ZAP XAVIA WINS FIRST RUNNER UP AT THE DAVID’S SALON PUBG CUP

An exceptional team with the ability to adapt different styles of gameplay, Team Zap Xavia – with members Panini, Wrensy, Supine, and Jas – won 1st Runner Up at the David’s Salon PubG Cup. They brought home not only a P15,000 cash prize, but also David’s Salon gift certificates hair and pampering services. Jas also bagged the Most Valuable Player award, with the cash prize of P5,000.

The team has been playing together everyday for the past year and have won championships in local and international tournaments, but they knew they would be facing stiff competition. During the very first game they played, they immediately encountered teams they have played against before, and knew they were up against very strong players. They implemented brilliant strategies, and, complemented with a never-say-die attitude, bounced back on Day 2 of the Finals. “Day 1 kasi andun pa yung pressure. Kaso nung nilabas yung partial results, nasa Top 12 kami. Sobrang layo sa gusto naming placement – at least top 3,” Jas shares, “pagdating nung Day 2 nawala yung pressure, kasi naisip namin na malayo kami.” They did not expect to win, but their hard work and natural sportsmanship paid off when it was announced that they got the Top 2 placement for the entire tournament.

Normally, female gamers face criticism from not only their fellow gamers, but even their families. Members of Zap Xavia can attest to this, as support from their parents was few and far in between. The David’s Salon Cup was a game changer for them. “Sa girls league, isa siya sa pinakamalaking tourna ng local,” shared Jas, “prestigious tournament para sa girls.” The familiarity of the David’s Salon brand also allowed their families to be open to gaming. “Pinapayagan na ako, dahil nanalo, hindi nila inexpect na makakarating sa ganito kalaking prize,” they share. Jas further explains, “kasi kilala po ang David’s Salon, so nung sinabi ko na maglalaro kami for David’s Salon, naging supportive sila.”

To other girls who would like to get into gaming, Wrency advises to put your fierce face on, “mas maging competitive!” Jas encourages gamers, saying “kung passion mo talaga, kung may gusto ka talaga, as long as wala ka naming natatapakan, or wala ka naming name-miss sa school or deadlines, go for it.”

The Stevia Company Launches Line-Up of Healthy and Delicious Drinks

Glorious Industrial & Development Corporation (GIDC), also known as the Stevia Company, is launching a lineup of naturally-sweetened and healthy beverages so sugar-conscious Filipinos can still enjoy their favorite drinks without guilt.

GIDC, The Stevia Company’s line-up of products under its Glorious brand includes the Glorious 3in1 Premium Coffee and Glorious Iced Tea Mixes, and the Sweet & Fit Stevia Tea. These drinks are not only good for the body, they also taste great too!

Glorious beverages are sweetened with Stevia, a healthy alternative to sugar. One teaspoon of Stevia is equivalent to six teaspoons of sugar. It is the perfect choice for those who are conscious about their intake of sugar but dislike the taste of chemical-based sugar substitutes.

“By making premium and healthy products accessible to Filipinos, GIDC, Stevia Company is helping everyone make better choices for their health,” says Ms. Au De Leon, president and CEO of GIDC, The Stevia Company.

Stevia is a natural sweetener derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant. It is 300 times sweeter than sugar, but it has zero calories and does not cause spikes in blood sugar levels. It is better than chemical-based artificial sweeteners because it does not have any aftertaste or carries potential health risks.

GIDC, The Stevia Company’s products are safe for weight watchers, people with heart conditions and reduces the risk of Diabetes.

Glorious Premium 3in1 Coffee Mix is a delicious coffee blend sweetened with Sweet & Fit Stevia is recommended for people with sugar intake related concerns, weight watchers, and other health-conscious individuals. Sweet & Fit Stevia has zero calories, zero fat, zero sodium, zero carbohydrates and zero cholesterol.

Glorious also have the following variants, 4-in1 Malunggay-based coffee; 5in1 Coffee Mix with Brown Rice; and the 7in1 Coffee Mix with Malunggay, Mangosteen, Calcium, Goto Kola, and sweetened with Sweet & Fit Stevia.

Individuals with sugar-related concern may now enjoy their favorite fruit teas with Glorious Iced Tea Mixes that comes in Red Berries, Lemon & Cucumber flavors; or make other beverages like milk teas and shakes with Sweet & Fit Stevia Tea that they may drink hot or cold or topped with non-dairy milk or fresh fruits for a healthy pick-me-up.

GIDC, The Stevia Company, the maker of Glorious products is a Filipino-owned company. In 2009, Sweet & Fit Stevia was certified by FDA and GIDC was recognized as the Philippines’ 1st Stevia Company. The company became ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certified in 2017.

“We support our local farmers and workers because all of our products are grown and manufactured here. The market’s continued support sends their children to school and improves the quality of their lives,” adds Ms. De Leon.

GIDC, The Stevia Company also notes that switching to Stevia will help cushion the effects of the impending sugar shortage in the Philippine market. Consumers can opt to sweeten their beverages with Sweet & Fit Stevia because they need very little to achieve the desired sweetness.

Glorious products are available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide.

For more information, visit www.glorious.com.ph and www.sweetandfitstevia.com.

Avon and Hulyen publish 3-part comic seriesto advocate Beauty for All

Doing beauty differently is what Avon has been advocating for 135 years.

This year, the #1 direct-selling beauty brand strengthens this movement during this year’s Pride Month, which annually celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community, alongside their stories and experiences.

Avon Philippines, in partnership with comic artist Hulyen (@hulyen), produced a three-part comic series that illustrates Beauty for All, Avon’s advocacy that puts the spotlight on democratic beauty not just for women, but for everyone—regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression.

“I think everyone deserves to celebrate their own version of beauty especially if it makes them feel good about themselves,” shares Hulyen. “It’s really great that a major beauty brand like Avon is rallying behind this advocacy because it encourages you to be yourself and celebrate what makes you you.”

Each strip depicts issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. The comics were distributed to hundreds of thousands of Avon representatives in more than 190 branches across the Philippines, encouraging them to learn more and understand better the LGBTQIA+ community.

In this scene, an individual struggles to remember the various labels in the queer spectrum. A friend reassures her that it’s important to be open about learning new things.

It also provides context that Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (or SOGIE, for short) goes beyond just the girl, boy, bakla, and tomboy that most Filipinos are more familiar with.

Another comic depicts a queer person who “magically” transforms into her true self when she’s with her friends. This has become a common experience with LGBTQIA+ individuals all over the world. According to Stonewall, only 46 to 47% of queer-identifying individuals feel open and confident to share their sexual orientation or gender identity with their families. Likewise, allies of the community should help create safe spaces where queer individuals can open up and express their true selves.

The last comic visualizes Avon’s commitment when it comes to promoting Beauty for All. It depicts an Avon representative who managed to provide quality beauty and self-care products for her customers, allowing them to truly enjoy their version of beauty no matter what their SOGIE.

“I have learned so much about Pride and how times are changing. It’s something new to me, but we have family and friends who are LGBTQIA+. Understanding them is a great way to show how much we respect them, and through these, I understand them even more,” Avon Representative Jennifer Limyu shares after reading the comics about the LGBTQIA+ community.

Max Closa, Avon Philippines’ Business Development Manager, welcomes Avon’s efforts to rally behind its employees in causes that involve them. “I’m so proud and thankful to be a part of a company who supports the LGBTQIA+ community. The changes might be gradual but it’s already a huge step for us,” Closa shares.

In line with the advocacy, Avon Philippines also recently held a SOGIE Sensitivity Seminar for Associates at their main office. Miss Trans World 2020 Mela Habijan spoke at the event where she discussed SOGIE, the different issues the community is facing, and how one can be a better ally. The trans beauty queen, host, and actress also made a SOGIE explainer video.

To further extend its efforts in inclusivity, Avon Philippines also supported members of Manila’s Drag community with various products like the Limitless collection (the first gender-free intimate apparel in the country). The company also reached out to the Home for the Golden Gays, which provides support and care facilities for elderly LGBTQIA+ people.

“Avon continues with its commitment to create a better world for everyone. With Avon, everyone can be brave, brazen, and beautiful all at the same time because Beauty is for All—and that is how it should be in the years to come,” Avon PR and Communications Lead Marion Limlengco says.

Visit www.avon.ph or like and check out Avon Philippines on Facebook and Instagram.

DigiCon 2022 Set to Highlight the Startup Economy

The Internet & Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) has finally unveiled this year’s theme for the biggest and most anticipated Digital conference in the country.

DigiCon Valley 2022 will tackle the landscape of digital marketing transformation with brands, advertising professionals, and business leaders to celebrate innovation, problem solving, and the entrepreneurial spirit of Philippine firms. Happening from October 10-14 at 9AM to 1PM PST, official delegates will be able to learn from four all-new tracks that tackle the different stages of innovation: Launchpad, Hypergrowth, Breakthrough, and Enterprise.

This year’s theme is an allude at the Gobi-Core Philippine Fund Ecosystem Report of 2021 which perceived that the growing startup scene in the country is ripe for it to finally become a key player in the technology sphere, in relation to ASEAN counterparts.

The future for development and expansion is projected with optimism as logistics, e-commerce, and fintech sectors continue to rise locally, especially in a post-pandemic economy. It is expected that Philippine firms will raise more investments in the next three years versus the past five years combined.


Leading 100 speakers across the 65 sessions of the 5-day event, keynote Speakers include world-renowned marketing expert and academic, Mark Ritson; one of the most influential female entrepreneurs in the world and founder of the Huffington Post, Ariana Huffington; and the co-founder of Character Ventures and the inventor of the Design Sprint, Jake Knapp. More internationally-acclaimed speakers and guests are set to be announced soon.

After two years of virtual connections, DigiCon Valley 2022 is finally bringing back face-to-face networking through the DigiCon After-hours. Held between 6-9 PM on select evenings across the city, major sponsors will host physical gatherings which promise to provide cocktails, entertainment, and speed networking, allowing delegates to reconnect with others in the industry.

Tickets are now available for purchase with the early bird discount at 40% off in limited supply. For more information and updates on DigiCon Valley 2022, visit www.digicon.com.ph and follow their social pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

* This event will be powered by ViVYD. To learn more about this platform, visit https://www.qairos.asia/vivyd

IMMAP DigiCon Valley 2022 is co-presented by Angkas, and would like to thank Platinum sponsor Manulife Philippines and Tiktok; Gold Sponsor Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government; and Silver Sponsor, Hepmil Philippines.

IMMAP DigiCon Valley is also brought to you by our Gold Media Partner Manila Bulletin, and our Silver Media Partners BusinessWorld and Inquirer.Net.

When your pet causes an accident

If you’re one of the many who spent hours of quality time with your pet since the pandemic, you know first-hand that their playfulness occasionally turns into mischief or naughtiness.

Torn furniture, missing household items, broken electronics, muddy paw prints on the couch, and near-miss dog bites could be commonplace in households with an energetic or headstrong pooch.

Younger dogs, in particular, are fond of biting games that could lead to unexpected nips. At the same time, other pets may be too protective or aggressive towards strangers since they haven’t had enough socialization and interaction with other animals and people because of previous community restrictions. 

Dog bites accounted for 85.7 percent of rabies cases in the Philippines, according to the pre-pandemic findings of the National Rabies Control and Prevention Program’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025. A highly fatal and infectious disease, rabies causes 250 to 300 deaths a year, a third of which are children below 15 years old and predominantly male. 

Dog bite victims need a series of rabies vaccines, immunoglobulin post-exposure prophylaxis, and anti-tetanus shots to prevent rabies. This treatment could cost thousands of pesos, on top of causing physical wounds and pain. 

Pet owners’ first line of defense against these unforeseen mishaps is to give their pups regular anti-rabies shots. However, even if your furry friend has been vaccinated, the person they bit is still required to seek treatment for their visible wounds and vaccinations. 

With the help of a pet insurance policy with third-party liability coverage like Malayan Insurance Co. Inc.’s Pet Care, dog guardians are shielded from the financial and emotional stress that comes after their dog bites or misbehaves. 

Pet Care Owner’s Liability Insurance settles the expenses due to bodily injuries and property damages, including unplanned veterinary bills. 

For a one-time payment of PhP2,800, owners have PhP100,000 worth of liabilities coverage should their canine suddenly bite or injure someone even if they’re not at home. This benefit could be used several times if the PhP100,000 cover was not entirely consumed during the initial claims.   

Pet owners who feel they need more security for their active or large breed pets may consider signing up for PhP300,000 coverage for just a one-time premium of PhP5,400. This policy also has a per occurrence coverage and may be used multiple times until the premium has been exhausted. 

Aside from dog bites, Malayan Pet Care’s liability coverage may also be used to pay for damaged property. This feature is handy for hyperactive or clumsy pets fond of playing with furniture and breakables or pouncing on the neighboring plantitas landscaped yard. 

Even if your pooch is gentle and friendly, it’s still a good idea to have them insured. Insurance helps defray medical costs if your dog runs into an accident or falls ill. It assures owners that their pup will get the medical treatment it needs, even if it’s not in their budget. Owners are also covered since Pet Care comes with personal accident insurance.  Responsible pet ownership goes beyond giving pooches food and shelter. It also involves taking responsibility for any misadventures or misdemeanors your pup does inside and outside your home. 

Unified Migrant Workers Global Representative called for a dialogue with incoming President  Bong Bong Marcos Jr.

L-R: Mr. Robert Picasso, Mr. Ken Bautista, Mr. Ferdinand De Los Reyes, Ms. Jo Ann Nouf, and Mr. Robert De Castro.

June 15, 2022, White Knight Hotel Saint Anne Manila – One of the main sources of our high percentage of dollar entry into our country is the remittances that come from the  people who work hard to work abroad for their families.

The question is… They have been called the new heroes of the country, but have they been cared for and appreciated as “heroes”?

These distressed OFWS, people who work hard, have taken time to successfully establish the “DEPARTMENT OF OFWs”, with the help and assistance of President Adviser Atty. Abdullah Mama-O, who was appointed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the 1st Secretary of the Department of Migrant Worker on March 15 up to present.

So what are the reasons for this migrant workers to appeal president-elect Bong Bong Marcos to reconsider in replacing Atty. Abdullah Mama-o, the current secretary of department? His success rate, in the following: diplomatic negotiations, humanitarian missions, and along with his expertise helped a majority of migrant workers in the Middle East.

With the announcement that Toots Ople will be replacing Atty. Mama-o, they immediately requested an audience with BBM. “15 minutes is all the time we are requesting from him”. said Ken Bautista, VP for Unified Migrant Workers Global to discuss issues affecting their sector in the country.

Father’s Day Sumptuous Treats At Seven Corners and Xin Tian Di Restaurant 

Father’s day is just around the corner!

Treat the king of the house this weekend to a lavish buffet at Seven Corners and enjoy a free Rockefeller Oyster on the house!

Get a complimentary Sautéed Scallops with XO Sauce when you dine-in and avail Xin Tian Di’s Unlimited Di Sum this June 18 and 19!

All dishes are perfect with a matching Three Bulls Craft Beer also free for this weekend’s celebrations just for our pops!

Nothing more rad that having a happy dad.

For inquiries and reservations call us at 02 8790 3100 or email fandb.reservations@ihg.com

Seven Corners Viber: 0927 163 0128

Xin Tian Di Viber: 0998 840 2141

The Secret to Achieving Radiantly Healthy Post-Quarantine Skin

Face-to-face events are, without a doubt, back with a vengeance. And for many, this serves as the perfect excuse to start investing in new, trendy fashion pieces. But why stop there when you can further push your post-quarantine glow up with a newfound healthy radiance?

Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance launched event at the LOOK, SM Aura

Cetaphil Philippines, in partnership with premium multi-brand beauty destination, Look At Me, recently held an exclusive talk to help people learn proven-effective tips and tricks to look better and feel better before attending gatherings. Dubbed Bright, Radiant, and Always Ready, it featured personal lessons from Miss Universe 2018, Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance ambassador Catriona Gray, and Dr. Irene Gaile Vitas- Robredo of the Philippine Dermatological Society. 

A seasoned board-certified dermatologist specializing in advanced cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Vitas shares that prepping your skin for an event does not happen on the day itself. “It starts with a skincare routine consisting of products with ingredients that suit your skin’s needs and target your skin concerns. I recommend using a creamy cleanser that effectively cleanses without stripping the skin off its natural lipids, followed by those that address skin issues. For instance, Niacinamide and Sea Daffodil combination are very effective and gentle against unwanted pigmentation. This can brighten the skin, even out your skin tone, and improve the appearance of dark marks while keeping the integrity of your skin barrier intact—in other words, effective brightening effects that are suitable even for people with sensitive skin.”

Other tips shared by Dr. Vitas include:

  1. Being consistent in using skincare products.
  2. Avoiding treatments that have downtime before your event
  3. Getting enough rest and staying hydrated
  4. Adapting healthy habits like exercise and including lots of vegetables and fruits in your diet
  5. Sticking to your skincare routine on the day of the event

Following Dr. Vitas’ talk, Catriona Gray shared her radiance routine. She gave personal tips on how people can feel more confident, especially during photo-taking sessions.

Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Ambassador, Catriona Gray

Bright, Radiant, and Always Ready also served as the formal launch of the whole Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance line at The Look. Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance is an innovative skincare line that answers the need for a healthy and gentle skin brightening solution. Recommended by most Dermatologists, its patented GentleBright technology is clinically proven effective in addressing dark marks caused by acne, melasma, and post-inflammatory pigmentation. All of the products in this line work synergistically to give the skin a healthy brightness boost and even out skin tone.

Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance line

Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance is a much-loved, complete skincare line for the face and body. Products include Brightness Reveal Creamy Cleanser, Brightness Refresh Toner, Brightening Day  Protection Cream SPF 15, Brightening Night Comfort Cream, Brightness Reveal Body Wash, Brightness Reveal Bar, and Brightening Lotion.

Galderma Cetaphil (left to right – Tammy Au, Jade Ponoc, Choo Hon Keong, Catriona Gray, Sandeep Kirpalani, Raghu Sadashiva, Luke Lee)
 

And to celebrate its arrival at The Look, Cetaphil is giving away a free Brightening Day Protection Cream SPF 15 (worth P1,038) for every minimum purchase of P1,000 worth of Cetaphil products at The Look. In addition, every purchase of any Cetaphil product also entitles customers to a free Bright Healthy Radiance Day-night sampler pack. This promo runs from June 16 to July 15, 2022, per DOH-FDA CCHUHSRR Permit No. 0318 s. 2022. For more information, you may visit www.cetaphil.com.ph. You may also follow @cetaphilbrighthealthyradiance on Instagram for updates.

Sterling Bank of Asia signs agreement with Anti-Money Laundering Council

L-R: Atty. Mel Georgie B. Racela – Executive Director, AMLC Secretariat; Atty. Rodel U. Buenaventura – Acting Director of the Commitments and Policy Group, AMLC Secretariat; Cecilio D. San Pedro – SBA President & CEO; Luisito S. Mayor – SBA Sr. Vice President & Operations Group Head

Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA) signs an Information Sharing Protocol (ISP) Agreement with the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to support government measures to combat financial crimes in the country.

The ISP framework aims to effectively control, detect, and investigate money laundering (ML), terrorism, and financing of terrorism (FT) in the country. It will also cover information exchange and capacity-building measures to enhance the ability to address ML, terrorism, and FT concerns. Further, the ISP aims to institutionalize an adequate documentation mechanism to perform targeted suspicious transaction monitoring and reporting, as well as develop valuable/breakthrough investigative leads.

 “This is in line with the Bank’s efforts in promoting a strong and good corporate governance culture,” said Cecilio San Pedro, SBA’s President and CEO.

 SBA recognizes the importance of the collaboration between the public and the private sector in upholding a framework that will deliver a more efficient and effective identification and detection of financial crime patterns and trends. “Sterling Bank will extend its full cooperation in the exchange of information and financial intelligence and full support in the capacity-building measure of AMLC,” said San Pedro.  For more information and updates about Sterling Bank of Asia, visit www.sterlingbankasia.com and download the Sterling Bank Online App to experience secure and convenient banking.