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Friday, September 22, 2017

List of Schools in Makati and BGC with Arts and Design Strands

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, September 22, 2017

The implementation of the K+12 Program by the DepEd last academic school year 2016 – 2017 was to enable the country’s educational system to be on the same level globally. These consist of Academic Strands that Senior High School students can follow for their chosen field. These are: 

I. Academic Track 

II. Technical-Vocational Livelihood Track (TVL)

III. Sports Track

IV. Arts and Design Track

The Arts and Design Track’s objective is to prepare the student for the design, performative, and creative industry. This curriculum will expose the student to various forms of media that include architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, animation, painting, fashion design, photography, and film.

In the Makati and Bonifacio Global City area, there are 7 schools that offer Arts and Design tracks in their Senior High School Curriculum. These are:

1. Career Academy Asia – PHINMA Education – 5th flr. PHINMA Plaza, 39, Plaza Drive, Makati City

2. iACADEMY Belaire – iACADEMY Plaza, H.V. Dela Costa, Makati City

3. Makati High School – Gen. Luna St., Poblacion, Makati City 

4. Meridian International College – 2F CIP Bldg, McKinley Hill, 1030 Campus Avenue,Taguig City

5. SoFa Design Institute – Enzo Building, 399 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave, Makati City

6. St. Mary of the Woods School – Batangas st., Makati City

7. University of Makati –  J.P. Rizal Ext, Makati City 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Secretary Salalima Bids Adieu to the DICT

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, September 21, 2017
DICT Sec. Rodolfo Salalima

President Rodrigo Duterte has just announced that he has accepted the resignation of Secretary Rodolfo Salalima as Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

In a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Sec. Salalima cited “personal and work-related reasons” for his resignation.

Sec. Salalima was the first ever to head the newly formed DICT, considered a strategic component of the country with regards to science and technology and its use in national progress and development in the 21st Century for the country.

Sec. Salalima is considered the “Father of Philippine Information and Communications Technology (ICT)” for his vigorous pursuit of ICT towards the need of the country in developing its own ICT sector in order to be competitive with the world. 

A robust and up to date ICT sector would serve as a “leveling” factor with regards to economic global competitiveness and would give the Philippines a strategic boost since information technology is considered a crucial part in national development. It is acknowledged that information technology will be a vital cog in harnessing the potential of the huge talent pool that the country has in the realm of information technology.

Secretary Salalima advocated the provision of ICT all the way to the most remote corners of the country so as to provide services in health, education and good governance. He strove to boost the technology startup sector by fully supporting the endeavors of the youth and academe as part of creating innovative solutions to everyday problems of the Filipino.

Before being appointed as DICT Head, Sec. Salalima was a top executive of a Telecommunications firm and has a wide purview of what the role of ICT in national development and progress.

President Duterte has yet to find a suitable replacement for Sec. Salalima.

Techblade has always been an advocate of the use of science and technology, particularly of ICT towards national progress. 

Article posted 9/21/2017 9:03 P.M.

School Tuition and Hospitalization Payments? Just JazzyPay it!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, September 21, 2017
JazzyPay Founders Joshua Marindo and Panchie Perez

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) now have an easier way of paying for their dependents’ school and hospitalization expenses. 

It is acknowledged that having loved ones far away from the OFWs create difficulties with their ability to send much-needed funds for their expenses here in the Philippines. The usual route is to send them by way of remitting through banks, payment centers, and even door – to- door delivery. This causes complications such as time zone differences, availability of the recipient and even the effort of standing in long bank lines just to withdraw the needed amount and make the payments to the institutions concerned. Much critical time is thus wasted. This is also more crucial when health matters in hospitals are on the line.

JazzyPay solves all this. JazzyPay is a mobile app that can be downloaded on their smartphones by OFWs that can enable them to pay directly to the schools and hospitals whenever needed.

JazzyPay  is a secure, reliable and convenient payment solution with the needs of the OFWs in mind and can be done anytime and anywhere.

The web-based payment solution was developed by the tech startup JazzyPay and was rolled out last May 2017. 

During their pitch in the Young Entrepreneurs Summit last August 2017, JazzyPay had just recently concluded its Agreement with the Manila Adventist College and the Adventist Medical Center Manila and presented their payment app. The app enables the users to pay tuition and hospital expenses from wherever they are located and whenever needed.

Upon downloading from Appstore of Playstore, there are only 3 steps to be made:

1. Register
2. Choose Merchant
3. Proceed to Payment

Payments can be done via Credit Cards, Debit Cards and PayPal.

So pay the JazzyPay way!

JazzyPay is one of eight finalists in the upcoming HealthTech Challenge this coming Oct. 4, 2017 to be held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City.

Contact details:

Call (02) 994 9856

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Major Summit on the Future of Filipino Commerce Confirmed for 27th – 28th of September in Manila

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The third annual edition of Seamless Philippines will be taking place on 27th-28th September and will see major Filipino banks, leading e-commerce and retail giants to come together to share their insights on the future of commerce in the Philippines.

Since the first edition of the show back in 2015 the Philippines has seen e-commerce revenue grow from $805 million to more than $1.2 billion, the consistent retail growth of 8%, and digital payments soaring to $5.5 billion in total transaction value. There has been a huge growth in disruptive companies in fintech and e-commerce changing the way Filipinos transact and shop, as well as multiple examples of businesses unable to keep up with the pace of change who have fallen by the wayside.

For the last three years, Seamless Philippines has been committed to driving the digital commerce narrative throughout the country, providing an essential once a year summit for retailers, e-commerce merchants, payments and logistics leaders. At the 2017 show, over 90 speakers and hundreds of delegates are set to come together to discuss best practice, key challenges, and market opportunities.

Kicking off the conference will be an intimate panel session featuring two of the most influential figures in the evolving payments industry in the Philippines, the Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Nestor Espenilla and the Chief of Party for E-PESO / USAID Mamerto Tangonan. Together they will be discussing how digital payment interoperability can help to drive commercial growth throughout the Philippines.

Following this session will be a keynote presented by Jose Victor Paterno, President and CEO of 7-Eleven Philippines. The leading convenience store chain in the country, 7-Eleven Philippines recently announced a 23.2% increase in sales across the country, driven in large part by the additional 393 stores opened last year. In his presentation, Mr Paterno will be discussing how to modernize Philippine retail for the digital age.

Other key speakers set to participate include:

Lotte Schou Zibell, Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank
Rolando Tanchanco, EVP of Consumer Lending, BDO Unibank
Daniel Abraham Macatangay, VP Mobile Payments, Bank of the Philippine Islands
Ron Hose, CEO,
Rafael Padilla - Legal Counsel and Co-Founder, FinTech Philippines Association
Ryan De Vera, Co-Founder, Wealthmart
Christian Eugene Quiros, VP and Head of Risk Portfolio Management, Philippine National Bank
J Sadakathulla Rajan, Former Regional Director Reserve Bank of India
Eugene S. Acevedo, SEVP and Head of Retail Banking, Union Bank of the Philippines
Michelle Sario, Founder, The Artisan Gatherer
Peter Northcott, Marketing Director,
Luca Pignatelli, COO, Foodpanda Philippines
Brian Cu, Managing Director, Grab Philippines
Neel Shah, Commercial Director, Juntos
Bhavin Patel, Group Omnichannel Director, Kamno Retail Group
Jose Magsaysay Jr., President, Potato Corner
James L. Indino, Jr., Vice President, Group Information Technology,  PhilCare
Macy Castillo, Commercial Business Head, Shopee
Nicola Moreili, CEO,
Miguel Pereira, CEO, Zoomov

Alongside the conference will be an exhibition set to bring together major players from across the payments, retail and e-commerce vendor communities including BPC Banking Technologies, Akamai, DNV.GL, Emarsys, Glory, Infobip, VeritasPay, Wirecard, HPS and Vinculum amongst others, who together will be showcasing some of the most innovative products and solutions critical to the evolving commerce environment.

The event will take place from 27-28 September 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila, with over 2,000 attendees expected to attend.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

HealthTech Challenge Seeks Innovative Solutions in Healthcare

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, September 14, 2017

The deadline for the submission of entries to the HealthTech Challenge, a search for tech-based solutions (startups) that cover any stage of the healthcare process - from awareness, diagnosis, treatment, tracking, and monitoring – has been set at September 15, 2017.

“We urge any organization or individual or teams who have a working healthtech solution that contributes to Universal Healthcare Coverage. This is an open call for individuals, businesses, teams, startups, or organizations,” said Melanie Zoref, Economic and Trade Officer of the Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau.

The Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines, in cooperation with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and, has embarked on this initiative to commemorate the 60-year anniversary of Switzerland-Philippine government relations.    

As a global leader in providing Universal Health Coverage to its citizens, Switzerland supports all initiatives to make UHC happen in the Philippines. It may be a long road to UHC but the HealthTech Challenge (HTC) is an opportunity to showcase existing solutions that we can use to improve healthcare today.

As defined by the World Health Organization here, “Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.”

Solutions will include tech-based products including websites, mobile apps, or hardware and software solutions.

This Startup Pitching Competition is open to (1) individuals age eighteen (18) or older at time of registration (“Individual Participant”); and (2) legal business entities (“Business Entity Participant”), with existing healthtech solutions that address Universal Healthcare Coverage.

Entrants may submit more than one Entry using the Registration Form found in the Contest website.

The submission ends on September 15, 2017, at 23:55 PH Time.

The solution must be workable and be able to be readily used in the Philippines.  For those solutions from abroad, proof of actual usage of the product within the Philippines will be required.

Those startups with existing customers or revenue from said products will be given extra points.

We are seeking solutions that can be used today, therefore, the maturity of the product must be as close to “ready to use” as possible.

To apply for this competition or for further event details, visit or contact or call +63 915 481-7703.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Doris I. Mongaya

Tel : 0917 791 9545
Email :

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

“Smartening Up” our Cities

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Image from IOT Phils.,Inc.

The rate of urbanization in the Philippines has accelerated over the beginning of the new millennium. This does not only pertain to the cities in the National Capital Region but also in all regional urban centers. This has brought with it new challenges and problems. It is expected to do so because of the need to sustain an economy that is increasingly based on urban areas and the demand for more service related industries.

This has brought about these new problems such as:

1. Population increase correlated with poverty
2. Health and Education
3. Public Safety
4. Governance
5. Traffic

According to Dexter Tan of Converge, the only way of effectively managing and handling the impending urban crisis is through the use of technology. Particularly, Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

ICT will be used to improve the quality of life, bring more efficient services that will be able to meet the future demands of a burgeoning urban population in the future.

That is why ICT must be utilized in:

1. Technology and Infrastructure where traffic management, transportation, healthcare, urban planning, safety and security, and even education.

2. Sustainability refers to waste management, environmental concerns such as CO2 emissions, energy, water resource management, recycling and air quality.

3. Governance wherein government services, monitoring of the communities, law and justice and even business processes be given an ICT advantage.

4. Economy – management of human resources, financial maturity, products and resources and financial capital.

Only through the extensive use of ICT can these “Smart” Cities be sustainable in the future.

Groceries? Do it Online!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The ritual of buying provisions for the home is as old as the concept of the nuclear family itself. But modern day conveniences are also met with modern day challenges. That is why it is now a cause of stress for many of us who have to go to the grocery regularly. The products are on the shelves and they are well organized but the real challenge is going to the grocery itself and the trip home. Also, urbanization brought challenges such as traffic, parking and above all, time which has become a commodity in itself. 

A Filipino startup has presented and offered a solution for all the grocery related problems. does all the “grocering” for you wherever you are. With just a click at the online site, will deliver the groceries for you right at your doorstep. The customer will choose the time when the groceries will be delivered.

And the items will cost the same as what is in the grocery itself since has low operating overheads according to Marketing Officer Mark Jedwin T. Que.

To further add value, also offers the same promos as when one is in the grocery or supermarket. Also, the interactive website gives a wide variety of choices for every product need. Just like in the grocery minus the walking and pushing the kart and lining up for payments which can be a real source of inconvenience.

On the average, 3 hours is spent during a grocery activity cycle and that includes traffic, parking, lining up to the cashier. Also, the burden of so many grocery bags to carry.

So do yourself a favor. Go to for your grocery needs! was a participant in the Techtonics Technology Fair and is one of the most notable startups during the pitching competition where they were among the 10 finalists. 

For your grocery needs :



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