Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Face a Flawless and Bright 2022 with Y.O.U Beauty

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On top of building goal-setting habits, bring out the glow that helps you face each day with confidence with the help of The Radiance White BB Cream.

The arrival of a new year always brings hope for brighter days ahead. Despite the challenges we collectively faced last year, 2022 offers opportunities to celebrate, reflect, and build on our resolve to do better things this time around.

While resolutions are commonplace at the start of the year, it takes guided, conscious effort to turn a fresh start into your best year ever. As a game changer in the Philippine skincare industry, Y.O.U Beauty stands for empowering Filipinas across the country to pursue their dreams. From goal-setting to making the most out of “me” time, true to the brand’s commitment to upholding long-lasting beauty, Y.O.U Beauty shares these tips, tricks, and habits to achieve a flawless and bright 2022:

Look back, then move forward. Take a moment to consider how the past year went for you. Ask yourself what personally went well and what you’d like to improve on. Setting aside time to reflect can help you better understand the highs and lows of last year and set a precedent for a great year ahead.

Set reasonable and specific goals. When laying down your goals, plot them out according to the SMART principle – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based. All of these qualities can help you set goals that are easier to accomplish, setting yourself up for more future success. Whether it’s to eat healthier by adding more fruits & veggies to your diet, or to enjoy radiant skin by using Y.O.U Beauty products formulated with Triple Bright Activator to achieve healthy skin from within, taking actionable steps towards our goals can shape how successful we turn out to be.

Reach out. Quarantines and social distancing measures shouldn’t be an excuse to not maintain the connections we have with friends and loved ones. Set aside some time to send quick texts, calls or even video chats with family or friends you haven’t spoken to in a while. However, as phone and computer screens are also a source of UV rays that can harm skin, remember to keep your skin flawless with the power of SPF 40 and PA+++.

Keep things tidy. Much like Soft Marshmallow Powder’s ability to cover up blemishes on the skin, as studies show that a clean space is associated with happiness, satisfaction and calm, a little tidying up can go a long way in ensuring a smooth start to the year.

Make time for yourself. With work and home life demanding so much of our time every day, the importance of setting aside time to focus on you cannot be underscored further. From squeezing in a short workout, indulging in a new passion, or even simply adding something new to your skincare routine, there’s nothing wrong with being good to yourself. With a keen understanding of the need for self-care that allows long-lasting beauty to bloom from within, Y.O.U Beauty is committed to providing every individual with accessible beauty products made with advanced technology.

Coming into a new year, confidence is key when it comes to going after your goals. To help Filipinas confidently face whatever comes their way this year, Y.O.U Beauty has launched a new product to help keep skin flawless and glow from within – The Radiance White BB Cream.

As air pollution, sun exposure and lifestyle choices can cause dull and uneven skin tone, the Radiance White BB Cream by Y.O.U Beauty is designed to give skin a flawless look with a lightweight feel, while brightening skin and keeping it safe from the sun’s rays. The flawless natural look is made possible by Soft Marshmallow Powder that covers blemishes and makes the skin’s texture feel smoother. The Triple Bright Activator composed of Snow Mushroom, Niacinamide, and Vitamin C brightens, hydrates, and maintains skin elasticity, while SPF 40 and PA+++ are broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.

The Radiance White BB Cream by Y.O.U Beauty is formulated to be free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, alcohol, and mineral oil. To suit a wide range of skin tones, it comes in three variants: 01 Vanilla for fair skin, 02 Almond for medium light to medium deep skin, and 03 mocha for deep to medium skin.

This year, build the habits to go after your goals better. To help you confidently face whatever challenges may come your way, bring out your glow from within through The Radiance White BB Cream by Y.O.U Beauty. Shop the product range online today at the Y.O.U Beauty Lazada and Shopee stores.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

PHINMA Education fulfills Unbreakable Commitment to accessible education in the next normal

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PHINMA Education, a fast-growing network of schools in Southeast Asia, believes that access to quality education can make lives better for millions of underserved youth. Witnessing that many students are unable to complete their college degrees, the institution aims to make education accessible particularly in some key growth areas across the Philippines.

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, their unbreakable commitment to delivering quality education towards gainful employment for their students and graduates was severely challenged.

“It was a very disruptive year for the educational sector. The pandemic made it very difficult for all types of schools, whether public or private to fulfill their mission of educating their students,” said Christopher A. Tan, Chief Operating Officer of PHINMA Education.

The institution, which operates nine tertiary schools in the country, recognized that flexible learning would be the way forward for students and teachers. While online education became common for most educational institutions in the country, PHINMA Education’s unique market needed a different solution.

“We serve students from lower-income households and many of them are not prepared well in their grade school and high school for college. They are more likely to drop out even under normal circumstances and the big problem with distance learning is not so much the quality of education, but it’s the ability to complete the program,” explained Tan.

The challenge for the institution is to generate creative and innovative approaches to manage these problems differently.  They also need to make sure that the distance learning setup would be suited even for students from low-income families. Thus, they launched Flex and RaDLearning, which rely on printed courseware, strong teacher support, and constant interaction with peers. This made the infrastructure that would enable them to connect with their students and faculty the utmost importance.

They partnered with PLDT Enterprise and Smart for connectivity solutions that effectively support the digital learning needs of their students and faculty members. Smart provided tailor-made Giga Study plans that further boost PHINMA Education’s pledge to ease the learning experience of students in the new normal.

“Combining printed modules with remote coaching and the data plan from Smart helped us come up with an almost robust workable solution we can develop for these very difficult times. We appreciate PLDT Enterprise for understanding the underlying principles that we cared about and for coming up with a very flexible plan that gave access to our key programs,” said Tan.

“Giga Study Plan has the key features of stability, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. PLDT Enterprise was very generous in developing a program that gave enough bandwidth and access to our students, at the same time, really kept the costs low,” he added.

“PLDT Enterprise heeds the call of the education sector for solutions that will enable students and educators to easily steer distance learning. We are committed to supporting the needs of our partners, such as the PHINMA Education, to empower them in maintaining their unbreakable commitment despite these most difficult times,” said Jojo Gendrano, FVP and Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise.

PLDT Enterprise recently introduced its Unbreakable Commitment campaign to highlight its partnerships with various organizations in the country to demonstrate how fostering partnerships could help companies thrive despite the obstacles they face and in turn, contribute to the lives of Filipinos.

The campaign also reinforces PLDT Enterprise’s unbreakable commitment to empowering organizations through the power of technology.

“Smart Giga Study Plans helped us promise our students that for this year, they do not have to worry about connecting to their teachers and classmates. That’s a very important message especially in times of uncertainty and suffering. We promised our students that they are not going to be alone in going through their classes this year, and PLDT Enterprise helped fulfill that promise,” Tan furthered.

“But one of the important values we see in this partnership is not just the technology but the strategic thinking that we can do together to solve complex social problems.”

Through fostering partnerships that would help them navigate uncertainties, PHINMA Education Network was able to stay true to its unbreakable commitment to providing access to education to students despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the help of the right partner who successfully attends to the needs of its stakeholders, the institution can carry on its mission to educate and guide its learners no matter how unique and tough the journey will be ahead of the next normal.

Watch PHINMA Education’s interview here:

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Full Circle Lab Philippines Opens Call for Applications with New Lab for Story Editors, Hybrid Workshop

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The Full Circle Lab Philippines (FCL PH), a joint capacity-building program for Filipino and other Southeast Asian filmmakers of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and European production outfit Tatino Films, has opened the call for applications for this year’s edition. The 2022 edition will consist of four (4) labs that will directly benefit fifteen (15) projects and eleven (11) talents, with no less than ten (10) international mentors and industry advisors involved. The Story Editor’s Lab, a new section, will also be introduced and will be focusing on story development particularly in the script development stage.

The FDCP’s flagship international film lab for Filipino and Southeast Asian films and filmmakers was renewed for another three-year cycle which will cover 2022 to 2024—a long term plan that will culminate into the FCL Horizons 2025. The project will be in hybrid format consisting of an onsite residential workshop in April and follow-up online sessions in September 2022.

The program aiming to provide opportunities for filmmakers and producers to further develop and elevate their projects will be opening its doors to participants of the following films labs:

      Fiction Lab - twelve (12) projects in development (feature films, series, animation)

      First Cut Lab - three (3) projects in post-production (feature films & documentaries)

      Creative Producers Lab - eight (8) producers with or without project/s in development

      Story Editing Lab - three (3) participants


Full Circle Lab Philippines aims to identify, nurture, and train creative talents in the Philippines and other countries in Southeast Asia by supporting film projects along their development & post-production processes in order to enhance their artistic and audience potentials with a focus on storytelling. This program also aims to foster the internationalization of the Filipino film industry and position the Philippines as a creative hub in the Southeast Asian region by creating synergy between the industry experts and professionals across the globe through sessions and talks. This new three-year cycle will be joined by a mentor team composed of esteemed film professionals from all over the world.

The Full Circle Lab Philippines call for application is open to eligible filmmakers from the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East-Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

“The whole world is looking at Asia now, and we want to capitalize on that and make sure that we are ready and equipped with the tools to take our diverse and unique stories to the global stage. Through the Full Circle Lab Philippines, we are taking concrete steps toward making the Philippines a creative Hub for Filmmaking in the Southeast Asian region,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza DiƱo.

“With that goal, and especially with this fast evolving milieu, it is imperative to continually equip our filmmakers with the tools for them to keep learning new skills, unlearning less effective practices, and relearning new strategies in doing things so they can keep up with the times,” she added.  

Last year, the 3rd FCL PH was held online alongside the first Philippine Film Industry Month celebration. The FCL 2021 edition has supported a total of 24 projects and participants from various countries in Southeast Asia and the Philippines.

Eligible applicants may submit the complete application package consisting of complete requirements and accomplished application form to with the subject: Full Circle Lab Philippines 2022 [Lab Category Application] ex. Full Circle Lab Philippines 2021 [Fiction lab Application]. Applications for Fiction Lab, Creative Producers Lab, and Story Editing Lab will be accepted until February 15, 2022 with announcement of selected participants in the FCL PH’s social media pages on March 15, 2022. The application period for First Cut Lab will be until March 15, 2022, announcement date of chosen projects will be posted this month. Interested applicants may download the application form here:

Stay tuned for more details and announcements in Full Circle Lab Philippines’ Facebook page and Instagram. For guidelines, eligibility, and requirements, see below:


Fiction Lab

Open for projects in the early stage of development to pre-production stage in any of the following formats: feature films, series, or animation.

Applicants must submit the following:

      Duly accomplished application form

      Logline (50 words), synopsis (1 page), and concept/treatment (up to 10 pages)

      Director’s and producer’s statements (Up to 2 pages)

      Director’s and screenwriter’s filmographies (1 page)

      Producer’s filmography (1 page) and production company profile (1 page)

      Rights to adaptation, if applicable

      High definition profile photo


All requirements must be submitted in separate PDF documents.


      Projects with or without current affiliation with a producer will be equally welcomed.

      There is no need to have financing in place.

      The participating team must be composed of the writer accompanied by the director and/or producer of the project.


First Cut Lab

Available for projects in the editing stage. Participants will receive expert advice from editor-consultants and industry advisors chosen according to the specific needs of each film.

Applicants must submit the following:

      Duly accomplished application form

      A minimum of 30 minutes of scenes from the film with English subtitles. Scenes can be separate and can be in the rough cut

      Logline (50 words), synopsis (1 page)

      Director’s and producer’s statements (Up to 2 pages)

      Director’s and editor’s filmographies (1 page)

      Producer’s filmography (1 page) and production company profile (1 page)

      High definition profile photo


All requirements must be submitted in separate PDF documents.



The film’s producer, director, and editor must attend the whole duration of the Editing Lab.


Creative Producers Lab

Open to producers who will have the chance to be mentored on topics covering the different key areas of this profession—project development, legal & financial issues, and company development.

Applicants must submit the following:

      Duly accomplished application form

      Letter of intent


      Production company profile

      Project dossier

      High definition profile photo


All requirements must be submitted in separate PDF documents.



Producers with or without current affiliation with production companies are equally welcome to apply.


Story Editing Lab

Open to aspiring script consultants, scriptwriters, heads of development in production companies, or commissioning editors of broadcasters, who will work hand-in-hand with the Fiction Lab groups. Each participant will work primarily with the script and production mentors of his group, but he/she will also receive expert advice and lectures from mentors from the other groups.

Applicants must submit the following:

      Duly accomplished application form

      Letter of intent


      Production company profile

      High definition profile photo


All requirements must be submitted in separate PDF documents.



  1. Full Circle Lab Philippines is open to filmmakers from the Philippines and Southeast Asia countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East-Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  2. For Fiction Lab, Creative Producers Lab, and Story Editing Lab, applicants should submit their complete application package by February 15, 2022. For First Cut Lab, applications will be accepted until March 15, 2022.
  3. The application shall be done by submitting a duly accomplished application form and other supporting requirements. All requirements shall be sent to with the subject: Full Circle Lab Philippines 2022 [(Lab Category) Application] ex. Full Circle Lab Philippines 2021 [Fiction lab Application].
  4. The Full Circle Lab Philippines mentors shall review the materials of eligible applicants and shall confer to select the final selection, ensuring the diversity of the lineup.
  5. FDCP will be announcing the final selection of the official projects by March 15, 2022.
  6. The official participants shall agree and sign a Memorandum of Agreement with FDCP upon accepting the terms and lab slot.
  7. The official participants shall agree to disclose their vaccination certifications.
  8. The FDCP shall cover the costs for flights and accommodations of the participants for the duration of the onsite lab.
  9. The official participants shall agree to attend onsite and finish all sessions and meetings assigned to them and participate in the follow-up session in September.
  10. The official participants will be given schedules with their assigned Full Circle Lab  Philippines mentors.
  11. The official participants must comply and submit their requirements as advised by the mentor and/or the organizers.
  12. The official participants would be given passes to the International Film Industry Conference in September. Each interested participant should register to secure a slot.






Film Development Council of the Philippines

Media Relations Unit

ADDRESS 855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila, Philippines 1000

PHONE +63 2 82569958 loc. 100



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