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Adamson Lady Falcons set to soar higher with all-star, all-female coaching team

Proving that women can be just as strong in the male-dominated world of sports, Adamson University, together with its sponsor Akari Lighting and Technology Corporation, proudly announces an all-female coaching team for the Adamson University Lady Falcons in the 79th season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) seniors women’s volleyball.

Aiming to soar higher this year, Adamson University Lady Falcons has tapped American coach Airess Padda as head coach. A highly successful athlete-turned-coach, Padda is the founder and director of Malibu Palms Volleyball Club. She began her coaching career with the Hacienda Heights Volleyball Club in 2008 before being appointed as the head coach of the junior varsity team at Sierra Canyon whom she led to a state championship in 2013. Padda also worked as head coach at Malibu High School where in her first season, she took the girl’s team to their best finish to date.

Assisting Padda are returning assistant coaches Cherry Macatangay and Michele Gumabao. Former Golden Tigress Angeli Tabaquero rounds up the all-star Lady Falcons coaching staff.

Macatangay, a multi-titled volleyball player, is a former Adamson Lady Falcon. She was a three-time Best Scorer and a Most Valuable Player (MVP) titlist for the Shakey’s V-League Conference. She was also a member of the national team where she took home a Silver Medal at the 1995 SEA Games.

Meanwhile, Gumabao led the Lady Spikers to a three-peat in the UAAP, proving that she is one of the best defensive players in her league. She bagged two Best Blocker trophies and a Finals MVP award in UAAP 75. Most recently, she took home Finals MVP honors in Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference.

Finally, Tabaquero apart from being a UAAP and Shakey’s V-League champion, was named team captain of the Philippine National Team in the 2013 Asian Championship. She is currently the head coach of the high school volleyball team of Saint Pedro Poveda College.

Padda and the rest of the coaching team will continue to have strong support from Akari, the country’s top lighting and technology brand, as the Lady Falcons vie for the championship title.

“For three years now, we have been supporting Adamson’s basketball and volleyball teams as part of Akari’s youth development and sports programs,” said Russell Balbacal, Akari Lighting and Technology sports director and the Lady Falcons’ team manager. “We hope that the team-up of head coach Airess with Cherry, Michele and Angeli will mold the Lady Falcons into a strong unit, and hopefully clinch the championship title. With their individual success in the UAAP and professional leagues, we are confident that their winning ways and attitude will rub off to our young team.” Akari also supports scholarship projects to reinforce their commitment to education.

Adamson University has produced successful athletes in professional sports. Its women’s volleyball team has landed several UAAP Final Four finishes and a Shakey’s V-League championship title. A UAAP championship title at this point is still a dream but Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM, director of the Office for Athletics and Recreation, is optimistic that the new coach can pave the way to, if not attain, that ultimate goal.

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Akari backs Adamson’s UAAP Season 79 Campaign

Akari, the country’s top lighting and technology brand, will renew its support to the Adamson University (AdU) men’s basketbell team as they aim to soar higher in the UAAP Season 79. With the guidance of new head coach Franz Pumaren, the AdU basketball team is predicted to be the dark horse among the competitive participating universities of UAAP.

“We remain steadfast in backing up the AdU basketball team in their quest for a UAAP championship,” said Russell Balbacal, Akari Lighting and Technology sports director. “Coach Franz Pumaren is a multi-titled coach and seasoned basketball player. We trust that he has prepared the AdU basketball team both physically and mentally.” Akari and AdU’s confidence in Franz Pumaren can be owed to his stellar credentials both in the collegiate and pro ranks.

This is the third year that Akari is supporting Adamson’s basketball and volleyball teams as part of the brand’s youth development and sports program. Other than the UAAP, Akari also supports the university’s scholarship projects to reinforce the company’s commitment to education.


Akari Chairman and Founder Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree

Carlos Lim Tiu, chairman of the board of Akari Lighting and Technology Corp. was conferred a Doctor of Technology degree (honoris causa) by University of Perpetual Help System Laguna in recognition of his contributions to technology and particularly to the lighting industry of the Philippines.

From founding his company Carlson Trading, a distributor of international lighting brands to eventually marketing, importing and distributing local lighting and electrical brands, Akari and Nxled, Dr. Tiu remains committed to bringing lighting innovations to give comfort and security in every Filipino home.

University of Perpetual Help System-JONELTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, BGen/Dr. Antonio L. Tamayo, AFP, FPCHA, PhD cited Dr. Tiu’s role in the business and trade of lighting and electricals. “That he has achieved commendable and uncommonly meritorious accomplishments and activities, both in the academic arena and in broader areas of benefit to society. Invoking the wonders of science through lighting and electrical industry, Dr. Tiu undeniably contributes to the development of science and technology by successfully handling and carrying out his multifarious roles as chairman of the board of his corporations.”


Michele Gumabao, Cherry Macatangay join Adamson Lady Falcons’ coaching staff

Adamson University (AdU) ignites its competitive spirit with the appointment of seasoned volleyball players Cherry Macatangay and Michele Gumabao as assistant coaches of the AdU Lady Falcons.

Cherry Macatangay is a multi-titled volleyball player and former member of the Adamson Lady Falcons. She has received several accolades in both local and international arenas, including the Shakey’s V League 2005-2006 MVP Award and the league’s Best Scorer of its 2004-2005 2nd Conference, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 2nd Conference. On top of this, she was also a consistent player of the Philippine Women’s National Volleyball team that was sent to compete in the Southeast Asian Games and brought home silver and bronze medals in 1995, 2001, 2003, and 2005.

Joining Macatangay as co-assistant coach is new Akari brand ambassador and volleyball superstar Michele Gumabao. Gumabao has received numerous achievements during her UAAP years, including the UAAP Season 75 Finals Most Valuable Player, two-time Best Blocker in UAAP Seasons 73 and 74, and three-time Champion in UAAP Seasons 73 to 75.Gumabao continued impressing when she turned pro. The captain of her Philippine Super Liga (PSL) team, Gumabao was adjudged PSL Season 2015 All-Filipino Best Opposite Spiker and 1st Best Opposite Spiker of PSL Season 2015 Grand Prix.

Akari, the country’s top lighting and electrical brand, is supporting the Adamson University Women’s Volleyball Team, as well as the Seniors Men’s Basketball Team for the second year. This move is just one among the many initiatives they have outlined, together with the university officials, to help the team in their quest for championship.

“Sports development for today’s youth is one of our brand’s core values and this is why we are supporting the Lady Falcons in their journey to become rightful contenders,” says Russell Balbacal, Akari Lighting and Technology sports director. “The appointment of seasoned volleybelles Cherry Macatangay and Michele Gumabao as part of the Lady Falcons’ coaching staff will greatly help the team to further improve their overall performance and hopefully clinch the championship title in the upcoming UAAP Season 78.”


Akari welcomes its newest brand ambassador Michele Gumabao joins Team Akari

Akari, the country’s top lighting and electrical brand, is proud to announce Michele Gumabao, three-time UAAP Champion and former UAAP Best Blocker and Finals MVP, as its latest brand ambassador joining Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng (current Akari faces) and Alvin Patrimonio and Asi Taulava (former Akari endorsers).

Gumabao earns the distinction of being the first female athlete tapped to represent the brand. “Akari associates itself with athletes – both delivering important attributes in their respective fields: power, energy and durability. Michele is a respected volleyball player who has successfully transitioned from collegiate competition to the professional league. Her stint in the pro ranks is a display of her staying power, both in and off the court. To date, she remains as one of the Philippine volleyball scene’s freshest and brightest faces”, said Marian Gomez, marketing manager of Akari Lighting and Technology Corp.

Watch out for Michele Gumabao as she shares her firsthand experience with Akari products. For updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@akarilights).


AdU Appoints Franz Pumaren As New Soaring Falcons Head Coach

Adamson University officially names Franz Pumaren as the new head coach of the Soaring Falcons men’s basketball team effective January 1, 2016.

Pumaren is a seasoned professional basketball player and multi-titled coach. He has played most of his professional basketball career in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for the San Miguel Beermen, where he won nine championships with the team including a Grand Slam feat in 1989.

In the UAAP, Pumaren led the De La Salle University Green Archers to four straight men’s basketball titles from 1998 to 2001 and won his final championship title with the team in 2007. After his UAAP stint, he coached the Air 21 Express team in the PBA for three seasons.

“We are putting our full trust in Franz,” says Fr. Gregorio Bañaga, Jr., CM, AdU’s outgoing president. “While we do not expect an instant transformation, we are optimistic that he and the coaching staff will build us back to become a highly competitive team in the coming seasons to live up to its name, the Soaring Falcons.”

Pumaren’s appointment comes at a most opportune time for Adamson as it tries to rebuild its basketball program and greatly improve the performance of the team. Seeking to exploit its chances, the university will count on Pumaren’s expertise and guidance to come back stronger.

Also taking the lead in welcoming the veteran coach is top lighting and electrical brand, Akari along with the team’s other supporters, Metro Stonerich Corporation and Alliance in Motion Global.

Akari has been a proud supporter of Adamson University’s sports programs for two years. “Akari is committed to back up Adamson Soaring Falcons in its bid to be a consistent UAAP title contender,” says Akari sports director Russell Balbacal. “The appointment of Coach Pumaren will definitely pave the way for the Falcons’ dream of becoming legitimate challengers.”


Congrats, Myrna!

Akari Lighting and Technology Corporation wishes to extend its congratulations to its long-time employee, Ms. Myrna P. dela Cruz as she graduates cum laude from Informatics International College–Diliman.

Myrna joined Akari in 1999 as a promodizer, assigned as training officer in 2008 and was eventually promoted as retail supervisor. Myrna currently holds the position as Akari retail sales manager.

When she asked for the company’s blessing in 2013 to pursue her dream of earning a bachelor’s degree, Akari did not only support her by allowing her to work while studying, but also thru a scholarship in recognition of her loyalty and determination.

“I am really blessed. Although I was not able to finish my degree on time having had to work instead to support my family, my purpose allowed me to finally march this June. Besides to be a degree holder, I pursued my undergraduate studies to increase my knowledge and efficiency, in order to return the trust afforded to me by Akari. I am especially grateful to the Tiu family for their support.” – Myrna dela Cruz

From your Akari Family, congratulations, Myrna and may you serve as an inspiration and testament that determination, coupled with dedication, pays off!


Akari Joins Worldbex 2015

Akari Lighting and Technology Corp. joined the WORLDBEX or The Philippine World Building and Construction Exposition at the World Trade Center Metro Manila last March 11-15, 2015. This construction exposition has been a haven for the local and international building and construction industry, supported by acknowledged sectors of society and a visitor profile of more than 150, 000 per year; it is dubbed to be Asia’s most attended construction exposition.