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Metrobank P32-B stock rights offer closes today

Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00 Published in Business

As disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange on March 10, 2015, Metrobank is offering 435,371,720 common shares via a P32 billion stock rights offer (SRO).
Shareholders of Metrobank as of the record date of March 18 who are entitled to participate in the SRO are those who are located in the Philippines or located in jurisdictions outside the Philippines and outside the United States where it is legal to participate in the SRO under the securities laws of such jurisdictions.
The SRO is not being made to shareholders who are located or who reside in the United States.
Eligible shareholders are entitled to subscribe to one Rights Share for every 6.3045 common shares held as of record date.
The rights shares are being offered at P73.50 per rights share.
The offer period for the rights shares is currently ongoing and is scheduled to close today 12 noon.
Eligible shareholders have until this time to submit their respective application forms together with all required documentation to either Metrobank-Trust Banking Group, located at 17th Floor GT Tower International, Ayala Avenue corner H.V. dela Costa Street, 1227 Makati City or any Metrobank branch.
Only duly accomplished application forms with complete supporting documentation and payment requirements will be accepted.
J.P. Morgan and UBS are acting as joint global coordinators, joint international lead managers and joint bookrunners for the transaction.
First Metro Investment Corp. is acting as sole domestic lead manager and joint bookrunner.
HSBC is acting as co-manager. 
Metrobank is the country’s premier universal bank and has the largest domestic network of 920 branches and 2,100 automated teller machines nationwide, and 32 foreign branches, subsidiaries and representative offices.

IPC raises info security via new ISO certification

Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00 Published in Business

Pioneering local cloud services company and data center operator IPC (IP Converge Data Services Inc.) recently qualified for the new international standard for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS), ISO 27001:2013.
This certification is the first revision of the ISO 27001:2005 standard, which IPC recently held.
IPC further maintains an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems (QMS) certification. Both certifications were issued by TÜV Rheinland Philippines Inc.
According to IPC president Rene Huergas, “Our QMS and ISMS ISO certifications assure our clients with high standards across all areas of our business — from our staff to our facilities. Being at par with existing international standards is part of IPC’s commitment to provide secure and trustworthy cloud and data management services to local enterprises.”
IPC is one of only a few companies in the Philippines to be certified for both ISO 27001:2013 ISMS and ISO 9001:2008 QMS.
ISO 27001:2013 (ISMS) is the international standard for examining a company’s information security risks; designing and implementing a comprehensive suite of information security controls; and adopting an overall management process to meet the organization’s information security needs.
It is the first and most recent revision to the ISO 27001:2005 standards. An ISMS certified company ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information to stakeholders.
“Our upgraded certification for ISO 27001 strengthens our position as a leading Cloud Services Provider in the Philippines. It assures our business partners of the integrity of our facilities, people and processes,” said Huergas.
ISO 9001:2008 (QMS) is one of the most widely sought-after certifications, being the global standard by which the quality of an organization’s internal processes is measured.
It gives the seal of good housekeeping, attesting to IPC’s commitment to deliver value-driven solutions and services, and ensuring this value through continuous improvement and innovation, and by emphasizing quality in daily operations.
IPC offers a full suite of cloud services through the portal which is powered by a robust cloud platform hosted in its own Internet data center.
IPC Data Centers are state-of-the-art, telco-grade facilities built to support various enterprise IT and telecommunications requirements 24x7.
IPC has been at the forefront of the enterprise cloud computing space in the Philippines even before the term “cloud computing” was coined.
IPC is the country’s only Gold Cloud Alliance Partner, and is also a Google Partner providing user licenses, consulting, and deployment services.
IPC is a cloud computing advocate and encourages local organizations to ThinkOutCloud.

Tapping the kid in everyone

Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00 Published in Life Style

The Avengers, Elsa and Anna from Frozen and The Jedi Knights from the famous Star Wars franchise are now made accessible to millions of PLDT Home Telpad subscribers.
The landline, tablet and broadband brand recently signed an agreement with Disney to showcase the latter's extensive digital content including Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucas Films.
Gary Dujali, PLDT vice president and head of Home Marketing, shares that the brand has been highlighting kids in past campaigns including the memorable Derek and Diego in their “Anna Banana” and “Ask Diego” campaigns, as well as the latest one featuring the twin little girls for the latest FamCam offering.
Starting this month, PLDT hits home with the Disney campaign not only with an extensive digital library of films, but also exclusive freebies such as the Disney-themed skins for tablets and two premium games each month. These are all easily accessed at the Disney widget in the tablet's home screen.
Patrick Tang, PLDT vice president and head for Home Solutions, shares that the partnership is the start of their kids program. He shares that there are more exciting news for their Disney partnership in the months to come especially this summer and in the last quarter of the year with the expected releases of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the reboot of Star Wars.
Subscribers just need to pay P199 on top of their existing plan to get the Disney content.

Control your home
Tang adds another good news with the introduction of the telpad's high-tech unit.
The All New Telpad features an intelligent technology that enables it to control home appliances such as HDTV, airconditioner and the Home Theater System, and the FamCam through WiFi and infrared.
Tang enthuses that the gadget can be configured with almost all known appliances in the market. Besides this, the unit features high fidelity speakers, providing excellent surround bass sound. Play songs from smartphone, tablet or laptop with the All New Telpad via Bluetooth.
The unit's built-in WiFi repeater and router can serve the standard maximum 10 gadgets at once.
The All New Telpad is available on high speed PLDT Home DSL plan 2099 and up and Fibr plans.
Log on to for more information. — With reports from Kathleen A. Llemit, Staff Writer


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