SAS Government Forum 2019 – Providing breakthrough analytics solutions across all platforms

Advance Analytics Software (SAS), the leading company providing big data intelligence solutions, spearheaded the SAS Government Forum 2019 Press Conference few days ago at the Garden Ballroom, EDSA Shangri-la Plaza in Ortigas Center.

The forum talks about the importance of analytics and on how the big data being gathered can enhance the public sector service delivery. It also discusses the use of the government data and on how the use of SAS support the decision making and resource allocation in the public sector.

Data being gathered from the public sector can be used on different means – improving healthcare solutions, combating fraudulent payments, improving public safety, among many others. Overall, it aims to improve the nation’s quality of life, thanks to the data being gathered on different sources.

SAS software has been a leader of providing comprehensive studies and solutions using big data. They also offer data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, text analytics and many more, and the real-time studies provided are being used by small-scale companies to international corporations in order to provide quality services to their consumers.

In loving memory

This post is a personal one, so please bear with me.

I still grieve with the loss of one of my closest college friends, who succumbed to heart failure last Tuesday. She is 40 years old.

I managed to visit her last Saturday. She was on the respirator then, still catching her breath. I still fear the sound of the respirator especially if it becomes erratic all of a sudden, and though she can’t speak at that time because of the tubes, she still has the strength to write her thoughts and appreciate everyone who visited and helped her.

I never thought that it’ll be the last time that I will see her.

I still grieve even if it is days already since she passed. But then, I am thankful to our Lord for her life – for she is now free from any physical pain, that she can now in Jesus’ loving embrace, and she is now also with her Tatay in the heavenly abode.

How I wish I could’ve helped her more, especially on her finances during her hospitalization. But I went back to study again, and currently living on a freelancing budget. All I can do for her and for her family at this trying time is to help them in easing up the pain of losing her.

I am also thankful for the celebration of friendship that lasted for decades. She has been one of the most significant people during my college years, along with our barkada that was formed through school hardships, struggles, friendship, and love.

I will miss our late night coffee sessions, food trips, chikahan and just being there for each other despite the distance, time difference and priorities. I still regret not going to the biglaang meetups because of my previous office work schedule, but I am thankful for the things and the fun memories that we had until the end.

Thank you Jesus, for giving us that moment of having her as our dearest friend, sister and confidante. Thank you for giving her the life well-lived. May you welcome her in your heavenly kingdom.

Until we meet again, Che.

Kuder announces partnership with SFI Group to launch the Career Planning System for the Philippines

Kuder has launched a partnership with the SFI Group to launched a career planning system in the country. Together with other government groups, the partnership aims to strengthening the partnership between everyone who is looking for a right career to the companies and establishments who are looking tor the right people with different skillets.

Since both companies are into career assessment, education planning and development services, this is a perfect partnership that aims to help Filipinos find their way to their chosen careers.

Here are the objectives of their partnership:

  • Implement the full-scale, national career development strategy in addressing needs and concerns of the different stakeholders regarding human capital development.
    • Issues/concerns to be addressed are:
      • The need for professional trained and competent career practitioners and advocates in delivering evidence-based career services to individuals, groups and organizations.
      • The need for proper dissemination and utilization of career and labor market information among the different labor force categories (e.g., students, trainees, employed and unemployed).
      • The need to align and develop educational curriculum to be responsive to the needs of industries (e.g., 21st century skills, career development, and existing policies). There is also a need for industries to guide the academe and government in facilitating their initiatives in developing the Filipino workforce.
      • The need to intensify linkage among key government agencies in spearheading the creation and implementation of career and workforce development policies and programs in responding to the issues and challenges that affect employability, and career readiness of Filipinos.
    • The specific objectives of the said partnership are:
      • Utilize Kuder’s professional development portfolio in capacitating career practitioners (licensed and non-licensed) and career advocates (e.g., parents, teachers) in delivering relevant and responsive career services to their targeted individuals. SFI and Kuder to develop a competency-based training curricula for increasing the number of competent career practitioners in the Philippines.
        • Kuder may be used as a standard curriculum for the training of career advocates, life mentors, human resource practitioners, teachers, etc. on providing basic career development services; and specialized training for licensed career practitioners. Hence, addressing the issue of the lack of licensed counselors.
        • Kuder may also be used in guiding parents, teachers and school counselors to have the necessary information and skills in providing career guidance to their children and students.
      • Use Kuder as a career planning tool for guiding students, trainees, employed and unemployed in utilizing career and labor market information for effective career decision making.
      • Develop a framework for contextualizing career development in the curriculum for career planning and use SFI-Kuder partnership as a platform for a collaborative effort between and among academic institutions, industries and government agencies in developing and in standardizing relevant and responsive career development interventions for the Philippines.

Proposed Levels of Participation with Partner Organizations and

Local Government Institutions

  • Career Development Association of the Philippines (CDAP). CDAP is a non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to the growth, practice and advancement of career development in business and industrial organizations, educational institutions, government agencies and non-government organizations in the Philippines. This organization caters to the professional advancement of licensed career counselors and other career practitioners.
    • CDAP is a strategic partner of SFI in developing the curriculum for the training and certification of career practitioners and advocates.
  • Career Guidance Advocacy Program – Working Group (CGAP).
  • The CGAP WG National Career Guidance Advocacy Plan (CGAP) in (1) promoting the benefits of proper career guidance to students and workers; (2) developing and providing responsive labor market information publications and research; (3) providing capacity building on life skills to guidance counsellors and career advocates; (4) strengthening the capacity of Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs); (5) intensifying the promotion and utilization of the PhilJobNet; and (6) delivering career guidance programs and projects as scheduled.
  • SFI collaborates with CGAP-WG in developing a national framework for the capacity-building of career practitioners (licensed and non-licensed) on delivering relevant and responsive career services to their clients (e.g., PESO).
  • The partnership seeks to address the lack of Registered Guidance Counselors (RGCs) who can provide the necessary career guidance programs and services to students most especially in the public-school setting. SFI plans to assist CGAP WG in professionalizing the career development practice in the country by means of legislation or an alternative curriculum for the licensing of career advocates.
  • Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). DOLE is SFI’s partner in implementing the Philippine Talent Map Initiative (PTMI) assessing the 21st century skills of the workforce.
    • DOLE is seen to be an important entity in the institutionalization of a national career development framework for the Philippines through relevant career interventions and policies for improving the Filipino workforce.
  • Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). DepEd, TESDA, PRC and CHED, being the educational agencies for basic education, technical-vocational education and higher education, respectively, offers a formidable role in building the labor force/workforce even before the students graduate.
    • The SFI-Kuder partnership can work on the national recognition of DepEd, CHED, and TESDA of Kuder as a career planning system for students.
    • The partnership can help DepEd, CHED, TESDA, PRC in responding to the provisions of RA 11206 (Secondary School Career Guidance and Counseling Act), RA 10533, Sec 9 (Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013) specifically the articles about Career Guidance Advocacy Program and the RA 9258 (Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004).
    • PRC can assist in recognizing the Kuder Professional Development System as a certified CPD curriculum for licensed career practitioners.
  • Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Employment Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP). PCCI and ECOP, being the leader organizations of different industries and employers, they are perceived to be the important actors in the partnership through the institutionalization of career development practice among organizations. The Kuder system can be used as a tool for evidence-based career pathing of the workforce among different industries.
    • Through this, industry partners and employers may have an easier way of developing evidence-based human resource and organizational development interventions. Customized career development programs may be developed per industry.
    • PCCI/ECOP and SFI envision to form a strategic partnership in developing the first national career development strategy for organizations.

Kuder is an online career guidance solutions provider that has helped more than 165 million people worldwide visualize what’s next in life and make the plans to get there. Kuder’s customizable and comprehensive tools and resources—including research-based assessments and real-world, actionable guidance to users of all ages—reflect a company-wide commitment to encourage lifelong learning, development, and achievement. From pre-kindergarten to post-secondary or tertiary education, from entering the workforce to mid-career transitions, Kuder helps people of all ages dream big and plan accordingly.

For more information, check out the video below: 

Oppo F11 Pro – Elevating Photography and UX through brilliant portraits

Oppo Philippines has launched its latest feature – the Oppo F11 and F11 Pro last  March 27 in a star-studded event at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

The latest in Oppo’s F series showcases the upgrade in the camera’s ability from taking selfies to brilliant portraits, thanks to its 48MP image sensor. this amazing feature will provide users with an unprecedented night photography experience. Software and hardware upgrades combine to improve battery life, gaming performance, and user experience. In addition, the F11 Pro boasts an uninterrupted full-screen display made possible by a hidden front camera module.

oppo F11 Pro Brand Ambassadors - Issa Pressman, Laureen Uy, Marga Bermudez, Rosenthal Tee, Luke Landrigan, and Magic Liwanag
oppo F11 Pro Brand Ambassadors – Issa Pressman, Laureen Uy, Marga Bermudez, Rosenthal Tee, Luke Landrigan, and Magic Liwanag.

The Oppo’s superb features have been given a thumbs-up by their line of brand ambassadors – Issa Pressman, Laureen Uy, Marga Bermudez, Rosenthal Tee, Luke Landrigan, and Magic Liwanag. The team of brand ambassadors embodies what the Oppo F11 has in its product – the ability to shine in the dark, no matter the circumstance.

Oppo F11 Pro Features

Oppo has been branded as a “Selfie Expert”, and they never disappoint on giving their users an amazing photography experience that is now limited on taking selfies, but also on creating custom photography that even professional photographers like Magic Liwanag admire on the Oppo F11 Pro. But apart from that, here’s a brief on the features that are included in the F11 Pro:

  • Camera – The F11 series is equipped with a 48 MP image sensor and F1.79 large aperture together with a 6P lens, allowing more light when shooting for low light conditions. It also includes the “ultra night mode” and “Dazzle color mode technologies” that provides less noise, more stability and more highlight in every photo.
  • Design – The Oppo F11 is the first to create a triple-color gradient design called “Thunder Black”, wherein it blends the black and blue color gradient into black. they also created the “Aurora Green” gradient where the vibrant blue interweaves with the lush green hue.
  • Screen – The F11 comes with the 6.5-inch full HD+Screen with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 90.9%. The front camera is discreetly hidden to give way to the full-screen display.
  • Battery – The said mobile device is packed with a 4,000mAh battery, 500mAh higher than the previous F series Smart Phone. Its VOOC 3.0 flash charging technology is also improved to decrease charging time by 20 minutes.
  • Gaming – They included its own performance acceleration engine called Hyper Boost that is made to optimize interactive games that include PUBG, Mobile Legends, and AOV. they also include two useful tools — Game Space and Game Assistant, providing gamers with a more immersive gaming experience.

Pre-order your Oppo F11 Pro today!

You can pre-order your own Oppo F11 Pro today for Php 18,990 to avail the free rock space MUSE Bluetooth speaker worth Php 2,499! the F11 will be available nationwide on Oppo Stores and authorized dealers nationwide on April 6.

Full Specifications:

Body Dimensions 161.3 x 76.1 x 8.8 mm (6.35 x 3.00 x 0.35 in)
Weight 190 g (6.70 oz)
Build Front glass, plastic body
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.53 inches, 103.6 cm2 (~84.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~397 ppi density)
Platform OS Android 9.0 (Pie); ColorOS 6
Chipset Mediatek Helio P70 (12nm)
CPU Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G72 MP3
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
Main Camera Dual 48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8”m, PDAF
5 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.12”m, depth sensor
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
Selfie Camera Single Motorized pop-up 16 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1″, 1.0”m
Features HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
Sound Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB 2.0
Features Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery Battery Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 20W (VOOC 3.0)
Misc Colors Thunder Black, Aurora Green
Price About 320 EUR
Tests Performance Basemark OS II: 2373 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2232
Basemark X: 16538
Display Contrast ratio: 1392:1 (nominal), 2.987 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 67dB / Noise 72dB / Ring 80dB
Audio quality Noise -93.4dB / Crosstalk -92.9dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 109h

Stream Come True: Converge ICT launches Freedom App

It’s a gamechanger for Converge ICT, the fastest ICT provider to launch its newest offering – the Converge Freedom app!

The mobile app that is now available in the Apple store and Google play gives Converge subscribers the freedom to enjoy the streaming service with the help of the pure fiber internet that is also provided by Converge.

Check out the features of the Converge Freedom app below:

Entertainment at your own pace, at your own pace

Converge Freedom gives everyone exclusive access to exclusive cable channels and also comes with the main features:

  • The Time shift functionality allows the users to pause, rewind or fast-forward the content up to four hours;
  • The Playback Feature that allows users to watch past episodes up to 7 days;
  • the Multiview feature lets everyone watch the shows all at the same time through multiple devices using the set-top box, and
  • the movability feature that allows users without the set-top box to enjoy streaming content with the use of the Freedom app.

Affordable package for the Converge Freedom

Existing Converge ICT subscribers can now enjoy the perks of using the FREEDOM APP bu availing the 30-day trial period from March 29-April 30, 2019. To avail on the trial, existing Converge subscribers and businesses may visit freedom.convergeict.com to subscribe.

The Converge Freedom Plans are initially available in Metro Manila and in select North Luzon areas in Angeles and Mabalacat, Tarlac.

For more information about this amazing offer, visit freedom.convergeict.com.

Dark or White, You are Beautiful – SkinWhite launches Campaign for skin color equality

When I first saw the ad, I was amazed on how powerful this message is to every Filipino, who many of us think that only mestizas are considered beautiful, that being white is more acceptable in our society, and that being light will make you stand out.

Would you believe that SkinWhite, one of the most-trusted skin-whitening brand, has launched a campaign for skin color equality?

Check out the video to find out more:

I think it’s time for SkinWhite to launch a campaign that will let everyone that EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL– regardless of your skin color. Bullying has been prevalent especially on the rise of social media where one needs to meet this certain criterion of beauty in order to be accepted in our society or else it will be subject to bullying. This has been the main message of this beautiful campaign according to the heads from SkinWhite.

“It’s all about choice”, says Rachelle Layda, Marketing Manager for Whitening of Splash Corporation. “SkinWhite is a brand that empowers women to choose. A choice to define their own standard of beauty. If you choose to have dark skin, you are beautiful. If you choose to have white skin, you are just as beautiful. The choice is yours, and SkinWhite respects that choice”.

The said campaign will definitely be a game changer, as this will not only shut down all the skin shaming being done in all forms, but also those who are into body-shaming, hair-shaming, race-shaming, gender-shaming.  “This is precisely the stigma that we wish to change. Skin color should not be about one being better than the other”, adds Pam Sulit, Splash Corporation’s VP for Marketing.

“White and dark are both beautiful,” confirms Rachel Villanueva, Creative Director of Petch & Partners, the creative agency that created this campaign for SkinWhite. She continues, “It’s about time that dark skin and white skin get the same adoration and acknowledgment.”

There has never been an outright claim that DARK IS BEAUTIFUL. And for the statement to come from a skin whitening brand, it should be easy for others to follow suit. And for those who choose that WHITE IS BEAUTIFUL, there’s due acknowledgement that they’re simply taking control of their beauty too. And why not? Wear your skin, whichever way you choose. Because DARK OR WHITE, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

FSJ Shoes – Comfort and Style that walks with you

I used to be wearing my classic and comfy black pumps when I’m still in a corporate setup. I really missed dressing up for work, but despite trading my pumps to my timeless Chucks (and Superga sneaks for my night class), the kikay side of me still loves to dress up and walk with a pair of FSJ Shoes.

Dressing up in style with FSJ Shoes

Funny She Jill (FSJ) is a shoe brand that was launched in 1998 that offers different shoe designs for different occasions worldwide. I’m glad that they offer a lot from flats to pumps to sandals and boots! Designs are diverse as have design team members from France, Italy, and China, and they have created diverse shoe designs for the bohemian, classy, laid-back and powerful woman on the go.

What FSJ Shoes has to offer

I’d say that FSJ Shoes has a lot to offer for everyone – from flats, pumps, sling backs, mules, t-strap, sandals, Mary Janes, ankle straps, ankle boots, and even boots!

The easy online shopping experience

Another thing that I like about FSJ shoes is that they also have shoes for big sizes! I wear a US size 9.5 (for flats, US size 10 with heels) and I’m having a hard time looking for a perfect pair for my size, and FSJ has one for me. Their sizes range from US size 3 to 15, so for sure FSJ Shoes has a perfect pair of you.

Their line of shoes come from different colors, heel height, heel weight and if you are looking for a specific pair for an occasion, there is one for you. Users can easily browse for options located at the “Shop by” tag of the website’s header.

There is also an option to customize your own pair! Just check out the “Custom Shoes” section that is also located at the header section of the website.

FSJ Shoes deliver worldwide and they accept Paypal and VISA cards for payment.

Visit FSJ Shoes here and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Pinterest.