Safari-stic Saturday in Lions Park Residences

A Safari-stic event in Lions Park Residences

It’s going to be a Safari-stic Saturday at the Lions Park Residences on July 28 as it opens its gates to families who would like to enjoy a day of fun and surprises with nature.  The event will allow both parents and kids to enjoy and experience Lions Park Residences’ community living that nurtures nature in urban living. 

Lions Park Residences, a project developed by CDC Holdings, Inc., offers low-rise condominium units, strategically located near commercial destinations, the Makati and Ortigas business districts as well as the new NAIA 3. The event will allow guests to explore the property’s lush surroundings complemented with its amenities such as the multi-purpose hall, a landscaped park, a resort-type swimming pool, and a playground complete with fish pond and butterfly garden. 

The Safari-stic Saturday event will highlight Lions Park Residences’ love for nature as it brings a variety of animals to the community where kids are sure to enjoy and learn.  Kids and adults alike will have the chance to feed and pet the animals and have their photos taken with them.  

One of the highlights of the event will be a show featuring different breeds of Poodle and Capuchin Monkey.  Witness how these animals will capture the audience with their fun and captivating tricks. 

To complete the whole affair will be the zooper games and face painting activities that are sure hit for the kids. 

CDC Holdings, Inc. is also making true to its 2012 tagline “We make it easy,” by presenting a very affordable offer where families can already move-in for as low as five-percent down payment for Lions Park Residences’ remaining units. This is one offer families should not miss!

So, mark the date, July 28. Bond with your family at the Lions Park Residences in Sun Valley, Paranaque City! 


Become Agents of Change through Arts

Making a difference to make the world a better place is such a challenging feat.  For VSO Bahaginan, a premier development organization in the Philippines, such goal is achievable by bringing people to work together.  As a federation member of the international organization, VSO Bahaginan has a network of people who help them in addressing issues on poverty. It creates positive change by engaging volunteers and partners through its wide range of volunteer programs and development initiatives.

The Art for Volunteerism (AFV) exhibit was officially opened by: Mr. Jose Conception Jr., Chairman, RFM Corporation; Ms. Grace Aquiling-Dalisay, Board of Trustees Member, VSO International, together with the AFV participating artists and members of VSO Bahaginan’s Board of Trustees.

VSO Bahaginan celebrated another milestone in empowering people to become agents of change as individuals and institutions participated in the first “Art for Volunteerism” charity exhibit.  It highlighted Filipinos’ spirit of bayanihan as the event united the lovers of art and goodwill.

Shaped with the objective of opening the door of volunteerism to a fresh ground, the “Art for Volunteerism” pools together 17 distinguished academics and professional visual artists from renowned universities in the Philippines for the realization of this project.  The participating artists include Marco Ruben Malto II, Daniel “Dansoy” Coquilla, Benjie Cabangis, Jonathan Olazo, Mervy Pueblo, Noell EL Farol, Zean Cabangis, Riel Jaramillo Hilario, Ferdinand Cacnio, Rosscapili, Dexter Sy, William Gaudinez, Renato Agustin Ong, Andoi Solon, Rodolfo Samonte, Paolo Baen Santos, and  Nestor Olarte Vinluan.

True to VSO Bahaginan’s philosophy of creating a lasting change through bringing people together to share skills and knowledge, the participating artists agreed to share their skills by including select art pieces to the “Art for Volunteerism” exhibit and online selling.   Through the sales generated from the charity exhibit tickets, more people are making themselves instrumental in transforming lives.  The artists are also donating part of the art pieces’ sales to the program.

Mr. Marco Ruben Malto II represented the artists of Art for Volunteerism

“With VSO, every peso you share brings people together to spark a chain reaction.  You will help make life better not just for an individual or a family, but for a community or even a country,” said Malou Pantua-Juanito, executive director of VSO Bahaginan.

The funds that will be raised by the “Art for Volunteerism” project will be used to help fund the organization’s Model Forest Projects in Ulot, Samar and Carood, Bohol.  This environment program is in partnership with the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  The project focuses on the sustainable management of Carood Watershed in Bohol and the Ulot Watershed in Samar.

VSO Bahaginan works to support the local organizations via their specific sustainable and volunteering-based development interventions that will enable people to live harmoniously with the environment.  Together with partners, VSO Bahaginan and volunteers will work in ecotourism and enterprise development, capacity-building of people’s organizations, establishment of local volunteering groups, and organizational development of the watershed councils.

“The Model Forest project does not only address environment-related issues but greatly contributes in transforming the lives of those in the community. The project hopes to see the communities flourish, where its dwellers are committed in protecting the environment because have experienced the benefit that it brings to them,” added Jacinto.

VSO invites you to be part of this drive to transform lives. Together, we can help enable our local communities become champions of environmental protection and sustainability while still allowing them to be self-sufficient and productive.

The “Art for Volunteerism” has been made possible with strong support of Globe Telecommunications, Inc., Pioneer Insurance, and American Data Exchange Corporation. Also extending assistance to the event are Riego de Dios Law Offices, Voyage Studios, and Philam Foundation, Inc.

If you want to be a stakeholder in the process of development through this initiative, visit for details on how you can make a difference.  The site contains information on the participating artists and artworks.

Pay it forward…

Being good is innate in us, Filipinos.  I believe that.  I think we’re more attached to others compared to how other races are.  We tend to accept everyone as our family hence, the attachment.  It is in our nature be involved  to other people’s problems or challenges… although sometimes, to a fault already.  I have encountered one organization that highlights this goodness in us.

It’s VSO Bahaginan.  I know there are a lot of NGOs out there but what I like about the organization is it brings out the best in us.

Filipinos, by nature, are kindhearted, and that is clearly the rationale why the term bayanihan was coined.  Bayanihan or the spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective has been witnessed in multiple occasions and through time.  It is from this standpoint that VSO Bahaginan, a development NGO that works to fight poverty through various volunteering programs , hopes to further spur the flame of bayanihan especially in making a positive change in the world we live in.

The organization’s development approach is to bring people together to share skills, build capacity, promote national and international understanding and action to create lasting change.  VSO Bahaginan invests in people at the community level, ensuring that every peso spent on their development programs spark a chain reaction.  It has developed a series of videos that aim to entice both individuals and organizations to make that first step to positive change.

The first two videos dubbed as “Chain Reaction” and “Icons” both focus on the core value of VSO, which is volunteering.  The videos were taken from two different perspectives: how one can make a difference through volunteering and the experiences and benefits of volunteering.

Chain Reaction:

VSO Bahaginan brings people with the skills and the heart for development with the communities that need them the most.  Each action, each advocacy, each social work starts with volunteering. When one volunteers, it changes lives.

VSO Bahaginan believes in the beauty of volunteering. This video shows how our volunteers contributed to changing lives in the communities they have worked with – Leo Cabasag developed a Sign Language module for the children in Cebu, James Zamora taught Cotabato farmers how to improve their civet coffee production and Dr. Allan Sande is now serving in Itbayat, Batanes as its community doctor.  They shared their gifts, made things better and changed people’s lives.

Change can start with you, right here, right now.  Make that lasting ripple effect in the society.  Donate to VSO at and start your chain reaction now.


VSO Bahaginan promotes volunteerism through proactively linking with communities, organizations, government and anyone who has the heart and desire to effect positive change. Through the voices of these volunteering icons, VSO Bahaginan aims to spark a volunteerism revolution in the country.

VSO Bahaginan produced the Icons videos—a series of video clips featuring the top volunteering icons in the Philippines talking about their experiences and their reasons for volunteering their time, talents and treasures.

To view the videos, please visit VSO Bahaginan’s website

 “If you have much, give your wealth; if you have little, give your heart.” ~ Anonymous

Celebrating partnerships through Mabuhay Germany

For years, the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCI) has been celebrating the affiliation between Germany and the Philippines through the annual “Mabuhay Germany” event.  This year marks the fourth year that GPCCI and its member organizations will be celebrating this significant occasion.  The event is set to take place at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City on October 7 – 9, 2011.

(L-R) GPCCI President Reiner Allgeier, GPCCI Business Development Manager Nadine Fund and German Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Ralph Timmerman hosted the kick-off press conference of Mabuhay Germany 2011

This GPCCI’s flagship event will carry the “Winning Moments” theme for its 2011 edition.  According to Reiner Allgeier, GPCCI president, “Mabuhay Germany 2011 is focusing on remarkable victories that have established the Philippines and Germany relationship. These winning moments clearly define and build up the dynamic and mutual relationship between two great nations.”

German Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Ralph Timmerman gave an overview of the German community in the Philippines

Mabuhay Germany was set up to commemorate the more than 140 years of trade partnership between the two countries. Through the event, GPCCI and the exhibitors are able to showcase the most comprehensive collection of German products, services, culture, and lifestyle.  Last year, a total of 35 companies have joined the exhibition whose commercial value is rated high by former exhibitors due to the scale and quality of the international visitors at the venue.  Following this year’s theme, exhibitors are invited to highlight their winning moment from sports to business and from politics to technology.

“Mabuhay Germany has always been an excellent platform to promote German-Philippine businesses.  Through the solid dedication of our partners together with that of our hardworking Event Committee, we are able to highlight the best of what our two countries have to offer year on year,” Allgeier added.

German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCI) President Reiner Allgeier gave glimpse of what to expect for the Mabuhay Germany 2011 set on October 7-9, 2011

This year’s activity has something in store for all types of visitors. The program includes: a bazaar for shoppers and trendsetters on the lookout for quality products “Made in Germany”; food stalls offering authentic German treats and beverages for certified foodies by Dusit Thani Hotel Manila, German Club, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila; Hänsel und Gretel Haus conducting fun games and learning modules for the entire family; and a Car Expo showcasing the latest in German automobile technology. Other adjacent activities include sports competitions for the athletic types, a Job Fair for job seekers to get in touch with German employers and entertaining performances featuring talented musical artists every night.

Exhibitors involved in the 2011 Mabuhay Germany are Ayala Land Sales Inc., BAG Electronics Inc., Bayer Philippines Inc., Banc

German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCI) Business Development Manager Nadine Fund welcomed and hosted the recently concluded launch of the Mabuhay Germany 2011

o de Oro Unibank, Inc., Robert Bosch Inc., Continental Temic Electronics Phil. Inc., Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Development Corporation), Doehle Shipmanagement Phils. Corp., Euro Pacific Resorts Inc. (Club Paradise / El Rio y Mar), German Embassy Manila,  German European School Manila,  Goethe Institut/DAAD  (German Academic Exchange Service), Lufthansa German Airlines, Lufthansa Technik Philippines, MAN Automotive Concessionaires Corporation, Santa Fe Re

location Services, Schenker Philippines Inc.  and SSI Schaefer Systems Phils. Inc.

The event was also made possible by Aboitiz Project TS Corp., Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc., Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale, Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Development Corporation), and Hapag-Lloyd Phils Inc.

Fuel Up and Roll Out at Total

Total (Philippines) Corporation fuels the much-anticipated Philippine screening of Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, the third installment that reveals more of the Transformers mythos

Total is giving its customers a chance to own limited edition Transformers toys and drive home a Chevrolet Spark with its Fuel Up and Roll Out promo. Customers get the chance to drive home a Chevrolet Spark 1.2L MT by simply loading up P500.00 worth of any Total fuel (Total ProTec, E10 and Premier Unleaded, Regular gasoline or Diesel) or 4 liters of Total lubricants (Quazrtz or Rubia) or avail of a single purchase receipt worth P500.00 at Bonjour or Café Bonjour. Any of these purchases also entitles the customer to buy a Transformers 3 limited edition toy for only P100.00 and a raffle coupon.


This exciting promo is in line with Total’s promise of delivering Total Performance and Total Satisfaction in everything it does, from the services rendered by the crew, convenience of its facilities and performance of its products. At the Transformers screening, Total takes the opportunity showcase the high performance of its fuels and lubricants that are trusted by world renowned experts in motorsports via the “Moon Race” video which will be shown in Glorietta 4, Greenbelt, Power Plant, Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, SM Mega Mall, SM North EDSA, Promenade, Trinoma and SM Cebu cinemas.


The Fuel Up and Roll Out promo runs from July 1 to September 15, 2011 at all Total stations nationwide with DTI-NCR permit No. 5096, Series of 2011.



Total (Philippines) Corporation is a subsidiary of Total SA, the world’s fifth largest, integrated, publicly-listed oil and gas company. To date, it has 166 service stations in Luzon and Visayas. It markets and distributes LPG under the Superkalan and Totalgaz brands, along with engine oils Quartz and Rubia.



Technology and lifestyle combined at Speed’s 8th anniversary

I don’t usually attend social events but last Friday, May 27, I didn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate Speed Magazine’s 8th anniversary event.  Why? Simply because I have high respect on the magazine’s editor and I want to show him our support.  Secondly, I am also a big supporter of the magazine.  I like its features and I believe it presents products in a high caliber way.


The event was focused on advocating environment friendly products.  They featured sponsors Samsung, HP, Nokia, and Toyota Prius among others. In partnership with Philippine School of Fashion, Speed aimed to present through the event that going green and supporting the environment need not be boring. So what they did, per sponsor, models paraded the designs by up and coming designers that best represent the brands.

The theme was very timely, with all the disasters and the climate change that we are all experiencing today, Speed could not have picked a better theme. We all know technology is a big factor on either affecting our environment on a bad way or influencing the improvement of Mother Earth’s condition.  Not everyone might have the environment in mind when they choose products but it’s good to know that companies, not only those featured last night, are doing their fair share in contributing to saving our environment.

Congratulations to Speed for its 8th anniversary and looking forward to 8 and more years of speed reading!  🙂

Lay Bare says: Strands Out!

Shave, tweeze, pluck, repeat – That’s the hair removal regimen we Filipinos were used to. Enter Lay Bare Waxing Salon.   Starting out five years ago, Lay Bare now has 31 branches nationwide, with 19 branches located in major spots around the metro.  From a small shop with only two technicians, Lay Bare has not only redefined hair removal, they’ve also added a new definition of “Brazilian” to the Filipino vocabulary!

Lay Bare Waxing Salon has recently hit the fashion ramp to show you the beauty of waxing with the smoothest fashion show ever to walk the runway.  Dubbed “Strands Out,” the event showcases the body as a canvas of Japanese and African inspired artworks.  The artists will also touch on their versions of such looks as the “Marie Antoinette”, as well as the ethnic art of Pintados.  The sexy fashion walk will be top-billed by no less than GMA 7 heartthrob Aljur Abrenica, and one of the hottest models in the country, Ornusa Cadness.

Let Lay Bare’s Strands Out fashion show inspire you to discover the benefits of smooth skin, free from unwanted hair.

Hair removal is part of our beauty and hygiene regimen, something that different people do in different ways – some prefer shaving or plucking, while others prefer painless depilatory creams; what Lay Bare offers is a convenient hair removal alternative that better matches today’s lifestyle trends: Easily accessible professional waxing service that give you 2-6 weeks of smooth, fuzz-free skin!

Since opening their first branch in 2006, entrepreneurs Fiona and Monique Hilario sought to capture their niche of the hair-removal market by offering a special set of services not available from the mainstream all-around beauty salons.  The Hilario sisters conceptualized a “waxing boutique” that would concentrate solely on providing customers with a stress-free hair-removal experience by offering a full-range of professional body waxing services.

The stress-free experience begins when you enter the salon, where the mood is set with Lay Bare’s Asian Fusion-inspired look.  Friendly staff welcome you against a backdrop of natural colors and native furniture pieces, complemented by acrylic bead curtains, minimalist accents, private cubicles and comfortable beds— all combining to create a most soothing environment.

The biggest difference between Lay Bare and any previous traumatic experience you might have had with hair removal? We can name two: the scalding wax and the quick rips on your skin. In place of those, Lay Bare has pioneered the use of cold wax jelly and an innovative patch-waxing technique.

Made from all-natural ingredients that suit extra-sensitive skin, Lay Bare’s cold wax jelly virtually eliminates incidents of nicks, cuts or burns, and is a relatively comfortable procedure.  Combined with Lay Bare’s patch-waxing technique, skin trauma is further reduced by removing a small section of hair at a time.

They say beauty comes at a cost; thankfully, Lay Bare offers feel-good, pampering services at an affordable price.  As for the pain? You can take a pain-killer for that.   Visit one of Lay Bare’s 31 branches to experience hair-free smoothness today.

The Lay Bare “Strands Out” fashion event was made more memorable with the participation of Bioessence, Mosbeau, PLDT, Freshman Masculine Wash, Ipanema, Nail It, Sassa, Sky Cable, Pond’s, The Body Shop,ETC, and RX 93.1.