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Celebs in Rockwell Glad over ‘complete Roll-out’


Celebrities and VIPs arguably have more discriminating lifestyle. Their tastes on just about everything – food, clothes, accessories, and especially services – command attention in great detail. And because they want the best, the services they demand also amount to word-class proportions.

Pia Wurtzbach and Marco Borlongan

Miss Universe 2015 and PLDT Home Ambassador Pia Wurtzbach with
PLDT head of Home Business Marco Borlongan

Here is where PLDT Home comes in. It recently completed the “fiberization” of the Rockwell Center in Makati City, providing its residents ultra-fast broadband with speeds of up to 100 megabit per second (Mbps). The personalities who reside there must be grinning from ear to ear with internet service that makes their lives “so much easier and more enjoyable.”

PLDT’s Fibr capability in Rockwell Center now covers all residential condominiums, namely Rizal Tower, Luna Gardens, Hidalgo Place, Amorsolo Towers, Edades Garden Villas and Towers, Joya Lofts and Towers, One Rockwell, and The Manansala.

“This is in line with our efforts to take the lead in bringing world-class internet to more Filipinos through the deployment of fiber facilities in more and more parts of the country,” said PLDT FVP and Head of Home Business Marco Borlongan.

According to PLDT FVP and Head of Consumer Business for Market Development Oscar A. Reyes Jr., the Fibr roll-out in Makati’s Rockwell Center and its surrounding areas complements the demanding and diverse broadband needs of its residents and tenants. “Having access to high-speed connectivity is a crucial aspect of any modern community looking to expand and upgrade. The Fibr experience is not just about connectivity, it’s a complete digital lifestyle. It’s the future of broadband,” he said.

So far, PLDT’s fiber facilities have passed 3.3 million homes and are expected to expand its coverage to about four million homes by the end of 2017. For more information, go to

‘Belenismo sa Tarlac’ 2017

Today is the final judging of the 42 entries to the widest Belen-making contest in the country billed “Belenismo sa Tarlac 2017” mounted annually by the Tarlac Heritage Foundation in San Miguel, Tarlac.

The Valiant Generals

The Valiant Generals who fought to regain Marawi (led by Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista of the Philippine Army and Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat of the Northern Luzon Command) pose with Tarlac Heritage Foundation pillars Dr. Isa Suntay and Doña Isabel Cojuangco-Suntay in front of the huge Nativity creation of AFP-PNP in Tarlac called ‘Marawi: Sa Panahon Ng Kapayapaan’ that launched the 2017 ‘Belenismo sa Tarlac’

Founders Dr. Isa Suntay and her mother, Doña Isabel Cojuangco-Suntay, were responsible for igniting the art and passion of the Tarlaqueños into this age-old tradition that has catapulted their province to be the Belen Capital of the Philippines.

This year’s most memorable showcase is the nativity creation of Belenismo Hall of Famers, the AFP-PNP’s “Marawi sa Panahon ng Kapayapaan” that stands proud on the grounds of the Northern Luzon Command in Camp Aquino in Tarlac where the event was launched last Nov. 6.

We went there and witnessed first-hand the art and passion of the people of the province of Tarlac as the generals who served in Marawi came in full force to pay tribute to their fallen comrades from the recent war in Mindanao. The soldiers and policemen under the leadership and supervision of Philippine Army commander Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista dedicated the obra maestra to their comrades in the service who bravely fought during the war in Marawi.

Marawi: Sa Panahon Ng KapayapaanSome of featured products at the ‘Marawi: Sa Panahon Ng Kapayapaan’

The Belen, made from recycled materials, was handmade by soldiers and policemen (many of whom served and fought in Marawi), created against a backdrop of the ruins of the five-month war in Mindanao. It was designed by Belenisimo’s long-time advocate Ding Mercado.

They started working on the heart-tugging piece on Sept. 18 and completed it on Oct. 10. Personnel from the different AFP-PNP agencies and commands used recycled materials of wooden platforms, discarded tarpaulins, camouflage cloths, among others in creating “Marawi: Sa Panahon Ng Kapayapaan.”

Now on its 10th anniversary, “Belenismo sa Tarlac” will have its awarding rites on Dec. 2, with support from San Miguel Corp. in partnership with Tarlac Heritage Foundation.