ilaw atbp. switched on 14th branch in Iloilo

The lighting and electrical solution ilaw atbp. has switched on its 14th branch in Iloilo City in its aim to become the “got-to-center” for all types of lighting needs.

It opened the Iloilo Branch July 26, 2018 with Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III as guest of honor in the ribbon cutting.

“We welcome ilaw atbp. pa to Iloilo City and its opening signified their contribution in the booming local economy,” said Mayor Espinosa III.


Established as a complete electrical shop in 1999, ilaw atbp. offers a wide variety of lighting fixtures suited for all household needs.

Edwin Pimentel, the Chief Executive Officer of ilaw atbp. Corp. expressed that they opened the branch in Iloilo City in order to provide excellent service through our top-notch products.

True on its aim to become accessible to its customers, the ilaw atbp. branch is at the City Straits Bldg. in Donato Pison Avenue in Mandurriao, Iloilo City’s business district.


ilaw atbp. carried LitesPlus as a house brand made to cater the needs of every customer and with designs that perfectly blend function and style. It is an equally competitive Filipino brand known for its artistry and quality lighting materials and in close partnership with China.


ilaw atbp. Corporation was started in 1999 with a complete electrical shop concept store in Caloocan City in Manila. It started by distributing the products of the brand OMNI and other lighting and electrical products supplied by direct importers, sole distributors, and manufacturers that carry various brands.

Since then, ilaw atbp. has established itself as a leading expert in electrical and lighting products in the country. From selling a limited selection of bulbs, its product line has expanded to include decorative lamps, chandeliers, and various lighting fixtures.

You can visit ilaw atbp. from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.




Advocacy, Event

Youth for public health will converge to Iloilo for Ideas Positive 2018 Forum

The youth from different cities in the Philippines and from countries in the Southeast Asian region are expected to converge in Iloilo City on August 12-13, 2018 for the Ideas Positive, the third Youth Forum on Public Health (IPYFPH).

The two-day event is considered the largest gathering of the youth who are working on the field of public health, governance, and development and it will be held at the Iloilo Convention Center in line with this year’s celebration of the International Youth Day.

The IPYFPH offers a venue for members of the youth sector to come together in order to help build a healthier Philippines by focusing conversations on pressing public health issues and by identifying problems so that appropriate actions can be undertaken through project initiatives that can be implemented in their respective localities.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) will be a major theme that will be discussed in this year’s forum and the youth participants will show their contributions that helped realized targets for better health outlined in the SDGs.

Final preparations for the IPYFPH is underway and the youth aged 15 to 30 years old and young professionals are being called upon to fill-up registration by visiting in order for their participation to be confirmed by the organizer.

What can you expect in the forum?

The forum is packed by learning activities. It will have plenary talks by invited speakers who are experts on public health from the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme Philippines, and ASEAN Foundation.

Ideas Positive Forum photo

It will also have breakout sessions which will be facilitated to tackle different #GlobalGoals and their relation to health. Delegates can attend up to three breakout sessions.

The Day 1 of the Forum will provide participants different ways to be part in the public health conversation.

  • Public Health Debates – delegates may join the debates in order to discuss public health issues with their fellow youth;
  • Health and Tech Expo – participants can exhibit their innovative and creative contributions to public health;
  • Advocacy Booths – youth organizations can showcase their health-related advocacy and activities at the booths;
  • Health Research Presentation – young researchers may share health researches;
  • Health Journalism – campus journalists and budding writers can join the health journalism competition to express and share their opinions about a public health topic; and,
  • Rapid Health Talks – the youth may share their ideas on improving the health landscape of the country.
  • ULF-IPYFPH-Poster

From local to global

One of the highlights of Day 2 is the Ideas Positive Run 8 Grand Finals Presentation. Five out of the 17 teams who were a National Finalist of Ideas Positive Run 8 will present their project outcome by showing how they implemented the six-month initiative.

The projects in the Ideas Positive Run 8 ranged from innovative solutions on geriatric care in Ilocos Norte up to mental health awareness among the youth in Marawi City and it will showcase the capability of the youth in making a healthier Philippines and demonstrate how the youth can contribute in nation-building.

Considering the recently concluded Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Ideas Positive Youth Forum will hold a special session among SK elected officials to help them create effective and sustainable health projects for their constituents.

Who should join?

Students, professionals, and the out-of-school youth aged 15 to 30 are welcome to join. The registration fee is priced at PhP2,500 (50 USD) for students and Php3,500 PHP (70 USD) for professionals, inclusive of meals, a conference kit, and a certificate of attendance.

The Ideas Positive is the premier youth engagement program of Unilab Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines. It was established in 2012 with the aim of engaging the youth to create innovative solutions for public health issues in communities.

Now on its eighth run, the Ideas Positive proved instrumental in engaging over 37,000 youth by helping them transform more than 150 communities and touching the lives of more than 1.7 million Filipinos nationwide.

The Forum is supported by its partners: Sun Life Foundation, National Youth Commission, United Nations Development Programme Philippines, University of the Philippines Visayas-University Student Council, University of San Agustin Student Council,, Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs, Iloilo Doctors College-Supreme Student Council, University of the Philippines Visayas Debate Society, and OPPO Philippines.

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SM Cares recognized by the prestigious Albert Sussman Award for shelter project

SM Cares-ICSC Award

Marissa Fernan, Vice President of SM Prime Holdings, receives the ICSC Foundation Albert Sussman International Community Support Award from Scott Harris, ICSC Managing Director of Asia-Pacific at the awarding ceremonies held in Las Vegas, USA, May 20, 2018.  

The shelter project by SM Prime for the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) earned recognition from the Albert Sussman International Community Support Award of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Foundation.

The award was conferred during the Global Retail Real Estate Convention (RECon) held last May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas.

The Albert Sussman International Community Support Award is considered as the highest honor in the community support award program of the ICSC Foundation, a global trade association of the shopping center industry.

The award was intended to acknowledge outstanding humanitarian work of the retail industry players in the community and recognizes the industry’s most innovative and impactful initiatives, including outstanding community support programs of institutions, social responsibility, and community outreach efforts by retail establishments, their management companies, or retailers.

Last year, SM Cares also received recognition from ICSC Global Awards 2017 for Asia-Pacific in an awarding held in Bangkok, Thailand, October 24, 2017.

The award will allow CFC-ANCOP to receive an additional financial grant from the ICSC Foundation as the NGO partner of SM Cares.

SM Cares-ICSC Trophy 2018

SM Prime Executive Committee Chairman Hans T. Sy spearheaded the SM Cares Housing Project with a total of 1,000 shelter units donated in areas that were heavily-hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013.

The housing project was jointly undertaken by SM and its service providers, tenants, employees, and selected communities who all pitched in to build disaster-resilient shelters.

SM likewise worked with several NGO partners for its community development with livelihood and values formation activities integrated into the program. The shelters were then turn-over to the beneficiaries for free.

Hans Sy said that “the award is a recognition of the valuable contribution of our partners and hundreds of volunteers who painstaking  contributed in rebuilding communities and making it as vibrant as they are today.”

The mall giant believed that the award served as a testament to the courage and resiliency of the human spirit in the face of the biggest tragedy.

“We have shown to the world how people could bounce back after a tragedy and how communities composed of strangers could thrive and grow together with the help of well-meaning groups and advocates,” Sy said.

Sy also underscored that the award will serve as the company’s inspiration to continue the work as stewards of the communities where their malls operate are also located.

This project has made us proud, said Sy, “because it showed bayanihan at its best with people working together in order to uplift the lives of our fellow Filipino who were impacted by the disaster and rebuild their lives and communities for the better.”

There were a total of 1,000 houses created by SM cares for Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors in the Visayas. These villages were located in Bogo, Cebu (200 houses), Concepcion, Iloilo (200 houses), Tacloban (400 houses0, and Ormoc (200 houses).


Bringing play to the displaced children of Mayon

Play It Forward Resilience (PIFR), Unilab Foundation’s therapeutic play program for children in vulnerable areas, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), recently provided psychosocial support to students and parents from San Jose Elementary School (SJES) and evacuees from Calbayog Elementary School (CES) in Malilipot, Albay, in response to the Mayon volcano eruptions.

‘Sanay na po kami’

Since January 2018, the Mayon volcano eruptions have dominated the news. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level to 4 (hazardous eruption within days), and ordered the evacuation of residents, especially those living within the six-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ). Reports say approximately 21,000 families or 81,200 individuals have been evacuated.

Nag-start mag-erupt ang Mayon volcano noong January 14. ‘Yun din yung araw na lumipat ‘yung from Calbayog and part of San Roque, pumunta sila dito sa school namin para mag-evacuate. Alam na nila ang gagawin. Calbayog is within the six-kilometer danger zone,” explains Sincletica Buena, Principal and Camp Chief of SJES.


As the designated evacuation site in Malilipot, Albay, SJES now caters over 1,000 learners. Because the evacuees are sheltered in the classrooms, DepEd has designated Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS) for classes. Students from SJES take the morning shift, from 6:00am to 12:00nn, while the displaced students from CES are scheduled for 12:00nn to 6:00pm.

“Naapektuhan po talaga ang pag-aaral ng mga bata. Kasi isipin po natin, ‘yung one day na teaching, ginagawa lang natin dito’ng half day. Although lahat ng subjects natuturo sa kanila, kaya lang nasu-shorten ‘yung time,” shares Marilou Arizapa, Principal of CES.

Rosario Bien, a Grade 1 teacher in SJES adds, “’Yung ibang mga bata, may masakit ang ulo, nahihilo, minsan nagkakaroon ng lagnat, kasi na-se-stress din sila, kahit hindi sila yung masyadong apektado ng Mayon kasi na-displace sila sa kanilang classroom.”

Although parents like Precy Bitara say that her children are used to evacuations every now and then, both the teachers and students suffer. “’Yung ibang bata talaga, parang may trauma na sila siguro sa naranasan na nila, kaya natatakot sila,” shares Bitara.


The power of play

Studies show that children can use play not only to cope with difficult emotions, but also as a way to accelerate healing and recovery from trauma.

To address the need for psychosocial support, the DepEd tapped PIFR for two days of play for the students in Malilipot, Albay.

Play It Forward is a science- and evidence-based program that provides opportunities for children to express and understand their feelings through a play curriculum and a structured or mobile play space.

Twenty-six teachers and Disaster Risk and Reduction Management coordinators from DepEd Region V and DepEd Albay Division received training on PIFR from March 25 to 26, 2018, enabling them to become PIFR facilitators equipped to provide basic psychological first aid to parents and children.

Bien, who facilitated play sessions for her Grade 1 students, shares, “Ang paglalaro po kasi, nawawala ang problema sa kanila. Instead na isipin nila na natakot sila nung pumutok yung bulkan, mas na-enjoy nila yung karanasan nila sa paglalaro.”

Joseph John Jimenez Perez, Project Development Officer II of the DepEd Sorsogon Province, was also trained as a volunteer facilitator. Perez affirmed, “It gives them a sense of normalcy, [since] the evacuation center is definitely a very abnormal situation: this is not their home, this is a learning institution. So through play, it gives them a sense of normalcy that everything will be okay.”


Building resilience, one child at a time

After the play days, teacher-facilitators began preparations to cascade their experience and knowledge to their respective divisions.

A total of 209 students from SJES and CES, from Grades 1 to 6, participated in the PIFR play days on March 27 and 28. In addition, 59 parents also learned about how disasters and crises situations like the volcanic eruption can have severe effects on children, and how understanding and caring for them can help with healing and renewed growth.

PIFR has brought the intervention to disaster-stricken areas: post-Yolanda Tacloban in 2016; Isabela, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Lawin in 2017; and Typhoon Nina-hit Marinduque also in 2017. The program also held play days for children who were affected by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Surigao City last year.

Aside from providing response, this year, PIFR is set to build resilience among children in the 10 most vulnerable areas in the Philippines, including Pampanga and Eastern Samar.

Unilab Foundation, Inc. is the corporate foundation of United Laboratories. True to the belief that quality healthcare is for all, it is Unilab Foundation’s mission to build a healthier Philippines, one person, one community at a time.

Learn more about Play It Forward Resilience at


Project 4Eu&As for Boracay youth launched

In spite of the impending closure of Boracay to tourists starting April 16, 2018, the Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter launched a project for the youth in partnership with youth organizations in Italy, Belgium, Indonesia and Portugal. 
The 23-month project is called: “Forward Looking Cooperation in Youth Work: A Dream Getting Through’’ also known as 4Eu&As (pronounced or read as For You & Us) and funded by the European Union program Erasmus +.
The Philippine Red Cross -Boracay Malay Chapter will implement the project in coordination with Italy-based youth organization TDM 2000 International, and with partners that includes the ARS for Progress of People in Belgium, Gerakan Kerelawanan Internasional (GREAT in Indonesia), Synergia in Portugal, and the Philippine Red Cross -Boracay Malay Chapter.
The initiative is a follow-up to EuroAsi: Capacity Building in Youth Work, a project implemented from 2014 to 2016.
The goal of the 4Eu&As is to create mobility program among Europe and South East Asian countries by sharing best practices, methodologies, and policies with other countries who are already involved on similar programs implementation. Its key component are local projects and initiatives that will benefit the local community.
The program enjoined youth participants from five countries and were expected to attend three different training courses and one seminar.
“The project is expected to benefit the more than 2,000 Red Cross Youth members in Boracay and Malay,” explained Rona Liza Inocencio, administrator of the local Red Cross chapter.

The project will contribute in the professional and personal development to the youth, added Inocencio, “because it will help foster active youth participation, especially in local development.”

The ultimate aim of the project implementers is to share the opportunity to the youth in the community and to enable them to create initiatives that will benefit the populace. 
Through the project, youth beneficiaries will also be able to acquire trainings and will have the opportunity to establish collaboration, networking and long-term partnership with youth organizations from Europe and Asia. 

Staging of O’Layra a success

It was a successful staging of the O’Layra: Princesa cang Dagat at the University of the Philippines Visayas Auditorium last April 13, 2013 after viewers overflowed to catch the staging of the production.

The story was based from a radio drama by Antique writer Russel Tordesillas which was originally aired over DYKA (Radyu Kauswagan Antique). The students under the Communication and Media Studies of UP Visayas used the story as a dance adaptation to highlight Western Visayas culture.

The story by Tordesillas was inspired by local folk tale regarding a fabled golden boat used by supernatural beings that traversed the waters of Panay and how O’Layra, locally believed to have truly existed as a tamawo or enchanted princess, journeyed into the world of mortals and resided on a Bubog tree located in Carit-an, Patnongon town in the Province of Antique.

The original script for the production was written and directed by Professor Kevin Pison Piamonte from the Division of Humanities of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The O’Layra was selected as an adaptation piece in order to help spread the story and popularize local and traditional tales of Western Visayas.

The staging also brought to public consciousness the allure of esoteric myths which has rapidly diminished as a result of globalization and modernity. The students under the subject CMS 145 (Advertising Campaign) hoped to have reignited the interest of the viewers on stories that were previously significant among people in local communities but are now forgotten.

The successful staging of O’Layra was attained because of its production team composed of: Robert Rodriguez, Choreographer; Crista Sianson-Huyong, Composer & Musical Director; Roman Sanares, Production Designer; and Kristine Javier, Costume Designer.

Food & Dining

Food, Drinks, Music: This is what Festive Walk Parade is all about!

It finally embraced what it has been named for – the Festive Walk Parade with ‘Festive Nights,’ a series of weekend night party starting Thursday up to Sunday evening from 10PM till past midnight and up to the wee hours.
“This is what Festive Walk Parade must be like” said a family who were dining Thursday night to celebrate a graduation.
All tables were occupied at the Iloilo Business Park with a band playing music, street food smokin from the grill, and lots of laughter revealing the Ilonggos penchant for outdoor dining along the 1.1-kilometer dining strip.
Asked how they felt about the newest ‘Festive Night,’ a group of young professionals quipped “this is what Festive Walk Parade is all about. It has finally come to life; festive and lively atmosphere unlike the set before.”
“Remember Ilonggos love the streets”, they added as they enjoyed a mix of foodie by “Nice to Meat You” and “Scalloops in Iloilo.”
For a limited time, the streets of Festive Walk Parade have been converted into a Calle Street Food Market inviting passers-by to experience outdoor dining at food trucks and pop-up food joints who offer sumptuous food options and an array of delicious grilled specialties from chicken, pork, beef and innards, as well as other Ilonggo specialties such as scallops, oysters, mussels, and many more.
“Festive Nights encapsulates our vision of elevating the lifestyle and nightlife scene here in Iloilo – something we have been known for with our mall developments,” – Kevin Tan, SVP and head of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.
“It is through this events that we want to give Ilonggos, especially the younger market, a taste of what we are about to bring once we open our new mall, the Festive Walk Mall, this year,” Tan added.
The 12 food joints on food trucks at the Calle Street Food Night Market has tripled foot traffic at the Megaworld and enhanced the festivity with Nice to Meat You, Scalloops in Iloilo, Spoon & Pork, Ayra, House of Spam, Lechon Republic, Pakpak Co., Dakoba Sausages, Wrap N’ Roll, Holy Grill, Quick and Dry and Fort in the City.
Since its opening, the Festive Walk Parade was teeming with people and diners bringing boosting customers for permanent establishments, such as: Grillers, JipBab, Bistro Carcossa, Pizzaro, Café Panay, 13th Street Espresso, Assi Fresh, and Teodorico’s.
Two new establishments also opened: Ayra Brazilian Steak House and Bottleground.


Media and bloggers night at the Bottleground at the Festive Walk Parade, Iloilo Business Park.


Ayra Brazilian Steakhouse offers an innovative dining experience for meat and steak lovers. Go and ask what to do with that blue and orange tumbler at the table.
The Bottleground, on the other hand, is a cozy and intimate bar for evening conversation over brandy or mixed drinks.
Summer evenings at the “City of Love” is getting hotter and more exciting with “Festive Nights.” Enjoy weekend night street party with a dynamic fusion of food and entertainment at the Festive Walk Parade.