Wednesday, October 30, 2019

McDonald’s inks partnership agreement with Mandaluyong City in support of DepEd’s WIP

Quick service giant, Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) opened its doors to strengthen its commitment to support the learning and growth of Senior High School students through the Work Immersion Program (WIP). This partnership was made official with a memorandum of agreement signing ceremony with Mayor Carmelita Abalos and with the Department of Education (DepEd) through the Schools Division Office of Mandaluyong.

McDonald’s, City of Mandaluyong inks MOA From L-R: Mandaluyong City PESO Manager Emma Javier, Chief SGOD OIC Rex Ado, Mandaluyong City Mayor Hon. Carmelita Abalos, McDonald’s Philippines SVP for Human Capital Group Chona Torre, Office of the Schools Division Superintendent OIC Dr. Romela Cruz

Close to 250 students from six partner schools in the city will be trained across 12 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the program. WIP aims to help senior high school students learn and develop values, new knowledge and basic competency skills they’ll need as they prepare for employment and progress in their career.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Mas enjoy ang break with new TNT GIGA promos!

What do you usually do on your break time?

Do you follow your favorite people on social media and watch all their stories and content? Or do you play your favorite online mobile games with your friends? Don’t you wish you can do more?
If you answer yes to all of our questions, then you’re in luck—TNT is amplifying their Giga promos with all new GIGA Stories and GIGA Games offers!

Thanks to TNT’s high-speed mobile network powered by Smart, your breaks just got more exciting! Enjoy the best social media stories with GIGA Stories  50 which gives you 1 GB of open-access data and 1 GB of per day for three days of Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

Play your favorite mobile games as much as you want with GIGA Games 50 that gives you 1 GB of open-access data, as well as 1 GB of Games All Day per day for three days for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Clash Royale, Clash of Clans, and Arena of Valor.
Of course, when you want a YouTube break, there’s also GIGA Video 50, with 1 GB of open-access data and 1 GB of Video Araw-Araw for YouTube, iWant, NBA, Cignal, and iFlix for three days!

Getting these promos is easy, too—just dial *123# on your phone and choose the GIGA Stories, GIGA Games, or GIGA Video promo you want to avail, and have fun! Basta break, mag-GIGA break!

TNT’s high-speed network is powered by Smart LTE, the country’s undisputed fastest mobile internet, as awarded by third-party organizations such as Ookla, Opensignal, Tutela, and P3 in their respective crowd-source-based studies on mobile internet services in the Philippines.

For more details on TNT’s new GIGA offers, visit, like TNTph on Facebook, and follow @tntph on Instagram and Twitter.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Jollibee will be in full service this All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day

This All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, millions of Filipinos will once again flock to cemeteries and memorial parks to offer candles, flowers, and prayers for their dearly departed families and friends. For some, it is also the time to reminisce on the fondest memories of loved ones who have passed on and share their stories over food.

Jollibee – the country’s number one fast-food chain – is again making this season of remembering even more special for Filipinos by conveniently bringing their favorite langhap-sarap meals closer to them, as they spend their precious time with their loved ones.

From October 30 to November 2, Jollibee will have food booths in around 275 cemeteries across the country, while 376 drive-thru stores nationwide will be open to cater to those traveling to the provinces.

Those who would like to stay at home can also count on Jollibee to deliver their fastfood favorites by simply dialing #8-7000.

So, whether one is headed to the cemetery, traveling to the province, or simply staying at home, Jollibee will be there to provide light and joy this season with its on-site booths, drive-thru channels, and food delivery service.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

McDonald’s boosts QSR work immersion, provides world-class training for students in Makati City

In a bid to strengthen its commitment to support the learning and development of the youth, Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) signs a partnership with the City Government of Makati and with the Department of Education (DepEd) through the Schools Division Office of Makati City to help prepare senior high school students in the city for employment through the Work Immersion Program (WIP).

Recognizing the potential of every student to contribute to society and to the growth of organizations, McDonald’s Philippines inks a memorandum of agreement with Makati Mayor Abby Binay and with the Department of Education through the Schools Division Office of Makati. Through the agreement, McDonald’s commits to train over 500 Senior High School (Grade 12) students from seven participating schools, namely: University of Makati, Fort Bonifacio High School, Pitogo High School, Nemesio Yabut High School, Maximo Estrella High School, Benigno Aquino High School, and Makati High School. The students will be assigned across the 23 McDonald’s stores in Makati City, and in the company’s head office to learn more about restaurant operations and gain firsthand experience and knowledge in the industry.

“McDonald’s champions in youth employability and is committed to provide young Filipinos equal employment opportunities. Through this partnership, we aim to immerse students in a natural working environment where they can develop values, knowledge and basic competency skills that will be helpful in their future careers,” says Chona Torre, SVP for Human Capital Group of McDonald’s Philippines.

Under the agreement, students will need to fulfill the 80-hour requirement by DepEd as a prerequisite for graduation. Students under the academic track will be exposed to corporate tasks in human resources, IT, and Finance; while students under the technical vocational livelihood track with sub-specializations in cookery, bread and pastries, and food and beverage will be exposed in restaurant operations.

McDonald’s remains steadfast in its commitment to being the partner of the government in the development of young learners by equipping them with life-long skills and work experience that enable them to support their studies and progress in their chosen careers.

Following the company’s recent partnership with Mandaluyong City for WIP, Manila City and Pasig City for persons with disability (PWD) and senior citizens (SC) employment, McDonald’s is aggressive in sealing more partnerships with different cities to roll out employment opportunities for more Filipinos.

Since its establishment in the Philippines in 1981, McDonald’s advocates for equal employment and have practiced direct hiring policy or the non-practice of contractualization for all its restaurant employees.

This World Pasta Day, San Remo PH asks “What Shapes You?”

One of my comfort food is Pasta! Pastas come in all shapes and sizes. There are the familiar favorites – spaghetti, macaroni, and lasagna – and there are also the more unique ones like the bowtie-shaped farfalle, the spiraled fusilli, and many more.

Do you know that for San Remo Philippines, pastas are more than just wonderfully shaped noodle varieties? For them, pasta is the secret ingredient that shapes great family bonding experiences and memorable moments.

Pasta is undoubtedly an endearing favorite that has shaped how Filipinos bond. They have been part of numerous family dinners, romantic dinner dates, and even as baon lovingly prepared by Filipino moms everywhere.

To celebrate World Pasta Day and highlight the Filipinos’ affinity for the scrumptious mealtime staple, San Remo asks “What Shapes You?” because pasta can mean so much to different people. It’s a childhood favorite, a dinner-time staple, and the ultimate party meal all rolled into one hot and heaping bowl. The pastabilities are endless.

For me, my moments with my family shape me! They are the reason why I still love to live and cherish every single moments with them. They allow me to love them the way I can only be. They accept all my flaws and love me no matter what happen. Even our simple Spaghetti moment make me a happiest person in the world because we share and enjoy having each other over our favorite pasta.

How about you? What shapes you? Is it the bond you share with yout friends? The moments you cherish with your family? Or the time you give yourself? Share your 'pastabilities' 

Friday, October 25, 2019

GMA Kapuso Foundatoon welcomes Rocco Nacino, Bea Binene, Patricia Tumulak, Sofia Pablo and Will Ashley as Kapuso Foundatiom Youth Advocates

GMA Kapuso Foundation led by its founder and ambassador, Ms. Mel Tiangco, welcomes into the Kapuso Foundation fold the following Kapuso artists:
Rocco Nacino (Health)
Bea Binene (Disaster Relief)
Patricia Tumulak (Kapuso School Development)
Sofia Pablo and Will Ashley (Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan -- Education support).

The Kapuso artists/advocates committed their time and effort for GMAKF's mission to uplift the lives of underprivileged Filipinos all over the country through the provision of quick-response disaster relief operations; the undertaking of health, nutritional and medical projects; and the carrying out of developmental programs designed to promote education.

Versatile and talented dramatic actions Rocco Nacino feels enthusiastic to promote GMAKF's health and nutrition projects such as Bisig Bayan and Give-A-Gift projects. Apart from his showbiz stint, Rocco is a registered nurse and has a master's degree in nursing, which explains his affinity for GMAKF's health projects. He also recently enlisted as a reserve in the Philippines Navy and is part of the powerhouse cast of the Pinoy adaptation of hit Korean series Descedants of the Sun as well as the second season of GMA News Tv's health talk show The Healthy Juan. Aside from these shows, he is also one of the lead stars of the romantic-comedy film Write About Love which is an official entry to the 45th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)

On the other hand, Beautiful Justice star and budding chef/entrepreneur Bea Binene commits to help speed awareness on the need to support GMAKF's Operation Bayanihan relief operations. Bea noted that more natural calamities are happening in the country and more public donation are needed to sustain GMAKF's relief efforts when  disasters strike to ensure that immediate aid can be given to the needy.

Kapuso host and actress Patricia Tumulak, who is graduate of Early Childhood Education, understands the need for sturdy classrooms all over the Philippines. Patricia is keen on drumming up support for GMAKF's Kapuso School Development program which undertakes the building and rehabilitation of school in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, as well as the Kapuso Tulay Para Sa Kaunlaran, wherein the Foundation spearheads the construction of concrete and steel bridges in remote area of the country to connect communities to schools and markets, in a bid to encourage learning and trade. Currently, Patricia is also part of the Afternoon Prime series Magkaagaw.

Lastly, Prime Donnas stars Sofia Pablo and Will Ashley are likewise thrilled about joining GMAKF's distribution of school supplies to tens of thousands of children in need all over the Philippines. A pillar project of GMAKF'S us the annual Unang Hakbang Sa Kinakabukasan — which distributes sturdy school bags themselves, Sofia and Will have their sights set on standing up for the rights of all children right have access to quality education and empowering them to make their dreams come true.

For more updates please follow @artistcenter and @gmakapusofoundation

Here’s how to spot a low-quality diaper

As mothers who only want what’s best for your little ones, choosing the best diaper brand is crucial in ensuring your baby’s utmost comfort and well-being. With a lot of diaper brands out in the market, the natural inclination is to go for low-cost, low-quality diaper options, however, cheaper may not always mean more savings. In fact, investing in high-quality diapers can turn out to be more friendly to the pockets in the long run.

So how do you know when a diaper brand is of low quality? If it’s Lawlaw.
Pampers is here to help explain why a lawlaw diaper is a low-quality diaper.

Lawlaw diaper = lowlow quality

A strong indication of a low-quality diaper is a saggy diaper. When you spot a lawlaw diaper, it only means that wetness is absorbed in just one area. This uneven distribution of wetness shows that the entire diaper is not used up so it ends up getting full easily. This then results to more frequent diaper changes, which may in turn make you spend more in a day.

Lawlaw diapers may lead to skin rashes

Because lawlaw diapers are lowlow in quality, pee is concentrated in just one area. This creates a pool of wetness inside the diaper, and when baby’s skin is soaked in wetness, it is more likely prone to diaper rashes. Studies also show that low-quality diaper users experience 2x more leakage than less-lawlaw diaper users.

Lawlaw diapers can hinder baby’s mobility

According to the 2013 Go Naked study1, saggy or lawlaw diapers may hinder baby’s ability to walk properly. This bulkiness is caused by the undistributed pee inside a diaper that may lead to discomfort and difficulty for baby to rove around and play.
Taekwondo World Champion, Janice Lagman Lizardo (@jan_lizardo), shares on her recent Instagram post how she values her son Jace’s playtime: “We would always want our babies happy and feeling comfortable with whatever they do especially when they are playing…I decided to switch to Pampers which absorbs the pee evenly from front to back. This diaper is less lawlaw so Jace can play as long as he likes without interruptions from his diaper.”

Lawlaw diapers may end up being more expensive

In the recent survey of Pampers PH, 92% of the moms agreed and noticed that Pampers is less ‘lawlaw’ compared to the previous diaper brand their kids were using.
If you count the number of diapers used in a day of cheaper diapers vs Pampers diapers, it might come as a surprise that moms may end up using more with cheaper diapers due to the frequent changes. In a day, for instance, it usually takes only 2 diaper changes* with Pampers and about 3-4 changes when using cheaper diapers. That’s actually 2x more spend vs choosing Pampers.

In the world of mommyhood, quality and value for money are of the same importance. This is why Pampers encourages moms to be more proactive when choosing the best diaper brand that will carry on their love and care for their babies. It is always more thoughtful to know that choosing less lawlaw means choosing quality for your baby, and in the long run, this will be more beneficial for your baby as much as it is for your savings.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Last Tree Lists How Kids Can Care for the Environment

Award-winning author and commercial voice actor Gutch Gutierrez highlights the importance of caring for the environment in his latest picture book, The Last Tree. Published by Hiyas, OMF Literature’s imprint for children’s books, this post-apocalyptic story uses catchy rhymes and striking illustrations to list the many roles of trees.

As a bonus, the book also features a fun infographic that suggests simple ways to be a good steward of God’s creation. The infographic is doodled by Gutch’s wife, Rory Gutierrez, and lists seven simple ways children (and even adults!) can be a good steward of creation.

Here are some tips listed in the infographic:
Plant a tree once a year. As the book shows, a world with no trees is a desolate place. Aside from teaching kids the importance of trees, adults must also encourage children to plant them. This way, kids will learn how to be responsible for the environment at an early age. Not only that, planting trees can be a great bonding activity between parents and their children, too!

Save water. It may sound obvious to many people, but some often take this tip for granted. Simple acts, like closing the faucet after using it, could help save clean water for the use of future generations.

Shop secondhand. Not only will buying pre-loved items save you money, you also help reduce the need for raw materials to make more products. This means less need to cut down trees, or mine for coal, or produce harmful chemicals that hurt the planet.

The Last Tree is one of the exciting new offers of Hiyas, OMF Literature’s imprint for children’s books, this 2019. It is available at National Book Store, OMF Lit Bookshop, Passages, and other leading bookstores nationwide for P120.00. The book can also be ordered online through For more information, please contact 0922-8878557.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Taiwan's no. 1 Milk Tea, Tiger Sugar now open at Robinsons Galleria

Good news to all milktea lovers near the Robinsons Galleria, Taiwan's no. 1 milktea, Tiger Sugar is now officially open!!!

As early as 11am, guests lined up to try the Brown Sugar milktea. Tiger Sugar management started the opening day with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed with a Lion Dance.

Milktea lovers also won a FREE drink or Corcicle tumbler or stuff toy. Tiger Sugar is located at the 2nd flr. of Atrium, Robinsons Galleria across the Robinsons Department store.

Don't forget to try their best selling Brown Sugar Milk tea and Chocolate and Cream and experience the goodness of Taiwan's no. 1 milktea. Well, I guess its worth the hype!

Congratulations again Tiger Sugar for another branch in the heart of Ortigas. For more updates, please do like @robinsonsGalleria and @tigersugarphilippines on social media.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Forecasts Fulfilled at Feng Shui Convention Preview

Do you know that the Year of the Metal Rat 2020 will be a year of new beginnings? New opportunities, love and business or career success.  This is what the countrys feng shui queen, Marites Allen, hinted at the press conference for the 15th Marites Allen Philippine Feng Shui Convention held at Novotel Manila Araneta City last October 9.

Ms. Allen started by doing a recap of the happenings in 2019, the Year of the Earth Boar, as published in the feng shui booklet for 2019 distributed at the convention last November 2018.  One of the things I indicated here was the outlook for career, that women who are leading a certain country will be challenged and could eventually leave their post.  Examples were Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom and Angela Merkel of Germany. And it did happen as Prime Minister May resigned in June of this year while Merkel left her party in December of 2018. This is just one of the forecasts revealed at the 2018 convention, she shared.  Forecast on business and economy, anything to do with restaurants, food, commissary or human consumption business will prosper thats why you see a lot of restaurants and food business in the malls.  Also healing business such as yoga prospered.

Ms. Allen continues, If you are born in the DAY or YEAR of the SNAKE then you are in CONFLICT with the YEAR of the BOAR. She cited famous personalities who passed away this year such as Gina Lopez and Eddie Garcia because both were born in the year of the Snake while Amalia Fuentes, who was born in the year of the Dragon, but her sign was in conflict with the month of October, which is the month of the Dog. This is the reason why praying, doing charity work and wearing your pampaswerte and pangontra is very important, she adds.

The press conference was a preview to the November 24 feng shui convention where, Ms. Allen will discuss forecasts on love, health, wealth, and career; ways on how to enhance the lucky sectors and downplay the unlucky sectors; meanings of special numbers; and how to tap your guide spirit.  She will also share how to have miracle mornings; how to create a wealth vase for 2020; how to do a vision board for 2020 and beyond; and reveal whats on your destiny chart for the Year of the Metal Rat.

2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals because it is the year that the Chinese Zodiac has come full circle, with the Rat being the first sign from the 12 animals cycle.  The Year of the Metal Rat Year is seen to be a strong, prosperous, and lucky year, and is a great year for founding and evolving.  The years of the Rat are: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, and 2032.

Lastly, Ms. Allen cautions those born in the year which clashes with the animal sign of 2020, If you are BORN in the DAY or YEAR of the HORSE, then you are in CONFLICT with the Year of the RAT.

The press conference also served as the launching of Marites Allens 2020 horoscope books, Feng Shui Almanac and Planner, the 2020 Feng Shui App, and the Frigga e-commerce website.

Wondering whats in store for you for the Year of the Metal Rat?  Want to know how to maximize your good fortune in 2020? Secure your seats now for the 15th Marites Allen Philippine Feng Shui Convention happening on November 24, 2019 at the ballrooms of Novotel Manila Araneta City.  Get your tickets at Eventbrite (, call the following numbers: 0920-9509390 / 8188858/ 7360512 / 4707661 or email

Lamoiyan Corporation rolls out Kilusang Kontra Kuto Year 4

In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo rolls out Kilusang Kontra Kuto Year 4 activation at  Silangan Elementary School in Taguig. This is a yearly nationwide shampooing activity in its commitment to battle head lice infestation or pediculosis and eliminate the social stigma associated with it.

Lamoiyan Corporation is visiting 30 schools nationwide and targets to shampoo around 6,000 head lice infested students. Sample sachet products will also be distributed within the surrounding communities through this activity.

Contrary to popular belief, the persistent ailment does not only affect children or people who do not practice good hygiene. Through this year’s campaign, Lamoiyan Corporation aims to emphasize that pediculosis can happen to any people regardless of hair length, gender, age, and even social class.

“For the past years, Lamoiyan was able to raise awareness and debunk misconceptions surrounding pediculosis by spreading the correct information. Head lice infestation can occur to anyone and, hopefully, people would start helping affected individuals rather than discriminating because it is a concern that has a solution,” shared Lamoiyan Corporation Marketing Director Ruby Rose Cavestany.

Kilusang Kontra Kuto Year 4 has visited different schools across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao where Licealiz held educational talks, fun games, and free shampooing activity.

Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo initiated in 2016 the Kilusang Kontra Kuto, a coalition that has been battling head lice infestation nationwide for a kuto-free Philippines.

Now on its fourth year, Lamoiyan has partnered again with industry leaders such as DepEd, Drugstores Association of the Philippines (DSAP) and Mommy Bloggers Philippines to further spread the correct information about pediculosis and widely reach grass roots level.

Lamoiyan Corporation is inviting everyone to join their fight against head lice and be part of the Kilusang Kontra Kuto Year 4. To know more about the activities of Kilusang Kontra Kuto, visit

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Journey into a one-of-a-kind play course with Jolly Treetop Adventure

Jolly Kids who seek thrilling adventures are in for an exciting playtime this October with the latest set of Jolly Kiddie Meal toys, the Jolly Treetop Adventure!

With the newest set of connectible toys from the country’s #1 fast-food chain, kids can discover different ways of having a treetop adventure with Jollibee and Friends as they swing, spin, slide, and glide around the tree.

Little explorers can join Jollibee in his tree-top swing by pushing down the bug on the trunk. They can also help Hetty collect fresh water by rotating the knob of her wheel, or play with Popo by rotating the tree branch nestled around him.
Jolly Kids can also let Twirlie slide from the sky by moving the lever upward when she reaches the ground and watch Yum fly around the tree in his cable-suspended ride when they spin his wheel counter-clockwise.

Collect and connect all five Jolly Kiddie Meal toys with every purchase of a Yumburger (P80), Yumburger Meal with Drink (P100), Jolly Spaghetti (P95), Jolly Spaghetti Meal with Drink (P105), 1-piece Burger Steak (P95), 1-piece Burger Steak Meal with Drink (P105), 1-piece Chickenjoy with rice (P122), or 1-piece Chickenjoy Meal with Drink (P137), each coming with its own Jolly Joy Box.

Let your kids marvel through trees as they go on an exhilarating outdoor adventure with Jollibee and Friends. Help them build their own Jolly Treetop Adventure site, available until October 31, 2019 only. Hurry and start collecting all five Jolly Kiddie Meal toys today by visiting the Jollibee branch nearest you!

Hui Lau Shan presents Brown Sugar Milk Series and Milk Tea series

Calling all Hui Lau Shan fans!!! You can now enjoy the goodness of Brown Sugar and Milk Tea series at all Hui Lau Shan stores starting tomorrow, Oct. 18 at all branches.

With the hype of Brown Sugar, Hui Lau Shan presents their very own Brown Sugar Series. I personally love the Melon version and instead of pearls, they have their very own ChewyBalls (bilo-bilo).

Brown Sugar Milk Series will be available by then in all Hui Lau Shan branches all over the metro! Don't forget to try the 5 amazing flavors: Mango Milk, Banana Milk, Melon Milk, Milk Tea, and good 'ol Milk!

Hui Lau Shan is a globally known-dessert and refreshment brand, with over 300+ stores internationally -- China, Malaysia, South Korea, Macau, Canada, Taiwan, Paris, Vietnam, Melbourne and Philippines.

Hui Lau Shan Philippines is also proud to present… Milk Tea Series! Starting October 18, you can get it in all Hui Lau Shan branches across the metro! And to celebrate the launch of 2 new series, they've also got a buy 1 take 1 promo for the Milk Tea Series from October 18-20!
Available in five unique and truly #BIGSMILEEVERYDAY - inducing combinations!

🥛Milk Tea w/ Mango Pudding & Sago
🥛Milk Tea w/ Aloe Jelly & Sago
🥛Milk Tea w/ Grass Jelly & Sago
🥛Milk Tea w/ Mini Chewy Balls & Sago
🥛Milk Tea w/ Mango Jelly & Sago

Hui Lau Shan is best known for their mango creations that feature carabao mangoes from the Philippines. 

Here's the list of Hui Lau Shan stores!

🥭 4L Atrium, SM Megamall
🥭 2F Promenade, Greenhills
🥭 Food Circuit, The Block, SM North EDSA
🥭 GF Phase 1, UP Town Center
🥭 GF Parkway, SM Fairview
🥭 2F Eastwood Mall
🥭 3L TriNoma
🥭 UG SM Southmall

Thank you Hui Lau Shan for serving us #BigSmileEveryday follow @huilaushanphilippines on social media for updates on their products.

Dusit Hospitality Management and Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne redefine higher education on Philippine Hospitality Management

Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC), the premier institute for higher education distinguished by its unique integrated platform with dusitD2 The Fort, Manila welcomed Dusit International executives and esteemed educators from world-renowned Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL) in October as part of ots progressive academic certification.

In, 2018 Dust Hospitality Management College launched its traiblazing version to broom the next generation of industry professionals and leaders. The program is certified currently the top-ranked university in hospitality management education. With an inspired collaboration, DMHC presents the finest Swiss hospitality education has to offer with dynamic classroom learning, innovative industry approach and operation assignment set in hotels and restaurants of international standards.

As part of École hôtelière de Lausanne's world-class instruction and the stringent quality of higher education, management and faculty members of DHMC have been certified as qualified learning facilitators between 2018 and 2019. This October, EFL returns to Philippine shores to visit its cutting edge facility set in bustling Bonifacio Global City. Mr. André Witschi (EFL Foundation President), Mr. Michael Rochat! (CEO EFL Group), Mr. Olivier Roux (CMO EFL Group)  and Dr. Juan-Francisco Perellon) Chief Risk & Compliance Officer)  forms the esteemed educators and officials visiting for DHMC's accredition since the college opened its doors to students batch 2019-2020 in August. The group is met by Dust International's Executive Committee Leaders, Ms. Suphajee Suthumpun (Group CEO Dust International)  and Mr. Siradej Donavanik (Vice President kc Development and Project Dusit International Managing Director ASAI Hotels); Dusit International's Education Advisor Mr. Ruud Reuland and Dusit Hospitality Management College's Managing Director Ms. Frouke Gerbens.

The officials visit takes guest to Dusit Hospitality Management College's cutting edge facilities featuring: interactive classroom with modern AV equipment; spacious learning kitchen; inventive learning venues including a wine science laboratory and operation simulation wing; and collaborative study areas with the learning resource center and students' think tank.

DHMC's Bachelor of Scaring Hospitality Management links students to dusitD2 The Fort, Manila with its integrated platform. The modern-minimalist urban haven features 125 guest rooms, meeting rooms, shared work spaces,  concept dining outlets, recreational facilities and serviced residende units. Set amidst an international hotel brand for practical operations learning, students are trained towards every aspect of operation in their first and second years of learning featuring departmental assignments and external interships. The third and final year of hospitality management instructions centers on organizations development and strategic management training students to revolutionize the industry through innovative leadership.

Hoteliers, restaurateurs and next generation of industry entrepreneurs are welcome to view their college of choice for higher learning as Dusit Hospitality Management College holds campus tours and information session. For information on tour schedules or inquiries on its academic programs, call +63 2 250 8988 or visit our featured channels:
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

RCBC, Liga ng mga Barangay work towards financial inclusion

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) has taken the first steps to bringing its digital financial inclusion initiative to grassroots communities as it gets the support and commitment of Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas (LNB).

The LNB led by National President Eden Pineda, presented its national executive board resolution stating that the organization is adopting DiskarTech: Kasosyo sa Asenso as a growth enabler and capacity-building measure for microenterprises in every barangay and its constituents. DiskarTech is a financial inclusion accelerator platform by RCBC that aims to stimulate economic activity to help uplift the unbanked and underserved Filipinos.  

The strategic collaboration will focus on accelerating financial literacy, promoting inclusive digital economy, and empowering local communities. This supports the government digitalization efforts aligned with President Duterte’s 10-point economic agenda on investing on human capital development, and promoting technology and innovation for self-sustaining and inclusive development towards poverty alleviation.

LNB is the official organization of over 42,000 barangays throughout the country. It is committed to providing avenues and assistance to promote welfare and ensure success of the national government’s National Strategy for Financial Inclusion and National Retail Payments System.
“This financial inclusion accelerator will be pervasive throughout the country as it would address the huge gaps in financial services while reducing the number of unbanked and underserved communities,” said RCBC Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer Lito Villanueva.

By adopting DiskarTech, LNB will be taking an active role in leading workshops and programs on financial education and literacy with the assistance of the DiskarTech National Coordinating Team. They will also be engaging its member municipalities to appoint their own DiskarTech Community Leader (DCL) who will facilitate participation of residents and entrepreneurs in the program.
“DiskarTech will pave the way for the real transformation of our communities nationwide as it would provide opportunities to our constituents, giving them the chance to be part of the formal financial system through technology,” said Liga ng mga Barangay National President Eden Pineda.

In an effort to encourage economic activity, partner sari-sari stores or microenterprises will also be identified as Barangay Digital Community Centers (BDCCs) to serve as the go-to hub of every resident for their financial needs - whether it’s paying bills, depositing savings to their accounts, buying  micro insurance or sending money to their loved ones.

With this, RCBC hopes to turbocharge the growth of digital financial transactions in the country from the current one percent to a minimum of twenty percent by next year. Through DiskarTech, this initiaitve hopes to bring to realization the vision of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas of creating a cash-lite and digital economy for greater efficiency, security, interoperability, and affordability.
Joining LNB and 20 other existing partners, a number of private organizations have also signed up recently to join the DiskarTech financial inclusion ecosystem to benefit their respective constituents. These partners include Ka-Entrep Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines, Bangko Pangasinan, and Rizal Microbank, among others.

Rural bank Bangko Pangasinan and thrift bank Rizal Microbank also share how DiskarTech would empower the agriculture sector with access to basic financial needs and microfinance loans.

“DiskarTech is an open platform and the way it works is that banks like us can communicate with other banks. Similar to an open banking system, there will be no barriers and it will become interoperable to make it easier to reach and assist the underserved market,” said Gregory De Guzman, Bangko Pangasinan president and COO.

Joseph Lumain, Strategic Partnerships and Special Initiatives head at Rizal Microbank, agrees that DiskarTech will be an effective way to reach numerous individuals at the same time. “Basically, what DiskarTech is offering are the basic services of a bank through digital means. And in an era where almost everyone is tech-savvy, DiskarTech can be the perfect solution to present financial services in an understandable way, and eventually helping answer the issue of financial inclusion.”

Monday, October 14, 2019

Shopee Launches Manny Pacquiao as its Newest Brand Ambassador for Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, Shopee announces world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao as its newest brand ambassador for Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale.

“I am honored to be working with Shopee as their newest brand ambassador. My partnership with them will allow me to connect to my Filipino fans in a more exciting way and I am very happy to be working with a company that shares the same commitment to being the best.”  -- Manny Pacquaio

Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “We are very happy to welcome the holiday season with the Philippines’ People’s Champ, Manny Pacquiao. He is a globally recognized household name and his commitment to achieving excellence in boxing mirrors Shopee’s commitment to giving Filipinos the best online shopping experience. We are thrilled to partner with him for Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale.”

Manny Pacquiao will be featured in a series of initiatives with Shopee to bring fans closer to him:

Watch Manny Pacquiao star in Shopee’s latest TVC: stay tuned for Shopee’s latest television commercial starring Manny Pacquiao, which will air on all major TV networks starting October 15.

Get a chance to win signed Manny Pacquiao boxing gloves. Shopee will be hosting a nationwide social media contest where fans stand a chance to win ₱200,000 cash prize and signed boxing gloves.

Play Shopee exclusive Manny Pacquiao games: Fan-favorite games, Shopee Catch and Shopee Slice, will sport a new look and feature boxing elements to give users a chance to win Shopee coins and vouchers.

From October 15 to November 11, the first wave of Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale promises four weeks of exciting promotions. Key highlights include:

Free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend: Users can avail of free shipping with  ₱0 minimum spend promotions common.
50% off deals daily: Consumers can score deals up to 50% off on their favorite products.

Category fairs: Shopee will be hosting specially-curated category fairs including Mobiles & Gadgets Sale from October 15 to 17 and Beauty Fair from October 21 to 24.
Cashback vouchers: There will be daily cashback vouchers up for grabs.

Shopee Catch: Users can play Shopee Catch every day at 8PM for a chance to win from a coin pool worth 100,000.
Shopee Shake: There will be 11 million Shopee coins to be given away in the iconic Shopee Shake game.
Win an iPhone 11 from Shopee Live: Viewers of Shopee Live can stay tuned every Friday at 6PM as Shopee will be giving away one iPhone 11.

Exclusive deals from leading brands: Pampers, Silverworks, Bosch, Unilever, Maybelline, Olay, Pantene, Globe, Anker, Safeguard, Watsons, and Huawei will be participating to giving amazing discounts.

Find out more about Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale at

So what are you waiting for? Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Sunday, October 13, 2019


“The House That Fried Chicken Built” and the beloved culinary heritage brand responsible for Sarap-To-The-Bones goodness turns 74 this October. In celebration of its birthday, Max’s Restaurant offers a special treat: all dine-in transactions with a regular or family-sized whole fried chicken can avail of a special pick from the Mystery Box containing Sorpresang Sarap coupons for only Php 74.

Available from October 11 to 24, these bonus Sorpresang Sarap coupons give guests the chance to win one random item from an exciting, delectable list of freebies: a feast for 10 persons complete with Max’s signature dishes, a Regular Crispy Pata, Kare-Kare, a Regular Whole Fried Chicken, Sweet & Sour Fish Fillet, Chicken Sisig, a Small Pancit Canton, Fresh Lumpiang Ubod, or a 1.75L bottle of Pepsi.

Redemption of Sorpresang Sarap coupons is valid for dine-in only from October 11 to December 24, 2019 at any Max’s Restaurant branch nationwide.

Max’s Kabisera, the Bonifacio Global City neighborhood destination for classic and modern Filipino dishes, also celebrates its first anniversary this month, launching NEW appetizing dishes now available for dine-in, take-out, and catering transactions. Savor the flavor of Max’s Kabisera’s version of the classic Chicken Inasal for only Php 299. For grilled chicken lovers out there, the Grilled Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillet combo meal and Griled Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillet 2-piece platter at only Php 424 will surely satisfy cravings and get more bang for your buck. All plates include Peanut Sauce, Toyomansi, Pinakurat with Honey and Cucumber, and Achara on the side.

“As a sign of our unwavering appreciation and gratitude to the millions of Filipinos who’ve supported Max’s Restaurant in the last 74 years, we have these special promos and new menu items that will surely delight our customers’ dining experience,” said Mark De Joya, Marketing Director for Max’s Restaurant. “We’re committed to uphold the excellence in our quality and service as the flagbearer of Filipino cuisine and culture.”