Friday, December 28, 2018

Dr. Steve Mark Gan receives prestigious honor from the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2018

GAOC Founder and CEO Dr. Steve Mark Gan with Dato’ William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia (leftmost) and Undersecretary Zenaida Cuison Maglaya, Regional Operations Group, Department of Trade and Industry (rightmost) at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards held at Manila Marriott Hotel.

Dentist to the Stars Dr. Steve Mark Gan, Founder and CEO of the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), the undisputed leader among dental clinics in the Philippines and one of the best in Southeast Asia, again, adds to his already impressive roster of achievements as he was awarded in the Outstanding Category, Hall of Fame, of the much coveted Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2018.

The prestigious Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) is a Regional Award Recognition programme recognizing entrepreneurial excellence, honoring business leaders and organizations who have shown outstanding performance and tenacity in developing successful businesses, whilst not neglecting the social responsibilities that come with leadership. 

The APEA recognized Dr. Gan’s contributions to the field of dentistry and dental implantology in the Philippines. Specifically, this honor was bestowed on Dr. Gan for his “uniquely personal triumph in search for excellence”; and his “steel-willed determination and vision amid unspeakable challenges.”

Additionally, the GAOC Group of Companies also received the Corporate Excellence Award, in the Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology category, for “having established a mark for upgrading, humanizing and even glamorizing the practice of dentistry.”

“I’m truly humbled by this recognition,” says Dr. Gan. ”More than anything, it serves as an inspiration for me to strive harder in the advancement not only of GAOC, but of the
whole field of dentistry in the country as well.”

At present, GAOC owns and manages 10 state-of-the art dental clinics and is at the forefront of innovation through the utilization of digital dentistry, the latest global trend in the field today.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Mang Inasal’s new Molo Soup

Mang Inasal, the country’s leading Pinoy quick service restaurant that serves the No.1 Chicken Inasal, welcomes Holiday time with a new offering that is definitely suited for the festive season.

Believed to have originated from the town of Molo in Iloilo Province, Molo Soup has for its main ingredient, seasoned ground pork wrapped in molo or wonton wrapper. Also known as Pancit Molo, this Filipino pork dumpling soup has been an endearing comfort food for many Ilonggos, as well as Pinoys in other parts of the archipelago.

Made of chicken broth with molo dumplings, misua, minced garlic and spring onion, the Mang Inasal Molo Soup not only complements the cool Holiday weather, it is also goes perfectly with Mang Inasal’s 2-in-1 sa Laki, Nuot-sa-Ihaw Sarap Chicken Inasal.

“Our Molo Soup is simply ‘bagay sa Chicken Inasal’ (goes well with Chicken Inasal), as it caps the meal with a hearty soup. We hope to further complete our customers’ dining experience with the introduction of this well-loved Pinoy comfort food,” said Brand Manager Mimi Mendoza.

It can be taken as a side dish to any of the Mang Inasal value meals or as a stand-alone dish. And it is even affordably priced.

There is one more reason to visit Mang Inasal store now – to dig into that hot bowl of Molo Soup, which is now available in Mang Inasal stores in Mega Manila and South Luzon, and will soon be available in other regions in the first quarter of 2019.

Try the delicious Mang Inasal Molo Soup now!

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Del Monte Spaghetti Squad Invaded Mall of Asia!

Last December 13, 2018, Del Monte Spaghetti Squad was in Music Hall at SM Mall of Asia for an afternoon fun activities!

Del Monte set up five amazing Spaghetti photo booths that you can enter to take photos of the different unique ingredients each pasta sauces has.

Del Monte Sweet-Style Photo booth

Del Monte Italian-Style Photo booth

Del Monte Carbonara Style Photo booth

Del Monte Filipino-Style Photo booth

Del Monte Creamy and Cheesy Photo booth 

Del Monte Spaghetti Squad Headquarters offered delicious dishes, fun games with exciting prizes and meet and greet with the Del Monte Spag Sarap Squad members - Sweetie for Sweet-Style Sauce, Taliana for Italian-Style Sauce, Ino for Filipino-Style Sauce, Carlo for Carbonara Sauce and Chessy for Creamy and Cheese Sauce.

I've tried all the Del Monte Spaghetti sauces, and it tastes so delicious! My favorite sauces are Sweet-Style and Creamy & Cheesy!

The event was open to public and many people strolling around the Mall got the chance to taste it for free, all they have to do is just list down their name at the registration area. 

Del Monte Sweet-Style Spaghetti Sauce has the right sweetness and delicious aroma that will surely liked by kids! It's ingredients are perfectly blended with the added flavor of Parmesan cheese that brings out a perfect sweet taste your family will love. 

Del Monte Filipino-Style Spaghetti Sauce is not just sweet, but also meaty and cheesy, with a Kumpletong sarap that's loved by kids!

Del Monte Italian-Style Spaghetti Sauce, seasoned with seven secret herbs - basil, oregano, thyme and other spices, with the added flavor of Parmesan cheese for a rich and flavorful pasta sauce experience. 

It's made with 100% California tomatoes and real cream, blended with the natural flavor of cheddar cheese. Definitely the creamiest and cheesiest spaghetti sauce ever! 

Del Monte Carbonara Style Spaghetti Sauce is white pasta sauce made with real cream and milk.

All Del Monte Spaghetti Sauces has different recipes at the back of the packaging and for more recipes, visit:

Now we can serve easy but delicious pasta everyday with Del Monte pasta sauces!

‘Responsibility beyond beauty’

Top personalities and guests from the private and public sectors attended the launch of Ever Bilena’s zero-waste management campaign “Responsibility beyond beauty”. A highlight of the event was the unveiling of the iECO-800, a smokeless, odorless, multi-layer pyrolysis incinerator that burns almost all kinds of solid waste.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Ever Bilena president and CEO Dioceldo Sy, and SM Prime executive committee chair Hans Sy

Ever Bilena president and chief executive officer Dioceldo Sy welcomed the guests. Among them were Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar and several Miss Earth candidates who demonstrated how the iECO-800 worked by putting plastic bags and tires inside the machine.

“From providing Filipinas with high-quality, affordable make-up and beauty products, we’ve taken a step towards helping preserve the beauty of our environment with this zero-waste management program,” Sy said.

Jones Lang LaSalle country manager Christophe Vicic.

(L-R) Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. president and CEO Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Ever Bilena COO Siliman Sy and One Earth’s Jun Cusing. 

ABS-CBN business development head Paolo Pineda, and publishing president and CEO Ernie Lopez.

Also at the launch were SM Prime Executive Committee chair Hans Sy, Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. president and CEO Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Pacific Online Systems Corporation chair and president Willie Ocier, Sen. Sonny Angara’s wife Tootsy, Commission on Filipinos Overseas chair Secretary Nick Acosta, Jones Lang LaSalle country head Christophe Vicic, ABS-CBN publishing president and CEO Ernie Lopez, Excite Events CEO Gelo Serrano and former world boxing champion Gerry PeƱalosa.

Ever Bilena, the country’s leading cosmetics company, and its partners aim to promote environmental awareness and start a legacy of beauty and responsibility.

Belle de Jour (BDJ) Power Planner encourages Filipinas to believe in the Magic of Dreams

Viviamo! Inc., the company behind Belle de Jour Power Planner, reinforces the importance of having a dream in its campaign called “Magic of Dreams.”

Launched this month, the Magic of Dreams campaign is geared towards inspiring the Filipino youth to dream again and chase after them. This came into existence when BDJ founder and president Darlyn Ty-Nilo came across a study by volunteer-based organization Dream Project PH, headed by its main founder Prim Paypon. The study was done among the Filipino youth, which has concluded that 7 out of 10 Filipino teenagers don’t have a dream. It covered 614 Filipino teenagers of every socioeconomic class across the country. The question they were given: “Do you have a dream in life?” While many would assume that poverty is the main reason for this, it turns out that the most common reason for this is discouraging words from others, followed by the lack of self-esteem, lack of passion, lack of opportunity, and lastly, poverty*. This was the result of a carefully executed study, and a painful reality that BDJ wants to do something about.

Abbie Victorino

Arianne David

Alessa Lanot 

Given the company’s mission for more than a decade to help Filipinos live to the fullest, BDJ drew a list of successful women who can inspire younger Filipinas to have dreams and work towards achieving them. They sat down with and interviewed these successful bunch from various fields to talk about their dreams. “We believe that through their stories, we can spark change and start conversations on dreams among young women, and Filipino youth in general,” shared Darlyn Ty-Nilo.

For the past 13 years, BDJ planners have been constant companions to young Filipinas―coaching and cheering on them to be their best selves and reach for their dreams. All year round the company provides content and events that equip Filipinas with knowledge, confidence and self-appreciation through topics covering lifestyle, career, beauty and fashion as well as social issues affecting women today. Through the years, BDJ has evolved into a community for ordinary women who share their stories and inspire other women in a positive, accepting environment.

Apart from these efforts, the launch of the Magic of Dreams campaign has become a platform for the company to reach out to more Filipinas. And starting this week, BDJ has released its first batch of inspiring short videos in hopes that young Filipinas who were discouraged and hopeless will once again believe in the Magic of their Dreams. You can check out the videos on Belle de Jour Power Planner’s official Facebook and Instagram pages--@bdjbuzz.

The Magic of Dreams campaign was made possible by its production partners After Six Club and Creative Style Group; official venue partner ACE Hotel and Suites
; and brand partners Celeteque, Parisian, Revlon, Wacoal, and Zenutrients.


*For more information about the study by The Dream Project PH, read more on:

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A gift of adventure this holiday

L-R: TechnoMarine Ocean Manta, TechnoMarine UF6, and TechnoMarine Sea Manta

This holiday, give the man in your life the perfect gift – a TechnoMarine timepiece that reflects and inspires the spirit of adventure. Engineered for any kind of environment, TechnoMarine offers distinct models to suit any personality or lifestyle.

For the adventure seekers—individuals who love the great outdoors, there’s the TechnoMarine Ocean Manta collection. Taking its cues from the grace of the manta ray, the Manta collection seamlessly articulates exceptional motion in design while maintaining its remarkable, Swiss made prowess. TechnoMarine Ocean Manta comes in a black tone case with a quartz movement.

For the urban dwellers and corporate movers—driven personalities who need a watch they can wear on any given day and on any occasion, the TechnoMarine UF6 is the perfect partner. The UF6 collection embodies the key components of active sophistication, combining high-performance materials with compelling design. The multifaceted watch comes in stainless steel case, a silicone strap, and a quartz movement.

For dressier occasions or a night out on the town, the perfect complement is the TechnoMarine Sea Manta Chronograph. Because every man needs a classic timepiece that is smart and stylish, the sleek lines and modern vibe of the Sea Manta collection –in stainless steel with black dial— offers effortless sophistication and exceptional performance.

Timely holiday offer

Making these TechnoMarine watches even more irresistible is an exclusive holiday offer of up to 30% discount on featured collections from November 30 to December 31, 2018. To know more about the promotion, visit TechnoMarine stores located at Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier Davao, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, TriNoma, and Uptown Mall.

Anne Curtis goes “Linomnom!” in latest Jollibee Burger Steak ad

Savoring a meal is always a good sign—it shows just how delicious and deserving it is of all the attention in that moment. In the latest Jollibee Burger Steak commercial, Anne Curtis is seen wholeheartedly eating her favorite beefy-saucy rice meal, openly expressing her enjoyment and satisfaction without much awareness of the people around her.

The highly satisfying and delicious Jollibee Classic Burger Steak delivers a one-of-a-kind fast food rice meal experience with its 100% beef patty, cooked and seasoned to fit the Pinoy palate, drenched in flavorful mushroom gravy, and topped with mushroom slices. This brings a two-in-one, beefy-saucy flavorful goodness with every bite, complemented by a steaming serving of white rice that will make anyone go “Linomnom!”

“It makes us so happy when we see our customers thoroughly enjoying the experience and savoring the moment when they bite into a Jollibee Burger Steak meal,” Jollibee Marketing Director for Core Products Mari Aldecoa said. “It’s an indulgent result of taking two well-loved flavor profiles of savory beef and mushroom sauce and combining them with white rice. To those who have yet to try it, we encourage you to go beyond your usual rice meal options and sink your teeth into this explosively delicious ‘Linamnam Ulam’.”

The “Beefy-Saucy Linamnam Ulam” Jollibee Classic Burger Steak is available for dine-in, takeout, delivery, and drive-thru transactions in all Jollibee stores nationwide for only PHP 50.00* (solo). For more information on Jollibee’s product offerings, news, and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

*Prices may vary across different locations.

AXA Philippines CEO named Outstanding Leader in Asia

AXA Philippines, one of the leading insurance companies in the country, was recently recognized at the prestigious Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES) 2018 held at the Fairmont Hotel in Singapore.

Its president and chief executive officer Rahul Hora (in photo) was named one of the “Outstanding Leaders in Asia” and was cited for his outstanding business acumen, professionalism, and entrepreneurial skills.

The unprecedented growth of the company – breaking the organization’s annual premium income records twice in 2017 – was attributed to his strong leadership.

The illustrious ACES awards recognize successful companies and individuals across Asia in two main domains: leadership and corporate social responsibility. For more information on AXA Philippines, visit

Friday, December 07, 2018

Citi Philippines achieves double win at The Asian Banker Philippines Country Awards 2018

Citi Philippines consumer banking head Manoj Varma (2nd from left) and retail bank head Rene Aguirre (middle) receives the award from The Asian Banker managing editor Foo Boon Ping (leftmost), CEO of Banking Reports David Gyori (2nd from right) and Transcarta managing director Richard Hartung (rightmost) 

Citi Philippines’ innovation in digital consumer banking was recognized by The Asian Banker Philippines Country Awards 2018 as Best Frictionless Mobile Initiative, Application or Programme. The country’s largest foreign bank also received an award for Best Wealth Management Bank.

The Asian Banker noted the numerous innovative features of Citi’s mobile banking application to better address customer needs. The “Click for Cash” feature allows qualified cardholders to instantly encash a portion of their credit card’s credit limit without the need for the submission of documents. In addition, customers are able to log into the application with ease with their face or fingerprint, and are able to withdraw cash from a Citibank ATM without a card, as well as lock or unlock their credit cards anytime.

The Asian Banker recognized the strong results of the Citi Mobile App with a 100% year-on-year growth in downloads of the app, with mobile use among customers increasing by 60% over 12 months.

In the field of wealth management, Citi’s Citigold end-to-end premium banking and wealth management solutions were recognized with the Best Wealth Management Bank award for the 3rd year.

Citi was recognized for its business growth as evidenced by its 50% year-on-year growth on acquisition and a 14% growth on retail investment holdings despite volatile markets. Citi also nearly doubled the share of digitally acquired customers.

The offering of new Wealth Proposition products and the high satisfaction rating earned by Citi’s relationship managers among clients also contributed to its strong performance.

“We thank our clients, whose continued support and increased patronage is a true testament of the incredible gains we have achieved in digital banking. We will continue to push the boundaries of financial technology to ensure that we provide the best service to our customers,” said Citi Philippines Consumer Bank head Manoj Varma.  

Scarlet Snow Belo's Swiss Discovery with Nestle NANKID

Scarlet Snow Belo, the famous daughter of Dra. Vicky Belo and Dr. Hayden Kho,
went on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the Nestle Headquarters in Switzerland and got the chance to meet the brilliant science experts and big bosses of Nestle!

Switzerland has been celebrated for majestic sceneries and gorgeous destinations. Located at the very heart of Europe, it boasts of  glacier-capped Swiss Alps that glisten its royal beauty down to its enticing cities.The country is also synonymous for topnotch products and novelties, be it from the world of design and life innovations.

Exploring new parts of the world is an extraordinary experience. Whether it's a weekend trip to a beach, or heading off to another continent, there's always something new to discover, experience and learn.

The sprawling center with breathtaking views of the the Swiss Alps, is where world class products especially made for growing children are developed. Scarlet Snow excitedly explored the various rooms and instruments that were used in different scientific studies and discovered many new things in the headquarters.

Nestle is based in the Swiss town of Vevey. Henri Nestle founded it more than 150 years ago. With Swiss excellence and the tradition of quality as its foundation, Nestle has become the world's largest food and beverage company and has helped enhance the quality of life through its innovations in nutrition such as NANKID.

Throughout the years, Nestle has invested in Research and Development, especially in nutrition innovations. The company now hosts 3,500 scientists, located in 17 research centers around the world!

Scarlet Snow had all the opportunity to meet the science experts and big bosses who work in the headquarters like Alex Keller, the Global Category Head of Nestle Infant and Growing Up Milks, and Marco Turini, Global Head for Scientific Affairs for Nestle. The experts, in turn, were happy to meet their little visitor, as they patiently explained their latest innovations to her, including how they engineered Scarlet Snow's milk, Nestle NANKID.

They began with the milk formulation to explain why Nestle NANKID is adapted for kids. They showed how all the essential vitamins, minerals and DHA are present in the milk.

Protein is one of the most important nutrients for a child's growth and development because It contributes to the building of brain, muscles and body. The optimized protein found in Nestle NANKID is high quality, low quantity protein that is optimal for weight and development advantage.

But Nestle NANKID doesn't stop at just providing the right vitamins and optimized proteins. As Scarlet Snow learned, Nestle NANKID also has probiotics! It helps support the immunity and the digestive system to keep it strong and healthy as it fights the bad bacteria in the stomach.

Scarlet Snow discovered that all good things she gets from her favorite milk helps her grow up to be future ready. Childhood is all about learning, growing, and experiencing new things. Every experience contributes to a child's mental, emotional and over-all development. Along with proper nutrition, especially one that has optimized protein such as Nestle NANKID, growing children can achieve their fullest potentials. This is the message behind Scarlet Snow's webisodes, which also emphasizes the role that parents play in reshaping the future of their growing children.

Give your child the proper nutrition with NANKID! It has no added sucrose (table sugar) to lessen the risk of obesity and tooth decay and to make sure it is a healthy choice for kids. NANKID provides the right amount and quality of proteins, vitamins, minerals and DHA to help your child achieve optimal growth and development.

As parents, you possess the power to #ReShapeTheFuture of your children. Watch the webisodes to see how Scarlet Snow, with the support of her parents and with NANKID, is well positioned to become the best that she can become in the future.

Discover Scarlet Snow's Switzerland journey and catch all the episodes on Nankid's Facebook Page - OPTIPRO


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