Thursday, November 29, 2018

Philippine Creative Industry: Whats Next?

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 29, 2018
Creative Process Management Panel Discussion

The creativity of the Filipino has always been recognized worldwide. But such creativity is limited to a few types such as the performing arts and even sporadic forays in such shows as American Idol. But a wide range of Filipino creativity has yet to make a breakthrough in the international arena.

The Creative Industry Sector in the Philippines is a wide and varied sector since creativity takes many forms. It is not only in music or dance but also include design, film, game development, architecture, literature, all the way to software development.

During the Arangkada Philippines 2018 Fora, one of the panelists explained that aside from having advanced technology in creating, the Filipino tends to create not for a global audience unlike the South Koreans who have gained success not only I the performing arts but from their designs in cars to smartphones.

Another point noted that there exist no creative industry eco-system in the unlike its ASEAN neighbors such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. These countries have invested I their creative industries and that is why the Philippines is lagging in the trillion dollars creative industry worldwide.

It was not the lack of talent stated Prof. Gaston Ortigas but the lack of investment on harnessing Filipino creative talent wherein the country has a large talent pool. Also, as cited by Mr. Hok Lee of the Korean Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, the government has to intervene and support the export of Filipino creativity such as what the Korean government has done even with the development of its K-Pop talents.

It was also noted that in sub-sectors such as the game development industry, government support via stable ICT infrastructure and the introduction of game development in the academe must also be given importance. The Information and Communications Technology curriculum and methodology must also be reformed. In 1 industry report, 60% of IT graduates are classified as “un-hirable” due to the lack of programming and coding skills.

Also, the stigma that “artists” are most likely to starve must be erased from our culture. This was the observation of Prof. Gaston Ortigas.

All-in-all, the Philippine Creative Industry Sector needs the cooperation of all Philippine economy stakeholders as well as the academe I nurturing and developing it to be competitive worldwide.

(This is a gist on the Panel Discussion on Creative Process Management during the Arangkada Philippines 2018 Fora)   

Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines Support PH Creative Industry Sector

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 29, 2018
JFC Participants in the Arangkada Philippines 2018 Fora. From Left: Mr. John D. Forbes, Mr. Ebb Hinchliffe, Mr. Julian Payne, and Mr. Naoto Tago

The Creative Industry sector got a boost from the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines (JFC) during the Arangkada Philippines 2018 Creative Industry Fora held last November 27, 2018, at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati.

The active participation of the JCF during the fora marked the support of this important economic group. The JCF members are as follows:

1. American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
2. Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
3. Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
4. European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
5. Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
6. Japanese Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

Mr. John D. Forbes, Chief of Party, the Arangkada Philippines Project stated that this is the first time that the Arangkada Philippines Project held 2 such fora in 1 year since its inception in 2011. This is evidence that the JCF is committed in enhancing the Philippine Creative Industry Sector.

During the Press Conference held after the event, Mr. Ebb Hinchliffe emphasized that in order to proceed fro the success of the event, both government and private sectors together with various stakeholders I the creative industry sector must push for structural changes in Philippine economic, cultural and educational policies in order for the country to keep up with the dynamics of the global creative industry

Mr. Naotro Tago, President of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines disclosed that there are already more than 50 Japanese industry players and companies are engaged in various sectors of the Philippine economy. The creative industry is one of the sectors that they are interested in participating in. Citing that the Japanese Creative Industry has always recognized the huge talent pool of Filipino “Creatives,” they are will to assist in the development of this industry sector.

Mr. Julian H. Payne of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce I the Philippines emphasized that further development of Filipino creative talent is needed for it to be globally competitive and this can be achieved by greater cooperation between government and academia for more advanced training and education of Filipino talent.

Mr. Forbes also disclosed that current laws and regulations hamper the transfer of technology that is critical in further developing the Philippine Creative Industry sector. He pointed out to current pending legislation in the House of Representatives and the Senate. By passing these laws, Filipinos can have more access to technology and training from experts abroad who are currently barred from practicing and giving relevant training to Filipinos.

Mr. Hold Lee during the fora related how the South Korean government took charge of the creative industry in their country with the mission of “Exporting Korean Culture<’ and currently Korean culture and Creative Industry products are widely distributed worldwide.

The JFC is committed to assist the Philippine Creative Industry sector in both trainings and technology transfer as well as promotion worldwide.

The Next Sunrise Industry: Arangkada Philippines Project

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 29, 2018
Arankada Philippines 2018 Fora Panel Discussion

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has opened up new frontiers for various industry sectors globally. One of this is the Creative Industry.

The Arankada Philippines Project hosted a fora last November 27, 2018, at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City. This is to highlight the potential of the Creative Industry for the country.

The theme is Creative Industries: The Next Sunrise Industry. It aims to bring empowerment to the Philippine Creative Industry that will harness the current creative industry sectors and talents in the country so as to serve as an engine of economic growth for the country.

Arankada Philippines Project’s objectives are to enhance the viability of Philippine industry sectors ranging from agriculture, technology and all the way to mining through its advocacies and active participation in these sectors and by coordinating with the government, the private sector, and international key industry players.

For the Philippine Creative Industry sector,  three (3) critical factors have been identified and subjected to sessions and panel discussions.

These are the following:

1. Creative Process Management
2. Talent Management and Development
3. Creative Hubs

It was emphasized early in the sessions that in the year 2013, the creative industry worldwide generated US$2.3 billion in earnings. And the Philippines has yet to tap into its own creative industry sector talent pool to participate in this growing industry sector.

It was noted that there are many aspects in managing the creative industry sector that has yet to be undertaken. An example of this is what Mr. Paolo Mercado, Founder and President of the Creative Economy Council of the Philippines (CECP) stated that the country has 1.2 million freelancers I the creative industry sector alone. This is more than the entire BPO industry currently employs. Thus, the potential of this freelance sector alone is in need of organizing and is one of the sub-sectors that need to be harnessed for the creative industry nationally.

But this sector also needs proper management and with the talents abounding in the country, these raw talents need further development so as to attain the next level In being able to compete globally. 

It was also noted that creative industries are varied and wide in scope, ranging from designing furniture, game development, architecture, animation, film, literature, and software development.

In the US for example, Silicon Valley has gained pre-eminence in software and hardware development. It is an example of a Creative Hub. Such a Creative Hub is also needed in the Philippines wherein the clustering of inter-related industries are undertaken so as to foster a culture of competition and innovation.

These are the main points of the Arangkada Philippines 2018 Fora and the task is laid out in order to achieve a globally competitive Philippine Creative Industry sector.
The fora were participated in by the DICT, DTI, members of the academe, industry sector leaders, and by the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Aikontech brings Beltone to the Philippines.

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, November 16, 2018

Last November 13, 2018, Aikontech which is a 35-year-old company has brought its hearing-aid products to the Philippines.

To put things in perspective, according to the World Health Organization, there are around 250 million people with hearing disabilities and hearing impairment in the world. About 2/3 of these identified people live in Asia and the Philippines along with Indonesia is among the Top 4 in that list.

The prevalence of hearing disabilities in this region can be attributed to several factors such as congenital, work-related, accident injury/trauma, and even lifestyle (those who go to loud venues and concerts or work in them).

This considerably contributes to the lessening of the quality of life of these hearing impaired people and is also a hindrance to gainful employment and livelihood opportunities.

Aikontech Hearing is now the distributor in the Philippines of various hearing aids for all the requirements of hearing-impaired persons in the Philippines.

With this, Aikontech offers Beltone hearing aids. Beltone was founded in 1940 to make high-quality hearing care to people.

Beltone with its decades of experience aims to give access to quality hearing aids with a clear focus on the different individual needs of the hearing impaired. The company believes that no individual should be denied an improved life with better hearing.

Aikontech is into distribution of IT products that include brands like Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Panasonic, McAfee, Huawei, Samsung, Lenovo, Logitech, Polycom and Jabra among others.

With an opportunity provided by the GN Group of Denmark, Aikontech also decided into the Hearing Aid industry sector. The GN Group owns Jabra and 3 other hearing aids brands such as ReSound, Belton end Interton. These premiere hearing aid brands provide technologically advanced hearing solutions and excellent customer care experience.

The Board of Advisers to Aikontech Philippines are the following:

1. Dr. Rina Reyes-Quintos, MD, MclinAud, FPJOHNS
2. Dr. Nathaniel Yang, MD, FPJOHNS
3. Dr. Ramon Antonio Lopa, MD, FPJOHS

Thursday, November 15, 2018

2019 Edition of Startup Competition by IdeaSpace Foundation Launched

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 15, 2018
IdeaSpace 2019 Startup Competition Launch.

This year’s Startup Competition by IdeaSpace was launched last November 13, 2018. IdeaSpace is also the country ’s leading and longest-running early-stage startup competition in the country and has been holding this competition for the past 6 years.

Unlike in the previous years’ competitions, the 2019 IdeaSpace Startup Competition will select 20 startups instead of the previous 10 selected for its accelerator program. What also makes it different this year is that the prize structure has been revised.

This is part of the “Pivot” that Ms. Diane Eustaquio, Executive Director of IdeaSpace announced. Going back to the history of the Startup Competitions held before by IdeaSpace, startups selected failed to utilize the fully the Php500,000.00 granted to them by the program. Instead, the startups tried to “economize” on the expenditure and when they needed more funds for their eventual take-off, then that is where it limited their full utilization.

Realizing such, this year, the prize structure was changed wherein the 20 selected startups for the acceleration period will receive Php100,000.00 as equity-free operations funding plus support in-kind worth Php500,000.

At Demo Day when the top 3 startups will be announced, each startup will receive Php1.0 million equity funding. This will serve as their “runway” according to Ms. Eustaquio.

“We are pivoting and making changes to the program to remain relevant and to address the gap that still exists,” said Rene Meily, IdeaSpace President.

The Philippine startup environment has 400 active startups as of 2017 out of the 547 founded since 2014.

According to Ms. Diane Eustaquio, the cash prizes are not the only benefits that chosen startups will be receiving. It will also include non-cash benefits such as Mentoring by industry experts, free Learning Sessions, Linkages to corporate partners, investor network and strategic partner resources, free office space use, and housing allowances for non-Metro Manila team participants.

The submission of entries started November 13, 2018, via and will be open until January 18, 2019.

A series of roadshows and learning sessions which will be announced on the following


Thursday, November 8, 2018

ICT Champion Offers Bacolod New Leadership

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 08, 2018
Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue: Tech-Driven Candidate for Mayor of Bacolod in the 21st Century.

A strong and dedicated champion for information and communications technology (ICT) in the countryside, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue now offers the City of Bacolod a chance for new leadership.
Last October 16 or a day before the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for the May 13, 2019 mid-term elections, residents of Bacolod, including close colleagues of Batapa-Sigue were surprised to learn about her decision to run for mayor of Bacolod, challenging incumbent mayor Evelio Leonardia, who is now finishing his fifth term or a total of fifteen years as mayor of Bacolod .

Batapa-Sigue, 45, a lawyer by profession and a professor of law, in a press briefing last October 16, says her candidacy is about giving Bacolod a chance to “win” over status quo and open up to new ideas and solutions to speed up its advancement as one of the highly urbanized cities in the country.

She coins her vision for Bacolod in four letters – JOBS. These stands for jobs and investments, open governance, barangay development, and empowerment and sectoral and citizens participation. She believes that for Bacolod to steadily create jobs and attract investments, a comprehensive set of strategies, including trainings and certifications must be in place to ensure quality talent supply. She believes that good business environment includes efficient traffic management, sound environmental practices, and streamlined government processes, areas were the city is not able to address effectively.

Open governance, for her, entails the use of ICT to reduce red tape, promote transparency and accountability in government, make public services accessible, create an effective data collection to support policy research, and make available online platforms to bring government closer to the people and to effectively respond to citizens’ needs. Known for advocating the creation of smart or digital cities, Batapa-Sigue thinks it is high time for Bacolod to join the ranks of cities developing and utilizing a digital process that aims to provide convenience to its constituents.
2016 Ten Outstanding Women in Nation Sevice (TOWNS) in the field of ICT

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