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Winners of the First Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2014

Winners of the First Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2014 

Winners of the First Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2014

Congratulations and best wishes to the winners of the first ever Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2014 in the Philippines. I am so happy for all of you! 

The winners, Kristine Caballes from University of San Carlos Cebu and Jason Labacanacruz from the Technological University of the Philippines Manila, won the prestigious Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA) 2014 for interior design and architecture categories, respectively

Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA) announced the winners at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas.   The competition’s theme is "Re:Think. Re:Create. Our Community, Our Home.NPYDA was launched in 2008 but was brought to the Philippines only last year.

Yes, friends! The prestigious NPYDA 2014 has for the first time recognized the talent of the Filipino students The Filipino winners won a fully-paid trip to Japan for a cross-country learning program, among other prizes. 

The first Philippine edition of the competition received 196 entries from all over the Philippines. The entries revolved around creating a “community-centric and sustainable township that provides high quality of life for all ages and walks of life."

Kristine Caballes, a University of San Carlos (USC Cebu) student who incorporated a garden in her design of the interiors of an imaginary home, is the first Filipino winner for interior design in the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA).  

Caballes said her design was guided by the Philippine climate, geography and everything about the country. In her design statement, she said “people living in this residence can save energy, water and money by using rainwater as their source of energy and water supply.” She incorporated rain catchment facilities and a vertical wall garden with hydroponics plants.

Caballes’ project introduced a residential house that not only uses rainwater for water supply but also converts it into electricity.

Caballes walked away with Php50,000 cash prize, A 6-month internship paid internship contracts under Lor Calma & Partners, which will give her an opportunity to acquire valuable experience from working alongside industry professionals.and spots in the exclusive Japan Learning Program and the prestige of being the first Filipino winner in the interior design category of NPYDA.  She also got an additional Php5,000 when her design was named Best Green Innovation. 
VERTICAL garden in Caballes’ winning dining room design
Caballes’ design impressed the judges so much she got a rating of more than 90 percent while the runner-up got less than 80 percent.

Jason B. Labanacruz wowed the judges with the idea to use recycled container vans for stable low cost housing instead of tents which are not resistant to typhoons. Caballes’ project meanwhile introduced a residential house that not only uses rainwater for water supply but also converts it into electricity. 

Scenes of devastation and death caused by recent typhoons, Labacanacruz said, led him to think of a design that would minimize the destructive impact of natural and other calamities. His entry, “Indayog ng Kulay Housing Project,” uses, among other things, recycled cargo containers to reduce the use of natural construction materials.

LABACANACRUZ proposes the use of recycled cargo containers for his “housing development.

Labanacruz won the gold award and walked away with Php50,000 cash prize, a 6-month paid internship contracts under Lor Calma & Partners and spots in the exclusive Japan Learning Program and the prestige of being the first Filipino winner in the architecture category of NPYDA. He also received Php5,000 for winning the prize for Best Color Choice.

Aside from the cash prize and trophy, the winners will each receive a six-month internship at Lor Calma & Partners and a fully paid trip in March to Osaka, Japan, to compete with the winners from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, Japan and Hong Kong for the regional title.

They will also participate in the Japan Learning Program, an exclusive workshop for NPYDA winners that will feature internationally renowned architects and interior designers as speakers and resource persons.

USC Interior Design professor Adrian del Monte, Caballes’ adviser, and TUP Architecture professor Elpidio Balais Jr.,  Labacanacruz’s adviser, each received Php10,000. The winners’ schools each got Php10,000 in cash and Php10,000 worth of paint voucher.

Jestefanie Tanchuling of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is the Silver awardee for interior design.

She won Php30,000 in cash

Tanchuling received an additional P5,000 for winning the Best Color Choice.

Silver awardee for architecture is Lloyd Hopanda of Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST Manila). He won Php30,000 in cash.

In architecture, Arian Sustento of Adamson University (Manila) received P5,000 for winning the Best Green Innovation award.

The other eight finalists in each category of the Philippines’ first NPYDA competition received P10,000 each

For Interior design—Liana Bianca Limjoco, UST; Stacy Mae Chan, USC Cebu; April Jan Molino, UST; Hannah Marie Betonio, USC Cebu; Mark John Acoba, Philippine Women’s University Manila; Syril Jendryl Clemente, UST; Kristel Anne Poyaoan, University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman); and Raiza Gangoso, La Consolacion College Bacolod.

Architecture—Roldan LopeƱa, National University (NU Manila); Jose Laserna Jr., EARIST Manila; Niel Gardonia, NU Manila; Rod Kevin Gonzales, UP Diliman; Rewin John F. Corpuz, Tarlac State University (TSU); Jan Nicole Dizon, TSU; and Daisy Antonio, TUP Manila.

NPYDA is an annual, region-wide competition regional competition across 10 Asia Pacific countries such as the following:
  • Malaysia 
  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • Indonesia
  • Pakistan
  • China
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • and now the Philippines. 
The competition challenges emerging designers to find innovative and practical solutions to real-world demands of their profession. It is aimed at developing creative young talent and raising the standards of design excellence.

Indeed, without the inspiration of the young, the design world will be stagnant.

Gladys Goh, group general manager of Nippon Paint Malaysia Group, said “the exceptionally talented young people” who participated in the competition represented the future of design. The first NPYDA drew 120 entries in interior design and 76 in architecture.

Goh said she was impressed that they got so many entries in just about six months since they launched NPYDA in the Philippines. She added that the competition was not just about “looking pretty,” as it put emphasis on the green element. The contest criteria assigned 30 percent of the total score to “green-ness.

“All entries are very unique and relevant to the needs of the Philippines and inspired by the Philippines’ natural wonders,” she said. Nippon Paint invested in the competition, she said, “because what’s the use of having green technology if there is no green design?”

Rogelio Caringal, president of the Philippine Institute of Interior Design, said NPYDA is “planting the seeds of green consciousness for better, greener and healthier environment.

Beth Regala, president of United Architects of the Philippines, said architects played a critical role in shaping the environment, while Rolando Cordero, chair of the Professional Regulation Commission Board for Architecture, who chaired the board of judges, said the NPYDA confirmed his view that there is an abundance of talent among young Filipino interior designers and architects.

Photo shows (from left) Gladys Goh, Nippon Paint Malaysia Group – Group General Manager; Jason Labacanacruz, and Kristine Caballes.

Father-and-son tandem of Lor and Ed Calma is a formidable force in architecture.

Lor Calma is a 
legend in the world of architect and interior design. He translated the modernism’s minimalist form into a Filipino context in the ’50s throughout the ’70s. The younger Calma, meanwhile, has made a name for himself, stepping out of the shadows from his architect father.

NPYDA, a recognition program in Asia that shines the spotlight on young specifiers who want their work showcased in both the local and international arena, will also send the winners to Japan for a cross-country learning program.

Lor Calma, who is also the head judge for the interior design category of NPYDA 2014, can't wait to guide the winners during their internship at his firm.

“We’re partners with Nippon Paint, so this is a big deal,” he said. “It’s an international competition so we’re looking for talents here in the Philippines that would be able to compete worldwide. I believe our students have a fighting chance because you can see from the work, the passion they have.

During the six-month internship, Calma hopes to share his experiences and guide them as to how international juries would look at their projects.

The youth is the hope of every nation

SAMSUNG: Introduces the Galaxy A-Series Smartphones

SAMSUNG: Introduces the Galaxy A-Series Smartphones 

Samsung introduces a new generation of smartphones with the all-new Samsung GALAXY A-Series. The Cutting-Edge A-Series phones were launched at the newest and hippest party place in town, Valkyrie, during the January 14, 2015 event hosted by MTV VJ Yassi Pressman. 

Geez, you could imagine my excitement when I got invited to witness the launching of the new Samsung Galaxy A-Series

Donning a Samsung unit, I had that VIP feel as I accessed #TheALife  entering through Valkyrie’s VIP lanes.

All eyes are on the slim and stylish Galaxy Alpha and its new brand ambassadors led by 
  • Yassi Pressman
  • Lauren Young
  • Callum David
  • Lissa Kahayon,
  • Janina Manipol 
  • and David Guison. 

Life is awesome when you are young and all the Samsung Brand Ambassadors for the Cutting-Edge Samsung Galaxy A-Series have good vibes aura. 

First Photo: The author with Adobo Magazine Account Manager Nicole Songco. Second Photo: Cha Sy with Yassi Pressman and Lauren Young, newest Samsung Galaxy A-series Ambassadors.

As part of the mobile crowd of this generation there’s nothing better than having access to the A life – an awesome lifestyle that lets you freely express yourself and have fun the way you want to. 

The A life means being able to experience life’s greatest moments and sharing them with your friends. 

Those who want to experience the A Life can make it happen with the Samsung Galaxy A-Series with its slim, stylish and full metal design. Samsung Galaxy A-Series is Samsung’s first full metal smartphone which features both a stylish design and powerful specs.It is stylishly crafted with a slim, full metal body. It gives you a true-to-life viewing experience with AMOLED technology and is packed with a wide range of selfie functions to play with.

Available in three variants:
  • Galaxy A7
  • Galaxy A5 
  • and Galaxy A3
Yes, my dear the A series features a first full metal unibody device that comes in a variety of colors and sizes, and advanced features that bring the Samsung smartphone experience to a new level of functionality.

The Galaxy A Series is Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date, making them the perfect accessory to go with any get-up. The Galaxy A7 stands at 6.3mm thin, while Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 comes at 6.7mm and 6.9mm, respectively. For the Galaxy A3, there will be Black and White colors. Black, White, Gold, and Silver will be available for Galaxy A5 while Galaxy A7 will come in Black, White, and Gold.
Sporting an advanced 5MP front-facing camera, it allows you to take better selfies with greater ease than ever—whether you’re bar hopping with friends, lounging at the beach, or exploring a new vacation getaway. Innovative photo-taking features, such as Wide Selfie, Voice and Palm Gestures Activation, Animated GIF, Beauty Face Features (Face Retouch, Eye Enlarge, and Slim Face), and Rear-cam Selfie, letusers take photos in high resolution by automatically detecting and focusing on a person’s face.
Since photos are meant to be shared, you can easily share photos of your A life with friends using your favorite social media channels with the device’s fast network speed of LTE Category 4 standard.
Vivid Display and Powerful Processor
Further, the A Series allows you to expand your entertainment options. Whether you want to play video games or watch films, you will surely love the Galaxy A series Super AMOLED display and Adaptive Display technology, which gives users a more exciting viewing experience. It delivers clearer images with deep contrast and better viewing angles for more vivid, colorful content in virtually any environment, even under bright sunlight.
To ensure that you always enjoy what technology has to offer in every facet of your life, the A Series was made for seamless multi-tasking and faster browsing experience. The A7 features an Octa Core (1.5GHz Quad Core and 1.0 GHz Quad Core) processor while A5 and A3 feature a Quad Core 1.2 GHz processor. In addition, the Galaxy A Series sports popular features exclusive to Galaxy devices, such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen, as well as adjustable audio which intelligently adapts and enhances sound outputbased on the user’s surrounding environment.
The Galaxy A7 is priced at Php 24,990, Galaxy A5 at Php 19,990 and Galaxy A3 at Php 16,990.  It will be available in Samsung Experience Stores and authorized dealers beginning January 2015.
Not only that, since Samsung wanted you to Access the A life, it will have a promotion on Jan. 24 to 25. I am so excited for the mobile crowd because you'll get to enjoy P1,000 off from the price tag, a free Valkyrie VIP card, free Content and Services vouchers and zero-percent installment for 18 months. What are you waiting for? Hurry and enjoy the new Samsung A-series.
Samsung Galaxy A7 Products Specifications
Galaxy A7
SRPPhp 24,990
LaunchFebruary 2015
DesignFull Metal
Sim TypeDual SIM active (Hybrid) Nano
ConnectivityWi-Fi + LTE Ready
Display5.5” Super Amoled Display
ProcessorOcta Core (1.5GHz Quad Core + 1.0GHz Quad Core)
Camera13MP AF w/ LED Flash + 5MP (F)
Dimension150.9 x 75.9 x 6.3 mm
Battery2,600mAh (Non removable)
OSAndroid OS 4.4 KitKat
ColorsWhite, Black, and Gold
OthersUltra Power Saving mode

Samsung Galaxy A5 Products Specifications
Galaxy A5
SRPPhp 19,990
LaunchJanuary 2015
DesignFull Metal
Sim TypeNano SIM
ConnectivityWi-Fi + LTE Ready
Display5” Super Amoled Display
ProcessorQuad Core 1.2GHz
Camera13MP AF w/ LED Flash + 5MP (F)
Dimension139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm
Battery2,300mAh (Non removable)
OSAndroid OS 4.4 KitKat
ColorsWhite, Black, Gold, and Silver
OthersUltra Power Saving mode

Samsung Galaxy A3 Products Specifications
Galaxy A3
SRPPhp 16,990
LaunchJanuary 2015
DesignFull Metal
Sim TypeNano SIM
ConnectivityWi-Fi + LTE Ready
Display4.5” Super Amoled Display
ProcessorQuad Core 1.2GHz
Camera8MP AF w/ LED Flash + 5MP (F)
Dimension130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm
Battery1,900mAh (Non removable)
OSAndroid OS 4.4 KitKat
ColorsWhite and Black
OthersUltra Power Saving mode

* Features and functions will vary by market.

* All functions, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities are subject to change without notice or obligation.

* User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.

You can ask the world to end your doubts and questions, but the answers to it all are within you. You are the Answer. 

#SamsungGalaxyASeries #Slim #Stylish #FullMetalAccess #theALife



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