Monday, March 20, 2017

Learn the craft of the world's top designers at the adobo Design Series and D&AD Workshop


Design professionals, enthusiasts, and students who want to showcase their cutting-edge designs or want to further hone their craft can still join by the 2017 adobo Design Awards Asia (aDAA) as they extended the deadline of entries until 20 March 2017.

Now running on its 8th year, aDAA will once again be presenting the adobo Design Series and the D&AD Workshop, supported by D&AD of London—the world's toughest design awards—for the second straight year. 
aDAA has 20 Professional Categories that include: Press and Poster, Corporate/Brand Identity, Typography, Illustration, Book Design, Magazine and Newspaper Design, Film Advertising, Videos, Short Film, Film/Video Craft, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Outdoor, Environmental/Spatial, Product Design, Wearable Design, Production Design, Photography, Digital/Interactive, and Mobile. The Open Category calls for new work that responds to a brief based on this year's theme "Inspiring Humanity Through Design". The Mobile App for Social Good category, on the other hand, will recognize entries in the mobile app category that presents creative solutions to social issues or problems.

aDAA not only trains the spotlight on the region’s best designers, but also provides them the opportunity to learn from design masters in a series of talks and workshops. The D&AD Workshop will feature hands-on sessions where the participants themselves innovate, make, and play, with each stage an hour-long session. 

Adobo Design Series and D&AD Workshop
On March 29, the adobo Design Series presents a full day of inspiring design talks by the adobo Design Awards Asia 2017 jury led by D&AD president Bruce Duckworth and includes fellow aDAA jurors Harvey Tolibao, CJ De Silva-Ong, Quark Henares, Wawi Navarroza and Patrick Cabral. D&AD resident trainer Alex Lampe also participates with a short talk on the Internet of Things.

On March 30, Alex Lampe returns to conduct the D&AD Workshop "From Zero to Hero: Creating Connected Emotive Experiences," an interactive conference, lecture, and workshop on creating experiences that connect with people in the world of technology, from 9am to 3pm. Alex Lampe is the creative director and co-founder of Wiedemann Lampe, an international, inter- platform brand consultancy in London, and course leader for D&AD. He has won numerous design awards including including DBA Inclusive Design Challenge, Design Week Awards, D&AD, and New York Art Directors Club, to name a few. He shares his insights into the human, emotional drivers behind the technology and how we might approach designing experiences around it.

The Awarding 
The Grand Awards night will be held on April 5. This year's jury includes D&AD president Bruce Duckworth, Jowee Alviar of Team Manila, Dave Ferrer of J. Walter Thompson, calligrapher Patrick Cabral, Dan Matutina of Plus63 Design, Robert Alejandro of RAD Design, Quark Henares of Globe Studios, Ivan Despi of Acid House, internationally acclaimed art photographer Wawi Navarroza, Tokyo-based creative director Yoshihiro Yagi of Dentsu Inc, and DC comic book artist Harvey Tolibao.

adobo Design Awards Asia 2017 is made possible with the participation of event partners Samsung, Globe Telecom, Bear Brand, MyPhone, PWC, , Green Bulb PR, Executive Decisions, Filmex, and Green Sun. Official media partners are Business Mirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, WheninManila, ClickTheCity, CreatiVoices, ANC and CNN Philippines. Official School affiliates are MINT College and iAcademy.
For more information on how to enter, sponsorship opportunities, ticket prices and promotions, or email 

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Press release

Summer can be the most crucial time for a budding ballerina’s career. While most children are on vacations or staycations, the pupils of Ballet Philippines Dance School are hard at work. Three to five times a week, they fill their days with classes in classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip hop, and even lectures – all geared towards guiding them towards becoming full-fledged dance artists.

Classical ballet is a time-honored dance form that teaches grace, precision, and expression - a tradition that the BPDS has passed on through its programs that incorporates the Philippine National Ballet Syllabus to generations of dance students. Classical ballet encourages freedom of expression, builds confidence and self-discipline, and develops a sense of individuality, which would grow into an appreciation for the arts.

Modern dance explores dance movements beyond the set boundaries of classical ballet, incorporating influences from day-to-day movements, folk dances, martial arts and other sports, as well as contemporary/popular dance. Modern serves as a laboratory for emerging dancers and choreographers, allowing the discovery of new artists in dance.

Staying on top of the latest in popular dance, the Ballet Philippines Dance School also offers courses in Hip Hop and Jazz dance. Students discover different rhythms and grooves of movement, shaping them into becoming well-rounded dancers.

The Summer Dance Workshop also offers a weekly Lecture Series, in keeping with the BP Dance School’s holistic approach to dance education. Through these sit-down talks, students have the opportunity to interact with artists of different fields and learn how aspects of their art form can relate to and enhance one’s dancing.

The 48th CCP Summer Dance Workshop starts on April 17, 2016 at BPDS-SM Aura Premier and on April 18, 2016 at BPDS-CCP. Students attend a minimum of 3 classes a week (for pre-ballet and elementary ballet students) to as much as 5 classes a week, including workshop rehearsals for its culminating performances at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on May 20 and 21.

Summer classes will also be held in the newly opened BP Dance School branches in Greenhills Theatre Mall and Victoria Sports, Quezon City. Classes start on April 4 and end on May 31.

The Ballet Philippines Dance School is the professional training ground of the country’s most promising young talents in dance. With a unique curriculum that encompasses various dance styles and techniques, the systematized method and approach to instruction takes highly into account children’s anatomy and psyche at various ages and levels so that the training is physically safe, technically effective and artistically enriching for all students.

The Ballet Philippines Dance School is located at the following venues:

BPDS-CCP:             Ground Floor, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex,
Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
                        Call (02) 832-3689 (Tina)

BPDS-SM Aura Premier:
6th Floor, Unit 602B, SM Aura Premier, 26th Street Corner
McKinley Parkway Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
                        Call (02) 531-4436 (Annabelle)

F&B-5, Arts Plaza, Greenhills Theatre Mall, San Juan
                        Call 0915 630-6968 (Meann)

BPDS-Victoria Sports:
Victoria Sports, 799 EDSA Southbound, South Triangle,
Quezon City
                        Call (02) 832-3689 (Tina)

Connect to the Ballet Philippines Dance School online through the following social media networks:

Twitter:          @balletph
Instagram:    @balletphilippines
YouTube:     balletph

To join in the Ballet Philippines conversation, use our official hashtags: #balletph, #bpdanceschool

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#KCAPinoyStar Dominated Twitter with 450.000 Tweets during the Replay Telecast

Press release

Nadine Lustre the most mentioned nominee on Twitter during voting period

13 March 2017- Filipinos got really excited over local celebrities and they are just as passionate when it comes to their favorite Hollywood stars. And Twitter is the best place to know the latest of what’s happening with their idols. As the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (@KCANominees) was telecasted starting 10.30am PHT today, Filipinos hit Twitter to cheer for their favorite #KCAPinoyStar. There were at least 450.000 Tweets related to the event from March 12 to March 13, 4pm PHT.

Local celebrities Janella Salvador (@superjanella), Janine Gutierrez (@janinegutierrez), Liza Soberano (@lizasoberano) and Nadine Lustre (@hellobangsie) were nominated in this year’s #KCAPinoyStar. Posting on Twitter was one of the ways in casting votes wherein artists, together with their fans, sent Tweets to vote throughout the voting period from February 2 to March 6, 2017. During that period of time, Nadine Lustre became the most mentioned nominee on Twitter.

It also turned out Nadine Lustre was also dubbed as this year’s #KCAPinoyStarFans all over the globe sent their warm greetings and love through Twitter for Nadine for being the most favorite#KCAPinoyStar this year. Below are some of the top Tweets. Twitter is the place where communities meet and interact. That’s exactly what happened when Nadine was announced as the winner. Other fangroup communities also congratulated her for her achievement. Well-known personalities from the entertainment industry chimed in and expressed their support to the KCA Pinoy Artist winner and nominees for achieving such recognition in the international children’s TV Show Awards. Be updated with the latest projects and shows of this year’s #KCAPinoyStar Nadine Lustre by following her official Twitter account @hellobangsie.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Sophos Announces Unified Security and Control for Mobile Devices, Laptops and IoT devices

Press release

Sophos Announces Unified Security and Control for
Mobile Devices, Laptops and IoT devices with
 Sophos Mobile 7 Enterprise Mobile Management Solution

  • Will be available through the Sophos Central management platform for simple, integrated management
  • Provides support for managing the built-in containerization Android enterprise features designed to keep work and private data separated within the same device interface (formerly “Android for Work”) in addition to iOS and Samsung Knox containerization
  • Introduces management for Internet of Things (IoT) devices running Android Things and Windows 10 IoT

Sophos (LSE:SOPH), a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced Sophos Mobile 7, the latest version of its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution. This new version extends containerization support for Android Enterprise (formerly “Android for Work,”) enables IT administrators to manage IoT devices, strengthens security features and will be available through the Sophos Central cloud-based management platform.

Sophos Mobile 7 security enhancements include anti-phishing technology to protect users from malicious links in emails and documents and improvements to Sophos’ Android security and anti-malware app. There are also usability enhancements to the Secure Workspace and Secure Email app where users now can open, view and even edit encrypted and secure Office format documents and attachments without leaving the secure and encrypted container.

Sophos Mobile 7 is the latest in an increasing number of products that are available through the integrated Sophos Central management platform, including the next-generation XG Firewall, Sophos Endpoint Security, Sophos Intercept X, Sophos Email Security, Sophos Server Protection, Sophos Encryption and Sophos Phish Threat.

“Today, a mobile device is just another endpoint yet businesses still struggle to manage them within a comprehensive endpoint security strategy due to a lack of integration with traditional endpoint protection. The availability of Sophos Mobile 7 alongside other Sophos endpoint, network and encryption protection in Sophos Central will streamline management of mobile devices while increasing security across the entire organization,” commented Dan Schiappa, general manager and senior vice president of Sophos Endpoint and Network Security Groups. “The introduction of IoT device management will enable IT organizations to realize the value of IoT projects and help reduce the additional resources required to effectively manage and secure these devices. The development team at Sophos wanted to lead the industry by offering the first steps towards an integrated protection strategy for all devices – mobile and IoT.”

The new IoT functionality will provide basic management features to organizations that are designing and deploying solutions at scale using low-cost Android Things or Windows 10 IoT devices. This includes management tasks such as applying policies, checking the online device status, monitoring battery levels or confirming or updating firmware. Sophos will be one of the first security companies to provide organizations with a cost-efficient way to add management and security capabilities to their IoT projects, offering a communication and management framework that can be built into industrial and commercial IoT solutions such as POS/retail or connected classrooms.

Sophos Mobile 7 is available now for on-site installation and will be available through cloud-based Sophos Central in mid-March 2017. For more details of Sophos Mobile for IoT, customers and partners can email

Thursday, March 9, 2017

#SheInspiresMe: Celebrating International Women’s Day

Press release

Manila, 8 March 2017 – Today marks #IWD2017: this year’s International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world while also acknowledging the progress that remains ahead. Twitter is “What’s Happening” across the globe — and what we’ve seen happening throughout the past year is powerful voices and movements come together to speak up for women’s rights. In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, spotlight the women who inspire you with the hashtag #SheInspiresMe which will trigger a custom #WomensDayemoji.

In 2016, there were 25% more Tweets about “feminism” or “women’s rights” (and translations of those phrases in 10 languages) than in 2015 — and so far this year, the conversation has almost doubled from the same time period last year. These are the top days where mentions of “feminism” happened:

Throughout the year, activists and citizens have come to Twitter to discuss the issues facing women in their communities, countries, and industries. Women’s participation and equality in the workforce has been one prominent conversation on Twitter this year: #DressLikeAWoman in the US (which drew over half a million Tweets in a few days),#WakingTheFeminist in Ireland, #Planeta5050 in Brazil, and #büyükanneprojesi in Turkey were some of the hashtags tackling employment issues. The topic of #EqualPay was also an area of focus - there have been more than 2 million Tweets about it, with hashtags such as #gleichistmehr in Germany and #3STOP in Korea.

And in a year that saw the first female candidate to top a major Presidential ticket in the United States, it’s no surprise that issues around women in politics and important issues to female voters were popular discussion topics on Twitter, with conversations such as #NastyWoman in the US, #LabanLeni in the Philippines, #Ploumen4women in the Netherlands, and#BeraniPeduli in Indonesia. Women were also encouraged to speak out about political issues with hashtags including#CanYouHearUsNow (to draw attention to Muslim women in the United States), #BeraniPeduli (educating women about politics and fight for women’s representation in politics), #NotoDeathPenalty (Philippine women standing against the passing of Death Penalty) and #Women4Election (supporting Irish women running for office).

Another powerful topic has been that of women’s safety and ability to freely occupy public spaces -- we saw conversations around this theme all across the globe. #ActionsMatter is a movement in Canada dedicated to eradicating violence against women by empowering citizens to take a stand. In the US, hashtags such as #StopTransMurders and #WeJustNeedToPeedraw attention to trans issues and the threats of violence they regularly face, while others such as #WhyWomenDontReportprovide a space for women to speak about sexual assault. In Italy, #potreiessereio and #èoradichiederescusa have drawn awareness to violence against women; in India, #IWillGoOut advocated for women’s safety when walking alone; in Indonesia, #tubuhkuotoritasku, a movement to celebrate and respect women's body without judgement. And in Philippines, #EqualityFamily aims to give equal rights to the LGBT community when it comes to sex orientation, gender equality and gender expression.

The #WomensMarch rallies that took place in January of this year were also made an impact on Twitter. On the day of the marches alone, there were 11.5 million Tweets mentioning #WomensMarch and the local affiliates.

With conversations like these - and a great many more - women around the world are joining together on Twitter to share experiences, challenges and successes. They are sharing what they want to see change and they are amplifying their voices to new audiences. Follow @TwitterWomen to see some of the top Tweets & topics about #WomensDay and throughout Women’s History Month.

Here are the Tweets from some Filipinas, Women’s Rights Groups, and other  Filipino organizations celebrating the#IWD2017.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

10 Filipino Creatives to Watch in 2017 for Adobo Design Awards Asia

Press release

You don’t need to look too far for inspiration when you creatively blocked. Whether you respond to colorful brights, playful aesthetics, understated minimalism, all you have to do is look up these Pinoy names to jumpstart your creative juices.

Robert Alejandro

Robert Alejandro is an artist and graphic designer who’s designed everything from stamps to malls. If you remember the classic paper crafts store Papemelroti, Robert is one of the creative minds behind it. Visit his blog at

Ivan Despi

Illustrator, character designer, graphic artist Ivan is the owner and creative director for Acid House who is perhaps best known for being part of the team who created global campaigns for McDonald’s and Coke. Check out his work at

Jowee Alviar

Best known for his work with Team Manila, which he co-founded back in 2001, Alviar’s now iconic brnd has built a portfolio of award-winning work in branding that continues to push the envelope of design. Browse through their works here:

Dave Ferrer

A vanguard of the local advertising industry, Dave Ferrer got his start as an art director for Saatchi, before moving to BBDO as Creative Director, then to J. Walter Thompson Manila where he ultimately found himself as Executive Creative Director. With two prestigious Cannes Gold Lions under his belt, he is now known as the youngest creative to be inducted in the Philippine Creative Guild Hall of Fame. Check out his work here:

Dan Matutina

Founder of Plus 63 Design, Dan Matutina is a designer and illustrator who has worked with some of the most well known brands in the world. In 2013, he was awarded with the Art Directors Club Young Guns Award in New York. Check out his impressive portfolio here:

CJ De Silva-Ong

CJ is an illustrator, designer and painter who is best known for her one-woman art exhibits and participation in the Bloom Arts Festival. She now holds a position with TBWA as the company’s associate creative director. Browse through her portfolio here:

Patrick Cabral

Patrick Cabral is a freelance art director best known for his work as a typographist. While he got his start as a web developer and animator, he since found his niche in letters and typography, with multiple collaborations, including one with Jessica Walsh for the 2013 social experiment “Forty Days of Dating.” Visit his work at:

This list is by no means a comprehensive collection of local design personalities that you should be following. For more, be sure to check out the Adobo Design Awards Asia (aDDA), where these prestigious names will be joined with the likes of Harvey M. Tolibao of HMT Studios, acclaimed director Quark Henares, and Wawi Navarroza of Wawi Navarroza Studios, to judge this year’s prestigious competition.

Already on its 8th year, the aDDA continues its partnership with the prestigious D&AD, making it one of the most prestigious and coveted awards in the region for the industry. Their mission? To champion the best in design and recognize the talents behind the work. The competition is open to all design professionals and enthusiasts in Asia and will run simultaneously with design seminars and exhibits that promote design and creativity.

Deadline for submission of entries is on March 11, in time for judging on March 27-28. The Grand Awards Night will take place on April 5, 2017.

The adobo Design Awards is presented by adobo magazine together with event partners Bench, Globe Telecom, Powermac Center, Brand New Media, PWC, Greenbulb PR, Executive Decisions and Green Sun. Official media partners are Business Mirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer Philippine Star, WheninManila, ClickThe City, Rappler and CreatiVoices.