Sweet 7th anniversary deals from Villa Del Conte

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Sweet 7th anniversary deals from Villa Del Conte – Villa Del Conte is celebrating a sweet milestone as it reaches 7 years of creating rich, decadent and authentic Italian chocolates! Savor the masterfully crafted Villa Del Conte chocolates with their tempting anniversary deals available only until the end of July. It features Villa Del Conte signature boxes: Grande Box which contains 500 grams of 40-45 pieces of chocolates; Medio Box which contains 250 grams of 20-25 pieces of chocolates; and Piccolo Box which contains 115 grams of 9-11 pieces of chocolates. These boxes also come with Villa Del Conte gift cards. Celebrate each bite of authentic Italian goodness with Villa Del Conte chocolates available in all Villa Del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders and to know more about Villa Del Conte’s indulgent creations, contact 893-2575, visit www.villadelcontecioccolato.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @VillaDelContePh and on Twitter: @villadelconte.


Discovery Perlas Pilipinas wins in Japan tourney anew

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Former women’s national basketball team Discovery Perlas Pilipinas topped for the second year in a row in the recent Memorial Day Tournament at the Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

Cheering the team on its way to a back-to-back victory was Cynthia Tiu, team manager and acknowledged mother of Philippine women’s Basketball. A member of the family behind the Discovery group of hotels and resorts, Tiu has made it her personal mission to provide full and unwavering support to Discovery Perlas Pilipinas. She has been an advocate for women’s basketball since 2008. That year, for the first time in Philippine history, the national team won the gold in the SEABA Tournament and two silver medals in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The Discovery Perlas consists of 12 members, each a bemedalled baller from top educational institutions: Ish Tiu, SEA Games silver medalist, from Ateneo de Manila University; Ella Rodriguez, from Los Angeles, California and a player from Enderun Colleges; Joylyn Pangilinan, a member of the Guam National Team who is also from Enderun Colleges; Karla Manuel, Carolina Sanggalang, Sai Larosa and SEA Games silver medalist Joy Galicia, all from the University of Santo Tomas; Ford Grajales, SEA Games silver medalist, from Lyceum of the Philippines University; Lhen Flormata, SEA Games silver Medalist, also from Lyceum; Rica Francisco, from Rizal Technological University; Angeli Gloriani, SEA Games silver medalist, from De La Salle University; and Banjo Soriano, a member of University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion team from Far Eastern University.

Rodriguez, 25 and 5”11, received the Most Valuable Player Award while Pangilinan, 19, a Filipino-American from Guam, was chosen as a member of the “Mythical Five” of NAASCU (National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities).

Haydee Ong, the team’s head coach, says victory did not come easy. “It takes a lot of sacrifice to prepare a team for an international competition. First of all, you have to deal with the different players’ various other commitments. Some of our players are already working and some are playing for different universities,” she says.

Assistant Coach Sen Dysangco credited Tiu and the Discovery group for their patronage that helped Discovery Perlas achieve so much. “Through thick and thin, win or lose, she (Tiu) has always tried to generate grassroots support for women’s basketball,” says Dysangco. Private sector support, he says, is much needed as government funding is not enough to cover the team’s expenses.

Philippine Academy of Implant Dentistry convention to feature prominent Asian implant surgeons

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The Philippine Academy of Implant Dentistry (PAID) is set to hold its 27th Annual Convention and Induction Ceremony at Okada Hotel Manila on July 15, 2018 featuring top implant surgeons from different parts of Asia. Flying in to Manila to join Gary Brillo are James I-Sheng Huang from Taiwan and Sok Chen Chhean from Cambodia.

A standing director of Taiwan Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dr. I-Sheng Huang was the first to handle a successful case of implantation in renal transplant patient. He is also the former president of Taiwan Dental Association, a Chief of Dentistry at St. Paul’s Hospital and chief instructor at Taiwan Anker Implant System.

Dr. Chhean is a doctor of dental surgery in Cambodia. He has earned a Master’s Degree in Specialized Orthodontic at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and has been certified in Clinical Orthodontic in KORI, South Korea, Oral Implantology in Goethe University and Dental Implant in Kaohsiung Medical University Taiwan. He is currently a lecturer at International University, Cambodia and Puthisastra, Cambodia.

Meanwhile, Dr. Brillo is the head of the Dental Medicine and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit at the Lung Center of the Philippines. He was formerly president of the Philippine College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and executive officer at large at Asian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Themed “Honing Skills Towards a Wider Horizon,” the conference will provide an opportunity for dental practitioners to elevate their skills as well as learn about the latest developments in dental implantology.

The 27th Annual Convention and Induction Ceremony is presented by the Philippine Academy of Implant Dentistry in partnership with Straumann Philippines/GT Industries, the world’s leading implant, restorative, and regenerative dentistry.

Pre-registration is until July 14 with Php 3,500 fee for members, and P4,000 fee for non-members. Onsite registration is on July 15 with Php 4,500 fee for both members and non-members.

For inquiries, contact Dr. Levy Villaruel at 0917-546-4986 or Dr. Lizel Rivas at 0928-520-0925.

Where to go if you are a vegetarian

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Are you a vegetarian? Do you find dining out a challenge for the very limited selections?
There are actually many restaurants where any vegetarian can have a hearty meal. You just have to know where to look. Here are some options:


For something delicious, healthy and affordable, try Harvesters Vegetarian. It serves some of the best “beef” and “meat” dishes, like beef broccoli, barbecue, and sweet and sour pork. They are so good, it is hard to believe they’re made of tofu. Visit its branches at SM Cubao, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM South Mall, SM Manila and SM Makati.

SaladStop! is known for its wide range of combinations of salads and soups, the best seller, Oh Crab Lah!, is loved for its Singaporean Chili Crab dressing that consists of romaine, crab sticks, tomato, vermicelli, egg, red onion and croutons. Grab a healthy bite today at its branches in SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia.

The Corner Market, The Podium’s new food hall, is adding a new twist to the Manila food scene with the first indoor farmers market. Among the 17 food stalls, you can find Gusto!, an organic salad bar that serves produce from local farmers. Visit The Corner Market at 2/F The Podium in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

The Food Hall by Todd English, the first restaurant by a celebrity chef in Manila, opened in 2014 at SM Aura Premier. It set the trend in the food hall concept in Asia. Choose from fresh salads, freshly baked flatbread, signature pastas and many more.

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Refreshments and desserts

Originally from Taiwan, TenRen’s Tea is among the best milk tea shops in the world. It has been satisfying customers in the Philippines since 2016. As a leading international retailer and manufacturer of specialty teas, it offers a number of specialty tea-based beverages! The teas are made-to-order and use only natural ingredients and whole leaf teas.  Popular flavors include the 913 King’s Oolong Tea, Orange Green Tea, Taro Green Milk Tea, and Green Tea Mango Slush. Have a cool afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Complex.

Another popular spot is BLK 513’s frozen yogurt. What makes it different from the rest is the black color, which comes from activated charcoal that helps absorb harmful chemicals in the body. Add in strawberry, kiwi, mango, lychee and more for extra flavor. Visit BLK 513 at SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia Complex and SM North Edsa.

There are no guilty pleasures in these vegetarian-friendly places, just amazing dishes. Head to the nearest SM mall to enjoy veggies like never before. For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com and its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @smsupermalls.

Greater opportunities for the country’s creative industry

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The Creative Innovators Programme team takes questions from the media.
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Design and creative managers in the Philippines now have a greater opportunity to harness their talents and improve their entrepreneurial skills with the launch of Creative Innovators Programme. Spearheaded by the British Council and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), this programme aims to strengthen the country’s creative industry ecosystem by supporting creative hubs managers thus immediately multiplying its impact and contribution to economic growth and create more inclusive and creative communities.

Also made possible through a partnership with the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC), Apl.de.Ap Foundation and Thames International, the Creative Innovators Programme will include mentorships, management trainings, grants, and networking opportunities, not just in the Philippines, but across ASEAN and the UK.

“Through the Creative Innovators Programme, we will be able to push, strengthen, develop and improve the creative industry in the country,” said Rhea Matute, executive director of the Design Center of the Philippines. “It is our aim to provide a venue for Filipino designers to grow not just their creative talents but also their business skills, to be able to contribute to the country’s economy, develop a thriving design ecosystem and a creative powerhouse in the global arena.”

Leading the launch was Nicholas Thomas, country director for the British Council in the Philippines who remarked that creative industries are the heart of the modern economy and that Filipinos, being creative in nature, have shown great potential in succeeding in this field.

Also gracing the event were Nestor Palabyab, executive director for the Philippine Trade Training Center; Apl de Ap, founder of the Apl.de.Ap Foundation; Malaya del Rosario, head of arts and creative industries for the British Council; and Joel Santos, President of Thames International and trustee of the Apl.de.Ap Foundation.

With the creative landscape of the Philippines relying on more hubs everyday, the Creative Innovators Programme aims to provide the necessary training and support in order build the country’s next generation of creative community leaders who will build their respective creative industries and communities.

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 British Council in the Philippines Head of Arts and Creative Industries Malaya Del Rosario and Country Director Nicholas Thomas

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Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Rhea Matute

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Thames International President Joel Santos

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Design Center Executive Director Rhea Matute is “bullish” about the Creative Innovators Programme, saying the initiative will help strengthen the country’s creative ecosystem.
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Filigree bags awards at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018

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Filigree, a luxury real estate brand in the country, adds two plum honors from the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018 to its roster of industry recognitions: the Best Residential Development of the Philippines Award for The Enclave Alabang, its first horizontal project, and a five-star rating for Best Apartment Philippines Award for Botanika Nature Residences, one of its upscale condominium developments.

These awards are further testaments of Filigree’s unwavering vision to set the standard in luxury real estate in the country. “We’re very honored to be recognized by a prestigious award giving body such as Asia Pacific Property Awards. This further inspires us to take the Filigree brand to even greater heights,” says Kate Ilagan, Filigree head. “We want to continue to live up to Filigree’s promise of redefining luxurious, modern living by embracing distinction.”

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Filigree’s The Enclave Alabang is a 13-hectare masterplanned, exclusive, green-oriented village in the South. Its sought-after address, on top of its luxurious, tropical modern design that complements its verdant expanse, and the exacting craftmanship employed are but some of the attributes that led to its recognition.

Botanika Nature Residences, meanwhile, is a mid-rise, low-density condominium complex comprised of three towers with garden-inspired amenities in the most quiet portion of Filinvest City, Alabang. Its commitment to sustainable, green living—further cemented by its three-star BERDE rating for design from the Philippine Green Building Council—its iconic leaf-shaped structure, as well as its first-class amenities make it truly best in the market.

Known as the largest, most prestigious program throughout the region, the recently concluded Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018 was held in Bangkok, Thailand. Participating properties are judged by an independent panel of 80 industry experts, focusing on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability.

The top winners in each region will automatically be entered into the overall international awards, culminating in a glittering awards ceremony to be held at the Savoy Hotel, London in December 2018.

DoubleDragon opens flagship property in Pasay

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Listed property developer DoubleDragon Properties Corporation recently inaugurated the DoubleDragon Plaza, the flagship development in the progressive DD Meridian Park in the Bay Area, Pasay City.

DoubleDragon (DD) Plaza, certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), has over 130,000 square meters of leasable space and will form part of the DD Meridian Park complex with 280,000 square meters of leasable space. The property consists of four office towers and will have a capacity of 50,000 employees of its tenants.

Each tower houses seven floors of office space with their own individual elevator lobbies as well as access to the main retail area, which offers an additional 12,000 square meters. Aside from the variety of retail and dining tenants, the property is home to Islas Pinas, an indoor Filipino food and heritage village that showcases Filipino cuisine, culture, and handicrafts.

The DoubleDragon Plaza is the first phase of DoubleDragon’s 4.75-hectare DD Meridian Park. Currently underway is the completion of two more office towers called DoubleDragon Center East and West with a gross leasable space of 30,000 square meters, both slated to be finished within the year. Phases three and four consist of the DoubleDragon Tower, a premium Grade A office building, and the DD-Ascott Meridian Park, a luxury serviced apartment operated by Ascott with more than 300 units.

For more information, visit www.doubledragon.com.ph.