52 of the 2019 SM scholar graduates bring home plum


By Rose de la Cruz


Exactly 52 of the 270 college graduates of SM Foundation’s scholarship program are bringing home honors and pricey plums as they march during the mass graduation to be held by the foundation on June 26 at SMX Convention Center.


Of these hardworking scholars—all of whom were plucked from indigent and marginalized families—2 are sum cum laude; 15 magna cum laude; 31 cum laude and 4 with academic distinction.


The foundation pays for the plane fares and billets the scholars with no relatives in Metro Manila to ensure their attendance to the…

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 SM Foundation’s schoolbuilding donation will build relationships


By Rose de la Cruz


The Department of Education School’s superintendent of Balanga noted that the 2-storey, 4-classoom well-furnished schoolbuilding donated by SM Foundation to the historic Balanga Elementary School is not just a building to enhance the learning experience of its beneficiaries but would surely foster relationships.


Thus said Dr. Carolina Violeta, OIC Schools Division Superintendent, DepEd, Balanga City, in her speech accepting the schoolbuilding donated by SM Prime through SM Foundation, when she said that the beautiful edifice would not just create a conducive learning experience to the Grade 6 students who will occupy it…

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5 important factors against online security attacks



By Maxim Frolov,

VP Global Sales at Kaspersky Lab

As attacks become more sophisticated and frequent, 86% of chief information and security officers (CISOs) agree that cyber-incidents within their companies are inevitable.


So, it comes as no surprise that 76 percent believe the speed and quality of incident response (IR) are the most important factors when measuring their performance. This means that heads of IT security departments are now focused not only on preventing attacks, but on identifying issues in time to minimize the damage.


While having IR as a process…

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A new township to rise in Davao City



By Rose de la Cruz


With rapid developments taking place in Davao City since the ascendancy of President Duterte, property group YHEST Realty and Development Corp., is grabbing a share of the bustling property market by setting up the Davao Global Township, a P33-billion project  that spans 22 hectares of what once was a lush non-membership golf course. YHEST stands for Yuson, Huang, Soberano and Tan families that belong to the Villa Abrille clan of Davao.


YHEST is a joint venture between the Villa Abrille families and Cebu Landmasters Inc.—whose officers are mostly alumni of…

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Gokongwei: From rich to poor and again to rich



By Rose de la Cruz


Unlike most modern typans, John Gokongwei founder of Cebu Pacific, Robinsons Mall, Universal Robina Food Manufacturing and Robinsons Bank, was born to a rich Chinese family, but went dirt poor when his father died of typhoid complications when he was 13 years old. Everything he enjoyed vanished instantly.


His autobiography was posted by Elaine Hernandez on Facebook, where he narrated the rich life in a mansion in Cebu, chauffeur-driven cars taking him to San Carlos University, then and now a top school. He topped his classes and had many friends. He…

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