Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Manila Condo Fair, A Showcase of Pre-Selling Opportunities by Vista Land

Building on the success of the ready-for-occupancy (RFO) condominium fair in 2023, Vista Land, the Philippines' leading integrated property developer, has organized another real estate event for its high-rise developments: the Manila Condo Fair: Pre-Selling 2024.

Held from June 12 to 13 at Vista GL Taft in Manila, this showcase provided an enriching perspective on pre-selling condominiums, presenting them as tangible assets and lucrative investments with long-term returns. Featuring key developments near universities and transportation hubs in Manila, such as Kizuna Heights, Sky Arts Manila, and Plumeria Heights, the Manila Condo Fair: Pre-Selling 2024 became a one-stop shop for prospective owners, investors, and sales partners.

"Investing in pre-selling properties is not just about buying a home; it is about looking ahead and securing lasting value. Our goal is to explore the opportunities waiting within the Manila pre-selling condominium market and how they can become an integral part of our investors' investment strategies," noted Vista Land Division Head for Vertical Developments, Margarita Romero. 

A wealth of opportunities for investors and homeowners

Keynote speakers provided insights into various aspects of the real estate landscape and the advantages of investing in pre-selling properties. Financial institutions offered expert guidance on optimizing the ownership experience, while affiliate businesses such as Spaces Leasing extended their expertise into their operations within Vista Land high-rise developments.

The event also established partnerships with real estate brokers and salespersons interested in promoting Vista Land's high-rise developments in Manila. This session provided potential sales partners with an overview of the company portfolio, highlighting unique selling points and market positioning. Detailed presentations covered market trends, buyer demographics, and effective sales techniques tailored to the Manila real estate market.  

Vista Land high-rise developments in Manila

With 11 high-rise developments positioned across key districts in Manila, Vista Land continues to redefine the cityscape. These vertical communities, located near educational institutions, transportation hubs, and recreational amenities, promise residents a holistic living experience.

Inspired by the Japanese concept of kizuna, or lasting bonds, the 41-storey Kizuna Heights embodies a sense of community and connectivity in the heart of Manila. The collaboration with Japanese real estate conglomerate Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. ensures a blend of Japanese architectural elements and inclusive design principles within the development.

Rising along Taft Avenue, the 45-storey Sky Arts Manila offers a blend of modern Filipino living and the timeless charm of Manila. Catering to students, young professionals, and expatriates alike, it provides access to educational institutions, retail complexes, and transportation hubs.

Situated near LRT-1 Quirino Station, 40-storey Plumeria Heights is designed to cater to students' needs and preferences. Amenities like swimming pools, gyms, and study areas foster an environment conducive to learning and leisure.

For information on Vista Land’s high-rise developments in Manila, visit www.vistaresidences.com.ph or call (0999) 886 4262 and (0917) 582 5167.  

Monday, June 10, 2024

Parents Can Navigate with Confidence with ParenTeam

Parenting today feels like a wild ride, filled with thrilling surprises and unexpected twists. The journey is tougher1 than ever, as parents juggle endless commitments, adapt to ever-changing standards, and navigate a world where technology is everywhere. Even the most seasoned parents can feel overwhelmed and pressured. Truly, “The struggle is real.”

It seems that this sentiment resonates globally. A 2021 study by Nestle2 highlighted this pressure as the biggest universal challenge new parents face. Sadly, despite being in a hyper-connected and almost always online world, many can feel this pressure intensely, alongside feelings of isolation and loneliness, as if they have no one to turn to. 

Adding to the burden – parents are confronted with overwhelming social pressure to raise their children in a certain way. Many report being bombarded with unsolicited advice, whether they welcome it or not, further adding to their stress and confusion.

On a related note, a study by Wakefield Research3 revealed another aspect that could be related to parents’ pressure: their concern about spending quality time with their kids due to their busy schedules and financial constraints. In this situation, parents are likely pressured to find ways to grow, enrich, and maximize their time and resources if they want to better support their kids’ development and well-being.

These challenges are ever-present and real, and it’s essential for parents to know they’re not alone. They need a guiding hand, a supportive presence to help them through each exciting stage of raising their kids. They need someone who understands their unique struggles, an ally who can assure them with confidence, “You’ve got this, Mom,” or, “You can do it, Dad.” They need someone who will reliably hold their hand, offering support exactly when and where they need it.

This is where parenTeam® comes in. parenTeam® is a digital platform created for today’s parents, built with heart and purpose, and launched by Wyeth Nutrition® and Nestlé® Nutrition. These two nutrition giants have combined their century-long expertise to offer a one-stop site, a “guidebook” for parents feeling the pressures and challenges of modern parenting. The site contains the information and tools they need to raise their children with reliable help while still following their own terms.

This platform truly works with a deep understanding of today’s parents, their needs, and what appeals4 to them. It offers much-needed support with a heartfelt, empathetic approach, helping parents navigate modern pressures and challenges with expert-backed, valuable resources tailored to their parenting stages.

Those dreaming of parenthood, for instance, will discover that parenTeam®’s convenient Ovulation Calendar and Calculator can be invaluable aids in their meaningful family planning.

Expectant parents celebrating the joyous milestone of pregnancy can find insightful resources like “8 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect” on the Pregnancy page, enhancing and supporting their readiness for the incredible journey ahead.

Grizelle, a Filipina mom 39 weeks pregnant with her second child, shared, “I want to stay updated and get ready to have a newborn again. It’s a good thing I stumbled upon the parenTeam®platform, where they have pregnancy-related resources and articles that help you navigate life—from trying to conceive to having a baby and how to raise them. I’m happy to have discovered parenTeam®.”

Parenting requires self-care too. Those sleepless nights and relentless family care can take a toll, but parents can find solace and nourishment tips in articles like “Feeding Nursing Mommas” on parenTeam®.

For parents of one-year-olds, articles like “When Baby Turns 1” offer practical and research-backed insights on what to expect at those special milestones.

Parents with toddlers or preschoolers likewise can access stage-specific content like “How to Teach Your Kid How to Make Friends” and “10 Fun Activities You Can Do While Staying Home,” helping them understand and engage with their children better.

parenTeam® also offers exclusive online tools like a Pregnancy Weekly Calendar, Due Date Calculator, Nutrition Checker, and Recipe Finder, accessible anytime, anywhere.

Kathy, an on-the-go mom, shared how the platform helped her with meal planning: “Sometimes, I’m just too tired to think of a healthy meal for my toddler. It’s a good thing I have found recipes in parenTeam®. The platform’s Recipe Finder makes it easy to come up with healthy dishes that my toddler can’t get enough of. It’s healthy and easy to make – perfect for busy moms like me!”

With all these incredible resources and so much more, parenTeam® empowers parents with lasting confidence and knowledge. Each day in their parenting journey can now be filled with the great assurance that they have a steadfast ally who will always hold their hand, guide, and journey with them. Driven by empathy and strengthened by leading science-backed support, parenTeam® will help them thrive and enjoy the breathtaking and rewarding ride of parenthood.

Parents, embark on your parenting journey confidently with parenTeam®’s support. Visit the official website and register via this link to experience everything the platform has to offer. 

Smart partners with Home Credit to offer affordable financing options to Filipinos

PLDT mobile services arm Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) has partnered with Home Credit Philippines, the country’s leading consumer finance company, to make the latest devices more accessible to Filipinos through affordable financing options.     

Under the strategic partnership, Home Credit agents will be present at select Smart Stores nationwide to offer fast, hassle-free, and secure product loans, which customers can repay through easy monthly installments.

“Our partnership with Home Credit is a huge step towards our thrust to bring the latest mobile innovations to the fingertips of Filipinos. Through this collaboration, we're making it a lot easier for customers to upgrade to the latest Smart-powered device and enjoy the many game-changing benefits of our superior network,” said Alex O. Caeg, Head of Smart Consumer Wireless Business.

“Smart now has more channels and touchpoints reachable for our customers. Aside from our current postpaid plan offerings in the Smart Store, we are making it easier for Filipinos to access authentic and affordable prepaid devices with the most flexible payment terms, made possible by one of the most trusted financing and credit partners in the country. Come and visit the Smart Store and discover unlimited possibilities,” said John Y. Palanca, Head for Sales and Development at PLDT and Smart.

 “We are thrilled to partner with Smart, which enables us to expand our footprint and cater to more Filipinos who need convenient access to our innovative financial solutions,” said Zdenek Jankovsky, Treasury and Funding Director of Home Credit Philippines.

Get a smartphone for as low as P899 per month

Widely known for its customer-friendly financial solutions, Home Credit provides a wide range of credit products with minimal to no downpayment available for qualified customers and a quick approval process.

With a Home Credit installment, customers can easily upgrade to an iPhone 11 (64GB) for only Php971 per month for 18 months, with a one-time downpayment of Php6,816. Customers can also get the latest iPhone 15 (128GB) for only Php1,807 per month for 18 months, with a one-time downpayment of Php23,253.

On the other hand, mobile users planning to get a 5G Android device may conveniently upgrade to a Samsung A15 5G for only Php462 per month for 18 months, with a one-time downpayment of 30% or Php3,267.

Other iPhone models and Android handsets are also available at Smart Stores, and each device is bundled with a FREE Smart Prepaid eSIM and Magic Data 99, which comes with 2 GB of non-expiring data.

Straightforward loan application and approval

Customers interested in availing themselves of Home Credit’s financing options can visit any participating Smart Store.

The process is simple: Customers may choose their device and then discuss the available financing options with a Home Credit representative. Customers shall then submit only one valid ID for the quick approval process. Upon securing Home Credit’s approval, customers can walk away with their new device, enjoying flexible payment terms.

This partnership covers a wide range of devices, ensuring there is something for everyone – from professionals needing the latest flagship devices for greater productivity at work, students requiring a reliable gadget for online classes and group activities, to tech enthusiasts eager to try out the newest powerhouse smartphone in the market.

Smart empowers Filipinos with the Best 5G Coverage Experience in the country, as recognized by leading third-party network analytics firm Opensignal.

To know more about available devices and financing options, visit the nearest Smart Store or check out Smart’s official social media accounts on Facebook, X, Instagram, and TikTok. 

TNT rolls out fast, easy, and convenient digital delivery for eSIMs

TNT subscribers can now order embedded SIM or eSIM via digital delivery.

This means TNT users may now simply order their TNT eSIM from the Smart Online Store (https://store1.smart.com.ph/view/2695/ ) and have their SIM via QR code conveniently delivered to their email instantly.

Upon receiving their TNT eSIMs, users only need to scan the unique QR code and register to activate it and start enjoying data, call, and text services paired with TNT’s affordable offers powered by Smart’s award-winning mobile network.

The Smart Online Store is easily accessible on any mobile or web browser, so users won’t have to download and log in to a separate app just to order their eSIM. It also accepts a wide range of cashless transactions such as Maya, GCash, SPay, DragonPay, and more.

‘Simulan ang Saya’ with TNT eSIM

“We are making it easier for our TNT KaTropas to switch to eSIM, which is designed to perfectly complement our affordable offers. Now that it’s available via digital delivery, our subscribers can instantly and seamlessly make the most out of eSIM technology, powered by Smart’s superior network,” said Lloyd R. Manaloto, Head of Prepaid at Smart.

"With eSIMs, users can switch networks without hassle and without the need to buy a physical SIM, making the process of managing mobile connectivity simpler and more efficient," said Jerome Y. Almirante, VP and Head of Innovations and Digital Services at Smart.

TNT offers its Prepaid eSIM for only Php89, which includes up to 21 GB of FREE data, plus 10 mins All-Net Calls and 100 All-Net Texts, enabling users to quickly connect online and communicate with loved ones and friends from the get-go.

Users can also enjoy TNT's offers such as the recently launched promo TNT TikTok Saya 50, which comes with Unli TikTok plus 3 GB open access data for apps and sites and Unli Texts to All Networks, valid for three days for only Php50.

Compatible with the latest eSIM-capable handsets from Apple, Google, Huawei, and Samsung, among other device brands, the TNT eSIM offers a hassle-free experience for mobile users. As there is no physical SIM card, eSIM users will not have to worry about the lack of a SIM slot in their device or losing or damaging their physical SIM.

Moreover, the eSIM enables users to enjoy multiple lines even if they only have one physical SIM slot in their handset. With the eSIM, they may now conveniently switch between two or more accounts or SIM profiles on their phones.

TNT is powered by Smart's award-winning mobile network, which was recently recognized for delivering the Philippines’ Best 5G Coverage Experience by independent network analytics from Opensignal. To learn more about TNT offers, visit https://tntph.com/ and follow @tntph on Facebook, IG, X, and TikTok. 

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Honoring and Mourning a Great Church Leader and Father: Remembering for 14 Days

In life, we encounter individuals who leave a lasting impact on us. They touch our hearts, inspire us, and guide us in our spiritual journey. This was the case with Apostle Arsenio Ferriol, founder and chief executive minister of the Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch). He was a great church pastor and father to his congregation

For the PMCC (4th Watch) members all over the world, May 19, 2024 could be one of the saddest days for they have to say goodbye to a great servant of the Lord and father in faith. 

In an interview with Deputy Executive Minister, Jonathan S. Ferriol announced the peaceful passing of his father, “With heavy hearts that we mourn his passing, but also take this opportunity to honor and remember him for the remarkable life he lived. As we come together as a church community, we reflect on the countless memories and lessons that Apostle Arsenio T. Ferriol has left us with. He was not just a religious leader, but also a father figure to many. His kindness, compassion, and unwavering faith have touched the lives of countless individuals, making him a true inspiration to us all.”

A full life lived

Described as an apostle embodying genuine goodness, unwavering faith, and wisdom in representing God's kingdom, Apostle Ferriol's commitment to God, the church, and his family served as an inspiring example for the entire PMCC (4th Watch).

His unwavering faith and dedication to his divine calling have left an indelible mark on the church, shaping its growth and development over the past five decades. The PMCC (4th Watch) highlighted that Apostle Arsenio's faith and divine calling led to the establishment of the PMCC (4th Watch), where he became a spiritual father to millions globally.

In 1973, the Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch) came into existence. During a dedicated period of praying and fasting, Apostle Arsenio received the divine gift and grace of apostleship. This marked the commencement of a profound journey—a lifelong commitment to his calling as the Goodman of the House, a role foretold by Christ in Matthew 24:43. 

Apostle Arsenio's proclamation of the pure and unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ swiftly led to the Church's natural growth, giving rise to the establishment of the Maranatha Bible School in 1975 (now known as Maranatha Bible School International), which stands as a testament to his vision of nurturing future ministers and spreading the pure gospel of Jesus Christ. What started humbly has culminated gloriously. Founded on Apostle Arsenio T. Ferriol's apostolic calling, the PMCC (4th Watch) reached its 50th year under his devoted stewardship. Under the Apostle's leadership, the Church remains unwavering in its commitment to fulfilling God's work until the imminent return of Jesus Christ. 

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Superbook Season 5 is Landing Soon on Philippine TV

Suit up! We are about to take off on a fun adventure with Chris, Joy, and Gizmo!

Superbook’s fifth season is finally set to air on Philippine TV in June 2024, 11 years after its debut in the country. It premieres June 3, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM on A2Z and Kapamilya Channel.

Superbook Season 5 follows our favorite trio as they learn how to have a deeper relationship with Jesus and discover what it truly means to be His follower. Each episode explores real-life challenges and victories that people from all generations can relate to. 

With this exciting launch comes new interactive events and materials designed to encourage children and their families to know God deeper and share their faith with the people around them.

Superbook Philippines is preparing to bring “Sabay-Sabay Lilipad,” an on-ground events campaign to malls, schools, churches, and communities nationwide. New fun and educational materials will be available at partner outlets and online platforms as well. 

CBN Asia’s head for Superbook, Icko Gonzalez, also teases an exciting project this year. “As we approach CBN Asia's 30th anniversary, we are thrilled to announce the upcoming Superbook Musical Theatre, bringing these beloved stories to life on stage,” he revealed.

Gonzalez also invites everyone to watch Superbook Season 5 on A2Z and the Kapamilya Channel every weekday, beginning June 3 at 8:30 AM.

“Join us in exploring deeper insights about Jesus and the Bible through Superbook Season 5. We invite all Batang Superbook fans, young and old, to continue supporting this animated program that not only entertains but also uplifts our spirits,” he said.

Gear up, Superbook fans, because everyone is welcome to join our out-of-this-world adventure with Superbook Season 5, airing June 3, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM on A2Z and Kapamilya Channel. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Eplayment launches the PIXEL Loot Fair

Content creation has grown to be a lucrative field in recent years, with the explosive rise of influencer marketing and the spread of short-form video content on social media platforms. Content creators have grown into a niche of their own, with them being branded as entrepreneurs, monetizing their interests, hobbies, and other aspects of their lives. It’s very much like running a business, and with that comes the challenge of balancing it all.

Eplayment brings a content aggregator platform, PIXEL, designed to help burgeoning creators manage their content and social media accounts to elevate monetization opportunities and build a community among fans and content creators. The platform hopes to further its goals at the first-ever
Loot Fair.  A cross between a convention and a conference for creators, the Loot Fair will be happening from June 1 to June 2, 2024, 10 AM - 10 PM at Estancia Mall, Pasig City. This event will be PIXEL’s much-awaited event where creators, fans, and enthusiasts can gather at a marketplace of ideas. “We recognize that there is quite a lot of potential for content creators to monetize the ideas they bring to life,” Eplayment CEO Karlos Naidas states. “We hope that through this event, we can bring together creators and their fans so we can build a community and a safe space for creativity to thrive and be enjoyed.” 

A number of fun and educational activities await those who will attend, from PIXEL Creator Chats, where on-stage interviews with PIXEL’s Partner Creators will be conducted. This is also an opportunity for fans and fellow creators to ask questions and win raffle prizes. For those visiting the merchant booths, PIXEL’s donation feature will be accepted as a valid mode of payment, so both fans and creators can experience the seamless transfer of funds that PIXEL promises. A live auction for partner creators’ most prized possessions will also be held as a way for fans to score a sentimental piece from their favorite creator. An exciting cosplay runway will also happen to showcase talents and their personal branding and cosplaying skills on-stage. The likes of AC Soriano, Kang Dupet, and Euleen Castro will surely have some goodies that fans will be happy to snag. 

The event is open registration and everyone is welcome to partake in this event and meet the creators that we all love. PIXEL Loot Fair is just the start of Eplayment’s many creator-centric programs to support the community, foster relationships within, and extend opportunities to aspiring creators. 

Final Boarding Call: Don’t Miss Big Bad Wolf’s Last Few Days at Parqal!

Heads up, Manila Wolfies! The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, the world’s biggest book sale, is leaving Parqal, Aseana City, soon! Catch the book sale on the 3rd floor of Parqal until June 2, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 midnight. Act fast! And who knows, the next stop could be just around the corner!

Don’t miss exclusive discounts and promos that will make customers add amazing titles to their shelves. As a last hurrah for Parqal, Big Bad Wolf is offering a Buy 10 Get 1 Free promo! Get 10 titles and Big Bad Wolf is throwing in 1 book for free! Grab this amazing promo from May 29 to May 30. Metrobank credit cardholders can still avail of the special 0% 3-month installment promotions for single-receipt purchases worth P3,000 and up. Plus, Swedish furnishing brand IKEA is still giving customers a chance to experience their reading nook setup plus a chance to win over P50,000 worth of prizes!

There are still a few days left to be part of the historic “Big Bad Tour: 1 New Million Readers” campaign launched by Big Bad wolf as part of its commitment to make books accessible and to promote literacy and reading in the country. 

With a lineup of events and activities, the book sale ensured fun for everyone! Esteemed figures Bro. Bo Sanchez and Bernadette Sembrano held book signings last May 25, 2024. If you missed these exciting activities, fear not, Wolfies! More exciting things are up ahead! 

Hurry! You never know when the Wolf is returning to Manila, but here’s a hint: it might be sooner than you think. Drop by the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale at the 3rd floor of Parqal, Aseana City, happening until June 2, 2024. Doors are open from 10:00 AM to 12:00 midnight daily. Admission is free! Grab your totes and catch insane deals and promos at the world’s biggest book sale before it wraps up in Parqal. See you there!


Glico Brings Japan’s No.1 Almond Milk Goodness to PH

Japanese people convey their values best through the quality of their products. Every creation is approached with much finesse, mirroring their culture of having a strong sense of discipline and respect for excellent craftsmanship. A trait admired by the whole world, it is also evident even in the things they consume daily, including almond milk. 

Glico Philippines proudly presents Almond Koka, which is the epitome of this enviable Japanese culture of craftmanship. Now in the Philippines and priding itself as Japan’s no. 1 almond milk brand, the goodness of Almond Koka comprising of quality taste and nutritional benefits awaits discovery. 

Versatile plant-based drink  

Over the years, Filipinos have learned to diversify their milk choices and have been on the lookout for dairy-free options that provide both indulgence and health benefits. Glico, the makers of the globally loved brand Pocky, saw this as an opportunity to introduce Almond Koka to the country.

Almond Koka is nothing like your typical and often bland almond milk. Made from 94% almond milk, the brand offers a rich and bold nutty flavor from baked quality almonds that results to a great aroma and creamy texture. 

This makes Almond Koka a truly versatile plant-based beverage for Filipinos, as it effortlessly pairs well with various meals and beverages – adding extra flavor to these recipes. It’s just as full of goodness on its own!

More than delicious

While Glico’s Almond Koka offers the freedom of gastronomic enjoyment for pairing, crafting or on its own, it is also providing Filipinos with quality nutrition. Almond Koka meets 100% of the recommended daily Vitamin E requirement. It’s a good source of fiber and has zero cholesterol. This is on top of being soy-free and lactose-free, which makes it a great choice for those who with related allergy or who are lactose-intolerant.

Every pack of Almond Koka is also meticulously produced with the Glico Quality System to provide the same Japanese quality and standard for the people of the Philippines.

Almond Koka is available in three flavors: Unsweetened, Original, and Chocolate. The 1L SKU is available in Landers, Robinsons Supermarket, The Marketplace, Shopwise, Landmark, Waltermart, Metro Gaisano, Mitsukoshi, and other leading supermarkets. The 180ml Original and Chocolate flavors, on the other hand, are available in 7-Eleven stores.

So if you’re looking for a delicious drink to enjoy or your lifestyle calls for a better alternative, now is the time to discover the #AlmondKokaGoodness.  

Monday, May 27, 2024

The Big Bad Wolf Takes “Big Bad Tour: Mission 1 New Million Readers” to Parqal!

Calling all Manila bookworms! The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, the world’s biggest book sale, has landed back in our homeland! Big Bad Wolf Books’ much-anticipated return to Manila also marks the official launch of the “Big Bad Tour: Mission 1 New Million Readers” campaign that will take the renowned book sale to six cities in the Philippines, kicking off at Parqal, Aseana City from May 24 to June 2, 2024. 

The book sale offers a collection of over two million budget-friendly books across various titles, including children’s literature, educational reads, and Filipino titles. That’s not all! To make the books accessible to a wider audience and to encourage more Filipinos to cultivate the habit of reading, the book sale promises exclusive deals and discounts including a special offer for Metrobank credit cardholders who can also enjoy a 0% 3-month installment for a single-receipt purchase of at least P3,000. 

Swedish furnishing brand IKEA is also returning to the book sale to give readers a cozy treat, plus a chance to win over P50,000 worth of prizes! More details on the exciting promo will come out on Big Bad Wolf Books’ social media pages, so stay tuned!

Big Bad Wolf Books co-founder Andrew Yap said, “This book sale is about making literature accessible to everyone, regardless of their background.” He added, “Our goal is to put books in the hands of as many readers as possible, to empower people, especially the youth, and to transform communities through the joy of books.”

Big Bad Wolf Books Philippine Managing Partner Carol Chuaying spoke about the campaign to reach one million new readers saying, “Books have the ability to change lives. Through this campaign, we hope to ignite a passion for reading  that will drive educational growth and personal development across the country.” She expressed her enthusiasm and optimism for the campaign to drive an impact on the local communities. She remarked, “We are thrilled to see such an enthusiastic turnout, and we’re confident that together we can reach one million readers.”

Guests came together to celebrate the official launch of the “Big Bad Tour: 1 New Million Readers” campaign. During the event, Yap and Chuaying ceremoniously turned over books donated through the Red Readerhood Program to Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines Dato' Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary of Legislative Affairs Fatima Aliah Dimaporo. 

Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines Dato' Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino, lauded the initiative, claiming it will leave a lasting impact on countless lives. “Education is a cornerstone of progress, and promoting literacy is a vital step towards a brighter future for the Philippines,” he said. 

DSWD Undersecretary Fatima Aliah Dimaporo echoed these sentiments stating, “In a world where knowledge is power, initiatives like these serve as a beacon of hope. Encouraging reading and making books accessible to all is an investment in the country’s future,” she said. “I am proud to support Big Bad Wolf in their mission to cultivate a culture of reading in the Philippines.”

The book sale promises to be the most spectacular yet! Aside from jaw-dropping deals and discounts, it will also feature exciting activities and events. Attendees can also look forward to meet-and-greets with beloved authors, engaging literary workshops, and exclusive book signings with renowned figures like Bro. Bo Sanchez, Bernadette Sembrano, and many more!

As the doors open to an ocean of books, Big Bad Wolf Books invites seasoned and budding readers from far and wide to join the movement and be part of the campaign to reach a million new readers. Experience the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale on the 3rd floor of Parqal, Aseana City from May 24 to June 2, 2024. Doors open at 10:00 AM to 12:00 midnight daily, and admission is free! See you there! 

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Nestlé Homebakers Club Relaunches

In the same month as World Baking Day, Nestlé All Purpose Cream announced the successful relaunch of the Nestlé Homebakers Club, an online community dedicated to empowering homebakers to enhance their skills, explore entrepreneurial opportunities, and connect with like-minded enthusiasts. The inaugural episode of the series "Bake to Basics" was held on May 23 and streamed live on Facebook, attracting an enthusiastic audience of baking aficionados from across the country.

 Hosted by Chef Jackie Ang-Po and featuring guest expert homebaker and business owner Kathy Apole-Sarmiento of KathyBakesPH, the event engaged viewers with a blend of practical baking demonstrations, insightful business advice, and Q&A sessions. Chef Jackie kicked off the event expressing her excitement about the return of the Homebakers Club and encouraging viewers to actively participate and ask questions. 

"I'm excited to be part of this amazing community!" said Chef Jackie. "The Nestlé Homebakers Club isn’t just about baking; it's about turning your passion into a thriving business. The relaunch feels like a homecoming, where you can reconnect with experts and peers who are here to support you every step of the way. I’d love for you to join the club and get access to special content, pro tips, and feedback from fellow homebakers who share your enthusiasm."

The highlight of the event was the live bake-along session, where Chef Jackie and Kathy demonstrated how to make a classic baked macaroni and everyone’s favorite chocolate cake respectively, perfect for those looking to start their own home baking business. Kathy particularly shared her journey from homebaker to business owner, providing tips on mastering recipes, managing costs, and effectively marketing products.

"Baking has always been my passion, and turning it into a business has been a rewarding experience," said Kathy. "My love for baking comes from my mom, who was an incredible baker. I started baking for my own family, and over time, I fine-tuned my skills by seeking honest feedback from friends, family, and even experts. I also utilized online resources to continually improve. Being part of an inspiring community that shares your keen interest can get you the support and resources for growth."

In addition to the live demonstrations, the event featured a poll where viewers were asked about the help they need for their business. The interactive format allowed for real-time responses to audience questions, and rewarded participants with Homebakers Kits that included Masflex cookware and Nestle All Purpose Cream products to inspire more culinary creations. The sense of community was reinforced with discussions on the benefits of joining the Nestlé Homebakers Club, including access to exclusive content, online classes, expert advice, and networking opportunities. Members can also initiate their own activities, like meet-ups and sharing culinary creations.

Carina Faustino-Dy, Senior Brand Manager of Nestlé All Purpose Cream, said, "The Nestlé Homebakers Club is there to nurture the talents of homebakers and provide them with the tools they need to succeed. We are excited to see the members of this community flourish in their baking and business endeavors."

For more information and to become a member of the Nestlé Homebakers Club, visit the Nestlé Homebakers Club Facebook page. Join the Nestlé Homebakers Club today and start your journey towards baking excellence and entrepreneurial success. 

Jollibee Foods Corporation Mounts Employee-led Mangrove Reforestation Project

 The Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) continues to drive change through its corporate social responsibility arm, the Jollibee Group Foundation, Inc. (JGF), as it spearheaded a mangrove reforestation program with a string of tree-planting activities held in three coastal provinces.

Close to 4,000 mangrove trees have been planted by JFC employees: 2,250 mangrove propagules along the coastlines of Alaminos, Pangasinan and Carmen, Cebu; and 1,700 seedlings in Lemery, Batangas. 

JGF President Gisela Tiongson emphasized that the reforestation initiative is part of JFC’s increased efforts to advance its global sustainability agenda called Joy for Tomorrow in line with the objective under the Planet pillar to help treat the planet responsibly.

“JFC’s 45th anniversary last year marked a special milestone that inspired us to step up our effort in creating value for our stakeholders and in giving back to the environment,” said Tiongson. “Through this mangrove reforestation program, we aim to help restore the mangrove ecosystem and build a more resilient future for our fellow Filipinos living in coastal communities.” 

Strengthening collaboration 

JGF has collaborated with national agencies and local community partners to ensure that the mangrove planting activities are done correctly using the right species that are planted in the right site and in the right season—all these considerations are crucial in ensuring mangrove survival and propagation.

Tiongson recognized the support provided by DENR SCIS-Strategic Alliance and Environmental Partnership Division, DENR-Environmental Management Bureau, DENR Region 7, City Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Cebu City and Carmen, and CENRO Calaca, Batangas. “We are grateful for their assistance and for guiding us throughout the activities, as well as the People’s Organization in Cebu for the mangrove seedlings,” she said.  

Fostering employee engagement

The reforestation program was started in 2023, with over 200 employee-volunteers from Jollibee, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Zenith Foods Corporation, and Jollibee Worldwide Services Logistics. This also formed part of the Company’s engagement program for its employees and JFC’s 45th anniversary activities.

To bolster the project, JFC’s President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong and JGF’s Tiongson, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga on April 19. 

Tanmantiong emphasized, “We are cognizant of the climate emergency we are in, and hence, we are taking steps to contribute to climate mitigation in the work of JGF, together with the company. To this end, we will be investing in mangrove reforestation initiatives with the help of our employee volunteers. And we will be supporting communities in mangrove management.”

Under the MOU, JGF has committed to “mobilize volunteer employees to participate in the conduct of environmental programs and activities in mangrove reforestation and extend its support to community-based mangrove protection and reforestation activities.” 

This year, JGF will also be working on establishing the project as a sustained program in a move to further broaden the skill set, experience, and knowledge of JFC employees beyond their work. To further increase the area of mangrove habitat in the country, JGF is also planning to conduct mangrove planting activities in Visayas and Mindanao under strong community management. 

EastWest Bank’s Magenta Race continues to advocate for breast cancer awareness

In a display of solidarity and commitment to a vital cause, EastWest Bank announces the success of the second run of its Magenta Race, a pivotal event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for breast cancer advocacy in the Philippines.

Building upon the triumph of the inaugural Magenta Race, which garnered acclaim and support, the 2023 edition is a testament to EastWest Bank's dedication to social responsibility. This year’s event saw 145 individuals participating in the run/cycle, resulting in a total donation of Php 196,991 to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care Inc. (Kasuso Foundation).

The success of the Magenta Race extends far beyond philanthropy, earning recognition from The Digital Banker Global Retail Banking Innovation Awards 2023 as the Best CSR Initiative.

This demonstrates EastWest Bank's commitment to working together to address pressing societal challenges.

Breast cancer remains a pervasive health concern, particularly among Filipino women, highlighting the continued relevance and urgency of initiatives like the Magenta Race. With over 60% female employees, EastWest Bank remains committed to promoting breast health awareness and early detection, championing initiatives that empower women and communities across the nation.

For more information about the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. (Kasuso Foundation) and its impact, please visit kasuso.org.

About the Magenta Race: The Magenta Race is a fundraising event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for breast cancer advocacy in the Philippines. Through community engagement and collaboration, the Magenta Race strives to support organizations and initiatives that provide essential services to individuals and families affected by breast cancer. 

Tang brings much needed refreshment in a rewarding way with new Scan to Win promo

Summer is not over yet, and cooling down with the refreshing, fruity goodness of Tang just got better with the new Tang Scan to Win promo!

Get a chance to win up to P10 million worth of prizes in 4 easy steps. Simply buy a specially marked Tang pack, find the promo code inside the pack, scan the QR code and enter the promo code, then register via the messenger chatbot. The best part? You get to find out immediately if you are one of the instant winners of P50 and P100 GCash credits.

Don’t feel bad though if you don’t win any of the instant prizes. This year’s Scan to Win promo is one of Tang’s biggest yet, so you can also look forward to bigger and more exciting prizes in the weekly and monthly raffle draws. Weekly prizes include limited-edition Toy Story tumblers and backpacks that are sure to be a hit among kids. Brand-new Samsung Galaxy A8 Tablets are also up for grabs in the weekly draws. For the monthly draws, lucky winners get to bring home P20,000 worth of GCash credits. 

That’s not all! Adding more fun and excitement to the Scan to Win promo is the Tang Packtivation Blowout. Coming in hot — or should we say cold? — is the Tang Slushy Truck, which will be stopping by Trinoma on June 7 and 8. You can also visit the Tang Packtivation Blowout booth, buy a specially marked Tang pack, join the Scan to Win promo, and get a free slushy with every purchase.

Tang Packtivation Blowout customers can choose from a wide selection of delicious, fruity flavors—all packed with Vitamin C, D, and Zinc, and served in a format that is perfect for this heatwave.   

Tips for Winning an All-Expense Paid Getaway with Maya and the Gang!

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