Holcim Solidifies Partnerships with Davao Constructors, DSWD and TESDA

“These partnerships are a reflection of our commitment to support the development of our communities and the rest of Davao.” -Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy

With the aim to support Davao city’s development through various industrial and construction-related skills training, livelihood, and employment, the leading building solutions provider, Holcim collaborates with the Region XI offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA). Holcim also partners with the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI).

“These partnerships are a reflection of our commitment to support the development of our communities and the rest of Davao. These programs provide our partners with a steady supply of cement and equip members of the community with needed skills to participate in the city’s healthy growth,” -Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy

Holcim Philippines Sponsors Skilled Workers’ Training with TESDA

Holcim Philippines signed a partnership on April 23 with DSWD and TESDA Region XI offices for training on forklift operations, masonry, carpentry, welding and plumbing for the community members of its Davao plant.

Holcim Davao will provide funding assistance and host the training to be administered by TESDA for 25 beneficiaries, who will be certified as skilled workers. DSWD will select the trainees from barangays near Holcim Davao and provide assistance in mentoring and processing support for the employment of the beneficiaries.

Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy said the recent partnerships are timely and relevant especially as the city’s construction industry is expected to sustain its healthy rise over the medium term.

“The partnership is truly helpful to people. This was made possible in order to enhance and upgrade the skills and living standards of beneficiaries from the identified neighboring barangays. This will also increase their employability while strongly supporting the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program,” said Ernesto S. Nadera, the acting chief of the Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center of TESDA.

Holcim Philippines Strengthens Bond with Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI)

Holcim Philippines will provide up to 400,000 metric tons of cement to the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI), one of the leading building groups in southern Mindanao with 179 members. Holcim Philippines and DCACI signed the partnership on April 24, renewing their supply engagement in 2018 which involved 320,000 tons of cement.

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Officials of Holcim Philippines and the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. sign a supply agreement on April 24 to provide reliable cement supply to builders in Davao. In the middle are Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull and DCACI President Antonio Uy, who led the signing ceremony.

 

DCACI President Antonio Y. Uy thanked Holcim Philippines for the partnership and lauded the Company for introducing its new high-performance blended cement Solido as a better alternative to ordinary portland cement for infrastructure projects.

“The continued partnership of Holcim and DCACI is like Solido, which gets stronger over time. It is a great innovation because of its environmental and cost advantage over Portland cement which helps us take care of nature while having savings,” he added.

Holcim Philippines

Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.

With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.

Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).

Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees.

https://www.holcim.ph/

Taiwan Excellence Invites Dabawenyos to Try Award-Winning Lifestyle Brands for Free

“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

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The symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized in 102 countries.

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.

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Superb brands which have been awarded the Taiwan Excellence accolade.

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.

 

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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

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Four raffle winners each bring home a ZENFONE MAX PRO M2.
  1. Local artist Kyle Echarri will take part in an exclusive interactive session at the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone.
  2. Games and prizes await attendees.
  3. 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.

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The much-coveted Taiwan Excellence Award, honors Taiwan’s most innovative products “that provide innovative value to users worldwide”. 

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.

For more information about Taiwan Excellence, kindly visit their website at
https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/ph or like their FB page at
https://www.facebook.com/TaiwanExcellence.ph.

 

“Yaaas to Work-Life Good Vibes!” -Make Your Own Havaianas 2018

A customized flip-flop brings you to places with a spectrum of pure positive vibes. This year, explore the Wilderness of Joy!

The Corporate Sole Code : Your footwear is made of leather polished with passion and determination towards winning. But what if it is time to reward your self? When you win the account and it is time to celebrate and relax? Won’t you let those feet have a wildly great time? How wild do you want it? As wild as you want through a customized flip-flop!

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Yaaas to Work-Life good vibes!

Make Your Own Havaianas (MYOH) 2018 in Davao 

Departing from the usual summer schedule, the MYOH in Davao is happening just weeks before the most wonderful season of all. Turn your Havaianas espadrilles into wild wearable works of art on November 16 – 20 at All Flip-Flops Abreeza and on November 22 – 25 at SM Lanang Premier. 

This year, Havaianas is bringing only good vibes amidst the demanding work-life equation by taking you to the Wilderness of Joy! 

Pins of Positivity

Finish your unique sole and strap combination with a variety of pins that make you smile – A “smiley face”, under a “palm tree” with a “slice of pizza”, imagine that! This year’s commemorative pin is the “Rainbow”. A part of the proceeds goes to Save The Children. It is a non- profit organization that provides relief and support to children in developing countries. 

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A customized flip-flop brings you to places with a spectrum of pure positive vibes. This year, explore the Wilderness of Joy.
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A “smiley face”, under a “palm tree” with a “slice of pizza”, imagine that!

Sole – Strap Combo of Fun 

Happiness abounds with hundreds of options to customize your own pair. MYOH 2018 debuts a commemorative slim strap. Covered in the same print as the sole, it can be matched with multitude of colors for an electrifying look of positivity and good vibes! This year’s commemorative sole features a re-imagined version of the camo pattern with banana leaves against a deep blue background. Fun and dramatic all in one! 

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This year, expect the MYOH at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and shop your fave flip-flops plus an exclusive selection of customizable Havaianas shoes.

 

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When you can not make it to the MYOH venues in Davao, you can create your unique pair ONLINE!

A customized flip-flop brings you to places with a spectrum of pure positive vibes. This year, explore the Wilderness of Joy. Leave the pending work deliverables for a while, celebrate the already won project and just let your unique pair of Havaianas espadrille be a collateral of your next big success. Be positive! 

 

***For more information, follow @havaianasphilippines on Facebook and @Havaianasphils on Instagram and Twitter.

Westlife’s Shane Filan to Sing Along with the Davaoenos, Live on Sept 16

“Everyone is going to be singing along to these songs” – Shane Filan 

“…my set list is going to be so strong because the songs are so famous everyone will know every single word. It’s nice to look forward to tour knowing the crowd are really going to love it…everyone is going to be singing along to these songs” – Shane Filan

With his version of “Beautiful in White” as South East Asia’s most requested wedding song and his third solo album, Love Always, as a huge hit all over Asia, securing the number one spot in the Philippines and Indonesia, Shane Filan is thrilled to perform live for his Filipino fans this September 15 in Manila and on the 16th in Davao city.

SHANE FILAN LIVE IN DAVAO, SEPTEMBER 16

Featuring Westlife’s greatest hits “Swear It Again”, “If I Let You Go”, “My Love” and “You Raised Me Up”, along with his solo hits like “Heaven”, “What About Now” and “About You”,  and more, Filan expects the Davaoeno crowd to sing along the lyrics with him on Sunday, September 16th, 8:00 pm at the SMX Convention Center-Davao of SM Lanang Premier.

Tickets now on-sale at the Following Ticket Outlet
1. Upper Level of SM Lanang Premier Atrium (Near the entrance of SM Supermarket)
2. Cafe Demitasse (F. Torres St.)
3. Union Market at Azuela Cove.
4. Wiltelcom at SM City Davao (2nd Level, Annex Bldng).
5. Wiltelcom at Gaisano Mall Davao (3rd Level)
6. The Gentleman’s Lounge, Loyola Street Bo. Obrero or
7. SMTicket.com or call (02) 470-2222.

For Ticket Info
0922 6950284 or 0956 7267671

Shane Filan will be joined by two of the best OPM artists today, Mr. Jed Madela and Ms. Morisette Amon.

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“There’s nothing that make me happier than singing and being on stage” he says, “it’s something I am very proud of and it’s what I want to be doing for the rest of my life.”

SHANE FILAN AND WESTLIFE
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Westlife, one of pop’s biggest ever bands. Before the split up in 2012, garnered 44 million sales and fourteen chart-topping singles. Most of the lines of these award winning songs were sang by Shane Filan. As what one of the comments on one of his latest music videos in Youtube says, “This man kept Westlife memories and music alive… just hearing his voice reminds me of Westlife days…”

The Davaoeno fans are so thrilled for Filan’s first concert in Mindanao. Two unforgettable memories to collect this September 16. First, to finally meet the man behind that familiar voice from a boyband whose songs are eternally admired. Second, is to be part again of that moment when you sing along with your friends that latest Westlife hit like you did back in highschool. This time, with Westlife’s lead singer Shane Filan, live.


 

Menswear and Estate | Summer at Ocean Cove

The ambitious vibe of the urban living is always arousing especially to the bold dreamers. But these aspirants also long for the beach vibe.

One of the guests I was able to network with during the Philippine Airlines event two months ago, told me about the ostentatious difference between today’s Davao city from his last visit four years earlier, “I am from Mandaluyong. I last visited Davao perhaps around 4 to 5 years ago. And it’s really very different now. It is like the renaissance of Digong’s turf, an infrastructure rebirth.”.

Over the past two years, Davao’s economic age is indeed on its puberty. Corporations which are used to be boxed in Manila, are starting to build their Mindanao offices around the Durian city. More obviously, as you commute around the city now, real estate properties sprouted creating seemly like a bar graph on your horizon.

May your choice be a condominium, house and lot or just simply a lot, I rest the decision on to you and to your affordability. My point here is, what if that peaceful Davaoeno neighborhood you aspire is now found in the soothing charm of the French Riviera?

A French Riviera-inspired community along the Davao Gulf. An aspiration, isn’t it?

Ocean Cove Beach Residences :  A microcosm of a peaceful Davaoeno neighborhood in a French Riviera

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View from the clubhouse: The playground and the cabana with view deck overlooking the breathtaking sights of the Davao Gulf.

 

Ocean Cove Beach Residences is an 18.3-hectare French Riviera-inspired seaside community located in Davao’s scenic Bago Aplaya, Talomo District. Only 12km from Davao City, it is highly accessible to both public and private transport via the access road leading to Mergrande Ocean Resort. It is your seaside home with typical lot cuts at 144-250 sqm. More details at https://www.filinvest.com/projects/ocean-cove/ .

 

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The promenade for your daily dose of relaxing stroll with the fresh sea breeze.

 

Men U Open Collar Shirt : The supple seaside wear

The coastal vibe of Ocean Cove blends with a perfect seaside wear. Pieces which are made from materials which protect from the pinch of the sun but are light and supple for the breeze of the sea.

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The infinity pool with the amazing landscapes of Samal Island and Talikud Island.
 

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UNIQLO from torso to thigh: Men U Open Collar Shirt, Uniqlo Slim Fit Shorts. PHOTO by http://www.caramielrush.com (Above) French framed. PHOTO by Joseph Cagas Photography (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

A fabric which moves with you when you are enjoying the shore vibe but seemly traces your silhouette when you are paused, staring at the horizon, waiting for the sea wind’s next blow.

 

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Gothic Diagonals. PHOTO by http://www.jazzsayings.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

The disposition of where you live is influential to a city resident. The ambitious vibe of the urban living is always arousing especially to the bold dreamers. But these aspirants also long for the beach vibe. That soothing chi of the shore, twice a week or even the hours after work, everyday.

May your stay in a seaside be frequent or forever, enjoy the seconds with perfectly matched wearables. Aspire a style that suits to the estate.

 

Easy Ways to Save-as-You-Shop Big at OFFPRICE Philippines

Still be mindful with our savings without compromising the quality of rewards we give to our hardworking self.

OFFPRICE (formerly TOPS – The Off Price Show) is Philippines’ largest roving outlet sale where premium lifestyle brands are tagged at up to 80% lesser from corresponding online or mall boutique prices.

Premium brands at ultra low prices is indeed a money-saving privilege every shopper desires to experience all year round. But that is just a dream because Offprice only visits key cities in the Philippines once in a year. Thus, when you really want to score big when it roves near your place, you have to be ready. Here are some practical buying tips when shopping at Offprice.

Know when it roves near you. Follow OFFPRICE PHILIPPINES across social media platforms. Knowing the roving schedule helps you to set healthy budget for shopping, schedule specific amount to be saved months before its opening and check which piece in your closet needs a new one or list new stuff you now need to own.


Some of the best deals I got from Offprice 2017 in Davao. A Parker fountain pen which still keeps on writing big-ticket deals until now (Top Left). A Zara white shirt with thin blue stripes (Top Right) and a French Connection green shirt with thin white stripes. Both favorites for office dealings or weekend escapades.

Offprice in fact, helps us to still be mindful with our savings without compromising the quality of rewards we give to our hardworking self.


Be there on the opening day. (You know well how the cliché means.) Offprice usually stops for only three (3) days in every city, usually on a Friday until Sunday. It has specified inventory on each branded piece. It is not for everyone to own. It is only for the early birds. Thus, be there at 11AM or even earlier. On the first day. Register for your lifetime membership card at the entrance for rebates from accumulated purchases (That is an additional savings).

Compare sizes. Most apparels follow a US size measurement. Check first if the Medium still snugly fits you or you might be fit to the Small. There are also Asian sizes though. Thus, check the sizes in every premium brand you hop in.

Hoard first. Don’t rush queuing to the fitting room with only a handful. Get baskets and hoard pieces at your size. You come in early. You deserve the dibs!

Fit. The Offprice staff are good at assisting you. Be kind to them. They group your choices into 4 to smoothen the fitting. If it does not fit well, let it go. Stains and tears are not really concerns with Offprice items, but it still pays to check. When you just love that particular item which is too loose for you, get it. Your tailor would still charge you far lesser than the brand’s real selling price.

Pay. Cards are accepted – Enough said.

Owning premium brands through Offprice does not make you a money splurger. Offprice in fact, helps us to still be mindful with our savings without compromising the quality of rewards we give to our hardworking self. Save as you shop!

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Your PAL : From the heart since 1941 and more

Flight experience should be remembered like staying in a flying hotel with a “from the heart” kind of service. Truly, a Buong Pusong Alaga.

Even without the recent 4-Star rating from Skytrax, every Filipino knows how premium the “fly” is when it is with Philippine Airlines (PAL). Ever since PAL’s first flight from Makati to Baguio 77 years ago, the airline had never really stopped beating their own second-to-none standards.

 

 

With its 8th Bombardier Q400 type aircraft, what are the “more” treats expected for the passengers?

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Philippine Airlines is no longer just a Manila-centric airline. Our new aircraft and our new hubs are a winning combination that will help expand our market reach both domestically and worldwide. This is imperative for a global airline, and we must sustain and build on our hard-won 4-Star rating.

– PAL President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Jaime J. Bautista.

More Time : Faster cruise speed gives you more time to enjoy the destination.

Bombardier Q400 fleets travel 30% faster. This efficiency pleases passengers may the reason of the trip be for vacation or for work. Bask with more time at the destination or accomplish more objectives at a business meeting. Faster cruise speed also comforts the passengers that flight schedules are followed smoothly.

 

 

More In-Flight Comfort : This is why there is “Q” in “Bombardier Q400”.

The “Q” stands for quiet. Yes, the faster travel time does not compromise the sound of the aircraft’s traverse regardless of how lengthy the haul is. Is not that a conducive auditory reception to at least get a bit of prophylactic rest before reaching your destination?

In time for Holy Week, PAL opened a link from Davao to Siargao, a fast-rising destination for surfers and adventure seekers. Siargao joins Tagbilaran, Zamboanga, Manila, Clark and Cebu as destinations from Davao. PAL is now increasing the Davao-Bohol flights daily, and plan to increase Davao-Clark flights in the coming months.

 

 

imageHaute interior also pampers you. These are premium seats, wider windows, spacious leg room, higher ceiling and larger luggage bins. I always believe that the flight experience should be remembered like staying in a flying hotel with a “from the heart” kind of service. Flights with PAL are! Truly, a Buong Pusong Alaga.

 PAL is also assessing the request of DOT Secretary Teo to launch international routes directly from Davao International Airport, possibly to BANGKOK or a point in JAPAN.

More Worth of Your Money : Consistently values you from the Heart.

It is not just about reaching point B from point A. It is about the entire memory from booking, boarding, flying and disembarking. A lot of passengers auto-destroyed their trip due to dissatisfaction from delayed flights while others from an undesirable service culture of airline staff. There is nothing more costly than bad emotions during a travel. A memory of a smooth trip is more healthy to cherish than a memory of a seat sale. That is proven and true since 1941.

Philippine Airlines is the country’s first and only 4-Star airline, joining 42 other carriers like Emirates, Japan Airlines and British Airways.

 

 

imageFrom that five-seater Beech model 18 aircraft to now’s 86-seater Bombardier Q400 NG to the luxurious, first in Southeast Asia Airbus A321neo this June, Asia’s first airline had flown literally and idiomatically, so high. The five stars by then will just be a fortification and notoriety. We all know which airline in the Philippines really satisfies the Filipino people, from the heart.