Thursday, September 19, 2019

Let's be part of Global Climate Strike

MILLION OF PEOPLE around the world will join mobilization on September 20 to 27 in response the climate emergency.

The week-long mobilization are inspired by the School Strike for Climate that started in Europe and have spread to other countries — with hundreds of thousands of young people walking out of their classrooms to call attention to the climate emergency and demand actions from those responsible.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing today.  Climate change is a consequence of the unnatural warming of the surface of our planet since the start industrialization. The warming is being caused by the dominant energy and economic systems that are resulting in excessive concentration of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere. This warming is causing the destabilization of the earth's climate system's.

Filipino knows first-hand the destructive impacts of climate change — from our experiences with super-typhoons, rising sea levels, unprecedented droughts, scarcity of freshwater. The super-typhoons alone have caused thousands of deaths the loss of homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands families, the dislocation of millions of people, the devastation of thousands of hectares of agricultural lands that will take years to recover.

Climate change has already reached the level of a planet-wide emergency - with devastating consequences for people and all living things. And it is quickly becoming much worse.

According to scientists, in order to stop the increase of the earth's temperature at the safest level still possible — below 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — the rich industrialized countries have to reach near zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2030 and all order countries have to reach near zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.

We have only a small window of time to prevent the situation from reaching greater catastrophic levels, and this window is closing rapidly. Thus far, government pledges, policies and actions are very short of what is required, and most corporations are refusing to stop their massive pollution of the atmosphere with their greenhouse gas emissions and the damage they are causing to the environment and the earth's natural carbon sinks.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

#CheckThisOut 10th Hotel Suppliers Show opens at SMX in MOA

Leaders and executives in the hospitality industry will gather tomorrow at the SMX Convention Center for the opening of this year’s Hotel Suppliers Show (September 19 to 21).

Hotel Suppliers Show has served as a gateway for global brands and manufacturers to connect with professionals in a comprehensive sourcing event. The event is set to occupy a bigger floor area and showcases more trusted exhibitors from the different sectors of the hospitality industry — from front desk to the back of the house, from the kitchen to housekeeping, and from construction materials to furniture. It serves as a comprehensive showcase for food and beverage, design and decor, and furniture, fixture and equipment, as well as hospitality technology and suppliers.

This year’s opening will be graced by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, who will deliver the keynote speech. Distinguished guests include officials from the Department of Trade and Industry, Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Philippine Association for Building Administration Inc., Philippine Institute of Architects, Philippine Green Building Council, Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines, Sound Technology Institute of the Philippines, Japan External Trade Organization, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

In the past nine years, the growth of Hotel Suppliers Show indicates its unique role in the local hospitality industry. Apart from serving as a sourcing event, a number of technical seminars and learning sessions are must-attends for industry professionals. This year, featured are the National Building and Property Management Summit by PABA, Hospitality Management Essentials Seminar, and Building Green Hospitality Forum partnered with the Philippine Green Building Council.

In fact, the success of the Hotel Suppliers Show has led to the event’s expansion into a bigger expo starting next year. Patrick Lawrence Tan, Global-Link chief executive officer, announced that they are launching the Philippine Hospitality Essentials Week, which will put the Hotel Suppliers Show together with five complementary events all under one roof.

The Philippine Hospitality Essentials Week next year will feature the Hotel Suppliers Show; Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Philippines; Hospitality Tech Suppliers Show; Food & Beverages Suppliers Show; Events Tech & Suppliers Expo; and Corporate Gifts & Premiums Expo. It will be held from September 24 to 26, 2020 at the SMX Convention Center Manila.

The Hotel Suppliers Show is being presented in partnership with Global-Link MP Events International Inc. and the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines, Inc., the premier association of furniture designers and manufacturers here in the country.

Hotel Suppliers Show 2019 will be held from September 19 to 21, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. It will be a grand showcase of over 500 exhibitors occupying 15,000 sq. meters of exhibition space, over 10,000 products to choose from and an expected 15,000 trade buyers from all over the country. For details about the show, visit the official Facebook and Instagram pages @Hotel Suppliers Show Philippines. Visit the event website at

Monday, September 16, 2019

Light up the holiday season at SM Supermalls

The echoing sound of Jose Mari Chan's "Christmas in Our Hearts" Only means one thing: 'ber' months have finally arrived! This September 16, SM Supermalls begins to light up the holiday season as it kicks off the country's much-awaited Christmas countdown!

"This Christmas season, friends and families can look forward to bigger and brother events, installations,  and activities at SM, the 'Home of the Family Reunion', as we continue to light up everyone's lives in SM malls nationwide, " Said SM Supermalls COO Steven Tan.

Here's what to expect at SM starting this September to get you into the holiday spirit:

1. Christmas Gift Ideas. Now is the perfect time for an early Christmas gift shopping! Starting September 15, shoppers may get their holiday Christmas baskets starting at PhP350 from SM Markets or an awesome selection of gift with Watsons Gift Sets for as low as PhP99 starring October 1.

2. Holiday Deals. Get up to 50% off in children's wear, shoes, accessories, and toys with the Barbies & Kids' Sale at The SM Store from October 1 to 31. Haven't stopped for your Christmas party outfits yet? Mallgoers can also score great deals with up to 70% off at SM's Pre-Holiday Sale from October 5 to November 3!

3. #DearSMSanta. Send your Christmas wishes to SM Santa and get a chance to be one of the 60 lucky winners who will have their wishes granted with the #DearSMSanta promo. To see the full mechanics, visit

4. Spotify Holiday Tunes. It is time to put your holiday tunes on the queue! Set the mood by listening to SM Supermalls' Christmas-curated Spotify playlist featuring your favorite holiday jams including SM's Christmas Jingle, "SM Mallidays"!

5. Spirit of Giving. Christmas is also about sharing love and happiness with the less fortunate. For only PhP200, you can buy two SM Bears of Joy — one bear to keep, while the other to be donated to the mall's chosen charity.

Light up the Christmas spirit and may your SM Mallidays sparkle at SM Supermalls! For more information visit

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Redefining Cardiovascular Management through Connections that Matter

Finding the right connection can be the key in preventing and predicting devastating health events like a heart attack. Through its partnership with Zuellig Pharma Corporation, Amgen Philippines Inc aims to help improve awareness of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) woth educational initiatives to achive the goal of changing the way the disease is managed and prevented.

Family support and connection are key to helping patients impacted by health challenges. When equipped with more information about cardiovascular diseases such as hyperlipudemia, family members can help patients take action to prevent health risk and overcome their condition better.

In the philippines, there over 130,000 deaths related to Cardiovascular diseases in 2016. CVD is a complex dieases with many risk factors that affects how it develops. One such risk is dyslipidemia, which occurs when one has abnormal levels of lipids in the blood. Lipids, or fats, are essential in providing energy to the cells while cholesterol is vital in the production of hormones and bile acids for healthy digestion.

There are two kinds of cholesterol in the body: "Bad" cholesterol and "good" cholesterol. Elevated bad cholesterol, also knwon as low-density lipoprotein (LDC-C), in the blood increases a person's risk of developing atherosclerotic plaque depositQs which can block the arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke. Lowering LDL-C also lowers a person's chances of developing CVD.

The standard treatment for lowering LDL-C are statins, but there are cases when statins are not enough. Having acces to new and innovative treatments in the management of dyslipidemia can make a difference for patients who are not able to achive their lipid goals with statin alone.

With the patient at the heart of what we do, Amgen Philippines Inc. and Zuellig Pharma Corporation are commited to improving the lives of patients struggling with dyslipidemia by helping them and their families to take the necessary action to prevent and manage their health risks.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

1st PH National Barista Assembly Up this September 20!

The first-ever Assembly of Baristas in the Philippines is happening this September!

Henry & Sons, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, call on the country’s baristas, coffee enthusiasts and similarly interested individuals, to register at the 1st National Barista Assembly happening on September 20, 2019, at the SMX Convention Center Aura, in Taguig City.

This event aims to unite Filipino Baristas and bring back the Philippines on the global coffee spotlight through a sustainable coffee economy. Coffee enthusiasts, restaurateurs, hoteliers, media personalities, influencers along with other walk-in attendees of the assembly, will also be present during the event.

The Assembly features  various competitions happening simultaneously, to provide a platform for coffee professionals, enthusiasts, and baristas to showcase their skills. The competitions aims to encourage Baristas to bring out their potentials, creativity, and skills in coffee crafting and related art. Moreover, it is also about inspiring everyone to elevate their skills and aim for excellence in their service and presentation to meet world-class standards.

Henry & Sons is a holistic coffee solutions company. They offer premium roasted coffee, top-of-the-line coffee machines, and accessories, coffee solutions, as well as training to suit various challenging demands.

They are committed in promoting the local coffee scene through events and programs that support the sustainability of the Filipino coffee industry.  The company’s President and CEO, Michael Harris Conlin, is a champion of a sustainable coffee economy. After his successful participation in the World Coffee Championships as the 2019 Philippine National Barista Champion, Conlin is eager to create more exceptional initiatives and pursue his passion for excellence.

Henry & Sons also owns The Giving Cafe (TGC). This coffee shop provides support to the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence (FSCE), which helps coffee Filipino coffee farmers in Itogon, Benguet. The TGC works as an income-generating program for the foundation. Thus, they do not rely on other agencies and companies for support.

The FSCE supports farmers by providing training so that they will have technical awareness on how to grow better quality coffee. The foundation works to help the farmers in their medical needs and for the educational needs of their children. The FSCE aims to develop a generation that appreciates the coffee culture of their family and continue to this journey instead of exploring other jobs or migrating.

Henry & Sons also run the Institute of Coffee Excellence. This institute is where they train future barista champions, hoteliers, restaurateurs, and other coffee enthusiasts. The training will help elevate their level and for them to become at par with the global coffee industry.

Additionally, the Manila Coffee Gear showcases the company’s coffee-related machines and equipment. They also provide technical support and training for the use of these coffee machines. They also have coffee grinders, coffee accessories, and the Henry Ready-to-Mix powders.

For more information regarding the first National Barista Assembly, visit or contact Tony Dy at 0917.153.1188.

Meralco, PLDT, Smart, Pag-IBIG and other bills? Don't pay cash, PayMaya!

Paying for your bills now gets more convenient and ultra rewarding when you use PayMaya. Instead of spending time to line up at a payments center, just use your PayMaya app and get up to P300 cashback plus a chance to have PayMaya cover your bills next month!  

Worried about how to pay for your Meralco, PLDT, Smart and other utility bills as well as your payments for government services? PayMaya has your back with its convenient Bills Pay feature. To make it even better, pay for your bills via PayMaya every Friday and Saturday throughout the month of September and get a P100 cashback on your first three transactions. Don’t forget that your bills worth a minimum of P1,000 each should be paid in full and on time.  

And if you pay at least three unique bills within the month worth P5,000 and above until September 30, you also get the chance to win your next month’s worth of bill payments! One hundred (100) lucky raffle winners will take home P10,000 each, which they can use to pay for the next bill or for other purposes.  

The best part of all this? You can enjoy all these deals and rewards, by simply paying for your bill within the comforts of your own home! All you will ever need is your PayMaya app in your smartphone.  

Paying bills is a breeze with PayMaya!  

To start paying for your bills, just follow these simple steps: 

  1. Open the PayMaya app and select Pay Bills.  
  2. Choose your desired biller.  
  3. Enter the account number from your bill.  
  4. Enter the amount of your payment.  
  5. Confirm your payment.  
  6. You will be notified in-app and via SMS that your payment was successful!  

It's that easy to pay for your bills with PayMaya. Instead of wasting time on long lines and hours of traffic, now you can spend more time working on your passion project or doing the things you love with your family and friends.  

Don't have a PayMaya account yet? Download the app now for your Android or iOS phone and register to pay for your bills, shop online, send money, and even buy prepaid load, in the most convenient way.  
 PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, is the only FinTech company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device.    

To know more how you can maximize your PayMaya account, visit 

Friday, September 13, 2019

FamilyMart has your caffeine fix covered with new ‘Coffee Creations’

Heads up, coffee junkies! A new set of beverages just made FamilyMart your new favorite destination for a satisfying yet affordable caffeine fix. Blended exclusively by renowned Japanese coffee company UCC for FamilyMart, this new line of drinks called “Coffee Creations” is yours to enjoy starting September 16.

Whether you’re looking for a morning kick, or in need of a treat for a chill night, Coffee Creations has your caffeine craving covered at any time of the day. And whether you take your coffee hot or iced, black or otherwise, Coffee Creations is expertly and lovingly brewed in variants that best suit your preference or mood.

The unique experience of Coffee Creations begins with the vision of the marbling as milk is poured and beautifully blends with the brewed coffee, followed by a whiff of its signature nutty aroma. Once you start sipping, the flavor hits the spot, balancing between sweetness and bitterness. To achieve this trademark taste, FamilyMart collaborated with UCC to use a mix of medium roast arabica and robusta beans, perfecting a blend that suits the discerning Filipino palate.

Coffee Creations’ hot brewed coffee comes in two serving sizes—12 oz (P55) and 16 oz (P65). Every order comes with two sachets of either brown or white sugar, as well as two sachets of creamer. Meanwhile the iced variation is available in a 16 oz serving size, which is served black (P60), sweetened (P60) or with milk (P65). Whichever way you like it, no matter what time of the day, each cup offers great value for your money.

Coffee Creations is great enough to enjoy on its own, but a cup also goes best with your favorite FamilyMart breakfast meals, snacks, and pastries. It’s just one of the exciting new ways that FamilyMart makes sure you’ve got your daily needs covered—making you truly feel it when they say, “#WeGotchuFam”!

Visit a FamilyMart branch near you today to find out more about what’s brewing with Coffee Creations.