Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ArdentComm helps launch anticipated PH economic report from Oxford firm for 3rd straight year

Photo above shows (L-R) Ardent Communications Business Development Manager Mark Mallo, Ardent Communications Managing Director Ana Pista, Oxford Business Group Country Director Rosa Piro and Oxford Business Group Editorial Manager Rodrigo Diaz during the launch of The Report.

Manila, Philippines. May 20, 2015 – Oxford Business Group (OBG); a global business intelligence
 research, consulting and publishing firm; leveraged the PR expertise of Ardent Communications, its official media partner in the Philippines, for the successful launch of the annual economic review entitled “The Report: The Philippines 2015” held recently in Makati.
Photo above shows (L-R) Ardent Communications Business Development Manager Mark Mallo, Ardent Communications Managing Director Ana Pista, Oxford Business Group Country Director Rosa Piro and Oxford Business Group Editorial Manager Rodrigo Diaz during the launch of The Report.
ArdentComm, a leading marketing communications firm in the Philippines, has been handling OBG’s public relations needs for the past three years. The PR firm offers a mix of communication methods and strategies including advertising, digital marketing, events management, public relations, direct marketing and graphics design.
“OBG’s partnership with Ardent Communications over the last three years is a verification of the high quality and satisfactory service that they have provided us. We look forward to more years of working with them, an agency that understands what we need and is capable of translating it into reality”, shares Ms. Rosa Piro, OBG’s country director.
The Report: The Philippines 2015 features research-based information on different sectors balancing the country’s business and economic landscape such as Economy, Banking, BPO, Real Estate, Energy, Tourism, Infrastructure, Transport, Industry, Capital Markets, Education and Agriculture. It also boasts transcripts of OBG’s interviews with the country’s top influencers and game players, with Pres. Benigno Aquino III as the front liner.
The report also contains detailed analysis on the growth of the Philippine economy that is mainly driven by consumer oriented industries and construction. Although the average pace of growth in the Philippines decreased in 2014 to 6.1%, it consistently surpasses most of its regional peers, specifically Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand that only grew at average paces of more than 5.5%. On the other hand, only three countries with higher GDP per capita across Asia grew faster than the Philippines.
With the rise in its growth rate, business activity and consumer expenditures, the Report asserts that the Philippines should be one of the countries that investors should keep an eye on.
Since the initial launch of The Report: The Philippines in 2013, ArdentComm has helped OBG steadily built up the media and consumer interest in the much-anticipated yearly report.
Interested readers can subscribe to The Report in either digital or print edition through OBG’s official website

Let Your Beat Out Launch Party

Are you into streetball or any kind of fitness activities? Are you into skateboard tricks or other extreme sports?Are you a budding DJ, a singer or an instrumentalist?
Have you uploaded your 15-second video yet?
Just state your name, let the world know what your beat is all about, and use the official hashtag ‪#‎LetYourBeatOut‬ when you upload it via
50% of the score will be based on likes while 50% will be based on how creative, exciting and unique your beat is.
You have until May 28, 2015 to share your video.
Winners get exclusive access and the chance to share the limelight with endorsers during the #LetYourBeatOut Launch Party on May 30, 2015; Saturday, at the SM Mall of Asia Music Arena.
Grind, Groove and Go Extreme!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Energizer Night Race @ Filinvest City Alabang

This coming June 27, 2015, Energizer will be having its once in a year night run that will be held at Filinvest Alabang. This time it will be a fun run for every runner who would like to extend such laps because it will be a 2 hour non stop loops whatever kind of longitude you would want to enjoy unlimited running  till 2 hours of non stop fun running .
Registration Fee is standardized by only PHP 700 and is inclusive of race singlet, race bib, Energizer headlight, Energizer cap, free Schick Xtreme 3 razor, and access to the pre and post-race activities.
Registration Venues:
Online Registration: (May 23 to June 21) –
In-Store: – May 29 to June 21
1. Reebok Trinoma
2. Reebok Megamall
3. Royal Sporting House Glorietta
5. Reebok Filinvest
An Energizer battery meter will be shown through an LED-display onstage, at the 1.5 km mark and in the start/finish arc. The objective of the participants is to run and finish as many 3-kilometer loops as they can within the 2-hour given time.
Every 3km loop a runner makes contribute in lighting the battery meter up to One Million Pesos. For every runner that will finish (1) one 3km loop equates to P100 donation to Bantay Bata 163. For every 1,000 runners that will finish (1) one 3km loop equates to P100,000.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Marriott Manila’s Chocolatier victorious at HOFEX

Filipinos nowadays has been so zealous specially on their respective  fields. Though we belong to a third world country our people somehow learned from successful and motivated people who have given their best for their careers and have proven to be one of the best be it in sports or corporate world. Marriott though, one of the most  respected companies in the world who gives best services on their industry supports their  employees and known chefs and cooks on their endeavor to give their customers the best quality foods and pastries on their tables.

Marriott Manila’s Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane,  emerges triumphant at the HOFEX 2015. Winning silver medal for his Chocolate Showpiece entitled “Dark Disciples” in the largest food and hospitality trade show in Asia-Pacific region, held last May 6-9, 2015 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. He bested 30 participants from different Asian countries for the top 2 position in the professional category for chocolate showpiece. His 2 foot tall hand carved masterpiece was inspired from the iconic movie Star Wars and took 200 hours to complete. Made out of dark, white and milk chocolate and colored cocoa butter, the showpiece was brought to Hong Kong in pieces and took another 4 days to complete before presented to the judges. Aside from representing Marriott Hotel Manila, Chef Balane also brought home the recognition to the country. Rallying behind him are the hotel’s executive pastry chef Fil Afable and executive chef Meik Brammer. “We are truly honored to have such great talent in our team. Not only did you make the hotel and your country proud. You have proven that the Filipinos have a place in the international culinary scene.” said executive chef Meik Brammer. For inquiries, call (02)9889999 or visit To join ongoing conversations, like, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

Marriott Manila appoints new Director of Convention Sales Chris Dela Torre

Director of Convention Sales MICE Chris Dela Torre

Marriott Hotel Manila announces the appointment of Chris Dela Torre as new Director of Convention Sales, focusing on Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE). She will be responsible for driving new business both domestic and international for the recently opened Marriott Grand Ballroom, the country’s largest pillarless ballroom. Dela Torre has solid experience almost spanning three decades in Sales and Marketing with a firm grasp on the MICE industry. Through the years, she has received several prestigious awards. The most noteworthy is the highly coveted Mabuhay Awards in 2003 - over-all champion managerial category and the esteemed Eclipse Award from Hyatt International.

“Chris’s impressive experience and unwavering passion on the MICE industry is inspiring,” noted Cristy Carreon, Marriott Manila’s Director of Marketing. “We are excited to welcome a seasoned hotelier of Chris’ caliber. She brings in extensive knowledge of the market that will drive new business by uncovering opportunities with existing and potential clients in a global scale. At the same time nurture the talent of a dynamic team of passionate event managers.”
Prior joining Marriott Manila, she was the Assistant Vice President for Sales, in-charge of Sales and Marketing of SM Hotels and Convention venues for 5 years. There she worked on top key sources in Asia Pacific to push for MICE business in Manila. She started her career in 1986 as a guest services manager and worked her way to the top and became the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Regency Manila. In 2006, she landed an impressive position overseas as the Director of Sales at Sheraton Grand Tai Ping Yang Shanghai. Wherein she handled market research and administrative Sales management of catering, corporate and travel accounts from Europe, Middle East and America.
Dela Torre’s arrival is a strong indicator that Marriott Manila is securing its position to be the premiere meeting destination in the country, especially with the newly opened Marriott Grand Ballroom. The Philippines’ largest pillarless ballroom boasts of almost 3,000 square meters of function space complemented with state of the art technology featuring multi-colored and adjustable pillow lights, high quality audio visual equipment, and sky fold technology. Aside from the main ballroom, there are also 28 versatile new meeting rooms to suit every event planner’s needs whether for business or social. In addition to the meeting spaces are 3 new must-try dining spots in the city – “Mian” noodle bar, “Crema” gourmet coffee shop and “Allegro” grab and go organic snack bar.
Marriott Manila is raising the bar high when it comes to meetings. For event inquiries, call (02)9889999 or visit

To join ongoing conversations, like, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Binalot Express Now Franchising


                     perspective binalot express(1)

Due to popular demand, BINALOT recently launched its Express model for franchising. The new model can be seen at Mall of Asia and Starmall Shaw. Binalot CEO Rommel Juan says, "We conceptualized an affordable business model especially for first-time entrepreneurs or for those who want a small, manageable food business." He further explains, "Our Binalot Express offers a lower investment package, a quick and easy set-up, and a specialized, affordable menu but with the same Binalot quality."

BINALOT serves local favorites like Adobo, tapa, longganisa over rice wrapped in Banana leaves and garnished with salted egg and tomatoes for the authentic Pinoy flavor. Soon, it will open in Dubai to serve our OFWs and expats assigned to the Middle East.

Binalot now has about 40 stores around the country and is also open for call centers and special arrangements for catering, concessions and company picnics for bulk orders. One number to call, too – that’s 8-10-10-10.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Filipino Celebrates Special Occasions with Red Ribbon


                      Red Ribbon Photo 6 (1)

Pasig City, May 15, 2015 – For Filipinos, food and celebrations are inseparable.  Nothing seems to reinforce the social bonds better than occasions made memorable by the company of family and close friends.

As a country, we are known for having many holidays.  These holidays are used as a reason to come together to enjoy each other’s company and renew the bonds between each member.  And while we have a penchant for celebrating even ordinary occasions, there are few occasions that we always mark in a big way.

Over the years, Red Ribbon’s cakes, breads, and pastries have become a staple of these major celebratory occasions and make family get-together more memorable.  These cakes and pastries have somehow become the perfect ending to any celebratory meal whether it is a feast tbbhat’s grand or meal that is simple.

                                             Red Ribbon Photos 2

Christmas Eve

As soon as the “ber” months start, we know that the Christmas season is upon us.  Beginning September, we already begin counting down the days to December 25.  As the air begins to chill, we anticipate every party we attend, look forward to every get together and get excited as Christmas Eve draws near.  Come the evening of December 24, we welcome Christmas with a feast fit for a king.  As is our custom, the table is almost always filled to overflowing usually with food that would take hours to prepare.  Morcon, Christmas ham, turkey, fruit salad and lechon are just some of the food commonly served during noche buena.  After the meal, gifts are exchanged and the ties that bind are renewed.


New Year Eve

Filipinos do things in a big way.  It is no surprise that we like to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a great deal of fanfare.  New Year’s Eve is an occasion where we welcome the coming year with the customary fireworks display in an effort to drive away the spirits of the previous year.  Like all our big celebrations, we gather friends and loved ones with a feast.  The dining table is usually filled with the most sumptuous food and the most glorious desserts.  New Year’s Eve celebrations are marked by the sharing of a meal, gifts and conversation among family members.  It is a time when we throw out the old ways to make way for the new.

                                              Red Ribbon Photos 3

Mother’s Day

Every second Sunday of May is a day we always find reason to celebrate.  It is a day we honor the most important women in our lives:  our mothers.  It is no surprise that families meet up, give gifts and share food, good conversation and memories about how wonderful our mothers are.  While not as big a celebration as Christmas and New Year, Mother’s Day celebrations always give families a reason to come together and share a meal and memories and thank our mothers for always being there.

                                            Red Ribbon Photo 5

Father’s Day

If May is the month wherein we celebrate the love we have for our mothers, June is the month where we pay tribute to our dads.  Like Mother’s Day, we find the time to meet up over a meal and more importantly, thank our fathers for providing for all of us in the family.  And like any celebration, gifts and food are shared among one another in the family.



Birthdays are perhaps the most personalized celebration of all.  Some celebrate alone but being a society with close family ties, most birthday celebrations are done with the family in full attendance.  The food we serve during birthdays also takes on special meaning.  Noodles or pasta is one common fare during birthday parties because it means long life and prosperity. 

                             Red Ribbon Photo 7

Valentine’s Day

February 14 is what many consider a day for lovers to celebrate.  Flowers and chocolates are synonymous to this day.  However, over the years, Filipinos have come to t reat this day as a day to be with family and friends.  After all, who says February 14 is only for lovers?  While this day may not be as grandly celebrated as Christmas, New Year’ or Mother’s Day, we still make it a point to gather the people near and dear to us and celebrate with a meal that is shared and served with love.

Indeed, these celebratory occasions are demonstrative of the close-knit family ties we Filipinos have and moreover, how family, occasion, and food are shared among one another.  These are the hallmarks that define our culture and have added color our heritage for many generations now.


AFFI empowers SMEs to become more competitive




Globalization is absolutely a double-edged sword and Filipino small and medium enterprises must roll with the punches to face foreign competition especially when the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic integration.

"With the ASEAN integration and rate of globalization, SMEs here in the Philippines should be prepared to face competition from other countries. Gone are the days where SMEs are just limited are just limited by local competition," said Armando Bartolome, president of GMB.

"It is a must for AFFI to double its efforts. Entry of foreign brands is definitely a threat and challenge," Bartolome added.

On the other hand, Bartolome said globalization can also provide greater opportunities for SMEs to tap potential markets overseas.

In response to the challenges of the economic union, Bartolome said AFFI has introduced various programs to help SMEs to be more productive and competitive.

The programs are open house, monthly forum, business networking, AFFI-organized shows, business clinics and online trainings.

Bartolome stressed that more and more SMEs are joining AFFI. "SMEs are definitely hungry in looking for an organization to spearhead and provide practical tools in growing and enhancing the businesses," said Bartolome.

Although the programs are in place, he said AFFI is facing challenges in monitoring the performance of the SMEs.

Bartolome noted AFFI wants to reach out to more SMEs that need their assistance."To be able to expand the coverage, we plan to establish an online training," he said.

He said there is a need to establish a business clinic to follow and assess the performance of the SMEs. "We want to make sure that they don't get stucked when SMEs are implementing the things they have learned from AFFI," Bartolome said.

He said AFFI also shares the experiences from its pool of 140 business owners. "Each company and individual has a different story to share its success and challenges as well.

In line of giving more support to entrepreneurs, AFFI will establish more programs and build awareness on its 2015 roadmap. AFFI opened its membership to entrepreneurs this year.

"We have intensified our partnership with other organizations such as Go Negosyo and explored new partnerships like NRCO to reach more entrepreneurs," said Bartolome.

Glenn Yu, CEO of SEAOIL, said entrepreneurs are agents of empowerment because they can create a difference to the lives of many people.

"Entrepreneurs are also able touch lives through the products and services that they are selling," said Glen Yu.

SEAOIL joined AFFI 2006. During that time, SEAOIL pushed vigorously to expand its retail network nationwide.

By joining AFFI, SEAOIL was able to expand its network. "We have met a number of our current franchise events organized by AFFI. Some co-members have also setup branches inside our stations, such as Julie's, Binalot, and Bibingkinitan," said Glenn Yu.

On the part of Mr. Jerry llao, president of Ink All You Can, he pointed out that AFFI has enabled the company to grow.

"These activities provide venues where members meet prospective business partners, and as members share their best practices among each other, each of us grows individually and become more capable in running our respective enterprises," he said.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Smmth Lee Live in Trinoma



SMOOTH LEE LIVE IN TRINOMA. Fun and surprises await the public at the Trinoma Activity Center for the culminating event of Schick via its Shave to Save, a shaving event for a cause .

Make your smooth move!
Schick launches ‘Shave to Save’ to promote good grooming


Do you want to learn the secret for having a smoother shave? Then come to Trinoma Activity Center on May 10, 2015 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. for Schick’s Shave to Save: A Shaving Event for a Cause and meet Schick’s newest face, Smooth Lee.

Smooth Lee has made appearances in various MRT stations and waiting sheds to promote Smoothism, a way of life to help de-stress, look good, feel good inside and out.

According to MJ Tiquia, Product Manager of Schick, the brand has a longstanding commitment to promote good grooming among men, and this usually starts with proper shaving.

“Shaving can be stressful, as it can be a tedious chore and may also lead to nicks and cuts. Schick helps take the stress out of shaving. We provide products that help promote a smoother shave and helps avoid nicks and cuts. In our activations and digital videos, Smooth Lee battles Lumpy Bump and Nick the Knife which corresponds to bumpy skin and cuts during shaving. Schick is here to help address those problems,” added Tiquia.

The culminating activity will stage Schick’s partnership with Life Project 4 Youth, a non-government organization which assists in the social and professional integration of Young Adults aged 17 to 24 who live in extreme poverty and are victims of exclusion and also aims to develop the youth’s professional and social life.

The partnership, according to Claire Guevarra, Schick’s OIC- Marketing, allowed them to expand their reach even to the country’s most vulnerable men.

Guevarra emphasized, “Our shave for a cause campaign aims to help our target beneficiaries, in this case, the outstanding young adults assisted by the Life Project 4 Youth. Hopefully, we can further aid their needs, going beyond the grooming and moving forward to change their lives.”

Schick targets to donate P100, 000.00 on this event which will benefit the projects and programs of Life Project 4 Youth. The awarding ceremony will be conducted in the activity center.

Guevarra concluded, “Through this effort, we not only help young adults achieve healthy grooming but also transform the way they perceive their selves, one shave at a time.”

For more information on Schick Philippines including its latest products and promo visit or like its Facebook page at Also follow Schick Philippines on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lancris Residences Holds Blessing of Garnet Tower Showroom



A 15 mins. drive to Makati and BGC which makes   BETTER LIVING, PARANAQUE one of the most sought after places to live in if you are working within Metro Manila.  Lancris Residences, the legacy project of Land Cris Somerset Development Corp., continues redefining condo living with the blessing of the showroom of its upcoming Garnet Tower on May 2, 2015.


Land Cris Somerset’s Mr. Dennis Lim, Chief Operating Officer, and Mr. Jigger Cunanan, Assistant Vice President, spearheaded the unveiling of the showroom. Joining the two executives are partner brokers including Ms. Emi Pulido of Praise Realty Marketing Corp., Ms. Rose Suarez of Human Shelter Realty Corp., and Mr. Rex Lomangaya of Driven Marketing Group Inc.

Residents of the Diamond Tower also attended the ceremony. Some of them had their units blessed by Fr. Illidio Correa, the officiating priest, after the service in the showroom.



The showroom, which consists of two-bedroom and three-bedroom units, is built next to the Diamond Tower to exhibit the three-meter floor to floor height, spacious unit cuts, and balcony features of the Garnet Tower.

Buyers that day received a P5, 000-reservation discount. Available in the Garnet Tower are two-bedroom (approx. 52 sq. m.), three-bedroom (approx. 81 sq. m), and special four-bedroom penthouse (approx. 103 sq. m.) units exclusively for residential purposes only.



Just like the first building, the Garnet Tower will also have its own Sky Garden,  a recreation park on top of the tower. The construction of the tower will start this year to offer more condo homes in the suburb landscape of Southern Metro Manila.


To see the newly-blessed showroom of the Garnet Tower, visit Lancris Residences at Japan St. Cor. Dominic Savio St., Brgy. Don Bosco, Paranaque City. For more information about how Lancris Residences is redefining condo living, log on to or call 0917-801-2677.


Lancris Residences is a condo village, owned and developed by Land Cris Somerset Development Corp. offering authentic suburban lifestyle in its four residential towers in Better Living, Paranaque. To know more about the property, latest events, and construction updates, log on to

Monday, May 4, 2015

Marriott Manila Unveils New Concept - Meetings Imagined



Marriott Manila announced that it is unveiling Meetings Imagined ( and its Meeting Services App to events planners and organizers. The two digital innovations are the first-of-their-kind in the industry and are intended to assist the planner, from inspiration through execution.

Meetings Imagined is an online platform modeled on the user-friendly and the Chinese online forum. Meetings Imagined provides expert tips on everything related to meetings, including networking activities, maximizing social media exposure and how to create the right meeting environment. Meetings Imagined also includes the latest meeting trends and hundreds of inspirational images to spark creativity. Marriott International’s research discovered that there are seven purposes for meetings: celebrate, decide, educate, ideate, network, produce and promote. Meetings Imagined allows meeting planners to design their meeting with the purpose in mind; the website is curated around these purposes and the component building blocks of meetings - setup, food & drink, tech & supplies, and experiences.

In addition to the website, event planners can collaborate on event creation with Marriott International’s Meetings Imagined specialists who are available in 11 Asia-Pacific markets. “Marriott International has been studying the way planners interface with hotels when they organize events. We have mapped out the planners’ journey, from the moment they have a need for a meeting, all the way through to how they search, book, plan and design the meeting. We aspire to provide something different to address the milestones – and pain points – in the planners’ journey.” said Ms. Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific at Marriott International. “Meetings Imagined is a unique approach to help planners and organizers to design more inspiring and engaging meeting experiences for their delegates based on the purpose of the meeting.” Meetings Imagined will be launching across approximately 100 properties throughout Asia Pacific from April 2015 onwards. It is available in six languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Russian.

Marriott’s Meeting Services App called Red Coat Direct is a continuation of Marriott International’s innovation in technology, spaces and services, and builds upon the brand’s existing offerings. The app provides real-time connectivity to Marriott for meeting planners and features a wide range of functions. This includes a chat facility to connect MICE organizers with Marriott’s event team throughout the planning and execution process, and allows Marriott to respond immediately to any issues or requests, and to inform the planner of how the request is being handled.
To know more about the latest meeting innovations of Marriott, call (02)9889999 or visit To join ongoing conversations, like, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Luxurious Giveaways for Moms at Marriott Manila


                                Celebrate Mothers Day in Luxury at Marriott Manila

Looking for a perfect place to treat your Mom this coming Mother’s day. There’s no other place where she can find comfort and enjoy every experience be it on food and or a stay having to rest on a home within the sphere of a luxurious and classy one.

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Marriott Manila puts together a wish list of luxurious gifts that will spoil your mom on her special day. Because she’s worth so much more, give her the chance to make her wishes come true. Treat her to an unforgettable Sunday Brunch for P2,800 complete with free flowing sparkling wine or a dinner buffet for P2,650 at Marriott Café on May 10.


You can also surprise her to a lavish getaway for two from May 8 to 12, 2015 at P15,000++ inclusive of overnight stay in a deluxe room, buffet breakfast for two and P3,000 credit in Quan Spa and Cru Steakhouse. Fulfill her heart’s desire with a collection of premium giveaways that are up for grabs such as gold South Sea pearl set in 18 karat yellow gold from Jewelmer, Tory Burch super chic lippies, designer shades from Oakley, posh nail art services by Extraordinail and 3-course dinner at Cru Steakhouse.


                                                Interactive Grilling Station at Marriott Cafe

Show her you care with a fanciful buffet experience at Marr iott Café. The entire family will enjoy a vast selection including popular dishes such as U.S rib eye, maple turkey, Bourbon baby back ribs, lamb salpicao, baked prawns with herbed goat cheese and pan seared sea bass with vierge sauce. Other options include organic salad station, sushi rolled to order, seafood bar, cheese and charcuterie, interactive teppanyaki station and the always popular chocolate room and dessert bar! The homemade gelato, decadent desserts and chocolate goodies are the perfect ending to a celebratory brunch.

                                                Personalized pasta dishes especially for mom at Marriott Cafe

Kids approved selections are also spread throughout the buffet such as pizza, pasta and truffle mac & cheese. Adding more fun, little ones will surely be delighted in making mocktails for their mommies. This special day is priceless. That is why each family will be given a souvenir photo to take home memories.

After everything that mom has done for you, now is the time to let her know how much you appreciate everything she does. Reward her at Marriott Manila. For inquiries and reservations on Mother’s day offerings, call (02)9889999 or visit To join ongoing conversations, like, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.