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LBC receives twin honors at the Reader’s Digest’s Trusted Brands Awards 2017. Receiving the awards for LBC are (from L-R) Jesus Venice Arias, Vice President for Philippine Operations; Karen Alcazar, Senior Manager for Philippine Operations; Darlene V. Dollente, Senior Marketing Manager; Therese Ezra Castrojas, Brand Marketing and Communications Manager;Reader’s Digest (RD), at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City. 

LBC Express was bestowed a platinum award for airfreight/courier category and gold award for their remittance segment.

This is the first time that RDTB recognized the remittance business (along with five others categories) to reflect the changes in the market and to show that these industries have made considerable impact on the buying habits of consumers.

LBC’s Chief Marketing Officer Javier Mantecon enthused, “We are humbled to be recognized at this year’s Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Awards. More than the prestige, what we hold of greater value is the confidence given to us by the Filipino people. With this achievement, we are all the more inspired to provide the best service so our customers can continue to send love and happiness from across the miles.”

Now on its 19th year, Reader’s Digest has been surveying consumers in major markets across Asia such as the Philippines, to ask them about the brands they believe and expect to provide premium value and exceptional service. These respondents are composed of Reader's Digest subscribers and random consumers.

LBC is the Philippines’ market leader in retail and corporate courier & cargo, money remittance, and logistics services. With a growing network of over 6,400 branches, hubs & warehouses, partners, and agents in over 30 countries, LBC is committed to moving lives, businesses, and communities and delivering smiles around the world. Listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange through LBC Express Holdings, Inc., LBC aims to deliver value to all of its stakeholders, as it has for over 60 years.  Founded in 1945 as a brokerage and air cargo agent, LBC pioneered time-sensitive cargo delivery and 24-hour door-to-door delivery in the Philippines. Today, it is the most trusted logistics brand of the Global Filipino. LBC can move it for you: visit www.LBCexpress.com, or call telephone +632 8585 999 (Metro Manila), 1 800 10 8585 999 (Provincial), +632 9086 522 (Solutions) and follow LBCExpress (Facebook and Twitter).

It’s summer once again and celebrities have brought the heat to different social mediums by posting photos, videos and blogs of their travel adventures.  You have even liked or shared these posts.  Your buddies may have even tagged you on some with a hashtag #hanggangdrawinglang (pertaining to planned trips that never happen).

Maybe it’s high time you and your buddies stop tagging each other and start planning your own “barkada” adventure.  How about taking the kids to a vacation for some family bonding?  Some soul searching perhaps?  How’s your bucket list going so far?

On March 31 to April 2, 2017 Asiatravel.com in partnership with Citibank will hold its Travel Expo 2017 at the 4th Level Activity Area of Century City Mall from 10am to 8pm.

“Asiatravel.com is Asia’s leading online travel company that understands travellers’ needs, from hotel bookings, affordable flights, attractions to BLeisure (Business+Leisure) packages.”

Don’t waste the summer sun inside the four corners of your room scrolling and searching for airline tickets, booking hotel accommodations, tour packages ending up paying more.  Asiatravel.com’s Travel Expo 2017 has got your back, bringing over sale packages of up to 75% off on bookings for international and domestic travel packages.  All you need to do is pack up your suitcase and file that vacation leave!

Oh and by the way, for every Php 2,000 single and/or accumulated spend in any Century City Mall establishments on March 27-April 2, shoppers will get to receive Php 1,000 worth of AsiaTravel vouchers that can be used during the AsiaTravel Travel Fair on March 31-April 2.
With just a few weeks away, moms and moms-to-be are all geared up for the first ever Mom and Baby Expo happening this April.  Organized by the Perinatal Association of the Philippines (PAP), the exhibit showcases all facets of comprehensive perinatal healthcare such as products, services, technology and new methods, all of which are intended in aiding Filipina mothers and their babies.
One of the highlights of the Mom and Baby Expo 2017 will be a series of talks from perinatal experts pertaining to maternal-fetal and newborn topics.

Some of the topics to be discussed during the event are tips on how to get pregnant; vaccines needed for expecting moms as well as their babies; exercise and proper nutrition for a healthy pregnancy; preconception tests and Breastfeeding Pearls Exercise. Other topics include skin care protection for women who are conceiving; importance of prenatals; and ways to safeguard against diseases like vaginal infection, UTI and STDs.

PAP President Dra. Belen Velasco notes the relevance of taking time to listen to the experts during the talks. She explains: “Our objective is simple yet powerful: to impart advices and traverse new ideas moms and expectant moms can use that will ultimately strengthen their maternal bond with their babies”

For his part, PAP President Dr. Diosdado Mariano says “The Expo is an opportunity to analyze and seek solutions to existing issues pertaining to maternal-fetal and newborn areas in an engaging and fun way.”

The Mom and Baby Expo 2017 will also showcase pocket workshops, fun and informative activities, selling booths, food stalls and raffle prizes.

The Mom and Baby Expo 2017 will be held on April 21-23 at the SM Megamall Megatrade Halls 2 and 3.
The three-day event is made possible by the PAP, in partnership with its trusted affiliates- the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecology Society (POGS), Philippine Pediatrics Society (PPS), Philippine Society of Newborn Medicine (PSNbM), Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines (MCNAP), and the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP).

For more details on the Mom and Baby Expo 2017, visit its official Facebook page www.facebook.com/mombabyexpoph or follow its official Twitter account @MomBabyExpoPH.

Are you an OFW who sends money every now and then to your loved ones in the Philippines? Do you work in the Philippines but away from your family and you need to send them support on a weekly or monthly basis? Or you simply want to send present or surprise someone special on his/her special day? Why don't you try Beam and Go, an affordable, fast and convenient way of letting your loved ones feel your care for them?

About Beam and Go



BeamAndGo Pte Ltd is a Singapore-based firm specializing in consumer-related eCommerce products. They will be the first in the Philippines to offer a digital SMS gifting solution delivered as a text message.

BeamAndGo, believes there is a better way for OFW's to support loved ones in the Philippines other than just providing cash. The goal is to enable you to buy food, medicine, health care, insurance, education and other essentials for your family in a way that is affordable, convenient, transparent and sustainable.

With BeamAndGo.com, you can purchase digital gift certificates for supermarkets and pharmacies that will be sent to the mobile phones of Filipinos back home. These digital gift certificates can be immediately redeemed at the participating stores. You can also directly pay for insurance, healthcare, airtime load, mobile devices and bills.

BeamandGo accepts online secured payments with MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Paypal. IRemit branches throughout the world accepts cash for BeamAndGo payments. And now, they have LoadAndGo prepaid credits, which can be purchased offline and used as payment for anything on The BeamAndGo store. For the complete list of banks and institutions pls visit https://www.beamandgo.com/Faq and click "Payment."


My BeamandGo Experience

I have known a lot of e-commerce sites for so long. That's where I usually buy stuff like shoes, clothing, bags and other fashion items for me and my family. Only few online shops offer perishable goods, groceries and other basic daily needs and those few shops only deliver in Metro Manila, so I only got to enjoy their service whenever I am in the metro. I really love shopping online because they offer free deliveries and discounts sometimes. Having my items delivered at my doorsteps is so much convenient on my part as a freelancer and a work-at-home mom at the same time. But of course online shopping while beneficial, is also troublesome. Many times I returned the items that were delivered because they are either defective or doesn't fit, and that's when a worrysome online shopping starts.

When a friend introduced BeamandGo, I thought "ah just the same online shops/e-commerce sites that exist today." But since that friend promised to put credits once I opened an account, I immediately gave it a try.

Signing up is FREE, just go to https://www.beamandgo.com/ then click "Sign up with Facebook" or fill in the form.


Fill in the necessary details, make sure your mobile number is correct and active because they will be sending your purchases via the SMS.

It takes only few minutes to register, once registration is done you will receive an SMS and an email confirming your successful registration with BeamandGo.

You may then log in to your account using the mobile number you used to register together with your password.

I sent my mobile number to the friend and he immediately reloaded the credits he promised. I received an SMS confirmation that my account was loaded with 1500 of credits which I can use to buy from BeamandGo store.

I logged in to my account and started shopping. From the photo below, you will see that I have a credit balance of Php1,500.00. I clicked the "STORE" tab on the upper right corner and from the list of stores that appeared I clicked Gaisano Mall and purchased 3 Gaisano Mall GC's worth Php500.00 each. They are currently offering a discount code MARCH10 which entitles the customer for a 10% off on any purchases from BeamandGo store. I used that Php1500.00 LoadandGo credit as payment together with the discount code so only Php1350.00 was deducted from my account.


You have to wait for more or less 2 hours for the GC's to be sent to your mobile number. I bought the GC's at around 10 am and received them before 12noon.

Then I went to Metro Market! Market! in BGC Taguig to shop. I went to their customer service to redeem the GC's. Upon confirmation, I was told that the GC's are only redeemable in Metro Gaisano Mall branches! Oh, boy! I clicked on the wrong store, sorry, it was my first time.

Fortunately, their customer service is very helpful in accommodating my concern. They immediately replaced the GC's with those redeemable in Metro Market! Market! and send them to my mobile number. At last, I was able to redeem the GC's and had fun shopping cashless for groceries.

Please watch my BeamandGo shopping experience via Youtube


Here are some helpful reminders when using BeamandGo:

For Metro Supermarket and Dep Store, the customer needs to proceed to the foreign exchange/credit department and show the SMS to the assigned personnel, who will key in codes in their desktop app. Once the codes have been validated, the assigned personnel will issue paper GCs.
 
For San Roque Supermarket - The codes are sent typically within 24 hours after the order is placed. The customer's chosen recipient can go to the assigned supermarket, choose and shop items he/she wishes to buy and then go to the cashier. They will need to just show the SMS with the codes to the cashier as payment.

For Super 8 - The codes are sent immediately (in real time). The customer's chosen recipient can go to the assigned supermarket, choose and shop items he/she wishes to buy and then go to the cashier. They will need to just show the SMS with the codes to the cashier as payment.

While most online shops offer mostly fashion items, BeamandGo offers us the convenience of purchasing our necessities, our basic daily needs in the supermarkets near us. We can easily send GC's to our loved ones almost anywhere in the Philippines. In Visayas and in Mindanao, there's Gaisano Mall, Iloilo Supermart, NCCC Supermarket, Prince Hypermart and Gaisano Capital. For Bicol and Mimaropa, there's LCC Supermarket, Citimart Supermarket and NCCC Supermarket. For North and South Luzon and Metro Manila, there's Metro Supermarket, Super 8, San Roque Supermarket, Jenra Supermarket, Citimart Supermarket and Johnson's Supermart.   

BeamandGo not only provides us the joy of shopping in our favorite malls because they also offer free delivery services until June 30, 2017 via Ritemed shop. You can also shop for Unilab products - personal hygienehealth and wellness and more kits and packs - for babies, kids and adults with free delivery nationwide. Kata Digital products, Generika products and eLoad are also available from the Beamandgo store. You'll discover more services from BeamandGo once you've created an account with them.

What I admire about BeamandGo is the efficiency of their customer service. Not all customer service staff and technical team would respond to a customer's complaint that respectful and fast. A Customer Service agent is always available (8:00am to 12:00pm) in their website chat and FB to respond to inquiries about available branches around the Philippines. Typical questions on "how to pay" are easily answered in the local Filipino language or even Bisaya. Once a customer orders a GC online, a friendly customer service agent will contact the recipient to check whether the SMSs with the serial number and confirmation code were received. They also remind the recipient to provide a valid ID (government, school IDs, or senior citizen ID).

BeamandGo is another innovation that is really helpful to Filipino families, especially those with OFW's. It is the only online shop in the Philippines that offers wide variety of products - from groceries, to apparel and even medicines from selected pharmacies.

In my case, BeamandGo really something that I can depend on, because as a freelancer, my clients pay me thru PayPal. Since BeamandGo accepts PayPal as payment for purchases, I will no longer have trouble converting the virtual money into cash. I'll just use my PayPal credits to purchase groceries and other necessities from the BeamandGo stores.

How about you? Do you shop online? What items do you usually buy? Why don't you try BeamandGo? I can assure you of its hassle-free, worry-free service.

How did Chao Long became a famous dish in the Philippines?

Decades ago, more than a thousand of Vietnamese flee to the Philippines, particularly in Palawan, during the communists invasion in Vietnam. That is when the Vietnamese dishes influenced the taste of Palawe├▒os that even when the Vietnamese returned back to their homelands, their culture and culinary practices especially their food has been adopted by the local residents mainly in Puerto Princesa.

One of the delicacies that the Palawe├▒os and even Pinoys from some parts of the archipelago, became fond of is the chao long. Originally, it is a rice porridge with pork innards, but as most Pinoys do, they made a variation to the traditional chao long to suit the taste and wants of customers. Nowadays, chao long is a soup of clear broth made from either beef or pork with rice noodles.

Most of the famous restaurants offering chao long can be found in Puerto Princesa, but do you know that you need not travel that far just to satisfy your craving for some Vietnamese dishes?

Somewhere in Cavite, lies a humble eatery offering great-tasting and flavorful chao long called Kuya Ric's D'Masters Chao Long House. They are currently offering 4 kinds of chao long soup - Beef Stew, Viet Bulalo with Rice Noodles, Pork Buto-buto and Pork Buto-buto with Beef Stew.

Beef Stew with Rice Noodles (Php75.00)

 Pork Buto-buto with Rice Noodles ( Php75.00 )

Their newest dish, Pancit Chao Long is somewhat similar to pancit bihon. It is the store's original recipe. Pancit Chao Long is rice noodles sauteed with vegetables such as carrots and cabbage or pechay Baguio topped with ground peanuts and fresh mongo sprouts. The pancit has mixed salty and sweet taste. If you want a bit more powerful taste, just squeeze in some calamansi to the pancit.


The soup is best paired with the French Bread which is crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. Their French Bread which came all the way from Palawan, has different fillings : garlic, chicken, cheese, beef, garlic and cheese and pork. The bread with garlic is priced at Php30.00 and the rest is at Php35.00.


You can also order extra soup for Php15.00 per bowl and extra rice noodles for Php20.00.

Bloggers with the friendly owners of Kuya Ric's Chao Long


It's kid-approved!


My thoughts on Kuya Ric's Chao Long House

The place is simple but clean and orderly. The painting on the wall shows a lot of dreamy places in Palawan which will give customers a relaxing ambiance. The soups taste good for its natural flavors. The fresh crunchy sprouts of mongo adds excitement to the soup, but I missed more cilantro - that's what Vietnamese dishes are known for. What I loved most is the Pancit Chao Long. I have been to many Vietnamese restaurants and tried various Viet dishes but they are not offering that kind. I admire how they incorporated the taste of the traditional Pinoy pancit to a Viet food. For the French Bread, they have to still improve on the consistency of the bread and the amount of its filling. The bread is no longer crunchy when exposed and not eaten immediately. The amount of serving is fair enough for its price. I am actually full after finishing a bowl of chao long soup.



Kuya Ric's D'Masters Chao Long can be found in Evangelista St. Brgy. Maliksi 3 Bacoor, Cavite. Follow thei IG for more updates Bacoor Chao Long


March is International Women’s Month, the perfect time to salute all the wonderful women around the globe. In line with the celebration, Nutramedica Inc., encourages women to speak their mind and know their rights. Be it in society or otherwise, women have excelled over the years, creating a sense of socio-equality that every female across the globe shall be proud of.

This years’ theme is “Be bold for change”, a very subjective manner of approach to the present era where women are called to lead and influence. Novuhair calls for the same thrust.

Novuhair empowers the female population by improving their appearance thru self-help ideas on social media. Channeling their self-esteem and confidence to exude.

Nutramedica Inc. itself is being led by a formidable woman, Sheila Mae Velilla, CEO & President. Ms. Velilla built the company from scratch, exerting much effort in product development and exemplary business & marketing acumen. Founded in 2004, Nutramedica was one of the first companies to market virgin coconut oil (VCO) in the Philippines. Today it is known for its comprehensive range of oral and injectable pharmaceutical lines, food supplements and cosmetic products.

At present, Novuhair has been awarded by Watson’s as the leading Medicated Hair Care Brand in the country for five consecutive years. The effectiveness of the product speaks for itself.

Novuhair is made with 19 natural ingredients that include moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint and almost 100% natural.
Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. It also penetrates deep to rejuvenate the hair follicles, provides optimum nutrition to help combat hair loss and/or thinning of hair, improves blood circulation in the scalp which contributes to the stimulation of hair growth.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.

#NovuhairSalutesWomen #WomensMonth

Fasten your seat belts as the country’s leading fast food chain revs up the excitement with JolliRace, the newest and coolest addition to the Jollibee Kids Party.

With JolliRace, all racetracks lead to a fun, Grand Prix experience. Boys and girls will have a blast on their special day with balloons, relay games, awesome prizes, and a delicious cake prepared to give them a birthday party set at full speed.



Jollibee, Yum and Popo will thrill party guests in this one-of-a-kind celebration. All these, plus Jollibee langhap-sarap favorites Chickenjoy, Jollibee Spaghetti, and Yumburger meals, make the JolliRace party a sure winner among kids and kids-at-heart.

An exciting first race
Recently, little ones came for a preview of racing fun at Jollibee E. Rodriguez. The launch of the new JolliRace party theme welcomed media guests, radio personality Delamar Arias with her sons Cooper and Parker, and celebrity mom Bettina Carlos with daughter Gummy and nephew Camilo Marco.

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Everyone enjoyed the series of exciting games as well as the race-themed party hats, loot bags, balloons, prizes and other party favors. Guests also had a wonderful time posing in front of a photo wall featuring the race cars of Jollibee, Yum and Popo. Some guests even dressed up in their racing gear to win in the best in costume contest.

All in all, it was an epic day at Jollibee, with everyone enjoying great packages of langhap-sarap meals with their little ones. JolliRace guests brought home party goodies to go with their jolly, cool memories.

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Recreate the thrill of the racetracks and enjoy the newest and fastest route to a memorable birthday celebration today. Parents booking a Jollibee Kids Party can mix and match party elements for 30 or 80 guests with Jollibee’s “Create-Your-Own Package” option.

After choosing from among Jollibee’s four special themes: Jollitown, Hello Kitty, FUN-tastic Factory, and the newest JolliRace, parents can get in the back seat and let Jollibee host the jolliest party experience for their kids.

The Jollibee Kids Party is available for booking in store or set up in chosen locations. For more information on birthday fun that is up to speed, visit jollibeeparty.com.
Lazada's Birthday Sale is coming up and great deals will be pouring from Lazada's brand and merchant partners. With discounts on products across  all categories, everyone is sure to enjoy browsing their website or mobile app to check out the best offers the Birthday Sale has to offer.
One of the brands which came up with an irresistible offer is Nescafe. Coffee lovers will be delighted to know that during the 3-day sale from March 21 to 23, Nescafe Dolce Gusto will be offering a free coffee machine for a minimum purchase of 8 boxes of coffee capsules. For only P3,400, one can get not only 8 boxes of assorted coffee capsules but also a FREE Nescafe Dolce Gusto Oblo Machine. On the other hand, aNescafe Dolce Gusto Mini-Me Machine will come for free for every purchase of 10 boxes of assorted coffee capsules and a purchase of 12 boxes comes with a free Dolce Gusto Genio 2 Machine. The 10-box assorted coffee capsule package with a free Dolce Gusto Mini-Me Machine is priced at P4,250 while the 12-box coffee capsule pack with a free Dolce Gusto Genio 2 Machine will only cost P5,100.
Lazada affiliate bloggers had the chance to check out the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini-Me Machine during the unboxing event held on March 16. The compact and automatic coffee machine would look good in any kitchen counter with its modern design. Not only does the machine allow you to choose on whether you want your beverage hot or cold; it also allows the user, through its Play and Select function, to create the perfect coffee for himself.
Operating the machine is very easy. During the unboxing, the machine was tested with the Chococino capsules. Chocochino is prepared with two capsules, one containing pure premium chocolate and the other with whole milk. Simply turn on the machine and once the light indicator turns green, the machine can start its work. The capsule with chocolate was slid in first followed by the capsule containing milk. Each capsule indicates a number of bars which needs to be selected through the Play and Select function. The machine automatically stops at the right moment and an aromatic beverage is ready to be enjoyed!
Making beverages is fun and easy with the Dolce Gusto coffee machines. And with a vast selection of beverages, from Espresso, to Cappuccino, hot chocolate and even teas, each coffee machine will be a good kitchen companion day and night. What are you waiting for? Getting your Dolce Gusto coffee machine can never be more effortless with Lazada offering not only CASH ON DELIVERY but also FREE DELIVERY.  This offer is only available for 3 days so make sure that you grab this limited offer. Lazada's Birthday Sale runs from March 21 to 23 so check out Lazada.com.ph to see thousands of discounted products.

The Box of Joy is becoming Lazada's staple treat to its affiliate bloggers during campaign season. It initially started back in 2016 for the yearly Online Revolution and this year'sBirthday Sale saw the comeback of the Box of Joy. Previously, the contents of the box are primarily goods from the FMCG sector. While this year's Box of Joy is still dominated by FMCG, we're already seeing new additions from categories such as watches, and electronics accessories.

Colgate and Palmolive have been supporting the Box of Joy since the beginning and this year is no exception. This year's ColPal haul includes Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Great Regular Flavor Anti-Cavity Family Toothpaste, Plax Ice Infinity, Palmolive Aloe Vera Shampoo & Conditioner, Palmolive Naturals Body Wash,Palmolive Naturals WHITE + MILK soap, Gard Charcoal Shampoo, and Tender Care Talk Pink Soft. Colgate is also launching a scholarship promo starting April 3 for its Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Great Regular Flavor Anti-Cavity Family Toothpaste and there will be 2,500 winners of scholarships, and other prizes once the promo ends.

From Unilever, Dove's Deeply Nourishing Body Wash and Hair Therapy - Hair Fall Rescue as well as Tresemme Platinum Strength Conditioner are included in the box. Tresemme Platinum Strength Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Spray Gift Set will go on sale from March 21 to 23 for only P249, a 42% discount from it's price SRP of P429. As for Procter & Gamble, Pantene Hair Fall Control Intensive Conditioner have been shared to affiliate bloggers. P&G will be having a promo price on its bestselling Olay Night Ritual which will go on sale for only P999.







There's also stronger support from merchants selling products from other categories. Merchant Sunsonic Electronic Plaza has given away an Awei Micro USB Cable for Smartphones and merchant Anything Under the Sun gave away classic and trendyTempus watches. Hopefully with Lazada's ever-growing partners base, more and more brands and merchants will support the Box of Joy project in the future.

The Lazada Birthday Sale runs from March 21 to 23 with products on flash sale available all throughout the day. Make sure that you visit Lazada.com.ph during the campaign and enjoy these amazing discounts from Lazada and its partners. Remember that Lazada offers CASH ON DELIVERY and FREE DELIVERY to ensure the customers' effortless shopping experience.
Water conservation, sanitation and education is one major environmental problem the country is facing today. But a group of students from the Industrial Engineering Council of the Cebu Institute of Techonology is making it easier for ordinary folks and the younger generation, as they developed a four-pronged approach that helps disseminate information and highlight the importance of efficient and sustainable water use.

Their project AQUARIA - Abiding Quality Aquatic Responsibility through Innovation and Awareness - engages the public, particularly the children, through a series of activities - Water Warrior Caravan' health, sanitation and hygiene workshops; read-along sessions; and youth forums. The group has also developed an app that educates young Filipinos on hte value of water, conservation, and proper hygiene.
The Industrial Engineering Council of the Cebu Insttute of Technology is one of the twenty youth organizations short-listed in the 14th ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards. They are also this year's Coca-Cola BARKADA Water Stewardship Awardee.

"We are very proud to present them the Coke Barkada Water Stewardship Award as they share the thrust of Coca-Cola Philippines for the responsible and sustainable use of water resources,"said Cecile Alcantara, Coca-Cola Philippines Foundation president.
Coca-Cola Philippines is focused on programs for women economic empowerment through the 5by20 Sari-sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) Program, for well-being through the Minute Maid Nurisha supplemental program, and for water through the Coca-Cola Agos Program, which has provided 129 water-deprived communities with access to water.

This year's winners are : Food Rescue ASEAN, Team Dugong Bughaw, Modern Nanays of Mindanao, Go2Virtualahan, Inc, UP Industrial Engineering Club, HiGi Energy, Guiguinto Scholars' Association, Ingat Kapandayan Artist Center, Youth for a Livable Cebu and Voice of Cameleon's Children.


Based in Dumaguete City, Foor Rescue ASEAN collects unsold edible food items from markets and groceries and distributes these to food shelters and soup kitchens. The organization is abla to feed 93 kids through the program.

Hailing from Iloilo City, Team Dugong Bughaw is an organization that aims to improve the knowledge, attitude, and practices of the Ilonggo youth regarding the trabsmission and prevention of HIV. The organization has impacted over 4,700 youths through school visits and lectures.



The Modern Nanays of Mindanao is a group of young mothers in Cagayan de Oro City that provides support to other mothers through the sharing of scientific-based resources and evidence-based practices in child care. The group also advocates for the use of cloth diapers and breastfeeding.

The Davao City-based Go2Virtualahan, Inc is a capacity building and values formation program that enables single parents and unemploeyed youth to work online as home-based professionals through skills training and employment support. The group has trained over 80 virtual assistants with 65% placement rate.

The UP Industrial Engineering Club from UP Diliman has contributed in the development of a more efficient work flow for Kalsda Coffee, a social enterprise. The organization contributed in the reduction of the company's labor costs by as much as 87.2 percent and increased its revenue by 28 percent.


Currently operating in Victoria, Tarlac, HiGi Energy's Hyacinth for Green Energy project aims to provide a solution to the invasion of water hyacinths in the various water systems in the country, while at the same time provide an economic opportunity. The project converts water hyacinths into charcoal that the communities can sell or use.

The Guiguinto Scholars' Association of Guiguinto, Bulacan aims to enrich the current generation with the culture and history of their hometown through shadow play, lights and sounds museum, and field trip caravans.


The conservation and promotion of the Tausug dances is the main thrust of the Ingat Kapandayan Artist Center of the Notre Dame of Jolo College in Sulu. The organization seeks to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of the Tausugs through artistic performances.

By bringing the youth back to the libraries, the Youth for a Livable Cebu aims to make the queen city of the south a better and more livable place.

The Voice of Cameleon's Children is educating the future generation of their rights and how to prevent abuse through theater acts, skits and workshops. The organization is composed of trained children's rights advocates, who are also survivors of child abuse.

The annual search for exemplary youth organizations that strive to contribute to nation building in their own ways is now on its 14th year and is supported by the National Youth Commission, the TAYO Foundation, the offices of Senators Bam Aquino and Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, and Coca-Cola.



A Long Way - Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan lauds the finalists of the 14th TAYO Awards for bringing remarkable stories that evoke hope and love for country. He adds that the finalists showcased the strength of the Filipino youth with how they are able to shape their communities for the better.



Working Together - Senator Bam Aquino encourages the finalists of the 14th TAYO Awards to continue their advocacies and to work together in order to create a stronger impact for the betterment of the Filipino nation.

The 14th TAYO Awardees after the awarding ceremonies held in Diamond Hotel Manila last February 16, 2017.

It was truly another milestone for both CDC Holdings and The Ascott Limited (Ascott) as CDC Holdings handed over its second residence project to Ascott - the Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila.

This is The newest international serviced residence located in the bustling Ortigas Center in Pasig City.  The 32-storey mixed-use property combines 290 serviced residences managed by Ascott and 96 residential condominiums in the thriving North of Manila.  Ortigas Center is one of the metro’s major commercial and business districts, which is home to multinationals, BPOs, and pharmaceutical companies. Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila is expected to answer the discerning needs of expats, young business executives and long-term leisure travellers looking for a luxurious accommodation that provides the comfort and warmth of home, as well as an efficient, and professional service of a hotel.

“With Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila, CDC Holdings has gone above and beyond to deliver an outstanding property in a most-sought after location in Ortigas,” shares Elsie Chua, president and chief executive of CDC Holdings, Inc., the development company behind the newest serviced residence property in Ortigas.

Chua adds, “With this latest project, CDC has captured the vibrancy of the Citadines brand and combined it with the beauty and colors of nature, creating a perfect palette uniquely its own.”

Celebrating Nature, Vibrant Global Living
This newest serviced residence with its well-thought-of interiors and tasteful and vibrant design that magnify the property’s distinctive artsy vibe mixed with elements of nature will truly make residents and guests feel at home. CDC Holdings has tapped RMDA Architects, spearheaded by Architect Rolly Mercado and Almario & Associates under Cynthia and Ivy Almario, for the design aesthetics.

All throughout the building, greenery is incorporated as part of the building features.  For a cohesive look design pieces are likewise inspired by nature, including the hallway carpets and couches in vibrant green color that are found in the lobby. This are also feature unique and innovative designs like Kenneth Cobonpue’s “The Bloom Chair,” an award-winning lounge piece reminiscent of the delicate soft petals of the Hibiscus-flower. And to add Filipino touch, the apartments’ interiors have various displays of framed photos of indigenous Filipino materials like the vibrant banig and the intricate barong, which are likewise works of art.

Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila features pockets of green with its garden deck found at the building’s 4th floor, providing the serenity and beauty of nature amidst the bustling city.



A mixed-use property and Service Excellence
The successful partnership between CDC Holdings and The Ascott Limited began 17 years ago with Somerset Millennium in Makati.

Arthur Gindap, The Ascott Limited’s Regional General Manager for the Philippines and Thailand said, “We have been working closely with CDC Holdings for almost two decades already. Our first collaboration, the Somerset Millennium Makati, has created a solid foundation of our partnership and we look forward to this second venture with them with the opening of Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila, which is Ascott’s first managed property North of Manila.

With a portfolio of over 290 properties spread out across 100 cities worldwide, The Ascott Limited is the world’s biggest international serviced residence owner-operator. The Ascott brand is a reputable name in property management.

Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila offers corporate guests and leisure travelers 290 premier units located from the 4th to the 24th floor, ranging from studio to one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.  Each unit is spacious and reminiscent of home, with separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen and wireless internet.  Art comes to life in the property with its vibrant design, artworks and other pieces, making it a unique home in the city.  Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila also has a guest lounge, garden deck, swimming pool and a fitness center for residents’ and guests’ exclusive use.

Meanwhile, CDC Millennium Ortigas, the residential apartments located from the 25th to the 30th floor, have a private entrance along Sapphire Road.  There are also separate amenities (pool and Sky Lounge) at the 31st and 32nd floors. The residential apartments cater primarily to independent professionals who love city living.  CDC Millennium Ortigas’ location provides easy access to other key areas such as Pasig, Greenhills, Mandaluyong, and Makati.

 Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila is set to formally open in April 2017.

Parents might think sometimes, how essential are toys for the kids? Well for me, it is essential because it is the kids' way to unwind, to relax or to learn. While we adults need and enjoy some moments of relaxation, so our children do. It's not at all times that they want to play with other kids, sometimes they also want to be alone with toys which they also consider as friends. But let's admit, not all toys are good for the kids. Some toys contain harmful substances, some toys are too breakable, some doesn't really contribute to our kids development but rather  harm them. Another woe most parents encounter when buying toys is the price.There are a lot of learning toys in the market today that are helpful to our kids growth and skills development but their price is too high.

But do you know that there's a local toy and bag company that distributes toys, bags and accessories that are not only affordable but are also of high-quality?


Funtastic International Inc which was founded in 1999, is home to a lot of toys, bags and accessories that are of great quality and design but at a pricing that the masses could afford. They started with toys, which later grew into bags, foot wears and accessories. Now, they started branding their toys and launched their own line of fashion bags for all ages. Their products are designed in-house then manufactured outside of the country.


In 2007, Funtastic International Inc. launched Cool Kids. Cool Kids is the only brand of kids products that teaches the kids on how to care for the environment. Cool Kids consists of 18 different characters. The brand has its own princesses, robots, cars, fairies and the likes; and each of these characters has their own role to play in teaching kids of environmental care - Speedy, the car, fights smoke belchers; the princesses advocate cleanliness; fairies advocate tree planting.

Cool Kids also offers a new line of “FUN-tabulous” School bags and accessories. The new line of affordable, good quality school bags features the different characters of the Cool Kids friends; Royal Princesses, Glam Girlz, Forest Fairies, Viron Transformer, Earth (Geobot), Air (Aerobot) and Water (Aquabot) robots, and Space rangers to name a few.


Cool Kids has also launched a brand new line of amazing dough toys through Creadough by Cool Kids. This creative line of dough toys brings out the imagination and creativity in children and allows them to use their hands to explore, imagine and create amazing shapes and images.


Another new range of toys to look forward to is Zigo by Cool Kids. The Zigo line of blocks not only brings out the creative juices of our little ones, they actually help prepare children to be future engineers and architects. Every kid at one time or the other has played with blocks to bring out the best of their imagination and creativity. With Zigo competitively priced, parents do not need to spend a lot to provide their children with this wholesome deal of fun and creative building.


According to Mr. Rex Daryanani, President of Funtastic International Inc,; the company admits that plastics are not good for the environment. Unfortunately there is no material to replace plastics, so as they do business they also give back by teaching people to take care of the planet. In every packaging there are essential environmental tips which kids can read and which will soon develop into their mindset. A portion of the company's revenue will always go to environmental care such as tree planting.



In 2013, they launched Baby Bliss also under the Cool Kids brand. These are colorful, interactive, educational baby toys. Its packaging features baby developmental guide which helps parents understand how the toy is going to promote the development of their babies or kids. They have partnered with a child psychologist who reviews every Baby Bliss product so we can be sure every product is safe and beneficial for our little ones.

For Back to School 2017, Cool Kids has launched a brand new line of fashion bags for our little “fashionistas” and fashion forward buddies who want to follow the footsteps of their older siblings. Made of amazing quality materials, Cool Kids bags is the perfect companion of our children in school.



Funtastic International has also launched for Back to School 2017 its newest line of bags for High School and College kids as well as for adults through Latitude. Latitude is a brand that removes all limits and allows you to express yourself. Made of excellent quality materials, this fashion forward line of bags takes the user to a whole new level of experience given the amazing features of these bags both inside and out.



To see more of Funtastic International Inc.'s state-of-the-art products visit:

http://www.funtasticstuff.com/

http://coolkids.com.ph/

Whenever the cold remnants of the Christmas winds finally turn into the humid and almost non-existent breeze of summer, it is not surprising to see extra t-shirts tucked away inside backpacks or bags. And if you’re not the type to lounge by the pool or the beach to cool-off from the heat, then you are the type who finds great satisfaction relaxing indoors with another cool companion—the air conditioner.

Already a fixture in the Filipino household, the air conditioner offers a variety of models, units, and features. While most air cons come in with the basics like timer, a temperature control system, and several modes to fit different cooling preferences, a truly great air conditioner must always give something more than the usual—and the new Sharp J-Tech Inverter Premium Split-Type Air Conditioner will give you just that.


Built with the J-Tech Inverter design system, it not only gives you the optimum cooling performance but it also allows you to save up to 65% on energy. This air conditioner is also ready to perform a variety of cooling modes such as the Super Jet Mode that reduces 5oC in the temperature in only 5 minutes—making it 40% faster than the normal mode; the Breeze Mode that produces ideal rhythmic wind fluctuations that make the blast of cool air bearable, the Quiet Operation mode that allows you to enjoy the cooling comforts without any equipment or motor noise, and the 14oC Temperature Setting that enables you to experience the lowest possible temperature even during the warmest summer’s day. Each of these modes are also LED illuminated, color-coded to signify which feature or mode is currently in use and allowing you to easily recognize and change air con status when desired.



Aside from giving cooling comforts, the new Sharp J-Tech Inverter Premium Split-Type Air Conditioner is also equipped with the power of the Plasmacluster Ion Technology (PCI). This technology deactivates airborne threats by releasing positive and negative ions in the air. And with the new Plasmacluster Shower design, the PCI technology will continue to release these ions even if the air con unit is not in a cooling mode. This ensures that your home is safe from the dangers of viruses and bacteria anytime.

Choose the air conditioner that not only gives you the cooling comfort but offers some other valuable perks too. This summer, keep cool and stay cool for long periods of time without worrying about the expensive cost and unhealthy air.

The new Sharp J-Tech Inverter Premium Split-Type Air Conditioner—superb cooling performance for maximum comfort and savings.

Visit the nearest authorized Sharp dealer to know more about the new Sharp J-Tech Inverter Split-Type Air Conditioner line-up. You can also visit Sharp’s official website at www.sharp.ph or check out Sharp Philippines on Facebook and @sharp.ph on Instagram.