Tuesday, September 16, 2014

VIBAL'S New Print/E-Book Read in the Manila International Book Fair 2014


Press Release:

More than 50 titles will be launched by Vibal Group to celebrate Filipinos' love for reading and literacy at this year's edition of the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), on Sept. 17 to 21 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. 
 Starting the lineup is the Unang Diksiyonariyo Caton series, translated in various Philippine dialects and designed to complement the Mother Tongue Program espoused by the Department of Education.  Ang Batang Nangangarap Maging Number 1 and Pintong Maraming Silid will also be available.


New children's books for young readers will be launched under Vibal's Chikiting Books imprint, such as Jomike Tejido's Why Do Squids Squirt Ink?, Nati Santos' Nobody's Hat, and Russell Molina's Salamat Po! translated in Binisaya and Ilokano.

Aside from new Chikiting Books, Vibal will also launch new books under Vibal Foundation: More American Than We Admit features scholarly essays edited by Julian Go, reflecting the cultural interactions between Filipinos and the American colonial masters.  Dear Lady S features advice by Lady S—resident love columnist of the Philippine Online Chronicles.
 Pagmumuni-muni at Pagtatalak ng Sirenang Nagpapanggap na Prinsesa is a compilation of essays by John Iremil Teodoro, one of the pioneers in gay literature in the country. Bekibolaryo, on the other hand, is a comprehensive lexicon explaining terms, words, and expressions used by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual (LGBT) community.

K to 12: RA 10533 and Relevant Education Policies by Atty. Joseph Estrada and Atty. Kristjan Gargantiel meanwhile elaborates on how the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 can affect existing policies and laws in education.

These books can actually be previewed for free by mobile device owners by scanning designated QR codes posted along the booth's illustrated panels.  Vibal's booth will also feature tablets, all-in-one PCs, and other mobile devices to feature e-book editions of their printed books, along with interactive games, video documentaries, and other rich media content for MIBF visitors.

Now on its 35th year, the MIBF gathers Philippine publishers to showcase their latest books and offer big discounts for their popular bestsellers. Vibal is a regular participant of this annual event that attracts bibliophiles and other book readers alike, along with book sellers and authors to celebrate the power of books, reading, and knowledge.

During the five-day event, Vibal will also be organizing various activities at their booth: an interactive storytelling-cum-zumba session featuring Eugene Evasco's May Lakad Kami ni Tatay will be held on Sept.19. Meet-and-greet sessions with various authors and illustrators will also take place.

For September 17, Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada will headline the meet-and-greet sessions in the morning followed by Bebang Siy and Ronier Verzo in the afternoon. Genaro Gojo Cruz is set to attend the morning session on September 18, while illustrator Jonathan Ranola will grace the afternoon session on the same date. The morning session for September 19 will mark the presence of author Eugene Evasco and three illustrators—namely Brent Sabas, Ariel Santillan, and Leo Ang—while Lady S of the Philippine Online Chronicles, alongside illustrators Jamie Bauza and Valerie Jan Villaflor will be there in the afternoon.

Authors Rhandee Garlitos and John Teodoro, together with illustrator Tokwa Penaflorida are set to appear in the morning of September 20 at the Vibal booth. For the afternoon session on the same date, another group will be present to interact with their fans—authors Heidi Abad and Lem Garcellano, alongside illustrators Wiji Lacsamana, Christian Oliver Cruz, and Doms Agsaway. To cap off the fair, the husband-and-wife tandem of Jomike Tejido and Haraya Ocampo-Tejido will be at the Vibal booth on the afternoon of September 21.


MIBF is organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. in partnership with Asian Catholic Communicators, Inc., Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association, Inc., and the Overseas Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines. 

Cebuana Lhuillier fetes 5-millionth loyalty card member



Press Release:
Cebuana Lhuillier has reached a new milestone as its 24k Plus Card, the company’s loyalty rewards program, hit the five-million membership mark since its launch in 2009.

To celebrate this achievement, the biggest microfinancial company in the Philippines recognized the lucky five-millionth member, Arlyn Gallebo, a teacher from Zamboanga Sibugay, in ceremonies held at the Cebuana Lhuillier branch in Jupiter Street in Makati City.

Gallebo was awarded P50,000 in cash, P1 million worth of insurance coverage from Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, the insurance arm of Cebuana Lhuillier, and an additional P20,000 worth of prizes.

“Cebuana Lhuillier, for many years, has prided itself in providing excellent customer service to our clients. It is a commitment that we have kept throughout these years, and which we will continue in the years to come,” said Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier.
The 24k Rewards Program is the first loyalty rewards program in the pawning industry. Through the 24k Plus Card, members earn points for every transaction—pawning, money remittance, insurance products purchase, bills payment and e-load—at any of Cebuana Lhuillier’s more than 1,700 branches. The card also grants its members with exclusive privileges, discounts and special service offerings.

“The 24k Plus card has given our members more purchasing power—adding more value for their money—as the points have monetary equivalent, which the client can use to pay off interest fees for pawns, or remittance fees, even load credits for their prepaid mobile phones,” added Lhuillier.

Cebuana Lhuillier has also recognized its previous milestone members. In 2011, they awarded the one-millionth member, Judith Pagkalinawan, a golf caddie from Cavite. The following year, which coincides with the company’s 25th anniversary, they awarded the 2.5-millionth member, Cynthia Tiangco, a housewife from Caloocan City.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rexona Run 2014: Run to Your Beat to the Next Level



Save the Date!

October 26 marks the 2014 Rexona Run to Your Beat! This year, runners will run into three themed tunnels Retro, Hiphop and EDM. 5K and 10k runners will go through two tunnels, while 21k runners will be able to experience all three! I suggest you Do More this year and run 21k!

But wait, there’s more! Since Rexona wants us to #DoMore, Rexona will be holding running clinics from September 16 – October 23. Led by Coach Rio, in collaboration with 360 Club Fitness, the clinics will be twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-9PM at the Fort. The clinic is open to all interested individuals, but priority will be given to those who have registered for the Rexona Run 2014. Sign up for the Rexona Run running clinics now at the Training Camp tab on the Rexona Facebook page.

You may register at the following:

Toby’s MOA,
RUNNR Store or Move in Bonifacio High Street,
Toby’s SM North EDSA, The Block,
Toby’s Robinsons Galleria

Registration fee and Gun Start are as follows:

5k - Php 700.00 (3:45AM)
10k - Php 800.00 (3:30AM)
21k - Php 900.00 (3:00AM)

Registration is ongoing until October 19, 2013.

See you there!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AQUABEST Joins 2014 Filipino Franchise Show

Press Release:

Aquabest, the country’s leading water refilling franchise is proud to support the upcoming 2014 Filipino Franchise Show.

“We are proud to support Filipino entrepreneurs who are exhibiting their world class concepts through  AFFI’s annual franchise show. This year there will be hundreds of participants each with its own success story that will inspire everyone to go out and start their own business.” says Carson Tan CEO of GQWEST Inc which owns the Aquabest brand.

The company is a long time member of AFFI with around 700 stores and is considered among the leading players in the water franchising industry. This year, the company will continue to highlight its 3 in 1 Combostore concept as well as introduce its new Nanogen technology.

The Combostore franchise combines the Aquabest, Laundrybest, and Oxyplus brands. This allows franchisees of the Combostore to benefit from the expanded target market and synergies resulting from the fusion of the three brands. The concepts offer a faster return period and better margins.

The company is also proud to announce that it would be the first refilling station franchise to utilize nanotechnology in its filtration process. “Nanogen” which is a Korean developed water filtration system that ensures a high level of water purity while at the same time being the first in the country to offer alkaline pure water.


The 2014 Filipino Franchise Show is presented by the Association of Filipino Franchisers Incorporated (AFFI) the country’s premier franchise group comprised of local franchise concepts. The show runs from October 3 to 5 at the World Trade Center.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A day at Nail Cocktales

Ria and I had our well-deserved pampering day at Nail Cocktales last Monday. Located at Blue Bay Walk, Nail Cocktales Hand and Foot Spa is the new pampering place to be.
While Ria chose to avail of the mani-pedi with foot spa, I chose the mani-pedi with hand paraffin instead. Our foot was first soaked into a tub of warm water and our hands too. The staff assigned to me (I forgot to ask her name) checks if everything is ok. From their wide variety of imported nail polishes I chose to color my nails with touches of pink instead of my usual or rather my favorite nail polish color - touch of tan. As an additional treat to their clients, complimentary cocktales is being served. 


The staffs were accommodating and well equipped with the knowledge of all the services they offer. The ambiance and color scheme of Nail Cocktales is so inviting and makes you want to sit and experience their services ASAP! I am well pleased on how the services are executed and the price for me is reasonable. We left Nail Cocktales with a happy face making us satisfied clients. 
Nail Cocktales Hand and Foot Spa 
Unit 215-216, 2F Cluster H, Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City. 
Store Hours Sun-Thurs: 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-1am 
For Reservations, please contact Mobile no. 09156917782

Monday, September 1, 2014

Habitat Raises More Awareness through Social Media



With the continuous commitment of providing decent shelter to families living in sub-standard and deplorable conditions, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, acknowledges the importance of being present in the Social Media to reach more people for a better understanding of what Habitat for Humanity contributes to make the lives of those less fortunate.

With this realization, Habitat holds its very first “Social Media Circle” a gathering of social media influencers, respected bloggers, celebrities/personalities with strong Facebook and Twitter presence and members of online communities from various interest groups with a heart for social change who are willing to help spread the word about Habitat and its work.
Its main objective is to reach a wider connection and eventually becomes a tool to drive donations, volunteer sign-ups and advocacy support.

Bloggers and guests who signed the Habitat’s Pledge of Commitment are now tagged as “Habitat Online Champion” a title reserved for those who are up for the challenge and journey of using their influence and network to spread the word about Habitat, its programs  and advocacies. These online champions will have a regular “Social Media Circle” gathering to share news and updates about the endless campaign of providing decent shelter to the less fortunate.



If you want to be part of this campaign you may visit www.give2habitat.org/philippines. All together let us “Spread the word on Social Media”, “Volunteer” and “Help Raise Funds”!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Krissy Releases Debut Album “Songs about You”


Krissy finally releases her very first solo album entitled “Songs about You”. It is an all original album written by Krissy herself where she was able to finally express what she really feels to those guys who in one way or another she almost and/or used to date . Krissy is comfortable writing it rather than saying it. “This is like a storybook and had been my therapy as well” Krissy shares.

It features the carrier single “We Can’t Be” a heartbreak song that we all can relate to. Other tracks are “Weekend With You” which she describe as a happy song, “Piece of You”, “The Game”, “Don’t Forget Me”, “Gone Away”, “Distance” which is her favorite track of the album (mine as well) and the piano version of the hit single “12:51”.
“Songs About You” by Krissy is now out on CDs at Astroplus and Odyssey outlets, through digital downloads via spinnr.ph and iTunes and can also be streamed via Deezer and Spotify. The album is released under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines). Here are the links:

For bookings and inquiries, contact Sammy Samaniego of MCA Music Artist Management at +632 9162504 local 107, +639178565174 and +639209682991. For more new and updates on Krissy, log on to the following sites: www.facebook.com/mcamusic or www.twitter.com/mca_music.

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