February 29, 2016

Luis Manzano loves the Dockers Signature On-The-Go Khaki Stretch

Dockers Signature On-The-Go Khaki
Stretch: for looking dressed to impress

TV host Luis Manzano loves the Signature On-The-Go Khaki Stretch because of its straight-ahead style with a straight fit, flat-front, and moisture-wicking technology.

With new technologies and trends, professionals are more competitive than ever and changes in the workplace are necessary. For professionals nowadays, multi-tasking and restrictive deadlines just won’t hack it; there must be work-play balance, too.

To attain this, professionals now are inclined towards collaboration and creating a positive and friendly corporate environment wherein employees have reduced work stress that, in turn, results in diminished absenteeism.

On the other hand, there are work-related matters that are also affected by the changing times. The corporate dress code is one. These days, employees are increasingly seen donning outfits that they’d wear at a typical night out, something that was not ideal or allowed before. While workforce nowadays may be averse to donning traditional office attires, must they totally disregard propriety and decorum when dressing up for work?

Dockers Signature On-The-Go Khaki Stretch pants is Luis Manzano's go-to collection when he wants to look smart.
While corporate fashion is in a constant state of flux, there is one thing that career counselors assert should never change: dressing for success.

You may chuck your wooly slacks or linen pants for more comfortable ensembles, but you still have to show up at work looking dressed to take charge. This gives you an aura of respectability among peers that, in turn, will make superiors and clients take notice.

TV host Luis Manzano loves the Signature On-The-Go Khaki Stretch because of its straight-ahead style with a straight fit, flat-front, and moisture-wicking technology.

The newest Dockers Signature On-The-Go Khaki Stretch Straight-Fit Flat-Front pants is your go-to collection when checking for office attires that make you look smart yet casual enough for a dinner-and-movie date.

Dockers Signature On-The-Go Khaki Stretch features business-casual pants that exude such timeless flair that no matter what comes up in your agenda, wearing one will help you rise to the occasion.

Small wonder, then, that Dockers is the favored khaki brand of Americans and most professionals from different parts of the world. The Signature On-The-Go Khaki Stretch is a straight-ahead style with a straight fit, flat-front, and moisture-wicking technology, which delivers modern flair and continuous comfort.

Dockers perennially offers stylish staple pants that endow its wearer with a huge confidence boost while ensuring supreme comfort—something all professionals need.

And since flexibility is key, your clothes must take you from a breakfast meeting to a night on the town. Just pair your Dockers khakis with a nifty shirt and throw on a smart jacket when you want to dress to impress.

At the end of the day, remember that tremendous self-confidence, aligned with your innate skills and dependability, are all you need to make your mark in the industry you’re in.

LG Smartphones Connect Users to the Future Today

LG’s range of award-winning smartphones offers a glimpse into the future of mobile technology

LG Electronics, a global technology leader, is building the foundation of a future of heightened connectivity through its current range of flagship smartphones. Superior display, intuitive technology, advanced camera features, and overall performance of LG smartphones open up possibilities of seamless smart technology for consumers all over the world.

Undisputed display leadership and innovation

One of the key features of smartphones is the display screen, which serves as the control and information center of the device. Always on the forefront of innovation, LG’s smartphones come equipped not only with immersive displays, but also with unique solutions to improve user interaction and response.

Equipped with LG’s boldest and most brilliant 5.5-inch IPS Quantum Display, the G4 takes smartphone display to the next level. Increased contrast, brightness, and color accuracy makes for ultra-clear and life-like images never before seen on a mobile device.

The LG V10, released late last year, offers a second screen in addition to an already-impressive 5.7-inch QHD main display. This additional ticker display allows for quick access to apps, messages, and calls without draining precious battery power. The LG V10’s ticker screen is just the beginning of the tech innovator’s movement toward providing creative, stylish, and efficient solutions to common problems of smartphone users today and tomorrow.

State-of-the-art imaging solutions

Tech experts are predicting a bright future for smartphone photography and videography. Powerful smartphone cameras allow amateurs to take high-resolution photos and videos, which can then be viewed, edited, and shared instantly. LG envisions a future where professional-level images can be captured by a smartphone equipped with the functions and controls of pro-grade cameras.

The LG G4 is the first smartphone in the world to feature manual camera mode, which allows users to easily control complex functions such as shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance, and focus. The V10, on the other hand, features a manual video mode that allows for creative flexibility never before seen in a mobile device. Couple these unique features with instant editing capabilities and LTE upload speeds, and users can instantly produce and share impressive work within seconds.

Global recognition

As the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona looms closer, tech experts and enthusiasts are looking forward to a glimpse of the latest cutting-edge mobile technology. LG, apart from its current line of smartphones, will be presenting ways of integrating mobile into its next-generation smart technology that consumers can enjoy in the near future.

MWC also hosts the Global Mobile Awards (GMA), which hailed the 2014 flagship model LG G3 as Best Smartphone of the Year.

LG’s 2015 flagship smartphone, the G4, is selected for this year’s GMA Best Smartphone category. To select the world’s best smartphone, jurors evaluate each entry for physical design innovation and form, device performance, genuine innovation displayed, simplicity of use, unique attributes, price point vis-à-vis value for money, and market success, among other criteria.

To learn more about LG’s innovative smartphone offerings and its MWC participation, visitwww.lg.com/ph, or www.LGnewsroom.com; like LG Mobile’s official Facebook page LG Mobile Philippines or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.

February 28, 2016

Lazada PH on Mobile Commerce: We shop like we Facebook

Philippines’ largest online shopping, Lazada,  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 sports equipment.
The intimacy of the personal smart device, and prevalent social media snacking behavior, has generated a new form of shopping​: Mobile Snack Shopping.

According to Facebook, social media apps (FB / Instagram) are intuitively formed for bite sized discovery and snacking of content. With Filipino smartphone user habits primarily shaped by social media consumption, it is no surprise, that Filipinos' mobile shopping habits have similar patterns.

Massive small buys, on small screens

The average cost of an item purchased on the Lazada mobile app is 15​% less than items purchased via desktop. But this lower average spend is easily offset by the massive growth of the app portal, up 400% from 2014. This massive growth of m commerce mirrors the Philippine digital landscape where mobile devices are the first and primary source of digital access.

Low cost categories give more reason to browse

According to internal Lazada data, the most popular product categories for app purchases are: Beauty Tools, Food Supplements, Portable Audio, Kitchen & Dining, Small Kitchen Appliances, Diaper & Potty, and Fragrances. The nature of these low cost categories is that they do not have intimidating price points and therefore give more opportunity for product discoveries. In fact consumers spend 67% more time in browsing Lazada through the app versus desktop. 

This low cost behavior has similarities to short form content consumption on popular platforms like Youtube, and Facebook. Short videos, gifs, and images, all have relatively low demand on time and bandwidth thus encouraging discovery and consumption of multiple pieces of bite sized content. We snack on content in the same way we browse for good deals: one scroll at a time.

Dead Time is Deal Time

Just as checking social media through your mobile has become a habit during breaks, so too has mobile or app commerce and total traffic peaks during break times. 9am, 12 noon and 8pm, all show peaks in browsing and purchase quite similar to mobile social media consumption peaks. This habitual browsing makes Lazada mobile app users 10% more loyal in terms of repurchase vs. non-mobile purchases.

Free time is so pivotal to increase shopping behavior that Lazada actually targets key holidays for its major sales like the recently concluded Chinese New Year and the upcoming Mobile Power Sale from February 25-28, featuring app-exclusive deals. Lazada will also celebrate its 4th anniversary from March 15-18, with birthday blowout specials on the mobile app. 

Ubiquity makes it utility

With 3G smartphones projected to have 100% penetration by 2020, and the constant stream of free content from service providers like Globe, we can expect more and more Filipinos immerse themselves in social media and m-commerce through mobile apps. Content partnerships with Disney and NBA can potentially open up more premium purchasing behavior.

Just as Facebook has become the default utility for friends to keep tabs, how Youtube has emerged as the third big “TV network,” how Video On Demand services like HOOQ and Netflix have become the new cable, so too will m-commerce emerge as the other big player in Philippine retail.

It makes more and more sense for companies, especially those who thrive on the 'tingi' or “sachet” mentality, to consider​ app-​commerce, as a priority distribution channel. The consumer predisposition to small, frequent purchases and the active pursuit for best value via the app makes it very likely that Pinoys will check out the latest sale just as quickly as they check out their latest social media status updates.

Lazada is continuously striving to offer its customers the best possible shopping experience with multiple payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive warranty commitments and free returns. Lazada mobile applications for Android, iPhone and iPad provide additional convenience to its consumers’ allowing them to shop anywhere, anytime.

For more information, please visit http://www.lazada.com.ph.

For updates on Lazada’s latest innovations, as well as activities, contests and promotions, connect with us via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines).

Malasimbo 2016: Where Musical Genius and Innovative Arts Unite

Musical virtuosos, spectacular collaborations, and world-class Filipino artists come together in two weekends of the Malasimbo Festival this March 2016 on Mount Malasimbo in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Now going on its sixth successful year, the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival is held from March 4 to 6; and the Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival, on its second year, falls on March 24 to 26
Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival, March 4 to 6

Headlining this year’s music instalment is the acclaimed UK musician Jacob Collier. Twenty-year-old Collier is a musical prodigy backed by noted American record producer and composer Quincy Jones (who worked as conductor and arranger with Frank Sinatra and co-produced Michael Jackson’s multi-platinum solo albums). Collier, who is set to launch his debut album this year, is hailed for his stunning ability to create “a digital one-man band using contemporary technology: multitrack recording, looping pedals, and a strange Vocoder-like program that enables him to sing audacious harmonies through a Novation keyboard,” says The Guardian of the UK.

Highly renowned GongMyoung of South Korea returns after five years to the Malasimbo stage to electrify the audience. The “ambassadors” of Korean traditional music are favorites at numerous international festivals. GongMyoung is known for their harmonious mix of traditional Korean and Western percussion and wind instruments, creating crowd-stirring musical pieces guaranteed to leave you raring for an encore.

Malasimbo takes your world music experience notches higher with groundbreaking collaborations by local and international artists. A beatboxer with a 16-piece orchestra? That’s definitely the musical treat and visual spectacle you’ll experience with “Thum Prints” a collaboration between Australia’s Tom Thum, whose voice captures a vast repertoire of sounds which he refers to as the “orchestra in my mouth,” and members of one of Asia’s oldest musical ensembles, the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) under the guidance of Brisbane composer Gordon Hamilton. Click here for a preview of Thum Prints (in miniature).

Watch out for the Brat Pack, the only blues band from Asia to ever reach the finals of the prestigious International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. First-time performers on the Malasimbo stage are the well-loved Tacloban-based Beatles’ cover band Reo Brothers, and the talented classical-contemporary guitar trio Triple Fret, who won first prize in the 27th Guitar Ensemble Festival in Shinagawa, Tokyo last year. Lachlan Mitchell, one of Australia’s best composers and jazz guitarists will collaborate on musical numbers with local artists of the Malasimbo Collective.

Malasimbo favorites—the funky Golden Sound from Australia, the spirited Filipino percussion band Brigada with their rousing Afro-Brazilian beats, soul band SINOSIKAT?—come onstage along with a vast array of up-and-coming artists that Malasimbo will showcase, in collaboration with Radio Republic, as part of their commitment to unearthing new talent. Some of them include Crwn, Reese Lansangan, Lustbass, RH Xanders, Moophs, Paolo Mallari, Asch, Soul_Brk. Local and international DJs playing cap off each evening with soulful, house music guaranteed to keep your energy up past midnight.

Malasimbo Lights & Dance Festival, March 24 to 26

“It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world,” said Nobel peace prize winner and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. It’s this same vibe that’s replicated in Malasimbo’s second weekend, when international and local DJs renowned for their contributions to the funk, house, hip-hop, drum ’n’ bass, and electronic music genres converge on the Malasimbo stage from March 24 to 26.

Malasimbo is fast becoming the solid platform for under-the-radar yet brilliant local performers to make their musical works known to an appreciative audience seeking an aural experience that’s out of the usual commercial box. Keep your ears open (and your minds) to the talents of Wolf Squared, Afro x Chrizo, Aries, Diamond Heights, and more to be announced on www.malasimbo.com in the runup to the Lights and Dance festival.

Among the international DJs making their debut on the Malasimbo stage are English record producer Lapalux with his brilliant, eclectic mix of R&B and house, French hip hop beatmaker Onra, and house and techno DJ San Soda from Belgium. Returning to Malasimbo are British drum ’n’ bass guru Goldie, MBE; and Japanese hip hop DJ and turnatablist Kentaro. Dance aficionados will also enjoy the spectacle of a full moon beaming over the amphitheater fromMarch 24 through 26.
The Malasimbo Experience

The Malasimbo Festival, acknowledged by the Department of Tourism Philippines as a prime catalyst for the country’s continued advance in music, arts, and culture, is exceptional for its breathtaking venue. The amphitheater’s natural landscape greatly enhances the acoustics and sound quality.

This year, festival-goers’ listening experience will be heightened thanks to the addition of a brand new Funktion-One sound system, one of the most efficient sound systems in the world.

The festival grounds, dotted with close to 30 installations from the country’s leading visual artists (see news release “Visual Artists Capture Festival Energy”), are situated on majestic Mt. Malasimbo, which overlooks Puerto Galera bay, an exclusive member of “The Most Beautiful Bays in the World” Club . White Beach, one of Puerto Galera’s more popular coves, will play host to the Malasimbo Kiteboarding Exhibition on March 5, Saturday, led by expert Filipino and foreign kiteboarders.
Malasimbo Online

www.malasimbo.com is your source for the latest updates on the official lineup of acts and performance schedules for the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival and the Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival. Purchasing festival passes and booking accommodations at partner hotels or the Coleman Camping on the Malasimbo grounds are made easier on this newly revamped website, malasimbo.com.

The festivals are a production of Volume Unit Entertainment, Inc. and the D’Aboville Foundation, supported by Ipanema and Rider; with the participation of Brew Kettle, H&M Loves Music, Nothing But H20, and Toms; and the support of our official our official TV partners Solar Entertainment Corp., ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, Solar Sports, Basketball TV (BTV), and CT; official radio partner Wave 89.1; official media partners: Aktivshow, ANC, Explore Philippines, Meg, Megstreetwear.ph, Radio Republic, Travel Now, Travelbook.ph, 8list.ph, Amplify.ph, Archipelago.com.ph, Inflight Traveller, Juice.ph, Myx.ph, Our Awesome Planet, PhilippineConcerts.com, Stylebible.ph, theAsianParent.com, Third Culture, Travelife, WhenInManila.com, Yelp! Manila; our official airline partner Air Juan; our official hotel partner Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila; and our official ticketing partner TicketWorld. Special thanks goes to Coleman, the Municipality of Puerto Galera and the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro, Z Hos-tel, and A-Space Philippines.

The Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival is produced in collaboration with Japan’s Basscamp with the support of the World DJ Academy, Okamoto Clinic Sendai, Asia Unite, and GOJA.

For more information about the Malasimbo Festival, please visit our website; or our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.



From a turnout of 1,500 adventure-seeking, nature-and-music loving individuals in its first year in 2011, attendance blossomed to some 6,000 festival-goers in 2015, among them travelers from more than 30 countries as far as Denmark to neighboring Hong Kong and Singapore. Headliners of past Malasimbo Music and Arts Festivals have included James Brown’s renowned trombone player, band leader , and musical director Fred Wesley; Rock ’n’ Roll Hall-of-Famer Jimmy Cliff; UK soul jazz artist Omar, MBE; Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper; the godfather of Neo-Soul and one of most sampled artists in the world, Roy Ayers; the king of latin soul, Afro-Filipino, Joe Bataan; Japan’s leading Taiko performers Gocoo; Swedish musician Jose Gonzalez; Bobby McFerrin’s son Taylor McFerrin; and Bob Marley’s son KyMani Marley, among many others who performed alongside a predominantly Filipino lineup of jazz, soul, and world musicians.

Infrastructure and advanced information technologies at the “Hitachi Social Innovation Forum in Philippines” hosted by Hitachi Asia Ltd

Hitachi Asia Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., recently hosted the “Hitachi Social Innovation Forum in Philippines” at New World Hotel, Makati City.

Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman & CEO of Hitachi Ltd., with Mitsuhiko Shimizu, General Manager of Hitachi Asia Ltd. Philippine Branch during the media brief of the “Hitachi Social Innovation Forum in Philippines” held at the New World Hotel, Makati City, February 12, 2016.
The aim of the forum was to discuss the need for sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing the Philippines and the region. 

Mr. Arnel Paciano Casanova, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippines Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), graced the event as guest-of-honor. 

Through hosted exhibition and business seminars, the forum showcased a broad range of solutions in Hitachi’s “Social Innovation Business”, which combines infrastructure and advanced information technologies.

Customers, business partners, and major stakeholders in the Philippines were able to have a better understanding of Hitachi’s key business fields such as information and telecommunication systems, power systems, healthcare, and transportation.

The Social Innovation Forum provided an opportunity to discuss technological answers to various societal issues particularly in the Philippines. The keynote speech by Mr. Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman & CEO of Hitachi explored global mega trends that require Social Innovation and how Hitachi’s expertise can drive these opportunities. 

Included also were Hitachi speakers Mr. Mitsuhiko Shimizu, General Manager of Hitachi Asia Ltd. Philippine Branch, Mr. Alistair Dormer, Global CEO of Hitachi - Rail and Chairman of Hitachi Rail Europe, and Mr. Alireza Aram, Senior Vice President of Energy Solutions Company. They shared their views on the Philippines’ market growth and upcoming challenges, and introduced some of Hitachi’s solutions to meet the market needs of urbanization from the view of Energy Management, Urban City Development, and Public Transportation supported by Information Communication Technologies. 

It was the third Hitachi Social Innovation Forum to be held in Southeast Asia (SEA), following successful events in Singapore in 2014 and Myanmar in 2015. Hitachi is placing increasing emphasis on SEA as it aims to increase its overseas sales ratio from 45% in FY2013 to over 50% in FY2015 under its “2015 Mid-term Management Plan”. Asia is one of the most important markets for the Hitachi Group, and the Company is aiming to increase its revenue in Asia (excluding China) from 989.9 billion yen in FY 2013 to 1,100.0 billion yen in FY2015. To further expand its Social Innovation Business in this region, Hitachi is planning a series of upcoming Social Innovation Forums in other SEA countries in FY2016. 

Mr Ichiro Iino, Chief Executive for Asia Pacific, Hitachi, Ltd. said:

"Throughout our long history in Asia, Hitachi has been working closely with various countries to support the region's long- term development. 

For the Philippines, this began 86 years ago when we supplied hydro turbines to Davao. We are very excited to see the country's rapid economic growth particularly in recent years, driven by strong government support. Through the Social Hitachi Innovation Forum held in the Philippines, we hope to showcase some successful examples of Hitachi's Social Innovation Business and how these can contribute to the Philippines and this region.” 

Hitachi aspires to drive innovation together with all of its stakeholders in ways that make positive contributions to society and seeks to inspire a world that provides safety, comfort and convenience to people throughout the planet, as well as for future generations.

Sony Channel's Rofling' Sundays to chase the blues away

Sony Channel, the premier destination for Hollywood’s hottest shows, concentrates the comedy on Sundays with a Roll-On-Floor-Laughing (“ROFL-ing”) line up of popular U.S series. All showcasing a fun and fierce female lead, these shows take Hollywood entertainment to even greater heights.


Odd Mom Out stars its creator, Jill Kargman as a fictional character based on herself, Jill Webber. Set in the wealthy, cosmopolitan jungle of New York’s Upper East Side, Jill sets out to navigate the good, the bad, and the ugly of the elite mommy clique. Finding herself sticking out like a sore thumb in a bevy of shiny, seemingly perfect and ultra trendy mommies, Jill sees the world around her through a different lens.

The comedy satire is based on her novel published in 2007, Momzillas. It also stars Andy Buckley, Joanna Cassidy, Sean Kleier (Madam Secretary), and Abby Elliot.

This witty, tongue-in-cheek series airs every Sunday at 7:00pm.


It’s law with attitude in Bad Judge, starring Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy).

Rebecca Wright is one of the most respected and prominent criminal court judges in Los Angeles. She also happens to speak her mind and acts as she wants on and off the court. From creative cases rulings to hot date nights with men, she is the town’s most intriguing woman. Beautiful and strong, she cuts a very intimidating figure, but never short of admirers. 

Watch this lady judge deftly manage her career and everything else through wit, humor and innuendoes day in and day out.

Co-created by Chad Kultgen and Anne Heche, this legal comedy is spunky and one of a kind. Catch it every Sunday at 7:30pm


After a well-received debut, Younger kicks off its second season first and exclusively in Asia on Sony Channel. .

Watch this colourful mix of characters pursue success in both career – and love and romance continue to bloom even after Liza spills the beans to Josh. But things get a bit tricky when Liza’s teenage daughter (Tessa Albertson) arrives. Also making things a bit more interesting is Charles’ unrequited crush on Liza – tune in to see if a love triangle is brewing.Kelsey tries to get her career going after a little tryst with a client last season. Both Maggie (Debbi Mazar) and Diana (Miriam Shor) also try their luck with love. 

Watch the first episode of the second season on February 28, Sunday at 8:00pm, First & Exclusive.

BABY DADDY: A Bachelor’s World Turned Upside Down

Ben has a new girl in his life, but she’s unlike anyone he has been with. She drools and poops – but has the sweetest smile. After an ex drops him the biggest surprise of his life, Ben suddenly takes on a life changing task – raising a child.

Together with his mother, Bonnie; brother, Danny and best friend Tucker; Ben faces the challenges of fatherhood. What happens next is a comedy of errors with heart-warming consequences.

Baby Daddy debuts in the Philippines this February 28, Sunday at 8:30pm.

Sony Channel is seen on SKYCable Channel 35, Cignal Digital TV Channel 60, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cable Link Channel 39.

A perfect getaway, experience Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park

Summer is here. Planning to experience everything you want in a getaway, fun, food trip, relaxing.
Get the most out of your summer,  just a few minutes outside Manila, enjoy your day or overnight stay with fun and relaxing activities. Have fun in one place that provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. 

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is the perfect destination for an easy escape, whether for a quick day tour or an overnight stay. Conveniently located 15 minutes from the Mall of Asia, Island Cove allows you to get away from the madness of the metro without having to go too far.
Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park was once known as Pulo ni Burunggoy. My father built it in the early 70s and opened it on June 12, 1976 as Covelandia Island Resort. From 1976 until 1985, Covelandia Island Resort was highly recognized in the Philippines. Its reputation for excellent service and deluxe facilities made it a very popular tourist destination. The economic downturn of the 1980s did not spare Covelandia, it closed for 12 years. Then the island was redeveloped and reopened its doors to the public on October 11, 1997. Its new name was Island Cove. In 2003, an animal sanctuary called Animal Island was added to the island’s attractions. It is home to different species of reptiles, mammals, and birds. In 2005, Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park was ISO 9001:2000 certified and accredited by the Department of Tourism as a triple “A” resort.
The Fishing Village provides quite a dining experience. It is a Filipino-themed restaurant with 21 bamboo huts atop the water facing Manila Bay. It has spectacular views of the Manila and Makati skylines. Diners can go fishing and may have their catch cooked. You can order Filipino favorites from the menu including dishes that are unique to Cavite, famous for the freshest mussels and oysters. 

Guests can go fishing and may have their catch cooked or can order Filipino favorites from the menu including dishes that are unique to Cavite. We recommend the Pinoy Boodle Feast.

Top recommendations are the Pinoy Boodle Feast and their new Lechon sa Pugon which their chefs prepare with much passion. Slow-cooked in their brick oven for 2.5 to 3 hours, it comes out less sinful because a lot of the oil and fat drip out.

The skin is very crunchy while the meat is moist and tender. With all the secret ingredients, their Lechon sa Pugon is noticeably more flavorful than those cooked the traditional way.

Sangley Point features western-style cuisine and must-try items are the baked baby back ribs, Wagyu burgers, and their home made bacon barbecue. iCafe offers coffee, shakes, quick meals and sweet treats. Recently added to its menu are sisig buns and adobo buns.

Bayside KTV serves pica-pica such as baked oysters and mussels.

There is something for every member of the family at the Island. You can even bring the family dog, because yes, Island Cove is pet-friendly, allowing guests with dogs to enjoy the facilities.

Aside from dining at the restaurants, you can spend hours at the Oceania Swim and Splash Park. They have a 350-square meter kid-friendly splash park to Oceania. The splashers and sprayers were imported from Australia. Safety is of paramount importance so they installed colorful, water safe rubber flooring (EPDM) to minimize the possibility of accidents. The main pools of the Oceania Swim and Splash Park retain the 4 giant slides and giant inflatables. The whole water complex spans over 3,000 square meters and their splash park is the biggest in Mega Manila. It is also notable that all their lifeguards are certified in standard first aid and basic life support by the Philippine National Red Cross.

They have just added a new playground for the kids. It is called the King Crawler.

It was designed by the Dutch company, Carve. The original King Crawler was developed when the city council of Purmerend, in the Netherlands, invited Carve to design a new schoolyard area. This vertical urban play structure combines several functions including different types of play and climbing opportunities. The brightly colored ribbon-like platforms stand out as if they are floating between the muted posts and wire mesh walls. The whimsical design of the King Crawler lends itself to enhancing any architectural landscape. The King Crawler complies with the American and Canadian playground safety standards.

You can also visit the Island Cove Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to different species of reptiles, mammals and birds. Aside from feeding crocodiles and monkeys, you can take photos of ostriches, Bengal tigers, Philippine deer, and a 15-foot python. If you want more thrill, their Adventure Zone has one of the largest paintball arenas in the country and an airsoft game site. You can try their Island Cove Maze Challenge too. Their other outdoor facilities include a basketball court, a tennis court, a 1.4-kilometer jogging path, several playgrounds for children and a giant chess set. Bikes are available for rent.

If you prefer to stay indoors, they have billiard and table tennis tables and a game room with Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox consoles.

If you like to work out, you can visit their full service gym.

For those who like to sing, the Bayside KTV would be perfect. It has nine private rooms that can seat groups of 2 to 30. Each of its unique rooms has up-to-date equipment that plays more than 3,000 songs in Chinese, English, Korean, Japanese and Filipino. 

For those seeking relaxation and stress relief, the Island Spa is for you. It offers various western and oriental massage treatments. 

Island Cove has accommodations that serve guests and clients of every need and budget. They have recently finished major renovation of their accommodation facilities.

Gilbert C. Remulla showing us an old aerial view photo of Covelandia Island Resort.
According to Managing Director Gilbert Remulla, the rooms are now more in tune with the times with USB charging ports, wi-fi internet connectivity, flat screen TVs, and modern bathrooms, while still maintaining a Mediterranean feel.

They are particularly proud of their premier de luxe and family de luxe rooms, as well as the junior suites and villas. Family de luxe room occupants get 30% off on kiddie meals.

If you book the premier de luxe room, you will receive complimentary assorted pastries and you won’t be charged separately for the contents of the minibar, you can consume everything that’s there!

The junior suites and villas are very spacious and will be much appreciated by groups. Aside from a jacuzzi and pool in the hotel complex exclusive to checked in guests, some sports and recreation facilities are also available to them for free. 

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is a great place for events, socials and conferences. They have 2 main ballrooms that can fit between 300 to 500 people, 10 air-conditioned function and meeting rooms (including an air-conditioned tent), various non-airconditioned pavilions and function areas. Island Cove is capable of catering and organizing events for as many as 14,000 persons. They have a concert park where they hold concerts from time to time.
They’ve had David Pomeranz, Sharon Cuneta, Side A Band, Sarah Geronimo, Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, Rico J. Puno, Marco Sison, Randy Santiago, Louie Heredia, Chad Borja, Nonoy Zuniga, Sitti Navarro, Jed Madela, The Company, Bamboo, Ely Buendia, Aiza Seguerra, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Regine Velasquez, Spongecola, and Cueshe. They have also hosted wellness events, food festivals, dog shows and sporting activities. And have served as venue to TV shows such as ASAP, Umagang Kay Ganda and Unang Hirit. Movies and soap operas have frequently used Island Cove for their out-of-studio location shoots as well.

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is located in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite, only 15 minutes away from Mall of Asia.

For more information, log on to www.islandcovephil.com, call (046) 434 0210 or email inquiry@islandcovephil.com

Check out Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park




February 27, 2016

Jardine inks five-year deal with SeedWorks for new hybrid rice seeds

Jardine is introducing quality hybrid rice seeds such as TH-82, US-88, and Quadro Alas in its deal with SeedWorks,

Taking part in the Philippines’ bid to strengthen its rice sufficiency, Jardine Distribution Inc. (JDI) inked a five-year distributorship agreement with SeedWorks for its US Agriseeds hybrid rice seeds last January 18 at the SeedWorks office in Singapore.

Jardine Distribution, Inc. currently has in its portfolio quality hybrid rice seeds such as TH-82, US-88, and Quadro Alas – all aimed at boosting the government’s efforts to make the Philippines a top rice exporter in the world once again. This significant move will likewise help local farmers produce substantially better rice and provide a hedge against abnormal weather patterns such as the lingering El Niño in the country right now.

Jardine inks a five-year distributorship agreement with SeedWorks for its US Agriseeds hybrid rice seeds to help the country improve its rice sufficiency.

Present at the contact signing were Edwin Hernandez, JDI president; Carlos Saplala, SeedWorks Philippines general manager; Dr. Balaji Nukal, managing director of SeedWorks International Pvt. Ltd.; Wilson Kwong, JEC chief executive officer; and Roberto Luis Littaua, JDI’s marketing manager.

“Jardine acknowledges both the importance of rice production in the country and its impact on the Philippine economy. The company is thus doing its part in improving local rice production by providing quality hybrid rice seeds that will help our farmers attain optimum harvest and minimize losses,” JDI president Edwin Fernandez averred.

While in Singapore, the JDI team ensured the quality of the seeds they are bringing into the country by visiting the biotechnology facilities of SeedWorks—a state-of-the-art technology center that serves the biotech requirements of the company as well as those of other seed companies.

A featured product in the JDI and SeedWorks partnership is Quadro Alas, a type of hybrid seed that is perfect for Philippine weather, can be planted all year round, and is highly resistant to rice diseases. The Quadro Alas also promises high-quality long-grain rice.

Jardine Distribution, Inc., a member company of the Jardine Matheson Group, represents a number of leading brands in crop protection, local and foreign-made pesticides, plant growth regulators, plant nutrition, hybrid rice seeds, and vegetable seeds.

For more information, please visit www.jardinedistribution.com. 

Win it at the last minute with HP --- 24-hour hassle-free printing

Nowadays, rushing to finish an unexpected school project or even a simple assignment can be really stressful, not only for the students but for their parents as well. Imagine the children staying up late at night just to research, write, and put together a book report, biography, movie review, poster or collage, and other projects.

But what is most distressing is when they suddenly realize they won’t be able to submit the project or assignment and all these hard work would amount to nothing simply because of last-minute printing problems with their low-quality printer.

Their next best option is to look for a 24-hour computer shop or Internet café late at night or in the wee hours of the morning and pray they have a working printer, regardless of the quality of printouts.

Thankfully, parents and their kids can avoid some of these last-minute stressful situations by simply having an HP DeskJet 3635 Ink Advantage All-in-One Printer right at home.

The printer is truly dependable when it comes to helping produce school assignments or projects and, for home offices, even presentation-quality documents with its wireless print, scan and copy functions which everyone can maximize with readily-accessible and user-friendly displays, to save time.

Printing a lengthy book report or biography at the last minute is a breeze with the HP DeskJet 3635 Ink Advantage since it can print up to 20 pages per minute (16 for colored printing). 

Coming up with eye-catching images and visuals for the kid’s poster layout or dad’s project proposal is never a problem with colored print outs of up to 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi color.

The Ink Advantage’s mobile printing through wireless direct and local Wi-Fi connectivity also allows the family to do multitasking work, such as household chores, while printing school assignments and projects, or even work-related documents.

Mobile printing to the Ink Advantage can be made from most smartphones, tablets and PC using Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems. 

This is especially ideal for those who suddenly need to quickly print something while also preparing to rush to the school or office.

Truly, with the wireless print, scan and copy functions of the HP DeskJet 3635 Ink Advantage All-in-One Printer and its reliable and high-quality print, the family can enjoy more time and won’t have to worry about the hassles of last-minute printing.

Sam Concepcion’s “Teka Break” nominated at MYX Music Awards 2016

Sam Concepcion’s Teka Break has been nominated for two major categories in the MYX Music Awards 2016 namely: Favorite Song and Special Awards for Best Music Video. Teka Break is produced by CBN Asia, directed by Voltz Hubilla and Icko Gonzalez, and written by master songwriter Jungee Marcelo. It is one of the songs included in the Transforming Love album produced by CBN Asia for its 20th anniversary.
“It’s great to be recognized for your talent, and obviously, people who work here at CBN Asia are very dedicated to excellence. I am just really grateful that we are nominated,” said John Tan, CBN Asia’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President.
He also added that the generosity of artists like Sam Concepcion and Jungee Marcelo is very admirable, “They set aside their schedules to accommodate us and volunteered their time to record and perform the song in support of our 20th anniversary. We are so grateful to Sam, Jungee, and everybody else who helped and contributed,” Tan added.

Watch Teka Break’s music video in HD by subscribing to The 700 Club Asia’s Youtube channel. Just type youtube.come/The700ClubAsia and search for Teka Break. 

To get a copy of the Transforming Love album, visit cbnasia.org/transforminglove.

Help Teka Break win in the Favorite Song category, by registering on MYXPH.com and clicking on the MYX Music Awards 2016 tab. If you already have an account, just log in directly to the MYX Music Awards 2016 voting page, look for the Favorite Song category, and click on Teka Break as your chosen nominee. 

Please note that you may only vote ONCE PER IP ADDRESS PER DAY PER CATEGORY. Voting will end on March 13, 2016, 11:59 p.m. 

Be a part of making music history by voting now!

It's back! Savor the same tasty goodness of your favorite, the Jollibee Tuna Pie!

The Jollibee Tuna Pie is back, a savory pie with a generous filling of ever-tasty chunky tuna flakes, creamy peppery sauce, cheese and vegetables, enveloped in a crunchy, golden pie crust – served fresh and hot. 

Some fast food offerings are so irresistibly delicious that they have established a huge following among loyal customers who crave for more of these palate-pleasing favorites. 

The Jollibee Tuna Pie is one such fast-food item.

Jollibee recently reintroduced this all-time favorite snack product, whose return customers eagerly await this time of the year since its launch in 2009. 

Chief Marketing Officer for Jollibee Global and Head of Marketing for Jollibee Philippines, Francis Flores, said, “We can almost hear Jollibee Tuna Pie lovers rejoicing over the return of the snack they’ve been craving for. Countless foodies and regular diners have indeed become loyal fans, and it is for them that we are bringing back this snack that makes fish taste so good.” 

Jollibee further delights customers with the introduction of the new Tuna Pie Value Meal that pairs the craveable pie with the equally well-loved Jolly Crispy Fries and a drink for only P80. What’s more, you can share this delectable treat with your family and friends with the return of the Tuna Pie Trio pack for only P115, making road trips and get-togethers even better.

These delightful treats are available in all Jollibee branches nationwide for a limited time only. Hurry and savor your craveable favorites while they last!

February 26, 2016

Philippines hosts Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) 2016

DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez joins other ASEAN Tourism Ministers in a ceremonial launch of Cruise Southeast Asia 
The Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) 2016 which gathered all the member countries’ tourism sector representatives, showcased the ASEAN region as a prime tourist destination. 

The Philippines played host to 10 ASEAN member nations for the biggest regional event in the travel industry this year with the theme ‘One Community for Sustainability.

ATF 2016 aimed to project ASEAN as a beautiful and versatile single destination that will attract more tourists and strengthen ties among the various sectors of the ASEAN tourism industry. 

Joining the annual event were the tourism representatives of the 10 member nations including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT), TTG Asia, the Asean Tourism Association (ASEANTA) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the forum also gave the Philippines the opportunity to highlight the Visit the Philippines Again (VPA) 2016 campaign which aims to entice local and international travelers to visit and experience the country all over again.

DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. 
Welcoming guests were DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. together with TPB COO Domingo Ramon Enerio III. Also joining the event were 35 VIPs from the member nations.

(L-R) TPB COO Domingo Ramon Enerio III, Congressman Rene Relampagos and Congressman Dakila Carlo Cua 

(L-R) Warren Palacios, Soleil Tropicales, DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon, Jr. and Erwin Balane 
(L-R) Butch Garcia (PICC), Darren Ng (TTG) and Joselito Gregorio (TPB) 

Peng Ee Ooi (TTG), TPB’s Susan Del Mundo and Arnold Gonzales 
(L-R) TPB Board members Margarita Villarica and Edwin Vincent Ortiz, Pamela Pascual (WTC) and Margarita Munsayac 

(L-R) Elton See Tan (Intl SKAL Manila), PATA CEO Mario Hardy, Helen Marano (WTTC), Anita Mendiratta (CNN) and Jae Pil Sho
“Hosting the ATF 2016 was such a proud moment for all of us. Beyond the conference walls of the meeting, the delegates experienced our country in different ways—from our diverse natural wonders to our rich cultural heritage and the warmth of the Filipino people. The forum allowed the exchange of ideas for the progress of the ASEAN economies, and built stronger friendships between the nations,” shares Jimenez.
 “We were honored to have hosted one of the biggest travel events in the ASEAN region, the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2016. We gave our best to ensure the success of this event, but most importantly, we made sure that our delegates had a great and memorable experience in the country,” Enerio said.


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