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Irresistible Staycation Deals this Holy Week

April 16, 2019

The Holy Week is a special time for Filipinos. For devout Catholics, it’s a longstanding tradition to take part in different rites and rituals that commemorate one’s faith. While for others, the extended break is always a good opportunity to slow down from the hustle and bustle of daily life, reflect, and relax with loved ones. Either way people choose to spend their vacation, it’s good to know that there are awesome places – within or just a few hours away from metro – where one can go to for some quick (or lengthy!) respite. For those who want an easy but equally memorable escape this Holy Week, here’s a round-up of the best accommodations that won’t require a plane ticket nor a long drive. Apo View Hotel Davaoeños need not go far just to enjoy the long break. Situated in the heart of the city, the Apo View Hotel offers guests with modern accommodations and luxurious service that has since been the hallmark of the heritage hotel. Dubbed as the second oldest hotel in the country, Apo View Hotel has maintained its grandeur and continues to be a primer choice for the most discerning staycationers. This summer, Apo View Hotel offers promos that make it much more irresistible to overlook. These include a 50% off promo on all its Superior and Deluxe rooms with breakfast buffet which runs until May 30, 2019. Meanwhile, its Weekend Getaway promo offers Superior and Deluxe Rooms with breakfast buffet at 50% year-round.   Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar For those who don’t mind a couple of hours’ worth of driving, a gem of a resort lies 125km northwest of Manila in Bagac, Bataan. More than just a Filipino heritage site to behold, Las Casas Fipinas De Acuzar is a world-class resort that pays homage to the grandeur of Spanish-Filipino architecture amidst the backdrop of a sprawling beach and a grandiose natural landscape. Las Casas takes pride in being the only Philippine hotel to have received several international acclaims which include being recognized as part of the Historic Hotels Worldwide, being awarded as Asia’s Most Excellent Destination in 2017, and being included in Conde Nast Johansens Luxury Global Collection and Peninsula Hotels Pencities Luxe Guide. Go ahead and indulge this Easter break by booking a stay in any of its Deluxe Rooms that come with various inclusions such as breakfast as well as free heritage and workshop tours. During weekends, Deluxe Rooms for two are available for P5,000 and comes with a heritage and workshop tour while the rate of P5,500 includes breakfast as well as a heritage and workshop tour. On Weekdays, Deluxe Rooms are available at P4,600 and comes with breakfast as well as a heritage and workshop tour.   Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila The idea of enjoying the peace and serenity of the city during the Holy Week is also very inviting. Without having to go so far, one can easily unwind and relax in any of the city’s best hotels. One of which is the Golden Phoenix Hotel. Located less than a mile away from SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, the hotel offers contemporary and elegant accommodations, a great view of the cityscape, and an array of premium features such as free WiFi access throughout the property, en suite bathroom with shower, hairdryer, bathrobes, and free toiletries, as well as an iPod dock, a personal safe, electric kettle, minibar, and a flat-screen TV with cable and satellite channels. This summer, the hotel is offering a special rate of P6,800 nett until June 30 for an accommodation for two which comes with free buffet breakfast, Phoenix Wellness Lounge credits, unlimited hot and cold chocolate at Ground Up coffee, and food and beverage credits worth P1,000 or choice of house wine. Interested to book a stay in any of these hotels and resort even after the Holy Week? These hotels will also be offering exclusive discounts and promos at the upcoming Travel and Leisure Expo Davao 2019. Organized by Worldbex Services International, TLEX Davao 2019 will be held simultaneously with PHILBEX Davao 2019 on May 9 to 12 at the SMX Convention Center Davao in SM Lanang Premier. For more information, call (02) 656-92-39, email inquire@worldbexevents.com, visit www.tlex.ph, or follow @tlex.ph on Facebook and Instagram.

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'House ICT Chair calls on gov't' | FAST-TRACK COMMON TOWER POLICY TO REDUCE MOBILE PHONE FEES

April 10, 2019

Rep. Victor Yap (2nd District of Tarlac), Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Communications Technology, has urged the government to fast-track the drafting and implementation of the common tower policy, which aims to improve and bring down the cost of mobile phone services in the country.   The common tower policy seeks to address the needed 50,000 cell towers in the Philippines for the country to become competitive in the region in providing quality communication services to the public.    Currently, the Philippines has 18,000 existing towers, which translates to 4,000 people per cell site. Vietnam has 70,000 towers with 900 people per cell site.   According to Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the ideal per capita per tower is 1,000.   Under the proposed common tower policy, tower companies will build and deploy communication infrastructure that will be leased to telecommunication companies (telcos). Instead of building and using their cell towers exclusively, telcos will share their tower assets with each other.   Telcos have blamed the bureaucracy--which takes up to nine months to secure over 25 permits--for the delay in putting up cell sites. "Enough with the excuses and the blame game. Let's put our heads together to come out with a policy that will lessen the cost for the consumers," Yap said during Monday's hearing.   Shared passive infrastructure, such as cell towers, through this policy, would cut back telcos' expenses and subscribers would benefit from this.   All three telcos--Globe, Smart and Mislatel--present at the hearing expressed their support to the proposed common tower policy.   Rio said that while the DICT is still finalizing the policy, it has signed memoranda of understanding with 19 common tower providers, recognizing them as "capable tower providers."   The DICT secretary stressed that the telcos would be the ones to select from the initial list of 19 tower companies. He called the selection process a "pure private business transaction."   Once the telcos have selected, the DICT will then sign a memorandum of agreement with the chosen tower companies to ensure that the government will help facilitate and hasten the issuance of permits to build the towers.   Rio also noted that the department is currently working closely with the telcos to identify 1,000 sites where the common towers will be built in the next two to three months.    The common towers will also be used by the government to implement the Free WiFi Law.   "You should prioritize far-flung areas so they can also enjoy the benefits of having reliable and affordable internet access that could lead to economic development," Yap said.   The DICT secretary said the department's target is to have the 50,000 towers in seven to 10 years.

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Key Nutrients identified to help in healthy aging

April 10, 2019

Fiber, fish and krill oil, calcium, Vitamin D, and Lutein are some of the vitamins and minerals that can contribute to healthy aging. This is according to leading nutrition expert Dr. Hamid Jan, the Chairman of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at University Sains Malaysia and an Associate Professor with expertise in nutrition and obesity.   "Fiber supports the regularity of bowel movement. Fish and krill oil support healthy cardiovascular function as they contain L-Arginine and L-Citruline. Calcium and Vitamin D, meanwhile, helps maintain healthy teeth and bones, and Lutein helps maintain the healthy cells in the eyes," Dr. Hamid said. He said that the the four major areas of concern to healthy aging as the following: digestive health, heart health, bone health, and eye health. Dr. Hamid explained how the said vitamins and minerals help in addressing these concerns during the Cagayan de Oro leg of the Herbalife Wellness Tour last April 4. He is expected to further discuss the results of the Healthy Aging Survey in the Luzon leg of the Wellness Tour this April 12 in Manila. The Visayas leg, meanwhile , will have multi-awarded nutrition sciences expert Dr. Zhen-Yu Chen in Cebu City this April 25. Herbalife Nutrition conducted the Healthy Aging Survey among 5,510 correspondents from the Asia-Pacific countries of the Philippines , Australia , Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The survey was done to better understand where consumers are already taking charge of their health as they age and identify the key influencers in their healthy aging journey.  

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DTI chief promotes franchising to aspiring entreps

April 1, 2019

PASAY CITY -- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez championed franchising as a business model to future entrepreneurs at a time when the Philippines is experiencing an economic resurgence. During his keynote address at the 2019 Franchise Asia Philippines on 27 March, Sec. Lopez stated that this is the best time to do business because the country’s sustained economic growth and the growing middle class provide a wide consumer base for new products and services.      He said that franchises thrive because of their tried-and-tested business concepts and wide network of mentors and fellow franchisers. The success rate for franchising is 90%, compared to 25% for traditional retail. According to the event’s organizer, the Philippine Franchise Association, there are 2,000 local and international franchise brands in the country as of 2018. These brands have established a total of 200,000 stores and employed 1.2 million Filipinos.      DTI pioneered its own franchise with Go Lokal! with 102 stores nationwide, most of which are in high-foot traffic areas. Go Lokal! offers top-quality local products by Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).      The agency also opened its first KAPEtirya café in Baguio last 20 March to provide more market outlets for the coffee produce of Filipino farmers. The DTI-branded café will mainstream locally-sourced coffee and will soon roll out as a franchise model with inline store, kiosk, and mobile store options.

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Gotta love summer at Toy Kingdom

April 1, 2019

Toy Kingdom as it brings you the most amazing inflatables, trendy floaters and splashy pools perfect, giving us more reasons why we Gotta Love Summer. Plunge into the cool waters in style with unique and vibrant inflatables like the Flamingo Island, Mega Unicorn Island, Camel Pool float and Pop Rhino Ostrich floater. There are also trendy floaters inspired by kids’ favorite snacks; Popcorn Mat, Potato Chips Float, French Fries Float and Hamburger Island that will surely make you crave! Summer is also more fun with exciting pool parties with family and friends.  Check out this Prism Frame Oval Pool Set that is easy to assemble and comes in a huge size for the entire family to enjoy. Toy Kingdom also has other stylish swim essentials for kids; Hydro Swim Glider set and Metallic Mermaid Tail for a more fun water adventure. Keep cool in stylish inflatables and floaters at Toy Kingdom. These amazing summer treats are available at Toy Kingdom Express outlets in The SM Stores and Toy Kingdom stores in most SM Supermalls. Also visit www.toykingdom.ph and follow ToyKingdomPH at Facebook for more updates.

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The Essentials to Flawless Makeup Look From The Body Shop

April 1, 2019

The secret essentials to perfect, flawless look will always be about “matte” makeups. Introducing a new make-up must-have for blemish-prone skin. Conceal skin imperfections throughout the day with The Body Shop’s 100% vegan Matte Clay Concealer and Matte Clay Powder. The lightweight concealer is enriched with skin-clearing tea tree and leaves a breathable, yet full-coverage matte finish. For skin that looks visibly clearer, use this beauty essential alone for a fast-drying natural finish or team with Matte Clay Foundation for a lasting flawless finish look. While the Matte Clay Powder will set and mattify your concealer or liquid foundation. Both are enriched with ghassoul clay and Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya, these 100% vegan ranges are ultra-lightweight and long-lasting, to leave skin looking clearer and help it breathe all day when you add a touch of coverage. For the cheeks use the Shimmer Waves to illuminate your face and create a sun-kissed glow. These clever compacts can be used in a number of ways for gorgeous make-up results. Swirl all the colors together for a shimmering blush or use the shades separately to highlight and contour your cheekbones. Need a little shimmer on your eyes? Pick a shade and sweep it all over your eyelid or dust the color in the inner corners of the eyes for a lovely glistening glow. Then pair it with the moisturizing Color Crush Lipsticks, with 15 dramatic new shades to choose from, you can make a vividly vampy statement while keeping lips smooth and moisturized for up to 4 hours. Enriched with sweet cherry seed oil, Community Trade beeswax from Cameroon and Community Trade marula oil from Namibia, these shades lock in moisture to love lips with a hydrating pop of bold, high-impact color. Get the perfectly flawless makeup look with the 100% vegan Matte Clay Makeup Range and to match with the Shimmer Waves and Color Crush Lipsticks to complete the look. Now available in all The Body Shop stores. The Body Shop accepts SM Advantage Card for points earning and redemption, SM and Sodexo premium pass in all The Body Shop stores nationwide.  The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick in Little Hampton, England. The beauty brand pioneered corporate activism and was built on a philosophy that business can be a force for good. With its brand expression, Beauty with Heart, the company continues to be focused on five core values: Against Animal Testing, Support Community Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend Human Rights and Protect The Planet. All products are created using the finest ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe, which are not tested on animals and are 100% vegetarian. The Body Shop has been in the Philippine market for eighteen years with over 55 strategically located stores nationwide.

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