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October 31, 2015

SM holds first religious art exhibit in Pampanga

SM, in partnership with Foundation for Lingap Kapampangan and the Archdiocese Commission on Church Heritage, recently held “Obra Sagrada” at SM City Clark.

Obra Sagrada, which roughly translates to “sacred works,” featured works of art with religious themes from 20 artists hailing from Pampanga, Bulacan, Bukidnon and Metro Manila. Dubbed as the first ecclesiastical art exhibit in the country, Obra Sagrada aims to promote awareness for both the art and artists, giving them the opportunity to showcase their craft not only in the country, but also in Asia-Pacific.

The exhibit also featured work from Wilfredo “Willy” Layug, the creator of the “Our Lady of Palo” statue from the Papal Visit earlier this year. The art forms come in a variety of vestments and sculptures, altars, retablos, church furniture and fixtures, religious home décor, gold leafing, and metal smithing work.

Apart from the art exhibit, guest speakers also gave talks on Christian iconography and heritage appreciation.

SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia said it is a privilege for the company to host and sponsor such an event that would promote local artists and cultural heritage. “We want the public to see how rich our country’s religious art heritage is, and how much talent we have in the country in this artistic category. Hopefully, this serves as an inspiration to budding artists out there,” Garcia added.

Such exhibits are in line with the company’s programs that promote Philippine heritage and culture. This partnership with the Foundation for Lingap Kapampangan and the Archdiocese Commission on Church gave SM mall-goers the rare opportunity to have a glimpse of and rediscover the Philippine’s rich religious art heritage.

SM is exploring its partnership with these organizations further to make Obra Sagrada an annual activity in SM Clark and to bring the exhibit to other SM malls.

Pambansang Bae Alden Richards is now the brand ambassador of Snow Caps

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Alden Richards, known as the Pambansang Bae, one of the hottest male celebrity in the country and is one of the most sought-after endorsers this year. Last October 29, he was officially launched as the brand ambassador for Snow Caps—Premium 500mg Glutathione Capsule. 

An actor and co-host at the famous Philippines' lunch show,  TV variety program "Eat Bulaga"- 2015 is indeed a big year for Alden Richards. With a string of TV shows, a new chart-topping single, and a swarm of product endorsements under his belt, one could really say that the Philippines’ “Pambansang Bae”,  now the hottest male celebrity and also the "Pambansang Prince Charming."

He's the half of the 'AlDub' sensation through the Eat Bulaga's "Kalye Serye"- Alden, with Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza is undeniably a worldwide phenomenon. Because of being popular, the team up got endorsements together. They also have individual TV commercials. Alden shared to us that "he did not expect this to happen, but really so thankful to Eat Bulaga which made this all possible."
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Before starting the program at the Winter Christmas-themed launch for oral glutathione brand Snowcaps, Alden serenaded us with his hit single "Wish I May"? That song made it in the itunes PH Top Singles List, during its pre-selling period and with over two million followers in Twitter alone.

Alden’s most recent product endorsement, the heartthrob wasn’t coy in sharing his struggle during his early years as an actor.
There’s no denying that there’s no other way for this talented actor but up. “It’s no secret the challenges I had to go through to get to this point. Maraming pagsubok early on in my career pero ngayon, napatunayan ko talaga na hard work pays off. I can definitely say na dumating na talaga ang moment ko,” quips Alden.
Alden, well-rounded person, talended and showed us that he is a simple, humble person. He has the Filipinos’ cult following of the ubiquitous “Eat Bulaga” Kalyeserye to thank for his massive success as an actor. He continues to display humility and gratitude despite his overnight success. He shares that his past experiences helps him keep his feet on the ground and he has no problems showing it with his tearful EB performances.
“I just can’t help but be overwhelmed by the love and support I am getting now from my network, the ALDENatics, and of course my friends in the industry. Thinking about these really makes me emotional kasi matagal-tagal ko din ‘tong hinintay,” Alden said.
Having a hectic schedule due to his success, he shares that it is important to take care of one's health. He says he doesn't get sick and he can continue on with his commitments as long as he can have 8-hours of sleeps and proper exercise. 

It’s no wonder why millions of Filipinos here and abroad take inspiration in Alden. Alden’s story is proof that wishes do come true. It’s his determination and success that made him the perfect embodiment of Snowcaps.


Snowcaps is the first oral glutathione in the Philippines and is among the leading skin whitening supplements in the market today. As a brand which in the past managed to gather and sustain a strong following through word of mouth, Snowcaps today rises to the occasion – and is ready to play alongside the bigwigs – by partnering with one of the hottest stars in Philippine showbiz today.

Snowcaps contains the premium, FDA-approved SOOmg of L-Glutathione formulation, also known as the miracle enzyme, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C for safe and effective whitening in as fast as six weeks.

It also contains 50 percent more glutathione than more expensive brands.

Glutathione is also a compound naturally produced by the liver and is considered one of the most powerful antioxidants which inhibit the production of toxins and free radicals caused by stress and other external lifestyle factors – perfect for busy individuals like Alden who not only want to maintain luminous and fair skin but also a sound and healthy body.

When asked why he entrusts his skin and overall health to the brand, Alden only had one thing to say.
“Bawat tao may hiling. With hard work, I’m lucky that mine has come true and I trust brands that recognize that. That means they probably and the same challenges too,” Alden concludes.

For more information about Snowcaps Glutathione, visit Vida Nutriscience or SnowGluta

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Tel: (632) 9279227
Info Text Hotline: 0928-665-2646
Twitter: @SnowGluta
Instagram: @snowhitening
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Albay to host 2016 Palarong Pambansa

Legazpi City, Albay will host the Palarong Pambansa 2016. After careful deliberation and tedious evaluation by officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Albay won the bid over Tuguegarao City, Cagayan–its only competitor for the annual national games.

Before announcing the results of the vote, Education Secretary Br Armin Luistro FSC asked both provinces to continue supporting the agency’s sports development program, saying,
"Sana ipagpatuloy po ninyo ang inyong naka-atas na mga programa para sa sports sa inyong probinsiya at sana makasama pa po kayo ng DepEd at ng PSC doon sa iba pang sports events. Mayroon po tayong Batang Pinoy, Philippine National Games, at iba pang programa.”
The final choice was made based on voting results by the Palarong Pambansa Board chaired by Education Secretary Armin Lusitro, along with the Palaro committee, approved the proposal of the Palaro, which would be held from April 15 to 22.
“We reviewed the recommendations from the regions and had our own deliberations. We went through billeting, facilities, your presentations, including readiness of our regions, as well as other considerations that are specific to 2016. Ang nanalo po with a very, very slim margin is Albay” Luistro declared.
Before the bidding and official presentations of the two provinces, DepEd and PSC technical officials inspected each venue last June to see if the facilities and billeting areas are adequate.

PSC Commissioner Jose Luis Gomez presented to the body the rating system used which included international standards, distance from the main complex, power supply, and security, among others.

DepEd’s Schools Sports Events and Activities Unit Head Cesar Abalon reported on the status of the billeting areas, which are evaluated based on the sufficiency of rooms, bathrooms, kitchen areas and medical provisions.

With a budget of P300M, Albay Governor Joey Salceda assured the Palarong Pambansa Board that Albay has the equipment and resources needed to construct and repair its sports facilities and playing venues as soon as possible.

New GROHE Dual Tech Training Facility opens in the Philippines; Opening and blessings at Don Bosco Youth Center in Tondo Manila

GROHE Dual Tech offers a high-quality training programme as GROHE Dual Tech aid project has now been launched in Tondo, Manila in the Philippines, where a new training facility was opened on 24 October. 
Grohe Showroom

Skills training enables young people to earn their own livelihoods. Since 2009, water fittings manufacturer GROHE has cooperated with Don Bosco Mondo e.V. with a view to helping young people better their lives. To date some 780 young people in Mumbai, India, have been given the opportunity to start a new life as a result of this collaboration.



A proven concept rolled out to a new location
GROHE Management Board member Michael Mager shared this on the occasion of the inauguration.  
“Today is an important day for all of us. In the six years that have passed since we launched our partnership with Don Bosco Mondo e.V. in India, we have achieved a lot and learned a lot. Our work has borne fruit and demand for our trained and skilled plumbers is huge. We now want to continue this strategy in the Philippines and offer apprenticeships to the young people of Manila-Tondo to give them a genuine chance to earn a living from skilled work. At the same time, our local partners will benefit from the availability of professionally trained plumbers.” 
Father Gaudencio Carandang,Jr. (Rector/TVET Director, Don Bosco) Michael Mager (Executive Board, Grohe AG), Alpha Ang (General Manager, LWT/Grohe Philippines), Thomas Ossowski (German Ambassador to the Philippines), Father Anthony Paul Bicomong, Provincial Superior - Don Bosco
The inauguration ceremony, during which the building was blessed and a ribbon cut, was organised jointly by the Salesians of Don Bosco and GROHE together with apprentices from other disciplines of the Don Bosco Youth Center in Manila-Tondo. Besides the new Plumber Training Programme, the Center already offers apprenticeships in other fields, from mechanical and electrical engineering to accounting, home economics and hospitality, as well as milling, turning and welding.
The ceremony was attended by guests from the local business and academic communities as well as the German Ambassador, Thomas Ossowski, and representatives of the German Chamber of Foreign Trade. 

The way to independence

The project aims to enhance the professionalism of the local plumbing trade. To achieve this, GROHE Dual Tech offers a high-quality training programme leading up to NC II qualification. The programme not only supports the apprentices but also addresses the lack of skilled labour while at the same time helping to advance the industry. Direct cooperation with local companies helps young people find employment right after finishing their training, making their future more secure.

Thomas Ossowski (German Ambassador to the Philippines), Father Anthony Paul Bicomong (Provincial Superior - Don Bosco), Michael Mager (Executive Board, Grohe AG), Father Gaudencio Carandang,Jr. (Rector/TVET Director, Don Bosco), Suzanne Franke (Manager, Corporate Cooperation, Don Bosco Mondo)
Says Christian Osterhaus, Managing Director of Don Bosco Mondo:
“We are happy to offer these new training programmes in Manila-Tondo, a place that is known throughout the world for poverty and adverse living conditions. We give young people the chance to train and enhance their skills in order to compete successfully in the local labour market, to earn their living and to become active members of society.”

Kerwin Tan (Account Manager, Projects), Alpha Ang (General Manager), Manfred Kuhn, Michael Mager, Alen Alban, Carlo Malantic, Joralyn Ong, Heide Lopez (Account Manager, Projects), Valerie Suspine (Account Manager, Projects), Mary Ann Rabonza (Specifications Manager)
The programmes of GROHE Dual Tech in the Philippines are targeted at socially disadvantaged people aged 17 to 25 who are unable to obtain vocational training otherwise. Courses start twice a year with some 30 participants each and comprise a 12-month apprenticeship at the Training Center including a 6-week internship at a GROHE partner company. Thanks to their widely recognised graduation certificates, the young plumbers are not confined to the partner companies after finishing their training but can apply for a job with any other firm.



Assured quality of training

Besides the annual programmes, GROHE Dual Tech offers short-term training courses for assistant plumbers as well as further training courses comprising customised modules for young employees of construction and plumbing companies. “Train-the-trainer” courses and other targeted measures are organised to assure the quality of these courses. Participating companies benefit from regular visits by GROHE field representatives providing face-to-face advice and support as well as GROHE materials and training aids. 




GROHE Dual Tech is a develoPPP.de project. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) fosters the involvement of the private sector at the point where business opportunities and development policy initiatives intersect.

Alen Alban (Country Manager, LWT/Grohe Phils), Father Edwin Ulanday (Provincial Economer, Don Bosco)

The programme is put into practice by Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) on behalf of the BMZ. DEG promotes business initiatives in developing and emerging countries and finances sustainable investments.

October 30, 2015

Join this #WONDERFUL Blog Competition and Enjoy your Travel to New Zealand



Join this #WONDERFUL Blog Competition  - an online competition wherein contestants can showcase their talent in writing and photography by capturing wonderful moments and expressing them online.

Winners get to enjoy New Zealand and will share their wonderful experience online.

Official Hashtag: #wonderful

General Deliverables:
  1. Create your meme via http://wonderful.ph and share it on Twitter and Facebook.
  2. Join the #wonderful Blog Competition.

MEME CREATION GUIDE:

The meme generator allows users to create a meme featuring 3 things that make their world wonderful.
Sample Meme:

Mandatories
  • Use the hashtag #wonderful in all posts.
  • Once the user creates his/her own meme, he/she needs to download it, and share it manually on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Make sure to include the link http://wonderful.ph
  • The caption should have a call to action for their followers to create their own memes, as well.
  • Posts should be set to public.
User Experience
Facebook will automatically gather data from users’ recent activity, or recently liked pages, but users can still edit the photo and their interests per category (Favorite Movie, Top Friend, etc.)
Users have the liberty to craft their own captions for as long as they include ALL mandatories.
Twitter
  1. Go to http://wonderful.ph and create your own meme.
  2. After generating the meme, the user will need to agree with the Terms & Conditions.
  3. The user needs to download his/her meme from the microsite, and tweet the photo itself.
  4. Make sure all mandatories abovementioned are in the caption. (Sample below)
Sample caption: Burgers, Yoga, & Ed Sheeran! These are what makes my world #wonderful <3 Create yours too @ http://wonderful.ph)
Facebook


  1. Go to http://wonderful.ph and create your own meme.
  2. After generating the meme, the user will need to agree with the Terms & Conditions.
  1. After clicking OK, The user needs to download his/her meme from the microsite, and post the photo itself.
  1. Make sure all mandatories abovementioned are in the caption. (Sample below)
  2. User needs to make sure that their Facebook post is set to public.

BLOG COMPETITION GUIDE:

FULL MECHANICS CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://wonderful.ph/blog

Share your world of wonder and get a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to New Zealand!
1. Visit www.wonderful.ph and generate your own meme using the World of Wonder app.
2. On your blog, write about one of the three items featured on your meme and how it has made your world wonderful. (Min. 300 words).
3. Insert the generated meme anywhere within the post.

4. Insert this code at the end of the post: (See full mechanics page) 

October 29, 2015

A new Mandaluyong in bloom, Mandala Park offers sumptuous, soulful, sustainable homegrown fares

People have been raving about the newest weekend market nearby thier residences. A new Mandaluyong in bloom as Mandala Park unravels its 3.2-hectare enclave of wellness that celebrates homegrown fares, as a refreshing address along Shaw Boulevard, served goodies from afternoon till 9 pm.


Mandala Park Weekend Market presented a sumptuous, soulful, sustainable homegrown fares during last Saturday, October 24, as we enjoyed yummy food and goodies, chill the night while enjoying soothing jazz sounds from Kat Agarrado of SinoSiKat?

For this month’s installment, the guest performance is courtesy of award-winning singer, producer, and songwriter Kat Agarrado of SinoSikat?, an ensemble known for their soul-infused rhythms.


The weekend markets lets you to experience series of weekly Saturday hangouts with friends. at Mandala Park, to have taste good food from different merchants to support in terms of championing the sustainable lifestyle it upholds.

With good food and soulful music set in a space fit for accommodating families and friends, the Mandala Park weekend market gives visitors a chance to unwind after a tiring work week.



Serving up another feast, the second installment brings back crowd favorites like Fog City Creamery’s organic preservative-free ice cream. Scout Honor’s made-on-the-spot cookies, and Ribs Manila’s smoked pulled pork. While Fruit Magic brings back their cold-pressed juices, Stanford & Shaw is delighting second-timers and newbies with a taste of their guilt-free citrusy ginger ale. Rounding up the list of returning merchants are: B&T Mexican Kitchen, Ramen Iroha, and IAmKim.

New additions include makers of Hawaiian ceviche Poke Boy and the handcrafted delicatessen of Mister Delicious, Mister Fluffies which uses organic sugar in making their cotton candy, and Pedro Brewcrafters who make their beers in-house in San Pedro, Laguna. These four, along with the other chosen merchants are not only great examples of businesses that help the sustainable movement gain more ground in the country, they are also contributors of support for local businesses and industries, particularly in the agricultural sector.




Through the Mandala Park weekend market, Litton & Co. actively gentrifies the urban environment of Mandaluyong by creating avenues that make it easier for people to take a breather while enjoying soothing sounds and sumptuous food with traceable origins.


Green from Inside Out
Mandala Park begins to take shape

Recharging from the city’s entire bustle, and desiring to be more eco-friendly, are things that more and more people are beginning to aspire. The pace of living in today’s thriving districts, however, already makes it hard for urban dwellers to take time out to unwind, let alone adopt green ideals. 

This instigates the role of relaxation and recreation further in helping people live a more balanced existence. Litton & Co, Inc., an emerging real estate player and a witness to the gentrification of Mandaluyong’s landscape, responds by staging another weekend market set to enliven their 3.2-hectare enclave into an avenue of wellness.

By curating merchants that offer traceable homegrown fares, Litton is actually cultivating a community that thrives on sustainable ideals. With the first salvo held last month, the second installment of the monthly affair brings to fore Mandala Park’s gradual transformation as its architecture begins to embody the nature of Litton’s vision.

Merchants that use locally sourced produce help further the sustainability movement. Food prepared with ingredients of traceable origins produce smaller carbon footprints. Less waste is generated the closer the production, manufacturing, and consumption is. Most of the merchants on Mandala Park’s roster exemplify this standard.

An overgrowth of foliage now enveloping the property’s façade shows visitors the depth of Litton’s intent. By having it draped with a green wall that effectively reduces carbon emissions, Mandala Park unravels into a space that will take denizens to a green cleansing, the kind that shows the promise of nature’s integration within the urban ecosystem.

Catch for your favorite food, for more information on the Mandala Park weekend market series, follow Mandala Park on facebook at <facebook.com/mandalaparkph>, and on Instagram <@mandalaparkph>.

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Thrills, treats and prizes mark the Halloween Soiree at Buddha-Bar Manila: PLUS Who gets to bring home a spanking new Range Rover?


It’s that time of year when kids go trick-a-treating, mysterious tales abound, and spooky parties are thrown left and right. On October 30, 2015, Buddha-Bar Manila invites you to a Halloween Soiree that runs from 6pm until 12 midnight.

Come in your best Halloween ensemble and win fabulous prizes courtesy of our esteemed partners Skyjet Airlines, official airline; Boracay Tropics, official beach resort; Art of Scent, official luxury fragrance boutique; Hotel Celeste, official Boutique Hotel; Manny O Wines, Official Wine; and Chocolate Magic by Chips Delight. 

At the Halloween Soiree, Buddha-Bar Manila transforms into a glamorous fright zone where in the dead of the night, tombs creek open and witches take flight. Eerie meets trendy too as Halloween Soiree at Buddha-Bar Manila also coincides with the Dine for a Range Rover Grand Raffle Draw on October 31 at 1am. 

There is absolutely no door charge for all guests on that night, only thrilling treats from Buddha-Bar Manila. 

Halloween Soiree at Buddha-Bar Manila & Dine for a Range Rover Grand Raffle Draw is an opportunity you shouldn’t let pass. While having Halloween fun, you might just drive away into the twilight with a brand new Range Roger Evoque. 

Buddha-Bar Manila, a franchise of Buddha-Bar Paris, is located at Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City. For reservations, call +632 8566859, +632 8566719 and 0998-983-3918. You may also reach them at info@buddhabarmanila.com or like and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BuddhaBarMNL.



October 28, 2015

BPI's new banking trend with 'Make the Best Happen' campaign

Make the Best Happen with BPI!

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) the first bank in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region, has a wide range of consumer, corporate, and investment banking products and services and is setting a new trend in banking with its Make the Best Happen campaign.

Over and above offering its range of products and services, BPI first of all wants to support its clients by helping them focus on their life aspirations.

We make the best happen during at the recent event of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). With bloggers and media people invited to do last October 27, the bank hosted a Make the Best Happen activity at the Enderun Tent, Enderun Colleges, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. That was a great event when visitors enjoyed an afternoon of fun, games, dining, raffle draws, and instant prizes.
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The launch of BPI’s institutional campaign revealed an animated video, a reminder that we can make anything we’d love to happen, happen.



And to guide us along the way, BPI also created a microsite. 

Makethebesthappen.ph addresses some of the areas in life where most individuals have goals. The articles offer practical tips on travel, health, parenting, shopping, dining and planning for the future. A quick tour of the site shows several helpful reads such as listings of secret food stops outside Metro Manila, quirky Korean tours, inspiring workouts, some necessary life purchases, and how to teach kids to save money.


Ma. Corazon S. Remo, BPI Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic and Corporate Planning Division welcomed media representatives and bloggers. We had fun as we were sent booth hopping, earning prizes at every stop. These booths were meant to give the guests an idea on what life goal they could pursue.

We enjoyed some canapés and wine at the dining booth, played tourists at the travel booth, engaged in pseudo-retail therapy at the shopping booth, exercised a little bit at the health booth and did some art at the parenting booth.

At the future booth, we sat down with BPI’s investment counselors and shared our aspirations. The counselors listened and did some pencil pushing keeping in mind our concerns and perceived limitations. Together, we identified the barriers and discussed ways to break them down or move around them. We walked out of the meeting feeling empowered, believing that indeed, we can make the best happen.

In a statement, Cezar P. Consing, BPI President and CEO, said:
“We strive to know and understand the individual circumstances and financial needs of our clients, then offer financial advice. Only then do we propose certain solutions that are suitable and customized for each and every client. BPI empowers Filipinos to make the best of their life happen by providing innovative and accessible financial solutions.”
“We’re here to make anything you’d love to happen, happen whether it’s for leisure, education, or broadening one’s horizons.”
Consing said the bank wants to focus on needs-based financial planning where individuals make decisions based not on returns but on the goals they want to achieve.

The process begins with helping clients identify their life needs and goals and then create a priority list based on those aspirations. Clients are then encouraged to make personal financial assessments, computing, among others, one’s net worth, cash flow requirements, and even emergency funds. 

Based on this initial assessment, BPI helps clients create a game plan, mindful of their budgets, goals, risk profile, and investment options.

Tricia Quiambao, Head of BPI’s Strategic Brand Management, said with BPI’s Make the Best Happen campaign, people come first.
“We put a premium on understanding our clients and their needs, and as people become more and more aware of the world around them and the many possibilities and opportunities it offers, BPI enables them to accomplish those goals and aspirations better, faster and more efficiently,” she explained.
The microsite devoted to the Make the Best Happen campaign—www.makethebesthappen.ph— addresses some of the top life and lifestyle goals of most individuals: travel, health, parenting, shopping, future, and dining. It is enriched every week with updated content derived from current areas of interest.

Team DJE, Team Bulahao, and Kneutral MNL, Amaia’s Upcycling Challenge Winners



Upcycling competition reinforces Amaia Nuvali lifestyle
,  the process of turning used goods or waste material to produce something that is often better than the original, is the most viable option. This was the idea behind Amaia Steps Parkway Nuvali's The Upcycling Challenge.

The Amaia’s Upcycling Challenge finalists created home products that are useful to Amaia homeowners and consistent with the theme "Living Re-Imagined."
 The contestants were invited in Solenad 1, Nuvali where they executed their designs. Check the complete list of the 13 participated teams at "Living Re-Imagined” - Amaia Steps Parkway Nuvali holds Upcycling Challenge


Last Saturday, October 24, Amaia’s Upcycling Challenge Winners were Team DJE, Team Bulahao, and Kneutral MNL.


The grand winner Team DJE with "Bubble Coral" was awarded P100,000 in cash and a glass trophy during the last day of the competition. Team DJE - Danny Kalinga, Jojean Aguilar, and Johnedel Ogalesco of Team DJE are working on the "Bubble Coral" floor lamp made up of plastic bottles and a junk bike wheel.



The second place winner - Team Bulahao received P50,000 in cash and a glass trophy.

 

Team Bulahao, Louie Lucena of Team Bulahao puts a game face on when the Amaia Steps Parkway Nuvali Upcycling Challenge officially started.



The third place winner - Kneutral MN L.gets P25,000 in cash and a glass trophy. 


Kneutral MNL Carissa Patricia Del Rosario and Jose Masucol of Kneutral Collection creates a useful table out of green plastic soda bottles.

For the Upcycling Challenge last Oct. 17 and  24 at the Solenad 1, Nuvali, 13 groups were each given 24 hours to create marketable and practical home products using a selected material, in this case, plastic soft drink bottles.  Each team was provided with P3,000 for raw materials and transportation to the site. 

Upcycling helps reduce carbon emissions, which are the amount of carbon dioxide produced to support our lifestyles. Your carbon footprint measures your impact on the climate based on how much carbon dioxide you produce. Factors that contribute to your carbon footprint include your methods of transportation and energy usage.

If they're not biodegradable, they're out there occupying space and possibly polluting the earth's seas or forests. Before throwing anything out, think about that. It may be a small step but it's something that will matter in the long run.

Upcycling also saves money (like making old clothes into a bed cover) and helps preserve out resources. 

Ayala Land’s Nuvali, which spans 1,750 hectares, is an inspiring model of a green, sustainable eco-community. Built on the pillars of environmental, economic, and social sustainability, community development remains a primary objective of Nuvali to achieve this balance.


Nuvali, located in the cities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba and the Municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna, is part of the growth corridor of the Calabarzon region. Its campus environment integrates a community where residences, business and recreation flow seamlessly. It is a community where you would proudly raise a family.

The works are currently posted on Amaia Land Corp.'s official Facebook page. The entry with the most number of likes on Facebook received a special prize.

October 27, 2015

#GrabItBeatIt: GrabCar’s awareness campaign for early breast cancer detection





In support of breast cancer awareness month, GrabCar has launched the #GrabItBeatIt campaign across Southeast Asia this October to encourage women to conduct self-examination and stress the importance of early detection. 

“We believe that early detection is the best protection against breast cancer as studies show that those detected early have high cure rates. Through this campaign, we want to extend the conversation to how women can stay healthy and fit, and encourage Filipino women to self-check before it’s too late,” said GrabCar Head, Natasha Bautista. 

According to a 2012 study, the Philippines has the second highest incidence of breast cancer in Southeast Asia. Department of Health (DOH) recommends women as young as 20 years old to familiarize themselves with their breasts and conduct monthly self-examination as everyone is at risk with the terminal but curable disease. 

In line with GrabCar’s advocacy to spread awareness about breast cancer, it now offers Breast Cancer Awareness kits which includes a statement shirt by Malaysian clothing company Pestle and Mortar, a tote bag and pamphlet on how to conduct self-examination. 

All proceeds go to the ICanServe Foundation which helps women with breast cancer and also promotes early breast cancer detection through information campaigns and community-based screening programs. 

“In our own way, we want to let more people know that early detection of breast cancer saves thousands of lives,” said Natasha Bautista.

The #GrabItBeatIt campaign runs in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam as part of the GrabCar’s advocacy on women’s health and safety. 

For more information and for order inquiries, message GrabCar PH via Viber (0905487039 or 09054874027) or check out http://grabtaxi.com/manila-philippines/2015/10/02/grabitbeatit/.

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