Sheraton Manila Bay Launch “The Culinary Courier”

Sheraton Manila Bay continue to be the world’s gathering place as its seasoned culinary team assemble a delectable array of signature recipes, refreshing healthy options, and the comforting taste of authentic local cuisine to satiate diners and families at home.

Gourmet takeaways is available for pick-up daily from 9am to 6pm and will feature home-cooked goodness good for sharing, rice specialties, salads, pastas, sandwiches, breads, pastries and cakes. The home-cooked goodness selection includes Pot Roast Beef, Lengua Estofado, Pepper Roasted Pork Loin, Whole Spanish Roasted Chicken, and “Buchon” Pork Belly Roulade.

Power up with the tastiest and freshest sandwiches such as Beef Shawarma, Chicken Shawarma and our bestseller Pulled Pork A la Cubano. For healthy options, delight in a selection of four which include Mango Kani Salad, Vegan Aubergine Salad, Caesar Salad, and our new Caesar By The Bay.

Epicurean diners are in for a treat with Sheraton Gourmet Rice Box or Seafood Paella perfect topair with side order of choice such as garlic mashed potato, ranch fries, rustic herb sautéed potatoes, Asian fried rice, and steamed rice. Foodies on the look-out for lighter variety may indulge in pasta specialties of Spaghetti Shrimp Scampi, Fettucine Carbonara, and Penne Puttanesca with Blackened Chicken.

Perfect for breakfast cravings are freshly baked Dark Chocolate Brownies, Homemade Banana Bread, Farmer’s Bread Loaf, Hand Crafted Doughnuts, Assorted Muffins, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Soft Rolls, Hard Rolls, and our newest creation Ube Cheese Pandesal. Make celebrations at home sweeter with pastries and cakes-to go including the hotel’s Signature Mango Tart, Dalgona Tiramisu, Dark Chocolate Supreme, and Mango Cheesecake.

Advance order is required. Please allow 45-minutes lead time for salad, sandwiches, pastas and rice dishes and 1-day lead time for breads, pastries, cakes, and home cooked goodness. Diners shall arrange pick-up with their courier of choice. Cash and credit card payments are accepted. The hotel will strictly implement a No Mask, No Pick-up Policy and has designated a pick-up point at the hotel main entrance canopy area to ensure social distancing measure are followed and health and safety precautions are met.

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#DiscoverDeliciousDelivery and bring home the familiar Sheraton taste and flavors, from our kitchen to your tables. For orders, please call +632 5318 0788 or email [email protected].

Sheraton Manila Bay is located at M. Adriatico cor. Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila. Like us on Facebook and Instagram @sheratonmanilabay and Twitter at @sheratonmnlbay.

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NASA, Partners Launch Virtual Hackathon

The U.S. space agency National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are inviting coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists to participate in a virtual hackathon May 30-31 dedicated to putting open data to work in developing solutions to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the global Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge, participants from around the world will create virtual teams that – during a 48-hour period – will use Earth observation data to propose solutions to COVID-19-related challenges ranging from studying the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and its spread to the impact the disease is having on the Earth system. Registration for this challenge opens in mid-May.

“There’s a tremendous need for our collective ingenuity right now,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “I can’t imagine a more worthy focus than COVID-19 on which to direct the energy and enthusiasm from around the world with the Space Apps Challenge that always generates such amazing solutions.”

The unique capabilities of NASA and its partner space agencies in the areas of science and technology enable them to lend a hand during this global crisis. Since the start of the global outbreak, Earth science specialists from each agency have been exploring ways to use unique Earth observation data to aid understanding of the interplay of the Earth system – on global to local scales – with aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak, including, potentially, our ability to combat it. The hackathon will also examine the human and economic response to the virus.

ESA will contribute data from the Sentinel missions (Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-5P) in the context of the European Copernicus program, led by the European Commission, along with data from Third Party contributing Missions, with a focus on assessing the impact on climate change and greenhouse gases, as well as impacts on the economic sector. ESA also is contributing Earth observation experts for the selection of the competition winners and the artificial-intelligence-powered EuroDataCube.

“EuroDatacube will enable the best ideas to be scaled up to a global level,” said Josef Aschbacher, director of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA. “The pandemic crisis has a worldwide impact, therefore international cooperation and sharing of data and expertise with partners like NASA and JAXA seems the most suitable approach.”

JAXA is making Earth observing data available from its satellite missions, including ALOS-2, GOSAT, GOSAT-2, GCOM-C, GCOM-W, and GPM/DPR.

“JAXA welcomes the opportunity to be part of the hackathon,” said JAXA Vice President Terada Koji. “I believe the trilateral cooperation among ESA, NASA and JAXA is important to demonstrate how Earth observation can support global efforts in combating this unprecedented challenge.”

Space Apps is an international hackathon that takes place in cities around the world. Since 2012, teams have engaged with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. The COVID-19 Challenge will be the program’s first global virtual hackathon. Space Apps 2019 included more than 29,000 participants at 225 events in 71 countries, developing more than 2,000 hackathon solutions over the course of one weekend.

Pinoy developers used NASA’s free and open data to solve real-world problems on Earth and space.

Many Filipinos participated in this annual hackathon since 2016. Recently, a dengue mapping forecasting system was developed by data scientists from CirroLytix using satellite and climate data with the goal of addressing the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. This web application, called Project AEDES won globally for the best use of data. “Earth observation data has the potential to be used in fighting epidemics and outbreaks threatening humanity nowadays, as well as to analyze its socio-economic impact,” according to software developer Michael Lance M. Domagas, who led the Philippine hackathon in collaboration with De La Salle University, PLDT, Department of Science and Technology, United Nations Development Programme, and the U.S. embassy. The very first Philippine winner used citizen science and environmental data to develop a smartphone application informing fishermen the right time to catch fish. ISDApp is currently being incubated at Animo Labs.

Space Apps is a NASA-led initiative organized globally in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mindgrub and SecondMuse. The next annual Space Apps Challenge is scheduled for October 2-4.

Registration opens May 12.

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Asian Eye Institute and SKY partnered to provide students with free eye checkups and prescription glasses through the Kislap Mata: Malinaw na Mata, Malinaw na Kinabukasan project. Students were also taught the importance of having healthy vision and having good eye care habits,so they can perform well in school, sports and in socializing among their peers.

Zacquia Chua and Cassandra Baral of Lagundi Elementary School were among those who’ve had difficulty reading and catching up in class due to poor vision. But through the Kislap Mata project, they updated their prescription and received new pairs of eyeglasses. Baral said, “Mas makakapag-aral na po akong mabuti kasi makakakita na po ako ng mas maigi. Salamat po sa SKY at Asian Eye.”

The beneficiaries of the project were from San Isidro Elementary School in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, andSto. Tomas North Central School and Lagundi Elementary School in Morong, Rizal. A total of 575 students attended the lectures, 338 underwent eye checkups, and 108 received prescription glasses. There were also 23 students that were referred to EyeSite by Asian Eye Institute for further checkups and/or diagnostic tests. A part of the Asian Eye network of clinics, EyeSite is an eye center and optical shop found in four locations – St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, SM City Batangas in Batangas City, SM City Dasmariñas in Cavite, and SM City Fairview in Quezon City.

Claire Rino, principal of Lagundi Elementary School, shared that the project would be very helpful for their students. “We feel privileged of the Kislap Mata project of SKY. Eyesight is very important for students. Without healthy eyes, they won’t be able to understand and read their lessons. Thank you very much to SKY and Asian Eye. Of all the schools in the Philippines, Morong got picked.”

According to Asian Eye Chief Operating Officer Alwin Sta. Rosa, this project is part of the institute’s goal to reach out to more Filipinos, especially children. “We’re happy that SKY partnered with us in the Kislap Mata project. Because most children don’t know what normal vision is and what isn’t, a lot of them don’t complain if they have blurry or double vision. But through this project, we’re able to help children have clear, healthy vision and at the same time, support the government’s initiative in diagnosing and addressing early childhood problems.”

Just recently, the National Vision Screening Program (NVSP) was signed into law. It requires kindergarten students to undergo vision screening to catch any eye problems early, develop a referral system for treatment, create a database that has the results of the screening per child and visual diagnoses by eye care practitioners, and conduct continuing research on the state of visual impairment.

More than just giving glasses, it’s also important for children to learn good eye care habits early. Sta. Rosa added, “It gave us an opportunity to teach children what it means to have healthy eyes. Kids are constantly exposed to technology, so it’s good practice for them to rest their eyes every 20 minutes of studying of playing on gadgets. It’s also an effective way to prevent eye fatigue that can lead to headaches. Another factor to consider is good hand hygiene to avoid eye irritation or infections like sore eyes.”

SKY Head of Marketing Gidgette Faustino shared SKYcable’s eagerness to help students, “We at SKY are grateful for the opportunity to help in any way we can, we envisioned ‘Kislap Mata’ project to help select students learn in their full capacity and more comfortably with clearer eyesight. We look forward to more learning advocacies that will help spearhead education in the country.”

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Pinoy-made ocean waste collector and dengue mapper to join the NASA global hackathon

MANILA, Philippines – A deployable, autonomous ocean waste collection system utilizing space data to locate nearby garbage patches built by students from De La Salle University and an automated information portal which correlates dengue cases with real-time data from satellite, climate, and search engines won the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s International Space Apps Challenge last October 18-20, 2019 in Manila, in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD), Animo Labs technology business incubator, PLDT InnoLab, American Corner Manila, the U.S. government, and part of the Design Week Philippines with Department of Trade and Industry-Design Center of the Philippines.

Upper row Associate American Corner librarian Donna Lyn G. Labangon, Space Apps leader Dr. Paula S. Bontempi, former DICT Usec. Monchito B. Ibrahim, Animo Labs executive director Mr. Federico C. Gonzalez, DOST-PCIEERD deputy executive director Engr. Raul C. Sabularse, PLDT Enterprise Core Business Solutions vice president and head Joseph Ian G. Gendrano, lead organizer Michael Lance M. Domagas, and Animo Labs program manager Junnell E. Guia. Lower row Janos Lance L. Tiberio, Samantha Maxine Santos, Grant Lewis Bulaong, and Antonio Miguel S. Alejo of Ocean’s 4 who developed PaWiKAN.

Using NASA’s Ocean Surface Current Analysis Real-time (OSCAR) data to determine possible locations of ocean garbage patches using GPS, PaWiKAN uses a pair of deployable, dynamically reconfigurable boats capable of trapping and returning ocean waste back to ground. It is equipped with extended-range radio system based on LoRa technology and Arduino to communicate with sensors and controlled by a deployment station. It was developed by Lasallian electronics and communications engineering students Samantha Maxine Santos, Antonio Miguel S. Alejo, Grant Lewis Bulaong, and Janos Lance L. Tiberio of Ocean’s 4, who also joined the last year’s hackathon, creating a hyper-casual puzzle game utilizing images from the Hubble Space Telescope and intuitive physics concepts.

“Our global bodies of water are actually littered with plastics. This is a very futuristic solution to help get rid of plastics currently floating or submerged in global waters. It is timely and relevant solution,” according to Monchito B. Ibrahim, Industry Development Committee Chairman of the Analytics Association of the Philippines and former undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

Upper row Associate American Corner librarian Donna Lyn G. Labangon, Space Apps leader Dr. Paula S. Bontempi, former DICT Usec. Monchito B. Ibrahim, Animo Labs executive director Mr. Federico C. Gonzalez, DOST-PCIEERD deputy executive director Engr. Raul C. Sabularse, PLDT Enterprise Core Business Solutions vice president and head Joseph Ian G. Gendrano, lead organizer Michael Lance M. Domagas, and Animo Labs program manager Junnell E. Guia. Lower row Dominic Vincent D. Ligot, Frances Claire Tayco, Mark Toledo, and Jansen Dumaliang Lopez of Aedes project.

With 271,480 dengue cases resulting in 1,107 deaths as reported from January 1 to August 31, 2019 by the World Health Organization, the Aedes Project team composed of Dominic Vincent D. Ligot, Mark Toledo, Frances Claire Tayco, and Jansen Dumaliang Lopez developed a forecasting model of dengue cases using climate and digital data and pinpointing possible hotspots from satellite data. Correlating information from Sentinel-2 Copernicus and Landsat 8 satellites, DOST-PAGASA for climate, and trends from search engines, potential dengue hotspots will be displayed in a web interface. Indices like Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) are used in identifying areas with green vegetation while Normalized Difference Water Index (NDWI) to identify areas with water. Combining these indices reveal potential areas of stagnant water capable of being breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

“It benefits the community especially those countries suffering from malaria and dengue, just like the Philippines. I think it has a global impact. This is the new science to know the potential areas where dengue might occur. It is a good app,” said Engr. Raul C. Sabularse, deputy executive director of DOST-PCIEERD.

“It is very relevant to the Philippines and other countries which usually having problems with dengue. The team was able to show that it’s not really difficult to have all the data you need and integrate all of them and make them accessible to everyone for them to be able to use it. It’s a working model. It is something can actually be made usable in a short span of six months,” Mr. Ibrahim said.

Biological oceanographer Dr. Paula S. Bontempi, acting deputy director of the Earth Science Mission, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and the current leader of the Space Apps global organizing team

Space Apps leader Dr. Paula S. Bontempi, the acting deputy director of the Earth Science Mission, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate was impressed of these solutions presented in Manila, “The top two are really good. There were definitely a few projects right behind them. There is a lot of good talent out there. It was nice to see.”

Rex Lor from United Nations Development Programme in the Philippines commended the use of the Sustainable Development Goals on Good Health and Well-Being, and Life Below Water of the winning solutions showcasing the “pivotal role of cutting-edge digital technologies in the creation of strategies for sustainable development in the face of evolving development issues.”

Both champions will join teams around the world to be evaluated by NASA to approximately select the top 30 projects as global finalists in early December, and the top six winners will be announced in January 2020. Winners shall be invited to visit the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Florida in 2020.

Last year, team iNON used a citizen science platform by NASA to develop an application seeking to communicate scientific data to fishermen even without Internet connection, which led them to victory as the first Pinoy global winner. Their project called ISDApp is currently being incubated by Animo Labs.

Pinoy hackers going deep into addressing real-world problems on Earth and space.

University president Br. Raymundo B. Suplido FSC hopes that NASA Space Apps would “encourage our young Filipino researchers and scientists to create ideas and startups based on space science and technology, and pave the way for the promotion and awareness of the programs of our own Philippine space agency.”

Vice President Leni Robredo recognized Space Apps as a platform “where some of our country’s brightest minds can collaborate in finding and creating solutions to our most pressing problems, not just in space, but more importantly here on Earth.”

“Space Apps is a community of scientists and engineers, artists and hackers coming together to address key issues here on Earth. At the heart of Space Apps are data that come to us from spacecraft flying around Earth and are looking at our world,” as explained by Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science.

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The quest for health and a natural look boosts sales of beauty products in Asia

Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights, and consulting company, announced that key drivers of growth in the Asia beauty market are natural ingredients that help consumers achieve good skin health, makeup that helps people obtain a natural look, and skincare products aimed at male shoppers. The Beauty Trends in Asia report highlights the key drivers behind the +8% growth in beauty product sales between 2017-18 compared to +4% for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) as a whole, while sales of personal care products in the region continue to outperform the total FMCG market.

“Asian people believe health is almost twice as important to their happiness as having more money,” says Ashley Kang, Head of Beauty Sector at Kantar Worldpanel division. “They see what they put on their skin as a health supplement – and this has changed the products and benefits they desire. They are extremely knowledgeable too, so brands must be transparent in their communications. The wellness trend is also encouraging certain emerging formats to thrive.”

Derma-care is becoming mainstream

New sophisticated formats in skincare and makeup that provide derma-care properties are rising in popularity. Derma brands have reached almost 45% penetration in Korea, a massive influx from just over 25% in 2017. Their second highest reach is Taiwan at 40%, an increase from 37.6% in 2017.

Derma products contain sophisticated ingredients that deliver a high level of efficacy in treating specific skin issues, such as eczema, but are increasingly used to solve more general problems, such as sensitive skin and pollution protection. With consumer brands launching their own ranges, derma-care is increasingly more mainstream, when it was once a niche segment and a domain of brands with a heritage in pharmaceuticals. Developments in retail and distribution are helping to increase the footprint of these products outside drugstores.

The natural look is driving the launch of new ranges and variants The most sought after look in Asia right now is a natural glow. Being well-hydrated is a prerequisite for this look, which has helped drive sales of serums that promise intense hydration. Penetration of serums is highest in Korea at 61%, rising from 58% in 2017. In China, penetration has increased from 18% in 2017 to nearly 26% today. 

This ‘effortless’ natural look can require significant work. The specific makeup products that help people achieve the right translucent effect include liquid foundation, BB creams, and primer/concealer – all of which are soaring in popularity. 

Kantar predicts that makeup that provides skincare or medicinal benefits will be a key growth area for the future. Various crossover products have already emerged between the skincare and makeup segments, such as toner cream that instantly brightens the skin. Positioning these products closer to skincare can be an effective strategy in China, where there remains a perception that the pigments in makeup could be harmful.

Men-only skincare is a major growth opportunity

The number of men using skincare products is also growing steadily across Asia, particularly in China, South Korea, and Thailand. They are buying in more categories as they add more steps to their beauty regime. However, most are still not buying products that have been created specifically for men. Products targeted at men contribute 10% of the total value sales for beauty in the region, but this segment is growing slower than unisex skincare brands. 

“Men in their twenties are most likely to buy men-only skincare products, but as they get older, they begin to use whatever products they find on the bathroom shelf,” continues Kang. “There is a substantial growth opportunity here for brands that can shift spend from unisex products to men-only variants, and prevent men from ‘lapsing’ as they get older, particularly for products promising oil control, anti-aging, whitening, and sunscreen benefits.”

Consumers crave products that are ‘just for me’

Shoppers in Asia believe that if a product is tailored to them, it will be more effective — and it also helps them to feel special. Customization is rapidly gaining momentum in both skincare and makeup. Computer-aided diagnosis enables skincare brands to assess an individual’s skin and formulate a product that provides the benefits specific to that individual. Makeup with customized colors, textures, and finishes is also growing in popularity.

Notes to editor:

The data and insights from this report come from the Worldpanel division’s Beauty Panel in Asia. This unique Beauty Panel tracks the usage and shopper behavior concerning beauty products.

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20 Valentine’s and Chinese New Year Wish List for Lifestyle section

By Almira Blancada

We prioritize and want things that we can use for a long time rather than short term things only good for the feed, without any benefit in our lives. So if you are having a hard time looking for a gift for your urban professional significant other, family member, or even to yourself—we’ve listed items and places we’re sure are on their wish list. 

  1. Aztec Clay Mask

After a long stressful day, our skin craves its rest time. Of course, we still want to look good for our loved ones! Aztec Clay Mask is known for making wonders as it provides everything your skin needs, making it their go-to mask. It makes your face pulsate and vacuums impurities deep in your skin. Plus, it’s also a 100% natural calcium bentonite clay, so you can still use this even if you have delicate skin. Just make sure to only stay it on for 10-15 minutes and after doing so, you can now say goodbye to your insecurities as your skin conditions clear up!

2.Fitbit Charge 3 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

The Fitbit Charge 3 Heart Rate + Fitness Band Activity Tracker reveals insights about your body and fitness, your new healthcare consultant!  This device measures your heart rate 24/7, tracks the calorie you burn, goal progress, and sleep schedule to show how huge of an impact even the small parts of your day have. You can even choose from 15+ exercise modes like run, bike, swim, and more, and get real-time heart rate zones to see the effect of your workouts! Through this, you will know your body and get a better understanding of where your fitness level is so you can take action and improve yourself while you become aware of your health. You can buy this new fitness tracker for P9,990 and choose from two different styles; black with a graphite aluminum case or blue-gray with a rose gold aluminum case.

3.Sharper Image’s Total Hand Compression Massager

One of the things that we take for granted is our hands. That’s why Sharper Image’s Total Hand Compression Massager made with a soft, cloth-lined chamber which soothes and restores hand muscles and joints, and squeezes away aches and stress is something we all need to give our tired, achy hands a robust massage experience. Plus, it’s easy to operate, has an automatic timer, and features two massage modes (basic and wave) which have an accommodating intensity and optional heat— use it while relaxing or watching TV.

4.Precious Herbal Pillows

A soft yet beneficial item you can use even during work, the 100% natural aromatherapy herbal heat Precious Herbal Pillow is filled with pure natural grains, aromatic herbs, and essential oils. It may be used as a hot compress to keep blood flow circulating or cold compress to help reduce swelling and restore strength by slowing down the flow of blood and other fluids caused by strains, cramps, or any type of injury. It also improves your blood circulation and relieves headaches and backaches, allowing natural wellness flow through your body!

5.Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger with Chamomile Tea

Loved both for its taste and soothing properties, Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger with Chamomile Tea is rather affordable (P599 in Lazada, free shipping) for being labeled as a high quality wellness tea.  One box contains 16 sealed tea bags of the mildest ginger combined with a calming chamomile and aromatic yet spicy herbal tea that will give relaxation to your digestive system. The herbalists behind this give importance in this product’s purity and effectiveness.  Rest assured, it will relieve your occasional indigestion and nausea with its all certified organic ingredients!

6.Philips Wake-up Light

As much as we hate to admit it, there are times that it’s just so hard to wake up early in the morning. With your closed windows blocked by curtains, it’s hard to see if the sun has risen. Well, here’s something to help you start your day in the right way, the alarm clock that wakes you up more naturally refreshed and improves your ability to function at any time in the morning—The Philips Wake-up light is the alarm clock that starts glowing thirty minutes before the time you set the alarm in, portraying a sunlight that’s near you. It will make your eyes feel the brightness as it gradually increases up to 200 Lux and follows an increasing noise as the goal is to make you ready to start the day by the time your alarm goes off. Don’t worry, the noise is not as annoying as your usual alarm clocks because the sound has two soothing options, a radio station of your choice and the birds of the nature that goes well with your sunrise.  Plus, it also has a night light which you can turn on when you need to get up at night.

7.Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Earphones

Expect the quality of your music to sound better with the first in-ear model, the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear earphones. This contains an excellent well-controlled bass to avoid the higher frequency areas with the impact you might not expect with most in-ear headphones. The bass depth is so incredible that it provides outstanding dynamic range and delivers a detailed and accurate sound with tangle-free cables unlike anything else out there. Plus, you’re not going to be disappointed with its stunning structure as the design embraces color with its matte and glossy texture of features and metallic and dark red shade that makes it look so sporty and refined!

8.Uniqlo Super Non-Iron Shirt

This 100% cotton dress shirt by Uniqlo is the best when it comes to fit and wrinkle resistant—the perfect shirt to wear on any occasion. It is so advanced that it had to be specially engineered for the 80-count threads that give the pinpoint Oxford material a very glossy, elegant feel when you wear it for your sophisticated and business casual style. The button-down collar looks great with ties and has a solid quality that moves and folds pleasantly.  The collar can be rolled high enough for a clean and strong look even with two buttons undone! P1,490

9.The Bamboo Company Eco-Friendly Set

We’re all about saving the environment, as we look for a better alternative in all things disposable, it’s nice to find an association like the Bamboo Company. With their eco-friendly values, the Bamboo Company produces naturally-sourced products such as straws, utensils, and fruit snack bags to create the best solutions to help preserve the environment. With the goal of creating a better world even in small steps, their eco-friendly set which only costs P379 already has 1 Panda charcoal bamboo toothbrush and Lakbawayan travel case.

10.Sonos One Speaker

The speaker that totally sets the bar when it comes to quality, multi-room audio, and smart home compatibility—Sonos One Speaker pumps out tunes. It is Alexa enabled, and supports Apple Airplay 2 that it is probably the smartest speaker made today. This speaker can connect to a hundred different audio services around the world and is also the only speaker that can pair with almost all speakers. It has a terrific and detailed sound which proves that it’s made with high-quality components making your home the coolest!

11.Everest Cooler Lunch Bag

This 12 ounce insulated cooler lunch bag may look like a simple small lunch bag on the outside, but you’ll be surprised with how deep and spacious the inside is for your on-the-go lunch and snacks! Plus, it even has a front zippered pocket for your utensils and napkins, a dual side mesh pockets for additional storage for drinks, and an adjustable strap for carrying so you can bring it anywhere.  Its interior vinyl lining makes for easy cleaning.

12.Fila Disruptor II Shoes

Everyone’s on-the-go and must-have stylish kicks, Fila has taken their first athletic pair of shoes, the Fila Disruptor and transformed them into a better and bolder version with the Fila Disruptor II.  The new version is more appealing and comfortable for outdoor engagements like jogging, running, or even a field day at work. And with this goal, it’s made with complete rubber outsoles, molded foot beds, and a lightweight EVA midsole that will make you look strong and durable for any activity.  Plus, it’s available in numerous colors and fabrications from leather to pastel pink to fit with your personal style.


A heaven for stationery lovers out there, iFEX Paper Bar is a shop that lets you create your uniquely personalized notebooks! Instead of looking for and buying your ideal notebook, you’ll be able to make one yourself!  At the iFEX Paper Bar, you select the size, color, inserts, and number of sheets. You can also choose the cover name (up to 16 characters long) which will be embossed on the front in gold or silver lettering.  So if you’re currently looking for the perfect gift or for yourself, just go to National Bookstore Glorietta 1, Shangri-La Plaza, and SM Megamall to visit the iFEX Paper Bar!

14.Mindful Movement Asia Pilates Studio in Makati

An intelligent exercise made for your mind, body, and soul—Pilates makes you enjoy exercising at a slow and steady pace. As strengthening your body awareness and posture alignment is one of the important keys of an obvious healthy living, Mindful Movement Asia Pilates Studio is where you should be after every long stressful day. As the only pure Stott Pilates Studio and Pilates Rehab Studio in the country, Mindful Movement Asia Pilates Studio has trainers that are also physical therapists which were taught to assess every person’s capability to assure the people they teach are safe. Located at Sen. Gil Puyat in Makati, rates start from P600 to P2,500 depending on the class.

15.Splash Tub in Sandbox Pampanga


Sandbox Pampanga’s first 1,200 sqm water facility, Splash Tub which opened last July, has 11 obstacle courses divided in three stations. The Ball Traverse makes you cross four giant balls while holding on to ropes above them, the Over and Under forces you to slip between inflatable bars, and the Wreckers which try to throw you out of balance while walking on the slippery platforms. This is a fun place to visit if you’re a group of adventurous people because the team with the fastest record wins the challenge.  Plus, there are fun-shaped inflatables and unicorn floaters available at the jacuzzi-like lounge pool that you can use for your Instagram-worthy selfies! Located at Alviera, Porac Access Road, Pampanga, the entrance rates start from P100 for kids to P250 for adults.

16.ATV Adventures in Rizal

No doubt, Rizal is home to many breathtaking views and splendid waterfalls, so if you want to connect to nature more, just travel to ATV Adventures, which has extreme vehicles. If you’re scared of breaking your bones through this ride, although operating it is easy, don’t worry as they require every rider complete a safety orientation first and a short test drive before starting. Riders have described this as one of their most challenging adventures as they experienced being covered with mud and going around the heart of the jungle. You can choose among five tours from the short trail to the jungle trail adventure. Either way, your memories will be unforgettable!

What to bring:  GoPro Camera, Insect repellent, Sunglasses, Sunblock, Water bottle

How to get there: 50 meters from Bikers’ Camp, Antipolo.  From Marcos Highway drive along until you reach Antipolo Hospital, then turn left to Marikina River Basin.

17.Masungi Geo-reserve in Rizal

The 10-kilometer spine of limestone discovery trail of Masungi Geo-reserve is an incredible adventure with rope obstacles, ladders, and bridges that allow us to go through the highlights of the geo-reserve to see the prime attractions such as their terrific rock formations and inviting greenery. Its name originates from “masungki” which means “spiked” that refers to the jagged rocks of the beautiful landscape. Filled with native plants such as jade vine and guyabero of the Philippines that were placed there to be protected, you would surely love spending your weekend in fresh air as you hike all the way to the end!

How to get there: Via the right side of Marcos Highway road, just drive along until you get to Kilometer 47, Baras, Rizal.

18.City Kart racing in Circuit Makati

City Kart racing is the fun and challenging track that will make your heart race from too much excitement! This is where both professionals and beginners can enjoy cart racing with friends and family.  Expect your money’s worth in a time limit of 12-15 minutes as you can safely speed around a 600-meter track.  In the evening, there’s a different course. Situated at Circuit Makati, Brgy. Carmona, Makati City, rates also differ depending on your cart: Funkart (for general use) is P650, Kiddie kart (for children) is P700, Prokart (for professional use) is P950, and Baby Kart (under five years old) is P1,800.

19.Dessert Museum in Pasay

When it comes to achieving your sugar-filled happiness, Dessert Museum is the place to visit for a whole new level of sugar high.  Besides taking the sweetest pictures, also slide and feed your luscious soul as you taste actual sweets that await you in 8 mouthwatering rooms, including the Marshmallow Paradise and Cotton Candy Forest. The 12,000-sq. ft. museum located at the S. Maison Mall in Pasay City is built to satisfy your sweet tooth and spread joy to everyone as the tour lasts for about two hours. You can avail the tickets online for P699 or walk-in for P799.  Welcome to the world of desserts!


At the Alfonso Street of Poblacion, Makati City, there’s a place perfect for people who love quiet hours as this restaurant prioritizes going back to our roots with a lot of Filipino touches and techniques that are mostly locally sourced comfort food. AKBD is the sweet and comfortable home where you can chill. Whether it’s with your squad or family, AKBD’s space offers more than just the Filipino-centered menu.  Taste the Eenie Meanie Bucatini that has a creamy egg sauce and enjoyable firm texture of bucatini mixed with porcini mushrooms and smoked bacon.  Owner Lica Ibarra’s touch makes you feel cozy with its delightful ambiance that blossoms on its modernized local interior design from its retro chairs up to flourishing tables—a memorable and classy restaurant.

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How to Have Healthy Skin in Hot Weather

   How to Have Healthy Skin in Hot Weather

With all this humidity and scorching heat outside, summer is definitely here. In fact, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) says that our heat index – a measure of how hot we actually feel after factoring in humidity – almost reached a dangerous 40 degree Celsius. Yikes.

Stepping outside under this heat can feel exhausting, especially for our first line of defense – our skin. The summer heat can not only dry up your skin but it can cause a host of problems such as aging, dark spots, breakouts and discoloration among others. 

So should we all just stay indoors and let this season play itself out? Not a chance.

Summer Skincare: think SPF

No skincare regimen is made for all seasons. Keeping your skin plump and silky smooth under all this sun can be challenging. Luckily, it’s simple enough – keep the harmful UV rays away and lock that moisture in. For example, there are sunblocks like Biore’s UV Aqua Rich Gel that offer sun protection and moisturization all while being light and next to invisible.

As your pores tend to open up under higher temperatures, they tend to gather relatively more dirt and oil during the summer. Simply washing your face as often as three times can considerably lessen the effects of the scorching heat. StyleCraze advises that doing 20 to 25 minute weekly facials during the humid weather can also make a difference in preventing tan lines and dark spots. 

Lighter and Waterproof Makeup

With all the sweat this summer brings, it’s hard to put on makeup without worrying if you’re sporting racoon eyes or if your makeup is melting. While the usual makeup layers can work for the other months of the year, summer calls for lighter shades and waterproof products. There are options like the pure nude highlighter from Essence that can double as a waterproof contour highlighter and an eye shadow. Go for waterproof mascaras and eyeliners so you can totally rock that ready-to-swim look all day long.

Know your skin

Counterintuitive as it may seem, famous dermatologist Dr. Vicki Belo says it can also pay to skip the moisturizer and just exfoliate. Moisturizing, she says, can only provide temporary lubrication but exfoliation can reveal that softer smoother baby skin underneath. Skincare, as experts say, ultimately boils down to your individual skin type and its needs. The internet is sprawling with all the information you need to know your skin and understand what it needs. Pretty Me has several self care articles that focus on skin health, including how to stay moisturized during the summer. These range from skincare products to diet tips. But no matter what your skin type is, skincare is a must –summer heat or no.

Hydrate your body, hydrate your skin

Skincare doesn’t end with your regimen alone. Drinking lots of water can not only prevent you from heatstroke but also replenish your skin’s depleted moisture. Eating vitamin C rich fruits and berries like lychees and plums will do wonders for hydration. Consequently, food rich in vitamin E can prevent the skin from becoming dry. Remember: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

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IFSEC PH Returns in the Scene – BIGGER and BETTER

IFSEC Philippines is back on its 3rd Edition

International Fire and Safety Exhibition and Conference or IFSEC proudly brings back its 3rd edition in the Philippines on 13 – 15 June 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City with the theme of “Empowering the Philippines to be on top of its national security by providing global innovation and expertise to the emerging trends and services in Security, Fire & Safety Markets”.

IFSEC Philippines is the leading security, fire, and safety event in the country established since 2017, and the latest edition of the globally recognized IFSEC brand with security exhibitions in the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Africa, and Saudi Arabia. Due to last year’s successful edition with 78 exhibitors from 14 countries and a total of 3, 879 attendees from 22 countries, IFSEC Philippines 2019 targets to increase the number of exhibitors and good quality visitors that are beneficial to the business, and exceed high level of expectation in providing a trade show that caters to the right market in the security, fire, and safety industry.

IFSEC Philippines is the leading security, fire, and safety event in the country established since 2017, and the latest edition of the globally recognized IFSEC brand with security exhibitions in the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Africa, and Saudi Arabia. Due to last year’s successful edition with 78 exhibitors from 14 countries and a total of 3, 879 attendees from 22 countries, IFSEC Philippines 2019 targets to increase the number of exhibitors and good quality visitors that are beneficial to the business, and exceed high level of expectation in providing a trade show that caters to the right market in the security, fire, and safety industry.

“In relation to this year’s theme, IFSEC Philippines aims to promote as the best platform to showcase and know the latest news and trends, innovations and product insights, and other services related to the security here in the Philippines and other countries from the ASEAN region. Let us support our nation’s efforts to make our communities a safe place for our work and families,” shared by Mr. DEXTER DEYTO, General Manager of UBM Exhibitions Philippines. IFSEC Philippines is a one-stop-shop of exhibitions with more than 200 world-renowned brands expected to participate and technology seminars with the most relevant security and fire safety topics from prominent speakers in the industry.

Furthermore, IFSEC Philippines highlights a Business Matching program to connect exhibitors and buyers. With Business Matching, international companies can meet their local counterparts from prospect market beneficial to their business and vice versa.

IFSEC Philippines is also supported by its loyal partner associations in the industry such as Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Asian Professional Security Association (APSA), Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators (PADPAO), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Mall Security Managers Association of the Philippines (MSMAP), Philippine Society for Industrial Security (PSIS), Safety Organization of the Philippines (SOPI), Hotel & Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP), Transported Asset Protection

Association (TAPA), Campus Security Safety Management Alliance of the Philippines (CSSMAP), Philippine Association of Certified Security Risk Management Specialist (PACSRM), and Chartered International Institute of Security and Crisis Management (CIISCM). These associations have contributed to the continuous success of IFSEC Philippines through their presence at the event and knowledge sharing of their reliable members.

Meet hundreds of manufacturers, distributors, security professionals, decision-makers and quality visitors under one venue at IFSEC Philippines on 13 – 15 June 2019 in SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Save the date and see you there!

For additional information about IFSEC Philippines, kindly contact Ms. Jomia Pagkatotohan at +63 2 581 1915 or send an email to [email protected]. You may also visit the official website on to view the complete list of exhibitors and register online.


Philippines is one of the organized events of UBM Exhibitions Philippines Inc. established since 2013. Visit to know more about the company.


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Meet local and international exhibitors from more than 200 world class brands to showcase the latest security, fire, and safety products and technologies.
IFSEC Philippines provides conference and seminars that highlight the latest news and trends, case studies, in-depth technology presentations and other topic related to security, fire, and safety industry.
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