December 31, 2019

Philippine Heart Center advances cardio thoracic surgery education in the country

The first Cardio Thoracic Surgery Center opens its doors for further education for medical personnel

MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine Heart Center (PHC) and the Children’s Heart Foundation, in partnership with B. Braun Medical Supplies, recently launched the country’s first advanced Cardio Thoracic Surgery Skills Lab at the Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Training and Education, which is poised to advance the medical education on cardio thoracic surgery in the Philippines. 

Philippine Heart Center opens the country’s first advanced Cardio Thoracic Surgery Skills Lab at the Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Training and Education. This features German-based B. Braun Medical Supplies latest technologies: AESCULAP 3D Einstein Vision and the AESCULAP Valve XS. (Left to right) Philippine Heart Center Executive Director Dr. Joel Abanilla, Quezon City Councilor Irene Belmonte, and Children’s Heart Foundation’s Mr. Alex Go & Mr. Henry Lim.

The opening of the Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Training and Education is a testament to PHC’s commitment to elevating the standard of healthcare in the Philippines. This new center will serve as a skills and surgery training center, which will be equipped to provide skills simulation, proctorship, and observation, as well as live surgery. 

Apart from this, the Philippine Heart Center is also taking strides towards addressing common healthcare services problems, including long waiting lists and recovery periods of patients, long operation times for surgeons, and reducing the turnaround time of the health care process and surgery altogether. 

With the new training center, the PHC does not only aim to promote continuing medical education for medical personnel, particularly with regard to minimally invasive cardio thoracic surgery, it also hopes to improve the overall experience of Filipino patients from consultation to recovery.

“With cardiovascular diseases rising as one of the top causes of death in the country, it is only apt that we tap into various partners in the private sector to leverage on their expertise and technology in order to improve our health care system and provide better services to Filipinos,” said Dr. Gerardo Manzo of Philippine Heart Center. “We are optimistic that opening the training center, in partnership with the B Braun Medical Supplies, will allow us to improve the quality of life of patients and elevate the standard for cardio thoracic surgery in the Philippines and the whole Asia-Pacific region.”

The Philippine Heart Center is the first and only training center in the Philippines and the ASEAN region with 3D technology of German-based B. Braun Medical Supplies for minimally invasive cardiac surgeries. In photo: Children’s Heart Foundation President Alexander Li Gokianlin (in white barong) and B Braun Medical Supplies Managing Director Mr. Lih Chyun Yeong (in blue coat) with the latest AESCULAP 3D Einstein Vision and the AESCULAP Valve XS.

The short courses designed by both B. Braun and the Philippine Heart Center will be taught by faculty comprised of Philippine medical professionals as well as foreign experts from ASEAN and European region.

In order to facilitate the medical education at the Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Training and Education, the facility will be equipped with B. Braun Medical Supplies’ latest innovations—the AESCULAP® 3D EinsteinVision® and the AESCULAP® Valve XS. 

These technologies aim to equip medical professionals with improved visualization and depth perception of the operating field, which makes it possible for cardiac surgeons to perform open heart surgeries through smaller incisions. This means that patients are now able to recover faster, as compared to conventional open-heart procedures.

Executives from the Philippine Heart Center and B. Braun Medical Supplies ink an agreement to provide innovative heart surgery tools to Filipinos. From Left to Right, B. Braun Medical Supplies Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Rey Richard Caparas, Managing Director Mr. Lih Chyun Yeong, Philippine Heart Center Executive Director Dr. Joel Abanilla and Deputy Executive Director for Medical Services, Dr. Gerardo Manzo.

“B. Braun Medical Supplies believes that providing continuing medical education among Filipino medical professionals will allow to boost the overall health in the country, especially that the rate for cardio thoracic surgeries is increasing in the Philippines,” says B. Braun Medical Supplies Managing Director Lih Chyun Yeong.

To date, 21 medical professionals have been trained at the newly inaugurated center found at the 5th floor of the Medical Arts Building of the Philippine Heart Center, and will continue to train more in the coming months, as well as potentially establish more health center in other provinces. 

Creative Ways for Kids to be Responsible at Home

As parents, raising children with the right values are essential for their character. Teaching kids the necessary values in life at a young age can be something that will pay off once they live their own lives, which every parent wants for their child.

Patience and understanding play a huge part in teaching these values to children. Although it is a long process, this is something that will pay off even in the long run. Here are some simple activities and tips on how to teach little ones (or not-so-little ones) with being responsible at home.

Get kids involved in the simple tasks at home

Children are very curious at a young age. This would be a good opportunity to educate them on how the day to day household chores work. For example, let them help sweep in the garden or water the plants in the morning. Another way is to ask for their help in preparing the toast when cooking sandwiches for breakfast. Make sure that appliances are kid-friendly and easy to use so they can easily learn and help out.

Using all-in-one appliances like Samsung Smart Oven can make meal preparation times easier. This appliance functions as a convection oven and a microwave that can be used for baking, grilling, slim frying, defrosting, steaming and even making yogurt, making it the perfect cooking appliance. It also has auto cook functions that can easily be navigated by kids when they want to cook simple snacks like french fries, onion rings, and frozen pan pizza.

Samsung Smart Oven 35-liter with 6-in-1 functions

Creating routines for kids allow them to easily turn basic responsibilities into habits

Creating routines for kids can allow them to easily turn basic responsibilities to be a habit. These habits can make up a child’s character which gives importance to being responsible for one’s self. For instance, making the bed after waking up, packing their lunch, transferring the leftover food in the refrigerator after dinner, or bringing down laundry hampers from their rooms.

There will always be an instance where one forgets to add last-minute dirty clothes in the washer, but worry not! Samsung Front Load washer has an Add Wash and Eco Bubble technology that lets you add clothes anytime and ensures all is clean with cleansing bubbles that penetrate fabrics faster than concentrated detergent.

Samsung Front Load Washer 7.5 kg with Add Wash and Eco Bubble Technology

Add a fun twist to household chores

Make household chores fun and interesting for children to accomplish! A creative take on this is to create a goal list for children to put fun stickers to after every accomplishment, hamper hoops to encourage kids to not leave the laundry on the floor or to ask kids to randomly pick popsicle sticks with chores written on them. Since every child is different, feel free to explore different takes that can excite them.

Create a reward system to motivate kids

Incorporating a healthy challenge for children can give them another boost of motivation to be more responsible. For example, if a child finishes his/her homework ahead of time, that can be rewarded accordingly when they request to watch more TV or ask for treats! Another option is to have a tally board to keep track of the children’s conquered challenges. Acknowledging their growth can also be a way to further inspire them to keep being responsible.

Teach your kids to be well-rounded and independent

Everyone has their own way of doing things, and this also applies to children. Teaching your kids different chores (no matter how small) at home will help them develop real-life skills that they can use later on in life. Guiding them with their everyday chores will make your kids feel capable, responsible, and confident. Instilling these values will make them feel part of the team and encourage them to be good citizens. 

Samsung Digital Appliances has innovations that help create space that makes it easy for parents to instill the right values at home.

For more information on the Samsung Digital Appliances, visit and like SamsungPH on Facebook.

Alice Dixson Spearheads the 3rd Celebrity Charity Superbowl

She can’t stop having fun because it is in doing so, actress Alice Dixson gets to continue raising funds for Kalipay Negrense Foundation in Bacolod.

It’s the third year of the 80s actress’ fun bowling doubled as fundraising event and year after year, the money she was able to raise with the help of her celebrity & non-showbiz friends doubles up! This year’s affair, dubbed as Alice Dixson Celebrity Superbowl, was recently held at the SM Megamall Bowling Center.

There are regular celebrity bowlers like Teresa Loyzaga, Jackie Aquino, Alma Concepcion, TV director Rich Ilustre, Gerry Acao, Ynez Veneracion and CJ Jaravata. Among the new bowlers were young actresses Julia Barretto, Alyana Asistio, Arra San Agustin, singer Karylle, athlete James Younghusband, socialite & fashion icon Tessa Prieto-Valdes who as expected came in a colorful, shimmering outfit (even brought variety of colored tutus for her teammates), former bandmates Angel Jones & Radha with her partner Fabian, actors Rafael Rosell & Manuel Chua, newcomer Chichi Rita, versatile actress Gladys Reyes whom Alice also thanked to have come “better late than never.”

Those who came to show support to Alice’s project are TV/radio host Ali Sotto with her husband Omar Bsaies, Donita Rose, Tim Yap, as well as Iza Calzado while her husband Ben Wintle stayed on to play.

Emerged as winners in the Celebrity category were Rich Ilustre (1st), Gerry Acao (2nd), and Kookoo Gonzales (3rd). They received gift certificates for 3D/2N stay in Club Agutaya in Palawan, 3D/2N stay in Villa Angelina Resort in Dapitan City and luggage from Delsey for the first, second, and third place respectively.

Nobody went home empty-handed as attendees received gift items and certificates from Pharex E, 4S BioBotanical Hair System, Home Rituals Spa, AsiaLink Finance Corp, Casa Vicente, Mike Abcede, MavX Productions, Pigrolac, UltraMega Supermarket, AntiSnor, Delimondo, Kate Tokyo, Balmain, AESi, Century Tuna, Belo Medical Group, Sarangani Bay, Physiare, Potato Corner, Dakak Resort, Club Agutaya, Overboard, City of Dreams Manila, Delsey, New World Hotel, Salad Stop, TWG Tea, Shake Shack, Koket, Hanford, Mainline Power PH, Primadonna, Creative Leather, Jessi Bartolome, HMR Trading Haus, 7 Grains, Ruby Jack’s Steakhouse & Bar and Six Doors BBQ Buffet.

Happy & Blessed New Year 2020 everyone!

Looking back in 2019, it is incredible to see God's hands on our lives. God has truly shown His strength through many obstacles and trials. He guided and provided for us always.

His loving-kindnesses indeed never cease

His compassions never fail....They are new every morning.

Thank You God...Great is Your faithfulness, endures to all generations.

Happy & Blessed New Year 2020 everyone!

Celebrate Christmas with family and Filipino favorites The holidays are merrier and sweeter with everyone’s favorite treats from Rebisco!

It’s the time of the year when families get together and share in the warmth of each other’s presence. 

As Christmas in the Philippines also means indulging indelicious and satisfying feasts with loved ones, there’s no better way to spread holiday cheer at parties and gatherings than with everyone’s favorite snacks and treats from Rebisco, now a part of Filipinos’ lives for more than 55 years. 

“No matter how simple or grand the Christmas feast is at your home, there’s always space for the family’s favorite Rebiscosnacks,” said Lulu dela Peña, Rebisco’s Marketing Communications Head. “We’re proud of having been an important part of the nation’s celebrations for generations now.”

Rebisco Products

It's a yummier holiday because Rebisco’s got something for everyone!

Serve an assortment of candies and sweets for the kids to enjoy

Whether you’re young or old, there’s a Rebisco product for every member of the family this Christmas!

Start off the holiday parties with the right snacks! Prepare the sweets platter for the kids -- and kids at heart—that’s full offamiliar flavors everyone grew up with; serve candies and sweets such as Lipps, Vita Cubes, Judge candies and gums, Chubby chewy candy, Krimstix cream paste, Superstix wafer sticks, as well as the Mister Yema, Mister Keso, Mister Melon, and Mister Buco candies. 

Munch on a bowl of Happy Peanuts and Ding Dong

Anyone looking for crunchy and savory finger food they can munch as the night goes on can get the addictive Happy Peanuts and Ding Dong as they wait for the clock to strike midnight. Spice up snacking with something that’s sweet, sour, and spicyall at the same time with Dolce Tamarind Balls. For the more health-conscious relatives, there’s always Jeanne and Jamie’s guilt-free snacks, such as whole thins, water crackers, ordigestives.

There’s also a snack for those who want to stick to their all-time favorites, like Rebisco Sandwich and Hansel Sandwich. There are also Rebisco Crackers and Hansel Crackers that guests can pair with some warm coffee or tea; or you can also relax with the rich chocolate filling of small treats like Choco MuchoCookies and Wafertime Rich Cream.

For those who can indulge a little more, sweeter snacks are available for them to enjoy, like satisfying Choco Muchochocolate bars, Doowee Donuts, or the comforting goodness of Mrs. Goodman Choco Oatmeal.

Whoopie Cake Tower

How about serving a cupcake tower centerpiece full of Rebisco’s yummy cupcakes like Topps Sarap, and Whoopie marshmallow cakes that anyone can enjoy, no matter their age.

The holidays are also a great time to do movie marathons and sleepovers with family and friends. That’s when you break out the chips and curls nobody will be able to stop munching. There’s Funky, a potato snack that comes in various flavors; the crunchy, cheesy, and spicy corn snack Kruffs in Cheesy Jalapeno or Sour Cream and Chives; the nacho-crispy goodness of Tostas, which has both smoky BBQ and savory cheese flavors in one pack.

No Christmas gathering, whether it’s Noche Buena or any party in general, is complete without spaghetti. Try the new Bueno pasta from Rebisco to make sure that everyone gets to enjoy the finest spaghetti dishes on the most enchanted evening of the year. 

A Christmas meal is not complete without a delicious dessert. A moist Fudgee Barr is best served as it is or as part of a cake or ice cream recipe. If you’re going the ice cream route, it’s best to use Creamline ice cream with all its wonderful flavors and variants, such as lollies and cups for kids and bigger tubs for the whole family!

Lastly, when you’re looking for a meaningful gift to give your loved ones, there’s no better present than the Rebisco special designer tin can, which assorts the different Rebisco snacks in a beautiful special edition can that features heartwarming family-themed artworks by five amazing Filipino visual artistsincluding three student artists from the only art-based school in Angono City, Rizal. This collection will definitely makesomeone happy this holiday season—not only will they be bringing home valuable works of art, you’ll also have done your part in promoting Angono, the art capital of the Philippines.

Stock your pantries now with these great Rebisco treats in time for your Christmas celebrations!

Looking toward tomorrow

In the near future, Rebisco is seeing new ways to bring delight to the Filipino family through a more diverse range of snacks and meals that are best enjoyed when shared. 

“We want to express our gratitude to generations of Filipinos who have always loved our products and the people who have worked tirelessly to help us achieve milestone after milestone throughout the decades,” dela Peña added. “Rebisco has, and will continue, to make deliciously delightful moments possible with snacks and meals Filipinos will love and love to share, every day.”

For more information on other Rebisco products for holiday feasts, visit and follow Rebisco’s social media accounts, Facebook ( and Instagram (@rebiscoph).

December 30, 2019

New Cebu hotel gains traction with OYO

 Regarded as the “Queen City of the South,” Cebu City is one of the most-prosperous cities in the Philippines with its thriving commerce and tourism industries. As the second-largest city in the country, Metro Cebu undeniably has a lot to offer any local or foreign tourist, from Instagrammable destinations and historic sites, shopping malls, gastronomic delights to hotels.

In the middle of the city lies a luxe yet inexpensive crash pad.

With its cozy air-conditioned rooms, wide windows and wallpapered interiors, Anika Suites is surely one of the top picks for guests who seek a comfortable stay and be at the center of the city. Guests can make the most out of their time with the city’s landmarks, malls, hospitals, the Cebu Provincial Capitol and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport all just a ride away.

It hasn’t been an easy journey for Anika Suites, however. “We had low occupancy rates, sometimes not even hitting 50 percent,” said Joey Enario, owner and property manager of the hotel.

When Anika Suites opened its doors in Cebu on March 18 this year, the owners decided to name it after their business partner’s already well-known Anika Island Resort in Bantayan, Cebu to leverage the popularity of the other property. This proved to be not enough with low occupancy rate. That is, until OYO came in June.

Anika Suites saw the growth opportunity with the minimum guarantee offered by OYO, which means OYO will help boost the hotel’s occupancy rate and business regardless of revenue performance. “We compared what OYO can offer against the competition and decided that OYO would be a better pick for us,” Enario said.

The results of that decision and the subsequent partnership became apparent in just a few months. “Our occupancy rate right now ranges from 80 percent to 85 percent, a significant increase from before just like OYO has promised,” Enario happily shared.

Enario also noted how OYO OS, a hotel management system that allows online procurement and inventory management, has improved the efficiency of the hotel’s daily operations. “The system makes it easier for my front office and accounting staff to keep track of all the hotel bookings and transactions,” he said.

With the help of the OYO Captain, a dedicated manager who guides hotel staff and assists them in managing the hotel business, Enario saw sustained improvements in daily hotel operations. “The OYO Captain assigned to us has been very helpful. She always attends to all our queries,” he said.

OYO Hotels & Homes, the world’s second-largest chain of hotels, homes, and managed living and workspaces, continues to collaborate with small independent hoteliers to equip them with operational and technological capabilities that will enable them to keep pace with major hospitality players. For hotels such as OYO 208 Anika Suites, OYO is an ideal partner with its technology, manpower and capacity to bring asset owners’ revenues up.

Aside from Cebu, OYO has established its presence in key cities in Metro Manila, Baguio, Pampanga, Boracay, Talisay, Iloilo, Bataan, Tagaytay and Davao and now has more than 260 hotels and 4,300 rooms across the country. With its fulfillment-led technology, OYO empowers more hotel owners to be better hospitality players while contributing to the growth of the country’s tourism industry.

December 29, 2019

Skin Magical COO and Founder Ghie Pangilinan wins big in 2019

Skin Magical CEO Ghie Pangilinan whose hard work and perseverance to carve a niche in the beauty and skin care industry have been recognized by various award-giving bodies. 

2019 is indeed a fruitful year for Ghie. Her nonstop innovation to make the Skin Magical brand a top choice among Filipino consumers has made her truly deserving of all the accolades.

Last November 19, Ghie bagged the Influencer of The Year award at the Leaders Asia Awards held at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La Hotel. The lady entrepreneur also walked away with the trophy for Start-up Company of the Year for Skin Magical.

This year’s Most Influential Female CEO in the Field of Cosmetics and Skin Care trophy was handed to her during the 18th Annual Gawad Amerika Awards night in Los Angeles, California.

Ghie felt doubly happy when swamped with messages of congratulations from family and friends after being named the Most Influential Entrepreneur of the Year at the 14th Gawad Pilipino Awards Night. The awarding ceremonies was held last December 5 at the Tanghalang Pasigueno inside the Pasig City Hall Complex.

Also included in the awards list are Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, Ali Sotto, Jessica Soho, Atom Araullo, Mike Enriquez, Malou Mangahas, Gretchen Ho, Joyce Ruelos and Arlene Navarro.

Organized by Dr. Danilo Mangahas and EuroTV, the Gawad Pilipino Award is an annual event that aims to recognize the excellence of individuals, organizations and companies from the academe, entertainment, public service, business and NGOs through their passion and work ethics that greatly affect the Philippine culture, traditions and society for humane innovations.

Furthermore, Ghie was also given the Outstanding Contribution in Micro-Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Motivator 2019 by the Philippine Honorable Queens (PHQ Events) last December 15 at Crimson Hotel in Alabang Muntinlupa City. A video tribute called as “The Butterfly Sisters” was also presented to honor her struggles and success with her sisters Joyce Ruelos (who was also awarded tht evening) and Ruffa Gel Garrovillas (who has passed on in 2018).

PHQ Events appoints nominating bodies from all over the country to select Finalist for both Honorable Queens and Finest Woman. 

“The awards and nominations I’ve received with Skin Magical served as great reminders for all the hard work and persistence that I and my husband Jerry have done to be successful in beauty and skin care business.

“Each award makes us even more passionate in creating, innovating and sharing skin care products that are effective and safe for all types of skin,” Ghie said.

Ghie shared how she and Jerry strove to become successful and learn new things about running a business. Her husband was a still working as a seaman when Ghie, who was then an online seller of various products, took the advice of her friend to create her own brand. With only an initial capital of P7,000, Ghie was able to start selling through online her own skin care brand, called Skin Magical, with rejuvenating papaya soap, lotion and toner as introductory products. Eventually, it became popular that her husband stopped working and came home permanently to help her in the operation and distribution of the products. They also expanded the business by offering not just papaya soaps.

Many of their loyal customers became Skin Magical distributors “because the products worked on them,” said Ghie who also attributed the success of their business to the loyalty of their employers, resellers and customers.

Until this day, Ghie never tires to share a tip or two about entrepreneurial skills to Pinoys who also wish to succeed in their business through mentoring sessions with them in Go Negosyo. Soon, Ghie will be releasing a book to be published by ABS-CBN Books.

Jollibee surprises holiday commuters with free Chickenjoy during their ride home! The fast food brand touches hearts and highlights the importance of coming home for the holidays

Being away from loved ones regularly can be difficult, which is why the holidays have become such an important season to reunite families. But these days, traveling back home to provinces and far-flung areas can be extra tiresome with the heavy traffic, long commuting lines, and hectic holiday rush. This can take a toll on Filipinos mentally and emotionally, especially when all they’re thinking about is going home to celebrate the most joyful time of the year with the most important people in their lives. 

This Christmas, Jollibee helps Filipinos go home to their families with a little more love—and a lot of joy. Holiday commuters in select provincial bus routes received a special surprise from Jollibee on their way home. Hundreds of free Chickenjoy buckets and Jollibee gift certificates were distributed to the lucky commuters, perfect for sharing with the families that eagerly awaited them at home. 

Passengers were all smiles, some even in tears! “Ito po, pagsasalubong namin sa mga apo,” one of them said, holding on to the Chickenjoy bucket in gratitude. Another expressed joy being able to see the Jollibee mascot live: “Masaya po talaga na nakita namin sa personal si Jollibee. Nagyon lang po namin nakita si Jollibee.” 

Watch the heartwarming event on video here: 

“We wanted to make the ride home of the hardworking Filipinos extra special with a little surprise from Jollibee, especially with all the Christmas rush and anticipation to get home to spend time with their families,” Jollibee Philippines’ Marketing AVP for Bestsellers Category Cathleen Capati said. “As a family-centric brand, we do believe that being with family amid busy schedules and other separation factors is the most precious and meaningful way to spend the festive holidays—along with everyone’s favorite Chickenjoy!” 

Share this video to encourage the joy of bonding with family and loved ones over the holidays. Celebrate this Christmas season with the country’s #1 fried chicken, available through dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide and like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram. 

BRIA Homes in 2019: Providing Homes for All Filipinos

When BRIA Homes came into the property development scene, it hit the ground, building. Driven by its markedly simple vision, which is to address the serious housing backlog in the Philippines, BRIA charged right ahead in providing homes to ordinary Filipinos. It was this vision, and its commitment to it, that earned for BRIA the distinction of being the fastest-growing mass housing developer in the country today.

In 2019, BRIA Homes, the fastest-growing mass housing developer in the Philippines today, built more projects in progressive towns and cities—sustainable residential communities defined by lush, green spaces and an eco-friendly environment.

Indeed, BRIA Homes is now a dominant player in the socialized and economic housing sector of the local real estate industry.

BRIA’s significant accomplishments in 2019 bear this out.

BRIA Homes has built affordable, superior-quality abodes in more than 50 projects across the Philippines’s progressive town and cities, and continues to expand to more localities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

To date, BRIA has over 50 projects nationwide—in Bataan, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Camarines Sur, Samar, Leyte, Negros Oriental, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Davao Del Norte, Davao Del Sur, North Cotabato and South Cotabato, to name just a few of the country’s progressive towns and cities. And more projects are underway as BRIA continues to expand in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

This year, BRIA crafted its winning formula—Affordability (Mura) + Quality (Dekalidad) = A Beautiful BRIA Home for Every Filipino—which emboldened ordinary Filipinos to buy their own home. With its affordable monthly amortizations and convenient payment schemes such as bank financing and Pag-IBIG funding, aspiring homeowners were able to move into their dream BRIA Homes located in family-friendly, wholesome, safe and secure communities.

BRIA Homes’ winning formula—Affordability (Mura) + Quality (Dekalidad) = a Beautiful BRIA Home for Every Filipino—made it easy for hardworking ordinary Filipinos all over the country to live in modern homes and enjoy comfortable lifestyles. 

BRIA’s happy homeowners will attest to this, affirming the story of BRIA Homes’ first viral video in 2019, “Lipat-Bahay,” which garnered more than 2.3M views.

For prospective residents who opted for cozy, compact, and fuss-free living, BRIA continued to offer midrise condo homes—well-designed 22-square-meter units conveniently located near the town’s or city’s key destinations.

In the same year, BRIA reached out to more ordinary Filipinos by participating in popular television shows such as Eat Bulaga, Magandang Buhay, Wowowin, Wishcovery, and The Clash Season 2, giving away new house-and-lot units to these shows’ lucky contest winners.

Yes, 2019 was the year scores of hardworking Filipinos experienced the joys of modern living in BRIA Homes that are located close to key destinations—and to modes of public transport, major roads and highways.

BRIA Homes has always put a premium on its homeowners’ leisure and well-being. Thus, covered basketball courts kept BRIA’s resident families happily engaged in fun weekend games.

Now the year 2020 looks bright for BRIA Homes and for its current and prospective residents, as the company rides on the momentum generated by its steadfast commitment: to provide homes to all Filipinos. In 2020, things are looking up for Bria.

BRIA’s safe, secure, and family-friendly communities are all equipped with play areas where children can expend excess energy while their moms and dads bond with other couples. 

BRIA Homes
is a subsidiary of GOLDEN BRIA Holdings, Inc., considered the third largest real estate company in terms of market capitalization valued at more than P250B. The fastest-growing mass housing developer in the Philippines, BRIA Homes is primed to bring affordable house-and-lot packages and condominium units closer to ordinary Filipino families. This is the goal that drives every single employee in the company, for which the ultimate fulfillment is seeing a client happily moving into Bria’s homes.

The fastest-growing mass housing developer reached out to more hardworking ordinary Filipinos by awarding BRIA house-and-lot units to lucky families in partnership with top-rating noontime show, Eat Bulaga.
In 2019, four deserving Filipinos made their families extremely happy by winning brand-new BRIA house-and-lot units in the “Magandang Buhay, Magandang Bahay” segment of ABS-CBN’s morning talk show, Magandang Buhay.

Before 2019 ended, Jeremy Tiangco of Imus, Cavite, won as Grand Champion of The Clash, Season Two, GMA-7’s reality talent search, snagging for himself and his family a brand-new BRIA Bettina End Unit as part of his major prizes.

To know more about BRIA Homes, call (0966) 277 5944, like “Bria Official” on Facebook, and follow “@TheBriaOfficial” on Twitter and Instagram.

Celebrate Holiday Season with a Historical Touch in Kawit Cavite

Christmas, always been a part of the Filipino tradition and culture and what better way to celebrate the holidays is by visiting some of the most historic sites in the country with your friends and loved ones. 

You should visit every  vacation time and especially this Holiday  Season, Kawit in Cavite is one of the most  sought-after historical sites in the country.

Kawit, Cavite is home to some of the most historic sites in the Philippines.

Formerly known as Cavite El Viejo, it is the location of his home, and the name Kawit is from the word kalawit, the Aguinaldo Shrine, where independence from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898. It is also the birthplace of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines, who from 1895 to 1897, served as the municipality's chief executive.

Kawit also boasts rich crafts and delicacies including the Pandayan or the local blacksmithing shop. Blacksmithing is an endangered craft that needs to be promoted and preserved. The local Pandayan is still active and you can still buy handcrafted knives and bolos made the same way during the Revolutionary era. The Christmas specialty – Puto Bumbong or a rice cake with shaved coconut and muscovado sugar is a staple food trip stop that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Kawit. 

Kawit celebrates the Christmas season through a spectacular display of lights at the Aguinaldo Shrine and Freedom Park. The Christmas lighting event was held last December 14, 2019, and a number of distinguished guests and celebrities joined in the celebration of the event. A fireworks display and lighting of the Christmas lioghts at the Freedom Park was also held. 

Make sure to visit Kawit Cavite this Christmas Season and enjoy the season filled with pride in our own heritage and historical sites in Kawit. The Municipality of Kawit welcomes everyone who wishes to visit Kawit during the Christmas  season.

December 28, 2019

Nob Hill in Tagaytay Highlands: A Blend of Modernity and Nature

Tagaytay Highlands’ Nob Hill, a contemporary-themed community infused with nature-friendly living amenities, provides homeowners with a lush and serene haven without losing access to the convenient lifestyle the city has to offer.

Set against nature’s backdrop with an elevation of 250 to 256 meters above sea level, Nob Hill offers stunning views of the mystical Mt. Makiling and Mt. Maculot—and the rest of the Highlands. The elevation likewise enables Nob Hill residents to savor the cool mountain air in their cozy homes, thus providing homeowners a quick respite from the metro’s busy and hectic life. 

The tastefully designed homes of Nob Hill are spread across 7.7 hectares of land. The 127 lots, with sizes ranging from 300 to 634 square meters, offer expansive spaces to homeowners who seek refuge from the congestion of the metro. Meticulously designed, the minimalist and geometric lines evoke feelings of relaxation, while the metal and wood finishes exude sophistication and comfort. 

Homeowners in this exclusive enclave will enjoy proximity to the Driving Range, Pick n’ Pay, and the Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club. Easy access to Nobhill is via Suplang gate, through the SLEX Batino exit. 

Valuing environmental sustainability, Nob Hill boasts of an abundance of trees—providing a refreshing and clean atmosphere for the whole community. The entire community also has circuit pathways and fitness stations for jogging, running, and biking with lush greenery as a backdrop. A gazebo and central park complete the nature-centric facilities of the community. 

Other features in this posh and peaceful community include linear parks along the main road, trellises, a palm court, children’s sand play area, atriums, and pocket gardens. 

Harmonizing modern living in a natural setting, Nob Hill also invests on the safety, security and convenience of the homeowners. This exclusive community is also equipped with a 24-hour security, underground utilities, ample water supply, 100% emergency power supply, in-house landscaping and full housekeeping services, and 24-hour emergency medical and fire-fighting teams. 

Nob Hill homeowners also get to enjoy world-class amenities of the Country Club such as the country’s first and only Swiss-engineered cable car and funicular train system, sports amenities, entertainment, and recreational amenities, among others. 

Newly opened restaurants also provide gastronomic experience for Tagaytay Highlands members, guests, and homeowners. 

A sanctuary that’s easy to become a favorite weekend haven, Nob Hill is a place worth coming home to the Highlands.

About Tagaytay Highlands
Tagaytay Highlands is a leisure development of the SM Group of Companies. Nestled in the highest elevations of Tagaytay is a premier leisure destination that speaks of exclusivity and luxury, where stunning views and a breezy, cool climate come together to redefine relaxation. For more information on how to own a Highlands home, please call +632 75052422 and +63917 5150158, or visit Follow us on Facebook, Tagaytay Highlands, and Instagram @tagaytayhighlandsofficial.

December 27, 2019

SM Cinema showcases hand-painted MMFF movie posters during the holidays

SM Cinema makes the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) experience extra special for moviegoers this year with a one-of-a-kind exhibit that features hand-painted renditions of the featured movies’ official posters. 

SM Cinema takes the holiday season and the MMFF as another opportunity to showcase Filipino craftsmanship that manifest in art and in film. Through this installation where people can see film and art intersect and allow everyone to see their movies in a whole new perspective. 

Over the holidays beginning December 20 moviegoers can see the life-size handpainted versions of MMFF movie posters at SM Cinema Mall of Asia and SM Cinema Megamall. 

This year’s MMFF is featuring eight (8) movies that are sure to bring out laughs, trigger tears and get screams from moviegoers.

Comedy movie 3pol Trobol, Huli Ka Balbon features action star and primetime king, Coco Martin as Pol, a police officer blamed for the murder of his boss, the Executive Director of the National Defense Agency. He pretends to be an illegitimate daughter of his boss to get closer to his real daughter, Trina, played by Jennylyn Mercado, in order to pass on the secret without attracting attention. 

Vice Ganda partners with Anne Curtis in comedy film M&M: The Mall, The Merrier about an epic battle over the ownership of Tamol Mall between Moira and Morisette. 

Romantic comedy Write About Love stars Miles Ocampo in her first leading role. A young writer teams up with a seasoned indie film writer (Rocco Nacino) to finish her story. As their relationship develops, the movie also shows the relationship of her characters (Joem Bascon and Yeng Constantino) in the love story they are finishing. 

The long-awaited Philippine remake of the hit Korean drama movie, Miracle in Cell No. 7 is about a mentally ill man (Aga Muhlach), who was wrongfully accused of the murder of a child. He befriends his inmates who smuggles his young daughter (Xia Vigor), inside their prison cell. In the present time, his daughter, now a lawyer (Bella Padilla), stands before a judge in court to prove his father’s innocence. 

Set in the 1940s, the historical drama movie Culion features three women played by Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Meryll Soriano, who are diagnosed with leprosy, which at the time is surrounded by multiple social stigmas. They are sent to Culion island, a place where people with their condition are sent to isolate them similar to being handed a life sentence.

Judy Ann Santos stars in Mindanao as a Muslim woman who needs to take care of her cancer-stricken daughter. Meanwhile, her husband (Allen Dizon), who is a combat medic is sent on a dangerous mission to Maguindanao.

Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity is about the heist performed by a team of talented criminals led by a classy master thief, Don Robert Fortun (Vic Sotto). They plan to steal the Pearl of the Orient, which owned by Don Robert’s brother who framed him for murder.

Lastly, Sunod, is about a mother (Carmina Villaroel) who takes on a demanding call center job in an old building in Manila so that she can pay for her terminally ill daughter’s medication. However, she soon experiences strange events in the call center and is forced to uncover the sinister mysteries hidden behind the office walls.

The Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 will be from December 25 to January 7 in all SM Cinema theatres nationwide! Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates! Satisfy your cravings at Snack Time, the official food concessionaire of SM Cinema, which offers a wide array of snack like popcorn, hotdogs and burgers to complement your movie watching experience. Follow /SnackTimeOfficial on Facebook for more information.


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