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“M. BUTTERFLY” NATIONAL TOUR 2019 ALL SET FOR SIX- CITY RUN

The M. BUTTERFLY National Tour 2019 is all set to spread its wings even wider to reach major cities namely Iloilo, Dumaguete, Cebu, Davao, Manila, and Baguio.
Presented by Tony and Grammy award-winning producer Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment (producer of highly-acclaimed independent films Bhoy Intsik and Bwaya), the M. BUTTERFLY National Tour 2019 was decided upon by the producers to bring this world-class masterpiece to those who did not have the opportunity to catch its 2018 Manila run. After all, the location should not limit one’s exposure to the arts and culture.
Most theater companies in our country whose successful productions in Manila are often hindered from bringing their projects to other key cities because of the many challenges and technical details involved. And this is why Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment are taking this bolder step to carry on their mission and advocacy in the performing arts and to further enhance audience development throughout the Philippine archipelago.
This revival production of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY is the winner of the 2018 ALIW AWARDS for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Director. It was also nominated for two Best Featured Actresses in a Play and Best Ensemble.
M. Butterfly, which tells the story originally premiered on Broadway in 1998 and won 3 Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Featured Actor and Best Director.

Synopsis: René Gallimard is a member of the French embassy in China. René is mild-mannered and considers himself to be poor with women. He meets and falls in love with Chinese opera star Song Liling, a woman whom he considers to be the embodiment of the perfect woman, Madame Butterfly. But when West meets East, everything is not what it seems….
Targeting audiences between ages 18 and beyond, the producers are hoping that this classic drama, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly’, will likewise resonate to theater audiences from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao that “ love, power, and deception holds no boundaries – whether this be in a rural or urban setting.”
RS FRANCISCO, the 2018 Aliw Awards Best Actor for M. Butterfly shall reprise his iconic portrayal of Song Liling, the Chinese opera singer who is Gallimard’s object of affection and seduces him through his biases of the East then exploits their intimacy to collect classified information for agents of the Chinese Communist Party.
RS first essayed this role in May 1990 for Dulaang UP, opposite veteran actor, writer, and critic Behn Cervantes. On its debut, M. Butterfly immediately rose to critical acclaim with packed houses and box office success in over 100 performances throughout the Philippines.
In the many years thereafter, RS Francisco’s theater credits in numerous productions and variety of roles continued to hone his craft as a complete artist. In films, his most recent awards include the SINAG MAYNILA Best Actor, the STAR AWARDS Movie Actor of the Year and the SUBIC BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Actor.
When M. BUTTERFLY was revived recently on Broadway, RS had thought of bringing it to life once again to the new theater audiences of today. After all, this is the only ‘one’ role that continues to remain as closest to his heart.
To add a diverse twist to the M. Butterfly National Tour 2019, young actor AIRA IGARTA will step into the role of Song Liling as alternate in certain performances. As an original member of the Kurogo ensemble of the play’s 2018 Manila run, Aira is a stage and film actor from the Theatre Arts Program of UP Diliman where he took part in several Dulaang UP and Dulaang Labortoryo productions. Trained by the likes of Tony Fabella and Luther Perez, Aira was originally a dance and voice scholar at Quezon City Performing Arts Foundation (QCPADFI).
French actor OLIVIER BORTEN shall essay the role of Rene Gallimard, a former French diplomat, who relates the story of his passionate, disastrous affair with Song Liling from his cell in a Paris prison, where he is serving a long sentence for treason.
Philippine theater royalty JENINE DESIDERIO, who among many other theater, film, television and recording credits, assumed the lead role as Kim in the West End’s original Miss Saigon, will portray Gallimard’s wife – Helga. The pair married as a matter of convenience; Helga’s father had diplomatic connections that helped Gallimard ascend in his career.

After 25 years of stage acting experience in the United Kingdom, Scottish NORM MCLEOD has stepped in the Philippine stage as Manuel Toulon, the French Ambassador to China who also happens to be the dominant and strong-willed superior of Gallimard at the embassy in Beijing. Toulon promotes Gallimard to vice-consul and charges him with collecting information to aid the American war in Vietnam.
Trilingual American actor LEE O’BRIAN will once more personify Marc, the sexually unapologetic best friend of Gallimard. He encourages Gallimard to take sexual advantage of the women around him without regard for their feelings or even their consent. Although M. Butterfly was Lee’s first theatrical endeavor, his acting skills have already been tried and tested in international films Edsa Woolworth and Forgive Me Father. O’Brian also portrays Sharpless in M. Butterfly for a brief while.
Portraying the different roles of Suzuki, Comrade Chin, and Shu Fang is powerful and well-rounded artist MAYEN ESTAÑERO. Her impressive performance in the 2018 run of M. Butterfly landed her an Aliw Awards nomination for Best Featured Actress. Mayen’s previous theater credits include Dalanghita Production’s Corazon Negro, An Operetta as Maestra, Virgin Labfest’s Mula sa Kulimliman as Leila and Sugid Production’s Buwan at Baril as Asawa. Comrade Chin is a member of the Red Guards, a paramilitary arm of the Communist Party in China. Song communicates with Comrade Chin often, to pass on the classified information he gathers from Gallimard.
Twice a finalist as Best Actress for the Aliw Awards, MAYA ENCILA receives her third nomination as Best Featured Actress for her unique characterization of Renee and Pin-Up Girl in M. Butterfly. The stunning Arizona native plays a young, sexually liberated Danish woman with whom Gallimard has an affair. Renee’s boldness presents a stark contrast to Song’s modesty, which Gallimard finds both exciting and obnoxious. A true expert in performing arts, Maya has taken the stage countless times as Mary Lennox for The Secret Garden, as Belle for Repertory Philippines’ Beauty and the Beast musical and as Lara for Philippine Stagers’ KATIPS, to name a few.
Rising soprano star JASMIN SALVO will be the new Opera Singer for the national tour.
The members of the ensemble playing the role of Kurogo are as follows: PHEITH IENA BALLUG, ULLYSES BASA, SASA CABALQUINTO, FRANCO FERRER and JOHN PAUL ORTENERO.
The artistic team of M. Butterfly is as follows: Jhett Tolentino and RS Francisco (Producers), Ohm David (Set), Eric Pineda (Costume), John Batalla (Lighting), Jethro Joaquin (Sound), Joed Balsamo (Music) and Carissa Adea (Choreography).
The M. BUTTERFLY NATIONAL TOUR 2019 will benefit 10 charitable institutions namely: Iloilo Prima Galaw, Philippine National Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, The Children of Cebu Foundation, Silliman University Culture and Arts Council, the Arts Council of Cebu Foundation, Love the Children Foundation, House of Hope Foundation, Halfway Home for the Boys and St. Louis University Culture and Arts Center.

PLAYDATES:
ILOILO CITY
VENUE: SM City Iloilo Cinema 6
Feb. 14 – Thursday – Opening Night – 7pm
Feb. 15 – Friday – 2pm / 7pm
Feb. 16 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Feb. 17 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm

DUMAGUETE CITY
VENUE: Luce Auditorium, Silliman University
Feb. 28 – Thursday – Opening Night – 7pm
Mar. 01 – Friday – 7pm
Mar. 02 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 03 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm
CEBU CITY
VENUE: SM Seaside City Centerstage
Mar. 14 – Thursday – Opening Night – 7pm
Mar. 15 – Friday – 7pm
Mar. 16 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 17 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm

DAVAO CITY
VENUE: SM Lanang Premier Cinema 6
Mar. 28 – Thursday – Opening Night – 7pm
Mar. 29 – Friday – 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 30 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 31 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm

MANILA
VENUE: Maybank Performing Arts Theater
May 8 – Wednesday – Opening Night – 8pm
May 9- Thursday – 8pm
May 10 – Friday – 8pm
May 11 – Saturday – 2pm / 8pm
May 12 – Sunday – 2pm / 8pm
May 15 – Wednesday – 8pm
May 16 – Thursday – 8pm
May 17 – Friday – 8pm
May 18 – Saturday – 2pm / 8pm
May 19 – Sunday – 2pm / 8pm

BAGUIO CITY
VENUE: St. Louis University
May 30 – Thursday – Opening Night 7pm
May 31 – Friday – 7pm
Jun. 1 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Jun. 2 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm

Ticket merchants per area:
ILOILO, DAVAO, CEBU, BAGUIO – SM Tickets at any SM Mall nationwide or online at SMTickets.com
DUMAGUETE – Culture, and Arts Council Office, Silliman University through contact nos. (035) 422-4365, (0917) 300-0346, (0999) 797-7825
MANILA – TicketWorld through contact no. (02) 891-9999 or ticketworld.com
The ticket prices vary per city between P500 to P2,000 plus taxes and fees.
Check out M. Butterfly at the following social media:
Facebook: /MButterflyPH
Twitter: @MButterflyPH
Instagram:@MButterflyPH
YouTube: MButterflyPH
For further inquiries, please contact JHETT TOLENTINO at (0906) 576-6914.

National Pampering Day 2017

Visiting a Nailaholics Salon and Spa branch is something that I always look forward to. Comfy seats, spacious salon, skilled nailed technician and excellent customer service are the perfect formula for relaxation. Who doesn’t love being pampered once in a while?

The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10AM to 12NN on their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or relaxing foot massage.

Quoting Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, “We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while”.

Nailaholics and one of the most beloved lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM.  The best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will support World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas.

Head down to any Nailaholics Nail and Salon Spa Branch on October 17, Tuesday from 10AM to 1PM and get yourself a relaxing service. Nailaholics currently have more than 50 branches nationwide, including Gateway Mall, Eastwood City Walk, Cash and Carry Makati, Harbor Point Mall Subic, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, and SM Lanang.

Grab this one a year treat! Walk out of a Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again.

Visit www.nailaholics.com to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page , Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Who is Sanicare’s First Brand Ambassador?

The Sanicare Hygiene Care Circle event happened yesterday, July 25, 2017 at The Makati Diamond Residences.

Sanicare gathered the country’s top Mommy Bloggers to talk about cleanliness and hygiene for the family. Attendees were also taught new household hacks using different Sanicare products. The full product line was introduced to everyone. It also paved way to the launching of the first ever brand ambassador for Sanicare, Bianca Gonzales – Intal.

Bianca has been a long time user of Sanicare and as what the Sanicare Marketing Director Ms. Lea Sio Pacis said, “Bianca represents the moms of today.”

Mommies got to enjoy different activities, headed by Three Mommy bloggers, Frances Sales, Shari Macainag, and Sarah Tirona.  Amongst the three booths, my favorite is the Kitchen where I learned that Sanicare’s Jumbo Kitchen Towel can actually be used as a Coffee filter.  It’s amazing how a soft Kitchen towel can be so durable even when wet.

My Top 5 Favorite Sanicare Products:

1. Disposable Toilet Seat Cover. I do not like seating in public toilets. So, instead of squatting which is also unhygienic, I always carry with me a pack of toilet seat covers.  It’s so convenient to use plus it’s biodegradable so, you can flush it in the toilet and it won’t clug!

2. Interfolded Hand Towel. I can’t leave without tissue and I do not use tissue rolls whenever I pee because I feel that some substances are being left out. Whether inside the car, our home office, kitchen and bathroom – you will always see a pack of Sanicare interfolded tissue. It comes in 1 ply 175 pulls and 2 ply 150 pulls. It’s made from 100% virgin pulp with no artificial whiteners and elemental chlorine.

3. Sanicare Baby Wipes. I am choosy when it comes to wipes. Some brands leave a sticky feeling after use unlike Sanicare. I even use it on my face especially during long travels. It’s so refreshing to use.  It’s also enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. It is also gentle because it’s alcohol and paraben free which makes it safe for everyday use.

4. Sanicare Jumbo Cotton Balls. I hate tiny cotton balls. I feel like I’m being tricked because they sure look many when packed but one ball isn’t enough to use. So, you end up using three balls.  These jumbo cotton balls are not just made for babies, you can even use it for your toner. Its size is perfect for covering more surface and area coverage.

5. Sanicare Baby Underpads. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m adding this to my favorites because this will make every mom’s life so much better. Who likes to keep dirty underpads on their baby bags? NONE! Sanicare Baby Pads has silky soft surface that won’t irritate your baby’s skin and a leak proof barrier to contain all the mess from leaky diapers.

Check out Sanicare‘s official website for the complete list of their products.  With the new products presented to us on the Sanicare Hygiene Care Circle event, Sanicare again proved that they always make sure to meet the different needs of the local market while remaining uncompromising in its promise of providing excellent products.

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Casa de Dios: Review

Have you guys attended a reunion lately? Miguel and I did last December 28, 2016. It was our first time as a couple to host a family event and it was exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time. We wanted a rustic themed reunion and it took us months to find the perfect venue.  Miguel came across Casa De Dios’ Facebook page. We were impressed with the photos and immediately had the venue pencil booked before we even had an ocular.

The owner, Nikko de Dios was very accommodating and patient.  I had to change the date of the event twice and didn’t even feel that he was upset. LOL! It wasn’t my intention to cause confusion, some family members just had some last minute requests that I had to consider.

Casa de Dios is located at 14 Cabrera Road, Brgy. Dolores, Taytay, Rizal. It’s about 30 minute drive from Ortigas Center. We booked the venue from 9:00 until midnight for only Php12,000.  The place is cozy and well maintained.  Ideal for intimate gatherings as it can only cater to 50 guests. Aside from the pool, they also have cabanas where you can dine or have some cocktail while chitchatting with your friends and loved ones. Their family room is big enough for 3 double beds. We took turns in taking naps that day. The balcony is not really child-friendly so, I suggest that  you keep your children off this area.

 

Everything at Casa de Dios is Instagram worthy. My photos doesn’t give this place much justice – you have to see it for yourself. I highly suggest this to people who are looking for a venue for their prenup photo shoot.

They have 3 parking slots so, I suggest car pooling. But if you really cannot avoid bringing your own car, you can safely park right across Casa de Dios ( outside the Memorial park ).

I am planning to hold a reunion with my High School friends and I am considering Casa de Dios for our venue.

Check out their Facebook page to stay updated with their promos and rates.

 

2015 Asia CEO Awards

We always hear people say “Picking the right boss is far important than picking the right job.”

Let us help you decide who your next boss will be. You can pick one from this year’s Asia CEO Awards.

Asia CEO Awards, represents the grandest alliance of local and international business people ever created to promote Philippines and recognize the business achievers on the world stage. Asia CEO Awards as one of the largest events of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, it is considered a must-attend occasion for business leaders active in Southeast Asia.

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Of course we all want to live in a first-world country. That is also  the vision of Asia CEO awards, and by recognizing the companies or individuals who help us make this dream a reality, they encourage more and more companies to invest in our country. Asia CEO Awards 2015 was held on November 11, 2015, 6PM at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom.

The star-studded Board of Judges gave away a total of 15 awards to many of the most accomplished leadership teams and leaders currently operating in Philippines. Members of the Judging Committee of the Asia CEO Awards, a group outstanding leaders representing the cream of the nation’s local and international business communities, receive nominations for organizations and people believed to demonstrate outstanding leadership achievement in various awards categories.

LIFETIME CONTRIBUTOR (Private Sector) Awardee: DAVID M. CONSUNJI (Chairman, DMCI Holdings, Inc.)

Mr. David Consunji is the chairman of publicly listed holding firm, DMCI Holdings, Incorporated (PSE: DMC). He was a former secretary of the Department of Public Works, Transportation and Communications from 1970 to 1975, during the Marcos administration.He is also know as the Philippines’ Father of Construction.

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HOSPITALITY DESTINATION OF THE YEAR: Marriott Hotel Manila

This award is open to ASEAN based organizations engaged in the hotel and resort industry that promotes ASEAN tourism and showcases the genuine hospitality and cultural heritage of the ASEAN region.

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TECHNOLOGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR : Eco-System Technologies, Inc.

The award is open to corporate organizations, academe and startup companies that focuses on Information and Communications Technology, Bio Technology & Material Science, Sciences and Math & Engineering.

 

HEART FOR OFWS COMPANY OF THE YEAR : ASKI (Alalay sa Kaunlaran) Global Ltd.

This award is given to private and public corporations that implement specific programs that produce a positive and significant effect to Filipino overseas foreign workers and their families.

CSR COMPANY OF THE YEAR : PMFTC, Inc.
The award is open to corporate and non-corporate organizations that achieved important success in providing a social commitment to the Filipino people by promoting environmental protection & awareness, livelihood programs and youth development projects which can contribute to the society.

 

GREEN COMPANY OF THE YEAR : Emotors, Inc.

The award is open to corporate and non-corporate organizations that have demonstrated strong leadership and participation in sustainability and environmental protection programs initiatives in Philippines.

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR : RAYMOND ABREA (President and CEO, Abrea Consulting Group, Inc)

Candidates for this award can be either organizations that have done exemplary work developing young leaders or for individual young leaders who have accomplished remarkable achievements. The young leaders should be should not be older than 35 years old during the year considered and have the title ranging from manager and up.

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MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANY OF THE YEAR : My Checkpoints (Mo-Anima, Inc.)
The award is open to any Philippines-based organization that achieved important success within Philippines or outside of it. The accomplishment(s) must demonstrate Filipino (or mixed Filipino/expatriate) management talent performing at the highest standards and be recognized as internationally significant. The innovation must be meaningful to the business/organization and to the society.

SERVICE EXCELLENCE COMPANY OF THE YEAR : Cognizant Technology Solutions Philippines, Inc.

The award is open to any Philippines-based organization that achieved important success within Philippines or outside of it. The accomplishment(s) must demonstrate Filipino (or mixed Filipino/expatriate) management talent performing at the highest standards which resulted to the company’s customer satisfaction.

EXPATRIATE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR : MICHAEL RAEUBER (Group Chief Executive Officer, Royal Cargo, Inc.)

The award is open to any non-Filipino who achieved measurable success while overseeing a business enterprise within Philippines. The accomplishment must have made a strong contribution to the development of the country’s economic capabilities.

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GLOBAL FILIPINO EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR : ANDREW TAN (Chairman, Alliance Global Group, Inc.)

The award is open to any Filipino citizen or person of Filipino descent who achieved recognizable success in Philippines or outside of it. Award candidates can be in any discipline but more attention is given to fields such as business, government and academics.

TOP EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR : ANZ Global Services and Operations Manila, Inc.

The award is open to any Philippines-based organization that achieved important employer success while overseeing a business enterprise either within Philippines or outside of it. The accomplishment(s) must demonstrate Filipino (or mixed Filipino/ expatriate) management talent performing at the highest standards and be recognized as internationally significant.

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EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR: Clark Development Corporation

This award is open to any profit-making organization’s Executive Management Team that has attained significant business accomplishments in the country and the world. These leadership teams continue to demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, giving rise to the maximization of their stakeholders’ values.

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Which of these companies/CEO’s are you eyeing to be your next employer?

Who Made it To This Year’s Asia CEO Awards?

Were you able to nominate your Company’s CEO this year? Asia CEO awards has finally announced its outstanding companies and individuals who made it to the list of finalists across its 13 award categories.

The event just got bigger and better on its 6th year with 1200 expected attendees. It’s going to be a night of not just glitz and glamour but of course, a get together of Asian Companies’ cream of the crop  who have made significant contributions in helping build the Philippines into one of the fastest growing economies in the world. One of the largest events of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, the Asia CEO Awards promotes leadership excellence and team-building within organizations and highlights Filipino business accomplishments to the world’s business leaders.

The 6th Asia CEO awards will be on the evening of November 11 at the grand ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Manila.

The nominations officially closed last September 28, 2015 and the much anticipated list of finalist was finally announced last October 20, 2015 by the Asia CEO Awards esteemed Board of Judges led by its Chairman, Richard Mills, who shares that every year he and his fellow judges are finding it more and more challenging to choose the final list of winners.

The largest number of individuals and management teams were nominated this year. We’re seeing more and more leaders and companies rising in the Philippines, and they’re possessing skills and leadership styles that are at par with global standards,” shares Mills.“It has been our primary goal to promote the Philippines as an attractive investment destination and a valuable source for world-class leaders. The fact that we are finding it harder each year to come up with a winner out of all the quality nominations we’ve been getting, speaks a lot about the progress made in human resource development in the country,” he adds.

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The frontrunners

This year submissions were received from a wide range of industries including banking and finance, real estate, maritime, mining, insurance, energy, business process outsourcing (BPO), tourism, healthcare, and the public sector, to name a few.

Each year, the Asia CEO Awards recognizes management teams and individuals across the following 10 award categories:

KPMG Executive Leadership Team of the Year. Open to any profit-making organization, the award recognizes the executive management team for its success in overseeing a business enterprise either within the Philippines or outside of it. The 10 teams who made it to the list of finalists demonstrate exceptional leadership skills that maximize stakeholders’ values. This year, the finalists are Clark Development Corporation, Concepcion Industrial Corporation, Hedcor, Inc., Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc., Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Megaworld Corporation, PAG-IBIG Fund, Philex Mining Corporation, Pointwest Technologies Corporation, and Security Bank Corporation.

SyncHRony Global Top Employer of the Year awards any Philippine-based organization that achieved important employer success while overseeing a business enterprise either within the Philippines or outside of it. Eight companies comprise thefinalists, namely ADP Philippines, Inc., ANZ Global Services and Operations Manila, Inc.,Capital One Philippines Support Services Corporation, Cognizant Technology Solutions Philippines, Inc., HSBC Electronic Data Processing (Philippines), Inc., IBEX Global Solutions Philippines, Inc., LBC Express, Inc., and TATA Consultancy Services (Philippines), Inc.

Smart Enterprise Global Filipino Executive of the Year Award. Open to anyFilipino citizen or person of Filipino descent, the accolade recognizes individuals who achieved proven success in the Philippines or outside of it. This year, nominated executives include the following: Andrew Tan, chairman of Alliance Global Group, Inc.; Arnel Paciano Casanova, president and CEO of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority; Arthur Tugade, president and CEO of Clark Development Corporation; Arthur Tan, president and CEO of Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc.; Gilda Pico, president and CEO of Land Bank of the Philippines; Marlon Rono, president of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation; Oscar Reyes, president and CEO of Manila Electric Company (MERALCO); Darlene Marie Berberabe, president and CEO of PAG-IBIG Fund; Frederick Go, president of Robinsons Land Corporation; Alberto Villarosa, chairman of Security Bank Corporation; and Riza Mantaring, president and CEO of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc.

JLL Expatriate Executive of the Year Award recognizes any non-Filipino who achieved measurable success while overseeing a business enterprise within the Philippines. The finalists comprise five exemplary expat executives, namely Mark Woolfrey, managing director of ANZ Global Services and Operations Manila, Inc.; Tom McCormick, COO of Capital One Philippines Support Services Corporation; Pushkar Misra, president and CEO of Hinduja Global Solutions Philippines, Inc.; David Sutherland, global CEO of International Care Ministries; and Michael Raeuber, group CEO of Royal Cargo, Inc. Awarded to any Philippine-based organization that demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in customer satisfaction, the ADP Service Excellence Company of the Year Award counts eight organizations among its finalists: Acquire BPO, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Healthway Medical Clinics, Inc., Infosys BPO Ltd., Lorma Medical Center, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Regus Global Service Center, and Seda Hotels.

Recognizing innovation that enhances not only an organization’s business processes, but also benefits society as a whole, the SHORE Solutions Most Innovative Company of the Year Award includes the following innovation-led enterprises among its finalists: Bronzeoak Philippines, Inc., LBC Express, Inc., My Checkpoints (Mo-Anima, Inc.), and WiPro Philippines.

The candidates for the Capital One Young Leader of the Year Award shines the spotlight on young leaders, no older than 35 years of age, who have accomplished remarkable achievements in their field. Out of the following nine finalists, it is much anticipated who will come out on top: Raymond Arnedo Abrea, president and CEO of the Abrea Consulting Group, Inc.; Scott Stavretis, CEO of Acquire BPO; Delfin Agnelo Wenceslao, director, president and CEO of D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, Inc.; Iyah Enciso, CEO of FAD School for Modelling; Mario Berta, founder and CEO of Flyspaces.com; Leandro Legarda Leviste, president and CEO of Solar Philippines; Apollo Tiglao, president and CEO of Subic Water and Sewage Co., Inc.; Bryce Maddock, CEO of TaskUs; and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, CEO of Teach for the Philippines, Inc.

Recognizing outstanding achievement in the field of sustainability and environmental protection, the ADEC Innovations Green Company of the Year Award is open to both corporate and non-corporate organizations. The following six companies comprise the finalists: Accenture, Inc., Emotors, Inc., Hedcor, Inc., Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation (MIESCOR), Ten Knots Development Corporation/El Nido Resorts, and Tuks+Oil Technology.

One out of seven companies that focus on Information and Communications Technology, Bio Technology and Material Science, Sciences and Math and Engineering will be awarded the Technology Company of the Year Award. These include Accenture, Inc., CreditBPO Tech, Inc., Eco-Systems Technologies, Inc., Elabram Systems Group, Freelancer.com, TATA Consultancy Services (Philippines), Inc., and 24/7 Philippines.

The I-Remit Heart for OFWs Company of the Year Award recognizes private and public corporations that implement specific programs that produce a positive and significant effect to Filipino overseas foreign workers and their families. The six finalists are ACM Landholdings, Inc., ASKI (Alalay sa Kaunlaran) Global Ltd., Ayannah Information Solutions, Inc., PAG-IBIG Fund OFW Center, PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies, and The Global Filipino Investors, Inc.

Because social commitment to the Filipino people should never go unrewarded, the ICM CSR Company of the Year Award seeks to highlight significant efforts made in promoting environmental protection and awareness, livelihood programs and youth development projects. Thirteen exemplary organizations comprise the finalists: ADP Philippines, Inc., ANZ Global Services and Operations Manila, Inc., BPI Foundation, Capital One Philippines Support Services Corp., Citinickel Mining and Development Corp., Cognizant Technology Solutions Philippines, Inc., Convergys Philippines, Dell Philippines, HSBC Electronic Data Processing (Philippines), Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Megaworld Foundation, Inc., PMFTC, Inc., and Wipro Philippines.

Open to ASEAN-based organizations engaged in the hotel and resort industry, the Philippine Airlines Hospitality Destination of the Year Award highlights outstanding companies that have successfully promoted ASEAN tourism and showcased the genuine hospitality and flourishing cultural heritage of the ASEAN region. Four stellar companies are vying for the top spot: Acacia Hotel Manila, Marriott Manila, New World Makati Hotel, and Nurture Wellness Village.

With the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) finally coming into fruition end of this year, the much anticipated TCS ASEAN Company of the Year Award duly recognizes the organization that has achieved significant business growth and expansion across the world’s currently most dynamic region. The finalists of this award, all demonstrating their commitment in introducing and boosting ASEAN economic capabilities and competitiveness within the region, include Hedcor, Inc., Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines, Inc., Multimedia Development Corporation, Pointwest Technologies Corporation, and Wipro Philippines.

Presented by PLDT Alpha Enterprise, the Asia CEO Awards is set to be one of the biggest events of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

The world’s business leaders will definitely have their eyes on the Philippines on the night of the annual gala event, which will promptly begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, at the grand ballroom of Marriott Hotel Manila.

Established as a natural outgrowth of the Asia CEO Forums, the largest regular networking event for the Philippine business community, the Asia CEO Awards undergoes a very stringent judging process, with its Board of Judges comprising such industry movers and shakers as Dr. Bernie Villegas, distinguished Filipino economist; Don Felbaum, former president of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Edward Chang, president of the Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines; John Casey, former president of the Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines; Jun Palafox, principal architect of world-renowned architectural design and planning firm, Palafox Associates; and Oscar Sanez, San Miguel vice president – International, and former CEO of Business Processing Association of the Philippines.

To learn more about the awards, log on to www.asia-ceo-awards.org.

 

 

Lancris Residences Holds Wine Tasting Event on October 24

Hi! If you have been reading our blog, we recently had issues with your previous developer. So now, the hunting for a new property begins! I am happy to receive an invite for an open house/wine tasting this weekend.

BETTER LIVING, PARANAQUE- Lancris Residences, the forefront in stylish condo living, will hold a wine tasting event on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at seven in the evening.

Mr. Massimo Cavallon of Il Biancorosso will host the event in front of the Garnet Tower Showroom. He will present Italian brands including the famous Montecrocetta’s Passitaia.

Cocktails will also be served with classical music performances in the background. Attendees may tour the 1.3-hectare property before the wine tasting event to have a first-hand experience of the lifestyle Lancris Residences has to offer.

As a treat for attendees, Land Cris Somerset Dev’t Corp, the owner and developer of Lancris Residences, will unveil the scale model of the project to give a bird’s eye view of how the master-planned community will look and feel when its four towers, clubhouse complex and commercial building are ready to be enjoyed by its residents.

To reserve a seat at the wine tasting event, call 0917.801.2677 or send an email to pr@landcris.com.

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ABOUT LANCRIS RESIDENCES

Lancris Residences is the legacy project of Land Cris Somerset Development Corporation, sister company of the Duraville Realty and Dev’t. Corp and Durawood Construction and Lumber Supply, Inc. Located inside Better Living Subdivision in Paranaque City, Lancris Residences boasts of its suburban location, spacious units,and amenities designed for the family. It is marketed by Duraville Marketing Inc.,

PRESS CONTACT

Christian L. Aligo| Duraville Marketing Inc. |0917. 801. 267804.2306|pr@landcris.com

See you there!

Sanggala 3rd Outreach Program

Is mountain climbing one of your hobbies? Make it more worth while by joining Sanggala Mountaineers on their 3rd Outreach Program for the Year.

The chosen beneficiary is one of the barangays of Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Suggested donation from the Municipal Coordinator, Mr. Chito dela Cruz, are canned goods, ricenoodles, soap, medicines, etc. Everyone is welcome to join and touch lives of our fellow Filipinos.

Sanggala was founded in June 2014 and humbly means isang gala, saan ang gala or the expression pusang gala.Sanggala was founded in June 2014 and humbly means isang gala, saan ang gala or the expression pusang gala. 

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For more details, please check out their FB event page.
Group page:
**Free membership, no sign up needed. Just join one of the events to be a member.

Rustic Mother’s Day Celebration at Richmonde Café

It’s that time of the year once again when we get to pamper the most important woman in our lives. Give back and take mom out to a lunch buffet that is just as exceptional as she is! Every mother deserves nothing but the best so for her special day, Richmonde Café whips up an exquisite menu crafted to celebrate and recognize all that she has done for us. From spring bouquets and summer salads, to succulent ribs and scrumptious cakes, nothing shouts “I love you, Mom!” more than a wholesome feast with the entire family.  



On May 10, 2015, bring the entire family to Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Richmonde Café to relish a charming international fare dedicated to all sweet and loving Mothers. The Café spoils Mom further with an exclusive 3 + 1 deal. This means for every three guests paying the regular rate, mom gets to be the boss and eats absolutely FREE!


Delight in a bountiful spread that reminds you of rustic afternoons spent in your childhood backyard – set the mood right with antipasto and soup such as House Cured Salmon Gravlax with Shredded Red Onions and Capers; Tabouleh Salad; Seafood Pasta Salad; Toast with your choice of dips like Baba Ghanoush, Hummus, Crab and Cream Cheese; Shrimp Bisque; and Italian Wedding Soup. Indulge in mouthwatering spoonfuls of classic comfort chows like Lemon Chicken with Artichokes; Vegetable Lasagna with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto; Herbed Roasted Potato; Steamed Kani wrapped in Nori; Roast Prime of Rib with Horseradish Cream & Au Jus; and Beef-wrapped Asparagus with Wild Mushroom Sauce. Do not forget to try various dishes from the show kitchen as well – from pasta treats to fried dishes and grilled items, we’ve got all your cravings covered! Lastly, give in to the sugar rush with samplings of Hot Apple and Nuts Crumble, Baklava Parcels, Opera Slices, assorted Cupcakes and Cake Pops. 


Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Cafe – Antipasto spread

Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Cafe –

Lemon Chicken

Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Cafe –

Dessert station

Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon is available on May 10, 2015 for Php 995 nett. 




For inquiries and reservations, call 638-7777. The Richmonde Café is located at the 2nd floor of Richmonde Hotel Ortigas at 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, send an email to rho@richmondehotel.com.ph or log on to www.richmondehotels.com.ph.  For the freshest updates on hotel promotions, connect at www.facebook.com/RichmondeHotelOrtigas, www.twitter.com/Richmonde_RHO, and www.instagram.com.Richmonde_RHO.  

Asia Finance Summit In The Eyes Of A BPO Employee

As a BPO employee, I am concerned with the options that I have in case the  industry goes down. 
Questions like “Where do we invest our hard-earned money?”, “Did we make the right investment(s)?” and “What options do we have when we decide to retire earlier than 60?” are when Miguel and I discuss our financial plans.


Recently, we made an investment and I was glad that it was part of the Philippine Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, 2014 as presented by Undersecretary and Chief Economist, Gil Beltran.


One of the Speakers, Ms. Riena Pama, President of Sun Life Asset Management discussed how the lack of financial inclusion and literacy may tend to pyramiding. She said that Financial Literacy begins at home and made me realize that maybe, it’s something that was lacking in most Filipino household. 


Most of the speakers if not all, mentioned BPO in their talk which somehow gave me a relief that I am still in the right industry at the right time.
One of my favorite speakers on the summit, Mr. Bansan Choa, Chairman and CEO of I Remit, said that “Industry should come from the Philippines” and discussed about how remittance played a big role in the lives of OFWs saying that in every dollar that they spent, their is a percentage that is given back to them. I also believe in what he said that should be considered as an investment – retirement homes or villages. Philippines landed the top 17 in the for the most desirable retirement destinations across the globe. That being said, this will open more doors for investors and more jobs for our fellow Filipinos. 




Working overseas is not an option for me but yes, it may be the best decision other people made in their lives. But whatever industry we may be in, we must always take into consideration how our chosen industry will later lead us to financial freedom which I guess everyone in the working class is dreaming of.

Rejj Sibayan, Alaine Alejandrino, Rebecca Bustamante, Grace Nicolas, Lance Bucoy 

with the Panel Moderator, Kim Bernardo


The summit was a learning experience for me. I could go on and on on with the many things that I have learned from this event. I am looking forward to attending more summits organized no other that the maid who made it, Ms. Rebecca Bustamante – Chalre and Tag Media.

Asia Finance Summit: Appraising the Future of Southeast Asia was held at Makati Diamond Residences last April 21, 2015.




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