January 31, 2019

Ramon Chua Leads Oriental Tin Can with his Father's Legacy of Quality and Innovation

Oriental Tin Can (OTC) President Ramon Chua leads the company as a trailblazer in the metal packaging and quality tin cans in the Philippines. With emphasis on innovation and quality, OTC, the company his father Chua Tee started in the 1940s has become a household name in the industry, and currently supplies a majority of the country’s food canneries in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The success of OTC can be attributed to Tee’s philosophy that “quality no matter what product you make will be the key to success.” He passed on this guiding principle to his son Engineer Ramon L. Chua who now helms the business to the grandson Engineer Felimon Dexter N. Chua.

Engr. Chua expanded the capabilities of the company by moving Oriental Tin Can from 3rd Avenue Grace Park, Caloocan City to a much bigger area that would house all its production lines in 1954.

With Engr. Chua's technical knowhow and vision, OTC became the first company in the Philippines to have its own Coil Cutting Lines, and soon developed innovations such as Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to engineer its 2-piece cans – a feat which gained the company multiple international awards.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Engr. Chua together with his  son Felimon Dexter N. Chua are constantly innovating. OTC will soon have its own Easy-Open Can Lids (EZO). 'Its quality and innovation or nothing. This differentiates Oriental Tin Can from competitors,'' Engr. Chua stated.

Assurance of Quality 

Chua expounded that the number one consideration is quality control. The Filipino company aspires to become globally competitive by offering products that are internationally recognized for their quality and excellence. OTC operated with international standards, codes of practices, and complies with relevant requirements of law to assure their clients of world-class products.

Its flagship product, the 2-pc tin offers distinct advantages. The first is a pre-fabrication consultation that involves the client into the design process. Cans are not made as is, but are adjusted to suit the needs and goals of the client.

Clients are also assured of the high-standard manufacturing process, high quality raw materials and top caliber people that are involved. OTC uses only top-of-the-line machinery across four strategically-placed plants. This nation-wide presence makes it much more convenient for customers to receive their products.

OTC will continue to grow as Engr. Chua passes on the legacy to his son Felimon Dexter N. Chua, underscoring their family's standards of exceptional quality and innovation in business.

January 30, 2019

Joshua Garcia Goes ‘Todo-Drama’ In New ‘Todo-Saya’ with "Todo Sarap" Jolly Hotdog

Young actor Joshua Garcia now feels super happy, "todo saya" to a new advertisement of Jollibee where he plays in.  

When it comes to scenes of pure drama—complete with heart-wrenching tears—we can always rely on Joshua to deliver.

In his latest ad for Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog, the young Kapamilya actor shows off his acting chops and proves that he is truly a capable performer to watch out for.

The scene starts out with familiar elements: a dark, rainy night. A group of friends. And Jollibee’s Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog delivered right at home. Just when the group is about to dig in, a door opens to reveal Joshua, who rightfully feels betrayed that his friends have started to eat without him.

Right on cue, dramatic background music begins to play—and the actor unleashes the full force of his acting prowess. He seamlessly goes through a melodramatic line and even sheds a couple of tears. His friends come over to console him, but Joshua shakes them off and eventually breaks character to reveal that he was just joking around.

“Todo-drama talaga ang ginawa ko sa eksena,” Joshua shared. “’Yung performance na ibinigay ko doon ay parang sa mga drama movies na napanood na nating lahat, kaya todo enjoy talaga!”

Todo Toppings, Todo Sarap

Joshua’s reaction in the ad when his friends enjoyed their Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog without him is perfectly understandable. On the other hand, the friends who just can’t wait to eat are relatable, too—after all, who can resist the todo toppings, todo sarap deliciousness of Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog?

In this latest Jollibee campaign, Joshua knows that he is not the only one going all the way to todo. “Bawat kagat talaga ng Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog, alam mong todo lahat, lalo sa toppings! Todo sarap, todo enjoy kasama ang buong barkada!”

Bite into the Todo Toppings, Todo Sarap goodness of the Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog today! Prices start at P50.00* (solo) and available in all Jollibee stores nationwide for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions.

* Prices may vary across different locations

January 29, 2019

Robin Padilla plays at the Bato The Movie, the biopic that sets the pace for action movies

Action star Robin Padilla as former PNP chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa in biopic dubbed as Bato,  The Movie" that sets the pace for action flicks for this year 2019.

Directed by award-winning director Adolf Alix, Jr., "Bato The Movie",  joining the cast are Beauty Gonzalez, who plays as the character of dela Rosa's wife. Also stars lvin Anson, Archie Alemania, Chanel Morales, Efren Reyes, Gardo Verzosa, Gina Alajar, Jess Mendoza, Joko Diaz, Jun Hidalgo, Kiko Estrada, Kiko Matos, Manuel Chua, Marx Topacio, Menggie Cobarrubias, Mon Confiado, Polo Ravales, and Ricky Davao in the movie.

This early, netizens are all abuzz about the forthcoming bioflick of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa.

After all, it was during his term when the government's war on drugs escalated to unprecedented heights, leading to the long-awaited crackdown on the rampant menace that has long plagued Philippine society for several decades now. 

But what lies beneath the façade of the crime-busting enigma? Where does he draw the line
between being an officer and a gentleman?

To his enemies-hard-nosed criminals, drug lords, erring police offers, etc.  -  he is the tough relentless and uncompromising iron hand who is willing to uphold the law at all costs.

But to his friends and family, he can be the sweet and lovable father figure whose flerce loyalty is aptly complemented by his comic demeanor and good-natured humor, as evinced by some of his candid media interviews.

From the outset, compressing Bato's life story to a mere couple of hours seems like a daunting task. For sure, his heroic exploits as police officer leading to his pivotal role in the controversial anti-drug war will be the movie's full focus.

Given Bato's toughie character, it comes as no surprise how the country's top action icon Robin Padilla has been tapped to play the title role. With his menacing stare and hard-hitting action stunts, Robin fits the role to a T.

BATO also marks the debut of ALV Films in the local movie industry.

No stranger in the local movie industry, Vegafria has long been involved in the creative and production processes of many local film outfits, particularly Regal Films, whose top executives Mother Lily Monteverde and daughter Roselle are close friends and professional colleagues, as well as Star Cinema and GMA Films.

With our recent ventures in the pageant world (Miss World and Mr. World), sports (Manny Pacquiao and URCC), I felt that it was time to go back to more creative pursuits," Vegafria shares.

"The local movie industry is definitely on an upswing, and what better way to keep it alive than by being at the forefront and being directly involved with the art form from concept to finished product. I have always been, and i will always be a movie fan. And with this new venture of ours, I am very sure that this love and passion for the art form will translate to noteworthy projects," he adds.

Through the years, Vegafria has had the privilege of working closely with some of the prime movers in the movie industry-producers, directors, cinematographers, musical scorers, and of course, the actors and actresses themselves, some of whom have garnered acclaim in international film festivals.

His past experiences as juror at the annual Soho International Film Festival in New York has also opened his eyes to the diverse talent and wealth of opportunities in the global film industry.

He points out, "Of course, we want to help the local film industry first, but it's never too ambitious to aim for global competence. And I believe that with the world-class talent of our local writers, directors, actors in the industry, it's only a matter of time before we become a formidable force in the global movie industry as well."

Produced by ALV Films and Benchingko Films, and distributed by Regal Entertainment Inc.,, 

BATO opens in local cinemas on January 30.

Shell Rimula Christmas raffle winners named

The holiday season is over but the gifts continue to flow as Shell Rimula announces the winners of its "Tatag, Sipag, at Lakas" Christmas raffle promo. 

Pateros-Guadalupe Jeepney Terminal - Promo Draw venue for NCR Cluster.

The grand draw was held last December 14 in selected jeepney terminals across the NCR, CAR, Regions I, II, III, and IV. Promo participants joined the raffle by buying Shell Rimula products R1, R2, R3, or R4, putting the products' caps inside special envelopes and dropping them in sealed boxes found in partner stores in designated regions. 

A total of 99 winners from three geographical clusters were drawn in the raffle. The three clusters are the NCR; the Region 1 cluster, which includes Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR; and the Region 4 cluster, which includes Regions 4A and 4B.

Tarlac Common Terminal - Winners of our stage game "Para-Larga Relay" - Promo Draw venue for Region 1 Cluster.

In each cluster, three winners will receive a cash capital worth P20,000 (plus P10,000 for their partner stores), 20 winners will get a year's supply of Shell Rimula RX4 worth P5,000, five winners will get mobile phones with load wallet worth P1,000, and five winners will get groceries worth P2,500.

The major winners of a cash capital worth P20,000 and P10,000 for their partner stores for the NCR cluster are: Alejandro Lopez Jr. (partner store: ARC Auto Parts). Josephine Caido (partner store: Quirino Auto Supply), and Alfredo C. Austria (partner store: Duereco Auto Supply). 

The major winners from the Region 1 cluster are: Roderick de Guzman (partner store: E&E Auto Supply), Lorenzo Laurente (partner store: Redman Trading), and Francisco Mabborang (partner store: RCB Hardware).

The major winners for the Region 4 cluster are: Flores B. Calibuso (partner store: New Cavite Auto Supply), Richard Oro Wite (partner store: JS Rivera T&G), and Erwin C. Abregunda (partner store: Red Star Auto Supply). 

These and all the rest of the winners will be contacted by Shell Philippines through email or SMS, to let them know how they can claim their prizes.

January 28, 2019

Spring Films Treats Moviegoers on its 10th Anniversary

Successfully carving a niche market into the Philippine cinema landscape, Spring Films will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a two-day film showing event on January 28 and 29 at the Cine Adarna of the University of the Philippines - Diliman Campus!

Entitled "10 Years of Spring Films", the event reflects both the springing and spawning of movies that made unlikely on screen pairings and unlikely discussed themes become major story concepts and storylines. This envisioned by Spring Films who certainly helped to revolutionize movie-making with much Millennium flavour!

On January 28 Monday, the film-showing starts at 2:00 pm with the cute melodrama "Relaks, It’s Just Pag-Ibig" starring Inigo Pascual and Sofia Andres. At 4:00 pm, we will meet up with the story of the acclaimed "Meet Me at St. Gallen" starring Carlo Aquino and Bela Padilla. In the interim is a 'Filmmakers’ Night' where Spring Films will present the upcoming movies and directors. A wonderful treat with a media launch spirit for all sorts of media like bloggers, influencers, students and film enthusiasts. At 7:00 pm is the special commercial cut premiere of the movie "Kuya Wes", Spring Films’ official entry into the 2108 Cinemalaya Film Festival.

On January 29 Tuesday at 2:00 pm will be the wonderful blockbuster "Kimmy Dora" starring the comedy empress Eugene Domingo, the production company’s first movie that soared Spring Films to prominence. This film will be shown in reel film form, for the audience to experience the exclusivity and true grandiosity film reel versions offer, when this new generation is getting used to streaming and digital viewing. At 4:00 pm will be Spring Films' Highest-Grossing romance movie "Kita Kita" that stapled the unpredictable chemistry between Alessandra da Rossi and Empoy Marquez. An open discussion with the Filmmakers will be conducted at 6:00 pm for the moviegoers. Not to be mistaken as a usual conference, this will be a very lively tete-a-tete, giving the audience a great chance to speak with the producers, directors and yes actors! Attendees are Director Sigrid Bernardo (Kita Kita), actor Empoy Marquez (Kita Kita), Director James Mayo (Kuya Wes) to name a few. KZ Tandingan, who interpreted the Official Theme Song of Kita Kita titled "Two Less Lonely People" will also be present. Capping the event at 7:00 pm is again the not-to-be-missed special commercial cut of Kuya Wes.

This two day special event offering of Spring Films is priced at only P100 per old film, while Kuya Wes Commercial Cut screenings with its Filmmakers' Night Access and Open Discussion will be P200. An All Acess Pass for 2 Days will also be available at P300 limited slots only.

The Philsteel Group announces new websites

January 26, 2019, Makati City -- Pioneering flat steel products manufacturer Philsteel recently announced the launch of four (4) new websites; one for its holdings company and three for its manufacturing companies.

The new sites are available at the following URLs:

Philsteel Holdings Corporation: www.philsteelgroup.com 
Philmetal Products, Inc.: www.philmetal.com.ph
Premier Shelter Products, Inc.: www.premiershelter.com.ph 
Steel Corporation of the Philippines: www.steelcorp.com.ph

With these new websites, customers and partners in the construction industry will have access to more information about the companies, its products and services, and allow visitors to easily navigate from the Philsteel Holdings website to any of the subsidiary websites and vice versa. 

Philsteel is the only Filipino steel company that has been recognized by international award-giving bodies for product excellence, including the International Asia Award for Quality (1988, Hong Kong and 1989, London) and the Quality Summit Award in New York , winning the Gold Award for Product Excellence in 2014.

Philsteel started out in 1979 by establishing Philippine Steel Coating Corporation through a joint venture with then two of Australia’s leading industrial manufacturing names: John Lysaght Australia Ltd. (JLA) and Australia Mining and Smelting Company. This venture resulted in the first continuous galvanizing line in the country. 

Spurred by the vision of producing economical and durable building materials comparable to the world’s best, Philsteel established Philmetal Products, Inc. in 1989. Premier Shelter Products was created in the year 2000 to support the Group’s sales in areas outside Philmetal’s scope, notably in the provinces outside NCR and Metro Cebu.

Both Philmetal and Premier Shelter are now engaged in roll-forming, slitting, shearing and fabrication of metal building products and systems such as roofing, cladding, floor decking, steel framing system and a host of steel sections and bended accessories that are integral parts of the building products.

When the Philippine government enacted the Iron and Steel Industry Act (Republic Act 7103), Philsteel took heed and in 1996 founded the Steel Corporation of the Philippines, addressing the government’s call for a private sector-led integration of the middle to downstream sector of the local steel industry, regarded as the linchpin of industrialization.

For the past four decades, the Philsteel Group has been in the frontline of the country’s struggle towards the development and modernization of the iron and steel industry, manufacturing and introducing breakthrough brands such as GALVALUME 55, COLORBOND and GALVABOND Pure Zinc that have set new standards in the local construction industry. These global-class brands are proudly Filipino-made in Philsteel manufacturing sites located throughout the country.

“Our new websites offer our business partners, dealers and customers an easier way to learn more about the companies, our products and services, while allowing them to browse information based on their own choice,” says Philsteel Chairman and CEO Abeto A. Uy. “As we celebrate another milestone year in 2019, these websites will also reflect our continuing commitment to strengthening our mission for theFilipino people in raising the quality of roofing and building materials in the country to be at par with the world’s best.”

Honor 10 Lite exclusively on Shopee for only ₱8,491

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, once again partners Honor to launch its latest premium smartphone, the Honor 10 Lite. Starting January 25, over 21 million Shopee users in the Philippines can enjoy an exclusive 15% off the new Honor 10 Lite, a refreshed variant of the hit Honor 10, available at just ₱8,491 instead of the usual ₱9,999. 

In addition, a limited special bundle featuring an Honor Band 4 Running, Honor Gift Box, and an Honor foldable luggage worth ₱3,000 in total will be up for grabs for the earliest buyers of the Honor 10 Lite on Shopee.

(L-R) Vincent Zhang, Honor Representative, Martin Yu, Associate Director Shopee Philippines, Miguel Bonifacio, Honor Representative

Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “Honor was consistently among the best-selling brands on Shopee throughout 2018, highlighted by the immense success of the Honor 10 flash sale on Shopee in June. Our ongoing Super Gadget Zone Sale, which ends on January 25, has also done very well and we are excited to build on this momentum with the exclusive launch of the Honor 10 Lite. As the demand for premium tech products continues to grow in the Philippines, Shopee will bring even more unbeatable deals on leading brands to our Filipino users in 2019.”

Wang Yang, Country Director of Honor Philippines, said, “We are very proud of the new Honor 10 Lite, and we are very excited to partner Shopee for its debut. Honor has grown our online presence rapidly since joining Shopee in 2018, with our orders increasing by over 350%, and we believe this partnership can reach even greater heights in 2019. Honor is always focused on providing consumers with top quality and innovative mobile devices, and we are confident the Honor 10 Lite will be a big hit on Shopee Philippines.”

The Honor 10 Lite comes in three colors: Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, Sky Blue. Boasting a stylish gradient finish on the rear and a minimalist dewdrop display notch, the phone continues Honor’s streak of inspired designs that has been a huge hit in the country. From January 25, Filipinos can be the first to get their hands on the Honor 10 Lite exclusively on Shopee.

For more information, visit http://bit.do/shopeeph.

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

8990 hits Php11.5 billion in 2018, sets 2019 revenue guidance of Php13 billion

8990 Holdings, listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange under the symbol “HOUSE” and one of the fastest growing real estate developers in the Philippines, rounded up 2018 hitting its full-year revenue target of Php 11.5 billion. It is eyeing Php 13 billion for 2019. The company is also guiding a net income of Php 5.2 billion.

“We had a strong fourth quarter given the increased interest in our housing projects throughout the country. This means we will have another banner year as our unaudited revenues hit our target of Php 11.5 billion in 2018. This is already double of what we did a mere six years ago,” said 8990 Holdings president and chief executive officer Willie J. Uy.

In 2019, the company expects to grow revenues to Php 13 billion with more than half coming from its projects in Luzon—particularly from its largest project to date, Urban Deca Homes Manila in Tondo.

Situated in an 8.4-hectare property, Urban Deca Homes Manila is a 13-tower residential complex offering over 13,000 units with an estimated sales value of Php 20 billion. Targeting residents of Tondo and those living in the Port Area, Intramuros, Divisoria and the Camanava (Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela) area, Urban Deca Homes Manila addresses the housing needs in the most densely-populated area in Metro Manila.

According to Uy, “We have been in business for more than a decade. Our success in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao is testament to our belief that housing should be within reach of every Filipino. The market will always be receptive if you provide homes that are within secure communities and make it within reach.”

“Tondo is a good example. Urban Deca Homes Manila is the first large-scale development in the area. We provide Tondo residents and those living in nearby locations, who have been living with relatives or renting, a viable housing alternative in the area. With the completion of the 18,000-square meter Deca Mall, we will surely not only provide housing but a new kind of lifestyle for Tondo,” he added.

Deca Mall recently partnered with the SM Group, making SM Hypermarket as its anchor tenant. SM Hypermarket will occupy 3,073 square meters of the mall, offering a wide array of food and non-food products.

*The 2018 year-end results indicated herein are unaudited and no guarantees are given (nor should any be relied upon) that these results will not be subject to change or adjustments upon audit. These reported results are not meant as any form of guidance or recommendation to the public.

Gumtect for More Foodie Moments

Filipinos love to eat, and even if holiday parties and celebrations have subsided, gatherings and get-togethers continue. Just think of the upcoming Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, fiestas, and graduation parties! 

While we’re still up for exciting food trips, it is important to take care of our oral healthand be ready for non-stop eating and drinking we all enjoy doing.

Doug and Chesca Kramer give the same encouragement to foodies like them who also love bonding moments over food.

As oral healthcare advocates for Gumtect, Doug and Chesca Kramer share how important it is that they take care of their teKeth and gums, so they don’t miss out on any foodie moments when they get togetherwith their friends and family. 

“Despite our busy schedules, we enjoy the gatherings and reunions to relax and catch up over food,” shares Doug. “I have a really sweet tooth, and I enjoy having conversations over dessert, but for me to be able to just enjoy the food, I also ensure to take care of my gums and teeth so there’s no hassle of gum problems.” 

Doug advocates oral care with the use of Gumtect Gum Care toothpaste, which works to promote healthy gums, protects against harmful mouth bacteria, and moisturizes and strengthens the gums.

As for Chesca, her already hectic schedule as a mom can only get busier with activities with her kids on the horizon. She shares that with her sensitive teeth, she needs to take care of her gums so pangingilodoesn’t get in the way of her indulging in her favorite dishes with her loved ones.

According to a study in 2011 by the National Monitoring and Evaluation Dental Survey, 48% of Filipinos suffer from some form of gum disease. Receding gums are often accompanied with tooth sensitivity. 

Commonly caused by wearing of the thin outer covering of the tooth (enamel), over-brushing, acidic food, and gum receding, pangingilo or dental hypersensitivity begins when the inner part of the tooth is uncovered. This results to an oh-so-familiar brief yet sharp sensation of tooth sensitivity.

“I want to maximize my bonding moments with my family, especially enjoying food together like ice cream and buko salad. I want to be able to indulge in my favorite dishes without having to think about pangingilo,” Chesca says.

For Chesca, she recommends using Gumtect Sensitive toothpaste and Gumtect Sensitive mouthwash as they are specially formulated with Dynamic Desensitizing System to be able to help relieve tooth sensitivity.

Dr. JV Jaurigue, External Vice President of the Philippine Society of Periodontology, shares about the connection of gum health with overall health and stresses the importance of proper oral care. "Oral care is essential to our health. Rather than dealing with complications and difficulties of gum diseases, it is better to prevent them from happening,” he said.

Gumtect Gum Care is the only gum care toothpaste with GUMSHIELD+ which contains Allantoin, which improves the condition of the gums, Vitamin E, which moisturizes gums, and Triclean, which reduces the formation of plaque and shields against harmful mouth bacteria; while Gumtect Sensitive has a Dynamic Desensitizing System that helps relieve sensitive teeth. Both Gumtect Sensitive and Gumtect Gum Carealso have Active Anti-Cavity Protection that ensures fresh breath and strong teeth enamel.

With Filipinos’ love for gastronomic adventures especially those shared with family and friends, our oral health should always be in top shape so we won’t miss out on any foodie moment!

To know more about gum health care tips, visit www.facebook.com/Gumtect.

Save as much as P13,995 on Brother Labellers with P-Touch Bundle Deals!

Free TZe tapes and other goodies when you avail of this limited time offering

Brother Philippines kicks off the New Year with lots of opportunities for offices and businesses to save.

Starting off with executives, professionals and business owners who are looking to professionalize and make their industrial tube labelling more efficient, to offices and industries needing a reliable wire or cable ID solution, Brother has got its P-Touch bundle deals that will allow them save as much as P13,995.

Under the promo, select models of Brother’s high quality and efficient P-Touch labeller machines bought at suggested retail price are bundled with additional TZe Tapes and other accessories allowing buyers to save a minimum of P895 and as much as P13,995!

The P-Touch Bundle Deals will run until March 30, 2019 in Metro Manila and Greater Manila Areas only.

A leading Japanese brand, Brother offers a wide range of labellers from Industrial Compact Labelling System, Industrial Compact Labelling Machine, Handheld Electrician & Datacomm Label Printer, Wireless Label Printer, Industrial Tube & Label Printer, to Industrial Tube & Label Printer with WiFi Connectivity.

So what are you waiting for? Log on tohttps://labelsolutions.brother.com.ph/ to for more information on Brother P-Touch product models. Interested customers may also e-mail labelsolutions@brother.com.ph, or call 581-9881 to avail of the promo.

January 27, 2019

Esperanza is Amaia’s newest building to rise in Alabang

Following the success of Amaia Land Corp.’s first four buildings in Alabang, Muntinlupa—Aria, Blanca, Clara, and Delicia—the top-of-mind and affordableproperty developer is all set for the launch of Amaia Steps Alabang Esperanza, its newest and fifth building in the cosmopolitan town.

Esperanza will offer prospective homeowners a total of 256 spacious and well-designed Studio (24.37 sqm), Deluxe (32.50 sqm), and Premier (42 sqm) units. Its special amenities will include a well-equipped kiddie playground and a linear garden where residents can spend leisuremoments with their families.

Amaia Land has, to date, sold a total of 781 units and turned over 371 of these from its previous buildings in Alabang.

Located on Alabang-Zapote Road, Esperanza is the most recent addition to Amaia’s affordable and sustainable condominiums south of the metro. Esperanza is envisioned to provide bigger breathing and living spaces and a more serene lifestyle far removed from bustling city life.

Future residents of Esperanza will find convenience and comfort in perfect harmony as it is strategically located near business parks, schools like San Beda College Alabang, shopping malls, service centers, and other key establishments. Amaia Land brings the dream of owning an affordable superior-quality home closer to hardworking Filipinos through easy payment options: cash, deferred cash, and bank financing.

Amaia continues to serve its Filipino residents and homeowners with affordable and sustainable development that aims to elevate living experience and create a positive impact on the environment. 

For inquiries about Esperanza and other Amaia developments, check out www.amaialand.com or follow www.facebook.com/AmaiaLand.

Aria and Blanca Actual Photo: Top-of-mind property Amaia Land is set to launch its newest and fifth building in Alabang, Muntinlupa which will be called Esperanza.

January 24, 2019

Korean government and UNICEF launch First 1000 Days Program for vulnerable communities

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UN children’s agency UNICEF, in partnership with the Department of Health and National Nutrition Council, launch an integrated nutrition and health program targeting the first 1,000 days of life to benefit vulnerable children and women in Samar, Northern Samar, and Zamboanga del Norte.
Integrated Nutrition and Health Actions in the First 1,000 Days of Life Program to benefit 40,000 children under-5 and 57,000 pregnant/lactating women in Samar, Northern Samar and Zamboanga del Norte

(L-R) Dr. Gerardo V. Bayugo, DOH Undersecretary of Health; Senator Risa Hontiveros; Ms. Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Representative; Ms. Paik Senghwa, Deputy Director KOICA Philippines

“The Korean Government fully supports the Philippine government in its goal of addressing malnutrition and achieving universal healthcare. By giving assistance to this project, the most vulnerable – mothers and children ages 0-5 years old – will be ensured access to vital health and nutrition services which will help them develop fully later in life,” says Ambassador HAN Dong-Man, Korean envoy to the Philippines.

The support from KOICA amounts to US$6 million and targets 19 local government units in three provinces, namely Samar and Northern Samar in Region VIII and Zamboanga Del Norte in Region IX. Expected reach through the initiative will be 12,000 infants 0-5 months old, 36,000 6-23 months old – including children from poor families and children from geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas – and 57,000 pregnant and lactating women. It also aims to improve the LGU’s policy, governance frameworks and service delivery systems and enhance the capacity of 1,370 nutrition and health personnel.

“We thank the Korean government for supporting the Filipino child’s right to survive and thrive. Supporting interventions at the local level is important to reach every vulnerable mother and child especially those who do not have access to essential services,” UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander says.

Technical support at the national level is expected to reach an estimated 14 million children under five years of age including acutely malnourished children, premature newborns, an estimated 3.5 million pregnant women, and 3 million lactating women in 17 regions across the country.

The project aims to: a) establish a more responsive enabling policy environment at the national and local level that supports the comprehensive approach to maternal, infant and child nutrition and health in the critical first 1,000 days window; b) strengthen systems for the delivery of quality and comprehensive nutrition and health services for the first 1,000 days provided to women, newborns and children; and c) improve knowledge, attitudes and practices of pregnant women, mothers and caregivers in the 19 project areas on maternal and child nutrition and health.

Under-nutrition in the Philippines remains a serious problem. The damage to health, physical growth and brain development of children affected by chronic under-nutrition—stunting in the first two years—is often irreversible, impairing children for life and leaving them with lower chances of finishing school and becoming highly-productive adults. Stunting, iron and iodine deficiencies impact learning abilities and intelligence of children. Studies show that populations affected by iodine deficiency have 10 - 15 IQ points less than those not affected.

A joint research by UNICEF Philippines and the National Nutrition Council (NNC) revealed that every $1 (P53) invested in interventions to combat child malnutrition and accompanying problems can save around $12 (P639) in foregone earnings or health expenditures – equivalent to a 12:1 benefit-cost ratio.

The Kalusugan and Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act, more commonly known as First 1000 Days Law, was approved by the end of 2018 and heralds the beginning of more concerted efforts by the national and local government, donors, and civil society.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. PAIK Seunghwa, Assistant Country Director, KOICA, Mobile: +63917-800-3058, philippines@koica.go.kr

Ms. Michelle Apostol, MD, Health Specialist, KOICA, Mobile: +63905-462-2356, philippines@koica.go.kr

Ms. Zafrin Chowdhury, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Philippines, Mobile: +63 917 867 8366, zchowdhury@unicef.org

Ms. Marge Francia, Communication Officer, UNICEF Philippines, Mobile: +63 917 858 9447, mfrancia@unicef.org

January 23, 2019

Jamie Rivera with The Company at the Valentine's concert dubbled as 'Jamie in Perfect Company'

It's a night of feel-good hits and good vibes with OPM's finest artists - the Philippines' inspirational diva Jamie Rivera with premier vocal group The Company holds the Valentine concert "Jamie in Perfect Company" on February 14 (Thursday) at the Music Museum.

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From left to right : Director Marvin Caldito, Moy Ortiz, Annie Quintos, Jamie Rivera and OJ Mariano. 

"Jamie in Perfect Company" will give us full of inspiration and loving tunes this Valentine's Day. 

During the press conference, it shows the media and bloggers that Jamie is truly in perfect company as with The Company as they intend to take the audience down memory lane as they perform their classic hits and contemporary songs, reliving romantic moments of yesteryears in the highly anticipated Valentine's show presented by Star Events and CCC Productions and directed by Marvin Caldito

The Company’s member Moy Ortiz said during the press conference on Wednesday , they will do the songs from the stage, songs that are current and "of course we cannot do without our hits.” 

Jamie said that they will have songs from the OPM, foreign songs, for the millenials, ’80s, and cover songs.

Jamie is known for popularizing timeless love songs such as "Hey, It's Me," Awit Para
SaYo, "and "I've Fallen For You," aside from her big inspirational hits like "Tell The World of His Love" and "We Are All God's Children."

The Company, meanwhile, is an acapella pop group which started in the 80's who popularized the songs Everlasting Love, "Muntik Na Kitang Minahal," and "Now That I Have You." The group is currently comprised of Annie Quintos, Moy Ortiz, O] Mariano, and Sweet Plantado.

Grab your tickets to the "Jamie in Perfect Company" via Ticketworld and Music Museum for only P3,950 (VVİP), p3.450 (VIP), and P1.450 (silver). 

Get updated with the latest in the Philippine music scene, like Star Music on facebook.com/starmusicph and follow it on Twitter and Instagram @StarMusicPH. 

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Experience Effortless Selfies In Style With Honor 10 Lite!

Just a few weeks ago, the world left 2018 behind with hopes of making it big in 2019. For some millennial Filipinos, a major lifestyle change is in order. From discovering new passion points to switching up their daily routines, people are looking for new ways to refresh their lifestyle this year online and offline.


Stay ahead of the social media game and keep your personal Instagram feeds on everyones radar with the newest player in the mid-range smartphone category, Honor 10 Lite! Leading mobile device e-brand and mobile trendsetter, Honor, will be releasing its first selfie game-changer this January which lets you be in style around the clock with its 24-megapixel front camera. Honor 10 Lites AI technology is able to recognize eight different settings from day to night, so selfies are always on-point!

The Honor 10 Lite can be expected to be a certified scene-stealer which makes for the perfect fashion accessory in anyones daily OOTDs. The eye-catching back design captures that trendy ombre-like effect with Honors signature electric blue that gradually fades to light.

Know more about the Honor 10 Lite officially launching in the Philippines on January 22! Catch it first and exclusive on Shopee for one-day only on January 25. The Honor 10 Lite is bundled with exciting freebies such as Honor Band 4 running, Honor Gift Box and Honor foldable luggage all valued at Php 3,000! Stay tuned to Honors Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/HonorPhilippines) for official announcements!

UNISDR ARISE PH moves closer to achieving resiliency

The Philippines is turning challenges into accomplishments as it continues to deal with natural disasters.

This was the assessment of experts during “A Forum on Understanding Risk and Resilience” held to mark the International Day of Disaster Reduction.

“A Forum on Understanding Risk and Resilience” featured speakers (L-R): Office of Civil Defense deputy administrator for administration assistant secretary Krisoffer James Purisima, National Economic and Development Authority undersecretary Adoracion Navarro and National Panel of Technical Experts member Dr. Rosa Perez.

Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro of the National Economic and Development Authority cited the reduction in loss of human lives during recent calamities. “In terms of magnitude, the number of casualties from typhoon Ompong was only 79, unlike in previous strong typhoons where they reached thousands. This gives us a more positive view of how we are building a resilient nation,” she said.

“We have proactively empowered our local government in DRRM (Disaster Risk Reduction and Management) councils through effective policy guidance,” said assistant secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, deputy administrator for administration of the Office of Civil Defense. 

Specialists from the government, business, academe and civil society organizations attended the forum organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)’s ARISE Philippines, Department of National Defense, National Resilience Council and SM Prime Holdings to enhance understanding of resilience – conceptually and operationally.

In his opening remarks, Zuellig Family Foundation president Ernesto Garilao said, “We need to shift the way we, as a nation, think about disasters so that, together, we can be better prepared in the future. But to promote a culture of preparedness, we must first understand risk.” 

Speakers presented information and possible strategies to respond to possible risks in the future. They suggested adopting, in the face of adversity, lessons from the experiences in Yolanda, the Zamboanga siege and the landslide in Naga, Cebu, highlighting the need for a shared understanding of the risks presented in the communities.

Talking about dangerous phenomena that make up risk, Dr. Rosa Perez, member of the National Panel of Technical Experts, said that the Philippines aimed to minimize risks as much as possible. “We should asses how often these events occur, their effects, how bad they are and what can we do to address the bad effects and harness the good ones,” she said.

The Philippines remains at the top of world risk indices due to several vulnerability factors so the government, through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, continues to find ways to address effectively the challenges of disasters and build national resilience.

Citi Philippines Global Community Day photo wins at the 10thAmCham CSR photo contest

Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed (left) receives the award given by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Foundation for Best Photo in the “Creating Sustainable Livelihood Category” together with corporate affairs head Lisa Coory (middle) and citizenship officer Jackie Ampil (right). The photo shows Citi employees assisting the community women of Gawad Kalinga’s BayanihanVillage, as they learn to cook healthy meals for their families and for a home-based business. This activity is part of Global Community Day, a time-honored annual tradition where Citi employees in different parts of the world come together with their families and friends to share their time, skills and expertise in the cities where they live and work.

Innovative fishball maker from Bulacan named top winner of 2018 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

An entrepreneur’s innate ability to fish deep for innovative ideas to propel his fishball-making business to success earned him the top spot in the 2018 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA), a program funded by the Citi Foundation and hosted in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc (MCPI).

2018 CMA Microentrepreneur of the Year Fishball Manufacturer Erwin Ramos (center)
receives his award from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier (left) 
and Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed.

The CMA is a signature initiative of the Citi Foundation aimed at generating economic opportunities for low-income people, including youth, around the globe. The awards program provides entrepreneurs with resources to strengthen their business, including access to networks, capital, tools and training; and enables individuals to create economic sustainability for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Erwin Ramos, who turns bidbid fish into fishballs and other processed products, was presented the CMA Microentrepreneur of the Year award in ceremonies held at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Manila.

Ramos was joined by other awardees: Maria Elena Estadola, nito handicrafts business owner, Regional Awardee for Luzon; Rosario Amoroto, calamansi processing business owner, Regional Awardee for Visayas; Arnold Viado, balut producer, Regional Awardee for Mindanao; and Mary Grace Bayalas, midwife and owner of a birthing home, Youth Microentrepreneur of the Year.

The Special Award for Agri Micro-business was given to two equally deserving winners this year: Estrella Balnao, a coffee farmer and producer; and Romeo Ponio, a corn and vegetable farmer. The Special Award for Community Leadership went to Jessette Oquendo, owner of a pasalubong (souvenir) center for Palawan crafts; while Marisa Ganding, a spa and wellness center owner, received the Special Award for Startup Micro-business. 

During the launch of the 2018 CMA, BSP governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. pointed out that "It is only appropriate that we continue to showcase truly inspiring success stories of our microentrepreneurs. Since its creation in 2002, the CMA program has served as a vehicle to encourage other aspiring microentrepreneurs nationwide and to spread the message that through the value and nobility of hard work, anything is possible.” He added that “our partnership with MCPI and Citi Foundation is a significant contribution to the BSP's Continuity Plus-Plus Agenda - one aspect of which is ensuring that our financial system is inclusive and leaves no one behind." 

“We are honored to recognize and celebrate successful entrepreneurs whose perseverance, determination and conviction to pursue their dreams serves as an inspiration to others. These outstanding entrepreneurs have made a difference for their families and now serve as catalysts to encourage and motivate other entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps. Citi Philippines is dedicated to supporting financial inclusion initiatives that help Filipinos achieve financial independence and enable them to make a contribution to their communities,” said Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed.

In 2011, Ramos, together with his wife Lanie, experimented with the use of bidbid fish—considered a nuisance in bangus fishponds—as base ingredient for fishballs. In time, they ventured into dried fish processing and fish chicharon (crispy skin)-making. An initial loan of PhP5,000 from UPLIFT Philippines, Inc. helped Ramos launch their own brand, Erwin and Lanie’s Fishball. His production facility in Paombong, Bulacan churns out freshly made fishballs and other products on a daily basis. No part of the bidbid fish goes to waste; even the innards are used as feeds in prawn farms. To this day, Ramos continues to make product innovations while relentlessly marketing his products to clients in person.

This year’s winners received close to PhP2 million in cash and non-cash prizes that include life and health insurance coverage for one year; laptops and IT training; and grassroots entrepreneurship training at the Citi Microenterprise Development Center, another Citi Foundation program in partnership with Bayan Academy. The winners will also be highlighted during celebratory town halls in their respective hometowns after the awarding ceremony.

The National Selection Committee (NSC) that chose this year’s winners is composed of Gov. Espenilla and Mr. Ahmed as co-chair; with members Mr. Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III, president and CEO, RFM Corporation; Ms. Teresita T. Sy-Coson, vice chairperson, SM Investments Corporation; Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, chairman and CEO, GMA Network, Inc.; Hon. Ramon M. Lopez, secretary, Department of Trade and Industry; Ms. Mary Ann M. Montemayor, Mindanao Private Sector representative, National MSME Development Council; Ms. Imelda M. Nicolas, president, Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran; Ms. Marixi Rufino-Prieto, former chair, the Philippine Daily Inquirer; Dr. Michael L. Tan, chancellor, University of the Philippines Diliman; Mr. Orlando B. Vea, president, Voyager Innovations, Inc.; and Mr. Fernando Zobel de Ayala, president, Ayala Corporation.

CMA is now on its 16th year of recognizing outstanding microentrepreneurs across the Philippines. Through the years, this awards program has highlighted the efforts of multiple stakeholders working together to strengthen microfinance and enterprise development, and financial inclusion in the country. CMA has given recognition to over one hundred microentrepreneurs across the country, including youth microentrepreneurs and those with notable contributions in community leadership, agriculture, and environmental sustainability.


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