Tuesday, July 30, 2013



It’s high time that the Philippine HR Industry specially those who are in the field of Human Resources top brass should share on every companies latest success and failures that they overcame during the start of their endeavors.The SME  Small and Medium Enterprise should know and learn from the country’s experts in many things with regards to the positive and negative impacts on how should they get people , evaluate and reassessed everything from the hiring to the training they need to give in this fast changing electronic world.

Technology is rapidly changing the face of HR. It impacts the way businesses are organized and is a big influence on how people define work. With more pressure on becoming mobile, social, automated, cloud-based and overall tech friendly, Human Resources must stay on top of the changing trends and demonstrate value. No longer is the Human Resources department where you go to just get benefits information, but it’s the department that drives the value of the company through recruitment and employee’s retention.


This is what HR SUMMIT 2013 wants to achieved and promote every year as they have first done it 6 years ago. This coming August 1, 2013 marks the Greatest Gathering of HR Practitioners in the Philippines and Now they got the best pool of speakers that will cater and answers all of the most common and difficult situation hr departments  may have been or gone through in this past 6 years.

Here are the chosen topics :

Day 1

  • Talent Management to Sustain Growth
  • The Future Work
  • Talentship and Sustainability – A New HR Paradigm
  • Identifying and Developing High Potentials
  • A Must: Coaching Program
  • WLP in Talent Management
  • Generating Employee Engagement Thru Exemplary Leadership
  • A Must: Wellness Programs for Life Balance
  • A Must: Pre-empting Discipline and Grievance

Day 2

  • Developing Employee Personal Magnetism
  • Coaching for Results
  • Talent Development Strategies
  • Work Life Balance to Sustain Employee Engagement
  • Leadership Development And Succession Planning
  • Strategic HR Programs: Offensive or Defensive?
  • Executive Integration Charting the Path to Success
  • Best HR Programs and Practices in Talent Management
  • OD on Innovation and Creativity


                  peter-bio-pic-1707132deanrosegrace                                  grace sorong2Rita D Bantigue

From Left Mr. Peter Earnshaw, Managing Director for Asia Pacific and JapanSilk Road Technology; Ms. Rose Fuentes ,  President and Dean SAIDI Graduate School of ODMs. ; Grace Sorongon,  President Corporate Executive Search Inc.; Ms. Grace Abella- Zata ,President People Management Association of the Philippines, and   Ms. Rita Bantigue , President PSTD.

                   eleanor      virgel    manolo                                  audie   patricia

Dr. Eleanor Bengco Tan, President Healthway Medical Philippines ; Dr. Virgel Binghay , Professor University of the Philippines; Mr. Manolo Garcia – Ramos, Business Development Philippines Silk Road Technology;Mr. Audie Masigan ,Chief Operating Officer Peoplesparx  Inc; Ms. Patricia Castillo, Life and Organizational Coach Certified MBTI Practitioner.

                regina  leo  dan                                    erickson   pat

Ms. Regina De Los Reyes, Trainer/Analyst BPO Accenture; Mr. Leo Gellor, Managing Partner Panasea Business Solutions and Consulting;  Inc; Mr. Dan Magallanes, CEO Headhunter Manila; Mr. Eric Del Castillo, Dir. Human Resource and Procurement Canon Marketing Philippines Inc.; Ms. Patricia Pascua, Trainer Consultant Powermax Consulting

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Mr. Jesse Rebustillo, AVP Classified AdvertisingPhil. Daily Inquirer; Ms. Patricia Pronstoller – Tolentino, HR Consultant and Image coachPPT Consulting; Mr. Auggie Cadua, AVP HRD Media Quest Holding, Inc./Media Scape Inc. TV5; Ms. Kate Manalo- Hernandez, Image Consultant and Founder Winning Image International; Mr. Arthur Florentin, Managing Partner Center for Innovation, Change and Productivity; and Mr. Nonong Noriega, AVP (Employee Development) PLDT.



(Inclusive of seminar kit, certificate, lunch and am/pm snacks)

Early Bird Rate – P 7,995.00 + VAT (until July 19, 2013)
Regular Rate – P 8,795.00 + VAT (starting July 20, 2013)

Group Rate – P 7,600.00 + VAT per pax (5 pax or more)

Visit them on their site , http://nationalhrsummit.powermaxph.com/

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sentro 1771 Ground Breaking Ceremony @ 3rd Branch Capitol Commons Ortigas


Official Photo 

Sentro 1771, Manila's very first Modern Filipino restaurant recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its third branch at Capitol Commons. With two branches located at Greenbelt 3 and Serendra Bonifacio Global City, the soon-to-rise Sentro 1771 is well located as it is envisioned to be the newest urban destination south of Ortigas Center. Foodies and families from Pasig and surrounding areas who crave more than the usual Filipino comfort food wil surely be delighted with Sentro's offerings. Targeting completion towards the end of the year, Sentro 1771 Capitol Commons will be located at Meralco Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard. Shown in the photo from left to right are Father Jun Sescon, Architect and Designer Noel Bernardo, Architect Anthony Cavida, 1771 Group CEO and Resaurateur Ricky Gutierrez and Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco, and OCLP Holdings representatives Senior Vice President Joey Santos, General Manager Cathy Cesares-Ko, and Senior Manager Lanie Bukuhan.

Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3 is open from 11:00am to 11:00pm (Monday to Sunday) while Serendra is open from 7:00am to 10:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday) / 7:00am to 11:00pm (Friday to Saturday). For inquiries and reservations, call Sentro Greenbelt 3 (02) 757 3941 or Sentro Serendra (02) 856 0581. Visit website www.1771group.comor like Sentro 1771 in Facebook.


Sentro 1771 is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that includes Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Café 1771, WineBar 1771 and Sidebar at El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

2nd Laguna Blogging Summit Website Launched- Grace Bondad Nicolas



The 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit officially started its Social Media campaign by launching its new website. All netizens or curious social revolutionist could now check the updates, speakers and sponsorship packages at “labsph.com” which is just newly constructed with the help of SEO strategist Mark Akcsay.

The list of speakers are visible in front page and now everyone could have an advance free registration online. For this year, the 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit is expected to be bigger since the first one was a huge success and contributed to the huge influx of tourist to the province of Laguna.

“The laguna blogging summit last year was a huge success judging from the no. of participants who attended. More importantly we were able to project a positive and progressive image for the province under the  transformative leadership of gov “ER” ejercito – estregan. The social media event of the Year was able to help laguna increase tourism arrivals from 2.2 million in 2008 to 4.8 million in 2012. We hope to continue this partnership with 2labs and the social media community for a more progressive and vibrant “bagong laguna” ! Mabuhay ang 2Labs at Mabuhay ang Pilipinas !” According to former 2nd District Board Member of Laguna and now the new Philippine Red Cross Assistant Secretary General Neil Andrew Nocon.

The Social Media Launch of the website was well attended either. Attendees were Philippine Red Cross Digital Strategies Kenneth Lloyd Dimalibot, Zoomanity Group representatives under its honcho Robert Laurel Yupangco that includes Jhoy Galas, Sassy Punzalan, Karen Cerral & Evie Ronquillo, #2LaBS organizers includes Dianne Salonga, Florencio Jusay Jr., Carl Valezona, Ivan Saldajeno, Mac Vasquez, Ross Del Rosario, Gelo Lopez, Yamito Calamba and yours truly.

IMG_6825    Ms. Grace B. Nicholas talks and thanks Greenwhich Manager during the meeting

Greenwhich Pizza restaurant at Philfirst Building along Ayala avenue at Makati sponsored the Social Media Launched and committed to support all #2LaBS meetings.

The organizers would like to thank also Zoomanity Group @zoomanitygroup for bringing in  at the launch 3 kinds of GCs worth Php 30k to support the Social Media campaign of the event by including it as prizes.

Organizers would like to thank the following sponsors and partners; Province of Laguna under Governor “ER” Ejercito, Governors Office, Chief of Staff Carlos F.Dolendo, Philippine Red Cross Assistant Secretar General Neil Andrew Nocon, Gardenia Bakers Philippines Inc., Air Asia, Commission on Elections, Café Lupe, 100 Miles Cafe, Cafe De Bonifacio, Oriang, Greenwich, Mac Carranz International Corp, Melbas Farm, Andrew Grace Home Builders, Casa Alegria Condotel, Galiliea Events Place, Zoomanity Group, Kliping Times, socialscene.ph, wheninmanila.com, The Tribune Post, WazzupPilipinas.com, Blog-ph.com, Ronda Balita, Manila Channel and Magic Expose.

For more information about the 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit, please contact the lead organizer, Ms. Grace Bondad Nicolas, at mobile number 09213191471. You may also e-mail her at gracenicolas@yahoo.com.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Lee Jean X & Why ? ” Stay Curious”



“Stay Curious”, ’Lee Jeans’ new campaign is an initiative for the inquisitive. With 124 years of authentic denim heritage, the brand’s ability to stay hungry for the new putts them at the forefront of denim innovation. “Stay Curious”, a plan of action and engagement is a push to have every unanswered question answered, to have the unfamiliar become more familiar- all by living through your favorites pair of LEE Jeans.

“We need that feeling , the emotion and personal expression that for a brand like ours, is critically expressed through the fabric. Denim is intriguing and unique in that it can truly reflect the personality of the wearer. the little scrapes, scuff, tears and frays, the way it gets better with ages and over time becomes part of the person it clothes- “Lee” EMEA Head of Design Gerald Bultot explains.

Every part of Lee Jeans becomes part of your personal history, living through experiences with you like second skin. It will document and record your stories. It will become your past, your now and your new. While it certainly reminds you of moments in every stain, rip and wear, It will also remind you of possiblities . Lee Jeans encourages the liberation of your passion for expression, Take it from the jean-ius himself , “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”- Albert Einstein.

Make your individual denim documentaries speak, always STAY CURIOUS.

Here are 2013’s Key Products:


Lee Stretch De Luxe- The Ultimate Experience in Comfort and Movement

Slowly but surely, Lee has developed a new denim experience for the woman with the intelligent taste. Creating jeans from superior Italian fabric that stretches and recovers, this technology gives denim the elasticity to not only mold into your shape but hold it also. Side seems are moved forward, pushing in to make legs look slimmer and longer. Reconstructing the heritage blueprint, a new curved waistband stops jeans from gaping at the back.

The offering of fits this season include the ultra skinny SCARLETT, a sexy tight pair that hugs the shape of your body from waist through the tigh, all the way down to the ankle to set off those feminine curves.

The high waist Skyler, is cut skinny to hug the shape of your body , from waist through thigh , all the way down to the ankle to sett off those feminine curves.

The Jeggings has a low waist that skims the hips. It is cut skinny and hugs the shape of your body from the waist through thigh and all the way down the ankle. All three fits tinted with IN-TREND washing including soft and light blues and a bright and fresh pure-as-snow white.

Lee Blue Label- Premium Quality Denim for Men


The “Lee” Blue Label package is a capsule collection of 10 pieces with 5 jean styles, 4 complementing tops and one denim rider jacket. Designed for the denim connoisseur, this premium line uses only Italian denim and gives attention to the minutest of detail; signature blue trims, tonal threads and a special  blue leather patch. Other key washings are the worn-vintage medium blues of Lightning Luxe and Break, Subtle whiskering and abrasions  on the Rare and a brooding dark dyed-over finish for the Easy Rinse. Tops come in hues, washed out bue for the two button-downs.

Like them on Facebook at leejeansphilippines , Twitter at @leejeansphils, Instagram at leejeansphils.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Watsons “Made for Men” Zone Has Total Solutions For Men



Watson brings to Men their total solutions for skin and personal hygiene for total confidence and a total turnover for  having lack of confidence and skin related problems. They open up a section that caters this products.and its called Watson Men Zone.They invite us for the block screening of Wolverine 2013 and we are thankful for the opportunity.

In this time of options and accessibilities , anyone can be hunk material. No longer is it excusable for men to look sloppy. The time of dapper dudes has finally come. They know exactly what they want and where to get only the best of what they need. In comes to Watson Men Zone, a one- stop that has anything and everything just for men.

Knowing that men hardly have the time and patience to scour through rows and rows for their grooming essentials. Watsons created the men zone. In Watsons men’s grooming is quick, simple and rewarding and they housed the best grooming products that will get men to look good and feel great.

The Male Check List


Running through the checklist for men’s grooming, the Watsons Men Zone manages to tick off the dapper man’s musts… and then some.Here, some stuff for steamy studs; To care for his crowning glory, there is a wide range of men specific shampoos and conditioners that understand men’s unique hair state. Among these is Clear Men with menthol  that intensely cools and deeply nourishes the scalp.

To clean up and keep acne at bay, oil-zapping facial washes, like Dove Men which has a mild formula that thoroughly cleanses while effectively fighting dry skin, and Vaseline Men , which has the right amount of hydration, for healthy resilient skin. For men  who prefer lighter skin , the following offers with great skin solution:  Belo Men with Derm White plus microbeads, which whitens and remove rough skin. Nivea Men which is formulated with five natural ingredient for lighter, brighter skin; and L’Oreal Men Expert, a smoothing action formula that prevents the recurrence of acne marks and makes skin softer and brighter .

For an even smoother face, Gillette’s select razors guarantee stubble-free face .And paired with Schick’s Shave Guard Foam and Gels, the combo promises a smooth shaving guide . Men can also get kissably soft lips with Watsons Men Moisturizing Lip Balm, infused with Vitamin E and peppermint to moisturize lips and sweet almond oil to prevent dryness.

To control sweat and odors the best buys are the Classic favorite Old Spice High Endurance, which offers high performance odor protection and Gatsby aqua Deo, an innovative powder product from Japan that contains sweat sebum-absorbing particles for lasting freshness . And Finally, to keep men smell great all day long , Watsons has a wide array  of body sprays and colognes that spells sexy and fresh. Adidas Ice Dive,  a fresh scent for men who live the thrill of intense pleasures, Playboy New York Deo spray a scent designed for confident men; and Axe Apollo , a classically fragrance meant for heroes , are top favorites.

Made For Men

Because the Watsons Men in Zone is made especially for men, purchases are also duly rewarded with special gifts, freebies and invites to exclusive events. At Watsons, they not only know what best for women, but expanding their expertise to cover what’s best in mole grooming maintaining to be a reputable and dependable store overall health, beauties and wellness

With the grooming solutions available at the Watsons Men Zone, men can take the reigns, be the men they want to be, and in turn, snag the women , life, and career they want , Now who Wouldn’t want that? Today’s Men are geared, groomed and ready to rule the WORLD.

For more pictures on the event pls click the link, https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.472212796208413.1073741944.348405828589111&type=3

Sunday, July 14, 2013

PYLONES & BROOKS BROTHERS Opens at Rockwell Power Plant Mall



Something Awesome and Different to check and see……


Power Plant Mall welcomes you to the colorful and animated world of Pylones. Founded in France in 1985, Pylones has wowed customers with thoughtful designs and innovative twists on everyday objects for more than 25 years.

Passing through the doors of a Pylones store brings you into a vibrant world where a creatively curated collection of characters both surprise and delight.

There really is something for everyone in a Pylones store!


Brooks Brothers is known for classic clothing and apparel for men, women & kids including non-iron dress shirts, dress pants, suits, ties, jackets, blazers, and shoes.

In 1818, Henry Sands Brooks founded Brooks Brothers, the first ready-to-wear fashion emporium in America.

Since then, Brooks Brothers has become an institution that has shaped the American style of dress through fashion innovation, fine quality, personal service, and exceptional value in their products.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Power Plant Mall presents Focus on the Arts: Phases


Rockwell's Focus on Arts 

Don’t miss this Annual Festivities brings to us by Power Plant Mall where those who are musically and who wants to learn more on  Photography and Videography  should come and experience this Live Art and Broadway Musical which you can only get and catch from this event.

Power Plant Mall’s annual Focus on the Arts event brings live art, exhibits, Broadway musical and a photography and video seminar in this year’s edition called “Phases”.

Highlights of this year’s art festival include art on the spot to be executed by select artists at the North Court and South Court, on weekdays starting July 15 to 28. The Ateneo Blue Repertory will perform a Broadway musical at the Concourse Level, every 6:30 pm from July 20 to 28.

For photography buffs, there will be a photography seminar on July 27, Saturday 12:30 pm at the Power Plant Cinema. Lecturers at the seminar include renowned Jay Tablante, Mark Floro, Edwin Martinez for photography, and Tree House Story for videography.

Pontefino Hotel & Residences in Batangas City Home of the Azkals Football Team



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Pontefino Hotel & Residences in Batangas City recently inked a landmark partnership with the country’s national football team, the Azkals at the Café 1771 in El Pueblo Ortigas.

The Philippine Azkals have won the hearts thousands of Filipinos and marked the beginning of the country’s fascination for football —no mean feat in a country devoted to basketball. While very little was expected of the team, they have defied all expectations by winning match after match after more established teams and clubs abroad.

The team officially makes its Batangas home at the Pontefino Hotel, an upscale 60-room accommodation. The hotel is the centerpiece of Pontefino Hotel & Residences, a complete lifestyle community. Apart from providing lodging and hospitality to the team, Pontefino Hotel & Residences will also provide a venue for future activities and efforts undertaken by the team to raise awareness and funds for training and participation in competitions and tournaments around the world.

The Pontefino Residences and Pontefino Prime are exclusive residential developments surrounding Hotel Pontefino. Located in the frontier of progress for secured value, growth and high returns, no other residential development in the area comes close in offering such location and accessibility.

The partnership between the country’s flag-carrying football team and the premier lifestyle and residential development in Batangas coincides with the launch of the latter’s newest offering, the Terraces at Pontefino. As the ultimate expression of the Pontefino lifestyle, the Terraces feature exclusive, lofts and apartments in a private cluster surrounding a private courtyard. As with buyers of other Pontefino projects, residents have the option to reside in the units or lease them to the hotel through a unique leaseback scheme that earns a monthly revenue for the unit owners.

Shown in photo from left to right (standing) are Azkals players: Misagh Bahadoran, Marwin Angeles, Jeffrey Cristiaens, and Marvin Angeles

Seated from left to right: Azkals Team Coordinator Patrick Ace Bright, Team Manager Dan Palami, Pontefino Hotel & Residences President and Chief Executive Officer Ricky Gutierrez, and SVP & Chief Operating Officer Fely T. Ramos

Pontefino Hotel and Residences is located at Gulod Labac, Batangas City and is accessible by the STAR Toll Expressway. For more information, visit www.pontefinohotel.com or www.pontefinoresidences.com.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Paracetamol Calpol Supports Himig ng Kalinga Campaign


Music as Therapy for Sick Children





It is said that music soothes the soul. It’s good to note that Glaxosmithline one of the leading brand when it comes to medicine does support such theory that is just proven emotionally. This is to say that their goal and motives doing business such as bringing wellness to the people is right and noble.  


This also holds true among children who are ill. Foreign health experts recommend the use of music to deliver positive changes In children’s psychological, physical and cognitive development and the improvement of the social functioning of children with health or educational conditions.


According to the American Music Therapy Association, Music therapy is an interpersonal process in which the therapist uses music and all of its facets-physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual-to help clients to improve or maintain their health.


In the past, music has been used as a “healing force”. The Roman god of medicine Aesculapius was said to cure diseases of the mind by using song and music. In Egyptian temples, music therapy was also reportedly used for healing. Even ancient Greek physician Hippocrates played music for his mental patients as early as 400 B.C.


clip_image002The most extensive account of music in general hospitals appeared during the first half of the 1900s, when health care practitioners used music in conjunction with anesthesia and analgesia. 


Music therapy is used on individuals of all ages for a variety of conditions, which include: psychiatric disorders, medical problems, physical handicaps, sensory impairments, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, communication disorders, interpersonal problems, and aging. 


A theory points to the ability of music to distract a patient from pain, anxiety and stress as it enables the patient to focus on something pleasant and encouraging.


When soothing music occupies the mind, it somehow allows the patient to ‘escape’ into ‘his or her own world’, also facilitating relaxation for the patient.




Recognizing the Filipinos’ ultimate love for music and the benefits of music in improving health and healing, GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, Inc. (“GSK”) instituted the Himig ng Kalinga program supported by doctor-recommended Paracetamol (Calpol) and in partnership with key hospitals in GMA and Luzon. The pilot launch of the music therapy activities was led by prominent TV personality Suzi Abrera at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) and Cardinal Santos Medical Center recently.


The program aims to bring appropriate and familiar nursery rhyme songs to in-hospital pediatric patients that will be performed by the program volunteers. An original song written by well-known song composer, Jimmy Antiporda, entitled “Gagaling Ka Rin” will also be taught to the patients and parenssts to further uplift the spirits of these hospitalized children.


GSK Philippines, through its doctor-recommended and mom-trusted fever reliever Paracetamol (Calpol), supports the use of music therapy to pave the way for the holistic wellness of every Filipino child.


Eusebio, Joselyn C., Music Therapy in Medical Practice citing, American Music Therapy Association

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Eusebio, Joselyn C., Music Therapy in Medical Practice, citing “Music in general hospital treatment from 1900 to 1950.”, Taylor, DB. J Music Ther. 1981: 18 (2): 62-73.

Eusebio, Joselyn C., Music Therapy in Medical Practice, citing “Music Therapy Research and Practice in Medicine.” Aldridge, D. (1996). London: Jessica Kingsley

Eusebio, Joselyn C., Music Therapy in Medical Practice, citing Music as intervention: a notable endeavor to improve patient outcomes. “ White JM. Nurs Clin North Am. 2001;36(1):83-92.