Lakad mo, pangarap ko
Nangunguna sina Rina Lopez-Bautista (kaliwa), Vice President Noli De Castro, at Oscar M. Lopez sa proyektong “Lakad Mo, Pangarap Ko”
ng Knowledge Channel
Lakad mo, pangarap ko
TINATAYANG may 6,000 katao ang dumagsa sa National Heroes Monument sa
EDSA hindi upang magprotesta, bagkus,
makilahok sa walkathon ng Knowledge
Channel. Sa pangunguna ni Vice President Noli De Castro at Oscar Lopez, pinuno ng Lopez Group of Companies,
sampu ng magkakahalong delegasyon ng
artista, politiko, at mga LGU, humakot ng
atensiyon ng taumbayan ang naturang
lakad na ang tanging hangad ay mapaunlad ang pampublikong edukasyon sa
bansa sa pamamagitan ng mga alternatibong midyum gaya ng Knowledge Channel. May temang "Lakad Mo, Pangarap
Ko," ang nasabing walkathon ay nagsimula sa National Heroes Monument sa EDSA at bumagtas patungong White Plains
a t t u m a g o s s a U LT R A k u n g s a a n
nagtipon-tipon ang mga lumahok sa lakad
para sa isang programa. Sa naturang programa, ipahahayag ng Knowledge Channel ang maigting na kampanya nitong mapabuti ang lagay ng pampublikong
edukasyon sa bansa sa pagkakaloob ng
TV at cable connection sa mga eskuwelahan sa buong bansa. Inaasahang dadalo
rin sa naturang kampanya sina Piolo Pascual at Heart Evangelista, na kapwa hahatak ng mga tagasuporta sa naturang
kampanya ng Knowledge Channel na
paigtingin ang pampublikong edukasyon
sa pamamagitan ng information and communication technologies (ICT) at malabanan ang kahirapan kinalaunan.
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LOPEZLINK October, 2004
FOCAP visits NLE
MANILA North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) president
Jose "Ping" P. de Jesus recently hosted members of
the Foreign Correspondents Association of the
Philippines (FOCAP) with a tour of the Operations
and Maintenance facility and drive thru of the 84-km
north luzon expressway (NLE).
The new NLE, which is now 92% complete, will
be fully operational by December.
De Jesus highlighted featues of the new NLE and
emphasized the benefits such as substantially reducing travel time by half and savings in fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs.
He added that the Balintawak-Bocaue portion
provies the most amenities and conveniece to
motorists, including an eight-lane road capacity
(4 lanes each direction) or double the current
four-lane road capacity. This was done to reduce the number of vehicles on every lane per
hour per direction, effectively easing the traffic
He said that there are two toll systems - the 'open'
and 'closed' systems. With the "open" system, motorists
stop once to pay a flat fee of P42 which allows them to
take any exit from Balintawak to Marilao portion.
This one-stop toll collection substantially reduces
time spent for booth stops and will greatly ease congestion during peak hours.
The "closed" system will comprise the northern 70km section from Marilao to Sta. Ines, Pampanga. The
toll fee is computed at P2.49 per kilometer. Motorists
pay a toll fee according to the distance travelled.
A study done by the UP Planning and Development Research Foundation (UP Planades) showed
that the increased toll rate is more than offset bysavings in vehicle operating costs (VOC) because of the
quantum improvement in the conditions of the new
NLE. VOC refers to fuel consumption, maintenance
costs and time costs.
With the new NLE, Class 1 vehicles, for example
(this include cars, jeepneys, pickups and vans) can
expect to have savings of P0.94 for every kilometer
travelled on good roads. Assuming that a car travels
from end to end, or a distance of 80 kilometers from
Balintawak to Sta. Ines, VOC savings total P75.20.
ENGR. Glenn Campos,
shows FOCAP members
the Traffic Control Room
where the New NLE is
managed 24/7. The
control room houses the
System that manages the
signs and traffic incident
events. The control room
also houses the traffic
surveillance monitors that
show the real time CCTV
camera shots of the traffic
condition of the NLE.
Piolo & other artists walk for a cause
PINANGUNAHAN ni Piolo Pascual,
sampu ng higit sa sandaan pang TV at
movie personalities at political figures ang
"Lakad Mo, Pangarap Ko" project ng K
Channel sa Oktubre 10.
Sa isang panayam ng Lopez Link
correspondent sa naturang matinee idol,
inamin ni Piolo na malugod niyang
tinanggap ang malaking hamon na maging
endorser ng proyektong "Lakad Mo,
Pangarap Ko" at higit sa lahat bilang
tagapagsalita na rin ng Knowledge
Channel. Naniniwala ang aktor na malaki
ang maitutulong ng kaniyang
popularidad upang mapalaganap ang
kampanya ng Knowledge Channel
na labanan ang kahirapan sa
pamamagitan ng edukasyon.
Maaalalang isang estudyante si
Piolo sa Unibersidad ng Santo
Tomas (UST) nang masilaw siya sa
anyaya ng show business kaya't
nahinto ang kaniyang
Para kay Piolo, "When I learned about it,
isang malaking dahilan kung bakit
I was overwhelmed because it [K
masidhi ang pagnanasa ni Piolo na
Channel] is something that will help the
suportahan ang mga programang
students, that is why I am very eager."
pang-edukasyon, lalo na't hanggang sa
ngayo'y hinahangad pa rin niyang
makatapos. Bukod dito, ang kaniya ring
pagiging ama ang nag-udyok kay Piolo na si Piolo sa mga
lalo pang paigtingin ang kaniyang suporta panahong
sa mga programang pantelebisyon gaya ng naging
Knowledge Channel. Nakita ni Piolo na
ng pangmalaki ang maitutulong ng ganitong mga
programa para sa pagkakatuto hindi
lamang ng kaniyang
gaya ng ATBP
anak, lalo na ang
ang role ng isang
Miguel" sa mga
impormasyon. batang kalahok
sa programa. Sa paghihikayat na rin ni
Doris Nuval ng Knowledge Channel,
inaasahang magiging aktibong
tagapagtaguyod si Piolo ng mga
programang pang-edukasyon hindi
lamang sa taong ito, bagkus sa susunod
pang mga taon.
Pero sa ngayon, hindi maikakailang
masayang masaya ang aktor na isa
siya sa mga nangunang personalidad
sa matagumpay walkathon ng
Knowledge Channel noong Oktubre
10. Mala-bato balaning umagaw ng
atensiyon ang lakad na ito, lalo pa't
maraming mga tagasubaybay si Piolo
ang nakipasiksikan upang masulyapan
at makahalubilo lamang ang aktor.
LOPEZLINK October, 2004
Unang wind-diesel hybrid plant, itinayo sa Batanes
KAKAIBA ang lalawigan ng Batanes sa
maraming bagay. Ito ang pinakahilagang
lalawigan ng Pilipinas na malapit sa Taiwan
kaysa sa Maynila. Ito ay 860 km sa hilaga ng
Manila at 190 km lamang sa timog ng Taiwan. Ang Batanes ang huling teritoryo ng
Pilipinas na napadagdag dito. Ito ay pormal
nang sumailaim sa Pilipinas sa ilalim ng pamamahala ng mga Kastila noon Hunyo 26,
1783. Ito ang pinakamaliit na lalawigan sa
land area (229 square kilometers) at populasyon (16,467 inhabitants). Ang student/
teacher ratio nito sa elementarya at sekundaryang edukasyong ay 12 at 16 students
bawat klase, ang pinakamahusay sa bansa.
ANG kauna-unahang wind-diesel hybrid plant sa bansa.
DEPARTMENT of Energy Secretary Vincent S.
Perez, Jr. switched on ang unang wind-diesel
hybrid power plant kasama (from left) ang Batanes Governor Vicente S. Gato, Representative
Henedina R. Abad, Lopez Group chairman Oscar
M. Lopez at Mahatao Mayor Pedro F. Poncio
Ngayon, lahat ay muling nakatuon sa
Batanes para sa isang magandang dahilan.
Alinsunod sa ecological value ng lalawigan, pinapatakbo ng Batanes ang kauna-
unahang commercially-operated, winddiesel hybrid plant sa bansa.
Pinasinayaan ang 180-kW winddiesel hybrid wind plant noong Agosto
7, 2004 ni DOE Sec. Vincent S. Perez
sa Basco, Batanes. Ang hybrid project
(Phase 1), na may tatlong Vergnet 60 kW
wind turbines at 2 x 500 kW ay dinisenyo
upang makapagbigay ng 24/7 power service sa isla. Matatagpuan sa Sumhao, sa
bayan ng Mahatao, mapalalawak pa ang
sistema sa pagdaragdag ng wind turbines
capacities habang lumalaki ang demand
para dito. Ang tore ay isang tilt-down design upang sa panahon ng matinding bagyo
maibababa ang mga turbina at muli naming maitataas kung maayos na ang lagay
Pinuri ni Sec. Perez, kinatawan ng Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ang
proyekto bilang isang "solid proof of how
through hard work we could turn our problem to our advantage. Amid the rising cost
of fossil fuels, he added "today is the beginning of our independence from oil."
Isang proyekto ng pamahalaan ng lalawigan ng Batanes, isinagawa ng First Philippine Energy Corporation, isang subsidiary
ng First Generation Holdings Corporation,
ang pag-develop at konstruksiyon nito, sa
Meralco files Phase IV proposal to ERC
ISINUMITE ng Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) noong Setyembre 3 sa
Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)
ang panukala nitong mga guidelines and
procedure ng refund para sa Phase IV.
Nakalaan ang Phase IV refund para sa
mga commercial and industrial customer
kasama ang ibang non-residential at general service customers. Nahahati ito sa
"Sakop ng Phase IV-A ang maliliit na
commercial at industrial customer, flat
streetlights, mga ospital ng gobyerno, at
mga de-metrong poste ng ilaw na may
contracted demand na mababa sa 40 kW.
Ang refund mode ay isang fixed monthly credit sa bill mula Enero 2005 hanggang Disyembre 2007. Ang fixed
amount, katumbas ng customer's gross
refund amount (GRA) ay hahatiin sa 36,
at ibabawas mula sa buwanang bill ng
customer sa loob ng 36 buwan.
Mangangahulugan ito ng 42-¢ kada
kWh bawas sa buwanang bayarin para sa
nasabing panahon ng refund. Ang refund
coverage, gross refund kWh, at GRA ay
lilitaw sa bill ng customer sa January
2005," paliwanag ni Meralco Sr. Assistant
Vice President and Refund Management
Task Force Head Leonardo Mabale.
Sinabi ni Mabale na para sa mga
nagsipagtapos nang kontrata para sa
Phase IV-A, magsisimula ang refund sa
Nobyembre 2007. Ang refund mode ay
maaaring cash o tseke.
Sa kabilang banda, idinagdag ni Mabale na ang refund para sa Phase IV-B o
medium, commercial at industrial customers, mga pagamutan ng gobyerno, at
de-metrong poste ng ilaw na may contracted demand na higit o katumbas ng
40 kW ay maguumpisa sa July 2005. Ito
ay sisimulan pa sana sa Mayo 2005, subalit sanhi ng pangangailangan ng panahong iproseso ang mga refund notes,
matapos aprubahan ng ERC, iniurong ito
ng Meralco nang July 2005. Umapila si
Mabale na, "We hope the business
groups understand the situation."
Ang refund mode ay fixed credit sa
bill, katulad ng mga customer sa ilalim
ng Phase IV-A, liban lamang sa 63
buwan nitong palugit na magmumula sa
July 2005 at magtatapos sa September
2010. Nangangahulugan itong ng average na 21-¢ kada kWh bawas sa bayarin
ng mga customer sa loob ng 63 araw.
Ang mga customer na sakop ng Phase
IV-B at walang utang sa loob ng 90 araw
o higit pa ay binibigyan ng pagkakataong tumanggap ng non-interest bearing
Refund Notes. Magma-mature ang re-
fund notes kada quarter sa loob ng 21
quarters (katumbas ng 63 buwan).
Maaaring I-encash ng customer ang maturing portion (GRA divided by 21 quarters) ng Refund Note sa katapusan ng kada quarter mula sa mga paying agent ng
May liquidity feature ang Refund Note
na pinapayagan ang customer na lumikha
ng karagdagang pondo upang matugunan
ang kasalukuyan nitong mga obligasyon
o upang palawakin ang negosyo. Maaaring ipapalit ng customer ang kaniyang
Refund Notes sa Philippine Fixed Income Exchange o muling madeskuwento
sa mga bangkong komersiyal.
Iyong may tapos nang mga kontrata
sa ilalim ng grupong ito ay may opsiyong tumanggap ng Refund Notes na may
kahalintulad na katangian sa mga may
aktibong serbisyo o tatanggap ng refund
check sa Enero 2008.
Sa isang kahalintulad na development,
sinabi ni Meralco Vice President for Corporate Communication Elpi Cuna, Jr. na,
"As of the end of August, Meralco has already processed the refunds to a total of
4.72 million customers or 91 % of those
entitled to the refund. Phase III refund is
still on-going and is scheduled to be
completed by the end of this year."
pakikipagtulungan din sa Advanced Energy
Systems of Perth, Australia.
Upang italaga ang bilis ng wind energy
development sa bansa, ipinahayag ni Gov.
Vicente S. Gato na ang makasaysayan at
hindi mapapantayang achievement ng
Batanes sa paghuhudyat ng pangkomersiyong gamit ng wind energy sa bansa.
Samantala, ipinaalala ni Chairman Oscar
M. Lopez ng First Generation Holdings Corporation, na nag-ugat ang proyektong ito
noong 1997, nang imungkahi ni Cong. Florencio B. Abad ang paggamit sa lakas ng hangin
sa Batanes upang mapagkunan ng enerhiya.
Malaki ang naging bahagi ni Abad sa development at sa pagpopondo sa naturang proyekto na "would not be possible without the vision, hardwork and persistence of the leadership in cooperation with the Government and
private sectors. The Batanes Provincial Government, Department of Energy, National
Power Corporation-Small Power Utilities
Group, and First Philippine Energy Corporation have banded together to finally bring this
milestone into fruition. National Power Corporation will operate and maintain the system,
while the energy output will be purchased by
the Batanes Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Ang wind facility na ito ay nagpapakita
ng kakayanan na magamit ang enerhiyang
buhat sa hangin upang mabawasan ang
government subsidy para sa missionary
electrification. Kakambal ng wind-diesel
hybrids pang-operasyon, pangkabuhayan,
at pangkapaligirang benepisyo sa estriktong paggamit ng diesel system.
BAYANTEL chief consultant Tunde Fafunwa
BAYAN Telecommunications (BAYANTEL)
recently launched bayancards.com, an online store that would cater to the growing
market for international pre-paid calling
cards targeting Filipinos working or living
abroad. The concept behind BayanCards.com
is to provide quality and reliable international
long distance service to overseas Filipinos
through pre-paid cards sold via the Internet.
As it is completely web-based, customers can
purchase call cards at bayancards.com anytime, anywhere. BayanCards.com accepts
credit card payments only. The web-site has
affiliated with Equitable Cards Network for
its payment gateway and is Verisign-registered allowing for the secure purchase of prepaid calling cards.
LOPEZLINK October, 2004
The Tondo Pilot Project: An innovative
solution to a health and social problem
by Jess Matubis
THIS is Manila Mayor Lito
Atienza's description of Maynilad
Water Services Inc.'s Tondo Foreshore F-1 Pilot Project which he
and Maynilad president Fiorello
Estuar launched last August 10,
2004, on the occasion of Atienza's bir thday.
At the ceremonial groundbreaking of the project last September
23 Mayor Atienza praised Maynilad for pursuing the project despite
the financial constraints that it
faced and the court proceedings in
which it is currently involved.
"Yan ang dapat nating gayahin.
Datapwat ang Maynilad ay nahaharap sa mga problemang pinansyal, hindi nito nakakalimutan na
humanap ng solusyon sa mga
pangangailangan ng mga customers," Atienza said during the
During the same occasion,
Mayor Atienza, Estuar and Western Police District Director Chief
Supt. Pedro Bulaong signed a
memorandum of cooperation and
understanding to seal the partnership and cooperation among the
INFONXX whoops it up after capturing the championship of the BayanTel
Hoops Invititational basketball tournament for call centers.
three entities for the successful
completion of the project.
The Tondo project will upgrade
the water delivery system in Tondo
(built in the early 80's by the National Housing Authority and which has
since then deteriorated) and help the
City of Manila ensure the health and
well-being of the Tondo residents.
Also known as the "Project
Kalusugan ng Tondo," the project
was conceived by Estuar in response to the call of Mayor Atienza
for the improvement of the water
delivery system of Tondo, in the
wake of the gastro-enteritis outbrak
in October-November last year that
affected more than 600 Tondo residents. The outbreak, according to
the DOH, was caused by poor, substandard infrastructure, unsanitary
conditions, contaminated food, dirty
water arising from illegal connections and the illegal; use of booster
pumps, and lack of proper hygiene.
The new Maynilad president
came up with the idea of laying
temporary but sturdy facilities
("tempfacil"), in the form of new
steel pipes at ground level but enclosed in cement and integrated to
the curbs and gutters so they
would not pose any obstacle to
pedestrian traffic. The pipes would
only be laid underground at corners and street intersections so as
not to obstruct vehicular traffic.
Manila mayor Lito Atienza (center), together with Maynilad Water Services Inc.
(MWSI) president Fiorello Estuar (left) and MWSI construction management
manager Boy Lampa, lead the preliminary hydrotesting of a 75 mm GI
(galvanized iron) pipe along Lopez Jaena St. in Tondo, Manila, part of the
installation of the Tondo Foreshore F-1 Pilot Project.
The new concept of pipe-laying
is being piloted in the F-1 Zone,
an area bounded by Capulong (C2) St., F. Varona St., Radial Road
10, and Velasquez St. at a cost of
P53.2 million. 6,500 households
or around 46,000 residents will
get clean, potable and reliable water upon completion of the project.
This area was considered the
hardest hit during the gastro-enteritis outbreak last year.
The pilot project was divided
into five packages with four con-
tractors (HG-111 Construction,
MIESCOR, CMS Construction
and AC Mojares) undertaking the
work. Since the mobilization of the
contractors last September 1, work
has proceeded swiftly so that by
the time the ceremonial groundbreaking was held last September
23, 75% of the 15-kilometer pipe
network had been put in place and
is now undergoing hydro-testing.
The project is expected to be
completed by the second week of
November of the current year.
Bayantel hosts 'Hoops'
party for call centers
Bayantel at Export Industry
CAPPING the successful staging of
the first Hoops Invitational basketball
tournament for the call center industry, BayanTel recently hosted a championship party at the hip Aruba Bar
and Restaurant in Libis where about
two hundred guests were treated to a
night of food and fun.
Assistant secretary Carrisa Cruz of
the Department of Trade and Industry
was the special guest of honor who
awarded the trophies and medals to
the winning teams and top individual
players during the tournament.
BayanTel's chief consultant, Tunde
Fafunwa, and vice president for corporate and business markets, Junie Pama, were also on hand to award the
trophies and medals to the winning
teams and top individual players during the tournament celebration with
officials and employees of participating call center companies.
Assistant secretary Carrisa Cruz of
the Department of Trade and Industry
was the special guest of honor who celebrated with officials and employees of
participating call center companies.
Infonxx, a call center company
based in Pennsylvania, USA with a
sizeable call center facility in the Philippines, emerged as the champion team of
the tournament, besting sixteen other
call center companies. Teletech, also a
US based call center with operations in
the country, earned second place while
Air Relay garnered 3rd place.
The most valuable player award
was given to Francisco Pacheco of
Teletech. The awardees for the mythical five were Pacheco, Ryan Pakingan
of Air Relay, Rommel Figueroa of Infonxx, Andrew Araneta of Teletech,
and Oliver Eusebio of Convergys.
Mr. Pama commended the teams
for their competitive spirit during the
competitions and vowed to continue
programs that would strengthen the
call center industry and as well as
BayanTel's position as a preferred telco provider to the industry.
Other call center companies who
participated in the tournament were
Ambergris Solutions, Athena E-Services, BayanTel, Clientlogic Philippines, Convergys, e-Telecare International, Global Stride, IMS Asia, Inc.,
iTouchpoint Technologies, Link2Support, People Support, SVI, and
Teleperformance Phils, Inc
Bank, lumagda ng kasunduan
KAMAKAILAN, pumirma ang
(BayanTel) at Export and Industry Bank ng isang kontrata para sa
pagkakaloob sa BayanTel ng domestic frame relay links upang
maikonekta ang banko sa mga
sangay nito sa buong bansa.
Lalo pang pinagtibay ng kasunduang nabanggit ang posisyon ng
Bayantel bilang higit na pinagkakatiwalaang data service provider banking industry. Inendoso
ang BayanTel ng Megalink, isa sa
pangunahing ATM consortia sa
bansa, bilang katuwang at provider
PRESENT during the signing were (from left) Bayantel Director for Relationship
Markets Hans Voltaire Bayaborda, Exportbank Senior Manager Michael Asiddao,
Exportbank Chief Information Officer Josemaria Valdes, Bayantel Vice President for
Corporate & Business Markets Junie Pama, and Exportbank First Vice President
ng data connection services sa mga
kasaping bangko nito.
Sinabi ni G. Junie Pama, BayanTel vice president for corporate and
business, "We are pleased with
strengthening our business partnership with Export and Industry
Bank. We were able to provide the
Bank with their required connectivity to its branches at a cost effective
manner through a thorough study
of their locations, infrastructure requirement and impact to their business. We plan to further grow our
niche in this sector through better
relationships with our customers
and developing cost effective
voice, data and Internet solutions to
benefit the banking industry."
Upang mapasok ang export sector, may specialization mandate
ang bangko sa trade finance at mga
kaugnay na mga produkto at serbisyong pambangkong komersiyal.
LOPEZLINK October, 2004
Asian forum pushes CSR agenda
WITH the theme, "Driving
Forces for CSR-Altruism or Economics," the third Asian Forum
on Corporate Social Responsibility was held last September in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The forum aimed at showing the participating companies how they can
make significant impact on societies or communities in Asia at
the time of their debate on the impact and benefits of global trade.
A total of 281 delegates represented 159 companies-government, corporate, and non-governmental organizations-from 23
countries participated in the discussions on sustaining CSR.
The Lopez group brought an
exhibit display for the AFCSR
Expo, which culminated in a cer-
emony recognizing Asian companies for outstanding, innovative,
and world-class services and programs implemented in 2003-2004.
The Lopez Group delegation was
composed of Rina Lopez-Bautista
(Knowledge Channel), Reynaldo
Sarmenta (FPHC), Beth Canlas
(FPHC), Cesar Gomez (FPHC),
Dario Pagkalinawan (Lopez
Group Foundation Inc.), Jet Santos (Meralco Millennium), Dulce
Baybay (ABS-CBN Foundation),
and Rosan Cruz (Benpres PR).
FPHC COO Elpidio Ibañez arrived the day of the awarding ceremonies to receive the two runnerup citations of FPHC for its poverty alleviation programs (Paliparan) and for best workplace
practices program (Wellness).
CULTURAL presentation during the grand welcome and fellowship night.
LOPEZ Group delegation with AFCSR Conference Director and Co-Vice Chairman Felipe B. Alfonso.
First Holdings' CSR
programs among Asia's best
FIRST Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPHC) of the
Lopez Group of Companies, received two runner-up citations during the third annual Asian Forum for Corporate
Social Responsibility (AFCSR) held recently in Kuala
Ramon del Rosario, Asian Institute of Management
(AIM) chairman of the board of advisers as well as cochair of the event said that "As multinationals and local
corporations grow, they must go beyond just creating
profit for the shareholders and look at the interest of the
stakeholders and communities in which they are doing
For this year, the AFCR's Asian CSR Awards recognized companies for outstanding, innovative and worldclass services and programs implemented in 2003-04 in
five categories: 1) Environmental Excellence; 2) Support
and Improvement of Education; 3) Poverty Alleviation;
4) Small Company CSR; and, the 5) Best Workplace
FPHC was recognized for its impressive CSR programs in the areas of poverty alleviation and best workplace practices. There were 197 entries from 110 organizations in 15 countries vying for the various awards.
According to the Board of Judges, "Being selected as a
runner-up is recognition that your entry was among the
best in the workplace and poverty alleviation categories
in the region. These are significant achievements and we
For poverty alleviation, FPHC won for its Integrated
Community Development Program in Paliparan, a squatter
resettlement area located in Dasmarinas, Cavite. A once
depressed alley filled with litter and poverty, the Paliparan
community is now a thriving Clean and Green Community,
with effective programs on solid waste management, education, health care and livelihood projects. NGO's and
other people organizations were banded together to ensure
the continuity of the various community projects.
For best workplace practices, FPHC was recognized for
its HR and Wellness Program, which is comprehensive and
holistic in its thrusts to nurture its employees' body, mind
and spirit. It operates in five areas: Human Resources Development, Employee Well-Being, Corporate Social Responsibility & Employee Volunteerism, Rites and Rituals,
and Awards and Rewards System. Its executive education
program in Executive Masters in Business Adminstration
(EMBA) and Managerial Leadership Program, in partnership with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and
conducted exclusively for the Lopez Group, are both pioneering efforts in the development of a new model of corporate training. FPHC's health and well-being learning
tracts cover nutrition, physical fitness, stress management
Among the key learnings of
the forum were:
• It is the goal of the responsible
company to provide well-run businesses, not save the planet. A responsible corporation is one with
quality products and services.
• According to Steve Bowen of
EDELMAN, the scope of media
messages has changed. There are
multiple touchpoints and individual viewers are exposed to some
5,000 messages in several days
since there are 24-hour local and
international news channels.
• There are other ways of communicating to key stakeholders
• CSR is more than a photo opportunity; it is not a PR or marketing vehicle; it is more of values proposition than a business
• According to Jon Chadwick,
chair of Shell-Malaysia, CSR
isn't philanthropy; CSR is more
on how a company operates and
how these companies relate to
key stakeholders. He also emphasized sustainable development
and community involvement.
• Sustainable development is
the competitive advantage.
• Companies with higher CSR
can also attract and retain good
employees, which would in turn
benefit them in the long run.
• Be clear as to who your
publics are. Manage these relationships, through PR.
• The key to doing CSR is
through core competencies of the
business. If media, then use media resources.
• Kelly Lau, head of APCO
Asia’s regional CSR practice,
said that media is not too warm
on CSR releases. They don’t pick
up releases. Address first good
product, good management, before doing PR.
• Make CSR the WHY, not the
• Robin Hood Foundation’s
plenary was the most applauded
due to the following tips that the
speaker (who will be brought to
the Philippines by AIM) gave:
- “Don’t tell me what you do...
where you do it... or how you
do it... but, tell me WHY you
- Engage in strategic partnerships that grow over time.
Do it in clusters. This is the
- Best ideas come from the
cafeteria, not from the boardroom.
- Do CSR and see your
brands’ reputation develop a
warm human glow.
- Stand for one thing. Don’t try
to save planet earth. Be intelligent, strategic, measurable.
- Take the lead in robust partnerships. Create the initiative.
- Own your social landscape.
• CSR schemes can help raise
Shareholder value, according to the
keynote speaker, Chairman Tan Sri
Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, one of
the richest men in Malaysia. By
having higher CSR, a company can
increase its reputation, and this will
elevate its chances to secure contracts from the Government as it is
seen as being socially responsible.
• Companies with higher CSR
can also attract and retain good
employees, which would in turn
benefit them financially in the
LOPEZLINK October, 2004
IBA’T ibang mukha ng tagumpay ng "Lakad Ko, Pangarap
Mo" ng Knowledge Channel. Dumagsa ang mga artista at
mga tagasuporta ng nasabing proyekto upang iparating ang
mensaheng mahalaga ang edukasyon upang labanan ang
from page 1
Kasabay ng programang sa ULTRA
Sports Complex kung saan naroon
ang tanggapan ng DepEd, isinabay
rin ang programa sa live telecast ng
pagdiriwang ng ikasampung taong
anibersaryo ng ASAP sa telebisyon.
Balik-tanaw sa kasaysayan
Bilang bahagi ng tinatawag na "corporate social responsibility" ng Lopez
Group, nagsimula ang Knowledge
Channel bilang Sky Foundation Inc.
noong 1999 upang tugunan ang malaking pangangailangan ng pampublikong edukasyon sa bansa sa mga alternatibong midya ng pagtuturo gaya
ng paggamit ng ICT. Sapagkat hawak
ng Lopez Group ang pasilidad gaya ng
Cable TV infrastructure, satellite, at
malawak na karansan sa broadcasting,
maraming mga kompanya at ahensiya
ang pamahalaan ang nakibalikat sa
malaking hamon ng pagpapaunlad ng
edukasyon sa bansa.
Nang itatag nina Lopez-Bautista ang
Knowledge Channel, lingid sa
kaniyang kaalaman na sinusundan
niya pala ang yapak ng kaniyang Lolo Eñing. Matatandaan na noong
dekada 60, ang nasirang ama ng
Lopez Group of Companies ang kauna-unahang pilantropo sa bansa na
nagkaroon ng interes sa paggamit ng
ICT upang mapahusay ang midyum
of instruction. Sa pagkakaloob niya
ng mga telebisyon sa programang
ETV ng Ateneo de Manila, naging
instrumento si Don Eugenio upang
lalong mapasiklab ang interes ng
mga estudyante sa pag-aaral. Makalipas ang halos tatlong dekada, itinatag
ang Knowledge Channel, isang "nonstock, non-profit" na organisasyon.
Sa pagkakaroon ng mga programang
nakaangkla sa binagong curriculum
ng Departamento ng Edukasyon
(DepEd), laan ang dalawampung
minuto para sa pagpapalabas ng mga
segment o programa ng Knowledge
Channel na 60% ay buhat sa Canada
at 40% ay mga programang Pilipino
LOPEZLINK October, 2004
Bagong shows ng ABS-CBN,
patok sa ratings
KASISIMULA pa lamang sa ere ng mga bagong programa ng ABS-CBN, malugod na tinanggap agad ang
mga ito ng mga manonood batay sa resulta ng ratings.
Sa ilalim ng direksiyon ni Jerry Lopez Sineneng at
Jerome Pobocan, ang Hiram ang pinakamalaking teleserye sa kasaysayan ng telebisyon sa bansa, na kinatatampukan ni Kris Aquino, Dina Bonnevie and John
Estrada, kasama ang mga teen star na sina Heart Evangelista, Geoff Eigenmann, at Anne Curtis.
ABS-CBN ang turing
nitong "teleserye primera klase" sapagkat
ito ang kauna-unahang teleserye ng batikang TV host na si
Kris Aquino. Ito rin
ang muling pagbabalik ng premyadang
aktres na si Dina
Bonnevie sa bakuran
ng ABS-CBN sa loob
ng maraming taon.
ang unang pagtatambalan nina Heart
Evangelista at Geoff Eigenmann at ito rin ang unang
proyekto ni Anne Curtis sa naturang network.
Sa larang naman ng Reality TV, umere na rin ang
Ek! Channel, ang kauna-unahang stylized showbizgame-talk-reality-makeover-comedy-wish granting
hybrid show. Kasama sa programang ito ang mga
sikat na teen idol na sina Angelika dela Cruz, Marvin
Agustin, Dominic Ochoa and Rica Peralejo.
Tiyak na kaaabangan ang mga bagong programang
ito ng Dos at inaasahang makikipaggirian ang mga ito
sa labanan sa ratings.
Sex and the City
(L-R) Paolo Abrera, a friend, Tessa OrtizManera, Gina Gray, Daphne Osena-Paez and
I.Woman, the exclusive women’s club of SkyCable
and Home Cable were treated by HBO’s promotion of the much-talked about final season of the
sexy and comedy series, “Sex and the City.” “Tell
All,” was a feel good afternoon talk at the Urban
Spa, Shangri-la Plaza mall. Prominent personalities like Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Gina Gray, Tessa Ortiz-Manera, Daphne Osena and Paolo Abrera
shared their personal tips and experiences on how
to live a sexy and healthy lifestyle.
ABS-CBN, humakot ng 28 tropeo
sa 13th Golden Dove Awards
KINILALA ang ABS-CBN bilang Best TV station at
nag-uwi ng 28 tropeo sa prestihiyosong 13th KBP
Golden Dove Awards na ginanap noong September 15
sa Star Theater ng CCP complex.
Hinakot ng network ang malalaking award, kabilang dito ang KBP Lifetime Achievement Award para
kay Ka Kiko Evangelista, Outstanding AM Radio Station para sa DZMM Radio Patrol 630, at Outstanding
FM Radio Station para sa DWRR 101.9 For Life! Ipinagkaloob din sa unang pagkakataon ang Texter's
Choice special awards na inuwi ng DWRR para sa FM
(Luzon) at DXAB para sa AM Station (Mindanao).
Sa kategoryang News and Public Affairs, kinilala
rin ang kontribusyon ng ABS-CBN sa lipunan sa mga
panalo nito: TV Patrol at AM Radyo Patrol Balita,
Outstanding News Program para sa TV at Radio
(Manila); Dong Puno Live (TV-Manila) at Korina Sa
Umaga (radyo), Outstanding Public Affairs Program.
Nagwagi naman bilang Outstanding Public Service
Program (radyo) ang istasyong panlalawigan ng ABSCBN, DYAB Cebu para sa Tabang Patrol. Kinilala
naming Outstanding Newscaster sina Korina Sanchez
( T V- M a n i l a ) a t A n g e l o P a l m o n e s ( r a d y o ) .
Pinarangalan din sina Noli de Castro (Magandang
Gabi Bayan) at Senador Alfredo Lim (radyo) bilang
Outstanding Public Affairs Program Hosts.
ABS-CBN also bursts with awards
from the entertainment genre: Outstanding Variety Show Program (TVManila) for ASAP Mania, Outstanding Comedy Program and Outstanding
Casting-Comedy Program (TV-Manila) for OK Fine Whatever, Outstanding Game Show (TV-Manila) for
Game K N B? and Outstanding Game
Show Host (TV-Manila) for Kris
Aquino; Outstanding Magazine Talk
Show (TV-Manila) for Magandang
Umaga Bayan, Outstanding Magazine
Talk Show Host (Radio) for
Julius Babao (Magandang
Morning with Julius and
Tintin). Dolphy Quizon (Home
Along Da Airport) won the
Outstanding Lead Actor-Comedy Program (TV-Manila).
Kinilala naman ang Maalaala
Mo Kaya bilang Outstanding
Drama Program (TV-Manila), at
ang isa sa mga director nitong si
Cathy Garcia Molina, bilang
Outstanding Director para sa
episode na "Lugaw." Para rin sa
naturang episode, nagwagi si
Long Mejia bilang Outstanding
Lead Actor. Para sa programa sa
radyo, iginawad naman ang
Outstanding Drama Program sa
Ang Mga Payo ni Compañero
ng DZMM. It Might Be You naman ang nagwaging Outstanding Drama Series sa telebisyon.
Bukod sa mga papuring ito
mula sa KBP, nagkamit rin ang
naturang network ng siyam sa
14 na tropeong ipinamigay sa
ginanap na pre-awarding cere7
1. Charo Santos-Concio
2. Korina Sanchez &
4. Fred Lim
5. Angelo Palmones
6. Peter Musngi and
7. OK Fine cast
LOPEZLINK October, 2004
Guests look at the photo exhibit featuring AEI and
OFPHIL's annual medical missions
AEI’s Anali Unson, Carla de
Villa, and Annie dela Cruz
MR. JO Concepcion, Mr. Oscar Hilado, & Mr. Manuel
A magical, elegant evening
DR. FELIPE I. Tolentino, AEI President
gazed down at the setting below, from
the Clipper Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental Manila. As a dutiful host, his eyes
swept every detail for any hitch or lapse.
His proud smile affirmed the flawless
execution of every planned detail.
GUESTS from Lufthansa
Dr. Tolentino and Mr. Oscar M. Lopez
and his wife Connie, proudly led benefactors of the Ophthalmological Foundation of the Philippines (OFPHIL);
PCSO Board Member Manuel Morato,
ace CEO Raul Concepcion, First
Ybanez, Atty. and
Mrs. Nordy Diploma, another ardent
supporter of OFAEI’s Dra. Annabelle Costa (2nd from left), Ms. Keiko Otaeza (3rd from left), PHIL, and other
Dr. Edgar Leuenberger (4th from left), Dr. Bobby Ang (7th from left), and leading lights of the
community to a special dining section.
Ms. Soc Reyes,
exclaimed to star
Palafox and his elegant wife Wilma
that donations kept
pouring in all
through the night,
delivering yet another display of
for OFPHIL. This
MR. OSCAR M. Lopez delivers his welcome remark at the start of the
was the big differ-
ence with the AEI 3rd Anniversary
night ---- all "invited guests" were benefactors. After dinner, everyone walked
down to the Captain's Bar.
The stage had dramatic simplicity; a
music sheet draped across and gathered
high above elegant flowers and plants, a
baby grand piano, three stools, and a center circular floor area symbolizing an
eye. A special section directly in front of
the stage with chairs covered in black
added an austere but opulent touch.
Slowly the section filled up as Mayor Jejomar Binay and Dr. Elenita Binay took
their places in the front row, and the
show began promptly after the welcome
remarks of Mr. Oscar M. Lopez and the
message from Dr. Felipe I. Tolentino.
The lights dimmed and the rest of the
evening was pure Broadway magic from
EJ Villacorta, who delivered saucy and
naughty pieces, Jeff Arcilla, whose powerful tenor timbre kept the audience in rapt
focus, and Josephine Roces Chavez sang
heart-warming classics. The masterful direction and host narratives came from
Jaime del Mundo. Musical director and
choral conductor Errol Gallespen was the
evening's pianist. Likewise, the Mandarin
Oriental Manila rolled out the red carpet
for the glittering affair, showing their
wholehearted support for the fund-raising
efforts of AEI and OFPHIL.
The sponsors of the fund raising project are Manila Electric Company, First
Generation Holdings Corporation, Alcon
Laboratories Philippines, Inc., I.O.S.
Marketing Corporation, Lufthansa German Airlines, Phinma, Inc., Santen - a division of Croma Medic, Mandarin Oriental Manila, First Philippine Industrial
Corporation, First Sumiden Circuits,
Inc., First Philippine Infrastructure Development Corporation, Medilight,
Inc., First Philippine Industrial Park,
Inc., Philec/Fedcor, Essilab Philippines, Inc., JJED Marketing, Novartis
Ophthalmics, Holland Blooms, Allied
Domecq Philippines, Inc., McCann-Erickson Philippines, Inc., LSGI Corporation Avon, Lister Corporation, Integrated Waste Management, Inc. and CP
As an Institute, AEI displayed a
warm and touching manner to say thank
you for three successful years and gratitude to supporters of the Asian Eye InDR. FELIPE I. Tolentino
delivers his message at the (L to R) Mr. and Mrs. Lopez, Dr. and Mrs. Tolentino, Jeff Arcilla and Mr. stitute's beneficiary, the Ophthlamological Foundation of the Philippines.
start of the event
JOSEPHINE Roces-Chavez, Jeff Arcilla, & EJ
Villacorta doing a rousing medley of Broadway hits
STAGE actress, singer & dancer EJ Villacorta wows the
crowd with her saucy and naughty pieces
JEFF Arcilla’s beautiful tenor voice and commanding
stage presence keeps the audience in rapt focus
JEFF Arcilla and Josephine Roces-Chavez in a duet
MR. OSCAR M. Lopez, Ms. Pearl Catahan, Mr. Leonides
Garde, and a friend
LOPEZLINK October, 2004
Laser eye surgery
by Roberto L. Tanizaki
REMEMBER the stinging pain you felt the first
time you wore your contact lens? Remember the
terror of inserting them, then getting them off
yourself? Or have you had troubles finding your
eyeglasses at the time you need them most?
You can now get rid of your lens and glasses
when you undergo a laser eye treatment. I had
been an eyeglass and contact lens user for the
longest time, but undergoing the treatment is the
best decision I have ever made. I no longer go
through the hassle of removing glasses or lenses
at bedtime or locating them when I wake up.
I went to the clinic where the nurse provided
me a tranquilizer. Just then, Dr. Ang came out
of the operating theater with a female patient.
The white pill must have worked. I don't have
the nerve to blurt out I really wanted out. Besides,
the female patient—I don't remember if she had a
smile on her face—was no longer around.
The nurse came back and lightly patches my
left eye with a piece of gauze, rubs some kind of
disinfectant around my right eye.
After fifteen minutes, Dr. Ang came back
and announced that it was my turn to go
through the procedure.
My turn at the theater
I found myself in the theater. I laid down the
examining bed on which loomed the ocular of
the latest model of the fabled Bausch & Lomb
Zyoptix machine. It is a predecessor of this machine that had perhaps earned Dr. Bobby Ang
the monicker "Dr. Lasik." He had spent a lot of
time training in-house at the German company's
headquarters. This he did after graduating from
Harvard as a certified lasik specialist.
Dr. Ang applied anesthesia around my eyes
so that I would not feel the pain. He then asked
me to look through the ocular and focus on
some red pattern inside the Technolas Zyoptix
which will "recognize" my iris and reconfirm
that particular eye's identity, as established in
the hours-long Lasik qualifying medical test
four days ago. A technician had told me at the
time that the latest fingerprint identification
machine can ID up to 8,000 unique patterns. In
comparison, the Technolas identifies up to
38,000 such patterns in your iris. So your identity is absolutely, unmistakably yours. No margin for even the minutest micro-error.
After a flap of precise thickness is carved out
from your cornea, it is this same Technolas machine that fires thousands of laser beams at exact
locations in your cornea. Even if your eye twitches, it works like a guided missile following your
eyes every move. No human error possible. Everything's automatic, fine-tuned in microns and mils.
Dr. Ang made me relax a bit and I was told to
look into the pattern again. HE opened my eye
wider with an instrument, yet it didn’t hurt at
all. I looked again into the pattern, with my eye
ball stationary for a while. Then I saw nothing
and I heard a female voice announcing "… 35,
52, 67, 85…" A countdown I told myself.
I felt some vibrations and I was told to stare at
teh red light again without moving my head. In a
while I heard a sound and smelled something
burning. Dr. Ang assured me it was nothing. I
knew then that the laser was already working.
This laser machine, Zyoptix 100 Technolas
that Dr. Bobby Ang used on me is only one of
eight such machines in the world at this time.
Five in Europe, three in Asia including this one
in the Philippines, and none yet in America.
How state-of-the-art can you get?
Then, I braced myself, tightly clutching at the
sides of the leather mattress. Then, that familiar
countdown."…7, 20, 33, 48, 63, 85, 100%".
Dr. Ang told me that my sight would be a little hazy but it would get better. But I could see
Little did I know that the operation was over,
in just five minutes!
Dr. Ang told me that at the time I saw all
black, he was cutting my corneal flap. Dr. Ang
told me that the blade he used will never be
used again on any other patient and patients
normally take home their blades.
Then the left eye procedure went on as
smoothly, although preparation took longer
than the actual procedure. I was out of Asian
Eye Institute well before lunchtime, armed with
a prestigious-looking AEI bag housing two
types of eye drops and wearing a pair of stylish
wrap-around goggles. I looked around and
thought, "I can see clearly. With or without the
goggles, I can see clearly!"
You can imagine how I felt waking up the following morning. I saw all the details in my room
in sharp focus. The colors seemed more vivid
that I remembered. It felt weird. It felt uncanny. I
looked out the window, and felt I could see as far
as forever. It was like I had been reborn.
A few days later, I threw away all my contact
lenses and contact lens solutions, as well as a
tidy collection of eyeglasses. I saved the brandnew titanium Tag Heuer. They'll make greatlooking shades.
In fact, the hardest thing about a laser eye operation is the pre-qualifying test. In contrast to
the under-an-hour Lasik procedure, the pre-qualifying can take up to four hours. I'm glad I
brought a book. (Someone was wearing a Discman.) It is really this exhausting test that ensures your Lasik operation is as safe
as can be.
Even if you had all the money in
the world, if your eyes don't qualify,
you don't get the procedure. But the
best part of the pre-qualifying is getting to know a somewhat intimidating, mean-looking machine that's as
German as they come, the Zyoptix
Just as the best part of the laser
surgery itself is getting to know Dr.
Bobby Ang, "Dr. Lasik" himself.
AEI employees may avail of discounted rates. Other interested
parties may call AEI at (632)8982020 or visit their website at
"YOU have to openly believe in what you
do, to the point of fanaticism!"
This was how Doris viewed her
bombing during the 50th ASTA
Convention in Manila. Doris recalled
every memory, crisp and vividly
Roots of her conviction
Daughter of a military officer, Doris
enjoyed a privileged existence. In
college, Doris joined a radical left wing
student group and would be seen in
anti-Marcos sentiments. What spurred
this on was when she witnessed the
death of a Manila Gas Corporation
worker who was openly beaten by
security personnel. Two days after,
Doris dropped out of school.
After college, Doris moved on to the
Department of Tourism. There she
honed her skills in organization and
people interaction, in the process
meeting and marrying an American
Peace Corps volunteer. The union
produced a son, Doris' pride and joy up
to this day. His presence was the only
thing that Doris keeps close to her heart
about the failed relationship. From the
Student Travel section, Doris was sent
to New York to promote the Philippines.
All throughout though, she never forgot
to keep in touch with the underground
movement. This hatched the idea for a
bomb to be planted at the 50th ASTA
Convention in Manila.
Called to action
On arrival in Manila, Doris was
contacted by the April 6th Liberation
Movement. She would be given the
difficult task of implanting a bomb near
the podium where then President
Ferdinand Marcos was to speak. This
she successfully implemented by flirting
her way past security personnel. She
had to change seats twice to get nearer
The bomb was supposed to explode at
7p.m., the time when Marcos would be
delivering a speech on the podium,
declaring the country as a safe tourist
destination. Just as the video
presentation was showing cannons
firing, a big explosion was heard.
General Fabian Ver and other security
personnel dived and protected Marcos.
Others fled the building. When the
smoke cleared, 12 were found injured.
The five longest years of her life
She was taken to Camp Crame where
she was confined with hardened
criminals. For Doris, she thought she
would languish in this facility for life.
She conditioned her mind that she
would just make the most out of her
More than the struggle in Camp Crame,
Doris feared for her son's life. So, her
mother went to the US and sought
custody of the child. Doris was only able
to breathe a sigh of relief when her mom
and son safely returned home.
Political asylum and freedom
In 1985, Doris was able to seek political
asylum in the Netherlands and stayed
there for less than a year before the
People Power Revolution toppled the
Marcos dictatorship. She came home
and started a new life.
She worked for PTV-4 and handled its
public affairs only to resign due to
compelling reasons. Not long after, she
Lopez-Bautista got wind of how she
worked, she wooed Doris to the
Knowledge Channel Foundation. This is
where Doris is currently connected as
Director for Resource Mobilization.
Doris has always believed in working for
a cause and what a better cause there is
than promoting public education as a
potent tool against poverty. Throughout
continuously looks for funds to defray
the cost of installing satellite dishes and
cabling of schools so that public school
students will have access to highly
informative and educational programs
that are anchored on DepEd-mandated
curriculum. (Alexie Zotomayor)
LOPEZLINK October, 2004
JUST by its name, breast cancer is a type of cancer that
starts in the breast. No one knows what the exact cause
is but risk factors have been identified.
Age. The older the women, the more likely for her to get
breast cancer. Those with the highest risk are those more
than 50 years old.
Non-cancerous breast disease. Women who have had
breast disease other than breast cancer.
Family history. If a woman's mother, sister, or daughter
has had breast cancer, the woman is at higher risk for
getting the disease. If both her mother and sister had
breast cancer, the risk is slightly higher. Also, if a woman
has a first-degree relative (such as a mother or sister),
who had breast cancer in both breasts or had breast
cancer before going through menopause, the woman is
at a higher risk. Further, A woman is at greater risk for
cancer if she or someone in her family has had colon,
uterine, or ovarian cancer.
Radiation. If a woman has been exposed to radiation,
particularly during infancy or childhood, which involves
the breast region, she is at an increased risk for getting
Hormonal risks. The following are a few hormonal
factors that can raise of woman's risk for getting breast
starting menstruation at a very early age (12 years of
age and under)
reaching menopause after 55 years of age
having a first living child after 30 years of age
never giving birth to a living child or having few
having used the drug Diethylstilbesterol (DES)
using hormone replacement therapy over a long
period of time (5 or more years)
use of oral contraceptives at a young age
The following are a few lifestyle issues that can raise a
woman's risk for getting breast cancer:
higher education and socioeconomic status
getting little or no regular exercise
regularly having two or more alcoholic drinks a day
gaining excessive weight after age 18
being exposed to ionizing radiation
Women with early breast cancer usually do not feel pain
or experience any symptoms at all. As the cancer grows,
however, it can cause the following changes:
• A lump or thickening in or near the breast or under the
• Strange pain in the breast with no lump
• A change in the size or shape of the
discharge or nipple
tenderness; the nipple may also
be inverted, or pulled back into the
1. Stand before a mirror. Inspect both breasts for
anything unusual such as any discharge from the nipples
or puckering, dimpling, or scaling of the skin.
2. Watching closely in the mirror, clasp you hands behind
your head an
3. Next, press your hands firmly on your hips and bow slightly
toward your mirror as you pull your shoulders and elbows
4. Lying on the bed, raise your left arm. Use three or four
fingers of your right hand to explore your left breast firmly,
carefully, and thoroughly. Beginning at the outer edge,
press the flat part of your fingers in small circles,
moving the circles slowly around the breast.
Gradually work toward the nipple. Be sure to cover
the entire breast. Pay special attention to the area
between the breast and the underarm, including
the underarm itself. Feel for any unusual lump or
mass under the skin. Next, lower your arm and
examine the armpit using the same technique and
repeat on the opposite breast.
5. In addition to lying down, BSE may also be done in
the shower for a thorough and complete exam.
6. Examples of patterns.
• Ridges or pitting of the breast; the skin
may look like the skin of an orange
• A change in the way the skin of the breast, areola, or
nipple looks or feels, for example: inversion or retraction
of the nipple, swelling or distortion of the skin, a
thickened area of skin on the breast, or scaling or
erosion of the nipple.
A woman should see her doctor if she experiences any
of these symptoms. They may not be cancer, but it is
important to make sure.
The prostate (PROS-tate) is a gland found only in men,
so only men get prostate cancer. The prostate is about
the size of a rambutan. It is just below the bladder and
in front of the rectum. The tube that carries urine (the
urethra) runs through the prostate. Most of the time,
prostate cancer grows very slowly. Autopsy studies
show that many elderly men who died of other
diseases also had prostate cancer that neither they
nor their doctor were aware of. But sometimes
prostate cancer can grow and spread quickly. Even
with the latest methods, it is hard to tell which prostate
cancers will grow slowly and which will grow
that prostate cancer is not contagious. No one can
"catch" this disease from another person.
Research has shown that men with certain risk factos
are more likely than others to develop prostate
cancer. A risk factor is something that may increase
the chance of developing a disease. Studies have
found the following risk factors for prostate cancer:
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer
death in men, exceeded only by lung cancer. While 1
man in 6 will get prostate cancer during his lifetime,
only 1 man in 32 will die of this disease. The death
rate for prostate cancer is going down. And the
disease is being found earlier as well.
Family history: A man's risk of prostate cancer is
higher than average if his father or brother had the
No one knows the exact causes of prostate cancer.
Doctors can seldom explain why one man develops
the disease and another does not. However, it is clear
Age: Age is the strongest risk factor for prostate
cancer. This disease is rare in men younger than 45,
but the chance of getting it goes up sharply as a man
gets older. In the United States, most men with
prostate cancer are older than 65.
Diet: Some studies suggest that men who eat a diet
high in animal fat or meat may be at increased risk of
prostate cancer. Also, men who eat a diet rich in fruits
and vegetables may have a lower risk.
Many men who have known risk factors do not get
prostate cancer. On the other hand, many who do get
the disease have none of these risk factors (other than
being over 65). Men may want to talk with their
doctor about factors that generally increase the
chance of getting prostate cancer and about their own
Prostate cancer often has no symptoms. Sometimes,
even when symptoms are present, men do not seek
medical advice. However, if prostate cancer is found
early, it can often be cured. The symptoms are similar
to those produced by a common disease of the
prostate, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), and
a difficulty in starting to pass urine
a weak, sometimes intermittent flow of urine
dribbling of urine before and after urinating
a frequent or urgent need to pass urine
a need to get up several times in the night to
a feeling that the bladder is not completely
rarely, blood in the urine
If you develop any of the above symptoms, you
should consult your GP. You may then be be referred
to a hospital specialist (a urologist). LOPEZLINK October, 2004
LOPEZ MEMORIAL MUSEUM PRESENTS
Unfolding Manila Exhibit
Dario J. Pagcaliwagan
What’s good for the community
is good for business
AS EXECUTIVE director of the Lopez Group
Foundation Inc. (LGFI ), and concurrent executive
director of the First Philippine Conservation, Inc.
(FPCI), a conservation of biodiversity advocate, and
at one time a development banker, Dario J.
Pagcaliwagan has his hands full with simultaneous
projects that are intended to create synergy among
the wide-ranging corporate responsibility efforts of
the Lopez Group.
have promised to deliver. We have to report on the
impact created by our projects so that we could gain
wider and deeper support. We are working on a
common reporting system so that on a group-wide
basis, we know what's going on," he said.
Despite difficult economic times, Dario believes
corporate responsibility should continue to be a
priority of business. He hopes that in due time,
corporate responsibility efforts will be recognized
"LGFI is not meant to take over the work of for their positive long-term impact on society.
implementing foundations. We are here to
coordinate and collate information, as well as to "That is precisely why what we do has to be
cause cooperation among different, but similarly sustainable. We know it is right for businesses to be
aligned projects. We are here to help," said oriented toward public service. It is right to be part
of the community's and country's work toward
development. But if we only think short term, we
Among the main challenges for LGFI is to identify will lose focus.."
common ground for the diverse thrusts and
initiatives of various foundations connected to the One dampener to LGFI efforts would be unhealthy
Lopez Group. "There are opportunities to build attitudes like leaving the foundations' work to full
bridges for the five companies and seven time foundation workers, as some people believe
foundations in the LGFI so that they are able to that such is "their work, not mine."
integrate in their approach and connect well with
their stakeholders. There are so many things we Dario encourages everyone in the group to
want to do with scarce resources."
participate in corporate responsibility endeavors,
and to adopt such work as their own. Through close
At FPCI, meanwhile, Dario finds an opportunity to ties with the HR Council, there are moves to expand
strengthen, a conservation intermediary with the
support of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, volunteerism opportunities within the group.
a global environment facility of the World Bank, the
"The work cannot be done just by foundation
Conservation International and their partners.
workers alone. Every one will also find something to
FPCI faces the challenge of engaging the business contribute," he said.
sector into scaling up the traditionally site-based He has in fact started with his own family, creating
environment projects into strategic efforts on a an awareness of environmental issues among his
larger regional, national, or even Asia Pacific brood of three boys, and practicing through
involving them in his work at LGFI and FPCI.
Through all these, Dario is hewing to a system of
reporting that holds donee-institutions accountable "It is part of our work to communicate the
for the funds they raise from within and outside the importance of corporate responsibility not only to
business but to the communities we support and
"We all have to be accountable for the results we from which we seek support." "MANILA, Manila, there's simply no place
like Manila." So goes a popular song in the
1970s. Not only is there no place like Manila,
Manila also morphs; thus, it is not the same
place always. To trace the changes Manila
underwent and continues to undergo, the
Lopez Memorial Museum presents the exhibition Unfolding Manila. It features books,
maps, and photographic albums from the collection of the Lopez Library. The exhibition
runs until January 2005.
Manila began as a settlement which was also the point of exchange for Chinese and
Malay merchants. A port city and a fortress
during the Spanish period, Manila became a
centerpiece for city planning during the American period. The second largest metropolitan
area in South East Asia, Manila's urban
sprawl, like those of many other cities, make it
difficult to see or think of it as a complete unit.
The exhibition attempts to look into people's
association of the city then and now as seen in
written and pictorial records.
The Lopez Memorial Museum and Library are at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue,
Pasig City. Open from Monday to Saturday,
from 8 am - 5 pm, except Sundays and holidays. For more information, call 6312417 or
email [email protected]
RESPONDING to the challenge of the times, amidst
an atmosphere of renewal and rejuvenation, Zero-in,
the annual consortium project of the country's leading
private museums, the Ateneo Art Gallery, Ayala Museum, Lopez Memorial Museum, and Museo Pambata,
enters its third year with the theme "transitions."
Museo Pambata's Weaving Lives: The Art of
Saori focuses on a unique weaving technique developed in Japan, which has been used by disabled children around the world to create fabrics remarkable
for their brilliant hues and rich textures. Both process
and object amplify the important role played by craft
in the lives of these children, who develop knowledge and technical skill as they create tangible representations of their newly empowered selves. Cast
in this light, Weaving Lives presents a perfect
metaphor for the transformative power of art.
The Lopez Memorial Museum explores the germination of artists' ideas and their spontaneous realization
with "A Rough Sketch." Selections from the museum's
collection of drawings and sketches done in preparation for final works will be highlighted. The exhibition
seeks to expand the viewer's understanding and appreciation of unfettered creativity, hand in hand with its
delineation of ambiguity and substance.
Beginning in the early 1950s, National Artist Arturo Luz, ventured from the two-dimensional plane of
canvas and paper to carve out, weld, and forge works
in stone, concrete, steel, and precious metals-the subject of Arturo Luz Sculptures at the Ateneo Art
Gallery. Beginning with Luz's first sculpture Kristo,
which formed part of the initial Zobel bequest to the
university, to his most recent works, this retrospective
exhibition showcases the modern master's minimalist
mettle from figurative geometry to tensile linearity.
As the Ayala Museum moves to its new premises, a
new chapter in its history unfolds with Crossings: Philippine Works from the Singapore Art Museum. Philippine
art is seen as a vibrant presence in the visual arts of the
Southeast Asian region. Surveying a hundred years of
art, from conservatism to modernism to contemporary
expression, this exhibition of selected works from the
SAM collection, presents a vivisection of the country's
social, economic and political history set against the context of a borderless and increasingly global museum.
Proof of what can be accomplished by shared expertise, resources, will and, most importantly, a profound recognition of the public trust, Zero-in transitions
gives a promising outlook for the future of the arts and
culture - one that is marked by great enthusiasm, remarkable confidence, and boundless expectation.
SAORI weaving technique has
been used by disabled children to
express their creativity in weaving
STUDY: Laborer, Juan Luna (Oil
on wood, 16.2 x 15.6 cm).
PAPER Clip Series, Arturo Luz
(Painted steel sculpture, 142 x 183
x 183 cm).
DARIO (right most) with wife Marian and their three boys
• Weaving Lives: The Art of Saori at the Museo
Pambata, until January 15, 2005
• A Rough Sketch at the Lopez Memorial Museum,
October 20 - March 31, 2005
• Arturo Luz Sculptures at the Ateno Art Gallery,
October 27- December 14, 2004
• Crossings: Philippine Works from the Singapore
Art Museum at the Ayala Museum, November 8June 12, 2005
A ’64 Dinner at New York’s 21
Remembered, J. Elizalde Navarro,
1992 (Oil on canvas, 138 x 101 cm).
LOPEZLINK October, 2004
Reason to celebrate with German friends
SEVEN Jesuits, the Benedictine sisters and
Johann Andreas Zobel, Feodor Jagor,
Ferdinand Blumentritt and Otto Scheerer, are
among German names that are intimately
intertwined with Philippine history from the
ness leaders also are co-chairmen of the
Philippine-German Economic Council.
Today, almost two centuries later and a solid
part of Philippine society, Germans have
good reason to celebrate together with their
The German month kicks off with a blast at the
Oktoberfest Band Concert, with the Bavarian
Sound Express flown in directly from Munich
tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Rockwell Plaze Strip.
For avid fans of innovative broken beats and
clubby tracks, the [email protected] sunset with famous German disc jockey Ben Mono will be
held from October 15 to 17.
"Germany-it's more than you think!" is designed to sharpen awareness for German culture and the arts, cuisine, and products and
services. For this purpose, October has been
declared German Month, unfolding under the
joint chairmanship of Oscar Lopez, chairman
and CEO of the First Philippine Holdings Corporation, and Dr. Eckhard Cordes, member of
the Board of Management of Daimler
Chrysler AG in Stuttgart, Germany. Both busi-
The land of Bach, Brahms and Beethoven will
feature music from the Middle Ages and the
Renaissance by the Concert Ensemble Amarcord on October 10 at the RCBC Plaza. Berlin
violinist Justin Texon and German-trained pianist Peter Porticos will perform in a concert
on October 12 at the St. Cecilia's Hall of St.
Scholastica's College. The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra Woodwind Quintet will be
featured on October 24 at Rockwell. On
November 22, the Philippne Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the Cultural Center of
the Philippines, featuring musical director Eugene Castillo and violinist Angelo Bard.
German-made automobiles will parade
around Makati's business district, and an exhibit of luxury cars and motorbikes will be held
at Rockwell Power Plant Mall, and at the Glorietta Activity Center from October 25 to 27.
Mandarin Oriental will organize the Octoberfest at the NBC tent in Fort Bonifacio where
beer lovers will have bottombless beer and
L-R: Henry Schumacher, EECP; Oscar M.Lopez, Phil-German Council and Lopez Group;the
servings of German delicacies.
German ambassador, Gabby Lopez, ABS-CBN; and Miguel Belmonte, Philippine Star
Philippine-based companies will present German products and services at the festival exhibit running from October 8 to 10 at he Glorietta Activity Center, and from October 22
through the 24th at the Edsa Mall and the
Cupola at Glorietta.
German Auto Show
October 8 to 17, North
Court, South Court,
Plaza Garden & Plaza
Strip. A Display of all
German Cars and Auto
German Gallery of
October 8 to 17, R1
October 15 to 17
BAYO's " A Girl Like
October 17, Plaza Strip
October 21 to 23, North
Court and South Court
Impy Pilapil: Art
October 18 to 30, South
Court; Presenting Ms.
Pilapil's unique pieces at
the South Court
October 24, North Court
October 30, Loft
October 31, Mallwide
October 13 to 19, R1
Bridgeway; In line with it's
"Filipino & Proud"
Campaign, BAYO presents
a photo exhibit of Filipina
achievers wearing BAYO.
Kidz Station's Special Power Plant Mall
Merchandise Display: Anniversary
November 10 to 21, R3
Description: To coincide with
the cinema showing of "The
Description: Power Plant
Mall celebrates it's 4th year
with unique and exciting
November 19 to 21,
Auction for Comic
November 27 to 28,
October 25 to 30, North
Court; Organized by Store
Specialists Inc. featuring
Artworks of young French
painter Alexander Charriol
(son of Philippe Charriol)
Volvo Car Display
November 5 to 7, North
Court, South Court and
Description: Mall Road
Show: Displaying the S40
with SUV's and other
November 17 to 21,
the finest pieces created
by members of the guild
In organizing the events for the German Month in Manila in October - November, Henry
Schumacher of the European Chamber of Commerce (ECCP) signed a contract of
agreement with Philippine-German Economic Council headed by Oscar Lopez, who is
also the chair of the Philippine-German Economic Council. Chairman Lopez was
requested bv the German Ambassador to help in publicity and coverage of the events
through ABS-CBN, making it as the broadcast media partner. Morever, Philippine Star is
the print media partner. The two month-long event will emphasize Germany’s presence in
the country, its partnership in culture, technology, quality, and competence.