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Vibal Foundation’s Philippine Cartography wins Gintong Aklat Award

Posted on Nov. 24, 2021, 8:15 p.m.

Vibal Foundation’s (VF) Philippine Cartography 4th edition won the 2020 Gintong Aklat Awards for Social Sciences category. The awarding ceremony was streamed live on the Facebook pages of the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) and Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) on Wednesday afternoon, November 17. VF’s Program Director Kristine E. Mandigma, book editor Dr. Carlos Madrid, and Ms. Denden Quirino, daughter of the book’s author and National Artist Carlos Quirino, gave their acceptance speeches. 


Established in 1871, Gintong Aklat Awards is conferred bi-annually by BDAP. The outstanding Philippine books are chosen based on overall excellence—from the quality of production, design, and printing to the quality and significance of content. 


Philippine Cartography 1320-1899, Fourth Edition
National Artist Carlos Quirino recounts how the concept of the Philippines emerged as a vague grouping of islands in the early fourteenth century and evolved in fits and starts over half a millennium into its current iconography. The Philippines as a geographical and ideological construct was shaped by a long lineage of cosmographers, cartographers, and artists spanning diverse cultures and times, such as Zhu She Ben, Luo Hong Xian, Abraham Cresques, Francisco Rodrigues, Juan López y Velasco, Diogo Homem, Gerardus Mercator, Sebastian Münster, Robert Dudley, Comte de Lapérouse, Pedro Murillo Velarde, Claudio Montero, Francisco Coello, José Algué, and many others. 


From ancient Chinese scrolls, Japanese and Portuguese portolan maps, French scientific surveys, and British merchants’ nautical charts, Quirino weaves a history of heroics and everyday drudgery, of personal and international rivalries, as well as of egregious mistakes and brilliant insights.


Philippine Cartography was first published in a limited edition in 1959 and reissued a second and third time in Amsterdam and Quezon City. For this fourth edition, editor Dr. Carlos Madrid annotated Quirino’s text and added a selection of over 450 new maps to form the largest bibliography of over 1,600 Philippine cartographic materials. 


Profusely illustrated with over 200 images, this edition is further enriched with six remarkable foldout maps, among them the outstanding Topographía de la Ciudad de Manila, which is reproduced for the first time in high resolution. This edition is also specially honored with a foreword by renowned historian Ambeth Ocampo and an introduction by international author, Thomas Suárez, who presents a meditation on cartography, the making of the Philippines, and the twenty-first century digitality.


Dr. Madrid also appended three significant essays that considerably widen the author’s avenues of inquiry into the Selden map of Southeast Asia, the unheralded Claudio Montero and his Comisión Hidrográfica de Filipinas, and the world-class achievements of Jesuit father Vicente Memije—together with two Filipino artists, Nicolás de la Cruz Bagay and Lorenzo Atlas.


With its erudite text and unparalleled reproduction of rare maps, views, and plans, this book will delight anyone with an interest in antiquity, history, geography, and maps as instruments of power and rare vessels of beauty.
Interested readers may purchase Philippine Cartography and other VFI books at Vibal Online Shop at https://shop.vibalgroup.com, Lazadahttps://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/vibal-books, and at Shopeehttps://shopee.ph/vibalgroup

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Glow with VCO!

April 21, 2022 4:59 p.m.

Mestiza has been in the business of making the skin of every woman, in different walks of life glow with confidence. The secret lies in the formula of their healthy skin soap, with varieties for all skin types.

We know that everything we put on our skin quickly absorbs into our bodies, so Mestiza sourced the finest raw natural ingredients the Philippines has to offer, with ingredients ranging from calamansi, papaya, banana, carrots, and VCO.

The soap contains the combined essential vitamins and health benefits of the said components to restore the skin’ optimum health making it look glowing, making you feel confident.

Among these ingredients, VCO is considered the star.

The lauric acid found in coconut oil has antimicrobial properties, which can help kill bacteria on the skin and reduce inflammation.

Additionally, VCO contains high levels of linoleic acid, an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid that can be used as an emollient and skin soother.

Mestiza contains the highest level of VCO in the market with 33% on their original soap while 40% on the prime variants which cater to different skin types.

Here are the benefits of VCO on the skin:

Antibacterial

Exfoliates

Reduces the appearance of lines

It moisturizes and smoothes the skin

Eases inflammation

Mestiza wanted to share these truly amazing natural ingredients in soap form for your skin to look healthy and glowing. For you to feel best, you need to feel confident.

For inquiries and orders, visit www.mestiza.com.ph or call hotline 0917-3156192 / 0922-8887884. Available in all leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.

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Mother Nature knows best

April 12, 2022 8:30 p.m.

They say that our skin can affect the perceptions of our appearance. If your skin is glowing, you can feel more confident. That’s because glowing skin shows that you are healthy and you take care of your skin.

When people look good, they typically feel better and more confident about themselves. However, to achieve that healthy glow, one must create a consistent skincare regime with the right products made with natural ingredients — Yes!

Nature is still key and the undisputed source of glow. Time to reveal the secret to healthy glowing skin with Mestiza made with nature’s most powerful ingredients! Include Mestiza in your daily skincare routine and boost your confidence with glowing skin!

For inquiries and orders, visit www.mestiza.com.ph or call hotline 0917-3156192 / 0922-8887884. Available in all leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.

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LG helps women wear their best

March 31, 2022 6:40 p.m.

As the whole world celebrates Women’s Month, we find ourselves looking back throughout history about the role women played and how it has evolved today. It’s an uphill battle, but year after year, the gender gap is slowly getting narrower. The goal of equality, freedom, and empowerment is within reach.

Technology plays a large role in breaking down stereotypes. New innovations and groundbreaking advances in technology give anyone the ability to do jobs and chores that were otherwise gendered.

Housework, for example, has always been a role assigned to women by default. LG has invested in numerous products aimed at giving women the freedom to explore their lives, outside the regular household chores

LG, one of the trailblazers in technology and innovation, remains steadfast in its goal of simplifying work to make life good.

Through the simplicity and hassle-free nature of LG home appliances, everyone, especially women, are given more time and freedom to pursue and live the kind of life they want. LG continuously commits to creating innovative products to support women. 

In its Women’s Month campaign, LG focuses on how its clothing care solutions, consisting of washing machines and dryers, can bring out the best version of you.

Instead of looking at laundry as a chore, LG makes doing the laundry complement your lifestyle while caring for your wash against wear and tear. With intuitive controls and precise settings, you can do the laundry with a click of a button and live your best life.

The LG Styler is key to looking sharp in every outfit, especially for the ladies with a passion for fashion. It refreshes and removes odors from fabrics, and utilizes LG’s TrueStreamTM technology to help reduce allergens and wrinkles in clothing.

This steamy assistant also has a dehumidifying function that can freshen up her walk-in wardrobe, keeping her ready to dress for success anytime,  stepping out in style.

Speaking more about the initiative, LG Managing Director Seungjae Kim said “Women’s Month is all about empowerment and freedom. We celebrate women all over the world and we hope that our innovations have played a part in achieving their goals. With the help of today’s technologies, LG celebrates these amazing women with modern solutions to help boost their quality of life.”

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