Saturday, February 11, 2017

HMR holds Auto Auctions to Start Your Year in Style

Earlier today, HMR hosted another successful Auto Auction  at HMR Sucat.  The HMR Auto Auction facility along East Service Road in Sucat is the only purpose-built facility for the live public auction of vehicles.

HMR Auto Auction provides comprehensive auction, valuation, and logistics services. As the Philippines' largest full-service auction and Valuation Company, it offers great prices on a mix of premium brand models, making it a go-to auction place for people finding reliable rides.

Car enthusiasts gathered to see a large selection of over 280 vehicles ready for auction.  Some even came in as early as 10AM in the morning to beat the crowds, and started look for the cars they want.

Over 250 registered bidders participated in this one-day live public bidding.  While most public auctions sell on visual inspection alone, HMR Auto Auction takes the experience one notch higher by allowing them to look at everything.

The people who headed down to the live auction  gawked and  bidded for the cars.  Everything is as good as it looks.  

During the event, every vehicle is driven through the auction lane, enablingboth the public buyers and dealers  to see, hear and feel the car in action as the auction goes.

At auction, people are actually buying a car at  sizeable savings. Buying a car at auction is a simple way of saving a lot of money and best for those private buyers and traders  on the lookout for cheap cars.

Do watch out next month as HMR Auto Auction will have 200 motorcycles, cars and trucks up for bidding on March 4 and another 250 car units lined up for March 18. 

Log on to or call (02) 548-6962 for inquiries.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Upscale Dormitory Living at My Town London

My Town London, the latest MyTown project, was officially launched last January 15, 2016 by Philippines Urban Living Solutions, My Town Property Management in partnership with Klab Cyscorpions Inc., the most progressive mobile games and applications developer in the Philipines. K-Lab Cyscorpions Inc., also happens to be MyTown's first corporate client to occupy the newly finished My Town London building.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by Mr. Jorge Arellano (Head of Sales and Marketing, Philippines Urban Living Solutions - My Town London), Mr. Tetsuya Sanada (KLab Japan Inc. President and CEO) and Mr. Taro Noguchi (KLab Cyscorpions Inc. President and CEO) together with Pag-IBIG Fund CEO and President, Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe, Makati City Councilor Leonardo Magpantay, and District 2 Taguig City Councilor Edwin Eron who graced the event as guests of honor.

The inauguration marks the completion of My Town London dormitory project. According to KLab Cyscorpions Inc. President and CEO, Taro Noguchi, “We believe that a good living environment equals more productivity, more inspiration and skills enhancement for talented individuals,” he shared, “we are delighted to partner with Philippines Urban Living Solutions, Inc. and present our My Town London dormitory project as an alternative solution for our employees who travel from remote provinces to work, and who are affected by traffic conditions in the metro.”

MyTown is the rental brand of Philippines Urban Living Solutions Inc. (PULS), a leading property developer of purpose-built staff housing known for rental housing community developments that are walking distance from the central business districts in Metro Manila. PULS plans to develop communities in which young professionals can live, play and walk to work, hence increasing quality of life and saving substantially on transportation time and cost. MyTown Property Management (MTPM) is a full service property management company responsible for tenant management, rent collection, marketing, facilities management, security and safety to ensure proper management of real estate assets.

MyTown dormitory living is the answer to the growing number of young professionals seeking affordable rental accommodations. Each MyTown development seeks to elevate the lives of the Filipino workforce by providing a new high quality lifestyle concept. All ‪MyTown‬ buildings are named after major world cities and are themed accordingly. While it caters to low-end rental markets, MyTown buildings come with amenities at par with upscale condominium living, such as large common areas, canteens, basement parking, club facilities (pool, gym etc.) and commercial areas.

My Town London exude a mid-century industrial look-and-feel that create a young and fun living environment. My Town London dormitory promises ‘a home away from home’ vibe with its luxurious facilities and amenities. Its secure and fully-fitted quality rental units are ideal for working individuals who seek affordable apartments at a walking distance from Fort Bonifacio Global City and the Makati Financial District where they can rest in comfort.

The workers get the option to choose from fully-furnished ‪4-bed suite (with private bathroom & kitchenette), 2-bed suite (with private bathroom, kitchenette & work station) or a fully-furnished ‪private suite (private bathroom, kitchenette & queen size bed) that is best for couples. My Town London takes affordable housing solutions around the central business districts several notches higher unlike the studio-type rental units that provide just the basic shelter.

All ‪My Town‬ London suites are equipped with a toilet, shower, sink and towels. In addition, My Town London crafted beds come ‪fully-furnished‬ with sheets, 2 pillows, 6-inch ‪mattress plus a built-in personal reading light, charging stations, a panel system for your iPad, a mirror and ample storage space.

MyTown manages four buildings (340 beds) to this day. Its ongoing project, MyTown New York (920 beds), will soon open in March 2016. And over the next 3 years, an estimated 6,000 beds will further be built and spread over 20-25 medium to large sized buildings around the Makati Central Business Districts. So watch out for the next MyTown dormitory housing complex near you.

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My Town London Dormitory
B-2, Kalayaan Avenue, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City

Thursday, February 9, 2017

PAMI Brings Together Economic Experts in Cebu

Philam Asset Management, Inc. (PAMI) flies in economic experts to Visayas for the third leg of their Economic Outlook series entitled “2017 Unboxed: Unleash the Market’s Potential”. The event was held in the grand ballroom of The Mariott Hotel, in Cebu City. 

The event coincided with the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Thematic to the holiday, PAMI opened the show with a dragon and lion dance performed by the Cebu Traditional Wushu dancers. Shortly after that, PAMI called on stage the panel speakers, Rex Mendoza of Rampver Strategic Advisors, Brian Murray of AIA, and Junie Banaag of PAMI and Vince Daffon both of Philam Life.

L-R: PAMI President and CEO - Eric Lustre and Philam Life Zone Head for Visayas and Mindanao - Rolan Enriquez welcome prosperity and good luck

Specialists Sit Down 

The panel  opened with  the global economic overview by Brian Murray. Murray presented his views on the US and China economic situation. For the US, talks on a proposed border tax implementation is causing worry among countries involved in US trade. Said proposition plans to place a 20% tax on imports in order to lower the US corporate tax from 35% to 20% although many view this move to hit US supply chains and raise inflation. 

Meanwhile, China manages to continue its soft landing. Services growth continues to outpace industrial growth and fiscal and monetary policy remain accomodative. External finances remain strong with $3 trillion in reserves, 20 months of import over, and a current account surplus of over $250 billion. However, resolution of the past credit boom remains an issue. Monetary conditions remain tight, but there is reluctance to cut interest rates as it complicates resolution of the past credit boom.

Rex Mendoza shared his insight on the local economic outlook. He shared that the factors that brought us the high growth rate over the past years are going to be the same factors that can carry us on and give us the growth 2017 and the years beyond. He presented 5 factors that will affect Philippine growth. The very first pillar being the demographic window. The Philippine age distribution, based on a study done in 2014, projects a productive and financially capable majority. Mendoza says that this incoming population will fuel resilient domestic consumption. The next pillars discussed how Business Process Outsourcings (BPOs) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) show year on year growth and increased remittances. Following this was his presentation on the estimated increase in tourism. He shows an estimated growth rate of 3.24% from 2015 to 2016 in visitor receipts and a 12.2% increase in international arrivals. For the final pillar, Mendoza discussed the planned government expenditure of Php 3.350 Trillion prioritizing public infrastructure.

To discuss the equity market, Eduardo “Junie” Banaag addressed key themes to which investors are uncertain about. One point mentioned was that the change in leadership will not affect the country’s credit ratings. “Our credit ratings will remain the same”. The tax policy will change in the next 5 years and it will be for the better.” Vince Daffon explained the outlook for the local fixed income market in 2017, with the 10-year Philippine government bond yield expected to increase to 4.80% by December from 4.65% at end-2016. However, yields have gone down in January due mainly to prevailing uncertainty over the execution of economic policies planned both in the US and the Philippines.


2016 left many uncertainties.  Despite the rhetoric, all four speakers say that now is the best time to invest. Forecasts show many opportunities working in the favor of the Philippines, and so Filipinos should take action and maximize that potential.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Celebrate the Season of Romance at Novotel

On February 14, swoon your one and only, by collecting sweet moments with your love one. This season of romance, Spread the Love and spend an overnight stay of endearment with your significant other.

Delight in love this Valentine’s Day from Php 9,500 nett, inclusive of overnight stay, hearty buffet breakfast and dinner under the stars at the Versailles Garden for 2. Turn on the heat and partake of the Versailles Bliss 6-course dinner (P 2,500 nett per person) that features masterpiece dishes by Executive Chef Michael Schauss such as Beet Pickled Quail Eggs on Walnut Soil, Blue Crab on Sous Vide Watermelon and Cucumber Caviar, Watercress Soup with Oyster Sphere Soup, Tequila Passion Fruit Sorbet, Chili Ginger Glazed Rainbow Trout on Red Cabbage Puree, Snap Peas with Asparagus and much more. Versailles Bliss is inclusive of roses, box of chocolates and sparkling wine.

At  Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s all day dining restaurant, celebrate your memories of togetherness.  You can   look forward to  international dishes that highlight love food of sweets and delectable dishes such as Lobster Salad with Potato and Pickled Onion, Avocado and Fennel Salad, Slow Braised Beef in Red Wine, Roast Beef Truffle and Radish with Black Pepper Butter, Thai Styled Steamed Whole Fish with Ginger Coconut and Cilantro, Grilled Station featuring Pork Belly, Tuna Fillet, White Snapper and Chicken Breast; Spaghetti Pasta with Mussels and White Beans, Arabiatta Pasta in Red Sauce and Parsley, Strawberry Choux, Choco Hazelnut and much more at the Food Exchange Manila,  It is available for buffet lunch at P 1,488 and buffet dinner at P 1,888 nett, from February 10 to 14.

Spoil your other half with a new kind of gustatory experience with everything Strawberries only at the Gourmet Bar of Novotel Manila Araneta Center. Make an impression, exchange sweet nothings, partake a culinary adventure with dishes of Strawberries from starter to dessert such as Strawberry Salad with Crispy Smoked Ham, Pan Seared Foie Gras on Strawberry Compote and Strawberry Crisp, Strawberry Pasta with Pecorino, Strawberry Tortellini with Duck Ragout, Champagne Strawberry Sorbet and more.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center is strategically situated inside Araneta Center and just few steps away from shopping malls, entertainment centers, Araneta Coliseum and business offices. For more information and reservations, please call (02) 990 7888 or email

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Security Bank issues Advisory

Are you looking for a bank that has everything you need?

Most of us deal with our banks in one way or another on a regular basis. So when the bank isn't delivering and leaves us unhappy, we move our money elsewhere. Even big-name banks do fail me at times.

I use direct deposits and online payments to keep my finances in order. Having easy access to my account is the one service that is most important to me. I found myself paying a lot of extra fees with my previous bank as it does not have an extensive network.

Like everyone else, I don't like paying extra fees to use the ATM. The small fees stack up over time since I pull cash often. These fees eat into my account balance. So I chose to transfer to Security Bank. I carefully studied bank's fee schedule before I signed up to know what I need to do in order to avoid fees.

While other banks require transaction fees, Security Bank does not charge for Intrabank/Interbranch transactions.

Security Bank does not charge fees for transfers between Security Bank accounts—whether the transfer is done through the mobile app, online (SBOL), or over the counter.

As a Security Bank customer:

• You can transfer up to P1MM per day to any Security Bank account—regardless of whether the receiving account is enrolled in online banking—with no transfer charges.
• If you are transferring between accounts that you own, there is no transfer limit.
• Any transfer to an external account where the transferred amount is over P40K will require a one-time-password (OTP).
• If you are transferring funds to an account for the first time, the transaction will require a one-time-password (OTP).

Security Bank clients enjoy these privileges.

I love that Security Bank has a big ATM network that allows me to access my money, fee-free, from ATMs in their network. It is a huge advantage to me now that my new bank helps me manage my transactions and schedule transfers fast and easy. I need not pay service charges to use another bank's ATM to access my money when I'm out of town.

Their network also has with agreements with grocery chains offer convenient one-stop shopping and banking. Convenience is important to me and so online and mobile banking are definite a plus! These conveniences are something I don't mind paying for.

How about you? Are you happy with the one did you end up with? Do visit the Security Bank Advisory posted on their Facebook Page here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Regional Diversities at Grilla Filipino Cuisine

Filipinos like to nibble while they drink, hence the Pulutan (dishes for drinking session) is popular among the locals. The men usually cook their own homemade Pulutan to pair with a couple of ice cold beers.

Grilla had this in mind when it pioneered in its big hit creations such as "Buckets of Beer" and the "Grilla Feast" (chicken-pork barbeques served in bilaos) meant to be shared among groups and families.  Grilla had its humble beginnings  in Antipolo City  in the year 1998 as an eatery.

In 2013, Grilla Bar and Grill was renamed to Grilla Filipino Cuisine as it switched focus to expand its culinary offerings, making it more family-friendly. As it turns 19 this year, Grilla Filipino Cuisine now carries the all-time Filipino favorites plus several authentic regional specialties.  It give you more reasons to appreciate the Filipino creativity when it comes to food by  added more Filipino dishes to their menu.

Tokwa't Manok is Grilla's healthier version of the famed Tokwa't Baboy.  In this version, the tofu is fried to a golden brown. The tofu cubes appear juicy inside and crispy outside. It is topped with grilled chicken slices and red onions on top. The dish is seasoned with spiced sweet-soy-vinegar sauce served in the side.

Crispy Chicharon Bacon is Grilla's  Pinoy version of bacon.  The coated pork strips is deep golden-brown and crispy!  I enjoyed this appetizer,   It was a perfect perk up for more Grilla food.

Sisig Sampler comes in a a large sizzling plate. Grilla's Pork Sisig, Chicken Sisig and Bangus Sisig are served while it’s still hot. You may also opt for Squid Sisig and Tofu-Sigarilyas Sisig.

And for me, Sisig is best paired with Crispy Fish Trio and fresh Steamed Rice.

Crispy Fish Trio refers to fried fillets of tilapia, hito and bangus served with vinegar dip.  Thinly-sliced  fish fillets were dipped in batter and fried until golden brown.

Lechong Liempo ala Cebu  was flavorful!  The Visayan secret  to this great pork dish truly manifests with Grilla’s version of Cebu lechon liempo.  The pork skin comes out crunchy while the tender meat remains succulent.  You can eat it even without the sauce!

This soup dish from Angeles, Pampanga is the perfect companion to any meal. It doesn’t rival the asim-kilig characteristic of sinigang, but the almost-tangy flavour complements well with the grilled chicken and vegetables. What warms the tummy also warms the heart.

Still another dish from Pampanga is Sinampalukang Inihaw na Manok. What I really liked about this is that it never lost the grilled taste of the chicken even when it is soaking in sour sauce. Wha

Beef Kansi  is similar to bulalo except that the soup is spicy and sour.   This  popular  Bacolod dish uses kamias to give it a sour taste.

Pista sa Nayon consists of Crispy Pata, Sinampalukang Inihaw na Manok, Seafood Gising-Gising, Fried Okoy and Steamed Rice. Crispy Pata's tender meat had the right mix of saltiness. It was my favorite!

Inihaw na Manok sa Sinampalukan is Grilla Filipino Cuisine's take on Pampanga's famed  the Sinampalukan dish,  The roasted chicken pieces were cooked in a sinigang broth.

Grill-A-Palayok was a localized hotpot.  It had prawns, beef, clams, mussels, fish, lemon grass and bacon strips,   The palayok had rocks to keep the infused flavors and broth warm throughout tyhe feast!

For desserts. we had  Halo Halo Spring Rolls and the Grilla Grilla Dessert Sampler.   Halo Halo Spring Rolls had the usual  ingredients (mongo beans, sweetened saba, and kamote) rolled in a lumpia wrapper.  It was deep fried, and then topped with ube ice cream.  The hot and cold combination was awesome!

Head on to Grilla Filipino Cuisine for a great dining experience!  It will not disappoint.

Grilla Filipino Cuisine
SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Broken Mirror : Inside A Chinese Marriage

At this day and age, dating is accepted as a good way to know people and to find which one is good for you. People are encouraged to get to know each other before tying the knot.  The more people you date, the better the better chances you get to find the one who is right for you.

But this goes against the traditional thoughts about relationships in China.  The Chinese people are expected to   date someone with the goal of getting married in mind.  Doing otherwise meant you're just fooling around.

If you're a Chinese woman, who has been in several relationships, it meant that you're not someone to be trusted and ruins the chance of getting a partner.

Young Chinese girls are expected to marry and have kids at an early age.  It is deemed more important for couples to get married and have kids than focusing on having a good relationship.

Chinese parents prefer Chinese partners for their kid but it does not always guarantee marital bliss and prosperity as expected. Of course a rushed marriage comes with its own problems. They get married so quickly and fall prey to unhappy unions.

Last January 27, 2017 saw the Book Launch for Broken Mirror Inside a Chinese Marriage. It was held at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Doroteo Jose, Sta. Cruz.

Writers Aurora Teo Mei Ling and Coylee Gamboa chronicles the true-to-life story of Aurora who endures great suffering—from the loss of her mother at the age of 2, exile to Hong Kong at the age of 3.

Her father fitted the generalized box of traditional Chinese men painted often absent and distant, that she ends up marrying an immigrant from China.

She strives to be a traditional Chinese wife until their marriage breaks up.

The book talks about Chinese marriage and culture through the story of Aurora Teo Mei Ling.  Being cheated on is a huge taboo in China.  It is a topic that no one likes to talk about openly.   Women are usually silenced in the face of abuse.

In  Broken Mirror Teo and Gamboa shows the secret world of Filipino-Chinese marriages. “In a culture where a woman’s silence in the face of abuse and maltreatment is viewed as a virtue because of self-sacrifice and submission, the main character, Aurora, defies tradition as she breaks the code of silence and divulges secrets of a Chinese marriage.

Broken Mirror is available in all leading bookstores nationwide for P 500 per copy. Broken Mirror is published by Caelestis Productions, Inc.  You may also purchase it from Fully Booked branches in BGC, Power Plant Mall, Alabang Town Center, Greenhills Promenade, Greenbelt 5, Mall of Asia, Century Mall and Eastwood Mall.

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