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Cebu Pacific opens applications for new batch of Cadet Pilots

March 25, 2019

Applications are open for a new batch of Cadet Pilots who will be trained to become full-fledged aviators for Cebu Pacific (CEB). CEB will be recruiting 16 candidates who will undergo a “study now, pay later, zero-interest” training program to become full-fledged commercial pilots with guaranteed employment with the airline.   Application period for the sixth batch of Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilots will run from February 15 to 24, 2019. Interested applicants may visit http://www.flyfta.com to apply for the program. Applications will open starting February 15, 2019 at 12:00noon.    The Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot Program is open to all Filipino citizens who are college graduates who are proficient in English. There are no preferred college degrees, and applicants need only have an average grade of at least 70% or its equivalent in subjects related to Math, Physics and English.    The program entails 52 weeks of week integrated flight training, theory and education at Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Australia. They will undergo learning modules, train in a flight simulator and then on to an actual aircraft. Successful candidates will receive Diplomas of Aviation for Commercial Pilot License – Aeroplane, Instrument Rating, and for Pilot in Command. They will also undergo an additional four weeks of training to obtain a Pilot’s License under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.    CEB cadet-pilots need not worry about expenses related to the flight training, as the airline will shoulder the costs first—including a stipend, and amortize the payment for the course while they are employed. The entire program will be financed by Cebu Pacific, and successful cadet-pilots who enter the CEB corps of pilots will reimburse the cost of the program through salary deduction over a maximum of ten years at zero-interest.    There is no application fee for the program. The application process begins with an online pre-screening. This is followed by an on-site screening for core skills and pilot aptitude tests, among other examinations where a fee of AU$425.00 (about PHP19,000) will be charged. FTA will screen and shortlist all the candidates. Cebu Pacific and FTA will then jointly select the final Cadet Pilots through a final interview and deliberation.    Fifty-eight CEB cadet-pilots are currently undergoing training at FTA in Adelaide, Australia. A fifth batch, comprised of 16 cadet-pilots, is currently undergoing final briefings and pre-departure training and will depart for FTA in April 2019. The five batches of cadet-pilots were selected from over 30,000 applicants who submitted applications online and went through the testing, screening and interview process.     For more information, visit http://www.flyfta.com/pilot-training/cebu-pacific-cadet-program. About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB)     Cebu Air Inc., operating as Cebu Pacific, is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline. CEB and subsidiary Cebgo fly to 36 domestic and 26 international destinations, with over 107 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.     The Cebu Pacific fleet is comprised of an Airbus A321NEO, 36 Airbus A320, seven (7) Airbus A321CEO, eight (8) Airbus A330, eight (8) ATR 72-500, and 12 ATR 72-600 aircraft. The ATR aircraft are used by Cebgo for inter-island flights where jet operations are not possible. CEB boasts of one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average fleet age of five (5) years.   Cebu Pacific has achieved full compliance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)—considered as the accreditation with the highest standards for safety in the airline industry, joining a roster of 429 airlines worldwide that have strictly complied with the most stringent of international standards governing aviation safety.    For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call the reservation hotlines +852-397-33800. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages. About Flight Training Adelaide (FTA)    Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) is a provider of world-class, customized aviation training solutions for the fixed wing and rotary wing industry. FTA is focused on producing future airline and helicopter captains, rather than simply training cadets to obtain a license.      FTA caters to sponsored cadets and self-funded students and offers a full range of services, including selection, ab initio and advanced training courses for airline and general aviation students.   Located at Parafield Airport in South Australia, FTA started operations in 1982 and over the years has had a number of corporate owners, including Hawker de Havilland and BAE SYSTEMS. In 2005, FTA was purchased by Hong Kong-based Young Brothers Aviation.

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3 groundbreaking Samsung Galaxy S10 devices |

March 18, 2019

The long wait is over for loyal Samsung users now that they’ve released not just one but THREE unbelievably astonishing flagship phones with the Samsung Galaxy S10 series!  With its improved features and ThePLAN’s larger-than-life data, Samsung and Globe are making all the stops to give every user the best digital lifestyle and experience.  If you’ve been lumbering about your old phone for the longest time and wondering how you can take your phone usage to the next level, read on so you can check your list before you make that big switch: 1. Bezel-less displays Most users like wider displays for that better viewing landscape. As such, that makes the S10+ the most likely perfect choice, being considered as the beast among the three with its curved, 6.4-inch display, while the S10 sits in the middle with its 6.1-inch display. For those with smaller hands, the S10e’s flat, 5.8-inch display screen may probably be a better option. All models are fitted with Dynamic AMOLED infinity displays with a compact bezel-less design that is among the industry’s highest when it comes to screen-to-body ratio (thanks to the punch hole-style notch for the camera). All three also support HDR10+ video formats perfect for watching your favorite videos. 2. Up to five cameras At the high end of the series, the Galaxy S10+ is equipped with astonishingly not just one or three, but five cameras in all! The three lenses at the back (two 12MP and one 16MP) give users the capability and ease of shooting wide shots, while the two at the front (10MP and 8MP) give selfie lovers a run for their money. Even though the S10 only has one 10MP selfie shooter, it has the same three rear cameras like its big brother. Shooting high-quality photos and HDR videos isn’t going to be a problem, even for the two rear cameras and single front camera of the smaller S10e but still, don’t underestimate this “baby” of the bunch. 3. More power, more storage The S10+, S10, and S10e are equipped with the latest Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 chipset which promises fast, uncompromised, and unbelievable processing power. Paired with at least 128GB of storage for the base models of the S10 family, you won’t have to worry about running out of space for your multimedia content right away. If that’s still not enough, Samsung was kind enough to fit in a micro SD card slot so you can add even more space. Whew! 4. Next-level experience.     The flagship of the Galaxy family features the best of the best tech advancements. It has fast under-display ultrasonic fingerprint reader, fast wireless charging, wireless power share, 10% more battery juice compared to the already-awesome S9, amazing stereo-quality speakers, and the standard IP68 waterproof and dust-proof body. Each one is installed with the latest Android 9.0 OS with One UI and comes in cool colors, too. Not to mention that it also has the self-learning “Bixby,” the virtual voice-powered assistant which allows you to focus on things in your life that matter most. Talk about upgrading to next-level experience with the Samsung S10 series! 5. Powered by Globe Postpaid     The Samsung Galaxy S10 family is the much-awaited mobile device fit for the loyal Samsung user who wants a trusty, advanced phone to accompany them on their big adventures. Such a device can only be powered with Globe Postpaid ThePLAN! Get the best digital experience from a reliable service provider that allows you to take control of your needs with larger-than-life data, plus FREE subscriptions to some of the most amazing content partners (Amazon Video and DisneyLife for 6 months and Spotify for 3 months). Bring home the any of the S10 devices with Globe Postpaid today -- S10e for only P2,399 (ThePLAN 1499 + P900/ month cashout), S10 for only P2,599 (ThePLAN 1499 + P1,100/month cashout), and S10 Plus for only P2,899 (ThePLAN 1499 + P1,400/month cashout)! Whichever model you choose to get, you’ll definitely be ready to take on your next great adventure with the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Globe Postpaid.      For more about the Samsung S10 from Globe, visit globe.com.ph/S10. Follow Globe on Facebook or Twitter.

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SWU Phinma breaks ground for SWU Villa

March 18, 2019

Southwestern University Phinma Dentistry students have a new home to look forward to.     School officials, faculty, the student council, and student body were all present at the SWU campus to commemorate the start of construction of the College of Dentistry’s new building. Set to be completed in April of 2020, the new building, is slated to be called “SWU Villa”. “This move is part of SWU’s “home improvement program”, as we like to think that our students consider SWU their “home”, and we hope to provide current and future students with the best facilities they need.” said SWU Chief Operating Officer Albert Gamboa. The seven-floor structure will contain pre-clinical and clinical areas, as well as administrative offices, faculty, conference, and discussion rooms, and rest areas for clinicians and students.   Eight clinics are planned, with a reception room for incoming patients, including three simulation rooms where SWU’s dentistry students can practice using their instruments before working on actual patients.  A ceramic dental laboratory and complete denture room, an autoclave room, a roentgenology laboratory and x-ray room, and a central stockroom to serve the laboratories and clinics, round out the facilities for The Villa. “The number of dentistry students enrolling is growing every year, and with the SWU Villa, the university will be able to accommodate more.” noted Gatieh Nacario, SWU’s Vice-President for Academics. The construction of The Villa is in line with SWU’s thrust to provide high-quality, hands-on learning experience for its serious and driven students. SWU officials foresee that with the new building and its facilities, the students’ learning experience within the university will be improved, and will help them achieve their goals of becoming world-class dentists.

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Grid projects until 2040 set through NGCP’s Transmission Development Plan

March 11, 2019

Recognizing the crucial need for reliable power to the economic development of the nation, NGCP again presented its annual Transmission Development Plan (TDP) (2019-2040) to map the company’s short term and long-term objectives in securing the Philippine transmission landscape.     The TDP is NGCP’s roadmap, updated annually, for the continuous expansion of the Philippine Grid, detailing all ongoing and future undertakings of the company, including all ERC-approved projects, affected areas, significant milestones, and expected completion dates.     As the System Operator, NGCP also oversees grid security and reliability, power quality, and power dispatching and scheduling. As such, NGCP designed the TDP to help identify and mitigate causes of power interruptions and transmission-related outages.     Among NGCP’s significant projects in the TDP are the Bataan Grid Reinforcement Project and the Western Luzon 500kV Backbone Project for Luzon, the Visayas Substation Reliability project and Cebu-Negros-Panay Interconnection Project in Visayas, and the Mindanao 230kV Backbone Project for Mindanao. Of course, NGCP is still committed to complete its Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project, which will see the realization of one Philippine grid in 2020.     “As the Philippine economy continues to grow, so must we in the power sector continue to develop our infrastructure in order to cater to an ever-expanding network. As NGCP is in a unique position to balance the supply and demand, the Transmission Development Plan is imperative in supporting the growth of the entire industry,” stated NGCP.     In order to continuously improve its transmission planning process, NGCP also holds public consultations for its TDP. This year’s public consultations were set in January and February for all three regions.     With the public consultations, NGCP hopes to hear ideas, suggestions, concerns, and ultimately integrate critical comments from its stakeholders in the energy industry, industries, businesses, and the public, in order to effectively carry out its strategies and implementation schemes in the TDP.     “Through our TDP, we can ensure that we have the necessary infrastructure to fulfill our vision of a strong, unified electricity transmission network that can meet the country’s increasing power needs until 2040—and beyond,” NGCP said.      NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately-owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s state-owned power grid, and is led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr.

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Trans Asia fields new vessel for CDO-Tagbilaran route

March 4, 2019

AS tribute to the loyal Boholanon and Cagayanon passengers, Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc. recently deployed a brand new vessel, M/V Trans-Asia 19, to serve the routes of Cebu-Tagbilaran-Cebu and Tagbilaran-Cagayan-Tagbilaran. M/V Trans-Asia 19, the first ever brand new vessel of the company is a ropax vessel with registered gross tonnage of 2,976 metric tons with a service speed of 14 knots. Built by Kegoya Dock Co., Ltd. in Kegoya, Japan, M/V Trans-Asia 19 is equipped with state-of-the-art modern equipment and advance safety features to include 2 ARPA radars, FURUNO Chart Plotter, FURUNO Automatic Identification System, Digital Echo Sounder with Shallow Water Alarm Facility, Global Positioning System, VHF Radio, MF/HF DSC Radio, Gyro Compass with 3 repeaters, Auto Pilot, Speed and Distance Indicator, Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System, Stewage Treatment Plant, Elevator, Sprinkler System and Ship Cargo Loading Calculator.  With accommodation choices from 2nd class non-aircon, Airconditioned reclining seats, Tourist, Tourist Deluxe and Private Rooms, M/V Trans-Asia 19 can accommodate 450 passengers.  Clinic Room, Information Counter and Starsy Shoppe convenience store are also available onboard.    Launching and inauguration of the new vessel is set to be done at Cagayan de Oro on March 2, 2019.    As the latest addition to the fleet, M/V Trans-Asia 19 is the 6th ropax vessel of the company and counting.     Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc. currently operates 6 ropax, 6 cargo vessels and 1 LCT; serving a total of 11 ports in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao area.True to its mission of improving island economies, the company envisions to increase its fleet and modernize vessel resources.    With Trans-Asia, At Home Ka Sa Biyahe! PR/PHOTO: MARK FRANCISCO

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SWU PHINMA Offers Free Tuition for Public School Grade 10 Completers

March 4, 2019

Southwestern University PHINMA is rolling out limited slots of 100% tuition and miscellaneous fees coverage for SHS students who are about to complete their grade 10 education in public high schools.     Reflecting the university’s goal for personal and community development, the 100% enrolment coverage applies to the following Senior High School Strands (SHS) strands: STEM, ABM, HUMMS, TVL, & GAS.     Successful enrolees of the grant are eligible for 100% free tuition and miscellaneous fees for grade 11 and grade 12. The grant will automatically be processed upon enrolment until slots are filled.     The scholarships and grants of the University are supplemental efforts of the school’s ongoing mission to create an environment where students can become the best that they can be.    For more info and updates on new and ongoing scholarship programs, visit the SWU PHINMA Facebook page at facebook.com/swuphinma or website at swu.edu.ph. About Southwestern University PHINMA    Southwestern University PHINMA, known as Southwestern University when it was founded in 1946, is recognized in the region as a leader in medicine, dentistry, and allied health programs. The university provides students practice-focused, relevant and hands-on learning so they become the best that they can be.    SWU PHINMA is part of PHINMA Education, the education arm of PHINMA Corporation with business interests in energy, hotels, housing, steel products and strategic consulting. It aims to serve the nation by providing accessible and high quality private school education to Filipinos nationwide. PHINMA Education currently operates a network of six (6) schools in the country including PHINMA Saint Jude College in Metro Manila acquired in December last year. It has also been operating a training center in Yangon, Myanmar since 2016.

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