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.

SEAOIL offers lifetime supply of fuel to lucky motorists

SEAOIL, the country’s largest independent fuel player, has launched the first raffle promo of its kind in the Philippines that will be giving four lucky motorists their lifetime supply of SEAOIL fuels.
“We have always stood by the quality and performance of SEAOIL fuels and this is our way of thanking our loyal customers, whom we call SEAOIL Believers, for the trust they have placed in us,” said SEAOIL CEO Glenn Yu.

Winners of the “Lifetime Free Gas, Oh My Gas!” promo, which will run from August 14 to November 14, 2017 will be announced during three monthly raffle draws on September 15, October 16, and November 28. They will get P5,000 worth of SEAOIL gift certificates per month during their actual lifespan.

Aside from the four main prizes of lifetime SEAOIL fuels, there will be a total of 30 winners of P10,000 pesos worth of SEAOIL gift cards, as well as over 30,000 instant prizes including P10, P20, P100, and P500 discounts on SEAOIL fuels and P100 on SEAOIL Lubricants through “peel-off” cards.
To get a raffle entry which includes an instant prize card, a customer must submit receipts totaling P500 worth of Extreme 97, Extreme 95, Extreme U, Extreme Diesel fuels and/or SEAOIL Lubricants to any SEAOIL station nationwide.

“Lifetime Free Gas, Oh My Gas!” promo follows through on the company’s recent product quality campaign which highlights SEAOIL fuel’s top three qualities. Firstly, SEAOIL’s base fuels are imported from advanced refineries in Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, ensuring world-class quality. Secondly, SEAOIL fuels are monitored and tested at least three times daily at the retail stations for consistency. Thirdly, SEAOIL fuels are the only ones in the Philippines that are powered with STP additives, known for superior engine clean-up and keep-clean properties resulting in improved performance.

“This is definitely an exciting time for us as we gear and pump up all of our 400 stations for this,” said Yu. “SEAOIL Believers all over the country will have a chance to be part of this nationwide celebration.”

Earlier in the year, the company launched its biggest station to date, the two-hectare SEAOIL-CityMall SCTEX mega station, a P600-million collaboration between SEAOIL and CityMall Commercial Centers Inc. Located near the Concepcion Exit in Tarlac, the SEAOIL mega station is midway between Baguio and Manila, making it the perfect stopover for travelers from northern Luzon provinces.

Throughout the years, SEAOIL has pioneered innovative products such as alternative fuels like bioethanol gasoline and biodiesel as well as services and programs including its award-winning franchise package as part of its commitment to excellence and service to the Filipino people.

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.

JOIN THE REVOLUTION SAVE HUGE! CREATE MORE!

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…

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.

 

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.

Running pairs enjoy fitness race with 10th Fit & Fun Wellness Buddy Run 2017

Running, especially when done with a friend or loved one, is truly a fun and exciting way to achieve a fitness goal or to get back on track to a healthy and active lifestyle.

 

This showed in the bright faces of hundreds of running pairs who took part in Robinsons Supermarket’s 10th Fit & Fun Wellness Buddy Run at the Parade Grounds of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
In line with Robinsons Supermarket’s wellness campaign to continuously encourage more people to choose and live healthier lifestyles, the Fit & Fun Wellness Buddy Run gave everyone an opportunity to partner with friends and family, and run together towards the finish line.

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“Through the years, the Fit & Fun Buddy Run has been a much-anticipated event for a lot of people.  It’s our kick-off as we celebrate with the nation, Wellness and Nutrition month. It provides a fun gateway activity for fitness newbies who are just about to start their wellness journey and loyal runners,” said general manager of Robinsons Supermarket, Mr. Jody Gadia.

 

Hosted by volleyball superstar and TV personality, Gretchen Ho, the event also featured exciting booths with lots of freebies from Nestle Philippines, Johnson & Johnson, Fonterra, Unilab and Wyeth Nutrition, Unilever, International Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (IPI), Procter & Gamble, Abbott Nutrition, Getz Bros, Ecossential, Del Monte, Foodsphere Inc., and Philusa.

 

Coaches Jim and Toni Saret prepped-up the runners with a short work-out and invited them to register on-site for the Fit Filipino 1 Million Pounds National Weight Loss Challenge, the biggest on-ground and online wellness program in the country which aims to encourage everyone to pledge and lose weight.

 

The Fun Run is just one of the programs this July. Robinsons Supermarket is also giving away Healthy You snack platters for a minimum purchase of Php 3,000 inclusive of Php 500 worth of participating items of the Wellness Festival.
Robinsons Supermarket’s commitment to wellness campaign extends to providing Filipinos with delicious and healthy food options and alternatives. Check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/RobinsonsSupermarketOfficial or website www.robinsons-supermarket.com.ph to see what’s good for you.

 

 

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.

YOU’RE INVITED IN THE GRAND WEDDING EXPERIENCE AT CITY GARDEN GRAND HOTEL

For a wedding to be perfect, it is important that it is scheduled at the right time and is planned very well. Timely enough, this month of June, City Garden Grand Hotel invites you and your partner in an event that will give you an insight of an ideal wedding experience.

City Garden Grand Hotel invites you to experience your dream wedding and help you turn it into reality. “THE GRAND AFFAIR” is a grand wedding and food tasting event wherein City Garden Grand Hotel will allow guests and clients to get a taste of the best-selling dishes from appetizers, main course, and down to the desserts. This will also give you the opportunity to have a glimpse of the hotel’s wedding set-up and experience a real event at the Rosemary Ballroom of City Garden Grand Hotel.

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The GRAND Affair is a wedding showcase that will help you plan and prepare for your perfect dream wedding. In this year’s wedding theme, City Garden Grand Hotel will present to you the “Rustic Chic” and “Whimsical Garden” theme set-up. Aside from the wedding theme set-up and food tasting, there will also be suppliers that will exhibit their services and products, which can be really helpful in every last detail on your wedding.
Event coordinators such as “Wedding Bachelors” and “Event Tree” will be present to help you with all the planning, and a photo and video company, “Photo Farm”, will also be there to help you on some ideas in capturing the perfect moments on your wedding day.

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For style inspiration, a mini fashion show will also be held in the event, showcasing popular trends in wedding gowns and barongs from some of the local designers. And the event will be serenaded by a quartet performance of SJT Music.

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The GRAND Affair is the 2nd wedding event of City Garden Grand Hotel and it will be on June 25, 2017, 10am-4pm, at the 31st Floor Rosemary Ballroom. Take your partner in the event and get insights and inspirations for your dream wedding. For event inquiries, please feel free to contact +639175533179 or 09178533902, or email us at banquetteam@citygardengrandhotel.com.