March 31, 2015

Repertory Philippines launches Run For Your Wife

As part of its 2015 lineup, Repertory Philippines launches Run For Your Wife, a sexy comedy written by Ray Cooney. Since its launch in 1983 at London’s West End, it had a successful nine year run in the UK. After that, the show has been staged most notably in New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Manila.

Run For Your Wife trails John Smith, a taxi driver in London who has two wives: one in Streatham and another in Wimbledon. After he gets mugged and winds up in the hospital, the police department from each district calls Mrs. Smith: Mary Smith and Barbara Smith.

The show has been praised for its hilarious storyline, complex choreography, and impeccable timing. The Daily Telegraph called it a triumph, while the New York Post promised “virtually continuous laughter.” 

Repertory’s production of Run For Your Wife is the third time the company has staged the show, the first in 1986, and the second in 2001. Miguel Faustmann, the taxi driver in the first two runs, returns as the director of this exciting play.

“Even if it’s an old play, it’s such a funny and well-written play,” said Faustmann. “Let’s just have a good time laughing because it’s better to laugh than to feel angry or sad. Humor, as they say, is the best medicine, right?”

Besides the biting wit of the script, one of the fun things to take note of for Run For Your Wife is the intricate blocking and choreography for the actors. The play relies on missed connections, or a precise schedule of entrances and exits, with one stage sharing the two homes of both wives.

Theater veteran Jamie Wilson plays John Smith, a physically demanding role that would literally see him running across the stage throughout the entire show, with only two exits.

“My challenge here is to get everything so linear. I should be confused as John Smith but not as Jamie Wilson,” he shared. “I’m literally running the whole time, answering phone calls, lying, and fabricating stories. I have to keep my secret from coming out. It’s exhausting but fun.”

He is joined by Goldie Soon, who plays the motherly wife Mary, and Mikkie Bradshaw, who plays the bombshell wife, Barbara. Rounding out the cast are Jeremy Domingo as John’s best friend Stanley Gardner, Steven Conde as the flamboyantly gay neighbor Bobby Franklin, James Stacy as the suspicious Detective Sergeant Troughton, Paul Holme as the easygoing Detective Sergeant Porterhouse, and Mara Javier as the inquisitive journalist.

The humor is distinctly British, but the cast and director believe that the premise of having two wives is a universal concept.

“It’s not accepted here but it’s done,” Wilson shared. “Remember the humor in it, not the taboo. Run For Your Wife shows the humor of this ridiculous situation. You could put the same situation, take all the humor out of it and be a heavy drama like a typical Filipino teleserye. But nobody has shown the humor in it. And this is what it’s showing.”

Run For Your Wife will be staged from April 10 to May 3, 2015 at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Ticket prices ranges from P400 to P800.
For more details regarding Run For Your Wife, call Repertory Philippines at 843-3570 and book tickets through TicketWorld at 891-9999 or visit their website at

#VPY2015: Philippines wins at Internationale Tourismus Börse (ITB) Berlin

It's More Fun in the Philippines! 

The Philippines is enjoying back-to-back victories overseas as the country’s Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) was recently awarded the ninth Best Exhibitor in the Asia/Australia/Oceania category at the Internationale Tourismus Börse (ITB) in Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show.

Over 30 bachelor and master’s students at the Cologne Business School studying for a degree in tourism evaluated all 11,000 exhibition booths at the world’s biggest trade show for tourism before awarding the best in 11 individual categories and 2 special categories.

“This is a reason for celebration for the Filipinos who are all working hand-in-hand in spreading the spirit of ‘More Fun in the Philippines.’ Truly, the promise of ‘Visit the Philippines Year (VPY) 2015 is catching the eyes of the discerning tourists,” said TPB Chief Operating Officer Domingo Ramon Enerio III.

Other winners in the Asia/Australia/Oceania category were: Korea (1), India (2), Maldives (3), Sri Lanka (4), Indonesia (5), Mongolia (6), Thailand (7), Kazakhstan (8), and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (10).

The ensuing awards ceremony was a cultural celebration: dance groups, artists, comedians and many impromptu performances rounded off the evening, demonstrating once again just how impressive and important the Best Exhibitor Awards are to the industry. 

ITB Berlin is one of the many international tourism and travel fairs that TPB participates in to attract foreign tourists and tourism professionals to visit the Philippines, placing the country as a top destination of choice all over the world. For a complete list of events under VPY 2015, check out

March 30, 2015

Brother Philippines promotes cancer awareness, employees’ social consciousness through Relay for Life 2015

Brother International Philippines Corporation (Brother Philippines), a leading provider of home and business IT peripherals here in the Philippines, continues to advocate cancer awareness by participating once more in the Relay for Life 2015 organized annually by the Philippine Cancer Society (PCS), a non-profit organization that advocates cancer prevention and control. This is the fourth consecutive year that the company became a part of Relay for Life to provide moral support to cancer patients and survivors while providing a venue for volunteerism among its employees and partners.
Brother Philippines employees and partners participated in the 2015 Relay for Life to help create cancer awareness in the country, as well as foster social consciousness among its employees. In photo with PCS Executive Director Dr. Rachel Rosario (rightmost, behind the Brother banner) are the Brother contingent led by (L-R, behind the Brother banner) its President Glenn P. Hocson, General Manager for Finance and Administration Grace Vizconde, and Deputy General Manager for Sales and Marketing Masao Kasagi.

About two-hundred employees and partners of Brother Philippines led by Brother Philippines president Glenn P. Hocson, and Deputy General Manager for Sales and Marketing Masao Kasagi walked around the Relay for Life 2015 venue around the track oval of the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City for this year’s Relay for Life.

Hocson said, “Our company’s participation in activities like the Relay for Life 2015 has been one of the reasons why our employee engagement is high. They are happy that Brother is supporting a very worthy cause – that of creating awareness for the fight against cancer.”

PCS Executive Director Dr. Rachel Rosario said that the support of Brother Philippines and other private and public entities is invaluable as it tells cancer patients and survivors and their families that they are not alone. Dr. Rosario said, “The message of love from Brother and the other participants of this year’s vigil resonates and cheers on the cancer sufferers to continue the fight. They are not alone,” said Dr. Rosario.

Since 2011, the Brother Group has been globally promoting participation in Relay for Life as part of social contribution activities involving employees that the Brother Group Global Charter encourages. The initiative is dubbed the “Golden Ring Project,” as different local offices of Brother that participates in Relay for Life in their respective countries form a ring around the globe.

As a symbol of this global initiative, a sash embroidered with the flag of each of the participating countries using Brother’s Entrepreneur® Pro PR1000e 10-needle home embroidery machine is being routed yearly where each country adds its latest year of participation in the embroidery work. 

Health made affordable with Citi Credit Cards and The Medical City Center for Wellness and Aesthetics

PayLite your way to health with this latest offer from Citi credit cards. Citi cardholders can now avail of customized preventive health checks at 0% PayLite for 3 months at The Medical City Center for Wellness and Aesthetics. The Center offers Personalized Medicine for all ages (Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric) with its comprehensive array of services and programs designed for the optimization and enhancement of the client’s health through health profiling and lifestyle coaching, as well as complementary dermatological and aesthetic surgery options.

For inquiries, log on to, or call Medical City Ortigas at 988-1000 or 988-7000 loc.6576.

Jardine Distribution and BASF; 30 years of strong brand partnership and still growing

With the various construction projects flourishing in different parts of the country, Jardine Distribution Inc. works heavily with its industry partners in providing high quality products for the Filipino homes.
BASF and Jardine Distribution, Inc. continue its long-lasting and solid partnership to provide better services and products for Filipino homes.

One such partnership that is 3 decades strong is with the world’s leading chemical company, BASF, which recently launched Master Builders Solutions in the Philippines last February 6 at the InterContinental Manila, Makati City.

Master Builders Solutions is a result of BASF’s rebranding of 30 different brands under one collective brand name, giving its brands better recognition and standardized look.Jardine Distribution will continue to market and distribute water proofing solutions - Super Thoroseal (which is now named Masterseal 583), Waterplug (which is now named Masterseal 590) and Optimum Flex (which is now named Masterseal 540).

Jardine Distribution Inc. President Edwin Hernandez talks about the long-stading partnership of the company and BASF that resulted in years of providing high quality products for Filipino homes.

“We continue to lead the waterproofing industry in the country and that’s because our consumers have already proven to themselves that we have the best products out there. We promise to continue improving our products to cater to the needs of Filipino families,” said Nancy Pereyras, Product Manager, Jardine Distribution Inc.

Jardine Distribution President & General Manager, Edwin Hernandez also gave a brief speech during the event, talking about the long history of Jardine Distribution and BASF; rekindling the passion both companies have in providing high quality products for the Filipino home.

Different products and brands marketed under Master Builders Solutions will now feature a globalized naming system, allowing BASF help customers and partner companies to ensure the quality of products and services.

Jardine Distribution, Inc., represents a number of local and global companies that provide world-class crop protection and construction chemical products. They are focused on the safe use of these products, providing technical support, and with due consideration of environmental protection. For more information, visit

Guide for Holy Week; Red Cross gears up for Holy Week

The first big day of Holy Week is Palm Sunday, the day that we commemorate Jesus entering into Jerusalem. There are a few different ways in which a community can celebrate the beginning of Mass on Palm Sunday but they all begin with the blessing of palms. 

As Catholics enter the church or gather around the back of the church everyone is given a palm (either before or after the blessing). As we gather and listen to one of two Gospels that we will hear at Mass that day we are not just remembering what happen almost 2,000 years ago but rather we are bringing the past into the present. 

It is a special way of recalling past events with the help of signs, symbols, gestures, and our own imaginations. Many people use this special type of memory every year also as they celebrate Passover.

We believe that if only one person needed to be saved that God’s love for that one person would be so strong that He would have endured the cross for that one person. Have you sinned? Then you are responsible for Christ’s death on the Cross. The Good News is that Jesus came to save us and not to condemn us. While the reading of the Passion takes us all the way up to the death of Christ and his burial in the tomb, Holy Week has really just begun.

In anticipation of the influx of travelers this Holy Week, the Philippine Red Cross activated its Holy Week Safety Assistance operations last March 27.

PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon said this is to ensure immediate response should any emergency arise while people travel to the provinces and visit churches in observance of the Holy Week.

“In observance of the Holy Week, we expect increased people mobility in places of worship, recreational areas, ports and terminals with traffic congestions on major roads and highways, we want to ensure the safety of the general public by setting set-up first aid stations, ambulance services and welfare desks in areas where people are likely to converge. We want to ensure that help will be readily available should any need arises,” he said.

Gordon said the PRC set up First Aid stations and Welfare Desks, as well as deploy volunteers and ambulances in public areas.

He added terminals and ports are very strategic areas as huge volumes of people go through these areas during the start of Holy Week, Gordon added. Such places are: Alimall bus terminal, and Batangas pier.

Gordon said, the Red Cross also mobilized ambulances and volunteers along with the First Aid stations and Welfare desks in gasoline stations, highways, major roads, churches, parks, and other major crowded areas to offer motorist assistance and emergency response readily on standby.

Meanwhile, PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang advised everyone to keep safe and be wary of accidents.

Pang also instructed the Red Cross chapters to coordinate with local authorities for the duration of the operation which is from March 27 to April 6, 2015.

“Prepare First Aid kits with enough supplies and equipment in advance. Tasking shall be made to ensure systematic provision of assistance,” she also instructed.

In case of emergency, the Red Cross numbers are readily available for anyone to contact:
Emergency number: dial 143
Direct line: 524-5787
Trunk line: 527-0000 Loc 117
Sun: 0942-553-3622
Smart: 0939-261-2576

Nissan launched the virtual-to-pro racing competition: The first GT Academy in the Philippines

The first GT Academy in the Philippines was launched as Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI), the newest participant of the virtual-to-pro racing competition.

GT Academy gained prominence since its inception in 2008. Now on its seventh installment, this globally played competition sees an expansion in the form of the new GT Academy Asia, in which Philippines will be pitting against other Asian countries including Japan in the battle to become the GT Academy Champion. 

Antonio Zara, President and Managing Director of Nissan Philippines, Inc. shared that the GT Academy offers an exciting opportunity to all Filipinos of all legal ages to experience this highly rewarding competition.
Antonio Zara, President and Managing Director of Nissan Philippines, Inc.

"With the launch of GT Academy in the Philippines, we at Nissan offer an exciting opportunity for Filipinos to emerge as a breakthrough talent in the racing world," Zara said.

With GT Academy, any player who can prove their driving skills in the world of video games can compete in a real racetrack.

The GT Academy International Champion 2014 Ricardo Sanchez 

The GT Academy International Champion 2014 Ricardo Sanchez flew in all the way from UK to attend the launch. After winning last year's competition, Ricardo's racing career took off after he joined Nissan's elite motor sport team, the NISMO, to run the coveted tracks of the prestigious Dubai 24-Hour race in January 2015.

The Shift from Gamer to Racer

GT Academy takes skilled Gran Turismo 6 players and turns them into professional racers in five stages.

First Gear: The Recruitment (April - June)

Thousands of hopefuls will be narrowed down to the top 20 gamers to be determined by time trials taking place behind the wheel of GT pods during live racing events. 

Second Gear: National Finals (July)

The National Finals will determine top 6 Filipino players who will go to the next round and go bumper-to-bumper with the best Gran Turismo drivers in Asia. 

Third Gear: The Race Camp Week (August)

Players will be tested on their strength, stamina, mental agility and driving skills against Asia's best at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK.

Fourth Gear: Driver Development Program

The emerging GT Academy Champion in Asia will join other GT Academy winners in a rigorous training under the wing of professional coaches and racers at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK.

Fifth Gear: Graduation

After passing the Driver Development Program, graduates will receive their International C License, allowing them to compete in a prestigious racing event anywhere in the world.

"We are looking forward to discovering even more new stars in 2015. Anyone in the Philippines who thinks they have what it takes should give GT Academy a go. Not everyone can win, but the experience is hugely rewarding at every stage of the competition.” said GTA Global’s Managing Director Laurence Wiltshire.

For the schedule of live events and updates on the GT Academy Philippines, please visit

For more information on our products and services, visit our website at

Photos by Arts Travel Magazine

About Nissan Philippines, Inc.
Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) is the sole national sales company of Nissan in the Philippines which started its operations in 2014. NPI is responsible for strengthening brand, marketing and sales strategy, and dealer operations in the Filipino market. 

Nissan ranked the highest in customer satisfaction with after-sales service among new vehicle owners according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2014 Philippines Customer Service Index (CSI) Study. 

March 29, 2015

White Event: An Online Auction for a Cause, with World Vision and Zonrox GentleClean

World Vision, in partnership with Zonrox GentleClean, today announced the launch of White Event - a much awaited online auction of white personal items of celebrities and fashion icons to the public.

Last Thursday, March 26, the official unveiling of the White Event online auction website, held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, supports the collaboration’s educational development efforts in Malabon City.

Jun Godornes, National Resource Development Director of World Vision 
Jun Godornes, National Resource Development Director of World Vision expressed that, “Last year, with the help of our celebrity ambassadors, we were able to achieve our fundraising initiatives, and carry our various relief efforts, particularly in the typhoon-hit areas of Visayas.”

“This 2015 marks the start of a clean slate and fresh beginning with our partners in Green Cross, Inc., makers of Zonrox GentleClean. We have invited our generous celebrity friends to share their white, pre-loved pieces of clothing and be part of a unique way of brightening our children’s future,” Godornes added.

Celebrities Celeste Legaspi, Tessie Tomas and Jasmine Curtis Smith shared their items to the  White Event: An Online Auction for a CauseWorld Vision and Zonrox GentleClean 

“I want to share my item (white pants) because the proceeds from this donation can help children. Also, we know that when we let go of something important, something better comes along,” Aljur Abrenica, one of the donors and World Vision Ambassador, shares his thoughts on one of the items he is donating for the online auction.

Another donor and World Vision ambassador, Julie Anne San Jose, speaks on why she wants to be part of the White Event, “I want to share this item because a jacket symbolizes comfort. By giving this jacket, it’s as if I am giving them (fans and beneficiaries) comfort as well, like I’m hugging them.”


The White Event aims to rehabilitate select classrooms at the Catmon Integrated School in Malabon City in time for the resumption of classes this coming June. Generated funds will be able to sponsor the manpower and materials needed for the proposed repair of at least 12 classrooms.

Nicole Postrado, Brand Manager of Zonrox GentleClean, expressed the brand’s excitement on this joint effort, saying, “Zonrox fully supports World Vision on this noble endeavor. The White Event is such a unique way of sharing and giving back to communities such as Catmon.”

“The auction gives celebrities and ordinary people a chance to share their comfort for the benefit of others. Through the White Event, everyone can participate in helping provide the youth of Catmon Integrated School a clean and hopeful beginning this coming school year,” she added.


Fans can go online and bid on their favorite celebrities’ white garments by logging on to until May 8, 2015.

Here, fans can browse through celebrity items that are up for grabs. Fans are allowed to bid as many times to as many items as they would like. Similar to other online auctions, the highest bidder wins and will be contacted by representatives from the White Event for payment confirmation and delivery details.

The auction is an equally benefiting opportunity that gives everyone a unique chance to take home a piece of their favorite star’s cherished item while helping build a brighter future for the children of Catmon Integrated School. 

World Vision and Zonrox GentleClean are calling the public to share the comfort by joining this mission of providing a more conducive learning experience for the children of Catmon. 

A simple white garment can help change lives forever. 

For more information, log on to Like the Facebook pages of World Vision Philippines and Zonrox Philippines for regular updates on the White Event. 

World Vision

World Vision is an international Christian humanitarian, relief, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. 

In keeping with its vision statement: "Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness; our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so," World Vision seeks to assist children with education, life skills, good nutrition, and opportunities for them to reach their highest potential, regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Now already 58 years in the Philippines, World Vision assists more than 100,000 poor children with their families and communities nationwide, with nearly 70,000 sponsors locally and internationally.

Zonrox GentleClean

Zonrox GentleClean is a gentle bleach for whites that is gentler on fabrics and milder on hands. It is part of the Zonrox Bleach portfolio which is manufactured by Green Cross Inc., the same makers of Green Cross Alcohol. Zonrox GentleClean, highlights the importance of caring not just for laundry, but also for community development. Apart from the White Event, Zonrox also implements Linizkwela, a school clean-up activity, which is held nationwide together with the help of school representatives and parents, before the start of each school year. 

Caltex gives Robinsons Rewards Card members more fuel discounts and shopping savings; Jessy Mendiola is now the Robinsons Rewards Card Brand Ambassador

In many women's lives, shopping is a hobby and a must for many. It's like through shopping, somehow we found a new focus and our moods get uplifted. When we're up, we shop. When we're down, we shop even more.

Here's a new for all of us, not just shopaholics, for moms and dads, and all - Shop, enjoy and be rewarded!

Robinsons Rewards Card (RRC) members will enjoy earning more points not only when they shop at their favorite Robinsons stores but also when they fuel up at Caltex. RRC members can now use their points to redeem P1 discount for every one liter fuel purchase at participating Caltex stations nationwide. Every five liter gas up earns a point which means that the more customers fuel up at Caltex and shop at Robinsons, the more points for fuel and shopping savings.

Ms. Robina Gokongwei-Pe, President and COO, Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc.; Jessy Mendiola, Robinsons Rewards Card Brand Ambassador and Mr. Peter Morris, Country Chairman, Chevron Philippines Inc.

Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, teamed up with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. (RRHI), the second largest multi-format retailer in the Philippines, to create a unique offer that allows customers to quickly and continually add value to their purchases by getting a variety of fuel and shopping rewards through their RRC.

Because of this loyalty program partnership, motorists now have more reasons to choose Caltex. Customers can save more on fuel costs when they purchase Caltex with Techron plus the five benefits of maximized power, improved fuel economy, lower emission, smoother drive and reliable performance.

In addition to fuel savings, RRC members will also enjoy big discounts in their shopping and grocery purchases as points earned at participating Caltex stations can be redeemed at any of 1,180 Robinsons stores nationwide which include Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Selections, Robinsons Easymart, Robinsons Appliances, Handyman, True Value, AM Builders’ Depot, Toys “R” Us, Daiso Japan, Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Burton Menswear, Warehouse, River Island, Shana, G2000, Shiseido and Benefit.

Customers can avail of this benefit by signing up for RRC membership at any Robinsons stores for P150 only.

CPI values the patronage of its customers by giving them access to top loyalty programs in the market. Last year, CPI partnered with Jollibee Food Corporation’s Happyplus program which continues to grow in memberships. Happyplus will run alongside the Robinsons Rewards Card loyalty program and customers can choose which of the rewards program they want to use.

“Caltex has been in the Philippines for over 75 years. Throughout this time, the Caltex brand has remained relevant to Filipino motorists because we are able to support their changing lifestyles and needs. This partnership allows us to uniquely reward thousands of motorists and shoppers for their loyalty to Caltex and Robinsons. We are truly proud of this long-term relationship with Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc.” said Peter Morris, Chevron Philippines Inc., Country Chairman and General Manager for Philippine products.

Robina Gokongwei-Pe, president and COO of RRHI. said “We at Robinsons Retail are always looking for new ways to delight our customers and give them a better customer experience. That is why we are very happy to partner with Chevron Philippines Inc.’s, Caltex service stations to expand the acceptance of Robinsons Rewards beyond stores operated by Robinsons. This will be a welcome development to over 800,000 members of the Robinsons Rewards Card. With more than 700 Caltex service stations nationwide, we are very honored to have Chevron Philippines as our first external partner for Robinsons Rewards.”

Caltex – Robinsons Rewards Card Program Mechanics

1. All valid Robinsons Rewards Card (with 16 digit numbers and gold magstripe) shall be accepted in participating Caltex service stations for the Caltex-Robinsons Rewards Loyalty Program (“Program”). 

2. Caltex gasoline and diesel purchases via cash, credit card, debit card, StarCash or StarCard can earn and redeem Robinsons Rewards Points. 

3. The Robinsons Rewards Card can be used for a maximum of two (2) fuel purchases per day. The Robinsons Rewards Card cannot be used with any other existing loyalty partnership or program involving Caltex. 

4. For a complete list of participating Caltex service stations, visit 

5. Points earned at participating Caltex service stations may also be redeemed at participating Robinsons Stores nationwide, visit for a complete list of participating stores. 

6. Points earning and redemption shall be as follows: 

A. Points Earning
a. Cardholders shall earn one (1) Robinsons Rewards Point for every five (5) liters eligible fuel purchase, up to a maximum of 60 liters per purchase.
b. Cardholders shall earn applicable Points for purchases of up to 500 liters per month.

B. Points Redemption

a. A minimum balance of 50 Points is required before a cardholder may begin to redeem points. Cardholders may redeem less than 50 Points per fuel purchase.
b. Cardholders can redeem one (1) Point for every liter of fuel purchased. Each Point redeemed entitles the Cardholder to a Php1.00 discount per liter.
c. The Cardholder can redeem a maximum of 60 Points per fuel purchase.
d. Any fuel purchased in excess of Points redemption shall be eligible to earn Points.

Example 1:
  • 20.5 liters of fuel purchased with an available balance of 100 Points
  • Cardholder is entitled to a Php20.50 discount by redeeming 20.50 Points
  • New balance after deducting Points redeemed shall be 79.50 Points.

Example 2:
  • 55 liters of fuel purchased with an available balance of 50 Points
  • Cardholder is entitled to a Php50 discount by redeeming 50 Points
  • Fuel purchase of 5 liters (in excess of Points redemption) shall earn 1 Point.
  • New balance after deducting Points redeemed and adding Point earned shall be 1 point.

For more details regarding the new loyalty program, visit and

For natural results and a youthful look, Merz Presents Naturally Ageless With Radiesse

Feeling young, inside and out. Feeling young forever. It starts from taking care of your skin, a change of lifestyle, hydration and a healthy diet. Many people don't want to grow old, don't want to see much of the wrinkles and lines on the faces. There are some going crazy trying to look 10 years younger. . . 

Aging, the process of becoming older, a process that is genetically determined and environmentally modulated.

There are effective ways to boost your mental and physical well-being that will help you age gracefully and remain fit in. Prolonging the vitality of your skin, your hair, and your body will make you feel more confident and youthful.

Trying to look forever young is like trying to defy gravity. You have to go against the sagging of the skin, the sinking of the cheeks and the widening of the chin lines. 

Many people want to avoid surgery and that is understandable but fall in the trap of minor procedures that does not improve them and get disappointed because they spent all that money with no improvement.
Angel Jacob , host of the "Merz presents Naturally Ageless , with Radiesse" event
held at the Makati Shangrila Hotel, March 27, 2015

The Aging Process

Aging skin loses natural support structures that keep skin supple and youthful. As the years go by, collagen and elastin diminish within the skin, and this can result in wrinkles and creases.

Merz Aesthetics

Merz Aesthetics, one of the leaders in aesthetics and consumer health. I was invited to see the real meaning of aging and defying age.

Merz has a product called Radiesse that has got long term collagen stimulation. It's the filler, a gel like component in this product that naturally blends with the collagen of the face to add volume. It looks natural, and its effects are long term. 


Radiesse is an excellent option for correcting pre-jowl sulcus, the empty areas in front of the jowls. This restores a young straight, well-defined jaw line. It can also be used to restore the fullness in hollow cheeks, that can occur with aging.

Dr. Teresita Ferraris from UERMMC, shared that the key is prevention. It starts from taking care of your skin, a healthy diet and a change of lifestyle. With the option and with Radiesse, the process also of looking good makes one feel good. It has to come from inside, it's our nature to actually do it. From applying make up, getting things done through surgery and aesthetics.

RADIESSE is a wrinkle filler used to plump the skin. RADIESSE is injected through a small needle and placed under the skin. Immediately, this filler works to add volume under the skin and over time, the benefits of RADIESSE continue by naturally stimulating your body’s own natural collagen. The natural results have been shown to last a year or more in many patients, making the treatment results both immediate and long lasting.

Lift and Contour with Radiesse for natural results and a youthful look.

Let us say goodbye to the burden of aging, and look forward to younger looking years ahead. Live better. Feel Better, Look Better.

Important: For full safety information, please visit or call Merz Aesthetics Customer Service at 866-862-1211.

Most popular neighborhoods in Metro Manila

Global real estate portal Lamudi ranks Metro Manila’s most popular residential enclaves.

Looking for a vibrant neighborhood for your first-home investment or planning for a weekender city escapade? It is time to rediscover the most happening communities in Metro Manila: from the busy Makati central business district to the food-frenzied and laid-back street of Maginhawa, global real estate portal Lamudi has ranked the five most popular enclaves in Metro Manila to help you find your lifestyle-centric future home.

Makati Central Business District

A mixed-used, fully developed enclave where towering condos, myriad dining options, and the trendiest commercial centers are all in one place. Work, dine and cap off the night in a trendy bar without driving, as all of your needs and more are just a few steps away.

BF Homes, Sucat, Parañaque City

Considered one of the gateways to the south with good access to three cities— Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa—BF Homes currently has one of the trendiest food scenes anywhere in Metro Manila. Numerous establishments, specialty shops, and exciting eateries dot its streets, securing a unique and complete lifestyle for its laid-back residents.

San Juan

Located at the heart of Metro Manila and accessible from Quezon City, Makati, and Manila, this small city is considered a thriving residential and leisure spot in the metro. Exclusive residential villages, a wide array of shops for everyday convenience, and plenty of delectable Chinese restaurants to boot make San Juan one of the most liveable cities in Metro Manila.

UP Village, Quezon City

UP Village’s Maginhawa Street is enjoying immense popularity nowadays because of its many restaurants. Residents living close to this community need not go far to sample Middle Eastern, Thai, or even Vietnamese cuisine. A certified neighborhood hangout, UP Village has come a long way from being a quiet residential enclave to a booming leisure spot.

Loyola Heights, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

This quiet residential enclave is surrounded by Quezon City’s top schools such as UP Diliman, Ateneo de Manila, and Miriam College, yet it also has plenty of restaurants, especially the areas along Katipunan Avenue, making it a trendy place to dine out. This community is best for parents who prefer to live right beside their children's learning places.


Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 32 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 900,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. For more information, please visit

Magaul Bird Park’s Wings of the World

Enjoying the wonderful world of the birds! This one of a kind immersive experience can only be seen in the Philippines.

Wings of the World bring-in the half-a-thousand birds on stage coming from all the directions of the Alula Amphitheater, Magaul Bird Park at JEST Camp,  Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

This is a breathtaking adventure wth different kind of beautiful birds.

The bird show present an ensemble of our bird buddies in order to promote the protection of our environment. This 25-30 minute spectacular took the audiences in an immersive experience before unlike anything we’ve ever encountered.

Wings of the World, produced by an all-Filipino team, unveil its majestic charm last March 28 at the same outdoor theatre as Winged Wonders (The 100 Birds Show).

Exciting moments as we were waiting for the birds show, I went around the Jest Camp, and saw beautiful birds on their activities.

Magaul Bird Park at JEST Camp is the leading bird park in the Philippines. The park is privately owned by the Lacap family. The 2 hectare theme park is home to an exciting array of attractions - being named as Subic’s Ultimate Sky adventure.

Enjoy and watch a hundred pigeons encircle your seats. Feel a hundred Guinea Fowls graze upon your heads as they descend towards the stage. Marvel as our Rufous Hornbills, and our majestic Macaws fly over you. Look up in awe as the giant wings of our White Bellied Sea Eagle cast a shadow over you. Gaze upon the colourful spectacles of our Sun Conures and so much more!

Magaul Bird Park located at JEST Camp Subic, and will be shown during Weekends and Public Holidays at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm starting March 28.

During weekdays, The Winged Wonders 100 Birds Show will be shown at 11am and 1:30Pm. 

For more information, please visit or call their Subic Office at 0472521489 or text 09177964668 or the Manila booking office at 02 2189023 or text 0922 3844227 / 09175310992  or email at MAGAULBIRDPARK@JESTCAMP.COM

Photos: Arts Travel Magazine

March 28, 2015

EGGciting Easter Escapades for the Family at Sky Ranch Tagaytay!

Who wants to experience a more exciting Easter, with the cold breeze, ejoying fun rides and seeing the picturesque Taal Lake and a feast of culinary indulgence?  Imagine Tagaytay. 

Parents, their kids, and other adventurous souls can now rush to the Sky Ranch in Tagaytay for exciting, fun rides and more prizes on an Easter celebration beginning March 29 up to April 5.

The SM-owned Sky Ranch has gained attention and popularity as the go-to-place for fun rides, mesmerizing families who want something more exciting from the daily grind, and yet something that can likewise shelter them from the usual hustle and bustle of city life. 

The Sky Ranch has provided all that with its 19 heart-pounding rides. Those who would like a touch of nature can do a bit of horseback riding while viewing the panoramic vista of Taal Volcano. A weekend escapade can be wrapped up by a stay at the nearby Taal Vista Hotel on Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay. 

Sky Ranch’s current “Eggciting Escapade Promo” will dazzle Easter celebrators with a live show featuring the funny Mr. Eggbert on April 5. A purchase of ticket rides worth P500 from March 29 up to April 5 will get one free ride-all-you-can event pass and one free loot bag. An eye-catching unique costume that makes you stand out from the rest will also bring a special prize.

Mr. Eggbert will start and end the Easter Event as its emcee. The musical dance numbers are guaranteed to invite participation from the audience. Then there are the games which will keep everyone happily on their toes, challenging them to find common patterns in “The Egg Match”; bring out their creativity in the “Eggciting Art Attack;” and see how good they are in a make-believe kitchen in “The Kettle Kornn Poppin’ Fun Game.” 

The SM-owned Sky Ranch in Tagaytay is open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM during the weekends, and 10 AM to 10 PM during weekdays. From Manila, Sky Ranch is accessible through the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) exit to Santa Rosa, Laguna, and from there, travelers can feast their eyes on the panoramic views while on a road trip along the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Rd. going up the hills and landscapes to Tagaytay.

Enjoy Easter and have fun at Sky Ranch beside the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City as a place where one could escape from the grim urban environment.

Sky Ranch Tagaytay is a 5.5-hectare development by SM Prime under Commercial Properties Group and Family Entertainment Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of SM Prime in charge of the creation and installation of rides in Sky Ranch and in By The Bay park adjacent to the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

For more info, you can visit its Facebook page (, or reach them through phone (8570100 loc 1450) or email at

SM Prime is the property holding firm of the SM Group of Companies, which has major business interests in banking and retail sectors apart from property segment. SM Prime has developed key establishments in the residential, office, hotels and other leisure-oriented projects.


Palaro 2015 host sets benchmark for future Palarong Pambansa

Thirty eight (38) days before the opening, Palarong Pambansa 2015 host Davao del Norte received outstanding marks from Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC during the official launch held in Tagum City, Thursday (March 26).

Luistro commended the preparations and said Davao del Norte could establish a benchmark for all future editions of the annual Palaro.
“It’s really the first time that I really feel and can sense that we are one month ahead of the preparations for the Palarong Pambansa. Maraming-maraming salamat po sa probinsiya ng Davao del Norte at sa ating sanggunian ng Tagum City at sa lahat po ng mga kasama natin dahil parang hindi po kami masyadong harassed sa Palarong Pambansa 2015. In fact, way, way ahead of schedule, lahat po ng ating mga opisyales ay nagpakita na hindi naman pala kailangan parati tayong naghahabol at sana ito na nga po yung ating standard for a benchmark for succeeding Palarong Pambansa,” Luistro said.

He added that he was impressed by how Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario, kept his promise of delivering a remarkable and “the best Palarong Pambansa thus far.”

“Kahit po mag-ikot na kayo doon sa mga venues, gaya ng ating mga Regional Directors ay naririto so that they can see for themselves how much preparation has already been done prior to the opening of Palarong Pambansa. I am so certain that our friends in Media, our general public, will be very pleased with what they see,” Luistro praised.

A pleasant addition to this year’s Palaro is the comprehensive guidebook featuring the billeting schools, playing venues, safety and security, and other essential details that athletes and spectators will need to know once the event commences. During the launch, the song “Palaro ng Pagkakaisa” sung by local favorite Maan Milan, was presented as the official theme song of the 58th Palarong Pambansa.

With the advanced groundwork accomplished by Davao del Norte LGU, DepEd can now focus on the real purpose of the Palaro—to ensure the well-being of the athletes and their coaches, and to assure the development of another world-class facility in one of our country’s provinces.

LG G3 holds grand celebration sale MWC’s Best Smartphone at P6,000 off until April 5

Android users have one great reason to celebrate this summer as no less than “Best Smartphone” LG G3 is now on a grand sale until April 5, 2015 to honor its recent victory at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

The 32GB variant of the LG G3 is currently retailing for P29,9990 from its P35,990 SRP, allowing purchasers a substantial P6,000 worth of savings for the coveted handset.

“We are truly excited about all the acclaims that our current flagship smartphone is garnering both internationally and locally,” LG Mobile Philippines Vice President Jay Won said. “This celebration sale is to thank our consumers for all their great support and for being our inspiration to innovate products that make life simpler and smarter.”

The renowned LG G3 sports a vibrant 5.5-inch Quad HD Display with razor-sharp picture quality and a powerful 2.5 GHz Quad-Core processor, while its 13-megapixel camera boasts of Optical Image Stabilization Plus and Laser Auto Focus. Simple and intuitive features such as the KnockCode™, Smart Keyboard and Gesture for Selfie are encased in the G3’s slim, sleek and modern body.

The LG G3 celebration sale is available in all LG concept stores nationwide:

For more information on the multi-award-winning LG G3 and LG Mobile’s innovative product line, visit or, like LG Mobile Philippines’ official Facebook page or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram. 

March 27, 2015

Amaia Steps condo launched at Capitol Central, Bacolod City

Continuing its commitment to enhance land and enrich lives for more people, Ayala Land broke ground on another landmark development last March 5, this time in Bacolod City. This new mixed-use development which will arise in the heart of the city is called “Capitol Central”.

Kicking-off the residential component of the Capitol Central development is Amaia Steps Capitol Central - a mid-rise project with 9 floors and 288 residential units for its North Building. It is located along San Juan St., Brgy. 8, Bacolod City. Ayala Land’s subsidiary, Amaia Land Corp, which caters to the affordable housing segment, is the group behind this project.

Bobby Dy (fourth from right), Ayala Land President and CEO leads the launch of Capitol Central, the Company’s first mixed-use estate in Bacolod City that combines a residential development by Amaia Land, a regional mall, an eight-storey Seda hotel, and BPO offices.

In this photo (Left to Right): Ricky Celis, Amaia Land President; Jun Bisnar, Ayala Land Vice President; Emilio Tumbocon Ayala Land Senior Vice President; Hon. Monico Puentevella, Bacolod City Mayor; Hon. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., Negros Occidental Governor; Dan Abando, MDC President; Rowena Tomeldan, Ayala Land Vice President and Head of Operations and Support Services of Commercial Business Group and Al Legaspi,Ayala Land Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corporation.

Capitol Central is the first master-planned, mixed-use community in Bacolod, stretching across 9 hectares of prime land and is envisioned to be the growth center of the province. “We are truly excited to bring Ayala Land’s expertise in developing communities to Bacolod,” said Bobby Dy, Ayala Land president and CEO during the ground-breaking ceremonies. “Bacolod is a key development area and a city facing rapid growth, and we are privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with the provincial and city government as partners in progress.”

Bacolod City is among the most urbanized and busiest cities in the Visayas and is among the country’s third fastest growing economies in terms of information technology and business process outsourcing activities, which makes it an ideal place for young professionals.

Aside from Amaia Steps, soon to rise at Capitol Central are the retail, hotel, and office components with the Capitol Park as its centrepiece. The development will allow residents to live comfortably sans the hassle of going to different places for their needs. It is also accessible to most transport facilities such as jeepneys, tricycles, and even ferry stations.

Providing homeowners with comfortable living in a highly urbanized area, Amaia Steps Capitol Central comes with a courtyard at the center of the development, where residents can relax and bond. The development boasts of swimming pools for adults and kids, a children’s play area, landscaped gardens, jogging path and retail shops, contributing to a welcoming ambience for residents.

Like other Amaia condominiums, this project is designed with 24-hour guarded entrance and exits and CCTV cameras to ensure safety and security. There will be two elevators per building and naturally-ventilated hallways for homeowners’ comfort and convenience.

Buyers of Amaia Steps can choose from three unit types, namely, Studio, De Luxe, and Premier. These will showcase views of Talisay and Bacolod City, and the beautiful scenery of Guimaras Straight. Various affordable payment schemes are being offered: cash, deferred, bank financing and in-house financing.

The ground breaking ceremonies of Capitol Central was attended by the provincial government of Negros Occidental led by Governor Hon. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., officials of the Bacolod City government led by Mayor Hon. Monico Puentevella, and the management team of Ayala Land led by its President and CEO Bobby O. Dy, together with Ricky M. Celis, Amaia Land President.

“Today marks another historic event for Negros Occidental as we break ground on one of the biggest development projects in our province,” said Negros Occidental Governor Hon. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. “What used to be an idle piece of land for many decades will now be transformed into the center of economic activity.”

For inquiries, visit or like www.facebook/AmaiaLand or call (034) 441-7546.


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