Philippine Veterans Bank urges bike enthusiasts to join ‘Ride for Valor’

n celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) today urged bike enthusiasts to join the “Ride for Valor,” a non-competitive bike ride to be held on August 28 to honor Filipino soldiers who defended the country against Japanese forces during World War II.

Mike Villa-Real, PVB vice president for communications, said the event was supposed to be held last April, but due to pandemic restrictions and the elections, it has been postponed to August 28 to coincide with the National Heroes Day and commemorate the bank’s 30thAnniversary.

“Through this event, we commemorate the unsung and unknown heroes of World War II and the Bataan Death March who bravely fought and sacrificed their lives for our country and freedom,” he said.

Villa-Real explained that the bike ride aims to raise funds for the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment (FAME), a non-government organization that maintains the kilometer markers of the Bataan Death March from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac. At least 10 kilometer markers in Mariveles and at least 4 in Limay have to be relocated due to road widening.

He said the event’s format for this year is Gran Fondo or “Big Ride,” and each participant will have a “passport” that they need to bring to three stops: Mt. Samat in Bataan, San Fernando Train/Water Station in Pampanga, and the Death March Memorial Shrine in Capas, Tarlac.

Each stop will have optional destinations such as the Stotsenburg Park near the Clark Parade Grounds and the Bamban Museum of History in Tarlac, where participants will be receive their ride kits.

Villa-Real said a 12-hour cut-off will be implemented during the event, and participants may finish the entire route or join along the stops.

“There will be a mechanic to help those who will experience mechanical issues and roving marshals to monitor the progress of the participants. Support vehicles are allowed, but participants should not ride the vehicle unless they decide to withdraw from the bike ride,” he noted.

Those interested in joining the bike ride may register online at bit.ly/RideforValor2022 and pay P550 per individual and P2,100 per group of five persons. Only bikes with brakes are allowed in the event, and participants must be fully vaccinated.

Each participant will be given a bib number, a bike sticker, an event shirt, a loot bag, and commemorative patches on the day of the event.

PVB is a commercial bank owned by World War II veterans and their families. As part of its charter, PVB allocates 20% of its annual net income for the benefit of its shareholders.

Around 80,000 Filipino and American soldiers and prisoners of war were forced by the Japanese military to march 69 miles from Bataan to Tarlac during World War II.

Only some 54,000 persons reached the camp, and around 20,000 died due to starvation, dehydration, diseases, and the brutality of Japanese captors.

The event is in partnership with Shimano, Air21, Panahon TV, and Booster-C.

For more information, visit www.veteransbank.com.ph and bit.ly/FB_RideforValor2022

The beginnings of a healthier scalp start with Aromase

Don’t let the small things get to your head, those that will damage both your hair and scalp. The result would be, well, embarrassing to say the least.

Because who would like unwanted elements like irritating dandruff, coupled with dry and flaky hair, be the cause of discomfiture and shame during personal or professional occasions? It would not look good scratching one’s head and hair while in the middle of an important meeting or getting cozy with an important someone. That’s an immediate turnoff.

But, as Aromase Hair and Body solutions would always say: “let’s not be stressed with the little things.” It is because Aromase has that perfect solution to every hair and body problems we encounter every day.

From pre-shampoo, which removes the excess sebum, scalp buildup, and combats dandruff and soothes inflammation effectively, to shampoo, scalp spray, conditioner, body wash, scalp care kit, solutions for hair loss, excess oil, oil and dandruff, dry and flaky hair, dermatitis and folliculitis, and even Psoriasis, Aromase has the answer with its range of anti-dandruff, anti-hair loss, anti-oily hair solutions for normal, sensitive or specialized scalp care.

At Aromase, you can find products such as the Juniper Scalp Purifying Liquid Shampoo, Aromase Anti-Hair Loss shampoo kit, Aromase Anti-Hair Loss Essential Shampoo, Aromase Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Aromase Red Rose Damage Recovery Conditioner, Juniper Head to Toe Shampoo and Body Wash, Aromase 3-Step Psoriasis Scalp Care Kit, all wonderful and beneficial products that we need everyday to protect our hair and scalp and our body as well.

Aromase, a Taiwan Excellence Award winner and Red Dot Product Design Award for 2022, emphasizes that we should all guard the health of our scalp. Aromase has products that help solve people’s scalp problems and concerns and also supports the promotion of good scalp care habits. With products whose ingredients are derived from natural plants with no harsh chemicals, no paraben, and definitely sulfate free, Aromase’s products will help restore the scalp to its original healthy state.

Aromase offers treatment solutions that help improve the overall condition of the scalp with lasting results for that healthy hair and healthy scalp. All the necessary research is done to find out what exactly the market needs, and what solutions can be offered. More importantly, it’s not just about providing solutions but delivering better quality of life as well.

Life, as it is, is already pockmarked with stress on a daily basis. Don’t let hair or body issues bombard you with more stress. Let Aromase Hair and Body Solutions do the work that gives out fantastic results for your hair and scalp, even your body, without going over the top.

Because a healthier hair and scalp start with Aromase.

Red Hotel kicks off expansion to Visayas with Cebu Groundbreaking

(Mr. Richard Lim, President/CEO of Sun Group of Companies / Sunland Development Corporation)

Cebu, Philippines, July 15, 2022 – The Red Hotel can be found in different locations within Metro Manila such as Cubao and Pasay. Now, they find roots in the Queen City of the South. Sunland Development Corporation (SDC), one of the companies under Sun Group of Companies, led the construction of the newest branch of Red Hotel. The groundbreaking ceremony was graced by Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia, President/CEO Mr. Richard Lim, Mr. Kevin Lim, Ms. Isabelle Lim, Ms. Kimberly Lim, and COO Mr. Simon Tan, of Sun Group of Companies.

Cebu is one of the most visited destinations in the Philippines because of the wide-range of activities and attractions that it has to offer. Its urban center Metro Cebu is the largest metropolitan hub outside Metro Manila, making it the center and economic hub of the province of Cebu and the Central Visayas region. Its impressive economic growth has been carried by the rapid expansion of businesses in different industries which led SDC to its decision.

The 3rd branch of Red Hotel will be housing two hundred rooms, a pool, and its own restaurant, this hotel is worthy of its four-star status. 

“In the past, we have penetrated Metro Manila by building two (2) Red Hotel Branches in key destinations particularly, Cubao and Pasay. Now, we’re bringing 4-star hotel accommodation here in the Queen City of the South, to provide a one-of-a-kind hotel experience to all Cebuanos.” said Mr. Simon Tan, COO of Sun Group of Companies.

Sunland Development Corporation nationwide consists of nearly 183,240sqm of properties and roughly three thousand eight hundred twenty-two 3,822 rooms available in Luzon as of today, and they continue to grow at a steady rate, aiming to reach a goal of building an additional two thousand (2,000) more rooms within the next two years.

Planning to expand more and create more establishments in different parts of the Philippines, they aim to broaden their accommodation services to Coron, Davao, and Tagaytay within the next three years.

Local Brand Makes Sabon Refilling Possible

here is a global call from environment advocates to urge multinational companies and leading brands of consumer goods to lessen use of plastics in their product packaging by refilling. It is yet to happen.

However, a local brand called SABON EXPRESS, has joined the global reuse and refill revolution to spur a transition to a plastic-free future. Its founder and Chairman, Mellany Zambrano, believes it is time to shift consumer behavior and habits when it comes to buying household products.

SABON EXPRESS, an innovative consumer goods brand and franchisable store chain, is paving the way for locally manufactured liquid soaps and detergents to have strong foothold in the market with its first-of-its-kind mechanized and automated ‘sabon’ refilling stations that allow consumers to have a refill of highly essential and consumable household products like dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, fabric conditioner, liquid hand soap, car shampoo, reusing their own bottles and containers – in a hygienic way.

SABON EXPRESS dubbed as The Refill Authority, is trailblazing a more appropriate way of sabon refilling – one that does not require the ‘tindera” to use “tabo” or dipper to fetch products from the drum to manually refill bottles, which is a current practice of most local sabon refilling stores in the country. Said manual process potentially contaminates products and makes refilling messy and unhygienic. Sabon Express recently launched its liquid soap dispensing unit at the ZeroWaste Bazaar in Uptown Mall BGC Taguig last July 18-21 – as the first and only automated and hygienic sabon refilling station in the country.

The Zero Waste Bazaar is in celebration of Plastic-Free July, a collaborative event of Ecowaste Coalition of the Philippines, Greenpeace Philippines, Mother Earth Foundation, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Health Care Without Harm together with Break Free from Plastic, Oceana Philippines International, and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls. It showcased a photo exhibit and bazaar featuring art and eco-friendly stores to make plastic-free Pilipinas a reality.

SABON EXPRESS strongly advocates for “a world with less plastic” by promoting the reuse of plastic containers for household products via its conceptual and innovative hygienic ‘sabon’ refill dispensing unit in all its stores which comes in both manual and automated machines – a game changer in the local ‘sabon’ refilling industry.

With a vision to serve the country’s increasingly demanding market at scale, Sabon Express is committed to continuous research and development and is being assisted by the Department of Science and Technology’s Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) for further product development, technical advancement and good manufacturing technology and processes.

“At Sabon Express, we are always looking for ways to innovate in order to serve our consumers better and to help save the environment in our own little way because our business is advocacy-driven”, says Mellany Zambrano.

Cebuana Lhuillier Bank opens first branch in Cebu

Bank’s roster of products expected to empower the region’s small and medium enterprises

EMPOWERING MSMEs IN VISAYAS. Cebuana Lhuillier Bank opened its first branch in the Visayas region, setting another expansion milestone pioneering Cebu City. Present in the photo are (from left to right) Dennis Valdes, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank President; Mrs. Edna D. Lhuillier, wife of Ambassador Lhuillier; Amb. Philippe Jones Lhuillier, Chairman and Founder of PJ Lhuillier Inc.; Mrs. Camille Lhuillier-Albani, Mr. Andrea Albani, and Jimmy Ang, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank Vice President
 

Cebuana Lhuillier Bank (CLB), one of the country’s fastest growing rural banks, has set its sights for further expansion in the Visayas region, beginning with the opening of its first branch in Cebu City.

The move is in line with the bank’s mission of providing financial inclusion to every Filipino, especially to clients from the countryside. CLB, in particular, is reaching out to mom-and-pop businesses and to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) whose operations definitely needed a boost following the challenges brought to the economy these past two years. 

“MSMEs have always been the backbone of our economy, with 99% of total businesses in the Philippines considered falling under this sector. They are also a major source of employment, and also a major contributor in our total export revenues.[1] However, in spite their huge contributions to the economy, MSMEs often lack financial resources that will help in their growth and development,” Cebuana Lhuillier Bank president Dennis Valdes said. “True to the mission of becoming a partner for progress, CLB’s first-ever branch here in Central Visayas is open to all, especially to the more than 65,000 MSMEs looking to further grow their business.”

Located within the business center of the city, CLB’s newest branch can be found in Acacia St., Brgy. Kamputhaw, Cebu City. The bank offers a wide variety of business loan products primarily aimed to provide financial assistance to MSME business owners for their working capital, business expansion, and investment. Depending on the business size and profile of the clients, CLB offers loan products such as Microfinance Loans, SME loans, and Corporate Business Loans.

Jean Henri Lhuillier, President & CEO of PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies, the parent company of Cebuana Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, enthuses, “As a conglomerate, PJ Lhuillier has always been guided by its mission of financial inclusion. We make sure that this is reflected in all the products we offer in our companies, and a vital part of how we extend our services to the millions of Filipinos who rely on us for their micro financial needs. Our banking arm, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank is guided by this vision—from their ground-breaking micro savings product which empowered close to 6M Filipinos to start saving for their future, to their expansion plans to Visayas and Mindanao which will allow them to serve more of our kababayans and MSMEs in rural communities.”

CLB currently offers housing loans and business loans in the province. With low interest rates, fast application process, and flexible loan payments, CLB aims to empower MSMEs and business owners. Qualified CLB clients can get a maximum loan amount of PHP300,000 for business loan.

Aside from business loans, CLB also offers housing loans, and soon to be available in its Cebu branch, the Teachers Loan and Motorcycle Loan products.

Amb. Lhuillier welcoming the expansion of Cebuana Lhuillier Bank in Cebu

To date, CLB already has five (5) branches nationwide and is expected to reach Mindanao region before the year ends. As the banking arm of micro financial services giant Cebuana Lhuillier, CLB recently tapped the industry leader to serve as its cash agent, utilizing Cebuana Lhuillier’s more than 3,000 branches nationwide for its Micro Savings product. The wide network presence provided the bank and its clients greater accessibility; while also enjoying wider connectivity thanks to the mobility provided by eCebuana app, which enables  clients to conveniently access micro financial services such as Micro Savings, Money Remittance, Bills Payment, and E-load services among others.

Skin Savior: Cetaphil Ultra Protect is a Cleanser That Both Intensely Hydrates and Protects Skin

How you take care of your skin matters more than you think. Nowadays, cleanliness is the name of the game, but in the rush of cleansing your body, you could be stripping your skin of natural’s moisture.

Using harsh bar soap and frequent washing leads to dry skin, which can further lead to skin irritation, roughness, and dryness. However, there is now a better solution when it comes to hygiene. Introducing the new Cetaphil Ultra Protect, an antimicrobial cleansing bar that is the right choice to care for your skin. There are no compromises: the product combines the benefits of 99.9% germ protection and moisturization. It is designed for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. 

The newest innovation of Cetaphil has 3D Derma-Mimic Technology, which is dermatologically tried-and-tested formulation that repairs and strengthens the skin barrier against water loss, making your skin instantly protected and hydrated.

To celebrate the release of the newest product in Cetaphil’s science-backed roster, the #BeUltraProtected campaign celebrates the equal importance of hygiene and care with four workouts in partnership with elite boutique studios in the Metro.

The goal is to show how Cetaphil Ultra Protect can allow you to work out, sweat, and afterward reward your skin with a deep cleanse that is gentle yet effective in cleaning and nourishing the body.

The new Cetaphil Ultra Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar is now available at the official Cetaphil Philippines stores in Lazada and Shopee. You can also find Cetaphil products at Mercury Drug, Watsons’ stores, and supermarkets nationwide.

To learn more about the new Cetaphil Ultra Protect and its gentle line of products for sensitive skin, follow Cetaphil Philippines on Facebook and Instagram, or visit www.cetaphil.com.ph

AD ASIA EVENTS AND OKADA MANILA SEALED A PARTNERSHIP FOR THE

  6TH WORLD TRAVEL EXPO MANILA 2022

L-R: Mr. Carlo Baldonido, Senior Manager for Destination Marketing & Partnership- Okada Manila; Ms. Miles Caballero, Managing Director – Ad Asia Events; Ms. Wendy Ni- VP of Strategic Marketing – Okada Manila ; Mr. Alvaro Ramos – AVP of Retail Okada Manila

AD ASIA CONVENTIONS & EXHIBITIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP. (AD ASIA EVENTS) partnered with TIGER RESORT, LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (OKADA MANILA) on its 6th year installation of the much awaited travel event, THE WORLD TRAVEL EXPO.

AD ASIA EVENTS, the organizer of the said expo has chosen the CRYSTAL CORRIDOR of OKADA MANILA to be this year’s official venue occupying 5,758sqm space consisting of 200 booths on display. WORLD TRAVEL EXPO, is an annual event for both local and international tourism industry in the country, bringing together various tourism organizations and hospitality industry players to become the one-stop shop of travel enthusiasts for all their needs.

And on its comeback to physical event, has becoming BIGGER and more INFLUENTIAL, started with its new home, OKADA MANILA, touted as Manila’s grand icon and the biggest integrated resort in the Philippines to date. It is a premier entertainment and gaming destination. Okada Manila has been recognized as a Forbes five-star integrated resort by Forbes Travel Guide for three straight years (2019 to 2022), known for its top-tier facilities and exemplary service that personifies the unique blend of Japanese hospitality and Filipino warmth.

From the luxurious hotel rooms to an exciting array of dining options, a premium Retail Boulevard, the largest and most exciting gaming floors, Okada Manila is one of the key drivers in Philippine tourism industry. Okada Manila is also home to the world’s largest multi-color musical and dancing fountain and the one-of-a-kind indoor night club and beach club, the magnificent Cove Manila.

Moreover, OKADA MANILA will offer wide range of amenities to the WTE2022 Sponsors, exhibitors and guests such as free parking, excellent Wi-Fi connection, and shuttle service to main pick-up points, providing a more convenient transportation as they visit the expo.

Likewise, the WORLD TRAVEL EXPO will prepare a better line up of amazing travel promos, deals, and packages that will help the visitors of the event achieve their best vacation without all the hassle! The expo will run on October 21 -23, 2022 from 11am to 9pm. Evening visitors will get to witness the Fountain’s hourly shows beginning at 6 pm daily, which will be an additional attraction to the event.

Check out WORLD TRAVEL EXPO through its Facebook page: htt..m/worldtravelexpoph for more details

It’s raining affordable jewelry with Cebuana Lhuillier’s “Rainy Day Gold Rush Sales”

Buying and collecting gold jewelry go beyond aesthetics nowadays. With the value of gold continuously on an upswing and even expected to outweighs inflation risks (source), now is the best time to buy jewelry. It’s an investment that you can use for your personal enjoyment, as well as a dependable source of cash in times of emergency.

Cebuana Lhuillier is giving its loyal clients and general public another taste of its widely-anticipated jewelry sales with the announcement of its “Rainy Day Gold Rush Sale,” set to take place from July 13 to 19.

The country’s most trusted micro financial services company is offering discounts
of 10% off plus up to 50% off for selected jewelry available in more than 3,000 branches nationwide. Meanwhile, clients can enjoy discounts up to 25% off when they purchase in any of Cebuana Lhuillier Jewelry Premium (CLJP) and Just Jewel branches nationwide.

Jean Henri Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier president & CEO, has always encouraged the public to take advantage of gold sales in order to build a sizable investment that can serve as back-up during times of emergency. “Unlike high-end gadgets, gold jewelry will never lose its value over time. Instead, it will serve as a good source of emergency fund during times of need. Buying jewelry will always serve as a wise purchase,” he adds.

Contrary to the usual, pawnshops are also good source of jewelry. Buyers are assured on the quality and authenticity of the items purchased, especially since all the items offered have been thoroughly appraised.  

Discounts can also be enjoyed in any of CLJP’s online presence: through the official website of Cebuanalhuillierjewelry.com and any e-commerce platforms such as Shopee, Lazada, and Zalora, where all items available at a 10% discount.


For more information, go to www.cebuanalhuillier.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/cebuanalhuillierpawnshop.

THREAD TEAMS UP WITH TWO EXPERTS FOR A THOUGHT LEADERSHIP SESSION THAT AIMS TO PROVIDE INSIGHTS INTO THE NEXT NORMAL IN THE PHILIPPINES

Thread, one of the fastest-growing HR Solution partners and platforms under TESI join hands with industry experts through a thought leadership engagement with The Tipping Point.

Guided by its mission to provide a flexible and highly adaptive platform to rapidly changing macro trends and factors, Thread aims to solve several business pain points such as mundane and tedious HR and payroll operations, challenges in accommodating flexible work arrangements, and decentralized, manual, and siloed systems and data, among others. 

“We, from Thread, strongly believe in this initiative. We would like to help solidify the stature of HR systems in the Philippines to provide a sensible measure for our fellow Filipinos to have a more streamlined and productive digital HR solution fitted for their institution,” says Marvin Alberto, Business Unit Head of SaaS, TESI.

Recognizing the continuous and increasing number of companies that demand a more streamlined system Thread has now been offered to companies who aim to automate and digitize end-to-end HR and payroll processes.  Thread can be accessed via the web or its Mobile applications available for iOS or Android bundled free on every subscription of Thread services.

“At Thread, we want to dedicate our expertise to providing our target audience a wide array of services from a business-to-business standpoint. Through our service suite that is 100% cloud-based, work systems and integration will be seamless, guaranteed fast, and accurate,” Alberto added.

Apart from Marvin Alberto, the session was attended by Mr. Myke Celis, a global master coach, Neuro-Linguistic Programming & Timeline Therapy, and the international best-selling author of the #bestmeever book series, who graciously presented facts about the future of work in the Philippines touching base the arena of RTO, Business bounce back plans, revenue growth, and employee satisfaction amidst the crisis.

At the same event, Mr. Gerard Dy, an Architect, also shared the next normal and the future of the workforce and work in the Philippines through his lens as a creative director for 18 years.

In his Masterclass session, Dy shares that it is important to identify the best-fitted ammunition to grow a business. “Guided by your passion and goals, as a business owner, you must learn how to identify, engage, and assess the proper ways to touch base with your customers and keep a value-laden structure for your employees,” Dy added.

Thread is one with Celis and Dy in believing the same value proposition that will enable every Filipino to achieve their business goals and be competitive in the market.

The Tipping Point by Thread was held last June and will continue to have pocket online activations and thought leadership engagements all across the year.

TESI and Thread team encourages people and companies to try its free demo and trial. Just email them at sales@tesi.com.ph or book via their website at https://thread.com.ph. You can also visit their social media sites to know more about how Thread can help your business grow.

Sunland Development Corporation continues to expand with Manila Groundbreaking

Sunland Development Corporation under Sun Group of Companies led by President/CEO, Mr. Richard Lim broke ground on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, to formally start the construction of its new office building with warehouse, located at P. Casal St. Quiapo, Manila with a leasable space of 34,000sqm.

The groundbreaking event was attended by President/CEO Mr. Richard Lim, Vice President Mr. Kevin Lim, and COO Mr. Simon Tan, of Sun Group of Companies.

The growth of e-commerce is one of the reasons behind the property expansion. Hence, the concept of building offices with warehouse spaces.

The construction and development will be led by Sunland Development Corporation, a real-estate company that is engaged in improving and developing properties nationwide, SDC has constructed a total of 183,240sqm of leasable properties as of today, dedicated to office, warehouse, and commercial use. Due to the rising demand, 95% of the properties were already occupied as of December 2021.

“Following the demand of properties under Sunland Development Corporation, we decided to expand our real-estate business to 500,000sqm to be completed within the next 3 to 5 years. As businesses grow in the Philippines, we realized we want to build more commercial, offices and warehouses to serve clients and mid to high scale businesses.” said Mr. Richard Lim, President/CEO.

The said expansion is set to rise in Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, and Laguna where shopping malls and BPO firms are currently expanding their operations due to favorable market conditions. Aside from developing properties, Sunland Development Corporation is also involved in buying and selling properties.