Monday, March 19, 2018

Essilor holds free eye clinic for Delfingen employees

Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF), in partnership with DELFINGEN Foundation, mounted recently its second eye care initiative in Cavite.

Committed to bringing healthy vision to Filipinos nationwide, EVF conducted a series of free eye check-ups for more than 300 DELFINGEN employees and their families led by over 30 volunteers from Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. Those who needed corrective lenses were provided with prescription glasses.

“Healthy eyesight is not just a basic human right; it also has a considerable impact on one’s work productivity. Studies prove that workers who suffer from uncorrected vision are 34% less productive. But research also shows, a simple pair of glasses can considerably improve one’s overall quality of life,” said Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) ASEAN coordinator Germaine Lye. “This is why the foundation is and will remain committed to collaborating with like-minded partners like DELFINGEN Foundation to address uncorrected refractive error in the Philippines and around the world.” The first eye care initiative of Essilor Vision Foundation and DELFINGEN was held in Cebu in 2017.

EVF’s eye care initiative aims not only to provide vision care to the Filipino population but also to create greater awareness of adequate eye care and the importance of regular eye checkups.

For more information, visit Essilor’s website at, and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

A ‘Sunny Playtime’ with Iya and Primo Arellano

Celebrity mom Iya Villania-Arellano admits she has forgotten how relatively easy her daily routines were before Baby Primo arrived. “I’m not sure how I balance my career with being a mom and a wife; it just happens!” she beams.

“When you know what's important and what you need to get done, then you make it happen. It's important that I list things down so I don't forget. I really need to put things down in my calendar even if its date night with Drew or a playdate for Primo.”

It’s no wonder why Iya was the natural choice of Cosmetique Asia, the makers of Bambini Baby Cologne, to be its newest endorser, together with Primo. Bambini Baby Cologne underwent a brand refresh with a new look guaranteed to appeal to the young ones.

We wanted to focus on the playful bond that kids share with their parents. With Bambini, we make these precious random moments more enjoyable. It is evident even in our packaging. We made sure they are attractive enough for children so in choosing what variant to buy, parents and kids get to have fun and interact. All these while maintaining high quality standard and other requirements most parents are looking for — hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. In the near future, we want to launch a complete range of child specific products with a fun loving vibe,” says Cosmetique Asia’s Vice President for Sales and Corporate Development, Tim Chuongco.

Inspired by mom-and-child bonding activities and fun elements of nature, the new and improved Bambini Baby Cologne features five new scents: the floral and sweet “Morning Tickles,” the calming “Starry Lullaby,” the clean and breezy “Ocean Kisses,” the cottony fresh “Cotton Cuddles,” and — Iya and Primo’s favorite — the citrusy and fun “Sunny Playtime.”

official Bambini

official Bambini

official Bambini

official Bambini

official Bambini

“We love Sunny Playtime. It's just the scent I prefer on Primo. It has a nice, mild, yummy scent that makes Primo nakakagigil even more! I also love how playful and inviting the packaging is. We actually have to hide the bottles from Primo because he likes to point to the mom and baby animals on the sticker front, then open the bottle to put some cologne on. Baka maligo na sa cologne eh,” Iya laughs.

For Iya, as with all working moms, the greatest challenge is to be there for her child “every moment he does something new or silly” and wanting to be there to witness it. And adding to the challenge and excitement is her announcement of having another baby boy. “Primo doesn't really understand that yet so we're enjoying him as he is for now. When he starts to get curious with my growing belly, then we'll start explaining,” she shares.

For a perfect mom-and-baby playtime, Iya and Primo recently joined toddlers and their parents for the official unveiling of the new Bambini Baby Cologne at Glorietta 3 Activity Center. Dubbed the Bambini Baby Cologne Family Bootcamp, the wonderful kiddie event transformed the venue into a wonderland of fun games and activities for kids, including a ball pit, a bouncy castle, giant puzzle blocks and a larger-than-life coloring book, where guests and their children could bond and enjoy the little surprises the activities bring out.

As Bambini relaunches with a new product for babies and kids, it hopes to be a part of every parent and child’s small moments and big adventures. Available in three sizes — 25ml, 50ml and 125ml — and packaged in an easy-to-go grip curvy bottle, the Bambini Baby Cologne lets parents and children enjoy life’s little surprises anytime, anywhere.

Tourism Promotions Board Supports "Cine Turismo’

The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT) today gave recognition to 10 Filipino-made and two foreign movies that have showcased the beauty of the Philippines and have helped promote Philippine tourism through film.

Serving as one of the launch activities of Cine Turismo, a new campaign Spearheaded by TPB under Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano, the recognition were given to honor Filipino directors and their films that were shown in 2016 and 2017.

“Film tourism is a steadily growing industry in the country,” says Cesar Montano, Chief Operating Officer of the TPB. “This project is created to acknowledge the many films and filmmakers that, through their wonderful portrayals of the Philippines, have aroused interest and boosted tourism in local tourist spots.”

“DOT seeks to honor the efforts of Filipino filmmakers and producers to display the country’s vast beauty,” said Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo.

Honorees have been chosen based on the following criteria: 

1) made by a Filipino production house; 
2) is a full-length film (minimum of 75 minutes); 
3) commercially released within the last two years; 
4) was shown in the Philippines or at international film festivals; 
5) showcases the destination extensively or must be a setting for majority of the scenes; 
6) portrays the country in a positive manner, provides a general awareness of the locale, and has created a positive impact on the community and perception of its people; 
7) has promoted and preserved culture and heritage and reflects the country’s history; enriches Filipino values and traits such as resilience, the Bayanihan spirit, hospitality, and patriotism; 
8) has inspired and excited the viewer to visit the country, and must have induced travel among moviegoers; and 
9) has generated revenues and created jobs in their locations, as well as new trade and businesses.

Films that were honored are Sakaling Hindi Makarating, directed by Ice ldanan and shot in llocos, Siquijor, Batanes, and Zamboanga; Director Ellen OngkekoMartil’s Lakbay2Love, which showcases Timberland Heights and Benguet; Paglipay from Director Zig Dulay, set in the mountains of Zambales; Camp Sawi by Director Irene Villamor, set in Bantayan island; Patay na si Hesus, directed by Victor Villanueva; Director Mario Cornejo’s Apocalypse Child, set in Baler; Siargao by Director Paul Soriano, which showcases the island of the same name; Director Bona Fajardo’s I Found My Heart in Santa Fe, set in Santa Fe in Cebu; Requited by Director Nerissa Picadizo, which features Mt. Pinatubo; and Director Thop Nazareno’s Kiko Boksingero, filmed in Baguio.

On her speech, Lakbay2Love director Ellen-Ongkeko-Marm said that it is awesome when we hear people recommending the film to those who want to see how beautiful the Philippines can be. Along the way, we hope, the story communicates to viewers the need to take care of such beauty.

For lce ldanan, whose protagonist for Sakaling Hindi Makarating goes on a journey around the Philippines, there was an intention to display these places. “l’ve been to those places and l chose locations that are hard to go to at bihirang-bihirang puntahan ng mga tao dahil hindi sila sikat like Cebu, Boracay, or Palawan.”

Film Tourism Bill

Meanwhile, TPB called for passage of the pending Film Tourism Bill (SB 1330) sponsored by Sen. Grace Poe and introduced by Sen. Sonny Angara.

The Film Tourism Bill recognizes the “potential of international and local motion picture production to create jobs, grow the economy and raise the nation’s international profile” and seeks to offer incentives to production companies who choose to showcase Philippine destinations and the nation’s historical and cultural heritage, or champion Filipino film practitioners and artists in foreign productions.

“Film tourism is a steadily growing industry in the country,” says Montano. “We’ve seen how wonderful portrayals of the Philippines in various films, local and international, have roused interest and boosted tourism in local tourist spots.”

The passage of the Film Tourism Bill will facilitate the promotion and marketing of the Philippines as a location through a website or manual, providing easy access to information on how foreign productions can shoot in the country. It will also assist in the implementation of reward and incentive packages for foreign productions planning to shoot in the Philippines, as well as the processing of documents and permits.

Press Release: DoubleDragon’s Hotel 101-Fort is fast on the rise

Hotel 101, the flagship homegrown brand of Hotel of Asia, Inc., a subsidiary of publicly listed real estate firm DoubleDragon Properties Corp., adds to its growing portfolio of hotel properties with the ongoing construction of Hotel 101-Fort.

Rising at 33 storeys and standing on a prime 1,224 sq. m. prime corner lot, Hotel 101-Fort is envisioned to be a premier business and leisure hotel. Once completed in 2020, Hotel 101-Fort will house a total of 606 well-appointed hotel rooms, a three-level podium with specialty retail shops and dining outlets, and a full amenity floor. Furthermore, Hotel 101-Fort is centrally located and is but a stone’s throw away from BGC’s shopping and dining district, which is sure to attract the burgeoning tourist market. With this, Hotel 101 offers the utmost comfort, privacy, and convenience.

Apart from the solid backing of DoubleDragon Properties Corp., what sets Hotel 101 apart from the rest is the unique and worry-free investment opportunity that the company offers, allowing investors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to partner with a fast-growing hotel and hospitality brand and contribute to the robust Philippine tourism industry.

Investors are assured of 30% of the total gross room revenues (excluding taxes), with Hotel 101 overseeing operating expenses, unit repairs, and maintenance for the utmost peace of mind. A premium grade hotel unit under your name, meanwhile, lets you to stay for free for 10 days in a year — while consistently earning from your unit all year round!

“We envision Hotel 101 to become the largest and most recognized hotel chain in the Philippines, with Hotel 101-Fort standing as one of our premium, flagship properties,” shares Edgar “Injap” Sia II, chairman of DoubleDragon. “Its enviable location puts you at the center of business and pleasure.”

Hotel 101-Fort is the second Hotel 101 project to launch in the Philippines. Presently, Hotel 101 -Manila at the Mall of Asia Complex is already in full operation, with other properties in Davao and Boracay in various stages of construction and development. By 2020, the company expects 5,000 rooms in operation across the country.

Samsung Galaxy A8 or Galaxy A8+ for your new professionals

“Welcome to the real world!” –You might’ve said this phrase to your fresh grad, likely more than once.  They’re done with schooling, and now that they’re trying to figure out the first step of adulting, how about giving them something that can help in their personal tasks – online job hunting, searching office locations, or simply passing time while waiting for appointments.

For your new grown up’s adulting essentials, Samsung has the perfect gift options: its latest Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ models. With their superb specs, these units are perfect for everyone. But if you also put a premium on your budget, you’re in for a surprise: thanks to Home Credit’s 0% interest promo until the end of March, you can now give your freshies the gift they deserve without draining your funds: through 9-month installments, even without a credit card!  Just approach a Home Credit sales associate from any of the participating stores, submit your filled-out form together with your two (2) valid IDs, and wait for a few minutes to get approved!

The Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ come in colors that let your style show, complementing their young-professional getup.  These two sport the biggest display for Galaxy A phones to date, giving the user a stunning cinematic experience.  Of course, with superb display come splendid cameras – dual front cameras!  Both their front and rear come in 16MP, which make selfies and wefies just as good as portraits from pros.  And with their customized settings and variety of filters, snapping a masterpiece is super easy – just press the shutter!

For adventurers who are always-on-the-go, Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ can keep up – with the water and dust resistance, these phones will never slow them down.  No worries on the splashes or rain; they can go wherever life takes them!

It’s not all about aesthetics.  For new professionals who are seeking a direction in their career, these Galaxy A’s can help in every step of the way with the virtual assistant Bixby.  They can keep the day on track, set reminders, and store any kind of information – Bixby can keep up with their young, fast-paced lifestyle.

Seems too much to handle?  Galaxy A8+ works on a 6GB RAM and octa-core processor, with an internal storage of 64GB – that’s more than enough to handle such tasks! 

As always, Samsung knows the dynamic way of life.  The Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+, priced at Php26,990 and Php32,990 respectively, are ideal for the young go-getters who are ready to explore the world.  And as an offer for you, dear guardians who are behind their success, Home Credit made it even more budget-friendly; with their 0% interest rate promo, you can go for 9-month installments.  So give your fresh graduates the gift they deserve, make it stress-free on your part!

“Everyone can choose a Samsung phone that suits their style – there’s always one that’s made for them, and fresh graduates are no exception!  That’s how we keep it exciting for the customers: offer them good phones that fit their budget, at zero interest rate,” said Home Credit Philippines Head of Sales Petr Korinek.

You may visit for more information on Home Credit’s promos for Samsung, store locations, and loans.

Experience the Glamour of Japan

RCBC Bankard and JCB have worked tirelessly to provide its cardholders with the very best promotions offered in Japan. And after almost two decades of working together, they bring their partnership to new heights when they launch their latest premium product, the RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum card.

Enjoy everything that Japan has to offer with the new RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum Card. Visit the tourist hotspots and see the side of Japan that everyone gets to see:

Participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Happo-en Garden. Happo-en Garden’s Muan teahouse in Minato-ku, Tokyo offers two different types of tea ceremonies for its paying customers. Tenchais where customers are served matcha green tea along with the season’s wagashi confectionery while the other, by reservation, Otemae offers customers a lesson in the proper etiquette of enjoying Japanese tea. The prestigious Muan teahouse was built during Japan’s Meiji period and is located in one of the most beautiful gardens in the whole country.

Stay at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. From Hokkaido to Kyushu, luxury ryokans are found in almost of all of Japan’s major prefectures. Ryokan’s aren’t just your run of the mill hotel or bed and breakfast; these are experiential inns where guests are treated to the ultimate traditional Japanese lifestyle. From the fresh local cuisine to the traditional Japanese futons and even the on-site onsens and open-air hot baths, a stay at a Japanese ryokan is a memorable one for sure.

Shop at Ginza. Though intimidating at first glance, the concrete jungle that is Ginza is home to world famous high-end brands. At every corner, well known names like Chanel, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, and the like are waiting to greet eager shoppers with an open wallet. Ginza is widely known to be one of the poshest and swankiest districts in all of Tokyo, ready to welcome avid shopaholics from all over the world.

Watch Kabuki theater. Kabuki is the classical Japanese dance-drama, famous for its extravagant makeup and traditional costumes and music. A night at any of Japan’s famous Kabuki theaters is one that is sure to be full refined culture and art.

Japan is any tourist’s dream, and any tourist eager to explore the more glamorous side of the country will be pleased to know that these activities can be well within their reach sooner than they think.

So, update those bucket lists and prepare to #GoPlatinumWithRCBCBankardJCB.

No Contender Too Young or Too Old for the Spartan Race

Age may play a role in good health and fitness, but the number alone doesn’t define athletic performance. In the spirit of International Women’s Day this March, three female contenders of the recent Spartan Race in Pampanga, show that conquering the world’s most grueling obstacle course isn’t about seniority or youthfulness—it’s about having a passion for health and the right attitude towards adversity that matter most to overcome any challenge.

Only a number

International Wellness Coach Edna Hearsey Cross testifies to the importance of nutrition, exercise, and mindset to achieving great health and overcoming the Spartan Race. About 33 years ago, Cross suffered a major car accident that left her with mobility issues and pain. Before her ordeal, she had struggled with weight gain during two pregnancies, and had been going to a community gym to get back in shape. The incident only made the struggle more difficult as she depended heavily on medication to lead a normal life.

Fortunately, a fellow mom at the gym introduced her to a nutrition program that helped her get back on track. Soon she healed and regained her strength. It was then that she began developing a taste for adventure: “After recovering and feeling great with no pain I thought I should put myself to the test. I became confident to give it a go and see how far I can go.”

Now at 63, Cross continues to dare herself by competing in marathons and going around the world to climb mountains. Her secret lies in doing regular exercises such as running, yoga, and Pilates, powered by a daily dietary regimen that keeps her energized. To ready herself for more demanding activities like the recent Spartan Race Age Category, she joins a fitness community for bootcamp and obstacle training. She also makes sure to do lots of burpees in case she’s unable to do an obstacle.

Starting it young

On the other end of the age spectrum, four-year-old Skylar Legayada simply lets her natural curiosity and eagerness to drive her enthusiasm for sporty activities. Along with other young participants, she signed up for the Kids Category in the recent Spartan Race for a chance to do what kids do best: play and make friends.

With dreams of becoming like her favorite superhero, Wonder Woman, Legayada gets plenty of encouragement from her family to live an active lifestyle. Some of the exercises she likes doing with her parents include running and climbing the monkey bars or the A-frame at the playground. She also enjoys training with her aunt, who also joined the Spartan Race.

Challenging the self

The recent Spartan Race Sprint in Pampanga proved daunting with more than 25 obstacles across a stretch of 13 kilometers. For first runner-up Melba Vergara, getting through the mud, barbwire, and fire required more than physical conditioning and skill, but also iron mettle.

A seasoned runner in her 40s, Vergara knows that it’s the self that ultimately stands between the athlete and the finish line: “It is true that ‘age is just a number’, but it depends on every individual’s mindset. When competing, I don’t think that I’m older than my peers. Some of my elite competitors are only half my age, but to me that is not the barrier against the young ones. The only thing I know is that I have the heart and determination for it.”

With several Trifectas under her belt, Vergara prepares for tough events such as the Spartan Race by doing freerunning and bouldering. She also strives for moderation when it comes to her diet, listening to her body for what she needs and treating herself to dessert once in a while. Most importantly, during competitions, Vergara tells herself that she isn’t racing with anyone else but herself to keep her nerves calm and ready for the challenge ahead.

All about willpower

Like the three tough ladies above, every Spartan knows that strength of spirit on top of months of hard training is what pushes athletes to beat the odds—no matter their background, competitive experience, or physical limitation. This same tenacity is what every contender must learn to muster in Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, an American television show featuring a one-mile obstacle course inspired by the Spartan Race.

The Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge gathers together some of the most hardened athletes in teams of five—two women, two men, and one Spartan elite—all of whom understand that age or training isn’t enough to win against obstacles designed to test mind and heart, as much as body. Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge airs Mondays to Fridays at 5:15PM, first and exclusive on Blue Ant Extreme. Blue Ant Extreme is available on SkyCable HD channel 209 and Destiny Cable Digital channel 104.

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