July 30, 2019

Advance, the online demand salary platform now part of FinTech Ph

Advance, the country’s only online platform providing flexible credit on-demand, was officially launched recently.

Advance, an online platform providing credit on-demand – has been named as an official member of the FinTech Philippines Association.

Advance CEO and co-founder Jaime de los Angeles said Advance is a company that aims to help at least 8 out of 10 Filipino employees who live from paycheck to paycheck – with most of whom having without access to basic credit services and are unable to rely on their employers for financial assistance.

“Expenses often come at the most inopportune times or the so-called ‘petsa de peligro’. Advance is solving this problem by allowing employees to access their salaries on-demand, which is critical especially when faced with a sudden, unexpected need for cash,” said de los Angeles.

The Advance top executive also explained that the company is a flexible credit platform available round-the-clock, so individuals can have ready access to funds that’s essentially theirs.

“We know that life doesn’t conveniently revolve around payday, so we wanted to empower employees by giving them the ability to unlock their wages, anytime,” added de los Angeles.

Not everyone has the ability to take salary loan programs through banks, and even if they do, it wouldn’t be as fast as what Advance offers because of all the physical requirements and manual processes. Furthermore, approvals aren’t always guaranteed, plus loan amounts are usually much larger and for longer tenors.

“A bank typically won’t lend someone P2,000 to pay a utility bill. That’s where Advance comes in— to ensure employees never have to worry about how to cover their daily needs,” explained de los Angeles.

With all the frills in mind, Advance aims to provide workers with the ‘peace of mind’ that at any time, they’re can access their salary and get funds instantly sent to their bank account. But it’s really the flexibility of their product that makes them stand out among the rest of the lenders; specifically, they offer lines of credit that can be drawn from as needed instead of a fixed pre-approved amount. In addition, employees can request from P1,000 up to their max credit limit, as often as they need, until they fully utilize their line.

“Our model is very much in line with the sachet mentality of Filipinos, making our product really intuitive,” said de los Angeles.

However, de los Angeles cited that despite the ease of use, employers don’t need to worry about overexposure as the credit limits are a percentage of an employee’s salary.

“Interestingly, we’ve seen that combining flexibility with controlled limits actually helps promote responsible borrowing with our customers as they draw only what they need, versus having to accept a fixed amount that they’ve been approved for and be forced to draw it all in one shot – even if it means being over-leveraged. We really see ourselves as a financial bridge – providing financial assistance to employees while ensuring they still have enough to take home,” stated de los Angeles.

On the client front, Advance said they are working with employers by means of taking over the informal (and oftentimes very tedious) practice of lending to their employees.

“We’re proud to provide our service for free and at no liability to our partners, so they can utilize their cash flow for the operational needs of their business and focus on their core competencies. At the same time, they’re still able to provide financial assistance to their employees through us, in a way that’s fair, convenient and designed to really suit their needs,” said de los Angeles.

Another thing that has set Advance apart from other lenders is the 0 interest and the small processing fee which is added to the repayment amount. The launch welcomes Advance to the Fintech Philippines Association, making them one of the many tech firms participating in the FPh ecosystem, but one who is approaching financial inclusion and credit in a truly unique way.

“We are very proud to partner with a one-of-a-kind platform like Advance. I do believe that this is an opportunity for many employees to have more access to financial security than ever before.” FPh Executive Director Amor Maclang said.

The Fintech Philippines Association is the largest and most inclusive association in the Philippines that promotes digital entrepreneurship.

Any interested parties may visit Advance’s official website to know more info and they can do to provide this innovative financial service to their employees.

July 29, 2019

Beat the rainy days with these laundry hacks

The major household concern of any family during rainy season is that of drying wet clothes. 

The rainy season is a challenge for many moms especially when it comes to drying the laundry. Since drying clothes outdoors is out of the question, bringing them indoors after washing becomes commonplace.

But hanging freshly washed clothes indoors can leave them with a distinct and unpleasant odor. Moreover, wet clothes can cause a build-up of bacteria making them unsafe especially for infants.

That is why Beko Philippines, Europe’s leading brand of washers, shares some simple tips to keep your clothes clean, fresh-smelling and safe to wear.

Use Fabric Conditioner

Soak clothes in fabric conditioner during the rinse cycle. Fabric softeners not only leave clothes soft, but it also leaves them smelling fresh even if hung out to dry indoors preventing that all-too-familiar and unpleasant “kulob” odor. There are also fabric conditioners that have anti-microbial properties that leave clothes not only fragrant but bacteria-free.

Hang Clothes Properly

Where you hang them in the house also helps. Look for an area where there is good ventilation so the clothes get as much air as possible. Never hang them in cramped and enclosed spaces. Heavy pieces, such as jeans, towels, and carpets should be placed near the windows where air flows through. It is also worthwhile to ensure that the room where they hang in get good ventilation overall.

Give them a good wringing

Before you hang them, make sure that you’ve given them a thorough wringing. Clothes that are still quite wet not only dry longer, but they also smell bad even when already dry.

Choose the right dryers

Lastly, invest in the right dryer. Choose a dryer that can eliminate bacteria that cause can be harmful to your family. What’s more, they also maintain the fresh smell of the fabric conditioners you use, so your clothes smell fragrant.

Beko’s new 10kg. heat pump automatic dryer DH10444RX0 features the latest technological innovation to help you keep your clothes fresh and your family safe from harmful pathogens while saving on energy.

The DH10444RX0 has the AquaWave® technology that generates a wave-like motion using a set of paddles to increase drying performance as it moves garments around.

It also optimizes the drying cycle with an OptiSense® technology, a technological innovation that lets you choose between three smart sensors for drying clothes, with one sensor automatically stopping the machine when the right level of dryness has been achieved.

Beko’s DH10444RX0 keeps you clothes crease-free with its Auto Anti-Creasing feature that spins clothes gently with a gentle drum action.

Lastly, the DH10444RX0 comes with a Child Lock feature to prevent young ones from changing the settings on the dryer.

Beko Philippines advocates for healthy living through the technologies installed in their appliances. The company’s refrigerators, washers, and ovens come equipped with advanced features that are designed to not only improve efficiency but also, optimize time, cost, and energy so that people can prioritize their health and wellbeing.

Check out Beko home appliances at your nearest SM Appliance Center and Robinsons Appliances store for the best seasonal offers and discounts.

To learn more about Beko and the technologies in their appliances, visit their website at http://www.beko.ph/ or follow them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bekoph/.


Irish pop vocal group, WESTLIFE’s ‘The Twenty Tour’ in Manila concerts are all set to happen on July 29 and 30th at the Araneta Coliseum.

Few Tickets Left! 
New Seats + SRO available via TicketNet.com.ph or at TicketNet outlets and Araneta Coliseum box office. Don’t miss the much-awaited reunion tour of the year!!

Presented by Wilbros Live

July 28, 2019

Tourism Promotions Board gears up for global competitiveness

To achieve its global competitiveness goal and attract more travelers, visitors, and investors, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), is conducting a series of Tourism Marketing Educational Seminars among participants from DOT Regional Offices and local government units (LGUs), which kicked off in Batangas City this June, and will go to Cebu and Butuan in August.

The seminars will focus on skills training and upgrading competency level through workshops, case studies and collaborative research projects. This intends to boost employment rate, improve income opportunities and subsequently increase tourism arrivals and receipts. 

Moreover, the seminar-workshop is expected to empower LGU’s tourism officers with greater knowledge to initiate and oversee successful tourism marketing strategies that can significantly contribute to the country’s economic and social development. 

TPB will also discuss relevant issues affecting the tourism industry that may impact the market and provide opportunity to enhance performance and decision-making skills.

The seminars, which anticipates approximately 60 participants per run, is part of TPB’s initiative to support the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2016-2022,aiming to build and upscale the implementation of tourism programs to deliver a more competitive, sustainable and inclusive tourism sector.

All Systems Go! Last Chance to Catch WESTLIFE 'The Twenty Tour' on July 29 and 30!

Fans are excited and the anticipation is rising for Irish pop vocal group, WESTLIFE’s ‘The Twenty Tour’ in Manila. The concerts are all set to happen on July 29 and 30th at the Araneta Coliseum.

The reunion tour is expected to be nostalgic, as the band will be performing their well-loved hits in Asia. They are definitely back and in full swing, ready to celebrate their 20th anniversary of hits with loyal fans here in Manila.

Proof to the overwhelming love of their supporters, ‘The Twenty Tour’ is Westlife’s fastest selling tour of all time. The band sold an incredible 400,000 tickets in just 48 hours in the UK. Their first show in Manila sold out in less than a day.

The shows will see the global pop kings perform their greatest hits and all 14 of their U No.1 hits including ‘Swear It Again’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘If I Let You Go’, ‘My Love’, ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘A World Of Our Own’, ‘Unbreakable’, ‘Mandy’, and ‘You Raised Me Up’.

Being the UK’s top selling album group of the 21st century, Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian have also returned with their highly anticipated first new single in eight years, ‘Hello My Love’, which is written and produced by superstar hitmarkers Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac.

Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and are the only band to have their first 7 singles enter the UK chart at No.1. They also have the most singles of any artist to debut at No.1 in the UK. Overall the band has had an incredible 14 No.1 singles, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles. They have had 33 No.1 albums worldwide and as a live act have sold 5 million concert tickets worldwide.

Last chance! Few tickets left to WESTLIFE: The Twenty Tour in Manila via TicketNet.com.ph or Call 911-5555. You can also visit any TicketNet outlets nationwide or the Araneta Coliseum box office.

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July 27, 2019

A Rainy Day Return

The sudden shift in weather signifies one thing, that summer has ended, and the rainy season has begun. It’s finally time to keep our floral outfits and swap them for comfy sweaters and waterproof jackets that will keep us safe during the eventual downpour. Students will now look towards their social media feeds for the slim chance that the local mayor has canceled classes, and employees may need to check the news channels for flooded streets that they might need to avoid during their morning commute.

Along with this new season comes with change of dishes to crave for, gone are the days of ice cream and cold desserts which are now replaced with savory soups and warm beverages catered to comfort you from the inside out. 

With the rainy season in mind, Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop, is happy to introduce the return of a much-loved food item made especially for the rainy season with the classic Soupinoy Pork Molo! 

Experience comfort in a bowl with Goldilocks’ Soupinoy Pork Molo! A special seasonal dish made of savory pork wanton balls, fresh green onions and delicious soup, guaranteed to be the perfect partner during cold, rainy days.

Grab this and other seasonal specials at any Luzon based Goldilocks Foodstore and, for more information, you may also follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, on the Goldilocks Facebook page, or at the official Goldilocks website at www.goldilocks.com.ph.

LG Celebrates History with Tomorrow’s AI Technology

LGEPH, in partnership with Intramuros Administration, showcases history in an entirely different perspective in the newly opened Museo de Intramuros

(L-R) Cinematographer Pong Ignacio and Director JP Habac of TBA Studios, IA Administrator Atty. Guiller Asido, LGEPH Managing Director Mr. Inkwun Heo, LG Brand Ambassador Mr. James Deakin, and LGEPH Vice-President for Home Electronics Mr. Tony An

Intramuros, Manila - History was made yet again as the Intramuros Administration (IA), the government agency tasked for the orderly restoration, management, development, and promotion of Intramuros as a national heritage, celebrated its 40th Anniversary in the recently opened Museo de Intramuros.

The past meets the future as LG unveiled their newest line of OLED TVs in Museo de Intramuros

To celebrate the momentous occasion together with IA, LG Philippines made their presence felt as they simultaneously unveiled their newest line of state of the art OLED TVs, putting side by side our rich and colorful history together with tomorrow’s technology. 

LG PH Managing Director Inkwun Heo led the festivities as he formally handed over six (6) units of the LG TVs to the museum.

LGEPH Managing Director Mr. Inkwun Heo discussing the importance of the Philippines’ and South Korea’s rich cultural heritage.

 Mr. Heo went on to say 

“This 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea. Throughout the seven (7) decades of friendship between the 2 nations, we’ve been championing the importance of culture. We at LG Philippines remain committed in doing our part to preserve and showcase Philippine history. We hope that through the integration of our industry leading OLED TV technology with riveting historically significant content, we are able to communicate to audiences, both old and new, the importance of Intramuros and Philippine history as a whole”.

Present during the event was event was Atty. Guiller Asido, Administrator of the Intramuros Administration, who was ecstatic about the educational possibilities of the TV donations. Referring to the event’s official hashtag #TheTVThatUnderstandsYou, he quips “I would like to rephrase our hashtag, this is not just the TV that understands you — it is the TV that understands the history and culture of the Filipino people.”

IA Administrator Atty. Guiller Asido giving his acceptance speech for the new LG TVs Museo de Intramuros received.

Also unveiled during the program was another gift of LG to IA: a special AVP made by TBA Studios, the creative geniuses behind local hit movies Heneral Luna and GOYO.

The video which featured Museo De Intramuros was directed by JP Habac with cinematography by Pong Ignacio. Habac and Ignacio were awe-struck with how vivid the color rendition of the LG OLED TVs was.

IA Administrator Atty. Guiller Asido and LG Managing Director Mr. Inkwun Heo formalize the partnership in the newly opened Museo de Intramuros

(L-R) LGEPH Vice-President for Home Electronics Mr. Tony An, IA Administrator Atty. Guiller Asido, and LGEPH Managing Director Mr. Inkwun Heo

“Every bit of detail is seen the way it’s supposed to be seen. The dynamic range is really something to behold”, says Habac. LG commissioned the video featuring the Department of Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and museum curator Dino Santos to showcase the enchanting beauty of Intramuros through its crystal-clear OLED displays. You can watch TBA Studios’ masterful take on the Walled City here:

LG’s newest line of TVs is powered by never before seen cutting-edge technology. With Deep Learning technology now embedded in their new α9 Gen2 & α7 Gen2 processors) – the TV, through intuitive recognition, can understand how to optimize and enhance the picture and sound for any content. The AI feeds on data and adapts accordingly, giving you the most optimal viewing experience possible. With the Deep Learning technology, the LG TV can understand how to display best picture quality from any source and resolution.

LG’s AI doesn’t just stop at picture quality. You can also talk to your TV. When you press the microphone button on your remote, LG’s ThinQ AI listens to your commands and executes them, even those based on an earlier “conversation”. From simple TV controls, weather questions, or you can create follow-up questions based on your initial command and the ThinQ AI will still carry-on the conversation. James Deakin, LG’s Brand Ambassador, gamely demonstrated the AI capabilities of the TV onstage, as he issued commands and questions one after the other. “This is as smart as smart TVs can get. LG is ahead of the game in pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology”.

LG's flagship OLED TV flanked by Museo de Intramuros' historical wooden sculptures

If that wasn’t enough, LG’s flagship OLED TVs also have LG’s award-winning OLED Panel Technology that works seamlessly with Deep Learning Technology. Sound quality is boosted by an intelligent algorithm that can up-mix two-channel audio to deliver convincing virtual 5.1 surround sound. Deep learning significantly improves output by analyzing source content to produce enhanced sound effects in movies, deeper bass in music and clearer voices in sporting events. Users can adjust the sound to suit viewing conditions or let the TV set the best sound levels based on the environment.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is made possible with the help of Dolby Atmos for incredibly realistic sound as the TV intelligently fine-tunes content compatible with Dolby Vision. The TV supports HDMI 2.1, allowing viewers the opportunity to enjoy 4K content at a blazing fast 60 frames per second. The TV also supports automatic low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR), and enhanced audio return channel (eARC).

With the release of their flagship OLED TV, LG takes another step ahead in their vision of a truly interconnected smart home. As the Internet of Things grow day by day, LG has answered the call to provide personalized, proactive, efficient, and easy solutions, while seamlessly incorporating integrated multifunctional technology into your life. Powered by the ThinQ Artificial Intelligence technology, these innovations work together in sync and in perfect harmony, adapting to your needs every step of the way. 

About LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company

The LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company is an industry leader in televisions, audio video systems, monitors, projectors and portable computers. The company is a recognized innovator in the industry for its leadership in OLED TVs, which revolutionized the premium TV category. For more details on LG OLED TVs, log on to lg.com/ph, like @LGTVPhilippines on Facebook, and follow @LGPhilippines on Instagram.

4As inks partnership with Cannes Lions

The 4As is now the Official Festival Representative of Cannes Lions and Spikes Asia in The Philippines

Philip Thomas, Chairman of Cannes Lions (Left) and David Guerrero, Chairman of the Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies of the Philippines (Right) formalize an agreement to make 4As the Official Festival Representative for the Philippines of Cannes Lions and Spikes Asia.

The Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies of the Philippines (4As) has been appointed as the Official Festival Representative for the Philippines of two of the most prestigious creative festivals in the world—Cannes Lions and Spikes Asia.

The agreement was announced at the 4As Agency of the Year award ceremony at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel last July 25. The partnership was made in principle at the recent 2019 Cannes Lions Festival in France with Phil Thomas, Chairman of Cannes Lions and David Guerrero, Chairman of the 4As, on behalf of the organization’s 2019 board. The contract was signed this month.

“This partnership between the 4As and Cannes Lions strengthens our belief in creativity as the key to effective communications,” Guerrero said. “We believe that through this agreement, we can help inspire more creative professionals and showcase the world-class talent of Filipinos on the global stage.”

“We’re delighted to welcome 4As as the official festival representative of the Philippines for the Cannes Lions and Spikes Asia festivals. This new partnership will ensure that the creative community of the Philippines can continue to benchmark creative excellence globally and regionally, now and in the future,” Philip Thomas, Chairman of Cannes Lions said.
Since its introduction in 1954, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has been bringing the creative communications industry together every year at its one-of-a-kind event in Cannes, France to learn, network, and celebrate.

Meanwhile, Spikes Asia, the APAC region's oldest and most prestigious industry awards is a three-day festival reaching the region's most influential decision-makers, as well as up-and-coming talent.

The 4As, which brings together the country’s leading creative agencies, will promote the festivals in the country through its educational and professional development programs. It will also nominate jury members and inspire new generations of Filipino marketers and creatives by showcasing the best creative communications in the world.

For more information about 4As and its activities, like and follow its Facebook page at https://facebook.com/4AsPhilippines.

Get more rewards when you pay via cash or credit card : Say bye to July with as much as P2650 in cashback and more amazing perks from PayMaya!

The rainy season is here and with it comes a deluge of discounts, cashback, and other perks as the leading digital financial wallet and app PayMaya brings more amazing surprises to all account holders every time they pay using their PayMaya account. From today until July 31, you can get up to a total of P2,650 in cashback when you pay your purchases with their PayMaya account!

With all of these perks and rewards, it’s time to leave your wallet at home because paying using your PayMaya account today brings you even more value than cash or your credit cardPayMaya is not just convenient, it also offers you the best cashback deals and discounts for all the things you have to pay every day–whether it’s shopping online, buying load, or paying at the supermarket,” said Raymund Villanueva, Head of Growth and Marketing at PayMaya. 

Until July 31, PayMaya account holders can enjoy the following perks and discounts for every transaction: 
  • Get up to 100% cashback every time you buy load (max. P200) in the PayMaya Shop so you can keep calling and texting your friends and family 
  • Buy discounted Mobile Legends: Bang Bang gaming pins and get up to 100% cashback on all gaming pins (max. P200) for all-day power-ups for your games 
  • Get P300 cashback when you shop online with your PayMaya card (min. P3,000 single transaction) so you can snag the latest deals on your favorite e-Commerce sites 
  • Get P150 cashback when you send money of at least P3,000 to another PayMaya user so you can easily send money to friends and family 
  • Get up to P1000 cashback whenever they pay using PayMaya QR at any partner merchants (for upgraded accounts) for more value each time you shop 

And from July 29 to 31, PayMaya is multiplying the fun as users can get double the cashback on QR purchases (max. P500), which means double the savings on every purchase so you can splurge on that gadget accessory or cute dress you’ve seen in the mall.*

What’s more, qualified users who pay their bills with PayMaya can also have the chance to earn as much as P200 cashback for two bills paid from July 29 to 31.

Not yet a PayMaya account holder? Signing up for one is easy. Simply download the PayMaya app on the Play Store and the App Store and sign up using your mobile number. 

Get started on transacting by instantly adding money to your account through more than 30 bank partners via Instapay, or through the more than 40,000 PayMaya Add Money channels nationwide that include Smart Padala by PayMaya centers, Smart stores, Bayad Center, SM Business Center, Robinsons Business Center, Gaisano Capital Business Center, 7-Eleven, ExpressPay, Palawan Pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuillier, RD Pawnshop, Shopwise, Wellcome, UnionBank ATMs, BDO, Metrobank, RCBC, iBayad, ECPay, VMobile and Touchpay, eTAP & Pay&Go Kiosks, among many others.

PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, is the only FinTech company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device.

To know more how you can maximize your PayMaya account, visit paymaya.com/deals or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

July 21, 2019

"The world is better when we come together, through Chicken." - -- Max's Restaurant

Max’s Restaurant’s newest installment of its ‘Every Kind of Family’ campaign features ‘Rise Up’ takes an unexpected twist of celebrating Max’s 74 years anniversary. 

'Rise Up"

Can you imagine a world where the sun doesn’t shine? A life where we must aimlessly walk blind with nothing but darkness to guide us? 

This may sound like a dystopian, post-apocalyptic scenario, but in ‘Rise Up,’ Max’s Restaurant’s newest installment of its ‘Every Kind of Family’ campaign, it is a far lighter take; one on kindness, respect, collaboration, and working together for the good of everyone.

Max’s history of compelling storytelling was recently recognized by the prestigious Asia-Pacific Tambuli Awards as the Advertiser of the Year for coming up with ‘End Alienation,’ which highlights our intrinsic need to belong. This was then followed by ‘Resolutions,’ which proves it’s possible to unite and come together as a family despite our differences. 

Now, ‘Rise Up’ takes an unexpected twist of celebrating Max’s 74 years of proud existence – its Sarap-To-The-Bones® chicken and how it brings everyone from different walks of life together and foster life-long relationships.

“One of the things our fans have come to love about the brand is our out-of-this-world sense of humor and our belief in seeing the best in people,” shares Max’s Restaurant Chief Operating Officer Paolo Serrano. “With ‘Rise Up,’ we played to these strengths to give people a fresher take on Max’s Restaurant and our message.”

For Serrano, animation and quirky tone aside, ‘Rise Up’ gets to the heart of Max’s Restaurant as an institution; more than The House That Fried Chicken Built, it has also been a place where people of different ages, backgrounds, and beliefs have come together for over seven decades. 

“Max’s has always been a place where people come together for something greater and more meaningful than themselves,” notes Serrano. “Whether it’s celebrating a child’s first birthday, the start of a marriage, or a young adult getting their degree, Max’s has always been that place for people. We have always seen ourselves as part of the communities we are in. It’s also been a place where people passionate about good food, great service, and love of sustainable local cuisine have come together.”

“Having Max’s be a part of our fans’ lives has meant a lot to us, and as a gesture of appreciation, we’re now making it easier for everyone to come together at Max’s with our Rewards Card,”  adds Serrano,

With a minimum single-receipt food purchase of PHP1,000 which automatically entitles guests with one card, Every Kind of Family can have all the more memorable dining experiences Every Day to the Max.

This latest must-have allows cardholders an outright 10% discount starting at PHP500 to PHP10,000 food purchase. Even better, card owners can avail a free Max’s Best Plate anytime, seven days before or after their birthday. 

This special set is where all the best of Max’s come together, like Fried Chicken, Lumpiang Shanghai, Pancit Canton, Max’s Tofu or Chicken Skin, Sweet Kamote Fries, Rice, and a Caramel Bar.

Coming together doesn’t stop there because on July 31, starting 12PM, Max’s is also having another round of Chicken All-You-Can. Make sure to gather your friends, families, or even someone you just met and get your hands on unlimited Max’s Fried Chicken, Soup of the Day, Soft Drinks, and Rice for only PHP399.

Indeed, the world is better when we come together, especially if the heart of each get-together is at Max’s Restaurant, enjoying a plate of Sarap-To-The-Bones® Fried Chicken.

To watch Max’s latest film and find more information about the Rewards Card and Chicken All-You-Can, visit Max’s Facebook page.

July 20, 2019

City of Dreams Manila unveils Melco Club, the new brand of its Rewards Program

Set to deliver bolder perks and privileges, City of Dreams Manila is unveiling on July 22 Melco Club, a new loyalty program, replacing Dream Rewards. 

A bigger and better rewards program, Melco Club offers members Melco Points that will provide them access to a multitude of benefits at City of Dreams Manila. Members gain more Melco Points with every spend within City of Dreams Manila and can earn their way to greater rewards, ascending from Sapphire to Gold, Pearl, Jade, Phoenix and on to Dragon membership.

Members can redeem rewards such as a complimentary stay at Nuwa Manila, Forbes Travel Guide’s (FTG) Five Star Awardee and one of the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels, or at FTG Four Star Awardee Nobu Hotel Manila; food and beverage credits and discounts at any of the 20 restaurants on property including signature restaurants Nobu Manila, Crystal Dragon and Red Ginger; access to shopping at featured cosmopolitan lifestyle brands at The Shops at the Boulevard; and tickets at DreamPlay and The Garage’s VR Zone.

Current Dream Rewards members can update their account information and change their membership cards into Melco Club cards for free starting July 22 at the Melco Club Activation booths at the Main Lobby, Ground Floor and Upper Ground. Registration for new members is also for free and open to interested individuals who are at least 21 years old.

In celebration of Melco Club’s unveiling, guests who sign up for membership and Dream Rewards members updating their card to Melco Club from July 22 to 26 will receive an updated “Membership Benefits and Privileges Kit” and a limited-edition Melco Club jacket or t-shirt, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Moreover, during the same period, members who earn 1,000 Melco points will get 1,000 free play, which can be redeemed until July 27. Members will also get perks from participating retail shops & restaurants during launch week.

For more information, download the Melco Club App. For inquiries, call 800-8080 or e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.comor visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.

July 19, 2019

Sit back and unwind this July at Midas Hotel and Casino : Enjoy a restful staycation with re-energizing room and dining pro

Taking care of one’s self should always be a priority, especially now that the rainy season has come. Although the rain has arrived and may have dampened the spirits of some, Midas Hotel and Casino gives everyone a chance to re-energize with its comforting room and restaurant promos this July.

Recharge the mind, body and spirit with your family or friends by booking in a Deluxe Room for only Php5,200 nett or the Executive Room for only Php6,200 nett. Get a complimentary buffet breakfast for two (2) and a free scheduled shuttle ride to the nearby mall. Plus, get your choice of a Minibar On the Go Package you can share with your crew or Php500 dining credits you can use when you dine in any of the hotel’s restaurant outlets. Offer is valid from July 1-31, 2019 only.

Whether you’re going on a staycation or just dropping by, treat yourself or your crew and go for a sumptuous weekday lunch and dinner at Midas Café’s buffet for only Php1,200 nett. If you’re going on a weekend, opt for a delectable Japanese lunch and dinner at Yanagi Japanese Restaurant for only Php1,500 nett. Stay a little while and have an afternoon tea for a relaxing me-time at the Sunset Lounge. The Sunset Lounge offers tasty afternoon treats daily, for only Php550 nett per person, from 3 pm to 6 pm. For more details on rooms and dining promos, call 902-0100 local 8108 for rooms and 8198 for restaurants.

Recommend Midas Hotel’s corporate meeting venues to your boss and host a quick team-building session with your workmates to power up your business for only Php1,300 nett per person – this rate includes morning snack, plated lunch and afternoon snack. For only Php1,500 nett per person, meeting attendees will enjoy a morning snack, a buffet lunch and an afternoon snack. All these are available for a minimum of 30 persons.

If you’re celebrating a special occasion soon, it’s definitely time to make lasting memories with friends and families at Midas Hotel! Delight your loved ones with exquisite food and top-notch service, whether it’s a lunch or dinner party, for only Php1,100 nett per person for a minimum of 30 persons. For banquet inquiries, call 902.0100 local 8257 and 8254.

Finally, since you’ve been working hard and it’s already the mid-year, it’s time to reward yourself with a Midas Royale Club (MRC) card for only Php8,000 and get Php25,000 worth of room and dining privileges, especially if you find yourself going back to Midas Hotel and Casino. MRC offers cardholders exciting discounts and exclusive perks that can be availed all-year round. 

For more information, call 902-0100 local 8232 or email membership@midashotelandcasino.com.

July 18, 2019

Healthy Lifestyle: Creative and easy ways to eat more green

Healthy lifestyle is the best thing we can maintain to be fit and always active and enjoying life.

While we all know that eating more veggies is good for our health, finding fresh ways to incorporate it in our meals isn’t easy. 

That is why Swedish appliance brand Electrolux is here to share some creative and flavorful ways to add more greens to your diet. 

Grow and glow with Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are ideal for breakfast as blended vegetables retain more of their fiber content, making you feel full for longer.

Kickstart your day with Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie, packed with lots of greens, and fruit to help balance that “green taste”. First, core and slice the apple and pear. Combine the romaine lettuce with the cold, filtered water and begin processing on low.Next, add the apple and pear slices, celery, fresh spinach, and banana. Lastly, add the juice of the lemon, ice, and blend until smooth. Enjoy! 

Spiralized veggies

Enjoy your pasta days the healthier way by swapping your traditional noodles with veggie noodles. Try this Raw Vegan Creamy Zoodle recipe - start by soaking 1 cup of the dry roasted peanuts in water for 30 mins then drain it and bring it to a blend until creamy with coconut milk and extra-virgin olive oil. Season it with Himalayan rock salt and ground black pepper to taste. 

Then with a spiralizer, shred your zucchini into noodles (you can also use sweet potato, carrot or cucumber). Chop up the remaining dry roasted peanuts. Toss your zoodles into a large bowl and dress it with the sauce. Add cherry tomatoes, top it off with the chopped peanuts, then stir it all together. You can refrigerate it until ready to serve or you can enjoy it immediately!

Bring in the Indian twist

From cauliflower rice to cauliflower crust pizzas, this versatile and palatable produce seems to have no limit to its culinary potential. Another way to enjoy this powerhouse vegetable is to use it in a curry – bring an Indian flavor to your table this Cauliflower Mushroom Curry. 

For the masala, sauté the medium slices of onions, tomato, garlic, and the ginger for 5 minutes. Allow it to cool and take it in a blender and add salt, granulated sugar, and chili powder. Blend until it reaches its paste-like consistency. For the curry, sauté the remaining onion. Once cooked, add mushroom and cauliflower and sauté for 10mins. Add the sauce and simmer for 10-15 mins until the curry reaches the desire consistency. 

Healthy Sides

Macaroni salad is a typical deli side dish served in potlucks, picnics and other get togethers. Give it a healthier twist by dishing up a Vegan Macaroni Salad. 

For the dressing, whisk together the vegan mayo and unsweetened almond milk, dill pickle, pickle juice, fresh dill, lemon juice, granulated sugar, yellow mustard, sriracha, sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use. Then in a large bowl, combine cooled elbow macaroni with the dressing. Add the broccoli florets, carrot, celery, scallion, red bell pepper, and smoked tofu, and stir well. For best flavor, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until chilled, before serving.Serve and enjoy!

Healthy meals start with fresh ingredients and to helpkeep your produce fresh, Electrolux has also recently launched its latest line of NutriFresh™refrigerators.The new Electrolux NutriFresh™ Inverter French Door Refrigerator with FlexFresh (EHE6879A-BPH) has a feature that allows you to go from chilling meat and fish to cooking them in minutes, along with other features to keep food fresh.. 

To keep meat and fish fresh many people resort to deep freezing but this Electrolux refrigerator comes with the UltraChill setting at -2°C which keeps items very cold but not frozen. This helps to preserve the texture of your food for longer and reduces the need to defrost. 

Different food types require unique storage conditions to stay fresh. This refrigerator comes with the FlexFresh drawer, an optimal storage compartment with five temperature settings (-23°C to +7°C), that enables you to store a wide array of food – from deli meats to seafood - at the right temperature to help them stay fresh. It also comes with the TasteLock Crisper with AutoHumidity Control, whichautomatically adjusts humidity levels depending on the contents of the drawer and releases excess moisture from the compartment to help keep fruits and vegetables fresh for up to 7 days.

A TwinTech Cooling System cools the fridge and freezer compartments separately, so food stays fresher and odours don't mix.

Another refrigerator designed to keep produce fresh for up to 7 days is the Electrolux NutriFresh™Inverter Top Freezer Refrigerator (ETB5400B-A-RPH). It comes with the TasteLock Crisper with NutriPlus™ filter, which creates a humid environment with optimal Vitamin C levels to lock in nutrients for longer, keeping your fruit and vegetables bursting with vitamins. It also has 360 Cooling which cools each individual shelf to maintain a stable temperature throughout the entire fridge. It not just prolongs your food’s freshness but also makes it tastier.

For keeping your meat and fish delicious, it has an enclosed Chill Room shelf that maintains optimal temperature in prime condition for longer. This refrigerator also comes with TasteGuard that eliminates 99.8% of bacteria for a cleaner, more hygienic fridge, and free from unwanted odour. 

To get the full recipes of these dishes, download the Electrolux Life app on the App Store or Google Play store and click the ‘Recipe Finder Powered by SideChef’ within the app to access thousands of global recipes from SideChef’s database.

For more information on Electrolux and its products, please visit www.electrolux.com.ph and follow @ElectroluxPhilippines on Facebook and Instagram.


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