Cebuana Lhuillier stages multi-stakeholder disaster resilience forum for second year straight

Coming from the success of last year‟s first disaster resilience forum, Cebuana Lhuillier once again gathered stakeholders to push for disaster preparedness among Filipinos. With a mission to equip society‟s most vulnerable sectors against the onslaught of calamities, the nation‟s biggest names in disaster management, risk reduction, and post-disaster rehabilitation convened on August 9 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel for the ‘2017 READY Disaster Resilience Forum – All Sectors In: Making Everyone Disaster-Resilient’.

In partnership with the Insurance Commission, the Climate Change Commission, and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), the event was organized to serve as a platform to discuss measures on disaster resiliency for MSMEs, the agriculture sector, and high-risk communities. It is also a venue to educate the public about the role of microinsurance in disaster preparedness. The convenors and partners of this year‟s forum see microinsurance as a vital preparedness tool, which helps protect Filipinos from the harsh effects brought by calamities.

“In the past twenty years, the number of natural calamities and disasters that ravaged our country has affected the lives of millions and impacted 80% of the local economy. To live with the effects of these natural disasters has become the new normal to many Filipinos. We, at Cebuana Lhuillier, together with our partners, the Insurance Commission, the Climate Change Commission and GIZ, believe that now, more than ever, is the best time to work together to formulate strategies that will help us inform, empower, and protect millions of Filipinos against the continuous onslaught of natural disasters,” Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier shares.

Citing the importance of disaster preparedness, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions Vice President and Group Head Jonathan Batangan emphasized the broader objective of the forum. “For the second year of the DR Forum, our goal is to reach out to the most vulnerable sectors of society. As a business with a mission towards social change, we go beyond shaping a nation that is not only financially-included, but also financially-protected. By providing them with the proper knowledge and understanding on the risks posed by natural disasters and the ever-changing climate; and by highlighting the important role of microinsurance in mitigating risks, we are on track in building disaster-resilient communities,” he said.

Divided in three parts, the event featured a range of speakers from public and private institutions known to have deep involvement in disaster risk reduction and management. Kicking off the panel sessions were DTI Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya of the Regional Operations Group, Mr. Adel A. Tamano, Vice-President for Public Affairs and Communications of Coca-Cola Philippines, and Ms. Sandra Montano, Founder of Community Health Education Emergency Rescue Services (CHEERS) for ‘Business Unusual: Disaster Resilience for Micro Enterprises’.

Leading the second discussion, ‘A Ready Culture in Agriculture: Disaster Resilience for Farmers and Fisherfolks’, were Mr. Jimmy R. Loro, Senior Advisor of GIZ-RFPI Asia, Mr. Jose Luis Fernandez, Philippine Representative at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and Mr. Norman R. Cajucom, Senior Vice President of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation at the Department of Agriculture. For the third and final panel session, Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Undersecretary at the Department of Science and Technology and OIC at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs), and Mr. Ramon J. Santiago, Disaster Risk Reduction Management Adviser to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Head of the Metro Manila Crisis Monitoring and Management Center, discussed the topic ‘Inclusive Preparedness: Disaster Resilience in High-Risk Communities’.

Besides the session speakers, the forum also featured Insurance Commissioner Atty. Dennis B. Funa and Climate Change Commissioner Frances Veronica R. Victorio as keynote speakers, while Mr. Michael Rellosa, Chairman of the ASEAN Insurance Council (AIC) Education Committee and Founding Trustee of the Microinsurance Agents Association of the Philippines, and Ms. Cathy Yap-Yang, anchor and managing editor at the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), served as moderators.

This year‟s event sustains Cebuana Lhuillier‟s disaster resilience advocacy, which was launched in January 2016. The forum held last year was followed by a series of road shows in key cities Baguio, Cebu, and Davao to cascade insights and learnings. Midway through 2016, Cebuana Lhuillier introduced a new product called the Alagang Cebuana Plus (ACP) Gold. The introduction of the ACP Gold coincided with the launch of another project called „National Pilipino Protektado Day‟ (NPPD), which provided free microinsurance coverage to one million Filipinos across the country.

Other initiatives rolled out under Cebuana Lhuillier‟s disaster resilience campaign include the launch of Cebuana Alerto, an Android app that provides real-time disaster-related information, the formation of the Microinsurance Agents Association of the Philippines (MIAAP), an organization founded to promote the interest and welfare of microinsurance agents nationwide, and the introduction of Claims Rapid Action in a Disaster-Stricken Area Operations (RAPIDO), an initiative that enables Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS) to immediately process and settle claims right at the site where a disaster had just occurred.

Celebrate Wellness at Robinsons Supermarket

This August, Robinsons Supermarket continues to promote a healthy and active way of living with Celebrate Wellness, the fourth leg of its year-long Route to Wellness journey with Filipinos.

Last August 5, Celebrate Wellness kicked-off at the Eastwood Mall Open Park in Quezon City to promote a fun, healthy, and active lifestyle among families through exciting sports-related and wellness activities from Robinsons Supermarket and its partners. The event was hosted by TV personality Kuya Tonipet Gaba.

Families were treated to an afternoon program featuring a taekwondo demo, basketball shootout, soccer game, wellness arm wrestling, hygiene talk, and Milo Champ Dance Moves activity. Celebrities Robi Domingo and Gretchen Ho also dropped by for a meet and greet with guests.

To further promote a healthy lifestyle among more Filipino families, the Celebrate Wellness caravan will visit Robinsons Place Metro East on August 18-20, Robinsons Place Malolos, Bulacan on August 25-27; Robinsons Lipa, Batangas on September 1-3; and Robinsons Ilocos on September 15-17.

Celebrate Wellness visitors can get a chance to win exciting prizes when they get their passports completely stamped at the event booths. Families can try out the virtual reality bike marathon, wii sports games, and mini soccer game. They can also earn stamps when they avail of promos and take part in games from sponsors.

“We at Robinsons Supermarket are committed to giving Filipinos a chance to be fit by offering them healthy choices and encouraging them to be active through fun family activities,” said Jody Gadia, Robinsons Supermarket general manager.

From August 1 to September 30, customers can also get a free Robinsons Supersavers hand soap for a minimum single receipt purchase of P3,000 inclusive of P500 worth of participating products from Nestle, P&G, Abbott Nutrition, Wyeth, Unilever, and CDO.

Learn more about RSC’s year-long Route to Wellness series of promos and activities. Like it on Facebook www.facebook.com/RobinsonsSupermarketOfficial or visit its official website at www.robinsons-supermarket.com.ph to stay updated on the activities that it has in store, and learn more about the #ILoveWellness campaign.

Shopee Partners with Red Cross to Help Filipinos Prepare for Disasters

Philippine Red Cross Lifeline Kits now available at Shopee

 

Shopee, the leading online shopping platform in the Philippines, partners with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to promote National Disaster Resilience Month this July. The partnership encourages Filipinos to be equipped and self-reliant to be able to survive the first and most crucial 72 hours following a calamity, during which amenities such as electricity, water or telephone lines may not work, and rescue teams may not be able to reach the location immediately.

 

“Shopee is proud to work with the Philippine Red Cross as we promote the importance of resilience after a disaster.  We hope that by having the PRC Lifeline Kits available on Shopee, this helps Filipinos prepare for and survive in the aftermath of disasters or emergencies,” said Macy Castillo, Shopee’s Head of Commercial Business.

 

The PRC Lifeline Kits offered on Shopee feature essential items such as flashlights, whistles, thermal blankets, first aid kits and other supplies to help support anyone during the first 72 hours of an emergency. Various kits that can be carried while evacuating are available for everyone — children, adults, or even the entire family.

 

In the wake of a magnitude 6.5 quake that hit the Visayas earlier in the month, the PRC reminds residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces that they should prepare for the “Big One”, a magnitude 7 earthquake along the West Valley Fault, which is ripe for movement.

 

“We need to plan ahead for every disaster. By making preparations to ensure effective and efficient responses, we help build resilient communities ready to face any disaster. Efficient volunteers, together with strong logistics support and information technology, will allow us to build a more responsive and better Red Cross for the community,” said PRC Chairman and Senator Richard Gordon.

 

The PRC kits are available through the official Red Cross PH store on Shopee (https://shopee.ph/redcrossph) and comes with Free Shipping and Cash On Delivery (COD) nationwide. Filipinos across the country can now better prepare to face potential disasters.

 

“It’s best to be prepared and have an emergency kit at home, the office, and other places we frequent. Shopee is committed to helping the PRC promote swift response and resilience in the face of adversity. This will not only come in handy, but also save lives,” Castillo adds.

 

Shopee is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play. To learn more about the PRC Lifeline Kits, visit the Shopee Red Cross PH store at https://shopee.ph/redcrossph.

 

About Shopee

 

Shopee is the leading eCommerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support.

 

Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s eCommerce destination of choice. Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment. Launched in November 2015, Shopee provides over 3 million brands and sellers with direct access to more than 40 million users across the region in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

 

Shopee is strongly supported by Sea (formerly known as Garena), Southeast Asia’s largest internet platform provider. For more information, please visit www.shopee.sg

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Huion graphic tablets aims to give tablet users a reliable tablet with modern features at a reasonable price. Allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art. Highly Portability It’s Extremely portable due to its extremely small notepad-like dimensions and extremely light weight, you will hardly notice a difference if you add the Huion drawing tablet hand bag or backpack.

 

Customization and Programmable Keys Quickly perform a command inside the graphics programm that you choose to use there are many features that you can customize, that includes the levels of pressure for the pen’s tip.

 

The active area of the tablet which monitor to select if you have multiple displays and more. You also have the option of matching the active area size to match your display ratio Pressure Levels The pressure sensitivity of Huion is pretty amazing for such unexpensive price with the correct settings enabled, you could smoothly ramp up the gradient of darkness and lightness depending on how hard or soft you pressed the pen againts the tablet.

 

Highly Responsive A mouse feel different , there is a bit more control; ensures that the strokes stay smooth. Huion is a budget tablet that is more premium and less aftermarket that seems to be aimed towards mid range consumers who can draw digitally with a shoetring budget. Many had already concluded that thE drawing functionality is more than satisfactory… SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? JOIN THE REVOLUTION…

Essilor Vision Foundation, Piolo Pascual launch Eye Can Succeed campaign

 

 

Program aims to help 10,000 Filipino students achieve their dreams through better vision

Healthy eyesight is essential to learning and achieving success. It allows us to pick up skills and also enables us to achieve our tasks. Unfortunately, at least ten in every 100 Filipino students suffer from poor eyesight. This concern has led Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) to team up with leading actor and brand ambassador Piolo Pascual to launch Eye Can Succeed, a program geared at providing free eye check-ups and free prescription eyeglasses to help 10,000 senior high school students pursue higher education and achieve success.

` EVF kicked off the advocacy campaign at Rizal High School, which has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest secondary school in the world, by having licensed eye health professionals discuss the importance of healthy vision, proper eye care, and optometry as a career option for Grades 11 and 12 students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) academic strand. With the assistance of volunteer optometrists, EVF examined the school’s 4,000-strong Grades 11 and 12 students and distributed free prescription glasses to students who are in need.

The campaign is focused on senior high school students who are vulnerable to vision problems due to long hours of reading and exposure to blue light from digital devices like laptops and computers. They are also at a critical stage in their lives, where the pressure of choosing a career path looms before them. EVF aims to ease some of their concerns by giving them free eye examinations and eyeglasses when needed, so they can have clear vision which is critical to pursuing their studies and achieving their dreams.

“Poor eyesight is a rampant issue among young Filipinos simply because very few are aware on the importance of having a regular eye check-up,” noted Essilor Philippines marketing manager Jinky Navo. “Through Eye Can Succeed, which we have initiated with our brand ambassador Piolo Pascual, we aim to highlight the importance of good vision in achieving one’s dreams and success.”

As Essilor’s brand ambassador, Piolo is a strong advocate of healthy eyesight for Filipinos. He believes that the campaign will not only help students succeed in the near future, it will also help them perform well in their daily tasks and see life clearly. He said, “Education plays a huge role in the future of these young Filipinos, and poor eyesight will only hinder their progress in learning. By giving them thorough eye check-ups and access to free prescription eyeglasses, they will no longer struggle with vision problems in their lessons, allowing their natural intelligence to shine through.”

This perspective is shared by Lauren Wyper, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) associate director of communications. She said, “It is alarming to learn that many of our target public school students have never had their eyes checked up at all. Launching the Eye Can Succeed campaign here in the Philippines not only helps fulfill the foundation’s mission of enabling Filipinos to have better lives through better sight, but also enables us to spread awareness on the importance of proper eye care through an expanded network consisting of academic institutions, the media, and local campaign ambassador Piolo Pascual.”

Virginia Membrebe, Rizal High School principal, remarked, “We are very grateful and honored for being the first to benefit from EVF’S Eye Can Succeed school tour. Through the free eye check-ups and prescription glasses of the campaign, our students are given a great opportunity to have better vision which is vital for their education.”

The Essilor Vision Foundation is committed to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences, and to providing underprivileged people the opportunity to live a better life through better sight. For more information about EVF and the Eye Can Succeed advocacy campaign, please visit Essilor’s website at www.essilor.com.ph, and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Doña Elena brings the Flair and Passion of Origen Flamenco Show

Doña Elena, the leading brand of Mediterranean products in the Philippines, brings the famed Spanish dance group, Origen, to showcase a lively and passionate Flamenco performance. From the soul-baring music to the intensifying dance moves, Filipino audiences are set to experience an authentic flamenco performance inspired by the music of the legendary Paco de Lucia, a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer.

 

Flamenco is a climactic event that compellingly showcases a longstanding art form that features music as one of its rich elements.  In Origen, the old and deep sound of the flamenco guitar, in the hands of Alberto Marín is united onstage to the characteristic flamenco sound of the flamenco singers and to the fineness of the flute. The music of the show does not only sound, it speaks and lives.  The flamenco dancers, Cristina Carrasco and Javier Serrano, are the ones that culminate the performance with force, dedication and passion.

 

This exclusive Flamenco event showcases the Spanish heritage that anchors Doña Elena as a brand.  As a trusted healthy partner that brings the heart of Mediterranean cooking into Filipino homes, Doña Elena’s product line, which includes olive oils, olives, capers, pastas and anchovies among others, enhance everyday meals into healthy and tasty dishes.

 

As the number one brand of olive oil in the Philippine market, Doña Elena Olive Oil brings out irresistible aroma while retaining high levels of antioxidants like polyphenols and oleic acid. It is also a great source of Vitamins E, K, and A that helps to lower bad cholesterol level with benefits on cardiovascular health. Available in Extra virgin, Pure and Pomace, Filipino families are guaranteed to enjoy a healthy range of easy-to-do recipes that are made from 100% pure olive oil from Spain.

 

Without a doubt, chefs and home cooks continue to choose Doña Elena Olive Oil and the other Dona Elena Mediterranean products to make healthy dishes more delicious. In addition, the Doña Elena brand is truly an icon that guarantees excellence in quality and premium taste at a reasonable price.

 

Pia Wurtzbach is the new #QueenoftheCentury

The Queen of the Universe is now also the Queen of the Century, Century Tuna that is, the country’s number one tuna!  Pia Wurtzbach – ever gorgeous TV host, model, and Miss Universe 2015 no less – joins Century Tuna’s outstanding roster of endorsers, as she appears in an all-new TVC that’s oozing with sexiness and elegance!

 

“We’re thrilled to have Pia Wurtzbach in the Century Tuna family,” beams Greg Banzon, Century Pacific Foods, Inc. General Manager. “Pia is indeed ‘The Queen of the Century,’ the epitome of a mutli-faceted woman who excels in a variety of fields while staying fit and sexy.”

Pia first got bitten by the acting bug at the tender age of four, which later led her to join the Star Circle Batch 11, appearing in a string of television shows and movies. But her real break came when, in her third attempt, she entered the Binibining Pilipinas Pageant in 2015, the stepping stone to her most glorious achievement thus far: bagging the highly coveted Miss Universe 2015 crown – following in the heels of Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973 – in what was a most contentious competition.

Together with, of course, her ravishing looks—her poise, style, and grace—her talents and intelligence, it is Pia’s commitment to self-discipline and physical fitness — just look at her lean and Ultimate Superbody! — that brought her into the Century Tuna fold.

In fact, with a help of a personal trainer, Pia heads to the gym regularly, where she engages in a combination of planking (the best exercise for a flat, toned stomach), tricep pull-downs (for well-defined arms as well as shapely biceps and triceps), as well as squats and lunges (for firm and strong looking legs).

Naturally, a healthy, balanced, yet satisfying diet comes hand in hand with her exercise routine. And for this, there’s nothing else but Century Tuna — the 100% winner in tuna — of which Pia has been a long time fan. “I have a busy schedule and always on the go so when I do have the time to grocery shop or prepare a meal, I make it a priority,” relates Pia, who, unbeknownst to many, studied culinary arts. “I like to enjoy food that keeps my energy levels stable, like Century Tuna.”

Because of Century Tuna’s versatility, where it can be used in a myriad of yummy and nutritious dishes, Pia need not deprive herself while becoming the ultimate superbod. After all, Century Tuna is made of 100% real tuna, rich in Omega 3 DHA, which helps you achieve a healthy and 100% winner superbody, just like hers!

“I’ve always been a Century Tuna girl! And this body you see is made possible by Century,” Pia continues.

No doubt, Pia Wurtzbach has become an inspiration to many and a true role model, the perfect embodiment of Century Tuna’s winning ways and her role as the new Queen of the Century! Hail to the Queen!

 

 

RCBC reveals “We believe in you” philosophy

Rizal Commercial Bank Corporation (RCBC), one of the leading universal banks in the Philippines, today unveils its new corporate logo and tagline “We believe in you,” which signals the start of a new era of providing excellent and trusted banking services for Filipinos.
“This milestone signals the arrival of a more committed, refreshed and re-energized RCBC, that is ready to meet the demands of the ever-changing Philippine banking industry,” said RCBC President and CEO Gil A. Buenaventura.

“We believe in you” is not just a tagline for RCBC, but a battle cry to show our unwavering support and trust to the indomitable Filipino spirit. At the same time, this new corporate thrust is meant to encourage Filipinos not only to dream, but to pursue their passions and dreams, and turn them into reality – whether it’s traveling to your dream destination, venturing into a new business, or purchasing a new home or car,” Buenaventura stressed.

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The simpler, younger and more minimalist logo embodies RCBC’s new mission of being more accessible to younger Filipino depositors, who are looking for better ways to save and grow their money, the RCBC president added. Ces Natividad, RCBC Chief Marketing Officer, reveals that the new logo and corporate tagline are the bank’s response to the changing market.

“We wanted to know what products and services today’s depositors actually need, and we strived to understand what makes them believe and trust a particular bank. We realized that today’s depositors need an approachable bank that responds to their needs, and believes in the value of their dreams and aspirations,” Natividad shared.“RCBC wants Filipinos to know that the bank believes that there is no limit in the things they can achieve if they decide to start building their future early, especially with a strong banking partner, ready to advise them every step of the way. We are providing more emphasis to younger depositors, who need more guidance in managing their money,” Natividad added.

Estimates from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that 1/3 of the Philippine population are millennials. A 2015 Labor Force Survey, also by the PSA, showed that 47.1 percent of the 42 million labor force belongs to the 15-34 age group. This means that more and younger Filipinos need bank services to manage their finances.

Natividad cited a wide array of RCBC products that allow customers to save and conveniently manage their finances. These include RCBC’s Debit Cards, which depositors can get when they open an RCBC savings or checking account. She also emphasized RCBC’s product portfolio which customers can manage online such as the Unit Investment Trust Funds and iSave, an automatic deduction from existing RCBC accounts, done every payroll, which helps depositors to set aside money for future use.
Natividad also cited the unli 0% option of RCBC Bankard, which gives cardholders the flexibility to manage their expenses.

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The bank’s brand refresh comes as RCBC enters its 57th year of excellent business in the Philippines. The bank reached a consolidated net income of P1 billion in the first quarter of 2017. It also showed more strength as assets increased to P526 billion as of March 2017. RCBC’s total number of branches also increased to 489 while ATM terminals increased to more than 1,500 nationwide as of the first quarter of 2017.

“We are confident that the new brand logo and new corporate tagline, and the re-energized service of the bank, will resonate with more Filipinos. We believe that they can accomplish great things if they put their hearts and mind into it, and RCBC will always be their partner to help them succeed,” Natividad added.

7-Eleven celebrates 7-Eleven Day with promos, concerts and more treats

Our favorite kapitbahay, 7-Eleven, is celebrating a significant milestone as it turns another year older. Celebrating its birthday, 7-Eleven is giving back to its loyal customers and the communities they serve through a series of concerts, promos and more treats starting this July 11 to thank them for all the support and continued patronage!

CLiQQ Every Day!

Deals Launch The fun starts with the launch of CLiQQ Every Day! Deals where CLiQQ users can choose 1 out of 3 mystery boxes available starting July 11! Products up for grabs change daily so customers can choose from a wide range of daily deals. CLiQQ users may redeem the product within 24 hours and claim them within the month.

Slurpee x Big Bite Rock Back to School Combo

Students get the first taste of 7-Eleven’s overflowing treats starting with a special deal with the ultimate budget back to school combo for Slurpee and Big Bite, only for P49 (save P5) from July 5 to August 15, 2017. A portion of the sales for this promo will be donated to the student council of 8 selected colleges/universities.

Our favorite kapitbahay is also preparing a special musical treat for students with the Rock Back to School concert series, featuring acts like 6Cyclemind, Moonstar88, Gracenote, and many more, kicking off with a special sneak peek on July 11 at Eton Centris. Aside from this, the concert series will go to different colleges and universities in Metro Manila including Adamson University, Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila, University of Santo Tomas, and more.

To further amp up the excitement, there will be e-raffles for the chance to win 24 Bose Soundsport earphones, another 24 winners of Bose Soundlink speakers, and 5 winners of backstage passes to the Rock Back to School concert series.

Slurpee or City Blends? Get both on 7-Eleven Day!

Craving for a cool and tasty Slurpee or a hot City blends cup of coffee? Well then 7-Eleven has a treat for you! You can enjoy the refreshing taste of Slurpee and share another cup with a friend for free if you buy one Slurpee from 7-Eleven’s LV Locsin Store, and all Bacolod and Iloilo stores from July 1 to 11, 2017.

For those searching for a warm cuppa, City Blends will also be available for just P20 for a 12 oz cup and is available in all stores with City Blends from July 10 to 16, 2017. Simply get a QCode found on the 7-Eleven Philippines Facebook page and present upon payment to avail your favorite these deals.

A Cup of Thankful: Calligraphy Event

Have your message of appreciation written in the most artful way possible with renowned calligraphist Carl Chua through A Cup of Thankful. This will also happen on 7-Eleven Day at the 7-Eleven LV Locsin store from 8am to 12nn.

7-Eleven gives back

As 7-Eleven celebrates being part of every Filipino’s daily lives, 7-Eleven also reached out to our brothers and sisters who were affected by the conflict in Marawi. Donation Boxes were deployed in all corporate 7-Eleven stores in Mindanao.

Employees and customers had the opportunity to share their blessings to help the victims by providing them with food and other in kind donations. This charitable drive started last June and will last until July 11.

Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC) also partnered with PhilSeven Foundation Inc. (PFI) and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) to support the 7-Eleven Global Environmental Campaign by sustaining a tree planting project at the Marikina Watershed at the Brgy. Calawis, Antipolo City.

Employees get to volunteer, along with community to enhance two hectares of an agroforestry site through the planting of 1550 fruit-bearing trees. With this activity, 7 Eleven hopes to improve the biodiversity of the Marikina Watershed and provide at least 20 households with additional income.

Pioneering Convenience Retailing

The roots of the 7-Eleven we know and love today can be traced back to 1927, 7-Eleven began when an employee of Southland Ice Company in Dallas started selling milk, eggs and bread from the ice dock, and operated between 7 am and 11 pm.

7-Eleven is the world’s largest convenience retail chain that operates, franchises, and licenses in more than 61,000 stores worldwide, and over 2,000 stores in the Philippines. The purveyor in convenience retailing adds two new stores every two hours to their worldwide operations.

For more information & fun facts, visit https://www.facebook.com/711philippines/.

Falafel Yo!: Authentic Israeli Cuisine for the Discerning Foodie

Good news for metro foodies — there’s a new falafel place in town! Discerning palates can now enjoy traditional Israeli cuisine at Falafel Yo!, a new restaurant offering fresh, authentic, healthy, and delicious falafel.

Falafel plays an iconic role in Israeli cuisine and is widely considered to be the national dish of the country. It is a popular street food made with mashed chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), parsley, coriander, garlic, and other Mediterranean spices.

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The General Manager of Falafel Yo!, Guy Mann, grew up eating the Israeli treat and wants to share that experience with Filipinos. He aims to preserve the traditional recipes and methods that have been refined and passed down from generation to generation.

“At Falafel Yo, we make falafel the same way we do it back home,” Guy says. “We want it to taste the same. It has to be authentic. The Falafel you get here will taste the same, if not better, than the ones you get in the streets of Israel. We make sure that what we will be serving to our customers are not only affordable, but also fresh, authentic, and are guaranteed to fill their empty stomachs,” He adds.

Usually served in a pita bread with a choice of vegetables, hummus, and tahini sauce, falafel is perfect for holding and snacking on the move.

Guy on their menu, “We have a very focused menu and that allows us to deliver the very best in authentic Israeli falafels. At the same time, we also want to cater to other people who maybe aren’t familiar with Israeli cuisine and introduce them to falafels.”

Visit us at the 4th floor of Greenbelt 3 Makati City.