Sunday, September 29, 2013

Strolling around Greenbelt Makati!

Wohoho!! At last I was able to stroll around Greenbelt after five years hehe!

Last Thursday, September 26, I and my sister decided to spend lunch at SM Makati after my appointment with Accenture in McKinley Taguig. It was raining and we're so tired commuting to Market Market for lunch, so we took an FX ride going to Makati and stopping at SM and Glorietta.

Strolling around the relaxing atmosphere of Greenbelt Makati

After lunch, it was time to explore the area, we visited Greenbelt using its footbridge connecting SM. I always love Ayala Malls because of its advocacy of a green environment, most of its biggest malls in the country have beautiful landscape of tropical plants and fountains. Abreeza Davao has a well-maintained garden and so with Trinoma in Quezon City but my favorite among its malls is Greenbelt. It is surrounded with a soothing greenery. It has a mini-rainforest, manicured lawn, lush green plants, pathways, a chapel and a little fish pond, a perfect place to unwind after a very tiring day in the city.

At the mini-rainforest of Greenbelt
Mini-fish pond at Greenbelt garden

The surrounding is ultra relaxing and fresh! It has a variety of verdant plants and shoppers and visitors are free to take a leisure walk at its side garden and pathways that connect the five buildings of the malls. The marine life at its shallow pond looked like big goldfish varieties haha! What I love about this pond is that visitors are free to touch these species, I even dipped my fingers in the water and touched the lively fishes hehe!

Greenbelt is a high-end shopping mall with elegant restaurants, luxury boutiques and cafe houses, visitors are not allowed to take pictures inside so we just took photos outside hehe! I am a big fan of cafe houses, especially those offering European dishes and I noticed  there are lots of posh cafes around Greenbelt but since I still have no budget to indulge in a luxurious cafe dining, I'll postpone my cravings and just come back some other time. And that will be soon!!!

Yeah thank God!!!

Miss World title for the Philippines finally!!


Megan Lynne Young, a 23-year-old Filipina actress and TV host, gave the Philippines its very first Miss World title since the country started sending candidates in 1966! She bested other 126 candidates in a glittery ceremony held last night in Bali, Indonesia, September 28, 2013.

Young is currently taking up Digital Film making at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. As an actress, she already appeared on several Philippine TV shows and films and was last seen in television soap opera, Misibis Bay, via TV 5.

Megan Young of the Philippines is the 63rd Miss World title holder and the 
first Filipina to win the title

With Megan's win, the Philippines made history as the first country to win all six major beauty pageants in the world: Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss World, Miss Earth, Miss Tourism Queen International and Miss Supranational. Philippines became also the third (after Brazil and Venezuela) and only Asian country to have won titles in the Big Four International Beauty Pageants: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss International.

Miss Philippines Megan Young hugged by the outgoing Miss World, Yu Wenxia of China
shortly after the Filipina beauty was announced as the winner, providing the Philippines
with its very first Miss World title since the country's debut in the pageant in 1966!
Megan Young was born in Alexandria, Virginia in the US to an American father and a Filipino mother (from Olongapo City), she lived there until she was 10 years old then moved to the Philippines for good. She joined the Philippine showbiz in 2005. She has a younger sister who is also in showbiz, Lauren Young.

Up to 2012, the Miss World remains the only international beauty title that has not yet won by the Philippines, there were three Philippine delegates made it to the top 3 in the history of the pageant, Evangeline Pascual in 1973 who placed first runner-up, Ruffa Gutierrez in 1993, placed second runner-up and Gwen Ruais in 2011 who placed first runner-up also but never the most coveted crown. The Philippines had two Miss Universe title holders, four Miss International and one each for Miss Earth, Miss Queen Tourism International and Miss Supranational.

Miss World was established in 1951 but the Philippines started sending candidates to the pageant only in 1966. It was believed that the Philippine franchise holders for Miss World since 1960s had been exerting effort helping the Philippine delegates to make it big in the Miss World providing all kinds of support they could give but then maybe the time for the country to win the crown has not yet come until 2013.

Despite her very little time of preparation (Megan Young won the Miss Philippines-World in August 18, 2013 and three weeks later, she was on her way to Indonesia), the 5'8 stunner from Olongapo City showed how her mind and body conditioned to join the contest.

The pretty actress represented the country very well with poise, elegance and grace, excelling in all challenge activities during the pre-pageant shows, she earlier won the Top Model Category, placed fourth in the Multimedia category and fifth in the Beach Fashion Balinese style. Megan placed first in the preliminary judging garnering the highest score ahead of the other nine finalists.

Megan Young told the crowd "I'll promise to be the best Miss World ever"

This year's Miss World pageant however drew controversies when protesters criticized the hosting of the pageant in the highly conservative Muslim country, it was originally planned to held in Jakarta but due to security threats the organizers decided to move it to a Hindu-dominated island of Bali. In respect to Indonesia's culture, and in order to abide with Muslim's tradition of not allowing women to show too much flesh, the organizers omitted the most anticipated category in the beauty pageant, the Swimsuit competition, it was replaced with Beach Fashion where candidates wore one piece beach suit covered with sarong or a large cloth sheet. It was also the first time that the world did not see beauty contestants ramp off with their bikinis on stage.

The 10 finalists were trimmed down to 5 with one spot reserved for the People's Choice winner, making them 6 finalists all in all. They were given only one question in the finals: "Why you should be chosen as the next Miss World?"

Megan's answer:

"I treasure the core value of humanity and that guides her into understanding people, why they act the way that they do, how they're living their lives, and I will use these core values in my understanding, not only in helping others, but to show other people how they can understand others, to help others, so that as one together, we shall help society".

Miss Philippines Megan Young, shortly after being crowned as the 63rd Miss World
in Nusa Dua, on the island resort of Bali in Indonesia. She was flanked by her 
runners-up, Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter and Miss France Marine Lorphelin

Megan will serve the Miss World organization for one year as its ambassador of peace and humanity, she will most likely live in London where the main head quarter of the organization is located.

The panel of judges of this year's Miss World tilt came from diverse background and field of expertise, from producers, directors, designers, musicians, statesmen and political figures. Miss World pageant was founded by British Philanthropist, Eric Morley. He was regularly seen on stage announcing the winners, when he died in 2000, his wife, Julia Morley, took over and now the organization's president.

Congratulations Megan Young and thank you for providing the Philippines with its very first Miss World crown!


Sources: Yahoo! News, Hollywood Life and NY Daily News, photos from Reuters and Associated Press.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

2013 Most Admired Companies in the World


Sources: Forbes Magazine and Fortune Magazine 

Below is Forbes magazine's Top 21 List of Most Admired Companies in the World making Information Technology as a Competitive Advantage.

How Forbes Magazine came up with the list?

Forbes based the list of companies on the Gartner Report about World's Most Admired Companies using IT as a competitive advantage in a survey completed between October to December 2012. Forbes took executives (Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chairs of the Board and Presidents) as respondents. The executives were then asked to name the companies they most admired in terms of its abilities to apply IT-related business capabilities for competitive advantage. The companies included in the list have a minimum size of US$250 million of annual sales.

Name of Company
Rank
Country



Accenture
1
Ireland
Amazon.com
2
USA
Apple
3
USA
Cleveland Clinic
4
USA
General Electric
5
USA
Goldman Sachs
6
USA
Goolge
7
USA
Hospital Corp of America
8
USA
IBM
9
USA
Intermountain Health Care
10
USA
J.P.Morgan and Chase
11
USA
Kaiser Permanente
12
USA
Mayo Clinic
13
USA
Microsoft
14
USA
Nestle
15
Switzerland
Procter and Gamble
16
USA
Progressive Insurance
17
USA
Schlumberger
18
Germany
Target
19
USA
Toyota Motors
20
Japan
Wells Fargo
21
USA


For more Information on the above list, visit FORBES

FORTUNE list

On the other hand, Fortune Magazine, had been conducting surveys of best, largest and most admired companies in the world for many years now, Apple Incorporated consistently topped the list for five straight years.

The Most Admired Companies in the World is a definitive report card on corporate reputations of Fortune/CNN money. This is one of the most anticipated surveys online in the business community because it presents the ranking of companies in the world according to a specific industry.

How Fortune Magazine conducted the survey?

Fortune started with 1,400 companies around the world ranked by revenues of more than US$10 billion, they will then select the top largest for each industry, surveying a total of 687 companies from 30 countries. Their survey partner is the Hay Group, a global management consulting firm that conducts surveys and research for the World's Most Admired Companies list since 1997. The Hay Group conducted the survey by asking executives, directors and analysts to rate companies in their industry based on nine (9) criteria: Innovation, People Management, Use of Corporate Assets, Social Responsibility, Quality Management, Financial Soundness, Long-term Investment, Quality Products and Services and Global Competitiveness.

To arrive at the 50 Most Admired Companies, according to Fortune, the Hay Group will then asked the 3,800 respondents to select the companies they admired most from a list of companies that ranked in the top 25% in the previous year survey and from a list of companies that finished in the top 20% of their industry.

For 2013 result here is the Top 50 Most Admired Companies in the World. Apple is on top, still undefeated for the past five years.

2013 saw the rigodon of world prestigious companies in the top 10 rank, leaping Berkshire Hathaway from its 4th spot last year to 8th this year and Microsoft from 9th spot last year to 17th this year.

Name of Company
Rank
Country



Apple Incorporated
1
USA
Google
2
USA
Amazon.com
3
USA
Coca-Cola
4
USA
Starbucks
5
USA
IBM
6
USA
Southwest Airlines
7
USA
Berkshire Hathaway
8
USA
Walt Disney
9
USA
FedEx
10
USA
General Electric
11
USA
McDonalds
12
USA
American Express
13
USA
BMW
14
Germany
Procter and Gamble
15
USA
Nordstrom
16
USA
Microsoft
17
USA
Nike
18
USA
Whole Foods Market
19
USA
Caterpillar
20
USA
3M
21
USA
Target
22
USA
Costco Wholesale
23
USA
Johnson and Johnson
24
USA
Exxo Mobil
25
USA
Boeing
26
USA
Wal-Mart Store
27
USA
J.P. Morgan Chase
28
USA
Toyota Motor
29
Japan
UPS
30
USA
Singapore Airlines
31
Singapore
Nestle
32
Switzerland
Volkswagen
33
Germany
Goldman Sachs Group
34
USA
Samson Electronics
35
South Korea
Marriott International
36
USA
PepsiCo
37
USA
Wells Fargo
38
USA
Unilever
39
Great Britain
Deere
40
USA
DuPont
41
USA
Intel
42
USA
St. Jude Medical
43
USA
Accenture
44
Ireland
Home Depot
45
USA
Yum! Brands
46
USA
eBay
47
USA
Facebook
48
USA
Cisco Systems
49
USA
Ralph Lauren
50
USA

For more information of this list, visit Fortune/CNN Money