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Lifestyle, News

SM Prime Holdings, SM Cares, and SM By the Bay organize the 2022 International Coastal Cleanup

A large number of volunteers joined SM Prime Holdings, SM Cares, and SM By the Bay for the annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), highlighting the significance of safeguarding the world’s oceans, seas, and other bodies of water. The event took place on September 17 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex’s SM By the Bay Central Park in Pasay City.

A total of 2,438 volunteers joined this year’s ICC, composed of students, professionals, and others from different private and public organizations. At the end of the activity, an estimated 12,158 kgs of trash, equivalent to a total of 1,613 trash bags filled, was successfully collected.

Among those who graced the event were Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson Sec. Robert Borje, Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director for Technical Services Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, DENR-NCR Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group Head Chris Villarin, DENR-NCR Communication Development Officer II Ariz Abad, SM Investments President and CEO and 2GO Group President and CEO Frederic DyBuncio, SM Prime Holdings Inc. SVP Glenn Ang, SM Supermalls SAVP for Operations Perkin So, SM By the BAY Mall Manager Marie Charlene Claire K. Canoy-Narvasa and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Philippines’ Markets and Assurance Executive Director Allan Cao.

SM By The Bay and SM Cares’ ICC event for this year was done in collaboration with different private and government agencies

The ICC is a yearly global event that encourages individuals to be part of the movement for cleaner seas and oceans. Every year, thousands of Filipino volunteers from various sectors and communities join the efforts to help ensure the cleanliness of the shorelines and waterways in the country.

“The International Coastal Clean Up is part of the overall SM Green Movement. As a proven responsible property developer and community partner, SM Prime’s various Sustainability programs across its malls, residences, hotels and leisure properties promote resource conservation & environmental protection for an improved quality of life in the communities it serves,” said SM Supermalls SAVP for Operations Perkin So.

This year’s event was made possible by SM Offices, 2GO, PwC, Maynilad, and International Coastal Clean Up Philippines. DENR-NCR, the Climate Change Commission, and the Philippine Coast Guard were also present to provide their support.

Aside from the annual observance of ICC, other sustainability projects of SM Cares include the Trash-To-Cash Recycling Market where individuals can drop off their recyclable waste in exchange for cash; the Plastic Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Programs which promotes responsible plastic and electronic waste management affecting our seas, just to name a few.

The corporate social responsibility division of SM Prime Holdings, known as SM Cares, is in charge of programs that advance sustainability and community growth. In addition to its activities on the environment, SM Cares also advocates for women and breastfeeding mothers, people with disabilities, senior citizens, children, and youth, as well as the Bike-Friendly SM initiative.

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Lifestyle, News

SM Prime and UNDRR applaud female leaders in disaster resilience

SM Prime Holdings (SMPHI) recently declared its support for the hunt for female leaders in catastrophe resilience on a worldwide scale.

The Women’s International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR) Leadership Awards, a flagship initiative of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, are being sponsored by SMPHI for the second year in a row (UNDRR).

SMPHI Vice President for Corporate Compliance Liza B. Silerio said that the support is aligned with the company’s drive to recognize women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction. “This is important in inspiring other women to fully and effectively participate in promoting gender equality and empowerment while building our collective resilience.”

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori expressed gratitude for the support, stating, “The awards highlight the key role of women as leaders and agents of change in building resilience and actively participating in the creation and implementation of DRR strategies, policies, plans and programs in their regions. Their stories reflect the diversity of solutions required to meet the converging challenges of accelerating climate change and disasters in the region.”

“We look forward to continued collaboration with SM in our DRR agenda,” Secretary General Mizutori added.

The WIN DRR Excellence Awards 2022  sponsored by SM Prime has 15 finalists shortlisted from 420 nominations received from across 24 countries in the Asia-Pacific. The winner will be announced at the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Brisbane on 21 September 2022. US$10,000 will be awarded to an individual woman who has achieved exceptional professional success in DRR.

The WIN DRR partnership is consistent with SM Prime Holdings’ social commitment towards women empowerment, resilience, good health and well-being of women. The company’s corporate social responsibility arm, SM Cares, supports programs that advance these causes.

A professional network for women working in disaster risk reduction, in all their diversity, is called the Women’s International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR). Its overarching objective is to elevate women’s leadership and decision-making capacities in Asia-Pacific catastrophe risk reduction. The Asia Pacific College and SM Prime networks power the WIN DRR Philippine Network.

Earlier this year, SM Prime and UNDRR teamed up to celebrate women’s empowerment with a webinar on the importance of women in disaster resilience. This was done through SM Prime’s SM CARES program. “Women’s equal involvement and leadership in public life, including disaster risk reduction, is crucial and it is also essential to minimizing disaster risk in meeting the United Nations sustainable development objectives,” Mizutori stressed in her keynote address.

For more information on SM Prime Holdings and its other programs towards disaster preparedness, visit their website at


Lifestyle, News

The expansion of Investree Philippines to the Visayas and Mindanao contact more SMEs that are underrepresented

In the photo: See More Enterprises, a distributor of industrial safety equipment and essentials, is one of the MSMEs that has secured working capital through Investree Philippines’ crowdfunding platform

The first crowdfunding intermediary and fundraising platform in the nation, Investree Philippines, is growing outside of Luzon, most notably into Central and Western Visayas and the Davao Region in Mindanao. By offering easily accessible and reasonably priced financing options that can support their businesses when the economy picks back up, the company hopes to assist and empower more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the aforementioned locations.

Investree Philippines intends to reach more of the nation’s underserved markets, support them in achieving their business objectives, and thrive in the new normal as the country’s economic prospects remain good despite growing inflation and other pandemic-related issues. In the first semester of 2022, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recorded 7.8 percent growth as a result of the economy reopening, the start of in-person work and school, the full recovery of tourism, and increased investor confidence. These, according to Investree Philippines, present chances for SMEs, which make up the majority of enterprises in the nation.

“Our mission since day one has been to support SMEs through accessible and secure financing solutions and, in so doing, contribute to the country’s growth one SME at a time. We are broadening our reach outside of Luzon and are now building relationships with more entrepreneurs in Visayas and Mindanao to help more businesses across the country keep up with the changing times. We at Investree Philippines are here to work and grow with them,” shares Investree Co-Founder and CEO Kok Chuan Lim.

Investree Philippines takes its #EveryoneCanGrow mission nationwide. SMEs from Central and Western Visayas and Davao Region will soon have access to innovative, transparent, and viable financing solutions through

Helping boost the PH economy one SME at a time

With its expansion in the Visayas and Mindanao, which began this September, Investree Philippines is now fully equipped to support enterprises in the regions’ various industries, including manpower, security services, F&B, school supplies, pharmaceuticals, and medical sectors.

The company optimizes data and technology to connect businesses with institutional investors that share the same mission of supporting SMEs. Investree Philippines’ SME clients, including new ones in the Visayas and Mindanao, can now fulfill larger order volumes, deploy and train manpower, develop their business to cater to new target markets, and implement geographical expansion. They can likewise look to fast-tracking business growth in terms of product and/or service development.

The company has aggressive growth plans for the near future, to further penetrate other regions in the country.

Building a more financially inclusive Philippines

Investree Philippines, backed by Investree Singapore and local venture builder F(DEV), is the first in the industry to secure a permanent license from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It works with public and private partners such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Asian Institute of Management (AIM), and SeekCap to nurture Pinoy SMEs. It also seeks to enter into new partnerships to reach more SMEs and at the same time boost financial inclusion in the country.

To impart industry best practices and share insights on how collaborative endeavors can propel equal growth for businesses and investors, Investree Philippines is joining the 2022 Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP) Conference and the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines 2022 this September as a delegate and exhibitor. It will also participate in the 12th PhilSME Business Expo this November as an exhibitor and guest speaker.

“We at F(DEV) take pride in Investree Philippines’ achievements since its local inception in 2020 at the height of the lockdowns. Our main thrust remains bridging the financial gap faced by local businesses and underserved markets through innovative technologies and models,” says F(DEV) Chief Executive Officer Xavier Marzan.

Investree Philippines welcomes interested SMEs, institutional investors, and anchors for partnership opportunities. Visit Investree Philippines’ channels and learn more about its financing options at or contact [email protected]. Follow its social media channels on Instagram and Investree Philippines on Facebook, TikTok, and LinkedIn.

The Investree team welcomes new hires who are looking for career advancement, better perks, remuneration, and other incentives as the business upholds its #EveryoneCanGrow goal. To apply, send your resume to [email protected]








Lifestyle, News

On October 1, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto will reveal exclusive product offerings at Ortigas Market

Starting on October 1, 2022, tourists can enjoy delectable regional and international cuisine from the Philippines, Japan, Spain, Turkey, Korea, Vietnam, and other nations at the Ortigas Market every Saturday at F. Jr. Ortigas Pasig City road (formerly Emerald Avenue).

DTC Promos Inc. is the driving force behind Ortigas Market, which is also supported by Pasig City, Ortigas Center and Barangay San Antonio.

Media partners Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, DWIZ, Home Radio, Pilipino Mirror, Cook Magazine, Health & Fitness and Graphic Magazine as well as Mayani help to make this project feasible.

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Contact Person: Richard Bayles

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Entertainment, Tech

New Digital Series WIKO 10 is released by WIKO

WIKO Buds 10

Using the WIKO 10, the smartphone for contemporary entertainment, you may reach your full potential. A company with French roots, WIKO aims to influence entertainment’s future through the fusion of technology and aesthetically pleasing design. Together with the introduction of WIKO Buds 10, WIKO 10 aims to provide users with a seamless musical journey through the use of advanced Bluetooth 5.2 technology and up to 30 hours of playback time with a charging case. It also offers customers around the world distinctive features and elegant designs.

The first smartphone in WIKO’s new digital series is the WIKO 10. With its flawless design that conveys French elegance in the language of technology and serves as the contemporary accessory for the Generation Z digital natives, WIKO 10 represents the marriage of attractive design and cutting-edge technology.

Customers can enjoy using the WIKO 10 with its top features including a 6.74-inch large

screen and 90.69% screen-to-body ratio for immersive video viewing, a 5000mAh battery with 22.5W WIKO SuperCharge and reverse charging supporting intensive usage throughout the day, a 128GB large storage to store everything on the phone, and 50MP Triple AI camera with versatile camera functions that was catered for recording beautiful moments in life. It is a highly functional device, meanwhile a masterpiece bewitching to the eyes.

WIKO 10 is specifically created for young users who are stylish, trendy, tech-savvy, and passionate about expressing their individuality. It offers them a flawless experience with a fresh and elegant design that reflects the latest trends among Generation Z and accessorizes their everyday look with style. With the one-of-a-kind designs that reflect the latest trend among younger generations and their predilection for the individuality of product appearance, WIKO 10 reinvigorates the design with unique personality.

WIKO wants to make smartphones à la mode accessible to all. Our users worldwide tell us that they love the French aesthetics conveyed by our products, and these phones help to showcase their favor in simplicity, elegance, freedom and enthusiasm.

Distinctive Finishes with Iconic Colors

WIKO 10 in iconic Klein Blue, Silver and Black

WIKO 10 has three options of stunning finishes: Klein Blue, Silver and Black. The iconic Klein Blue creates a stark visual contrast with the environment, showcasing the personal style and individuality of its owner. The alluring Silver resembles ashen hues of classic European architecture like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, where Black is a ray of bright light which disrupts the tranquil yet mystique pitch-black night, colliding decorative art with architectural structures. WIKO 10 is all you need to garner the attention of the crowd.

Impressive Visual Display with Refined Designs

WIKO 10 is a fabulous smartphone designed for immersive entertainment experiences and incredible visual enjoyment brought by its 6.74-inch 20:9 large full-screen LCD. The incredible 90.69% screen-to-body ratio is exceptionally competitive compared to other smartphones at the same price level. It also supports 16.7 million colors and a resolution of 720*1600, while the pixel density can reach 260PPI.

Aside from its mesmerizing colors, WIKO 10 features a 6-layer optical texture design. By virtue of the emergency of the fuselage materials, not only does it enlarge the reflective surface of a crystal and heighten its brilliance, but it also ensures a fingerprint-proof and dirt-proof surface with its strong hydrophobic capability. As for the thickness, WIKO attempts to visually lessen the width of the phone with a light and matte integrated surface of the middle frame. It also combines the fingerprint sensor and power switch, which is an optimum choice of design, both functionally and aesthetically.

The embedded rear cameras are typically destructive of the aesthetics of a traditional smartphone design, yet it asserts character and individuality at the same time. WIKO 10 innovates on its original design, resulting in a complex yet sleek aesthetic that represents a more vivid individuality expression.

Versatile camera to capture the best moments

With WIKO 10’s 50 MP Triple AI Camera, users can capture portraits which equate with high-quality studio pictures with a mere tap of their finger. To begin with, the 50MP Triple AI camera can bring you fine details with its 50 MP resolution, f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.76-inch JN1 sensor that has a unit pixel area of 0.64μm. Photos of high color fidelity and resolution are guaranteed. The Smart HDR feature with its fusion of double exposures brings you a well-balanced photo in detail even in backlighting environments. Moreover, users can take bokeh portraits based on the 5-layer imaging optimization algorithm. For fashionistas and selfie addicts, WIKO 10 has an 8MP high-definition f/2.0 front camera, its natural beauty algorithm allows them to confidently take beautiful selfies.

Top-tier Battery and Storage Performance

One of the most attractive features of WIKO 10 is the 22.5W WIKO SuperCharge. After charging for 10 minutes, users are able to watch videos for two hours. Besides its fast-charging ability and large battery capacity, WIKO 10 also supports wireless reverse-charging for other devices. A quick 10-min reverse-charging can cover 40% of a headset or 25% of a sports bracelet’s full power, which only takes up 1-2% power cost of WIKO 10.

Moreover, WIKO 10 provides users with the most carefree experience ever, a multi-stage overheating current control mechanism is incorporated, so gamers will no longer fret about overheating pauses after a whole day of usage. Together with a large and sustainable 5000mAh battery as well as a storage space of 128GB and 4GB RAM, it guarantees a long-lasting phone running from morning till night and more virtual memory, faster loading speeds and minimum lagging.

Updated OS, For an Updated Experience

Android 12 delivers an even more personal, effortless, and safer experience for your device. Featuring a comprehensively reimagined UI that can be personalized to your liking, as well as new privacy features designed to grant you total safety without taking control away from your hands

WIKO Buds 10 – endless music journey

Alongside the launch of WIKO 10 smartphone, WIKO is also presenting WIKO Buds 10, a set of earbuds with advanced Bluetooth 5.2 technology powered by BES to ensure instant and stable connectivity, capable of producing stereo and deep bass loud sound. Offering a maximum operating time of 6 hours from a single charge and up to 30 hours with the charging case, WIKO Buds 10 allows users to enjoy an endless music journey. Users can now surround themselves with flowing melodies and dive into the world of music without noises. Embracing positive vibes brought by your favourite songs in daily life with WIKO Buds 10.

The WIKO Buds 10 have undergone an unique modification in which the 12 mm dynamic driver has been altered, enabling the delivery of high-quality music with a distinct distinction between vocal and instrument while upholding a design tailored towards users’ comfort. In order to provide a crystal-clear audio chat and calling experience, a combination of dual mics for voice capture and ENC noise cancelling algorithm support is also effective in filtering out external disturbances. Furthermore, the WIKO Buds 10 weighs only 4.2g and is IPX4 water resistant, making it safe from splashing water while being ideal for exercise and amusement.

Price and Availability

WIKO 10 will be available from September 25, 2022 for P8,990 at Shopee, Lazada, and authorized WIKO stores and kiosks.

WIKO Buds 10 will be available from September 25, 2022 for P1,499 at Shopee, Lazada, and authorized WIKO stores and kiosks.

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‘Satellite’ by Khalid has a futuristic music video

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Khalid, a multi-platinum-selling international sensation, releases “Satellite,” a new song, and a music video through Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records. The dynamic pop sound, driven by Khalid’s lyrical lyrics, comes to life in the glistening, futuristic video, which was shot by Levi Turner.

 “Satellite is a visual portrait of my growth as a human being & the self-love journey I have experienced in my life,” said Khalid.

The video sees Khalid embracing a futuristic world, being one with the planets and other incredible advancements.

At the MTV Video Music Awards last month, Khalid and Marshmello performed their most recent track, “Numb.” The two artists have worked together again after their 6x platinum blockbuster single “SILENCE,” “Numb.” Khalid released the ethereal song “Skyline” earlier this year, coupled with a vibrant music video.

(Photo Credit: Ro Lexx)

Khalid’s “Satellite” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records/Sony Music.

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Health and Wellness, Lifestyle

On this World Lymphoma Awareness Day, let’s remember the soldiers

If the pandemic has taught the world anything, it is how important it is to value the gift of good health and live a free life. The fear of getting sick is now even more understandable because it has put everything into perspective. The world was indeed scared by the truth of COVID-19, but cancer fighters and survivors have actually experienced this reality for a much longer period of time.

On this year’s World Lymphoma Awareness Day, the neighborhood joins together to celebrate cancer survivors, fighters, and their families while also raising awareness of the disease. I’m so grateful to be invited and I have acquired so much knowledge about this disease, its symptoms and how it greatly affects the people that have this disease. I also admire our very dear warriors for overcoming this situation and their triumph in fighting Lymphoma.

Infection-fighting lymphocytes of the immune system are where lymphoma, a type of cancer, first appears. These cells are found in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body. Lymphoma causes lymphocytes to alter and multiply uncontrollably. Common symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, chills, weight loss, and weariness. Since these symptoms are more likely to be brought on by other conditions, such as an infection, a doctor’s examination is crucial for a correct diagnosis.

It is one of the top 15 cancers in the Philippines, affecting around 11,000 Filipinos every year. Yet with lack of awareness, authorities estimate a larger number of patients that are left undiagnosed.

“Lymphoma exists”, Jeanne, a Lymphoma cancer survivor, stresses, “For someone who was diagnosed with Lymphoma and know nothing about the disease…if people knew more about this cancer that can actually affect even the younger ones, maybe we could have been more aware of our health (and) the symptoms that Lymphoma can do to our body.”

Such is the mission of Lymphoma Philippines, a non-profit organization for Lymphoma patients, survivors, and caregivers aiming to spread awareness on medically-approved Lymphoma-related campaigns in the country. The lack of information is what inspired cancer survivor Jheric Delos Angeles and his wife Anna Tapel-Delos Angeles to create a community of Filipino patients and their family members in order to educate more people and provide much needed support to those in need, including fighting for better healthcare.

Rhiz, a Lymphoma cancer patient, shares her experience living with the disease amidst the pandemic, “It’s very hard. The agony is double. During the pandemic, going to the hospital was difficult and scary for cancer patients like me. As it is, we cannot afford to get COVID.”

Christine, a Lymphoma patient caregiver, echoes Rhiz’s sentiments regarding hospital visits. On top of that, their income was cut off for a time during the lockdown and they had to rely on their savings to continue medication.

While Lymphoma is considered to be a curable cancer if diagnosed early, access to treatment is a challenge as costs related to the disease can range from one million pesos to three and a half million pesos depending on the hospital and treatment protocol.

Recognizing these challenges, Lymphoma Philippines hopes to continue spreading information and possibly save lives. As part of its efforts, the organization along with The Carewell Community Foundation, EPCALM, KAYA, and The Philippine Cancer Society, also in partnership with Takeda Healthcare Philippines, held a public online event to mark the World Lymphoma Awareness Day, and shared practical information beneficial to Filipino Lymphoma patients and their families. This includes:

  • Mental wellness advice for patients and their loved ones
  • A private Facebook group for patients and their loved ones where they can get information and support from each other
  • Patient navigation that helps patients in their journey from diagnosis to post-treatment and connects them with the right agencies and groups
  • Emotional support groups in partnership with Kanser sa Adolescents and Young Adults (KAYA) and The Carewell Community Foundation
  • Social work services that can assist patients in their journey

“It is an unimaginably difficult journey for patients and their loved ones living with cancer. Having gone through it myself, a strong support system is crucial in the journey and we at Lymphoma Philippines are committed to lending help however possible,” says Lymphoma Philippines co-founder Jheric Delos Angeles.

Visit Lymphoma Philippines’ website at or its Facebook page at for additional information.






Entertainment, Sports

San Miguel Beermen Victory Party is held by BingoPlus

The Philippine Cup Victory Party of PBA champions, the San Miguel Beermen, was sponsored and presented by BingoPlus, the official bingo partner of the 47th season of the PBA, on September 5 at Robinsons Galleria. There were ardent PBA and SMB supporters at the occasion. Leo Austria, the head coach of the SMB, Gelacio “Gee” Abanilla, the team manager of the SMB, the BingGirls, BingoPlus’ official dancers, and BingBing, the company’s mascot, all attended. During the victory party, 100 fortunate fans got to interact and dance with the San Miguel Beermen.

“BingoPlus’ main objective is to give entertainment and happiness to Filipinos, which perfectly aligns with that of the PBA,” said Jasper Vicencio.

To date, BingoPlus has had a payout of more than 20 billion pesos since its launch in January 2022. For more updates, visit




The F-Word: Three generations of Women ponder their opinions about the big 4

One of the most well-known cosmetic companies in the world, Avon, has admitted in a global assessment that the epidemic had a significant impact on how women, especially Filipina women, perceive aging. Almost 90% of Filipinas choose cosmetics that promote healthy-looking advantages over those that merely make their skin look youthful, indicating that an incredible 76% of them now view ageing as a good experience and not something to be concerned about.

Being forty can feel a little different, even if each woman’s experience with aging may be different. Ayn Bernos, Inka Magnaye, and Agoo Bengzon, three lifestyle influencers, each offer their unique viewpoint on this significant achievement.

No Such Thing As Peaking Early

Being one of the fastest-rising TikTok stars of today, Ayn Bernos seems to make life more exciting and manageable through her content. Now almost in her thirties, she sees getting older as a privilege instead of a problem to deal with. “When I was younger, I used to worry about the goals that I had for myself—getting married or having kids at this age,” shares Ayn. “But sometimes, life has other plans for you and I realized that is okay. There’s no such as thing as peaking early! I realized some girls tend to worry about peaking at their age, but thing is, you can peak at any age!”

Ayn explains that being in her late 20s now makes her appreciate being older because it brings all the life lessons she wished were taught. “We were always told you had to look young to make yourself presentable. But now, what I try to achieve is just to look healthy and bring out that natural glow that I have, which I see in the women I really look up to—if they can age gracefully, so can I.”

The content creator admits that the pandemic has helped her see a different side to feeling confident about herself. “There’s definitely less pressure now, but it gave me time to really assess who I am as a person. I want to engage more people and talk about their struggles—find common ground and open the discussion on why certain topics are okay to talk about.”

New Chapter, Same Me

t is said that life begins at certain ages, but Inka Magnaye didn’t really put much thought into it when she was younger. Now that she is in her 30s, she makes sure she uses her voice to make a better impression on younger women in her audience. “I want to create content that makes women in my audience feel validated and seen, and that’s something that can help them feel more confident when you go and discuss topics like ageing. I want to engage with them with a mindset of pro-ageing, and usually, talking about the basics can go a long way,” explains the voice actor and top podcaster.

Inka emphasizes that goals can be targets, but they are not set in stone and that anyone can adjust, change, or simply let go of expectations. “I struggled to fit a mold, but I later realized that I can just be a version of myself that I actually like,” she recalls. “In your thirties, you have the means to be the woman you want to be, and it is liberating!”

Inka further explains that finding yourself even when you are older is a different journey but that shouldn’t scare anyone. “During the pandemic, I learned how to engage people in a more dynamic way and I saw that as an opportunity to expand the conversation about dynamic topics that women can relate to. It’s an exciting ongoing chapter, and it’s incredible how you can learn to turn negative thoughts about ageing and being a woman into something positive.”

Just a Number

For beauty enthusiast Agoo Bengzon, ageing gives her the opportunity to experience new things. “It’s a genuinely great feeling because you’re breaking the rules of what women ‘can’ and ‘cannot’ do at this stage,” she explains.

Social media has played a huge part in making sure she gets this message across. Having achieved so much already in her life—a growing family, a steady career, and an unwavering online presence—Agoo says she still wants to experience what else life has to offer, even she’s in her forties. “When the pandemic began, it changed my perspective on how fragile our lives can actually be. So I thought, why do I have to make a big deal out of looking younger when I can just look beautiful in my own terms and age?” she asks.

The beauty expert insists that women shouldn’t be afraid of ageing but rather embrace it. “It’s an inevitable passage of life, and with proper skin care you become one, not only with your looks, but also with your health. It’s definitely an investment and when you put in the work, you get the results. It shouldn’t be a chore, and if you do it right, you can heal from within.”

The Big Shift

Ayn, Inka, and Agoo, as different as they are, all agree that being the best version of yourself can be achieved at any age, even when you get older.

According to the global study by Avon, most women agree that being in their forties has changed what they strive for: from having it all to having enough.

Turns out, 76% of women in their forties do not prioritize being on top of the hierarchy anymore, but rather defining “success” as creating a balance between what they work with and how they want to live. More than half agree that feeling powerful doesn’t necessarily mean having enough money to spend, but having enough self-confidence to just be true to oneself.

With more women prioritizing having healthier-looking skin than looking young, Avon developed and launched the Anew Renewal Activating Serum, formulated with world-exclusive and ground-breaking ProtinolTM technology that offers seven skin benefits in just seven days, allowing women all over the world to embrace ageing and future-proof their skin.

The Anew Renewal Activating Serum can inspire women of all ages to be their most genuine selves, just as Ayn, Inka, and Agoo, thanks to a proprietary and professional composition that ensures faster results.

Shop for your favorite Avon goods at or get in touch with your nearby Avon representative for more information about Avon Philippines.




Grand Opening of the Enchanted Kingdom DTI OTOP (One Town, One Product) Hub

On September 15, 2022, Enchanted Kingdom and DTI Laguna hosted the EK DTI OTOP Hub’s Grand Opening at the Jungle Outpost Zone. As part of Enchanted Kingdom and DTI’s efforts to promote our local entrepreneurs and their goods, the hub will feature well-known Laguna delicacies. In addition to the culinary items being sold in the Jungle Outpost Zone (next to the Jungle Log Jam ride), the Cultural Village zone’s Pugad Shop also sells locally made bags and accessories, coffee and tea gift packs, and coffee and tea gift sets. Included among the prominent homegrown brands are Harito’s Food Products, Raymar’s Peanuts, Switsis, Piana Gourmet, Cocoplus, Mama Mia’s, Romalyn’s Ube Halaya, MCA Mushroom, Vegetari, Yollie’s Alamang, Daisy’s Kropek, Kitchen Angels, Dairy Deluxe, Sano, Zennie’s, Amazing Foods, Likhaya, Brics Turmeric, Calle Arco.

OTOP Philippines Hub is a retail store or space where OTOP offerings can be found. DTI and LGUs with private partners and associations/cooperatives embark on transforming pasalubong centers and souvenir shops all over the country as a market access platform for mainstream consumers and buyers.  OTOP (OTOP Philippines One Town, One Product) is a priority stimulus program where products rooted in local culture, resources and competitive advantage are determined, curated, developed, supported and marketed.

In attendance during this special occasion were Mr. Cesar Mario O. Mamon, Enchanted Kingdom Chairman and President, Dr. Cynthia R. Mamon, COO and the rest of their Execom, Hon. Mayor of Santa Rosa, Laguna Arlene B. Arcillas, DTI 4A OIC-Regional Director Marissa C. Argente, DTI Laguna OIC-Provincial Director Cesar German Gerpacio, Mr. Peter Jaynul V. Uckung, OIC, LTCATO, along with the other Provincial Directors from CALABARZON. Also present were our homegrown OTOPreneurs, the MSMEs enrolled under the One Town, One Product Next Generation (OTOP Next Gen) Program. Their products underwent product development through OTOP Next Gen to help them level-up their products, widen their market reach, and prepare them to penetrate the international market.

The first flying theater in the Philippines, “Agila the EKsperience,” which transports passengers on an exhilarating adventure through the gorgeous mountains, breathtaking beaches, and spectacular islands of the Philippines, was also available to the guests. This partnership with DTI is just one example of how the Enchanted Kingdom continues to take pleasure in the beauty of the Philippines—its destinations, goods, and people.