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At Enchanted Kingdom, we celebrate diversity and equality!

Celebrate diversity and equality by joining us at Enchanted Kingdom, the country’s first and only world-class theme park, for an incredible PRIDE experience this June!

With our Magic of EKquality promo, you may create limitless memories. For only P850, you may get a Regular Day Pass with a FREE light stick. Book your tickets at the EK Online Store https://shop.enchantedkingdom.ph/ till July 3 and enjoy your vacation from June 3 to July 31, 2022.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  1. Booking Period: until JULY 3, 2022
  2. Date of Visit: JUNE 3 – JULY 31, 2022 only
  3. Guests must be within the recommended age group in accordance to the government’s precautionary measures and operational guidelines.
  4. Free item is given upon entering the Park and presentation of guest’s e-ticket or online confirmation on the date of visit only. Unclaimed items shall be forfeited.
  5. Promo is available at the EK Online Store only.
  6. Different modes of payment available: Credit/Debit Card or Cashless transactions including GCash
  7. Promo is not valid in conjunction with any other ongoing promos or with a Senior/PWD discount.

Visit Enchanted Kingdom’s official website www.enchantedkingdom.ph, online store https://shop.enchantedkingdom.ph/, or official Facebook page www.facebook.com/enchantedkingdom.ph for more information on promos and ticket reservations and bookings.

 

 

 

Lifestyle, News

In San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, RHC Builders Warehouse opens its 6th branch

RHC Builders Warehouse President Jed T. Racal ( 5th from Left ) and Corporate Secretary Jad T. Racal ( 4th from Left ) together with the VIPS during the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the newest branch of RHC Builders in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan today, June 18, 2022.

In San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, RHC Builders Warehouse, one of Luzon’s most notable one-stop building and construction stores, has opened its 6th and newest branch. The Racal Group of Companies’ newest addition to the rising number of RHC Builders Warehouse in Luzon is also the home of several of its trademarks. RHC Builders Warehouse strives to assist not only its corporate clients, but also the local community.

Staying true to its tagline “You Build, We Provide,” RHC Builders Warehouse ensures that its one-stop-shop will provide its consumers with brands from both local and international markets.

For more information, visit RCH Builders’ Website at http://ourbuilderswarehouse.com.ph or its Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/rhcbuilderswarehouse .

Website:                                   http://ourbuilderswarehouse.com.ph

Corporate Facebook:            https://www.facebook.com/rhcbuilderswarehouse

RHC SJDM Bulacan FB:         https://www.facebook.com/RHC-Builders-Warehouse-SJDM-Branch-115305897852666

Lifestyle, News

BPI SEAL assists micro and small businesses to achieve long-term success

BPI Foundation extends opportunities to micro and small enterprises through its new program, SEAL-SEGA.

BPI Foundation, the Bank of the Philippine Islands’ (BPI) social development arm, today announced the launch of BPI Small Enterprise Acceleration Lab (SEAL), a program for the development of local micro and small enterprises (MSEs), with its first track, Small Enterprise Growth Agenda (SEGA), in collaboration with Bayan Academy.

BPI SEAL-SEGA is a search for start-up companies that are ready to expand their enterprises. This programme aims to satisfy the needs of new firms by providing training, mentoring, and cash grants. The training program is designed to assist entrepreneurs in evaluating their products, services, operations, and marketing, as well as formulating their start-up firm development plan. I’m so fortunate to be able to learn from this webinar many things regarding these SMEs and how BPI is able to help them. It was indeed a great experience acquiring knowledge from them as they were able to share their knowledge with us.

Taken during the zoom meeting

Photo shows, clockwise from upper left: DTI Undersecretary of Regional Operations Group Blesila A. Lantayona, BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Cammayo, Start Up Village President Carlo Calimon, and Bayan Academy President and Chairman Prof. Francisco “Jay” Bernardo.

“It’s no secret that the past two years have been extra tough for the entire business community, most especially for the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) which faced multiple challenges including the lack of funds to maintain their businesses after a series of lockdowns. To help address the pressing need for an intervention and spur growth to the MSE sector, we are excited to kick-off the pilot run of the BPI SEAL-SEGA,” said BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Cammayo.

In 2020, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported that 99.51% of all businesses across the country belong to the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) sector.  Micro enterprises account for 88.77%, while 10.25% are small enterprises.

According to a study conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies in 2018, this sector continues to struggle in the value chain, primarily due to lack of access to finance, labor and technical and management know-how. SEAL-SEGA aims to help bridge the gaps.

“Startups proved to us that crisis can also be a strong driving force for creativity and innovation,” DTI Undersecretary of Regional Operations Group Blesila A. Lantayona noted. “If this new normal has taught us anything, it is harnessing the benefits of digital technologies and transformation that could be an opportunity to create sustainable and adaptable businesses.”

Bayan Academy President and Chairman Prof. Francisco “Jay” Bernardo said, “BPI SEAL SEGA is dedicated to helping startups sustain, develop and scale up their businesses. We are here to be part of the nation-building efforts that SMEs have been providing us.”

Fifty (50) MSEs will be chosen to attend the boot camps and present their plans to a panel of judges in a business pitch. The Top 1–10 will each earn a P100,000 cash prize, while the Top 11–20 will each receive Php50,000. The business challenge is available to 18-year-old and older start-up entrepreneurs with a total asset value of less than Php1 million. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2022.

Visit https://bpifoundation.org/page/bpi-seal-sega and follow BPI Foundation on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about SEAL.

 

Lifestyle, News

Collaboration is essential for the development of long-term agricultural enterprises


KSK Farmers’ Market Day at SM City Sta. Rosa

Market access and limited market information are two main roadblocks to enhanced smallholder farmer income. Farmers in grassroot communities, according to studies, frequently lack access to viable, value-added marketplaces. Farmers struggle to shift their traditional subsistence farms into viable commercially focused production in the absence of crucial supporting activities such as infrastructure and service supply. Buyers, such as wholesalers, have a hard time getting the quantity and quality of produce they want for processing on a timely basis.

Because of this challenge, SM Foundation collaborated with various government agencies, and engaged various SM business units such as the SM Development Corp. (SMDC), SM Supermalls and SM Markets to ensure that local farmers under the Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program have venues where they can sell their produce amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

SMDC Weekend Market

KSK Pop-up booths in Davao

SMFI, in partnership with other SM business units, exploited the power of collaboration to create farm-market connectivity – a major driver of rural poverty reduction.

Team social good

The Good Guys Market links KSK farmers to consumers while ensuring food security in SMDC communities.

The Good Guys Market is a weekend market set up in SMDC properties to connect small-scale farmers directly with consumers—condo residents. This initiative links around 26,000 small-scale farmers directly with consumers.

Together with SM Supermalls, SMFI launched the Green Lane initiative. Led by the wives of the KSK farmers, the social enterprise offers a wide variety of quality yet affordable indoor and landscape plants which cater to every enthusiast’s preference. In addition, the team also launched the KSK Farmers’ Market Day to provide farmers with market exposure in select SM Malls nationwide.

Locally farmed onions by KSK farmers in SM Markets

Meanwhile, SMFI also partnered with SM Markets in creating market for onion farmers. Through the partnership, SMFI was able to establish specialized onion pop-up booths creating a stable market for small scale onion farmers.

Millions of smallholder farmers are seeking ways to improve the productivity of their farms and to improve their market performance. Modern farming technologies, paired with market linkage, such as the SM KSK, plays a vital role in improving the livelihood of small-scale farmers and their families.


Green lane: an agri-enterprise led by the wives of KSK farmers

The SM Foundation’s Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program on sustainable agriculture is SMFI’s Social Good program that aims to improve the lives of Filipinos in grassroot communities through sustainable agriculture through technology transfer, product development, and farm-market linkage. To date, the initiative has trained over 28,500 farmers from over 900 cities and municipalities across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle

Dad is the greatest! Blue Bay Walk and Met Live are hosting a Father’s Day Weekend celebration

Are you looking for creative ways to honor your husband? This Father’s Day weekend, spend quality time with the whole family at Blue Bay Walk and Met Live!

Father’s Day Adventures at Blue Bay Walk

Exciting games and prizes await the whole family at Father’s Day Adventures on June 18, 2022, from 3:00PM to 10:00PM at the Blue Bay Walk.  Families can participate in special outdoor games such as potato sack race, limbo rack, tug of war, and amazing race. Each game promotes teamwork between dads and their amazing families.

Families can gather for a relaxing time and enjoy their favorite snacks and drinks come evening with a free movie screening at the open grounds.

Dad’s the Best Expo at Met Live

Make his day extra special at Met Live’s Dad’s the Best Expo on June 19, 2022, from 11:00AM to 10:00PM at The Atrium Activity Hall of Met Live. Treat him to a pampering session at the “Dad’s special barber” and the “Massage pit stop” booths. Or if you’re looking for more fun activities, enjoy unique bonding moments at the “Archery with dad” and “My Pops – the Billiard Champ.”

Shop with him at the Interests and Hobbies Fair, which will feature all of dad’s favorite products, such as clothing, shoes, food, and liquor. Interested? The registration mechanics and other data can be found on the Blue Bay Walk and Met Live Facebook pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entertainment

The Hammingtons will travel to Manila for their first fanmeeting

This July is a great opportunity to spend with your family because South Korea’s cutest trio is visiting Manila. Sam, William, and Bentley will meet Filipino fans for the first time at The Hammingtons in Juanderland: Fanmeeting in Manila. The event will take place in the New Frontier Theater on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 3 p.m.

The South Korean actors rose to prominence in 2016 after joining the cast of “The Return of Superman,” a reality program about celebrity fathers and their children. At first, the show featured only Sam and William (who is now five years old). Bentley (now four years old) arrived a year after his birth. The three rapidly became fan favorites, and they and the rest of the cast were awarded the renowned “Grand Prize” (also known as “Daesang”) at the 2018 KBS Entertainment Awards.

Earlier this year, the family decided to step down from the show to pursue other opportunities. One of which is “Wilbengers: Suspicious Camping Commotion,” an animated superhero film starring William and Bentley, together with their dad. The family also recently launched their new variety show titled “The Hammingtons’ Dream Closet” which airs on the ENA channel.

Outside of mainstream media, the boys are busy with their very own Youtube channel, “THE WILLBEN SHOW,” which has now amassed more than 350,000 subscribers.

Despite their packed schedule, The Hammingtons are excited to come to Manila.

“This is an amazing opportunity and we are so looking forward to meeting our fans. The last few years have been really difficult due to restrictions but finally being able to have the chance to meet some of our international fans is so exciting,” shared Sam Hammington, the family patriarch.

Sam is a New Zealander-Australian comedian who gained stardom in the South Korean reality television show “Real Men.” In 2013, he won the “Best Male Newcomer” award for his amazing performance on the show.

With only a few weeks until the fanmeet, Sam shared how the Hammingtons have begun preparation.

“We are not trying to overly prepare as we want to have an authentic experience while we are there. However, we have been trying to learn some Tagalog but it is not as easy as we thought it would be.” 

Sam also shared that they’re eager to try some of the delicious food recommended by the fans; most notably, “chocolate rice” or champorado in Tagalog.

When asked how the kids reacted to the news, the 44-year-old star candidly answered, “To be honest, I have told them but I don’t think they quite comprehend where we are going. They are excited to go on an airplane to another country. But when we get there I am sure they will be excited.”

As a parting message to fans, Sam had this to say: “First and foremost, thank you for supporting us in everything we do. We appreciate you all, and without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. This is our opportunity to thank you in person and hope to meet as many of our fans as possible.”

The Hammingtons’ fanmeeting in Manila is only one of the family’s numerous Asian destinations planned. Fans can expect to see more of the trio in person and on various media platforms across Southeast Asia now that WILD Group is in charge of their international efforts. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday through TicketNet. The fanmeet costs PHP2, 850 (Balcony) to PHP6, 500 (Balcony) (MVP). CDM Entertainment presents The Hammingtons in Juanderland: Fanmeeting in Manila.

 

 

 

 

 

Food, News

McDonald’s opens its first green location restaurants with solar power

The newest solar-powered McDonald’s store in Arayat, Pampanga. These solar panels will become a significant source of electricity for the restaurant, providing employees and customers with clean and renewable energy.

McDonald’s Philippines, primarily owned and run by Chairman & Founder Dr. George T. Yang, is ready to deepen its Green & Good initiative, the company’s commitment to the environment, by developing innovative and sustainable restaurant solutions in more of its new outlets around the country.

McDonald’s has been testing and learning green solutions for sustainable restaurant practices at two Green & Good flagship restaurants in Manila and Mandaluyong since 2020. Previously, the business undertook a pilot test to investigate rooftop solar power systems in its Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, and Malasiqui, Pangasinan stores.

McDonald’s pilot test for solar power rooftop in its Malasiqui, Pangasinan store.

Today, McDonald’s is now set to roll out its first batch of new stores in Arayat, Pampanga and Ligao, Albay to be solar-powered. These stores are equipped with grid-tied/on-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) systems connected to the local utility grid and is a cost-effective option to supplement energy requirements. With potentially more than 70,000 KWH in estimated annual power generation, equivalent to approximately less 17,000 kg of CO2 emissions. With the solar rooftop being its significant source of electricity, McDonald’s will be able to power these stores with clean and renewable energy, enhancing its other sustainable solutions for its restaurants.

“McDonald’s Philippines is embarking on our journey towards becoming a better McDonald’s for the environment. We recognize the role we play and the impact we can make by committing to learn and scale initiatives that reduce waste and emissions”, shared McDonald’s Philippines President & CEO Kenneth S. Yang. “Our goal is for our stores to become sustainable developments that feature sustainable restaurant solutions that enable waste reduction, energy conservation, upcycling, and inclusive dining solutions.”

McDonald’s pilot test for solar power rooftop in its Quezon Avenue, Quezon City store.

Similar to its existing branches in U.N. Del Pilar Manila and Shaw Wack-Wack Mandaluyong, the new stores will also feature solar lamp posts, photo and motion sensors, and high-performance glass film as part of its utility efficiency solutions, as well as eco-friendly air conditioning for less energy consumption. Green building solutions such as light gauge steel frames, ecopavers/panels and concrete fiber are incorporated as well. Meanwhile, sustainable packaging, proper waste disposal, and active mobility continue to be part of Green & Good stores’ upcycling and inclusive dining experiences.

This year, the company plans to increase its environmental commitment by constructing more Green & Good flagship stores across the country and converting more of its existing locations to solar power energy.

 

Lifestyle, News

This Independence Day, DITO launches the GALING DITO movement to honor Filipino artists

In honor of Independence Day, DITO Telecommunity launched GALING DITO, a major digital platform that aims to recognize and celebrate the innate talent of Filipinos by providing a platform for up-and-coming artists, content creators, and music lovers to rediscover and embrace their Filipino roots and showcase their passion and talent.

I was so fortunate to attend the press launch and delightful that I’m among the first ones to watch the digital platform of GALING DITO upon watching Youtube.

Discovering and Empowering Homegrown Talents

More than just a digital platform, GALING DITO is a movement that emboldens Filipino talents who might otherwise go unnoticed to take the center stage, and enables them to be a part of a digital community with a shared desire to get in touch with their local heritage and rediscover what it means to be truly Filipino.

GALING DITO will collaborate with and enable these artists and creatives so they can finally showcase what it takes to be proudly Filipino.” said Evelyn Jimenez, DITO’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“The movement is a form of bayanihan with Filipinos supporting fellow talents while also celebrating and empowering one another. DITO believes that as individuals, Filipinos are already superbly talented. But as one telecommunity, Filipinos can be better together.” added Jimenez.

To kick off the GALING DITO movement, DITO showcased Filipino dancers, singers, rappers, and performers from various provinces all over the country in a proudly Pinoy music video. Featuring an original composition by Arri Veloso and Vinnie Pacleb, and arranged by Thyro Alfaro, DITO’s music video not only displays picturesque landscapes of the different cities and regions in the Philippines, but also proves the potential of Filipino artists.

Among the talents featured in this memorable and thump-stopping video are singer Marga Jayy, rapper February Bank, dance group Femme Manila, the Buganda Drum Beaters, Ilocos-based rapper Fairy Flojo, Cebu-based rapper Cookie$, P-Pop boy group 13C, and many more!

The GALING DITO music video is just the beginning of the GALING DITO movement’s plans. This movement will also bring fascinating events to everyone’s attention and participation:

  • Nationwide celebration of the Filipino culture’s diversity by giving artists, musicians, and creators all over the country access to a platform wherein they can showcase their attention-worthy talents.
  • Opportunities to bring talents from the local scene together in one collaborative community and feature them on DITO’s digital channels.

“Where we are once divided through cliques, tribes, and differences in affinities and beliefs, GALING DITO aims to connect and unite us all together as one telecommunity. Through dance, music, and artistry, furthered by a strong sense of belongingness, this movement shall thrive in the Filipino’s oneness.” said Jasper Evangelista, DITO’s Director of Brand and Marketing.

Enabling Telecommunities with Next-Level Connectivity

Of course, all these dreams and ambitions to position Pinoy talent front and center, and get them to collaborate from anywhere in the Philippines is made possible through next-level connectivity. With DITO’s reliable and value-for-money data offers and promos, more Filipinos are enabled to become part of the movement – whether as a talent or an audience.

On top of the featured regular offers that cater to the ever-growing demand of Filipinos all over the country, DITO recently launched new promos and partnerships designed to further meet the connectivity and entertainment needs of its growing telecommunity:

  • DITO Advance Pay and DITO Auto Pay: Offering the lowest price per GB in the market, the DITO Advance Pay feature, allows DITOzens to receive and pay for their subscriptions 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months in advance. Better yet, they can get a 1 year mobile subscription for as low as P713!

Convenience is at the palm of your hands with the DITO Auto Pay! With this feature, subscribers can get up to 10GB bonus data, and they no longer have to worry about their unused data expiring because remaining data from the previous month will be automatically carried over to the following month.

  • DITO Data Sachets: For those who are looking for more affordable data offers, the new DITO Data Sachets offer all access data for as low as P10. You can also avail of Data 50 with 5GB of data for P50, and Data 30 with 3GB of data for P30.
  • TikTok and Facebook Promo: For those who can’t get enough of their daily social media scrolling, DITO also offers an extra 30GB of TikTok and Facebook (free 1GB daily for 30 days) when you purchase a Level-Up 99 SIM bundle.
  • HBO GO Promo: Movie buffs will be delighted to avail of the 1 month HBO GO subscription bonus when you subscribe to DITO’s Level-Up 499 and Level-Up 999 via the DITO APP.
  • DITO 5G Home WiFi: The whole family can now enjoy DITO’s fastest internet yet with speeds up to 500Mbps by availing DITO’s 5G Home WiFi. Aside from the hassle-free installation of its plug-and-play 5G modem, subscribers can also enjoy a 3-month FREE HBO GO subscription and double data promos.

Filipinos will not be able to resist joining the GALING DITO movement. Every Filipino can now dare to encourage indigenous talents from wherever in the country thanks to this powerful digital community and DITO’s excellent connectivity.

Visit DITO’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DITOphofficial or the website at www.dito.ph / www.galingdito.ph for additional information on the GALING DITO movement and DITO’s data offerings and promos.

Watch the ‘Galing DITO’ Music Video on the DITO Telecommunity YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgu40mBUuXc 

 

 

Health and Wellness

With the new Baby Dove Soothing Moisture Wash, Baby Dove takes bath time to the next level in the metaverse

One of a mother’s most prized experiences is having a child. It’s as if the world comes to a halt for her, and all she can think about is the kid and his or her well-being—in a good manner, of course, because this is something she has been looking forward to for a long time. Babies, being the delicate beings that they are, necessitate careful affection, care, and attention. Everything that comes into contact with a newborn, from the food they consume to the clothes they wear, must pass through their mother’s careful scrutiny. Objects and products that come into contact with the baby’s skin are included.

Babies’ particularly sensitive skin makes them vulnerable to a variety of skin issues, which can be stressful and transform those sweet grins into whines. Dryness is a common problem that can cause irritation, especially when using standard bath soaps and liquids. Only gentle treatment is appropriate for fragile skin. Fortunately, Baby Dove is debuting its newest product line, Baby Dove Soothing Moisture, for all loving and cautious mums. This hypoallergenic hair-to-toe baby shampoo is formulated with warm milk and a peaceful chamomile smell to relieve your baby’s sensitive skin caused by dryness.

Moreover, Baby Dove Soothing Moisture has no dyes, no parabens, and no phthalates. Dermatologist- and pediatrician-tested, it is so mild and gentle that it can be used even on newborns! Your worries will surely be soothed and so will your baby.

To highlight the essence (and fun!) of bathing babies with the utmost care, Baby Dove Real Moms Village is bringing a new feature: the Baby Bath Time activity. In this virtual, gamified, immersive experience, moms’ baby bathing skills will be put to the test.

From the preparation pre-bath to the actual bathing, up to the post-bath pampering and then swaddling, moms will go through a step-by-step baby bath time process. Not only is the activity informative and entertaining—it’s rewarding as well, with in-game prizes redeemable for real-life perks waiting for moms at the end of the game.

A virtual hub within U-COINVille by Unilever Philippines, Baby Dove Real Moms Village is the perfect place to virtually get together with other moms, play fun games, learn more about Baby Dove and childcare, and earn prizes—vouchers and U-COINs—that you can exchange for real-world perks such as food and drink, load, groceries, and so many more!

On June 17, the Baby Bath Time immersive brand experience will debut at the Baby Dove Real Moms Village. To play, simply follow these instructions:

  1. Visit com.ph.
  2. Register with your mobile number, or if you’re an existing U-COIN user, you can log in with your account.
  3. Look for Baby Dove Real Moms Village. Feel free to explore the other virtual hubs too, such as the U-Marketplace, U-Ditorium, U-Home, and POND’S Summer Escape!
  4. Start your adventure to learn and earn rewards!

Baby Dove will make bath time more enjoyable for you and your baby. With the new Baby Dove Soothing Moisture, provide only #SoothingCare for your infant, and visit the Baby Dove Real Moms Village to improve your baby care abilities while earning wonderful rewards. Taking care of your baby has never been more exciting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle, News

The Anti-Money Laundering Council and Sterling Bank of Asia have signed an agreement

L-R: Atty. Mel Georgie B. Racela – Executive Director, AMLC Secretariat; Atty. Rodel U. Buenaventura – Acting Director of the Commitments and Policy Group, AMLC Secretariat; Cecilio D. San Pedro – SBA President & CEO; Luisito S. Mayor – SBA Sr. Vice President & Operations Group Head

The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA) have signed an Information Sharing Protocol (ISP) Agreement to help government efforts to combat financial crime in the country. The ISP framework strives to control, detect, and investigate money laundering (ML), terrorism, and terrorism financing (FT) in the country. It will also encompass information sharing and capacity-building measures to improve the ability to combat money laundering, terrorism, and financial terrorism. In addition, the ISP intends to provide an acceptable documentation framework for performing targeted suspicious transaction monitoring and reporting, as well as developing valuable/breakthrough investigation leads.

“This is in line with the Bank’s efforts in promoting a strong and good corporate governance culture,” said Cecilio San Pedro, SBA’s President and CEO.

SBA recognizes the importance of the collaboration between the public and the private sector in upholding a framework that will deliver a more efficient and effective identification and detection of financial crime patterns and trends. “Sterling Bank will extend its full cooperation in the exchange of information and financial intelligence and full support in the capacity-building measure of AMLC,” said San Pedro.

Visit www.sterlingbankasia.com for additional information and updates on Sterling Bank of Asia, and download the Sterling Bank Online App for secure and convenient banking.