Friday, May 26, 2017

Customers Are Embracing Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere To Create a Protected Digital Workplace

Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere extends its enterprise capabilities to target security-conscious customers of Box and Dropbox

MANILA, Philippines (May 26, 2017) — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced that the latest version of Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) Anywhere puts the right tools in the hands of employees to make them more engaged, productive and efficient. Expanding on the platform’s heritage in enterprise-class features and security, HCP Anywhere adds more collaboration, usability and data protection capabilities with a refined user experience, allowing organizations to transform to a digital workplace that is virtual, mobile and highly collaborative.

Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere is the industry’s only private enterprise mobility solution that allows employees to collaborate with co-workers and external parties to share files or folders anytime, anywhere, on any device, without compromising security or control of corporate information. Hitachi Data Systems’ enterprise expertise and superior information security over consumer-class offerings give IT managers greater visibility, control and governance over company data in corporate issued PCs and virtual desktop environments as well as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) tablets and smartphones. 

“With this latest release, Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere is more than a simple sync and share tool. With enhancements to collaboration, content mobilization and user data protection, it has become an enterprise mobility solution and a foundation for transforming to a digital workplace.”— Scott Sinclair, Senior Analyst, ESG

Key features and benefits include:
·       Anytime, anywhere, any device access mobilizes data with cloud home directories and protects enterprise file sync and share.
·       Optimized group collaboration simplifies workflows and optimizes workgroup productivity.
·       End-user and enterprise data protection mitigate new threats such as ransomware, and the enhanced security of company data.
·       Robust security, search and governance provide superior visibility, control and compliance for critical data assets.
·       Modern, intuitive, customized user experience adapts to new devices.
·       API customization options tune the solution for different user types, customize workflows and develop new applications.

The combination of HCP Anywhere and the rest of the HCP portfolio of object storage, cloud file gateway, content intelligence and search is an easy first step for organizations pursuing digital transformation. By modernizing file services with cloud home directories, enterprise mobility and content analytics, IT departments can become more relevant than ever before. They can offer new, compelling IT services to the rest of the organization, serve as a cloud broker to other functional groups, and give developers new in-house tools to create new applications to better serve employees and customers.

Hitachi’s content platform Anywhere exploits squarely the opportunities, benefits and advantages of the coming digital transformation of the Philippine economy.

In its top predictions for the Philippine ICT industry for 2017 and beyond, IDC Philippines foresees digital transformation (DX) will attain macroeconomic scale over the next three to four years. In the next four years, revenue growth from information-based products will be double that of the rest of the product/service portfolio for a quarter of the top 1,000 Philippine companies.  By 2020, about 25% of the country’s top 1,000 companies will see majority of their business depend on their ability to create digitally enhanced products, services and experiences.

“HCP Anywhere has been a success for Hitachi Data Systems. Customers recognize the power HCP Anywhere has to transform not just the way they deliver user file services, but the way the HCP portfolio can transform their business. As a result, we are approaching one million paid enterprise users and realized 2X revenue growth over the previous fiscal year. Our strong compliance and security heritage coupled with our expertise in understanding and integrating into some of the most complex enterprise IT environments are just a few of the reasons we are seeing security conscious customers choose our solution over consumer oriented Dropbox or Box.” – Bob Primmer, Vice President, Content, Mobility and Analytics, Hitachi Data Systems

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Second adidas Uprising Philippines Champs

Press release

The future of Philippine basketball is here
The 3-Stripes brand welcomes a new batch of creators to the second adidas Uprising Philippines

Elite high school basketball players spent another summer playing the sport they love as adidas Uprising Philippines opened its doors to them for the second time.
Champions SBC with adidas Ph GM Adrien Semblat,
Brand Comm. Mgr./Sports Marketing Mgr., Jen Dacasin,
and Marketing Mgr. Kath Misa
Launched in the Philippines last year, adidas Uprising is the 3-Stripes brand’s summer grassroots program that provides an exclusive platform for the next generation’s basketball stars to foster their game and skills, through a series of competitions.

“If anything, adidas Uprising aims to maximize the potential of our young basketball players. On the first year of Uprising, we have witnessed inspiring talent and passion through high school students who played their heart out in every game. On Uprising’s second year, we are looking forward to seeing that again – and more. Having 32 contending teams this year, we are bound to see more emerging creators in the world of Philippine basketball,” said Jen Dacasin, adidas Philippines Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager.
San Beda vs. MAPUA
The participating teams in this year’s adidas Uprising were: San Beda Alabang, La Salle Greenhills A, La Salle Greenhills B, AHS A, Agila, AHS C, Kings Montessori Vikings, UST Tiger Cubs, Arellano University Braves, San Beda College Taytay (San Beda A), San Beda College Taytay (San Beda B), Mapua-Malayan Red Robbins, Diliman Preparatory School (DPS), English Christian Academy (ECA), Claret School, Lyceum Junior Pirates (LPU), Jubilee Christian Academy, Colegio San Agustin Makati, Faith Academy Vanguards, AMA, Aqunas School, National University (NU), Chang Kai Shek College (CKSC), Jose Rizal University (JRU), Notre Dame, Malabon High School, San Sebastian College, San Ildefonso Bulacan HS, Marist, Letran, Philippine Cultural, and Taytay Captains (Taytay HS).

Following a knockout tournament format, the opening matches were held on May 13 and 14, followed by the elimination games, which happened from May 15 to 19. The series of games were culminated by the championship game on May 20 where San Beda College Taytay A bested the Mapua-Malayan Red Robbins with a score of 76-64. The battle-for-third game was also held earlier that day with National University beating La Salle Green Hills A with a score of 72-44. All games were held at the Titan Love Court in Bonifacio Global City.

Special Awards

Penny Estacio (San Beda)

1st Mythical Team

  1. Penny Estacio (San Beda)
  2. Giam Quiambao (Mapua)
  3. Lloyd Oliva (Mapua)
  4. Joshua Benaflor (San Beda)
  5. Justine Sanchez (San Beda)

2nd Mythical Team

  1. Julian Jugo (LSGH)
  2. Ernest Felisilda (NU)
  3. Kenji Duremdes (LSGH)
  4. Kyle Rivera (LSGH)
  5. Kevin Quiambao (NU)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ortigas infuses new dynamism to Circulo Verde with The Bike Playground

Press release

In a bid to solidify its stature as the new active lifestyle haven in Quezon City, Ortigas & Company recently introduced The Bike Playground in Circulo Verde.
The Bike Playground houses the first indoor pump
track in the Philippines designed by Velosolutions

This new hub for cycling pros and enthusiasts is developed by Ortigas & Company with global pump track and bike park creator Velosolutions. The Bike Playground in Circulo Verde is the newest addition to the 10-hectare development, which houses a dynamic residential portfolio and emerging retail mix.

The Bike Playground aptly pushes Circulo Verde’s thrust to be the new go-to for urban dwellers seeking the active, alternative lifestyle. The bike facility is composed of the country’s first indoor pump track, a 1-kilometer outdoor trail for both pros and amateurs, and a kids’ track for the young ones.
1-km dirt track trail designed for both pro and
amateur cyclists

Ortigas envisions The Bike Playground to enrich the living environment of Circulo Verde’s residents, and to serve as a new hotspot for thrill-seekers. With facilities that cater to both biking pros and newbies, The Bike Playground is shaping up as a new must-visit destination for both friends and families especially this summer.

The Bike Playground complements Circulo Verde’s jogging path and tranquil open spaces, perfect for both relaxation and play that is also accessible to the residents of Circulo Verde’s slate of residential towers, namely Majorca, Lleida, Ibiza, and Seville, and its townhouse development, Circulo Verde Garden Homes.

Industria, Circulo Verde’s retail complex, also houses neighborhood establishments for post-bike grub: Markus Patisserie and Bistro, The Washery and Cafe, Chef & Brewer, Infinitea, and Kambal Pandesal.

The Bike Playground is open everyday at Circulo Verde. Monthly membership cards and 10-day prepaid passes are now available for only P1,500 and P650, respectively.

Circulo Verde is conveniently located along Calle Industria, near Ortigas and C5. For operating hours and updates please visit The Bike Playground’s Facebook page at

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Safe and Convenient Driving with Mazda Connect

Press release

Even before the implementation of RA 10913, or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, Mazda has already included built-in features that allow drivers to be safely connected with their smartphone, while also being entertained, on the road.

Mazda Connect is the infotainment system available in all KODO-generation Mazda models. Its human-centered design aims to minimize visual, cognitive and manual distraction. This advanced infotainment system allows the driver to control and manage data and select entertainment options while keeping his attention focused on the road ahead. With either its 7- or 8-inch touchscreens strategically located below the windshield line and just at the middle of the dashboard, the system was designed from the start not to interfere with the driver’s line of sight and instead enhance driving ease by positioning vital vehicle information at a slight glance.

With safety as the top priority, the Mazda Connect touchscreen feature is disengaged once the vehicle is in motion. This is when the intuitive layout and location of the Commander Control knob and its surrounding five buttons and accompanying volume dial, as well as the steering wheel control switches, take over and allow the driver to manage the system while keeping his head up and his eyes on the road.
Mazda Connect also lets the driver pair his mobile phone via Bluetooth for a true hands-free call experience. The system has a built-in microphone to pick up spoken voice while the car’s speakers pass audio through so the driver doesn’t have to hold his phone while listening to the caller speak. Through Voice Control and Recognition, Mazda Connect also reads out SMS text and allows the driver to reply with preset messages. Controlling the system’s functions through simple spoken words is yet another feature that demonstrates Mazda’s focus on safety while driving.

Mazda has been at the forefront of driving safety and convenience since the first Mazda Connect system was introduced in the current Mazda 3 in 2014. It is the first mainstream manufacturer to use a rotary controller paired with an in-dash screen, a feature previously found only in luxury brands. The Mazda Connect system undoubtedly leads the way to safer and more convenient driving.
Bermaz Auto Philippines, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the Philippines. Its current product line-up now includes the Mazda2 sub-compact sedan and hatchback, the Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback, the Mazda6 full-size executive sedan and sports wagon, the CX-3 freestyle crossover, the all-new CX-5 five- seater and the all-new CX-9 seven-seater premium crossovers, the MX-5 2-seater sports roadster and the BT-50 pickup truck. Mazda Philippines ranks first in the 2016 J.D. Power Philippines Customer Service Index Study which states that Mazda is among the best in the country when it comes to service quality, service initiation, vehicle pick-up, service facility, and service advisor performance. There are 19 Mazda 3S dealerships located across the Philippines and Metro Manila – Mazda Greenhills, Mazda Pasig, Mazda Quezon Avenue, Mazda North EDSA, Mazda Makati, Mazda Alabang, Mazda Otis, Mazda Cavite, Mazda Sta. Rosa, Mazda Pulilan, Mazda Pampanga, Mazda Dagupan, Mazda Cabanatuan, Mazda Tarlac, Mazda Negros, Mazda Cebu, Mazda Iloilo, Mazda Cagayan De Oro and Mazda Davao

Official Philippine website:

#CelebrateDriving #MazdaPhilippines 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Responsible Traveling and Palawan’s Pearl Farming Industry up next on AirAsia RedTalks with Daphne

Press release

MANILA – As AirAsia continues to promote #HowIFly campaign, the world’s best low cost carrier recently visited a pearl farm in Palawan for the upcoming new episode of AirAsia RedTalks with Daphne.
Aerial view of an island in Taytay, Palawan, one of the country’s pearl farming sites

AirAsia launched the #HowIFly campaign, a social media advocacy that encourages and educates  everyone on how to be responsible travelers as they discover new destinations.

Palawan known as “The Last Frontier”, is a familiar travel destination as it is home to rich rainforests, scenic diving sites, primeval caves and beautiful beaches. Unknown to many, Palawan also hosts one of the largest areas of pearl farming – a unique industry in the country. This makes a necessity for the local community to be a prime mover of sustainability to balance conservation and progress. One of the key players in pearl farming in Palawan is Jewelmer, a leading jewelry company that takes sustainability at the heart of its operations.

Learn more about the beauty of pearl farming, the role of the business community on environmental protection and the AirAsia’s #HowIFly campaign at the next episode of AirAsia’s “Red Talks with Daphne”, hosted by award-winning TV host and producer, Daphne OseƱa-Paez. Entitled Destination: Harmony, it will talk about pearl production, and delves into the ongoing campaign to protect Palawan’s marine biodiversity through responsible eco-tourism and the AirAsia’s continued advocacy in educating people to be responsible travelers.

Red Talks with Daphne’s 5th episode will be available on AirAsia Philippines’ Facebook page at on May 20, 2017.

AirAsia, voted the world's best low cost carrier for eight consecutive years by Skytrax, produced a 6-part web series featuring some of Asia’s best-kept attractions, rich cultural heritage, and inside stories about people and the airline that broke travel norms and made flying possible for everyone across Asia and beyond.

AirAsia “Red Talks with Daphne” was also made possible by AirAsia BIG Loyalty Program.  AirAsia’s award-winning loyalty programme, AirAsia BIG Loyalty allows members to earn AirAsia BIG Points to redeem free AirAsia flights, hotel stays and more. With over 100 partners worldwide, there are plenty of ways to earn points. And every month during the member-exclusive Final Call Sale, flights can be redeemed from only 500 BIG Points!

Friday, May 19, 2017

adidas Uprising Phils. 2017 update

Update/Press release

With a day away from championship, the list of high school teams that are still in the running to become this year's adidas Uprising Philippines star gets even shorter. From having sixteen teams during the opening of adidas Philippines' summer basketball grassroots program, we are now down to eight:
  • Mapua-Malayan Red Robbins
  • Lyceum Junior Pirates (LPU)
  • La Salle Greenhills A
  • Ateneo High School A
  • National University (NU)
  • Chang Kai Shek College (CKSC)
  • Arellano University Braves
  • San Beda College Taytay (San Beda A)