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’

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PRESS RELEASE:
Ref: Toots Tolentino
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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

FOR DETAILS, CONTACT 0917-9803541   

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hitachi Introduces Hitachi Vantara: A New Digital Company Committed to Solving the World’s Toughest Business and Societal Challenges


Company Formed to Help Customers Achieve Unprecedented Outcomes by Tapping the Full Potential of Their Data


Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, "Hitachi") today launched Hitachi Vantara, a new business entity to leverage the broad portfolio of innovation, development and experience from across Hitachi Group companies to deliver data-driven solutions for commercial and industrial enterprises. This new company will unify the operations of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group, and Pentaho into a single integrated business as Hitachi Vantara to capitalize on Hitachi’s social innovation capability in both operational technologies (OT) and information technologies (IT).

More Than a Century of OT Expertise Combined with IT Trusted by the World’s Largest Enterprises
Hitachi has been a leader in OT for industries such as finance, government, manufacturing, power/energy and transportation for over 100 years, providing solutions that have positively impacted cities, industrial operations and businesses at large. The company has also been a leader in IT for over 50 years—bringing IT applications, analytics, content, cloud, and infrastructure solutions to market that have transformed the way enterprises do business. Combining Hitachi’s broad expertise in OT with its proven IT product innovations and solutions, Hitachi Vantara gives customers a powerful, collaborative partner in data – unavailable in any one company until today.

“Hitachi Vantara marks a monumental change for Hitachi as we continue to advance our unified corporate vision of Social Innovation,” said Hitachi, Ltd. President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara. “Hitachi has been helping customers harness the power of their data to support meaningful business action for years. Now as the world is being transformed by digital tools and processes, we are unifying our strongest digital solutions companies together as a new Hitachi company that delivers exponential business impact for our customers and the betterment of society. The formation of Hitachi Vantara underscores Hitachi’s commitment to  collaborative creation with customers and partners, and being a true innovation partner for the era of IoT.”

The Opportunity in Data
Hitachi Vantara is uniquely able to help customers extract all the value their data has to offer. By bringing new data-driven solutions and services to market, Hitachi Vantara will help its customers achieve tangible outcomes that positively drive business and society forward.

The market opportunity for mission-critical data solutions has never been greater. Data has become a businesses’ greatest asset—if they can extract actionable insights from it. Data holds the key to new revenue streams, better customer experiences, improved market insights and lower costs of doing business. However, a comprehensive offering has yet to emerge that combines both OT and IT expertise to uncover its true potential—until now.

Filling a Critical Gap in the Emerging IoT Market
Hitachi Vantara will continue to provide superior infrastructure and analytics technologies that enterprises rely on for their mission-critical data in their data centers, in the cloud and at the edge of new innovations. The new company is targeting the emerging IoT market opportunity, in which there is no clear winner yet.

According to Gartner, Inc., “more than $440 billion will be spent on IoT in 2020,”[1] and the firm estimates that by 2020, “there will be more than 21 billion connected sensors and endpoints, and digital twins will exist for potentially billions of things.”[2] in the same timeframe. To address this market, Hitachi Vantara will harness business, human and machine data across OT and IT environments to build comprehensive, data-driven solutions. Customers will be able to manage, store, govern, blend, analyze, and visualize data—and then take action based on uncovered insights.

Hitachi Vantara’s Breadth of Solutions: From the Data Center to the Factory Floor
Hitachi Vantara will continue to develop the trusted data management and analytics technologies Hitachi is known for, including Hitachi’s popular data infrastructure, storage and compute solutions, and Pentaho software. It will also be driving the development of strategic software and services solutions, including Hitachi Smart Data Center software and services, Lumada, Hitachi’s IoT platform, now available as a standalone, commercial software offering, and Hitachi co-creation services. Announced concurrently today and now in its 2.0 release, Lumada has been fully updated with enhanced artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and advanced analytics capabilities. It also has an elegant, portable architecture that enables it to run both on-premises or in the cloud, and supports industrial IoT deployments both at the edge and in the core.

The company will focus on serving global Fortune 1000 companies with best-in-class data management, infrastructure, content and analytics products and industrial IoT solutions for a number of industries including financial services and insurance, government, industrials/manufacturing, telecom, and transportation.

“No other company brings together more than a century of operational technology expertise with informational technology trusted in the world’s most demanding enterprise environments,” said Hitachi Vantara CEO, Ryuichi Otsuki. “Hitachi Vantara capitalizes on this unique combination by creating solutions that meet the needs of an increasingly connected world. Like our customers with whom we partner and co-create, Hitachi Vantara sees data as an opportunity—a path to outcomes that matter.”

Hitachi’s new Lumada IoT platform and Smart Data Center solutions will be on display at the Hitachi NEXT 2017 user conference in Las Vegas, September 19 and 20, where event attendees can see live demonstrations of the company’s software and IoT solutions. For more information, visit HitachiNEXT.com.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pinoy Artist's Tribute Poster for “mother!” Officially Selected by Paramount

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In conjunction with the release of its psychological thriller m o t h e r !, Paramount Pictures worked with Talenthouse, a leading open-source creative platform whose artists from around the world were invited to translate Darren Aronofsky's new film.

Each artist was given the audio from the first trailer as inspiration and the results are astounding. One of the 12 artists is Philippines' own Edz Gatula whose tribute poster for m o t h e r ! appears below.

Edz Gatdula is a talented artist who joined Talenthouse only a couple months ago and caught the Talenthouse and Paramount teams’ attention right away with beautiful, dynamic pieces. Edz’ work has gained instant popularity by other artists on Talenthouse, gathering lots of loves and comments commending his creations. Edz has been very grateful, humble and respectful amid all the attention.

Gatdula explains his process in creating his own m o t h e r ! poster: “As I saw the promotional poster of the movie, the first thing that came up in my mind is to use the ESSENCE of a classical art nouveau for my poster, but in a simpler form by having a limited color palette and flat shades, which I normally do in most of my artwork.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

THE PETA FESTIVAL OF WINDOWS

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A CELEBRATION OF PEOPLE’S THEATER FOR DEVELOPMENT
ALL SET FROM OCTOBER 24 - 29

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), recipient of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards is organizing a week-long festival that highlights the role of arts in development, as exemplified in the various advocacy campaigns the pioneering theater company has engaged in the past 50 years – Children’s Rights, Women, Gender, Health and Sexuality, Youth and the Millenials, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, and Human Rights.

Happening on October 24-29, 2017, the festival will feature PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES and DISCUSSIONS. It will showcase some the best advocacy PLAYS of PETA and its partners. There will be 13 performances from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, 3 Performances from Cambodia and Thailand. Festival participants can expect to learn new skills through workshop sessions on songwriting, Shadow Puppetry, Physical Theater, Improvisation, BOAL Forum Theater, Circus Techniques and more! Exciting Keynotes, Lecture Performances and Special Interest Group Discussions will give participants a look into the experiences, success stories and the challenges of practitioners and experts, particularly in the areas of Building creative communities, Public spaces and awareness, Participation, Capacity Building, Participation, and Partnership and Stakeholder Building.

The Festival of Windows will gather more than 120 performers, 40 experts and speakers, hundreds of artists, arts managers, audiences and participants from different parts of the globe.

Festival passes are available at P 4,500.00 each (P3,500 for students) and entitles holder access to all the opening and closing reception, lecture performances, main stage performances and  one workshop or 2 huddles a day.  Day passes are also available for P 1,000 per day (P 800 for students).  For those interested to watch specific shows, tickets are also available for all Lecture-performances and Main Stage performances.

The Festival of Windows is presented by PETA in partnership with Starbucks, Save the Children, Development and Peace and the Festival’s Major Hotel Sponsor, Madison 101.

For details of Festival, visit the official website – www.petafestivalofwindows.com. For more information and registration, please call the FESTIVAL OF WINDOWS SECRETARIAT at 7256244 or email us at festivalofwindows@petatheater.com.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sophos Appoints Adel Eid as Channel Sales Director for Asia Pacific and Japan

Press release

MANILA. September 6,  2017 – Sophos (LSE: SOPH), a global leader in network and endpoint security today announced the appointment of Adel Eid as Channel Sales Director for Asia Pacific and Japan. Adel brings more than 20 years of experience in channel management, having worked with global organisations, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies.

Adel joins Sophos from CyberArk where he managed a channel sales team and developed a comprehensive strategic alliance, enhancing its partners’ security expertise and ability to drive new business opportunities. Prior to CyberArk, Adel spent 9 years with Cisco where he held various roles including sales responsibilities for distribution in Southeast Asia.

At Sophos, Adel will lead the channel program for Asia Pacific and Japan, focusing on partner growth. He will also collaborate with distributors, global systems integrators, value-added-resellers, managed services and learning partners to launch and drive Sophos’s synchronised security program that addresses advanced cyber threats including ransomware. 

“I am delighted to welcome Adel to our team and am confident that he will lend significant value in strengthening our operations in the region with his expertise in channel, sales, and marketing. With extensive experience in driving channel programs, Adel will help us deliver strategies centered on growth and innovation for our partners,” said Joergen Jakobsen, Regional Vice President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Sophos.

“I am thrilled to join Sophos as it prides itself as a channel-first company. With my experience in channel management, I am looking forward to working with Sophos partners to provide them with the competitive advantage to achieve channel excellence”, said Adel Eid.

Adel holds an MBA in International Management from the United Business Institute.

He will be based in the Sophos Singapore office reporting directly to Joergen Jakobsen, Regional Vice President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Sophos.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

You Can’t Miss This Pop-Up Interactive Digital Park in Manila!

Press release

Prepare to take off and see what the future beholds at the Future City – open for one weekend only!

The uncertainty of the future can be an overwhelming prospect—especially for parents concerned about their child’s future.

For one weekend only, discover and explore how you can reshape the future today, at the Future City: An Interactive Digital Park. Primed to offer an experiential and immersive way of giving you a glimpse of the future with the latest creative media technologies and innovative artistic experiences from all over the globe!


To be held at the SMX Convention Center on September 9-10, 2017, this pioneering interactive educational experience offers enriching sights and activities that gives kids and kids-at-heart a glimpse of the world of tomorrow with its spectacular 7 unique and engaging stations— from a dome that will take you to the far future in an instant, a sketch village that will make your visions come to life, to interactive games, 3D wall art installations and so much more— all are dedicated to promote self-directed learning and explorations that will surely open the mind.

Witness and experience the future now and catch it before it’s gone.


Future City: An Interactive Digital Park is an event by The Future Park, sponsored by Nestlé NANKID Optipro. Future City: An Interactive Digital Park will be open to public on September 9-10, 2017 (Saturday to Sunday), 10:00 am to 9:00 pm at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City. To learn more about this exciting pop-up interactive park visit www.facebook.com/NANKIDOPTIPRO. Limited slots available so hurry and pre-register online at FUTURE CITY PRE-REGISTRATION WEBSITE..

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Dinosaurs Come Alive At The Mind Museum

There’s no kid who does not like dinosaurs. Even adults are fascinated with these prehistoric creatures. Reason why we like these creatures because dinosaurs and humans are separated by 65 million years.


The Mind Museum will take us back to the age of The Dinosaurs rule the world. Back to the time when the continents were still connected as one supercontinent called Pangea. The dinosaurs are brought back to life by the Imagination Station, the same group that brought the Leonardo exhibit to Mind Museum years ago.

Just like the Leonardo event, the Dinosaurs are also a traveling exhibit that toured worldwide. The exhibit includes being interactive like comparing your feet and height to the dinosaur’s footprints and gigantic size, and measuring the actual size of a dinosaur bones and excavating it like a paleontologist.

Thanks to animatronics, the dinosaurs can also move. The dinosaurs are done in detail based on the dinosaur bones found. There are also fun activities a scavenger hunt and become a Mesozoic Journalist for a day. There are also curators that can tell you more what you don’t know about dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs Around The World-Passport To Pangea will be exhibited for a limited time. You can choose to see the travelling exhibit or include the regular exhibit. If you need something to do with the kids for the weekend, this is a good place to bond with the family. If you haven’t scheduled an educational field trip, now is the best time to include The Mind Museum as part of your itinerary.

Follow this blog and like https://www.facebook.com/LENSblogs/ for more update of Mind Museum. To book a pass, go to https://www.themindmuseum.org/

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hitachi Accelerates Customers’ Hybrid Cloud Initiatives with Enhanced Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Offerings


New Hitachi UCP RS Offering Integrates VMware Cloud Foundation to Simplify Hybrid Cloud Journey

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) and VMware Global Innovation OEM Partner of the Year, today announced Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) RS series, a fully integrated, software-defined data center (SDDC) rack-scale platform, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation™. Hitachi UCP RS enables customers to embrace hybrid cloud for faster time to market and pay-as-you-go economics. It also gives customers the freedom to optimize their IT investments by leveraging private and public cloud as an agile extension to their business. UCP RS provides flexibility to customers to either deploy integrated SDDC stack or build their own using Hitachi’s vSAN ready node and VMware software.

Alongside the launch of Hitachi UCP RS, the company has enhanced its hyperconverged system Unified Compute Platform (UCP) HC. Hitachi UCP HC all-flash and hybrid systems are now enabled with non-volatile memory (NVMe) and new sixth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to deliver faster performance and reduced operating costs, maximizing business value for customers. This enhancement allows for higher performance, lower latency and accelerated workloads through the use of modern data center technology.

John Gilmartin, vice president and general manager, Integrated Systems, VMware said, “Hitachi’s strong track record of innovation led them to be recognized as VMware Global Innovation OEM Partner of the Year at VMware Partner Leadership Summit 2017. This new Hitachi UCP RS solution powered by VMware Cloud Foundation is no exception. The solution improves productivity, delivers faster time to business value and accelerates the customer’s ability to realize the true power of their data.”

“Open questions exist regarding the extent to which advances in SDI technology can support a common virtual data center foundation upon which improved end-to-end IT service interoperability, resilience, elasticity and agility across a hybrid cloud infrastructure can be effectively realized,” according to Market Trends: Software-Defined Infrastructure — Who Can Benefit? (Gartner, June 2017). In addition, the report states that, “Given the current state of public cloud service deployment and the maturity state of SDI, one of two options is possible: The first is an application-independent, common virtual data center infrastructure that can run atop an existing private data center infrastructure, a public cloud service or a combination of the two. This variation is called infrastructure-upward.”

Understanding the new demands placed on IT by data center modernization initiatives, Hitachi has collaborated with VMware to develop the fully integrated, turnkey Hitachi UCP RS system to deliver reliable IT infrastructure for hybrid cloud deployments. Hitachi UCP RS also helps to minimize the complexity and guesswork of deploying and managing IT by uniquely automating provisioning, managing and monitoring for SDDCs, giving customers acompetitive advantage, and delivering faster time to market and high availability of business applications.

“Our deep, collaborative partnership with VMware has led to the creation of powerful systems and innovative solutions that help our customers modernize their IT environments and put data at the center of their business,” said Bob Madaio, vice president of Integrated Solution Marketing at Hitachi. “With the launch of our UCP RS in addition to advancements in our hyperconverged UCP HC, Hitachi is empowering our customers to transform their IT environments, accelerate hybrid cloud deployments and further their digital business initatives.”

Hitachi UCP Portfolio
The UCP family of converged, hyperconverged and rack-scale systems provides enterprise, departmental and cloud service provider environments with a simple path to IT modernization and digital transformation. UCP solutions enable IT organizations to accelerate time to production, automate operations and reduce administrative costs by providing prevalidated, pretested and factory-built converged and hyperconverged infrastructure systems.

Product Availability
Hitachi UCP RS is generally available to customers and partners now in all regions. For more information, visitwww.hds.com/en-us/products-solutions/converged-infrastructure/unified-compute-platform-rs.html.


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Monday, August 28, 2017

The modern Juan paves the way for gender equality at home with Ariel’s #JuanWash

Press release

MANILA, Philippines — August 24, 2017 — Perhaps no era has prompted a more dramatic shift in gender norms than this one; and these changes are most evident in one of the most basic facets of daily life — chores. 

Where household tasks were once viewed as “women’s work” decades prior, nowadays, a more equal division of tasks for cooking, cleaning, laundry duties, and the like in the new millennium is far from unusual.

According to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Filipino men are getting more and more involved in household work. In fact, statistics show that a significant increase was seen in the beginning of 2000s, with employed men allotting an average of 5 hours working on chores. This is a big jump, compared to the average of 1.87 hours from the numbers gathered on employed men from 1979.

With these findings, it’s exciting to see how this would continue to take off to new heights. A contemporary and fresh perspective on equality always starts from the core of the community, the family, and this is precisely why Ariel wants to keep the conversation going for every Juan.

As an homage to the men who show their support with the simple yet powerful act of contributing to housework, Ariel’s #JuanWash campaign seeks to inspire men to embrace one of the crucial roles in making a house a home by simply chipping in on the laundry. On September 1, 2017, Ariel will be launching the campaign online as a thank you to the Juan Washers, or the men who confidently help with the laundry thanks to Ariel Power Gel that makes washing clothes easily done in no time at all.

“For a long time, it has been common for women to have a bigger share in terms of household chores. With the rise of double-income homes and a more open-minded cultural landscape, men are now much more accepting of the idea of contributing to the housework,” explains [INSERT NAME].

Many homes have their laundry washed twice a week. If the men of the household were to set aside one day for laundry, this can mean a world of difference for the family as a whole. As a convenient reminder of how each week gives men an opportune moment to show their support, Ariel is looking to dedicate Fridays as #JuanWash days. With this slight addition to their weekly routine, the men of the household can be a New Man as an expert in laundry, all thanks to Ariel Power Gel that makes superior clean effortless. Especially formulated for better stain removal, anyone can now reach the new standard of laundry with Ariel #JuanWash.


By celebrating the men who take a stand for equality through #JuanWash, Ariel continues to break barriers after coming from the successful launch of #AhonPinay – a project in partnership with TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) that sought to provide women with more work opportunities by training them in commonly male-dominated jobs. Through #JuanWash, Ariel further emphasizes the advocacy of empowering Filipinos by showcasing the modern Juan’s role in laundry chores as a critical step towards welcoming the change to lead. Because someone who is man enough to do laundry, is someone who cares enough to let the women in their lives have the same opportunity to progress even more.

In partnership with Eat Bulaga, Ariel will be scouring through many different barangays in Metro Manila to find Juan Washers every Friday, starting on September 1. Not only is this meant to put the spotlight on individual Juan Washers, but it’s a way to show everyone how valuable their role is in further pushing equality in the family and in the community.


A lot is in store for Ariel’s #JuanWash initiative, and we hope you can also take part in spreading the word for this nationwide movement! Go ahead and be a part of the change by contributing to your share of the household chores with #JuanWash – one wash at a time.


To learn more, visit Ariel’s website, Facebook, and Youtube page.