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$1B Investment Plan in the Philippines Bared by Coca-Cola

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Coca-Cola disclosed its plan to spend $1 Billion over the next five years to expand its presence and operations in the Philippines as part of its global plan to focus more on emerging markets. A recent upgrade in global standing of the Philippines by Goldman Sachs to include the country in its “Next Eleven” list may have been one of the reasons why Coca-Cola is investing this much. With a population of 91 million and a stable manufacturing and service-based economy, the Philippines offers several good investment options for the likes of Coca-Cola.

$2 Billion investment is also alloted for China while it is also buying its largest bottler in North America for more than $12 Billion.


Written by Raffy Pekson II

September 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm

The Effect of President Noynoy Aquino’s U.S. Trip on Philippine Jobs

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As the new Philippine president brings a loot of promises in foreign direct investments from his recent United States visit, the Department of Labor and Employment has issued a statement there are 40,000 job openings within the next three years as a result of Noynoy’s trip.

These job openings specifically call for the following positions: call center agent, customer service assistant, technical support staff, fork lift operator, accounting clerk, mechanical engineer, sales clerk, driver, cashier and production worker.

Notice that “Nursing” is not part of it despite many of the country’s student population are still taking up that degree which is not anymore in demand in First World countries. A re-training of out-of-work nurses will definitely be a must if they would like to compete for those 40,000 new job openings.

Source: ABS-CBN News

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Miriam Defensor Santiago is a Misinformed Facebook Junkie-wanna-be

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Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago recently upped the ante on Facebook as a prime medium in Philippine politics when she publicly told her critics and enemies, “Please post all death threats on my Facebook wall.” After that privilege speech, she took a one-day leave of rest in her house for hyperthyroidism.

Source: ABS-CBN News

Okay, Miriam – this is weird. In order to post a death threat on your Facebook wall, one has either got to “LIKE” you, which they don’t, or to request being your “FRIEND,” which goes contrary to what your telling them.

Are we missing something here you know and we don’t?

There are three Miriam Facebook Friend accounts, six Miriam Facebook Pages and Miriam senatorial movement Facebook Group – take you pick! LIKE her first or be her FRIEND before you send your death threats, remember that!

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Free Coffee Bean Frozen Twirl Upsize Coupon for Sunday

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Coffee Bean is a great place to hang around telecommuting. Their “Eggs Ben” (eggs benedict) are by far the best in the city. Cap it out with their newly launched and hotly raved frozen yogurt.

Valid only on Sunday, September 26, 2010.

Just print the coupon, cut it out and present it to your Coffee Bean Barista. Valid only at Greenbelt, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Midtown, Four Seasons, Rockwell, Eastwood, Greenhills Promenade and Bonifacio High Street.

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Art Works by Syjucos on Special Preview Exhibition

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Recent works by Cesare, Jean Marie, Michelline, Beatrix and Maxine Syjuco will be on special preview exhibition at The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences on Friday, September 24, 2010, at 5:30 PM. These works employ a broad range of experimental media from literary hybrids to site-specific installations, painting, performance and video pieces.

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences is located at 119 Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Exhibitions at the public spaces are on view 24 hours. The fourth floor gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10 am – 7 pm. Art-in-house at The Picasso is managed by Art Cabinet Philippines.

Source: E-mail from Vince Ascalon

Bench Billboard at EDSA is Head-turning and Eye-straining

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I didn’t even know who Lovi Poe was until I saw that huge Bench billboard along EDSA (going towards Guadalupe area).

Simply alluring, don’t you think?

Written by Raffy Pekson II

September 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Philippine Interior Design and Architecture Talk Series

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Greenbelt 5 in partnership with Ayala Museum will present “Beyond Designs,” a series of talks about interior design and architecture in the Philippines featuring Filipino interior designers and architects. Besides the talks, they will be asked to curate their own exhibits in coordination with shop merchants in Greenbelt 5.

Beyond Designs will be held in the Home Section of Greenbelt 5 located at the third floor on September 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm.

Source: Ben There Done That

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Franchise Show in the Philippines at World Trade Center Manila

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The Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) is holding the 9th Filipino Franchise Show is happening on September 16-19, 2010 at the World Trade Center along Roxas Boulevard.

This year’s tradeshow will not be like any other staged before. The 9th Filipino Franchise Show will run for four days instead of just three days, which was the case in the previous tradeshows held. The show will also be occupying two exhibit halls this time to accommodate more proven successful franchisers, as well as new and promising brands belonging to the food, retail and service industries.

The 9th Filipino Franchise Show is indeed rich with opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned businessmen in search of the right venture, and also for established companies wanting to grow their business through franchising.

For more information, contact:

Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc.

Tel. Nos. (02) 506-8883 (02) 506-8883 (02) 506-8883 (02) 506-8883 0917-518-AFFI, 347-0153, 534-1134

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Free Coupon Frozen Swirl Treat from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

September 10, 2010 at 9:37 am

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Top 10 Reasons Why There Couldn’t Be a Filipino-American US President

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(Probably inspired by The David Letterman Show.)

10. The White House is not big enough for in-laws and extended relatives.

9. There are not enough parking spaces at the White House for 2 Honda Civics, 2 Toyota Land Cruisers, 3 Toyota Corollas, a Mercedes Benz, a BMW, and an MPV (My Pinoy Van).

8. Dignitaries generally are intimidated by eating with their fingers at State dinners.

7. There are too many dining rooms in the White House – where will they put the picture of the Last Supper?

6. The White House walls are not big enough to hold a pair of giant wooden spoon and fork.

5. Secret Service staff won’t respond to ‘psst… psst’ or hoy hoy hoy.

4. Secret Service staff will not be comfortable driving the presidential car with a Holy Rosary hanging on the rear view mirror, or the statue of the Santo Nino on the dashboard.

3. No budget allocation to purchase a Karaoke music-machine for every room in the White House.

2.. State dinners do not allow ‘Take Home’.

And the number 1 reason why there couldn’t be a Filipino-American U.S. President is…

1. Air Force One does not allow overweight Balikbayan boxes!

Note: This came from a group e-mail that’s been going around for some time now. I’m not sure if this list actually came out of David Letterman’s show. So, don’t hold me or against it in whatever way.

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