Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How do you attract good luck?

When it comes to ushering in good fortune, Feng Shui can help you prepare for the positive energy that the Year of the Pig brings. Feng Shui expert Marites Allen says that it isn’t that hard to practice. The more you do it, the better you get. Here are some tips on how to attract good energy, fortune, and luck this Chinese New Year:

Wear colors that symbolize the element of Fire or Metal. Dress in red, pink, and orange, but don’t forget to add colors that represent Earth – yellow, ocher, or brown – to balance out the flows of inner energy. Shop for fashionable clothes in lucky colors at The SM Store.

Eat food that is dominant in colors red and white. Among hundreds of lucky food, dim sum is one of the luckiest as it translates into having prosperity and good family life. Indulge in Chinese dining at SM’s one of many buffet or Chinese restaurants, and family Dining Deals from January 21 to February 5!

Reimagine your office space. Relieve stress at work and eliminate negative energy by applying Feng Shui techniques in your workspace. Clean out the clutter and tidy up your desk Mari Kondo-style by organizing them in storage boxes, which you can buy at SM Home.

Say hello to accessories. Feng Shui does not only apply to clothing, but also to various accessories such as jewelry, handbags, shoes, and many more. At SM’s Prosperity Bazaar, you can find lucky fruits, plush toys, and trinkets that are perfect for decorating personal spaces until February 5.

Witness a dragon dance. Who would want to miss a signature lion dance during Chinese New Year? At SM, families can watch Prosperity Performances like the Lion and Dragon Dance and Feng Shui Master, as well as the Chinese Character Parade to add excitement to the festivity. Catch it on February 2, 3, and 5!

Scan & Share Your Luck. Scan QR codes in participating SM malls and shake your luck away with the Digital Hongbao where you can win special prizes. Scan as much codes to redeem more gifts until February 5! Check out SM’s Facebook Page for more info.

For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit and its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts: @smsupermalls.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

In the latest commercial for this todo toppings, todo sarap Jollibee Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog, the young actor goes all out!

When it comes to scenes of pure drama—complete with heart-wrenching tears—we can always rely on young actor Joshua Garcia to deliver.

In his latest ad for Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog, Joshua shows off his acting chops and proves that he is truly a capable performer to watch out for.


The scene starts out with familiar elements: a dark, rainy night. A group of friends. And Jollibee’s Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog delivered right at home. Just when the group is about to dig in, a door opens to reveal Joshua, who rightfully feels betrayed that his friends have started to eat without him.

Right on cue, dramatic background music begins to play—and the actor unleashes the full force of his acting prowess. He seamlessly goes through a melodramatic line and even sheds a couple of tears. His friends come over to console him, but Joshua shakes them off and eventually breaks character to reveal that he was just joking around.

“Todo-drama talaga ang ginawa ko sa eksena,” Joshua shared. “’Yung performance na ibinigay ko doon ay parang sa mga drama movies na napanood na nating lahat, kaya todo enjoy talaga!”

Todo Toppings, Todo Sarap

Joshua’s reaction in the ad when his friends enjoyed their Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog without him is perfectly understandable. On the other hand, the friends who just can’t wait to eat are relatable, too—after all, who can resist the todo toppings, todo sarap deliciousness of Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog?

With a beefy, juicy sausage at its core, the Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog also comes with a soft bun, a flavorful smear of special dressing, a generous sprinkling of grated cheese, and a drizzling of sweet, tangy ketchup. The result of this combination is unforgettable, incomparable flavor with every bite!

In this latest Jollibee campaign, Joshua knows that he is not the only one going all the way to todo. “Bawat kagat talaga ng Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog, alam mong todo lahat, lalo sa toppings! Todo sarap, todo enjoy kasama ang buong barkada!”

Bite into the Todo Toppings, Todo Sarap goodness of the Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog today! Prices start at P50.00* (solo) and available in all Jollibee stores nationwide for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions.

For more information on Jollibee’s products and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

* Prices may vary across different locations

Monday, January 28, 2019

The lifestyle rewards program of Cebu Pacific is making every Juan’s travel goals come true with the Points to a Million Promo. Starting January 25, 2019, members who convert their credit card points to a minimum of 2,000 GetGo points can earn an additional 300 GetGo points.

But wait, there’s more surprises coming your way! Members can also earn raffle entries for a chance to win 1 million GetGo points! Every 1 point converted is equivalent to 1 e-raffle entry.

With this much GetGo points, there’s no better time than now to bring out those travel bucket lists and start flying anywhere and anytime, as often as you want! Experience the life of a millionaire and enjoy hopping in and out of the airport as you explore the best of Cebu Pacific’s local and international destinations for free.

Bring your family and friends to backpacking trips in the Philippines to try the thrilling activities in each province. You can also spend long weekends going on shopping sprees at the hottest shopping destinations in Seoul and Japan, or have an epic culinary adventure all around Asia as you visit food cities like Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, and Taipei to taste the best local street food and modern dishes that each place has to offer.

The Points to a Million Promo is open for GetGo members who own any of the participating credit cards from the following banks: UnionBank, Citi, BPI Credit Cards, Asia United Bank, Bank of Commerce, EastWest Bank Credit Cards, RCBC Bankard, Security Bank, Robinsons Mastercard by Metrobank, and BDO.

Don’t let your hard-earned credit card rewards points go to waste and convert it to GetGo points now to claim the free trips you deserve. The Points to a Million Promo runs until March 31, 2019. Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 1036, Series of 2019.

For more information on memberships and partners, visit Stay updated on the latest promos by liking GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Convert those credit card points into GetGo points now for a chance to be a Points millionaire! Plus, earn 300 bonus GetGo points for every successful conversion of a minimum of 2,000 GetGo points.

Enjoy double the deals with daily flash sales starting at ₱22, and the return of Shopee Quiz featuring popular celebrities Robi Domingo and Iya Villania 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches the Shopee 2.2 Double Double Sale from January 26 to February 2, featuring twice the savings for Filipino users. Key highlights include up to 90% off top brands across all categories including Oppo, Quaker, Head & Shoulders, and Robinsons Appliances, free shipping starting at ₱199, flash sales as low as ₱22, and ₱7 million worth of Shopee coins up for grabs. 

Shopee 2.2 Double Double Sale also promises twice the fun with the second installment of its latest live in-app game Shopee Quiz, after a hugely successful debut during Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale. With up to 2 sessions daily from January 26 to February 2, Shopee is doubling the star power by inviting popular homegrown celebrities such as Robi Domingo and Iya Villania to host Shopee Quiz. 

Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “We launched Shopee 2.2 Double Double Sale to kick off the second month of 2019 on a high by providing our users with twice the savings and fun. We have worked closely with brands, sellers, and partners to deliver even more unbeatable deals on Filipinos’ favorite categories and brands. In addition, we have also invited top Filipino stars on Shopee Quiz, to bring users even closer to their favorite celebrities. We are very excited to launch our first big sale of the year and we welcome everyone to join us for Shopee 2.2 Double Double Sale.” 

Double the fun and savings with 10 days of massive promotions

From 26 January, Shopee users can indulge in 8 days of promotions and games till February 2. Key highlights include: 

1. Up to 90% off top brands on Shopee Mall, including Oppo, Quaker, Head & Shoulders, and Robinsons Appliances. Shoppers can also enjoy greater savings with free shipping starting from ₱199, flash sales as low as ₱22, and ₱7 million worth of Shopee coins up for grabs. 

2. Back-to-back themed days every 24 hours starting January 26. Users can watch out for 2.2 Flash Sale Day on January 26 with 9 rounds of flash sales; and 2.2 Vouchers Sale on January 30 offering countless vouchers from a wide range of categories and brands. 

3. Daily sessions of Shopee Quiz at 9PM, with an additional session on February 2 at 12NN promising an upsized pool of Shopee coins. 

For more information about Shopee 2.2 Double Double Sale, visit 

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

Saturday, January 26, 2019

A new television series entitled "Saludo"; that will feature the everyday heroism of the Filipinos was launched at the Camp Crame headquarters in Quezon City recently.

Police Chief Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia of the Police Community Relations Group (PCRG) under the Philippine National Police (PNP) and popular film producer Leonora Sy led the launch of the new television series which will be aired on PTV4 every Sunday at 8 p.m.

Sy said: "SALUDO is a one-hour weekly hero-serye program of PTV4. It is a compilation of stories of everyday Filipino heroes, the least-told life stories which could be the inspiration of each and every Filipino."

"This is dedicated to all the everyday heroism of the Filipino people. They all deserve the praises for whatever heroism they have shown,"  added Sy, executive producer of the show.

For its premier episode on Sunday, Jan. 27, "Saludo"; will feature the heroism of former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa played by actor Polo Ravales.

"We will not delve into the life story of former PNP chief Bato. Well, at some point, it will be tackled a bit. But we will highlight his heroism. That you have to watch the effect of General Bato's heroism in the country's peace and order and in the economy as well," said Sermonia.

He also said: "The first episode will also touch on the issue of illegal drugs and how the government is dealing with the situation."

Sermonia added: "If you know someone who has done an act of heroism, please approach us and we will see what we can do. We need to share this heroism to the world because we want the others to be inspired and do good."

Other celebrities who attended the press launch of the new television series were Bahjo Cabauatan, director of the TV series; and Dennis Coronel Macalintal, line producer.

Also at the launch were two of the five Gwapulis - PO3 Alexander Po and PO1 Willy Quinto - who will be part of the first season of "Saludo"; Other Gwapulis who will join in the succeeding series of "Saludo" are former Mr. International PO2 Neil Perez and PO1 Richard Pangilinan.

Sermonia said that "Saludo"is also one way of reintroducing to the public the role of PCRG. "People are familiar with HPG and CIDG but the PCRG has no recall to some people. PCRG assists and helps the people in times of calamities and disasters."

Friday, January 25, 2019

Integrated Nutrition and Health Actions in the First 1,000 Days of Life Program to benefit 40,000 children under-5 and 57,000 pregnant/lactating women in Samar, Northern Samar and Zamboanga del Norte

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UN children’s agency UNICEF, in partnership with the Department of Health and National Nutrition Council, launch an integrated nutrition and health program targeting the first 1,000 days of life to benefit vulnerable children and women in Samar, Northern Samar, and Zamboanga del Norte.

“The Korean Government fully supports the Philippine government in its goal of addressing malnutrition and achieving universal healthcare. By giving assistance to this project, the most vulnerable – mothers and children ages 0-5 years old – will be ensured access to vital health and nutrition services which will help them develop fully later in life,” says Ambassador HAN Dong-Man, Korean envoy to the Philippines.

The support from KOICA amounts to US$6 million and targets 19 local government units in three provinces, namely Samar and Northern Samar in Region VIII and Zamboanga Del Norte in Region IX. Expected reach through the initiative will be 12,000 infants 0-5 months old, 36,000 6-23 months old – including children from poor families and children from geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas – and 57,000 pregnant and lactating women. It also aims to improve the LGU’s policy, governance frameworks and service delivery systems and enhance the capacity of 1,370 nutrition and health personnel.

“We thank the Korean government for supporting the Filipino child’s right to survive and thrive. Supporting interventions at the local level is important to reach every vulnerable mother and child especially those who do not have access to essential services,” UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander says. 

Technical support at the national level is expected to reach an estimated 14 million children under five years of age including acutely malnourished children, premature newborns, an estimated 3.5 million pregnant women, and 3 million lactating women in 17 regions across the country.

The project aims to: a) establish a more responsive enabling policy environment at the national and local level that supports the comprehensive approach to maternal, infant and child nutrition and health in the critical first 1,000 days window; b) strengthen systems for the delivery of quality and comprehensive nutrition and health services for the first 1,000 days provided to women, newborns and children; and c) improve knowledge, attitudes and practices of pregnant women, mothers and caregivers in the 19 project areas on maternal and child nutrition and health.

Under-nutrition in the Philippines remains a serious problem. The damage to health, physical growth and brain development of children affected by chronic under-nutrition—stunting in the first two years—is often irreversible, impairing children for life and leaving them with lower chances of finishing school and becoming highly-productive adults. Stunting, iron and iodine deficiencies impact learning abilities and intelligence of children. Studies show that populations affected by iodine deficiency have 10 - 15 IQ points less than those not affected.

A joint research by UNICEF Philippines and the National Nutrition Council (NNC) revealed that every $1 (P53) invested in interventions to combat child malnutrition and accompanying problems can save around $12 (P639) in foregone earnings or health expenditures – equivalent to a 12:1 benefit-cost ratio.

The Kalusugan and Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act, more commonly known as First 1000 Days Law, was approved by the end of 2018 and heralds the beginning of more concerted efforts by the national and local government, donors, and civil society.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. PAIK Seunghwa, Assistant Country Director, KOICA, Mobile: +63917-800-3058,

Ms. Michelle Apostol, MD, Health Specialist, KOICA, Mobile: +63905-462-2356,

Ms. Zafrin Chowdhury, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Philippines, Mobile: +63 917 867 8366,

Ms. Marge Francia, Communication Officer, UNICEF Philippines, Mobile: +63 917 858 9447,

8990 Holdings, listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange under the symbol “HOUSE” and one of the fastest growing real estate developers in the Philippines, rounded up 2018 hitting its full-year revenue target of Php 11.5 billion. It is eyeing Php 13 billion for 2019. The company is also guiding a net income of Php 5.2 billion.

“We had a strong fourth quarter given the increased interest in our housing projects throughout the country. This means we will have another banner year as our unaudited revenues hit our target of Php 11.5 billion in 2018. This is already double of what we did a mere six years ago,” said 8990 Holdings president and chief executive officer Willie J. Uy.

In 2019, the company expects to grow revenues to Php 13 billion with more than half coming from its projects in Luzon—particularly from its largest project to date, Urban Deca Homes Manila in Tondo.

Situated in an 8.4-hectare property, Urban Deca Homes Manila is a 13-tower residential complex offering over 13,000 units with an estimated sales value of Php 20 billion. Targeting residents of Tondo and those living in the Port Area, Intramuros, Divisoria and the Camanava (Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela) area, Urban Deca Homes Manila addresses the housing needs in the most densely-populated area in Metro Manila.

According to Uy, “We have been in business for more than a decade. Our success in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao is testament to our belief that housing should be within reach of every Filipino. The market will always be receptive if you provide homes that are within secure communities and make it within reach.”

“Tondo is a good example. Urban Deca Homes Manila is the first large-scale development in the area. We provide Tondo residents and those living in nearby locations, who have been living with relatives or renting, a viable housing alternative in the area. With the completion of the 18,000-square meter Deca Mall, we will surely not only provide housing but a new kind of lifestyle for Tondo,” he added.

Deca Mall recently partnered with the SM Group, making SM Hypermarket as its anchor tenant. SM Hypermarket will occupy 3,073 square meters of the mall, offering a wide array of food and non-food products.

*The 2018 year-end results indicated herein are unaudited and no guarantees are given (nor should any be relied upon) that these results will not be subject to change or adjustments upon audit. These reported results are not meant as any form of guidance or recommendation to the public.

Buying a used laptop is a smart and practical move, especially when you want to save a little cash but still get a good deal. With so many used laptops being sold online, however, knowing which one to choose can be quite daunting.

“There is a huge market for secondhand gadgets, especially for laptops. Based on OLX’s Data Hub, the most searched gadget by our users is the laptop. About 40% of searches for computers are laptops,” says OLX Goods & Services head Rambo Joinani. “As long as one knows what to look for, buying a pre-owned laptop is a smart and economical option. We’d love to share some pointers to help our users find the best laptop that fits their needs.”

So before you close that deal on that pre-loved laptop you’re eyeing, read these 10 useful tips from OLX, the country’s leading classifieds platform:

1. Know your needs

Trim down your choices by identifying your specifications. Are you looking for a laptop that’s good for basic use like sending emails, web surfing, basic office functions, and picture sharing? Or will you be using it for intermediate applications like basic creative software and advanced office duties? Another possible use is for advanced functions like gaming, web hosting, or music/photo/video editing. Knowing what you will be using it for will help lead you to the best used laptop suited for your needs.

2. Do your research

Before making your purchase, make sure to read user reviews on different laptop brands and models. See what people are saying about brand performance over time. It also pays to do a background check on the sellers to make sure that they have a good history in the community.

3. Get to know the original price list for new laptops

Before purchasing a used laptop, make sure to compare the secondhand price with the brand-new price. You can start off your price survey on OLX, which has an extensive amount of listings of both brand-new and pre-owned laptops. Knowing and comparing the prices will help you make an informed decision whether you’re better off buying a used laptop or a brand-new one.

4. Check the specifications

Once you have made a shortlist of possible laptop units you want to buy, check the inclusions that the seller will be providing aside from just the unit. Make sure all the pertinent details of the laptop are made available to you. This includes the original software CD, recovery CD, drivers, backup media, and licenses of the software. Very important: Be sure to check if the preloading operating system is genuine.

5. Examine the ‘inside’ of the laptop

Ask the seller if it is possible to check the motherboard to test how responsive and fast the laptop is. Observe if it heats up fast or makes loud noises when you start it up.

6. Look at the physical condition

Many buyers wish to purchase used laptops that look brand-new and spotless. If the external appearance matter to you, you might want to check if there are any dents or cracks because these might lead to bigger problems for the used laptop in the long run.

7. Examine the laptop screen

Check the condition of the screen. It’s not worth the purchase if the screen flickers or has uneven brightness because it could mean there are loose connections that cannot be repaired.

8. Perform a thorough battery check

The great thing about laptops is that they can be used even when unplugged. Thus, its battery life is important. Most laptop batteries have a lifespan of three years, so if it’s a used laptop, it’s possible that its battery will have a limited standby time. Be sure to check this before making your purchase.

9. Inspect the ports and peripherals

Try out all the ports, headphone plugs, HDMI, SD card slots, CD/DVD drive, and other inputs, which are essential for an easy file transfer or other recreational purposes. These are attached to the motherboard and may get costly to replace.

10. Verify wireless connectivity

The value of a used laptop decreases if it can’t connect to WIFI. Before buying, make sure that it can connect to WIFI networks without hassle.

Search for the best secondhand laptop for your needs only at

Shopee users can get the new Honor 10 Lite for only ₱8,491 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, once again partners Honor to launch its latest premium smartphone, the Honor 10 Lite. Starting January 25, over 21 million Shopee users in the Philippines can enjoy an exclusive 15% off the new Honor 10 Lite, a refreshed variant of the hit Honor 10, available at just ₱8,491 instead of the usual ₱9,999. In addition, a limited special bundle featuring an Honor Band 4 Running, Honor Gift Box, and an Honor foldable luggage worth ₱3,000 in total will be up for grabs for the earliest buyers of the Honor 10 Lite on Shopee.

(L-R) Vincent Zhang, Honor Representative, Martin Yu, Associate Director Shopee Philippines, Miguel Bonifacio, Honor Representative

Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “Honor was consistently among the best-selling brands on Shopee throughout 2018, highlighted by the immense success of the Honor 10 flash sale on Shopee in June. Our ongoing Super Gadget Zone Sale, which ends on January 25, has also done very well and we are excited to build on this momentum with the exclusive launch of the Honor 10 Lite. As the demand for premium tech products continues to grow in the Philippines, Shopee will bring even more unbeatable deals on leading brands to our Filipino users in 2019.”

Wang Yang, Country Director of Honor Philippines, said, “We are very proud of the new Honor 10 Lite, and we are very excited to partner Shopee for its debut. Honor has grown our online presence rapidly since joining Shopee in 2018, with our orders increasing by over 350%, and we believe this partnership can reach even greater heights in 2019. Honor is always focused on providing consumers with top quality and innovative mobile devices, and we are confident the Honor 10 Lite will be a big hit on Shopee Philippines.”

The Honor 10 Lite comes in three colors: Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, Sky Blue. Boasting a stylish gradient finish on the rear and a minimalist dewdrop display notch, the phone continues Honor’s streak of inspired designs that has been a huge hit in the country. From January 25, Filipinos can be the first to get their hands on the Honor 10 Lite exclusively on Shopee.

For more information, visit

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

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A truly Filipino feast is never complete without inihaw (barbecue or grilled dish), as it is as iconic as the Pinoy fiesta itself. This well-loved dish has found its way in Mang Inasal’s menu 15 years ago, and the rest is history.

Mang Inasal’s 2-in-1 sa Laki, Nuot sa Ihaw Sarap Chicken Inasal stands out amid the different brands of grilled chicken with its large serving of its uniquely flavored char-grilled chicken served in a homey fastfood setting.

This is affirmed by the latest Kantar Worldpanel Eat-Out Panel Study which shows that Mang Inasal emerged as the No.1 Grilled Chicken brand, capturing a lion-share based on moving annual total value as of May 2018.

This is no surprise as Mang Inasal is well entrenched in the market. With the first Mang Inasal store put up in Iloilo City, the great-tasting Chicken Inasal has made waves around the country and spawned over 500 outlets nationwide within the span of 15 years.

This is made possible by Mang Inasal’s winning recipe of high quality fresh chicken, special marinade recipe, and food preparation and grilling that follow strict quality standards.

“There is no shortcut about the way we procure, prepare and cook our chicken. It is done in the most meticulous and best way possible. Even the most discerning customers can tell that it is made with the passion and expertise of Mang Inasal,” said Mang Inasal Philippines Marketing Head Aileen Natividad.

Natividad said Pinoys are discriminating eaters. They want their food served fresh and hot, juicy and with their favorite condiment. Top that with unlimited rice, free soup, and their choice of their favorite desserts and drinks, and you have a blockbuster hit like the Mang Inasal Chicken Inasal!

“You have to treat your customers as king. Give them what they want – a superior meal at the best value and an environment that is conducive to a truly satisfying dining experience,” Natividad said.

As a special tribute to Chicken Inasal lovers, Mang Inasal will celebrate on January 26, the Pambansang Araw ng Chicken Inasal where all Chicken Paborito Value Meals will be sold at a P15 discount. This is in line with Mang Inasal’s 15th anniversary celebration.

Give in to your craving! Visit any Mang Inasal store on January 26.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Believe you can turn your savings into your dream car with RCBC and RCBC Savings Bank’s (RSB) new Deposit and Drive promo.

Six units each of brand new Isuzu mu-X SUVs and Honda Civic Sedans are up for grabs. The more you save with RCBC and RSB, the more chances you get of winning in the raffle draw. Turn your saving woes into the ultimate grand prize!

Simply earn a raffle entry by depositing “fresh funds” into your new or existing account, and maintaining the minimum average daily balance of at least Php 50,000 for your personal account and Php 500,000 for your corporate account. The final number of raffle entries per account will depend on the cut-off period.

Fresh Deposit Funds are limited to: (a) funds deposited to open an account during the Promo Period; or (b) additional deposits made to existing accounts during the Promo Period.

Also, by just dropping by your branch of account and updating your account information, an additional raffle entry is given to you.

With RCBC and RSB, each deposit gives you a chance to earn a spot for you to drive away with your dream wheels!

Deposit and Drive is open to all new and existing account holders, from individual, joint and corporate accounts. Mark your calendars for the first draw on February 14, 2019 and April 15, 2019 for the final raffle draw date.

Start believing you can drive home with a brand new car. Saving has never been this exciting with RCBC and RCBC Savings Bank’s Deposit and Drive promo.

Chocoholics have more reasons to indulge. Villa Del Conte has launched a new set of mouthwatering dark chocolate flavors. The best selling chocolate Pralines are now available in White Cream Cheese Cake flavor with Amaretto Grains filling. Get the praline ball covered in thick dark chocolate and soft cream cheese made from the highest quality of milk and cheese or the luscious combo of chewy amaretto grains. 

There are also two new Dragees flavors: Extra Dark Chocolate covered Pearls Bretzel, which perfectly blends sweet and salty to liven up the senses, and Extra Dark Chocolate covered roasted coffee bean that is not only aromatically pleasing but also deliciously addictive! These new decadent treats are available at all Villa Del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, SM Megamalland Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders and to know more about Villa Del Conte’s indulgent creations, contact 893-2575, visit, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @VillaDelContePh and on Twitter: @villadelconte.

On the helm of being awarded as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award by the Filipina Women’s Network, CEO and Founding President of Faith in God Ruby Pacis Montalbo Professional and Technical Services Corporation (FIGRPMPTSC) Ruby Canteras Pacis, receives another coveted recognition as one of the 2018 Ambassadors Choice Excellence Awardee honored by the Asia Pacific Council, World Council for Excellence Award Ministry and the ACSR Humanitarian Service Ministry.

These award-governing bodies recognize exemplary practitioners who made significant contributions to their respective fields of expertise. It is divided into three major divisions, namely Asia-Pacific, World Council and lastly, the ACSR Humanitarian Servant Ministry Council. Among the 300 nominations in the South & East Asia Pacific Region-Philippines, Pacis was also selected as one of the Top 25 recipients of the 2018 Most Outstanding Model Icon for Life Coach, as well as the Outstanding Asian Achiever Icon, Leadership Excellence Business Service Provider and Model Life Coach Practitioner.

Pacis was nominated by Asian Ambassador Dr. Sandy S. Montano.

“When I received the award, my initial reaction was I cried. Because this isn’t about popularity, it’s about how I recognize my Creator for giving me the chance to maximize my skills. It’s also a recognition of the things I’ve done in the past, which I did for the glory of the Lord,” says Pacis.

FIGRPMPTSC is an Independent subcontractor/contractor authorized and registered to provide Business Process Support and Services such as HR Services, Accounting Services, Process Audit Services, Messengerial Services, Hotel and Restaurant Management Services in various industries, Property Housekeeping and Rental Services, and Technical Support and Services.

Pacis continued, “This started as a single proprietorship company in 2003. I only had Php60,000 capital back then. From then on, I had no idea what happened next. It’s really the Lord who provided everything we needed.

“I just woke up one day and realized, ‘How did this happen? We have our own building and branches all over the country.’ If it’s not for the Lord, I couldn’t have done it by myself.”

FIGRPMPTSC currently holds office in Laguna, Pampanga, NCR, and Cebu. It is its sole responsibility to comply with all existing as well as future laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the employment of top caliber employees.

“Like many others, I faced a lot of challenges when we were just starting. I felt like I was in a bottle because doing a subcontracting business in the Philippines is not easy. I would say some of the players in this industry tend to take advantage of the opportunity to gain more from their employees.

“What I committed to the Lord is to make this company a cut above the rest and to be a company that will be righteous to its employees. I would say the biggest capitalization I have with FIG is my faith in God. With His will, I can do everything even though it seems impossible to the eyes of the people.

“I went through a lot of hardships but I would say a lot of these things were beyond my capacity. The Lord is our provider of strength.”

According to Dr. Rev. Bobby Misa Brimon, Chairman of the WCEA and ACS-HSM East Asia Region, it is through these virtues that their organization acknowledged Pacis; “Being an ambassador is about taking the lead in this nation and making herself available not only to her company but also to the people.

“We are giving this recognition not only for their accomplishments but also because they have their full heart in it. Of course, everybody deserves to be an ambassador with his/her own capacity because of the grace of the Lord.”

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Incinerators that use the most innovative process called pyrolysis technology break 
down large molecules of waste, produce no smoke, smell or loud noises, 
and reduce carbon emission from waste transfer. 

Proper solid waste management in the Philippines remains a serious problem. In the midst of the alarming increase of garbage Filipinos generate resulting in garbage-filled streets, rivers, and drainage as well as insufficient over-burdened landfills, the country is still searching for an effective solution to waste problem.

In an effort to reduce and eventually obliterate the worsening effects of the overwhelming increase of garbage on health and environment, the government, Specifically the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is looking into smart alternatives with less environmental impact.

One such alternative is the use of incinerators. An incinerator is an equipment used for burning waste materials at high temperature until it is reduced to ash.

Depending on the type and capacity of waste, there are different kinds of incinerators: rotary kiln, which are mostly used in developed countries; grate incinerators, which use waste-to-energy technology; and liquid, gases and fumes incinerators, which are used for thermal destruction of gas and fumes and are not suitable for the incineration of solid waste.

In the Philippines, Clean air Act of 1999 banned the use of incinerator because it is believed to emit poisonous and toxic fumes. However, in 2002, DENR released a clarification on the incinerator ban in the country and wrote, “Section 20 does not absolutely prohibit incineration as a mode of waste disposal, rather only those burning process which emit poisonous and toxic fumes are banned.”

Incinerators convert municipal solid waste into a useful by-product. It uses a lot of processes to minimize the risk to health and environment. The most innovative process is the use of pyrolysis technology. Pyrolysis is coined from the Greek terms pyro or fire and -lysis or separating. It is the industrial process of breaking down large molecules of waste such as agricultural residues, scraps, tires, and non-recyclable materials into smaller molecules of gas, oil and carbon black. The common by-product of pyrolysis technology is ash which can be mixed with aggregates for construction purposes.

Many incinerators now have no smoke, no smell nor loud noises. If integrated with solid waste management, incinerators can reduce carbon emission from waste transfer, reduce cost of solid waste disposal and promote zero-waste-to-landfill.

Incinerators can be used in multiple, end-to-end solutions that provide immediate solution to complete sustainable solid waste management in the country.

Artist’s perspective of Parkway Corporate Center’s
combinable office units averaging 36 square meters.

The 32-storey Parkway Corporate Center is now opening its doors to investors who want to give their businesses the singular advantage of occupying a corporate space in an intelligent, green-oriented building at Filinvest City in Alabang.

For business owners, an office space which they can call their own signifies they have achieved a major corporate milestone. With its enviable location at the gateway of the garden central business district in the Metro South and state-of-the-art design features and amenities, Filinvest’s Parkway Corporate Center makes for an ideal office as it allows you to move up when you move in.

As an investor or entrepreneur, ownership lets you capitalize on your asset, as opposed to merely being a tenant. Ownership of your office space gives you the freedom to fit out and customize your unit’s amenities, depending on your business operation’s needs and specifications. Ownership also offers long-term financial advantages and investment potentials, including tax savings and better cash flow management.

With a long-term fixed-rate mortgage, you can anticipate your monthly expenditures without fear of annual rent increases or, worse, lease expiration. You continue your operations worry-free.

Parkway Corporate Center’s impressive building features and amenities are bound to attract top tenants, giving you utmost peace of mind knowing that you are dealing with reputable locators. You acquire an office unit at a low cost. Typically, you can also demand higher rent that creates increased profits. And as landbank options in major central business districts (CBDs) decrease, and with the shortage of office spaces in Metro Manila, capital values and rents are experiencing an upsurge, with multinational tenants seeking longer lease terms for up to five to 10 years, allowing for longevity of guaranteed income and the assurance of steady and continuous returns.

With Parkway Corporate Center as your business address, you get outstanding building characteristics. To best suit your corporate needs, it employs intelligent space planning with flexible and combinable office units averaging 36 square meters. Whole floor options for larger companies are available.

Modern building facilities include six high-speed elevators, 24-hour security with CCTV cameras in strategic areas, 100 percent back-up power and advanced fiber optic backbone. Other exceptional amenities include an elegant main lobby, a retail plaza at the ground floor, a fully-equipped business center for meetings and other small business functions, podium deck garden, balconies on every five levels, plus eight levels of secured parking.

In keeping with Parkway Corporate Center’s green orientation, its glass curtain wall is double-glazed with a low e-coating to reduce heat and UV (ultra-violet) radiation, reducing cost while raising energy efficiency and sustainability.

Having your business offices in Filinvest City in Alabang gives you great advantages with its increasing land values, allowing for continuous growth. Alabang also has a strong client base, enabling you to tap new markets and gain more customers, and a talented labor pool, making businesses thrive even further.

Additionally, Filinvest City puts you at a prime, strategic, and prestigious setting where a full spectrum of offerings—from premium lifestyle and retail facilities to one-of-a-kind residential concepts—are at hand for a true genuine work-live-play environment.

You also get to enjoy greater accessibility as Filinvest City has an efficient public transportation hub South Station and easily connects to the North and CALABARZON area through Skyway, South Luzon Expressway and Daang Hari Road. Ninoy Aquino International Airport is just ten kilometers away.

Owning an office space at Parkway Corporate Center at the premier CBD in the south, Filinvest City, truly has numerous benefits.

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Hop on to your next flight using 16,000 Bonus Points when you apply for your own CEB GetGo Visa Credit Card.

As another new year starts, many individuals are bringing out their planners and making lists of their resolutions. For those planning to bring out their inner jetsetters in 2019, there’s no better time to embrace a travel lifestyle than now.

With a trustworthy lifestyle rewards program such as GetGo, traveling becomes exciting and rewarding in more ways than one. Whether you’re a young traveler itching to explore new destinations or a parent planning that much-awaited family getaway, GetGo has lined up a few tips to help fulfill your new year travel resolutions:

Watch out for seat sales

Local airlines such as leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific, have been enabling Filipinos to fly in and out of the country with its budget-friendly flight tickets. If you want to score cheap tickets to the most visited destinations like Hong Kong, Korea, Bohol, and Siargao, it helps to keep tabs on the latest promos and seat sales so you can fly on a discount. You can even fly for free on rewards points if you are a GetGo member.

Research about your dream destination

You can better enjoy an unfamiliar territory when you have good knowledge about what to do and where to stay for the trip. As budding travelers, it is advisable to read up about the destination and familiarize with the tourist spots so you would not get lost and get the most out of your vacation.

Prepare an itinerary

List down the places you want to visit and plot them in a schedule to manage time efficiently when you are already touring the destination. Keep your plans on your phone with helpful online travel apps. You can even book discounted tickets to popular tourist destinations on sites like Klook and get rewards if you are a GetGo member.

With GetGo, you and the barkada can discover the most beautiful spots and sightsee the most interesting places across the world.

Get a credit card made for traveling

Enjoy the best of traveling and unlock perks and benefits with your own travel credit card such as the Cebu Pacific GetGo Credit or Platinum Credit Card. With the CEB GetGo Visa Credit cards, you can fly to the hottest local and international destinations, dine at five-star restaurants, and even go on a cashless shopping spree while earning points to fly for free! You will even get exclusive merchant discounts, enjoy access to the airport lounge, receive additional 5kg baggage allowance, and have automatic transfer of points.

Making the year more fulfilling for travelers, GetGo gives everyJuan the chance to spend holiday trips and vacations by flying with its 16,000 Bonus Points Promo. Cardholders who will apply for Cebu Pacific GetGo Credit or Platinum Credit Card from now up to February 15, 2019 will receive 8,000 Bonus GetGo Points by spending P20,000 on the credit card within 65 days from approval date. On top of the initial offer, Cebu Pacific GetGo Platinum cardholders will also be given a unique promo code for additional 8,000 GetGo Points upon spending another P20,000 using the new card within the same period.

With 16,000 GetGo points, you can tick off places and activities that have been in your bucket list for a long time. From surfing in Siargao, island hopping in Palawan, celebrating festivals in Cebu, and even seeing the cherry blossoms bloom in Japan, you can enjoy the wonders of traveling with your CEB GetGo Visa Credit cards.

So, let your travel dreams take flight with GetGo and enjoy up to 16,000 bonus points to fly for free when you spend using your new CEB GetGo Credit Card. Apply now at and visit for full mechanics. Promo is extended until February 15, 2019.

For more information on memberships and partners, visit Stay updated on the latest promos by liking GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It’s so good that it will make you dance!

MANILA, January 21, 2019 – There’s a lot of reasons to break out in joyful dance—and for beloved actress-host Anne Curtis, enjoying her all-time favorite Burger Steak is one of it.

In the latest commercial for this best-selling Jollibee favorite, Anne shows off her Linamnam Ulam Happy Dance after taking a delicious bite of the Beefy-Saucy Linamnam Ulam Burger Steak. With a 100% pure beef patty and flavorful mushroom gravy perfectly paired with steamed white rice, there’s no doubt that each mouthwatering spoonful will make you dance.

“Inspired by that familiar feeling when you just want to dance when enjoying delicious food, the ad perfectly captures the delight that courses through diners when they indulge in the Burger Steak,” Jollibee Marketing Director for Core Products Mari Aldecoa said. “The happy dance is triggered because the Burger Steak is more than delicious—it’s malinamnam! For years, it has brought great flavors and consistent quality that continue to make its fans, including Anne Curtis, want to do the Linamnam UlamHappy Dance with every bite!”

Treat yourself to the Beefy-Linamnam Linamnam Ulam Burger Steak, available in all Jollibee stores nationwide for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions. Prices starts at PHP 50.00* (solo).

For more information about Jollibee’s products and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

*Prices may vary across different locations.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Bonsai enthusiasts all over the Philippines shall celebrate as the Philippine Bonsai Society, Inc. (PBSI) and SM Supermalls join hands to showcase new and fun activities for mallgoers, such as exhibits, shows, events, and workshops led by local and international bonsai experts.
“We are thankful to the Philippine Bonsai Society for choosing SM malls as the venue for their exhibitions as we also promote our advocacy for the environment, to bring the ‘green’ malling experience to our customers.” said SM Supermalls Senior Vice President for Marketing Jonjon San Agustin.

‘We are very excited to bring bonsai art to a wider audience as we hold our shows and exhibits in SM malls across the country in the coming months,” said Philippine Bonsai Society President Bobby Gopiao.

Dubbed “SANIB PWERSA”, The Podium with a display of select and premium collections by over 30 clubs, Bonsai enthusiasts can also head to the north for the National Show on March 22 to 25 at The Block SM North EDSA. For the first time, three Japanese art disciplines will be featured at the event at SM North EDSA, thanks to the combined efforts of the PBSI, Natural Stone Society of the Philippines and Ikenobo-lkebana Society of Manila. Customers can also look forward to seeing rare bonsai species such as the Diospyros (Persimmons), a genus of over 700 species of desiduous and evergreen trees and shrubs; Tugas (Molave), a medium-sized tree which grows 15 meters whose leaves are compound with 3 leaflets; and the Sampalok (Tamarind), an attractive tree valued for its shade and edible fruit with bright green, dense, pinnate and feathery foliage.
The PBSI started as an informal group of enthusiasts back in 1973, and became a non-stock, non-profit association in 1975. Today. PBSI is an internationally recognized association with close to 500 active members and a growing number of followers among provincial bonsai clubs.

Discover the artistry and skill of Filipino bonsai experts, and learn tips and tricks on how to create the living at of bonsai at SM!
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