Friday, September 16, 2016

Cebuanos Find Around the Clock Hangout in Tom N Toms Coffee

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Viewed from outer space, Metro Cebu is one of the few places in the Philippines outside Metro Manila that shines bright at night amidst a sea of darkness.

With the recently opened Tom N Toms Coffee, the first in Cebu and the second in the country, Cebuanos have found a round the clock hangout fulfilling the demand of a cosmopolitan haven that has grown to ignore sleep.

“With Cebu’s dizzying growth, more and more are staying up until the odd hours. Tom N Toms Coffee is open 24 hours to serve a growing number of Cebuanos who are taking part in the Metro’s prosperity,” said Tom N Toms Cebu General Manager Jose Mari Alba.

The world-famous Korean coffee chain, the top brand in South Korea based on the number of stores, opened just last September 8 at The Greenery on Pope John Paul II Avenue, Kasambagan, Mabolo.

“Coffee lovers who need a cozy place to stay beyond midnight will find Tom N Toms to be an ideal place,” said Alba. The Cebu location follows the opening of Tom N Toms first branch last year in Bacolod.

Alba anticipates the coffee shop to be popular with millennials hanging out with friends all night, professionals, BPO workers, and others who work night shifts, adding Tom N Toms boosts the visible rise of a number of coffee shops with its 24-hour service.

Tom N Toms offers the usual variety of coffee drinks, espressos, frappes, smoothies, pretzels and snacks. But the shop also offers other amenities such as strong wifi, cozy seats, free charging, and a wide assortment of food from baked goods to healthy picks and heavy meals.

“Given any coffee shops’ need for a high customer volume to be sustainable, the availability of other food items and special drinks on top of the usual coffee fare around the clock is an advantage for Tom N Toms,” said Alba.

The Tom N Toms Cebu General Manager said the friendly staff of the new coffee chain are looking forward to serving Cebuanos during the busy nights of a progressively sophisticated city that has begun to escape the need for sleep.

AXN Announces World Premiere Date for The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 on October 13 at 9pm

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Get ready for a race like no other as AXN prepares to unleash The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 in its world premiere on October 13 at 9pm.

Adrenaline-fueled action mixed with nail biting drama and comedic overtones sets this 10-episode season apart from the pack as 11 teams from six different countries vie for the winning crown and USD100,000 in cash.

Hailing from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the teams are an eclectic bunch of brains, brawn and beauty united by their determination to win, while having a bit of fun along the way.

Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “This season is the most dramatic, crazy and surprising yet. It’s a wild, culturally mesmerizing ride against some truly spectacular destinations. One second a team is in the lead, only for another to come out of nowhere to take top spot. It’s anyone’s race!”

During each episode every Thursday at 9pm, AXN viewers can take their place in the middle of the action and interact with celebrity show host Allan Wu and their favorite teams live via social platforms using #AXNTARA and @AXNTARA

“I’m excited to chat with viewers and share the race experience throughout the series. We have created a lot of exclusive race footage that is only available online. It will add a whole new dimension to watching the race as viewers will witness what’s happeningbehind-the-scenes like never before,” said Allan.

The Amazing Race Asia premieres on Thursday, October 13 at 9:00pm, first and exclusively on AXN.


Check out for all the latest news on The Amazing Race Asia.

AXN isseen on Cable Link Channel 38, Cignal Digital TV Channel 61, Global Destiny Cable Channel 61, Dream Channel 20, GSat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49.

2nd One Stop Shop Center for OFWs Opens at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga

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Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arturo Tugade on Friday (September 16, 2016) led the opening of the 2nd One Stop Shop Center for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that will fast track government processes especially for overseas workers.

“This is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to provide convenience to our OFWs mostly working in the Middle East and other parts of world, they can now go to Clark to transact their requirements for their convenience,” Bello said.

According to Bello, “this is the 2nd one stop shop center for OFWs established inside Clark Freeport Zone and it is near the Clark International Airport.”

He said that “the requirement is to put up a one stop shop at Clark and at the same provide all the facilities which will include not only the Foreign Affairs, actually the NBI and DOJ as well as the medical facilities to our Kababayans.”

Bello said that they will put up the same centers in other parts of the country such as in San Fernando La Union, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro and Davao City, adding that the facilities will be completed within the year.

Bello said that Clark Airport is being geared as the next alternative airport to ease decongestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila.

“There is now a move to transfer several flights at Clark Airport, and the establishment of the one stop shop in Clark is timely,” he added.

For his part, Tugade also said that the establishment of the One Stop Shop center in Clark is part of the requirements of International carriers especially those from the Middle East wherein OFWs will benefit from this facility in Clark Freeport.

Tugade also said that the facility in Clark will benefit OFws mostly residing in Central and Northern Luzon who flies at Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga.

Tugade said that the one stop shop center is now open and operational for the convenience of the OFWs.

The opening of the facility were also attended by Former President and 2nd District Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, Catanduanes Congressman Cesar Sarmiento, Former Nueva Ecija Rep. Renato Diaz, CIAC President Alxander Cauguiran and CDC President Noel Manankil.

The DOTr and DOLE took the lead for the establishment of the said Center at Clark. The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) also provided support for the establishment of the facility.

The new facility is home to sixteen agencies in a single building located at Clark Polytechnic, just a few kilometers from the Clark International Airport (CRK).

Among the agencies are, the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Philhealth, Pag-Ibig Fund, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare (OWWA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Social Security System(SSS), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) and Bayad Center.

The one-stop-shop center will provide services such as the processing of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), NBI clearances , the processing of Pag-Ibig OFW members contributions, Philhealth payment premium contributions and members registration, SSS registration and membership data amendment including acceptance of loans and benefits claim applications, PSA’s processing and issuance of birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, and CENOMAR.

MARINA’s issuance and revalidation of seamans’ book, issuance of PRC’s professional licenses and TESDA’s issuance of training certifications and applications for scholarship programs will also be facilitated in the Center.

The facility is also equipped with a WiFi internet connection for the convenience of the agencies and the OFWs.

The Largest IT Event in the Country Returns for its 14th Year, Joined by Lamudi PH

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Committed as an enabling event for today’s youth, the Youth Congress on Information Technology (Y4iT) returns for its 14th year on September 27, 28, and 29 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, MOA Complex, Pasay City.

The three-day congress, which has been at the forefront of information technology-gathering events in the country, is once again expected to gather more than 20,000 delegates nationide, from IT college students and professionals to enthusiasts.

“Y4IT provides a venue for IT students from all over the country, not just to learn from local and international IT thought leaders, but more importantly from each other. It is also not just about learning but also about having fun with newfound friends and getting connected,” said Commissioner Monchito Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director of the Department of Science and Technology–Information and Communications Technology Office.

The long-running event aspires be a constant source of inspiration to many as it helps bridge industry authorities and the youth. “Each year, we are overwhelmed by the number of people coming together who all want to learn. Each year, they motivate us to continue our goal to inform, involve, and encourage the youth to be active in creating and developing solutions (through technology) to urban challenges,” saidY4iT Marketing Head Cha Ramos.

Retail, the Digital Way with SMART Store Manager

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Retail continues to be one of the Philippines’ most dynamic industries, a leading economic growth driver buoyed by the robust consumer spending and a market that has become increasingly sophisticated. With local and global brands all vying for the attention of Filipino shoppers, success in the retail space may not only be determined by providing quality products and value for money, but also great customer sales experience.

The SMART Store Manager solution is one such offering from PLDT Enterprise that helps retailers enhance customer service delivery. It aims to improve the shopping process by enabling customers to check out their purchases assisted by store personnel deftly managing transactions through the mobile Point-of-Sale (POS) solution. SMART Store Manager also acts as a tablet-based menu, providing images that highlight the product or service customers are paying for, allowing them to fully appreciate the shopping choices they are about to make.

“SMART Store Manager is one of the many solutions of PLDT Enterprise that aims to support Philippine enterprises in growing their business,” said Gio Abaquin, Head for Digital Mobility, Disruptive Business Group (DBG), the emerging technologies business unit of PLDT Enterprise. “Such innovative solutions let enterprises build their competitiveness, distinguish themselves from other industry players, and deliver superb shopping experiences to their customers.”

Aside from enhanced customer experience, the SMART Store Manager also offers a range of benefits for enterprises operations-wise. Not only does it eliminate the need to invest in electronic registers or expensive software, it also frees up valuable store space -- usually taken up by cash registers -- to be used for other purposes such as merchandise display. Furthermore, the SMART Store Manager bundles the Mobile Application, Tablet, and SIM-based connectivity in one affordable package, so retailers can readily deploy their mobile POS in their stores.

“With an engaging, user-friendly interface and reliable connectivity to ensure that customers enjoy seamless shopping, SMART Store Manager truly creates an enhanced and differentiated digital retail experience for today’s Filipino consumer.” added Chet Alviz​, Head of SMACS (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud & Security).

Jacob Cordover All Set for a Free Classical Guitar Concert on Oct. 6

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The Guitar Friends and St. Scholastica's College present classical guitar artist JACOB CORDOVER with the special participation of THE KABATAANG GITARISTA and EDEL MARK BITAO in a free concert set on Oct. 6, 2016 - Thursday 7:00 pm, St.Cecilia's Hall, St. Scholastica's College Manila.

Jacob Cordover will also be conducting a guitar masterclass on Oct. 3 Monday, 3 pm at the Mini Hall, UP College of Music and on Oct. 7, Friday, 1 PM, at the Rehearsal Hall, St. Cecilia Bldg., St. Scholastica's College Manila.

Currently residing in Barcelona, Spain and enjoying a truly international career as both a concert and recording artist, Jacob Cordover “impresses with his intuitive musicianship and impeccable technique” (Leicester Mercury, UK). His “consummate artistry” (Adelaide Advertiser, Australia) has enticed audiences in over a dozen countries across four continents.

Mr. Cordover has appeared as soloist with the Las Colinas Symphony, the Arlington Symphony, the Garland Symphony, the Orquestra Simf√≤nica de Balears “Ciutat de Palma” and the Orchestra dell’Accademia “l’Ottocento”, and his performances have “demonstrated how much poetry and feeling can be obtained from the guitar in the hands of master musicians such as Jacob Cordover.” (The Mercury, Australia). 

The Advantages of e-Procurement vs. Traditional

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Procurement is one of the most important business processes for many organizations, whether large enterprises or small and medium size companies. Many decisions taken by departments have a procurement implication that can impact on the overall cost of carrying out the decision. Here cost includes the total cost of the good or service and not simply the price that is paid.

In the private sector, procurement is viewed as a strategic function working to improve the organization’s profitability. Procurement is seen as helping to streamline processes, reduce raw material prices and costs, and identifying better sources of supply.

However, the process often pose many challenges such as understatement of purchase details, inappropriate selection methods, inadequate supplier information, selecting unsuitable supplier and risk in negotiations, just to name a few. However, with the advent of technology, automation of the procurement process can now be done which can help achieve the best results for your procurement projects.

Below are just some of the values and additional advantages brought by technology in the procurement process that the traditional processes cannot provide.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant Is Now Ready to Serve Manila

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There a new foodie place at the 3rd Floor, Bridgeway, Building B of SM Megamall. This new restaurant is said to be the first of its kind in the Philippines for being the very first Japanese Teishoku Restaurant in the country.

Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant is now ready to serve Filipinos on September 16, 2016 with their bestselling Japanese set meals that will surely spark the interest of foodies all over the country. On opening day, they are generously giving away FREE TEISHOKU (set meal) for the first 100 guests on September 16 at 10AM!

The two individuals namely Yvonne Yao and Jacqueline Gobing, responsible for bringing the concept restaurant in Manila, have plans to establish 15 branches within 5 years. In fact, they are about to open their second branch at SM Mall of Asia within just a few weeks from this day. With the 15 branches in mind, that's around 3 branches per year that they are hopeful to build soon.

Why not, with the sumptuous taste of their bestsellers and coupled with great marketing and promotional campaigns, there is no doubt that they will succeed with their plans.

But I believe that word of mouth will bring them success already especially when people get to read the feedback from the first customers, like me, who were satisfied with our dining experience with them.

Alden Richards Adds Excitement to the Cadbury Dairy Milk Joy Wagon

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Cadbury Dairy Milk continues to #FreetheJoy with the Joy Fest and becomes doubly exciting with the special appearance of Alden Richards during the Joy Wagon event held at the Venice Grand Canal Mall on September 8, 2016.

Though the tandem of AlDub are both brand ambassadors of Cadbury, the magic alone of Alden was already enough to excite the event attendees. Imagine what would happen if Maine Mendoza aka Yaya Dub was also there. It could mean a lot of fans shrieking out loud in support of their idols.

Alden's majestic entrance was through the H2O Salamander dressed up as the Cadbury Joy Wagon - one that has wheels for the roads and could float on water like rivers or canals like that one at the Venice Grand Canal Mall, and especially during floods since our country is prone to be submerged under water due to heavy rains and flooded drainage. The H2O Salamander also has an advocacy component from which a community will benefit.

James Deakin, famous in the motoring world, was also there representing H2O Salamander as their brand ambassador and spokesperson during the event. He shared the significance of supporting the vehicle so that there would be communities that could be saved in times of calamities involving flooding.

DICT Hosts ITU-ASEAN Workshop on Child Online Protection

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The ​​​​​​​International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) organized a workshop on Child Online Protection in association with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) which was held on September 13 and 14, 2016 at a hotel in Quezon City.

The workshop gathered ASEAN Member States (AMS) and invited representatives from organizations such as Stairway Foundation Inc., the Philippine National Police – Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG), ECPAT Philippines, ICT Watch Indonesia, The Asia Foundation Philippines, Privacy Commission Philippines, and Child Protection Network Foundation, Inc. in order to strengthen its initiative towards making a safer Cyber-Environment for the generations to come.

In his keynote address, Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima of the DICT notes that the event is a is a testament to the organization’s commitment to the ITU-ASEAN Initiative on Developing a Strategy Framework for Child Online Protection, being the first international event of the newly-established agency. He called on the sentiments of the delegates in creating better Child Online Protection policies by saying: “our light shines the brightest when we dedicate and devote our lives and our time for our people and their children.”

Ms. Aurora Rubio from the ITU called on the different AMS to come together in promoting the increasingly vital need to keep everyone, especially the young people, safe online despite the reality that in the online world, global, and even regional and national collaboration is not so easily implemented due to the different definitions and developments in the implementation of child online protection in different countries. She was hopeful that by the end of the workshop, participants would be able to contribute and support ASEAN countries to develop and implement effective national, and ASEAN child online protection general framework and plans.

During the workshop, different Child Online Protection Initiatives in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam was shared, along with expert counsel from the invited organizations. With the help of the Stairway Foundation Inc. and the Department of Education, the participants were also treated to a consultation with the youth, their parents, and teachers from participating schools in the area. Through this, the participants were able to gain the valuable perspective of the youth, who, as Ysrael Diloy from Stairway Foundation Inc. says, are the “experts in the field of [COP].”

Atty. Maria Roda Cisnero moderated the module on the presentation of the recommendations for the Draft ASEAN Framework on Child Online Protection from the breakout groups, which included the youth. The workshop concluded with Ms. Aurora Rubio’s moderation of the multi-stakeholders’ panel discussions which gave further insight in moving COP discussions toward better policies.

Some of the Best Climbing Destinations in India

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Bangalore is by far considered as one of the most wonderful place in India with the different climate conditions through the year. It was enclosed accordingly and this place is just one of the best in India for the landscapes and rock climbing. Those who wish to discover their strengths and how far they could go, Bangalore is just the place to go to. This place is well known for rock climbers and those who wish to try rock climbing.

The Himalayans just loved to climb, especially during the month of April until June. It is Terra Firma that has the best rock climbing facilities in the place. In the southern part of India, rock climbing is just ideal any time of the year and people go to Mumbra or Dudha in November until April, which are the best months there. However, in Delhi, winter months are the best for rocking climbing, so if you what to experience rock climbing during the winter months, Delhi is just the best place for you. Find the best deals for your trip to India visit here

Himachal Pradesh, Valleys of Parvati, Sar Pass and Miyar Valley

For the travelers who are fond of rock climbing, there are certain places in India that are best for you. The Himachal Pradesh, Valleys of Parvati, Sar Pass and Miyar Valley are best for those who wish to see some snowcapped blooms along with robust outcrops, the valley is also famous and known among the best spots for rock climbing in India. The valley of flowers likes in the northwestern part of Spiti, which is a part of the Himachal Pradesh. The Miyark Valley is located on the fringes of Sanskar as well as Ladakh. This place has the best conditions for rock climbers with its rich woodlands and streams. 

Jammu & Kashmir (Shey rock) 

On the north part of the Shey town comes a 20 minute travel going on the mountain scenes in Shey Rock, which is a paradise for those who lives in Jammu & Kashmir. This place is represented by the beautiful and exotic rock formations; this place is just the best for newbies and for veteran rock climbers. Accordingly, the mountain climbing activity here stands out from the rest of the place. The boldness of the crests of the Himalayas along with the high mountain ranges of Jammu & Kashmir made this place, a place overloaded with guests from various parts of the globe. Summer is the best time to visit this place and it is also the ideal time of the year for climbers enjoy the fun filled activity of rock climbing. The promo code for Musafir can be used for your next travel. You can also use it when you have decided to visit India and explore the fun filled activities along with exotic places in this country.

Honda Excites Customers with the All-New Civic RS Turbo Modulo Concept Display at the 6th PIMS

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Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit, kicks of the 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) event by showcasing the All-New Civic RS Turbo Modulo Concept. The All-New Civic RS Turbo Modulo Concept sports a distinct sporty character with its two-tone color.

The All-New Civic RS Turbo Modulo Concept flaunts an even more aggressive appeal for the daring 10th generation All-New Civic with the integration of Black Front Under Spoiler, Side Under Spoiler, Rear Under Spoiler, and a 17-inch matte black Modulo Alloy Wheels that all seamlessly complement its elegant white paint.

HCPI exhibits this even sportier All-New Civic concept to embody their appreciation to loyal Honda customers and enthusiasts. With the customers’ continued support for Honda and the Civic, the Civic has marked its name in the Philippine automotive industry.

HCPI looks back on the Civic’s heritage at the PIMS event by also showcasing the All-New Civic RS Turbo Modulo Sport at the Honda booth’s foyer. The All-New Civic RS Turbo carries an athletic styling with its Front Under Spoiler, Side Under Spoiler, Rear Under Spoiler, Exhaust Pipe Finisher, Modulo Emblem, and exclusive 17-inch matte black Modulo Alloy Wheels. Inside, it is equipped with a Side Step Garnish.

Known for its highly powerful yet fuel efficient driving performance, both All-New Civic on display at the PIMS event are powered by a DOHC VTEC Turbo Engine that delivers a maximum power output of 173 PS at 5,500 rpm, and a maximum torque of 22.0 kg-m at 1,700--5,500 rpm. It is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Earth Dreams Technology. Both All-New Civic vehicles on display are also equipped with Paddle Shifters for a sportier driving experience.

For more information on Honda and its products, visit or any authorized dealership nationwide.

2nd Don Papa Art Competition Launched

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Launched last November 11, 2015, the first Don Papa Art Competition yielded four award-winning artworks: the three above-mentioned, plus“Florescence of Endeavor” by Renz Bautista, which won the People’s Choice Award.

The second Don Papa Art Competition was launched on September 14 at the Mathilde Cafe along Kalayaan Avenue, Makati. This year’s competition will be open to both independent artists as well as artists represented by galleries. The top 10 finalists will be featured in a special Don Papa Exhibit at the 2017 Art Fair Philippines. The grand prize winning artwork will become the next featured design in the Don Papa Art Canister Series for 2017, while its artist will receive an Artist Residency Sojourn in Florence, Italy. 

Don Papa Art Canister Series launches the Riel Hilario Edition in four Don Papa Rum markets: the Philippines, France, Germany, and the Netherlands this October. The two remaining Art Canister Editions will simultaneously be available this November in key retail outlets, such as Rustan’s, SM, S&R, and Ralph’s Wines and Spirits, to name a few. By December 2016, all three artworks will be available in the four world markets.

Don Papa Rum, the premium aged rum from the sugar island of Negros Occidental, Philippines, introduces the new set of award-winning designs in its Don Papa Art Canister Series. Composed of the winners in the 2015 Don Papa Art Competition, the Series features the top three artworks being incorporated into the canisters and packaging of Don Papa Rum.

First to be made available this October 2016 is the design by grand prize winner Riel Hilario called “The Spiritual Landscape of Papa Isio.” On its heels are two other award-winning artworks by Barry Cervantes and Anjo Bolarda.

“Don Papa and the Babaylan” is by first runner up winner Barry Cervantes, who also hails from Negros Occidental. The 3ft x 5ft acrylic on canvas painting is his nostalgic tribute to the stories he heard as a child growing up in Valladolid, Negros, about Papa Isio’s revolt against the Spaniards and the myths surrounding Mount Kanlaon. Papa Isio is Dionisio Magbuelas, the leader of the shamanistic babaylanes (priests, philosophers, and healers) who led a revolt in Negros in the 1890s. Mt. Kanlaon is an active volcano towering over the island, and is considered a sacred site by the people of Negros. “The painting depicts the soul of Papa Isio alongside a babaylan crowned with the images of struggle and the braveness of a true revolutionary icon that embodies the strong spirit of Negrosanons and the Babaylanes,” says Cervantes. Other images the artist portrayed in his painting include an erupting Mt. Kanlaon and a “bird that portrays death in a sacrificial way, in exchange for our sweet freedom.”

And the second runner up is a 2ft x 4ft ink on paper illustration by artist Anjo Bolarda. Inspired by the original packaging of Don Papa Rum, Bolarda chose to hand-draw the design of his “Untitled” piece as a nod to the hard work, meticulous craftsmanship, and the necessary time needed to produce excellent rum. His piece is also an appreciation for the exotic wildlife found in the dense rain forests surrounding Mt. Kanlaon, as well as a message of concern about the environment. “In the illustration you can find, peeking out from behind the stalks of the sugarcane, just some of the animals endangered and endemic to Negros Occidental,” says Bolarda. According to the artist, the animals in the design help localise the brand further, and make the packaging more relevant as it highlights the environmental issues of today.

For more inquiries on the second Don Papa Art Competition, please visit the Don Papa Rum Facebook page at or contact Mr. Dannie Alvarez at (email) or 0915-6888269 (cell).

8 Ways to Wow Anyone

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You’ve got a business but it’s not going as great as you want. Pump things up and transform your business into one that makes your customers go wow

There’s no use of having a business if it’s not earning anything, or if you don’t see it growing. So how do you put some wow into your business and start bringing in the big bucks? Swish knows you need the confidence to pump some life back into your biz, so they stalked motivational speaker and seasoned entrepreneur PJ Lanot to put back the wow factor in your business.

1. Trim off the fat from your life.
If you want to have time to make your business boom, you’ve got to cut out the things in your life that won’t matter in the long run. Check your schedule and your commitments, and figure out what you can delete to make more time and energy for what really matters.

2. Bring it back to its infancy. PJ suggests that yes, you should have long-term plans for your business, but you always have to start small. “For example, may gusto kang gawin na bag. May nagawa ka na ba na sample? Kung wala pa, bakit ka na nagpapatayo ng factory? Kung lumalaki na ’yung demand, saka natin palakihin ’yan.”

3. Know the ins and outs of the biz. If you have a coffee shop but you’ve never tried out your own drinks or the coffee concoctions of your competition, that’s where your problem lies. You should know everything there is about your business, and be its number one customer. From knowing how to mix all the coffee drinks to the cleaning schedule of the bathroom, you should know all these details even in your sleep.

4. Focus on your strengths, and let someone else deal with your weaknesses. PJ says, “Kasi kung ’yung weakness mo gagawin mong strength, mapapabayaan mo ’yung oras mo na dapat nakalaan sa strength mo. To compensate, you partner up with someone who is an expert on that field (you are weak in).”

5. Treat your employees well. Filipinos are a hardworking bunch, and they find happiness in their work and working environment. If you think that “Well, they shouldn’t go to work to make friends”, then you might be making your employees unhappy. PJ says, “Ang mga Pilipino, if they’re going to stay for nine hours in a particular job, they think they should be happy. That’s their motivation. They value the working relationship, na naiintindihan sila ni boss. Filipinos are very loyal and full of heart, so you have to maximize that.”

6. Create a better product or service before your competitor does. If you want your customer to go “wow!” about your product or service, then it should be something that they haven’t seen before, or something that they need right now. PJ says, “You have to keep on innovating. If you think, it’s okay, I’m earning anyway, what happens when a stronger player comes along? Kinakain na ’yung sales mo, tapos doon ka palang magpla-plano? No business is safe right now, kailangan worldwide ang tinitignan na competition, and from there, you innovate before it’s too late.”

7. Keep on interacting with your customers. Besides knowing what your competitors are doing, it’s more important to know what your customers are craving for. Their needs always change, so you have to keep on meeting and exceeding their expectations. PJ compares putting up and sustaining a business to being in a relationship. “Kahit sabihin mo hindi naman sila nagrereklamo, kung makakita sila ng iba na can give them a better future, na pwede sila maging happier with, they’ll move there. Pero kung masaya naman sila sa’yo, they won’t even think of leaving.” So take time to constantly interact with the customers you serve and do so professionally, looking and acting the part of a winner. Put your best foot forward (look the pro that matches your brand identity and care enough to look kept, with your hair in place and your breath fresh with SWISH breath spray for a pump of customer confidence), but still remain honest and upfront.

8. Be confident in yourself and in your business, and your customers will feel the change. Confidence comes from knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and being true to you. The same thing can be said about your business—if you continue to tweak your business to show that you know your customers better than anyone, and you want to serve them better than anyone can, then they’ll start flocking to your biz in droves.

Harm Reduction: Most Effective and Compassionate Response to Drug Problem

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The Department of Health (DOH) should push for harm reduction strategies as a response to the country's drug problem.

During the government's National Health Summit attended by stakeholders, officials and employees of the health department, Hontiveros said that the 'war on drugs cannot be a war against the people, or worse, a war against the poor'. The senator urged the health department to play a crucial role in providing a public health framework in curbing drug addiction and trafficking in the country.

"In order for our government to succeed in its campaign against illegal drugs and trafficking, we must also respond to the health and social issues that lead to drug dependence", Senator Risa Hontiveros said.

Harm reduction

Hontiveros, who also currently serves as the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health, recently visited Thailand to study its health framework on drugs. She cited the country's effectiveness in pursuing a harm reduction strategy.

Hontiveros explained that harm reduction strategies will allow the creation of friendly, community-based drop-in centers and outreach services, encourage the uptake of health services through improved peer education and support, and spend resources on sustainable, evidence-based policies and interventions at the community level.

"Harm reduction is not only a compassionate response, it is also the most effective response", Hontiveros said.

The senator lamented the fact that there are only 44 drug rehabilitation centers in the country. "Clearly, much has to be done in this aspect", she said.

Universal Healthcare

The Senator also urged stakeholders to build the momentum towards universal healthcare' through public spending and localization.

The Senator also lauded the Duterte administration's decision to send the government's health officials to Cuba to the study their public health system. She said the visit is a step towards heavy public spending for health professionals, healthcare providers and health infrastructure to address hospital shortages and facility upgrades.

"Cuba-inspired super barangay health centers"

The Senator also urged the government to seriously study the possibility of building “super barangay health centers” similar to Cuba’s consultorios (clinics) and policlinicos (specialty clinics) to strengthen the role of our local government units, down to the barangay level, and bring healthcare to the farthest and to the fringes.

"Super barangay health centers could strengthen our current barangay health system by modernizing it with adequate facilities, personnel and expertise. Our barangays must become the people’s first line of defense against preventable diseases, especially with the emergence of new and dangerous viruses like the Zika," Hontiveros concluded.

Challenges in the Philippine Housing Industry to be Taken Up at the 25th SHDA Convention

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The Philippines has, in the last few years, experienced consistent economic growth, registering an increase in gross domestic product (GDP) by 6.3% in the last quarter of 2015, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Revenues from the fast-growing IT-BPM (Information Technology and Business Process Management) industry and overseas Filipino remittances are major drivers of the economy. However, with such escalating growth also come accompanying challenges—one of them is housing.

The 25th Subdivision and Housing Developers’ Association (SHDA) National Convention will tackle “The Many Faces of Housing” to address the challenges and respond with appropriate and practicable solutions. It will be held at the Iloilo Convention Center, Megaworld Blvd, Mandurriao, Iloilo City from September 22-23, 2016. This annual event will gather more than 200 members of SHDA from all over the country.

As a partner in nation-building, the housing sector practitioners, of which the SHDA is the biggest organization in the Philippines, appreciate that they play a key role and must be aligned with the Duterte administration’s 10-point socio-economic agenda.

“Since the government, in partnership with the private sector, is mandated to undertake a comprehensive and continuing urban development and housing program under Republic Act 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 —the policy directions of the government agencies, which practitioners in the housing industry deal with—shall be very crucial in crafting short-term as well as long-term plans,” said Rodel Racadio, national president of SHDA. The two-day program is well-crafted to address the needs of the private and public components of the sector.

Participants will be given the Prospects for the Philippine Housing Industry. Aside from the improving economy, an increase in population necessitates roofs over families’ heads. The population is projected to increase by more than a million annually—from about 95 million in 2011 to 126 million by 2030. These translate into 19 million households in 2011 to about 25 million by 2030.

There are many facets of housing that will be discussed during the convention: (1) Housing that is responsive to a family’s needs regardless of economic status, with socialized housing, low-cost housing, and economic housing. These strategies manifest the industry's involvement in ensuring inclusive growth. (2) The human resources to respond to the demands of the development of a housing project. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) even designed its own roadmap to keep pace with the requirements of the housing industry's roadmap. (3) In consideration of sustainability, the industry has espoused green building initiatives to minimize the effects of global warming, at the same time that it addresses the need to preserve nature. Housing developers also undertake activities to further their corporate social responsibility. (4) Adapting a long view, the government’s policy toward the sector is a positive step towards ensuring and enabling an environment that will allow housing developers to sustain their efforts to further grow the housing industry by pushing through with their housing development plans in 2016 and beyond.

Racadio promises that this year’s convention will be a memorable one. “We are optimistic that we can all work together--the government and the private sector—in order to continue advancing toward the fulfillment of goals encapsulated in the Housing Roadmap 2030.” With the concerted effort of the sectors represented, there is hope that the strides already made in the past years will gain and sustain their momentum.

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5 Ways Social Media is Affecting Us Right Now

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Social media is very much part of anyone’s daily lives. It is used to keep the world updated about one’s life or to connect with people half way across the globe or to read the news or to even present one’s opinions to the world. A study from iPrice has found that people at least spend an average of 109 minutes a day on social media and have an average of 5 social media accounts. Astonishing, isn’t it?

With social media playing such a big role in many people’s lives, there are bound to be effects on society, be it positive or negative. So here are a few major effects that social media has on one’s life:

Always Keeping You Informed

With social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, people find it so much easier now to be updated with the news as well as the latest trends. The social media platforms make it easy for users to learn about the main idea of a news story (and they can research more about it later on if they wish) or to even get immediate updates about a local disaster. Any frequent user of Facebook would be pleased to know that the social media site has launched a Safety Check service. This service allows people to notify their friends and family that they are safe, if there is human conflict or a natural disaster occurring in their nearby vicinity.

All for a Good Cause

As it is so easy to just share things on social media, NGOs can easily use social media to promote welfare activities or to even ask for donations. Not only that, social media platforms can even be used to create awareness that can be beneficial to others. As the platforms are always free and easy to use, social media gives everyone the chance to voice their own opinions about a subject, allowing everyone to view things from different perspectives. It also allows people to be more aware of the various issues around the globe, making people smarter and better informed.

Expanding Your Networking Circle

With the appearance of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it is gotten a whole lot easier for people across the globe to connect with each other. One may be on vacation a thousand miles away, but with the existence of social media, he/she can share photos with the folks back home with just a click of the button (and of course good Internet connection!). Not only that, anyone can use social media to expand one’s social circle. From to making new friends and reconnecting with old ones to finding love or even a job, social media is there to make things a lot easier to connect with other people!

Changing the Rules of Love the Wrong Way

With today’s world being so addicted to social media, it is no surprise these platforms are creating extra stress on relationships. While it is easy to find the One with the help of social media, it is just as easy to lose said person due to unnecessary conflicts that are created by social media platforms. In fact, social media platforms like Facebook can be a source of jealousy and anxiety for couples that decide to integrate themselves into each other’s online social media life. While it is easy to find if one’s other half has been cheating, it is just as easy for misunderstandings to occur as it is never easy to fully know all of one’s partner’s Facebook friends or to understand the nature of those relationships.

Where Bullying takes a Whole New Meaning

While bullying isn’t something new, social media and the Internet have definitely changed it over the years. Many years ago, before the appearance of social media, bullying would take place at schools or in neighborhoods. But these days, you don’t have to be near someone in order to bully them. In fact, social media has made it easy for people to bully others even if they are half way around the world. So acts must a person do in order for it to be considered as bullying on social media? As Facebook is the most common platform for bullying to occur on, actions like commenting negatively on a person’s pictures, posting abusive posts on a user’s wall or even making pictures/videos to make fun of another user can be considered as bullying.

Like with almost anything in life, there will be good sides and bad sides to social media. However, the pros definitely do outweigh the cons in this situation. It can definitely help people feel closer to other parts of the world as well as give any individual a wider perspective on the diverse mix of issues and views from around the world.

Contributed by Natalie Tai
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The Nissan Altima. Now With a Refreshed New Design

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Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) takes premium driving experiences a class above the rest, with the introduction of a refreshed Nissan Altima model at the 6th Philippine International Motor Show.

“Because you deserve a ride that keeps up with your drive, every facet of the new Nissan Altima is designed and built to ensure that nothing holds you back.” Ramesh Narasimhan, NPI President and Managing Director, said. “It is the dynamic sedan that matches your relentless drive for success.”


The new Nissan Altima’s redesigned looks takes charge from the get-go, making an unmistakable impression of leadership. Starting with the strong contouring lines, a redesigned front fascia, to the brilliant LED headlamps, the Nissan Altima’s overall external redesign commands a strong presence on the road.

Inside, the new Nissan Altima maintains its dignified air of style and substance as it blends comfort with luxury. A new smart cockpit makes for easier multitasking. Switches on the steering wheel allows drivers to switch modes – audio control, drive computer, phone connectivity, and cruise control – intuitively to avoid distractions on the road. Sophistication is underscored by the choice of premium materials for its appointments, such as leather power seats, 9 speaker Bose audio system, push button start switch, and sunroof.

Powering the new Altima is a 2.5L CVT engine, delivering 180PS power with 243 Nm torque, for a smooth yet powerful drive. The CVT transmission expands the gear ratio, leading to improved fuel economy and acceleration for a premium driving feel. The new Nissan Altima also features a new multi-link suspension with Active Under-steering control for superior handling and luxurious riding comfort.

Safety can also be seen in how the new Nissan Altima includes in-features such as airbags, speed sensing door locks, speed-sensing Hydraulic Electric Power steering, and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Active Understeer Control, an advanced electronic driving aid that minimizes understeer in dynamic driving and emergency maneuvers for a more confident and safer approach.

For comfort, good looks and quality of ride, the new Nissan Altima is a good choice in its class. The 2.5L CVT Nissan Altima is available for Php1,745,000, and comes in Black Obsidian, Pearl White and Cayenne Red.

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Honda Showcases the New HR-V MUGEN Prototype at the 6th PIMS

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Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit, shows off an even sportier New HR-V MUGEN prototype at the 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).

In line with Honda’s Joyful Future Journeys theme, the new accessorized prototype for Honda’s Crossover Compact SUV is exhibited to reflect Honda’s constant development and innovation to provide products that will be appreciated by the Philippine market.

The New HR-V MUGEN prototype boasts an even bolder athletic appeal with additional cosmetic upgrades from the current HR-V 1.8 EL MUGEN. The New HR-V MUGEN prototype is designed with a New MUGEN Front Grille, New 17-inch Alloy Wheels, New MUGEN Side Stripe Sticker, and a Modified Tailgate Spoiler. To complete its aggressive sporty look, it retains the current HR-V 1.8 EL MUGEN’s Front Under Spoiler, Side Under Spoiler, Rear Under Spoiler, and MUGEN Emblem.

The interior design of the New HR-V MUGEN prototype retains the same “Expansive Cockpit” concept, which consists of a high deck console that attributes not only to its coupe like stance, but also to its wide and spacious front row. The New HR-V MUGEN also showcases generous cargo space, and flexible ULT seats that allows for different configurations depending on the customer’s needs:
Utility Mode – with the seat folded flat, used for carrying two passengers and large items
Tall Mode – with the seat folded up, this is the mode for carrying two or three passengers and tall items in the second row;
Long mode – with the seat folded flat and the front passenger seat reclined all the way back, for carrying two passengers and a very long item like a surfboard.

The New HR-V MUGEN prototype is powered by the same 1.8 liter i-VTEC engine that delivers maximum power output of 141 ps at 6500 rpm and 172 NM of torque at 4300 rpm. The 1.8 liter i-VTEC engine is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Earth Dreams Technology that delivers a dynamic driving performance with uncompromised fuel efficiency.

Customers may get a chance to view the New HR-V MUGEN prototype, and other Honda products by visiting the Honda booth at the 6th PIMS held at the World Trade Center Pasay City from September 14 to 18, 2016. Certain Honda vehicles are also available for test drive.

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At A Glance: Boldness. Innovation. Excitement. Nissan at 6th PIMS

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Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) continues its commitment for Innovation That Excites through its bold and daring vehicle line-up in the 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) this September 14-18, 2016 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

The following are NPI’s roster of vehicles showcased in the event:

The pickup that redefined comfort is made tough, smart and sharp this time through the Nissan Navara Sport Edition. Its new 18-inch alloy wheels; upgraded under rail bed liner; and premium leather trim on the steering wheel, shift knob, arm rest and door guarantee that sturdy drive, even on rugged tracks.

The Nissan Juke, the compact crossover that was built to thrill, is now made to stand out even more through the Nissan Juke N-Sport. Its innovative designs like the roof cross bars, rear spoiler and illuminated scuff plates easily command pure attention.

A class on its own, the Nissan Altima delivers the perfect harmony between the pleasure in riding, the elegance of style and the excitement of driving. With its stylish new design, premium driving feel and smart cockpit, the Nissan Altima is the dynamic sedan that matches your relentless drive for success.

Macho, suave and sturdy, the Nissan XTrail projects who its driver is. The accessorized Nissan Xtrail is equipped with halogen headlamps with LED clearance lamps, daytime running lights, roof rail, and six speakers, making it suitable for any testosterone-driven adventure.


The Nissan GT-R is a legendary super sports car that delivers exhilarating experiences for anyone, anytime, anywhere.  With the addition of power, speed, and improved handling performance, married to a modern and comfortable interior, this latest iteration of the famed super sports car is the epitome of uncompromising performance—a true testament to the bold and daring that is Nissan.

The All-New Mazda CX-3: A Crossover Like No Other

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Berjaya Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, has unveiled the latest addition to the Japanese brand’s new-generation vehicle lineup – the all-new Mazda CX-3 Freestyle Crossover Vehicle.

Born out of Mazda’s unrelenting desire to provide a unique compact crossover driving experience to the expanding sub-compact crossover market, the new CX-3 was designed from the ground up to deliver a captivating, powerful and one-of-a- kind vehicle for young, forward-thinking individuals and families.

Combining the best of both form and function, the Japan-made CX-3 is the sixth model to showcase both the company’s striking KODO: Soul of Motion design language and the highly efficient and innovative SKYACTIV suite of body, chassis, suspension, engine and drivetrain technologies.

“The new CX-3 is one of the most highly anticipated vehicles we have ever unveiled in the Philippine market,” shares Steven Tan, President and CEO of Berjaya Auto Philippines. He adds, “Its stylish looks, unmatched performance and impeccable build quality make it a vehicle that only Mazda could have created. We are confident this crossover for the new generation will give its future owners an uncompromising and unfettered driving experience worthy of their active and expressive lifestyles.”

Featuring the latest evolution of the KODO template, the new CX-3 uncompromisingly pursued the ideal forms and proportions as envisioned by Mazda designers in their quest to capture the hearts and minds of the new era of car owners. Bold, simple and vibrant expressions of movement characterize the new CX-3’s facade. Replete with striking details such as its aggressively raked A-pillar, the finely sculpted grill and LED lighting assemblies, short overhangs, a floating roof side line which is accentuated by the stylishly blacked out D-pillar, and 18-inch wheels in the top trim, the exterior is undeniably Mazda.

The new CX-3’s driver-oriented interior appropriately echoes its dynamic exterior. Similar to the high-end finish, and uncompromised build-quality, found in the rest of Mazda’s new-generation models, the new CX-3 does not scrimp when it comes to cabin amenities. Soft-to-the-touch panels with rich suede trimmings metallic and piano black accents line the cabin. A 7-inch touchscreen monitor housing the MZD-CONNECT infotainment system highlights the classy dash while the Active Driving Display HUD sits atop the meter cluster of the Sport and AWD Activ variants. And for the latter, leather seats with suede mid-sections and red accents add a touch of sportiness to an already dynamic design while a 7-speaker (with amplifier) BOSE entertainment system elevates listening pleasure for the driver and passenger alike. To accommodate long items at the back, a versatile rear seat layout which folds forward and up, opens up usable luggage space in the new CX-3.

Providing the impetus for the new CX-3’s dynamic driving feel is a class-leading 2-liter SKYACTIV-G Gasoline Direct-injection engine rated at 148ps at 6,000 rpm and mated to a 6-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission. With a torque output of 192Nm coming in fully as low as 2,800 rpm, linear and powerful acceleration is guaranteed further ensuring an enjoyable experience behind the wheel. Similar to other new-generation Mazda vehicles, fuel economy has not been sacrificed in the name of performance. The new CX-3’s i-STOP engine idle-stop system helps keep gasoline consumption in check.

For those who refuse to be constrained by the limits of the road, the high-end AWD Activ variant of the new CX-3 features Mazda’s very own i-ACTIV All Wheel Drive system. This is the first all-wheel drive system to be employed in the sub-compact crossover segment. Like the CX-5 and CX-9 Sport Utility Vehicles, the new CX-3 AWD Activ’s capability to traverse varying road conditions is greatly enhanced thereby taking the Jinba Ittai, horse-and-rider-as-one, driving experience beyond the confines of the road.

As with all new-generation Mazda vehicles, the new CX-3 benefits from a rigid, yet light, SKYACTIV BODY and CHASSIS structure. Both contribute to the crossover’s lively driving performance and notable fuel-efficiency. Along with active and passive safety systems such as Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), front, side and curtain airbags and standard 3-point seatbelts, the new CX-3 forms a complete and fully loaded package that confidently and stylishly puts it a class above its peers.

Mazda CX-3 units are all made in Japan. They are available in three variants - the FWD Pro which comes in Crystal White Pearl and Dynamic Blue; the FWD Sport with four colors – Crystal White Pearl, Soul Red, Jet Black and the trim-exclusive Titanium Flash; and the top-of-the-line AWD Activ which adds the Ceramic finish to its five-color palette. It also comes with Mazda’s value laden YOJIN3 TOTAL CARE package that comes with Free Periodic Maintenance Service for years (or 60,000-kilometers, whichever comes first), as well as free 3-year Emergency Roadside Assistance and New Vehicle Limited Warranty coverage for a period of three years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.

Berjaya Auto Philippines, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the Philippines. Its current product line-up now includes the new CX-3 small crossover, the Mazda2 sub-compact sedan and hatchback, the Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback, the Mazda6 full size executive sedan, the CX-5 compact SUV, the CX-9 seven-seater SUV, the MX-5 2-seater sports roadster and the BT-50 pickup truck. There are 18 Mazda 3S dealerships located across the Philippines and Metro Manila – Mazda Greenhills along EDSA, Mazda Pasig along C5, Mazda Quezon Avenue, Mazda North EDSA, Mazda Alabang, Mazda Makati along Pasong Tamo Extension, Mazda Cavite, Mazda Sta. Rosa, Mazda Pulilan, Mazda Pampanga in San Fernando, Mazda Dagupan, Mazda Cabanatuan, Mazda Tarlac, Mazda Negros, Mazda Cebu, Mazda Iloilo, Mazda Cagayan De Oro and Mazda Davao.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Reveals its 6th PIMS Line-up and AlDub Brand Ambassadors

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The country’s grandest biennial international motor show will again wow the public as the Chamber of the Automotive Manufacturers of Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) announced the staging of the 6th Philippines International Motor Show (PIMS). From September 14 to 18, car enthusiasts and the whole family will have a chance to see a wide display of the latest and future models in the automotive scene. The 6th PIMS is happening at the World Trade Center and ticket price is only one hundred pesos (P100). 

Their special guests are Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza aka Yaya Dub who are their brand ambassadors. The two, best known as AlDub, got a loud cheer from the audience as many flocked the Mitsubishi display area upon hearing AlDub were confirmed coming.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) will surely provide an exciting and uniquely interesting pavilion as it showcases a display of its latest models, future models and a concept car. MMPC would like to give the public a feel of an international motor show by featuring models that made their world premieres at international motor shows abroad. There will be a ten car display at the main pavilion including a cut-away model of the Outlander PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and the XM Concept. The latest medium and heavy duty Fuso trucks will also be previewed during the show at the outdoor display area. Aside from the vehicles on display, show goers will have a chance to personally experience Mitsubishi vehicles with the MIVEC clean diesel engine particularly the all new Montero Sport and the new Strada GT through test driving it. Exciting activities and freebies also await those who will visit MMPC’s booth. 

Isuzu Philippines Corporation Dazzles 6th PIMS Crowd with 2017 D-MAX and Derek Ramsey

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The latest models from Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) serve as one of the main attractions in the most significant exhibition organized this year by the country’s premier automotive industry group—the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI).

Taking the most prominent spot on Isuzu’s display floor at the 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), which runs from September 14 to 18 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, is the 2017 Isuzu D-MAX, which IPC officially unveiled to much acclaim a few days prior to the motoring spectacle. At PIMS, the upgraded version of Isuzu’s popular pickup truck model duplicates its drawing power among consumers and auto enthusiasts alike.

The 2017 Isuzu D-MAX is characterized by numerous exterior styling changes that make the model look more muscular and modern, thanks to bolder hood, grille and bumpers, as well as LED Daytime Running Lamps, a tailgate with spoiler shape design and larger 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with 255/60 tires. The pickup’s interior was also refreshed with new electroluminescent instrument meters, colored multi-information display, passive entry with push-button engine start/stop function, and a gear indicator readout for the manual transmission variants. Besides the equipment upgrade, adding to the 2017 Isuzu D-MAX’s star quality is its new brand ambassador—sportsman, actor, model and host Derek Ramsay.

“The list of features available on the 2017 Isuzu D-MAX ensures that the pickup model become even more capable than it already was in its previous versions. It guarantees the Isuzu D-MAX’s advantage over the competition in the pickup truck segment by making the vehicle more appealing, and a true reflection of the values that have made Mr. Derek Ramsay such a popular personality. Like Mr. Ramsay, the Isuzu D-MAX is handsome, athletic, family-oriented and very socially responsible,” IPC President Hajime Koso said during Isuzu’s well-attended presentation at PIMS.

Three versions of the 2017 Isuzu D-MAX are displayed at Isuzu’s expansive floor space at PIMS—a 4x4 LS A/T in standard specifications and Obsidian Gray color, a Venetian Red 4x4 LS A/T that has a lifted ride height and is decked out in various off-road accessories, and a Splash White 4x2 LS M/T in special X-Series Edition. Boosting Isuzu’s PIMS attraction are two units of the mu-X premium SUV. The first variant is a mu-X 4x2 LS-A A/T in stunning Limited Edition package and Garnet Red color while the other is a standard specification mu-X 4x2 LS-A M/T painted in elegant Silky Pearl White.

Apart from IPC’s display in World Trade Center’s main hall, Isuzu truck models are also on exhibit at a special outdoor venue. Drawing show goers to the area are an Isuzu NPR 4x2 Double Cab and Chassis light-duty truck, and a CYZ51M dump truck and EXR Tractor Head with a chrome bumper, which are both designed for heavy-duty applications. The appearance of the commercial truck models in IPC’s exhibition in PIMS underscores the Isuzu brand’s capacity to deliver relevant vehicle products and services to any automotive market segment.

"The Philippine automotive industry is currently going through developments that have never been experienced before. The optimism over the local economy is leading to high consumer confidence, as proven by record vehicle sales, and car companies must respond to this very positive outlook by offering innovative mobility solutions. We in Isuzu believe that our products can ably address the expectations of the market, and our range of models displayed in this year’s Philippine International Motor Show gives a glimpse of this capability,” Koso said.

The sixth staging of the now-biannual PIMS gathers together 17 of the leading automotive manufacturers and distributors in the country in order to showcase the latest vehicle models and technologies available—or soon to be made available—to the domestic market. Bound by a common theme this year of “Steer the Future,” the 6th PIMS highlights the local automotive industry’s valuable contributions to the advancement of the country and its economy.

Along with IPC, participating at this year’s PIMS are CAMPI members BAIC, BMW, Daewoo Bus, Foton, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Apart from vehicle displays, also lined up at PIMS are a brand heritage exhibit, car club conventions, test-drives, drift-racing demonstrations, carwash facility, kids’ day-care activities, after-sales pavilion, off-road driving experience, workshops and seminars, and other automotive-related events.

Nissan Philippines Unleashes the 2017 Nissan GT-R

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Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) once again brings Innovation that Excites to the local automotive market as it unveils for the first time in the Philippines the 2017 edition of the Nissan GT-R. The legendary super sports car, which was officially launched last September 14, 2016 during the 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, showcased an exciting new look both inside and out, as well as major driving-performance enhancements and key new features. These represented the most significant changes made to the model since it was introduced in 2007.

“We are very excited introduce the iconic Nissan GT-R to the Philippine automotive market, as we continue on our quest to deliver innovation and excitement for everyone” said NPI President and Managing Director Ramesh Narasimhan. “These are certainly exciting times for Nissan. We have experienced phenomenal growth in the past few months, achieving record breaking sales two months in a row and a market share increase to 4.1%, growing faster than the automotive industry as a whole. And with the addition of this highly anticipated vehicle into our expanding product line-up, we are looking forward to saying that Nissan truly is back and better than ever.”

Introduced in 2007 as a successor to the famous Nissan Skyline GT-R, the Nissan GT-R soon attracted the attention and loyalty of racing aficionados, who were drawn by the vehicle’s vaunted speed and driving performance. The vehicle’s legendary performance on and off the race track soon earned its reputation as a machine that can hold its own versus the European super cars pitted against it.

Hiroshi Tamura, Nissan’s Chief Product Specialist of the GT-R, explains. “The new GT-R delivers a heart-pounding driving experience at all times and on any road for whoever sits in the driver’s seat. We have continued to push its performance boundaries to the outer limits—it’s even more potent than before. At the same time, more refinement has been added to take the entire driving experience to an entirely new level. We’re proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT that possesses amazing performance, newfound civility and a rich racing history.”

Peugeot Brings Unparalleled Driving Sensations at the 2016 PIMS

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Peugeot Philippines will be showcasing its rich motorsports heritage as well as its full vehicle line-up available for test drive at the 2016 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).

“Motorsports is not only our passion, it’s in our DNA,” says Glen Dasig, President of PEUGEOT Philippines. “In the span of more than three decades, we have produced some of the best rally and sports racing cars the industry has ever seen,” he added.

To celebrate PEUGEOT’S motorsports heritage, two custom-built PEUGEOT 208 GTi’s will be on display. The first is inspired by the PEUGEOT 208 T16 Pikes Peak, which made its victorious debut at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Combining a light body weight with a twin-turbo V6 engine, the PEUGEOT 208 T16 has a total power output of 887hp. “The PEUGEOT 208 T16 proves PEUGEOT’S dedication to motorsports excellence. It has shattered records and is regarded as one of the best rally cars to date,” Dasig said.

Peugeot 208 GTi Targa Manila Participating Vehicle
The Peugeot 208 GTi inspired by the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak
The Peugeot 208 GTi Targa Manila Participating Vehicle with Targa Manila Arch
The Peugeot 208 GTi Targa Manila Vehicle with Targa Manila Participants
Celebrating Philippine Motorsports with The 2016 Targa Manila

The second custom-built PEUGEOT 208 GTi is a participating vehicle in one of the country’s biggest racing events of the year: The 2016 Targa Manila.

Targa Manila will be the first premium car rally powered by PEUGEOT Philippines. There will be 24 teams that will have to compete with each other in a battle of wits, strategy, and performance. “This is PEUGEOT’S first venture into the local motorsports scene,” Dasig said. “Organized together with Tuason Racing, it will be an unforgettable experience for both car fans and spectators alike,” he added.

The two customized Peugeot 208 GTi units at PIMS 2016

PEUGEOT’S Full Product Line Up at PIMS 2016

Guests can also see the brand’s current vehicle line up during the event. “PEUGEOT is known globally for vehicles that are stylish, comfortable, and possessing the latest in engine technology,” says Karen Carvajal, Marketing Director for PEUGEOT Philippines. “Some of which are available at the event for viewing and test drive,” she added.

The PEUGEOT 308 hatchback and station wagon will make their appearance at this year’s PIMS. After getting impressive reviews from the country’s automotive journalists, customers can now experience exceptional driving sensation for themselves, as units will be available for test drive.

Aside from the PEUGEOT 308, the PEUGEOT 3008, PEUGEOT 5008, and PEUGEOT EXPERT TEPEE will be on display and available for test drives, bringing a complete PEUGEOT showroom experience to guests and customers alike.

Designed for families who love driving off the beaten track, the sleek PEUGEOT 3008 Crossover takes its inspiration from the SUV, hatchback, and MPV to deliver a practical, comfortable family vehicle with an adventurous spirit.

For those preferring a larger cabin option, the PEUGEOT 5008 presents a new take on the compact MPV with its bold and dynamic design. “It boasts an NCAP 5-star rating; the highest safety accolade any vehicle can receive,” says Carvajal.

Those requiring a bigger seating capacity without sacrificing luggage space will find the perfect family van in the PEUGEOT Expert Tepee. “As one of Europe’s leading van manufacturers, PEUGEOT’s expertise is clearly evident in the PEUGEOT Expert Tepee. It showcases the brand’s strengths and commitment to providing complete mobility options for every need,” Carvajal said. Boasting three rows of modular seats, intelligent storage options, and PEUGEOT’S signature driving sensation, the PEUGEOT Expert Tepee brings comfort and style into long family journeys.

PEUGEOT’S 3-Year Free PMS Offering

“Another offering guests can look forward to is our ongoing 3-Year Free PMS Program,” Carvajal said. The PMS, or Preventive Maintenance Services, apply for every 10,000kms or 12 months, whichever comes first.

“The program shows PEUGEOT’S unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. Potential buyers can enjoy a worry-free drive with every purchase of a brand-new PEUGEOT vehicle,” she added.

Pre-Owned Sale at PIMS 2016

As a unique treat to attendees of PIMS 2016, PEUGEOT Philippines will also be offering its full line up of pre-owned vehicles for sale at extremely competitive prices during the event. All units were inspected by PEUGEOT-qualified technicians and servicemen to ensure reliability and performance.
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