Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Solane marks fifth anniversary

“Our brand is strong. Our reputation is strong.”

This was the celebratory pronouncement of Ricky Delgado, Jr., chairman of the executive committee, as he summed up the last five years of ISLA LPG Inc. (ILC), the company behind leading LPG brand Solane, when it recently celebrated its fifth year as the country’s leading liquefied petroleum gas solutions company.

“Solane has only been running for five years but we’ve already done so much. This company is respected for what it does well, and I think that if you look at how far we have come, it’s really because of the same strategy we have kept from the start – reliable, safe, and we take what we say seriously,”  said Delgado.
Taking part in the momentous occasion were  top executives led by Ruben Domingo, ILC chief executive officer (CEO), Shoichi Watanabe, ISLA Petroleum and Gas (IPG) CEO, Willie Sarmiento, IPG chief finance officer, and Tonito Gonzalez, ILC general manager for sales. Also present were Bobby Kanapi, IPG board member, and executives of ITOCHU – one of the company’s shareholders – including Yuji Fukuda, ITOCHU senior managing executive officer, and Keisuke Oba, ITOCHU Manila general manager

Awards were also given to the employees who have been part of this milestone. The Team ACE Awards were given to the Bulk and Commercial Team consisting of Marvin Castor, Kaiza Yu, Miguel Estrada, Raph Carbonell, John Cort, Rey Enriquez and headed by Elma Revillame for exceeding the sales target compared to the previous year. The Account Manager of the Year was awarded to Haidee Alverne of the Vismin Team. Further, the Eagle Awards were given to Gigi Indangan, third place, Regie Reyes, second place, and Ricky Estolas, Jr., first place, for their outstanding performances as ILC operations staff.

To know more about Solane, visit their new website, www.solane.com.ph, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/solane.ph.      


You heard it right! Marriott Hotel Manila joins the International Women’s Day celebration on March 8, 2017 by treating all women to a 50% off on their buffet. This discount applies on both lunch (12nn to 2:30pm) and dinner (6pm to 10:30pm) buffet at Marriott Café.

A very special day made for women should overflow with everything they love. Marriott Café has an array of international cuisines and create-your-own stations perfect for empowered ladies. Ladies can indulge on sustainable seafoods cooked hundred ways for the sultry ones; certified angus beef on the carving station for the lady bosses; organic and crisp greens are for the health junkie; authentic Asian delights from China and Japan for the free-spirited; delectable confections for the daring and adventurous. Other delightful surprises are Halal-certified food, Filipino dishes that taste like home, stir-fried goodness, and grilled meats. So dear ladies, these are all yours to enjoy at only Php 975 for lunch and Php 1,050 for dinner.

After a filling dinner, the Greatroom extends 50% off on their sophisticated cocktails such as Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Mojito, Daiquiri, Apple Martini and Mimosa. It’s “Girls Night Out” from 6pm to 1am at the lobby lounge. It is an amazing gift to equally amazing women in your lives. So to the men, make reservations now to show your appreciation and affection. Or to the ladies, set this day to reunite with you fab girlfriends.  Womanhood is a marvelous hat to wear and is worthy of a indulgent celebration at Marriott Manila, where every woman is made to be a 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.

Star Cruises reveals new travel opportunities in first ever Cruise Fair

Traveling is the newest and fastest growing trend as today’s tourism industries are further developing and traveling destinations all over the world become much accessible to the public. Now, more and more people are opening their doors to new travel opportunities whether it be local or abroad, by sea or by air.

From March 1 to 5, 2017 the leading cruise line in the Asia Pacific, Star Cruises, is making its way to Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk to showcase the company’s newest travel offers and promos especially for this summer.

The event is also set to celebrate the opening of its new homeport in Manila, marking Star Cruises as the first cruise industry to do so in the Philippines’ capital region, allowing Filipinos to reach further destinations in the Asia Pacific much closer, hassle-free and visa-free.

As such, Star Cruises booths will be set up by the mall entrances with the company’s travel agency partners attending the area to accommodate interested travelers and tourists.

“Star Cruises was the first major cruise line to recruit Filipinos 23 years ago for our cruise ships and now we are pleased to be the first international cruise line to welcome Filipinos on board Superstar Virgo as our guests from our homeport in Manila,” says President of Star Cruises Ang Moo Lim. “Worldwide, nearly 25 million people have enjoyed a cruise in 2016 and we are extending this opportunity for Filipinos to join their ranks from Manila – and at an affordable price.”

As the new homeport opens, the company is now launching new luxury cruise trip opportunities straight from Manila to Laoag, to Taiwan and Hong Kong starting March 19 to May 23, 2017!

Summer is fast approaching and no better time than now to explore and discover what awaits you onboard the leading cruise line in the Asia-Pacific, Star Cruises.

To know more about Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and its available cruise offers and promos, visit the Star Cruises booths at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk from March 1 to 5 during mall hours, or visit the Star Cruises official website at www.starcruises.com.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

21st WVL semi-finals set on Feb 26

Top-ranked teams from across the National Capital Region will battle it out on the semi-finals of the 21st season of Women’s Volleyball League (WVL), one of the country’s biggest and longest running volleyball tournaments for girls. Organized by BEST (Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training) Center and sponsored by Milo, the games will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Xavier School High School Gym.

Four teams will be competing in each division which consists of 17 and Under Developmental Division, 17 and Under Competitive Division, 13 and Under Developmental Division, and 13 and Under Competitive Division.

Colegio San Agustin will face Jubilee Christian Academy in the first set of 13 and Under Competitive Division while Escuela de Sophia Caloocan and Kings Montessori School will face in another set. Meanwhile, College of San Agustin will try to oust St. Paul’s College Makati while School of Holy Spirit will play against School of Saint Anthony in the 13 and Under Developmental Division.

On the other hand, Kings Montessori School will face Hope Christian High School in the first set of 17 and Under Competitive Division while La Salle College Antipolo will go against San Pedro Relocation Center National High School in another set. In the 17 and Under Developmental Division, Saint Pedro Proveda College will battle against Colegio de Sta. Rosa while St. Paul’s College Makati will compete against School of St. Anthony.

Winners for each set will be competing against each other for the 21st WVL championship title to be held at San Beda College Gym in Metro Manila on March 5, 2017.

BEST Center is nationally renowned for its great contribution to sports development in the Philippines. Because of the clinic’s dedication to not only producing future champions but also promoting sports and physical fitness among kids, BEST Center is cited by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) and the Olympism Award from the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) as hall of famer. Meanwhile, WVL has recently received a citation from the Philippine Sportswriter Association last Febrauary 13, 2017 during its PSA Awards Night "for being a consistent breeding ground of young talens in volleyball for the past 20 years”. By continuously organizing sports event such as WVL as well as SBP-Passerelle Twin Tournament, an annual basketball competition for kids aged 9-14, BEST Center is confident that the sport in the country will continue to grow in both popularity and equality.

For more information about the BEST Center Women’s Volleyball League and BEST Center’s volleyball clinics and tournaments, call 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

How Mac Belo ups his game

                                       Mac Belo enters Philippine basketball’s big leagues with Blackwater..
Rey Mark “Mac” Belo, the newest endorser of Blackwater for Men, looks every inch an athlete on camera and in person – standing six feet four inches tall with a muscular build that can only be acquired from hours spent studying screen drills, acing his shots and dribbles in the basketball court.

However, his imposing frame hides a shy personality. The soft-spoken Mac admits that he is still not comfortable with interviews, preferring to be seen in action.

A native of Midsayap, Cotabato, Mac first became known for his buzzer-beater shots against De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University, where he led his alma mater, Far Eastern University (FEU), to their back-to-back finals spot in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP). He finished strong in his final playing year by clinching a UAAP championship and bagging the Most Valuable Player award.

Now a power forward for Blackwater Elite of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and also part of the pool of players for the Gilas Philippine National Team, the player admitted that he was a late-bloomer in basketball.

“My love for the sport started in high school. My older brother was the one who got me into basketball, and I began to enjoy it when my friends encouraged me to join the varsity. After that, I was given the opportunity to play for FEU where I was given proper training, and my career took off from there,” he says. 

But moving from college to professional basketball was a different playing field for him. Training sessions grew more intense with three hours of practice daily, and getting drafted into the PBA meant competing with other athletes whose skill level in the sport match his own.

Mac shares, “Being able to play professional basketball is a big achievement for me, but it also took a lot of discipline and hard work to earn my PBA spot.” These and love for the sport have paid off: he has become one of PBA Philippine Cup’s top rookie players in the first half of its 2016-2017 conference, helping his team earn three straight wins for the first time since its inception.

With this newfound recognition, he acknowledges the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He stresses, “Even off court, I’m constantly trying to improve my skills. I work on strengthening exercises at the gym.” Besides pushing his body to its limits with daily training sessions, he adds, “I try to get enough sleep and eat healthy, in fact I trained myself to avoid pork and oily food. I also maintain a good personal hygiene by taking a shower before and after practice, and using Blackwater Men’s spray to keep me smelling good even while training.”

Indeed, Mac Belo’s dedication, discipline, and passion for the sport not only make him one of the sought-after rookie athletes of his generation, but also the perfect personality to be included in Blackwater’s roster of highly regarded endorsers.

To know more about Blackwater and its products, visit http://blackwater.com.ph/ and follow its official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BlackwaterForMen. Follow the progress of the Blackwater Elite team at www.facebook.com/blackwaterpba.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fun workouts to do with a partner

Exercise, often viewed as a dreadful task, can be more fun and exciting to do especially with your partner or best friend. Not only it is a great time to bond, but you will achieve couple goals or friendship goals and fitness goals as well!

“Exercising with a partner has many advantages – physically, mentally and socially. Working out with someone has been shown to make you happier and more motivated to achieve your fitness goals. When you exercise with a partner, strenuous physical activities can be more tolerable,” says MediCard president Dr. Nicky Montoya.

Here are some exercises to try with your workout buddy:

Rock Climbing. Want to up the ante of your fitness regimen while getting a total body workout? Try rock climbing. It is a full body workout that pushes you to use your entire body to climb a wall. Rock climbing has loads of benefits – it builds muscle, increases endurance, reduces stress, and boosts brain function. In addition, rock climbing teaches you to trust your partner. He is tasked to anchor you to the ground, give enough rope for you to move on to the next handhold and foothold, and keep you safe if you make a misstep.

Cycling. Make cycling more enjoyable by bringing your partner or best friend along! Did you know that an hour of vigorous cycling can burn between 590 to 930 calories? It’s definitely a great way to help both of you lose weight, increase cardiovascular fitness, decrease stress levels and strengthen bones.

Zumba. Dance your way to a fit body and even better, do it with your pal! Zumba is not only a fun and healthy way to bond, it is also a full body workout that burns fat, boosts your mood and increases confidence. In addition, Zumba also works for every age and is a great opportunity to meet people with the same goal as you.

Hiking. Want to see the beauty of nature and work out at the same time? Then hiking is for you and your significant other. Hiking gives you numerous health benefits such as improved blood pressure and blood sugar levels, increased bone density and a strengthened core. Hiking with a partner for your safety is also a good reason why you need someone to accompany you, especially if you’re going through a remote and challenging trail. On top of that, it is also more enjoyable to have someone to share the awesome views with!

Yoga. For a low-impact and relaxing workout with your partner, enroll in a yoga class. By doing the physical poses of yoga, a stronger and more flexible body can be achieved. Yoga allows the mind to be calmer and more focused. It also provides the means to attune the body, thus improving overall health. Yoga also increases circulation, slows heart rate and lowers blood pressure.

Try yoga at the MediCard Lifestyle Center, one of the most convenient fitness and wellness sanctuaries in the metro, The MediCard Lifestyle Center has Surya Fitness  Yoga, which offers hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga, and basic yoga classes.

Visit   MediCard Lifestyle Centre at 51 Paseo De Roxas cor. Sen Gil
Puyat Avenue, Makati City or check out their website,
http://mlc.medicardphils.com/, for more information.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Cloudfone, one of the fastest rising mobile tech companies in the country, further strengthened its commitment to being a partner of change through its latest CSR initiative, in celebration of the National Reading Month last November 2016.

In partnership with Globe, 1,200 Cloudpad Epic 8.9 devices were distributed to 80 selected beneficiary public schools nationwide that are part of the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) program. As part of Globe’s initiative, GFS is a long-term educational program that seeks to transform selected public schools into centers of ICT (information and communications technology) excellence. By 2020, Globe, with the help of Cloudfone, aims to establish GFS in each of the 226 DepEd divisions nationwide. Through these efforts, Cloudfone and Globe aim to promote e-learning by utilizing Cloudfone’s tablets as learning/teaching tools for academic institutions and their hardworking teachers and students.

Through Cloudfone’s wide range of powerful devices, students can now enjoy better connectivity and gain access to more online educational sources. On the other hand, teachers may also use Cloudpads as part of the school’s new and modern approach to integrated teaching in the classroom. This effort to use advanced technologies, an important step forward for the participating institutions and education sector as a whole, as this sets the stage for 21st century learning.

Perfect for the classroom, the Cloudpad Epic 8.9 is a handheld, slate tablet that can be used in lieu of traditional laptops. With a unique “crossover” technology feature, this tablet offers the best of both worlds - rich multimedia experience care of Android, and an ideal productivity environment with Windows making it compatible with many other devices that may be used in the classroom.

Its wide 8.9” screen also offers crisp, full HD display, great for reading and watching videos, while the 1.8GHz Intel Atom Processor promises consistent and powerful performance. Equipped with 32GB ROM and 2GB RAM, Cloudpad ensures users hours of seamless fun and learning. Indeed, the Cloudpad EPIC 8.9 is a perfect tool for knowledge-building.

The first ceremonial turnover was held last Nov. 28, 2016 at the Andres Bonifacio Integrated School (ABIS) in Mandaluyong with Patricia Cristina P. Magnaye of Cloudfone’s Corporate Communications team and volunteers: Annaluna Magnaye, Maynard Guinucay, Michelle Villafuerte, Carla Braganza, Jesper Ong, Michael Espeña, Cathlyn Dolor Pavia and Janis Bauto where Cloudfone and Globe gave tabet units to the academe.

In the coming year, Cloudfone looks forward to distributing more units to several other public schools that have been chosen as the beneficiaries of the Global Filipino School Program (GFS), in hopes of empowering a digital lifestyle through digital learning.

For more information, visit www.cloudfone.com.ph and check out www.facebook.com/cloudfone for the latest updates  

Every day is Valentine’s Day with Baskin-Robbins.

This is one of the most sweetest gift you can give to your partner , sweetheart, love ect. An ice cream cake that would satisfy her cravings.

The month of hearts has finally come and love is in the air! Surprise your loved ones with gorgeous Valentine’s themed Baskin-Robbins ice cream cakes made with their favorite flavors. Top it off with a sweet message and choose the design, shape and size of your cake for that personal touch. Apart from ice cream cakes, you can also treat your special someone to Baskin-Robbins’ indulgent beverages, frozen delights and a wide variety of ice cream flavors. 

Everyday is a celebration with Baskin-Robbins! Visit Baskin-Robbins shops at 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 and 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 updates, check out www.baskinrobbins.ph or its social media accounts: facebook.com/baskinrobbinsph, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sustainable Seafood on the Love Month at Marriott Manila

-          Marriott Manila Increases Sustainable Seafood Awareness this February
-          Marriott Manila takes part in the Sustainable Seafood Campaign
-          Month-long Sustainable Seafood Awareness at Marriott Manila

Marriott Manila takes the lead on the nationwide Sustainable Seafood advocacy by dedicating the whole of February to raise awareness on this environmental campaign. Aligned to its brand eco-campaign of “Sprit to Preserve”, Marriott Manila has long been actively supporting responsible seafood sourcing, and is now even more driven to place upfront special seafood dishes across its restaurant.

“I am proud to have Marriott at the forefront of a global effort. As a chef, I do feel responsible of ensuring what we offer our guests are both high-quality and from sustainable sources so we have more years of great food and satisfied guests,” says Executive Chef Meik Brammer.

Dine to Sustain

Every buffet-goers favorite, Ocean’s Harvest at Marriott Café, goes bigger this February. Seafood on ice selections are twice as delicious with choices of Whole Tiger Prawns, New Zealand Mussels, White Shell Clams, Curacha and Slipper Lobsters. Hand-pick your crustaceans and have it cooked quickly your way. Sailing through the Asian corner are the rare Live Mud Crabs and Abalone which are best eaten with their home-made sauces such as salted egg, X.O. and Singaporean chili. More selections at the same price of Php 2,500 nett every Friday and Saturday evenings.

February is best known to be the love month, so make your date night more memorable by taking part on a good cause while indulging on top-notch dishes by Cru Steakhouse. Highly-acclaimed Cru Steakhouse prepared a 4-course dinner that includes the Barbecue Wahoo Mackerel which is the most sustainable fish. The set dinner is Php 2,300 nett, but the Barbecue Wahoo Mackerel can be ordered a la carte at Php 990 nett.

And if you happen to drop by quickly at Marriott Manila, better grab from their “Sea Bites” menu at the Greatroom. Easy-to-eat snacks like House-smoked Wahoo Mackerel Sandwich, Spicy Yellowfin Tuna Tartar, and Kataifi Wrapped Selva Shrimps.  These will keep you company whether you are lounging for a business meeting, finishing up a presentation, or catching up with friends.

The seas are calling; will you answer the invitation to save it? Roll up your sleeves and dive into both sustainable and delicious seafood dishes at Marriott Manila. Catch it before it sails away!
For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Cru Steakhouse 4-course Set Menu

                                       Appetizer: Tuna Nicoise
Line caught Palawan tuna tartare, baby romaine, French beans, olive soil, quail egg, potato, tomato confit

                                       Soup: Seafood Consomme
Cuttlefish linguini, butter poached Selva shrimp, coconut-lime custard, spicy ginger relish

                                       Main Course: Barbecue Wahoo Mackerel
Asian barbecue glazed Wahoo, baby corn tempura, pineapple salsa, brown butter-popcorn puree

                                       Dessert: Ube MaClair
Purple yam macaron, crème patisserie, Chantilly, jellied dalandan coulis, Good Shepherd ube cream, pili nut crumble

                             Greatroom Sea Bite
                              Kataifi Wrapped Selva Shrimps with Asian slaw and sriracha aioli

Photo 6 - 7:                  Live Abalone station is added on the fresh seafood selections