Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Internaal Quality Audit Training Held at CHMSC-FT by: James U. Sy Jr.

The 4-day Internal Quality Audit Training was successfully conducted by the HAE Consultancy and training services of Owner/Manager Helen Alian Evalle using ISO 19001-2011 (Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems) at the CHMSC-Talisay Audio Visual Room (AVR). 20 participants more or less attended the training. CHMSC-Fortune T|owne Campus headed by Executive Director Prof. Ma. Isabel D. Tubera and Prof. Manuel I. Ramos, CPA, MBA, Dean of the College of Business Management and Accountancy, sent three faculty members to attend the training, namely Jay Jay Pisuena, Ph.D., Chair, BSBA Program, Ruvy M. Tuble, MSLS, College Librarian, and Mary Jean C. Tan, CPA, MBA, Chair, Accountancy Program. The training was meant to develop the skills needed to assess and report on the conformance and effective implementation of processes, and to contribute to the continued improvement of a quality management system based on ISO 19001-2011 standard. Among the hghlights of the training were roles of auditors, roles of team leaders, audit types, audit life cycles, terms and conditions, principles of auditing, managing an aduti program, performing an aduti, competence and evaluation of auditors, elements of specific evidence for ISO 9001-2008, etc. The training was among the programs undertaken by the college to continuously embody its vision of “excellence, competence, and educational leadership in science and technology.”

“The Science of Meetings” A Success by: James U. Sy Jr.

Events Management 101: The Science of Meetings: Providing System and Structure to Planning and Executing Corporate Events was successfully held by Jovial Media Events of Ma. Carmen “Maricar” J. Dabao and SMX Convention Center Bacolod recently at the Eastview Hotel, Bacolod City. Not less than 76 participants attended the day-long seminar. Featured Resource Speaker/Facilitator was Germaine Angelica Salvador, CHE, former Faculty Member of the diploma course on Professional Event Management at the De La Salle University (DLSU)-College of St. Benilde School for Professional and Continuing Education and the American Hospitality Academy Philippines. Salvador is a pioneer in Event Management Education in the Philippines and has authored one of the first locally-produced testbooks in Event Management, entitled “Event Management: Envision, Execute, Evaluate,” now a prescribed textbook for HRM and tourism programs in various colleges and universities. She completed the CHE professional certification requirements of the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute. Sangguniang Panglungsod Member (SPM) Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Chair, Committee on Tourism, Local and International Cooperation, graced the event as the Special Guest Speaker. Atty. Batapa-Sigue paved the way for the seminar by giving the attendees an update on the current market trends with a focus on the impact of the full implementation of ASEAN integration in 2015 and what the city and provincial government are doing to prepare the local producers, suppliers, and entrepreneurs. Two governmental programs that Atty. Batapa-Sigue highlighted were the focus on local tourism and BPO (call centers) to offset the threats posed by the inevitable integration. The seminar was one of the steps towards that direction. The seminar/workshop introduced events managers to a system and structure for planning, executing and evaliating meetings, seminars, conferences, and other corporate events. The Resource Speaker, who has successfully led teams that have put together high impact sales conferences and product launches for Jollibee, Greenwich, Pfizer Philippines, Abbott Laboratories, and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), presented more efficient and effective ways for event planning, eliminating unde stress and anxiety for the event manager, the client, and the guests. The seminar was broken down into 8 parts, namely Event Management Overview, Creating the Event Vision, The Event Concept, Planning Memorable ExperiencesL The 6 A’s, Preventive and Contingency Plans, Event Execution, Event Checklists, and Event Evaluation. Three Full Time Instructors from the Bacolod City College (BCC) were authorized by Hon. Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella to attend the seminar, namely Susan Grandeza (BSOA), Gil Alfredo B. Severino, MAEd (BSOA), and James U. Sy Jr. (BSBA), with the support of School Administrator Dr. Johanna Ann R. Bayoneta and Program Coordinators Felipe R. Chin Jr. (BSBA) and Mario Pao (BSOA). Another Instructor from BCC, Nadine V. Albay (BSOA) also attended the seminar. Other attendees included entrepreneurs as well as employees from Steel arts among others.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Anger & Stress Mgt. Seminar Presented by MBCCI by: James U. Sy Jr.

The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (MBCCI) under the leadership of its President Frank A. Carbon and its staff in cooperation with MGQ Career Development Center organized an Anger & Stress Management Seminar on July 24, 2014 at the Sugar Workers Livelihood Training & Development Center, Bacolod City. Featured Lecturer was Maria Victoria Quiambao-Raca, a psychologist and HRD Training Consultant from Manila. Raca pointed out the different stimulants to anger and stress as well as the ill effects of these emotions, and gave several methods to express and/or control them. The workshop involved a number of de-stressing activities such as using songs and dance to calm the mind, role playing, and turning to the guidance and teachings of God to have a stress-free life. Worrying and vengeance were among the stimulants determined to cause stress and anger which become more manageable with unfading faith to the One Almighty. The seminar/workshop was attended by 12 entrepreneurs and professionals from Bacolod City College (BCC), BACIWA, CENECO, Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB), and some other institutions.

Vancouver’s “Colonial” Premiered in Bacolod, Forums & Workshop Also Held by: James U. Sy Jr.

“Colonial,” a multi-sensorial and transnational solo dance-theatre piece from Vancouver, Canada, made its premiere in Bacolod City last July 30, 2014 at the Gallaga Theatre, University of St. La Salle (USLS). Two performances were presented, one in the afternoon and the other in the evening. The performer was Alvin Erasga Tolentino, a recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for his contributions in the performing arts in dance. Tolentino, who was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada in 1983, was also the director for the “Colonial” and is the founder of Co.ERASGA (2000). He is also Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia, BC, Vancouver, Calanda. Dennis D. Gupa, currently Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia, BC, Vancouver, Calanda and formerly Assistant Professor of theatre arts and communications, was Co-Director of “Colonial.” Gupa’s works were performed in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Jonathan Tsang was the Lighting, Set Designer, and Technical Diurector. “Colonial” was presented by Co.ERASGA through the office of Hon. Sangguniang Panglungsod Member (SPM) Atty. Joceele Batapa-Sigue, Chair, Committee on Tourism, Local and International Cooperation, with the cooperation of The USLS Artists’ Hub, the University of St. La Salle (USLS), University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), West Negros University (WNU), and Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B). “Colonial” is best described by its slogan “Returning. Remembering. Moving forward.” It is a one man-performance detailing the roots of the Filipino nation covered in colonialism, bloodshed, and unending struggle for freedom and self identity interpreted and expressed as contemporary dance. It strived to show the Filipino lineage, heritage, and culture through graceful and well choreographed movements of the head, torso, arms, and legs as well as facial and vocal expressions. Co.ERASGA has visited over 50 diverse cities and communities outside of Vancouver and in countries such as Belgium, Canada, France, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and across four continents, to share the art of dance. Bacolod, Manila and Bulacan were some of the major cities where the 2014 Tour of Colonial gave performances. Prior to the performances, Dennis D. Gupa, Co-Director of “Colonial,” facilitated a forum on art in general and the “Colonial” in particular with students from collaborating schools as the audience. Gupa talked about his own journey to the world of art and theater and how it changed his life. Gupa was as eloquent in his speech as he was well versed in the arts. The forum at the GGA Audio Visual Room, West Negros University (WNU) was facilitated by Mario R. Gabuya, Manager, Center for the Performing Arts and Culture, Dr. Maria Christina F. Bagundol, Faculty Member and Recruitment and Staff Officer, and Ionie Lacson of the office of Hon. SPM Atty. Batapa-Sigue. Atty. Batapa-Sigue, at the conclusion of the forum at WNU, gave the students updates on developments of tourism projects in the city. Earlier this year, on February 28, Atty. Batapa-Sigue also spearheaded the 6th TechTalks Bacolod “Opportunities in Finance and accounting Outsourcing” through the Bacolod Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), Inc. at the Masskara Hall at the People’s House and on July 17, actively supported The Science of Meetings: Providing System and Structure to Planning and Executing Corporate at the Eastview Hotel, Bacolod City Bacolod City College (BCC) under School Administrator Dr. Johanna Ann R. Bayoneta, with the permission of Program Coordinators Felipe R. Chin Jr., CPA, MBA (BSBA) and Mario Pao (BSOA), sent five faculty members to the forum and the performance, namely Carlo S. Descutido (BSBA/BSOA), Susan Grandeza (BSOA), Rosalia Lorilla (BSBA/BSPA), Gil Alfredo B. Severino, MBA (BSOA), and James U. Sy Jr. (BSBA). Then on July 31, 2014, the staff of “Colonial”/ Co.ERASGA conducted a dance, directing, and scriptwriting workshop for students.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Culture Nurture: E is for Education, Entrepreneurship, Employment, and Economy By: James U. Sy Jr.

Why go to college? An often asked question in college and university interviews that doesn’t seem to be answered with enough deep thought to the matter. The usual answers that one gets include to gain more knowledge, to graduate from college, and to have a good job, which by themselves are correct…partially correct actually. Partially correct because after one gains more knowledge then what? After one graduates from college then what? After landing a good job then what? Simply put the answers are very myopic, short term in nature, and are not the ultimate goal, although they contribute to the final objective. I tell my students that one’s mission in going to college is, take good note of this, to improve one’s quality of life and ultimately be happy in life. Having knowledge, having graduated, and having a job or a business are the first steps. If one is myopic, he can just focus his sights on these yet he may never attain real fulfillment and happiness in life since this ultimate goal is not within his focus. On the other hand, if one has improving the quality of life and being happy as the ultimate goal then having knowledge, having graduated, and having a good job or business are but natural preparatory steps. This way of thinking is outside the box, a different paradigm shift if you will. Many students would go to school just to hang out, drink, smoke, do drugs, go to billiard halls or disco houses, or even impregnate or be impregnated. Any of these activities that do not contribute to the fulfillment of one’s dreams have no place in a student’s focus in going to school. If a student has this mindset then he can never go down the wrong path. The importance of education can not be pointed out enough. The title of this article may well best describe the revolving interaction between education, entrepreneurship, employment, and the economy. There is a direct link between education and employment. Education prepares a citizen for employment, whether with an institution or by one’s self (entrepreneurship). An analogy I often give my students is that at one point in life, we may be required to remove a screw. Without the right tool we won’t be able to do the job. It is here where the education system comes in, by providing the screwdriver to get the job done. Generally, people with no or less education end up in labor-intensive employment - porters, stevedores, construction workers, carpenters, plumbers, etc. While these jobs are honorable, the laborer has a decreasing capability to earn as he grows older and become weaker physically. Younger applicants can easily sidetrack them in the race for bringing home the bacon. However, a job, say in the office, while still stressful, would tend to put more strain on the mind rather than on the physical, and with better pay. Office workers will have relatively fewer job-related physical mishaps or injuries than those in the labor-intensive industries. Improving quality of life therefore does not only involve earning money for the sake of having money but being able to use one’s earnings to make life more comfortable and enjoyable. This includes being able to attend to the medical needs of one’s parents or family, being able to eat what one wants to eat, and being able to go where one wants to have a vacation among other things. Traditionally, the orientation of graduates is towards salaried employment. In more recent times, this has changed as there is a growing interest in entrepreneurship in our country. Today, entrepreneurship is included in the curricula of most universities and colleges. Consider the following figures by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). There were 820,255 business enterprises operating in the Philippines in 2011 with 99.6% (816,759) of these being micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) (those with up to P3 million, P3-15 million, and P15-100 million capitalization respectively); The large enterprises only comprised 0.4% (3,496). 91.0% (743,250) of these MSMEs were micro enterprises; 8.6% (70,222) were small enterprises and 0.4% (3,287) was medium enterprises. In Region 6 (Western Visayas) there were 47,166 MSMEs in that year. MSMEs generated 3,872,406 jobs in 2011, or 61.0% of the total jobs generated by all types of business establishments that year; the large enterprises contributed 2,473,336 jobs. Again, micro enterprises comprise the bulk of this job generation at 45.9% (1,778,353 jobs). 206,108 jobs were generated for Region 6 (Western Visayas) that year. Thus, entrepreneurship helps improve the economy among others through 1) employment, 2) income generation of employees and businesses (both suppliers and buyers), 3) improvement of the quality of life, 4) more equitable distribution of wealth, and 5) strengthening of the government through taxes, licensing and permits, and development of buildings and other structures. In Bacolod City, the capital of the province of Negros Occidental, the local government under Hon. Mayor Monico O. Puentevella continues to operate and support the Bacolod City College (BCC), which had produced thousands of graduates within its 14 years of existence. This year BCC produced 897 graduates in its 5 programs. During the college’s 14th Commencement Exercises last April 3, 2014 at the BAYS Center, Mayor Puentevella stressed the college’s continued quest for excellence in education by having experts from the academic field in the board of trustees. He also thanked the parents for sacrificing to have their children finish college. BCC is one of only two public schools in Bacolod offering college education (the other is the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College) As graduates join the real world of employment and entrepreneurship and as high school graduates enter the gates of colleges and universities this coming June, hopefully they will realize that education, employment, entrepreneurship, and the economy are all interrelated pieces of a larger puzzle which we all call life.

Culture Nurture: Maleficient: Fairy Tale Hollywood Style By: James U. Sy Jr.

Prolific moviegoers would have noted several ongoing trends in the film industry nowadays. For one, superheroes are the in thing, with Marvel outdoing DC in the silver screen with the release of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Elektra, and yes, The Avengers. The most familiar DC franchise is Batman with several films already made under its belt. But aside from that there’s only Superman and Green Lantern (Flash is yet to be released and there’s a rumor of a Justice League movie). Another noticeable trend is the reemergence of several fairy tales in Hollywood, but with some new and refreshing twists. At least two new versions were made for Snow White and then there was Jack the Giant Slayer (of Jack and the Beanstalk fame), Hansel and Gretel, and Rapunzel, in the cartoon format Tangled. Other fairy tales in the cartoon format were Frozen and the three installments of Shrek. Many of these movies had some really good action packed sequences, most especially Hansel and Gretel. The latest of these fairy tales to hit the screen was Maleficient, which starred Angelina Jolie in the lead role. Interestingly, the title was not “Sleeping Beauty” but viewers would soon understand why it was not so. What differentiates Maleficient from the other previous fairy tale movies is that the point of view taken was that of the villain, not of the innocent victim princess. This adds an air of freshness to the presentation because it’s a route outside of the box. The movie depicted Maleficient, the villain in the movie, not as the kind of evil that previous fairy tales would have us see. Instead, Maleficient was given a human element (although she’s a fairy), a personality that has both a bad and good side, which tends to break our stereotype of a purely evil or a purely good person. Maleficient was both villain and hero, an anti-villain if you will. The start of the movie depicted Maleficient as a joyful and righteous fairy, appreciating the beauty in her environment and taking the responsibility of protecting all that’s within her kingdom. The attack on her people by the king represented man’s inherent greed, which often leads to conflict. Maleficient succeeded in defending their home but then she was betrayed by her childhood sweetheart and she lost her wings. Her consequent depression and transformation is a manifestation of the great sorrow caused by man’s lust for power and wealth. From a wronged person’s perspective, taking revenge is but a natural progression, something that has not been elaborately depicted in other retelling or rendering of the story of Sleeping Beauty. The movie Maleficient put this in proper perspective. Jolie looked stunning as an evil fairy with her make up and the accompanying light effects. But as fate would have it, love is the antidote to hate. Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) grew to be a fine and likeable young lady. Maleficient would often see her doing things that she used to do also when she was young, reminding her of old self. Maleficient developed a liking for Aurora though she tried to suppress and hide it. Jolie convincingly acted this out on screen. Maleficient soon started her retransformation to her old self. An unexpected twist was when Aurora did not wake up from the kiss of the prince. Then the fairy tale bubble bursts. Reality check: How can the prince really love a girl whom he just met once? Viewers are left thinking, “Now what?” Maleficient, who regretted putting a spell on Aurora, tried to revoke the curse but wasn’t able to because of the condition she had placed on the curse. At this point, Maleficient did not realize it yet but her actions bespeak of her love for Aurora. Her asking forgiveness and kissing Aurora in the forehead is symbolic of man’s real life actions that would soon lead him to regret them. It was this part wherein Maleficient’s humanity was best expressed by the film’s director. Love, which is very real, is the real fairy tale after all. Taken from a philosophical point of view, the movie Maleficient is a good medium of teaching values to children, who would have been a significant part of the total viewers of the movie. It was a story about friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, love and hate, good and evil, and how people transform because of their environment and how they are affected by the actions of others. Overall, it was a totally human depiction of a fairy tale. Two thumbs up. For those who have not yet seen it, you better do.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kasalan 2014 Wedding Exhibition: Through the Lens of a Journalist

A display of bridal gowns and groom suits by Ysabelles’s Bridal Shop during the Kasalan 2014 wedding exhibition at the Fountain Area of Robinson’s Place Bacolod (James U. Sy Jr./NDB Photo). A display of bridal gowns and groom suits by Simply Chic Gown Rental during the Kasalan 2014 wedding exhibition at the Fountain Area of Robinson’s Place Bacolod (James U. Sy Jr./NDB Photo). The Misyel’s Catering Services display giving a sample of the ambiance of fine dining for the wedding reception during the Kasalan 2014 wedding exhibition at the Fountain Area of Robinson’s Place Bacolod (James U. Sy Jr./NDB Photo). Belle Visage Services offer airbrush and traditional make up and hair styling for the bride to be at her most beautiful on the day of her wedding. Exhibit manned by siblings Emee Rose and Myla Robles during the Kasalan 2014 wedding exhibition at the Fountain Area of Robinson’s Place Bacolod (James U. Sy Jr./NDB Photo). The Business Inn and Planta Hotel exhibit during the Kasalan 2014 wedding exhibition at the Fountain Area of Robinson’s Place Bacolod (James U. Sy Jr./NDB Photo). The Sugarland hotel exhibit during the Kasalan 2014 wedding exhibition at the Fountain Area of Robinson’s Place Bacolod (James U. Sy Jr./NDB Photo). Robinson’s Place Bacolod is hosting at its Fountain Area Kasalan 2014, a wedding exhibit, offering different products and services from the planning stage to the actual wedding, and even the post nuptials. My Choice Party Shop (Pinky H. Mirano-Ocampo), Personal Touches by Ellen Lindaya, Unlimited Occasions (Kayte Aguilar-Matiling), and YES (Your Event Specialist) by DJM Consulting Firm offer full coordination/event planning and different wedding packages that include invitations, flowers, sound system and lights, photo and video coverage, photobooth, emcee and DJ, wedding cakes, giveaways, and fireworks among others. Design Lab also offers invitations, personalized items, graphic designs, and printing services for the wedding. In terms of bridal gowns and groom suits/barongs, Simply Chic Gown Rental and Ysabelles’s Bridal Shop offer an assortment of wedding attire for the couple and their entourage and sponsors. For the bride to be at her most beautiful on the day of her wedding, Belle Visage Services offer airbrush and traditional make up and hair styling. Amelvin’s Touch offers styling and flowers. Calishoots Photohraphy, Iyo Photography, Jesphotoworks, and SKT Digital offer photography and videography services. Carvi Canopy Tent Sales & Rentals offers aircons tents, portalets, tables and chairs, chandeliers, red carpets, floorings and Iwata air coller for weddings. And for the receptions and accommodation, exhibitors include Misyel’s Catering Services, D’ Baker’s, Business Inn, Palmas del Mar, Planta Hotel and Residences, and Sugarland hotel. .