Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Filinvest City: A Pioneering Vision fulfilled

The Filinvest Group, a pioneer in masterplanned developments, continues to break new ground with the sustained development of Filinvest City. As a world-class central business district south of Metro Manila, Filinvest City fulfills the legacy of its visionary founder Andrew Gotianun, Sr.

From humble beginnings, Filinvest now boasts of a diverse portfolio of notable projects all over the country. What started as a mission to fulfill the simple dream of Filipinos to own a house is now one of the country’s formidable real estate developers. In 1995, the Gotianuns developed a 244-hectare lot in Alabang and established it into what is now the CBD of the south.

 “It was a bold move indeed to build a CBD in the South,” says Filinvest Alabang Inc. executive vice president Catherine Ilagan. “Back then, Alabang was known as a bedroom community and was not considered for urban development. Now, Filinvest City is regarded as a prime urban development in Metro Manila.”

Filinvest City serves as a showcase of the founder’s vision. A masterplanned township, it has been enjoying unprecedented growth with the continuous construction of large-scale multi-use developments, office structures, as well as residential projects catering to different market segments.
Situated at the heart of Filinvest City is Festival Mall. A flagship of Filinvest’s LifeMalls category, 

Festival Mall continues its growth with the completion of a new wing with over 150,000 additional square meters. That includes a four-storey Landmark Department Store, bolstering it as the biggest regional mall with a total of 321,768 sq.m of shopping and dining options apt for every lifestyle need.

Filinvest City is also home to some of the country’s premiere institutions and global companies like Filinvest’s very own Crimson Hotel, Palms Country Club and other locators like Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Insular Life, Bellevue Hotel, and the Northgate Cyberzone – Filinvest’s 24/7 IT Campus, a PEZA registered Ecozone that houses various business process outsourcing  (BPO) companies.

 Also set for completion are office towers like Polaris and Capella as well as Far Eastern University.
 The next three years will see the completion of Filinvest’s anchor projects such as Botanika Nature Residences Tower 1 and Bristol at Parkway Place for high-end residences, and Parkway Corporate Center which is a new iconic office condominium structure.

 Another pioneering enhancement of Filinvest City is its innovative “green spine,” the Spectrum Midway Linear Park. Enjoy this foliage-canopied walkway that spans across the north and south ends of the township that creates a pedestrian-friendly CBD with a healthy dose of the outdoors.
 Further promoting Filinvest City for pedestrians, bike lanes will also be created across the city with provisions for bike stands and parking by city locators. This move will decrease vehicular traffic and encourage a healthier lifestyle.

With a greener and more dynamic development, Filinvest City is truly ahead of its time. Its sustained transformation and enhancements, guided by the pioneering vision of its founder, will continue to enhance the lives and experience of its residents and visitors.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bringing out the best in kids through sports

Getting your child into sports is vital to kids’ overall development. It does not only help them hone their athletic skills and build physical strength. More importantly, it also instils in them the value of self-discipline, camaraderie, teamwork, perseverance and above all, sportsmanship that leads them to become the best that they can be.

But aside from getting into sports, support from their parents, coaches as well as from school officials is equally important. With proper moral, emotional and financial support as well as time and guidance, kids become better athletes and individuals especially in dealing with both victory and defeat.

This is espoused at the recently concluded SBP-Passerelle, the longest-running twin tournament in the country. Organized by multi-awarded and pioneer of basketball clinics in the country, BEST (Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training) Center, the twin tournament gives importance on the vital role of parents, coaches and school officials in shaping the kids to become better individuals.

“At BEST Center, we encourage parents to be role models to their kids by imposing good behavior and promoting fair play and sportsmanship,” shared BEST Center founder and former national coach, Nicanor Jorge. “These values will serve as good foundation for the kids to learn from.”

“Full support is vital especially if you want your kids to excel in their sport”, remarked proud father, Alexander Arabia who actively attends his son, Alejandro’s basketball clinic every weekend. “Simple acts such as driving them to practice, silently cheering them on at the sidelines and fetching them afterwards, parents can already get to know more about their kids and vice versa”

For Yuan Pasumbal of International School of Better Beginnings (ISBB), his parents are not the only ones who fully support his passion. All of his three siblings are also present in every competition. “We never miss any game, wherever, whenever they may be”, shared his parents, Fredrick and Reinates Pasumbal.

Coaches also play an important role in child development. They are the kids’ role models and are responsible for their performance on the court as well as on how they behave off court.

“Coaches serve as examples for the kids to follow”, quipped coach Ronie Gallo of Ferndale International School of Zamboanga City and whose son, Ronie Dale, is also one of the players of the team. “As both parent and coach, I never play favourites, emphasize the importance of fair play and teach them to accept the results of the game, whether win or lose.”

“Sports complement education,” remarked Bro. Felipe Belleza of De La Salle. “While studying sharpens their academic skills, playing sports helps build character. They do not only develop talent but also learn life skills which they can use throughout their lives, regardless of whatever profession or path they choose to take.”

Indeed, sports are more than just platforms where the kids can play and win. It also equips them with wisdom and experience that can help them withstand the adversaries of the future and therefore brings out the best in kids.

For more information about BEST Center’s classes and tournaments, call the hotlines 411-6260, 3723066 and 372-3065, email bestcentersports@gmail.com or follow its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BEST-Center-Sports-Inc/66172039922

Invite good luck into your life by celebrating Chinese New Year at Evia Lifestyle Center

Welcome the Year of the Red Fire Rooster at Evia Lifestyle Center in Vista Alabang on January 28-29, 2017 to attract prosperity and good luck all year long.

On Chinese New Year’s Day, January 28, make sure to catch the Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance show in the Atrium at Evia Lifestyle Center at 4:00 PM. Have your photo taken beside the Money Tree with red envelopes that are symbols of wealth and prosperity, and shop for lucky charms at the Chinese New Year Bazaar. Both are located at the Atrium from January 21 to 29. Also watch the New Year fireworks display on January 28 at 6:30 PM at Evia Lifestyle Center Outdoor Promenade.

Catching a Dragon and Lion Dance is lucky because the sounding of the drums and cymbals purify the atmosphere and chase negative energy away. The presence of a Lion or Dragon scares away evil spirits and brings good luck to businesses and activities in the area. Since Lions and Dragons are symbols of strength and good luck, seeing them perform will make their good luck rub off on you.

The Chinese give away red envelopes that contain money on Chinese New Year because red is the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck. Actually, the color red is more significant than the money inside it because wrapping money in red envelopes is expected to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers. Have your photo taken with the red envelopes to remind you of good fortune all year long.

As for Chinese charms, traditionally it is best to get a new charm every Chinese New Year to enhance one’s good fortune. The right charms for the year help align with the new energy of the Year of the Rooster and make way for new beginnings. This year’s lucky charms are, of course, the Rooster, as well as Feng Shui coins, Lotus Flowers, prosperity candles, wind chimes, and personalized feng shui bracelets.
All these can be found and experienced at Evia Lifestyle Center from January 21-29, 2017.

To find out more about Evia Lifestyle Center, visit www.facebook.com/evialifestylecenter or follow us on Instagram, @evialifestylecenter.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Dine, Drink, and Be Pampered Like Ms. Universe at Marriott Hotel Manila

Are you confidently beautiful with a heart? If you are, mark your calendars because as early as January 16, you can dine, drink, and be pampered like a beauty queen at Marriott Hotel Manila!

A Taste of the Universe at Marriott Café

Have a taste of the best cuisines the universe has to offer at Marriott Café. In addition to the splendid array of food in its numerous stations, Marriott Café is offering a taste of the countries that brought home the coveted crown: Mexico’s grilled skirt steaks with tortilla and guacamole, Angola’s arroz de coco e papaia with piri-piri marinated shrimps (rice with papaya and coconut milk), USA’s Texas style BBQ ribs with Mac and Cheese, Venezuela’s Chivo en Coco (goat in coconut stew with rice and fried plantains), Colombia’s Tamales with Hogao (marinated pork wrapped in corn meal with Colombian tomato salsa), and Philippines’ Binacol (chicken soup cooked in tamarind and coconut juice). Great conversations with your family, friends, or business partners will surely revolve around these dishes for dinner at P2,100 per person.   
 Queen Bee Set Menu at Cru Steakhouse

Wear your elegant evening dress or gown and dine at Cru Steakhouse with its Queen Bee Set Menu: Salmon Carpaccio (salmon gravlax, beetroot salad, and horseradish cream) for appetizer, a hearty soup of Sweet Corn Velouté (organic vegetable fajitas and chive oil), Fillet Mignon (seared foie gras, rosti potatoes, mushroom ragoût, and blueberry sauce) for main course, and Ube Maclair (purple yam macaron, chantilly jellied dalandan coulis, Good Shepherd ube cream, and pili nut crumble) for dessert. This special menu for P3,000 nett is definitely fabulous in every bite!     

Marriott Café Bakery’s Crown of Confidence and Decadence

Don’t wear it. Eat it! It’s a slice of what it feels to reign as the most beautiful for only P205 nett. The crown of confidence and decadence is a tiara made of moist chocolate cake, salted caramel chocolate ganache, rolled fondant, silver dragée, isomalt blue stone, and handmade pastillage.

Ms. Universe Cocktails at the Greatroom

Fancy a mix fit for a queen? Find the “sash of cocktails” that fit you best, strike a pose, and toast it with friends. The Greatroom serves Ms. Congeniality for P375, Ms. Photogenic for P345, The Runner Ups for P375, The Queen for P360, and Beauty and Brains for P280.  

Ms. Universe Viewing Party at the Hotel Lobby at 8:30 a.m. on January 30

The party continues with a live telecast of the most beautiful day in the universe. With wit and grace, gather your girlfriends and indulge with every bite and sip as you watch every winning moment of the competition on January 30. If your choice for Pia Wurzbach’s successor is right, you and your Ms. Bulgaria will an overnight stay at a Premium Room of the newly-opened West Wing where you can pamper yourselves in its luxurious amenities complete with fresh cocktails and sumptuous bar chows.   

All these are a confidently beautiful experience you shouldn’t miss. At Marriott Hotel Manila, you will dine, drink, and be treated like a beauty queen.   

For more information, please call 988 9999 or visit www.manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

Get a taste of Baskin-Robbins’ lucky scoop this Chinese New Year...

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Baskin-Robbins, the world’s most loved ice cream brand, lets you try your luck to enjoy an extra junior scoop of your favorite flavor for free! Simply buy any of the participating Baskin-Robbins’ delicious treats and get a chance to crack open a fortune waffle for your free junior scoop. 

The Baskin-Robbins treats included in this promo are the Double Value Scoop, Sundae, Banana Royale, Banana Split and Milkshakes. This fun offer is ongoing from January 22, 2017 until February 5, 2017.

Visit Baskin-Robbins shops at the Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, Uptown Place Mall, and SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City; Greenbelt 5 and Glorietta 5 in Makati; Fairview Terraces, Trinoma Mall, SM North (Main Building and The Block) in Quezon City; SM Southmall in Las Pinas; Solenad in Sta Rosa, Laguna; SM Dasmariñas in Cavite; and SM Pampanga. For more information, log on to www.baskinrobbins.ph or check out their social media accounts: facebook.com/baskinrobbinsph, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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- Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 to select eight boys and eight girls as Jr. NBA All-Stars -

- Online Registration Now Live at www.jrnba.asia/philippines -

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Jan. 18, 2017 – Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska returns this year to the Philippines from Jan. 20-May 14 as part of the league’s effort to encourage youth basketball participation. 

Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches participants the fundamental skills and 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.  In addition, Jr. NBA Philippines will introduce a court refurbishment initiative that will revitalize a community court through the NBA Cares platform.

The Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska is free and open to boys and girls ages 10-14 and 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 Bacolod, Batangas, Cagayan De Oro, Cavite, Cebu, Metro Manila and Subic.  The Regional Selection Camps will be held in Cagayan De Oro (Feb. 11-12), Lucena (Feb. 25-26), Cebu (March 11-12) and Metro Manila (April 1-2), with the top 37 boys and 37 girls advancing to the National Training Camp in Manila on May 12-14, which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend.  The program will culminate with the selection of 16 Jr. NBA All-Stars, comprised of eight boys and eight girls, who will embark on an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.

Below is a look at the Jr. NBA in the Philippines By The Numbers:
·         133,000  The Jr. NBA Philippines Facebook page has more than 133,000 followers.
·         57,000 – More than 57,000 players have participated in the Jr. NBA Philippines.
·         3,000 – More than 3,000 coaches have participated in the Jr. NBA Philippines.
·         94   94 Jr. NBA All-Stars have been selected.
·         64 – Jr. NBA clinics have been conducted in 64 municipalities and cities across the Philippines.
·         10 – 10 current and former NBA and WNBA players have participated in the Jr. NBA Philippines: Tina Thompson, Ruth Riley, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, B.J. Armstrong, A.C. Green, Luc Longley, Muggsy Bogues, Gordon Hayward, Nerlens Noel and Norris Cole.
·         2   Two Jr. NBA Philippines alumni, Aljon Mariano and Raphael Banal, are currently playing in the Philippine Basketball Association.
·         1 – One Jr. NBA Philippines alumnus, Kobe Paras, plays for Creighton University, an NCAA Division I team.

The 2017 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines will begin the search for the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Jan. 20 in Manila, led by Jr. NBA Head Coaches Craig Brown and Chris Sumner with Alaska Power Camp Coach Jeff Cariaso.  Fourteen Jr. NBA coaches will be selected as finalists and trained at the National Training Camp, with two Jr. NBA Coaches of the Year awarded with an NBA experience trip.

“Jr. NBA has provided world-class basketball instruction to communities across the country and produced a roster of athletes competing both on the local and international stage,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.  “We are grateful for our partnership with Alaska, which supports our mission of instilling the core values of our game and promoting an active lifestyle among youth in the Philippines.”

“We are proud that Jr. NBA Philippines has established itself as one of the country’s premier youth basketball programs and shaped well-rounded athletes including Aljon Mariano, Kiefer Ravena, Kobe Paras, Kyla Flores and Rozie Amatong who inspire Filipino youth to fulfill their potential,” said Alaska Milk Corporation Marketing Director Blen Fernando.  “As partners of the NBA, Alaska Milk is committed to serving more Filipino children and families with affordable nutrition and providing first-rate training to guide their pursuit of becoming champions in life.”

Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska continues to promote proper nutrition and an active lifestyle, serving as 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, Globe Telecom and Panasonic serve as Official Partners of the Jr. NBA 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 in the Philippines.

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

Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines.  For all things NBA, visit www.nba.com and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/philsnba) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/nba_philippines).

To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and www.playph.com.

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 2016-17 season featured a record 113 international players from 41 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com and the NBA App, which achieved record viewership and traffic during the 2015-16 season.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with more than 1.3 billion 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.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Marriott Manila Spreads Bounteous Luck this Year of the Fire Rooster

Treasure and Tradition

In celebration of the biggest festival in the Chinese Lunar calendar, Marriott Manila ushers in the Year of the Fire Rooster with a chest box filled with three traditional delicacies: Tikoy (Nian Gao), Radish Cake (Lo Bak Go), and Taro Cake (Wu Tao Gao). 

Executive Chinese Law Wui Wing made sure these delicacies are prepared in the most flavorful and authentic way. The round-shaped 750-gram Tikoy, with a classic sweet taste symbolic to the Chinese culture as it means “higher year”, attracts wealth and luck throughout the year. Likewise, the 500-gram radish and taro cake slices are made using prime ingredients from Hong Kong. These cakes signify good fortune and prosperity. 

The elegant red oriental box—whether shared to others as it symbolizes an abundance of luck and prosperity, or placed at the center of your New Year celebration—is available for only Php 1,388 at Marriott Café Bakery, Crema, and the newly-opened Man Ho Chinese restaurant.  

Man Ho’s Feast of Good Fortune and Infinite Happiness

Man Ho is also inviting you to make your New Year celebrations more memorable with a lavish 11-course feast. Choose from two set menus: 



The Good Fortune for Php 36,888++ includes marinated radish and black fungus as starters, assorted barbecued meat combination with a covetous suckling pig, braised dried oyster with garlic and vegetables, braised fish lip soup with sea cucumber and black mushroom, sautéed clam meat and sliced chicken with celery chili sauce, steamed live tiger Garoupa fish, deep fried crispy chicken, stir-fried kai lan with ginger sauce, fried rice cooked in Fujian style, and desserts like sweetened red bean cream with dumplings, custard bun with egg yolk, and coconut pudding with red bean. 

The Infinite Happiness Set for Php 42, 888++ includes appetizers like smoked fish and Japanese cucumber, roasted goose in Hong Kong style (a rare and first in Manila), roasted suckling pig, braised conpoy with dried oyster and vegetables, braised fish maw soup and shredded duck, sautéed scallops with asparagus in X.O. sauce, steamed live pink Garoupa fish, poached seasonal vegetables with salty egg and preserved egg, fried rice with diced chicken and salty fish, sweetened red bean cream with dumplings, steamed custard bun with egg yolk, and coconut pudding with red bean.

Make your reservations to catch these set menus from January 28 to February 11, 2017.

The Year of the Fire Rooster is looking very auspicious at Marriott Manila and the best way to start it is through a ceremonial dragon and lion dance on January 29 at 5pm. Join the celebration to attract good spirits and push negative energies away!

For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on the hotel’s latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat; and @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

University of the Visayas wins SBP-Passerelle Sportsmanship Award.

 The University of the Visayas (UV) got to take home the much-coveted Sportsmanship 
award in the SBP division of the prestigious SBP-Passerelle Twin Tournament. This award is based not only on the fair play shown by the players, but also among the coaches, school officials and parents, and aims to develop values, discipline, team work and sportsmanship among all participants. 

The SBP-Passerelle Twin Tournament is organized by the multi-awarded school for basketball and volleyball, BEST Center, sponsored by Milo, and supported by Chris Sports and Rain or Shine. 

Now on its 31st year, SBP-Passarelle is the longest running and most prestigious annual interschool basketball competition for children where students ages 9-11 compete in the SBP division, while students ages 12-14 compete in the Passarelle division. For more information about BEST Center’s classes and tournaments, email , bestcentersports@gmail.com or follow its official Facebook page BEST Center Sports Inc.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Indulge yourself In ` Baskin-Robbins’ delicious warm Cookie Iice Cream Sandwich

Satisfy your cravings with the latest offering from the world’s favorite ice cream brand, Baskin-Robbins -- the delectable warm cookie ice cream sandwich. Don’t miss out on the limited edition freshly baked chewy cookies paired with any of your favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors for only P169. You can choose from any of these mouth-watering cookie flavors: Dark Chocolate, Double Fudge or White Chunk Macadamia. 

Get your own warm cookie ice cream sandwich at any of these participating Baskin-Robbins stores at Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta 5, Glorietta 2, Greenbelt 5 and Central Square BGC for a limited time only. You can also visit any Baskin-Robbins store every 31st of the month and get 31% off on all fresh packs.

 Drop by the store on Pink Day every Wednesday and show something pink to get a free scoop of your favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream for every purchase of the double junior scoop. 

For more information, log on to www.baskinrobbins.ph and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.