These brave children serve as our inspiration. We hope that through our small gesture, we are able to enhance their quality of life” -Inkwun Heo, LG Electronics Philippines Managing Director
After a series of medical missions for families in Koronadal, Digos, and Butuan in early March, LG Electronics keeps its tradition of giving back to the community with PhP 3,000,000 worth of LG products donated to the House of Hope in Davao during their visit, March 28, 2019.
“LG remains committed in creating social impact and being agents for change. These brave children serve as our inspiration. We hope that through our small gesture, we are able to enhance their quality of life” LG Electronics Philippines Managing Director Inkwun Heo said.
The 3 Million worth donation is expected to help make the shelter more conducive to every child’s recovery. This includes:
(1) over 27,000 various personal care products such as body wash, soap and toothpaste items
(2) 5 43” Full HD TVs
(3) 28 Dual Inverter Airconditioning units
(4) 2 Top Load Washing Machines
(5) 2 Side by Side Refrigerators.
The House of Hope Foundation, located inside the Southern Philippines Medical Center compound (SPMC), is a charitable group that provides temporary shelter to children with cancer. SPMC is the only hospital in the whole of Mindanao that offers free cancer treatment to children. Since a large majority of its patients are indigent families with no place to stay while they are undergoing treatment, the House of Hope provides a sanctuary for them.
The simple turnover ceremony ended with a heartfelt chorus of Yeng Constantino’s “Salamat” (means “Thank You” in Filipino) by the child-residents of the shelter dedicated to the entire LG team. Dr. Mae Concepcion Dolendo, program director of House of Hope Foundation also gave an artwork by Kublai Millan (a famous artist from Mindanao), to Mr Heo as a Thank You souvenir from Davao.
About LG Electronics
Life’s about more than having the latest technology, rather, it’s about the experiences technology creates that impact our lives. LG Electronics Philippines delivers consumer electronics through top-of-the-line home entertainment, home appliances, and air solution products, that prepare Filipinos for their greatest moments. LG promises to bring “Innovation for a Better Life” nationwide – from Luzon, to Visayas, and Mindanao. For more details, log on to lg.com/ph, like @LGPhilippines on Facebook and follow @LGPhilippines on Instagram.
“Taiwan Excellence” products are manufactured or developed in Taiwan, that provide innovative value to users worldwide.
For the first time in Davao, at People’s Park, March 10, “Taiwan Excellence” will proudly display and allow Davao residents to try the quality of Taiwanese brands for free, simultaneous with this year’s Davao International Marathon (DIM) Race (Register for the 2019 race here.).
TAIWAN EXCELLENCE PRODUCTS
Every year, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs recognizes products which are manufactured or developed in Taiwan, “that provide innovative value to users worldwide”. These products are awarded with the “Taiwan Excellence” symbol and are included in various promotional events to cultivate the international market.
Awardees are selected for a specific Taiwan Excellence Award based on their superiority in categories of design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D, and manufacturing.
“Davao boasts a teeming natural ecosystem and a vibrant population, much like Taiwan. I believe these factors make it an optimal place to promote the many innovations coming out of Taiwan,” Tony Lin, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Deputy Director of the Strategic Marketing Department responded when asked on why they chose Davao.
PRODUCTS TO EXPERIENCE
The Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone will showcase more than 30 top-notch products from cutting-edge brands.
ASUS : ASUS is bringing its expertise in mobile and computer technology, including gaming beast ROG STRIX GL504 SCAR II, which is packed with supreme power.
COMEUP : For outdoor driving enthusiasts, COMEUP has designed award-winning winches that can outlast the test of nature. A highlight in their roster is the INTELLIGENCE DASHBOARD (IDB) AUTOMOTIVE WINCH, which comes with a cutout switch that prevents battery drain, an on-board rocker switch, and is also equipped with an LED fan-shaped battery life indicator.
TERN : Helping you navigate the urban jungle in style, bicycle company TERN provides some of their best products to date. With Tern’s LINK A7, you can enjoy the utility of a fold-up bike at an affordable price. It folds up quickly and simply to facilitate easy storage and transportation, creating a smooth and stable ride.
A number of lifestyle brands are also joining the showcase, enriching homes and hobbies.
ALYA : ALYA is bringing its line of smart and portable filtration systems to help you protect your loved ones. Offering ease and convenience, the INTELLIGENT REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM seamlessly provides households with clean drinking water.
JOHNSON : Fitness company JOHNSON also has created a machine to help you achieve your #fitnessgoals. The HORIZON CITTA UPRIGHT BIKE is integral element of their display. Whether you want a performance workout or a casual leisurely ride, the Horizon Citta Upright Bike handle everything in its path with style.
DEYA : DEYA will be showing off its quality backpacks, including the Ocean Recycling Roll Function Backpack. This bag is made from recycled ocean waste creating eco-friendly, fashionable, and functional backpacks for customers around the world.
MORE REASONS TO VISIT THE EXPERIENCE ZONE
Local artist Kyle Echarri will take part in an exclusive interactive session at the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone.
Games and prizes await attendees.
Four (4) raffle winners each bring home a ZENFONE MAX PRO M2.
MORE 2019 TAIWAN EXCELLENCE EVENTS
Taiwan Excellence has several other events lined up for the rest of the year that Filipinos should watch for.
June 29-30 : Taiwan Excellence is launching the Taiwan Excellence 3-on-3 Hoop Challenge at SM Megamall.
October 4-6 : Taiwan Excellence E-sports Cup in Manila.
July 24-25 : Internet-of-Things Business Platform at Marriott Manila.
November : Taiwan Expo in Davao.
“For the past six years, we have built a strong and loyal following in Manila. During this time, we received an outpouring of support for our brands,” says Lin “This is why we have decided to broaden our reach this year and introduce much-needed innovation to more people.”
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) invites Dabawenyos to the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone to experience how Taiwan Excellence products can enrich their lives.
Let us celebrate. You deserve a premium fly at PhP 78!
The Philippines’ only 4-star full service airline, gives Filipinos the fly they deserve at surprisingly affordable fares in celebration of its 78th year in the airline industry.
78th Anniversary Sale
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Travel period: March 16 to December 31, 2019.
Booking dates: March 1 to March 10, 2019.
Over 2 Million seats available
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FREE: Free inflight meals, free checked in baggage and free inflight entertainment.
Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) 78th anniversary sale is its biggest sale for the year. With offers as low as Php78 for domestic and as low as USD78 for international routes, passengers can now book as much flights as they want in 2019 as travel period runs from March 16 all the way to December 31, 2019. Booking dates are from March 1 to March 10, 2019.
May you be traveling alone, with “the one” for your #relationshipgoals, with friends or the whole family, PAL has provided more than two million seats for this anniversary sale to fill up the flights across its growing network of over 30 domestic and over 40 international destinations.
1941: PAL’s first flight was completed from Makati to Baguio. Happy 78th Philippine Airlines
Three phenomenal signers in one spectacular show. The Aces – Darren Espanto, Jona and Lani Misalucha are set to shake Davao’s concert scene this March 2, 2019, 8 PM at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.
“Ace” the term which perfectly describes the artists of CCC Productions’ latest venture into the concert scene. Thus, it is tagged as, The Aces.
ACE – of first quality or high rank; a person who excels in something. In most card games, it is the card with the highest value.
Tickets are available in all SM Tickets outlets.
From its successful leg in Cebu last February 2, The Aces – Darren Espanto, Jona and Lani Misalucha are set to shake Davao’s concert scene this March 2, 2019, 8 PM at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.
Individually, Darren, Jona and Lani are phenomenal.
The Voice Kids Philippines 2014 Runner-Up to a Double Platinum Recording Artist
He may be the youngest in terms of age, but 17-year-old Darren is more than capable of holding his own in the company of veteran singers like the other Aces. Darren started singing at the tender age of two and rose to fame in the Philippines after placing second in season one of The Voice Kids in 2014. His first album “Darren” debuted at No. 1 and has since been certified Double Platinum; his second album “Be With Me” also went to No. 1 and is now certified Platinum. Darren’s current single “Poison” is currently climbing the charts, and his third studio album will be released soon.
Pinoy Pop Superstar 2005 Grand Winner to a Platinum Recording Artist
Shortly after winning season one of GMA-7’s Pinoy Pop Superstar, Jona—who at the time was still going by her real name Jonalyn Viray—became an in-demand performer and recording artist. Jona’s first studio album On My Own turned Gold, and her self-titled second album yielded a hit single in “Help Me Get Over.” It went on to win Song of the Year at the 2014 PMPC Star Awards for Music. A year later, she made headlines when she transferred to the Kapamilya network and changed her stage name. She has released an album under ABS-CBN’s in-house record label Star Music, which was eventually certified Platinum. She has also filled concert venues here and abroad, both as a solo performer and as part of a group.
Asia’s Nightingale, The Siren of the Strip
The diva known as Asia’s Nightingale hardly needs an introduction. Lani’s career spans decades and includes an impressive stint performing in Las Vegas, where she became known as the Siren of the Strip. During her time there, Lani performed with the Society of Seven at Bally’s and the Flamingo, making her the first Asian to headline a main showroom on the Las Vegas Strip. Lani’s career in the Philippines is nothing to sneeze at either, as all of her albums have been certified Gold or Platinum.
What if these three spectacular talents of the Philippines’ Music Industry are put together in one show?
You just have to be there!
The Aces is directed by Marvin Caldito.
Tickets are priced at Php3,710 for Platinum, Php3,180 for VIP, Php2,120 for Gold and Php850 for Silver tickets. Tickets are available in all SM Tickets outlets.
Picking a fabric with travel friendly features is a different story. It exudes your style but eludes you from a fat luggage. Are you ready for the next takeoff?
One of the most touristic things to do in the destination is to dress up like a visitor while being not too flamboyant to intimidate the locals. That garb which gives you comfort, function and the desired immersive vibe of your own flair of style while en route.
This series is dedicated to the sets of outfit one can get inspiration from while travelling. Every episode is also infused with ideas you can add in your itinerary like food and cafe stops, tourist spots, and tech solutions for services while traveling. Our first touchdown, South Cebu!
Macchiato Espresso and Bulgogi Pizza to kick off the trip! (The Pyramid, IT Park Garden)
A baseball cap, a vertically textured tee, jeans and my favorite tasseled loafer wrapped my touchdown-to-first-stop look. I also brought with me a jacket which complements the shades of the cap, the shirt and the shoes. The cap, the jacket and the jeans insulate heat while at the airport and during in-flights, especially during early morning flights. Easy to slip-on foot wear like this gives you less hassle during the airport security procedures upon check in.
Wandering around the Queen City of the South was made smoother using Grab Car. This was my first time to depend on the app all my transportation needs in a trip. (1) The rates are fixed no matter how heavy would the traffic be towards your destination. This also deters the possibility that your driver might try to take the longer route to charge you bigger from the ideal rate. That is very important to travelers who are new to the place. (2) The en route comfort and exclusivity. You seem to have a personal driver and own car. What is a few more tens in exchange of that convenience?
Food Trip at the Sugbo Mercado Weekend Food Market, IT Park Garden
HOT AND HOLY IN SOUTH CEBU
Hot Morning Stops : Whale Shark Watching and Tumalog Falls, Oslob
I chose a low U tank and a printed swimming shorts to enjoy both the ocean with the sharks and the cold spring from the waterfalls. I wore a long sleeve polo over the tank-short combo for both style and protection. The entire look shows a monochrome green tropical look finished with a dark brown Panama hat without its bow.
The long sleeves guarded the skin from the pinching sun, possible skin irritants from the air during motorcycle ride (had several experience from previous trips) and plant swords while trekking towards the falls. I easily rolled these sleeves when it got humid while it served as a bathrobe every after the water romance.
ROADSIDE LOCAL FOODS : Squid Adobo from a Carenderia, tropical fruits and the famous Lechon from Carcar Public Market
Holy After-Lunch Visit: Simala Shrine, Sibonga
Just like visiting in any religious tourist spot, we have to be in a respectful drape. Thus, I folded a pair of smart linen pieces for this church visit which was light to carry in my back pack early that morning.
This was my favorite outfit for this trip. The entire look showed a smart casual appeal made touristy because of the linen material. Fortified such appeal with the leather shoes and the same hat I used earlier that day, but now with a hankie that serves as its bow.
This was the most relaxing part of the trip. I thanked for the blessings and surpassed trials from 2018, both in the family affairs and corporate matters. I also asked for wisdom on my plans for 2019. I was relieved, thankful and confident after praying. The feeling was as light and breathable as the linen that touches my skin every time the wind blows as I strolled throughout the vast temple.
Spent few more minutes taking photos of the impressive European design of the church and of course some Gram-worthy photos of the place as my background.
LINEN IN THE CITY
The third day started late. After dressing up, we tried Gibb’s for lunch before heading to SM Seaside. The Spicy Honey Garlic wings were my favorites. Urban Cebu was hot and humid that day. Thus, I chose to wear another linen pair. This time, I opted a long sleeved linen shirt since part of our itinerary was to visit the Sto Niño Basilica later that day (but unfortunately, it was already closed by the time we arrived. TIP: Be there not later than 5PM).
Linen is a travel friendly fabric. Apart from it is light in your luggage, it is also easy to dry. I washed my linen pants that night as I arrived in my stay since it was stained with chocolates I ate during the long bus rides. Don’t judge me. Smirk.
I met with a close friend from high school at SM Seaside. My chum recommended “10 Dove Street Confectionery” so eagerly and persuaded me to catch up there over cakes and coffee. I loved the Mango Pandan slice.
A cream tee, jeans and the leather loafer sealed my last-stop-to-takeoff look. Accented it with a hankie-turned-to-scarf to blend with the French ambiance of La Vie Parissiene. Yes, Airport Looks tend to be with similar style pieces. Same material, same heat insulating purpose while inside a wintry airport and aircraft.
It was my second visit here. Chose the enclosed part of the restaurant this time. Enjoyed the night with Shanpelino and pizza. Shot some photos, did online updating and reminisced funny travel stories from the previous days with the team while sipping some Moscato in betweens.
We ended the night at 10 PM to prepare for our flight by 6AM. After packing up my things, I sneaked for some alone time with a cocktail at a nearby bar from our stay. Drafted my prognostications for 2019 on my phone’s Notes. On top of it was “Sell handsomely,Travel handsomely.”. Then, I Grab-ed our ride to the airport.
We all search for ideas of what to wear on the specific stops of our trip. Picking a fabric with travel friendly features is a different story. It is in fact a travel-style hack. It exudes your style but eludes you from a fat luggage. Are you ready for the next takeoff?
“Kadena Hub” will house, incubate and accelerate upcoming startups in Davao City in a 120-people capacity modern-industrial space.
Do you have that Blockchain-inspired startup in mind? “Kadena Hub” is where to pitch for funding.
TraXion, as one of its ways to transition the Philippines to a crypto-ready country, is set to open “Kadena Hub” this January 15, 2019 which will serve as the Philippines’ First Blockchain Incubation Hub and Center of Excellence.
TraXion is a transaction management company that utilizes blockchain technology to effectively tackle all the major concerns associated with financial services platforms in agriculture and micro-entrepreneurship.
Located at Mabini corner Araullo St., Barangay 9-A, Poblacion, Davao City , “Kadena Hub” will house, incubate and accelerate upcoming startups in Davao City in a 120-people capacity modern-industrial space. By January 2019, the hub will start to train young developers in the field of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.
“A lot of innovative projects focused on blockchain will be housed here to support our growing network from Mindanao. The hub will enable startups to have an access to technology, digital asset, network, market, mentorship and of course funding! We welcome startups this coming 15th of January to check us out and apply for incubation, “ Ann Lindayag, Traxion CEO said.
Kadena Hub is one of the projects of TraXion under “One Mindanao” program which sees an opportunity to create an inclusive ecosystem that connects the smallest micro-entrepreneurs to the largest businesses in Mindanao, creating one economic force in the region.
Aside from the villas and casitas, Avara members will also have an exclusive access to a two-bedroom yacht with crew for an overnight stay or for cruising around the island and nearby areas.
Imagine this: The sound of waves crashing on the shore and the sunlight peeking through the window wake you up on a lazy Saturday morning. You slowly open your eyes, afraid that you’re just in the middle of a dream. But you’re not. You stand up as you feel the gentle sea breeze touch your face. You go out of the porch and look at the horizon. You take your time to enjoy the beauty of the blue skies and the deep sea. The yacht will be waiting for you whenever you’re ready, anyway. That’s the promise of Avara Nature & Yacht Club—the easy life of the seaside.
Established by the Seaside Premier Development Corporation, Avara is the first of its kind nature and yacht club located at Calauag Bay in Taytay, which was Palawan’s first capital.
The plan for the exclusive resort was formally unveiled at the Grand Hyatt Manila led by its President and CEO Ms. Veronica C. Young, Nov. 13, 2018.
“After many months of sailing and voyaging aboard bangkas and riding waves, we found the perfect island in Taytay, Palawan to be the home of our pioneering project. It is with a great pleasure to present to you tonight, Avara Nature and Yacht Club – the first of its kind in the Philippines, bridging the middle class to the lifestyle of the rich and famous. As Seaside Premier Development Corporation’s flagship project, we aim to redefine seaside living, where nature meets luxury,” she said in her opening remarks.
Coastal living redefined
Avara, which means Sunshine Island, is an eco-luxurious resort that use solar panels as a source of renewable energy, utilize a recycled water treatment system, maximize a hydroponic garden, and take advantage of other eco-materials available.
Its accommodation is inspired by the Maldivian architecture. Members can choose to stay in a one-bedroom Water Villa with jacuzzi, two-bedroom Water Villa with private infinity pool, or one- or two-bedroom Beach Casitas.
Aside from the villas and casitas, Avara members will also have an exclusive access to a two-bedroom yacht with crew for an overnight stay or for cruising around the island and nearby areas. Avara’s yacht features two cabins and a family room in the lower deck; a living room, a kitchen and dining area, and a plunge pool in the main deck; and an open dining space and a sun deck in the fly bridge.
The Avara Island has nothing but the best facilities for its members. Guests will first experience the Avara service upon their arrival at the dock or the harbor. But the ultra-luxurious resort also has a helipad for those who will be coming in by air. VIPs also have the option to skip the reception and go straight to their accommodation.
There will also be a boardwalk open for development to the entrepreneurial Avara members. Meaning, Avara members can also be concessionaires to open their own business—it could be a coffee shop, a grocery store, a bakery, a souvenir stop, and similar ventures. As support to the member-concessionaires, Avara will ensure that the business will be the island’s lone supplier for the specific product.
The island can also accommodate as many as 100 guests at their main dining area and at the grill restaurant. But guests will have more dining options since Avara includes a poolside bar, a seaside bar and lounge, picnic areas, and private dining venues.
Avara is fully equipped with a gym, a water sports center, a tennis court, and a golf course to those who want to keep up with their fitness routine.
The island also has a playroom and nursery, spa and massage cabanas, a bonfire area, a clinic with an in-house doctor and nurse, and a gaming area for the enjoyment of the Avara members.
At any given time, Avara will host up to 300 members to ensure quality service.
As a promised paradise for those who love the beach, Avara offers a myriad of water action such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, banana boat riding, stand-up paddle boarding, wind surfing, scuba diving, island hopping, and fishing in coordination with neighbor islands. The resort also provides options for on land activities like trekking, biking, and vegetable picking.
There are also a lot of activities that Avara members can enjoy outside its vicinity. After all, Taytay, Palawan boasts of picturesque sites like the Canique Waterfalls, the Lake Manguao, the Irrawaddy Dolphins in Malampaya Sound, the Fuerza de Santa Isabel, and the Church of Santa Monica. Taytay is also hope to a paradise-like hidden valley that gives tourists a bird’s eye view of the pristine, idyllic coastal areas of the municipality.
Board of advisors
To ensure nothing but the best of services and facilities at Avara, Seaside Premier Development Corporation tapped some of the industry’s most respected personalities for the resort.
Its board of advisors include the following:
• National Coast Watch Center Executive Director Rear Admiral Joel S. Garcia for Coastal and Marine Management
• Cebu Port Authority Commissioner for the Shipping Sector Ms. Regina Barleta for Port Management and Shipping
• Incoming Manila Board of Realtors, Inc. President Ma. Teresa R. Bigornia for Marketing
• Motivational speaker John Anthony Calub for Sales
• The Manor’s Le Chef Executive Chef William “Billy” King for Culinary Arts
“We thank these distinguished personalities for believing in our idea. We can’t wait to show you the beauty of Avara,” Ms. Young said.
Avara Nature & Yacht Club will formally open its shores in the summer of 2020. #
About Avara Nature & Yacht Club
Avara Nature and Yacht Club redefines seaside lifestyle by combining beach living and seafaring. It is the first harbor-front town in Palawan as launched by the Seaside Premier Development Corporation. It offers access to a world-class resort with customized yachts.
Luxury seaside community developer Seaside Premier Development Corporation was established in 2018. It kickstarted its year by launching its flagship project, the Avara Nature & Yacht Club in Taytay, Palawan. It plans to develop harbor-front townships in the different seaside areas in the Philippines to bring the best beaches and coastal living to every Filipino’s doorstep.