North Korea vs US — Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

News about North Korea and the attack in Hawaii seems like a boxing match teaser?  Watch out for real bout.  Let’s get ready to rumble!!!

BO View

Change has really come to America.   Although I have nothing against it, many were seemed surprise when President Obama sits with the ladies on a daytime talk show — The View.

Better to view it yourself …

The critics has their point but Obama also. He has all the right to do what he thinks is right.  It’s just that many viewers, especially conservatives and politicians felt awkward and tend to think that this move is uncalled for.  In the contrary, some saw his human side and felt good seeing him reach out in a non traditional manner.  Such is uncommon for a dignified President and known as the most powerful man in the planet.  It shows that he is not that criticism conscious.

BO is the same as anybody else so he cannot please everybody either.  That’s what it is in weeks or months… You win some you loose some.

Come to think of it.  In the end, this will be  forgotten.  What people will remember is his contribution for the well being of his countrymen, his nation and the world… not his views.   I am not an BO die hard.  I am just being objective about this matter as the famous saying goes, …”those who have no sin should cast the first stone.”

Image is excerpt from Google

iDesign

I do have a background in a reputable Advertising Agency in Makati Philippines and in other offices/organization doing all sorts of Artworks, publication and backdrops.  Before I entered commodity trading, I was still doing all around artist’s task before I was elevated to Supervisor for General and Corporate Services.  Simultaneously, I do voluntary work for a church.

I even have had a chance to exhibit one of my painting in Baguio Arts festival through Cultural Center of the Philippines, simultaneous with my task as project coordinator for Visual Arts department and Production Design.  That was long time ago.  Unfortunately, most of my work samples and photos were destroyed due to floods and storm that hit my parent’s house (to where I previously reside).  But somehow, I was able to salvage some.  Though not my best works, below are some…

TV Commercial Story Boards

No photo or video on my file but I was able to produce approved Story Boards for 2 TV Commercials, 1 is for Bank Network’s ATM cards and 1 for a teaser commercial for Life Insurance.  Others, I was just part of the team

Graphic Visual Design

No photo on my file but I was able to produce a number of Print and Classified  Advertisement in my early years in an Advertising Agency and as an inhouse Artist for a corporate firms.  Others:  Calendars, Brochures, Newsletters, Company Profile, Calling Card designs, Point of Purchase Materials, T-shirt designs, etc.  In some instance, I was even task to support exhibit, trade shows, Marketing and company events.  Later I even supervise office renovations and did many of the technical lay-outs.

Brochure:

(there were a number of them but I only save a couple)

Newsletter

I don’t just design, I even wrote some of the articles both for my company and I did some voluntary works.  Most of the time, I conceptualize the idea.

I do have seminar certificate given Business Digest

Big Poster Type for Window Display (Mix Media mostly out of styrofoam cut-outs).  I did below for a firm in Makati Philippines to fund my projects for ICWL:

Posters/Banners:

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There are so many artworks done but was lost due to flood

Backdrops/Stage Designs. I was able to produce large lively stage designs for my company in the past (concert type, realistic country/nature type, Party inspired, Marketing Kick-offs, etc.).  My apology, I have no photos and to show as they were also destroyed by flood).  What was remaining are mostly from what I did for our community/Church:

Suppose to be, there’s more.

Video Presentation/Powerpoint. Previously, I facilitate for powerpoint and corporate presentations and tributes.  All I can show now are some…

There’s more…

I also do Business Plan, Consultancy work and Video Presentation.  Samples are available upon request.

I can assist or do more art/office work for you.  You can reach me through denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Awesome Archipelago

If picture paints a thousand words, Philippines is beyond you can imagine…




These are just tip of the iceberg.  Visit Philippines and see to believe.

Philippines is so rich in tourist destination and natural resources.  Sad to say, its people only need capital support.  You may inquire at denissalvatierra2yahoo.com for details.

Singapore is Remarkable!

It’s been a long time since I visited Singapore but my photographs still has its life of its own till to this day.  One of my favorite place I visited is Republic Plaza  and/or the whole Raffles Place.  I could not forget when I personally enter the building and visited some of its high tech offices.  I am also marbled of its architecture… “an awesome tower of power.”  It was just one of the famous buildings in Singapore yet still is my favorite.  Top to bottom, I like it!  If given the chance and be invited by Republic Plaza management or by any of Singapore Tourism Agencies,  I will be more than glad to document its Singapore’s awesome sights and wonders through my widely read and viewed blogs.  Let me show you how I captured and framed some of Singapore’s best…

These are just some.  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

More to be posted soon!

Moringa Brought Good Tidings

Excerpt Article.

Source:  http://www.bicolmail.com/issue/2010/jun24/xgood.html

Malunggay (Moringa) brings good tidings to a family in Naga (Philippines)

By Juan Escandor Jr.

NAGA CITY—Liza Ordas could not forget the slightly bitter taste of a glass of green malunggay (Moringa oeifera) juice their mother would force them to drink at least twice a week when she was just a child.

Now a 40-year-old married mother of two, Ordas claimed the regular doses of malunggay juice she intakes has worked wonders on her health pointing out that never in her lifetime was she ever afflicted with serious illness as far as she remembers.

Ordas’ mother, a native of Tarlac, possesses the folk knowledge that malunggay is very nutritious with medicinal properties which Ilocanos embraced in their cuisine sans coconut milk, as it is prepared here in Bicol, she said.

“The Ilocanos mix malunggay leaves, flowers and young pods in their pakbet, bulanglang and other dishes and the old folks chew and ingest matured seeds to remedy pain and infection,” Ordas claimed.

She said her mother explained that since the leaves are hard to digest she devised a way of extracting the juice by boiling them, then strained and served to them in tall glasses as green liquid.

Malunggay, aside from being considered poor man’s vegetable, is a butt of joke in the locality because its leaves are considered to be indigestible one, remaining intact even after going through the human digestive process.

But in countless researches, Moringa had been acknowledged to possess nutritional value, antioxidant, anti-aging compounds and many more which prompted the World Health Organization to utilize it as cheap health supplement in poverty stricken countries, especially in Africa where it also grows in abundance.

Ordas said she searched far and wide, so to speak, about the Moringa and its products in available reading materials and the internet because she was confident she can make whatever business opportunity awaits her besides providing their family regular supplement to enhance their w ell-being.

The determination to make Moringa work in her favor was non-negotiable as the internet café business was waning and she could not bear to see her capital just in time.

She gathered more information by talking to health experts and met and chatted with a German doctor named Uwe Mueller at moringanews.com about the subject which greatly enhanced his appreciation of the benefits of Moringa. She said Mueller came over here to further promote the benefits of the ‘wonder plant’ as food supplement sometime in 2008.

Ordas, a graduate of Biology and Anthropology courses at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City in 1992, discovered that most of the Moringa products she learned from the internet were from India but she noted the products were so limited which made her optimistic that many more could be developed given its properties.

After about three months researching about Moringa, she and her husband Bimboy sold their internet café business and embarked on the production of capsules from dried powder, and experimented on it by making her family the ‘guinea pigs.’

“In the first weeks, we experienced discharging oily compounds which I later confirmed as one of the cleansing effects of malunggay in our bodies by flashing out fats and toxins from our systems,” Ordas said.

She said the malunggay capsules also cleansed her husband of kidney stones and relieved her mother of hypertension and vertigo by regularly taking them thrice a day.

Ordas said her enthusiasm towards developing products from Moringa was so overwhelming after experiencing first hand its health benefits so that there were times she has to get up in the middle of the night just to take down notes that kept on popping in her head.

“I had ideas and concepts inside my head how to process and extract products from malunggay that I wrote down in details which became the prototype of what I am manufacturing now,” she enthused.

Ordas recalled they closed down their internet café in 2007 to concentrate in producing Moringa products which demand started to grow upon participation in trade fairs of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and through direct selling.

“We started commercial production of Moringa capsules in small volume as order came in one at a time which grew over time prompting my husband to approach a childhood friend to pitch in so that we can expand our production because the capital we have from the sale of the internet café could not fund,” she narrated.

Ordas revealed Bimboy shared to his childhood friend all the trade secrets in producing Moringa capsules when they made a partnership agreement that she said never took off.

She said after a month or so her husband’s childhood friend withdrew his investment by reasoning that he lost interest in Moringa and wanted to concentrate in some other business venture.

To their dismay, Ordas and Bimboy discovered later, after her husband’s childhood friend’s withdrawal from their business venture that their supposed partner had already gone solo in producing his own Moringa capsules.

“He (husband’s childhood friend) copied everything from the procedures to product package which really hurt me. But instead of being discouraged by the thought of facing an unfair competition, I was driven further to develop other products aside from Moringa capsules,” she said.

With renewed determination to beat the odds, they put-up their own factory in their yard in Calauag, Naga City and poured in all the money they had and braced to make new products that were already in Ordas’ drawing board.

“It was a painful lesson (partnership with her husband’s friend) I had to learn but I am confident nobody else but me has the idea of the other products that I am going to make. We resorted to borrowing from our friends to continue our venture until it started to thrive,” she said.

Ordas registered her business venture at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) under Ordas Kalungay (Bicol word for malunggay) Depot which finally formalized their entry into the manufacturing industry.

She said the DTI has helped them develop their systems from labeling, packaging to marketing with the help of her husband who designed the product presentation.

Ordas explored all avenues to market her products through the internet as her Australian friend gave her free website hosting with the domain name http://www.kalungaydepot.com aside from posting her Moringa products in e-commerce sites like alibaba.com and sulit.com.ph.

With orders and inquiries about her products streamed in from the internet, she decided to transform her enterprise into a family corporation and registered it with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as Moringa Green Health International Corp.

Ordas said she is fortunate she has friends who lent her additional capital with very low interest rates which enabled her to expand her factory, upgrade her equipment and better package her products. She was also granted P600,000 worth of packaging equipment by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

She said marketing opportunities has come her way now as she was able to sign an agreement with a Korean buyer who initiated wider product exposure in leading newspapers and magazines in Korea and Japan.

Acquiring the green light this year from Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of her production process and products, Ordas’ Moringa business that now sells by-products like soap, wine, juice, tea and oil, aside from the capsules, are making inroads into the local and international markets, after only three years in business.

At present, Ordas’ family-run and operated business can produce in a day 500 capsules, 500 bottles of 15 ml Moringa green oil, 100 bars of soap, 100 bottles of wine, 200 bottles of concentrated Moringa juice and 20 kilos of tea upon order.

Cavendish Banana is Food, Jobs and sure ROI

Can’t image life without Banana.  Can you?

This tropical fruit is so ordinary, yet many people can’t live without it.

Size of cavendish bananas range from around 15–25 cm in length and are one of Philippine’s top export products.  It has its uses either for direct human consumption or industrial ingredients/use.  It can be found in many recipes and are used in baking,  fruit salads, wine making, and so fort and so on.  Bananas can be ripen naturally or through a process as practiced by importers.   Unlike common bananas, it is quite bigger in size.

As sort of a trivia, Cavendish Bananas are named in honour of William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire.  Who acquired an early specimen, and from whose hothouses the cultivars were developed for commercial exploitation worldwide.  Source: Wikipedia

Unknown to many, this is more than a delicious food or ingredients.  This is multi-million Dollar export business.  Cavendish Bananas are offered for export in various weight packing:  18kg, 13.5kg, 7.2kg and 4.7kg (or depends on customer’s preference).  Minimum order is commonly 1-2  40ft Reefer Container, shipped by a cargo vessels.  One of our biggest buyers are Iran and other Middle East countries.  They mostly buy on a weekly basis or 1 year contract.

We seek Joint Venture/Investor Partner.  Our credible Business Plan is available upon request at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Believe me, Cavendish Banana is sure ROI at a short period of time.

Rice Up Philippines

Photo taken at Nueva Ecija rice field

Banayo Assures Stability in Rice Supply as Lean Months Starts

Excerpt from Department of Agriculture Philippines website…

National Food Authority administrator Angelito T. Banayo assures the country has a stable rice supply as the lean months sets in citing NFA’s intensive palay buying during the summer harvest among the factors that contribute in attaining supply stability.

Traditionally called the lean months, from July to September are the period when farmers grow palay and production are at its lowest.

As of the first week of July, the NFA he said has some 40.7 million bags of rice or 2 million metric tons (MMT) which will be sufficient for the next ten months based on the agency’s average daily rice sales of 110,355 bags.

The agency’s rice inventory is also capable of sustaining the country’s food security rice requirement for 56 days based on the country’s daily requirement of 36,300 metric tons (MT).

“NFA stock inventory at present is almost double the required 30-day food security buffer at the start of lean months,” according to Banayo.

He also noted that the NFA rice inventory accounts for 59 percent of the 3.4 MMT total industry stocks. Household stocks with 972,700 MT accounts for 28 percent and commercial stocks at 460,200 MT representing the 13 percent balance.

The rice supply aberration in 2008 and the threat of El Nino this year has prompted the NFA to implement several strategies to improve its grains inventory that include increasing its domestic palay procurement.

In the last three months when the effect of El Nino was at its worst Banayo noted the NFA was even able to buy palay at a volume that was 253 percent higher than its target.

In April and May, NFA’s actual volume of palay procured were 1.7 and 1.2 million bags as against its target of 696,900 and 504,900 bags respectively.

In June when there was minimal spill over of the summer harvest, NFA maximized its buying operation and bought a total of 387,014 bags of palay as against the 138,500 bags target.

He also noted that in spite of the possible effects of El Nino on the country’s palay production, NFA is targeting to buy 12.25 million bags this year.

The bulk of procurement is expected to peak during the main harvest starting October further ensuring stability in supply while providing marketing assistance to farmers.

For more information on NFA programs, please send inquiries via NFA mobile number 0917-6210927.###(DA-NFA)

… Please read as well my article “The Korean Way” (related — also in this blog)

No Ordinary T-shirt Design

Below are the choices…

(ILONGO is also available)

(Pampangueno is also available)

You may inquire at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com for details

Other Designs

(back print)

There’s more!

Mel Gibson Dead? …Rumor

Mel Gibson died… not in real life, but in the movie Brave Hearth.  The news over the internet about his death is plain and simple bad media publicity — a rumor.

Mel Gibson is the actor-director behind one of the most compelling movie of all time:  Passion of Christ, Brave Heart, Lethal Weapon series, Tequila Sunrise, The Edge of Darkness, and many more!

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