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.

Jollibee Group and Yoshinoya International hold partnership ceremony

The Jollibee Group and Yoshinoya International hailed its partnership in a ceremony that culminated in a beef bowl toast led by Jollibee Group President & CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong (front row, 3rd from left), Asia Yoshinoya CEO Tetsuya Naruse (front row, 4th from left), Jollibee Group President for Philippine Business Joseph Tanbuntiong (front row, 2nd from left), and Jollibee Group Chief Real Estate and Design Officer William Tan Untiong (back row, 3rd from left).

The Jollibee Group welcomed Yoshinoya International executives in a Partnership Ceremony on June 25 to celebrate their collaboration that will bring the authentic Yoshinoya Japan beef bowl experience to the Philippines. Yoshinoya, Japan’s world-famous Beef Bowl Chain, is the first foray into Japanese food by the Jollibee Group. Jollibee Foods Corporation formed a joint venture with Yoshinoya International Philippines Inc. (“Yoshinoya International”) to operate the Yoshinoya stores in the country, with plans to expand to 50 stores in the long term.

The Yoshinoya International executives who attended the private ceremony were Tetsuya Naruse, CEO of Asia Yoshinoya International Sdn Bhd (“Asia Yoshinoya”); Shigekazu Miyata, President of Yoshinoya International; and Shigeo Kurokawa, Director of Yoshinoya International. Asia Yoshinoya CEO Tetsuya Naruse hailed its partnership with the Jollibee Group during the partnership ceremony. “In the history of Yoshinoya, I can say that we have never encountered a company such as yours. I’ve met the best partners that we could work with and I’m really looking forward to this partnership.” “We would like to thank Yoshinoya International for partnering with Jollibee Group. Together, under Yoshinoya Jollibee Foods Inc., we will grow and expand Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and we will work hard to make it the No. 1 Japanese restaurant in the country,” said Joseph Tanbuntiong, President for Philippine Business of the Jollibee Group. In a disclosure released in February 2021, the Jollibee Group said it aims to be the leading market developer of foreign restaurant brands in the country, as these foreign franchised brands are expected to contribute to the sustainable growth of its domestic business.

Jollibee Group continues to see the success of brands like Burger King, Panda Express, and PHO24 and will apply the same success drivers in expanding Yoshinoya. Partnership for success Like the humble beginnings of the Jollibee Group, Yoshinoya started as a family-run shop located at Nihonbashi Fish Market in Tokyo. Today, Yoshinoya has more than 2,000 global locations. “Our dreams to make it big one day in our respective markets have driven Yoshinoya and the Jollibee Group to continuously work hard and always strive for excellence,” said Tanbuntiong. “With similar values and a true love for great tasting food, we see a strong foundation for success in this partnership.” “I met Jollibee Group Founder and Chairman Tony Tan Caktiong, and after our conversation, I concluded that there is no other company that we would like to do this partnership with.

And although some years have passed since then, we have reached this moment today and it’s all thanks to all your efforts,” added Naruse. “Part of who we are in Yoshinoya Holdings is being ‘For the People,’ which means reaching as many people as possible with our tasty and value-for-money food—this is also what the Jollibee Group is all about. I look forward to working well together and I commit that we in Yoshinoya will give our full support to the Jollibee Group,” he added. Now ready to serve the same superior tasting and authentic Japanese Beef Bowls, Yoshinoya is set for its grand opening slated this July.

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.