Saturday, November 25, 2023

CHRISTMAS ALERT: Kiddie bouncy and squeaky plastic toys sold in local markets contain toxic chemicals

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With Christmas fast approaching and shoppers gearing up for their gift-giving, safe toy advocate BAN Toxics issued a warning to the public concerning the sale of bouncy (also known as inflatable hoppers) and squeaky plastic toys that might contain toxic chemicals. Chlorinated paraffins are widely used in various plastics, especially in children’s toys, and pose severe health risks. They have been linked to liver and kidney damage, disruptions in the endocrine system, potential cancer risks, developmental brain impairments, and threats to reproductive health.

Recent market surveillance conducted by BT Patrollers revealed the sale of these risky toys in stores along Baclaran, Pasay City. The bouncy toys were priced between Php 300-350, while the squeaky plastic toys ranged from Php 60-150.

Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), utilized as flame retardants, adhesives, sealants, and secondary plasticizers, were banned globally under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants back in 2017.

A study published by the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) in October this year revealed alarming levels of these toxins in toys. Analysis conducted at a certified laboratory of the Institute of Food Analysis and Nutrition at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czechia, confirmed that all plastic toys tested contained both SCCPs and MCCPs (Medium-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins). Concentrations of SCCPs ranged from 1-60,400 mg/kg., while MCCP concentrations varied from 1-73,800 mg/kg. The highest concentrations of both SCCPs and MCCPs (48,800 and 91,700 mg/kg) were found in inflatable plastic bouncing toys.

“The manufacture, sale, and use of these toxic chemicals in plastic toys should be prohibited in the Philippine market since it is already banned under the Stockholm Convention to prevent potential health risks to children,” said Thony Dizon, Toxics Campaigner of BAN Toxics.

Calling for immediate action, Dizon added, “We urge the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to take necessary measures to eliminate the use of SCCPs and MCCPs in plastic toys, safeguarding children from harmful exposure.”

As a signatory to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) since 2004, the Philippines is mandated to eliminate, restrict, and reduce the production, use, and trade of listed POP chemicals, which include SCCPs. This mandate also necessitates environmentally sound management of POP stockpiles and wastes.

The lack of adequate and proper labeling exacerbates the issue, given the widespread global production of chlorinated paraffins. This highlights the critical need for transparency and traceability in plastic product materials to facilitate informed decision-making throughout the product value chain.

“We urge our lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting the use of toxic chemicals, especially in children’s products including toys. Transparency and traceability measures in the production of plastic toys are crucial. Banning the manufacture, sale, and use of these toxic substances is paramount to safeguarding children’s health and the environment,” BAN Toxics added.

Link to IPEN’s Study:

Friday, November 24, 2023

PSCS, PHLPost invites public to visit “Stamps Bazaar”

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The Philippine Stamp Collectors Society (PSCS) in cooperation with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) invites the public to join the “PSCS Stamps Bazaar” in celebration of 2023 National Stamp Collecting Month and the 256th Anniversary of the establishment of the Philippine Postal System on November 25, 2023 (Sat.) from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to be held at the lobby of Quezon City Central Post Office located along NIA Road in Quezon City. Carrying the theme: “Affordable Stamps, Fun for Everyone”, stamp collectors in the Philippines will gather to reaffirm its support for the Post Office in propagating the enjoyable hobby of stamp collecting.

Open to the public, lots of raffles and fun-filled activities await those who will visit the event.

Veteran and young generations of stamp enthusiasts have proven that the popularity of stamps in everyday life of Filipinos has not disappeared even with the popularity of the internet.

“Whatever area of collecting you wish to collect; there is an enormous amount of information available to help you enjoy the hobby. The best place to start is by joining a stamp club. Online groups on messenger or viber can be reached anytime and real-time.

After reaching the first step, now you can try and decide which kinds of stamps or envelopes you'd like to collect”, Melai Macasero (Prince King Seville) said in a statement.

Philately or stamp collecting has been around for over a hundred years in the country and has enticed millions of people from all over the world. Postage stamps could be likened to a miniature art collection, library or museum of world icons.

Stamps are categorized into topics such as the environment, world cultural celebrities and national heritage, landscapes or animals, sports and heroism among others.

“Good luck, and remember—enjoy yourself, because the main reason for collecting stamps is for the fun of it”, Jorge Cuyugan, President, Philippine Stamp Collectors Society said.

VP Sara leads Last Mile School buildings simultaneous inauguration in Bicol, Leyte

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Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of the Department of Education Sara Z. Duterte on Thursday led the simultaneous inauguration of newly-constructed buildings of Last Mile Schools (LMS) in Bicol region and the island of Leyte.

VP-Secretary Duterte, together with Senator Imee Marcos, personally turned over the LMS building in Dororian National High School in Gigmoto, Catanduanes in the morning and Cristo Elementary School in Donsol, Sorsogon in the afternoon.

Aside from the two schools, seven more LMS buildings were inaugurated, including Bato RDHS in SDO Catanduanes; San Miguelay Elementary School and Himokilan Elementary School in SDO Leyte; and Amaga Elementary School, Cat-iwing MG Elementary School, Bulawan Primary School, and Carnaga Elementary School in SDO Southern Leyte.

“Ang Last Mile Schools program po ay programa ng Department of Education kung saan hinihiwalay natin ang kanilang budget dahil sila ay priyoridad ng Department of Education. Ito po ‘yong mga lugar na GIDA areas o Geographically Isolidated and Disadvantaged Areas na pinapa-prioritize ang pagbigay ng pondo para sa kanilang pasilidad, kasama na ang classroom,” VP-Sec. Duterte said.

Last Mile Schools are those with less than four classrooms, usually makeshift and non-standard ones; with no electricity; and are usually located more than an hour away from the town center, only accessible through difficult terrains, and are located in far-flung mountains and isolated islands, among others.

In her speech, Duterte also emphasized the importance of peace and collaboration among community members to strengthen development efforts.

“Paalala ko lang po sa ating mga residente dito sa Gigmoto, dito sa Catanduanes, na kailangan po ang suporta natin ay ibigay natin sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Gigmoto, sa ating Mayor, sa ating Vice Mayor, sa ating mga konsehal, sa ating mga bagong pili na Barangay Captain para po isa lang ‘yong direksyon kung saan papunta o gusto ninyo kung saan ninyo gusto pumunta ang inyong municipality of Gigmoto dahil po kapag nagkakaisa ang lahat sa isang lugar ay nagiging malakas ‘yong lugar at nakikita ninyo ‘yong pagbabago at kaunlaran doon sa inyong lugar,” she said.

Navigating Motorcycle Accidents and Compensation: A Comprehensive Guide

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The road's inherent vulnerability makes motorcycle accidents a significant rider concern. 

Despite cautious riding, unforeseen circumstances or the actions of other drivers can lead to collisions. Understanding the intricacies of these incidents and the avenues for seeking compensation in personal injury cases is paramount.

Grasping the Reality of Motorcycle Accidents

Regrettably, motorcycle accidents are not uncommon. Riders' exposure on the road makes them susceptible to various risks. While adherence to safety measures is crucial, external factors such as distracted driving or adverse weather can significantly impact safety.

Prioritizing Medical Attention

Immediate medical attention following an accident is imperative, regardless of perceived injury severity. Often, injuries may not manifest immediately, necessitating professional assessment. 

Besides ensuring personal well-being, medical records are crucial when pursuing compensation for accident-related injuries.

Collecting Pertinent Evidence

When circumstances permit, gathering evidence at the accident scene holds substantial value. 

Photographic documentation of the incident, involved vehicles, road conditions, visible injuries, and obtaining witness statements can substantially bolster the compensation case.

Legal Counsel and Insurance Navigation

Engaging a car accident attorney San Diego specializing in personal injury cases, particularly motorcycle accidents, is advised. These professionals adeptly navigate legal procedures, communicate with insurance entities, and advocate for fair compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, emotional distress, and motorcycle damages.

Comprehending Compensation Dynamics

Compensation in personal injury cases covers a wide range of expenses related to post-accident recovery. It may include medical costs, lost income due to incapacitation, rehabilitation expenses, non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, and restitution for motorcycle damages.

Variables Influencing Compensation

Numerous factors impact the compensation quantum. The severity of injuries, their impact on daily life and employability, the assignment of fault among involved parties, the extent of insurance coverage, regional legal statutes, and the efficiency of legal representation all collectively influence the compensation outcome.

Statute of Limitations and Timely Action

Understanding the statute of limitations for filing claims after an accident is pivotal. Adherence to these timelines would ensure one's eligibility for seeking compensation. Hence, swift action following an accident is crucial to safeguarding one's rights.

Being well-informed about post-accident procedures, seeking medical attention promptly, preserving evidence, and considering legal counsel are pivotal steps. Safeguarding one's rights and pursuing equitable compensation for injuries and damages incurred in an accident is paramount.

Select a skilled lawyer with a proven track record

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer is pivotal for a successful case. Look for an attorney with expertise in the specific type of injury, a solid track record of favorable settlements or verdicts, and a willingness to dedicate time to your case. Prioritize lawyers with clear communication skills who listen attentively and explain legal complexities in understandable terms. A compassionate yet assertive lawyer who prioritizes your best interests and understands the nuances of personal injury law will significantly increase your chances of obtaining fair compensation.

Moreover, seek a lawyer who operates on a contingency fee basis, ensuring payment only upon winning the case. Assess their accessibility and commitment to your case's progression, providing regular updates and responsiveness to queries. Conduct thorough consultations to gauge comfort levels and ensure alignment with the lawyer's approach and strategy for your particular situation.

"1xBet: Elevating Asian Gaming with Innovation and Culture"

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1xbet: New Casino Sets its Sights on the Thriving Markets of Asia

In the ever-evolving landscape of the global casino industry, one region stands out as a beacon of opportunity and growth – Asia. With a rich history of gaming and an increasing appetite for entertainment, the Asian market has become a focal point for casino developers looking to capitalize on its booming demand. In this article, we delve into the emergence of a new player in this exciting arena – 1xBet.

The Rise of Gaming in Asia

Asia's love affair with gaming is not a recent phenomenon but a historical journey that has evolved over the years. From traditional games deeply rooted in culture to the modern casino experience, Asia has embraced gaming in all its forms. Recent statistics further underline the region's prominence, with Asia accounting for a substantial share of the global gaming market. The allure of high-stakes gambling, coupled with a growing middle class, has fueled this upward trajectory.

The Birth of 1xBet

Nestled strategically within the heart of the Asian gaming scene, 1xBet emerges as a promising contender. Founded with a vision to redefine the casino experience, 1xBet brings a fresh perspective to the table. Boasting unique selling points that set it apart from the competition, the casino aims to create an immersive and unforgettable experience for its patrons.

Market Research and Analysis

Understanding the intricacies of the Asian market is pivotal for success. 1xBet has invested significantly in comprehensive market research to identify and target its audience effectively.

As we explore the competitive landscape, it becomes apparent that the casino is not merely aiming to coexist but to dominate, with a keen eye on opportunities and a strategic plan to navigate challenges.

1xBet: A Technological Marvel

At the core of 1xBet's strategy is the integration of cutting-edge technology. This includes the development of the 1xbet mobile app, which exemplifies their commitment to mobile-first solutions. From state-of-the-art gaming platforms to immersive virtual reality experiences, the casino is dedicated to staying ahead in the technology race. The 1xbet mobile app is a testament to this, offering easy access and a seamless experience for users on the go. Catering specifically to the preferences of the discerning Asian gaming community, 1xBet, with its advanced mobile app and other technological innovations, promises a technological marvel that sets new standards in the industry.

Cultural Sensitivity and Adaptation

Recognizing the diverse cultures within Asia, 1xBet places a premium on cultural sensitivity and adaptation. The casino understands that a one-size-fits-all approach won't suffice in a region rich in cultural nuances. Through case studies of successful cultural adaptation in the gaming industry, 1xBet aims to forge connections that go beyond entertainment, resonating with the cultural identity of its patrons.

Responsible Gaming Initiatives

In a world where ethical considerations are gaining prominence, 1xBet is committed to responsible gaming. Acknowledging the importance of providing a safe and secure environment for patrons, the casino has implemented a range of initiatives. These include educational programs, support systems for those facing challenges, and collaborations with organizations dedicated to promoting responsible gambling practices.

Marketing and Outreach Strategies

1xBet understands the significance of a well-crafted marketing strategy. Leveraging the power of social media and influencers in the Asian market, the casino aims to create a buzz that transcends geographical boundaries. By building partnerships with local businesses and influencers, 1xBet seeks to establish itself not just as a casino but as an integral part of the community.

Regulatory Compliance and Legal Landscape

Navigating the complex web of gaming regulations in Asia is a challenge that 1xBet has met head-on. By understanding the legal landscape of key markets, the casino ensures strict compliance with regulations. This commitment to transparency and adherence to legal requirements forms the foundation for a trustworthy and sustainable presence in the Asian Gaming industry.

Future Prospects and Expansion Plans

Looking ahead, envisions a future where it plays a pivotal role in shaping the Asian gaming landscape. Despite potential challenges, the casino remains steadfast in its commitment to growth. With expansion strategies tailored to the unique characteristics of each market, 1xBet aims to replicate its success in other Asian countries, further solidifying its position as a key player in the industry.

As 1xBet prepares to make its mark on the thriving markets of Asia, the casino's commitment to innovation, cultural sensitivity, and responsible gaming positions it as a formidable contender. The journey ahead is not without its challenges, but with a strategic vision and a dedication to exceeding expectations, 1xBet is poised to become a transformative force in the dynamic and lucrative world of Asian gaming. The stage is set, and the world watches with anticipation as 1xBet unfolds its cards in the gaming oasis of Asia.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Saving the Planet One Movie at a Time

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Tree planting fulfills the environmental cause of the Spanish film fest PELÍCULA>Pelikula

Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, Acciona and Haribon Foundation held a tree planting activity in Tanay, Rizal last November 21 as a fulfillment of the Pelicula en verde, the green initiative of the 22nd edition of the PELÍCULA>Pelikula Spanish Film Festival.

The tree planting activity was led by Spanish Ambassador Miguel Utray, Instituto Cervantes’ Director Javier Galván, Acciona Southeast Asia Director Rubén Camba, and Haribon Foundation’s Chairman Dante Ang. Also present in the ceremony were Rizal Province vice governor Reynaldo H. San Juan, DENR Assistant Secretary Arleigh Adorable, Tanay Rizal Municipal Administrator Jeffrey Pino, and Haribon COO Anna Rita Varona.

This initiative is a first for the PELÍCULA>Pelikula Spanish Film Festival, which is organized by Instituto Cervantes every October. For this year, in an effort to increase awareness on the importance of protecting our environment while at the same time complying with its mission to promote Hispanic culture, Instituto Cervantes created a pledge scheme wherein for every spectator of a film in the Pelicula en verde section, a tree will be planted.

Instituto Cervantes, the cultural arm of the Spanish Embassy, therefore collaborated with Haribon Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the conservation of natural resources, and among whose activities include tree planting, and Acciona, a leading Spanish company in the field of sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy, to sponsor the planting of the trees. Acciona’s Southeast Asia regional headquarters is in Metro Manila, with projects in construction and water in the Philippines including the Cebu cable-stayed bridge, Putatan II water treatment plant, and parts of the railway linking the town of Malolos with the Clark International Airport in support of efficient mobility towards a low carbon economy. Acciona’s advocacies are geared towards sustainability.

According to Ambassador Utray, one of the main concerns of Spanish society today is the protection of the environment. According to Director Javier Galván, “Through the powerful medium of cinema, the recent film festival was partly programmed to focus and highlight environmental films and issues. Culture is a catalyst of human relations, and Instituto Cervantes acted as a matchmaker between actors in the field of sustainability and the environment, such as Haribon and Acciona. This project is an example of how Spain and the Philippines are working hand in hand for a common concern that has no borders.”

Cover photo caption:

Behind: Mr. Frandel Recto (Board Member, Haribon Foundation), Ms. Anna Rita Varona (COO of Haribon Foundation), Mr. Dante Ang II (Chairman of Haribon Foundation), Ms. Erika Bergara (Chief of Strategic Partnerships of Haribon Foundation)

Front: Dr. Jeffrey Pino (Municipal Administrator of Tanay, Rizal), ASEC Arleigh Adorable (Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Director of the Forest Management Bureau), Dr. Javier Galván (Director of Instituto Cervantes), Hon. Reynaldo San Juan (Vice Governor of Rizal Province), H.E. Miguel Utray (Ambassador of Spain), Councilor Alvin Balderrama (San Andres, Tanay, Rizal), Mr. Ruben Camba (President of Acciona Philippines), Mr. Manuelito Aran (President of the Samahan ng mga Magsasaka ng San Andres Inc.), Forrester Thaddeus Martinez (Chief of the Natural Resources Management Department of Haribon Foundation)

BingoPlus turns on Holiday Spirit with support of Star Magical Christmas 2023and Inspire Music record label

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BingoPlus, the first and only live streaming bingo in the Philippines, continued to fulfill its mission of providing joy and positive vibes by pushing for memorable, worthwhile entertainment to Filipinos.

It supported two key activities of ABS-CBN, helping it empower local artists and deliver top-tier enjoyment to the community.

This November, BingoPlus and its mother company DigiPlus, a leader in providing world-class multi-gaming platforms, products, and games with a strong distribution network of entertainment facilities, spread early Christmas joy by participating in and supporting Star Magical Christmas 2023, an annual marquee Kapamilya event where glittering Star Magic celebrities and artists dressed up in holiday-inspired fashion and glammed up for the occasion to entertain fans and the public.

The leading entertainment gateway for Filipinos joined the excitement of the star-studded event and provided a total of P400,000 cash prizes that were awarded by DigiPlus president Mr. Andy Tsui and BingoPlus President Jasper Vicencio.

Among the awardees were celebrity couple Ronnie Alonte and Loisa Andalio, who won Best in Costume for both male and female categories. Rising Pinoy-pop boy group, BGYO received the trophy for Best in Costume As A Group is given to the talented and Numerous artists like Francine Diaz, Seth Fedelin, Raven Rigor, Sean Tristan, and others were also awarded by the BingoPlus Foundation for the “exceptional magic” they shared that night. Their winnings were donated to selected charity beneficiaries, such as the Ephesus House for Girls, Pawssion Project, and Sherwin Buennevida who is a stage-4 cancer survivor.

Earlier this month, BingoPlus joined the unveiling of Inspire Music, ABS-CBN’s newest record label in a press conference at the Academy of Rock in Quezon City. The record label of uplifting fresh tunes was created to inspire people and generate strong faith, love, and hope especially in the face of hardships and trials. Esteemed Kapamilya artists such as Jed Madela, Jamie Rivera, Francine Diaz, KD Estrada, and more took part in the project and are expected to release uplifting spiritual tunes soon.

“Extending support in these events shows BingoPlus’ unwavering commitment to help elevate the local music and entertainment landscapes, nurturing local artists to cultivate and share their crafts to deliver top-tier enjoyment and excellent quality entertainment to Filipinos. It also shows the brand’s steadfast dedication in honoring the value of charity and gift giving during the holiday season, of extending a helping hand to those in need,” said BingoPlus president Jasper Vicencio.

“BingoPlus continues to spread jolly Christmas vibes in its newest Sure Bingonaryo Round, where a total of more than P222 million pesos will be gifted to lucky winners! Play, enjoy, and win this coming December 8 and December 30,” Vicencio added.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

VP Sara credits Filipino learners for inspiration of her first children’s book, Isang Kaibigan

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As part of the 2023 Pambansang Buwan ng Pagbasa at Araw ng Pagbasa celebration, Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) Sara Z. Duterte launched her first children’s book titled “Isang Kaibigan.”

VP-Secretary Duterte shared that the Filipino children inspired her to write her book and when she was invited for a book reading session, a close friend of hers noted that she should read books by Filipino authors. 

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga batang Pilipino because they gave me the inspiration to write the book [Isang Kaibigan],” VP-Sec. Duterte said.

Isang Kaibigan follows the story of Kwago and Loro and teaches how the power of true friendship can overcome even the toughest challenges that may befall anyone. 

VP-Sec. Duterte first read Isang Kaibigan when she was invited to be the mystery reading ambassador of Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Central Elementary School in Davao, City as part of National Reading Month on November 11.

The official book launch was conducted during the culmination program of Araw ng Pagbasa as the VP-Secretary conducted a live reading session to selected Grade 3 learners of Esteban Abada Elementary School in Quezon, City last November 21, 2023. 

“Ang pagbabasa ay nagpapalago ng inyong imahinasyon, nagpapalawak sa inyong kaalaman, at nagbibigay sa inyo ng kakayahan na makita ang mas malawak na posibilidad sa gitna ng inyong mga limitasyon. Tandaan, sa ating mga kabataan, na ang pagbabasa ay ang pintuan patungo sa isang maligaya at matatag na kinabukasan,” VP-Sec. Duterte reiterated. 

Duterte also shared that she will soon donate copies of her book to the school libraries around the country. 

The book was illustrated by Janina Simbillo and Joseph Caligner of the Public Affairs Service- Creative Media Unit of the Department.

Envi groups dismayed over hijack of plastics treaty negotiations by petrochem and plastics interests

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As the third negotiations (INC3) for a global plastics treaty closed earlier this week, civil society organizations from different countries were disappointed over the seeming failure to move closer to a strong and binding global plastic agreement to end plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution has reached a critical global scale. Annually, over 280 million tonnes of short-lived plastic products are discarded, as reported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). An estimated 19-23 million tonnes of this waste seeps into aquatic ecosystems, relentlessly polluting lakes, rivers, and seas.

According to environmental justice group BAN Toxics, instead of endorsing a mandate for the initial draft, Member States chose to revise the Zero Draft, expanding it and making progress more difficult. The draft emerged after the second round of talks in Paris earlier this year, intended to facilitate the negotiations in formulating an international legal instrument. It was a balanced document with a range of views presented as options before the start of INC3.

“Petrochemical and plastics industry-leaning governments successfully undermined the talks by raising procedural objections, stalling the negotiations, and introducing low-ambition language to dilute the push for a globally binding agreement,” said Jam Lorenzo, research and policy officer of BAN Toxics currently in Nairobi. Lorenzo joined other civil society organizations, many coming from global networks such as the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), and the Break Free from Plastics (BFFP) movement.

Civil society strongly criticized the open-door policy accorded to the industry during the talks. As per the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) report, 143 lobbyists from the fossil fuel and chemical industries registered to attend INC-3. This group surpassed any national delegation or civil society organization in size and acquired significant access to government representatives worldwide.

Certain member states exerted considerable effort to weaken the directive for a treaty encompassing the full lifecycle of plastic, including its production, which starts at raw material extraction. They aim to concentrate solely on waste management strategies, asserting that the issue does not stem from plastic itself but from its management and disposal.

“Member States in the room have the moral obligation to prioritize planetary boundaries, human rights and just transition for fenceline communities and waste pickers. A handful of countries must not hold the planet hostage and prevent an ambitious treaty addressing the full life cycle of plastics, which starts at raw material extraction,” said Merrisa Naidoo, Plastics Campaigner at GAIA Africa.

All plastics are made of chemicals. More than 13,000 chemicals have been identified as associated with plastics and plastic production across a wide range of applications, based on UNEP studies. Some of these chemicals are toxic that harm human health and the environment.

Plastics production also significantly fuels the climate crisis. It is among the most energy-intensive manufacturing processes globally, deriving from fossil fuels like crude oil. In 2019 alone, plastics accounted for 1.8 billion metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing 3.4% to the global total.

“The health and environmental impacts of plastics, especially problematic ones containing toxic materials and unnecessary single-use products, are being ignored in these discussions, and giant plastics and fossil fuel industries continue to promote false solutions, block scientific progress, and influence the negotiations with problematic definitions of key concepts such as reuse and circularity. The level of plastic production remains excessive,” Lorenzo said.

Member States failed to reach a consensus on intersessional work, resulting in the closure of INC-3 without a structured plan to address crucial elements of the treaty. These include the gradual elimination of hazardous chemicals, plastic polymers, and microplastics, as well as the expansion of reuse initiatives before the upcoming negotiations at INC-4. This setback will impede progress in advancing the treaty process during INC-4, according to the group.

“We anticipate fierce resistance in the coming negotiation against the call to reduce virgin plastic production, despite the undeniable truth that the plastics life cycle continues to bring harm. The combustion of fossil fuels stands as the primary driver of the climate crisis, its use exposes populations to harmful chemicals, and the management of plastic waste remains a globally significant health and environmental problem,” added Lorenzo.

“We need a systemic change in the global plastics economy and we must not be hindered by diversionary tactics and false solutions. We echo the calls of civil society groups from across the world to adhere to the zero-waste hierarchy by prioritizing reduction and reuse before recycling. A fair and equitable transition is necessary so that wealthier countries and major polluters take responsibility for the disproportionate mess they have created,” Lorenzo concluded.

BAN Toxics is collaborating closely with various civil society organizations in the region and globally, gearing up for the INC-4 in Canada next April, aiming for a plastics treaty that advocates human rights and environmental justice. #


VP Sara reminds learners the importance of developing passion for reading in Araw ng Pagbasa celebration

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Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of the Department of Education Sara Z. Duterte reminded learners the importance of developing reading habits during the culmination program of the 2023 Pambansang Buwan at Araw ng Pagbasa last Tuesday.

In her keynote speech, VP Sara underscored the importance of reading and developing the right reading habits of learners to achieve literacy, as well as the support and encouragement of parents that will play a vital role in building the habit.

“Sa mga batang nanunuod, gusto kong malaman ninyo na ang pagbabasa ay magbibigay sainyo ng pinakamalakas na sandata upang harapin ang inyong kinabukasan,” VP Sara said.

“You hold a vital role in shaping the reading habits of the children around you. Your influence in invaluable and I urge you to inspire and encourage the young ones to embrace the power of reading,” she added.

With the theme: Pagbasa: Pag-asa para sa Matatag na Kinabukasan, Sec. Sara highlight the immense power that lies within the simple act of reading and how urging the learners can make the impact for increased literacy.

The Secretary also formally launched her very own children’s book titled “Isang Kaibigan.” She shared that her inspiration for the book are the Filipino children.

Additionally, Sec. Duterte also bared the plans of the Department in increasing literacy in classrooms. For 2024, the Department will be implementing a “catch-up” Friday program which aims to foster reading habits among learners.

Through this program, schools will allot a free day for learners to read, thereby encouraging reading habits and cementing the importance of reading for their overall learning experience.

The program was attended by the Quezon City LGU headed by Vice Mayor Gian Carlo Sotto, DepEd NCR, DepEd SDO Quezon City, DepEd Central Office Officials, teachers, and parents.

A simultaneous reading session was also conducted by some DepEd Central Office Officials and teachers from SDO Quezon City to end the program.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Flawless Face & Body Clinic continues to redefine personal success through the art of self-care

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There was a time when it was unthinkable for ordinary people to spend even half a day getting pampered; today, Flawless Face & Body Clinic stands strong on the principle of accessible beauty, cutting through the many misconceptions surrounding self-care.

In that regard, Flawless founder and CEO Rubby Sy is a pioneer. “I have always seen [self-care] as foundational to a person’s success in the world,” she says. “I believe in putting one’s best face forward, and that to achieve that is evenly split between what you put on and how you feel inside. And one always affects the other.”

In the two decades since Flawless built its first branch in the bustling halls of SM Megamall, Sy’s rose-colored empire has both shaped and evolved with the times—as much as its services have literally shaped and sculpted many satisfied customers. As the “Beauty BFF” of the Philippines, employs treatments and procedures backed by scientific research to ensure top results at a fraction of the average cost. “I did not have the same luxuries as my peers growing up, so I know the value of feeling your best,” recalls Sy. “I have gotten as far as I have because I did what I could for myself at the time. Now, I can rely on experts who care about what I want to achieve in terms of beauty. So my goal was to bring those experts to people like who I was while growing up—to help them start what I call their beauty [aspect of their self-care] journeys.”

Such journeys are best embarked on with someone you can trust, and Flawless is no stranger to holding Filipinos’ hands as they discover and uncover their unique beauty. But self-care varies from person to person, as the doctors and aesthetic experts at Flawless know all too well. “We know everyone has different goals, and more importantly, different needs,” adds Sy.

 “That’s why I insist that the consultations are free. You deserve to know where you are on your journey and to have access to that sort of expert-approved information.”

BFFs (the clinic’s in-term for customers) old and new can also kickstart their own journeys with 3+1 or 4+1 Medical and Non-medical Services Package, featuring Facials and Microdermabrasion services—including the ever-popular Clarifying Facial, Age Defy Facial, and Nano PowerPeel—available until the end of 2023. For November in particular, Flawless also highlights the follow-through aspect of self-care with their November Flash Sale:

● 50% off a second session with every session of Nano PowerPeel with Mask

● 50% off a second session with every session of Advanced Facial (Clarifying/Flawless White/Age Defy)

● 50% off a second session with every session of Shape & Sculpt

● 50% off a second session with every session of Cellutite

● 50% off on Accutite Nose

● 50% off on Laser Hair Removal

“Some might call what we offer ‘indulgent’, but I could not disagree more,” concludes the founder. “Joy is as essential to success as anything else, and anything we do to create the best version of ourselves gives us joy. I don’t think Flawless would be hitting a 22-year milestone if that were not true.”

Celebrate 22 years of beauty excellence and embark on the next chapter of your beauty journey; Flawless Clinic is still the Filipinas’ secret to timeless, accessible, and radiant confidence. Learn more via their website, Facebook page, Instagram, and TikTok.

About Flawless Face & Body Clinic

Flawless Face and Body Clinic, Incorporated (Flawless) is the preferred aesthetic beauty clinic for face, body, and medical services in the Philippines. Founded on December 8, 2001, Flawless was well received by the local market and has expanded to over 27 clinics strategically located in major malls nationwide, each boasting well-trained and experienced skin professionals.

Today, the Flawless brand stands stronger with its clinic expansion, aesthetic breakthroughs, exceptional customer service, and outstanding achievements in the beauty industry— thanks to the leadership of its equally flawless owner and CEO Rubby Sy, Flawless was awarded Outstanding Retailer of the Year twice in 2009 and 2012. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) also recognized Sy for the exceptional use of various media to heighten the company’s prominence, earning her the 2012 CEO Excel Award.

Why Are Businessmen Promoting Super Indo Kratom Capsules?

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Super Indo Kratom Capsules have recently caught the attention of businessmen around the globe, with many of them actively promoting its benefits. But why has this natural supplement become a topic of interest among the business community? The answer lies in its unique ability to provide focus, concentration, and energy without any jitters or other side effects commonly associated with caffeine. This makes it an ideal solution for hectic work schedules, meetings, and high-pressure situations that require sustained stamina. Many businessmen have found that incorporating super indo kratom capsules into their daily routine has helped them enhance their productivity and efficiency, ultimately boosting their professional success. In this article, we will take a closer look at this natural supplement and explore why businessmen are raving about it.

Here Are A Few Reasons Why Businessmen Are Promoting Super Indo Kratom Capsules

● High Demand

Businessmen have always been on the lookout for the next profitable venture, and it seems that super Indo Kratom capsules are the answer to their prayers. One of the main reasons they are promoting this product is its high demand. People worldwide returning to natural ways for various ailments, and Kratom has become popular. With it's reported benefits and properties, it's no wonder why super Indo Kratom capsules are flying off the shelves. Businessmen are seeing the potential for profit and are using the entrepreneurial skills to spread the word. It's a win-win situation for both the businessmen and consumers, as they can enjoy the benefits of this amazing product.

● Increased Profit Margins

Kratom capsules have been gaining popularity left and right, and it's no surprise as to why. With its various benefits, many businessmen promote Super Indo Kratom capsules due to their potential to increase profit margins. Not only is it a natural remedy for a myriad of concerns, but it also serves as a recreational drug. With its popularity increasing, entrepreneurs have seen a steady growth in demand for Kratom capsules and have therefore jumped on board to gain profits. It's a win-win situation; customers get the benefits they want, and businesses get the profits they need.

● Adaptability

In today's ever-changing world, adaptability is key to success in any industry. Businessmen are fully aware of this and promote Super Indo Kratom Capsules. This pill is made of natural ingredients known for centuries to provide various benefits. One of the most notable benefits is its ability to promote adaptability to the user. This means it can help anyone get through their daily routine, even the most hectic ones, without feeling overwhelmed or exhausted. Whether running a company or managing multiple projects, Super Indo Kratom Capsules could be the key to success while staying composed and focused.

● Convenience

For busy professionals, convenience is key. With so much on their plates, they need products to keep up with their demanding schedules. Super Indo Kratom Capsules are a prime example of a product that offers both convenience and effectiveness. With just a few capsules, businessmen can experience the benefits of kratom quickly and easily.

This is why more and more businessmen promote this product to their colleagues and friends. Whether it's for improved focus, or a boost in energy, the convenience of Super Indo Kratom Capsules makes them an ideal choice for those who need to perform at their best.

● Brand Differentiation

When it comes to the supplement industry, the competition is tough. That's why brand differentiation is crucial to stand out and attract customers. This is why many businessmen are promoting Super Indo Kratom Capsules. Not only do they offer high-quality kratom, but the unique blend of Indonesian strains sets them apart from the rest.

With its reputation for providing a balanced and pleasurable experience, Super Indo Kratom Capsules are becoming a go-to choice for those seeking a standout product in the world of supplements. With its focus on quality and differentiation, it's no wonder why Super Indo Kratom Capsules are making waves in the market.

Expanded Market Reach

Expanding market reach has been a top priority for people looking to grow their businesses and increase their sales. One way to achieve this is by promoting Super Indo Kratom Capsules. Kratom is a natural substance with several beneficial properties, and business people believe that promoting it will provide positive results such as better brand recognition and customer loyalty. The benefits of kratom have led to a growing demand for this substance, making it an excellent product choice for business promotion. Additionally, Super Indo Kratom Capsules are easy to consume, making them more appealing to customers who want to enjoy the properties of kratom without the need to boil and prepare the leaves. With expanded market reach powered by promoting high-quality products like Super Indo Kratom Capsules, businesses can strengthen their bottom line and provide customers with products that deliver meaningful results.

● Lower Investment Costs

As the demand for wellness products has increased, many businessmen have been promoting Super Indo Kratom capsules as a viable option for customers. One important reason is the lower investment costs of producing and selling kratom capsules. Unlike other supplements requiring complex manufacturing processes or expensive ingredients, kratom capsules are relatively simple and cost-effective. This allows entrepreneurs to offer high-quality kratom products at a more affordable price, appealing to a wider range of consumers. Furthermore, kratom capsules are convenient and easy to take, making them ideal for those who want to incorporate natural supplements into their daily routine without hassle. Overall, the lower investment costs associated with kratom capsules make them a win-win for entrepreneurs and health-conscious consumers.

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Final Thoughts

The rise of Super Indo Kratom capsules in the business world is no coincidence. It is no secret that businessmen and women face immense pressure daily, and Super Indo

Zambo, CDO launch partnership for children’s road safety

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[Proposed caption: Councilor Atty. Edgar Cabanlas (leftmost), representing Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Rolando ‘Klarex’ Uy, and Zamboanga City Mayor John Dalipe (rightmost) launch their sister-city agreement with child road safety advocate.]

Zamboanga City - The local governments of Zamboanga City and Cagayan de Oro City launched on Monday their sister-city partnership that will improve collaboration promoting safer roads for everyone, especially children, during a ceremony led by the former’s Mayor John Dalipe and the latter’s city officials.

The launch, held at Zamboanga City Hall a day after the commemoration of the 2023 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and Survivors, sets in motion a sisterhood agreement between the local governments that outlines their commitment to protect children from deaths and injury due to road crashes. According to government data, at least 1,600 Filipino children are killed by road crashes every year.

Representatives from both cities vow strict implementation of traffic rules, better training and equipment for traffic enforcers, and setting up speed limits and protective barriers around schools and playgrounds. The said partnership also provides mechanisms for sharing best practices on road safety between the two cities.

Public interest law group ImagineLaw welcomed the partnership. “Road safety is a shared responsibility and local governments play a crucial role in creating a safer environment for everyone,” said Atty. Sophia San Luis, the law group’s executive director.

“Kapag may political will, may paraang proteksyunan ang mga bata mula sa road crashes (If there is political will, there is a way to protect children from road crashes),” she also said.

Casting Call! Auditions Now Open for PETA’s One More Chance, The Musical - The Search for Popoy, Basha, and the Thursday Barkada!

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Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) much-awaited production for 2024, “One More Chance, the Musical,” featuring the music of the massively popular and award-winning Filipino nine-piece band, Ben&Ben, announces the casting call for auditions starting Monday, November 20, 2024.

Interested applicants who want to audition will have the chance of a lifetime to portray the roles of Popoy, Basha, the Thursday Barkada, and other ensemble characters from the cult-classic movie.

Applicants must submit 16 bars, or 1 stanza and 1 chorus, of the best part of any Ben&Ben or OPM song, along with 4 bars of choreography to any contemporary modern music. The full set of requirements can be found at this link:

The deadline for all casting submissions will be November 26 at 11:59 p.m. Live auditions at the PETA Theater Center will follow from December 4–5.

“One More Chance, the Musical” is slated to open in April 2024 at the PETA Theater Center.

For more information on this much-awaited musical, follow PETA Theater on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok: @petatheater. 

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What Is Hawaiian Haze? Satisfying Insights for Hemp Enthusiasts

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With the legalization of cannabis products in many states of the USA, many people have started to understand the benefits of cannabis. Hemp is considered more beneficial than marijuana,especially because it contains high levels of potent CBD and low levels of sedative THC.

One of the hemp strains that is becoming popular in the USA and other regions of the world is Hawaiian Haze. So, what is Hawaiian Haze? If this question has been bothering you, then you are not alone. Many hemp enthusiasts are seeking more information about the strain, and this is the best place to find out more.

What is Hawaiian Haze Hemp Flower?

This potent CBD hemp flower has been grown by the best cultivars since the 1960s and hailed by hemp connoisseurs throughout the years. It is a hybrid bred from the Hawaiian and Haze strains, hence its name. However, there is no clear information on whether the Hawaiian Haze weed originated in Hawaii or not. For now, this is not as important as the potency it carries, which we are going to see in a few seconds.

What Are the Distinct Features of the Hawaiian Haze?

Most people describe hemp products such as the Hawaiian Haze bud using their physical looks,scent, and its potency. So, what is Hawaiian Haze?

First, this is a tall plant with large buds clustered in medium density. The buds are lighter in colour as well. The most distinct feature of the buds is their tropical scent with a pronounced hint of pineapple and pine. This makes it a perfect daytime uplifting and energizing strain loaded with high levels of potent CBD and other cannabinoids.

What Are the Health Benefits of Hawaiian Haze?

You are probably wondering; what is Hawaiian Haze? Does it have any health benefits? Well, if you check out a Hawaiian Haze strain review from the experts, you will notice that the high levels of CBD and the presence of terpenes have many benefits for users. The major ones include:

· Amazing relaxation – The Hawaiian Haze is amazing for relaxation at any time, but most people prefer it during the day. It has a perfect balance of CBD, THC, and terpenes, making it perfect for dealing with fatigue, stress, depression, and anxiety.

· Great energy booster – One more reason to buy Hawaiian Haze is to enjoy its mid-morning energy boost and rejuvenation. This goes hand in hand with the relaxation we’ve just mentioned. It is good to take advantage of this at any time.

· Pain relief – Just like all hemp products with high levels of CBD, Hawaiian Haze is great for pain management. It can manage both short-term and chronic pain when used responsibly under the guidance of a qualified medical expert.


What is Hawaiian Haze? Now that you have gone through this article, you know what this hemp bud is and how to benefit from it. You can get more information by checking the Hawaiian Haze legal bud review before ordering a packet for yourself. It is among the best strains you can buy for everyday use, whether you prefer smoking it, mixing it with edibles, or extracting the CBD oil from the bud.

Singapore's Top Travel Destinations: Exploring the Lion City's 8 Best Places

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Welcome to the enchanting city-state of Singapore, a vibrant melting pot of cultures, where modernity seamlessly blends with tradition. In this guide, we invite you to embark on a captivating journey through Singapore's top travel destinations, revealing the Lion City's eight best places that showcase its unique charm and diversity.

Marvel at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, an architectural marvel that defines the city's skyline, and stroll through the lush Gardens by the Bay, where nature and technology unite in a breathtaking spectacle. Discover the cultural richness of Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam, each neighborhood offering a distinct tapestry of traditions, flavors, and history.

Uncover the historical significance of sites like the National Museum of Singapore and the Raffles Hotel, where tales of the past come to life. From the bustling Orchard Road shopping district to the serene Sentosa Island, Singapore's top travel destinations promise a kaleidoscope of experiences for every traveler. Join us as we unravel the secrets and wonders of this dynamic metropolis. Explore the captivating beauty of Singapore with our meticulously crafted Singapore package from chennai, offering an unforgettable travel experience.

1. Marina Bay Sands

No visit to Singapore is complete without experiencing the iconic Marina Bay Sands. This architectural marvel is not just a hotel but a symbol of modern luxury and sophistication. 

Perched atop three soaring towers, the SkyPark offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. The infinity pool, suspended 57 stories above ground, is a highlight for those seeking an exhilarating swim with a stunning backdrop. Marina Bay Sands also boasts a world-class casino, upscale shopping, and a diverse range of dining options, making it a one-stop destination for entertainment and leisure. Explore enticing Singapore packages from Mumbai offering a seamless blend of cultural richness and modern allure.

2. Gardens by the Bay

Adjacent to Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay is a mesmerizing horticultural oasis that combines nature and technology in a spectacular manner. The Supertree Grove, with its towering vertical gardens, comes alive with a dazzling light and sound show in the evening. The Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, two colossal conservatories, house a diverse collection of flora from around the world. Gardens by the Bay is not only a  haven for nature enthusiasts but also a testament to Singapore's commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation.

3. Sentosa Island

For those seeking sun, sand, and sea, Sentosa Island is a tropical paradise just off the coast of mainland Singapore. Accessible by cable car, monorail, or even a leisurely stroll across the Sentosa Boardwalk, this resort island offers a myriad of attractions. 

From the adrenaline-pumping rides at Universal Studios Singapore to the tranquil beaches and lush gardens, Sentosa caters to every traveler's taste. Adventure seekers can try the Skyline Luge, while families can enjoy the S.E.A. Aquarium and Dolphin Island for an unforgettable marine experience.

4. Chinatown

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Singapore's cultural diversity by exploring Chinatown, a vibrant neighborhood that reflects the city-state's Chinese heritage. Wander through the bustling streets filled with colorful shophouses, market stalls, and temples. Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple are must-visit landmarks that showcase the city's religious tolerance. Chinatown is also a food lover's paradise, offering a plethora of culinary delights from traditional hawker centers to trendy eateries.

5. Little India

A sensory delight awaits you in Little India, a district that pulsates with the vibrant colors, aromas, and flavors of Indian culture. Serangoon Road, the main thoroughfare, is lined with shops selling intricate saris, aromatic spices, and traditional Indian sweets. The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, dedicated to the goddess Kali, stands as a testament to the religious diversity within the city. Don't miss the opportunity to savor authentic Indian cuisine in the local eateries, where the blend of spices creates an explosion of taste on your palate.

6. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Escape the urban hustle and bustle by exploring the serene oasis of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Established in 1859, these lush gardens are not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a haven for nature lovers. The National Orchid Garden, within the larger botanical complex, boasts a stunning collection of over 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. Take a leisurely stroll along the swan-filled lakes, marvel at the variety of plant life, and revel in the tranquility that the Singapore Botanic Gardens offer.

7. Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

Renowned for its innovative approach to wildlife conservation, the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari provide a unique opportunity to encounter a diverse array of animals in carefully designed habitats. The open concept of the zoo allows for an immersive experience, where visitors can observe animals in settings resembling their natural environments. The Night Safari takes the adventure a step further, offering a nocturnal journey through the rainforest to witness the fascinating behaviors of nocturnal creatures. It's a wildlife experience that is both educational and entertaining for visitors of all ages.

8. East Coast Park 

For a relaxing day by the sea, head to East Coast Park, a sprawling coastal park that stretches along the southeastern coast of Singapore. This popular recreational area offers a variety of activities, from picnics and barbecues to cycling and water sports. The scenic coastline provides a perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll or a refreshing dip in the sea. East Coast Park is also famous for its seafood restaurants, where you can savor the freshest catches while enjoying the sea breeze.

Singapore's top travel destinations offer a kaleidoscope of experiences, from the futuristic skyline of Marina Bay Sands to the cultural richness of neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little India. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a thrill-seeker, or a history buff, the Lion City has something to captivate every traveler. The juxtaposition of modernity and tradition, along with the city's commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation, makes Singapore a truly unique and unforgettable destination. So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to explore the wonders of Singapore – where tradition meets innovation, and every corner tells a story of the Lion City's remarkable journey.

10 Best Things to Do in Thailand on a Family Trip!

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Thailand, with its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality, is a perfect destination for a family vacation. From bustling cities to serene beaches, the country offers a diverse range of activities suitable for all ages. Thailand's diverse attractions make it an ideal destination for a family trip. Whether exploring historical sites, relaxing on pristine beaches, or immersing in vibrant cultural experiences, the Land of Smiles offers something for every member of the family. 

1. Explore the Grand Palace in Bangkok 

The Grand Palace in Bangkok stands as a testament to Thailand's rich cultural heritage and architectural brilliance. As a centerpiece of the country's capital, it is a must-visit attraction, especially for families embarking on a Thailand tour package from Chennai. This iconic landmark offers a captivating journey into Thai history and spirituality. The Grand Palace, situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, was built in 1782 and served as the official residence of the Kings of Siam for over 150 years. The complex is an exquisite blend of traditional Thai and European architectural styles, featuring intricate details and vibrant colors that leave visitors in awe.

2. Discover Wildlife at Chiang Mai Zoo

Embark on a captivating wildlife adventure at Chiang Mai Zoo, an ideal destination for families on a thailand tour from Kerala. Nestled in the lush hills of northern Thailand, the zoo boasts a diverse range of animal species, including pandas, giraffes, and elephants. Families can engage in educational experiences, such as interactive exhibits and shows, creating lasting memories amidst the beauty of Chiang Mai's natural surroundings. This zoological haven is a perfect blend of entertainment and conservation, offering a unique opportunity for families to connect with the diverse fauna of Thailand.

3. Experience the Floating Markets in Damnoen Saduak 

Indulge in the vibrant charm of Damnoen Saduak's floating markets, a must-visit attraction for families seeking an authentic Thai experience. Nestled in the picturesque canals, these markets offer a lively spectacle where vendors on traditional boats sell fresh produce, handmade crafts, and delectable street food. Families can drift through the waterways, immersing themselves in the lively atmosphere and capturing the essence of Thai culture. Exploring the Floating Markets in Damnoen Saduak is a delightful journey, providing not only a visual feast but also an opportunity to engage with the local community and create cherished family memories.

4. Relax on the Beaches of Phuket

Escape to the tropical paradise of Phuket and unwind on its pristine beaches, offering the perfect retreat for families seeking relaxation. With crystal-clear waters and powdery sands, Phuket's beaches provide an idyllic setting for sun-soaked days and memorable family moments. Engage in various water activities, from building sandcastles with the kids to snorkeling in vibrant coral reefs. Phuket's beaches are not just a destination but a tranquil haven where families can rejuvenate, reconnect, and create lasting memories against the backdrop of stunning coastal beauty.

5. Visit Ayutthaya's Historical Park

Step back in time and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya's Historical Park, a captivating destination for families. Roaming through ancient ruins, families can witness the remnants of temples and statues that echo Thailand's rich history. Engage in a family-friendly bike tour or take a leisurely boat ride along the Chao Phraya River to absorb the historical charm. Ayutthaya's Historical Park is a cultural treasure trove, providing an enriching experience for families eager to connect with the country's past and create lasting memories amidst the ancient allure of this historical gem.

6. Participate in Thai Cooking Classes

Ignite your family's taste buds by participating in Thai cooking classes, an immersive experience that adds a flavorful twist to your Thailand adventure. These classes offer hands-on learning, allowing both parents and children to master the art of crafting delicious and authentic Thai dishes. From pad Thai to green curry, the classes provide insights into local culinary techniques and spice combinations. Embrace the joy of cooking together, creating not only delectable meals but also cherished family moments as you savor the tastes and aromas of Thailand's renowned gastronomic delights.

7. Discover the Coral Reefs in Koh Samui

Dive into the underwater wonders of Koh Samui, where pristine beaches and vibrant marine life await your family. Explore the coral reefs surrounding the island, offering a kaleidoscope of colors and diverse marine ecosystems. Whether snorkeling or diving, families can witness the beauty of underwater landscapes and encounter exotic sea creatures. With gentle, shallow waters suitable for all skill levels, Koh Samui provides a safe and exciting introduction to the marvels of the ocean. Immerse your family in the enchanting world beneath the surface and create unforgettable memories in the warm embrace of Thailand's coastal paradise.

8. Experience the Hill Tribes in Northern Thailand

Embark on a cultural journey in Northern Thailand and encounter the fascinating hill tribes with your family. These communities, nestled in the lush landscapes, offer a unique experience of traditional customs and crafts. This authentic encounter provides an enriching perspective on Thailand's cultural diversity, fostering connections and understanding. Immerse your family in the warmth of hill tribe hospitality, creating memories that transcend borders and contribute to a deeper appreciation of the rich tapestry of Thai heritage.

9. Enjoy Water Activities in Hua Hin

Dive into the coastal charm of Hua Hin and treat your family to a day filled with exhilarating water activities. This resort town on the Gulf of Thailand offers a spectrum of aquatic adventures, from thrilling banana boat rides to the excitement of kiteboarding. With its shallow and calm waters, Hua Hin is the perfect setting for families to introduce children to the joys of water sports. Create cherished memories as you splash, play, and revel in the coastal delights, making Hua Hin an ideal destination for families seeking both excitement and relaxation on their Thai adventure.

10. Relive History at the Bridge Over the River Kwai

Immerse your family in a poignant historical journey at the Bridge Over the River Kwai, a significant site near Kanchanaburi. Learn about the solemn history of the Death Railway constructed during World War II, as you visit the bridge and its accompanying museum. Take a scenic train ride along the historic railway, gaining insights into the hardships faced by prisoners of war. This experience not only relives a crucial chapter in history but also provides an educational opportunity for families, fostering a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made during this period.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

'The Gathering Star' Sheraton Manila Bay Ushers the Holiday Season

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A Sheraton Spectacle of Sustainability, Gatherings & Stories

Sheraton Manila Bay kicked off the festive season with a captivating Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on 9 November 2023, hosted at the hotel's newly renovated Main Lobby. Embracing the theme "Gatherings & Stories," the event not only celebrated the joyous spirit of the holidays but also highlighted Sheraton Manila Bay's deep commitment to sustainability.

The "Gatherings & Stories" Tree Lighting event showcased Sheraton Manila Bay's dedication to creating an unforgettable yuletide experience that intertwines the festive spirit with sustainability. The focal point of the celebration was the 15-foot Sheraton Tree of Sustainability, a stunning eco-conscious masterpiece meticulously crafted from actual tree branches, sustainable wood shavings, moss, and dried fruits. Adorned with glistening crystals and apricot-colored embellishments, this lush tree symbolizes growth, resilience, and the inherent beauty of nature, embodying the hotel’s unwavering dedication to environmental consciousness.

Hotel General Manager Richard Masselin presided over the ceremonial lighting, joined by the distinguished members of the Sheraton Manila Bay Executive Committee, including Juvy Agudon, Director of Sales & Marketing; Alex Encarnacion, Director of Engineering; Jennifer Labita, Director of Finance; and Roy Aguba, Director of Human Resources. Adding to the splendor of the occasion, the esteemed Guests of Honor who grace the occasion to illuminated the tree were Manila City Mayor Hon. Maria Sheilah "Honey" Lacuna–Pangan, Vice Mayor Hon. John Marvin "Yul Servo" C. Nieto, and Barangay 699 Chairman Edwin "Amo" Chan.

In a united celebration of Paskonstelasyon, all Marriott properties in the Philippines launched their own holiday festivities, each debuting their symbolic star. The Marriott Bonvoy constellation of stars includes the Gathering Star (Sheraton Manila Bay), the Soiree Star (Sheraton Manila Hotel), the Destination Star (Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort), the Fiesta Star (Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo), the Wellness Star (The Westin Manila), the Paradise Star (Four Points Boracay by Sheraton), the Discovery Star (Four Point Palawan by Sheraton), the North Star (Clark Marriott Hotel), and the Wonderful Star (Manila Marriott Hotel).

The enchanting ceremony, hosted by Hotel Marketing Manager Stephanie Cabrejas, was complemented by the festive melodies of the "Lighter Side Movement," creating a harmonious atmosphere of celebration.

At the core of Sheraton Manila Bay's holiday festivities is a profound commitment to sustainability, reflected in the transformation of spaces into a captivating wonderland adorned with eco-friendly decorations. The hotel's goodies display booth, thoughtfully designed in the shape of an open storybook, invites guests to participate in crafting unforgettable yuletide tales. The booth offers an array of holiday hampers and homemade treats, providing an opportunity for guests to share the festive spirit with loved ones and create heartwarming stories that will endure for years to come.

The "Gatherings & Stories" Tree Lighting at Sheraton Manila Bay marks the commencement of a season filled with shared moments, joy, and an unwavering dedication to sustainability. As the holiday festivities unfold, Sheraton Manila Bay invites all to partake in the celebration and experience the magic of the season in an eco-conscious and enchanting manner. View Sheraton Manila Bay Holiday E-brochure at
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