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#AyokoNgPlastik movement by WWF-Philippines and Ayala Malls.

Uniting under the call to end plastic pollution, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, together with Ayala Malls and other partner corporations, officially launched the #AyokoNgPlastik movement at Glorietta 2 Activity Center.

With eight million tons of plastic ending up in oceans every year, the Philippines ranks as the world’s third plastic polluter of oceans. The #AyokoNgPlastik movement hopes to address these alarming facts by bringing together companies, individuals, and other sectors to minimize and eventually put a stop to single-use plastics such as straws, bags, bottles, and cups. Refusing these is a simple yet strong first step that individuals can take to commit to a sustainable lifestyle, especially since the harm that these materials cause directly affect humans.

“Plastic pollution is a serious threat not only to marine life but to human life as well. Plastics don’t completely degenerate and just break down into small pieces ─ microplastics ─ which are ingested by the fish that we eat. The possibility of plastics ending up on dinner plates is a serious concern and a health hazard,” said Joel Palma, WWF-Philippines President and CEO.

The movement is one of the major projects of WWF-Philippines this year. Initiated by its Next Generation Council (NGC), the goal is to raise awareness and encourage individuals to live more consciously and for businesses to operate more sustainably. Introduced during the event, the NGC is made up of young movers and shakers who heeded the call to spread WWF-Philippines’ conservation thrusts. Headed by The Net Group Chair Raymond Rufino, members include television host and columnist Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi, Philux COO Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez, Magsaysay Transport and Logistics COO Jesse Maxwell, Teach for the Philippines CEO Clarissa Delgado, The Moment Group Co-Founder and Creative Director Abba Napa, and former WWF-Philippines National Youth Council Chairperson Alexa Cancio.

“Driven by deep concern, every member of the NGC is volunteering time, energy and resources to reduce single-use plastic pollution in the country.  The challenge is daunting but we are determined and committed,” stated Rufino.

Ayala Malls, one of the biggest shopping mall developers in the Philippines, has also expressed support for the movement. As part of the Ayala group of companies (recognized by the United Nations as a sustainable development pioneer), Ayala Malls is committed to driving sustainable business and living practices across their many developments.

“Sustainability has long been a priority for Ayala Malls and we’re especially proud to have the chance to continue the momentum with WWF. We launched our initial campaign in 2009, with the aim to bring focus to the importance of sustainable living, and last year we established our intent for no plastic shopping bags across Ayala Malls. We are thrilled to have found a partner in WWF for #AyokoNgPlastik campaign, as we work together for a more sustainable future for the Philippines,” said Mariana Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Malls Deputy Head.

In addition to Ayala Malls, other official partners of the #AyokoNgPlastik movement present during the event include National Geographic, Bellevue Hotels and Resorts, Bo’s Coffee, Corkcicle, Coffee Project, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, Puerto Pension Inn, foodpanda, HSBC, Impact Hub Manila, IVO, The Lind Boracay, The Moment Group, Toby’s Estate, CIBO, and CNN-Philippines.

“We’re very grateful to have a number of companies join the movement this early on. With their involvement, it makes it easier for Filipinos to veer away from plastic and choose a sustainable alternative instead. We’re hoping to get more partners to participate in this cause,” Palma remarked.

WWF-Philippines National Ambassadors Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez, who hosted the kickoff event, both stressed the importance of every Filipino’s participation in the movement and how this can contribute to positive environmental change by stating how cleaning up oceans and coastlines is essential in restoring marine life and reiterating the importance of preventing pollutants from entering the oceans.

“We’re very happy to see the growing number of people interested in beach cleanups. Now the challenge we must all take is to go beyond the beach and do whatever it takes to reduce our own carbon footprint,” Fernandez said.

“The amount of trash being collected during cleanups is just unimaginable. Everyone needs to realize that our trash is never actually gone and just ends up somewhere else. We need to be responsible travelers and consumers and avoid single-use plastics and recycle what we can,” Nelson added.

If production and usage of plastic remain unchanged, experts predict that there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Everyone is invited to take part in the #AyokoNgPlastik movement and can find more details through WWF-Philippines’ social media pages or the official #AyokoNgPlastik Facebook group, which now has almost 3,000 members since its launch 2 months ago.

WWF National Ambassadors Rovilson Fernandez, Iza Calzado, and Marc Nelson wearing #AyokoNgPlastik shirts, which are available from October 16 to 21 at Trinoma and Glorietta

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Ferdinand Bondoy
Regional Integration and Executive Director
ferdinand.bondoy@comco-hq.com

Mr. Harvey Llamosa
Senior Executive Projects Associate
harvey.llamosa@comco-hq.com

 

About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

WWF-Philippines has been working as a national organization of the WWF network since 1997. As the 26th national organization in the WWF network, WWF-Philippines is successfully implementing various conservation projects to help protect some of the most biologically-significant ecosystems in Asia.

 

WWF-Philippines’ President and CEO Joel Palma discussing the effects of single-use plastics (WWF-Philippines / Josh Alibcag)

 

WWF-PH Next Generation Council together with WWF-PH National Ambassadors Marc Nelson (extreme left) and Rovilson Fernandez (extreme right) (WWF-Philippines / Josh Alibcag)

WWF-PH National Ambassadors Rovilson Fernandez and Marc Nelson discussing the #AyokoNgPlastik movement (WWF-Philippines / Josh Alibcag)

 

WWF-PH National Ambassadors Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez together with WWF-PH Next Generation Council Member Stephanie Zubiri (WWF-Philippines / Josh Alibcag)

 

Chi-chi, the Panda (WWF-Philippines / Josh Alibcag)

 

Ayala Malls Deputy Head Mariana Zobel de Ayala talks about the #AyokoNgPlastik partnership between WWF-PH and Ayala Malls (WWF-Philippines / Josh Alibcag)

PASIG RIVER MASTER PLAN COMPLETED

The PRRC, in collaboration with UP PLANADES, designed the Pasig River Integrated and Strategic Master Plan (PRISM) with a vision that by 2032, the Pasig River and its surrounding basins are resilient life-sustaining ecosystems that are able to support diverse human needs and biodiversity towards inclusive, harmonized, and balanced development co-managed by competent and adaptive institutions with responsible and empowered communities.

This new restoration strategy covers water quality management, stream flow management, catchment management and riparian management so that the Pasig River will again enshrine socioeconomic, aesthetic, environmental, recreational and cultural values amid changing risks and natural perturbations. The illustration below provides a brief summary of the integrated wastewater treatment systems, one of the 19 priority projects proposed in the PRISM to help improve the water quality of the Pasig River, and for concerned agencies to comply with concession agreement, and other environmental laws.

pasig river

pasig river

pasig river master plan

pasig river master plan

PH’S PASIG RIVER VIES FOR ASIA RIVER PRIZE AWARD; COMPETES WITH CHINA’S YANGTZE RIVER

The Philippines’ Pasig River, the cradle of early Manila civilization, has been selected as a finalist in the first ever Asia Riverprize by the prestigious International RiverFoundation (IRF) which recognizes and rewards organizations who are making a difference through effective river basin restoration and management programs.

It is a back-to-back nomination for the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) who just came from a successful campaign in the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize competition where the Pasig River was hailed as runner-up to the winner, San Antonio River of Texas, USA.

pasig river philippines

pasig river philippines

PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia says that “the consecutive entries of the Pasig River as a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Thiess International and Asia Riverprize, respectively, is a testament that the world recognizes the efforts of the Philippine government to restore the Pasig River and its environs since PRRC was established in 1999.”

Initially, the competition was called the Asia-Pacific Riverprize Awards which was opened to entrants from New Zealand, Australia, and 45 other countries. However, according to the IRF, due the to the high number and quality of entries received, they have made the decision to split the promoted Asia-Pacific Riverprize into two: Asia Riverprize and another category for the Australasia Riverprize.

After a series of tedious deliberations, the IRF has announced and congratulates the organizations chosen as Asia Riverprize finalists with the highest honors in river restoration and protection namely: the Pasig River (Philippines) and the Yangtze River (China).

Goitia adds “last year, the Philippines is the only third world and developing country that made it into the international finals and bravely competed with the US and the United Kingdom. In this year’s Asia Riverprize, we will be facing another super power – the red dragon, China. However, with an indomitable spirit, we remain steadfast and optimistic that we will stand triumphant in the end.”

In behalf of the IRF’s board of river basin experts, IRF Director Professor Bill Dennison says that “these different river stories are united by a common theme: excellence in river management.”

The Riverprize is not a competition of which river is more beautiful or cleaner. This is the reason why the IRF, comprised of river management experts and professionals from around the world, has given importance and consideration to the rehabilitation efforts of the PRRC to bring back the Pasig River system to life. It has acknowledged PRRC’s commitment in delivering quality projects, programs, and activities in easement recovery, housing and resettlement, riverbanks development, waste and water quality management, and public awareness.

Compared to the 1990s when it was declared “biologically dead,” the Pasig River’s condition now has significantly improved. Although the Pasig River development is a work in progress, many areas along the historic river have already shown signs of aquatic life and it has already become conducive for transport, recreation, and tourism.

PRRC’s Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia, together with Public Information, Advocacy and Tourism Division Head George Oliver G. De La Rama, will be presenting and defending the Philippines’ Pasig River entry to a panel of esteemed judges in the upcoming 21st International Riversymposium on October 14 to 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Members of PRRC’s Management Committee will also form part of the Philippine delegation.

The winner of the 2018 Asia Riverprize will receive widespread global recognition which can build new partnerships, provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge and best practices, and open doors for international support. Furthermore, the winner will automatically qualify for Stage Two of the Thiess International Riverprize in 2019. As one nation, the PRRC seeks everyone’s support to its Pasig River entry in the 2018 Asia Riverprize. The Pasig River’s victory is the victory of the Philippines and every Filipino who works hard and shares the same vision of saving our waterways and the environment. It will be the triumph of all who believe that the dream of a clean and alive Pasig River is within reach!

ESports Tournaments In The Philippines – by Indonesia’s UniPin Ventures

Hello sa inyo! Lalo na yung mga nakakalaro ko sa Mobile Legends at sa Dota 2. Mukhang mapapalaban tayo ng malulupit sa upcoming tournaments next month.

Yung tournament namin sa company namin, championships na bukas; between Pulang Araw and Canada Butterfly Crew. Best of Five series yun. Ako ang shoutcaster. Sana dumating yung panahon na makpaag shoutcast din ako sa iba pang tournaments sa labas ng office.

Nakakapagod lang. Paos ka pag-uwi. Pero Masaya. Happy Casting ang ginagawa ko a la Lon at Dunoo.

Kita-kits sa Highgrounds?

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Indonesia’s UniPin Ventures into Southeast Asian Gaming Market

Manila, 15 May 2018 – UniPin Online Game Voucher, Indonesia’s biggest and most favorable brand in the Indonesian online gaming industry strengthen its presence in the Southeast Asian Gaming Market by venturing into the Philippines.

Today the online game market for the Southeast Asian gaming industry is experiencing a tremendous growth and this has motivated UniPin to a new chapter in its digital journey to move its expansion to the Philippines to cater to the growing online gamers of this region. Demand in the online gaming market further geared us to develop and build the greatest gaming community for this region, in particular to provide a regional eSports platform for the local Philippines gamers to connect with Southeast Asia gaming communities and to support the creation of a healthy eSports lifestyle among the young generation.

To kick start its Southeast Asian vision, UniPin is partnering with Philippines local partners, such as SM Cyberzone to organize eSport competitions across the Philippines, and among others TNC Philippine Holdings Inc. being one of the distributors, in the distribution of UniPin Online Game Voucher for the Philippines’ gaming market.

Mr. Ashadi Ang, the CEO of UniPin, said”There are numerous questions as to why we chose the Philippines as our first milestone to enter the Southeast Asian countries”. With Philippines’ population of more than 100 million people coupled with the percentages of residents possessing bank accounts at 14% – 16%, according to the research conducted by BPS survey (The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), position Philippines to be the ideal platform to launch UniPin due to many similarities in terms of market trends and gamers characteristics between the Philippines and Indonesia.

“A vision, a dream to merge the gamers experiences in Southeast Asian countries, even though sounds impossible, but with our experiences, commitments and high dedication, we are optimistic to make our dream come true ” concurs Mr. Ashadi Ang . “A big dream starts with a leap of faith and the courage to act, and we start this leap with the Philippines. We foresee that UniPin will merge and connect both the Philippines’ gamers’ experiences with the Indonesian’s gamers community and together bring forth the gamers’ community in both countries to a higher level.”

“Currently UniPin partners with more than 300 game publishers worldwide and has a total of 10,000 game titles. This enables us to serve 30 million gaming communities which is in line with our slogan ‘’One for All, All for One,” as announced by the CEO of UniPin with much enthusiasm and confidence at the Press Conference delivered on the 15th of May 2018 in Manila.

With its vast game titles, UniPin is committed to create the greatest online gaming community in the Southeast Asia region, by first embarking with the Philippines, through its international-class flagship and favorite products such as Mobile Legends Bang Bang, Player Unknown Battleground (PUBG), Dota 2, League of Legends, Battlenet Club, Nexon Karma Koin, and many more games to come.

Bianca Yao, Gamer and Mr. Ashadi Ang, the CEO of UniPin

Bianca Yao, Gamer and Mr. Ashadi Ang, the CEO of UniPin

L-R SuzzySaur, Streamer; Mr. Ashadi Ang, the CEO of UniPin and Eric Redulfin, CEO of TNC; Shinboo, Streamer

L-R SuzzySaur, Streamer; Mr. Ashadi Ang, the CEO of UniPin and Eric Redulfin, CEO of TNC; Shinboo, Streamer

Mr. Ashadi Ang, the CEO of UniPin and Eric Redulfin, CEO of TNC

Mr. Ashadi Ang, the CEO of UniPin and Eric Redulfin, CEO of TNC

Mr. Ashadi Ang, the CEO of UniPin

Mr. Ashadi Ang, the CEO of UniPin

In its starting debut for the Philippines, UniPin will collaborate with SM Cyberzone by hosting a nationwide eSports tournaments starting in June 2018. The winners of such tournaments will then be flown to Jakarta to compete in UniPin’s eSports Cup for the Southeast Asia, which will take place sometime in October 2018.

To support its presence in the Philippines, UniPin also cooperates with other Philippines local companies to provide a comprehensive payment channels such as 7-Eleven, Globe, Smart, Dragon Pay, TNC cybercafé, SM Dept / supermarket, Bayad Center, Axiapedia, Globe G-Cash & BPI Bank, and many other payment channels.

For more details please go to our website at www.unipin.com