National Book Store: Read Out Loud For A Better Future.

Books have their own unique effect on each individual. When we get to hold books in our hands and flip through its pages, words enchant us, opening our minds to new experiences. There are books that inform and educate people, from general facts about life to how to cook exotic dishes. There are also books that take you on exciting adventures, scare you through thrilling feats, and of course, books that make you feel all kinds of love – even the unimaginable. Nothing beats the feeling of finishing a book and adding it to your bookshelf, knowing that you’ve been changed by what you read. While there may be thousands of books published out there, some just stick with us and are worth sharing with the rest of the world.

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Spreading the love for reading among Filipinos is at the core of National Book Store (NBS). This year, the country’s favorite book store is celebrating 75 years of creating a growing nation of readers and being a strong advocate for education.

As part of the festivities, NBS recently launched the Read Out Loud Challenge (ROLC) on Facebook and Instagram, aiming to promote the love of reading among Filipinos while supporting a good cause. The mechanics are simple. Post a video of yourself reading out loud an excerpt from your favorite book and challenge 3 other people to do it. When you upload to either Facebook or Instagram, add the hashtag #ReadOutLoudChallenge and tag National Book Store (@nbsalert).

For every 75 videos posted, the NBS Foundation will set up a library in a public school, complete with Project Aklat racks that consist of DepEd-approved books. Project Aklat is an initiative started back in 2006 by the NBS Foundation, and 400 libraries have been set up since then. Now, with the ongoing ROLC campaign, NBS aims to set up 100 libraries nationwide.

With such a worthy cause, it’s no surprise that celebrities and authors have taken on the ROLC. Leading them is no less than the founder of NBS and an advocate for literacy, Mrs. Socorro Ramos or Nanay Coring, as she is fondly called.

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While the ROLC will promote and support Project Aklat, the NBS Foundation will also launch the 8th year of Project Aral this April 7,2017 in all NBS branches nationwide. Project Aral aims to visit and help over 150 communities who lack basic school necessities. That’s why in this year’s Project Aral, there will be two different kits: The first kit which costs only 25 pesos contains 2 notebooks, 2 pencils, a sharpener, and an eraser. The second kit costs 50 pesos and contains 2 notebooks, 2 pencils, a sharpener, an eraser, and a pair of slippers – a great gift for children who currently have to make their way to school barefoot. But whatever kit you purchase will surely bring a smile to many Filipino children.

These are just a few of the activities in store for Filipinos as part of National Book Store’s 75th anniversary. There will be more to come, but for now, celebrate with NBS by accepting the Read Out Loud Challenge to spread the love for reading and help set up libraries nationwide. Time to bring your favorite lines to life! Shop online at nationalbookstore.com. Visit the NBS Blog (blog.nationalbookstore.com) and follow them on social media (@nbsalert) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Fuel exciting journeys this summer with Shell

Summer is all about experiences that will fuel your energy and recharge you from the daily city grind. It’s all about taking that well-deserved break and escaping reality – even for just a weekend. Summer connotes exciting adventures and exploring new places, but the fun and excitement doesn’t need to start when you hit that beach or that mountain trail. It should actually begin the moment you step in your car and get on that road. Be it with a perfect road trip playlist, an ice-cold drink, or even just peace of mind knowing that your car is in tip-top condition to get you through the drive; that comfort and thrill of excitement knowing you’re on your way begins your summer journey.

 

Pilipinas Shell knows what summer is all about as it ushers in the hottest but most exciting season in the country. Through its various refreshing products, reliable service, and summer customer delight offerings, Pilipinas Shell is surely, the perfect partner on the road.

 

Recharge your summer road trip

 

In a summer-themed drive dubbed “Recharge Your Summer Road Trip,” Shell kicked off their summer offerings by taking the media on a relaxing yet exciting whole-day escapade. Throughout the 44-kilometer drive to the Southern parts of the metro in MINI vehicles powered by Shell V-Power Nitro+, media participants took on different challenges and experienced refreshing fare that featured what every summer traveler needed and looked for during their summer road trips.

 

The adventure started off with a scrumptious and hefty breakfast from Deli2Go’s range of dishes at Shell South Luzon Expressway 1 station. Participants were then divided into teams and, in keeping with Shell’s values and commitment to safety and health, were briefed on safety guidelines on the road and for the days’ activities. Featured, were the media’s exclusive Recharge Challenge Passport, which allowed participants to rack up points for every completed pit stop challenge, and Shell’s Summer Journey Card, an instant-prize card available for all customers when they gas-up and shop at any Shell station, were also distributed to the media.

 

Throughout the day, participants faced challenges that most travelers encountered on the road and were tasked to find the most efficient solution for each. From necessity shopping lists, to finding the perfect restroom for nature’s call, to knowing products and services that can ease your drive, and experiencing refreshing food and drinks to fuel your energy, participants experienced it all and came to understand Shell as the perfect stop and best partner anyone can have with them. Knowing there’s a Shell oasis up ahead puts any traveler’s mind at ease as they traverse the long and dusty roads.

 

“As part of Pilipinas Shell’s efforts in making each journey better for every Filipino, we launched a summer campaign that aims to demonstrate the recharging and exciting drive that Shell can offer especially during the summer season. To launch this campaign, we held this drive to encourage motorists to always be prepared on the road by fueling up with quality products and visiting a one-stop-shop that has everything they need for the journey ahead,” said Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail, Anthony Lawrence Yam.

 

Fuel your summer excitement with Shell

 

To make summer road trips better for its customers, Pilipinas Shell has a lot more in store for Filipino motorists throughout the season. Apart from its quality products and services, customers can also enjoy delicious snacks and refreshing beverages from Shell Select & Deli2Go, as well as earn points by using their SM Advantage cards for every purchase at Shell. To fully make the most out of every visit, customers will be issued their own Shell Summer Journey Cards which they can use to collect stamps upon each purchase to win exciting prizes from Shell, such as refreshing drinks or a chance to win a trip to a summer destination.

 

By providing quality fuel products and services to motorists around the world, Shell gained its foothold as a global leader in power and energy that pioneers next generation technology in developing new energy sources for a reliable energy mix, producing smarter products, as well as promoting its smarter use, building smarter infrastructure and providing energy efficient engineering solutions that ultimately promote clean & efficient transport, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency and a new energy future to address the energy challenge.

‘Groufie’ era begins with the new OPPO F3 Plus

Selfies will never be the same now with the whole gang in the picture!

Mobile technology brand OPPO just launched its flagship dual selfie camera phone, the F3 Plus—the first-ever smartphone with a wide-angle dual front camera to easily accommodate ‘groufies’ in a single shot. The new phone will be out in Philippine stores as well as in India, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia beginning April 1.

“Since OPPO started the Selfie Revolution in the Philippines with the F1 Series, we’ve gone through incredible growth especially when we became the country’s second bestselling smartphone in 2016,” OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng said. “We are very excited to see the F3 Plus start a new trend in groufies and reinforce our position as the Selfie Expert.”

“The F3 Plus was developed for both selfie lovers and photography buffs who want a smartphone that lets them take stunning shots wherever they are, no matter the time of day. Our newest camera phone packs state-of-the-art hardware and software in a sleek body to deliver outstanding performance and style, perfect for the urban lifestyle,” Cheng added.

Effortless from selfie to groufie

Set to be the ultimate Selfie Expert, the F3 Plus builds upon the technology of the earlier OPPO F1s to deliver outstanding selfie photography. The new smartphone sports a similar 16-megapixel (MP) selfie camera with a 1/3-inch sensor for clear image results even in low light, as well as an f/2.0 aperture for depth-of-field aesthetic.

The difference lies in the additional secondary camera. This 8MP groufie-camera has a wide 120-degree angle—105 percent larger than the regular 80-degree lens field of view— which allows more people to fit inside the frame. The wide-angle shot is also complemented by a 6P lens to minimize distortion.

Ease of use has been carefully designed into the front camera’s functionality to reflect OPPO’s “user-oriented” philosophy. The built-in Smart Facial Recognition, for instance, notifies users to switch to “Groufie” mode when more than three people are detected. This makes the switch from selfie to groufie effortless while keeping image quality stable.

The new smartphone still comes with the brand’s pioneering image editing software, Beautify 4.0, which offers a range of beautification modes for a flawless look in every selfies and groufies.

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Built for professional photography

Significant improvements have also been made for the rear-facing camera. Co-developed by Sony, the 16MP back camera is now powered by a customized 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor for fast focusing speed, outstanding noise reduction, and advanced low-light performance—ideal for serious photography.

The sensor has been developed using dual-phase autofocus (DUAL PDAF) technology to double the pixel array area, which is composed of photodiodes that determine the camera’s point of focus. This increases focusing speeds by 40 percent even in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. Together with a large f/1.7 aperture, the sensor enables the rear camera to capture clear and breathtaking photos.

Flawless inside and out

The F3 Plus is engineered with hardware designed to support its powerful front and rear cameras. The phone’s octa-core processor is backed by a 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM to ensure speed, while OPPO’s ColorOS 3.0 optimizes performance to lower energy consumption.

A built-in 4000mAh battery provides more than 284 hours of standby time for whole-day use. OPPO’s proprietary and industry-leading rapid VOOC Charging Solution also cuts charging duration by four times compared with standard units; even five minutes on the plug is enough for a continuous two-hour call.

Dual SIM users will be glad to know that the F3 Plus includes a double-slot card tray for holding two Nano 4GSIM cards. The second slot can be used for a Micro SD card to expand storage up to 256GB.

Lightning-Fast Touch Access also unlocks the phone in just 0.2 seconds—the fastest in the market. The same scanning technology allows users to assign fingerprints to quickly launch phone numbers and apps. An Avast-based virus scanner further adds protection to keep phone data secure.

Exquisite craftsmanship for an upscale look

At the core of every OPPO phone is the brand’s belief in “design excellence.” Casing the F3 Plus is a sleek metal unibody that gives the phone an elegant form either in luxurious Black or opulent Gold. The back shell also comes with an innovative ultra-fine six-string antenna to exude a more upscale appearance. But beyond aesthetics, the body is sculpted for proper hand grip so users can take selfies with comfort.

To match the polished look is the phone’s durability. The six-inch display screen is made of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to resist damage. Pre-applied protective coating further makes the screen scratch-proof.

The F3 Plus in Gold is coming to the Philippines this April 1 with the suggested retail price of P23,990. Pre-orders, along with a free Bluetooth headset and a selfie stick, will be available in all OPPO concept stores and selected dealer stores nationwide as well as at the brand’s official online shop in Lazada from March 24 to 31.

Shoppers can get OPPO’s latest Selfie Expert via Home Credit through a nine-month installment plan at zero percent interest. They can also watch out for Globe’s exclusive offer for OPPO F3 Plus, with date and details to be announced soon.

About OPPO

For the last 10 years, OPPO has been focusing on manufacturing camera phones, while innovating mobile photography technology breakthroughs. OPPO started the era of selfie beautification, and was the first brand to launch smartphones with 5MP and 16MP front cameras. OPPO was also the first brand to introduce the motorized rotating camera, the Ultra HD feature and the 5x Dual Camera Zoom technology. OPPO’s Selfie Expert F series launched in 2016 drove a selfie trend in the smartphone industry.

In 2016, OPPO was ranked as the number 4 smartphone brand globally, according to IDC. And today, OPPO provides excellent smartphone photography experience to over 100 million young people around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.oppo.com/ph/index.html.

Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017 – Enjoy the Summer Skies with Amazing Sights and Sounds

LUBAO, PAMPANGA – Summer in the Philippines last 2016 heated up with colors and wonders as the biggest hot air balloon festival in Southeast Asia was set to light up the skies.

 

The Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016 featured amazing balloon flights from international participants, as well as aerial exhibitions and other exciting activities like land exhibits, car shows and fireworks display. Families and barkadas got to enjoy dynamic music from Ely Buendia, Bamboo, True Faith, Sabado Boys and Mitoy and D’Draybers.

 

Indeed, it was a successful and well-attended event which paved the way for another exciting hot air balloon festival that everyone can surely look forward to. Happening on April 6-9, 2017 at Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga, the most awaited event will be back bigger, bolder, and better!

 

Bigger. More than thirty (30) international balloons will decorate the skies of Pampanga with magnificent designs and beautiful colors. It will surely be a one of a kind spectacle for the viewing pleasure of over 100,000 expected local and foreign guests.

 

Bolder. The festival will not only showcase the majestic display of hot air balloons during the day, but also provide the spectators with the chance to marvel at their grandeur against the night sky during the Night Glow. Furthermore, amazing fireworks display will cap off the day and end it on a high note.

 

Better. Great views are best enjoyed with great music. A first for the event, an international music festival will be held on the last day featuring Alex Aiono and Redfoo and the Party Rock Crew. Local artists will also perform like SpongeCola, Parokya ni Edgar, Gloc-9, Yeng Constantino and Bamboo.

 

It’s going to be a wonderful experience, so bring your friends and families over to enjoy the summer with amazing sights and sounds at the Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017!

 

Buy your tickets now at SM Tickets (https://www.smtickets.com) and at TicketWorld Online (https://www.ticketworld.com.ph). Ticket price is at Php300 for General Admission valid for one day only from April 6-9. A special Gold Ticket worth Php1,500 is available for April 9 which provides a closer view during our International Music Festival.

 

The Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2017 is organized by Lubao International Balloon Festival, Inc. (LIBF) together with Forthinker, Inc., in cooperation with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTO) and with support from Provincial Government of Pampanga.

 

For more information and inquiries, you may contact Forthinker, Inc. from Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm via landline +632 942 0768, mobile 09178210728 or email – lubaoibf@gmail.com.

Robinsons Supermarket invites everyone to “Explore Wellness” to reach a healthy lifestyle destination

Those who want to make healthy living their goal this year are in for an adventure as Robinsons Supermarket takes them on an exciting journey, with health and wellness as the ultimate destination.

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The country’s largest healthy retail supermarket chain has launched this year’s “Route to Wellness” campaign by inviting everyone to fasten their seatbelts for a fun-filled wellness journey with “Explore Wellness”, the first of five promo events to look forward to.

At the Eastwood Mall Open Park, media and customers were invited to the “Explore Wellness” event where they sampled products and tried different activities from Unilever, Kojie-San, Selecta, and CDO Premium; and availed of discounted products and freebies from P&G, Coca-Cola, and Belo.

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Customers can get a 3-style bag for free for a minimum single receipt of Php3,000, inclusive of PHP 500.00 worth of participating products from Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Kojie-San, Belo, Nestle, Selecta, CDO Foodsphere, Splash Corporation, Unilab and Cosmetique Asia. The 3-style bag can be used as shoulder bag, backpack and cross bag. It is also available in 5 colors: pink, gray, purple, army green and dark gray. Promo period is from March 1 to April 30, 2017.

The Route to Wellness year-long campaign is a testament to Robinsons Supermarket’s continuous commitment to strengthening its “We Love Wellness” advocacy that enables it to provide healthier food options and alternatives to Filipino families.

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Get ready to live a healthy lifestyle. Avail of a Wellness passport today and take-off on an ultimate journey to health and wellness by taking part in Robinsons Supermarket’s exciting and rewarding promos.

Stay updated on the various activities that Robinsons Supermarket has in store and learn more about its “Route to Wellness” campaign by liking it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RobinsonsSupermarketOfficial or visiting its official website at www.robinsons-supermarket.com.ph.

 

Honda Philippines, inc. dares all riders to unlock the ultimate ride, introducing the all new click150i at honda scooter fest

Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) celebrates the best of Honda Gen-S in the biggest gathering of scooter riders. Now on its second year, the Honda Scooter Fest is amplifying the joy of riding through a series of activities that give riders the opportunity to experience the excellence and innovation of Honda.

HPI is committed to elevating the performance of all riders by creating new technologies that push the boundaries of human imagination. Thus, it launched the Honda Scooter Fest as its annual event for scooter riders who are passionate about style, safety, and performance that the Gen-S brand embodies.

Today’s festivities kick off at the Solaire Resort and Casino. Rooted in its theme “Unlock the Ultimate Ride,” this year’s Honda Scooter Fest features special activities such as Honda Gen-S motorcade and Spot My Ride Honda Scooter Accessorizing Contest, among others. But the most exciting revelation today is the launch of the ultimate Gen-S Scooter, the All-New Honda Click150i. It is Honda’s flagship scooter that has the highest displacement among the existing Gen-S Scooter models: the Click125i, the all-new BeAT, and the Zoomer-X.

The All-New Honda Click150i is the biggest addition to the scooter line-up of Honda, from 110cc to 125cc, and now a trailblazing 150cc displacement. The All-New Click150i sports outstanding features and a powerful, liquid-cooled 150cc SOHC engine. It features stylish and exclusive design with premium matte finish and distinctive sporty stripes.

At the core of the All-New Honda Click150i is the advanced Honda Smart Technology that promises safety and fuel efficiency. Its 150cc engine is infused with Enhanced Smart Power (eSP) that produces lower emission, and an ACG starter that delivers smooth engine performance. Activating its Idling Stop System (ISS) will give riders far and better mileage, while its Combined Braking System will provide proper tension to the scooter’s front and rear brakes for optimal braking. It also has an ample space for storing luggage and full-face helmet with its 18 liter U-Box compartment. Its dual-keen headlight, stylish taillight, tubeless tires, and digital meter panel add to its dynamic appeal and kingly stature.

The All-New Click150i also features an advanced Answer Back System that allows the rider to find this scooter with ease. By simply pressing the button of the key remote, the scooter will respond in either one of three different tones, and blink with a light signal.

Ultimately, the crowning glory of the All-New Honda Click150i is its overall build that exhibits sophisticated design and features, and gives the rider confidence to conquer the road.

HPI President Mr. Daiki Mihara is optimistic about the introduction of the All-New Honda Click150i to the young generation of riders, citing HPI’s passion for excellence and solid commitment to share the joy of riding to all Gen-S riders. Inspired by creativity, style and innovation, “we at Honda are embracing the evolution that moves us forward to the future. The Gen-S riders are always at the helm of all things new. We share their interest and thirst for ingenuity that shapes our world today and tomorrow.”

President Mihara is confident that the addition of the All-New Honda Click150i to the Gen-S line-up will increase the market leadership of HPI in the AT and Sports Motorcycle categories.

The All-New Honda Click150i is available in Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic, Matte Jasper Brown Metallic, and Matte Ion Blue Metallic. It is now available in all Honda 3S Shops nationwide with a SRP of P89,900.

For more details, visit www.hondaph.com today or visit a Honda dealer near you.

Here’s the Super Hero Run from TV 5

Superheroes make us all want to fly through the highest part of the sky, run as fast as the wind, protect the universe from bad people and most importantly save and defend other people’s lives. The wish to become extraordinary humans become more exhilarating when we get to read it on magazines and comic books or watch it in films and TV series.

What if you can be a superhero for a day? No superhero training or superhero relative required. All you need to bring is one specific superpower: the heart of a superhero fan who wants to help out other people and a penchant for participating in fun runs

On February 25, heroes will assemble in TV5’s Superheroes Run: Manila at the SM MOA Grounds, Block 16. In the spirit of doing good like our favorite superheroes, a portion of the proceeds from the fun run will be donated to the Alagang Kapatid Foundation (AKFI).

For further detail, the Superheroes Fun Run will have:

DISTANCE
REGISTRATION FEE
INCLUSIONS
ASSEMBLY TIME
GUNSTART TIME

16K
P850.00
Singlet, race bib, timing chip, raffle, loot bag, finisher medal
3:15am
4:15am

10K
P750.00
Singlet, race bib,
4:00am
4:45am
timing chip, raffle, loot bag

5K
P650.00
Singlet, race bib, timing chip, raffle, loot bag
4:00am
5:00am

200M
P300.00
Timing chip, raffle, loot bag
6:00am
6:30am

Each race kit will have a little surprise for the participants to make the fun run more super. Depending on the distance that they choose, runners will get a Supergirl cape and/or The Flash and Arrow head gears. These goodies will definitely serve as a motivation to finish strong! Not only that, participants will also be joined by TV5 stars and athletes.

The Superheroes Run: Manila is also an avenue to promote the superheroes programs of TV5 – Arrow which airs every Monday at 7:30pm, The Flash, Mondays 8:30pm and the upcoming launch of the tagalized version of Supergirl which will be flying in every Tuesday starting March 21, 7:30pm.

To feel like a true hero, sometimes all you need is to have a heart like one.. Hope to see you at the Superheroes Run: Manila on February 25, kapatid!

Hop Inn Thai Hotel here in the Philippines

Traveling with class used to be only for the privileged ones, but not until Thailand-based Hop Inn Hotel was officially launched in the Philippines through its pioneering outlet along Ermita, Manila that offers high quality accommodation for both the business and leisure markets on a tight budget.
According to The Erawan Group PLC President, Ms Kamonwan Wipulakorn, this island nation serves as their first market abroad since they ventured into the economy category, in addition to the premium global hospitality names they have been building and operating over the last three decades.

“The country has high potential for tourism in the long term,” she said. “We believe that the Philippines will offer the fastest and highest economic growth in the Asean region and through our analysis and market research on the ground, we see very good opportunities to expand in the Philippines.”

On December 1, 2016, Hop Inn Ermita opened its door for local and foreign tourists to experience and enjoy first-hand what the Thai expertise and world-renowned Filipino hospitality are about. While it falls under the economy travel class, the hotel is designed to offer quality and convenient stays––thanks to the company’s 35 years of vast experience in developing international five-star hotels, such as the Grand Hyatt and JW Marriott, among others.

“So travelers can expect a decent accommodation here at affordable prices,” the top executive noted. Unlike other similar facilities out there, she added that this new budget hotel located at the heart of the country’s capital exceeds the guests’ expectations.
Upon entry to this mid-rise property, visitors could already feel the warmth of this place with the vibrant colors of the lobby. This is complemented by the courteous and accommodating staff, who are well-trained and on-hand to assist them so as to make their stay well worth their money.
Hop Inn Ermita has 168 rooms––all spacious and well-appointed. Each is equipped with fundamental amenities to ensure a good night’s sleep after a tiring business or leisure trip, and in preparation for the next day’s meetings or city exploration.

“We offer a very basic requirement. Our brand essence is for our rooms to be clean, convenient, comfortable, and safe,” Wipulakorn cited. “We make sure that all of these are consistent to all our clients here and in our upcoming branches in the near future.”

The leading hotel operator in Southeast Asia has allocated around 10 billion baht, or about P12 billion, for its five-year investment plan aimed at further growing its Hop Inn network in the region.

“Thirty percent of that will be for the Philippines,” the Group’s president said of their P3.6 billion capital expenditure to build around 20 three-star hotels nationwide by 2020.

As the leading investor in the hospitality sector in Thailand, The Erawan Group currently operates 41 hotels there, with a total inventory of 6,000-rooms.

“Next year, it’s going to be 50 hotels, including two in the Philippines,” Wipulakorn bared,
referring to the P200 million-worth Ermita property and the 190-room Makati branch, the latter now under construction in preparation for opening in September 2017.

Others in the pipeline include the ones building up in Aseana in Pasay City and Alabang in Muntinlupa––both scheduled for inaugural in the first quarter of 2018. The Group is also looking at Quezon City, Chinatown, and Cubao in Metro Manila, as well as Cebu and Davao in the Visayas and Mindanao regions as potential sites for its Hop Inn brand.
Beyond giving a boost to the national economy and local hospitality industry, The Erawan’s expansion program is expected to create more direct and indirect employment opportunities for Filipinos.

“We have created jobs with our ongoing construction already. We will set up an operation team in the next few months and the plan is to hire local staff as many as possible as they would understand customers’ requirement and respond well to market,” Wipulakorn said.

Impressed by the positive turnout of the guests, following the official opening of the flagship Hop Inn outlet in Manila, the Group has already identified their captive market in the Philippines.

“In Thailand, 85 percent of our guests are international. But we have a very good domestic market as well. So about 15 percent would go to domestic. But I think over here will be more domestic, maybe 85 percent. So we expect more business travellers here more than leisure guests,” she pointed out.
Bullish on their first venture overseas, Wipulakorn revealed that they intend to double their target number of hotels in the next 10 years.

“We also look at maybe investments into the midscale or four-star category in the Philippines,” she stressed. “I hope that we bring a good quality product for the Philippine market and that we get a good response. We also want to be part of the community here.”

For more information about Hop Inn Hotel, visit www.hopinnhotel.com and follow their social
media pages at www.facebook.com/hopinnhotelph and hopinnhotelph on Twitter and Instagram.

Kickstart your journey to active, healthy living at Vermosa Active Revolution

Leading a healthy and active lifestyle is one of the keys to enjoying a full life, and at Vermosa, this starts at home. Developed by Ayala Land, Inc., this 700-hectare master-planned, mixed-use estate in Cavite offers a modern suburban community where daily life becomes more dynamic for health enthusiasts.

Putting Vermosa on the map as the premier sports and active lifestyle destination in the south is Vermosa Active Revolution, an early, high-octane Christmas treat held recently at the estate. The two-day event was headlined by Drop and Roll, a jaw-dropping exhibition show led by world-renowned stunt-bike hotshot Danny MacAskill. Joining him were fellow pro riders Duncan Shaw, Fabio Wibmer, and Ali C., who all gave local riders and speed enthusiasts a truly unforgettable spectacle on their first visit to the Philippines as part of their Asian world tour.

Revolutionizing active living

Vermosa Active Revolution also took guests on a thrilling ride that roused their senses, most especially at the Vermosa Active Revolution’s Kinetic, Inspire, and Refresh Zones.

Aside from the Drop and Roll exhibition performances, the Kinetic Zone featured cycling clinics and bike rentals at the Vermosa Bike Skills Park, while the motocross track hosted an MX Race that showcased various local riding talents. The Ninja Academy also performed a live parkour exhibition show and set up an obstacle trials course, while a poi LED demonstration by Planet Zips capped-off the event through a visual feast.

The Inspire Zone housed one of the South’s biggest sports and lifestyle expos, where attendees geared-up to jumpstart their active and healthy lifestyles, through great deals and finds from the country’s hottest retail brands such as 2XU, 8A Apparel, Bambike Revolution Cycles, Cycle Ministry, Gran Trail Cycles, Green Planet, JB Sports, MTProBikes, Nutrition Ringside, Ranking Helmets, Sandugo, V12 Apparel, Vansydical, Speedo, and many more.

The Refresh Zone provided a menu of good eats to energize guests while sound beats from guest acoustic performers and DJs accompanied event-goers and kept the active atmosphere going to revitalize one’s mind, body, and soul. Indeed, the future economic hub of the South offers a holistic approach to healthy and active living, packaged as a destination that offers premier services and brings one-of-a-kind events closer to Filipinos.

“Vermosa stands as an accessible premier destination for new-age sports, perfect for people who are passionate about healthy and active living,” said Jay Teodoro, Ayala Land Senior Division Manager and Estate Head of Vermosa. “By hosting world class events such as Vermosa Active Revolution, the estate furthers its thrust of not only providing the best training facilities and services, but of bringing in quality, internationally-renowned talent to promote active and healthy lifestyles.”

#Jointheactiverevolution and fuel your passion for a healthy and active lifestyle! For more updates and information on Vermosa’s exciting events, activities, and offerings, visit the official Facebook page, @Vermosaph or www.vermosa.ph.

Vermosa is an estate by Ayala Land, the Philippines’ leading developer of sustainable estates offering a diverse mix of quality residential and commercial developments that support local economic growth.

For more information on Vermosa’s upcoming activities and offerings, visit its official Facebook page, @Vermosaph or log on to www.vermosa.ph

St. John Bosco Parish students rise to the challenge with Caltex™ Havoline® and ONE Championship™

The youth of the St. John Bosco Parish got a once in a lifetime chance to train with ONE Championship athletes through a community initiative spearheaded by Caltex Havoline.

Caltex Havoline brand ambassador Mark Striegl along with ONE Championship title holders Brandon Vera and Eduard Folayang trained with the children of the parish with the aim to empower them through physical fitness activities and inspire them to face life’s toughest challenges with endurance and genuine strength.

“In Chevron, we value people. The passion that drives us towards excellence is the same passion that inspires us to commit to giving the best to our partners, customers, and communities. The St. John Bosco Parish youth are particularly close to our hearts. For many years, we have helped them make a sustainable living through livelihood projects such as the Pugad Pandesal: Manna From Heaven, the Coffee & Saints Café, and the Caltex Mobile Mechanics. Just as Caltex Havoline puts the fight back in your engine, we want to empower the youth to fight for their dreams,” said Joseph N Bronfman, Area Business Manager, Philippines & Vietnam, Chevron Philippines Inc.

Though the athletes are in the thick of training for the upcoming ONE: Age of Domination on December 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, they took time off to bond with the kids of St. John Bosco Parish and teach them a few of their moves in the cage.

As Striegl introduced the exercises, he also encouraged the youth to fight hard for their dreams.

“These kids have faced very difficult situations at a young age. Not having access to education is one of the most challenging obstacles, but they continually overcome it. I readily agreed to join this activity because I wanted to help empower them,” said Striegl.

Don Bosco PUGAD (Parish Urchins Gathered at Don Bosco) Center serves the underprivileged youth who are incapable of supporting their own education. Chevron and the parish are long-time partners, previously organizing livelihood projects and training programs together to equip them in making a sustainable living.

After the training exercises, the three fighters spent some time designing tambourines with the youth of PUGAD Center, which will be auctioned at ONE: Age of Domination event on December 2, 2016. Proceeds of which will be given to the center.

Caltex Havoline is ONE Championship’s Southeast Asia regional partner for Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

About Chevron

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, California. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About Chevron Philippines, Inc.

Chevron Philippines, Inc. has been in the Philippines for over 90 years, offering high quality products and services. To date we have more than 700 Caltex stations, and sells a range of petroleum products, including Caltex with Techron® gasoline and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, kerosene and jet fuel. Chevron has 18 facilities in the Philippines, including major terminals, depots and sales offices. Our import terminal in San Pascual, Batangas, forms the hub of our transportation and supply operations in the Philippines. Chevron also provides jet fuel for airlines at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Chevron also markets Delo® and Havoline® lubricants, coolants and other lubricating oils and greases through distributors to consumer, commercial and industrial customers. More information on Chevron Philippines, Inc. is available at www.caltex.com/ph.

About Havoline®

Since 1904, Havoline motor oils have provided outstanding performance. In 1946, Havoline introduced its “New and improved Havoline Motor Oil,” which for the first time featured additives that inhibited corrosion, provided detergent and dispersive action, reduced piston ring wear at both low and high temperatures, and protected against engine rust. Today’s Havoline lives up to its heritage with its latest technology: Havoline with Deposit Shield® Technology, an advanced formulation that protects your engine from harmful deposits to deliver optimum performance. Havoline suite of products include passenger car engine oils, motorcycle oils and other ancillary products such as coolants, automatic transmission and brake fluids providing total engine protection.

About ONE Championship™

ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, Physique TV, MYTV, HTV, Esporte Interativo and more.