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HIRED – The First Ever Recruitment Party by jobsDB Philippines

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Online job portal, jobsDB Philippines, pioneers another innovation in the recruitment industry with HIRED – the jobsDB Recruitment Party! HIRED aims to provide job seekers with job opportunities in the BPO/Call center industry; one of the country’s fastest growing and highest-paying employment sectors.

The BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) industry has provided thousands of jobs to millions of Filipino job seekers since it first came to the Philippines in 1999. The industry is estimated to hit revenues of up to $25 billion by 2016, and may soon account for approximately 10 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

The Philippines has long been considered as the location of choice of international companies looking to establish their offshore call center facilities due to its less expensive operational and labor costs, highly skilled workforce, proficiency in American-style English and idioms, and a constant stream of college-educated graduates entering the workforce.

Oliver C. Ramos, Marketing Manager of jobsDB Philippines, adds that HIRED is the first of its kind in Philippines.

“Our goal is to take the recruitment process in the country to a whole new level and HIRED is but the first of many other events we have in mind to do just that. In the past, job seekers would have to wait until after they receive their first salary to celebrate being hired, now, we want them to celebrate right away!”

Oliver further clarifies that HIRED is not a regular job fair because only those who pass the pre-screening procedure will be invited for an interview with a specific BPO client.

“Unlike regular job fairs, HIRED brings the applicant one-step closer to an actual job offer. The pre-screening process ensures that once they get to the venue, they will be endorsed to a BPO client that matches their skills and job experience. If they do well, they can actually leave with an employment contract in tow.”

“There are so many opportunities waiting for job seekers in the BPO industry. It’s one of the best industries to work with because of the competitive salary, above-industry perks and benefits, and speedy career promotions. With all the trainings and seminars call center companies provide to their employees, their personal and professional development is already guaranteed.”

Top BPO companies such as Hinduja Global Solutions, Teleperformance, and VXI have agreed to partner with jobsDB Philippines for the event.

Hundreds of job seekers are expected to flock to the Elbow Room in Metrowalk Entertainment Complex, Ortigas Center to be interviewed, get hired, and celebrate their success with a grand party hosted by former PBB: Celebrity Edition housemate and ace DJ, Rico Robles right after. Pre-registration and pre-screening is ongoing and interested applicants can go to to register.

HIRED – the jobsDB Philippines Recruitment Party is made possible with support from the following partners: Unison, Gatsby, Adobo Magazine,,, Philippine Bloggers Network, Solar Entertainment, ETC and Zalora.

This is the official press release by JobsDB Philippines.

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Loire Valley Wines From the Garden of France

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A month ago, I was privileged to be invited to a wine tasting event at the La Veranda of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila hotel, hosted by Bernard and Jorinda Flour, the dynamic management team of the famed Le Cellier French Wine Selection.

The title of the dinner was “Loire Valley Wine Dinner.”

The Loire Valley is located in Central France, in the middle of the Loire River stretch; hence, the name. Because of the abundance of vineyards in the area, it is often referred to as the Cradle of the French or the Garden of France. Besides the vineyards, fruit orchards and artichoke and asparagus fields also line the banks of the river. The climate in Loire Valley can be cool with springtime frost while wine harvest months may have rain. The Loire Valley wine region is one of the world’s most well-known areas for wine production and includes several French wine regions, too. Loire wines tend to exhibit a characteristic fruitiness with fresh, crisp flavors.

The valley is also famous for its châteaux (or castles in English terms), numbering more than three hundred of them. This represents a nation of builders starting with the necessary castle fortifications in the 10th century to the splendour of those built half a millennium later. Their presence in the lush, fertile valley began attracting the very best landscape designers. In addition to its many châteaux, the cultural monuments illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment on western European thought and design. Many of the Châteaux were designed to be built on the top of hill and all had extremely detailed and expensive churches on the grounds, or within the actual Châteaux itself. This was because all of the French kings who reigned during the building of the Châteaux were devout Catholics.

On December 2, 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the river valley, between Maine and Sully-sur-Loire, to its list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing this area that includes the French départements of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the committee said that the Loire Valley is “an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments – the châteaux – and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself.”

Going back to the wine dinner hosted by Le Cellier, the latter actually paired each of the wines to a specific type of food found at the very long buffet tables of Spiral restaurant in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila hotel. The actual photo or bottle of the wine was prominently displaed beside the area to which type of food it was being paired with.

Bernard Flour of Le Cellier welcoming his guests to the “Loire Valley Wine Dinner.”

Loire Valley Wines Paired with Spiral-prepared Food

Muscadete Severe et Maine Sur Lie
Domaine de la Levraudiere, 2011
100% Merlon de Bourgogne


Sancerre Blanc – Les Belles Vignes
Fournier Pere Et Fils, 2011
100% Sauvignon

Salad and Appetizer
L’Ecailler – Seafood on ice
Sushi sashimi

Pouilly Fume Blanc – Les Deux Cailloux
Fournier Pere Et Fils, 2011
100% Sauvignon

French stove – Mussel mariniere, Soupe de poisson
Chinese Wok – Braised sea cucumber
Filipino – Grilled Mahi-Mahi

Anjou Rouge
Domaine Des Forges 2010
Cabarnet Franc

Peking Duck Overn – Roasted duck
Hot Japanese – Beef ribe eye angus teppanyaki

Chinon Rouge – Clos Du Saut Au Loup
Domaine Dozon, 2010
100% Cabarnet Franc

Chinese Wok – Beef in black pepper sauce
Filipino – Pork adobo

Coteaux Du Glennois Rouge – Biaum
Mathieu Coste, 2005
Gamay and Pinot Noir

French Stove – Duck confit, Orange marmalade
Thai – Port satay

Saumur Rouge – Cuvee Nathalie
Chateau De Beauregard, 2006
Cabernet Franc

Churrasco – Lamb leg
North Indian – Chiecken tikka

Sancerre Rouge – Les Belles Vignes
Fournier Pere Et Fils, 2005
100% Pinot Noir

L’Epicerie – Selection of cheeses & cold cuts

Coteaux Du Lavon
Les Terriades, 2008 (semi-sweet white wine)
Chemin Blanc

La Patisserie – Panacotta, Puto bumbong, Bibinka

Many thanks to Arabelle Jimenez of Ecrit-Com, Inc., and Bernard and Jorinda Flour of Le Cellier for inviting me to grace this exquisite wine dinner extravaganza. It was a “magnifique” experience to taste all these wines paired with food prepared nonetheless by the French hotel chain, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Edel Santiago, Jorinda Flour and Arabelle Jimenez

Me, Edel Santiago and Arabelle Jimenez

For more information about the selected wines from last month’s dinner and the food pairing, please contact Bernard and Jorinda Flour of Le Cellier French Wine Selection at these contact information:

Le Cellier French Wine Selection
(Le Cellier Quality Store Corp.)
Unit 201 Sunette Tower
Durban St.
Makati City 1200 Philippines
Tel. No. +63 (2) 897-1840
Fax No. +63 (2) 890-0019

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Photos by @raffypekson.


Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Launches Help for Typhoon Glenda Victims

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We all learned our lessons from Typhoon Haiyan, but no amount of preparation could withstand the wrath of Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun).

In partnership with ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation, Sofitel Manila mobilizes the entire Accor Hotels group in a unified effort to assist the victims of the recent devastation and deliver relief goods to the families affected by the typhoon.

Please send your CASH DONATIONS via bank deposit/transfer to:

Account Name: Philippine Plaza Holdings, Inc. /Sofitel Philippine Plaza
Address: CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Current Account No. 3131-0393-78
Bank of the Philippine Islands
BPI Building, Vito Cruz Corner Maytubig
Malate, Manila, Philippines

DONATIONS IN KIND such as food, water, medicine and clothing are accepted at the drop-off point in the hotel lobby.

We would like to thank you all for your generous support in our Super Typhoon Haiyan Donation Drive in 2013. We are looking forward to your kind assistance on this new fundraising campaign.

Please SHARE THIS to your network of friends and family.

Source: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Facebook Page.

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Globe’s Public Advisory for Typhoon Glenda

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Globe Telecom announced that areas heavily affected by Typhoon Glenda also experienced service disruption due to commercial power outages. In its initial network assessment report mobile services were affected in Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Masbate, Quezon and Sorsogon.

Yoly Crisanto, Globe corporate communications head said that the company’s technical personnel are on ground to do immediate restoration of services. Cellsites are equipped with alternate power sources such as batteries and gensets in light of prolonged loss of commercial power. Several cellsite antennas have been reportedly damaged by the strong winds. However, no major infrastructure damage has been reported as of this time.

“Our onground technical team are continuously providing reports and doing site assessments for immediate service recovery,” Crisanto said. The telecommunications provider had earlier activated regional disaster teams in South Luzon, North Luzon and Metro Manila to also address relief operations and assistance.

Globe is also preparing to mobilize libreng tawag facilities and relief operations in the typhoon devastated areas. “We will start putting up libreng tawag centers and relief operations in the affected areas as soon as we get the go signal that it is safe to deploy people there,” Crisanto said.

Source: Globe Telecom Community Page.

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