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GLITTERING ICE FEST WRAP UP HOLIDAYS IN SM CITY BALIWAG

Monday, December 23, 2019



Live ice carving session, perfectly carved ice monuments and rare snow encounter transport shoppers imagination into a once in a lifetime winter experience at the recent Glittering Ice Fest, a one-day attraction held in SM City Baliwag.





SM City Baliwag continue to dazzle Bulacan as the mall recently transformed into a marvelous ice gallery for a day. Dubbed as the Glittering Ice Fest, the event is a first and only ice attraction in the province consisting of indoor live ice carving show, unique exhibit of ice sculptures as tall as 5-feet and experiential snow activities and installations to bring families a Holiday to remember.

Glittering Ice Fest brings into show the exceptional talents of local ice carvers extraordinaire from Paete, Laguna, as the event displayed live ice carving demonstrations, while snow as added element gave spectators a thrill of excitement, making them feel a lot like winter carnivals abroad.



Children are stunned gazing at life-size snowflakes ice sculpture, one of the attractions at Glittering Ice Fest in SM City Baliwag. Other works of art found at the one-day event are snowman, elf, reindeers and other symbols of the Holidays.








Shoppers young and old are stunned as blocks of ice were turned into magnificent works of art to form classic Holiday symbols such as Santa Clause, reindeer, snowman and other spectacular monuments only seen in movies.




Hues of light bring life to ice sculptures, making them glitter in frost, while giving emphasis to their unique patterns and intricate details.
Local ice carvers extraordinaire of Paete Laguna brilliantly crafted an intricate 5 ft. Christmas tree made from ice witnessed by throng of shoppers and spectators at the Glittering Ice Fest held in SM City Baliwag. Other ice creations presented during the event are Santa Claus, snowman, elf, and other symbols of the Holidays.








Winter wonderland came true for little ones at Glittering Ice Fest where kids fulfilled their dream of building a snowman during the snow art workshop.




It feels like a few steps away from any other country’s winter festival as experiential ice sculptures as tall as 4-feet like eskimo, reindeer face and angel wings are installed for fun photo ops great for capturing rare snow encounter. The unique installations allowed shoppers to step-into-the-scene for a memorable experience.
Wings made from ice is perfect for angels and little kids too! This and other ice installations were found at the Glittering Ice Fest, a one-day attraction held in SM City Baliwag.





The Glittering Ice Fest is among the unique attractions aligned for celebrating the Holidays in SM City Baliwag. The magic continues as the mall remains festive with special performances, activities and light shows featuring spectacular fireworks display to illuminate the sky on December 29, eight o’clock in the evening at the parking area of SM City Baliwag.

Give gifts that keep on giving


Give gifts your loved ones will value for years to come. 





It is the season for gift-giving, but finding the best present for your loved ones can be tough, especially if you have been giving them gifts for every special occasion every year.




You can narrow your choices by picking something meaningful that will last for a long time and is more precious than material things. Give your loved ones gifts that keep on giving.




Here are some ideas for presents that your loved ones will value for years:




Gym or fitness class membership. Gifts that ensure good health have a lasting benefit. Choose a gym membership, a fitness class, or any activity to get the body moving and sweating. Staying active can help in weight loss and in reducing the risks of heart diseases, diabetes, stroke, and other life-threatening illnesses.







Education. Education is a lifetime gift and the knowledge one gains is something that can never be taken away. You can pay for your loved ones’ tuition if they are interested in taking short courses in cooking, dance, music, and the like.




Ornamental plants. You can also choose a gift that will keep growing, give back health benefits, and is also a beautiful addition to any home: an ornamental plant. You can also take it one step further and bond together over planting a tree.




Insurance. Make sure that your family will continue to enjoy the lifestyle they deserve even when the unexpected happens. With an insurance-investment plan like Asset Master, a premium product from AXA Philippines for the discerning investor, you can build a diversified portfolio of local and global investments. It offers a wealth transfer solution for you and your family so you can seamlessly transfer your estate when the time comes. It also serves as keyman insurance that helps preserve your business legacy for generations to come.




“For your loved ones, the gift of insurance coverage is the ultimate expression of your love and care, providing them support through life’s difficulties and securing their future,” says Rahul Hora, AXA Philippines president and chief executive officer.






Travel. Create new memories with your loved ones and broaden your horizons as you learn about different cultures and people. Ensure that your trip is enjoyable and stress-free with AXA Smart Traveller. This travel insurance product offers a wide range of benefits, including 24-hour medical assistance, personal accident coverage, protection of personal belongings, and even refunds for travel inconvenience.




This holiday season, give your loved ones something they will value for years to come. To know more, talk to an AXA agent today or visit www.axa.com.ph.




Exclusive Sneak Peek: UAAP Stars Kobe Paras and Ildefonso Brothers Unveil their Edgy New Look

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Tech BPO iQor Brings Jobs Closer to Home by Expanding to Davao

Friday, December 20, 2019

James Down, Director for Operations of iQor Philippines, led the recent celebration of the expansion of the Davao Call Center and the launch of the new center in Davao Park District.



iQor Continues to Bring Jobs Closer to Home as it Expands its Call Centers in Davao, Philippines

Tech-Enabled BPO company is rapidly recruiting across Davao to meet growing client demand

iQor, a managed services provider of customer engagement and technology-enabled BPO solutions, announced today the expansion of its Davao call center, as well as the launch of a new center in the Davao Park District.

“iQor is looking forward to growing in the City of Davao,” said Senior Vice President Operations for iQor Philippines, Rod Hoddinott. “The City is an ideal region thanks to its highly proficient workforce and educated talent pool. It will remain one of our fastest growing regions as we work with clients to solve complex problems across a variety of channels.”



iQor Philippines Davao Team is ready to welcome new employees at its expanded Davao Call Center and newly opened center in Davao Park District.


The new expansions in Davao are part of iQor’s 2019 growth trajectory that will bring in over 5,000 new jobs across the Philippines by the end of the year. Expanding by 70,000 square feet across the two locations, iQor has modernized its current center with a new recruiting space and expanded breakroom and game area. The newly-built center houses 1,200 call center seats and another state-of-the-art recruiting center. iQor considers Davao’s local government and community exceptional partners and has plans for further expansion in 2020.

To meet client demand, iQor has been actively recruiting over 2,000 new employees across Davao and will continue to recruit through the end of the year.

“We’re on a mission to bring jobs close to home across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” said Senior Vice President Operations for iQor Philippines, Saurabh Bhaskar. “Our Davao employees enjoy effortless commutes and access to a variety of amenities within walking distance of our contact centers.”

iQor was recently nominated at the 2019 Asia CEO Awards for Diversity Company of the Year and was recognized for its commitment to the Philippines business community and job creation through its first place award for Best Company of the Year Outside National Capital Region at the 2018 International ICT Awards.




iQor operates in multiple locations throughout Dasmariñas, Davao, Iloilo, Talisay, Bacolod, Santa Rosa, Fairview, Metro Manila, and Clark.

To learn more about growing your career at iQor, please visit:

5 great ways to unwind in NOMA after a long work week

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Assembly Grounds at The Rise keeps you satisfied through the weekend

After a long, stressful week at work, there’s nothing like using that hard-earned time to kick back and enjoy the best in life. For people who live and work in North Makati (NOMA), Assembly Grounds at The Rise offers a bunch of ways to chill and relax, enjoying the best food and pampering treatments. 



Enjoy unlimited Korean BBQ at Premier the Samgyupsal. The meat is succulent, the side dishes are limitless, and there are enough flavors and textures to keep taste buds occupied for a long time. Diners can get premier-grade meats, imported melted cheese dip, and more authentic dishes. Bring the entire barkada for a fun weekend feast!



Take some time for self-care! Focusing on appearance isn’t just about looking good, it’s about feeling good, restoring a sense of self after a debilitating week behind that office desk. With /nook/ urban family salon + spa, both men and women can avail of top-notch pampering treatments, from facials to haircuts!


Chomp on some cheesy, meaty meals. When craving for juicy steak, crunchy nachos, and a dash of lime, head on over to Fiery Style Southwestern Flaming Grill, the place to be for Southwestern Tex-Mex food. This perpetually festive restaurant is always alive with a vibrant cocktail bar or a live acoustic set, and when the most important thing in the world is a Friday night agenda, you can always rely on a hefty drink and a sizzling plate of spiced steak.


Set an appointment for a gentleman. Got a bunch of fun engagements this weekend? Then looking dapper is a must. At Sanbry Men’s Grooming House, every guy becomes a gentleman, what with their bachelor-pad setup and expert grooming skills. You’ll walk out looking like the toast of the town.

Savor a hot bowl of ramen. Is it a rainy weekend? Want to just stay in the area and enjoy something toasty and perfect? Then get a seat at Ramen Daisho, an authentic Fukuoka ramen restaurant that uses ingredients sourced directly from one of Japan’s Ramen Masters. With chewy, slippery noodles swimming in a bowl of savory broth, a rainy weekend will always be a happy weekend.


With all these things to do right in the heart of NOMA, Assembly Grounds at The Rise is the ideal place for the thriving community to make every minute of the weekend worthwhile!

For inquiries, call 8-298-8000 loc. 4 or visit www.assemblygroundsattherise.com. Follow Assembly Grounds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @assemblygrounds.

Signet Properties Co-Launches Flint with SeedIn, RE/MAX for Philippine Real Estate Crowdfunding

Tuesday, December 17, 2019




Signet Properties officially launches Flint, the first, tech-enabled real estate crowdfunding platform in the Philippines. Co-presented by SeedIn Technology and RE/MAX Premier Manila, it is touted as the next best thing not just for Filipinos, but also foreigners who wish to invest in real estate properties in the Philippines, any time.

Andre Mercado, Signet Properties CEO said, “We are most excited about this latest innovation because it will finally provide opportunities for anyone who is hesitant or is overwhelmed with the process of investing in Philippine properties.”



In the Philippines, the traditional real estate process follows a certain way: buyer hunts for properties online, which is then linked to a certain real estate seller or broker. The buyer and broker go back and forth, with the buyer agreeing to a total contract price that is worth millions of pesos. Then they undergo the tedious process of fulfilling property ownership requirements, which may involve more money and time until the contract signing.


And for most Filipinos, the contract signing does not involve actual ownership turnover yet. The contract signing may only signal the start of paying off the downpayment needed to signify the intention of ownership. As such, return on a real estate investment takes a long time.

With real estate crowdfunding via Flint, the turnaround time of the return on a real estate investment is much faster.



Traditionally, crowdfunding platforms require all investors to achieve an aggregate amount to fund the investment of a real estate property. Most of the time, it takes a while for the funding to come through. In some cases, funding may not come through at all.

At Flint, all properties available for investment are pre-funded. This means that as low as Php1,000, users can quickly purchase a share of the real estate property (or more) regardless of the percentage of the total Flint investment reached. Pre-funding the properties also allows Flint to secure higher interest rates and accelerate investment closing so users can earn the return of their investment much quicker than the traditional industry average.

The Flint platform is powered by SeedIn PH, the largest Business Financing Platform in Southeast Asia. SeedIn PH has facilitated over Php7.3 billion worth of funds, and continue to do so with their top-notch financial system in the last five years.

And because it is powered by SeedIn, special regulatory accreditation is covered. Foreigners and foreign-born investors can also invest in available investments in Flint as long as there are no legal issues, precedents, or any other special circumstances that prohibit them, and have passed account verification by Flint’s Customer Support team.



The properties are exclusively brokered by RE/MAX Premier Manila, a leading broker franchise affiliated with RE/MAX International. RE/MAX Premier Manila, which is owned by industry veteran Glennis Nifatan, has high caliber professionals who spearhead various investment requirements in the Philippines catering to both local and international networks and clientele.

Edison Tsai, SeedIn Partner and Executive Director, said, “Through our strategic partnership with Signet Properties and RE/MAX Premier Manila, we are empowering investors by strengthening services offered in Flint for the investment and real estate needs of Filipinos, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), and foreign investors, by ensuring the investments are safe, high-yield property projects that go through rigorous due diligence processes, all under a digital crowdfunding platform where Flint investors can participate and invest in its property projects safely and conveniently.”

Flint is the latest innovation by Signet Properties. Signet Properties is the latest real estate website that aims to improve the online property hunting and investing experience. Established in 2018, Signet Properties is developed to not only make property hunting easier but also provide real estate insights valuable in making that homebuying decision.


Users can also search properties in Signet by clicking Explore or browse from thousands of listings from some of the biggest players in Philippine real estate, including Ayala Land, Alveo Land, Megaworld, DMCI, Avida, SMDC, Ortigas & Co, and Robinson Communities.

As a tech-first company, Signet has delivered innovative real estate solutions such as the 360-degree property aerial map, 3D model view, and a commute map integration with popular web and mobile service Sakay.ph.


The development of Flint is a major milestone for Mercado. Future plans include setting up a team in countries with overseas Filipino worker presence to include properties abroad in its pre-funded portfolio.

SM VOLUNTEERS BRING JOY TO SAN JOSEÑO KIDS THROUGH ‘CHRISMILES’ PROGRAM

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SM City San Jose del Monte Mall Manager Mr. Jose Mari Emmanuel Correa leads the gift giving activity as he reach out to kids in their seats to distribute the gifts during the ChriSMiles program in San Jose del Monte Central School.

Headed by the Human Resources department, ‘ChriSMiles’ is an annual project under the Employee Volunteerism Program of SM Supermalls, wherein it encourages employees to find deeper meaning of Christmas by sharing and spending time with the underprivileged sector of the society.

This year, students with special needs from San Jose del Monte Central School together with some underprivileged kids in Brgy. Poblacion, spent a quick but priceless moments with SM volunteers as they play, sing, dance and eat free breakfast together.

Mall Manager Mr. Jose Mari Emmanuel Correa expressed his gratitude towards the community by leading the distribution of gifts and foods. “It is somehow a refreshment for us to do this kind of volunteerism, to go out of our offices and reach out to the people. Because this is the spirit of Christmas, to share love and joy, it makes both the giver and the receiver feel special” he said.

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Employee volunteers distributes free breakfast to the underprivileged children in Brgy. Poblacion during the the ChriSMiles program of SM City San Jose del Monte.

Moreover, Ms. Dana Isabel Agustin, a regular volunteer of the program said that joining this kind of activity inspires her to become better every year. “Spending time with kids like them is priceless. Waking up very early in the morning to be here is nothing compared to the blessings we receive each day, and it is just so right to share some of it with them” she said.

Also part of the activity was the distribution of ‘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, wherein one bear can be kept as your remembrance for your kind act and the other one will be donated to the less fortunate kids. Selling and donating of ‘Bears of Joy is until December 25.

This ChriSMiles project as well as the distribution of donated ‘Bears of Joy’ by the generous shoppers are being implemented simultaneously in all SM Supermalls during this time of the year where love and sharing are most felt.

Shopee breaks all records with over 80 million visits and 80 million items sold for its Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Monday, December 16, 2019

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, achieves another record-breaking performance with 80 million items sold at its Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale. Over 80 million visits were recorded in 24 hours as users from across the region shopped from millions of deals on December 12.

Martin Yu, Associate Director at Shopee Philippines said, “The strong results from our 12.12 Big Christmas Sale shows that people from all walks of life trust Shopee to deliver the best online shopping experience. Year after year, we continue to see more users from both big and small cities buying and selling a wide variety of items. Shopee has become the go-to, everyday shopping app for everyone in the region, and we are committed to making e- commerce simple and accessible for all.”E-commerce is fast becoming a daily norm in users’ lives


Shopee is fast becoming the go-to online shopping platform for users in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. According to iPrice’s Q3 2019 e-commerce report, Shopee is the most visited e-commerce website on desktop and mobile web across the region. It is also the top-ranking app in the Shopping category by average monthly active users across Southeast Asia.

Users are also increasingly relying on Shopee to purchase their everyday products. Daily essentials such as power banks, wet wipes, and makeup foundation emerged as some of the top-selling products in the Philippines on December 12. In addition, users are becoming more resourceful in obtaining information before making a purchase. A total of 180,000 hours were clocked across Shopee Live streams over the entire event period, as users engaged with their favorite brands and sellers in real-time to get information on the latest hot-selling products.

Across the region on December 12:
● The total number of diapers sold on December 12 can last a baby for 12,002 years
● The total number of smartphones sold can cover 3 football fields
Success of Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale signals growing trust and participation in
online shopping.

The success of the Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale also showcases increasing confidence in online shopping in the region. Users outside capital cities are also increasingly going online to sell or buy products they previously never had access to. In the Philippines, areas such as South Luzon and North Luzon experienced the highest shopping activity. Some of the top- selling local products include makeup pouches, iPhone cases, and stainless metal straw sets. Yu closed, “The Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale marks the end of an outstanding 2019. We have achieved so much in the past year but what stands out the most is the unwavering support we’ve received from our users, sellers, brands, and partners. As we look ahead to 2020, we will continuously elevate the Shopee experience and unlock the full potential of e-commerce for all.”

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas Under ₱500

Friday, December 13, 2019
It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is right around the corner and you are probably knee- deep in holiday festivities. With the hustle and bustle of work and Christmas parties, do you really have time to shop for gifts at the mall?

Don’t worry, Shopee’s got you covered! Shop millions of products with the click of a button and
have them delivered straight to your home.

Here are 10 last-minute Christmas gift ideas you can get on Shopee for under ₱500:
1. Scented Candles - starting at ₱99



Candles are perfect for setting the mood for a cozy night indoors and also add a touch of elegance to any home. With a variety of scents to choose from, you’ll definitely find the right one for that special someone.

We recommend the Candle-Lite Company 3-Wick Candle CREAMY VANILLA SWIRL on Shopee

2. Coffee Maker - starting at ₱399

We all know someone who can’t function without coffee, so you can never go wrong with giving your loved ones a coffee maker to help start their mornings right.

We recommend the French Press Coffee Maker on Shopee
3. Tumblers - starting at ₱100

Keep beverages hot or cold for hours with a sturdy tumbler. This is a great gift that will not only lessen single-use plastics, but will remind your friends to drink more every day.

We recommend the Stainless steel Tumbler on Shopee

4. Reusable Straws - starting at ₱109


Switching to reusable straws has become an easy first step to becoming more sustainable. Save the turtles by giving someone a reusable straw that comes in different materials like bamboo, silicone, glass, or stainless steel.

We recommend the Eco Strawz Reusable Stainless Steel Drinking Straw Set on Shopee

5. Portable speakers - starting at ₱140

At the beach with friends and need something to liven up the mood? Blast your favorite tunes wherever you are with portable speakers. This is not only a useful gift, but is definitely a party staple that everyone should have.

We recommend the Original Charge G2 Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker on Shopee

6. Diffuser - starting at ₱250


Let your friends live their best tita or tito life with a diffuser. Get them hooked on this therapeutic device that can help ease illnesses and stress when paired with the perfect essential oils.

We recommend the 500ml 7 LED Color Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser on Shopee

7. Barbecue Grill/Pan - starting at ₱340

Want to satisfy your samgyupsal cravings, but don’t want to leave the comforts of home?
A barbeque grill or pan is ideal to have Korean barbeque wherever you are, even at your Noche Buena.

We recommend the Portable Stainless Steel Barbecue Grill on Shopee

8. Animated Socks - starting at ₱40

Everybody knows someone who loves to express themselves. Give those friends and loved ones cute and quirky socks - the best way to low-key represent what they love.

We recommend the Cartoon Animals Cotton Low Socks on Shopee
9. Electric Lunch Box - starting at ₱249

They say food is the way to a person’s heart. So why not be a little extra and give someone a self-heating lunch box to bring to work or school?

We recommend the Electric Heating Lunch Box on Shopee
10. Board Games or Card Games - starting at ₱299


Need a new way to spend time with your family or barkada? Board games are enjoyable for both kids and adults! Gather your whole family or group of friends together and have some healthy competition with these games.

We recommend the Exploding Kittens on Shopee

Have a stress-free shopping experience with these 10 great Christmas gift ideas. We understand the struggle to think of the perfect gift for someone, but Shopee Philippines has millions of products to choose from, across various categories.

Let Shopee make your Christmas shopping easier by helping you avoid long lines at the mall, while availing of discounts, promos, and free shipping. Merry Christmas and enjoy your last-minute shopping!

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Celebrate our #Feels with Coke Studio Christmas Concert 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019





It's the most wonderful time of the year again, and the recently concluded Coke Studio Season 3 won’t let you go through your feels on your own. It's time to celebrate all the challenges and blessings you have received in the past 11 months, and start the Christmas festivities with us by giving love and spreading good vibes at the Coke Studio Christmas Concert 2019.

Earlier this year, the Coke Studio Season 3 Artists came together to reveal Season 3’s roster of talents and to perform their own hits. Now, Sarah Geronimo, This Band, Al James, Inigo Pascual, Ron Henley, St. Wolf, UDD, Just Hush, Bea Lorenzo, Clara Benin, Janine Teñoso, Brisom, and Silent Sanctuary are back, along with Morisette and Lola Amour, to perform their respective collaborations and original songs. You can only imagine the sea of lights and cheering of the crowd. If that isn’t enticing enough, Coke Studio Season 2 alums IV of Spades, December Avenue, and Quest will also be joining this nothing short of amazing lineup.


Are you ready to share your Christmas feels with us? Then join us at the Coke Studio Christmas Concert 2019, on December 13, 2019 at the SM Mall Of Asia Concert Grounds. Gates open at 2:00 PM and the show starts at 5:00 PM. The Christmas Concert 2019 will be hosted by Ylona Garcia and Justin Quirino.


7 tips to get to your destination, safe and secured





Keep calm, stay road-safe, and get protected while on a drive.

To those who love driving and going on long, spontaneous road trips, the open road, heavy with symbolism and full of promise, is an escape. The journey—highways stretching out before you, windows down, speakers up, wind in your hair—is often as rewarding as the destination. And you’ll feel that excitement, whether it be the thrill of a new adventure, like the classic Batangas road trip to cross a big item—in this case, diving—off your bucket list or the joy (only parents can relate to!) of driving your kids to their first day at a big school—fulfilling their dream and yours or that sense of accomplishment of finally setting up that Alabang office .

But while weekend travelers, adventure junkies, and daily commuters have maybe perfected the road trip and weaving in and out of traffic, not everyone has their road safety skills down to a T. Are you making the necessary precautions when behind the wheel? Do you drive with focus at all times? Are you insured? Regardless if you’re cruising down the highway or rushing to the airport to catch a flight or trapped in a traffic gridlock on the way to work, safety must and always should be you’re top priority.

Here are some tips to get you to your destination safely:
1. Wear your seatbelt at all times
Whether you’re the driver or passenger, whether you’re riding a private car, a PUV van, or taxi, whether you’re driving to a nearby store or going on a road trip, you must buckle up. Every time. It seems so elementary, and you’ve probably read this a hundred times, but seatbelts save lives. And… not wearing a seatbelt is against the law, in case you don’t know.

2. Get insurance for yourself, not just your car
Here in the Philippines, people buy insurance for their cars but not for themselves. If it’s necessary to insure your car, what more your life and your family’s future? On top of being a safe and careful driver, you need to protect yourself from accidents, too. Road safety begins with the protection of life. Life insurance protects you and your family—whether it be on the road or on the curbside. Just like a car insurance, life insurance provides a cash benefit, right when you or your family need it the most.
Just in time for the holidays, FWD Life PH (FWD), part of pan-Asian insurer FWD Group, is providing accident insurance with Php500,000 coverage to the first 500 registrants. To sign up, go to bit.ly/SignUpForInsurance. Special offer is only until Dec. 11, 2019.

This is to celebrate FWD’s fifth anniversary as well as its recent history-making partnership with MCX Tollway, Inc., which elevates the expressway as a symbol of the nation’s “road to progress.” Used by more than one million cars a month, the FWD-MCX has shortened what was once a 20-minute drive from Daang Hari road to SLEX to only a three-minute journey.

3. Observe speed limits
The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies speeding as one of the main problems that contribute to the risk of crash-related injuries in roads. Local government units have enacted their own speed limits depending on the road and traffic conditions in their areas. On the other hand, speed limits for private cars in expressways here in the Philippines is from 80 to 100 kph.

4. Put your phone on silent mode and use hands-free accessories
It’s almost second nature to check our phones, especially when we hear it ring. But taking your eyes off the road for five seconds can already put your life and the lives of others in danger. So put your phone on silent mode if the notifications are too tempting or distracting. If you need your phone to navigate, get a hands-free mount so you can hear directions and see the map in your peripheral vision.

5. Stay alert
It’s vital to stay alert while driving. Focus your senses on visual and auditory cues on the road—from horns and sirens to road signs and signals. Never wear headphones while driving or anything that will block your hearing. If you need to drive with the music on, just let it play inside the car.

6. Don’t drink and drive
If you plan to drink, designate a driver who won’t drink. Or spend the night getting sober before you drive.

7. Pull over!
You dropped something you needed under your car seats. You have an emergency call you need to take. Your pet on the backseat is acting up. Your baby is bawling. If there’s something going on that’s more important that you need to attend to, stop driving. Find a safe and proper spot to pull over and park in order to address the situation. If you’re having car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

Want to know more about FWD-MCX? Visit bit.ly/FWDMCX.
Sign up and be one of the 500 to get accident insurance. Go to bit.ly/SignUpForInsurance.

The trendiest styles to cop now that the holidays are coming Shang’s Sparkle presents the best F/W looks and holiday wear for 2019







There’s no better time to show off sartorial sensibilities than the last stretch of the year when travels to cooler countries are booked and gatherings fill the calendar. Get ready for this season of merriment by stealing the looks at Shangri-La Plaza’s Sparkle: Holiday Collection 2019. The two-day runway show introduces trends that make every traveler and partygoer a head turner.

The first day of Sparkle is filled with outfits with a jetsetter in mind. The muse loves getting away from the tropical heat to experience the crisp, cool air of autumn or the icy glow of winter.




Look sharp without compromising comfort by packing loose tailoring—ankle-length coats and comfy slacks—into the luggage. It’s the look that keeps any holidaymaker warm without the unnecessary puff.

Tropical colors are making it into cooler territories this season. The fashionistas are getting inspired by the endless summer in the tropics by picking turtlenecks, midi dresses, and boots in vibrant hues, dreamy pastels, and bold patterns for their holiday travels.

Shades of fall and winter are never going out of style. Blend in with locals and the autumn backdrop by adding pink and orange or rust and merlot to the luggage. Vacationing at the Alps or Niseko? Pack outfits in white, silver, and blue for a look that’s effortlessly magical.






Choose statement sweaters featuring logos or slogans to inject some personality to the F/W must-have that streetwear fans can easily pair with the stuff in their closet.

Last but not the least, travelers are reminded to pack metallics, glitter, and faux fur in their luggage for any last-minute party invites wherever they’re headed.






Sparkle’s second day is all about being the life of the party. From reunions to New Year’s Eve, choose outfits that will never make one underdressed.

Take a page from history and get inspired by the 80s nightclub ensemble. Incorporate glitter and exaggerated shoulder pads to an outfit to bring out that 80s glam girl!





It may be a summer staple, but denims are still all the rage this season. But for a party-ready outfit, go head-to-toe denim that gives a nod to Britney Spears’s iconic VMAs dress.

Tuxedo is also having a couture renaissance this year, taking different shapes like exaggerated sleeve detailing and sculpted shoulders rendered in metallic finishes—perfect for ringing in the new year.






Stay warm while still looking runway-ready by mixing and matching clothes in various textures and prints. It’s a style for bravehearts who want to make an impression right away.

Shang also shares trends specifically for men to add some variety to their wardrobe and refresh their looks for the season.

Get on board with the skin suit trend by ditching the roll neck sweater or the collared shirt and just cover up with the suit jacket pronto. Those who want to look polished can never go wrong with preppy clothes for that boy-next-door vibe.

Who says grandma prints are only for women? Men can also borrow grandma’s style and work those prairie chic prints and patterns translated into menswear.

For those who’d rather stick to the basics, pick a monochromatic outfit in neutrals like beige, off white, or gray that exude quiet confidence. These colors can easily break the monotony of blacks expected at galas and formal events this season.



Shop for all the travel wear essentials at Anne Klein, Armani Exchange, Bayo, CK Jeans, CLN, Debenhams, Gap, Great Kids, Joe Fresh, Just G, Marks & Spencer, Old Navy, Onitsuka Tiger, Periwinkle, Pink Manila, RAF by Plains & Prints, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rustan’s, Samsonite, Steve Madden, Styled, The Flower Collection, and True Religion.

Brace for the party season by getting holiday looks from CLN, Debenhams, Details, Evernew, John Herrera, K & Company, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Mico, Plains & Prints, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rustan’s, Samsonite, Sky Castle, Steve Madden, Stradivarius, Styled, T.M. Lewin, Unica, Viceversa, Weave, and Zara.

#FeelTheShangVibe and make every ensemble this season a joy to put together and show off.

For inquiries, call 8-370-2597 or 98 or visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficial. Follow the Shang on Instagram: @shangrilaplazaofficial

MyPhone gives back to Ka-Tropa in a 3-day sale


MyPhone is set to conduct a 3-day sale on select MyPhone Concept Stores nationwide on December 13 to15 following the success of the recent #GiftFromTheHeart Warehouse Sale happened in Bicutan,
Paranaque City.The first Filipino mobile brand in the country will have another promotion before the year ends wherein consumers can avail barphones for as low as P199 and smartphones for as low as P799.

MyPhone has always been giving back to its loyal supporters by conducting a few promotions during the last quarter of the year.Aside from promotions, several new products have been released as well during the last quarter of the year that really made a buzz not only to the loyal supporters, but also to the tech world.According to MyPhone’s Marketing Head Inyi Yruma, promotions was only one of the many ways to give back to its loyal supporters.

“Since it’s almost Christmas, we want to really make them happy by providing products at a discounted price,” he said. “Although some really can afford it already because of the bonuses they get, we still try to offer it as affordable as possible,” he added.

Yruma also said that products on sale are perfect #GiftFromTheHeart this Yuletide season.
MyPhone 3-day SALE will be happening on select MyPhone Concept Stores nationwide: NCR:
SM San Lazaro, SM Southmall, SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM MOA, Market Market; VISAYAS: SM Iloilo; and MINDANAO: SM Ecoland, Gaisano Mall Davao

Every purchase of MyPhone smartphone still comes with FREE P25,000 Personal Accident Insurance from SunLife Philippines and GCash when activated via Pinoy App, the pre embedded app on everyMyPhone smartphone.

For more information, like and follow MyPhone’s official social media pages on Facebook, Instagram,and Twitter or visit www.myphone.com.ph.

Shopee and Jose Mari Chan Spread Christmas Joy with the Children of Bahay Aruga


Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, warmed upfor its 12.12 Christmas Sale with a meaningful Christmas Party for pediatric cancer patients at Bahay Aruga halfway home. In line with the season of giving, Father ofPhilippine Christmas Music Jose Mari Chan made a special guest appearance to spread fun and kindness with Shopee.

The patients and their parents forged fond memories with their loved ones as Jose Mari Chan performed his iconic songs “Christmas in our Hearts” and “Please Be Careful With My Heart”. In addition, beneficiaries also took part in exciting games and activities to win a variety of prizes including Shopee vouchers. Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee believes in giving back to our community, especially as the season of giving draws nearer. We would like to thank Bahay Aruga for the warm welcome and for giving us the opportunity to join in
their joy and laughter.”

Rounding off a meaningful afternoon, each family received a Christmas gift basket filled with grocery items which they can use to cook a delicious Noche Buena meal. The children also received toys and school supplies from Shopee brands and sellers, including Dong-A, AnimePH, and Starwooden.

Bahay Aruga is a free halfway home for pediatric cancer patients. It currently shelters 38 children and their parents. They benefit from the close proximity to the Philippine General Hospital, where the children receive regular treatment.

Jose Mari Chan said, “I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to get up close with the beneficiaries of Bahay Aruga. To meet these brave Children, stricken with cancer, and the people running this Home, is a humbling experience. How wonderful that I was living the spirit of Christmas itself : giving and sharing.”


12 Gifts of Christmas for Each Discerning Individual

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Filipinos are known to be grateful for every blessings received, that maybe the reason why we also love to reciprocate the generosity especially during the holidays. Through the years, scouting for the
appropriate gifts during the holiday season is such a hard but lovely task. Coming up with the best gift to give to that special person shall truly be appreciated.

Here are some gift ideas that will surely be a hit:


Novuhair – For those who needs extra pampering on their crowning glory.
Also known as Nature’s answer to hair loss, Novuhair is formulated with 19 natural ingredients – mostly herbal, essential oils and co-factor nutrients. This topical scalp lotion does not only help prevent the hair shedding malady, but also aids in stimulating growth of the “crowning glory.” It helps enhance improve overall appearance, maintain moisture, and promote nourishment and rejuvenation.

In the celebration of their 10 th year in the industry, the brand and their long-time partner Mercury Drug is offering a whopping 64% savings on their promo pack Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion 200ml with free 120ml bottle.

For more info on the product, you may check their FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/NovuhairOfficial/

Quezon Buffet GCs – For the foodie at heart
Quezon buffet is a run-for-the-bucks, art-deco themed buffet place located at Fisher Mall in Quezon ave. With their motto, quality & affordability, you will find the freshest ingredients used in all of their dishes.




This season, they have introduced their holiday menu that would rival your old family tradition with
dishes such as Pork Loin Piña Ham, Chicken Galantina Meatloaf and Pork Morcon. Craving for sweets is no problem with their Puto Bumbong Halaya, Ube-Halaya Cheese Pandesal, Seet Potato casserole with Marshmallow and their Trio tower consisting of of Crinkles Velvet, Choco Crinkles &; Peppermint Cupcakes.

Quezon Buffet GCs in denomination of Php500 are available for gifting. Quezon Buffet FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/quezonbuffetrestaurant/

Hearty Bread – For the health buff

With the demand for healthier food, Hearty Bread brings you affordable Gluten-Free, Sugar Free breads that will help you stay healthy this season. They also have Gluten-Free, Sugar-free Choco-Chip monster cookies that are certified- sinless treat.

Available in most Rustans Marketplace. Check out their Facebook page for more info:
https://www.facebook.com/heartybreadph/

Healthy Mama’s Kitchen Ham – For the healthy foodie

Sister-company of Hearty Bread, Healthy Mama’s Ham will give you a whole new level of ham that are Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Nitrate-Free hence you can rest assured that these hams are devoid of
preservatives unlike most of the ones available in the market.

For availability, check out their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/HealthyMamasKitchen/

The Spa Wellness Cards – For Wellness enthusiasts

The premier wellness establishment – The spa introduces their new wellness cards which are perfect
gives to those who needs extra pampering. The Spa Wellness Cards give you 10 one-hour Classic Massages at a discount! Deluxe at 7,999, Executive at 9,999, Junior Suite at 11,999 and Premier Suite at 12,999.

For more details, visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/thespawellness/

The Spa Wellness Essential oil blends – For those into aroma therapy

The Spa Wellness is proud to offer their newest line of essential oils that are therapeutic-grade a designed to complement your spa experience.
Variants:
 Energy – helps you stay awake, focused and restores your energy.
Balance – Supports your respiratory health and allows you to breathe easy.
Tranquility – helps you fight stress and calms your body and mind.
Available in all The Spa Wellness branches starting December 8, 2019.

Acer PH – For the Gadget conscious

Double the joy this Christmas season with #RealHolidays powered by #Acerxrealme! Enjoy awesome promos where your favorite Acer laptops are paired with amazing mobile phones from realme.

Get yours now at www.acer.com.ph Promo valid until December 31, 2019 only.

Fujidenzo – For the Home Maker


A certified homemaker can never ran out of appliances to use, hence, giving them something that they can use in taking care of their family can be very useful. Fujidenzo Appliances has a wide range of items which are fitted to your every budget.

Visit their Fb page: https://www.facebook.com/FujidenzoAppliances/

Aficionado – For the scent-conscious

Aficionado manufactures and distributes perfume, scented personal care and home care products which emphasizes on affordability and quality. This holiday, Aficionado is bringing you back to the year 1999 when they first sold to the public with Pamaskong Handog ng Aficionado. Their 85ml perfume bottle at only P199.90. Promo runs from Dec. 10 to 31, 2019

For product information and store lists, visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/aficionadoPH/

Booze Online – For all your alcohol needs this season

Shop for the hard to find booze as well as the popular ones at this online store. Guaranteed to offer the most competitive price elsewhere. They have liquors that matches all your discriminating tastes, whether wines from all-over the world or Hard Liquors for the tough ones as well as local and imported beers. Name it and they have it.

Shop on this site: https://www.boozeshop.ph/

Bewell-C – Gift of Healthy immune system

Give your loved-ones a healthy dose of Vitamin C supplement, make sure you are using its safest form. Bewell-C Sodium Ascorbate, your non-acidic Vitamin C. #MagBewellCna Bewell-C Sodium Ascorbate is available in Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide.

For more health guide and updates, Visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bewellcsodiumascorbate/

Be Organic Bath & Body

Their products are cruelty-free and made from plant based ingredients and are absolutely free from
harsh synthetics like SULFATES, PARABENS, ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCE, DEA that cause or aggravate acne, pimples, skin allergies, eczema and psoriasis flare ups. Using ESSENTIAL OILS as scent of our products (from plants) which makes them safe for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

Available at https://shopee.ph/beorganic_bathandbody and https://s.lazada.com.ph/s.ZXuU

In the spirit of gift giving, whichever you choose for as long as it comes the heart - it shall be the best gift you can ever give. Happy Holidays 2019!