PLDT lauds ‘unbreakable spirit’ of PH enterprises amid challenging times

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented immense challenges to industries around the world. With mobility restrictions in place, business owners had to rethink their operations and adjust to navigate the uncertainties in the new normal. Although some companies were able to adapt and seamlessly shift to the new norm, the process was not easy with many struggling with financial losses and temporary business closures. A survey from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released September last year reported that the Philippine economy experienced the worst impacts of the pandemic. The Philippines logged the highest number of business closures and layoffs among its peers in Southeast Asia. Despite that, Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP and Head of PLDT & Smart Enterprise and International Business Groups, said that resilience is one of the core values that helped businesses conquer the challenges of the pandemic. This ‘unbreakable spirit’ of enterprises allowed them to embr

HIPA set foot in Manila, encourages photographers around the globe.

NOW on its Fifth season, the acclaimed Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is now set and ready to challenge all photographers around the world, for a grand prize of $120, 000.

Just last May 28, 2015 the HIPA organizers are here in Manila, particularly in SM Aura Mall in Taguig City  to promote and inspire Filipino photographers to continue to take photos, and inspired the world with their eye of photography. Not to mention three Filipino photographers are runner up in the last year’s competition.
This year’s category to watch out for is Happiness, Wildlife, Father and Son and General. Entries should have the following subject base on the above mention topic. The submission of entries is already open since March 21 and the deadline or closing is on the midnight of December 31, 2015. The time and date  of closing is based on UAE time.

Filipino photographer Jaime Singlador, and his winning photo, who won 5th Prize for General Category last 2014.
The visit to Philippines of HIPA is celebrated with photo exhibits of last year’s winners, they also conduct some workshops and talks about the importance of getting photos and how precious this to the world.

For more information or some technical questions about the contest, you may check their website at www.hipa.ae, www.facebook.com/HIPA.ae, twitter at @Hipaae or check #HIPAsnap .  You may also send emails to ziad.alsalama@hipa.ae .

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