Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bank of Commerce Hosts CASAP-Bacolod’s DBM 1A for Bank Tour

Leni Dujon-Leong, Assistant Manager, and Mark Ojeras, Branch Manager, (seated) with branch staff (at the back), Instructor James U. Sy Jr., and Principles of Finance Diploma in Business Management (DBM) 1A students of the College of Arts & Sciences of Asia and the Pacific (CASAP)-Bacolod Campus at the conclusion of the Bank Tour at Bank of Commerce, 888 Premiere Mall, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City on November 11, 2016 (NDB photo).
Leni Dujon-Leong, Assistant Manager, and Mark Ojeras, Branch Manager, giving a short talk about the banking function and its role in the economy and individual savings to Principles of Finance Diploma in Business Management (DBM) 1A students of the College of Arts & Sciences of Asia and the Pacific (CASAP)-Bacolod Campus during the Bank Tour at Bank of Commerce, 888 Premiere Mall, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City on November 11, 2016 (NDB photo). 19 Diploma in Business Management (DBM) 1A students of the College of Arts & Sciences of Asia and the Pacific (CASAP)-Bacolod Campus, along with their Instructor James U. Sy Jr., were welcomed and hosted by Branch Manager Mark Ojera and Assistant Manager Leni Dujon-Leong for a Bank Orientation and Bank Tour last November 11, 2016 at the Bank of Commerce-888 Chinatown Square Premiere Mall Branch, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City. The bank tour was part of the course requirements for the subject Principles of Finance, which covers money, banking, and credit, and aims to expose students to banking functions and operation in real life. Ojera and Leong gave a short talk on the importance of banking institutions in the Philippine financial system and the value of savings among the youth. The bank tour is among the efforts of College of Arts & Sciences of Asia and the Pacific (CASAP)-Bacolod Campus under the leadership of School Director Jun C. Montaño, MPA, and College Dean Maximo F. Torrento Jr. to equip students and make them more competitive to the demands of the globalized industry. The College of Arts & Sciences of Asia & the Pacific (CASAP) is a private educational institution founded by Hon. former Marikina Mayor Ma. Lourdes C. Fernando in 2010 in Marikina City, currently with 4 separate campuses nationwide. The Bank of Commerce, an affiliate of the San Miguel Corporation group, is one of the country’s progressive commercial banks (JUS).

DTI Conducts “Doing Business in FTA” Seminar by: James U. Sy Jr.

Resource speakers, DTI officials, and the participants of the "Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTA)" information session organized by the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental for Bacolod and Negros Occidental-based business enterprises on November 8, 2016 at the Molasses Hall, Sugarland Hotel, Araneta St., Bacolod City (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Resource speaker Rudolph Jay Velasco of Pampanga, Trade-Industry Development Specialist (TIDS), Market Innovation Division (MID), EMB, DTI, gave a talk on “Philippine-US Bilateral Trade and US GSP” during the "Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTA)" information session organized by the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental on November 8, 2016 at Sugarland Hotel City (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Resource speaker Nick Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, President/CEO of Asia Etc., gave a talk on "Market Opportunities in the US for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)" during the "Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTA)" information session organized by the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental on November 8, 2016 at Sugarland Hotel City (James U. Sy Jr. photo). The "Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTA)" information session was successfully presented by the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental for Bacolod and Negros Occidental-based business enterprises on November 8, 2016 at the Molasses Hall, Sugarland Hotel, Araneta St., Bacolod City. Attendance was more than the expected 60 participants from the business sector, as well as from the academe (USLS and CASAP-Bacolod included). Resource Speakers were Rudolph Jay Velasco, Trade-Industry Development Specialist (TIDS), Market Innovation Division (MID), EMB, DTI, for “Philippine-US Bilateral Trade and US GSP” and Nick Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, President/CEO of Asia Etc., for "Market Opportunities in the US for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)." Velasco informed the participants that the top Philippine export for the Philippines was electronics at 57% of the $58.83 billion total exports of the country. Under the Philippine-US Bilateral Trade in 2015, the USA ranked 2nd as import source of the Philippines at $7.47B, 2nd as export market at $9.02B, and 3rd as trading partner at $16.49B. Velasco also talked about market opportunities in the USA, consumer trends in the USA, recent export promotions in the US, and the US Generalized Schemes of Preferences (GSP). Johnson, who had been to all of Asia, focused on the export of food products to the USA. He talked about the market demographics, citing both the mainstream and ethnic segments, how they shop and the shifting trends towards online shopping,branding, positioning, pricing, value chain including distribution partners in the US and retailers, warehousing,and other details specific to the industry. The DBFTA is a business-education program by the DTI with the goal of informing businesses of the benefits of Free Trade agreements (FTAs) and has now expanded to include sessions on ASEAN integration and GSP schemes. Free-trade agreements (FTAs) and Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) eliminates or reduces tariffs thereby making Philippine products more price-competitive in the global market. More than half of Philippine exports are with FTA partners and GSP donor countries. Leading DTI-Negros Occidental in organizing the event was Rachel N. Nufable, Chief Trade and Industry Development Specialist/Division Chief. Master of Ceremonies was Romel Amihan, Ph.D.,Senior Trade-Industry Development Specialist (STIDS). Completing the DTI team were Engr. Engiemar Tupas and Mae Buaron, both STIDS. \\

CASAP’s Class Officers Elected By: James U. Sy Jr.

BSAT 2A Economics class at MCF, College of Arts & Sciences of Asia and the Pacific (CASAP)-Bacolod Campus (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo).
BSIS 2A HBO class at TCF2, College of Arts & Sciences of Asia and the Pacific (CASAP)-Bacolod Campus (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo). Class officers of the Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology (BSAT) 2A, Bachelor of Science in Information System (BSIS) 2A, and Diploma in Business Management (DBM) for SY 2016-2017 were elected recently at the College of Arts & Sciences of Asia and the Pacific (CASAP)-Bacolod Campus, G/F Milagros Bldg., Rosario-Gatuslao Sts., Bacolod City. This year’s officers for BSAT 2A are Juvia Grace V. Caceres (President), Glendelyn B. Morales (Vice President), Dailyn Cañete (Secretary), Lady Lee Alintana (Treasurer), Kathylou Q. Sampit (Auditor), Johnna Jhayne Bantilan (Business Manager), Mae A. Sarabia (PIO), and Eugene dela Cruz and Jaycel Mae Olarve (Sgt. at Arms). For BSIS 2A, new officers are Jeamae Cabison (President), Kean dela Peña (Vice President), Jana Joy Mabaquiao (Secretary), Grace Bandiola (Treasurer), Jimrose Thea Galan (Auditor), Arjay Esteban (Business Manager), Riza Mae Catam-isan (PIO), and John Geiro Garolacan and Richell Garzon (Sgt. at Arms), Daisy Mae semeniano (Muse), and Joey Javellana (Escort). Those elected to the posts for DBM 1A were Julie Ann Quezon (President), Ana May Jaculbe (Vice President), Rosylle Hadia (Secretary), Rochelle Jimenez (Treasurer), Rovelyn Pardilla (Auditor), Ronice Alondra Magbanua (Business Manager), Marvin G. Salem (PIO), May Angel Claverias (Muse), and Jomel Barbon (Escort).

Trive W.A.R. XXVII Explodes @ 888 Premier Mall By: James U. Sy Jr.

Organize Founder/Master Roy R. Flores of Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP), |Master Ricardo Filipinas of Sacred Ki Art of Kickfighting (SKAK), and Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr., of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. (2nd, 5th, and 7th from the left respectively) with members of the Tigers team at the conclusion of the Trive W.A.R. (Warrior’s Art Rumble) XXVII on October 23, 2016 at the Activity Area, 888 Premier Mall, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City (James u. sy Jr./CMAS photo).
One of the six no-gi Jiu-jitsu bouts contested during the Trive W.A.R. (Warrior’s Art Rumble) XXVII on October 23, 2016 at the Activity Area, 888 Premier Mall, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City (James u. sy Jr./CMAS photo). Trive W.A.R. (Warrior’s Art Rumble) XXVII, the longest running multi-martial art-system tournament in Bacolod City, was successfully held by the Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP) of Master Roy R. Flores on October 23, 2016 at the Activity Area, 888 Premier Mall, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City. A total of 10 bouts were contested, 4 for Wushu Sanshou and the rest for no gi grappling/Jiu-jitsu with the participation and officiating of 10 martial arts groups. Competing teams were Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr., Fight Club (FC) of Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin Tusil, Leverage Jiu-jitsu of Founder Don Villacin (represented by Adrian Gellana in the event), New Life Jiu-jitsu of Trainor Ken Toledo, Purple Belt, 1 on 1 of Trainor/Owner Brian Encartes, Pangamut International of Master Stephen Dedel, Sacred Ki Art of Kickfighting (SKAK) of Master Ricardo Filipinas, Supreme Modern Combat (SMC) represented by seniors Patrick Barrera and Dennis Villacrusis, Tigers Team of Dan Visitacion, and Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP) of Master Roy R. Flores. WUSHU SANSHOU. Jowel Salodo of Tigers Team, 116 lbs., over Ronald Homma of Fight Club, 121 lbs. Roy Flores Jr. of Tribu Hangaway over Geniel Alit of 1 on 1/Leverage Jiu-jitsu. Rodgie Aquino of 1 on 1/Leverage Jiu-jitsu over Biboy Mayang of Tribu Hangaway. Julius A. Alipato of Fight Club, 145 lbs., over Mokey Poblado of Tigers Team, 142 lbs. NO GI GRAPPLING/JIU-JITSU. Christian Abelarde of FC, 158 lbs., over Rubin Jacube of TT, 140 lbs. Al Abelarde of FC, 174 lbs., over Japit Jemeña of THP, 186 lbs. Mark Mayang of THP, 129 lbs., over Jam Ramirez of FC, 117 lbs. Dave Gonzales of 1 on 1/Leverage Jiu-jitsu over John Mark Aram of Pangamut International, 153 lbs., via guillotine choke at 3:11. Miko Pamplieaga of Leverage Jiu-jitsu over Christopher Alita of New Life Jiu-jitsu. Al Abelarde of FC, 174 lbs., over Rubin Jacube of TT, 140 lbs. (openweight category). Officlas were Master Roy R. Flores of THP (Referee), Master Ricardo Filipinas of SKAK and Black Belts Patrick Barrera and Dennis Villacrusis of SMC (Judges), Ms. Julie Pantua, of Paglaum Village National High School, Official Coach of Bacolod City in DepEd Wushu Sanshou (Head Jury), Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of CMAS (Master of ceremony and Recordkeeper), Chloe De Guzman of THP-Jiu-jitsu (Timer), and Stephanie Sagal of THP-Miay Thai (Flag Raiser).

Soriño & Alnasan, 2016 Ms. & Mr. PDPR of Bcc BSOA 1G By: James U. Sy Jr.

BCC instructors James U. Sy Jr., Mario Pao Jr., and Ma. Victoria "Marivic" Galleguez, MBA, with BSOA 1G at the conclusion of the PDPR Program Requirements "Bonding Through Social Gatherings" on October 18, 2016 at Room 9, New BSOA Bldg., Bacolod City College (BCC)-Taculing Campus, Taculing Rd., Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City (CMAS photo). Rose Jean Soriño and Jhie Cyprus Alnasan were named 2016 Ms. And Mr. PDPR of BSOA 1G with scores of 98% and 95% respectively during the Personality Development Public Relations (PDPR) Program Requirements culminating activity with the theme “Bonding Through Social Gatherings” on October 18, 2016 at Room 9, New BSOA Bldg., Bacolod City College (BCC)-Taculing Campus., Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City. Sharina Fernandez and Saira Dematillo were 1st and 2nd runner up respectively. Soriño, who was candidate no. 21, was also named Best in Casual Attire among the 28 contestants of BSOA 1G. Other winners were Joenilyn Esquia (Best in Formal Attire), Foulin Recodo (Best in Office Attire), and Rhei Gaudenio (Best in Sports Attire). All the freshmen of the BSOA department, sections A to H, are under the supervision and advisory of Ma. Victoria “Marivic” B. Galleguez, MBA, who has taught at BCC since 2000. The participants were judged according to the following criteria: appropriateness of clothes 25%, make up 25%, self confidence 25%, and bearing/poise 25%. Judge was James U. Sy Jr., Instructor at BCC and the College of Arts and Sciences of Asia and the Pacific (CASAP)-Bacolod Campus. In-charge for the program were Veronica Dumdumaya and Foulin Recodo (Master of Ceremonies), Decel Ann Colantes (opening prayer and intermission number), class president Hamah Paula Delas Alas (Lupang Hinirang), and Jayve Madillas (intermission number). Personality Development Public Relations (PDPR) is among the required subjects for the course of BSOA at BCC. Here the students are taught by Galleguez the finesse, poise, confidence, and overall personality development that are very essential to the course. Galleguez was awarded her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) by La Consolacion College (LCC) in 2005, graduating as Magna Cumlaude. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Commerce (BSC) at Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B) in 1982 and her Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Administration (BSSA) at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) in 1999. She has previously taught at West Negros College (WNC) (1995-2000) and CSA-B (1985-1995). Also gracing the event was BSOA Insturctor Mario Pao Jr. The BSOA department is under the leadership of Program Coordinator (PC) Aprilene Ferreras.

“Someone to Watch Over Me” Kapuso Stars Wow Bacoleños in MassKara Mall Show, Encantadia Stars Up Next by: James U. Sy Jr.

NDB writers Gil Alfredo B. Severino and James U. Sy Jr. with Lovi Poe,Tom Rodriguez, and Max Collins during the GMA Kapuso Press Conference for "Someone to Watch Over Me" on October 14, 2016 at Planta Hotel, Bacolod City (NDB photo).
Bacolod media with Lovi Poe,Tom Rodriguez, and Max Collins during the GMA Kapuso Press Conference for "Someone to Watch Over Me" on October 14, 2016 at Planta Hotel, Bacolod City (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
NDB columnist/feature writer James U. Sy Jr. with Lovi Poe during the GMA Kapuso Press Conference for "Someone to Watch Over Me" on October 14, 2016 at Planta Hotel, Bacolod City (NDB photo).
NDB writers Gil Alfredo B. Severino and James U. Sy Jr. interviewing Lovi Poe,Tom Rodriguez, and Max Collins during the GMA Kapuso Press Conference for "Someone to Watch Over Me" on October 14, 2016 at Planta Hotel, Bacolod City (NDB photo).
Lovi Poe,Tom Rodriguez, and Max Collins answering questions from the Bacolod media during the GMA Kapuso Press Conference for "Someone to Watch Over Me" on October 14, 2016 at Planta Hotel, Bacolod City (NDB photo). Kapuso stars Tom Rodriguez, Lovi Poe, and Max Collins of “Someone to Watch Over Me” flew to the City of Smiles last October 14, 2016 to serenade their Bacoleño and Negrosanon fans in their highly successful Kapuso Mall Show at the Atrium, SM City Bacolod as part of this year’s MassKara Festival celebration. GMA Network is always one with Bacoleños in this yearly celebration, with the stars of GMA’s top-rating Telababad show flying in to meet and entertain their fans. Like the previous year, the Kapuso Mall Show will be a back-to-back treat, with the stars of Encantadia - Sanya Lopez, Rocco Nacino, Klea Pineda, and Migo Adecer - bringing the magic to Bacolod City and taking the center stage in another heart-stopping show come this October 22, 2016, again at the Atrium, SM City Bacolod. Oliver Amoroso, Officer-in-Charge of GMA’s Regional TV Department hopes that “our Kapusong Negrense will have a great time with the back-to-back Kapuso Mall Shows we prepared for them as part of this major celebration.” Amoroso said this is the way GMA shows how they value the celebrations of their fellow Kapuso all around the country. “Someone to Watch Over Me” is an inspirational drama, which in the words of Rodriguez, has already been explored before but differs in the way how it has been structured and presented from a fresh perspective. It is about a wife’s unwavering love for her husband who is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The character of Joanna Mercado, the compassionate wife, is played by Lovi Poe. Tom Rodriguez breathes life into the person of TJ Chavez, the husband of Joanna who is stricken with the illness. Joanna is wlling to sacrifice her happiness for the sake of her husband, even allowing Irene Montenegro, played by Max Collins, into their lives and into their home. Joanna took the role of TJ’s “caregiver” while Irene, TJ’s ex-girlfriend, receives all his love and affection. TJ no longer remembers Joanna as his wife and. “Someone to Watch Over Me” will explore up to what extent love will be able to hold on in the face of despair. Poe, Rodriguez, and Collins, who meet the Bacolod media in a press conference prior to the Kapuso Mall Show, said that the series gave them a fresh challenge as they had to do research on the real symptoms, effects, and consequences of such an illness. Tom Rodriguez in particular elaborated on how he had to go through the internet to read the journals of people with family who are afflicted with the illness. From these journals he got a good glimpse of Alzheimer's disease in the real world. Collins revealed that her character didn’t know that TJ had the illness. Poe’s character requires her to endure a lot of pain as apparently she is the only one who has a good grasp of what’s happening. “Someone to Watch Over Me” continues to attract viewers as the plot is gradually unraveled. Meanwhile, the telefantasya Encantadia is the highest-rating Kapuso program among the most-watched shows in NUTAM, according to recent data from the Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, the industry’s trusted ratings service provider. Follow GMA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gmanetwork and GMA Regional TV at www.facebook.com/GMARegionalTV and on Twitter and Instagram via @GMARegionalTV to know more about the Network’s regional events.

CASAP-Bacolod Sr. High Campus Inauguration Today by James U. Sy Jr.

The Senior High School Campus of the College of Arts & Sciences of Asia & the Pacific (CASAP)-Bacolod Campus will be inaugurated today, October 7, 2016, 9:00 AM, at its location at Palanca Ave., Brgy. 35, Bacolod City. The sprawling 7 ha. facility includes three buildings with a total floor area of 1 ha. and boasts a total of 36 classrooms to accommodate its more than 1,200 senior high school students, the third highest enrollment among schools in the province for this semester. The new building includes computer laboratory, science laboratory, kitchen, mock hotel, banquet hall, and library. The ceremony will be graced by the institution’s Founder/President/Chairman Hon. former Marikina City Mayor Ma. Lourdes C. Fernando, Vice President Rossana Buzeta, and Managing Director Arnold Pediongco. Fernando is the wife of Hon. former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman and now Cong. Bayani F. Fernando. Also to grace the event are Hon. Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid M. Familiaran, Brgy. 35 officials, and officials from the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), Department of Education (DepEd), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Preparations for the inauguration was spearheaded by CASAP-Bacolod School Director Jun Montaño, MPA, and College Dean Maximo Torrento Jr. CASAP-Bacolod Senior High School offers GAS, HUMSS, STEM, and TVL.