Monday, January 28, 2013

Suaveng Ahit, Gwapong Schick Barangay Tour Launched

Suaveng Ahit, Gwapong Schick Barangay Tour. A program, which is all about not just looking and feeling good about yourself but with your community and all the things around you as well. 

As one of the most trusted personal grooming brands for both men and women, Schick goes all out in pushing its advocacy by reaching out to their valued patrons. Through this project, the brand hopes to continue its goal of imparting positivity and self-confidence not only on a personal level but on the community scale. 

The tour got off in on a rousing start last December when the caravan rolled into Salamalabanan Subdivision in Imus, Cavite, where the group initiated different activities focused on engaging and educating the community on proper physical grooming, healthy and active lifestyle, and community awareness. 

The project was well received and garnered positive feedback from the community—something that Schick hopes to replicate in other locations within the metro. “We could not have asked for a better start to this tour,” says Claire Guevara, Schick senior brand manager. “The Salamalabanan community here in Imus, Cavite was very gracious and receptive to what we were trying to accomplish as a brand. We greatly appreciate the effort and the participation put forth by the community and we hope that the same goes with our next destination.” 

The tour will continue to visit designated locations throughout 2013, including communities around the area of Caloocan, Muntinlupa, Antipolo and Quezon City. 

As part of the brand’s continuing mission to make people feel good both inside and out, the tour’s initiatives include activities such as giving free shaves and haircuts to residents, as well as conducting clean-up drives that help encourage community awareness of health and safety among the youth.

In the first leg the tour also hosted competitions that included a three-on-three basketball game, a free-throw and half-court shootout, as well as a dance showdown, all of which promoted good sportsmanship and camaraderie within the community. The winners and participants received cash prizes and gift packs from Schick. 

The group stayed true to its promise of reaching out to the grassroots level. Together with celebrity host Regine Tolentino, the caravan visited tricycle terminals, groceries, and sari-sari stores and immersed themselves in the community while handing out free Schick products. 

For more information on other tours, prizes, and promos, visit Schick’s website ( or connect with the company via Facebook (

Gwapong Schick Barangay tour upcoming schedule:

  • February 2, 2013 (GREMA Covered Court, Brgy 176 Zone 15 District 1, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City)
  • February 3, 2013 (Tunasan Covered Court, E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Tunasan, Muntinlupa City)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fortinet Expands Network Security Solution Suite with New Dedicated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Products

A world leader in high-performance network security, Fortinet®, recently introduced the FortiDDoS product family for enterprises, web hosting and cloud service providers. The new FortiDDoS-100A, FortiDDoS-200A and FortiDDoS-300A are dedicated appliances that are designed to detect and help protect against today’s most damaging and sophisticated DDoS attacks. The appliances feature custom ASICs that are capable of mitigating DDoS attacks while maintaining incredibly-low latency (less than 26 microseconds), preventing loss of availability to critical systems, servers and applications.

“This launch is significant because as systems become more inter connected, the need for greater network protection against targeted DDoS attacks become more pronounced,” said Jeff Castillo, Fortinet's Country Manager for the Philippines.   “This specialized protection ensures customer confidence and decreases the liability of Philippine enterprises in the long term.”

Providing granular real-time network traffic visibility and automatic protection against targeted DDoS attacks, the FortiDDoS appliances will be the only solution on the market that supports network virtualization and automatic and continuous traffic baselining. Network virtualization helps prevent attacks on one segment of the network from affecting other segments, thereby preserving availability in virtualized environments of datacenters and cloud-based service providers. The automatic traffic baseline model building is also unique, enabling the FortiDDoS products to build a network behavior model initially and adaptively update it continuously with practically no end-user intervention, resulting in significantly reduced administrative overhead.

“DDoS attacks aren’t just an annoyance and minor inconvenience, they are a serious problem that could cause significant liability to businesses today,” said Michael Xie, chief technology officer and vice president of engineering at Fortinet. “The damage from a DDoS attack can include loss of revenue, loss of customer confidence, loss of brand equity and potentially huge legal liabilities. A FortiDDoS appliance installed in front of a network infrastructure can act as a shield against DDoS attacks.”

FortiDDoS appliances are easy to deploy and manage, and are designed to recognize today’s attack vectors and deliver hardware-accelerated performance to block attacks quickly.

“Fortinet appliances’ support of virtual instances is a valuable feature,” said Michael Suby, Stratecast vice president of research at Frost and Sullivan. “This feature is not only beneficial in supporting multiple layers of defense but also is a cost containment and administration-friendly feature for organizations that have multiple Web properties to protect, and need unique policies for each. Virtual instances can also be effectively used in defense escalation. Rather than have a single set of policies, multiple policy sets can be defined in advance, such that the organization can apply a more stringent set of policies if the preceding policies were inadequate.”

Hacktivism via botnets and network testing applications has increased significantly in the last year, which has led to an increase in volumetric and application layer attacks. These attacks bring down sites by filling up Internet pipes and overloading application servers. As businesses consume more software as a service (SaaS) offerings and other public cloud-based services, DDoS attacks have become a serious concern for CIOs and CSOs whether they are moving to the cloud or keeping their systems and data on-premise.

The most common motivations for DDoS attacks today are either financial or political. Financially motivated attackers seek to extort funds from sites by launching an initial attack and demanding payment to avoid future attacks. Politically motivated attackers launch an attack in response to an organization’s policies by disrupting the victim’s business operations. Regardless of the motive, any downtime affects not only a victim organization’s customers, partners and employees, but can damage its brand and credibility as well.

FortiDDoS Highlights
All FortiDDoS appliances feature eight virtualized network partitions with independent protection policies for virtualized environments, automatic traffic profiling and rate limiting context-aware policy enforcement for maximum effectiveness. They also provide real-time and historic attacking traffic analysis that delivers unmatched granular visibility on top attacks, top sources and top attackers. The FortiDDoS family will also utilize an innovative design that eliminates a common performance bottleneck by ensuring there is no CPU or operating system in the path of the packets.

• The FortiDDoS-100A features 1 Gbps full-duplex anti-DDoS throughput, four 1GbpsRJ-45 copper and SFP ports for LAN and WAN connectivity and one terabyte of storage. This model can be used to protect 2 Internet links.

• The FortiDDoS-200A features 2Gbps full-duplex anti-DDoS throughput, eight 1Gbps RJ-45 copper and SFP ports for LAN and WAN connectivity, a redundant power supply and two terabytes of RAID storage. This model can be used to protect up to 4 Internet links.

• The FortiDDoS-300A features 3Gbps full-duplex anti-DDoS throughput, twelve 1Gbps RJ-45 Copper and SFP ports for LAN and WAN connectivity, a redundant power supply and two terabytes of RAID storage. This model can be used to protect up to 6 Internet links.

Fortinet acquired technology powering these products through its asset purchase from Silicon Valley-based IntruGuard Devices, Inc., which occurred during Q1 2012. The terms of asset purchase are confidential and the amount paid by Fortinet as consideration for the assets is considered immaterial to Fortinet’s business.

The FortiDDoS-100A, FortiDDoS-200A and FortiDDoS-300A are scheduled for release immediately.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Make or Break: New Year, New You Giveaway

Winners announced here:
First Prize: Lala Valderama
Second Prize: Chilzen Mae S. Cao
Third Prize: Ysel Yap

Something to start the New Year right with this giveaway. Get a chance to win Beauty and Wellness Products.

There will be 3 winners for this giveaway, each one will receive a beauty and wellness product perfect to make a New You this New year!

(photo above is not the complete prizes, just some)

Grand Prize: Make Up
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2000 worth of wellness products from Pascual

2nd Prize: Make up set +
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Reasons to Visit Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Laguna

One of the most visited place here in Laguna lately is the Isdaan Floating Restaurant. Why? because of its very beautiful and attractive surroundings which are really feasts to your eyes.

My youngest sister Celeste and her daughter Chloe will be going back to Netherlands by tomorrow after an enjoyable vacation here in the Philippines.  Of course, we are going to miss them a lot again but hopefully they will be able to come home again soon. So we had a get together dinner not here at Isdaan but in another nearby restaurant (will tell you later why, LOL).

Isdaan Floating Restaurant is like a theme park with its giant buddha statues, famous people, monkeys and gorillas, crocodiles, fishes and of course cartoon characters.  We've been here several times already and the kids almost always are excited as we are with the endless photo opp.  The sceneries here are real awesome as if you are in another country like Thailand.


Koi watching

with ex-Philippine President Joseph Estrada

One of the venue's main focal, a giant gorilla
This place is owned by the Ongpauco's of the famous Barrio Fiesta group of restaurants.  There is another place like this at Gerona, Tarlac.  Accordingly, almost the same massive set-up.

with a giant white buddha

singing cooks and waiters

play area for kids

enjoying coffee and suman
But this is not the place if you want good and affordable food.  Honestly the food here are not recommendable, no good taste at all; and so expensive.  So we are here just for our after dinner coffee and some dessert.  I ordered coffee and they served me a Nescafe 3-in-1 single pack sachet and a cup of hot water, I was charged P65.00.  I asked the server, why they don't have brewed coffee at least to match the ambience. I was told, to just write down my comments in a piece of paper and drop it at the comment box (oh, she forgot to inform me where the comment box is located, neither do I know where it is, ha!ha!).  Anyway, that's it.  Do not expect good food here, go somewhere else for a more satisfying eating experience. Just come back here and take photos.

As per experience, during daytime when the place is loaded with customers, they won't let you "in" inside the restaurant unless you already have given your food orders.  At late night time when there are already less number of customers, just tell them you will order coffee and some desserts.  At the same time, the staff will give you advise to order everything you may need because they will be closing soon.

View more photos HERE.