Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dermablend Supports Merrel Adventure Run 2012

Running enthusiasts in the country gears up for an adventure as they experience a different kind of adrenaline rush in the 3rd Merell Adventure Run 2012 at the hilly terrain of Timberland Sports & Nature Club in San Mateo, Rizal. With three categories, 5K, 10K and 21 K, the challenge to finish, survive and conquer the rugged trail run stems from each runner’s arduous quest for glory and their strong desire to further improve their personal timing.

Dermablend Soap, under the BCP Dermatological Corporation, supports the said event as one of its sponsors. Dermablend Soap comes in four variants: Papaya Orange (Whitening), Cucumber Melon (Moisturizing), Oatmeal (for Sensitive Skin) and the best soap highly recommended for sports enthusiasts—Dermablend Guava Tea Tree (Germicidal/Anti-bacterial). The Dermablend Guava Tea Tree Soap has a “cooling” effect that’ll definitely give runners a relaxing after-feel. This soap is made for athletes in mind for its germicidal and deodorizing effect. This is the soap designed to solve athletes’ needs.  During the Merell Adventure Run 2012, Dermablend provided free soaps for the participants. Diana Stalder, a sister company of Dermablend, also provided P100 gift vouchers.

With Dermablend Soap at the helm of sports oriented activities and events such as this, avid runners and sports aficionados will surely have something to be happy about as they reach the finish line, knowing fully well that a proudly Philippine-made soap company will be supporting them all the way.

Get more info on upcoming events and update from the Dermablend and Diana Stalder fan pages

Thursday, May 31, 2012

40th Binalot Store opens at Festival Mall

Binalot opened its 40th branch last May 30 at Festival Mall in Alabang.   It is the latest of the Binalot franchise branch to hit the metro, 5 of the 40 are company-owned branches according to Binalot President, Mr Rommel Juan. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mr. Juan and the Binalot franchisee commenced the opening ceremony and store blessing. Mang Bina, the Binalot mascot was also there to amuse everyone. Binalot Fiesta Foods is a Filipino restaurant owned company that inspired the rediscovery of serving Filipino home-grown foods on banana leaves.  The use of banana leaves is a welcome substitute to non-biodegradable styro boxes and plastics as people are now opting for green lifestyles and with raised consciousness about leaving minimal carbon footprints as possible. 
From a humble stall in Shaw Boulevard, Binalot with its "Adobo Pride" now competes with foreign fastfood businesses serving the best of the Pinoy classics – adobo, bistek, tapa, tocino, sisig, longganisa, daing na bangus plus the salted egg with tomatoes. It has grown to a 40-store strong major franchise player competing with the other fastfood icons.

Binalot's “All-Time Pinoy-Vorites” main menu gives Filipino consumers smart, affordable meals and best value for money.

And for every Binalot meal you purchase, the organization gives part of its earning to help local communities of Nagcarlan, Laguna  and Aetas of Zambales. The use of banana leaves gives sustainable income to the local communities from which the leaves come from (that supplies all Binalot branches).  So let us support BINALOT's advocacy as "Ang Pambansang Tsibugan” and go for Filipino foods we have come to love all these years!

See more of BINALOT updates at

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Energizer and One Millions Lights embark on its second solar lights distribution

Last May 26, 2012,  Energizer and  One Million Lights distributed 280 solar-powered lights to Barangay Puray, Rodriguez, Rizal for the second time as part of its "Spreading Positivenergy" campaign.  After seeing the life-changing impact of this community outreach program launch in March, where 100 solar light units were initially distributed,  this tandem was resolved to bring on three times as much light to Barangay Puray this time around.

The smiles on the faces of the recipients was enough to compensate for all the efforts to bring in the additional units to them.  Barangay Puray is isolated by the Mascap Mountain Range, vast network of rivers and dirt roads, which makes it accessible by 4x4 vehicles only.  It is home to thousands of poor families who have no access to electricity.

By switching to solar-powered lights, the recipients will be able to allocate 30% of their daily "kaingin" income  on their children’s tuition fees rather than on kerosene lamps. Since working at night time is now a possibility, it would  allow them to earn more money and alleviating themselves from poverty one step at a time.
Energizer and One Million Lights are benefiting communities around the globe through the Energizer Night Races for a Brighter World

One Million Lights and Energizer are teaming up on a unique program to raise awareness for the need for safe and healthy lighting around the world. Through the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World – a series of night races taking place across the globe – Energizer is pledging to donate 11 million hours of solar light in 2011 to communities without electricity.Energizer and One Million Lights are working together to distribute the lights in rural villages that are off the electric grid in four regions: Latin America, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Philippines. Each distribution will be overseen by a One Million Lights representative or a trusted local partner. The recipients’ need was based on existing knowledge and research of locations and communities – villages and schools.

One Million Lights – Philippines has its beginnings after Mark came back from the Global Youth Leaders Conference (GYLC) in Washington, D.C. Inspired by people his age, who were already leading movements that helped the less-fortunate, he went came across One Million Lights (OML), an international non-profit organization based in Palo Alto, California. 

After several conference calls with the main OML Team in California, a balikbayan box filled with OML sample lights, plus documents to aid OML Philippines in its distribution efforts finally materialized. OML's dream to distribute solar lights to indigents families in Catanduanes as its first task become a worthwhile commitment. 

With the realization that the night may be dark in Catanduanes, but is much darker in other places, ONL and Energizer Philippines continues on. Lighting up the lives of 250 families is hardly the end; it is only the beginning.
In partnership with Energizer, One Million Lights – Philippines is going to five different provinces, Mindoro, Kalinga-Apayao, Mountain Province, Eastern Samar and Rizal to distribute 2,750 lights to more isolated and impoverished rural communities.  These lights are hoped to lit up the lives of more than fifteen thousand Filipinos. 

They are here to light up lives not only for today, or for next year, but for many more years to come.  Read more about the advocacy and humble beginnings of One Million Lights - Philippines at

Monday, May 28, 2012

IDP Philippines presscon at Dusit Thani Hotel

IDP Education Australia Limited (IDP) is a global organisation offering student recruiting and testing services in over 40 countries. Owned by 38 prestigious universities in Australia and representing all education sectors, IDP is an independent not-for-profit organisation.  IDP Philippines has been providing  in education services for over fifteen years.

Why Australia?  Australia offers world-class education which guarantees a clear path for career growth. It is known for its high quality of education.  Australia has 20% of the Top 200 universities in the world.  Australia keeps its college standards high to provide graduate with employable skills, which are highly-soughter after by Australian companies and international employers as well.

In a press conference held before the opening of a two-day exhibit  at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati  (May 19-20),    Mr. Andrew King (Country Director) and Mr. Jonathan Omagbon (Student Services Manager) of IDP Philippines gave an overview of the services offered by them. A representative from the Australian embassy, Mr. Anthony Weymouth, the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner of Austrade, was also there.

With Philippine-born counselors, who have studied in Australia themselves, they are able to provide first hand information to prospective students and with the widest possible representation of Australian universities, TAFE's, Schools, Vocational Colleges and English Language Centres, IDP Philippines is able to offer quality service. With access to IELTS Testing and Visa assistance as well as help with accommodation, airline ticketing and other pre-departure requirements.

IDP also administers the IELTS, a global English proficiency exam required for education, work and migration to English-speaking countries. Presently, with around 600 client institutions, IDP recruits 30% of students into Australia. This year alone, around 700 Filipino students will be studying in Australia, through the help of IDP Philippines.  Business, Accounting, IT, Nursing and Engineering courses are currently in demand in Australia.  Anyone under their program would surely have a high success rate in getting into the Australian workforce in their chosen fields of study.

The IELTS score requirement differs per educational level desired.  Here are the passing scores per level:
Vocational           5.5 score
Undergraduate     6.5 score
Nursing students   7.0 score

Philippine high schools graduate who are placed in Australian universities have to undergo  a two-year bridge program to take foundation courses before they formally start university studies.

The new K-12 education program to be implemented in Philippine schools is viewed by IDP and Australian officials as a positive development, as this program will hopefully better prepare students for international studies. English proficiency will get you ahead anywhere in the world according to IDP.

The level of English proficiency of Filipinos is observed to be declining, and steps should be undertaken immediately to remedy this situation.

IDP Philippines is your one stop shop if you want to study in Australia. IDP Education, through its subsidiary IELTS Australia, manages a network of IELTS test centres in more than 30 countries. IDP Philippines conducts IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests up to four times per month.

Please go see their offices at the following locations:

MANILA 2/F Pioneer House Makati 108 Paseo de Roxas Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229 Philippines Tel No: (63 2) 816 0755 Fax No:(63 2) 815 9875

CEBU 2nd Flr Manros Plaza 66 General Maxilom Ave, Cebu City Telephone: (032)2541790 Fax: (032)2537282 Contact person is Ms Agnes Rosello

GENERAL SANTOS Australian Pacific Settlement and Marketing Services Unit B #387 Nuñez St., Purok Malakas General Santos City Telephone: (083) 302 2867

DAVAO Canadian Immigration Consultancy Unit K-12 Goldwin Building Quirino Avenue, Davao City Telephone: (082) 222 5183 to 84; 305 1661; 305 1714

ZAMBOANGA EA Communications & Language Center c/o St Louis Review Center 3/F CTC Bldg., Mayor Jaldon Street Canelar, Zamboanga City Telephone: 0920 908 6392/ 0921 445 3442 

BACOLOD 4 Bagong Lipunan Street Bacolod City Telephone: (034) 433 6835 Mobile : 0918 508 2990 Follow @IDPPhilippines on twitter and on facebook to get the latest event updates.
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