Philippine Nickle Industry Rakes International Award Recognition from Local and International Giving Bodies

 Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) members recently gained recognition for excellence in operations from the Philippines and Southeast Asia.


This was revealed during the Pandesal forum held at the Max’s restaurant in Scout Tuazon street in Diliman, Quezon City. The forum moderator was Mr. Wilson Lee Flores.

Local and International Award Recognition

Agata Mining Venture Inc. (AMVI) will be representing the Philippines at the 2nd ASEAN Mineral Awards in Thailand this December. AMVI is nominated for the Best Practices in Metallic Mineral Distribution award which recognizes impact on community development, implications on ASEAN mineral supply, human resource development, productivity and resource efficiency, and measures to address health, safety, and environmental performance.


On the other hand, the Nickel Initiative 2019 Conference held last March 18 and 19 was shortlisted in Public Affairs Asia’s Gold Standard Award for Stakeholder Engagement and Gold Standard Award for Country and Trade Promotion.

The premiere business conference, which is a milestone event for the country’s nickel industry, was selected over 250 entries submitted by various industries across Asia. PNIA will represent the Philippine’s nickel industry in the awarding ceremony to be held on February 2020 in Singapore.

PNIA members were also awarded by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) as they took home a total of eleven (11) awards for excellence of their mining operations at the 66th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC).

During the event, C.T.P. Construction and Mining Corporation (CTPCMC) and Platinum Group Metals Corporation (PGMC) got the Platinum Award for Surface Mining operations.

CTPCMC was awarded two Platinum Achievement Awards for their surface mining operations in the Barangays of Dahican and Adlay, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur, and PGMC received a Platinum Achievement Award for their surface mining operation in Barangay Cagdianao in Claver, Surigao del Norte.

In addition, AMVI was awarded their second Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) for their Surface Mining operations. PMIEA is the country’s highest award for mining companies that are demonstrating excellence in environmental, safety, and health management, and community development in the conduct of its mining operations.

AMVI also placed 2nd Runner – Up in the Best Mining Forest Award and was Runner-Up for the Safest Surface Mining Operation Award.

On top of being recognized and awarded for excellence in their mining operations, PNIA members raked in awards during the Mine Safety Field Demonstration and Competition ceremonies.

PGMC was 1st Runner – Up in the Fire Extinguishing competition, Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) was 2nd Runner – Up in the same competition, and CTPCMC was 2nd Runner – Up in the Fire Brigade competition.

Recognizing the contribution of the mining industry to trade and exports, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also awarded PGMC as the country’s Top Exporter for the Minerals Sector.

Earlier this year, CTPCMC was titled the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) Champion for the CARAGA region by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for their commendable achievements of their initiatives benefiting safety and health of their workers and the community.

PNIA Chairman Isidro C. Alcantara Jr. underscored the importance of aiming for excellence in mining operation standards as well as creating an impact to uplift lives of people where mines are operating.

“The industry has significantly contributed to nation building by boosting regional economic growth in the countryside. Mining helped secure a sustainable future for their families through employment, livelihood, education and other social services like health and other socio-civic programs,” Alcantara said.

PNIA President Dante R. Bravo highly commends the achievement of PNIA member companies as these successes showcase concrete efforts for sustainable and responsible mining in the Philippines.

“There is integrity in what we do, and these awards are another confirmation of the fact that we are a responsible, responsive, and ethical industry. I could not be happier with what the industry has achieved this year,” said Bravo.


Postal Heritage Tour and Talks

Philippine Philatelic Federation which is an NGO organization of several stamp clubs in partnership with PHLPOST, Pilipinas Philately ,WalkwithChan, Philippine Philatelists and Collectibles FB, Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and among other cause oriented stamp and postcard collecting group is inviting the general public, students, heritage advocates, stamp collectors and tourists to join this FREE guided tour, lecture and explore the historic Manila Central Post Office.


Here are tentative schedule for September 21,2019 ( Saturday ): ( Manila Central Post Office main lobby )

8:50 am to 9:00 am registration and assembly
9:00 am to 9:10 am briefing by Mr. Rence Chan ( walkwithchan) games, trivia and on the spot raffle.
9:10 to 9: 30am – Ms. Arlene Labao- ( philatelic section )
9:30 am to 10:00am- Mrs. Josie Cura -special talks about philately and heroes .

10:00am to 11:45 am -post office tour, facilities, P.O. boxes, sorting of mails, proposed museum and gallery, post shoppe.

Parking space is at the left side portion of the post office beside the ( Postal Saving Bank/ OFW Bank) area.


Last month several bloggers and vloggers like Finding Tom,LOLPhilosopher went to the tour.

Note: For the “Certificate of Attendance” please try to attend the activity and wait between 3 weeks to 1 month before claiming at the PHLPOST. Contact Persons: Ms. Abi Tarroza, Ms. Perla Goco or Ms. Arlyn Labao (02) 527-01-08 or 527-01-32 ( Mondays to Fridays ) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Throwback Expo 2019 in Makati

Throwback Expo 2019 will be held at the Activity area 1, Makati Cinema Square, Pasong Tamo,Makati from September 20 to 22 , 2019 from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

There will be about 30 stall holders which will be selling a lot of vintage stuffs which range from antiques, toys, figurines, cassette tapes, game console, banknotes, coins, stamps, comics, books and among others.


Throwback Expo

Makati Cinema Square is known to be a favorite hang out place by Batang 80’s and 90’s.  There will be toy auction, retro music from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. Hence the tagline ” Relieve your childhood with us! ”

Among the booth sellers includes Modern Vintage Collectibles PH , Comic Odyssey, Dekada and many others.

Unlike other bazaars within Metro Manila, There were no entrance fees!

Contact Details:09081405282

Grow and Show Features Fern and Astrophytum from September 13 to 15

Grow and Show in partnership with Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Management Bureau presents to the general public “Fernteriffic” and “Astrofabulous” for the next trade fair and plant show for the month of September 2019.


It is just around the corner there are many reason why one should take time and visit.  Trade fair will be held from September 13 to 15, 2019

Activities and Talks


Tabletop Exhibit on “Astrophytum” will be on Sept 15th, Sunday.

Registration starts at 8:00 am to 12:00 nn
Registration fee is Php 50.00 per entry/plant

Cash prizes,ribbons and trophy awaits the winners…

Lectures and Activities

“Fernteriffic September” by Fern Study Group Architect Wendy Fernando-Regalado will be on Saturday, Sept. 14th at 1:00PM.

“Astrofabulous September” by NCSOPI President Amy Lastimosa and Mr. Toti DM Administrator of Astrophytum Collectors Group Ph will be on Sept 15th, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Tilly Huddle and Plant Exchange headed by Ms. Doreen Dofitas will be on Sept. 14th ,Saturday at 11:00 am

Plant Bingo Bonanza headed by Secretariat Ms. Angela Marin will be on Sept 14th, Saturday at 2:00 pm

For more information and how to join the monthly bazaar, Please try to call or send sms to Ms. Angel Marin ( Secretariat) 0917-798-1317.

The trade show will be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Note: There are two entrances, one at North Avenue and at Quezon Avenue side. Please note that there is a minimal entrance fee of Php 30 for the general public and Php 15 for students, senior citizens that goes to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife.

Retrocon 2019 at Lucky Chinatown Mall

Retrocon 2019 is a gathering for all collectors, fans, enthusiasts and admirers of vintage items, collectibles, memorabilia and anything of value which remind them of not so distant past.

Retrocon 2019 poster

There will be a lot of side events like meet and greet, stalls, talks, games at the three-day event which will happen on August 2,3 ,4 at Lucky China Mall in Binondo, Manila.

This will be the 4th time that the Retro Con will be held, the first two edition was held at the iconic Ali Mall in Cubao, while the last one was held in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

Retro Con 2019 is one of its kind and is aiming to bring in collectors and vintage collectibles in one venue for the appreciation of the public.

Unlike other trade fairs, the convention is FREE and open from 10:00 am till 8:00 pm. Hope to see you all !!!!

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