Thursday, February 15, 2018

GRAND HYATT MANILA now open to the public

Federal Land Inc. Chairman Alfred V. Ty (second from right) and 
Grand Hyatt SVP of Operations for Asia Pacific Mr. Tom Smith lead the soft opening event



The Grand Hyatt Manila recently opened its doors to the public via a soft opening, that gathered top executives of Federal Land, Inc., ORIX Corporation, Metrobank and Bonifacio Landmark Realty and Development Corp. – the movers behind this iconic development. Poised to be the new benchmark of grand living, Grand Hyatt Manila is nestled within the 66-storey, Metrobank Center. The Grand Hyatt Manila beckons guests to come and experience moments of more with the Grand Hyatt’s version of personalized sevice and accommodation, dining at the Grand Kitchen and The Cellar, and entertainment and drinks at the Lobby Lounge.


About Federal Land, Inc.

A prime real estate developer, Federal Land, Inc. is a member and one of GT Capital Holdings’ property arms. With 45 years of experience in reshaping the skyline and with its commitment to invest in the country, Federal Land, Inc. creates properties built on trust, reliability, and integrity through its masterbrands, Federal Land and Horizon Land.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Delightful Chinese New Year offers from the Discovery Resorts

Firefish Restaurant and Lounge at Club Paradise Palawan     


Sands Restaurant at Discovery Shores Boracay
Ring in the Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog while enjoying the utmost in luxury amenities, delightful cuisine, and personalized service only at Discovery Resorts! This CNY 2018, you can avail of irresistible offers at Discovery Shores Boracay—an award winning resort and the finest on the island—and at Club Paradise Palawan, with its picturesque views, rich marine life and charming accommodations.

Crab and Cream Cheese Spring Roll from the Discovery shores Boracay buffet menu

Savor an enticing dinner buffet of delectable Chinese cuisine, with a Chow Mai station, steamed dumplings, Asian salads, and grilled specialties at the Sands Restaurant, Discovery Shores Boracay on 16 February 2018 at 7PM, for PHP 999++ per person.

Lechon Macau (Carving) from the Discovery Shores Boracay buffet menu

At Club Paradise Palawan, indulge in a Chinese New Year buffet consisting of fresh garden salads, steamed dimsum, and imperial entrées at the beachfront on 16 February 2018, 7 PM, for only PHP1,400 nett for adults and PHP800 nett for children. Both rates are inclusive of one round of milk tea.

Truly, Chinese New Year celebrations are made extra special only at Discovery Resorts! For more details, visit www.discoveryshoresboracay.com and www.clubparadisepalawan.com.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

SBR.ph OPENS THIS SEASON WITH A BANG


January 26 marks the opening of SWIMBIKERUN.ph (SBR.ph) 2018 activities.  Held at the activity center of the Century City Mall, the event was well attended by traditional and digital media practitioners and invited guests.
Gracing the event from the Department of Tourism is Mr. Frederick M. Alegre – Assistant Secretary for Office of Public Affairs, Communications and Special Projects, from Black Arrow Express – logistic partner, Century City Mall – venue host and The Big Difference communications (TBDC) – PR & Marketing partner.  This year, SBR.ph   finds its new home in one of Century Properties venue, the Century City Mall – located along Kalayaan Avenue corner Salamanca St, Poblacion, Makati City. Black Arrow Express (BAE) is the e-commerce arm of AAI Worldwide Logistics (formerly known as Airlift Asia Inc.).  Their leadership is also into the triathlon scene which explains why they support this kind and similar athletic event and activities. Century City Mall believes in the concept of fun sports which the TRI-series projects and carries which explain as to why they decided to become the venue host for some of the events   of SBR.ph. 

 The recognition given to SBR.ph by the Department of Tourism is no small matter for both parties.  For the DOT, they are recognized as a local group responsible in making the sports scene of the country more dynamic and noteworthy for the sports-tourism actions of the department.  For SBR.ph, the recognition is equivalent to all the efforts that they have placed in making things happen for the sport and the formed community.


Welcome talk was given by Carlos De Guzman himself and was followed by a warm message coming from the Department of Tourism.  From there the whole calendar activities of SBR.ph for 2018 was presented to the media giving highlight to the results of the online nominations and the ongoing online voting which shall end on February 3,2018;  to the SBR Award’s Night on February 10 and the Expo on February 10 and 11 respectively.



  Awards to be given in February are the following:

- Elite Tri-Athlete of the Year (Men and Women Division)
- Duathlete of the Year (Men and Women Division)
- Age Group Tri-athlete of the Year (Men and Women Division)
- Youth Tri-athlete of the Year (Men and Women Division)
- Race of the Year (Below 800)
- Race of the Year (Above 800)
- Team of the Year
- Shoe of the Year
- Shop of  the Year
- Tri-Gear of the Year
- Bike of the Year
- Coach of the Year
- SBR.ph Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Happening to a near side-by-side with the Award’s Night is the SBR EXPO, a retailers event showcasing items all geared to the needs of a tri-athlete.  New retailers will join in the event showing their wares that are health related in nature that both athletes and non-sport minded individuals may be interested in. This is an open to all event, regulars of the mall can also enjoy the items offered on those days.


The first of all the races will take place in April which is the AQUAMAN (Aquathlon), followed by the DUAMAN (Duathlon) in May and capping it all off with the TRIMAN (Triathlon) in June; registration for all SBR events is now open to all interested individual and enjoy an early bird discount.  



Part of SBR’s plan for this year is to launch a race event for kids and PWD’s – a group that shows promise in terms of growth, recognition and possible fair market locally and abroad.  Mr. De Guzman believes that the sport should be made open to all ages, sex and physical condition and still maintains the element of simple enjoyment without the normal pressure of a very dynamic and demanding sport.  He aims to bring the sport nationwide and have it set on the natural terrain of the province that he goes to.
              

WHO IS SBR.PH?

What started as a simply desire by a tri-athlete is now a growing e-commerce and triathlon event group serving the growing local fans and enthusiasts of the sports, thus SWIMBIKERUN.ph is born in 2011.

SWIMBIKERUN.ph (SBR.ph) is the brainchild of a Carlos de Guzman, a tri-athlete with a passion for the sports.  With the fire burning strong, a community is now formed that is continuously growing and inspiring lives.  SBR.ph is an online store that caters to the gear needs of tri-athletes and/or those that are simply into running, swimming and cycling.  He has shirts, socks, caps, drinking bottles, monitor watches, goggles, support straps and such made available on his site.  He can also give support to some cyclist needs such as wheels.  

Carlos de Guzman  conceptualized a whole tri-series event designed for beginners and come-backers.  This locally produced event is set to have the participants beat their own time in their own pace, letting them enjoy the whole experience of being part of this sport.  The logic behind this is to help the participant develop their own confidence and needed strength without the pressure of an outside time meter.  They build their strength and stamina and when they are ready, then they can fully try-out the other triathlon events in the country.  That is why he developed the whole sports event in a segmented pattern – the Aquaman (Aquathlon), the Duaman (Duathlon) and the Triman (Triathlon).  These allowed interested individuals to try out a segment first, build his confidence and strength, move to the next, and rebuild his strength again, till he is ready for the whole thing.  It also became a retraining ground for those who were out of the circuit for a time, making it a place for beginners and elites to meet and know one another and have their stories shared – flowing freely within the growing community.
After cultivating the soil for interaction, what better way to make it prosper by having a recognition activity and an expo thus the Award’s Night and SBR Expo was born.  This became a much attended event by the growing community of SBR.ph.  Enthusiast of the sports gets to be truly interactive by nominating their favorites and voting for those who qualified the nomination stage.  Winner gets to get the accolade that they deserve from the community that they are part of.  With the expo, runners, cyclist and swimmers get to see, choose and purchase sport’s items in one location.  It also became a meet and greeting ground for tri-athletes, community member or enthusiast they may be.  Expo retailers get to show their latest ware and enjoy a day or two of greeting, friendly haggling and seeing familiar and new faces in the sports.


From e-commerce to events maker to recognition and a growing home grown community, SBR.ph is truly making it strong and will push the envelope, opening new venues this 2018.





















Monday, January 29, 2018

Sunpiology Resolution Run Raises Over 5 Million for Charity


Photo CTTO

Sun Life Financial Philippines opened the year by rallying Filipinos towards health and wellness while raising over Php 5 Million for charity in its annual fun run, the Sunpiology Resolution Run. 

Held last January 20 at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, the event attracted over 3,000 runners, who tackled obstacles designed to raise awareness about diabetes. A limbo rock challenge reminded everyone to keep their health in check, a 100-step challenge gave reminders on how to infuse exercise in one’s daily routine, while a sugar tunnel prompted everyone to watch their sugar intake. 

Sun Life has been championing diabetes awareness since 2015, after studies that it commissioned 
showed that many Filipinos lacked knowledge about the debilitating disease. In fact, part of the funds raised will go to the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation (ISDFI), which facilitates diabetes awareness and prevention initiatives for Filipinos. 

Other beneficiaries are Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, Hebreo Foundation, and the Star Magic 
scholars.


Now on its 9th year, the run was once again co-presented by Star Magic and led by actor and Sun Life brand ambassador Piolo Pascual. His fellow artists, such as Matteo Guidicelli, Enchong Dee, Robi Domingo, Kisses Delavin, Edward Barber, and Maymay Entrata also joined the event. 

Other artists were 
Ashley Colet, Bailey May, Belle Mariano, Chantal Videla, Christian Morones, Claire Ruiz, Franco Rodriguez, Hannah Ledesma, Hannah Lopez Vito, Henz Villaraiz, Jai Agpangan, Jameson Blake, Jessica Marasigan, Joe Vargas, Joj Agpangan, Kyle Velino, Lance Lucido, Loren Burgos, Marco Gallo, Maris Racal, Mark Rivera, Mikee Agustin, Nico Antonio, Nikki Valdez, Inigo Pascual, Pamu Pamorada, Raine 
Salamante, Ria Atayde, Sam Shoaf, Sam Thurman, Tommy Esguerra, Vivoree Esclito, Xia Vigor,Yesha 
Camile, Ysabel Ortega, Zeus Collins and Zonia Mejia. 

The Resolution Run was presented by Sun Life Financial Philippines in partnership with Brooks, Cherifer,  Diabetasol, DMC Marketing Services, Dr. Kong, Fitbar, Gardenia, Green Stevia, Hi-Precision Diagnostics, Mega Sardines, RUNNR, Saucony, Stable, Sun Life Grepa Financial, Inc., and TrueTea; supported by Glorious Blend, Nurture Wellness Village, PhilRice, and Silka; with media partners Business Mirror, Business World, Cinema One, Lifestyle, OUTCOMM, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and Star Studio. Gatorade (official hydration partner), (My Health Clinic (official medical partner), Garmin (official timer); and Toby’s (official registration partner) also helped mount the event facilitated by RunRio.

The event completes Sunpiology Duo, Sun Life's bike-run event, which commenced last November 2017 with the Sun Life Cycle PH.


About Sun Life Financial 
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of 
insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate Clients. Sun Life nancial 
has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the 
United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, 
Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of September 30, 2017, Sun Life Financial had total 
assets under management of CAD $934 billion. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com. 
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock 
exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

Friday, January 26, 2018

AMMUNITION IN BATTLING HAIR LOSS – CHOOSE NATURAL!


Day-to-day, you rise up and there are tons of things to do like go to the office, finish paperwork, and go back home. This might be what you call your lonely and humdrum life. Everyday is a struggle for you. Your only defense against pollution, sleep deprivation and daily grind is to look best. With this, you can’t go to the battle ground unarmed. Tragically, your ammunition of beauty products is mostly made of hazardous chemicals; you win some, you lose some. Sooner or later, they shall take a toll on you. 
Don’t just go with the flow. Change your direction. 

NOVUHAIR can show you the way, hence, it is dubbed as nature’s answer to hair loss. All its natural ingredients are scientifically proven to help promote hair growth. This way, you have no reason to go back to your old ways. Alter your regimen now if you can’t change the routine and finally admit that it’s time to part ways with chemically-laced products you keep in your vanity kit and say hello to NOVUHAIR. You can never go wrong with nature. Choose natural!


Now, you can optimize your NOVUHAIR experience with NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack (topical scalp lotion, herbal shampoo and conditioner) and enjoy an extra 200ml. bottle of NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo for FREE exclusive at participating Watsons stores nationwide! DOH-FDA CCRR No. 1040 s. 2017



Avail NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 NEW YEAR PROMO PACK exclusive at the following participating WATSONS stores nationwide: 
SM Mall of Asia 1, SM Megamall A, SM Megamall A3 Daimaru
SM North Edsa Main 2, Fisher Mall, SM City Fairview Mall 1
SM Makati Mall 3, SM Makati Hypermarket, Oriental Gardens Makati, Market! Market!
Robinsons Place Manila, SM San Lazaro Supermarket, SM San Lazaro Mall 1, Savemore Laong Laan 2, SM Sta. Mesa Mall 3, SM Sta. Mesa Centerpoint 3
SM Masinag, Savemore Rempson Marikina, SM Taytay Rizal
SM Marilao Hypermarket, SM Pampanga Annex, SM Pampanga Mall 1, SM Clark Mall, Savemore Dinalupihan, Waltermart San Fernando Pampanga
SM Southmall 5, SM Bicutan Mall B-2 Hypermarket, Festival Mall, Orofino Bldg. Dona Soledad
SM Sta. Rosa Mall, SM Sta. Rosa Supermarket, Waltermart Sta. Rosa, SM Calamba, Waltermart Cabuyao
SM Bacoor Mall 2, SM Dasmarinas Mall 3, Premier Plaza Mall Silang Cavite, Waltermart Trece Martires, Kadiwa Cavite Hypermarket, Lumina Point Cavite
SM Lipa Mall, SM Lipa Supermarket, Waltermart Tanaunan, SM Batangas Mall 1, Waltermart Nasugbu
SM Lucena, SM Naga Mall, J.S Arcilla Bldg. Tabaco
Ayala Center Cebu
SM Davao Mall 1

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

UNCOVERING THE SECRETS OF VIVO’S SUCCESS IN 2017


There was just no stopping Vivo this 2017. The global smartphone brand proved to be the fastest growing in terms of popularity amongst the young and the hip crowd in the Philippines, settling itself on the third spot in the market beyond brands Apple, Huawei, LG, and Asus. To date, Vivo has at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores in the Philippines.


But before finding fame in the Philippines in early 2016, Vivo has already been named as one of the top 5 global smartphone brandsand observed the highest year-over-year growth of 32% in global shipments. Vivo’s success remains unprecedented with 200 million Vivo global users and 19 overseas markets in 2017.


What made Vivo successful?


Vivo cares about its users, pushing the brand to constantly innovate and improve user experience. Vivo maintains six research and development centers and continuously improves their products. In order to ensure its top position in the technology and mobile phone arena, Vivo established a technical partnership and patent sharing with leading telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm. 


In an aim to provide its users—mostly the young, selfie-centric generation, Vivo launched the world-leading 24MP front camera—one of the industry’s firsts with a special selfie soft light to cater to constant need to document one’s experiences anytime, anywhere, even in dimly lit environments


Vivo took Sports marketing seriously in 2017

Curry video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMiOo9od0a0&feature=youtu.be

Vivo signed up NBA superstar Stephen Curryin mid 2017 to represent its equally first-rate brand. Likewise, the big-ticket brand became the official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia which it heavily advertised in the entirety of 2017. In the Philippines, Vivo supported various sports events as co-presenter and sponsor of ABS-CBN NBA Philippines Season 2016 and 2017 andSeason 2017 and 2018 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball and UAAP Men’s Basketball Season 80.




Entertainment, lifestyle, and fashion were a spotlight for Vivo in 2017

Vivo’s entrance into the entertainment, lifestyle, and fashion scene were quite eventful in 2017. During the grand launch of the Vivo V7+, the biggest celebrities were formally introduced as the ambassadors for the brand with Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, and Julie Anne San Jose headlining the roster of these star influencers. All in all, Vivo Philippines launched 25 local brand endorsers: Maymay Entrata, BOYBANDPH, Kisses Delavin, Chienna Filomeno, Darren Espanto, Tony Labrusca, Inigo Pascual, Ashley Rivera, Barbie Forteza, Maris Racal, Kira Balinger, Loisa Andalio, Paul Salas, KZ Tandingan, Andrea Brillantes, TJ Monterde, Sassa Dagdag, McCoy, De Leon, Sue Ramirez, Verniece Enciso, Joyce Pring, and Jason Dy.


Vivo also served as co-presenter of the 2018 Mega Fashion Week Spring Summer with their brand influencers Kathryn Bernardo and Kisses Delavin headlining the stylish event.


In order to reach out to more of the younger populace, Vivo mall and school tours were also in abundance with 59 mall tours nationwide featuring the Vivo brand influencers and 19 school tours in various colleges and universities in and out of Manila featuring the best bands and music artists.





Vivo helps, heals, and cares


In December 2017, Vivo launched a touching tribute video for the freedom fighters of Marawi which garnered a total of 2.2 million views on the official Vivo Philippines Facebook page and 91,000 interactions. To follow through with their gratitude for the selfless heroism of the soldiers, Vivo paid tribute by way of a pre-Christmas CSR activity at the AFP Hospital. Vivo Philippines volunteers and Vivo brand influencers dropped by to spend time with the wounded soldiers of Marawi to give moral support. The Vivo group offered simple tokens and a bit of entertainment to the delight of the soldiers and their families.


Video link: https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil/videos/525331654510639/?id=296173570575105&brand_redir=296173570575105


Vivo, indeed, maintained its momentum in the top tier of the mobile phone industry. This success can be attributed to the brands accurate consumer insight and creative marketing strategy. Vivo is relatable to the global young and hip consumers and is a reachable and serviceable brand anytime, anywhere.


For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.







Sunday, January 21, 2018

LG’s Immersive OLED Technology is Now Available on Mobile with the V30+



You’ve seen the incredible colors and contrast of LG’s best-in-class OLED technology on its flagship TV lineup. Now, with more and more content consumption being done on mobile devices, and the rise of display standards like HDR on smartphones, LG has brought its OLED panels to mobile with the LG V30+. 

The centerpiece of the LG V30+ is a massive 6.0-inch OLED FullVision with an elegant bezel-
less design. It features all the deep blacks and vivid colors for which LG’s OLED panels are well known, as well as a crisp 2880 x 1440 resolution that showcases eye-popping detail in any content. The display also supports the HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards, which allow it to show a wider range of brightness and contrast levels and color depth than ever before in supported high dynamic range content.

A good display needs good content, and with the LG V30+’s high-end camera system, you can 
capture your own moments in incredible detail. The dual camera features a huge f/1.6 aperture to let in more light than other smartphone cameras. It also has both standard-angle and wide-angle cameras that allow you capture a greater field of view as you see fit. And with LG’s Cine Video mode, mobile videography takes on a whole new level of cinematic detail – a perfect companion for the OLED display.

Aside from its best-in-class display, the LG V30+ also features all the hallmarks of a modern flagship smartphone, including the top-tier Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of onboard storage, and IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. It also comes with a plethora of secure unlock options, including Face Recognition, Voice Recognition, Fingerprint Sensor, and Knock Code.

With the launch of the LG V30+, LG’s world-class OLED technology levels up your viewing experience right in the palm of your hand.