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.

FWD Life Philippines Champions FitFil National Weight Loss Challenge

FWD Life Philippines, the country’s most exciting insurance brand, proudly supports the fit Filipino (FitFil) Movement’s National Weight Loss Challenge. The Challenge, spearheaded by fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret, aims to get the country moving in the name of health and wellness, with the goal of collectively losing One Million pounds during the campaign period of June 6 to December 5, 2017.

As an insurance industry pioneer in the space of health and wellness, FWD Life Philippines is delighted to partner with the FitPilipino Movement and coaches Jim and Toni to inspire Filipino in leading healthier lives with a series of fitness-centered events, said FWD Life Philippines Head of Marketing Rochelle Vandenberghe. Through out live to move fitness parties in collaboration with FitFil and the challenge’s partners, we hope to inspire a newwave of awareness for the health benefits of keeping fit. For us at FWD, living life to the fullest starts with being healthy.

Top celebrity fitness coach and FitFilipino movement founder Jim Saret said, We have been working with FWD for over two years and their #GetReadyToLive brand attitude serves as one of the strong pillars of the National Weight Loss Challenge. We are excited to bring to life the country’s biggest health and wellness campaign as we challenge Filipinos to collectively lose one million pounds.

Through this advocacy and movement, our goal is to spread the message that being fir and well starts with a simple commitment, encouraging everyone to take ownership of their health and join us in getting fir, said Jim Saret.

Robinsons Supermarket’s Wellness Festival celebrates healthy lifestyle choices

July is National Wellness month and Robinsons Supermarket celebrates this with their month-long celebration called Wellness Festival. This annual event is also the third leg of its year-long Route to Wellness journey with Filipinos.

Hosted by TV host, Robi Domingo, the kick-off of the festival was held from June 23 to 25 at Eastwood Central Plaza- Citywalk. The park was transformed into a mini city where guests can try the Bicycle Tour or Pedestrian Rush where participants need to accomplish certain actions when crossing the street. Customers also got a chance to try the course set up by the Ninja Academy. Admission to the activity is free and guests were treated to other fun activities by Robinsons Supermarket’s wellness partners.

Celebrity fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret led guests and shoppers in a series of four-minute workouts, or Metabeats, in an effort to show that it only takes a few minutes to get started on one’s wellness journey. The event also presented an opportunity for Robinsons Supermarket to pledge pounds to the Fit Filipino 1 Million Pounds National Weight Loss Challenge. As one of the official partners of the movements, Robinsons Supermarket identified select branches as the challenge’s weigh-in centers every Saturday.

Robinsons Supermarket will also hold its annual and much-anticipated 10th Fit & Fun Buddy Run on July 2 at Camp Aguinaldo. Customers will also get a chance to experience some of the activities as a special wellness caravan will also be held in Robinsons Supermarket Tagaytay from July 14 to 16, and at Robinsons Supermarket Antipolo City from July 28 to 30.

Besides these activities, shoppers can get a Healthy You Snack Platter for a minimum single-receipt purchase of PHP3,000 inclusive of P500 worth of participating products from Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Unilab, Fonterra, Wyeth Nutrition, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, IPI, Abbott Nutrition, Getz Bros., Ecossential, Foodsphere, and Philusa. Customers will also get an extra 15 Robinsons Rewards Card points for every P500 purchase of Healthy You products. Promo runs from July 1 to 31, 2017.

Healthy You is Robinsons Supermarket’s exclusive healthy brand of nuts, juices, oats, brown rice, coffee and many more that have been evaluated as healthy by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

“As a growing number of individuals and families lead busy and challenging lives, Robinsons Supermarket and its partners continue to uphold our commitment to lead them to the path of wellness by bringing them closer to more choices and opportunities to get fit and healthy,” said Jody Gadia, Robinsons Supermarket general manager.

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

Shopee Philippines Celebrates 2 Years of Continued Success

Being the #1 shopping app in the country, Shopee Philippines has garnered over 2 million listings and 3 million downloads since launching in 2015

Manila, Philippines – Shopee Philippines is celebrating its 2nd birthday with over 2 million listings and 3 million downloads to date, making it the number 1 shopping app in the country. Regionally, Shopee has achieved an annualized Gross Merchandise Volume of $3 billion USD with more than 40 million downloads.

In the past 2 years, Shopee has introduced several programs that revolutionized online shopping for Filipinos, including Free Shipping, Cash On Delivery (COD), and Shopee University, which helps aspiring entrepreneurs set up their online business.

To celebrate the success, from June 20 to 22, users are treated to special promotions and up to 90% discounts across multiple categories, including electronics, gadgets, makeup and clothes from Shopee’s official shops and top sellers.

Safe, Convenient Shopping

Since its launch in 2015, Shopee has made online shopping convenient with its highly customer-centric platform. Both buyers and sellers are able to transact safely through Shopee Guarantee, which holds payments in escrow until buyers receive their orders.

Sellers also enjoy Shopee University, a series of in-depth tutorial modules aimed at helping sellers to set up and grow their online businesses. Shopee has hosted sessions in over 30 cities around the country and thousands of participants have joined in the past year. The free classes provide more insights on topics such as online marketing, digital photography and tutorial sessions on Shopee’s features, among others.

“Shopee’s campaigns help us with our product marketing. With its reach, it helps us to expand our customer base and reach,” said Angela Mae Delajero, Corporate Sales Supervisor of Messy Bessy.

Welcoming Established Partner Brands
Shopee buyers can look forward to an even wider range of products from new Official Shops, including Oppo, Unilab, Stabilo, Kodak, Transcend, and Eureka. More brands are expected to join later this year.

“As e-commerce gains more popularity, Shopee will continue to be a strong player in this space. Our partnership with Shopee will further increase our online reach and give customers more options to buy official OPPO products,” said Stephen Cheng, Brand Manager of OPPO Philippines.

Ellen Lising, President of Ellen’s Skin Care and Permanent Cosmetics, agreed, “As we celebrate our 38th anniversary, we’ve partnered with Shopee to reach our growing list of diverse clientele and we will provide the most beautiful, intense and radiant kind of products and services that make our clientele feel confidently beautiful in and out.”

Looking to the Future

Shopee seeks to continuously improve its platform and optimise overall user experience. Macy Castillo, Head of Commercial Business for Shopee, said, “We continuously challenge ourselves to find ways to improve our app and system to make online shopping easier. We regularly get feedback from our users and aim to bring to them the best online shopping experience. ”
Moving forward, Shopee aims to further expand its user base nationwide. “We want to cater to every buyer and seller in key cities and provinces. With our robust and well-integrated platform, we’re confident that we can provide an easy and hassle-free shopping experience nationwide,” added Castillo.
To learn more about Shopee and special promotions please visit http://birthday.shopee.ph/ or www.shopee.ph. Shopee is available for free download on Google Play and App Store.

About Shopee

Shopee is the largest eCommerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, making online shopping easy, secure and fast through its strong payment and logistical support.

The Shopee team believes in the transformative power of technology. As shopping on mobile device becomes the new norm, Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s eCommerce destination of choice via ongoing product optimisation and localised user-centred strategies.

Shopee is strongly supported by Sea (formerly known as Garena), Southeast Asia’s largest internet platform provider.

Shopee can be downloaded for free on App Store and Google Play in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

For more information, please visit https://shopee.ph

Citi Celebrates 12th Annual Global Community Day in the Philippines Together With Tens of Thousands of Citi Volunteers Across 500 Cities Around the World

Annual event contributes more than three million hours of service since launch

Citi celebrated its 12th annual Global Community Day on June 10, with more than 4,600 Citi volunteers in the Philippines joining the efforts of nearly 100,000 of their colleagues,family and friends in 500 cities in 91 countries and territories to engage in service activities in their local communities. In the days leading up to and including GlobalCommunity Day, Citi volunteers participated in more than 1,500 service projects ranging from urban revitalization to mentorship and job skills training, literacy and education,environmental conservation and disaster relief.

Global Community Day offers a wide range of opportunities to work alongside community and non-profit partners to help improve our cities and neighborhoods.

“Citi’s annual Global Community Day is an important event for our firm and one I always look forward to,” said Citi CEO Michael Corbat. “It provides an opportunity to deepenour relationships with communities we serve, which is absolutely vital to our business success. And it shows the impact we can have when our people show up in force—nearly 100,000 strong this year.

”Leading by example, CEO for Citi Philippines Aftab Ahmed volunteered on back-to-backweekends starting June 3. Together with hundreds of volunteers, they helped UpperBicutan National High School get ready for opening of classes by cleaning classrooms,painting chairs, and covering textbooks with plastic to be good as new. On June 10, he showed support for persons with disabilities by joining their Freedom Walk in QuezonCity Circle with nearly 300 volunteers.

“I am heartened to see the strong interest and enthusiasm among our employees,allowing us to set record participation year after year. I know that Citi employees make a difference every day in the communities where we live and work. However, with Global Community Day, we are able to unite across businesses and across the world and really demonstrate the difference a global bank can make,” said Ahmed.

Since the inaugural Global Community Day in 2006, Citi volunteers have contributedmore than three million hours of service to Global Community Day projects in hundredsof cities. This year, Citi volunteers led hundreds of community projects across the world,some of which included:

Asia Pacific

Across Asia Pacific, there were more than 250 volunteer activities including: 

In Australia, volunteers led workshops for young people from the Brotherhood ofSt. Laurence’s “Creating Futures for Youth” program to help improve their employability.

In China, Citi participated in events that delivered financial education through fungames to children and senior citizens. 

In Japan, volunteers were participating in events to improve the environment, brighten the lives of children with serious illnesses and raise awareness to promote diversity and workplace equality.

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Latin America and Mexico, there are more than 100 volunteer activities including:

In Mexico, volunteers engaged in a range of activities from donating, packing and serving meals to delivering financial education. Citi’s CEO Mike Corbat volunteered at the Emiliano Zapata primary school helping to revitalize learning spaces and joined volunteers at the Food Bank Association to help distribute nutritional food to families in need. 
Citi Venezuela is celebrating 100 years in the country, and as part of Global Community Day, volunteers revitalized the green spaces of the Universidad Central de Venezuela, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Together with the Red Cross and the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Citi volunteers in Haiti were contributing to the reforestation of Canaan in Croix-des-Bouquets by planting 3,000 trees and facilitating an environmental awareness session at a local school on the importance of preserving the environment and recycling.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Across Europe, Middle East and Africa, there were nearly 500 volunteer activities including: 

Across the United Kingdom, Citi volunteers participated in sustainability-related efforts, helping deliver career ready programming for young people, and redecorated a primary school to improve the learning environment. 

In Greece, volunteers revitalized a children’s summer camp to ensure children have a safe and clean place to play. 
Volunteers in Romania beautified the green area of Fundeni Hospital by clearing trash and putting up a playground, a small greenhouse and a picnic area for hospitalized children.

North America

Across the United States and Canada, there were nearly 700 volunteer activities including: 

At Citi’s global headquarters in New York City, Citi teamed up with Feeding Children Everywhere to assemble over 200,000 healthy meals to help combat hunger, beautified and cleaned up green spaces along the Hudson River, assembled and distributed bicycles for low-income youth, and wrote ‘Thank You’ letters and packing hygiene kits for veterans.
In New Jersey, Citi volunteers created costumes for children in local hospitals, made a difference for young people and veterans by conducting mock interviews for professional IT jobs, and planted at the Wagner Farm Arboretum, a farm that helps increase environmental awareness.

In Canada, Citi volunteers hosted mock interviews to help youth increase their employability, cleaned the parkland behind Hershey Centre, built a home with Habitat for Humanity and prepared and served meals for those in need.To learn more about Citi’s citizenship efforts across the globe and to review the 2016Global Citizenship Report, visit http://citizenship.citigroup.com..

Jack ‘n Jill Calbee makes it viral, launches #DoTheCalBeats Dance Challenge online

Dancers who have the rhythm to go viral are invited to make their own #DoTheCalbeats Dance Challenge dance covers. Jack ‘n Jill Calbee will be on the lookout for the best dance covers starting June 10, and is giving away big prizes including Jack ‘n Jill Calbee treats, P20,000 in cash, and a trip for four to Japan for its first set of winners.

To join, participants can choose to go solo or dance in a group with a maximum of five members. They must video-record their best dance covers of Jack ‘n Jill Calbee’s “Konnichi-whoa” jingle; post this publicly on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the caption “I/We just made our own dance cover of the #DoTheCalbeats Honey Butter! Can you top this? #PotatoPros”; and tag Jack ‘n Jill Calbee on your posts to get spotted by the #PotatoPros.

The first set of winners will be announced by the end of July, so don’t miss out on this chance to showcase those fierce moves. Who knows, you might be the next “konnichi-whoa” dance sensation?

You may even take inspiration from the university dance crews who battled it out during the launch of the #DoTheCalbeats Dance Challenge at TriNoma Activity Center last June 10. Watch their dance videos by subscribing to Jack ‘n Jill Calbee’s YouTube page.

Gather your friends and #DoTheCalbeats to win awesome prizes! Visit Jack ‘n Jill Calbee’s website at www.jacknjillcalbee.com to access the full mechanics of the #DoTheCalbeats Dance Challenge.

Making the best choice with the new Shell V-Power

Becoming the best version of ourselves is an everyday journey, which requires hard work and perseverance. In order to get to where we want ourselves to be, it is therefore important that we make the best decisions every single day. This includes our personal choices for products and services that affect our performance while we work our way towards our goals. While we are confronted with so many options in the market, we should only choose nothing but the best.

Pilipinas Shell understands this need of Filipino drivers. To better equip them on the road, Pilipinas Shell continues to develop better, if not the best fuel formulations so far. Working with the best teams available, such as its roster of 170 fuels scientists across their five fuels technology centers, Shell continues to churn out innovative products to help meet the constantly evolving needs of its customers and their vehicles.

Shell V-Power: our best-ever performance and efficiency1

Every driver has his or her own priorities when it comes to the choice of fuel. Some value power and performance, while some value efficiency. With the continuously changing driving conditions in the country, the needs of drivers continue to evolve as well. Wouldn’t it be great to have a premium fuel that offers performance but also formulated for efficiency?

The new Shell V-Power offers exactly that. After over five years of tireless work by R&D experts, Shell unveils brand new formulations for its premium Shell V-Power fuels. Shell V-Power is the only fuel co-engineered with and recommended by the iconic Formula 1 race team, Scuderia Ferrari. Shell’s most advanced Shell V-Power fuels are now formulated with its proprietary DYNAFLEX Technology.2 It comes in three variants: Shell V-Power Gasoline, Shell V-Power Racing, and Shell V-Power Diesel.

Shell V-Power Racing and Shell V-Power Gasoline fuels target two key factors that can impact engine efficiency and performance – namely friction and deposits. The new Shell V-Power Diesel is designed to help restore up to 100% of your engine’s performance3 by removing deposits from fuel injectors.

“We are constantly faced with the challenge to keep up with the rapid evolution of vehicle technology and the changing needs of our customers,” says Anthony Lawrence Yam, Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail. “We understand their desire to give their vehicles the best which, in turn, may also help them perform at their best as well. This is why we have spent over half a decade of research and development to produce our best-ever fuel,1 the new Shell V-Power.