Friday, January 29, 2016

Akari welcomes its newest brand ambassador Michele Gumabao joins Team Akari

Akari, the country’s top lighting and electrical brand, is proud to announce Michele Gumabao, three-time UAAP Champion and former UAAP Best Blocker and Finals MVP, as its latest brand ambassador joining Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng (current Akari faces) and Alvin Patrimonio and Asi Taulava (former Akari endorsers).

Gumabao earns the distinction of being the first female athlete tapped to represent the brand. “Akari associates itself with athletes – both delivering important attributes in their respective fields: power, energy and durability. Michele is a respected volleyball player who has successfully transitioned from collegiate competition to the professional league. Her stint in the pro ranks is a display of her staying power, both in and off the court. To date, she remains as one of the Philippine volleyball scene’s freshest and brightest faces”, said Marian Gomez, marketing manager of Akari Lighting and Technology Corp.

Watch out for Michele Gumabao as she shares her firsthand experience with Akari products. For updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@akarilights).

Monday, January 25, 2016

31% off for Baskin-Robbins’ 31 flavors


With its 31 delicious ice cream flavors, Baskin-Robbins continuously delights people across the globe, making it the world’s most beloved ice cream brand. To bring more happiness, every 31st of the month, you can enjoy Baskin-Robbins’ fresh packs – pint, quart, and half gallon at a 31% price off.

 Mark your calendar and celebrate every 31st of the month. This is your chance to savor all of Baskin-Robbins’ 31 yummy ice cream flavors such as Jamoca™ Almond Fudge, Mint Chocolate Chip, Very Berry Strawberry, Cotton Candy, Love Potion #31, to name a few.

Don’t miss this exciting year-long treat. Head over to your nearest Baskin Robbins outlet located at the Central Square and SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City; Greenbelt 5 and Glorietta 5 in Makati; Fairview Terraces; and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.  Baskin-Robbins has also opened new stores in SM Southmall, Las Pinas and Solenad, Sta Rosa Laguna.  For more information, log on to or check out their accounts:, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Marriott Hotel Manila Welcomes the Year of the Red Fire Monkey

In celebration of the core festival on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, Marriott Hotel Manila ushers in the year of the Red Fire Monkey with an auspicious and distinctive take on “tikoy”. Impart tranquility and harmony to your loved ones with their double prosperity Ti-koi fish at 270 grams each, elegantly enclosed in luxurious red oriental boxes, sealed with a gold stamp symbolizing good fortune. Nian gao, locally called “tikoy”, is believed to bring good luck to both the receiver and the giver making it part of the customs during the Chinese New Year. The koi fish is also a symbol of longevity, success and prosperity. Spread good luck tastefully with this gift box at a reasonable price of Php 1,188 available at the hotel’s Marriott CafĂ© Bakery and Crema.

To add a fashionable twist to the traditions of the Lunar New Year, Marriott Hotel Manila is partnering with the award-winning jewelry artisan, Ann Ong, to showcase her latest and luckiest designs for this year. Considering the auspicious colors and trends, they are displaying and selling handcrafted bags and intricate jewelries that are believed to bring good energy and prosperity to the bearer, at Marriott’s salient lobby.

As a norm, the ceremonial dragon and lion dance is set to entertain guests and chase away the negative energies on February 9, 5pm at Marriott Hotel Manila and Marriott Grand Ballroom lobbies.

Marriott Manila’s Auspicious Ti-Koi gift set is available from January 25 until February13, 2016. For inquiries and advance orders, call (02) 9889999 or visit To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook and Twitter and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Belingon Ready to Seize ONE Championship Gold

Like most Filipino mixed martial artists, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon (13-4-0) of Baguio City, Philippines is working hard towards realizing his dreams, when his efforts materialize into a world title shot. More importantly, each one of his victories has presented the opportunity to live a better life.

This Saturday, January 23, at the Helong Stadium in Changsha, China, Belingon will receive the opportunity of a lifetime when he challenges Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes (18-3-0) in a five-round battle for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship.

Since joining ONE Championship and debuting for the promotion four years ago, Belingon has had his fair share of highs and lows. He’s had spectacular wins as well as heartbreaking setbacks, but what’s consistent with the 28-year old’s performances is his desire for all-out action from start to finish.

And he knows exactly how he’ll approach Fernandes once they are both staring each other down from across the ONE Cage.

“I know where I can catch Fernandes and that's in the striking department,” said Belingon.

“[Fernandes] has a great ground game, but I'm working on my takedown defense and I'll look to hit him with something he won't see coming."

Belingon’s first round annihilation of Russian wrestler Yusup Saadulaev in 2012 left fans on the edge of their seats. His second round demolition job on Australia’s Thanh Vu in a bout immediately after left a lasting impression.

Who can forget how he dumped previously unbeaten David Aranda Santacana to the mat with one perfectly placed hook to the temple?

Without a doubt, Belingon’s improving resume certainly precedes him, which is why he is widely considered one of the most promising Filipino mixed martial arts talents currently on offer.

There is good reason, despite Fernandes having not lost a bout in the last five years and facing numerous high-level opponents, that Belingon represents the Brazilian champion’s toughest test in recent memory.

Yet despite his definitive underdog status, Belingon knows exactly what’s at stake.

"I respect Bibiano Fernandes a lot, he's a great champion, but this opportunity is rare and I plan to make the most of it,” said Belingon. “I'm coming with everything and I will emerge victorious."

Along with Belingon’s rise through the ranks marks the subsequent rise of Filipino MMA warriors who represent the country alongside him -- stars like Eric Kelly, who is also close to getting his crack at ONE Championship gold, and each of Belingon’s Team Lakay stablemates.

With newly minted ONE Heavyweight World Champion, Brandon Vera at the helm, things are looking up for the Filipino MMA contingent and it’s only a matter of time before more opportunities to crown Filipino world champions present themselves.

For Belingon however, the wait is over and the time is now. All signs indicate he’s ready to seize the day.

Behind intense preparations, under supervision by Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao, Belingon will step into the limelight fully loaded, ready to come out firing on all cylinders.

"I'm deep in training with my Lakay brothers and I'm in the best shape of my life for this fight,” said Belingon, who promises nothing short of victory.

“There will be no excuses on fight night. By the fight's end, my hand will be raised and I will be champion."

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


- More Than 36,000 Players and 2,700 Coaches Have Participated in the Program Since 2007 -

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Jan. 15, 2016 – The Jr. NBA /Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 presented by Alaska will return to the Philippines for the ninth consecutive year from Jan. 23-April 24.  The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program is free and open to boys and girls between the ages of 10-14. 

Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.  During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries.  

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 presented by Alaska is comprised of four stages: skills clinics in schools and communities, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Camp and an NBA experience trip.  The skills clinics will be held nationwide from January through April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa, and first-time locations in Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.  Select players from these clinics will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in tryouts during the Regional Selection Camps, which will be held in Baguio (Feb. 20-21), Davao (Feb. 27-28), Cebu (March 5-6) and Metro Manila (April 9-10).  The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the National Training Camp in Manila April 22-24.

An NBA and WNBA player or legend will be in attendance at the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists.  The program will culminate with the selection of 10 Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars who will travel on an overseas NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.  The 2015 Jr. NBA All-Stars traveled to China to watch the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the L.A. Clippers.

“The Jr. NBA Philippines is the league’s longest-running youth basketball program outside the United States,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.  “The program continues to positively impact the lives of children, parents, and coaches, and reinforces the positive values that go beyond the four corners of the court.  Together with Alaska, we are committed to providing world-class basketball instruction to more communities to further our mission of encouraging an active lifestyle among Filipino youth.”

“These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future,” said Alaska Marketing Director Blen Fernando.  “Moreover, this year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover unique talents across the country.”

In addition to the player camps and clinics, the search for the 2016 Jr. NBA Coach of the Year will begin on Jan. 22 in Manila, which will be led by Jr. NBA Head Coaches Craig Brown and Chris Sumner along with Alaska Power Camp Coach Jeff Cariaso.  Ten Jr. NBA and four Jr. WNBA coaches will be selected as finalists and trained at the National Training Camp.

Through the promotion of proper nutrition and an active lifestyle, Jr. NBA /Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska continues to be an effective platform in implementing Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished children in the Philippines.

CloudFone, Gatorade, and Globe Telecom serve as Official Partners of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA in the Philippines, while Spalding is a Supporting Partner.  ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA in the Philippines.

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program is free and open to boys and girls ages 10-14.  Coaches and participants can now register online at, where the program terms and conditions can be found. 

Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook at  For all things NBA, visit and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit and

About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League.  The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2015-16 season featured 100 international players from 37 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include and the NBA app, which achieved record traffic during the 2014-15 season, as well as NBA TV.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with more than 960 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About Alaska Milk
Alaska Milk recognizes the need of Filipino children for proper nutrition.  According to the 2011 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), it was revealed that 3 out of 10 children aged 5-10 years were underweight while 8 out of 100 children of the same age were overweight, making malnutrition and obesity two of the most pressing nutritional problems in the Philippines today.  Alaska Milk is committed to help provide proper nutrition through its leading brands, Alaska Powdered Milk Drink and Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink.  It contains 20+ essential nutrients that help children reach their full growth potential.  Aside from proper nutrition, an active lifestyle is needed in order to shape and nurture healthier children.  Because of this, Alaska Milk encourages children to “go out and play” through its NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. programs: Alaska Basketball and Football Power Camps and Cups, Alaska IronKids Triathlon, Alaska Family Run and Alaska Cycle Philippines.  At the same time, Alaska Milk has a professional basketball team, the 14-time PBA champion, Alaska Aces, which continues to inspire the youth to become future champions who are guided by positive values.  Finally, Alaska Milk partners with excellent local and international organizations  who share the same objectives, vision, and values namely the Philippine Basketball Association, National Basketball Association, World Triathlon Corporation, Cycle Asia, Makati and Alabang Football Schools and Sunrise Events, Incorporated.

Monday, January 18, 2016

ATC GINKGO BILOBA, A Food for your Mind

Time and again we hear entrepreneurs or prominent individuals tell us that the right mindset will bring us accomplishment. We hear it so often yet we know little of its essence. If you think innate talent and intelligence alone will bring you success, you’re wrong. You need to have a growth mindset. Develop your talents and know that there is always something new to learn. If you continue this process, you are creating the desire to strive for greatness and this will deliver you to your goals. To assist you in enhancing your learning skills, there’s ATC Ginkgo Biloba.

ATC Ginkgo Biloba is made of gingko biloba and maiden tree extracts. These two extracts are known to help sharpen the memory along with following a healthy diet and keeping your mind active. Gingko Biloba is also helpful in regulating blood flow to the brain thus, lowering the possibility of having Stroke. It is also capable of protecting and healing damaged cells caused by medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Glaucoma.  In addition, it can also alleviate mental depression and mood disorders. Note that, ATC Ginkgo Biloba is not a medicinal drug and should not be used to treat the symptoms of any disease.

ATC Ginkgo Biloba is recommended to be taken ­­­­­1 softgel capsule per day after meal with warm water. Nail your holiday performance by mastering the steps or knowing the lyrics with ATC Gingko Biloba. ATC Ginkgo Biloba is P6.00 SRP per capsule, available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. ATC Ginkgo Biloba, the Brain Enhancer.

Go nuts over Baskin-Robbins Brown Butter Cheesecake

The world’s most beloved ice cream brand kicks off the New Year with its delightful flavor of the month for January – Brown Butter Cheesecake.  Allow your taste buds to indulge in a yummy mix of brown butter cheesecake ice cream swirled together with a luscious brown butter sugar ribbon with tasty bits of real Baskin-Robbins signature cheesecake. Sweet, salty and savory, brown butter is a staple in French cooking that endows a rich, nutty flavor to a wide range of cuisines.

Once a culinary secret, it is now a growing international food trend.  Enjoy Baskin Robbins’ January flavor of the month in a satisfyingly smooth scoop, sundae or shake. 

Go nuts over this one-of-a-kind ice cream treat in all Baskin-Robbins outlets in Central Square and SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City; Greenbelt 5 and Glorietta 5 in Makati; Fairview Terraces and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City; SM Southmall, Las Pinas; and Solenad, Sta Rosa, Laguna.  For more information, log on to or check out their accounts:, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Filinvest and HardieFlex® on Building the Filipino Dream

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Developing properties for life, commerce, and leisure is just one part of the equation; for Filinvest, the biggest challenge is developing pleasant, long-term relationships through great design and the highest material standards.

MANILA, Philippines – January 13, 2016: Real estate development is an industry that requires companies to assiduously consider more than a handful of factors before they start any project. Filinvest Land, Inc., a company that has proven its mettle in a diverse range of real estate developments, has risen to the top mainly due to its vision, hard work and insistence on choosing the best construction partners. The company believes that even the smallest board or the most subtle of mouldings should communicate institutional demand for excellence and quality.

Architect Jimmy S. Roque, Filinvest Head of Planning Department, believes that construction materials of the highest quality are an important part of the success of their projects. “We are always looking for building materials that will satisfy our requirements as a real estate developer in order to deliver quality homes that will ultimately benefit our clients,” Roque said.

The quest for the best in construction
Filinvest Land, a name that has become synonymous with property development, has been in the real estate business since 1967 and has proven its authority in a diverse range of real estate developments including residential subdivisions, mid-rise and high-rise condominiums and offices, shopping centers, leisure hubs and more. Filinvest has built homes for over 135,000 families, and is committed to continue to fulfill Filipinos’ dreams. As such, it puts a high regard on using the best materials in all its developments to ensure the quality of its end-product while providing a safe environment for its contractors.  

James Hardie remains as a trusted partner of Filinvest Land, Inc.

Roque lists down his company’s priorities when it comes to choosing building materials: quality, safety, availability, price, sustainability, maintenance, and design versatility. “For us, the challenge is finding materials that provide long-term benefits while being sustainable. We want our clients to enjoy low-maintenance homes that will not require constant repairs. We also put into consideration the availability of materials so our construction operations and delivery commitments will never be compromised. Lastly, the material must be able to conform to changing design trends,” he shared. 

Versatile, preferred building material
One brand Filinvest has consistently used is HardieFlex®. Filinvest has found the resistance of HardieFlex® to fire, impact, moisture damage, and termites to be a great benefit for the company as it adds value to its developments. Filinvest also discovered another benefit: high-quality HardieFlex® fiber cement boards are effective against damage caused by rodents. It has enough toughness to prevent rats from creating holes in the panels.

Filinvest also found out that, unlike plywood that shrinks or expands [when exposed to varying weather conditions], the HardieFlex® boards have maintained their form and integrity. Because of this, once the panels were put in place and the finishing has been applied, cracks are unlikely to appear. Re-sealing will not be required for a long time.

Filinvest also demands versatility. Aside from using the fiber cement boards for interior purposes, they have explored outdoor applications, too. One of the company’s projects, Princeton Heights in Molino, Cavite, has an American New England theme, with traditional exterior siding as a notable design feature. To attain this look, Filinvest used HardiePlank® Siding with a wood grain-textured finish. The planks were simply applied directly onto the concrete walls.

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Princeton Heights, one of Filinvest’s projects located in Molino, Cavite displays an American New England theme, with the use of the HardiePlank® Siding.

In fact, for themed developments that require special design features—such as Balinese, Asian Tropical, and Mediterranean projects—Filinvest is constantly on the lookout for building materials that are flexible and versatile to achieve these design features without spending more. “We use materials that are practical, lighter, and faster to install,” affirmed Roque. “We want to achieve our desired finishes at a lesser cost but with the same quality as a wall finish.”

Safeguarding the homeowner’s interests lies at the core of Filinvest’s business, which is why the company continues to use HardieFlex® for its projects. “We have seen that our homeowners have benefited from the lower maintenance and repair costs,” Roque reported. Customer satisfaction and welfare, at the end of the day, are very important aspects that any leading full-range property developer always tries to ensure.

First introduced in the mid-1980s, James Hardie’s pioneering fiber cement technology served as the foundation for the HardieFlex® products we know today. James Hardie entered the local market in 1996, and Filipinos—both end-users such as homeowners and big corporations such as real estate developers - embraced HardieFlex® as their go-to building material for ceilings and walls, initially. Made from high-grade cellulose fiber, Portland cement, water, sand and especially formulated additives, HardieFlex® is durable and requires minimal maintenance and repair hence is very cost-effective and environment-friendly with very low VOC.


James Hardie, the global leader in fiber cement technology, has operations in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. James Hardie, through the HardieFlex® brand, provides a wide range of building products for both new home construction, repair and renovation, condominium units and commercial developments. HardieFlex® products are tried and trusted by construction experts for use in internal (ceilings, walls, wet areas, and flooring) and external (siding, eaves, and senepa) applications. Built to last, James Hardie products give homeowners more durable, appealing and resilient homes, and enable developers, builders and designers to build structures that are uncompromising and cost-efficient.

To know more about James Hardie Philippines and our range of quality products, contact our technical and customer support hotline at (02) 895-5427 or toll free 1-800-1-888-5427 or email Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@JamesHardiePH) or visit us at