Thursday, September 29, 2016

Solane promotes Filipino values

The country’s leading LPG provider has launched a campaign
that advocates positive Filipino values
 and emphasizes the importance of family

As the country gears up for change, ISLA LPG Corporation (ILC), the leading LPG solutions company and owner of the brand Solane, launches an advocacy campaign that aims to remind consumers of the importance of family and positive Filipino values.

Drawing inspiration from the popular Filipino expression, which in English means, “That’s how it should be… Rightly so,” ISLA LPG launches the “Dapat Lang” campaign — a program that emphasizes the importance of doing the right thing, for the family, for others and society as a whole. The campaign also touches on the importance of bringing back traditional Filipino values which have somehow been misplaced in our high-technology, fast-paced, modern setting. These values include commitment to the family, honesty, hard work, respect for others, and integrity.

“As we prepare for the many changes happening in our environment, we at ISLA LPG would like to remind everyone of the Filipino values that define us as a people and to put importance on the family, being a good neighbor and a valuable member of society,” said ILC-CEO Ruben Domingo. “Our new campaign  reminds all of us — our consumers, employees, and business partners — to do the right thing in everything we do, all the time, wherever we are, in order to truly bring out positive change in all of us.”

The advocacy campaign will be communicated with various mediums — print and radio ads, social media, and online videos, showcasing a mom cooking the best dishes for her family, an employee putting in ample time at work, a chef preparing high-quality ingredients for his customers, a manager catering to the needs of the client, the Solane Hatid Bahay rider ensuring that LPG delivery is safe and on time. 

As part of the Dapat Lang campaign, ISLA LPG is also launching a new website, which outlines the various ways with which Solane stakeholders can live out the new campaign principle in their everyday lives. The newly revamped site also features a blog that will serve as a way for ISLA LPG to communicate directly with its consumers, especially moms. The blog will feature quick and easy recipes and helpful and time-saving tips on cooking for the family, keeping a safe environment at work and home, and more. 

For its part, ISLA LPG lives out the Dapat Lang campaign by doing what it does best since the brand Solane was launched almost five years ago — provide consumers with high-quality, safe, reliable LPG products.  

“We value our consumers’ safety and we ensure that it is our key priority,” said Mr. Domingo. “We also value our customers’ trust by providing excellent products and services that are well worth their family’s hard-earned money.”

Moreover, ISLA LPG offers Solane Hatid-Bahay Service, an exclusive service provided to Solane LPG residential customers.  ISLA LPG’s well-trained riders conduct a Weight Check in front of customers using calibrated portable weighing scales, assuring households of value for their money. The Solane Hatid-Bahay riders also perform the 7-Point Safety Check free of charge to help ensure the safety of consumers and their families. This includes checking the surroundings, o-ring, regulator, regulator and valve connection, hose, hose connection, and flame quality.
Furthermore, ISLA LPG holds regular safety seminars for its customers as well as to various communities nationwide. The company’s employees and contractors follow strict compliance of safe LPG handling and fire safety. Through this, ISLA LPG has achieved a significant milestone of 13 million man hours without lost time injury.

This commitment to provide the best and safe product and service is, needless to say, reinforced with the launch of the company’s new advocacy campaign because as they say, Kapag LPG, Dapat Lang Solane!

To know more about the Dapat Lang campaign, visit Solane’s new website,, and Facebook page,

Novuhair Supports Alopecia Areata Awareness in Celebrating Inner Strength

September marks the month-long commemoration of Alopecia Areata awareness worldwide. Alopecia areata is a condition when hair loss occur due to faults in the immune system attacking the hair follicles which results in partial or total loss of hair on the head and other parts of the body.

Leading this year’s celebration in the country is Alopecia Philippines, a group founded by singer and songwriter Abby Asistio in 2012. She has been championing the cause of empowering citizens with this condition.

Abby is no stranger to alopecia, having been diagnosed with alopecia areata since she was four years old. Abby’s decision to come out in public with her condition was a major turning point in her life.
On September 2012, Abby decided to start an online campaign in time with Alopecia Awareness Month by inviting family and friends to pose with the double “A” (inverted “V”) sign using their fingers on the photo sharing site, Instagram. It quickly caught on and Abby was overwhelmed by the response from netizens, with over a thousand photo contributions to date.

This paved the way for the beginnings of Alopecia Philippines. It aims to raise awareness about alopecia and correct common misconceptions and perceptions about it, provide encouragement to people afflicted with it, and create an online support community for them.
Inspired by Abby’s honesty and courage, men and women, kids and teens from different walks of life began sharing their own stories and struggles living with alopecia. What started out as a group of ten is now more than 300 members strong and its Facebook page – Alopecia Areata Awareness, draws followers from all over the world.

Novuhair has been supporting the cause for Alopecia Philippines through Abby Asistio. Abby have been using the brand continuously since March 2013 and she has only praises to share using the product.

Nature has provided a safe and effective answer to hair loss and scalp disorders. Novuhair is the only topical scalp lotion in the market that has the highest concentration of natural ingredients, FDA-certified and ACD-compliant. Novuhair is a homegrown, proudly Philippine-made product that is globally competitive.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, Instagram: @NovuhairOfficial and follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and

Abby Asistio Alopecia Awareness Youtube Link:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dr. Jesusa M. Marco takes oath as 9th President of the College of the Holy Spirit Manila

MANILA, Another milestone takes place today at the historic College of the Holy Spirit Manila (CHSM) as Dr. Jesusa M. Marco is sworn in as the school’s 9th President.
Dr. Marco’s presidency also marks the transition of CHSM, making her the 1st Lay President under the school’s new management by the Holy Spirit Alumni Management Corporation (HSAMC). The rites will be held at the Paraclete Auditorium, College of the Holy Spirit Manila.

In September 2015, the Congregational Leadership Team in Rome gave the approval for the collaboration of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (S.Sp.S) and the CHSM Alumnae through a Management Contract for the continuance of CHSM mission. 

On January 21, 2016, the Management Agreement was finally approved and signed between the College of the Holy Spirit of Manila and the Holy Spirit Alumni Management Corporation (HSAMC).

CHSM remains to be owned by S.Sp.S, however, it is now managed by the HSAMC effective May 1, 2016.

Dr. Marco finished AB Sociology in formerly Maryknoll (now Miriam College). She also holds Master of Arts in Social Sciences major in Sociology at De La Salle University. She earned her Doctorate Degree in Sociology at Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Presently, she is also a Research Fellow of the De La Salle University.

About The College of the Holy Spirit Manila

The College of the Holy Spirit Manila, or simply CHSM, is a Catholic educational institution founded in 1913 by the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit in Manila, Philippines. It is one of the schools which comprises the Mendiola Consortium and one of the oldest members of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP). The college is also a charter member of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). Initially an exclusive school for girls, CHSM became co-ed in 2005.For Basic-Ed, it offers Nursery, Kinder, Grades 1-10, Junior High and Senior High; for college, CHSM has courses under Arts & Education, Business, Fine Arts & Health Sciences. It also has programs for Graduate School.

Business Address: 163 E. Mendiola Street, 1005 Manila / (02) 735-6021/ email: Website: Official Facebook Page @collegeoftheholyspiritmanila

BEST Center opens weekend clinics

BEST (Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training) Center, the award-winning school for basketball and volleyball, will have another series of clinics for aspiring basketball and volleyball players at the Ateneo College Covered Courts and Starmall Alabang.

The highly anticipated classes at the Ateneo College Covered Court will be held every Saturday on September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Students in Preparatory Level and Levels 1-5 will be joining the basketball clinic while volleyball will be for levels 1 and 2.  

Meanwhile, clinics at Starmall Alabang are held every Sunday on September 18 and 25 and October 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Joining these classes are students belonging to the Preparatory Level and Levels 1-4.

“Sports are vital in the children’s growth and development. Aside from honing their athletic skills and encouraging kids to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, it also helps them learn self-discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance”, remarked Jorge.

The clinics provide scientific training for young boys and girls of varying skills and age levels which includes the fundamentals on ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, spiking, serving, blocking, footwork and defensive and offensive moves.

Since its establishment in 1978 by national coach Nic Jorge, BEST Center continues to produce some of the country’s finest basketball and volleyball players including Chris Tiu, Kiefer Ravena and Princess Gaiser.

For more information about BEST Center’s classes and tournaments, call the hotlines 411-6260, 3723066 and 372-3065, email or follow its official Facebook page at

Thursday, September 15, 2016

MediCard Centris-EDSA extends clinic hours

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider, is extending its clinic hours at its Centris-EDSA branch to provide customers with longer service hours.
MediCard Centris-EDSA will now be open from 7:00am – 10:00pm on weekdays and 7:00am – 5:00pm on Saturdays.
MediCard Centris-EDSA offers consultations in cardiology, dental medicine, dermatology, ENT, family medicine, gastroenterology, general practice, general surgery, internal medicine, nephrology and more. For dental services, it offers oral prophylaxis, TMJ consultations, tooth extractions, restorative consultations, temporary filling, dental nutrition and dietary counseling and gum treatment & adjustment of dentures, among others.
In addition to its wide range of services, MediCard Centris-EDSA also has ancillary services such as ECG, treadmill stress test, spirometry and nebulization; laboratory services including hematology, clinical microscopy, drug test and more. The clinic also offers patients X-ray, mammography, ultrasound and 2D-Echo, minor surgery, annual physical exam, medical evaluation, physical therapy and others.
MediCard clinics also have highly competent and well-trained doctors and medical professionals who can help and present solutions for the health and wellness of their patients.
With numerous free-standing clinics and satellite clinics nationwide, MediCard is committed to bringing the best and accessible medical service to its members.
Other clinic locations include MediCard Lifestyle Center, MediCard McKinley, MediCard Makati, MediCard Sta.Rosa, MediCard Alabang, MediCard Cavite, MediCard Calamba, MediCard Fairview, MediCard Ortigas, MediCard Clark, MediCard Sta. Lucia, and MediCard Cebu City.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Marriott Hotel Manila is Still Philippine Culinary Cup’s Over-all Champion

Not even two trips to the emergency room can stop Marriott Hotel Manila from retaining its glory as the Over-all Champion in the Professional Division of the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC).

“We were worried for our team captain and former team captain. Our Executive Chef Meik Brammer insisted that health is important so we carried on after our top chefs gave their instructions,” reveals one of the hotel’s chefs. 

It may seem like a movie scene or a cooking show preview, but imagine what it was like for a culinary team to be winning one medal after another then the next minute being told to hold the fort? At the culinary arena dubbed as “Where the best meet to compete” because it is the only World Association of Chefs Society (WACS) endorsed continental competition in the country, Marriott Hotel Manila still garnered the most points. It was a feat―but how their chefs overcame the challenge is a story that should not be left untold.

Behind the back-to-back wins of Marriott Hotel Manila

While the Marriott Hotel Manila chefs were astonished upon receiving their award, students, the media, and WACS accredited judges were truly impressed. Just last year, the hotel chefs were preparing for the opening of the Marriott Grand Ballroom while practicing for the PCC. The West Wing is set to open in a few weeks and still they were able to bring home the bacon again. 

The much-deserved glory of the team is a combination of skill and character. Chris Balane, Team Captain and Head Coach of Pastry, explains that while they are adept in using various kitchen tools and equipment like the sous vide, they also make sure that their plating is as clean as their work area. Thus, sanitation and food safety are in sync with their regular food tasting where every plate is guaranteed to have a balance of flavors. It becomes a habit that Marriott Hotel Manila chefs apply in its kitchens―whether the ones who are cooking or baking are trainees, casuals, commis, demi or sous chef, or chef de partie. They work on their dreams but also have grit, which is why the management continues to invest on the expansion of its food and beverage offerings. They excel individually and as a team.

“Even on the last day, we knew we had a chance but the other teams were just as excellent. Despite the medical emergencies, we just continued to give our best because we know it’s not just the medals but also what we learn from it. PCC 2016 was indeed a great experience and it motivated us to win again next year!,” shares Prince Ruecarl Patiño, the young chef who won most of the medals for the team.      

Medals of Marriott in Gold, Silver, and Bronze 

He won gold in U.S. Poultry and another one that he shared with Francisco Santiago, Ma. Clarizza Tatel, and Arlie Gedaria in the Dream Team Challenge. Rey Llego also won gold for Local Fish or Seafood. 

Silver medalists were: Ren Joseph Casanova garnered for U.S. Pork, Gilbert Letran Marcyden Resuello, and Erwin Jade Demaisip for Filipino Cuisine Challenge, Patiño and Casanova for Sous Vide, Patiño for U.S. Beef and Creative Breakfast, Casanova for U.S. Pork, Richard Hubilla for Quick Fire Salad, and Jay Arlan and Rheevo Arnuco for Pasta. In the pastry categories’ Chocolate Pastry Showpiece, Balane and John Albert Garfin each won a silver. 

Those who won bronze were: Patrick Encela and Miramar Vergara for Young Chefs Team Challege, Erwin Marquez and Reimond Bahalla for Sous Vide, Arnuco for U.S. Beef, Robert Guevarra for U.S. Poultry, Casanova for Local Fish or Seafood, Patiño for Quick Fire Salad, and Jimmy Manalo and Vincent Sison for U.S. Pork. David Socrates holds the same award for Wedding Cakes, along with Balane for Bread Pastry Showpiece, and Armin Oliquino for Fantasy Desserts.     
World-class Chefs of Marriott Hotel Manila

Judges say they won because of the balanced taste. Others say it’s the intricate details. For global cuisine by world-class chefs, visit Marriott Hotel Manila and be the next judge of these award-wining chefs. Call (02) 988-999 and choose among its various restaurants to suit your discerning taste.

About Marriott Hotel Manila:
Marriott Hotel Manila stands as a centerpiece of the dynamic and exciting mixed-use development of Resorts World Manila, located directly opposite Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. A destination in itself, this 5 star property is poised to become the Philippines’ most unique and comprehensive destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions.
The hotel currently offers 342 spacious guestrooms and suites and will open the West Wing late 2016 adding an additional 228 luxuriously appointed rooms. Thoughtfully designed around the needs of today’s modern traveler, each guestroom incorporates the latest technology and design. Premium Wi-Fi capability, I-Pod docks and over-sized bathrooms appeal to most discerning guests. Mobile check-in and check -out, the finest linens and Thann Amenities add to the experience. Stunning views of Villamor Golf Course, the skylines of Makati, Fort Bonifacio and sweeping views of the airport showcase its prime location.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Beatles Eight Days a Week” explores the Fab Four's early touring years

It was 50 years ago that the Beatles performed in their last ever public concert and now, a new film looks back at the early touring years.
By: David Robson/Express

The Beatles final live concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Aug, 29, 1966. They ripped through Little Richard’s Long Tall Sally, as they had a thousand times before, then they were off. For the last time. The Beatles, the first band to make sports stadiums their stage were turning their backs on stadiums, stages and live audiences---forever. The crowd wasn’t told, nobody knew, maybe they didn’t quite know themselves but one thing they did know: they’d had enough of it.

Back then, ‘audience’ is not really the word to describe the spectators. They, mostly girls, didn’t go to Beatles concerts to listen, they went there to scream. Nobody took in the music and that included the Beatles. They couldn’t hear themselves play. It was, said Ringo, it was turning them into bad musicians.

In 1963 a British journalist, writing about the Moptops and their fans came up with the term Beatlemania. It was no more than the truth. It really was a mania. Rudolph Valentino had crowds of idolatrous women, Frank Sinatra had his bobbysoxers, today’s celebrities court and complain about media harassment, but none have ever experienced anything like this.

They were terrific together in every way: sharp, clever, funny and quick. If John was the wittiest and had edge, Paul was twinkly and charming and George and Ringo often had a good line. Liverpudlians have a way with words and from the start their playing, their singing, their harmonies, and their confidence were utterly captivating. Whether you were a music fan or not, a teenager or not, a girl or not, From Me To You struck a chord of recognition – this was something wonderful, something special that we were going to love.

The moptop haircuts and Beatle suits (forced on them by their manager Brian Epstein) helped too. We knew we loved them, we didn’t yet know they were geniuses (or, as the late Ian MacDonald, author of a great book on the Beatles says, Lennon and McCartney together were “a genius”).
What we see in the Eight Days A Week film is not so much their genius as songwriters, it’s the magic of their presence and their brilliance as performers, their personality and the evidence that they had something about them that nobody else has ever matched. You don’t need to be looking through rose-tinted bifocals to see how magical they were.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, an enjoyable feature-length film for release in cinemas September 21, captures the glorious madness of it all. Whether were around at the time or not, it comes as a shock to see how crazy it was. And even if you do remember, it’s a joy to be reminded how utterly wonderful the Beatles were. They were a brilliant band, forged by Liverpool’s Cavern, numberless hours playing in Hamburg and on the road. Through all the madness, the pressure, the travel, the work, the interviews, the hysterical fans, the crazed love, the threats, what kept them sane and sustained them was their four-in-oneness. And their influence continues to this day.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years will be released in the Philippines on September 21, 2016 through Solar Pictures.

Official Hashtags: #TheBeatlesEightDaysAWeek, #TheBeatles
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Solar Pictures is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @solarpicturesPH

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Marriott Manila’s Mooncake – A Well-Preserved Tradition

It has been said that the second most important festival in China is the Mid-Autumn festival and one cannot celebrate without the traditional Chinese pastry called mooncakes. One with the festivity and in preserving traditions, Marriott Hotel Manila introduces their version of the moist Chinese delicacy. Meticulously handcrafted by brilliant chefs to spread love in every bite, the hotel’s mooncakes have tasteful patterns on the crust of the pastry skin, which envelops the dense and delish filling. The hotel, considering the discerning tastes of patrons, made three variants to choose from depending on their fancy; the Lotus paste made of Lotus seed are considered to be the most delicious and luxurious filling for mooncakes; the red bean paste is sweet and is the most commonly used filling for the traditional pastry; while the red date filling is made of ripe fruits of the jujube plant that makes a dark red paste with a fruity tang and a pinch of sourness. While the hotel’s mooncake is a marvel to the palate, it is an ideal gift with its elegant red box with intricate gold embellishments. Be it for a gift to your loved ones, a thank you token to corporate friends, or just for yourself indulgence, Marriott Manila’s mooncake gift set suits every purpose for only P1888 nett for every box of 6 and is available at the hotel’s Marriott Café bakery and Crema starting September 1 until September 15, 2016 only.  

Marriott Café Bakery is located at Marriott Hotel Manila’s G/F and is open from 6am to 10pm on Sundays to Thursdays and 6am to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. For orders and inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.