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Hot music, cool people at PLDT Fibr launch

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PLDT EVP and Home Business head Ariel Fermin, DDB Group Philippines chair and CEO Gil Chua, PLDT president and CEO Napoleon Nazareno, and PLDT VP and Home Fibr broadband head Gary Dujali

JOHNNY Litton and Ryan Cayabyab

A night of fun with hot music and cool people happened recently at the launch of PLDT Home’s Fibr—said to be the most advanced broadband service because it uses fiber-optic cables that guarantee the fastest and most stable Internet connection.

The event, held at the Buddha Bar in Makati City, gathered hotshots from PLDT like the telecom company’s president and CEO Napoleon Nazareno; EVP and head of PLDT Home Business Ariel Fermin; VP and head of PLDT Home Fibr broadband Gary Dujali, among other officers.

International model/DJ Tenashar pumped up the crowd’s energy with the pulsating beats of her mixes.

Spotted among the guests was maestro Ryan Cayabyab, accompanied by his associate at Philpop Music Foundation, Patricia Bermudez-Hizon.

PLDT FIBR team:Maxine Parangan,Marizel Borromeo, Irwin de Guzman, Linette Garcia-Perez and Ruby Gonzales

Buddha Bar prepared an amazing spread of fine wine and gustatory delights. To add spice to the affair, a bartender concocted cocktail drinks relating to Fibr such as the “Login,” “The Blockbuster” and “Vodka Stream,” giving those who indulged an enjoyable high, palanggas.

Outside the packed bar, a sleek red Ferrari F430 was on display, symbolizing what Fibr stands for, as Dujali pointed out: “Fast speed and service to our growing number of subscribers in some of the most posh villages and venues in the country.”

Inside the Fibr lounge, there was an LED TV screen and Telpad—a tablet and landline in one—which demonstrated how Fibr’s ultra-fast broadband can change the way people use the Internet.

“This latest innovation strengthens our ‘connected home’ vision,” explained Fermin. “This new partnership with Cignal is proof of PLDT’s culture of innovation as we commit to provide Filipino families with only the best telecommunication and digital entertainment services.”

APA ONGPIN with wife Ana, and Tessa Prieto-Valde

Added Dujali: “PLDT Home’s Fibr not only delivers powerful, dedicated connection to homes, but also allows subscribers to watch blockbuster movies on Clickplay and watch their favorite local and international channels on Cignal Digital TV simultaneously.”

Fibr Cignal digital TV viewing offers clearer, crisper and sharper images with a range of 78 digital channels plus 19 in high-definition. You won’t regret it, dahlings.

Fibr is now available in over 600 subdivisions in key cities nationwide. (Call the Fibr hotline at 101-FIBR, or log on to pldthome.com/fibr.)

Microentrepreneur award

BANGKO Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor and CMA co-chair Amando Tetangco Jr. and Citi CCO Batara Sianturi

Some of the country’s hardworking and enterprising individuals will be chosen as the most outstanding microentrepreneurs, which was announced during ceremonies hosted by prestigious program partners Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Citi Philippines, and Microfinance Council of the Philippines Inc. (MCPI) at the Executive Business Lounge of the BSP, dahlings.

Funded by Citi Foundation, Citi’s Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) was introduced in 2002 and has awarded 86 deserving Filipinos, palanggas.

On its 11th year, the program remains committed to increasing awareness for microfinance and providing incentives to microentrepreneurs in the country.

BSP DEPUTY Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. and Antonino Alindogan Jr.

In his opening speech, BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., who is co-chair of CMA, said:  “In the 10 years of CMA, we have met many microentrepreneurs who lifted themselves from poverty, transformed into net savers in banks, and served as catalysts for development in their respective communities. As we launch the 2013 CMA, we will have inspiring stories of how access to collateral-free credit can be so empowering.”

Citi country officer for the Philippines Batara Sianturi said: “Through the years, Citi has shown strong support for microfinance and microenterprise development. We remain committed to doing our share in building a better future for the country.”

Après an excellent lunch, taking center stage was 2012 CMA national winner, Floraiwin Cainglet, who gave a moving testimonial on how much her life has improved and how her business grew to several other businesses with the help of CMA. Her speech received loud applause from the powerful men and women of the banking world as well as the guests, palanggas.

Style and relationships

Preview magazine’s 18th anniversary celebration was a success, as the HyvE was transformed into a wonderland for “Preview Best Dressed Ball 2013.”

KC CONCEPCION, Garie Concepcion, Cloie Syquia

The happening was a musical journey, dahlings, co-presented by CK Eyewear, Tresemmé and Tattoo, plus major sponsors Havaianas and Belvedere Vodka.

Preview also introduced a new twist to this year’s Best Dressed List. “Style is essentially a product of the relationships we build. It is on this premise that we’ve built this year’s Best Dressed List. After eight years of doing the same format, we’ve decided to shake things up a bit by celebrating the relationships that lead to being ‘Best Dressed,’” explained Preview editor in chief Pauline Juan.

Fashion flair

PREVIEW editor in chief Pauline Juan, Laureen Uy, Julia Barretto, Jessica Wilson

Where else would young ladies Betina, Selina and Juliana Ocampo get their looks and fashion flair but from mom Tina Maristela-Ocampo?

Fashion seems to be in the genes of this famille, and Tina is proud of her daughters. “The first time I saw Selina and Betina working together, I found it so cute, seeing them putting swatches and beadwork together,” she said.

For more info, visit StyleBible.ph online; fan page at www.facebook.com/preview.ph and at www.twitter.com/previewmag.


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