Friday, December 9, 2016

Goldilocks concludes its Sweet Attack Battle Tournament

Yesterday afternoon was abuzz with excitement as the app's top 6 scorers competed with each other for a chance to win cash prizes and gift certificates from Goldilocks.

Goldilocks first interactive smartphone app was launched last month as part of Goldilocks 50th anniversary festivities. This free application uses revolutionary augmented reality software which makes use of one's smartphone camera for an added gaming experience.

To play, you simply have to scan the Goldilocks 50th Anniversary logo featured on in-store posters, which will then become an actual cake on your phone. You then need to defend your cake against ants that want to take a piece from it.

During the recently concluded Sweet Attack Battle Tournament, the app’s top 6 highest scorers from the period November 7 to December 4, 2016 were invited to join in the culminating activity held at Goldilocks SM Megamall on December 8, 2016.

Three males and three femaled compete among themselves for the chance to win cash prizes and gift certificates from Goldilocks. They moved quickly across the screen stopping the ants!

Each aimed at clearing out the upper row immediately to score big. Players aims for the golden ants which cross the top of the screen to get bonus.  In the end, Joan Muhi outwitted her competitors with her quick hands and a winning strategy.

Joan took home  P 5,000 cash prize.  Her sister Tessie came in at Third place with  P 2,000 cash prize. Second placer snagged  P 3,000 in cash,

The other three players received a consolation prize of P 1,000-worth of Goldilocks GCs each.

Try out the  #GoldilocksSweetAttack app now!  You might be the next champion.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Power Mac Center puts the spotlight on JBL Reflect Aware earphones

Power Mac Center introduced the world’s first sport earphone with noise cancellation and adaptive noise control yesterday in a media event at the Ride Revolution. The indoor cycling studio along Kalayaan Avenue was the perfect venue to test out JBL earphones for a full sensorial, heart-pumping pedalling experience. Media and guests were all revved up after 25 minutes of intensive cardio workout.

The naughty DJ, Sam YG hosted the event.

Designed to help the wearer stay aware while staying active, the JBL Reflect Aware has best-in-class noise cancellation properties for a more focused workout, while still being able to mix in environmental sound for greater awareness of surroundings. And because it’s JBL, expect its signature engineering of the precise, naturally articulated sound found in high-end cinemas, arenas, and recording studios around the world.

The JBL Reflect Aware has a unique reflective design with eye-catching and tangle-free cables, best for athletes who prefer exercising at night. The ergonomic fit keeps the earpieces in place no matter how intense the workout gets. Sweat-proof, water resistant, and easy to clean, JBL Reflect Aware doesn’t have any batteries because it draws power and digital audio directly from the lightning connector on Apple devices. That’s right, you can use it on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

“Quality and style are foremost in our criteria of choosing a retail partner. JBL surpassed that and with the continuous innovations that it provides, Power Mac Center couldn’t be happier to carry JBL products in our stores,” said Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez.

JBL is a top global brand with over 60 years of expertise in creating headphones, earphones, hands-free devices, premium speakers, and home theater systems. It recently launched a comprehensive consumer-focused family of sports and lifestyle headphones, including a collaboration with sports brand Under Armour® for the Sport Wireless Heart Rate, a headphone that features in-ear heart rate monitoring with touch control for on-demand access to heart rate.

“Consumers these days expect no compromise in value and design under varying activity and lifestyle conditions. We’re extremely pleased to expand our range of models to be one of the industry’s most comprehensive families of sport and lifestyle headphones, specifically designed to amplify everyday experiences,” said Larry Secreto, Country Head at JBL by HARMAN.

The JBL Reflect Aware wired and wireless sport earphones are now available in Power Mac Center stores. Visit> or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@powermaccenter) for more information.

Beep™ card holders can reload and pay for their purchases at Family Mart

FamilyMart is now accepting loading and payments via beep™ card, the same tap-and-go card you use for your train and bus rides.

The Japanese chain FamilyMart partnership with beep™ card’s proponent AF Payments Inc. marks the Ayala Corp.-Metro Pacific Investments Corp. consortium’s first move out of transportation and into retail. With the cashless transactions that FamilyMart offers through the beep™ card, Filipinos who rely mostly on convenience stores for quick purchases will benefit from the time saved and ease of transactions. This Smart Card-based E-payment System is a time saving device that looks promising given the success of Octopus Card implementation in HongKong.

Family Mart is the second largest chain of 24-hour convenience stores in the world, with over 18,000 branches in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and the Philippines. It first came to Manila in April 2013, with the Glorietta 3 store as its flagship branch.

Family Mart has become a favored hangout for its café-like experience, having brought here fan-favorite items like popular Japanese fares sushi, onigiri, katsudon, soba, and ramen, as well as ready-to-eat gourmet sandwiches and fresh salads.

New to the Family

Coinciding with the beep™ card launch is the promotion of Family Mart’s newest offerings, namely, their Rice-in-a-Box Line featuring everyone’s favorite, Yang Chow Fried Rice; Fresh Fried Lumpiang Shanghai; Solo Pizzas; their Donburi range featuring Beef Caldereta, Pork Binagoongan, Chicken Galantina, and more; and new dessert cups featuring Mango Graham and Banoffee variants. With beep™ card acceptance, patrons can now just grab what they need or want, proceed to the counter, and tap their beep™ card to pay.

“We are thrilled to be part of the beep™ card network as its first ever retail partner. We constantly look for ways to offer our customers more convenience through our products and services, and I’m sure they will love this new addition to FamilyMart. Now, they can enjoy their Family Mart favorites better through cashless transactions and being able to load your beep™ card in our stores will make it so much easier and hassle-free for the general public,” said Manuel C. Alberto, President and General Manager of Philippine Family Mart CVS, Inc.

Since its launch in 2015, the tap-and-go beep™ card has modernized payment, having unified the way Filipinos pay in all three elevated railways (LRT 1, 2 and MRT 3), select bus lines, and the Cavite Expressway. There are currently over 2.5 million beep™ cards in circulation.

More information may be obtained at the website and on Facebook (beep card) and Twitter (@beep_card).

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Philam fights against Fraud

In the the insurance world, when we talk of fraud, we often referred to the policyholders and/or claimants. But fraud can take many forms as it comes in all shapes and sizes. Insurance fraud is evolving.

 Fraudulent activities in the organization may be perpetrated by internal and external individuals. That is why fighting fraud and mitigating fraud risk are gaining significance in the insurance industry.

Recently, Philam Life conducted a Fraud Investigation Workshop, with the intention of guiding participants (key employees, senior management officers, and bank partners) of effective anti-fraud efforts – including prevention, detection, and investigation of fraud, fraud reporting, and fraud risk awareness, education and training.

The two-day Fraud Investigation Workshop shows the company’s commitment in treating customers fairly and that it does not condone nor tolerate any acts of fraud within the organization. Proper and effective investigations reinforce ethical culture as they help:

Management to “walk the talk”

Employees and agents feel safer to report misconduct

Increase deterrence

Protect customer interests and the company

Strengthen internal processes and governance

To combat fraud effectively and proactively, Philam Life and its affiliates (BPI-Philam, Philam Asset Management) adhere to its Anti-Fraud policies and guidelines, set-up a Whistleblow Policy and Hotline, promotes Speak-Up culture, conducts Ethics Survey and Ethical Leadership Training.

Philam Life upholds the highest standards of integrity and professionalism by adopting a zero-tolerance policy to fraud. Trust and integrity are of utmost importance to a financial institution like Philam Life. It is committed to conduct business in an environment of honesty and integrity and will strive to reduce if not eliminate fraud from all operations. Philam Group works to protect customer interests and ensures fair and ethical approach to customers.

As the premier life insurance company in the Philippines, Philam Life continues to embody its commitment of being a real life company that people can trust.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Restaurants partner to promote Dishes That Feed More campaign

The international nongovernment organization Action Against Hunger, together with partner restaurants and top chefs are bringing to life the Restaurants Against Hunger campaign this holiday season. This movement aims to save the lives of malnourished children in the Philippines through ‘DISHES THAT FEED MORE’ in participating restaurants. When ordered, proceeds from these dishes go to Action Against Hunger’s programs in alleviating extreme malnutrition across the country.

For almost 40 years, across nearly 50 countries, Action Against Hunger has led the global fight against hunger. They are committed to ending world hunger, work to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. They ensure that the marginalized and most at risk have access to clean water, food, training and healthcare. They enable communities to be free from hunger. In the Philippines, Action Against Hunger has helped more than 500,000 people directly in 2015 alone. Of the 500,000, more than 30,000 were helped with nutrition programs – particularly saving lives via the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, in particular during and following disasters and conflicts. “Action Against Hunger continues to respond to these pressing issues and we want to reach more people to help and support us as we unlock children’s potential and possibly give them something to look forward to in the future,” says Javad Amoozegar, country director for Action Against Hunger Philippines.

Hoping to raise more funds for ending hunger in the Philippines, Action Against Hunger is following the footsteps of its global counterparts by launching the Restaurants Against Hunger this 2016. Tracing back its roots from World Food Day in France back in 1998, Restaurants Against Hunger was also launched in UK, US, Canada, and Spain. The campaign is also currently running in Italy, Germany, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia. Joining the roster of multi-awarded chefs from around the globe, including the world’s star chef John Roca, the Philippines own Chef Roland Laudico is a proud ambassador for the worthy cause.

“Restaurants Against Hunger makes me realize that our craft goes beyond mere cooking, it also transforms into a stronger cause that enables us to have a chance to make someone’s future healthy,” Chef Roland Laudico says.

Over 103 establishments, including branches, have signed up to be a part of the campaign – and Action Against Hunger hopes that more restaurants sign up before December 15. “It’s high time that we address this issue together and put up an advocacy that really encourages people to help fight malnutrition in their own ways—-- a simple act of ordering a dish can make a big difference,” says Amoogezar.

In March 2016, Action Against Hunger released a report on the Socio-economy of Chronic Malnutrition in the Philippines. The Philippines, a lower-middle income country, is among the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia. However, sustained economic development has not manifested in a significant reduction of high stunting prevalence: 33.4% of children under-5 years old nationwide in 2015. This means that 1 in 3 Filipino children below five years old is too short for their age. Failure to achieve optimum child growth and development is attributed to several factors including poverty.

“High national stunting prevalence rates in the Philippines, along with very modest progress in stunting reduction over time, makes stunting one of the biggest challenges the country faces as it economically develops. Stunted growth is not only about what we can see with our eyes but it also about poor intellectual development. Stunting is more than just a health issue as it has an impact on adult productivity and Philippines’ future. As stunting is a big challenge, it calls for a big effort among all Filipinos. Each one can make a meaningful contribution,” says Amoozegar.

This campaign is about channeling the Filipino passion for food into life-saving impact against hunger and child malnutrition. Dine in these participating restaurants, order their DISHES THAT FEED MORE, and give children a healthier future: 8 Cuts, Beni’s Falafel, Chelsea Grand Café, Chelsea Kitchen, Chotto Matte, Corazon, Crisostomo, Crying Tiger, Cyma, El Cabrito, El Chupacabra, El Corazon, Elias, Feast, Felix, Florabel, Green Pastures, Grilla Filipino Cuisine, Guevarra’s, Izakaya Sensu, Kabila, Manam, Melt Grilled Cheesery, Mexicali, Museum Café, OK Café, Ooma, Potts Point Café, Providore, Saboten, Señor Pollo, Simple Lang, Stella & Rocket Room, Terraz Bistro & Meetings, Terry's Bistro, The Café Mediterranean, The Corner Tree Café, The Old Spaghetti House, The Shrimp Shack, and Wild Ginger. Together, let’s make every dish truly count.

The ongoing campaign ends on January 15, 2017. Registration for restaurants is open until November 30, 2016. To register and get more information about the campaign, visit the website

Help alleviate malnutrition in the Philippines by spreading the word on the campaign with the hashtag #RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH. Follow the campaign on Facebook @RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH; Instagram @RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH; Twitter @EndHungerPH for updates.

Follow the official Facebook page @ActionAgainstHungerPH and visit the website for more information about the organization.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Beringer Wine Appreciation at M Cafe

The iconic American wine brand,  is much more than just a winery. It boasts of an authentic brand filled with the spirit of American optimism,  hope and dedication.  It is forward looking and extremely proud of its evolving wine legacy established by brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer in 1876.

The Beringer Brothers  dreamed of making wines in Napa Valley that would rival Europe's finest. And they  turned this dream into something more meaningful with the time and hard work needed to achieve it.

Jacob’s great great-grandson and Chief Winemaker, Mark Beringer, guides  California’s longest continually operating winery today. Beringer Vineyards is one of Napa’s finest producers with over 1,600 acres farmed across Napa's best appellations, as well as Sonoma County and Paso Robles, Beringer is recognized as one of the region’s preeminent producers with a rich portfolio of wines to this day.

Guided by the same vision and legacy of his forebears, Mark Beringer comes to Manila to share the brand’s provenance by holding a series exciting wine events highlighting the excellence that has made Beringer a global brand.

Last November 29, 2016, Beringer in partnership with M Café, invited us to  an exclusive food and wine event showcasing Beringer wines and local culinary treats curations. M Café was a fitting venue to showcase Beringer's outstanding wines from its extensive portfolio.

The day’s activities began with an afternoon Master Class held especially for the metropolis’ growing number of wine enthusiasts as well as sommeliers, chefs and industry practitioners and conducted by 5th generation Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer.

With the night young and anticipation ramping up,the festivities continued as guests were treated to live music and al fresco cocktails featuring Beringer Sparkling White Zinfandel paired with Kesong Puti (carabao cheese) - Sea Urchin Aburi on Coconut Crispy Rice with Soy Kalamansi and a Plaza Ham Carving Station.

A short program hosted by Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi commenced with speakers Katherine Yao-Santos, President of Happy Living Wines welcoming the guests. Opening remarks by U.S. Agriculture Counselor, Ralph Bean followed by Beringer Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer as keynote speaker.

In the same event, Rey Johnino  was awarded a free Trip to the Beringer Napa Valley Winery in California for being  Beringer #BetterBeckons social media promo  Grand Winner.

Soon after the ceremonial toast, the doors were flung open ushering guests to a Beringer Wine and Food Pairing adventure.  It featured seven regional Filipino Haute’ Cuisine that included:

Beringer Founders’ Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014 paired with Seafood Kilawin (Ceviche) Bar

Beringer Founders’ Estate Chardonnay 2014 & Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014 paired with Frog Sisig (hash) with sous vide Quail Egg; Grilled Bagaybay (Tuna Milt)

Beringer Founders’ Estate Pinot Noir 2014 paired with Duck Dinuguan (stew) with Puto (sticky rice cake)

Beringer Founders’ Estate Zinfandel 2014 paired with Grilled Alaminos, Lucban and Vigan Longganisa Skewers

 Beringer Founders’ Estate Merlot 2014 & Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2014 paired with Bistek (Filipino Spice Marinated) Tenderloin

 Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 paired with Kambing (Goat) Kaldereta Foie Gras Pot Pie

Beringer Quantum Red Blend 2013 paired with Spiced Davao-Style Lechon (Roast Pork) Belly

A toast and salute to Chef Kalel Chan’s exquisite food adventure with rousing cheers to “Beringer.” capped off the festivities that evening.  The crowd mingled, partied into the night and took selfies, hoping to win the next trip to Beringer’s Napa Valley Winery.

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