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Cebu Pacific carries another batch of COVID-19 vaccines to VisMin

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The Philippines' leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) continues to airlift much-needed COVID-19 vaccines to different cities in the Visayas and Mindanao.  A total of 91,200 doses (38,400 for Tacloban, 28,800 for Cotabato, and 24,000 for Zamboanga) were safely delivered yesterday, April 14, 2021.   These vaccine deliveries are part of the government’s ongoing vaccination program that prioritize various groups across the country. “This shipment of vaccines is the fourth that we’ve received from CEB and we appreciate the smooth transport because it helps us expedite our ongoing vaccination program in the city,” said Beng Climaco, Zamboanga City Mayor.   “With CEB’s regular flights to Cotabato, we in the government can efficiently act on and prioritize the national government’s recovery program,” added Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi. Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez added, “We are happy to be recipients of these life-saving vaccines, which arrive in g

Twitter brings #FanTweets to K-pop starting with BLACKPINK's ROSÉ

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Exclusive Twitter content brings fans closer to their favorite artists through the fans’ own Tweets Twitter is bringing its popular  #FanTweets  videos to K-pop for the first time, starting with  #FanTweets  from BLACKPINK's ROSÉ. ROSÉ's  #FanTweets  videos, released via  @BLACKPINK  today, on April 15 KST, feature the superstar artist replying to fans' Tweets about her new album, stage performances, life, and her dog 'HANK'. #FanTweets  are a custom type of exclusive content on Twitter, where celebrities record their responses to real Tweets from fans.  # FanTweets  help to bring fans closer to their favorite artists and give them a chance to hear straight from the artists themselves. Also, witty, vibrant, and authentic tweets from fans will provide a different fun experience unique to  #FanTweets . YeonJeong Kim, Head of Global K-pop Partnerships at Twitter, said, "#FanTweets offer another way for fans to hear directly from their favorite K-pop artists.

AJ Mitchell is primed for stardom with electric new single ‘Stop’

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Further building out an immersive sonic world, gold-certified pop phenom  AJ Mitchell  has officially released a new single entitled “ STOP .” The song is the next chapter to be unveiled from his anxiously awaited full-length debut album, Skyview , due out this year and executive produced by Mike Dean.  The track pairs a thumping bass line and flurry of funk guitar with a showstopping vocal performance. He delivers charismatic verses before igniting the instantly unshakable hook, “I don’t wanna stop, baby it’s our time . ” “STOP” continues the journey that was set in “ CAMERAS ON ,” released late last Month. The conceptual lyric video shared today picks up where “ CAMERAS ON ” left off. While “ CAMERAS ON ” depicts the story of AJ dealing with the darker sides of fame and his previous experiences with the content collective Team 10, the new lyric video finds him walking away from the cameras to the stage, depicting his passion and dedication to the music and what truly matters.  

Former CCP Trustee Nestor Torre Passes Away

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WRITER, director, actor and former Cultural Center of the Philippines Board Trustee Nestor U. Torre died on April 6, 2021 at the age of 78. A former Saturday Special editor and Entertainment columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Torre likewise had a column in the said publication entitled “Viewfinder,” focusing on in-depth entertainment news, interviews and commentaries, and complemented it with classroom teaching, conducting workshops, and writing, directing and producing for stage, film and television.  He continued to write his popular daily column until he suffered a stroke in February 2018. Torre’s rise in Philippine showbiz started in the early 1960s when he was asked to direct ABS-CBN’s “Two for the Road” talk show with Elvira Manahan, Joey Lardizabal and Eddie Mercado.  He also dabbled in movies in the 1970s as writer for “King Khayam and I” and director for projects like “Crush ko si Sir” and “Ang Isinilang Ko Ba’y Kasalanan”. Nestor played lead roles in the early

Stronger as Juan: United response to the COVID-19 crisis

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  Over a year since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country continues to grapple with the challenges, which include the imposed quarantines and limiting of movements. Throughout this critical time, countless individuals and organizations have worked together and volunteered to provide support to those who needed it the most.   Among these is the Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific, which is celebrating its 25 th anniversary this year. Driven by its mission and purpose, CEB immediately answered the call to join other partners in mounting extensive relief and humanitarian efforts towards helping those affected by the pandemic. Truly, the collective spirit of bayanihan shone through, and Cebu Pacific sincerely thanks its partners who went above and beyond the call of duty at an undeniably difficult time. Aiding in the transport of much-needed supplies The lockdowns resulted in restricted movements across cities and provinces, which then posed quite a challenge in ens

Workplace Inclusivity Becoming a Reality as Filipino Persons with Disabilities Gain New Employment Opportunities Through Microsoft's Enabler Program

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Participants of Microsoft's Enabler Program are proving that with strong support and equal access to employment, Persons with Disabilities can contribute meaningfully to the Philippines’ economy and society. The Microsoft Enabler Program has launched in September 2020 to pioneer disability-inclusive workplaces across Asia-Pacific by removing the barriers for a more diverse workforce. A first of its kind globally, the program provides cloud & AI training for Persons with Disabilities, accessibility education for employer partners, and inclusive hiring from non-profit organizations (NPOs) supporting Persons with Disabilities. "There are 650 million Persons with Disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region alone, making accessibility and providing inclusive opportunities absolutely critical,” said Fides Ricasa, Microsoft Philippines Chief Partner Officer. “This is imperative to us as an organization, especially in the world we live in today. Access to digital skills and employme

CCP Closes Women's Month through A Soft Launch Of The Special Issue Of Vlf Anthology By Women Playwrights

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, through its Intertextual Division, will have a soft launch of the special anthology of the Virgin Lab Festival fully staged plays on March 31, 2021, 2pm at the CCP and CCP Intertextual Division Facebook Pages as part of the Center’s celebration of National Women’s Month. Entitled “ELEMENTAL: MGA BABAENG MANDUDULA AT MGA ELEMENTO NG DRAMA,” the said e-book will be formally launched online likewise during this year’s Virgin Labfest which will be held from June 14 to July 6, 2021.  The e-book can be downloaded for free. The plays selected for this volume were chosen from the works by women that were staged from various editions of the Virgin Labfest, the annual theater festival that provides a venue for the emerging and established Filipino playwrights to present their unpublished, unstaged, untested and untried works to the theater-going public.  The works by women were selected to serve as samples to help define and explain the elements of a p