Bayview Park Hotel crowns Mikhaella Fernandez Miss Bayview Park Hotel 2022

To excel in what you do, you must love what you do—the Philippines and beauty pageant is a shining example. While other countries religiously support events like Super Bowl and the FIFA World Cup, we are devoted more to a different kind of competition—the beauty pageant.

Eventually, beauty pageants (also known as ‘beaucons’) were springing up like mushrooms, becoming a staple at town fiestas and all but there’s nothing quite like the Miss Bayview Park Hotel 2022 with this year’s winner, Mikhaella Fernandez.

“The objective of this pageant is to reflect the hotel values in maintaining the drive in our staff who are committed to delivering excellent service with the promise of total guest satisfaction,” says Eugene Yap, Bayview Park Hotel general manager. “The beauty pageant is also a testament to the hotel’s great comeback after over two years of lockdown that we altogether were challenged with as a nation,” Yap added.

The pageant held last November 15 presented six candidates from different departments starting with Danise Calamasa (Finance), Jhudee Reyes (Food & Beverage), Rosanna Roxas (Executive Office), Mikhaella Fernandez (Front Desk), Rhona Danabar (Kitchen), and lastly, Marycris Cabatic (Food & Beverage).

The candidates were presented in a fun-filled pageant with an opening production dance number, the long gown competition, and the much-awaited question-and-answer portion. The criteria for judging were as follows—poise and bearing, stage presence, projection, stage presence, and overall impact. This year’s panel of judges were Maryo Banlat Labad (Klik. Ph), Mark Dimaano (Hotelbeds), Wilson Villamor (aka Atorni Ton of Flex TV App), Ms. Kayle Nicole Amurao (Dept. of Public Services, Manila City Hall) Ms. Zenaida Viaje (Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau) and Ms. Michelle Taylan (Philippine Travel Agencies Association).

Special awards were given to candidates Rosanna Roxas as Miss Resilience, Jhudee Reyes as Miss Initiative, Marycris Cabatic awarded as Miss Punctuality and Miss Photogenic, Rhona Danabar as Miss Charity, and Miss Breakthrough.

Aside from bagging the coveted crown, Mikhaella Fernandez was also awarded Miss Social Media, Best in Promotional Video, and Employees Choice Award.

All six candidates were commendable during the pageant as each of them was allowed to voice out and represent the Bayview Park Hotel’s core values and causes in promoting our country’s tourism efforts.

The hotel has taken the pageant culture by organizing the very first Miss Bayview Park Hotel in 2018 with Jane Espino as its first title-holder. In its over 75 years of existence, Bayview Park Hotel is one of the most iconic hotels in the Philippines and has been one of the longest-running and sought-after hotels in the city of Manila. Known for its budget-friendly, first-class accommodation, facilities, and amenities, Bayview Park Hotel will surely make your vacation truly memorable.

Whatever the inherent reason why we love beauty pageants, there’s one that can’t be denied—it’s a lot of fun to watch especially if you’re on the winning team. See you again next year for the Miss Bayview Park Hotel 2023.

Bayview Park Hotel Manila is at 1118 Roxas Boulevard Corner United Nations Avenue, Manila, Philippines. For bookings and reservations, call +63-02-5261555, email bookings@bayviewparkhotel.com, or visit bayviewparkhotel.com.

 

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Landco recognized as the Most Sustainable Luxury Real Estate Developer in the PH by Pan Finance Award

Landco Pacific Corporation was awarded as the Most Sustainable Luxury Real Estate Developer in the Philippines in the 2022 Pan Finance International Award. For its commitment to sustainability as reflected in its latest development of BeachTowns in Batangas, Landco stood out in the global real estate arena.

Pan Finance shines a spotlight on leading examples of best practice across the world of finance in these challenging times. Established to be a true measure of excellence, the awards look beyond the realm of the balance sheet alone, measuring success through innovation, stewardship of the environment, and positive impact on society. Pan Finance is a trusted source of global financial intelligence with a readership of more than 200,000 across 150 countries.

“We are honored for this recognition given to us by the prestigious Pan Finance International Award. This award is only made possible with the support of our Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan who also helms our parent company, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, and the commitment of our team members to do our part in taking care of our planet through our latest development of Landco BeachTowns,” said Erickson Y. Manzano, President, and CEO, of Landco Pacific Corporation.

“Sustainability is truly embedded in our corporate DNA.  We do it not because we have to, but simply because it’s the right thing to do,” he added.

Landco Pacific’s master-planned BeachTowns, the 15-hectare CaSoBe (Calatagan South Beach) and 24-hectare Club Laiya, in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas feature sustainability measures such as water recycling, rainwater harvesting, mandated use of energy-efficient lighting and other appliances, material recycling, and inclusive operations that primarily hire from the area to help build the communities within its vicinity.

BeachTowns CaSoBe and Club Laiya are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registered with water recycling measures that have a double-piping system, permeable pedestrian tree-lined walkways, and scenic bike lanes around the beachside properties to reduce carbon footprints. Lots at CaSoBe and Club Laiya have direct access to any public space or circulation network.

Millennial Resorts, the hospitality arm of Landco, which manages the leisure facilities at the BeachTowns, achieved the very first EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) Certification for resort hospitality in the country, with its sustainable accommodation of Crusoe Cabins at CaSoBe. The EDGE Certification was awarded by the Philippine Green Building Initiative, Inc. (PGBI) which recognized Crusoe Cabins for its eco-efficient design that resulted in a reduction of 34% in energy, 57% in water, and 65% in embodied energy in materials compared to the local base case.

Crusoe Cabins are upcycled and refurbished cargo containers at CaSoBe and Costa Azalea, Samal Davao; and Cocoons are upcycled and refitted large drainage pipes at CaSoBe and Club Laiya.

Murals and design details across the properties feature the importance of marine life. Landco staff participated in environmental conservation efforts particularly the planting of saplings in mangroves. Landco also supported local fisherfolks and created jobs for the local community: 69 out of the 104 or 66% of Millennial Resorts staff are residents of Calatagan.

Landco implements sustainability initiatives in line with MPIC’s commitment to helping achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable; strengthen the means of implementation, and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

For more information about Landco and its BeachTowns CaSoBe and Club Laiya, visit https://www.landco.ph/ or FB page: https://www.facebook.com/LandcoPacificCorporation.

 

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Artifract teams up with Belvedere Museum to promote NFTs

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.

NFT “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt.

“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.

From (L-R): Austrian Ambassador Johann Brieger, Belvedere CMO Markus Wiesenhofer, Advantage Austria Head Christina Stieber, Artifract Co-Founders Brian Poe Llamanzares and Steph Oller, Artifract Officer Monica Villardo, Belvedere CFO Wolfgang Bergmann, and Artifract CEO/President Edison Tsai.

 

 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

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, with around 100 offices in over 70 countries, provides a broad range of intelligence and business development services for both Austrian companies and their international business partners. Around 800 employees around the world can assist you in locating Austrian suppliers and business partners. We organize about 1,200 events every year to bring business contacts together. Other services provided by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA offices range from introductions to Austrian companies looking for importers, distributors, or agents to providing in-depth information on Austria as a business location and assistance in entering the Austrian market.

Artifract.io is a joint venture between Unit 256 Ventures Inc. and UBX Philippines Corporation. It is a pioneer of Fine Arts NFT in Asia, focused on helping art estates and museums in the preservation of Fine Arts, ensuring the copyright of every piece, and future-proofing collections. On the collector side, they help art collectors and NFT enthusiasts have access to exclusive art pieces via tiles. To mint more fine pieces of NFT art, please visit Artifract.io.

UBX is the Philippines’ leading Open Finance platform, providing access to the widest network of financial institutions and solutions.  They are a company that allows businesses, fintechs, developers, and the government to access embeddable solutions and the widest network of financial institutions in the Philippines.  Banking and financial services are used to distract and interrupt the daily activities of individuals and businesses. Aboitiz-backed UnionBank, Asia’s Best Digital Bank, changed the narrative by launching UBX in 2018. Leveraging years of proven banking and technology experience, UBX’s first-in-industry solutions aid MSMEs and large enterprises to connect to a high-caliber financial network, fast-track automation, and improve scalability.

Featured photo: The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the world’s leading museums.

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Fintech Alliance aims to address the financial sector’s biggest issues today during the INDX Summit 2.0

Fintech Alliance.PH, the country’s leading and largest association of fintech and digital players, is hosting the second edition of Inclusion and Digital Transformation (INDX) Summit 2.0 on November 22-23, 2022 at the Enderun Tent, McKinley Hill, Taguig City. This high-level summit will focus on accelerating the new administration’s massive digitalization thrust under its 8-point socioeconomic agenda and the country’s first-ever Medium-Term Fiscal Framework.

The FinTech Alliance membership collectively generates over 90 percent of digital-initiated transactions volume in the Philippines today. It was established in November 2017 and was launched at the BSP with the late BSP Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr., championing inclusive digital finance and financial education.

Following a successful event pre-pandemic in 2019, Fintech Alliance.PH will again bring together the economic policy-makers, industry leaders, practitioners, legislators, and government partners involved in digital finance, digital transformation, innovations, and strategy to build an in-depth discussion and actionable ideas through presentations, panels, insights, and collaborative learning opportunities that will evolve within the core pillars of transformation, people, technology, and process.

The Summit is being staged in collaboration with the Department of Finance, Department of Information and Communications Technology, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Trade and Industry, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Transportation, National Economic Development Authority, Insurance Commission, National Privacy Commission, Credit Information Corporation, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, and other key government agencies.

Among its keynote speakers include Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, BSP Governor Felipe Medalla, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Emil Aquino, Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa, and other local and international shakers and movers in the fintech and digital space discussing national digital transformation focusing on inclusive finance, healthtech, agritech, eductech, quantum technology, metaverse, digitizing mSMEs, digital assets, decentralized finance, blockchain, and open banking, to name a few.

Given the exponential growth of these industries, INDX Summit 2.0 will empower key sectors to achieve their goals towards the digital future and support those who seek advancement in the fintech landscape—progressively closing a gap in terms of producing high-quality digital talents.

The two-day INDX Summit will be capped by an Ambassadors’ Gala where key heads of missions and other international development agencies as well as partner regional and global partners will gather. One of the highlights of this event would be the inaugural launch of the Fintech and Regulatory Innovation (FTRI) Programme in the Philippines on November 23, 2022 at 6:00pm. This exciting new programme will be delivered by the Mapua University and the FinTech Alliance.ph, and powered by the Cambridge Centre of Alternative Finance, University of Cambridge Judge Business School.  This initiative is the first off-campus Cambridge FinTech and Regulatory Innovation Programme by the CCAF, University of Cambridge Judge Business School in the ASEAN region.

“This FinTech Alliance INDX Summit 2.0 will be the biggest gathering of movers and shakers not only in the Philippines, but globally, with the common aim of accelerating inclusive and sustainable Philippine digital economy,” said Lito Villanueva, founding chairman of FinTech Alliance.ph and executive vice president and chief innovation and inclusion officer of RCBC.

During the press conference, Mr. Villanueva was asked different questions on concerns about online lending, digital payments, and the web 3.0 space. He mentioned that all of these issues have a vital impact to the direction of the sector in the future and the INDX conference was rightfully established to create a stage where different stakeholders and decision makers can discuss and address these.

To register for the event, please visit: https://indx2022.enderunconferences.com/.

 

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Five beautiful Baguio hotels perfect for your Christmas getaway

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.

Photo credits to Plane of Hotels

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
Photo credits to Agoda

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.

Photo credits to Tripadvisor
  • 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!

Photo credits to Agoda

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!

Contributed by Princess Friel Lontoc

Featured photo credits to Real Living PH

 

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UNIQLO Opens Its Third Roadside Store In The Philippines

Japanese global apparel retailer UNIQLO is ready to welcome the community of Santa Rosa, Laguna to its newly opened roadside store in Nuvali. It also features the first-ever Green Park by Ayala, in partnership with UNIQLO Sustainability.

“Our roadside stores highlight our commitment to bringing LifeWear closer to more Filipinos. Opening a roadside store promises a simple, local one-stop shopping experience for customers to enjoy a quick and convenient trip close to their homes, especially this Holiday season,” says UNIQLO Philippines COO, Geraldine Sia.

The store is a standalone 1,418 sq. m. building that carries a wide selection of LifeWear staples for men, women, kids, and babies. It offers a convenient and exciting shopping experience for customers with over 300 parking slots, a special kids’ play corner, and eleven fitting rooms, including one specially fitted for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

The power of clothing

 The UNIQLO Nuvali Roadside Store highlights the retailer’s sustainability mission. The store features a special corner that shares how UNIQLO channels its initiatives to help our planet, people, and society. Customers can see the information on how their favorite UNIQLO pieces are sustainably made and sourced such as the Fluffy Yarn Fleece Jacket and the Ultra Light Down Jacket.

They can also drop off their pre-loved UNIQLO pieces here via the Re.UNIQLO box, where the retailer gives new life to old LifeWear pieces through reusing and upcycling. Lastly, the space also proudly displays upcycled furniture made from roped plastics and old UNIQLO denim scraps by JunkNot.

Outside the store, customers can enjoy and appreciate nature, and be educated about UNIQLO’s efforts at Green Park, which was made possible in partnership with Ayala and UNIQLO Sustainability.

The space has a bicycle rack to promote a sustainable mode of transportation, a kids’ active zone, and a pedal power charging station for the community to experience and enjoy. A mural painted by local artist AG Saño which conveys UNIQLO’s campaign about caring for the environment greets customers after a day of shopping.

Limited offers

 UNIQLO is welcoming its customers on its opening weekend with limited offers.

Men’s Pocketable UV Protection Parka.

Men’s Pocketable UV Protection Parka

This parka has been updated with a roomy 3D cut in the body, shoulders, and sleeves for greater ease of movement. It features a pocketable design with a storage pouch attached to a loop on the inner left side. It offers both style and UV protection for people who love to do outdoor workouts.

Now available at Php 1,490.00 from Php 1,990.00

Men’s U Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt

This t-shirt is developed by the Paris design team, led by artistic director Christophe Lemaire. The result is a garment designed with meticulous attention to detail and a stylish cut. It is one of UNIQLO’s top-rated styles season after season. The retailer updated the t-shirt with new colors to elevate one’s style making it perfect for a casual or everyday look.

Now available at Php 490.00 from Php 590.00

Men’s Ultra Stretch Active Short

The short pants are made with quick-drying and athlete-approved DRY-EX technology for a stay-fresh feel. Its ultra-stretch fabric offers freedom of movement to its wearer with an active lifestyle.

Now available at Php 790.00 from Php 990.00

 Women’s Mercerized Cotton Short Sleeve Mini Dress

The A-line cut flutters elegantly as the wearer walks, while the mini length gives a sleek and flattering look. Its mercerized cotton has a sophisticated sheen that suits all skin types. This dress is a go-to casual outfit for women who want to be stylish yet comfortable.

Now available at Php 790.00 from Php 990.00

Women’s Smart Ankle Pants

The Smart Ankle Pants have a gently tapered and flattering silhouette that can be dressed up or down. Its fabric has a premium look and is made with recycled polyester. The elastic waistband and two-way stretch fabric promise all-day comfort while giving a clean office look.

Now available at Php 1,490.00 from Php 1,990.00

Women’s AIRism Seamless Type Boat Neck Long T-Shirt

The T-shirt is made using UNIQLO’s AIRism technology that provides all-day comfort perfect for the country’s humid weather. The seamless hem design with a long silhouette makes it versatile for a quick workout at the gym or everyday errands.

Now available at Php 590.00 from Php 790.00

Girls’ Seersucker Camisole Dress

The breezy, lightweight camisole dress has a voluminous flared cut for a cool style. Its textured cotton seersucker fabric promises a gentle feel and gives a laidback vibe to the wearer. This dress is perfect for girls looking for a quick stroll around the park or going to the mall.

Now available at Php 790.00 from Php 990.00

Kids’ Striped Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-shirt.

Kids’ Striped Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt

The t-shirt has a loose-fitting cut perfect for everyday wear while they play and move around the park or the mall. This is complemented by a fun striped pattern in kid-friendly colors inspired by the 90s street fashion styles.

Now available at Php 490.00 from Php 590.00

 

Special store opening deals

 UNIQLO is also offering special deals for shoppers. For a minimum single receipt purchase of Php 3,000.00 from November 18 to 20, 2022, customers can get these gifts:

2023 UNIQLO planner
  • A limited edition 2023 UNIQLO planner
  • A 10% discount for a minimum single-receipt purchase of Php 300.00 at Krispy Kreme Ayala Malls Solenad
  • Free one (1) piece Best Taco in Town with any purchase in Pancake House Paseo de Sta. Rosa
  • A free box of four (4) Brownie Bars or Lemon Bars with any whole cake purchase at Café Mary Grace Ayala Malls Solenad*
  • One (1) free iced or hot coffee from UCC Coffee for claiming at the UNIQLO Nuvali Roadside Store from November 18 to 20
  • One (1) free affogato for a minimum single-receipt purchase of Php 1,200.00 at UCC Clockwork Ayala Malls Solenad
  • One (1) free serving of Fried Truffle Cheese Wontons for a minimum single-receipt purchase of Php 1,500.00 at Nono’s Ayala Malls Solenad
  • Php 4.00 off per liter for gasoline (V-Power Racing, V-Power Gasoline, or FuelSave Gasoline) or Php 3.00 off per liter for FuelSave Diesel when customers present the voucher and the Shell Go+ app at Shell Nuvali

*Terms and conditions apply

For more updates about the UNIQLO Nuvali Roadside Store, please visit its special page at UNIQLO Philippines’ website at https://www.uniqlo.com/ph/en/spl/uniqlo-nuvaliand download the UNIQLO APP via Google Play Store or Apple Store.

Follow UNIQLO Philippines’ social media accounts, Facebook (facebook.com/uniqlo.ph), Twitter (twitter.com/uniqloph), Instagram (instagram.com/uniqlophofficial), and TikTok (https://www.tiktok.com/@uniqlophofficial) and UNIQLO Philippines’ website at uniqlo.com.

 

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Multi-award winning brand, Hello Glow releases new innovative sunscreen

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.

 

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Highly-acclaimed French thespians were in town for the festival

As part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of France-Philippines diplomatic relations, the French Film Festival has recently curated movies composed of current releases and new ones that came out in the last two years.

Award-winning and accomplished French actress Isabelle Huppert and French actor Lucas Bravo who became popular for his portrayal of Gabriel in the hit Netflix series Emily in Paris engaged moviegoers, fans, and the media in a brief interview about their movies that were screened for the festival.  Huppert and Bravo are part of the cast of Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris by Anthony Fabian. About Joan by Laurent Larivière and Promises by Thomas Kruithof are the two most recent films starring Huppert. She is also the main actress in Brillante Mendoza’s Captive.

Filipinos and the French share a passion for moving images. Soon after the Lumière brothers invented cinema, Pathé projectors found their way to the Philippine islands and soon enough Filipinos were making films already. The French Film Festival has been bringing some of the most critically acclaimed and crowd pleasers to the discerning Filipino audience in search of movies that look into social issues, family values, and beautiful scenery that are close to the heart.

French Film Festival – French Ambassador Michele Boccoz and French Actress Isabelle Huppert.

Opening the festival, Eiffel by Director Martin Bourboulon recounts the building of the Eiffel Tower inspired by a love story. The selection includes Lost Illusions by Xavier Gianolli, Farewell Mr. Haffmann by Fred Cavayé, set in Paris during World War 2, Notre Dame on Fire by Jean-Jacques Anneaud about the incident that damaged another historical monument in the center of Paris, Him by Guillaume Canet on the life of a music composer, Paris Memories, remembering Paris under terrorist attacks, a sequel to the popular French agent OSS 117: From Africa with Love. Rise by Cédric Klapisch tells an inspiring story about a ballet dancer.

The French Film Festival is also the event that brings together France and the Philippines with the screening of Filipino films that have gained recognition from the French audience. Like On the Job by Erik Matti which was shown in the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. OTJ Missing 8 will be screening also at the festival.

At the height of the pandemic, Director Sigrid Bernardo flew to Paris with actors and crew to shoot Walang Kaparis, produced by Piolo Pascual. While the film is still in post-production, it paves the way toward co-productions between France and the Philippines.

Under the Chairmanship of Tirso Cruz III, the Film Development Council of the Philippines will strive to work toward the signing of a co-production agreement between France and the Philippines that will open more opportunities for collaboration between filmmakers and more French and Filipino movies in the near future.

 

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Hope From Within tackles access to testing and diagnostics to improve patient outcomes

Breast and lung cancers are not only the most common types of disease in the Philippines but also the deadliest.

In 2020, breast cancer ranked as the most common type of cancer among Filipinos (27,163 new cases), followed by lung cancer (19,180). In terms of mortality, lung cancer ranks first followed by breast cancer in 2020 alone — with over 17,000 deaths and almost 10,000 deaths, respectively.

While the numbers can be alarming, patients have a strategic ally in fighting cancer – early screening and diagnosis. Cancer screening tests are designed to find cancers in their earliest stages when the disease is most treatable. Many cancer screening tests have been found to lower the death rate from particular cancers. According to the World Health Organization, early diagnosis improves cancer outcomes by providing care at the earliest possible stage and is an important public health strategy in all settings.

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness last October and in preparation for Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, Hope From Within, a multi-stakeholder cancer advocacy campaign spearheaded by MSD in the Philippines spotlights the importance of testing and diagnosis in an episode of its cancer conversation series dubbed as ‘Tita Hope Talks: Winning vs Cancer through Accessible Testing & Diagnostics. The discussion highlights why accessible testing and diagnostics are vital to improve the outcomes of cancer patients. Hosted by broadcast journalist and health advocate Niña Corpuz, Hope From Within sought to remind the patients to be proactive in their health by consulting with doctors, and at the same time encourage government leaders and decision to make sure that policies and programs on accessible cancer care are implemented properly.

Resource speakers include leukemia survivor Mr. Francisco “Paco” Magsaysay, CEO of Carmen’s Best;  Dr. Razel Nikka M. Hao, Director IV of the Department of Health Public Health Services Team –  Disease Prevention and Control Bureau; Dr. Arnold Uson, President of the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology; and Melissa Ongsue-Lee, VP for Sales and Marketing of Hi-Precision Diagnostics.

Cancer early detection and diagnosis

Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. This is why regular breast cancer screening is so important. Breast cancer image testing includes mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and ultrasound MRIs. Oncologists could suggest a biopsy. This is done when mammograms, other imaging tests, or a physical exam shows a breast change that may be cancer.

Meanwhile, some lung cancers can be found by screening, but most lung cancers are found because they are causing problems. The actual diagnosis of lung cancer is made by looking at a sample of lung cells in the lab. A chest X-ray is one of the first screening procedures available. If the results of your history and physical exam suggest you might have lung cancer, more tests will be done. These could include imaging tests and/or biopsies of the lung.

A breakthrough screening test called biomarker testing provides a targeted treatment approach for cancer patients. Biomarker testing (also called tumor testing, tumor profiling, or tumor genetic testing) finds changes in your cancer that could help you and your doctor choose your cancer treatment.

The cost of misdiagnosis

A diagnostic error can be defined as a diagnosis that is missed, wrong, or delayed, as detected by some subsequent definitive test or finding. The ensuing harm results from the delay or failure to treat a condition present when the working diagnosis was wrong or unknown, or from treatment provided for a condition not present.

Despite medical technology advancements, diagnosing cancer often revolves around a doctor looking at slides under a microscope. Accordingly, a pathologist (the doctor who analyzes the biopsy specimen) may make a mistake in his or her analysis due to inexperience, stress, or haste. Moreover, a pathologist usually does not have important information about the patient’s clinical picture, including his or her symptoms, medical history, or risk factors.

Access to better cancer care

Signed into law last February 2019, the RA 11215 or otherwise known as the National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA), seeks to provide resources targeted toward cancer prevention, control, and awareness, alongside further aiding affected people affected by cancer. The NICCA also seeks to widen the scope of PhilHealth’s benefits packages to primary care screening, diagnosis, and end-of-life care for all stages and types of cancers, for both children and adults.

Another development in cancer care – the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) recently announced that the national government’s PHP529.2 million Cancer Assistance Fund may still be used until Dec. 31 this year.

This came following the DBM and the Department of Health’s (DOH) release of a joint memorandum circular (JMC) prescribing the Implementing Guidelines for the fund.

The CAF is a mechanism under Republic Act No. 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act, which seeks to provide integrated and holistic support to cancer treatment and management.

It aims to complement and supplement existing financial support mechanisms exclusive to cancer patients, persons living with cancer, and cancer survivors.

Under the circular, the CAF will also fund outpatient and inpatient cancer control services, including but not limited to diagnostics, therapeutic procedures, and other cancer medicines needed for the treatment and management of cancer and its care-related components.

To learn more about Hope From Within’s cancer advocacy programs, visit https://hopefromwithin.org/ or follow their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Hopefromwithinph/.

 

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This private holiday destination aims to be the first mosquito-free island in the PH

 Banwa Private Island in North-eastern Palawan is on track to become the first mosquito-free island in the Philippines. To protect the island’s fragile biodiversity, the all-luxury-villa holiday destination aims to eradicate mosquitoes without the use of harmful pesticides.

Banwa Private Island’s Peter Nilsson says: “Banwa Private Island is deeply committed to providing our guests with worry-free, luxurious holidays that are founded upon environmentally conscious and sustainable practices. The Zero Mosquito Project endeavors to achieve a mosquito-free island while keeping the beautiful ecosystem and thriving insect biodiversity in balance.”

Banwa Private Island’s Zero Mosquito project started in July 2022 in collaboration with Culex Maldives, a company at the forefront of successful, sustainable insecticide-free mosquito management in the Maldives since 2019.  The method employs mosquito traps designed and developed by a German company, Biogents. Relatively simple, yet clever solutions of environmental ingenuity that work without pesticides. There are various trap types, depending on the habits and life cycles of the mosquitos. The ‘BG-MosquitaireCO2’ trap works by luring the mosquitos with smells irresistible to biting insects; the odor of human skin, breath, and sweat. A single fan then sucks, even the more wary creatures, into the trap, there is then no escape.

Until now, the most common method of mosquito control used in the tropics has been frequent ‘fogging’ with insecticides. This kills mosquitos, but the unfortunate side effect is that the chemicals are unavoidably inhaled by the island’s human residents, and non-targeted insects and even fish are negatively impacted.

Medical Entomologist Bart GJ Knols, PhD, MBA of Culex Maldives said: “We were delighted when Banwa Private Island contacted us. On two of the six islands in the Maldives where the traps are currently being used, we have eliminated the dangerous Asian Tiger Mosquito. We are passionate about moving away from pesticides and offering green and sustainable alternatives of benefit to both resorts and islands with local communities. This is a great opportunity. It is great to see Banwa Private Island spearheading non-toxic mosquito eradication in the Philippines.”

For more information and inquiries on Banwa Private Island, please contact the Reservations team through mobile/WhatsApp: +639178882864, send an email to reservations@banwaprivateisland.com, or visit www.banwaprivateisland.com.

For more information and inquiries regarding mosquito traps and mosquitos in island elimination programs, send an email to bart@culexmaldives.com

 

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