Saturday, July 14, 2012

21st National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo

The 21st National Retail Conference (NRCE) and its twin event, Stores Asia Expo will be held on August 9-10, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall Of Asia, Pasay City. As such, the retail industry is expected to take on new heights as it highlights why shopping is more fun in the Philippines. New avenues for making distinctive customer experience is the top bill of this year’s retail conference as NRCE takes its cue from the Philippine government's “It's More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.
Following two successful NRCEs which zeroed in on Asian brands, this year's gathering moves forward with talks on personalizedbranding and transforming employees into brand ambassadors. Participants will also gain more insights on the competitive edge of socially responsible businesses and the retailers' role in advocating a sustainable lifestyle.

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez will be speaking on the campaign's synergy with retail industry growth as Mr. William Schultz, President and CEO of Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc., delivers the conference keynote message.

Coca-Cola’s participation in this year’s NRCE is expected to further elevate the “fun” aspect of the conference as the brand celebrates “100 Year of Happiness”. Meanwhile, Emmy award-winning television producer of The Tyra Banks Show and the widely popular fashion reality show America's Next Top Model is set to share the newest developments in marketing and branding and global opportunities for Filipino brands. Retail industry experts to share insights on elevating customer experience.

Hans Sicat, president of the Philippine Stock Exchange, is among NRCE topbilled speakers. He will tackle “IPO as a Strategic Tool to Grow Your Business” on Day One at the SMX Convention Center. Atty. Paul Santos, chairman of PRA’s 21st National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo (NRCE), said that the use of initial public offerings (IPOs) as a tool for retail business growth will surely help retailers respond to challenges of expansion.

The second day of conference will feature luminaries from retail and property development. Entitled “Retail Entertainment: Creating a New Level of Customer Experience," the morning panel discussion explores how shopping and leisure are intertwined. The conference’s last panel discussion entitled “The New Turks of Retailing,” is set to put participants in a forward-thinking mood. It features the young entrepreneurs behind today’s hot brands and franchises. Moreover,the value of customer service to the overall shopping experience will be acknowledged. This annual event gathers the people behind the companies that have established excellent track records in customer satisfaction. With the event aimed at highlighting and heightening the fun shopping experience here, it is expected to engage a handful of new generation shoppers. The local retailers with surely benefit from the increase of tourist arrivals and consequently from the shopping bills of tourists.

Organized by the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) and supported by PLDT Alpha Enterprise, SM Department Stores, Robinsons Malls and HP Philippines. Its twin event, the Stores Asia Expo, is presented by Bayan Telecommunications, APL Logistics,Heritage Multi Office, Infinite Grafix, Live Media, Q Creativs,Starmall, Media Magnet, and Catalyst Media.

The 21st NRCE is also sponsored by DHL Supply Chain, Festival Supermall, Celine, Wilcon Depot, ForMe, The Philippine Star and BusinessWorld. The NRCE is the country's biggest retail industry event. Over 800 retail owners, suppliers, CEOs, and top level executives from all over the country are expected to attend this conference.

For registration and more information about the 21st NRCE visit You may also call PRA at 687-4180/4181 or e-mail or

Thursday, July 12, 2012

LIXIL Asia media launch

Japan's LIXIL Global Corporation, the largest building materials and housing equipment manufacturer, launched its umbrella group LIXIL Asia in an event held the Peninsula Manila's Salon held the Peninsula Manila's  Salon de Ning last July 11, 2012

This strategic move highlights LIXIL Group Corporation's plans to become a global leader and a by-word when it comes to one-stop solution construction needs.LIXIL Asia is comprised of American Standard Asia Pacific, LIXIL China, LIXIL Korea and TOSTEM Thai Marketing-Sash Business.

Present during launch were Toshimasa Iue - CEO, Lixil Global Co. / Shiou-An Wong - Category VP, Sash, Lixil Asia / Kenneth Ng - CEO, Lixil Asia / and Lino Bernardo - Country Manager, American Standard Phils.

According to American Standard Philippines'  Country Manager, Lino Bernardo, LIXIL's aim to establish link to good living and compete with major players in the construction industry through American Standard is timely as "LIXIL is the only company which can offer a complete line of building materials." LIXIL is an undisputed global leader armed with products that showcase masterpieces of visionary designers around the world.

With LIXIL Global Company's 75,000-strong workforce in 31 countries, LIXIL Asia is set on revolutionizing the local building materials and housing equipment industry through is Philippine subsidiary, American Standard Philippines Ltd. Co.

American Standard Philippines is the most trusted brand in bathroom fixtures and sanitary equipments since the 1960's and with LIXIL Asia's efficient all-in-one packages,   future product offerings willnow include superior, elegant modular kitchen equipments, typhoon-proof doors and windows, functional interior ceramic tiles plus many more interior and exterior lines to cater to every need.

Toshimasa Iue, CEO of LIXIL Global Corporation, added that LIXIL produces " line with corporate philosophy. And that our products and services contribute to improving people's comfort and lifestyles." LIXIL espouses passion in satisfying its customers by adhering to comfortable lifestyle and green philosophy. It supports the "green revolution" by coming up with innovative product lines that promotes renewable energy use. It vows to conscientiously apply environmental awareness in its process of product creation, keeping the common good in mind as it creates a better living setting. LIXIL boosts of its eco-friendly designed products.

LIXIL Asia CEO, Kenneth Ng, said that these compact, efficient systems are well-suited to the Asian consumers including Filipino market.  With LIXIL growing three times the pace of market in Asia, he is confident that LIXIL will grow a lot higher given the Philippines' booming economic trend.

Strong ties between LIXIL Corporation and American Standard serves as initial move to providing homes and offices in the Asia Pacific region with the best products and premium solutions. It "puts us one significant step closer to becoming a global leader..." Mr. Ng relates. In the next 5 years, LIXIL expects to generate at least 100 million dollars in revenue.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Creative Bonding Time at The Robot Zoo

When I told my daughter that we would be going to The Robot Zoo, she was ecstatic! We arrived at the Science Discovery Center at the SM Mall of Asia one hour ahead to be welcomed by Geiser Maclang.

And boy, both of us were happy to see fellow blogger Vance with her nephew Kyle, who came in a few minutes. We chatted the hour away over servings of Buy-the-Bucket nachos and Krispy Kreme donut treats.

The Robot Zoo is an interactive science in which interesting critters and animals on our planet come alive through larger-than-life robotic mimicry. Invited guests and their kids got to see a platypus, a bat, a grasshopper, a house fly with a 10-foot wingspan, a giraffe's head and neck stretching 9-feet tall plus a giant squid with its 18-foot tentacles.
My daughter had a blast trying out the games inside this walk-in gallery exhibit. The Jet Propeller first took her interest among others.  She tried to out win the other turtles and eventually won over two participants of the turtle race!

Thanks to The Robot Zoo for bringing the minute critters and interesting animals to life. My daughter was captivated by the colorful robotics. It would surely aid her in retaining information about the animal exhibit. She loves active fun to explore and experience many things. I do my best to reinforce learning by providing her opportunities like these so she can be the best person she wants to be. If you to know more about The Robot Zoo, visit The Science Discovery Center website at or see the facebook page at
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