Friday, July 28, 2017

Hitachi Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays

Hitachi Moves from Challengers Quadrant to Leaders Quadrant; Evaluation Based On Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced it has been positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the July 2017 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays by Gartner, Inc., a leading global research firm. Hitachi believes its significant growth and enhancements to its all-flash Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) F Series product line resulted in the company improving its position, moving it from the Challengers Quadrant to the Leaders Quadrant.

According to Gartner: “Vendors in the Leaders Quadrant have the highest scores for their Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. A vendor in the Leaders Quadrant has the market share, credibility, and marketing and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. These vendors demonstrate a clear understanding of market needs; they are innovators and thought leaders; and they have well-articulated plans that customers and prospects can use when designing their storage infrastructures and strategies. In addition, they have a presence in all four major geographical regions, consistent financial performance and broad platform support.”

Hitachi’s continued investments in the development of its flash software and hardware technologies have resulted in the delivery of a superior enterprise storage offering for its customers, backed by the most flash-related patents in the industry. Hitachi VSP F1500, which first debuted in October 2016, was purpose-built for businesses with large-scale data management requirements—including mainframe. It provides seamless cloud tiering, integrated analytics software and a unique 100-percent data availability guarantee. All VSP F series models are enhanced with flat service pricing, ongoing media replacement, and quality of service (QoS) controls to provide consistent performance over time. For customers in highly regulated industries or where data security is mission critical, the VSP F series conforms with secure data eradication services and meets the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) data security control standards.

“Hitachi takes pride in bringing continuous breakthroughs to market that help our customers to be as competitive as possible in the digital age,” said Ryuichi Otsuki, CEO of Hitachi Data Systems. “We are pleased to be recognized as a leader in the solid-state array industry and we will continue to challenge industry standards, while positioning our customers to succeed.”

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Watch Out For These Exciting Events at the Power Mac Center Spotlight

Press release

Don’t let the rainy season put a damper on your spirits. Summer may be over, but August marks the start of exciting events and experiences that you can look forward to at the Power Mac Center Spotlight. 

“Circuit Makati will be hosting a variety of events at the Power Mac Center Spotilght – a 300-seater black box theater located on top of Circuit Lane. It is the perfect venue for musicals, theatre performances and even wrestling competitions. Do not miss these diverse collection of events in the coming months,” said Cathy Bengzon, Ayala Land Head of Marketing.


1. Guest Experience (August 6)
August ushers in a celebration of world class musical talent performance by acclaimed Filipino composer Nilo Alcala. He debuts original compositions for the Manila Symphony Orcherstra on August 6 at Power Mac Center Spotlight.

Simultaneously, Spanish composer, Edouard Lalo’s ‘Symphonie Espagnole’ (1874), will be performed by German-Indonesian guest violin soloist, Iskandar Widjaja. Joining this stellar pair of performers is bohemian composer Antonin Dvorak's 'Symphony No.8,' who will be under the baton of Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang. 

This officially marks the beginning of the 2017 to 2018 season of the Manila Symphony Orchestra. Tickets range from PHP1400, 1000, 900, 550, 350; available at all Ticketworld outlets

2. The Glitter Trap (August 19 & 20)
Art truly lives and breathes within the city of Makati as this year, Repertory Philippines (REP) has partnered with Ayala Land Inc.’s Circuit Makati to bring art closer to its various communities.

REP will be staging a re-run of The Glitter Trap for select students and PWD children from the barangays of Makati on August 19.

While its ticketed show on August 20 will help raise funds for the free showing of the children’s musical for the kids of Makati.

For inquiries, call REP at 843.3570, and Ticketworld at 891.999 or log on to For updates and show schedules, log on to, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow @repphils on Twitter.


3. Philippine Wrestling Revolution (September 3)
Things pick up in September with the arrival of the Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) in Circuit Makati on September 3

The premier professional wrestling promotion in the country today is on its third year and draws sports-entertainment fans around the nation for this event. This also happens to be first Philippine pro wrestling event that the infamous WWE recognizes. Tickets are now available for pre-selling. Email or send a message to their official Facebook page: PHWrestlingRevo. 

4. Capcom Pro Tour: Manila Cup (September 8-10)
Keeping the adrenaline up at Circuit Makati, for the Manila Cup happening on September 8 to 10. The event will be trailed by a part of the Capcom Pro Tour—a 3-day event that brings together local and international fighting-game enthusiasts for a series of exciting game tournaments. The two day event is expected to draw local and international competitors beginning September 8


5. Short + Sweet Festival (September 15-17, 22-24, 30 and October 1)
September ends on a sweeter, better and bigger note with the Short + Sweet Theatre Festival Manila. 

Catch the fourth season of the World’s Biggest Little Play Festival on September 15-17, 22-24, 30 and October 1. The creative global phenomenon will showcase 10-minute plays throughout the first and second weekends. And the best little plays shall be selected to perform on October 1

Anyone looking to indulge in art and culture should come and watch the individuals and independent theatre groups from across the Philippines and beyond to witness the carnival of little plays.

“Circuit Makati has grown to become recognized as the city’s leading arts, culture and entertainment district. And we strive to continue to deliver unique events that highlight the diversity of options available within the district that everyone in the family can enjoy,” enthuses Bengzon. 

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of these exciting events. For more information about the city that makes it happen, visit or like and follow Circuit Makati on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For inquiries in leasing the Power Mac Center Spotlight, email 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Filipinos Notable Twitter Reactions for this Year’s SONA

Press release

Over 337,000 Tweets for #SONA2017

25 July 2017, PHILIPPINES - Twitter is the place to #seeeveryside of a story happening real time. This includes the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Filipinos flocked to Twitter to voice out their thoughts and opinions about the two hour long report of the President. This year’s #SONA2017 generated more than 337,000 Tweets.

As expected, there were mixed reactions regarding the President’s speech. Here are some of the top Tweets related to #SONA2017.

And below are the Top 10 hashtags related to #SONA2017.

From discussing about this administration’s achievements for the past year to sharing opinions of the attendees’ fashion, people went to Twitter to be part of the real-time conversation. Filipinos’ wit and sense of humor went all out on Twitter as they made funny remarks about the politicians’ sense of fashion.

A Twitter user even created his own SONA 2017 BINGO CARD to predict what possible topics that Pres. Duterte would present on his speech. Throughout the Live Television coverage, he updated his card through a Twitter thread (click the Tweet link to view the whole thread).

The country’s President is widely known for being straightforward and vocal person. With that,  a Twitter user spent time counting how many times he used invectives in his SONA and in fact, was one of the top Tweets related to #SONA2017.

Supporters of Pres. Duterte also appreciated his honesty and expressed their appreciation to him through Twitter.

To know the latest updates about the government’s latest projects, follow the Presidential Communication official Twitter account: @PresidentialCom.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

RIP Soxie Topacio

The entertainment industry especially in screen and theater is lost one of their own as director Socrates “Soxie” Topacio passed on last week. I got to meet him because he was one of Mom’s closest friends since high school.  Among their batch 1969 of Araullo High School, Soxie was one of Mom’s close circle of friends that continues on to this day.
Soxie Topacio during the recent Gawad Buhay
In one of their gatherings, the children of this circle of friends composed of seven were also included. I got to congratulate Soxie for the success of Himala the musical which he directed. He told Mom that my cousin, Marjorie Lorico was very talented. She was also one of the casts when she was still under contract at Tanghalang Pilipino.

During the recent Gawad Buhay, a tribute was made to Soxie when a stage actor impersonated Soxie followed by a singing of his favorite inspirational song. It was kind of eerie because I just realize when he started reading his life story; he was like saying goodbye to the public eye for the last time.

PETA was continuing to raise funds as well as the Araullo Batch ’69. There was even a time when I was doing an errand for Mom to make a deposit on his account. It was only days before he died when PETA organized a dance event for to raise funds for him.

Today, his family, friends, colleagues in the entertainment industry paid their last respects as he was buried earlier. To Direk Soxie, we all thank you for the work you showed us that kept us entertained.

Monday, July 24, 2017


Press release

Catch the country’s preeminent ballet and contemporary dance company this August in “A Gala Celebration”. Ballet Philippines revives choreographic gems in a gala featuring Filipino stars from various international dance companies. Among the guest artists are Candice Adea (formerly of BalletMet and Hong Kong Ballet), Marcelino Libao (Hamburg Ballet), Kris-Belle Paclibar (formerly of Cirque du Soleil), Ronelson Yadao (formerly of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre), Paul Ocampo & Chien-Ying Wang (OcampoWang Dance), and Jean Marc Cordero & Rita Angela Winder (Ballett Kiel).

This production marks the return of Alice Reyes, National Artist for Dance, as the company’s Artistic Director. Handpicked to showcase the excellence at the company’s core, the featured works include Agnes Locsin’s “Salome”, Bam Damian’s “Minamahal, Sinasamba”, Edna Vida’s “Vision of Fire”, Norman Walker’s “Summer’s End”, and an excerpt from the classical ballet “Raymonda”. 

“This is quite an exciting time for all of us at Ballet Philippines, especially as we move towards our 50th anniversary in two years,” remarks Reyes. “The energy in our studios is electric! It is wonderful to see all of these artists coming together to perform these signature works from the company’s repertoire. Truly a cause for celebration!”

“A Gala Celebration” runs at the CCP Main Theater from August 18 to 20. This is the first production of the 48th Season, entitled “Quintessence”. The season’s lineup also includes “The Exemplars: The Best of Ballet Philippines (1970-1980) on October 20-22, Edna Vida’s “The Nutcracker” on December 1-10, and “Don Quixote” on February 9-18, 2018. Catch us!

Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:
Twitter: @balletph
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: balletph

For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at (+632) 551-1003, the CCP Box Office at (+632) 832-3704, or Ticketworld at (+632) 891-9999.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Twitter Safety Work Results Update

Press release

21 July 2017, PHILIPPINES - Twitter’s commitment to move faster to make the platform safer started in January. First, the company conducted research to understand the issues at a deeper level, then we made a range of product updates. Then they convened the Trust and Safety Council to gather feedback and help guide them as we they forward.

While there is still much work to be done, people are experiencing significantly less abuse on Twitter today than they were six months ago. What follows is some new data on the progress that they’ve made, what they’ve learned, and their plans to continue improving.

Increasing Action on Abusive Accounts
Twitter is now taking action on 10x the number of abusive accounts every day compared to the same time last year. The platform also now limits account functionality or place suspensions on thousands more abusive accounts each day. There are repeat offenders who create new accounts after being suspended for violations. The new systems, in the last four months alone, have removed twice the number of these types of accounts. Beyond the technology, Twitter teams are continuing to review content daily and improving how we enforce our policies.

Driving Change in Behavior
Communication about problematic Tweets, especially to the people who send them, is key. Accounts that demonstrate abusive behavior are now limited for a time, and told why. Accounts that are put into this period of limited functionality generate 25% fewer abuse reports, and approximately 65% of these accounts are in this state just once.

Providing Personalized Controls
Twitter has introduced new ways to customize people’s experience, including notification filters and muting keywords. The Quality Filter feature has led to fewer unwanted interactions: blocks after @mentions from people that they don’t follow is down 40%. These numbers will vary, but the approach is having a positive impact. Twitter has consistent harassment definitions and policies that apply to everyone. However, people define abuse differently, so using these new tools, every person has control of what they see and experience on Twitter.

What Happens Next
More improvement, transparency, and speed. Online safety is an issue best solved in partnership with others, so Twitter will continue to collaborate with the Trust & Safety Council, industry experts, and academics to solicit ongoing feedback. We are committed to making Twitter a safe place for free expression.