Ronnie Alonte for Blackwater fragrances

Charismatic dancer Ronnie Alonte elevates his stylish moves with his choice of fragrance and deo-spray – Blackwater, Ever Bilena Cosmetics’ personal grooming line scents that keeps him smelling good all day.

The newest Blackwater ambassador chooses the Dark Rebel deo-spray for formal occasions with its irresistible manly scent – a deep and intense earthy smell that is distinctively masculine. Subtle hints of citrus and light florals are unified by a mossy woods base.

For day wear, he likes Dynamic Fragrance, which has a mossy-woods scent with hints of bittersweet wine. The scent goes well with upgrades in his wardrobe or a new look.  The crisp and clean scent will make any man stand out in a crowd.

Aside from making Alonte smell and feel good, Blackwater helps him keep his porma game strong with its aromatic Dark Rebel deo-spray and Dynamic Fragrance.

Like Alonte, complete your look with Blackwater grooming products for men! Try the fragrances, hair and face products and deo soap. For more information, visit Blackwater’s official website http://blackwater.com.ph/, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BlackwaterForMen/, and Instagram pagehttps://www.instagram.com/blackwaterelite/.

 

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Our Rich Filipino Cuisine and Culture at Islas Pinas

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Delicious regional Filipino cuisine and our rich culture and heritage was the main course during the launch of Islas Pinas, an indoor Filipino Food and Heritage Village and a new, distinct destination for both local and international guests, at the DoubleDragon Plaza, DD Meridian Park, Macapagal Avenue corner EDSA Extension, Bay Area, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Conceptualized to showcase the abundance and vibrancy of the Filipino culture, this new establishment lets guests discover, explore and experience the Philippines’s heritage sites, natural resources, hospitality and most importantly, its cuisine—all under one roof.

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The launch was made more special by the impressive cultural dance performances by the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild who showcased the tinikling, Ifugao Banga dance, and La Jota Manila, against the beautiful backdrop of mini-replica of the Ifugao Rice Terraces.

It’s through the collaboration of DoubleDragon Group and Chef Margarita Forés that Islas Pinas came to life, with the aim to inspire love for the Philippines and to cultivate patriotism by showcasing the country’s beautiful sites and diverse regional cuisines. With a seating capacity of over 700 seats in an expansive 2,500 square meter space, Islas Pinas is the perfect place to give visitors a taste of the best that the Philippines has to offer through the following sections:

SINAG, the Tagalog word for ‘ray of light’ offers all-day Filipino breakfast favourites; ALAMAT or legend, tells the story of the different regions of the Philippines through its signature dishes; BILAO is coined after the woven winnowing basket where comfort snacks are usually served; PANADERYA offers neighborhood bakery favorites; TUSOK-TUSOK, on the other hand, offers urban street food; PANULAK or beverage is where the samalamig (cold drinks with different flavors) will be available. Lastly, PAMPANG or shore will allow guests to enjoy chosen fresh catch cooked to their preference.

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“DoubleDragon has always believed in embarking on projects with relevance. We believe Islas Pinas will be a landmark in the country, and will showcase the diversity not only of our cuisine and handicrafts but also our landscape and architecture brought about by the rich heritage and culture of the country,” says

DoubleDragon’s chief investment officer Hannah Yulo.

At the helm of this project is none other than Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2016, Margarita A. Forés whose mission is to bring Filipino cuisine to global prominence. Thus, Islas Pinas is a vision coming to life for her, where Filipino food is not just on the sidelines but at the centerstage.

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“This is an absolute dream project for me that has come at such a perfect time,” said Forés. “I give my thanks to then Undersecretary of Agriculture, now Secretary of Tourism Berna R. Puyat, for putting me together with the DoubleDragon group, who was looking for someone to operate this amazing Islas Pinas project about half a year ago. This fast-tracked such a blessed opportunity to continue pushing my biggest advocacy – that of helping to promote the best our country – our cuisine, ingredients, farers, artisan producers and home cooks from Batanes to Jolo – in the best way I can!”

It is her aim for guests to experience the Philippines with their five senses and beyond. Thus, aside from the culinary delights and a picturesque interior design by Lara Fernandez Barrios of architecture, interior, and design firm, Larawan Ink, the venue will also feature modern and traditional cultural performances and games to ensure a fun and truly Pinoy ambiance.

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Entrepreneur rebuilds business from the ashes with help from AXA

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In 2016, a fire in Benguet made headlines as it destroyed a warehouse—one that was owned by entrepreneur Kenneth So, and one that provided stable jobs for a lot of workers. So and his team, some of them very loyal employees that had been with him for a long time, could only watch as years of hard work went up in smoke in a matter of hours.

So was grateful that the insurance company he chose—AXA Philippines through its general insurance subsidiary Charter Ping An—swiftly came to his rescue and went the extra mile to process his claim promptly so he could get back on his feet as soon as possible.

So’s business, Granville Corporation Supply Holdings, is a strong player in the competitive supply chain industry. The company plays a key role in the logistics and distribution of fast moving consumer goods across key markets. So employs 400 people to ensure prompt servicing of customers

The fire destroyed Grandville’s four-storey warehouse in La Trinidad, Benguet, and millions of pesos in inventory. Fortunately, So had the foresight to get a comprehensive fire insurance coverage from leading global insurer AXA. His loyal staff also rallied together during a truly trying time. The company is now slowly but surely recovering.

The ease and speed with which So was able to receive his insurance claims and the attentive and dedicated service he received from AXA helped ease his burden. “Now, our warehouse is being rebuilt,” So says. “This is the start of a new beginning.”

So’s experience with AXA is proof of AXA’s unwavering commitment to its customers, backed by superior financial strength and worldwide reach, to be there when it is most needed. It assures clients like So, whose employees and their families count on for their livelihood, can live the life he chooses—free from uncertainty and anxiety, no matter what challenges he has to face.

Filinvest Mimosa+: Revitalizing leisure destinations up north

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With exceptional amenities set amidst an abundance of greens, Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City, the newest integrated township in the north, is fast-becoming the preferred destination for vacations in Clark, Pampanga.

Centerpiece attractions

The sophisticated Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark and the award-winning Mimosa Golf Course—all harmoniously co-existing with rich flora and mature trees in the estate—are considered the current centerpiece attractions on Filinvest Mimosa+’s well-maintained 201-hectare expanse. As they collectively preserve the impressive Filinvest Mimosa+ environment, these two tourism-oriented properties continuously attract visitors seeking fine accommodations or a challenging round of golf.

The premium Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark

In keeping with Filinvest Mimosa+’s commitment to be the top leisure destination in the north, the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark is now undergoing extensive renovations to maintain its world-class status. But more than this, the hotel is a favorite for staycations with their well-appointed rooms, the signature Mequeni restaurant, where guests can indulge in some of the most famous Kapampangan dishes, the Charley’s Bar, where guests can choose from a wide selection of craft cocktails, wines, and champagnes, as well as the swimming pool which has become every kid’s favorite. Villa living is also taken to the next level at Filinvest Mimosa+ with its two new opulent Grand Villas, each offering three bedrooms, a living area, grand bathroom, and private swimming pool that overlooks the estate’s greeneries. For an even more luxurious and personalized experience, a personal butler is assigned to each villa.

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The Mimosa Golf Course and its attractive promo packages

The Mimosa Golf Course of two par-72, 18-hole courses cover a total over 150 hectares, more than half of the whole estate. This legendary golf course has played host to a number of prestigious tournaments and top golfers, including Tiger Woods. As a membership-free golf course, it continues to attract a strong base of returning guests of varying skill sets, as they enjoy every challenging hole. Every month, the club also offers irresistible golf promotions including a sumptuous weekend brunch by the greens.

 

One of these is the Mimosa Summer Swing package—available until July 31, 2018, with rates that start at Php 6,550.00. The Mimosa Summer Swing package offers an activity-filled summer vacay for the whole family. This includes a stay at the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark, green fee for 18-holes golf play at the Mimosa Golf Course, consumable food and beverage at the Q by Mimosa, and access to the pool and other hotel amenities.

The verdant Acacia Park

Another point of pride of Filinvest Mimosa+ is the newly developed nature sanctuary called the Acacia Park. Located just across the Quest Hotel and Conference-Clark, it is a place for respite that features a verdant landscaping with a profusion of trees and gazebos where one can sit down and relish the relaxing environs. It is a perfect spot for having a picnic and even for stargazing. Families and friends can also enjoy more outdoor and recreational activities as Filinvest Mimosa+ purposely integrated foliage-canopied walking paths and bike lanes in its progressive masterplan. The Acacia Park—where fresh air and clear skies can be savored—marks the beginning of Filinvest’s vision to transform the Mimosa estate into a green township.

A masterplan like no other

Other exciting future attractions at Filinvest Mimosa+ is the $200-million world-class integrated gaming complex, a lifestyle mall and an al fresco retail strip that will offer specialty boutiques and unique dining concepts, and a sprawling Events Grounds and the Mimosa+ Events Pavilion that are set to host some of the country’s biggest music festivals, summits, and conferences.

As Filinvest Mimosa+ progressively works toward putting all four components—leisure, business, nature, and hospitality and residence—in place, no doubt, it will soon be the premier destination in the north.

To learn more about the many exciting things that Filinvest Mimosa+ has to offer along with all coming developments, visit its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MimosaPlus/.

A more fun, active lifestyle at Filinvest City’s Spectrum Linear Park

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Filinvest City, the premier garden central business district in the Metro South, recently opened two other sections of its Spectrum Linear Park, a foliage-canopied walkway that spans across the north and south ends of the township, as it further promotes a more fun, active lifestyle.

Since its opening last year, Filinvest City’s Spectrum Linear Park has been drawing a steady stream of people who enjoy its close to one-kilometer span. Now accessible via vehicles, this span is accentuated by tree-lined, landscaped pathways, lighted seating areas, and stimulating outdoor art installations. To make it more enjoyable for employees, residents, and guests, a free Wi-Fi access powered by Smart Communications can now be experienced at the park.

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Whereas one part of the park is more linear and traditional in design—the area being nearest to the office blocks—the new portion is envisioned to be more playful, serving as transition from the business side of the development to its softer, garden side. Another section, meanwhile, presents fewer hardscapes—that is, walkways and path pavers—and offers more foliage, trees, and greenery for a truly relaxing environment. This then transitions to the soon-to-be-constructed Creekside Park, which boasts of a ‘living creek’ on top of a thriving bird habitat.

With all these eco-centric innovations, the Spectrum Linear Park will serve as a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city living—a place where people can come together, take a break, enjoy outdoor activities, and have a healthy dose of nature while in the metro. This also proves that a balanced urban masterplan, as espoused by Filinvest City where all the components of a thriving township is complimented by open spaces and pedestrian-friendly features likewide sidewalks and bike lanes, is possible.

“A key element in our plan is the enhancement of existing open spaces into functional ones like parks. It is through this that we aim to provide city dwellers a smarter, more sustainable township,” relates Filinvest Alabang, Inc. senior vice president for townships Don S. Ubaldo. “While we already have all the components of a thriving community, wein Filinvest City still believe that lush, open spaces are a kind of luxury that will continue to attract locators and investors.”

The Filinvest Group, backed by its six decades of industry experience, continuously proves to be a progressive urban development, one that effectively fuses the needs of people, nature, and commerce.  It is no wonder then that many have chosen to call Filinvest City their home.

AXA helps young athlete pursue her dream

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If you ask Jam Lachica, 12, a young girl and an avid basketball player, how she ended up being selected among 800 players during the Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp, Jam will tell you right away that it was because of her coaches, including her dad Jaylord Lachica and school coach Joseph Rizos.

As a budding athlete, Jam was always influenced by her father’s interests, including basketball, which led to her love for the sport. Since the age of six, she would tag along with her father’s barangay leagues and closely observe the game. “Lagi akong sinasama ni Papa sa mga laro niya, kaya ginusto ko na rin matutunan yung basketball,” she said.

Fast forward to 2016 when Jam first joined the Jr. NBA Regional Selection Camp wherein she competed with several skilled female players her own age. However, she missed her chance to progress to the camp’s second day after she left to support her dad’s championship game in Quezon City.

But just like a true champion, Jam got back up and tried again in 2017. Knowing that she had been chosen on her first try, the shooting guard had a little more confidence, but unfortunately, she failed to make the cut. “Ginawa ko naman yung best ko para makuha ako ulit kaso madaming ibang magagaling,” she said.

Jam admits to feeling disappointment and in fact, did not consider joining this year’s camp. However, her dad didn’t lose faith and together with coach Rizos encouraged her to join again. Surprisingly, 2018 seemed to be Jam’s lucky year – with the help of AXA, the official insurance partner of the NBA in the Philippines, she had the support that she needed to succeed.

Jam was selected as one of the 16 girls that would represent Metro Manila and compete with peers from the provinces at the National Training Camp. All the hard work and long training hours were worth it. “Sobrang saya at thankful ako na may na-meet akong coach na nag-motivate sa akin to do my best. Buti nalang nandiyan si Papa para bigyan ako ng pag-asa,” she said. After all, third time’s the charm.

With AXA providing proper coaching and support, along with her father and coach’s help, she is now one step closer to reaching her dreams. “Si Papa ang best coach ko. Basta nandiyan siya, kaya kong abutin yung mga pangarap ko,” she said.

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance companies, empowers people to live better lives by encouraging them to have a game plan, whether it’s in sports or in the hard court that is life. AXA believes that preparing for the future is important so that people can live the life they choose. For more information on AXA’s wide array of life and general insurance and investment products, visit www.axa.com.ph.

NU Pep Squad leads SM Dance at #AweSM “Sweet 60” weekend party

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The night could not have been any sweeter as SM celebrated its 60th anniversary with an exciting dance routine, the SM Dance, which was led by the National University (NU) pep squad, at the #AweSM “Sweet 60” weekend party at SM Mega Fashion Hall.

Shoppers were in for more sweet surprises as top singers, Radha, Bituin Escalante and Frenchie Dy belted out a series of entertaining songs. The singers were later joined by Ramonne Rodriguez of The Voice and Annastacia Penny of SM Little Stars for an #AweSM performance of SM’s “We’ve Got It All” jingle.

SM Supermalls COO Steven Tan, SVP for marketing Jonjon San Agustin and SM Megamall AVP for operations Christian Mathay welcomed everyone to the event. Mathay said, “Our #AweSM 60th anniversary celebration officially begins with an #AweSM ‘Sweet 60’ weekend party in all 70 SM malls nationwide. Expect a lot of fun and exciting surprises coming your way during our weekend activities happening from May to October, and watch out for #AweSM deals from food to fashion and other finds.”

As one of the highlights of the event, SM also held a giant logo projection mapping show at SM Megamall’s facade along EDSA.

The #AweSM “Sweet 60” weekend party featured interactive play experience, where shoppers immersed themselves in a fantastic wonderland of colors and desserts. In partnership with Boysen, Fruits In Ice Cream, The Dessert Museum, and The Lost Bread, SM Megamall’s #AweSM Weekend Party was an Instagram wonderland where everyone splurged on dessert treats and freebies, and snapped photos at the different activity stations.

 

For more information about #AweSM 60 years, visit SM Supermalls Facebook page or check out www.smsupermalls.com.

 

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