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Launch of ‘Opening Doors to Education’ School Supply Donation by iQor Qares

Kevin Murphy, Vice President of Operations at iQor, shares smiles with the students of Monicayo Elementary School in Mabalacat, Pampanga, as they receive school bags and supplies from the iQor Qares Foundation.

In the Philippines, iQor Qares recently provided school materials and backpacks to primary schools as part of a campaign to empower young people and raise awareness of the value of education. The iQor Qares Philippines Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that helps iQor staff members, their families, and their communities when they require financial support as a result of traumatic or life-altering circumstances.

The steering committee and the board of directors of the iQor Qares Philippines Foundation collaborated to collect employee gifts, and the teams from senior leadership and human resources helped pack the school bags. The following schools received the school supplies from the administrative team, including notebooks, pencils, dictionaries, whiteboards, markers, modeling clay, rulers, and protractors:

• Angeles City, Pampanga – Cutcut Elementary School

• Mabalacat, Pampanga – Monicayo Elementary School

• Santa Rosa City, Laguna – Macabling Elementary School

• Dasmariñas City, Cavite – Paliparan 3 Relocation Site through the Kristong Hari Parish

“It was a wonderful experience having not only our senior leaders from the Philippines take part but also our chief operations officer and the other country leads from Trinidad, Colombia, and India all lend a hand to pack 500 school bags for distribution here,” said Kevin Murphy, vice president of operations. “Seeing the impact iQor Qares has had on so many really puts a smile on my face, and our team values what our organization is doing for employees and our community at the same time.”

iQor employees join iQor Qares Foundation’s “Opening Doors to Education” project school supplies drive in Pampanga, Laguna and Cavite

Since early 2023, iQor Qares has provided financial assistance to iQor employees in the Philippines who have faced life-altering events and hardships. The organization also believes in giving back to the communities in which iQor operates, especially focusing on supporting public elementary school students and addressing the challenges many children face in accessing quality education.

“By rolling up their sleeves and actively engaging in the event, senior leadership exemplified the very essence of being an iQorian by setting a tangible and inspiring example for all employees. Their presence and participation sent a clear message that the company’s values are not just words on paper but deeply ingrained in our actions,” said James Down, senior director of operations.

“The ‘Opening Doors to Education’ project reflects our commitment to making education accessible and inspiring students to prioritize their learning. By offering school supplies, the initiative aims to alleviate the financial burden on families who struggle to afford basic educational materials. Moreover, it provides an opportunity for students to build their confidence and self-esteem. We hope that this project will inspire more people to contribute and initiate similar projects, ultimately creating a positive impact on education in the regions where iQor operates,” said Fleurette Navarro, chief people officer at iQor and chairperson of iQor Qares Philippines Foundation.

Visit for further details or to donate. Individuals from all over the world are welcome to make one-time and recurring credit card donations to iQor Qares. Additionally, payroll gifts are an option for iQor staff members in the Philippines and the US. Every donation is warmly welcomed and helps the iQor Qares purpose be accomplished.

The value-driven business process outsourcing company iQor is dedicated to fostering gratifying interactions and interpersonal relationships. Work-at-home and flexible office hours are popular among employees. In the Philippine archipelago, which consists of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, iQor operates 17 contact centers. Candidates should go to if they are interested.


Strengthening supplier relationships with PCPPI

The global supply chain is getting more and more complicated, especially as more and more industries use numerous, diverse suppliers to support production. The need to control expenses and maintain high efficiency levels is still present. Organizations must use a structured approach for procurement in order to manage their interactions with many suppliers and service providers and to stay competitive.

As the sole producer of PepsiCo beverages in the nation, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) upholds ethics and accountability in all of its dealings with partners and suppliers. This aids in upholding the highest standards of quality in creating, manufacturing, and dispensing its selection of beloved beverages.

“We constantly seek to work with the best suppliers for the best materials. PCPPI observes the highest standards of supplier compliance supported by stringent requirements. It is in line with our commitment to our customers to only collaborate with those that meet this criteria,” said Lyn Udarbe, PCPPI’s Head of Procurement.

PCPPI values suppliers that are flexible in terms of pricing and have strong liquidity position. It is also keen in prioritizing local suppliers, as much as possible, in line with its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities.

Aside from this, PCPPI makes sure the selected suppliers are compliant with its Supplier’s Code of Conduct. This agreement highlights the business and ethical standards that suppliers must adhere to and observe. These include compliance to human rights and labor standards, health, safety, quality and food safety regulations, and relevant environmental codes.

PCPPI’s ICARE value of Integrity plays a significant role in maintaining supplier relationships. As an example, accreditation cycles are held regularly to ensure that the organization maintains a validated list of suppliers at any given time.

“We ask for legal documents such as business permits to check the validity of our suppliers’ permits. Through this process, we are able to review their performance and credibility vis-à-vis their capabilities to serve our requirements. Our premium on working with integrity must also be implemented among our suppliers, and this is not up for compromise,” Udarbe added.

Fairness and openness are two ways that PCPPI upholds its ICARE (Integrity and Innovation, Care and Respect, Empowerment, and Excellence) Values in all of its dealings. In the rush to finish a project or transaction, due diligence and conflicts of interest are sometimes disregarded during the accreditation and selection process. The company uses the SpeakUp program and legal involvement to develop a supplier resolution process to reduce the risk of similar occurrences. The SpeakUp initiative allows PCPPI employees and suppliers to voice concerns about unethical or unethical business practices. The service is offered every day and is maintained by a third-party partner to ensure anonymity.

Over time, establishing solid supplier relationships enables operations to be streamlined and cost efficiencies to be realized. PCPPI is able to produce its products with the help of trusted supplier partners for the benefit of Filipino clients by utilizing an organized, transparent method.

Famous beverage companies like Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Sting, Milkis, Lipton, Premier, and Chum Churum Soonhari are distributed by PCPPI. Visit for more details on PCPPI and its products.

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This month, Nepal’s first boutique golf retreat destination for holistic wellness and spiritual development, Miraaya Wellness & Golf Retreat, will open for business under CG Hospitality. The Farm by San Benito, a renowned, multi-awarded eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort in the Philippines, served as the inspiration for this high-end offering, which is the first of its kind in South Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. It promises to offer an ultra-luxury experience ranging from wellness treatments to wellness cuisine and mindfulness.

The best place to tee off is in the lap of nature at Miraaya, where the tranquil atmosphere and spiritual elegance rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. The Miraaya heralds the restoration of tourism and hospitality to pre-pandemic levels.

The Miraaya’s unmatched offerings include 24 opulent guest rooms – lagoon villas, club suites, and villas with views of the 9-hole golf course. The property offers a 4069 yards comprising 9 holes with 32 par Golf Course, a spa & wellness sanctuary for all indoor and outdoor spa treatments, a yoga and meditation pavilion as well as new Three restaurants – Alive!, Prana, and The 19th Hole.

This exclusive premium resort nestling in the lap of Devachuli Hills is situated less than an hour’s drive from Bharatpur Airport on the strategic Mahendra or East-West Highway that connects Nepal from East to West. Other attractions include Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha; the breathtaking Chitwan National Park also home to the legendary Meghauli Serai – a Taj Safari (a CG Hospitality property) another and overlooks the spiritually enriching Shashwat Dham. Visitors to the Miraaya can visit the melting point of modern, traditional & traditional cultures at Unnati Cultural Village, another stunning offering from CG Hospitality which blends nature, culture, and spirituality in a never-seen-before combination in the neighborhood.

In its Phase 1 opening, slated for September 2022, Miraaya will open in a reinvented avatar the flagship Miraaya Wellness Spa. The brand new restaurants will offer their diners the finest culinary experience in the region. While Alive!, a vegan restaurant will advocate locally sourced, organically grown plant-based farm-to-table cuisine;, and the 19th Hole, a poolside sports bar and restaurant serving international cuisine.

Included in the complimentary activities for all guests are the resort’s yoga, meditation, and sound healing programs. In a pioneering move unmatched in all of Nepalese hospitality, the Miraaya Spa will offer traditional Nepali massage and beauty rituals using the healing properties of local medicinal plants and herbs.

In the second phase, expected to go live in the December 2022 as a grand launch, the property will open with 10 clubrooms, 8 lagoon villas and 6 golf villas with private pools, taking the room count to 24.

In the launch’s third and final phase in 2023, Miraaya will begin its medically-supervised programs such as Holistic Detox, Beauty and Longevity, Pain Management, Weight Management, Yoga and Raw Food Retreat.Miraaya promises to be a trailblazer in Nepalese hospitality as the region’s first luxury wellness, spiritual, and golf retreat that is close to Buddhist and Hindu religion centres and reverberates with tranquil healing energy.

Miraaya embodies CG’s goal of holistic wellbeing, environmental sustainability, and cultural consciousness with its carefully curated fare”, says Rahul Chaudhary, Managing Director and CEO, CG Hospitality. 

Miraaya is the place to be for everyone from the serious golfer to the wellness fanatic traveling abroad to take in the most extraordinary experiences. And the world is getting closer to this gorgeous new holistic refuge from CG Hospitality internationally with the construction of a new, top-notch international airport at Lumbini.

Visit to learn more about Miraaya online.






Bonifacio Global City is starting to sparkle like Christmas

7th Ave Family of Trees

This month, everyone is looking forward to a little holly jolly, and there’s no better place to go for all things merry than Bonifacio Global City! With a fantastic lineup of activities, BGC is once again amplifying the city’s wanderlust-inducing vibe. You’ll definitely feel the holiday spirit in the air at BGC, whether you’re a foodie looking forward to enjoying a scrumptious dinner with your loved ones or a caring fur parent who wants to involve your dogs in the Christmas fun!

Keeping the Christmas spirit alive in the streets

Adorned with hundreds of twinkling lights, you’ll find various Christmas trees and decorations that lit up the streets in BGC. From classic to quirky, to the absolute showstoppers, BGC is going big with different decorations that capture the joy of the season. To further amp up the festive spirit, BGC also has a variety of dining options showcasing different cuisines you and your loved ones can indulge in. If you’re still wary of eating indoors in restaurants, there are a lot of options with open areas for outdoor dining so you can celebrate the holidays with good food and peace of mind.

The most famous, 5th Avenue, with holiday lights in display

Seize the view with the Bird Cage Chandeliers hanging on trees along Bonifacio High Street, or sit down and eat a meal at the al fresco dining setups along One Bonifacio High Street Park with Hanging Stingray Lamps.

Bird Cage Chandeliers in BHS

One Bonifacio High Street Stingray lamps

If you’re on the road, you can spot the Red Bells with ribbons on BGC lampposts and the iconic Christmas shaped stop lights all over the estate.

City Lamppost Bell Decors

Tree Stoplight

You can even stroll through the one kilometer stretch of canopy lights (from Fully Booked until OBHS) and further embrace the joy of the season. There are also floating Chandeliers (near Italianni’s), perfect as a backdrop for your holiday snaps.

Floating Chandeliers in BHS

A special installation by Monkey Shoulder’s The Giving Tree at C1 Park (beside 5th Ave) comes with a pop-up bar. BGCitizens and visitors can get free cocktails every Friday and Saturday, 7 to 8 PM. You can also drop by to pick up their Monkey Shoulder twin packs and gift them to family and friends for their holiday celebrations!


Monkey Shoulder – The Giving Tree

Just like old times, you can now also experience a safe meet and greet with Santa at the indoor Christmas tree at the One Bonifacio Mall during Sundays from 2-5PM.

A Pawfect Holiday for You and Your Pets

It’s no surprise that having your cute pets present can make any celebration ten times more enjoyable and exciting! As we officially approach the Christmas season, here’s a list of activities you can do with your pets:

Holiday events abound in the BGC. Everyone is invited to attend with their loved ones for some spectacular sights, exciting surprises, and a lovely holiday celebration.

Visit the Bonifacio Global City and Bonifacio High Street’s Facebook pages for additional information on the latest happenings and updates on Bonifacio Global City’s holiday festivities.






Sterling Bank of Asia provides easy banking

The Solo Savings Account from Sterling Bank of Asia, one of the country’s major thrift banks, provides a more convenient and easy-to-maintain bank account. While the Bank continues to allow current customers to conduct banking operations from the convenience of their homes or offices, interested new customers can take use of the same services by creating a Sterling Bank account online.

“We are extending our excellent service to those unbanked, especially during this time, by making it easier and safer for them to open and manage their accounts through our digital facilities,” said Mr. Cecilio San Pedro, Sterling Bank’s President and CEO. “Whether they choose to visit our branches or do it via our online channels, they can still experience unparalleled quality service from our team,” San Pedro added.

Solo Savings account holders can access their funds, pay bills, and transfer money anywhere anytime. Aside from the opportunity to save while earning interest, they can also enjoy exclusive perks and privileges in over 30 million Visa-affiliated merchants worldwide and 45,000 BancNet-affiliated stores locally using their ShopNPay Visa Card.

By going to, you can open your own Solo Savings Account right away.

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






GUSTA! FOODS PH: Your Digital Kitchen Pantry for the Best Dishes for Your Family

We appreciate the moments with our friends and family since we have more time at home. Indeed, these past few months have provided us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconnect and explore our passions – particularly when it comes to our culinary skills!

As Filipinos, we show our love and appreciation for others through memorable meals made with love. And Gusta!, the country’s newest ONLINE KITCHEN PANTRY by the category creator of FROZEN-FRESH Jimini Foods Group, has become the ever-so-reliable partner of every aspiring cook and homemaker, bringing convenience and delicious dishes straight to your homes.

Gusta! guarantees fresh, exciting flavors, and amazing foodie finds all in one place. Discover a great selection that will truly delight your taste buds – from ready-to-heat meals to frozen-fresh goods, to ready-to-cook international and local dishes, snacks, desserts, beverages, and more!

For those who are looking for a quick and delicious meal, Gusta! introduces its “Chef’s recommendations,” which include selections from well-known restaurant brands such as CIBO, Chili’s, Casa Reyes, Max’s Group (Max’s, Pancake House, Teriyaki Boy, and Dencio’s), Nanbantei, XO 46 Heritage Bistro, Rico’s Lechon, and Cusina by Albergus, to name a few. If you’re craving for some of your favorite snacks, Gusta! also carries selections from local iconic brands and favorites such as Jimini Whole Pizza, Potato Corner, and Nathaniel’s.

If you’ve been getting really inventive and want to prepare a tasty meal on your own, Gusta! can help by providing all of the necessary materials, supplies, and culinary instruments.

Either you’re making a treat or a meal, you’ll find everything on Gusta! Simply add to cart and have your entire order delivered to your doorstep. With only a few simple clicks, you can have delicious food and meals on your plate!

Discover. Delight. Delivered. Delicious! Only at Gusta!

Head on to and have your orders delivered now! Sign-up to the newsletter and receive a 10% discount voucher on your first purchase. For updates, follow Gusta! on Facebook: Gusta Foods PH and Instagram: @gustafoodph



BGC Earth Meter

Climate change is a pressing issue that must be addressed; as a result, Bonifacio Global City is refocusing its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and residuals while also cultivating a more engaged community that advocates sustainable and environmentally friendly initiatives and causes.

By 2020, BGC will have reduced its carbon emissions by 37% while offsetting 62 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by using renewable power in streetlights, parks, and structures, boosting alternative means of transport, and planting trees and bushes around the city. The 240-hectare estate’s 3,800 trees contributed to a better urban microclimate.

BGC Alternative Transportation

Establishing the 16-kilometer shared and dedicated bus and Personal Mobility Device (PMD) lanes enabled many commuters and car drivers to switch to bicycles and electric kick scooters. By the end of 2020, BGC recorded 5,000 bicycles and other PMD users daily, compared to only 500 users pre-pandemic.

For solid waste, BGC organized a weekly Clean and Dry Plastic Drop-off to encourage BGCitizens to segregate in their homes and drop-off plastics for recycling.

BGC collects an average of 400 kg of plastics per month.  A whopping number of plastic waste that could have otherwise ended up in Metro Manila’s garbage landfills.  The collected plastics are then recycled into Eco Brics.  In partnership with Green Antz, Bonifacio High Street and Alagang Ayala Land, the clean and dry plastic drop-off is activated every Saturday at Bonifacio High Street B7 Portal by Aldo. Discarded box or Tetra pack containers are now also accepted.

BGC is also one of the greenest mixed-used estates, with 70% of its office buildings recognized as green buildings by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE), and WELL. It’s a testament to how BGC makes a collective effort to turn the micro-city into a healthier place to live, work, and play.

Love Food, Avoid Waste Program

Aside from the earth-friendly initiatives mentioned, BGC has more sustainability programs and initiatives underway. High Street Harvest, a bi-monthly activity that encourages BGCitizens to exchange their clean and dry plastics with herbs harvested from Bonifacio High Street and composts generated from BGC’s yard waste. There’s also the Love Food, Avoid Waste project, where condominium residents can turn their household food waste to bokashi compost by subscribing to the Book-a-Bucket program in partnership with Greenspace.

Sweet Basil from the High Street Harvest

Soon, BGC will also launch the BGC Urban Farm at 5th Avenue. As the name suggests, the urban farm will be open to all residents to adopt a hub, volunteer as “farmers” or simply acquire a farmer-employee. “Adopt a Hub” allows residents to explore urban gardening and grow fresh veggies themselves. They can either bring the fresh produce home or give it to a community in need. This innovative project also welcomes families should they wish to expose their young kids to urban farming. This program not only encourages BGCitizens to grow their own food but also promotes well-being and exercise.

Together with the City Government of Taguig and Brgy. Fort Bonifacio, BGC is finding more ways to lessen its residuals by diverting its solid waste from landfills to recycling facilities and household composting. This commitment is aligned with the LGU’s objective of decreasing its residuals by 2022.

Visit Bonifacio Global City’s Facebook page at to stay updated on BGC’s sustainability efforts and to know how you can help.