Beko, a European appliance brand in home appliances, recently held an exciting golf tournament in collaboration with its esteemed Luzon appliance dealers. The event, took place at the Luisita Golf and Country Club last Tuesday, September 12. This brought together key players in the appliance industry for a day of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and business networking.
The tournament was an exceptional opportunity for Beko to express its appreciation for the dedicated dealers who have been instrumental in the brand’s continued success in the Luzon region. Beko’s commitment to providing top-quality appliances and strengthening its partnerships with local retailers was evident throughout the event.
The day kicked off with a warm welcome from Beko’s executives, who expressed gratitude for the invaluable contributions of the appliance dealers in driving the brand’s growth and market presence in Luzon. Attendees were then treated to a sumptuous breakfast before hitting the greens.
The golf tournament itself was a thrilling competition that showcased both skill and sportsmanship. Participants, including Beko representatives and dealers, displayed their prowess on the golf course, engaging in friendly rivalry while enjoying the lush surroundings and crisp, fresh air.
Throughout the day, Beko ensured that participants were well taken care of with an array of amenities, including refreshments and on-course contests, making sure everyone had a memorable experience. The event also provided an excellent opportunity for networking and building stronger relationships within the industry.
After the tournament, an awards ceremony took place to recognize outstanding performances on the course.
Mr. Gürhan Gunal, country manager of Beko Philippines, expressed his gratitude to all the participants, sponsors, and supporters who made the event possible. He stated, “This golf tournament symbolizes our commitment to our partners and the importance we place on our relationships. We are grateful for their unwavering support and trust in Beko.”
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Why are we so anti-aging when it is a constant part of everyone’s life?
The silent yet growing stigma in maintaining one’s beauty and youthfulness, especially among women, inspired Claudine Viquiera to establish Pro Age Solutions. “What makes the menopausal journey even harder is the fact that there is no community locally that addresses the problem that women encounter,” Claudine Viquiera said. Her goal is to create a community of women in midlife to have a safe space to talk about their experiences while eradicating the taboos and stigma about perimenopause and menopause.
Going Pro Age: Roundtable Discussion
In the recent roundtable discussion held at the Marquis Events Place last August 22, 2023, industry leaders: restorative dermatologist Dra. Jean Marquez, regenerative medicine expert Dr. Joel Lopez, Veil Cosmetics’ research and development manager Mr. Jacob Park, and the one and only Cory Quirino joined Pro Age Solutions’ Chief Advocate and Founder Claudine Viquiera in a conversation about perimenopause and menopause. The roundtable discussion also started the #OwnYourAge movement which is a call to women to embrace and be proud of their age as it is a natural part of who they are.
Pro Age Solutions
Pro Age Solutions is a pioneering advocacy brand for perimenopausal and menopausal relief and overall wellness. The brand released its first product line that features skincare products formulated in Korea but are made and tested specifically for Filipino women who are experiencing skin issues due to menopause. Claudine explained that the brand started with skincare products as the skin is the most visible manifestation of the symptoms of menopause.
Menopause and the Skin
Menopause is a period in which a woman’s periods stop due to the gradual loss of ovarian follicular function and the decline of estrogen levels. Most of the women in this stage experience different symptoms, one of the most prevalent is skin issues. Some of these are dryness and itching, wrinkles, acne, hot flashes, and melasma.
Menopause and Mental Health
Along with the skin issues, the changing hormonal levels also impact women’s mental health. On top of that, changes to their skin and their appearance can be a source of distress and may contribute to a loss of self-esteem and confidence.
The products will be available on Pro Age Solutions’ official website soon! Tune in to their social media at @proagesolutions on both Facebook and Instagram!
Join the conversation today and let’s create an age-inclusive and pro-aging community.
The open floor plan is a practical home design for this art collector. “It’s a plan looking into the future preparing for old age when one cannot go up and climb stairs,” she shared.
When designing a home, choosing an open floor plan is a personal decision. “Some just love the home and it happens to come with this kind of combination – kitchen, living, and dining rooms.”
“Others love the idea of having the rooms open to one another as they are great for entertaining,” according to an online source. Moreover, they want to see what’s happening in one glance.
“On the practical side, it’s a plan looking into the future preparing for old age when one cannot go up and climb stairs,” shared the owner of this exquisite residence, who is an art lover and certified art collector.
The kitchen in this open design is just adjacent to the dining and living areas. They share the same hue with the kitchen fixtures, dining table, and living room furniture.
The kitchen area looks fresh, upscale, and neat. It has wide spaces to move around when prepping up meals for the household. It has seating areas around the marble island kitchen.
Their well-maintained living room looks great with a contemporary painting by visual artist Nikulas Lebajo. The atmosphere is welcoming, relaxing, and full of warmth. The painting is well harmonized with the interior of the living room. Moreover, a painting is like a mirror to the soul of the owner. One’s taste, character, and story are illustrated by the painting one chooses for the home.
Interesting lighting and coordinated look to the kitchen, living room, billiard room, and master’s bedrooms are interesting touches that create a great ambiance and connected spaces.
Get these amazing devices for your kids in low installment plans under PhP1,499 or PhP999 per month with 0% interest this back-to-school season!
Taguig City, Philippines – With the new school year ahead, parents, especially moms, are taking charge of preparing everything their kids will need to equip them with essential tools this back-to-school season. However, as we embrace the era of modern learning, where technology has taken center stage in driving students’ education, providing them with the right study devices is no longer a luxury but a necessity.
Luckily, getting these devices does not require breaking the bank, as Home Credit is the key to availing these gadgets in low monthly installment plans with 0% interest.
From budget-friendly laptops under PhP1,499 per month to ‘sulit’ study tablets for schooling below PhP999 per month, the leading consumer finance company offers a wide range of options you can choose from to provide your kids with an efficient partner this academic year. Some of these options include:
First on the list of value-for-money laptops below PhP1,499 per month is the ASUS Ryzen 3 Laptop. Equipped with an AMD Ryzen 3 processor complemented by 8GB of RAM, this ASUS laptop can easily handle everything without lags—whether it’s taking notes, conducting research, working on assignments and projects, or accessing learning platforms.
This device also comes packed with 256GB of storage to provide your kids with enough space to save their school files and necessary applications. Additionally, it boasts a 14-inch display and weighs only 1.60kg, making it an excellent choice for students who are always on the go.
Another option is the HP 15S i3 Silver Laptop, which you can also get for less than PhP1,499 per month. Powered by an Intel Core i3-1115G4 processor supported by 8GB of RAM, this laptop enables your kids to multitask easily, providing them with an efficient learning partner.
Built with a 512GB capacity for substantial storage and featuring a Windows 11 operating system, this HP laptop allows your kids to navigate it easily thanks to its user-friendly interface. With a 15.6-inch display, this device weighs only 1.7kg, providing a lightweight laptop that your kids can easily take to school.
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Apart from that, this Acer laptop features a 512GB internal capacity, offering ample storage for your kids throughout the school year. Additionally, the device boasts a 15.6-inch display for comfortable viewing of study materials. With an approximate weight of 1.78kg, it is easy to carry.
If you are looking for more portability for your kids, a tablet is the right fit. For this purpose, Home Credit offers a wide array of tablets to choose from, all below PhP999 per month. One of these options is the Realme Pad 32GB/3GB Tablet.
Built with a Helio G80 processor and 3GB of RAM, this budget-friendly tablet provides efficient performance that your kids can rely on when working on their school tasks. With a 32GB internal capacity, it offers enough storage to keep your kids’ notes, digital materials, and educational apps throughout the academic year.
For a more reliable device, this Realme tablet carries a substantial 7100mAh battery, providing students with enough power every day. It supports an 18W Quick Charge to easily recharge the battery, minimizing downtime for your kids while completing their assignments and projects on time. Sporting a 10.4-inch display and a lightweight design that weighs only 0.44kg, it is highly convenient.
Expanding your options for tablets below PhP999 per month is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 LTE. Powered by an Unisoc Tiger T618 processor with 4GB of memory, this Samsung tablet offers exceptional performance for your kids’ day-to-day tasks.
These features are complemented by 128GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card of up to 1TB, ensuring that storing large files is never a problem. With a 10.5-inch screen and a 7040mAh battery capacity, this tablet provides your kids with an exceptional learning companion.
Furthermore, it includes a built-in screen recorder, enabling students to record live online classes and review them at their convenience. It also offers safety features like Samsung Kids, which allows your children to explore and connect to the Internet securely.
Another tablet below PhP999 per month, available via Home Credit, is the Huawei Matepad T10 LTE. Equipped with a Huawei Kirin 710A processor, this device delivers seamless multitasking, allowing your kids to switch smoothly from one app to the next without experiencing slow response times. This is supported by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, contributing to better overall performance.
The Huawei Matepad T10 LTE also boasts a generous 5100mAh battery capacity, providing enough power for your kids to complete their tasks throughout the entire day. The Huawei Matepad also features a 9.7-inch HD screen for incredible viewing and weighs only 450g, ensuring easy portability for your kids.
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Tell us if this situation sounds familiar: you wake up to your alarm and realize you have just enough time to get prepped for everything you need to do for the day ahead. You are on schedule, but there’s one problem: you cannot accommodate a few extra minutes to make your own coffee. Now this is an absolute emergency because what kind of coffee lover can survive without having a cup (or two) of caffeine to fuel them for the rest of the day, right? Not you.
If you face this kind of dilemma often, you’re probably one of those who always fall back to their favorite commercial coffee chain for their daily fuel. It’s quick and uncomplicated, after all. The taste and quality though? Well, that’s something that might be a hit-and-miss.
Any coffee lover who is serious about their love for the drink often finds themselves torn between their need for a quality cup of joe and the time and knowledge that they have to make one. But what if we tell you that you can now enjoy both? Even better, you can easily experience the best of both worlds in just one premium espresso machine.
Meet the Breville Barista Pro, a new product joining the lineup of the top premium home lifestyle brand Breville Philippines. The espresso machine is a model right out of the dreams of coffee enthusiasts who want to enjoy third-wave coffee without fuss by marrying precision with speed. The Barista Pro delivers quality specialty coffee using its four-key formula that combines the ideal dosage, the right temperature, optimal pressure, and sufficient steam for every cup that you make.
The product DNA of this new model was specially made for those who want their coffee good and fast. It is equipped with the Thermojet Heating System that provides optimum extraction temperature in three seconds so you don’t have to wait. With a single touch of a button, this espresso machine also delivers the perfect amount of coffee that is packed with maximum flavor.
Quality-wise, the Barista Pro delivers cups that can rival any cafe. You can expect to enjoy full-bodied sips laced with rich and complex flavors that can only be achieved by having a perfect dose of 18g of freshly ground beans from a professional 54mm stainless steel portafilter. Be ready to experience opulent, creamy, and caramel-colored shots of espresso delivered from low-pressure pre-infusions and a high-pressure 9-bar extraction process from a 15-bar Italian pump. Silky, velvety microfoam milk is created by its powerful steam wand, too.
Quality, convenience, and expertise. These are three things you can expect from the Breville Barista Pro which was made for the no-fuss coffee enthusiast. If you’re ready to experience a new era of coffee enjoyment—one that is on your terms and own timing—then this is the perfect product for you to bring home. The model retails for P79,999 but you can also trade up if you have other Breville models of espresso machines.
To know more about the product, you can visit the official website of Breville here. You can also follow their Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok channels.
DOOGEE, a pioneering global company headquartered in Shenzhen, is now in the Philippines. The brand relaunched for the Philippine market at the Crowne Plaza Galleria last Friday, September 1 with its impressive line of top-notch and professional smart tablets.
The decision to bring DOOGEE’s Android-based gadgets to the Philippines aligns with the brand’s vision for global expansion and its commitment to enriching the lives of individuals worldwide through accessible yet innovative technology. DOOGEE is confident that its partnership with Philippines stakeholders, leading E-commerce platforms, retailers, and consumers will result in long-lasting relationships built on trust, quality, and continuous development.
“We are very happy and excited to embrace the vibrant spirit of the Philippines that fills us with boundless excitement. With DOOGEE, we are passionate in our pursuit of providing products that resonate, products that simplify, and products that amplify the moments that matter most to Filipinos,” said Jack Ji, DOOGEE’s General Manager in the Philippines.
DOOGEE’s expansion into the Philippine market also highlights the company’s dedication to customer satisfaction.
The brand showcased its tablets for every need and budget, from the flagship entertainment smart tablet T30 Pro, to the affordable tablets T10 and T10S, which are perfect for students and young professionals who’s geared up to start work and another school year.
“We’ve observed that the market have limited options when it comes to Android tablets, that’s why we decided to bring in the DOOGEE T Series first in the Philippines. Now, we can provide more viable options to every segment in the market, starting from students to professionals, dreamers, and creators. We can help every Filipino’s passions come to life without spending too much,” said Mr. Igue Bonifacio, Integrated Marketing Head of DOOGEE Philippines.
The core of DOOGEE’s product philosophy is the belief that innovative technology should be accessible to all. Therefore, the company endeavors to deliver feature-rich devices at competitive prices, ensuring the Philippines consumers can experience the latest advancements without breaking the bank.
DOOGEE, a pioneering global company in professional outdoor smart consumer electronics, has been registered in Europe since 2013, having a history of 10 years. DOOGEE is mainly engaged in high-end rugged smartphones and tablets, smartphones and smart tablets, portable energy storage, smart wearable devices, among other products, which are exported to the US, Europe, Japan, South America, the Middle East, and other global markets with great success.
DOOGEE is optimistic about the brand’s long-term development in the Philippines and how Filipino consumers will discover and enjoy its phones and tablets.
“Going once, going twice – sold!” exclaims Brian Poe Llamanzares, a founding partner of art dealing company Unit 256 Ventures, as the gavel goes down on yet another successful art auction. The winning bidder: Elmer “Jojo” Malolos, tech veteran and most recent investor in Unit 256’s latest innovation. The lot: a digital collectible from National Artist Vicente Manansala’s very first NFT collection. As with all Unit 256’s auction events to date, the collection sold out.
What began as a shared love for fine art became an obsession with making that art more accessible to the general investing public. Celebrated artists like Juvenal Sanso command dizzyingly high gavel prices on auction – and rightly so, given their incredible artistic and cultural value. And yet, the founders asked themselves, shouldn’t every person have the chance to own and appreciate a part of the greatest works of human creativity?
Founded in 2022, Unit 256 Ventures is a leading innovator in the world of asset tokenization. Asset tokenization refers to the process of converting rights to an asset into a digital token on a blockchain. This process makes it possible to divide an asset into smaller, more affordable shares that can be easily and securely bought and sold. The group’s five founders are: Brian (concurrently CEO of Pantheon Holdings), Edison Tsai (President of Seedin Technology), Magellan Fetalino (Entrepreneur-in-Residence of UBX Philippines Corporation), Stephanie Oller (Managing Director of Market Connect, Inc), and Marvin Agustin (CEO of Yummyverse Holdings, Inc).
Leveraging the founders’ strengths in startup ventures and frontier technologies, blockchain became the logical path to democratizing access to fine art masterpieces. Soon, Artifract was born through a partnership between Unit 256 and UBX Philippines Corporation, the fintech company of the Unionbank of the Philippines.
Artifract is a pioneer in Fine Arts NFTs in Asia. Working alongside art estates, museums, private collectors, and artists, the company digitizes fine art masterpieces into NFTs, then fractionalizes them into one-of-a-kind tiles, turning these artworks into limited collections.
This model is built on a concept called fractional ownership, wherein several unrelated parties can share in ownership of a high-value tangible asset, such as real estate or fine art. In this case, it refers to dividing a piece of art into smaller shares – or tiles – that people can buy, thereby owning a “fraction” of the artwork. Regular tiles from these collections are often sold on their website, along with a limited edition giclee (or high quality reproduction), for P30,000 to P50,000 each. Premium tiles, highlighting special details or artist signatures, are auctioned off during events. In one case, a signature tile netted P250,000.
A global movement
Bringing this level of innovation to a traditional art market was no small task. But the Artifract team found ready partners in like-minded, forward-thinking institutions. Since its inception, the company has partnered with leading art estates like Fundacion Sanso representing celebrated national artists such as Juvenal Sanso, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, and Abdulmari Imao.
And these partnerships aren’t limited to local masters. Today, Artifract is the exclusive Asian partner of Belvedere Museum. One of the leading museums worldwide, Belvedere is home to some of the most celebrated artworks in history, including pieces from Monet, Van Gogh, Rodin, and Gustav Klimt. Through this partnership, Filipino art collectors can log on to the Artifract website and purchase their very own piece of Klimt’s most famous work—The Kiss, as part of Belvedere’s The Kiss NFT initiative.
“It’s a partnership we’re very proud of, and one that we feel really captures the incredible new world we’re hoping to shape,” said Edison, Artifract’s president. “One where anyone, wherever in the world they’re from, can claim a part of the greatest works of human creativity—democratizing access to our shared global cultural heritage.”
A new vision for fine art
It’s precisely this vision that caught the attention of veteran tech investor Jojo Malolos, whose bona fides include being the former CEO of Wing Bank (digital bank in Cambodia), the former CEO of JG Digital Ventures (the venture arm of the Gokongwei Group), the former Chairman of Gotyme Bank (digital bank of the Gokongwei Group), and currently the CEO of payments solution startup Paymongo. Jojo has since joined Artifract as a seed investor, supporting the company as it grows beyond auctions and digital tiles.
“There is definitely something here, and I want to be part of things I know can be big in the future,” Jojo said. “I am also a believer that art should be for everyone.”
Today, Artifract has set its sights on more ways to utilize blockchain technology to democratize access to fine art. While there is much promise in minting and fractionalizing authentic digital versions of masterpieces, the team is now looking for ways to use this model of fractional ownership to allow investors to own portions of the actual physical artworks as well.
“Artifract is set to change the art landscape regionally,” Edison said. “And we are looking for more like minded people to join us and invest in that vision.”
Manila — Shopee continues to bring joy to the Filipino community as it kicks off the highly-anticipated shopping season with more fun and entertainment for users, a wide assortment of unbeatable deals, and a commitment to digitize MSMEs across the nation through its partnership with the League of Provinces of the Philippines. Shopee gives Filipinos plenty to look forward to as this year’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day promises to be bigger, better, and more rewarding than ever.
Delivering unkabogable fun and joy as Vice Ganda joins the Shopee family
Keeping to its promise of giving users delightful shopping experiences, Shopee proudly welcomes the Unkabogable Star Vice Ganda as the newest brand ambassador. The multi-talented comedy icon will serve as the face of Shopee’s campaigns and community initiatives, amplifying the platform’s commitment to delivering happiness to its millions of users.
“We are thrilled to welcome Vice Ganda into the Shopee family,” shared Vincent Lee, Head of Shopee Philippines. “Her infectious energy, effortless wit, and vibrant personality make her the perfect fit for Shopee. With her popularity among people across all ages and from all walks of life, we look forward to bringing joy and delight to even more Filipinos.”
This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, users can expect a wealth of entertaining content from the It’s Showtime host as she stars in a Shopee Live stream and its new TV commercial.
Helping MSMEs go digital in partnership with the League of Provinces
During the launch of Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day, the e-commerce platform also announced a groundbreaking partnership with the League of Provinces of the Philippines. This strategic collaboration aims to support and accelerate the digital transformation of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the country, driving economic growth and inclusivity.
The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), an organization that represents the country’s 81 provinces, has long championed the cause of local development and empowerment. By joining forces with Shopee, LPP aims to harness the power of e-commerce to uplift the livelihoods of MSMEs, especially those in rural and remote areas.
Lee added, “Shopee has always been committed to empowering and supporting local businesses, and our partnership with the League of Provinces of the Philippines aligns perfectly with this mission. We believe that by working together, we can enable MSMEs in every corner of the country to thrive in the digital economy.”
The partnership starts with the training and onboarding of entrepreneurs in Quirino province, led by LPP National Chairman and Quirino Governor Dakila Carlo “Dax” Cua. Shopee provided seller training workshops, educational resources, and onboarding support for sellers of Quirino-made products, such as coffee, chocolates, ginger and turmeric tea, as well as home decor.
Governor Dax Cua expressed his excitement and optimism, “Our provinces are rich with talent and unique products. This partnership with Shopee will help our local entrepreneurs connect with a wider market, learn valuable digital skills, and ultimately improve their livelihoods. We are also excited to give Shopee users access to the wealth of products the Philippines has to offer.”
Introducing more entertainment with Shopee Live & unbelievable shopping delights
70% off on Shopee Live Buong Araw:Get ready for an all-day shopping spree with stunning 70% off Shopee Live-exclusive vouchers with no minimum spend, which can be used on livestream-exclusive deals from notable brands like L’Oreal and INSPI through Shopee Live, keeping the excitement alive from dawn till dusk and giving shoppers an extended opportunity to snag their favorite items at incredibly low prices. Users can also watch out for their favorite celebrities like Candy Pangilinan, Mariel Padilla, Dianne Medina and many more!
Free Shipping Araw-Araw:This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, shoppers can enjoy free shipping on all their purchases with no minimum spending, making online shopping more accessible and affordable than ever.
Fashion and Beauty Extravaganza: Dive into the world of fashion and beauty with a remarkable selection of brands like Unilever Beauty and Belo, and a wide assortment of fashion items priced at PHP 99 and below, allowing everyone to refresh their wardrobes and beauty routines without breaking the bank.
In addition to these enticing deals, users can expect to enjoy discounts from prominent fashion and brands like: Vice Cosmetics, Mikana, Shigetsu, INSPI, Penshoppe, OXGN, Regatta, Havaianas, BENCH, KEDS, and Crocs. They can also look forward to more exciting promos from tech brands such as vivo, GameXtreme, Aukey, Tecno, itel, Platinum Karaoke, and OPPO, as well as healthcare products from GSK.
Mark your calendars for a shopping experience like no other! Download the Shopee app from leading app stores and visit this link for more information about Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day.
The local makeup giant just revealed the newest face of their brand, and it’s none other than Korean “A-lister” idol, Chanyeol Park! This is Chanyeol’s first-ever cosmetics endorsement, while he is Ever Bilena’s first-ever male and international brand ambassador.
This new brand collaboration is reflective of Ever Bilena’s push to continuously produce top-tier product innovations as well as strongly conveys the brand’s tagline #ForEveryBeauty, that beauty is for everyone.
According to Ever Bilena’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Denice Sy, “Chanyeol’s world-class appeal makes him a great representative for Ever Bilena.” The multihyphenate and multitalented idol is not only a singer and a rapper, but also a guitarist, an actor, a great cook, and a philanthropist. “His heart and positive personality is both aspirational and relatable to Ever Bilena users,” adds Denice.
Chanyeol fronts Ever Bilena’s “EB Plus” collection, consisting of the EB Plus Shape & Set Brow Duo (Php 275), EB Plus Fearless Serum Skin Foundation (Php 325), EB Plus Two Way Cake Serum Foundation (Php 250), and the brand’s newest drop, the EB Plus Serum Tinted Lip Balm (Php 245). Your best-in-class product selection for a clean, natural and K-glass skin makeup look!
Chanyeol’s go-to shades from the range is “Oriental” for both the EB Plus Fearless Serum Skin Foundation and EB Plus Two Way Cake Serum Foundation product lines. He likes to mix the shade “Bloom” with other variants under the EB Plus Serum Tinted Lip Balm to achieve a unique MLBB (my lips but better) look, and goes for the Keratin-infused EB Plus Shape & Set Brow Serum Duo as his trusty brow gel to hold his brows in place.
“We have so much in store for Chanyeol’s fans as well!” says Denice, who hinted at the Korean idol’s possible return to the Philippines. Take note that Chanyeol’s last fancon in Manila with co-EXO member Sehun sold out in just 3 hours! We definitely look forward to Ever Bilena’s upcoming Chanyeol partnership activities soon!
For the mean time, you may shop the EB Plus collection at all Watsons, SM Beauty Dept. Stores, Robinsons Department Stores, The Landmark, W Department Store, and other premiere department store outlets nationwide! Chanyeol’s picks are also available online at Ever Bilena’s flagship stores in Shopee, Tiktok, and Lazada.
Follow the hashtag #ChanyeolForEverBilena and Ever Bilena’s social media handles for more updates about Chanyeol x Ever Bilena. Tiktok and Instagram @everbilenaofficial, Facebook at facebook.com/everbilenacosmetics.
The country’s national art fair proudly announces its milestone 15th year with the theme “A New Contemporary.” ManilART’23 will be held from October 11 to 15, 2023 at the SMX Aura Convention Center, Taguig City.
This marks the culmination of a series of themes that ManilART explored over the most recent years, emphasizing the legacy and tradition of Philippine art, while embracing new perspectives and the incorporation of new media.
Leading up to this milestone and beyond
In 2020, the art fair faced the year’s unprecedented challenges head-on with the theme 2020 Vision for a Future Reimagined, ready to take on the country’s evolving artistic landscape. In 2021, Continuing Legacies highlighted the art fair’s journey as a platform for the arts, celebrating tried and tested methods and paying homage to the artists behind its success. And in 2022, Forging Futures captured the spirit of progress as the fair began to navigate a post-pandemic world, ushering in a new era of artistic exploration.
This year signals “A New Contemporary” as ManilART continues its commitment to excellence, built upon each iteration of its evolving journey–bridging traditional and contemporary, providing a space for an ever-expanding spectrum of old and new media expression in the visual arts.
From functional to phygital: offerings at ManilART’23
At ManilART’23, there’s surely something for everyone. The art fair shall showcase a diverse range of exhibits, featuring both traditional and interdisciplinary expressions. Attendees can explore captivating canvas-based and sculptural works, as well as delve into the world of functional and technology-based art. The fair also embraces various media, including automotive art and design, digital art, sound art, and emerging forms like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and phygital media.
ManilART also returns as a festival and fellowship for all art lovers via the grand gala opening, as well as VIP vernissage, artist night and various planned social and artistic engagements for collectors, artists and art aficionados. The milestone 15th year also celebrates the fair’s uninterrupted annual staging and having come out more responsive to the times.
A new art world of interconnectivity
Having gone through the crucible of global challenge, ManilART’23 retains the gains of being thrust onto the online sphere and continues to develop its online viewing platform and portals. These digital spaces allow for simultaneous, multi-location and satellite exhibitions, offering a larger showcase that brings art to wider audiences, allowing them to engage with art from the comfort of their own spaces.
ManilART’23 shall continue to partner with satellite exhibitions around the country as well as expand its onsite offering through collaborations. In the lineup include projects with Museo Orlina, The Estate, Silangan Art Fair, Barasoain Church and the Manila Clock Tower.
As the flagship project for Museums and Galleries Month of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, ManilART’23 continues to abide by its mandate to strengthen creative economy and promote Philippine visual artistry through supporting art galleries, museums, and associated institutions.
This year’s participating exhibitors are OMV Art Gallery, Galleria Nicolas, M Gallery MNL, Ysobel Art Gallery, AT Gallery, Renaissance Art Gallery, Artologist, Art for Space, Gallery du Soleil, Portrait Artists’ Society of the Philippines, Inc., Galerie Raphael, Gallery Nine, Annual Sculpture Review, Espacio Manila, Artes Orientes, Historia Arts, 371 Art Space, Village Art Gallery, Drybrush, Art Circle, Rayos Del Sol Gallery, Galerie Banez, NAMI, Galerie Artes, G9Online, Daloy Likha, Artalyer, and VCM.
ManilART’23 is supported by The Estate Makati, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Museums and Galleries Month, BAGO, SMX Convention Center Aura, Ladder Productions, Museo Orlina, Grentek Solutions Inc., Vision, Think Big Taguig, I Love Taguig, SM Aura Premier, Future Studios, Phoundry, BDO Credit Cards, Ticketbooth.ph, Giffard, Via Mare, Sebastiao Cocktails, ANC, Daloy Likha, Inquirer.net, Cebu Daily News, Preen.ph, Inquirer POP!, Be An Inquirer, Scout, nolisoli.ph, The Manila Times, WhenInManila.com., SMNI News Channel, DZAR 1026, Metro.Style, People’s Journal, Frontpage PH, Klik.PH, Experience Travel & Living Magazine, and Pilipino Mirror.
ManilART’23 is set to run from October 11–15, 2023, at the SMX Convention Center, 3rd Level, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City. Call (0977) 807 3369 or visit www.manilartfair.com for details.
Taguig, Metro Manila – During the recent Fintech Alliance PH INDX 3D Summit 2023 held in the Philippines marked a pivotal moment in this ongoing evolution. The event unveiled key insights and strategies that promise to reshape the landscape of financial transactions, inclusion, innovation, and health in the years to come. Dare, drive, defy — the summit’s theme.
Kicking off the summit, Lito Villanueva, founding chairman of FinTech Alliance PH set the stage by announcing a milestone achievement: the release of the long-awaited “Philippines Report 2023.” With excitement, he shared the news that retail financial transactions in the Philippines are slowly embracing digital, reaching an impressive 50% adoption rate. This noteworthy accomplishment was not merely a triumph of technology, but a testament to the collaborative efforts of stakeholders across the financial ecosystem.
However, this achievement is only the beginning. Anita Lina R. Aquino, Monetary Board Member of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) assures that the BSP is working on protecting financial stability. She shares that 65% of the Filipino people now own digital financial accounts. The goal set forth for the 2023-2028 period revolves around a comprehensive plan that is aptly summarized in four key words: Inclusive, Innovative, Healthy, and Financial. The vision is clear – to usher in a new era of financial services that cater to the diverse needs of the population, drive innovation, maintain fiscal wellness, and foster inclusivity.
The heart of the summit was the revelation that the Philippines now boasts a flourishing fintech landscape, with a remarkable 285 fintech companies as of 2023. This growth in the fintech sector signals a resounding validation of the collaborative efforts to embrace digital transformation. The attendees were treated to a deep dive into the multifaceted implications of this proliferation, ranging from enhanced user experiences to streamlined operations and robust cybersecurity measures.
Secretary Benjamin Diokno, emphasized the significance of the INDX 3D Summit. With conviction, he emphasized that the summit wasn’t just a congregation of minds, but a critical catalyst for propelling the digital economy towards unparalleled growth. “The 2023 INDX 3D Summit aims to create a significant impact in realizing this goal by promoting growth, transparency, and innovation,” declared Secretary Diokno, encapsulating his talk. His words are a launchpad for groundbreaking initiatives that promise to elevate the Philippines’ financial sector to unprecedented heights.
The theme of the summit – Dare, Drive, and Defy – permeated every facet of the event. Panel discussions and talks delved into the intricacies of financial inclusion, harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence, innovative technologies, safeguarding fiscal health, and fortifying the overall digital financial infrastructure. Attendees were exposed to an eclectic mix of forward-thinking ideas, technological breakthroughs, and collaborative initiatives that illuminated the path toward a more digitally integrated financial landscape. Christopher Monterola, Head, Aboitiz School of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship demonstrated and gave attendees a sneak peak of the power of Artificial Intelligence. Using ChatGPT4, he demonstrated live how to make trailers, analyze graphs, and such.
The remarkable strides achieved thus far have set the stage for a transformative period that promises to redefine how financial services are accessed, delivered, and experienced. The collective commitment to driving growth, transparency, and innovation in the financial sector has never been stronger, and the INDX 3D Summit stands as a beacon of hope for a future where digital finance is not just a luxury, but a fundamental right. In conclusion, the Fintech Alliance PH INDX 3D Summit 2023 was a resounding success, charting a course towards a digital financial revolution that promises inclusivity, innovation, and fiscal wellness. The INDX 3D Summit has not only showcased the present achievements but also ignited the spark of possibility for an even more digitally empowered future.
Eastwood Richmonde, the only hotel in Eastwood City, the pioneering mixed-use township development of leading real estate company, Megaworld Corporation, gets an exciting makeover as it enters its 12th year of operations. Its transformation marks the first step towards the hotel’s extensive brand refresh program which aims to capture a wider scope of the corporate and leisure markets.
Notable in the redesign of the lobby and guest rooms is the use of a fresh and vibrant color palette that inspires stylish and modern living. The contemporary theme of the furnishings and the updated conveniences in the rooms and suites create a welcoming atmosphere for the new breed of young professionals and vacationers to enjoy. All TVs have been replaced with 42” smart TVs, bathtubs changed to shower cubicles, and the individual air conditioning units switched to the newest models. The thoughtful layout of the rooms, plush new carpeting, and unobstructed window views also provide guests with a more luxurious space.
Eastwood Richmonde Hotel General Manager and Megaworld Hotels & Resorts Cluster General Manager for NCR+ Jun Justo shares, “With the hotel’s renovation we hope to uphold our commitment, and that of our owning company, Megaworld Corporation, and managing company, Megaworld Hotels and Resorts, to extend only the best hotel experiences to all who step through our doors. We are confident that the invigorating new look of the hotel will not only delight our loyal clients but will also fascinate the younger market that we haven’t had the chance to tap before. Our guests can be assured that this renovation is just the beginning as Eastwood Richmonde continues to evolve to cater to their ever-changing needs.”
Other areas that were refurbished include the guest floor hallways, function rooms, ballroom, Business Center, gym, pool, and all public areas. And in response to the demand of fur parents wanting to staycation with their fur babies, the hotel will soon have pet-friendly rooms as well.
In these challenging times when everyone is observing social distancing and health protocols, the best we can do is reminisce about the captured moments of our most memorable travels in the past.
Bringing back these memorable moments at the happiest place on earth – Hong Kong Disneyland several years back!
Our stay at the park had given us so much joy – with my daughter Beatrice, my BFF Mitch with daughter Jas, and Nanay Remy. It was like we were transported to fantasy land, and had awakened the child in us.
With so many attractions to see and to try, our whole day trip was truly hectic but had so much fun! We didn’t get tired of taking mementos of our wonderful time at the resort.
One shouldn’t miss the Jungle River Cruise, Rafts to Tarzan’s Treehouse, Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad, Toy Storyland, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Tomorrowland, Cinderella Carousel, Fantasyland Train Station, Fantasy Gardens, Mad Hatter Tea Cups, It’s Small World, and the Golden Mickey’s for fabulous Disney character performances.
Make sure to wear comfortable attire to fully explore the Disney resort. You have to do a lot of walking, transferring from one attraction, and rides to another. Reserve your energy to still enjoy the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Snow White Grotto, Space Mountain, Stitch Encounter, Orbitron, UFO Zone, Autopia, Buzz Lightyear, Astro Blasters, and more.
After the tiring and thrilling rides, you can satisfy your craving for good food at various restaurants located in the resort. The entire experience was completed with the amazing “Disney in the Stars” fireworks at night.
Indeed, the fantasy comes alive at Hong Kong Disneyland! Plan your visit here with your loved ones during safer times post-COVID-19 world.
The much-awaited Pizza Party – the Official Launching of Food Market New Yorker Pizza – took place last July 28, 2023, at the Food Market BGC, and it was a night to remember! Despite the challenging weather conditions with heavy rains, pizza enthusiasts, friends from the media, and bloggers showed unwavering support, making the event a resounding success.
The celebration kicked off at 6:00 pm, and attendees were treated to an unforgettable experience of tantalizing flavors and mouthwatering delights. New Yorker Pizza lived up to its promise, presenting its signature 16″ Neapolitan-American style Hand Tossed Pizza, crafted with love and perfection!
Guests had the opportunity to indulge in the authentic taste of New York-Style Pizza, thanks to the hand-stretched Neapolitan pizza dough, San Marzano tomato pizza sauce, and a delightful medley of the finest local and imported ingredients. Each slice captured the essence of New York City, transporting diners to the bustling streets of the Big Apple!
Despite the downpour, the vibrant ambiance at FOOD MARKET BGC and the delicious aroma of freshly baked pizzas created an electric atmosphere that uplifted everyone’s spirits. Attendees savored the large-size pizzas, perfect for sharing with family and friends, serving 6-10 people with 8-10 slices of sheer pizza delight.
The event was graced by members of the media and prominent bloggers who passionately shared their experiences and raved about the exceptional taste of New Yorker Pizza. Amidst the camaraderie and the love for pizza, the weather could not dampen the enthusiasm of everyone present.
Chef Velmor, the President of Food Market, expressed his gratitude and said, “We are overwhelmed by the overwhelming response and support we received from our media friends, bloggers, and all attendees despite the rain. It truly shows the love people have for our handcrafted pizzas, and we are immensely grateful for that.”
The PIZZA PARTY was not just about indulging in delectable pizza but also about creating lasting memories and celebrating the joy of good food and great company.
Food Market extends heartfelt thanks to everyone who braved the weather and joined us for the Official Launching of our signature pizzas. The success of this event would not have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of every attendee.
For those who missed the PIZZA PARTY, fret not! The Food Market is excited to welcome you to their restaurant to experience the true taste of New York-Style Pizza any day!
For more information and inquiries, +63 917 143 9188 Food market Westgate Alabang/ +63 917 143 4600 Food market commerce BGC.
About Food Market Manila:
Nestled in the heart of the bustling city, Food Market Manila has quickly become a culinary haven for food enthusiasts and hungry souls alike. This food haven has gained popularity for its diverse range of offerings and its reputation as a go-to spot where you can find good food anytime.
Food Market Manila has carved a name for itself as a destination where culinary dreams come true. Whether you’re a local seeking familiar flavor or a traveler yearning to explore new tastes, this food haven promises to delight your taste buds and satisfy your cravings.
So, the next time you find yourself on the lookout for good food anytime, make your way to Food Market Manila! Discover the delights of the culinary world in one place and create memorable dining experiences that will linger in your heart long after your last bite.
Watsons, the leading health, wellness, and beauty retailer, is dedicated to making a positive impact across four pillars: People, Community, Customers, and the Planet. Through these pillars, Watsons aims to uplift the health and well-being of the communities it serves, ensure a sustainable and healthy workforce, provide customers with sustainable options, manage supply-chain risk, and reduce its ecological footprint.
At the heart of Watsons’ business is its mission to inspire its customers to feel their best while looking good and doing good for themselves and those around them.
In 2022, Watsons made significant achievements in its mission to Do Good by inspiring both its employees and customers by making a meaningful impact on communities and the environment.
The health, beauty, and wellness retailer ended 2022 with an impressive 1,048 stores and a dedicated workforce of 9,228 employees, with an outstanding 98% of them being trained in sustainability practices.
Transforming its employees into sustainability advocates, Watsons initiated the Live Green campaign, a waste segregation initiative in its stores nationwide, which involves the active participation of its people.
In pursuit of nurturing talent and fostering leadership development, Watsons aims to achieve the Gold Health & Wellbeing certification from Investors in People by 2025.
In line with its commitment to uplifting the health and well-being of underserved communities, Watsons conducted medical outreach programs throughout the year.
In collaboration with Operation Smile Philippines, Watsons played a vital role in changing the lives of 116 children through cleft surgeries in 2022, bringing the total number of surgery beneficiaries since their partnership began in 2013 to 2,152. Additionally, Watsons provided medicines to 910 people through medical missions in 2022, contributing to a cumulative total of 6,579 beneficiaries since 2013.
Through the Alagang Pangkalusugan program, Watsons offered free doctor’s consultations and various screening services such as bone scanning, ECG, glucose check, eye check, and so much more, furthering its commitment to the community’s well-being.
Moreover, Watsons played an instrumental role in making COVID-19 booster shots accessible to more than 25,000 people nationwide by partnering with the Department of Health and various LGUs. Over 80,000 customers also received flu, pneumonia, and HPV vaccines from Watsons in 2022.
By 2030, Watsons aspires to perform 3,300 cleft surgeries and benefit 20,000 individuals through the provision of free medicines.
A key component of the Watsons Philippines ecosystem is its team of 1,702 trained pharmacists who played a pivotal role in guiding customers towards informed purchases. In 2022, customers were delighted to explore an extended selection of 1,632 Sustainable Choices products, reflecting Watsons’ dedication to providing more sustainable options.
To empower shoppers to make environmentally responsible choices, Watsons provided additional information and guidance on making eco-friendly purchases through the “ Do Good for the Community and the Planet Campaign.”
By 2025, Watsons aims to have 15% of sales derived from Sustainable Choices products and aims to collect 65,000 kg of trash by 2030.
With a firm commitment to sustainability, Watsons made significant strides in adopting eco-friendly practices in 2022. A total of 1,691,000 plastic bottles were recycled within the Watsons ecosystem, while 25,454 kg of trash were collected, highlighting the retailer’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact.
Among its eco-conscious measures, Watsons minimized the use of plastics in its e-commerce parcels by 79% and switched to 100% recycled packaging. The introduction of two Refill Stations contributed to a notable 46% growth in refills. As of end-2022, four Watsons stores nationwide integrated solar panels to harness renewable energy.
Energy-efficient appliances, such as LED lights and inverter air conditioners, were employed in Watsons stores to reduce electricity consumption. Smart switches for automatic light control and air curtains were also utilized to preserve energy. Store personnel received comprehensive training in energy-conserving practices and are now monitored and incentivized to achieve reduction targets.
Watsons took an active role in environmental conservation by partnering with CORA Philippines for a coastal cleanup project in the Las Piñas Parañaque Critical Habit and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA). Moreover, the retailer collaborated with Plastic Bank to recover plastic bottles from the ecosystem, minimizing local plastic manufacturing.
Through the Trash for Cash program, customers were encouraged to participate in recycling efforts with designated drop-off bins at participating SM malls, allowing them to exchange recyclables for discounts or vouchers from partner brands redeemable at Watsons stores.
“Our heritage of Doing Good has brought about our passion to support the community and the planet. We are proud of many achievements – children whose lives we have transformed, families given access to health services and products, more sustainable products made available to our customers, drastic reduction of plastics in our packaging, and tons of plastics we have recycled. The task is too enormous. We have to continue on and accelerate our pace by building greener stores and investing more in renewable energy,” said Danilo Chiong, Watsons Philippines Managing Director.
Through its relentless pursuit of positive change and sustainable practices, Watsons continues to lead the way as a responsible and impactful retailer, promoting the well-being of people, communities, customers, and the environment.
Muntinlupa, Philippines, August 2023 – Sharp Philippines has officially launched its new Aquos XLED TV, unleashing true experience with its amazing features, providing new standard for entertainment experience.
Sharp has leveled up its game again by providing a game changer entertainment for the Philippine market with its launch of the Sharp Aquos XLED TV. From its standard DK1X Series providing unbeatable experience, followed by its gaming TV, DL1X Series bringing real experience, Sharp has once again leveraged its technology producing the all new XLED TV that offers True to Life Experience.
Offering 65” (4T-C65FV1X) and 75” (4T-C75FV1X) model, this new product sets a new standard as it combines the best part of LCD and OLED TVs. This model is set to define a new generation flagship TV with artistic design, as well as excellent innovations, bringing users a “True to Life” viewing experience reaching new heights. The Aquos XLED 4K TV has proven to be the best TV Sharp has produced in the 4K segment over the years as it delivers exceptional picture and audio quality with its unique True Brightness, True Color, and Immersive Sound. Also, this product has won the 2023 IF Design Award.
“At Sharp, we are committed to make effort to deliver high-quality, value-added products, and excellent after-sales service to Filipino families. We believe that every home deserves the best in entertainment, and our Aquos XLED TV represent this vision,” said Mr. Kazuo Kito, President and General Manager of Sharp Philippines.
The SHARP AQUOS XLED 4K TV features Xtreme mini-LED technology, presenting the highest dimming zone in its class for true brightness. With over 2,000 backlight dimming zones, it offers unrivalled dynamic colour contrast that sets it apart from other brands in the market. Moreover, the dramatically increased 88x* backlight LEDs bring 6x* peak brightness compared to conventional displays, creating a dazzling display.
Designed with Deep Chroma Quantum Dot technology, the SHARP AQUOS XLED 4K TV displays the highest colour coverage in the history of the AQUOS TVs, with over 20% more colour gamut coverage area compared to conventional displays. This allows the 2023 AQUOS XLED 4K TV to deliver realistic object colours and a true-to-life visual experience.
To provide an unparalleled audio experience, the cutting-edge Sharp Aquos XLED boasts Dolby Atmos technology. This innovative feature is enhanced by the inclusion of advanced ARSS+ surround speaker system, featuring a total of 11 speakers perfectly positioned to create a 3D sound field and clear. These speakers excel in delivering exceptional sound quality across all frequencies including high, mid, and low ranges. With the Aquos XLED, be prepared to be fully immersed in a truly captivating audio performance.
In addition to elevating the visual and audio experience, the SHARP AQUOS XLED 4K TV is seamlessly integrated with Google TV. Through this, users can say goodbye to the hassle of switching between multiple apps, effortlessly explore a vast library of over 400,000* movies, TV episodes, and live TV channels, conveniently organized according to user’s preferred genres and interests.
Latest Dolby Technology
The new model has also the Dolby Vision IQ, which intelligently optimizes your TV for a perfect picture in your room at every moment. Dolby Atmos immerses you in your favorite entertainment with sound that moves all around you with breathtaking realism.
Unleash True Experience Event
Along with Sharp’s Aquos XLED Launching Event is its ‘Unleash True Experience’ event, which was held last August 1 – 6, 2023 at Festival Mall, Alabang. Sharp Tekken Tournament and Cosplay Fest were held on the exhibit area which showcased multiple talents from the gaming community and to cosplayers all over the South and nearby cities. All the events portrayed Sharp’s Japan Technology wherein it shows Sharp’s commitment to providing Japan quality products for every Filipino household.
MANILA, Philippines – The highly-anticipated INDX3 Summit, an annual gathering of the country’s forward-thinking fintech industry leaders, is set to take place on August 7 to 8, 2023 at Shangri-La The Fort, Taguig City.
Themed “Creating What’s Next In Digital: Dare-Drive-Defy”, the summit promises to be a monumental convergence of expertise and insights with the digital industry’s shakers and movers including regulators and policymakers, leaving a lasting impact on the industry.
The INDX Summit has gained recognition for shedding light on the remarkable growth and progress of the FinTech industry, both in Southeast Asia and globally. The event is in collaboration with esteemed partners, including the Department of Finance, Bangko ng Sentral ng Pilipinas, Securities and Exchange Commission, Insurance Commission, Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, Credit Information Corporation, National Privacy Commission, and Anti-Money Laundering Council. In addition, global partners such as Mastercard, Singapore Fintech Association, Korea FinTech Industry Association, ASEAN Innovation Business Platform, Gorriceta Law, GCash, Finscore, S&P Global, Brankas, Netcore, and InvestHK are supporting the annual event.
The INDX3 Summit 2023 will focus on fostering the country’s thriving digital economy within the FinTech sector by bridging the gap between customers and advanced technological innovations. It will explore the vital role of emerging discoveries in driving transformative progress in today’s digital economy. Moreover, the summit will delve into the safe, convenient, and efficient utilization of digital innovations and assets by industry players while helping consumers adapt to the rapidly-growing digital transformation era.
Taking the lead in this groundbreaking event is Fintech Alliance. Ph, the country’s largest collaboration of strategic digital finance players and start-ups, is collectively responsible for over 90 percent of fintech-initiated financial transactions volume. Fintech Alliance. Ph aims to reshape the Philippines’ digital economy by building and expanding a sustainable digital financial ecosystem, with a focus on benefiting every Filipino, especially the underprivileged. Recently, Fintech Alliance. Ph launched the country’s first nationwide, multi-stakeholder, industry-led consumer education and cybersecurity awareness campaign in partnership with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, dubbed #WagMagpalokoMagingScamAlerto.
“This highly-awaited gathering of the Philippines’ top visionaries, thought leaders, industry figures, and trailblazers signifies the immense power of collaboration and the historic progress we have made and continue to make in the fintech industry,” said Lito Villanueva, founding chairman of FinTech Alliance PH. He added, “The past three years for the fintech industry have been challenging, but we’ve come out of it stronger, better, and more determined than ever to celebrate our successes and pursue our goals for the digital transformation and betterment of our nation.”
FinTech Alliance.PH, the Philippines’ premier and largest digital and fintech association, is composed of startups and unicorns that account for over 90 percent of digital-initiated transaction volume in the country. It has published the first Taxonomy of FinTech in the Philippines and institutionalized ASEAN’s pioneering industry-led Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics. For more information, visit https://www.fintechalliance.ph/.
Featured photo: (Left to right): Mags Fetalino III Entrepreneur in Residence of UBX Philippines, Edison Tsai Executive Director of SeedIn Technology Inc., Atty. Mark Gorriceta Managing Partner of Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra, Zdenek Jankovsky Executive Director of Home Credit, Lito Villanueva Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer for RCBC, Ida Tiongson CEO, Opal Portfolio Investments Inc. and Director of Prulife Uk Ph, Martha Borja Country Head of Grab, Angelo Madrid Maya Bank President, Arianne Ferrer External Affairs Director of Tala Financing.
If you live in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) or anywhere else in Taguig, check out the leading global appliance brand Beko at Anson’s, which just opened in BGC recently, and enjoy discounts and freebies on Beko’s premium appliances.
The kitchen is the crowning glory of every home and it’s always good to update your kitchen appliances every few years. If it’s time to change your appliances, Beko has refrigerators, cookers, and hoods that will let you live like a pro. With Beko, timeless elegance meets modern convenience. Its appliances let you lead a healthier life and save you time and effort with technologies that make everything so convenient and economical.
The Beko RCNT340E50VZP is a 12cu.ft. Two Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator that’s perfect for those living alone in condos. From its SRP of Php 33,990, it’s now being offered at Php 29,391.
The GNO563E55HFXPH is 19.8cu.ft. Side by Side Refrigerator is only at Php 42,891 from its SRP of Php 50,990. It also comes with a free Beko table blender worth Php 3,490.
Boasting a 16.7cu.ft capacity multi-door refrigerator with an energy-saving ProSmart Inverter Compressor, the GNO480E40HFGBPH gives both functionality and efficiency. Plus, its elegant glass black finish adds a modern touch to any space. Grab the opportunity of upgrading your kitchen with this refrigerator at its discount price of Php 51,891 from the original price of Php 60,990.
Unlock a world of culinary possibilities with Beko’s multifunctional freestanding oven, the FSM66100GX is a 60cm Electric Cooking Range with 4 hotplate burners, an electric oven, and a grill for only Php 30,891 from the SRP of Php 35,990.
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Also worth checking out are the BDCGC55X (a multi-functional oven with 4 vitroceramic hobs), the BIR35400XMS (a 60 cm, 82 L, multi-functional oven), the HNS91220XH (a standard 90cm hood), the HNS61120BH (a standard 60cm hood), and HNS61120WH (a standard 60cm hood).
Elevate your laundry game even this rainy season with Beko’s WCV10746M, a 10kg front load washing machine that is equipped with Steamcure Hygiene+Technology that ensures your clothes are impeccably clean and sanitized, from Php 49,990, you can enjoy it for only Php 39,991 with free Beko multicooker worth Php 5,490.
Beko also doesn’t want to dampen your style and health that’s why Beko HTV9743X, a 9kg Front Load Washer and 5kg Dryer is also on sale at Anson’s BGC for only Php 42,491 from the original price of Php 49,990 with free cordless vacuum cleaner worth Php 14,990.
Anson’s BGC, the appliance store chain’s 15th branch, is located on the ground floor of Bonifacio Stopover 2nd corner 31st Street, BGC, Taguig City. You can find other Anson’s branches here: https://ansons.ph/branches/
Beko appliances are also available at Abenson, All Home, Anson’s, Appliance Centrum, Asian Home Appliance, Automatic Centre, BHF, Fair N Square, Gloria Bazar, Great World, J Marketing, Lazada, Magic Appliance, Manhattan Appliance, Manila Imperial, Mike’s Appliances, Our Builders Warehouse Pricewise, Robinsons Appliance, Savers, SVC & Plusign, Shopee, SM Appliance, Solidmark, S&R (Gidi), United Mottoaliance, Western Appliance and 1st Megasaver.
Dermatologists and skin experts know that the secret to healthy skin is sunscreen—so no matter the season, make it SPF season! Your skin will thank you when you wear sunscreen every day and not just in the summer because regular use of sun protection helps prevent sunburn and premature aging.
Watsons Brand Sunscreen and Dermaction Plus by Watsons have a wide and affordable selection of sunscreens for the face and body, including after-sun products to soothe your skin after being exposed to the sun.
With Watsons and its wide selection of sun protection products, you are protected all-year round!
For lightweight texture: Watsons Sunscreen Face Serum and Watsons Sunscreen Body Lotion
If you’re looking for something with a lighter texture and feel, Watsons Sunscreen Face Serum (Php249) and Watsons Sunscreen Body Lotion (Php 289) provide ample protection from the rays of the sun. The face serum targets UVA, UVB, blue light, and IR rays. It has two formulas for different purposes: SPF30 PA++++ for daily protection which is suitable for daily use, and SPF50+ PA++++ for very high protection that’s perfect for outdoor activities.
For very high protection and brightening: Watsons Very High Protection Sunscreen White Face & Body Lotion
Watsons Very High Protection Sunscreen White Face & Body Lotion (Php309) nourishes the skin (face and body) with Revi-White and contains 100 times more antioxidants than B-arbutin and kojic acid to help condition and lighten skin. This lotion has SPF50+ PA++++ for very high protection and targets UVA, UVB, Blue Light, and IR rays.
For after-sun care: Watsons Aloe Soothing Body Gel
If you’ve been exposed to the sun, you need to apply aloe-based products to soothe and moisturize the skin. Watsons Aloe Soothing Body Gel (Php199) restores moisture and cools down the skin. It has concentrated organic aloe vera, spring sea water, and organic coconut milk. This product helps heal skin damaged by sunburn and also prevents dryness.
For 2-in-1 protection and brightening: Dermaction Plus by Watsons
All Dermaction sun care products have the 2-in-1 function of sun protection and skin brightening and rejuvenation.The Dermaction sunscreens also offer broad spectrum SPF50+ PA++++ for full protection from UVA, UVB, HEV or blue light and IR rays. They also have Dermaction’s proprietary Photogenic Scattering Technology to help reflect light from skin so it looks radiant. All Dermaction products have CollaBoost (promotes skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles) and witch hazel extract (has antioxidant properties to protect skin from pollution, and also tightens pores and controls oil). It also tightens pores and controls oil. These products are water resistant, lightweight, and oil-free.
You’re all set for the sun with sunscreens from Watsons Brand and Dermaction Plus by Watsons! Start your journey to health and wellness when you download the Watsons app now: http://bit.ly/WatsonsMobileApp. With a minimum purchase requirement of Php 700, you can enjoy P100 off on products. Terms and conditions apply.
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Palawan Express Pera Padala (PEPP) International Remittance recently hosted the inaugural Global Ang Galing Natin Summit at their head office in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last June 30 to July 1. The summit brought together key stakeholders in the international remittance industry and showcased the partnership between PEPP and its international remittance partners. It introduced world-class and innovative service offerings aimed at making remittances convenient, fast, and hassle-free.
The summit facilitated proactive discussions among valuable partners, including Ace Forex HK, Al Ansari Exchange LLC, AUB, Bank Of Philippine Islands, BDO Unibank, China Banking Corporation, Continental Exchange Solutions, Inc., EMQ Ltd, Worldremit Ltd., Instant Cash FZE, Japan Remit Finance, LBC Express, Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company, Pacific Limited, Philippine National Bank, Remitly, TML Remittance Center Sdn Bhd., Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Tranglo, Uniteller Filipino, Universal Storefront Services Corporation, Western Union Processing Services, and Xoom Global Money Transfer. These discussions centered around providing relevant, convenient, and value-added services to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families who heavily rely on remittances for their financial well-being.
By placing the customer experience at the forefront and ensuring seamless and efficient transactions, PEPP International Remittance has become the go-to and the most utilized remittance service company in the Philippines.
PEPP’s Founder and President Bobby Castro shared the inspiring story of the company’s humble beginnings in 1985 when he and his wife, Angelita, acquired the Palawan Pawnshop business. Today, PEPP has evolved into a significant player in the money remittance industry, constantly adapting and innovating to meet the evolving needs of its clientele.
“This summit has been a true milestone in our journey, where we have successfully fostered collaboration, shared insights during breakout sessions, and built stronger partnerships. Our company’s history is a testament to our ability to adapt and to innovate, from our humble beginnings to becoming a market leader,” expressed Robert Ben Castro, PEPP’s Business Development and Corporate Services Director during the Global Ang Galing Natin Summit.
PEPP International Remittance is one of the most trusted and preferred cash pick-up network partners of top international remittance companies, renowned for its affordability, speed, and accessibility. With an extensive network of over 6,000 branches nationwide, PEPP International Remittance ensures fast cash disbursement and constant availability of funds for remittance. In the near future, the service will also be accessible through PalawanPay, providing added convenience for OFW families in their financial transactions, including bill payments, QR payments, e-loading, and online fund transfers.
“We sincerely appreciate the support and collaboration of our esteemed international remittance partners in making PEPP International Remittance the leading and widely used cash pick-up center of international remittance companies in the Philippines. By synergizing our efforts and passion to serve the OFWs, we can truly make a difference in their lives. Together, we will continue to empower and uplift our OFWs worldwide,” said Bernard Kaibigan, Enterprise Marketing Head of Palawan Pawnshop Group.
Through the Global Ang Galing Natin Summit, PEPP International Remittance sets a new standard for the international remittance industry, prioritizing the needs of OFWs and their families, facilitating seamless transactions, and promoting financial stability.
Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PalawanPay are supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For more information, go to Palawan Pawnshop and PalawanPay Websites.
F All-Day Dining unveils its newest, flavorful dishes from an exciting culinary partnership between F1 Hotel Manila and Enderun Extension! Enderun Extension serves as Enderun College’s resource for continuing education, providing an extensive array of courses and programs to individuals seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge in various fields beyond the traditional academic setting. This collaboration is a meeting of great culinary institutions where expertise, passion, and creativity combine to create a melody of flavors that represents the essence of exceptional cuisine.
Prepare your taste buds for the artistry of flavors as the new menu, inspired by the expertise of the two acclaimed institutions, takes flight!
The Mexican Taco Salad proves to be an excellent starter that excites the palate for the forthcoming dining experience. This TexMex salad comprises lettuce and tomatoes, expertly tossed in a delightful homemade red wine vinaigrette dressing, all served atop a crispy tortilla bowl. The dish is accompanied by a generous serving of nacho chips, freshly made guacamole, and flavorful tomato salsa. For non-vegetarian diners, a savory option with chili con carne is also available to enhance their culinary journey.
F All-Day Dining is also known for its diverse main courses catering to unexpected culinary cravings. Among these offerings, the Spaghetti Vongole is a delightful choice for those seeking a lighter option. In addition, the beloved Neapolitan dish boasts Manila clams stewed in a lovely white wine sauce, accompanied by diced chorizo, cherry tomatoes, and parsley. It is served on a bed of fresh spaghetti and beautifully garnished with grated parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of chili flakes for an added kick.
Certainly, meat lovers will delight in the Churrasco Ribeye Steak, a cherished favorite from Argentinian steakhouses. This exquisite dish features a beautifully marbled USDA ribeye steak, expertly charbroiled to accentuate the natural beefy essence of the cut and complemented by a vibrant chimichurri sauce. Served alongside grilled vegetables and thick-cut polenta fries, it promises to satisfy even the most discerning palates.
No meal is complete without a delectable dessert, and for that perfect meal finisher, indulge in an all-time favorite Tiramisu. This traditional Italian dessert boasts layers of soft biscuit cuillère and velvety mascarpone cheese, lovingly soaked in luscious and delicate coffee syrup. It’s a true delight for the taste buds!
Embark on a gastronomic adventure as you indulge yourself in F All-Day Dining’sculinary delicacies created to celebrate both local and international comfort food loved by all. Drawing from the expertise of F1 Hotel Manila and Enderun Extension, each dish on the menu is meticulously crafted to present timeless flavors that delight the senses and provide a soul-soothing experience.
Indulge your taste buds in an exhilarating global culinary adventure. For inquiries and table reservations, please call 8928-9888 or visit our website at www.f1hotelmanila.com.
RCBC Pulz is an all-in-one banking app that ensures a convenient, effortless banking experience.
Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) has announced the launch of its cutting-edge digital banking platform, RCBC Pulz, designed to power up users’ financial vitality through its unparalleled features, speed, and efficiency. With state-of-the-art technology and hyper-personalized interactions, RCBC Pulz transcends the boundaries of traditional banking, embodying RCBC’s commitment to meeting the ever-changing preferences of its valued customers.
RCBC Pulz pulsates with the users’ wants and needs, capturing the essence of the dynamic financial space and propelling RCBC customers towards achieving their financial goals.
Designed with contemporary global experiences in mind, the app offers ultra-digital features, supported by an artificial intelligence-based cross-selling and upselling process that prioritizes customer lifecycle value. Embracing the promise of boundless possibilities, the app is set to transform the landscape of Philippine digital banking, providing boundless access, services, opportunities, and experiences – all fortified by comprehensive protection.
RCBC Pulz is an all-in-one banking app that ensures a convenient, effortless banking experience. One of its standout features is its strong focus on security, utilizing advanced technology and multiple security checks for safe financial transactions. RCBC Pulz also allows customers to open an account anytime, anywhere, without a minimum balance requirement. Customers can easily perform various banking tasks, such as depositing or withdrawing money using QR codes or reference numbers, depositing local checks just by taking a photo, and directly transferring funds locally or abroad, with the pioneering digital concierge service.
RCBC Pulz also goes beyond banking by offering lifestyle-enhancing features. Customers can pay bills, convert purchases into installments, load up their telco SIM and gaming wallets, make toll payments effortlessly, buy and sell of up to six foreign currencies in real time such as US Dollars, HongKong Dollars, Euro, British Pounds, Japanese Yen, and Singapore Dollars. The app also has a dedicated section for financial literacy information and on top of it all, Filipinos can now manage or place new investments through the country’s first digital, in-app unit investment trust fund or UITF.
“We are relentless in pioneering and scaling digital solutions to empower more Filipinos. We have developed our most advanced banking app to date. Packed with superior and enhanced features, RCBC’s newest digital banking app is designed to further make banking easier, faster and safer,” said RCBC President and Chief Executive Officer Eugene S. Acevedo.
RCBC Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer Lito Villanueva calls the launch as a pivotal point in the country’ digital journey as customers will enjoy a wide and secure variety of financial solutions that will only be one tap away.
“We’re proud to share with you RCBC Pulz, the fruition of harnessing a transformational mindset and limitless possibilities Staying true to RCBC’s goal of empowering Filipinos, we unveil a hyper-personalized digital platform. For what remains a probability for others, we have made it into reality, and its potential is truly boundless,” Villanueva said.
RCBC hosted the launch event on July 18 at the Marquis Events Place in Bonifacio Global City. Themed #Boundless, the event unveiled RCBC’s groundbreaking RCBC Pulz digital banking solution, empowering individuals like never before by providing limitless options as they navigate their personal financial journeys. The event is made possible by the invaluable support of Visa, IDfy, Nextbank, Netcore, Almond Tech, Emudhra, and BlueVoyant, who all share RCBC’s commitment to digital innovation and customer-centric solutions. RCBC Pulz digital banking app will be available for download starting August 8, 2023.
One of the highlights of the event was the “One YGC” segment, a manifestation of support by the Yuchengco Group of Companies led by Helen Yuchengco Dee, Chairperson of RCBC and YGC; Eugene S. Acevedo, President and CEO of RCBC; Paolo Y. Abaya, President and CEO of Malayan Insurance; Richard S. Lim, President and CEO of SunLife Grepa; Arniel Ong, President and CEO of RCBC Credit Cards; Dr. Dodjie Maestrecampo, President of Mapua University; Lorenzo V. Tan, Vice Chairman of House of Investments. The strong act of solidarity espouses YGC’s overarching goal – the power of synergy and a unified desire to be boundless in being the country’s agents for digital transformation. The conglomerate-wide digital collaboration was established since 2018 with its signed data sharing agreement.
In 2022, RCBC Digital, the predecessor of RCBC Pulz, posted a 60% growth in revenue, 27% increase in account opening, 32% surge in transaction volume, and a 44% jump in transaction value. RCBC is also one of the most awarded banks for its digital innovations, including a three-peat win as Asiamoney’s Best Bank for Digital. RCBC prides itself to be the only Philippine bank recognized among the three winners in Asia Pacific by the Gartner Eye on Innovation award alongside global giants and innovators in financial services; the first and only Philippine bank to have received YouTube’s Challenger Award; and the Grand Champion for Digital Payments and Financial Inclusion by the Bankers Institute of the Philippines, among more than 80 global and regional accolades during the pandemic period.
With the launch of the new RCBC Pulz, RCBC once again leads the digital banking revolution in the Philippines, cementing its position as the country’s undisputed #1 digital challenger bank. It is now the Philippines’ 5th largest privately-owned universal bank from 8th in 2018 that breached the P1-Trillion asset mark by the end of June 2022 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. RCBC remains steadfast in its pursuit of driving innovation, empowering customers, and spearheading transformative change within the banking industry.
The much-awaited annual Acer Day celebration has returned with a superior and more exciting lineup of activities. Alongside bigger promotions on Acer products, the brand has set bolder goals to provide innovative products that enhance productivity and elevate the digital experience. This year’s theme, #AceYourWorld, is all about empowering and motivating individuals to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Whether you’re a student, a gamer, a professional, or an entrepreneur, Acer Day 2023 encourages you to take charge of your destiny and make your mark in the world.
This year’s Acer Day holds a special significance as Acer Philippines celebrates its 20th anniversary in the country. Acer Philippines has been hosting this regional campaign for the past three years, aiming to provide individuals with resources and tools to develop new skills, build confidence, and break through barriers that may hold them back. Acer’s goal is to create a movement of people committed to living their best lives and making a positive impact on the world.
Andrew Hou, Acer Pan Asia Pacific President, stated, “As a brand, we are committed to providing individuals with the resources and tools they need to unlock their full potential and achieve their goals.”
As part of the campaign, Acer is launching the #AceYourWorld Challenge, an exciting online video competition designed to inspire individuals to share their personal stories, accomplishments, and aspirations while demonstrating their determination to overcome obstacles.
“We believe that everyone can excel in their chosen fields, and this challenge encourages participants to showcase their talents and inspire others,” said Manuel Wong, Acer Philippines Managing Director.
Acer is taking the #AceYourWorld Challenge to the next level by featuring the top three videos on its official website and social media channels. The three creators of the top videos will receive an Acer Swift Go laptop specially designed to empower individuals to unlock their full potential and achieve their goals.
To join the challenge, participants are required to create a short video that showcases their personal growth journey and how they overcame obstacles to ace their world. The video should begin with a brief introduction of themselves and a significant challenge they faced. Participants are encouraged to include snippets of how they overcame the challenge and what actions they took to achieve success. The video should conclude by inspiring others to believe in themselves and take action to ace their day.
The #AceYourWorld Challenge is an excellent opportunity for individuals to share their inspiring stories of perseverance and determination while motivating others to reach their full potential. With the chance to win an Acer Swift Go laptop, avail of huge discounts, and be featured on Acer’s official channels, participants can take their first step towards achieving their dreams and making a positive impact on the world. Stay tuned to Acer’s social media channels for further updates on the challenge.
As part of the Acer Day 2023 celebrations, Acer Philippines is offering consumers attractive deals on a range of products including the Aspire Vero, Swift Go Evo, Predator Helios Neo, Acer Nitro 5, Acerpure Air + Clean, TravelMate Vero, and many more.
Just like the highly successful Acer Day concert in 2022, Acer Philippines is also organizing an Acer Day concert on August 6, 2023 at the SM MOA Arena, featuring powerhouse Acer ambassadors such as Sarah Geronimo, Donny Pangilinan, Belle Mariano, and other artists. Fans will also be treated to a special song collaboration between Sarah G and SB19, which will be available on all digital music platforms and Acer’s social media accounts.
For more information about Acer and Acer Day, follow Acer Philippines on its social media platforms: @AcerPH on Facebook, @acerph on Instagram, and @acerphils on Twitter, or go to www.acer.com.
Genteel Home, a premier furniture design studio in Angeles, Pampanga, officially opened its doors to its newest furniture atelier at the Podium Mall in Mandaluyong City today, July 13, 2023, as it celebrates 10 years in the Philippine home furnishing industry.
The day started with a holy mass and blessing of the store, followed by the ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the force behind Genteel Home, Founder and Principal Designer Katrina de Leon, SM Supermalls President Steven Tan, and Actress and International Fashion Icon Heart Evangelista. “Our goal is for you to feel seen and understood as if your desires have been brought to life because Genteel Home is an embodiment of all that is personal, touching, and inspiring. This is what we proudly showcase here at our newest Design Atelier. It is an open invitation for anyone to step in and have a piece of furniture uniquely designed for them,” Kat de Leon said.
During the opening of Genteel Home’s furniture atelier, Katrina presented Heart with an iconic chair thoughtfully created especially for the International Fashion Icon, “This is something that I would definitely love to have. Life is too short and you just really want to live your life as fullest as possible. At the end of the day, you want a peaceful home, that feels full of love and your furniture does reflect that. So choose something that would calm your soul,” Heart said.
In the evening, Genteel Home transformed the Bonifacio Hall of Manila House into an enchanting garden as part of its 10th-anniversary celebration and launched five more iconic chairs inspired by five other Filipino icons who made a mark in their respective fields. These include Olympic Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz; Former Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Box-office comedy queen Vice Ganda; award-winning broadcast journalist Karen Davila; and multi-awarded actor and singer Piolo Pascual.
“I am proud to say that every bespoke masterpiece meticulously crafted by Genteel Home holds a story, a narrative that transcends time and connects generations. It’s a tale of love, joy, and memories, waiting to be shared and treasured by your loved ones in the years to come. We don’t just create furniture; we create milestones and legacies. We believe that the objects we surround ourselves with shape our lives and leave a lasting impact,” Katrina shared.
Dimples Romana, Genteel Home’s brand ambassador, also shared why she fell in love with the brand, “For us women, we just find a mirror and then we look at ourselves and tapos na kasi nagmamadali ka. When it comes to Genteel pieces, you stay there because you just want to look at yourself and empower yourself even more.”
The journey of Genteel Home began in 2013 when Katrina received a special commission to create a unique piece of furniture. From that moment, Katrina’s passion for the intricate art of furniture making blossomed, transforming living spaces into realms of beauty and inspiration.
Beyond their creative prowess, Genteel Home is a brand with a conscience. Sustainability and community lie at the core of their values. The studio has invested in its own Mahogany farm, ensuring that for every furniture creation, trees are replenished. This not only promotes sustainability but also provides valuable livelihood opportunities for local communities.
Genteel Home takes pride in meticulously considering every aspect of its business, always driven by love. The brand’s unwavering commitment to delivering bespoke furniture pieces, promoting sustainability, world-class Filipino craftsmanship, and uplifting communities are testaments to their passion and vision.
The Philippines is ready for a fresh start as the Department of Tourism (DOT) finally unveils the new tourism slogan: “Love The Philippines,” a testament to how this country calls out to anyone who has a thrill for adventure, captivating beauty, and the embrace of a newfound home.
After 11 years of sporting the iconic “It’s More Fun in the Philippines,” the new slogan was unveiled at DOT’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Manila Hotel. Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco emphasizes that this slogan is also a “call to action” towards Filipinos and international citizens alike to discover and explore the Philippines with the numerous things it has to offer.
Despite being a slogan, this change has brought new heights and challenges for the country’s tourism department. While the country has countless destinations lined up for travelers, there are plenty of places left undiscovered yet well-maintained by the locals. The DOT also hopes that this new slogan will bring attention to other places that are not particularly highlighted in past tourism campaigns.
They also wanted to showcase a more Filipino brand– and the “Love The Philippines” slogan encapsulates what it takes to become a country full of love, natural wonders, an enticing history, and our unique cultural footprint.
In the modern era, travelers have begun to change their preferences and the experiences that they seek whenever they go out of their comfort zone. Most people look for more scenic yet calm destinations while others tend to go to the undiscovered sites and take their exploration to new heights. As these preferences evolve, the DOT also adjusts to recent travel trends.
This branding, if effective, will showcase the Philippines’ hidden beauty and the love within its people. Marie Adriano, the brand and strategic planner from the marketing firm Doyle, Dane, and Bernbach (DDB) Philippines, explained that there is a positive association to travelers when it comes to the word love– a longing and caring feeling, one laced with newfound affection.
However, recent controversies surrounding the usage of stock footage in the slogan’s promotional video campaign drew flak from the netizens. The video contained footage shot from various countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates, as per the Agence France-Presse’s fact-checking arm.
The DOT’s creative arm, DBB, has spoken up about the stock footage issue, saying that it is a “standard practice in the industry.” They defended the usage, for the video’s intention is to be a “mood video” to attract and excite internal stakeholders for their tourism campaign. The whole campaign, including the slogan, utilized a ₱49M fund in total. Due to this controversy, the contract between DBB and DOT has been terminated, seeking accountability for the issue.
These developments have drawn mixed reactions from netizens, especially regarding the credibility of the DOT, the authenticity of the slogan, and its effects on the dwindling tourism in the country. This slogan is also created to honor the Filipinos, for their hospitality and love have bound the Philippines and continuously embraced citizens from all over the world with their big hearts. It is only right that its creation should be as genuine as its intention.
Bohol Island is just one of the wonders of the Philippines, and as it is being more recognized in the worldwide scene, it is surely a sign to book your tickets with your loved ones now.
Bohol Island is making waves as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) unveiled it as the Philippines’ first Global Geopark, a real breathtaking gem in our archipelago. Bohol’s lush greenery has been cultivated by “periods of tectonic turbulence” which has made the island rise above the ocean–a unique geological identity like no other!
Underground Adventure at Hinagdanan Cave
If you’re looking for underground adventures, the Hinagdanan Cave is your next stop! It is best known as the mystical underground world deep within an enchanting cavern. Moving forward, onlookers will spot stalactites hanging from the ceiling like shimmering chandeliers, while an emerald-green lagoon glistens below, inviting you for a refreshing dip. The underground cave is home to an emerald-green lagoon that glistens in the dim light within the cavern, giving it a whimsical and mysterious vibe. It’s a surreal experience that will awaken the explorer within you!
Being one of the country’s most coveted tourist spots, Bohol Island is also home to various places, making it a haven for travelers. With its jaw-dropping sights and fascinating wildlife, it will surely make anyone feel both adventure and home at the same time.
World-famous Chocolate Hills
Starting with the whirlwind of attractions is the world-famous Chocolate Hills. Blessed with a landscape dotted with hundreds of lush, cone-shaped hills as far as the eye can see– it is no wonder that tourists from all races come to see this beauty. During the dry season, these wonders turn a mesmerizing shade of brown, a phenomenon that’s widely viewed and anticipated across nations.
Loboc River cruise
The Loboc River Cruise is also a delightful feast for the senses. This is Bohol’s floating restaurant, gliding along the gentle currents of the river, surrounded by lush greenery and singing birds. They also serve a mouthwatering buffet of local delicacies, all while traditional musicians serenade you with melodies. Watch out, as various species of birds adorn the cruise’s route, perfect for sightseeing and bird watchers. Throughout the journey, talented performers showcase traditional dances, showcasing the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage– giving travelers a slice of Filipino hospitality and rich culture. It’s a symphony of flavors, sights, and sounds that will leave you wanting more!
Tarsiers, the tiny wonders
A trip to Bohol is not complete without seeing the tiny wonders that are tarsiers! These tiny primates, with their big, round eyes and delicate fingers, are native to Bohol Island. The Tarsier Conservation Area houses these adorable creatures and is open to visitors observing them in their natural habitat. Of course, it is important to follow the protocols such as staying quiet and keeping the tourists’ cameras at a reasonable distance.
Unique adventure at Panglao Island
Lastly, Panglao Island beckons with its pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. This vibrant underwater world is teeming with colorful coral reefs, playful dolphins, and exotic marine life. Panglao Island is frequently visited by snorkelers and scuba divers, eager to explore the vast underwater within. Moreover, the island’s beach bars and restaurants will make people surely appreciate what the real beachfront scene is like, armed with its acoustic live bands, exotic seafood and delicacies, and their live parties. Panglao Island promises a unique adventure you’ll never forget!
Bohol Island is just one of the wonders of the Philippines, and as it is being more recognized in the worldwide scene, it is surely a sign to book your tickets with your loved ones. Bohol is waiting for you, eager to share its geological wonders and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this adventure!
In the lush landscapes of the Philippines, where fertile soil and abundant sunshine converge, a remarkable partnership has taken root. Gawad Kalinga, has joined hands with Oh Crop Adlai, the number one brand in the Philippines producing Adlai rice. As Gawad Kalinga empowers communities and Oh Crop Adlai cultivates sustainable practices, their shared vision drives them to scale adlai production, creating a ripple effect of positive change across the agricultural sector. Together, they are fostering empowerment, sustainability, and a prosperous future for Filipino farmers.
Complementing Gawad Kalinga’s vision is Oh Crop Adlai, a champion of sustainable agriculture. “The brand Oh Crop really started with our Filipino farmers in mind. It’s been a dream to be able to help them live better lives. And what an honor to partner with Gawad Kalinga because through this partnership we’re able to grow adlai production at a faster rate and thus help hundreds of Filipino farmers, and hopefully, thousands soon,” said Chari Trinidad-Mendoza, Oh Crop’s CEO.
With an unwavering commitment to the environment, Oh Crop Adlai employs cutting-edge techniques to maximize crop yield while minimizing ecological impact. Their dedication to quality and innovation has propelled them to the forefront of the agricultural sector. By focusing on cultivating adlai, a resilient grain that thrives in the Philippine soil, Oh Crop Adlai has unlocked much of the potential of this underutilized crop. “I’ve been a long-time consumer of Adlai. It’s a superfood with a lot of health benefits that’s why I’ve decided to make the full switch. And while there are several adlai brands in the market, Oh Crop Adlai is a true gamechanger – from managing end-to-end of the value chain down to distribution, you can trust that we give it our best.” shared by Marvin Agustin, Oh Crop Adlai brand ambassador and co-owner.
The collaboration between Gawad Kalinga and Oh Crop Adlai has become a catalyst for scaling adlai production in the Philippines. By combining Gawad Kalinga’s community empowerment model with Oh Crop Adlai’s agricultural expertise, they have successfully transformed adlai cultivation into a thriving enterprise. Through knowledge sharing and training programs, farmers in Gawad Kalinga communities acquire the skills needed to cultivate adlai effectively. Simultaneously, Oh Crop Adlai provides improved seeds, state-of-the-art machinery, and modern farming practices, optimizing productivity and ensuring a sustainable supply chain. This synergistic approach empowers farmers to unlock their full potential and prosper in harmony with the land.
The impact of this partnership extends far beyond individual farmers. By scaling adlai production, Gawad Kalinga and Oh Crop Adlai enhance food security while providing a nutritious alternative to staple grains. The vision of Oh Crop to empower farmers aligns perfectly with Gawad Kalinga’s commitment to holistic community development. As said by Chairman Luis Oquinena of Gawad Kalinga, “It’s a partnership based on the principle of “Preferrential (for the poor) Value Creation.” It is our hope that other enterprises will adopt this way of transforming every hectare of land where small farmers can fulfill their dreams as farmers!”
As this partnership flourishes, the potential for further expansion and diversification in the agricultural sector becomes apparent. Together, their goal is to be a catalyst of change, to ignite a movement amongst the industry players, redefining farming practices, and empowering Filipino farmers to create a sustainable and prosperous future.
Sustainability has always been ingrained in Watsons’ DNA. The leading health, wellness, and beauty retailer is always at the forefront of helping educate and encourage customers do their part in saving the planet and encouraging them to make it a better place to live in for future generations.
Watsons has also integrated sustainability into its corporate strategy with initiatives like Sustainable Choices and encouraging volunteerism among its employees, pushing boundaries to show its customers that it can walk the talk.
As part of its sustainability initiatives and to celebrate Filipino artistry and talent, Watsons, in collaboration with drybrush Gallery, launches “Reuse with Watsons: A Sustainability Art Exhibit” held at drybrush Gallery in SM MOA Square, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
Watsons hopes the art exhibit will be an avenue to raise public awareness about the importance of reusing by showcasing art pieces created from discarded materials such as plastic bottles/containers, plastic wrappers and containers, paper/carton boxes/tissue, blister packs, metals, sponges, foam, brushes, and cosmetics) collected from Watsons’ Recycle for Rewards Campaign/ Products found in Watsons Stores.
The exhibit also seeks to continuously educate and inspire the public to practice Reusing and the 3RS (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) as these would contribute to the preservation of our planet.
The participating artists were tasked to create art pieces that integrate discarded materials sourced from Watsons Stores and from all the entries, the three outstanding artworks, which best fit with the theme of the exhibit, will be chosen.
The artists that will be featured in the exhibit are Iñigo Acuña, Astrid Anabo, Neptalie unzo, Arnel Borja, Meijan Cabagay, Ape Castillo, Jeff Dahilan, Ronwaldo Dasal, Cesar Dela Torre, Angelo Delola, Daniel Dumaguit, Noli Española, Juno Galang, Esther Garcia, Ann Gatdula, Loise Angelo Go, Edgardo Granada, Anne Labesores, Ronald Limayo, Linggit (Briks Benigno), Ricardo Mallari, Ron Masaga, Luisito “Jon” Paras, Pancho Piano, Isah Rodillo, Roland Rosacay, Ferdinand Sanchez, James Sanorjo Jr., Rinald Sotto, JL Timbreza – Siao, Dominic Urbano and Ariel Villalobos.
The top three artists will be chosen based on Creative Reuse (50%), the extent to which discarded materials are creatively repurposed and transformed into the artwork; Aesthetic Appeal (30%), the visual impact and artistic quality of the artwork, considering elements such as composition, use of color, texture, and overall craftsmanship; and Environmental Message (20%), the artwork’s ability to convey a message of environmental sustainability, raising awareness about the importance of reusing and reducing waste, and inspiring consumers to adopt more eco-friendly practices.
“We are very happy with our collaboration with drybrush Gallery, which helped greatly in making all this possible. To the participating local artists who have tremendously supported us and have given their whole dedication in creating art pieces using sustainable products from Watsons, we salute your passion and your love for our planet,” said Watsons Sustainability and PR Director Ms. Viki Encarnacion.
TCL, the leading consumer electronics brand and the world’s top two TV brand, launches their newest range of home entertainment products and smart domestic tech appliances through their Grand Summit held last June 15, 2023 at the Grand Ballroom, Okada Manila.
The Grand Summit was filled with informative sessions spearheaded by TCL’s top key officials providing the latest technology news and innovations on TCL’s products.
Likewise, the event also featured segments and product unveilings highlighted by the presence of their Celebrity Brand Partners namely dance princess and actress Maja Salvador, lifestyle influencer Nico Bolzico, and TCL’s main endorser, top actress Kathryn Bernardo. While the Parokya ni Edgar main man Chito Miranda surprised the crowd with his rock hits.
Through this Grand Summit, TCL reinforces its position in home entertainment and smart domestic tech by launching its new range of TV’s, Soundbars, Air Conditioners, Refrigerators and Washing Machines to audiences in the Philippines by elevating home experiences and inspiring consumers to live more fulfilled lives.
New Realms of Entertainment with TCL C Series TVs and Latest Soundbars
A pioneer of display technology and setting the industry benchmark when it comes to Mini LED, TCL is proud to launch the New TCL C845 Mini LED TV: a superior entertainment hub built with the latest generation of TCL Mini LED technology offering an even better visual experience thanks to high and precise contrast, less blooming, peak brightness, and better uniformity.
TCL is also adding two updates to its QLED range. The TCL QLED 4K TV C745, which combines QLED together with Full Array Local Dimming technology and 144Hz VRR for smooth, sharp, and colorful HDR picture quality. The TCL C745 is now available in 55” and 65’’sizes.
Finally, TCL’s best-in-class QLED TV, the TCL 4K TV C645 combines QLED technology, delivering genuine cinematic colour made from over a billion colours and shades.
TCL is also expanding its TCL XL Collection allowing total cinema-like immersion from the comfort of the living room, without compromising on any loss of detail.
The perfect partner for its TVs, TCL is also introducing the latest soundbars with superior surround-sound capabilities to compliment the TVs’ exceptional picture quality and deliver cinema-worthy audio-visual performance.
Enjoy a Healthier and More Comfortable Life with TCL Breath+ Series Air Conditioners
TCL introduces the TCL Breath+ Series, the upgraded version of the Fresh+ line set to be available soon in the Philippines. With the latest upgrade, the Breath+ will feature a “breathing functionality” which not only allows the AC to inhale fresh air but also exhale used air, ensuring the atmosphere condition is kept fresh and comfortable.
Free Build-In and Intelligent FreshPro TCL Refrigerators
TCL also introduced the latest Free Build-In refrigerator that features three defining features based on TCL’s advanced technology and elevated design. While the TCL’s Intelligent Fresh Series are equipped with smart functions to keep your food chilled at the right temperature and ensure it stays fresher for longer, with the innovative Multi Air flow system, twin eco-inverters, AI radar, and the Automatic Anion-releasing Technology (AAT) .
Double-A Class Washing Machines Make Doing Laundry Greener, Healthier and more Convenient
The new TCL front-load C20 WashPro makes washing clothes such a breeze with its 10.5kg capacity and a drying capacity of 7kg. All together with its notable features namely Honeycomb Crystal Drum, Air Wash, Steam Wash, Fast Washing and Drying Low Temperature, Softly Drying, and Safety Lock.
The P70 Direct Drive Top Loading Washer is equipped with a DD inverter attached directly to the drum, making it more stable, reducing energy and water consumption and noise. Adding to that is the Honeycomb Drum technology that provides less friction on the clothes to give more care to your fabrics.
Discover TCL’s full extensive range of innovative consumer electronics, rolling out to markets in Asia-Pacific in the coming months. Visit the TCL home page at https://www.tcl.com/ph/en.
BENGALURU, INDIA – RCBC DiskarTech, the pioneering and award-winning financial inclusion mobile application of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), won the prestigious Gold Award for Ecosystem-Led Innovation in the Infosys Finacle Innovation Awards 2023. This recognition solidifies RCBC DiskarTech’s position as a trailblazer in the global digital banking landscape.
With the theme “Inspiring Better Banking,” this year’s Infosys Finacle Innovation Awards had an impressive turnout of over 200 nominations from various banks worldwide spanning across ten distinct categories: Ecosystem-led Innovation, Product Innovation, Channel Innovation, Corporate Banking Innovation, Process Innovation, Maximizing Customer Engagement, Transformation Excellence, Modern Technologies-led Innovation, Business Model Innovation, and ESG-led Innovation.
Participants from leading banks worldwide underwent an intensive evaluation process, aimed at identifying the most transformative and impactful innovation initiatives within the industry. An expert jury comprising global banking and technology leaders evaluated the nominations based on Innovation Quotient, Benefit Quotient, and Complexity Quotient, to decide the winners. Financial institutions from across the world were recognized for actively pursuing innovative strategies to differentiate themselves and maintain a competitive edge in the banking industry.
The Ecosystem-Led Innovation award category recognizes banks that demonstrate commitment to enhancing customer experiences by leveraging their ecosystem partnerships to provide a comprehensive range of services beyond traditional banking. The award honors banks that go beyond their core banking services and actively collaborate with ecosystem partners to meet the diverse needs of their customers. The commendation goes to banks that consistently innovate, create enhanced value, and continuously introduce new offerings in order to attract, serve, engage, and retain customers in a highly competitive digital landscape.
RCBC DiskarTech’s exceptional achievements and groundbreaking contributions have set a new benchmark for innovation in the financial sector. As a key component of RCBC’s MoneyBela Barangayan or gassroots banking scaling physical-digital or phygital blended banking experience in geographically isolated, disadvantaged and conflict areas, RCBC DiskarTech boosted bank onboarding in Philippine rural areas by 210%, reached a total of 13,116 barangays or approximately 31% of the 42,000 total barangays nationwide, and enabled millions of unbanked and underserved Filipinos to open their first basic deposit accounts in just six months from its rollout last year.
RCBC DiskarTech also engaged micro, small, and medium enterprises (mSMEs) through its offshoot program, the RCBC NegosyanTech, which empowered sari-sari (mom-and-pop) store owners, family-owned establishments, and grassroots businesses to earn additional income and capital by facilitating digital transactions such as cash deposits and withdrawals, bank transfers, bills payments, e-loading, and availment of teleconsultation plans and microinsurance.
“RCBC is more inspired and motivated to continue harnessing the power of technology such as Finacle Solutions in realizing the vision of the Philippine government to make the country a truly digital nation. We remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver relevant, timely, and effective digital financial solutions to a wider group of Filipinos,” said Villanueva.
“As we approach a world dominated by tech and AI, and largely moved by the rise of the internet economy, RCBC believes it is more important than ever to maximize the use of technological solutions in creating an equitable, sustainable, and prosperous future,” added Villanueva.
Sanat Rao, Chief Business Officer & Global Head of Infosys Finacle, said “The banking sector is undergoing unprecedented change, requiring banks to continually respond to market demands with customer-centric innovations in a bid to maintain their competitiveness and relevance. The Infosys Finacle Innovation Awards 2023 celebrates banks that prioritize innovation-led digital transformation. The nominees and winners in the awards program exemplify the relentless pursuit of the participating banks in delivering enhanced value to their customers and stakeholders. I extend my warmest congratulations to all the recognized banks and wish them continued success in 2023 and beyond.”
RCBC leaped from eighth position in 2018 to fifth by end of 2022 among the Philippines’ largest privately-owned universal banks in terms of assets, making it one of the fastest growing banks in the country. Among its global and local recognitions include a three-peat award as the Philippines’ Best Bank for Digital by Asiamoney, back-to-back wins for Best Financial Inclusion App by The Asian Banker’s Financial Technology Innovations Awards, and the YouTube Challenger Award for its viral and out-of-the-box digital ad campaigns generating combined views of over 17 million. Just recently, RCBC was also hailed as Grand Champion for Digital Payments and Financial Inclusion by the Bankers Institute of the Philippines.
Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this transformative exhibition, on display until July 8, 2023, at the Imahica Art Gallery.
In a bold and inspiring move, a groundbreaking exhibition is challenging traditional notions of fatherhood and redefining the role of fathers in our society. “Inheritance: Tracing Lineage & Inspiration” is an extraordinary display that seeks to dismantle preconceived notions and celebrate the diversity and depth of the paternal experience through experiencing the artworks of Pandy Aviado, Diana Aviado, Fil Delacruz, Janos Delacruz, Roy Espinosa, Pauline Allison Espinosa, Nikulas Lebajo, Beatrice Lebajo, Fernando Sena, Tintin Sena, and Oddin Sena.
This thought-provoking event serves as a platform to explore the multifaceted nature of fatherhood. Through diverse artistic expressions, the exhibition showcases the unique journeys, perspectives, and narratives of fathers from all walks of life. It aims to break down stereotypes and highlight fathers’ immense impact on their children’s lives.
“Inheritance: Tracing Lineage & Inspiration” challenges the traditional image of fathers as sole providers and disciplinarians. Instead, it embraces the complexity of fatherhood by showcasing tender moments of nurturing, emotional vulnerability, and deep connection between fathers and their children. The artworks on display offer a glimpse into the rich tapestry of experiences that fathers bring to their roles, dispelling misconceptions and fostering understanding.
Through visual art, this exhibition invites visitors to engage with the stories of fathers who have defied societal norms and forged their own paths. It encourages us to question and reassess our assumptions, celebrating the diversity of fatherhood experiences and the power of acceptance and inclusivity.
“Inheritance: Tracing Lineage & Inspiration” goes beyond celebrating individual fathers; it aims to provoke meaningful conversations and inspire societal change. By challenging traditional roles and expectations, the exhibition invites us to envision a future where fathers are recognized as active participants in their children’s lives, capable of nurturing and emotional support.
Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this transformative exhibition, on display from June 17 to July 8, 2023, at the Imahica Art Gallery. Step into a world where stereotypes are shattered, and the true essence of fatherhood is celebrated. Join us in embracing the richness and diversity of paternal experiences and championing a more inclusive and progressive society. For more information, please contact 0917 894 5646. Together, let us redefine fatherhood through the power of art.
B Hotel Alabang is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated opening of Johnny’s Steak & Grill, a new addition to its renowned culinary offerings. Situated in the heart of Alabang, this boutique hotel is dedicated to providing guests with a truly premium experience through its array of amenities and services.
Johnny’s Steak & Grill has garnered immense popularity since its inception at B Hotel Quezon City. Revered for its delectable dishes and inviting ambiance, Johnny’s Steak & Grill has become a cherished destination for food enthusiasts.
Under the expert guidance of Executive Sous Chef Robert “Bam” Guevarra, Johnny’s Steak & Grill Alabang will tantalize taste buds with the juiciest steaks in town, ensuring a delightful dining experience for the entire family. With prices starting as low as 950 pesos, guests can relish a main course with a choice of two sides and sauce. Noteworthy recommendations from the chef include the famed Johnny’s Steak Ribeye priced at 1,600 pesos and the delectable Seared Tenderloin A la Plancha, available for 1,950 pesos. Additionally, guests can savor a variety of appetizers, salads, soups, and desserts, all priced at no greater than 550 pesos.
B Hotel Alabang, managed by The Bellevue Hotels & Resorts, boasts a prestigious 4-star rating and prides itself on delivering outstanding hospitality. The property offers an array of features, including comfortable accommodations, an outdoor Jacuzzi for ultimate relaxation, a well-equipped gym, and a versatile function room ideal for events. Adding to its appeal, B Hotel Alabang is home to the acclaimed Prime Café, renowned for its wide selection of sought-after Filipino dishes and other beloved favorites from around the country, now complemented by the presence of Johnny’s Steak & Grill.
“We take immense pride in providing our guests with high-quality service. That’s why we continuously strive to bring the best to our hotel, such as our elevated casual dining restaurant, Johnny’s Steak & Grill. Our recognition as the number one Tripadvisor hotel in the Alabang area is a testament to the level of hospitality we are committed to delivering,” said Ms. Glennis Narciso, Hotel Manager of B Hotel Alabang.
Johnny’s Steak & Grill Alabang is open every night from 6 PM to 10 PM at B Hotel Alabang. For inquiries and reservations, please contact 0917 579 9431 or (+632) 8828 8181 or visit www.bhotelalabang.com.
Local beauty brand QUICKFX has come a long way since its early days. From entering the skincare market with its iconic sachet format to expanding its cult-favorite Pimple Eraser line, to formulating conscious and sensitive skin-friendly ranges, QUICKFX excites and delights with innovative products championing effective ingredients that deliver fast results, at prices everyone loves—and it looks like they aren’t slowing down any time soon.
It seems like they’re just getting started—and this time, they’re here to make sure that you get the glowing summer skin of your dreams all year round with their exciting, new releases.
Enter the QUICKFX SunGlo Weekend held last June 10-11, 2023 set at Patio by Balai Norte at La Union. This gorgeous seaside hotel served as the perfect backdrop for the brand’s special guests to learn about their newest releases, including two brand new sunscreens—the QUICKFX Vita Sunscreen and Super UV Sun Spray—as well as a brand new, fruit antioxidant-powered line: the QUICKFX Glo Smoothies range. Their mission: to create products that help protect, brighten, and hydrate the skin for the ultimate all-year-round summer glow.
Smooth, flawless, glowing skin starts with adequate sun protection, and no one knows this better than QUICKFX themselves—and they’ve got you covered. The first new release is the QUICKFX Vita Sunscreen, which promises 3X Sun Care Action.
This lightweight, fast-absorbing face and body sunscreen lotion is formulated with SPF 50 PA+++, as well as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Niacinamide, Avocado, and Chamomile Extracts. For sunscreen, touch-ups throughout the day—which are essential, especially in our sweltering Philippine summers—the brand new QUICKFX Super UV Sunspray will do the trick. This spray format sunscreen also promises SPF 50 PA+++, is formulated with Vitamin E, Sunflower Oil, Niacinamide, and Green Tea Extract, and comes in a spray can for a smooth, even application every time. These sunscreens promise to be reef-safe, kid-safe, and sweat-proof, and are guaranteed to be completely invisible once absorbed by the skin—goodbye, white cast!
With such innovative formulas, you’d wonder if these sunscreens would make a pretty significant dent in your bank account—but don’t fret. The Vita Sunscreen retails at PHP499 with 200mL, while the Super UV Sunspray comes in a 150mL aerosol can and retails at PHP399. Price point on point, as expected. The goal: to give your skin the most even, gorgeous glow ever.
QUICKFX Glo Smoothies made its debut with two products, starting with the QUICKFX Glo Smoothies Brightening Serum Cleanser. This gentle face cleanser features a delicious blend of Watermelon and Peach Extracts, Niacinamide, and Ascorbic Acid, and is designed to detoxify, brighten, and even out the skin in as little as 7 days. Plus, with its hydrating serum formula, this cleanser is guaranteed to clean your skin thoroughly without stripping it dry.
Next, the QUICKFX Glo Smoothies Ultra Brightening Serum. Also formulated with a cocktail of Watermelon and Peach Extracts, Niacinamide, and Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, this light-as-air, easily absorbed serum doesn’t just brighten the skin—it also aims to help prevent acne and wrinkles over time.
Perhaps the only thing more exciting than the new releases themselves would be their price point. The Glo Smoothies Brightening Serum Cleanser retails at P299 for 100mL, while the Glo Smoothies Ultra Brightening Serum comes in 2 sizes: in 10g for the iconic sachet format, and in 40mL for the full size, priced at PHP109 and P399 respectively. Not bad for products that are 100% made in Korea—what a steal!
The best part: these versatile new releases aren’t just great on their own—in fact, they’re designed to work even better together to help you achieve that glowing, summer glow all year ‘round.
Guests had dinner and drinks at The Lark and were invited to various activities the next day to encourage mindfulness and sustainability, like outdoor yoga and a brand-initiated coastal cleanup led by the QUICKFX brand team, Angeline Agustin, Mari Baretto-Syquia, Frances Jabeguero and Marven Abat, Vice President of The La Union Surf Club. The event provided not just an educational weekend, but one filled with rest and mindfulness not just of oneself but also of the environment as well.
Itching to get glowing with QUICKFX? The new Vita Sunscreen, Super UV Sunspray, and Glo Smoothies products are officially available for you to try! Check them out exclusively in Watsons stores nationwide. Shop the new releases on the Watsons App, as well as on the official Watsons Stores on ShopeeMall and LazMall.
Hello Glow has officially launched the newest addition to their sun care portfolio, the Hello Glow Sun Care Stick SPF 60+ PA++ (Php 395)! Referred to as the #SPFSuperstar, this new product innovation has the highest SPF rating among stick format sunscreens in the market. And just as sun care and skin care now go hand-in-hand, it’s boosted with luxurious and nourishing active ingredients, too.
Hello Glow’s launch party entitled “Stick to the Fun” was held last May 30, 2023 at the Island in BGC. Hosted by Aiyana Perlas, the highlight of the night was a beauty talk featuring well-loved Youtuber and skincare influencer Jan Angelo and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jaja Lao-Ang. Brand founder, Denice Sy, joined the two as well to discuss Hello Glow’s newest Sun Care Stick, as well as expounding on sun care trivia and debunking a few skin care myths.
What impressed Jan most about the product was the four UV filters present in the formula, further solidifying its SPF strength. Namely, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Zinc Oxide, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate. He loves the presence of Cica among the active skincare ingredients too, which guarantees “that the product is soothing” and suitable for those with acne-prone and oily skin like Jan.
Dr. Jaja did a live demonstration on how to re-apply the Hello Glow Sun Care Stick over her makeup on stage. The sunscreen stick effectively blotted and mattified her skin, and seamlessly glided over her face without messing her makeup. Host, Aiyana, exclaimed how there was barely any transfer on the sunscreen stick afterwards, too. Jan mentions that Hello Glow’s Sun Care Stick is lipid-based, so that in itself already prevents bacterial growth, so “no need to worry about it being unhygienic.” However, when applying over make-up, it doesn’t harm to wipe it after every use.
In line with making skincare enjoyable, Denice says, “We wanted sunscreen to be fun and something we can be consistent with. So the more often you use it throughout the day, the better.” Dr. Jaja agrees that people should “stick to the fun” when it comes to their sun care choices, because you should want to wear it daily. As a final word of advice, Dr. Jaja recommends using a traditional liquid sunscreen as base, and then layering the Hello Glow Sun Care Stick over for maximum protection.
Before the Hello Glow Sun Care Stick launch, Hello Glow’s already has a best-in-class range of superior sun care products; such as their O.G. 3-in-1 Lightweight Sun Care Gel which has a watery formula, to the Anti-Pollution Tinted Sunscreen which utilizes tone-adapt technology, to their Ultralight ++ Sunscreen which has a serum-gel consistency, as well as their early summer release, the Sun Care Lip Balm with SPF 20! All of these can be used together with the Hello Glow Sun Care Stick SPF 60+ PA++ for the ultimate sun protection.
In attendance were dermatologists Dr. Irene Gail Robredo-Vitas and Dr. Bea Chan; beauty pageant title holders Miss World Philippines 2022 – Gwendolyne Fourniol, Miss Charm International 2023 1st Runner Up – Annabelle McDonnell, Miss Intercontinental PH 2023 – Iona Gibbs, Miss World PH Tourism 2022 – Justine Felizarta, Miss World PH Charity 2022 – Cassandra Chan, Miss Eco PH 2022 – Ashley Montenegro, Miss Philippines Fire 2023 – Sha’uri Livori, BB Pilipinas Congeniality 2022 – Eiffel Rosalita, Miss Universe Philippines Congeniality – Shayne Maquiran; and social media personalities Michelle Dy, Norikuh, Onie de Guzman and Natalia Ortega; among other influencers and media friends.
Hello Glow Sun Care Stick SPF 60+ PA++ is available online in Hello Glow’s Tiktok Shop, Lazada and Shopee Flagship Stores. In physical stores, it Is currently exclusively available in all Watsons and SM Beauty Dept Store outlets nationwide.
Follow @helloglowofficial on social media and the hashtags #HelloGlowSunCareStick and #SPFSuperstar to learn more about the brand and its new release.
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) MoneyBela Barangayan Banking boosted bank onboarding in rural areas by 210%, reached a total of 13,116 barangays or approximately 31% of the 42,000 total barangays nationwide, enabled millions of unbanked and underserved Filipinos to open their first basic deposit accounts, and grew gross transaction volume by 103%. This remarkable feat was accomplished in a record time of only six months since the flagship program was launched in November 2022.
The RCBC MoneyBela Barangayan Banking is a one-of-a-kind campaign and the first in the Philippines that hybridizes physical-digital or phygital banking services serving geographically distant and disadvantaged and conflict areas of the country. It fuses the best features of digital banking and human connection by bringing RCBC’s award-winning and world-renowned digital solutions to marginalized and rural communities, including RCBC DiskarTech and RCBC ATMGo.
The Moneybela campaign also engaged micro, small, and medium enterprises (mSMEs) through the RCBC NegosyanTech program which empowered sari-sari store owners, family-owned establishments, and grassroots businesses to earn additional income and capital by facilitating digital transactions such as cash deposits and withdrawals, bank transfers, bills payments, e-loading, and availing of teleconsultation plans and microinsurance.
As a core component of Moneybela Barangayan Banking, RCBC ATMGo is the country’s first bank-agnostic, last mile, and grassroots-oriented mobile-point-of-service ATM service, to Filipinos in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas such as Busuanga, Coron, and Cullon in Palawan province, and in armed conflict-prone areas such as Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, and all provinces under the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. The residents can withdraw government benefits without having to travel far and spend on costly transportation. RCBC ATM Go also provided additional income to small entrepreneurs who became RCBC’s ATM Go partner merchants and helped RCBC serve Filipinos in remote areas.
RCBC is the only private universal bank in the country with the most extensive reach through its RCBC ATM Go network covering all 82 provinces nationwide with over 1,400 terminals deployed at the end of 2022 and is poised to grow to 10,000 units or a projected year-on-year growth of 614%. RCBC ATMGo now has over 1,200 partner merchants. More than 65 percent of ATM Go’s financial transactions are social grants and cash withdrawals by household beneficiaries of the national government in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.
RCBC conceptualized the Moneybela Barangayan Campaign as a response to the call of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to expand financial inclusion and literacy efforts, as well as the concerns of yet-to-be-banked Filipinos that they are not digitally literate and they need assistance in bank onboarding. RCBC had special launches of this initiative during the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City and Masskara Festival in Bacolod City in 2022, and early this year, in the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City and in the Pinya Festival of Calauan, Laguna recently.
Lito Villanueva, RCBC Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer, shared that the campaign successfully targeted unbanked Filipinos who were reluctant to embrace digital finance because of a lack of knowledge and underserved Filipinos who lived in areas wherein few or no banks and ATMs are operating to cater to their daily needs.
“By combining the power of revolutionary digital solutions and the impact of meaningful human relationships, RCBC has successfully created a compelling case study of engaging Filipinos in remote, marginalized, distant, and conflict areas and providing them with financial and digital literacy, and access to a wide array of empowering products and services,” said Villanueva.
“The massive growth of our digital products and services can be attributed to our philosophy that Innovations should come with Empathy, and to the diligence and ingenuity of each RCBC employee whose dedication to finding and creating breakthroughs in finance is forever inspiring,” added Villanueva.
RCBC MoneyBela, being the first of its kind, has earned commendations from none other than the Philippines’ finance leaders, BSP Governor and Monetary Board Chairman Felipe Medalla and Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, during its official launch at the RCBC Plaza last year.
“I am really so happy that if there’s any bank that embodies the goal of bringing BSP closer to the people, it is RCBC. You [RCBC] deserve all the honors you are getting for combining old ideas like cash-lite banking,” Gov. Medalla said.
“Beyond bringing more Filipinos into the fold, your latest project [RCBC MoneyBela] shows that the future of banking requires human-centric and empathy-driven design. I am very pleased to see RCBC make significant headway in this area,” Sec. Diokno said.
RCBC is one of the country’s fastest-growing banks, and the most awarded for its banking innovations. It is now the Philippines’ 5th largest privately-owned universal bank that breached the P1-Trillion asset mark by the end of June 2022 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. RCBC’s continuing digital and business transformation further enhanced its value and reach. With this, RCBC has become the most awarded bank in the Philippines. Among its global and local recognitions include a three-peat award as the Philippines’ Best Bank for Digital by Asiamoney, back-to-back wins for Best Financial Inclusion App by The Asian Banker’s Financial Technology Innovations Awards, and the YouTube challenger award for its viral and out-of-the-box digital ad campaigns generating combined views of over 17 million. Just recently, RCBC was also hailed as the Grand Champion for Digital Payments and Financial Inclusion by the Bankers Institute of the Philippines.
The Bank of Botswana (BoB) plans to create its own version of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) award-winning digital solution – RCBC ATMGo, in their home country. The bank agnostic, grassroots-based, and mobile powered RCBC ATMGo is among the three digital solutions showcased by RCBC Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer Lito Villanueva to BoB Deputy Governor Dr. Tshokologo Alex Kganetsano to help jumpstart the African bank’s digital transformation.
“We are beyond elated for RCBC to be chosen as a benchmark for the Bank of Botswana. By becoming a standard for other countries, RCBC fulfills its mission of redefining inclusive banking through cutting-edge innovations in both the local and international scenes,” Villanueva said.
RCBC ATMGo is the Philippines’ first community-based, bank-agnostic, last mile ATM service that uses mobile point-of-scale devices to make bank withdrawals, balance inquiry, bills payments, bank transfers, phone credits loading, and cardless withdrawals available and accessible to people in geographically isolated and displaced areas. It has been the Philippine government’s trusted digital payment disbursement partner even before and at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues until present for the withdrawals of social welfare benefits for Conditional Cash Transfer household recipients under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the national government. Close to 70% of its transactions are cash withdrawals of Pantawid CCT household beneficiaries done in rural areas.
RCBC is the only private universal bank in the country with the most extensive reach through its RCBC ATM Go network covering all 82 provinces nationwide with over 1,400 terminals deployed at the end of 2022 and is poised to grow to 10,000 units or a projected year-on-year growth of 614%. “This is a testament that investing in the rural and remote areas for convenient bank access can be a risky step but can ripple change industry-wide and globally,” Villanueva added. RCBC ATMGo now has over 1,200 partner-merchants.
RCBC hosted the Bank of Botswana delegation in its RCBC CollHub or Collaboration Hub in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Joining the BoB delegation were Ms. Sheila Sealesta, Advisor of Banking Currency and Settlement Department; Mr. Julius Ghanie, Director of Information and Communications Technology Department; Mr. Moeti Modimana, Head of Property Management Procurement and Projects; Ms. Ruth Baltshepi, Coordinator of Digitalization and Innovation Hub; and Mr. Vincent Golebetswe, Banking Manager.
RCBC has been awarded the Philippines’ Best Bank for Digital for three consecutive years given that “when it comes to digital solutions, RCBC remains the bank to beat,” according to Asiamoney. RCBC rose from eighth in 2018 to fifth in rank by the end of 2022 amongst the Philippines’ largest privately-owned universal banks in terms of assets. With close to 80 regional and global accolades in three years, RCBC was also the first Philippine bank to receive the YouTube Challenger award for its trailblazing and viral digital ad campaign which generated over 14 million views in a few weeks. It was also recognized by the local banking industry as the Grand Champion for Digital Payment and Financial Inclusion by the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAIPHIL).
From (L-R): Bank of Botswana (BoB) Banking Manager Vincent Golebetswe; Novus Technologies Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Sidath Wijeratne; BoB Head of Property Management Procurement and Projects Moeti Modimana; BoB Advisor Sheila Malebogo Sealetsa; RCBC Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer Lito Villanueva, BoB Coordinator Ruth Baitshepi; BOB Deputy Governor Dr. Tshokologo Alex Kganetsano; BoB Director Julius Ghanie; and Novus Technologies President and Chief Executive Officer Ricardos Khoury.
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Say hello to the season of heat — this is the season where we all tend to cool down ourselves, so this is the time we seek ways to keep ourselves cool even with the summer heat.
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For more information about Beko in the Philippines, go to http://beko.ph or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bekoph and their Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/bekoph/.
The Philippines’ premier digital and fintech association FinTech Alliance.PH has launched a multistakeholder national cybersecurity awareness and education campaign tagged #WagMagpalokoMagingScamAlerto! aimed at educating millions of Filipino smartphone and online users against phishing scams last May 29, 2023, at Shangri-La The Fort in Taguig City.
The industry-led multistakeholder national consumer cybersecurity campaign is being led by the FinTech Alliance in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, Anti-Money Laundering Council, Securities and Exchange Commission, Insurance Commission, National Privacy Commission, National Telecommunications Commission, Department of Trade and Industry, telecommunications companies, consumer groups, and media groups.
“I am proud to see everyone working hard to make the Nationwide Consumer Cybersecurity Education Campaign an effective and invaluable tool in helping accelerate the Philippines’ Digital Economy. You can count on BSP to be a staunch supporter of our project. We will continue to work hand in hand with all of our stakeholders and ensure the far-reaching impact of this campaign,” said BSP Governor Felipe Medalla.
“With all industry players, government, media, and Filipino consumers working together, we’re ready to unlock the power of cybersecurity with consumer education! We enjoin all FinTech Alliance member companies to have our campaign on all your social media platforms and use the hashtag #WagMagpalokoMagingScamAlerto,” said Lito Villanueva, founding chairman of the Fintech Alliance.PH and RCBC executive vice president and chief innovation and inclusion officer.
The massive nationwide multistakeholder cybersecurity education and awareness campaign was launched in response to the emergence of risks and threats to users’ safety and to ensure sustained consumer trust on digital payment platforms. With various organizations coming from the private sector, the government, and the media, FinTech Alliance.PH hopes to combat the rising tide of cybercrime through multiple prongs and engagement strategies.
The leading FinTech organization also jump-started the first cohort of the Cambridge FinTech Regulatory and Innovations (FTRI) Program. The Cambridge FTRI program is by the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge in Southeast Asia in partnership with Mapua University in the Philippines. The program targets the development and training of regulators, legislators, policymakers, practitioners, and professionals in banking, fintech, and digital industries.
The two initiatives by the Alliance were among the key events in their recent General Membership Meeting with the theme, “Accelerating the Philippines’ digital economy and unlocking the power of consumer education on cybersecurity.” At the same event, BSP Governor Medalla gave a keynote speech entitled, “The Current Philippine Digital Landscape: What’s Next Beyond the Digital Payments Transformation Roadmap.”
S&P Global APAC Chief Economist Rajiv Biswas also gave an outlook on the Philippine Economy, highlighting the country’s trajectory towards being a one trillion US dollar economy by 2033.
“We cannot do this as an industry without building a very strong strategic collaboration with regulators that allows an enabling environment for inclusive innovations. From co-developing the National Retail Payments System, National Strategy for Financial Inclusion and other regulations on emerging technologies such as virtual assets, regulatory sandbox, and digital banking, to open finance, and central bank digital currency, among others,” Villanueva added.
New FinTech Alliance corporate members were sworn in by BSP Governor Medalla. From just 15 founding corporate members in 2017 to nearly 100 in 2023.
FinTech Alliance.PH, the Philippines’ premier, and largest digital and fintech association, is composed of startups and unicorns that account for over 95 percent of digital-initiated transaction volume in the country.
Philippines’ leading challenger bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), through its partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), successfully assisted hundreds of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)/Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) beneficiaries to easily and quickly cash out aid from the national government through RCBC ATM Go partner merchants in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, an identified geographically isolated and disadvantaged area (GIDA) by the DSWD.
RCBC’s partner sari-sari stores – Ebanen, Sigfred, and Negros Rice – were able to facilitate over P2 million cash withdrawals by 4Ps/CCT household beneficiaries in three days.
RCBC ATM Go is the country’s first grassroots-based, bank agnostic, and last mile handheld automated teller machine which utilizes mobile point-of-sale devices to dispense financial services in unbanked and underserved communities.
RCBC is currently the only Philippine private universal bank that has the most extensive reach covering 100% of the country across all its 82 provinces with close to 2,000 terminals operated by thousands of its partner merchants. More than 65 percent of RCBC ATM Go’s financial transactions are social grant cash withdrawals by CCT/4Ps household beneficiaries of the national government mostly residing in remote communities. RCBC is also the only Philippine bank that has the most number of ATM Go terminals in excess of 100 units servicing all five provinces under the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao covering Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi Tawi.
Under the RCBC-DSWD Memorandum of Agreement signed in December 2022, RCBC will provide alternative payout channels for 4Ps/CCT beneficiaries. Prior to this engagement, RCBC has already collaborated with DSWD during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, RCBC was able to assist the national government in distributing more than Php 21.3 billion through its social amelioration program to over 5.6 million household beneficiaries benefitting 28 million aggregate-covered individuals.
“RCBC has been tirelessly working to make banking available and meaningful for all Filipinos through our RCBC Moneybela Barangayan Banking and RCBC ATM Go servicing millions of Filipinos in the countryside,” says RCBC Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer Lito Villanueva.
“RCBC’s mantra has always been innovations with empathy, and this is best relayed through digital-forward and frictionless banking services such as what RCBC ATM Go provides to those who live in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas such as Lake Sebu,” Villanueva added.
As Lake Sebu is a remote community, there is a limited presence of financial institutions that can provide brick-and-mortar branches or ATM kiosks. Residents need an hour of travel and spend costly transportation of as much as P200 just to be able to withdraw financial aid given by the national government. There are more than 13,000 4Ps/CCT beneficiaries in Lake Sebu and not all can be served by existing financial service providers in the area.
“The pilot testing conducted in the three (3) barangays of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato in partnership with RCBC has been truly successful. The 4Ps beneficiaries were able to withdraw their grants quicker and more efficiently – it only took them less than a minute receiving the money. We would like to extend our thanks to RCBC for this initiative,” says DSWD SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Director Loreto Jr. V. Cabaya. SOCCSKSARGEN covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos in Region 12.
Aside from RCBC ATM Go, RCBC has effectively implemented other pioneering, high-impact, human-centric, and demand driven digital financial innovations such as the one-stop-shop digital banking app RCBC Digital; RCBC DiskarTech, the Philippines’ first multi-lingual financial inclusion super app for the Filipino mass market in the vernacular Tagalog-English or Taglish and Cebuano; and RCBC MoneybelaBarangayan Banking, the Philippines’ first physical-digital or phygital banking services that use sustainable e-trikes to serve geographically distant and disadvantaged and conflict areas of the country.
RCBC is one of the country’s fastest-growing banks, and the most awarded for its banking innovations. It is now the Philippines’ 5th largest privately-owned universal bank that breached the P1-Trillion asset mark by the end of June 2022 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. RCBC’s continuing digital and business transformation further enhanced its value and reach.
With this, RCBC has become the most awarded bank in the Philippines. Among its global and local recognitions include a three-peat award as the Philippines’ Best Bank for Digital by Asiamoney, back-to-back wins for Best Financial Inclusion App by The Asian Banker’s Financial Technology Innovations Awards, and the YouTube challenger award for its viral and out-of-the-box digital ad campaigns generating combined views of over 17 million. Just recently, RCBC was also hailed as Grand Champion for Digital Payments and Financial Inclusion by the Bankers Institute of the Philippines.
Healthy eating is a choice you can make, starting with these restaurants. Happy eating!
Being healthy takes a lot of work – exercising, eating healthy food, and checking up on your well-being constantly– but it is a lifestyle choice that rewards you in more ways than one. The Philippines is an agricultural country thriving with diverse options for healthy eating. Whether it’s gluten-free options, vegan, or home-cooked meals, these restaurants will open your eyes to the sumptuous world of nutritious food.
Are you looking to try Mediterranean food but with a healthy twist? Hummus Elijah has got it all for you. Located at 5059 P. Burgos St., Makati, this vegetarian restaurant showcases its bestselling hummus and falafel, among other dishes originating from the Middle East. Hummus Elijah offers authentic Mediterranean salads, shawarma, and even a variety of keto dishes– a must-eat for people following a keto diet. Its regulars have attested to its delicious food, so treat yourself to a healthy feast. Reach them through their Facebook page and Lazada store!
Pipino Veg offers Filipino fusion cuisine, which encapsulates the Filipino food we crave but with a healthy dose of veggies and organic recipes! They offer Filipino feast staples such as veggie kare-kare, eggplant, and tofu miso, all types of sinigang. Located in the busy streets of Malingap Teacher’s Village, Quezon City, they also consider the party and “inuman” culture of Filipinos. For this reason why they introduced typical “pulutan” dishes with a vegetarian twist, such as Tofu sisig, Spring Rolls, Stuffed Bulaklak ng Kalabasa, and Buffalo Cauliflower wings. Eating Filipino-style meals and healthy living shouldn’t be a bore with Pipino Veg! Reach them through their Facebook page!
The Wholesome Table
The Wholesome Table brings a unique freshness into the hustle and bustle of 30th St, Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Makati. This healthy food restaurant prides itself on its flavorful gluten-free power bowls, gluten-free cakes, and breakfast plates featuring eggs, toast, and pancakes, among other Filipino brunch classics. They also have a variety of other sumptuous dishes that lean towards a more balanced diet, such as Salmon Bowl, Grilled Porkchop, and Truffle Mushroom Pasta. The Wholesome Table commits to its customers by serving healthy yet mouth-watering food—make sure to contact them through their Facebook page!
Promoting sustainable dining, Green Pastures in Level 4, East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza Mall ensures customers that eating healthy shouldn’t be a chore but more of a delicious choice. This restaurant specializes in reintroducing food staples in a more improved, healthy way. Some of its fine selections include Pizza Bianca Porchetta, Clam Chowder, and Porchetta al Forno con Patate– pork belly cooked with herbs and spices. They also offer burgers of various kinds, such as the Garlic Herb Cheeseburger, Mushroom Cheeseburger, or Gochujang Cheeseburger. The Green Pastures’ diverse menu will satisfy your palate! To place orders, reach them on their Facebook page!
Healthy eating should always be associated with an optimistic mindset and good vibes! Juju Eats has branches within Pasong Tamo Ext. Makati, The Podium Mall, Ortigas Center, Salcedo Village, Makati, Vertis North Ayala Malls Quezon City. Juju Eats aims to provide healthy food with a dose of good juju to start people’s day. They offer different kinds of signature salads, such as their bestsellers Chatuchak Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, and Thai Chicken Salad. Juju Eats also specializes in making wraps more challenging and sumptuous – evident in their Pesto Salad wrap and Tuna Nicoise Pasta Wrap, among others. They also offer paninis, pasta, red rice bowls, cold-pressed juices, and more. Eating at Juju Eats will give you good juju for the rest of the day! Place your orders on their Facebook page or website!
Bringing new life to long-standing Chinese recipes, Vege Select in 739 Ongpin St, Binondo offers a wide selection of food and side dishes that aim to appetize and revolutionize healthy eating! They showcase Chinese food staples such as vegan cuapao, vegan xiao long bao, and vegan sushi. They are also known for their diverse dishes, with a mix of Filipino and Chinese cuisine, such as vegan kiampong and the traditional crab and corn soup. Vege Select proves that Asian cuisine is an enjoyable treat healthily! Watch out for their daily menu on their Facebook page!
Are you looking for bulk meals? The Vegetarian Kitchen got your back. Specializing in homemade vegan plant-based bentos, food trays, meals, and bowls, they have all the healthy options to satisfy your cravings! Their bestsellers include Swedish Meatballs, Bonchon Cauliflower Chik’n and Japchae, Satay Barbecue & Couscous, Palabok Espesyal with Vegetable Okoy, Veggie Ukoy & Tokwa’t Baboy, Pinakbet, and Tofu Tonkatsu with Japanese Curry Bentos. They also offer food trays for big gatherings or hearty meals with the family. Conveniently located at 62B Mother Ignacia Ave., Brgy. Paligsahan 1103, Quezon City, make sure to grab your favorites by placing an order through their Facebook page!
Healthy eating shouldn’t mean we abandon the fast food menu that we all grew to love at some point. Break in Greenhills shook things up and reintroduced fast food staples, but this time, cooked with healthy ingredients. This plant-based vegan fast food chain offers chicken, burgers, and breakfast meals, all cooked using plant-based meat, a viable alternative to the otherwise conventional meats. The break is a life-changer for those who want to eat fast food without breaking their diet. Visit their Instagram or website for orders!
Corner Tree Cafe
This vegetarian restaurant serves healthy food in a secure, intimate, and comfortable setting. Corner Tree Cafe, located at 150 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati, offers Pinoy-style dishes– from salads, desserts, and even party trays. Its salad specialties are Caramelized Apple and Feta Salad, Mediterranean Salad, and Quinoa Salad. They also add a vegetarian twist to Filipino dishes like Kare-Kareng Gulay, Adobong Tofu with Fried egg and Fried Rice, and their vegetarian Laing. Each dining experience at Corner Tree Cafe is satisfying with healthy goodness—contact them on their Facebook page for orders!
This restaurant, bar, and bakery at 106 Aguirre Street, Legaspi Village, Makati showcases its brand of healthy eating. Green Bar’s plant-based goodies and drinks have revolutionized healthy eating with its specialties Savory Turmeric Bun and Big Bite Kebab. They also offer a variety of alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktails– perfect for a healthy weekend unwinding with friends! Make sure to stop by or reach them on their Facebook page for orders!
Healthy living can also be a fun and delicious route, with sumptuous food to enjoy while being fit and living up to your body’s true potential. Healthy eating is a choice you can make, starting with these restaurants. Happy eating!
Calauan, a 2nd class municipality in Laguna, takes a big leap to promote greater financial inclusion and massive digital transformation of its local government and residents in its quest to become a “Smart City” by collaborating with the country’s multi-awarded and leading challenger bank, the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC).
In a grand ceremony during the celebration of the municipality’s Pinya Festival, RCBC Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer Lito Villanueva and Calauan Mayor Roseller Caratihan, with the presence and support of all the members of the Municipal Council, sealed the partnership between RCBC and Calauan LGU through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding as the initial step towards developing a framework that will propel Calauan’s economic growth and create a thriving digital payment ecosystem for the municipality. Under this engagement, RCBC shall provide a payment gateway and digital disbursement solution for the LGU, and access to banking services at the barangay level through its various digital innovations such as DiskarTech, ATM Go, and NegosyanTech digital mSME, among others.
In the same event, RCBC launched its Moneybela Barangayan Banking to kick off initiatives to go down to the communities of Calauan and directly engage with the people as part of its financial inclusion advocacy. The RCBC Moneybela aims to onboard the unbanked and underserved individuals in Calauan to the formal financial system by spreading digital financial literacy and assisting in opening Basic Deposit Accounts through RCBC DiskarTech. RCBC strongly supports the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy and Digital Payments Transformation Roadmap which targets to onboard 70% of the adult Filipino population into the formal banking system and digitize 50% of all retail payments by the end of 2023.
In his message, Villanueva said, “This day marks a historic chapter, both for the Municipality of Calauan and RCBC. It signifies the beginning of a meaningful public-private partnership for the people of Calauan. We are very excited about this and fully support your vision for Calauan to be a Smart City.”
Villanueva also added, “Through our technology, it will be easier for Calaueños to pay taxes and other fees to the local government, the delivery of financial assistance to those in need will be expedited, and essential financial services will be brought closer to every Calaueño.”
Speaking to the attendees from various barangay in Calauan, Mayor Osel Caratihan commended RCBC and underscored the significant benefits that the partnership brings to the residents of Calauan. He highlighted the positive impact of the collaboration, stating that it will facilitate the accessibility of assistance to the local community. Individuals can receive the support they need by simply registering and visiting the barangay. Mayor Caratihan proudly mentioned that Calauan is at the forefront among LGUs in Laguna, being the first to establish such a program.
Launched in October 2022, the RCBC MoneyBela Barangayan Banking is a flagship program of RCBC to bring banking services closer to remote and rural communities. Last year, RCBC piloted this initiative during the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City and Masskara Festival in Bacolod City, and early this year, in the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City.
RCBC is one of the country’s fastest-growing banks, now ranked as the Philippines’ 5th largest privately-owned universal bank in terms of assets from 8th in 2019, and the most awarded for its banking innovations. Among its global and local recognitions include a three-peat award as the Philippines’ Best Bank for Digital by Asiamoney, back-to-back wins for Best Financial Inclusion App by The Asian Banker’s Financial Technology Innovations Awards, and the YouTube Challenger award for its viral and out-of-the-box digital ad campaigns generating combined views of over 17 million. Just recently, RCBC was also hailed as the Grand Champion for Digital Payments and Financial Inclusion by the Bankers Institute of the Philippines.
The quaint town of Sampaloc is known for its impressive array of “buri” products, the source of livelihood of the amiable people of this 5th class municipality in the province of Quezon.
“Buri,” a large palm tree noted for its strong leaves that can be made into various products like bags and other native accessories. The houses are adorned with different buri products during the Bulihan Festival.
This writer has witnessed this festival in years past – during the 4th Bulihan Festival. The highlights of the festival were the costume parade and the showcase of native dishes, as only “Sampalukins” (how residents are called in Sampaloc) can uniquely prepare and do.
“Palos” Cooking Contest
One of the awaited activities of the festival was the native “Palos Cooking Contest.” “Palos,” is Sampaloc’s term for native eel, which is caught in the Maapon River. It’s often brought by Sampalukins as a present to somebody being asked for a favor. The “madulas” is associated with a saying that if it is given as a gift to the person being asked for a favor, the request will be easily granted.
This exciting and one-of-a-kind cooking contest was participated by representatives from the 14 Barangays through the town’s Rural Improvement Club.
The cooking skills and creativity of the “Sampalukins” were once again demonstrated — with everything and anything that can be done and concocted with “palos.” Spicy, sweet, saucy, “ginataan”, “ginisa”, baked, steamed, fried, what have you!
The winning recipe came from Barangay Ibabang Owain. The dish is called “Steamed Palos.”
Put onion leek into the water and set for boiling.
Steam Palos for about 30-40 minutes.
When cooked, arrange the steamed Palos on a platter with the toppings.
The “Parada ng Bayan”- a buri-inspired costume parade was participated by the different sectors of the community like NGOs, the private sector, puroks, barangay, and municipal government officials and employees.
The strong camaraderie was felt as the whole town took time to participate and support the costume parade. It was amazing to see how young women and men were dressed in different creative and distinctively classy costumes made from colorful buri. It was as if these costumes were tailored and styled by professional designers — knowing these were handcrafted by the “Sampalukins”!
The Bulihan Festival provides jobs to residents and promotes tourism in the municipality.
Some of Sampaloc’s beautiful sceneries are the Malaoag Cave and Underground River, the Hangga Falls, and the Kakati River. During our stay, we were fortunate to explore Hangga Falls, a hidden gem located in the boundary of the towns of Sampaloc and Lucban. An approximate one to two hours of trekking was needed to reach the destination, and was worth the exhaustion upon seeing the invigorating waterfalls!
Discover Sampaloc and know more about its culture, people, and captivating attractions!
In celebration of its third year of operations, Beko announces its goal of being the number one European brand in the Philippine market in the next five years.
Beko Philippines is entering a new phase of business in its journey to bring the European brand to a sustainable lifestyle for Filipino customers. In celebration of its third year of operations, Beko announces its goal of being the number one European brand in the Philippine market in the next five years.
“We are very happy to be holding this trade launch for our dealers and stakeholders as we share that Beko will be a bigger and better brand in the Philippines in 2023 and beyond,” said Gürhan Günal, Beko’s country director in the Philippines, who also presented the company’s business development plans of EXPAND, GROW, LEAD, CONNECTIVITY and SUSTAINABILITY for the Philippines along with the brand’s hero technologies at the anniversary trade launch at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel Manila.
This is the heart and reason why this year, Beko will be made available soon in other appliance stores nationwide as it continues to “expand” its distribution to other retail channels.
To further “grow” brand awareness and visibility they also announced the renewal of their brand ambassadorship with Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo alongside digital and traditional media investments.
As one of the “leading” manufacturers of home appliances, Beko promotes the Live Like a Pro lifestyle and inspires Filipinos to experience a more convenient way of living through European-style product lines. They stated that Beko Pilipinas Corporation is the exclusive distributor of Hitachi’s Major Domestic Appliances as part of their brand portfolio.
Beko appliances are smart, relevant, and designed to support Filipino families easily. With the HomeWhiz function, you can easily “connect” to your Beko appliances with the use of your smartphones.
As part of Beko’s global sustainability effort, Beko Philippines announces its partnership with Plastic Credit Exchange, which serves a global ecosystem of carefully vetted partners that recover, process, and recycle plastic waste with programs that improve livelihood, scale up social impact, and reduce the flow of plastic pollution into nature.
The partnership is in line with the Extended Producer Responsibility Law, which holds companies responsible for the plastic packaging they use throughout the lifecycle of their products.
Trade launch showcasing hero technologies
The appliance brand recently held a grand trade launch for its dealers at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom with the theme “Empowered to Live Like A Pro.”
Beko Philippines showcased its hero technologies, such as HarvestFresh, ProSmart Inverter Technology, Steam Cure, Hygiene+, AeroPerfect TM, and many others. These technologies help you live like a pro.
Among the products displayed that day were cookers, refrigerators, one of the appliances which Beko is famous for. The GNO480E40HFGBPH is a 16.6cf inverter multi-door refrigerator with Neofrost Triple Cooling Technology, HarvestFresh, and Prosmart Inverter Compressor, in a sleek black glass door finish. Also featured is the Hitachi Refrigerator R-WB640VG0-1 GBK with Vacuum Technology with Platinum Catalyst, Inverter X Dual-fan Cooling with Eco-thermo sensor.
Other appliances include the CEG7302B, a bean-to-cup espresso machine, and the BSEOG180/181 2Hp air-conditioner with Go Clean Technology, MicroClean TM Filter, Gold Guard, ZoneFollow, 4D Auto Swing, and HomeWhiz.
Beko appliances are available at 1st Megasaver, Abenson, All Home, Anson’s, Appliance Centrum, Asian Home Appliance, Automatic Centre, BHF, Echo Electrical, Fair N Square, Gloria Bazaar, Great World, Hat, J Marketing, Lazada, Magic Appliance, Manhattan Appliance, Mike’s Department Store, NB Marketing, Pricewise, RS David, Our Builders, Robinsons Appliance, Savers, Shopee, SM Appliance, Solidmark, SVC & Plusign, United Motoliance, and Western Appliance.
For more information about Beko in the Philippines, go to http://beko.ph or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bekoph and their Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/bekoph/.
Beko Executives (L-R – Rolixus Kho Yute, Product Certification Specialist of Beko Philippines, Rebecca Aguilar, Product Marketing Senior Specialist of Beko Philippines, Ghie Papa, Brand Marketing Communications Specialist of Beko Philippines, Gurhan Gunal, Country Manager of Philippines, Nattinee Techanungnirun, Beko APAC Marketing Director, Panninuch Suwanaroek, Beko APAC Senior Lead Marketing Communications, Dyeun Zapanta, Marketing Head of Beko Philippines)
It’s the time of the year again when we celebrate and honor the special women of our lives.
However, 2023 may yet, prove to be challenging in terms of observing this occasion here in the Philippines. The reason? An unexpected case of double whammy that can lead to developing, or worsening a long-term illness: Diabetes.
Heat Index and Diabetes
According to medical experts, high temperatures and humidity can cause dehydration and affect insulin sensitivity, which can lead to high blood sugar levels and increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
COVID-19 and Diabetes
Several studies have suggested a link between COVID-19 and the development of diabetes. According to research published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, COVID-19 can cause acute insulin resistance, which can lead to high blood sugar levels and an increased risk of developing diabetes.
Diabetesand Mother’s Day
Diabetes can have a significant impact on women’s health, from pregnancy and cardiovascular disease to sexual and reproductive health and mental health. Therefore, as a means to honor our mothers, we want every woman to have the proper know-how to prevent or worsen diabetic conditions.
This Mother’s Day, show your appreciation to the moms in your life and share information that greatly reduces the risk of diabetes even if exposed to conditions like extreme heat, and COVID-19. Here are four wellness tips to make the most of the occasion as we take our mothers on a journey to #TreatYourselfWell:
Check your overall health if you are prone to or already developing symptoms of diabetes. Start by knowing if you are at risk by simply taking the DiabeTest.
Physical Exercise and fitness help improve overall health. For diabetics, added value includes lowering blood glucose levels, boosting the body’s sensitivity to insulin, and countering insulin resistance.
Boosting your immune system with much-needed nutrition is key to preventing diabetes and resisting Covid-19. Follow a healthy diet to greatly reduce the risk.
Be mindful and maintain healthy habits. Look for ways to supplement your lifestyle with safe and trusted nutrition interventions that will help you #TreatYourselfWell.
Nutritional supplements like Diabetasol can deliver key benefits that will not only help you keep your blood sugar levels stable but also help reinforce your immune system. This brand of nutrition powder is complete with calcium, fiber, 11 vitamins, and 6 minerals. It comes in three delicious flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and cappuccino; and it is ideal for diabetics and a great choice for those who want to prevent diabetes risks.
Ceremonial signage lighting at Healthway QualiMed Santa Rosa is the first in a series of events celebrating the launch of the new Healthway Medical Network (HMN).
Ayala Healthcare Holdings Inc. (AC Health) launches Healthway Medical Network (HMN), marking the integration of all its hospitals and clinics under the Healthway brand. With the promise to deliver “Care Beyond Cure,” Healthway Medical Network aims to create a comprehensive patient journey across all its touchpoints, focusing on holistic and patient-centric healthcare.
The new identity of AC Health’s hospitals and clinics group was announced last May 8 at the ceremonial signage lighting of Healthway QualiMed Sta. Rosa. The momentous occasion was attended by key executives from Ayala Corporation, AC Health, and HMN, as well as local government officials, representatives from various sectors of the community, and existing patrons of QualiMed Sta. Rosa.
“At Healthway, we believe that care beyond cure is not simply an empty slogan, but a guiding principle,” said Jimmy Ysmael, President and CEO of Healthway Medical Network. “We understand that our patients are more than just a set of symptoms or a medical condition. They are people with unique stories, experiences, and emotions. Through the integration of our clinics and hospitals, we will strive to provide the highest quality of care, focusing on treating the whole person, not just the illness.”
During the event’s round table discussion, AC Health Chief Public Health Officer and QualiMed Manila Chief Operating Officer Dr. Rizzy Alejandro shared how Healthway plans to deliver on its brand promise through its “Connected Care Circles.”
“We want to provide holistic care to our patients, and this is where Connected Care Circles come in,” explained Dr. Alejandro. “Our goal is to provide seamless care from one point to another, regardless of where the patient is in their healthcare journey.” “Connected Care Circles” is Healthway’s innovative healthcare approach to providing patient-centric end-to-end care.
Aside from HMN, AC Health’s subsidiaries include Generika Drugstore, IE Medica and MedEthix, and KonsultaMD in partnership with Globe’s 917 Ventures.
The brand launch signifies an exciting chapter of growth and progress for the Healthway Medical Network. Borromeo shared that HMN is also integrating its processes, including procurement and other shared services, and its IT platform, with the launch of a unified EMR and clinical information system later this year. HMN plans to further expand its footprint in clinics and hospitals.
In 2022, the network successfully inaugurated 3 new multispecialty centers. This year, HMN plans to open 3 additional clinics in Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao, expanding its network to a total of 15 outpatient centers. The long-awaited Healthway Cancer Care Hospital, the first of its kind in the country, is also set to open in September 2023.
Present at the event was Ayala Corporation’s Fernando Zobel de Ayala, who reaffirmed the group’s commitment to continue investing in healthcare. “The integration and launch of the Healthway Medical Network and its promise to deliver care beyond cure exemplifies Ayala’s relentless pursuit of excellence in its unwavering commitment to nation-building,” said Zobel. “At Ayala, we believe that every Filipino deserves access to quality healthcare and we are committed to helping make this a reality.”
The launch of the Healthway Medical Network marks a significant milestone for AC Health in its mission to improve healthcare for all Filipinos. With its human-centered approach, innovative healthcare solutions, and integration of clinics and hospitals backed by the entire AC Health ecosystem, Healthway Medical Network is well-positioned to deliver holistic and high-quality care to patients across the country.
Five Miss Hello Glow finalists were selected during Miss Universe Philippines 2023 corporate visit amidst the ombré sunset skies of Manila.
Thirty-eight Miss Universe Philippines 2023 candidates graced the headquarters of Hello Glow to participate in an iconic sunset runway competition on March 31, 2023, as part of Hello Glow’s collaboration with Miss Universe Philippines as its Official Sun Care Partner.
The brand’s panel of judges consisting of Miss Universe 2016 top 6 finalist – Maxine Medina, Beauty Pageant Expert, and Animal Welfare Advocate – Dr. Demiee Sy, and Smart’s Head of Strategy – Edson Guido made the difficult decision of choosing five Miss Hello Glow finalists. Namely, Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol, Eileen Gonzales of Quezon City, Samantha Panlilio of Cavite, Emmanuelle Vera of Cebu Province, and Michelle Dee of Makati.
Maxine Medina also gave this year’s batch of candidates quick words of wisdom. In line with Hello Glow’s slogan #BecauseYourSkinMatters, the Miss Universe alum urged the beauty queen contestants to develop the confidence to love their skin and embrace their personal stories — that will be what will make them stand out!
The official Miss Hello Glow titleholder will be revealed on Miss Universe Philippines’ coronation night on May 12, 2023.
Candidates Spotted Using Hello Glow During Summer Beach Activities
It has been a busy summer building up to the Miss Universe Philippines coronation. The candidates have since traveled to Palawan and Boracay among other beautiful Philippine destinations in the last two months to promote local tourism as well as their advocacies.
While doing their summer beach activities, the candidates have been spotted using Hello Glow sun care products to protect their skin so they can continue enjoying being out in the sun.
Hello Glow Teases New Products via Miss Universe PH
Hello Glow users got their first glimpse of upcoming new launches through the Miss Universe Philippines collaboration where candidates were seen with unreleased Hello Glow sun care products.
Hello Glow 3-in-1 Lightweight Sun Care Gel SPF 50 PA+++ 25g (Php 199) – Hello Glow’s best-selling sun care gel is now in a smaller, travel-friendly size! Small and compact, easy to take with you everywhere you go!
Hello Glow Lip Balm SPF 20 (Php 135) – Our lips need sun protection, too! And Hello Glow’s lip balm makes it easy by effectively moisturizing the lips while providing ample SPF!
Hello Glow Sun Care Stick SPF 60+ PA++ – So far, no information has been made available yet for the price and availability of this item. But what a way to tease Hello Glow fans and sun care lovers! We are definitely watching out for this product and hope to get our hands on it soon!
To follow more of the Hello Glow x Miss Universe Philippines sun care partnership, look up the following hashtags on social media: #HelloGlowOfficial #HelloUniverse.
You may also check Hello Glow’s official social media handles at @helloglowofficial on Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok, and @helloglowph on Twitter.
Hello Glow is available on Shopee, Lazada, and Tiktok Shop, as well as in physical stores like Watsons, SM Beauty Department Stores, SM Supermarkets, and Robinsons Department Stores, among others.
At the end of a long day, there is nothing better than coming home to a place where you can relax and breathe in fresh air.
Nestled in San Mateo, Rizal is Amiya Raya – a master-planned residential development that boasts a 270-degree unobstructed view of the Metro Manila skyline from 160 to 240 meters above sea level. Located in the suburbs of Mega Quezon City, Amiya Raya is fused with its natural landscape, offering its homeowners a dream sanctuary, amidst cool weather and a pollution-free environment. Breaking ground in the middle of this premiere community is Shanti Condominium – a vertical village that will allow its residents to experience true living amidst nature.
Inspired by the beautiful landscapes, calming seascapes, and enriching forest lands all around them, Community Creators, Inc. (CCI) drew their inspiration from the idea that God Himself is the first Developer – transforming the vast nothingness into the perfect natural world humanity has been blessed with. This is always the starting point when planning new developments. CCI saw this opportunity to be a transformer of land, a builder of homes, and a creator of sustainable communities as their privilege and life’s work. Not just for now, but also for generations of families to come.
Of all its developments, Amiya Raya is the largest in land area, with 567 units spread across an impressive 36 hectares. CCI envisioned it as a place where you can “invest in your dreams, and wake up every day seeing them all come true.” Situated in the burgeoning adventure hub that is Rizal province, it boasts a 270-degree panoramic view of Laguna De Bay, La Mesa Dam, Manila Bay, and nearby mountain ranges. It is within these calming environs that Shanti Condominium will rise.
Named after the Hindu-Sanskrit term for peace, calmness, and bliss, Shanti will be built beside a soon-to-be-developed nature park. At only 11 floors with three basement levels, the mid-rise building offers a total of 148 units, and an average of 19 units per floor. Homeowners can choose between one-, two-, or three-bedroom units – perfect for whether you are starting on your own, or with a young family.
As part of CCI’s commitment to modern design, convenience, and comfort, each unit will have Smart Home features, as well as being telephone, cable, and internet ready. They even have provisions for backup power in case of any outages – one electric outlet, one lighting fixture, and one to keep the refrigerator running. Now that is a game-changer.
Since Shanti is surrounded by beautiful scenery all around, a spacious balcony allows you to take it all in while having your morning coffee, or nightly cocktail.
CCI formally broke ground on their newest development in San Mateo, Rizal recently. Partners, investors, property owners, and members of the press watched as CCI President and CEO Ma. Charina Garcia, Jose Dalida, and Engineer Angel Paterno from ECDC, Architect Rhon De Guzman from MET Architectural Design, Engineer Jinkyn Fortun from PRESCON and other partners lowered the symbolic time capsule into the ground. This marks the official start of the construction, which they project to be completed by the first quarter of 2027.
That same afternoon, Amiya Raya celebrated the month’s Kite Festival with the Kite Show At The Top, as part of its family-friendly weekend activities. Residents and guests were treated to a colorful kite-flying exhibition by the Kite Association Of The Philippines. The Pampanga-based group has organized special events such as the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga, and has represented the country in kite festivals around the world. With the weather conditions perfect for flight, kids were also taught how to properly launch their own kites.
What truly makes a difference in choosing Shanti and Amiya Raya to be your home is being able to step out into the great outdoors a mere few meters from your doorstep. Breathe in the fresh air and take a long walk with the whole family. Go on picnics or fly kites in the open grounds. Your own sanctuary is just 30 minutes from the big city. Now that is living the life.
CCI keeps to the highest of standards in all its developments. This aligns with their core belief that the families who choose their properties deserve nothing but the best – in design and quality. These are meant to be forever homes – for now, and for generations to come. Choosing a home in Shanti Condominiums delivers on that promise.
For more information:
Office address: 2504-A Tektite Tower East, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
On-site address: Amiya Raya, Bgy. Guitnang Bayan I, San Mateo, Rizal
Tel. no. (02)8938-6288 / (02)8667-3456 or 57 / (0917)529-0955
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Community Creators, Inc.
CCI has been in the business of real estate development for 18 years – conceptualizing, developing, and selling close to PhP3.0 billion in both ‘lot only’ and ‘house and lot’ inventories. These are spread out over six property developments situated in the eastern part of Metro Manila, in and around Rizal and Bulacan. Four of these have been fully completed – Monte Brisa and Fiorenza in Rodriguez, Rizal, and Valle Rosa and Altana in Malolos, Bulacan. Their two developments in San Mateo – Amiya Raya, and Shanti
Holiday Inn & Suites Makati celebrates A Decade of Joy, a milestone celebration as it turns ten this year. Take part in this journey as they offer exciting promos just for you!
Celebrate with Holiday Inn and Suites Makati and enjoy a staycation with family and friends and delectable cuisines from Flavors Restaurant. Stay at Holiday Inn and Suites Makati and get to enjoy a buffet breakfast for two (2) at Php 10. This is available during the weekends until June 30, 2023. The rate is good for 2 adults and 2 children where kids stay and eat free! This is bookable through the website when you Book Early and Save or you may call directly at the hotel.
Enjoy more time as you plan your staycation and indulge in a shopcation spree as Holiday Inn and Suites Makati is giving a Lifestyle Passport to all check-in guests where you can enjoy special discounts from various merchant partners at Glorietta Mall. Guests have more options for an enjoyable and relaxing staycation with its direct access to Glorietta Mall.
If you want to start the week right, this is the chance for you to enjoy a Happy Monday as Holiday Inn and Suites Makati is offering all guests and visitors a 50% discount on lunch or dinner buffet at Flavors Restaurant on all Mondays until May 30, 2023. Get big savings from Php2,300 nett to Php1,150 nett per person.
Savor the mouthwatering cuisines since 2013 as you indulge in Flavors Best of 10 – the top favorites that guests have loved through the years. Enjoy these ala carte dishes of Kare-Kare, Chicken Biryani, Pink Salmon Fillet, and Country-style Fried Chicken to name a few, and enjoy a bottomless iced tea for every order. This is available daily until June 30, 2023, at Flavors Restaurant.
If you are celebrating with your family and friends, this is a good time to treat them to a buffet. Avail of the 5 + 1 buffet treat for those celebrating birthdays from April until June 30, 2023, or for those graduating students, as they dine for free for every five (5) full-paying adults. So come now and celebrate your special occasion at Flavors Restaurant.
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The title recognizes the Hollywood actress’ “contributions to help promote the Philippines as one of the world’s best tourism destinations.”
The Philippines offers numerous picturesque places perfect for any traveler looking for a thrilling and enjoyable getaway. For the same reason that Vanessa Hudgens believes the Philippines is a paradise waiting to be discovered. As the new tourism ambassador for the Philippines, the Filipino-American actress hopes to showcase the country’s rich heritage by retracing her Filipino roots.
On March 30, 2022, Vanessa had been appointed as the Global Tourism Ambassador for the Philippines, and she was thrilled about the opportunity.
“It’s a little bit of everything. It’s got paradise. It’s got [a] metropolitan city. It’s got kindness,” she enthusiastically expressed. “Everybody is so warm, so friendly. The people here are unique. Everyone is just so warm. I haven’t met anyone who seems like they’re not having a bad day. The hospitality is unmatched. It got wonder, and it’s just a magical place.”
The title was given by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., during a conferment ceremony at the Malacañang Palace. The title recognizes the Hollywood actress’ “contributions to help promote the Philippines as one of the world’s best tourism destinations.”
According to the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), “The initiative is a branding campaign and marketing strategy aimed at attracting international tourists as the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Creative Arts (OPACC) and the DOT (Department of Tourism) set their sights on creating opportunities to aggressively push for the resurgence of the Philippines as a travel destination.”
The High School Musical star has started working with director Paul Soriano on a travel documentary. In partnership with the tourism department, the documentary will highlight the actress’ reconnection with her Filipino roots while promoting the country’s tourist spots. The film will also feature her relationship with her Filipino mother, Gina Guangco, and sister Stella.
Gina was born in Manila, Philippines, and left when she was 25 years old, making Vanessa half-Filipino. She has always been proud of her Filipino heritage and has been talking about it in various interviews. She even shared her desire to showcase her Filipino identity in an interview with Glamour UK in 2021.
“My mom is from the Philippines, and growing up, there weren’t many women who looked like me and my mom and my family onscreen. It’s important to share all the different stories because America is a massive melting pot, [just like the] world.”
While the 34-year-old Broadway beauty admits this was the first time she had the chance to visit the country, she made it worthwhile by visiting the crystal clear lagoons of El Nido, Palawan. Aside from her plans of visiting the beautiful beaches and historical landmarks in the country, she also would like to immerse herself in Filipino culture. She particularly wants to meet with local tribal communities.
“I’m going to hang out with tribes, there’s so much to do,” she stated. “I haven’t even gone shopping!”
As she entered her mid-30s, her plans involved finding her roots and rediscovering herself, hence the trip to the Philippines. “I’m thinking about raising a family, and I wanna be able to know my heritage so that I can bring that forth and so that my kids can know their background, they can know more about their own blood.”
Meanwhile, Vanessa faced backlash on social media as many netizens deemed her unworthy of the title. Nevertheless, the actress opened up about how she struggled to find her place in Hollywood as a Fil-Am.
Even though the industry is slowly diversifying, there is still a lack of international representation, especially among the Filipino tribes. Thus, she looks forward to more opportunities to work and stay in the country to fulfill her goal of learning about the Philippines and discovering her Filipino identity.
“I already can’t wait to come back. I feel like the time that I have spent here has been so incredible and so special, but I need more time. The country is so big and has so much to offer,” she said.
FinTech Alliance. ph, the Philippines’ premier digital trade organization, which is composed of startups and unicorns that account for over 90% of digital-initiated transactions volume in the country, has teamed up with the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines to showcase the Filipino fintech talent atupcoming global events including AsiaTech x Singapore (ATxSG) and Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) happening in Singapore, and Collision 2023 that will take place in Toronto, Canada.
This collaboration aims to promote excellence, ingenuity, and diligence of the Filipino FinTech players on the world stage by connecting them with global partners for cross-border digital technologies and services, including e-commerce payments and remittances for expertise building, knowledge exchange, technical assistance, and investment stimulation. The Embassy of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service in the Philippines will be facilitating business-to-business meetings between Filipino FinTech players and Canadian companies exhibiting at these events.
“This collaboration presents an exciting opportunity to leverage our collective strengths and expertise as Filipino FinTech players, and bring innovative financial solutions to the global stage. Through this collaboration, we aim to create a thriving ecosystem for FinTech innovation, and contribute to the sustainable economic development of the Philippines,” said Lito Villanueva, Founding Chairman, Fintech Alliance. ph.
“The Canadian FinTech ecosystem is highly competitive and is home to over 850 companies and several financial hubs, the largest being Toronto. This collaboration would open opportunities for Canadian FinTech players to connect and do business with key partners in the fast-growing economy of the Philippines, as well as foster and sustain a successful FinTech innovation ecosystem,” said Guy Boileau, Senior Trade Commissioner of the Embassy of Canada.
AsiaTech x Singapore is the gateway to the world’s fastest-growing digital economy and leading platform where the international tech and enterprise communities congregate for conversations and networking that set the agenda for key tech trends, governance, and innovation impacting businesses and society in the region. This year’s conference will happen in Singapore.
The Singapore Fintech Festival brings together the global FinTech community to engage, connect, and collaborate on issues relating to the development of financial services, public policy, and technology. As the world’s largest FinTech festival, last year’s edition brought together over 62,000 participants from 115 countries. SFF is organized by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Elevandi, and Constellar and in collaboration with the Association of Banks in Singapore.
Collision 2023, North America’s fastest-growing tech conference dubbed as the “Olympics of Tech,” will feature sessions that gather tech experts, cultural icons, and global policymakers, as well as interactive Q&As, masterclasses, roundtables, and speaker experiences.
If there’s anything the first quarter of the year has shown us, is that gone are the pandemic days! The local beauty scene in particular is seen to be back and booming! And no other than Filipino favorite makeup brand, Ever Bilena (EB) leads the noise with its new drops, meet and greet activities, plus its celebration of EB’s 40th Anniversary last March 2023!
New color drops
Entering 2023, Ever Bilena released a new line of 12 universally flattering nail polish colors as it paid homage to the company’s first-ever product back four decades ago! This time with more unique and diverse shades, featuring an icy blue, and olive grey hues among others.
Their newest hit, Ever Bilena Pillow Pop, a hybrid cream-to-powder blush formula has also entered the picture with three wearable shades: Dreamy Coral, Dreamy Rose, and Dreamy Peach. Its one-of-a-kind bouncy consistency helps create a soft-focus, diffused matte pop of color on the cheeks with a seamless air-blush finish!
Ever Bilena presents Kim Mingue fan meet
Not without new surprises, Ever Bilena has collaborated with RISE Media to bring Kim Mingue to the Philippines for a fan meet with his Filipino supporters at New Frontier Theater in Quezon City on April 14, 2023!
In what is truly a “Heavenly Moment” with Kim Mingue, Ever Bilena is giving its customers a heavenly treat by hosting a raffle giveaway to 20 lucky shoppers for a chance to win two tickets each! With the grand prize being 2 VIP tickets worth Php 18,500!
The mechanics are simple. Make a single purchase transaction from participating stores worth at least Php 800 of Ever Bilena products within the promo duration to qualify! Simply submit the ticket receipt through a QR code provided by Ever Bilena and automatically be entered for the raffle draw. Unlimited entries are welcome until April 7, 2023!
Learn more about it at Ever Bilena’s official Facebook and Instagram pages @everbilenaofficial.
Queens unite in the name of beauty
Beauty pageantry has become a national obsession as the country’s beauty queen representatives have gone on to bring pride to the Philippines on international stages!
No other than Ever Bilena brought the most beautiful Filipinas together on its 40th Anniversary Celebration at SMX Convention Center last March 21, 2023.
The company officially announced its partnership as the Official Makeup Sponsor with the country’s most prestigious pageants, namely Binibining Pilipinas, Miss World Philippines by ALV Circle, Miss Earth Philippines, and Mutya ng Pilipinas. While EB’s sister brand, Hello Glow, is the official Sun Care Partner of Miss Universe Philippines.
Titleholders who attended included Bb. Pilipinas – Globe 2022 Chelsea Fernandez and Mutya ng Pilipinas – Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2023 Iona Gibbs, who were both awarded Miss Ever Bilena in their respective pageants’ coronation nights. Bb. Pilipinas 1st Runner Up – Herlene Nicole Budol, Miss Earth Philippines 2022 – Jenny Ramp, and Miss Earth Philippines-Water 2022 – Angeline Santos were also present, alongside representatives of ALV Pageant Circle, Miss World Philippines 2022 winners Gwendolyne Fourniol, Justine Felitarza, Ashley Montenegro, Alison Black, and Cassandra Chan.
Ever Bilena has also cemented its legacy as a beauty powerhouse!
Since opening its doors on December 8, 2022, Galerie du Soleil MNL, an emerging art and culture hub in the heart of Taguig, now launches its third exhibit, two back-to-back group shows titled “Ama” – a Lenten offering and “Straight from the Heart” running from March 28 until April 23, 2023.
“Ama” was conceptualized by artists Danny Rayos del Sol, Agi Pagkatipunan, and Jik Villanueva as an annual Lenten exhibition, an offering, and sacrifice, an invitation to reflect and contemplate how the divine relates to humankind, manifesting in fatherhood and its many faces.
The show’s first run highlights nine artists, also fathers and whose works centered on spirituality and faith. Each artwork expresses their Christian faith and life and how it grounds their approaches toward and understanding of fatherhood.
Villanueva shares that the team would like “Ama” to evolve into a mobile exhibit that can be mounted anywhere, all while consistently highlighting works centered on Christian faith. Each edition aims to devote its proceeds to a chosen beneficiary each year.
Such bayanihan continues in “Straight from the Heart,” whose proceeds will also go to Ama’s beneficiary, Ino Pagkatipunan, Agi Pagkatipunan’s son in need of medical assistance.
Both established and emerging artists donated their artworks to the show. Galleries like Artes Orientes and Artologist also sent artworks to aid the cause.
Participating artists include Ramon Orlina, Kublai Millan, Ram Mallari, Ombok Villamor, Marge Organo, Melissa Yeung Yap, Richard Buxani, Jeff Dahilan, Wencyl Mallari, Meroy Castrillo, Elias Pernecita, among others.
Given such a variety of works, collectors and visitors may purchase artwork for as low as Php 4,000.00. Many participating artists did not know Agi personally but still decided to help.
Overwhelmed and grateful for such generosity, Rayos del Sol can’t help but recall a particular bible verse, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, quoting: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Galerie du Soleil MNL also doubles as a museum, housing the permanent collection of the Rayos del Sol family. It aims to be a destination that highlights the creative scene in Taguig spotlighting visual art, music, dance, spoken word, creative writing, and more art forms, all helmed by Taguig artists but also welcoming creatives beyond the city borders.
Rayos del Sol, a former officer in the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), reveals that “preservation, promotion, enriching and developing arts and culture was always my advocacy.” It’s not so much giving back as it is “paying forward, as we need to support living artists in their profession.”
Today, he continues this mission in his capacity as a private individual, working hand in hand with the Taguig City government as a partner through its Think Big Taguig and I Love Taguig programs.
For updates, follow Galerie du Soleil MNL on Facebook. For inquiries, message Tess Rayos del Sol at 0919 991 8765 via SMS or Viber.
As the bastion of Christianity in Asia, the Holy Week or Semana Santa has been a sacred occasion for the Filipinos, with ancient traditions still taking hold up to this day. The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic nation with the nationwide observance of the Lenten Season. The Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, with the Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday declared statutory holidays.
Filipinos are known for honoring traditions during Holy Week. True to its Catholic roots, each Filipino family has their own customs when it comes to the Lenten Season. Filipino families conduct the Pabasa or Pasyon and join festivals and processions.
One of the long-standing traditions is fasting or abstinence, observed during Ash Wednesday and Good Friday to honor Jesus’ death and His resurrection. Filipinos usually refrain eating various kinds of meat, sticking to vegetables and seafood-based dishes. This tradition also seeks to cleanse the soul and regenerate one’s spiritual health.
The Holy Week has always been a time for faith, family, and love – values which the Tia Belle’s in Silang resonate with – values that bind their love for the country and faith in God as infused in their famous roster of homemade Filipino dishes.
Tia Belle’s in Silang offers a wide variety of traditional vegetable and fish dishes that still stimulates one’s palate and leaves them satisfied with their meal. This Filipino-style restaurant makes it a point to honor the country’s values and traditions and prepare dishes to suit large families, Catholics, and non-Catholics alike!
Start with their seafood meals, their relyenong bangus, one of Tia Belle’s signature dishes. With its crunchy and tasty texture, this dish is cooked with vegetables and organic ingredients, free from processed food, and served with homemade atsara. It will surely satisfy your cravings!
Another fan favorite is the pinasingawang pompano sa dahon ng saging, a delectable Filipino dish highlighting the highly sought-after Pompano. This steamed dish is carefully wrapped in a banana leaf before being steamed, giving it a juicy and sumptuous smell that makes the food’s various flavors dance with one another, a must-try this Lenten Season!
Moreover, coconut milk enthusiasts may try Tia Belle’s special laing, made from fresh gabi and other root crops, topped with crushed chicharon and siling haba. This dish will surely tickle your taste buds! Another best seller is their special lumpiang bukid, a mix of root crops wrapped in a malunggay-based wrapper garnished with sesame seed sauce.
Tia Belle’s also caters to bulk orders, perfect for large families holding reunions or get-togethers during the season. Among these are the spicy seafood cajun and ginataang tilapia, Filipino seafood favorites that can cater to 20 up to 100 people.
For dessert lovers, they also serve Filipino-style halo-halo, their special inangit suman, and their signature dessert, Tia Belle’s famous pichi pichi, best paired with their special hot cacao!
The Holy Week observance is meaningful with food that respects and honors Filipino traditions, the same core values that Tia Belle’s stands for. With its superb hospitality and service, Tia Belle’s is the place to go during Lent for food and quality time with your family!
Like all great musicals, The Sound of Music has exuded a certain magic that makes it special — you can credit the amazing direction, the beautiful milieu, the incredible music, and the story itself. It became so successful due to the amount of love present in it: the love of music, of freedom, of family, and the love between a man and a woman (which – as Reverend Mother wisely reminds us – is holy, too).
Having watched the film repeatedly on the small screen, it was an experience to witness it inside a sophisticated theater in Circuit Makati, at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater. The venue was a good choice for Broadway Asia and GMG Productions to stage this worth-watching Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s masterpiece, which had its last staging in 2020 at The Theatre at Solaire.
The Sound of Music, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp set in Austria, follows an ebullient postulant who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. However, the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, and Maria and the von Trapp family must make a moral decision.
The recent international tour was worth the visit. The stellar cast included Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria and Trevor Martin as Captain Georg von Trapp, who are both talented and shared their emotions with the audience often. They make the perfect team and possess the very best diction I have heard on a professional stage in a long time.
Trevor Martin was an emotional powerhouse as he did an excellent job portraying the stern, complex, but loving Captain von Trapp. Jill-Christine Wiley’s rendition of Maria felt young and lovely. She sang with clarity the title song “The Sound of Music” and other popular tunes, such as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “The Lonely Goatherd.”
I found the moment touching when the Captain turned over his whistle to Maria when he realized he no longer treats his children and household like a naval battleship. Wiley played her role with justice in her opening scenes and became a loving governess during the story.
This production was star-studded, including the talented Filipino singer-actress Karylle Tatlonghari as Baroness Elsa Schraeder. She portrayed her character with natural elegance, convincing sophistication, and maturity.
Cassi Mikat, who played Mother Abbess, astoundingly delivered “Climb Every Mountain” with passion and made it one of the best hair-raising moments of the show.
Markki Stroem, on the other hand, who portrayed the telegram delivery boy, Rolf Gruber, did captivate the audience with his charms and well-built connection to Lauren O’Brien as Liesl. His rendition of the show tune “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” was enjoyable to watch and listen to. A little bit cheeky to describe, Joshua La Force made Max Detweiler a compelling character with that hilarious personality, obviously distinguished in his performance of “How Love Can Survive” with Tatlonghari. The Von Trapp kids, however, were undeniably witty and quirky and became the center of attention for the scenes they were in.
It was a compelling moment when the large Nazi flags dropped from the ceiling and were used as the backdrop of the Festival concert. There’s nothing more symbolic than seeing a proud Austrian, Captain Von Trapp, sings “Edelweiss” (Austria’s national flower – used as an image of symbolism and loyalty to his country) before he bids farewell to his homeland and runs away with his family to the mountains, instead of reporting to Bremerhaven to assume command in the Army of the Third Reich. This scene is a chilling moment. It was also fascinating at the end of the production, with the Von Trapp children, as they escaped the Nazis after the Anschluss. They were taking a long and arduous journey to reach safety. As the family ascended into the hills of the mountains, my breath was taken away (Finale Ultimo).
The mise-en-scene of the show was extravagant with its minimalist set design and lovely lighting. My favorite set design was the last part of the show when the nuns opened the gate where the Von Trapp family escaped — it was realistic and aesthetic!
The musical appeared different from the film in which Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer starred. “My Favorite Things” was sung in the abbey by Maria and Mother Abbess. In place of that song in the thunderstorm scene, Maria and the kids sang “The Lonely Goatherd” instead. “Edelweiss” was only sung once by the Captain at the concert. Uncle Max and Baroness Schraeder also performed two songs. Not like in the film, they were singing characters, too.
This musical was a perfect show from start to finish and imparted a good lesson to kids and adults alike — a feeling of an incredible sense of joy and love.
OhCrop! Brand adlai hosted its first “OhCropWednesday” event at Marvin Agustin’s Cochi Bistro at the Bonifacio Global City last March 8, 2023.
The intimate event feted influencers, celebrity chefs, and close friends alike with a custom menu featuring the Philippines’ healthy, indigenous grain.
Adlai’s taste-full potential was unleashed in several courses.
Among these were Fat Seed’s Chef Bryant Dee’s creamy Saffron Seafood Risotto – a paella-style dish with clams, shrimp and squid, and saffron and other spices.
Another crowd-favorite was Burrow and Lula Cafe’s Chef Dani’s Salmon Truffle Adlai – a light main featuring the flavors of fresh basil, cherry tomatoes in balsamic vinegar, and truffle essence.
Chef Marvin Agustin’s signature hearty Cochinillo was the supper’s mainstay.
It was accompanied by his KoreanUni Adlai (a Korean-inspired, pilaf-textured fried adlai rice sautéed to perfection with Kimchi, topped with sriracha-mayo, sprinkled with Nori flakes and fresh Uni), and Shiitake Mushroom Adlai (fried in garlic, onion leeks, Shiitake and oyster mushrooms flambeed with Shao Xing wine seasoned with special spices, drizzled with sesame oil, and garnished with chopped leeks).
The ever-endearing Chef Wado of Wadoughs Cake Studio ended the events with nostalgia. His Adlai Champorado upgrades a Filipino staple into a refined classic, fusing melted coconut and evaporated milk with 100% Davao tablea, before being dusted with muscovado sugar and topped with crunchy cacao nibs.
Between dishes, diners were also regaled with OhCrop! adlai cooking experiences by the chosen chefs, personal anecdotes by mother/influencer Kit Bernardino-Robles (@HappyHome.Mom), and the sustainable and ethical sourcing of OhCrop! Adlai by its CFO, Magellan Fetalino
Slated as a monthly event meant to increase awareness for adlai as a healthy, local, and tasteful alternative to similar grains like quinoa, amaranth, and basmati, “OhCrop! Wednesday” is shaping up to be a fun gathering of like-minded fine diners who don’t always have to take themselves too seriously – much like the OhCrop! brand.
Maricel Soriano reflects on her life as a single mom and concludes Kaya ko pala. Success to her is being able to live life her own way. But the most important thing, she said, was learning to love herself.
In real life, versatile dramatic actress Maricel Soriano is much like the frank and straight-talking Mary you see on TV, although much toned down and not really as combative as her past TV role in Kaya ni Mister, Kaya ni Misis (TV series 1999 – 2000). The bigger difference is that at home, she is both dad and mom to two children – Marron and Sebastien.
Her “heavy drama days” marred by three failed romances seem to have passed. She smiles easily. She is quite happy at the moment!
All the emotional hurts have healed over time, she said. Success to her is being able to live life her own way. She became a bit misty-eyed when she talked about how she was being a mom and how she loved her children. But the most important thing, she said, was learning to love herself.
Having spent half of her life in show business, Maricel has metamorphosed into a fine actress. From her Underage days (with Snooky Serna and Dina Bonnevie), John en Marsha, Kaluskos Musmos, Maricel Drama Special, and other equally memorable TV shows and movies, Maricel has earned the tag “Diamond Star.” To closer friends and associates, however, she is “Inay.”
Her wish? “A more glorious movie industry and for a long-lasting showbiz career. For myself, I just hope that my career will go on for a long time,” she says. “While I’m in the business, I’ll make the most of the present moment and the opportunities it lends.”
She’s now in her 49th year in show business.
How are you coping as a single parent?
So far, I’m getting used to it. It’s both fulfilling and challenging because I didn’t imagine that I’ll be able to do it. Of course, it would have been different if my family were intact.
Did becoming a single parent change your personality?
Hindi pa rin, ganoon pa rin ako (laughs). Yeah in a way. Pagdating sa paggastos hindi ko na naiisip minsan ang sarili ko. Ang naiisip ko, I want to buy these things for my children. ‘Pag naging magulang ka ganoon pala.
What’s a regular day like for Maricel?
When I have no work, I just stay at home. I’m the type of person who doesn’t really like going out. I’m a very homebody person. Occasionally, if I’m invited by my close friends. (Among her showbiz close friends are Roderick Paulate, Michael de Mesa, among others).
I seldom take a rest. Perhaps that’s how much I love my job. Alam ko kasi kung paano akong mahalin ng trabaho ko. It’s like give and take, bigyan mo ito ng importansya at ganoon din ang gagawin sa iyo. I always give my 100 percent to everything that I do.
How come you’re called “Inay”?
It started when I was doing Maricel Drama Special. So everybody was calling me Inay, instead of calling me ma’am or boss. Hello! Parang feeling ko teacher ba ako. For me, I like it when I’m being called Inay.
It seems you’re so close to gay people . . .
Because they make me laugh (‘cause it’s hard to make me laugh). They make me feel very comfortable. And I’m myself when I’m with them. Iba ‘yong feeling ko kapag nandiyan sila. Ang treatment kasi nila parang nandoon ‘yong respect. They follow my advice and come back and tell me “Inay your advise is so effective.” So I feel so good. It’s quite ironic because, at one point, these people were misinterpreted by society. Tao rin sila. They know how to care and love. It’s just that some straight people don’t want to understand them.
What do you think is your biggest achievement as an actress?
My entire career. I always say this, “Ang pangalan ko, o kung sino man ako ngayon, ay hindi ko pinukpuk sa utak ng bawat mamamayan. Pinaghirapan ko eto pawis at dugo, kung baga. Kung anuman ang na-enjoy ko o iniiyak ko ngayon, it’s a package deal thing.
How about your biggest achievement as a person in general?
My greatest achievement is my children.
What else do you aspire for?
For more money, yes. Of course, all of us have a purpose in life. When you work, you should love your work because you’ll get paid for it. It makes you a whole person.
What do you feel most grateful for?
They come in a package. Kasi hindi lang isang aspeto ako dapat matuwa. Hindi naman tayo mabubuo kung kapiraso lang ang pinag-uusapan natin. Parang rosary ‘yan hindi mo matatapos na nilalaktawan mo ang isang mystery. Kung baga lahat ng nangyari sa buhay ko, pangit, maganda or mabaho, lahat pinagpapasalamat ko. Dahil kundi lahat ng ito, I don’t think I’ll be a better person.
And what’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in life?
I have to love myself! (she didn’t elaborate).
How would you like to be remembered?
I want to be remembered for being unique — the real Marya.
(Based on the interview published in the old Mirror Weekly magazine by the same author.)
Artifract, the very first Fine Arts NFT Company in Southeast Asia, showcased the newest NFT collection of Juvenal Sansó, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, and Abdulmari Asia Imao last February 9, 2023, held at the Unionbank Plaza, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.
Being the forerunner in fine arts NFT, Artifract allows art collectors to own a piece of archival and historical fine art pieces, while carefully hand-holding art estates, museums, and private collections into a secure, blockchain-based, and worry-free future.
The event hosted a private auction and was participated by some of the country’s influential millennial entrepreneurs. It has sold out, selling off the premium NFT tiles of Juvenal Sansó’s Euphoric Abundance, Abdulmari Asia Imao’s Sarimanok Series, and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz’s Manila Bay Sunset to various art collectors.
During the auction proper, Mr. Jack Teotico, Chairman and Managing Director of Galerie Joaquin Group, expressed his support and gratitude to Artifract, and gave an insightful story behind the masterpiece of Federico Aguilar Alcuaz’s Manila Bay Sunset.
“It has been a great honor for us to be partnered with Artifract since our first project, featuring the NFT collections of Juvenal Sansò,” Mr. Jack Teotico said in his speech.
“What makes Manila Bay Sunset interesting is that it’s one of the very few paintings of Manila Bay that is in Red. Federico Aguilar Alcuaz was able to capture the intensity, the romance, and the passion of the Manila Bay Sunset,” he added.
It was then followed by a heartwarming speech done by Mr. Diego Gabriel I. Imao, who is currently an Architectural Designer for Physical and Virtual Spaces, and the grandson of the country’s first Muslim National Artist for Visual Arts, Abdulmari Asia Imao, to voice his gratitude to the Artifract team, and gave an inspiring story behind the Sarimanok Series masterpiece of his grandfather.
Mr. Ricky Francisco, Director of Fundacion Sansò, a non-profit organization that exhibits the works of globally famous painter Juvenal Sanso, also shared an inspiring story behind the Euphoric Abundance masterpiece by Juvenal Sansò. His insights made it more interesting for the auctioneers to win the premium tiles of Sansò’s NFT art piece.
Indeed, the event last February 9 was a success as it received a warm welcome from several art collectors, influential entrepreneurs, and estate partners, learning the future of modern-day art collecting brought by Artifract.
Recently, at Art Fair Philippines, Artifract, in partnership with Globe Platinum, featured the Sarimanok Series masterpiece by Abdulmari Asia Imao, the country’s First Muslim National Artist for Visual Arts.
Introducing the newest addition to the already impressive lineup of Tiger Sugar Philippines – the Tiger Sugar Coffee variants. If you are a coffee lover, you are in for a treat!
Tiger Sugar has always been known for its top-notch milk teas that come in a variety of flavors, from classic to fruit-infused ones. Now, they are expanding their menu to cater to the coffee enthusiasts out there. With four exciting flavors to choose from, you can indulge in your coffee cravings anytime, anywhere.
First on the list is the classic Tiger Sugar’s Iced Latte, made with premium coffee beans and combined with the signature brown sugar syrup that Tiger Sugar is famous for. It’s the perfect balance of strong and sweet that will surely awaken your senses. For those who prefer a stronger kick, the Americano variant is a must-try.
If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, why not try the Cafe Latte? It’s a velvety mix of fresh milk and espresso, topped with a dollop of cream. It’s a coffee lover’s dream come true.
Lastly, the Dirty Matcha, a generous serving of premium mix of matcha and coffee, and milk. It’s a unique twist to matcha that will surely surprise you.
But that’s not all! Tiger Sugar is also introducing a new product – the Brown Sugar Almond Croissant, made in collaboration with Ijo Bakery: The Batangas Viennoiserie. This flaky and buttery pastry is filled with rich almond cream and drizzled with the same brown sugar syrup that Tiger Sugar is known for. It’s a perfect complement to your cup of coffee or milk tea.
You can enjoy a Milk Tea and Croissant Combo for only PHP 240! That’s a great deal that you don’t want to miss.
So head on over to the nearest Tiger Sugar branch and try out their new coffee and croissant variants. It’s a perfect way to start your day or cap off your afternoon.
The art scene in the South is making itself heard in a big way. The first-ever Laguna Art Festival, a celebration of art and culture, is happening until February 26, 2023, at the Activity Park, Ayala Malls Solenad, Nuvali, Sta Rosa, Laguna.
Over 50 exhibitors of various art forms will dot the grounds of the venue w, which will see an explosion of creativity and inspiration that will appeal to anyone who appreciates the arts, whether you’re an enthusiast, a serious collector, a newbie, or a newbie even a crafter. Diverse groups of artists, galleries, students, and schools of art will all be represented at the booths, with a particular slant for local artists based in the region.
The definition of art is certainly multifarious and multi-disciplinary, and for this particular exhibit, this includes not just what is traditionally thought of as visual art like paintings and sculptures, but also bonsai art, tattoo, arts and crafts like crochet, and, others. Best of all, admission is free and everyone is invited.
More than a space for artists and galleries to exhibit and sell their works, The Laguna Art Festival 2023 offers a myriad of activities to encourage and nurture a love for the arts. Influential art enthusiasts will hold talks aimed at aspiring artists. Interactive art activities as well as on-the-spot painting sessions will be held. Expect art supply freebies, special and l raffle prizes, and gorge on an art buffet table. As the saying goes, all art is interrelated, and their music and dance performances will be another art dimension to the event.
The Laguna Arts Festival is organized by Life ‘n Arts, a community-based center of arts, music, and dance located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, also houses an art gallery where premium art supplies are sold. Headed by Lerma Julian, Life n’ Arts recently celebrated its 20th year of nurturing and incorporating the arts into daily life. Organizing the Laguna Art Festival is certainly a big way to cap this celebration.
Artists have previously lauded the organization for their previous events. “I have joined numerous group exhibits with Life ‘n Arts, and I must say that it was always very professionally curated and executed. I am always eager to be part of their exhibits, and look forward to holding a solo exhibit,” said local artist Ana Isip. Jaime Nepomuceno also said the booths are always busy with high traffic and interest. “People stopped by to look, chat, and inquire…my pieces got sold.”
The Laguna Art Festival is held in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Art Association Of The Philippines, Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts – UPLB, City Government of Sta. Rosa Laguna. It is in partnership with the following:
The Mapúa MCL Cup, DLSU-Dasmariñas CBAA Student Government, St. Scholastica’s College-Westgrove. It is sponsored by these businesses: International Fine Paper Exchange, M. Enriquez Art Supplies, Kulay Art Materials, Office Basics, Inc., Times Trading Co., Inc., ENFANT DOUE, Reply4dEdited.
Artifract.io, a pioneer in Fine Arts NFTs in Asia, signs a partnership agreement with Ely Buendia, W E U Event Management Services, and Dvent Productions to bring the Pinoy Rock Icon’s music to the Metaverse. This collaboration allows fans and music lovers to immerse in Ely Buendia’s musical art and unprecedented access to exclusive multimedia contents from the one and only Maestro of Pinoy Rock Music.
The project makes the musical experience immersive and enjoyable, at the same time allowing fractional ownership of Ely’s exclusive musical NFTs. Artifract aims to preserve timeless musical collections by placing them in a metaverse where users, as their avatar personas, can immerse themselves and appreciate works from Ely.
“We cannot wait to bring Ely Buendia NFTs into Artifract’s platform. Our users will be able to appreciate and have access to exclusive fractionalized musical arts. Most importantly, they will own a piece of Ely’s musical art on the blockchain,” said Marvin Agustin, co-founder of Artifract.io.
“We’re excited to be working with Artifract. This new partnership allows us the opportunity to explore other ways of sharing our music in the metaverse. We look forward to curating an exclusive set of musical pieces for our upcoming Web3 project!”, Ely Buendia said.
The conceptualizing and execution planning started with Ely’s longtime colleagues at DVent Productions and WEU Event Management Services. According to W E U President Francis D. Lumen Jr., “W E U is excited to collaborate with icons and innovators like Ely Buendia and Artifract, to create the next wave of the art content for fans to enjoy and share through blockchain technology.”
“We’re neophytes in this enterprise and relatively new to the digital community, aware of the misgivings of traditional art aficionados and collectors which inspired us to thoughtfully create art featuring both digital and tangible collectible assets that have inherent value in the real world and NFT metaverse,” says Maria Diane Ventura of Dvent Productions.
“Artifract created a platform for creators to digitize their works and to democratize access to it. We’re thrilled to enable Ely Buendia and many more artists, brands, and creators to build stronger relationships and connections with their audiences using the technology we developed at Artifract and UBX,” according to Rico Dela Cruz of UBX.
Under this collaboration, Ely will release his exclusive NFT titled “Flamed Lullaby,” with an Ely-composed original tracking/song title called “Hele.” The artwork is inspired by the Eraserhead’s last 2008 Reunion Concert, where the Sticker Happy Piano was burned and smashed during their final performance of “Huling El Bimbo.”
This never-before-released musical art piece will be heard and appreciated by not more than 2,000 owners of the NFT, which will start at Php 15,000 per fractional NFT, with exclusive royalty rights and printed version of the Artwork plus a certificate of Authenticity.
The season of love calls for romantic indulgences to share with your special someone. At Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, you can surprise your beloved with a relaxing staycation in the metro and an exquisite dinner for two in celebration of the St. Valentine’s holiday.
Toast to Love
Whether you want to snuggle up and chill or add more excitement to your couple’s rendezvous, Richmonde’s month-long Toast to Love room promotion gives you a selection of packages to suit your date plans this February. Room-only deals start at PhP 3,500nett per night, inclusive of cozy room accommodations for two, a 15 percent discount on a la carte orders from Richmonde Café and Room Service, and use of the heated indoor pool and gym.
Looking forward to a hearty breakfast together? For as low as PhP 4,300nett per night, get to delight in a sumptuous breakfast buffet at Richmonde Café when you wake up. Want to make your evening extra special too? Go all out and book the Valentine room package starting at PhP 6,000nett with breakfast for two persons, plus a bottle of wine, and a special charcuterie board for your in-room dinner date. Both packages are also inclusive of a 15% discount on a la carte orders, as well as access to the Health Club’s gym, heated indoor pool, sauna, and steam room.
Love at First Bite
Wine and dine with your significant other on February 14th as Richmonde Café presents the ultimate gustatory experience—a special dinner aptly called Love at First Bite. You’ll swoon and gush with delight as each dish tickles your taste buds and fills your tummies.
Begin your meal with an assortment of cheeses, cured meats, crackers, and fruits brought to your table via a rolling cart, and customize your own charcuterie board to complement your first glass of wine. Then, head on over to the grazing table where a variety of French and Italian-inspired canapé style appetizers and slices of bread are spread.
As a prelude to your main course, the king prawn and pumpkin bisque de viande will be served tableside. For the premium entrée, choose between the Angus flank steak, served with classic tahini, crispy onions, and shimeji mushroom for a tender and buttery delight, or the black cod, cooked sous vide and served with peas, mint risotto, and black caviar. Then, end the night on a sweet note with bite-sized desserts from the grazing table.
This Valentine’s Day Dinner is served from 6 pm to 10 pm and is priced at PhP 3,500 nett, inclusive of unlimited pours of red or white wine and bottomless beer, Valentine’s cocktail drink, soda, or iced tea. Guests who are checked-in on February 14 may avail of the discounted dinner rate of PhP 3,200 nett per person.
For bookings and inquiries, call Richmonde Hotel Ortigas at (632) 8638 7777 or email email@example.com. You may also call or message via mobile/Viber at 0917 859 7914 (Room Reservations) and 0917 534 4352 (Richmonde Café).
“Artistic Legacies” presents an intimate look into these artistic families and their artistic journeys, from the catalyst to their continuing legacies.
Family values are deeply etched into our culture as Filipinos. It is considered the foundation of an individual’s social life. The bond between a parent and a child can be considered sacred even. A relationship should hold values such as respect, discipline, honor, love, and everything good under the sun.
“Artistic Legacies” presents an intimate look into these artistic families and their artistic journeys, from the catalyst to their continuing legacies. The exhibition proves how art can be an instrument for uniting families and teaching family values.
The exhibition also aims to show the artistic journeys that branched from generation to generation, highlighting the importance of family. The artworks on display are works that have come from these families that take their art and their family to heart. A special bond between them will stand the test of time and last for generations to come.
The participating artists include Ramon Orlina, Anna Orlina, Michael Orlina, Eduardo Castrillo, Mierro Castrillo, Nixxio Castrillo, Ovvian Castrillo-Hill, Fil Delacruz, Janos Delacruz, Emmanuel Garibay, Alee Garibay, Bam Garibay, Nina Garibay, Raul Lebajo, Gio Lebajo, and Nikulas Lebajo.
Opening ceremonies of the exhibition will be held at the Reflections Gallery of Museo Orlina on January 29, 2023, at 3 pm. The exhibition will run until March 31, 2023.
For more information, you may call Museo Orlina at tel. no (046) 413 2581 mobile no: +63 995 7354462 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singapore – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is pleased to announce the opening of Conrad Singapore Orchard, its second Conrad Hotel & Resorts property in Singapore, joining Conrad Centennial Singapore. Set to create seamless connections between bold design and impactful experiences, Conrad Singapore Orchard will provide guests with a new sense of hospitality that is inspiring, meaningful, and purposeful.
Inspiring Culinary Experiences
Among the highly-immersive experiences at the hotel is the selection of distinct dining concepts that will truly bring guests on a culinary journey. The array of cuisines at the hotel’s ten restaurants and bars, including Manhattan, Basilico, Summer Palace, Dolcetto, and the Tea Lounge, enable guests to explore different cultures through the sense of taste while sparking connections as they reconnect over food.
To welcome the new year, one-Michelin-starred Summer Palace, well-known for serving authentic Cantonese fare in a sophisticated environment, has curated an impressive range of Chinese New Year set menus and special menu offerings perfect for intimate family reunions and business events. Guests can also look forward to sumptuous Chinese New Year buffet brunches and dinners with an Italian touch at the award-winning Basilico, which emphasizes fresh, seasonal ingredients and authentic Italian flavors.
The hotel’s 14 event spaces are also primed to host an array of memorable weddings and social events of any scale. Over 1,600 square meters of contemporary events and meeting spaces, including a 583 square-meter ballroom for up to 500 guests, are complemented by thoughtfully curated cuisine by the hotel’s culinary team.
Served by a passionate team that intuitively offers purposeful and personalized service, Conrad Singapore Orchard’s unique approach to hospitality includes pet-friendly solemnization ceremonies and 14 different floral themes to choose from for an unforgettable wedding.
Elevating Luxury Through Distinctive, Bold Design
From now till late 2023, the hotel’s 440 rooms will undergo extensive reinvention and refurbishment. Combining Conrad’s contemporary, bold design ethos that draws in local influences with best-in-class amenities, Conrad Singapore Orchard will bring new levels of sophisticated, modern luxury to Singapore when it opens fully in early 2024.
‘Like A Member’ Dining Offer
Conrad Singapore Orchard will be part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. As part of the ‘Like A Member’ dining offer, Hilton Honors members will enjoy discounts and opportunities to earn Bonus Points when they dine at Summer Palace, Basilico, Manhattan, Dolcetto, and the Tea Lounge at Conrad Singapore Orchard.
For more information, guests may visit www.conradsingaporeorchard.com, call +65 6733 8888, or email email@example.com.
For Tia Belle’s, great food is a big part of how Filipino families brighten up the holidays and anticipate the unfolding of a new year.
The New Year’s celebration in the Philippines is always something to look forward to. Being a Filipino means that you get to partake in occasions that actively involve family spirit and fondness for one another. The New Year festivities, in particular, shine brighter than the others. Aside from our fun traditions and customs, Filipino food has a culture of its own. From our heirloom dishes to fusion food, the Philippines never runs out of recipes and twists that come with its diverse palate. In addition, each region has its holiday staples and specialty dishes – the New Year is absolutely a feast for everyone!
This is what Tia Belle’s offers for every Filipino family this New Year – a feast of sumptuous dishes that binds the family together. For Tia Belle’s, great food is a big part of how Filipino families brighten up the holidays and anticipate the unfolding of a new year. Their holiday menu consists of Filipino specialty dishes that evoke memories and hope for the coming year. Armed with their cozy ambiance and hospitality. They offer a variety of food that becomes the center of attention this holiday season. Whether for the whole clan or a family of three, Tia Belle’s got you back!
As a Filipino, one of the staples in each occasion is the famous Lumpiyang Bukid. Tia Belle’s version of this traditional dish is both satisfying and creamy and is sure to become the star of the table. They also offer regional favorites such as the delectable Laing enriched with coconut milk. Seafood fans can have a field day with their specialty Dinengdeng, an Ilokano favorite. Other seafood dishes include Steam Pompano and Relyenong Bangus, a healthy alternative to greasy dishes. Moreover, if the holidays prove to be taxing for your health, you can also try their Ampalaya Sotanghon Guisado, which combines healthy eating and tasty food. They also have Ginataang Sitaw Kalabasa for vegetarians or those who want a healthy detox for the New Year!
Tia Belle’s history of serving people Filipino food all goes back to the heart and soul of its owner, Evelyn Wise. “Every time I am in the kitchen, cooking and concocting sauces, I feel like dancing — dancing with my wok,” she shares. To this Nueva Ecija native, being in the kitchen gave her power to produce dishes that became a core memory for her customers, which is what made her leave Europe after staying there for 20 years, a sacrifice she made to finally follow her dream to build her own restaurant. Tia Belle’s seeks to give people the homey vibes and hospitality they crave, which makes them feel like they belong, just like how Evelyn has wholeheartedly embraced Filipino cuisine.
Being hospitable is Tia Belle’s way of paying homage to the illustrious Filipino culture. “We want to be of service to our fellow countrymen while keeping and incorporating the important values and traditions of what being Filipino is all about,” Evelyn says. Tia belle’s also gives you the Filipino dining experience with their regional dishes, and great service, partnered with authentic Filipino architecture. “We make sure we provide an optimal dining experience for our customers by making sure that their dining experience is our responsibility the minute they step into our restaurant.”
Whether you want to dine in or celebrate at home, Tia Belle’s will surely make you feel like a true-blooded Filipino with its dishes. Tia Belle’s is waiting for you to make this occasion memorable. Let’s enjoy ourselves this New Year with Tia Belle’s mouth-watering menu– the Filipino way!
While Bakuchiol may appear new and unfamiliar, Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. (EBCI) is the first Filipino cosmetics company to have introduced this innovative ingredient to the Philippines as early as two years ago. EBCI is the corporation behind household names like Ever Bilena and Hello Glow.
Bakuchiol, pronounced, buh·koo·chee·owl, is a plant-derived extract found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, nicknamed “Babchi.” The vegan ingredient has been heralded as a retinol alternative for those looking for anti-aging benefits sans the irritation.
While Bakuchiol may appear new and unfamiliar, Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. (EBCI) is the first Filipino cosmetics company to have introduced this innovative ingredient to the Philippines as early as two years ago. EBCI is the corporation behind household names like Ever Bilena and Hello Glow.
In 2020, Hello Glow released its best-selling Hello Glow Advanced Rejuvenating Set, a dermatologist-recommended anti-aging kit that incorporates Bakuchiol into its Night Cream.
EBCI’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Denice Sy-Munez shares that most skin care sets in the local market “use illegal and undisclosed dosages of hydroquinone and tretinoin. These can cause burning sensations and intense visible peeling that could result in severe skin damage.”
Thus, her Research & Development Department collaborated and consulted with numerous formulators and dermatologists before deciding to utilize Bakuchiol for their set’s rejuvenating benefit instead.
The British Journal of Dermatology has referred to Bakuchiol as a very “promising” active ingredient for preventing and addressing signs of skin aging such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Studies from the same journal have shown that topical bakuchiol and retinol have produced the same benefits in photoaging
According to Sy-Munez, “Research shows that Retinol formulated with Bakuchiol boosts the former’s efficacy.” And this is precisely the objective of Hello Glow when it developed the “advanced” skin set.
“The Hello Glow Advanced Rejuvenating skin set does so well, selling over 500,000 per year! We’ve sold almost 70,000 sets on Shopee alone!” exclaims Sy-Munez. “And what the majority of customers, skincare experts, and influencers rave most about it is our night cream!” The confidence in Bakuchiol led to the creation of the Ever Bilena Plus Bakuchiol Lifting Night Serum, finally giving the ingredient its own spotlight! “It is the most affordable pure Bakuchiol serum in the market,” adds Sy-Munez. Other international brands sell their Bakuchiol-infused serums at the equivalent of Php 1,800 up to Php 9,000 apiece. EB Plus’s Bakuchiol Serum is only Php 395 each and is made in Korea!
In its latest makeup release, EB Plus also integrated this superstar ingredient in its EB Plus Good Skin Day Serum Infused Skin Tint! The newest easy-to-blend sheer-to-medium coverage base product contains Bakuchiol paired with Hyaluronic Acid to ensure skin is firm and amply moisturized while revealing a natural filter-finish glow.
As gentle as Bakuchiol can be though, make sure to always patch test beforehand so to avoid potential allergic reactions! Hello Glow and Ever Bilena products are available in all leading department stores, Watsons, and online at their official flagship Tiktok, Shopee, and Lazada E-commerce stores.
As scriptwriter-director Bibeth Orteza said, “Ricky Lee is a remembrance of all that makes the idea of writing romantic: a lonely childhood, collegiate years without money to spend, a term in jail even. And then an enviable body of work.”
Ricky Lee has spent a good chunk of his career writing scripts for films. Like his screen films, he assumes multiple forms and shadows, complexity, and simplicity in one sleek package.
Filipino film buffs have bought this package, making Ricky, one of the best and most multi-awarded scriptwriters in the Philippines today. Some of his finest Filipino films include Himala, Moral, Brutal, Salome, Madrasta, Curacha, and Miguel/Michelle, among many others.
Aside from his many years of teaching at UP and the Ateneo, he has been conducting scriptwriting workshops, proof of his generosity in imparting career secrets to aspiring and upcoming writers.
Ricky is also a well-known fictionist, having won several literary awards. He has published an anthology of some of his works in 20 years in fiction, journalism, and film (Si Tatang at Mga Himala ng Ating Panahon.)
Ricky recalls that his scripts of Brutal and Moral had five to seven drafts before he finally perfected them.
“Talagang madugo, hindi bawat revision may nabago lang, talagang overhaul ng skeleton,” he shared during a past interview. “Kasi ‘yong first sequence ng Brutal walang makaintindi kundi si Marilou (Diaz-Abaya). So you have to be patient and concentrate para mag ugat ang mga paa mo. Kailangan mayroong matatag na foundation.”
In writing a script, Ricky follows not just his own judgment. “Natanggap ko na na magkakaroon ng sariling buhay yong script. Whatever will be good for the script doon ako susunod,” he said. “I’m willing to adjust to the popular taste of the audience. Dahil gusto kong ma-reach ang audience ko kaya ako nagsusulat.”
He culled most of his ideas from real-life experiences; some from his imagination. “The ideas in terms of the situation, characters, and images are mostly from outside influences and the environment. Then the inside which is the emotion.”
Length of time
In his early years as a scriptwriter, Ricky could finish a script in a month (the longer script took three months at the most). Now he can finish a script in one or two days.
For instance, the script of the movie Mapusok (starred by Rosanna Roces) was written for two days. As well as Malikot na Mundo (1997) and Sinner or Saint (1984). “I wrote Sinner or Saint on the airplane while going home from Brazil. Pagbaba ko ng airport, may script na ako,” shared Ricky.
The film Andrea by Superstar Nora Aunor was written in less than seven days. The longest material he wrote was Moral. “Hanggang nag shooting na nag-revise pa ako. Nagdidikta ako ng lines kay Marilou over the phone,” said Ricky, “because we wanted to find the best way of telling the story.”
Yet, it was the most fulfilling movie for Ricky.
Working with the best directors
His first year in the industry was a big advantage for Ricky because it was during this period that he got the chance to work with the local cinema’s best directors.
“Nakatrabaho ko agad sina Ishmael Bernal, Mike De Leon, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Mel Chionglo, Lino Brocka, para akong nag workshop ng todo,” he said.
When he was working with Marilou he learned a different technique. “Expand. Push. When you develop the characters huwag kang nakakahon. Let’s go unstructured. Most of my works with her are mostly on women, like the trilogy of Brutal, Moral, and Karnal. We clicked because she’s a woman. Hindi ko kailanman ma-approximate ‘yong mga alam niyang nuances, malinaw sa kanya ang pagkababae.”
With Ismael Bernal, he learned how to go “classical and structured.”
Meanwhile, Mike De Leon was very conscious of details.
Whereas, Lino Brocka was grounded in one kind of social and political philosophy. “Laging malinaw iyon kay Lino. That’s very reassuring kasi alam mo ang direction,” he said.
Working with dexterous directors (with different approaches) has stretched Ricky’s creative side to the most. From 1979 up to now, Ricky is full-time in the movies. There may be ups and downs in his career, but there will always be people around who will pull him back from leaving the industry.
Nowadays, half of his time is spent writing scripts; the other half he devotes to writing literature, journalism, and theatre. And of course, teaching.
“I will never stop teaching even if it’s difficult to teach because I’m always grounded with reality,” he explained. “Kung puro showbiz ako, lulutang ako, maaaburido ka, o mababaliw ka kasi ang daming humihila sa iyo sa iba’t ibang sides. Mawawalan ka ng perspective.”
Working with the stars
Among the stars he has worked with, he particularly cherished the times when he became close with Nora Aunor. He first worked with Nora in Himala. But they became good friends while they were doing Andrea.
“Kasi trabahong kaibigan talaga ‘yon. We’re still friends up to now, but not as close as before,” he disclosed. Ricky related that he’s not close with celebrities. He keeps a distance from them as much as possible.
Ricky’s turbulent childhood has taught him to face life’s challenges and to excel in one’s talent. He endured many hardships in his struggle to become the country’s multi-awarded scriptwriter.
He typifies the rags-to-riches story. He was born into immigrant families originally from Fujian, China, and was raised in Daet, Bicol. He had a desolate childhood after his parents died when he was still young. He grew up under the care of a relative.
He excelled in school both in Daet and UP. His college days were something for the books. He experienced hunger and loneliness and was jailed for one year during Martial Law for his student activism.
He didn’t resent his past. Rather, he became selfless. He uses his life experiences, struggles, idealism, and intelligence to create over 70 screenplays that have stimulated many Filipino moviegoers. For those pieces of work, he earned more than 30 (and counting) trophies from all the award-giving bodies in the local movie industry.
Because of his upbringing, Ricky related that he became a very shy person. However, he got over his shyness when he entered show business. “I was extremely shy because my father was also extremely shy. We hardly talked. But he loved me. I was very sure of that,” he intimated.
Behind his reserved manner are his witty punchlines. “Defense ko ‘yon para hindi nila ako tingnan sa likod,” he said. “I’m very trusting, but deep inside I’m afraid to trust people. Kasi ilang beses na akong nauntog.”
As a child, he was wont to read almost everything. “Ang feeling ko noon parang inaarmasan ko ang sarili ko. So I accumulated a lot of knowledge. Basa ako nang basa ng libro since I was seven years old.” But he always wanted to become a writer.
When he was in his fourth year of high school at Daet Chung Hua High School, he wanted to run away from home but there was no chance. He had no money.
“Then I read an ad from Free Press (Filipino) that they would accept the short story. Pinadala ko ‘yong story ko (entitled ‘Mayon’) and it was accepted. Every week, binabantayan kong lumabas ang story ko. Finally, when I saw my byline, na reaffirm ‘yong pag-alis ko sa Bicol. I was paid Php50 for my story. That was the happiest time for me as a writer. Then I came to Manila.”
Ricky said that he experienced the most personal growth during his Bicol and UP years. “Those were the happiest years of my life. And also the starvation years for me,” he said.
As scriptwriter-director Bibeth Orteza said, “Ricky Lee is a remembrance of all that makes the idea of writing romantic: a lonely childhood, collegiate years without money to spend, a term in jail even. And then an enviable body of work.”
By Ruby Asoy-Lebajo
(Based on the feature article published in the old Mirror Weekly magazine by the same author)
“Ara Mina has a certain innocence and is in a category completely her own,” according to Direk Carlitos Siguion-Reyna. It helps that the actress is sexy and charming in person. She titillates readers with candid remarks on her sexuality. Meanwhile, this interview reveals a half-child, half-woman excited and eager to give her best shot.
Having a great body makes her more confident. Ara Mina described herself as “dibdib manok. Medyo hiwalay siya (referring to her breasts), so you need to push it, to achieve a cleavage. Sometimes it depends on the dress or bra I’m wearing.”
To maintain her 36-24-35 shape, Ara Mina said she works out at a gym twice a week and observes some dietary restrictions. “I have my dumbbells,” she volunteered. She said she has not eaten rice for two months now. Also, soft drinks have not been in her diet for two years.
Her liberal view of woman-to-woman relationships
Back to her past movie “Tatlo,” Ara Mina admitted she felt uncomfortable kissing another girl.
“I was tense, especially with my kissing scene with Ate Rita,” she said. “Ingat talaga ako. Mayroong torrid kissing scene pero hindi naman labas ang tongue. Actually, na-tense din siya.”
Ara Mina, however, confessed that she has a liberal view of woman-to-woman relationships in real life.
“It’s fine with me. In “Tatlo,” you can’t blame Elsie (my character in the film) if she falls in love with another woman (Rita Avila). She’s looking for something that she cannot find in her husband (Tonton Gutierrez).”
She recalled how she experienced difficulties doing a love scene with Rita. She called it the “Scandinavian style” ( a pumping scene between lesbian lovers, but she did not explain it in detail).
“We tried to relax . . . Nakakangawit talaga, pinagpawisan ako,” she relates. “Biniro ko pa nga si ate Rita na ituloy na namin sa kuwarto. Sa eksenang yon naisip ko, parehas naman kaming babae. So I decided not to wear any plaster. Pero talagang makikita ang boobs namin doon.”
Ara Mina admitted that she can be attracted to members of both sexes.
“I think there’s nothing wrong with having a relationship with another woman as long as there’s no sex involved. I couldn’t imagine myself having sex with another woman. I have best friends who are all girls. Sometimes I develop a crush on them. Sometimes, I feel I like a woman, and sometimes I like a man.”
But she denied being bisexual.
“Hindi ko masasabi,” she says. “Minsan gandang-ganda ako sa babae. Minsan nagsasabi pa ako, ‘Ang seksi niya.’ Wala naman akong nararamdamang feelings for her. It’s like an admiration.”
Reflected Ara Mina: A man is completely different from a woman when it comes to expressing affection.
“Ang lalaki siyempre medyo brusko; ang babae tender ang dating . Kaya lang nakaka-ilang kung humahampas ang boobs níyo,” she laughed.
In real life, Ara Mina said she has had lesbian suitors.
“I treat them as friends. Natatawa nga ako dahil kapag nanligaw sila, itsura nila babae, tapos inaamin nila na may boyfriend sila, pero may gusto sa akin at nag-I I love you,” she related. “They write love love letters, send flowers, chocolates, and stuffed toys. I entertained them kasi kung iniiwasan mo minsan delikado. Grabeng ma-in love ang mga lesbians; they’re very posessive, parang nakakatakot.”
Portraying meaty roles
Now that she gets to portray meaty roles, Ara Mina hopes that she will be noticed for her acting ability and not just her ability to show off those curves.
“Kahit na naghuhubad ako, gusto ko namang mapansin nila ang acting ko lalo na sa mga pelikulang ginagawa ko, para irespeto rin nila ako. Natutuwa naman ako dahil hindi nila sinasabi na bastusin ako, kahit na naghuhubad ako.”
She said she’s only daring in the movies. But she emphasized that she hasn’t experienced doing her onscreen love scenes in real life.
“That’s one good thing about me. At first, it was really difficult for me because I used to portray sweet roles. Like the scenes in my previous movie, “Sagad Sa Init” na nakipag-laplapan ako sa bubungan at sa kotse. As of now, ‘yong mga wild things na nagawa ko sa movies pa lang.”
Ara Mina’s life changed when she junked her sweet image. But the transition was not easy. Going the bold route made it possible for her to land her first starring role in “Maldita.”
But it was in the movie “Curacha, Ang Babaing Walang Pahinga” that film critics began to pay attention to her. Before this, she became a supporting player in such movies as “Roller Boys,” “Butch Belgica Story,” and the “Flor Contemplacion Story.” She entered showbiz at the age of 14 via the teenybopper show That’s Entertainment.
Ara Mina said she couldn’t imagine herself portraying bold roles or posing nude for pictorials. She was conservative then, she said. She recalled how she would react negatively to the bold pictures she saw in the newspapers.
“Now, pagbukas ko ng dyaryo, ang sinasabi ko, Okay lang naman as long as ang mga shots mo na hubad ay artistic ang pagkakakuha,” she smiles.
Because of the attention, she’s getting at the moment, she vowed never to let success get into her head. She said she is especially thankful to her parents for understanding her when she decided to go bold without their permission.
In the near future, she hopes to bag an acting award, “Para masabi ko na rin na may narating yong paghuhubad ko,” she said.
Ara Mina is Hazel Reyes in real life. Her mom combined the names of her two sisters Ara Christine and Mina Princess to come up with the name Ara Mina.
The eldest in a brood of six (two boys and four girls), Ara Mina is a product of a broken family. She was only seven years old when her parents separated. However, she was not disheartened by what happened to her parents. Although both have their own individual families, they maintain open communications. “They are on good terms now,” she notes.
Ara Mina is a high school graduate of Morning Dew Montessori. If her schedule permits, she said she plans to take up Interior Design or Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines (UP).
Off-camera, Ara Mina is a sweet, simple person. She doesn’t talk much during interviews.
“Hindi ako palaaway,” she relates, “gusto ko lahat ng tao kasundo ko. Tapos sweet pa rin, nando’n pa rin ‘yong pagiging childish ko. Sa set nga, nagugulat ang iba dahil parang ang lakas kong maghubad sa eksena. Then after the scene para akong bata. They are confused. That’s who I am. Trabaho lang.”
Her type of man is someone who resembles actor Matthew Mendoza. “Parang hindi siya makabasag pinggan, tipong hindi ka lolokohin. And he’s a gentleman, baby face talaga, she notes. “Yong guy dapat mabango ang hininga, malinis sa katawan, sweet, and understanding.”
Although she admits she has had two boyfriends before, one from showbiz, and one from non-showbiz. She prefers to stay at home during her free time and shuns the nightlife.
Ara Mina feels that her job is quite fulfilling at present. In her five-year stay in the business, she has been able to buy a condominium unit, a car, and jewelry. The other earnings go to her savings (time deposit) and her family. She rewards herself by shopping for signature clothes and accessories.
“Nakakatuwa dahil at my age, nakakabili na ako ng mga ganitong bagay sa sarili kong kita. . . kung baga sarili kong pagod.”
Older men go for her. Ara Mina reveals that she has received around five “indecent proposals” from different men.
“May nag-alok pa nga sa akin ng house and lot with matching brand new car and allowance. Siyempre ang kapalit no’n iiwanan ko ang career ko,” she revealed. “Yong tipong ibabahay ka. Hindi ko pinapatulan ang mga offers nila kasi kaya ko namang kitain sa sarili ko. Besides, I don’t want to experience what my parents had experienced in the past.”
(Based on the same writer’s exclusive article published at the now-defunct Mirror Weekly Magazine.)
As of a recent update, Ara Mina is experiencing a new “journey” in her personal life. She is now married to her non-showbiz husband, Dave Almarinez, CEO of Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC).
Featured photo courtesy of Ara Mina Almarinez Facebook
Tia Belle’s special Christmas dishes revolve around pasta and noodles. Aside from the symbolism of long life, these dishes are also a staple in every Christmas celebration and even in the New Year.
Filipinos are known for their hospitality, strong family ties, and super long Christmas holidays. Most families tend to celebrate in their homes or gather in restaurants and other venues to catch up with relatives. What’s never missing in these gatherings is food – lots and lots of it. It’s the holiday season, everybody deserves to eat good food while enjoying the festivities.
They say love is best expressed through food – and for Tia Belle’s Tagaytay, these scrumptious Christmas dishes are just the perfect addition to your holiday feast. Armed with its Christmas specials, Tia Belle’s is ready to serve customers with a smile and a warm heart. Whether you want to prepare food for two or the whole clan, Tia Belle’s got you covered. Be sure to feast your eyes and stomachs with these delectable dishes and the overflowing hospitality that Tia Belle’s offers!
Tia Belle’s special Christmas dishes revolve around pasta and noodles. Aside from the symbolism of long life, these dishes are also a staple in every Christmas celebration and even in the New Year. A celebration is not complete without these Filipino dishes we love and adore so much. Each dish will surely bring back a lot of memories, and eventually, make way to create new ones this year!
They offer Pansit Malabon, Pansit Siomai, Miki Bihon, Pansit Bihon, Pansit Canton, and Pansit Tofu– all of which are fit for family and clan reunions. The more food, the merrier their stomachs will be!
Other than that, Tia Belle’s also offers Carbonara and Spaghetti for their pasta dishes, perfect for all ages and tastes.
Moreover, they also have Bulalo Lomi and Mucho Lomi, which most tourists crave and always come back to. There’s no stomach Tia Belle’s can’t satisfy!
Food can bind families together
Evelyn Wise, the hands-on owner of Tia Belle’s, truly believes that food can bind families together, just like how her restaurant is bound to her heart. “Every time I am in the kitchen, cooking and concocting sauces, I feel like dancing with my wok,” she says. Cooking has become both her solace and passion, a privilege she enjoys as people appreciate her food. She has a diverse palate, and her cooking styles reflect the years she lived in Europe before she put up a Filipino-style restaurant in our country. For her, cooking can change the world, one plate at a time.
True to her word, Tia Belle’s reflects Evelyn’s life values. Her restaurant prioritizes its customers before anything else and seeks to uphold hospitality in all ways. “We make sure we provide an optimal dining experience for our customers by making sure that their dining experience is our responsibility the minute they step into our restaurant,” she elaborates.
The restaurant itself also bears a testament to how wonderful Filipino culture can be – adorned with a homey ambiance, it is surely the place to be during the holidays. It gives you a sense of belongingness in a bigger community – just like how Evelyn intended it to be. “We want to give our customers an authentic and genuine glimpse of the Philippines by honoring and delving into the Filipino culture and traditions through our services, atmosphere, art, and food,” says Evelyn.
This Christmas season, Tia Belle’s doors are always welcome for people who want a genuine Filipino experience of the holidays, complete with stellar service, delectable dishes, and good company. The holidays will never be boring for your heart and stomach whenever you’re at Tia Belle’s. You can contact them at 0956 470 8145 or message them on their Facebook page, Tia Belle’s Pansit Malabon and Pichi-Pichi.
Contributed by Princess Friel Lontoc
Featured photos: Pansit Tofu, Pansit Malabon, Carbonara, and Miki Bihon
Artifract, the country’s first tokenized NFT platform by UBX and Unit 256, has expanded its operations by collaborating with the Belvedere Museum and promoting “The Kiss” NFTs in Asia.
The Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria, has the largest collection of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day and works by foreign artists. The world’s biggest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings is the centerpiece of the Upper Belvedere’s Art Around 1900 exhibition, which includes such works as “The Kiss” and “Judith and the Head of Holofernes.”
Artifract and Belvedere’s collaboration is the firm’s first international venture and the first partnership of its kind in Asia. With the help of the Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy, the partnership was made possible as the leaders of the two companies met through Advantage Austria Global NFT Academy.
“The Kiss” by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt will be Artifract’s first project with the museum. From December 2022, The Kiss NFTs will be distributed via Artifract. The NFTs will be minted on thekiss.art. According to Wolfgang Bergmann, the Chief Financial Officer of Belvedere, Artifract is an excellent partner for their project’s global promotion.
“Artifract is an outstanding partner for the international promotion of our NFT project “The Kiss,” as it allows us to reach out to contemporary art buyers in and around the Philippines.”
“People from the Philippines are well-known in Austria for their strong interest in art, particularly Gustav Klimt’s work. Therefore, we aim to inspire them with our unique and exclusive collectibles,” he added.
Christina Stieber, the Austrian commercial counselor, likewise anticipates “marvelous” results from the collaboration.
“When technology meets classical art, marvelous things will come out of it. Just like the cooperation between Artifract and the Belvedere Museum. This unique partnership across continents will unite beauty and groundbreaking new technologies in a fabulous new fashion.”
Steph Oller, Artifract’s co-founder and head of collections, expressed gratitude to the Belvedere Museum for its trust and pledged a fast and efficient partnership.
“Meeting the team behind ‘The Kiss’ during an actual panel that Artifract was part of was amazing. It was indeed a serendipitous encounter. At the end of the day, we at Artifract believe that we can help each other grow faster and more efficiently if we collaborate closer and better,” she said.
Rico de la Cruz, product owner for Artifract at UBX, stated that the relationship between Artifract and the Belvedere Museum exemplifies their mission to democratize access to valuable art pieces.
“Now more than ever, artists and collectors may access regional and international markets and collections,” he said.
Last October, UBX and Unit 256 established Artifract to allow collectors and enthusiasts, as well as ordinary individuals, to engage in the market by making art more accessible and inexpensive. Also in October, Fundacion Sanso, a non-profit that exhibits the paintings of the world-famous painter Juvenal Sanso, partnered with Artifracts to make sure that all of Sanso’s paintings are safe and secure for future preservation.
The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the world’s leading museums. Austrian art is presented in an international context at three venues. The Upper and Lower Belvedere Baroque complex and its garden are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Its renowned art collection includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. And with 24 paintings by Gustav Klimt, the Belvedere possesses the world’s largest collection of his paintings. Other highlights include prominent works from the Viennese Biedermeier period, the Austrian Baroque, Vienna around 1900, and French Impressionism. Continued development and digitization in all areas will ensure Belvedere’s status as an outstanding museum in the future as well. www.belvedere.at
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Featured photo: The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the world’s leading museums.
Christmas is fast approaching and the festive season is making us crave for the cold, the perfect combination with the warmth the holidays bring. Baguio is the place to be – with its cool climate and family-friendly attractions. Your trip to this magical place will certainly be memorable with these beautiful hotel accommodations, just in time for your Christmas getaway!
The Kamiseta Hotel
This gorgeous place just screams Bridgerton vibes with its French contemporary design and its equally enchanting glass house! Located beside the famous Mansion house, it is also near the stable Baguio tourist spots: Wright Park, Baguio Country Club Golf Course, and Camp John Hay. Each suite has a distinct motif that makes you feel like royalty, and their staff and concierge will surely treat you like one! Moreover, it is surrounded by pine trees, which gives you the serenity you need. This majestic 3360-degree view can best be seen in their glass house, an area adorned with glass ceilings and a spacious patio. Their comfy ambiance will surely help you settle into the Christmas feels– book your reservation now!
The Orchard Hotel Baguio
Do you want a hotel that’s Instagram-worthy? Look no more as the Orchard Hotel Baguio combines comfort and style with its millennial-themed rooms and amenities. Promoting the #TheORCHARDlifestyle, the hotel ensures that its guests receive 24-hour service that’s worthy of praise. Conveniently located 168 km away from The Clark International Airport, the Orchard Hotel Baguio is also near SM City Baguio, Mines View Park, and the Lourdes grotto.
Whether it’s a family vacation or a couple’s getaway, the hotel makes sure to give you the best room possible!
The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay
Christmas is incomplete without outdoor activities that bind your family even stronger than before–and The Forest Lodge provides you with an equal dose of thrill and relaxation. Surrounded by the lush pine forest of Camp John Hay, the hotel is also famous for its Twist Cafe, with sumptuous dishes from different regions cooked by the Chef Billy King of Le Soufflé Manila. It is also near Mile Hi, a shopping center that’s perfect for buying your pasalubong and souvenirs. This place is perfect for a quick getaway from the busy streets of the city, and for you to embrace your adventurous side this holiday season!
Le Monet Hotel
Showcasing scenic mountain views, the Le Monet Hotel is also within the heart of Camp John Hay. This hotel has several amenities best enjoyed with family and friends, such as the Viva Verde Spa, which includes a variety of massages. Furthermore, their heated indoor swimming pool is a wonderful treat after a long day. Don’t you worry about your appetite–The Lobby restaurant offers a variety of delectable dishes presented by famous Chef Robby Goco! Le Monet Hotel surely lives up to people’s expectations.
Grand Sierra Pines Hotel
Looking for a hotel that is both culturally inclined and has an outdoorsy vibe? The Grand Sierra Pines Hotel has got you covered! Located at North Outlook drive, the hotel is known for its rich forests, adorned galleries,and environmentally-friendly amenities. Tourists have raved about the Adkos Gallery, an in-house gallery that showcases true Filipino talent; the true marvel and pride of the hotel. It exhibits various painters, from those in the indie scene to award-winning ones. Grand Sierra Pines Hotel will certainly never bore you this Christmas season!
These hotels will surely be your home away from home these upcoming holidays. Be sure to spend it with your family and loved ones in the lush greenery and beautiful spots of Baguio!
Hello Glow introduces a new ultralight multitasking sunscreen, jampacked with nourishing, brightening, and barrier-repairing benefits! It has certified broad-spectrum UVA / UVB protection, too!
It’s no secret that sunscreen is the single most imperative step in any skincare routine. Gone are the days when SPF protection is limited to beach trips and sun care. By now, it is common knowledge that sunscreen use is not only key to skin cancer prevention (which truly saves lives!), but is also the best go-to product for anti-aging!
UV protection has therefore become a bare minimum requirement in skincare. Korean-inspired skincare brand, Hello Glow, knows this by heart. Having been the first local brand to champion third-party laboratory test certifications in all its SPF claims, in line with its goal to educate the Philippine market about the importance of transparency in product labeling and understanding skincare ingredients.
This time, Hello Glow takes it up another notch, introducing a new multitasking sunscreen jampacked with myriad skincare benefits due to popular demand: the Hello Glow Ultralight ++ Matte Sunscreen SPF 30+ PA+++ in an economical 50g pouch!
Raved by top-tier dermatologists and skincare vloggers for its high-tech formulations and commitment to clean beauty, followers of Hello Glow may recognize its new release as the 10g day cream product part of the brand’s flagship skincare set, the Hello Glow Advanced Rejuvenating Set.
“We are a firm believer that the best sunscreen is one that you will be willing to use and reapply regularly every single day! We received so much feedback asking for a bigger size because our users simply loved the formula,” says Denice Sy-Munez, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. and the founder of Hello Glow.
According to Sy-Munez, beyond sun protection, their innovation team focused on creating a “comfortable and lightweight serum-like consistency” as well as incorporating active ingredients that are proven to be effective in addressing the major skin concerns of Filipinos.
“Most of our users are either seasoned skincare enthusiasts or recent converts from the ‘rejuv’ market,” shares Sy-Munez. Thus, the Hello Glow Ultralight ++ Matte Sunscreen utilizes an innovative blend of Centella Asiatica with 3 types of Ceramides to effectively calm and soothe skin, while simultaneously nourishing and repairing the skin barrier.
It also contains 4% Niacinamide, a popular multitasking skin-brightening agent that helps control oil production, blurs the appearance of pores, treats acne, and lightens dark spots. Sy-Munez states that “dermatological journals have shown that 4% Niacinamide is 80% as effective as 4% Hydroquinone in treating melasma, without the harmful and irreversible side effects!”
The sunscreen consists of an innovative and powerful brightening active ingredient Hexylrescorcinol for further antioxidant protection. Sy-Munez adds that the synergy of Niacinamide boosted with Hexylresorcinol can even out discoloration and reveal visible and superior anti-aging benefits. “It’s not as commonly used or known in the Philippines, but trust that it can do wonders for your complexion!”
To support its sun protection claims, the Hello Glow Ultralight ++ Matte Sunscreen has a BBioNest-certifiedDAISO UV Transmittance Analyzer SPF rating of SPF 43+ PA+++. The sunscreen can also be used as a primer before applying makeup, and as a nourishing daily barrier-selling moisturizer.
For those who prefer a watery-like sunscreen or a tinted moisturizer with SPF protection, Hello Glow offers two other multitasking sun care products respectively, the Hello Glow 3-in-1 Lightweight Sun Care Gel and Hello Glow Anti-Pollution Tinted Sunscreen with tone-adapt technology.
Hello Glow is available online at Shopee, Lazada, Tiktok , and Zalora, in physical stores like Watsons, The SM Store, Robinsons, SM Supermarkets, Alfamart, Puregold, Waltermart group, Gaisano group, among other leading retail outlets nationwide. Hello Glow can also be purchased through its resellers and Ever Bilena Direct Sales dealers.
Currently running an influencer marketing company called Blogapalooza, this millennial CEO, entrepreneur, and marketing and public relations specialist has seen it all. From blogs to vlogs, this social media mogul has gone through all the latest trends in the interwebs, witnessed the rise of the influencer, and figured out all the tips and tricks to marketing yourself.
Yet beyond the face value of her job, her goal to build a community and see the genuine person behind the screen shines through tenfold. “I hope there will be more creators. I hope that more voices could be heard. I hope that we will have more acknowledgment [towards creators].”
Started with a Blog
Growing up, Ace Gapuz has always been the ‘madaldal’ one in the classroom. As told by her class advisors, she was always going off talking to her peers and saying whatever was on her mind, whichever seating arrangement she was placed in.
Moving from the IRL to the URL, her talking audience switched to behind the screen where she discovered blogging around the ages 11-12 years old back in the early 2000s. “It’s just innate in me to just talk. I have always been a storyteller. I guess that’s what brought me very naturally into blogging.”
“It was a novel concept back then. You write about your thoughts. Let people read them. It’s like a diary that you can have other people read. And the fact that people were hearing you, paying attention to what you have to say, and making you part of their lives, that was groundbreaking during that time,” Ace fondly reminisces.
Ace treated her blog like a personal diary, writing about her day-to-day life, interests, and opinions to a faceless audience. But, come 2009, she stopped because, in her words, “college happened.” “Blogging, for me back then, it was an honored pastime. It was something I did because I genuinely enjoyed. It wasn’t something I thought about as a career,” she muses.
So, at this time, she found herself taking up a bachelor’s degree in Management Engineering with a Minor in HR Management in the Ateneo at Manila University and, later on, an MBA. She felt that business was the more practical and pragmatic choice for the future. It was a versatile path that led to many outcomes.
That was until Ace took on a corporate job in a fashion and retail company and worked at it for two years. And very naturally, she found herself back into more creative and media pursuits as she was placed in PR and events. “I like the dynamic nature of PR and events. You get to meet people. And I got to meet the bloggers I used to just know over the internet.”
Maintaining contact and connecting her way through the industry, she didn’t see any other path than to start Blogapalooza.
Ended with a Blogapalooza
Being a young CEO, Ace Gapuz didn’t let her age get in the way of pursuing her goals. She was determined to see things through.
From being a storyteller herself to letting other people share their stories, it all ties back to Ace’s roots with personal blogging to now, Blogapalooza. Through the years, the premier influencer marketing company has built a community of thousands of bloggers, social media influencers, and content creators all over the Philippine archipelago and nearby Southeast Asian countries.
“When I started building the Blogapalooza community of creators, I went to different parts of the Philippines and the world, for that matter. I wanted to hear them, to feel them. I think when you talk about building a community, it’s important to get to know what drives these people, what’s at their core, and what would make them happy. And that’s where you come in to provide the value.”
The greatest lesson she’s learned in the process? Be genuine, always. “If you’re genuine about service if you’re genuine about providing value, and if you genuinely care for them, they’re also going to feel that, and they’re going to give you that same energy.”
Lloyd and Judith Barran seemed to have it all– a blossoming business, a great marriage, but one must simply know how they came to achieve all of this. There is one word for it: love.
A couple’s shared love and passion
Before they married and had three wonderful children, Lloyd and Judith were in different worlds– almost literally. Lloyd was born in Guyana, South America while Judith first saw the light of the world in Davao, Philippines. Even as a young man, Lloyd did everything with passion and grit. He was a stellar student– up till he entered college at the University of Saskatchewan, he continued his love for science by taking up Pharmacy.
However, science took a break for a while when he went back to Guyana to become a corporate secretary to six companies in the Booker, McConnell Group of Companies. It was a great undertaking, but his love for science still prevailed as he went back to Canada, eventually opening up a retail pharmacy that lasted for 25 years. That was the time when Lloyd met Judith– an encounter like no other.
Judith was a Commerce graduate, but she was also keen on discovering and making new paths for herself. She studied interior decorating, and affluent people from Davao would acquire her to decorate their mansions. She followed her heart and married Lloyd in 1992, and moved to Canada a year later. In 2000, She attended Aromatherapy school, and Lloyd followed her the next year. Their love for each other and their interest in aromatherapy brought forth the existence of Essence of Cleopatra Aromatherapy, Presenting Cleopatra Luxury Skincare– a testament of dedication and passion to their craft.
A product of their love and dedication
The Essence of Cleopatra Aromatherapy, Presenting Cleopatra Luxury Skincare features a wide range of products that seek to enlighten one’s well-being and promote a healthy and invigorated lifestyle as well. Like the name Cleopatra, which originated from Ancient Egypt, they also want their customers to experience beauty in its most refreshing form. They have several products that seek to help people feel naturally better. They have several aromatherapy blends for Muscle & Joint Pain, Cold Sores, Headaches, and Cold & Flu, among others. All of their products are made from 100% essential oils and are used and recommended by doctors and dermatologists alike.
During the pandemic, they have also created their skincare line, Cleopatra Luxury Skincare. It features a variety of luxury serums–the Scar and Stretch Mark serum, the Youth Serum Elixir, and the Acne Blend. Customers from all over the world have been raving about it, as it enhances their youthful beauty and nourishes the skin!
On to greater heights
Despite all the odds, the couple’s love for aromatherapy and their strong bond has been crucial for the Essence of Cleopatra Aromatherapy, Presenting Cleopatra Luxury Skincare to rise to greater heights. Their partnership, sense of duty, and love for each other have helped them grow together and as individuals. In turn, the Essence of Cleopatra Aromatherapy is now growing and thriving, never backing down.
Lloyd and Judith are now hand in hand in managing their business, which has also helped people from all around the world discover what it takes to take their health and beauty to a higher level. Judith is currently focused on marketing its products in Western Canada, preparing for the launch of its product in the fall of 2022. One thing is for sure– their love for aromatherapy and each other will never waver, much like the Essence of Cleopatra Aromatherapy’s success.
A celebration of true love, and the realization of a dream by two dreamers – only Spain would “I do.”
“Location, location, location,” goes the old saying and, for Joanna and Raphael, the youngest children of property magnate Mr. and Mrs. Exequiel Robles and businessman Mr. and Mrs. Romualdo Tolentino – only Spain would “I do.”
Kicking off the two-day event was a visit to Monasterio de Monserrat in the afternoon with a Despedida de Soltera at Cavas Freixenet in the evening. The Rumbredos band serenaded guests into an open-floor Flamenco night.
The next day, Joanna Robles flowed down the aisle in a Michael Leyva gown on September 15, 2022, meeting her longtime sweetheart, Raphael Tolentino, wearing a Joey Samson Tuxedo, at the altar of Mare de Deu de la Bonanova in the heart of Barcelona. The couple exchanged vows in front of God and some two hundred teary-eyed, close friends and family at a ceremony officiated by New York-based Father Rhey Garcia, who surprised the couple with a marriage certificate signed by Pope.
Cheers from local onlookers served as an impromptu sendoff for the entourage as the group whisked away to the reception at Castel De San Marcal. A live jazz band welcomed guests as they strolled across fresh-cut lawns, the crowd enticed by caterer Merçes’s Spanish delicacies, including truffle paella, foie biscuit, and Iberian ham sliced so thin one could see through them. Liveried staff served various cavas, as some opted for freshly rolled Cuban cigars while waiting for the reception to start.
Festivities formally began close to sunset at 7 o’clock. Under the shadow of the former Count of Barcelona’s 11th-century fortress home, singers Lexter and Audrey serenaded Joanna and Raphael and their guests as they feted to a multi-course meal chosen with the help of planners Priscila Llorens. Heartier than the tenderloin and sweeter than the baked apple crumble the speeches and toasts given by guests to the newlyweds were followed closely by stunning captures from the esteemed photographer, Pat Dy, and a breath-taking same-day-edit by renowned videographer, Jason Magbanua.
The groom cutting a towering, 7-foot-tall wedding cake with a medieval sword amidst a stream of fireworks served as a finale to the dinner and the beginning of the wild after-party. The castle’s stone inner sanctum thrummed to beats by DJs Marlo, and Janus Naval as an open bar of wines and spirits kept guests’ energy up the next morning.
Joanna and Raphael’s wedding, originally slated for 2020, was instead realized as a three-year event in the making — a merging of twin cultures, a celebration of true love, and the realization of a dream by two dreamers.
SeedIn Technology is a mobile app, a web-based investment platform that matches Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with potential investors from around the world. As the only SEC-licensed P2B SME Crowdlending platform in the country, this easy-to-use app has taken the finance world by storm, making financing and investment accessible for everybody. The model has been widely successful and SeedIn Technology is now one of the biggest P2B (person to business) crowdfunding platforms in the region, having put over US $200 million into SMEs across Southeast Asia in 4 countries (Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, and Cambodia).
SeedIn was brought to the Philippines by Edison Tsai, Anson Uy, and Dexter Tiu, successful entrepreneurs in the Information Technology, Finance, and Energy space. They were looking for the next big thing and saw the potential in SeedIn’s financially inclusive model, along with the benefits it would give to both SMEs and investors in the country. They tirelessly worked to bring the brand into the country, eventually launching operations in 2017, and forged strategic partnerships with banks like Unionbank, fintech organizations such as FintechAlliance.ph and Fintech Philippines, and other government institutions and payment gateways in the country.
Planting the Seed for SMEs
SeedIn Technology has democratized the world of finance through crowdfunding and by tapping into SMEs—a sector that is often overlooked by banks due to their heavy risk portfolios or low credit scores. The company’s crowdfunding model has found a decentralized solution to financing. While banks are financially centralized, SeedIn pulls together the resources of tens of thousands of investors who use their app. Tsai calls SeedIn “The People’s Bank.” As a result, many struggling businesses are now able to gain access to credit and continue to thrive and be part of the comeback economy.
The process of becoming a borrower on SeedIn’s website is easy. SMEs simply need to register as Ïssuer” and make a “Loan Request” once their profile has been approved. SeedIn then contacts the Issuer and performs the necessary due diligence by analyzing the company’s financials and business plans to come up with a Credit Score. Once the project is approved, it will go live and be displayed in the marketplace on the app, where it becomes available to SeedIn investors around the world. The investors then select the project and their desired investment amount. With SeedIn’s platform, the possibilities for SMEs and investors are endless.
SeedIn makes financing more inclusive by allowing anybody to be an investor. With a minimum per investment amount of only Php 1,000 and an average of 10% per annum returns, investments now become accessible to anyone 18 and above with a Philippine bank account or e-wallet. The process is easy: download the app on Google or Apple store, upload your ID and fill up required fields, and complete the eKYC process within 10-15 minutes. Now the fun begins, and you are introduced to the fascinating and prosperous world of finance. SeedIn provides investors with the profile of the SMEs they are investing in and pertinent loan information such as interest rate, tenure, and repayment method. tenure, interest rate.
Tsai believes that what they are doing will have a positive social and economic impact on the country. “It is really about connecting people and allowing them to invest in an easy, convenient way,” he says. “We are not lending [to the big conglomerates] because they do not need us. We are thinking about the other 99%. That is our mission—our social purpose.” The company encourages “social lending” and “ïmpact investment” by ways of providing local businesses with accessible decentralized capital to help them grow and prosper.
Serve the Deserving
Having operated in the Philippines for five years, SeedIn Technology has continued to serve Filipino SMEs, and retail and institutional investors. Today they have served hundreds of businesses and over 80,000 investors across 80 countries around the world. As one of the largest P2B SME crowdfunding platforms in Asia, SeedIn plans to further educate SMEs and investors on alternative financing and investment by expanding to other regions in the near future.
Radical Cars Philippines, in partnership with SEAOIL Philippines Inc., kick-started the 2022 SEAOIL Radical Challenge last August 27, 2022. It takes its spot in Philippine motorsport history as the first and only local race series featuring an all-Radical grid, making it the fastest race series in the country. The championship is powered by SEAOIL Extreme 97 Octane as its official fuel. Motul Philippines, a co-presenter of the race series, provides the whole grid with its 300V Performance Oil.
The driver line-up features many familiar faces such as young talent Iñigo Anton, seasoned racers Stefan Ramirez, Jason Choachuy, Gibson Yu, JV Colayco, rookie racer Brian Poe, and Mark Bumgarner; a seasoned racer in his youth, now making his much-awaited return to motorsport. These drivers represent the well-known and respected teams participating in the series: Motul PartsPro (Iñigo), Illa Racing PartsPro (Brian), EnSport (Stefan), OTR Motorsport (Mark), and TrackHos (Jason, Gibson, and JV).
The race weekend started early last August 27 with a driver briefing. Race Director Marlon Stokinger welcomed the drivers and team heads at the Motul paddock and briefed everyone on the rules and regulations of the championship, followed by a full day of 5 practice sessions for drivers and teams to prepare for Sunday’s races. At the lunch break, the organizers initiated a practice start session for drivers to get used to the rolling start procedure at the beginning of the race. Qualifying took place as the last session for the day. It was a race against the weather as a light rain began to dampen the track at the start. Despite the sudden change in conditions, Iñigo Anton put out a dominant performance to secure pole position, followed closely by Mark Bumgarner in P2 and Stefan Ramirez in P3.
Sunday’s races saw another dominant performance by Iñigo, the young driver winning all three races in his Motul SR1, securing the top spot in the driver standings. Not far behind were Stefan and Mark in a heated battle for P2 in the standings with Stefan getting the upper hand in Race 1 and 2. Mark remained consistent throughout all three races by securing three consecutive podium finishes in P3 with his SEAOIL livery SR1. Jason Choachuy surprised everyone during Race 3 by starting in P4 and finishing in P2 in the only SR3 on the grid, securing big points for his team. Brian Poe started at the back of the grid after not being able to participate in qualifying but was very much still in the fight after close battles with JV Colayco in Race 1 and Gibson Yu in Race 2.
There was a decent number of spectators in attendance during race day; a good sign for any motorsport event, especially for a championship’s maiden race weekend. Among the crowd supporting the race was SEAOIL Vice President for Corporate and Consumer Marketing Jayvee Dela Fuente and official dealer for Motul Philippines, Charlie Ong.
It was a fantastic first race weekend for the SEAOIL Radical Challenge and one for the history books. Two more weekends remain on the schedule from the 23rd to the 25th of September at the Batangas Racing Circuit.
Every crop season, farmers use more and more chemical inputs to keep up with the yield and high quality needed for harvest. This results in a vicious cycle of the need for chemical fertilizers that strip our soil of its essential nutrients. As a way to combat this anti-productive practice, the bright agripreneurs at ENVIRO have made it their mission to introduce BioFertilizers to Filipino farmers. This sustainable method has been proven to bring the soil back to its healthiest state of biodiversity and nutrition. Therefore, increasing yields by 30-40%.
Planting the Seeds for Success
To ensure the effectiveness of their BioFertilizers, ENVIRO has partnered with globally accredited specialists, government research centers, top universities, and the best scientists to bring forward an innovative product that doesn’t only benefit our environment, but also the nation’s food security. One of the company’s main missions is to achieve Balance Fertilization or the practice of bringing our soil back to its healthiest state. “Balance Fertilization enables farmers to produce a healthy increase in yield, as well as nutrient-rich crops, contributing to food for the Filipino nation that is free from destructive chemicals,” explains ENVIRO co-founder Prashant Dargani.
Research has shown that the use of BioFertilizers have increased farmer’s crop yields by 30-40% while cutting costs by at least 30-50% —making it a highly sustainable, cost-efficient method of farming. ENVIRO has also taken into consideration our local farmers’ well-being. “[We] started because we first heard about how farmers’ health was negatively affected by spraying hazardous chemical fertilizers and pesticides on the plants without wearing face masks, gloves, and [other] protective gear,” says Dargani. With ENVIRO’s BioFertilizers, farmers are risk-free, because the product significantly lowers environmental pollution and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by severely restricting the use of manufactured chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Finally, price points for their products have been specifically designed for farmers. “Sobrang laki po talaga ng tulong ng Enviro samin,” says Mr. Jun Alcantara, a Local Farmer Technician (LFT) from Nueva Ecija. “Kitang kita po talaga and tagumpay.”
Changing the Future Today
ENVIRO highly encourages soil rejuvenation, knowing that there would be no future without it. “We need to do it today,” Dargani explains. “We need to be able to rejuvenate the earth back to a constant state of rich nutrients and bio-availability. Without this, we will never achieve food security. As we take care of the earth, so does it take care of us.” To help achieve this brighter tomorrow, the company has closely worked with farmers by providing them with on-the-ground training on how to maximize the use of Bio-fertilizers. These training centers focus on teaching them how to get higher yields, how to protect their crops against destructive pests, and how to use the latest farming technologies and systems.
The agripreneurs behind ENVIRO has built the organization on the mission of changing how farming is done, rather than trying to introduce “trendy” organic farming trends. They have also partnered with government agencies that have lent them their trust and full confidence for the last seven years. Particularly, the Department of Agriculture and its agencies continue to work with ENVIRO to help spread the word about Balance Fertilization across different regions in the country.
Saving Our Soil
By introducing this sustainable method of farming, ENVIRO hopes that it will leave a big impact on our Agricultural Sector. Dargani notes that “saving our soil” is the first step in providing our people with better lives. Good, nutrient-rich soil affects everybody. It begins with our farmers and ends with the rest of us at home, who consume their produce. ENVIRO is aware of the current situation of poor farming practices that could easily be remedied through help and education. Truly, a revolutionary company, helping bring the Philippines towards a brighter future. Save the soil, and surely, you can save the people too.
As the world mourns Queen Elizabeth II’s death, it cannot be ignored that people felt like they’ve lost a mother, a leader whom they can all look up to. Her reign was eventful as it was legendary– and one could only hope that the next leader would be as astounding and dedicated as she was.
One of the longest reigns in the history of the British Monarch has come to an end. Queen Elizabeth II, an icon and a ruler, died on September 8, 2022, at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Her leadership style and dedication to her role have become a constant reminder of the monarch’s stability and power, and in her death, her legacy still resonates.
Queen Elizabeth II had an eventful and record-breaking reign in a contemporary monarchy. She assumed the throne when she was 25, after her father’s death in 1952. Her reign, spanning 70 years, has witnessed quite a several historical and groundbreaking events, most of which changed the course of humanity. She has seen the downfall of the British Empire, the birth of the internet and the smartphone, and took part in welcoming new norms and trends throughout her life. With all these experiences combined, Queen Elizabeth II played the long game.
Her impeccable influence
Through the years, Queen Elizabeth II has become a beacon of stability– not only for her subjects but for the whole world. Despite the chaotic slew of events that coincided with her reign, she was one of the vital reasons as to why the monarchy survived and continues to hold power and influence to this day.
In leading the British empire, and later on the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II has consistently been an enigma– in a way that her decisions are calculated and precise, yet almost nobody truly knows what is going on inside her mind. Her reign has also been full of scandals and exposes, most of which tarnished the image of the Royal Family. However, despite everything that happened, her influence as the Queen remained and the monarchy regained its reputation every time.
Her staunch beliefs, though reminiscent of the old colonial past of Britain, also evolved as the world’s perspective changed. Radical shifts and new norms were welcomed as the Royal Family embraced the modern era. Queen Elizabeth II has a favorability rating of 75 percent, which played a huge role in how the monarchy continues to be relevant in the current times.
Her unique leadership style
Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t born into immense pressure– she was far in the line of succession back when her uncle, Edward, was the heir to the throne. When he abdicated in favor of her father, King George VI, she immediately became the heir to the throne. Her discipline and utmost dedication to her work were highlighted, and they helped in accomplishing her steadfast vision for the monarchy.
She worked incredibly hard at her job. Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t the type to stay stagnant as a leader, she would always have engagements, both local and foreign, to expand relations and oversee operations throughout the entire Commonwealth. In turn, all the countries under the Commonwealth look up to her as an unchanging leader, whom they follow and admire.
One may view Queen Elizabeth II’s leadership style as apolitical and neutral, which she is constantly known for (and sometimes praised for) at times. The people of the Commonwealth valued her neutrality and deemed it vital for their countries’ stability. Despite the current political climate, the Commonwealth remained powerful and significant.
As the world mourns Queen Elizabeth II’s death, it cannot be ignored that people felt like they’ve lost a mother, a leader whom they can all look up to. Her reign was eventful as it was legendary– and one could only hope that the next leader would be as astounding and dedicated as she was. As people look forward to the new reign, it cannot be denied that Queen Elizabeth II did an adequate job in shaping the present– and who knows, with her long-standing legacy, maybe even the future.
Apart from being completely luxurious in look and feel, the Queen of Hearts Silk Sleepwear Collection makes an ideal investment in beauty, health, and wellness.
Sleep is a vital, often neglected component of every person’s overall well-being. With this premise, a relevant business idea on wellness has been created.
“Lack of sleep is a major concern among people of all ages so we decided to put up a sleepwear business to help people get all the benefits of quality sleep,” shares Mitzie Go-Gil, CEO at Beauty Queens Collection Fashion House. Her company distributes Queen of Hearts Sleepwear Collection products.
The silk fabric material chosen for the sleepwear can provide utmost comfort, gentle on even sensitive skin, and breathable which will promote better sleep, according to Gil.
For its initial stage, the products will be available online, and eventually will be distributed in Manila areas. “Volume orders for areas outside the initial distribution area including overseas will be considered carefully on its viability,” adds Gil, the beauty queen turned enterprising woman.
The health benefits of Silk
Did you know that silk is one of the most luxurious, coveted fabrics in the world? But more than this, it offers several health benefits.
First, silk is the strongest of natural fibers. It contains natural protein and 18 essential amino acids. It also contains natural cellular albumen which speeds up the metabolism in skin cells.
Second, silk is hypoallergenic. It does not attract dust mites and is a natural fungal repellent.
Third, silk does not draw moisture away from your skin and hair but encourages a proper moisture balance. While its extremely smooth and soft texture proves to be beneficial for those with a sensitive skin condition.
Sleeping on Silk for overall wellbeing
Sleeping on silk provides proper health hydration, natural, cool, prevents sleep creases, no sweat, slows down the aging process, and most importantly, it improves the quality of your sleep.
The fabric itself helps with eczema and asthma, prevents allergies because of its natural anti-fungal element. It suits even the most sensitive skin and helps to keep your skin moisturized.
As it does not conduct static electricity, sleeping on silk helps reduce hair breakage. Thus, works wonder for hair health.
Interestingly, wearing silk can help fight the symptoms of menopause. Silk is temperature regulating, which makes it beneficial for menopausal women combating the battle against night sweats and hot flashes. Hot flashes are usually triggered by fluctuating estrogen levels and other hormonal changes in menopause.
Can you give one important piece of advice to women on choosing the right sleepwear?
“Silk sleepwear is recommended particularly for women,” Gil said. “Silk is the strongest of natural fibers. As it is a breathable fabric and a natural temperature regulator. Silk helps the body retain heat in cold weather while excess heat is expelled in warm weather, helping the body maintain a comfortable, natural temperature. Silk sleepwear is free from wrinkles, looks elegant, classic, sexy, and beautiful.”
No wonder, Gil is a testament to a satisfied silk sleepwear user. It is her secret to a youthful, glowing complexion, healthy and happy physical state.
Apart from being completely luxurious in look and feel, Queen of Hearts Silk Sleepwear makes an ideal investment in beauty, health, and wellness.
For more information, visit the Queen of Hearts Sleepwear Collection FB page https://www.facebook.com/QueensSleepwear.
“No act is too small to make your country better,” said Leviste during a valedictory speech to his fellow graduates, encouraging them to make a positive impact.
“Being Batangueño is the best thing ever,” began Ronin Leviste, the uber-passionate and ultra-proud yet humble recently elected 23-year-old Municipal Vice-Mayor of Lian, Batangas. “We have the most beautiful province in the entire country — beyond the instagrammable mountains and world-class beaches, it is our people [my fellow Batangueños] and their stories who can showcase all the best my province has to offer. We’re already so near [Manila], but we still have a lot more infrastructure coming in soon, surely putting us in a sweet spot for rapid development.”
Following in his father’s footsteps
Politics was never an alien concept to Ronin. His father is Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste, whose flourishing career began over two decades ago. As soon as he could walk, Ronin was already accompanying his father to constituent consultations, sessions, and the campaign trails. Seeing his father work closely with communities inspired the young man to follow in his footsteps.
As a student at Xavier, Ronin developed outreach programs growing up and played a role in the social action arm of the school. He recalls a great memory when he started a movement of the solar light building with his barkada in the school’s science lab and then installed them in underprivileged dim communities in Batangas and Mindanao.
While in college at De La Salle University, Leviste received two of the highest honors, the Br. Gabriel Connon Award and the Gawad Francisco Ortigas Jr. Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award. In his final year at school, he served as Vice President for External Affairs of the University Student Government. To top it all off, he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Development Studies with the Best Undergraduate Thesis Award.
Creating a positive impact
During the university’s 192nd Commencement Exercise, Leviste gave a rousing valedictory speech to his fellow graduates, encouraging them to make a positive impact. “Everyone here has a different timeline, everyone here has a unique story, but the commonality that binds us is that we all have talents, opportunities, and skills worth sharing when put together, with almost no limit to what the world can expect from us. More importantly, we all have an equal role to play in the development of the Philippines that we call our home. So when our country needs us, we, as Lasallian leaders, must always respond with unconditional service to the nation because to build the nation is to love.” It was Leviste’s wake-up call to his peers: that no act is too small to make your country better.
Education as his advocacy
Ronin soon began building his political career, serving as Sangguniang Kabataan Kagawad in Makati and as the Youth Affairs Head of the office of the Vice Governor. He then ran as Municipal Vice-Mayor of Lian, Batangas, as an independent candidate.
While he is one of the youngest vice mayors in the country, Ronin never takes it for granted. Apart from what he learned from his father and other mentors, he humbly credits his success to his education — learning loads from school and the people around him. The Batangueño says that education is one of his main advocacies as Vice-Mayor. “Education can uplift people from poverty and give them an extra sense of fulfillment. I learned so much from it, but it also taught me that there is still so much more to learn, so much more to do, so much more to serve,” he muses.
“Everything starts with a vision,” he says. “And mine begins by building a Tomorrow Together. For me, this means we leave absolutely no one behind. I want the Philippines where everyone can wake up in the morning knowing they have food on their tables, that they have jobs sufficient to provide for their family, and that their kids go to school and now have the means to do so. All of this will help uplift families to a better future — giving everyone equal opportunities in life. It is a daunting task ahead, but our generation has shown that if anyone can lead this change — it’s us.”
PXL has established a network coverage of 150 cities in 75 countries across six continents. It is now one of the country’s top logistics superstars.
It is 4 in the morning and Beverly Anne Arcangel is already getting out of bed. These early hours are precious for the Managing Director of Prozone Xpress Logistics INC. (PXL) because it won’t be long before her phone starts ringing off the hook. Though the majority of PXL’s clients are from China and Intra-Asia, Europe and the United States are also at par so she needs to be awake when they are.
The 43-year-old begins her routine with a session/flow of Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ), a traditional Japanese practice that helps harmonize one’s energy by holding different parts of the body. Beverly puts herself in a state of peace and relaxation. After that, she makes her way towards the fairway, yoga, or Pilates studio, but manages time to reply to every e-mail in her inbox. By the time the sun is shining bright, she already managed to put on her #GirlBoss hat even before she arrives at the office.
“I wear different hats in the office, “ she says while explaining her daily routine. Being in the logistics industry means new and unexpected situations happen daily. As Managing Director (without a General Manager), it is up to Beverly to be on top of everything – making sure her team is running like a well-oiled machine. While Prozone Xpress Logistics Inc. is a relatively new company, Beverly and her team have quickly elevated it to become one of the country’s top logistics superstars. They handle diverse industries from the shipment of luxury furniture and lifestyle items to medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, appliances, construction materials, retail, trading, and essentials (IT, telecommunication, water, agriculture, etc). PXL has established a network coverage of 150 cities in 75 countries across six continents.
Prozone Xpress Logistics Inc. maneuvered during the pandemic by being quick and agile. She also credits her partner, her co-Managing Director at PXL along with her colleagues whose hard work, commitment, and passion for logistics made them the ideal power team. Taking pride in their unique customer service approach which makes them different from competitors, “I always say, I don’t just give a quotation to the customer, I ensure to give them a solutions-focused and client-first approach that require precision, timing, foresight, and flexibility. I listen to their requirements then I customize our services depending on their needs,“ she explains. “I always tell my team, that it is all about personalized service.”
While many companies were minimizing manpower during the pandemic, Beverly did the exact opposite. She made sure that PXL’s clients always had somebody to talk to directly about their concerns. Her way of doing business helped foster strong relationships with her clients, who ultimately trusted the company with all their logistical needs.
The business of logistics
The business of logistics is high stakes and nerve-racking. One small mistake could cost millions. “If you miss information like the correct chargeable weight or correct volume in a cubic meter of a shipment, then everything changes. And a mistake translates to a monetary loss in dollars, not in pesos. This is the reason why it is called LOGISTICS – because this work requires LOGIC.”
Remembering her journey was an emotional process for the successful businesswoman. Throughout the interview, she held back genuine tears. Beverly was somebody else’s employee for a good 19 years, and now she is calling the shots. Yet, her success has not gone to her head. She remains humble, knowing that her quiet strength can be harnessed into gold. “Last June 2022, one of the Philippines’ leading shipping lines called a meeting with me. Announcing that Prozone Xpress Logistics Inc. was noticed as one of the top 10 importers/producers for their line. I was so proud to be in a roster of the big logistics players in the country.” As we ended the interview, I realized that life can indeed begin at 40. All you need is a little strength, a lot of prayers, and a lot of logic.
For her forthcoming second solo exhibit in October, the artist will showcase her “Belle Fleur” series calling for women’s empowerment.
There is truly no limit to what a woman can do. Artist Mylene Quito proves this with her second solo exhibit this coming October 2022 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay featuring her “Belle Fleur” series calling for women empowerment. She hopes to inspire women to follow their passion, continue to reinvent themselves, and bloom.
The black backdrop in the Belle Fleur collection symbolizes all the dark times and failures she experienced throughout her art journey. Quito recalls all the painful storms she went through and reminisces an episode where a critic said she will not make it. Claiming she wasn’t talented enough, and would never succeed without their help . . . all of which she now feels thankful for as she realized it only made her stronger.
Every painting in the collection are flowers that symbolize the diversity of women – soft, sweet, powerful; all silhouetted with golden linings – symbolic of rebirth and indestructibility. “No matter what a woman’s flaws and imperfections are, we are uniquely beautiful,” Quito shares.
The Lotus is one of her favorite pieces, a testimony of human resilience and unwavering spirit; also a flower often associated with rebirth and enlightenment. Latched in mud, it submerges in the river and blooms sparkling clean in the morning. Similar to life, we are filled with different problems and anxieties but we will always find a way to rise.
From her La Familia exhibit inspired by her childhood roots, Quito pushes for more greatness beyond as she conquers the Philippine art industry.
From one woman in bloom to another, she says, “Once you become a successful woman, remember to raise others. Start a domino [effect] through your kindness and always remember to stay grounded.”
“Besides the fact that I was pleasantly surprised with how jam-packed Okada was to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary, what made it special was the communal experience – the guests had a clear understanding of what the brand was all about,” Managing Director of Porsche Design Manila, Washington and Adrenaline Group of Companies, Hans Yao, shared.
Okada Manila was brimming with energy, passion, and enthusiasm as Porsche Design celebrated heritage and the birth of modernity. Founded by Ferdinand Alexander (F.A.) Porsche back in 1972, always emphasized that “good design must be honest. If you analyze the function of the object, the form becomes obvious.” The company arms and treats each item they make with the same engineering they apply to Porsche cars. In short, the general experience of riding a Porsche car is replicated throughout all their products with the philosophy focused on form and function.
The 50th-anniversary campaign is called “It’s About Time,” inspired by Porsche Design’s first products launched in 1972. “The Porsche Design’s chronograph watches are inspired by Porsche cars’ dashboard. These watches are going to be re-launched this year to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary,” Mr. Yao shared with excitement.
The Okada Manila Porsche Design 50Y exhibit displayed the following cars: a 1956 356 Speedster, a 2016 991 GT3RS, a 2020 911 Speedster, a 2013 Carrera S, a 718 Cayman GT4, and a 1963 993 C2 Coupe with a mural artwork rendered by Filipino visual artist/sculptor Ramon Orlina.
Hosted by television personality and Porsche Design ambassador Migs Bustos, he kick-started the program with an introduction to Porsche Design’s history. Mr. Roland Helier, Chief Design Officer of Porsche Lifestyle Group, sent a personalized message from Studio F.A. Porsche in Zell-Am-See, Austria, to talk about how the brand evolved throughout the five decades. The event also welcomed Mr. Yao, Managing Director of Porsche Design, and Director for Porsche Design in Asia-Pacific, Nina Razali, who flew in for this occasion.
The celebration marked the continuation of the brand’s legacy: passion, design, and icons — all of which the roster of young ambassadors embodied.
The introduction of Porsche Design’s young ambassadors began with Olympian Pole Vaulter, E.J. Obiena, who immersed the guests into Porsche Design’s history through a pre-recorded video inside the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. The other ambassadors include racing enthusiasts Brian Poe-Llamanzares, Second Skin Industries owner Archie Chiang, Import Hookup owner Keith Bryan Haw, and CSB Blazers Coach and CNN Philippines Sports Analyst Charles Tiu.
“The entire event didn’t simply celebrate the brand’s heritage but also communicated a communal experience of freshness. All our ambassadors are passionate about what they do. They embody what Porsche Design is all about – engineered passion,” Yao shared. High energy radiated all over Okada Manila, a success from the Porsche Design Manila team’s four months of hard work, collaboration, and ingenuity to make their 50th anniversary memorable.
“The brand will continue to endure and progress, given its rich heritage and continued focus on product design,” Yao assured.
Porsche Design Manila has four boutiques throughout the metro, located at Resorts World Newport Mall, Shangri-La Mall, Rockwell Power Plant, and Okada Manila.
For more information, visit their website at www.porsche-design.com.ph, follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @PorscheDesign.Manila or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09175287317 for your queries.
Featured photo: The Gentlemen Ambassadors of Porsche Design (left to right): Archie Chiang, Keith Bryan Haw, Charles Tiu, Hans Yao (Porsche Design Manila Managing Director) Brian Poe-Lamanzares, and Migs Bustos.
The Lam siblings remember their childhood as a busy one. “During the holidays, our friends would leave town, and we’d be working. Truth be told, back then, there was resentment. Why did we have to work?” recalled Aimee. What the trio didn’t realize was that they were part of a family legacy. Their parents are Joey and Herminia Lam,the husband-wife power duo who founded Fighter Lock Philippines Corporation (FLPC) in 1986, one of the country’s leading distributors of hardware, construction, and electrical materials. While their peers were enjoying the simple joys of childhood, Alvin, Aimee, and Alrich were training to take on the keys of the family kingdom.
The journey wasn’t easy. Unlike other COOs (Children of Owner), their parents strongly believed that their children needed to start from the bottom. As early as grade school, the siblings were asked to man the stores, make deliveries, and learn the behind-the-scenes nature of their homegrown company. Alvin, the firstborn, was the first to find his footing within FLPC. “He was a bit of a wild child,” Aimee shared with a laugh. As a way to deal with his rowdiness, Alvin was sent to China to learn Mandarin. It wasn’t long before he was homesick. The eldest son begged his parents to let him come back to the Philippines, promising that he would finally shape up. He kept his word and soon began running the business’ daily operations.
Aimee had a similar journey. She went to Canada to study, as a way of escaping the dullness of a daily routine. Although she was looking to do something entirely different, she realized her heart belonged back at home. “They told us time and time again, that this was our bread and butter. They frequently told us their rags to riches story. I felt that it was such a waste to throw this opportunity away if we didn’t continue it.” She moved back home, ultimately taking her place as the company’s head of finance.
Their youngest sibling, Alrich, also felt a sense of resentment as a child because he was asked to work early on. Growing up around his older siblings (Aimee is 4 years older, while Alvin is 10) and seeing them contribute to the company’s success, he came on board after college, handling the FLPC’s marketing department. “I realized, all the experiences we had mattered because they helped us become who we are today,” Alrich says.
Another important lesson instilled into them by their parents is that they are all equal. While many traditional Chinese families believe that the eldest should be the most respected, the Lams reject that dogma. Because of this, they can challenge each other’s perspectives, which have been an instrument in the company’s continuous growth.
As a trio, Alvin, Aimee, and Alrich have been able to bring FLPC into the modern age. The three put their minds together to build a professional image, as well as streamline operations, that propelled the company from a small family business to a thriving corporation. Under their watch, FLPC has expanded from being more than a distributor, but also a creator of their own brands: LAMCO (plumbing needs), Aimee (locks and keys), and Kantt (LED lighting).
Although their success was born from resentment, the Lam siblings are certain that they are where they’re supposed to be. “We can do anything when we’re together,” Aimee shared. As they continue to construct their empire, the Lams have embraced their destiny with open minds and a smile.
Traveling broadens our horizons and gives us more opportunities to enjoy and learn about the places we visit.
On our fifth day in Taiwan, we had a jampacked itinerary and explored several interesting tourist attractions, such as (1) Yehliu Geopark Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan; (2) Heping Island Park Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, Taiwan; (3) Zhengbin Fishing Port Nostalgia Pier Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, Taiwan; (4) Agenna Aboriginal Culture Restaurant Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, Taiwan; and (5) Jiufen, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Yehliu Geopark is a park of natural wonders. Located in New Taipei City, Taiwan, it has full of sea water-eroded holes as well as numerous rocks that look so real in many shapes and forms!
Among other statues are named Fairy’s Shoe, Tofu Rock, Ice Cream Rock, Mushroom Rock, Candle Rock, and Ginger Rock. But the most famous one is the Queen’s Head. All these make this 1,700-meter-long cape a geology park with rich ecological resources and a prosperous fishing village.
At Heping Island Park, tourists can appreciate ocean views and world-class geo-scape. The Cliff at the island park is the vantage point where you can see and feel the sound of the waves. The sight brings total relaxation to the mind, body, and soul. You can take time exploring the scenic spot and feel its everyday charm. The island park is located right within the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area.
Zhengbin Fishing Port, also known as “Nostalgia Pier,” gives a more laidback feel. It is located in the south of Heping Island. The Port is built by the Japanese in 1934, and it was the biggest fishing port in Taiwan during the Japanese era. Although it gradually diminished as years went by, its down-to-earth appearance endures. The city is actively seeking to preserve it as a place for relaxation and nostalgia. There has been a boat named “Folk Art” at the Port, considered the first art museum on the sea. Sports activities such as dragon boat races are also quite popular in the area.
The group had a sumptuous lunch at Agenna Aboriginal Culture Restaurant located in Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, Taiwan. The dishes served to us were a fusion of local and international cuisines. Indeed, it was a hearty and satisfying meal!
The last destination for the day was Jiufen, a well-known tourist spot in Taiwan. It’s a narrow street where you can shop for a lot of things from food to souvenirs. If you’re tight on a budget, it’s still alright to come here because there are a lot of stores offering some free food for tasting.
Jiufen is located on a hillside that faces the ocean and is surrounded on three sides by mountains, with its people still maintaining their original simple lifestyle. With the changing seasons, the scenery also varies greatly, presenting different aspects of Jiufen. In the past, the place was the dreamland of gold diggers; now it has become a sanctuary for many artists and tourists.
Being able to see and appreciate the beauty and history of these scenic spots makes every trip a learning experience.
The Atayal culture was quite interesting. We were introduced to its unique qualities of aboriginal performances, recreational activities, local food and aboriginal cuisine, cultural skills such as bamboo dance, assassination ball experience, and clothing try-on.
(Note: Bringing back Day 4 of our unforgettable tour to Taiwan when the world was still COVID-19-free. )
On our fourth day in Taiwan, we traveled to the Atayal Resort in Guoxing Township, Nantou County; the high-speed rail in Taichung station; visited the national historic monument, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei 101 Observatory, and mall, and had a wonderful stay at Amba Taipei Songshan.
To fully embraced the Atayal experience, we stayed at Atayal Palace Spring Hotel with a Baroque architectural style. Located amidst the fresh greeneries and natural forest, we were secluded from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. The resort features the culture of the Atayal tribe, a minority aboriginal tribe in Taiwan.
The Atayal culture was quite interesting. We were introduced to its unique qualities of the aboriginal performances, recreational activities, local food and aboriginal cuisine, aboriginal cultural skills such as bamboo dance, assassination ball experience, and aboriginal clothing try-on.
A unique attraction at the resort was a popular skywalk that hangs out of the mountain located 500 meters above sea level, offering a stunning view of the mountainous landscape. The shape of the skywalk was in concise design with a geometrical pattern and tempered glass construction at the bottom.
Standing on the glass platform, 500 meters high above the mountain foot, you can admire the beautiful mountain landscape and spectacular natural scenery that leave you with many wonderful memories.
From the resort, we took the high-speed rail to Taichung station to be able to reach Taipei City in 40 minutes. If by regular transportation, travel time would be two hours. Our next stop was at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall located in the heart of Taipei City.
It has become the landmark of the city and is most visited by foreign tourists. Its architecture is inspired by Tiantan in Beijing and is a prime example of the beauty of architecture.
Two stairs leading to the top, you will find the bronze statue of the historical great leader. It’s being manned by equally attentive guards. The stairs have 89 steps which represent the age of death of Chiang Kai-shek.
View from the top
For first-time visitors like me, it was a must to visit the Taipei 101 Observatory. There was a fast lift up to the top and the view from the top was impressive!
I couldn’t get over how fast the elevator ride was. It was located inside Taipei 101 mall, considered Taiwan’s premier international shopping destination – featuring luxury goods, fashion, and fine dining. Here, you can enjoy your shopping in comfort and total relaxation.
After a long day of the tour, we were billeted at the Amba Taipei Songshan, which was five minutes walk to Raohe Night Market. The hotel is admirable for its urban vibe, spacious contemporary rooms, dramatic views of Taipei 101 as you arrived at the chic lobby, and multi-purpose communal areas, best of all, it has one of the best lineups of buffet menus.
It is designed for the savvy urban traveler who appreciates creativity, connectivity, and conservation. Created by Ambassador Hotels, the amba brand was launched in 2012 to coincide with the group’s celebration of 50 years of luxury hospitality.
We had a nice time at Amba, especially with the gracious and very welcoming accommodation of the hotel’s chief alignment officer, Ms. Jeanie Mak (in a yellow-orange scarf). She joined us during dinner and introduced us to the many amenities of the hotel.
With all these things that happened in just one day, we shared the joys and experiences like never before.
Sun Moon Lake provides visitors with different charms in all seasons. But my favorite is in early spring around February, and the place is embraced by cherry blossoms in full bloom. Sun Moon Lake – a stunning landscape and a romantic paradise rolled into one.
Discovering new places of interest adds excitement to any traveler who visits the destination for the first time. On our third day in Taiwan, we went to the Jiji Township, still in Nantou County, where the Jiji and Checheng Railway Stations, the Toushe Basin, and Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area can be found.
Jiji and Checheng Railway Stations
Jiji is a lovely small town surrounded by beautiful mountains and streams. Even today, the town has retained its rustic style and precious ecological resources. Tourism has been actively developed here, revealing the town’s charm to visitors.
When you pay a visit to Jiji, make sure to take photos in front of Jiji Station. It is Taiwan’s most well-known Japanese-style terminal station and has been around for more than 80 years now. It was destroyed in the 1999 earthquake but later reconstructed and restored to its original look. Since then it became a must-visit tourism destination in Jiji.
Checheng is the final destination on the Jiji line and is often referred to as “The Last Train Station.” Full of beautiful and amazing scenery, the Jiji Line is like a gallery that provides both sightseeing and educational enlightenment.
The next stop was at the Toushe Basin, where an old “Bed and Breakfast” (worth 25 million in Taiwan dollars) was located. But, because of the storm, the land became soft and wasn’t cultivated well. The structures turned crooked and appeared to be like a “leaning tower of Pisa.”
Sun Moon Lake
The last location we toured for the day was Sun Moon Lake – the alpine lake with serene beauty and tranquility. It is located in the middle of Taiwan, with an elevation of 748 meters above sea level, the only natural big lake in Taiwan.
The southern part of Lalu Island is shaped like a new moon, and the northern part is shaped like a sun; for this reason, it was named Sun Moon Lake. Visitors are often captivated by the refreshingly beautiful and elegant landscapes in this location. It’s like a Manila Bay cruise if you compared it to Manila.
Here, you can also enjoy a fascinating ecological tour. Sun Moon Lake provides visitors with different charms in all seasons. But my favorite is in early spring around February, and the place is embraced by cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Visitors can also appreciate the view of the lake by cycling around. It’s a must to experience the biking trails during your stay to better understand the different sides of Sun Moon Lake – a stunning landscape and a romantic paradise rolled into one.
In this installment, I will take you to Taichung, Taiwan, where you can enjoy the tourist attractions such as Rainbow Military Village, Chun Shui Tang Cultural Tea House, Miyahara, Fengjia Night Market, and Red Dot Hotel.
Travel is a new experience that can transport you out of your everyday routine to create memories and discover new places of interest. For six days, we had the opportunity to explore the culture, beauty, historical landmarks, scenic tourist spots, and culinary offerings in Taiwan. Because this trip gave me a new way of looking at things and having new eyes – that no matter where you had been, whether the experience was good or bad – you take with you the memories and made you realize that life truly is a journey.
On our first day, the schedules were already jam-packed. We went to the Taichung side of Taiwan and visited the Rainbow Military Village. Rainbow Village is a military housing facility. This was painted by a military soldier and was supposed to be demolished but then students petitioned for it to be retained. They decorated it by putting various beautiful works of art until it became a tourist attraction. Around 3,000 supporters are maintaining this housing project.
Then, we proceeded to Chun Shui Tang Cultural Tea House for our sumptuous dinner. The tea house is known for its bubble tea, hotpots, meal sets, traditional noodles, and delicious side orders like dim sums, bean curds, dry noodles, etc.
The next stop was at Miyahara, a red-brick architecture built by Miyahara Takeo, a Japanese ophthalmology doctor in 1927. At present, Dawn Cake, a pastry company renowned for its pineapple cakes, acquired the building and preserved Miyahara’s original red-brick walls and archway. The interior decor was redesigned like Hogwarts in the movie Harry Potter. Visitors to Miyahara are not only recommended to appreciate the details of the historic architecture but also try Dawn Cake’s signature ice cream, bubble tea, and pastries wrapped in nostalgic packings. We loved this place!
One of the most famous night markets in Taichung is Fengjia Night Market. Here, you can buy a lot of things like food, apparel, cosmetics, and other surprising pieces of stuff. It’s famous for its “cheap and yet massive quantity” of foods, luring people from all over the world. Recommended delicacies here are: Chinese sausage wrapped in glutinous rice, brown sugar tapioca milk, Chow mien (fried noodles) stuffed bread, octopus balls (takoyaki), humongous stinky tofu, and huangjinzei (aromatic rice stuffed in cuttlefish).
We stayed at Red Dot Hotel for the night. The boutique hotel was attractive with its quirky fun and functional design. It has a big slide which you can use from the hotel’s second floor to the lobby – perfect to enjoy for the young and young-at-heart! Some of our group had tried the iconic hotel slide. I stayed in one of their spacious double rooms and quickly slumbered into dreamland. I woke up the next day energized and ready for the tour itinerary.
The studio is a ground-breaking project of one of the respected icons of Philippine visual arts, Raul Lebajo.
This year marks the 80th birthday of one of the respected icons of Philippine visual arts, master surrealist Raul Lebajo. What makes the celebration significant is that it coincides with the fulfillment of his ground-breaking project – a studio – which now houses his masterpieces, old and new, and can showcase them to a range of art lovers and collectors, even to up-and-coming artists.
Nestled inside the sprawling Lebajo ArtFarm and family resort in Sinaliw Malaki, Alfonso, Cavite, the studio is a two-floor edifice with wide spaces. The roof interior is made of bamboo sticks, which emits a cool atmosphere and looks exquisite aesthetically.
The first floor serves as the main studio. It displays various works of the Lebajo patriarch and his two sons Nikulas and Gio, who both pursued their father’s artistic inclination to arts. The second floor or the loft is where the working area of Raul can be found. It is here where Raul stays most of the time painting to his heart’s content while having a view over the verdant surroundings of the farm.
“Inspiration comes from a wellspring of imagination – what I see from my surroundings – from simple to the most extraordinary, things I can draw motivation from,” Raul shares. “I just keep on painting. No one forces me to paint. It’s like a stream of thoughts, which keeps flowing when creativity is at its peak.”
Raul believes that an artist is someone creative, passionate, and effective. He is someone who is not constrained by money. Ultimately, the reward will come when people see the value of your work, he quips.
“I’m grateful that I can leave behind a legacy that my children and grandchildren will carry on,” Raul muses.
Not too far from the main gallery is the basement, where the master’s bedroom is located, then the guest room, and kitchen area. The look and feel of the property all came from Raul’s ideas.
One of the best parts of having the studio in this location is to be closer to nature. The scenery is delightful and tranquil. The air is a lot cleaner and fresher, too. You feel relaxed. You can look forward to a picturesque sunrise and be fascinated with the chirping of the birds around you while doing your gardening activities.
Staying in this kind of healthy and comforting environment makes the artist more productive in creating masterpieces that resonate with his present views of the world at the time of the pandemic.
For the time being, the studio accepts visitors by appointment only. For inquiries, call +639296956656 and look for Gio Lebajo.
The atmosphere of quiet lushness from the mountain made our stay a whole new experience in getting closer to nature.
Traveling through this side of Taiwan on our second day, makes you appreciate the beauty of the countryside. In this installment, I will take you to Nantou County, where you can take a glimpse of magnificent views of the outdoors and cold weather at Monster Village and Sun-Link-Sea Forest and Nature Resort.
Monster Village is one of the most popular attractions in Nantou County. You will like it here because of its captivating scenery and cold weather, which is comparable to our very own Tagaytay City. The place is situated 1,100 meters above sea level – the reason for its cool climate – and you can almost see the mountains and the clouds covering the mountain top. There are all kinds of strange monster statues and the villagers are dressed in Japanese style.
It’s not just a tourist attraction, but a one-stop shop for the guests. Whenever you get hungry, you can choose from one of the restaurants here which served best-selling Taiwan and Chinese dishes.
Interestingly, there’s a particular bread that caught our attention during our visit – the Stinging Nettle bread also known as “Biting Cat” in Chinese. The itchy part is the leaf and locals made it into bread but the inside is very savory and soft, it contains some cheese or some kind of meat as filling. But the highlight of the bread is the stinging nettle leaf on top of the bread.
Our group indulged in the set menu for lunch at Monster Village Theme restaurant. The food arrived in big servings. It was truly a mouthful of dishes served before our very eyes. We enjoyed the food, the company, and the ambiance.
You can also find some souvenir shops for your trip mementos. and a hotel within the village for long-staying guests.
We also visited Sun-Link-Sea Forest and Nature Resort. The place has an annual average temperature of about 20 degrees Celcius and is 1600 meters above sea level. The climate is perfect like Baguio City. Here, you can enjoy a different side of Taiwan, far from the city.
You won’t feel perspired and get tired while walking; most of all, you get to enjoy being surrounded by nature. You will enjoy the atmosphere near the waterfalls, the environment surrounded by trees, and a Flower Center, which exhibited some 30 flower species, such as peony, color cabbage, hydrangea, tulip, and Taiwan cherry, fuchsia, etc.
Our accommodation at Sun-Link-Sea Hotel, an elegant building characterized by modern and neo-classical architecture, provided a total relaxation. The atmosphere of quiet lushness from the mountain made our stay a whole new experience in getting closer to nature.
Bangkok first-timers chart a memorable weekend experience.
Creating an authentic travel experience in Bangkok is a must. Well-known for its vibrant street life and cultural landmarks, it isn’t surprising why Thailand’s capital is a favorite destination for many foreign tourists.
Its attractions are endless: dazzling temples, thrilling tuk-tuk rides, boats to the floating market or just to cross the Chao Phraya River, shopping sprees at chic emporiums, and tasting culinary delights with their fresh and unforgettable flavors, savored at either fine dining restaurants or street-side stall. It is an amazing place with something for everyone.
If you are a first-timer here, exploring the city without a guide is part of the challenge.
How many charming and unforgettable locations will you find without losing your way? It’s fun to make your way around in a foreign country and return safely to the comfort of your hotel at the end of the day. That is truly an accomplishment.
This is what we discovered on a trip to the City of Angels, in partnership with the Erawan Group, ibis, and Mercure Thailand. True enough, a fun-filled getaway here is accessible at almost every street corner.
A must for any shopaholic is the Chatuchak weekend market. It has everything you can ever want from all over Thailand. And yes, you have to haggle to get a bargain.
Easily accessible by BTS Skytrain, it is best to designate a meeting place near the market’s entrance where you can all gather after exploring the market’s many alleys. For almost half a day, we discovered outstanding finds that we all wanted to bring home.
If you are going there, wear light and comfortable clothing and shoes. Protect yourself against the sun by wearing sunglasses and a hat, and use sunscreen liberally. Bring enough cash. Most vendors do not accept credit cards. Beware of pickpockets, and watch your belongings.
Any tour of Bangkok’s temples should start at Wat Pho. It’s one of the largest temple complexes in the city and is famous for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters long and is covered in gold leaf.
The Grand Palace is one of the most visited places and is probably the most stunning attraction in the city. It was built in 1782 and served as the home of Thai kings and the royal court for 150 years. It now welcomes millions of visitors each year coming from all parts of the world. Wat Phra Kaew, the temple inside the Grand Palace, is where you will find the Phra Kaew Morakot, or the Emerald Buddha, a sacred image carved from a single block of emerald.
Since our hotel is located by the river, the trip would be incomplete without experiencing the magnificent Chao Phraya River at least once. We spent a relaxing evening at the riverside after touring the city.
Comfort at the Best Price
Our home in Bangkok was the ibis Bangkok Riverside, one of the economy brands of AccorHotels, which promises modernity, comfort, and service at the best price.
Located by the banks of the Chao Phraya River, it offers outstanding value and beautiful river views. Situated close to the BTS Sky Train, which will whisk you into the heart of the city in minutes, it is also a short ferry ride from the riverfront lifestyle shopping and dining venue, Asiatique, and close to many other cultural highlights including the glittering Grand Palace.
ibis Bangkok Riverside has 266 cozy, contemporary rooms with double or twin beds, a desk, LCD TV with international channels, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, personal safe, and hairdryer for a comfortable stay. The hotel also has a revolutionary bedding concept called Sweet Bed by ibis. It also has three spacious function rooms for up to 100 persons.
Taste, its all-day dining venue, reinvents tapas with new flavors and authentic local dishes. The Lobby Bar serves a wide selection of snacks and refreshments, while room service is available 24 hours a day. A highlight of the hotel is a fabulous riverfront swimming pool set in a beautiful garden and a petanque field for fun with the family.
Created in 1974, the ibis hotel chain is now the European leader in economy brands and the fourth largest chain in its category worldwide, with over 1,060 hotels and 135,000 rooms in 64 countries.
The Mercure Bangkok Siam, the seventh midscale Mercure property in Thailand, and ibis Bangkok Siam, the ninth economy ibis in the country, two hotels located in the central Siam area, provide guests with convenient access to all of the city’s top shopping, dining and entertainment venues.
Mercure Bangkok Siam has 189 rooms with a contemporary design, fully equipped facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, three meeting rooms for up to 126 delegates, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and the Sky Bar. Privilege rooms come with a coffee machine, a variety of local teas, additional bathrobes and amenities, and an iPod dock. Guests also enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Club with its all-day refreshments, business center facilities, and an outdoor terrace.
Mercure’s signature restaurant, The Eight, is named after its location, and services guests from both hotels. This all-day dining outlet features an extensive menu of local and international cuisines with indoor and outdoor terrace dining.
On the other hand, ibis Bangkok Siam has 189 modern rooms equipped with LCD TV, a fridge, and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. All rooms also offer newly upgraded beds that are supremely comfortable. The hotel’s Quick Bite restaurant is open day and night, offering round-the-clock light meals. Guests also have access to the swimming pool and fitness center facilities at no extra charge.
AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, is present in 95 countries with more than 4,000 hotels and 240,000 employees. Its portfolio comprises internationally acclaimed luxury brands including Raffles, Sofitel Legend, SO Sofitel, Sofitel, Fairmont, onefinestay, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, and Swissôtel; the popular midscale and boutique brands of 25hours, Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter, and Adagio; the much-prized economy brands including JO&JOE, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget; and the regional brands Grand Mercure, The Sebel, and hotelF1.
With so many places to see and so many hotels to stay in, only one thing is certain: a return to Bangkok is needed to discover more of its many attractions.
(Re-posted from Experience Travel and Living magazine
Bring your kids when you plan a vacation to this awesome family destination. The hotel has child-friendly features they will surely enjoy to the extreme. Remember, kids, are the star guests here. Enjoy it, explore it, experience it. Don’t hold back.
Traveling with my family is a memorable adventure filled with laughter, fun, and new experiences that last a lifetime. It is true that traveling in the company of those we love is like “home in motion.”
As we planned our international trip to LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort just recently, we were excited to try the various offerings at the resort, and our bonding time as a family. At this point in our family life that my daughter is already grown-up, it’s much easier to travel as much as we can, and when time allows for us to go all together. From NAIA Terminal 2, we had a layover in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1, then an almost two-hour drive by private van to reach our long weekend destination at LEGOLAND® Hotel Malaysia. The holidays we had been waiting for were almost here!
Picture this: The spectacular lobby features a LEGO® castle and a LEGO® pirate ship that transcends into the sky. You can see children all agog with their LEGO® bricks inspiring their imaginations to create their own LEGO® models. As first-time guests of this hotel, you would think that there was pandemonium because the welcome ambiance wasn’t your usual of a hotel lobby. However, after you have settled down you get to imbibe the uniqueness and charm of LEGOLAND® Hotel, which is sure to make your stay unforgettable.
Primarily, it caters to families with children, for the young and young-at-heart. Make sure to bring your kids when you plan a vacation to this awesome family destination. LEGOLAND® Hotel is located at the heart of LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort.
Interestingly, as we toured the lobby area upon check-in, our eyes were caught with LEGO® mini-figures on display behind the check-in desk (it has around 12,528 mini-figures). The hotel is full of child-friendly features such as children’s play area with LEGO® bricks and Xbox 360 Kinect, interactive LEGO® features, swimming pool, themed lifts, low level viewing portholes, merchandise store, buffet restaurant with its organized LEGO® chaos, themed rooms, and of course, there are activities for children every day.
All 263 rooms are themed to give guests the choice of playing pirate, commanding a kingdom, embarking on an adventure, or living like a true ninja. All rooms include a king-sized bed for grown-ups plus a separate semi-private sleeping area for up to three children, complete with a bunk bed, pull-out trundle bed, and entertainment unit. LEGO® features are found throughout the hotel as well as in the themed rooms, play areas, restaurants, and even the elevators.
As we went up to our assigned kingdom-themed room, we found ourselves entertained by a themed lift with dance music. It was a fun experience for my family. We were like dancing until we hit the assigned floor.
LEGO® Themed Hotel Bedrooms
Children are the star guests at LEGOLAND® Hotel. With a choice of themed rooms to suit every visitor, you can spur imagination and enter a world of daring pirates, brave knights, or powerful pharaohs. Guests can choose from these themed rooms:
Pirate: Step into your very own pirate cabin decked out with pirate bedding, curtains, wallpaper, and even Polly, a LEGO® parrot.
Adventure: Embark on the ultimate adventure and hunt for hidden treasure amongst tarantulas, scorpions, lizards, and other jungle animals.
Kingdom: Enter a kingdom fit for a Prince or Princess. Bunting, shields, and flags all meet the royal standards.
Ninjago: Enter the LEGO® Ninjago universe to master the elements, relax in your lavish room and sleep like a victorious
All in all, LEGOLAND® Hotel consists of 234 themed rooms and premium themed rooms, 7 pirate deluxe rooms, 8 kingdom suites, 13 premium Ninjago themed, 1 Ninjago kai suite. This year, the hotel has added more Ninjago rooms to ensure more people to be part of the Ninjago universe. When guests open their door, they step directly into a ninja cave and are greeted by famous Ninjago heroes. In the corner is an eagle keeping a watchful eye, and on the bunk beds are puzzles that can only be solved by true ninjas.
As for our family, we loved our kingdom-themed room! It was beautifully decorated and we felt the Royal welcome! We had quality and sound sleep, too!
Exciting Dining Options
Throughout the duration of our stay, we have enjoyed the breakfast offerings at Bricks Family Restaurant, an all-day dining serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s a buffet-style concept restaurant and has a variety of cuisine catering to every taste bud of adults and children. The menu is just as exciting as families enjoy a meal together while sharing and relating their day’s adventure. It has a capacity of 465 guests. Open daily: 7:00am-10:30am & 6:30pm – 10:00pm.
Kai’s Sushi Bar is a brand new Japanese restaurant at the hotel. Hosted by the hero of LEGO NINJAGO himself, the restaurant offers a delightful variety of authentic Japanese food such as sashimi, tempura, donburi, noodles, and more. Also available are sake, shochu, and Japanese beer while children can have their pick from a selection of cool Japanese mocktails. all of which are meticulously prepared by Kai’s talented chefs. Open Daily: 12:00pm-3:00pm.
If you’re looking for a la carte style restaurant while at the hotel, head to Di Mattoni Restaurant, the perfect place to enjoy delicious pizza and pasta, soups, and desserts. After a long day, delight yourself with specially-created cocktails while the children have a blast with fruity beverages. It has a capacity of 50 guests. Open daily: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm.
Meanwhile, Coffee@Bricks is an upscale deli specializing in cold sandwiches, grab-and-go style, or dine-in from freshly made salads to a choice of macaroons plus the chef creations of the day.
We also checked out the inviting swimming pool located on the 5th floor of the hotel. Space was perfect for family and children to enjoy their moments together amidst the view of towering structures of Iskandar Puteri, Johor.
Indeed, it was an unforgettable trip! The wanderlust got us!
Featured photo courtesy of Legoland
Special thanks to Ms. Stephanie Lee, marketing manager of LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort and to Sing Ying, public relations executive of LEGOLAND, the management and staff for the warm accommodation:)
On his 10th death anniversary, I thought of sharing my #throwback exclusive interview with the late King of Comedy, Rodolfo Vera Quizon or “Dolphy” to many of his adoring fans. He was truly Daddy Dolphy with a big heart for his children off and on-screen.
He was one of my dream interviewees, and I was truly delighted that I was able to fulfill this conversation with him before he passed away at the age of 83 due to multiple organ failure. Here is an excerpt from the feature article which appeared in the old issue of Mirror Weekly Magazine:
He may have been less than ideal as a “husband,” given the long list of relationships in the open book that’s been Dolphy’s life. But as a father who sired all of 18 children by several women, the “King of Comedy” is tops, by his children’s own account.
His real-life children attest to his goodness and greatness of heart, which, they say, more than compensates for his unusual route to fatherhood several times over. And even on-screen, Dolphy has played father roles depicting a truly admirable dad, one quite deserving of the affection and admiration of his brood despite his unconventional ways.
As in the long-running TV sitcom John en Marsha where he played bumbling but devoted dad to young Maricel Soriano and other budding stars. “I must admit that my being a father has not been normal. The mere fact that you’re in showbiz, the more that it becomes atypical,” he intimates. But in his own way, however, he has tried to make up for the lack of normalcy, he says. “With all my children, I would say that I have been fair to them. Whenever I’m here, I make it up to them; I give all my time to them.”
A loving father
He delves into his life as a father with gusto, appearing to enjoy talking about his numerous children. Being a father has not been easy because it entails a lot of responsibility and discipline. “What’s important for now is to see my children bonding together, instead of quarreling with each other. You’ll be surprised that they have different characters when they came from only one person,” he jokes.
Dolphy admits he finds more pleasure in his children when they’re still in their infancy. “Pero kapag malalaki na, ang sarap pagsasakalin,” he smiles. Although he claims he allows no favoritism to cloud his love for his kids. But he treasures his girls. “Minsan napapansin ng iba na mas malapit ako sa mga babae, kasi nga iba ang karinyo nila,” he tells.
His children have only good words for the loving father. “He is very different from everyone because he’s the kind of person who has a big heart. He’s very loving and friendly. We always talk and we go out. We’re like brothers. Happy Father’s Day! I’ll always be here for you. I love you so much,” intimates Vandolph. “He always has time for us. He’s a nice, loving, and generous person,” said Nicole and Zia.
His priority has always been his family. “Pero siyempre, una ang trabaho ko bago sila. Kung naiintindihan nila iyon, sila ‘yon. As a father, you have to provide something for your family, and that’s my role.”
He adds: “Even when I was just starting in showbiz, I frequently went abroad. I was the first one to become a Japayuki (that was in 1951). Most of the time, I would stay there for six months and my family would miss me. Then I would go back and stay for a month, then, I would leave again. And when I was here, I would accept engagements, especially during Christmas Day and New Year’s Day because the pay was triple. So, I had to work doubly hard because I wasn’t moneyed at that time, and of course, my children were growing.”
It’s both a joy and a pain to have so many children. “Mahirap talaga dahil kailangan mo silang pagbigyan lahat,” he says. “They always come to me if they need something or they want my advice, maski hatinggabi na. But most of the time, we go out, especially on Sundays.”
Dolphy has no regrets for all the things he has done in his life, like having children out of many relationships. “Hindi ko naman ginustong magkaroon ng anak na marami,” intimates Dolphy, a quiet and reflective thinker who admits to praying twice a day, morning and night. “Kapag nahiwalay ka sa asawa mo ang tendency mag-aasawa ka uli. I just tell my children not to do what I have done. It’s righteous to have only one wife and you have an anniversary to look forward to. That’s what I don’t have.”
And how would he like to be remembered? “As a good person. I want them to mention my name with a smile. That’s what my mission in life is, to make people happy.”
Our Singapore trip will always be worth remembering. Foremost, we traveled and explored this bustling city-state in the heart of Southeast Asia as a family.
Amid the pandemic, Singapore now allows quarantine-free travel for all vaccinated visitors after omicron subsides. It’s just timely to reminisce about the moments and share them with you here.
It’s easy getting around the city because of its efficient transportation system. We preferred touring the city by cab. In some instances, we would encounter hospitable cab drivers who would talk lengthily about the tourist attractions we should check out. Since this was just a short stay, we planned what places to visit. The topmost in the itinerary was Merlion Park, one of Singapore’s popular landmarks. The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish that is widely used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. The Merlion symbolizes in its fish body the ancient city of Temasek, and its lion head, the legend of its discovery.
We were too excited to explore the Gardens by the Bay. At a height of 22 meters, this 128 meters long aerial walk is an experience not to be missed. As dusk falls, the captivating Marina Bay skyline emerges and the entire area comes alive nightly with the Garden Rhapsody — a free light and sound show.
We didn’t miss trying the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, which is probably Singapore’s most famous chicken rice stall located at Maxwell Food Centre. It has more tourists (including us) than locals queuing up for a plate of this local iconic dish. The late Anthony Bourdain said that the chicken rice was so fragrant and delicious that it could be eaten on its own.
We also toured the Chocolate Gallery, where you can find and purchase high-quality chocolates to bring home as pasalubong for your loved ones.
We also had a stopover in Little India, a vibrant cultural enclave of the Indian community in Singapore. The next location was Thian Hock Keng Temple, considered the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore. It’s replete with heritage, and a must-visit for tourists interested in oriental culture.
We stayed longer in Orchard Road, an upscale retail hub of the city. It is a popular tourist attraction with several clothing stores, restaurants, and coffeehouses. Then, we checked out Haji Lane, famous for its independent shophouses and quirky cafes. It is also the narrowest street in the city.
The following day, we spent our afternoon at Gillman Barracks, home to celebrated art galleries, restaurants, and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. We visited several galleries as part of our art appreciation journey. To cap the day, we enjoyed Singapore’s skyscrapers, and the well-lit surroundings even at night.
Changi, the world’s best airport remains our favorite to date. By its very nature a tourist attraction and a sight to behold. You can do a lot of activities while waiting for your flight – from shopping to dining, relaxation, and unwinding.
Indeed, travel is rich with learning opportunities and provides a broader perspective on life. Above all, it creates bonding experiences with your loved ones.
It’s time to explore Singapore again. Nowhere else in the world is quite like this amazing place!
For more information on travel requirements for short-term visitors to Singapore, visit https://www.visitsingapore.com/.
“Whatever I do in life, I always look at the consequences of my actions. Regardless of being a representative, a teacher, a lawyer, or anything, I always want to be a ripple of change,” shares Atty. Nograles.
“People are always telling me that I’m the girl with no rest,” said Atty. Margarita Ignacia “Migs” Nograles with a cheeky grin. Earlier that day, she took her House of Representatives Oath, officially making her a representative of the PBA Party-list in Congress on July 1. Between her oath-taking, Nograles was a busy bee. She began the morning with her usual fitness ritual (meditation and a daily run), before answering e-mails, attending meetings, managing associates at her law firm, and doing her duties as a public servant.
It doesn’t stop there. Nograles finished shooting a new episode of Paano ba Attorney?, a TV program where she gives free legal advice to anyone who needs it. On the weekends, she works as a law professor, preparing her students for The Bar through review classes. Atty. Migs is also continuing her Master’s Degree in law, after taking a few short courses at Harvard Kennedy School and passing her Arbitration Accreditation courses. Could she be bionic? Probably not—but she’s certainly a Superwoman.
The Lady Boss
As a #LadyBoss who wears many hats, it’s very impressive to learn that Atty. Migs is only 31 years old. “[I love my job] because I get to help people,” she says with an ardent smile.
Her Davao-based firm NICAD (Nograles, Ilagan, Cayco, Aban, and Dabi Law) is committed to helping the general public find solutions in a cost-efficient and a highly-sustainable way. She and her partners participate in a lot of Pro bono work and free legal advice. “The practice of law is really to use your knowledge to help your client’s concern. We just had our anniversary on the first. We’ve already been operating for a year, and we’re still surviving. Even with free legal advice, we’re managing to stay afloat.” The firm is already looking to expand with an office in Manila sometime this year.
The Pro bono cases the firm accepts vary on different issues that each partner is passionate about. Atty. Migs, in particular, has a strong stance against domestic abuse, emotional abuse, and all forms of bullying. Not just for women and children, but men and the LGBTQI community, as well. “While growing up, I was a victim of bullying,” she says. “When I got older, I realized that a lot of friends had also been victims of violence. It is something very dear to me, and something I want to protect now.” While she was in office, Nograles had to take a small step back. She had to take a leave from the firm but still makes an effort to oversee her associates daily.
Paano ba Attorney?
Although she can’t physically appear in courtrooms at the moment, Nograles continues to use her skills through different avenues. For instance, in her show Paano ba Attorney? offers free legal advice to their viewers. Originally conceived as a short Facebook Live show during the pandemic, it has grown in popularity. The fourth season (which is currently in production) will be broadcasted on local television.
Nograles shares that their team receives 300 to 400 videos/messages a day from people seeking out her expertise. “It keeps me on my toes,” she shares. “It keeps me updated with the newest laws, and makes me feel fulfilled being able to answer questions on the spot. Also, [it’s great] to be able to help people with [nothing in return] but a simple thank you.”
It runs in the blood
You can say that public service runs through Atty. Migs’ blood. Her father is late Speaker Prospero C. Nograles, and her brothers, Karlo and Jericho, both hold positions in government. Watching them do their work (particularly their role in giving free education to thousands of youths), inspired her to be in politics.
Just a few months shy of her 32nd birthday, she will be entering the House of Representatives as a newly minted congresswoman, under the PBA Partylist. Even without having officially begun, the passionate attorney is already working on bills she is eager to pass. “What I plan to submit as a bill is the Domestic Abuse Law Bill. I’m working on it already. Another one is the expansion of the Solo Parents Act. In the law, solo parents don’t have additional support for education, which they need,” she states with assured vigor.
Supporting youths and athletes
As a former athlete, Nograles also wants to ensure that homegrown talents are given proper funding. She is advocating for sports legislation, sports protection, and grass-root support for local athletes.
Through the Party List, she hopes that she can establish standard and retirement benefits for emerging sportspersons. Her family’s work through the Nograles Scholars Program (which supported youths and athletes) truly inspired the young woman to help emerging Filipino talents.
She remembers boxer Nesthly Petecio (an Olympic Silver medalist) as one of the athletes they helped through the program. “Just look at her now,” she says with a proud smile. “Athletes should focus on training and shouldn’t worry about [the resources to do it]. Small issues like this are what I want to push in terms of legislation.”
While Migs Nograles is just beginning her career as a congresswoman, she has already done so much to help those around her. Her desire to build a better Philippines reflects on her already flourishing career. It’s exciting to be in the audience and see the climb of this political superstar. “When I was a part of the Ateneo Student Leaders Assembly, they taught us to be a ripple of change,” she remembers. “Whatever I do in life, I always look at the consequences of my actions. Regardless of being a representative, a teacher, a lawyer, or anything, I always want to be a ripple of change.”
With such passion in her voice, it’s easy to believe her. However, to reach real “change,” one is afforded very little rest. Luckily for us, Nograles never does.
To mark the occasion and help visitors enjoy the benefits of playing together, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort is launching a brand-new exclusive LEGO® experience: “Play Your Way.”
Johor Bahru – The LEGO Group is marking its 90th anniversary by celebrating the creativity of fans and the power of play as the new LEGO® Play Well Study shows play is fundamental to the wellbeing and happiness of the whole family. To mark the occasion and help visitors enjoy the benefits of playing together, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort is launching a brand-new exclusive LEGO® experience: “Play Your Way”.
From 16 June to 10 August 2022, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort visitors will be invited to discover their official Play Type and take on fun LEGO® build challenges to start their journey toward play mastery.
Guests will receive an exclusive, limited edition lanyard upon entry from our friendly staff and a limited edition pop badge for each Play Type build challenge they complete while exploring the park while stocks last. Visitors will be challenged to explore the different activities and find out which suits their play personality best:
Are you a Designer? Aware of problems, these builders are focused and get ideas from asking questions. Their LEGO® creations solve problems and playtime is thoughtful.
Are you a Maker? Aware of objects, these builders are energetic and get ideas from trial and error. Their LEGO® creations are detailed and playtime is experimental.
Are you an Explorer? Aware of the environment, these builders are curious and get ideas from new discoveries. Their LEGO® creations are bold and playtime is adventurous.
Are you a Storyteller? Aware of others, these builders are dramatic and ideas come from fantasy. Their LEGO® creations are used to entertain and playtime is theatrical.
Are you a Dreamer? Aware of possibilities, these builders are imaginative and ideas come from daydreaming. Their LEGO® creations are artistic and playtime is magical.
The ‘Play Your Way’ LEGO® build challenges encourage creativity for each play type, with prompts to spark different types of play. For example, Designers will be challenged to design a secret treehouse or the ultimate dragon. Makers are more experiential, so will be challenged to make a boat fly or a bus for the moon. The adventurous Explorers will love creating a magical lion, whilst Storytellers will have more theatrical build challenges, creating a castle in the sky or an underwater kingdom. For Dreamers, their creativity will be encouraged through magical build ideas from rainbows and flowers, to spaceships and treasure chests.
Within the park, Master Players (who have mastered all five play types) will roam the park in colorful costumes to surprise and delight guests with magic tricks and storytelling.
The new “Play Your Way” experience adds to the rides, shows, and attractions all geared to families with children ages 2-12 years old at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort. The Play Your Way event will be included in Park admission along with everything that LEGOLAND® has to offer, and is hosted in the Rebuild the World area.
As part of the celebration, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort partners with LEGO for a special Imagination Playground roadshow, where visitors can enjoy a FREE RM150 F&B voucher with the purchase of four Triple-Park Pass while stocks last. The ongoing roadshow at the ground floor of Centre Court, Midvalley Megamall Kuala Lumpur, will end on 12 June 2022, before moving to its next stop from 20 July to 31 July 2022 at Midvalley Southkey Johor.
“LEGOLAND® is excited to celebrate the 90 Years of Play with the LEGO® Group – we know that play has huge benefits for the whole family, so what better way to celebrate than through playing together? Our new event allows guests the chance to uncover their play type and rediscover the joy of creating together with LEGO® bricks,” said CS Lim, Divisional Director at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.
Play is an important part of everyday life and the LEGO® Play Well Study 2022 shows that play is fundamental to the well-being and happiness of the whole family. The LEGO Group polled more than 55,000 parents and children in over 30 countries and found that almost all parents think children strengthen their creativity (93%), communication (92%), problem-solving skills (92%), and confidence (91%) while they play. When children play, they develop skills that help them thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Referred to as ‘CHOSE,’ Chari and Rose have successfully launched some of the country’s most innovative and fastest-growing retail brands in the pandemic.
COVID-19 paved the way for a new normal. Streets were quiet, malls closed, with people afraid of leaving their homes prompting the boom in online shopping. The indoors provided solace and its interface are digital. This was the formula that kickstarted Rose and Chari’s ventures.
“The pandemic was the great equalizer. It gave new opportunities to those whose eyes are constantly seeking,” said the company’s leading Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rose Tolentino. While many slowed down, the duo went the opposite direction and launched not just one but multiple brands from personal and men’s care to food.
“2020 was the year. We felt the consumerist landscape was changing so to adapt was imperative for survival,” said Rose. “We were fueled to see the opportunity lying ahead so we did our best, and have been continuing to do so. We felt it would be an injustice to God not to do well. That was our motivation and push,” said Chari.
OMO! White, the company’s first successful brand scaled when it closed a partnership with the country’s biggest household cosmetic company, Ever Bilena Cosmetics Inc (EBCI). What once was a Korean-inspired product line is now manufactured in Korea. “The best of Korean technology with the Filipino skin in mind,” Creative Chief Officer (CCO) Chari Trinidad-Mendoza, says. OMO! White is now in nearly 2,000 doors nationwide in all leading beauty & department stores.
Building a team that runs 100% online, the duo found the system worked to the advantage of their millennial team. No longer bound by the regular ‘8-5’ office demands meant clockwork capacity for their members’ optimum hours. “You know creativity can spring at 3 A.M. I guess you can call it ‘structured flow,’ says Rose.
Oh Crop! Is an Adlai brand to serve the ballooning health-conscious consumer market. It is an alternative to the Filipino staple white rice, packed with nutrients, low in glycemic index (GI), and high in fiber. Partnering with celebrity restaurateur Marvin Agustin, the company has hectares of personally-owned and contracted land whilst pioneering the first Adlai-financing system with UBX and multiple LGUs to further encourage sustainable livelihood for their partner farmers. The brand is currently available at The Marketplace under the Robinsons Retail Group.
Halal-certified with a core philosophy of ‘beauty is kindness,’ Rosie Posie is a 4-step skincare kit made specifically for Filipino women in Visayas and Mindanao. it is a brand promoting gentle and natural ingredients that aims to take care of you, while you take care of the Earth. The brand is available in Rose Pharmacy in Cebu, Iloilo, and Bacolod.
Aside from their products in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) category, the ladies own the media company Alike Media. Similar to OMO! White Alike was founded before the pandemic but its pivotal year was 2020. An originally digital media company, expanded into an omni-channel that now has both digital and print. They were ranked as part of the top 10 digital media companies in the country.
Best friends since they were 10 the two are now in their 30s. Two decades of friendship have evolved and formed them, but never separated. The pandemic taught them simplicity, grit, but above all – what truly is ‘essential.’
Get to know these Filipina entrepreneurs who are transforming lives with their awesome beauty products!
With the pandemic entering the world last 2020, a lot of lives were challenged. People had to live with the new normal, skipping some of the things that were usually so accessible in exchange for safety from the virus. Aside from that, livelihoods and businesses were also drastically affected because of the overall impact that the virus had on the lifestyles of people. One such industry is the beauty industry because now, people had limited access to its services and products, as well as a smaller budget.
In the case of these two local beauty brands, we see proof that despite the challenges the businesses might face, a brand can still make it through with hard work, the right intentions, and maybe, a little bit of luck.
Dear Face: Affordable and available for everyone
One such brand is Dear Face. Launched in November 2020, the brand started small with only two skincare sets, a facial wash, and a serum. During the height of the pandemic, its CEO and founder, Ma. Jonalyn Sison-Ramos identified two major problems that people were faced with: (1) lack of source of income due to the economic effects of the global lockdown and (2) lack of self-care due to isolation and quarantine. These are the main reasons whyDear Facewas born as well as the driving force of its mission and purpose. The company is dedicated to empowering people by providing a main source of income through its distributorship program. It also aims to give people a form of self-care with its wide range of effective supplements and skin care products that are affordable and available to everyone.
Since its inception, the brand has gained impressive momentum, with over 1500 local and international distributors in countries like the United States of America, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Brunei, United Kingdom, etc. Some of you may know their TikTok famous product — the Drunk Skin,which has sold more than 250,000 bottles to date. With the rate things are going for Dear Face, there’s no denying that this young brand’s current success is only the beginning!
Skinpotions’ magical touch
Another brand with a magical touch is Skinpotions. It was founded in 2013 by sisters Ma. Jonalyn Sison-Ramos, a registered nurse by profession, and Ma. Aileen Sison-Pacheco, a former international flight attendant. Interestingly, their interest started because Jonalyn struggled with teenage acne and her journey to finding products that worked on her skin. Apart from this, both share a common passion for helping people transform their lives and feel better about themselves through skincare and makeup.
Skinpotions started reaching its consumers through online selling platforms. It introduced cost-effective products in varieties of soap, lotion, face cream, and serum, then eventually expanded its selection, adding makeup and cosmetics to its product line. Only two years later, the brand grew to have more than 100 local distributors and also some from countries abroad such as the USA, Italy, Japan, UAE, and Australia. The company has also joined several shopping bazaars and collaboration stores to reach more consumers.
With the demand for products rapidly increasing around the country, especially in provinces, Skinpotions partnered with Francorp Philippines and opened its doors to franchising. The brand then became a duly member of the Philippine Franchise Association and was able to open several franchise stores, expanding its scope in Luzon and Visayas. Spreading its wings even further, its CEO, Ma. Jonalyn Sison-Ramos won the 2018 Nextgen in Franchising of the International Franchise Association in Phoenix, Arizona USA.
The following year, Skinpotions collaborated with The Walt Disney Co. Philippines to launch a selection of makeup products for Disney’s live-action remake of the movie, Aladdin. Like in the movie theme song – A Whole New World, this move was truly a shining, shimmering, and splendid one for the brand. Its block screening, attended by known influencers and vloggers in the country, was one of the many achievements this venture brought the company.
Skinpotions currently has over a hundred and seventy-eight thousand followers on Facebook, a reflection of its rising popularity as well as the lives it has changed through its products.
It’s inspiring to see these young Filipina entrepreneurs thrive while transforming the lives of their products’ users as well as their business partners. If you’re looking for a new beauty product to try, why not check these brands out?
Featured photo: Ma. Aileen Sison-Pacheco and Ma. Jonalyn Sison-Ramos
Summer is always the best time to experience and create moments in your favorite waterfall sanctuaries.
Traveling excites a greater sense of childlike wonder in us. This summer, make sure to go out and have fun with your friends and families. You don’t need to go far to enjoy and frolic under the summer heat, pristine and relaxing beaches, and invigorating waterfalls.
We have gathered our top three recommendations for nearby and easy-to-visit waterfall destinations.
Daranak Falls and Resort, Tanay Rizal
A natural resort and popular local tourist attraction in and out of the country, Daranak Falls is one of the flagship destinations of Tanay. You can swim, picnic and have a great time with your family.
It has enchanting waterfalls, ponds, and rivers cascading through elaborate tropical trees and plants. This 14-meter high falls is truly a refreshing location. Entrance Fee: P50.00 (Children below 3ft. are free of charge). Picnic Shed: P300. Picnic Table: P200. Operation Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8 AM to 5 PM.
Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna
Pagsanjan is known as The Tourist Capital of Laguna. It is where you can enjoy the well-known Pagsanjan Falls, and experience once in a lifetime thrilling and exciting boat ride, “Shooting the Rapids”. The town is continuously growing and attracting thousands of local and international tourists and businesses.
The Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant is one of the attractions of Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort in Tiaong, Quezon. While visiting the resort, you can enjoy its traditional Filipino buffet lunch — kamayan style — while soaking your feet in the low running water.
The falls is not natural falls, but an overspill from the Labasin Dam, the Philippines’ first hydroelectric plant. Just the same, the experience is real and unique. At Villa Escudero, it is where Filipino history and culture come to life.
The long wait is over and we are excited to share that Savoy Hotel Boracay is reopening this June 1, 2022. They can’t wait to welcome you back, so here are exciting treats to color your experience once again!
Reopening Room Treat!
The plan that perfect beach day to the Boracay you know and love, and avail of our hotel room vouchers for Php 3,150 per night good for two (2) people. Amazing surprises and complimentary treats await so start booking your stays and purchase these special reopening vouchers until May 31, 2022. These are valid until December 31, 2022. To book, visit our official website at https://booking.savoyhotelboracay.com.ph/4.31/ or avail of your vouchers at https://onlineshopping.savoyhotelboracay.com.ph/.
Reopening Food Trip!
As a special treat on our opening day, join us for an evening packed with live acoustic entertainment by the Chambery Pool Bar and sumptuous Filipino buffet selections at Savoy Café for Php 1,650 per person. Complimentary shuttle services to and from D’Mall, Station 2 is available for guests and walk-ins.
For those looking for adventure, we’ve got complimentary activities like kayaking and paddle-boarding. Plus, enjoy the sun and the sand with other options for leisure activities and watersports. Set off on a bike ride to the infamous Boracay Keyhole or sunrise cruise amidst a picturesque island view.
Finally, if you are looking to simply relax away from the crowded beach stations, then this is where you want to stay. Savoy Hotel Boracay is nestled in Boracay Newcoast, a tourist destination on its own where you can enjoy a peaceful, serene stay.
All these and more await you at Savoy Hotel Boracay… where you want to be, soon!
Savoy Hotel Boracay is located at the Newcoast Drive, Boracay Newcoast, Brgy. Yapak, Boracay Island, 5608, Malay, Aklan. To find out more about the hotel’s ongoing promotions and offerings, visit their website at www.savoyhotelboracay.com.ph or call them at +63 (36) 286 2800 or +63 (917) 821 0282. Like us on Facebook at Savoy Hotel Boracay and follow us on Instagram at @savoyboracay.
Managed by Megaworld Hotels and Resorts, the largest hospitality chain in the country having nearly 4,000 room keys across 11 home-grown brands. With a growing portfolio of hotels strategically located in key townships, it caters to the various needs of today’s savvy travelers by providing quality products, enriching experiences, and heartfelt service that is uniquely and proudly Filipino.
The resort provides the splendor and the “tranquility of an environment that truly feels away from it all.”
Whether you’re traveling for a family vacation or romantic getaway, for business or pleasure, Plantation Bay Resort & Spa is one of your best choices in the Philippines.
It’s a vast tropical plantation set in eleven hectares of secluded grounds. It’s a resort, a village, a playground, a respite from a stressful world.
Located in Marigondon, Mactan Island, and Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu, it has a waterfront hotel, a lagoon-style pool, and a posh spa. It offers one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world, with the clean elegance of colonial-plantation architecture.
This writer had the opportunity to experience staying at Plantation Bay some years back. Until now, it’s still vivid in my mind the splendor and the “tranquillity of an environment that truly feels away from it all.”
There will always be some places that will create an impact on you and are worth visiting the second or even the third time.
Plantation Bay offers you more facilities, more space, and more separate lounging areas. There are various things to try when you are at the resort. You will never get bored.
You can go swimming, kayaking, archery, mountain climbing, play tennis or volleyball, have a relaxing spa at Mogambo Springs (my favorite part), listen to an acoustic band in one of the fave restos, and have your future predicted by a fortune-teller, or simply enjoy your day while at the hammock amidst the lagoon pool.
Outstanding Food Choices
Plantation Bay takes pride in its kitchens and can assure you of consistently delicious, beautifully-presented dishes at reasonable prices.
It has five outstanding restaurants, namely:
Kilimanjaro Kafé – offers international and Filipino cuisine, terrific soup, and vegan selections;
Fiji – offers seafood, Asian, and Filipino. It is often full so you need to come early;
Palermo – offers Spanish Tapas, Italian kinds of pasta, and the most complex, nuanced char-broiled steaks on earth;
Route 66 Diner – offers Retro American diner with all-day breakfast, burgers, hot dogs, and deli favorites;
Alien Abduction – offers a soda fountain in the late afternoon, family-friendly Night Club after dinner
During our stay, we dined in Fiji, the ambiance was so relaxing. When you’re in the mood for something different, try Kilimanjaro Kafe for the light international fare; or dine at Palermo, for another different ambiance that makes you enjoy Mediterranean-Continental dishes. We also tried the delicious burgers and hotdogs served at Route 66 Diner/Savannah Grill for our afternoon snacks.
Our trip to Cebu will not be complete without paying homage to the Cross of Magellan and Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino De Cebu. Not to mention, partaking in lunch at AA BBQ, reminded me of a happy conversation with travel friends because of its funny-sounding name.
When you’re inside the resort, you will not think of going out anymore – the charm of the place remains in you and make you want to stay a little longer.
The student that the Sintang Paaralan has guided has now become its leader – and he intends to do a great job at it. As the University President, Manuel has several plans that he wishes to implement to ensure that everybody is given the same chance as he was, decades ago.
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) has been home to students from all walks of life, hence why it is dubbed the “Sintang Paaralan.” It was a haven for people who wished to continue learning despite obstacles and hindrances that may come their way. This is the exact environment that nurtures people into becoming something much bigger than themselves – something that Manuel Muhi has been on the receiving end of. Now that he’s back in the halls of the fabled university, the student that the Sintang Paaralan has guided has now become its leader– and he intends to do a great job at it.
Manuel Mengorio Muhi was just a seemingly ordinary student when he first entered PUP as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering freshman. Life has been rather hard on him, as he did not come from a wealthy family. He was taught the painful and harsh realities of life early on.
“My learning journey in PUP required me to be humble to succeed, to make ends meet, to become more resourceful, and to appreciate the privilege of being a part of the university to further my education,” he shares.
Looking back, the time he spent as a student in PUP taught Manuel a life lesson in humility. “Kasi kapag PUPian ka, sanay ka sa hirap. Magtatrabaho sa gabi, mag-aaral sa araw. Minsan hindi sumasapat ang baon, pero dapat handa ka. Kaya matututo kang makibagay at magpasalamat sa mga taong makakasalamuha mo dahil sila ang tutulong sayo,” he elaborates.
Being a student at PUP has given him a chance to improve himself to unlock his highest potential, and Manuel was more than grateful for it when he received his diploma from the university in 1988.
The education that the university has provided him has given him the urge to reach for greater heights in the academe. “As a PUPian, hindi tayo tumitigil matuto dahil mataas ang pangarap natin.” Manuel says.
True to his word, he entered graduate school and earned a Master’s degree in Engineering, specializing in Transport and Road Engineering from the prestigious Technical University of Delft-International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulics and Environment Engineering – the Netherlands in 2000. He then chose to pursue a Doctoral degree in Technology at TUP Manila in 2008.
Armed with these huge achievements, he knew that he could look for greater opportunities elsewhere, but he chose to follow his true calling and that is to serve his beloved alma mater.
“The university helped me finish my education and gave me numerous opportunities to serve both inside and outside of the country,” he narrates. He knew that PUP could make it big – and he wanted to be a part of the movement that is going to make this vision a reality.
Back to Sintang Paaralan
Manuel felt that going back to PUP and serving the university is the best way to give back to the same home that has willingly accepted him – back when he was still a mere freshman student, lost in the university’s expanse. This time, he wandered through the classrooms as a professor, and later on, he became the Dean of the College of Engineering from 2006 to 2013.
“Magagaling ang ating mga estudyante. These are deserving youth and they need the university’s assistance,” he shares. As someone who benefited from the university before, he wishes to do the same for others by being someone that can give them the opportunities that he once had.
He also served as the Executive Vice President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning, and Development from 2012 to 2016. After being appointed as the University President, Manuel knew that this position should not be taken lightly.
“Isa din sa mga inspirasyon ko ang mga Iskolar ng Bayan. Nakita ko kung gaano nila ka-gustong makapagtapos ng pag-aaral,” Manuel expounds. “[PUP] has the potential to meet a wide range of needs in the surrounding communities, and I recognized that potential. It gave me hope that I could be a part of an institution that could have a significant impact on the lives of many people.”
The life of a leader
Being the University President is a huge responsibility that comes with all sorts of challenges. For Manuel, the position required him to be on his toes at all times.
“We cannot let our position get into our heads. What matters is the kind of leadership you demonstrate,” he shares. Manuel wants to be the kind of leader who knows and sees everyone– including their struggles, hardships, and eventually their successes. “Kaya mula sa pinakaibaba, mga estudyante, janitors, security guards, empleyado, hanggang sa mga middle managers, directors and executive officials, pinupuntahan po natin sila, inaabot, kinakausap, pinakikinggan.”
With this kind of leadership, he has also drafted plans for the university’s improvement, geared towards technological advancement and infrastructure improvement. As an engineer himself, his plan was more focused on improving the technology and facilities. “Over time, we are seeing improvements, from our comfort rooms to our sports facilities, student centers, and newly constructed research and laboratory facilities, we are working tirelessly to achieve our goals,” he states.
He also plans to make PUP a smart campus, focusing on improvements in technology, and student services, mitigating compliance mistakes, automating workflows, reducing wait times, and conserving energy and resources, among other things. Just like any other institution, PUP must keep up with the times and the increasing demands for quality education.
However, the pandemic posed a significant challenge to his administration and hampered most of his plans for the university. As the University President, it was his job to ensure that everything is covered. “We were caught off guard and unprepared because we needed to come up with a solution right away to make things work,” he narrates. With his brand of leadership, he wanted to ensure that with whatever policy he implemented, no one will be left behind.
The pandemic’s awful hit
During these unpredictable times, the main concern of the university lies in three aspects: the studentry, the quality of the education they’ll receive, and the technological advancements needed to further their learning. With these in mind, the Flexible Technology Learning (FlexTel) is an alternative learning framework, which improved gradually through time.
FlexTel accommodates the needs of various learners, including their learning circumstances and their ability to access learning tools and gadgets. In this mode, the professors can also follow a curated teaching load that considers their flexibility as well. “Its implementation may have been hampered by birth pains, but it has opened the doors to learning for all PUPians across the country,” he adds.
With the mixed reactions from the studentry, Manuel recognizes that the FlexTel also needs improvement, and just like any other policy, it is open for criticisms and amendments. “PUP continues to work with various sectors to improve FlexTel implementation in the coming years so that it is more inclusive, accessible, and fully coherent,” he says, as he ensures that their concerns will be duly noted.
Moreover, he also launched the PUP Education on Wheels, a project that caters to the educational needs of the out-of-school youth in various places. This project aims to give more learning opportunities for everyone and to ensure that more people get access to education, regardless of their background. “Ito naman po ang matagal nang vision natin sa Sintang Paaralan, to make education accessible and of quality. The EOW is ongoing at napapakinabangan na ng maraming kabataan sa Smokey Mountain,” he proudly shares.
The Education on Wheels also seeks to expand nationwide, seeking out underprivileged youths – truly living up to PUP’s reputation of giving people, regardless of their stature, a chance at a quality education.
“The goal is straightforward: to bring education to those who cannot afford it, right at their doorstep. This would not have been possible without the generous contributions of our donors, all of whom shared the same vision of educating the next generation,” Manuel explains.
Currently, Education on Wheels has 65 students under the Bachelor of Science in Office Administration. Their courses are TESDA inclined, which guarantees them a job after two years of education.
PUP has come a long way as it is now regarded as the top choice for employers, according to JobStreet. It is now known as the number one producer of professionals in different fields.
The university continues to raise its proud colors as it always claims its spot as one of the country’s top-performing schools. Board top-notchers also hail from various courses such as engineering, accounting, law, nutrition and dieticians, psychometrician, and education, among others.
On criticisms and challenges
Since he sat in the highest position in the university, he has been faced with criticisms and various side comments from various sectors. Being in such a vulnerable post means that Manuel needs to have the right mindset to deal with them professionally.
“I was also once a student of PUP and alam ko po ang mga kailangang baguhin sa Sintang Paaralan, and this is their assurance that someone understands them at hindi natin hahayaan na mahihirapan ang ating mga estudyante,” he shares. He knows that no leadership is perfect, but for it to work, he has to listen to his constituents.
Manuel is aware that PUPians have valid concerns and that they only want what’s best for the entire student population-–a sentiment that Manuel shared back when he was still a student. This kind of connection, as he says, brings him closer to the calls of the studentry and makes him more adept at their needs and concerns.
“We always hear our students, sila ang priority. We always make sure that their frustrations are validated and heard. We understand them and make sure we address their concerns right away,” Manuel adds.
PUP is one of the most highly regarded universities in the country, but Manuel knows it has so much potential to be more, unlock more doors, and open up new opportunities for students and employees alike. The university has always been in the service of the Filipino people, which also educates them about the realities of life and how the world essentially works. While this resiliency is commonly romanticized, Manuel sees it as undeniably patriotic.
“Lagi’t lagi naming binabanggit, ‘Mula sa ‘yo para sa bayan.’ Ito po ang identity ng isang PUPian. Buong husay na maglilingkod at magsisilbi para sa bayan. Nandyan ang Sintang Paaralan na kaisa sa pagtataguyod ng maunlad na bansa,” he expounds. “PUPians know that in everything they do, it must be for the country’s sake and for the masses.”
For Manuel, this is what makes PUP different from the other universities. “PUP taught me to accept where I am and honor where I am. Accepting where you are and realizing how far you still have to go and learn is another aspect of humility,” he explains.
The university has taught him life lessons that he carries up to this day, making him more grounded and humbled tirelessly. As the University President, Manuel has several plans that he wishes to implement to ensure that everybody is given the same chance as he was, decades ago.
The current PUP administration is now focusing on reaching the elusive National Polytechnic University status, which will eventually raise the university’s status and open more doors for the students.
“In the coming years, we would like to continue utilizing these by building better infrastructure, as well as higher educational standards. Several plans have been developed for PUP, and these plans will serve to demonstrate that the university is truly concerned with the interests of its stakeholders, particularly our students,” Manuel elaborates.
PUP has been a safe place for Manuel as a student, and as he sits as the University President, he also seeks to make students and employees feel at home within its walls. The university has been through various ups and downs during his administration, but one thing is for sure – he ensures that PUP will stay true to its nature of being a beacon of hope, critical thinking, and quality education for everyone. There is so much to look forward to, and Manuel is determined to do a great job at helping these plans become a reality.
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As we approach the end of March, women’s month may come to an end but the fight for women’s rights and women empowerment continues. These notable women have been successful and prominent in their respective fields, making a name for themselves in their chosen careers. Here are their thoughts on how women’s empowerment has changed their lives and how it revolutionized their careers.
Sustaining a culinary endeavor through strength and consistency
Evelyn Wise has been busy in the kitchen, not just by cooking sumptuous dishes but by also proving that women can also thrive in various careers. For her, women’s empowerment relies heavily on strength and consistency.
At the age of 69, Evelyn splendidly manages Tia Belle’s as its owner and chef, ensuring that women can also build, sustain, and innovate businesses in any industry. She relies on her inner strength to get things done and on her consistency to keep her business afloat. “Never go back, keep going despite the ups and downs,” she advises young women.
As she works in a hectic environment, Evelyn also views that women’s empowerment is also as vital as gender equality. “We must learn to work with both men and women,” she says.
Being a part of the culinary sector, Evelyn sees to it that her employees are judged based on their skills and merit and not by their sex or gender. Furthermore, her patience helps her greatly in managing her employees. “Be determined to motivate your people,” she says because noting their efforts will also contribute to the overall success of Tia Belle’s.
On creative freedom, empowering herself and other people
The Filipino local art community is a flourishing sector that seeks to cement its contributions to the innovation of homegrown art in our country. Bambina Aseron is an artist that has made a name for herself in the art scene, both as an artist and an art consultant.
For her, the local art scene accepted her despite her flaws, which helped her feel empowered and strong. “Art and the local Filipino art community always remind me to have the courage to accept myself for who I am even though I know I’m not perfect,” Bambina elaborates. It can be said that art also centers on self-expression, and Bambina has taken into account the creative freedom and power given to her through her art, and she tends to use it to empower other people.
Bambina also emphasizes that women empowerment is also about women’s agency or their ability and freedom to make their own choices for themselves. It can be hard to find one’s voice in this society that imposes judgment way too quickly and in a country where discrimination is rampant.
Bambina considers herself empowered through her art, for it gives her the keys to her voice. “Women empowerment to me is knowing that I always have the power to exercise my creativity and that I have the power of choice in all aspects of my life,” she expounds.
Even though Bambina dabbles in a lot of roles within the art community, she still considers herself an art person wholly. Her passion for art is what drives her to take up space in this society as a woman and as an artist.
While art empowers her to make such fine pieces and to flourish in this industry, she also views art as a medium wherein others can also find comfort and power as well. Being in control of one’s piece and creative power is such a wonderful thing, and for Bambina, she’s lucky enough to experience and witness it at the same time.
Women are meant to shatter glass ceilings and exceed expectations, and they need to be duly recognized for their worthy contributions to our society. However, as women’s month ends, our fight for women’s rights and women’s empowerment must not stop here, it must continue. Women deserve to be celebrated every day for who they are, what they do, and what they can be.
Summer is fast approaching and we can’t simply wait to dip our toes in the beach and lie down in the lush sand. It’s what summer is for– having the utmost fun while sightseeing and unwinding as well. These underrated spots are just the right destination for your next summer getaway!
Cabagnow Cave Pool in Bohol
While Bohol is largely known for its famous Chocolate hills, it is also home to beautiful caverns and caves. One of the most breathtaking cave pools in Anda, Bohol is the Cabagnow Cave Pool, locally known as “Kabagno,” which is a spot fit for swimming enthusiasts and thrill-seekers.
Cabagnow Cave Pool is home to crystal clear waters filtering from limestones that have been a cornerstone of the pond’s features for several years now. Due to the soft nature of the rock, aided by the consistent movement of water and other geologic processes, caves were formed in several parts of Bohol.
Located at Sitio Fatima, Bacong Anda, Bohol, the Cabagnow Cave Pool is 20-25 feet deep, and if you like cliff diving, it has an estimated height of 15-18 feet that’s satisfying for adrenaline seekers. However, if you’re on the safe side, the caretakers have also installed an iron ladder which tourists can use to go down slowly into the pool or to ease themselves into the feeling of the cold water. Ring buoys are also available, especially for amateur swimmers or those who want to ensure their safety.
Danjugan Island in Negros Occidental
Danjugan Island is located three kilometers off the coast of Brgy. Bulata, Cauayan, and Negros Occidental are surrounded by a marine sanctuary. This 43-hectare island, 1.5 kilometers long and a half kilometer wide, is rich in natural wonders that remained protected and treasured by the locals.
The Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, conserved this particular beauty. Aside from being starstruck by the wonderful view and magnificent waters, the Danjugan Island also helps educate tourists about environmentalism and conservation of Philippine precious jewels such as this.
With its incredible features, Danjugan Island makes people feel soulfully present. It has five lagoons, a bamboo bridge, an amazing sunset view deck, all alongside several beaches. Several activities are perfect for individuals or big families, such as trekking, bird watching, kayaking, snorkeling, skin diving, and parasailing, among others. If you want to take a breather, you can also check out their nature walks and fabulous massage packages.
The “Pink Beach” or Sila Island in Northern Samar
Just by its name, the Pink Beach or the Sila Island is uniquely beautiful in itself. It is called pink beach due to its reddish sand, almost suiting the shade of pink. This underrated destination has been San Vicente’s best-kept secret, which has saved it from over-commercialization.
The pink sand comes from the natural color of the coral and shell fragments. Through the years, these tiny materials have mixed with the beach’s original white sand. When the sun is bright during midday, it also turns to a shade of saturated red. In this lush paradise, tourists can swim, snorkel, and even go scuba diving. Moreover, camping out is also a popular activity here, as long as the claygo rule is followed.
Casa Mendoza Garden Resort in Pansol, Laguna
For those looking for a resort with accommodation, all in one– Casa Mendoza has it all! Located in Pansol, Laguna, Casa Mendoza aims to give people the relaxation and the high-quality service they deserve.
Casa Mendoza unveils its main feature, the Hot Spring kiddie, and adult pools, which are perfect for families and big groups looking for a soothing bath to calm their nerves. It also has other amenities suitable for family outings. It has an entertainment area that contains a videoke and a television with cable; a sports area which has a dartboard, chess boards, and a badminton set. For kids, it has a garden play area that can keep them safe and excited.
Moreover, Casa Mendoza has a variety of air-conditioned rooms that are suitable for up to 16 persons, and even a conference hall for company events. When convenience and pleasure collide, Casa Mendoza is truly the place to be!
This summer, make sure that you’re refreshed and rested by booking your next getaway in these exhilarating summer destinations. Have a well-deserved fun vacation!
Now that graduation is drawing near, everything feels like a hazy blur. All the plans and requirements that need to be completed before the actual rites can be stressful at some point. With all these things in mind, planning a memorable graduation celebration can be a challenge. Don’t panic – we know just the right place!
Tia Belle’s is Tagaytay’s best-kept secret – a haven of great food partnered with a wonderful ambiance, all within a few hours’ drive away from Manila. It features a variety of Filipino cuisine that will surely make your mouth water and your heart swell with pride. True to its word, Tia Belle’s Tagaytay will surely give you a taste of home.
Evelyn Wise, the person behind Tia Belle’s, is deeply committed to paying homage to the diverse culinary history of the Philippines. As a Nueva Ecija native, she has been exposed early on to the dynamic nature of cooking. For Evelyn, cooking is both an art and a skill. “Every time I am in the kitchen, cooking and concocting sauces, I feel like dancing — dancing with my wok,” she playfully narrates. Her love for cooking is honed with her burning passion and dedication.
She had her share of travel as she also spent 20 years living in Europe, basking in the shores of international cuisine until Evelyn felt that there is no place like home – the very words that established Tia Belle’s to the culinary beacon it stands today. With each year, it grows and expands to being one of the best-rated restaurants in the South.
Each dish served in Tia Belle’s is intricately cooked to perfection, with its ingredients and methods stemming from genuine Filipino cuisine. Among her best sellers are the flavor-rich Pancit Malabon and cheesy Pichi-pichi. Travelers from all over the country also come for Tia Belle’s lomi assortments, the ever-so-fantastic Bulalo lomi, and Mucho lomi.
Of course, Tia Belle’s also pays attention to homegrown recipes. This sumptuous lineup includes the classic nilagang baka Tagalog (Bulalo), lumpiang bukid and the crunchy lumpiang Laguna, and of course, the piping hot crispy pata that makes everyone’s mouth water. These dishes are perfect for families looking for a traditional home-cooked meal while celebrating a lifetime achievement.
Tia Belle’s has always valued Filipino values more than anything, which is why its hospitality is like no other. “We want to be of service to our fellow countrymen while keeping and incorporating the important values and traditions of what being Filipino is all about,” Evelyn proudly shares. She wants Tia Belle’s to feel like a home wherein everybody can dine and share stories, all while keeping the Filipino culture and spirit alive.
As you enter Tia Belle’s, a warm welcome from the staff, and even Tia Belle herself will envelop customers with pride and happiness. Of course, they love taking part in their customers’ milestones too – which is why Tia Belle’s is the go-to restaurant for family occasions and celebrations.
Aside from its variety of scrumptious dishes, dining at Tia Belle’s feels like traveling back in time as they play Kundimans while the customers enjoy their meals. Their interior design has so much to say as well – the native Filipino trimmings and antique setup give off the ancestral home vibe.
Tia Belle’s also offers dine-in, take-out, and delivery options. They also accept advance orders and pick-ups. Health protocols are also strictly observed on the premises. To complete Tia Belle’s dining experience, customers can also visit the gift shop, Tia’s Aromatherapy Essential Oil and Cleopatra from Canada. They sell souvenirs and pasalubong to bring home to your loved ones.
For your graduation celebration, Tia Belle’s got you – it will surely reward your hardships with a glorious Filipino feast!
Tia Belle’s can be found at Putingkahoy, Silang Cavite, along Tagaytay – Sta. Rosa Rd. To learn more, you may contact them through these phone numbers: (049) 576 4155; 0939 3868 648; 0927 7133 558; 0929 1852 084; and 09554985998.
Since countries have opened their borders and entertained visitors, people have been traveling and living their lives in the realm of adventure and wanderlust. Traveling can indeed heal and eventually lead us to places we didn’t know existed. But now that restrictions are relatively relaxed, where do we go? You might want to consider adding these places to your bucket list!
Dubai, Arab Emirates
Dubai is known worldwide for its exhilarating tourist spots. It stands proud of its Burg Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, reaching up to 2,716 feet tall. Dubai also takes great importance in its diverse culture, which is evident in its Dubai Museum.
It is famously located at the Al-Fahidi Fort, which was built way back in 1787 to defend the Dubai Creek, which is also the home to gold, textile, and spice souks (marketplace). If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you may want to check out the hot air balloon over the desert dunes, or the IMG Worlds of Adventure speed rides. Dubai will take your breath away– both literally and figuratively!
London, United Kingdom
Who wouldn’t want to explore the streets where Harry Potter came to life, and the roads where Sherlock Holmes walked on? London is definitely on the bucket list of pure-blooded literary fangirls.
Aside from its regal royalty, London is famous for its London Eye, which is a giant Ferris wheel that offers a majestic view of the city–and it shines extra brightly at night. If you’re craving for the nightlife, Soho is the place to be, welcoming you with its bars and classy restaurants. Of course, the trip won’t be complete for film enthusiasts without visiting the British Film Institute. It shows different films every day, from recent blockbusters to cult classics. London will surely feed your pop culture knowledge!
Looking for a sunny, beach party vibe for your next trip? The ever-so-tropical Cancun is just the right place for you! Check out the fancy hotels located at their very own Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone), which also offers the wild nightlife and parties by the beach down at the Kulkukan Boulevard.
For the real Cancun food experience, drive down to the Avenida Tulum, which features their all-time favorite– authentic Mexican tacos! Diving and swimming is also something that Cancun offers through its numerous spots in the Ruta De Cenotes (Cenote Route), which are natural pools formed within limestone caves. It’s true– Cancun wakes the fun within you!
Famous for the serenity and soul it brings to its tourists, Bali continues enticing people to rest in its lush spots. Also known as the ‘Island of the Gods,’ Bali provides people the rest they need with its seas and beaches.
It is also a haven for surfers, which the waves of Kuta Beach readily welcome. Bali is also famous for its intricate temples, such as the Ulun Danu Temple, which is dedicated to the goddess of the lakes. You may also seek enlightenment and relaxation in Yoga Barn’s famous retreats, each a more freeing session than the other. Or maybe you feel like flying– jetpacking in Tanjung Benoa must be on your list. Whether it’s for fun or relaxation, Bali has it all for you!
The birthplace of the Olympian Gods, Crete offers a tapestry of culture, lore, and adventure. One of the most historical places in Europe, the Heraklion Archeological Museum should be your first stop to acquaint yourself with the rich culture of Crete.
Explore history through the cobblestone streets of Rethymno Old Town, the best-preserved town on the island. You might also want to visit Lake Voulismeni, famous for being seemingly bottomless– reaching down as far as 64 meters. If you’re a mythology buff, the caves of Mt. Ida might just interest you, the birthplace of Zeus himself! Crete dabbles between the past and the future, so let it be your present destination!
Traveling can be such a hassle, but the majestic destination often makes up for all the trouble. Hurry now and book your next trip–have fun and safe skies, traveler!
By Princess Friel Lontoc
Featured photo: Bali, Indonesia courtesy of Hotels.com
My eight-year-old tablet has shown some malfunctions lately, perhaps due to many years of frequent use. I would surmise that it will just conk out in the coming days.
It came as a relief when I was introduced to this newly released Nokia T20. It brings awesome holiday cheer! I checked it out and study the features.
The package includes Nokia T20, cable, charger, and quick start guide. The manual is very easy to follow, and in no time, I was able to switch the tablet on and display an ocean view screen. It has easy access to the Google apps you use most as well.
Here are some salient features of the Nokia T20:
The Nokia T20 tablet brings the classic quality people expect from a Nokia phone to the big screen. With our various online work and moments of relaxation, the crystal clear 2K resolution screen lets you see work presentations and movie marathons in stunning detail.
Immersed in sound
Hear and be heard clearly with its enhanced stereo speakers and dual microphones with AI noise reduction, and OZO playback.
Power through your day with an 8200mAh battery and fast charging.
This means you can take part in up to seven hours of conference calls, enjoy your favorite show, or work and play throughout the day with its long-lasting battery.
Secure for longer
Like all Nokia devices, the T20 has three years of monthly security updates and two years of OS upgrades allowing the device to run smoother for a longer time. It is reliable and future-proof.
Better for kids
Google Kids Space is designed to nurture your kid’s curiosity and creativity, inspiring them to explore their interests through recommended apps, books, and videos. Google Kids Space is designed for kids and works with your child’s Google Account that parents can help manage with Family Link parental controls4.
Whether you’re playing games or multitasking across apps, the Nokia T20 has an octa-core chipset, ensuring a fast and reliable user experience.
Sharing here the key specifications of the Nokia T20 for your guide:
Operating system: Android 11TM | Two years of OS upgrades
Dimensions: Size: 247.6 x 157.5 x 7.8mm | Weight: 470g, Wifi only 465g
Security: Face unlock | Three years of monthly security updates
Other: Google Kids Space | Google Entertainment Space
Designed, built, and tested with the same passion as all Nokia phones, Nokia T20 brings that trusted quality so you have one less thing to worry about when you purchase the unit as a holiday present to your loved ones.
1 Nokia T20 offers 10 hours of video streaming time, 15 hours of web surfing time, or 7 hours of video calling time based on our real-life usage test. More info at https://www.nokia.com/tablets/nokia-T20. Actual results may vary due to changes in connectivity, environmental conditions, or other variables.
2 From global product launch.
3Nokia T20 supports 15W fast charging.
4Google Kids Space requires a Google Account for your child. Parental controls require the Family Link app on a supported Android, Chromebook, or iOS device. Books and video content are not available in all regions. Video content is subject to the availability of the YouTube Kids app. Books content requires the Play Books app. Availability of apps, books, and video content may change without notice. Google Assistant is not available in Google Kids Space.
5All specifications, features, and other product information provided are subject to change without notice.
6Battery has limited recharge cycles and battery capacity reduces over time. Eventually, the battery may need to be replaced.
7Pre-installed system software and apps use a significant part of memory space. HMD Global Oy is the exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for phones & tablets.
Nokia is a registered trademark of Nokia Corporation. Android, Google, and other related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC. Variations on offering may apply. Check local availability.
As September marks the beginning of the Christmas season in the Philippines, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas welcomes the –Ber months with a “Pre-Holiday Sale” where those who want to get a head start on their holiday plans can get big savings on room stays and special buffets.
Early birds can get an amazing PhP1,000 discount on their Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve room bookings, with Superior Room rates dropping from PhP5,000nett to PhP4,000nett for December 24, and from PhP5,500nett to PhP4,500nett for December 31 stays. Rates for other room types are also available with the same PhP 1,000 discount. These affordable deals are inclusive of special holiday breakfast buffet good for 2 persons and 15% discount on a la carte food & beverage orders from the Richmonde Café and room service, as well as access to the Health Club facilities such as the gym, indoor heated swimming pool, and steam and sauna room.
Get in the holiday spirit and reserve your seats now for Richmonde Cafe’s Noche Buena and Media Noche feasts and enjoy up to PhP300 off the regular rates. Secure a table for you and your family to savor a delicious Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet for only PhP 1,380 nett per person. Saying goodbye to 2023 and welcoming 2024 is also more affordable with a discount deal of PhP 1,680 nett per person for the New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet, and PhP 1,080 nett for the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party.
A New Year’s bundle package is also available for only PhP2,580 nett per person, inclusive of the dinner buffet and countdown party. A minimum of 4 adults per reservation is required to avail of the discounted dinner buffet and countdown party rates. Limited seats are available for sale during the promotion period.
The Pre-Holiday Sale happens from September 1 to 30, 2023 or until allocated slots last. It is available only via direct bookings. To make a reservation, please call (632) 8638 7777 or email email@example.com. You may also reach Room Reservations at mobile/Viber number 0917 859 7914 and Richmonde Café at 0917 534 4352. Pre-payment is required to confirm reservation. Per DTI Permit No. FTEB – 147211 / 174576 Series of 2023.
Globe, the mobile leader and top digital solutions provider in the Philippines redefines customer appreciation with its annual G Day celebration. The telco-turned-techco is thanking its customers for their loyalty by bringing together life-enabling tools and rewards in line with its mission to uplift the lives of Filipinos.
Stretching beyond the iconic date of September 17 (09/17) or 0917, which represents Globe’s iconic mobile number prefix, this month-long celebration promises to bring Filipinos closer to their dreams with digital innovations and next-gen tech experiences.
“Through G Day, we hope to help our customers get closer to their dreams through innovative, life-enabling digital solutions, powered by reliable connectivity. We’re going bigger in terms of engaging our customers and making them feel valued,” said Jerome Patalud, Head of Globe Rewards.
Globe is also committed to using the G Day platform to reiterate its message of environmental sustainability. Throughout its G Day events and activities, Globe is championing sustainability by encouraging customers to observe eco-friendly and socially-conscious practices through small acts – from proper waste disposal, avoiding the use of single-use plastics, to using sustainable transport through the use of Globe’s electric vehicle shuttles to and from event venues, or via carpooling.
Customers are also encouraged to support advocacies such as the Hapag Movement, the Globe-led initiative that aims to address involuntary hunger through supplemental feeding and livelihood training.
Here’s how Globe is going to help make customers’ dreams come true every day this September:
G Chance The Raffle (September 1-30)
Globe customers can use their Rewards points to redeem raffle entries via the GlobeOne App for the chance to win experiences that money can’t buy. For as low as 1 Globe Rewards point, customers have the power to choose a raffle category. Up for grabs in this year’s G Chance the Raffle are prizes that champion clean transport like a new e-powered vehicle or Gogoro Smartscooters; intelligent home enablement through Globe At Home technologies; vacacion en grande with Globe Roaming packages to Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore in partnership with ANA and Klook, plus trips to Davao and Coron with the Discovery Hotels Group.
G Chance the Raffle can also kick-start online businesses and equip aspiring vloggers, giving them a chance to learn the ropes from industry leaders such as YouTube, Meta, and TikTok. Winners will also get access to premium subscriptions such as the RUSH Spark Lite e-Store Platform and Canva Pro, along with the tools they’ll need in their creator or business owner journey. Techies can win the latest intelligent gadgets, and for shopaholics, Globe is giving away a shopping spree at Puregold, GCash prizes and more.
Customers can redeem entries until September 30, 2023.
G Music Fest (September 16)
G Music Fest, now in its fourth year, is making an even bigger comeback as a Music and Creator Festival.
With a focus on celebrating local talent, this year will feature an all-Pinoy lineup from OPM OGs to young emerging performers through partnerships with Warner Music and Sony Music. Attendees from all generations will get to vibe with Urbandub, December Avenue, Lola Amour, Dilaw, PLAYERTWO, Paul Pablo, Sugarcane, The Itchyworms, Mayonnaise, Ace Banzuelo, Nobita, Munimuni and Syd Hartha at Circuit Grounds in Makati. Event goers can also hang out at the DJ lounge sponsored by MYX Global.
Beyond inspiration through music, the festival’s Creator Hub will encourage self-expression, learning and creativity through various art and community building activities such as live murals and painting with Drip Splash and Paint It Fun.
Attendees can expect a wide variety of food choices on-ground through handpicked food concessionaires: Better than Ice Cream (BTIC), Kurimu, Pocofino, Jamba Juice, Pancake House, Yellow Cab, Pickup Coffee, Shakeys, Potato Corner, Army Navy. Alcoholic beverages will also be served through official alco partners – Coca Cola, and San Miguel Brewery.
Other key festival partners include Philippine Airlines, the official airline partner, Zing, KonsultaMD, GCash, Parlon, Klook, and PetPal.
G Music Fest will also encourage customers to practice sustainability throughout the event, from limiting the use of single-use plastics among concessionaires, to encouraging BYO (Bring Your Own) water bottles among customers and providing water refilling stations sponsored by Klean Kanteen. Through a partnership with the Waste and Resources Management Inc (WARM), water efficient portalets will be deployed on ground, and manned waste bins will ensure proper waste segregation.
Attendees can also enjoy sustainable transport to and from the venue through electric vehicles provided by GET EV official shuttle partner, with pickup points at Alabang Town Center, One Ayala, and TriNoMa.
G Creator Con (September 17)
G Creator Con aims to unlock the creative potential of each Filipino in the music, content, design and technology space. The event, to be held simultaneously at The Globe Tower, BGC Amphitheater, and Globe Creator House, transforms BGC into an Art & Tech City powered by Globe. It serves as a springboard for Globe’s Creator Culture, a long-term program combining thought-leadership, creative tech experiences and rewarding opportunities through creator project grants.
Creator Talks will feature speakers from Meta, YouTube, DTI Design Center, Myx, Social Media Marketing PH, Bitskwela, and creative thought-leaders Nadine Lustre, Mela Habijan, Pat Tinguy, Eva Le Queen, Pio Dumayas of Lola Amour as panelists! While fun and interactive activities from KROMA Entertainment, NABU, Kumu, Samsung and JobStreet will be in BGC Amphitheater, aspiring creators can have cinematic headshots taken at the Globe Creator House. To top it all off, music creators GNY, Carissa and Clara Benin will close the con on a sweet note.
Passes to the Creator Talks and Speed Mentorship can be redeemed with Rewards points via the GlobeONE app. G Creator Con is also part of the Philippine Creative Industries Month, a celebration of Filipino creativity for the whole month of September.
To be held the following weekend also at the BGC Amphitheater, the art and tech pop-up market G Fair will showcase Filipino entrepreneurs and artists. With curated micro, small, and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) and artists from MoCAF (Modern and Contemporary Art Festival), the bazaar offers a blend of homegrown businesses and art. The fair champions businesses with varied causes and backgrounds such as sustainability advocates (Lana, Sewn Sandals & MAGWAI), social entrepreneurs promoting the work of Filipino artisans (Tahanan Pottery & Habi Lifestyle), and regional businesses (Baguio’s Rebel Bakehouse). On top of this, customers will have access to the finest art galleries that feature emerging Filipino artists in partnership with MoCAF. Discover Filipino ingenuity from eight participating galleries: MoCAF Discoveries, R Gallery, Art Toys, Rojo Gallery, Village Art Gallery, Art For Space, Galerie Francesca Emporium and Cartellino.
Customers can pre-order online a few days before the event. On G Fair weekend, they will get to immerse in digital solutions that Globe Business offers, engage in interactive art activities, and win exciting raffle prizes.
G Battle Zone: G Legends Cup and REV Major (September 23-30)
Gaming enthusiasts can participate in an online nationwide Mobile Legends tournament, the G Legends Cup. Winners will receive cash prizes and a chance to meet, greet, and even scrim with Globe’s main gaming ambassador Blacklist International.
Gamers may also join the Philippines’ largest fighting game tournament, REV Major 2023, to be held at the SMX Convention Center on September 30 and October 1. Here, the best of Pinoy gamers will play against international fighting game esports athletes. Attendees can also enjoy exclusive giveaways from Globe’s partners such as GrabCar, Move It, and Foodpanda.
With the entire month packed with various events and offerings, Globe aims to give its customers memorable and rewarding experiences that can help bring their aspirations to life.
“G Day is all about celebrating our most-valued customers for staying with Globe throughout the years. With tech capabilities and digital solutions, our G Day celebration this year aims to make our customers feel that with Globe, they have a partner in making their dreams come true,” Patalud said.
Early childhood educator and performing artist Michelle Nikki Junia is the new President Ad Interim of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, starting September 1, 2023. She was elected by the CCP Board of Trustees on August 16, 2023.
Junia, who has been with the CCP as board trustee since 2016, replaced Maria Margarita Moran-Floirendo who now holds the CCP’s ad interim co-vice chairperson position together with Atty. Lorna P. Kapunan.
Junia has a degree in Music Education major in voice (cum laude) at the UST Conservatory of Music. She was under the tutelage of Maestra Irma Ponce-Enrile Potenciano. Her love for teaching music and stage performance started at the young age of 15.
A former child singer and an original member of the 14K (scholars of National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab), Junia, whose family hails from Tolosa, Leyte, has performed all over the Philippines as well as in key Asian countries and in the United States. She released a record album in 2009 entitled “Back in time”, which was hailed by media for her captivating music prowess and aptly accorded a title the “singer with a mission”.
Likewise, Junia did voice training in California, USA with the most sought after vocal coach in Hollywood: Seth Riggs. Known for his “speech level singing technique”, Seth’s students included virtually the “who’s who” of the world’s top performers such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, and many more.
Presently, she manages and owns a school MUSIKGARTEN MANILA. Junia was appointed a seat in the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in October 2016.
Junia looks forward to making the CCP programs known to the younger audiences that compose a large chunk of the country’s population through art integration and digital technology. “It won’t be as difficult for some people to reach out to CCP because they may be able to relate to me,” says Nikki who coincidentally is the youngest CCP president to hold the said position. “We have great programs, and need to catch up in promotions and marketing due to advancement in technology, including social media and other various digital platforms. These are the areas that I want to work on as soon as possible,” she adds. “The new direction is towards integration and inclusivity. Integration, meaning the old being understood and appreciated by the new generation. Inclusivity, meaning CCP is for all, regardless of social and economic status and gender, we started this with Kanto Kultura programs and other CCP programs,” Junia said.
“CCP is being more relevant now,” Junia explains. “We are truly evolving, and being sensitive to the needs of the rising fast-paced needs of this era. With that in mind, we want to expand our reach to a bigger number of audiences, and continue what our past CCP presidents have done in terms of doing outreach programs. Especially now that the CCP building is being rehabilitated for preservation and retrofitting, it is important to bring CCP to the various regions to make them feel that CCP is present. CCP is not just a building. We’re bringing the soul of CCP to the greater number of people around the country. And we also want to continue our cultural exchanges to better promote them.”
Junia also said that during her term as CCP President she will help to awaken Filipinos in finding their own place in the artistic global industry, uplifting their status as artists, and educating the families on the importance of arts and culture.
MANILA, Philippines – For a fourth consecutive year, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) was named once again the Philippines’ Best Bank for Digital Solutions by Asiamoney for 2023, solidifying its position as the undisputed digital banking trailblazer in the country.
RCBC is recognized for its roster of Innovations with Empathy, an array of digital solutions which champions massive digital transformation and supports the financial inclusion efforts of the government, all whilst cultivating a culture of customer service excellence.
“RCBC isn’t just building sustainable, impactful, and inclusive digital finance solutions, it is also working hard to expand digital access for every Filipino by positioning itself as a strong ally of government efforts to increase financial inclusion; catalyzing digital payment transformations; bringing financial services to unbanked and underserved communities; and reinvigorating innovation,” Asiamoney said in a statement.
“Anytime RCBC reports earnings these days, analysts immediately turn to its digital transaction growth. Indeed, its digital focus is a key reason why RCBC is one of the fastest-growing banks in the Philippines,” Asiamoney added.
Asiamoney hailed RCBC as The Best Bank for Digital Solutions in the Philippines for delivering digital financial services based on a contextual banking strategy that aims to understand the Philippine landscape. Through this, RCBC has effectively implemented pioneering, high-impact, human-centric and demand driven digital financial innovations through RCBC Digital, RCBC DiskarTech, RCBC ATMGo and RCBC Moneybela Barangayan Banking, successfully marked with speed and scale.
“We are delighted with the recognition, and it further inspires us to serve more of our countrymen with our innovative digital solutions. And with our intensified use of data science and artificial intelligence, we continue to be committed to make a difference in the lives of our customers,” RCBC President and CEO Eugene S. Acevedo said.
RCBC’s series of wins come from the success of RCBC Moneybela Barangayan Banking, the country’s first physical-digital or phygital blended banking service. Fusing the warmth of physical banking with the ease of digital, RCBC’s banking experience support agents delivered vital financial services to thousands of rural barangays nationwide. Through MoneyBela, RCBC was able to introduce RCBC DiskarTech to low-income, geographically-disadvantaged communities. This was regarded as the world’s first multi-lingual financial inclusion super app in the vernacular catering to the mass market. The Philippines’ mass market is comprised of approximately 98 percent of the socio-economic class in the country. Financial services such as savings, fund transfers, mobile loads, telemedicine, insurance, and loans are made accessible and convenient to the Filipino mass market.
RCBC also launched ATMGo, the country’s first grassroots-based, bank agnostic, and last mile automated teller machine. ATMGo utilizes mobile point-of-sale devices to dispense financial services in remote and disadvantaged communities at village hotspots like the public markets, sari-sari stores, and public transportation hubs. RCBC is the only private universal bank to have the most extensive reach covering all provinces in the Philippines even covering the entire Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, boasting over 1,400 terminals deployed at the end of 2022 and poised to grow to 10,000 units or a projected year-on-year growth of 614%.
ATM Go has been the Philippine government’s trusted digital payment disbursement partner even before and at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues until present for the withdrawals of social welfare benefits for Conditional Cash Transfer household recipients under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the national government. Close to 70% of its transactions are cash withdrawals of Pantawid CCT household beneficiaries done in rural areas. Even conflict-prone communities such as Lake Sebu in South Cotabato are able to enjoy convenient and real-time banking within the comforts of their community.
Through RCBC’s phygital services, it was able to boost bank onboarding in underserved areas by 210%. ATMGo has reached a total of 13,116 barangays or approximately 31% of the 42,000 total barangays nationwide, only six months since the program was launched last November 2022.
“We are incredibly grateful to be recognized once again by Asiamoney for our dedication towards scaling inclusive digital finance, and our determination to make digital banking more accessible and convenient for every Filipino, especially empowering our micro, small and medium enterprises,” said Lito Villanueva, RCBC Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer.
“Prestigious awards such as this validate our constant hard work and efforts in bringing banking to the people. This solidifies our unwavering commitment to providing innovative, socially-sensitive, and tailor-fit digital products and services that are not only cutting-edge, but most importantly, created with our clients’ needs in mind,” Villanueva added.
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic impacts of the global health crisis, RCBC emerged as one of the fastest growing banks in the Philippines after it leaped from its 8th position in 2018 to 5th position in 2022 in the list of the country’s biggest banks in terms of assets.
Tablets are important for school and work. Laptops are good but tablets are more portable and lighter so they’re perfect for going out and traveling. Definitely, students and work professionals have something to look forward to since Europe-registered tech brand DOOGEE has special offers on its T series tablets from September 9 to 13!
For multi-tasking on the go
The DOOGEE T30 Pro, which has a huge 11-inch 2.5K display with Hi-Res Quad Speakers, has a dual layer finish that combines form and function. It also has a frosted surface for a more secure grip. For 9.9, get the T30 Pro with a FREE Folio Case, Bluetooth Keyboard and Bluetooth mouse for only Php13,499 (SRP:Php16,599).
The T30 Pro’s innovative multi-window feature revolutionizes the way we multitask, making it a game-changer for productivity and entertainment enthusiasts alike.
What sets this T30 Pro apart is its capability to let you enjoy your favorite shows or videos from the Internet while staying focused on your work. This dual-screen functionality means you can catch up on the latest episodes or sports events without sacrificing productivity.
The T30 Pro is a premium tablet, at 10” in height (254mm) x 6.5” in width (165mm), is powered with a MediaTek Helio G99 quad core processor paired with up to 15GB of RAM and 256GB of storage expandable up to 1TB. The T30 Pro is also perfect for gamers who want an HD video gaming experience and Widevine L1 support.
The T30 Pro comes with 256GB of internal storage, which can be easily expanded to as much as 2TB via microSD. It also has dual SIM capability. In terms of connectivity, there are different satellite positioning options, including GPS, GALILEO, BeiDo, and GLONASS.
The main camera is a Sony 20MP lens supported by a depth camera along with an LED flash. There is also an 8MP front camera great for video calls.
For work and play
The T10 offers the ultimate entertainment experience with a 10.1″ FHD + Fullview Display, TUV Rheinland Certification, 8300mAh Battery, Up to 15GB of RAM, 128GB of Storage (expandable to 1TB) and Widevine L1 Support. The T10 is built with an aviation-grade aluminum unibody and is only 7.5mm in thickness. For 9.9, it is available for only Php8,399 (with FREE Folio Case and Bluetooth Keyboard) from the SRP of Php9,499. The T10 is available in Space Gray, and Neptune Blue.
The T10 has Unisoc T616 octa-core processor handles performance with a base memory configuration of 128GB + 8GB RAM and can reach up to 15GB with 7GB of virtual RAM and an 8300mAh battery. There is a dual 4G SIM card slot with micro SD, an USB-C charging port, and two speakers.
For students and young professionals
The T10s, which has a 10.1″ FHD display and a 8.4mm ultra-thin metal body, is available for Php7,399 from the SRP of Php8,499 (FREE Bluetooth Keyboard).
The DOOGEE T10s has a sizable 10.1-inch IPS display, which offers FHD+ resolution (1200 x 1920 pixels). This screen ensures clear visuals and thus, the T10s is best for watching videos, browsing the web, and other multimedia tasks.
The tablet is powered by the Unisoc Tiger T606 processor paired with the Mali-G57 GPU for a seamless performance.