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Halloween Night of the Stars 2019 October 31, 2019 12pm to 4pm

Come and celebrate this year’s most colorful, attractive and un-scary Halloween costume party! Halloween Night of the Stars 2019 is a grand Halloween costume celebration where more than 500 kids, teens and the whole family will gather together in theirgrandest and most colorful costumes inspired by Justice League, Avengers, Disney movies, Fairytales, Pinoy superheroes, animae characters, among others.

The event will be held in one of the unique fun-dining restaurants in the heart of Quezon City, MOVIE STARS CAFÉ, located at the Ground Floor of Eton Centris Mall, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, on October 31, 2019, from 1pm to 4pm.

For the price of P750, participants will enjoy food and drinks exclusively catered by Movie Stars Café, loot bags and freebies, a whole 3 full shows where costumed dancers will perform to everyone’s delight, mascot parade, best in costume competition (kids, teens and adult categories), face painting, and other fun, prizes and surprises!

Buy your tickets now at the Movie Stars Café reception area or call 02-7504-3821 or 0922-2127772 to reserve your tickets.

Registered participants will have an extra surprise, too! Register now by clicking the link here — https://form.jotform.me/92164019348458

This event is organized by Elle 784 Public Relations and Events Services, in cooperation with Unilever, Sunsilk, Vaseline Lotion, Dental First, Citibank, Robby Rabbit, Nature Spring, Gardenia, Magnolia Chocolait, Mogu-Mogu, Welch’s and Lotus. Media Partners include Business Mirror, Sound Strip, Saksi and TNN Philippines.

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3rd OUTSTANDING MEN & WOMEN OF THE YEAR PHILIPPINES 2019

BEST Magazine’s 3rd Year Anniversary for the 3rd OUTSTANDING MEN &WOMEN OF THE YEAR (2019)PHILIPPINES.

Awardees is based in Power, gauging on the contributions they have made to the society and the nation, the advocacies they have initiated or have taken active participation, of which serve as an inspiration to others.

Some of Past awardees includes: Hon. Vilma Santos-Recto, Megan Young (Ms. World 2013), Hon. Monsour Del Rosario, Alma Concepcion (Ms. Grand Universe 2019), Ms. Rhea Santos (Newscaster GMA7/TV Host), Maggie Wilson-Consunji(TV Host/Actress), Ara Mina (Award Winning Actress), Congresswoman Florida P. Robes, Ms. Jikkie Lee-Ines (Businesswoman), Elwood Perez (Award Winning Director), Karen Ibasco (Former Miss Earth), Rosa Rosal (Former TV Host / Award Winning Actress), Sanya Lopez (Actress), Arnold Vegafria (Talent Manager / Beauty Pageant Organizer) and to name a few.

Awards night is slated on November 25, 2019 (Monday), 7:30pm at Teatrino Promenade Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines.

Shown in Photo:

Top Row Left to Right:GaziniGanados (Miss Universe Philippines 2019 / Pageantry), Hon. Isko Moreno (Public Service), Catriona Gray (Miss Universe 2018 / Pageantry), Wilbert Tolentino (Business), Nora Aunor (Superstar / Entertainment), Dante Salamat(Realtor) &SharifaAkeel (Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 / Pageantry).

Middle Row Left to Right: John Salandanan (Business), IzaCalzado (Entertainment), William Thio (Public Affairs), Marilou Tolico-Villanueva (Pageant Directorship / Woman Leadership), Atom Araullo (Journalism), Keanna Reeves (Entertainment)& Allan Taunan Direct Sales International).

Bottom Row Left to Right: Faye Tangonan (Pageantry), John Estrada (Entertainment), ConconSiñel (Fashion), Helen Miller (Philanthropy), Ejay Pardo (Direct Sale International), Dr. Mario Guiang JR. (Social Media Influencer)&Leah May Luna-Panisales (Mrs. Grand Universe 2019 / Pageantry).

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Lamudi Highlights Sustainability and Resiliency in the Philippine Setting

Climate change is a global issue. It is one that is pushing the Philippines to act upon its weak spots and harness its strengths. “It’s inevitable,” Lamudi CEO Bhavna Suresh says at the media roundtable held last September 27 in partnership with Holcim Philippines and Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA). Though the country may be facing a dire situation, there is plenty to be done in response to climate change, from big, industrial efforts to small, household changes. 

Lamudi reinforced their support for building resilient and sustainable cities with the first panel discussion, Sustainability Efforts for the Philippines of NGOs and Private Organizations. NGOs, private organizations, and green developers were represented in the discussion, which tackled the roadblocks to green development in the Philippines and determined the efforts already in place to steer the country into a greener future. 

Highlighting Resilience 

“Most of our coastal municipalities want to be cities eventually. How do we push them towards not just sustainability but also push them to also look at measures that will make them resilient as well?” Atty. Angela Ibay, Head of the Climate and Energy Program of the World Wide Fund for Nature, posed an important question at the roundtable, steering right into the thick of the important topic of sustainability and climate change. 

In a country that is dotted with high-rise mixed-use buildings and humble coastal homes, the effort to save the environment is tightly coupled with the measures developers can take to safeguard the value of their legacy. One solution, something as simple as planting trees, encourages the growth of foliage and relieves some of the urban heat island effect our cities are experiencing right now. However, it is not enough. 

“It’s not a question anymore of whether you can control climate change or not. It’s about adapting to the effects of climate change. It’s here. We are experiencing it now,” says Wesley Caballa, Senior Manager for Sustainability of Costa Del Hamilo Inc. According to Caballa, Hamilo is actively pursuing efforts to protect mangrove forests to do their part as a company.

Hamilo is one of many companies that have started making changes in keeping with a more climate-conscious business ethos. Climate change has not spared the Philippines with its onslaught, and with lives at stake, developers cannot sit around and wait. 

“We are already in an area of the world that is highly, highly susceptible to all these natural disasters, and climate change made us more vulnerable to that,” adds Justine Santos-Sugay, Director for Resource Development and Communications of Habitat for Humanity. 

Addressing Roadblocks to Sustainability 

The Philippines has not been remiss when it comes to sustainable efforts. One of the problems developers and real estate experts face, however, is misinformation or lack of dissemination at the grassroots. 

“When you ask a common fisherman, ‘What do you know about climate change?’ Sometimes they say it’s synonymous to disaster without knowing why,” adds Caballa. “It’s really important for them to know what is wrong, what climate change is all about.” 

Santos-Sugay weighs in: “When you think about it, when you look at the issue of climate change, climate change seems to exaggerate or re-highlight a lot of the already pre-existing social themes.” 

One issue all Filipinos will relate to, especially in the Philippine capital, is the water shortage. Despite the typhoons that visit the country and leave damage in low-lying areas, there is water shortage because the rainfall missed the dams that are meant to supply water to the majority of the city. Ferdzdela Cruz, former Chief Executive Officer of Manila Water Company, Inc., emphasizes the urgency of the matter: “It’s up to us to make hard choices for us to be resilient. There are no easy choices at this point. For us to make that, we need to have a constructive dialog and without the misinformation.” 

Dela Cruz also mentions the disparity in the supply and demand for water supply. According to him, “There are two issues on water–there’s the supply side and there’s the demand side. On the supply side, there is a roadmap of what needs to be done, but there are delays in the execution of the roadmap. There’s always opposition to a big water project.” 

Long-term solutions to water shortage and climate change are further hampered by the lack of initiative at the individual level. According to Dela Cruz, people forget about the problem once they have water, but it quickly resurfaces when another water shortage is felt. 

Sustainability in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors

Much of the effort real estate developers have put into sustainability can be seen in the commercial buildings they have strategically positioned in key cities. Jaime “JJ” Fernandez, Strategic Management Consultant of Menarco Development Corporation, mentions the savings Menarco Tower is able to pass on to its tenants through its sustainable design. According to Fernandez, “There is an estimate that the tenant will save about 20% in terms of energy consumption because the way the building is built is very efficient.”

Fernandez also highlights the human aspect of thinking sustainable. “Prospective tenants would rather pay a little bit more rent” when they know the building will take care of their employees.  

This, paired with Dela Cruz’s observation that people will be more responsible if the problem pinches their bill, makes the case for green developments: rather than lose money in inefficient designs, developers, tenants, and residents can save by prioritizing sustainability. 

The Philippines, which receives ample sunlight because of its equatorial location, can do more to utilize solar energy, one of the most efficient ways to be sustainable. James Buskowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Buskowitz Group, explains that projects harvesting solar energy come in levels: “Residential scale has always been the goal, but not in the beginning. Typically, when a country starts developing solar projects, it always starts with utility, then it goes to commercial-industrial rooftops, then it goes residential.” 

“If we combine all the roofs in the entire Metro Manila, we would have enough solar energy to power the entire Philippines,” Buskowitz shares. 

Trickling to the Residential Developments 

“What color is your roof?”

A simple question sparked discussion in the roundtable’s second panel discussion, Design and Construction Trends in Real Estate to Build Sustainable and Resilient Cities in the Philippines. It is not a pointless question either, as the simple selection of a white roof can already help a household save energy. 

“A safe home, a resilient city, a safe community is at the heart of what we have to address to adapt to the changes in the climate,” mentions Santos-Sugay. 

To add, Lamudi’s CEO says climate change is not an isolated problem: “All of these inequalities that exist in the world today are getting heightened because of global warming.” 

We are not at a standstill when it comes to sustainable solutions, thankfully. Dela Cruz says, “The supply solutions will come many years from now, but everyone could start doing something on the demand side.” 


One of the solutions proposed is a mirror of what other countries have already implemented: water tariffs. According to dela Cruz, “In other countries, what they’ve done quite successfully during periods of water shortage is to actually adjust the price of water–double or triple–during hot summer months basically to curtail the usage.”

Though this price adjustment has been discussed but not yet explored, companies such as Hamilo Coast have already implemented their own guidelines to conserve water and safeguard the environment from climate change. Hamilo Coast, which aims to be a “microcosm of what could be done,” practices a “top-down approach” on implementing sustainable policies. “The only way that we will see individuals actually follow the rules is if you put a system of checks, balances, and penalties.” 

To get to the finish line, where a more climate-resilient Philippines awaits, each individual has to make impactful changes, but at the forefront are the bigger organizations that can influence those in their respective industries as well. 

With miscommunication proving to be a big roadblock, the discussion needs to be sustained. This is one of the reasons for the creation of the roundtable, as Architect. Amado de Jesus, Vice Chairman of the Philippine Green Building Initiative, mentions, “If you have a bigger role, that’s a bigger responsibility.” 

“Lamudi is a giant brand. With all the buildings that are together, the organizations that you have a big influence on, you can create a big impact,” says de Jesus.

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Panel A: Sustainability Efforts for the Philippines of NGOs and Private Organizations

Ferdzdela Cruz, Former Chief Executive Officer of Manila Water Company, Inc.
Angela Ibay, Head, Climate and Energy Program of the World Wide Fund for Nature
 
Wesley Caballa, Senior Manager for Sustainability of Costa Del Hamilo Inc.
Justine Santos-Sugay, Director for Resource Development and Communications of Habitat for Humanity
Ferdzdela Cruz, Former Chief Executive Officer of Manila Water Company, Inc.
Angela Ibay, Head, Climate and Energy Program of the World Wide Fund for Nature
Wesley Caballa, Senior Manager for Sustainability of Costa Del Hamilo Inc.
Justine Santos-Sugay, Director for Resource Development and Communications of Habitat for Humanity

Panel B: Design and Construction Trends in Real Estate to Build Sustainable and Resilient Cities in the Philippines


James Buskowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Buskowitz Group
Ar. Amado de Jesus, Vice Chairman of the Philippine Green Building Initiative
JJ Fernandez, Strategic Management Consultant ofMenarco Development Corporation
Left to Right:
James Buskowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Buskowitz Group
Ar. Amado de Jesus, Vice Chairman of the Philippine Green Building Initiative
JJ Fernandez, Strategic Management Consultant ofMenarco Development Corporation
Moderator: Bhavna Suresh, Chief Executive Officer of Lamudi; Panelists from Left to Right: Angela Ibay, Head, Climate and Energy Program of the World Wide Fund for Nature, James Buskowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Buskowitz Group, Ar. Amado de Jesus, Vice Chairman of the Philippine Green Building Initiative, JJ Fernandez, Strategic Management Consultant ofMenarco Development Corporation, Justine Santos-Sugay, Director for Resource Development and Communications of Habitat for Humanity; Aina Cruz, Marketing Manager of Lamudi.