Monday, July 31, 2023

Camella Alfonso in Cavite : Live Right Next Door to Tagaytay

Without a doubt, Tagaytay is irresistible. The cool winds and the dreamy fog that can blanket the city on a good day are perfect for chilling, cuddling, or simply snoozing. They are a beguiling lure away from the heat and noise of the Metro less than an hour away. Then there are the many gastronomic choices that pepper that getaway city, not to mention the bewitching greenery that welcomes visitors as they ascend to the ridge. The leisure stops are hard to resist as well: from campsites to glamping sites, to picnic grounds, to horseback tracks, to spas, and resorts––how can one not love Tagaytay?

Wouldn’t it be Perfect to Live Right Next Door?

Nestled shoulder to shoulder with Tagaytay, is the town of Alfonso. Its proximity to that much-loved weekend escape means that not only are the charms of Tagaytay easily accessed, but it also means they share the same climate and tropical greenery. While Tagaytay is hailed as the main tourism center, Southern Cavite, in general, is considered the province’s key touristic hub and favorite events and wedding destination, boasting as well, quaint little towns that take one back in time heralding ancient crafts, inherited cuisine, and traditions past. 

While much of Cavite is quickly becoming highly industrialized, Alfonso still enjoys cleaner and cooler air, the surroundings are richer and greener, neighborhoods are calmer and more peaceful, and the people — friendlier. 

This is why Camella has long realized that many Filipinos and their families will find living in Tagaytay’s sister city a dream come true.  The location is not only perfect for one’s forever home but also a  very appealing weekend or vacation home as well.

Find Your Dream Home a Stone’s Throw Away from Tagaytay

Set to become the next tourist destination after Tagaytay, Alfonso is a first-class municipality in the upland portion of Cavite. Only 20 minutes away from Tagaytay, Camella Alfonso is also about 40 minutes from Nasugbu, Batangas––another favorite weekend destination owing to the beaches that line the Batangas coast. If one is looking for a laid-back lifestyle, Camella Alfonso is a community that offers just that. The Iberian-themed community offers a roster of the same home models available in each Camella development in Cavite. Each home is exquisitely Mediterranean, offering at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms, beautiful living and dining areas, and highly-functional kitchens.

If one is looking for a laid-back lifestyle, the Iberian-themed community of Camella Alfonso offers just that.

Beyond the added charm of being very close to Tagaytay, the Camella properties in Cavite are the perfect homes and communities to create the most wonderful memories, make dreams real, and build the most incomparable tomorrows.

Camella Alfonso's location is perfect for one’s forever abode and appealing for a weekend or vacation home as well.

Building Communities Where Dreams Become Real

Fully understanding the necessity of accessibility, the Camella properties in Cavite are strategically located near major expressways like the South Luzon Expressway, Cavite Laguna Expressway, Manila Cavite Expressway, Cavite–Tagaytay–Batangas Expressway, and other major roads and highways. This makes the Southern Cavite Camella developments not just wonderfully close to Tagaytay, but also easily accessed from Metro Manila and the other southern and central    Luzon cities and provinces.

Camella properties in Cavite are the ideal homes and communities to create the most wonderful memories.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

SM Prime taps Citicore Renewables for the supply of Clean Energy

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) and Citicore Renewable Energy Company (CREC) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on 11 July 2023 as a joint commitment to champion renewable energy. 

Through this partnership, SM Prime will source its energy requirements of up to 90-Megawatts (MWac) from CREC’s upcoming Lumbangan Solar Power Plant in Tuy, Batangas. The long-term agreement will commence in the first half of 2024. This is in line with the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) policies of the Department of Energy. 

This development further strengthens both CREC and SM Prime's commitment to the Department of Energy's program of moving up the renewable energy supply component of the Philippines to 35% by the year 2030. 

“This partnership marks our strong commitment to providing sustainable operations in our developments nationwide. It is aligned with SM Prime's target of achieving net zero by the year 2040. SM Prime ensures that its risk-informed investments catalyze sustainable development and positive change in the communities where it operates,” said Mr. John Ong, SM Prime Chief Finance Officer.

The agreement with SM Prime adds to CREC’s long list of blue-chip company partners, attesting to the company’s solid performance and service excellence.

“We are happy to partner with SM Prime in providing clean and safe renewable energy for their power requirements,” said Mr. Oliver Tan, CREC President. “We believe that their support and trust in us through this partnership reflects our commitment as a renewable energy provider, and we are glad that SM Prime shares in our vision of a sustainable future,” Mr. Tan added.  

SM Supermalls, Mesa ni Misis team up for the healthiest SuperMoms Meetup

Just in time for Nutrition Month, SM Supermalls partnered with Mesa ni Misis to celebrate the healthiest SuperMoms Meetup at the SM Megamall Event Atrium on July 22, Saturday.

SuperMoms gathered once again for the biggest and grandest super momma convention, which also marked the launch of Juana’s Table, the newest recipe book by Mesa ni Misis’ Juana Manahan Yupangco.

“We SuperMoms hold the power to shape the future of our children's health. By embracing a plant-based diet and introducing it to our families, we can ensure that our little ones grow up strong, vibrant, and armed with the necessary tools to lead a healthy and fulfilled life,” said Grace Magno, SM Supermalls Vice President for Corporate Marketing. 

SM Supermalls and Mesa ni Misis, through the recipe book, aimed to educate moms on the importance of healthy and sustainable eating. Written by Yupangco herself, who is a food security champion and advocate for local produce and farmers, the book is filled with healthy and affordable meal options that moms can easily create in their kitchen using the freshest produce found at the SM Sunday Market. 

During the event, participants were treated to a cooking demo by Yupangco, who was then joined by celebrities and certified SuperMoms, Dimples Romana and Patti Grandidge Herrera who whipped up a veggie gimbap using fresh, local ingredients. They showcased how easily one can create a delicious and healthy meal for the whole family using one of the many recipes found in the book. Also, moms got the chance to discover how to practice sustainability in the household through cooking.

The meetup featured on-ground activities for moms such as the SuperMoms Club Photo wall where SuperMoms got to take photos with their goodie bags and a raffle draw where lucky SuperMoms won special prizes and other awesome surprises from partners and sponsors. 

Started in 2018, SM Supermalls’ SuperMoms Club is the Philippines’ largest mommy community on Facebook. Its on-ground event, the SuperMoms Meetup, has become an avenue to further build a stronger community of inspiring women and super mommas who uplift, support, and encourage each other. 

“This meetup was designed with your well-being in mind. We want to make you feel valued and cared for, and at the same time, we want to give you a voice to be heard at home, in the workplace, and in your community. Your SM Supermalls family will always be here for you, listening to you and understanding your needs, and helping you throughout your motherhood journey,” said Juana Manahan Yupangco.

The healthiest SuperMoms Club meetup in the metro was supported by SM Markets, SM Store, Fully Booked, Viu, NutriAsia, UnMeat, Téviant, Skin Poem, Designer Blooms, and Blims Furniture.

Never miss out on the latest SuperMoms gatherings at SM Supermalls! To know more about the SuperMoms Club, join the Facebook community for moms, by moms via 

A Founder’s Dream: Urban Farming and the SM Foundation

This Urban Farming initiative is led by the SM Foundation through its Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP). It’s about uplifting the farmer community, fostering environmental consciousness, food security, and creating livelihood and income opportunities for marginalized urban communities. Through the KSK-SAP, a comprehensive program of urban farming techniques, product development, marketing, and basic accounting is offered in strategically-located field schools.

SM City Roxas

The KSK program has successfully conducted over 260 sustainable agricultural training, benefiting a total of 28,550 farmers. These trainings have taken place in both rural and urban settings, where participants have been exposed to sustainable farming modules that promote the cultivation of nutritious, high-quality vegetables and fruits. 

SM City Clark

Partnering with the SM Foundation, SM Supermalls, and SM Markets are the following government agencies; the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Tourism, and the Quezon City Government. Each government organization and LGU plays a vital role in maintaining the viability of the program, and so that no stone is left unturned in ensuring its success.

As an example, the SM Foundation has brought SM Supermalls and SM Markets into the picture so that as these urban farmers successfully harvest, they’re given an opportunity to market and sell their produce at the Sunday Markets that are now being held in several malls across the nation. When the produce reaches a volume that goes beyond this Sunday marketing mechanism, the SM Markets offer other alternatives.

SM City Naga

It’s about creating integration and circularity so that a mini-economic ecosystem is realized. After all, it can’t be about teaching them what and how to farm and then leaving them with no outlet with which to monetize this harvest. The SM Foundation creates these strategic partnerships so that true income opportunities become part of the overall scenario.

SM City Cabanatuan

Who would have thought that this vision of Henry Sy, Sr., back in 2007, would have been so uncanny in predicting the mounting problems and issues we face today in agriculture, sustainable food production, food security, and urban development? It’s a vision and dream that those in the SM Foundation are very proud to carry on, and deliver.

SM is in the business of creating a sustainable environment. From being the first to consider renewable energy in mall buildings, to implementing energy-saving devices, we continue to meet significant sustainability milestones. 

Join the commitment to a more sustainable lifestyle at and #SMGreenMovement


Tuesday, July 25, 2023

SG Hassan Pasco receives a Plaque of Recognition from CDRRMO

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office award SM City San Pablo guard SG Hassan Pasco a plaque of recognition for his selflessness and courageous efforts in saving a life during a critical and life-threatening situation on June 25, 2023.

While conducting his regular rounds, SG Pasco noticed a 74-year-old customer experiencing difficulty breathing due to something stuck in his throat. Fortunately, as a trained guard in first aid rescue techniques, he performed the Heimlich maneuver (Abdominal Thrusts) right away, saving the customer. 

SG Pasco is trained in first aid rescue techniques and regularly undergoes refresher courses with the assistance of a Certified First Aid Trainer from the Philippine Red Cross. These training sessions are conducted every morning before the mall opens.

CDRRMO Management Council in San Pablo, Laguna said that his quick thinking, decisive action, compassion, and unwavering dedication to the preservation of human life have made a remarkable impact on the community. SG Pasco also received P10,000 from the city Administration Office. 

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Unleash the Gaming Power of Victus 15 by HP powered by Intel®: The Ultimate Gaming Laptop for Avid Gamers

If you're an ardent gamer searching for the ultimate gaming experience, look no further than the Victus 15 by HP. As one of the best gaming laptops in 2023, the Victus 15 combines cutting-edge technology and exceptional features to take your gaming to new heights. With its powerful performance and immersive capabilities, this gaming laptop will elevate your gameplay, ensuring you have the edge over your opponents and experience gaming at its absolute best.

At the heart of the Victus 15 lies the 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor, a true gaming powerhouse that brings unrivaled processing power to your fingertips. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors use a performance hybrid architecture design to transform your gaming and computing experience by integrating two all-new core microarchitectures (Performance core and Efficiency core) into a single die to increase compute efficiency and deliver intelligent workload optimization.

The Intel Thread Director does the behind-the-scenes magic that seamlessly coordinates the performance cores (P-cores) and efficient cores (E-cores) to work together harmoniously. This intelligent coordination ensures you experience the perfect balance of clock speed, cores, and threads, delivering immersive experiences and low latency during competitive gameplay.

The Victus 15, however, is more than just a gaming machine; it offers users the freedom to multitask without compromising performance. Whether you're chatting with friends, browsing the internet, streaming content, editing videos, or recording gameplay, this laptop effortlessly handles it all. With its powerful capabilities, you can seamlessly switch between tasks without missing a beat, allowing you to focus on what matters most—your gaming experience.

Graphics are a crucial component of any gaming laptop, and the Victus 15 excels in this department. Powered by the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti Laptop GPU, it delivers stunning visuals and smooth gameplay. The 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, with a 144Hz refresh rate, ensures that every detail comes to life with breathtaking clarity. You'll be fully immersed in the virtual world, with fluid motion and reduced motion blur, making your gaming experience truly captivating.

The Victus 15 boasts immersive audio tuned by B&O and dual speakers to enhance your gaming immersion further. From thunderous explosions to subtle ambient sounds, every audio detail is amplified, creating a rich and realistic soundscape that truly draws you into the game. With the Victus 15, you'll experience gaming audio like never before.

Extended gaming sessions can strain a laptop's cooling system, but the Victus 15's upgraded cooling system ensures optimal performance even during intense gaming marathons. Say goodbye to overheating and performance throttling, and enjoy uninterrupted gaming sessions with peace of mind. This laptop is designed to keep up with your gaming demands and maintain peak performance throughout.

Connectivity is made effortless with the Victus 15, which supports multiple 4K displays and features Thunderbolt™ technology. Whether connecting to external displays or organizing your peripheral suite, the Victus 15 provides the flexibility and convenience to create your dream gaming setup. Stay prepared and ready to dive into the gaming action at any moment.

Customization and optimization are key to achieving your gaming goals, and the Victus 15 offers just that through the Omen Gaming Hub. This centralized control center allows you to fine-tune your settings, monitor system performance, and connect with other gamers. It's your one-stop shop for enhancing your gaming experience and staying ahead of the competition.

The Victus 15 by HP is a gaming beast that will take your gaming experience to the next level. With its sleek design, powerful performance, immersive display, enhanced audio, and upgraded cooling system, it stands out among the best gaming laptops available in 2023. Whether you're a casual gamer or a serious esports enthusiast, the Victus 15 is the ultimate gaming companion that will take your gaming journey to the next level.

Unleash the full potential of your gaming experience with the Victus 15 by HP. Gaming happens with Intel®, and with the 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor, this laptop is built for the next generation of gaming. Don't miss out on this exceptional gaming companion. Visit the official HP stores on Shopee and Lazada to discover the Victus 15 and elevate your gaming experience to new heights. Get ready to conquer the virtual world like never before. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Ultimate Relaxation with Ogawa Massage Chairs

In our fast-paced modern world, finding moments of tranquility and rejuvenation is essential for maintaining our overall well-being. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is through the use of advanced massage chairs. Among the leaders in this industry, OGAWA has emerged as a synonymous name for luxury and innovation. In this feature article, we will delve into the key benefits that make OGAWA massage chairs an unparalleled choice for those seeking ultimate relaxation and therapeutic relief. From stress reduction and pain management to improved circulation and enhanced sleep, OGAWA massage chairs offer a comprehensive solution to elevate your physical and mental well-being.

Unrivaled Therapeutic Expertise

OGAWA's commitment to excellence in massage technology through extensive research and development is evident in their massage chairs. With a diverse range of innovative massage techniques such as kneading, rolling, shiatsu, tapping, and more, OGAWA massage chairs provide customizable options to suit individual preferences and needs. Whether you're seeking targeted relief for back pain, neck, and shoulder tension, or muscle soreness, OGAWA massage chairs offer unrivaled therapeutic expertise.

 Stress Reduction and Relaxation

In our stress-filled lives, finding moments of relaxation is crucial for our overall well-being. OGAWA massage chairs provide a sanctuary of relaxation, reducing stress levels and promoting a sense of calm. With features like zero gravity positioning that enhances relaxation and music therapy integration for a multisensory experience, OGAWA massage chairs create an environment conducive to stress reduction and relaxation.

Enhanced Circulation and Detoxification

Proper blood circulation is vital for maintaining optimal health, and OGAWA massage chairs are designed to promote blood flow. Through features like air compression, heat therapy, and reflexology techniques, OGAWA massage chairs stimulate circulation, aiding in detoxification and eliminating toxins from the body. Improved circulation also leads to enhanced metabolic function, increasing energy levels and overall vitality. 

Pain Management and Rehabilitation

For individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions or recovering from injuries, OGAWA massage chairs offer adequate pain management and rehabilitation. By alleviating chronic pain, aiding in muscle recovery, and assisting in posture correction, OGAWA massage chairs provide a holistic approach to pain relief. With a combination of massage therapy, heat therapy, stretching, and advanced techniques, OGAWA massage chairs promote long-term well-being. 

Improved Sleep Quality

Quality sleep is essential for overall health, and OGAWA massage chairs contribute to improving sleep patterns. By promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and incorporating features like soothing sounds, gentle vibrations, and adjustable reclining positions, OGAWA massage chairs help create an optimal environment for restful sleep. The mind-body connection fostered by OGAWA massage chairs allows users to enter a deep and rejuvenating sleep state. 

Convenience and Accessibility

Bringing the benefits of massage therapy to your home, OGAWA massage chairs offer convenience and accessibility. With an OGAWA massage chair, you have access to therapeutic benefits whenever desired, eliminating the need for frequent visits to massage therapists or spas. The user-friendly design, integration with modern technology, and time and cost efficiency make OGAWA massage chairs a practical choice for those seeking relaxation and well-being.

The Best OGAWA companion that will surely give you all these benefits is Master Drive AI Oyster Grey which retails for Php 360,000 (SRP: Php 499,000) and is available for a 36 monthly installment at 0% interest rate for only Php 10,000/month with free Omknee 2.0 when purchased using major credit cards like HSBC, Metrobank, Citibank, Union Bank, Bank of Commerce, BPI, and RCBC.

As if it weren’t enough, if you buy any Master Drive AI Black Genuine Leather, Master Drive Black Genuine Leather, and Master Drive AI Oyster Grey for straight payment, you’ll get a free Eye Massager worth Php 12, 990.

OGAWA massage chairs have redefined the concept of relaxation and therapeutic relief, providing a comprehensive solution to achieve ultimate well-being. With its unrivaled expertise in massage technology, innovative features, and dedication to customer satisfaction, OGAWA continues to set the standard for luxury massage chairs. From stress reduction and pain management to improved circulation and enhanced sleep, the benefits of using OGAWA massage chairs are truly remarkable. By embracing the world of OGAWA, you can unlock a new level of relaxation, rejuvenation, and overall wellness in the comfort of your own home.

Operating at full capacity and with over 30 stores nationwide, including the newest store in Gateway Mall 1, customers can expect no less from all the other branches that include a branch in Shangri-La Plaza, SM Megamall, Greenbelt 1 & 5, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Robinsons Manila, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Eastwood Mall, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Magnolia, SM Fairview, SM North EDSA The Block, TriNoma, UP Town Center, Promenade 3, Alabang Town Center, Evia Lifestyle Center, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, SM BF Paranaque, and Newport Mall. For stores outside Metro Manila, OGAWA is located in SM City Bacoor, Ayala Solenad 3, and SM Sta. Rosa in Laguna, SM Seaside City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier in Davao, SM Clark in Pampanga, and SM City Olongapo Central.

Achieve wellness at home with your own personal masseuse, worry-free.  

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Experience Less Stress with Your Bills Thanks to Digido’s Latest Promo

Award-winning consumer finance company Digido announces the launch of its “Bills-Free” promo — giving customers the chance to win a bill allowance for six months for select monthly expenses!

Ten winners will be issued a monthly bill allowance worth PHP 5,000 for six months and can spend the amount to cover only the following: house rent, water bill, electricity bill, and internet bill. 

For instances where the monthly PHP 5,000 allowance was not fully consumed, the unused amount will not be added for the succeeding months.

First-time and repeat customers of the Digido service applying from July 8 until September 30, 2023 are eligible for the promotion. Digido can be accessed through its official site, its apps in Google Play and the iOS App Store, and Lazada Loans.

Commenting on the promotion, Digido country manager Farit Shakirov said: “We’re excited to delight our customers with this new promotion as our clients have shared how agile our services are in assisting them when they need assistance to pay their bills, amongst many other purposes. This initiative also aligns with our belief that inclusive credit options like ours assist in fast-tracking one’s journey towards financial independence.” 

Additional details on eligibility:

  • All loan applications tagged as completed and disbursed to the client will automatically earn a raffle entry.
  • A client can only win once. If a name is drawn more than once, he or she gets the prize of higher value. The prizes are not transferable and cannot be converted to cash. Digido will directly pay the bills.
  • The number of loans availed by a client during the promo duration will be equal to the client’s number of entries.
  • Full details on eligibility and mechanics can be accessed through Digido’s official Facebook account.

P&G's aid reaches Albay communities stricken by Mayon Volcano heightened unrest

Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, the multinational consumer goods company behind trusted brands like Safeguard, Ariel, Tide, Pantene, and Oral-B, extended support for communities affected by the recent heightened unrest of Mayon Volcano in Albay. 

A community alert level 3 is still in effect in Albay, which means there is relatively high unrest in the volcano and an increased tendency toward hazardous eruption. Communities near the volcano have been relocated to Guinobatan, Ligao, Daraga, and Sto evacuation centers. Domingo, Camalig, Legazpi City, Malilipot, and Tabaco, Albay. 

P&G, in collaboration with the Manila Water Foundation and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, P&G donated Safeguard bar soaps, laundry powders, and hair care products for over 5,700 displaced families. The donation supports the need for basic sanitation measures in evacuation centers and provides evacuees with the comforts of home and a sense of normalcy amidst their situation. 

Albay Representative Joey Sarte Salceda expressed gratitude for P&G’s swift response to their request for assistance. 

"Within days of our request, P&G and Manila Water Foundation were ready with a support package for Albay. WASH products and facilities are essential to maintaining human dignity in evacuation centers, and human dignity is central to our culture in Albay. So, we are very grateful for partners like P&G and their unhesitating response to our call for help," says Salceda. 

Albay Governor Edcel Lagman also shared his gratitude for the Company. 

“Water, sanitation, and hygiene were the issues and enduring problems that we need to plug sa mga evacuation centers here in Albay. Because of Procter & Gamble, we were able to have it. Maraming salamat po sa P&G sa tulong ninyo sa pagbibigay ng hygiene products sa Albay lalo na sa mga apektadong lugar dahil sa pag-alboroto ng Bulkang Mayon” Lagman said. 

As part of its commitment to being a constant Force for Growth and a Force for Good in the country, P&G continues to serve communities in times of crisis and need. Recently, P&G also donated over Php 6 million worth of P&G products to Mindoro’s local government unit supporting over 75,000 families affected by the Mindoro oil spill.  

Primehomes Lauded as a Top 10 Developer in PH

Primehomes Real Estate Development Inc. was named one of the top 10 developers in the Philippines at the recently concluded 2023 BCI Asia Awards held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. BCI Asia recognized Primehomes for its sustainable and innovative designs. 

“This recognition from BCI Asia Awards is an affirmation of our advocacy towards green architecture and responsible design that promotes efficient use of space. This can only further strengthen our dedication to providing the highest quality of living by building sustainable communities where kindness abounds among its residents,” said Primehomes Marketing Head Grace Feliciano.

Feliciano added that the property follows a construction strategy aimed at transforming urban development in the country by fusing eco-friendly and multi-functional communities with city blocks and urban landscapes. This efficient design offers high-quality living to its residents while having a positive impact on the environment. 

With sustainability at the core of its overall design, Primehomes is equipped with low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation, rainwater and greywater management for recycling, and bicycle facilities to promote healthy living. Waste management is also highly encouraged at Primehomes, where waste is segregated at the source. Waste storage is deployed across the residential community to ensure the safe handling of different kinds of waste before collection and proper disposal. 

Built with luxurious amenities, Primehomes towers support its residents’ active, busy, and modern lifestyles. Innovative features are also being infused to match the evolving demands of the market for smart homes complimented by lush green and open spaces, home to endemic and endangered vegetation. Situated in the heart of Quezon City, the properties provide easy access to essential locations like universities, business districts, commercial developments, and lifestyle hubs.

Having entered the top 10, BCI Asia Awards deemed Primehomes as one of the developers in the country with a portfolio of the highest merit in the past year. The awardees selected are real estate firms with the largest aggregate value of projects under construction in 2022, with the criteria of their sustainability and confirmed “green building ratings.”

Established in 2005, BCI Asia Awards recognizes top architects, contractors, and developers that leave a significant impact on the construction industry in seven Asian markets: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

BCI envisions an efficient, sustainable, and inclusive global construction market alongside the industry trailblazers it honors annually. As one of the most sought-after awards, BCI encourages firms to create socially responsible developments while providing a domestic and international networking platform for the construction industry.

Feliciano also shared that Primehomes’ Dahlia and Albizia Towers are almost sold out and will be ready for turnover by 2024. To learn more about Primehomes developments and its upcoming projects, visit  

Thursday, July 13, 2023

A Wais Mom’s Guide this Upcoming Back-to-School Season

Back-to-school is a time when we moms see to it that our kids are well-prepared for the new school year. We are the ones who take care of the essential tasks and are expected to make ‘wais’ decisions—be it from choosing schools to shopping for supplies—to provide our children nothing but the best for their education.   

While the next academic year is still a few months away, it pays to prepare early. This allows you to better allocate your budget, not miss out on any important need, and avoid the stress of the back-to-school rush. To help you get started, Home Credit, a leading consumer finance company, shares some ‘wais’ tips for your kids this coming school year. 

Start considering the school

School is one of the most important things to consider before the back-to-school period begins, especially if your kids are transferring from their old ones. You can start by laying down your options so you have more time to assess their quality of education and environment to see if it will allow your children to grow and develop further to reach their potential.   

Aside from that, this also provides you the opportunity to gather all the necessary documents for your kids’ enrollment and consider its location, accessibility, safety, and even the fees you are going to pay, if there are any.  

Make a list of the needed school supplies, other essentials  

Depending on their school and year level, you can create a list of essential items you need to buy for your kids’ schooling. From notebooks, textbooks, pens, or pencils, to bags, lunchboxes, and even laptops, such a list will ensure that you will not overlook anything important. Additionally, it will help you establish and manage your back-to-school budget, as a comprehensive list enables you to estimate the costs of every item 

Check the uniforms  

Uniforms are the everyday dress code your kids will wear at school. Because of this, you must make sure they still properly fit your kids and are in good condition. Be sure to check for any damage to see if it needs to be repaired or replaced. If your kids are new to their school, have them measured for new uniforms so they will be ready when the academic year starts? For schools without any uniform requirement, do not forget to examine your kids’ wardrobes and purchase new clothing they can wear at school.  

Establish a budget  

Determining your budget will ensure you spend your money wisely for the back-to-school season. It will also help you allocate your funds properly and prioritize the things that matter the most. This ensures you meet all your children’s school needs without straining your finances before they begin their academic year.  

The key to ‘sulit’ back-to-school season  

If you are looking for a perfect partner this upcoming academic year, do not worry; Home Credit is the key! Watch out as the leading consumer finance company launches its ‘sulit’ back-to-school promo to help you meet all your kids’ essential needs in the coming school year.   

With Home Credit, you can avail a wide range of gadgets for your kids, which include the best high-performance laptops under PHP2,499 per month, such as Acer Aspire Vero Work Laptop, Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3, and more. You can also have the top value-for-money laptops below PHP1,999 per month, including Huawei Matebook D15 i5 11th Gen and ASUS Vivobook 15, among others.  

Aside from that, there are also budget-friendly laptops under PHP1,499 per month that you can get this back-to-school season, like the Acer Aspire 3 i3, HP 15S i3 Silver Laptop, and more. For the best tablets below PHP999 per month this academic year, you can avail through Home Credit the likes of Huawei Matepad T10 LTE, Samsung Tab A8 LTE, and Realme Pad 32GB/3G Tablet, among others. 

Additionally, if you are an eligible Home Credit customer, you can enjoy its back-to-school cash loan promo, which you can use to shop for your kids’ school needs and even for tuition fees. 

How? Stay tuned and catch Home Credit’s exciting deals for you and your kids! Visit this link to be updated about these deals. 

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, You may also follow its official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Marketplace.   

Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).   

Learn More About The Land of Endless Discovery at Travel Madness Expo 2023

The restrictions have been eased so it’s time to make a trip to Japan! There is so much to do there that it’s worth learning more about this endlessly enchanting place. If you are trying to figure out the best way to prepare for a trip to Japan, then a detour to the Travel Madness Expo 2023 this weekend should be your very first step!

Many people might think of theme parks or cherry blossoms when they think of Japan, but it has so much more to offer. This year, to raise awareness of some of these wonders, the Japan National Tourism Organization Manila Office invested in a display of the Visit Japan Pavilion at the Travel Madness Expo 2023, happening from June 30 to July 2, 2023, at the SMX Convention Center.

The Travel Madness Expo is one of the largest travel fairs in the Philippines. It attracts thousands of people who want to learn more about travel destinations, and also look for deals from different airlines, travel agencies etc., as well as various freebies. Looking for discounts on travel and special offers for airfare and activities? The Travel Madness Expo is where you want to be.

Walking around the Expo even feels like taking a little mini-trip as many countries offer destination and cultural presentations, and giveaways at their booths!

The Visit Japan Pavilion was designed to look like the interior of a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) so you could spot it across the room. It attracted a ton of curious visitors who were drawn in by the look but stayed for the activities and brochures from all over Japan! 

As for the activities, visitors enjoyed learning about writing in Katakana. There was also a tea workshop by Teavolution PH where guests learned the origin and history of tea, different types of tea, and the proper way to prepare them. A lot of them even took a photo in a real traditional Japanese Yukata. Several guest performers such as MNL48 and UP Tugma played and riled up the crowd with their performance.

Visitors were encouraged to participate in the freedom wall, a wall of posts for anyone to read or leave behind a thought. The facilitators also held a memory game to play, these activities kept people interested in the booth and got them primed for a trip to Japan.

In the Visit Japan Pavilion, several Japanese organizations were involved and were also giving information on their destinations and/or products, giveaways, and souvenirs to interested visitors. The co-exhibitors included The Prefectures of Toyama and Okinawa as well as the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) and J.CLAIR.

One of the prefectures on display was Toyama. Located at the very center of Honshu, the main island of Japan, Toyama Prefecture faces the Sea of Japan to the north and precipitous mountains in the other three directions. Toyama is full of nature's offerings such as beautiful sea and mountain landscapes and natural delicacies.

It is one of the few places in Japan where you can see glaciers and has many national parks to explore. There is a glass museum that is very popular and worth the visit. The true experience of Toyama, however, is the seafood. Situated on one of Japan's most beautiful bays, Toyama is the place to get local seafood.

There were tons of giveaways from Toyama Prefecture to those who followed their Facebook page, Travels In Toyama Japan. The giveaways included bookmarks, memo pads, and more!

The other prefecture that was on display was Okinawa. Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan with a subtropical climate. It’s known for its clear blue sea and the unique not-your-ordinary Japanese culture! Visit be.Okinawa to learn more!

Some of the best things to do in Okinawa are snorkeling or visiting the beaches. But there is more to Okinawa than water sports! They also have Okinawa World, a cultural theme park that is great for a rainy day, as well as several shopping and cultural districts to explore in Naha and Okinawa city.

J.CLAIR Singapore is an association jointly established by local governments in Japan to promote and provide support for local internationalization. It stands for The Japan Council of Local Authorities and International Relations and is based in Singapore. Their portion of the booth featured information about Nagano, Kochi, Hokkaido, and more. 

JR West was also present and distributed giveaways and special offers! JR West is a Japanese railway in western Japan known for its scenic routes. Trains are the best way to get around Japan and learning more about the railway is an excellent start to planning your trip!

Going around the expo felt like a mini go around the world with all the deals and freebies that were being given away! While Japan is well known for its rich traditional culture, visitors got to know that there is so much more to uncover. 

There is something to do in Japan for every season: enjoy cherry blossoms and various flowers in the spring, water activities, and forest bathing in the summer, the beauty of colored leaves in the fall, and snow activities in the winter! All of that is on top of world-class shopping, convenient transportation, unique food, exciting theme parks, and so much more!

Come and visit Japan and see why it’s called the land of endless discovery! 

Casio launches REMASTER BLACK to celebrate G-SHOCK’s 40th anniversary

Casio Computer Co., Ltd. has recently announced the release of the newest addition to its line of shock-resistant G-SHOCK watches to mark the 40th anniversary of the G-SHOCK brand. The four REMASTER BLACK watches feature a band imprinted with the model names of past milestone G-SHOCK models, whose innovations have forged the evolution in the unending pursuit of toughness. 

These 40th anniversary shock-resistant REMASTER BLACK timepieces feature a band imprinted with the names and launch years of past G-SHOCK milestone models. From more than 4,200 models launched over the past 40 years, Casio chose 49 G-SHOCK models to represent the innovative advancements in structure, function, materials, and design the brand has delivered over time. These model names are imprinted on the REMASTER BLACK band through a hot-stamping process that impresses the lettering into the band for a textural, indented effect. The overall design is in G-SHOCK brand black accented with gold-colored stainless steel band loop. 

These latest timepieces are based on four perennially popular models: the DW-5600, which inherited the original iconic G-SHOCK shape; the DW-6600, the first G-SHOCK equipped with backlight; the analog-digital combination GA-110; and the GA-2100, with its unique octagonal bezel. The new DWE-5657RE, designed based on the DW-5600, comes with an interchangeable round DW-5700 bezel to deliver the fun of two different looks in one timepiece.

In addition to the anniversary logo engraved on the case back, a star is also engraved on the button on the lower left side of the case for three of the models, and on the watch glass at the 40-minute mark for the GA-114RE. On both the DWE-5657RE and the DW-6640RE, the anniversary logo appears when the backlight is lit.

The bezel and band are made with bio-based resins for less environmental impact. The newly developed modules employed in the DWE-5657RE and DW-6640RE provide a high-brightness LED backlight and battery life of five years. The special packaging for these models is made with recycled paper to help promote a circular economy.

REMASTER BLACK will be available in authorized G-SHOCK stores nationwide this June and will be priced from PHP 9,800 SRP to PHP 11,650 SRP.

Stay at the Home of the Founder of the Modern Olympics, now on Airbnb

With almost a year until Paris 2024, the childhood home of Baron Pierre de Coubertin has been transformed to take guests on a journey through time. For one night only guests will get the opportunity to immerse themselves in Olympic history in Château de Mirville, an iconic stop on the Olympic torch relay in 2024.

Built in the 16th century, Château de Mirville is where the young Coubertin developed a love of sports that would eventually inspire him to revive and evolve the ancient Olympic Games into the modern Games as we know them today. And on July 18, one night in the historic home - recently restored to its original grandeur with the support of the IOC and Airbnb’s Heritage and Local Tourism program - will be opened to a unique stay on Airbnb for €24* in honor of Paris 2024.

Jacques de Navacelle, Coubertin’s great grand-nephew, will host the stay and share tales of how the château inspired his illustrious forebear.

“Château de Mirville is considered by many as the birthplace of the modern Olympics Games. It is in this home that the seeds of a global sporting revolution were sown. It gives me great pleasure to welcome guests in our family home to celebrate the one-year countdown to Paris 2024” - ​Jacques de Navacelle, Host and great grand nephew of Pierre de Coubertin.

Emmanuel Marill, Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Airbnb, adds: “As proud worldwide Paris 2024 partner and now Official Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay in France, we are honored to offer a truly unique experience in the historic Château de Mirville. Airbnb is dedicated to showcasing the rich diversity of France’s regions and the rich Olympic legacy of this special home will make for an inspiring stay.”

Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024: “What a joy it will be to have the opportunity to sleep in the mythical Château de Mirville, embarking on a genuine voyage through time in search of the origins of the modern Olympic Games! In Paris 2024, we are hosting the Games in a new era, but we also care deeply about the traditions and history of where we come from. Well done Airbnb, and good luck to those who will try to live the experience!”

About the stay

Château de Mirville is nestled deep in the Pays de Caux valley in Normandy, France. In the heart of the château, Coubertin’s private study has been transformed into a remarkable sporting suite that pays homage to the building’s legacy in the modern Olympic Games history. Guests who secure a booking will take a journey through time and Olympic greatness. Prepare to enjoy:

The opportunity to play with n°1 French professional tennis player Caroline Garcia on the grounds where one of the first games of lawn tennis was supposedly played in France.

A private tour of the entire estate by your Host, Coubertin’s great grand nephew, Jacques.

A punt on the lake where Coubertin developed his love of rowing, followed by a picnic of French delicacies on a specially constructed floating pontoon.

An immersion into the origins of the Olympics including exclusive access to historic memorabilia such as Coubertin's 1892 Olympic Manifesto, a personal document featuring the rings for the first time as originally sketched by Coubertin and an original ticket from France's first Games in 1900[1].

A selection of items from the very latest IOC Olympic Collection is named in honor of Pierre de Coubertin.

How to book

Guests may request to book this overnight stay on July 18, 2023, from 6:00 PM CET at The unique overnight stay will take place on July 26, 2023, and cost 24 euros*, in honor of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.

Maximum occupancy is two persons. Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from Château de Mirville, France.

Airbnb, the official partner of the Paris 2024 Torch Relay

Through this unique partnership, Airbnb Hosts will participate in the Torch Relay and act as local cultural ambassadors for the towns and villages they call home, celebrating the arrival of the Olympic Flame throughout its journey across the country.

More than half a million[3] visitors are expected in France on Airbnb during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, trips that are expected to generate more than €1 billion for the French economy and nearly €86 million in gross income for Hosts in less populated communities according to a recent Deloitte study.

With a community of Hosts representing more than 23,000 cities all across France, a third of whom are in the least populated cities[4], Airbnb is dedicated to showcasing the rich diversity of France’s regions and spreading the long-term benefits of the Games throughout the country.

*Plus taxes and fees. This one-night stay is not a contest. 

ASUS Vivobook Classic and Creator Laptops

ASUS announces today five new powerful additions to its Vivobook lineup – the ASUS Vivobook 15X OLED (K3504, M3504), ASUS Vivobook Go 15 OLED (E1504), ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED (T3304), and ASUS Vivobook Pro 16X OLED (K6604). This new Vivobook Classic and Creator laptops are designed to match the dynamic and always-on lifestyle of Gen Z, Generation Alpha, and those young at heart, built to entertain with stunning ASUS Lumina OLED displays, and engineered to handle any productivity and creativity tasks with high-end up to 13th Gen Intel Core H processor or AMD Ryzen 7000 series mobile processor. They are also made durably with a Military Grade badge and consciously with ASUS Antimicrobial Guard. Whether a student, young professional, work-from-home parent, or budding digital content creator, there's an ASUS Vivobook laptop that suits various needs.

Built to entertain, fueled to perform

The newest addition to the Vivobook Classic lineup provides an incredible visual experience with an ultrafast 120 Hz refresh rate for super-smooth motion visuals. The 15-inch 2.8K 16:9 HDR ASUS Lumina OLED display on ASUS Vivobook 15X OLED emits ultra-vivid images even at low brightness levels. For immersive entertainment, it features a powerful ASUS SonicMaster audio system — tuned in cooperation with the audio expertise of Dirac — that delivers the most immersive, clear, and balanced sound experience ever.

The all-new Vivobook 15X OLED, ideal for young professionals and entrepreneurs, is also equipped with up to the latest AMD Ryzen 7730U mobile processor or a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1255U CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and an ultrafast 512GB PCIe SSD, making everyday work or entertainment tasks smoother.

This youthfully themed laptop features the classic Vivobook raised logo lid tab and the iconic warning-striped Enter key for a distinctive look. The ASUS Vivobook 15X OLED comes in Indie Black color and retails for a starting price of only PHP 45,995.

Stylish and tough even on the go

The light and compact ASUS Vivobook Go 15 OLED (E1504) features a superior 15-inch 16:9 FHD ASUS Lumina OLED display and robust ASUS SonicMaster sound systems with DTS Audio Processing for immersive entertainment. As ASUS’ most affordable OLED laptop yet, Vivobook Go 15 OLED is best for the modern Filipino family venturing to their first OLED laptop. Its design is stylish and practical, with thoughtful touches that make the user's life easier, such as a 180° lay-flat hinge. Its OLED display also emits 70% less harmful blue light that is safe for kids and adults alike.

Speedy performance for any task is assured by up to AMD Ryzen R5-7520U processors, 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 512 GB PCIe SSD. Excellent privacy is provided by the physical webcam shield, and there's a fingerprint sensor that allows one-touch login with Windows Hello.

The ASUS Vivobook Go 15 series comes in Mixed Black color and retails for a starting price of only PHP 29,995.

Super versatile all-arounder

With its vivacious styling and versatile design, the new-generation ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED (T3304) is a brilliant all-rounder. Its combination of a 13.3-inch OLED with Dolby Vision support Pantone Validated touchscreen and a quad-speaker Dolby Atmos sound system makes it the perfect choice for on-the-go entertainment. Whether in tablet, landscape stand, portrait stand, or laptop mode, users are guaranteed to enjoy everything, everywhere. Vivobook 13 Slate OLED can quickly transform from a parent's productivity device to a child's entertainment hub in a jiffy.

Creativity is a cinch with the handy ASUS Pen 2.0, an MPP 2.0-compliant stylus with 4096 pressure levels, four swappable tips, and convenient one-click Bluetooth functions via a shortcut button.

A speedy new eight-core Intel Core i3-N300 processor is faster, delivers better battery life than its predecessor, and is backed by a 256 GB PCIe SSD and up to 8 GB of fast LPDDR5 memory. The magnetically-attached ErgoSense keyboard, large touchpad, and cover stand make it endlessly adaptable to any situation. Users can enjoy easy connectivity via the dual USB-C ports, audio jack, and microSD card reader.

The ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED comes in 0° Black color and retails for only PHP 49,995.

Ultimate creative experience

Set that imagination free with the newest addition to the ASUS Creator series – ASUS Vivobook Pro 16X OLED. Perfect for young creators, this laptop redefines the standard for creator laptops, with a desktop-grade of up to 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13980HX processor, a studio-grade NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, supplemented by its world's leading 16-inch 3.2K 16:10 120 Hz ASUS Lumina OLED display with Dolby Vision support. Creations on the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED are bound to look sharper as the OLED display is made more accurate with industry-standard Pantone Validated color rendering showing a wide range of colors with exceptional detail, more adaptive, giving users the liberty to customize their visual experience according to their preference, and more reliable with TÜV Rheinland low blue-light certification for eye protection during long viewing sessions and ASUS OLED Care for burn-in prevention.

This powerful creator-focused laptop has 32GB of fast DDR5 4800 MHz RAM, two upgradable SO-DIMM slots, and 1TB of ultrafast PCIe SSD storage to handle heavy work files and software without compromising efficiency. The Vivobook Pro 16X OLED also features a MUX Switch for an on-demand gaming performance boost and an upgraded solid ASUS IceCool Pro cooling system that allow the laptop to stay cool even when running multiple apps and safely unleash the full 150-watt[1] CPU and GPU thermal design power.

The intuitive ASUS DialPad on the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED enhances how creators work during every part of their editing process. Create nonstop with its customizable macro controls for OS and third-party creative applications such as Adobe Apps.

The ASUS Vivobook Pro 16X OLED comes in 0° Black, with free three months Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for every purchase, and has an SRP of only PHP 179,995. Its 15-inch brother, ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED, is also available in Quiet Blue and has a starting price of only PHP 54,995.

Designed for sustainability

ASUS' commitment to protecting the earth while delivering the best products to its users is reflected in the design of the new Vivobook models. The devices use 30% PCR plastics, and the packaging is now 100% recyclable. The energy consumption has been reduced to outperform the ENERGY STAR power-efficiency standard, and the devices meet the EPEAT Silver eco-label standard. In addition, the user's hygiene is protected by ASUS Antimicrobial Guard, which inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses by 99%.

A longer laptop lifespan also reduces long-term waste, so the laptops are strictly tested to ensure their durability, using the latest MIL-STD-810H US military-grade standard, with up to 12 test methods and 26 individual tests — the industry's most stringent testing regime. These laptops also have two years ASUS International Warranty with Platinum Protection Warranty for the first year. Users can extend their warranty coverage with ASUS Premium Care and feel secure with ASUS' nine-step exclusive preventive maintenance program.

Where to buy

Now is the best time to grab an ASUS Vivobook laptop with ASUS Cool for School promo[5] and get back-to-school bundles, like a Canon PIXMA printer and ASUS sustainable merch, to name a few. Catch the ASUS Cool for School Back-to-School Livestream on July 13, 2023, at 6 pm on ASUS Philippines and ASUS Republic of Gamers Facebook pages, and get a chance to win a ROG Phone 6 and more exciting prizes.

These new Vivobook laptops come with a free lifetime license to Office 2021 Home & Student. They are also available through ASUS' newest e-shop at or ASUS Concept Stores and authorized resellers. Already got an ASUS Vivobook laptop? Share a review and get rewarded with PHP 200 GCash Credits through Your Voice Matters Campaign. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Avon Reintroduces its Power Serum with Skin-Transforming Benefits in Just Seven Days

The daily skincare routine gets a refresh as Avon reintroduces its must-have Anew Renewal Power Serum. Now repackaged in a sleek glass bottle, the Anew Renewal Power Serum helps improve skin hydration and elasticity and maximizes the Avon-exclusive Protinol™ technology that restores years of collagen loss strengthens the skin, and gives it a baby-like bounce.

The Anew Renewal Power Serum’s benefits are so good it makes it impossible not to share its results. From smoother-looking skin to reduced fine lines, experience firsthand the skin-transforming benefits of the Anew Renewal Power Serum. Transform your daily skincare routine into a positively powerful ritual that empowers everyone to look and feel their best at any age!

Treat yourself to Avon Renewal Power Serum—available at, Lazada and Shopee for P1,099. 

Citadines Benavidez Joins The Makati Skyline

The Ascott Limited Philippines has announced the opening of Citadines Benavidez Makati, located in the heart of Makati City. The latest addition to the Citadines brand will complement the mix of Ascott’s properties in Makati which include Ascott Makati, Somerset Millennium Makati, Citadines Salcedo Makati, Somerset Central Salcedo Makati, and the soon-to-open Somerset Valero Makati. The property offers a vibrant and comfortable living experience, equipped with top-notch facilities that cater to the needs of modern travelers.

Citadines Benavidez Makati caters to the lifestyle of active guests who collectively share a love for experiencing the city. The property offers 207 units, ranging from Studio Deluxe, Studio Premier, One-Bedroom Deluxe, Two-Bedroom Deluxe, and Two-Bedroom Premier. Each unit boasts a modern design and is equipped with a kitchen, comfortable bedding, high-speed Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs.

Once guests are ready to take on the city, Citadines’ own Citazens are on standby to provide guests with the best tips to ensure everyone gets the ultimate local city experience. The Citazens also double up as baristas, so coffee lovers looking for a quick caffeine fix can count on these amazing people to always satisfy and deliver.

The property is equipped with a wide range of amenities that allow guests to enjoy themselves without leaving the comfort of the property. Its all-day dining restaurant offers a wide selection of local and international cuisines, perfect for travelers looking to indulge in a culinary adventure. For business travelers, Citadines Benavidez Makati also features a meeting room that can accommodate up to 20 people, complete with audiovisual equipment and high-speed Wi-Fi. Fitness enthusiasts who want to get a quick workout can easily put their routine at the Fitness Corner or take a dip in the Swimming Pool, which is both conveniently placed on the property’s rooftop overlooking the breathtaking view of the city. For those looking to keep their clothes clean and fresh, the launderette is readily available on-site.

"We are thrilled to open the new Citadines Benavides Makati as part of our continued commitment to providing world-class accommodations and services to our guests," said Philip Barnes, Country General Manager for The Ascott Limited Philippines. "Our latest property in Benavidez is strategically located in the heart of Makati City, providing guests with convenient access to key business and leisure destinations. It is also designed to complement other Ascott properties in the area, including Ascott Makati, Somerset Millennium Makati, Citadines Salcedo Makati, Somerset Central Salcedo Makati, and the soon-to-open Somerset Valero Makati. Together, these properties offer a range of options for travelers looking for serviced residences in the central business district of Makati."

Citadines Benavidez Makati is set to open its doors in August 2023 and will mark another milestone achievement for The Ascott Limited as they continue to grow in the Philippines. 

For reservations and updates about The Ascott Limited’s Citadines properties, visit the official website and its social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.  

PMCC (4th Watch) Launches Nationwide Bloodletting Activity in Partnership with Philippine Red Cross

With the beginning of the month-long observance of National Blood Donors’ Month, the Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch) or PMCC (4th Watch) reiterated the life-saving importance of blood donations during its National Bloodletting Activity last July 8.

The blood drive was launched at the Philippine Red Cross main office in Mandaluyong, and was conducted simultaneously across 30 locations in the Philippines, including Cavite, Quezon, Mindoro, Aklan, Bacolod, Davao, and Metro Manila. 

Volunteers donate blood during a bloodletting activity organized by the
Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross at the
AATF Sports Complex in Imus, Cavite on Saturday, July 8.

Apostle Arsenio T. Ferriol, the church’s Chief Executive Minister, along with Bishop Jonathan Ferriol, Deputy Executive Minister, led the launch of the National Bloodletting Activity with the support of Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard “Dick” Gordon. Local government units and advocates also expressed their support for the church’s blood drive.

Bishop Ferriol underscored the important duty of the church in uplifting the lives of everyone in the community. “As the PMCC (4th Watch), we firmly believe that churches have a vital role as partners within the community, dedicated to bringing positive change and serving the needs of the people,” he said.

Volunteers donate blood during a bloodletting activity organized by the
Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross at the
AATF Sports Complex in Imus, Cavite on Saturday, July 8.

For its part, PMCC (4th Watch) has established partnerships with local governments, community leaders, and organizations such as the Philippine Red Cross to strengthen the church’s outreach efforts across the country. The church has also opened its outreach activities to the general public, regardless of their religious affiliation.

“Our aim is to unite Filipinos in a collective effort to create a healthier and more vibrant community, highlighting the universal values of compassion, service, and solidarity,” Bishop Ferriol explained.

Then-President Fidel V. Ramos declared the month of July as National Blood Donors’ Month under Proclamation No. 1021, signed on June 9, 1977, to spread awareness of the importance of blood transfusions and to encourage more Filipinos to donate blood. 

The bloodletting activity, dubbed “Give Love, Give Blood, Save Lives,”
is a simultaneous event held in several locations in the country.

Bishop Ferriol noted the connection between the life-giving nature of blood donations and the transformative power of the Gospel. “Both endeavors aim to bring new life, whether through the spiritual nourishment of the Word or the physical revitalization through blood transfusions,” he explained.

The church’s blood drive is also part of its ongoing 50th-anniversary celebration, which will include another series of medical missions to underserved communities in the Philippines and a number of prayer and healing crusades around the world. This will culminate in a National Convention and a Golden Anniversary Celebration at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium in Capas, Tarlac on August 27.

Bishop Ferriol, however, maintained that the church’s milestone is not a reason to boast. “It serves as a reminder of our responsibility to give back to the community that has supported and collaborated with us over the years,” he said. 

Review of National Classic Tenya Day

I honestly didn't know that there was even such a thing as National Tenya Day but boy am I glad that we were able to see the banner informing people about it since Tenya is actually one of the few places that we enjoy our Tempura from. 

Sadly, I wasn't able to take a photo of the banner because we were busy trying to make our way inside. 

We ordered two of the large classic tendon and one regular classic tendon. The photo below is a regular one. I realized that the difference between the two sizes was just a bit of extra rice. 

We also ordered this cheese dumpling which my husband and youngest son approved of so much so that I wasn't able to have a bite of it. 

We also had the classic tempura maki. This was really good. I ate 4 pieces without feeling any guilt haha. 

I also ordered the spicy spam musubi. This was also pretty good. The kimchi rice gave off a nice kick. 

Our meal costs less than Php1600. It was really great because I thought we'd go over Php2000. This is all because they had a buy one take one for classic tenya day. We ordered 3 and we got 6. Absolute happiness! 

Happy tummy. Happy Mommy.