PCPPI delivers on environment stewardship commitments

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI)—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country—reaffirms its focus on sustainable business practices as it announced its recent wins on environmental protection and stewardship.

Recognizing the role of private sectors in minimizing plastic wastes that end up in the environment, PCPPI continues to practice light weighting to reduce their virgin plastic content in plastic packaging. The company said it had already reduced about 118 metric tons of plastic resin as of September 2021. This equates to almost six million single-serve Pepsi polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. PCPPI has also saved 36,000 kilograms of carton as secondary packaging through the light weighting initiative.

“PCPPI has fervently elevated our business practices to benefit the environment and the people. It’s still a long journey towards achieving plastic neutrality, but we are happy to see that we are making remarkable progress and positive impact on the environment,” said PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong.

In 2020, PCPPI was able to save 76 metric tons or about 3.8 million single-serve PET bottles.

Clean-up Drives


PCPPI is also bolstering its water stewardship initiatives through its participation in various localized coastal clean-up activities. The company’s regional offices in Batangas, La Union, Cagayan De Oro, and Davao partnered with local government units and Environment and Natural Resources offices to collect wastes along coastal areas and bodies of water.

The company also supported the community clean-up drives and waste management activities by providing segregation bins in Sto. Tomas, Batangas and Rosario, La Union.

For their part, PCPPI Cagayan De Oro volunteered to participate in the Limpyo Dagat Program of Cagayan De Oro City to clean the stretch of Cagayan de Oro coast. Since 2019, PCPPI is the only private organization participating in the said program.

As part of its water stewardship program, PCPPI has adopted six water-bodies to create and implement sustained and long-term protection projects, together with partner local government units.

 “The company respects water as its main resource and as everyone’s fundamental right. Through these activities, we are allowing our business to thrive sustainably, while benefitting the lives of the communities around us,” said Ong.

PCPPI is the exclusive manufacturer of well-known beverage brands in the Philippines: Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier, Milkis, and Aquafina.

Can’t Stop, won’t Stop Kembot: Why these Babies won’t Stop Dancing

Nothing beats the feeling of a Power Parent when they witness their baby in their most active state. For each likot, kembot, and galaw that baby does, it instantly sends a rush of happiness especially at a time when everything around you seems out of control.

When active play and learning is encouraged, it stimulates baby for their next level of development.Babies alsohave a natural way of expressing their needs. Emotions and thoughts are voiced through movement. Similarly, babies are also always curious. When they see adults dance and sing to music, their natural reaction is to move to the beat. Dancing promotes body coordination, motor skills, and strength. It stimulates almost every area of baby’s brain, encouraging the cognitive development growth.

An active baby is a happy, and comfortable baby. When baby isn’t as active, it might be caused by uncomfortable triggers like rashes. That’s why Power Parents choose the NEW Pampers Pants with Rash Shield! The NEW Pampers Rash Shield protection is now powered by Lotion with ALOE! This helps babieshave good skin and overall health, so they can be active and comfortable to kembot, any time of the day.

Only Pampers Pants cankeep babies all-around protected from rashes because of the elevated skin health proposition, Rash Shield with ALOE ingredient, improved leak, skin protection cues and wider diaper perception, and new fresh aloe scent. Now, baby can dance freely and explore with Pampers’ improved protection from rashes and leaks.

Kembot The Rashes Away with the Kembot Nation!

Babies can’t help but to kembot to Pampers newest Kembot Nation jingle. Here’s a look at some of the exciting moves of the Kembot Nationand why you and your baby should join in the fun too.

Look at Mithi’s kembot moves! “Mithi can easily do the #PampersKembotNation challenge without that itchy feeling dahilsabagong #PampersRashShield with Lotion with Aloe that’s good for her skin.” Power Parent Carlo Aquino shared on Instagram.

Even Power Parent Trina Candaza approves of the kembot effect the new Pampers Pants with Rash Shield with Aloe has. “TalagangnapapaKembot ang Mithi namintuwingnaririnig ang mgapaboritoniyangkantahabangsuot ang Pampers Rash Shield with Lotion with Aloe!”

Being a dancer really runs in the blood according to Power Parent Dianne Medina, “Just like his Daddy @rodjuncruz,mahiligtalagangsumayawsi Baby Joaquin! Go anak!He can do this because of his strong #PampersRashShield!”

Hopeful Power Parent Dani Baretto-Panlillio looks forward to the many dance moves that her baby Mill will show. “At least we have a potential dancer in the family! Hehe. Love dancing and just being silly with you, Mill. She can do this because of her strong #PampersRashShield!”

Nothing is stopping these babies with their kembot moves with the added improved leak & skin protection cues of Pampers. Now, Power Parents like you can also join the Kembot Nation and maki-kembot!

Kembot your way to Lazada and Shopee now and try the NEW Pampers Pants with Rash Shield and Lotion with Aloe!

Sterling Bank of Asia supports San Juan’s BJMP Livelihood Program

In photo (L-R): Raquel Bumbay, VP-Marketing; Arlene Siongco, VP-Compensation and Benefits, Ethel
Peralta, VP-Management Support Services; JO2 Karl Julius C. Leano, BJMP representative; and Dan
Guevara, VP-Center for Learning

Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA) has selected San Juan City’s Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) as one of this year’s beneficiaries of their annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, the Kind
Heart Gives Campaign.

Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) of San Juan City’s BJMP showcased their craftsmanship in their parol- making project, which also serves as an opportunity for them to support themselves and their families financially. The “parol,” which is one of the most iconic symbols of Filipino Christmas, is a staple decoration in most houses.

“The parol is a great expression of the Filipinos’ faith and hope,” said Cecilio San Pedro, SBA’s President and CEO. “We’d like to take this opportunity to extend our support to the PDL’s of San Juan City as we move towards a brighter Christmas celebration in these challenging times,” San Pedro added.

During the announcement of the activity, Sterling Bank of Asia employees also ordered their own parols to bring home and hang in their homes.

“It is inspiring to see how our fellow employees happily bought their own parols as a way of helping these persons deprived of liberty,” said Dulce Edillor, SBA’s Human Resources Group Head. “From a company-led initiative, our fellow employees voluntarily involved themselves in the project,” exclaimed
Edillor.

To know more about Sterling Bank of Asia, visit http://www.sterlingbankasia.com.

DUTY FREE HOLDS APPLIANCE HOLIDAY SALE

Duty Free Philippines is holding a mall-wide sale to usher in the joyous season of Christmas and to entice arriving international travelers to visit its flagship store at Duty Free Fiestamall in Paranaque City.

Duty Free shoppers get to enjoy several amazing deals and bargains from various participating brands and product categories, while Balikbayans and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are in not just for a bigger treat, but double the treat! As a range of 30-50% discounts are offered on electronic items and appliances.

Balikbayan shoppers also get the chance to avail of FREE wine “pasalubong” packs for a minimum purchase requirement of $500 (accumulated) inclusive of $350 worth of regular priced electronic items. 

Balikbayans/OFWs may shop at Duty Free within 30 days upon arrival during the holiday season (November 15-January 15). The Fiestamall is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 7pm. For more information, visit www.dfp.com.ph or call 85524337 or like/follow dutyfreephils at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

PETA DRAMA ANTHOLOGY ON HIV “UNDER MY SKIN” TO STREAM STARTING NOVEMBER 26

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is set to stream another play to cap 2021! In commemoration of of World AIDS Day, PETA, together with esteemed advocacy organizations The Red Whistle and LoveYourself, UNILAB, Inc., and Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc., revamps Rody Vera’s provocative, relevant, and heart-wrenching anthology drama on HIV, Under My Skin, directed by Melvin Lee, from the stage to the screen.

Under My Skin was PETA’s last live performance at the PETA Theater Center before the lockdown in 2020 happened – just two weeks shy of the show’s closing. The play is inspired by real people and events, and it accurately depicts the realities, triumphs, and struggles of people living with HIV, while navigating an important conversation about acceptance and tolerance. The show introduces us to a number of characters – Jonathan, Greg, Syd, and Mario whose relationships are tested when Jonathan gets infected; Dino, an HIV-positive teen whose status is discovered through a contraction of tuberculosis; Mary Rose, a mother who unknowingly passed down the virus to her son after getting it from her husband; a gay beauty parlor employee experiencing work-related discrimination, and more. Their stories of love, pain, and acceptance are revealed through Dr. Almonte, who is studying the spread of the devastating virus. 

PETA Executive Director Beng Santos-Cabangon says that Under My Skin hopes to yet again provide a space where various HIV-advocacy groups can unite and strengthen their cause, with art and theater at the centerpiece. “We believe that Under My Skin Online can continue to serve as a platform for probing conversations and reflections as well as bringing attention to and engaging the public on the issue of HIV and AIDS. Converting the production into the film medium would allow for more people to see it – and bring to the spotlight the advocacy,” says Santos-Cabangon. 

“Amidst the COVID- 19 pandemic, we should be relentless in our efforts to address the problem of access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment. It is our hope that this endeavor will contribute in generating greater public awareness and concern, building a caring community and somehow helping eradicate stigma and discrimination,” she adds.

Now is also the time to generate urgent conversations about HIV and AIDS – especially since there has been a “21% increase in new infection brought about by the decrease in HIV prevention coverage and increase in treatment gap,” according to the 2021 data of the Department of Health. LoveYourself founder and executive director Ronivin Pagtakhan says that as the pandemic continues to evolve, we continue to adapt in the name of the HIV advocacy. “LoveYourself has allocated resources to shift our services online including refill for treatment medicines with XPress, self-screening with SelfCare, and setting up regular appointments for health check up with Booking as we contribute to ensuring equitable access of HIV-related services for key populations in the country,” says Ronivin. “We are glad to partner once again with the wonderful people at PETA to make Under My Skin accessible online for greater awareness as this initiative amplifies our advocacy’s voice towards ending the HIV epidemic.”

The Red Whistle also continues to respond to the HIV epidemic by addressing the need for a change in mindset. “Theater has the ability to move people to understand the issue more. We need to shift perspectives around HIV-related stigma and change attitudes towards our sexual health,” says The Red Whistle Executive Director Benedict Bernabe. 

“If we want to change people’s minds, we need to tug on their heartstrings first. This is why the arts is an important and necessary component—especially during this pandemic—not just for awareness and education, but also for behavior change in the HIV advocacy.”

Under My Skin Online is a timely streaming in commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1. Although it may take some time before things return to normal and the curtains at theaters rise once again, PETA, along with its partners, continue to strive to make meaningful theater on a new kind of “stage” in this virtual era.

Under My Skin is written by Rody Vera and directed by Melvin Lee. The online streaming cast features

Cherry Pie Picache, Eko Baquial, Gio Gahol, Mike Liwag, Jarred Jaicten, Kitsi Pagaspas, Dylan Ray Talon, Dudz Teraña, She Maala, Bene Manaois, Erold Enriquez, Jason Barcial, Joseph Madriaga, Rach Gimpes, Reggie Ondevilla, Roy Dahildahil, Gerard Dy, and Ekis Gimenez.

Under My Skin is streaming this November 26 to 28, and November 30 – December 5, 2021. Tickets are still available at Php 180 for Livestream, and Php 250 for Video on Demand tickets via www.ticket2me.net, bit.ly/undermyskinonline, or through any of the Under My Skin Online showbuyers. For bulk sales, and more sales information, contact Mitch Go at 0917-5391112.

It’s Time to Revisit these 5 Cleaning Habits That You’re Probably Doing Wrong!

Spoiler alert: In cleaning your toilet, thick bleach lasts longer!

Since the pandemic started, most households are cleaning more often to disinfect every corner of the house.

That’s not a bad thing, a clean home creates less space for disease-causing germs to spread and most likely infect you. Take note: bacteria can breed and grow into 8 million copies of itself in just 24 hours. That is something you do not just overlook.

According to a survey, it takes around two to four hours a week for an individual to clean their homes. However, some ineffective cleaning habits can further spread more unwanted organisms in places where they shouldn’t be.

Domex, the germ-killing expert, encourages the public to revisit some cleaning methods to make sure every toilet of every home is protected from unwanted invaders.

  1. Wiping Every Surface with the Same Cleaning Tool

If you are using sponges or cleaning cloths to wipe surfaces, you’re probably just transferring even more germs from one place to another! It’s best to dedicate a cleaning tool for specific places to ensure there’s less risk of transferring.

Alternatively, before cleaning the next area with the same tool, it’s advisable to soak sponges/cleaning cloths indisinfectant. This kills the germs you already wiped off before they even get the chance to transfer elsewhere.

Leaving the Toilet Cover Up when Flushing the Toilet

Did you know that there are approximately 2.3 million germs per square inch on the surface of your toilet? What you probably didn’t know is you might be adding more to that number every time you flush your toilet with the seat cover open. The rush of water launches fecal bacteria (E. Coli and fecal coliform) up in the air before dropping down to new territory – and that’s if it does not get stuck under the rim of the seat.

Next time you do some business, just make sure to close the lid and the rest of the bathroom stays germ-free longer – and do not forget to pour in a germ-killing expertwhen it’s cleaning time.

  • Scrubbing/wiping cleaning products before they take effect

When disinfecting surfaces, it’s important to let cleaning solutions take time and do its job, mainly: to kill the germs we want to avoid. But what most probably do is to apply products, and then immediately proceed to cleaning.

The best way to make sure you make the most out of cleaning is to first clear any dirt, debris, or stains that might have built up over time. Once clear, that’s the time to apply a disinfecting agentto eliminate the microbes that you cannot see. After a few minutes, proceed with scrubbing, wiping, and rinsing for a squeaky-clean and germ-free surface.

  • Using ordinary thin Laundry Bleach to clean surfaces in your bathroom including the toilet

Laundry or thin laundry bleach can kill germs; however, this type of cleaning agent is not formulated to stick on the surface to keep it clean longer. That is why it is not advisable to clean your toilet with the same solution you use to clean clothes.

Domex Ultra Thick Bleach effectively does the job as it eliminates the germs that inhabit bathroom surfaces and gives 3x longer protection than thin bleach when used pure (this is based on credible lab tests!). And if you don’t know it yet, yes, you should be cleaning your toilets daily.

  • Storing cleaning tools as soon as you’re done

After the job is done, most people will probably call it a day and put their tools back in storage. What is often forgotten is you should also clean these tools as soon as you’re done with them. If you don’t clean the tools right after using them, it’s likely to grow the germs you’re trying to avoid in the first place.

Our recommended way to clean tools is to apply a solution of Domex mixed with water, wait a few minutes, rinse, and let dry overnight. Use it again to clean the following day and repeat the cleaning process.

A clean home is a must, and to ensure every space is free of disease-causing germs, it’s best to do it with a long-lasting germ-killing expert. There is no perfect time but now to revisit your cleaning habits and level up your fight against germs with #UnstoppableDomex, especially because November 19 is World Toilet Day!

Ensure you have a clean toilet and a clean home with Domex Ultra Thick Bleach.

Domex products are availableon Shopee, Lazada and supermarkets nationwide.

Celebrate Christmas with Welch’s Sparkling Juices and their perfect food partners

Amid these challenging times, the Christmas season enters with hope, cheer, and the anticipation of reuniting with friends and family. Indeed, a lot of us faced obstacles along the way, but it should not stop us from celebrating and enjoying the happiest time of the year together with our loved ones. Even during a pandemic, the holiday season can be quite hectic such as preparing food, putting up decorations, or buying gifts. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. Stop for a while, breathe in, and let the spirit of gratitude and love fill you as you prepare your favorite dishes and serve them alongside Welch’s Sparkling Juices. 

The perfect celebratory drink for individuals who are health conscious, non-alcohol drinkers, and even kids – Welch’s Sparkling Juices is for any occasion, especially the holiday season. Since it has no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup, there’s no guilt in having a glass or two. Dressed for any occasion, Welch’s Sparkling Juices can make any holiday table look IG-worthy. With their upscale packaging and availability on various online channels, you can celebrate the holiday season the safe and convenient way without having to leave your home. Welch’s Sparkling Juices are suitable for a variety of festive dishes. In fact, Chef Trisha Ocampo of CCA Manila has created three distinct recipes that you can pair perfectly with Welch’s Sparkling Juices over the holidays. Plating was done by Chef Miguel Antonio Lorino, also from CCA.

Welch’s Red Grape Juice has a natural sweetness and slightly bold flavor. Chef Trisha suggests creating a tomato-based or tangy meal to balance out the sweetness of the Red Grape Juice. Hearty dishes like Pork Tenderloin Roast with Romesco Sauce are one of the best pairings – in a snap of a finger, it immediately brings an Italian vibe to the table!   Chicken Picatta Cream Fettuccini is the perfect pair for your Welch’s White Grape Juice. The light bubbly sensation of the sparkling juice balances out the creaminess of the pasta and is the ultimate refresher in between bites.

On the other hand, Welch’s Sparkling Rosé has a crisp and sophisticated taste of ripe summer fruit with subtle sweetness, so a refreshing fruity dessert is the way to go. Made with fresh strawberries, tarragon, baguette, ricotta, and cream cheese, Chef Trisha’s Strawberry and Tarragon Mousse Crostini will cap any meal with delight and joy.  Christmas for Welch’s means “Sharing the Sparkle.” Celebrate the holidays with Welch’s by trying out Chef Trisha’s recipes or even creating your own Welch’s Sparkling Juice pairings, whether it’s with meat, seafood, or poultry. A Product of the USA, Welch’s products are available in retail stores. To learn more about Welch’s Sparkling Juices and recipes, visit www.welchs.com or follow Welch’s PH on FB and IG. You may also have Welch’s Sparkling Juices and other Welch’s juices delivered at your doorstep by visiting https://acefoodservice.com. Or place your order on the following online groceries: metromart.com, Lazmart, and waltermartdelivery.com.ph.  

STRAWBERRY AND TARRAGON MOUSSE CROSTINI

Yield: 20 PCS

INGREDIENTS 

20 pcs fresh strawberries, cut in half or quarters

1   pc  baguette, sliced into ½ inch rounds

8  oz  whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2cup cream cheese, softened

2 tsp fresh tarragon, chopped

zest of 2 lemons

1 tsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp sugar

1  tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp  black pepper

1-2 tbsp balsamic glaze

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 375℉.
2. In a food processor, mix your ricotta, cream cheese, fresh tarragon, lemon zest and juice, salt, and pepper, until fully incorporated.  NOTE: This can keep in the refrigerator for 7 days until ready to use. 
3. For the crostini, slice your baguette ½ inch thick, sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 8-10 minutes in the oven, until golden brown.  
4. To assemble:  pipe the ricotta tarragon mousse on the baguette, followed by sliced strawberries, then drizzled with balsamic glaze.

CHICKEN PICATTA CREAM FETTUCCINI 

Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

4 pcs  boneless chicken breast filletsalt and pepper to taste

¼ cup all-purpose flour, for dredging

2  Tbsp  butter

2  Tbsp  olive oil

1/3 cup  fresh lemon juice

1  cup  chicken stock/broth

1 cup  heavy cream

1/4  cup  capers, rinsed

1/3  cup  parsley 

500  grams fettuccini noodles, cooked as per package instructions  parmesan cheese, shaved


PROCEDURE

1.  Season chicken breast halves with salt and pepper.  If chicken breasts are too thick, pound a little to ¼ inch thick.  Dredge in seasoned flour on both sides and shake off excess. 

2.  In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt butter and olive oil.  Add chicken and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side or until golden.  Remove and set aside.

 3.  Turn the heat to medium low. Add broth, lemon juice, heavy cream, and capers. Bring the sauce to a boil and return to medium low heat. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Allow the sauce to cook and bubble for about 3 minutes.

 4.  Serve the chicken over cooked pasta and spoon the sauce over both. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.

PORK TENDERLOIN ROAST WITH ROMESCO SAUCE

Yield: 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS
250 grams  red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeds and membranes removed

350  grams tomatoes

 4  pcs large garlic cloves, peeled

½  cup  roasted almonds

1 to 2  tsp  red pepper flakes

¼ to ½ cup  extra virgin olive oil, as needed

1  Tbsp  fresh Italian parsley, chopped1  tsp  paprika  salt and pepper, to taste 

2  Tbsp  red wine

1 kg pork Tenderloin

salt and pepper, to taste

¼ cup olive oil

PREPARATION

Preheat the broiler and line the baking tray with foil. 

1. Place the tomatoes on the baking tray, and place under the broiler for two to four minutes, until charred on one side. Turn over and broil on the other side for another 2 to 4 minutes until charred. Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and allow to cool. Peel and core.

2. In a food processor, put in red peppers, tomatoes, garlic cloves, and roasted almonds. 

3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the olive oil in a slow steady stream. 

4. Add 2 tablespoons of red wine, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper. Process until smooth, thick, and creamy.

NOTE: If it is too thick add 1 or 2 tablespoons of red wine.  If too thin, add olive oil, pulsing a few more times.

5. Taste and adjust seasoning, by adding salt or red pepper flakes as desired. Let the sauce stand for an hour at room temperature before using.

6. Meanwhile, generously season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper.  Put in a roasting pan then line with aluminum foil.  Brush with olive oil and put in a 350℉ oven for 45 min to 1 hour.

7. To serve, slice pork tenderloin to 1/8-1/4 inches thick.  Arrange in a serving tray and pour Romesco sauce on top leaving some to serve on the side.  

Welcome the New Year with Hotel Okura Manila’s Holiday Room Offers

Hotel Okura Manila is offering festive holiday room offers in time for its soft opening to welcome 2022.

Discover the Okura experience with leisure staycations with an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room at PHP 11,888 net. The offer includes signature welcome drinks for two, in-room dining breakfast sets for two, and festive set lunch bentos for two at the signature Japanese fine dining restaurant Yamazato.

Deluxe Room

Soak up the feeling of being in Japan while staying in Manila through an overnight stay in a Hinoki-yu Room at PHP 12,888 net. Each Hinoki-yu Room is equipped with a Hinoki (Japanese cypress) wooden tub, meticulously handcrafted by Japanese artisans from the mountainous Nagiso Town. The offer includes signature welcome drinks for two, in-room dining breakfast sets for two, dining credits worth PHP 3,000, and 20% discount on the in-room dining menu.

Hinoki-yu Room

The holiday room offers are valid for stays from December 28, 2021 to January 15, 2022. The hotel will be in a soft opening period and some facilities may not be 100% operational.

All room rates are inclusive 0f 12% VAT, 10% service charge, and applicable local tax. Three (3) days advance booking is required. The allowable occupancy per room is a maximum of two adults and two children below 12 years of age or up to three adults (subject to corresponding charge).

For inquiries and room reservations, call +63 2 5318 2888, email reservations@hotelokuramanila.com or visit www.hotelokuramanila.com.

Click this link to view the Holiday Brochure: https://bit.ly/OkuraOkurimono2021

Follow us for more information on the latest offers at @HotelOkuraMNL on Facebook and Instagram.

Hotel Okura Manila To Soft Open December 28, 2021

Hotel Okura Manila is pleased to announce that it will soft open its doors on
December 28, 2021. Located within Resorts World Manila, the Philippines’ first integrated entertainment resort, Hotel Okura Manila is highly accessible from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The hotel is an ideal choice for business and leisure travelers because of its proximity to Makati and Bonifacio Global City, key business and financial districts in Metro Manila.

Hotel Okura Manila will offer a Japanese atmosphere in the city; the 18-meter-high atrium lobby at the 5th floor will showcase a picturesque row of modern Japanese-inspired structures, surrounded by natural elements of wood and stone; as well as a minimalist garden and a mountainous landscape that
envelope the whole atrium.

The hotel will welcome guests with the signature luxury service associated with the Okura Hotels & Resorts brand – and is set to provide elegant and refined Japanese omotenashi combined with Filipino warmth. Room reservations will be accepted starting November 10, 2021.

Hotel Okura Manila

The 190-room Hotel Okura Manila offers a wide array of accommodations, including the Hinoki-yu Room which features Hinoki (Japanese cypress) wooden bathtubs handcrafted by Japanese artisans from the mountainous Nagiso Town, Nagano Prefecture.

All guest rooms are furnished with luxurious beds, separate areas for bathtub and rainfall shower, and state-of-the-art amenities such as a flatscreen TV, high-speed internet connectivity, multimedia room controls, Nespresso machine, and Japanese bidet.

At the topmost floor, the hotel offers leisure and recreation facilities within close proximity to each other to provide a serene sanctuary in the city. The fully equipped fitness center features state-of-the-art machines for cardiovascular and strength exercises, as well as free weights. In-house guests can also take a refreshing plunge at the 20-meter pool overlooking the Manila skyline, and experience the health club’s jet baths as a soothing finish to a strenuous workout.

Hotel Okura Manila will bring an exciting culinary experience to the Philippine food scene with the following world-class dining options:

  • Yamazato, the signature Japanese fine dining restaurant offering authentic Japanese Cuisine, with private dining rooms that provide ideal setting for business meetings or intimate gatherings.
  • Yawaragi, an all-day dining restaurant that offers Japanese-oriented food with Western and Asian specialties, as well as high tea and cocktails. It also features a robatayaki table, a bar lounge, and a private chef’s table.

Hotel Okura Manila is part of One Harmony, the Okura Nikko Hotel Management’s loyalty membership for Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International, and Hotel JAL City. Members can earn points and enjoy special services, benefits and awards with no membership or annual fees.

Special Offer for One Harmony Members

  • Standard members: 200 bonus points per night and PHP 2,000 dining credits at Yamazato
  • “Loyal” and “Exclusive” members: 300 bonus points per night and PHP 2,000 dining credits at Yamazato
  • Applicable Best Available Rates with breakfast and late check-out at 14:00
  • Three days advance booking is required.
  • Reservation period: November 10, 2021 to December 31, 2021
  • Stay period: December 28, 2021 to May 31, 2022

AT A GLANCE

Location: 2 Portwood St. (formerly Palm Drive), Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City 1309, Metro Manila, Philippines

Layout: 11 floors, 4 basement levels

Facilities: 190 guest rooms and suites, 2 meeting rooms, rooftop swimming pool, pool bar, fitness center, health club with dry sauna and steam room

Access: Direct access to and from NAIA Terminal through Runway Manila, a full air-conditioned pedestrian skybridge

PH’s 1stStevia grower-manufacturer launches No Sugar iced tea mixes 

GIDC, The Stevia Company, and maker of Gloriousproducts, is bringing no sugar iced tea mixes in major supermarkets and groceries!Consumers who cuts on sugar in their diet can now enjoylow calorie, no sugar iced tea mixes that are sweetened by natural alternatives.

Glorious Blend Lemon Iced Tea, Red Tea and Cucumber Lemonade that are sweetened iced tea mixes without sugar are especially produced for people who are cutting and avoiding food and drinks with too much sugar.

Glorious Blend iced tea mixes are naturally sweetened with stevia. The mixes are made from premium ingredients that include mixed berries, real black tea leaves, lemon, and real cucumber. It is low in calorie and loaded with vitamin C.

“Stevia has been regarded as a safe and healthy sugar substitute. It can sweeten foods, and it has several health benefits, including decreased calorie intake, lower blood sugar levels, and less risk of cavities,” said Maura De Leon, the woman behind GIDC, the country’s first FDA registered stevia grower and manufacturer.

Before, stevia was restricted to the health food market without any FDA approval. However, it is now widely used as a natural substitute for artificial sweeteners in many products.

While it has zero calories, stevia is 200 times sweeter than refined sugar and does not affect blood sugar. It is a popular option for people looking to lose weight but who want to reduce their sugar intake.

Stevia is an herb that has been grown in tropical climates for centuries. It is a small bushy plant that belongs to the sunflower family and grows in Paraguay and Brazil, but it can be quickly grown elsewhere. For centuries, the people of Paraguay add them to their foods as sweeteners, and countries like Korea, Brazil, China, Japan, and South America, have long used stevia.

Stevia is now being widely used as a natural sweetener in various food preparations.

People who have diabetes can benefit from stevia. Choosing pure stevia extract can help maintain normal blood sugar levels and should be used in moderation.Stevia can also help cut down added sugar consumption, which can be beneficial for children. High sugar intake in children could lead to heart disease due to reconstructing triglyceride and cholesterol levels, contributing to children’s weight gain. Substituting added sugar for stevia can minimize these risks. At the same time, moderate consumption of foods with stevia and other sweeteners can prevent adverse side effects and promote overall health.

Stevia products such as iced tea mixes, healthy coffees and chocolate beverages manufactured by Glorious, are approved safe by the Food and Drug Association (FDA) for pregnant women or people who have diabetes. Incidentally, all Glorious Blend beverages — from the 3in1 coffee, 4in1 Malunggay mix, 5in1 Brown Rice Coffee, 7-in-1 Mangosteen-Malunggay Coffee, 7in1Native Cacao Choco and Maxitrim with L-Carnitine, use Stevia which has no calories, no carbohydrates, and zero glycemic index. All of their instant drinks will keep you alert and energized throughout the day. For more information about Glorious products, log on to http://www.gidc.com.