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Come home to
Power Plant Mall
POWER Plant Mall wants you to come home this Christmas. The mall located in Rockwell Center has launched a drive to lure even more shoppers through its doors via well-loved
yuletide activities, a profusion of new stores and the distinct Power Plant Mall experience.
Turn to page 6
HRs eyeball the
‘new normal’ …page 2
The return of
‘Pangako Sa
‘Yo’…page 4
We made a
Christmas list!
…page 12
Biz News
Lopezlink December 2014-January 2015
Lopez Holdings is ‘Icon’
of corporate governance
Support for PH’s biggest wind farm A ceremonial loan signing and cocktail reception was
held in Taguig City for the $315-million loan agreement between EDC Burgos Wind Power Corp. (EBWPC) and a
syndicate of foreign and local banks. The loan facility is for the construction of EBWPC’s 150-megawatt Burgos
Wind Project, the country’s largest wind farm located in Ilocos Norte. EBWPC, an affiliate of Energy Development
Corp. (EDC), earlier reached financial close for the 15-year term financing with the group of foreign and local
banks led by Eksport Kredit Fonden, Denmark’s export credit agency, which guaranteed $150M of the dollar
loan component. Photo shows Federico R. Lopez (3rd from right), EDC and EBWPC chairman and CEO, being
congratulated by Energy Sec. Carlos Jericho Petilla (4th from right). Also in photo are (l-r) EDC director and EVP
Ernesto Pantangco; Energy Asec. Jose Raymund Acol; EDC SVP and CFO Nestor Vasay; EDC director Jonathan
Russell; and EDC president and COO Ricky Tantoco (Joel Gaborni)
LOPEZ Holdings Corporation was honored as an “Icon”
of Corporate Governance at
The Best of Asia 2014 in Hong
Kong. The ceremony marked
the 10th Corporate Governance (CG) Asia Recognition
CG Asia is a Hong Kongbased quarterly publication
that monitors the governance
of publicly listed companies.
Awardees came from China,
Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia,
the Philippines, Singapore and
Lopez Holdings first received recognition from CG Asia
in 2009. Having consistently
made the annual honor roll
since, it received “the highest
accolade…as the best
of the best in corporate
governance in Asia,”
said Aldrin Monsod,
founder, managing director and publisher of
CG Asia. A total of 51
corporations made it
to the Icons category,
13 of them from the
In addition, CG
Asia highlighted the
efforts of 12 companies that are adopting
measures to raise governance standards as
“Most Promising” and 23 firms
that have made the list in the
past few years as “Outstanding.” (Carla Paras-Sison)
Lopez Holdings president Salvador
G. Tirona (left) receives the Icon of
Corporate Governance Award from
CG Asia managing director Aldrin
Monsod in Hong Kong
At the Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Another Gold Stevie for ABS-CBN’s Santos-Concio
ABS-CBN president and CEO
Charo Santos-Concio
ABS-CBN president and CEO
Charo Santos-Concio was
awarded the Gold Stevie Award
in the Female Executive of the
Year in Asia, Australia or New
Zealand category at the Stevie
Awards for Women in Business
held in New York in November.
The Stevie Awards for
Women in Business are the
world’s top honors for female
entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations
they run. The 2014 awards
received entries from 22 countries and territories.
The awards were presented
to winners during a dinner
event attended by more than
400 people.
“I share this recognition
with my fellow Filipinos and
my family at ABS-CBN,
whose passion to serve Filipinos around the world and
provide help to those in need
make me so grateful and proud
to lead a company that puts
public service at the heart of its
business,” Santos-Concio said.
Santos-Concio was cited
for the achievements of ABSCBN last year under her lead-
ership, such as its continued
reign in TV ratings, increase
in company revenues, Star
Cinema movies’ box-office
sales, ABS-CBN’s high credit
rating for its P10-billion bond
business ventures and public
service initiatives.
Stevie Award winners
were selected by more than
160 executives worldwide who
participated in the judging
process this year.
Santos-Concio had also received the Gold Stevie Award
for the Woman of the Year
category for all Asia-Pacific
nations (except Australia and
South Korea) at the 2014 AsiaPacific Stevie Awards. (Kane
HR Council gears up for the ‘new normal’ with 13th HR summit
By Dimpy Jazmines
THE Lopez Group HR
Council recently held its
13th HR Summit at the ELJ
Communications Center in
The HR Summit is the
annual gathering of HR practitioners and leaders from the
Lopez Group of companies as
well as CEOs and important
guests. Attendees look forward
to each year’s summit as they
are able to learn through its
learning sessions and discuss
important and timely HR developments, trends and issues.
This year, the Lopez
Group HR practitioners recognized the changing and
shifting landscape where
employers and employees find
themselves in, and came up
with the timely and relevant
theme of “Kalokalife—Gearing Up to the ‘New Normal.’”
Hosting this year’s HR Summit is ABS-CBN.
The summit opened on
an inspiring note with Lo-
HR Council chair Cedie Lopez
Vargas welcomes the HRs and
summit guests
SKY ’s AR Ticzon moderates the CEO Forum where captains of industry discuss best practices
pez Group HR Council chair
Cedie Lopez Vargas giving
the welcome remarks. This
was followed by the inspirational message of Lopez Group
chairman Amb. Manuel M.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN
Access head and SK Y president and CEO Carlo Katigbak gave a well-received
showing passion amidst the
changes brought by the new
A key draw of the HR
Summit was also the keynote
speech given by Albay Gov.
Joey Salceda, who talked of
his experiences in managing
his constituents and helping
them cope and prepare while
they were under the threat of
a volcanic eruption.
The CEO Forum, another
favored part of the HR Summit because of the sharing of
best practices from captains
of industry, was graced by
Holcim Philippines president
and CEO Eduardo Sahagun,
Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines Asia-Pacific CEO Juan
Ramon Felix and ABS-CBN
head of Corporate Services
Group 1 Mark Nepomuceno,
who represented ABS-CBN
president and CEO Charo
The afternoon brought
more learning for the attendees as the HR Summit’s
plenary learning sessions
featured learning and performance consultant Luigi Mapa
with his talk Introduction:
Multi-Generation Workforce;
Dr. Queena Lee-Chua who
talked about The Multi-Generational Workforce; The Carl
Jung Circle Center VP Joji
Racelis who tackled Enhancing Emotional Intelligence
through Self-Discovery; and
ABS-CBN Creative Communications
head Robert Labayen who
discussed Creativity in the
As the HR Summit drew
to an end, ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio Lopez III spoke
to the hearts and minds of the
attendees with his closing
motivational remarks.
Acting as hosts and moderators of the HR Summit
were ABS-CBN’s TJ Manotoc and Arvin Crisol, and
SKY ’s AR Ticzon.
As a tradition, a fellowship night capped the HR
Summit which saw the HR
practitioners building stronger networks and enjoying
the food, games, raffles and
Biz News
Lopezlink December 2014-January 2015
Dispatch from Japan
AMML gives lecture on friendship between PH’s
Pres. Roxas and Japan’s Col. Jinbo
Ambassador Manuel M.
Lopez delivers his lecture
to residents of Takahata,
hometown of Col. Nobuhiko
M. Lopez (AMML) delivered
a presentation on the story
of friendship between Pres.
Manuel A. Roxas and Col.
Nobuhiko Jinbo to a Japanese
audience and some members
of the Filipino community in
Takahata, Yamagata Prefecture
upon the invitation of the Takahata International Association.
The association organized
the lecture for the residents of
Takahata, which is the hometown of Col. Jinbo. Relatives
of Col. Jinbo were also present
during the lecture.
Little is known about the
story of friendship between
the two leaders. AMML’s
account of how Col. Jinbo
and Pres. Roxas saved each
other’s lives during the Second World War provided an
interesting piece of history
shared between the Philippines and Japan. Their story
impressed on the audience
that respect, compassion and
gratitude know no boundaries especially in times of
hardship and war.
AMML also stressed the
importance of PhilippineJapan relations. Cooperation
between the two countries is
at its peak today, highlighted
by the immediate support and
assistance provided by both
countries during times of calamities. AMML encouraged
the Japanese audience to participate in people-to-people
exchanges between the Philippines and Japan as a means
to generate deeper friendship
and understanding between
Comptrollers’ Circle joins PICPA nat’l confab
Comptrollers’ Circle members and guests strike a pose at the annual regulatory
conference (above); 2014 PICPA national awardee Jei-Jei Gertes of Third
Generation Holdings (left) with FPH’s Vicky Martinez, who is also president of
PICPA’s Eastern Metro Manila chapter (right)
THE Comptrollers’ Circle, aside
from taking part in Lopez Group
activities, is also active in various
professional organizations.
Its members recently attended the 69th Philippine Institute
of Certified Public Accountants
(PICPA) Annual National Convention held at the Waterfront
Hotel in Cebu City.
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Vicky Martinez of First Philippine Holdings Corporation is
currently the president of PICPA’s
Eastern Metro Manila chapter;
Aldrin Cerrado of ABS-CBN
Corporation was the moderator
in one of the technical sessions
entitled CFO Forum; and JeiJei Gertes of Third Generation
Holdings was among the 2014
PICPA national awardees and
received the Special Achievement
Award in Community Service.
The Comptrollers’ Circle
core team includes Group
comptroller Ramon Pagdagdagan, Marvi Marcelino,
Jei-Jei Gertes, Jingle Hernandez, Lanie Caimol and Vicky
Martinez. (Marvi Marcelino)
The ‘Royal Battle’ on SKY Pay-Per-View
Amir Khan faces Devon Alexander for the WBC silver
welterweight championship
title in the main event of the
“Royal Battle” quadruple
header boxing to be held in
Las Vegas, airing live starting
8am (PH time) on December
14. Watch “Royal Battle” live
and commercial free on SKY
Pay-Per-View on SKYcable
and Destiny Cable for P499.
SKY Pay-Per-View is offered
exclusively to digital subscribers of SKYcable nationwide
and Destiny Cable in Metro
Manila. (Dino Quizon)
The first cable TV channel that
showcases international films
dubbed in Tagalog, Tagalized
Movie Channel (TMC), has
been added to SKY subscribers’ basic cable TV subscription plans. TMC in standard
definition is now available on
SKYcable Bronze 299, Bronze
399, Bronze 499, Chinese 499,
Silver, Gold, Dual Def 549,
Dual Def 999, and on digital
Destiny Cable for the same
monthly fee. (D. Quizon)
For more info on SKYcable,
log on to or
call 381-0000 (Metro Manila,
CAMANAVA and Rizal). To
know more about Destiny Cable,
call 418-0000 or visit
TMC brings int’l box office hits—in Tagalog!
EL3 honored at 9th
Araw Values Awards
ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio
Lopez III (EL3) was honored
with the Tanglaw ng Araw
special award for promoting
good Filipino values at the 9th
Araw Values Awards.
“ABS-CBN is really the recipient of this award. Since the
Araw Values Awards was conceived in 2000, we have been
offering it our utmost support
as we both know that our institutions’ respective mission and
vision statements are aligned
with promulgating the importance of Filipino values,” said
EL3 in his acceptance speech
during the awarding ceremony
held at the Dolphy Theater.
ABS-CBN also reaped five
awards this year—two bronze
and three silver awards, four
of which are under advocacy
communications and one under branded communications.
commercial “Tumayo Para sa
Bayan” won both a silver and
a bronze in the categories Respect for Laws and Authority
and Promotion of Self-Disci-
pline and Love of Country and
Respect for National Customs,
respectively, while the “Buong Puwersa, Buong Bayan”
campaign earned a bronze
and “Agosto 21 Documentary:
Salamin” bagged a silver in the
Commitment to Truth, Honesty and Integrity category.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN’s
“Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo
Na” received the silver award
in the Love of Country and
Respect for National Customs
and Traditions category.
The Araw Values Advertising Awards is unique among
other recognition-giving bodies as it gives importance to
the values that an ad campaign
the seven Araw “Cornerstone
First Balfour opens
training and yard facility
FIRST Balfour launched a new
4,000-square-meter facility in
Parañaque. The facility, located
next to First Balfour’s three
other buildings in Sucat, will
house, among other training
gear, a high-tech and computerized simulator for handling
various heavy construction
equipment such as bulldozers
and excavators.
Federico R. Lopez, chairman and CEO of First Philippine Holdings Corporation
(FPH), led other FPH and
First Balfour officials and
employees in ribbon-cutting
ceremonies to formally open
the new training facility. The
ceremonies also marked First
Balfour’s 45th anniversary.
Originally called Philippine
Engineering and Construction
Company, First Balfour was
established on November 28,
1969 as a spinoff of the former
power plant construction and
design unit of Meralco.
Since its establishment,
First Balfour has completed
at least 130 projects, many of
them major infrastructure—
power plants, expressways,
water facilities and high-value
buildings –supporting the
country’s process of nationbuilding. First Balfour also
specializes in building clean
and green projects; it handled
Oscar M. Lopez (2nd from right), chairman emeritus of FPH, and Federico
R. Lopez (leftmost), FPH chairman, are assisted by Anthony Fernandez
(rightmost, partly hidden), First Balfour president, and Dr. Fiorello Estuar
(2nd from left), First Balfour vice chairman, during the ribbon-cutting
the construction of civil works
for the 150-megawatt Burgos
Wind Project, considered the
country’s biggest wind project.
First Balfour moved from
Ortigas Center in Pasig City to
its current location in Sucat in
2011. A year later, the facility
won recognition and a certification from the Philippine Green
Building Council as the first
Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence. In
2013, the company likewise became the first engineering and
construction company in the
country to receive the Investors
in People bronze certification.
Other big-ticket projects that
involved First Balfour included
the PLDT Eastern Visayas and
Eastern Mindanao digital mi-
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crowave backbone project; the
215-MW Bauang Power Plant
in La Union, the 66-MW Apo
Cement Diesel Power Plant in
Cebu, and the 72-MW Panay
Power Plant in Iloilo.
The company later took on
the power supply and electrical
works of the LRT Line 1 capacity expansion project as well as
various pipe-laying and sewage
treatment plant projects. First
Balfour handled a subcontract
to build bridges for the SubicClark-Tarlac Expressway in
the late 2000s. First Balfour’s
joint venture with DMCI was
likewise awarded in 2008 a
design and build contract for
the LRT-1 North Extension
project connecting the LRT 1
to MRT 3. (Joel Gaborni)
Lopezlink December 2014-January 2015
couch potato treats
Condit special on
Balls, ABS-CBN
Balls Channel and ABS-CBN Sports+Action
present “Rock It with Carlos Condit: All Access,” a
30-minute special on the visit of the UFC welterweight fighter to Manila. The open workout
session, which was part of the annual UFC media tour, was organized by Balls Channel. “Rock
It with Carlos Condit: All Access” will air on Balls
Channel on December 5, 8:30am; December 8,
7:30pm; December 9, 8am; and December 13,
9am. ABS-CBN Sports+Action will air the special at 6pm on December 7. (Katherine Solis)
Christmas messages
Daniel, Kathryn talk about
‘Pangako Sa ‘Yo’ trailer
DANIEL Padilla said he had
goose bumps when he and Kathryn Bernardo were shooting the
trailer for the remake of the hit TV
series “Pangako Sa ‘ Yo.”
In an interview with ABS-CBN
News, Padilla said it took him a
while before he realized that he
and Bernardo are indeed headlining the Kapamilya soap.
“Happy lang ako ngayon. Parang
kinikilabutan ako nung shinoot namin. ‘Pangako Sa ‘Yo,’ yun na yun
mismo. Tapos habang ginagawa na-
min, tuluy-tuloy lang yung music ng
‘Pangako Sa ‘Yo.’ Parang oh my God,
ito na talaga yun,” he said.
Bernardo, for her part, said she
is extremely excited to give justice to the role of Yna, which was
originally portrayed by Kristine
The teaser of the remake shows
Bernardo and Padilla recreating
a scene from the original where
Hermosa and Jericho Rosales run
across a field.
First aired in 2000, the original
“Pangako Sa
‘ Yo” centered
on sweethearts
Yna and Angelo, who are
anguished over
the discovery that they might be
The top-rating teleserye was also
popular for the rivalry of Amor
Powers and Claudia Buenavista,
respectively portrayed by Eula Valdes and Jean Garcia.
This time, Jodi Sta. Maria will
play Amor, Yna’s mother, while
Angelica Panganiban will take on
Claudia, the scheming and ambitious wife of Amor’s former love.
Returning as director of “Pangako Sa ‘ Yo” in 2015 is Rory Quintos.
(Excerpted from www.abs-cbnnews.
‘It’s Showtime’ hosts share Christmas wishes
‘Bagito’ overthrows rival
Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad proved the magic
of their love team in “Bagito,” whose pilot episode scored a national TV rating of 27.2% versus GMA’s “Coffee Prince” (11.3%). According to
Nash, he believes that “Bagito” will play a significant role in helping the youth make better choices
and decisions. “‘Bagito’ was created to teach and
help kids and their parents become aware of what
is really happening among the youth nowadays,”
he said. “Bagito” airs weeknights after “TV Patrol”
on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida. (Aaron Domingo)
The best of Japanese TV
on Jeepney TV
Jeepney TV (SKYcable
Channel 9) has forged
a block time deal with
the Japanese government (through Sumitomo Corporation) to
air prime Japanese programs. “Lakbay Japan” consists of 60 hours of alloriginal Japanese TV shows which will be aired
for the first time on Philippine television until
March 2015. This December, “Takeshi’s Medical
Check-up,” a medical entertainment program, and
“The Before and After,” a reality renovation show,
will air every weekend. In 2015, watch for “He’s
Beautiful” from TBS, “Bitter Blood” from Fuji TV,
“Asuko March!” from TV Asahi and “Fukuoka Love
Stories” from KBC, among other programs.
Story of ‘forbidden love’
on ‘MMK’
“Maalaala Mo Kaya” shares on December 6 an
extraordinary love that blossomed between Fr.
Francis (Arjo Atayde) and a nun named Joanna
(Yen Santos). Also part of the episode are Gio
Alvarez, Jopay Paguia, Abby Bautista, Minco
Fabregas, Aleck Bovick, Melissa Mendez, Jerry
O’Hara, Peewee O’Hara and Bodjie Pascua.
Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology
in Asia every Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
FRESH from the program’s win as
Best Variety Show at the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC)
Star Awards for TV, the judgesturned-hosts of “It’s Showtime” are
more motivated than ever to continue to give inspiration and make
the madlang people happy.
“I wish ‘Showtime’ would never
end!” expressed Ryan Bang when
asked what his Christmas wish is.
Jhong Hilario added, “I hope
our projects keep coming in and
we get to inspire more people.”
Billy Crawford wishes his father
good health, while Coleen Garcia
and cohost Teddy Corpuz long for
happiness and safety for their family.
L-R: Jugs, Teddy, Vhong, Kim, Vice Ganda, Ryan, Karylle, Billy and Jhong
“I’m praying for our family’s
strength, especially now that we’re
going through tough times, and
for the continuous recovery of
those affected by typhoon Yolanda so they can feel the essence of
Christmas,” said Vhong Navarro.
Anne Curtis, on the other hand,
wishes that “all children get to experience utmost happiness and love.”
At the top of Jugs Jugueta’s
Christmas wish list is finally getting his dream condo unit for him
and his fiancée, while Karylle is
content and thrilled to be celebrating her first Christmas as Mrs. Yuzon.
Cohosts Vice Ganda and Kim
Atienza also feel exceptionally
blessed after having been recognized by the PMPC as Best Male
TV Host for “It’s Showtime” and
Best Celebrity Talk Show Host
for “Gandang Gabi Vice,” and as
Best Educational Program Host
for “Matanglawin,” respectively.
MOR 101.9 For Life! says ‘MORaming thank you’
MOR DJs with their ‘MORaming thank you’ messages
MY Only Radio (MOR) 101.9 For
Life! shares the joy of the Christmas season and shows its appreciation to all its listeners through the
special Christmas version of the
MOR jingle sung by Morissette
and Michael Pangilinan.
Inspired by ABS-CBN’s “Kapamilya, Thank You” Christmas station ID, MOR’s Christmas jingle
sends out the message “MORaming Thank You, Ang Babait Ninyo” to
every supporter who made the station, the shows and the DJs a part
of their daily lives.
MOR also gives back the love
with MOR Live Kapamilya Pas-
‘Kathryn’: Songs from a ‘queen’
“SWEET, young and happy” is
how “Teen Queen” Kathryn Bernardo describes her self-titled album.
Featured in the album “Kathryn”
produced by Rox Santos are three
revivals, five original songs and
three bonus tracks.
Kathryn made a revival of Sharon Cuneta’s “Mr. DJ,” Cris Villongco’s “Crush ng Bayan” and Heart
Evangelista’s “Love Has Come My
Way.” Among the original tracks
are “Na Sa ‘ Yo Din Pala,” “Ikaw Na
Nga Yata, “K Tnx Bye,” “Temporary
Deja Vu” and the carrier single
“ You Don’t Know Me” composed
by singer-songwriter Marion Aunor. All eight tracks have minus
one versions in the album.
Meanwhile, Daniel Padilla is
also part of Kathryn’s debut album. The bonus tracks include
Kathryn’s version of “Pagdating ng
Panahon” and the “KathNiel” duet
performances of “Got to Believe in
Magic” and “Pinas Smile” from the
ABS-CBN 2014 summer station
Kathryn’s self-titled debut album is available at record bars nationwide for P199. Digital tracks
can also be downloaded via online
music stores such as iTunes and
kong Pasasalamat on December 6
at the ABS-CBN compound and
the MOR Christmas Eyeball on
December 13 at Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Meanwhile, from December 8
to December 19, roving DJ Eva
Ronda will give special prizes to 12
lucky families in Metro and Mega
Manila via the My Only Regalo
promo. Selected families that will
be caught listening to MOR will
receive appliances like TVs, audio
components and rice cookers.
For more info, keep tuning in to
MOR 101.9 For Life! and MOR
TV via
Christmas is
about giving
THE story is told in the
Gospel according to St. Luke
17:11-19 about the 10 lepers
who were healed by Jesus:
“Now on his way to Jerusalem,
Jesus traveled along the border
between Samaria and Galilee.
As he was going into a village,
10 men who had leprosy met
him. They stood at a distance
and called out in a loud voice,
‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’
“When He saw them, He
said, ‘Go, show yourselves to
the priests.’ And as they went,
they were cleansed.
“One of them, when he saw
he was healed, came back,
praising God in a loud voice.
He threw himself at Jesus’ feet
and thanked Him—and he
was a Samaritan.
“Jesus asked, ‘Were not all
10 cleansed? Where are the
other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God
except this foreigner?’
“Then He said to him, ‘Rise
and go; your faith has made
you well.’”
Ungratefulness is as old as
time. We ourselves have often
acted like the nine lepers who
were healed by Jesus and just
went on with their lives. We
don’t bother to give thanks.
What did Jesus mean when
He told the grateful leper that
his faith has made him well?
One interpretation says Jesus
made the man know that he had
experienced healing for his body
like the other nine, but more
importantly, healing for his soul.
Healing of our souls is what
we all need as we journey
through life. And as this biblical story suggests, we can’t have
it unless we learn to express
gratitude. Perhaps, because of
our ingratitude, we do not feel
our blessings as we should.
Coming at the end of the
year, Christmas is a good
Lopezlink December 2014- January 2015
time to count our blessings of
love, friendship and life itself.
It is the time we give thanks
for the ultimate blessing of
all—the birth of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. We have
not paused often enough to
give thanks to God for the
blessings He pours out for us
each day of the year. Now is
the time to do that and more.
Christmas is about remembering the many wonderful
people who bless us all the time.
This is why I like that ABSCBN station ID released for the
Christmas holidays. It focuses on
the need to give thanks. If only
we took time to give thanks, our
joy would be complete.
Starting right now, let us
thank those who bless us day in
and day out. Then say a prayer
to thank Our Father in Heaven for sending His only Son on
that first Christmas to bring us
salvation and eternal life.
Thank you and a Merry
Christmas to everyone!
Chairman emeritus, Lopez
Let us stay the
BY God’s grace, 2014 has
turned out to be a year of recovery.
After the super typhoon
struck the Visayas islands last
year, we have seen our fellow
Filipinos, and indeed the entire world, unite to aid the victims in their darkest hour. Relief and rehabilitation efforts
continue to be challenged by
the gravity of the devastation,
and by the dispersed nature of
the communities affected.
It has been impossible to
reach everybody quickly enough,
but for those whom we have
the distribution of food packs,
hygiene kits and ABS-CBNmobile SIM cards; the building of schools; the funding of
boats for displaced fishermen;
or the mounting of TV view-
ing stations when there was
yet no electricity—we ensured
that we not only shared material things, but also compassion,
understanding, faith and a true
helping hand.
With tragedy (political conflict, war, illness) besetting other
parts of the world, we are called
upon to stand in solidarity with
the rest of humanity, the very
same ones who reached out to
us and our kababayan in our
time of need. Let us take every
precaution and participate in
active discussions that promote
peace, freedom, global health
and the dignity of man.
For the Lopez Group, we
have begun to reap the benefits
of prudent investments made in
the last three to four years. We
continue to be in investment
mode, as we see even more opportunities in a steadily growing Philippine economy.
I wish to thank all of our Lopez Group kapamilya for the
perseverance that made recovery possible, both for our group
of companies, and for our fellow Filipinos who continue to
struggle for a better life.
In 2015, let us stay the course
and remain supportive of rehabilitation efforts, whether initiated by government or by the
private sector. Let us maintain
the mind-set of building better,
for a better Philippines.
In behalf of my wife Maritess, our children and grandchildren, I wish you all a
blessed Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Chairman, Lopez Group
Find time to
feed your soul
MGA kapamilya,
Christmas is upon us, and
there is never enough time for
all the reunions, get-togethers
and parties that we are expected to attend.
Don’t let the stress get to
you. Make sure you find time
to rest, relax and just hang out
with people you love.
We have worked very hard
all year, and it is time to reward ourselves with some serious “me time.” This personal
time may include visits to your
favorite orphanage, to the
burial places of your departed
relatives, to the sick confined
in cancer wards, to religious
shrines, to art galleries or
parks, or simply being alone in
your bedroom.
Whatever it is you choose to
do this season of cheer, it must
be something that feeds your
soul. It must make you feel alive.
It must make you want to be
alive for a long, long time still.
Let us meet the New Year
with passion, focused on achieving our full potential as individuals, and aware of how best we
contribute to a better world.
Manigong Bagong Taon sa lahat.
Chair, Lopez Inc.
We can be
grateful in
IN order to grow, we must go
out of our comfort zone. We
may experience disappointments and failures.
But not total defeat.
That’s because there is always something to gain from
every experience. Maybe we
learn a valuable lesson, or
stumble upon a better idea, or
meet people who will make a
difference in our lives.
Indeed, we can be grateful
in everything. And if we have
a thankful heart no matter
what, fear cannot get in the
way of our success.
In this season of counting
our blessings, we can remember the so many people we have
worked with, the many tasks
we had to do over the years,
the moments of trials and triumphs. Some of them we re-
member with fondness, some
with pain. But there’s no experience that we will regret for all
of them have helped make us
become better persons.
And all the lessons learned
help make our companies become the best that they can be.
Chairman, ABS-CBN
‘Good’ keeps
us moving forward together
THE year 2014 has been a good
year for our group of companies.
This has not been due to the
lack of challenges but precisely
because our teams, across companies working with group synergy, overcame so many execution challenges. Last Christmas,
we were all still reeling from
the effects of super typhoon
Yolanda, and our main challenge then was to address many
urgent needs while looking after
the welfare of our kapamilya in
the Lopez Group and in the
Yolanda-stricken areas.
This year, we lost no time
getting ourselves back on track
and in pushing to move forward as an organization. We
committed to efficiently restoring EDC’s operations in Leyte,
and we were able to get all our
power plants back online several months ahead of schedule.
Even our Bacman plants, which
have been under rehabilitation
since 2010, finally went back
online this year. Equally significant is that we’re fulfilling our
mission of providing our country with clean and renewable
energy as we broke ground on
the 414-MW San Gabriel and
97-MW Avion natural gasfired plants early this year, and
we successfully commissioned
Southeast Asia’s largest wind
farm, the 150-MW Burgos
Wind Project, in November.
Even our other FPH subsidiaries—First Balfour, ThermaPrime, Rockwell Land,
FPIP and First Philec—are
well on track in meeting their
annual revenue and income
targets and we expect them to
end the year on historic highs.
We may have faced setbacks
in 2013, but those didn’t stop
us from forging ahead with
confidence and hope in 2014.
We also came together as
a group with a clear purpose
to tell our story. In June, we
launched our “Powered by
Good” branding campaign,
which was shown not only
here in the Philippines but
also to a global audience.
After having articulated the
seven Lopez Values, which are
deeply embedded in our DNA,
I feel that this articulation of
being “Powered by Good” is
something that resonates with
all of us. For, indeed, it is good
that wakes us up each morning to face the day; it is good
that keeps all of us dedicated
to our mission; it is good that
keeps us moving forward together despite the obstacles
and challenges.
Recognizing the good that
lies in all of us, we also came together as a group to honor the
men and women who sacrificed
so much in order to ease the
burden of tragedy on our fellowmen. This year, aside from
the annual Lopez Achievement
Awards (LAA), we gave out
special awards for our Yolanda
Heroes. I’m sure those of you
who witnessed these stories
could not help but be inspired
by what emerged from one of
the most horrifying disasters
ever to have hit our shores.
We also chronicled and captured the bayanihan spirit that
flowed through the Lopez
Group through “Yolanda,” a
book that was born from letters written by EDC president
Ricky Tantoco and from the
shared experiences of our kapamilya in EDC and other
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Lopezlink December 2014-January 2015
Lopezlink December 2014-January 2015
By Carla Paras-Sison
Lisa Gomez: Young
but not restless
5 reasons to celebrate
ROCKWELL gives you five
reasons to spend a meaningful
holiday celebration at Power
Plant Mall:
1. A chance to win the very
first BMW X4 xDrive20d in
the country. By shopping at
any of the mall’s top-of-theline brands until January 31,
2015, you are already entitled
to a chance to drive home
one of the year’s most coveted
cars. The very first BMW X4
xDrive20d in the Philippines
could be yours this Christmas!
2. A selection of curated
choices. Seek something different at Rockwell’s Holiday
Artisan Fair on December
5 to 7, from 12 noon to 12
midnight, at the Rockwell
Tent. Find unique gift ideas
for everyone who matters. A
curated area for bespoke, artisan and custom-made pieces
is your go-to place for presents
you won’t easily find in any
store, giving it more meaning
The 130-megawatt Rockwell
Thermal Plant, named for
Meralco president James
Chapman Rockwell, starts
A year after the plant is
decommissioned, Rockwell
Land Corp. is formed to
develop the 15.5-hectare area
into a mixed-use development
and timeless value.
3. An enchanting musical experience. Christmas
won’t be Christmas without
enchanting music
the air. The mall’s
ambience is made
even more magical
heartwarming performances
on all Sundays of
December and on
Christmas Eve and
Bring your kids for
a musical treat and
celebrate an unforgettable holiday
with us!
4. A wide range
of dining options. Rockwell’s
Rockwell’s Secret
Menu joins the
holiday cheer! On
December 10 to 14,
chefs and owners
of participating food establishments will share some
all-time favorite dishes for
your dining table. Restaurants
such as Pinkberry, California
Pizza Kitchen and Cupcakes
by Sonja invite everyone to
have a taste of their delectable treats. The dishes will be
available only on these dates,
so don’t dare miss it!
5. Gifts and surprises.
On Saturdays and Sundays,
catch Santa Claus at Santa’s
Corner and have a photo
taken with him. Kids can send
their wish to Santa’s Wishing
Station at the North Court
and get a chance to have their
wish come true. While doing
your Christmas shopping on
Fridays and Sundays from
December 6, Santa could pick
you and present you with delightful treats.
Construction work on
Rockwell Center begins
Lifestyles opens at the
Rockwell Information
Center, with Bibliarch,
Starbucks, Santi’s, Emphasis
Salon, Good Earth, Grassi’s,
Pancake House, Brothers
Burger, and Grams Diner
The Rockwell Thermal
Power Plant building is
L-R: Rockwell Land president Nestor J. Padilla and SVP Malou Pineda (4th and 5th from left) with (l-r) Engr. Lucky Jay Damaso, Tin Coqueiro, Maika Dinglasan
and Engr. Wil Gilbuena at the Cook Out to Help Out fundraiser for Yolanda victims; Mike Lopez, Rockwell Land SVP, during an interview at the mall; Majority of
Retail’s operations, leasing and marketing teams take time out for a class photo; Young performers join the mall’s Musical Christmas activities
Come home...
from page 1
“Come Home for Christmas at Power Plant Mall”
codifies the wish of the team
for their kapamilya to feel that,
more than a go-to shopping
place, the mall is their home
not only for the holidays but
Nowee de la Cerna
​ etail Leasing supervisor
As Power Plant Mall’s specialist for the food and beverage
and locators segment since June
2014, De la Cerna is involved in
category monitoring, tenant relations and account management
as well as tenancy mix planning.
Since joining Rockwell in 2011,
she has had stints as marketing
and marketing
also for the rest of the year.
“Every year, we are very excited to share our Christmas
events and efforts and we hope
everyone visits the mall to experience these,” says Leasing
manager Lisa Gomez.
Christmas in the air
Indeed, by the time of
the LopezLink interview,
addition to handling cinema
operations. De la Cerna holds a
BS Communications Technology Management degree from
Ateneo de Manila University.
Nica Operio
​ enior Retail Leasing associate
Operio joined Rockwell Land
Christmas was definitely in
the Power Plant Mall air. The
Retail Operations and Design
teams had spruced up the mall
in festive amber and red, with
hundreds of garlands and
twinkling fairy lights festooning the posts and hallways.
Planning the overall look of
the mall for Christmas 2014
actually involved the whole
Retail team, which contributed their own ideas for the
theme, notes Gomez.
Aside from the events
that have been enshrined as
part of many a family’s yuletide traditions over the past
14 years—such as Musical
Christmas, Santa’s Corner,
as Retail Leasing coordinator
in 2012. Now, as senior Retail
Leasing associate, she handles
Power Plant Mall’s lifestyle
segment, which includes health
and beauty, specialty, services,
leisure and entertainment, and
home. Operio graduated from
the University of Santo Tomas
with a bachelor’s degree in
ministration major in Business
Lisa Danga
Senior Leasing coordinator
and tenant coordination for
contracts, permits and other
documents. She also manages
the mall’s temporary bridgeway spaces. Danga graduated
from the College of the Holy
Spirit with a Bachelor of Arts
Mara Alexandra
Retail Leasing coordinator
Like Danga, Jaurigue is in
charge of internal and
tenant coordination for
documents, as well as
the mall’s temporary
bridgeway spaces. She
also contributes research for Retail. She
obtained her BS Management degree from
Ateneo de Manila University in 2014.
transformed into Power
Plant Mall. Its gross leasable
area of 41,000 square
meters is occupied by movie
theaters, entertainment and
recreation areas and top
fashion brands
R2, also known as the
Independent Lifestyles wing,
becomes the hub for upcoming retailers
R2 is redeveloped as
Archaeology, the home of
non-mainstream and unique
fashion concepts
Launch of Joya Retail
with Santi’s, Itsie Bitsie Boutique, and Emphasis Salon
R3 becomes the Kids Zone
Two Power Plant Mall
cinemas are converted into
fully equipped 3D theaters
using Active 3D technology
One Rockwell Retail opens,
featuring Apartment 1B,
Grace Park, Wine Story,
Tajimaya, Bizu, Univers,
Comme des Garçons,
Beyond the Box, Starbucks,
and UCC
Rollout of The Grove Retail
Phase 1 with Sunrise Buckets, Starbucks, and Umami
Power Plant Mall e-commerce is launched
Edades Retail makes a
splash with Bistro Du Vin,
Hajime, Dean & DeLuca,
and Maison by Nail Spa
Santa’s Wishing Station and
the bazaars—the mall brings
back its luxury-vehicle grand
prize in its Christmas raffle.
This year, one lucky shopper
will get to drive home the very
first BMW X4 xDrive20d in
the Philippines.
“That’s another thing that
our shoppers are very excited
about. They say they do their
Christmas shopping in Power
Plant Mall because they look
forward to our raffle,” Gomez
The mall’s Christmas calendar will be boosted by the
PLANT magazine Holiday Issue, which will share the ABCs
of organizing memorable
parties, as well as one-of-akind gift suggestions, and the
holiday edition of Rockwell’s
Secret Menu, where guests can
feast on select offerings from
the kitchens of Rockwell Center restaurants.
Moving forward
In the last three years, more
than five new major malls have
opened, while old malls have
carried out their mall expansion. Thus, “more malls, more
choices” just about sums up
the 14-year-old mall’s current
challenges. Power Plant Mall
is one of only three major
malls in the metro with less
than 100,000 square meters of
retail space.
For Gomez, their current
size of 41,000 square meters
definitely has its upside, chief
of which is the intimacy and
easy access from one store to
another that it affords clients.
Still, habitués will appreciate that not only are expansion
plans moving forward and will
be completed in about three
years, but also that the team
is in talks to boost its tenancy
mix with brands that will be a
perfect fit for the new setup.
“There are admittedly a lot
of choices out there now in
terms of dining, fashion and
lifestyle, and we can’t stop our
market from trying to visit
other malls because of this. This
is why we’re very excited to offer them more choices when
we roll out our mall expansion
plans,” Gomez says.
Of course, being the assiduous learners and preparers that
they are, the Power Plant teams
involved are rolling up their
sleeves and equipping themselves for the big change.
The best for the market
“The whole Retail team—
Operations, Leasing, Marketing, Design—and even the
Cinema team, is studying and
continuously having workshops.
We’re working together so that
the mall expansion is the best
for the core market that we
want to serve,” Gomez stresses.
Power Plant Mall has
been quick to pick up lessons
from the experience of other
establishments with regard to
their own expansions, such as
ensuring that operations can
continue unimpeded, shoppers
are not in any way distracted
or inconvenienced, and parking
remains hassle-free. Or even
minimizing the gap, appearance- and atmosphere-wise,
between the old wing and the
new one, which tends to put off
“When we do it, we’ll really do it right. And we’ll
make sure that our clients will
still come back when the mall
expansion is finished,” Gomez
But in the here and now,
Power Plant Mall shoppers
will not lack for the novel and
the current. This year alone,
the mall welcomed new tenants Repetto, Y-3 Common
Thread, Rags2Riches, Ronnie
& Joe, and Uniqlo, as well as
home furnishing stores Purple
Orchid and Grassroots. On
the F&B side, 8 Cuts, CDP
Table, Vom Fass and Yabu were
among those that were added
to the mix.
What’s more, the mall’s
evergreen anchor store, Zara,
emerges from a refresh in
time for the expected influx of
Christmas shoppers.
Wi-Fi ready
And there’s its venture
into the e-commerce realm,
putting a virtual Power Plant
Mall within reach of netizens.
Its online shopping business
via the www.powerplantmall.
com website currently serves
Rockwell Center and will
eventually expand to other
areas in Metro Manila and the
Aside from being able to
handle cinema ticket purchases
online, the mall is now 100%
Wi-Fi ready, Gomez shares.
Despite its imposing image,
the Power Plant Mall formula is
quite straightforward: content +
“We have the right content
that our market wants, and the
experience is one of the major
things we focus on; this begins
once you enter the mall, in the
parking area, until you go on
the escalators, when you speak
to our front liners, and all
the other touch points of the
“It’s the overall experience
that we give utmost importance
to. At the end of the day, we
can have the right content, but
if the shoppers don’t like their
experience, they get turned off.
You want to be in a mall that
you’re comfortable in and you
get the distinct experience you
want,” Gomez says.
LISA Gomez, leasing manager of Power Plant Mall, was
hired first in 2008 as a marketing associate of Rockwell
Land Corporation. It was her
first job. Later that year, she
moved to Retail, and her life
has never been the same.
A mass communication
graduate who once dreamed of
becoming a newscaster, Gomez
found much use for her communication skills both in marketing
where she started, and then in
leasing where she is now.
“I found that everything
I’ve done is connected. I’ve
learned from all the different
experiences and am able contribute to the rest of the team,”
she says.
As leasing manager, Gomez focuses on bringing
in new brands sought by
Rockwell’s core market:
residents of Rockwell
Center and surrounding
villages. She monitors the
performance of tenants, ensures that
their objectives
are consistent
with Rockwell’s
objectives and
does what she
can to help
mutually agreed
upon targets.
With competition wising up to
the Rockwell formula of “content
Toy drive to benef it White Cross
+ experience,” an expansion
binge hit shopping centers in
the metro, and Power Plant
Mall is set to grow its own
space in the next three years.
“There are just a lot of
choices in dining, fashion and
lifestyle, and we really need
more space to accommodate
what our customers want. But
we can assure our customers
that our expansion will not be
disruptive and they can continue to enjoy the ambience
they desire even as we work
to give them more shops and
restaurants,” Gomez says.
She says integrity is the
most important value that
has guided her personal life
as well as her career. “I believe
integrity covers all the values.
When dealing with
people, with challenges
and situations, it is so
important to show
integrity. It shows the
character you have.”
Like any career
woman, Gomez
would like to
keep learning
the different
parts of Retail
and of Rockwell Land.
about what I
do because I
believe in the
brand. This
helps me in my
work because I
deal with dif-
ferent people, both internally
and third parties like tenants.
It’s easy for me to make them
believe in the brand because I
myself believe in it. I love what
I do and I’m happy to be part
of the Rockwell family that has
made me learn on my own, and
also guided me throughout.”
Second home
She says the team treats
Power Plant Mall like a second home. When faced with
any situation, they would ask
themselves what they would
do if such a thing happened
in their own home. This is
why the mall has to be tops
in cleanliness because they all
want their home to be clean.
Gomez invites LopezLink
readers to visit the mall this
“Every year, we’re excited
to share our Christmas events
with our kapamilya in the Lopez Group. We have a lot in
store for you. It’s always a very
exciting time for us.”
She considers herself “very
fortunate” to be part of Rockwell Land and of the Lopez
“When you hear you are part
of both Rockwell Land and the
Lopez Group, there is not only
prestige but real pride in being
part of that whole. For people
my age trying to reach life goals
or trying to find a career path,
love what you do. Be passionate
about your work. This way it will
not be a burden to you. I am very
lucky to have found a job that
makes me happy and content.”
Santa’s making a list…
KIDS, want to be included on a oneof-a-kind list this Christmas?
Just collect your pre-loved toys
and bring them over to Power Plant
Mall’s North Court right beside
Santa’s Wishing Station. The children
living in White Cross in San Juan will
gladly look after and take care of your
old playmates and other stuff.
When you donate your toys, your
name and photo will be included on
Santa’s Good List and displayed on
plasma screens around Power Plant
Mall. So get a move on, round up the
toys you want to give away and see
you at the mall!
Lopezlink December 2014-January 2015
KCFI celebrates 15 years with
Power Plant Mall exhibits
Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) opened
on November 6 three photo and interactive
installations in Power Plant Mall in celebration of its
15th year. The first exhibit, “Turo,” was a collection of
stories and photos from the 15 years of Knowledge
Channel (KCh), while the second exhibit was
interactive and showed KCh’s multimedia learning
resource packages. The third exhibit featured the
CSR efforts of Lopez Group companies. Photo shows
KCFI chairman Oscar M. Lopez and Connie R. Lopez,
with KCFI president Rina Lopez Bautista, cutting
the ribbon on the exhibits, which were on view until
November 19 (Niña de Sagun)
Lopez Group employees volunteer
to be teachers with KCh
EMPLOYEES of the Lopez
Group of companies volunteered for Knowledge Channel’s (KCh) Teacher for a Day
(TFAD) in various public
schools in Pasig, Makati and
These volunteers taught
fifth and sixth grade students the “4Ks ng Kaligtasan”
through a two-hour module
on disaster risk reduction
and management (DRRM).
The session included video
showing, singing, games, role
playing, reporting and poster
making. The 4Ks of safety
are kaalaman (knowledge),
kakayahan (skills), kahandaan
(preparedness) and katatagan
At the end of the sessions,
volunteers gave out emergency whistles for the students
and an emergency Kit for
Community, Family and Individuals (KCFI) for the class
through their adviser. KCFI
is a box containing items such
as a first aid medical supply,
water and food that will not
easily spoil, etc. which are
needed for survival in cases of
TFAD sessions were part
of Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc.’s 15th anniversary
campaign to involve private
corporations and volunteer
employees in spreading information on disaster readiness
to the young
learners in the
public schools.
animated videos
on preparing
for calamities
such as floods,
ea r t hqu a k e s ,
landslides and
fire were also
shown during
the TFAD sessions.
Lopez Inc., Lopez Holdings Corp., First Philippine
Holdings Corp., ABS-CBN
Corp., First Gen Corp., Sky
Cable Corp., First Philippine
Industrial Park, First Balfour
Inc., First Electro Dynamics
Corp., Therma Prime Corp.,
INAEC Aviation Inc. and
Benpres Insurance Agency not
only provided each beneficiary
school through their volunteer
employees with these DRRM
lessons and workshops, but
also donated KCh On-Demand packages of a television
set or LCD projector, speakers
and a laptop preloaded with
multimedia learning resources
for K+12 as well.
“We hope that you will continue helping pupils from public schools like us. We promise
in return that we will study
hard and use them (donated
equipment) wisely,” said Bambang Elementary School sixth
grader Jemary Chloe Arulfo,
Bambang Elementary School
principal Corazon Natividad (3rd
from right) with Lopez Holdings’
(r-l) Rosan Cruz, Carla Paras-Sison,
KCh’s Jenny Panganiban, Lopez
Holdings’ Ea Alarcio and Yiessa
KCh trainor Ronald Dugang
(rightmost) trains employee
volunteers (l-r), STSI’s Jamilla
Miranda, FPH’s Hazel Velasco and
Lorenne Alejandrino and Asian
Eye Institute’s Noemi Mojares and
Lara Angeles
speaking for her fellow students and their school officials
as she thanked their sponsor,
Lopez Holdings Corporation.
(Carla Paras-Sison)
OML Center participates in learning session on El N
​ iño
OML Center recently participated in a learning session on
El Niño held at the Manila
Observatory which was organized by the Philippine Working Group on Disaster Risk
Resilience (PWG).
The PWG is an arm of
the Environmental Science
for Social Change that seeks
to deepen the understanding
of disaster risk, contribute
to critical policy review and
recommend points for action.
The event served as a venue
wherein the media, scientific
community and relevant organizations discussed and learned
about El Niño events and how it
affects the Philippine climate. It
helped clarify the probability of
an El Niño induced-drought in
2015, when it will possibly happen and what factors should be
considered on its onslaught. The
information gathered will aid in
the proper communication of El
Niño effects and consequently
the steps to prepare for it.
El Niño is a prolonged
period of warming of sea
surface temperatures in the
Pacific Ocean and causes climatic changes in the tropic
and subtropic regions. El Niño’s onset began in June 2014
and its effects may be felt in
the Philippines up to the first
quarter of 2015, according to
state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services
Administration. (John Colin
Yokingco/Ana Veronica Gabriel)
ALKFI teams up with Saturday
Group ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation
CSR activities
Inc. (ALKFI) celebrated its 25th anniversary with
LINGKOD: An Art Exhibit in Greenbelt featuring
the works of members of the Saturday Group of
artists, including Lydia Velasco, Migs Villanueva,
Anna de Leon, Buddy Ching, Buds Convocar, Carlo
Ongchiangco, Danny Pangan, Roma and many
more. LINGKOD aims to raise funds for Bantay
Kalikasan-Green Initiative ecotourism sites in
Mindoro, Romblon, Palawan, Masbate, Sorsogon
and Sarangani. Photo shows Lopez Museum director
and ABS-CBN Logistics head Cedie Lopez Vargas
(left) cutting the ribbon on the exhibit with ALKFI
managing director Clarissa Ocampo. (Ana Junio)
EDC inspires with stories
of faith, courage
“It shows the strength of the
Lopez Values that continue to
propel every kapamilya into being paragons of that pioneering
entrepreneurial spirit, business
excellence, unity, nationalism,
social justice, integrity and employee welfare and wellness no
matter what the circumstance,”
FRL said.
“More importantly, this
book tells the story of how faith
and hope triumph over fear and
despair—of how the greatest
tragedy to have hit the nation
can also be its biggest source of
of the widespread devastation
provide a counterpoint to president Ricky Tantoco’s emails and
handwritten letters to EDC employees that served as a “lifeline
between EDC’s crisis management hub in Manila and ground
zero in Leyte, bringing direction, purpose, unity and hope to
a devastated community.”
The “Yolanda: Stories of Faith,
Courage, and Hope from the EDC
Family” cover image taken by
‘Good keeps...
zones, I have no doubt that from
time to time, some excess stress
may have impacted your health
and well-being. As we all pause
for the holidays and celebrate
the joyous occasion of Christ’s
birth, may we also remember to
unplug from our gadgets, head
out into the outdoors, spend
time with our families and loved
ones and take the time to focus
on our health. As you all know,
employee welfare and wellness is
a value that we take seriously in
the Lopez Group; just as we are
“Powered by Good” at work and
in our external environment, I
sincerely hope that we will also
all be “Powered by Good” from
the inside out.
I’d like to thank each and
every one of you for the hard
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panies. While we hope that no
other such tragedy will befall
our country and our people, we
are inspired by the thought that
our Yolanda Heroes, our LAA
winners and the many stories
and images captured in “Yolanda” the book, will inspire even
more of us to rise above our
everyday challenges and make a
difference in the lives of others.
Just as it is important to look
back and honor our past, I feel
that it is also equally important
to pause and recharge ourselves
as we look forward to the future. While I believe that a bit
of stress is good as it forces us
to stretch beyond our comfort
Lopezlink December 2014-January 2015
Agence France-Presse’s Philippe
Lopez depicts survivors taking
part in a religious procession in
Tolosa, Leyte 10 days after the
typhoon hit. The Hong Kongbased lensman’s photo was included in the Time magazine list
of the top 10 images of 2013.
Yolanda, “the world’s strongest storm in recorded history,”
affected more than 16 million
people in eight regions in the
Philippines. Region 8, where
Leyte and Samar are, bore the
brunt of the calamity with 5,785
dead and 1,729 missing. Today,
more than 1 million survivors
remain in tent cities and temporary shelters in Leyte alone.
For a copy of the book, contact Hazel Velasco at 449-6081
or [email protected]
work, the dedication, the passion and the commitment that
you’ve shown your colleagues
and your company this year.
Indeed, we have so many opportunities to be grateful for,
and my wish this year is for
all of us to find even more reasons to feel blessed and to give
thanks. We have gone through
so much as an organization,
as a corporate family and as
individuals—may all of these
strengthen and inspire us as
we welcome another year and
fulfil our purpose to be “Powered by Good.”
From my family to yours,
happy holidays and warm season’s greetings.
Chairman, FPH Group
ARTICLES of Disagreements, curated by
Lian Ladia and Sidd
Perez of Planting Rice,
will end its exhibition run
on December 20, 2014. To
mark the close of its last 2014
exhibit and to cap its education
and public programs for the
year, Lopez Museum presents
the final run of Café of Letters
with the fourth reading group
and discussion.
DiscLab | Research and
Criticism will discuss its curatorial and research projects.
With the idea of failure as
anchor, the members will talk
about future prospects in art research and criticism. DiscLab is
“an independent, not-for-profit
organization founded by young
art researchers and writers” that
“aims to document the recent
history of Philippine contemporary art through critical and
multidisciplinary research and
writing that situate the public
On the shelf
Café of Letters
13 reading
A year after Yolanda
A new book chronicles how
Energy Development Corporation (EDC) harnessed the
power of good in aiding the
people of Leyte hours after super typhoon Yolanda laid waste
to the province.
“Yolanda: Stories of Faith,
Courage, and Hope from the
EDC Family” is a glimpse into
the workings of EDC’s crisis
management team in the aftermath of Yolanda, which saw
the company rushing to account for “743 employees and
a massive power plant that was
also the world’s largest integrated geothermal operations,
producing 60% of EDC’s geothermal output and 37% of the
power supply in the Visayas.”
In his foreword, EDC
chairman Federico R. Lopez
(FRL) said the book is not just
a collection of photos or a documentation of the company’s efforts, which became known as
“the largest private sector-driven rescue and relief operations
following the world’s strongest
storm in recent history.”
at the center of the process.”
For more info, call Thea
Garing or Tina Modrigo at
631-2417 or email [email protected]
Purita KalawLedesma and
the struggles
of the PH art
ARTICLES of Disagreements
zeroes in on the struggles and
triumphs of the Philippine art
community then and now.
An important figure
in the system that
makes the local art
scene what it is is the
patron. More than a
buyer of what the
artist creates, a
patron shows support in a variety of
Kalaw-Ledesma is an
important figure in
Philippine art history
whose unwavering support during the dawn of
the modern art movement in
the country paved the way for
the establishment of the Art
Association of the Philippines
(AAP) in 1948. Through the
AAP, artists, writers and other
creatives got together and started to collaborate on exhibitions,
publications and other projects.
Ledesma was herself also a
painter and a writer. Arguably
among her most notable contributions to Philippine art is her
initiative to document it. One
anecdote that her children tell
is about their mother carefully
cutting out newspaper columns
about artists, their works and
exhibitions, and important
milestones of the art scene.
One of these scrapbooks
(out of approximately 87) is a
key feature
in the Articles
of Disagreements exhibition along
with several
portraits of
the patron
rendered by
artists such
as Jaime de
Onib Olmedo, Anita
MagsaysayHo and Victorio Edades.
testaments to
her contribution to and
influence in
the arts.
The recent reemergence of
the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma
Prize for Art Criticism hopes
to reignite the passion of
young critics and writers to do
scholarly work—not only by
documenting but also by critically engaging and conversing
with the works of contemporary artists today. (Thea Garing)
Ren Aguila, winner of the
2014 Purita Kalaw-Ledesma
Prize for Art Criticism, and
short listed Carlomar Daoana
both wrote criticisms on the
The Making
of the Modern
Filipina,’ by
Denise Cruz
museum’s previous exhibition,
The Lopez Memorial Museum
is at the ground floor, Benpres
Building, Exchange Road corner
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays
to Saturdays, except holidays, 8
a.m.-5 p.m. Avail of unlimited
access to exhibitions and library
resources by signing up for the
Lopez Museum membership program. Members can borrow books
from the lending section and get
discounts on lectures, workshops
and services for only P1,500.
study, Denise Cruz
the importance
the figure
she terms the “transpacific Filipina” to Philippine nationalism,
women’s suffrage, and constructions of modernity. …She
demonstrates, through careful
study of multiple texts produced by Filipina and Filipino
writers in the Philippines and
United States, that the modern
Filipina did not emerge as a
simple by-product of American
and Spanish colonial regimes,
but rather was the result of the
political, economic and cultural
interactions among the Philippines and its colonizers.
Members can now borrow
Street-Bound at the Lopez
Museum Library. Call Ethel
or Paolo to inquire about the
membership program.
Christmas 2014 gift ideas
Pick a ‘Kapamilya’ present!
ABS-CBN makes saying
thank-you easy with its #KapamilyaThankYou campaign
launched in mid-November.
Meanwhile, top-rating noontime show “It’s Showtime,”
which recently marked its anniversary, has come out
with official merchandise for the
“madlang people.”
Check them out!
come in purple and aqua. Get
all these at the ABS-CBN
Store at The Loop at the ELJ
Building and online via www. (Pia de
‘Showtime’ and tell
“It’s Showtime” has launched
its official line of souvenir items
at the ABS-CBN Store in celebration of its fifth anniversary.
The collection includes a variety of items. From
shirts to mugs and button pins,
the “It’s Showtime” line has got
any die-hard fan of the popular show covered. These are also
available at the ABS-CBN Store
and at
(Katherine Solis)
Kapamilya Thank You greeting
card, P50/pack of 2 and “ASAP”
headphones, P500
Gratitude with
Send out your message of
gratitude this Christmas with
these Kapamilya thank-you
greeting cards. Each set comes
with two cards and two white
envelopes and features the
#KapamilyaThankYou mural
design as seen in ABS-CBN’s
2014 Christmas station ID.
Also available are #KapamilyaThankYou shirts and gift
cards. Meanwhile, music lovers will love the over-the-ear
“ASAP” headphones which
One-of-a-kind book finds
Discover more about artists such as Juvenal Sanso, Felix
Resurreccion Hidalgo, Vicente
Manansala, Fernando Zobel and
Fernando Amorsolo, or dig deeper into the history of the Lopez
Group through “Phoenix,” “Eu-
genio Lopez Sr.” and “The Power
and the Glory.” Published by Eugenio Lopez Foundation Inc.,
these books are unique and available only at the Lopez Museum.
For inquiries, call Tina Modrigo
at 631-2417 or email [email protected] (Paolo Arago)
Lopezlink December 2014-January 2015
Rockin’ Rockwell
spearheads WTT
AS the holiday season continues its course, a plethora of
well-wishers numbering around
670 Lopez Group employees,
family members and friends
showcased anew their all-out
support for the Lopez Group
HR Council-Lopez Lifelong
Wellness Walk the Talk, which
was held at the Rockwell Center on November 8, 2014.
Registration began at 6 a.m.,
and the walkers were encouraged
to answer a survey on corporate
sustainability conducted by
Lopez Group Foundation Inc.
(LGFI). As a “bonus,” free taho
was served to those who shared
their time by filling out the form.
Hosted by Rockwell Land
Corporation, the program started
at 7 a.m. with Rockwell’s Jeff
Caronan, Nadz Villanueva and
Mark Singson taking on the
emceeing chores, followed by the
invocation led by Sai Malabanan.
Rockwell Property Management Corporation SVP and
general manager Mike L. Lopez
delivered the welcome remarks
after the recitation of the Lopez
Credo and Values led by Gino
Gracing the event were Lopez Group chairman emeritus
Oscar M. Lopez, Connie R. Lopez, Lopez Group HR Council
head Cedie Lopez Vargas,
Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. president Rina Lopez
Bautista and LGFI program officer Angela Lopez Guingona.
Also present were Rockwell
Land president Nestor J. Padilla,
First Philippine Industrial Park
president Edwin CoSeteng,
Energy Development Corporation (EDC) senior manager Jaime Lopez and Aruga Serviced
Apartments customer service
supervisor Nicole Lopez.
Before facing the five-kilometer route, the stretching and exercise portion headed by Rockwell
Club instructor Trini Trinidad,
together with the Rockwell Club
sports and recreation team, got
the crowd all pumped up with
‘80s-themed dance routines.
Mike Aliganga from EDC’s
emergency response team discussed environment, safety and
health reminders. After the
participants were given bananas
and mineral water, the walk
commenced at 7:30 a.m.
Afterwards, everyone had
a sumptuous breakfast at the
cozy Rockwell Tent. This was
followed by a raffle of 20 Power
Plant Mall VIP passes and three
overnight stay tokens at Aruga,
a group of luxurious apartments
near Power Plant Mall.
By Gerbs De Castro
Lopez Group chairman emeritus Oscar M. Lopez
and HR Council head Cedie Lopez Vargas
Rockwell president
Nestor J. Padilla
Rockwell senior
manager Andre Lopez
KCFI president Rina
Lopez Bautista
Mike Lopez
Hosts Jeff Caronan, Nadz Villanueva
and Mark Singson of Rockwell
Lifelong Wellness
Caring for your eyes
during the holidays
By Charizze Henson and Audrey Trinidad
THE holidays are all about
having fun and spending quality time with our loved ones.
We get caught up in the chaos
of the Christmas season, but
these simple tips can help you
keep your eyes healthy during
the holidays.
Keep your eyes hydrated.
Long travels by car or plane
make your eyes more vulnerable
to dryness, especially if you wear
contact lenses. Cars and planes
have low humidity, causing your
tears to evaporate faster and preventing your tear glands from
producing enough tears. Aside
from drinking lots of water,
bring a bottle of artificial tears to
help keep your eyes moist. Ask
your eye doctor for the most appropriate artificial tears for you.
Protect your eyes from the
sun. Whenever you head outside, ensure that you are wearing sunglasses that block 99%
to 100% of both UVA and
UVB rays. Too much exposure
to the sun’s UV rays has been
linked to development of eye
problems like cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygium that can cause temporary
or permanent vision loss.
Remove eye makeup.
Christmas parties involve getting dolled up for an evening
with friends or family. Just
don’t forget to wash eye makeup off afterwards! With the
help of a mild makeup remover
and cleanser, use gentle strokes
to remove eye makeup to avoid
eye irritation or infections.
Wear eye protection. Wear
protective glasses or goggles
when watching a fireworks
display up close or while lighting firecrackers. Keep away
from where fireworks are being launched; if your eyes are
irritated by the smoke, wash
them with clean water and stay
indoors. If your eyes are injured
by fireworks, rush to the nearest eye clinic or hospital.
According to Asian Eye
Institute’s cornea and refractive/
LASIK surgeon Dr. Emerson
Cruz, undergoing a comprehensive eye exam is encouraged to
make sure one’s eyes are healthy.
“A lot of people wait for an
eye emergency to happen before having their eyes checked.
Pay your eye doctor a visit before the holiday break. You
will find out how your eyes are
doing, and if an eye problem is
detected, we can give immediate treatment,” he says.
Asian Eye Institute offers
comprehensive eye exams
that can help detect various
eye conditions. Kapamilya
discounts apply: 50% off on
consultations, 25% off on diagnostic examinations, treatments and surgeries. For more
info, call 898-2020.
The EDC group
 Very
Answer to November puzzle
Solution, tips and
computer program
available at
The SKY contingent
LGFI’s Ogie Agaton,
Caloy Campos and
Julie Cuevas
Participants from Rockwell on home ground
leg, lift left leg up, body parallel to
the ground with arms stretching
forward. Hold for 10 seconds and
change legs.
Stay hydrated. Water helps
boost your metabolism, cleanse
your body and slows down your
eating process. Drinking water
before meals results in an average reduction in intake of 75
calories per meal.
Eat slowly and chew food
properly. Research shows that
eating slowly can help you to
eat less and avoid weight gain. It
takes about 20 minutes for your
brain to signal to your stomach
that you’re full.
WE’RE all about Christmas in our
last issue for 2014. If there’s one
establishment in the metro that has
earned raves for its Christmas décor
over the years, it has to be Power
Plant Mall. While those who came
of age in the 1980s or 1990s remember their Cubao or Greenhills
Christmases, younger generations
have their own fond memories of
the Rockwell Center mall’s quietly
elegant yuletide styling.
In this issue, leasing manager
Lisa Gomez unwraps for us a bigger and more exciting Power Plant
Mall: new and updated stores
plus thoughtful extras for patrons’ convenience, and the muchawaited expansion that the team is already preparing for even as
we speak.
Gomez also promises that no barricades will be seen in the mall
during the holiday season; that is, all spaces that have been boarded
up for renovation or prepared for new tenants are 100% ready to
welcome shoppers. This, of course, is in addition to the new establishments opening elsewhere within Rockwell Center, such as Dean
& DeLuca at the Edades Tower.
For even more gift ideas, we look to ABS-CBN, with its
heartwarming riff on giving thanks in its #KapamilyaThankYou
Christmas campaign. Show your gratitude to your loved ones this
season with shirts, cards and other items which you can get at the
ABS-CBN Store or online at Those who
want a short reprieve from Manila madness can escape to one
of the country’s culinary capitals in the North—which is exactly
what our contributor Gerbs de Castro and his friends did some
time ago.
The Lopez Group ends the year with a bang, amassing awards
and notching milestones in the homestretch of 2014. Aside from
Lopez Holdings Corporation’s corporate governance award, ABS-
Dear Rosie
CBN chairman Eugenio Lopez III’s Tanglaw ng Araw award and
president Charo Santos-Concio’s Stevie, we have the ceremonial
signing for the multimillion loan agreement between EDC Burgos
Wind Power Corporation and a group of foreign and local banks,
not to mention our publicly listed companies’ fine financial performance in the previous quarter.
Before we break for the holidays, let’s take a moment to ponder
on the inspiring messages and reminders of our Lopez Group leaders. Whatever setbacks we may have suffered in the past 12 months,
now is the time to focus on the year ahead of us. Merry Christmas,
Congratulations on another year of LopezLink! Been a reader for
almost a decade now.—Ana G.
Thank you for reading. For more LopezLink updates, do connect
with us on social media (Facebook and Twitter, especially) also!
Any news about ABS-CBN’s Christmas special? I hope LopezLink’s Facebook can have a contest with a pair of tickets as
prizes, I will surely try my luck!—June
‘Forevermore’ is one of the best teleserye since ‘Got to Believe,’
IMO. Sana ma-extend pa ito. Refreshing ang Enrique-Liza tandem.—Ali
True, “Forevermore” is our “secret vice” that keeps us glued to our
TV sets at 8:30 every evening as well!
If you have questions, comments, opinions, suggestions and reactions
about anything and everything about the Lopez Group, please send
them to Dear Rosie through email [email protected]
or [email protected] or be a friend or fan on Facebook.
Palatable Pampanga
Holiday bingeing in PH’s culinary capital
By Gerbs De Castro
3 tips to stay fit
WITH countless events and
reunions to attend, it may be
difficult to stay in shape this
Christmas. Here are three tips
to stay healthy:
Stay active. If you don’t have
time to hit the gym, walk! Walk
up and down the stairs and if
you’re in Benpres, use the “stairway to wellness.” Or you can do
the four-minute workout created by fitness coach Jim Saret
of “Biggest Loser Philippine Edition.” This total body workout
can be done anytime, anywhere.
Do 10 jumping jacks followed
by 10 squats, 10 push-ups and
10 lunges per leg. Repeat until
the end of four minutes.
You can also do the Tuladandasana yoga pose to build stamina and increase cardiovascular
strength, core abdominal strength
and stretch your shoulders in 20
seconds. To do it: balance on one
Maglaro tayo ng Sudoku, ang bagong libangan ng bayan!
Ayusin lamang ang mga numero simula 1 hanggang 9 para
ang bawat numero ay minsan lang magagamit sa bawat row,
column at kahon.
Fitness quickie
Rockwell Club energizes the crowd
Lopezlink December 2014-January 2015
THE Philippines is known for having the
world’s longest Christmas season as evidenced
by carols being played in shopping malls as early as September 1 and ending during the baptism of Christ, which falls on the Sunday after
During this span of anticipation for the coming of Christ, a typical Christmas season for
Filipinos is characterized by an influx of shopping, Christmas décor hanging on every establishment, as well as loads of merrymaking. In
short, the Christmas “air” in this archipelago has
always been astounding!
With such a diverse culture due to its numerous islands, each region in the country has its
own identity regarding the cuisine they present
with pride, and what would be more exciting
during the holiday season than to dine in the
culinary capital of the Philippines—palatable
Everyone can enjoy a holiday food trip to this province
since it can be successfully done
in a day. What a gastronomical
day it would be!
For a day trip, one would
start by traveling to Angeles City to
enjoy a unique breakfast at Historic Camalig Restaurant, which prides itself on its
Armando’s Pizza (“Ang Pambansang Pizza”) since
1973. Do drop by at the Museo Ning Angeles
near the area and indulge in pasalubong
shopping at Susie’s Cuisine and
at Rosing’s Candy Store.
over to the
next town of
Bacolor to
cuisine in a farm
setting at Apag Marangle. The famous half-buried San Guillermo Parish
Church is just a few minutes away.
Capping off your journey would be a visit
to San Fernando, the Christmas capital of the
Philippines, as you savor more regional classics at Everybody’s Cafe for dinner. A popular
nearby would be the
Bakeshop. Also, check out
the old San Fernando
train station and shop
for authentic factorypriced
lanterns at RolRen’s
Eating during this
time of the year brings
so much excitement
to a Filipino stomach,
especially if it’s done in
Clockwise from top left: Doy’s Kapampangan pizza; Boodle lunch @ Apag Marangle; Puto pao and other treats from
Nathaniel’s Bakeshop; Pepalukluk manuk; and sizzling balut
Lopezlink December 2014-January 2015
What’s new
from ABS-CBN Publishing this December
By Bebeth Timbol
‘Metro’: Megan
on Miss World
AS Megan Young takes her
final walk as Miss World, she
can’t help looking back on the
past year. She thought that winning was enough, that bringing
home the Miss World crown
would be the greatest thing she
would ever do, but she seemed to have outdid herself this
time. Winning the title gave her a chance to be her own
heroine, but now that she’s about to pass it on, it doesn’t
mean it’s going to be the end of her as well. Learn more
about Megan’s Miss World adventures and plans in Metro’s
Holiday Fantasy Issue.
The story of ‘DongYan’ in
StarStudio ends the year with a bang! On this month’s cover
is soon-to-be-married couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, who share new and exclusive details about their
love story and upcoming wedding. Other must-reads include the budding romance between Jeron Teng and Jane
Oineza, the exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the “ASAP
19” US tour, and the fashion trend report on what to wear
for the year ahead.
Rockwell Power Plant Finds
‘Chalk’ celebrates the hottie
Chalk is out to celebrate the hottie days once again! On its
cover is “Pinoy Big Brother: All In” Big Winner Daniel Matsunaga as he leads the pack in this year’s annual 50 Hottest
Guys lineup. With a mix of crush-worthy models, actors,
athletes and students, this year’s list is not to be missed!
Also featured are fun ideas to make the most out of your
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By Nikki Nava
Happy holidays are here again!
Opening in December: Dean & DeLuca
The New York deli known for its coffee and pastries is opening its
first store in the Philippines! On top of the sumptuous treats
you can buy for yourself, Dean & DeLuca is a great place to
shop for your loved ones. Even the most discerning foodie will
surely love a Dean & DeLuca gourmet gift basket for Christmas. See you at the Edades Tower on December 15!
Choose churros
Editorial Advisory Board
Executive Editor
Mike Lopez / Boo Chanco
Rosan Cruz
Contributing Editors
Carla Paras-Sison (Lopez Holdings)
Estela de la Paz (First Gen) Kane Choa (ABS-CBN)
Bebeth Timbol (ABS-CBN Publishing)
Dimpy Jazmines (Wellness)
Hazel Velasco (FPHC)
Arlene Torres (SkyCable)
Vienn Tionglico (Rockwell)
Dulce Baybay (LGFI)
Fernando Diaz de Rivera (EDC)
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Satisfy your churro cravings in Rockwell starting January 1! Churreria La Lola should stir up
loads of excitement as it is brought in by the
same team that gave us Rambla. If Rambla
is any indication of how good churros with
thick hot chocolate and vanilla ice cream
can be, Churreria La Lola will surely be a
hit among sweet tooths out there! This is
how to celebrate the New Year right—at
the P1 Level, with your family and some
fresh churros.
Café Via Mare’s ‘merienda’ classics
Have a well-deserved break from the kitchen
after the Christmas
preparations and have your
merienda at Café Via Mare.
Order the Filipino classics
the restaurant has to offer: bibingka with salted
egg, pancit luglug and puto
bumbong. Now, doesn’t
that sound good? Drop
by Café Via Mare at the R1
Marks & Spencer
marks the spot
Power Plant Mall is the
place to find pieces that’ll
help you make an entrance
at your holiday fetes. From
unique and classic apparel
to delicious holiday treats,
Marks & Spencer has it all. Visit Marks &
Spencer at the R1 Level!
Need a reason to eat cake?
January 27 is Chocolate Cake Day!
What better excuse than this to treat
yourself to a slice (or five) of your favorite chocolate cake! Sugarhouse has an
excellent variety of pastries and cakes:
have your fill of chocolaty goodness with
a slice of either (or all!) its chocolate truffle cake, chocolate bliss cake or midnight
cake. Sugarhouse is at the P1 Level.
‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’
In “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Bilbo and
company try to stop Smaug and a flock of combatants from acquiring a treasure kingdom and destroying Middle-earth. Catch
the third installment of
this epic at the Power Plant
Mall Cinemas at the R3
Level. Good news: you may
now purchase movie tickets
online at powerplantmall.