Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Oakley Hosts 5th Golf Cup


Now in its fifth year, Oakley was once again proud to host the Oakley Golf Cup, with participants comprised of CEOs, celebrities, seasoned players, aspiring athletes, golf enthusiasts, as well as the media who swung their golf clubs for a cause last Monday, May 29, at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club.



Oakley representative Mr. Rajiv Dargani and the young members of The Junior Golfers League. 
This annual charity event for the benefit of The Junior Golfers League (TJGL) is presented by Oakley to encourage a thriving competitive golf future for the country by developing the potential of young, talented golfers such as the TJGL, the grassroots development league of the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines.

Despite the tough competition, the players enjoyed the 18-hole system 36 game. Skills, patience and their heart for golf were tested, as playing golf is not a walk in the park, but Oakley’s Prizm Lens Technology has brought to the game to a whole new level of clarity.

In the Men’s Division Class A, Jeff Bernaldez emerged as Champion scoring, with 74-06 = 68 and Jeorge Gallent winning 1st and Joey Anclano bagging the 2nd Runner up scoring 69 and 70 respectively. Meanwhile in the Men’s Division Class B, it was Vandolph Quizon who came out on top with a 92-20 = 72, followed by Rico Tolentino as 1st Runner Up, scoring 92-20= 72 and Jonjon Dela Rosa as 2nd Runner up with 92-22 = 72.

In the Men’s Division Class C, the top prize went to Kim Cabatit with a score of 103-31 = 72, with Lorenzo Dela Paz coming in as 1st Runner Up scoring, 103-27= 76 and Benedicto Adorable as 2nd Runner up with 104-28=76.

In the Ladies’ Division, Vangie Omlang emerged as Champion scoring 84-13= 71 and Sheila Ward winning 1st and Marissa Vergara winning 2nd Runner up scoring 83-11 = 72 and 87-14 = 73 respectively.

The Junior Golfers also showed their talent for the game – in the 8 & Under Boy’s Division, Patrick Tambalque was named as Champion with a score of 91 + 92 = 183, while in the 8 & Under Girl’s Division, Celine Abalos came in first with 98 + 92 = 190. For the 9 – 12 year old division, the champions were Sean Granada with a score of 70 + 77 = 147 and Annika Chua with a score of87 + 88 = 175. Finally for the 13 – 18 Division, the top prizes went to Josh Jorge with a score of 76 + 73 = 149 and Trish Lazatin with a score of 97 + 99 = 196.

Special awards were also given to the players with Jorge Gallent winning the Longest Drive award; Alan Canapi for Most Accurate Drive; Longest Putt Hole for Nick Ratuiste; and the Nearest to the pin hole award for Alex Montemayor.

As a brand that has always been known as the pioneer in eyewear and sport specific gear, Oakley is still pushing boundaries through its trailblazing innovations. The brand has revolutionized performance specific eyewear and gear; and The Junior Golfers League of the Philippines is one of the beneficiaries of such innovations.

Since 1975 Oakley has continuously encouraged and supported aspiring sportsmen to nurture their athletic abilities by providing them not only with innovative gear to enhance their performance, but also by offering opportunities that allow active individuals to hone their skills through friendly competitions such as the Oakley Golf Cup.

Oakley’s products also help athletes of all ages perform even better in their chosen field.  PRIZM™ Sports features various lenses tailor made for specific tasks- the Golf lens improves contrast for better separation of color and gives you more depth cues to gauge distance and grass conditions to predict ball speed. The Road, Trail and Field lenses are best for grimy, dusty and rocky terrains. Deep Water, Shallow water lenses utilize the Prizm Lens technology to fine tune color for water environments.

And for the everyday grind PRIZM™ Lifestyle promise enhanced details making everything vivid and vibrant, enhancing detail for an optimized experience.  

Oakley’s One Obsession is sports – it has become a lifestyle and lifestyle is about individuals, Oakley thanked all the committed individuals who participated in the charity event for the future golfers of the nation, for the support and love for the obsession with the sport.
And as the commitment to sports is not just a hobby, but a lifestyle, Oakley celebrated the 5th year of its gold cup by sharing the Oakley #CantStop Campaign– an invitation for all individuals to wear their commitment to the sport with pride.

Oakley’s products also help athletes of all ages perform even better in their chosen field.  PRIZM™ Sports features various lenses tailor made for specific tasks.
 


 
 
 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Finding Balance Between Passion and Profession


Atty. Rene “Rebo” Saguisag, Jr. is a multifaceted individual who, despite his busy profession, never turns down an opportunity to work with his passion. Aside from being a notable lawyer, following the footsteps of his father, prominent human rights lawyer Rene Saguisag Sr., he was also a former BEST Center coach and is currently the UAAP commissioner for two consecutive seasons, 78 and 79. On top of that, Atty. Rebo is also a strong advocate of sports development among the youth naming the Mindanao Peace Games as one of his involvements.  Recently, he even volunteered to manage his son’s little league baseball team.



How does he balance his passion and profession? “I don’t,” Saguisag wittingly answered. “I just married the perfect wife who fills all my shortcomings.” Law practice and basketball seem like two different worlds. Managing each would require his undivided attention as they are both time-consuming and emotionally draining. He explained, “I don’t see it as an obstacle but a challenge and opportunity to better myself so I never even considered choosing one over the other. In fact, if handled properly, they can even complement each other.”


Saguisag stated that his success as a lawyer, his pride in being a former BEST Center coach and now the UAAP commissioner, his commitment to being a good family man, and a better individual are all because of the lessons he learned while playing basketball when he was still young.

 
“All I really needed to learn, I learned inside the basketball court,” he shared.

 
Saguisag’s experience as a former coach for BEST (Basketball Efficiency & Scientific Training) Center, multi-awarded and pioneer in basketball clinics in the country, helped in his values formation. He noted how the organization has instilled in him discipline and a great sense of responsibility. The strict guidelines and high standards imposed and maintained in the clinics and the proper behavior required in the court, along with the values taught in team sports, has molded him to become who he is today.

 
He further explained, “Playing and coaching basketball aided me in knowing the technicalities and rules of the game which is vital in my position as a commissioner. Meanwhile, small details such as punctuality and grooming (like making sure my jerseys are tucked) helped in how I properly carry myself, even inside the courtroom.”


So far, the former BEST Center coach and now notable lawyer-cum-UAAP commissioner enjoys the best of both worlds and aims to implement his advocacies for the development of both fields. He also encourages everyone not to limit themselves to their own comfort zones but instead, be open to opportunities, accept challenges and turn these into achievements. Above all, never undermine the seemingly trivial lessons you learn along the way for it is through these experiences that make you who are, regardless of what you are.

 
For more information, call 411-6260 or 372-3066. You can also visit http://facebook.com/page/BEST-Center-Sports-Inc/.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Home Credit and CIC : The Loan and Winding Road to Borrowing


Home Credit and CIC share their top tips when getting a loan

If you’ve ever used a credit card for purchases, or availed of a consumer loan for a big expense, or even simply borrowed lunch money from a co-worker, you are not alone—according to data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, nearly 50% of adult Filipinos have an outstanding debt, while another 33% had borrowed money in the past.

Out of these borrowers, there is a growing segment that has taken loans from lending or financing companies. And it’s hard not to see why these “non-traditional” consumer finance companies are growing in popularity: for one thing, their requirements are usually much fewer than what banks ask for, and the approval process itself tends to be pretty fast, too.

That being said, there are those who still feel overwhelmed by the thought of applying for—and repaying—a consumer loan. After all, a loan, no matter how small, is a big responsibility. On the other hand, there are those who dive straight into borrowing, without knowing if they are 100% capable of being a good borrower.

If you belong to either of these camps, take a moment to read these handy tips from consumer finance company Home Credit and its government partner, Credit Information Corporation (CIC). Master these tips, and you’ll be a master borrower in no time!

Have a good credit record.

Before you even enter the store or the bank to apply for your next loan, ask yourself if you’ve been a good borrower in the past. Have you ever missed any due dates, or worse, defaulted on a loan? All of these may reflect in your credit history, which financial institutions take a look at before granting loans. If your credit history is good, then chances of approval are high. If not… you might just want to skip that loan application altogether.

First-timers have a chance, too.
But what if you don’t have a credit record, period—that is, you’ve never had a loan before? It can be a vicious cycle—some people don’t get approved for loans because they have no credit records, but how can they get a record if they’ve never gotten a loan in the first place?

But there’s good news: Home Credit, for one, can provide loans even to first-time borrowers, thanks to their sophisticated system for screening applications. The CIC, on the other hand, can get credit data even from telcos, and cable companies, and share these with financial institutions. So if you have paid bills to these companies, then it just might be the ticket to getting your loan approved!

Know your rights, and read the fine print.
Before you sign your loan contract, find out if there are any special conditions, or better yet, benefits that come with your loan. For instance, Home Credit offers the option to avail of insurance along with the loan; a 15 day “cooling-off” period that allows customers to pay back the full loan at no added cost within this time period; and a loan “safety guarantee” that promises full transparency on loan products with no hidden charges. 


On time? Good. Ahead of time? Even better!

Once your loan is approved and signed, remember your dues—that is, know exactly what you owe total, what you owe each month, and for how long. And of course, remember your due dates! “On time, all the time” is a good rule of thumb, but consider paying your monthly dues a few days in advance. That way, you’re protecting yourself from unforeseen hiccups—e.g. technical issues, bank clearing delays—that can lead to delays in posting payments, which of course leads to penalties (and a blemish on your credit record).

Want an even better tip? Enroll your loan into bank auto-debit, if possible. That way, you don’t need reminding every time your due date approaches. Just remember to keep your bank account funded!

If you run into trouble, just let your lender know.
Even the most responsible borrowers can encounter financial difficulties that can impact their ability to repay. Sudden illness, unemployment, and unforeseen expenses are just some of the things that can derail our loan payments. If ever this happens to you, the last thing you want to do is to hide from your lender, or ignore their calls to remind you of your (over) due dates.

Your best course of action? Reach out to them, and be transparent about your difficulties. More often than not, they are willing to help—or at the very least, listen. In Home Credit’s case, they even have a special unit in the company which reviews cases of customers experiencing extraordinary financial difficulties, and try to find solutions for loan repayment.

Turn that good credit record into a GREAT credit record.
At this point, you may have realized already how big of a role your credit history plays in getting a loan—and how big of a role your handling of your loan plays in further shaping your credit record. Regardless of how small your loan is, missed or late payments can spell bad news for your credit history. On the other hand, if you are prompt and diligent with your payments, that small loan can do wonders for your credit history—and pave the way for more opportunities in the financial system!

For more information, visit www.homecredit.ph.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Medical Science of Coconut Oil

Manila, Philippines, - Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D – the Author of over 20 booksincluding the best selling "THE COCONUT OIL MIRACLE", "COCONUTCURES" and "STOP ALZHEIMER'S NOW". Publisher and editor of theHealthy Ways Newsletter and Director of the Coconut Research Center,Certi&ed nutritionist will be the keynote speaker of the upcoming “TheMedical Science of Coconut Oil Forum” along with other nationally recognized speakers.
 
 
The Forum which will be hosted at the Ateneo Professional SchoolsAuditorium on Monday, May 22, 2017. This event is the &rst forum on theMedical Science of Coconut Oil, attracting 200 attendees who come togetherfor the opportunity to gather information from various Medical Health andWellness individuals. With this, Dr. Bruce Fife will be having a book signing at the InternationalFood Exhibition at the World Trade Center Tent on May 21, 2017 at boothnumbers 32 and 33. Dr Bruce Fife and other speakers will share their &rst hand medical experiences andexpertise on Coconut Oil. This forum will further elaborate scienti&cally the Medicaland Nutritional uses of Coconut Oil on mankind. Increased utilization will contributein the improvement of the lives of coconut farmers thru increased income fromvalue-added products.
 
Dr. Bruce Fife will be joined by the following panelists: Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell - Adjunct Research Professor at UP-NIh Institute of Herbal Medicineand Head, Skin Study Group, Dr. Gertrude P. Chan - President, Clinical Trialmanagement and Testing Associates, inc, and Honorary Consultant atDepartment of Dermatology, Research institute for Tropical Medicine, Dr.Jacinto Mantaring - Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at UP College ofMedicine Overall chair, Up Ethics Board, Dr. Cecilia Jimeno - Professor andChair of Pharmacology and Toxicology UP College of Medicine, Dr Fabian M. Dayrit - Full Professor, Chemistry Department at Ateneo De Manila University,Acting president at National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines.
 
This is forum is co-organized by the Ateneo school of Medicine and PublicHealth, Organic Coconut Association of the Philippines (OCAP), TropicanaFood Products Inc., Team Asia Corporation and the Philippine Council forHealth and Research Development.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ayala Foundation launches interactive art installation celebrating Moro Art


As the social development arm of the Ayala group, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are productive, creative, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino.

Founded in 1961 as Filipinas Foundation, the foundation’s first program was, in fact, implemented in Mindanao: the Sumilao Cattle Research Project, which sought to upgrade the quality of livestock in Bukidnon.

In the 1970s the foundation also undertook several studies on Muslim Mindanao, looking at migration patterns, culture, public policy, and economic opportunities program areas—youth leadership and education, the bulk of which are done in partnership with the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.. Projects in Mindanao continued in the 1980s and 1990s, until Filipinas Foundation was renamed Ayala Foundation in 1990, signaling the Ayala group’s renewed commitment to improving lives and contributing to national development.

Ayala Foundation’s operations in Mindanao are based in Cagayan de Oro City. 

At present, Ayala Foundation’s initiatives in Mindanao focus on two

·         Leadership Communities, a program which strengthens the leadership potential of community-based youth as they identify urgent challenges faced by their own communities, and to conceptualize and implement projects to address these challenges. LeadCom has reached the youth in Cagayan de Oro, Davao City, and Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

·         Basilan Young Leaders Program-LeadCom, where 28 young Muslim leaders underwent an immersion and exposure programs, enabling them to appreciate best practices in health, education, livelihood, peace and synergy in key cities around the country. This was done in partnership with RG Mujiv Hataman and the ARMM and the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines (EFAP). These 28 young leaders either partnered with each other or put up their own groups to implement projects. These resulted in 10 youth projects that had 628 direct beneficiaries benefited through the efforts of youth leaders; 167 youth volunteers all over Basilan were involved in the implementation of the projects

·         Bangsamoro Young Leaders Program-LeadCom was initiated to build on the success of the Basilan Young Leaders Program, this time reaching out to the entire ARMM. Ongoing is the project conceptualization phase, where 35 Bangsamoro youth are participating.

·         Training Institute is a teacher training program focusing on four major elements, namely classroom pedagogy, development of critical thinking skills, values clarification and use of technology in the classroom. Ongoing are two-year training sessions in both Lamitan and Lantawan in Basilan where 41 teachers and school heads learn new techniques in improving the classroom experience. In Cagayan de Oro, AFI has trained 64 teachers, most of whom will also become trainers for TI initiatives in other parts of Mindanao.

·         Global Filipino Schools, a partnership program between Ayala Foundation, Globe Telecom, Mitsubishi, and the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, provides internet connectivity and teacher training in the use of technology in the classroom. GFS reached 2,710 pupils and 62 teachers from Fr. Masterson Elementary School and Indahag Elementary School, both in Cagayan de Oro.

·         The Siyapen Drug Rehabilitation Center is a partnership project with the City Government of Marawi, and hopes to provide a community-based approach to drug rehabilitation. It will be opened in 2017.

Two acclaimed Filipino artists come together to celebrate Moro culture through Manāra, an interactive art installation at the Ayala Museum Plaza, officially opening on May 3.

 
Manāra—the Arabic word for “minaret”—is the result of the creative collaboration between internationally acclaimed sculptor and painter Toym Imao and industrial designer and installation artist Lilianna Manahan.
 

Featuring 23 minarets and lanterns, the Manāra interactive art installation features Moro textiles, wood and metal work, music, and indigenous patterns. Manāra is a project of Ayala Foundation.

Traditionally, minarets served as lighthouses, providing light to people and vessels that needed to find their way. Minarets, which are also important architectural features of mosques, are also where calls to prayer are made.

 



Similarly, the Manāra art installation hopes to shed light on the richness and diversity of Moro culture, and in the process inspire a deeper understanding of Muslim Filipinos. At the same time, the interactive art installation serves as a call for unity—for Filipinos, even though they come from diverse backgrounds, to become more open to dialogue and cooperation.

 

“In an increasingly digital environment, art continues to be a powerful expression of today’s realities and an important medium to convey messages of enlightenment, action, and community. We see this interactive exhibit as an opportunity to promote awareness and further educate people about the rich and inspiring culture of Mindanao communities and the significant role the Moro culture plays in our country’s history and heritage,” Ayala Foundation Co-Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala said.

 
“The spirit of collaboration, mutual respect, and creativity shown in Manāra is the exact same spirit that we live by at Ayala Foundation,” says Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “Through our various initiatives in education, youth leadership, sustainable livelihood, and arts and culture, we make sure that we are aligned with the needs of our stakeholders, and focus on programs that make an impact in the lives of the people we serve, which include our conglomerate, our communities, and the rest of the country.”

 

For over 50 years, Ayala Foundation has been implementing community development initiatives in Mindanao. One of the foundation’s first projects was the Sumilao Cattle Research Project at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro in the 1960s. At present, the foundation has been nurturing its partnership with the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao for its youth leadership program Leadership Communities, and its education program Training Institute.

 

Ayala Foundation has also partnered with the City Government of Marawi for the community-based Siyapen Drug Rehabilitation Center, which was started earlier this year.

 

Guests are welcome to explore and interact with Manāra at the Ayala Museum Plaza from May to May 26, which coincides with the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The installation will then be brought to key sites in Visayas and Mindanao later this year.

 
Toym Imao

An internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor, Toym Imao has shown his works in the Philippines and abroad. His installation Last, Lost, Lust for Four Forgotten Episodes was the inaugural artwork featured in Ayala Museum’s OpenSpace in 2015. Toym received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of the Philippines, and a master of fine arts degree from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Toym is of Tausug descent. He currently teaches at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts.


Lilianna Manahan

Lilianna Manahan is an internationally recognized visual artist specializing in industrial design, interactive art, and installation art. A graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, Lilianna also studied at Central Saint Martins in London, and trained under renowned designers in Europe and the Philippines, including the acclaimed Kenneth Cobonpue. Her artworks and furniture design have been showcased both here and abroad.

 

About Ayala Foundation
 
As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation's main program areas are Education, Youth Leadership, Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture. For more information, visit www.ayalafoundation.org, or “Like” facebook.com/ayalafoundation.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Herbalife Nutrition Urges Southeast Asia Consumers to Actively Combat Obesity with Balanced Nutrition Habits

Speaking at the Southeast Asia Public Health Conference, Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board Member Dr. Wang Chin-Kun underscored the role of balanced nutrition in the fight against obesity.

Global nutrition company, Herbalife (NYSE:HLF), is urging Southeast Asia consumers to actively combat obesity by adopting balanced nutrition habits in everyday living. Speaking at a lunch symposium of the 1st Southeast Asia Public Health Nutrition (SEA-PHN) Conference, Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board Member Dr. Chin-Kun Wang highlighted the role of balanced nutrition in supporting the fight against obesity and expressed concern on how often it has been underestimated in the region. Held on May 14 – 17, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the SEA-PHN Conference aims to promote and sustain public health nutrition in the SEA region.

 

“Herbalife Nutrition is honored to be a Diamond Sponsor of the 1st Southeast Asia Public Health Nutrition Conference," said Mr. Stephen Conchie, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Herbalife Asia Pacific. "We aim to inspire positive nutrition habits all around the world, and this conference is the perfect platform for us to continue promoting the benefits of balanced nutrition in Southeast Asia. Through supporting and participating in this conference, we hope to share the science behind this philosophy with stakeholders from the health and nutrition industry, and work with like-minded partners to collectively combat obesity in the region.”

Dr. Wang, an expert in metabolism and nutrition, and the president of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods, and council member of the Federation Association of Asian Nutrition Societies, said, “With the percentage of overweight and obese people in Southeast Asia having risen from 19.8% in 2010 to 22% in 2014, consumers need to be more aware of the associated health challenges – such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer associated with being overweight and obesity. While there are many known ways to fight obesity, adopting balanced nutrition habits is generally considered a safer and more sustainable way to combat obesity for most population groups.”

Sharing practical tips on adopting balanced nutrition habits with nutrition experts and medical professionals, Dr. Wang added that calculating calorie intake and consuming high quality protein are important habits to cultivate in weight management. They can empower consumers with the nutritional understanding to better plan their meals and help prevent overeating. In addition, he recommended that consumers favor soybean proteins for their positive and functional impact on human health, such as the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and reduced risk for some cancers.
Herbalife Nutrition also conducted a series of activities at their exhibition booth, to help conference delegates understand the Herbalife Balanced Nutrition Philosophy and incorporate balanced nutrition habits into daily living.

About Herbalife

Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people's lives with great products since 1980. Our nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Independent Members in more than 90 countries. We are committed to fighting the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.

We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports.

The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of US$4.5 billion in 2016. The Herbalife website contains a significant amount of financial and other information about the company at
http://ir.Herbalife.com. The company encourages investors to visit its website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted. To learn more, visit Herbalife.com or IAmHerbalife.com.


Essilor brings Bolon eyewear to the Philippines

Italian-designed leading affordable luxury eyewear is now in the Philippines! Introduced by Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Bolon® premium eyewear, known for its elegance, high quality and functionality, has been launched in Metro Manila and is now available in select optical shops.



Bolon® is recognized for its unique and stylish designs as well as its ingenuity in protecting the eyes against harmful rays of the sun. The Bolon® brand redefines the modern aesthetic to meet the standards of today’s chic consumers, at the same time maintaining its functionality and elegance.

“We are pleased and enthusiastic to launch Bolon® in the Philippines,” remarks Dr. Emelita Roleda, Essilor Philippines general manager. “With Bolon®, Filipinos now have access to premium, affordable luxury sunglasses and eyewear.”

Combining both science and art in each eyewear, Bolon® is not only a fashion statement because of its exquisite designs. Its high-definition polarized lenses have E-SPF technology to ensure the highest level of comfort and protection. It is also made from Italian “Mazzucchelli” acetate, renowned for its outstanding colors and textures, as well as from Swiss-made memory resin, well-known for supreme resistance and lightness.

 
Bolon® is indeed a top-notch eyewear that captivates even Oscar® and Emmy® award winner, Anne Hathaway, who is its brand ambassador. Epitomizing youth, style, and glamor, the Interstellar actress perfectly embodies the high quality of Bolon® sunglasses and prescription frames.

With 85% brand recognition level and 30% market share in Asia, Bolon already has a strong presence across the region. It has also been massively distributed to major global hubs and airports, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo. Recently, the brand made a successful move to expand to the Middle East and UK markets.

Learn more about Bolon® by visiting your preferred eye care professional or leading optical shop nationwide.

 

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

5 Reasons Your New Home Should Be in the South

 
 
Who wants some fresher air, more peaceful and more spacious surroundings, and the quaint lifestyle that accompanies the community. When we talk about what it’s like living in the South of Metro Manila, these and more are almost sure to be brought up. It’s undeniable that staying down South comes with its perks and privileges. 
 
Find that space away from the hectic pace of the urban jungle, a colorful home in the South, with Rockwell Primaries’ first property in the area, East Bay Residences. Ideal for newlyweds, young families, and even growing families to settle in a comfortable new home, East Bay gives you many reasons to be excited about staying south of the metro.
 
1. Enhanced Southern living through the Rockwell brand – Known for providing exclusivity, innovation, and unparalleled quality, the Rockwell heritage bleeds through the soon-to-rise community in East Bay. With the utmost standards in building livable spaces and offering reliable services and facilities, Rockwell Primaries is here to paint the South with its signature of excellence.
 
2. Be where you need to be and close to the places that matter – Located along East Service Road in Sucat, Muntinlupa, East Bay is nestled in the heart of key commercial and recreational establishments around the Muntinlupa and Paranaque area. You won’t be too far from the central business districts, and weekend out-of-town getaways will be very much convenient for families and friends.
 
3. Easy access to premium convenience and leisure with the retail row and amenities – Livable spaces means having everything you need at your doorstep. The retail row will house dining and shopping establishments to ensure your family doesn’t have to go far from home to enjoy. A clubhouse, gym, floating corridors, and lots of open green spaces will exude that outdoor, homey vibe the South brings.
 
4. Allow your family to create wonderful and memorable experiences every day – That warm, inviting home families strive to build with an eye for the future is possible with the different unit sizes available at East Bay. Choose among the Junior 2BR (44-48 sqm), 2 BR Prime (70-73 sqm), and 3 BR Prime (98 sqm) to fit your growing needs and passions. Explore living arrangements that best suits the family.
 
5. Unique and exciting living spaces that you can call home – Special bi-level garden units are still available for those who wish to elevate the standard of their home. The exclusivity in owning one can make your modern home all the more special. 
 

 
About Rockwell Primaries
Rockwell Primaries, a subsidiary of Rockwell Land, aims to elevate lives by creating best value quality homes modern Filipinos can be proud of, with its two on-going properties: The Vantage at Kapitolyo and East Bay Residences. 
 
Visit the East Bay Residences model unit at Km 21 East Service Road in Sucat, Muntinlupa.
 
 
For more information on Rockwell Primaries projects, visit www.rockwellprimaries.com.ph or call 828-9888.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Drinktec 2017: Go with the Flow, Manila Road Show


Drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, recently held a presentation to invite Filipino audience to the 2017 event on September 11 to 15 at Messe München, Germany.
 
The trade fair will gather beverage and liquid food industry players from different parts of the world to showcase the latest technologies and trends in production, filling, packaging and marketing. Participation in the 2017 drinktec fair offer Filipino industry players an opportunity to learn how they can take their business to another level and network with colleagues from other markets.
The Philippine leg of the drinktec road show was led by Richard Clemens, Managing director of VDMA German Engineering Federation. More information on drinktec is available at www.drinktec.com.

Exceptional amenities define luxe living at Botanika

The taste and needs of today’s affluent residential buyers are continually evolving. While a prestigious address remains to be a priority, their definition of luxury has gone beyond the collection of amenities, into how these lifestyle features will give them a richer experience. This is the promise of Botanika Nature Residences, the first luxury condominium in Alabang, that is thoughtfully designed to give its discerning residents above par-facilities that complement their lifestyle.
 
 
Located at the most exclusive area of Filinvest City, Botanika is truly the new coveted address for the privileged few, where many of life’s necessities and luxuries are well within reach. There is the members-only The Palms Country Club for sports, recreation and relaxation; Westgate and Festival Mall for shopping, dining and entertainment; Asian Hospital and Medical Center for world-class healthcare services, and top-notch academic institutions like De La Salle Zobel and San Beda College Alabang.  

With its turnover set in the fourth quarter of this year, Botanika exudes a distinct south Manila village charm. This low-density development, with generous living spaces and large balconies, ensures the comfort, privacy and security of its residents. Its sun-roofed atrium provides natural light and scenic elevators give a dramatic view of the Flow Garden – a picturesque landscape of water and lush greeneries.

Botanika, registered under the Philippine Green Building Council’s BERDE certification program, lets its residents enjoy a well-lived life—an extraordinary melding of luxury and functionality. Boasting of amenities that are designed to enliven the body and restore the spirit, Botanika features a uniquely tiered infinity swimming pool that offers a serene respite backdropped by verdant spaces for a fresh, calming scenery. A sun deck is made available for those who enjoy the sun while a canopied veranda by the pool makes it perfect for family and friends to get together over intimate al fresco gatherings. Unique sculptured tree houses are not only best enjoyed by the young, but are also a perfect venue to bond with their parents, along with an indoor and outdoor play area, and a game room for indoor recreation for families. Botanika also mixes work with play, by incorporating a functional business center or library that can cater to those who prefer to work without leaving the comfort of their homes.
 
Botanika also puts the value of health and wellness front and center, with facilities where residents can unwind and rejuvenate. And for those who are members of the Palms Country Club, they will be given easy private access to its facilities from its tennis, basketball, and squash courts, eight-lane bowling alley, garden spa, sauna and steam rooms.

Truly, Botanika keeps to its promise of fulfilling the deepest aspirations of luxury residential buyers – lushness, exacting details, and superior quality in the primest location. And with Botanika Nature Residences still on its pre-selling period with turnover of units set in the fourth quarter of this year, buyers can experience the art of fine living at the best price.

Two million pesos worth of premium flip-flops, given away to new hires of Teleperformance

Teleperformance, the worldwide leader in outsourced omnichannel customer experience management services, gave away two million pesos worth of flip-flops to nearly 900 new employees during its recently concluded “Hip to Flip” promo.
 
“Hip to Flip” is a nationwide promo ran by Teleperformance for all its successfully hired applicants from January 29 to April 19, 2017.  Out of the thousands of successful hires across the company’s 18 sites in the Philippines, 872 winners were selected via electronic raffle, giving them the chance to customize and bring home a pair of premium flip-flops – a most suitable and fashionable footwear this summer.
 
 
Three flip-flop designing events were organized for Hip to Flip’s Luzon leg, which ran on March 3, April 1 and April 22. Held at the Greenfield District in Mandaluyong City, the Hip to Flip events in Manila attracted a total of 640 participants. Actor Robi Domingo entertained the employees as they creatively designed their own pair of flip-flops.
 
Meanwhile, 232 new employees from Teleperformance sites in Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao trooped to Teleperformance Tower at Cebu IT Park for the Visayas and Mindanao Hip to Flip event on April 22.
 
Aside from personalized flip-flops, premium items such as iPhone7, movie passes, shopping e-cards, buffet gift certificates, and Teleperformance merchandise items were raffled off to the winners during the Hip to Flip events in Manila and Cebu.
 
Teleperformance Philippines Vice President for Recruitment George Dy congratulated all the winners of the Hip to Flip promo. “On behalf of Teleperformance, I warmly welcome you to our family. We want to give you the best employment experience by providing you with the right growth prospects and attractive incentives. The Hip to Flip promo is just one of the many exciting activities we have lined up for you this year. More surprises await as you start your career at Teleperformance. Congratulations to all!” Dy said.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

BG Bridal Gallery launches mobile wedding planning app

Good news for the Brides in Metro Manila, now you have the access to stress-free wedding preparations as international wedding planning company BG Bridal Gallery launches its mobile app and offers free wedding planning consultations in its showroom at Bonifacio Global City.
 
Yesterday, at the mobile launch event, BG’s Wedding Experts showcased the features of their mobile app showing how they truly are purveyors of All Things Wedding.  It was simple and so easy decipher.
 


This is something that should have existed 10 years ago...my wedding preparation could have been so stress-free. Future brides now a days can already have something to enjoy while on their wedding preparation stage.
 
Take a look at the latest App of Bridal Gallery. Just a simple click, scroll and touch, you'll get what you need, the answers to your questions.
 
 

Brides-to-be now have a wedding planning tool at their fingertips with the BG Bridal Gallery App


 

A Wedding Planning Tool at your fingertips

 
Understanding the needs of today’s busy brides, BG Bridal Gallery CEO Tony Wakiyama explained that the BG Bridal Gallery app aims to “give brides-to-be access to all things wedding, anytime, anywhere, from wedding ideas, professionals, promos and more!”
They can discover wedding ideas such as great planning tips, inspiration from different global themes and have access to the finest wedding professionals. They can also enjoy special promos and have VIP access to discounts and freebies offered in the app. Available for IOS and Android, the app is free and can be downloaded at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Mobile App Launch Promos

Brides who download the app have the chance to win exciting prizes such as a P 25,000 voucher that they can use to purchase any BG Bridal Gallery wedding service and a chance to win dinner for two at High Street Cafe, Shangri-La The Fort at the monthly draw. 
 
BG Bridal Gallery is also inviting newlyweds to help future brides through their “Help Brides Out. Drop a Review and Win!” campaign. They can win a free dinner at Shangri-La at the Fort by leaving reviews for their wedding professionals. Newlyweds can get a raffle entry by signing up in the BG Bridal Gallery App and leaving a review - the more reviews they give, the more raffle entries they can get.
 

“We encourage both brides and newlyweds to download and experience our app. Newlyweds can share their experience and help more brides create their perfect wedding day,” said BG Bridal Gallery General Manager Mark Consuegra.

 
One on one with Maxene Magalona



The 30-year-old actress who looks younger than her age, recently announced, getting engaged with her boyfriend, Robby Mananquil.  Maxene now shared her happiness having found a very useful mobile app in helping her prepare for her wedding details. Also sharing her joy of having a very supportive and really hands-on fiancée when it comes to their dream wedding.
 
The couple loves to travel and have thought of having their wedding abroad, but the bride's love for her late father and love for her country made her ask her fiancée to have their wedding in their mother land, Philippines. Robby, of course gave his support to his beautiful bride to be.
 
You can see the how blooming Maxene is and you can feel the excitement with her words and actions. Again, she's so thankful that mobile app like Bridal Gallery is now available and is so easy to access.
 
One Stop Shop Wedding Planning Solutions

Aside from investing in new technologies to make wedding planning easier, BG Bridal Gallery also offers engaged couples a one stop shop solution to wedding planning. With a free consultancy service from their expert wedding planners, the company aims to make wedding planning easy and stress-free.  BG Bridal Gallery offers on-the-day coordination, full coordination and a one stop shop wedding package.
 
“We have witnessed more than a million weddings from the last 40 years so we understand the varied and ever changing taste of brides when it comes to weddings.  By bringing global themes and design, we give Filipina brides more choices for their dream wedding. We also continue to partner with the finest professionals to make sure that brides have access to the latest trends from local and international markets,” said Wakiyama.
 
 
As for wedding trends this year, Consuegra shared that “Cinematic wedding video with personalized storylines are trending for this year while pre-wedding photo shoots are still very popular, especially when held outside the city. In terms of wedding themes, greenery, rustic and modern themes are 2017's latest trends.”

 
The BG Bridal Gallery Showroom is located at Unit 312, 3rd Floor C2 Building, Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC, Taguig City. To inquire or to book a BG Bridal Gallery’s wedding planning, brides can visit them at their showroom, 10AM to 8PM, Monday to Sunday (except holidays). They can also sign up for a free consultation at the BG Bridal Gallery Facebook or
 
ABOUT BG BRIDAL GALLERY
Into the wedding industry since 1976, we have filmed real love stories of more than one million couples with NST Pictures. We’ve witnessed different cultures and traditions. We captured special moments from across the globe -- Japan, United States, and the Philippines.
Through the years, we saw how brides (and grooms) prepare for their big day. We came to understand what they need and so, with the same passion to pull off that dream wedding, we dedicate a wedding planning services online and offline for brides. Yes, our commitment paved the way for what is now BG Bridal Gallery -- a place for all things wedding.
BG Bridal Gallery
Bridal Gallery on Facebook at facebook.com/bgbridalgallery and on
Twitter and Instagram @BGBridalGallery
Call (02) 720 9804


"My Selfie Moments"

With the Beautiful Future Bride, Maxene Magalona

With BG General Manager, Mark Consuegra

With BG CEO, Tonny Wakiyama