Thursday, February 29, 2024

Mang Inasal spreads Unli-Saya at Panagbenga 2024


Mang Inasal treated locals and tourists with a series of Ihaw-Sarap and Unli-Saya activities at the recent Panagbenga Festival 2024 in Baguio City.


The Philippines’ Grill Expert participated in the Fluvial Parade, Cultural Dance Competition, and Grand Float Parade. It will also give away special awards to several Panagbenga competitions this March 3.

Apart from that, Mang Inasal delighted Panagbenga participants with a special dine-in and takeout deal that was the Festival Group Treats; Unli-Sarap, Unli-Saya Caravan which have away free Halo-Halo and Palabok; and the first-ever Mang Inasal Takeout Express Booth that featured offsite grilling of the best-tasting Chicken Inasal.


“It’s our pleasure to bring the Unli-Saya of eating Mang Inasal products to regional festivals like Panagbenga,” expressed Mang Inasal President Mike V. Castro. “Seeing the public happily enjoying their Ihaw-Sarap meals especially our Chicken Inasal and even our Halo-Halo and Palabok are simple pleasures that inspire us more to find better ways to connect with our customers.”

Want more Mang Inasal exclusives NOW? Visit for the latest news, for delivery deals, and follow Mang Inasal on social media for more Ihaw-Sarap and Unli-Saya updates!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

3 reasons why MANGINASAL.PH is the best online buddy for every Mang Inasal lover


Are you a big fan of Mang Inasal's Ihaw-Sarap food and Unli-Saya experience? Then its new corporate website is for you!
Here are three reasons why is the perfect partner for all Mang Inasal lovers:
1. Latest information guaranteed – Menu updates, new promos, and other brand news are published on it.
2. Store Directory – The Locations page contains addresses, contact numbers, business hours, and services of Mang Inasal stores nationwide. You can easily search for your target store and see all its details.
3. Ordering convenience– After checking out all the information you need, quickly connects you to the delivery site. In just one tap to the Order Now button, you can already start enjoying ordering online.
Other features of the new corporate website include the Franchising page that provides the information needed to apply for a Mang Inasal franchise and Careers section that lets applicants apply for an opportunity in store operations or at the main office.
“MANGINASAL.PH is an online hub committed to extend our Unli-Saya experience to our customers nationwide," said Mang Inasal President Mike V. Castro. It's a gift to the  Mang Inasal Nation so they can conveniently get all their needed information about Mang Inasal in just one website."
Want more Mang Inasal exclusives NOW? Visit for the latest news, for delivery deals, and follow Mang Inasal on social media for more Ihaw-Sarap and Unli-Saya updates!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Japan Foundation Manila Presents: Nihongo Fiesta 2024 - Celebrating Language, Culture, and Creativity


The Japan Foundation Manila announces the return of the highly anticipated Nihongo Fiesta, now in its 19th year, promising a dynamic celebration of Japanese language and culture. The 51st Nihongo Fiesta is set to take place at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong, on February 24, 2024, from 1:20 PM to 2:40 PM.

The Nihongo Fiesta stands as a celebration of the enduring camaraderie between the Philippines and Japan, serving not only as an event but as a cherished tradition that fosters deeper connections between the two nations. It provides a fertile ground for the flourishing community of Nihongo speakers and enthusiasts, welcoming individuals from all walks of life, from eager language learners to seasoned professionals, to take part in an immersive arts and cultural experience unlike any other.

One of the highlights of the Nihongo Fiesta is the Nihongo Speech Contest, wherein nine finalists from Luzon, Davao, and the Visayas will showcase their language proficiency and communication skills. This year's competition promises to be fiercer than ever, as participants vie for top honors with their original compositions on various themes.

Adding to the excitement, the "Minna no Nihongo Fiesta" will feature a captivating display of photos submitted by educational institutions across the Philippines, giving the audience a unique glimpse into the diverse facets of Japanese culture. Meanwhile, attendees will be treated to a captivating performance by the UP Philippines-Japan Friendship Club (UP Tomo-Kai), showcasing the rich tapestry of Japanese traditions. Guests will also get to experience the Ryukyu Buyo, an Okinawan traditional dance performance that promises to mesmerize and delight.

For more information on Nihongo Fiesta 2024 and other Japan Foundation Manila initiatives, visit and

For inquiries and other related concerns, please contact: Ms. Setsuko Kanuka via email at or via landline at (632) 5322-3200 (Ex. 121).

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Choosing a Care Home: A Comprehensive Guide


Making the decision to move yourself or a loved one into a care home is never easy. It's a significant step that involves careful consideration of various factors to ensure the best possible quality of life. With numerous options available, navigating the selection process can be daunting.

This article will explore essential considerations when choosing a care home to help you make an informed decision.

1. Location

The location of the care home is crucial for maintaining connections with family and friends. Consider proximity to loved ones, amenities, and community resources. A location that offers easy access to hospitals, parks, and shops can enhance quality of life and social interaction. When evaluating potential care homes, it's crucial to thoroughly assess facilities such as Vale View Heights Care Home to determine if it aligns with your specific requirements and standards of care.

2. Services and Facilities

Evaluate the range of services and facilities offered by the care home. From medical assistance to recreational activities, ensure that the home can meet your or your loved one's needs. Look for amenities such as 24-hour nursing care, physical therapy, meal options, and transportation services.

3. Staffing and Training

The competence and compassion of the staff play a significant role in the well-being of residents. Inquire about staff-to-resident ratios, qualifications, and training programs. A well- trained and dedicated team can provide personalized care and foster a supportive environment.

4. Safety and Security

Safety is paramount in a care home environment. Assess the safety measures in place, including emergency response systems, secure entrances, and surveillance cameras. Ensure that the facility complies with safety regulations and undergoes regular inspections.

5. Quality of Care

Research the reputation and accreditation of the care home. Look for reviews, testimonials, and ratings from residents, families, and regulatory agencies. Accreditation from organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates adherence to high standards of care.

6. Cost and Affordability

Financial considerations are an important aspect of choosing a care home. Understand the cost structure, including fees for accommodation, meals, and additional services. Explore payment options such as private funding, insurance coverage, and government assistance programs.

7. Resident Community

A sense of community can greatly enrich the care home experience. Visit the facility to observe interactions among residents and staff. Look for opportunities for socialization, group activities, and outings. A supportive and inclusive community fosters companionship and emotional well-being.

8. Personal Preferences

Consider individual preferences and lifestyle choices when selecting a care home. Whether it's cultural activities, religious services, or dietary preferences, ensure that the home can accommodate specific needs. Personalized care plans that respect autonomy and dignity are essential for a fulfilling experience.

9. Future Planning

Anticipate future needs and changes in health status when choosing a care home. Select a facility that offers a continuum of care, with options for assisted living, memory care, and palliative services if necessary. Flexibility and adaptability are key to ensuring long-term suitability.

Gut Feeling

Trust your instincts when visiting potential care homes. Pay attention to the atmosphere, cleanliness, and overall vibe of the facility. Engage with staff, residents, and family members to gauge the sense of warmth and hospitality. Ultimately, choose a care home where you or your loved one feels comfortable, respected, and valued.

In conclusion, selecting a care home requires careful deliberation and research. By considering factors such as location, services, staffing, safety, quality of care, cost, community, personal preferences, future planning, and intuition, you can make an informed decision that promotes well-being and peace of mind. Remember, finding the right care home is about creating a supportive and enriching environment where individuals can thrive and enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Still dazzling at 11: Solaire unveils culinary brilliance with Michelin Star Chefs for an unforgettable epicurean journey

Chef Cristina Bowman

Solaire Resort Entertainment City, the country's leading integrated destination resort, has introduced Michelin Star chefs to the Philippines. In honor of its anniversary month in March, Solaire is pleased to announce the visit of these legendary culinary artists for a memorable culinary experience. Three Michelin Star chefs will serve their trademark dishes at Solaire's restaurants, Finestra, Yakumi, and Red Lantern, from March 13-16. The event will conclude with a spectacular buffet brunch on March 17.

Chef Cristina Bowerman, known for her culinary enthusiasm, improves her profession through the perspective of creativity and innovation. Chef Bowerman, who has a bachelor's degree in culinary arts and a specialization in flavor concentration, moved to Rome to become the Chef Patron at Glass Hostaria, a stronghold of contemporary Italian cuisine, which she has led for seventeen years. She became Italy's only female winner of the prestigious Michelin Star in 2010. Finestra offers a six-course evening showcasing Chef Bowerman's hallmark dishes, beginning with a modern take on vitello tonnato and ending with a classic risotto à la delicious Italian gyoza. Enjoy marbled beef wagyu ribeye with mulberry reduction, celery root terrine, and spicy garlic, oxtail foam. Indulge in a perfect dessert pairing of popcorn and passion fruit dulce de leche, ensuring a perfect finale to your dining experience.

Chef Goh Fukuyama

Monday, February 19, 2024

Petron Expands Car Care Center Network: 7 New Outlets Open in 2023, More to Come in 2024


Industry leader Petron has been steadily expanding its Car Care Center (CCC) network across the country, opening a total of 7 new locations in 2023 with plans for even more in 2024. This strategic move underlines the company’s commitment to delivering accessible, convenient, and top-notch car care services nationwide.

The newly added CCCs boast a fresh design concept and are strategically located in
key areas, serving motorists in:
 Metro Manila: Concepcion, Marikina; G. Tuazon, Quezon City;
Tullahan, Caloocan
 North Luzon: Harrison, Baguio
 Southern Luzon: Imus, Cavite; Pala-Pala Dasmariñas, Cavite
 Visayas: Talamban, Cebu

Venturing beyond the traditional offerings, these full-fledged service centers provide a comprehensive suite of services to keep customers’ cars running smoothly. Expert wheel alignment, thorough tire care, and advanced engine scanning are now readily available under one roof where each vehicle receives the best possible attention. By introducing a broader range of services, Petron CCC is able to cater to the diverse requirements of modern motorists, ensuring that their vehicles receive the care they deserve.

"We're excited to bring Petron Car Care Center to even more locations," says Leojun A. Gonzales, Lubes & Greases Trade Manager." Introducing our latest design concept nationwide, these new CCC outlets showcase our dedication to providing motorists with complete automotive solutions and exceptional service."

With the continued upswing of the country’s automotive industry, Petron is set to keep in step with the increasing vehicle population. Looking ahead to 2024, even more CCC locations are on the horizon. This continued growth reinforces the brand's customer-centric approach, driving its dedication to meeting the evolving needs of vehicle owners. The expansion will make Petron car care services more accessible to motorists, thus enhancing their overall driving experience.

As the premier automotive fluid specialist, Petron CCC remains at the forefront of the industry, poised to keep the wheels of service turning. By prioritizing the delivery of high-quality services, Petron is contributing to a smoother, safer, and more enjoyable driving experience for everyone.

Visit your nearest Petron CCC today and experience the convenience and quality of its services.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Enercon Asia Unveils Energy Solution Featuring Renewable and Smart Remote Energy Monitoring to Support Carbon Reduction and Reporting


Enercon Asia, a leading provider of comprehensive energy and power system integrator solutions, is pleased to announce the expansion of its services in the Philippines and the introduction of an advanced smart energy assessment and monitoring system to address the growing market demand for sustainability innovations.

Amidst the global challenge of achieving energy sustainability, businesses worldwide are increasingly adopting more efficient energy consumption solutions. This trend is especially prominent in the Philippines, where the Philippine Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) recognizes the need for more efficient energy usage.

To meet the urgent demand for advanced energy efficiency solutions, Enercon has introduced its Remote Energy Monitoring System. This IoT-based power monitoring system seamlessly connects to various energy sources, including generators, solar panels, batteries, and the power grid. Additionally, it is equipped with a data-driven tool to prepare businesses for sustainability management and reporting.

Dr. Azhar Othman, Executive Chairman, Enercon Asia, "Our goal is to advance towards a more intelligent and sustainable energy landscape while assisting businesses in navigating the complexities of energy efficiency. We aim to empower businesses to actively monitor their energy consumption, address challenges in establishing carbon reduction goals, and most importantly, achieve a significant reduction in power consumption costs."

In addition to catering to commercial and industrial sectors, Enercon strategically positions itself to support rapidly growing industries such as microgrids and data centers. Projections from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) indicate a fivefold increase in data center capacity by 2029. Enercon's timely launch of the Remote Energy Monitoring System, combined with their proficiency in integrating Data Centre Power system solutions, is well-positioned to support businesses in adapting to the ever-changing landscape of energy consumption efficiency.

“Recognising that power consumption constitutes a significant operating expense for many facilities and building owners, we are committed to helping them better manage their energy usage. Through site verification, measurement, monitoring, and analysis with state-of-the-art smart energy monitoring equipment, our teams ensure that clients have a thorough understanding of their energy consumption patterns, on top of meeting compliance requirements. By incorporating preventive and predictive measurements, our solution furnishes businesses with insights into their energy consumption patterns. Moreover, it facilitates remote monitoring of facilities' energy usage, empowering businesses with enhanced control and efficiency in overseeing their energy resources,” said Roland Lim, CEO of Enercon Asia.

For the past 50 years, Enercon has been specializing in power generation and control, spanning across commercial, industrial, and emerging sectors. Beyond offering energy audits, Enercon extends its services to include asset management, encompassing regular preventive maintenance, upgrading, retrofitting of electrical equipment, and thorough testing, commissioning and training. This holistic approach ensures the sustained longevity and efficiency of power systems.  In the Philippines, Enercon is already an ESCO registered company, backed by a team of energy engineers and energy auditors to help companies comply with RA-11285, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Mang Inasal TWO-gether Combos


Mang Inasal, the Philippines’ Grill Expert, makes love month extra sweeter with its TWO-gether Combos perfect for dates and food trips this Valentine’s Day.
“We have made our Valentine’s offering perfect for those who will come to our stores with their loved ones,” shared Mang Inasal President Mike V. Castro. “We are always happy to see how they enjoy their bonding with their families, friends, and special someone. We cannot wait to witness their new Feb-IBIG moments together this year.”   


The TWO-gether Combos is composed of Combo A that has two servings of Palabok Regular and any two small drinks for only ₱143; while Combo B levels up with two servings of Palabok Regular, two Extra Creamy Halo-Halo or Crèma de Leche small, and any two small drinks for only ₱299. The promo is available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery from February 10 to 18 at all Mang Inasal stores nationwide.

Customers can also join the #FebIBIGwithMangInasal celebration online by sharing their dine-in or at-home photos while enjoying their favorite Mang Inasal products through the biggest QSR social media community,  Mang Inasal Nation

Physical Changes to Consider to Boost Your Self Confidence


Self-confidence is a commodity that, no matter how hard you try to build on, should you be living with a lot of doubt in the way your life is unfolded and the position you currently hold, both in a professional and a personal context, it always seems to be elusive.

Real self-respect and confidence have to come from inside yourself; however, it would be short-sighted not to accept that when you look better on the outside, you feel better on the inside.

With this in mind, continue reading to learn of four simple physical changes to boost your self-confidence for the long haul.

1. Place Your Health First!

When looking to lose weight, either for a particular notable event in your life, or simply because you are not looking your best and would like to shed a few pounds, you will likely be all too aware that diets are not the way to go.

Instead, making healthy and achievable lifestyle changes and reprogramming the way you think about food and exercise is the way to go. Getting healthy is the perfect place to start when looking to boost your physical confidence.

2. A Small Change for a Big Impact

Virtually any romantic comedy film you watch will, almost without exception, have an independent woman-style moment whereby the female lead breaks up with their significant other and heads to the nearest hair salon for a makeover.

Now, as cliche and trite as this may be, the truth is that treating yourself to a professional French manicure, having your hair professionally cut, styled, and blow-dried, or even something as simple as a new coat can make a hugely impressive difference to how you look and of course then, how you feel.

3. Look into Dental Treatments

Laughter is one of the most effective, entirely natural ways of relaxing your muscles, improving your outlook, reducing your stress and anxiety levels, and generally helping you cope and face the various issues in your life.

However, when you are ashamed of the appearance of your teeth or suffer from long-term pain due to an abscess or broken tooth, you are far less likely to smile. Leaders in the dental industry are professional experts in a range of dental treatments. They will be more than happy to offer no-obligation advice on what dental treatment is right for you.

4. Maximise Your Greatest Assets

Finally, even though you will likely be incredibly and overly self-critical about everything from the thickness of your hair to the size of your feet, there will be, even if you have to try incredibly hard, one asset you, at the very least, do not mind.

In time, accentuating this asset and, moreover, doing your best to change the way you see your body, by no longer covering your entire body with loose and baggy clothing, will make you see what others see; that you are beautiful on the inside and the outside.

Beyond Tradition: A Guide to Selecting a Distinctive Wedding Venue


Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Choosing the perfect venue to host your special celebration can be daunting, with so many options to consider. From grand manor houses to intimate barns, the UK offers a wealth of distinctive wedding venues that will make your big day truly memorable. This guide will walk you through the key factors to consider when selecting a venue that reflects your style as a couple and creates an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

1. Location, Location, Location

One of the first things to think about is the location. For a rural wedding filled with natural beauty, consider a rustic Shropshire wedding venue. With its rolling hills, woodlands and historic market towns, Shropshire is a wonderful option for weddings. The countryside in this part of the UK provides a picturesque backdrop for weddings in Shropshire. Barns, farms, castles and grand country houses are all popular wedding venues Shropshire offers for tying the knot. Outdoor ceremonies are also popular at many Shropshire wedding locations. The setting you choose is crucial as it can add character and charm to your special day.

2. Match Your Style

Once you settle on a location, look for venues that fit your aesthetic. What is your decor vision for the big day? Elegant and opulent? Rustic and relaxed? Quirky and colourful? Matching a venue to your style will bring cohesion to your wedding.

Historic buildings like castles, manors, and halls offer grandeur and romance. Barns, farms, and rustic outdoor spaces suit laid-back, country-themed affairs. Urban warehouses, galleries and museums provide modern blank canvases to dress up. For boho chic or whimsical weddings, botanical gardens, woodlands, or quaint village halls overflow with inspiration.

If you have a signature colour scheme or particular theme in mind, look for venues that complement this. Cool, neutral spaces allow you to add abundant colour and texture. Warm, rustic venues call for simple natural decor. A location with its own flair lets you highlight those details.

3. Logistics and Budget

After settling on an area and style, dig into the logistics. Will the venue provide tables, chairs, linens, glassware and dishes, or do you need to rent them? Is there a preferred list of caterers and vendors, or can you bring in your own? Are there noise restrictions or curfews to consider? Understanding the fine print will prevent surprises during planning.

Finally, weigh up the costs. Determine what is included and what you will need to budget for. Factor in hidden fees like security deposits, cake-cutting charges, cleanup costs, etc. Look for deals on off- peak days like Sundays or Fridays. All-inclusive venues can minimise costs and planning stress.

Finding the perfect wedding venue takes time and creativity. Let your personality shine through as you begin this exciting journey. With an open mind, thorough research and some imagination, you can discover a distinctive, meaningful place to host the wedding of your dreams.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Home Credit PH surpasses 10 million customers, finances close to PHP300 billion worth of credit nationwide


Home Credit Philippines (HCPH) achieved a remarkable milestone as it reached 10 million customers in time for its celebration of a decade of unwavering service. Since 2013, the leading consumer finance company has granted a total of P295.7 billion (as of Dec 2023) in credit throughout the country through its installments, cash loans and revolving credit products.

Home Credit’s entry to the country 10 years ago provided a much-needed service for Filipinos who were underserved by traditional financing and were seen to turn to informal and unregulated lending outfits. Starting from mobile phones, and then eventually branching out to laptops and computers, furniture, home appliances, even bikes, sporting goods, home improvement and department store shopping. In recent years, Home Credit added a credit card, as well as virtual limit Qwarta to its portfolio. With its continuous innovations in offers and servicing, the company is regarded as a trusted ally in fulfilling the diverse needs of Filipinos from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

“Thanks to our easy and accessible consumer finance products, we supported countless Filipinos in acquiring gadgets, furniture, appliances, and more, to realize their goals for themselves and their families. In 2013, we began with just seven loans processed, but today, we have officially served over 10 million customers,” said Sheila Paul, Chief Marketing Officer of HCPH.

To date, Home Credit has signed more than 22M contracts, encompassing an impressive 17 million POS loans, over two million cash loans, and more than two million revolving loans. For POS loans, mobile phones led the way with almost 12 million financed units. Last year alone, Home Credit financed 1.7M units of mobile phones, facilitated by Home Credit’s various promos, including the most recent 0% interest on installment financing.

Filipino consumers have also shown great interest in upgrading their living spaces and gadgets. The appeal of modernizing households and switching to advanced tech products resonated strongly, evident in the over one million TV units, and 867,000 computer units financed in the last ten years.

“We are grateful to our valued customers for entrusting us with their needs for ten years now. Serving as a lifestyle partner, we take great pleasure in playing a role in the lives of Filipinos, helping them achieve their aspirations. As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, we uphold our mission to be the country’s financial partner, and we maintain our unwavering commitment to innovation, ensuring our services continue to meet the diverse needs and lifestyles in the country,” Paul concluded.

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 Shopping Mall Philippines.

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).

Sekaya introduced a world of plant-based delights at the recent Watsons Health Expo 2024


Richgail Enriquez-Diez of Astig Vegan made a vegan cooking demonstration using Sekaya Pea Protein

The Watsons Health Expo 2024 was an event that brought together health enthusiasts, professionals, and individuals looking to improve their well-being. One of the highlights of the expo was a cooking demonstration by RG Enriquez-Diez of Astig Vegan, a renowned plant-based blogger who showcased the versatility and benefits of using Sekaya Pea Protein in various dishes.

Astig vegan blogger made a vegan cooking demo at the Watsons Health Expo 2024 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Bye situationships? A loving partner can be good for your heart


Everyone understands that falling in love and being loved in return is one of the most wonderful experiences in the world. The kilig factor that comes from being in a loving relationship makes your days happier and even ordinary. An errand becomes a treasured memory with the right person.

Rosario Soledad C. Neri-Velhagen, MD from the Section of Cardiology at the top hospital in the Philippines Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) reveals that science backs loving relationships as they can contribute to one’s heart health.

“Research suggests that strong relationships, particularly in marriage, contribute to overall health. A 2017 study found unmarried individuals with heart disease had a 52% higher likelihood of a heart attack or cardiovascular-related death over nearly four years compared to married counterparts with heart conditions. Overall, data indicates a lower mortality rate for married individuals compared to those never married, divorced, or widowed,” explains Dr. Neri-Velhagen.

According to Dr. Neri-Velhagen, how it works is that the feeling of being in love releases hormones such as oxytocin, which is released in response to hugging, kissing, and other forms of physical touch. Such hormones decrease stress levels and promote calm and relaxation.

Even just thinking of your partner helps. “Studies using imaging techniques reveal that looking at pictures of a romantic partner triggers the parts of the brain associated with mood and pain regulation,” says Dr. Neri-Velhagen. “The thought of one's partner may enhance energy levels by improving blood glucose levels. Healthy blood glucose levels prevent damage to your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart and blood vessels, decreasing the risk of heart disease over time.”

Of course, the right partner might also encourage you to adopt healthier lifestyle habits. “Doctors can give all the advice they want but the truth is you’re more likely to listen to your spouse if they urge you to eat healthier and exercise more,” admits Dr. Neri-Velhagen.

The next time you see your special person, don’t just thank them for their love, thank them too for giving you a healthier heart. And if you don’t have anyone just yet, be patient and wait for the right one—the one that won’t give you heartaches and heartbreaks. Your heart will thank you for it.

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email, or visit Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.

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