UNIQLO Launches UT Grand Prix 2020 T-Shirt Design Competition

UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer,  UT Grand Prix 2020 T-shirt Design Competition (UTGP 2020 + MoMA) seeks entries from around the world. The theme of this contest, now in its 15th year, is Draw Your World.

Inspired by New York’s renowned The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), UTGP 2020 returns to the competition’s founding ethos of celebrating T-shirts as blank canvases on which to make art accessible and enjoyable for all. UNIQLO is inviting several world-renowned artists approved by MoMA to serve on the judging panel.

The Grand Prize winner will receive PHP1,560,000, the largest purse yet for this contest, and an invitation to the awards ceremony at the Museum Store in MoMA.  The second prize and third prize winners will get P520,000.00 and P260,000.00, respectively plus an invitation to the awards ceremony,  while the finalists will each receive P26,000.00.

The Museum plans to display the winning designs in the Museum Store at MoMA. These designs will also be featured in UNIQLO’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection, which will be available in men’s and women’s lines from UNIQLO stores around the world and the UNIQLO.com online store.

Entries are accepted until Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10:59.  For contest mechanics, please visit www.uniqlo.com/UTGP/2020/ph.

About the UT Grand Prix

UNIQLO has conducted its UT Grand Pix design competition since 2005 to foster creativity and talent round the world. The contest is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Previous contest themes have included Star Wars, Marvel, Nintendo, and Pokémon, and have attracted numerous entries, with winning designs being sold around the globe.

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Japanese global apparel retailer, Uniqlo, will open its 60th store in the Philippines and the second store in Bacolod City.  Located at the Ground Floor of the Ayala Malls Capitol Central, the new store will open its doors on October 18, 2019.

Bringing in new designs for the Negrense, UNIQLO is dedicated to creating LifeWear, a collection of apparel which is rooted in the Japanese values of simplicity, quality, and longevity.  With LifeWear, each garment is crafted with the best fit and the fabrics are made to be affordable and accessible.  The clothing is constantly innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design and better comfort to people's lives.

UNIQLO's second store in Bacolod City is a testament that indeed, the economic climate is improving in the city.  According to Camille Pacis, Marketing Head of UNIQLO, the second store is in response to the warm reception of the people and the growth and business potential of Bacolod.

The UNIQLO Ayala Central Capitol Store will showcase the complete line-up of UNIQLO LifeWear, including 2019 Fall/Winter collection featuring new and on-trend styles for the cold season; and essentials such as U Crew Neck T-shirts, EZY jeans and ankle pants, DRY-EX, AIRism and loungewear collections.

There will be special promos for early shoppers.  On October 18-20, customers can get a chance to receive a limited edition UNIQLO U Packable Bag with a minimum purchase of P2,500.00.  

There will also be exclusive offers from October 18-24 on selected apparel such as u Crew Neck T-shirts (from P590.00  to P490.00), Mickey Stands Graphics S/S T-shirt (from P590.00 to P490.00), Chino shorts (from P990.00 to P790.00), EZY Ankle Pants (from P1,490.00 to P1,290.000, Hybrid Down Parka (from P4,990.00 to P3,990.00) and many more.

In line with the opening of the new store, Reiny Vergara, PR and Sustainability Manager of UNIQLO, announced that there will be an outreach program geared at improving the lives of Filipino families through the power of clothing.  In partnership with the Negrense Volunteers for Change, Uniqlo will be giving away 1,500 pieces of clothing to 300 families in Bacolod on October 17, 2019.

For more updates, customers may download the UNIQLO mobile app, visit UNIQLO Philippines' website www.uniqlo.com/ph and social media accounts: Facebook https:www.facebook/uniqlo.ph Twitter https:www.twitter.com/uniqloph and Instagram  https://instagram.com/unoqlophofficial   

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Talking Turns Therapy Clinic / Bacolod City: Dedicated to Children with Speech and Language Disorders

For health professionals, modern science and technology have made practically all sorts of health disorders addressed or treated.  As early as a few months after conception, some tests could already tell if your baby has Down Syndrome, serious heart defect or kidney problem.  
Recently, the Department of Health (DOH) issued Republic Act 9288 or Newborn Screening Act of 2004, requiring all hospitals to conduct newborn screening tests to all babies delivered in the facility. The government hopes that with this law, the early detection of disorders and interventions will save more lives and reduce unnecessary negative effects of Filipinos with health problems.

However, there are developmental disorders that may not be detected until the baby reaches one year old or more when the child is observed not to be typically developing.  Other communication disorders even go beyond the growing years such as those with neuro developmental disorders like Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Typically, children may find it difficult to distinguish sounds or may have trouble with words and sentences, but they should be able to talk at around 4 or 5 years old as they already have a well-developed speech and language skills

For a long time, speech-impaired children were not properly diagnosed and treated and we sometimes called them  "pitla" or "nagapurotikol maghambal" or worst, "apa" . (loosely translated as "gibberish').

There is now a speech clinic in Bacolod City called TALKING TURNS THERAPY CLINIC, located in Room 3-9, 3rd Floor of the JDI Building (in front of PLDT), Galo Street, Bacolod City, that caters to children who have speech and language problems.  Now, finding a Speech Specialist for our kids is no longer a problem.

Usually done on a one-on-one session, students are assessed, diagnosed and an individualized program is formulated to treat the speech, language, social communication, and cognitive-communication disorders.

Owned and managed by Maria Jackelyn D. Sia, a Speech and Language Pathologist, the airconditioned speech clinic is like a kid's playground complete with educational toys that aid in the kids' speech rehabilitation program.

This attractive image hangs prominently at the back of the door gives students a play on colors and scenes of humans and animals interacting with each other.

The individualized program is structured, based on the child's learning needs and interventions are mostly play-based activities.
This cabinet houses the toys at various developmental levels to facilitate development of child's play skills.  
When I asked why Talking Turns, she has this to say: "Talking Turns" is all about communication, rather than learning generically.  It is a play on the words, "taking turn", which adds an element of social interaction, to just merely talking,  using words to engage, connect with other people and the world.

"Taking turn" emphasizes the need for collaboration- the parents and others should also be communication partners of the kids. "Like they say, it takes a village to raise a child".

Talking Turns Therapy Clinic emphasizes the importance of collaborations between the students and guardians and parents.

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