Monday, May 29, 2017

"Apprentice Asia" Winner Graces Sun Life's Live Brighter Session

The first winner of the hit reality show "Apprentice Asia," Jonathan Yabut, graced Sun Life Financial's "Live Brighter Session," a gathering for bloggers and aspiring financial advisors, to share the story of how he rose from humble beginnings to become a successful businessman and in-demand motivational speaker.

Yabut, who served as a chief of Staff for AirAsia for a year after winning in the reality show hosted by Malaysian business mogul Tony Fernandex, now runs his very own JY Consultancy & Ventures, which operates in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. Addressing the bloggers and aspiring advisors, he talked about the work principles that has brought him to where he is now, and also emphasized the importance of serving a social purpose. According to Yabut, the latter is what will keep one inspired to keep improving his work.

Apart from Yabut, Sun Life Financial advisor JP Cruz also spoke, giving the bloggers an inside look at his own career, as well as his personal journey. He spoke about how he reached rock bottom in both his finances and his love life, and what he did to overcome the struggle. Now a successful Sun Life advisor, Cruz interestingly stressed a thought akin to what Yabut emphasized: that is to have a deeper reason for the work one pursues. In his case, Cruz finds it by helping people achieve lifetime financial security.

“There's so much inspiration to be had in this Live Brighter Session, between Jonathan's and JP's stories. I'm sure that the bloggers who joined us in the venue and even those who tuned in via Facebook Live found motivation to continue pursuing their dreams and finding a purpose to serve,” Sun Life Financial Advisor Recruitment Manager Fin Bernardo said. “We hope that this also opens to them opportunities that they can enjoy if they become a financial advisor. It's a career that's definitely meaningful, and at the same time financially rewarding.”

“Live Brighter Sessions” are set to be held in Cebu and Davao. For more details, follow @sunlifeph on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Interested to become a Sun Life advisor? Visit to learn more.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Matteo Guidicelli and Sun Life Launch VLOG on Investing

Initially became known through his racing career, having started at an early age of 11, currently a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic and having a pretty successful career will soon be launching his vlog on Investing and financial planning. In cooperation with Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc he will teach Filipinos about how investing can help make their #lifegoals come true.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead another financial literacy campaign for SLAMC. It’s definitely relevant and timely. I myself have life goals I’d like to pursue, and I’m happy to share that ever since I ‘made it mutual’ with Sun Life, I’ve been well on my way to achieving all those goals. It would be great if more Filipinos can experience the same.” - Matteo said.

SLAMCI President Valerie Pama said that the company is committed to helping more Filipinos discover the benefits of investing so they may reap its rewards. "We all have goals htat we'd like to accomplish, such as buying a house or a car, traveling to a dream destination or planning a wedding. All those goals require a significant amount of money and most Filipinos easily become deiscouraged knowing how much they have to raise to get their dreams. "We'd like to show them that by saving and investing in mutual funds, all their dreams can become a reality. They simply have to 'Make it Mutual'."

This campaign of Sun Life entitled "Make it Mutual" is first of the series of financial literacy initiatives this year. Mylene Lopa which is Sun LIfe's Chief Marketing said  that the coming days will be more exciting as Sun Life rolls out its Financial Independence Month Campaign in June. "We remain committed to this cause. Sun Life is always eager to promote it in ways that are creative, relatable, easily understandable, " she said "We will never tire of advocating financial literacy to Filipinos."

Sun Life Asset Managfement Co.,Inc. (SLAMCI) is the mutual fund arm of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. SLAMCI is one of the leading asset management companies in the country with P57.8 billion in Assets Under Management (AUM) as of April 2017. It currently manages 11 mutual funds collectively called the "Sun Life Prosperity Funds"

Dubai Based Supermodel and Fitness Guru Rania Gamal Promotes Philippines as a Must See Summer Destination for MIddle Eastern Travelers

With summer holiday just around the corner, Dubai-based celebrity, model and fitness guru Rania Gamal went to the Philippines recently to discover breathtaking places that will surely enjoy by people living in Dubai and the rest of the Middle East region and will be the perfect getaway destination for the upcoming holiday season.


Rania Gamal visited one of the countrys popular summer destinations for locals Batangas. Rania stayed at Acuatico Beach and Resort Hotel that was owned by the famous Filipino designer Mama Rene Saluds family. During her stay, Rania enjoyed the stunning beach and sunset in the property. She has experience local food like seafood, Batangas lomi, Barako coffee, to name a few, where she found exactly right for Middle Easterns to try.
During her stay in Batangas, Rania also had a photoshoot for Playboy Philippines Renegade issue where she is on their prestigious cover and for luxury travel magazine Xpedition Middle East.
After Batangas, Rania explored the bustling city of Manila where she stayed at City of Dreams in Pasay City.

With close to 100,000 tourist arrival from the Middle East region in 2016, Rania encourages more people from region to visit the Philippines and explore its stunning beaches and hospitable people.
I plan to visit more cities in the Philippines on my next visit. I would like to explore the beaches of Boracay and Palawan as I heard they have the worlds best beaches and coastlines

With Middle Eastern continuously looking for a place to spend their holidays, I believe that it is high time for Philippines to be recognize as the MUST SEE summer destination most especially for Middle Eastern travelers

I hope that many establishment will cater more to Muslim tourists like halal food options and halal kitchen so Muslim travelers will be more confident on visiting the country
The Middle East market are known as quality travelers they stay longer and spend bigger compared to other to tourism markets.

Rania Gamal plans to collaborate further with Philippine Department of Tourism Middle East office to further promote the Philippines in the Middle East region.

About Rania Gamal

Rania Gamal is a Dubai-based fitness guru, model, actress and TV presenter. She started modelling when she was 17 years old while living in Germany and was the face of Loreal products and the cover of different international magazines. Rania loves traveling the world and she can speak 5 languages fluently including Arabic, English, Danish, German and French. Rania is also a fitness, lifestyle, and health aficionado teaching women not only to eat healthily but also about being independent and being empowered. She had her post graduate diploma in PR & Journalism at World Media Academy, a school accredited by Washington-based ICFJ (International Centre for Journalist). Rania Gamal was also the official host for P. O. W. E. R. E. D. (Professional Overseas Women Empowerment, Recognition and Equality Day) held in Vesna Restaurant and Lounge at Conrad Hotel.

Global Culinary Experts to join World Street Food Congress 2017 in Manila

Top heritage street food vendors and celebrity chefs from across the globe will soon flock Manila for an exciting five days of gastronomic adventure of local and international street food at the World Street Food Congress (WSFC) 2017.  Happening on May 31 – June 4, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, these experts will be sharing insights, developments and opportunities in street food heritage and culture in the World Street Food Dialogue. Over 30 authentic street food vendors from 13 nations, including Philippines, will be flown in to dazzle the foodies at the World Street Food Jamboree component.

Leading the roster of dialogue speakers are Anthony Bourdain, international food and travel celebrity, and Greg Drescher who is currently the vice-president of strategic initiatives and industry leadership at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Joining him are our country’s very own culinary maven, Claude Tayag, who specializes in Kapampangan dishes and owns the famous Bale Datung as well as Sau Del Rosario who is a proud owner of the popular modern Kapampangan café, Café Fleur and 25 Seeds, SARSA’s JP Anglo, and Rafael Jardeleza who is the founder of project director of the annual Tabu-an Western Visayas Ilonggo Heritage Cooking Competition and Food Fair.

Also included in the list of speakers are Mai Pham, author of several award-winning cookbooks including The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table and Flavours of Asia and, Malcolm Lee who is the head chef and owner of the first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut, to name a few.

Curated by K.F. Seetoh and organized by Makansutra and presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), this year’s WSFC17 is bigger and better with over 50 kinds of street food representing 13 different countries in over 30 stalls plus pop-up booths.

Aside from World Street Food Dialogue, the event will also host the World Street Food Jamboree, where you can sample different local and international street food and at the same time mingle with celebrity chefs at the cooking demo; and the World Street Food Awards, where the best of industry professionals will be awarded.

WSFC is one of the world’s biggest food destinations and with an even bigger and better event this year, it will sure to attract more global attention. This paves the way for the Philippines to be recognized as one of the world’s most go-to food destinations.

Ayala Foundation launches interactive art installation celebrating Moro Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guests are welcome to explore and interact with Manāra at the Ayala Museum Plaza from May 3 to May 30. The installation will then be brought to key sites in Visayas and Mindanao later this year.


About Ayala Foundation

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

Jason Dy's Malaysian Moves

Back in 2015, Jason Dy conquered the local music scene when he won The Voice of the Philippines season two. Since then, his self-titled debut has spawned several hit singles, and his concerts have always been sold out. Having had success in his native land, Jason is now setting his sights on the world.
Jason—who has been dubbed The Philippines’ Voice of R&B—joined forces with Malaysian multi-hyphenate Fazura to record and release a single titled “Nothing Like Pag-ibig.” (They also did a version of that song for the Malaysian market titled “Nothing Like Cinta Ini.”)  It was written for them by Jungee Marcelo, one of the Philippines’ foremost hitmakers, and it talks about the universal power of love.

Love is universal because people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life know what it’s like to love and be loved. It doesn’t matter if we speak different languages, or if we live far away from each other. Love bonds us all. That’s what “Nothing Like Pag-ibig” is about.

Because the song is about such a relatable subject, it became a hit. Not just in the Philippines, where the song was first released, but also in Fazura’s hometown of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The song’s success over there was bolstered by the promo tour Jason and Fazura did recently.

Jason and Fazura started their Malaysian promo tour for “Nothing Like Cinta Ini” on the first day of May. Jason—who already had a fanbase in Malaysia because MCA Music released his single there too—gathered some of his fans at a bowling alley, where they played against Fazura and her fans.

It was a good thing that Jason and Fazura’s Malaysian promo tour got off to such a fun start, because the following day, May 2, was a very busy one for them. They got up early to perform “Nothing Like Cinta Ini” on Selamat Pagi Malaysia, which is the top morning show in Malaysia. (It’s like that country’s version of ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda.) Jason and Fazura followed that up with another performance on a popular women’s show called Wanita Hari Ini. Then, after a radio guesting on iM4U fm—a youth-skewing radio station in Malaysia—where they talked about what it was like for them to collaborate on “Nothing Like Cinta Ini,” Jason and Fazura performed on H Live, a music show produced by Astro, Malaysia’s number-one cable provider.

May 3 was Jason and Fazura’s last day promoting the song in Kuala Lumpur, and they spent it talking to the people at Radio Suria FM, as well as select members of the Malaysian entertainment press. After a new karaoke version of the “Nothing Like Pag-ibig” music video was launched at RedBox Malaysia, Jason and Fazura attended a Media Conference.

On May 4, Jason and Fazura flew to Kuching, Malaysia, where they appeared at the opening night of the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards. The next day, they visited different radio stations, including Cats FM Sarawak Radio, Era FM Sarawak Radio, and Hitz FM Sarawak Radio to talk about the song.

May 6 was Jason’s last day in Malaysia, and he definitely ended his promo tour in a big way. He and Fazura sang “Nothing Like Pag-ibig” at the gala night of the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards. Jason was the only Filipino invited to sing at that event. However, some Filipino celebrities—Benjamin Alves, Cherie Gil, Jaclyn Jose, Marlo Mortel and Nora Aunor—did get to watch with pride as he did his thing. Star Wars actor Donnie Yen was also in attendance, as were other noted actors and actresses from all over Southeast Asia.

It’s one thing to succeed in one’s home country, as Jason has done. Since he won The Voice of the Philippines season two, he has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the OPM scene. But it’s another thing, a big thing, to find success beyond our borders.

Jason is already a star in the Philippines, but as the success of his recent Malaysian promo tour shows, he’s making the right moves towards global recognition, too.

“Nothing Like Pag-ibig” and “Nothing Like Cinta Ini” is out on all digital platforms through streaming via Spotify, Spinnr, Apple Music and VEVO and through downloads via iTunes and Spinnr. Download or stream the track here:

For bookings and inquiries, please contact Francis Dayao of MCA Music Artist Management at (632) 9162504, +639178935623 or email  

Thousands attend AXN’s Asia’s Got Talent Open Auditions in Manila for their chance to shine in Season Two

The most creative and aspiring Pinoy acts turned out in full force today as AXN kicked off its open auditions for the second season of Asia’s Got Talent.

Thousands of talented performers – from magicians, singers and acrobats to dancers and variety acts – headed to QCX: Quezon City Experience to audition for a coveted spot in the record-breaking talent contest and a USD100,000 cash prize.

“Asia’s Got Talent celebrates performers of any age and with any dream and that was certainly the case here in Philippines today. Our first season was won by the Filipino shadow dance group, El Gamma Penumbra, and this has inspired the entire nation to pursue their dreams. I wish all performers who auditioned for Asia’s Got Talent today the very best of luck and I hope to see them shine on Asia’s Got Talent later this year,” Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.

Billed as the world’s greatest talent competition, “Asia’s Got Talent” welcomed individual and group performers of all ages, who took to the stage with dreams of making it to the next round.
The auditions started at 10:30am this morning with the day’s acts showcasing their amazing skills in front of the show’s executive producers. Due to the overwhelming response, the dazzling display of Pinoy talent did not end until well into the evening.

Some of the most incredible performances during the auditions included a haka dance group, fire dancers, a 9-month pregnant singer and harpist, a diablo (Chinese yoyo) performer, a differently-abled duo, a beatboxer, as well as numerous vocalists and dancers, some of which started queuing as early as 3am.

The Philippines is highly regarded as the act to beat for having won the first season with the breathtaking performance of El Gamma Penumbra, a Filipino shadow play dance group which took home the grand prize of USD 100,000.

In addition to Manila and the recent auditions in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, open auditions will also be held in Taipei (May 27) and Bangkok (May 28). To apply online, interested participants may log on to for more details.
Asia’s Got Talent is slated to premiere in the second half of 2017, first and exclusively on AXN.
Join the conversation:
@AXNAsia / @AsiasGotTalent / #AXNAsia / #AsiasGotTalent / #AsiasGotTalentAudition
New Ratings Records in Asia
Season one of Asia’s Got Talent set new ratings records for the English general entertainment (GE) genre during its run, taking AXN to the number one spot in its timeslot among all regional pay-TV channels collectively across Southeast Asia and Taiwan.2
In Malaysia, Asia’s Got Talent was the highest rated entertainment series on English language channels on Astro in the past two years. In the Philippines, the Grand Final Results episode of Asia’s Got Talent was the highest rated pay-TV program in the country since 2008, and commanded a 96 percent share among 22 English GE channels. 3
Got Talent Globally

The Got Talent franchise was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced and owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia. It is entered in the Guinness World Records as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas. Around the world, the Got Talent format airs in a total of 186 countries.

AXN: A leader in original productions
AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including five seasons of the international Emmy-nominated The Amazing Race Asia; the Asian Television Award-winning Cash Cab Asia and Cash Cab Philippines; The Apprentice Asia; Cyril: Rio Magic; Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition; and the Asian Television Award-nominated Cyril: Simply Magic.

About AXN
AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and ground-breaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to U.S telecasts. From The Blacklist and Quantico, to MacGyver and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.
Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.
AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

BGC Is Bridging the Arts and Sciences with the Ultimate Indi e Weekend

Putting up a local feast for the mind and soul, the Ultimate Indie Weekend in Bonifacio Global City will bring a two-fold Independence Day celebration on June 10 – 11, 2017 with the Philippine’s first Manila Mini Maker Faire and the 2nd BGC Arts Center Festival “BGC Loves Local.”

To show that we can bridge the arts and sciences, Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc., a non-stock, nonprofit organization, is spearheading the Manila Mini Maker Faire through The Mind Museum to put the country on the global tech map, and the BGC Arts Center Festival through the BGC Arts Center to feed your cultural soul. 

 “No township in the Philippines has ever deliberately made pillars out of science and the arts as part of its founding and development. And with The Mind Museum on its 5th year and the newly created BGC Arts Center, we are even more inspired to rally this science-and-arts bridge to help in nation-building and culture-making”, explains Maria Isabel Garcia, Curator of The Mind Museum and Head of Content of the BGC Arts Program. 

Groups of homegrown creative artists, scientists, and engineers are expected to come together in this one rare weekend event. “This fantastic weekend is for everyone – families, friends -  everyone curious as to how the arts and the sciences are connected and how these fields talk to each other to serve our lives better. This is the kind of weekend who has engineers, artists and performers to give us fascinating technologies and uplifting performances that could improve the quality of our days – which is the greatest form that art and science could take,” adds Garcia.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Free Seminars for Exporters at International Food Expo

Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), announced free training seminars on various food exports-related topics alongside the holding of International Food Exhibition Philippines (IFEX) organized by DTI's Center for International Trade Exposition and Missions (CITEM) on 19-21 May at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Scheduled at the PTTC during the 3-day trade show are food export and investment seminars discussing topics on Health and Wellness Importance of Cacao, Cocoa, and Chocolates, 1st Organic Coconut Congress, Agribusiness Research and Development Forum and Market Entry Requirements.

IFEX Philippines is the biggest international trade exhibition on ethnic and specialty food, tropical fruits, vegetables, seafood, beverage, bakery & confectionery products, meal & poultry, HALAL-certified products together with natural, organic, and healthy food products in the Philippines and Asia.

This year’s edition will also feature ethnic ingredients and food from ASEAN member states through the TASTE ASEAN as part of the official programs under the ASEAN Committee on Business and Investment Promotion (ASEAN CBIP).

The trade show is seen as a great opportunity for food companies, both local and international, to test new markets, launch new products and sell them to international buyers.

Angela Lee still enjoys life of being champion, looks to extend winning roll in ONE Championship

As ONE Championship returns to its home-base of Singapore on 26 May, Asia’s largest sports media property has prepared one of its biggest cards yet for 2017.
ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee is set to square off with Brazil’s Istela Nunes in the main event of ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES, which takes place at the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Considered as the face of women’s mixed martial arts in Asia, Lee is one of ONE Championship’s most outstanding athletes regardless of gender or weight class.
The 20-year-old MMA sensation made history in May 2016 by capturing the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship belt with an awe-inspiring victory over Mei Yamaguchi.
Lee’s beautiful combination of elite striking and grappling skills has proven to be a potent formula for success as she has remained unbeaten inside the ONE Championship cage.
In her last trip to the cage, Lee dominated top contender Jenny Huang of Chinese Taipei with a masterful display of striking to successfully defend her gold-plated strap.
There is no denying Lee’s dominance and fast rise to popularity in the constantly-evolving sport of MMA and as one of ONE Championship’s biggest draws.

Despite her young age and the ever-increasing pressures around her, Lee is still loving life of being the champion, admitting that she looks forward to her next world title defense.
“I’m very excited to be jumping back into the cage and defending my title for the second time. My last training camp for my first title defense was great. This one is going to be even better. It’s always a treat for me fighting in Singapore as I have great support from all my family and friends,” she stated.
However, Nunes is an opponent who should not be underestimated as she is a two-time Muay Thai world champion with an unblemished 6-0 professional win-loss record.
Nunes’ exciting style and knack for delivering powerful strikes makes for exciting fights and is one of the biggest components of her game.
The 24-year-old Brazilian striker took on top-rated female atomweight Mei Yamaguchi in her last outing, winning a closely-contested split decision.
At her best, Nunes is a well-rounded combatant with a solid striking and grappling skillset that gave her two career wins by finish.
“Our styles are very explosive and it will be exciting for the fans to see. I think that Istela is a good opponent for me,” Lee said of her cage counterpart.
While Lee is not underestimating the challenge ahead of her at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES, she feels that when it’s all said and done, she will have her hand raised in triumph at the end of the fight.
Lee believes that she has what it takes to tame a ferocious striker like Nunes when they collide on 26 May.
“She’s a good striker, but I know that I’m much more well-rounded. I feel like I can take this fight wherever I want it. Whether it’s on the feet or on the ground, I’m extremely confident in all areas,” she stressed.
“I am the more complete fighter, and at the end of the day, that is what it comes down to. I have been doing this my whole life, and when we step into the cage, I know without a doubt I am going to come out victorious,” Lee ended.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at

About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more.

KTM Philippines makes waves at the Inside Racing Bike Festival and Trade Show

KTM Philippines made waves during the recently concluded 11th Inside RACING Bike Festival and Trade Show, the biggest gathering of motorcycle manufacturers and enthusiasts held at the World Trade Center.

Making its presence felt in a huge way, KTM Southeast Asia Managing Director Julian Legazpi, Sales Director Gianluca Lozzi, and Adventure Cycle Philippines Inc. President and COO Dino Santos, showed off the exciting, high-powered line of KTM motorcycles—all “Ready to Race”—including the 200 Duke which comes available in the market at 147K pesos.

The event also saw the introduction of 18-year old racing wunderkind Ralph Kenneth Torres, the first sponsored rider to the prestigious KTM RC Cup Asia to be held at the challenging Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia this March to November 2017. Torres has over a decade’s experience on the track, bagging numerous trophies both locally and internationally, among them: the 2015 MOTO IR Champion; 2013 Golden Wheel Award Scooter Champion; 2012 IRGP Scooter Champion; 2010 115cc Underbone King Overall Champion; and the 160cc Scooter Class Overall Champion.

Motorcycle aficionados and racing enthusiasts joined KTM in its excitement including Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre, Wheeltek Big Bikes Division General Manager Bobby Orbe, motorcycle legend Max Kienle and television and movie actor and KTM fan Paulo Avelino.

KTM Philippines also took the opportunity to proudly announce the forthcoming opening of the KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing Philippines, Inc. (KAMMI) plant in Laguna, a joint-venture partnership between Ayala Group and KTM AG of Austria, that will eventually export motorcycles to China.

KTM motorcycles are available in existing and expanding KTM dealerships nationwide. For the full listing, visit For details about the KTM RC Cup Asia, go to

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


The 5th Edition of the Philippine Insurance Code Annotated by underwriting consultant Lohel A. Martirez is now available!

The work is based on the Philippine Insurance Code (Presidential Decree No. 612) which was extensively amended by Republic Act no. 10607--- and includes universally accepted insurance principlesin Life & Non-Life, leading decided cases, and good customs of the industry.

Carefully selected reference materials from various sources both here and abroad were studied and explained, in a manner and style understood on first reading.

Martirez has served the insurance industry for more than five decades in various capacities both in the home offices and the field, as Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer and other previous managerial positions. He was also Annotator of the Supreme Court Reports Annotated (SCRA); Court of Appeals Reports Annotated (CARA); Philippine Reports Annotated (PRA); and as Editorial Staff Member of the Supreme Court Decided Cases Quick Index Digest. All his works are published and distributed by Central Book Supply, Inc. nationwide.

To order a copy, you may contact Central Books at tel. no. (02) 372-3550 loc. 31 or email