Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dusit International Set to Unveil Latest dusitD2 in Ao Nang

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Convenient location puts travellers within easy reach
of famous beaches, islands and attractions of Krabi.

Dusit International, Thailand’s global hospitality company, has signed a management agreement with Vogue Pranang Bay Resort Co., Ltd. to operate dusitD2 Ao Nang, slated to open at the end of this year. The hotel will be the second Dusit property in the popular resort area of Krabi.

Located 25 kilometres from Krabi International Airport, the new dusitD2 Ao Nang is tucked away amidst lush jungle greenery on a hillside in downtown Ao Nang, yet within walking distance to the beach, providing convenient access to all of Krabi’s main attractions.

The downtown location of dusitD2 Ao Nang will also enable guests to be within walking distance to nearby facilities such as supermarkets and convenience stores as well as cafés and fast-food outlets.

dusitD2 Ao Nang comprises 173 modern guest rooms and suites with a choice of sea, mountain or pool views. The hotel offers all amenities for a fun and comfortable getaway, including an indoor and outdoor all-day-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, an outdoor swimming pool with a separate kids’ pool, a fitness centre, a spa, and a 200-square-metre ballroom. For families travelling with children, dusitD2 Ao Nang also features an extensive kids’ playground that will keep the hotel’s youngest guests entertained throughout their stay.

Popular activities in Krabi around dusitD2 Ao Nang include jungle trekking, sightseeing excursions and boat trips to some of Thailand’s most stunning beaches and islands, located within protected national marine parks, for snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and bird-watching.

Krabi’s famous limestone hills and caves also attract climbers from around the world, especially the limestone rock faces at Railay Beach, where several popular rock-climbing schools can be found.

“We are very happy to be bringing the dusitD2 brand to Ao Nang,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dusit International. “This beautiful area has always been very popular with visitors and adventure-seekers from Thailand and all over the world. We look forward to welcoming all our guests to the new dusitD2 Ao Nang, which combines modern comfort, convenience and connectivity with the excellent service and hospitality that is the hallmark of all Dusit hotels.”

Mr Watcharaphon Deechaisettha, Vogue Pranang Bay Resort’s Chief Business Development Officer, said, "Krabi is one of the fastest-growing destinations, especially amongst younger travellers. We are very pleased to work with Dusit to present a fresh new option to meet the needs of the tourists who seek a mix of relaxation and recreation in this resort area. We believe that our knowledge of Krabi, and the proven management expertise and Thai graciousness that Dusit will bring to this project, will create a successful collaboration."

The upscale mid-market dusitD2 Ao Nang is a rebrand of the previous Vogue Resort and Spa in this popular seaside town. The property has been entirely refurbished and updated, with new additions to the existing buildings.

Dusit International currently operates 27 hotels across four brands worldwide, and is rapidly expanding its footprint in key global markets. dusitD2 Ao Nang will be the third dusitD2 branded hotel in Thailand, following dusitD2 Chiang Mai and dusitD2 Kao

Possible Return of Stolen Balangiga Church Bells is Victory of Philippine Independent Foreign Policy & Struggles, Not American Benevolence

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Speakers at Kamuning Bakery Café’s non-partisan Pandesal Forum in Quezon City on August 14 were Balangiga Battle hero Capt. Eugenio Daza’s grandson and president of Kaanak 1896 (association of descendants of the Philippine Revolution and Phil-American War era) Eugenio Roy Daza, “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness” film director & co-writer Khavn de la Cruz and producer/co-writer Achinette Villamor, geopolitics analysts Butch Valdes and George Siy of Integrated Development Studies Institute (IDSI). Moderator is writer Wilson Lee Flores.

The Pandesal Forum agrees that the possible and long overdue return of the Balangiga bells is a victory of Philippines’ independent foreign policy and struggles, not American benevolence

Return Balangiga church bells, other loot, issue official apology

University of the Philippines (U.P.) Prof. Bobby Tuazon of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) gave this message to the Pandesal Forum: “The return of the Balangiga Bells is long overdue and a historical injustice of American colonizers. The return should not be seen as American benevolence, but rather as a victory of the Filipino people who have fought hard and long for their return.”

Prof. Tuazon added: “Much of our history, by the way, was looted by the American aggressors during the Philippine-American War---relics, archives, treasures, etc. remain in the U.S. until today---are in museums such as the Smithsonian, collectors, etc. These should also be returned.”

Tuazon said: “No apology has been given for the 1 million Filipinos---revolutionaries and civilians---who died during the Philippine-American War. If the U.S. really cares for ‘friendship’, they should at least apologize.”

Retelling history from viewpoint of the defeated… Balangiga: Howling Wilderness

In the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) from August 15 to 21, the Pandesal Forum highly recommends that the public watch watch the award-winning “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness” which had won 3 times as best film at the QCinema 2017, the Urian and Famas.

The artists behind “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness” are director and co-scriptwriter Khavn de la Cruz, co-writers Achinette Villamor and Jerry B. Gracio. There are no celebrity stars in the cast led by Justine Samson, Pio Del Rio, Warren Tuaño.

Producer and co-scriptwriter Achinette Villamor said the injustice that happened in Balangiga is “part of the numerous national wounds in the consciousness of the Philippines”. She said: “History is usually written by the victors, such as many accounts of the Philippine-American War whoch were mostly authored by the colonizers, the white men, there is a need to tell history from the points of view of those who were defeated and conquered, like us Filipinos. The Balangiga film project is one such attempt.”

It is unique that this movie stands out for its good attempt at artistry, its uncommon courage and its seeking to retell a sad, controversial and violent episode in Philippine history from the refreshing, innocent perspectives of little children.

This well-crafted movie is set in 1901 in seaside town of Balangiga in the Philippines’ third largest island of Samar. Eight-year-old Kulas flees the town with his grandfather and their carabao to escape U.S. General Jacob Smith’s controversial “Kill & Burn” military order. He finds an infant amid a sea of corpses and together, the two boys struggle to survive the American military occupation.

Remembering history, to create a better future… Read this U.S. account of the past

J. P. Lawrence wrote last year in the “New York Review of Books” on this sad episode of Philippine history which followed local Filipino rebels decisive military victory in Balangiga over U.S. occupation troops:

“US troops returned to Balangiga in force. They bombarded the town with cannons, and set it ablaze. The three bells remained in the ruins of the church. But the retribution did not end there. General Jacob Smith told his troops he wanted a ‘howling wilderness’ and ordered any male over the age of ten killed. ‘I want no prisoners,’ he said. ‘I wish you to kill and burn; the more you kill and burn the better it will please me.’ Theodore Roosevelt, who was responsible for the conduct of the war in the Philippines for part of 1902, had earlier reflected on the justification for such harsh tactics. ‘In a fight with savages, where the savages themselves perform deeds of hideous cruelty, a certain proportion of whites are sure to do the same thing,’ he said. In the reprisals for Balangiga, US troops are said to have killed as many as 50,000 Filipinos.”

Lawrence also wrote: “Forty-eight US soldiers died at Balangiga, America’s worst military defeat since the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. To commemorate their lost men—or perhaps to avenge them—American troops brought the three bells of Balangiga home with them. Over the next century, the bells passed through various military bases. Two are now in Wyoming, and one is on an army base in South Korea, displayed to memorialize the battle.”

History---whether sad, happy, tragic or triumphant---is part of our present and influences our future. May these two indie movies on our history not just entertain, but hopefully educate, awaken, conscienticize and inspire us to help create a better and more just future.

Recruiting of International Talent in Asian Companies is Key to Going Global

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Asian companies are changing the global business landscape. In the latest Global Fortune 500 list, the region is home to more global giants than any other continent with 200 Asian companies in the list.

Survey shows 70 percent of Asian companies are seen to follow the trend in the next three years, according to Robert Walters, a professional recruitment consultancy specialist.

In its latest whitepaper titled ‘How to attract and retain the right talent to grow your business internationally’, more than half of international candidates are open to work for Asian companies. The challenge is how to motivate these passive candidates to become active ones.

To guide Asian businesses, Robert Walters identified the top motivators for talent attraction and retention based on 5,000 HR professionals, hiring managers, and candidates working in Asian and Western companies.

Build employer proposition

68 percent of the candidates indicate pay and benefits as the top motivator while company’s growth potential comes next on the list.

When designing job advertisements and carrying out interviews, make sure a competitive salary range and expansion strategies for the next five to 10 years are presented. If the company might not be able to offer opportunities to work overseas, it can focus on its strengths and career development opportunities that are available locally.

Figure 1 above shows the top motivators for talent attraction

Provide training and career development programs

According to the Harvard Business Review, job seekers from entry-level to executives are more concerned about opportunities for learning and development than any other aspect of a prospective job.

The survey shows 56 percent of international talents left their job with an Asian company because they felt there was no opportunity for career progression. Given this, Asian companies must give employees and prospects a clear career progression path by providing variety of training opportunities. This may include job rotation program so that staff can gain a good overview of the business and the different skills that make it work.

Maintain and build unique company culture

As per retaining talents, Robert Walters’ survey determined the most rewarding aspects among international talents working in an Asian business. Cited by 62 percent, local company culture ranks first.

International talents perceive that Asian companies are much better equipped in fostering and maintaining close relationships between staff at all levels than multinationals.

Figure 2. Most rewarding aspects of working in an Asian company according to international talents

Create a sociable workplace through company events and make corporate social responsibility part of the business purpose. Give the business a sociable feel with company events that bring people together.

Know the preferred recruitment channels

Furthermore, local companies must also know the preferred talent acquisition channels to effectively reach out to potential candidates. Robert Walters ranked different channels as per candidates’ preferences.

In the whitepaper, although the top preferred channel among Asian companies is engaging a recruitment consultancy, it is important to note that seeking referrals from existing professional and personal networks is significantly higher at 27 percent compared to Western companies at only seven percent.

It is known as the “face” concept in which the employee who makes the recommendation, and the person who takes up the post, feel an obligation to stay with the business, so long as one of them is still in the company.

Figure 4. Preferred channels for recruiting new roles

Professionals who have both local and international experience are indeed valuable assets to Asian companies with global expansion plans and can be in high demand. Robert Walters continues to guide local businesses to secure future success to have robust recruitment and talent management strategies in place.

Priya Gupta said that with urban economic power shifting eastwards, Asian businesses as international players, including Filipino businesses, have a lot of potential to increase their international footprint.

“Through this whitepaper, we aim to guide Filipino companies to overcome the challenges of attracting and retaining international talents who will greatly contribute to their business expansion outside the country.”

Refer to ‘How to attract and retain the right talent to grow your business internationally’ white paper to learn more about the challenges and opportunities of Asian companies in acquiring and retaining international talents.

Cebu Teacher is 1st Smart Ka-Partner Millionaire in 2018

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The life of a grade school teacher from Cebu City is about to change as she takes home P1 million courtesy of PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications.

The teacher, who has been a Smart load seller for 10 years, won the grand prize during the Smart Ka-Partner retailers’ convention at IEC Convention Center (IC3) in Cebu City.

This year’s theme is Bilis Asenso sa LTE, as more and more load retailers are seeing increases in their earnings because of Smart’s fast LTE network.

More than 1,500 Smart load retailers from all over Visayas attended the gathering, which featured entertainment, games, and raffle prizes. Apart from P1 million, other prizes were also raffled off to the lucky attendees, such as cash, mobile phones and other gadgets, a brand-new motorcycle, and other exciting prizes.

The participants were able to join the raffle by redeeming points and converting these to raffle entries.

Smart Ka-Partners or load retailers are usually found at our neighborhood sari-sari (small variety) or grocery store. Sometimes, they can also be our friend or relative from whom we can buy load, wherever they may be. For the winner from Cebu, selling load has become a means to augment her income as a teacher.

The annual retailers’ convention is Smart’s way of giving back to its trade Ka-Partners, who have made substantial contributions to the company. Sales generated by load retailers account for a significant share of Smart’s prepaid revenues.

The convention is part of Smart’s Ka-Partner rewards program, which gives incentives to the company’s load sellers to help them grow their businesses and enhance their livelihood, while enabling communities to stay connected.

This year, Smart will hold five retailer conventions in various locations across the country. Each assembly will have its own set of raffle winners, including one recipient each of the P1 million grand prize.

Celebrities including Luis Manzano (left) and Arjo Atayde (right) have provided entertainment for load sellers during the Smart Ka-Partner retailers convention at IC3 Convention Center in Cebu City.

5 Restaurants You Didn’t Know You Can Have Delivered To Your Home through foodpanda

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Metro Manila is packed with good restaurants who serve good food and and with that, comes a mass of hungry customers. Which in turn, of course, can lead to long tedious wait times to get a table.

Good thing, we can enjoy our favorite food from these restaurants in the comfort of our own home delivered through foodpanda. foodpanda provides a wide-range of cuisine choices so everyone can enjoy the food they love.

foodpanda, the on-demand food delivery service in the Philippines, offers an easy and quick delivery of your favorite food from 900+ restaurant brands online. With foodpanda, you can easily order whatever you’re craving!

Here are some of the top restaurants available on the platform to get you started:

1. Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings’

Taste New York from your own couch with Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings. Their famous wings come in 12 flavors that you can mix and match. A nice addition for Netflix and chill nights.

2. SaladStop!

SaladStop is both healthy and colorful. Who doesn’t want that kind of awesome? This Singaporean franchise makes sure they serve you only the freshest and best salads. A great way to eat healthy whilst on the go.

3. S&R New York Style Pizza

Don’t we all love having pizza on cheat days? Well, why not treat yourself with the best in town delivered right to your door. Nothing beats chicken and pizza as a reward for the whole week of hard work.

4. Omakase

Have your friends over for a movie night but take away the stress of home cooking by ordering tasty Japanese, that’ll impress without the cleaning mess. Omakase’s sushi and tempura are so good and perfect for group sharing.

5. Tim Ho Wan

This familiar Michelin Star can be delivered at your doorstep. Forget the traffic and long queues. Instead, enjoy their infamous box of BBQ Pork Buns or dim sum from the comfort of your own home.

Bonus? foodpanda offers discounts and free gifts from selected restaurant partners. Simply download the foodpanda app or go to foodpanda’s website, order in and have the food you love delivered right at your doorstep! Now you have the choice to stay in and eat with your loved ones at home for only P49!

Monday, August 13, 2018

DOTr Press Statement on the Proposal to Develop Sangley Airport

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13 August 2018

On the proposal to develop Sangley Airport

This pertains to some news reports stating that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is rejecting the proposal of the Cavite LGU to develop the Sangley Airport.
First, the DOTr would like to clarify that it does not have any objection on the proposal of the Provincial Government of Cavite (PGC) to develop the Sangley Airport. 

The Memorandum dated 15 June 2018, which was cited in several news reports, merely involved a legal review of the proposed Memorandum of Agreement ( MOA) between the DOTr, Civil Aviation Authority of the Phils. (CAAP) and the PGC. 

The Memorandum was not a review on the feasibility or legality of the proposed Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA) Project.

Thus, the recommendations were essentially to refine the provisions of the MOA, such as defining the description or scope of the project, identifying the source of funds or financing scheme, and even demonstrating the technical capability of PGC. Nowhere did it say that the SPIA Project was illegal or unsuitable.

In sum, the Memorandum did not decide on the SPIA Project itself, but rather on the documentation that would have paved the way for possible collaboration between the agencies concerned. The SPIA Project vis-a-vis the project documentation are clearly distinct, separate and independent from each other.

Lastly, the DOTr would like to stress that the approval process of the Cavite LGU proposal will be defined once the legal basis/framework for its implementation is determined. 

Should the Cavite LGU decide to implement the project under Republic Act (RA) No. 6957 as amended by RA 7718, otherwise known as the BOT Law, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), it will have to secure the approval from the NEDA Investments Coordination Committee (ICC) and, subsequently, from the NEDA Board as required by law. Thus, as the implementing agency for the project, the Cavite LGU needs to submit to the NEDA ICC the requisite documents for review/processing. On the other hand, should the Cavite LGU decide to implement the project under the Local Government Code, they have to comply likewise with its requirements.

Your ‘Monster Vacation’ Awaits in Araneta Center

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In a global partnership that is only available here in Araneta Center, Novotel Manila Araneta Centre, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., is offering fans of the movie the chance to stay Superior themed-rooms branded with the “Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation” from now until October 31, 2018.
Whether you are gearing up for a planned break or only have enough time for a quick staycation, you can have your own version of a ‘Monster Vacation’ with activities you and your kids will surely enjoy here at the Araneta Center.

“Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation” opens nationwide on Aug. 22, and this is the perfect time to take  your kids to the Gateway Cineplex or Ali Mall Cineplex to see Drac and his crew try and enjoy a wacky cruise. But what can you do after the movie?

In a global partnership that is only available here in Araneta Center, Novotel Manila Araneta Centre, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., is offering fans of the movie the chance to stay Superior themed-rooms branded with the “Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation” from now until October 31, 2018.

For a special family offer of only Php 6,500 nett, a family of four composed of two adults and two kids ages 15 and below can enjoy a monsterrific staycation in a customized “Hotel Transylvania 3” themed-room complete with specially designed headboard, pillow and towel sleeves, glass stickers and door knob hangers.  Plus, all four will each receive a Gateway Cinema movie ticket and complimentary buffet breakfast at Food Exchange Manila.

Your kids will surely love the “Hotel Transylvania 3” welcome gifts that they will receive upon arrival, and the HT3-inspired menus and mocktails that you can order for them at the GourmetBar by Novotel or at the 6th Pool Bar and Lounge. The menu features items like Mavis’ Scream Cheese Pizza made with fresh tomatoes, basil and cheese, and Dracula’s Favorite – a concoction of guava, lychee, and cranberry juice with strawberry syrup.

A monster-sized “Hotel Transylvania 3” Sunday brunch is also available at the Food Exchange Manila for a limited time offer of Php 1,200 nett featuring monstrous delights from six interactive stations.

The experience continues online. If you believe that your family deserves a Monsterrific Staycation at Novotel Manila Araneta Center, just tweet the reason why @NovotelManilaAC and use the hashtags #NovotelFamily and #HotelT3 #HT3atNovotelManila. You might just enjoy the special monsterrific family staycation offer for free!

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Khalid American Teen Tour Live in Manila

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Midas Promotions is extremely excited to announce that Khalid will be bringing his American TeenTour to the Philippines! The breakout R&B and pop-soul star will perform at the SMART Araneta Coliseum at 8PM where doors will open at 6PM. The one of a kind performance that fans have been waiting for since ‘Location’ came out in 2016 will be sponsored by SMART.

Tickets will be available across all TicketNet channels at 10AM, Wednesday, August 15th.
The ticket price ranges are as follows (excluding ticket charges):

GA Standing: P5,100
VIP Seated: P5,100
Patron Seated: P4,100
Lower Box: P2,200

Hailing from El Paso, Texas, Khalid has been making waves in the industry since the release of his infectious single ‘Location’ in 2016. Two years on, the 20 year old singer and songwriter is garnering praise from every corner of the world for his debut album ‘American Teen’. Khalid has received numerous awards including five Grammy nominations, MTV Music Awards’ Best New Artist and Billboard Music Awards’ Top New Artist.

With his coming-of-age tales of growing up in American high-schools, his soul-driven 21st century pop anthems like ‘Young, Dumb & Broke’, which peaked at #2 on the Philippines Spotify charts and ‘Love Lies’ transcend generations and are timeless in their own way.

Khalid has featured on tracks with some of the biggest names in music, including Calvin Harris, Normani of Fifth Harmony, Marshmello, Shawn Mendes and most recently Marin Garrix on his latest single ‘Ocean’.

Having embarked on an expansive world tour and making stops at major festivals like Coachella, Splendour in the Grass and Lollapalooza, Khalid is set to explode onto the Asian stage with his first headline tour of the region.

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9 Tips to Travel Alone and Love It

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There are several advantages to traveling alone. For one, you will travel on your own terms. You will visit the places you want and when you feel like. However, you also need to be careful as you can become the target of bad people. Here are some tips that you can use to enjoy solo travel.

1. Plan for your days ahead
One of the tips for traveling alone is to plan ahead. Before you even embark on your journey, you will need to have an itinerary of where you will go and on which day. For instance, you can plan to visit a museum on the first day, the beach on the second day and a fishing site on the third day. However, there are no rules that you must stick to the plan. If you feel like resting in your hotel all day reading a book, feel free to do that.

2. Make friends with locals
Loneliness can be real when going on holiday alone. This is why you will need to connect with people. Therefore, make sure that you make friends with locals. After all, it is their country you are traveling to. This can also open a window for you to understand the culture and enjoy the local life. You can find more tips for bonding with the locals on your thesis writing service from Australia that write main tips for you.

3. Connect with a stranger
The most important thing when going travelling alone is to ensure that you connect with someone who is traveling alone. You can smile at them and just say “Hi” when walking. When they respond to your greeting, you can start a conversation by asking them common questions, such as where they are from and whether they are traveling alone. If they answer and also ask questions, it means that they are ready to strike up a conversation with you. On the other hand, if they only reply without asking any questions, it means that you are bothering them.

4. Remain low-key
Avoid flashing expensive jewelry, cameras, and electronics. Remain discreet so as to avoid a lot of attention.

5. Understand your destination well
Have a look at a map of your destination to understand it well. Look for the major landmarks such as New York’s central park or Toronto’s CN Tower that will help you to understand the direction. These will help you to explore the city well and safely.

6. Remain calm when you get lost
When you get lost, you do not have to get anxious as this will only serve to do more harm than good. You should begin with understanding the direction that you should be moving towards. If necessary, make use of a compass to start moving in that direction. Enjoy the beauty along the way you pass remembering that you would not have had that new adventure if you had followed your usual route. If you are not sure of where you are, seek for help. When you stand alone appearing dazed, you will not get the direction of where you would like to go and you might get noticed by thieves. In most cases, you will encounter lots of good people and so you don’t have to be afraid of asking for direction.

7. Take photos
Photos are what will make the memory of the destination that you traveled to. The only challenge is that when you are going on vacation alone, you will need to ask someone to take the photos. This may also turn out to be the conversation starter. You can also offer to take a photo of them.

8. Prepare for the down times
You will encounter several down-times while traveling such as a delayed flight or train. This can leave you bored if you have nothing to do. In order to beat the boredom, carry a book that you can read.

9. Stay at a place that suits your need
You will want to stay in the best place you can afford. When searching for a hotel, the most important thing you need to consider is on whether it has the facilities you need. If you are the kind who loves swimming, you should choose a hotel that is close to the beach. If you love game drives, choose a hotel that is inside or within the vicinity of the game park. Make sure that there is a restaurant that meets your needs at the hotel.

Take a Travel Loan And Go On Your Dream Vacation

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Holidays are a vital part of life, providing you the much-needed relief from your daily hectic routine. A holiday not only lets you explore many places on your list but even keeps your refreshed and relaxed.

When you are back from a holiday, you could see that your concentration level and efficiency has increased as you have given your body and mind the needed repair. Although everyone wants to embark on a holiday, not all are fortunate enough to go due to the lack of funds.

Not anymore as you can easily avail a travel loan in India by applying online. Leading lenders offer up to Rs.25 lakh with a wider tenor and many more benefits to get you packing your bags.

So, you can pick out that adventurous activities list that you have been waiting to explore and start making plans right away.

Here are some of the benefits of the travel loan to help you visit and enjoy the best places for adventure travel, mountaineering, scuba diving, and beyond.

What is a Travel Loan?
A travel loan is a type of personal loan which is especially designed for people looking to explore the greatest adventures on earth without poking a hole in their pockets. You can borrow up to Rs.25 lakh to fulfill your holiday dream. 

Avail a Travel Loan and start Packing Your Bags for a Holiday

1) Higher loan amount – Be it the Bahamas or the New York or Spain or Switzerland, you need not cut short your holiday as you can borrow an amount as high as Rs.25 lakh.

2) Instant approval – Your holiday plan need not wait for the mere approval of the travel loan. You can get an approval for the loan in as soon as 5 minutes.

3) Money disbursement in 24 hours – Once you have the approval for the loan, you will see the money getting credited in your bank account in 24 hours after approval.

4) Flexi loan facility – You have the freedom to avail the loan for the maximum amount of Rs.25 lakh and withdraw an amount as per your wish. You can pay only the interest on the used amount as your EMI and nothing more. The rest of the money gets settled after the end of the loan tenor.

5) Minimum documentation – Do you have a strong Credit Score, repayment and consistent employment history? You are good to go to get a hassle-free approval for the loan as your KYC, income and bank details are enough.

6) Online account management – Once you avail the loan, you can track its progress via the digital customer portals of the lenders from anywhere and 24/7.

Holiday Loan Eligibility Criteria
You need to be a citizen of India
You must be a salaried professional working with a public, private or an MNC company with at least 3 years of work experience and more
Your age should be between 25 and 58 years
Based on your city of residence, you should be earning a salary pre-decided by your lenders to qualify for the loan

Travel Loan Documents at a Glance
KYC documents
Employee ID Card
Last 3 months’ Salary Slips
Your salaried account’s bank statements for the last 3 months

Don’t let your desire or passion for visiting your favourite places this vacation season with a travel loan to help you out.

Additional Read: 9 Things to Know About Travel Loans In India

Trade Show Giants PHILBEX Cebu and Cebu Auto Show to Unlock the Future of Cebu

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From the recently-inaugurated Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which demonstrated the remarkable genius of Filipino architectural ingenuity, all the way to the pioneering series of construction and transportation projects underway such as the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway and its first-ever LRT subway-elevated system, Cebu is undoubtedly ushering an unprecedented economic mobility in the realm of construction and transportation.

Coinciding perfectly with the heightened spirit of enthusiasm surrounding both trade industries, Worldbex Services International – the country’s leading events and expositions organizer – is proud to present two back-to-back shows that will boost and augment the course of progress being undertaken by the region.

Now on its 16th year, the Philippine Building and Construction Exposition (PHILBEX) Cebu 2018 is set to happen on September 13 to 16, from 10:00am to 8:00pm at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall. Meanwhile, opening only a day apart is the Cebu Auto Show (CAS) 2018. Running on its 11th edition, CAS will open its doors to the public on September 14 to 16, from 10:00am to 8:00pm at the SM Seaside Sky Hall.

Unveiling the future of Cebuano living
PHILBEX Cebu may be the last regional leg of the iconic WORLDBEX but it certainly has no intention of holding back as it envisions to deliver an equally impactful and productive show. Taking after the guiding theme for all WORLDBEX 2018 shows, this year’s PHILBEX Cebu concerns itself with “Shaping Innovations Toward Sustainability”.

Following the success of its 2017 show which housed 105 booths across the wide expanse of the Cebu Trade Hall, this year’s PHILBEX Cebu is set to unveil over 120 booths and close to 80 exhibitors composed of both local exhibitors and foreign participants alike from countries such as China, South Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore – all of whom are expected to showcase product and service innovations that are both cutting-edge and efficient.

Aside from presenting an extensive line-up of exhibiting companies, also anticipated to make an impression on this year’s show attendees are PHILBEX Cebu’s event highlights. Among the must-see fixtures include the Architect’s Gallery. A gathering of the region’s top architects and their respective firms, among the participants to present the latest trends and design perspectives from the industry are Abadia Architects and Designers, Archiglobal Inc., Nueast, Arkitecture, Pont Architectural + Design Studio, Philippine Institute of Architects Cebu Chapter, and the United Architects of the Philippines.

Also not to be missed are the Interior Designer’s Gallery which is presented in partnership with the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers – VisMin Chapter, the PHILBEX MiniCons, and the 3rd Projéto Cebu Furniture Design Competition which the entrants for this year will be tasked to create a design for a studio-type condominium unit that will focus on both the wellbeing and learning efficiency of the student-inhabitants.

As WORLDBEX gears up to usher in its Silver Anniversary, its decided move towards increased awareness and proactive perspectives as evidenced by PHILBEX 2018 affirms its dedication to build a brighter future for the entire nation as a whole.

Redefining leisure and productivity
Recognizing the growing demand among automotive consumers for vehicles that live up to their increasingly active lifestyles as well as their entrepreneurial agenda, this year’s Cebu Auto Show, which is also the final regional leg of MIAS 2108, will drive around the theme of “Work and Play”.

From vehicles that are especially designed to cater to businesses as well as the rigorous schedules on-the-go professionals to the latest automotive releases that are meant to cater to the most discerning travelers and adventurers, CAS 2018 is guaranteed to cater to a wide variety of consumers and automotive enthusiasts.

Set to showcase a total of 44 booths, this year’s edition of CAS also boasts of an extensive range of product categories as well as an excitable roster of event highlights which include the much-awaited Custom and Classic Car competition, the Diecast car model swap meet, exhibitions from top car brands, and of course, an impressive motor bike display.

More than just a market place for automotive products, CAS has come to be a pillar of the Cebu automotive industry as it ultimately serves to elevate the means of transportation of the people. In empowering the region’s automotive industry, CAS also contributes significantly in the collective development of the region.

This season, Cebu is expected to witness a dynamic economic convergence that will truly bolster the upward growth of two of its most prominent trade industries. Don’t miss out on the biggest and most anticipated expos of the year – PHILBEX Cebu and CAS 2018!

For more information, call (02) 656-9239 or email For the latest updates on PHILBEX Cebu and CAS, follow Worldbex Services International on Facebook, @worldbex on Instagram, Cebu Auto Show on Facebook, and @cebuautoshow on Instagram.

National University to open UAAP Season 81 at the Mall of Asia Arena

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Celebrate and show off campus pride as the National University hosts UAAP Season 81, drumming up a bigger and bolder season opening ceremony, packed with fun surprises and special performances from Spongecola, James Reid, and more happening on September 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena! 

After hosting its 75th season in 2012, the biggest collegiate sports league in the Philippines makes a comeback to the home of the Bulldogs, National University, for UAAP Season 81 – treating athletes, students, and sports fans alike with a must-experience season opening. 

“This season, we will bring the best out of our student-athletes as we showcase different sports events for the most-awaited university sports league in the country,” said Nilo Ocampo, President of the Board of Managing Directors of UAAP. 

Don’t miss out on one of the biggest sports event of the year as school spirit comes alive this September at the UAAP Season 81 at the MOA Arena – it all begins here. 

For updates on UAAP Season 81 tickets, visit - SM press

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kärcher Strengthens PH Presence; Inaugurates First Flagship Center

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FIRST KÄRCHER CENTER IN THE PHILIPPINES.Global cleaning technology and solutions provider Kärcher recently inaugurated its first service center and showroom in the Philippines. Located in Sucat, Parañaque, Kärcher Center Manila displays the company’s latest and upcoming products while also giving customers and potential business clients the chance to experience the products by themselves or see how they work through a demonstration by professionals. 

In photo from left to right: Parañaque City Vice Mayor Jose Enrico Golez, Kärcher Philippines Country Manager Zurich Fernandez, Kärcher Global Deputy CEO Markus Asch, Kärcher ASEAN President Klaus Puehmeyer, and Dr. Andree Buhl, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the German Embassy in Manila.

Global cleaning technology and solutions leader Kärcher recently inaugurated its first service center and showroom in the Philippines, as part of efforts to bring the innovative products closer to Filipinos.

Located in Sucat, Parañaque, the new Kärcher Center Manila serves as a showroom where visitors can view and buy the company’s latest products. Customers and potential business clients can also personally experience the products or see how they work through a demonstration by professionals. In addition, the center also functions as the business and service center for Filipino customers for both the Home & Garden as well as the Professional product lines.

“Our new flagship Kärcher Center will definitely help develop our commitment to bring the right cleaning solution to every Filipino customer. With the brand new showroom and service center, local customers can now expect full and immediate support from us  from simply inquiring about our products to actually seeing and using the products in action for a test run,” said Kärcher Philippines Country Manager Zurich Fernandez.

The opening of the Kärcher Center is a sign of the budding German interest in setting up business in the Philippines. “The Philippines is an economic powerhouse in the Southeast region, and together with its English-speaking population, it is no wonder that German firms are confident in expanding in the country. I’m very excited that a company as huge as Kärcher is now here. It will not only bring world-class cleaning technologies for Filipinos but also help both nations’ economies in creating job opportunities,” said Dr. Andree Buhl, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the German Embassy in Manila.

The same sentiments were shared by Parañaque Vice Mayor Jose Enrico Golez, who wished that the city’s ongoing partnership with Kärcher will lead to more opportunities for growth. “On behalf of the city, I am very happy that we have new investors here in Parañaque. Germany has a longstanding relationship with the Philippines that I’m not surprised a great German company has invested here. We hope that this is the start of a very good relationship with Kärcher, which will contribute to further economic growth in the Philippines.”

Kärcher’s decision to complement the online shopping trend by opening a physical showroom is a testament to its commitment to show customers that cleaning is a process. “By having a brick-and-mortar-store, we can teach our customers the right process. We can offer them advice and practical learning through our professionals. At the same time, it gives us the opportunity to know our customers better by way of face-to-face interactions,” Fernandez added.

The Kärcher Center Manila is just part of the company’s ongoing initiatives in the Philippines. Earlier this year, it restored the People Power Monument along EDSA, and last December, refurbished the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park. Both of these are under the “Kärcher Cleans the World” campaign that aims to help preserve national and historic landmark across the world.

Kärcher Center Manila is located at ECH Plaza Bay 5-7 No. 8006 San Antonio, Parañaque City. Also present in its inauguration were Peter Kompalla, Executive Director of the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Klaus Puehmeyer, Kärcher ASEAN Regional President, and Markus Asch, Kärcher Deputy CEO. For more information, visit and

FDCP to Feature International Experts at Film Industry Conference

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August is a big month for the Philippine film industry and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) as the agency is once again hosting the Film Industry Conference (FIC) on August 17-18, 2018at Novotel Araneta Center, Quezon City. Now on its second year, the Conference will feature panels and workshops with international experts and film industry leaders who will share the current trends and tricks of the trade in the international scene.

FIC will be zeroing in on Asia as a regional industry and the many insights that the Filipino film industry can learn from the resource speakers and can follow in terms of best practices and market trends. With topics ranging from film funding opportunities to bridging technical gaps to get films ready for the international market and the type of Asian stories that work with the global audience today, FIC will surely be beneficial to Filipino industry players and professionals, and even young filmmakers and students who wish to learn more about film as an industry.

With the Keynote Address to be delivered by the Motion Picture Association International, the Conference leads with expert speakers coming to Manila including international distributors, film commissions, foreign co-producers, members of the international press, and post-production supervisors.

Film Funds and Labs
Purin Pictures
Asian Cinema Fund
Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC)

Production and Post-Production Companies
WhiteLight Post

Distribution Companies
Astro Malaysia
Chinese Shadows

Film Commissions
Taipei Film Commission
Saga Prefectural Film Commission
Cambodia Film Commission
Korea Film Commissions and Industry Network

Ravenbanner Entertainment

International Media
Screen International

Additionally, workshops on international film distribution, film criticism, audio post- production, and film archiving will be featured alongside the panels. In terms of the post-production workshop, this will be the first time WhiteLight’s Lee Chatametikool is administering the topic to share with post-production enthusiasts and professionals in the Philippines. WhiteLight is an award-winning post-production house which has worked on internationally acclaimed films like Call Me By Your Name(See attached for full list of topics and workshops).

“We are particularly proud to bring together all these experts and leaders to personally share insights and the ways of the industry to our Filipino filmmakers and producers. Through FIC, we hope to give them a better understanding of the bigger world of film and the market as we gear up to go global,” said FDCP Chairperson Liza Dino.

Pre-registration is required for the Film Industry Conference. For online sign ups, please Deadline of registration is on August 10, 2018.

FIC is a part of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018, an exclusive one-week screening of Filipino films from August 15-21, 2018.

PPP is presented in partnership with National Cinemas Association of the Philippines (NCAP), Unicef, Globe Play It Right, SOLAR Entertainment Corporation, Outpost Visual Frontier, Nestle, ThinkBit, Sequioa Hotel, Camella Homes. It is also supported by the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEED), CNN Philippines,, MOR 101.9 For Life, The Manila Bulletin, Malaya, Philippine Star, Wish 107.5,, Uniquely Pinoy, as well as by the following government agency partners, Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), Department of Transportation (DOTr), National Youth Commission (NYC), Office of the Vice Mayor Quezon City (OVM) and Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC).
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