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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.

MANILA PAVILION: A TRULY FILIPINO FEAST

To celebrate the holidays, Manila Pavilion Hotel has laid out a delightful Christmas décor for a season filled with appreciation recognizing Filipino Tradition. Guests will have the opportunity to have a good sight of the nativity, Christmas trees, and papier-mâché replica of children celebrating such festive holiday and indulge in culinary creations designed to capture the spirit of the Christmas season.

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“It’s a minimalistic design yet on point to the Filipino culture” says Kassy Pajarillo, Marketing Manager of Manila Pavilion Hotel. “I’ve learned, Christmas Day is an exciting time for everyone, being celebrated not just the entire December but throughout the –ber months.” Shared by the native American-Japanese General Manager, Jim Boyles. “We also included welcoming delicacies (Puto bong bong, bibingka, hot cocoa and kape barako) close to a Filipino’s heart to the room accommodation packages for only Php 4,200 and Misa de gallo to those who wouldn’t want to miss a tradition.” He added.

Throughout December, guests will have the opportunity to purchase Christmas goodies and hampers in Manila Pavilion’s in-house pop-up store.

In celebration of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, guests will be able to discover a magical night as Seasons Lifestyle Restaurant will be offering Chef Giovanni Sias’ redefined Filipino dinner buffet for Php 999 and a countdown menu with champagne, poppers and entertainment only for Php 1999.

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For further information or to make a reservation, please call Manila Pavilion Hotel on (632) 5261212 or message via Facebook. Alternatively, bookings can be made online atwww.waterfrontpavilionm

 

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.

Asia CEO Awards

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.

 

 

Be a Life Achiever

All of us are achievers, we want to be the best among the rest. Challenging ourselves to be a straight achiever is a great way to spend life. Living your life of countless feat is a life story worth sharing. Be on top of life by keeping your brain on point, with the help of ATC Ginkgo Biloba. ATC Ginkgo Biloba is a dietary supplement that is called the “Brain Enhancer”. It contains Ginkgo Biloba which protects the brain from nerve damage that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease and can also be a possible aid against Dementia. It helps retain good memory, sharpen your mind and avoid cognitive knowledge.

Be a life achiever with the help of ATC Ginkgo Biloba. ATC Ginkgo Biloba is available at Mercury Drug and leading drugstores nationwide for P 6.00 per capsule.

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For inquiries, you may contact ATC Healthcare at these numbers: 516-8888, 0909-3333333 or 0917-5623333.

Downpour of Delights at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

The rainy days are upon us again, but there’s no need to let the gloomy weather get you down. You can spice up the cold, dreary days with a load of thrilling delights from Richmonde Hotel Ortigas!


Get drenched in awesome deals and enjoy a shower of splendid treats as the Richmonde Café and The Exchange bar give you exciting reasons to stay indoors with the DOWNPOUR OF DELIGHTS, where you and your gang can enjoy irresistible 3+1 offers from July 15 to August 28, 2015!   


Keep warm within Richmonde’s cozy comforts and revel in gratifying feasts of international fare with Richmonde Café’s Weekday Lunch Buffet & Friday Dinner Buffet and for every three persons paying the regular rate of PhP 998nett for lunch buffet and PhP 750nett for dinner buffet, one other person eats for FREE. Likewise, you can sweep your rainy night blues away at The Exchange’s Monday & Tuesday Happy Hour as you bond with your buddies over bottomless booze and tasty bar chow while getting your money’s worth, because when three pay the regular price of PhP 550nett each, another friend gets to chill out with you at no extra cost.

 







So shake off the storms and rainy day doldrums with these Downpour of Delights at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas. The Weekday Lunch Buffet and Friday Dinner Buffet are served at 21 San Miguel Avenue ● Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1600 ● Philippines


Email: rho@richmondehotel.com.ph ● Website: www.richmondehotels.com.ph 


Tel: (632) 638-7777 ● Fax: (632) 638-8567




Richmonde Café from 11:30am to 2pm and from 6pm to 9pm, respectively. Happy Hour at The 
Exchange is available from 6pm to 9pm. 


For inquiries and reservations, call 638-7777 loc. 3409 for Richmonde Café and 3408 for the Exchange Bar. Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located 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



Honda Smart Technology to Fuel the Success of New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series in the Philippine Scooter Market!

Just by Honda’s mere reputation alone as the world’s No. 1 motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, any product that comes out of the company’s assembly plants anywhere in the world is sure to draw attention and generate enthusiasm in their respective local markets.


The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series would be no different at all from the historic and long list of motorcycle and scooter lines that Honda has introduced and brought to the world. 


Daiki Mihara, President of Honda Philippines, Inc., is confident of the potentials of the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series in the local scooter market.


“The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series is a reflection of Honda Philippines’ continued commitment to provide powerful, safe, fun, and worthwhile driving experience to the growing market of Filipino scooter enthusiasts,” Mihara pointed out.


The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series would hit the local retail markets literally and figuratively running, in terms of consumer interests, performance, and most notably sales. It has practically the same DNA as the Honda Click125i that was launched in February so Honda Philippines is quite confident that it will also be a success in terms of performance and sales given its affordability and expected wider market base. 


According to Elie Salamangkit Jr., Product Planning Manager of Honda Philippines, the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series is banking on its class-leading fuel efficiency, the Honda exclusive and industry-pioneering technology, stylish and sporty design, better utility, and affordability that is expected to strongly appeal to a wider market base, to immediately make its mark in the local scooter market.


The New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series also features the Honda Smart Technology, a groundbreaking technology that Honda first used in the Honda Click125i that really caught the attention and envy of every market player in the Philippine motorcycle industry.


The Honda Smart Technology is actually what’s powering the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series to its very remarkable on-road performance punctuated no less by its class-leading fuel efficiency which is 63 kilometers per liter for its CBS/ISS variant and 58.5 kilometers per liter for the standard model based on 
the ECER40 test method.


Honda has also maintained its trend-setting safety and security features in the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series including a secure key shutter, a side stand switch, park brake lock, automatic headlight on (AHO), and the combi-brake system.


In terms of utility space, the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series has a larger utility box that is capable of accommodating 11.2 liters worth of personal items or safety equipment.


A closer look


So what is the Honda Smart Technology and how did it become industry leading and pioneering?



The Honda Smart Technology actually has three main features – the eSP, the ISS, and the Combi-Brake System (CBS).


eSP means enhanced smart power. It is an advance engine technology that combines high power and high fuel efficiency with a quiet start and smooth eco-friendly engine. The technology enables the efficient combustion of the engine as well as minimizes friction thereby reducing waste. It optimizes energy output too. eSP technology is integrated with the unique Honda ACG starter to ensure that once the rider starts the engine, it would be jolt-free. It also supports the application of another advanced and exclusive Honda 
feature known as the Idling Stop System (ISS).


Under the eSP, there are many technological features including the Honda-exclusive ACG Starter, the PGM-FI, the CVT, among others. With the use of the ACG or alternating current generator starter-type system, there is no reduction gears and gear meshing noises thus ensuring smooth and quiet start. The PGM-FI is a technology pioneered by Honda since the introduction of the Honda CX500 Turbo in 1982, the world’s first fuel-injected motorcycle. It is programmed fuel injection which ensures higher fuel efficiency, power and torque while keeping emission low. CVT is continuous variable transmission which has become a norm in modern scooters. It allows for intelligent low friction and vibration.


The ISS feature of the Honda Smart Technology is another Honda exclusive and the first-of-its-kind in motorcycle application. The ISS automatically switches off the engine of the scooter during brief stops and thus saves fuel. The conventional idling of other scooters and motorcycles is that they continue to consume fuel even on idle mode. The rider also does not need to restart the scooter on ISS as he just needs to twist the throttle and the engine is automatically switched on again in less than a second.


The Combi-Brake System (CBS) is the feature that delivers controllability, convenience, and the sense of confidence for the rider because the technology in the scooter gives it the optimum braking power while reducing nosedive, which is very common in many scooters and motorcycles. Because the technology enables the application of the right amount of brake power on both wheels of the scooter, shortest stopping distance when braking can be achieved.


With the industry-pioneering and revolutionizing feature of the Honda Smart Technology, the New Generation BeAT-FI eSP Series is expected to blaze a trail of excellence for every succeeding scooter 
that will come out of Honda to follow. 




Reference:
Irish Lorenzo
(0917)4369045

#SouthParadise Residence Inn & Paradizoo Press Conference on April 18, 2015

For all you busy bees trying to escape the urban stress.


Get out of the Metro and spend your staycation at Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel and Paradizoo Mobile Home! 


We offer our visitors only the best experience that they deserve.”, COO JB Badon proudly states. With this, allow us tempt you with some of the reasons why you have to choose Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel and Paradizoo Mobile Home over the same ol’ places that you have been familliar with. Who knows, you might even stay longer than planned.


Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel
Located at the ever emerging cool city of Tagaytay, Residence Inn is home for a number of different kinds of animals starting from snakes, horses, tigers and many more making it different from all the rest.






More so, try our zipline and cable car which will definitely allow you to appreciate nature more as this overlooks Taal Volcano.


Most of all, Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel wants you to experience our very own 14 zoo-ish styled, homey and cozy upgraded guestrooms which all overlooks Taal volcano. Compliment your stay as well with our very own Bulalo and many other delicious signature dishes while having long talks with the company you love.



For as low as P3,100, this indeed is a perfect spot for romantic getaway for two, relaxing staycation with your family, or a weekend party with your bestfriends!


Paradizoo Mobile Home


Going for a budget hotel? You might want to try our very own Paradizoo Tagaytay Mobile Home only for P1,500!








Be in your own paradise while watching green picturesque fields together with different kinds of animals at Paradizoo. Feel our ‘Plant Me Home’ experience, interact with different interesting animals like llama, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, labrador retrievers or ride on a cart drawn by an albino Carabao!


Indeed an all-in-one experience for those nature lovers!


Whatever your life celebration will be, choose an all-in-one simple yet relaxing and delightful hotel experience.


Join us this coming April 18, 2015, Saturday for a Press Conference at Residence Inn Tagaytay and know more good news from us! Truly, we want you to experience that one great staycation, all-in-one place!


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For more information and for those who want to earn more, you may call us at 0916-629-9381 or 09228039980 for orientation.



Sunny Side Up Bazaar

Aside from going to different summer destinations, one of the most exciting activities this time of the year is shopping! 
Last March 30, I was invited to attend a Blogger’s meet-up at Paprika, Bonifacio Global City. The event was organized by Curated Goodness Ph to promote their upcoming Bazaar, Sunny Side Up.

On April 11 and 12,the Rockwell Tent in Makati City will play host to the first
ever Sunny Side Up Bazaar – a weekend dedicated to showcasing the side of Metro Manila that breeds excitement and potential. The two days will feature a powerful collection of merchants offering a wide variety of products and edible treats, a host of interesting workshops, and a screening of the Philippines’ first ever surf film – Archipelago.

Composed of six individuals with expertise in the fields of events, marketing, media, sales, and public relations,Curated Goodness PH was formed with the intention to expose the Metro Manila public to the plethora of unique offerings that local businesses offer.


At the moment, the group is well underway in completing the collection of 80 booths, and the host of workshops that will be present on the weekend of April 11 and 12. So far,merchants range from apparel,footwear, accessories, arts and crafts, and specialty items, to food vendors that provide a wide variety of unique snacks,refreshments,and full meals. On top of the intriguing workshops lined up, a screening of the Philippines’ first ever surf film, Archipelago, will be held in the venue.


Juan Brew, which provides a craft beer brewing kit; Manila Sole, which recycles used tires to create stylish shoes; Current Swell,boasting premium locally-sourced coffee; Fledge Clothing,an expert in stylish men’s clothing and accessories; Lagu, an internationally acclaimed beach-friendly beach-blanket. These are just a few of the intriguing collection of brands that will be present for the Sunny Side Up Bazaar.


These are just two of my favorite items.

locket from Sweet Charms Manila
smores from Apple treat



Check out Curated Goodness’ facebook page for more details.
Facebook.com/curatedgoodnessph




Happy shopping!


Alaine

Rediscover Baguio at Azalea Hotels & Residences

Back in the day summer would not be complete without taking a trip to Baguio for a few days. One can see families and friends enjoy a boat ride at Burnham Park, taking photos at the Botanical Garden, buying souvenirs and brooms at the city market,munching bread or biscuits with the famous ube and strawberry jam, seeing the beautiful view at Mines View Park, horseback riding, sipping hot soup or drinking a cup of hot chocolate in famous restaurants along Session Road, warming themselves up at the fireplace and jogging along the pine trees. Taking a stroll with the cool and sometimes freezing temperature of the city is a great time to bond with loved ones too.

As time passes Baguio has maintained its charm and even became more exciting for holiday goers with the flower festival known as Panabenga every February, adventure and ecological parks, more variety of restaurants,strawberry picking at La Trinidad, Benguet, shopping at a famous mall chain and chatting over coffee at well-known cafes.

So it’s time to rediscover and explore the Summer Capital while staying at AzaleaHotels & Residences Baguio.


Located along Leonard Wood, near Teacher’s camp, Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio offers cozy and comfortable accommodations with its 99 suites complete with living, dining and kitchen facilities in all suites. Having a party of more than two poses no problem because the hotel is open to multiple occupants in each room without the feeling of being too cramped. 




The hotel goes beyond its rooms with its lobby lounge,playground, business center, WIFI connection, NDD-DDD-IDD, travel concierge,laundry and dry cleaning services, Tradisyon Coffee Shop, bar, spa and massage services, handicap accessibility, and in-room dining.Wanting families and groups to relive and experience Baguio, worry free packages are made available by Azalea Hotels & Residences Baguio. 




The packages include three days and two nights room accommodation, daily buffet breakfast, two lunches or dinners at Tradisyon Coffee Shop, half day countryside tour, three-hour use of a chauffeured air-conditioned van to tour the city, and adventure activities for the whole family or group.

To make the weekends more filling, weekend buffets and special dinners at Tradisyon Coffee Shop, flagship restaurant of the hotel, are offered for locals, tourists and in house guests to delight in. From Friday to Sunday, a buffet brunch is available from 11am to 3 pm. Savor a hot soup and dimsum on Fridays with the Hot Pot Night. Treat family and friends with the Pizza Pasta Buffet every Saturdays. The value for money dinner buffets range from Php 220 per person to Php 395 per person.



Visit Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio and remember moments and adore Baguio once more.


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For inquiries, please call Hotel Reservations Direct Line at (074) 424 8716 or (074) 424
8166 or Manila Reservations at (02) 450 1151 or (0917) 861 1641 or (0919) 994 4140

*Photos courtesy of Azalea Residences Baguio

#AdMe: Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 on July 26, 2015 at SMX Aura Taguig

Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 (#AdMe) will be at SMX Aura, Taguig on July 26, 2015 with a theme: Empower, Connect, Inspire & Learn.
Speakers are from international & local scenes who are leaders & influencers. Some of them are as follows;


Dr. Donald Lim is the Chief Digital Officer of ABS CBN. Worked at Inquirer, Yehey.com & the founding officer of Internet Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP). 
Rebecca Bustamante is the President of Chalre Associates. She is considered as the most accomplished woman in Asia because of her struggles to succeed as the Domestic helper who became the CEO of a multinational company. Before becoming a CEO, Rebecca became the Director of Sales from an international cosmetics company in Canada. She’s also the President of Asia CEO Forum & Asia CEO Awards with a series of leadership seminars monthly in the Philippines. 


Mikel Yaw is the Managing Director of Elabram Systems Group (ESG)  with Headquarter in Malaysia & offices in the Philippines, Indonesia & Thailand. ESG main solutions are Network Planning & Optimization, Talent Acquisition & Deployment, Business Process Outsourcing & Knowledge Process Outsourcing. Mikel receives awards from Huawei China for the companies project contributions. Mikel also won different awards in Malaysia & Indonesia as Entrepreneur of the Year. For two years, Mikel participated as one of the speakers at LTE World Summit in Amsterdam & in USA and as a speaker for the upcoming LTE Middle East in Dubai this May 2015. 


Carlos Celdran is the famous tour guide in the Philippines and a brand ambassador of different B2C companies. He is well known for his different advocacy and became more famous when his popular “Damaso” stint at Manila Cathedral was featured in international magazines and newspapers. 


Robert Yupangco is the President of Yupangco Group of Companies; Zoomanity Group (Zoobic Safari, Residence Inn Tagaytay, Paradizoo Cavite, Zoocobia Pampanga, Zoocolate Thrills Bohol), YL Finance, Bel Air Transport, Nanten Restaurant, Misono Japanese Restaurant & Yamaha Music. 


Tanya Llana is currently the Business Strategist and Director of Sales & Marketing of Victoria Court and the General Manager of Hotel La Corona De Lipa. For Victoria Court, Ms. Llana handles targeting new market segments, innovating revenue direction and ensures social media maximisation. Victoria Court’s vision is to be the perfect host and mission is to aim for genuine happiness for everyone, everyday, every stay and in every way. As the General Manager of Hotel La Corona De Lipa, she strives to give her guests crystal clean rooms & amenities, quality food & beverage, and impeccable service. At Hotel La Corona De Lipa, she believes that the customer is King.


Camille Montejo is the CEO of NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure. Tree Top Adventure provides the only Motorized Team Building Facility in the Philippines & the 1st Motorized Zip Lines in Asia. 


Pocholo De Leon Gonzalez is the CEO of Creative Voices Productions & shared his voice to 1000 projects around the globe with more than 10 radio shows in the Philippines. He is the most popular speaker for 3 consecutive years under Laguna Blogging Summit. Pocholo was the finalist at the recently concluded Asia CEO Awards last year. 


Janette Toral is the CEO of Digital Club Filipino. Her Philippine Blogging Summit which she started 12 years ago with yearly conference is always successful and held at University of the Philippines Malcolm Theater. She is considered as the E Commerce Guru in the Philippines because of her contribution in different Internet & Electronic Bills that were push in the Philippines. 


Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 (#Adme) is expecting 1000 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo. #AdMe is presented/organized by TAG Media & Public Relations. 

For more info, please check www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph & for partnership, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph.





See you there!


Migs and Alaine



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