Bright tips from Akari: Undas essentials

All Souls’ Day is fast approaching! That means spending the day, or even the entire night at the cemetery to remember our departed loved ones. For families planning to camp out, the country’s leading lighting brand, Akari shares some tips to make it as convenient and comfortable as possible.

Bring an appropriate amount of food. Filipino families traditionally spend All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day together to pray and pay respect to deceased loved ones, and at the same, hold a mini-reunion. Make sure you have enough food and drinking water stored in spill-proof containers. Avoid bringing dairy products and other perishable food items.

Do not bring banned items. Security is strict during Undas. As such, avoid attempting to bring in prohibited objects including guns, knives, alcohol beverages, gambling paraphernalia, and loud sound system.

Wear comfortable clothes. Make sure to check the forecast. Wear clothes that are weather-appropriate and comfortable so you can easily move around. Bring umbrellas as well to keep you protected from the sun or rain.

Bring only the essentials. Pack light to make it easier for you to clean up after. Aside from food and water, bring garbage bags for your disposables, towels and wipes, first-aid kit, and rechargeable lamps and fans to keep you comfortable for the duration of your cemetery visit.

Akari offers a 14-inch rechargeable fan that can last up to five hours. It oscillates like a regular fan with two-level speed control (low/high). For your personal use, you can also opt for the handy Akari rechargeable 5-inch LED cooling fan.

Make sure you have portable lights on standby. Akari has a selection of rechargeable lights, from pocket-sized flashlights to wall mountable lanterns to high-powered searchlights.

Keep these tips in mind to ensure a hassle-free Undas experience this year. To know more about Akari, go to http://akari.com.ph/.


Akari lights up Adamson’s UAAP Season 81 campaign by boosting support to four Falcons teams

Expands partnership with the university through scholarships

For the past five years, Akari has been supporting Adamson in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Season 81 is no exception as Akari continues to soar with the Falcons.

Akari is once again going all out to support the Adamson Falcons in their bid for a men’s basketball championship. Since taking over the program in 2016, coach Franz has steered the team to two consecutive Final Four appearances. This year, the Falcons are touted as strong contenders in the senior men’s basketball division.

Meanwhile, third-year American mentor Airess Padda is training the Lady Falcons to compete at a higher level. As part of their off-season build-up, the volleybelles are joining several leagues ahead of their UAAP season opening in February 2019.

For the program’s continuity, Akari has also included the high school girls’ volleyball team under its management. Early this year, the company held the Akari National High School Volleyball Championships to scout promising players and bring them in to the Adamson junior and senior volleyball programs.

After delivering the university’s first championship in the UAAP Cheer Dance Competition (CDC) last year, Adamson Pep Squad coach Jam Lorenzo and his wards are training harder than ever to defend their crown as the UAAP CDC unfolds in November.

Akari’s unwavering support to the Adamson University for the past five years is just one of the many initiatives under the brand’s youth development and sports program. The company has formalized the Akari Foundation to extend its support to the youth beyond collegiate sports. Akari recently gathered the 2018-2019 Adamson University scholars of the company. In an intimate dinner, Christopher Tiu, Akari CEO, reiterated the lighting and energy company’s commitment to help enlighten the future of the Filipino youth.

“Through the Lim Liok Lim and Carter Tiu scholarships, we aim to give back via tertiary scholarship grants. The immediate family members of our employees, as well as the nearest kin of the athletes of the company-sponsored school teams are our priority. We’re also open to providing scholarship grants to indigent but deserving individuals,” the lowkey executive said.


Akari Asian U23 fencing: Maxine Esteban is a winner on and off the piste

Maxine Esteban is not your ordinary Filipina teenager.

She’s a national fencer who not just represents the country in international competitions, but also does her part in helping fellow Philippine athletes who are not fortunate enough to afford training and equipment.

Esteban is also a violinist, something she does to improve her concentration, practice, accuracy and speed.

And as the 2018 Akari-Asian U23 Fencing Championships begin tomorrow at the Ynares Sports Arena, Esteban has one mission: to win a medal in the individual event.

“I believe that never has any Filipino won any medal in the Asian Championships so I would like to be the first,” she told Akari Sports.

The daughter of former athletes who have been very supportive throughout her career, Esteban’s journey has not been all rosy.

In the leadup to the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, Esteban suffered an injury that left her on the shelf for a year.

“After my injury, I wasn’t able to fence for a year. In fact, I wasn’t sure if the severed tendons will make a full recovery,” she shared. “I wasn’t sure if I could fence again.”

But while it was hard and painful, Esteban worked hard, never gave up, and along the way, picked up a ton of lessons that made her as strong as she is today.

“I learned to be patient. I learned to persevere and be more determined,” she added. “Fencing takes a lot of time and practice to perfect the sport. It’s actually a mind game. In the same way that I waited for my injury to heal and for my entire body to get back in shape, I should also look at any fencing game with the same patience.”

The same patience and determination are what Esteban needs now more than ever, as she chases a chance to don the national colors in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

She admits she’s far from that dream, as no Filipino fencer has even won a medal in the Asian Games since 1974. That doesn’t mean, however, she’s pulling back.

“I’m still quite far. Qualifying for the Olympics can be tricky,” she said. “You need to be on the Top 16 in the world rankings. I think qualifying through being in the Top 16 isn’t feasible for me. I am eyeing at winning at the Olympic qualifier.”

But whether she makes it to Tokyo — or even to Paris in 2024 — or not, Esteban is already a winner in her own right.

A couple of years ago, she started TOUCHE — Together U Can Help Educate — a project she does to help fellow fencers get gear and education so they will eventually land a scholarship.

“In fact, I have received numerous donations from countries like the US, Indonesia and France,” she shared. “I believe that the donations were very useful for the less privileged fencers because a lot of them really depend on fencing to get a scholarship.”

Esteban also wants to push the Philippines’ reputation in international fencing tilts.

“My family has supported me in this endeavor thru international competition, camps, training and coaches and because I have made quite a good achievement in the last few years, I have elevated the ‘impression’ of other countries about Philippine fencing/Philippine athletes,” she said.

“Filipinos are very talented. However, due to lack of funding and resources, we are unable to acquire the needed skill to become world class,” she added.

So when the tournament begins Tuesday, Esteban is raring to not just show her fencing skills for the whole of Asia to see.

“I am playing (the violin) in the opening ceremony with the Manila Concert Orchestra. I am very excited about this. Fencing and playing the violin are really complementary. It takes a lot of concentration, practice, accuracy and speed.”


With Akari’s help, top official hopes PH fencing rises soon

With the next Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by the Philippines just around the corner, Akari, in partnership with the Philippine Fencing Association, hopes to develop the next batch of heroes that could put the country in the sport’s world map.

Speaking to Akari Sports during the Akari Asian U23 Fencing Championships at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippine Fencing Association Secretary General Rene Gacuma expressed his appreciation for Akari’s support not just to the more popular sports like basketball and volleyball but in events with relatively smaller following like fencing as well.

“We are very fortunate and grateful that Akari has partnered with us and supported this because this is already in line with the development of the sport of fencing for the Southeast Asian Games which we are hosting next year,” he said.

With 17 countries from all over the continent gathering in Manila on October 16-21, Gacuma is optimistic that the tournament could boost our country’s fencing bets’ chances in duplicating what Filipino athletes has achieved in weightlifting, golf, and skateboarding in recent international competitions.

“You get honed by competing with other fencers from different countries. Little by little, even by observing alone, their exposure will directly and indirectly hone their skills,” Gacuma shared.

Although winning any medal in the Olympics soon is a bit farfetched, Gacuma said that with the help of Akari, step-by-step, the Philippines could reap rewards in the regional stage first and then beyond.

“Maybe not in 2020 yet, but if we get anyone qualified to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, that’s already fortunate. But speaking of the future, we are not holding back, there is so much potential, it’s just a a matter of educating the young kids to the sport.”

They are keen, however, to take a chunk in the regional scene especially in the SEAGames here.

“Akari as this event’s title sponsor, helps us prepare for the Southeast Asian Games as fencing alone has a maximum of 12 golds. It’s an event where 12 golds can be won so how can you go wrong?”

Despite lagging behind basketball, boxing, and other sports in terms of popularity, Gacuma says that fencing has been growing for years now and it will not be long before the country can bring honor through one of the oldest sporting events in the Olympiad.

“The outreach program that fencing basically has has been growing for over two decades already, from 1987 when the Philippine Fencing Team started in the Southeast Asian Games. We saw it grow, be part of the UAAP, and it has already reached far and wide, and with Akari’s national presence, we are grateful that Akari partnered with us.”