IFC’s EDGE Certification for Serviced Residences – Ascott Makati

Ascott Makati has achieved EDGE green building certification from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, on 26 February 2019 ─ a global recognition since it is the first to receive such distinction in the service residence category of EDGE. EDGE is an innovative green building certification system that helps reduce a building’s energy and water consumption and decrease greenhouse-gas emissions, which in turn drives operational efficiency and reduces environmental impacts. Ascott Makati reflects the aspirations of its guests’ commitment to sustainability. With the property’s attainment of EDGE’s minimum standard of a 20 percent reduction in the use of energy, water, and the energy that goes into making the construction materials, the certification creates an opportunity for high-performing urban dwellings. There are unique operational requirements and building elements for serviced residences which affect consumption patterns. The serviced residence category of EDGE ensures an accurate benchmark against which properties can be measured and awarded. “Our commitment to EDGE is an acknowledgement of the premium we bring to our guests through sustainable practices,” said Philip Barnes, The Ascott Limited Philippines’ Area Head for Luzon. “Ascott Makati’s EDGE certification will pave the way for more properties to be certified under this international green benchmark that has great potential for the serviced residence industry. EDGE certification is a great beginning to our partnership with IFC, which includes expanding research and implementing the sustainable design of serviced residences in emerging regions.” “We want to be leaders in the serviced residence industry’s development of green technology and design practices,” said Daniel Wee, Country General Manager of The Ascott Limited Philippines. “We need to be rooted in our vision to uphold and advance our procedures for protecting the environment, for the benefit of our customers.” With an increasing global demand by corporate clients for properties with green features, the obtaining of EDGE certification status by Ascott Makati is a game changer in the industry. For inquiries and reservations, please call (632) 550 3200 or email enquiry.manila@the-ascott.com. Visit The Ascott Limited’s website at https://www.the-ascott.com/en/index.html for updates and

Photo 1 (L-R) EDGE Auditor Raymond Sih, International Finance Corporation’s Senior Investment Officer Donna Gonzales, EDGE Program Director Engr. Ramon Aguilos, Philippine Green Building Initiative’s President Engr. David Farala, Ascott’s Area Head for Luzon Philip Barnes

About The Ascott Limited The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international serviced residence owner-operators. It has over 56,000 operating serviced residence units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as more than 38,000 units which are under development, making a total of over 94,000 units in over 630 properties. The company’s brands include Ascott, Citadines, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, lyf and the Tauzia portfolio of hotel brands. Ascott’s portfolio spans about 160 cities across over 30 countries. Ascott, a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, pioneered Asia Pacific’s first internationalclass serviced residence with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984. Today, the company boasts over 30 years of industry track record and award-winning serviced residence brands that enjoy recognition worldwide. Ascott’s achievements have been recognized internationally. Recent awards include DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; TTG China Travel Awards 2018 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Operator in China’; World Travel Awards 2017 for ‘Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ in Asia, Europe and the Middle East; Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2017 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; Business Traveller UK Awards 2017 for ‘Best Serviced Apartment Company’ and Business Traveller China Awards 2017 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’. For a full list of awards, please visit http://www.the-ascott.com/ascottlimited/awards.html.

About CapitaLand Limited CapitaLand is one of Asia’s largest real estate companies. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, it is an owner and manager of a global portfolio worth more than S$88 billion as at 31 December 2017, comprising integrated developments, shopping malls, serviced residences, offices, homes, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and funds. Present across more than 150 cities in over 30 countries, the Group focuses on Singapore and China as core markets, while it continues to expand in markets such as Vietnam and Indonesia. CapitaLand’s competitive advantage is its significant asset base and extensive market network. Coupled with extensive design, development and operational capabilities, the Group develops and manages high-quality real estate products and services. It also has one of the largest investment management businesses in Asia and a stable of five REITs listed in Singapore and Malaysia – CapitaLand Mall Trust, CapitaLand Commercial Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaLand Retail China Trust and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust.

Visit http://www.capitaland.com for more information.

We must never underestimate the power of Eyebrows!

Wake up with a make up is really the trend nowadays! People love to take selfies from the moment they get up early in the morning and before sleeping. 

One of the challenges of women nowadays and even men is having the perfect eyebrows! If you’re ready to wake up with a make up, Eyebrowdery is opening another branch in Newport Boulevard, Pasay City.  This is to cater to their growing clients in the South area introducing new services that everyone will surely look forward to availing. Eyebrowdery Newport offers the following services 3D Eyebrow Embroidery, 3D Eyebrow Embroidery + Ombre, Korean BB Glow, Lip Tint Embroidery, Ultherapy , Laser Tattoo removal and many more. Eyebrowdery accepts clients who doesn’t have brows, don’t know how to their brows or touch ups to maintain their perfect brows. 

Miss Nika Guillen, franchisee owner says “Beautiful eyebrows says a lot! The treatment has been popular in the last decade in certain parts of Asia such as Malaysia and Singapore and now catching up here in the Philippines! We must never underestimate the power of Eyebrows! In order to get the best results, come to your appointment well rested and hydrated because it takes a few hours, but it’s definitely worth it! You will really see the difference right away and it lasts a long long time!  Miss Nika Guillen is a registered Nurse and trained Master Artist of Eyebrow Embroidery. She is very much excited to beautify a lot of women and even men who needs help with their brows! 

Eyebrow embroidery is not just for celebrities, it’s for anyone who likes “no makeup” look! It will make your mornings and beauty regimen simpler and fuzz free. You will love waking up with to perfect brows! 

Eyebrowdery Newport is located at Cluster 1, A1 Ground Floor, 101 Newport Boulevard, Pasay City and is now ready to accept appointment, call 09563022707 or 09399223218 and (02) 6921106. 

PROTECT 2019: Disruptive Shifts Challenge Business Resiliency

Experts will provide adynamic offering of thought-provoking and engaging sessions onhow to overcome present and future security challenges this PROTECT 2019, the country’s leading security and safety conference and exhibition. The event begins Wednesday, 27March, and runs through Thursday, 28 March, at the New World Hotel in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Into its 14th year, since organized in cooperation with the Anti- Terrorism Council, the Conference offers a platform for robust discussion and debate on the country’s most pressing challenges. Government officials and security experts in the country are emphasizing that technological, environmental, economic, societal and geopolitical disturbances around the world are creating risks and instabilities that impact on security, making international and regional cooperation, as well as private and public-sector collaboration, highly essential.

Themed “Operationalizing Business Resiliency; The Next Evolutionary Phase of Business Continuity”, PROTECT 2019 will feature eight sessions covering a range of salient topics, curated to engage attendees. This year’s sessions are (1) The Evolving Security Landscape, (2)Some Recent IT Attacks With Impact on Business, (3) Preparing for Future Instability Challenges That Impact on Business,(4) Meeting the Security Authorities, (5) Sectoral Break-out Sessions, (6)Summary Presentations from break-out sessions, (7) State of Our National Security and (8)Presentations of Some Most Recent Technologies.

Experts from the Chartered International Institute of Security and Crisis Management (CIISCM), Microsoft, Oracle, FireEye, IPOPHIL, Dimension Data, Philippine National Police, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Justice (DOJ), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and National Privacy Commission (NPC) will be among the presenters in the conference.

Other speakers include: Ms. Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler Philippines, TIME Person of the Year in 2019, Author of “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia” and former CNN Manila and Jakarta Bureau Chief; Mr. DondiMapa, former Deputy Commissioner at the National Privacy Commission and Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, Head, International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research and Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore.

The Conference’s Session 4: Meeting the Security Authorities will offer the attendees the chance to get to know and have one-on-one conversations with representatives from each of the government agencies concerned with security and safety. Session 5: Sectoral Break-out Sessions will offer an intimate setting toanalyze each sector’s vulnerability, address the challenges and threats they face, and share best practices among attendees from the same industry classification.

There will be also onsite select exhibits that willfeature cutting-edge technologies, solutions and services to meet security challenges. One of the exhibitors, Bohemia Interactive Solutions will showcase their state of the artgame-based technology of high-fidelity, cost-effective training and simulation software products and components for defense applications. Exhibitors will also be offered a chance to present their products in the conference’s Session 8: Technology Presentations. Interested parties may contact 8186828 or 8101389 or E-mail:  leverage@leverageinternational.com.

2019 Design Journey Event with Shaw Contract and SMJ Furnishing

Shaw Contract, a design leader in commercial flooring solutions and surfaces, is pleased to collaborate with our local distribution partner SMJ Furnishing, to organise an exclusive roadshow for Manila’s architect and interior designer community.

Held at the charming WhiteSpacegallery, the event introduces the latest flooring design trends with award-winning collections by Shaw Contract, including Inside Shapes, a US-made product, and Haven, an Asia-made product (refer to the separate releases on each product for more information).

“As an industry leader in innovation, design and performance, Shaw Contract constantly experiments with new ideas and creates market trends to help improve the environments in which we all live, work, learn and play.” explains Mr Ace Le, Asia Pacific Marketing Manager, Shaw Contract, “Year after year, Shaw Contract receives numerous accolades celebrating excellence in product design. We are delighted to announce that our Haven collection was recognised with the prestigious 2018 Best of NeoCon Award – Gold, Modular Flooring, while Inside Shapes was selected as Interior Design Magazine’s 2018 Best of the Year Award in Carpet category.”

The event also celebrates a decade-long partnership between the two companies. Shaw Contract is a commercial brand under Shaw Industries, a Berkshire Hathway company, and the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and carpet fibre producer. SMJ Furnishing is one of Philippines’ leading interior fitting suppliers with a strong reputation among the design community.

“With our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nantong, China, Shaw Contract has been expanding our product offerings to better service to Asia-based clients, and Philippines is one of our key markets,” shares Mr Jeffrey Loh, Regional Sales Manager, South East Asia, Shaw Contract, “We are confident that SMJ’s strong local network and expertise will continue to help bring service excellence to our clients.”

“It is inspiring to have been a part of the Shaw Contract global family, and a change agent to introduce better, greener design solutions to the Philippines market, and help set the standards for local and regional design and sustainability practices,” says Ms BebetSison, Managing Director, SMJ Furnishing.

For more information on Shaw Contract, visit www.shawcontract.com.

At Shaw Contract, we believe that the ground beneath your feet should have a positive impact on how you live, learn, work, heal and play. We strive for design excellence in everything we do – from conception to production to installation, it’s what sets us apart. We make flooring that delivers a purposeful blend of design elements, materiality, sustainability and performance. Every day we take on creative challenges to research, design and innovate flooring solutions that transform spaces across the globe.

Press Contact:

Ace Le | APAC Marketing Manager, Shaw Contract | ace.le@shawinc.com

Photo Gallery: For more photography, visit www.shawcontract.com/haven

Advocates holds a forum for Trike drivers and operators

Last November 22, 2018 from 5:30PM to 9PM at Max’s Scout Tuazon, Diliman, Quezon City, The Madrigal Foundation headed by Ms. Therese Madrigal with its partners had a successful launched  of “Para Kay Manong Toda,” an Advocacy campaign to help our marginalise tricycle drives to help them alleviate their lives by being heard through forums, seminars and press conference by inviting government officials and private sectors as panelist’s and speakers. That way, the Foundation is hoping that at least some of their needs will be heard by means of these awareness programs.

Ms. Therese Madrigal is overwhelmed with the outcome. Attendees came even from other countries just to attend the event and more from the local government units.  She mentioned that the event is just the start and will be touring nationwide to support the trike drivers and operators.

The event was moderated by PTV  Anchor Emelie Katigbak and Manila Times Business Writer Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas.

The “Para Kay Manong Toda” that aids the well being of the marginalised tricycle drivers. Most of the tricycle drivers are head of the family and works 7 times a week to support their loved ones without health insurance and most doesn’t received benefits from the government. These modern day heroes are exposed to pollution and some environmental hazards everyday.

One of the program under this project is to seek help to focus on their working and medical conditions. In this way, these heroes can continue helping their families and the society as well giving good transportations to those in need. The foundation believes that information dissemination is one way to be heard.

For more information: 09778978877/022193503

EXPERIENCE KUYSEN

EXPERIENCE KUYSEN

On the 21st of February 2019, the Kuysen Design and Experience Center, a five-storey, multi-function building will open its doors to its valued guests. A showroom that is first of its kind in the Philippines. Kuysen, one of the leading source in luxury home furniture and fixtures promises an experience beyond the ordinary. This single day event will treat guests to an experience that indulges the senses in celebration of Kuysen’s 30th year in the industry. The impressive fixtures and sheer massive space of the showroom are brought to life by the hands of esteemed architect and interior designer, Ed Calma. This is the first showroom that he designed as a luxury home. When it comes to designing a living space, Calma considers making the space unique to the users by incorporating elements such as use of materials and expressing them in a different way. He demonstrates this uniqueness by adding the signature Ed Calma touch to each specialized floor of the Kuysen Design and Experience Center. According to him,

“The Kuysen showroom is located along arow of boxy buildings in Jupiter street. This gave me an opportunity to break the line of boxes by splaying the floors of the building into separate forms allowing Kuysen to define each floor to house a particular brand or product. The curvilinear facade creates a segmented facade of glass of different angles that minimizes direct heat gain into the building.”

Calmauses hierarchy for the form, materials, and color to unify the internal and external elements in a design. The key, he says, is to have a dominant element to which all other aspects have to be subservient. Doing so will ensure all elements will fall into place and make sense as a whole, thereby creating a beautiful, well-curated space. All floors were furnished with a consistent theme of dark wood that brings the whole building design together. The architectural interior fit out products such as sliding doors and hardware which were intended to increase the spatial experience of the showroom.

Indeed, nothing brings out luxury more than the Kuysen Design and Experience Center. This showroom is breathtaking. Upon entering, one will be in awe of the beautiful furniture that is settled on perfect spots in the massive room. The ground floor, called LuxeLiving, features a Kuysen curated space that allows clients to visualize an actual living area with the selection of luxury brands such as Porro, Living Divani, Poggenpohl and Vibia. These brands make LuxeLiving worthy of its name.

The second floor is devoted to customizable furniture that inspires individuality where an elegant whiskey bar can also be found. It is called Bespoke as it celebrates individuality and expression of oneself. One can create expressive furniture reflectingtheir own personal taste and lifestyle. One can go from eclectic to contemporary by simply selecting from our leather and fabric collection. The items are handcrafted by artisans using traditional techniques. Each item is handmade using the finest materials in the world. Brands such as Baxter, Ceccotti, Paola Lenti, Vibia and Gan found in this floor represent longevity of distinct aesthetic that Kuysen is known for.

Heading up the stairs of the showroom leads to Design Curio where designs are eccentric and offer aesthetic value that goes beyond the mind. From furniture with strong Italian heritage to Danish brands that gives new light to modern Scandinavian design, one can choose from iconic pieces of Zanotta, Driade, Saba, Desalto, Muuto, Montana, and Pedrali. Some of these are pieces were even shown on display at the Metropolitan Museum. Drawing inspiration from the furniture pieces in this floor, architects and designers will be pleased to have a co-working space they can use to make urgent revisions or simply come up with an entirely new design on their own.

Next is The Collective floor which showcases kitchen and bathroom lifestyle displays as well as other complementary products from Kaldewei, Keuco, Victoria Albert, Puntotre, Kessel, Teka, Kuppershbush, Foster, Poggenpohl, Cerim, and Iberro. Visitors can even test any of the workingPoggenpohl kitchens in place. It is furnished with gorgeous finishes, latest appliances and fixtures from Europe. The floor also highlights demo areas of Kaldewei bathtubs of superior quality and unmistakable style, with shower surface, bathtub and washbasin made completely of enamel steel material.

After going through those displays, one can proceed to the Designer Bathroom where a selection of award-winning design and innovation from industry leaders Handsgrohe, Axor, and Duravit can be found our Shower World. Robes, towels and toiletries are all provided for those who want to feel the luxuriously relaxing shower heads firsthand. One can book a private test shower and indulge with the pleasure of 4 of Hansgrohe’s shower innovations. True to the Kuysen brand, the showers exhibit creative design and seamless integration of superior function.

Make sure to visit the relaxing space of the roof deck called the Atmosphere, the roof deck, which offers a 360-degree view of the metropolis that can be enjoyed while surrounded by playful colors, textures and shapes only Paola Lenti pieces can offer.

                It is truly a treat of the senses. Unparalleled luxury that is only Kuysen. Come and feel for yourself.

Kérastase 20th Anniversary Launch

In a world in which hair routine was purely about hygiene, Kérastase invented itscare for hair philosophy in 1964. Since then, the brand has been offering women and men bespoke products and treatments that satisfy the desire for exceptional hair.

To date, Kérastase continues to embody a new era of luxury, femininity, and effortless cool through Emily Ratajkowski. She is a beauty and fashion icon who exudes femininity, modernity, and luxury. With this new face, Kérastase is able to create a ‘connect’ and young approach, a new tone of voice which makes the brand breakaway from the usual perception that is associated to older women and a colder kind of luxury. Kérastase believes there is not one single interpretation of beauty but an infinity. Kérastase enhances all types of beauty, cultures, visions and of course, all types of hair.

Kérastase Philippines celebrates 20 years in the country this 2019. With, its brand vision of being the most luxurious hair care brand in the Philippines, Kérastase Philippines has consistently been the partner of the most luxurious Filipinas to achieve the most beautiful hair.

Kérastase Philippines continues to launch successful and pioneering product innovations that continue to elevate both salon and hair care industry. The launch of Chronologiste, Kérastase’s masterpiece of hair and regeneration has been notable for its success in the Philippines. The brand is present in only 87 of the top salons in the country including our Prestige doors – Kérastase Institute by Salon ESA, Basement Salon SM Aura, Jesi Mendez Glorietta, Toni & Guy Mall of Asia, and Teng Roma Salon, S Maison.

The brand also takes pride in venturing into new distribution channels with overwhelming and promising results. Online, we are present in HairMNL.com. Offline, aside from our salons, which will always be at the core of our business, we now have a physical store present in the Mall of Asia SM Department store.

Over the years, we create with hairdressers, iconic products with rare and highly concentrated ingredients to achieve exceptional performance. One of the brand’s top pillars is our Scalp Care range – as we believe that treating the scalp first is the first secret to beautiful hair. We have Densifique and Specifique – our ranges for hair thinning, hair loss, hair density and more. We also have Fusio-Dose, our back-bar signature which offers multiple care combinations for a personalized treatment that delivers instant and long-lasting hair transformation. Lastly we have Discipline, our #1 retail franchise. These are our Pro-Keratin products that smooth and tame unruly hair.

This 2019, Kérastase Philippines will be launching the ultimateiconic franchise whichFilipinas have come to love and trust over the past 20 years – the Discipline Oléo-Relax franchise (formerly known as the Oléo-Relax range). A star is reborn – the French Classic Oléo-Relax gets an Asian makeover. This is the first range co-developed by Kérastase with Japan thereby making its formula exclusive to Asian women whose main concern is frizzy hair. This bold initiative goes hand-in-hand with the brand’s objective of modernizing the brand’s image by making it relatable to the modern Filipina.

            Part of a wider influential community, Emily Ratajkowski embodies our vision of beauty; with her unapologetic and modern stance on femininity, Emily has definitely shaken the beauty and fashion world. Emily represents the millennial generation as an empowered women unwilling to compromise.

The all-new Discipline Oléo-Relax franchise is a fusion of Discipline, the hair-smoothing, anti-frizz collection for anyone who wants to add definition to unruly hair and the Nutritive Oléo-Relax, the anti-frizz range that provides incredibly effective, long-lasting control for dry hair.

The new Oléo-Relax is formulated with nurturing shorea butter and precious virgin coconut oil, plus rose  muscata fruit oil and inca peanut oil. The combination provides repairing strength, incredible shine, protection and impermeability. It is the first “top coat” for hair completely sealing out humidity for 24 hours.

With Kérastase’s seamless three-step routine:  BATHE – TREAT – TEXTURISE- we offer all women a complete experience.  Each step of the routine provides the best of care for each unique hair type.

  1. Bathe – Bain Discipline Oléo-Relax 250ml (SRP at Php1,600), the bain (shampoo) bathes and nourishes your hair while simultaneously providing hold and movement for unruly and rebellious hair.
  • Treat – Masque Discipline Oléo-Relax 200ml (SRP at Php 2,980) , the masque (hair mask) is the first oil-in-mask treatment that controls frizz and de-volumizes unruly, rebellious hair. It improves hair manageability, makes hair sleek and supple, and keeps hair shiny all-day.
  • Texturize – Oil Discipline Oléo-Relax 200ml (SRP at Php 1,750), the oil (hair oil) is a leave-in oil that penetrates deep into the hair fiber for immediate all-day sleek hair and protects the hair from heat styling upto 230˚C.

With this anti-frizz hair care program, we proudly unveil Kérastase Philippines’ Iconic look for 2019 – the #GlassHair by Oléo-Relax. With over eight thousand Instagram posts to date, this trend has been set by women from all over the world who aspire to have that sleek and flawless hair – which by definition has no frizz, intense shine and perfect movement.

Women want to eliminate flyaway hairs while some want to ultimately boost the shine for their hair. This newest and latest trend is the newest celebrity choice and the hottest hair trend that has become viral on Instagram with one hundred thousand posts.

This #GlassLook has been embodied by three Kérastase Filipinas icons from three generations – Kaila Estrada, pulling off the sleek, smooth and shiny ‘Glass Bob’ look, Marie Lozano, pulling off the sexy, fun and chic ‘Glass Pony’ look, and lastly, Ruffa Gutierrez pulling off the Hollywood, classic glam ‘Glass Waves’. All three, craving to be icons of their own generations with their iconic smooth and shiny hair made possible by the all-new Discipline Oléo-Relax franchise which istailor-made for Asian frizzy hair. All three icons in line with Kérastase’s vision for beauty where we celebrate and nurture all types of beauty, and all types of hair from different generations – ensuring that that we are able to provide to all women the ultimate solutions to care for their hair.

We invite you to follow us on Instagram @Kerastase_official and join the Kérastase Club.

Official hashtags: #CraveTheIconic #KerastasePH