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First International Skyrunning Race Set in the Philippines

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Training climb at Mt. Ugo

The Pilipinas Akyathlon (Philippine Skyrunning), the country’s first ever international mountain trail high altitude race, is all set on February 18 at Mt. Ugo in Itogon, Benguet. The race will be a 32.88 km race going up the 2,150 meters above sea level summit of Mt. Ugo and back to the barangay hall of Tinongdan, Itogon.

The Philippine Skyrunning Association (PSA), a non-stock, non-profit organization that started in January 2009, says this is the first of its kind in Asia to be accredited by the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). It is also part of the eco-tourism thrust of the PSA to advocate carry zero-waste and the use of recyclable and reusable materials in the said event. Thus, they have partnered with local environmentalist group, Cordillera Conservation Thrust (CCT).

Mt. Ugo is known for its annual summer climb which won last year in the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines’ (ATOP) Search for Best Tourism Event in the Philippines under the Sports, Adventure and Wellness Category – Municipal Level.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

Photo by clariza at Flickr.com

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28 Percent of US Immigrants Come from Asia

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In operation until 1954, the immigration station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) reports that 28 percent of all immigrants in the United States – about 11 million – hail from Asia. Asians are the second largest immigrant group after Latinos, with nearly half coming from the Philippines, India and China and residing in California, New York and Texas.

Asian immigrants are perceived as “model minorities” who work hard, do well, and don’t complain. In the American imagination, they do not seem to share the challenges faced by other immigrant groups.

Nearly half of Asian immigrant adults have a college degree or higher. Among all immigrants, Asians are more concentrated in management, information technology, and science and engineering. A majority of immigrant doctors and nurses are from Asia.

MPI estimates that Asian immigrants accounted for 11 percent of all unauthorized immigrants in 2010. The Department of Homeland Security counts among the undocumented 280,000 Filipinos, 200,000 Indians, 170,000 Koreans and 130,000 Chinese.

Read more at WNYX New York Public Radio

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1World Cash in Hong Kong Targets Filipinos

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One World Ventures, Inc., the provider of prepaid cards and 1World Cash, announced the establishment of 1World Cash Hong Kong. “Our new services are dedicated to the Filipino community at the present time,” CEO Steve Prior said. This is the first step in One World Ventures strategy to use the 1World Card and 1World Cash branded services to focus on its desire to serve the underbanked and underserved in locations like the Philippines, Indonesia, Mongolia, Mexico, United States and elsewhere.

Source from Flickr.com via http://bit.ly/1rxFoul

One World Ventures, Inc. is a holding company with management resourced in Asia and the United States that invests in technologies, communities and systems that facilitate trade, finance, communication and travel across international boundaries, cultures and languages.

Read more at MarketWatch.com

Written by Raffy Pekson II

April 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Philippines to Participate in Brunei Trade Expo and Ministerial Meeting

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Nearly 50 delegates from the Philippines, led by Secretary Jesus G. Dureza, are participating in the Trade Expo 2009 and Ministerial Meeting in Brunei. The Philippines has five booths showcasing handicraft products, fashion accessories, bags, bottled sardines and small and medium industries products at the Trade Expo held at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

August 8, 2009 at 11:19 am

Old Manila Walks

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The website introduces itself like this: “We’re a bunch of passionate, obsessive and saucy ‘street walkers’(!) determined to walk and talk about one thing: the history, the culture and the heritage plus everything over, under, outside, inside this city of our affections – Manila.”

Old Manila Walks operates on a simple principle: to have you experience the best of historic Manila – one step at a time.

Click here to go to Old Manila Walks.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 27, 2009 at 2:43 am

Don’t Price Ourselves Out of the Global Outsourcing Market

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This was the cry of Philippine Senator Mar Roxas, considered to be the father of the Philippine BPO industry because of his aggressive policies during his trade secretary days. The average salaries of call center agents have been increasing 10% every year. What used to be a monthly gross salary of about P10,000 per new hire is now P15,000. It is now becoming more expensive to outsource to the Philippines in comparison to other countries around the world. Besides the manpower cost increases, the Philippine is incurring too many holidays, thus driving labor costs higher as call center companies have to pay for extra pay besides night shift differentials. The call center or contact center segment of the BPO industry accounts for 70% of the industry’s revenue and employment and generated P5 billion in revenue this year.

Source of information came from NewsBreak.com.ph.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm

What is Advergaming?

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“Advergaming” is a new advertising channel that most traditional ad agencies and companies still do not know how to utilize. Many company bigshots do not understand the video gaming industry, much to say how to market their brands through this new media channel. Ignatius Javellana defines “advergaming” as using video games to advertise a product, message, viewpoint, etc. that’s usually done in a manner that will not interrupt someone’s gameplay

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm