Saturday, December 8, 2018

Coca-Cola Statement Regarding the Coke Studio Christmas Concert

On December 07, 2018, the Coke Studio Concert organizers, Philippine National Police, the City of Pasay, and SM Mall of Asia decided to reschedule the Coke Studio Christmas Concert to early next year to prioritize the public’s safety.

The safety of everyone is of utmost importance to us. The unsafe behavior of portions of an estimated 15,000 spectators such as pushing, jumping on the barricades and throwing bottles, threatened the safety of the rest of the concert-goers, despite numerous reminders from authorities present.

There were some who sustained minor injuries and were immediately given medical attention. After careful assessment, and repeated requests for the public’s cooperation, Coca-Cola together with all the artists, PNP, the City of Pasay, and SM MOA, deemed it necessary to reschedule the concert to a later date.

We thank the PNP, the local government of Pasay, and SM MOA for their full support in helping ensure everyone’s protection, the artists for their passion and fully supporting the decision to prioritize their fans’ welfare, and lastly, to the concert goers for their understanding and support. We recognize that a lot of them have traveled far to see their favorite artists. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Rest assured that we will continue to coordinate with the relevant parties to further tighten control measures in our next events.

Again, we thank everyone for their understanding and their continued support.

Coca-Cola PH

Friday, December 7, 2018

DTI Chief sees more Job Opportunities in Trucking Industry

Manila — At the first Logistics Services Philippines Conference held on 6 December, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez revealed that there are more job opportunities in the domestic trucking industry, which has expanded so fast because of the country’s growing economy.

“The growing investments in the country, especially in the manufacturing sector, increased the demand for trucking, shipping, and other logistics services. Many have invested in these sectors and are now looking for people to be part of their operations. This means more jobs for our people,” said Sec. Lopez.

During the event's press conference, Marilyn Alberto, President of the Philippine Multimodal Transport and Logistics Association, Inc. (PMTLAI), shared that there is now a shortage of drivers and truck helpers in the country.

Sec. Lopez said that those interested to join the workforce can get training from the Academy of Developmental Logistics, Inc., led by Sam Bautista, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

“It is a given that you have to train well to provide good service. But the opportunity is there, we just have to let the people know so we can link them to the proper training institutions,” said Sec. Lopez.

Nestor Felicio, President of the Supply Chain Management of the Philippines (SCMAP), agreed with the Secretary’s assessment and said that proper training is required before one enters the trucking business.

“Not everyone can put up a trucking company; it’s about effectiveness. We’re willing to pay for quality service and choose good and reliable truckers,” said Felicio. SCMAP is composed of companies that avail trucking and logistics services.

The two-day conference, which was themed “Trabaho and Negosyo: Creating Opportunities in the Logistics Services Sector,” gathered around 500 participants from the logistics services industry, government sector, and development partners.

"Logistics is the lifeblood of businesses and the economy as a whole. And as our manufacturing industry grows, the demand for logistics services grows with it,” said Sec. Lopez.

The conference, organized by the DTI and the Board of Investments (BOI), was attended by stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The highlight of the event is the presentation of the Ten Commitments of the Philippine Logistics Services Sector.  The DTI Secretary also enjoined the stakeholders to follow through with the solutions to issues that came up during the summit.

Sec Lopez said that the overall goal is to lower the cost of logistics in our country, since according to the policy brief, logistics cost in the Philippines comprised 27.16% of total sales, higher than other ASEAN countries like Indonesia (21.40%), Vietnam (16.30%), and Thailand (11.11%).

“This can be done with the ongoing aggressive infrastructure development program of the Duterte administration, the hard and soft infrastructure development, more capacity building and training, and working on addressing the various regulatory frameworks that affects logistics competitiveness and efficiencies,” Sec. Lopez said.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Experience the Best of Urban Living in Quezon City

Nothing feels quite as nice as living comfortably in a city where everything is within reach. And for Filipinos who plan to move to the north side of the metro, Quezon City is the place to be for the best experience of premier lifestyle and residential living.

Quezon City has become a progressive and modern metropolis where all major lifestyle hot spots are found. From diverse food scenes, to exciting shopping malls and convenient facilities and centers, it is no doubt that the city has a lot to offer to satisfy most wants, needs and luxuries.

So if you’re eyeing to move in The North, here are some things you can enjoy when you live there:

Perfect hub to satisfy the foodie in you
Living in Quezon City means having access to the country’s best restaurants and food parks. Here, the food scene is lively and interesting - always offering something new to the taste buds. If the barkada is planning to go on a budget food trip, you can book your stops at StrEat Maginhawa Food Park, Boxpark, and Z Compound. You can also take the whole family on a fancy night out at any dining options you can discover along Katipunan Avenue, Tomas Morato, Banawe Street, and Congressional Avenue.

Center of best hangout locations
Weekends are never dull when you are in The North. After a long and hectic work week, you can relax and find solitude in nature at the center of a bustling city by visiting La Mesa Ecopark, Balara Filters Park, or Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife. You can also unwind at Art in Island Museum or get tickets to the hottest concerts happening at The Big Dome. Quezon City is also home to two of the biggest television networks in the country and if you’re lucky, you can score entrances to enjoy live shows and see your favorite stars in person!

Second home of shopping enthusiasts
Shopaholics can also get their fashion fix with the abundance of shopping complexes and bargain shops in Quezon City. You can search for the trendiest items in department and high-end stores at SM North Edsa, UP Town Center, Gateway Cubao, or TriNoma. If you’re looking for the best finds under a budget, you can visit weekend bazaars in Eton Centris or explore hidden ukay-ukay stores within the city.

Thriving academic neighborhood
Another benefit of settling down in Quezon City is that you can send your kids to some of the reputable schools in the country. From elementary to college, your child can learn from world-class institutions like Miriam College, Ateneo de Manila University, and University of the Philippines. There are also outstanding pre-schools and grade schools in the area so your child can get started on the best education.

Excellent medical and wellness centers

Quezon City keeps up to its name as the City of New Horizons as the biggest and leading medical institutions and services can also be found here. Residents can be assured that their health is put first as hospitals like St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, World Citi Medical Center, and National Kidney Center are present to service any emergency needs.

Live at the center of everything
What’s exciting about Quezon City is that it has various residential options which you can avail to have access to all the best things about the city. With its spacious area of over 161 square kilometers, the metropolis is rapidly developing more housing opportunities such as townships, high-rise condominiums, and community villages to cater to Filipinos.

At Capitol Hills, Primehomes is bringing LAROSSA to provide the perfect location where you can live at the center of all the city’s hot spots. LAROSSA is an urban sustainable community composed of mid-rise, 10-storey condominiums that are elegantly designed to provide comfort and practicality to city dwellers. It also boasts of a 3.6-hectare land that showcases one of the greenest areas in the metro while offering a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape.

So what are you waiting for? Invest in a LAROSSA property now so you can enjoy convenient and quality living where many great opportunities lie.

Akari’s Buy-One-Get-One Promo

Looking for a practical gift idea this holiday season? Akari, the country’s top lighting and electrical brand, offers a buy-one-get-one promo on its portable rechargeable fans, exclusively available in Ace Hardware stores nationwide. The bundle promo also comes with a free Christmas eco bag. Purchase the Akari 6-inch LED Rechargeable Cooling Fan for only Php 999.75 and get another rechargeable fan valued at Php 799.75 for free! These rechargeable cooling fans are must-haves during camping trips with family and friends, at home when there is a power outage, or even for everyday use. To know more, visit or Facebook page,


Carousell, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing classifieds marketplaces, has embarked on a journey with local personalities and KOLs for a charity drive this December.

The public campaign that began on 1 December 2018 has received over 2,000 listed items on Carousell for Ti-Ratana Welfare Society to pick and select the items they need for their homes.

Influencers Ayra Messi and Siti Amirah Dayana Mohd Amerullah, have also donated their pre-loved items as a show of support for the campaign.

Ayra Messi
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“I have always wanted to be a philanthropist ever since I was a young, but I realised that money was not needed to have a beautiful heart. I will continue to do anything to help those in need.”

“There is never a perfect time to give, but there are always people in need out there. The best and only way I know is to multiply that happiness and share it with the opportunity with others. Carousell’s #PrelovedwithLove campaign is the chance and opportunity for us to do some good deeds, and we should not miss this opportunity.”

Siti Amirah Dayana Mohd Amerullah
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“Carousell approached and ask if I am interested in the campaign, and I immediately agreed to it, knowing that giving is always better than receiving. The #PrelovedwithLove campaign is the opportunity for us to encourage people to give.”

“I have donated some of my books, stationaries, a watch, and some everyday items that will be helpful especially to the children. I believe the end goal here is to see their smile and joy, as well as to provide them with a conducive and healthy living environment.”

Members of the public who are interested in participating in the campaign can list their items on Carousell with the hashtag #PrelovedwithLove tagged with an RM0 price tag. Members of the Ti-Ratana Welfare Society will select the items needed from the listings.

For more information and to participate in the campaign, visit or download the Carousell app on Apple Store or Google Play Store.

About Carousell
Carousell is a classifieds marketplace that makes selling as easy as taking a photo, buying as simple as chatting. Launched in August 2012, Carousell began in Singapore and now has a presence in seven markets across Asia. With over 171 million listings, we are one of the world’s largest and fastest growing marketplaces in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and is backed by Rakuten Ventures, Sequoia India, 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures, DBS and EDBI. In Malaysia, Carousell has a diverse range of products in 34 categories, including fashion & beauty, lifestyle gadgets and muslimah fashion. Download the app for iOS or Android, and visit for more information.

About Ti-Ratana Welfare Society

Ti-Ratana Welfare Society is a charitable organisation registered on 9th February 1994 under the Registrar of Societies Act. It has a President and committee elected yearly by its members to oversee its operations, with Chief High Priest Most Ven. Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana Nayake Maha Thera as its Founder and Advisor.

Converge ICT Further Upgrades the Filipino Web Experience by Upgrading Plan Speeds For Free

The country’s premiere fiber internet provider further cements its reputation as the Digital Game Changer by introducing one of the most important product rosters upgrades the Philippine telco industry have ever seen.

Currently, Converge ICT subscribers have already been enjoying pure, end-to-end fiber internet connection. But as a testament to the company’s advocacy to upgrade the Filipino webscape, they are rolling out what is perhaps the most market-disruptive yet consumer-centric high plans offering in recent memory. Starting December 6, the fiber internet provider will initiate upgrading the speeds of existing internet subscribers for free. In the new pricing strategy, Converge ICT subscribers of the 50 and 100 Mbps plans will receive a free upgrade to 75 and 120 Mbps, respectively. These speed upgrade will automatically be effective starting December 6, 2018.

Alongside this free upgrade, an add-on speed, called FiberX 1500Plus is offered to all existing for only P99 pesos, the existing subscriber can avail of 10Mbps Speeds. And to give more excitement Converge ICT is giving the add-on speed FREE for 1-month for all its 1500 existing subscribers who will avail until January 31, 2019.

These upgraded product offerings allow the consumers to maximize the country’s only symmetrical download-upload internet service. With higher speeds, all Converge home subscribers will definitely enjoy more digital activities, get equipped with more-than-sufficient network requirements as demanded by current technologies and just plainly experience better. From gamers, to bloggers, to work-from-home professionals, all data-intensive tasks are made easier and more meaningful.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Gal Gadot Reveals What She is Treating Her Friends and Family to This Holiday Season

Manila Philippines,— With the holiday season just weeks away, the hunt for the best presents has officially begun. As a leading Hollywood actress, mother, daughter and general all-round inspiration, Gal Gadot ensures she takes the time to get her family and friends the best gifts for the holiday season. This year, she is providing an insight into the gifts that will be in her shopping bag this year.
Take a look at Gal’s gift ideas below for some inspiration for the loved ones in your life this holiday season!

My Husband - ASUS ZenBook Pro 15
“The first time I saw the new ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 I fell in love with it immediately. The elegant looks with incredible details completely changed my concept of a notebook. People can create anything they want and imagine to create —the ZenBook lets you actually do that as the new ScreenPad completely changes how you interact with your laptop making it the perfect gift for my tech-enthusiast husband!”

My best friend – the complete collection of works by Maya Angelou
“She is one of my greatest inspirations and has so many quotes that I relate to and use throughout my life in times of sadness, stress or just those times when you need some inspiration! This makes it a great gift for my closest friend who can have the quotes to hand at all times and whenever she needs the inspiration to get her through anything”.

A treat for myself - anything chocolate related
“You’ve got to treat yourself this holiday season too, right? You can’t go wrong with chocolate. For me, knowing there is chocolate on hand or nearby keeps me happy! In a dream world, I want a laptop which can make chocolate. ASUS tells me they are working on it… but in the meantime they’ve given me a Burgundy Red ZenBook S first — perfect for the holiday season. I really love it.”

The Burgundy Red color gives ZenBook S a beautifully modern vibe.
ZenBook S is the perfect gift for inspiring passionate users who want to bring their creativity to life.
For my friends - Bluetooth speaker
“I love music. I love listening to it, I love to dance to it, I love to sing along and make everyone around me join in. That’s why I want to gift my friends a Bluetooth® speaker so that I know when we are next all together there will be music on hand!”

My mum – a new camera and photo album
“My mum loves capturing the most treasured family moments on camera and this year I’m planning to treat her to an upgrade to ensure she can continue to take these beautiful photos. I will also get her a big photo album, so in the future we can go through it together and reminisce – there’s nothing better!

The groundbreaking ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 and ZenBook Pro 14 with the futuristic ScreenPad starts at PHP 109,995, while the ultraportable ZenBook S starts at Php 69,995, and is now available in the breathtaking Burgundy Red color. ASUS ZenBook notebooks are available in all ASUS Concept Stores and Authorized Resellers nationwide

Join Shopee in Giving Back this 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

In line with Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, together with its Christmas Ambassador, Jose Mari Chan, invites everyone to join in giving back this Christmas season.

From November 29 to December 11, users can do their part for charity by purchasing Jose Mari Chan’s Going Home to Christmas album via the JMC Music Official Store on Shopee. All proceeds from the album sale will go towards funding the renovation and educational programs of the San Juan Nepomuceno School. In addition, as a token of appreciation for users’ contribution, those who purchase the album will also be in the running to win two roundtrip tickets to Macau, Brunei, or Cambodia.

Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer, Shopee, said, “Youth are key drivers of the Philippines’ digital economy, and it is important that we do our part to improve the quality of education they receive in the Philippines. In line with our Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, and together with our Christmas Ambassador, Jose Mari Chan, we hope to be able to make a difference and to give back to the community this festive season. We invite our users to join us in this meaningful cause.”

“I am thrilled to partner Shopee to raise funds for the San Juan Nepomuceno School which holds a special place in my heart. Christmas is a time for us to not only celebrate and spend time with our friends and family but to also give back to our fellow Filipinos. I hope that everyone will enjoy the brand-new Going Home to Christmas album and will join Shopee and I in doing something special this year-end holiday,” said Jose Mari Chan.

Ongoing till December 12, the Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale features deals up to 99% off from leading brands including P&G, Maybelline, Vivo, SM Store, Silverworks, Unilever, Lactum, and Platinum Karaoke. Users can enjoy daily free shipping promotions, flash sales as low as ₱12, Shopee Shake worth 12 million, and the launch of a brand new in-app game, Shopee Quiz. Leading industry players including Smart, Viber, and Mini Stop, will also be joining in the celebrations with exciting promotions this Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale.

Purchase Jose Mari Chan’s Going Home to Christmas album from the JMC Music Official Store at
For more information on the Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, visit

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

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

Experience Comfort and Convenience with the New TRILL: Mattress in a Box

TRILL: Mattress in a Box, the first-ever mattress that has both a plush side and firm side, is now available in the Philippines! This innovative mattress can simply be flipped to suit your desired support. Available in single, double, full-double, queen and king, TRILL is compactly packed in a creative and convenient 18’’x18’’x42” standard box using the latest and most advanced technology. It is also equipped with a comprehensive manual and tools for easy unboxing, and the box even has wheels so you can easily push or drag it towards your bedroom. What’s more, TRILL: Mattress in a Box offers a 100-night trial and free delivery to anywhere in the Philippines. Experience premium comfort and convenience and order your own TRILL: Mattress in a Box, now exclusively available at

Our Story – Vista Residences Project Launch Event Brief

Vista Residences is the condominium development arm of Vista Land. Since its launch in 2003, it has become a formidable player in the fast-growing vertical development sector of the real estate industry. Vista Residences continues to address the rising demand for condominium living with over 50 mid and high-rise towers across the country’s most progressive business districts.

Vista Residences takes pride in building for the nation's future leaders. This is by truly understanding the journey of students and the pressure and difficulties that come with it. We believe they deserve nothing but the best so we have been very dedicated in creating better living options for them – the birth of the University Series Projects.

Our Story showcases the launch of five university projects that were renamed to create a more academic, student-centered vibe of the projects.

Vista Recto will now be ORWELL HEIGHTS, named from the English novelist George Orwell who was popularly known on his works about awareness on social injustice, literary criticisms, and support on social equality.

Vista Plumeria will now be PLUMERIA HEIGHTS, named after the flower that once grew and bloomed profusely in Manila, more popularly known by its local name kalachuchi.
Vista Heights 2 will now be named as TENNYSON HEIGHTS from the British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson who became known when he was appointed as Poet Laureate during the era of Queen Victoria.

Vista Laong Laan will now be BRADBURY HEIGHTS named after the American author and screenwriter Ray Bradbury.

Vista Katipunan 3 will now be named HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS from the American novelist, dark romantic and short storywriter, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Vista Residences is also proud to launch two Prime Properties in this event. Firstly, the Suarez Residences Cebu is the first development of Vista Residences in the Queen City of the South. Designed to create the ideal human habitat by responding to life’s necessities, Suarez Residences Cebu is master planned to redefine condominium living – a shopping center, hotel and residential hub in one tower; a perfect investment for those who are working or studying in uptown Cebu.

Lastly, Encore South Triangle – is a 32 storey development that will stand along Eugenio Lopez Drive; a short distance away from ABSCBN, and GMA, Trinoma, SM North EDSA, Miriam College, Ateneo de Manila and UP Diliman.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Coming Home to Masskara with Coke Studio

This year’s Masskara Festival in Negros Occidental celebrated more color and more music as Coke Studio brought together the Negrenses and the artists of this year’s Coke Studio in one special stage, hyping up the volume and heat along Lacson Street.

The Coke Studio stage was headlined by singer and heartthrob Sam Concepcion, and local bands Cali Island and Aire Band. But more than the music festival, Coca-Cola Philippines also brought to the city of smiles its World Without Waste campaign which seeks to collect every bottle and can that it will produce by 2030, while also including recycled materials into its packaging.

Specially designed trash bins were distributed around key festival areas to help the public segregate recyclables from other wastes, and in the process, help partners Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc., Masskara Foundation, IPM-Construction and Development Corporation Waste Management, and the Department of Public Service Local Waste Management in keeping the streets clean and litter-free despite the large volume of people. Throughout the five days of festivities, almost 80 kilograms of PET bottles were collected for recycling.

“There is so much to be done in order to effectively reduce the waste that we produce, and every small action makes a difference. By helping the public in segregating recyclables from trash, we are slowly making them see that recyclables like PET bottles are readily accessible resources that can and should be given second life and not just end up in our landfills and oceans after one use,” said Jonah de Lumen-Pernia, Coca-Cola Philippines Director for Public Affairs and Communications.

The main streets of Bacolod City were painted with the ubiquitous red banners bearing the iconic Spencerian script font that spells out the well-loved beverage. The heart of Lacson Street was cordoned off Friday afternoon as the huge Coke Studio stage took shape for the night’s festivities.

“The Masskara Festival is an important occasion for us at Coca-Cola Philippines as it is an opportunity to strengthen our partnerships with various stakeholders in Negros as well as give back to our consumers by joining the festivities,” de Lumen-Pernia said.

The beverage brand, through its social responsibility arm, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, inked several partnerships with government and non-government organizations to help improve the sugar production of small sugar farmers. The partnerships include providing irrigation, high-yielding variety, and technical training for the farmer beneficiaries.

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brands, our portfolio includes some of the world’s most valuable beverage brands, such as AdeS soy-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO coconut water. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, bringing economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Nippon Paint Names Winners of the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) Philippines 2018

Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, Inc. announced recently the winners for the Philippine edition of the Asia Young Designer Award (2018) in a ceremony held recently in this city.

For the Architecture category, the Gold award with a Php 50,000 cash prize was awarded to Prince Lu of UP Mindanao, while the Silver award with a Php 30,000 prize went to Megan Recato of UP Diliman.

For the Interior Design competitions, University of Santo Tomas’ Odrysa Mie Serino bagged the Gold award and Php 50,000 prize money while the Silver and Php 30,000 prize went to Jhessa Mae Romero of University of San Carlos.

Lu’s winning design, called “Neokamaigen,” is a futuristic city concept that hopes to answer housing needs in the future and prepare the Philippines for the melting of the ice glaciers that will raise water levels around the globe. Serino, on the other hand, came up with “Gunita,” a greenhouse cemetery concept that will deal with social issues like environmental deterioration and land insufficiency. This space-saving cemetery places the dead vertically inside a Manunggul Jar, a pre-historic practice where the jar serves as a burial pod.

As Gold awardees for AYDA 2018, which carried the theme “FORWARD: Challenging Design Boundaries,” Lu and Serino will go to the AYDA 2018 Regional Finals, which will be held in Singapore and compete with the best Architecture and Interior Design students in Asia. They will vie for the chance to be included in the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Design Discovery Program.

Aside from the major prizes, special prizes were also handed out during the glittering ceremony. For Architecture, the Best Color Concept award went to Eunice Ignacio of UST, while Best Green Innovation was collared by Jan Melvin of the Technological Institute of the Philippines. Jericho Calderon of the Far Eastern University (FEU) won the People’s Choice award, and the Most Supportive School award went to FEU with 217 entries. As for the Interior Design category, Best Color Concept award went to Cristiane Macarabe of University of San Carlos, while Nino Tayao of College of St. Benilde won both the Best Green Innovation and People’s Choice award. UST was declared the Most Supportive school for Interior Design with 36 entries.

“This year’s entries were truly out of the box and very creative, perhaps triggered by this year’s theme. Since Nippon Paint became part of AYDA, we know the entries to be very strong and in fact, we almost won the regionals before. This year, we’re optimistic that a Filipino will go to Harvard,” declares Michael Francisco, Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines General Manager.

He said AYDA 2018 is the perfect opportunity to highlight the best of the country and showcase the brilliance of the youth. He also thanked the mentors and academic partners who selflessly guided, motivated and shared their expertise to the students, and for allowing them to join. Nippon Paint, he said, is proud to shine the spotlight on these great talents through AYDA 2018.

The Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) 2018, held at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, is a design competition open to Architecture and Interior Design students. The AYDA 2018 judges is composed of prominent and well-established industry professionals and is supported by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Council of Deans and Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), and the Council of Interior Design Educators (CIDE).

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Baguio City, Philippines: Team Lakay were honored with a Champions Parade last Sunday, 2 December. Members of the world champion martial arts stable took to the streets of Baguio City in a motorcade to celebrate their achievements in 2018. 
In attendance were ONE Championship superstars including ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, and ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio.

Accompanying the ONE World Champions were teammates Honorio “The Rock” Banario, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, as well as Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, among others.

Eduard Folayang, ONE Lightweight World Champion, stated:

“We are just normal citizens of Baguio City with big dreams. We worked hard to achieve our goals and now we’re here. We believe the Cordilleran can compete with anyone in the world and we have what it takes to be the best in our chosen field. Hard work and dedication is all it takes to achieve success. The great thing about martial arts is that it’s not just about fighting, it’s about living. Martial arts is a way of life. It’s our way of life. It’s pushing through adversity, taking on any challenge and using the human spirit to achieve victory.”

Kevin Belingon, ONE Bantamweight World Champion, stated:

“I just want to thank everyone for the support. It means a lot to the team, and it means a lot to me. Thank you to the city of Baguio for organizing this motorcade for us. Thank you for the continued support for all martial artists and athletes here in Baguio and the Cordilleras. It is an honor to hold this belt in front of you all. It is an honor to be your champion.”

Geje Eustaquio, ONE Flyweight World Champion, stated:

“We always say at Team Lakay that champions are not born, they are made. But we were made because of the people of Baguio City. We never claim victory as our own. This has always been the fruit of teamwork -- the people behind the scenes: our family, our fans and supporters, sponsors and Filipinos all over the world. We feed off your positive energy and it serves as inspiration for us. We would never be able to achieve all that we have without your support. There are more victories to come, and together, we can reach all of our goals.”

Joshua Pacio, ONE Strawweight World Champion, stated:

“Thank you everyone for all the support and prayers. It’s a happy time in Baguio City, where we can celebrate all our victories as one. This isn’t just our triumphs, but also the triumph of the entire Cordilleras. We pour in all the hard work, to improve and to keep getting better. We train during holidays, weekends, and sacrifice so much to bring glory to our country and to our city. But we could never have any success without your love and support. This year, we proved that the Philippines is world-class in martial arts. Next year, we plan to do the same again.”
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About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship (ONE) is the largest global sports media property in Asian history, and the largest producer of millennial live sports content in Asia. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE is the Home of Martial Arts, and is the world's largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more. ONE hosts the biggest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions on the largest global media broadcast in Asia. ONE eSports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship, runs Asia's largest eSports league with some of the biggest blockbuster titles in the world. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 1.7 billion potential viewers across 138 countries with some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Bandsports, Startimes, Premier Sports, Thairath TV, Skynet, Mediacorp, OSN, and more.

Filipino Triathletes on Triathlon, Training, and Beyond

At first glance, triathlon looks intimidating but, who wouldn’t when you have to bike, swim, and run all in one event?  Some triathletes even consider the sport as an ultimate endurance challenge, requiring not only the gear but also strenuous training.

The multi-discipline sport, however, didn’t seem to faze Sheilla Gagui, Louie Sangalang, Philip Le Roux, and Mervin Santiago, members the Santé Barley Tri-Team, who are conquering the grueling world of it.

So how exactly did the four triathletes got into the sport? And what does a typical training look like for them?

Sheila Gagui, mom of 2

“It was my friend who invited me [to do triathlon.] I just gave birth to my second son when my friend told me she wanted to do triathlon, but she didn’t have someone to do it with. She knew that I was a swimmer before, so she told me that there was a swimming event that I can join. After that, I start doing short distance races like Super Sprint Triathlon. From there, I looked for a coach and started training.

Training is every day for me. I train twice a day, then I squeeze in some gym day. For the morning, it’s either swim and bike or swim and run. I finish it off by going to the gym.

For Olympic, three months is usually enough for me. But if you want to really excel in a particular race, it’s not just the length but also the quality of the training that you put in. You have to do a lot of sprints, you’ll time yourself all the time.”

Philip Le Roux, missionary

“I first got into running because I was overweight. I was really fat—I used to weigh 250kg—so I decided to lose some. After a month, I realized it’s actually nice. You start losing weight quickly and decide maybe I’ll continue running. I started joining races, increased my distances, and joined marathons.

I was studying in the UK when my family and I decided to go to the Philippines 10 years ago. I then started a blog called ‘Foreign Runner’ where I got to meet fellow bloggers. One blogger, in particular, asked me if I wanted to join a triathlon, and the rest is history.

Since I live in Agutaya in Palawan, training is difficult since we don’t have a road to run and bike on, so I’m doing everything indoors. I have my own gym. I’ve got a bike trainer. I do everything indoors.

When it’s offseason, I’ve got a maintenance program that my trainer [Don Velasco] gives me. Mondays are my off days. Tuesdays, I do short brick [training.] Wednesdays, I run. Thursdays and Fridays, I swim. Saturdays, I bike. Sundays, I brick. My shortest training is an hour and my longest is three hours a day.

During races, it changes. It obviously depends what you train for. For Iron Man, it gets hectic and long. In the beginning, it would be 10-12 hours a week. We end off with at least 20-25 hours a week.”

Louie Sangalang, multi-sport athlete

“I took a break from martial arts and decided to get myself into an activity that’s a bit intense. In my case, I get bored easily when I don’t feel tired. So, I told myself that since I was already mountain-biking and running, ‘swimming na lang, then triathlon na.’” I was very intrigued with this sport since I saw how people trained for it. I noticed that there were a lot of executives and entrepreneurs. I realized there must be something that attracts that kind of profile to the sports.

For training, it really depends on the race. For a half-Ironman or for an Olympic distance, training has to be every day and then you do different disciplines per day. I usually do two disciplines a day. It’s either I run and bike or run and swim.

I also do weights once a week since I eat lot when preparing for triathlons. So, there’s really a tendency to gain [weight] once you stop. I think with triathlon, at least from my experience, it’s easier to carry yourself if you’re lighter. Though, I’ve noticed that some people, even if they’re heavier, they can carry themselves well.”

Mervin Santiago, coach

“I had my start at triathlon when I was in college around 2009 or 2010. I bike, and I also love running, but I didn’t know how to swim so I took a swimming lesson for my PE subject.

My training is based on what race I am preparing for. I spend three hours a day training for short distance triathlons, and five to six hours a day for longer ones. For Olympic, I usually prepare for two months; three months for 70.3; and six months for a full Ironman.

I train twice a day during the morning and afternoon. Let’s say I swim in the morning, then I bike in the afternoon. I just interchange the three sports [swimming, biking, and running.]

Since I work as a coach, I try to follow my students’ program but mine is harder. I do this, so I can train even when I’m busy. During offseasons, I usually go to the gym for base training, and core exercise for building the muscles so when race season starts, I’m not prone to injury.”

The Santé Barley Tri-team is a triathlon team founded by Joey Marcelo, CEO of Santé. The team that has been competing individually and as a group in major triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon and running events with podium finishes in local and international competitions.

The company believes that optimal health is not only achieved through proper nutrition but also by participating in various sports events.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Equilibrio Launches New Products

Equilibrio, a known brand of premium pet food, launched its new line of products on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at 55 Events Place in Quezon City.

In front of a number of veterinarians, friends from the media, and other guests, executives from Equilibrio and its manufacturing counterpart country, Neovia Philippines, formally unveiled its newest offerings that are formulated with high-quality raw materials and selected ingredients providing better digestibility and flavor of satisfaction and feeding of cats and dogs in the Philippines.

Here in the Philippines, we consider our pets as members of our family. As such, we always want only the best for our cats and dogs, especially when it comes to the food that they eat,” said Johanna Emata, marketing manager of Neovia Philippines. “At Equilibrio, we believe that our pets deserve the right food for their own unique needs.”

Each of Equilibrio's recipes and snacks comprises of high nutrient assimilation, which helps in the reduction in stool volume. Also, they are specially manufactured with nutraceuticals aiming to improve the digestion; with Yucca schidegera that reduces stool odor, and prebiotics and probiotics that helps improve bowel transit time.

In addition, Equilibrio's latest offerings are now compatible with the highest nutritional concepts – thanks to its updated and modern formula. The variants are made for Small Breed, All Breed and Large Breed Puppies and Adult Dogs; as well as for Kittens and Adult Cats; and even has Veterinary Lines suited for pets that have special needs.

We are very excited to finally launch Equilibrio, which is known globally as a brand that provides Excellence Nutrition to pets,” said Daniel Olivio, marketing director of Neovia Philippines. “We also made sure that Equilibiro's formulation is scientifically proven to help in improving the quality and longevity of their life.”

Equilibrio products are now available at selected credible pet stores and veterinary clinics.

Neovia, the company behind Equilibrio products, is a leading player in animal nutrition and health that operates in seven business lines involving complete feed, aquaculture, pet care, premium/firm services, additives & ingredients, animal health, and analysis laboratories.