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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

Mr. Harvey Llamosa
Senior Executive Projects Associate


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)

The Russians are Winning – Virtus Pro and Red Sparrow

Pag nabanggit ang salitang Russian, ang naiisip ko lang ay Nuclear reactors at mga bruskong lalaki na malalaki katawan kagaya ni Zangief sa Street Fighter. Nagtataka lang din ako kung bakit naka-briefs lang tong si Zangief e samantalang natatabunan ng yellow ang Moscow.

Pero lately, medyo may mga dagdag na akong kaalaman tungkol sa Russia – dahil Russian ang Virtus Pro, ang DOTA 2 team na nanalo sa Katowice 2018 majors. Skip mo na ang paragraph na to kung hindi ka naman nagdodota. Tandaan mo na lang na ang premyo sa contest na yun ay $400,000 US. Biruin mo yun, higit 20 million pesos sa paglalaro lang ng DOTA.


Virtus Pro sa Katowice 2018

Virtus Pro sa Katowice 2018

Marami pa akong gustong malaman tungkol sa Russia. Siguro, manonood na lang ako ng “Red Sparrow” starring Jennifer Lawrence this week sa Ayala and SM Cinemas.

Mas maganda daw kung IMAX.

Also, marami daw na Rated-Adult scenes. Kahit daw yung crew ng movie, na-awkward nung nagsimula nang umarte si Jennifer Lawrence.



The latest adult spy movie “Red Sparrow”, arrestingly visceral and cerebral at the same time introduces high-end assassins and spies ready to kill and destroy at all costs without the usual gun and gadgets fare typical of recent spy films.

Based on the tome by Jason Matthews, “Red Sparrow” is directed by Francis Lawrence that stars an impressive, international cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling, Joely Richardson, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons. Continue reading

Galaxy Battles Season Will Be Hosted in the Philippine Arena

Nakakatuwang isipin na ang Dota 2 sa Asia ay kinikilala na ang Pinoy audience. Peenoise kung tawagin, pero tayo ang pinaka masaya at pinakamagulong audience. Ang hiyawan natin ay kayang punuin ang napakalawak na Philippine Arena.

Doon nga magaganap ang Galaxy Battles.

Yung New Blood Championship Philippines, which is the first leg of the Galaxy Battles kung saan ang mga non-pro players ay naglalaban-laban, ay natapos netong weekend lang. Sa totoo lang, ito ang kauna-unahang big screen dota experience ko.

Iba ang pakiramdam na parang nanonood ka ng sine habang nilalaro ng mga malulupit na players ang paborito mong game.

Mas matutuwa pa siguro ako kung may Techies sa game.

The Galaxy Battles will be held on January 19-21 sa Philippine Arena. Nilatag ng organizers ang plano nila kung ano ang magiging itsura ng lugar. Magkakaroon ng concert para sa music lovers, ng Dota Town para sa mahilig mag instagram, at ang 3-day tournament para sa mga pro players. Natanggap na ng Newbee, Infamous, at TNC Pro Team ang kanilang invites.

Welcome ang lahat kahit yung mga hindi naglalaro. Gusto ma-share ng e-sports community ang experience. Multi-million industry na kami. Kahit ang Games and Amusement Board ay join na rin.

Join na rin kayo.


TNC Pro Team is ready for the Galaxy Battles

TNC Pro Team is ready for the Galaxy Battles

My cousin and I are looking forward to this big eSports business

My cousin and I are looking forward to this big eSports business

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Move On Na Tayo. Wala Nang Halaga Yan!

HIndi ako takot mag move on. As a matter of fact, ang moving on phase ang paborito kong phase sa relationship cycle. 

Oo totoo. Di ako takot. Mas nakakatakot pa yung wala kang pamasahe pauwi.

Moving on phase sa relationship cycle, sa phase kasi na to, you get to do things na hindi mo akalain na magagawa mo. Sa panahon na to, yung mga bagay na hindi mo magawa, mauumpisahan mo, dahil wala nang maghohold back sayo.

  • Yung luma mong buhok, mapapa brazilian mo na.
  • Yung iniiwasan mong chicken skin, makakain mo na.
  • Yung wallet mo, mapapalitan mo na.
  • Masisimulan mo na ang kdrama na matagal mo nang gusto panoorin.
  • Makakasama ka na sa lakad ng high school friends mo.
  • Makakaattend ka na ng birthday bash ng pinsan ng kapitbahay ng high school classmate ng kuya mo na nasa province.
  • Madidiscard mo na yung wallet mo na may laman na pera naipe-phase out na sa June 30, 2017. 1985 pa nilabad ang pera na yan. Kailangan na mag move on.

Ayun na nga, dahil nga mawawalan na ng value ang mga pinanghahawakan mo, kailangan mo na sila bitawan.

Need mo magbura ng files sa 1 terrabyte mo. Wala ka naman pambili din ng bagong harddisk.

Eto yung announcement tungkol sa pera. Move on na tayo guys:

  • You have until June 30, 2017 to exchange your Old Banknote Series in banks and at any BSP regional offices and branches.
  • Beginning July 1, 2017, the Old Banknote Series will fully lose their monetary value.
  • For Overseas Filipinos:
    • Those who registered their old banknotes with the BSP via orbs•bsp•gov•ph from October 31 to December 31, 2016, can exchange these at any BSP regional offices and branches for the new banknotes within one year from registration.
    • For those in war torn countries, you can exchange your old banknotes at any BSP regional offices and branches until December 31, 2017. There is no need to register your old banknotes.

For inquiries or concerns, you may contact the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas at (632)708-7140 or (632)708-7701 local 2876 or email corao@bsp•gov•ph. 

Thank you. 
*This is in line with BSP Circular No. 959 and 910.


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