Gone are the days when the "male chauvinist" society had women as far inferior as men—very dependent and submissive to whatever the latter commanded. Women today are not just regarded as homemakers, but nation-builders as well. Beyond the confines of their houses, they, too, can make a big difference––be it in the economic, social or political arena.


        From being a household queen to boardroom’s rockstar, women run on very hectic and active
schedules everyday. So imagine the strength they have to withstand the daily grinds, not to mention the
stress and pressure they have to endure just to fulfill the duties bestowed upon them.
Nevertheless, they’re no “Wonder Woman” at all, nor our very own heroine “Darna” so as not to
feel exhausted and tired from chores or work. They’re also humans, who need to pause for a break from
being the jack-of- all-trades.

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        Some of the harmful chemicals they contain are too much to handle, especially by as fragile as a
hair follicle. Their main damage being mane breakage is hard to manage. Tricky it is to treat the resulting
tress that’s less weak and elastic. Though negligible, other repercussions—allergic reaction and scalp
irritation—also need keen attention and urgent solution.


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Event Overview DPC-PLDT Visual Arts Competition 32 (VAC32) is an annual arts competition for student artists in the Philippines organized by Directories Philippines Corporation (DPC) and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT). The contest is open to students, aged 18-24, who are currently enrolled in accredited Philippine tertiary schools with a Fine Arts program.

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For its 32nd edition, VAC 32 challenged Fine Arts students nationwide to interpret the theme “Pinoy Pride.

A total of 73 entries were submitted from all over the country. Top 30 art works were chosen for final judging and were displayed in an exhibit at Little Theater Lobby at the Cultural Center of the Philippines from March 13 to 20, 2018.

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The winning artwork, which will be announced and awarded on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 will be featured on the cover of the 2018-19 Metro Manila Telephone Directories of DPC (Yellow Pages) and PLDT (White Pages). In addition, there will be two other major prizes for the students who submitted the Finalists Entries with the next two highest points, based on the tabulated and audited scores. Cash prizes, trophies and donations to their respective schools will also be given to the winners.

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Date                                                                               20 March, 2018 (Tuesday)

                                                                                         32nd DPC-PLDT Visual Arts Competition Awarding Ceremony

Venue                                                                            Main Lobby, Cultural Center of the Philippines Pasay City

Awards First Place:                                    P100,000 in cash

                                                                                         VAC 32 Grand Prize Trophy

                                                                                         P40,000 donation to his/her school’s Fine Arts program

                                                                                         VAC 32 Plaque of Commendation to his/her school’s Fine Arts program

Second Place:                                             P75,000 in cash

                                                                                         VAC 32 2nd Prize Trophy

                                                                                         P30,000 donation to his/her school’s Fine Arts program

                                                                                         VAC 32 Plaque of Commendation to his/her school’s Fine Arts program

Third Place:                                               P60,000 in cash

                                                                                         VAC 32 3rd Prize Trophy

                                                                                         P20,000 donation to his/her school’s Fine Arts program

                                                                                         VAC 32 Plaque of Commendation to his/her school’s Fine Arts program

People’s Choice Award:                            P15,000 in cash

                                                                                         VAC 32 People’s Choice Trophy / Plaque

Top 30 Finalists:                                        P10,000 in cash

                                                                                         VAC 32 Certification as Finalists

Additional Activities Launching Event:       November 2017

Prior to Judging

Top 30 Finalists Exhibit:                                    13 March, 2018 to 20 March, 2018

Criteria for Judging                                  Visual Composition 25%

                                                                                         Originality 25%

                                                                                         Adherence to Theme 25%

                                                                                         Suitability as Cover 25%


Panel of Judges Chris B. Millado (Vice President and Artistic Director at Cultural Center of the Philippines)

Don Djerassi L. Dalmacio (Awardee, 2009 Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists

Ruben Fortunato M. de Jesus (Award-winning illustrator of children’s books, and founding member of the Illustrador ng Kabataan (Ang InK), an organization of artists promoting illustrations for children’s books)

Marabini S. Williamson (Seasoned advertising and publishing expert, formerly from McCann-Erickson Phils.)

Wesley Valenzuela (1995-1996 DPC-PLDT VAC Grand Prize Winner)

Official Website http://www.visualarts.ph

Social Media Official Pages Facebook: VISUALARTSPH

Email visualartsph@gmail.com


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ASICS holds first night relay race in Philippines

Pasay City, March 14th, 2018 – ASICS, the true sport performance brand, is set to hold the first ASICS Relay Philippines 2018 on May 26th, at the SM By The Bay in Pasay City.

Succeeding from the 2017 version, ASICS Relay 2018 will feature the additional of Philippines in its 5 countries relay series, among participating countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. Kicking off its first stop in Manila, the capital city of bustling Philippines, the edition expects to attract 750 teams, each consisting of 4 runners.

ASICS Relay Philippines 2018 is the first night relay race in the country. It features two race distances – 42KM Full Marathon and 21KM Half Marathon. Each participating team can choose from three relay categories – Male, Female, and Mixed team.

In the photo: (1st) Adrian Mok, managing director, HiVelocity PTE LDT, (2nd) ASICS Team,(3rd) Adrian Mok, managing director, HiVelocity PTE LDT, Mary Joy Tabal, ASICS Athlete, Olympian and SEA Games Gold Medalist, Vince Velasco, Dyan Castillejo, Andy Neo, Sports Marketing Manager, ASICS Asia

The ASICS Relay highlights the uniqueness of team relay as it encourages teamwork among the participants over individual abilities. The concept is premised on the idea that running 21km and 42km is challenging to most aspiring runners, and the relay concept offer participants the chance to complete a half or full marathon with three teammates. Each team member is required to complete 2 legs of 5.25km for Full Marathon, and 1 leg of 5.25km for Half Marathon to meet the total distance. The preceding member of the team will need to hand the relay token to the next runner within the designated transition zone to delineate the changeover of runners.

Participants of the ASICS Relay Philippines 2018 will be rewarded with an attractive finisher’s medal, personalized race bib, and an exclusive ASICS branded race tee.

In addition to the cash and product prizes for winning teams in both the full and half marathon categories worth over Php 790,000, the champion team of the Full Marathon race categories will also be walking away with a grand prize – team slots to any one of the ASICS Relay race held in another country, inclusive of flight tickets and accommodation.

“We’re always looking for new ways to expand the ASICS Relay, and with the addition of Philippines in the 2018 relay series, all runners can expect an evening of fun and excitement coupled with a great running experience with their teammates at ASICS Relay Philippines” said Andy Neo, Sports Marketing Manager of ASICS Asia Pte. Ltd.



together with our very own Asics Athletes Olympian and Sea Games Gold Medalist Mary Joy Tabal. Inspite of her under 5 foot hieght she never struggle to run faster than her opponent, her ditermination to win put her where she is right now. A very humble lady with a good heart and friendly to everyone. I salute you Ms. Mary Joy Tabal.




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Exhibitions by Angelica Harris-Faull, Mark Valenzuela, and Alycia Bennett
Mar 17 – Apr 14 2018

The Alley at Karrivin, 2316 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati

Opening Night: Mar 17 2018, 6PM

Artinformal is pleased to present two solo exhibitions by Angelica Harris-Faull and Mark Valenzuela, and a two-person show featuring Mark Valenzuela and Alycia Bennett, on view at Artinformal in Makati from March 17 to April 14 2018.

In Gallery 1, My flesh whispers an urgent story presents two new collections of work by South Australian printmaker and installation artist Angelica Harris-Faull. Hand carved plants with historical contraceptive or purgative powers are presented to consider women’s bodily agency, while large-scale relief prints explore the medicalization of the female body.

In Gallery 2, Mark Valenzuela’s Cheap Tricks continues his interrogations of structures

of power, how consumerist culture intersects with patriarchy and politics. Integrating drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture, his installations evoke butcher shops, sari-sari stores, and other familiar facilitators of daily consumption. However, the goods on offer are not entirely recognisable as one thing or another, blurring the boundaries between product and consumer. Within this ambiguity, he explores the commodification and de-valuing of human life, as well as the potential for individual agency within systems of control.

Lastly, Gallery 3 presents a two-person show by Alycia Bennett and Mark Valenzuela. Buy 1 Take 1 is a site specific relational work that combines participation, sculpture and installation to investigate structures of power and control within private/public spaces. The work was formed through collaborative research undertaken by the two artists in the Philippines over the course of two months. Drawing on their shared interest in modes of individual resistance, Bennett and Valenzuela explore the potential for individual agency within increasingly commercialised public spaces.

About the Artists: 

Mark Valenzuela’s interdisciplinary practice examines forms of conflict, dominance and resistance. With installations that combine ceramics, drawing, painting, and video, he utilizes a vernacular of repetition, mutation and reconfiguration to interrogate power and stratagems for its disruption. In addition to his own art practice,Valenzuela has curated numerous exhibitions over the past decade in the Philippines, Singapore, and Australia. Valenzuela is Co-Curator of Boxplot, a flexible curatorial project aimed at providing artists from Australia and the Philippines with opportunities for exhibition, collaboration and exchange.Valenzuela was also selected to exhibit in the Special Projects section of Art Fair Philippines 2017, for which he received the Karen H. Montinola Grant. He is a recipient of the 2015 Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award and is represented by Artinformal, Manila.

Alycia Bennett’s practice incorporates relational performance, installation, sculpture, video and sound, through which she investigates the effects of technology on the body and the increasing digitisation of the everyday. Bennett is concerned with individual resistance and questions the power structures that are governed in public space. Bennett is the recipient of three Adelaide Central School of Art Awards for Excellence: The Lee Family Award (2017), Guildhouse Award (2017), and Major Travel Award (2016). She was also awarded an Honours Scholarship (2017) and a Quick Response Grant (2018) by Adelaide Central School of Art.

Angelica Harris-Faull is a maker, thinker, and writer from Adelaide, South Australia. Harris-Faull is a current PhD candidate at the University of South Australia, researching the womb as a site of socio-political contestation, in response to seventeenth century representations of the female reproductive body. Harris-Faull was awarded the UniSA Medal and the Ethel Barringer Memorial Prize, which recognises an outstanding printmaking student. A key research influence emerged when, in 2015, Harris- Faull received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to undertake anatomical sculpture courses at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford and drawing residencies in La Specola (wax anatomical collection) Italy.






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Fortinet Expands its Ecosystem of Fabric-Ready Partners to Advance Security Visibility and Automated Response for Digital Business
New Fabric-Ready Program partners extend Security Fabric automation, visibility and management into IT and security workflows, multi-cloud and virtualized network

News Summary 

Taguig, Philippines 16 March 2018. Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced at its global partner and user conference, Accelerate 18, the addition of 11 industry-leading information technology providers to its Fabric-Ready Partner Program. These new partners further extend the Fortinet Security Fabric across cloud, virtual, and software-defined environments, while simplifying multi-vendor security deployments for enterprises and service providers.

• New Fabric-Ready Program Partners include BackBox, CyberArk, CyGlass, Hughes Network Systems, IBM Security, McAfee, Micro Focus, NEC Corporation, Phantom, ServiceNow and VMware.

• To date, Fortinet has brought together 42 Fabric-Ready Program Partners to deliver pre-integrated, end-to-end offerings ready for deployment, reducing the technical support burden, security management challenges and costs for enterprise customers.

Developing Strategic Partnerships to Secure the Digital Transformation of Business

It has been reported that 69 percent of senior security and IT executives admit digital transformation requires fundamental changes to the organization’s current cybersecurity strategies. Mobile and cloud computing, IoT and software-defined networks are requiring the industry to undergo a major security transformation with an approach that supports the automation of business processes, while providing complete visibility and protection of these converged network environments.

As organizations embrace digital transformation strategies, having a security framework where existing technology investments can interoperate is critical. Fabric-Ready partner solutions leverage Fortinet’s well-defined APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for deep integration with the Fortinet Security Fabric for unified security management and control. These integrations further extend Security Fabric capabilities across cloud, virtualized and software-defined environments and ensures seamless interoperation with partner solutions and services.

“As enterprises embrace digital business strategies, their networks are evolving to include IoT, multi-cloud and virtualized environments with complex workflows, driving the need for a security transformation where solutions can interoperate and automate threat responses across the expanded attack surface. Fortinet’s open approach extends the visibility, integrated threat prevention and automated response of its Security Fabric architecture to leading technology alliance partners to deliver unified security management and comprehensive protection for joint enterprise, MSSP and service provider customers”, John Maddison, senior vice president of products and solutions at Fortinet. 


The following new technology partners have joined the Fabric-Ready Program across its various API integration points: 

• Cloud: VMware

• Endpoint, IoT (Threat Detection & Response): McAfee

• Management/Security Incident Response: BackBox, CyberArk, CyGlass, Hughes Network Systems, IBM Security, Micro Focus, Phantom, ServiceNow

• Virtualization, SDN, NFV: NEC Corporation, VMware


As part of the program, partners undergo solution validation with a commitment to ongoing interoperability. Additionally, Fabric-Ready partners will benefit from joint marketing and go-to-market initiatives with Fortinet.

Fortinet Accelerate 18 Global Partner and User Conference

Fortinet has made several significant announcements today at its annual global partner and user conference, Accelerate 18, including the evolution of its Security Fabric architecture with its FortiOS 6.0 release and its FortiGuard Artificial Intelligence (AI) advanced threat detection technology. For more information on news from the event, visit: https://www.fortinet.com/corporate/about-us/newsroom/press-releases.html.

Fabric-Ready Partners Comment on the Security Fabric Ecosystem

“Data is the core asset to virtually every global business. With the increasingly diverse network landscape spurred by digital transformation, automatic backup of data and infrastructure settings is key to minimize downtime when recovery is needed. Fortinet and BackBox have integrated solutions to ensure seamless backup automation for all security and network security devices.”

– Rafi Zvi, CEO and Co-founder of BackBox


“With broader adoption of cloud technologies and DevOp processes comes a rapidly expanding attack surface. Organizations must prioritize privileged account security and secrets protection to better manage risk in these environments and improve threat response. The integration between the market leading CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution and Fortinet’s Security Fabric architecture delivers an innovative solution that improves threat insight and the ability to quickly detect and respond to potential threats.”

– Adam Bosnian, executive vice president, global business development, CyberArk
“The ever increasing sophistication, persistence, and occurrence of cyber-attacks, makes it difficult for existing security tools and teams to keep critical IT assets secure. CyGlass AI based SaaS security platform uncovers, pinpoints, and responds to advanced cyber threats that often evade traditional security controls. The combination of CyGlass and Fortinet’s FortiGate and FortiSIEM products provide unparalleled protection against today’s network based attacks. CyGlass is excited to be part of Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready Partner Program and to collaborate with Fortinet on comprehensive advanced threat detection and remediation solutions that address today’s most sophisticated cyber threats.”

– Ed Jackowiak, chief revenue officer at CyGlass


“Global competition is driving adoption of Cloud services and other new applications and technologies. These new applications, services and technologies are creating complexity and a larger attack surface to manage and protect, while not impeding business productivity. We are very pleased to join Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready Partner Program. Together with Fortinet, we provide global businesses with an integrated, managed SD-WAN and security solution that will make our joint customers more secure, agile and compliant.”

 – Mike Tippets, VP Enterprise Marketing at Hughes Network Systems


“With the cybercrime landscape becoming increasingly complex, collaboration between cybersecurity leaders in the industry is more important than ever. The creation of open API ecosystems like Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready program makes it easier for cybersecurity teams to create a more seamless line of cybersecurity defense across their IT infrastructure – giving them more time and resources to focus on staying ahead of threats rather than integrating products.”

– Rich Telljohann, Director, Business & Corporate Development, IBM Security


“To support today’s dynamic networks, security needs to see and understand every device on the network to be able to monitor and protect data and resources across the entire distributed environment. A rapid and coordinated response across industry-leading solutions is critical to defend against today’s threats. McAfee is pleased to join Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready Technology Alliance Partner Program, and to collaborate with Fortinet to deliver enhanced, integrated security for our joint customers.”

– DJ Long, Vice President, Strategic Business Development at McAfee


“Micro Focus is committed to helping customers extend their existing investments while embracing new technologies as they transition to hybrid IT environments. Having complete visibility of all elements in these expanded network environments is crucial, and through our collaboration with Fortinet, we are enabling our joint customers to have greater security visibility and unified management of their entire IT and security infrastructure.”

– Travis Grandpre, Head of Security Product Marketing at Micro Focus  


“Enterprises are increasingly adopting SDN to design, build and operate their networks to benefit from the business agility, network automation and centralized provisioning of resources. Building on our long-standing collaboration with Fortinet, we are excited to join its Fabric-Ready program and further integrate the network automation and virtualization capabilities of our NEC ProgrammableFlow® Controller with the Fortinet Security Fabric to better secure our joint customers’ software-defined networks with integrated threat intelligence and automated response capabilities.”

– Ram Menghani, Vice President of Product Management, NEC Enterprise Technologies


“As the Security Automation and Orchestration (SA&O) leader, Phantom is pleased to be partnering with Fortinet by expanding our combined, robust integration that allows for the seamless automation and orchestration at several key stages of security operations from prevention to triage and resolution, delivering dramatic increases in productivity and effectiveness. The Phantom and Fortinet integrated security solution combines advanced security automation and orchestration capabilities from Phantom together with one of the industry’s best-validated security from Fortinet to deliver security without compromise.”

– Rich Hlavka, VP of Business Development at Phantom


“At the center of this rapidly developing Security Automation and Orchestration market, ServiceNow Security Operations is powered by integrations into leading security technology products. This connectivity with Fortinet allows our mutual customers to bridge tools to people in an automated and repeatable way. Operations is never limited in speed and scale by products like Fortinet, but rather by the ability for process and people to manage through incidents and orchestrate response actions. We think Fortinet and ServiceNow customers will be really excited about the real and measurable outcomes this type of integration delivers.”

– Odin Olson, senior director Business Development, Security BU at ServiceNow


“FortiGate-VMX with VMware NSX extends the NSX firewall functionality with advanced security services and allows IT to unlock the benefits of a software defined data center or private cloud with agility and efficiency. IT organizations can automatically provision the delivery of security services from Fortinet where management plane, control plane, and data plane work seamlessly in lockstep.”

– Teri Bruns, vice president, Global Partner Solutions at VMware


Additional Resources 

• Blog – Fabric Ready Momentum

• Please visit Fortinet’s Partner homepage for more details about the Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready Partner program.

• Follow Fortinet on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.  


About Fortinet

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network – today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud or mobile environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 330,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.






Filipino standout Danny Kingad undaunted by opponent change

Danny “The King” Kingad may have stumbled in his first opportunity to capture the ONE Flyweight World Championship against division kingpin Adriano Moraes this past November, but now he is looking to rebuild some momentum and get another shot at the flyweight crown.

The 22-year-old Baguio City native is scheduled to make his return on 9 March as he is slated to duke it out with short-notice opponent Sotir Kichukov on the undercard of ONE: VISIONS OF VICTORY, which takes place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kingad was originally scheduled to lock horns with Malaysia’s Gianni Subba on the aforementioned card, but the latter was called up to the main event to face Reece McLaren after Moraes withdrew from his defense of his flyweight crown against the Filipino-Australian dynamo.

It was a sigh of relief for Kingad that Kichukov accepted the offer to face him inside the ONE Championship cage on 9 March.

"It happened a little less than two weeks before the bout, so it was certainly nerve-wracking," he admitted. “I am happy that he stepped up to take this bout. My preparations for my return to action will not be futile.”

Despite the last-minute change in opponent, Kingad admitted that he made necessary adjustments in his game plan as he seeks to walk out of the newly-renovated Axiata Arena triumphant.

"It’s a different opponent, so there are definitely some things you have to change up. But anything can happen in a bout and that’s always my outlook on it. You go into a match, [and] you have to adapt inside the cage. Surely, I will exert a great effort to win this bout," he said.

A former Max Fight bantamweight titleholder, Kichukov owns 20 pro matches and has competed in three bouts under the ONE Championship banner.

Moreover, the 27-year-old Bulgarian journeyman has a penchant for spectacular submission finishes as eight of his 13 victories have come by way of tapout.

Kingad guarantees a better version of himself as he crosses paths with a hungry competitor like Kichukov, who aims to break his five-bout losing skid and notch his first win on Asia’s premier martial arts stage.

“There shouldn’t be room even for a single mistake in this bout. Expect that I will be a better competitor inside the cage. My team has prepared a good strength and conditioning program to level up my cardio. I made sure to sharpen my striking. I also invested time in my ground game,” he shared.

Kingad admitted that his first-round submission setback to Moraes almost four months ago acted as a reasonable opportunity to patch the loopholes in his skillset and mature as an athlete.

“It’s not a defeat. I think of it as a lesson. It has served as an inspiration and a reminder to work hard and push myself to the limit in training,” he stated. “I am still young, and there are a lot to learn in this sport. I believe great things are ahead of me.”

The young Team Lakay flyweight talent pointed out the he seeks to open his 2018 calendar on a high note through a convincing victory over Kichukov.

“The end of my 2017 left a bad taste in my mouth. My desire is to redeem myself and start my 2018 by winning my match against my Bulgarian opponent. I don’t want to sit here and be relaxed. I don’t want him to take my winning moment away from me. My mind is focused on getting that victory,” he concluded.

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Artinformal kicks-off 2018 with the opening of its second branch at The Alley at Karrivin Plaza on Feb. 15. The expansion marks the gallery’s transition as it redefines its programs to distinguish Artinformal’s original location in Greenhills, now referred to as AI1, from its offshoot located in Makati, AI2. Tina Fernandez, Founder and Creative Director explains that both galleries will definitely offer different art experiences with AI1 showing curator-lead exhibitions and AI2 running solo shows by artists.

“This makes it more exciting because AI1’s viewers will be presented with angles and ideas that will make them look at the exhibition in its entirety and not only each artist’s work individually,” Tina explains. “In Makati, I choose the artists for the solo exhibitions. This was AI1’s original program which I am moving to Makati. Solo exhibitions will show viewers a particular artist’s current body of works and how these are presented in the context of an exhibition,” Tina continued.

To celebrate Artinformal’s exciting new phase, Tina masterminded its rebrand, starting with the logo which was refreshed by graphic design house, Inksurge. The modified typeface in lowercase is more casual, a nod to the word “informal” and the gallery’s relaxed character. “We took inspiration on how Artinformal started where there is always a relationship between two (2) points – the artist and the gallery, the audience and the space, the collector and the curator, creative exchanges and encounters, etc., The basis of the dots was derived from the abbreviation of "ai" since it has been the vernacular to ground-zero (Artinformal in Greenhills) .

The initials were dissected to create a visual cue,” explains Rex and Jois of Inksurge. Jagnus Design Studio’s principal architects and co-founders, Sonny Sunga and Arnold Austria, took charge of AI1’s dazzling revamp as well as the redesign of AI2’s location, a former office at The Alley. Sonny and Arnold reined in their signature strong style in accommodation of Tina’s straightforward mandate: The art should be the star.

To prepare the space for the required minimalist aesthetic, Sonny and Arnold knocked down walls and stripped off the wooden plank flooring. Vast planes were created, all painted a pristine white. The architects chose cement for the flooring, its texture and tone extending to an angular stairway (the solitary feature gesturing to the architects’ distinctive marks) that leads to the upper exhibition halls. Tina called on WE Design’s Mark Wilson for AI2 to support Arnold and Sonny’s architectural design.

“We applied our usual signature, which is lighting design with high visual comfort and style, including attenuating the perimeters of the space so that proportion and volumes are accentuated,” Mark explained. Just like AI1, the Makati gallery has spaces for art viewing, a backroom that holds inventory, as well as rooms for entertaining. “The area for drinks and lounging is homage to the kitchen at the old Artinformal,” Mark said. “I suggested this because the volume of this space recalled, to my mind, the spatial volume of the kitchen at the old Artinformal, where everybody liked to congregate and hang out.

The essence of that homage is a wall featuring five sconces made out of dinner plates and water glasses — to my mind, quintessential components of any space where food and conversation take place.” Arnold and Sonny added a masterstroke in creating a façade that is both unique and yet discreet, or cohesive with AI2’s interiors. A composition of fine textures and geometrics subdued with a coat of white encapsulates the gallery’s new identity as a modern, dynamic exhibition space for contemporary art.

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Photo with Ms. Tina of ArtInformal and his SocMed Manager Philip Abadicio, Blogger friends Claire, Angel, Bette and Me


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MANILA. The Short+Sweet International, in partnership with the Australian Embassy , joins the Manila Biennale , to launch the first-ever PINK Shorts Manila on February 24-25, 2018 (Saturday & Sunday) , at the Teatrillo in Casa Manila, Intramuros. The Short+Sweet International is known for featuring each piece of performance artwork in a span of 10 minutes or less. PINK Shorts Manila is the LGBT component of Short+Sweet that aims to deliver a selection of contemporary stories of LGBTQI struggles and aspirations, while providing an additional platform for artists to showcase their talents.

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Short+Sweet Founder Mark Cleary, alongside with PINK Shorts Manila Executive Producer Quincy Raya, MD., has appointed Rhadem Camlian Morados to be thi
s edition’s Festival Director. According to Morados, “As an advocate of LGBT rights from Mindanao, this is a monumental effort in benefit to our long cause, and that is to provide a platform for the untold stories of LGBT struggles and aspirations.”Short+Sweet Founder Mark Cleary, alongside with PINK Shorts Manila Executive Producer Quincy Raya, MD., has appointed Rhadem Camlian Morados to be thi
s edition’s Festival Director. According to Morados, “As an advocate of LGBT rights from Mindanao, this is a monumental effort in benefit to our long cause, and that is to provide a platform for the untold stories of LGBT struggles and aspirations.”

The program will start at 07:30PM, besides presenting 6 short plays and 6 short films, PINK Shorts Manila will also feature performances & art exhibitions of local LGBT artists who are known for their craft. In addition, there will be also be a party hosted by JUNGLE Circuit Party to close the two-day festival right in the heart of Intramuros..


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About Short+Sweet International: 

Short+Sweet is a global festival brand, founded in Australia, that gathers together highly successful forms of performance arts – from theatre and dance to cabaret and song festivals around the world, where each piece is performed in a span of 10 minutes or less. In the Philippines, the organization has already launched the Short+Sweet Theatre and the Short+Sweet Film Festival, with some of the works featured in Hollywood.


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Finally: A Permanent and Natural Solution to Hair Loss

What are the top reasons why men lose confidence these days? Studies suggest that the male of the species stress most about hair loss, beer bellies, and flabby pecs.

PBA Legend Alvin Patrimonio’s photo before his hair transplant procedure

Of the three, hair loss is the most important concern that can threaten their confidence and feeling of self worth. Male pattern baldness, after all, is much more severe in men than in women because it occurs faster and is not just concentrated in one area of the head. Men can lose it all at the crown, temples and all parts of their head, leaving wispy strands that sometimes make the appearance even more awkward.

There are various solutions to regain one’s head of hair. Topical treatments and hair supplements, wigs, toupees, hair weaves, a hairstyle change or shaving may help alleviate the problem and offer some hope. But none of these are truly effective, long-term and permanent.

The only long-term and permanent solution that will bring back lost hair in places where they have disappeared is a hair transplant procedure. If you want to grow your own hair – accent on the words “your own hair” – naturally and permanently, it is the only way to go.

Patrimonio’s photo five months after his hair transplant procedure

MAXiM Hair Restoration, a 13-year old international hair transplant clinic established in New York City that opened in Manila in 2004, is the recognized expert on hair transplantation and other solutions to balding.

It offers hair transplant procedures that can either be the advanced no-stitch, no linear scar technique called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or the conventional hair transplant technique known as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). Both enable clients to grow back their hair via hair transplantation by harvesting hair from a donor area and placing hair grafts on the bald area. It also offers Scalp Micropigmentation, a non-surgical method that produces a short buzz-cut look without the client undergoing an actual transplant.

Staffed by doctors who are plastic surgeons assisted by certified nurses who serve as hair technicians, MAXiM Manila has happy clients that include professionals, international models and entertainment/sports celebrities, including balikbayans and overseas workers who choose to have hair transplants for personal and professional advancement.

PBA legend and team manager Alvin Patrimonio is one of the clients who went to MAXiM to find a permanent solution for thinning hair.

[Left to Right] MAXiM Country Manager Mar Sabillo, MAXiM Director Mac Fadra, PBA Legend Alvin Patrimonio, MAXiM Plastic Surgeon and Hair Transplant Surgeon John Ocampo, MAXiM Hair Consultant Michelle Fio and MAXiM Client Coordinator Richelle Gapasin

“I was losing my hair so I took medicines and applied topical treatments but they didn’t work for me. I heard about MAXiM, researched about it, then I visited their clinic. The Director, Mr. Mac Fadra, their country manager, Mar Sabillo and hair transplant plastic surgeon Dr. John Ocampo all explained the procedure to me. To be honest, I am really afraid of surgeries. During my playing years, I refused to undergo any surgery. But the people in MAXiM showed me how the procedure would go and showed me photos of their successful and happy clients, so I decided to give it a try.

Finally I had the guts to have the hair transplant. And now I’m glad that I did. During the procedure, I was watching TV or playing with my cellphone. There was no discomfort at all. Afterwards, the post-surgery hair care routine was explained to me. It was easy and hassle-free — very easy to follow. Now, seven months later, I am really happy with the results. I no longer feel insecure when the TV cameras focus on me and I would definitely recommend it to my friends. The results are permanent. And the hair on my head is all mine,” Patrimonio said.

“MAXiM is focused and super-specialized on hair restoration that’s why we do it well. The center specializes in MEGA Sessions where patients can get 4,000 hair grafts in just one visit instead of multiple visits. Prices are affordable,” added MAXiM Director Mac Fadra.

MAXiM has 10 other centers worldwide in New York, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Long Island, Newport Beach in California and North Virginia/DC in the US and Dubai and Manila in Asia that have serviced thousands of clients worldwide.

For more information about hair restoration, go to www.maximhairrestoration.com/locations/manila or call (02) 818 6000 or 813 3001 for a FREE consultation. 




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The first thing I learned is that, apparently, high officials of the executive branch of government can be hauled off to answer bare allegations of impropriety.

While I am not an expert on the matters of ship building, the government procurement process, and the state of our national security, I do understand that an article in Rappler insinuated that Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go attempted to intervene in the implementation of the Philippine Navy’s P16 billion Frigate Acquisition Project.

In the ensuing senate hearing yesterday led by Senate committee on national defense chairman Gringgo Honasan, I was disappointed that Senator Antonio Trillanes failed to convince me that SAP Go had actually meddled in the Frigate Acquisition Project.

At the core of the allegations made against Go was a note written by Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana claiming that SAP handed him a white paper/position paper and instructing Vice Admiral Mercado to write a report on the paper for President Duterte.

SAP Go denies having given the paper to SND Lorenzana, who in turn, says he cannot recall who gave him the position paper.

Further in the hearing, Lorenzana and Mercado as well as other officials of the Philippine Navy deny that they discussed anything concerned the Frigate Acquisition Project.

But even if they had, would it be a crime for SAP Go to discuss the Frigate Acquisition Project with officials of the DND and Philippine Navy? Apparently, not.

As it was explained to me by a friend in Malacanang, one of SAP Go’s jobs is the supervise the Presidential Management Staff whose job it is to keep tabs on any and all government projects and programs under the executive branch.

Was there evidence that showed SAP Go had asked the Philippine Navy to favor a supplier of the Philippine Navy?

All that Senator Trillanes pointed to was that note which Lorenzana wrote.

Further on, Trillanes claimed that the Philippine Navy had changed its mind with regard to a component of the frigate ships and decided to go have the ship installed with a Korean component instead of one made in Netherlands.

All this seems to me is that it is like a situation where a pesky neighbor eavesdropped on a family arguing over what car to buy and without even understanding the rest of the conversation, began insinuating that the father was decided to choose a lesser known brand because he wanted to spare money for himself.

Rumor mongering, in the senate? Really?!

Senator Loren Legarda was right to say, near at the end of the hearing, that the whole thing was a waste of everybody’s time.





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