Richard Yap is Filinvest’s new brand ambassador

Gotianun-owned real estate developer, Filinvest Land, Inc. (FLI) steps up its advocacy in ‘building the Filipino dreams’ with its new campaign dubbed, “I Own My Dream,’ at the recently held week-long Filinvest Home Expo at the Festival Mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

“Since the company was established, FLI has been rightfully claiming and owning its decades-old tagline, “We build the Filipino dream.” Driven by the Gotianun tradition of integrity, quality and service, FLI continues to ‘build more Filipino dreams’ while developing and expanding our diverse property portfolio to residential, office and retail spaces. And while we expand, it is just high time that we introduce “I Own My Dream” to inspire more Filipinos to dream and own their dreams not just here in the country, but around the world,” said Bernadette M. Ramos, vice president for Real Estate Marketing of Filinvest.

During the said expo, FLI showcased its developments in Alabang, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas under its affordable and mid-income brands– Futura Value Homes and Filinvest. Aside from this, a talent competition called “Filinvest Got Talent,” featured song and dance numbers to entertain mall revelers and expo guests.  Before the final dance number ended, the crowd went gaga when Richard Yap, one of Philippine TV’s sought-after leading men, went onstage and was introduced as FLI’s newest brand ambassador and ‘dream advocate.’

Richard Yap during the Blogcon

            “I admire how Filinvest places high regard on Filipinos’ tenacity and passion to own their dreams and how Filinvest has become instrumental to the lives of millions of Filipinos who have successfully achieved their dreams of having their own dream homes, and to those who will be.  I, myself, share the same value. So, I’m very much honored to become a part of Filinvest’s advocacy. It is such a privilege to inspire Filipinos to own their dreams,” said Richard Yap, FLI’s brand ambassador and dream advocate.

According to Ramos, Filinvest has chosen Richard Yap as their dream advocate because “he is an example of a Filipino dreamer who dared to pursue his dreams.”

Yap, like many Filipinos, started out as a regular employee and a part-time entrepreneur who wanted to provide the best for his family.

“As Filinvest’s dream advocate, I would like to encourage Filipinos to dream and strive to reach their dreams. To own a dream, we need to live it, work hard for it and claim it!,” emphasized Yap, who admitted working while studying in college.

“Filinvest shall continue to ‘build more Filipino dreams.’ With Richard Yap as Filinvest’s dream advocate, we urge every Filipinos to dream big, and own their dreams,” stressed Ramos.

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About Filinvest Land, Inc.

Built on the Gotianun tradition of integrity, quality and service, Filinvest Land, Inc. (FLI) is one of the most-trusted real estate developers in the country with a diverse property portfolio catering to all markets. Currently, FLI has developed over 2,400 hectares of land and more than 600,000 square meters of prime office, residential and retail spaces. For updates, check out our website www.filinvestland.com or follow us on social media: facebook.com/FilinvestGroup  and twitter.com/filinvest

About I Own My Dream

Led by its mission to Build the Filipino Dream, Filinvest Land, Inc. has launched its new campaign called “I Own My Dream.” This campaign fortifies FLI’s tagline, “We Build the Filipino Dream,” as it aims to inspire more Filipinos to dream and own their dreams. And through its residential properties, FLI continues to help millions of Filipinos achieve their dreams of owning a home.

MTRCB imposes strict measures over PBB 737 to ensure protection of minor housemates

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) imposed strict measures and closer collaboration with ABS-CBN Corp. and SkyCable Corporation as a result of the mandatory conference held Thursday. The conference meant to address various issues and concerns regarding the protection of the welfare and development of minor “housemates” in the television program “Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) 737” (and as regards other concerns about self-regulation). 

Such issues and concerns were covered by the Board’s 03 July 2015 letter sent to said entities alleging complaints or feedback coming from some parents as well as the National Youth Commission (NYC) in regard to, among others, the cable 24/7 version of the program and its regular free TV version over Channel 2.  

Earlier, the Board also sent a letter dated 29 June 2015 asking ABS-CBN to attend the 09 July 2015 conference to consider measures on how best to protect minors in regard to the said program. Serious feedback coming from both the private and public sectors prompted the Board to incorporate into the mandatory conference consideration of overall theme and scenes placing minors in situations tending to compromise their naturally fragile personalities and for the entities concerned to explain their side.

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The conference, handled by the Board’s Hearing Committee for the purpose – chaired by Board Member (BM)/Atty. Ricardo Salomon, with members BM Ma. Carmen Musngi and BM Cecilia Nubla, was attended by ABS-CBN Corporation represented by its various program executives, namely: Mr. Laurenti M. Dyogi, Head, TV Production Entertainment; Mr. Jon Moll, Director; Mr. Raymond Dizon, Business Unit Head; Mr. Marcus Vinuya, Creative Manager; Ms. Cynthia Jordan, Production Manager; Mr. Matthew Salegumba, Story Editor; Ms. Merce Gonzales, Production Manager; Ms. Marpua Engking, Head Reasearcher; Ms. Charmaina Estrera, Program Producer; Atty. Monalisa Manalo, Legal Counsel; Program Executives’ Anna Ilada, Marcella Panaguiton, JR dela Cerna, Krystel Agnote, Kane Errol Choa, and Rae Ann Ducut; and Sky Cable Corporation, the program provider on cable television Sky Channel 85, represented by its Ms. Cora Santiago and legal counsel Attys. Agatha Zapanta-De Jesus and Carmi Tugday. 3

Also in attendance were different resource persons who also wrote to the Board their concerns over the program: Dr. Zandro G. Rapadas of the U.P. College of Mass Communication and Ms. Arlene S. Lacson. 

In addition, various resource persons were also invited to share their inputs and expertise to help and guide the Board and the summoned entities to come up with appropriate and comprehensive self-regulatory and remedial measures to address concerns such as mature or adult language, huddling close in bed, the lack of adequate adult supervision, to name some: Hon. Earl P. Saavedra, Commissioner of the National Youth Commission; Hon. Delia Hernandez, Executive Director of the National Council for Children’s Television; Hon. Patricia Luna, Executive Director of the Council for the Welfare of Children; Ms. Irma Valiente, Ms. Norline Jacobo, and Ms. Maribeth Casib from the Department of Labor and Employment-National Capital Region; Attys. Ryan Jeremiah Donato Quan and Jamie Ann Reyes of the Ateneo Human Rights Center; Dra. Georgina Gozo-Oliver of the Philippine Psychiatric Association; Sr. Ma. Consolata Manding, FSP of the Daughters of Saint Paul; Ms. Ma. Patricia Boton; Ms. Christine E. Gomez; Director Jose Javier Reyes; and psychlogist Fr. Filoteo Mangulabnan, S.J.. 

In an opening message, MTRCB Chairperson Eugenio Villareal addressed all participants, stating that the subject matter of the conference is beyond the show PBB 737 but is more importantly about the welfare and value of children and the family. Chair Toto also appealed for openness and initiative of all participants as he noted that we are all formators and educators and that we want our children to be people with character. 

Different issues and concerns were addressed during the conference especially on the aspect of cultural sensitivity and how the show addresses the vulnerability of the minor housemates – which even include a 12 year old boy. 

NYC Commissioner Saavedra addressed concern over the supervisory role of PBB 737’s “resident psychologist,” especially on the issue of sexual preference as well as the over-all psychological and moral development of the housemates.  On the matter of the program’s targeted young audience, and citing an NYC report, Comm. Saavedra stressed that the portrayal of modern identity of Filipino youth is important especially that media has great impact to young people and that TV is a major source of information. 

Resource persons from AHRC, DOLE and CWC asked if the show has protective mechanisms in place for the minors and if there are interventions for parents. 

Veteran director and academician Joey Javier Reyes raised concern over the lives of the minor housemates after PBB especially in regard to stigmas and seemingly bad reputation that may plagued some housemates as a result of social media. Director Reyes then stressed the important role of media in protecting the lives of the children, making the media the new “Babaylan.” 

ABS-CBN and PBB responded to all the issues and concerns raised by the resource persons and were very open to the suggestions made by the participants. ABS-CBN TV Executive Laurenti Dyogi told that they are mindful of their responsibility towards the housemates and have regular assessments of the show and that the housemates are undergoing regular sessions with the team and their psychologist. 4

From the long discussions and careful deliberation, MTRCB will now work closely with PBB 737 until the end of the show by imposing specific actions and guidelines to ensure that the welfare of the minor housemates are of utmost importance. 

MTRCB has required both the network and the cable company to institute remedial and self-regulatory measures to ensure the protection, welfare and development of all participants of the show. This is also to make sure that housemates will not be engaged in activities and tasks which may be hazardous to their life and safety. Relevantly, the management and production team, with legal counsel, were active in contributing to the remedial measures contained in the order issued at the end of mandatory conference. 

All story editors are required to undergo a Matalinong Panonood and audience-sensitivity seminar to be conducted by Chairperson Villareal on a rotational basis every Thursday at the MTRCB office.

An advisory at the beginning of each episode must be placed stating the following: “This program may contain sensitive material. Viewer discretion is advised.” Further, starting July 10, the classification rating of PBB 737 Gold will now be SPG with at least descriptors pertaining to “Theme” (T), “Language” (L), and “Sex” (S).

And to address the needs and vulnerabilities not only of the participants but also the audience, a comprehensive “closing-out” discussion by a subject-matter expert after the completion of every task or challenge in regard to the precise lesson, learning or virtue to be imparted shall be implemented. This is actually a reiteration of a best practice of policy formulated and tested after the so-called “Nude Painting” controversy during the last PBB season.

The MTRCB thanked all participants in the mandatory conference for their initiative and cooperation.◘

Make Father’s Day a Statement at Marriott Manila

Celebrating Father’s Day is not only a treat but a statement at Marriott Manila. Give him his much needed time off from daddy duties and treat him like a true gentleman that he is. Every second of this special occasion count, as Marriott will surprise two dads with a TW Steel timepiece, when they dine at the highly acclaimed Marriott Café or multi-awarded Cru Steakhouse. Aside from the luxury gentleman’s essential, the hotel has a roundup of delectable dining options for the whole family to enjoy.

Fathers Day

At Marriott Café, the man of the house is treated to a superb Sunday Brunch fit for kings on June 21 for Php 2800.

At Marriott Café, the man of the house is treated to a superb Sunday Brunch fit for kings on June 21 for Php 2,800. Feast on an extravagant buffet selection featuring irresistible temptations displayed in the seafood bar, carving station, roasted section, and foie gras corner. Complement these with international choices and other specialties such as U.S  rib eye, roasted lamb with black cherry tomato confit, truffled meat ball baked pasta, and beer-braised chicken with herbed goat cheese kennels. Sweet endings are made of a collection of decadent desserts such as mango sansrival, crème brulee, chocolate truffles, homemade ice-cream, and salted caramel moist cake.

Executive Chef Meik Brammer recommends Cru’s signature specialty the manly 900 grams steak comes with 5 side dishes for P5400, perfect for the whole family

Freshest catch of the day at the Seafood Bar

For a more polished take on this special occasion, Cru Steakhouse has consistently proven that it is cut above the rest.  From tasty starters, to signature steaks and luscious desserts, Cru has something in its menu fitting for the celebration. Executive Chef Meik Brammer recommends its signature specialty the manly 900 grams steak comes with 5 side dishes for P5,400, perfect for the whole family. This gift idea is definitely worth the splurge because your old man is worth every penny.

From tasty starters, to signature steaks and luscious desserts, Cru has something in its menu fitting for the celebration.

For inquiries and reservations on Marriott Manila’s Father’s day offerings, call (02)9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram. 

About Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott Hotel Manila stands as a centerpiece of the dynamic and exciting mixed-use development of Resorts World Manila. Ideally located in Newport City across NAIA Terminal 3 the hotel is a mere 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District. Blessed with a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include Quan Spa, 6 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 5 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club. Underway now is the expansion project, adding 228 Premier Rooms and a Grand Ballroom offering 8000 sqm of flexible function spaces, promising to be the pre-eminent venue in the Philippines for every event.

 

Honda Smart Technology to Fuel the Success of New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series in the Philippine Scooter Market!

Just by Honda’s mere reputation alone as the world’s No. 1 motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, any product that comes out of the company’s assembly plants anywhere in the world is sure to draw attention and generate enthusiasm in their respective local markets.

The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series would be no different at all from the historic and long list of motorcycle and scooter lines that Honda has introduced and brought to the world.

Daiki Mihara, President of Honda Philippines, Inc., is confident of the potentials of the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series in the local scooter market.

“The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series is a reflection of Honda Philippines’ continued commitment to provide powerful, safe, fun, and worthwhile driving experience to the growing market of Filipino scooter enthusiasts,” Mihara pointed out.

The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series would hit the local retail markets literally and figuratively running, in terms of consumer interests, performance, and most notably sales. It has practically the same DNA as the Honda Click125i that was launched in February so Honda Philippines is quite confident that it will also be a success in terms of performance and sales given its affordability and expected wider market base.

According to Elie Salamangkit Jr., Product Planning Manager of Honda Philippines, the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series is banking on its class-leading fuel efficiency, the Honda exclusive and industry-pioneering technology, stylish and sporty design, better utility, and affordability that is expected to strongly appeal to a wider market base, to immediately make its mark in the local scooter market.

The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series also features the Honda Smart Technology, a groundbreaking technology that Honda first used in the Honda Click125i that really caught the attention and envy of every market player in the Philippine motorcycle industry.

The Honda Smart Technology is actually what’s powering the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series to its very remarkable on-road performance punctuated no less by its class-leading fuel efficiency which is 63 kilometers per liter for its CBS/ISS variant and 58.5 kilometers per liter for the standard model based on the ECER40 test method.

Honda has also maintained its trend-setting safety and security features in the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series including a secure key shutter, a side stand switch, park brake lock, automatic headlight on (AHO), and the combi-brake system.

In terms of utility space, the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series has a larger utility box that is capable of accommodating 11.2 liters worth of personal items or safety equipment.

A closer look

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So what is the Honda Smart Technology and how did it become industry leading and pioneering?

The Honda Smart Technology actually has three main features – the eSP, the ISS, and the Combi-Brake System (CBS).

eSP means enhanced smart power. It is an advance engine technology that combines high power and high fuel efficiency with a quiet start and smooth eco-friendly engine. The technology enables the efficient combustion of the engine as well as minimizes friction thereby reducing waste. It optimizes energy output too. eSP technology is integrated with the unique Honda ACG starter to ensure that once the rider starts the engine, it would be jolt-free. It also supports the application of another advanced and exclusive Honda feature known as the Idling Stop System (ISS).

Under the eSP, there are many technological features including the Honda-exclusive ACG Starter, the PGM-FI, the CVT, among others. With the use of the ACG or alternating current generator starter-type system, there is no reduction gears and gear meshing noises thus ensuring smooth and quiet start. The PGM-FI is a technology pioneered by Honda since the introduction of the Honda CX500 Turbo in 1982, the world’s first fuel-injected motorcycle. It is programmed fuel injection which ensures higher fuel efficiency, power and torque while keeping emission low. CVT is continuous variable transmission which has become a norm in modern scooters. It allows for intelligent low friction and vibration.

The ISS feature of the Honda Smart Technology is another Honda exclusive and the first-of-its-kind in motorcycle application. The ISS automatically switches off the engine of the scooter during brief stops and thus saves fuel. The conventional idling of other scooters and motorcycles is that they continue to consume fuel even on idle mode. The rider also does not need to restart the scooter on ISS as he just needs to twist the throttle and the engine is automatically switched on again in less than a second.

The Combi-Brake System (CBS) is the feature that delivers controllability, convenience, and the sense of confidence for the rider because the technology in the scooter gives it the optimum braking power while reducing nosedive, which is very common in many scooters and motorcycles. Because the technology enables the application of the right amount of brake power on both wheels of the scooter, shortest stopping distance when braking can be achieved.

With the industry-pioneering and revolutionizing feature of the Honda Smart Technology, the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series is expected to blaze a trail of excellence for every succeeding scooter that will come out of Honda to follow. #

Reference:

Irish Lorenzo

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LG introduces first-of-its kind Dual Door-in-Door refrigerator

MANILA, May 4, 2015 – Global technology innovator LG Electronics continues to expand its line-up of premium and practical refrigerators as it launches another first in the market, the Dual Door-in-DoorTM (DID) refrigerator.

Dual Door-in-Door™ makes use of LG’s award-winning door-inside-refrigerator-door concept, doubling convenience over its single Door-in-Door™ counterparts. Powered by LG’s Inverter Linear Compressor, the refrigerator is energy efficient, runs quietly, and serves as a durable, long-lasting addition to any kitchen.

A beautiful display piece

LG Dual DID front open

Encased in a diamond black stainless steel finishing with a cutting-edge touch display system, this sophisticated appliance sports two mini-doors, each seamlessly mounted on top of the unit’s main top doors, allowing owners to store and conveniently locate frequently consumed food and drinks. The refrigerator comes in an expertly crafted design which is aesthetically pleasing and ideal for any kitchen and home interior.

Smart and functional

The Dual DID feature also allows users to open the refrigerator without exposing its entire interior, thus minimizing the loss of cold air, which is now even made crisper with the upgraded Hygiene Fresh+TM air purification system. The right Door-in-Door™ compartment is accessible from the outside with the simple push of a button allowing it to be used as a ‘family space’. The left Door-in-Door™ compartment can be opened by a handle at the bottom of the door and serves as a designated ‘cooking space’, ideal for storing essential cooking ingredients such as previously prepared vegetables, condiments and sauces.

Accessible through both the Door-in-Door™ as well as the main door, the incredibly convenient Tilting Basket is also located within the ‘cooking space’ on the left side of the refrigerator. Both Door-in-Door™ compartments are also equipped with Moving Baskets, enabling users to easily adjust the height of the internal compartments as they see fit.

LG Dual DID front closed

The area at the bottom of the main compartment is inefficient dead space in most refrigerators. However, LG makes use of this dead space through its groundbreaking Extra Space™ compartment which opens up a new area in the refrigerator ideal for storing small food items such as eggs, cheese and sliced deli meats. Moreover, with the Folding and Sliding Shelves, storing food items of any shape or size has never been more convenient. LG’s comprehensive organization system also extends to the freezer section’s EZ Ice Maker and Easy Pull Drawer that is easy to open and can safely support heavy items.

LG Philippines Home Appliances Vice President Youngmin Chae said, “LG always wants to be at the forefront of technology that is responsive to consumers’ need. We don’t stop at one innovation, and the LG Dual DID refrigerator is a testament to that.”

Well-designed, convenient and energy efficient, the LG Dual DID refrigerator which retails for P159,995.00 encapsulates all that is needed from a central home appliance.

For more information about LG’s Door-in-Door Inverter refrigerator lineup, visit www.lg.com/ph, like LG’s official Facebook page “LG Philippines”, or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter or Instagram.

THE HUNT FOR THE BEST EASTER IS AT MARRIOTT MANILA!

Hippity hoppity here comes an egg-stra special Easter celebration at Marriott Manila. Get hot on the trail of the best egg hunt in the city. An adorable Easter bunny will lead the festive activity for children of all ages attending the Sunday brunch at Marriott Café on April 5, 2015. Eye candy prizes including lunch or dinner buffet for 4 persons awaits the little one with the most number of eggs collected. Kids will surely be entertained with an exhilarating magic show, face painting and loads of surprising loots.

Hippity Hoppity here comes an egg-stra special Easter Celebration at Marriott Manila.

Hop your way to an Easter Sunday Brunch at Marriott Café. Executive Chef Meik Brammer has more than a basket full of tasty gourmet delights to satisfy your cravings. The buffet spread consists of luxurious surf and turf selections featuring marlin, parrot fish, lapu-lapu  and scallops for the seafood choices. While, butcher crafted meats include foie gras, beef rib eye, beef sirloin and lamb patties. An impressive display of premium dishes tempts you at the roasting station such as US prime rib, maple glazed whole turkey and baby back ribs with Bourbon sauce. Other festive items to hunt for are the lamb salpicao, chilled seafood, teppanyaki and a collection of decadent desserts. Sip your way to unlimited milk shakes, iced teas and martini selections.

It’s a very bunny day at Java Plus where a great big Easter chocolaty feast marks the holiday.  Nibble into the heavenly goodness of fascinating finds such as chocolate Easter egg, chocolate egg in a pot, chocolate bunny and jar with chocolate rabbit praline. Price starts at 65.00.  Traditional European breads complete the celebration with the likes of Italian Easter bread, a traditional braided round sweet loaf with colorful eggs available for P210, and the hot cross bun, a spiced sweet buns with raisins for only P90.

Chocolate Easter Egg available at Java Plus

Easter holiday brings out the brightest colors of spring flowers. Have a colorful and memorable experience when you avail of the special Easter package. Rate starts at P11,600++ and get 50% off on the second night. It’s inclusive of daily buffet breakfast for 2 and 20% off on Marriott Café and in-room dining during your stay valid from March 30 – April 5, 2015.

Hip hop hooray for Easter at Marriott Manila. For inquiries and reservations, call (02)9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

EDIBLE FLOWER POT CAKE FOR EARTH HOUR AT MARRIOTT MANILA

A symbolic edible flower marks Marriott Hotel Manila’s Earth Hour celebration.  Have a taste of this intricately crafted dessert from flower, terracotta pot to soil.   This commemorative treat will be unveiled on March 28 and will be available until April 30, 2015 for P430++.  

The flower pot cake is made out of dark chocolate mousse, white chocolate mascarpone Kirsch, dark cherry gelee, croquantine crunch and chocolate soil.

Edible Flower Pot Cake for Earth hour at Marriott Manila

Marriott Hotel Manila joins the Earth hour movement with millions of organizations and individuals around the world to raise awareness about climate change.  The hotel will be switching off unnecessary lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm and will be encouraging their guests to participate.

For inquiries and reservations, call (02)9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com.