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.

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. 

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

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.

Dad’s the Best! Celebrate Father’s Day Weekend at Blue Bay Walk and Met Live

Looking for fun ways to honor the man of the house? Spend quality time with the whole family this Father’s Day weekend at Blue Bay Walk and Met Live!

Father’s Day Adventures at Blue Bay Walk

Exciting games and prizes await the whole family at Father’s Day Adventures on June 18, 2022, from 3:00PM to 10:00PM at the Blue Bay Walk.  Families can participate in special outdoor games such as potato sack race, limbo rack, tug of war, and amazing race. Each game promotes teamwork between dads and their amazing families.

Families can gather for a relaxing time and enjoy their favorite snacks and drinks come evening with a free movie screening at the open grounds.

Dad’s the Best Expo at Met Live

Make his day extra special at Met Live’s Dad’s the Best Expo on June 19, 2022, from 11:00AM to 10:00PM at The Atrium Activity Hall of Met Live. Treat him to a pampering session at the “Dad’s special barber” and the “Massage pit stop” booths. Or if you’re looking for more fun activities, enjoy unique bonding moments at the “Archery with dad” and “My Pops – the Billiard Champ.”

Shop with him at the Interests and Hobbies Fair, which will have all of dad’s favorite items including clothes, shoes, food, and liquor among others.

Interested? Visit the Facebook pages of Blue Bay Walk and Met Live for the registration mechanics and other details.