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Celebration of tech, gadgets, and gaming at SM Cybermonth

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SM Supermalls kickstarts the month of August with great deals and discounts
on tech in celebration of SM’s Cybermonth 2018.

SM Supermalls takes game geeks and gadget lovers on an experiential journey this August with Cybermonth, a month-long celebration of the latest gadget trends, exclusive tech deals, and gaming events at SM malls nationwide.

“The Cybermonth celebration will be extraordinary with fun on-ground gaming activities, the latest gadget finds, and great cyber deals,” said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls SVP for marketing.

Gadget lovers will enjoy month-long promos and discounts on the latest gizmos at the Gadget Sale with up to 50% discount in participating stores. All weekends of August will become more delightful as shoppers experience a tech-citing showcase of the newest gadgets at the Tech X-hibit.

Cosplay fans will feast their eyes on the country’s top anime characters as they come to life in a series of competitions and parades at the Cosplay Festival happening on all weekends of August! Game geeks can show off their skills on all Saturdays of the month as the Gamer’s Corner indulges them with experiential mobile, PC, and console gaming tournaments and popular video games.

On all Sundays of August, drop by the Digital Photography Workshops where you can discover different tips and tricks of flying drones and mobile photography. Shoppers can go on a fun #AweSM Logo Hunt, an augmented reality powered activity to collect as many #AweSM logos on August 25 and 26 to win exciting freebies and discounts!

On top of all these, as part of SM’s #AweSM 60-year celebration and Cybermonth, #AweSM tech finds and deals will give shoppers more value from August 24 to 26 at SM Supermalls. Shoppers can experience 60-themed deals, such as pay only 60%, less Php60, or pay only Php60, on #AweSM items in participating stores.

No matter what your tech interest is – whether it be e-sports, gaming, virtual reality, music, or photography – there will be something for you at Cyberzone! For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com.

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National University to open UAAP Season 81 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena

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Watch UAAP Season 81, the biggest sports event of the year, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena with special performances by James Reid and Spongecola.

Celebrate and show off campus pride as the National University hosts UAAP Season 81, drumming up a bigger and bolder season opening ceremony, packed with fun surprises and special performances from Spongecola, James Reid, and more happening on September 8 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena!

After hosting its 75th season in 2012, the biggest collegiate sports league in the Philippines makes a comeback to the home of the Bulldogs, National University, for UAAP Season 81 – treating athletes, students, and sports fans alike with a must-experience season opening.

“This season, we will bring the best out of our student-athletes as we showcase different sports events for the most-awaited university sports league in the country,” said Nilo Ocampo, president of the Board of Managing Directors of UAAP.

Don’t miss out on one of the biggest sports event of the year as school spirit comes alive this September at the UAAP Season 81 at the MOA Arena – it all begins here.

For updates on UAAP Season 81 tickets, visit https://smtickets.com/.

Trade In for a TechnoMarine

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Trade In for a TechnoMarine. For those who are keen to own a TechnoMarine watch, here is your chance! TechnoMarine is running the “No Time To Wait Tour” that will let you trade in a pre-loved wrist watch – of any brand in working condition – for a TechnoMarine watch at a 40 percent discount in participating branches.

Catch the TechnoMarine “No Time To Wait Tour” and trade in to own the TechnoMarine watch you have always wanted at the following branches and on the following dates: August 11, 2018 at Edsa Shangri-La Mall in Mandaluyong City; August 12, 2018 at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City; August 18, 2018 at TriNoma Mall in Quezon City; August 19, 2018 at SM North Edsa Main Wing in Quezon City; August 25, 2018 at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City; and lastly at August 26, 2018 at SM Megamall. The trade in is time bound and can only be offered within 1:00PM to 6:00PM in each stop.

TechnoMarine timepieces instill a carefree coastal resort spirit with their water-inspired elements. A bright mix of colors and premium components let urban souls dream of international destinations when sporting the watches by innovative designers who enthusiastically develop eachcollection concept.

 

For more information, follow @TechnoMarinePH in Facebook and Instagram

 

Essilor Eye Can Succeed campaign wins award at the 16th Philippine Quill Awards

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Essilor Eye Can Succeed campaign wins award at the 16th Philippine Quill Awards. Essilor’s Eye Can Succeed has once again bagged awards from yet another prestigious award-giving body, the 2018 Philippine Quill Awards held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Essilor’s Eye Can Succeed, which received the merit award for Communication Management under the Corporate Social Responsibility category, aims to help Filipino senior high school students achieve better sight by providing free eye check-ups and giving free eyeglasses to those in need. The Eye Can Succeed campaign is a program launched last year by Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF), the philanthropic arm of Essilor which is committed to eliminating poor vision and providing underprivileged people the opportunity to live a better life through better sight. The Philippine Quill Awards is presented by the local division of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and honors dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale. For more information, visit Essilor’s website at http://www.essilor.com.ph, and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

A special cooking class on the use of local vegetables

The Hub Series at Discovery Primea’s Flame Restaurant will feature sustainable cuisine in an intimate cooking class on sophisticated and delicious dishes with focus on vegetables.

Supporters of the sustainable food movement and cooking enthusiasts looking for new ways to use local produce and hone their home cooking skills are invited to the cooking class led by Mesa ni Misis’ founder Juana Manahan Yupangco and Discovery Primea’s executive chef Luis Chikiamco at 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, 5 August 2018.

A collaboration between The Hub Series and Mesa ni Misis, the cooking class hopes to inspire a renewed interest and a deeper appreciation of wellness, healthy eating, and locally grown produce by turning simple ingredients into spectacular dishes. Participants can look forward to an afternoon learning the basics of preparing the most humble vegetables, as well as useful culinary techniques to bring out their best flavors.

Modern and creative recipes inspired by the travels and experiences of Yupangco and Chikiamco include Vegetarian Moussaka, Monggo Stew, Kangkong Dip, Vegetable Ravioli and Sayote Pie.

Fee for each participant in the Hub Series at Flame with Mesa ni Misis is P2,800 net. Limited seats are available and a 50 percent non-refundable down payment is required to book a seat. For payment details, reservations, and inquiries, please e-mail dpmarcomm@discovery.com.ph, or call the Marketing Communications Department at Discovery Primea at +63 2 955 8888.

For more information on upcoming activities, visit discoveryprimea.com or follow Discovery Primea on Facebook and Instagram.

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For more information, contact Margaux Hontiveros

Director of Marketing Communications

Discovery Primea

Telephone: +63 2 955 8888 loc. 7240

mhontiveros@discovery.com.ph

A beginner’s guide to makeup

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The newest Careline Multi Sticks for a better than basic look

If you’re new to makeup and the thought of experimenting with it intimidates you, let Careline, the Filipina teen’s go-to cosmetic brand under Ever Bilena Cosmetics, help you with these better than basic makeup tricks and tips for beginners in using its newest products called Multi Sticks (P205):

Use your fingers. You can now set aside your brushes because the newest Multi Sticks are created to build and blend easily! Apply each product in thin layers then blend with the pads of your fingers (make sure to wash your hands first!), start from center of your face and moving outwards. Using your own fingers to apply these products gives you the most natural skin-like finish and doesn’t look cake-y throughout the wear.

Combat shine and keep face smooth. Want to know the secret behind a polished makeup look? It’s primer! Before applying your favorite foundation, tinted moisturizer or BB Cream, swipe on the Blur Stick all over the face to keep it smooth and oil-free. This will also ensure that your makeup stays in place the whole day.

Hide blemishes. Whether you’re looking to conceal dark circles, large pores, age spots, and other blemishes or you just want to highlight your facial features, the Brighten Stick is the perfect product for that. After putting on your foundation, draw an inverted triangle under the eye to mask dark circles and create an illusion that the face is lifted. Pat it on skin using your ring finger so it’s evenly blended out.

Add definition to your face. Look fierce by adding definition to your face. With the Contour Stick, draw a line along your temples, the hollows of your cheeks, jawline and sides of the nose. Tap area of contour color with your fingers as it can be easily blended into your foundation. Also, this stick has a cool undertone that mimics the natural shadows of your face. (Tip: The Contour Stick is also great as an eyeshadow color)

Brighten your face with pops of color. Add pops of color to the face using the Rose and Peach Sticks. Both work as lipstick, blush, and eyeshadow. For a monochromatic look, dab your preferred color all over the lids and apples of cheeks. Finish off the look by swiping it on your lips.

Keep your glow on. Get the best healthy-looking glow on your face by applying the Strobe Stick on the high points of your cheeks, the inner corners of the eyes, eyebrow bone, bridge of your nose, Cupid ’s bow and chin. Voila! You’re ready to face the day!

Go ahead and experiment with makeup using Careline’s newest Multi Sticks available at any Careline counters at leading supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores and department stores nationwide.

To know more about Careline, visit https://careline.com.ph/, and follow their social media accounts: www.facebook.com/CarelineCosmetics, www.youtube.com/channel/Careline PH Official, www.instagram.com/CarelinePH

Design Center leads conversations on holistic health, equal opportunity

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On-Off Group strategist Leo Lallana challenges participants to come up with creative solutions as they are instructed to apply Design Thinking in different activites.

The Design Center of the Philippines celebrated recently World Industrial Design Day 2018 with the one-day event Designing Wellness at Robins Design Center on Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.

The annual World Industrial Design Day (WIDD) is an initiative of the World Design Organization, of which the Design Center. It spotlights a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and underscores the role of design in achieving the objective. For 2018, with the focus on UN SDG Number 3, holistic health and well-being were highlighted.

In partnership with Robins Design Center, Designing Wellness featured talks, workshops and exhibitions at the Schema, Perchand La Europa showrooms.

Leo Lallana of On-Off Group facilitated a Design Thinking workshop that taught participants to “fail forward” and to come up with solutions tailor-fit for pain-points of businesses.

Participants were presented different challenges during the workshop. One challenge asked them to come up with designs that took into account the insights of their chosen partners.  Activities emphasized empathy and the active seeking of innovative solutions to problems at hand.

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Reimon Gutierrez imparts his art philosophy to participants of the Life By Design workshop.

Reimon Gutierrez talked about his philosophy of art as a tool for self-discovery in his Life by Design workshop. He encouraged participants to “visualize wellness”, helping them with the process by instructing them to describe various objects given to them.

The second part of the event, Design Talks, featured talks by homegrown design champions.

Kicking off the series of talks, Melanie Go explained that building biology “addresses the ecological nature of the building – a step forward in harmony and balance with nature” and made the home “our third skin.”

“These homes are meant to protect what’s going on inside and what’s going on outside. We should think about the home as a living organism,” Go said.

A co-founder of Holy Carabao Farms, Go said the well-being of the soil, the animals and the people involved were top priorities in the practice of holistic farming.

Waves for Water Philippines director for operations Jenica Dizon emphasized the importance of immersing one’s self in the source of the problem he/she wanted to solve. She encouraged her audience to help effect change while doing what they were passionate about.

“It’s really hard to advocate for health, for wellness, when people don’t have basic needs,” Dizon noted as she talked about how her passion for aquatic activities evolved into her advocacy to provide clean water for everyone after she saw the plight of indigent communities. She showed the audience the water filter that Waves for Water provided communities to make water clean.

Arooga Health founder Dominique de Leon and Innovable, Inc. chief design officer Christina Guanzon stressed the need for accessibility of design, particularly in relation to their respective advocacies, mental health and a safer world for everyone, able-bodied or not.

“We don’t have convenient access to mental healthcare,” De Leon lamented as he discussed the impetus for Arooga Health, an online application that champions improved mental health policies in the workplace. “Hopefully, together, we could design a future that we’re all excited to see,” he said.

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Melanie Go discusses the modern built environment and the holistic farming practices of Holy Carabao Farms.

“In designing products, you have to design for any possibility,” Guanzon said. She said, as a hearing-impaired person herself, the difficulties she faced in a world that was mainly accessible to differently abled individuals served as the inspiration for Early Action Response System (EARS), a device that would enable deaf wearers to detect threats in their environment.

“To all the designers here, we encourage you to make design inclusive even on the basic level,” Chief Fireball and co-founder of Kick Fire Kitchen Niña Terol said during the fireside chat she moderated.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of sparking the much-needed conversation in ensuring that the physical, mental, social and psychological dimensions of an individual and the community are top priorities in designing wellness,” Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Rhea Matute said.

The Design Center also partnered with the Saint Brother Jaime Hilario Institute and the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies of the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in therecent PWD Entre-ployment Expo 2018.

With a grant from the Embassy of the United States in Manila, the expo promoted equality in employment opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

Design Center set up an institutional booth at the Henry Sy Hall in De La Salle University that featured its key services of the agency. It also facilitated a workshop, Do the Dough, that taught the 27 participants techniques they could apply to homemade air-dried dough to create various products that they could sell for a profit.

“The Design Center believes in accessibility as embodied by our accessible design services,” Matute explained. “We hope to continue playing an active role in the advancement of employability of Filipinos, regardless of their conditions.”

5 travel fails to avoid

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Make travel insurance a part of your travel checklist. Get protection from Smart Traveller of Charter Ping An, a subsidiary of AXA, a leading global insurer.

Traveling is such a wonderful thing! It helps you appreciate different cultures and teaches you so many lessons that aren’t taught in the classroom. But to make each trip truly meaningful, you have to prepare very well for it.

But even seasoned travelers may run into unforeseen setbacks. Here is a list of common travel fails and what to do in case you find yourself in one.

  1. Missed flight or other modes of transportation

Missing your flight or other transfers can be very stressful and costly as it can change your itinerary. But don’t panic! Find out your options, such as travel alternatives to your destination.

Be flexible, too! Know your schedule to give yourself ample time to prepare. While it’s good to have an itinerary, it’s also helpful to have a flexible schedule so you can immediately adjust to unforeseen circumstances.

  1. Lost luggage

Make your luggage easily identifiable by adding some personal touches, like a luggage cover protector or bag tags with your name and address. If the airline loses your luggage, report it immediately. Have the basic necessities and at least one set of clothes in your carry-on bag to tide you over as you wait for your luggage. If the airline is unable to recover your bag, your travel insurance can help.

Make travel insurance a part of your travel checklist. Get protection from Smart Traveller of Charter Ping An. Not only will it provide protection for your personal belongings, it also comes with a wide range of benefits, including 24-hour medical assistance, personal accident coverage, liability and personal safety coverage, and even refunds for unexpected expenses. Application is easy! Visit the AXA website (www.axa.com.ph/charterpingan/smart-traveller) and choose the ideal coverage for your trip. Eligible applicants must hold Philippine identification documents like birth certificate, long-term visa pass, dependent or student pass, and employment certificate for adults 18 to 70 years old.

  1. Luggage overload

Lugging  heavy suitcases as you chase after a bus or train or try to catch your flight makes travel more difficult, stressful, and even costly because it could mean paying extra for excess baggage. Pack light by choosing clothes that are suitable for any situation and occasion. Bring only the most essential. Have your toiletries in miniature containers and carry your jacket instead of putting it in your bag.

  1. Lost/missing travel documents

Travelers who are rushing may misplace things like passports or other important documents. When that happens, remember to keep calm and immediately ask for assistance from the nearest embassy or consulate. Keep electronic and paper copies of your passport and other necessary documents with you, and constantly check your valuables wherever you go.

  1. Cash shortage

Having cash is the easiest way to pay for things when traveling, but if you’re not careful, you can run low on cash before the end of your trip. To make your cash last long, bring a refillable water container so you don‘t have to buy bottled water, or shop at local stores for affordable and authentic local cuisines. Create a daily budget for your trip and stick to it. Have a credit card for emergencies.

Traveling is a good investment. Enjoy a hassle-free vacation and always be protected by availing of Smart Traveller now. For more information, visit http://www.axa.com.ph.

Discovery Perlas Pilipinas wins in Japan tourney anew

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Discovery Perlas Pilipinas, former women’s national basketball team, brings pride to the country once again as it emerged victorious in the recently staged Memorial Day Tournament held in the Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

Former women’s national basketball team Discovery Perlas Pilipinas topped for the second year in a row in the recent Memorial Day Tournament at the Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

Cheering the team on its way to a back-to-back victory was Cynthia Tiu, team manager and acknowledged mother of Philippine women’s Basketball. A member of the family behind the Discovery group of hotels and resorts, Tiu has made it her personal mission to provide full and unwavering support to Discovery Perlas Pilipinas. She has been an advocate for women’s basketball since 2008. That year, for the first time in Philippine history, the national team won the gold in the SEABA Tournament and two silver medals in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The Discovery Perlas consists of 12 members, each a bemedalled baller from top educational institutions: Ish Tiu, SEA Games silver medalist, from Ateneo de Manila University; Ella Rodriguez, from Los Angeles, California and a player from Enderun Colleges; Joylyn Pangilinan, a member of the Guam National Team who is also from Enderun Colleges; Karla Manuel, Carolina Sanggalang, Sai Larosa and SEA Games silver medalist Joy Galicia, all from the University of Santo Tomas; Ford Grajales, SEA Games silver medalist, from Lyceum of the Philippines University; Lhen Flormata, SEA Games silver Medalist, also from Lyceum; Rica Francisco, from Rizal Technological University; Angeli Gloriani, SEA Games silver medalist, from De La Salle University; and Banjo Soriano, a member of University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion team from Far Eastern University.

Rodriguez, 25 and 5”11, received the Most Valuable Player Award while Pangilinan, 19, a Filipino-American from Guam, was chosen as a member of the “Mythical Five” of NAASCU (National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities).

Haydee Ong, the team’s head coach, says victory did not come easy. “It takes a lot of sacrifice to prepare a team for an international competition. First of all, you have to deal with the different players’ various other commitments. Some of our players are already working and some are playing for different universities,” she says.

Assistant Coach Sen Dysangco credited Tiu and the Discovery group for their patronage that helped Discovery Perlas achieve so much. “Through thick and thin, win or lose, she (Tiu) has always tried to generate grassroots support for women’s basketball,” says Dysangco. Private sector support, he says, is much needed as government funding is not enough to cover the team’s expenses.

Discovery Country Suites Gets Shortlisted for Haute Grandeur’s Global Hotel Awards

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Discovery Country Suites has been shortlisted along with some of the world’s best hotels for Haute Grandeur’s Global Hotel Awards. Haute Grandeur is an independent award-giving body that recognizes the best hospitality experience from across 7 continents, 172 countries, and 90 categories. To be awarded by Haute Grandeur, different factors are taken into consideration, such as rooms, food & beverage, service, overall hotel facilities, location, ambience, design, unique guest experience, online presence, guest reviews, among others.

As a part of The Discovery Leisure Company’s roster of hotels and resorts, Discovery Country Suites provides a calm respite for its guests with their picturesque view of Taal and its trademark outstanding service. As a seven-suite manor home, one of the things that separate Discovery Country Suites from most hotels is its exclusivity. Those who enter the property can immediately feel the distinctive feeling of home. From the personalized service, elegant suites, signature experience of wine and cheese at sundown, to the sumptuous dishes of Restaurant Verbena, a stay at Discovery Country Suites is a unique experience in itself.

Being shortlisted for a prestigious award is already an honor for Discovery Country Suites, but excellence has always been imparted in their roots. Guest ratings are an important part of winning the award, which is why guests are encouraged to share their honest feedback through various travel websites. Winners will be announced on November 1, 2018.

Discovery Country Suites is located along 300 Calamba Road, San Jose, Tagaytay City, 4120 Philippines. For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 5298172, email reservations@dcs.discovery.com.ph or visit http://www.discoverycountrysuites.com.

 

ABOUT DISCOVERY COUNTRY SUITES

With seven elegant and unique suites that radiate the feeling of home with the view of Taal Lake and Volcano right at its window, Discovery Country Suites offers a relaxing stay for guests looking for a Tagaytay getaway. Inside the property is Restaurant Verbena – serving up fresh dishes and staying true to its country contemporary cuisine tied together with the “Service that’s All Heart” Discovery has always been known for.

With so much to explore in Tagaytay, Discovery Country Suites neighbors some of the country’s best golf courses, flower farms, spa resorts, and concept restaurants.

 

Stay up to date & follow us:                                                              For more information:

Facebook: /DiscoveryCountrySuites/ Angela Padilla
       
Twitter: @DCSTagaytay Marketing Communications Director
Instagram: @discoverycountrysuites
      apadilla@discovery.com.ph

 

About Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards was established as an independent and unbiased initiative to honour the very highest achievements from across the global hotel industry in 2014, recognising exceptional contributions by outstanding hotels with Marinique De Wet as CEO at the helm. This prestigious Awards system is exclusive to the Haute Grandeur brand, and considered without equal because of its method. Unbiased results are guaranteed by placing emphasis on quality feedback from guests, rather than quantity of votes by a panel of judges or general public.

A wealth of experience and thorough understanding of the global hotel and spa Awards industries result from 10 years’ hands-on experience in operations – including her role as Managing Director of two highly successful international luxury hotel & spa Awards brands, and Editor of numerous industry-related publications. As a solutions-driven and insightful individual, she identified the need for an absolute transparent rating system due to industry concerns with existing systems in recent years. “I wanted to improve existing global Awards concepts to offer a more alternative system, where participants are guided on how they can improve on their existing service levels as part of the recognition process”, shares Marinique. “Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards is focused on fairness and transparency that form the basis of any credible Awards system.”

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards promise to raise service delivery levels by means of awarding only the very best in the industry. It aims to focus on hotels that do not want to win the “average” award and celebrates the very best in hotel experiences across 7 continents, 172 countries and 90 categories. Participating hotels are generally seen as the benchmark in the industry as they create awareness about the value and importance of constantly raising the bar of excellence.

The value of a Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Award is powerful in terms of its ability to boost marketing and promises to have a direct impact on guests perceptions and revenue. It provides the much needed inspiration that hotels look for by identifying role model properties across all continents in order to further raise their current levels of service delivery to even greater heights.

The annual Awards Gala Ceremony where winners are revealed, is not only the most dazzling event of the year on the luxury hotel industry calendar, it also highlights the values of leadership, hard work, dedication, ambition and success. This event takes place each year in a different exotic location and offers hoteliers in attendance new networking opportunities.

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel AwardsTM provide travelers with a trusted source of Award winning properties to choose from when booking their holidays or business trips, knowing that our winners have been hand-picked and rewarded for overall excellence on many levels. The Awards aims to be regarded as the largest & most trusted Awards initiative in the world with a rating process that is transparent and fair.