Hop Inn Thai Hotel here in the Philippines

Traveling with class used to be only for the privileged ones, but not until Thailand-based Hop Inn Hotel was officially launched in the Philippines through its pioneering outlet along Ermita, Manila that offers high quality accommodation for both the business and leisure markets on a tight budget.
According to The Erawan Group PLC President, Ms Kamonwan Wipulakorn, this island nation serves as their first market abroad since they ventured into the economy category, in addition to the premium global hospitality names they have been building and operating over the last three decades.

“The country has high potential for tourism in the long term,” she said. “We believe that the Philippines will offer the fastest and highest economic growth in the Asean region and through our analysis and market research on the ground, we see very good opportunities to expand in the Philippines.”

On December 1, 2016, Hop Inn Ermita opened its door for local and foreign tourists to experience and enjoy first-hand what the Thai expertise and world-renowned Filipino hospitality are about. While it falls under the economy travel class, the hotel is designed to offer quality and convenient stays––thanks to the company’s 35 years of vast experience in developing international five-star hotels, such as the Grand Hyatt and JW Marriott, among others.

“So travelers can expect a decent accommodation here at affordable prices,” the top executive noted. Unlike other similar facilities out there, she added that this new budget hotel located at the heart of the country’s capital exceeds the guests’ expectations.
Upon entry to this mid-rise property, visitors could already feel the warmth of this place with the vibrant colors of the lobby. This is complemented by the courteous and accommodating staff, who are well-trained and on-hand to assist them so as to make their stay well worth their money.
Hop Inn Ermita has 168 rooms––all spacious and well-appointed. Each is equipped with fundamental amenities to ensure a good night’s sleep after a tiring business or leisure trip, and in preparation for the next day’s meetings or city exploration.

“We offer a very basic requirement. Our brand essence is for our rooms to be clean, convenient, comfortable, and safe,” Wipulakorn cited. “We make sure that all of these are consistent to all our clients here and in our upcoming branches in the near future.”

The leading hotel operator in Southeast Asia has allocated around 10 billion baht, or about P12 billion, for its five-year investment plan aimed at further growing its Hop Inn network in the region.

“Thirty percent of that will be for the Philippines,” the Group’s president said of their P3.6 billion capital expenditure to build around 20 three-star hotels nationwide by 2020.

As the leading investor in the hospitality sector in Thailand, The Erawan Group currently operates 41 hotels there, with a total inventory of 6,000-rooms.

“Next year, it’s going to be 50 hotels, including two in the Philippines,” Wipulakorn bared,
referring to the P200 million-worth Ermita property and the 190-room Makati branch, the latter now under construction in preparation for opening in September 2017.

Others in the pipeline include the ones building up in Aseana in Pasay City and Alabang in Muntinlupa––both scheduled for inaugural in the first quarter of 2018. The Group is also looking at Quezon City, Chinatown, and Cubao in Metro Manila, as well as Cebu and Davao in the Visayas and Mindanao regions as potential sites for its Hop Inn brand.
Beyond giving a boost to the national economy and local hospitality industry, The Erawan’s expansion program is expected to create more direct and indirect employment opportunities for Filipinos.

“We have created jobs with our ongoing construction already. We will set up an operation team in the next few months and the plan is to hire local staff as many as possible as they would understand customers’ requirement and respond well to market,” Wipulakorn said.

Impressed by the positive turnout of the guests, following the official opening of the flagship Hop Inn outlet in Manila, the Group has already identified their captive market in the Philippines.

“In Thailand, 85 percent of our guests are international. But we have a very good domestic market as well. So about 15 percent would go to domestic. But I think over here will be more domestic, maybe 85 percent. So we expect more business travellers here more than leisure guests,” she pointed out.
Bullish on their first venture overseas, Wipulakorn revealed that they intend to double their target number of hotels in the next 10 years.

“We also look at maybe investments into the midscale or four-star category in the Philippines,” she stressed. “I hope that we bring a good quality product for the Philippine market and that we get a good response. We also want to be part of the community here.”

For more information about Hop Inn Hotel, visit www.hopinnhotel.com and follow their social
media pages at www.facebook.com/hopinnhotelph and hopinnhotelph on Twitter and Instagram.

Adamson Lady Falcons with their new Coaching team for Season 79

Proving that women can be just as strong in the male-dominated world of sports, Adamson University, together with its sponsor Akari Lighting and Technology Corporation, proudly announces an all-female coaching team for the Adamson University Lady Falcons in the 79th season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) seniors women’s volleyball.

Aiming to soar higher this year, Adamson University Lady Falcons has tapped American coach Airess Padda as head coach. A highly successful athlete-turned-coach, Padda is the founder and director of Malibu Palms Volleyball Club. She began her coaching career with the Hacienda Heights Volleyball Club in 2008 before being appointed as the head coach of the junior varsity team at Sierra Canyon whom she led to a state championship in 2013. Padda also worked as head coach at Malibu High School where in her first season, she took the girl’s team to their best finish to date.

Assisting Padda are returning assistant coaches Cherry Macatangay and Michele Gumabao. Former Golden Tigress Angeli Tabaquero rounds up the all-star Lady Falcons coaching staff.

Macatangay, a multi-titled volleyball player, is a former Adamson Lady Falcon. She was a three-time Best Scorer and a Most Valuable Player (MVP) titlist for the Shakey’s V-League Conference. She was also a member of the national team where she took home a Silver Medal at the 1995 SEA Games.

Meanwhile, Gumabao led the Lady Spikers to a three-peat in the UAAP, proving that she is one of the best defensive players in her league. She bagged two Best Blocker trophies and a Finals MVP award in UAAP 75. Most recently, she took home Finals MVP honors in Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference.

Finally, Tabaquero apart from being a UAAP and Shakey’s V-League champion, was named team captain of the Philippine National Team in the 2013 Asian Championship. She is currently the head coach of the high school volleyball team of Saint Pedro Poveda College.

Padda and the rest of the coaching team will continue to have strong support from Akari, the country’s top lighting and technology brand, as the Lady Falcons vie for the championship title.

“For three years now, we have been supporting Adamson’s basketball and volleyball teams as part of Akari’s youth development and sports programs,” said Russell Balbacal, Akari Lighting and Technology sports director and the Lady Falcons’ team manager. “We hope that the team-up of head coach Airess with Cherry, Michele and Angeli will mold the Lady Falcons into a strong unit, and hopefully clinch the championship title. With their individual success in the UAAP and professional leagues, we are confident that their winning ways and attitude will rub off to our young team.” Akari also supports scholarship projects to reinforce their commitment to education.

Adamson University has produced successful athletes in professional sports. Its women’s volleyball team has landed several UAAP Final Four finishes and a Shakey’s V-League championship title. A UAAP championship title at this point is still a dream but Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM, director of the Office for Athletics and Recreation, is optimistic that the new coach can pave the way to, if not attain, that ultimate goal.

Kickstart your journey to active, healthy living at Vermosa Active Revolution

Leading a healthy and active lifestyle is one of the keys to enjoying a full life, and at Vermosa, this starts at home. Developed by Ayala Land, Inc., this 700-hectare master-planned, mixed-use estate in Cavite offers a modern suburban community where daily life becomes more dynamic for health enthusiasts.

Putting Vermosa on the map as the premier sports and active lifestyle destination in the south is Vermosa Active Revolution, an early, high-octane Christmas treat held recently at the estate. The two-day event was headlined by Drop and Roll, a jaw-dropping exhibition show led by world-renowned stunt-bike hotshot Danny MacAskill. Joining him were fellow pro riders Duncan Shaw, Fabio Wibmer, and Ali C., who all gave local riders and speed enthusiasts a truly unforgettable spectacle on their first visit to the Philippines as part of their Asian world tour.

Revolutionizing active living

Vermosa Active Revolution also took guests on a thrilling ride that roused their senses, most especially at the Vermosa Active Revolution’s Kinetic, Inspire, and Refresh Zones.

Aside from the Drop and Roll exhibition performances, the Kinetic Zone featured cycling clinics and bike rentals at the Vermosa Bike Skills Park, while the motocross track hosted an MX Race that showcased various local riding talents. The Ninja Academy also performed a live parkour exhibition show and set up an obstacle trials course, while a poi LED demonstration by Planet Zips capped-off the event through a visual feast.

The Inspire Zone housed one of the South’s biggest sports and lifestyle expos, where attendees geared-up to jumpstart their active and healthy lifestyles, through great deals and finds from the country’s hottest retail brands such as 2XU, 8A Apparel, Bambike Revolution Cycles, Cycle Ministry, Gran Trail Cycles, Green Planet, JB Sports, MTProBikes, Nutrition Ringside, Ranking Helmets, Sandugo, V12 Apparel, Vansydical, Speedo, and many more.

The Refresh Zone provided a menu of good eats to energize guests while sound beats from guest acoustic performers and DJs accompanied event-goers and kept the active atmosphere going to revitalize one’s mind, body, and soul. Indeed, the future economic hub of the South offers a holistic approach to healthy and active living, packaged as a destination that offers premier services and brings one-of-a-kind events closer to Filipinos.

“Vermosa stands as an accessible premier destination for new-age sports, perfect for people who are passionate about healthy and active living,” said Jay Teodoro, Ayala Land Senior Division Manager and Estate Head of Vermosa. “By hosting world class events such as Vermosa Active Revolution, the estate furthers its thrust of not only providing the best training facilities and services, but of bringing in quality, internationally-renowned talent to promote active and healthy lifestyles.”

#Jointheactiverevolution and fuel your passion for a healthy and active lifestyle! For more updates and information on Vermosa’s exciting events, activities, and offerings, visit the official Facebook page, @Vermosaph or www.vermosa.ph.

Vermosa is an estate by Ayala Land, the Philippines’ leading developer of sustainable estates offering a diverse mix of quality residential and commercial developments that support local economic growth.

For more information on Vermosa’s upcoming activities and offerings, visit its official Facebook page, @Vermosaph or log on to www.vermosa.ph

St. John Bosco Parish students rise to the challenge with Caltex™ Havoline® and ONE Championship™

The youth of the St. John Bosco Parish got a once in a lifetime chance to train with ONE Championship athletes through a community initiative spearheaded by Caltex Havoline.

Caltex Havoline brand ambassador Mark Striegl along with ONE Championship title holders Brandon Vera and Eduard Folayang trained with the children of the parish with the aim to empower them through physical fitness activities and inspire them to face life’s toughest challenges with endurance and genuine strength.

“In Chevron, we value people. The passion that drives us towards excellence is the same passion that inspires us to commit to giving the best to our partners, customers, and communities. The St. John Bosco Parish youth are particularly close to our hearts. For many years, we have helped them make a sustainable living through livelihood projects such as the Pugad Pandesal: Manna From Heaven, the Coffee & Saints Café, and the Caltex Mobile Mechanics. Just as Caltex Havoline puts the fight back in your engine, we want to empower the youth to fight for their dreams,” said Joseph N Bronfman, Area Business Manager, Philippines & Vietnam, Chevron Philippines Inc.

Though the athletes are in the thick of training for the upcoming ONE: Age of Domination on December 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, they took time off to bond with the kids of St. John Bosco Parish and teach them a few of their moves in the cage.

As Striegl introduced the exercises, he also encouraged the youth to fight hard for their dreams.

“These kids have faced very difficult situations at a young age. Not having access to education is one of the most challenging obstacles, but they continually overcome it. I readily agreed to join this activity because I wanted to help empower them,” said Striegl.

Don Bosco PUGAD (Parish Urchins Gathered at Don Bosco) Center serves the underprivileged youth who are incapable of supporting their own education. Chevron and the parish are long-time partners, previously organizing livelihood projects and training programs together to equip them in making a sustainable living.

After the training exercises, the three fighters spent some time designing tambourines with the youth of PUGAD Center, which will be auctioned at ONE: Age of Domination event on December 2, 2016. Proceeds of which will be given to the center.

Caltex Havoline is ONE Championship’s Southeast Asia regional partner for Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

About Chevron

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, California. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About Chevron Philippines, Inc.

Chevron Philippines, Inc. has been in the Philippines for over 90 years, offering high quality products and services. To date we have more than 700 Caltex stations, and sells a range of petroleum products, including Caltex with Techron® gasoline and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, kerosene and jet fuel. Chevron has 18 facilities in the Philippines, including major terminals, depots and sales offices. Our import terminal in San Pascual, Batangas, forms the hub of our transportation and supply operations in the Philippines. Chevron also provides jet fuel for airlines at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Chevron also markets Delo® and Havoline® lubricants, coolants and other lubricating oils and greases through distributors to consumer, commercial and industrial customers. More information on Chevron Philippines, Inc. is available at www.caltex.com/ph.

About Havoline®

Since 1904, Havoline motor oils have provided outstanding performance. In 1946, Havoline introduced its “New and improved Havoline Motor Oil,” which for the first time featured additives that inhibited corrosion, provided detergent and dispersive action, reduced piston ring wear at both low and high temperatures, and protected against engine rust. Today’s Havoline lives up to its heritage with its latest technology: Havoline with Deposit Shield® Technology, an advanced formulation that protects your engine from harmful deposits to deliver optimum performance. Havoline suite of products include passenger car engine oils, motorcycle oils and other ancillary products such as coolants, automatic transmission and brake fluids providing total engine protection.

About ONE Championship™

ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, Physique TV, MYTV, HTV, Esporte Interativo and more.

Experience the Third Branch of Book & Borders at Cafe Eastwood

Get the“me”-time you deserve by indulging in delicious drinks and comfort food along with your choice of bookat this charming urban cafe.Having already opened branches in Tuscany, McKinley Hill, Taguig; and Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Book & Borders Cafe is proud to unveil its third cafe in Eastwood City, giving residents, office workers, students and shoppers a new venue to dine and unwind after a tiring day.

Formally opening its doors on Saturday, November 26, 2016, Book & Borders promises great food, awesome drinks, and hours of fun reading. To celebrate this milestone, Book & Borders owner Kristine Simisim, Mary Simisim, Megaworld’s Kevin Tan, General George Ancheta, Benjamin Alves, Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon, Architect Paolo Grijalvoand Harry Morris led the ribbon cutting ceremony.

As guests were invited to check out the bright, cozy space, they were also treated to special dishes that were thoughtfully prepared by the resident chef. Aside from the cafe’s signature drinks such as the Salted Hot Chocolate, Iced Coffee Fudge, and Hazelnut Frappe, guests enjoyed delicious comfort food like the Barbeque Liempo with Rice, Fried Tuyo with KesongPuti Pasta and Seafood Aligue Pasta.

As the guests wined and dined, singer and self-confessed bookworm, Karylle, serenaded the guests with renditions of her favorite songs. Christian Bautista, Carlo Orosa, Keiko Necesario, Gio Levy and Bullet Dumas followed it up with another round of special performances. More than offering a cozy escape to read and study, Book & Borders Eastwood becomes a welcoming space where you can enjoy a quiet meal with friends, family or your special someone. Pass the time, avoid the traffic,and savor the calm and quiet at Book & Borders Eastwood.

Serving all-day breakfast, cakes, rice meals, pasta, sandwiches, your favorite coffees and more, you can find Book &Borders Eastwood at the ground floor of Olympic Heights Condominium in Eastwood City, Libis. For more information, follow Book & Borders on Instagram @bookandborderscafe, or call (0932) 871 5560 and (02) 584 2465.

Devant Changing Lives in a Big Way

A Holiday Treat From Devant’s 7:30PM G2G

The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes an air of good cheer and lots of family time!

Friends and families all find time to converge in one place to swap memories, share new stories, and of course, partake of the staple feast everyone looks forward to during holiday gatherings.

And you know what’s another favorite activity? TV time! It doesn’t seem to matter what everyone watches: The latest movie, a favorite series, a game show, a video of everyone’s unforgettable getaway, or even playing a new video game — no matter what the family is watching or doing, TV makes a great tool for bonding.

The Devant Habit

Have we really become slaves to technology? Well, it depends on how you see it. Although one can’t deny the addicting appeal of having and doing everything at a touch of a finger, there’s also the side of technology that offers us such amazing convenience.

Technology offers everything — an avenue to shop without leaving the house, ways to share memories with loved ones leaving far away, easy communication, and the availability of information wherever you are.

It is this convenience that Devant, aims to tap and promote by delving deep into what matters most — one’s family. Driven by the tagline “Changing lives in a big way,” Devant hopes to instill the importance of strengthening personal ties by simply enjoying a simple habit — watching TV.

7:30PM TV G2G

Through the project 7:30 PM TV Get Together, Devant hopes to create moments where people can take a break from their busy schedules, and spend some quiet, quality time with the people they love the most — and what better way to bond than watching your favorite shows together on Devant’s Big Screen TVs?

Through the 7:30 PM TV Get Together, every night becomes a TV bonding night when families and friends get to enjoy their favorite shows together. The experience, is of course enhanced via Devant’s Ultra HD Big Screen TVs complemented with surround sound to make bonding nights more memorable.

Devant Curved Ultra HD TV

One of the most notable products in Devant’s exceptional line-up is the AVC400 Curved Ultra HD TV. It has a 3840×2160 resolution with 60Hz Vivid Motion and powered by a Quad-core CPU and a built-in ISDB-T receiver. Already a smart TV, this model has various connectivity options and is perfect for streaming your favorite videos from YouTube and Netflix.

The Devant AVC400 Curved Ultra HD TV lets you embrace the beauty of every detail with its 65-inch and 55-inch screens and allows you to experience the perfect immersive experience with features such as the Anyview Cast – a screen mirroring function that allows you to seamlessly share your favorite music, photos or videos from your mobile phone or tablet to your TV without the need for cables.

Also to be considered are Devant’s Ultra HD TV models, as well as their Smart and LEDTech TV models that make viewing such a treat. With televisions like these, everyone is sure to look forward to bonding time with the family at 7:30PM!

The Devant Manifesto

7:30 PM TV G2G is part of Devant’s manifesto of promoting the responsible role of a TV brand in bringing together families through a shared enjoyable activity such as TV time. The brand sees television as a unique catalyst that creates a welcoming environment where families and friends can simply take a step back from the solitary effects of technology and enjoy being with each other.

7:30PM TV Get Together aims to promote that every night at 7:30PM, everyone is urged to spend time with the people they care about by watching their favorite shows on TV. And at the center of it all, are the convenience and quality of experience every Devant Big Screen TV brings.

For more about Devant and its superb products, visit http://devanttv.com.

Nuvali Dirt Bike Weekend 2016

It’s the 8th year of Nuvali’s “Dirt Weekend” is considered as one of the country’s premium mountain bike race events.

Dirt Weekend is also a pioneer in bringing world-class formats in the Philippines. It’s been hosted the first Enduro Race in the country in 2012, which is a highly technical downhill event that drew hundreds for pros and enthusiats. In 2013, Dirt Weekend presented the first UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Philippine MTB National Championship and the first Philippine MTB Marathon National Championship. The two events alone drew almost 2,000 riders to Nuvali in total.

Nuvali announced that the 40 finishers of the Cross Country Marathon World Series qualifying race will be eligible to join next year’s world championship race in Germany. The event was held at Nuvali’s Dirt Weekend bike festival, the eight installment of this prestigious cycling event which gathered more than 1,500 cyclists representing different provinces and countries around the world, including Japan and Portugal.

female winners

In the Women’s division Aiana Dormitoia of Philippines, finishing the 90 kilometer course in 5 hours 12 minutes 12 seconds. In second place was Melissa Jaroda of Philippines with a time of 5 hours 16 minutes 45 seconds and in third place Avegail Rombaon of Philippines with a time of 5 hours 19 minutes 45 seconds.

male winners

And for the Men’s Division Motoshi Kadota of Japan led the race, finishing the 90 kilometer course in 4 hours 6 minutes 17.87 seconds. In second place was Alvin Benosa of the Philippines with a finish time of 4 hours 9 minutes 13.92 seconds. And for the third place was Eusebio Quiniones of the Philippines with a finish time of 4 hours 11 minutes 5.79 seconds.

Vermosa Active Revolution

Ayala Land furthers its thrust of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle by rallying a new breed of athletes as it unveiled another exciting spectacle—the Vermosa Active Revolution—to be held on December 3 and 4 inside the 700-hectare master-planned, mixed-use estate development in Cavite.

At the Vermosa Active Revolution press launch, guests were treated to a head start of what to expect during the two-day event, as well as a sneak peek of the special line-up of performers headlined by Drop and Roll, led by world-renowned street trials rider Danny MacAskill and his crew, to highlight their first visit to the Philippines and the Asian region as part of their world tour.

Gear up for an active lifestyle revolution

As the most accessible premier sports destination in the country, Ayala Land’s Vermosa Estate, located along Daang-Hari Road, will play host to a high-octane extravaganza that’s set to thrill everyone’s senses through the Vermosa Active Revolution’s Kinetic, Inspire, and Refresh activity zones.

At the Kinetic Zone, Danny MacAskill’s jaw-dropping Drop and Roll exhibition performance is expected to rouse local riders and enthusiasts alike. With Drop and Roll show schedules on December 3 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on December 4 at 4:00 p.m., participants will also get the chance to grab exciting freebies and personally meet and greet the stunt bike superstar and his team composed of Duncan Shaw, Fabio Wibmer, and Ali C.

Various cycling clinics and bike rentals for the two-day event will also be available at the Vermosa Bike Skills Park, while the motocross track will host an activity for riders. The Ninja Academy will also mount a parkour obstacle course for festival goers to try out together with other surprises, while a poi LED exhibition performance by Planet Zips will cap-off a night of fun-filled activities.

The Inspire Zone will host one of the South’s biggest sports and lifestyle expos, where attendees can jumpstart their active living through great deals and finds from the

country’s hottest retail brands such as JB Sports, KTM Bikes, Fox Gear, Columbia, Top Bike shops and many more.

The Refresh Zone will provide good eats and sound beats to revitalize one’s mind, body, and soul. And with acoustic artists and DJs to keep the celebration alive, as well as food truck concessionaires rolling in at Cavite’s first Gastro Food Truck Park to energize the festival goers, the Vermosa Active Revolution will truly be a one-of-a-kind, pre-Christmas present for everyone.

Indeed, Ayala Land’s Vermosa Estate is the only master-planned, mixed-use town core that promotes healthy and active living in a venue that provides holistic training for the new breed of sports enthusiasts. And as the premier destination for new-age sports, the Vermosa Active Revolution promises an event like no other, bringing in international acts in a local setting that’s accessible to every Filipino.

#Jointheactiverevolution and fuel your passion for a healthy and active lifestyle! For more updates and information on Vermosa’s exciting events, activities, and offerings, visit the official Facebook page, @Vermosaph or www.vermosa.ph.

About Vermosa Estate:

Ayala Land’s signature development and fourth largest estate, Vermosa is a 700-hectare future city that is master planned to offer mixed-use components such as horizontal residential options, sports-themed retail establishments, healthy dining selections, a central business district, hotel, educational institutions, and entertainment complexes that are seamlessly integrated with generous green open spaces. Vermosa Estate is a 55-minute drive from Makati, primarily accessible thru Daang Hari Road via MCX (Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway) and the soon-to-open CALAX (Cavite-Laguna Expressway).

For more information on Vermosa’s upcoming activities and offerings, visit its official Facebook page, @Vermosaph or log on to www.vermosa.ph

Pioneer Insurance accepting entries for #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition

Pioneer, one of the top life and non-life insurance companies in the country, is inviting aspiring songwriters and musicians to join the #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition.

Participants can submit their entries at www.moveonlang.ph until November 15, 2016 for a chance to win a cash prize of up to PHP 100,000 plus PHP 100,000 worth of insurance coverage from Pioneer, as well as the opportunity to have their songs recorded and performed by musicians of their choice.

Applicants must be aged 15 to 24 years old and currently enrolled as students in the Philippines to join. Each applicant can submit up to five song entries, with a maximum song length of 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Applicants can also register as a group with up to five members, with one member designated as the official representative.

In line with the theme of moving on, song entries must be inspirational and about bouncing back from life’s challenges.

“We wanted a theme that would exemplify what being a Filipino is all about. We are known all over the world for our resilience, with new stories appearing everyday about Filipinos getting back on their feet after life has dealt them a hard blow. We want this competition to produce songs that can inspire the nation to keep on moving forward despite setbacks and difficulties,” shared Pioneer’s Marketing Head Len Pozon.

A panel of professionals and practitioners from the music industry will screen the entries and select ten finalists, all of whom will receive PHP 100,000 worth of insurance coverage from Pioneer. The finalists will be announced on December 5, 2016, and their songs posted at the event’s official site www.moveonlang.ph as well as on Pioneer’s social media pages (Facebook page www.facebook.com/PioneerIsYourInsurance).

Online voting period will begin on December 5 upon announcement of the finalists and will end on December 16. The finalist with the most votes will be crowned Online Favorite and awarded a cash prize of PHP 10,000.

A PHP 100,000 cash prize awaits the grand winner, while the second and third placer will get PHP 50,000 and PHP 30,000 respectively. A consolation prize of PHP 10,000 will be given to each of the remaining seven finalists.

Over the past few years, Pioneer has made it their priority to support the arts by encouraging the youth towards artistic pursuits through competitions in various creative fields like video production, playwriting and this year, songwriting.

“Filipinos have always loved music, and songs are a powerfully simple way to express oneself and inspire others,” shares Ms. Pozon. “We want to share Pioneer’s message of hope through this competition and through the next generation of homegrown musicians. This competition is also a wonderful chance for us to support and promote our local music industry among the youth, through our partnership with FILSCAP” says Ms. Pozon.

Since September, the FILSCAP Campus Caravan toured several universities around Metro Manila. Students from the University of The Philippines Diliman, University of Santo Tomas, San Beda College Alabang, University of Makati and De La Salle University Manila had the chance to learn about songwriting from prominent songwriters and icons from the music industry like Rico Blanco, Yael Yuzon, Gloc 9, Champ Lui Pio, and Raimund Marasigan. The Campus Caravan is set to visit University of the Philippines Los Baños and University of Mindanao this November.

For more information on the #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition, visit their official website at www.moveonlang.ph