A New Decade Welcomes Panasonic Air Conditioning Philippines

In this age of innovation, change is inevitable.

Panasonic reiterates its commitment to create “A Better Life, A Better World” as it aims to contribute to the progress and development of society and to the happiness of people around the globe, highlighting its expertise in the Air Conditioning business in over 120 countries globally.

As we enter a new decade, Panasonic launches a new company that is dedicated to provide professional services for your air conditioning needs, the Panasonic Air Conditioning Philippines (PACPH).

With this development, PACPH promises to provide the best comfortable air solutions with innovative professional technologies and services to suffice every Filipino’s need from home to business solution.

Air conditioning nowadays does not only settle on cooling alone. As the name implies, air conditioners’ main purpose is to condition your indoor air, thus, Panasonic developed nanoe™ Technology that deodorizes, inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses, and is effective in dust removal to create a fresher and cleaner living environment.

Humans consume an average of 1.3kg of food, 1.2kg of water, and surprisingly breathe around 18kg of air daily. In order for us to live longer, and stay stronger, we need to care more about the air we breathe. That is why and how exactly we came up with our concept of Quality Air for Life, in line with Panasonic’s thrust of providing Japan Quality Air Conditioners to Filipino Families.

Panasonic Air Conditioning Training Center

Panasonic air conditioner is present in over 120 countries globally, and out of this 120 countries, the Philippines is one of the fastest growing market.

Committed to provide only the best for the Filipino customers, PACPH opened their Air Conditioning Training Center that supports their responsibility in providing product knowledge and skills enhancement to serve their customers with utmost capability.

The main objective of this training center is to introduce relevant training programs geared to address issues on knowledge improvement on Panasonic products, by educating their customers. Another goal is to provide skills development of technical personnel, engineers, and staff for effective after sales servicing.

The specialized team will work hand in hand to respond to inquiries and formulate solutions, thereby, improving delivery speed and widening its logistics coverage throughout the country. Panasonic also expanded its warehouse capacity and locations to ensure sufficient stocks of parts and goods are available at any given time.

Taking a cue from the massive infrastructure investment of the Philippine Government under its “Build! Build! Build!” program, Panasonic continuously focuses in providing premium Japan Quality products to its customers as our contribution to society.

The success of the program is expected to help bring down the costs of production, encourage investments in the countryside, make the movement of goods and people more efficient, and create more jobs for Filipinos.

This is to ensure that we can continue to fulfill Panasonic’s commitment, mindful of their dedication to quality, safety, and sustainable development.

Through better air conditioning solutions, Panasonic aims to provide care for every Filipino family – that’s Alagang Panasonic.

Efficacy of locally-made, anti-aging regimen undergoes tech tests

Health and beauty have been lumped into another frontier for technology and innovation. Locally, breakthroughs have been discussed and developed especially in the health and beauty category.

Recently, a clinical study conducted by a fellow of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) proved the efficacy of locally produced anti-aging regimen in improving skin moisturization—a key factor in avoiding skin problems and visible aging— by up to 34 percent in just four weeks.

The test conducted by clinical investigator Dr. Nenita Lorenzo-Alberto, MD, FPDS, FPSAAI, also showed that the use of these anti-aging preparation significantly reduced fine lines on the lips, eyes and forehead, and also resulted in considerable skin smoothening.

Dr. Alberto particularly used the Time Repair Exfoliant and Time Repair Revitalizer produced by Filipino firm BCP Dermatological Corporation in the clinical test.

The study had 30 respondents, who were instructed to apply Time Repair Exfoliant on their forehead and right half face and Time Repair Revitalizer upon drying. They used the products two times a day for four weeks.

Aside from proving the efficacy of the products manufactured by BCP Dermatological Corp. in terms of skin moisturization, smoothening and reduction of fine lines, Dr. Alberto also checked for signs of negative reactions such as papules or comedones, erythema or redness, pruritus or itchiness, and stinging sensation or burning.

Dr. Alberto noted in her report that “statistical analysis on the corneometer readings of the treated side showed significant skin moisturization on the first week until fourth week of usage…Highest percentage moisture increase value of 33.9 percent was noted on the fourth week.”

Also, the dermatologist said highest percentage fine lines reduction values of 69.3 percent and 72.7 percent were observed on the fourth week for the forehead and right treated eye, respectively.

Then, she added, statistical analysis for the visual assessment of the treated side showed significant skin smoothening on the first week, with further improvement until the fourth week.

The conclusion of Dr. Alberto’s clinical test on Time Repair Exfoliant and Time Revitalizer reads:

“Based on this study, it can be concluded that Time Repair Exfoliant and Time Repair Revitalizer showed significant skin moisturization from the first week until the fourth week of product usage, with highest percentage moisture increase of 33.9 percent on the fourth week.

In terms of the change in the number of lines on the lips, significant reduction was noted from the first week up to the fourth week, with highest percentage reduction of 69.3 percent (forehead) and 72.7 percent (eyes-right) noted on the fourth week of product usage.

In terms of skin smoothening, significant improvement was noted on the first week, with further improvement until the fourth week of product usage. There were also no adverse reactions noted for the entire duration of the study.”

Time Repair Exfoliant and Time Repair Revitalizer are available at all DS Diana Stalder by Dermaline branches and at reputable dermatologists’ clinics nationwide.

Casino Filipino presents VP Choice Awards 2019 with RED Entertainment

Village Pipol just got bigger! The first-ever VP Choice Awards finally happened and it has been trending upon its launch. Presented on January 23, it surely was a success with almost 200 guests attending the event. Brand executives, online personalities and celebrities experienced a one-of-a-kind red carpet awarding ceremony. Held at Casino Filipino Manila Bay, VP Choice Awards accommodated guests at the main ballroom.

Casino Filipino presents VP Choice Awards 2019 with RED Entertainment.

ABS-CBN’s Ultimate Bidaman winner Jin Macapagal and GMA Network’s IT-girl Ashley Ortega hosted the first-ever VP Choice Awards. Hailed as the star-studded gathering with millennial artists Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Darren Espanto, Mimiyuuuh, and even the famous SB19 gracing the event. Of course, the awards night featured a tight competition among all nominees three major categories: Travel, Lifestyle, and Entertainment. 

Casino Filipino awards the Star of the Night to Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber.

As the event’s title sponsor, they also had the chance to present an award to the lucky guests. Senior Marketing Officer of the Manila Bay Branch Gerlie Bonleon presented the Casino Filipino’s Star of the Night. She presented it to VPCA’s Loveteam of the Year awardee MayWard who surely gave the event an extra shine.

In behalf of Village Pipol, we are truly grateful for Casino Filipino for accommodating the first-ever VP Choice Awards! 

Duty Free Philippines Celebrates Chinese New Year with a 2-Day Sale

Tourism attached agency Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) is set to welcome the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat with a 2-day SALE at its flagship Fiestamall store in Parañaque City.
Customers will get to enjoy exciting discounts of as much as 30% from a wide range of regular priced items on January 25-26, 2020.

Arriving international travelers, overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and balikbayans are invited to come to the Fiestamall with their families to witness the traditional Chinese blessing and lion dance ceremony happening this Saturday, January 25, at 11am onwards.

The Fiestamall offers a wide range of perfumes and cosmetics, fashion, sporting goods, home, appliances, toys, confectionery, wines, spirits and grocery items with a selection of the world’s prestigious brands.
Store hours is from 10am to 9pm. The customer registration counter will open at 9am.

To know more about Duty Free Philippines and the sale event, please call these numbers 8552-4337 local 3132/8552-4375 (and look for Ms. Xiao)

Real Estate Market Review 2019

2019 was a strong year for the real estate sector. Major cities all over the Philippines have shown interesting performance, and this has led to more opportunities in the office, residential, and retail sectors nationwide. 

Let’s take a look at what happened in 2019 on Lamudi’s real estate platform: 

The Year in Review: What Property Seekers Looked for

Property seekers on Lamudi are more interested in buying (60.59%) than renting (39.41%), with their budget able to accommodate for-sale properties up to Php 20 million or for-rent properties up to Php 1 million. In the more affordable segment, the majority of seekers look into the Php 5,000 up to Php 15,000 price range.

Most Popular Cities

Seekers are not just interested in properties in Metro Manila. The most in-demand cities of 2019 are Quezon City, Makati, Manila, Cebu City, and Taguig. In 2018, Quezon City was also the most-searched city in terms of location, accessibility, and livability. 

Cebu City is one to watch, as residents from this city account for 87.56% of pageviews generated in Visayas.

According to the Q1 2019 Cebu Property Market Report of Colliers International Philippines, the growth of BPO industries helps fuel the economy of Cebu and encourages investments for the development of more office spaces. Investments in Cebu’s BPO and IT-related industries have also fueled the demand for horizontal and vertical residential developments.

The high influx of tourists coming to Cebu City has also propelled a higher demand for condominiums in the area. With the growth of BPO hubs in the city, millennials, who make up 43.98% of Visayas’ pageviews, are also drawn to the region for work opportunities and potential property ownership.

Most Popular Property Type

Lamudi seekers inquired about condominiums the most, with over 39.24% of total leads. Condominiums may be utilized as one’s primary residence or as a rental investment. With the increasing demand for condominium units in metropolitan areas, it is advisable to buy during the pre-selling period as the property value of condominiums increases near the development’s completion.

Top Overseas Location of Property Seekers

Seekers located in Dubai have a strong interest in Philippine real estate, followed by Doha and Sydney. Overseas seekers mostly search for houses (30.58%) compared to other residential types, with 38.66% interested in buying and 16.73% interested in renting. One explanation for the sustained growth from Dubai, which was also the top overseas city in 2018, can be attributed to OFWs wanting to buy their own property to settle in once they get back to the Philippines. Filipinos are also searching for houses or condominiums as an investment opportunity in the Philippines. 

Top Provincial Cities

Provincial cities have also shown a strong interest in real estate properties, particularly Cebu City, Bacoor, Davao City, Angeles, and Antipolo. 

Real Estate Supply

The growing demand for properties has led to an increase in listings on Lamudi. In Metro Manila, Quezon City has the most number of listings. 

Paranaque City had the biggest growth of listings within Metro Manila, with a 292% increase from the 1st quarter of 2018 to the 1st quarter of 2019. 

Development in provincial cities has also contributed to the supply, showing an increase in listings from areas such as Angeles City in Pampanga. Naic, Cavite also had a significant increase in listings (886%) from the 4th quarter of 2018 to the 4th quarter of 2019. 

For 2019, the most popular property type listed on the platform was house and lot. 

Noteworthy Listings

  • The most expensive property posted on Lamudi is a 23-hectare vacant lot in Roxas Boulevard. This is comprised of two lots combined for a total land area of 231,751.16 sqm. It is currently for sale at a whopping Php 81.1 million (Php 350, 000 per square meter). The lot area is close to Okada Manila, the CCP Complex, and Hotel Sofitel. 
  • The smallest property posted was a parking stall in Bel-Air that measures 5 square-meters.
  • Another small property listing is a small store space measuring 2.5 square-meters located in Gatchalian Subdivision, Las Pinas City.
  • The most-viewed property on Lamudi was a three-bedroom townhouse located in Mendez Crossing East, Tagaytay City. The idyllic Tagaytay house has a floor area of 50 sqm, three bedrooms, one bathroom, and a car parking space. The house is currently being sold for Php 1.8 million. 

WELCOME THE AUSPICIOUS YEAR OF THE METAL RAT AT XIN TIAN DI, CROWNE PLAZA MANILA GALLERIA

Rejoice to a beginning of abundance, good fortune and genuine happiness at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. The hotel’s Chinese specialty restaurant, Xin Tian Di, has prepared a medley of authentic dishes to welcome the auspicious year of the metal rat.

For an intimate gathering, a family of four can have the Wealthy Menu – Start off with a serving of Fortune Yu Sheng or cold cuts combination, while perfect to warm one’s stomach is a choice of Dried Scallop, Fish Maw and Shredded Sea Abalone soup or Double-Boiled Conch Meat, Chicken, Coconut with Conpoy Soup. To signify abundance, main course include Deep Fried Crispy Sea Bass Fillet with Teriyaki Dressing, Steamed King Scallop with Taoso, Braised E-fu Noodle with Crab Meat and Assorted Seafood with Egg White, Fried Organic Rice with Veal and Asparagus in Abalone Sauce, and Xin Tian Di’s famous Roasted Duck with Plum Sauce. End with a sweet note with Pan-Fried Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake and Sweet Almond Ginger Tea. The Wealthy Menu starts at PhP12,888.00++.

The Fortune Menu is fit for a generous family of ten starting at PhP26,888.00++. Aside from the appetizer, soup and dessert, the menu features Roasted Peking Duck Two-way, Stir Fried Tiger Prawn with Superior Soup and Garlic, Stewed Home-style Pork Knuckle “Patatim Style”, Work-Fried Norway Salmon Fillet with Golden Garlic and Salted Egg, Wok-Fried Minced Duck in Lettuce, Braised E-fu Noodle with Crab Meat and Assorted Seafood with Egg White and Friend Organic Rice with Veal and Asparagus in Abalone Sauce.

Order a special round Tikoy is also available for only PhP1,088.00++ per piece, available in original, ube and pandan flavors. Known to be a significant part of Chinese New Year, Tikoy usually signifies wealth and prosperity and usually given to relatives and closest friends.

Offers are available until January 31, 2020. For inquiries, call Xin Tian Di at 8633-7222 or email fandb.reservations@ihg.com. Like the hotel’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/crowneplazamanilagalleria and follow their Instagram account: @crowneplazamanilagalleria for hotel updates and other promotions.

About Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts

Part of the IHG global portfolio, our Crowne Plaza hotels are ready 24/7 with premium accommodation, business-ready services and spaces, and fast and fresh food that keep guests productive, connected, rested and restored during their stay. As the fourth largest upscale full-service hotel brand in the world and one of the fastest growing, the Crowne Plaza brand has a solid foundation for future growth. The portfolio stands at nearly 423 hotels, and the global pipeline has nearly 88 hotels. At Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts we believe business travel should work better. In every market in the world, business has changed, and so has work. It’s more digital, more flexible, more mobile, more connected. As one of the world’s largest upscale brands, we have properties located in major urban centres, gateway cities and resort destinations all around the globe.. Our Sleep Advantage® program ensures our guests get a great night’s sleep to power through their day. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit www.crowneplaza.com or call 1-800-2CROWNE. Connect with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/crowneplaza or Facebook: www.Facebook.com/crowneplaza.

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SAN BEDA UNIVERSITY GRAND ALUMNI HOMECOMING 2020

San Beda University celebrates Grand Alumni Homecoming on February 01, 2020 at Mendiola Manila with a theme “Bida San Beda”.  Celebrating Jubilarians are ready to ROAR together with Platinum Class ’55, Diamond Class ’60, Emerald Class ’65, Golden Class ’70, Sapphire Class ’75, Ruby Class ’80, Coral Class ’85, Pearl Class ’90, Silver Class ’95, China Class ’05, Crystal Class ’05, Tin Class ’10 and Wood Class ’15. This momentous event will highlight the following activities like distribution of alumni ID and medals at 1:00pm – 3:00pm, holy mass from 4:00pm – 5:00pm, parade of Jubilarians at 5:30pm, dinner, special tribute to high school and grade school teachers, ceremonial turn over and what makes it more exciting are old school mates coming home from different parts of the world.

This event is made possible through the efforts of the Silver Jubilarians Class ’95 with President Lt. Col. Mannix de Duque, Vice President Bertrand Abcede and organising committee Omar Villaluz, Direk Rahyan Carlos and many more. Special thanks as well to San Beda University Alumni Association, Direk Cata Figueroa, Miss Wilma Abellanosa, Miss Mys V. Sandico & PMCM Events Management Team, San Beda GS ’91, HS’95 and to the following sponsors, ABM Solutions INC, Ortigas Land, Alveo Land, Team Well Ross Realty of Lancaster City, AdEven Solutions, Alfox Printing, Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insight and Astig.PH.

Lt. Col. Mannix de Duque, Silver Jubilee President says “ I would like to invite everyone to celebrate & partner with us so we could best achieve our goal of making our homecoming one of San Beda’s best yet. We are welcoming old batch mates from abroad and sponsors who will be given the opportunity to promote their products and services to almost a thousand of esteemed alumni and friends that are expected to attend this very important event.  And to our dear Jubilarians, let’s make this homecoming a time to reconnect with one another, reminisce the old times and most of all show our gratitude to our dear alma mater. “

For more details on how to attend, please contact our organizing committee headed by VP Ched Abcede at 09150370320 or Miss Wilma Abellanosa at 09178072222.

For partners and exhibitors, please contact our event organizer PMCM Events Management at 0917 8344978 or email pmcm.events@gmail.com.