Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla at GAOC sponsored “The Hows of Us” screening

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Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla at GAOC sponsored “The Hows of Us”
screening. One of Asia’s best dental clinics, the Gan Advanced Osseointegration
Center (GAOC), led by its President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Steve Mark Gan,
recently hosted clients, partners, and friends to an exclusive screening of the romantic drama hit “The Hows of Us.” The special film showing was in support of box-office queen Kathryn Bernardo, the newest addition to the GAOC family. Bernardo is shown with Dr. Gan (left) and Daniel Padilla.

BGC Arts Center Launches Pinoy Playlist 2018

An annual music festival showcasing the tapestry of Filipino Musicality curated by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Moy Ortiz, and Noel Ferrer.


Music is the architecture of the Filipino soul; it has scored our personal and collective lives through the ages. While many things divide us, we Filipinos hold music as the deep common denominator of our “Filipino-ness”. It is time we have a collective celebration of Filipino music – harvest its nourishing past, revel in its present forms, and also innovate by fusing past and present across musical genres of Filipino music.

For 6 days in October this year, October 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, 2018, the BGC Arts Center will launch a landmark festival: “Pinoy Playlist 2018, Ito ay Atin, Sariling Atin”.  Made possible with the support of Sun Life Foundation, it will be the first of an annual Music Festival curated by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Moy Ortiz, and Noel Ferrer. The festival will gather great music being generated and appreciated in pockets of ages and places, collectively showcase them, and hopefully serve to inspire the collective rise of Filipino music.

Pinoy Playlist will ​reinvigorate the tradition of Filipino music by exposing the breadth and range of Filipino musicality across time, from vocal groups, solo, bands, classic, indigenous, pop, and collaborations in between these forms of musicality, to celebrate the evolving nature of Filipino music. ​The matrix of Filipino music will shine in its variety and blaze with the talent of artists across generations.

“Pinoy Playlist 2018, Ito ay Atin, Sariling Atin” is a labor of love of the Pinoy Playlist curators of whom the BGC Arts Center is immensely proud and grateful to be working with.

Maestro Ryan Cayabyab composer and conductor, is among the supernova standard bearers of Filipino music. His works range from commissioned full-length ballets, theater musicals, choral pieces, a Mass set to unaccompanied chorus, and orchestral pieces, to commercial recordings of popular music, film scores and television specials. He got involved with Pinoy Playlist because he says: “At the end of the day, nothing compares to coming together to experience the rich tapestry of homegrown Pinoy music.”

Noel Ferrer is a respected writer, critic, talent manager, producer of award winning films and television shows. He has published the groundbreaking book on the making of stars and celebrities in the Philippines through Anvil Publishing. He is also the official spokesperson and education committee head of the Metro Manila Film Festival as well as an active member of the Entertainment Troika of the Philippine Entertainment Portal. Working to make Pinoy Playlist happen, he said: “There is Cinemalaya and other indie film festivals and of course the MMFF for cinema; there is Virgin LabFest and before a National Theater Festival; it is important that there is common ground in Pinoy Playlist featuring all genres, all kinds of artists in their most creative concert formats to showcase the best in Filipino music.”

Moy Ortiz has been singing harmony all his life––from his earliest years in primary school to his final year in the Ateneo. He is one of the original and founding members of the country’s premier vocal group, The Company, of which he is the artistic and musical director. Moy is also an award-winning composer, arranger, and producer. He also teaches classes and workshops at Mint College and Trumpets Playshop respectively. On his motivation behind realizing Pinoy Playlist, he said: “We need to acknowledge, honor and celebrate Filipino music in all its forms.”

BGC Arts Center Head of Content, Maria Isabel Garcia maintains this would not have happened without those who care for Pinoy music with their lives: The BGC Arts Center is passionately committed to create and celebrate Filipino stories of creativity and there is nothing like music to inhabit those stories. We applaud the passion and work of our curators and the over 100 Filipino musicians and production teams who finely tuned into the Pinoy Playlist idea and contribute to the evolving tapestry of Pinoy Music.”

Tickets ranging from P330 to P2,250, are now available at all TicketWorld outlets and website: www.ticketworld.com.ph

World-class natural remedy for Filipina beauty & wellness expert’s crowning glory


Hair loss is a concern for both men and women. It can have a devastating effect to anyone who experiences it.

According to Web MD, the average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair and loses up to 100 of them a day, which is normal. As people age, their rate of hair growth slows, and they can experience losing more than hundreds of strands which is quite alarming. So what can you do to prevent it?

For beauty and wellness expert, Cory Quirino, embracing wellness is the first step to help improve the hair’s condition and make people look younger.

“If you choose to have a wellness lifestyle, then expect wonderful changes such as radiant skin, energy, and a general sense of well-being,” she emphasizes. “In time, you will realize that you have successfully delayed the aging process.”

The beauty and wellness expert says that choosing wellness as a lifestyle includes eating nutritious food, exercising, getting a good sleep, drinking generous amounts of water, managing stress, getting enough sunshine, and above all, staying positive.

On top of a daily healthy regimen, a supplement is necessary to maintain a healthy hair and scalp. Many people opt to use chemical-based products. But for her, the use of natural products is a must and the best solution for hair loss.

“There are hair treatment products in the market today that claim to be effective but their ingredients could contain chemicals that may prove harmful with long-term use,” she enthuses. “Choose natural. Say NO to harsh chemicals and let nature do the makeover,” she emphasizes.

Natural ingredients such as virgin coconut oil (VCO) and aloe vera are loaded with beneficial properties, which boost the health of the scalp and hair. These and much more natural herbs and essential oils can be found in NOVUHAIR, a topical scalp lotion with 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help prevent hair loss, which the beauty and wellness expert approves of.

“Even if I have been blessed with thick hair, I know that it has to be cared for,” she maintains. “I use NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion once daily in the evening before bedtime. Next morning, I apply it on my scalp again, then a shampoo after 30 minutes. Those who wish to further thicken the hair, it is a must to also use the shampoo and conditioner daily.”

Eventually, she noticed impressive effects after using this breakthrough product: significant lessening of hair fall, abundant growth of tress, and the return of locks’ luster.

Apart from being effective, it’s a very safe solution, too. A local clinical study has proven that NOVUHAIR has no adverse side effects with continuous use.

Moreover, NOVUHAIR is not just for those who experience hair loss. Younger people, especially the millennials, can use it for maintenance or prevention if hair loss runs in the family.

Cory recommends NOVUHAIR to everyone, especially to those who want to maintain their hair the best way they can. For her, this globally-competitive natural product answers the needs of a discriminating, health-conscious public.

Born on August 11, the granddaughter of the late Philippine President Elpidio Quirino is an author, and television and radio host. She has been a strong advocate for natural health, beauty, and wellness for more than two decades.

“Twenty years ago, it was as simple a goal as weight loss. But when I saw the dramatic effect it had on my vitality and complexion, I knew that this was the good path to take. For those who wish the same things I wanted then, this would be just as easy to embrace,” Cory recalls.

She wrote a series of best-seller books entitled “Forever Young”, which feature beauty and health tips as well as her own workout programs. Likewise, she also made a fitness video called “Cory Quirino’s Celebrity Workout for Beginners”.

For her, living in the 21st century has its challenges. She says: “The best way to live long and be well is to live a natural life.”

Truly, for a natural woman like Cory, her crowning glory deserves nothing but a world-class natural remedy that is NOVUHAIR.

NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. You may also have the product delivered right at your doorstep through Lazada at https://bit.ly/2Jc92Vk

For more information, contact NOVUHAIR hotlines at 413.6570 and 0922.8830575, visit www.novuhair.com, and Facebook Page: Novuhair Official.

LBC makes its move to digital transformation

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The way consumers talk and transact in this millennial world is changing at a breakneck speed.  With dwindling attention spans, an open market that has attracted challengers from all corners, and the need to get business done with a swipe of the screen, enterprises are now being asked to reconsider where they stand on this playing field today.

LBC Express, the leading logistics provider in the Philippines, knows that to sustain the success it has enjoyed for over 68 years, they have to embark on one of their biggest and boldest moves yet: a comprehensive digital transformation. The intent is to move differently and put themselves in a position to better respond to customers, clients, and corporations’ needs.

An upgrade from the ground up, LBC Express initiated a revamp of all its digital assets starting at the back is an integration of all their operations, breaking free from silos, aligning all the data they have of their clientele worldwide. From there, they are also introducing an all-new mobile app, relaunching the corporate site and consolidating dozens of different territory-initiated social media pages into one official Facebook account.

Because of this revolution, the company’s platforms and other solutions will allow people to benefit from LBC’s features in the most intuitive, simplest, efficient way possible. The use of technology is more responsive and proactive to what people truly need which is a service that allows them to focus on moving beyond the things they send to their families, loved ones and even business partners.

To bring all these impactful changes together, the new communications has also taken on a more progressive route inspired by the campaign’s manifesto “Let’s Move”. A refreshed tone, look and feel puts the customer at the center, with an even more comprehensive media plan that follows not just the customer’s journey, but also offers him customized solutions he can avail of as he grows with the brand instead of merely one-and-done transactions.

They have also taken digital transformation to the next level in terms of their relationship with their partner that debunks the old Client-Agency model in favor of a far more collaborative set-up with its new Partner of Record, The Havas Ortega Group.

LBC’s Chief Marketing Officer Javier Mantecon reflected on the decision to tap Havas Ortega. “We weren’t looking for just a communications agency. We were looking for a partner that will be directly involved in all of our marketing operations.

Their understanding of our business needs, their expertise in digital marketing and their insights on our new market through their Millennial Codes Study synced with our digital transformation goals. It is through this synergy, we are able to deliver more to our clientele through our services in the most efficient way with the help of technology,” he said.

Asked to elaborate on the unique alliance, LBC Express President & Chief Operating Officer, Mike Camahort shares, “We are excited to make a major move with our digital transformation and keep up with the demands. It is amazing that this is guided by a unique and non-traditional strategy of getting operations and communications together as an integrated whole. Havas Ortega understood the life stage of LBC Express and they were able to demonstrate on how we can help more lives, business and even communities”.

As LBC Express clears the runway on this journey towards complete digital transformation, even more impactful moves are being mapped out in the horizon. With an open invitation to everyone, LBC is more than ready to take on all the challenges that this Millennial World has in store.



AXA Philippines introduces electronic policy

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AXA Philippines, one of the leading insurers in the country, now makes it possible for
customers to access a copy of their insurance policies anytime and anywhere with
“We are happy to introduce this newest feature to our customers as it allows them to
view their AXA policies at virtually anytime they wish,” says AXA Philippines president
and CEO Rahul Hora. “The e-Policy is considered legal and valid, as approved by the
Insurance Commission.”
This new service is currently available to clients with policies issued on July 23, 2018
onwards. It is generated two days after the policy is issued – no need to wait longer to
get a copy of the policy.
A customer can save the e-Policy, print a hardcopy, and even email a copy to his
beneficiaries. This way, there is no need to worry about lost files or bulky documents.
AXA Philippines policy holders can get a copy of their AXA e-Policy simply by following
these simple steps: Register an account on MyAXA portal, login to that account, and go
to “My Policies” to view the contract and other documents. With internet access,
customers can have easy access to their policy contracts right away.
For more information, visit https://www.axa.com.ph/myaxa/ or contact an AXA
Philippines agent today.

A Nation of Champs, A World of Opportunities: MILO Philippines Launches Road to Barcelona Year 2

MILO Philippines opened year two of Road to Barcelona, the brand’s values-driven program in partnership with globally-renowned football club, FC Barcelona (FCB) during the recent press launch held in the MILO Stadium of Kidzania Manila. Coming from a successful run last year, MILO and FCB will hold this year’s local invitational camp in football hotbed, Cebu City on September 8-9 at the Cebu City Sports Center. Over 160 girls and boys ages 10 to 12 from around the country will participate in the world-class football camp for a chance to join the life-changing champion experience in Spain, the home of FC Barcelona.

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MILO and FC Barcelona believe in the shared HEART values (humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork), equipped with a healthy and active lifestyle that are essential in every child’s overall development. The global partnership aims to bring world-class opportunities to nourish ambitions and build a nation of champions through sports. Participants of the program are chosen via a nomination from their coaches who will vouch for both their character and talent.


Asisting MILO in the facilitation of the invitational camp are the Cebu Football Association (CFA), a regional body under the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and two coaches from the FCB Youth Academy, FC Barcelona’s flagship youth development program. The two-day training camp which features theoretical and practical sessions on how to play the Barca way is free of charge—a privilege for the qualified young players. It will give them the kind of training that only FCB can offer to aid in their continued development, progress Philippine football, and further inspire Filipinos to be champions on and off the field.

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One with MILO and FCB’s vision is the local organizer of this year’s invitational, the Cebu Football Association (CFA). CFA Vice President Rico Navarro exclaims, “We warmly welcome this momentous collaboration with two iconic sports brands, MILO and FC Barcelona. Our region has some of the most passionate and talented young players in the country, and we hope that this Road to Barcelona camp can foster the right values and grow their appreciation for the sport and everything they learn from it.”


“Every kid dreams of becoming a champ. That’s why the MILO-FCB Road to Barcelona Philippines Camp is back to provide kids the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with youth coaches from FC Barcelona. We’ve taken this year’s invitational camp to the Visayas to share the program with even more children in the region, because we believe that these experiences can encourage them to pursue their passion for the sport and nourish their ambitions,” said Willy de Ocampo, Vice President, Nestle Philippines, Inc.


The expert panel composed of PFF representatives and FCB coaches will be in charge in shortlisting the most deserving athletes who will fly to Spain, where one slot in the delegation will be all-expense paid by MILO Philippines.


Similar to the maiden program, the 2018 delegation will take part in a nine-day training camp and ultimate experience in FCB’s hallowed grounds in Camp Nou, Barcelona. The Philippine team will be among their peers from other MILO markets which incude Australia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Jamaica, New Zealand, Panama, Singapore, Tahiti, Thailand, and Vietnam. Their stay will be filled with special activities that will hone their skills, encourage them to make new friends, explore scenic heritage locations, most importantly, learn how to play with HEART—the Barca way.


MILO Philippines Consumer Marketing Manager Robbie de Vera shares his excitement for year two of the four-year partnership, “MILO is very excited and honored to continue its advocacy to get more kids into sports and help advance Philippine football with FC Barcelona. Our goal for this year is to further enrich the ‘Road to Barcelona’ experience  by reaching more Filipino kids and reinforcing the values that encourage more kids to dream big and become champions in life.”


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About Nestlé MILO

MILO is the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage. Loved and trusted by parents and kids alike, MILO products offer essentials vitamins and minerals that promote the holistic development of children around the world. For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).



About FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona was founded on November 29, 1899 through the initiative of a Swiss gentleman named Hans Maximilian Gamper, popularly known as Joan Gamper. Since it was founded, the Club has had 44 different presidents. From Walter Wild to the current President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barça has grown into a massive social phenomenon that reaches far beyond the bounds of mere sport.


The Club has grown along with the city around it, and has come to represent Barcelona and Catalonia all around the world. The Club is now a global brand and a giant in the sports world.


FC Barcelona has one of largest memberships among football clubs worldwide and its achievements have also made it one of the most successful. The many famous victories and the Club’s all-time greats (Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona, Romário, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Messi, and so many more) form an important part of the Barça legacy.

Design Center bags prestigious Quill award

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L-R: DTI-TIPG communications consultant Ed Ramirez, former DTI ASEAN CBIP deputy
director Aizel Anolin, Undersecretary Noya Terrado, Design Center executive director Rhea Matute, former Design Center promo division OIC Nenita Dulay, trade service officer Clariza Columna, Brian Ambulo and Kate Bondoc at the recent Quill Awards ceremonies at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Newport City, Pasay City
Design Center of the Philippines recently received a merit award in the Communications
Management Division – Community Relations Category at the highly-prestigious 16th Philippine Quill Awards.
Through the ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and Exhibition, Design Center was honored
for its ability to galvanize the creative community not just in the Philippines but also in
other ASEAN countries. This event inspired the City of Baguio to become the first
UNESCO Creative City in the Philippines and one of the only five creative cities in the
ASEAN region.
With the support of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Design Center organized
the ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and Exhibition to provide a platform for government, policy makers, business and creative communities and the academe to share insights
on how best to advance the development of the ASEAN region’s creative economy,
through creative cities and creative clusters. The ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and
Exhibition is also one of the great and effective venues to help promote and strengthen
the design industry in the country.
DTI also received merit awards in the Government Communications Programs,
Leadership Communications and Community Relations categories at the recent
Philippine Quill Awards.
The 40-year-old Quill Awards is a global award-giving body that recognizes excellence
in strategic communications. The award is an acknowledgment that the recipient is one
of the best in business communications nationwide.
The Design Center of the Philippines, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), successfully showcased the diverse industry creative disciplines at the recent Cebu Design Week. Design Center presented two master classes, which further strengthened Cebu’s reputation as a creative hub.
The Business of Design Module, covered the fundamentals of design management was
spearheaded by Pino Group of Concepts, Inc. president John Paul “PJ” Lagnot with
Atty. BJ Palattao who focused on legal matters and intellectual property. The Business
of Fashion Module outlined the essentials of building a global fashion brand and was
presented by Design Center product specialist for Go Lokal! Carol de Leon. The Cebu
Design Week served as a platform for new and seasoned designers to collaborate,
unite and generate strategies for Cebu’s future development while preserving Cebuano
heritage and traditional craftsmanship.