October 10, 2015

RE/MAX: The game is about to change

RE/MAX, an internationally recognized brand with a global presence and a proven track record  is about powerful, positive changes that are taking place in the many countries like, Philippines.

The World’s No. 1 Real Estate brand RE/MAX  has the largest global network of highly successful brokers and agents in 100 countries.

When you are starting a business, it is preferable to go for an international franchise because it is tried and tested not only in the Philippine setting but in other countries as well.

What RE/MAX, the world's top real estate franchise, brings to the table is what is known in the industry as the "Power of 8," which is made up of the company's core strengths.

The Power of the RE/MAX Name means the franchisee will have a brand with credibility to help him or her sell real estate. RE/MAX, a Denver-based company founded by Dave and Gail Liniger in 1973, is the #1 Global Real Estate Franchise in the world. It is also the top real estate franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 and the leading real estate franchise on Franchise Times' Top 200. Last year, Entrepreneur Magazine named RE/MAX the #12 Global Franchise.

The Power of Recruitment Tools and Support is a multi-tiered approach to help you target and attract winning agents.

The Power of Marketing Support helps the Owner-Broker (franchisee) create awareness among millions of consumers and potential agents worldwide.

The Power of Technology Suite gives the Owner-Broker and Sales Associates access to RE/MAX's powerful proprietary platforms, including Designer, Mainstreet and iConnect.

The Power of On-Demand Education and Training provides complete access to all of the RE/MAX training and support systems which are considered the best in the industry. Part of the core benefits and services RE/MAX provides franchisees are the monthly live sales-training event and 24/7 on-demand e-learning courses through RE/MAX University online.

The Power of Business Development helps franchisees and sales associates with referrals with almost 100,000 agents in nearly 100 countries with more than 7,000 offices. The franchisee will also be able to network and promote their listings globally through the RE/MAX global Multiple Listing System, and do business to business with RE/MAX associates worldwide.

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The Power of Freedom allows franchisees to own and operate his or her own business and even introduce other business models.

The Power to Launch gives the franchisee first rate opening support.

"We have a system that has worked since RE/MAX was founded. It has helped people be their own boss and provided them with opportunities beyond making money. We want to inspire more entrepreneurs, especially those who believe in what we do and its power to transform lives," says RE/MAX Philippines country manager Michelle Perlas.

"Everybody wins," is a key statement of the RE/MAX philosophy. 

This means that whether you join the company as a franchisee or an agent, you are a winner. You can also look at the properties for sale on the RE/MAX Web site and find your perfect piece of real estate.

RE/MAX Philippines head office is located at 25th Floor Citibank Tower II, 8741 Paseo de Roxas St., Makati City, Philippines.

For more information, call (63 2) 511-1429 to 30 or email info@remax.ph or visit www.remax.ph

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October 9, 2015

DepEd showcases conservation of heritage schools

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The Department of Education (DepEd) continues its efforts in the conservation of the Gabaldon and heritage school buildings recognizing its significant part in the history of Philippine education. 

DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said that the conservation of the heritage schools is important in bringing consciousness and awareness on the rich culture of the country, saying, “Education is about connecting with the stories of the past. Education is about passing on the core values and knowledge of the past.”

“Almost every school division has an old school building that brings with it many stories of the past. Many parts of our history are conjoined with these campuses and school buildings,” he added. 

In 2013, DepEd released the guidelines on the implementation of the conservation of Gabaldon and other heritage school buildings in the country. Since then, the Department has started compiling a comprehensive listing and mapping of the heritage schools. 

To date, there are reportedly 1,446 Gabaldon heritage school buildings all over the country. Many of them are now over a hundred years old and are considered part of the country’s heritage. It was in these schools that the public education system in the Philippines was born. 

The Gabaldon school buildings were named after the late lawmaker Isauro Gabaldon, who authored Republic Act 1801, which appropriated one million pesos for the construction of school buildings in every municipality in the country.

The education chief said that restoration of the heritage schools is not DepEd’s project alone, adding that while the government will work on the most urgent projects of restoration, DepEd needs the help of the whole community in this endeavor. 

“In cooperation with various government agencies, DepEd would like to make sure that the remaining heritage school sites continue to be part of what our nation will be proud of decades later.”

DepEd is showcasing its heritage conservation program through a photo series of Gabaldon and heritage schools at the Manila Art 2015 from October 8 to 11, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura.

Introducing Ekotek's Encore 2u!

We’re back for another Encore! That’s right, the Encore 2 just got a new upgrade! Still armed with the Kitkat OS as well as the AllWinner A33 Quad Core, it’s still twice as fast as the original. Only now, it comes equipped with the HD capacitive touch screen (1024*600 pixels, 16:9) and an increased storage capacity! 

Double the speed, double the power all wrapped in a sleek 7” tablet. We’ve stepped up the Encore 2u because we believe you deserve the most amazing user experience possible. Consider it, our gift 2 u.


Display: 7" 5points P+G Capacitive Touch Screen (1024*600 pixels, 16:9)
CPU: Allwinner A33 Quad-Core
GPU: Mali400 MP2
Operating System: Android 4.4 (Kitkat)
Memory: 512MB
Storage: 8GB
Hi-Speed Micro USB2.0 (OTG and Host)
TF card reader
3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Support WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
Supports external USB 3G dongle
0.3MP Front Camera, Rear Camera 2MP
Built-in Speaker
3.7V, 2500mAh Li-Polymer Rechargeable Battery. 3.5 hours working time (80% blacklight, 80% volume, WIFI\BT OFF, 1080P AVI video playing)
Supported video formats: AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, MKV, MP4, VOB, ASF, MPG, MOV
Supported audio formats: MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, WAV, AAC, APE, M4A
Supported picture formats: JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG
Multi-Language Support: German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Czech, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Portuguese, Italian, Finland, Romania, Greece, Russian, Polish, Hebrew, Arabic, Ukrainian, Japanese, Korean
Unit Dimensions: 188.5108.38.25mm
Unit Weight: 268g

In The Box: 1 USB cable, 1 AC adaptor (5V, 1.5A), User Manual, USB-OTG cable, Warranty Card

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We’ve got branches in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM Muntinlupa, SM Las Piñas, SM City Pampanga, SM City Clark, SM San Fernando Downtown, SM Southmall, SM San Mateo, SM Manila, SM Valenzuela, Victory Mall Pasay and Victory Mall Antipolo

*SRP. Online Prices are subject to change.

No time to hit the mall? We’re also available online: http://j.mp/ekoteklazada

October 8, 2015

Pizza Hut & Taco Bell Philippines fight hunger with the United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP)

(L-R) Martin Bettelley, WFP Philippines Deputy Country Director, and Teck Huack “TH” Lim, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Chief Operating Officer, give out food as part of their joint ongoing commitment to fight hunger among Filipino children. Photo: WFP/Faizza Tanggol

As part of its continued commitment to help fight hunger among Filipino children, Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, together with the United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP), recently visited conflict-affected communities in Lanao to observe the WFP’s ongoing feeding programme for schoolchildren.

(L-R) Frank Gonzalez, Pizza Hut District Manager-North and VisMin; Lorent Adrias, Taco Bell Senior Marketing Manage; Martin Bettelley, WFP Philippines Deputy Country Director; Teck Huack “TH” Lim, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Chief Operating Officer; Erryl Ramos, Taco Bell Vice-President for Operations; and Jeanette Uy, Pizza Hut District Manager-South. Photo: WFP/Faizza Tanggol

The school-based feeding programme, which benefits thousands of children in conflict-affected Central Mindanao, is part of the annual World Hunger Relief Programme (WHRP), a campaign touted as the world’s largest private sector hunger relief effort to raise awareness, volunteerism and funds to benefit WFP. Established in 2007, the WHR is primarily focused on engaging Yum! Brands’ associates, franchisees and consumers in over 41,000 restaurants around the globe to end world hunger by contributing money to help feed beneficiaries of the WFP. 

“We’ve been a supporter of the World Food Programme since 2008, and we continue to support it by raising awareness about food and nutrition security among our customers and employees,” shared Teck Huack “TH” Lim, Chief Operating Officer of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. “In the Philippines, we have over 5,000 employees and by engaging them to be part of WHRP, we can make a huge contribution in alleviating hunger especially among children, while encouraging our employees to grow into socially responsible members of their community,” he added.

(L-R) Martin Bettelley, WFP Philippines Deputy Country Director; Teck Huack “TH” Lim, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Chief Operating Officer; Erryl Ramos, Taco Bell Vice-President for Operations; and Mayor Farhana Palawan of Poona Piagapo distribute loot bags filled with school supplies. Photo: WFP/Mei Nebreja-Santos
“We would like to thank Yum! Brands Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Philippines for their unrelenting support throughout the years,” said Martin Bettelley, Deputy Country Director of WFP Philippines. “Through their initiative, we get to provide nutritious meals to schoolchildren in Central Mindanao who need them the most. In time, we can all achieve our goal to end world hunger.”

TH Lim and Martin Bettelley led in the recent distribution of nutritious meals and loot bags were recently distributed to 900 children from Denaig Elementary School in Poona Piagao, Lanao Del Norte, and Pindulonan Elementary School in Piagapo, Lanao del Sur. Joining them were representatives from the Department of Education and local government units. 

The World Hunger Relief 2015 campaign to raise funds for school meals in conflict-affected Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao will start in November across all Pizza Hut and Taco Bell outlets in the Philippines. This year, Philippine Pizza Inc aims to sell tokens in exchange for donations, which cover coin banks and loose change. 

Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Philippines began their World Hunger Relief campaign in 2008, and have since raised over PhP25 million to help feed Filipino schoolchildren through WFP. This campaign is one of the largest private sector hunger relief initiatives spanning more than 125 countries and territories.

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, it assists more than 80 million people in around 80 countries.

For more information about World Hunger Relief 2015, visit the official Philippine websites of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell at www.pizzahut.com.ph and www.tacobell.com.ph respectively.

Be scar less and flawless with Vine’s CO2 laser

Scarring is part of the body’s healing process but scars need not stay on your skin forever. The same goes with skin hyperpigmentation. But through innovative solutions discovered by dermatologists, many patients are now faced with several alternatives on how to improve their skin condition.

One of the latest methods out there is the fractional carbon dioxide laser treatment. According to Dr. Emehly Sevilla of Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetics, both young and old may undergo the treatment. In fact, her youngest patient was seven years old. Indications of the CO2 laser treatment include deep scars, big pores, stretch marks, fine lines, and skin conditions like syringomas, milias, warts, keloids, melasma, freckles, and hyperpigmentation in the face, underarm, under butt, knees, elbows, fingers and toes. It can also treat dark lines and ‘chicken skin’ on underarms.

Aside from erasing marks and blemishes, it is also a good anti-aging tool and can be done along with other treatments. Vine’s extensive and simple programs work in synergy for optimum effect. Dr. Sevilla said she erases wrinkles with fractional carbon dioxide laser and proceeds with the Botox procedure.

“If the patients do not have skin problems but want to tighten their pores, wants to have skin rejuvenation and remove fine lines, fractional carbon dioxide laser can do that. It’s a good maintenance as well. Even some 25-year olds already have mini-lines on their forehead because of the lifestyle today, so this treatment is the answer,” said Dr. Sevilla.

In the past, doctors only based their evaluation on the visual and history of the patient (background of what really happened) to know how deep the problem is. With the new fractional carbon dioxide laser machine, its skin analyzer can accurately assess the skin problem and recommend the ideal operation. It can tell if the skin is moist or dry and will set itself to the safest setting that the patient needs. However, Dr. Sevilla said that the new machine can also be set manually if the doctor wishes to. 

"If you overset the treatment for a certain problem because you’re only visually only looking at it, it may cause inflammatory hyperpigmentation that will leave dark marks,” noted Sevilla.

The advantage of fractional carbon dioxide laser treatment is that it is measurable, precise and safe. “The problem with peels is that you cannot control its absorption. There are patients where you put this percentage and they would absorb and peel so much, but if you apply the same percentage to other patients who have thicker skin, they won’t peel that much,” explained Dr. Sevilla.

Furthermore, she said that with needling procedures, doctors can only base on the visuals and history taking so it may not be precise.

For safety, the doctor, nurse and patient wear goggles during the whole procedure which usually lasts for 15 to 20 minutes. If the area to be treated is near the eyes, they use micropore tape so that the eyes remain closed.

“Laser is okay with treating eye bag area but for safety reasons, we don’t recommend treating on the upper eyelid (on top of eyeballs) even if the depth can be controlled,” remarked Dr. Sevilla.

Before the procedure, anesthesia cream is applied on the skin. It takes 30 minutes to numb the face and one hour for extremities. A slight discomfort may be felt on the first session. But none of that will happen in the succeeding sessions, said Dr. Sevilla. She explained that the tip of the machine emits air and distracts the patient from any possible pain.

The procedure will leave the patient with pinkish skin. To go back to their daily activities, patients need to undergo cryoporation before leaving the center to close the pores, relax the skin and infuse more serum. Post laser cream is given to enhance cell repair. 

After getting the laser treatment, avoid eating chicken, seafood and eggs. Do not wash the face or put on makeup for at least 12 hours after the treatment but sunblock lotion can be used as long as the skin has already absorbed the serum. Patients can come back for another session as early as two weeks but normal protocol is a month.

However, not everyone can just go and get the procedure. Contraindications include chronic skin diseases like psoriasis, allergies, fungal infection, eczema, rashes, measles and chicken pox. “Treat the skin problem first before doing the laser. But if the area to be treated is far away from area with disease, laser can be done,” related Dr. Sevilla.

Vine Aesthetics is located at Unit 2H Mezzanine Level, Grand Hamptons Tower II, 1st Ave. cor. 31st St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For inquiries, call tel. nos. 09178590642, 217-2687, 843-3023, email vineaesthetics@gmail.com or visit www.vineaesthetics.com.


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