We made it through what must have been one of the hottest summers in recent memory. Now, faced with the prospect of the worst El Niño in 17 years, the country is also in for fiercer typhoons. According to ReliefWeb’s June 6 Humanitarian Snapshot for the Philippines, “Typically, the El Niño phenomenon causes the behavior of tropical cyclones to become erratic, affecting their path and intensity. The paths tropical cyclones follow this year could shift northward to the islands of Luzon.” And with some 18 typhoons expected to lash the country this year, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has said that we must “assume that most of these are strong.”
How prepared are you and your household, even your workplace? Do you have standby power, emergency kits that include medicines and non-perishable food items and even your important documents? We start our rainy season series with some tips on keeping healthy.
We’re big on sports—wellness is a Lopez Value, after all—so the University Athletic Association of the Philippines games and other big-ticket athletic events that are aired over ABS-CBN Sports+Action (including the ongoing FIFA World Cup) will surely have many of us glued to Channel 23. Launched in early 2014, the newest Kapamilya has three men at the helm—March Ventosa, Dino Laurena and Vince Rodriguez. For this month’s cover feature, we asked them what sports fans can expect from the fledgling channel and how it upholds ABS-CBN’s mission of serving the Filipino.
ABS-CBN University is the other new thing from the Kapamilya network as it lays the groundwork for grooming future leaders. It currently has six academies offering 21 courses focused on mediaand business-related fields and will surely be a magnet for employees looking for a refreshed perspective. Why not, with deans like ABSCBN president Charo Santos-Concio and long-time Kapamilya and veteran newsman Boo Chanco? We would enroll there ourselves if we could!
Meanwhile, three Kapamilya made headlines of late: Ging Reyes, Bong Osorio and Kane Choa. Integrated News and Current Affairs head Reyes was honored by her alma mater, the University of the Philippines, while ABS-CBN spokesperson Osorio and Integrated Corporate Communications OIC Choa are now head honchos of the country’s biggest communicators’ associations. Congratulations!
This early, we’re counting down the days to the 2013 Lopez Achievement Awards. Our homegrown awards program is getting bigger with each passing year, netting a greater number of entries as the competition among companies grows fiercer. This cycle saw a record 50 nominees making their bids for the coveted trophies, with 22 making it to the semifinal round. We’re so looking forward to another “dramatic” awarding ceremony come September.
It’s a good time to drop by Power Plant Mall, with interesting new stores opening one after the other. The blogosphere, in fact, is anticipating the entry of a super big name in grocery stores—yes, it’s Dean & DeLuca!—in Rockwell Center before the end of the year. Yummy!