Friday, December 18, 2020

Five Ways to Gift this Holiday Season with Hilton Honors

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Hilton Honors surprises top elite members with special gift, plus easy ways to earn and redeem Points for gifting

While this year has been unpredictable, there are lots of reasons and creative ways to celebrate the holidays. Whether that means enjoying cherished traditions at home, virtually connecting with family, taking a road trip to spend quality time with loved ones or giving a friend the perfect gift, the holiday season provides a fresh opportunity for reconnections to create new memories.

Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 hotel brands, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and DoubleTree by Hilton, is spreading holiday cheer by helping members make the most of their hard-earned Hilton Honors status and Points this season. This week, Hilton Honors also surprises its Diamond members with a special gift.

Check out the following five ways to gift this season with Hilton Honors.

1. Gift Hilton Honors Elite Status to a loved one. To thank its most elite members for their continued loyalty, Hilton Honors is extending a one-time special gift to its global Diamond and Lifetime Diamond members. Beginning this week, these Elite members will be able to gift status for one year to a family member or friend. Typically the Elite Status Gifting benefit is reserved for members who complete a standard, annual night requirement. Diamond members will receive an email with instructions on how to gift Gold status and Lifetime Diamond members will be able to gift Diamond status. For members who earned Status Gifting through their 2020 nights, this is an extra opportunity to gift to someone new.

2. Give the gift of a holiday staycation by redeeming Hilton Honors Points. Treat yourself and a loved one to a holiday staycation with great deals to be found at many Hilton hotels in Asia Pacific and many hotels offering spirited holiday decorations. Points Explorer is a helpful tool to search destinations and the number of Hilton Honors Points needed for a stay this season and into the new year. Another useful tool is the award-winning Hilton Honors app. In addition to booking a stay with Points, the app provides guests with a contactless arrival experience including access to Digital Check-In, Choose Your Room and Digital Key at 5,000 Hilton properties.

3. Give the gift of a future cultural, dining or spa experience by redeeming Hilton Honors Points.

Throughout the year, Hilton Honors members can redeem their Points for a range of exciting experiences through the Hilton Honors Experiences platform. This specially curated collection of experiences ranges from rejuvenating wellness experiences available across Singapore, Bali, Bangkok, Maldives and Manila, connecting with nature by exploring the Divar Island in Goa, India, to a unique self-guided wine-and-dine experience in Darwin, Australia.

4. Gift Hilton Honors Points for a future trip or dream vacation. While the pandemic has impacted many vacation plans this year, pent up consumer demand for travel has bookings on the rise for 2021. And with the holidays quickly approaching, Hilton Honors members can purchase (and gift!) Points* through the ‘Buy More Points’ page and receive a 100 percent bonus until December 31, 2020. Members can also gift Points by transferring their own Hilton Honors Points to a family member or friend.

5. Give back to a favorite cause by donating Hilton Honors Points. The holidays are a great time to give back and Hilton Honors members can donate to various accredited nonprofits on issues ranging from COVID-19 community relief to the environment to hunger. Upon linking their Hilton Honors and PointWorthy accounts, members can redeem Points to make a donation.

As we head into a new year, the award-winning Hilton Honors program remains committed to providing maximum flexibility, access and value to all members – from program adjustments and extensions to meaningful ways to use Hilton Honors benefits.

Hilton Honors wishes everyone a safe, relaxing and healthy holiday, wherever you’ll be celebrating this year.

Not a Hilton Honors member? Enroll for free and learn more at to receive instant benefits, exclusive discounts and more.

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Food Sheds Are Helping Negrense Farmers Support the People of Negros

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Negrense women outside their foodshed in rural Negros Occidental back in 2019.Negrense farmers will be supplying crops for a cash and food subsidy program led by the Department of Agriculture, enabled in part by their community food sheds. Photograph © Alo Lantin / WWF-Philippines

Bacolod - Farmers have come through to aid other Filipinos – with the help of their communal food sheds.

On the 9th of December, Negrense farmers were recognized as supplies of a cash and food subsidy program were being rolled out by the Department of Agriculture (DA) across Negros Occidental.

Among those supplying food to the program are a number of communities under the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines’ Sustainable Food Systems program. The program brings farming communities together through the establishment of village banks and agri-business enterprises. These enterprises are designed to bring both food and livelihood to low-income communities, while supplying the surrounding population with nutritious food.

Nine months into the coronavirus pandemic, and these agri-enterprises have found new calling as the backbone of the DA’s food subsidy program.

“You cannot have a food program if you do not have someone to produce the food. That’s the role our communities play. They are the ones who help feed our nation during troubled times, as we are seeing today,” said WWF-Philippines Project Manager Monci Hinay.

Over the past two years, the Sustainable Food Systems program has been helping communities put up communal food sheds, the first ones having been built in Negros Occidental. A multi-storey structure, each shed increases the agricultural productivity of the host community – giving them more to eat, and more to sell at the market.

The DA is now mobilizing this market surplus as a means to keep farming and fishing communities well-fed. The program will be providing social support to 35,544 fishers and farmers from Negros Occidental. The first recipients received their relief aid on the 8th of December.

Throughout 2021, the DA plans on bringing food and financial relief to 117,435 fishers and farmers across Western Visayas.

“Healthy farmers means healthy communities and a healthy country. Our partner farmers stand ready to help their fellow Filipinos. With their food sheds and together with their neighbors, they are able to help,” added Hinay.

WWF-Philippines plans on having 48 food sheds constructed in rural communities across the country by the end of 2021.

As the year winds down, preparations are in place to provide aid to those in need throughout 2021. Equipped with the skills and capacities to lend a helping hand, WWF-Philippines’ partner communities – and their innovative food sheds – stand ready to provide support. WWF-Philippines and its partners are working to #ChangeTheEnding of this ongoing crisis. 

A Negrense woman waters crops in her community’s food shed. WWF-Philippines aims to have food sheds constructed across the country this coming 2021, to support rural livelihood and food security under pandemic times. Photo taken in 2019. Photograph © Alo Lantin / WWF-Philippines

A group of Negrense women carry a sack of bird feed into their food shed. Each food shed is managed and maintained by the community, providing them both with a source of nutritious food and livelihood. Photo taken in 2019. Photograph © Alo Lantin / WWF-Philippines

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Sarangani: A province with some still without water

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Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right. The water situation in Sarangani is inhumane & unacceptable. Did Manny "PacMan" Pacquiao know about it when he was congressman or did they live very comfortably in their multi-million mansions and are out of touch with the reality of their constituents?

If you're looking for proof of how Pacquaio has no business running a country, then know the story of Jie-ann from Sarangani whomis now one of the housemates of Pinoy Big Brother Connect. Many of the people there still don't even have WATER - one of the most basic necessities that every being should have easy access to.

It's more than just a sad story. I did not know that it is the case in Sarangani. What's going on in the local government there and why has it gotten to that point that residents have to pay for water by the container?

I hope everyone’s criticism of Justin Dizon extends to the real issue—how the hell is there still a water shortage in a district represented by someone said to be gunning for the presidency?

Rogelio Paquio is currently the Congressman, both Paquio handled the province and yet this is still a HUGE ISSUE! How come Manny is in SENATE though?! 

If Pacquiao, together with his brother, couldn't provide water for their people in just one of the many provinces in the Philippines, then he shouldn't be running a country.

And, if I may just add, the audacity of that boxer politician to want to launch what was that, PacPay, which requires a lot of money for capitalization, when HIS CONSTITUENTS IN SARANGANI HAVE NO ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER


I'll fucking shoot you all on the knees if you guys will support and vote Pacquiao on his presidency run. He can't even fix the water problem/shortage in Sarangani. How much more for a national crisis. Fight me!

Anyway J'm saying this because Jinkee was also a former Vice Governor of Sarangani and Manny's brother is now a representative for the lone district of Sarangani. Here we have people who just decided to run for positions of power just because they can. Ok keri demokrasya tayo but at what cost?

Pacquiao running for president??? when his term as a governor of Sarangani neglected to provide BASIC necessities to his constituents?

Why doesn’t ABSCBN use this as an opportunity to make a news feature on why the people in Sarangani don’t have access to water and call out the necessary authorities?

Sana naman intention ng ABS-CBN na maipakita ang problems sa Sarangani, through the story of the girl, knowing na Manny held a position there and shows signs of running for the highest position?! 

Also, ang lala ng elitism not only of Justin, but also of the PBB show-runners.

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