Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Blue Water Day Spa introduces their Slashie/Brand Ambassadors

My first spa experience at Blue Water Day Spa was a launch held in one of their branches. While we are watching the presentation, we are also being treated with foot spa. At first, I was hesitant because I thought it was too girly for me but I find it really relaxing.


Blue Water Day Spa is introducing their new ambassadors. These ambassadors are chosen because they have a busy lifestyle. They are called slashies. What is a slashie?  As I understand this modern slang, a slashie is a person doing two professions. In my example, there was a time I was an investment broker/blogger.

Bluewater Day Spa features their ambassadors. They are also slashies because they also have busy lifestyle. Ervic Vilandre is an athlete/model/actor.  When not on TV, he plays basketball and goes to the gym. On the other medium, Blanca Mercado juggles her time as Manila Times COO and mother.

Each ambassador has their own endorsement. Bianca Mercado for Anti-Aging Facial, actor Ben Alves and Ervic Vijandre for the Athlete’s Massage, model/actor David Licaoco for the Combo Herbal Massage, Man of The World 2017 Mustafa Galal Elezali for the Revitashape, the youngest ambassadors; Yasmin Chloe Simisim, Kurt Wyatt Yap, and Jaden Emmanuel Trinidad for the Baby Massage and Celebrity Ambassador Kim Chiu for Lympatic Massage.


Blue Water Day Spa offers these services because our busy lifestyle. It will help unwind from your busy lifestyle and get rejuvenated and renewed. For more lifestyle updates, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hitachi Vantara Deepens Industrial IoT and Services Bench With New Executive Appointments

Press release

Company Doubles Down on the Internet of Things, Software and Services;
Taps Former GE Digital COO Brad Surak for Chief Product and Strategy Officer and Former IBM Watson Data Platform VP John Murphy to Lead Offerings Management 

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), announced the appointments of two new executives to support the company’s industrial internet of things (IoT) and services portfolios. Brad Surak has been named chief product and strategy officer (CPSO), overseeing the development of Hitachi Vantara’s solutions portfolio; John Murphy has been tapped to advance its services portfolio as vice president, offerings management. The news comes close on the heels of the company’s unveiling at Hitachi’s inaugural NEXT user conference, where it launched a fully enhanced Lumada IoT platform, together with other new offerings, including its Hitachi IoT Appliance, Hitachi Enterprise Cloud and Hitachi Smart Data Center, among others.

 
Brad Surak
Brad Surak joins Hitachi Vantara from GE Digital, where he most recently served as the company’s chief operating officer. Prior to that, he served as GE Digital’s first chief product officer, where he was responsible for GE’s global IoT solutions and digital industrial product portfolio. Before joining GE, Surak served as the general manager of Mobile Analytic Applications and was the chief operating officer of the Business Analytics Solutions unit at SAP. He has also held executive positions at Business Objects, Cambridge Technology Partners, and Ernst & Young. In his new role as CPSO at Hitachi Vantara, Surak will be responsible for driving the company’s product and technology road map to bring intelligent innovations to market that deliver exceptional value and outcomes for Hitachi’s customers and partners.

“Hitachi’s exceptional breadth and depth of operational and information technology expertise sets it apart from other players in the digital solutions and industrial IoT markets and gives it a unique advantage,” Surak said. “I’m immensely pleased to be joining the Hitachi Vantara team to drive a comprehensive product strategy that addresses our customer’s greatest business challenges from edge to core to outcomes.”

John Murphy joins Hitachi Vantara from IBM, where he most recently led product development and product management for the IBM Watson Data Platform. During his tenure, he also held key leadership roles in its data analytics and enterprise content management businesses. Prior to IBM, Murphy held leadership roles in a number of software organizations, ranging from startups to large enterprises across diverse industries, including banking, entertainment, consulting and high tech. Reporting to Hitachi Vantara’s Chief Solutions and Services Officer Bobby Soni, Murphy will lead unified offerings management for the company, supporting development of its digital solutions and services portfolio and business strategy.

John Murphy

“Hitachi is boldly positioning itself to deliver the services and solutions that modern data-driven enterprises are hungry for,” said Murphy. “I’m proud to be joining a team that is so intently focused on serving the needs of its customers, and is uncompromising in its commitment to provide the unique delivery models and innovations they need to best capitalize on their data and more effectively compete in their markets.”    
Launched by Hitachi, Ltd., on September 19, 2017, Hitachi Vantara is a new business entity that unites the operations, technologies, intellectual property and human capital of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho into a single, integrated company that is focused on digital innovation. The company is now aggressively expanding its executive leadership team to support the delivery of best-in-class software, solutions and services offerings for global enterprises looking to transform their businesses and innovate with their data.

“In a market environment where our ability to bring digital innovations to market with speed and agility is increasingly important to better serve our customers, it's critical that we continue to deepen our bench with the industry’s best talent,” said Brian Householder, president and chief operating officer, Hitachi Vantara. “Hitachi Vantara is building a world-class executive team that possesses deep domain expertise in every corner of our portfolio — from data infrastructure and software, to cloud and analytics, to IoT and digital industrial solutions. This is why we are exceedingly pleased to welcome Brad Surak and John Murphy to the Hitachi family. We expect to accelerate the continued evolution and enhancement of our technology, solutions and services offerings under their leadership.”   

Thursday, October 5, 2017

AMPALAYA MONOLOGUES CELEBRATES 2ND ANNIVERSARY WITH ‘TWO IS BITTER THAN ONE’

Press release



PRESS RELEASE:
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AMPALAYA MONOLOGUES CELEBRATES 2ND ANNIVERSARY WITH
‘TWO IS BITTER THAN ONE’ ON OCTOBER 14


To celebrate two years of artistic bitterness, the team from Ampalaya Monologues have decided to double up the bitterness with a one-night only anniversary show “Ampalaya Dialogues #TwoIsBitterThanOne” on October 14 – Saturday from 7 pm – 10 pm at the PETA Theater Center located at Eymard Road, E. Rodriguez Q.C.
Ampalaya Dialogues #TwoIsBitterThanOne will showcase six short one-act plays that will feature two characters in each story. All of which are written by Mark Ghosn and will be performed by actors of Theatre in Alternative Platforms (TAP).
Known for being the country’s most popular venue for ‘hugot’ artistry, Team Ampalaya promises that this year’s feels-fest will still have those witty and relatable punchlines that are combined with unique, heart wrenching, yet entertaining stories. A formula that we’ve all been a fan of and has served as their trademark throughout the years.
The 6 One-Act Plays
Tayo, Sa Pagitan Ng Mga Salita
Starring: Thalia Nicole and Kenneth Monserrate
Drei and Alex are bandmates who are working on a spoken word and music collaboration for their upcoming gig. But what started as a collaboration session is slowly turning into confessions of hidden feelings that they can only express through poems and songs. Will they finally put a label on their relationship or will words get in the way?
Mga Naiwang Tanong sa Huli Nating Tag-araw
Starring: Mark Ghosn and Alvin Nakassi
College classmates Arman and Drew accidentally meet again 7 years after they last saw each other. They decide to reminisce about their friendship over wine and pasta. As they do so, untold stories from the past emerge, forcing them to face the feelings that they’ve been trying to forget since their last summer together. As the night goes by, will one unasked question finally get its long awaited answer?
Huling Kuha
Starring: Berna Manipon and FJ Gonzales
On the day of their pre-nup shoot, law students Arthur and Dawn find their relationship in the middle of a trial. As evidences emerge and allegations are thrown at each other, will they be able to save their wedding or do they have to decide on a much harsher verdict? When is love more important than the truth?
Kung Paano Tayo Tinalo ng Pag-ibig
Starring: Yan-yan Gervero and Hogi Cadlum
Angie contemplates on whether or not to continue her marriage with Darwin/Dara, her cross-dressing husband who is about to give birth to her new identity. As Dara convinces Angie to take the risk, they are both faced with questions about what love really is and how they have the chance to change its meaning. Are you willing to lose yourself to let love win?
Beauty and the Bes
Starring: Janine Lloce and Emman Jimenez
This kilig-comedy features the well-loved ampalaya character, Bes. Fresh from a not-so-successful tinder date, Bes decides to go at it again, this time, on a blind date. But on her way to, she got trapped in an elevator with a perfectly looking, super handsome, drool-worthy gentleman. Is this the chance encounter she’s been waiting for? But wait, why does he look so familiar?
Babies and the Bridges They Burn
Starring: Gracia Paterno and Ysai Cajilig
How do you burn a bridge? In the case of frenemies Ara and Ally, it takes a lot of manipulation, brainwashing, backstabbing, blackmailing and name calling to do so. But what’s a baby got to do with it? Let’s just say it holds the match to light up the fire. Get ready for a sassy war. Watching bridges burn hasn’t been this enjoyable.
MONOLOGUES AND SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCES
What’s a Team Ampalaya show without the monologues? The show will also feature new Ampalaya Monologues as performed by Dave Ramones, Pat Sy, Ristichen and Abe Herma. As well as performances from some of today's best spoken word artists: Louise Meets, Jihad Mambuay and Zuela Herrera of Words Anonymous; Jerome Cleofas and Sofia Medina of Collaboratory PH; Rommel Pamaos, Ansherina Jazul and Angela Pamaos of LAPIS; Carlo Hornilla of Karibok Collective; Leandro Reyes and Mark Dimaisip of Loudmouth Collective.
LIMITED SEATS | ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT
Limited tickets for this one night only event is P500 only and is available at Ampalaya Monologues facebook page www.m.me/AmpalayaMonologues. Please note that video taking will be prohibited during performances.
LIMITED SEATS | ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT
Limited tickets for this one night only event is P500 only and is available at Ampalaya Monologues Facebook page www.m.me/AmpalayaMonologues. Please note that video taking will be prohibited during performances.
Don't miss this rare event! See you there!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ballet Phils.' The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances

After the “Gala”, Ballet Philippines once again give the Exemplars. These are old choreographies that are revived for today’s generation of ballet dancers. These choreographies are done by ballet legends like Nonoy Froilan to name a few.


The choreographers themselves are very selective of the dancers who will dance their masterpiece. It is fortunate that after Mr. Froilan, they have someone who can fill in the shoes which is Ronelson Yadao. I got a sneak peek in one of their rehearsals and I got to witness how they evaluate their steps.

Exemplars will feature the following works like Alice Reyes’ Amada featuring Candice Adea,  Amada is based on Summer Solstice by Nick Joaquin; Valse Fantasy by George Ballantine, Gener Caringan’s Ang Sultan,  Norman Walker’s Songs of A Wayfarer, and Pauline Koner’s Concertino which is considered a major landmark in modern dance because of its rigid choreography.


The Exemplars: Amada and other Dances will run on limited time this October at CCP and BGC Performing Arts Center. For more updates on Ballet Philippines, follow this blog and like https://www.facebook.com/LENSblogs/ 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

World Vision aims to sponsor 2,000 children in 1,000 hours

Press release

Quezon City – International humanitarian organization World Vision introduced its new child sponsorship campaign in a press launch last August 22, 2017. Entitled “2,000 Children in 1,000 Hours,” the new campaign stresses the urgency of World Vision’s cause by posing a challenge to everyone who supports child advocacy; that is, to help World Vision secure a better future for 2,000 children within 1,000 hours.
World Vision National Ambassadors Tippy Dos Santos 
and Jasmine Curtis Smith, Acquisitions Manager
 Cherry Anne Valencia, Ambassador for Child
 Sponsorship Joyce Pring and
 Resource Development Director Jun Godornes 
turn the symbolic hourglass to signal the start of 1,000 hours

World Vision currently supports 2,000 unsponsored children who are living in dire situations due to lack of access to clean water, full meals, and education. The new campaign aims to draw support from potential sponsors as soon as possible to help provide basic needs to these children and their families and to bring lasting change to their communities.

The organization also launched “Sama-Sama,” a music video, to help raise awareness about World Vision and its activities. Among the artists featured in the video are World Vision Ambassadors, Advocates and Sponsors Ogie Alcasid, Tippy Dos Santos, Bianca Umali, Christian Bautista, Jed Madela, Sam Concepcion, Richard Supat, Christian Perkins, Jesse Perkins and Gloc-9.


Tippy Dos Santos and fellow World Vision Ambassadors Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Joyce Pring were present during the launch to show their support for the new campaign.

World Vision National Ambassador Tippy Dos Santos has been supporting World Vision projects and doing volunteer work since 2010. “It’s been said time and again that children are our future, and it still rings true. Children can grow up to make a huge difference in the world if they are brought up in ideal circumstances. We encourage everyone to sponsor a child if they can. You can help us bring hope to a child’s future by donating just PHP 25 a day,” said Tippy.

“What World Vision is offering now is the chance to change children’s lives,” shared Joyce Pring. Joyce joined World Vision this year as Ambassador for Child Sponsorship and recently celebrated her birthday with sponsored children from Navotas. “A lot of children feel like education is a luxury they cannot afford. Organizations like World Vision are a symbol of hope to these children because they show that social and economical disadvantages do not define a person. That given access to the right opportunities, they can rise up and help themselves and the communities they are a part of,” said Joyce.

Jasmine Curtis-Smith has been National Ambassador for the organization since 2013 and is currently sponsoring three children through World Vision. “As a sponsor, I have been receiving emails and progress reports from World Vision about my sponsored kids and their communities. It’s really great to see the changes in these children’s lives and to know the programs they’re engaged in. Through these reports, you get to see how World Vision does not only help these children by providing access to education and basic needs, but also by integrating values formation and community involvement in their activities,” she shared.

“We are all truly grateful to everyone who showed their support for this campaign; the musicians and ambassadors who gave their time and talent for the cause, and everyone who attended this launch,” shared World Vision Resource Development Director Jun Godornes. “The most vulnerable communities do not have the luxury of time on their side. Our main goal for 2,000 Children in 1,000 Hours is to equip these communities with the right tools to build a better life for themselves and their children. By signing up to donate PHP 25 a day, you can help us achieve this goal” said Godornes.

To find out more about 2,000 Children in 1,000 Hours, please visit www.2000children.org or call the World Vision hotline number at 372-77-77.

Monday, September 25, 2017

MYTHS OF LOVE DANCE with MARGE ENRIQUEZ at Power Mac Center Spotlight

“Myths of Love” is a dance-theater event  that tackles our notion of romance. Based on the book, “Seven Myths About Love…Actually” by British author Mike George, it talks about why it seems to challenging to get a hold of genuine love.  For so long,  we equated love as approval and assumed that love and happiness were found in relationships, acquisitions and even places. However, the satisfaction was fleeting and the disillusionment was bound to happen. We recognize they are blind alleys. George says you don’t have to seek love anywhere as it is already found in our own heart.

    MYTHS OF LOVE
  OCT 5, THURSDAY, 7:30 pm
 POWERMAC CENTER SPOTLIGHT, CIRCUIT MAKATI
DIRECTED BY MELVIN LEE
CHOREOGRAPHED BY JED AMIHAN
PERFORMERS: MARGE ENRIQUEZ, ROSE CAMACHO, KATHERINE TROFEO, JED AMIHAN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DENISE WELDON
ART DIRECTION BY MARK CONSTANTINE INDUCIL

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