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July 2023

Lifestyle, News

Honoring 75,000 cleft surgeries in the Philippines by Art Impact for Health

Smile Train executives, mural artist Jesse Camacho, WHO representative Isabelle Wachsmuth, and Smile Train ambassadors CJ Opiaza, Pia Wurtzbach and Angelique Manto, at Smile Train’s Art Imapct for Health held at the Philippine Band of Mercy

The spirit can be nourished and healed via art. The world’s largest cleft-focused nonprofit, Smile Train, is bringing the transforming power of art to the Philippine cleft community through Art Impact for Health as it commemorates funding of more than 75,000 cleft surgeries in the country.

Art Impact for Health is a global effort run in collaboration with the World Health Organization that aims to increase psychological wellbeing for all patients by facilitating healing and communication. sPatients with clefts continue to be stigmatized, and many of them are bullied or treated unfairly as a result of their condition. They consequently struggle with poor self-esteem and a negative perception of themselves.

Developing sustainable cleft care in the Philippines

Smile Train knows that cleft care is not just surgical care, and patients with cleft often need ongoing speech, orthodontic, nutrition, and psychosocial care to survive and thrive. Beyond surgery, cleft patients need psychosocial care integrated into their cleft treatment. In celebration of the organization’s 75,000 surgery landmark, Smile Train, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Philippine Band of Mercy, held an art workshop today, bringing the cleft community closer together. The event was attended by patients and families affected by cleft, cleft community advocates, representatives of the World Health Organization, and Smile Train partners and ambassadors, including the winner and runners-up of Miss Universe Philippines 2023.

Ms. Universe 2015 and Smile Train Ambassador Pia Wurtzbach at Smile Train’s Art Impact for Health

The workshop aims to help cleft-affected patients discover healing through art by forging a connection between one’s mind and body, thereby enabling self-expression and empowerment.

“Healing and health go beyond procedures and treatments. Psychosocial well-being plays a big role in healing and recovery, as well as in building resilience to overcome challenges,” said Mamta Carroll, Senior Vice President and Regional Director for Smile Train Asia.

“As such, we at Smile Train are proud to work alongside the World Health Organization in the Art Impact for Health initiative, as it engages not just patients but those helping in their care by supporting culture and art activities that promote well-being and health for all.”

Ms. Universe Philippines 2023 First Runner-Up CJ Opiaza at Smile Train’s Art Impact for Health

The Art Impact for Health workshop also spreads awareness and deters stigma regarding cleft, which affects children around the world – including the Philippines, where around 5,000 children are born with a cleft every year.

It also mirrors Smile Train’s enduring commitment to serve the Filipino cleft community through free cleft care and treatment services that can bring transformative change to thousands of Filipinos born with a cleft.  

Ms. Universe Philippines 2023 2nd Runner-Up Angelique Manto at Smile Train’s Art Impact for Health

Over time, Smile Train has succeeded in achieving its goal of developing a sustainable and regional strategy for financing operations and other critical medical services. It advocates for completely free cleft repair surgery and total cleft care for kids, including through developments like telehealth, the opening of comprehensive cleft care facilities across the country, and initiatives like Art Impact for Health. Through programs that offer access to comprehensive cleft care services, Smile Train treats each patient as a whole, fostering in them the confidence to engage with others in the classroom, community, and workplace and ultimately enabling them to thrive.

Visit to learn more about Smile Train’s global initiatives and to make a donation. Visit, follow Smile Train Philippines on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines to find out more about our regional initiatives in the Philippines.

Entertainment, Lifestyle

At the BingoPlus Day Jackpot Party, BingoPlus gives the one winner the largest jackpot reward ever—62 million dollars

BingoPlus awards P62 million jackpot prize to lucky winner

BingoPlus, the top live bingo streaming service in the nation, and ArenaPlus, a firm that offers 24/7 online sports betting, commemorated their company’s successful move toward digitalization with the largest-ever BingoPlus Day, an occasion meant to show gratitude to its supporters and community. The night was indeed a successful and fun-filled occasion as we witnessed surprising moments from BingoPlus and had the chance to be part of the event. The night was filled with different emotions from the winners and spectacular prizes were given. Also it made special as Heaven Paralejo receives a sweet date invitation from Marco Gallo during the BingoPlus Day 3 Jackpot Party

The BingoPlus and ArenaPlus brands’ successful shift to digital, according to Andy Tsui, president of DigiPlus, has produced top-notch gaming experiences that have altered how audiences enjoy their favorite games. Through simple access via a cell phone and an internet connection, the applications have made the games more accessible to more individuals. Additionally, all activities are made sure to be safe, legitimate, and responsible by the PAGCOR-licensed brands.

Generous jackpots, celebrity-studded entertainment, and enjoyable activities for both in-studio and online spectators made up the July 21 edition of BingoPlus Day.

“It is a celebration of a thousand lives bettered with millions in prizes given to thousands of BingoPlus and ArenaPlus players nationwide,” said DigiPlus president Andy Tsui.

“As your number-one provider of leisure and entertainment for many years now, innovation accompanied by calculated risks is the most important strategy for staying afloat in the business. If there is one thing that the pandemic taught us, it is to adapt to the evolving needs of Filipino consumers and to turn digital,” Mr. Tsui added.

Heaven Peralejo and Marco Gallo
With rapper Andrew E
Bb. Pilipinas 2023 Queens

Electrifying performances from artists like rapper Andrew E., young star Heaven Paralejo, the dynamic boy group Alamat, and TV host-BingoPlus endorser, Luis Manzano rocked the night. Special appearances by beauties like Ms. International Philippines Angelica Lopez, Binibining Pilipinas 1st runner-up Katrina Anne Johnson, Binibining Pilipinas 2nd runner-up Atasha Reign Parani, Ms. Globe Philippines Anna Valencia Lakrini, and BingoPlus’s own Binibini, Ms. Lorraine Jara added sparkle to the celebration.

The awarding of the largest jackpot reward in BingoPlus history, however, was the evening’s high point. At the occasion, a jackpot winner collected the 62 million pesos lump sum payout. Other gamers also had the opportunity to win cash prizes, mobile phones, and SUVs.

But what heightened the night’s excitement were the great prizes waiting for our players, guaranteeing they would enjoy the thrill. BingoPlus and ArenaPlus players also had the opportunity to participate. An SUV automobile, mobile phones, and the potential to win cash prizes were just a few of the alluring benefits. Additionally, the evening was significant for our beloved jackpot winner from the previous quarter since he got the largest jackpot award ever, totaling 62 million pesos.

“Tonight, we only reciprocated the support that you (our players) have wholeheartedly given us. We want to show that BingoPlus is all about creating winners. We’re thrilled to have you enjoy the games and performances, and the chance to win prizes, prepared exclusively for you,” Jasper Vicencio, Total Gamezone Xtreme Incorporated president, said.

“BingoPlus and ArenaPlus remain dedicated to delivering exceptional and entertaining Bingo and sports experiences to all Filipinos. With these brands, you’ll indulge in unparalleled fun and entertainment like never before. BingoPlus and ArenaPlus can be downloaded from both Google Play and the App Store,” Vicencio shared.



To increase Filipinos’ access to digital health, KonsultaMD and Etiqa Philippines joined together

 From left to right: Jing M. Sotelo (Head, Group Sales of Etiqa), Beia Latay (Chief Operating Officer, KonsultaMD), Rico Bautista (Chief Executive Officer and President of Etiqa), Cholo Tagaysay (Chief Executive Officer of KonsultaMD), Dr. Chelsea Samson (Chief Business and Medical Affairs Officer of KonsultaMD), Dr. Ma. Luisa C. Mamaril (VP and Medical Director of Etiqa), and Glenn Warren Navea (Head of Group and General Insurance of Etiqa) 

A cooperation between KonsultaMD and Etiqa Philippines has been formed to improve Filipinos’ access to digital health. Through this initiative, KonsultaMD consultations for Etiqa members and their dependents are free.

At a recent contract signing event, the cooperation was publicly announced. Cholo Tagaysay, CEO of KonsultaMD, and Rico Bautista, President and CEO of Etiqa, headed the delegation.

Cholo Tagaysay (L), CEO of KonsultaMD, and Rico Bautista, CEO and President of Etiqa (R), seal the deal with a handshake. 

With this partnership, KonsultaMD joins Etiqa’s large network of more than 1,500 hospitals and clinics nationwide as a significant health partner. Etiqa members may now access a wide range of doctors and specialists through the app thanks to KonsultaMD’s extensive network of over 1,000 healthcare professionals on their platform.

The fusion of these two ecosystems aims to promote a more all-encompassing approach to healthcare and offer Filipinos a more robust, economical, and accessible health solution. Leaders in telemedicine and health insurance, KonsultaMD and Etiqa Philippines, respectively, anticipate launching new services in the upcoming months.

“As we develop more services in the KonsultaMD ecosystem, we would still need partners who can help amplify the reach of our services. We are in the business of democratizing healthcare, and Etiqa is the perfect partner to help reach that goal,” said Tagaysay.

Dr. Fe De Leon, Senior Assistant Vice President of the Medical Operations Department of Etiqa Philippines, noted how the partnership seeks to address limited access to fundamental healthcare facilities and services in the Philippines.

“The biggest challenge for the Philippine healthcare sector is the lack of access to even the most basic healthcare facilities and services including teleconsultation, particularly in the provincial areas. We hope that this partnership will provide accessibility and quality healthcare services while being a cost-effective and efficient practice of preventive medicine,” she said.

Through a straightforward three-step process, Etiqa members can take advantage of free online doctor consultations from KonsultaMD. To begin, clients must make a one-time call to the KonsultaMD Hotline at 02-7798-8000 (press 0), send an email to @[email protected], and give the Wellness Representative their policy number and mobile number. Members should then download the KonsultaMD app and register using the same mobile number provided to the hotline. Upon successful registration, the Etiqa health plan will be enabled within the app in around thirty minutes.

KonsultaMD, a portfolio firm of Globe’s 917Ventures, is assisting in the democratization of healthcare with its extensive, dependable telehealth services, which also include nursing care for infants and the elderly as well as 24/7 access to doctors, medical certifications, same-day pharmaceutical deliveries, and at-home diagnostics. Additionally, it promotes mental health consultations and works to reduce stigma around these services among Filipinos.

Visit for additional details about KonsultaMD or get the app from the Google Play or App Store.

Lifestyle, Tech

HP introduces new, cost-effective Smart Tank printers that provide smart printing for budget consumers

HP just unveiled its newest series of Smart Tank printers, which are smarter and more affordable. These printers, created to meet the demands of price-conscious customers, provide a winning blend of excellent features, user-friendly performance, and unparalleled pricing. These printers are the ideal option for anyone who won’t accept a lower standard of quality while keeping an eye on their money, whether they are an individual or a family.

Functionality meets affordability

Three variants are available in the newly introduced HP Smart Tank printer series: the Smart Tank 210, Smart Tank 520, and Smart Tank 580. Each model caters to certain printing requirements while making sure that cost is always put first.

The Smart Tank 210

The Smart Tank 210 is an excellent option for those seeking a straightforward printing solution. It’s compact design and robust capabilities offer everything you need in a printer. The Smart Tank 210 has wireless printing capabilities, allowing you to conveniently print from your mobile devices using the HP Smart App, Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service, HP Print Service Plugin, or Wi-Fi Direct Printing. It is a reliable workhorse for personal and professional use. With a resolution of up to 1200 dpi, your prints will showcase exceptional detail and clarity. Whether you’re printing important documents or school assignments, the Smart Tank 210 delivers outstanding results at an affordable price.

The Smart Tank 520 and 580

Alongside high-quality printing, the Smart Tank 520 and 580 are models that offer copy and scan capabilities, providing a convenient all-in-one solution. With their wireless printing capabilities, you can effortlessly print, copy, and scan documents, photos, and more.

User-Friendly experience

HP is aware of the value of an easy-to-use interface. Because of this, the Smart Tank printers are made to be simple to use and intuitive. These printers provide a flawless printing experience, regardless of whether you’re a budget-conscious student or a tech-savvy parent. Any office or residential setting may easily accommodate their tiny and sophisticated designs. You may print from any location on your home network thanks to the wireless printing features, which also guarantee a hassle-free printing experience.

Make the switch to Smart Tank

Upgrade your printing experience and take advantage of HP’s brand-new Smart Tank printers’ ease, dependability, and affordability. Visit the official HP flagship shop at or browse the HP official store at to get your hands on these game-changing printers.

Lifestyle, News

Billy dela Fuente’s Journey from Fast-Food Crew to Serial Entrepreneur shares his story of success

Billy dela Fuente is well-known to many in the area of professional consumer direct marketing.

Billy is one of the Philippines’ top businessmen and direct marketing specialists along with his wife Josephine. In a significant acknowledgement of his sales accomplishments, he was USANA Health Sciences’ highest income earner in the Philippines from 2013 to 2019 and its youngest “Million Dollar Club” member globally.

His 13-year-old business, XTRM 1-11 (pronounced “Extreme One Eleven”), operates in eight nations: the United States, Germany, Canada, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Italy.

Billy is a mentor, a role model, and an inspiration to many people. He is a salesman and an entrepreneur at heart. He sees the professionalization of direct marketing as a way for Filipino businesspeople to make the most of their talents and not merely as a corporate sales strategy for more product distribution.

A rebel, a waiter, and an engineering student

The third among the four siblings, Billy’s father was an entrepreneur who made money selling chemical supplies. This business meant that the Dela Fuentes were constantly moving across the country. Billy hopped from one school to another until college when he entered the chemical engineering program at the University of Santos Tomas.

While in college, Billy witnessed the downfall of his father’s business and how it affected his life severely. As the family went bankrupt, he was asked to stop his school for the time being to focus on selling soft drinks. But Billy rebelled; he packed up his things and left home, angry with the unwelcome detour of their fortunes.

“It was a difficult period in my life to be alone, broke, hungry, and trying to keep up with my academics. I remember being in debt with almost everyone I knew, and I even sold my SIM card for 50 pesos just to have something to eat on one particular day,” recalls Billy.

He found work as a waiter at Red Ribbon. It was then that he discovered his love for selling and interacting with people. He was so good at upselling cakes that he was frequently rewarded at the end of his shift. He was made a cashier as a result. He eventually left waiting tables as a working student and discovered modeling, a career which he soon realized was not for him.

Having married Josephine in 2009, they found success in direct selling and made it into a partnership that blossomed over the years while tending to 4 growing children. Billy became the Philippines’ first 2-star diamond director (and eventually its first 10-star diamond director). His successive climb eventually reached Asia Pacific; for four years from 2011, he was among the 25 fastest-growing direct sellers in the region. For 2 consecutive years, Billy was also awarded as part of USANA’s Fortune 25, a recognition reserved to top global income earners. He was the first Filipino to be included in this group.

His laurels continued to arrive: In 2017, Billy was awarded by ANCE with its People’s Choice Rising Star Global Best Male Award, and, the year after, he received the Most Outstanding Trainor in the Philippines award from the Junior Chambers International. In the U.S. Billy received the USANA True Health Ambassador Award, a recognition of associates who support USANA’s True Health Foundation through charity, service, and promotion.

Earning money is different from managing money,” he shares. “You have to know both to achieve your personal ambitions.”

Lifelong learning & paying it forward.

An important ingredient to Billy’s success is his ability to form a great team. Having founded XTRM 1-11 in 2010, he, Josephine, and his core group of leaders expanded the organization internationally to nearly 400,000 associates, and at one point he became the top enroller in Asia Pacific by sponsoring the most number of new direct associates.

Billy’s personality and outlook have made him a popular inspirational speaker, giving 60 talks each year before the pandemic. This record included speaking engagements in Mexico for 15,000 people and South Korea for 10,000 listeners.

He inspires people by going beyond selling, helping them understand purpose and how to make sense of their careers and personal lives. “Everyone has the potential to succeed. The challenge is how to turn that potential energy into kinetic energy,” he says.

He founded and invested in several businesses, including Infinitemedia Corporation, a digital marketing agency and House of Bilao, a restaurant in Pasig; he invested in Xpense, an IT company that provided automatic delivery systems for SMEs; and he was a franchise store owner of a Technomarine shop in Uptown BGC. While these businesses were significantly affected by the pandemic, Billy understands that one learns more from failing than they do from winning. He used these lessons to drive XTRM 1-11 further.

“People often ask me: ‘How do you become driven?’ I acknowledge it can be difficult to push oneself. We are often drawn to settle and take the short route. One should learn or find out about their “Deep Why”. There will be a lot of tests and hardships ahead, but when you know the things that will push you to do greater things in life, you will become unstoppable.”

“Successful people are disciplined. They become winners through consistency,” he shares.

Billy hopes to mentor up to a million colleagues, both directly and through the mentees he has been training for more than 15 years. Billy, who is only 40 years old, is moving quickly while helping others.

Lifestyle, Tech

Globe At Home introduces GFiber Prepaid, the Philippines’s First Affordably Digital Home Prepaid Fiber WiFi Experience, with the slogan “Kaya Mo Now”

Raymond Policarpio, Vice President of Globe at Home Broadband Business; Ernest Cu, Globe Group President and CEO; and Danny Theseira, Senior Adviser of the Globe Broadband Business Group at the GFiber launch

It is critical to have access to a dependable internet connection in a world where connectivity has become a vital life enabler. Whether for work, play, or education, such a connection should easily accommodate all internet requirements. But because the price of basics is rising, many people might believe that they can’t get fast, dependable connectivity and will just have to get by with what they have. That’s why, during the press launch of Globe, a lot of people got excited as they introduced their new products and services. I, for one, am extremely delighted, as I am an avid user of the brand. They reveal what to expect and how convenient they will be in the lives of many people. As one of the Globe subscriber post-paid phone users, I am so happy and amazed that I will benefit from this new product of pre-paid internet at home.

Globe At Home is ready to change that as it introduces a ground-breaking innovation that would convince Filipinos that “Kaya Mo Now.”

In keeping with its goal to lead the nation’s digital revolution, Globe debuted GFiber Prepaid on Thursday, July 20, 2023. This unlimited prepaid fiber WiFi is aimed at empowering more Filipinos and demonstrating to them that they are not bound by their circumstances.

“Over the years, Filipinos have settled for regular internet services they can afford to meet their and their family’s internet needs without realizing that they are limiting their potential. With Globe at Home’s latest innovation na “Kaya Mo Now” – GFiber Prepaid – we can now tell them na kahit ano, kaya mo, kaya ng pamilya, kaya now,” said Raymond Policarpio, Vice President of Globe At Home Brand Management.

At the GFiber Prepaid “Kaya Mo Now” launch at The Globe Tower in BGC, attendees were given the chance to witness and experience first-hand the power of fiber technology through a Fiber Lab Tour led by a group of experts, the Globe Home Squad. In the immersive session, attendees learned about  how fiber optic technology works, experiencing its journey to the household.

With the host, Ms Neri Miranda

Attendees were then brought inside an installation of a GFiber Prepaid-powered home where influencers showcased how this powerful yet affordable prepaid fiber connection can be used for their diskarte in life, among them online learning, live selling, and content creation.

Hosted by a madiskarteng Pinoy herself, Neri Miranda, the event also featured real-life experiences and stories of madiskarteng Pinoy like Imarie Yoshida, a former brand ambassador turned online seller,  and Carmencita Bumanglag, a hustling sari-sari store owner. Both have a clear vision of how they want to progress in life, but were limited by poor internet connectivity. Through having access to GFiber Prepaid, they found new possibilities, empowered to keep driving towards achieving their goals.

GFiber Prepaid provides fiber-speed home internet with a range of cost-effective loading choices that customers may customize based on their spending limits. Globe at Home makes it simpler for clients to secure their fiber connection by providing No Lock Up, Unlimited Pay-Per-Use discounts, and a “Buy Now, Pay Later” option in collaboration with GCash via GCredit and GGives. This helps to ensure that no Filipino family is left behind.

Ernest Cu, Globe Group President and CEO, speaks at the GFiber launch

Globe At Home, through GFiber Prepaid, is altering the digital environment as the Philippines’ first entirely digital prepaid fiber experience from application to consumption, via the Globe One App, in addition to extending its product offerings to serve more Filipinos. Through the app, customers can quickly apply, schedule installation, follow their order, and buy the promotions they want.

With GFiber Prepaid, Globe moves a step closer to encouraging digital inclusion and enablement and bringing the Filipinos’ rallying cry “Kaya Mo Now” to life.


The official transportation companion of Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 is Toyota

Leading mobility company Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has turned over two units of its 29-seater mini bus, the Toyota Coaster, to the Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team. The vehicles will be used by the team, the management, and coaching staff during Gilas Pilipinas’ stint at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 being co-hosted by the Philippines from August 25 to September 10. Photo shows Gilas Pilipinas player pool members AJ Edu, Jamie Malonzo, Kiefer Ravena, Dwight Ramos, and June Mar Fajardo, together with TMP Director and Member of the Board Vince Socco (2nd from left), MediaQuest & Cignal TV President and CEO Jane J. Basas (5th from left), Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (3rd from right), and TMP Vice President for Marketing Services Elvin Luciano (rightmost). Aside from being the official mobility partner of Gilas Pilipinas, TMP is also one of the local event sponsors of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.


Enjoy Greenwich’s top-selling Lasagna Supreme® on World Lasagna Day

World Lasagna Day is quickly approaching! The nation’s top-ranked pizza company, Greenwich, will celebrate the special day on July 29 with limited-time specials that will only be available through July 31. That’s three days of delicious Lasagna Supreme® that is meaty, cheesy, and “saucy-sarap”!

Greenwich’s Lasagna Supreme® is still a crowd favorite and a barkada favorite, in addition to its best-selling pizzas like the Hawaiian Overload®, All-In Overload®, and other overloaded tastes! They keep returning for its mouthwatering layers of pasta, its hearty meat filling, and its smooth cheese!

“It is only fitting that we celebrate the World Lasagna Day, because who wouldn’t fall in love with Greenwich Lasagna Supreme®? We are thrilled to introduce these limited-offer treats so every barkada can indulge in Greenwich’s beefy, cheesy, and saucy-sarap lasagna and celebrate with the rest of the world. As among our many bestsellers, we make sure that lasang lasa ang sarap ng Lasagna Supreme® with our special deals,” said Ali De Torres, Greenwich’s Head of Marketing.

Taste Greenwich’s Lasagna Supreme® at a discounted price when you visit any of their stores nationwide on July 29-31. Make sure you don’t miss out on these offers:

  • Buy the Lasagna Supreme® Snack Plate Value Meal (comes with Regular Drink) for only Php89 instead of Php99 and the Lasagna Supreme® Snack Solo for only Php79 instead of Php89
  • Buy the Lasagna Supreme® Snack Plate and Regular Potato Waves with dip for only Php139 instead of Php 158 and the Lasagna Supreme® Chicken Combo for only Php169 instead of Php179.
  • A Greenwich delivery exclusive is also available for orders made on their website,, and delivery hotline, # 5-55-55. Use the code FREE2LAS and get two free Lasagna Supreme®!

Order your favorite Lasagna Supreme® favorites for delivery or dine-in at the nearby Greenwich location. The delivery hotline #5-55-55, GrabFood, foodpanda, and are other places you can order them.

Visit Greenwich’s official Facebook page, Greenwich Barkada, for further details, or send the page a Facebook Messenger message.


Together, DOLE and McDonald’s Philippines work to improve job prospects for Filipino adolescents

From left to right: Asec. Paul Vincent Añover, Usec. Carmela Torres, Sec. Bienvenido Laguesma, Kenneth S. Yang, CEO and President of McDonald’s Philippines, Margot Torres, Managing Director of McDonald’s Philippines, and Ben Marasigan, Vice President for Human Capital Group of McDonald’s Philippines, during the MOA signing last July 14, 2023

McDonald’s Philippines, which is mainly owned and run by Golden Arches Development Corporation (GADC), reaffirms its commitment to helping the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) create jobs for Filipino students. Last July 14, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the joint implementation of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) was signed, formally establishing the renewed partnership.

In order to hire out-of-school children, displaced workers’ dependents, and working students, McDonald’s first collaborated with DOLE for SPES back in 2011. Since then, McDonald’s has provided over 16,000 underprivileged youngsters with employment opportunities so they can finish their schooling and obtain practical work experience. This year, GADC plans to continue that commitment by committing to its goal of 1,441 SPES beneficiaries for 2023.

Sec. Bienvenido Laguesma of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO Kenneth S. Yang signing the Memorandum of Agreement for SPES

“As we open more McDonald’s stores across the country, we see to it that as our business grows, so does our positive impact in the communities we are present in. We continue to partner with government institutions like DOLE to help us offer quality employment for Filipinos who will not only receive an opportunity to earn but also gain life-long skills from the world-class training we offer,” said Margot B. Torres, Managing Director of McDonald’s Philippines.

The company’s recognition of the importance of education and skill-building allows it to continue empowering the youth by welcoming them as part of its McDonald’s crew. As such, the company also partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) for its Alternative Workforce Program that offers work-based training positions for 5,000 unemployed and out-of-school youths through YouthWorksPH, providing beneficiaries with financial knowledge, skills, and access to resources necessary to effectively manage finances through adulthood.

DOLE officials and McDonald’s Philippines executives with former beneficiaries of SPES

McDonald’s Philippines upholds its commitment to its purpose of creating jobs and offering fair employment to all as one of the biggest employers in the nation. In order to help Filipinos from all walks of life flourish and be their best selves, McDonald’s, a persistent supporter of diversity and equality, creates a joyful and welcoming atmosphere for everyone, regardless of color, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

To learn more about job opportunities with McDonald’s Philippines, visit the McDonald’s Careers Facebook Page (McDo PH Careers FB Page) or McDonald’s Philippines LinkedIn.

Lifestyle, Travel

BANWATER, is not just your ordinary water

Experience the symbiotic relationship between the pristine essence of nature and the lush vegetation of Banwa Private Island.

Wherever you are on our island, Banwater, our delicious, organically sourced bottled water from our 200-meter-deep island artesian well, will be an essential part of your tropical vacation. With every sip, you’ll feel revitalized thanks to its flawless taste and total absence of any traces of saltiness. A taste of absolute purity, in fact.

Whether you’re in the coziness of your villa, enjoying it with VitaJuwel magic at Latitude Restaurant & Terrace Bar, or just adding sparkles to compliment your destination dining experience, drink from the depth of nature as you hydrate throughout the day. Recharge and refuel while playing tennis on the Meridien’s court, relaxing with a massage, between dives, or on a mangrove river cruise adventure.

Our artesian spring water is there to improve your island experience the moment you enter your little hideaway. Enjoy the comfort of knowing that Banwater also powers the rain showers, faucets, jacuzzi, and swimming pools of your villa, keeping you hydrated, clean, and energetic.

Banwater embodies nature’s original symphonic flow in all its fullness.

For more information and enquiries, please contact the Reservations team through mobile/WhatsApp: +639178882864, send an email to  [email protected],, or visit