ROYAL CANIN OPENS PET SHOP UNIVERSITY

Driven by Mars Pet care’s vision to make ‘A Better World for Pets’, Royal Canin, one of Mars, Inc. billion-dollar subsidiaries, opened Pet Shop University last November 9 at SMX Aura Convention Center. With business owners as their students, the event aims to provide existing and potential retailers with professional training solutions that will help them improve business practices and strengthen their specialized image.

As any user of the brand would know, Royal Canin’s nutritional product lines are very extensive and structured. They are reaching such a degree of precision and technicality that, to market them, you especially need supporting advice and services. One of Royal Canin’s fundamental values of “Dog and Cat First” is what has imposed the choice of specialized distribution made by the company since its founding more than 45 years ago. Products whether for a specific breed, life stage and size may be found in specialist stores or pet shops. Meanwhile, for dogs and cats requiring medical attention or special diets, prescription products are available in veterinary clinics.

Royal Canin, whose headquarters lies at the south of France, truly believes that the knowledge and expertise and veterinarians as well as the specialist retailers’ expert advice are indispensable to accompany an ever more specific nutritional offer and meet the demands of owners who pay ever more attention to the well-being and health of their pets. It is in those reasons why Pet Shop University was conceptualized. Royal Canin wanted to elevate business practices of their retailers and that they would be able to make them realize that there is a true potential in this industry that goes beyond their hobby that stemmed out from being a breeder or a regular pet lover

True to the concept, the one day event featured high-caliber speakers from various fields of supply chain, marketing and finance to share basic business concepts to participants. Mr. Armando Bartolome, President of GMB Franchise Developments spoke about financial management; Ms. Lourdes Guzman, President of Global Procure-IT shared how to develop proper inventory management; Dr. Leonardo Garcia, a dean in the College of Business Administration of Lyceum of the Philippne and a professional lecturer in De La Salle University gave points on how to win in the marketing war.

Innovation plays a major role that unites Royal Canin and its specialized partners. They are not just leaders in launching new diets for specific needs but also providing tools to help their retailers grow, because their partners’ growth is also their success. This partnership with specialists is an essential driving force behind the company’s growth and stands as a commitment against any tendency of their offer to become commonplace. Even before mounting the Pet Shop University, Royal Canin has strongly supported its trade partners by providing them with training, merchandising, promotional activities and, more generally, sales aids. Without forgetting, of course, knowledge sharing through many publications, scientific works, congresses or forums.

Nevertheless, beyond innovation and highly effective nutritional answers, differentiation also relies on choice, advice and services. Such a hyper specialization of Royal Canin’s partners is a major asset and stands as a formidable lever for their development.
For more information about Royal Canin’s Pet Shop University, you may reach:
BLESSIE C. ZARZUELA
Marketing Manager
Royal Canin Philippines
Tel. # 02 817 9443/ 0917. 5905844
Email: blessie. zarzuela@royalcanin.com
www.royalcanin.ph
www.Facebook.com/RoyalCaninPH

An Exciting Honda Gen – S Story

Leading motorcycle manufacturer Honda Philippines, Inc. is introducing another exciting motorcycle one after the other in the Philippines.

A new breed of smart, responsible riders who choose and value Honda scooters for their revolutionary technology, innovative features and practicality. Honda is proud to present New Generation 150cc Liquid-cooled DOHC 6-speed racing engine born out of Moto GP DNA.

On November 15, 2015, this Gen-S Sports Model will be finally unveiled to the public in this year’s Inside Racing Grand Prix (IRGP) event slated.

For more details please check on the Honda Gen-S Stories by visiting www.hondaph.com or visit www.facebook.com/hondaph

Buy More, Fly More w/ P&G, Robinsons Supermarket and Cebu Pacific

Three brands tied up together to launch the new campaign to delight more the shoppers touching yet improving their lives to new heights as they have a chance to fly free just to buy and fly for free flights.

P&G, Robinsons Supermarket and GetGo, Rewards by Cebu Pacific are partnering together for an exciting new campaign. “Buy More, Fly More” lets shoppers earn GetGo points, which they can use to redeem flights on Cebu Pacific.

Buy More Fly More w/ GetGo Lifestyle Rewards Program of Cebu Pacific

Every P500 purchase of at least four participating P&G brands in Robinsons Supermarket earns shoppers one travel sticker.

You can get your stickers to the customer service of Robinsons Supermarket upon presenting proof of receipts.

After collecting 12 stickers, shoppers will be given a GetGo Card worth P150 for free.

The card upon activation will be loaded with 2,600 GetGo points.  Usually, the 2,600 points is now equivalent to a one-way trip to Cebu.

Promo runs from November 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016 while the redemption period is up to June 30, 2016.

Buy More, Fly More is exclusive to Robinsons Supermarket and the following P&G brands: Safeguard, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Pampers, Ariel, Tide, Downy and Joy.

For more information, visit http://www.robinsons-supermarket.com.ph.

Philippines and Portugal Sign two Agreements to Strengthen Relations

On 07 October 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Portuguese Republic in Lisbon, Portugal, Ambassador Philippe J. Lhuillier of the Philippine Embassy in Lisbo signed on behalf of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs a Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Bilateral Consultation Mechanism and a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Diplomatic Training and Exchange of Information and documentation. Signing for the Portuguese Foreign Ministry was its Secretary General, Ambassador Ana Martinho. The signing was witnessed by the Foreign Ministry’s Chief of State Protocol, the Director of the Diplomatic Institute and the Director for Asia and Oceana.

Ambassador Lhuillier noted the significance of occasion in the sense that the signing of these two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) institutionalizes formal mechanisms for having more dynamic and closer engagement and bilateral relations between the Philippines and Portugal. He said, “The Philippines and Portugal stand to benefit from closer cooperation and relations considering that both countries serve as ideal gateways to each other’s regional markets. Establishing a regular consultation mechanism will allow both countries to develop a roadmap for activities and initiatives aimed at broadening the scope of current engagement in vital areas such as trade, investment, culture, tourism, defense and security.” Ambassador Lhuillier further noted that the last two bilateral consultations were held back in 2000 and 2002. He said, “It is high time that the Philippines and Portugal start to more regularly sit down at the table in order to revitalize the bilateral relationship so that both countries can work together in pursuit of common interests and benefits.” Regarding the MOU on cooperation in diplomatic training, The Ambassador remarked that this will facilitate interaction between the two countries’ diplomatic training institutes. .He notes that this will allow Filipino and Portuguese diplomats to learn from each other and exchange views and insights concerning global and regional developments and issues. With the signing of the MOUs concluded, both sides are now looking to hold bilateral consultations by next year.

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Bilateral Consultation Mechanism and a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Diplomatic Training and Exchange of Information and documentation at the Portuguese Foreign Ministry on 07 October 2015 by Ambassador Philippe J. Lhuillier (left) and Portuguese Foreign Ministry Secretary General, Ambassador Ana Martinho (right).

 

 

Give Flavorfully With CBT Giving Journal

My brown CBT Giving Journal is not just an ordinary calendar.  Over the months, it becomes a frequent companion in my bag that posted all my goals, to-do-list and schedule my happenings – best thing in my life that would keep my life in track by being organize and focus on what I do.

The words of wisdom in every page become an insightful random collection that becomes a self-help inspiration to keep me going.

The beauty of writing it down in my planner is making everything accountable and committed – a safe place where one can become intimate to myself and reach the goal.

Looking forward for the next CBT Giving Journal for 2016.

FWD Life encourages Filipinos to stay healthy and fit one move at a time

Can you really be healthy and fit by investing just four minutes of your day in exercise?

Apparently, it is possible and FWD Life is showing Filipinos how they can be healthier and fitter pursue their passions and live the life they dream of.

To encourage more Filipinos to start living a healthy lifestyle, FWD Life recently launched a health and wellness movement aptly called Live to Move—premised on the idea that attaining better health is key in living life to the fullest.

At the heart of the campaign is the FWD Motion, a specially designed four-minute metabolic fitness (MetaFit) workout which has a health benefit equivalent of up to one-hour exercise. Its four primary steps – jump, squat, push up, and lunge – will encourage Filipinos to get into their exercise gear and start moving. Short, simple, and effective, the four primary steps easily encourage people to work out regardless if they are novice, intermediate or advanced fitness enthusiasts.

FWD Motion is a simple regimen. Its four primary steps can be integrated into daily activities and can be done anywhere, reducing the need to go to the gym or attend a workout class. Having been developed by celebrity fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret (“The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Season 2,” “Fit Filipino Movement”), who are also the campaign collaborators, it is scientifically-proven to make an individual lose as much as 600 calories, depending on the intensity of execution and number of repetitions.

“FWD encourages Filipinos to be healthier through the Live To Move movement and it matches perfectly with our advocacy. Through Live To Move and the FWD Motion, we are able to motivate people to start moving in as short as four minutes only, so they can live better and healthier lives,” said Coach Jim Saret.

Coaches Jim and Toni Saret are also healthy lifestyle ambassadors of the Philippine Heart Association (PHA), the official advocacy partner of Live To Move. FWD Life supports PHA’s 52100 advocacy, a simple guide to remind people of the essentials of good health, with each number representing a daily target: five (5) servings of fruits and vegetables, two (2) hours maximum recreational screen time, one (1) hour of moderate activity, zero (0) sugared drinks, and zero (0) smoking/secondhand smoke.
“This partnership enables PHA to further promote public awareness on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We are also grateful that through Live To Move, FWD is able to support our 52100 advocacy which encourages Filipinos to adopt simple heart-friendly daily habits,” said Dr. Alex Junia, Philippine Heart Association President.

The campaign started with the FWD Motion online video challenge wherein participants post their workout videos featuring their passions and their variations to the four primary steps. It continues with the Live To Move Tour, a series of health and wellness-themed pocket events around Metro Manila which includes group activities called Move to the Beat (Hip Hop), Move to the Groove (Zumba), Move to Fight (boxing and cardio), and Move to the FWD Motion (MetaFit). It will culminate on October 24 with the Live To Move Grand Festival where participants will enjoy exciting activities and rewards in surrounding booths for free medical consultation, cooking sessions, group workouts, and a free-for-all wellness concert.

Campaign participants are entitled to raffle entries which give them the chance to win exciting lifestyle gadgets during the tour and the grand festival.

“We have established Live To Move as a platform and the FWD Motion as a key workout routine to encourage Filipinos to start living a healthy lifestyle so they can pursue their passions. We are committed to lead the cause for Filipinos’ health and wellness in the life insurance industry, since we strongly believe in the benefits of living a healthy and more active life,” said FWD Life President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Grimes.

For more information about Live To Move campaign, visit FWD Life Philippines on Facebook. You can also visit its microsite, www.livetomove.ph to upload your FWD Motion videos until October 23. You can also catch upcoming Live To Move tour stops in Bonifacio Global City on October 10 and Alabang Town Center on October 17.

About FWD Life Insurance Corporation Philippines

Arriving in the Philippines in early 2014, FWD is the insurance arm of Pacific Century Group, an investment group established in 1993 with interests in financial services, telecommunications, real estate, and other investments in Asia. FWD is the first in nearly a decade to be granted a life insurance license by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines. FWD launched its commercial operations in September 2014.

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, offering life and medical insurance, employee benefits, and general insurance across a number of its markets.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by leading digital technologies. Through this customer-led approach, FWD will achieve its vision to become the leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

For more information, please visit WWW.FWD.COM.PH.

CHERRY MOBILE BRINGS HOME YOUR OFW LOVED ONE FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE #CHERRYCHRISTMAS PROMO

Christmas is the season of love and thanksgiving. And it is also a time most cherished by Filipinos, because more than the Noche Buena and the gift giving, we relish the precious moments spent with family and loved ones.

Christmas, however, is also bittersweet, especially for our hardworking OFWs. While they brim with pride, sending their families Balikbayan boxes full of gifts and goodies, they are unable to see firsthand the joy and smiles that they bring. Many OFWs would prefer to be with their loved ones this holiday, however, distance and circumstance prohibit them.

For this season of sharing, Cherry Mobile fulfills the deepest wishes of several of our OFWs and reunites them with their loved ones this Christmas through the #CherryChristmas promo. Christmas comes early as Cherry Mobile flies these lucky winners home for free, just in time for the holidays.
“For our OFWs, the happiest time of the year is also sometimes the loneliest. I saw firsthand while I travel abroad how much Filipinos yearn for their home and families. There really is no place like home. For those who live in the Philippines, we are happy to give and receive gifts, but deep inside, there’s no greater joy than being with family. I’m proud to be part of a brand that supports, connects, and encourages the Filipino family to be together,” shares brand ambassador Piolo Pascual.

Maynard Ngu, president of Cherry Mobile, adds, “One thing holds true to every OFW out there, if they all had a choice, they would never leave their families. I know that they would do everything just to enjoy Noche Buena with their loved ones, to open gifts with their kids, to celebrate Mass with their family and friends, and to revel in the other Christmas traditions. So we would like to gift them with this opportunity. ”

Connecting families and helping bridge distances since 2009, Cherry Mobile has always put to heart the needs of the Filipino, especially OFWs – whether it’s designing quality mobile products or creating programs that uplift the lives of their consumers.
This season, through the #CherryChristmas promo, Cherry Mobile rewards the hard work and sacrifices of our unsung heroes – the OFWs.

The #CherryChristmas promo invites participants to share why they would like to have their loved ones home for Christmas. They can share their answers through a short video, which will be uploaded through the #CherryChristmas app on the official Cherry Mobile Facebook page.
The promo is open to all Filipino active Facebook users who have a family member working abroad.
Cherry Mobile opens the doors and gives the opportunity for families to be together during the most special holiday season.

“Cherry Mobile, the leading mobile phone brand in the country that values your lifestyle, has always put the Filipino first, and so it is with great pride and pleasure that we bring together the Filipino family on the most important day of the year,” ends Kat Arceo-Ocampo, Cherry Mobile Marketing Head. “Please do join and spread the joy of Christmas!”

Cherry Mobile gives you more reason to be thankful. Happy holidays and cheers to a #CherryChristmas!
For the complete mechanics of the #CherryChristmas promo, visit www.cherrymobile.com.ph and www.facebook.com/cherrymobile.

About Cherry Mobile
Cherry Mobile is a Philippine-based company which aims to bring value to Filipino lifestyle. Established in 2009, it brings a wide array of choices from feature phones to smartphones and tablets. Cherry Mobile continues to develop partnership with trusted phone developers to further strengthen its stance in the local mobile telecommunications industry. For more information, visit www.cherrymobile.com.ph.

Living in the South through Terrazza de Sto Tomas Batangas

We had a chance to go to Sto Tomas Batangas and experience the ride using the from the (SLEX) South Luzon Expressway. From the hassles of Makati City to Sto Tomas , we only spent less than an hour and it is one of the most convenient way to travel from office to home and vice versa having to have a stress free going to an exclusive kind of housing Ovialand had. It’s one of the most affordable yet high end place to live in with the kind of luxurious type of housing matched with its exclusive clubhouse built to make it more special.

There is a tendency in modern society to prefer city living over a more rural way of life. The narrative for this is simple: Cities are where all the happenings are, whether these are developments that shake the country or lifestyle opportunities that keep people in their toes.

Metropolitan life, however, has its fair share of flaws. The chronic traffic, flooded roads, and pollution are proof that the city is now supporting more than its capacity. As these challenges show no sign of letting up, more and more people are asking, “Is there an alternative to city living?”

“It’s all about options,” answers Fatima Olivares-Vital, Business Unit Head of Ovialand Inc. “The government is actively looking for ways to make these citywide problems more bearable and one of the options they are looking at is to decentralize the congestion in Manila by directing growth to other areas.”

The South is a strong contender for this, with Sto. Tomas, Batangas as one of the most promising provinces. Olivares-Vital explains, “The province can definitely keep up with the progress of big cities while still retaining its rural charm.”

Ready for the modern Filipino

Often, the primary drivers behind the enthusiasm of people to live in big cities are the opportunities available and their proximity to them. According to Olivares-Vital, living in the South also offers these and so much more.

“Sto. Tomas has the infrastructure and the resources to support the demands of the modern Filipino. There are hospitals, schools, and entertainment hubs that are at par with those in the metro.”

Career opportunities are also transforming the once rural town into a competitive job market. The fast moving growth in technoparks which are home to over 300 multinational corporations—including Fortune 500 companies—and the increasing number of large companies relocating to the South set the groundwork for a stable employment environment.

Additionally, Sto. Tomas is steadily gearing up as a promising landscape for entrepreneurs. As progress in the area continues, so is the demand for more providers who can support the widening needs of its population.

Live outside-the-box

Dubbed as the gateway to the Southern Metro, Sto. Tomas offers the best of both worlds. While the city is competitively keeping up with the conveniences of the Metro, it retains a rustic, peaceful charm signature to the Southern brand of living.

Olivares-Vital says, “In Sto. Tomas, the lifestyle starts with the quality of living. Imagine not having to feel nervous every time it rains because of the reliable drainage systems or knowing that you can go home on time to your family because you won’t have to worry about the traffic. This is how you can really enjoy life.”

The activities available within the vicinity also ensure that everyone can find something that will cater to their interest. Beaches, hiking spots, and lifestyle centers are always teeming with activity and are sure to entertain the most outgoing of souls.

Terrazza de Sto. Tomas, a property developed by Ovialand Inc., is a premier development that is set in the heart of these attractions. The 5.8 hectare property aims to provide an exclusive reprieve as well as easy access to the province’s center of activities. The master-planned development is close to industrial parks and companies, schools, churches, and medical institutions.

Olivares-Vital gives one last advice for those looking for a different brand of lifestyle, “You have to look for options. Changing your lifestyle means you have to try and solve the problem using new ways. How we live and how we hope to live should not be different things. Think—and live—outside the box.”

ABOUT OVIALAND, INC.

Ovialand, Inc. a subsidiary of MCDC, with over 28 years of experience in housing development. No project undelivered in the history.
• Every experience is an opportunity to keep improving ourselves. Our goal is to provide accurate, precise and timely delivery of our promises. We want you to be satisfied with our commitments.
• We understand that each purchase of a house and lot is a milestone, and we are committed into turning this milestone into a memorable and pleasant experience that will be a preview of your happy memories and memorable new life in our projects.
• We are committed to giving our market the best value-for-money NOT JUST house and lot but DEVELOPMENT. We understand that you are buying into a lifestyle and into a community, not just a house and lot.
• From your house purchase all the way to the property management, we strive to do our best to give you the quality and lifestyle you deserve.