PDRF, PCPPI to provide 20, 000-liter Water tanks for Marawi rehabilitation

Marawi is on its way to recovery. As the efforts continue to revive Lanao Del Sur’s capital after being ravaged by war, private institutions and government organizations are partnering to address the need for water of Maranaos and others in the area.

(L-R) Holding the scale model of the 20,000-liter water tank to be deployed in Marawi is Lanao Del Sur Provincial Information Officer, Salma Jayne Alonto Tamano; Task Force Bangon Marawi Undersecretary, and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary General, Falconi Ace Millar; Pepsi-Co Products Philippines Inc. President Samudra Bhattacharya, and Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation President Butch Meily

As the country's major private sector driver and coordinator for disaster resilience, the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) linked with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) to provide the internally displaced people of Marawi with clean and safe water. PDRF tapped PCPPI to provide 12 cylindrical, 20,000-liter water tanks to various gravely affected barangays across the province. PCPPI will also partner with PDRF to conduct community training on water management and hygiene, as well as initiate various programs for the holistic, socio-psychological recovery of the Maranaos.

In full support of this partnership is Atty. Falconi Millar, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary General, who was present during the signing ceremony.

Millar also serves as Undersecretary of Task Force Bangon Marawi—the inter-agency task force group of the government dedicated to the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi and other affected localities.

“Much has been done by Task Force Bangon Marawi, yet much is still left to be done,” said Millar. “In the evacuation centers, we have 1,248 families as of last week while in ground zero about 10, 000 families are living there. There are about 12, 000 households who are currently home-based living with relatives, however they still want to return to their households. We are targeting the groundbreaking for the most affected area of Marawi for the last week of June. We are working double time.”

The Undersecretary underlined that PDRF was one of the first to send recovery teams to Marawi, and that with their partnership with PCPPI he sees an evolution of responsible corporate citizenship in the private sector.

“Everyone is being called to be a responsible corporate citizen. In trying times like these it now becomes a duty of every corporation to lend a helping hand,” Undersecretary Millar said.

The collaboration between PDRF, PCPPI, Task Force Bangon Marawi and the Lanao del Sur government helps mobilize the next phase of rehabilitation efforts in the war-stricken area, beginning with the need for water.

"Water is a critical need and a fundamental right," said Butch Meily, President of the PDRF. "It's been a year since the siege of Marawi, and until now more than 70, 000 families still have to live with the hardship brought about by the war. Today we are even more determined to turn the tide by providing them with the water they direly need." 

The PDRF implements an eight-cluster system model for private sector coordination aimed to provide a more robust platform for collaboration and interoperability with key partners in disaster preparation, response, and rehabilitation. PCPPI’s efforts fall under the Water and Sanitation cluster.

"This project will benefit the 12 most affected areas in Marawi, the biggest of which is Saguiaran," said Meily. "Community consultations will continue to ensure the project's viability, accessibility, and efficacy."

"Marawi has always been one of the key communities that patronize and support our products and we have great stories of partnerships with PCPPI built throughout the years. This is why when PDRF approached us and asked for help to rehabilitate the city, we did not hesitate," said PCPPI President, Samudra Bhattacharya. " By providing access to clean water to the 12 evacuation sites, especially in this time of Ramadan, we hope for a renewed determination for the residents to pursue the rebuilding of the city."

Also at the event was Lanao Del Sur’s Provincial Information Officer, Salma Jayne Alonto-Tamano. Millar reiterated the government's relentless pursuit of rebuilding Marawi, returning it to its vibrancy.

"With Pepsi and PDRF's partnership, it's evident that a scarcity of care does not exist--they have answered the call to be responsible corporate social citizens, with PDRF running toward the fire to lend a hand. Today, we find Task Force Bangon Marawi isn't an organization; it's all of us pitching in to help," said Meily. 

"PCPPI's help will not only quench the thirst, wash the hands and bodies of the affected community, but will also help them feel human again," said Meily.

PDRF first worked with the bottling company last year for the donation and installation of 1,000 gasera lights and 500 solar street lamps in Marawi.

Panasonic now accepting applicants for 2018 scholarship

Panasonic, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary is now accepting applicants for its annual scholarship program in the Philippines.

The scholarship provides promising senior students (graduating in 2 years’ time) in a bachelor’s degree program and newly-enrolled/accepted students in a vocational course program for the school year 2018~2019. 

In the Philippines, Panasonic Scholarship is administered by Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) along with the support of Panasonic Precision Devices Philippines Corporation (PPRDPH), and offers financial assistance to promising students, who can contribute to the country’s progress and development.

Applicants must be: a Filipino citizen, and a bona fide full time senior college student in a state university enrolled in the fields of engineering, industrial design, accountancy, and economics; and those currently enrolled/accepted in a TESDA-accredited institution, specializing in the fields of electro-mechanics, consumer electronics, or refrigeration & air conditioning;academically deserving and financially needy, who is of good character; determined to excel and make a difference…

Panasonic is founded on the basic objective to be a corporation devoted to the progress and development of society and the well-being of people, thereby contributing to the growth of human civilization.

Interested parties may send e-mail to: jafanika.sibal@ph.panasonic.com or lorenzo.magsingit@ph.panasonic.com to request Official Application Form. Applications will be accepted until June 29, 2018 (for vocational) and July 20, 2018 (for undergraduate). Documents submitted shall not be returned under any circumstances.

Sachi, the best Japanese restaurant in town

Craving for authentic Japanese cuisine? You don’t have to go far - you can find it in SACHI, the best Japanese restaurant in town!

Located at the Araneta Coliseum Circle, Sachi (which means happiness and good luck) serves the best-tasting Japanese dishes made with the freshest ingredients. True to its name, Sachi makes every guest jump with joy with every bite of their mouth-watering cuisine, served in big portions and available at reasonable prices.

Sachi will surely satisfy your cravings and match the festive mood with their authentic Japanese food. For as low as P600, couples can enjoy a sushi-filled date! Sachi also accepts reservation for functions and events.

Aside from their signature Japanese dishes, Sachi also serves Singaporean food from its sister restaurant Rasa.

Here are the dishes you must not miss on your visit to Sachi:

1. Sushi and sashimi platter. Indulge in tamago, kani, ebi, ika, maguro, shiake uni – name it, they have it fresh and raw! To guarantee that Sachi serves quality food every single day, they get their seafood straight from Farmers Market, the undisputed benchmark and source for fresh seafood in the metro.

2. Maki. It’s satisfaction guaranteed once you try their best-selling Volcano Roll and California Maki 

3. Tempura. Fresh and crispy, Sachi has the best tempura in town. Their secret sauce also brings out the flavor with every bite.

4. Ramen. Warm up with Sachi’s flavorful seafood and pork ramen.

5. Kobe beef. It’s the best beef you can ever eat! You surely wouldn’t mind splurging on this!

6. Toro. Highly sought after in the world of sashimi, this fatty tuna melts in your mouth!

And if you want a taste of Rasa’s favorite dishes, try the following:

1. Crispy Squid. Sweet and spicy crispy squid that serves as an excellent appetizer.

2. Singapore Chili Crab. Giant crabs stir fried and braised with chili crab sauce.

3. Hainanese chicken. World famous authentic poached white chicken best paired with Rasa’s home-made sauce.

4. Beef kwey teow. This best-selling flat noodle with egg and barbecue slices goes well with other classic Singaporean cuisine in their menu.

5. Laksa. Want some spice? Then go for this rice noodle spicy coconut gravy with prawns and fish balls.

*Sachi has been serving the best Japanese cuisine in town since September 2003. You may visit them at the Araneta Coliseum Cirle. For reservation or inquiries, please call 911-1806. They also offer free delivery within the Araneta Center.

Megan Young and KC Concepcion at the #ShopeeBeautyFair ! Shopee Partners with Leading Beauty Brands, Maybelline and Palmolive Celebrates Women Empowerment

In celebration of women empowerment, Shopee with partners leading beauty brands Maybelline and Palmolive,  bring together five Women’s Rights advocates and announce the Beauty Week happening on June 21-27 where Shopee shoppers can enjoy upto 95% off the health and beauty category on top of the sitewide sale, exclusive deals and bundles, Php199 below collections and many more!

2013 Miss World, Megan YoungJane Lim, Director of Shopee Philippines and actress KC Concepcion

Recently, Shopee PH Beauty Fair event held at Okada Manila, aside from the announcement 2013 Miss World, Megan Young, actress KC Concepcion and blogger-influencers Martha Jante, Kristine Roces and Helen Payawal talked about what they think of Women Empowerment and Breaking Beauty Standards.

The five women shared their personal stories on how they overcame society’s beauty standards, and to encourage Filipina women to do the same.

“Shopee’s Beauty Fair is a celebration of women and their success, and we are proud to partner Maybelline and Palmolive for this event - both leading beauty brands who share the same belief that women should be celebrated as they are. Beauty Fair was conceptualised as part of Shopee’s continued commitment to empowering Filipina across the country. We hope that this serves as an inspirational platform for more women to take a step forward towards achieving their goals,” said Jane Lim, Director of Shopee Philippines.
The event featured three different talk show sessions where the five women shared personal stories on various topics, including how the media has influenced the standards of beauty, their struggles with overcoming society’s expectations of women, and how they managed to achieve success in both their careers and personal lives. Attendees enjoyed a complimentary ride to the event from Grab, the official ride sponsor, as well as a free blow-dry and hair styling session by Creations - a salon by Asia’s Top Model Judge, Lourd Ramos’ salon.

2013 Miss World Megan Young on empowerment and standing up for yourself

As a speaker at the event, Young shared about her journey to being crowned 2013 Miss World, and how the title has since placed her in a position to inspire young women around her.

“Joining Miss World 5 years ago really took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to be more confident. After being crowned, I realised I was in a position where I had the power to influence young women, and I wanted to do my part to encourage them to stand up for themselves. I used to just shrug off people who say insensitive or hurtful comments, but now call them out and tell them they’re wrong, and I encourage all women to not be afraid to do the same,” shared Young.

Young’s success in her acting career is also a reflection of her commitment to empowering women, choosing only to act in powerful female roles. She currently stars in the drama, The Step Daughters, where she plays a young, fearless woman named Mayumi who changes her destiny by being tenacious and true to herself.

Maybelline’s top beauty influencers shared their stories on being confident

One of Maybelline’s top priorities is to empower women to #MakeItHappen. The brand presented top beauty influencers Martha Jante, Real Asian Beauty (Kristine Roces), and Helen on Fleek (Helen Payawal) talked about their work as influencers and bloggers in the beauty industry. The famous influencers also shared their everyday struggles as women in their field and how they were able to overcome it with the confidence that makeup has been able to give them.

Palmolive brand ambassador, KC Concepcion, on how health can empower women to be their best self

Brand ambassador for Palmolive, KC Concepcion, also shared her own story on how being healthy is as important as being true to oneself. The singer turned actress talked about numerous topics from haircare to fitness, and how her journey with maintaining her health has helped her confidence and enabled her to achieve success in both her career and personal life.

In line with the Beauty Fair event, Shopee will also be celebrating Beauty Week from June 21 to 27. Users can expect up to 95% off the health and beauty category on top of a storewide sale, exclusive deals and bundles, P199 below collections and many more. Users can look forward to massive savings on a wide variety of items including makeup, skincare, haircare and other health and personal care items.

For more information about the Beauty Fair Sale, you may Visit https://shopee.ph/BestofBeauty to enjoy the #ShopeeBeautyFair sale  and www.shopee.ph.

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

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

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

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

OPPO A83 now more competitive at PHP 6,990 with Face Unlock and Full Screen Technology

The OPPO A83 2018 smartphone slashed off PHP 2,000 from its original price and now retails for only PHP 6,990. Available in red, gold, and black colors, the A83 combines OPPO’s signature A.I. Beauty Recognition Technology with a 5.7-inch HD+ screen, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 3180mAh battery, and a personalized speedy facial unlock function which users can now enjoy at an even more affordable price point. In addition, buyers may opt to purchase the A83 through Home Credit where they can pay as low as PHP 699 per month for 10 months. For more details on OPPO’s products, price drops, and promos, like OPPO Philippines’ official Facebook page and follow @OPPOPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.


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