Friday, March 31, 2017

Now on Twitter: 140 Characters for Users’ Replies

Press release

31 March 2017 -  Twitter just rolled out another update on providing more ways for users to let them express more with 140 characters. The company introduced two updates last year, and today another update is being rolled out. Now, when users reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won't count toward their Tweet's 140 characters.

With this change, conversations will be simplified in a few ways:
●      Who users are replying to will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself, so they have more characters to have conversations.

●      Users can tap on “Replying to…” to easily see and control who’s part of their conversation.

●      When reading a conversation, users will actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a Tweet.


It’s now easier to follow a conversation, so users can focus on what a discussion is about, and who is having it. Also, with all 140 characters for the replies, users have more room to participate in group conversations.

Sasank Reddy, Product Manager, Twitter; stated that, “The updates we’re making today are based on feedback from all of you as well as research and experimentation. In our tests of this new experience, we found that people engage more with conversations on Twitter.”

More details about how replies work can be found in Twitter’s help center. This update is rolling out now on twitter.com as well as on Twitter for iOS and Android. Users need to update their app to check it out. Tagalog version of the instructional video can be downloaded here.

“WIT” – THE ACCLAIMED PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA SETS ASIAN PREMIERE ON APRIL 19

Press release

Twin Bill Theater Productions proudly presents the Asian premiere of “WIT” – the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Margaret Edson beginning April 19 at the Trinity University of Asia, E. Rodriguez Sr., Ave. QC.

“ WIT ” (also styled as W;t) is about a woman's slow and painful death from late stage ovarian cancer.

Directed by Steven Conde, noted actors who will portray the different roles in the play are as follows:

Tami Monsod will essay the lead role as  Prof. Vivian Bearing, a PhD literature professor of seventeenth-century poetry at the university, diagnosed with stage IV, metastatic ovarian cancer.

Bibo Reyes plays the role of Jason Posner, MD - a clinical fellow at the Medical Oncology branch; former student of Dr. Bearing, and a current student of Dr. Kelekian.

Mikkie Bradshaw will play the role of Susie Monahan – the truly compassionate nurse who becomes a comfort to Dr. Vivian Bearing when she finds her normal defense mechanisms useless.

Raymund Concepcion essays the role of Dr. Harvey Kelekian – the business-like doctor and chief of medical oncology at the University Hospital who oversees the treatment of Dr. Vivian Bearing.

Sheila Francisco will play the role of Evelyn M. Ashford, professor emerita of English literature; Vivian's former college professor Francis Matheu and Jilian Ita-as plays the role of the student / technician.


The artistic and creative team of WIT are as follows: Steven Conde – Director; Vince Lim - Musical Score/ Sound Design; Kayla Teodoro - Production Design; and Joseph Matheu- Lighting Design.

The production team includes: Francis Matheu (Company Manager), Wowie Bonto (Production Manager), Patricia Dacanay (Stage Manager), Toots Tolentino (Publicity), and Christian Baluca (Marketing, Video and Photography).

WIT is produced by Twin Bill Theater which aims to produce shows that explore and challenge issues faced by today’s society. The founders led by theater professionals Joseph and Francis Matheu noted that their goals are also focused on stirring up the public’s interest to rediscover, love and preserve our historical, cultural and spiritual values through theater; and to make quality, thought-provoking productions more accessible to the non-theater going public.

The playdates of “WIT” are as follows:
April 19 – 8 pm (Press Preview)
April 20 – 6 pm
April 25 – 28 – 6 pm
April 29 – 3 pm and 8 pm
April 30 – 8 pm
May 2 and 3 – 8 pm
Venue: Mandel Hall, Trinity University of Asia – E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., QC
Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission
For ticket inquiries, go to Ticketworld.com.ph / 8919999
You can also contact 09167759374.

WIT is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc.
To know more about Twin Bill, you find us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/twinbilltheater or visit our website,: www.twinbilltheater.com.

For updates, follow our social media account (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram): @twinbilltheater.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Twitter to Expand Pre-Roll Ads to Periscope Video

Press release

30 March 2017 -  Video viewership on Twitter continues to grow exponentially as this electronic medium has become an increasingly important channel for publishers, creators and brands to reach their audiences.  Today, Twitter is introducing a new opportunity for publishers and creators to monetize their content, and for brands to advertise on it, with pre-roll ads on Periscope video within Twitter.

Mike Folgner (@mfolgs), Group Project Manager, Periscope, stated “Pre-roll ads on Periscope video enable brands to marry their message with specific broadcasts from creators and publishers. The same control that brands have to design their campaigns through the Amplify program will be extended to the new opportunities created with these ads. The experience will mirror how ads currently appear on all Twitter video. When consumers scroll through their timelines or search for content from a specific publishers or creators, Periscope videos - live and replay - can start with a short ad.”

Ads on Periscope content are a new way to use live and on-demand video to reach audiences at the most relevant moments. Periscope’s authentic and interactive nature brings people immediately into compelling live experiences and the conversation that surrounds them. From 360 degree and professionally-produced broadcasts to spontaneous mobile live video, stories can be shared through a wide range of video content.

For creators and publishers that use Periscope that go live on Twitter every day, these pre-roll ads present a new way to monetize their video content. For marketers, they have a new source of brand-safe video advertising beyond what was previously available, including ads during live streaming programs from select premium publishers, Promoted Tweets with Periscope video, and custom Amplify campaigns with premium content creators.

First announced globally on March 2015, Periscope has been popular among Filipinos for sharing their live experiences on Twitter. Well known personalities, influencers and industry professionals uses the platform to connect with their audience. The app is also used for concerts, behind the scenes, new shows, and their latest escapades.

Get Started
Ads on Periscope videos are now available to select advertisers through custom Amplify packages, and will roll out more broadly in the coming months. To learn more, contact your Twitter representative about packages that include this new offering.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BlueREP at 25 --- A SILVER ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Press release

To celebrate the past twenty-five years, the Ateneo Blue Repertory presents Company Call: blueREP at 25. The silver anniversary concert will bring together current members and alumni for a special event this April 8, 2017. Featuring some of the organization's most recognizable musical numbers and performers, the concert is about coming home to where generations of blueREPPERs discovered their passion for the stage.


The featured productions are Pippin (1991), The Wiz (1992), Godspell (1993), Once on this Island (2001), Into the Woods (2002), Merrily We Role Along (2004), Footloose (2004), Stages of Love (2006), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2007), High School Musical: Live (2007), All Shook Up (2008), Tick… Tick… Boom! (2009), Side Show (2010), Hair (2011), Little Shop of Horrors (2011), 13 (2012), Bare: A Pop Opera (2012), A New Brain (2013), Spring Awakening (2013), Toilet: The Musical (2014), and  In the Heights (2015).

The Ateneo Blue Repertory prides itself with the recognition of being the country’s most prestigious college musical theater organization. Every year, blueREP offers a line-up of entertaining and groundbreaking musicals, all professionally executed to rival the demand for quality theater shows in the Philippines. This 25th Season, they opened with the blueREP original Real Life Fairytales (September 2016), staged the critically-acclaimed The Addams Family (November 2016), and are closing with the locally-written Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (April 2017).

Directing the anniversary concert will be two of blueREP’s esteemed alumni, Toff de Venecia (Director of blueREP’s All Shook Up, Freakshow, and Little Shop of Horrors) and Andrei Pamintuan (Director of Stages of Love, Festival Director and founder of The Manila Fringe Festival (Fringe Manila)), with the help of Ejay Yatco (Musical Director for blueREP’s original Toilet, Edges, and Little Shop of Horrors) as Musical Director with Assistant Musical Directors Alecx Lorica and Lulay Santiago, with choreography by Jim Ferrer (performer in Beyond Theater Award- winning “Here Lies Love”) and Stephen Vinas (performer in Dulaang UP’s Ang Nawalang Kapatid and choreographer of PETA’s Bongga Ka ‘Day!) along with their Assistant Musical Director, Michael Ubamos.

All this strung together by the scriptwriters headed by Gabbi Campomanes and her team, Bea Racoma and Iago Guballa. Costumes and Makeup done by Rio Tanchuling; Set designed by Trency Caga-anan; and Lights Designed by Joseph Matheu.

The featured performers are alumni Abi Sulit, Alys Serdenia, Amos Francia, Arion Sanchez, Bibo Reyes, Boo Gabunada, Bym Buhain, Carelle Mangaliag, Charmie Inigo, Derrick Fuentes, Ejay Yatco, Franco Ramos, Gab Medina, Gab Pangilinan, Gabbi Campomanes, Gabs Santos, Ian Hermogenes, Jade Albert, Jill Pena, Jim Ferrer, JQ Quesada, Juancho Escoto, KC Kane, Kyla Rivera, Lara Antonio, LJ Galvez, Luis Marcelo, Mahar Mangahas, Mako Alonso, Maronne Cruz, Mian Dimacali, Meg Yatco, Melje Belvis, Moira Lozada, Nelsito Gomez, Nica Del Rosario, Oli del Rosario, Pauline Gaerlan, Red Concepcion,   Rolls Pagunsanan, RR Herrera, Tricia Torres, Victor Robinson III; and current blueREP members Alex Masucol, Alyssa Jamille Binay, Erika Rafael, Helene Enriquez, Janine Idquival, Justine Narciso, Mia Fortugaleza, Nicole Garcia
and Samantha Chan.

The production team are lead by Danielle Navarrete as Co-Production Manager along with Tomik Tendero, and Irvin Embalsado as Assistant Production Manager. With Marga Lumabas as Head Technical Director; Gayle Mendiola and Noelle Zarza as Co-Head Stage Managers; Alex Bay and Miko Castro as Co-Front-of-House Heads; Kat Bautista as Costumes & Makeup Technical Director; Luigi Soriano as Lights Technical Director; Denise Congson as Sounds Technical Director; and Stephanie Escuadro and Danica Uy as Set & Props Technical Directors.

The Committee Heads of Company Call: blueREP at 25 are as follows: Kelsey Lim – Chief Finance Officer; Trisha Balan – Design and Publications Head; Chapy Fadullon – Design and Publications Art Director; Ria Castillo – Logistics Head; Josh Vera – Documentations Head; Danielyn Del Rosario and Marty Nevada – Co- Videographers; Maia Dapul – Alumni Relations Head; Austin Gonzales – Corporate Relations Head; and Samantha Chan – Public Relations Head; Adrian Chio – HR Representatives; Alix Goño and Enzo Mendoza – Sprocomm Representatives.

The 25th Season Concert will be showcased at Cine Adarna, UP Film Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon city on April 8, 2017, Saturday, at 3PM and 8PM.

Tickets will cost P500, P600 or P700 each. For ticket inquiries, please contact Alex Bay at 09175201998.

You may also visit Ateneo Blue Repertory’s official website: http://www.bluerepertory.org.

Connect to Ateneo Blue Repertory online through the following social media networks:

Facebook:    www.facebook.com/blueREPERTORY
Twitter:          @_blueREPERTORY

Instagram:   @blueREPERTORY

Thursday, March 23, 2017

TRUMPETS PLAYSHOP UPGRADES YOUR SUMMER ESSENTIALS THIS 2017!

Summer break is here again and here is a suggested activity you can do to maximize the time especially now that school year is over. For those who are bitten by the acting bug, Trumpets once again holds Playshop, the annual summer workshop.

For many years now, Playshop produced many talents and are already in the acting industry. I know a few actors who started with Playshop and now professionals in the field of theater. Last year, I got to meet the new generation of Playshop graduates when they showcased Always Upon A Time, a collection of “Fables and Parables” for the whole family.  I got a chance to talk to the cast and they show their potential to do professional acting. Check out more details at the press release below and the photo attached. For more update about Trumpets Playshop, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Press release

As the clock ticks closer to the last day of school, you can’t seem to ignore that it’s getting hotter than ever each day too!  And that can only mean one thing: ITS FINALLY SUMMER! And summer wouldn’t complete if you didn’t try to do something you love or have interest in! Let Trumpets Playshop bridge that gap and upgrade your summer essentials this 2017!

Now is your chance to check this off your bucket list because Trumpets Playshop has gotten you covered! Now on it’s 24th year, the Philippines’ go-to destination for workshops – is open once again for kids, teens and adults who want to be the best they can be in acting, singing, dancing, modeling, and hosting!
Kids ages 4 to 12 will get to bring out their inner Tony-Award-Winners with Playshop's trademark Children's Theater (CT) and Children's Musical Theater (CMT) classes, where they will learn the fundamentals of musical theater through song, dance, improvisation and creative storytelling. Teenagers who want to take their performing techniques to another level can join Playshop's Musical Theater (MT) classes.

Toddlers, kids and teens who just can’t help but express themselves through dance will be more than ecstatic once they join our Playshop Crew – the dance arm of Playshop! They will get to learn from the country’s best dance crews and choreographers like Mike Arda of A-Team , Sasa Cabalquinto of The Addlib Dance Crew and Dan Cabrera of Dance Royalties!

Ever thought about being the next Miss Universe or the country’s best talk show host? Then tick that off the list too by joining Modeling or Public Speaking and Hosting workshops led by Ms. Patty Betita and Ms. Kata Inocencio, respectively.

On the other hand, if mastering your vocals, is your top priority, then Starpower is the class for you!

And whoever said that there’s a deadline to bringing out the best in you? Forget that because Playshop's got men and women ages 19 and up covered! College students and busy professionals can know what it’s like to be the best by training with the best in our Musical Theater for Adults, Modeling, Public Speaking and Hosting, and Starpower classes as well!

Enrolment now OPEN!
So what are you waiting for? Enroll now! Because in Trumpets Playshop, #TheBestofMe is a guarantee!

Great News too! Enrollment has been made easy! For faster transactions, you may visit our online enrolment portal:  https://trumpetsplayshop.klaseko.com

Classes begin on April 17 at The Podium, SM Aura, Alabang Town Center and our other satellite venues.


Like and follow TRUMPETS PLAYSHOP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit www.trumpetsplayshop.com for full course descriptions, details, and to keep yourself updated with our very exciting promos, events and contests for summer 2017!

Call 901-4364 , 818-1111 loc 235 or 0917-5864177.

Monday, March 20, 2017

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

PRESS RELEASE:


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, visitwww.adobodesignawards.asia or email events@adobomagazine.com. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Personal Insights about Data Privacy Act

Ever since the world has gone digital with the advent of internet, our lives are never the same. Our lifestyle is already hooked online. Since information is also considered an investment, we also need to secure our data since there are already threats in cyberspace because of hackers. There are already incidents of websites and information hacked from biggest companies that we never imagined. We only thought that this only happen in the movies like Hackers back in the 90’s.
 
Microsoft's Herns Hermida presents solutions for data prrivacy
The government is also concerned about this which is why the Digital Privacy Act was implemented and with coordination of IT companies like Microsoft Philippines will aim to provide solutions to the threat. During the briefing I attended, I was also concerned because if this can happen to big companies and institutions, what can some smaller scale companies and websites can do.

As a small scale consumer, it also disturbs me that because everything is digital. Microsoft makes this their commitment to the consumers. They suggested that we should go put everything in the cloud. Microsoft has their own Cyber Ops Center and servers spread all over the globe.


The tools is already available since almost all already have Windows 10, businesses can rely on Microsoft products like Office 365 and Azure to help secure information privacy. For more tech insights, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

LIVE THE ULTIMATE DANCER’S LIFE AT BP DANCE SCHOOL’S SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP FROM APRIL 17 TO MAY 21

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)

BPDS-Greenhills:
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:

Facebook:    www.facebook.com/balletphilippines
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.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Performatura 2017

Couple of years ago, I was introduced to performing literature. We know literature is mostly written but it can also be used as a performance like poetry and storytelling. With this, CCP organized Performatura, the only festival dedicated to performing literature in the country.
Festival director Vim Nadera(middle) in costume during media launch.

For two years, I already have a fascination with performing literature and it also introduced me to new entertaining crafts in performing literature. Besides flip top rap battles which can be considered a contemporary Balagtasan, I was also introduced to Spoken Word acts, better known as Hugot monologues which were popularized by Juan Miguel Severo and The Ampalaya Monologues by Theater in Alternative Platforms.

But the real highlight of Performatura is Francisco Balagtas’s 229th birthday. For the first time in CCP, Performatura will integrate popular culture like cosplaying in Balagtasan themed as FrancisCosplay and there will be events in Pandacan, Manila where most streets are named after Balagtas’ characters in Florante At Laura.

Excerpt from an Ampalaya Monologue by Berna Manipon. Performatura 2017 launch. #performatura2017 #ampalayamonologues

A post shared by Mark Vincent Nuñez (@marktemplar) on


Another highlight of the festival is the poetry reading at the former Sev’s Café and for this festival only, Sev’s Café will be revived. There will also be an open mic for those who want their poems or poetic dictions be showcased.

The festival is free to public. The only admission is to donate a book. This is part of the advocacy of CCP for Aklatang Bayan. CCP aims to provide books for public libraries. One book entitles to one admission.

Go to http://culturalcenter.gov.ph/single-tickets/view-event/?id=85275509 for schedule, and for more updates at CCP, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S.blogs on Facebook. Performatura is held every two years. Here is a short video excerpt of Performatura 2015 featuring a modern topic in Balagtasan.

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 Sophos-Mobile-IoT@sophos.com.