Friday, June 17, 2016

Globe, PLDT sign agreement on IP Peering to improve internet experience of customers

PLDT - GLOBE IP Peering
Information Officer Gil Genio, Sen. Bam Aquino, PLDT Director Atty. Ray Espinosa and PLDT EVP and Head of EICB Eric Alberto.
June 16, 2016 – Manila, Philippines – Philippine telecommunications operators Globe Telecom and PLDT made another positive step at improving internet services for its millions of customers through a bilateral IP peering arrangement that will make downloading/uploading of web content faster and more efficient.

Globe and PLDT signed a memorandum of agreement today, which will serve as a preamble to a formal peering agreement between the two parties. The agreement provides for the two companies to implement a bilateral domestic peering within 30 days.  A formal peering agreement is set to be signed by both companies within 90 days.  Senator Bam Aquino witnessed the MOA signing.


“After six years of actively advocating for an IP peering, Globe welcomes PLDT’s decision to have a meaningful and applicable IP peering arrangement with us. We are happy with this landmark development considering the benefits to our customers in terms of internet experience,” said Gil Genio, Globe Chief Technology and Information Officer. “With an effective domestic internet peering in place, Globe customers will gain direct access to content and applications hosted by PLDT data centers and vice-versa. We are confident that this agreement will redound to a better experience on internet services benefitting customers of both parties and the country as a whole,” he added.


Under the agreement, Globe will put in a 10Gbps link and port for domestic peering between Globe and PLDT (GIX-PHIX). The bilateral domestic peering will cover PLDT-managed networks such as Smart, Sun and Digitel and the Globe networks that include Globe mobile, Bayantel, Ayalaport and Globe data center.   The agreement, however, does not cover the Vitro Internet Exchange, which houses PLDT’s data centers as Globe already has an existing peering arrangement with Vitro involving a 10Gbps link.

Globe, PLDT sign agreement on IP Peering to improve internet experience of customers - cebustreetjournal.com


The IP peering agreement means that content and applications hosted by the PLDT group which are being accessed by Globe customers will be treated as local content, and do not have to be routed overseas, causing additional IP transit costs, delay in data transmission and latency in downloading sites.  About 20% of internet traffic is local, which means that traffic originates in the Philippines and terminates in the Philippines. As provided for in the agreement, both Globe and PLDT will provide a 3Gbps per month free traffic threshold.  

Once implemented, the IP peering arrangement between the two telcos will keep a substantial portion of local data traffic in country, thus the elapsed transmission and reception time are kept to a minimum.   This in turn allows for shorter access-to-response time, and faster access to applications.  For customers, the browsing experience is better because delays and time outs are minimal.  Gaming applications will also run smoothly.

IP Peering also helps minimise the country’s dependence on international cables and prevent a repeat of a 2008 incident where major international cables were damaged because of the Taiwan earthquake. The incident prevented Philippine customers from accessing local sites, government websites and local emails. /PR

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sinulog 2017 Schedule of Activities

The biggest and grandest festival in the Philippines in honor of Señor Santo Niño is celebrated every third weekend of January. This 2017, the Sinulog Grand Parade will be on January 15, 2017 (Sunday).


Taken during the Sinulog Novena Mass 2016 at Basilica del Santo Niño
Taken during the Sinulog Novena Mass 2016 at Basilica del Santo Niño
SINULOG 2017 Schedule of Activities
(as of December 2, 2016)
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Click here for SINULOG 2017 Schedule of Novena Masses

December 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017 : Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.

December 30, 2016 - Sinulog Fun Run

January 6, 2017 (Friday)  Sinulog 2017 Kick Off

10:00A.M. : Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 P.M. : Solemn Mass (Basilica del Santo Niño)
3:00 P.M. Launching Parade (Basilica Del Santo Niño to CCSC)
5:30 P.M. Novena mass
7:00 P.M. Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña

January 7, 2017 (Saturday)  Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan

1:00 P.M. Parade of Participants (Capitol to CCSC)
2:00 P.M. Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan at CCSC
5:30 P.M. Novena mass
7:00 P.M. Ms. Cebu 2017 Pre Pageant Night @ Ayala Activity Center
10:00 P.M. Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Party Bands

January 8, 2017 (Sunday)  Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan

3:00 A.M. : Cebu City 2017 Marathon – www.cebumarathon.com
1:00 P.M. : Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City  Sports Center
2:00 P.M. : Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan @ Cebu City Sports Center
5:30 P.M. : Novena Mass
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 9, 2017 (Monday)  

5:30 P.M. : Novena Mass
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 10, 2017 (Tuesday)                 

5:30 P.M. : Novena Mass
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 11, 2017 (Wednesday)      

9:00 A.M. : Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)5:30 P.M. : Novena Mass
7:00 P.M. : Ms. Cebu 2017 Coronation Night @ Waterfront Hotel Cebu City
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 12, 2017 (Thursday)

9:00 A.M. : Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:00 P.M. : Balik Cebu Welcome Party @ Ayala Activity Center
6:30 P.M. : Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot
8:00 P.M. : Handumanan @ Ayala Terraces
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog 2016 Idol Grand Finals @ the Fuente Osmeña
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2017 (Friday)  Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)

4:00 A.M. : Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmeña - Sto. Niño
9:00 A.M. : Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingent/Floats/Higante/Puppeteers)
                  @ Cebu City Sports Center Gym
6:00 P.M. : Sinulog 2016 Dance Crew Finals @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 P.M. : Sinulog Festival Queen 2016 Coronation Night @ Cebu City Sports Center
8:00 P.M. : Cebu Popular Music Festival @ Cebu Coliseum

January 14, 2017 (Saturday)           

6:00 A.M. : Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Niño
9:00 A.M. : Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Santo Niño
12:00 P.M. : 12th "The Street Vibration & Big Bike Rally 2017" by V-max Owner's Group, Inc. Cebu Chapter
2:00 P.M. : Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 P.M. : Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 P.M. : Street Party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia

January 15, 2017 (Sunday) - Sinulog Grand Parade

 

Sinulog 2017 - CebuStreetJournal.com
Sinulog 2017 - Grand Parade Route. Photo by: https://www.facebook.com/CebuCityC3/
4:00 A.M. : Mañanita Mass at Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 A.M. : Pontifical Mass
8:00 A.M. : Holy Mass at Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 A.M. : Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 P.M. : Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks at CCSC
9:00 P.M. : Pyrospectacular Show (Pyromusical Show at SM City Cebu)
5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. : Sinulog DJ Mixing Grand Finals Night at Fuente Osmeña Circle
12:00 MN : Sinulog Fireworks at
SRP (South Road Properties

January 16, 2017 (Monday)  : Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center

January 20, 2017 (Friday)    “HUBO”

January 31, 2017 (Tuesday)   : Judging Sinulog 2017 Photo Contest

February 1, 2017 (Wednesday)  : Judging of Finalist in Short Film / Video Documentary and Music Video Contest

February 4, 2017                                

1:00 P.M. : Screening of Finalists Sinulog Short Film Festival @ SM City Cebu
6:00 P.M. : Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and Video Documentary Contest @ SM City Cebu

February 4, 2017 – February 13, 2017  :  Photo Exhibit “Winning Photos Sinulog 2017" @ SM City Cebu 

 Source: Sinulog.ph

Below are my photos of Sinulog 2016:

During the Grand Parade.
During the Grand Parade. Can you see me? Ha ha ha ha!
Sinulog 2016.
With my friends Jay Dequito together with Celine and Minette from WhenInManila.com.
With my friends Jay Dequito together with Celine and Minette from WhenInManila.com.


Crowd at the General Maxilum Avenue, Cebu City around 5pm during the Sinulog Grand Parade.
Crowd at the General Maxilum Avenue, Cebu City around 5pm during the Sinulog Grand Parade.