Pru Life UK gears up for the biggest cycling festival with PRUride PH 2018

British life insurer Pru Life UK aims to start the new year with a bang with the launch of PRUride PH 2018, expected to be one of the biggest cycling events in the Philippines.

Following the success of PRUride to London in 2016, the 2018 installment is set to gather some of the national team cyclists from the country and across Southeast Asia with two competition legs – January 11 to 14, 2018 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales, and January 21 at McKinley West, Taguig.

At a media launch held at The Brewery in Uptown Bonifacio, Pru Life UK SVP and Chief Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga shares, “More than a gathering of the country’s most passionate cyclists, PRUride PH 2018 continues Pru Life UK’s commitment to promote responsible and safe cycling. We also hope to increase awareness on cycling as an alternative mode of transportation so we can all work towards having a safe and environment-friendly community for the generations to come.”

PRUride PH 2018 promises to be one of the most exciting cycling and sporting events in the coming year. Here are the top three things that professional and amateur cyclists can look forward to.

Two weekends with a line-up of 36 racing activities

With more than 5,000 participants expected to sign up, Pru Life UK arranged several racing segments to cater to a wider range of cyclists, from amateur and age-group riders to Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) license holders. Among the activities included are the Professional Individual Time Trial, Amateur Time Trial, and the 100-kilometer Gran Fondo – all to be held in Subic – and a repeat of the 2016 Criterium races in Taguig.

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Seasoned cyclists – including national athletes Marella Salamat and George Oconer – can put their skills to test at the PRUride Professional Road Race, a UCI-accredited (class B) event and a platform for young athletes aspiring to be in the national cycling team to show off their talents. It will also take UCI license holders and elite professionals to a 160-kilometer course, leading them to the historic peak of Mount Samat in the town of Pilar, Province of Bataan.

Likewise, cyclists of all expertise levels are also expected to flock at the PRUride Gran Fondo, which will bring them into the picturesque roads of Bataan province on a leisurely but timed 100-kilometer ride.

A uniquely Filipino Brompton Challenge

PRUride PH 2018 will also bring in the popular and exciting Brompton Challenge to the country for the very first time. The Challenge will showcase its two main events which will definitely bring laughter, if not tears, to both spectators and participants alike.
The Slowest Lap Challenge is a test of balance where the slowest participant to cross the finish line without stepping on the ground wins the event. On the other hand, the Brompton Criterium, which utilizes the folding bikes of its namesake, is a 30-minute race with two laps.
As the British brand Brompton is marketed as a bike for urban commuters, participants are required to wear a formal top and will begin with their bikes folded at the starting line. At the sound of the horn, participants will run, unfold their bikes and ride. The local Brompton Criterium will be flavored with a Filipino twist and will require riders to wear a barong tagalog or Filipiniana top.
Exclusive and big ticket prizes

This year’s prize pool has increased to a total of more than PhP 1 million worth of cash prizes. PhP 50,000 is at stake for the top finishers of all Elite professional categories for both men and women.

Moreover, six all-expense-paid trips to London will be given away, including two for the grand winners of the men and women Elite Criterium in McKinley West, and two for the men and women Professional Road Race winners in Subic. Two trips will also be raffled off during the Bike Community Days in both locations.

All participants of the event will also get a limited-edition PRUride PH 2018 jersey and all finishers will be awarded with a finisher medal.

PRUride PH 2018 is held in partnership with Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, National Bicycle Organization, and the local government unit of the Province of Bataan. Learn more about the event and register by logging on to http://pruride.ph.

OPPO Celebrates National Selfie Day at Enchanted Kingdom

Celebration continues with more than 100 smartphones to be given away this holiday season.

OPPO, the Selfie Expert, believes that the Philippines, being named as the “selfie capital of the world” is a title that calls for a celebration. Because of this, OPPO has come up with a National Selfie Day last November 30 by treating its loyal fans to a magical day at Enchanted Kingdom and announcing the National Selfie Day online contest with more than 100 phones to be given away this Christmas Season.

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Hundreds of OPPO supporters from all over Metro Manila have gathered for this special occasion. They were highly encouraged to bring their family and friends for a truly memorable experience. Everyone enjoyed the day with unlimited access to the park’s attractions and a variety of food choices around each park zone.

With various picturesque and selfie-worthy spots around Enchanted Kingdom, fans made sure to capture each moment using their OPPO F5 phones with its 20MP A.I. Front Camera and 16MP Rear Camera.

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“National Selfie Day is both a celebration and a reward to our fans for their undying loyalty and support to the brand. And what better way to celebrate this day than to share this with people that matter to them the most, their family and friends,” said Eason de Guzman, OPPO Philippines’ Public Relations Manager.

Capping off the day is a culminating concert where they officially announced the limited edition OPPO F5 6GB as the newest addition to the F5 line-up. OPPO also shared the news of its partnership with Miss Possibilities, a beauty pageant for young women with special needs. Both organizations believe in redefining beauty and thus, are one in their cause in capturing the real you in every person. The night ended with a magical fireworks display that left a smile to everyone’s faces.
National Selfie Day Continues

National Selfie Day doesn’t stop there as it is also an online contest wherein fans would stand a chance to win their own OPPO smartphone as they will be giving away 100 phones in 6 weeks from Nov 30 to January 10, 2018. Participants will simply upload their selfies at http://bit.ly/OPPONSD and follow the mechanics to qualify, a total of 18 winners will be announced weekly.

Also announced as well is the flagship limited edition red OPPO F5 6GB that will be exclusively available at OPPO concept stores nationwide starting December 9, 2017 for Php21,990. Every purchase comes with a free Olike Bluetooth speaker worth Php2,990.

For more exciting updates, stay tuned to OPPO Philippines’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/¬

Shopee Makes Gift-Giving Merrier this Christmas Season Celebrate 12 days of Christmas with attractive deals and free shipping

No Christmas season in the world is as fun and festive as that in the Philippines, and Shopee is here to make Paskong Pilipino even merrier. In addition to celebrating Filipino traditions centered around the themes of family and sharing, Shopee Philippines aims to make festive gifting more convenient and fuss-free.

“Christmas is a special occasion in the Philippines, but it’s also one of the busiest and most hectic times of the year, especially in Metro Manila. At Shopee, we offer both savings and convenience for Filipinos when it comes to completing their festive shopping online, so that they can spend more time with their families and friends,” said Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer of Shopee.

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This Christmas, Filipinos can check off their Christmas shopping lists from the comfort of their homes with Shopee’s free delivery and cash on delivery options. To add to the festive cheer, from 11 November to 25 December, the Shopee Super Christmas Sale will be featuring huge discounts across popular gift categories including Health & Beauty, Home & Living, and Mobile & Gadgets. On December 11 and 12, shoppers can also look forward to non-stop exciting promotions, including P12 deals, discounts up to 90% off, giveaways, flash deals and many more. Participating brands include Cosmetique Asia, Unilever, Timeless Manila, Coca-Cola, Polaroid, Imarflex, Indoplas and Infinix.

There is no better way to get your Christmas shopping done than on Shopee.

To start your Christmas shopping, visit www.shopee.ph/christmas-sale.
Shopee is available for free download on Google Play and App Store.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce 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 e-commerce 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.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

CityMall, Department of Trade and Industry open Go Lokal! stores nationwide

CityMall is the latest mall operator to partner with the  Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) for their Go Lokal! Program, with the inauguration of its Go Lokal! outlet at CityMall-Anabu in Imus, Cavite, marking as well the opening of Go Lokal! in CityMalls around the country including as far as Boracay in Visayas and Cotabato in Mindanao.

Banking on CityMall’s growing network throughout the country, in prime areas across the provinces, CityMall Go Lokal! showcase items that are products of MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) to help them access the mainstream market.

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Go Lokal! is a retail concept store that showcases quality and innovative artisanal Philippine products, crafted, designed, and produced by the country’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from indigenous materials. These products received extensive product development assistance from the Product Specialists of the Design Center of the Philippines, a unit of the DTI. CityMall is owned by publicly listed real estate firm DoubleDragon Properties, the property arm of Mang Inasal founder Edgar “Injap” Sia II and Jollibee Foods Corp.

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“We are pleased to be working with the DTI on Go Lokal!,” says Sia, DoubleDragon Properties chairman. “With CityMalls across the country serving as the platform for helping micro entrepreneurs from the region, we are confident that through this project, these micro entrepreneurs can eventually grow and expand their businesses not just locally but globally as well.”

CityMall looks towards opening 100 CityMalls by 2020 in provincial Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

 

 

TouchPay, The Answer To Your Payment Needs

Imagine being able to settle all your bills and other important payment concerns using just one machine — TouchPay.

 

No more hopping from one place to another.  No more waiting for lagging online transactions. No more standing in long lines. Paying your bills and reloading your card just got easier with TouchPay.

 

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What is TouchPay?

 

TouchPay is the Philippines’ only automated payment machine (APM) that is available to serve you wherever and whenever you feel like paying your bills. With over a thousand APMs available in prime locations all over the country, TouchPay provides fast and easy access to bills payment right at your fingertips.

 

By combining forces with Bayad Center – a Meralco company and the premier bills payment platform in the country – TouchPay APMs are able to accept more than a hundred types of bills from utilities, telecommunications, cable, internet, insurance, and many more. This partnership assures the customers of the same convenience, security, and reliability that Bayad Center offers through its counters.

 

Time-saving, fast, easy, and accessible, TouchPay will be where you need it to be. Just find the nearest gasoline station, bookstore, mall, or convenience store with TouchPay APMs for a trouble-free transaction.

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Designed for today’s fast-paced society, TouchPay also provides an opportunity for advertisers to showcase and promote their products and programs via TouchADS, the largest out-of-home digital advertising screen in the country.

 

3C’s Global Advertising, the exclusive marketing and advertising arm of TouchADS, guarantees a cost-effective platform for advertisers and offers an intimate experience in digital advertising for its TouchPay users.

 

You’ll be glad to know that GCash is also joining TouchPay as one of its major billers. Customers can now add Cash-In points or conveniently add money to their GCash wallets.

 

With all these winning combinations, now is the time to experience all that is new and exciting with TouchPay.

 

Visit www.touchpay.ph to learn more about their easy, secure, and convenient payment services. For sales and customer care within Metro Manila, call + (02) 232 8946 + (02) 232 8947 or +63 905 327 7000 and +63 908 327 7000 if outside of Metro Manila. You may also drop an email at custcare@meps.ph. Like and follow TouchPay at Facebook and Instagram via @touchpayph.

 

Feel the sparkle of Christmas at Filinvest City

This holiday season, experience the unique Christmas sparkle only Filinvest City can offer as it brings Christmas closer to the community! Dubbed as “Sparkle of Christmas at Filinvest City,” this year, the city literally sparkles as it adorns more streets with lights and as it enjoins its building locators to participate in its the first-ever Building Christmas décor contest where winners will receive generous prizes. Top billing the celebration is the annual Musical Lights Show that transforms the newly opened Spectrum Linear Park into a Christmas Wonderland. The festivities open on November 23, 2017 for the whole family to enjoy:  a curated bazaar and a magical, never before seen lights show!

“Definitely, we are bringing in something new to this year’s Light Show to make the holidays even merrier and more delightful. It is not just a light show but a holistic in-city Christmas celebration, which means more activities for families and friends to enjoy. So, it is really a community celebration. We are opening more space where people can converge and enjoy the holiday sights and sounds with the garden city as the backdrop,” shares Kate Ilagan, Executive Vice President of Filinvest Alabang Inc., developer of Filinvest City.

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First, there’s the Festino Market that brings together passionate artisans, curated merchants, and talented, up-and-coming chefs who source, grow, bake, make, and create products and wares that they sell, ensuring their goods are delicious, original, and designed to truly inspire–all in a chic and tastefully set-up alfresco market that’s also pet friendly!

Come night fall, gather around the major highlight of the “Sparkle of Christmas at Filinvest City”—the dazzling, state-of-the-art light show together with the amazing and futuristic 3D-mapped giant Christmas tree, a unique visual treat in the Metro that’s sure to delight, excite and leave viewers in absolute awe.

Then, there are the scheduled live performances and enthralling musical entertainment to be kicked-off by Christian Bautista on November 23 at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by other weekend performances by Spongecola, Ebe Dancel, Sandwich, and many more.

You can also take part in the arts and craft workshop sessions that add to a totally enriching and inspiring day, while other events to look forward to are the Festino Café pop-up coffee experience where you can savour third-wave brews, as well as the automotive trunk show and test drive showcasing the iconic Mini, the sporty Lotus, and endearing Vespa!

All these are situated in an expansive green park setting—the Spectrum Linear Park, Filinvest City’s verdant green spine—the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the event’s many fun offerings!

“We, at Filinvest City, have always been keen about transforming the lives here in the Metro South, thus the idea of hosting an activity during Christmas to give back to the community was created. We are delighted that the Annual Christmas Musical Lights Show has become part of the holiday celebrations, not just of those in Alabang, but of people in neighboring locales as well. That is what inspires us to improve this tradition that we have started year after year,” Ilagan furthers.

 

Indeed, the holiday season becomes extra special as you savor the invigorated Christmas sparkle only at Filinvest City!

The Sparkle of Christmas at Filinvest City runs every weekend from November 23 to December 31, 2017. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/FilinvestCityOFFICIAL/.

SM commits to a better tomorrow at SM City Trece Martires solar system launch

SM Supermalls marked another milestone in its pursuit to make each day better for all at the launch of SM City Trece Martires’ solar system, held in Trece Martires City, Cavite. At the ‘switching on’ ceremony, SM highlighted that the solar system rollout all over the country was only part of the many sustainability programs SM has been doing for years.

The SM City Trece Martires solar facility houses 2,914 solar panels capable of generating 0.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to fully charge 130,000 cellphones, light up 15,500 10-watt LED lamps, run 4,500 30-watt electric fans, and provide power to 300 households. The use of solar energy promotes clean air and saves the environment by helping reduce carbon footprint from electricity produced from combustion of fossil fuels.

Other sustainability programs of SM include the ‘Trash to Cash’ recycling markets in SM malls, and the integration of transport terminals in malls to mitigate traffics for cleaner air. With disaster risk reduction taking center stage on sustainability, SM has been building ‘resilient’ malls with water catchment basins to help manage flood-prone areas.

SM Prime, alongside UNISDR and ARISE Philippines, also hosts the Top Leaders Forum. The theme for 2017 is ‘Business for Resilience – Towards a Resilient Philippines.’ As a private sector conference aspiring to find concrete measures to make businesses more resilient against disasters, the Forum this year underscores invaluable collaboration between the science and technology community and the private sector towards global disaster preparedness.

SM, in partnership with Solar Philippines, first ventured into renewable energy in 2014 with the launch of its first solar system in the Philippines at SM City North EDSA – the first mall in the country to promote solar energy. SM Mall of Asia then launched its solar facility two years after. This year, SM has announced expansion of green programs with more solar systems in eight more malls.

At the helm of SM’s partner in promoting eco-friendly shopping in the country is Solar Philippines Founder, Mr. Leandro Leviste. Leading the largest developer of solar rooftop power plants in Southeast Asia, Mr. Leviste was recognized in the Forbes Magazine 2016 30 under 30 Asia, a roster of young game-changers, entrepreneurs, and social leaders who are under 30 years old.

With SM’s solar system rollout and other green programs, SM continues to go beyond mall development and management as it integrates environmental sustainability into its operations to ultimately support communities for a better tomorrow.

For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

Casa Ibarra presents the total events package for your next party

The name Ibarra’s is now associated with the best events memories in generations of Filipinos. Starting with Ibarra’s Garden in Padre Faura in the early 2000s, countless brides, debutantes and other celebrants have found an Ibarra’s location for their special occasions.

Today, Ibarra’s Party Venues and Catering officially unveils its fifth and grandest events venue, Casa Ibarra in MOA Complex, Pasay City. The impressive Casa Ibarra stands out from other buildings in this business and commercial district for its modern Filipino design.

Guests drive up to the porte-cochere for drop-off and enter the lobby dominated by the 11 x 3.5m Homage to Monet artwork of French-Filipino artist Olivia d’Aboville. Specially commissioned for Casa Ibarra, this artwork is made of 365 meters of handwoven silk from Palawan and Aklan. It is the artist’s largest work to date, and evokes an air of lightness and romance.

Putting the grand in grand ballroom is Casa Ibarra’s main centerpiece, the 600-sqm. Sala de Amor on the second floor. The grand ballroom accommodates as much as 350 guests and features six majestic capiz chandeliers and lighted onyx pillars. Each chandelier is made of over 20,000 capiz shells. On one side of the room is a grand stairway where steps light up one by one as the celebrant comes down to meet guests from a landing with two facing staircases. If a bride and groom ever wanted to make an entrance ala Beauty and the Beast, this is the way to do it.

For smaller events or parties, Casa Ibarra offers two function rooms on the ground floor, the Alegria and Hermosa rooms. Each room can fit 140 persons or can be combined to become a larger room.

An even more intimate venue would be the porte-cochere’s balcony, offering lively views of the district, or of the moonrise. The area can fit as much as 80 guests for a small wedding set-up or for open air cocktails. It is also often used for photo shoots.

No party would be complete without glorious food and Ibarra’s has become known for offering a wide Filipino and international selection. Casa Ibarra carries Western, Mediterranean, Oriental, Spanish, and Filipino menu choices. Some of their specialties and signature dishes are Ibarra’s hickory pork spare ribs, braised beef shank and seafood paella. Ibarra’s also provides off-site catering services for parties and corporate events. Clients range all across the metro and provinces, and yes, even international clients searching for great food and service.

Ibarra’s has over 17 years of experience in the party venue and catering business. Each location is distinctive in design and architecture. Ibarra’s Garden in Manila is a classic home from the 1920’s, with a garden inspired by American Art Deco architecture. Plaza Ibarra along Timog Avenue, Quezon City is a Mediterranean-themed garden with elegant ballrooms and lighted grand staircase. Bella Ibarra in Quezon Avenue was built around a timeless and elegant theme and is suited for both small and large gatherings. Villa Ibarra in Tagaytay is a small hotel offering stunning views of Taal Lake. It has often been booked primarily for weddings.

Casa Ibarra offers a modern Filipino take in its design and concept. Wood, capiz, raffia fabric and T’nalak, a special handweave from Mindanao, accentuate a lot of the interiors. The venue exudes quiet sophistication and Filipino pride. No wonder it gained many bookings upon its soft opening. Weddings, debuts, a baptismal, corporate events and a golden wedding celebration have made Casa Ibarra very busy, very fast.

A typical Ibarra’s package starts at about P133,000 all-in. This already includes numerous amenities but all still customizable to the client’s preferences. The company believes in giving great value for money for a hassle-free and enjoyable client event.

Ibarra’s banquet sales associates are also knowledgeable about many fine details like a church schedule or the duration of a ceremony. They assist a client from the preparation stage all the way to the end of an event. Now who wouldn’t want that kind of service?

So if you’re planning a baptism, a kiddie birthday, debut, wedding, product launch, graduation or the company’s next big office party, consider Casa Ibarra as your new partner in memory- and merrymaking.