Saturday, September 10, 2016

Philippine Property Awards 2017 is now open for nonination

Philippine Property Awards 2017 is now on its 5th year with new categories. The fifth edition of was officially opened on August 31, 2016 with a press conference held at Fairmont Hotel.

The country’s biggest annual real estate awards and an acclaimed international event organized by the PropertyGuru Group is celebrating its landmark fifth year of finding the best property developers and developments in Mega Manila, Metro Cebu, and Davao.

“We are grateful for the incredible support from developers, sponsors, media partners, and business associations over the years—without it, there would be no fifth edition of the Philippines Property Awards,” said Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the Asia Property Awards.

Megaworld Corporation won four big awards including Best Developer (Philippines) at the Philippines Property Awards 2016 annual gala dinner held at the Fairmont Makati. The Dr Andrew L Tan-led company also collected 13 Highly Commended certificates last year. The SM Group and Vista Land Group came in close with multiple accolades. Vista Land chairman Manny Villar for Real Estate Personality of the 2016.

The 2017 awards is bigger and better with new categories, such as Special Recognition in Sustainable Development that will recognize the green initiatives of outstanding developers across the country. In addition, the new awards for Best Mixed-Used Development and Best BPO Office come into play as well, reflecting the rapid growth of these sectors.

“The participation from major and up-and-coming developers continues to grow year after year because they understand the impact of the Awards in the industry. In the last five years we’ve seen the awards program expand to include categories specifically created for developments in regional markets such as Cebu and Davao. It is a reflection of a strong Philippine real estate sector that is focused on improving quality and sustainability”, Blackburn added.

BDO, one of the world’s largest accounting and auditing firms, continues to be the official judging supervisor to ensure that the entire nomination and judging process will be fair and transparent to the public. A couple of new judges have joined the panel as well.

Prior to the black-tie gala dinner set to take place on May 4, 2017, at Fairmont Makati, the official hotel venue of the Awards, a new Real Estate Personality of the Year will also be named by the editors of Asia’s industry-leading Property Report magazine.

The Philippines Property Awards promotes the country’s best current developments and latest innovations to a wide international audience across Southeast Asia. As always, the “Best of the Best” winners from the Philippines will compete in the regional grand finals at the South East Asia Property Awards held annually in Singapore, opening up their businesses to new audiences around the region. Philippine developers who have won at the grand finals include Ayala Land Inc., which was named Best Developer (South East Asia) in 2014.

For more information about the Philippines Property Awards,do visit

Friday, September 9, 2016

Invest and Secure your Child's Education

Left to right: ROZANNE MAGARARU Philam Life Head of Communications, ARIEL CANTOS Philam Life Chief Executive Officer, and MEI-CHEE SHUM Philam Life Chief Marketing Officer

For Filipino parents, making the most out of their hard-earned money is always a challenge. For the financially savvy, the challenge is on prioritizing which future need they should save up for. According to recent studies conducted by Philam Life, education always falls among the top five financial priorities across different market segments.

The studies revealed that across market segments, from the Filipino-Chinese to the Younger Affluent and to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), education is a key priority in Filipino families. Protecting the future of children is appears to be equally important as spending quality time with their family among the Filipino-Chinese parents. The Younger Affluent parents prioritize their children's education over saving up for their retirement. Investing to ensure one's child’s education becomes high priority among OFW parents as many regard completion of their children’s college education as one of the conditions that would allow them to come home.

“We understand that education is a key priority among Filipino parents but they are wary of getting an education plan because of the pre-need issue in the past. They are also faced with the challenges of increasing tuition fees and the additional expense brought about by the extended years of basic education,” said Philam Life CEO Aibee G. Cantos.

As the country’s most trusted life insurance company, Philam Life is well positioned to help parents overcome these financial challenges and worries. “We have a long history of empowering Filipinos and we remain a strong and trustworthy partner of parents in achieving their dreams for their children,” Cantos added.

In the last 10 years, Philam Life paid out over Php10 Billion in education benefits (2004-2015). Last May, 50,000 scholars received their education payout for the first semester of SY 2016-2017. This October, 51,000 checks will be released for the second semester of SY 2016-2017. “Times are changing and Philam Life has an important role to play in helping parents achieve their aspirations for their children. That’s why we continue to develop innovative product solutions that are relevant and responsive to their real life needs,” said Philam Life Chief Marketing Officer Mei-Chee Shum.

Philam Life introduces Future Scholar, an education plan that provides long-term growth potential and guaranteed education benefits. It offers access to Philam Life’s expertly-managed funds and guaranteed education benefits. The plan’s premiums would be waived in case the parent passes away or suffers from a total and permanent disability, and there is an option to get life insurance coverage for the parent that the family can use to supplement the education funding. Customers can choose from two simple payment options – pay over 5 years or pay regularly until the child turns 17.

“Parents are always thinking about the future of their children. They want their children to finish school and become successful. Philam Life’s Future Scholar is a product that help them realize their dreams for their children,” said Shum.

To learn about Philam Life's Future Scholar, please visit

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Century Tuna launches celebrity ambassador James Reid as Body of the Century

Kapamilya  young actor James Reid is one of the hottest young actors today, no dout.  With millions of followers online, plus followers of his  JaDinelove team, he really is a bankable star that sets legions of fans in a frenzy all over the country.

Now, James returns in Century Tuna with a new campaign dubbed as "Body Reinvented." "Body Reinvented: With Proper Diet and Exercise" is the tagline of his traffic-stopping EDSA billboard. Aside from this, James' new TVC  called "James Metamorphosis"  aired on TV last week.  His TV commercial  features his body transformation and gives a glimpse on how thinking like a champion has brought him to where he is now.

Century Tuna offcially welcomed James Reid in a media event last September 6 at the Makati Shangri-la. The said launch was hosted by Joyce Pring and Sam YG.

Becoming part of the Century Tuna family has certainly paid off for the young hunk. He is presently at his fittest—sculpted abs, toned muscles, firm biceps—which can be attributed to a rigorous fitness regimen and a proper diet consisting of good protein that Century Tuna can provide.

Century Tuna couldn’t be happier for having James in its roster of celebrity endorsers. From the very beginning, they already saw a champion in him. “His story is truly inspiring,” said Greg Banzon, Century Tuna General Manager. “It speaks of transformation, the relentless desire to improve oneself. It’s a winning formula that brings many positive lessons for everyone: perseverance, keeping the faith, while staying humble and true to yourself—qualities that make James a true role model.”

Meanwhile, for James, it’s really all about trust. “I liken it to a championship game,” he reveals. “If you want to win, you naturally want to surround yourself with a teammate you can put your total faith into. That to me is Century Tuna, and I can’t think of any other name that I’d trust to keep my body fit.”

With proper diet and exercise, you too can transform your ody.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

"Yakap" Film calls us to embrace Children with Disabilities into the mainstream

Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized groups in our society. These children face daily discrimination in form of curious stares, pointing fingers, and namecalling. They often experience widespread violations of their rights. They are discriminated not only because of their disability but also because of lack of understanding and knowledge about its causes, implications and stigma.

Last week, The Center for Possibilities Foundation (CFP) invited a few friends for a special screening of “Yakap”, a film that provides a glimpse into a day in the lives of three people: Evangeline “Gelli” Aventajado, a 4-year-old with Down Syndrome; Aaron Joshua “AJ” De Quiroz, an 8-year-old with epilepsy, Autism, and Global Developmental Delay; and Kevin Avelino, a 45-year-old with Global Developmental Delay.

The documentary film Yakap (Embrace) manages to capture the pain and uncertainties of  the three families as they shared their reality with a day-in-a-life treatment. As you listen to parents talk about it, you feel their helplessness as the physical and mental impairment limits the major life activities of their special child. It is painful for the parents to accept that the future of their child is uncertain and you will understand why there is a fierce need to protect their child.

The aim of the film is to raise awareness on the need to accept people with special needs as part of society. Educating the public is an effective way to break the cycle of discrimination and poverty that children with disabilities often face.

“The stories are told from the points of view of their parents. Nothing was scripted, everything that you will see is natural and unplanned,” says Dolores Cheng, founder of the Center for Possibilities (CFP) Foundation, which produced the film.
Michelle Aventajado with her daughter, Evangeline “Gelli”

“More than a film, we are presenting profiles of true courage. Courage of the children whose disabilities are the only reality they have ever known, and who live their lives the only way they know how, in spite of curious stares, pointing fingers, and hidden smiles. And the courage of parents and family members who may have grown up thinking normal was everything but ended up learning that different can be the new normal”.

A project of The Center for Possibilities (CFP) Foundation, the film aims to generate more awareness for the need to respect the potential and promise of persons with special needs, and for all children with disability to be embraced into the mainstream.

A special screening of this wonderfully made film by Danny AƱonuevo is also happening on September 7, at 7pm at the RCBC Theater.

To know more about CFP and to arrange for special screenings of “Yakap”, visit or call (02) 723-1242 / (0918) 888-1759.

The Center for Possibilities (CFP) Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to be a sanctuary for children with special needs. Access to school for children with disabilities is often limited by a lack of understanding about their needs, lack of teacher training, unconducive school environment, classroom support and learning resources and facilities.

The CFP foundation supports education plans that take disabled children into account. It has put up SPED schools in remote areas with a professional to work with children with disabilities and affected families. It believes that by giving children with disabilities their right to education, it will have a lifelong impact on their learning, potential economic, social and human development.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Filipinos are the happiest workers in Southeast Asia

There’s a direct relationship between overall employee morale and employee job satisfaction, and surveys can help you see it. Job satisfaction surveys do  make a meaningful connection between employees’ criteria for job satisfaction and an orgaanization's  business goals, so that it can engage its workforce in a truly satisfying way.

For two consecutive rows, Filipinos are the happiest workers  according to the online employment portal JobStreet.’s 2016 Happiness Index Report of employees compared workers from six other Asian countries ( Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia)and Filipinos are still at the top of the ladder when it comes to being happy and satisfied at work. 

The Filipino's optimistic view makes them more competitive. JobStreet Country Manager Philip Gioca said the continued growth of the Philippine economy after the elections was lifting the spirits of Filipino workers.

The Happiness Index Report clues in companies on the top reasons that make employees stay with an organization and give clues on the programs and systems they can create to establish a better working environment. The Report also imparts to companies the job qualities or factors that affect the increase or decrease in job happiness.

Respondents are a good mix of position levels ranging from fresh graduates to supervisorial and managerial positions and even top management, from all around the country, having stayed in their current jobs for varying lengths of time, and representing various specializations and industries.

Of the 12,796 Filipino respondents, the average satisfaction rating is 6.25 on a 10-point scale. Indonesia (6.16) and Thailand (5.74) come in second and third, respectively. Singapore has the lowest satisfaction rate at with average satisfaction rating of 5.09 out of 10.

The Philippines also topped the Job Happiness Index, with 73 people happy out of 100, just two points more than Indonesia at 71. Malaysia has the lowest happiness index at 41.

The survey also asked respondents to predict how satisfied with their jobs will they be in six months. Indonesia topped this category at 6.58, while Singapore clocked it the lowest at 4.93. The Philippines ranked third with a rating of 6.18.

The Job Happiness Index Report also enumerated the factors that make employees happy at the workplace. Filipinos put a high premium on great rapport with colleagues, convenient work location, and the company’s reputation. These factors can easily be attributed to the relational nature of Filipinos, the worsening traffic situation that results in unproductive hours for employees, and the need for stability in the companies they work for, respectively. Other reasons for employee happiness are salary, benefits, leadership, career development, job security, culture, corporate values, trainings, work schedule, and immediate superior.

Meanwhile, the top factors that make employees leave a company are uninspiring leadership, insufficient salary, lack of benefits, and lack of trainings. As stated in Herzberg's Motivators and Hygiene Factors, these factors are not necessarily what makes employees happy should they be addressed competently, but can be hugely influential in employees’ decisions to stay or find better opportunities.

To increase job happiness, Filipino respondents recommend desire a higher salary (34 percent), followed by getting a new job (21 percent), and getting a promotion (8 percent).

Among the Filipino respondents, the most satisfied are those who have been in their current jobs for six months to a year, working in the education, gas and oil, and government sectors; specializing in hospitality (food and beverage, hotel and restaurant), building and construction, and education; and located in Bicol, CARAGA, and Western Visayas regions.

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