ABB wins $27 million transformer order to strengthen Philippines power grid

ABB wins $27 M transformer order to strengthen Philippines power grid
ABB wins $27 M transformer order to strengthen Philippines power grid

ABB has won orders worth approximately $27 million from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to design, supply and commission 18 transformers. The new transformers will enhance grid reliability and increase power capacity to support economic growth.

An aging infrastructure coupled with a fast-growing population and an agenda of industrial and economic development is driving the demand for reliable electric power in the Philippines. NGCP is executing a structured program to strengthen the aging power grid. The 18 transformer units from ABB will be installed in key substations across the country.

“We are pleased to partner with NGCP for this important upgrade that will strengthen the Philippines’ power grid, enhance efficiency and improve reliability of power supply to consumers. As part of ABB’s Next Level strategy, we are committed to support the development of power infrastructure in growing markets around the world” said Markus Heimbach, Managing Director of ABB’s Transformers business unit, a part of the company’s Power Grids division.

ABB is the partner of choice for stronger, smarter and greener grids around the world as it supports national utilities and grid operators to take advantage of the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB’s Power Grids division, which will deliver the NGCP project, is the world leader in its segment.

This is the second major order that ABB has received from NGCP, having won an order for three transformers in 2016. Among other projects, ABB has also supported Philippines’ largest solar farm with a complete electrical balance of plant (eBoP) solution, further reinforcing its commitment to providing reliable energy to help meet growing demand while minimizing environmental impact.

ABB’s Power Grids division has won 4 major orders recently, collectively worth over $840 million, including this order, to deliver state-of-the-art power transmission technologies across 3 continents.  The other orders were in India ($640 million), USA ($100 million) and Brazil ($75 million). Together they will bring reliable electricity to more than 100 million people. The orders were booked in the last quarter of 2016.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

For more information please contact:

Gela P. Isidro
Country Communications Manager, ABB, Inc.
Km. 20 West Service Road, South Superhighway, Sucat, Paranaque City, Philippines 1700

Telephone: +63 2 821 7777 local 213

Mobile: +63 917 520 1409

Kohler’s new product lineup imbues modern bathrooms with sublime beauty

The Kohler Veil French Curve Seat
The Kohler Veil French Curve Seat

Manila, Philippines, December 7, 2016 — Nice bathrooms no longer cut it anymore: today’s discerning homeowners deserve only the most exquisite and sublime bathrooms, after all. Kohler, one of the world’s leading luxury kitchen and bath product manufacturers, redefines contemporary bathroom elegance with the launch of its second boutique showroom inside the Designo Atelier 2 located at Wilcon IT Hub Pasong Tamo.

Designo Atelier 2, a first-of-its-kind design center housing globally renowned luxurious products, allows design enthusiasts and industry professionals to experience top brands’ product offerings. It showcases Kohler’s latest design innovations hailing from its headquarters in Wisconsin. The showroom allows customers with a discriminating eye to  witness firsthand Kohler’s Exquisite Collection of faucets and the cutting-edge Kohler Veil, which bring sophistication, cutting-edge design, and technology into the comfort of one’s bathroom.

Kohler Exquisite Collection: Exquisite elegance for the modern bathroom

Drawing inspiration from timeless art and a desire to enrich customers’ lives with elegance and refinement, Kohler developed the Exquisite Collection, a breathtaking collection of faucets that embody grace, impeccable quality, durability, safety, and unobtrusive function:  Avid, Composed, Beitou, and Artifacts.

Avid explores the sensuous side of simplicity with slender arcs, smooth planes, and arresting angles that

bring clarity and grace into the bathroom. The Avid faucet lineup includes compact deck-mount, single-handle, and widespread models perfect for modern minimalists.

Composed faucets feature timeless and deliberate design—sans unnecessary flourishes—to furnish bathrooms with stark, contemporary beauty while delivering impressive functionality and a distinctive visual statement.

Beitou brings together architectural precision and stunning nature display in a unique faucet shape that mimics the flow of a serene river. The lineup includes a wall-mount showerhead that delivers an excellent shower experience: Kohler has actually derived the optimal number and arrangement of its water nozzles from human comfort research data analysis. Experience the wonder of nature with Rain, Cascade, or Laminar flow complemented by eco-friendly, hydroelectric light modes.

Bring a touch of Old World charm into the bathroom with the Artifacts collection, which crystallizes the Edwardian era’s timeless elegance. Perfect for any home décor scheme—whether casual or formal—the Artifacts product lineup blends in well with accessories, bathing, and showering components across the collection, to help homeowners create a cohesive look in their bathrooms.

Kohler Veil:  A delicate balance of art and technology

Kohler deviates from the usual toilet design with Kohler Veil, which combines sleekness, contemporariness, and refinement. Featuring cutting-edge automated innovations and sophisticated curves, the Veil delivers ultimate comfort, unparalleled hygiene, smart toilet functionality, and space-saving features, to enhance the bathroom experience.

Drawing inspiration from minimalist architecture, the Kohler team developed a sophisticated design with ergonomic features and state-of-the-art technological improvements that enhance cleanliness and provide seamless convenience.

The Veil features Kohler’s popular French Curve toilet seat, which packs in comfort and ergonomics: the toilet seat minimizes pressure points to ensure users’ maximum comfort with every use. It also has a beautifully designed one-touch remote control for adjusting water temperature, nozzle positions, seat temperature, deodorization options, and lighting. The best part? The Veil is designed with an eco-flush option to help conserve water!

Don’t settle for “nice enough” when you deserve only the best. With Kohler Veil and the Exquisite Collection, start transforming your bathroom experience with precision, quality, thoughtful technology, innovative design, and artistic elegance.


About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 30,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, and St Andrews, Scotland.


PCEC to hold forum on death penalty

MANILA, Philippines (January 26, 2017) –  Late last year, the Justice Panel’s Subcommittee on Judicial Reforms of the House of Representatives voted in favor of House Bill 1 (HB1), which approves the reimposition of capital punishment in the country. The Catholic Church, human rights groups and some lawmakers have since been lobbying against the death penalty on the grounds of possibly executing innocent people.

The position of PCEC regarding death penalty (pro-death penalty) has gone against the position of the Catholic Church, but the current leadership is open to a review of its position. The forum is part of its process to review its position in light of current realities.

PCEC will be holding “Created in God’s Image: Contending Biblical Perspectives on Death Penalty,” a forum that sheds light on the biblical, moral, judicial and legislative aspects of capital punishment. The forum, which will be held on January 27, 2017, will be graced by Senator Risa Hontiveros and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, who will be discussing the legal and legislative and judicial implications of death penalty, respectively.

Lorenzo Bautista, a Theology professor at the, Asian Theological Seminary & Penuel School of Theology, and Dr. Mariano Apilado, president emeritus at the Union Theological Seminary, will be holding a theological discussion in the afternoon. This will be followed by a panel discussion led by Bishop Noel Alba Pantoja, PCEC national director; Bishop Reuben Abante, senior pastor at the Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church; Bishop Rodrigo Tan, president of the Alliance Graduate School and Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines (CAMACOP).

“As people formed by God’s Word, we would like to understand the issues of national concern such as the death penalty through the lens of Scripture. The forum aims to help the Filipino people understand the legal, judicial, and biblical aspects of the death penalty,” said Bishop Pantoja.

The “Created in God’s Image: Contending Biblical Perspectives on Death Penalty” will be held at the PCEC Social Hall, 4th Floor Evangelical Center, 62 Molave St. Project 3, Quezon City from 8 a.m. onward.


About PCEC

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) was established in 1965 by a group of Christian leaders seeking to form an organization that will express its oneness in Jesus Christ and to formalize into a distinct council the growing force and influence of evangelism in the country. From a small umbrella organization, PCEC has grown into a network of more than 20,000 denominations, churches, mission groups and parachurch organizations nationwide.

Moto Boosts Retail Presence with Two Moto Concept Stores

Moto Store_SM North EDSA_
Moto Store_SM North EDSA_

Manila, Philippines: Moto’s Philippine expansion remains at full throttle, with the opening of two (2) new Moto Concept Stores in Metro Manila.

Say #HelloMoto to two new stores located at the 4th level of Cyberzone areas in SM North EDSA Annex and SM Megamall both operated by MemoXpress.

“The Philippines is a very important market for Moto, and we remain committed towards bringing the Moto experience to more Filipinos through our two new Moto Concept Stores. By offering greater product and service visibility, Moto is definitely on its way towards taking the Filipino digital lifestyle by storm,” said Dino Romano, Country Manager, Lenovo Mobile Business Group Philippines.

As part of its goal to become the definitive #3 player in the global smartphone market, Lenovo is building scale and efficiency by expanding its Moto line across emerging markets, including the Philippines. Currently the fastest growing smartphone market in ASEAN, the Philippines has seen a total of 3.5 million smartphone shipments in the first quarter of this year, based on International Data Corporations (IDC)’s June 2016 report.

Both Moto Concept Stores carry the newly-launched Moto smartphone lineup: its flagship line composed of Moto Z, Moto Z Play and the Moto Mods; its mid-range family, which consists of Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4 Play and Moto G Turbo; and the entry-level Moto E3 Power.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@LenovoMobilePH), Instagram, or visit us at

About Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo Company, connects people to the mobile Internet with affordable devices that don’t compromise on quality, experiences or style. For more information, please follow Moto PH on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Vincent dela Cruz

Lenovo Mobile Business Group Philippines


Jasmin Cagsawa



Create positive vibes in 2017 with Lenovo Vibe Series

Create positive vibes in 2017 with Lenovo Vibe Series
Create positive vibes in 2017 with Lenovo Vibe Series

Manila, Philippines: Lenovo takes entertainment seriously and this year, the company launched new entertainment-packed smartphones particularly designed for multimedia-savvy users keen on winding down after a long hard day at work. So if you’re looking for a better work-life balance this 2017, why not try Lenovo smartphones, which pack in productivity and an immersive cinematic experience like no other in one nifty form factor? Equipped with Lenovo’s built-in TheatreMax technology, which lets users connect their device to VR Goggles for immersive content viewing, Lenovo Vibe smartphones convert multimedia content into a VR-enabled file, taking users on a reel-to-real adventure.

Perfectly Powerful Performance with Lenovo Vibe X3

Lenovo Vibe X3 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a 178-degree wide viewing angle and Lenovo Screen color optimization for enhanced image quality. Powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor with 3G RAM and 32GB internal storage, Lenovo Vibe X3 renders HD movies without any glitches even when other applications are simultaneously running. Complementing TheatreMax technology, Lenovo Vibe X3 also sports the new Dolby ATMOS®, the world’s largest chambered front stereo speakers, for an optimal cinematic experience. Most importantly, Lenovo Vibe X3’s 3600mAh battery ensures that users enjoy quality viewing without interruptions. Bundled with the VR set, screen protector, and back cover, Lenovo Vibe X3 retails at Php22,099 in Lenovo stores nationwide.

Affordable All-Around Experience with Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note offers the same TheatreMax technology and cinematic experience without burning a hole in your pocket: for only Php8,999, entertainment seekers can watch their favorite movie or TV series on Lenovo Vibe K4 Note’s 5.5-inch Full HD display with 178-degree wide viewing angle. Like Lenovo Vibe X3, Lenovo Vibe K4 also comes in front-ported Dolby ATMOS® stereo speakers. For users aspiring to produce their own digital content, Lenovo Vibe K4 Note also features a configured 3-mic system and state-of-the-art Wolfson audio codec, an advanced sound input and recording capability that filters out noise while effectively enhancing sound quality. Built to deliver high performance, it runs a 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. With a 16GB internal storage expandable up to 144GB, Lenovo Vibe K4 Note allows users to keep a huge archive of their favorite movies and shows in their smartphone.  Lenovo Vibe K4 Note is available in Matte White and Matte Black colors.

Fun and Flexibility with Lenovo Vibe K5 Series

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus and Lenovo Vibe K5 Note are perfect for on-the-go entertainment lovers.

With the smartphones’ integrated TheatreMax Controller, users can easily navigate single-handedly and even easily switch modes as necessary. Both smartphones run on the Android 5.1 Lollipop Operating System and are powered by octa-core processors that support high definition movies and smoothly run applications wherever they are. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus sports a 5-inch Full HD 1080p display while Lenovo Vibe K5 Note has a slightly larger 5.5-inch screen, offering smartphone users a visual treat. Both models feature Dolby ATMOS®, front-ported speakers specifically engineered to compliment Lenovo’s top-of-the-line entertainment core. To top it all off, Lenovo Vibe K5 Series keeps users well-entertained with a lasting battery life. Pricing for Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus starts at Php8,999, while pricing for Lenovo Vibe K5 Note starts at Php11,999.

Lenovo’s breakthrough TheatreMax technology has definitely upped the ante in mobile entertainment. From binge-watching movies and playing favorite games to exploring multimedia applications, users can finally have more reasons to enjoy the New Year, thanks to Lenovo Vibe smartphones.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@LenovoMobilePH), Instagram, or visit us at