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The Underground River of Puerto Princesa

The Underground River of Puerto Princesa

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Lechon Festival

Lechon Festival

The Parada ng Lechon (roasted pig parade) is celebrated annually every 24th of June which is the same day for the feast day of San Juan (Saint John...

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Best Bars in Manila for Expats

Best Bars in Manila for Expats

The Best 10 Bars near Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila Many expats here in the Philippines are located in Metro Manila because of business...

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Breathtaking SECRET SPOT in DUMAGUETE - Philippines

 

We discovered this magical place in Dumaguete during our Negros Oriental trip. This is without a doubt the most beautiful waterfall we have ever seen! This is exactly we love living and travelling in the Philippines 😍

 

 

 


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Expatch Calendar Weekly Highlights

Tuesday, 20th August 2019

❀☆ Brand YOU: A Personal Branding Workshop

Time 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue Makati Diamond Residences
Description Why does a personal brand matter?

Identifying and living your personal brand is one of the sources of competitiveness in a transparent and interconnected world. It is more than a job title. More than selling yourself and attracting opportunities, it enables all individuals to live a life of meaning and purpose, one that serves and benefits others.

This one-day program aims to reinvent your direction through aligning your purpose with your actions and decisions. Through interactive exercises, each participant will be able to reflect and build their brand compass and blueprint and create action plans to communicate and deliver.

Join us in the personal brand laboratory. It's time to live with intention. It's time to reinvent yourself.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the one-day program, the participants will be able to live their personal brand specifically through:

  1. iDiscovering one's brand youniqueness
  2. Defining one's brand story and brand positioning
  3. Delivering the brand promise

Program Outline
  • Introductions and Centering Activity
  • Objectives, Journey, and Norms
  • Appreciating Personal Branding
  • Discover
    • Who am I?
    • My Strengths, values, and passion
    • My Goals
    • My Purpose
  • Define
    • Brand Blueprint - My Value Proposition - brand mission, description, and tagline
    • Differentiation
    • Signature Look, Style, Behavior
  • Deliver
    • Growing the brand
    • Collaboration
    • Brand Management
  • Summary and Integration
  • Closing Celebration: Living with purpose
Registration

PHP 8,500 ECCP Members
PHP 10,000 Non-Members
(includes coffee breaks, lunches, seminar materials and certificate of attendance)

No shows will be billed at full cost. Cancellations should be made at least 48 hours/two working days before the event.

Participants from outside Manila, requiring airfare and hotel bookings, should coordinate with ECCP for final confirmation of course schedule before booking. The ECCP shall not be responsible for charges incurred for changes in booking or flights.

For More Information
https://www.eccp.com/events/?id=559

For confirmations and more information, please contact
Ms. Nichole Raynera of ECCP at 845 1324 or email nichole.raynera@eccp.com

♡❀ General Membership Luncheon Meeting

Time 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Makati Shangri-La
Makati Avenue, corner Ayala
Ave, Makati, 1200 Metro
Manila
Makati, Philippines
Description Organizer
AmCham Philippines
Contact Organizer
+63 8187911

The Department of Trade and Industry targeted to move place in ranking in the World Bank's annual Doing Business survey to further boost the competitiveness of the country in terms of foreign direct investments. With this, DTI will present the updates on initiatives and policy reforms that may affect the business climate in the country.

Speakers
Hon. Ramon Lopez
Secretary at Department of Trade and Industry

For More Information
https://amchamphilippines.eventbank.com/event/general-membership-luncheon-meeting-15759/

Wednesday, 21st August 2019

❊ German Club: Skat, Jass and Schafk of Evening

Time 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue 118 V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description A regular occurrence in the club every Wednesday evening. Join in for a good round Skat, Schafkopf or Jass game. |

Phone: +63 2 817 3552 |
Email: germanclub@germanclub.ph |
Website: https://www.germanclub.ph/events/

Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Luncheon Meeting with BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero

Time 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue Isaree, Dusit Thani Manila
Description Seamless Trade for Sustainable Growth
Customs administration in the Philippines has long played a key role in trade facilitation, securing borders, combating illicit trade, among others. In recent years, however, this important element of state function is faced with challenges of burdensome and stringent procedures, and pervasive issues of illicit activities. The 2018 Logistics Performance Index of the World Bank ranked the Philippines low in the customs indicator, placing it at the bottom half of ASEAN economies. The ECCP welcomes the government’s efforts and commitment to root out corruption as it promotes transparency and encourages greater investor confidence.

To underscore this goal, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) recently launched its 10-point priority program to improve organizational efficiency, instill higher standards of professionalism and integrity, and strengthen institutional capabilities. It is in this context that the ECCP is organizing a Membership Luncheon Meeting with Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero where he is expected to share, among others, the latest efforts of the agency to achieve efficiency and transparency, the proposed joint administrative order on port congestion, Customs Memorandum Order No. 27-2019, post-clearance audits, the national and ASEAN single windows, and other plans and priorities of the bureau to enhance trade facilitation.

PARTNER WITH US
Experience the following partnership mileages with the Membership Luncheon Meeting:

BRAND VISIBILITY
MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
COMPLIMENTARY SEATS

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ms. Ruz Lim at ruz.lim@eccp.com or call (02) 845-1324

Registration
PHP 1,900
ECCP Members

PHP 3,000
Non-Members

** Full payment is required prior to or on the day of the event.
Unpaid attendees will not be granted access to the event.

** No shows will be billed at full cost.
Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the event.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Ms. Ruz Lim at ruz.lim@eccp.com or call (02) 845-1326.

https://www.eccp.com/events/?id=563

Friday, 23rd August 2019

Joining the Fight Against Counterfeiting

Time 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Gentry International School 5272 Claro M. Recto Highway, Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga, Philippines
Description Organizer
AmCham Philippines

Contact Organizer

+63 8187911

The Unreal Campaign is International Trademark Association (INTA's) consumer awareness initiative designed to educate young consumers (ages 14-23) about the importance of trademarks, brands, and the dangers of counterfeit products. The Campaign has successfully reached nearly 40,000 students directly since its launch in 2012.

With the help of 90+ INTA members, the Unreal Campaign Committee focuses on educating students through online and direct engagement initiatives in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

What happens when you buy counterfeit products? Patronizing counterfeiting and piracy deprives the rightful owners and designers the full benefits of their creativity. It means the loss of revenue to real businesses, the loss of jobs, and most importantly, deprivation of basic safety and security due to the fact that these products did not go through regulatory checks by legitimate government agencies. AmCham's IPR Committee held a series of campaign in Manila. The first one was with Asia Pacific College last April 12, 2018 with almost 100 APC students. The second one was held in Enderun Colleges last November 28, 2018. AmCham seeks to go around the Chapters of AmCham to further promote the campaign.

On August 22, the IPR Committee will bring the campaign to the newest member of AmCham in North Luzon- The Gentry International School. We have gathered speakers from the INTA UNREAL Campaign Committee and different corporate brand owners, who will discuss IP rights, the importance of protecting IP in the Philippine economy, and the adverse consequences of buying counterfeit products.

Speaker
Atty. Princess Lou Managuelod Ascalon
Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive at IBM Philippines and Asia Pacific Market Support

Katrina Doble
Junior Partner, Intellectual Property Department at Villaraza & Angangco

Bienvenido Marquez III
Partner at Quisumbing Torres

Divina Pastora Ilas-Panganiban
Partner at Quisumbing Torres

Regina Reyes-Rara
Managing Partner at MarksPro Philippines

For More Information
https://amchamphilippines.eventbank.com/event/joining-the-fight-against-counterfeiting-15638/

Wednesday, 28th August 2019

♔ Annual AmCham Mid-Year IT-BPM Updates and Trends

Time 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Venue Antonio Molina Hall BDO Corporate Center, 7899 Makati Ave Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Description Organizer

Organizer: AmCham Philippines
Phone: +63 8187911
Contact Person: Mc Bensal
Email: mc@amchamphilippines.com
With total revenues amounting to $24B in 2016 and a projected revenue of $50B by the year 2020, no wonder, the Philippines is considered to be a global BPO powerhouse challenging countries like India in dominating the business outsourcing services arena.

For the past two years however, the IT-BPM industry experienced moderation and plateauing after years of rapid boom. In a Moody's report, it is said that the BPO industry's growth is expected to slow down to a single-digit pace in the coming years - perhaps caused by changes and developments in national policies and other pending measures that might affect the business climate in the country.

The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines [AmCham] continuously support effective policies and programs of the government and the private sector that would induce greater investment in the IT-BPM industry. The Chamber has always believed in the potential of the IT-BPM investments as it plays a huge role in fueling the economy of the country.

In line with this, the Chamber's Information and Communications Technology committee is organizing its "Annual Mid-Year BPO Updates" with the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) President and CEO, Rey Untal, on August 28, 2019 at the BDO Corporate Tower, Makati City.

The event intends to gather government leaders, industry key stakeholders, BPO executives, and industry organizations to dialogue and discuss the developments, trends, new government policies, office space demands and other factors that would affect the future of the IT-BPM industry in the country.

Speaker
Rey Untal
President and CEO of IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines

Tickets
Members and Non-Members
This event is free for representatives of AmCham member companies and non-members. Please register in advance, however, to ensure your refreshments are accounted for.

Free

For More Detail
https://amchamphilippines.eventbank.com/event/annual-amcham-mid-year-it-bpm-updates-and-trends-15256/

BRIEFING ON BLOCKCHAINS, CRYPTOCURRENCIES, AND ITS APPLICATIONS TODAY

Time 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue AmCham Philippines 2/F Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo de Roxas cor. Gamboa St. Makati, Philippines
Description Cryptocurrency is one of the most controversial topics in the internet and in businesses today. What's interesting is that not many actually understand it and how it is used in modern financial transactions.

What's the difference between blockchain and cryptocurrency? How does it benefit today's generation and society? It doesn't matter whether you have prior knowledge to crypto or not. Join AmCham as we holistically discuss the technology's complexities and expound on its applications today.

TICKETS
MEMBERS FREE
STANDARD PRICE

NON-MEMBERS
₱500.-
STANDARD PRICE

₱500.-
DOOR PRICE

For non-member company representatives or additional guests of AmCham members. Please also select one of the following payment options:

Standard Price: ₱500
-For online payments through credit card or Paypal, with an additional tariff due to service charge. Ensures a quick entrance to the event.

Door Price: ₱500
-For on-site payments at the events. You may pay through credit card at the event without the additional charge. This will still require you to register before the event.

CONTACT US
If you have any questions please contact Mark Allen Rabago on markallen@amchamphilippines.com.

For More Information
https://amchamphilippines.eventbank.com/event/briefing-on-blockchains-cryptocurrencies-and-its-applications-today-15606/

♡ BRIEFING ON 30TH SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES

Time 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue Quest Plus Conference Center Clark Mimosa Drive, Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clark Freeport Zone, 2023 Pampanga, Philippines
Description SPEAKERS
RAMON SUZARA
President and Chief Operating Officer at Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee

TICKETS
CHAPTER MEMBERS
₱350.-
STANDARD PRICE

₱350.-
DOOR PRICE

Use this ticket if your company is a member of AmCham North Luzon or if you are a member's proxy.

Standard Price: ₱350
-For online payments through credit card or Paypal, with an additional tariff due to service charge. Ensures a quick entrance to the event.

Door Price: ₱350
-For on-site payments at the events. You may pay through credit card at the event without the additional charge. This will still require you to register before the event.

NON-MEMBERS
₱500.-
STANDARD PRICE

₱500.-
DOOR PRICE

For non-chapter members, please select one of the following payment options:

Standard Price: ₱500
-For online payments through credit card or Paypal, with an additional tariff due to service charge. Ensures a quick entrance to the event.

Door Price: ₱500
-For on-site payments at the events. You may pay through credit card at the event without the additional charge. This will still require you to register before the event.

CONTACT US
If you have any questions please contact Joan Sabroso on joan@amchamphilippines.com.

For More Information
https://amchamphilippines.eventbank.com/event/briefing-on-30th-southeast-asian-games-15457/

Fika: Networking for Dummies 2.0 Expanding Your Network

Time 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue Spaces World Plaza BGC
Description Are you ready to take your networking skills to the next level? Following the successful run of ECCP YPC's second Networking for Dummies Session, get ready to learn how to present your best self and up your networking game during events at Networking for Dummies 2.0

Join Mr. Lars Wittig, Country Manager Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, S. Korea and Vice President of Sales - ASEAN, Taiwan, and South Korea of Regus & Spaces by IWG and Ms. Catherine Ocariz, Managing Director of SQFT Global Properties Philippines Inc., as they walk you through networking strategies, tips, and tricks. The workshop will be followed by a networking session where you can put your new learning into action.

MENTORS

Ms. Catherine Ocariz
Managing Director
SQFT Global Properties
Born and raised in 3 different countries, has had 3 different professions and held key positions in 3 different international organizations, Catherine proves to be a multi-hyphenated woman that will surely pique one’s interest.

She is a consultant in various training firms handling corporate training corporate training accounts across different fields. With her multicultural background, Catherine was certified to be an Advanced Cultural Intelligence Certified Facilitator with the Cultural Intelligence Center in Kuala Lumpur in 2015, one of only around 70 certified globally who are out on a mission to educate the world with this capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts including national, ethnic, organizational, generational and many others.

Driven by nature, passionate and versatile, Catherine has had a wide experience professionally in business strategy development across different fields in her years with multinationals Citibank and Accenture. She has also gained a strong background in sales and marketing locally with various professional training firms and with the country’s top real estate developer, AyalaLand Inc.

From 2012, Catherine has been gaining traction in the Real Estate Industry in the Philippines as she tries to revolutionize the old ways of dealing with local realty using her extensive marketing background and networks. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker establishing her own brokerage firm Guanxi Real Estate then moving on to become Philippine’s Managing Director for SQFT Global Properties, the exclusive affiliate of Singapore Christie’s International Real Estate.

Mr. Lars Wittig
Country Manager Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam,
Cambodia, S. Korea
VP Sales ASEAN, Taiwan, S. Korea
Regus & Spaces by IWG
As Country Manager for the Philippines, Lars has managed an expansion from 4 to nearly 30 business centres since year 2012, including the first business locations outside Metro Manila with centres in Cebu, Davao, and Clark.

Lars first moved to the Philippines in 1992, where he has worked for the Coca-Cola Co. as Marketing Director, Dole Packaged Foods as Marketing Manager Asia, and EAC Philip Morris distribution. Throughout the Philippines, Lars has first-hand experience driving business in over 100 cities and municipalities with focus on business development, sales, marketing and distribution.

In the recently released annual report for 2018 by IWG Plc., Philippines was highlighted as one of 4 markets globally with the most significant mature revenue and profit growth. Regus was awarded best Employer Brand in the Philippines in 2018. In 2017, Regus Philippines was also among the most awarded markets globally within IWG Plc. Lars was awarded Asia CEO Expatriate Executive of the Year 2014. Within IWG Plc., Lars was awarded Best Performer / CEO of the year in APAC for his results in 2013.

Lars serves as a Director on the Board of the European Chamber of Commerce Philippines (ECCP) and is active with most foreign chambers as well as the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), Makati Business Club, and several NGOs.

Lars is regularly cited in business newspapers and trade magazines, along with his frequent appearances as a speaker in various fora, as well as on TV, incl. Bloomberg, CNN, Fox5, ANC, etc.

Regus & SPACES by IWG is the largest provider in the world of Flexible Workspace as a Service with 2,500,000 members in over 3300 locations in 120 countries.

Ticket Prices
YPC Members Php 500
Non-Member Php 1,000

For more information about sponsorship opportunities,
please contact Ms. Mica Aragon at mica.aragon@eccp.com or call (02) 845-1326

https://www.eccp.com/events/?id=565

❊ German Club: Skat, Jass and Schafkopf Evening

Time 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue 118 V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description A regular occurrence in the club every Wednesday evening. Join in for a good round Skat, Schafkopf or Jass game. |

Phone: +63 2 817 3552 |
Email: germanclub@germanclub.ph |
Website: https://www.germanclub.ph/events/
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