Saturday, March 17, 2018

Homeking: Ready to serve as gateway to mainland China market

Press release

With mainland China’s middle class expanding at an unprecedented pace, expect their income to also increase in a few years. In fact, by 2030, their consumer spending will reach a new level now seen in the European Union, an analytics company said.

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit, about 35 percent of mainland China’s population will have in excess of US$10,000 of annual disposable income, a 10 percent rise of what they have today.

Upper middle-income consumers—over 109 million of them are now in mainland China—are defined as those living in China’s first and second-tier cities, with wealth of at least US$28,000 and are able to purchase cars, branded goods and properties (in comparison, high-income individuals are those who can afford financial services, overseas travel and high-end consumer goods and services).

And with the population size of mainland China, the number of billionaires there, and the attractiveness of having a foreign domestic helper who can speak English, it will just be a matter of time for mainland China to hire foreign household service attendants. At the moment, only foreigners living in China’s mainland cities, as well as citizens of Hong Kong and Macau, are allowed to hire household service attendants from overseas.

“With a continually improving consumption level, these mainland Chinese consumers are fast becoming an attractive point for foreign household service attendants as well as top-tier household products providers that include Homeking,” announced Mr. Seung Moo Yoo, CEO of Homeking Philippines Inc. 

No.1 in mainland China

Established in 2010, Homeking is now the largest household service provider in mainland China with a customer base of over 3 million families, 30 branch companies and just last year, reported a revenue amounting to close to RMB 1 billion (US$150 million).

“With over 660,000 household service companies in China, what distinguish Homeking from the rest are the privileges its staff enjoy,” said Mr.Yoo.

He added: “unlike others, all Homeking household service attendants (HSAs) are employees of the company and thus, enjoy stable salary, follow an 8-hour working day, with complete insurance protection and follow a promotion system similar to those working in white-collar jobs. Homeking has even inaugurated 'August 9th' as HSA’s holiday in China. Now Homeking is bringing its experience to the Philippines by establishing Homeking Philippines Inc.”.

Major springboard

Homeking Philippines announced today that besides tapping premium household service market in the Philippines, it will make itself a major springboard for the mainland Chinese market to have access to the best quality and dependable domestic service professionals. “The company strongly believes in our thrust, ‘Global Sourcing for World services’,’’ said Mr. Yoo.

As explained by Mr. Yoo, the said thrust conveys two things: firstly, by “Global Sourcing”, Homeking will seek all the best resources from all over the world in order to provide the highest standard in household service attendant industry, including providing the best education and training resources in house cleaning, care taking, nanny, butler, best business model, best products for household use (such as kitchen ware, toiletries and other lifestyle products). 

Secondly, Homeking intends bring to the world all these top level services and products together with its mature business and management model. In our era of information, international and industrial division of labor has become more diversified since our pace of life and work is faster, and people all over the world are more and more relying on outsourcing services.  

Homeking has chosen the Philippines as the 1st station of its global sourcing thrust, “Filipino household service attendants (HSAs) have been known the world over for their good character and our Chinese clients will find that they are very professional, diligent and discreet, thanks to the well-established training and certification system here in the Philippines. Not only are we looking forward to introducing them into mainland China HSAs but we will also train them based on a certification system,” says Mr. Yoo.


To take the first step, Homeking has entered into a partnership with Filhigh GNS Inc. and Ikon Solutions Asia Inc., both prominent manpower recruitment and deployment agencies based in Metro Manila. This partnership will not only include recruiting and dispatching high quality Filipino household service attendants, English teachers and care takers to mainland China in the future, but also will involve establishing training camps with local educational institutions, enrolling Chinese participants in courses such as housekeeping, food & beverage service, cookery amongst others. In the end, we aim to produce high quality household service attendants that could ably serve Chinese clients. We also intend to tap household service markets in Hong Kong, Macao and Middle East countries—employing Homeking’s mature business model—where our two local partners have strong connection. For our part, Homeking would like to provide an even better protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“After successful pilot run in Manila, we now look forward to establishing similar training camps in Cebu and Davao, enrolling both Chinese and Filipino nationals, teaching them both Homeking and TESDA courses. We will be elevating their skills, foster their attitudes and at the same time protect them as they will be working under the tutelage of Homeking's full-time employment that ensures them on-time salary they deserve and at the same time, the proper treatment from the families they will be assigned to,” said Mr. Yoo.

Homeking believed its efforts will soon attract more Filipino household service attendants to consider mainland China and will think twice going elsewhere.

It should be remembered that last year, Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III revealed that (despite the ban and hefty penalties involved) up to 200,000 were already working as domestic helpers in mainland China illegally. These families from mainland China were attracted by Filipinos’ culture and their proficiency in English, which they believed, could help their children with their studies.

This situation will soon improve considering Chinese President Xi Jinping, during the latest 2018 National People’s Congress in China, was quoted saying: “Household service is a sunrise industry, especially considering the broad employment demand in the country, people from everywhere wants join household service whenever they come to the cities, which is just what local residents need. Service classification and training will professionalize job and satisfy various demands. This work is very important, it shall create a win-win situation if we do it right."

Other tie ups

For the past 8 years Homeking has distinguished itself as a leader in household service industry in China. However, the challenge at the moment is how to remain a step ahead of the competition. “It is not enough to simply expand our housekeeping business, we have to upgrade our service by utilizing the increasing trust of our customers that we have accumulated over time, from housekeeping to articles sorting, to interior design, and eventually to health care of our customers’ family. These are the so called elevation stairs of customer’s demand as well as sequence of customer’s trust, and we have to climb each of these steps,” Mr. Yoo revealed.

For this end, Homeking is seeking to integrate the most-trusted household services from all over the world, besides Philippines, the company also looks to Japan and the United Kingdom as its possible next stations for article sorting, care taking of senior people and toddlers.

Besides, Homeking is seeking to introduce high quality lifestyle products from independent designers worldwide as well, another gesture to acquire more business from its existing customers. The first Homeking store opened in January in Xiamen City, where Homeking’s headquarters located. A total of 100 stores are to be opened in China in the coming years.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Press release

Through Facebook Live, the Gawad Buhay—the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, which marks its 10th anniversary this year—announced the nominations for the 2017 awards, culled from productions and performances by Philstage member-companies last year.

The FB Live event, held at the lobby of The Theatre at Solaire, was hosted by Audie Gemora and Karla Gutierrez, Philstage president and treasurer, respectively.

“Ang Pag-uusig,” Tanghalang Pilipino’s production of a new translation (by Jerry Respeto) of “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s classic play about socio-political paranoia, and the world premiere of Ballet Manila’s “Ibong Adarna,” featuring choreography by Gerardo Francisco and music by Diwa de Leon, both received 12 nods to lead this year’s roster of nominations.

Following them are Ballet Philippines’ restaging of its Filipino-themed “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by Edna Vida and Alice Reyes, with additional choreography by Adam Sage, with 11 nominations; and Repertory Philippines’ production of Sarah Ruhl’s play, “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play,” directed by Chris Millado, with 10 nominations.

In the musical category, 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live’s production of Disney’s “Newsies” took the lead with 9 nods.

The awarding ceremonies are set for April 12, Thursday, 7 p.m., at CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).

(See complete list of citations below.)

Now on its 10th year, Gawad Buhay is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts.

It is juried by an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the members of the jury, who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year.

From the four quarterly citations (the first and second quarters are merged into the midyear citations), the jury selects the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season.

Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include 9 Works Theatrical, Actor’s Actors Inc./The Necessary Theatre, Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Full House Theater Company (Resorts World Manila), Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Peta, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Philippine Opera Company, Repertory Philippines, Red Turnip Theater, Stages, Tanghalang Pilipino and Trumpets.


Outstanding Original Script
No nomination
PETA's Tagu-Taguan

Outstanding Original Libretto
J-Mee Katanyag, “Tagu-taguan” (Peta)

Outstanding Translation or Adaptation
Guelan Luarca, “Eurydice” (TP)
Jerry Respeto, “Ang Pag-uusig” (Tanghalang Pilipino/TP)
Alan Glinoga, “Ang Buhay ni Galileo” (Peta)

Outstanding Musical Direction
Daniel Bartolome, “Newsies” (9 Works Theatrical/9WT)
Diwa de Leon, “Ibong Adarna” (Ballet Manila/BM)
Ejay Yatco, “Hair” (Rep)
Rodel Colmenar, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Full House/RWM)

Outstanding Original Musical Composition
Von de Guzman, “Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, The Musical” (Gantimpala Theater/GT)
Diwa de Leon, “Ibong Adarna” (BM)
Peta Music Pool (under Lutgardo Labad), “Ang Buhay ni Galileo” (Peta)

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production
Gerardo Francisco, “Ibong Adarna” (BM)
Eisa Jocson, “Your Highness” (Ballet Philippines/BP)
Bam Damian III, “Minamahal, Sinasamba”/from “A Gala Celebration” (BP)
Edna Vida, Alice Reyes and Adam Sage, “The Nutcracker” (BP)
Gener Caringal, “Ang Sultan”/from “The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances” (BP)

Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical
PJ Rebullida, “Newsies” (9WT)
Nancy Crowe, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Full House/RWM)

Outstanding Costume Design
Bonsai Cielo, “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (Rep)
Eric Pineda, “Newsies” (9WT)
James Reyes, “Aurelio Sedisyoso” (TP)
Bonsai Cielo, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Full House/RWM)
Salvador Bernal, “The Nutcracker” (BP)

Outstanding Lighting Design
John Batalla, “Agnes of God” (Rep)
Katsch Katoy, “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (Rep)
Dennis Marasigan, “Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)
John Batalla, “Hair” (Rep)
Katsch Katoy, “The Nutcracker” (BP)

Outstanding Sound Design
Jethro Joaquin, “Agnes of God” (Rep)
Jethro Joaquin, “Blackbird” (TNT)
Jaime Godinez and Rards Corpuz, “Newsies” (9WT)
Rards Corpus, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Full House/RWM)

Outstanding Set Design
Joey Mendoza, “Agnes of God” (Rep)
Mio Infante, “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (Rep)
Joey Mendoza, “Blackbird” (TNT)
Ohm David, “Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)
Salvador Bernal, “The Nutcracker” (BP)

Female Lead Performance in a Play
Roselyn Perez, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (Rep)
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, “Agnes of God” (Rep)
Giannina Ocampo, “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (Rep)
Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante, “Blackbird” (TNT)
Blanche Buhia, “Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog” (TP)

Male Lead Performance in a Play
Michael Williams, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (Rep)
Joshua Spafford, “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (Rep)
JV Ibesate, “Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)
Bart Guingona, “Blackbird” (TNT)
Joel Lamangan, “Ang Buhay ni Galileo” (Peta)

Female Featured Performance in a Play
Rebecca Coates, “Agnes of God” (Rep)
Caisa Borromeo, “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (Rep)
Tami Monsod, “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (Rep)
Antonette Go, “Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)
Lhorvie Nuevo, “Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)

Male Featured Performance in a Play
Marco ViaƱa, “Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)
Jonathan Tadioan, “Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)
Joshua Tayco, “Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)
Bodjie Pascua, “Ang Buhay ni Galileo” (Peta)
Noel Comia Jr., “Ang Buhay ni Galileo” (Peta)

Female Lead Performance in a Musical
No nomination

Male Lead Performance in a Musical
Gian Magdangal, “Newsies” (9WT)
Arman Ferrer, “Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, The Musical” (GT)
David Ezra, “Aurelio Sedisyoso” (TP)
Markki Stroem, “Hair” (Rep)
George Schulze, “Hair” (Rep)

Female Featured Performance in a Musical
Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, “Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, The Musical” (GT)
Aicelle Santos, “Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, The Musical” (GT)
Upeng Galang-Fernandez, “A Game of Trolls” (Peta)
Joan Bugcat, “Tagu-taguan” (Peta)
Maronne Cruz, “Hair” (Rep)

Male Featured Performance in a Musical
Jef Flores, “Newsies” (9WT)
Baron Geisler, “Aurelio Sedisyoso” (TP)
Floyd Tena, “Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, The Musical” (GT)
Roi Calilong, “Tagu-taguan” (Peta)
Reb Atadero, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Full House/RWM)

Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance
No nomination

Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance
Rudy de Dios, “Ibong Adarna” (BM)
Anselmo Dictado, “Ibong Adarna” (BM)
Victor Maguad, “Moon”/from “A Gala Celebration” (BP)
Eugene Obille, “Ang Sultan”/from “The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances” (BP)
Ronelson Yadao, “Songs of the Wayfarer”/from “The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances” (BP)

Female Featured Performance in Modern Dance
Abigail Oliveiro, “Ibong Adarna” (BM)
Katrene San Miguel, “Minamahal, Sinasamba”/from “A Gala Celebration” (BP)
Sarah Alejandro, “Amada”/from “The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances” (BP)

Male Featured Performance in Modern Dance
Mark Sumaylo, “Ibong Adarna” (BM)
Rudolph Capongcol, “Ibong Adarna” (BM)
Romeo Peralta, “Ibong Adarna” (BM)
Elpidio Magat, “Ibong Adarna” (BM)

Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance
Denise Parungao, “Swan Lake” (BP)
Kim Abrogena, “La Bayadere” (Philippine Ballet Theatre/PBT)
Denise Parungao, “The Nutcracker” (BP)
Jemima Reyes, “The Nutcracker” (BP)
Katherine Barkman, “Swan Lake” (BM)

Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance
Victor Maguad, “Swan Lake” (BP)
Victor Maguad, “The Nutcracker” (BP)
Elpidio Magat, “Snow White” (BM)

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance
Abigail Oliveiro, “Don Quixote” (BM)
Veronica Atienza, “La Bayadere” (PBT)
Stephanie Cabral, “The Nutcracker” (BP)

Male Featured Performance in Classical Dance
Victor Maguad, “Grand Pas Classique”/from “A Gala Celebration” (BP)
Peter San Juan, “La Bayadere” (PBT)
Gerardo Francisco, “Swan Lake” (BM)
Victor Maguad, “The Nutcracker” (BP)

Outstanding Modern Dance Production
“Ibong Adarna” (BM)
“A Gala Celebration” (BP)
“Your Highness” (BP)
“Ang Sultan”/from “The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances” (BP)
“Songs of a Wayfarer”/from “The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances” (BP)

Outstanding Classical Dance Production
“Don Quixote” (BM)
“Swan Lake” (BP)
“The Nutcracker” (BP)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play
Bart Guingona, “Agnes of God” (Rep)
Chris Millado, “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (Rep)
Dennis Marasigan, “Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)
Topper Fabregas, “Blackbird” (TNT)
Rody Vera, “Ang Buhay ni Galileo” (Peta)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical
Robbie Guevara, “Newsies” (9WT)
Jaime del Mundo, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Full House/RWM)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (Rep)
“Agnes of God” (Rep)
“In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (Rep)
“Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)
“Ang Buhay ni Galileo” (Peta)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical
“Newsies” (9WT)
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Full House/RWM)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance
“Ibong Adarna” (BM)
“Visions of Fire”/from “A Gala Celebration” (BP)
“Ang Sultan”/from “The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances” (BP)
“Songs of a Wayfarer”/from “The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances” (BP)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Classical Dance
“Don Quixote” (BM)
“Swan Lake” (BP)
“The Nutcracker” (BP)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (Rep)
“Agnes of God” (Rep)
“In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (Rep)
“Blackbird” (TNT)
“Ang Buhay ni Galileo” (Peta)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical
“Newsies” (9WT)
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (Full House/RWM)

Outstanding Play—Original or Translation/Adaptation
“Ang Pag-uusig” (TP)

Outstanding Musical—Original or Translation/Adaptation
No nomination

Outstanding Production for Children
No nomination

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

THIS JUST IN: #HANGINfection is here!

Press release

THIS JUST IN: #HANGINfection is here!
Did you know that germs can
touch you, even if you don't touch them?
We all know that germs can be passed through person-to-person contact or touching dirty objects. What many of us don't know is that germs live in the air, too. If you believe that not touching anything or anyone can keep germs at bay, you better think again.
Alden brings his boyband swag, in 
his rendition of “I Wash It That 
Way”-- Safeguard’s spin to the hit 
90’s song I Want It That Way.
“#HANGINfection, technically known as Bioaerosols, refers to airborne germs such as bacteria, fungi and viruses that may cause skin reactions and respiratory sickness. Bioaerosols can come from a variety of sources, including soil, organic debris, humidifiers, air conditioners, and even farming and industrial pollution. The human body is also a source of bioaerosols: Shed human skin, coughing and sneezing can all contribute to airborne  germs. These can make you sick in unexpected ways. For example, when you sneeze, most of the germs are transmitted at close range, but you need not be close to fall sick, as the smallest particles stay airborne and can travel as far as 20 meters.” says Dr. Pierangeli Vital, Ph.D. Biology (Microbioliogy), University of the Philippines Diliman.

Good thing, Safeguard, Philippine's Number 1 Family Skin Germ Protection Soap, partners with Pambansang Bae Alden Richards to spread the word about #HANGINfection and how to fight it. The fun part? They didn’t just make it informative. They also made it fun and nostalgic!
The "I Wash It That Way" music video gives a Backstreet Boys hit song a fresh spin to uncover the truth behind #HANGINfection. As told in the music video, #HANGINfection can reach us, including our children, even if we’re not touching anything or anyone. In short, we don’t just touch germs. They touch us, too!
“We know airborne germs are present in outdoor and indoor locations, and only Safeguard provides long lasting protection versus other soaps in the market,” says Ronaldo Puno, President of The Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, Inc. (PAMET).
For more than 50 years now, Safeguard has been providing Filipinos their first line of defense against germs, inhibiting the growth of disease-causing germs up to 24 hours after washing.
Join Alden and Safeguard in spreading awareness about #HANGINfection! Watch and share the "I Wash It That Way" music video on Safeguard’s Facebook and YouTube.  Do your share as it matters in the fight against airborne germs. As Alden stresses in the jingle, basta HANGINfection, Safeguard ang protection.
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hitachi Vantara HCP Scores in Gartner’s 2018 Critical Capabilities for Object Storage

Manila, PHILIPPINES – February 1, 2018 – Hitachi Vantaraa wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced Hitachi Vantara HCP (Hitachi Content Platform) has been scored in the Gartner 2018 Critical Capabilities for Object Storage, published January 25, 2018.

Object storage is in high demand to bridge the gap between traditional storage and emerging cloud technologies to obtain the most value from enterprise data, no matter where it resides. Because object storage uses an integrated approach to manage data through object storage systems, it fuels interest and investment frominfrastructure and operations leaders, and enterprise developers.

In the report, Gartner analysts, Raj Bala, John McArthur and Garth Landers, wrote about their evaluation of thirteen object storage products based on eight critical capabilities: capacity, interoperability, manageability, performance, resilience, security and multitenancy, storage efficiency, and pricing. The analysts also wrote about their evaluation of the object storage products based on five use cases: analytics, archiving, backup, content distribution, and cloud storage.

Compared to the previous iteration of the report, the scores for Hitachi Vantara HCP have improved in all five use-cases.*

Hitachi believes it has advanced with the following:

§  Hitachi Content Platform excels at providing a smart cloud object storage solution ecosystem that delivers unique private, hybrid or public cloud storage services. This includes being able to support mixed workloads, faster reaction times, and flexibility to store and move data across multiple public cloud services. It does all of this and reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) and increases the effective capacity of storage.

§  Handling big data applications can be time consuming, but HCP offers an integrated search and analytics solution to uncover new opportunities and insights data analysis. Analytics help organizations take advantage of the value of their data, surface new insights and accelerate results. As a result, productivity and performance increase.

§  HCP features certain performance boosters, such as enhanced multipart file transfers for faster uploads of large files, easier resolution of content sharing conflicts, and universal file migration improvements. Enhanced performance is crucial for influential object storage services in order to react more quickly in order to change and to optimize costs.

§  With built-in capabilities, HCP helps to increase the effective capacity of storage by letting customers smoothly repurpose their existing primary storage, provide ease of use for downloading and uploading, and being able to monitor and control the increased growth of data. 

“We believe HCP’s position in this year’s Gartner Critical Capabilities for Object Storage shows our strength and continued investment and innovation in our HCP portfolio,” said Brad Surak, chief product and strategy officer, Hitachi Vantara. “Customers turn to us to gather, store, protect and analyze their data, so they can make faster, more informed decisions. We feel that it’s no surprise that our award-winning HCP portfolio is the go-to IT storage solution for thousands of enterprises worldwide.” 

Hitachi Vantara announced major updates to Hitachi Content Platform last year in the 2017 Hitachi press release, “Hitachi Content Platform Portfolio Transforms Cloud Infrastructure,” highlighting a 400% increase in usable storage per cluster, 67% more storage node capacity via 10TB drives, a 55% increase in objects per node, and simplified software licensing for customers to achieve over 5 time lower storage costs than public cloud, all leading to over 60% TCO savings compared to public cloud for enterprise use cases.

Source: Gartner, “Critical Capabilities for Object Storage,” Raj Bala, Garth Landers, John McArthur, 25 January 2018.*In the 2016 version of the report, Hitachi Vantara HCP was named as Hitachi Data Systems HCP.

Gartner Disclaimer
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Hitachi Content Platform
The Hitachi Content Platform portfolio allows organizations to advance their digital workplace experience in a way that incorporates existing content repositories, delivers new age file sharing, collaboration and end-user data protection capabilities, simplify searches and provides APIs to design new workflows and customize the user experience. At the core is object storage software that allows organizations to broker a holistic approach to the digital workplace spanning data within the enterprise and in the cloud. The HCP portfolio intelligently automates tasks related to compliance, protection, security, and management. This allows organizations to speed operations, retain visibility and control with faster, simpler methods to find, analyze and share.

About Hitachi Vantara
Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

PTV4 and NEC launch digital terrestrial broadcasting services in the Philippines

Press release

Manila, Philippines, 26 January, 2018 -- People’s Television 4 (PTV4), the Philippines’ public broadcasting network, has gone from analog to fully digital after thelaunch of the network’s digital terrestrial broadcasting system on January 2017. NEC Philippines, Inc. provided overall support for the introduction of digital terrestrial TV equipment, including its installation and the training of personnel, as part of enabling viewers to enjoy their favorite programs with better and clearer reception.

A “switch-on” ceremony was held at PTV4’s broadcasting center in Quezon City and was led by the Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Martin Andanar.

Andanar said, “The administration’s goal of bringing the government closer to its people is now more achievable than ever.” At the time of his appointment, Andanar pushed efforts to modernize the state network. He envisioned PTV to be on par with its local counterparts in the country, and expanded the breadth and depth of PTV4’s educational, cultural and international programs.

PTV Network General Manager, Dino Apolonio, said that the network must keep pace with its counterparts, both locally and abroad. “As the state network, we have to take it upon ourselves to lead the charge towards digital transition. It will be very beneficial for the people first of all, and we have to keep up with the rest of the world,” he said.

“NEC is proud to be working with PTV4 to expand the delivery of high quality broadcasting to a larger audience in the Philippines,” said Elizabeth Pangan, President, NEC Philippines. “As part of NEC’s focus on providing Solutions for Society, this equipment will help to ensure that broadcasting and access to information is reliably maintained, especially during times of emergency, such as when powerful storms strike the region,” she added.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Vote for your favorite Triathletes at SBR.PH

Press release Pre-Awarding Activities:  Where and How to Make Your Vote Counts

Catch the latest in the Awards happening in February at the Century City Mall!  With Black Arrow Express as official logictics partner, Philippine Airlines as official carrier, The Big Difference Communications -partner PR and Marketing, Tourism Promotional Board and the Department of Tourism, is all set for its annual award's night.

The whole awarding started with the nomination stage. Now on its voting phase, community members and friends are placing in their voice by choosing who they think should be the one by going to

How not to get your vote(s) counted at the 5th Annual Award?

 Please double check your email as the voting is automated. You won't be able to confirm your vote if you entered the wrong email.
Voting Procedures :
2. Make sure to enter your CORRECT email as you will be sent a CONFIRMATION EMAIL.
3. You will need to reply with the keyword to validate your vote.
4. As an extra measure to prevent double votes and fake accounts, everyone is required to answer the simple question in the confirmation email.
5. Double check your email address as the confirmation email will only be sent once.
6. If we see you voted more than once, your vote will automatically be deleted along with your original vote. Your invalidated votes will then be deducted to the current count of the nominee(s) who you voted for.

Cast now your votes and be counted in the winning moment of your nominee!