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Mandaue children's choir
to perform live in Bacolod

The Mandaue School for the Arts Children's Choir from Cebu will perform live 4 p.m. Saturday, during the Father's Day celebration at the north wing of SM City in Bacolod, a press release from organizers said.

This multi-awarded choir was adjudged first prize winner in the recent National Music Competition for Young Artists held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It also won the PERLAS Award, Highest Award for Performing Arts in Cebu, last year. As an official representative of Central Visayas in WOW Philippines, the troupe also performed in Intramuros, Manila, and is a recipient of the coveted Garbo sa Sugbo award, conferred by Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia recently, the press release said.

Dennis Gregory Sugarol is the choir master and music director. He is also the conductor of the Cebu Choral Artists, a group of young professional promoting Cebuano choral music, the press release added.*

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BPI gets award
for innovation

The Bank of the Philippine Islands won as the Branch Transformation Project in the Retail Banking Project Awards category given by The Banker, a global financial intelligence publication, at the recent Technology Awards 2007, a BPI press release said.

The award was given to BPI for its development of BPI Express, which moved customers from traditional channels to alternative channels, with four out of every five transactions performed without the involvement of a teller, it also said.

This reflects the initiative of BPI to advance the Filipinos' technological savvy and usher the Philippines into the future.

The Banker's Technology Awards gather entries from around the world, this year generating a record number of more than 300 entries from all regions.

It recognized and identified the most likely technologies that banks should be watching carefully for the following year, the press release added.*

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Storytelling conducted

Storytelling activities are being conducted by a telecommunications company to children at the PLDT-SMART Amazing GK Village in Barangay Budlaan, Cebu City, a press release from organizers said.

Children gather on Saturday mornings and listen to stories woven with characters close to their hearts and imagination, given by company employees, it also said. "We wanted to make the summer more entertaining and productive for kids," Ramon Isberto of the sponsoring company said, adding that, "We used storytelling to entertain, educate and instill knowledge and values to kids."

Isberto and Jane Paredes also distributed books, the press release added.*

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