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Free Public WiFi Hotspots in Metro Manila Activated

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will begin the pilot testing of its P1.4 billion “Free WiFi in Public Places” project this July 2015. Originally planned to be a limited service up to 256 kbps speeds, this limit will now be removed allowing speeds that cater to streaming video sites like YouTube.

The six areas that will commence the pilot test are:

  • Rizal Park, Manila
  • Quezon City Hall, Quezon City
  • Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City
  • Philippine Coconut Authority (Philcoa), Quezon City
  • Land Transportation Office (LTO) office, East Avenue, Quezon City
  • Social Security System (SSS) office, East Avenue, Quezon City

The next free WiFi hotspots planned for activation will be in the area of Pasig City and Mandaluyong City.

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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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Manila in World’s Top Property Investment Cities

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Manila came in fourth out of the top most attractative global destinations for real estate investments based on a report entitled “Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2014” by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Urban Land Institute, as reported by the Business Mirror. The other countries in the report are Sydney, Shanghai, Jakarta and Tokyo. Last year’s report ranked Manila in 12th place. Tokyo jumped twelve spots to become number one in this year’s report.

However, it is not clear in the news report whether the term “Manila” may mean Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR), which includes the City of Manila and some of the fast-growing cities in real estate development like Makati, Pasig, Taguig, and the surrounding cities of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Quezon City, San Juan, and Valenzuela, as well as the Municipality of Pateros.

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Ayala Museum Offers Family Membership Deal

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The Ayala Museum

Membership card entitles you to unlimited free admission for you, your spouse and kids below 18 years old to all exhibitions, invitations to members-only sale held every June and October, invitation to two museum exhibit openings, 10 percent cash discount at the Museum Shop, 20 to 50 percent on all programs, lectures, workshops, symposia and other activities, and 10 percent cash discount or 5 percent credit card discount at the M Cafe.

Ayala Museum is the art and history museum located at the corner of Makati Avenue and De la Rosa Street in Makati City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. It is considered one of the most important private institutions of Philippine art and culture.

Envisioned in the 1950s by Filipino abstract painter Fernando Zobel, the Ayala Museum was established in 1967 under the auspices of Ayala Foundation, Inc. It began as a museum of Philippine history and iconography, and transformed itself into a museum of fine arts and history as the 20th century drew to a close.

It also has the M Café, a gathering spot for souls passionate about art and culture, as well as sophisticated fusion food that features modern interpretations of traditional Asian food.

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TV5 and MMDA Introduces Metro Manila Traffic Navigator

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InterAksyon of TV5 News and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) of the Philippines recently launched a traffic navigator that visually displays major intersections along each of the major thoroughfares of Epifano delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Quezon Avenue, Espana Avenue, C5, Roxas Boulevard and the South Luzon Express Way (SLEX), and labels each according to a traffic category.

The rendition of the graphics is akin to subway and roadway maps people are familiar worldwide, like the United States, Canada and the U.K. Besides this familiar display, the “Line View” provides intersection per thoroughfare status. It also uses “Google Map” to display an actual view of the major thoroughfare and the traffic situation.

Below the page shows MMDA’s Facebook and Twitter updates.

Go to Metro Manila Traffic Navigator to experience something new

Image from the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator website


Pre-paid Car Maintenance Plan in the Philippines – First Ever!

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From Life Plans to Pre-Need Plans and Memorial Plans now comes something for your cherished vehicle – a Car Maintenance Plan. The tagline goes “Take the worry out of maintaining your car today.” JAC Service Center has been serving the automotive industry since 1974 and has branches in Alabang, Makati and Cagayan de Oro.They accept all kinds of brands and models.

The “Regular Plan” costs P4,500.00 per year and you get unlimited labor for one whole year at JAC’S well-equipped, well-staffed centers, 5% discount on parts, accessories and other services, free pick-up and delivery within services areas of Las Pinas, Paranaque, Alabang and Muntinlupa, Makati, Pasay and Mandaluyong, free carwash with wax and vacuum service every month, LTO Registration and Insurance assistance, free check-up and estimations; students get a discount of P 500.00 (pay only P 4,000.00 per year).

The “VIP Plan” costs P10,000.00 per year and you get unlimited labor for one whole year, 10% discount on parts, accessories and other services, priority queuing – always be the first in line, free pick-up and delivery within Metro Manila, free 24 hour towing service within Metro Manila, free car wash with wax and vacuum service every month, LTO Registration and Insurance assistance, free check-up and estimations.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Sitel Reaches 2,000 Seat Capacity

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Sitel, one of the leading global business process outsourcing provider of customer care and complimentary back-office processes in the Philippines, has recently reached its 2,000 seat target of its call center office at the One Julia Vargas Building in Pasig City. Sitel has six centers in the country with four in Metropolitan Manila and two in Baguio City.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 21, 2009 at 9:42 am