Thursday, February 26, 2015

Trip Advisor named Marriott Hotel Manila as a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Winner


                       Marriott Hotel Manila Facade (1)

Trip Advisor, the world's largest travel site, bestows Marriott Hotel Manila the prestigious 2015 Travelers’ choice award - Top 25 hotels in the Philippines. According to the site, “The 13th annual awards showcase 8,151 winning properties worldwide, covering eight regions around the globe. Travelers' Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. The hallmarks of Travelers' Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value” 


Marriott has built its reputation for superior customer service which even dates back to J. Willard Marriott’s original goal for his business: “good food and good service at a fair price.” The hotel takes pride in the details—every day, in every destination worldwide. General Manager Bruce Winton says “Pursuing excellence is deeply rooted in Marriott’s core values, it makes us who we are, and we are grateful for receiving this award. It is a stamp of approval that we are in the right direction. That, we are one with all the Marriott properties around the world, in giving more than 100% commitment in everything we do.”


Since the hotel opened in 2009, Marriott Manila  came a long way from its historic beginnings. From being part of the first entertainment complex in the Philippines, it has grown and established itself to be one of the leading hotels in the Metro. There are no signs of stopping, as the hotel is launching another innovation, the opening of the highly anticipated Marriott Grand Ballroom on March 2015 and its new West Wing with 220 additional hotel rooms by next year. Marriott Hotel Manila’s continuing expansion attests to its commitment to excellent service to its guests.

For more information about Marriott Manila, call (63 2) 988-9999 or visit To join ongoing conversations, like, 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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pro Earth Run 2015 @ SM MOA



In its Global Climate Risk Index 2015, Germanwatch listed the Philippines as one of the countries most affected by extreme weather events in 2013.

It also reconfirmed that "less developed countries are generally more affected [by extreme weather] than industrialized countries, and forewarned that “if mitigation efforts are not immediately taken, the world will continue heading down the path towards dangerous climate change.”

Is it a downward spiral from here? Prayerfully, NO.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” said Chinese Philosopher Lao-tzu. So is the race to protect, respect, and oversee care for Mother Earth.”

To increase awareness on environmental responsibility and raise funds for Earth Day Network Philippines' continuing projects and programs, do join the PRO Earth Run on 25 April 2015, 4:30AM, Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City.


Let's all run the race for Mother Earth! 



Register now and avail our 10% OFF in fee and FREE Race kit delivery. To register go to

Business venture turned Philanthropic Crusade to Help, Educate the Poor

Nilo and Zenny Gret during AITE's 8th Commencement Rites
Helping people, the less fortunate, is natural for Filipinos, particularly those who have achieved their success from humble beginnings. Nilo S. Gret, a former Bank Executive and native of Tiaong, Quezon province, is one of those Filipinos. He pioneered the first technical school in Tiaong, Quezon, where it is helping local students pursue paying careers with TESDA backed certified training.
It started in 2008, when Nilo was approached during a social gathering by a closed business colleague from Tiaong, Quezon, who openly suggested to him the opportunity to be part of running this technical training school based in their hometown province. Nilo was hesitant at first, but with his educational background and working experience, he agreed to be a business partner of that school.
AITE School Building
Nilo invested in what is now The Asian Institute of Technology and Education (AITE). "I decided to be part of that school (AITE) in the hope that it would be a vehicle for myself to help other young people get a better education locally, where most people would normally travel to Metro Manila to pursue a college degree," recalled Nilo Gret.
But there was more to AITE that met Gret's business expectations. "AITE, the time I started investing on the school, was on the brink of closure, and it was only a matter of time before it ceases operation. I had to do something about it," said Gret.
The initial investment Gret put up to AITE, because the school needed to fill in the resources for its regular operational expenses, was short-lived. "It (investment) paid for the salaries of the employees, rental of the building, maintenance of the school's facilities, etc. Everything went on to those immediate expenses the school needed to pay off."
Gret, with the school's depleting resources, had considered backing out of the business partnership. "My business partner, with the state of the school, backed out first, saying that he could no longer keep up with the school's expenses." AITE's fate was left hanging with Gret, who, at that time, knew little how to manage a technical school more so that it was in the brink of bankruptcy.
"We only had a few months to graduation, and with very limited funding to lean on, Gret decided to manage the AITE himself, slowly addressing the school's mismanaged operation. With over 100 students expecting to graduate with training certification, Gret worked to downsize the school's operation, keeping it to manageable levels.
"With my management, we were multi-tasking, keeping the school functioning for the remainder of the school year. It was a fresh start for AITE," said Gret.
Gret saw the bigger potential of AITE, not just as a technical school that offers vocation training, but a long term opportunity to help his townmates get proper education. Students could now get TESDA training or CHED’s 4-year education at a very low spending and without needing to sell a property so a family member can travel to Manila to get college education," said Gret.
Gret, with the help of his wife Zenaida, who is also now the Vice President for Finance and Administration of AITE, began focusing their time in the school's day-to-day management. "It was a difficult period for AITE, but sooner or later we were able to find benefactors willing to sponsor our students." AITE, with Gret's leadership and the school's trained technical trainers, began offering new courses and skills development training program.
By 2009, from the initial 100 students, along with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) formal recognition of AITE in that same year, the school started offering new courses and skills development programs. It now included four year courses namely: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (BSED) (with majors in Mathematics and English) together with Bachelor of Science course in Information Technology (BSIT), Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology (BSAct), Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BSEntrep) and Bachelor of Science in Office Management (BSOA).
As a recognized TESDA partner, AITE added more technical courses in bookkeeping, driving, massage therapy, tile setting, mobile training in tile setting and driving, and two (2) year ladderized program leading to BSIT.
With Gret's objective of providing opportunities to more low-income group families desiring to have their children courses that would lead to immediate employment after graduation, AITE, which is now affiliated with various employment agencies, said the initiative is his way of sharing the success he has experienced from training and hard work.
In 2010, AITE moved to its own building with improved training facilities and equipment. The 3-storey building, located along Maharlika Highway in Tiaong was constructed to house the school growing number of enrollees from the province.
"AITE is developing, offering certified and four year college courses. We want this development to continue helping more Filipinos from Quezon get the right education so they can be employed, help contribute to the family's meager income locally," said Gret.
For 2015, with new expansion plans set in motion, AITE is set to open another 4-storey building to accommodate the increasing demand for education and in preparation for the introduction of the government's K to 12 program through the Department of Education (DEPED).

Friday, February 20, 2015

NIVEA MEN helps guys unlock their everyday #Diskarte

Stuck in a tight situation? Need to make a quick but tricky decision?  NIVEA MEN unlocks guys’ #Diskarte to face everyday as it introduces the newest range of products designed for today’s quick-thinking males. For these men, #Diskarte is the operative word, underlining the Pinoy’s ability to get through any situation, find ways to respond to curveballs that life may throw and still come out looking and feeling fresh, cool and definitely well-groomed.
“NIVEA MEN products address the concerns of today’s dynamic men, answering their unique needs through products that work to boost their #Diskarte. We believe looking and feeling fresh gives confidence which is the first step in unlocking every man’s potential to achieve and overcome challenges. That’s where #Diskarte begins,” explained Konstantin Stremme, Country Manager for Beiersdorf Philippines.

#Diskarte starts with great protection from sweat and odor
All men inevitably get in a sticky situation. Sometimes sweat is caused by stress, like being nervous about a hot date or an impossible deadline at work. Sweat is also inevitable when you’re rushing to check off your to-do list during the day or you get called to an emergency meeting that you urgently have to prepare for.
Unlock your everyday #Diskarte by taking a NIVEA MEN Anti-Perspirant roll-on or a Deo Spray to get you through those sweat-inducing moments during the day. Depending on your lifestyle needs, choose the right NIVEA MEN Deodorant for you—the NIVEA MEN Invisible for Black and White helps your black clothes stay black and your white clothes stay white for longer, the NIVEA MEN Silver Protect gives the ultimate protection thanks to its silver molecules, while the NIVEA MEN Whitening Deo not only controls sweat, body odor and gives long-lasting dryness, but also renews skin and reduces accumulated underarm dullness.

#Diskarte starts with skin that feels and looks fresh
Dull or oily facial skin can make you feel less confident to literally face what the day has to bring. More so if you have acne or acne scars. Dry skin on your body can be irritating and can take your mind off of what really matters. All these can hurt your #Diskarte.

NIVEA MEN helps guys unlock their everyday #Diskarte
But skincare with NIVEA MEN can be so easy because NIVEA MEN has cleansing and moisturizing products for every skin type and needs. For example, the NIVEA MEN
Extra Whitening Facial Foam Pore Minimizer not only reduces excess dirt and oil, it also helps to brighten and even out skin tone.
After cleansing, use a moisturizer that fits you, like the NIVEA MEN Extra Whitening Moisturiser Pore Minimizer SPF30 that stimulates skin regeneration and protects against sun damage or NIVEA MEN Anti-Aging Q10 Moisture Gel that also fights visible signs of stress and aging.
To achieve skin that looks brighter and feels hydrated, apply NIVEA MEN Whitening Cell Repair & Protect Lotion on your body. This provides the #Diskarte to do away with uneven skin, thanks to its mild and fast-absorbing whitening formula.
There’s also the new NIVEA MEN Anti-Acne Brightening Mud Serum Foam which contains carefully selected active mineral powder from Japanese Fuji Volcanic Mud. Unlike most mud washes, NIVEA’s innovative Mud Serum Foam is more fluid and spreads over the face with ease. It goes deeper into pores to unclog impurities. With these products, you can put your game face on at any situation during the day.
Your lips also get a good workout throughout the day and yet they’re often neglected. It’s important to keep them hydrated and protected with a good product such as NIVEA MEN Active Care, which contains intensive moisturizers and reparative ingredients like Vitamin E and Hop Extracts.

#Diskarte starts with a good, smooth shave.
While beards might be trendy these days, looking too scruffy or untidy could make you look less than your most impressive self. It also shows that you did not take time to prepare for the day, which would be problematic especially at work. It’s important that you control the shape and length of your fuzz in order to maintain the right image. A beard that is too unkempt and full can make your

#Diskarte fall flat.
Use NIVEA MEN Extra Moisturising Shaving Foam if your skin tends to be dry and easily irritated by shaving or NIVEA MEN Extreme Comfort Shaving Gel if you’re looking for an extra close shave with less irritation.
Those growing a beard for the first time might notice that it can get rather itchy in the early stages. Use a moisturizing gel like NIVEA MEN’s Multi Effect 8 Moisture Gel to help allay that ‘scratchy’ feeling and hydrate the underlying skin. Crucially, the gel formula won’t leave an unsightly residue on your barb.

NIVEA MEN helps guys unlock their everyday #Diskarte
When it comes to grooming, the wide range of NIVEA MEN skincare products is with no doubt the Pinoy guy’s ultimate wingman and trusted partner to boost the everyday #Diskarte he needs. For more information on NIVEA MEN, visit .