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hoes has always been an integral part of us. It speaks the language of our personality, our mood, our character, and our style. It’s a defining piece that expresses who we are or who we want to be. As for our own shoes, we want something that not just only create a style. Whether it’s boots, sandals, loafers, heels, or any any other kind of footwear, we definitely want a pair that would last. And when it comes to local production of fashionable and quality shoes, no place in the Philippines stands out more than the city of Marikina. When we speak of Marikina City, it’s not surprising when the first thing that comes to mind were shoes. Because of its robust shoe and leather industry by the turn of the 20th century, Marikina earned the title of Shoe Capital of the Philippines.
Today, SOG corporation is among the local manufacturers that continues to carry legacy of Philippine shoe making industry. Through the Otto shoes brand, Manuel Samson, founder of the SOG Corporation, shares the country his vision of providing quality footwear for all walks of life.
SOG Corporation and OTTO shoes For Manuel, owning a shoe manufacturing company was not his first ambition. In fact, his real dream was to become a pilot. But facing their impoverished circumstances in the past, Manuel knew that his parents couldn’t afford such costly studies. Understanding that the cost would be too expensive them, Manuel then decided to help his parents in the factory instead. In 1985, Manuel founded the SOG corporation as the manufacturing company
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In twenty, or even just one year from now (or one week or day at our current rate), we may look back at 2016 as one of the most consequential years in recent history, not only for the Philippines, but globally as well. When I say consequential, it can run in either direction—for the better or borderline catastrophe. The two consequential newsmakers and leaders that come to mind are President Duterte and President-Elect Donald Trump—two very polarizing figures with an unwavering agenda for change. President Duterte’s term will undoubtedly have enormous, longlasting effects on the Philippines. The war on drugs is not simply a matter of human rights, but also a matter of human and economic development for the nation. The cleansing of drugs in our country should result in a disciplined, progressive society similar to developed sovereignties such as Singapore and Japan. And I’m sure we can all agree that a crime and poverty free society (which are both connected to drugs) is something we must strive to achieve. There have been numerous occasions while driving throughout Metro-Manila where I’ve seen kids and adults aimlessly walking or begging for money while holding and sniffing an empty bottle of water—it makes your heart hurt—you wish, pray, and hope something can really be done once and for all to help our people. We now have such a leader, President Duterte who is sternly tackling this head on regardless
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Aerial photo shows the mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC), sitting on a 10-hectare land at Fort Ramon Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads its inauguration on November 29, 2016.
Early this November, the Presidential Communications Office has laid out President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration’s infrastructure programs. These projects mostly aim to provide Filipinos more jobs, to reduce merchandise prices by ease of transport, and also, to give solution to the Philippines’ problems of heavy traffic, particularly in Metro Manila. The Duterte administration has allocated about 5.4% of the 2017 government budget in infrastructures. Although it’s lower than the government’s initial statement of 7%, it’s still currently the largest infrastructure budget allocations compared to the previous administrations. These projects, under the coordination of The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), is planned to have its constructions finished in about 3-5 years. With the slogan, ‘Build Build Build,’ the Duterte administration plans to build more bridges and roads; build more railways, urban mass transports, airports and seaports; and build new and better cities.
More bridges and roads •
Santa-Monica-Lawton-BGC link Bridge This bridge will directly link Ortigas and Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig that would free EDSA of about 100,000 vehicles, helping in the decrease of traffic congestion.
UP-Miriam-Ateneo Viaduct It will connect Katipunan Avenue to CP Garcia avenue and will shrink the expected travel time between the two places for about 80%.
Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros-Cebu-LinkBridge This bridge will connect the islands of Panay in Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros, and Cebu--giving private and public transport vehicles easier and faster traveling route.
Davao City Bypass Construction Project It will shorten the motorists’ travel
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is escorted by a Chinese army officialon his arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport in the evening of October 17. President Rodrigo Duterte, together with his delegates and Chinese officials, walks along Wangfujing Street in Beijing heading for a lunch at Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant on October 19.
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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with his delegation, witnesses the exchange of business agreements at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on October 21.
time trips along EDSA and other big roads within Metro Manila.
President Rodrigo Duterte receives the architect’s perspective and blueprint of the proposed Drug Addiction Treatment Center to be donated by the Friends of the Philippines Foundation during a lunch meeting at Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant in Beijing, China on October 19. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping review the honor guards during the arrival ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20.
Mindanao Railway This assures the passengers, and well as merchandises, including perishable products, of cheaper expense but with just about two hours of travel time between the provinces of Davao, Surigao, and Cagayan de Oro.
Regional Airport Development This project aims to build new regional airports with up-to-date facilities, as well as the renovation of other Philippine airports.
Roro Ports Development This project aims to build infrastructures that will provide more accessible and cheaper travel expenses and transport of goods through sea ports.
Clark International Airport and New Building This will be the Philippines’ first world-class airport which is also planned to ease the traffic and congestion at the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Clark Green City This eco-friendly city is among the administration’s long term solution to Metro Manila’s heavy traffic.
BGC to NAIA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System It will allow to the commuters to travel between BGC and NAIA in just 15 minutes.
Subic-Clark Cargo Railway Project It will connect Subic port and Clark Airport, aspiring to lessen the population of trucks in Metro Manila and, at the same time, would also result in the lowering of commodity prices.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping, with their respective delegations, engage in a bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20.
time from Digos, Davao del Sur, to Panabo, Davao del Norte, and vice versa from present two hours to in just 45 minutes. •
NLEX-SLEX Connect Road This will connect the NLEX in Balintawak and SLEX in Alabang, with travel time of just about 30 minutes. Motorists no longer had to pass the usually jammed EDSA and C5, lessening the traffic congestion.
More Railways, Urban Mass Transports, Airports and Seaports •
Manila-Clark Railway This railway will let passengers arrive in Clark International Airport from Metro Manila in about one hour. Metro-Manila Bus Rapid Train System This infrastructure will help on the scheduling of buses to achieve on-
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New and Better Cities
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates United States of America President-elect Donald Trump through a phone call at Legaspi Suites in Davao City on December 3, 2016.
Philippines, Filipinos, and Incoming Trump administration 2016 has been a year full of political shocks and surprises. For instance, the news of Brexit dropped like a bombshell, not only to the European community, but to other nations across the globe as well. Britain suddenly quitting the European Union has never been part of this year’s expectation checklist. Apart from Britain, Philippines also shocked the world as the country’s new leader, President Rodrigo Duterte, who won the recent May 2016 elections in a landslide victory, lambasted the United States and its present leader, President Barack Obama, due to the latter’s alleged unwelcome interference with the affairs of the Philippine government. This certainly drew a giant question mark over the decades-long friendship of the two countries. But more than that, it was beyond the imagination of Filipinos and Americans, much less of other nations, that President Duterte would attack the U.S. and its leaders with vulgar-laced speeches constantly to the point that it’s
somehow not surprising anymore. United States, on their part, also contributed to the 2016’s totally unexpected events list. Two months before the end of the year, U.S. also pitched the world a postscript upset: Donald Trump, nominee of the Republican party, won the 2016 U.S. presidential elections against the Democratic party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton. It is indeed normal that a country gets new officials after an election but Trump’s electoral pronouncements certainly warned the globe that there’ll be serious changes within America itself, and, to the worry of some nations, America’s relationship with other countries, taking note that the United States, as a superpower, has great global impact in different matters--particularly in areas of economics and military. With President-elect Trump’s “make America great again” campaign, the question mark on the relationship between the Philippines and the United States thickens. Will it be a mark of a fresh and friendlier start, or will it be a pure bad news?
Foreign Policies Trump wants to push for a stricter immigration policy. For Filipinos, perhaps one of the most startling among Trump’s electoral pronouncements was his immigration policy, considering that there’s a large number of Filipino immigrants in the United States-not to mention that it is common for most Filipinos to look at America as an ideal place to work or live. According to U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg last October, there are about 3.5 million FilipinoAmerican citizens the United States. The data from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs also revealed that there were about 3.18 million Filipinos residing the U.S. as of December 2015. Statistics show that about 10% of the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) comes from the remittances of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Goldberg previously said that about 43% of these remittances comes from Filipinos who were in the United States. Trump, wanting to “bring back” the jobs to the Americans that were “stolen” by immigrants, has been firmed that his future administration’s priorities include the deportation or imprisonment of about 3 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. The Philippine government, on its part, however, downplayed it, declaring that it’s not a cause of big worry. Whether Trump would pursue a stricter immigration policy or not, the Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it would only have “minimal effect” since most OFWs in the United States are legally employed. The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) also made a similar statement, saying that Trump’s immigration pronouncements do not have a ‘calamitous impact’ on the Filipino community in the United States. Latest record from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) shows that only about 271,000 Filipinos were irregulars or undocumented as of December 2013. Still, DOLE urged undocumented Filipinos to return to the Philippines before Trump assumes office in January of next year. While currently most of Filipino immigrants were marked “safe” under Trump’s
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immigration policy, it would be no doubt, more challenging, not only to Filipinos, but to other nationalities as well, who wanted to migrate in the U.S. Trade and Investment Policies Goldberg previously stated that the United States has been the largest private foreign investor in the Philippines, as well as largest private employer and largest exporter. With Trump’s centralized America investment policies, this could prove to have a great impact in the Philippines’ economy. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) has been arguably one of the most high-paying jobs in Philippines, and its contribution to the economy has been nearly on par with the contributions of the OFWs over the recent years. But when Trump’s presidential victory was announced, several Filipino economic analysts pointed out that the BPO sector in the Philippines might be greatly affected, and it’s in a negative way.
According to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, 70% of BPO revenues were sourced from the U.S. and BPO sector is possibly at a great risk because of Trump’s earlier pronouncements to restrict the America’s outsourcing of products and services to generate more jobs for Americans. In fact, there has been reports that some American accounts has pulled out from several customer service companies in the Philippines following Trump’s win. Despite that, Philippines’ National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Ernesto Pernia argued that Trump won’t be able to directly order companies to pull out their business from other countries. Pernia said that most of the U.S. companies investing in the Philippines were run by private sectors, explaining that it’s the decision of the firms and not the government, where their investments would go. Meanwhile, when it comes to trade, Philippines might have to adjust its export
map if Trump would implement a stricter trading policies, which has also been part of his electoral pronouncements. Latest records from the Philippine Statistics Authority shows that the U.S. has been second among the top Philippine destination for exports, following Japan. 15.7% of Philippine exports goes to the United States while 21.1% goes to Japan. But amid possible financial concerns, the Philippines’ chief economist, however, recently said that President Duterte’s pivot to China acts as ‘safety net’ for the country’s economy. President Duterte previously announced his intent to severe ties with the U.S. and pursue an independent policy that is geared towards China and other countries in Asia, as well as Russia. Pernia said that Philippines’ diversifying of its friendship prevents the nation from ‘crashing’ when a foreign country being depended on is in ‘trouble.’ Last October, President Duterte an-
President Rodrigo Duterte, together with 20 leaders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries, participates in the general dialogue at the APEC Leaders’ Summit in Lima, Peru on November 19. SIMEON CELI JR./ Presidential Photo
President Rodrigo Duterte poses with overseas Filipinos outside a hotel in Auckland, New Zealand on November 22.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin discuss matters on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in Lima, Peru on November 19.
nounced upon his arrival from his state visit to China that he secured a $24 billion worth deal with Beijing that would generate 2 million jobs for Filipinos in the next five years. Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez also said that Russia committed to boost its imports from the Philippines to about $2.5 billion from its its current $46-million worth of purchases. Duterte and Trump For some analysts, Trump’s win may be ‘bad for the Philippines’ but considered ‘good for Duterte,’ pointing out the two leaders’ seemingly similar temperament. Over the past few months, the newlyelected Philippine president has been issuing controversial statements against the United States.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella assures that the foreign policy of newly-elected US President Donald Trump will have a minimal effect on Overseas Filipino Workers in America during a press briefing in Malacañan on November 16, 2016.
Duterte has previously cussed President Obama and the U.S. in some of his public speeches. He also expressed his intent before to scrap some joint military exercises with foreign countries, particularly with the United States. And perhaps, one of his most controversial announcements was when he said that he wanted the Philippines to ‘separate’ from the U.S. and pursue an independent policy. The crackdown on illegal drugs to prevent the Philippines from becoming a “narco-state” has been among Duterte’s main presidential campaign promise, earning him a landslide victory in the recent May 2016 elections. Police records show that around 4,000 people have been killed in the Philippines since Duterte took office on June 30 in relation to the government’s war on narcotics — 1,800 of which
were shot dead during legitimate police operations and about 2,600 by unknown suspects. The United States, on their part, has continuously urged the Philippine president to stop the killings, which possibly have triggered President Duterte’s series of anti-U.S. rhetorics. But when Trump’s victory was announced, Duterte’s tone toward the United States seemed to sound more friendlier. Although Duterte said he would maintain Philippines’ shift to other Asian countries, he remarked that he is looking forward to work with the incoming Trump administration for ‘enhanced PhilippinesU.S. relations’ that would be anchored on ‘mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law.’ Relating what happened during the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru, Philippines’ Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. also said that President Obama told him that he is expecting a better and stronger relationship between the Philippines and the United States under the new administration of President-elect Trump. With Trump, who doesn’t seemed to show as much concern as other world leaders to the local concerns of other countries compared to its predecessors, such as Duterte’s war on drugs, a reboot possibility for fresher relationship between the Philippines and the United States has been hoped. And speaking of Trump’s likeliness to be focused more in America and deal less with other countries, territorial disputes in Asia-Pacific would no doubt be also put in a great uncertainty. History teaches us that not all electoral promises were kept by victorious politicians. But at the same time, history teaches us too that tides can change, and even a single event can upset the normal path of currents. As of now, how would Trump’s administration really affect the Philippines remains unclear. But without doubt, whether we like it or not, directly or indirectly, it will affect the Philippines and the globe in different aspects--some, just how most analysts predicted it through his pronouncements and personality, while some, perhaps, in other unexpected circumstances.
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Joji Gregorio O F F I C E R-I N -C H A RGE O F T O U RI S M P RO MO T I O N S BOA R D
Based on 2016’s Travel and Tourism statistics, what were the challenges we need to improve on? And how? The largest concern is to accelerate the transport infrastructure program particularly in improving and expanding our international airports by enhancing capacities, modernizing travel facilities in the terminals and streamlining airport operations. These developments will greatly facilitate the growth of tourism both from foreign visitors as well as domestic travel. Said major projects consists of the construction of a new terminal at the Clark Int’l airport to service Central Luzon and Metro-Manila, the current expansion program fo Cebu-Mactan Int’l Airport which will enable it to process 15 million passengers annually, the ongoing enhancement of Kalibo Intl Airport and the expansion of the Caticlan Airport to enable it to handle international flights for Boracay, the improvements being introduced to convert the Puerto Princesa Airport to an international gateway, among others. All these plus the operationalization of the new airports in Daraga, Albay and Panglao, Bohol by 2020 augurs well in terms of not only growth in tourist volume but in spreading the economic benefits across the archipelago. While the infra projects are ongoing, DoT, TPB and the private sector will have to start building demand to the destinations being serviced by the planned international gateways, that is by introducing tour
programs in said areas, promoting them and of course encouraging air carriers to fly directly to these destinations, initially by developing charter flights. In the maritime side, the improvements of identified seaports in support of our cruise industry, likewise is a priority infrastructure program. Northern Luzon, particularly the ports of Curimao and Salomague in the Ilocos provinces as well as Subic have been identified by international cruise lines as important ports of call that can be developed. Central Visayas potential for cruise operations are hedged on port improvements in Puerto Princesa, Coron for Palawan, Mactan for Cebu Cagban and Caticlan for Boracay.
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What are 2016 most successful projects/events and what have we learned from them? Asean Tourism Forum, Philippine Travel Exchange, Madrid Fusion Manila, Travel Blog Exchange Asia Pacific 2016 (TBEX) and World Street Food are considered successful events we handled. We are also supporting Travel Tour Expo, Philippine Travel Mart and National Association of Independent Travel Association (NITAS) events.
What’s TPB’s vision/goals for 2017? Tourism Act of 2009 spelling out the reorganization of TPB and its mandate. On the short term, the immediate goal will be to strengthen the partnership with the private sector particularly in the promotional effort; this will include both international markets and domestic tourism. TPB plans to rollout the road map for the development of the MICE sector with special focus on Asia Pacific regional events but with North America also for attendance promotions. It shall lend support to efforts being undertaken to expand long stay, retirement and medical tourism as well.
Mayon Volcano, Albay Mt. Hamaguitan in Surigao
5. Tamaraw reserve, Mindoro
What regions, or specific places, TPB wants to highlight for 2017? In terms of destination development and marketing, we will be guided by the improvement of air and sea accessibility and therefore TPB will push sites and destinations that will be serviced by the new gateways anchored on soft and hard adventure activities and history and culture programs. We are not forgetting the capital city as Manila will spearhead the MICE promotions campaign complemented by Entertainment City as a lifestyle destination.
How aggressive is TPB in its role to promote the country? What’s their target tourist count for 2017 or in the next five years? TPB and its private sector members will be adopting a very pro-active role in country promotions across the broad spectrum of tourism products. We mentioned nature and culture: diving, trekking, surfing, country and mountain biking among others. Farm tourism right now is being developed while our partnership with DENR, NHI, NCCA, through DOT will open up opportunities to visit such heritage sites and nature parks like Mt. Hamaguitan in Surigao and the Tamaraw Reserve in Mindoro. We will continue to push programs in our top 10 markets but be more aggressive in Mainland China, India, the Middle East and of course in our ASEAN neighbors particularly Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. Partnering with air carriers will a a crucial strategy to be pursued.
In terms of social media marketing, how are we promoting the country in terms of trends? Most countries use ambassadors like Hollywood stars and Icons, have we done something similar? We await directions from the DOT as to how to proceed with the umbrella campaign and the current branding efforts. The latest marker researches commissioned by DOT underscore the expanding reach of web-based technology which means we should strive for a larger presence in travel web sites, booking engines, blogs and other social media platforms... and not only those in English! Said researches also score the importance of Word of Mouth and so we intend to support the efforts of spreading the “culture of tourism” as part of reaching out to host communities.
7. Siargao Island #soulofthephilippines
Is TPB working with other government agencies to address the issue of transportation (land, sea, air, etc.) to improve tourist travel? How does it see the bigger picture in terms of modern traveling? Where does it want to position the country in the global list of travel spots? We will work closely with the DOT and its other attached agencies : TIEZA for example, in terms of investment promotions for their flagship Tourism Enterprise Zones; we support the convergence and joint programs with DOTr for more air routes, DENR for ecotourism, DOH for medical tourism, etc.
Palawan was recently hailed as the best beach in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. How will it affect the tourism in the province and how will TPB use this privilege to sustain the recognition as well as promote other areas? Palawan is a special case considering the ongoing expansion program of the Puerto Princesa Int’l Airport, we foresee very positive results in introducing its destinations to the traveling public. More focus has to be given to “ground facilities and services” such as more quality and standardized accommodation units, land traffic management, better quality coasters and vans and international standards services from housekeeping to eco tour guides. Essentially it means working with the LGUs and the community stakeholders to make sure development is sustainable and that the destination delivers a pleasant and memorable experience.
. Please provide a quote from Officer-in-Charge Joji Gregorio sharing TPB’s vision in promoting the Philippines (and how it differs from other top destinations in the world) as well as inviting tourists to visit the country. While volume of arrivals and domestic travellers seem to be the traditional gauge of how successful a tourism industry is, let us not forget that economic benefits must be spread to the local people, that we deliver a safe and pleasant experience to our visitors and at the same time respect and enhance our natural and social environment.
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What’s the biggest advantage of the Philippines compared to other Asian countries with probably similar resources? And how will it help in our tourism? Said market research elicited these findings from travellers who have been to the country: the largest asset is has is the warm and hosting culture of the Filipino especially out there in the provinces and their ease in the use of English.
The Philippine Golf Tourism Council In the early days of golf, players carved their own clubs and balls from wood. In the 16th century, a set of clubs consisted of longnoses for driving, fairway clubs for medium range shots, spoons for short range shots, niblicks (similar to today’s wedges) and a putting cleek. Steel replaced hickory shafts in the 1920s. By the 1980s, hi-tech materials such as graphite and titanium, which are extremely strong but very light, were commonplace among professionals. Golf is thought to have been introduced to Manila in 1886, by British people working for the Manila Railway Company. The Brits built a 3-hole course in paddy fields south of Intramuros, and by 1901 there was a 9-hole golf course next to the railway station. In 1992, during the term of President Fidel Ramos, there was a boom in the construction of golf courses nationwide and the DOT through the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA). Each administration started the Tourism Cup which promoted golf tourism. This saw the beginnings of the arrival of Korean and Japanese golfers. The PGTC has its initial meeting earlier this month and plans to launch during the Fil-Am golf event in Baguio from November 22 to December 4. In order to raise awareness amongst worldwide golfers PGTC utilizes the DOT foreign offices and the tour operators to improve golf tourism within the country. The Philippine Golf Tourism Council currently has the support of around 30 golf clubs nationwide who have given access and special green fee rates for this effort. Top 7 PGTC Approved Golf Courses in the Philippines Baguio Country Club, Baguio Lodged at 5,000 feet sea level, this 18-hole par 61 golf course was designed by Luis Golem Silverio. Despite presenting seven par 4s and eleven par 3s, this does not indicate an easy game of golf due to its tight fairways and rolling lies. The greens compound challenges while giving you ecological attractions and breathtaking scenarios.
Club Intramuros, Manila This golf club is set in the ancient walled city’s former moat, running alongside the historic Fort Santiago and behind the Manila Hotel. Offering rental equipment, a practice putting green, a driving range and restaurant and bar, this offers a great escape to the city while not actually leaving the city. Fairways and Blue Water Country Club, Boracay Spanning the entire breadth of the island, the links give on the east and west coastlines with unsurpassed outlooks onto turquoise waters and divine sunrise and sunset views. The course itself enjoys charming creeks, waterfalls and lakes setting off the lush green fairways with beautiful, natural traps. Manila Southwoods Golf & Country Club, Cavite The Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club is at the forefront of the golf club industry in the Philippines. The Club has two Jack Nicklaus designed “Signature Golf Courses called The Masters and The Legend. Spread over 140 hectares of former cane fields Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club is located in Carmona, Cavite which is approximately 30 kilometers away from south of Makati, Metro Manila. The Orchard Golf and Country Club, Cavite Nestled in what used to be a mango orchard in historic Cavite, 27 kilometers Southwest of Manila, are two worldclass,18-hole championship courses
designed by two golf legends: Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. The Palmer Course was the venue for the 1995 Johnnie Walker Classic and the 1996 Johnnie Walker Super Tour, participated in by the likes of Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Freddie Couples, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, and many others from the PGA. The Riviera Golf Club, Cavite An exciting concept, The Riviera Golf Club is unparalleled in the Philippines for its vision to be among Asia’s most outstanding golf courses. The Riviera is destined to be a golf Mecca, while providing at the same time the ultimate in comfort and elegance. Situated amidst the breathtaking landscape of cool Silang, Cavite; The Riviera is the ideal golf course for all ages and skills. At 1,000 feet above sea level, The Riviera is both nature’s beauty and a golfer’s dream course. Just about an hour-drive from Makati, it is the nearest coolest golf haven accessible to major population centers in Metropolitan Manila. Forst Hills Golf and Country Club, Ortigas Forest Hills Golf and Country Club is a world-class golf and leisure facility nestled in the rolling foothills the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, an easy drive from Manila through Marcos Highway all the way up to Barangay Inarawan. Designed by golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, Forest Hills features a 36-Hole championship golf course, a multi-level clubhouse, the famous Aqua Park and a breathtaking panoramic view of the Ortigas skyline.
The Miss Universe 2016 in Manila
UPPER: Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo with the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe at the Lights and Sounds Museum in Intramuros, Manila ON THE RIGHT (L-R): Miss Korea, Jenny Kim; Miss Philippines, Maxine Medina; and Miss Malaysia, Kiranmeet Kaur Baljeet Singh trying Filipino food at the Pasko sa Intramuros bazaar. RIGHT CORNER: Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo with Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson on board a kalesa at the Intramuros early this afternoon.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo confirmed the 2016 Miss Universe pageant in Manila next year last November 2016. Secretary Teo describes this as “one proud moment for all Filipinos to bear witness to our reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of Cagayan de Oro City as she takes her final walk and passes on her crown to her successor, where else, but in her home country, the Philippines.” “We saw her journey on the Miss Universe stage, where she showcased to the world the characteristic Filipina beauty, intelligence, and grace under pressure. We celebrated her victorious win as the third Miss Universe of the Philippines, after our more than four long decades of waiting,” the tourism chief recalled Wurtzbach’s win. She likewise thanked Wurtzbach for be-
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ing “confidently beautiful with a heart” and more importantly for “lending her voice, as Miss Universe, to influence the youth in raising HIV awareness, among other things.” Cebu and Bohol are among the confirmed venues for the ancillary events, while the Department of Tourism (DOT) assured that all three major islands of the Philippines—Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao—will be well represented and visited by the Miss Universe candidates. The Miss Universe 2016 in Manila is brought to the Philippines by the Department of Tourism, the Miss Universe Organization, LCS Group headed by Governor Chavit Singson and Architect Richelle Singson Michelle, in partnership with Okada Manila, SM Group of Companies, and Solar Entertainment Corporation, its broadcast partner.
TOP: The candidates of the 65th Miss Universe taking ‘selfie’ at the Rizal Park early this noon. MIDDLE: Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (center) and National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Penelope Belmonte (right) lead the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe during the wreath-laying ceremony this afternoon at the Rizal Park in Manila. BOTTOM RIGHT: Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (extreme right) looks on as candidates of the 65th Miss Universe try some Filipino delicacies at the Pasko sa Intramuros bazaar this afternoon.
Photo credits toDarren Decker and Patrick Prather, Miss Universe Press
BOTTOM LEFT:Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (center) and National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Penelope Belmonte (left) lead the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe during the wreath-laying ceremony this afternoon at the Rizal Park in Manila.
PH Shines with Resorts World Manila’s #BrighterTomorrow In a year that has brought a rich harvest of wins for the Philippines on the international stage, Resorts World Manila (RWM) has added another one, this time in the field of business communications with its award-winning #BrighterTomorrow campaign for its production of Annie. Resorts World Manila’s triumph adds to this year’s headline-making victories of Pia Wurtzbach as Miss Universe, Kylie Verzosa as Miss International, Hidylin Diaz as silver medalist women’d weightlifting in the Rio Olympics, and Manny Pacquiao as the WBO welterwight champ, among others. The #BrighterTomorrow campaign took home the top prize for social media strategy in the Asia-Pacific Communications Awards, held in Singapore on October 2016.
#BrighterTomorrow Martin Paz, Resorts World Manila’s Chief Integrated Marketing Officer, said that the #BrighterTomorrow campaign was developed as a solution to a specific problem: that of generating awareness for RWM’s newest musical production, Annie, in the midst of the loud political noise in the aftermath of the highly-divisive Philippine national election. “In order to gain their share of attention for Annie, we needed to come up with something that is not only creative, but also Authentic, Relevant and Timely,” Paz said. The campaign builds upon a clear and specific insight: one thing that unites Filipinos is their innate love for music. Thus, the campaign is centered on a music video, produced completely in-house, featuring the kids from the cast of the musical singing the iconic song “Tomorrow.” Using the hashtag #BrighterTomorrow as handle, the video opened with a quote from the song: “We’re only a day away,” and closed with a message: “Wishing our country a brighter tomorrow,” thus turning it into a message of hope that transcends political barriers—the authenticity of which they strengthened by purposely avoiding putting their brand on it.
WINNING MOMENT. Receiving the award for best social media strategy category in the region, Resort World Manila’s Chief Integrated Marketing Officer Martin Paz got the opportunity to explain the idea behind the company’s winning idea #BrighterTomorrow campaign before the audience at the Asia Pacific Communications Awards in Singapore.
The video was posted on Facebook on June 29, one day before the inauguration of the country’s new President, Rodrigo Duterte, giving deeper meaning to the song’s lyrics. Within the first 24 hours, the video reached over 10 million users, garnered over 1 million views, over 28,000 reactions and comments, and over 7,000 shares. To date, it has over 2.3 million views, over 13 million total reach, over 67,000 reactions and comments, and over 14,000 shares. It also translated to a significant increase in traffic to the Annie webpage and helped turn the musical into Resorts World Manila’s most profitable production in its seven-year history. Challenges and Hardships The #BrighterTomorrow campaign was one of only three entries shortlisted in the social media strategy category from hundreds of campaigns submitted for consideration to the Asia-Pacific Communications Awards.
Only its on second year, the Asia-Pacific Communications Awards (APCA) elevates business communications in the region though an innovative program that recognizes the most exceptional communications, PR and public affairs campaigns in the Asia Pacific. The awards are a project of the Asia-Pacific Association of Communications Directors, an organization that provides a platform for networking and exchange of knowledge among in-house communications professionals regarding advances in the profession. Just how innovative is APCA? Unlike other awards in business communications, this one required finalists to defend their work in a live presentation before a panel of jurors. Paz, an advertising industry veteran with __ years of experience in the Philippines and abroad, said that this is the first time he had to defend a campaign for an award. The Resorts World Manila team flew to Singapore with little knowledge of what to expect.
“We had only 10 minutes to present the campaign, followed by a question and answer segment. Despite being intimately familiar with every detail of the campaign, it was still a nerve-wracking process for us, especially knowing that we were up against two other organizations with excellent social media campaigns of their own, shortlisted from many other campaigns entered from different countries,”Paz said.
A Winner with Meaning Based on feedback from the jurors, the #BrighterTomorrow campaign stood out not just because of the creativity behind it, but also because of its “daring” to align its message with the country’s political situation—something that brands in the region are generally wary about. One of the jurors, Charmaine Glase, Senior Communications Manager of Wine Australia, called it an “amazing campaign”
LIGHT MOMENT. Team Resorts World Manila having groufie time after the awarding the ceremonies with some of the international delegates to the Asia Pacific Communications Summit held in Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore
THE CHIEF. The head of Resorts World Manila’s Integrated Marketing Department, Martin Paz.
A WIN FOR THE PHILIPPINES. Head Copywriter Jeff Daroy, Director for Marketing Communications Gerald Magtoto, Chief Integrated Marketing Officer Martin Paz and Assistant Director for Public Relations Archie Nicasio of Resorts World Manila pose with the trophy for social media strategy category won by the company’s #BrighterTomorrow campaign.
in a Tweet immediately following the awarding. “Was blown away by the creativity, boldness and impact,” she said. But aside from this, the reactions of other participants during the awards also showed that the material itself was highly effective. “The video was played during the awarding when we were announced as the winner. People were undeniably touched by the video—the song itself, the sincere performance of the Annie kids, and the heartfelt message,” Paz said.
GEARED UP FOR PINOY PRIDE. The Resorts World Manila wore the colors of the Philippine Flag to the live defense of their #BrighterTomorrow Campaign, which was shortlisted in the social media strategy category at the Asia Pacific Communications Awards held in Singapore. The photo was taken in the Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT) onstage in one of the sets of the musical, “Annie” before they flew in to Singapore.
Words of Wisdom from Resorts World Manila “Here in Resorts World Manila, we say we have an ART to everything we do—it has to be Authentic, Relevant and Timely. We applied that principle in conceptualizing and executing our #BrighterTomorrow campaign, and also in defending and presenting it to the jurors. We went all-out, and we made it clear than more than just Resorts World Manila, we were carrying
our flag and representing our nation.” according to Paz. During their presentation to the jurors, the RWM team came not in the usual business attire, but in shirts with a Philippine flag design. During the awarding, they stood out wearing the traditional Filipino formal attire, the Barong Tagalog, amidst an audience dressed in western formal attire. “While we are happy that our campaign brought us excellent results business-wise, we are happier that we were able to send a positive message to our nation during a time of historic change,” Paz said. “If there’s a wisdom gained from this experience that we can share, it is that companies participating in international competitions like this one should raise the flag not just of their organization, but the nation’s as well. We are the Philippines, and each one of us should contribute, whether in big or small ways, to creating a positive image for our country.”
THE CHAMPION’S SEAL. Resorts World Manila has been given the authority to use the Asia Pacific Communications Awards Winner seal for the company’s #BrighterTomorrow campaign
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Nurture Wellness Village: Every Balikbayan’s Sanctuary
nown as one of the best hotels and spas in Tagaytay, Nurture Wellness Village is a champion when it comes to wellness, relaxation, and culture. It remains a favorite among balikbayans who want to unwind and spend quality time with family and friends, while having a glimpse of the rich Filipino culture. Nurture Wellness Village had a humble beginning. On October 2002, it was originally established as Nurture Tropical Spa and Café. It became well-known for offering high-quality spa services and serving good food. As more people fell in love with it, Nurture was also able to grow until it expanded into a full-fledged hotel and spa. It was all possible through the passion and hard work of its owners Mike and Cathy Turvill. Mike is a British national who holds a Doctor in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in UK, while Cathy, a Filipina, is an internationally licensed therapist (CIBTAK, UK) and a Certified Wellness Specialist in the USA. Currently, Nurture Wellness Village offers a wide array of accommodations. Among them are Ifugao Spa Suites, Superior Garden View Rooms, Deluxe Forest View Rooms, and Family Rooms. Each room is clean and well-maintained, so guests can expect maximum comfort throughout
their stay. It is also known for its Glamping (glamorous camping) activities, which are ideal for those who want to experience camping minus the hassle. During a glamping experience, guests are provided with tents, clean and comfy linens, and electric fans. Bon fires and common toilet and bath, with toilet amenities, are also available at the camp site. Guests may also enjoy playing traditional Filipino games as part of their activities. Indeed, it is a perfect bonding experience for balikbayans and their families and barkadas. Lots of people love its spa services, including massages like Nilaib (Filipino version of stone massage) where they use hot sand pouches wrapped in banana leaves, Hilot Kagalingan (fusion of Asian therapies to prevent and cure common ailments), Dagdagay Foot Massage (authentic Filipino tribal foot massage), and Lunas ni Nanay (hilot with ventosa). It also offers other services like Algotherm Treatments, Luxurious Facials, and Tropical Body Treatments. Detoxification and holistic weight loss programs are also available here. You may choose from a variety of packages, including Detox Sampler, Holistic Healing, Weight Loss, Liver/Gall Bladder and Kidney Flush, Total Detox, Stress Buster, Anti-Ageing, and Glowing Beauty. Developed by a licensed
practitioner who has been practicing for almost two decades now, these programs also include a computerized health scan, spa services, wellness coaching, healthy food preparation, organic gardening activities, food, and accommodation. Holistic health services are also available. These include Enema, Charcoal Whole Body Wrap with Biomat, Pyroenergen, Biomat Therapy, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) Therapy, Charcoal Body Wrap, Suob or Steam Bath, Hyperthermia Bath, and Acupuncture. For a complete wellness experience, Nurture Wellness Village also serves its guests delicious and healthy meals through its inhouse restaurant called Gabriela. Deemed as one of the best restaurants in Tagaytay, it uses ingredients that are sourced from Nurture’s very own gardens and organic farm. Therefore, freshness is guaranteed in every bite. Eager to take guests’ dining experience to a whole new level without compromising their health, Gabriela Restaurant, serves famous Filipino dishes that are prepared in a healthier manner. For example, fat is skimmed from the Bulalo, making it guilt-free, or using chicken for Kare-Kare dish instead of beef. The restaurant also offers a full spectrum of healthy cuisine, including raw food, salads, blended fruit and vegetable juices, to pure vegetable juices. Gabriela has also chosen Kale as its signature product. Abundant in Nurture’s organic farm, Kale is also rich in Vitamin K, A, and C. It is incorporated with the restaurant’s signature drinks like Kale Pinapple, a detoxifying juice that is good for managing blood pressure and weight loss which are truly unique and healthy. With all these, it can be said that Nurture Wellness Village is a great place for anyone who wants to unwind while learning about holistic wellness and Filipino heritage culture. It is an ideal sanctuary for Pinoys who have just come home after seeing the other side of the world. Nurture Wellness Village is located at Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West Cavite, Tagaytay. For hotel and spa bookings and inquiries, feel free to call Nurture Wellness Village at +639176878873, +639188888772, +6324019030, +6327109786, or +63465126273. You may also send an email to email@example.com or visit www.nurturewellness.com.
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architecture is highlighted in the walls of the nipa hut made of “Sasag” or crushed bamboo. Ang Kusina showcases traditional kitchen implements and handmade earthen pottery. Paggawa ng Pataba shows how to make pesticides and fertilizers the traditional way; ang Pandayan is a demonstration on how to make hand made knives and bolos. Guests can try their hand in interactive heritage activities like Pagbabayo, Pagtatahip, Paggawa ng Sipa at Saranggola and many more. As an organic farm, Nurture Farmacy uses vermiculture, composting and home made organic pesticides and fertilizers. Sustainability and environmental protection are practiced in its rainwater
A Delightful Wellness, Cultural and Farm destination
n its 15th year of operation and as part of its advocacy of promoting health and Filipino culture, Nurture Wellness Village recently launched Nurture Farmacy, a DOT accredited farm tourism destination located 500 meters from the spa resort in Amadeo Cavite. Nurture Farmacy is an eco-tourism wellness, heritage and farm destination which offers a wide variety of activities for guests to choose from. Foreign guests, students, corporate groups and families will enjoy “Phytotherapy: Plants that Heal” where Nurture “Farmacists” in traditional Filipino costumes guide guests into vegetable plots shaped like the various systems of the body and explain the medicinal benefits of the plants. The farm will soon be conducting healthy cooking classes on how to prepare delicious dishes to prevent and heal sicknesses of the heart, kidney, lungs, diabetes, cancer based on Dr. Greger’s book “How Not To Die”. Balik Tanaw is a living heritage museum. Guests are welcomed by Maria Clara, the farm’s carabao. Balai Tinggian overlooks the farm and showcases the beautiful weaving culture of the Tinggian tribe from Abra whose intricately woven fabrics and embroidery made from natural dyes are truly works of art. Gabriela Silang, the Filipina Joan of Arc, after whom the restaurant in Nurture Wellness Village was named, was a Tinggian lass and the owners’ ancestor. Traditional Filipino
harvesting system, grey water recycling in the camp kitchen and natural filtration system for the kiddie pool. Camp Nurture is the perfect venue for corporate events, overnight teambuilding, family reunions, unique weddings and more. The intimate campsite features an adults plunge pool, a kiddie pool, an events pavilion, delicious food freshly prepared by the Camp’s Chef, running hot and cold water, comfortable tents and secure surroundings with a Camp Butler ensuring that guests’ every need is attended to. A wide variety of packages are available from 4 hour field trips to overnight camping stays. Please call 0906-224-4731 or email Ms. Ivy Padua at firstname.lastname@example.org. ph or visit www.nurturefarmacy.com or www.nurturewellnessvillage.com for more information.
The Occasions Garden House is perfect for dreamy weddings.
Go on a sunrise Taal Lake Cruise on board Lima Park Hotel’s Lady of the Lake, a catamaran that can accommodate 25-30 guests.
LIMA PARK HOTEL: Revel in everything luxurious Twice voted as top performing hotel by travelers
Malvar, Batangas, Philippines—LIMA PARK HOTEL, the only 4-star hotel in Batangas, received its second TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, given for consistently delivering superior quality customer experience. Earning the Certificate of Excellence for two consecutive years now, Lima Park Hotel truly lives up to its recent 4-star rating as distinguished by the Department of Tourism.
A Remarkable Vote of Confidence “Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Lima Park Hotel and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Edilberto P. Evangelista Jr., Resident Manager of Lima Park Hotel. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s guests. This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews is a remarkable vote of confidence that will inspire us to take our commitment to excellence a notch higher.”
Consistent strong ratings
The well-appointed Master Bedroom of the Governor’s Suite.
Take a relaxing night cap at the La Terrazza Bar that offers an array of imported beers, wines, bisteca, pasta, pizza, and bar chow.
“The Certificate of Excellence helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “We want to make sure that our guests receive only the best value for their money in terms of cleanliness, safety, service, food. At the end of the day, what is most important is the experience of each guest. We’d want you, our valued guests, to have a uniquely enjoyable experience each time you come to visit Lima Park Hotel,” said Evangelista.
Lima Park Hotel is a four-star 136-room business and leisure hotel located only 60 minutes away from Makati via the South Luzon Expressway and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway). Lima Park Hotel is in Lima Technology Center, Malvar, Batangas with contact numbers: +763 43 981.1555 and +63 917 504 2385. Send us an email: email@example.com. Visit www.limaparkhotel.com for more information. Like us on Facebook: www.facebok.com/limaparkhotel.
MODENZ UPHOLSTERY AND CURTAIN: Where Quality Beats Quantity The Birth of Modenz Modenz Upholstery and Curtain is currently owned and operated by Mr. Dennis Babadilla. In 1993, Dennis chose the path in working as a Carpenter at Bed Master Furniture in Caloocan. This gave him the perseverance to learn the fundamentals on how to construct, repair, restore sofaâ€™s and bed frames. In the year 1995, Dennis became an upholsterer in Dubai and learned how to operate sewing machines to
create covers and designs. Dubai was the country where he had mastered the art of making sofa and beds. Having to make a decision to relocate back to the Philippines, Dennis felt that it was best to put his own business. Modenz Upholstery and Curtains started in May 14, 2014. In about two yearsâ€™ time they were able to create a network of clients from different parts of Luzon.
Specialties •Designing and creating tufted sofa chairs and bed frames •Repair and customize any kind of sofa •Bed •Dining Chair •Sofa Bed •Seat cover •Curtains and Blinds •Customizing curtains and loose covers •Car seats, covers and upholstery
The Repairing Process Here’s the flow First Step: Once Modenz receives an inquiry or request for repair – they can either pick up or deliver the item to their workshop. Second Step: Modenz’s staff will then check the item and give the client sample materials or fabrics that can be used. Third Step: Once the client has decided on what fabric is to be used, Modenz will then come up with a quotation. Fourth Step: Actual repairing will depend on the item and availability of material. If it’s just a simple chair, the waiting process would take about 1-2 days. If the client decides to bring in a sofa – 5-7 days. Each repair will depend on the requirements.
Excellent Quality Service Modenz believes in the idea of great service in order to keep clients satisfied from beginning to the end. Additionally, the company also believes
in establishing a close connection with their clients in exchange for good leads. As an obligation, Modenz assures to handle all possible problems to serve and meet their needs. Offering free comprehensive measuring and fitting services, Modenz provides clients a variety of different fabrics to choose from. Quality is of importance to the company, from the materials used, workmanship and service provided. They guarantee materials like good lumber, mahogany/gimilina, and Uratex foams. Class A upholstery fabric and leather from trusted supplier is also an option. “We don’t just repair, but we customize. We do what client wants, but we do give suggestions as well” as said by Mr. Dennis Babadilla.
Modenz Upholstery and Curtain
MODENZ Upholstery and Curtain Block 25 Lot 20 Holiday Homes, Biclatan, General Trias, Cavite Landline: (046) 538.3912 Globe: 0936.972.0900 Smart: 0947.893.1335
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REDISCOVER YOUR INNER GLOW with Beauty Lab Whitening by Suaviss
s we grow older, the amount of collagen in our bodies gradually decreases. Collagen is the main structural protein found in the human body, and is literally what holds our cells together. As our body’s collagen slowly breaks down, we get wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin. We become more susceptible to sun damage and blemishes, and acne tends to scar or last longer. Beauty Lab Whitening is a new specialized skin treatment facility perfected in Seoul by South Korean skin expert Suaviss that uses an innovative skincare technology to stimulate our body’s natural production of this critical protein. Beauty Lab’s services are the most direct and safe
way to rejuvenate skin and restore its youthful glow. Skin is noticeably one shade lighter after a single session with the revolutionary R-630 Collagen Machine, and long-lasting skin whitening effects can be achieved after just five sessions. Using a technique called Red Light Collagen therapy, the R-630 represents a safe, non-invasive, and effective way to naturally encourage collagen production in the body. With more collagen, skin becomes noticeably more supple and firm, and can more easily repair itself from environmental damage and the natural effects of aging. Lotions applied before and after the therapy lock in nutrients from the treatment and give the
skin a vibrant glow that is 100% natural. Beauty Lab is situated in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, and is the first of its kind outside of South Korea. More partner clinics in Malaysia, Thailand, and soon Singapore, are launching in quick succession as the Suaviss technology sweeps the ASEAN region. To embark on the Beauty Lab skincare and whitening program, clients are invited to speak to our guest service officers face-to-face at the clinic located on the 3rd floor of Bonifacio Stopover. During this free interview, our officers will create a custom program to meet the client’s specific skin type and needs. Rediscover your inner glow at Beauty Lab Whitening by Suaviss today.
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Wake Up with Makeup As ladies, we always want to keep ourselves pretty—not because we want to impress people around us (although sometimes this case is true) but primarily, it’s because we just want to be our best. When it comes to enhancing our looks, applying cosmetics is one of the strategies we’ve been generally practicing. Nevertheless, our beauty preparation is often time-consuming--and it’s really a dilemma whenever we find ourselves under a tight schedule. Adding up the unpredictable weather, our face might look more of a mess than a masterpiece under the scorching heat or sudden rainfall. With these inconveniences before us, Klarisse Tabao, founder of The Eyebrowdery, introduces us the newest makeup and beauty innovation—the 3D makeup embroidery that will certainly unload the daily hassle off our shoulders.
“It saves me time and effort everyday. I just love it!”
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Makeup embroidery is a micro-needling beauty process that has become known in fashion forward countries like Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the United States, and Singapore. In makeup embroidery, you enjoy an enhanced natural look without the trouble of daily preparation and regular retouching. Unlike cosmetic tattooing, this beauty innovation uses vegetable pigment that will fade over years. “The difference between a makeup tattoo and makeup embroidery is that, in makeup embroidery, we use vegetable dye. Vegetable dye does not discolor to blue, green, or red. It lasts for about three to five years,” Klarisse explained. “That’s why our clients like it because as you age, your skin is going to sag. Of course you don’t want your tattoo to sag along with your skin as you get older.” The materials come from natural plant extracts, Klarisse affirmed it’s very friendly and good for the skin. “It has no side effects. Unlike the tattoo that can cause your skin to bloat after a few years—this has none.”
“Beautifying women is my mission, seeing perfect eyebrows as my inspiration!“ Klarisse Tabao, owner and founder of The Eyebrowdery has been a beauty and fashion enthusiast ever since she was a child. She studied Eyebrow, Eyeliner, and Lips Embroidery at the Aesthetics International Academy in Singapore. Licensed abroad, she conducts the makeup embroidery procedures to the clients herself. Klarisse travels outside the country every now and then to study and expand her knowledge in beauty and makeup innovation.
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we check our client’s health history thoroughly to know if it’s okay for them to proceed or if they should consider not doing it anymore,” Klarisse said. Once approved, pictures will be taken so their customers can compare their looks before and after. “And then we’ll measure the face. If you want your eyebrows higher or if you want it to be just simply straight, we’ll do what you requested from us. Although we would also recommend what we think is best for
More Beauty Services Next to Eyebrow embroidery, most of their customers avail Lip embroidery service. In Lip embroidery, your lips are toned up to a more natural pinkish color. The Eyebrowdery also conducts Eyeliner Embroidery, Nipple Embroidery, and Mole Embroidery Additionally, they offer Lashtension, Eyebrow Tinting, and Eyelash Perming. They also offer minor services such as
Threadings, Nail services, Spa, and Hot Wax services. Operating hours is from 10am to 9pm, Mondays to Sundays.
Franchising Opportunities Interested entrepreneurs can franchise The Embroidery for P400,000. This is inclusive of both skills support and services support. The total franchise cost is 2 million--inclusive of office construction, operation materials, and other expenses related to the business system.
For service inquiry and franchising opportunities, you can call 751-7236 or 09166317433, or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Visit us at Unit 201 Fox Square Building 53 Connecticut St. Northeast Greenhills 1502 San Juan City Philippines or check our website at eyebrowdery.com
TOP 5 BEST PICKED CHAMPAGNE FOR THE NEW YEAR As the clock counts down to midnight, there’s no better way to toast the New Year than with a glass of Champagne—except for a Champagne-based cocktail. Spritzy, festive and often boozier than a straight glass of bubbly, these fantastic drinks will kick any New Year’s Eve party up a notch or three. Here, the best Champagne-based cocktails to ring in the New Year.
CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL The ur-boozy bubbly beverage, the Champagne Cocktail is an oldy but a goody, which will be as good next year as it was this year, as it was last year. It’s perfect for those ringing in the new year without any intention of changing or making phony resolutions. The Essentials: Sugar Cube Bitters Champagne
The French 75 is named for the drink’s powerful kick, which rivals that of WWI-era French artillery—or in this case, New Year’s fireworks. The recipe amps up Champagne with a hit of gin and lemon juice, making for a dazzling display of boozy delight. The Essentials: Gin Lemon Juice Champagne
Blackcurrant liqueur adds a sultry tone to a New Year’s celebration, giving revelers a striking red alternative to the typical golden flute of Champagne. Sip this dark, romantic nectar as the clock counts down to midnight. The Essentials: Crème De Cassis Champagne
Keep the Champagne party going all through the night and into the New Year with a Mimosa at New Year’s Day brunch. The eternal king of day drinks will start you off right in the New Year (or at least help you recover from a long night of debauchery). The Essentials: Orange Juice Champagne
HIGH GARDEN SPRITZ This low ABV spritz will ensure you make it all the way to midnight. Made with apricot liqueur, Aperol and dry Champagne, it’s a beautiful, bright, sparkling beverage that will whisk you away to a sun-dappled patio, no matter how chilly it is outside. The Essentials: Aperol Apricot Liqueur Champagne
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TOP FILIPINO SUPERSTITIONS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE New Year’s Eve invites a number of traditions in the Philippines, both food-related and non-edible. All of the traditions are meant to invite good luck and prosperity. Here are your top 10 Filipino Superstitions to look out and follow for this New Year’s Eve with your loved ones. WRITER CHARISSE NICOLE TRINIDAD
1. At exactly midnight, Filipinos believe that jumping would make them taller in the incoming year. This is practiced by children rather than adults. Some Filipinos are even specific about the number of jumps: 12 jumps to be exact. 2. Filipinos also believe that by making a lot of noise as soon as the clock strikes midnight, evil spirits are driven away, giving them a peaceful start in the year. We usually buy “torotot“, a small horn made of plastic and bamboo. Teens enjoy making noise with firecrackers, while other families keep safe by using pots and pans to make noise. 3. Pancit is a dish often served in different occasions like birthdays and fiestas. On New Year’s eve, Filipinos believe that by eating this particular dish, you will have a longer, healthier life. The dish is made from very long noodles, which gives the meaning of the longevity of their lives.
4. Wearing polkadotted clothes on New Year is a common practice among Filipinos. They believe that wearing these kinds of clothes will rake-in good fortune. 5. Filipinos believe that having money in your pockets before the clock strikes twelve on the last day of the year will make money abundant in the coming year. Some families even encourage children to make noise with their piggy banks for additional luck with money.
6. On New Year’s Day itself, Filipinos believe that sweeping the floor could “sweep away” all the good fortune. So, in some families, cleaning during New Year’s is avoided so as to keep luck within the home.
12 fruits symbolize the 12 months of the incoming year to be “fruitful”. Filipinos are continuing this New Year tradition, which is said to ensure good luck. However, some consumers say this has become a costly practice.
7. On New Year’s eve, people in the Philippines practice having 12 different “round” fruits on the table. There are some Filipinos who put 13 different round fruits on the table, while most believe 12 should be enough. The round shape represents continuity. It is said that the
8. Aside from keeping money close to your body, Filipinos also believe that opening all doors and windows rake good luck in. Specifically, Filipinos believe that opening all the doors and windows attract luck involving money.
9. Unlike New Year’s day itself, on New Year’s eve, it is practiced to clean the house thoroughly. The dirt in the house represents all the bad luck and evil that has been in the house during the previous year. Cleaning the house before the year starts represents a clean slate on the incoming year. 10. Turning all the lights inside your house is another common practice by Filipino families. With this, they believe that the coming year would be as bright as their homes on New Year’s day.
24 Must Doâ€™s For A Memorable 2017 A
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01 Go Sailing
02 Have a drink on the beach
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05 Island Hopping
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06 Go Jetskiing
07 Take a Roadtrip
08 Take a Vacation
09 Walk on the Beach
10 Cheers on the beach
11 Go Shopping
12 Try Philippine coffee
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17 Scuba Diving
18 Destination Wedding
19 Go Surfing
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21 Go Clubbing
22 Explore PH Fruits
23 Take Pictures
24 Go Kayaking
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