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Essilor’s Eye Can Succeed awarded Golden World Awards

Thursday, December 27, 2018


Eye Can Succeed, an advocacy campaign dedicated to improving Filipino lives by improving sight, won its first global award, the Golden World Awards for Excellence in Public Relations – Healthcare category.




Held at the Hotel Catalonia, Barcelona Plaza in Spain and attended by delegates from 60 countries worldwide, the GWA awarded Essilor’s Eye Can Succeed for successfully providing free eye care services to 10,000 Filipino senior high school students and distributing prescription glasses to those in need. Eye Can Succeed campaign was spearheaded by Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF), the philanthropic arm of Essilor. Dubbed “Oscars of PR”, the annual Golden World Awards is organized by the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), the leading global network for Public Relations professionals.




It is the world’s most prestigious PR award-giving body that recognizes best in public relations practices worldwide in different categories. Receiving the gold award in behalf of Essilor Philippines were (from left to right) Essilor Spain Consumer and Categories marketing manager Hugo Velasco, PR manager Adriana Garcia, and FuentesManila president Edd Fuentes.











BULACAN CHILDREN HOMES SPEND PRECIOUS TIME WITH SM VOLUNTEERS

Children gathered over a breakfast treat prepared by SM Malls in Baliwag and Pulilan during the ChriSMiles program at Kids of Bethlehem House of Bread in Baliuag Bulacan. 


It was never too late to spend the holiday with the ones who matter most and with the people who are worth the help as SM Malls in Bulacan stood as one in giving gifts of cheers and love across three children homes in the province.

Dubbed as “ChriSMiles”, volunteers from SM City Baliwag, SM Center Pulilan, SM City San Jose del Monte and SM City Marilao shared their time off from work to spread love and joy through gift giving and a little entertainment to the less fortunate children.

Kids of Bethlehem House of Bread in Baliuag Bulacan are overjoyed as employees of SM City Baliwag and SM Center Pulilan entertain them to a dance performance. 

In Baliuag, almost 100 children of Bethlehem House of Bread had a meaningful holiday as they received toys, school supplies, food, footwear, cleaning materials and ‘SM Bears of Joy’ from SM City Baliwag and SM Center Pulilan. Employees also had their share of priceless moments with kids as they accompany them to a breakfast treat as well as parlor games where they played as team.

Meanwhile in San Jose del Monte City, with the collaborative efforts from SM employees, agency personnel, and kindhearted shoppers and mall goers, more than 50 kids from Happy Child Academy and Resources Center Inc. in Diamond Crest Village were able bring out their sweetest smiles as they received bags of chocolates, school supplies, and ‘Bears of Joy’ from SM Cares. They were also treated with breakfast meal and entertainment number from a famous fast food chain mascot.
A beneficiary of the Happy Child Academy and Resources Center Inc. took a picture with SM City San Jose del Monte's Customer Relations Services Supervisors.


Furthermore in Guiguinto, SM City Marilao employee volunteers hosted and treated the children of Bethany House, Sto. Niño Orphanage last December 21. The activity was also made possible through their own initiative - a Bazaar for Cause in which they have raised additional funds for the orphaned children.

ChriSMiles is a yearly volunteerism activity of SM Supermalls that aims to make more children smile especially this holiday season. The event is a nationwide employee volunteerism program that brings joy to the chosen beneficiaries of each mall. The initiative started in 2012 that also encourages all SM employees to be more appreciative of their individual blessings by sharing and caring.

SM volunteers from Baliwag and Pulilan give the gift of happiness to almost 100 orphaned children of Bethlehem House of Bread in Baliuag Bulacan. SM Bears of Joy as well as toys, school supplies, footwear, cleaning materials are among the presents given to the beneficiaries.


Also part of the activity was the distribution of SM ‘Bears of Joy’, a program of SM Cares that encourages the idea of gift giving by purchasing a simple bear from Toy Kingdom that is worth 200 pesos. One bear is for keep and the other one will be donated to the said chosen beneficiaries of each malls.



It was never too late to spend the holiday with the ones who matter most and with the people who are worth the help as SM Malls in Bulacan stood as one in giving gifts of cheers and love across three children homes in the province.

Dubbed as “ChriSMiles”, volunteers from SM City Baliwag, SM Center Pulilan, SM City San Jose del Monte and SM City Marilao shared their time off from work to spread love and joy through gift giving and a little entertainment to the less fortunate children.

In Baliuag, almost 100 children of Bethlehem House of Bread had a meaningful holiday as they received toys, school supplies, food, footwear, cleaning materials and ‘SM Bears of Joy’ from SM City Baliwag and SM Center Pulilan. Employees also had their share of priceless moments with kids as they accompany them to a breakfast treat as well as parlor games where they played as team. 

Volunteer from SM City San Jose del Monte helps the kid eat her meal during the ChriSMiles activity at Happy Child Academy and Resources Center Inc.

Meanwhile in San Jose del Monte City, with the collaborative efforts from SM employees, agency personnel, and kindhearted shoppers and mall goers, more than 50 kids from Happy Child Academy and Resources Center Inc. in Diamond Crest Village were able bring out their sweetest smiles as they received bags of chocolates, school supplies, and ‘Bears of Joy’ from SM Cares. They were also treated with breakfast meal and entertainment number from a famous fast food chain mascot.

Furthermore in Guiguinto, SM City Marilao employee volunteers hosted and treated the children of Bethany House, Sto. Niño Orphanage last December 21. The activity was also made possible through their own initiative - a Bazaar for Cause in which they have raised additional funds for the orphaned children.


Volunteer from SM City San Jose del Monte helps the kid eat her meal during the ChriSMiles activity at Happy Child Academy and Resources Center Inc.



ChriSMiles is a yearly volunteerism activity of SM Supermalls that aims to make more children smile especially this holiday season. The event is a nationwide employee volunteerism program that brings joy to the chosen beneficiaries of each mall. The initiative started in 2012 that also encourages all SM employees to be more appreciative of their individual blessings by sharing and caring. 

Also part of the activity was the distribution of SM ‘Bears of Joy’, a program of SM Cares that encourages the idea of gift giving by purchasing a simple bear from Toy Kingdom that is worth 200 pesos. One bear is for keep and the other one will be donated to the said chosen beneficiaries of each malls.

Trendy makeup techniques to glam up for New Year!




Start off the New Year on a positive and fun vibe with makeup looks that match your personality and resolutions. Bold and sparkly colors are fail-proof makeup looks that you can try for a more adventurous and glamorous year to come. But if you’re all set on channeling an easygoing and wholesome vibe, you can go for fresh and monochromatic looks this 2019. Let Careline, the Filipina teen's go-to cosmetic brand under Ever Bilena Cosmetics, guide you:


Fresh
Planning for a new makeup routine for everyday look? Go for a fresh and youthful makeup look using Careline’s Multi Sticks (P205). Start by applying the Blur Stick all over the face to keep it smooth and oil-free. This will also ensure that your makeup stays in place the whole day. Hide blemishes and highlight your facial features with the Brighten Stick. Then, with the Contour Stick, draw a line along your temples, the hollows of your cheeks, jawline and sides of the nose. Tap area of contour color with your fingers. Add a pop of color on the cheeks, lips and even eyes with the Rose and Peach Sticks. Complete the look with a healthy glow using the Strobe Stick, applying on the high points of your cheeks, the inner corners of the eyes, eyebrow bone, and bridge of your nose, Cupid’s bow, and chin.

Monochromatic
The monochromatic look involves keeping your eyes, lips, and cheek within the same makeup shades. Perfect for any occasion, this makeup trend is not only easy to wear but also easy to apply. The trick is to choose a color that complements your skin tone like Careline Multi Sticks in Rose and Peach. You can apply it all over your lids, even dab some on your cheeks and use it on your lips. Voila! You’re good to go.

Bold brows and lips
Bold brows and lips will never go out of style. To achieve this look, be sure your eyebrows are well-groomed so it’s easy to fill them in with your preferred eyebrow product. With the brow comb, brush your eyebrow hairs upward then fill in sparse spots with Careline’s Best Brow Liner (P160) in Taupe or Brunette. Complement your look with bold lips using your preferred shades from Careline’s Metallic Lipstick (P210) or Matte Liquid Lipstick (P210).

Smoky eyes, soft lips
Smokey eyes are perfect during special celebrations or a night out with your friends. It’s easily doable by filling in your whole lids with Careline Color Pencil (P65), which has a creamy texture that can be used as an eyebrow and eyeliner pencil. After application, blend it with a flat eye shadow brush. Of course, smoky eyes aren’t complete without a swipe of Go Big! Mascara (P185) on your lashes and dramatic winged-eyes using Careline’s Liquid Eyeliner (P105). Balance it out with any nude shade of lipstick using Careline Kiss Sticks (P180).

Try these easy to-do makeup looks and you’re sure to look party-ready for the coming holidays.

To know more about Careline, visit https://careline.com.ph/, and follow their social media accounts: www.facebook.com/CarelineCosmetics, www.youtube.com/channel/Careline PH Official, www.instagram.com/CarelinePH



Triathletes of all ages dominate MediCard Sprint Tri 2018





Beginner and seasoned triathletes prevailed over the first-ever MediCard Sprint Triathlon at Fontana Leisure Park in Clark, Pampanga with teenager Adrian Thomas Dionisio (male category aged 15-17) clinching the top spot at 1:07:46 and Julie Somoso (female category aged 50 and above) leading her age group at 1:59:28.




The triathlon included a 600-m swim, 20-km bike, and 5-km run course. Athletes took several laps in the Olympic-sized pool and went on to a one-loop bike course around the Clark grounds, and to a single-loop run on the resort. It also featured a relay category for family, friends, or teammates.




“This is one of the best ways to encourage everyone – from little kids to adults, even the more senior ones – to exercise and move,” said MediCard president Nicky Montoya.




Ian Banzon of Sante Barley (F, 30-34) reached the finish line at 1:19:53 while Gianmarco Anton Sibayan (M, 25-29) clocked in at 1:11:38, followed by Pierce Tan (M, 18-24) at 1:11:49. Ma. Lourdes Cabero (F, 35-39) finished the course to claim second-fastest female spot at 1:29:51, whereas Alfie Yu (F, 40-44) finished third.




Among the top 10 male finish times were the performances of older age group champions Levy Ang (45-49), clocking in at 1:15:31, and Rune Stroem (55-59) with 1:16:39.




Other age-group female champions in the MediCard Sprint Tri were Therese Malapad (15-17), Isabel Parco (18-24), Alessandra Castaneda (25-29), and Ymelle Reyes (45-49). Male champions include Angelo Leaño (35-39), Brett Petrillo (40-44), Jerry Santos (50-54), and Chicho Mantaring (60 and above).




Champions in the relay category were Team Fuego (all-female), Team Pukers (all-male, mixed), and Team ActiveHealth (family).




MediCard is a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) in the country dedicated to providing accessible healthcare to Filipinos. Visit www.medicardphils.com or call (02) 884-9999 for your healthcare needs.

Dr. Steve Mark Gan receives prestigious honor from the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

GAOC Founder and CEO Dr. Steve Mark Gan with Dato’ William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia (leftmost) and Undersecretary Zenaida Cuison Maglaya, Regional Operations Group, Department of Trade and Industry (rightmost) at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards held at Manila Marriott Hotel. 


Dentist to the Stars Dr. Steve Mark Gan, Founder and CEO of the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), the undisputed leader among dental clinics in the Philippines and one of the best in Southeast Asia, again, adds to his already impressive roster of achievements as he was awarded in the Outstanding Category, Hall of Fame, of the much coveted Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2018.










The prestigious Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) is a Regional Award Recognition programme recognizing entrepreneurial excellence, honoring business leaders and organizations who have shown outstanding performance and tenacity in developing successful businesses, whilst not neglecting the social responsibilities that come with leadership.







The APEA recognized Dr. Gan’s contributions to the field of dentistry and dental implantology in the Philippines. Specifically, this honor was bestowed on Dr. Gan for his “uniquely personal triumph in search for excellence”; and his “steel-willed determination and vision amid unspeakable challenges.”







Additionally, the GAOC Group of Companies also received the Corporate Excellence Award, in the Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology category, for “having established a mark for upgrading, humanizing and even glamorizing the practice of dentistry.”







“I’m truly humbled by this recognition,” says Dr. Gan. ”More than anything, it serves as an inspiration for me to strive harder in the advancement not only of GAOC, but of the
whole field of dentistry in the country as well.”







At present, GAOC owns and manages 10 state-of-the art dental clinics and is at the forefront of innovation through the utilization of digital dentistry, the latest global trend in the field today.




















Mang Inasal ushers in Christmas season with new Molo Soup

Saturday, December 22, 2018



Mang Inasal, the country’s leading Pinoy quick service restaurant that serves the No.1 Chicken Inasal, welcomes Christmas time with a new offering that is definitely suited for the festive season.



Believed to have originated from the town of Molo in Iloilo Province, Molo Soup has for its main ingredient, seasoned ground pork wrapped in molo or wonton wrapper. Also known as Pancit Molo, this Filipino pork dumpling soup has been an endearing comfort food for many Ilonggos, as well as Pinoys in other parts of the archipelago.



Made of chicken broth with molo dumplings, misua, minced garlic and spring onion, the Mang Inasal Molo Soup not only complements the cool Christmas weather, it is also goes perfectly with Mang Inasal’s 2-in-1 sa Laki, Nuot-sa-Ihaw Sarap Chicken Inasal.



“Our Molo Soup is simply ‘bagay sa Chicken Inasal’ (goes well with Chicken Inasal), as it caps the meal with a hearty soup. We hope to further complete our customers’ dining experience with the introduction of this well-loved Pinoy comfort food,” said Brand Manager Mimi Mendoza.



It can be taken as a side dish to any of the Mang Inasal value meals or as a stand-alone dish. And it is even affordably priced.



There is one more reason to visit Mang Inasal store now – to dig into that hot bowl of Molo Soup, which is now available in Mang Inasal stores in Mega Manila and South Luzon, and will soon be available in other regions in the first quarter of 2019.



Try the delicious Mang Inasal Molo Soup now!



Sealteam Peenoise claims supremacy in the Rules of Survival – Nimo TV Philippine Champions League Season 1

Thursday, December 20, 2018


Sealteam Peenoise (Left to Right): Squad Leader John Kirk MagbanuaRexon Kerk TanayJhoey Bhoy Buenaflor and Jayson Tabin


Manila, Philippines – The country’s biggest Rules of Survival tournament hosted by Nimo TV has successfully held in Mineski Infinity Taft on December 15, 2018. Sealteam Peenoise emerged champion and took home Php100,000 in cash plus in-game items.

Comprised of Jayson TabinRexon Kerk TanayJhoeyBhoy Buenaflor and Squad Leader John Kirk MagbanuaSealteam Peenoise endured the Finals that lasted over 7 hours defeating 14 other squads. From a 2nd to the last finish during the first round, the team was able to recover by winning the third, fifth and sixth round giving them a total score of 3,065 enough to win the title.  Savage Gaming comes in 2nd with a final score of 2,925, Team Marshall with 2,675 in 3rd, Comeback in 4th with 2,380 Points and Evo Groundz with 2,380 points in 5th.

The top 5 teams will represent the country in the upcoming Rules of Survival Southeast Asia tournament and will face other Southeast Asian teams to gain supremacy. 

The Rules of Survival – Nimo TV Philippine Champions League Season 1 was broadcasted exclusively via Nimo TV that brought professional gaming to a wider audience.

For a more exclusive and exciting tournament, download the Nimo TV app at Apple app store and Google Play store. Click link here. http

AXA and PSBank strengthen partnership







One of the country’s leading insurers AXA Philippines bolstered its partnership with Philippine Savings Bank, the consumer banking arm of the Metrobank Group, through an agreement that allows the sale and marketing of AXA’s general insurance products in all PSBank branches nationwide.









This gives AXA unprecedented access to PSBank’s extensive network, expanding its reach while offering customers greater ease and convenience. Photo shows AXA Philippines president and CEO Rahul Hora (2nd from left) shaking hands with PSBank president Jose Vicente Alde (2nd from right) as AXA chief of commercial business Nicasio Rollan (left) and PSBank senior vice president & marketing group head Emmanuel Tuazon (right) look on.





Win a Xiaomi Mi 8 Daily by Watching Sinio and TNC Predator Pro Team’s Armel and Tims via Nimo TV

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Manila, Philippines – Live streaming app Nimo TV together with the country's well-known game streamers are giving away prizes for its lucky viewers this Holiday.

From December 16 to 31 2018, lucky spectators will have a chance to win a Xiaomi mobile phone, prepaid loads or gaming items daily. To win, a spectator should watch the live streaming of the scheduled gamer of the day, and it will be drawn randomly via Nimo TV’s in-app draw feature.

Hosting the promo are various gaming stars from Nimo TV’s streamer pool. One is TNC Predator Pro Team’s Armel and Tims who will host on December 18-20 from 8:30 to 10:30 PM; December 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM; December 26 from 8:30 to 10:30 PM and December 27 – 28 (exact schedule will be posted via Nimo TV FB Page). Popular Fliptop Artist / Gamer Sinio have recently hosted the giveaway last December 16 and scheduled to do another round on December 23 and 30 from 9:00 to 11:00 PM.
Watch out for the upcoming schedule of some streamers via Nimo TV’s official Facebook page.

Enjoy a truly merry Christmas with Nimo TV! For more information on the promo follow Nimo TV’s official Facebook page and go to Nimo.TV to watch out for the live streams.

Download the NiMO TV app at Apple app store and Google Play store. Click link here. https://nimotv.onelink.me/B6cW/25ba46b7

SM Cares - Digital technology in building infrastructure

Tuesday, December 18, 2018




Hans T. Sy, chairman of the Executive Committee of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., delivered the keynote speech at the 44th National Convention and Technical Conference of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), held recently at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. 


With this year’s theme: “Integrating Advanced and Digital Technology in Building Infrastructure”, Sy talked about the benefits of advancing technology in construction, as well as SM’s Disaster Resiliency efforts. 



He also highlighted the importance of Disaster Risk Resilience and the role of engineers as critical players in nation building. More than 15,000 civil engineer members of PICE attended the event.



ITD World empowers CEOs, business leaders to become life, innovation, executive coaches



Top-level leaders, entrepreneurs, and HR, organizational development and training professionals discovered different life coaching, innovation coaching, and executive coaching techniques during the CEO, HR, and Senior Leaders Conference held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.




The one-day conference is an ITD Mega Guru event that featured world-renowned executive coach Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, ITD World president and CEO Dr. Peter Chee, and ITD World Philippines country head Serely Alcaraz as they shared insights on how executives can achieve ultimate results and happiness not only in their jobs but also in their personal lives.




Life coaching

The 1st Asian ranked among the top 6 global coaching gurus, Dr. Chee engaged participants on how strategic coaching, executive coaching, and life coaching can be used to achieve sustainable success and holistic happiness. Emphasizing on life coaching as the key to sustainable and holistic love, happiness, and success, the ITD World president and CEO shared six “must do’s” for executives as a life coaching tool: listen fully and deeply, ask the right questions, appreciate and encourage, use positive voice and body language, simplify and focus on what’s important, and move to action and commitment.




Dr. Chee noted there are three important life coaching must do’s that Filipinos can adopt— encourage and appreciate people, ask the right questions, and listen with empathy. “The coach makes the coachee feel like a champion by appreciating and encouraging them, and by asking them the right questions to unleash their power and unlimited potential. Through listening to them with empathy, a coach can really pull out what’s best in them.”




Innovation coaching

Leaders play a crucial role in coaching to achieve breakthrough results in product development and service improvement. For #1 master trainer and ITD World chief coach Alcaraz, this begins with establishing an innovation coaching culture within an organization. This includes crafting an innovation strategy, championing innovation, allocating resources, developing innovation skills, providing management rewards and metrics, cultivating the culture, involving the enterprise, and collaborating with customers and stakeholders.




The second step in innovation coaching is ideation or generating creative ideas that can improve an organization’s product, service, process, or strategy, even in the face of competition. Among the ideation methods presented were mind mapping, wherein Alcaraz challenged executives to not only “think outside of the box” but to completely remove the “box” in coming up with ideas and solutions. Through a short exercise, the attendees were also introduced to Brainwriting, an activity where people in a group take turns in providing new and unique ideas on a key topic.




Alcaraz also talked about SCAMMPERR, a set of innovation techniques that can help executives find new ways to improve their product or service. SCAMMPERR stands for substitute, combine, adapt, magnify, modify, put to another use, eliminate, rearrange, and reverse.




The third step in innovation coaching involves subjecting selected ideas to “throughputs”, a development cycle wherein product ideas undergo research and refinement, rapid prototyping, testing, further research and refinement, solution development, pilot testing, additional research and refinement, and launch. “Throughputs is not so much about being thorough. Aim for quick wins. Don’t take too long about doing this because you still have results evaluation and building customer acceptance which is equally important in introducing a new product or service,” Alcaraz cautioned.




Executive coaching

In his executive coaching session, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith focused on improving or changing a person’s behavior as he talked about the feedforward exercise as a tool for coaching and learning from employees. It encourages leaders, decision makers and people from all levels of the organization to let go of the past and focus on future goals, offer ideas and help as much as they can, and listen to suggestions without judging and learn as much as they can.




The best-selling author also outlined guidelines on how everyone in an organization can change their behavior and develop themselves to become good leaders, at work and at home. The guidelines include asking others how one can be a better person, listening to suggestions or advice, thinking things first before doing something, thanking others for their help, responding to suggestions through positive actions, involving support groups to help achieve their goals, changing for the better, and following up on the goals.




Among these, Dr, Goldsmith sees three guidelines that Filipinos can readily adopt—asking, responding, and following up on suggestions. “Filipinos tend to be hesitant to give negative feedback, face-to-face. So, I like confidential feedback and if leaders ask for these, it is very important to teach them how to respond to feedback, to talk about what they want to improve. Then on the follow-up, especially important here is what I call a feedforward, where they ask for ideas which is much more positive.”




The CEO, HR, and Senior Leaders Conference was presented by ITD World, the global leadership development expert, with event partners IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines, Philippine Society for Training & Development, Asia Select Culture Solutions Company, Stratworks Marketing Communications and National Book Store, and exclusive media partner ANC. For inquiries, email itdmanila@itdworld.com, call (632) 887-7428, or visit www.itdworld.com.


OLX reveals most searched vehicles and motorcycles






Wondering which vehicles were trending in 2018? According to leading classifieds portal OLX, the Honda Civic and the Yamaha Mio are the most searched car and motorcycle models, respectively, from January to November 2018.

Known for its performance, durability and versatility, the Honda Civic has been a consistent most-searched vehicle on OLX and has remained as a popular choice in the pre-owned market. It can function as a daily driver and even as a race car. The Japanese car is also popular among enthusiasts who love to pimp their ride.

The Toyota Fortuner comes close as the second most searched and is followed by the Toyota Innova. The other popular models are the Mitsubishi Pajero, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, the Toyota Hilux, the Toyota Vios, and the Mitsubishi Lancer. Completing the top 10 most searched list are vans: the Toyota Hiace, and the Hyundai Starex.


Two-wheeled rides are also becoming more popular because of their affordability. And when it comes to the most searched motorbike model, the Yamaha Mio scooter tops the list. Coming in second is the Suzuki Raider, which is known for its powerful engine.

In terms of motorcycle brands, internet users have been curious about aspirational brands Ducati, Vespa, and Harley-Davidson. Kawasaki and Rusi, though not as upscale as the previous brands, are also frontrunners. When it comes to motorcycle body types, many users searched for “scooter” followed by “big bike,” “400cc,” and “café racer.”

The data presented are based on the searches from January 1, 2018 to November 21, 2018 on OLX, the classifieds platform that has the most number of car and motorcycle listings in the Philippines.


It’s interesting to see which car models the market is looking up online. The most-searched list, which has some regulars and new nameplates, reveals consumers’ preference in 2018. Because of the upswing in motorcycle demand, the first-ever roundup of the most popular motorbike brands and models in terms of search this year is also available,” says Manuel Roman, OLX Philippines’ Head of Cars. “We value our customers’ needs, so we make sure we are leading in both volume and quality of listings. Our platform should be able to help people find the ride they are looking for, whether it’s a car or a motorcycle.”

OLX Philippines is part of the OLX Group, the world’s leading classifieds platform in growth markets. Having 17 brands worldwide, OLX Group is available in more than 40 countries, where its market-leading trading platforms are being used by more than 330 million people monthly.

Search for your ideal car or motorcycle on https://www.olx.ph/.



Teleperformance presents BPO career opportunities to De La Salle University-Dasmariñas students

Monday, December 17, 2018
Teleperformance Philippines leaders with De La Salle University – Dasmariñas students 
during the site tour at Teleperformance Aura 

MANILA, Philippines—Teleperformance, the global leader in outsourced omnichannel customer experience management, conducted a site tour for students from De La Salle University - Dasmariñas in the company’s business site at Teleperformance Aura, Taguig City recently. 




Students appreciated the spacious operations floor, as well as the workstations that follow the “clean desk” configuration at Teleperformance. They also experienced the fun and cozy employee amenities such as the fitness gym, game room, cafeteria, sleeping quarters, training rooms, and meeting rooms. Jojo Pacis, Teleperformance Philippines Vice President for Capability Development, led the students to a customer journey demonstration that gave them a deeper understanding of a how a seamless omnichannel customer experience can make a difference in today’s world.




Teleperformance Philippines Assistant Marketing Manager Fel-Isra Belarmino, who guided the students throughout the tour, shared how the BPO industry offers a variety of career opportunities for them. “Contrary to popular awareness, this industry is not just about taking calls. There are several departments and business programs to choose from – such as finance, human resources, marketing, or IT – where one can equally employ strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Whether you’re fresh out of college or looking to follow a different path, a career at Teleperformance might just be the one for you.”




Qualified candidates may apply through Facebook at facebook.com/teleperformance.philippines. They can also call the recruitment hotline #8353 (#TELE) or simply walk into any of these recruitment centers located across the Philippines.



Filinvest City’s green urban planning—where Philippine CBD should be heading


Filinvest City ensures a highly progressive and sustainable environment for city dwellers. 



In the early 1990s, Andrew Gotianun Sr. saw there could be more to a grazing ground for livestock in Alabang. His company, Filinvest, won the bid over the 244-hectare Alabang stock farm and transformed it into his vision of a complete environment conducive to meeting the demands of global businesses and enriching the lives of those working and residing in the city. With that vision, the Filinvest City masterplan—one that is sustainable, future-ready and responsive to the needs of an ever-changing metropolis—was drawn up.




Today, the 244-hectare Filinvest City embodies the ideals Andrew Gotianun Sr. set years ago. Filinvest City is very much of the present and even as it looks forward to tomorrow, introducing key enhancements to its masterplan: green system, districting and improvements to “mega-blocks” resulting in a well-balanced live-work-play environment.




Filinvest City is currently registered to the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification—a first for the Philippines—under the Neighborhood Development plan, further proof of its commitment to build a truly progressive and sustainable CBD.




The first phase of the Filinvest City master plan enhancement is defining Filinvest City’s public domain and green spaces which includes the introduction of a green system consisting of more open spaces, parks, greenways and pocket resting areas—active and passive facilities for a more meaningfully built environment.




These include the Spectrum Linear Park, a recently-completed three-section linear park spanning almost a kilometer that dissects the city from north to south. It is a beautifully landscaped green spine along Spectrum Midway with tree-lined paths, lighted seating areas and stimulating outdoor art installations.




Also part of Phase 1 is the development of a creek side park, stretching further down from the Spectrum Linear Park to a creek, which features meandering paths with seating areas, a bridgeway, bike lanes and a viewing deck. When completed, this will be connected to the al fresco retail strip—the River Park at Festival Alabang.




Included in the pipeline of Phase 1 is the Central Park where a botanical garden, bike racks, a dome structure for events and an expansive lawn will be built. This is envisioned to be one of the major public event spaces within Filinvest City where people can either enjoy a picnic on the sprawling lawn or come together to celebrate an outdoor concert.




Filinvest City has also earmarked its megablocks—parcels of land that Filinvest is retaining that will add as the value enhancers in the city. Part of the masterplan is the maximization of Festival Alabang as the City Center with its major phase by phase expansion and the construction of a chapel near the River Park, the construction of a Convention Center which will be connected to the transport hub, and the Filinvest Axis Towers which will define the Filinvest City’s skyline.







Filinvest City’s design divides into districts, all bearing the four pillars of the City but each with its own distinct character: Northgate District which houses Northgate Cyberzone, the IT-BPO (information technology-business processing outsourcing) hub; the Civic Plaza that houses a variety of public services and institutional facilities like firestation and healthcare establishments; Westgate, the upscale retail and lifestyle center; the Woods, the more green campus-like and relaxed setting; the Palms District, the highest point and site of exclusive developments like Botanika Nature Residences; South Station, the transport hub; the City Center, where the Festival Alabang, the biggest regional mall, is located; and the Spectrum district as the economic core of Filinvest City and is home to prestigious businesses, as well as high net worth families and individuals. These areas are steadily being transformed into self-contained live-work-play districts.




Filinvest City takes a more prudent approach to city enhancements, proceeding at a steady and calculated pace. These developments bolster Filinvest City’s position as a world-class CBD, ultimately ensuring that land values in the area continue to rise and creating a community responsive to the needs of locators and the people living there today and tomorrow.

















ONE DREAM, ONE DECADE, ONE FAMILY: SM CITY BALIWAG CELEBRATES 10th YEAR




“One Dream, One Decade, One Family”… SM City Baliwag celebrates 10 years following the said theme with a series of meaningful activities that marked the milestones the mall have gone through the past 10 colorful years.

SM City Baliwag is SM Prime’s 33rd Mall opened in the country last December 12, 2008. With a complete line of stores as in all other SM Prime malls, the mall served as a one-stop destination for shopping, dining, entertainment, health and wellness for Bulakenyos at the first class urban municipality of Baliwag in Bulacan.


On 2015, SM City Baliwag went through a remarkable expansion with the introduction of four-storey extension building that highlighted health, beauty and wellness services, specialty restaurants as well as state-of-the-art Cyberzone and SM City Baliwag Central Terminal to provide customer convenience, efficiency, comfort, and security and safety while traveling.

Today, SM City Baliwag continue to bring the best of global brand concepts such as Miniso, Payless and Watsons. There’s also a lot of foodie fun at new concept stores like Dakasi, Snow Panda, Snack Attack and specialty restaurants like Wendy’s, Terawo, Persian Avenue, BonChon, Gerry's Grill, Kuya J, Kenny Rogers and Barrio Fiesta. Soon to open is Specialty shop Hoton Retail, a new haven of home and office essentials.

As such, the coming years will be a breakthrough as SM City Baliwag will mark another milestone with its forthcoming developments.




To kick off the 10th year Anniversary celebration, SM City Baliwag officials and employees gathered to a Thanksgiving mass presided by Rev. Fr. Ventura P. Galman. Followed by a meaningful exhibit formally opened through a ribbon cutting lead by Assistant Vice President- Mall Operations North Luzon Junias Eusebio with Regional Operations Manager Ana Datu, SM City Baliwag Mall Manager Arch. Andrew Cristobal, Assistant Mall Manager Rodora Tolentino and the rest of Mall Administration officials.




The exhibit featured special memorabilia that highlighted SM City Baliwag’s best memories for the past 10 years. From the photos of the mall opening, notable events and programs conducted, to the respected officials behind SM City Baliwag’s success down to the employees who contributed to the success of the company all throughout the years, the exhibit served as a quick journey to SM City Baliwag’s 10 fruitful years.

SM City Baliwag Assistant Mall Manager Rodora Tolentino shared “Seeing these pictures mean so much to everyone because it goes with all the memory and all the experiences that we encountered; all the challenges that we had, at the end of the day, we have succeeded.”

News articles and special features, recognitions, awards and even best kept documents shared by employees are also found in the exhibit. 


“With this exhibit we have encapsulated the years of tribulation, and the triumphs of the team with hopes that with all our shortcomings and mistakes comes learning,” said SM City Baliwag Mall Manager Arch. Andrew Cristobal.

Mall Key Custodian Orlando Penoliar, an SM employee for almost 40 years likewise delivered a message to instill inspiration to all officials, employees and guests who witnessed the event.

The program highlighted a heartfelt audiovisual presentation entitled “A Look Back at SM City Baliwag’s Amazing 10 Years” a compilation of SM City Baliwag’s treasured moments captured through photos.

Kids make recess refreshingly fun with Jolly Kiddie Meal Tumblers

Friday, December 14, 2018










The country’s leading fast-food chain’s Jolly Kiddie Meal makes school recess and playtime breaks more refreshingly fun for kids with its Jolly Tumblers! The colorful and jolly-looking beverage containers are one of the convenient ways for young ones to bring their favorite drinks to school, the playground, and to their playmate’s house.




With the new Jolly Kiddie Meal Tumblers, young ones can enjoy their favorite fruit juices, iced tea, milk and chocolate drinks, or water anytime and anywhere with their most-loved Jollibee and Friends mascots.




With its built-in straw, kids can easily sip beverages from their rainbow-colored Jolly Tumblers. They can also play with Jollibee, Hetty, Popo, Twirlie, and Yum by turning the gear and seeing the Jollibee and Friends mascots rotate on top of their tumblers.




The Jolly Kiddie Meal Tumblers come with every purchase of a Yumburger (P80), Yumburger Meal with Drink (P100), Jolly Spaghetti (P95), Jolly Spaghetti Meal with Drink (P105), 1-piece Burger Steak (P95), 1-piece Burger Steak Meal with Drink (P105), 1-piece Chickenjoy with rice (P120), or 1-piece Chickenjoy Meal with Drink (P135), each with its own Jolly Joy Box.




Get all five collectible Jolly Tumblers from December 1 to 31 and make your kids’ recess more refreshingly fun!









OLX’s holiday party essentials

Thursday, December 13, 2018



Hosting a party for the upcoming holidays? Let it be a party to remember by adding all the essential party elements available on OLX, the world’s leading classifieds platform, and become a party insider by having free access to the hottest party favors listings:

What’s a party without balloons, right? Make your party even more festive and picture-ready by decorating the venue with colorful balloons. The air-filled kind can be used to create different designs and figures, while the helium-filled balloons, which are floating or giant confetti-filled ones, are sure to add wow factor to any party. You can even use them for your party’s games.

A great stage design is essential for a memorable experience and is a key element to inspire guests. There are so many different ways to refresh your stage design by using LED as a backdrop, tarpaulin, and customized figures, among others. Make every performance special by adding a stage design like this on OLX so all your guests can see every song or dance number prepared especially for the occasion.
Set the scene of your next party with a contemporary table setting that welcomes guests with gorgeous table decorations including centerpieces, favors and table accessories. You can choose from a lot of party rental items online depending on your budget. Check out a great selection of party table and chair rentals on OLX.

It’s never really a party without the lights and sounds, whose suppliers can be found on OLX. They provide uplighting, crazy effect lighting, and sounds to liven up your party.

Catering is becoming a more popular choice for events where everything, including the food, drinks and service, is important. Provide good, hearty dishes for your guests by choosing from a list of catering services available on OLX.
Hire a comedian who can poke some fun at your friends or book a professional live solo or band performers to take your party to the next level. Find performers ready to provide entertainment to your guests on OLX.

End your big day on a high note with a unique party favor your guests are sure to love. Favors such as customized mugs, pillows, bags, and shirts can be your options. Find more party favors, unique party gifts, and custom supplies to make any celebration more fun and exciting on OLX.

Check out all your party needs on OLX (https://www.olx.ph/).






A gift of adventure this holiday


L-R: TechnoMarine Ocean Manta, TechnoMarine UF6, and TechnoMarine Sea Manta


This holiday, give the man in your life the perfect gift – a TechnoMarine timepiece that reflects and inspires the spirit of adventure. Engineered for any kind of environment, TechnoMarine offers distinct models to suit any personality or lifestyle.

For the adventure seekers—individuals who love the great outdoors, there’s the TechnoMarine Ocean Manta collection. Taking its cues from the grace of the manta ray, the Manta collection seamlessly articulates exceptional motion in design while maintaining its remarkable, Swiss made prowess. TechnoMarine Ocean Manta comes in a black tone case with a quartz movement.


For the urban dwellers and corporate movers—driven personalities who need a watch they can wear on any given day and on any occasion, the TechnoMarine UF6 is the perfect partner. The UF6 collection embodies the key components of active sophistication, combining high-performance materials with compelling design. The multifaceted watch comes in stainless steel case, a silicone strap, and a quartz movement.

For dressier occasions or a night out on the town, the perfect complement is the TechnoMarine Sea Manta Chronograph. Because every man needs a classic timepiece that is smart and stylish, the sleek lines and modern vibe of the Sea Manta collection –in stainless steel with black dial— offers effortless sophistication and exceptional performance.


Timely holiday offer
Making these TechnoMarine watches even more irresistible is an exclusive holiday offer of up to 30% discount on featured collections from November 30 to December 31, 2018. To know more about the promotion, visit TechnoMarine stores located at Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier Davao, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, TriNoma, and Uptown Mall.

Shopee wraps up a record-breaking 2018 with over 12 million orders on 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

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Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, wraps up a record-breaking year with its highly successful Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale. On 12 December, Shopee saw over 12 million orders across the region, surpassing all past records including the recent Shopee 11.11 Big Sale.

Supported by more than 450,000 brands and merchants, Shopee recorded 48 million visits as users shopped 60 million deals across all categories. Shopee’s in-app games were also highly popular; Shopee Shake was played 46 million times throughout the campaign, while the newly launched Shopee Quiz saw 11 million participants tuning in from across the region.

In the Philippines, Mobile and Accessories, Health and Personal Care, and Women’s Apparel were the top three most popular categories. Leading brands, including Maybelline, the SM Store, Xiaomi, and Pampers emerged as favourites amongst users.

Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer, Shopee, said, “Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale marks another significant milestone as we celebrate a year of exponential growth. Following the success of Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale in November and Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day in September, it has been an exciting and fulfilling quarter for us as we surpass past records and set new benchmarks to reach next year. As we wrap up 2018, we would like to thank our loyal users, sellers, and partners for their continued support; and we look forward to having everyone join us in attaining even greater heights in 2019.”

Shopee’s achievements in Southeast Asia and Taiwan

Since launching in 2015, Shopee has seen tremendous growth across its seven markets, achieving over 195 million downloads across Southeast Asia and Taiwan[1]. In the third quarter of 2018, Shopee saw 158.8 million gross orders and US$2.7 billion in gross merchandise value (GMV), a respective 24.0% and 21.1% increase from last quarter.

Shopee Philippines’ key milestones in 2018

2018 has proven to be an exciting year for Shopee Philippines. Key highlights include:

  • Scaled up partnerships with leading brands: To date, Shopee has widened its product assortment to around 800 leading brands and retail partners on Shopee Mall; including Maybelline, Platinum Karaoke, Vivo, The SM Store, Head and Shoulders, Asus, Robinsons Appliances, Bosch, and Xiaomi. This year, Shopee also partnered with top brands to hold major events; including a beauty workshop in partnership with Maybelline and Palmolive to celebrate female empowerment, and an exclusive fashion show with Avel x Matteo in line with the launch of Shopee Celebrity Club.

  • Deepened engagement with users: Launched popular in-app games to drive user engagement, including the iconic Shopee Shake; and the latest in-app game, Shopee Quiz, which saw 400,000 participants throughout the entire Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale.

  • Extended reach across the Philippines: Worked closely with top Filipino celebrities including Anne Curtis, Shopee Philippines’ first brand ambassador; and Jose Mari Chan, Shopee’s Christmas ambassador; to reach out to even more users and fans across the country.

To round off Shopee’s Christmas celebrations, users can shop one final round of Christmas treats at the Shopee 12.12 Thank You Sale happening from December 13 to 14.

Shop the Shopee 12.12 Thank You Sale at https://shopee.ph/m/thank-you-sale

For more information, https://shopee.ph/
Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.