Smart, Wikimedia Foundation launch WIKIPEDIA ZERO in PH

Wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) announced a new partnership today with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Part of the global Wikipedia Zero program, the collaboration will give Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular’s 68.9 million customers unlimited access to Wikipedia, free of data charges from their mobile device.

“We have always looked for and promoted ways to use technology and mobile communications to drive learning and consequently, development. Wikipedia Zero is relevant in a country where access to both computer terminals and Internet connectivity is still relatively low, but where almost everyone owns a cellphone. We are excited to bring Wikipedia Zero to the country and help create a way to make learning more accessible to millions of Filipinos,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.
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ADB-Canada Assures that PH Hotels Ready for Global Market

Philippine hotels and resorts in key island destinations are ready to compete in the global marketplace, according to the initial findings of a team of International Accommodation Assessors (IAAs) who joined the Department of Tourism (DOT) in conducting a national review of accommodation standards last month.

The team of IAAs composed of ten experts from different countries said Philippine hotels and resorts including the small players have ‘very high standards’ in keeping the unique Filipino hospitality, one of the country’s competitive advantages.

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Global Pinoy Bazaar, Championing Filipino Entrepreneurialism since 2007

For eight years running, the Global Pinoy Bazaar has been successfully championing the excellence of proudly Filipino brands, proving that we can compete with big international labels. The flagship project of Yabang Pinoy has built a community where business owners focus on craftsmanship and consumers expect loyalty.

In the 10th Global Pinoy Bazaar on 22-24 August 2014, Yabang Pinoy moves to the World Trade Center, a venue three times larger, to showcase the breadth of Filipino entrepreneurialism. The lineup features almost two hundred local brands and business concepts, from loyal merchants to budding startups, in art, design, music, travel, technology, home, fashion, and food and beverage.

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DOT, IA join Alliance Francaise de Manille in Fete de la Musique 2014

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agency, the Intramuros Administration (IA), join hands with Alliance Francaise de Manille (AFM) in presenting the 20th edition of Fete de la Musique this year.

One of the most celebrated cultural events in the world, Fete de la Musique is slated to mark its second decade of festivity on 21 June 2014 (Saturday) from 3:30PM onwards, with free live music and cultural events simultaneously happening at A-Venue Mall Open Parking and Greenbelt 3 Park in Makati, and at the Maestranza Plaza in Intramuros, Manila. There will also be a kick-off party on 20 June 2014 (Friday) from 8PM onwards to be held at Baluarte de San Diego, Intramuros, featuring French, Filipino, and Indian artists such as DJ M.MAT, SinIndia, Caliph 8, and Kate Torralba. The Fete de la Musique’s 20th edition will also mark the four-year partnership and collaboration of AFM with B-Side Productions in handling the festival program and logistics.
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