BETA opens Entrepreneurial Academy and the first Incubation Center in Mindanao!

Nov 27, 2012

New opportunities for young entrepreneurial people in Davao.
BETA opens Entrepreneurial Academy and the first Incubation Center in Mindanao!

 On January 7, 2013 the first batch of young people will start their 6 month entrepreneurial program to prepare them for new career opportunities.

BETA – Business & Entrepreneurial Training Academy  offers them a hands-on and ‘ready to use’ curriculum what equip the students for:
-          Starting up their own (small) business
-          Taking responsibilities in the family business
-          Pursuing their studies in Australia
-          Getting hired in one of the top contact centers in Davao, the day after graduation.
or  for the job they like to be in because at BETA we are convinced that entrepreneurship is more than business, it is in fact  the ability of everyone to put ideas into action!
Half of the time students will be trained in English communication skills what will lead them to an IELTS 5.5- 6, not only for  getting a study/work visa to go abroad but also to equip them with high standard English communication skills needed to  be successful in business and/or in a job in a corporate setting or a call center.
The other half of the program will be consecrated in developing entrepreneurial skills such as idea development, business systems, marketing, management, basic accounting and financial management but also financial literacy and IT-skills.
The program is open for everybody with a high school degree, an open mindset, creativity , a vision on their own future and a passion to realize that vision.
BETA doesn’t deliver any degree, BETA is a training center with their own customized programs and  doesn’t claim to be depEd or Ched recognized.  Our objective is to train and equip young people beyond the degrees and to help and assist our graduates with the startup of their careers, here or abroad.
For those who want to get official degrees, they can pursue their education (with a study/work visa) at our partner school ‘Australian Academy of Commerce’ in Sydney  (Australia ) and obtain official and worldwide recognized Australian degrees in their field of interest.

 BETA cares for the students after they graduate!
-          When they want to startup their business we will assist them in the development and implementation of their business concept and business plan, helping them to find the necessary funding, ….
-          When they opt to pursue their studies in Sydney (Australia) , the BETA-staff and the people of our partner school in Australia, the Australian Academy of Commerce,  will assist them with the paperwork , the choice of the study program and with finding them  a place to stay and  a job when they want to work during their studies ( foreign students in Australia with a study/work visa are allowed to work 20 hours a week)….
-          And for those who want to get some experience in the business world, we get them a job in the contact center industry.

The courses and workshops are offered by experienced faculty, both academic and entrepreneurial as assuring the best and most practical approach of the subjects.
To assure a quality program BETA accepts maximum 20 students per batch. In limiting the number of participants per group we can offer them the best modules, the most experienced teachers and the best care after they graduate.

But BETA is more than a training academy!
In the incubation center we will assist and support the entrepreneurs with the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of their project.
This will happen during a period of 3 to 6 months. During this time they can develop their idea or business plan, ready to present to investors.
The entrepreneurs will be guided by mentors and coaches and will get input through workshops, seminars and strong business advice.

BETA – Business & Entrepreneurial Training Academy is located in on the AMS-Campus along F. Torres St with up-to-date facilities , green open spaces and parking facilities and easy accessibility with public transport.
Interested students and their parents can register for the FREE information seminar that will be organized on December 1, 2012 at 2pm in the school at AMS-Campus along F. Torres St. Limited seats are available, so participants have to reserve their seats by calling or texting Tessie on 0921 386 4487

BETABusiness & Entrepreneurial Training Center
AMS-Campus, F. Torres St
Davao City
Tel:  (082) 304 4948

For more information:

-          About the program & curriculum: Raf Vlummens -0920 675 2754
-          About studying & working in Australia: Tessie Martinez Vlummens – 0921 386 4487

SM Cinema celebrates 100% digital clarity with a Free Movie Day  

Nov 21, 2012

SM Cinema, currently the largest cinema exhibitor in the country, has been part of the lives of Filipino families for over 20 years. With its commitment toward quality movie entertainment, SM Cinema recently converted all its film-based theatres into Digital Theatres—the first cinema franchise in the country to do so. With this notable milestone, SM Cinema gives back to its loyal patrons with another FIRST in Philippine cinema history—the FREE MOVIE DAY event, a grand movie blow-out slated to happen this December 8, 2012.

This SM Cinema event will offer free movies in all of SM Cinema’s 246 Digital Theatres in all 45 branches nationwide! The line-up of movies will include the horror-thriller House at the End of the Street, Stolen, the latest Nicolas Cage action flick, the biopic Supremo: The Andres Bonifacio Story, crime drama film Deadfall, the popular Step Up Revolution and the restored version of Ishmael Bernal’s Himala. Apart from these six movies, two independent films courtesy of the Film Development Council of the Philippines will also be a part of the line-up.

Registration for SM Cinema’s Free Movie Day is from November 22 to December 6. Just follow these five easy steps:

  1. Like and Register at our e-PLUS Facebook Fan Page (
  2. Click on the Free Movie App.
  3. Choose your Cinema, Time and Movie
  4. Print the confirmation email.
  5. Surrender the printed confirmation email at your preferred SM Cinema branch for your free two tickets.

Free Movie Day is made possible by SM Cinema, e-PLUS card— your most convenient access to the movies, Multivision Pictures of the Philippines, AV Production, Crystalsky, Pioneer Films, Star Cinema and the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Free Movie Day is also being brought to you by Coca Cola, Bright Pop, Purefoods San Miguel and Mister Donut. 

Bistro Selera experience, a true taste of Mindanao flavor.

Nov 17, 2012

If you're a local who's looking for a delicious filipino cuisine as a break from the typical fast food chains, or a tourist who wants to have a taste of a Davao regional specialty dishes on your palates, then Bistro Selera is one place to be.

Bistro Selera is a newly opened bistro mixed Davao born branch of Filipino Family owned restaurant located at the Fountain side 2nd level strip of SM Lanang Premier's casual and fine dining restaurants with a view of the 122 meter musical fountain, the first of its kind in Mindanao and the longest in the country. The first branch is Kusina Selera, a cozy restaurant located at Paseo de Legaspi  in Pelayo St., Davao City.

According to COO Googie Sanga and Chairman Marivi Laurel, bistro is mainly casual dining in individual servings.  For Bistro Eating, it is a style of cooking that involves using fresh, local Davao ingredients to produce delicious, and nutritionally healthy recipes that will stand out locally but also internationally.

The man behind the 18 dishes is reputed chef Jaypee Landingin who carefully chooses davao ingredients that will not just satisfy our taste buds but thoroughly prepared uniquely cooked dishes with true Mindanao taste and flavor.

Bacon wrapped Bagaybay (tuna gonads) 

Bacon wrapped Bagaybay (P250)
Bacon wrapped Bagaybay with garlic toppings
2 Fish (combination of Bangus and Tuyo) with mango selantro sauce
Fish Roll (P260)

Very hospitable Michael Trinidad made a funny pose with fish roll 

Signature Cocktails
Strawberry Mintini 
(fresh mint leaves,  tequila based, fronzen margarita, smells good)
Strawberry Mintini  
Michael's Madness 
(combination of orange, melon liquor, triple sec,grenadine,gin)
Signature Cocktails from Left to Right: Strawberry Mintini, Michael's Madness
Selera Seafood Curry Soap my favorite dish cooked with the freshest seafood,fish,shrimps, lemongrass, coconut and the sweet native fruit durian to make a more flavorful texture of the soup.

Selera Seafood Curry Soap (P310)
Pan Seated Tuna is a european style, cooked outside, raw inside.
Pan-Seated Tuna (P288) with durian curry sauce and toyo mansi sauce

Pan-Seated Tuna (P288) topped with garlic, mixed with tomato, and fried kangkong
Selera's Beef Roullade (P320)

another twist of Bistek Tagalog is Beef Roullade

Pork Ribs Inasal (P320)

Pork Ribs Inasal (P320) 

Mangosteen Ice Cream with Biko (P110)

Pure mangosteen ice cream that taste heavenly superb. 

Biko, a great combination with Mangosteen Ice cream. A treat to my tongue.

Mangosteen Mousse (P138)

Mangosteen Mousse taste creamy and delectably sweet. 

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As expected we were stuffed. Filled not just with delectable Filipino cuisine but as well with the Laurel's formidable brand of style and hospitality. An enriching experience for us indeed.

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Happy Tummies and Happy Faces
Sitting from Left to Right:
Bistro Selera's Restaurant Manager Anton Chiew, COO Googie Sanga, Chairman Marivi Laurel, and Chef Jaypee Landingin and Standing at the Center Michael Trinidad with the Davao Bloggers

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I would like to thank Karla Stefan Singson for inviting me to join the exclusive lunch together with other food and lifestyle bloggers to taste the selection of food serve with the management of Bistro Selera last November 12,2012.

Truly, eating out at SM Lanang Premier brings the dining experience to a higher level in the northern section of Davao City, bringing a laid-back ambiance for dining.