Prominent Asian implant surgeons in convention

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Prominent Asian implant surgeons in convention. Top implant surgeons from Asia: James I-Sheng Huang from Taiwan, Sok Chenh Chhean from Cambodia and Gary Brillo from Manila were recently featured as key speakers at the 27th Philippine Academy of Implant Dentistry (PAID) Annual Convention and Induction Ceremony at the Okada Hotel Manila. Convention theme was “Honing Skills towards a Wider Horizon.” The implant experts share their knowledge and expertise on dental implantology and the latest developments in the field. Also at the convention was PAID president Dr. Levy Louie Villaruel (seated at the center).The convention was co-presented by Straumann, the world’s leader in implant, restorative and regenerative dentistry, exclusively distributed by GT Industries in the Philippines.


Building capabilities of insurance professionals

Business partners, employees, and friends of AXA Philippines, one of the leading insurance companies in the country, recently gathered for the much-awaited inauguration of their newest state-of-the-art training facility, the AXA Academy.

Housed at the 11th floor of the Bank of Makati Building on Ayala Avenue extension in Makati City (a stone’s throw away from their main offices), the AXA Academy serves as the main training facility for AXA agents, driven by its aim to elevate the skills and capabilities of local insurance professionals to an unmatched level of excellence.

Leading the inauguration rites, together with AXA chairman Solomon Cua, was Insurance Commissioner Atty. Dennis Funa, the event’s guest of honor. Funa noted that the AXA Academy will help improve education of insurance professionals who are engaged in a noble vocation to spread financial literacy, in order to help Filipinos achieve their financial goals.

Following the solemn and inspiring dedication ceremony, AXA Philippines CEO Rahul Hora in his remarks extolled the values that make AXA stand out in the competitive insurance industry. “Our strength is our people, as insurance is a people business,” Hora said. “Whether distributors or employees, the most important thing is the foundation on which their capabilities are built.”

Hora further said that the AXA Academy is “a symbol of our commitment, a symbol of what our people mean to us as an organization—how we’re extremely passionate in building the competencies of our employees.”

Exuding a very modern and professional ambiance, the AXA Academy’s design and lay-out is purposely meant to be flexible and technology driven, providing a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing environment for learning or socials. At almost 1000 square meters, the AXA Academy—with its six (6) training rooms of varying sizes plus two (2) meeting rooms—can handle up to eight ongoing running sessions with a maximum capacity of over 300 participants in total. Other facilities include a reception and focus area, a trainer area, a pantry, and a hallway lounge.

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Citi sees continued growth opportunities in Asia

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Citi remains bullish about the growth prospects in Asia, as global investors turn to the region in the face of volatility in Europe and North America and general uncertainty in the markets.

Citi shared key investment trends and macroeconomic views during the Citi Investor Conference 2018 at the Citi Plaza building in Taguig.

“Global fund managers are looking carefully at Asia, and China is a big part of that,” said Julia Raiskin, head of Investor Sales, Asia Pacific, at Citi. “Interest in the region is partly due to the inclusion of 200 large cap Chinese stocks in the MSCI, as well as the opening of the China Bond Connect.”

According to Raiskin, global fund managers are investing in equities and fixed income as top choices, with local currency bonds becoming increasingly attractive. “Investors are looking into more liquid markets – Hong Kong, Australia and, gradually, ASEAN,” she said. “Intra-Asia flows are also increasing with key corridors flowing from China, Japan and Korea to ASEAN.”

Citi notes that intra-Asia trade corridors have the potential to pick up slack from China and U.S. supply chains that may be threatened.

“This region represents a much bigger opportunity as it is currently under-penetrated,” said Johanna Chua, head of Asia Pacific Economic Analysis at Citi. “Industries are well developed, but the long-term savings industry and asset management is not. So we’re seeing bigger allocations towards Asia from fund managers.”

Philippine equities are underweight in Citi’s global equity allocation due to broad-based, cyclical upswings and the performance of other economies, explained Chua. But recent data has been good, given increased government spending and the peso stabilizing. “There’s a lot of traction growth,” Chua said. “The growth story is there.”

To spur further growth, Citi says the key is more foreign direct investments. “We need more FDI. The Philippines is still conservative with regards to foreign financing,” Chua said.

Infrastructure is seen as a key growth driver, especially the government’s ongoing ‘Build, Build, Build’ program. Additional growth drivers include services exports such as tourism, manufacturing with preferential tax treatments, and agricultural development and energy.

“As the contracts of the IPPs (Independent Power Producers) expire in 2020, power and energy will potentially be huge growth drivers for the Philippine economy,” said Paul A. Favila, head of Markets and Securities Services.

Overall, Citi explained that last year was a good year for everybody and moving forward, 2018 is progressing well. “There are a lot of good things going for the Philippines,” said Chua. “It’s one of the only economies without any fuel subsidies and domestic demand story in the Philippines has traction, especially on the investment side.”

Citi’s GDP growth projection for the Philippine economy is 6.9% in 2018.

Bristol at Parkway Place by Filigree at crest of south’s property growth

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The 40-story Bristol at Parkway Place is the tallest residential tower in
Filinvest City, Alabang.

Choosing a real estate investment to add to one’s growing and diversifying portfolio can be tricky. Many factors have to be considered in selecting from a variety of upscale property projects in the market. But for discriminating real estate investors, one premium condominium development stands out—Bristol at Parkway Place by Filigree, the new gold standard in luxury real estate in the country.


Bristol at Parkway Place is worthy of any investor’s consideration. In fact, since launch, Bristol’s investment value has progressively improved. Its units’ worth has steadily increased owing to Filinvest City’s growth trajectory, providing early investors excellent returns of up to 30 percent. Bristol’s competitive price, though, is just one of the many attributes that attract buyers.

“As residents steadily make Bristol at Parkway Place their home, they can already enjoy a handsome return on their investment,” says Kate Ilagan, Filigree head. “With its strategic location, high-end features and amenities, Bristol truly possesses all the high value attributes that make it a remarkable property asset.”

Embodying central living, the 40-story Bristol at Parkway Place is strategically situated at the gateway of the dynamic Filinvest City in Alabang, a masterplanned central business district that continues to transform the landscape of Metro South with its land values more than doubling in the last five years. Filinvest City also bares the distinction of being the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED-certified business district in the country, thereby cementing its status as a future-proof, green-oriented community.

Filinvest City’s benchmark-setting increases in land value may be attributed to continuous construction and completion of office buildings, resulting in the influx of corporations locating in the Metro South. Another factor is the ease of access to the city—thanks to the Skyway. Soon, travelling from the Metro South to North and vice versa will be made hassle-free with infrastructure projects like the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road via Skyway and the North-South Rail Commuter Railway. Undeniably, with its location and proximity to main thoroughfares, residents of Bristol not only will live a life of luxury, but also one of utmost convenience at the heart of a bustling metropolis.

The unit offerings of Bristol at Parkway Place make it an even more desirable and most valuable real estate investment for Filipino entrepreneurs and expatriates alike. Bristol comes with aptly-sized and thoughtfully designed one-, two-, and three-bedroom units—ranging from 53 square meters to as much as 168 square meters—all well-appointed, with balconies, and built to the highest standards and finishes.

Its ground floor has been dedicated to specialty stores that make it convenient for residents to shop and dine. Almost everything a resident desires is but an elevator ride or a short walk away: restaurants, retail outlets, and other essential establishments.

Backed by Filigree’s unwavering commitment to deliver its projects on time and without compromise, Bristol at Parkway Place has already started turning over units in the first half of 2018. Indeed, Bristol may be the best upscale real estate investment today as it takes luxurious, central living to new heights and offers residents great value for their money.

“Homeowners in the Metro South are now embracing the condo living lifestyle and the luxury and modern conveniences it brings,” Ilagan continues. “No doubt, Bristol at Parkway Place is fast-becoming the top-of-mind choice for those seeking only the finest and most valuable in upscale, high-rise residential projects.”


For more details on Filigree’s Bristol at Parkway Place, visit or call (02) 809-6517.

24/7 Emergency Roadside Assistance for KTM Riders

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KTM customers who will buy street-legal motorcycles on May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019 from authorized local distributor Adventure Cycle Philippines, Inc. and its growing network of dealers around the country are qualified to avail the nationwide emergency roadside assistance coverage through Ibero Asistencia Philippines, global market pioneer in roadside travel assistance.

Under an agreement signed recently by KTM and Ibero, KTM riders enrolled in the program can contact Ibero’s assistance coordinator through (02) 4594755, a 24/7 call center hotline in 86 areas in Luzon, 17 in Visayas, and 7 in Mindanao if they need motorcycle assistance like engine trouble, towing, removal of damaged unit or delivery of fuel or spare key. In the event that you lose your key, Ibero shall even cover the cost for replacing the key.

The assistance coordinator can also arrange for legal assistance, ambulance service, hospital admission, and accident coordination with relevant government units such as PNP, PNP-HG, MMDA, Skyway Patrol, among others in times of emergencies.

Other services available include lodging and travel expenses coverage of up to two nights at an agreed rate of up to P2,000 per night in case of immobilization, and if the motorcycle’s repair time is longer than 48 hours as established by the repair facility; or the arrangement of an alternate means of transportation to the intended destination; or reimbursement of alternative transportation expenses.

“Our customers deserve nothing less than the best after-sale services because our relationship with them does not end after the purchase,” says Dino Santos, COO, Adventure Cycle Philippines, Inc. “With Ibero Asistencia partnership; they get total peace of mind and utmost customer service available across the country.”

KTM is the first motorcycle manufacturer in the country to provide the most comprehensive emergency roadside assistance on all of its street-legal motorcycles.

For more information, visit KTM Philippines official Facebook page

Discovery Country Suites Gets Shortlisted for Haute Grandeur’s Global Hotel Awards

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Discovery Country Suites has been shortlisted along with some of the world’s best hotels for Haute Grandeur’s Global Hotel Awards. Haute Grandeur is an independent award-giving body that recognizes the best hospitality experience from across 7 continents, 172 countries, and 90 categories. To be awarded by Haute Grandeur, different factors are taken into consideration, such as rooms, food & beverage, service, overall hotel facilities, location, ambience, design, unique guest experience, online presence, guest reviews, among others.

As a part of The Discovery Leisure Company’s roster of hotels and resorts, Discovery Country Suites provides a calm respite for its guests with their picturesque view of Taal and its trademark outstanding service. As a seven-suite manor home, one of the things that separate Discovery Country Suites from most hotels is its exclusivity. Those who enter the property can immediately feel the distinctive feeling of home. From the personalized service, elegant suites, signature experience of wine and cheese at sundown, to the sumptuous dishes of Restaurant Verbena, a stay at Discovery Country Suites is a unique experience in itself.

Being shortlisted for a prestigious award is already an honor for Discovery Country Suites, but excellence has always been imparted in their roots. Guest ratings are an important part of winning the award, which is why guests are encouraged to share their honest feedback through various travel websites. Winners will be announced on November 1, 2018.

Discovery Country Suites is located along 300 Calamba Road, San Jose, Tagaytay City, 4120 Philippines. For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 5298172, email or visit



With seven elegant and unique suites that radiate the feeling of home with the view of Taal Lake and Volcano right at its window, Discovery Country Suites offers a relaxing stay for guests looking for a Tagaytay getaway. Inside the property is Restaurant Verbena – serving up fresh dishes and staying true to its country contemporary cuisine tied together with the “Service that’s All Heart” Discovery has always been known for.

With so much to explore in Tagaytay, Discovery Country Suites neighbors some of the country’s best golf courses, flower farms, spa resorts, and concept restaurants.


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About Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards was established as an independent and unbiased initiative to honour the very highest achievements from across the global hotel industry in 2014, recognising exceptional contributions by outstanding hotels with Marinique De Wet as CEO at the helm. This prestigious Awards system is exclusive to the Haute Grandeur brand, and considered without equal because of its method. Unbiased results are guaranteed by placing emphasis on quality feedback from guests, rather than quantity of votes by a panel of judges or general public.

A wealth of experience and thorough understanding of the global hotel and spa Awards industries result from 10 years’ hands-on experience in operations – including her role as Managing Director of two highly successful international luxury hotel & spa Awards brands, and Editor of numerous industry-related publications. As a solutions-driven and insightful individual, she identified the need for an absolute transparent rating system due to industry concerns with existing systems in recent years. “I wanted to improve existing global Awards concepts to offer a more alternative system, where participants are guided on how they can improve on their existing service levels as part of the recognition process”, shares Marinique. “Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards is focused on fairness and transparency that form the basis of any credible Awards system.”

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards promise to raise service delivery levels by means of awarding only the very best in the industry. It aims to focus on hotels that do not want to win the “average” award and celebrates the very best in hotel experiences across 7 continents, 172 countries and 90 categories. Participating hotels are generally seen as the benchmark in the industry as they create awareness about the value and importance of constantly raising the bar of excellence.

The value of a Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Award is powerful in terms of its ability to boost marketing and promises to have a direct impact on guests perceptions and revenue. It provides the much needed inspiration that hotels look for by identifying role model properties across all continents in order to further raise their current levels of service delivery to even greater heights.

The annual Awards Gala Ceremony where winners are revealed, is not only the most dazzling event of the year on the luxury hotel industry calendar, it also highlights the values of leadership, hard work, dedication, ambition and success. This event takes place each year in a different exotic location and offers hoteliers in attendance new networking opportunities.

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel AwardsTM provide travelers with a trusted source of Award winning properties to choose from when booking their holidays or business trips, knowing that our winners have been hand-picked and rewarded for overall excellence on many levels. The Awards aims to be regarded as the largest & most trusted Awards initiative in the world with a rating process that is transparent and fair.

Celebrating the power of design

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The Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) celebrated recently the World Industrial Design Day by organizing workshops and talks on the impact of design on the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of a community. Held at the Robins Design Center in Ortigas, the one-day event had the theme “Designing Wellness”. Speakers included mental health advocate and multi-awarded digital marketer Dominique de Leon, building biologist and Holy Carabao Farms founder Melanie Go, and Innovable, Inc. chief design officer Christina Guanzon. The workshops were attended by representatives of the different sectors of the design industry. DCP, which is committed to cultivating a culture that thrives in creativity, value creation and innovation, tirelessly implements projects to provide Filipino designers a platform not only to sharpen their talents but also to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills so they can compete in the global scene. In photo (L-R): Dominique de Leon, Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Rhea Matute, Pauline Guanzon, Christina Guanzon, Niña Terol, Jenica Dizon, and Melanie Go.