Save the Children Philippines honors companies for life-changing support for children

Save the Children Philippines has awarded corporate partners for life-changing actions for children to have a healthy start, access to quality education and protection from all forms of violence, both in their day-to-day lives and when disasters strike.

Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines said support from corporate partners is critical to sustain humanitarian response and development programs that benefit children in times of natural disasters and emergencies.

“Save the Children Philippines,  together with our partners,  is committed to deliver transformative programs to children in the most deprived and marginalized situations,” said Muyot. “The unwavering support of our corporate partners inspire us to sustain our work and achieve breakthroughs.”

Representatives from 95 companies, schools, and organizations in the Philippines gathered at the Manila Marriott Hotel yesterday, where Save the Children Philippines showcased ways companies and institutions can support programs.

Johnson and Johnson Philippines and GSK Philippines were recognized as “Partners of the Year” for their high impact support for programs and emergency response. Johnson and Johnson Philippines provided support in promoting maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition and addressing severe malnutrition of children in deprived areas in Metro Manila. GSK Philippines provided support for the affected children and families of Typhoon Ompong, communities affected by Dengue outbreak, and those affected in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato during the Mindanao earthquakes.

Save the Children Philippines also awarded partners under the following categories:

·         2018 Most Outstanding Grant Project Donor- Johnson and Johnson for “Strengthening and Empowering Partners to Scale up Maternal and Newborn Child Health and Nutrition;”

·         2018 Most Outstanding Global Grant Project Donor- Prudence Foundation for the following projects:

–       FIRST READ, an early childhood learning program

–       Education Safe from Disasters that puts in place and automate a management information system for disaster preparedness in all public schools.

–       Local Empowerment through Access and Participation (LEAP) in Panay to build resilience of children and their families from disasters.

·         Corporate partners which initiated fundraising activities were given special awards under the following categories:

–       Workplace Giving under Sparebucks4Change-Johnson and Johnson

–       Fundraisers-Marriott Worldwide Business Councils Philippines

–       Christmas Campaign-Utkilen Norway

–       Emergency Donors- Insular Foundation

–       Gift in Kind  (Media category)-CNN Philippines

–       Gift in Kind-Terry SA Inc for Havaianas

–       Special Awards were given to British Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

Naida Pasion, Chief Business Development Officer urged support to Sustainable, Area-Focused and Empowering (SAFE) programs in Metro Manila, Leyte and Samar provinces and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

“Investing in children is good for business,” said Pasion. “When children become the best that they can be, as adults, they are the prime movers of a vibrant market.”

Bruce Winton, Chair of Marriott Worldwide Business Councils Philippines reiterated the company’s commitment to programs supporting children. The global hotel chain is one of the new corporate partners for 2019 which hosted a series of events and activities to raise funds for children. These include Run to Give, Charity Golf Tournament, Opt-In-Donation for all hotel guests across all Marriott-owned properties.

Save the Children Philippines showcased programs being supported by corporate partners through an exhibit, these include:

·         First Read project, a critical support for children in the first three years to develop foundational skills on literacy and numeracy.

·         Project Nurture, a life-saving support for children who are severely malnourished.

·         Maternal, Newborn and Child health and Nutrition, an integrated support for health and nutrition of pregnant and lactating mothers in the deprived areas of Metro Manila and Mindanao. The program ensures health and well-being of babies in the first 1,000 days through breastfeeding, proper nutrition and access to health service and early childhood education.

·         Build Urban Children’s Resilience against Shocks and Threats of Resettlement (BURST) project that helps children and their families being displaced in Metro Manila to find relocation and resume classes.

Atty. Muyot, in his closing remarks said support from corporate partners helped Save the Children Philippines reach around 4.2 million children in the most deprived and marginalized situations to get access to education.

“The impact that we bring to children has created ripples of hope,” he said.


Radisson Hotel Group is set to introduce its contemporary and creative Radisson RED brand to Australia for the first time, following the signing of Radisson RED West Perth. Scheduled to open in 2022, the hotel will allow guests to keep their fingers on the pulse with a great location, interactive spaces, seamless connectivity and a focus on local art and culture.

This upscale hotel will offer 129 rooms, featuring bold designs and unconventional yet functional touches. Guests will be able to relax at the hotel’s buzzing restaurant, cool off in the swimming pool and chill out at the rooftop bar.

For business travelers, three high-tech function rooms will offer over 160 square meters of space for meetings, training sessions and more, all supported by audio-visual technology. With a thriving social scene, the hotel will provide plenty of opportunities for guests to interact with their fellow travelers, with inspiring hangouts and communal work spaces.

Radisson RED West Perth will rise on the corner of Wellington Street and Colin Street, directly opposite the Harold Boas Gardens. The hotel will be located just a short walk from the Perth Arena and Hay Street, with its lively cafés, restaurants and bars, and only three minutes’ drive from the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

“Perth is the ideal destination for Radisson RED to make its Australian debut. With its upbeat street scene, café culture and international outlook, this enterprising city is attracting significant interest from investors and visitors alike. Radisson RED West Perth will attract a new generation of travelers who seek smart, stimulating and social stays,” commented Katerina Giannouka, President, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.

The capital of Western Australia, Perth is undergoing a renaissance with multiple world-class infrastructure projects currently in the works across the city, including the Perth City Link and Elizabeth Quay. The state welcomed 11.1 million overnight visitors in the year-to-March 2019, up 9.4 percent year-on-year, and the government is now planning to invest AUD 425 million (approx. USD 292 million) over the next five years to further enhance the city’s appeal and expand airline capacity.

“We are honored to work with Radisson Hotel Group to introduce the Radisson RED brand to Australia. This is a truly original concept that will be a perfect fit for Perth, which is fast becoming one of the country’s primary growth corridors. With its excellent location – surrounded by the city’s main attractions  and in close proximity to vibrant cafés and restaurants, and the entertainment precincts of Leederville, Subiaco and Northbridge, we are confident that Radisson RED West Perth will be popular among the rising number of visitors to the city,” said Martyn Barnes, Managing Director, Barnes Capital.

Radisson Hotel Group currently operates hotels in Sydney and Melbourne, and recently secured its first Radisson Collection hotel, which will deliver exceptional experiences in the Blue Mountains. The Group continues to expand its footprint, introducing its industry leading brands across Australia. In Asia Pacific, eight Radisson RED hotels are currently under development.

F1 Hotel Manila Earns 2019 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Recognized as the first hotel in BGC, F1 Hotel Manila remains one of the most competitive when it comes to delivering excellent service in the hospitality industry. This was recently acknowledged by Tripadvisor as they awarded F1 Hotel Manila a Certificate of Excellence as proof that the hotel consistently delivered excellent service throughout the year. With 7 successful years under its belt within the industry, Tripadvisor has been an important tool in determining where the hotel stands. Each department is exhibiting more than what is expected, making the hotel’s mission and vision possible and in arm’s length every functioning day. The establishment continues to progress and evolve along with the supervision of its General Manager, Cindy Brual, who has been in the hospitality industry for almost 20 years. Applying her years of experience, F1 Hotel Manila was able to achieve excellent ratings on Tripadvisors from guests under her management and also with the help from her respective Department Heads.

Noticeable for its modern amenities and spacious upscale accommodations located at the heart of the bustling city of BGC, F1 Hotel Manila continues to strive for excellence in terms of guest service as it is the bread and butter of the hospitality business. To experience the exceptional service we give to the guests, you may call 7908-7888 or follow @f1hotelmanila on Facebook and Instagram for inquiries and reservations.

Lamudi to Host Housing Fair for OFWs in December

Philippine property seekers and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are encouraged to mark their calendars for the upcoming Lamudi Housing Fair in Mall of Asia happening this December 14, 2019. As the last leg of the Housing Fair series by the leading real estate platform Lamudi, the one-day fair will gather some of the most trusted names in real estate and related industries to guide property seekers and home buyers in finding the home of their dreams.

Overseas Activity on Lamudi

The appetite for real estate from OFWs and foreign investors continue to grow. In the last two years alone, there has been an 81% increase in the number of sessions outside the Philippines in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. Based on sessions on Lamudi from outside the Philippines during this period, the top ten foreign destinations that have shown interest in real estate properties are:

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Singapore
  4. United Arab Emirates
  5. Australia
  6. Saudi Arabia
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Japan
  9. India
  10. Hong Kong

The biggest growth came from India, with a 425% increase from 2017. Canada, on the other hand, showed a 216% increase in the fourth quarter of 2017.

When compared with the distribution of OFWs around the world in 2018, the location of inquiries shows familiar places. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2018 Survey on Overseas Filipinos, 82.6% of OFWs worked in Asia, 0.9% came from Africa, 2.1% came from Australia, 7.8% came from Europe, and 6.6% came from North and South America.

The Philippine Statistics Authority mentions that in Asia, 18.7% of OFWs worked in East Asia, including Hong Kong (6.3%), Japan (3.3%), Taiwan (5.5%), and other countries such as China and South Korea (3.7); 9% worked in Southeast and South Central Asia, including Malaysia (2.4%), Singapore (4.9%), and other countries including Brunei, Cambodia, and Indonesia (1.7%); and 54.9% worked in Western Asia, including Kuwait (5.7%), Qatar (5.2%), Saudi Arabia (24.3%), United Arab Emirates (15.7%), and other countries such as Bahrain, Israel, Lebanon, and Jordan (4%). 

The Growing Interest from Overseas

Based on Lamudi’s data, the number of sessions from 2017 to 2018 nearly doubled, showing a strong interest in real estate from overseas in the period of October to December. Saudi Arabia accounted for 7% of the sessions outside the country on Lamudi during this period. As the “most preferred country of destination among OFWs,” 25.4% of the 2.3 million OFWs have worked here anytime during the period April to September 2017, says the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Hong Kong, which had 6.5% of OFWs as of 2017, accounted for 18.41% of searchers on Lamudi from 2017 to 2018.

Japan served as the place of work for 3.3% of OFWs in 2018, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. It is also where 3.25% of Lamudi searches came from in the third quarter of 2018, which is a 95.83% increase compared to the same period in 2017.

The United States is yet another OFW-rich location that has shown interest in real estate properties in the Philippines. Property seeker activities on Lamudi show that 21.5% of sessions outside the country come from the United States, and it has shown a 93% growth from 2017 to 2018.

Meanwhile, Singapore showed a 79% increase in sessions in the same time period, and Australia showed an 82% increase.

Global Pinoys Come Home

The Lamudi Housing Fair, to be held in SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on December 14, 2019, is the place to visit for property seekers coming back to the Philippines to spend their holidays with their families. Aside from the Christmas festivities keeping Filipinos busy this time of year, now is also the time to look for investment properties that can be a source of passive income or the realization of a life-long homeownership dream.

At the housing fair, property seekers can visit the booths of exhibitors PA Properties, Damosa Land, Inc., BPI Family Housing Loan, Robinsons Land Corporation, RCD Land, CDC Holdings, Inc., MyCitiHomes and more to know their housing and real estate investment options.

Those interested in saving money when buying real estate can stick around for the UnionBank auction of foreclosed properties.

The one-day event is also a place for brokers and agents to network and find potential clients. It is also a day for learning, as learning development coaches from Lamudi Academy will be sharing pointers on converting online leads to sales and improving online strategies.

The Lamudi Housing Fair in MOA has major sponsors Federal Land, Inc., Lancaster New City by PRO Friend, and Eton. The minor sponsors for the event are DMCI Homes and Aboitiz Land, Inc. Lamudi also worked with event partner Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, Inc. (SHDA) to make the housing fair possible.

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NOVUHAIR Supports FITFIL and National Youth Commisision

Coach Jim and Toni Saret, The National Youth Commission (NYC), ABS-CBN Star Hunt Academy artists, together with the leading hair loss treatment in the country NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss, officially launched “FITFIL YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS (and Obesity)” at SM Mall of Asia By the Bay last November 16, 2019. The challenge for a 2-hour Dance Fitness Marathon was attended by more than 3,000 youth delegate and representatives from various government sectors.

Highlighting the event, The National Youth Commission headed by Commissioner Ryan Enriquez, pledged to donate 2 million pounds of excess fat from Filipino youth! This challenge is FITFIL’s way of rallying humanity to become more proactive in fighting lifestyle-related diseases responsible to almost 70% of all Global illnesses including deaths.

NOVUHAIR conducted free hair and scalp analysis to help attendees achieve overall wellness starting with their crowning glory.  Flex those muscles, you’ve got nothing to lose!

The Developers that Won the Buyers’ Hearts at the Outlook Awards 2019

Last November 14, 2019, Lamudi, the leading online real estate platform, gave out prestigious awards to the most notable developers all over the Philippines. With two new categories and more nominations, Lamudi’s Outlook Awards 2019 proves to be a better representation of the developments that have been created for seekers–and of the buyers’ choices that ultimately crowned the night’s winners.

Lamudi’s The Outlook: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards 2019, co-presented by Philippine Daily Inquirer Property and Holcim, received 30% more nominations from developers this year, particularly coming from Visayas and Mindanao. With established names and boutique developers in the real estate industry vying for the awards, the competition was bound to be fierce–and fierce it was, as the discerning market ultimately decided the winners for the House, Condominium, and Mixed-Use categories.

History Speaks for Itself

Filinvest Land, Inc., which was awarded Best Affordable Condo in Luzon for Value for Money in 2018, proved their strength as a property powerhouse with their wide range of developments. At The Outlook Awards 2019, they bested other nominees for the Best Premium Condo for Visayas and Mindanao with their development, Sanremo Oasis at City di Mare. Filinvest’s Best Affordable House award last year for their development, Claremont, was also complemented by this year’s win for Best Premium House in Luzon for their development, The Peak.

Another powerhouse worth mentioning is Avida Land Corporation, with Avida Towers Makati Southpoint winning Best Premium Condo and Avida Southfield Settings NUVALI winning Best Affordable House in Luzon. Avida Land was also last year’s winner for Best Premium Condo for Trust and Reputation of Developer for their development Avida Towers Asten.

Megaworld Corporation, last year’s Best Developer in Visayas and Mindanao, also took home two awards at the Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards 2019 for The Albany (Best Luxe Condo) and The Mactan Newtown (Best Mixed-Use Development).

Here is the complete list of winners for The Outlook Awards 2019:

Luzon Winners

Best Affordable Condo – Cheer Residences (SM Development Corporation)

Best Premium Condo – Avida Towers Makati Southpoint (Avida Land Corporation)

Best Luxe Condo – The Albany (Megaworld Corporation)

Best Affordable House – Avida Southfield Settings NUVALI (Avida Land Corporation)

Best Premium House – The Peak (Filinvest Land, Inc.)

Best Mixed-Use Development – Hamilo Coast (Costa del Hamilo, Inc.)

Visayas and Mindanao Winners     

Best Affordable Condo – Casa Mira Towers Labangon (Cebu Landmasters, Inc.)

Best Premium Condo – Sanremo Oasis at City di Mare (Filinvest Land, Inc.)

Best House – Amoa (AboitizLand, Inc.)

Best Mixed-Use Development – The Mactan Newtown (Megaworld Corporation)

Special Awards

Best Green Project – Three E-Com Center (SM Prime Holdings, Inc.)

Best Innovation Project – The Seasons Residences (Sunshine Fort North Bonifacio Realty Development Corporation)

Best Co-Living Space – MyTown Co-Living Hubs (Philippines Urban Living Solutions, Inc.)

Best Co-Working Space – Acceler8 (UnionSPACE)

Personality of the Year – Jose “Joe” Soberano III, Chairman, President and CEO of Cebu Landmasters, Inc.

Grand Awards

Best Developer – Luzon – DMCI Homes

Best Developer – VisMin – Cebu Landmasters, Inc.

Best Boutique Developer – Luzon – PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation

Best Boutique Developer – VisMin – DATEM Homes, Inc.

To open the awarding ceremony, Lamudi’s Global Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Kian Moini cited the real estate trends that make the Philippines a force to be reckoned with in Southeast Asia.

The gala also honored the recently departed real estate leaders John Gokongwei, Jr. of JG Summit, Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr. of Eton Properties, Willie Uy of 8990 Holdings, Henry Sy of SM Investments, and Liberator “Levy” P. Laus of The LausGroup of Companies.

Bhavna Suresh, CEO of Lamudi Philippines, ended the night with encouraging closing remarks about real estate’s continued growth in the country.

The Outlook Awards’ official TV partner is Cignal TV and the official event partner is Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

The event’s media partners are Business Mirror, Business World, Manila Standard, Malaya Business Insight, and The Philippine Star.

Lamudi also worked together with partner organizations Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), Land Registration Authority, Re/Max, Colliers International Philippines, Ikea Southeast Asia, A. P. de Jesus & Associates, Philippine Daily Inquirer Property, Housing and Urban  Development Coordinating Council, Buskowitz Group, Santos Knight Frank, Buensalido + Architects, German Chamber of Commerce, British Chamber of Commerce, Australian – New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Italian Chamber of Commerce, European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP), and Starbucks to make the event possible.

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