateneo de Cebu a class of its own,” added in Jason Uy Cinco of the media relations committee.

Proceeds of the homecoming will support a planned dormitory for teachers.

For ticket inquiries/table bookings, call 032.422.4378 and look for Carmi. Like FB/shsadcBatch1989.