Asian Cultural Council partners with Leon Gallery for benefit auction

Rare masterpiece works, furniture, and important historical documents shine under the spotlight in the Asian Cultural Council Art Auction 2019.

A partnership with Leon Gallery five years running, the auction will benefit the ACC Philippines Fellowship Program, which has helped hone home-grown artists and produced eight Philippine National Artists including Lamberto Avellana, Francisco Feliciano, Jose Joya, Lucrecia Kasilag, Jose Maceda, Alice Reyes, Ramon Santos, and Kidlat Tahimik.

Established in 2000, the ACC Philippines Foundation has been giving four to six grants every year, according to Director Teresa Rances.

“Our partnership with Leon Gallery has been very fruitful and it’s especially thanks to Jaime Ponce de Leon,” Rances says. “He has a very big heart for Filipino artists.”

This year, over 100 lots will be up for bidding including a rare Lorenzo Guerrero, “Manila” (1868) oil on wood; a pair of signed Damian Domingo watercolor on paper “Una India de Manila” and “Un Indio Noble de Manila”; Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s “Sineguelas Gatherers” and “Two Women”; Vicente Manansala’s “Ang Pulubi” (1979) and a 34×50 Amorsolo “Cooking Under the Mango Tree”.

Also up for auction will be H. R. Ocampo’s “Nude” (1970), Ronald Ventura’s “Untitled” (2014), Lao Lianben’s “Asian-3” (1989), and BenCab’s “Draped Figure III” (2010).

There will also be a lot of Juan Luna watercolor sketches, as well as the artist’s actual leather pencil case.

A narra and rattan four-poster bed from the last quarter of the 19th century by foremost furniture maker Ah Tay will also be up for biding. Isabelo Tampinco is represented by a rare divan (aka Cleopatra) that displays all his iconic motifs. A first for this auction is a lyrical hat rack in kamagong designed by Maximo Viola, Jose Rizal’s best friend in Europe.

ACC fellows will also have works up for bidding including Anton del Castillo’s “Kapit Lang”, oil on gold leaf; Riel Hilario’s “The Guardian of One’s Flowering and Fruition”, carved wood; Dex Fernandez’s “Barred in the Wilderness”, acrylic, ink, thread on paper; Ambie Abano’s “Malaya”, woodcut on textile on board with canvas painted with acrylic; Leeroy New’s “Moonscape”, fiberglass, automotive paint, epoxy, wooden frame; and Sam Penaso’s “Humanscape”, acrylic on stainless.

“2019 is a milestone year as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Asian Cultural Council Philippines Foundation’s amazing partnership with Leon Gallery,” ACCPF Chairman Ernest Escaler says. “With profound gratefulness, we recall the past four years as grace-filled opportunities for charity through our fundraising campaigns bannered as the ACCPF Art Auction. Our events would not have been as successful if not through the leadership and acumen of Jaime Ponce de Leon and his tireless team.”

Get first dibs on the Honor 10 Lite exclusively on Shopee

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, once again partners Honor to launch its latest premium smartphone, the Honor 10 Lite. Starting January 25, over 21 million Shopee users in the Philippines can enjoy an exclusive 15% off the new Honor 10 Lite, a refreshed variant of the hit Honor 10, available at just ₱8,491 instead of the usual ₱9,999. In addition, a limited special bundle featuring an Honor Band 4 Running, Honor Gift Box, and an Honor foldable luggage worth ₱3,000 in total will be up for grabs for the earliest buyers of the Honor 10 Lite on Shopee.

Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “Honor was consistently among the best-selling brands on Shopee throughout 2018, highlighted by the immense success of the Honor 10 flash sale on Shopee in June. Our ongoing Super Gadget Zone Sale, which ends on January 25, has also done very well and we are excited to build on this momentum with the exclusive launch of the Honor 10 Lite. As the demand for premium tech products continues to grow in the Philippines, Shopee will bring even more unbeatable deals on leading brands to our Filipino users in 2019.”

Wang Yang, Country Director of Honor Philippines, said, “We are very proud of the new Honor 10 Lite, and we are very excited to partner Shopee for its debut. Honor has grown our online presence rapidly since joining Shopee in 2018, with our orders increasing by over 350%, and we believe this partnership can reach even greater heights in 2019. Honor is always focused on providing consumers with top quality and innovative mobile devices, and we are confident the Honor 10 Lite will be a big hit on Shopee Philippines.”

The Honor 10 Lite comes in three colors: Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, Sky Blue. Boasting a stylish gradient finish on the rear and a minimalist dewdrop display notch, the phone continues Honor’s streak of inspired designs that has been a huge hit in the country. From January 25, Filipinos can be the first to get their hands on the Honor 10 Lite exclusively on Shopee.

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1CISP AMONG TOP 10 FASTEST GROWING COOP INSURERS IN THE WORLD

The 1Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines (1CISP), the largest cooperative insurance organization in the country, is one of the 10 fastest-growing insurance cooperatives in the world, based on the prestigious International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation’s (ICMIF) 2018 rankings.

1CISP President and CEO Roy S. Miclat revealed this achievement during a press briefing held at the Romulo Cafe in Makati City last December 4.

Published last November 20, ICMIF’s Key Statistics Report surveyed its largest and fastest-growing members across product and regional lines, with 1CISP among the top performers, placing 8th for fastest-growing life insurers, and 17th overall for emerging markets, at a 23.8% premium growth from 2016-2017.

Out of ICMIF’s network comprised of 197 members worldwide, 1CISP is among only a handful of Asia-based members with growth stacking up against the international rankings.

“ICMIF is one of the industry benchmarks we hold ourselves to, as the only global representative body of the cooperative and mutual insurance sector,” Miclat shared. “And their 2018 report validates the sustained momentum 1CISP has achieved,” he added.

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Miclat also announced that 1CISP breached the 2-billion-peso mark in terms of total assets in the third quarter of the year. The insurance cooperative registered total assets of Php2.04 billion as of end-September 2018, a huge 50% growth from the Php1.36-billion asset level in the same period last year.
With this asset surge, 1CISP has outpaced the 18-20% overall growth of the local insurance industry, according to Miclat.

“1CISP, in comparison to corporate insurance counterparts, is growing at a remarkable rate, and believe it or not, this is not an isolated phenomenon in the country. It is a lot more common across the world than previously thought, with a precedent since 2007,” said Miclat, citing the ICMIF outline of industry trends.

Based on ICMIF analysis over a ten-year period (2007-2017), ICMIF members not only experienced exponential growth, but also outperformed the overall insurance industry average, including non-cooperative insurers. The Key Statistics Report outlines, “ICMIF members have grown at a significantly faster aggregate rate than the global insurance market as a whole. During this 10-year period, ICMIF members increased their collective premium volume by 39.3%, considerably greater than the total market average, which grew by a total of 16.8%.”

“These numbers speak for themselves and support 1CISP’s mission—a prosperous Philippines is a cooperative Philippines,” Miclat stressed. “While we take pride in reaching greater heights together with our peers in cooperative insurance, we are even happier that cooperatives are getting the credit they deserve,” he added. Miclat also gave an overview of 1CISP’s 2019 business forecast, projecting an upward trajectory in the wake of their 2-billion asset milestone. “Cooperatives have been succeeding away from the limelight all this time, but our time to shine is now. We want to show everyone that Philippine cooperatives are making their mark both here and on the world stage, as globally-competitive organizations,” he concluded.

This comes as 1CISP is injecting new vigor into the local cooperative movement through initiatives such as the 1Koop Leaders Academy, an upskilling training program for future cooperative leaders; and the Coop Kicks, a contest for young innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas on cooperative ventures. Launched at the 14th National Cooperative Summit in Davao City last October 3-5, these programs were officially kicked off, with 1CISP set to host in 2019 a tri-city HR Summit to modernize the cooperative enterprise, and a youth pitch fest, respectively.

1CISP is also sending a delegation to the biennial ICMIF Asia and Oceania Association (AOS) Seminar 2018 on December 6-7, in Hong Kong. Slated to speak and interact with the youth, Miclat, with other cooperative insurance heads, will lead the Morning Meeting by CEOs and Young Attendees.

Tackling the theme “Impact of Digital Innovation,” the AOS is a forum for exchanging invaluable insights, with 1CISP representing the Philippines as the champion for tech-adoption among coops and engaging the youth.

Pru Life UK launches PRUride PH 2019

British life insurer Pru Life UK launched PRUride PH 2019, the country’s largest cycling festival, following the success of the 2016 and 2018 events.

PRUride PH 2019 promises to be bigger and more exciting as the festival is once again set to gather the strongest and most competitive cyclists from the Philippines and across Asia. To be held in Filinvest City, Alabang in April and Subic, Zambales in May, more than 2,500 cyclists are expected to participate in 18 challenging categories of all expertise levels. There will also be fun activities for the whole family, such as the Strider Cup, a no-pedal balance bike competition.

Kicking off the excitement on April 7, 2019 are the high-octane races of the PRUride Criterium, which will be held at Filinvest City in Alabang. In this event, local talents will compete in different categories, including fixed gear, road bike, mountain bike, and folding bike races, among others.
The second leg of the festivities will be held at Subic Freeport Zone from May 24 to 26, 2019. Highlights of the weekend will be the PRUride UCI 2.2. Stage Race, a three-day stage race which will see 20 top teams from the country and across Asia compete for individual, team, and stage honors. Recognized with a 2.2-accreditation by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) – the world’s governing body for cycling – PRUride PH 2019 is included in the UCI World Calendar and will allow professionals to chalk up UCI points required for entry into the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Amateur cyclists will also have the chance to join in the fun with the new masters single stage race as well as the non-competitive Gran Fondo in 30, 60, or 100 kilometers.

Registration opens soon at www.pruride.ph. There are early-bird discount rate and limited-edition freebies for registered participants until December 31. All participants will receive a PRUride PH 2019 jersey and all finishers will take home a finisher medal. More than PhP 2 million worth of cash prizes will be up for grabs.

PRUride PH was first staged in 2016 by Pru Life UK to engage the growing cycling community in the Philippines, raise awareness on cycling as a sustainable alternative mode of transport, as well as promote health and wellness through the sport.


About Pru Life UK

A subsidiary of Prudential plc, Pru Life UK was established in 1996 when the Insurance Commission granted the Company the license to operate and sell life insurance products in the country. Since then, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 130 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of more than 20,000 licensed agents, and has emerged as one of the top five life insurers. Pru Life UK holds headquarters in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans. Prudential plc is a United Kingdom-registered company. Its regional headquarters, Prudential Corporation Asia, is based in Hong Kong. Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. (a US-registered company), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies).

For more information: www.prulifeuk.com.ph

GAOC opens newest clinic at Vertis North

Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), the leading dental clinic in the Philippines and one of the best in Southeast Asia, is unrelenting in its growth and expansion as it opens its newest clinic to date at the Ayala Malls Vertis North.

Upholding GAOC’s philosophy of excellence and personalized service, GAOC Vertis North, their 10th clinic, aims to serve people from the North, the Camanava area, and even as far as Pampanga.

This state-of-the art clinic further affirms GAOC’s status as a leader in oral health and dentistry in the country. Boasting of an expansive 130 sqm., it comes equipped with the latest digital dental technology, featuring three treatment rooms, an operating room, a consultation room, and a sterilization room.

With focus on implant dentistry, prosthodontic and cosmetic procedures such as bridges, crowns, and veneers, patients can expect only superior dental services from a team of highly skilled and experienced dental practitioners who have completed their training in top-notch hospitals, universities and global institutions in the United States, Europe and Asia.

“The year 2018 is truly an exceptional year for GAOC,” says Dr. Steve Mark Gan, GAOC President and Chief Executive Officer. “Not only are we expanding across unserved areas, but we are growing our roster of satisfied clients and highly regarded endorsers.”

To experience GAOC’s first-rate brand of dentistry, schedule an appointment and visit a branch near you. GAOC’s Vertis North branch is located at Level 3 Ayala Malls Vertis North, Mindanao Ave., Quezon City with tel. nos. +632 ‎‎292-4262, +632 ‎‎368-1838 , +63 917-157-4262 and e-mail vertis@gaocdental.com.

For more details and information, like and follow GAOC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @gaocdental or visit www.gaocdental.com.

Top ranking seed company East-West Seed hosts Vegetable Field Day at Villar Sipag Farm

As part of its participation to the 25th Asian Seed Congress 2018, East-West Seed (EWS) organized a demo field in Villar SIPAG Farm in Bacoor, Cavite. Formally opened through a Field Day November 16, 2018, the EWS Demo Field showcases over 100 vegetable varieties in a unique ‘Pinoy Fiesta’ set-up.

Asian Seed Congress delegates and media guests were greeted by Sen. Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food. “We are glad that East-West Seed has chosen this as the venue for the East-West Seed Field Day 2018.”

She also thanked EWS for partnering with Villar SIPAG in the training programs and its generosity in sharing expertise in vegetable farming.

“East-West Seed developed these vegetable varieties with the aim to improve the lives and incomes of smallholder farmers around the world and to help give better nutrition to consumers,” said Mike Dela Paz, Product Manager of East-West Seed.

#1 in South and Southeast Asia

This commitment was recently highlighted in a recognition received by East-West Seed at the Asian Seed Congress 2018. The independent organization Access to Seeds revealed EWS to be number 1 out of 24 companies in in serving smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia.

The Access to Seeds Index is measuring and ranking seed companies according to their efforts to improve access to quality seeds of improved varieties to support smallholder farmer productivity.

For over three decades, East-West Seed has served over 18 million smallholder farmers worldwide to increase their productivity and incomes. Part of their efforts have been to provide and breed specific needs of their clients, selling seeds in small packages, and providing training to farmers. It is this business model that proves and supports the goal of the Access to Seed Index which is to bridge the gap between the world’s leading seed companies and the smallholder farmer.

“We are deeply proud of this achievement as it reflects our continued mission to improve the lives of farmers one seed at a time,” said Henk Hermans, EWS General Manager in the Philippines.

“Better Seeds for a Better World”

With the theme, “Better Seeds for a Better World,” the field demo features a wide range of vegetable varieties that produce better yield, thrive in changing conditions, and have traits that are attractive to vegetable consumers.

It also boasts unique varieties including rounded eggplant, butternut pumpkin, purple waxy-sweet corn, and purple yardlong bean.

This event also has an interactive component with East-West Seed’s catalog app CropWiki which was launched last 2017. CropWiki contains detailed information on over 900 of East-West Seed’s vegetable varieties. Filled with physical and genetic crop information, the app can help increase farmers’ income because it provides knowledge needed to make informed decisions in farming.

East-West Seed will also hold Field Days for the public on November 21 to 23 in their demo fields in Villar SIPAG Farm and in the University of the Philippines – Los Banos. Urban gardening workshops, cooking demos, learning sessions with farmers, and a career day for students will be held during these field days and will be offered for FREE to everyone.

MOTOLITE RES-Q General App Story

Life has a away of coming at the most unexpected moments. Imagine driving by yourself and suddenly you experience car trouble — whether it’s a flat tire, the battery dies, or the gas runs out, it’s always difficult when you don’t have someone to come to you aid.

Most local motorists have come to ely on Motolite’s Express Hatid when it comes to car battery problems Just a call Motolite’s hotline number and a knowledgeable mechanic-on-wheels will be at your location in no time.

But what if it’s than just battery problems? Enter the Motolite RES-Q app. Free to download from the App Store and Google Play, the MOtolite RES-Q app s Motolite’s way of giving motorists the peace of mind hat when it comes to car troubles, someone always has their back.

Launch the app and with ust a few clicks, help is on the way. It’s that easy. What’s more, the motolite Res-Q app allows you to see the profile of the RES-Q rider coming o you, track xacty where he is real time, and rate them based on the services rendered.

“It is at the heart of Motolite’s branding to guarantee a worry-free driving experience to our clients especially in Metro Manila, “Motolit Vice-President Ricky Chan said. ” And to do this means addressing the more common problems they may face on the road and the Motolite RES-Q app is ne way to achieve that ojective of giving our customers that ‘peace of mind’ while on the road

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Motolite’s partnership with the Ateneo Lady Eagles Valleyball TEam is a perfect match as it aligns with the brand’s vision of helping Philippine sports. It has been well documented that Motolite has been a staunch backer of moto sports, billiards, basketball and of course boxing.

With one game left to play in the eliminations of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference, the Motolite-Ateneo Lady Eagles find themselves on top with a 10-3 record and a solid footing in the best of three semifinals.

This is proof that the Philippines’ undisputed leader in automotive, motorcycle, and industrial batteries has every Filipino’s good at the heart of MOtolite’s branding.

For the longest time, Motolite has been the name motorists rely on when aces wih unexpected car battery problems on the road. Its Motolite Express Hatid has helped countless local motorists from the hassle of being stuck on theroad due to car battery failure.

With the Moltolite RES-Q app, motorists ad passengers alike will no longer have to worry about car troubls disrupting their schedules especially hen they are rushing to work, school, attending an important meeting, or even driving out of town.

PREPARE FOR TAKE-OFF WITH THE NEW AIRASIA CREDIT CARD!

AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Airline for 10 years (according to Skytrax World Airline Awards, July 2018) has sparked a revolution in air travel with more and more people in the Philippines choosing AirAsia as the preferred choice of airline. Aiming to create excitement among Filipinos, the airline company, in partnership with RCBC Bankard and Visa has launched the new AirAsia Credit Card in the Philippines that will make more people travel to their dream destinations faster with the airline. Along with their loyalty program, AirAsia BIG Loyalty will enable AirAsia Credit Cardholders to enjoy the lowest flight fares across AirAsia’s extensive network.

AirAsia Credit cardholders get to enjoy exciting perks and privileges every time they spend with their AirAsia Credit Card. Starting with a fantastic Welcome bonus gift of up to 8,000 BIG Points that will start them earning free flights when booking during the Final Call Sales; instant upgrade to the BIG Platinum membership status and Free Priority check in, boarding and baggage every time they fly with AirAsia; and, don’t forget a brilliant low spend per point conversion at Php 22.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “This dynamic collaboration between RCBC and AirAsia Berhad represents an exciting step forward in our on-going journey towards providing modern travel experiences for our guests. With AirAsia credit card, we are providing amazing opportunities and exclusive privileges for every guest to create memorable travel experiences whether they are on ground shopping, dining or flying to AirAsia destinations in the Philippines connecting across all ASEAN countries including Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Middle East and Hawaii in United States. “

“We believe that the AirAsia Credit Card embodies the wanderlust spirit and the adventurous lifestyle of Filipinos. As such, it is also essential that the AirAsia Credit Card will be able to help Filipinos get access to financial services anywhere in the world. Adding to the travel benefits, AirAsia Credit cardholders will receive real-time SMS alerts service that lets cardholders have security and control over their spending; conversion of straight purchases to zero percent at three months with Unli 0 to up to 36 months installment term with UNLI Installment; access to cash anywhere in the world; free travel insurance and purchase protection; and, a worry-free and rewarding bills payment process.” RCBC Bankard Services Corp. President & CEO Simon Javier A. Calasanz said during the AirAsia Credit Card launching event held last November 14 at Marquis Events Place, Bonifacio Global City.

“The partnership that we have with AirAsia and RCBC Bankard enables us to create a credit card product that encompasses all the exciting travel benefits for Filipinos. Travel is one of the top categories of spend amongst Filipino cardholders. Based on Visa’s data, close to 10 per cent of Visa total spend is on air tickets. With this credit card product, Filipinos can enjoy flight fares at competitive prices and the travel benefits that come along with it, while earning additional rewards when they spend using their cards. It is our commitment to work closely with our partners to create products and services that are relevant to our cardholders, so they continue to enjoy the perks of using digital payments in the country,” said Stuart Tomlinson, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines & Guam.

Filipinos can already start applying for the new AirAsia Credit Card. Just log on to www.rcbcbankard.com/airasia, www.airasiacards.com/ph or www.airasiabig.com/ph/en and complete the application form.

About AirAsia Group
AirAsia, the world’s leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers, services an extensive network of over 130 destinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 500 million guests and has grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards ten times in a row from 2009 to 2018. AirAsia was also awarded World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Travel Awards, where it also beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World’s Leading Inflight Service.

About AirAsia BIG Loyalty
AirAsia BIG Loyalty was established in November 2011 and is owned and operated by Think BIG Digital Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of AirAsia Bhd in collaboration with Aimia Inc. As the loyalty programme for AirAsia, AirAsia BIG Loyalty enables its members to enjoy the lowest flight fares across AirAsia’s extensive network. More than 18 million AirAsia BIG Loyalty Members can earn AirAsia BIG Points on AirAsia flights to over 130 destinations across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Middle East, participating hotels as well as retail, e-commerce, travel and lifestyle partners within the region. The loyalty programme makes all seats redeemable by utilising AirAsia BIG Points. Other member-exclusive privileges include 24-hour priority booking for selected AirAsia sales.

AirAsia BIG Loyalty was named the Loyalty Programme of the Year in 2016, and won gold for Best Regional Loyalty Marketing Campaign, Best Use of Direct Marketing, and Best Use of Social at The Loyalty & Engagement Awards 2016. In 2018, it received the Best Use of Technology Award at the 10th Annual Loyalty Conference and Awards. It also took home a gold for Best Loyalty Programme – Travel/Hospitality at Loyalty & Engagement Awards 2018. The AirAsia BIG Loyalty app is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. For more information on the mobile app plus other updates, log on to airasiabig.com or follow AirAsia BIG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About RCBC and RCBC Bankard
RCBC Bankard Services Corporation (RBSC) is the Card Servicing entity of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), one of the Philippines’ largest private universal banks. RCBC and RCBC Bankard Services Corporation are members of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC). RCBC Bankard provides unique and world-class credit card products, versatile add-on services, and an innovative rewards program to its various cardholders.

About Visa
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit www.visa.com.ph

GLOBAL SEED EXPERTS GATHER FOR THE 25TH ASIAN SEED CONGRESS IN THE PH Millions worth of business expected to be generated

Hundreds of seed experts, traders and buyers from all over the world are now in the Philippines for the 25th Asian Seed Congress (ASC), the biggest gathering of seed industry players in the world. The ASC is jointly organized by the Asia Pacific Seed Association (APSA) and the Philippine Seed Industry Association (PSIA). This is the third time that Philippines is hosting this prestigious seed conference.

APSA is the biggest regional seed trade association with more than 600 members from 50 countries, accounting for more than one third of the global seed trade. Since it’s inauguration in 1994 in Chang Mai, Thailand, this exclusive event has attracted close to 2,000 delegates annually, including key executives, officials, legislators and scientists who all share a common stake in the development, production, distribution, regulation, and trade of quality seeds.

Anchored on the concept, “Seed the Future,” the Congress also hopes to reinforce the significant role that the largely ignored tiny seed play in our daily lives, as the main source of our food, clothes, fuel, among other things.

“The Philippines is proud to once again host this year’s Asian Seed Congress, especially as it celebrates its 25th year. Our annual gathering is something that all of us in the seed industry look forward to because it is the time where, together, we learn new seed technologies, exchange views on regulatory trends, network for seed trading, reconnect with colleagues in the industry, experience, explore opportunities for farmers to further grow their businesses, and jointly discuss strategies on how to better promote and protect the industry. We are also excited on the business that will be generated in the trading tables knowing that our regional seed industry is the strongest around the world,” PSIA President Mary Ann Sayoc adds.

APSA President Brenda Dossey for her part said that the organization’s growth to become the largest regional seed association in the world is through the cooperation of the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Danish International Development Agency aimed at promoting quality seed production and marketing in the Asia and Pacific Region. Dossey adds that APSA has already established strong linkages with international organizations for economic cooperation and development.

For her part, APSA Secretariat Acting Director May Chodchoey said that “the Asian Seed Congress facilitates a prime opportunity for stakeholders to get together in one place where delegates can network, grow their business and get updates on the latest industry developments and technologies, to gain an edge in the most populous and lucrative region in the world.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, said that while the Philippines may be regarded as one of the emerging leaders, there is still a necessity to explore additional growth in this sector and ensure that is protected by the right regulatory framework. Villar filed Senate Bill 322, which seeks to set up a continuing national program for hybrid and other quality seeds production which hopes to complement the existing SEED Industry Development Act (SIDA).

The two-decade old SIDA is up for amendment and the seed industry is excited looking forward to additional measures that will improve, safeguard and strengthen the country’s seed industry.

Ayala Malls Solenad is inviting families to open their world and celebrate holiday traditions old and new through its Awaken Amazing Holiday Campaign.

With its proximity to Tagaytay and its cool climate, plus wonderful outdoor spaces, Solenad is the ideal place to enjoy the outdoors and rediscover the magic of play and traditional games this holiday season. Marvel at playgrounds transformed with enchanting holiday décor and giant installations, breathe in the fresh air around the lake under the stars and enjoy the outdoors at the Activity Park.

Solenad is a wonderful holiday getaway for families with its magical combination of both indoor and outdoor spaces. They can combine shopping for gifts with outdoor activities like biking and boat rides, then dine al-fresco at Solenad’s many restaurants to feel the great ‘ber months weather.

This holiday season, Solenad will be home to the cheeriest and merriest surprises through an exciting line-up of activities like the annual Festival of Lights and their first ever 3D mapping display. This Christmas is the perfect time to not only celebrate traditions but to create new ones as Solenad invites everyone to open their world and enjoy the outdoors in all its holiday splendor.

Check out Solenad’s holiday calendar and awaken your Christmas spirit with experiences and activities galore!

Shop at the Awaken Amazing Thrills and Deals Christmas Sale

Get the perfect gifts for your loved ones at the Awaken Amazing Thrills and Deals Christmas Sale happening now until November 11, with offers of up to 50% off at participating stores. You won’t go home empty handed too as you get to pick a prize with every P1,000 purchase during the sale and get free gift wrapping.

Experience the Magic of Play through Awit at Laro

Catch musical performances from father and son duo, Gary Valenciano and Gab Valenciano, singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino, rising star Hannah Pangilinan, and classical performer Lara Maigue, as well as a special dance number from STEPS Dance Studio. You can also play traditional games at interactive booths at the Awit at Laro Mall Show happening tonight at the Solenad Activity Park.

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A project that celebrates the spirit of play, Awit at Laro draws inspiration from Filipino children’s games and aims to raise funds for UNICEF, Tukod Foundation and the Shining Light Foundation. With a vision of reintroducing traditional games to a new generation of youth through music and the arts, Awit at Laro is led by Gary Valenciano and Bambi Manosa with the help of over 100 artists.

Awit at Laro will also be brought to life through the Larong Pinoy Installation. From November 17 – 24, Solenad will be full of colorful, larger than life displays of favorite Filipino games like kites, Tumbang Preso, Piko and more!

Let the Light Shine at Solenad’s Lantern Making Competition

Happening on November 24 – 25, Solenad’s Lantern Making Competition will transform the mall atrium into a festival of lights. Open to all residents of Laguna, contestants can submit their entry at Solenad from November 17 – 23. Lanterns will be on display starting November 24 and shoppers will also be treated to the “Let your Light Shine” Live Art Exhibition.

The announcement and awarding of the winners will happen during a festive program on November 25 with musical performances from various groups. Interested shoppers can visit www.facebook.com/AyalaMallsSolenad for the complete contest mechanics.

Enjoy Heartwarming Holiday Performances

Be serenaded by heartwarming holiday music as Solenad offers vibrant holiday shows for everyone to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as internationally-awarded Manila Symphony Journey Orchestra is set to perform on November 11, 6:30 PM. Sing along to your favorite Christmas songs at the Christmas Cantata happening on December 1, 4:30PM and December 22 -23, 6PM at the Solenad Activity Park or rock out to December Avenue as they perform live in Solenad on December 2, 7PM.

Experience Christmas with local holiday treats and items

Awaken your taste buds with delicacies from the CALABARZON area at the Department of Tourism’s Kain Na! Food Fair happening on December 7- 9. Expand your food horizons and try dishes from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon and enjoy demos from local chefs, performances and more!

Give back in this Season of Giving

Make Christmas merry for those who deserve it the most and awaken the spirit of giving with Laruang Aguinaldo – Ayala Malls’ holiday toy drive for the benefit of UNICEF and Kids 4 Kids. You can drop by Red Tag by Rustans today and Toys R Us from November 16 to December 16 and give kids more time to play, beyond Christmas.

Be dazzled by even bigger outdoor spectacles

While the fireworks and light shows have already become a tradition, Ayala Malls Solenad is making the season even more dazzling with 3D projection mapping shows happening from December 14 – 16 at the Solenad Activity Park. Created in partnership with Panasonic and inspired by the Filipino tradition of Simbang Gabi, awaken your senses and enjoy this all new show with your friends and family.

From wonderful shopping and dining, to heartwarming art installations, holiday decoration and merry musical performances, Solenad is giving families refreshing new ways to celebrate their holiday traditions. Awaken your senses and open your world this Christmas at Ayala Malls Solenad!