Monday, June 24, 2019

Citi Philippines Supports the Philippine Paralympic Committee and Filipino Para-athletes in LAKAD PARA ATLETA


The spirit of diversity and inclusion brings together Citi Philippines and the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) for the inaugural “LAKAD PARA ATLETA”, a walk to support the country’s Paralympic movement, held at the University of the Philippines College of Science Oval at UP Diliman, Quezon City.

This event aims to raise awareness and funds to benefit the country’s Para athletes, especially as they prepare to compete in the upcoming 10th ASEAN Para Games, to be held at the New Clark City Sports Complex in January 2020.  Citi formalized a partnership with the Philippine Paralympic Committee in December of last year, as part of a global agreement between Citi and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The international agreement supports 18 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Through the partnership, Citi will help generate excitement and national pride around the extraordinary accomplishments of the country’s para-athletes. In the Philippines, Citi is proudly sponsoring two of the country’s top Para athletes: Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta (power lifting) and Jerrold Mangliwan (wheelchair racing.)

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is also supporting the PPC by holding a series of sports activities for an “Olympic Day” together with the country’s top athletes from the Philippine Olympians Association (POA).

PPC President Michael Barredo and Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed walked together during the last leg of an Olympic torch relay, which marked the opening of the Lakad Para Atleta walk. In a show of unity, both Para athletes from the PPC and athletes from the POA participated in both the relay and the walk together. More than 2,000 participants joined the walk, including over 800 employees from Citi Philippines.

“Citi Philippines is excited about the opportunity to partner with the PPC and to jointly work on the common goal of greater inclusion in sports. We are thrilled to sponsor the inaugural ‘Lakad Para Atleta’. Our 800 Citi volunteers present today feel honored to be participating side-by-side with the nation’s incredible para-athletes and their supporters,” declared Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed.
“We are overwhelmed by the support of our partners, especially Citi Philippines. ‘Lakad Para Atleta’ and our partnership with Citi will help increase awareness of Para sports in the country as we prepare for the upcoming ASEAN Para Games in January 2020, as well as the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics later on the same year. We hope to make our fellow Filipinos proud of our achievements both in the sporting arena as well as in our quest to promote equality for all,” said Philippine Paralympic Committee President Michael Barredo.


LAKAD PARA ATLETA” is co-sponsored by the Philippine Paralympic Committee and Citi Philippines with support of the University of the Philippines, the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Philippine Olympians Association and other organizations.

The event is also the culminating activity of Citi’s annual Global Community Day tradition, which gives employees the opportunity to make a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism. In May and June 2019, over 7,000 Citi Philippines employees participated in 23 volunteer activities to help communities in need and raise awareness of important issues, such as inclusion and equality.

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi

About IPC

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. It co-ordinates the organization of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for 10 sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC’s vision is to enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.

TPB Boosts Efforts to Attract Korean Tourists


To boost efforts in attracting Korean tourists to visit the Philippines, Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism, will be participating in two major travel fairs happening in South Korea—The Korea World Travel Fair (KOTFA) on 06 to 10 June 2019 and HanaTour International Travel Show on 07 to 09 June 2019.

KOTFA is the biggest international travel fair in Korea with the participation of both international and domestic tourism-related organizations. This year, KOTFA is expected to generate an attendance of approximately 500 companies and 70 countries. The Philippines reserved six (6) booth spaces to be shared with airlines, hotels and top Korean travel agents in Seoul.

Meanwhile, HanaTour is Korea’s largest tour wholesaler with 1,200 HanaTour exclusive sales offices selling 14,000 tourism products through its 7,000 partners across the globe. This year, the Philippines is the featured country, co-marketing and promoting with HanaTour from June to July 2019, with multiple online and offline activities. The Philippines will also have eight (8) booth spaces at the event to help retail agencies aggressively sell and promote Philippine tour products, and provide general information about the country to the public.

South Koreans make up a huge portion of tourists visiting the Philippines annually, sharing approximately 22.3% of 1,587,959 visitors in 2018. TPB aims to increase Korean visitor arrivals by 25.80% upon completion of all tourism development plans by 2022, which will highlight the natural wonders of the Philippines.

As the country strengthens its campaign “It’s more fun in the Philippines” Korean tourists will get to choose from many offerings such as its beautiful pristine beaches, expansive shopping centers, dozens of adventure-laden activities, and the renowned warm hospitality of the Filipinos.

PH to Bridge Trade Gap with Indonesia Through Agri, Auto Parts Exports


BANGKOK – The Philippines (PH) is working to bridge its trade gap with Indonesia by exporting more agricultural products and automobile parts. At the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit on 21-24 June, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez discussed trade opportunities with his Indonesian counterpart, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita. The two ministers also agreed to organize a business matching session in Indonesia possibly around August or September 2019.

“President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for the Philippines to narrow its trade imbalance with Indonesia. Thus we hope that openness from both countries will result in a mutually beneficial trade relationship between the two countries,” said Secretary Lopez. 

In 2018, Indonesia was the PH's 9th major trading partner, with around US$7.27 billion in trade. However, PH imports from Indonesia stood at US$6.40 billion, while PH exports were only at US$866.20 million.

Indonesian company PT Mayora reported that it started importing desiccated coconuts from PH since April 2019. Indonesia is also more willing to import shallots, bananas, and alcoholic beverages from PH.

Secretary Lopez noted that Toyota Fortuner, manufactured in Indonesia, is one of the top vehicle imports of PH. Hence he proposed for Indonesia to source some of its automobile parts from PH to manufacture the said vehicle. One of the long-term plans to increase PH exports was for Indonesia to import Mitsubishi Mirage G4 and Toyota Vios when PH becomes the regional production hub for these vehicles.

Likewise, they discussed the Special Safeguards (SSG) on PH coffee imports, issued through Department Order No. 6 by the Department of Agriculture in March 2018. The measure was set because the price of Indonesian coffee brand Kopiko is below the PH’s trigger price of PHP203.74 per kilo.  

The lower import price has led to higher imports affecting Filipino coffee manufacturers. Secretary Lopez said that PH appreciates Indonesia’s show of good faith and efforts to enhance trade relations, as well as Kopiko’s commitment to put up a coffee processing plant in PH. These, he said, will be positively considered in reviewing the SSG on coffee.

Jomary Torres Confident Of Ending Skid in Kuala Lumpur



Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres is highly-determined to get back to the winner’s circle at ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY on July 12 against Malaysian hometown hero Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan.

Victory has evaded Torres as of recent, with the Filipina having dropped three straight to Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol, Mei Yamaguchi, and Lin Heqin. But instead of sulking in defeat, “The Zamboanginian Fighter” has chosen to take each experience as a lesson. As such, Torres feels well-prepared to face Radzuan, even in front of her fans at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.

“It will be a good fight. Jihin is a good fighter,” Torres said.

“She’s strong and skilled. Both of us are hungry to win. I will give my best in this fight.”

Torres’ resolve will be out to the test against “Shadow Cat”. Radzuan began her mixed martial arts stint on fire, finding success through her first four professional bouts until she ran into Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong.

Despite Radzuan’s immense talent however, Torres believes that her hard work and trust in her team will result in an upset in Radzuan’s hometown.

“Jihin is strong and very well-rounded,” Torres said.

“She can strike and she can take the fight to the ground. I have to be at my very best if I am to take the victory. My team and I have prepared well for this fight. Every fighter has holes in their game. There is no perfect fighter. There is always a weakness. We’ve studied her and we have prepared a good game plan. Now it’s just time to execute.”


The 23-year-old, under the guidance of ONE veteran Rene Catalan, is training non-stop for one of the most important bouts of her career. Torres will be coming in determined and focused to take the victory at the end of the night.

“I want everyone to know I am always hungry and determined to win,” Torres concluded.

“Each time I step into the cage, I am looking for victory. I want to bring honor and glory to my country.”

Sunday, June 23, 2019

YOUR GADGET EXPERT COMPANY BRINGS YOU INTO A WORLD OF UNIQ BETTER BY DESIGN


Macpower Marketing Corporation launches another brand that would dress up your gadgets

UNIQ, a Singaporean brand, designs series of functionally stylish gadget accessories and travel essentials to ensure you stay in style at home or away. Its products are driven by the shared belief that good design should be BEAUTIFUL, FUNCTIONAL, and SUBTLE. They craft experiences with their products to make our lives better; every single day.

UNIQ is perfect gadget accessories and essentials for young professionals and professionals, it can be their companion in office works, business travels or at home. Stay in style anywhere you go.

“Each UNIQ design went through stages of prudent planning and development, with scrupulous sourcing and careful selection of quality materials, textiles, and craftsmanship to produce the kind of premium goods we are proud to call ours.” DAVID, Head of Design and Development

UNIQ just recently held their brand launching at F1 Hotel last June 13, 2019.

UNIQ aspires

To build brand awareness after the media launch.
To create positive interest with the brand and its products which are Beautiful, Functional and Subtle.
To establish social media presence of the brand.

Check out the products UNIQ has to offer:


CHARGING
   
Solid elegance meets full practicality in the form of Aereo, our 3-in-1 Fast Wireless Charging Pad bundled with QC 3.0 fast charger. Enjoy streamlined charging by powering up iPhone, Airpods and Apple Watch simultaneously on one single platform.A stylish space-saving solution, Aereo is designed to be so beautifully simple that it blends right in.

Enjoy effortless on-the-go charging with Vertex, a wireless charger from the LITHOS Collective that defies the rules of functional design. Designed for ultimate convenience, its simple folding mechanism and 3-coil design allow for easy flat-lay and upright charging at any angle – all without compromising on style. Crafted with a unique texturized finishing that is granular to touch, this portable wireless charger makes for a clever elegant piece on any workspace you place it on.

With compatibility in over 150 countries, including America, Australia, Europe, UK, and Asia, Voyage helps you stay charged and connected, no matter which part of the world you're at. Equipped with USB-C fast charging technology, and is able to charge up to five devices simultaneously. Comes with a travel pouch to store product.

Channel the right energy with Versa Slim Kit, our power adaptor bundle with fast charging USB-C to C tough cable. Built with 18W Power Delivery and slim enough for those hard to reach wall sockets, Versa lends your charging experience a contemporary edge in both speed and style.

A desktop classic upgraded in form and power, Surge is a charging station equipped with 2 USB-C PD Ports at 90W Max Power and 2 Quick Charge 3.0 USB ports for simultaneous charging of all devices at full speed. Designed in flatlay orientation to ensure clean cable lines for complete charging ease.

Designed for those who work on their smartphone and gadgets all day, Fuele is equipped with USB-C power delivery to charge and recharge them 30% faster and up to 3 devices simultaneously. Encased in premium leatherette with an ultra-slim profile to turn ordinary everyday charging into a refined and delightful experience


CABLES

Simple, understated design methodology backs the overall aesthetics for Halo. Intentionally created to look clean, sleek, and uncluttered, its slender and featherweight size makes it perfect for on-the-go usage. Comes in Lightning and USB-C cable.

Flex USB-C to Lightning cable supports 18W Power Delivery to charge your iPhone at the fastest speed available – up to 60% in 30 minutes. Made ultra-durable with Military Grade material and Xtreme360™ Strain Relief design for incredible flexibility, and completed with a slim charging tip that fits most cases.


CASES

Add the contemporary robustness and touch of genuine leather to your Airpod case with Terra, a protective casing crafted with full-grain quality leather. Designed to shield your Airpod case with a premium pop of color and comes with a bottom cut out for charging ease.

The Ultimate Handsfree Experience. Get full functionality out of your smart device with an integrated stand. Whether you're texting, video-calling, or watching your favorite movies, you can now enjoy protection that comes with hands-free connectivity.

Inspired by the idea of finding safety and security from nature, Element series is a splendid showcase of exquisitely crafted case designs made contemporary with refined natural materials. Like the naturally occurring phenomenon found in nature, no two Element cases are the same.

Engineered with Edge-to-edge Co-Mould Technology with PC coverage on the sides for maximum shock-and-drop protection.

Flaunt your device in a case where style and protection amalgamates. With flexible luxe material and absolute protection, you’ll be ready to take on the day’s challenges on the chin.

Enough of the same humdrum of carrying dull gadget accessories, allow us to bring you to the world of UNIQ as it opens its very First Kiosk in the Philippines on June 22, 2019. Located at 4F Cyberzone, The Annex Building, SM City North EDSA.

Altogether, let’s step into Uniq by using #uniqbetterbydesignph
and tagging @uniqbetterbydesignph on Instagram.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

UMak Student and Crowd Favorite Crowned as Miss Makati 2019


An 18-year old student of the University of Makati (UMak), Micah Beatrice Santos from Barangay West Rembo, has been crowned Miss Makati 2019, besting 23 other candidates at the Coronation Night held Friday at the Makati Coliseum.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay said the newly-crowned Miss Makati 2019 impressed the judges with her striking beauty, self-confidence and intelligence, which have made her an ideal partner of the city government in promoting a “smart, sustainable and future-ready Makati”.

“Miss Makati 2019 has risen above the challenges she has faced and turned these into opportunities to grow and become a stronger and better person. I am confident that she will be able to fulfil her crucial role in accelerating Makati’s transformation as a Smart City,” Mayor Abby said.

The mayor said Miss Makati 2019 will serve as the city’s ambassador of goodwill while inspiring fellow young Makatizens to strive for excellence and take an active part in city-building, as defined by the 2019 pageant theme, “Creating the Future Now”.


Santos is also the current titleholder of Miss UMak 2019. She stated that her advocacy is to campaign against bullying, having been a victim of bullies herself, and vowed to help fellow victims overcome adversity.

Mayor Abby, accompanied by Miss Makati 2018 Karla O’Hara and Congressman Luis Campos, crowned Miss Makati 2019.

Mayor Abby also congratulated the other winners, Miss Makati Tourism 2019 Kristina Cassandra Bahaj and Miss Makatizen 2019 Venice Kayla Barrameda.

“Both Miss Makati Tourism 2019 and Miss Makatizen 2019 have shown that they are up to the task of helping us promote innovations that will empower and inspire the citizens of Makati,” she stated.

Bahaj, 22, a resident of Barangay Sta. Cruz, said that she was motivated to join the pageant by her personal experience with taking care of a family member suffering from dementia, her own grandmother. This led to her advocacy for making Makati the first “dementia-friendly city” in the country.


Barrameda, 21-year old resident of Barangay Guadalupe Viejo, who also won as Miss CEU 2016 at Centro Escolar University, is an advocate of good oral health. Her goal is to promote oral health by providing dental missions for the less privileged to give back to the city.

Miss Makati 2019 took home P200,000 cash prize, a crown, a sash, a gift pack from Home of Beauty Color (HBC), and P50,000 worth of gift certificates from iSkin Aesthetic Lifestyle.

Miss Makati Tourism 2019, on the other hand, won a cash prize of P150,000, a crown, a sash, an HBC gift pack, and P50,000 worth of gift certificates from iSkin Aesthetic Lifestyle. Miss Makatizen 2019 bagged P100,000 cash prize, a crown, a sash, an HBC gift pack, and P50,000 worth of gift certificates from iSkin Aesthetic Lifestyle.

Bahaj was also named “Miss Air Asia” while Barrameda won the titles “Miss iSkin Aesthetic Lifestyle” and “Miss Balmain”. The title “Miss Congeniality” was won by Gianelle Anne Balaton, 22, of Barangay Valenzuela, “Miss Photogenic” went to Micah Beatriz Santos; and “Best in Long Gown” was Renee Rose Tirones, 23, of Barangay San Lorenzo.

Now on its 29th year, the Miss Makati 2019 coronation night was hosted by Mikael Daez and Issa Litton. The pageant was part of the month-long celebration of the 349th Founding Anniversary of Makati with the theme, “Makati 2025: Fasttracking Progress”.

The board of judges in this year’s pageant was chaired by Albert Andrada, designer; together with Sheila Romero, CEO Air Asia; Kate Pagkalinawan, CEO iSkin Aesthetic Lifestyle; George Royeca, CEO/owner of Angkas; Franco Laurel, singer and actor; Ruffa Gutierrez, actress and beauty queen; Tim Yap, host and media practitioner; and designers Anthony Ramirez and Paul Cabral.

Entertainment numbers were provided by Air Dance, Nexus (Makati Dance Challenge 2018 Champions), and balladeer Michael Pangilinan.


The other 21 finalists included Charlene Marie Inonog (Kasilawan); Stephanie Isabelle Aquino (Poblacion); Sophia Michaela Leanne Aguado (Pio del Pilar); Alliaa Nicole Diputado (Tejeros); Gianelle Anne Balaton (Valenzuela); Patricia Rose Pangan (San Isidro); Bianca Gabrielle Abaya (Poblacion); Lailah Guiuan (Pembo); Kaoru Aseana Pimentel (South Cembo); Jan Karen Esguerra (Bel-Air);

Monica Acuno (West Rembo); Hannah Patricia Beatrice Kristiansen (Northside); Desiree Harriet Alyanna Gamboa (Guadalupe Viejo); Charlyn Joyce Barrientos (Southside); Ma. Anna Clarisse Villavicencio (San Antonio); Marie Gabrielle Brillantes (Poblacion); Princess Vinia Putulin (South Cembo); Renee Rose Tirones (San Lorenzo); Elliah Kate Nicolas (East Rembo); Jeanne Pauline Suplente (Guadalupe Viejo); and Erika Mae Salvador (Comembo).

The candidates were adjudged with the following criteria: Intelligence, 40 percent; beauty, 40 percent; and personality, 20 percent.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Good Design Award Philippines Highlights Malasakit as a Defining Character of Philippine Design Excellence


The Design Center of the Philippines is set to recognize outstanding objects-, places-, images- made and systems executed in the Philippines that address social problems to enrich the quality of human life in the inaugural run of the Good Design Award Philippines. 

Good Design Award Philippines is a national design excellence recognition system that aims to promote design as a key tool in developing and providing solutions to social challenges as well as strengthen the country’s global competitiveness and increase its innovative quotient. 

"Design is an innovation enabler. At a time when we face tumultuous changes on every front—from technology to economics, the environment, and our institutions—the role of design becomes increasingly critical. Thus, our efforts will not just support our design industry; it will also push design skills to develop design-driven organizations and innovative industries. It will even help us transform the public sector," said Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez.

"The most meaningful designs, creative works, and innovations are those that solve social problems, not just design for design’s sake. We want to promote a culture of design and innovation that can serve as higher-value services that our country can be known for,” Sec. Lopez added.

The design excellence recognition system is in support of AmBisyon Natin 2040 through the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, specifically its development strategies on ‘Promoting Philippine Cultures and Values,’ ‘Vigorously Advancing Science, Technology, and Innovation,’ and ‘Expanding Economic Opportunities in Industry and Services through Trabaho and Negosyo.’   

For Design Center executive director Maria Rita O. Matute, the Good Design Award Philippines adds more value to design as a driver of economic growth and innovation. It pushes for a design excellence that is impact-driven, providing design solutions that address human needs and societal challenges to protect future generations and secure a more livable society for them. 

"We envision Good Design Award Philippines to be one of the platforms through which Design Center nurtures the Philippines’ culture of design excellence,” Matute explains. “Aside from innovation and economic growth, we want to elevate design as a powerful tool that creates positive societal change, making the world a better place for all and future generations. This too then echoes a strong challenge to designers to act as catalysts and powerful agents of change—to improve the quality of human lives through objects, places, images and systems; through sustainable and inclusive businesses, and through responsible governance.” 

Malasakit as a PH brand of design excellence 

With the creative industries, particularly the design sector, steadily emerging as a driver of national competitiveness, the Philippines’ neighboring countries in the Southeast Asian region likewise invest in their respective design industries, encouraging a prolific design culture by recognizing good design across sectors. 

Good Design Award Philippines shares in the same objective as it aims to build a strong community of global Philippine designers from across industries and disciplines, and to promote the significance of design in uplifting lives, while pushing for a nation brand of design excellence that is particular to the Philippines. 

“What the Good Design Award Philippines brings to the fore of the global design industry is the Philippines’ unique approach to design excellence,” Matute remarks. “The Philippines is a nation with innate creativity; we are malikhain by nature. But what really sets Philippine design apart is the malasakit that is embodied in our design solutions, whether it be a product, place, image or system.” 

Malasakit, or closely translated in English as compassion, is the sympathetic consciousness of other’s distress and acting to alleviate it. Matute points out that the Good Design Award Philippines boldly puts this specific Philippine value as an additional pillar to the traditional parameters of good design—innovation, form, and function.  

“It is the impact of these design solutions to a social concern or basic human need that distinguishes Philippine design from the rest. While we recognize the significance of functionality, form, and innovation in good design, ours is not solely defined by these principles. Philippine good design is an equal part equation of the principles of good design and malasakit,” Matute discusses, emphasizing that malasakit is the Philippines’ contribution to the global design discourse.  

Matute cites as example the four homegrown products and service that were recognized in Japan’s Good Design Award-ASEAN Design Selection in 2018.  

SALt Lamp is an emergency lamp specially designed to give lighting support to marginalized island communities without the burden of complex tool mechanism, in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on access to affordable and clean energy. With its human centered design, SALt lamp received the highest response in the visitor and consumer survey among the 22 designs in the ASEAN Design Selection special exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.  

Make a Difference (MAD) Travel offers social tourism tour packages that afford Aeta communities in San Felipe, Zambales sustainable living while tackling SDGs 1, 2, and 3 on No

Poverty, Zero Hunger and Good Health and Well-being. Moreover, MAD Travel encourages tourists and guests to aid in their goal of planting a 3,000 hectare forest, which is in line with SDGs 13 and 15 on Climate Action and Life on Land. 

Red Palm Ventures’ banana stalk wallpapers is geared towards the empowerment of women in a community in San Pablo, Laguna through livelihood, and addresses Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 on Responsible Production and Consumption through the optimal use of banana stalks.  

Likewise, Bambike’s Bambino balance bike reinforces SDG 12 as well through the use of the highly abundant bamboos in their production, and SDG 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth by providing livelihood to the Bambuilders (bamboo builders) of a Gawad Kalinga Community in Victoria, Tarlac.  

 

Malasakit as a mark of good design 

The Good Design Award Philippines has its criteria the principles of good design--innovativeness, form, and functionality—plus malasakitwhich will be evaluated based on design solution’s impact on the 17 SDGs listed by the United Nations. 

The inclusion of malasakit in the criteria carry the Philippine value beyond simply a quality of Philippine good design; it shows how local innovations can also impact on global challenges. From a community level of compassion, Philippine design sees itself committed as well to developing solutions on a much larger perspective. 

Matute expounds that perceiving Philippine design in a wider picture adds to the commitment of nurturing a culture of design excellence in the country. “By understanding that design impacts a bigger cause than one’s self or one’s community, you would naturally want to come up with the best ideas and solutions because you become responsible to a larger matter,” she adds.  

Good Design Award Philippines 

The Good Design Award accepts entries from Philippine-registered enterprises, designers, and creatives from both private and public sectors with fully realized and/or executed products or systems in the design disciplines of object making (furniture, furnishing, d├ęcor; fashion accessories; mobility; and material innovation); image making (packaging, and communication); place making (architecture, and interior architecture); and service/system design. 

Winners will be evaluated in a two-step screening process by a jury composed of thirteen multidiscipline and industry-respected individuals, including the private sector representatives of the Design Advisory Council (DAC). 

Winning entries can be awarded the Good Design Philippines Red and Gold Awards based on the judging criteria, while the Good Design Philippines Green Award will recognize the entry with the most impact on SDGs related to environment and sustainability. The Gran Prix for Good Design Award Philippines is the Orange Award, and it will be awarded to the design that makes the greatest impact and contribution to the attainment of the United Nations SDGs. 

Entries can be submitted until 15 August 2019. For more information on Good Design Award Philippines, please visit https://designcenter.ph/good-design-award-ph.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Digital Life Brand Rock Space Officially Launches in the Philippines


MANILA, Philippines - JUNE 2018 - Over the years, we are met with the constant evolution behind today’s fast-paced lifestyle. In keeping up to speed with the ever-growing possibilities of technology, Rock Space provides innovative solutions that puts the spotlight on further pushing the envelope behind today’s digital advancements, while keeping in touch with contemporary tastes.

Rock Space: Your Go-to for Innovative Tech Accessories

Rock Space is your ultimate source for stylish mobile accessories, with a wide range of designs made to suit diverse lifestyles, focused on the commitment to provide innovative and user-friendly products.

Established in 2009, Rock Space is a brand that embodies the power of simplicity and performance, all the while promising to provide value for money to all its consumers. Rock Space has made a name for itself both locally and internationally, backed up by recognition from various prestigious international product design awards.

Last year, Rock Space entered the Philippine market as they saw an opportunity to become an essential part of the Filipino’s everyday life. 9 months since their local operation, there are over 27 concept kiosks, 3 concept stores, and 1,377 retail stores established nationwide. In the years to come, more and more branches will be rolled out to reach more Filipinos.

In line with the latest needs and trends, Rock Space stays at the forefront of what the modern-day progressives are keeping an eye out for. When it comes to finding the right balance between maximizing technological innovation and practicality with fresh and stylish looks, Rock Space provides just that for tech-savvy individuals that opt for both function and fashion.

Sleek, Stylish, and Fit for your Lifestyle

The brand’s diverse portfolio has something to offer to individuals of varied lifestyles from fitness, gaming, travelling, and music. One of the highlight accessories is the new EB 70 True Wireless Stereo Earphones.

For a great audio experience, it is equipped with Hi-Fi Speakers and Digital Signal Processor (DSP) allowing for clearer sound transmission. The Rock Space EB 70 is also powered by Bluetooth 5.0. This latest Bluetooth capability is guaranteed to be 2x faster than the previous version, giving users faster and better connectivity. It also improves battery life so users can enjoy the device for 4 hours of continued use and can last up to 17 hours!

Users can now be worry-free with using their earphones even during active sessions, as the new Rock Space EB 70 is IPX 45 Waterproof. Users can work out and go about their daily tasks without thinking about damage from water, sweat, and dust. The EB 70 earphones are priced at Php 3,999.00 SRP.




Next up is the Rock Space P66 Power Bank. Power banks are definitely a must-have nowadays, because no matter how big your phone’s battery is, it’s best to always be ready to juice up your mobile phone with power to get you through long periods being out and about.

What’s unique about this power bank is that not only does it carry the capacity of 10,000 mAh, but it also holds this up in such a convenient and handy package at only 182 grams, and in a size that’s smaller than your palm. It also has an LED display and is equipped with protective features from overheating and short circuiting. The P66 Power Bank is now available at Php 1,299.00 SRP.


Rock Space also offers the new W20 Quick Wireless Charger. Setting it apart from other devices, it is equipped with a smart chip phone protection which automatically identifies the charging current of the devices. It also sports the same protection as the P66 Power Bank, avoiding incidents of overcharging and short-circuits. This device is supported by 7.5W/10W for a convenient fast-charging experience. Its slim and compact design makes it easy to be installed over your car’s AC vent, allowing you to power up your phone even while on the road. The W20 Quick Wireless Charger is priced at Php 1,299.00 SRP.


Up your game, and discover how you can opt for Rock Space’s premium and fashionable mobile accessories, now available in multiple kiosks and stores nationwide, and online via Lazada and Shopee. Through a brand partnership with OPPO Philippines, you can also check out Rock Space’s products at OPPO concept stores.

Get the freshest news on Rock Space on www.facebook.com/rockspacePH/.

SM Cares Mounts Pregnancy Care Talk, Serenade for Expecting Moms



Expecting mothers were treated to an afternoon of informative discussion on pregnancy and good health as well as an hour-long serenade of soothing music at SM Cares’ “Mama’s Lullaby, A Musical Event for Expecting Mothers”.

Held at the Event Center of SM Megamall, pregnant mothers from different walks of life attended the event which aims to promote good health and well-being of mothers and their unborn child through safe pregnancy and delivery.  SM Cares organized the event in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number three (Good Health and Well-being) to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, and to support the women in its community.

“Today we celebrate your pregnancy because this is, by far, the most wonderful experience a woman can have. That is why we at SM Cares came up with this event – to show our support to all moms out there, and to let you know that we are with you every step of the way,” said Berna Velasco, program director for SM Cares Program on Women and Breastfeeding.

Celebrity host and mom Suzi Entrata-Abrera, who hosted the event, was joined by guest speakers Dr. Bianca Katrina Villanueva from the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, and medical nutrition physician Dr. Mariana Sioson. Tips on ensuring intellectual and emotional development of the baby as well as proper pregnancy care were discussed by Dr. Villanueva, while Dr. Sioson talked about breastfeeding and food that will boost nutrition for both mother and baby.

Mommies were also given the opportunity to consult and be enlightened with a vast array of questions, uncertainties, and reservations most first-time mothers have. “As a general rule, when in doubt, don’t do it. It’s always better to listen to your OB-GYN to better understand what your body really needs,” said Dr. Villanueva when asked about unorthodox practices during pregnancy.

“There’s a wide range of misconceptions – like in food consumption. Most women believe that they are eating for two people -- even in the first trimester – taking in as much food as they can, when in fact they should only be eating for one,” Dr. Marianna Sioson added.

The highlight of the event was the symphony performance of String Fusion that serenaded the mommies and their babies with soothing music, as it is believed that music has a potential positive impact on the baby’s mental and emotional development.   Also in attendance were some of our country’s gallant moms-in-uniform—PNP police officers who are expecting moms as well.

SM Cares is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Its advocacies include Environment Sustainability, Programs on Persons with Disabilities, Children and Youth, Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Senior Citizens, and Overseas Filipino Workers (SM Global Pinoy).

As a responsible integrated property developer, SM ensures that its CSR programs serve as a catalyst for positive change in the communities that it supports. To know more about SM Cares, you may visit www.smacares.com.ph, www.Facebook.com/OfficialSMCares or email smcares@smsupermalls.com.