Marawi Veteran APC becomes a “Bridal Tank”

BALOI, LANAO DEL NORTE —– An armored vehicle of the Armed Forces of the Philippines which was a veteran of the Marawi Siege of 2017 was back in action for a very special mission:  to carry six white-dressed brides to their wedding with soldiers who fought during the Marawi siege.

The 4Mech APC that fought in the 2017 Marawi Siege becomes a “bridal tank” for six brides of soldiers from the unit.
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Brand Digital PH eyes Whole-of-Country Digital Transformation

World Fintech Festival Philippines Day 5

Continuous Collaboration is evidently the next quantum step forward as the week-long World Fintech Festival (WFF)-Philippines wound up on a high note with the signing of three major partnerships between international organizations and tech associations in the country.

The three panels explored the core of the fintech industry with the upskilling and training of the digital workforce, the rise of healthtech and insurtech, and the launching of Brand Digital Pilipinas.… Continue reading... “Brand Digital PH eyes Whole-of-Country Digital Transformation”

Philippines to Gain in Tech Power Shift from West to Asia

World Fintech Festival Philippines Day 4

Two powerhouse panels on the fourth and penultimate day of the World Fintech Festival (WFF) – Philippines focused on two global trends that the Philippines needs to adopt on the road to post-COVID economic recovery. 

These are the tectonic shift of digital transformation from the West to Asia, and the swift integration of machine-learning tech into our industries, especially traditional or legacy companies.… Continue reading... “Philippines to Gain in Tech Power Shift from West to Asia”

Business Urged: Prioritize Data Security as Cyber Threats Skyrocket

World Fintech Festival Philippines Day 3

The many ways by which tech can revolutionize industries, revive and strengthen ailing ones, and even protect businesses from dangerous threats were highlighted during the third day of the World Fintech Festival Philippines on Dec. 9.

Rural banks, coops, and startups can maximize financing relief to the critically-impacted sectors.… Continue reading... “Business Urged: Prioritize Data Security as Cyber Threats Skyrocket”

Data Driven Infra and New Cloud Economy to Spur Economic Growth

World Fintech Festival Philippines Day 2

Following the introduction of the efforts being made to create smart cities, to strengthen e-banking, and to usher in a more inclusive board of tech leaders in Day 1 of the World Fintech Festival (WFF), Day 2 of the virtual event on Dec. 8 saw panelists do a deep dive into the more technical but crucially important regulatory actions that serve as both the backbone and the lifeline for a sustainable fintech future in the Philippines.… Continue reading... “Data Driven Infra and New Cloud Economy to Spur Economic Growth”

Recuerdos del Pascuas de ayer en Zamboanga

Here We Come A-Caroling

These memoirs consists of two parts: the first covers the period 1963-1968 and the latter the early 1970s.

That’s because our family moved from our apartment at the corner of Barcelona and Pura Brillantes Streets in the pueblo (poblacion) to our own house at Moret Field, Baliwasan in 1968.… Continue reading... “Recuerdos del Pascuas de ayer en Zamboanga”

Fintech Growth: Powering Up Cities, Communities, and The Entire Country

World Fintech Festival Philippines Day 1

One of the most renowned and highly attended fintech events in the world, the Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) pivots to become the largest tech event, encompassing a global audience with the Philippines being one of the key participating countries in a 5-day virtual event from December 7-11.… Continue reading... “Fintech Growth: Powering Up Cities, Communities, and The Entire Country”

When World War II broke out in Cagayan, Misamis

Remembering the Day that will live in Infamy

Today, December 8, 2020 marks the 79th Anniversary of the start of World War II in the Philippines.

Actually, as reckoned from the international date line, it was just a few hours after the infamous attack of the Japanese Navy on the US Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.… Continue reading... “When World War II broke out in Cagayan, Misamis”

The Battle of Colgan Woods

The fiercest battle of World War II in Bukidnon

With Marion Hess and Maj. Thomas Deas, MD

On 17 April 1945, the returning forces of the United States successfully landed in Parang, Cotabato for the final phase of the Battle for Mindanao dubbed Operation VICTOR V.

Mindanao posed a greater challenge than most of the VICTOR operations for three reasons: the inhospitable island geography, the extent of the Japanese defenses, and the size and condition of the defending force.… Continue reading... “The Battle of Colgan Woods”

Cebu Pacific introduces Test Before Boarding process

Conducted free tests for over 290 passengers flying to General Santos during first day of pilot run

From L-R: Candice Iyog, CEB vice president for Marketing & Customer Experience; Dra. Mickey Gonzaga, Chief Operations Officer of PADL; Alex Reyes, President & CEO of Cebgo

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) pilots Test Before Boarding (TBB) today, December 03, 2020, for its flight to General Santos City.… Continue reading... “Cebu Pacific introduces Test Before Boarding process”