Global technology leader ABB has the infrastructure to help the Philippines achieve its target of having electronic vehicles (EVs) account for 10 percent of road transport vehicles by 2040.

Department of Energy (DOE) Director for Energy Utilization and Management Bureau Patrick Aquino said support infrastructure is one of the challenges that they need to hurdle to realize this goal.

“Under the 2018-2040 Philippine Energy Plan, EVs are expected to account for 10 percent of road transport vehicles by 2040 in the clean energy scenario,” he said during the forum, “The Future of E-mobility Is Now”, which was held on the second day of the ABB Digital Summit.

Aquino was one of the resource speakers during the forum, along with Electronic Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) president Edmund Araga and ABB Product Marketing Specialist Engr. Ace Bisnar. ABB Asia Pacific Manager for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Kumail Rashid also joined the event during its question and answer segment.

ABB has been leading the way to a zero-emission mobility future. It has developed electrification solutions from EV chargers for the home to fast-charging roadside stations.

The company also offers electrical distribution solutions and battery energy storage systems — infrastructure that are essential to enabling an e-mobility future.

Bisnar added that ABB can provide remote support to monitor EV chargers in different areas.

“It’s not just putting the EV charger on the area, but also making sure that it is working 100 percent,” he said.

The latest available data shows that the transition to EVs from conventional vehicles has been slow so far. Aquino shared that from 2010 to 2019, only 11,950 EVs were registered, accounting for a mere 0.09 percent of registered vehicles.

This is why organizations such as the EVAP are closely working with the government and other sectors to further e-mobility in the country.

“We never stop promoting, and continue sustaining its ground” Araga said during the Summit.

This is the first time that ABB Philippines has staged the ABB Digital Summit, a four-day online event that features global speakers from ABB, with special guest resource persons from different organizations and associations

The event, which runs from July 26-29, is being held by ABB in partnership with European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP), Energy Managers Professionals Association in the Philippines (EMPAP), Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE), Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) and Philippine Green Building Council (PGBC).

About ABB

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The country’s major industrial hub, Calabarzon continues to expand faster than the country’s average growth over the past two years.

Making the region to become the center of property developments, from commercial infrastructure such as malls and offices, to residential properties ranging from lavish lots to socialized housing units.

Eight years ago, Lumina Homes — Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc.’s affordable housing arm — anticipated this growth as it launched its flagship project, Lumina Batangas, in Barangay San Vicente, town of Sto. Tomas. With a total development area of 32 hectares, Lumina Batangas had eight phases, with over 4,500 house-and-lot units and total actual move-ins of 4,100. The said project has officially been sold out as of December 2019.

Since the launch of Lumina Batangas in 2012, the company has since developed in other nearby progressive towns, including Tanauan, Lipa, Bauan, Rosario, and San Pascual.

This year, Lumina goes back to where its ongoing success started, as it launches another signature development right at the heart of Sto. Tomas.

The 27-hectare development will offer a roster of rowhouses, townhomes, duplexes, and single-firewall homes, with amenities such as shuttle service, mini gardens and playground covered multi-purpose hall, and provision for commercial area.

Like all other Lumina house and lot projects, the new development pushes for ease and convenience in terms of transportation and logistics. It is located only 1.3 kilometers away from the National Highway and has an access road going to Tanauan and Lipa in Batangas, and San Pablo in Laguna. Via Star Tollway and South Luzon Expressway, it is only 45 minutes away from Alabang in Metro Manila.

Also intended for the working class, the housing project will rise about nine kilometers away from one of the country’s fastest-growing industrial parks, the First Philippine Industrial Park, and other techno parks and manufacturing companies in the Batangas-Laguna corridor.

More significantly, the proposed site is located only 100 meters away from the Parish and National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, a known pilgrimage site and a significant landmark that attracts thousands of visitors from the neighboring towns and provinces.

More than being a reasonable home investment for young start-up families or low-income earners, the new Lumina project promises to keep one in touch with the progress that Calabarzon continuously achieves, making one’s life achievements also more perceivable through the years.

For more information, contact 0999.886.4156 follow @luminahomesofficial on Facebook and visit Lumina Homes’ official website at

Thousands of businesses nationwide are also having a crisis due to COVID-19, with severe impact especially on small and micro businesses, forcing many entrepreneurs to stop operations temporarily, while inducing others to close their businesses permanently.  Others, however, manage to thrive.

The microfinance arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), BPI Direct BanKo, recently launched a multimedia campaign called Project Ngiti, with the tagline, “May ngiti ang bukas mo”. 

The campaign features entrepreneurs who found ways to pivot and continue to operate amid the ongoing global health crisis. BanKo hopes that it will inspire more entrepreneurs to make use of financial products and services to help them bounce back.

“The number of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country is indicative of the Filipinos’ burning entrepreneurial spirit. Amidst the current challenges, we want microentrepreneurs to know that BanKo is here to support them in keeping and growing their businesses,” said Rod Mabiasen, Jr., BanKo Financial Inclusion and Microfinance Solutions Head. 

For its first features, Project Ngiti puts the spotlight on two inspiring clients who availed of BanKo’s NegosyoKo loan—Filipina microentrepreneurs Manelyn Dela Cruz Rabulan and Teresita Negrido. Their stories will be posted on BanKo’s social media pages and in their branches around the country.

Ms. Dela Cruz owns Manelyn Ice Cream, which she and her husband have patiently grown for over a decade. They started their business in 2010 with a small capital of P5,000 in a bid to augment the growing expenses of their family. Back then, Manelyn Ice Cream could only afford six carts and a few ice cream machines until they took a loan from BanKo to invest in equipment to expand their production. 

Seeing her dream of growing her business become a reality was every bit as sweet as her ice cream itself. From six carts in 2010, Manelyn Ice Cream had 12 carts moving around the streets of Biñan, Laguna, to GMA, Cavite, by the end of 2019.

When the pandemic hit and the government imposed strict lockdowns in early 2020, Manelyn Ice Cream was unable to continue selling on the streets. “The lockdown really affected our sales. Since we were not allowed to go out, we had to stop our operations,” she said.

The need to survive compelled her to find ways to adjust to the situation. She marketed her product on Facebook and luckily found customers there. 

“My husband and I learned a lot from this crisis. First, we should practice saving while our business is doing well so that we will be prepared during rainy days. Second, we should take

care of our staff because they are the ones who will help you get back on track. And third, we should trust God,” she said.

As the pandemic has shaken even large multinational corporations, many small entrepreneurs are understandably skeptical about their ability to carry out their business plans. Ms. Dela Cruz, however, believes this should not stop them from pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams. 

“The pandemic taught me about the importance of having practical knowledge of your chosen business so that when the time comes that you have to lay-off, you are able to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. One should also know that there will be people or organizations that will help us, just like how BanKo helped us grow our business and buy our own space,” she said.

Coffee for delivery

For her part, Teresita Negrido is another inspiring woman who pursued her entrepreneurial dreams and created her own coffee brand, Pure Angel Coffee. From selling only 200 boxes a day when she first started in 2017, she reached an average of 5,000 boxes per day by the end of 2019. 

Pure Angel Coffee was borne out of Ms. Negrido’s hope to sip and enjoy a cup of coffee without triggering her hyperacidity. 

Determined to find a solution, she tapped her relative, who is in the food production business, to find a way to neutralize the acidity of the coffee and develop a blend that will allow people to enjoy drinking coffee without having to deal with stomach discomfort. While it was initially meant for purely personal consumption, she eventually started giving samples to family and friends.

“People loved it. They started asking for orders themselves, and that was when I realized that I wasn’t alone in needing a product like it. There’s an entire market that could benefit from what we developed,” she said. 

Before the pandemic, she used to run a small stall in Muñoz Market, which turned into a bigger office after she tapped BanKo to support her business expansion plans. But when the pandemic lockdowns came, she, too, was caught off guard. 

“It was quite unexpected and we had to close our office to manage our poor cashflow and declining onsite customers. We reached out to them through text, call, and chat, and my kids were the ones who are delivering our products to them. We also had to secure a permit just so we could deliver continuously,” she said. 

When the government eased quarantine restrictions, she tried reopening her Muñoz Market office for a month, but it did not fare well as people were still wary about going out. 

Ms. Negrido remained undeterred, saying: “We should never let the situation get the best of us. We have to move and find solutions or many people will lose their jobs. They need us.”

Recalibrating her business strategy, Ms. Negrido shifted to e-commerce, which enabled her to sell around 1,000 to 2,000 boxes every week. She also offered free coffee to help promote her products to more people.

“If not for the loan from BanKo in December, I would not have been able to purchase supplies from the manufacturer in bulk. The loan allowed us to sustain operations today,” she said. 

With these inspiring stories, Mr. Mabiasen, Jr., said BanKo aims to introduce more financial products and services in the coming years that will enable more Filipinos to realize their entrepreneurial goals and for more businesses to grow. 

“Microentrepreneurs are fueling our economy through their creativity, hard work, and innovations. And we remain committed to help them become more successful and for their businesses to become more sustainable through our financial solutions,” Mr. Mabiasen said.


1. UVC Disinfection of Rooms, Utensils, Key Cards & Cash

Sogo was the first hotel, as early as March 2020, to use UVC (254nm) to fight Covid-19. Taking the cue from hospitals abroad, remote-controlled carts have been deployed for room disinfection. Compartments for utensils, key cards and cash were also fitted with UVC LEDs but kept away from personnel since 254 nm UVCs, while great for killing viruses may harm the skin and eyes.

2. FAR UVC Disinfection at Elevator Lobbies

After extensive research, Sogo has acquired and tested the FAR UVC 222 nm lamps that effectively kill viruses while being harmless to humans. Just recently (2020 Q4) produced commercially, it is quite expensive and is sold by only a few manufacturers abroad. Sogo is the first hotel to install these revolutionary excimer lamps in all its elevator lobbies.

3. UVC Disinfection for Room Aircons

All room aircons are to be fitted with specially manufactured UVC LEDs. Through germicidal irradiation, the UVC light attacks the DNA/DNR of micro-organisms, killing bacteria and viruses, and preventing their spread. As it is turned on with the aircon, room air is always sterilized each time it passes through the unit, ensuring the best possible room air quality for our guests.

4. Ventilation ACR is Doubled in Lobbies & Hallways

The ACR (Air Change Rate) or the number of times the air is replaced for all general spaces is set at ≥ 4 per hour by ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers). Sogo is doubling its current ACRs for intensified inflow of covid-free fresh air to accelerate indoor air replacement.

5. Covid Sniffer Dogs for Screening of Employees

Dubai and Helsinki Airports have deployed Covid sniffer dogs to screen passengers and report a > 94% accuracy rate with dogs detecting the virus days before symptoms even start. Sogo has tied up with a leading K9 company, to have specially-trained Belgian Malinois dogs regularly screen its personnel for Covid.

6. Thermal Scan Controlled Doors
For most branches, guests on their own, can get scanned before entry and if within the safe temperature limit, main doors will open automatically without need of any contact.

7. Microbial ATP Fluorescence Testing of Surfaces

ATP (Adenosine TriPhosphate) Testing measures ATP content to indicate the presence and amount of microorganisms. Each branch has an Anti-Covid Team that regularly swabs high touch point surfaces that pass through ATP Fluorescence Detectors to verify microbial presence and effectivity of the new protocols.

8. Anti-Microbial Coatings on Furnishings, Fixtures & Touch Points
Widely used in hospitals and mass transports in China, Hong Kong and Japan, these Polymer coatings are formed after spraying millions of nano-capsules with contact killing and anti-adhesion features that lasts for weeks. It effectively kills bacteria and viruses, including H1N1 and Covid. Sogo applies this over all furnishings and touch points.

9. Reduced Touch Points with No-Contact Fixtures (with photos of no-contact fixtures)
A Sogo study shows that pre-pandemic, guests had a minimum of 59 Touch Points (TPs) during a typical hotel stay. Due to new protocols that include contact-less fixtures, TPs have been reduced by 40.7% with the goal to achieve a reduction of 66.1% with more advanced technology centered on cellphone use.

10. Multi-Stage Air Purifying Equipment in Lobbies

To further sanitize indoor air, Sogo installed air-purifying equipment having several levels of filters: Pre-filter, Activated Carbon, HEPA (H11), with built-in Cold Catalysts, Ion Generators and UVC lights that eliminate allergens and pollutants such as dust, pollen, odor, bacteria, viruses, and even reduces carbon dioxide levels.

11. No-Contact Key

Specially designed key (keychain) to avoid touching. This is one of our giveaways included in some of our promos.

Schools are reopening in some corners of the world yet Philippines remain its classes shutdown due to COVID-19 crisis.

With this, education is no exception, this catastrophe has exposed the numbers of insuffeciencies and partiality in our education system. If there’s another lesson that the pandemic has brought us, it is the importance of education.

Thanks to some private companies that prioritize helping the children and the youth in their education. One of those is the Eurotel Hotel.

Initiated by Mr. EdmundoG. Las, Director of Eurotel Hotel, they are sponsoring 10 students from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Scholars Foundation, Inc. (PLMSFI) for the year 2020-2021.

“As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility program, we at Eurotel Hotel are glad to helpout by granting these students the opportunity to learn and grow despite the pandemic. We believe that educationon is a vital part of growing not only as a person, but a responsible Filipino as well. I hope that they will not forget our simple gesture thus, learn to share with people whenever they can.” Mr. Ed Las shared.

Eurotel Hotel continues to take further its cause in extending help to the community, by helping PLMSFI scholars who are in need, despite the current pandemic situation.

“We are aware that in these trying times; education is not something to be overlooked. As we extend our assistance to these gifted individuals just as we hope for a better future. Like PLMSFI vision, we believe that no student must be deprived of a good college educa!on. There is an old Chinese proverb that goes, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody, and true happiness are found in helping others.” Mr. Edmundo added. The PLMSFI was established on August 1998 by a group of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) baccalaureate graduates it aims to preserve and promote the mark of PLM model university for the less privileged, intellectually deserving students of Manila. As of today, PLMSFI has fifty (50) scholar beneficiaries. Their goal for the next five years is to double the number of scholars or more and that would become possible if they can get more sustainable donations.

“Even before the pandemic, there were major holes for many poor or low income families in the country who struggle to pay tuition fee for schools and lack of resources to cover emergency expenses. In this time of pandemic, all we need is care. We need more sensitivity. We need more people to care about one another; we should not let this pandemic, driven down the will and eagerness of the children and the youth to brighten up their education. Actions can really create hope,” the Director of Eurotel said.

Spa day at home? Here’s how you can make it extra special with Speaks G

Spa and wellness treatments might not be a part of your necessities at the moment, but we could all use a relaxing escape from the stress of pandemic. Now, more than ever, it is essential for us to indulge in pampering ourselves on a regular basis. Not only it is pleasurable, it is also extremely beneficial to your well-being especially now that we spend most of our time indoors.

It may be an impression that spa is a type of luxury and that it may be expensive to squeeze in your weekly budget, but trust us, you don’t need to splash out a large amount of cash to treat yourself into a fancy self-care time—and you can totally DIY within the comforts of your own home!

As a skincare brand that makes every user experience the power of healthy and flawless skin, Speaks G is the perfect partner to recreate an at home spa day session you long deserve to have.

Here’s how you can have a simple, stress-relieving spa day at home with Speaks G:

Jump in the shower and give yourself a good rejuvenating scrub Dead cells can sometimes accumulate on the surface of your skin and lead to dull and dry skin. That’s why regular exfoliation is important to nourish the skin. Speaks G’s Whipp Relief Soap helps in eliminating dead cells and deeply cleanses the skin. You will feel instantly refreshed and lighter after scrubbing away those skin impurities.

Remove breakouts with a face peel
Acnes can be caused by many factors including stress, lifestyle, the food you eat, and
having dry skin. Treat breakouts with facial peels that slough off the top layers of your
skin, leaving the surface smooth and clear. Speaks G’s Ultra Peel Soap revives your
skin’s elasticity and can take off dark spots, whiteheads, blackheads, and other facial
blemishes. Face peels will surely tighten your pores while keeping them soft and

Let your nails breathe with moisturizing gel
Manicure is not the only spa treatment you can have for your nails, give them extra TLC
by keeping your cuticles healthy and hydrated for good nail growth. Speaks G’s Aloe
Vera Gel is a versatile product that can be used not only on your hair, face, and body; it
also has moisturizing and nourishing properties to strengthen your nails, prevent
brittleness, and helps in the regeneration of damaged nails. Just apply a proper amount
of gel to your hands, gently massaging your fingers and nails until the gel is completely

Level up your skincare routine with a gentle cream
Keep dry skin and acne growth at bay by applying lotion or cream right after your
shower routine. Speaks G’s Opulent Tawas Cream is an all-in-one cream that whitens
dark spots, eliminates body odor, and minimizes pores—great with quick body massage
and an easy way to add gentle care to your skin. Aside from its beneficial nutrients, it is
also an antioxidant that protects your skin and calms skin inflammations. Creams can
condition your skin and will surely give you a moist and bouncy look.

Try new beauty products and find the best one for your skin
There are so many products available in the market and often times we lean on
products that are popular or those that you already tried. But as the world around us
keeps on changing, so our skincare should, too. Speaks G’s newly launched product, the
Sunflower Beauty Oil, can be considered as a beauty breakthrough and a holy grail for
skincare that you deserve to try. This beauty oil can intensely moisturize your skin and
address every skin problem with a single drop. With a gentle application of Speaks G
Sunflower Beauty Oil, it can soften and soothe dry and irritated skin. Include it in your
routine and experience youthful and glowing skin!

And there you have it, an easy spa day at home tips we hope you’d try! Give yourself
some ‘me’ time to be refreshed, recharged, and revitalized. To order Speaks G products,
send them a message through their Facebook page
or you may reach them at 0917 118 5363.

Optimism is not only about being a positive thinker, it’s also about having a strong faith in our God.

There is hope, should ocean rise and mountains fall. He is with us.

We may have different Gods, they still mean the same to us –divine, sacred, superior, powerful, in control, gracious, generous, reliable, creator and ruler. Have faith that He has plans for us.

Keep believing that in whatever and wherever path He takes us, it is always the path we deserve –success, genuine joy and happiness.

As the month of June ends let us move on from sadness and pain. Let us face a new month without wounds and worries.

I attended The Villar Group Convention (The ViCon) last June 24 & 25. There, I saw and heard a lot of people share their success stories with Lumina Homes. It was truly inspiring.

The Villar Group of Companies gathered Vista Land and Golden MV’s strong property brands—Lumina Homes, Bria, Lessandra, Camella, Crown Asia, Brittany, Camella Manors, and Vista Residences; as well as Golden Haven and Vistamalls—in its first-ever virtual expo dubbed, The ViCon.

Lumina Homes, the affordable housing arm of Vista Land demonstrated its unrivaled efforts and accomplishments over the last eight years.

Lumina Homes has already become a household name in less than a decade, having generously sponsored house and lot awards for over 40 series on various television networks.

Engr. Joemi Tan, Division Head of Lumina Homes, expressed his gratitude to everyone especially the partner sales network: “We in Lumina are very grateful for the active support of our partner sales network, which adjusted to the changing landscape of real estate selling with us. Our strengthened partnership will undoubtedly lead to achieving our goals in the shared mission of providing affordable homes.”

Lumina was a game-changer in digital advancements in real estate sales even before the epidemic, which has only become more important in this difficult period. The country’s first mass housing company introduced an online reservation system, which currently incorporates an interactive project map.

Lumina was also the first developer to open stores on major online shopping sites, selling affordable house and lot and frequently discounted reservation vouchers.

Aside from Lumina’s wide presence in social media sites and messaging apps, it takes pride in its best tech practices, including: (1) text automation for faster billing and contact info update; (2) creation of Juan Support, the virtual assistant for all Lumina Homes queries; (3) a separate chatbot named Juan ZoBot for housing inquiries on the Lumina website; (4) Lumina Online Appointment System; and (5) the downloadable Lumina e-Services app.

Lumina Homes has been diligent in conducting online events for its residents, future purchasers, salespeople, and staff, adapting to new-normal ways and embracing the benefits of virtual events. It has completed its annual awards, Gawad Lumina, as well as the Lumina-wide DigiCon, Kumustahan sa Bayan ni Juan Admin & Pag-ibig Summit, and Admin & Bank Summit in the last year.

These initiatives have resulted in spectacular development in the brand’s reservation sales and network, as well as many awards from organizations such as Pag-IBIG Fund and BestStartUp.Asia.

Outside of the digital sphere, Lumina continues to develop safe homes across the country to provide Filipinos with more affordable housing options. Lumina Homes is expanding its geographic reach, with over 100 projects in over 50 key cities and municipalities across the country.

Aside building houses and lots, the company recently introduced its first integrated vertical community, Prima Tanza, in Cavite. Lumina Homes generously raffled off some fantastic prizes during The ViCon, as promised!

The ViCon Lumina Cool Deals Raffle awarded prizes to several purchasers who reserved a Prima Tanza condo unit and Lumina house and lot during the event.

Mary Rose Dela Cruz, the grand prize winner, received a P30,000 reduction on her downpayment.

AllDay Supermarket gave each of the five lucky winners a P2,000 shopping gift:
1. Reynaldo Dumaual
2. Bernard Sigue
3. Alexter Martinez Guatiz
4. Jaymart Dela Cruz Alonzo
5. Ritchie Dalisay Espital

All attendees who just came to The ViCon and watched Lumina Homes’ The Own Your Home Series also had the chance to win exciting prizes.

Php500 worth of AllEasy Load winners:
• Ana May Factuar • LA Guasis • Marco Cortez • Mark De Guzman • Ma. Lourdes Baez

Php500 worth of AllDay Grocery winners:
• Junel Jumagbas • Gracelyn Soliva • Joan Domingo • Danilo Factoran • Florie May Valle

Winners of Cash worth Php 1,500:
• Joyce Ann Esguerra • Michael Bala • Lalaine Tobias

The ViCon was definitely crowned victorious, and it is well worth repeating every year. Lumina Homes is committed to bringing more pleasure and excitement online among the many Juans looking for a beautiful house and lot to call their own till that time comes.

For more information about Lumina Homes and Prima Tanza, visit