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Friday, October 28, 2016

Get excited as Six Christmas villages come alive at Makati’s biggest, hippest holiday bazaar


If you think Christmas bazaars are all the same, then you’re definitely in for a merry surprise as Circuit Makati—the go-to event destination for everyone— holds the biggest and hippest outdoor bazaar on November 18-20, 2016.

Inspired by Christmas markets from around the globe, the Circuit Makati Christmas Bazaar will feature six Christmas villages bursting with over 500 merchants offering the best holiday finds--gift items, clothes, accessories, knick knacks, electronics, toys, and food.

As if this were not enough, Ayala Land has upped the ante by lining up exciting fun-filled activities and great entertainment for every member of the family.

Stuff your shopping bags with great surprises from each of these six Christmas villages.
If gliterrerati is your thing, there’s Star Avenue, where you will encounter celebrities such as Shaina Magdayao, Miriam Quiambao, Gretchen Fullido, Christine Babao, LJ Moreno Alapag, Nikki Valdez and Maria Isabel Lopez with her daughter, Mara Lopez who will be giving everyone a chance to own their products and pre-loved items.

In search of stocking stuffers for the little ones and mommies too? Check out Mommy’s Best by Project Mom, headed by Amanda Griffin and Bianca Araneta-Elizalde. This village is filled with amazing brands, products and services that cater to moms, kids, babies, homes, and families.

Don’t leave growing kids out of the holiday fun. They would definitely love Lil’ Preneur by HedCen, which will display a wide array of goodies for students  from grade school to high school. To delight young audiences, there’s even a storytelling session, musical performances, and the grand spectacle of Christmas Around the World.
For everything from fashion to gadgets to little trinkets ideal for gifting, check out the Millennial Spot, featuring online influencers Dani Barretto, Mikyle Quizon and Mikki Galang from Karl Edwards and Kaizen Events Inc. to give you well-curated items perfect for the holidays.

Stay healthy and fit throughout the holiday season by checking out Fit & Fab by Hunt & Gather, a village teeming with organic, sports, wellness and lifestyle items you’ll want to have.

What’s Christmas with food, food, and glorious food? Mercato Centrale brims with yuletide joy from home cooked dishes and sumptuous and delicious desserts made by Metro Manila’s food entrepreneurs.

Next to the six Christmas villages is Santa’s Corner, where kids can tell a real-life Santa Claus their Christmas wish and have their photos taken with him and Mrs. Claus.
Nearby is a great selection of restaurants offering various cuisines, where you can head off for a much-needed shopping break.

The Circuit Makati Bazaar 2016 is co-presented by MasterCard and HSBC.  Raffle prizes, special gifts and more await all MasterCard and HSBC cardholders at this 3-day shopping extravaganza.

Entrance to the bazaar is PHP100. MasterCard and HSBC Cardholders are free of charge.
For more information, check out Facebook.com/CircuitMakatiOfficial or check www.makeitmakati.com/circuit-makati. Follow us on Instagram @_CircuitMakatiBazaar2016 #CircuitMakatiBazaar2016.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Century City Mall Makati: Save the Date for Harringtons Lifestyle Auction



For the first time Harringtons will hold an auction at the 5th floor of Century City Mall on November 12, 2016, 2 p.m., Makati City.  The highly anticipated Harringtons Lifestyle Auction billed as “Treasures of the Century” is simply a commercial event but to discerning buyers, bidders and avid collectors, it is a serious yet an artful business of bidding.   

Harringtons Lifestyle Auction understands this sentiment and takes auctions to a whole new level by elevating it into an experience. The upcoming auction of antique furniture and art pieces is no exception.   The auction features extensive collection of vintage sets of furniture and sophisticated artworks by acclaimed and prolific artists. The extensive collection of excellent, authentic and well-curated collectible pieces include works by national artists Abdul Imao, Napoleon Abueva and Victorio Edades as well as paintings by Benedicto Cabrera, Romulo Olazo and Jorge Pineda.  

Highlights of Harringtons’ “Treasures of the Century” auction include over fifty remarkable and prized vintage items owned by avid collector and national hero Jose Rizal descendant Dina Velasco. A vintage “Escritoire” desk in solid tigerwood and teakwood will be among the items that will be auctioned off.   Velasco, who collects precious collectibles as a hobby, knows and understands the beauty of auctions.  “We enjoy the history behind each purchase. It’s great to be surrounded by things that go back centuries. I’m wonderfully amazed at the thought that most of these objects have travelled far and have been passed through generations before landing in my home. I think it’s terrific,” Velasco mused in an interview with Living Annual.  

Other auction highlights include captivating art wood mosaic pieces by Bagac Wood Mosaic Artists, a group of people from Bagac, Bataan who used to be farmers. Despite dealing with the difficulties of poverty, the group opted to pursue art not only to make a living but also to make a name for their hometown.  Another highlight of the upcoming Harringtons auction is artist Eduardo Castrillo’s intricately designed Crucifix. The 18”x29” delicately sculptured bronze Crucifix depicts the artist’s Christian.

For details about the auction, contact Cila at 0917 873 1596/ Dan at 0998 998 4321. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

PhilamLife : Securing a Child’s Future through Education


I was so privileged to attend the annual  Homeschooling Conference held every October of the year, which is almost and always few days away from my birthday.  I missed the past conferences and was already intentional to attend this year's event. So blessed, I made it!

We parents dream of a bright future for our children. This is why they study and select the type of teaching method that they think would be the best form of learning for their children.

So happy to have met and listened to these pool of inspiring speakers for the day. There will be no wasted time hearing and learning from the people with amazing thoughts and experiences.
The SPEAKERS
This was the main spirit of the sixth annual Philippine Homeschool Conference Expo (PHC) held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier in Taguig City. With this year’s theme “From roots to wings”, PHC hopes to nourish the firm foundation that they have with parents by continuing to equip them with knowledge and virtues that would help them soar together. The event, led by the Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) gathered some of the country’s experts on homeschooling to share their insights on the importance and implications of homeschooling.

Among them was Mr. Eric Nicdao, District Manager of Philam Life. Nicdao explained that while there are distinct advantages to homeschooling, it is never without a challenge. “The cost of education for homeschooling a child is not inexpensive as others perceive it to be”, said Mr. Nicdao. He further explained that this is because homeschooling entails the presence of one of the parents at home which will potentially reduce the family’s overall income. With the increasing costs of college education, it will be very daunting to have only one breadwinner. Mr. Nicdao also shared why it is important to plan early for the child’s education.
 Mr. Eric Nicdao, District Manager of Philam Life

POTENTIAL HOMESCHOOLING EXPENSES

•The Big Costs
–Curriculum
–Materials(Books, software, videos)
–Parent Training
–Subscriptions
–Memberships

–Extra-curricularActivities

•Hidden Costs
–Utility Bills
–Car Maintenance and Usage
–Groceries
–Opportunity Cost

“As a parent myself, I understand the real-life struggles that parents go through to give the best to their children. It is, therefore, wise and even necessary to invest in a plan with guaranteed education benefits even if school-going children are still quite young. Plans like this should have the potential to grow to cope adequately with annual tuition fee hikes.” Nicdao added. “More to the point, a parent and a child should not have to guess what the future brings. There are too many uncertainties already and having something secure and reliable allows a family to focus on learning and academic excellence rather than trying to make sure that there is a school they can afford.”

L-R: Mr. Eric Nicdao with Mr and Mrs. Edric and Joy Mendoza

To help address these concerns, Philam Life launched a new education product, Future Scholar.

Future Scholar offers guaranteed education benefits and long term growth potential through access to expertly-managed funds. The plan will continue without the need to pay future payments should the payor pass away or suffer total and permanent disability.

It is to these concerns that Philam Life’s Future Scholar plan focuses with its guaranteed educational benefits and unique features available like making life insurance coverage for parents or premium adjustments in times of great need.

To learn more about Future Scholar, please visit http://www.philamlife.com.


About Philam Life

The Philippine American Life and General Insurance (Philam Life) Company is the country’s premier life insurance company. Established on 21 June 1947, Philam Life has earned the trust of customers for its financial strength, strong brand name, and ability to deliver on its promises.

Philam Life has PHP236.4 billion in total assets as of 31 December 2015 and has delivered timely payouts of over PHP10 billion in education benefits (2004-2015) and over PHP131 billion in insurance benefits (1950-2015), while serving close to 600,000 individual policyholders and over 2 million insured group members.

Philam Life understands the real life needs of its customers and provides the right plans and the right solutions including life protection, health insurance, savings, education, retirement, investment, group and credit life insurance. It also offers bancassurance and fund management products and services through its subsidiaries – BPI Philam Life Assurance Company (BPI-Philam) and Philam Asset Management Inc. (PAMI).

Philam Life is a member of AIA Group Limited, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group.

About AIA

AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets in Asia-Pacific – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Macau, Brunei, a 97 per cent subsidiary in Sri Lanka, a 49 per cent joint venture in India and representative offices in Myanmar and Cambodia.

The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai almost a century ago. It is a market leader in the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$181 billion as of 31 May 2016.

AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia-Pacific, AIA serves the holders of more than 29 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.

AIA Group Limited is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Chooks-to-Go: My Perfect Partner as Moms On-the-Go


As a loving mom  to my daughter, I always see to it that I feed her the good food that she deserves. We all know that mothers make the world go round. And in expressing our loving ways, we make sure to delight our family with a delicious meal, whether it’s a traditional home-cooked dish or a take-out favorite.

Whenever I get tied up with errands, I still try my best to serve a quality meal to  my family. One of the lifesavers is our favorite Chooks-to-Go roasted chicken! I just need to cook rice in few minutes an we can instantly eat our family chicken. No need to re-heat since we always buy it fresh from the oven. 

Mommy Delamar shares her thoughts and experiences as a Mom-On-The-Go

A firm believer of every Filipino working mom’s unwavering ways of love is Chooks-to-Go, the country’s leading roasted chicken chain with over a thousand rotisserie outlets nationwide. Chooks-to-Go offers ready-to-go, oven-roasted quality chicken as the hardworking moms’ take-home ulam of choice.

During its “Moms On-the-Go” event, Chooks-to-Go introduced its newest brand endorser, Vic Sotto, as well as provided guests with an exclusive preview of its latest campaign: “Hindi Ka Nag-uuwi ng Basta-basta Lang na Ulam.” Attendees were also treated to various activities that celebrated the unique ways mothers show their love, especially through food.

The Crowd got surprised with Bossing sudden appearance on the stage
“Chooks-to-Go appreciates every Filipino mother’s effort to provide food for the family. We want to support this by providing on-the-go moms with an affordable but special take-home ‘ulam’ option, an oven-roasted chicken that’s healthy, juicy, and delicious,” said Ronald Ricaforte Mascariñas, president of Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI) which operates Chooks-to-Go.

BAVI is one of the country’s largest poultry integrators that provide clean, healthy, and affordable poultry products that enable moms to work their magic in the kitchen.

Helping Filipino moms in their loving task of providing a practical food to-go solution, the campaign brings to light Chooks-to-Go as the best value for money take-home meal.

With Vic Sotto at the helm of the campaign, Chooks-to-Go gives working moms a helping hand in continuing their hindi lang basta-basta loving ways, as the go-to, top-of-mind ulam of choice that’s masarap kahit walang sauce.




Like a Bossing: Vic Sotto chooses Chooks-to-Go as his take-home ulam, as influenced by his loving wife


Veteran actor and TV show host, “Bossing” Vic Sotto, has stood as an icon for countless brands. From homecare supplies to local beverage products, Vic’s charismatic appeal and conviction has propelled corporations, as well as himself, into a level of unmatched reliability.

Vic has consistently lived-up to his “Bossing” moniker, as an authority and someone whom Filipinos trust for everyday products. This time, the comedian partners with Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI)—the second largest poultry integrator locally—as the newest brand endorser of Chooks-to-Go, the country’s leading and fastest-growing oven-roasted chicken chain with more than a thousand storess nationwide.

With its “Hindi ka Nag-Uuwi ng Ulam na Basta-basta Lang” campaign, built on the premise of being “Masarap Kahit Walang Sauce”, Chooks-to-Go and Bossing brings ready-to-go, oven-roasted quality chicken closer to Filipino moms as their take-home ulam of choice that will surely delight the family.

“When you say ‘ready-to-go’ and ‘quality food’, it should come with a great serving, taste, and nutrition. Importante ‘yun kasi hindi puwedeng basta-basta lang ang maiuwing pagkain para sa pamilya,” said Vic. “Kung gusto mo ng manok, there’s Chooks-to-Go. Malaman ang manok nila, hindi basta-basta. And the best part—‘pag hinain mo na, ‘yun na ‘yun, hindi mo na kailangan ng sauce.”

As an admirer of hardworking Filipinos, especially moms, Bossing Vic recognizes the efforts made in order to provide food on the table. “Basta hardworking, ako’y saludo, especially for moms because they exert double effort,” the actor said. “That’s why for the times when they can’t cook and kids want delicious food, dumaan ka lang ng Chooks-to Go, okay ka na.”

Practical, affordable, and delicious food to-go, Chooks-to-Go’s superior-quality, oven-roasted chicken goodness brings a fresh and healthy ulam fix to many Filipino households, which, even Vic could not escape. “Personally, I didn’t think twice about promoting this product because Chooks-to-Go is also my wife’s favorite,” Sotto admitted. “Aside from the taste, the price of one whole chicken for the family is reasonable—kayang-kaya eh. Ayos ka na, nag-enjoy ka na, nasarapan ka pa, at nakatipid ka pa!

Endorsing is one thing, but attesting to a product as a part of one’s daily life is a different story. And with Vic’s proven and reliable track record of promoting a product or brand he uses and trusts, families are in for a treat as moms are set to bring home hindi lang basta-basta take-home ulam, but Chooks-to-Go’s oven-roasted chicken that’s always masarap kahit walang sauce.

“We are very excited to have Vic as our endorser because he really believes in the products he promotes,” said BAVI president Ronald Mascariñas. “With Chooks-to-Go and Bossing together, we have a great opportunity to support hardworking moms with a go-to take-home ulam of choice that’s affordable, healthy, and delicious.”


Monday, October 10, 2016

Summit Media Joins Forces With Avida Land to Celebrate All Things Homegrown


Summit Media, in partnership with Avida Land, presented a fun two-day experiential event with six of the country’s most popular magazines and websites: Real Living, Cosmopolitan, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Entrepreneur, and Yummy Magazine. At the Glorietta Activity Center, the first-of-its-kind multi-Summit-Brand event entitled HOMEGROWN: HOMEPOSSIBLE, featured a series of home-centric activities and inspiring talks that celebrate life, style and all things homegrown.

Throughout the weekend, participants visited specially designed booths that along with entertaining activities, incorporated the homegrown theme. At Real Living’s #RLHouse, designed by interior designer Nikki Audine, attendees had the chance to take part in a variety of craft workshops to learn everything from how to make embroidery hoops to creating fabric stamp organizers.

At the Yummy Food Studio, which featured a modern-yet-homey kitchen design, participants were able to make their own recipe videos and shoot food flatlays just like Yummy’s editors. Cosmopolitan showcased its version of a dream space for millennials at the #CosmoCondo, designed by Mich Calma, where Cosmo Girls could take their #OOTD shots, with the best outfit of the day photo winning a special prize. Smart Parenting, meantime, worked with Flourish & Frills to create the perfect photo booth for families.

Entrepreneur conducted a special succulent arrangement workshop in their booth, which was styled to look like an workspace for a home-based entrepreneur, while Good Housekeeping taught participants how to make their own kiddie party decorations.


Additionally, Avida Land, in partnership with Real Living and architect Angelo Siochi of AG Siochi Architecture+Design, brought its utilitarian condo concept to life on the Glorietta Activity Center floor. The 24-sqm studio unit, designed with a Scandinavian feel, featured several multifunctional pieces and offered unique solutions that can help current and future homeowners learn how to maximize the space in their own homes, regardless of the size.








Meanwhile, Summit Media and Avida held afternoon talks each day to inspire attendees to embrace a homegrown life. The workshops on the first day  included topics like: Social Entrepreneurship: How to Create Social Change with Your New Business, presented by Entrepreneur, with guest speaker Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy. Guests learned how to make homemade sauces during the Now We’re Cooking! Workshop, presented by Yummy, with Chef Len Santos Ding. Guest speaker Charisse Tugade of Manila Collectible discussed  Filipino products with global appeal in the From Local to Global workshop, presented by Real Living.






The second day featured topics, including From Passion to Profit: How to Turn Your Talents into a Lucrative Business, presented by Entrepreneur, with guest speaker Mira Angeles of Miradips/Spell

Kitchen. Stylist Coni Tejada talked about ways to decorate your space for home gatherings in That’s Entertainment!, presented by Good Housekeeping. Lastly, Marvs Conti of Habilcraft showed participants wasy to reduce, reuse, and upcycle in the Everything Old is New Again! workshop, presented by Real Living.


Summit Media is the No. 1 source for lifestyle content in the Philippines. For more lifestyle inspiration, visit summitnewsstand.com.ph to check out the latest offerings from our brands. For daily inspiration, follow @reallivingph, @yummyph, @goodhousekeepingph, @cosmopolitan_philippines, and @_smartparenting on Instagram.

If you’re looking for your dream home, visit avidaland.com, and follow AvidaLandPH on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Wilkins brings safe drinking water in new environment-friendly PET bottles

Water is essential for everyday living. It is one ingredient whose quality cannot be compromised. And for most people, Wilkins is the brand of water that they choose, drink, and, above all, trust.

Also closely linked with water, as a vital and renewable resource, is a healthy regard for the preservation and protection of the ecology. In line with the thrust of The Coca-Cola Company to reduce the carbon footprint of all its products, Wilkins Distilled and Wilkins Pure are now bottled in even more environmentally-friendly PET bottles. The new PET bottles help reduce environmental impact – it lessens petroleum use during manufacturing and transportation, and may be recycled into new clothing material, plastic lumber, or even new bottles.


The lighter PET bottles of Wilkins Distilled and Wilkins Pure, which use 24 percent less plastic than previous, are also approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food application.

Behind every bottle of Wilkins is a story of the Company’s uncompromising commitment to product quality and safety.

Every drop of Wilkins Distilled water goes through an 8-step purification process, making it one of the recommended brands by pediatricians and the number one trusted brand among mothers. Over the past 20 years, Wilkins Distilled has become the top-of-mind brand among mothers and pediatricians as it is goes through the extra step of reverse osmosis.


It undergoes state-of-the-art purification and distillation process, and complies with a food and safety management system certified to FSSC22000 standard that is recognized by the Global Food and Safety Initiative (GFSI). This ensures that every bottle of Wilkins Distilled is water in its cleanest and purest form, making it suitable for children. And since the brand stays true to its claim of being untouched by human hands, it has become the undisputed number one trusted brand in the Philippines, particularly among those who refuse to compromise the health and safety of their families.

Catering to the active and on-the-go lifestyle of young adults, Wilkins Pure is purified drinking water which brings the uncompromised daily hydration and balance that active bodies need. Wilkins Pure is manufactured using the same food and safety management system as Wilkins Distilled that is globally recognized as well by GFSI.

In line with the company’s Replenish program, the new environmentally-friendly PET bottle is a demonstration of the thrust of Coca-Cola to provide a more efficient and more innovative way of ensuring environmental sustainability while providing the same amount of water back to nature.

Follow the official facebook page of Wilkins Distilled or visit http://www.coca-colacompany.com/water to learn more about the Water Stewardship and Replenish program of The Coca-Cola Company.


About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, 18 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. Our billion-dollar brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages.  More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

STI celebrates 33 years of well-rounded education


It's now my 2nd time to join and celebrate with STI.

September 30, 2016 at the country’s famous amusement park, the Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Taking pride in its rich history and looking forward to a bright future, STI Education Services Group, Inc. marked thirty-three years of real life education in the said grand festivity.

An enormous number of more than 20,000 senior high and college students nationwide joined in the much anticipated celebration filled with exciting activities and social competitions, providing STI students a stage to showcase their creativity, talents, and achievements beyond the classroom.     

The students enjoyed the exclusivity of the theme park, the real deal went down at the Enchanting Events Place where the most talented STI students battled it out for the STI Talent Search’s National Finals.

These competitions featured the best of the best in musicality as gifted singers and young musicians belted out for the Singing Idol and Battle of the Bands. Another crowd drawer were the electrifying dance groups who showed their breathtaking stunts in Hataw Sayaw. The night continued with The Search for Mr. and Ms. STI 2016 where the candidates captivated the audience with their beauty and wit. All contestants are winners in their own right having championed in their respective local cluster competitions, coming from as far as Laoag to Zamboanga, to represent their perspective schools. 

Grabbing the Battle of the Bands 2016 National Championship title for their own, here’s SISTEMANG MUSIKAL from STI College – Sta. Maria.

Their winning moves made STI College – Balagtas’ Balaraw this year’s champion of the Hataw Sayaw competition!
STI College – Global City’s pride Judy Ann Baricaua is our STI Singing Idol for this year!
Mr. and Ms. STI 2016 are the dashing Christer Troy Regis of STI College – Dasmariñas and the elegant Clea Isabel Magnaye of STI College – Cubao! Congratulations!

4th runner-up: Mr. Roberto Lopez of STI College – Ortigas-Cainta and Ms. Queen Jubilee Mongcupa of STI College – Muñoz-EDSA

3rd runner-up: Mr. Paul Jibrielle Pilao of STI College – San Fernando and Ms. Camille Angelica Alfonso of STI College – Sta. Cruz

2nd runner-up: Mr. Jasper Christian Maraggay of STI College – Caloocan and Ms. Aubrey Giezel Mendoza of STI College – Baliuag

1st runner-up: Mr. Michio Eusebio of STI College – Meycauayan and Ms. Jadilyn Morales of STI College – Malolos

Some celebrities who graced the event include former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Mikee Agustin, youtube sensation Yexel Sebastian, and ABS-CBN’s all male-dance group the Hashtags, who rendered dynamic performances and special numbers.  

STI capped off the day on a high note with a stunning fireworks display right after the announcement of the winners.

For thirty-three remarkable years of developing students’ potentials through academic and extracurricular activities, STI holds true to its commitment to hone the next generation of well-rounded individuals.

In the coming months, academic competitions like ThinkQuest (quiz bee), INTO Programming (computer programming), Stand up & Deliver (impromptu speech), Essay Does It! (essay writing), All in Place (table setting), Worth the Whisk (cake decorating), Chef Xpress (cooking competition), Shutter’s Best (photography), and Music for Reel (music video making) will be held across the STI Network still in accord with the anniversary celebration.

With over three decades of continuous growth as one of the leading providers of quality education in the Philippines, STI’s humble beginnings can be traced from a computer training center with only two campuses. Over the years, STI has transcended to a well-rounded educational institution, providing diverse programs in Information Technology, Business and Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Senior High School, in 77 campuses nationwide.



That wraps up our celebration of STI's 33rd Anniversary here at Enchanted Kingdom. Again, congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Talent Search!

STI was established on August 21, 1983.

Vivere Salon @ Glorietta 2, ready to beautify you!

Friday night may be a gimmick night for some, but for me, getting a hair treatment and a new hairstyle to a brand new salon is just perfect!  Since I started cutting my hair short again, the next thing I need to do is to maintain it short and clean. I remember, I used to have my very own favourite hair stylist back in high school until I got married and left my home town in Pasig.  Since then, the long search for a good hair stylist had been my struggle. 

So happy to have met Ms. Meg, who did my Pixie cut hairstyle, which is a great job!  It's actually my first time to experience a beautiful lady do my hair.  Glad I have no regret about it.

But there's more, before I got my hair cut, I first had my hair treatment with matching massage.

The country's premiere destination for bespoke cuts and styles, Vivere Salon, opens its 10th branch in Glorietta 2, Makati City on September 23, 2016. Committed to be a premium salon that is anchored on the training and education provided by the prestigious Vidal Sassoon Academy—an institution considered to be the Harvard University of hair education— Vivere Salon plans to consistently expand and widen its reach in the forthcoming years.

“At the end of the day, it’s still about creating a cut that our clients will love. It’s finding that right balance between wash and wear as well as unique and edgy; confident in the knowledge that every day, they will wake up with hair that doesn’t have to get blown out or ironed or set to look great,” says Ramon De Ubago III, CEO of Vivere Salon.

Founded in 2003, Vivere Salon celebrated its 13th year Anniversary last January since the Group established its flagship branch (Robinsons Galleria) in 2003. The growth rapidly continued by opening additional branches in Robinsons Midtown in October 2007, SM Megamall in July 2009, Marquee Mall in September 2009, Lucky Chinatown Mall in February 2012, Festival Mall in May 2012, Gateway Mall in June 2013, Fairview Terraces in August 2014, and in Trinoma in March 2015.

“Vivere Salon goes that extra mile to make sure that you don’t just look great when you walk out of our salon—we create cuts that are meant to simplify your beauty routine, without taking anything away from the style of the cut or your personality, long after we’ve blow dried your hair in place,” ends De Ubago.

Vivere Salon currently has 10 branches nationwide including, 
SM Megamall
Robinsons Galleria
Gateway Mall
Festival Supermall
Fairview Terraces
Lucky Chinatown Mall
Robinsons Midtown
Marquee Mall
TriNoma Mall 
Glorietta 2.  
visit www.viveresalon.com and follow 
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Monday, October 3, 2016

BPI-Philam Life Assurance Corp. launches Bancassurance Month



Makati, Philippines, 3 October 2016 

BPI-Philam Life Assurance Corp., the largest bancassurance company in the Philippines, kicked off Bancassurance Month this October during the unveiling of the new BPI-Philam Life Makati Building (formerly Ayala-Life FGU).

The month-long celebration led by BPI-Philam Life Assurance Corp. (BPLAC) CEO Surenda Menon aims to educate Filipinos on the existence of bancassurance and importance of life insurance to help people with their long-term protection needs and to assist and support them throughout different stages of life’s journey.

Mr. Menon said: “Insurance penetration is still very low at around 2% based from the latest report of the Insurance Commission.1 We want to ensure that all Filipinos have access to the right protection solutions to provide adequate insurance coverage for their lifestyle requirements. We want to be able to provide insurance that is accessible and affordable to every market segment.”

“BPI-Philam continues to see strong potential for bancassurance given the continued rise of the middle-class, the continued economic growth brought by the high productivity in the country, and the increasing savings rate. These factors also present an opportunity to educate Filipinos on the importance of financial planning as a way to help them win during life’s key moments from marriage to parenthood, or from business management to retirement.

BPI-Philam’s trained Bancassurance Sales Executives (“BSEs”) are located at every one of BPI’s 800 branches to ensure that customers receive appropriate advice for every life stage.
BPI-Philam will also hold the Bancassurance Walk on October 5 where 200 employees will create awareness about bancassurance while walking along Ayala Avenue, Makati.

BPI-Philam is also launching iCare, the first policy owner after-sales servicing application in the Philippines. Policy owners can request changes to their policies be made electronically on a tablet device for unrivalled convenience. This follows the introduction of AIA’s highly successful interactive point of sale (iPoS) proprietary technology that improved the customer experience and promoted increased efficiency during the sales process.

Customers can find out more about Bancassurance Month through www.bpi-philam.com.

About BPI-Philam 


BPI-Philam Life Assurance (BPLAC) Corporation is a strategic alliance between two leading companies in the country – The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). Philam Life is the premier life insurance company in the Philippines and the market leader for over 60 years. BPI is a leading commercial bank in the country with over 160 years of experience in the local banking industry and an extensive branch network of more than 800 branches and 1,500 ATMs. BPI-Philam’s professional and expertly trained Bancassurance Sales Executives are assigned in BPI branches nationwide to render financial advisory services that address customer’s financial and protection needs. With the combined expertise and resources of these two trusted companies, BPI-Philam policyholders are assured that their insurance is backed by financial strength and stability. About AIA AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets in Asia-Pacific – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Macau, Brunei, a 97 per cent subsidiary in Sri Lanka, a 49 per cent joint venture in India and representative offices in Myanmar and Cambodia. The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai almost a century ago. It is a market leader in the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$181 billion as of 31 May 2016. AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia-Pacific, AIA serves the holders of more than 29 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes. AIA Group Limited is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code “1299” with American Depositary Receipts (Level 1) traded on the over-the-counter market (ticker symbol: “AAGIY”).