Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria’s Xin Tian Di is World Luxury Restaurant Awards Nominee for Best Chinese Cuisine

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury restaurants with recognition for providing top quality cuisine combined with excellent service, in the luxury restaurant industry.

This year, Xin Tian Di at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria is recognized as one of the nominees together with distinguished restaurants around the globe.

Authentic Chinese Flavor is the essence of Xin Tian Di (New Heaven and Earth in English).  Among its long list of specialties is the signature aromatic roast duck – known for its succulent meat encased in crisp skin cooked with state-of-the-art duck oven technology.

A Chinese dining custom can also be experienced in Xin Tian Di as you sample the famed Dim Sum Unlimited, a scrumptious lunch buffet that offers over 60 selections of Dim Sum variety from noodles, rice, vegetarian dumplings, desserts and more. Truly, Xin Tian Di is the perfect place to experience and savor the flavors of China.

The restaurant has an opulent ambiance, designed with rich colors and decor blending traditional and modern Chinese aesthetics. The whole area is spacious and can accommodate large crowds at a time, ideal for business travelers and families looking for a sumptuous treat.

Show your support to Xin Tian Di by scanning the QR code to the voting link, or you can also go directly to this website: https://www.luxuryrestaurantawards.com/restaurant/xin-tian-di/

Upon scanning the QR code or clicking the link above, you will be redirected to the voting site. Check the Chinese Cuisine and click the “Vote for this Restaurant.”

You can vote anytime and as many as you want. Make sure that you are using an ACTIVE email while voting.

You can cast your vote starting today until August 21, 2022.

Ricky Lee Joins Pelikulove’s “Shout Out Festival” as Member of the Board of Directors

Newly conferred National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts, Ricky Lee, is one of the Board of Directors for the Shout Out Festival happening this September 19–25, 2022.

            Even after decades of creating and writing award-winning pieces, teaching and mentoring thousands of writers and filmmakers, and inspiring many people with his stories, Ricky Lee isn’t showing signs of slowing down. He continues to write and teach aspiring storytellers—most recently in his series of live interactive writing workshops titled, “Ricky Lee’s Trip to Quiapo,” which happened in November 2021 to January 2022 in partnership with Pelikulove. As a culminating program, Shout Out will feature nine (9) film and theater shorts from the enrollees of his as well as Palanca Hall of Fame Awardee Rody Vera’s writing masterclasses.

The Shout Out Festival

            Shout Out: Maghayag at Lumikha is an online film and theater mentoring festival of hybrid shorts organized and hosted by the online multi-arts platform, Pelikulove, with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

            Pelikulove describes Shout Out as an “education-based mentorship festival,” which is one of the few if not the first of its kind here in the Philippines. The writers of the featured film and theater shorts are given assistance from writing to production and evaluation.

            The festival activities include virtual discussions, talkbacks, and Q&A with the artists and mentors. There will also be an exhibit of other enrollees and partner groups’ short films and recorded plays.

            Ricky Lee is joined by six other Festival Directors, namely: Rody Vera (playwright, Palanca Hall of Famer, founder of Virgin Labfest & Writer’s Bloc), Jeffrey Jeturian (award-winning film and TV director), Cristina Martinez-Juan (professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), Issa Manalo Lopez (theater director, actor, and educator at UP Diliman), Raffy Tejada (theater director, actor, and educator at DLSU), and Ellen Ongkeko Marfil (filmmaker and videographer).

            The Shout Out Festival is free! You can join or become a partner by registering online (https://shoutoutfest.pelikulove.com/). For more information and updates, visit the Pelikulove website or follow the Pelikulove official Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/PelikuLOVE). You can also email Pelikulove at pelikuloveofficial@gmail.com.

WOFEX Returns… Thai Joins ANEW!

The globally known food exhibit event called World Food Expo (WOFEX), is back. After more than two years of hiatus from the food enthusiasts due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year marks an amazing comeback with the theme – Reboot, Recover, Discover. It will occur next month, from August 3-6, 2022, between 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at the World Trade Center and SMX Convention Center.

And one of the participating countries who has been active in promoting their industries thru WOFEX is Thailand. Not only do they have beautiful tourist destinations, they also have variety of food especially rice.

Thai Hom Mali Rice that grown only in Thailand is known as the best rice in the world. Moreover, thru science and technology, Thailand has been currently producing “soft white rice” to meet consumer demands in both price and quality. This kind of rice can be described as soft, flavorful and easy to eat.

This “soft white rice” will be available during the food expo, and you can check it at Booth No. 1048, SMX Convention Center. And to have a direct taste of the said flavorful rice, popular Thai Restaurants in Manila will be there ready to serve Thai Food Classic to all food lovers, namely (with date and time present at the Expo), Azuthai Restaurant (Aug. 3, at 11 am), Thai BBQ Original Restaurant (Aug. 3, at 4 pm), Nara Thai Cuisine (Aug. 4, at 4 pm), and, Greyhound (Aug. 5, at 4 pm). Don’t forget to try their Thai Hom Mali Rice, quality rice from ears to global cuisines.

Thailand’s WOFEX participation is supported by Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) and Department of Foreign Trade (DFT), Ministry of Commerce, Thailand. Expect more exciting events from Thailand in the months to come!

For more information, contact Thai Trade Center in Manila, at Tel nos. 88940406; 88940403, email at thaicommnl@ymail.com or fax at 88160698.

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