Sunday, August 21, 2016


After the successful run of Union Bank of the Philippine’s first-ever U:HAC or Union Bank Hackathon and Convention in Cebu, the Bank is bringing the next leg of the U:HAC in Manila. This will be held at SM Megamall’s Megatrade Hall 3 on August 27 & 28, 2016 from 10 am to 8:00 pm.

Just like in U:HAC Cebu, a slew of prizes and career opportunities await the participants who will be able to showcase their best, innovative and digital solutions to the challenges that will be given to them during the event. Union Bank executives and event partners will serve as judges and mentors to the participants. A cash prize of P 80,000, P 60,000 and P 40,000 is at stake for the 1st to 3rd place respectively.

Aside from the hackathon, the event will also have a Convention where key speakers are invited to discuss the latest on Banking in the Future and  FinTech trends and innovations. It will feature some of the Philippines’ Start Upmovers in theFinTech Space. There will also be an exhibit that will showcase Union Bank’s digital innovations together with its partners for the event.


UnionBank has always been at the forefront of the digital revolution being experienced in banking. It is one of the first Banks in the country that has embraced digital early on in its operations with its goal to become a fully digitized Bank that provides SmartBanking to all of its customers.

“We want to discover talented individuals, be it college students or professionals, that have superior knowledge on information technology, and software applications, who can contribute in making the digital arena more progressive and advanced based on their digital solutions,” UnionBank Senior Vice President and Human Resource Director Michelle Rubio emphasized.

Interested students and professionals can already sign up for the event via or they can visit its Facebook account at Interested individuals and parties may also contact 0917-9048777 or 0920-9734926

U:HAC Manila 2016 is in partnership with PLDT Innolab and IPC. U:HAC is organized by Redwizard Events Management. 



18 August 2016 – Jakarta, Indonesia: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that it will be organizing three separate tournaments held in different weight classes on Friday, 26 August. The TITLES & TITANS straw-weight, flyweight and bantamweight tournaments will feature the top prospects from both Indonesia and China. The contests will be held a day before ONE: TITLES & TITANS, which is set for Saturday, 27 August at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.

CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui stated, “Continuing with our dedication to building homegrown Asian martial arts heroes, ONE Championship is holding three different tournaments the day before ONE: TITLES & TITANS. Jakarta is an amazing city and the MMA talent in Indonesia is really top notch. We will continue to develop local martial arts talent to further the sport of MMA in Asia and to give our fighters the opportunity to compete on the international stage.”

ONE Championship returns to Jakarta on 27 August for ONE: TITLES & TITANS, which is set to deliver another exciting evening of world-class mixed martial arts action. Fans will not want to miss an exciting fight card, headlined by a colossal main event showdown between Luis “Sapo” Santos of Brazil and Igor “Lionheart” Svirid of Kazakhstan.


BW Tournament Final
Winner BW Semi-Final 2 vs Winner BW Semi-Final 1

FLW Tournament Final
Winner FLW Semi-Final 2 vs Winner FLW Semi-Final 1

SW Tournament Final
Winner FLW Semi-Final 2 vs Winner FLW Semi-Final 1

BW Alternate Bout
Zhong Qing Ya vs Liu Jun

BW Tournament Semi-Final
Yue Zheng Zheng vs Chen Rui
Wang Jing Jia vs Cheng Zhao

FLW Alternate Bout
Eko Subandono vs Eliyas

FLW Tournament Semi-Final
Hendrick Wijaya vs Adi Nugroho
Stefer Rahardian vs Yotha Hutagalung

SW Alternate Bout
Guardiola Lumihi vs Stelon Tindage

SW Tournament Semi-Final
Rustam Hutajulu vs Adrian Matheis
Roso Nugroho vs Anang

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About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, Physique TV, MYTV, HTV, Esporte Interativo and more.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Press Release: 8 Startup Teams awarded for cohort phase of the Impact Hub Fellowship on Sustainable Energy Solutions with WWF and PEF

About 16 million people in the Philippines, according to published report, still do not have access to electricity, forming part of the 130 million in Southeast Asia who still live in the dark.
Indeed when we talk about poverty, most are focused solely on financial poverty but staggering numbers show that it is also in the barest necessity like electricity that people continue to be deprived of. Having identified such an issue, the pressing question lies in how are we solving it?
With a growing interest in battling climate change, it has been imperative for many impact-minded organizations to stand together to do its share in promoting energy entrepreneurship.
Eradicating Energy Poverty
With the aligned vision to educate, encourage and empower energy entrepreneurship in the country, Impact Hub Manila, World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) and Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) have collaborated to search for ideas on sustainable energy solutions through the the Impact Hub Fellowship Program on Sustainable Energy Solutions.
After an application period of 5 weeks, 16 teams were pre-selected by the experts from Impact Hub Manila, PEF and WWF through a gruelling deliberation on July 28, 2016. The chosen entreprenuers were then given the opportunity to pitch before a jury panel. These judges awarded the 6 to 8 teams and gave them the opportunity to be part of the Cohort Phase.
The jury members were
  • Coy Navarro, Cleantech Venture Capital Expert and Consultant from Asia Development Bank;
  • Atty. Angela Ibay, Climate Change and Energy Programme Head of WWF-Philippines,
  • Ricardo D. Soto, Sr. Portfolio Officer of Peace & Equity Foundation;
  • Matthew Cua, CEO of SkyEye; and
  • Mathias Jaeggi, co-Founder of Impact Hub Manila.

With the teams now proceeding to the Cohort Stage, we look forward to their outputs for the Fellowship,” said first Mobility Fellowship winner Matthew Cua.
The Pitch Day, held on August 6, 2016 at one of Impact Hub Manila’s newest locations in KMC Solutions, Uptown Tower, BGC, brought together some of the most innovative ideas on energy.
Collaboration breeds Innovation
Since the launch on June 16, 2016, the dynamic people behind PEF, WWF and Impact Hub Manila pulled no stops just to find the best entrepreneurial idea in energy. Through this period, various workshops were conducted to help the entrepreneurs build on their ideas, fine tune their presentations and hone their pitching skills.

LizAn Kuster, co-Founder Impact Hub mentioned, “as an incubator and the goal bringing entrepreneurs further, it is inspiring to see all the applicants get better in such a short period of time.”

In an effort to optimize their time of search, they activated the crowdsourcing platform called to best encourage the entrepreneurs to submit and showcase their ideas. The focus of the search was on renewable energy; energy efficiency, access to energy and off­grid solutions, energy systems plus energy consumption reduction. In the end, over 50 ideas and business entrepreneurs applied.
Director for Sustainable Production and Market Engagement
WWF Philippines said, “we are delighted of the turnout, the diversity and quality of startups in a niche market such as energy.”
The winning teams who will advance to the Cohort stage will undergo an intensive bootcamp, called Kick Program, organized by Impact Hub Manila, PEF and WWF-Philippines, with partners such as the Asian Development Bank. The training will include topics on business model canvas, customer discovery and targeting, business strategy and lean methodology with a day-by-day schedule, daily exercises, and a full online/flipped educational course access. “Through the Cohort stage, the teams will be guided on building the business aspect of their enterprise and at the same time this allows us to determine which teams deserve the seed funding the most,” said Mr. Robert Calingo, Executive Director of the Peace & Equity Foundation.
The teams will have the chance to win more than ₱​2.5 million worth of fellowship prizes including the business training in the Cohort stage . The rest includes ₱1.5 million seed funding, other forms of training, mentorship, access to Impact Hub Manila’s flexible work spaces and valuable network.
Cohort Finalists Announced

The selected teams are:


  • The team aims to provide heat-driven refrigeration and air-conditioning system in order to significantly reduce costs by cutting electric consumption.

    • The team converts water hyacinth and agricultural waste into cooking energy like briquettes for low-income communities.

    • RE Analytics provides highly accurate energy forecasts through machine learning and superior climate analytics. Through this, RE Analytics envisions renewable energy integration in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
    • The team provides solar energy station or facility focused on empowering local communities by providing them lighting, water purification, mobile charging and refrigeration systems.

    • This startup makes kinetic wind sculptures that produce electricity. The teams believes that by combining art and energy production through renewable energy, it will help communities generate their own electricity.

    • The team provides bicycles that convert the rotatory motion to electrical energy in a multitude of uses as a shredder, food processor, washing machine, and spinning wheel. It aims to help low-income families be empowered by earning an income and help the environment.

    • The team offers an logistical solution for deliveries by use of electric motorcycles and a battery swapping station at key location points convenient when making a delivery.

The other 8 teams that didn’t made the cut are Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt), Electric Jeepney by Solaric, 3D PrintEarth, Educating Engineers by E2T2 Corporation, iSense, Gaia Dam by Aviscus Corporation, Martian Farming for Dummies by Techaguru, and Solar Nett. The Cohort winners will have their first business session on August 23, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM which will also be attended by the media.

A rigorous training for 6 weeks await the teams that aims to further refine their business models, preparing them for the final pitching day where 2 to 3 ideas will be awarded as the Impact Hub Fellows.

Set on October 6, 2016, the Final Pitch Day will propel the winners to even greater stakes as they go through the Incubation Phase from November 2016 to April 2017. During this phase, the Fellows will undergo further training to make sure they are investment and scaling ready.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Press Release: WSI and HP: Revolutionizing Business and Office Printing

Environmental responsibility has become an important goal and a challenge of today's enterprises. Imagine the world without waste? That's why HP continues to help your organization improve the sustainability of office printing with revolutionary new designs that leave a smaller environmental footprint without sacrificing performance and its quality. 

Together with Wordtext Systems Inc. (WSI), one of the trusted and leading IT distributors in the Philippines, announced last June 9 the whole new outlook on large format business printing - HP's PageWide XL Printers. These new generation of business printers reinvent the conventional way of printing, allowing businesses to boost their performance and competitiveness. 

And what makes HP PageWide XL Printers very distinct? It can do the job of two printers in one single devise! It provides monochrome and color print at a breakthrough speed up to 60 percent faster than the fastest monochrome light-emitting diode (LED) printer. At the same time, reduce job preparation and finishing costs up to 50%. More importantly, print monochrome technical documents at lower costs than comparable LED printers. The HP PageWide XL Printer is the fastest large format monochrome and color printer in the market today.

HP PageWide XL Printer series consists of the following:

- The HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer is ideal for high-end production printing at revolutionary speeds up to 30 D/A1-size prints per minute as well as two 775 milliliter ink cartridges per color. Automatic switching of up to six rolls of media providing the user more than 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) of media for sustained productivity.

- The HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer and Multi-Function Printer (MFP) provides small to medium-sized repographic houses and enterprise CRDs mid-volume technical document production at up to 14 D/A1-size prints per minute as well as two 400 milliliter ink cartridges per color. Automatic switching of up to four rolls of media to streamline work. 

- The HP PageWide XL 4500 Printer and MFP enables cost-and-security -conscious technical work teams, including architects and engineers, to securely print up to 12 D/A1-size prints per minute. Ideal for in-house print corners.

- The HP PageWide XL 400 Printer and MFP allows technical work teams and copy shops to produce 8 D/A1-size prints per minute, helping teams increase on-the-job productivity.

Alberto Hevia-Campones, Southeast Asia DesignJet Manager of Hewlett Packard Asia Pacific and Aileen Isip, WSI's Business Development Manager heralded the event's actual demonstration of the new technology. Audience participants from various industries such as architecture, engineering, construction, enterprise, government and manufacturing attended and witnessed the power of HP PageWide XL Printers at WSI  Corporate Center, Makati City. 

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