Playing Pinoy games with orphans

Play for a Day

Dec. 18, 2014. Manila, Philippines – In one afternoon, 50 orphans at the Nayon ng Kabataan Center dashed, jumped, and played Pinoy games with volunteers from Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants. This play therapy is intended to create a play-based environment to help the kids build their mental, emotional, and social skills.

Photo above shows two Nayon kids trying to outsmart their ate and kuya (elder siblings) in Patintero, the popular Filipino game version of Tag. “I’ve truly felt the love and care of my Ates and Kuyas with their hugs. I have always wanted to see and play with them again, I’m so happy to see them back, ” said 11 year old Elvira, one of the orphans who played with the previous batch of Chevron volunteers who visited the center last year.

The event is part of CPI’s Week of Caring, a yearly volunteerism program where Chevron employees and their business partners engage in diverse activities that benefit disadvantaged communities.

Amid tremor concerns, strict testing of local cement assures quality on par with US standards


Image from Philvocs
Image from Philvocs

Manila, Philippines. December 15, 2014 – Since a 2.7 magnitude earthquake last October, PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) has been closely watching Metro Manila’s Valley Fault System.  A major earthquake caused by the Valley Fault System will impact most of the buildings and infrastructures in Metro Manila according to PHIVOLCS.

A 7.2 magnitude quake will test the safety and quality of locally manufactured cement, the main component of concrete structures, which according to the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) undergoes strict quality control and monitoring.

CeMAP, the organization of cement manufacturers in the country, ensures consistency in the production of high quality cement and spearheads the implementation of sustainable development initiatives for the local cement enterprise.

CeMAP performs a series of tests through its Cement Testing Center (CTC) in Pasig that ensures only the highest quality cement is used by contractors and builders for the booming construction industry.

CTC, the leading and most established cement-testing laboratory in the country, performs monthly physical testing and chemical analysis of samples from each of CeMAP’s member cement companies. CTC staff tests three samples direct from the plant and two samples from retailers such as hardwares nationwide. Testing is done to determine the chemical content, compressive strength, density, consistency, fineness, and other properties of cement products being sold in the market.

CeMAP President Ernesto Ordoñez shares, “CeMAP’s monthly review and rigorous analysis of the products both from the market and direct from the plant ensures consistency in the production of high quality local cement. With the stringent testing processes that we perform on these products, the consumers can trust to get safe, top quality cement with every bag they purchase.”

Aside from complying with Philippine National Standards set by government agencies, CTC also guarantees that the products they certify are at par with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)’s standard specifications.

Ordoñez further promotes the use of local cement by stressing the advantage of having a local office in addressing any issues. “If the company has a local office, any concerns can be addressed accordingly and much faster. This is impossible to do for imported cements. The proximity of the customer to the manufacturer makes the process much easier and more efficient.”

Since causing its last major earthquake in the 16th century, PHIVOLCS believes the Valley Fault System could have a major movement anytime.

Amidst this threat, CeMAP keeps the interests of local builders, property developers, and home owners in mind.  Its high standard for quality assurance among members and customers’ support system serve the infrastructure needs of a growing country that lies along active tectonic plates in the Pacific.

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Chevron volunteers increase tree count in San Mateo landfill

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Manila, Philippines – At least 600 seedlings of golden shower, molave, mabolo, neem and other Philippine hardwood trees were planted by volunteers from Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, at the 73-hectare Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) landfill in San Mateo, Rizal.

Chevron volunteers brought the total planted area in the MMDA landfill to 52% of the target 250,000 newly-planted seedlings, according to MMDA. The activity forms part of the MMDA and DENR’s goal of adding 10,000 seedlings to complete its target of 100,000 this year, in support of the government’s on-going National Greening Program.

Last year, Chevron volunteers went to the same landfill and planted about 270 seedlings, 90% of which have since grown taller and stronger despite Typhoon Glenda last July.

“We hope that more companies like Chevron will continue to set an example in conducting sustained tree-planting activities. This initiative is vital for the much needed rehabilitation of the landfill, which we envision to be one of the country’s finest tourist eco-parks known for its diverse flora and fauna. It also fits well in our disaster risk reduction and management plan for the whole metro,” said Poteet Morales, MMDA public relations officer.


Learn-through-play area rises in Smokey Mountain


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Chevron, JCI Manila, and GK create Caltex Playland in Smokey Mountain

Manila, Philippines, November 4, 2014 – Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga (GK) and the Junior Chamber International Manila (JCI), has made learning more fun for at least 700 pre-school children in Smokey Mountain with the creation of the Caltex Playland, an interactive learn-through-play area, and the renovation of the GK day care center.

With the help of  Chevron, Lael could just be the next Leonardo Da Vinci.
With the help of Chevron, Lael could just be the next Leonardo Da Vinci.
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Teamwork and diversity at full throttle.


At least 105 volunteers composed of Chevron employees, project partners, parents, teachers, and students, painted together to create the Playland that teach children about safety, hard work, excellence and creativity.

In addition to the sweat equity, CPI donated P150,000 in materials and skilled labor, while JCI and GK donated P400,000 also in cash and kind. Chevron employees complemented their company’s contribution by also passing the hat to donated P25,000 in cash and 35 sets of school supplies, 26 sports equipment, 108 toys, 335 children books and other educational materials as well as several pretend play costumes to promote the children’s cognitive development.

A wave of success for a job well done.
A wave of success for a job well done.


“The idea to create a safe and a more playful environment will help the kids learn, hope and dream for more in their life. We simply lack the resources to get the vital tools they need for learning. I’m just so glad that Chevron came to help,” said Delia Valenzuela, Gawad Kalinga volunteer teacher.


The project forms part of the Caltex Energy for Learning Initiative, which aims to help needy communities acquire new knowledge and skills through educational projects. The activity also marked the first day of the Chevron Week of Caring, the energy company’s week-long celebration of diversity and volunteerism.


About Chevron Philippines Inc.


Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years. Caltex™, its retail brand, offers high quality products and services. There are close to 750 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at


Lenovo launches with the VIBE Z2 Pro smartphone with pro photography functions and crisp 2K screen

Manila, Philippines – October 13, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today introduced the Lenovo VIBE Z2 Pro, the most feature-rich and powerful model within its flagship VIBE smartphone series. The VIBE Z2 Pro combines cutting-edge mobile imaging technologies in a svelte design.


Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan shared, “The new Vibe Z2 Pro proves that Lenovo’s smartphone portfolio is growing. The VIBE Z2 Pro is perfect for tech-savvy consumers who demand best-in-class entertainment and ability to run sophisticated apps.”       

Advanced imaging sensor and optics

VIBE Z2 Pro offers a wide range of professional photography features. Unlike other smartphones, the 16MP rear camera uses a 16:9 BSI sensor that captures widescreen photos at full resolution. It also supports 4K resolution and high-speed 120fps recordings.

Enhanced 6 element lens boost the already strong low-light shooting performance of the BSI sensor. Shutterbugs will also appreciate Zero Shutter Lag, manual shooting settings and a HDR-ready custom SNAPit camera app.

Razor-sharp and bright screen

The VIBE Z2 Pro’s IPS panel packs 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and its 490ppi screen density is one of the highest among existing premium smartphones.

Rated at 500 nits maximum brightness output, the display is easily viewable outdoors coupled with richer colours and wide viewing angles. In addition, with 83.5% of the usable screen estate, users can view more content, thanks to an ultra-narrow frame design.

Blazing-fast processor and abundant memory

Operating at up to 2.5GHz, Snapdragon 801 processor can load and run apps quicker than other chips and users can count on its quad-core architecture and 3GB of RAM for a seamless multitasking experience.

The high-capacity battery and VIBE Z2 Pro’s advanced energy-saving features ensure long hours of use.

Dual SIM convenient and custom Lenovo DOit apps

For frequent travellers, dual SIM support with 4G compatibility makes international roaming a breeze. Also available is a suite of custom Lenovo DOit apps such as SHAREit, SYNCit and SEEit Gallery. SHAREit is a hassle-free way to wirelessly share content; SYNCit backs up user’s contacts and other data to the cloud; SEEit Gallery is an intuitive photo management tool featuring one-touch editing capability.

Pricing and Availability

The Lenovo VIBE Z2 is now available at all Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Stores and authorized resellers of Open Communications, Lenovo’s exclusive smartphone distributor in the Philippines at Php29, 999.

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