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Escape boredom, ditch the pressure with easy, affordable travel courtesy of RedDoorz

August 20, 2019

It’s that season between vacay-happy Summer and the coming ‘Ber months. Traffic, too much work, piled up tasks and pressure can likely get you down.      There’s one word that will lift you up. Escape. The very thought of it is the ultimate adventure, whether just around the city or in destinations around the Philippines. According to the still ongoing Framingham Heart Study, men and women who travel often are less likely to get heart disease. It also found that because travel relieves stress, it improves mental health, boosts the immune system and promotes fitness.      The good news is, it’s so easy to travel these days. Affordable hotels with quality accommodations like RedDoorz have 150+ properties in 10+ cities all over the Philippines. The RedDoorz travel app, downloadable from the Apple store or Google Play Store, puts staycations or out of town trips literally at one’s fingertips.      You can escape anytime you want and find an affordable RedDoorz hotel from north to south. Here are 6 Escape ideas you can easily pull off when the spirit moves you:      1.  Do a Staycation. Treat the family to a fun weekend. Or just disappear for a day or two watching streamed movies all day. You can choose from boutique hotels, inns, apartels or condotels that are part of the RedDoorz partner chain. It won’t cost much, but the experience is priceless.      2.   Go Out of Town. You can easily book a room using the RedDoorz app and find your desired accommodation in Baguio, Pampanga, Metro Manila, Tagaytay, Palawan, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod or  Davao. Just leave the world behind even for just a weekend. Even for just a day.      3.  Try a Couple Getaway. The pressure of work and the day to day grind of housekeeping can really be straining. Grab some time off with your special someone for some peace and quiet and rediscover the joy of each other’s company.      4.   Reward yourself. Pat yourself on the back for that promotion or the exam that you just passed. Celebrate your accomplishments and be kind to No. 1. Effortless travel is the best gift you can give yourself. A weekend in Palawan or Davao would be a really good choice!      5.  Celebrate a Special Occasion. Blow your birthday candles in the private cocoon of a RedDoorz hotel room. Toast one another on your special anniversary. You can even invent holidays and celebrate the victory of your winning team. It all feels extra good when you don’t have to wash the dishes yourself.      6.  Get some Me Time. Ultimately, the most important person is you. Discover the fun and adventure of solo travel and feel relaxed, recharged and rejuvenated.      This August, RedDoorz released its biggest sale ever! Just P499 per night on rooms anywhere in the Philippines till August 31. You can paint the town red. In any RedDoorz town you want.

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BIMP-wide Kumbira underway

August 16, 2019

KUMBIRA Masters – the 2019 edition of the longest running culinary event in the Philippines – kicked off last Wednesday at Limketkai Atrium in Cagayan de Oro City for a three-day spectacle of cooking contests, seminars and sponsors’ roadshows.      The highlights of the event this year are a Kumbira Chef Master, Bar Master and Latte Art competitons, Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition regional elimination, Del Monte set menu competition, Master Class by chef experts and Kumbira judges and an exhibit on food products, equipment supplies and utensils, educational and employment leads throughout the duration of the show.      Initiated by the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA) since 1996, Kumbira has been a staple fiesta event of Cagayan de Oro City every August visited not just by Kagay-anons but by gourmands all over the country.      COHARA intends to elevate the Kumbira edition this year by highlighting it as a BIMP food baskets event – meaning cuisine from neighboring Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia are featured. Participating chefs are Chef Datu Shariff Pendatun of Indonesia and Chef Tatung Sarthou II of Malaysia.      Kumbira aims to showcase the best culinary creations of the region while incorporating the latest culinary trends.

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Filinvest forges partnership with NGO to produce locally-made hollow blocks

August 16, 2019

FILINVEST’S FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) in Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental has forged a partnership with a non-governmental organization (NGO) to produce locally made-hollow blocks.      FDC Misamis and the Pinaghiusa alang sa Panginabuhian ug Kalinaw-Misamis Oriental (PPK-Misamis Oriental) recently inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the utilization of the power firm’s by-product fly ash.      Under the MOA, FDC Misamis will allow PPK-Misamis Oriental to haul its fly ash for the latter’s hollow block-making venture at Barangay Baluarte in Tagoloan town.      PPK-Misamis Oriental is a two-year-old NGO duly accredited by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).      It engages in social enterprise projects under DOLE’s Kabuhayan Program.       One of its initiatives is the “Building Blocks for Peace” that employs around 30 informal workers along with their respective families.      PPK-Misamis Oriental President Alfredo Mapano thanked FDC Misamis for such generosity.      “This is one great help for our members because we now have access to free raw material,” he claimed.      According to a study conducted by their group, fly ash is a cost-effective substitute to ordinary cement in hollow block or brick-making.      When used in concrete mixes, it improves the strength and segregation of the concrete and makes it easier to pump, the study further revealed.      FDC Misamis’ Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Manager Kishler Pascual also bared that based on the recent chemical profiling and analysis, fly ash released by FDC Misamis is not hazardous.         Aside from hollow block or brick-making, revealed Pascual, fly ash nowadays can also be used as major material for earth filling and gypsum production.      “Our group is thrilled for this endeavor because we found a partner with a notable cause that can utilize our by-product – fly ash, which is economically viable, hence, advantageous for the community,” said Pascual.        Analiza Miso, the power firm’s Community Relations Specialist, notes that this initiative is another manifestation of the company’s commitment to economically empower its host communities.       “Engaging into this partnership is another way of showing to our neighboring community that FDC Misamis strives to support startup entrepreneurs in our own little way,” said Miso.      FDC Misamis hopes that the partnership would yield beneficial outcomes uplifting the economic status of the beneficiaries.

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No Success Without Succession

August 12, 2019

From last year's highly successful Family Business Governance Conference organized by Wong + Bernstein Advisory Group featuring Prof Eric Soriano and Group CEO Kevin Tan of Alliance Group Global, we're taking it a notch higher this 2019.      We've assembled the best of the best! We are proud to present the full spectrum of Family Business Governance from the best practitioners not just in the country, but also in Asia.      Prof Eric Soriano will discuss how a Family-Run Business can Last Forever. He is the Executive Director of Wong & Bernstein Advisory Group, one of the leading Family Business Governance Firms in the ASEAN region. He is also a World Bank IFC Governance Consultant and Board advisor to dozens of Family owned businesses in the region.      William Tiu Lim will discuss about Leadership and Legacy. How he bested the Sardines Competitor who's been number 1 for the past 60 years and what's next for Mega Global. He is the CEO of Mega Global, famously known for Mega Sardines. He is also the President of Harvard Business School Owner President Management Group in the Philippines.      Alfredo Pascual will articulate the powerful link between Stewardship and Corporate Governance. He is the President of the Institute of Corporate Directors and an Independent Director of SM Investments Corp.      Jet Pampolina will discuss the Risk Management side of Family Business Governance. He is the Head of Risk Advisory from one of the Big 3 accounting firms in Asia, Deloitte.      Jia Yu Chan will discuss global best practices related to Wealth Preservation. She will be flying in from Singapore to represent one of the leading Private banks in Asia, Bank of Singapore and OCBC.      Seats are very limited.      For Inquiries, please contact:      (02) 655 2686 / 0922 860 3186 and look for Ms. Flor or email us at: events@wongadvisory.com

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SM Prime partners with AboitizPower

August 9, 2019

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, has chosen AboitizPower to supply 15 of its facilities with reliable and cost-effective power.      During a ceremonial signing at Conrad Manila in Pasay City on August 7, SM Prime entered into a Retail Electricity Supply (RES) contract with AboitizPower to supply the Company with an aggregate demand of 50 up to 110 megawatts (MW) for three years.       "With our continuous expansion in the coming years, we need a power supplier that will enable us to support our existing and future partners with reliable and cost-effective power. We believe that AboitizPower, with its extensive power generation assets, can provide what we are looking for," SM Prime Holdings President Jeffrey C. Lim said.      Emmanuel V. Rubio, AboitizPower Chief Operating Officer, said the Company is delighted to be SM Prime's power partner of choice, with the two entities sharing the same goal of leaving a positive impact on their communities.      "We are more than honored to be chosen by SM Prime as its supplier of choice. We are excited to more than just provide reliable and cost-efficient power supply, but to also work with them in looking for better solutions to support SM Prime's thrust in providing its customers with top quality products and services," he said.      With its portfolio of renewable energy and thermal power plants located all over the country, AboitizPower, together with its partners, currently has a net sellable capacity of 4,471 MW.

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Liyab AoV Team, Liyab SC2’s Enderr seeded in Esports national team pool Sibol for 2019 SEA Games

August 9, 2019

In a testament to their vast potential and in recognition of their superior skills, several members of Liyab Esports, an esports organization powered by Globe and Mineski, were chosen to form part of the national training pool for a chance to become part of Sibol, the official Philippine esports team for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in November.      Liyab standouts Kevin Kio “Gambit” Dizon, Jeremiah “1717” Camarillo, Jervan Lorenzo “Bents” Delos Santos, Lawrence Anthony “Rubixx” Gatmaitan and Miguel Klarenz “Miggie” Banaag were picked to be part of the training pool for Arena of Valor (AoV).      Veteran Caviar “Enderr” Acampado was also selected as one of the two possible medal hopefuls in StarCraft ll.      Aside from the six Liyab players, several other esports athletes were also drafted to form the training pool that will compete in the biennial games which is recognizing Esports games such as Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Tekken 7 and Hearthstone, along with AoV and StarCraft ll, as medal sports for the first time in its history.      “Being named to the national training pool alone is already a big honor to Team Liyab. It’s a glowing accomplishment to our boys who have come a long way from relative obscurity to now as potential SEA Games gold medalists,” Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO, says with pride.      Several other players can still qualify to join Sibol as long as they hurdle several qualifiers in the run-up to the 2019 Sea Games.      At least two players will represent the Philippines in Tekken 7, Hearthstone and StarCraft ll, while seven players will compose the team for Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Arena of Valor.

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