Sunday, July 3, 2022
Save Philippine Seas, Coca-Cola Philippines team up again to support community-based solutions on plastic waste
Saturday, July 2, 2022
Monday, June 13, 2022
|The Manila Hotel's Red Jade Restaurant reopens|
Red Jade Chinese Restaurant at The Manila Hotel welcomes guests back this Friday, June 10,2022 as the renowned Chinese restaurant reopens for dine-in service. Fans of the original menu can expect the same items with an expanded selection of other exciting options.
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Coca-Cola Philippines and Plastic Bank® collaborated effort for collection and recycling ecosystem in Cavite
In celebration of World Oceans Day, Coca-Cola Philippines and Plastic Bank® announced that in 2022, they will together help to collect 10 million post-consumer PET plastic bottles to address and solve the global packaging waste issue while improving the lives of partner collectors and junk shops enrolled in the Plastic Bank Ecosystem Impact Program. This is double their target in 2021 when 5 million used PET bottles were successfully recycled and diverted from landfills and oceans.
Through the Ecosystem Impact Week event, which will run from June 8 to 12, 2022 at Robinsons Place General Trias, Coca-Cola Philippines, Plastic Bank® and the local government of General Trias, Cavite, aim to educate more Filipinos on the value of collecting and recycling recyclable plastics. A collection booth has been set up for consumers visiting the mall, where they can bring clean and used recyclable plastic bottles and help give these a second life.
“At Coca-Cola, we recognize that we have a big role to play in helping solve the plastic waste problem,” said Tony del Rosario, President of Coca-Cola Philippines and Vice President for East Franchise Operations of Coca-Cola ASEAN and South Pacific.
“With partners like Plastic Bank, the government, non-government organizations, civil society, industry and private sectors, we know that a World Without Waste with measurable, positive impact is possible.” Del Rosario added.
Plastic Bank is a social enterprise that builds collection and recycling ecosystems in coastal communities by working directly with individuals in the informal waste sector and micro and small enterprises like junk shops. Through the Plastic Bank Ecosystem, collector partners are given access to training, tools, and equipment for efficient waste collection, and a source of livelihood. The program also connects collector partners to the market (Material Recovery Facilities or junk shop branches) that buy their collections to ensure the sustainability of the program.
Friday, June 10, 2022
Introducing NEW Pocky Range Redesigned To Appreciate The Goodness Of The Natural Ingredients For The Better Taste!
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Have you ever been on a farm tour? How about visiting a living plant nursery? If you haven't tried either, then you're missing something here. Not only will you get to travel, but you will also learn so much from visiting local farms such as the one we recently had in Silang Cavite. Our dear friends Mr. Ray Ong and Rence Chan invited my husband Jason and me to join their Silang Farm tour where we revisited Arid & Aroids Living Gallery, Dhoie's Garden, and Perlas ng Silang Flower and Garden Restaurant. Check out why these are some of the must-sees in Silang Cavite:
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Manila Prince Hotel has officially reopened and with an introductory rate of P1999 nett rate with plated breakfast for two!
|Deluxe Room at Manila Prince Hotel|
The Manila Prince Hotel by The Mania Hotel is delighted to officially announce its highly anticipated reopening on June 1, 2022. This heralds an exciting new chapter in the property’s history as it establishes itself as a perfect staycation place in the heart of the city.
The newly reopened Manila Prince Hotel offers guest affordable luxury with a reopening rate of only P1,999 nett for an overnight stay in a Deluxe room. This royal treatment can be enjoyed by two (2) adults and two (2) kids 12 years old and below, along with set breakfast for two.
|Marcelino Street Cafe|
Staycation seekers, weary urban warriors, working folk, and even guests from outside Metro Manila can expect unrivalled comfort and inimitable service while enjoying the hotel’s facilities and spaces. The hotel boasts of a pool where you can take your kids to enjoy an afternoon of fun, while the rest of the day can be spent having a hearty meal at the hotel’s Marcelino Street Café, which serves a la carte dishes for now. Eventually, Manila Prince Hotel’s amazingly decorated Chinese restaurant, Dragon Court, will reopen at a later date.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
|SunLife Philippines building on BGC Taguig|
Even amid multiple crises the country faced last year, Sun Life Philippines (Sun Life) fulfilled its commitment to clients and paid around PHP 6.5 billion in death and living benefits.
“The payout of claims and maturities bring to life our promise to be here for our clients, especially during the most challenging of times,” Sun Life Philippines CEO & Country Head Benedict Sison said. “They can trust that Sun Life will always be here as their partner for life.”
Meanwhile, Sun Life also maintained its leadership in the insurance industry for the 11th consecutive year, finishing 2021 with a total of PHP 45.46 billion in Total Premium Income. This is according to reports released by the Insurance Commission based on submitted unaudited Quarterly Reports on Selected Financial Statistics.
Apart from leading the life insurance industry in premium income, Sun Life’s consistent performance in the industry metrics of New Business Annual Premium Earnings, Assets, Net Income, and Net Worth over the years demonstrates its strength, stability, and resilience amidst uncertain times.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
|Ginny Guanco with two of her 25 paintings of her “Festival” art exhibit.|
I wish I had been blessed with painting skills just like some of my relatives. It's actually one of my many frustrations. Art runs in our blood, but probably not on mine. So each time I'd encounter an artist and see his or her masterpieces, I am in such awe. This is also why I am happy to have met Ms. Ginny Guanco (a graduate of Fine Arts) some years back. At the time, she must have parked her paintbrushes and pencils then because she was focused on her job as part of an advertising agency. I was then a newbie blogger and perhaps it was meant for me to meet her, I accidentally "invited" myself to one of her events. It's really a long story how far we've come to know each other. But even if she has gone back to her first love (which is painting and drawing), we have remained in friends even through Facebook. So I am truly happy for Ms. Ginny on her second art exhibit.
Ladies festooned with flowers. Faces painted in vibrant hues and psychedelic patterns. Women crowned with fantastic headdresses. Whether the patterns follow a tribal design, or inspired by an imaginative free-flowing scheme, Ginny Guanco’s latest series of paintings depict a conspicuous and unabashed display of energy, brio, and an unmistakable joie de vivre.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
|Emirates Premium Economy will be deployed on high-traffic A380 routes to London|
Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Sydney, and Christchurch
|Announces at Arabian Travel Market that this new cabin class will be open for sale on June 1, for flights from August|
Wider, clearer viewing experience
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The smartphone’s 6.51-inch LCD FullView™ screen with 1600x720-pixel resolution displays photos and videos with rich details. Users can also read and send texts with the larger screen with more ease.
For added protection for the eyes, the phone display’s brightness auto-adjusts to ambient conditions while the Eye Protection Mode filters out harmful blue light.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
In a bid to help Overseas Filipinos (OFs) working abroad come home for good, Sun Life Philippines (Sun Life) recently launched “Shine On, Overseas Pinoy!”, a talk show focused on helping OFs and their families achieve a financially secured future through financial education.
Hosted by Sun Life brand ambassador Charo Santos-Concio, the show is set to debut on May 14, 2022 on ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC). Each episode will have Charo engaging a featured OF along with a financial expert, with the discussion revolving around the OF’s financial concerns and possible solutions. The show aims to enable OFs and their families to make informed choices, equipped with the wisdom from other OFs’ experiences and expert financial advice.
"Overseas Filipinos are one of the most important sectors in our nation. There are 10.2 million of them located across the globe and they contribute up to 10% of the country’s GDP through their hard work," says Alex Narciso, President of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. "They have made so many sacrifices to provide for their families. It is only fitting that for all they do, we also help them achieve a brighter tomorrow when they return home for good."
“Shine On, Overseas Pinoy!” will broadcast a new episode every Saturday and Sunday until June 25, 2022. The talk show is one of the many ways that Sun Life is helping OFs achieve their financial goals and look forward to a comfortable retirement. Shine Pinoy Overseas, the company’s banner program for OFs, continuously mounts activities and launches offerings to help them plot a path towards their homecoming, as well as enjoying a financially secure future. They can avail of any of Sun Life’s insurance and investment products before leaving the country to work abroad, while they are in the Philippines for a vacation, or upon their homecoming.
Those who wish to know more about Sun Life’s Shine Pinoy Overseas program are encouraged to visit www.sunlife.co/shinepinoy or by connecting with a Sun Life advisor through https://www.sunlife.com.ph/en/
Monday, May 9, 2022
In photo (L-R): Mr. Dennis G. Gatuslao – Bayad Chief Commercial Marketing Officer, Mr. John Januszczak, – UBX President and CEO, Mr. Jaime Garchitorena - UBX Managing Director of Commerce and Payments, and Mr. Lawrence Y. Ferrer - Bayad President and CEO
UBX, the leading open financing platform in the Philippines, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Bayad, the country’s authority in bills payment and Meralco’s full service fintech subsidiary.
Under the agreement, i2i, the banking-as-a-service venture of UBX, will leverage the network of billers of Bayad, allowing i2i banking agents to process payments for Meralco and Home Credit. Throughout the year, the partners will add more billers to further promote greater convenience to customers.
“We are committed to constantly improving our services and in bringing financial services closer to those who need them. Our partnership with Bayad will provide seamless bills payment transactions to our customers, allowing us to further strengthen our initiatives for financial inclusion,” UBX President & CEO John Januszczak said.
Currently, i2i has around 250 billers in its platform, including local utilities, schools, telcos and more. This includes major players of different industries such as Philippine Airlines, Bayan Telecommunications, and even different universities throughout the Philippines.
By integrating its systems with Bayad, small businesses and residents of far-flung areas can also enjoy the efficiency and convenience of paying their bills through i2i agents.
As of end-2021, there are 3,000 i2i banking agents across the country and these include ordinary merchants like sari-sari store owners that provide the basic financial services to the most underserved and unserved communities.
“As we leverage on digital financial technology, we proactively respond to market developments and adapt innovations in banking. With this, we partnered with UBX to make financial services more accessible and convenient to our kababayans. With our partnership, we will be able to help communities bounce back in the new normal. We at Bayad, will continue to create positive strides by expanding our bills payment solutions while offering the convenience of real-time posting.”,” Bayad President and CEO Lawrence Y. Ferrer said.
“Since day one, our goal at i2i has always been to empower underserved communities with topnotch digital financial services. Thus, we are committed nonstop to formulating solutions which will improve their lives, one step at a time.” Januszczak said.
Friday, May 6, 2022
Surprise your mom with Sugar-Free Graham Balls this Mother's Day with Sweet Best All-Natural Sweetener
|Sweet best All natural sweetener with Stevia and Erythritol|
SUGAR-FREE GRAHAM BALLS
200g crushed graham
4 Tbsp Sweet Best Stevia-Erythritol
¾ cup Alaska All Purpose Cream
1. In a large bowl, combine crushed graham, stevia – erythritol, and all-purpose cream.
|Combining Sweet Best Granular Sweetener and Graham crumbs into a bowl|
|Mix the ingredients together: Graham crumbs, Sweet Best Sweetener and All-Purpose Cream|
2. Using a fork or a spatula, mix together until well blended and form a dough.
|Blend the ingredients all together to form a dough|
3. Use food safety gloves or clean hands when making a ball.
|I used an ice cream scoop instead to form balls.|
4. Coat each graham ball in sprinkles, and roll to coat evenly.
5. Serve graham balls, chilled or at room temperature.
Helpful Kitchen Tips:
- Use a one-inch diameter ice cream/cookie scoop for even portions.
- If the mixture is too soft to shape into balls, refrigerate for about 10 minutes to slightly firm up.
- If the mixture is sticking, lightly dust your hands with some of the graham cracker crumbs.
That looks awesome, right? You can also pair these graham balls with coffee sweetened with Sweet Best Stevia sticks. If you are looking to shift your lifestyle and live sugar-free, check out Sweet Best Stevia-Erythritol and other products today.
Sweet Best products are all plant-based sugar alternatives. They are sugar-free, low carb, vegan, FDA-registered, and certified organic, too!
|Sweet BestAll-Natural Sweetener is also best for coffee, tea, yogurt, cereal, and oatmeal.|
This pandemic has taught us and it has opened our eyes to become more conscious of the way we live. While some of us would do some physical activities many have shifted to healthier food choices as well. This is also why meatless, plant-based, and sugar-free options have become a necessity.
Having a healthy body and a sound mind helps us to cope with many challenges that come our way. While this may sound so cliche, many of us forget to place value on the way we approach our bodies, may the simple recipe I've shared above give you more reasons to start choosing healthier alternative products to begin your journey towards total wellness. Yes, you can still enjoy sweets, but healthy! Thank God for innovative products like Sweet Best All-Natural Sweeteners.
And while you are still at this, join me and many others at bit.ly/sblowcarbgroup while we push for a healthier lifestyle and cheer each other for our weekly wins. Plus, you’ll get loads of recipes that will support this lifestyle, too! Hope to see you there!
Thursday, May 5, 2022
With safety protocols firmly enforced, Puerto Princesa is poised to again welcome tourists with open arms. In recent years, the highly urbanized city and tourist haven has been paralyzed by the Covid-19 pandemic, then pummeled by Typhoon Odette. But it is now on the road to recovery---as spectacularly as its scenic, romantic and gastronomic attractions.