Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MODÈLE Philippines partners with F1 Hotel Manila

A significant event just happened between Model Philippines and F1 Hotel at Bonifacio Global City as they held the second “go see” in the search for the next model of influence. Headed by Renee Salud, Board Member of Modele Philippines, Adele Valdecañas Operations Director of Zen Institute, Raphael Kiefer President of Professional Models Association of the Philippines, together with the Director of Sales and Marketing of F1 Hotel BGC, Modele Philippines inked recently their partnership between F1 Hotel for being one of the official partner hotels of the event and will now be part of the journey of search for the next model of influence.

MODÈLE PHILIPPINES is presented by The Zen Institute, in partnership with Marco Polo Ortigas, DVO and Cebu, F1 Hotel Manila, Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila, Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Business Mirror, Experience Travel and Living magazine, Jetsetter Asia and Village Connect. (PR)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Experience the power of X with Delo Sports.


There are many misconceptions for most drivers who are just driving around the City, they believe that they don’t need good Engine Oils unless they go out on rural areas and experience extreme tough driving conditions, especially for those have diesel powered sports utility vehicles which is the current popular type of cars you can see on the street.

The said issue was being raised during the Caltex Delo Sports with ISOSYN Technology product launch, at the Atrium of SM Mall of Asia last May 20, 2016. The venue was dressed up to look like the school of Professor X, the mighty mutant of the movie franchise X-Men that was showing in Cinemas that moment.  The catch is, the new product release the power of X that somehow connives with the latest offering of 20th Century Fox.

Michele Sayat, Marketing Manager, finished lubricants of Chevron told us that most City Drivers believe they don’t need to used Engine Oils like Delo since going around the City is not that tough, but everybody knows that traffic congestion is such a major problem in any cities, and usually this result a high temperature on their engines, and it’s very, very tough for any vehicles who have this kind of heat up plus the climate is also hot.

“Delo is known as tough engine oil, but with the traffic in the Philippines, this is very tough on your vehicles especially on your engines, even its just a City Driving, thats why we are introducing Delo Sports in the market.” Sayat said.
The New Delo Sports products, and grand prize Yamaha Bike.
 With these innovations for Delo Sports, Caltex and Chevron make sure that it is at pace with the current trends in motoring needs of engines, updated and can stand test of climate change, to think rainy season is coming.

“What we do is we listen to Filipino consumers, and they are driving the new SUV’s, and we wanted to have a product that support what Philippine consumer needed.  This new Delo product , will make your engine more efficient, and more powerful, they also work in a hotter temperature, and when you get this extreme temperature you need an oil that can perform throughout that process, that’s where the seed J4 formulation technology of Delo really fits in, because it really handle those high temperature engines without providing any build up.” Joseph Bronfman, Area Business Manager-Finished Lubricants, Chevron.

The New Delo Sports is now available in XMen Delo Pack in all Caltex stations and Handyman Branches, the pack comes with a X-Men shirt and also entitle you for a chance to win the 150cc Yamaha Motorbike. Weekly winners will be drawn as well for many X-men freebies.  Promo starts last April 1 and last until June 12, 2016.

For more information, check www.caltex.com/ph to get to know the power of X from Delo Sports.

The Curiousity of Nasser Lubay.

The Man of the Hour, Nasser Lubay.
The nursery of visual artist Nasser Lubay is finally open to public, this is Nursery of Curiosities, a solo painting exhibit that opens last May 15, 2016 at Arte Pintura in The Address in Wack-Wack,  Wack-Wack Road in Mandaluyong City. It features 24 artworks of Lubay that varies in different sizes.

More of Lubay’s pieces are colourful, and it talks about daily living of people and how he imagine it in a very artistic way, from dreaming to brushing of hair to the mirror and many stuff that we routinely does, but mostly are called captured moments as Lubay describe it.

“Nag-start ako mag ipon 2009, tapos maraming process na pinagdaanan, may mga personal struggle, may mga kung anu-anung elements ganun, siguro I try to work the best as I can.” Lubay said.

Lubay is also in experiment stage regarding the mediums he use for his artworks, mostly combining color paints that result to more colourful paintings.

The Nursery of Curiosities will open until May 31, from 9am to 6 in the evening.  Lubay is the only Filipino to have won at the prestigious Celeste International Art Prize by way of his outstanding work in 2009 titled " Rebirth. " In the same year, " Rebirth " was exhibited at the 2nd Animamix Biennial at the Museum of Contemporary Art  in Taipei, Taiwan.

Nasser also participated in the 2010 Ondarte International  Artist Residency in Akumal, Mexico. Upon returning to the Philippines, Nasser was chosen as one of Jollibee’s Young Ambassadors, cited for his achievements in the Arts. He also design the interactive visuals for Ginugunita Kita that was staged in Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2015. Lubay is also one of the founders of Artist Playground, an arts performance company.
Actor and artist Ian Veneracion with Nasser Lubay.
During the opening of Nursery, notable artist and personality grace event such as sculptor Ramon Orlina, Dean Joey Yupangco, Ballet Philippines Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales, Art Writer Cid Reyes, Theater and Film  artist Banaue Miclat-Janssen,  Visual Artist Toym Imao and Actor and painter Ian Veneracion.

 For further details, please check: www.nasserlubay.com or at www.artistplayground.ph; or call  0915-5610987.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Contemporary Night of AKAPELA. Concert Review

Philippine Contemporary A Capella Society headed by Krina Cayabyab and JJ Pimpinio, presented the first full contemporary a capella concert in the Philippines on the night of April 23, 2016 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium. Dubbed as " AKAPELA, " this one night show featured two of the best vocal acts in the country today. 

Baihana, an all female vocal trio of Krina Cayabyab (Soprano 1), Anna Achacoso (Soprano 2) and Mel Torre (Alto). The group resonates from jazz to pop reportoire collectively was formed in Manila on May of 2008. They've just completed their first European Tour as part of  Lani Misalucha's concert in United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Switzerland. Known for arranging and performing songs in events such as weddings and gigs, Baihana will surely thrill you in such a way you can imagine.
Baihana.
Pinopela, a group of five females and four males were from the acclaimed choral group of Saint Louis University Glee Club of Baguio. The evolution of the group was brought by the AKAPELA Open when they placed second on 2013, then eventually named as the champion a year after they debut. The 2014 AKAPELA Champion, has since then receiving rave reviews  for their featured multiple performances at different occasions, events, functions, workshops and weddings, whether onstage and on televison.

Pinopela wants to be a pioneer in contemporary a capella and aims to introduce their styles and sounds in the international stage. On July 2, 2016, for the very first time they will compete at Singapore Polytechnic Auditorium for A Capella Championships. Different a capella groups, soloists and beatboxers are expected to render from pop, classic and jazz tunes. Pinopela, may you bring home the title.

The one night AKAPELA concert in two acts, were consisted of medleys from cartoons, commercials, theme songs, pinoy jingle and OPM, became a delight to the patrons of this sold out concert. Baihana member, Krina Cayabyab and Pinopela member JJ Pimpinio did an impressive job in creating and arranging most of the songs. The aspects of vocal performance in a capella includes blend and balance that creates beautiful harmony, the uniqueness of the arrangement and quality, timing and rhythm of sound, interpretation of songs whether on solo or group, tone, intonation and diction is what an audience would like to hear. Baihana's rendition of " Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square " was my favorite of them all. It was mesmirising and soothing, it sounded like a lullaby seriously. 

" Pinoy Jingle Meldey " made the house in fun and laughter as it reminded us the commercial themes that became distinct, to sing with and play with like a child. I applauded it the most from Baihana, very nice. I enjoyed it. Pinopela's version of " Happy " was a great treat, I like what I'm hearing and their blending, it sounded light and upbeat. I was waiting eagerly for " Skyfall " on how Pinopela will treat this as their own? It was not as impressive as it sounded and arranged as it should be, but at least I like the idea of Pinopela's own rendition. 

" Salidummay " was the winning piece of the evening and what a beautiful way to start the Act II, after the ten minute intermission. It became a signature song, from rhythm, intensity, intonation and tone, it really wowed the house, well applauded of the night.  I regard it as Pinopela's outstanding performance. Visual performance is another factor in watching an a capella show, that includes the energy and stage presence, appropriateness and creativity of movements, pacing, transition and blocking  and effectiveness of presentation, This aspect goes mainly to Pinopela because of multiple and numerous movements. Dancing while singing is a skill and Pinopela delivered it smoothly and beautifully.  Baihana is ok but not quite, maybe because of the song choices and genres. Thanks to Stephen Viñas, Nicolo Magno and Delphine Buencamino for choreographing these two.


AKAPELA was a rare music event in the Philippines because Filipinos are not appreciative on this type of music. And watching this was indeed an experience to share with. These two groups were proudly Filipino, young and full of skills. Catch AKAPELA concert featuring Baihana and Pinopela on tour, their next stop is Baguio. 

Words by Kim Sancha
Photos by Evo Joel Contrivida

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Aster DM Healthcare, Assuring the public that they we’ll treat you well.


Aster Country Manager Joyce Alumno, and Aster resident Doctor, Dr.Nicco Alegro. 
It’s just barely a year, but this Clinic located in Ortigas Area is making waves in pioneering medical and diagnostic needs in a 24 hour operation, yes you read it right, they are in 24 hour open to all your medical emergency needs, and it is Aster Medical and Diagnostic Clinic located at the Ground floor of St. Francis Square, Dona Julia Vargas Avenue in Ortigas Center (Back of SM Megamall).

Aster is the first branch in South East Asia by Aster DM Healthcare, one of healthcare providers in the Middle East and India, founded in 1987, this Dubai headquartered health institution now operates a network of more than 290 establishments such as Clinics, Hospitals, medical centers, pharmacies, and even medical college they have.

In Metro Manila, most of Clinics don’t have a 24 hour operation, so in times of medical urgency your only choice is an Emergency Room of any Hospital near you, but what about those cases that it is not needed an ER function, you have to wait for the sunrise until some Medical Clinics open. Good thing Aster realize that and wholeheartedly they will assists you.

“Ensuring high quality healthcare has always been at the forefront of our group’s objectives. Expanding the hours of our first clinic in the Philippines will allow us to provide Filipinos with the quality medical services that they need, when they need it.” Explain by Joyce Alumno, Aster Country Manager.

Alumno during the blog conference last May 4, 2016 inform us, that what they are really proud of in Aster is their paperless system called Electronic Medical Records technology. This system is the first in this industry to which patients have log in or access to their medical records, it will be very helpful especially in collating all your files in terms of analyzing for any health issues you may undergoing.

Upon registration with Aster, an automatic SMS note thru your mobile phone will be sent containing your log in information, meaning you can also download those data after your check up, plus those medications you underwent. But Alumno stress that besides its accuracy, this EMR thing is 100% safe in going to public, the information is only with Aster and the patient only and nothing else.

“This technology streamlines the flow of information across our network. Check ups, as it is, is already stressful and we from Aster, are committed to delivering our promise of treating patients well. From the moment they are welcomed in our reception area and throughout the process, we want to make it as convenient and stress free as we possibly can.” Alumno said in closing.
Mr. Emerson Conducto, Ms.Alumno,,  Aster Staff lady and Dr.Alegro. 
For more information about Aster DM Healthcare and DM Foundation, visit www.asterdmhealthcare.com  and www.drmoopensfoundation.org or call 53ASTER (27837). 

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Power Of X. A Digital Congress by IMMAP.

ABS-CBN CEO for Digital Donald Lim, and Sandhia Devanathan, Facebook Head of eCommerce for Southeast Asia.
In celebrating their 10 years anniversary, the Internet Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines launch recently the Power of X, an IMMAP Digital Congress scheduled on October 10 to 12, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

During the launching last April 19, 2016 at the Makati Diamond Residences, IMMAP President Margot Torres said that it’s been a dream for IMMAP to organize such congress, wherein they are targeting a 3000 participants mostly from the fields of Marketing and selling, Digital Marketers as well who need to be updated with the latest trend in this evolving technology.

Ed Mapa, Power of X DigiCon Director also discusses that there are 100 speakers not only from the Philippines but throughout Asia, he believe that after hearing those speakers, ideally Marketing landscape will change to make it more vibrant and dynamic for the future to come.  One of its pillar also is Donald Lim, the Digital CEO of ABS-CBN and one of the founders of IMMAP. Lim said that this will be a momentous gathering of the entire ecosystem.


“Our objective is to rally Digital done right, half of digital is understanding of what not to do, especially in the proliferation of different technology, platforms, publishers, website, di na natin alam sino credible. The essence of Power of X, is finding your X that could help you power your business. “ Lim explain. 

During the said launching, one of it speaker give a sample of her talk in the actual congress, its Sandhia Devanathan, Regional Head for eCommerce for Southeast Asia of Facebook, she said that the maximum Filipino alone spend 3 hours in digital media, while there are 7.2 billion of sim card are now active in social media which is 5 times faster the growth  of the actual human population.  There are also 8 of 10 uses Digital mobile in watching TV, and a lot more information that she share to us during the event.

“This is not just a conference that we have speakers and participants to attend, this is more of a birthday, it’s our 10th year, we want to invite everyone who has been practicing Digital Marketing for the longest time, we want to make it the biggest conference ever, we invite more than 100 speakers, we will fly in more than 70 regional, international speakers in.” Lim said in closing.

For more information and other event mechanics, go to www.immap.com.ph or www.powerofx.ph

Thursday, May 5, 2016

BioEssence venture to beauty care products.

Bioessence Skin Care line tag as  Biolite, Preventage, Derm-Age and Acnetrol.
BARELY after 21 year, Bioessence, that engages in wellness now extending their services thru a line of beauty care products where everyone can enjoy at the most comfort mode of their home or whenever they feel, no need to visit the Bioessence Spa where facials and massage are its best.

“We would like to extend the effect, once you do the treatment in the clinic, you want to continue the treatment at home, of course we trust what we use in our treatment, we wanted the clients to continue, when they go home”. Joseph Alexander Feleciano, VP for Supply Chain.

The new line of products that goes with the goal of caring beyond beauty have four branches, it was introduce to Bloggers last April 22 at The Beech in Quezon City.  This four sets of beauty solutions for basic skin care needs are Biolite, Preventage, Derm-Age and Acnetrol

Biolite includes Facial Cleanser, Gel Toner, Whitening and Moisturizing Cream, Sun Protection Cream SPF50. Preventage  start with Cleanser, Toner, Exfoliating Face Scrub  and Hydrating Cream. Derm-Age that cater for restoring youthful glowing skin also have cleanser, toner and Rejuvenating Cream. And the best defense against breakouts, Acnetrol line care has Toner with Salicylic acid, Acne Drying lotion, SSA Soap and AB Liquid.


It takes two years for the chemist of Bioessence to research and test this new products, they guaranteed that it is good for Filipino skins along with the tropical climate we have, that really go well with the imported ingredients they use in developing this line of beauty care. 
VP Alexander Felicano and Bioessence Resident Doctor, Dr.Emma Guerrero
Comes with upgrading the company is a social responsibility, Feliciano told us that every products that was sold at Bioessence goes to their advocacy of supporting women’s in many fields.

“It is more on livelihood for women, because in our product we’ve created a provision there, that we will donate, create an activity probably training program that we will do in the future, that’s why evolve our taglines to caring beyond beauty. When you buy our products basically your able to help women’s in need. “ Feliciano said in closing.

Bioessence beauty products are soon available online for selling, you can check their website www.bioessence.ph

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Alaska's Jr.NBA and JR.WNBA ends at National Training Camp.

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska started its search for the best basketball players in the country through Regional Selection Camp that was held at Baguio City, Davao, Cebu and Don Bosco Institute in Makati.  Boys and girls who joined the searchfor the ten best boys and five best girls basketball players will become members of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA All-Star team.

There was also a search for the boys and girls coaches who will handle the two teams. The All-Star Team will travel overseas for their NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The 2015 Jr. NBA All-Stars traveled to China to watch the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the L.A. Clippers.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life. “These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future. This year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover the best basketball players across the country,” said Blen Fernando, Marketing Director.   The 2011 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) revealed that three out of ten children aged 5-10 years were underweight while eight out of one hundred children of the same age were overweight, making malnutrition and obesity two of the most pressing nutritional problems in the Philippines today. 

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska is under Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action. Champion program. It helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished Filipino children with the promotion of proper nutrition and active lifestyle through sports and outdoor play. This year’s program started with the tip-off at in the same venue last Jan. 23. School clinics, that teach the fundamentals of basketball, ran in
April with stops at Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.

The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22-24. NBA and WNBA legends Norris Cole of New Orleans Pelicans and Taj McWilliams, former Minnesota Lynx, will attend the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists. The program will culminate with the selection of ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars. More than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the program since it started in the Philippines in 2007. During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls which teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska please visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines, www.alaskamilk.com, and  www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball .  For live updates log on to www.alaskaplayph.com follow us on FB, IG and Twitter. (PR)