Sunday, December 27, 2015

POST EVENT: Launching of Grey Away Anti-Grey Hair Trament

Taken during the product launching of GREY AWAY. This product stops the greying of hair and brings back the natural color of hair by stimulating the production of melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color. In the photo: from left to right Nmanuel De Leon (Sales and Marketing Director) Teresa Conde (Marketing Manager) Michael Angelo Enaya (Digital and Marketing Communications Specialist) Arleene Alipio (Vice-President for  Operations and Finance) Jonard Cayao (Brand Manager) Roger Sales (Senior Research and
Development Manager) 

A Magical Night in Manila Pavilion Hotel for New Year's Eve Celebration

Luneta Park and its nearby sites will be having a free outdoor concert and party within walking distance of Manila Pavilion Hotel. Also offering lots of space, beautiful greenery and heritage of the country, making it the perfect choice for this end-of-year fireworks celebration.

In partnership with Crossover 105.1, to those who prefer intimate yet festive cheers, Manila Pavilion Hotel’s Boulvar Sports and Music bar will showcase a magical night with wine to toast, hors d’oeuvers and a family-centric show fit for all kids and adults alike.

Party-goers can keep warm at the Patisserie after party and have delicious food at Seasons Lifestyle Restaurant or be at the scene with balloons, mime, card shows and a stage will host live entertainment. A special raffle will be given at midnight from Waterfront Insular Davao.
Celebrate the New Year in Style, Manila Pavilion hotel is offering an overnight accommodation package with its Truly Filipino Theme for Php 4,200 inclusive of Puto bongbong or bibingka with Hot cocoa or Kape Barako with a limited edtion Post card, and breakfast for two.

In addition to the perks of the package, you’ll also get noisemakers and party favours for NewYear’s eve. To those who would want to reserve their wine to toast and get to have consumable munchies, tickets are being sold for Php 1,999 or just simply walk-in and enjoy the night.

Visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila. Log on or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.

59th Anniversary Celebration of Manila Doctors

From left: Dr. Antonio S. Abacan Jr., Chairman and Acting President of Manila Medical Services Incorporated; Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Dr. George S.K. Ty, Group Chairman of Metrobank Group of Companies; and Augusto Palisoc Jr., President and CEO of the Metro Pacific hospital group, grace the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the MDH New Tower Grand Lobby.  
Manila Doctors Hospital, one of the leading centers of health and wellness in the Philippines, is a private tertiary hospital which is currently expanding its services with the construction of its new medical tower. Owned by Manila Medical Services Inc., MDH is the healthcare affiliate of Metrobank Foundation Inc, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group. MDH is an ISO 9001-2008 accredited institution and is recognized by Accreditation Canada International and is a reporting member of the United Nations Global Compact. Marks its 59th year of excellent medical service this year. Driven by its promise of more top-of-the-line equipment, innovative centers and more specialized medical facilities, last December 8th, MDH inaugurated its new medical tower lobby, located along T.M. Kalaw Street. With the completion of the 18-storey medical tower, targeted in 2016, the hospital is poised to become a key player not only in the medical tourism industry, but, more importantly in its mission of providing advanced but affordable healthcare services.

The inauguration was graced by Manila City Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, who praised the hospital’s record of service under the stewardship of Metrobank Group Honorary Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty. He also stressed his own advocacy in innovating health systems to provide quality health assistance to the marginalized sector.

The new medical tower is expected to increase MDH’s occupancy from 300 to 500 beds. It will also house additional doctors’ clinics, more than 160 parking slots, more medical and diagnostic centers, administrative offices, and a helipad.

Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty himself, presented the Exemplar Awards for Medical Staff: Dr. Mark Richard Kho, Dr. Felix Eduardo R. Punzalan, Dr. Reynaldo O. Joson, Dr. Dante D. Morales; Dr. Mario Joselito M. Juco, Dr. Marc S.D. Lustre; and the Exemplar Awards for Employees: Juanito Ferrer, Marcia  C. Macaranas, Whitney Adeliene B. Cristobal, Maria Elizabeth Ann P. Marasigan, Rosa Fritzie V. Cabidoy and Josephine C. Vitas. 
The highlights during anniversary was officially welcomed the month of December with Christmas Lighting and Caroling. MDH’s medical, non-medical staff and other employees shared their singing talents at the Lobby Serenade, entrancing patients and guests with their rendered solos and carols. Also this year’s recipients of the Exemplar Awards for Medical Staff and Employees. The Exemplar Awards is the management’s way of recognizing medical, allied medical and non-medical staff whose professionalism and affirmative attitude have made a positive impact in the workplace and in the daily operations of the Hospital. As a way of paying tribute to top-notch employees, MDH gave the annual Service Awards as a fitting salute to employees who created an extraordinary and positive impact on the hospital for their 10 to 30 years in service. The anniversary festivities were concluded last December 11 with a Cultural Night presentation.

Pag-IBIG readies Calamity Loan for members affected by Typhoon Nona

Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees Chairman Atty. Chito M. Cruz said recently that Pag-IBIG Fund is ready to assist its members affected by the havoc wreaked by Typhoon Nona.

"As soon as affected local government units issue Resolutions declaring their areas under state of calamities, Pag-IBIG branches in the vicinity will immediately start accepting applications for calamity loan," said Atty. Cruz.

As of December 21, the provinces of Northern Samar, Albay, Sorsogon, and Oriental Mindoro, and the Municipality of Magsaysay in Occidental Mindoro have already issued Resolutions declaring their areas under state of calamity.

Under Pag-IBIG guidelines, members residing in areas declared under state of calamity may file for a calamity loan application at the nearest Pag-IBIG office within 90 days from the date of declaration of the state of calamity.

Atty. Cruz explained that affected residents in the North and Central Luzon region may immediately file their loan applications if their area was declared under state of calamity about two months ago due to the devastation caused by Typhoon Lando.

"We are still within the 90-day period since several provinces in North and Central Luzon were declared under state of calamity because of Typhoon Lando so there is no need to wait for a separate declaration of a state of calamity in the region," Atty. Cruz added, referring to the areas affected by Typhoon Lando and then Typhoon Nona.

Atty. Cruz clarified, however, that for Pag-IBIG members residing in other areas affected by Typhoon Nona, they need to wait for the declaration of a state of calamity before they can file for a calamity loan, unless their case is similar to that of Central Luzon's.

Pag-IBIG yearly allots an amount for calamity loan that may be availed of by their members affected by calamities.

"For 2015, we still have a remaining fund allocation of P3.27 Billion for the Calamity Loan Program." said Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pag-IBIG Fund.

Atty. Berberabe explained that members who have been contributing for at least two years can borrow up to 80% of their total savings.

“Our calamity loan offers the lowest interest rate in the market at only 5.95% per annum, with a three-month grace period before the first amortization starts. Because of the affordability and easy terms of our calamity loan program, we do not add to the burden that our affected members just went through," Atty. Berberabe said.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Last December 10, 2015, Best Products of the World, under Home Catalogue Shopping, Inc., presented the winners of the fourth prize campaign in Society Lounge in Makati City, also celebrated their First Anniversary.

HCSI’s ambassador, Beauty Queen Alice Dixson, opened the party with a humorous but hearty speech. She said—and she is right—that the awarding ceremony is a time to enjoy and relax. And relax everyone did.
Employees from HCSI kept the ball rolling with several raffle draws awarded to friends from the media who were present that night. But the climax was starting to build up.

Before revealing the Grand Prize Winner, the company awarded the first two prizes. As an incentive for the so-called early bird order, HCSI awarded Mary Jean Redoña from San Andres, Manila P50,000 for having the earliest order. The second prize, worth P250,000, was given to Manolito Pizon Parame from Caloocan. The first prize worth P1,500,000 went to Priscilla Ursante Yao of Quezon City. 

All winners were awarded by Ms. Alice Dixson, DTI Representative Elvira Sagat, and HCSI CEO Cedric De Baets. 


Do you have a chance to win a large amount of money if you buy prepaid load every day. Someone might stop you in the middle of the street and present a flyer on a opportunity to win big. On social media, you see advertisements telling you that you can win if you sign up on a brand’s promo. The possibilities are endless when it comes to winning, but at what cost? There are instances where these promos and flyers lead to nowhere, or you might find yourself in the middle of a scam. You immediately lose trust with direct marketing. You feel everyone out there is after your hard-earned cash and you have nothing to get in return. Life is unfair; some have all the luck.

But it’s a different story with Home Catalogue Shopping, Inc.
HCSI is a startup company in the Philippines that gives its clients the ability to shop at their convenience. On the surface, it’s a direct marketing, direct mailing, distance-selling business. All you have to do is look for their advertisements in popular newspapers around the country, cut out their coupon, and send it to them. You can also call HCSI—but you have to be patient though, in case your call doesn’t get through. All calls are recorded and you must expect a return call afterwards.

Soon enough, they’ll send you a catalog containing high-quality, practical, and affordable products from all over the world. You can easily order from home, the office, or on commute.
It looks like a typical direct marketing model, right?

Here’s what separates HCSI apart from other direct mailing companies out there.
You have a chance to win, risk-free, up to PhP1.5M. Hard to believe? Read this: Every three months, HCSI awards cash prizes to the quickest replier and the two highest buyers.

The procedure is simple. Reply quickly with your order, and you have the chance to win PhP50K. Become the second highest buyer and instantly win PhP250K. If you’re HCSI’s highest buyer for the season, you can win PhP1.5M!

You can say that, with Home Catalogue Shopping, Inc., you’re making the best investment in your life. Buy to win; your money goes back to you a hundredfold. Shopping has never been this fun, this affordable, and this convenient.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Honda Sponsors PCCL (Philippine Collegiate Championship League) in FAITH

Philippine Collegiate Championship League (PCCL) Men’s Basketball Tournament organized by the country’s National Basketball Federation. It was participated by Universities and Colleges all over the Philippines. Last December 12-14, 2015 at First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH) gymnasium is where the Luzon-Metro Manila Qualifying Games was held. Seven (7) teams compete to be part of the Elite Eight (Finals).
Honda Phils., Inc. has been part of this seasonal event as one of the sponsors.We showcased Gen-S motorcycle model line-up (AT) Zoomer-X, Beat-fi and Click125i. We also featured Gen-S Sports motorcycle model the new RS150. Both under the Gen-S Story. Students from all levels signified their MC intent as they have participated to our MC Test Ride and Exhibit.

The new generation of SMART Students!

The new generation of SMART Riders!

Honda the Power of Dreams!


Happy Mobile Philippines is celebrating their first anniversary with the "HAPPY HOLIDAY SALE" until January 31, 2016! They will have more exciting news for all #HappinoYs this coming 2016, for updates and exciting promos follow them on Instagram and Twitter (@HappyMobilePh) and Like them on Facebook (HappyMobilePhilippines).

Happiness is on Hand with their new Happy Mobile phones:

Urbanize is now opening at Glorietta 3

Urbanize is now ready to cater its customers in one of the country’s most important business districts, Makati. A perfect location for a concept store such as this and it aims to cater to the growing demand for tech and lifestyle products that appeal to today’s more urban, mobile lifestyle.

With a variety of brands and products that cater not just to millenials, Urbanize makes it much easier to find the perfect brands and products that would enhance their lifestyles whether through better organization, security or accessibility. After all, given the demands of today’s more fast paced lifestyles, everyone needs gear that would be able to easily appeal to that.

Also held a successful opening at another emerging dining and shopping hotspot, this time north of the Metro, at U.P. Town Center. In this location, Urbanize aims to tap the university crowd as well as families and yuppies who study, work and reside in this bustling community center.
It supplies for the urban adventure and known as a one-stop shop that equips stylish urban dwellers with
everything they need to face their city adventures with much ease, Urbanize carries an impressive assortment of international brands that offer the best bags, storage, and accessories that cover everything that one will ever need to stay mobile, safe, organized, and focused.

Check out great backpacks, messenger bags and more from brands like Cabin Zero, Mojo Backpacks, and Hellolulu, which also carries a great selection of small accessories like slingbags. There are also “smart bags” for techies who tend to bring all of their gadgets around. Perfect for those who lead a highly mobile lifestyle, smart bags from brands like STM make for an ideal choice whether for laptop bags, tablet or mobile phone cases. Other brands that are great for those who tend to carry their mobile office everywhere are PKG and Pacsafe. In addition to offering contemporary styles and lots of organizational features, Pacsafe is also a popular favorite because of its security features which makes it also great for traveling.

Other interesting finds at Urbanize include cool tech accessories from brands like Elecom, Swisstech and Artiart. Give you more reasons to shop at the store this holiday season.

Visit Urbanize at:, G/L Bldg. B. Urbanize Solenad 3, Nuvali, G/L Urbanize The District Imus, 2/L U.P. Town Center, Level 1 Urbanize Ayala Malls Serin, Tagaytay City, 2/L Glorietta 3, Level 3 Urbanize Gateway 2/L U.P. Town Center 4/L East Wing Urbanize Shangri-La Plaza.

The Star Wars: Force Awakens in the New Skechers Collection

The global footwear company, Skechers, has traveled to a galaxy far, far away to produce an extensive collection of footwear featuring characters, vehicles, and designs inspired by the beloved Star Wars universe. The first phase of the collaboration will launch this December of 2015.

The upcoming Star Wars co-branded collection will feature familiar characters like Chewbaacca, Yoda, Stormtroopers, and Darth Vader from the original and prequel trilogies at takeoff, as well as new fan favorites from upcoming content. Kids will be able to express their love for all things Star Wars by wearing sneakers and slip-ons, with a more constructed variety of quality materials dawning bright, iconic, and familiar designs from the realm of Sith and Jedi. For those who prefer the dark side, select styles will feature light-up effects that illuminate every step.

“When it comes to iconic properties, there’s nothing in the entertainment world bigger than Star Wars,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “For nearly 40 years, this franchise has spanned box office successes, animated TV shows, books, and video games to build a dedicated fan base. Skechers is the second largest footwear brand in the U.S., and for two decades our kids’ character footwear has been an important part of our strategy. Now Star Wars will further grow our presence in this space. We plan to do some really fun and unique things for these young fans of the saga and we can’t wait to play in this world.”
Star Wars and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. In the Philippines, you can purchase your Star Wars pair at Skechers stores in Glorietta 2, TriNoma, Ayala Fairview Terraces, SM North EdsaThe Annex, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, Gateway Mall, Lucky Chinatown, Market Market, Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, SM Fairview, SM Dasmarinas, Paseo Sta. Rosa, Marquee Mall, SM Pampanga, SM Bacolod, SM Clark, Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, SM Davao, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro, and LimKetKai Mall CDO.


The force awakens in new Skechers Star Wars collection. Intergalactic inspiration meets Skechers comfort and style in a collection that is set to bring out each kid’s inner Jedi. Kiddie Star Wars fanatics are in for a treat with an array of designs, coupled with lights and sounds that bring any Storm Trooper, Boba Fett, and R2D2-inspired footwear to life.


This is the droid you're looking for - the Star Wars™ Skechers: Damager III - Astromech shoe. Leather, synthetic and mesh fabric upper in a slip on sporty casual light up R2-D2™ themed sneaker with fun light and sound effects.


Track down some cool bounty hunter style in the Star Wars™ Skechers: Eulon - Synergy shoe. Durable synthetic and mesh fabric upper in a one strap front athletic sporty sneaker with Boba Fett™ design and Memory Foam insole


Hit your target with awesome style in the Star Wars™ Skechers: Jagged - Starfleet shoe. Soft woven canvas fabric upper in a lace up casual high top sneaker with stitching accents and overlay accents.  Luke Skywalker™ or Darth Vader™ classic character and cool airbrush-look mural designs.


Master the skill of being adorable, he will, wearing the Star Wars™ Skechers: Vert - Wise One sneaker. Smooth trubuck leather, synthetic and mesh fabric upper in a two strap front casual high top sneaker with plush Yoda™ head and fun print designs.


May the Force be with you while trooping in the Star Wars™ Skechers: Dynamo - Continuem shoe.  Smooth leather, synthetic and mesh fabric upper in a slip on sporty casual sneaker with stitching and overlay accents.

For Skechers updates, visit and follow @SkechersPH on Instagram.

Monday, December 14, 2015

PRESS RELEASE:Honda Scooter Fest goes to SM City Cebu

Honda Philippines, Incorporated (HPI) conquers SM City Cebu with the launched of Generation-S and all the newest Scooters from Honda. It was fun, thrilling and exciting day for Cebuano’s as Honda prepared various activities prior to the reveal of the Honda Gen-S motorcycles. Honda conducted Test-driving and Learn to ride sessions for interested customers and Honda users. Mall-goers in Cebu and scooter-enthusiasts were able to experience Global Honda Smart Technology.

During the whole day event which was capped by the Gen-S scooter Parade, visitors were also treated to
exciting games, raffles, photo booths and several Cebu-based dance groups they exposed their best dance moves and competed with some of the best groups and talented individuals from other areas during the Honda Talent competition. Honda Poster Making contest was sensational showing the creativity of young Cebuano’s, and an engaging Scooter Fest Spot My Ride accessorized contest was also showcased for visitors and guests for them to know what they can do if they have this smart scooters.

After the final reveal, the audience was treated to an exhilarating musical performance courtesy of one of the country’s most popular alternative rock bands, Silent Sanctuary. The group brought the house down with their thrilling tunes that kept the audience on their feet and the event a truly successful one.

For more about Gen-S Scooters and other motorcycle products, plus the succeeding legs of the Honda Scooter Fest, visit the Honda Philippines Incorporated website, or click “Like” on the Honda Philippines, Incorporated Facebook page,

Bring Back the Black Hair by Grey Away Anti-Grey Hair Treatment

There is now a way to stop the greying of hair and bring back its natural color. Dermpharma Inc, the company behind the phenomenal Minoxidil Regroe Hair Regrowth Treatment, recently launched  another breakthrough product aptly called  GREY AWAY.  This product stops the greying of hair and brings back the natural color of hair by stimulating the production of melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color.

The causes of grey hair is the pigment that gives color to human skin, eyes and hair is called melanin. As we grow old, the build-up of hydrogen peroxide in our hair follicles causes oxidative stress. This inhibits the production of melanin by the color-producing cells called melanocytes. Without melanin, there is absence of color. Thus, our hair stands turn grey.

The time when our hair turns grey is dictated by our genetics and other hereditary factors. Greying of hair can also be caused by stress, smoking, virtiligo, thyroid disease, lack of proper diet, and Vitamin B12 deficiency. It can also be caused by medications or treatments like chemotherapy.


We all want to look youthful for as long as possible.  But for most people as they reach their mid 30’s,  the first visible sign of aging appears –their first grey hair.  And once this happens, there’s no turning back. Until recently, the thought of not ever having grey hair or at least delaying it, was unfathomable.

But a recent scientific breakthrough has made the prevention of grey hair possible.
Melanin is the pigment that gives color to hair.  As we age the production of melanin is reduced, turning hair to grey.   By stimulating the production of melanin, it can stop and reverse the greying of hair.

Grey Away Anti-Grey Hair Treatment is a breakthrough product that can actually stop the greying of hair and bring back its natural color. It contains two main ingredients: Melitane- a polypeptide that stimulates melanin production, preventing the greying of hair. EMortal Pep- a 4-amino acid polypeptide that promotes hair growth.

How do you  use Grey Away?

1) Grey Away is easy to use.  Just follow these steps:
2) Wash and dry hair thoroughly.
3) Spray Grey Away onto scalp and massage gently.
4) Repeat the process twice a day, one in the morning and another at night

By following these steps meticulously and strictly, you will see your grey hair turn  to its natural color in less than 2 months.  Continuous use of Grey Away is essential to keep grey hair away and keep  the natural color of your hair.

Grey Away Anti-Grey Hair Treatment is available in  leading drugstores and department stores.

With Grey Away Anti-Grey Hair Treatment, the greying of hair is a thing of the past.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Butter Twist Collection gives Ways to look fabulous in Flats Party this holiday season

Put a twist on your holiday ensembles with the Butterfly Twists A/W ’15 Collection  of folding shoes and folding boots are redefining style, comfort and fashion. We have a wide selection of affordable and practical ballet pumps that can be worn for everyday use and are perfect for almost any occasion from driving to clubbing and shopping to traveling. All of our ballet pumps and boots designs are innovative and include different colors and styles making sure that your foldable shoes always stand out from the crowd.

With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, December came in with the fanfare of pre-holiday preps – gift-shopping, family reunions, dinner dates, and various parties. With all the holiday rush, staying stylish and put together can be a challenge. Read on to know how British shoe brand Butterfly Twists can help keep you comfy while looking fabulous this festive season with their Autumn/Winter ‘15 Collection.

Pairs that can shift seamlessly from day to night will be your best bet for office Christmas parties. Get that perfect balance of style and sensibility with the new Amber slip-ons and its patterned uppers, the pointy Sarah pumps with its edgy snake texture and micro-stud detailing, and the Zara ballerinas with its velvet finish and metallic lattice toe cap.

Getting dressed for a holiday night out with your girl friends is half the fun. Go to town and walk on the wild side by finishing off your looks with animal printed shoes. Wear the Cleo ballerinas loud and proud for a cheeky and fierce look with its leopard and zebra prints, colorful trimming, and cute bow accent. You can also liven up an understated look with the more dainty Jamie pumps and the muted but classy Naomi ballerinas.

Between getting shuffled among relatives and performing for the elders, holiday family reunions can get a bit hectic. Have a hassle-free and laidback time by going classic with a twist for your outfit. Look exquisite with the strappy Reese pumps, casual chic with the suede Lauren loafers, and elegant with the lacy Natalie slippers.

Wear Yuletide colors like red and gold for a festive Christmas Eve look. Add polish and pizzas to your outfit with our glamorous snakeskin Vivienne flats. For a more restrained alternative, opt for the Tara pumps with its brushstroke leopard pattern and neat patent bow. As for the 25th, look a lot like look a lot like Christmas by slipping into the cosy Penelope ballerinas, featuring a cosy shearling lining and red tartan pattern.

For New Year’s Eve, sparkle and shine from head to toe to welcome 2016 with a bang. Make a statement with the bejeweled Christina ballerinas and dazzle with the sparkly Samantha with its glittery finish. Pull off polka dots stylishly with our Kate ballerinas in nude, black, and white put a twist on your yearly traditions.
No matter your personal style, you can always put your best foot forward this holiday season but Butterfly Twists.

For more information, visit and @BTwistsPH on Twitter and Instagram.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

3 day Grand Christmas Sale of Lazada with new deals revealed

Lazada ( is Philippine largest online shopping mall and is pioneering e-commerce by providing a fast, convenient and secure online shopping experience combined with an extensive product offering in categories ranging from mobiles & tablets and consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sport equipment. Will culminate its Online Revolution sale starting today, December 10 to 12. Last November 11 they generate 2.4 million visits and over 120,000 items purchased, the e-commerce giant expects to surpass these numbers. So don’t miss the effortless shopping to Lazada.

Deep discounts and Shocking holiday deals
Discounts during the Lazada Grand Christmas Sale will be up to 95% off and will feature new Shocking Deals, P12 Deals, and P99 Deals. Shocking Deals will feature popular branded items at half price including an Apple iPad Mini 2 Retina (16GB); other products include a Hoverboard and a MyView 40’’ Full HD LED TV with limited quantities as chosen by our customers on social media. The links to the 12 Peso Deal items will with be announced on Lazada’s social media accounts. Items that will be available for P99 include bestsellers like the Push Up Pro fitness gear and the popular Hands-free Toothpaste Dispenser.

   Partnerships with Cebu Pacific, Hyundai, and BDO Cards

Mr. Inanc Balsi
Lazada online shoppers are in for more exciting promos during the month of December. Purchases made
during the sale period may qualify for raffle draws to win Cebu Pacific airline tickets to international destinations as well as a brand new Hyundai Eon in the grand draw. BDO cardholders are also entitled to additional discounts on December 10-12.

Lazada CEO Inanc Balci expresses his excitement for all the things lined up as they end Online Revolution with the Grand Christmas Sale. “Lazada Philippines aims to be the destination for effortless Christmas shopping with its low prices on its 1.2 million products” mentions Balci.

For more information, please visit For updates on Lazada’s latest innovations, as well as activities, contests and promotions, connect with us via Facebook(

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

POST EVENT PRESS RELEASE: Bumper to Bumper XI holds successful car show event at SM MOA Concert Grounds

Bumper to Bumper, the longest-running car show and automotive lifestyle event, happened on December 5 and 6 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. Now on its 11th year, the multi-event happening featured the biggest production setup in any car show in Asia.

"Filipinos love car shows because we can relate to the cars we see. It is always a delight for us to see so many nice cars in one place. You can always see the excitement in people's eyes when they are in a car show and you also know deep inside that they feel inspired—that one day, they will also have these upgrades or these kind of rides in their garage," mused Jonathan Chio, CEO of Ladder Events Production.

Since 2005, Bumper to Bumper (B2B) has been bringing the car show not only to Manila but to 10 key cities, including Baguio, Batangas, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Laguna, La Union, Pampanga, and Pangasinan. It is the only local car show known to do so, in its pursuit to bring the best of the best automotive mods across the Philippines.

Chio furthered, "Bumper to Bumper Car Show is like a theme park of sorts, a theme park for car enthusiasts. We have a wide array of vehicles on display, we have full blown entertainment to fill in your time, and we have unique activities all the time during the event."

The event usually attracts a crowd of 70,000 car enthusiasts and spectators. This year promised to be bigger and better. Activities included a two-division (Pro and Street category) car show competition, off-road vehicle display competition, engine roar competition, drive-in movie, dance showdown, concert, and Sneaker Fever Manila for those who love kicks.

"There are so many things B2B has done to our market. A lot of shops that does not have big budgets for bigger shows were known to have started in our car shows. We have given work opportunities to our car show models. Our event has served as a playground for aspiring photographers and bloggers. But more importantly, a lot of long lasting-friendships were born in our events," said Chio.

Exciting events to look forward to in 2016 include the B2B Car Show Sinulog in January; "Hot Import Nights V Manila” to be held at Metro Tent, Metrowalk on April 23 and 24; “Hot Import Nights Davao” to be held at The Peak in Davao City; and the first-ever Race Wars Unlimited Philippines.

Bumper to Bumper XI was presented by, Total Excellium, PenserQ Multimedia Company, Repsol Motor Oils, No Fear Apparel, Task Us, SM Mall of Asia, and Chevrolet Philippines, among others.

For more information, visit


Don Papa is a premium aged small batch rum from Negros Occidental, Philippines. Distilled from some of the finest sugar cane in the world, is aged for more than 7 years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before being blended to perfection. Don Papa Rum was introduced to the international market through France back in 2013. The wide reception from both consumers and trade has garnered Don Papa Rum a huge following in Europe. The company has continued its expansion in 2014, opening several more markets with Germany, UK, Czech Republiq, Italy, and Belgium creating more buzz and demand in the region.

Since its launch in 2012, Don Papa has launched to several countries worldwide and is now available in sixteen countries in Europe and Asia, continuing to grow in leaps and bounds. Its flagship spirit, the Don Papa 7 year old, is aged in American oak barrels, giving it a light amber color. It is light and fruity on the nose, smooth and delicate in the mouth with a long textured finish, offering flavors of vanilla, honey, and candied fruits.

Bleeding Heart Rum Company’s latest offering, the Don Papa 10 year old, showcases the Blender’s art to
perfection.  A careful, artisanal process by dedicated master craftsmen steeped in the Filipino rum-making tradition. The rum is aged for ten, long years in re-charred American oak barrels, giving it a dark amber color with hints of oak and vanilla. Its higher cask strength gives Don Papa 10 year old a slightly higher ABV of 43%. Packaged in a magnificent bottle with eye-catching design and a real cork stopper, Don Papa puts other rums to shame and sets a new standard in Philippine luxury.

One of the most notable activities held in Europe this year is Don Papa’s first-ever cocktail competition, a nationwide search for the ultimate Don of Cocktails. The preliminaries of the competition was held in five regions across the United Kingdom, with ten finalists chosen to compete against each other for the title and the chance to visit the Philippines for several guest bartending appearance in local bars around the Metro.

Davide Boncimino
The finalists were instructed to create a Don Papa cocktail serve drawing their inspiration from the label design of Don Papa Rum as well as the spices, fruits, and bitters of the Philippines. The finals of the cocktail competition, aptly named ItsaDonDeal was held in London, United Kingdom last July 11, 2015 and was judged by Don Papa Rum’s International Brand Ambassador, Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud and acclaimed drinks and travel writer, Dan Miles.

The overall champion, and now Don of Cocktails, is the 26 year-old Half Italian-Half Filipino bartender, Davide Boncimino. Davide’s winning cocktail is called “Fix in the Mind”, which is reminiscent of his childhood experiences during his visits to the Philippines. This winning cocktail makes use of home-made monkey nuts syrup blended with rice juice, coconut milk, lime, and crème de banana, producing an exciting and intoxicating Don Papa serve.

Davide Boncimino is the head bartender of Mr. Fogg’s Residence, which is also named as one of the world’s Top 100 bars. Trained by his mentors, Filippo Previero (former head bartender of Mr. Fogg’s) and Senior Bartender Kata Simon, Davide feels truly honoured to be the first Don of Cocktails. “When I won the finals, I was shocked and needed a few minutes to process what’s happening. The first thought that came to mind was ‘I will go back to the Philippines to visit my lola (grandmother)’”


1)   Fix in the Mind
-       Inspired by Davide Boncimino’s childhood experiences in the Philippines, Fix in the Mind is his winning Don Papa cocktail serve, combining unique home made ingredients reminiscent of the Philippines everyday life
-       By Davide Boncimino
-       Recipe:
o   50 ml Don Papa Rum (regular)
o   10 ml Briottet Crème de Banana
o   10 ml Coconut Milk
o   10 ml Rice Juice or Almond Juice
o   15 ml Homemade Peanut Syrup
o   5 ml Fresh Calamansi Juice
o   Dried Bananas or Burned Banana
-       Instructions:
o   Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour all ingredients into a wooden glass and garnish with a dried banana

2)   Las Filipinas
-       A light and easy cocktail that draws inspiration from a cross of flavors derived from Italy and the Philippines.
-       Ingredients:
o   20 ml Don Papa (regular)
o   30 ml Mancino Secco
o   30 ml Aperol
o   Lemon
-       Instructions
o   Pour all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir. Served in a rock glass with a lemon twist garnish.

3)   Symphony 10
-       Inspired by Don Papa 10’s bold flavors and the use of Mozart Chocolate Bitters, the Symphony 10 enhances Don Papa 10’s tasting notes of cacao, dried fruits, and a hint of oak
-       By Davide Boncimino
-       Recipe:
o   45 ml Don Papa 10
o   20 ml Mancino Chinato
o   10 ml Cointreau
o   15 ml Fresh Lime/Calamansi Juice
o   2 Teaspoons Caster Sugar
o   2 Drops Mozart Chocolate Bitters
o   Lime/Calamansi Peel and Dark Chocolates
-       Instructions:
o   Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour all ingredients and serve in a coupette glass. Add a lime peel and dark chocolate for garnish


Since its Manila launch in December 2014, the Don Papa 10 has gained a wide following for its rich, smooth taste. Its bespoke, impactful packaging has also won several awards locally and internationally, including the Adobo Design awards for Packaging, Double Gold Medal for Packaging Design at the 2015 San Francisco International Spirits Competition, and First Place for Spirits Category at the 2015 Dieline Awards.

Matthias Cadeac D'Arbaud
The Don’s darker, bolder, older brother has now reached the European shores, starting with France
towards the start of 2015. Its wide reception in the French market has made fanatics of Don Papa Rum something to look forward to in their respective countries, with further demand of Don Papa 10. To date, the 10 y.o has been launched in several European countries, with different and exciting interpretations of its character. It is now available in France, Belgium, United Kingdom, and Germany.

This year, the team behind Don Papa Rum welcomes again its International Brand Ambassador, Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud, who joined the team in 2013, to visit the Philippines for a series of exciting Don Papa events. The former rockstar turned mixologist has helped spread the Don Papa word to the European market in several trade shows and launches from 2014 to 2015.

Matthias curated six of the ten Don Papa cocktails found in its signature cocktail booklet, which was released in December 2013. For his visit this year, Matthias will be showcasing new Don Papa 10 cocktail libations, further amplifying the Don Papa experience. He will be featured in several events for the week, which includes a cocktail laboratory masterclass and guest bartending shift in ABV, a powerhouse mixology guest bartending shift in Rocket Room with Don of Cocktails, Davide Boncimino, and a Don Papa masterclass in Boracay.


1)   Masskara

-       An ode to the bright and colorful Masskara Festival, a yearly festival of smiles held in Bacolod, Philippines.
 -       By Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud-       Recipe:o   45 ml Don Papa Rum 1

o   4 Fresh Black Berries
o   15 ml Lemon Juice
o   15 ml Elderflower Cordial
o   1 egg white
o   Grapefruit bitters
o   Edible Flowers - Gumamela
-       Instructions:
o   Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with Edible Flowers

2)   Don Papa 10 Very Old Fashioned
-       A twist to the classic Old Fashioned cocktail using Don Papa 10
-       By Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud
-       Recipe:
o   50 ml Don Papa 10
o   1 drop Maraschino liquor
o   2 drops Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
o   2 Slices Orange Rind
o   2 drops Orange bitters

-       Instructions:
o   Pour into a tumbler and add Maraschino liquor, grapefruit bitters, orange bitters, and Don Papa 10. Add orange rind and slowly add ice while stirring.

3)   Deconstructed Cocktail
-       Taken similarly as a spirit bomb, the Don Papa 10 deconstructed cocktail makes use of Dark Beer to compliment its bold, dark flavors
-       By Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud
-       Recipe:
o   45 ml Don Papa 10
o   150 ml Dark Beer
-       Instructions:
o   Serve the Don Papa 10 in a shot glass separately from the Dark Beer. Take the Don Papa 10 first and drink the dark beer after

4)   Symphony 10
-       Inspired by Don Papa 10’s bold flavors and the use of Mozart Chocolate Bitters, the Symphony 10 enhances Don Papa 10’s tasting notes of cacao, dried fruits, and a hint of oak
-       By Davide Boncimino
-       Recipe:
o   45 ml Don Papa 10
o   20 ml Mancino Chinato
o   10 ml Cointreau
o   15 ml Fresh Lime/Calamansi Juice
o   2 Teaspoons Caster Sugar
o   2 Drops Mozart Chocolate Bitters
o   Lime/Calamansi Peel and Dark Chocolates
-       Instructions:
o   Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour all ingredients and serve in a coupette glass. Add a lime peel and dark chocolate for garnish

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Monday, December 7, 2015

PHOTO RELEASE: 2015 Best Ramen in Manila by a Japanese Reviewer

Gaku Nakamura is a self-styled Japanese Ramen Consultant living in Manila. Last year, he listed his top 10 ramen with Ramen Nagi topping the list. But with a number of new and authentic restaurants popping up, here is some of Gaku-san’s top ramen for 2015!

MUST TRY: Shoyu Tonkatsu

Gaku says: “Mendokoro has tonkotsu-based ramen with chashu. The restaurant looks just like a Japanese-style kitchen and it reminds me of a good ramen restaurant in Japan, Afuri. The taste of the broth and chasu is very nice.”

 MUST TRY: Cheese Tsukemen

Gaku says: “Tsukemen soup is yuzu flavor and the noodles are thick. I have never thought that cheese can fit wih Tsukemen, but you will be satisfied once you taste it at Mitsuyado!

MUST TRY: Miso Ramen

Gaku says: “The best Miso ramen in Manila! It is located along Shaw Blvd. Although not located in a major mall, lots of people go there just to eat Daisho's delicious ramen. Not only ramen, but their gyoza are also delicious.”

MUST TRY: Butao Ramen

Gaku says: “Nagi’s tonkotsu-based broth tastes like real Japanese tonkotsu. If you’re a first-time visitor, try Butao. When you've eaten half of it, try to add their Fire sauce to change the taste. You can also change the firmness of the ramen and the toppings based on your preference.”

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Gary V on Novuhair: putting energy into prevention

Gary Valenciano quite like his moniker “Mr. Pure Energy,” He is the very image of youthful vibrance, whether onstage or not. He values the way he looks the same way that he values the core of who he is: a prayerful, faithful husband, dependable father, and an outstanding entertainer. ​Part of what makes Gary stay young looking is his head of hair, he once worried about hair thinning and hair loss so Gary sought to find ways to prevent it from becoming worse. 
​“I first noticed the hair loss in the shower, after I toweled my hair dry. Then one day, my team of hairstylists noticed that my hair was thinning, too. That’s when they told me to look for the product that Fanny Serrano was using, a product called NOVUHAIR,” remarked Gary on his journey to regaining control over his hair loss.
​NOVUHAIR is a topical scalp lotion that is a unique combination of 14 different natural ingredients and essential oils for a healthier hair and scalp. One of the factors of hair loss, according to studies, is stress, something that Gary experiences on almost a daily basis. Other factors include hereditary disorders, a persistent illness, major surgery, hormonal problems, childbirth & delivery, medications, infections, pollutants, and even excessive exposure to sunlight. And contrary to popular belief, hair loss is as much a problem for women as it is for men. In many cases, hair loss may be prevented or alleviated through early detection. In the case of Gary, his decision to try NOVUHAIR to prevent his symptoms from worsening made a big difference, and within a few months, he saw remarkable results.
​Gary shares his experience with NOVUHAIR as he tells the story of their family hair history: “Hair loss runs in our family, too, even if it sometimes skips a generation. My brother and grandfather both lost their hair, but my dad still has a full head of hair at 87. I just wanted to make sure I take control of my symptoms. Now, I use NOVUHAIR everyday, and I’ve noticed that I don’t shed as much hair as I did before, especially after toweling my hair dry. And my hairstylists noticed it, too. I love using NOVUHAIR because it has this minty, cool effect that makes me feel like my hair is always clean and fresh.”

​“In less than a month and half, I already saw results even if I was told to wait three to four months before I can see a difference. The effects on me were much faster. There were fewer strands on my white towel, which basically was within the normal boundaries of hair loss for an average person. Before using NOVUHAIR, I used to shed more.” This is due to the fact that NOVUHAIR penetrates deep to help rejuvenate, nourish, & maintain moisture in the scalp and hair. By improving the blood circulation in the scalp, NOVUHAIR helps stimulate hair growth and aid in preventing further, excessive hair fall, while also improving the overall appearance of the hair.

​“I never endorse a product that I did not experience first. I have to make sure it is really effective. With Novuhair, I can say that it has really contributed to my peace of mind and overall well-being. And, heads up, as Novuhair is now part of my daily routine, which includes prayer, diet, and medication. God has truly lived up to his promise in my life, and as he says in Psalm 92:14 ‘I will keep you fruitful even in old age. Fresh and green.’ I am very happy now that Novuhair is a part of that.”

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Tosot the Global air conditioning appliance enters Philippines

Tosot, a premium brand of Gree, the biggest manufacturer of air conditioners in the world, was officially launched this October. Tosot Philippines also held a grand launch, where dignitaries and executives of Gree came in full force to support the brand expansion in Southeast Asia. Tosot Philippines General Manager Tom Balete said the brand intends to compete in the segment of the market which demand innovative and premium solutions for air conditioners, something Tosot successfully did in three continents worldwide.

The move, Balete said, is in response to growing consumer sentiment that prefers quality air conditioner brands, instead of the usual cheap but low quality products that flood appliance centers all over the land.
“We have been observing the market for years now. We noticed that in the past couple of years, many families and businesses have started to upgrade their air conditioning systems to something that goes beyond cooling their rooms. They want efficiency and quiet that cheaper products don’t have,” he said.

He explained that the penchant of consumers to upgrade their appliances could be a direct result of the growth in the country’s retail sector, marked by the increase in the number of middle class families, which allowed premium brands worldwide to enter the Philippines.

In fact, Balete said that in the Southeast Asian region, where the Philippines is a key member, analysts are predicting that the middle class is expected to triple from 525 million in 2009 to 1.74 billion in 2020.
In the Philippines, economists also expect retail to grow its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product to 20 percent in 10 years, which is up by 7 percent from last year’s 13 percent.

The growth should push demand for quality products, instead of price, Balete said.
“Tosot’s entry to the Philippines couldn’t come at a better time. We want to be that alternative premium brand of air conditioners and we will compete in terms of providing really technologically advanced products that will set the bar for air conditioners, especially in terms of energy consumption and area acoustics,” he said.

He said Tosot Philippines will also place priority on products that are ecologically friendly. “Our work primarily focuses on making lives more comfortable at no expense to nature. For every product we create, we think about how it will impact the environment.”

Tosot prides itself of using R-32 & R-410A in its air-conditioning units. These special refrigerants do not contribute to ozone depletion, and allow for lower power consumption and less impact on global warming. Tosot also uses the inverter air-conditioning system that consumes less electricity compared to conventional air-conditioning units. This means less energy, reduced production costs, and an environment-friendly business.

As a premium brand, Tosot’s product lines are made using the best technology available today. The company strives to create a sophisticated and comfortable lifestyle where its clients are.
“The people behind Tosot have worked hard-in-hand over a decade to bring the most innovative appliances possible in order to foster a lifestyle that not only sees to you and your family’s comfort and convenience but also the health and well-being of the environment,”Balete said.

Tosot has eight production bases strategically located worldwide: Brazil, Pakistan, Vietnam, and cities in China that include Zhuhai, Chongqing, Hefei, Zhengzhou, and Wuhan. Its company has an astounding annual production capacity of 34 million units of residential air-conditioners and 4 million units of commercial air-conditioners. Apart from the Philippines, Tosot is distributed globally in Italy, Canada, Hongkong, Iraq, Russia, Ukraine, and China.

Tosot has also partnered with various institutions to effectively improve the quality of life that includes comfort and well-being, and to bring not only comfort but a great deal of satisfaction. This includes Don Bosco Technical Institute where Tosot Philippines gets student-trainees for a five-month training program. In turn, Tosot Philippines provides scholarships to these trainees as part of their corporate social responsibility.
Tosot Philippines also works with TUV Rheiland Philippines in ensuring that all Tosot products comply with the Philippine National Standard.

Apart from its showroom, Tosot Philippines has also partnered with and in promoting and selling of Tosot products online.