Avida introduces the South Park District Central Park

Avida opens up a new chill out spot in the southern metro with the Central Park, one of the biggest park spaces in Muntinlupa. The Central Park anchors the residential, office and retail areas of South Park District, Avida’s first mixed-use development in this side of the city.

South Park District is one among the other projects that Ayala Land, through its subsidiary Avida, developed to help form a new vibrant community in Muntinlupa. This district integrates establishments necessary to build an efficient and livable community replete with well-thought-of residential buildings like Avida Towers Altura, its own Ayala-operated South Park Mall, retail and business clusters such as the South Park Corporate Center, and a transport terminal within the development.

These steps are similar to what Ayala Land has taken to help shape the Ayala Alabang of today, highlighting its expertise on the needs and demands of southern living. And it intends the South Park District to reap the same success in the near future.

Avida held a Chill Fest to celebrate the public launch of this sprawling space that is the perfect place for convergence. The outdoor festival combined proudly local performances from the artists behind Tunog Natin! and a special performance from Enrique Gil, delicious Filipino cuisine, bigger than life activities and even bigger discounts on bazaar items from active lifestyle brands.

Chill Fest captured the exciting extent of affairs that the expansive, mixed-use development can hold. Its blown-up lawn family activities gave attendees a glimpse of the lifestyle that the new urban park offers to the residents and the surrounding community.

Situated along National Road in Muntinlupa, the Central Park is an ideal venue for family leisure activities, weekend markets and other community-wide events. The three-part park is made up of the plaza, private residential park and grand lawn, all shrouded in greens and the scenic beauty of nature.

The plaza is decorated with shrubbery and palm trees, further accentuated by a water feature that enhances vibrancy in the place. It is a wide-open space that is perfect for strolls and venue for a weekend food hub and other public events. Meanwhile, the more private residential park is there for the exclusive use of Avida Towers Altura residents.

The centerpiece of this urban park is the grand lawn,with its wide space perfect for both active and passive activities.

It also features iconic interactive sculptures of world-renowned sculptor Reginald Yuson as points of interest and landmarks. Yuson is responsible for the art installations and fountains in Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street, among others.

Central Park is the heart of the development, meant to be the place of convergence for people of all ages while enriching the community as it serves as a city retreat highlighting the laid-back Southern lifestyle. More events such as the Chill Fest and other activities can be expected at the Central Park all-year-round.

About Avida Land

An Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) subsidiary, Avida Land provides thoughtfully-designed yet affordable homes in secure communities that offer value for money and convenience all within reach. With the five pillars of accessibility, unique features and amenities, quality assurance, stress free buying and relaxing living experience integrated in all its condominium and house and lot properties, Avida Land has become the developer of choice among the rising middle class as it continues to expand its product offerings across the country.

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Celebrate BestiesDay with RCBC Bankard

Want to meet your favorite Besties, Solenn Heussaff and Georgina Wilson in person? Now you can!

Just by signing up for an RCBC Bankard at www.RCBCBankard.com/Besties and the first 150 qualified applicants will get a once-in-a-life=time chance to meet and greet Solenn and Georgina at the Eastwood Mall Open Park.

Won’t be able to make it to the first 150 sign up? No worries! All applicants who will get approved for an RCBC Bankcard until December 31, 2015 will get a Besties Book.

For more details and pre-registration, log on to www.RCBCBankard.com/Besties.

Pizza Hut Philippines showcases customer service excellence at 2015 YRI! Regional Champs Challenge

Popular pizza restaurant chain bags 8 out of 9 awards at annual competition

The Philippines’ leading pizza brand Pizza Hut has reaped 8 out of 9 awards at the 2015 Yum! Restaurants Inc. (YRI!) Regional Champs Challenge (RCC) hosted recently at the Ali Mall branch of Pizza Hut in Araneta Center, Quezon City. The RCC is an annual event organized by YRI!. to enhance the development of team members’ skills, with focus on fostering executional operations excellence and exceeding customer expectations.
“On behalf of Yum! Restaurants, we would like to congratulate Team Pizza Hut Philippines for garnering all the major awards in this year’s YRI! RCC,” says Christopher Conway, Pizza Hut Senior Director of Operations, Asia. “We’ve seen the great passion and enthusiasm of all participants in delivering executional excellence throughout the competition. This only shows how Pizza Hut continuously invests in its people’s development not only in customer service but in all aspects of their work, resulting in a great workplace, motivated employees, happy and satisfied customers.”
This year, the RCC gathered more than 250 delegates from 14 member countries of YRI!’s Asia Franchise Business Units (AFBU) to compete for excellent execution in customer service, product quality, speed of service, management and customer mania. The Philippines bested Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and was awarded the Customer Mania Award for their over-all outstanding execution in all areas in the Regional Champs Challenge.
Showcasing the team’s excellence in multiple areas, Pizza Hut Philippines notched four individual awards, including Best Manager by Lady Joy Campos, Best Production Team by Tomas Pulido Jr. (Make) and Erica Castañeda (Cut), Best Customer Service Team by Von Ryan Eddun and Mark Joseph Villanueva, and Best Host by Exceniza Pineda.
Due to its exceptional teamwork, the Pizza Hut Philippines team was also awarded best in Executional Excellence in three areas: Best Hospitality Execution, Best Speed of Service, and Best Over-all Execution.
The Pizza Hut Philippines team, consisting of manager Campos, customer service representatives Eddun and Villanueva, production team members Pulido Jr. and Erica Castaňeda, host Pineda and reserve player Johara Rose Gonzales, were recognized during the RCC Gala and Awards Night Ceremony at Novotel Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.
“Winning 8 out of 9 major awards inspires us to achieve breakthrough results in providing outstanding service to the Filipino market,” says Teck Huack “TH” Lim, Pizza Hut Philippines Chief Operating Officer. “This recognition fuels our passion to elevate our brand to becoming a frontrunner in the food industry by bringing out the best in our people, providing the highest level of customer service and exceptional product quality.”
Pizza Hut Philippines has an excellent association with the Regional Champs Challenge. Over the years, the company has been supportive of this competition and sends delegates to compete every year. This is the second time that the Philippines hosted this event. Back in 2010, the competition was held at the SM Megamall restaurant, wherein the Philippines also bagged 8 out of 9 awards including Best in Over-all Execution, Executional Excellence in Hospitality, Executional Excellence in Speed, Service Imperative Award, and Best Floor Manager, among others.

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.