Thursday, March 15, 2018

The 11th season of the SM-NBTC (National Basketball Training Center) League is set for another exciting weeklong ball game as 32 high school basketball  teams compete from March 18 to 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Basketball teams, including the champion teams from various leagues nationwide, as well as teams from the Filipino communities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and USA, are all fighting for the title this season.

The League's Format

The tournament is patterned after the NCAA tournament in the US. The international and the wild card teams will battle those from Bataan, Bacolod, Ormoc, Dumaguete, Pagadian, Dagupan, and San Fernando in the seeding round on March 18. Results will determine the final seeding, after which, the teams will play against each other based on ranking. The day-to-day winning teams will advance to the next round while the losing teams will have another chance at the Division Two competition.

The Division One and Two championships, plus the all-star game, will take place on March 23.

Kai Sotto, the towering center of the Ateneo Blue Eaglet who topped the eight-week Chooks To Go NBTC 24 High School Player Rankings, will lead the line-up together with  top players from La Salle Greenhills Joel Cagulangan, Ateneo de Manila's SJ Belangel and Dave Ildefonso, and Mapua's Will Gozum.

Participating Schools

Ateneo de Manila University - Quezon City
La Salle Greenhills - Mandaluyong
University of the Visayas - Cebu
Chiang Kai Shek College - Manila
National University - Manila
Malayan University - Manila
Sacred Heart School Ateneo de Cebu - Cebu
San Beda University - Manila
Durham Crossover - Canada
AusPinoy - Australia
FilAm Sports - USA
New Zealand - Camp David
San Sebastian College Recoletos - Manila
Colegio de San Juan de Letran - Balanga, Bataan
St. Benilde International School - Calamba
Lyceum of the Philippines - Cavite
De La Salle Lipa - Batangas
Jesus the Loving Shepherd Christian College - Naga
Hercor College - Roxas
Bacolod Tay Tung High School - Bacolod
St. Louis School Don Bosco - Dumaguete
New Ormoc City High School - Ormoc
Assumption Montessori School - Cagayan de Oro
Saint Columban College - Pagadian
Notre Dame of Midsayap - Cotabato
Assumption College - Davao

During the media conference, SM-NBTC Founder Eric Altamirano said, "Every year that we have been organizing the tournament, we have refined it to what it is now - a premier showcase for high school basketball. We have seen it grow from an initial few cities to over 70 cities all over the country. It has also become a springboard for Fil-foreign teams to showcase their players who might want to study in the Philippines or play for the various national teams."

The SM-NBTC League National Finals is presented by Exped Charcoal Socks. This season's co-presenters are Darlington, Freego, and Chooks To Go, together with Cherifer, Petron, and Vivo as major sponsors. Also in support are Hino, Akari, Oishi, Gerry's Grill, and Molten.

Tickets are on sale at Mall of Asia Arena for P20. 

Stylish and functional furnishing is now the trend. Homes and offices are going back to a look that is basic and simple and yet not boring. BOOGI, a design-forward concept store brings to the Philippines selected European premium pieces that are interestingly innovative and celebrities are sharing on their social media accounts their top picks from the BIG BOOGI SALE.

From the huge family of artists that are the Pangilinans and Valencianos,  Kara Pangilinan, the ink artist owner of Details Ink, fell in love with   the Bisley multi-drawer and was so ecstatic that she got to do the flamingo design.

According to Paolo Valenciano, “Lighting is so important to me, I feel that when I’m sad, I need a certain kind of lighting. When I’m happy, I need the lighting sort of facing to me." The Luceplan Compendium LED Floor Lamp is in his wish list.

Sam Godinez-Valenciano and baby Leia love the ACTIU badminton chair. Looks like the toddler is more delighted? Sam said it looks like a Vader chair.

Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano recommends the BOOGI furniture to those who can afford good ergonomic pieces. "I have scoliosis and their chairs have eased by back woes!" (I can relate to that! S-curve scolio here. #RoselleWrites) 

Designer Bambi MaƱosa, chef and artist Claude Tayag, and respected journalist Ces Drilon also shared their BOOGI pieces.

"Happiness is hanging inside a Cacoon! I can imagine hanging this from my parents Acacia tree!" 
- Bambi Manosa

"I got my Christmas wish granted early this year when I fell in love and took home the Actiu Mobility desk from BOOGI to help me with my large-scale watercolor painting! With the touch of a button, its height can be adjusted, making it perfect for the work on hand. For 2018, my Christmas Wish from BOOGI would be this Compendium Suspension Lamp, the perfect partner to my new height-adjustable desk. I can choose at what height to suspend it and between direct downward or indirect upward mood lighting, adjust with ease by rotating the reflector." - Claude Tayag

"On the menu tomorrow: kale! Planted in these cool planters from @boogiph" - Ces Drilon

Team Pangilinan crowns the list. The celebrity family known to pursue different passions and activities, known ambassadors of productive lifestyles, have their own favorites.

Padre de familia Anthony Pangilinan shares his joy of finding a height adjustable desk that helps optimize his energy and encourages good posture and more dynamic movement as he does desk work.

Enter the family schedule orchestrator - she keeps the family in rhythmic flow and makes sure things are organized. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan hams it up with her favorite – the classic Filing Cabinet from British brand Bisley.
Sisters Ella and Hannah show off the duo of talent they are, as they express diverse interests with their choices. Activewear designer, Ella, shows she has a green thumb and plans to start her own indoor herb garden.

Hannah shows that she got it from her momma as she exhibits her fancy for colorful multi-drawers from Bisley.

Teen heartthrob Donny shows that despite his hectic schedule, family bonding is priority. What a sweet bonding moment with Solana!

Get on board in the movement to get purposeful design pieces that spark joy. The BIG BOOGI SALE is on! Stocks are limited. Visit BOOGI showrooms in Makati at 830 Arnaiz Avenue and at the3/F of LRI Design Plaza in Nicanor Garcia for these innovative designer items. To know more about the products, follow BOOGI on Instagram and Facebook at boogiph.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, recognizes the success of Filipina entrepreneurs in the Philippines during this celebration of National Women's Month. 

According to the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE) 2018, opportunities for women to succeed in the Philippines are abound. The country ranks first in Women’s Advancement Outcomes with strong female representation in business leaders, and an equal inclination for both men and women to engage in entrepreneurial activity. In fact, the Philippines is one of only three countries worldwide where the number of established business owners among women is higher than that of men.

This growth in the number of female business leaders and entrepreneurs in the Philippines is mirrored in the growing e-commerce scene, as more women opt to start their own businesses online. In 2017, Shopee saw a 158% increase in the number of female sellers on boarded compared to 2016. Of the female sellers on boarded last year, 50% are Preferred Sellers - a title given to sellers who have attained commendable shop ratings and have displayed excellent customer service.

“We are proud to recognize and celebrate the success of Filipina entrepreneurs who have displayed outstanding business acumen and strength of character. Shopee remains committed to supporting local entrepreneurs in the Philippines, and we look forward to seeing more women take the step towards entrepreneurship by building their businesses online,” Agatha Soh, Head of Regional Marketing of Shopee.

In celebration of Filipina entrepreneurs in the month of March, Shopee presents the stories of 3 inspiring women who chose e-commerce as a way to delve into entrepreneurship and build a successful career.

Rhea Kristine Dumo

(Martipaps Gift Shop -

For Shopee seller Rhea Kristine Dumo, a small capital did not deter her from starting an online business. With just P2,000, Dumo started her online store and managed the business on her own - from sourcing products, to coordinating with buyers and packing orders - all while taking care of her daughter as a stay-at-home mom. By selling a variety of toys and gifts for children, Dumo was able to buy her own house at the age of 28, and more importantly, spend more time with her daughter. “That’s one thing that money can’t buy but Shopee can give - freedom to manage my own time.” said Dumo. Rhea now employs five full-time employees and two part-time student employees to manage Martipaps Gift Shop.

Arcel Monnnette Mangubat

(Arcelmangubat -

25-year-old Arcel Monnette Mangubat chose to sell online as a way for her to pay for her wedding, start a family and attain long-term financial stability. As a first-time entrepreneur, Mangubat chose to start her business selling women’s apparel on an e-commerce platform in order to reach a greater number of customers and easily scale up her business. “The convenience and security provided by Shopee, along with its large customer base, allowed us to grow the business and eventually buy a motorcycle, build a house, and fund our wedding. We are very thankful for Shopee,” said Mangubat.

Melanie Sta. Maria

(Makeupholics -

Owner of the Shopee shop Makeupholics, Melanie Sta. Maria, witnessed key improvements in her business since she joining the platform in 2015. Already an established seller on other online platforms, Melanie joined Shopee to take advantage of the in-app logistics system to easily manage her inventories and marketing campaigns. With around 1,200 orders per month, Melanie successfully grew her business and was able to comfortably provide for her family. “Not only has Shopee provided me with a secure platform to grow my business, it has also helped me achieve my dream of purchasing a car for my family.” Sta. Maria shared. 

Download the Shopee app for free on Google Play and App Store.

To learn more about Shopee,  visit

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Securing a Certified True Copy of your property title is easier and more convenient. 99 percent of the Registry of Deeds offices are now online. The Land Registration Authority launched its Anywhere-to-Anywhere (A2A) online program back in 2012. The online shift allows title holders the faculty of requesting for their Certified True Copy (CTC) titles by visiting the Registry of Deeds office nearest to them, filling up a form, and claiming it on the same branch after it has been processed.

For easier applications, the LRA has continually worked on expanding its online reach by establishing satellite offices all over the country. Out of the 164 registry offices scattered nationwide, 159 offices are already computerized and ready to provide A2A services.

The launch of A2A follows the heels of LRA’s Online Tracking System (LOTS) which lets title holders check the status of their transactions. The digital service, which can be accessed through the department’s website, sets the pace on the online expansion of LRA’s other services. In the pipeline are other digital projects like the LRA Aksyon Agad Center, e-Title service, Parcel Verification Service, Lot Location Service, Title Trace Back Service, and Geo-Spatial services. 

Currently, the LRA is focused on improving their A2A project by expanding their reach nationwide. The ultimate objective is to incapacitate every land owners and those property buyers for the first time to process easy and convenient registration transaction anywhere in the 7,107 islands in the Philippines. 

To know more about the Anywhere-to-Anywhere Program and how to get your Certified True Copy (CTC) in 3 easy steps, check out my article

For more information about A2A and other digital services of the Land Registration Authority, visit

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