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Cebu Pacific commences new Manila-Marinduque route

April 3, 2019

01 April 2019 - The Philippines’ largest carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), today launches a direct flight to its newest domestic destination, Marinduque. CEB is proud to be the only airline operating flights in and out of the Marinduque Airport through its subsidiary Cebgo.      The flights will be operated thrice weekly, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, out of the NAIA Terminal 4 (Manila Domestic Terminal) in Manila.      “Being the only carrier flying to and from Marinduque, we are very happy to enable the opening of more resorts, other businesses and other opportunities—prospering growth of the province. Now, more tourists will be able to fly direct to Marinduque to see and experience the island for themselves. At the same time, it will also be easier for residents to fly to Manila and travel to any onward destination, be it domestic or international, through CEB’s seamlessly connected network,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Cebu Pacific.      Marinduque is well-known for the Moriones Festival held annually during Holy Week. Aside from this, pristine white sand beaches and islands also surround the province, leaving tons more beauty waiting to be discovered.      “The Department of Tourism will always be supportive of the development of the access to Marinduque. Establishing connectivity is very important for us to continue our goal of making sure we place Marinduque, and the rest of MIMAROPA, on tourists’ bucketlists,” said Mr. Danilo Intong, Regional Director of Region IV-B.   “We are positive that these direct flights will pave the way for our beloved province to be seen and discovered as a world-class eco-tourism destination. We look forward to continue working with Cebu Pacific and other stakeholders as we strive for progress in Marinduque,” said Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Jay Velasco.      Marinduque is the 37th domestic destination of Cebu Pacific. Aside from Marinduque, CEB also operates flights to other up-and-coming tourist destinations such as Tablas, Masbate, Siargao and Camiguin.

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DTI chief promotes franchising to aspiring entreps

April 1, 2019

PASAY CITY -- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez championed franchising as a business model to future entrepreneurs at a time when the Philippines is experiencing an economic resurgence. During his keynote address at the 2019 Franchise Asia Philippines on 27 March, Sec. Lopez stated that this is the best time to do business because the country’s sustained economic growth and the growing middle class provide a wide consumer base for new products and services.      He said that franchises thrive because of their tried-and-tested business concepts and wide network of mentors and fellow franchisers. The success rate for franchising is 90%, compared to 25% for traditional retail. According to the event’s organizer, the Philippine Franchise Association, there are 2,000 local and international franchise brands in the country as of 2018. These brands have established a total of 200,000 stores and employed 1.2 million Filipinos.      DTI pioneered its own franchise with Go Lokal! with 102 stores nationwide, most of which are in high-foot traffic areas. Go Lokal! offers top-quality local products by Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).      The agency also opened its first KAPEtirya café in Baguio last 20 March to provide more market outlets for the coffee produce of Filipino farmers. The DTI-branded café will mainstream locally-sourced coffee and will soon roll out as a franchise model with inline store, kiosk, and mobile store options.

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Gotta love summer at Toy Kingdom

April 1, 2019

Toy Kingdom as it brings you the most amazing inflatables, trendy floaters and splashy pools perfect, giving us more reasons why we Gotta Love Summer. Plunge into the cool waters in style with unique and vibrant inflatables like the Flamingo Island, Mega Unicorn Island, Camel Pool float and Pop Rhino Ostrich floater. There are also trendy floaters inspired by kids’ favorite snacks; Popcorn Mat, Potato Chips Float, French Fries Float and Hamburger Island that will surely make you crave! Summer is also more fun with exciting pool parties with family and friends.  Check out this Prism Frame Oval Pool Set that is easy to assemble and comes in a huge size for the entire family to enjoy. Toy Kingdom also has other stylish swim essentials for kids; Hydro Swim Glider set and Metallic Mermaid Tail for a more fun water adventure. Keep cool in stylish inflatables and floaters at Toy Kingdom. These amazing summer treats are available at Toy Kingdom Express outlets in The SM Stores and Toy Kingdom stores in most SM Supermalls. Also visit www.toykingdom.ph and follow ToyKingdomPH at Facebook for more updates.

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The Essentials to Flawless Makeup Look From The Body Shop

April 1, 2019

The secret essentials to perfect, flawless look will always be about “matte” makeups. Introducing a new make-up must-have for blemish-prone skin. Conceal skin imperfections throughout the day with The Body Shop’s 100% vegan Matte Clay Concealer and Matte Clay Powder. The lightweight concealer is enriched with skin-clearing tea tree and leaves a breathable, yet full-coverage matte finish. For skin that looks visibly clearer, use this beauty essential alone for a fast-drying natural finish or team with Matte Clay Foundation for a lasting flawless finish look. While the Matte Clay Powder will set and mattify your concealer or liquid foundation. Both are enriched with ghassoul clay and Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya, these 100% vegan ranges are ultra-lightweight and long-lasting, to leave skin looking clearer and help it breathe all day when you add a touch of coverage. For the cheeks use the Shimmer Waves to illuminate your face and create a sun-kissed glow. These clever compacts can be used in a number of ways for gorgeous make-up results. Swirl all the colors together for a shimmering blush or use the shades separately to highlight and contour your cheekbones. Need a little shimmer on your eyes? Pick a shade and sweep it all over your eyelid or dust the color in the inner corners of the eyes for a lovely glistening glow. Then pair it with the moisturizing Color Crush Lipsticks, with 15 dramatic new shades to choose from, you can make a vividly vampy statement while keeping lips smooth and moisturized for up to 4 hours. Enriched with sweet cherry seed oil, Community Trade beeswax from Cameroon and Community Trade marula oil from Namibia, these shades lock in moisture to love lips with a hydrating pop of bold, high-impact color. Get the perfectly flawless makeup look with the 100% vegan Matte Clay Makeup Range and to match with the Shimmer Waves and Color Crush Lipsticks to complete the look. Now available in all The Body Shop stores. The Body Shop accepts SM Advantage Card for points earning and redemption, SM and Sodexo premium pass in all The Body Shop stores nationwide.  The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick in Little Hampton, England. The beauty brand pioneered corporate activism and was built on a philosophy that business can be a force for good. With its brand expression, Beauty with Heart, the company continues to be focused on five core values: Against Animal Testing, Support Community Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend Human Rights and Protect The Planet. All products are created using the finest ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe, which are not tested on animals and are 100% vegetarian. The Body Shop has been in the Philippine market for eighteen years with over 55 strategically located stores nationwide.

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SWU PHINMA studes showcase knowledge, skills in Basic Education Day

April 1, 2019

Around 600 students of Southwestern University (SWU) PHINMA enjoyed a day of fun, games, and competition during the annual Basic Education Day on Feb. 22. They showed their knowledge, talents, and capabilities and displayed STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in action through problem-based learning. The event featured one of the biggest chess tournaments in Cebu City with about 280 pairs of players facing off against each other at the University Coliseum. SWU PHINMA’s School of Education invited National Masters Eduard dela Torre and Rommel Ganzon who gave a talk to inspire future chess grandmasters. Ganzon also demonstrated an exhibition game in which he competed simultaneously against elementary teacher and chess coordinator for Grades 4 to 6 Jonathan Paradero and Junior High School Chess Tournament champion Anton Bayno. This is part of SWU PHINMA’s initiative called Chess Time which students are required to attend for a specific number of chess hours every week, giving them the opportunity to earn badges for every win and to enjoy and master chess under the spirit of sportsmanship. Chess Time is one of the initiatives under the STEM-based curriculum being implemented this school year for Grades 1 to 7, and is designed to teach students 21st century skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, computational thinking, decisiveness, and wise judgment. “Chess teaches the kids all these skills while developing their focus, discipline, and strategic thinking. It is one gateway for STEM education, and our chess program in the school is the path through that gateway for our budding future grandmasters,” said College of Education Dean Roselyn Fortunado. Another highlight of the Basic Education Day is the Robotics SumoBot Competition in which robots made by the students attempt to push each other out of a circle. Students also participated in Rubik’s Cube Speed Competition, with speed cubers solving the Rubik’s Cube at lightning speed. Grade 1 Engineers also staged their project-based learning presentations while Kinder princes and princesses offered a special number. At the same time, obstacle and lego inflatables were provided for additional fun and play.  “We challenge our students to expand their imagination while learning to sharpen critical and creative thinking,” said Fortunado. For more information about Southwestern University PHINMA’s Basic Education Department (Elementary and Junior High School), contact +63 (32) 416 4680 loc. 184 or visit www.swu.edu.ph.

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Motorcycle Industry Continues Upswing, MDPPA Achieves 21% Growth in 2018

April 1, 2019

The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association Inc. (MDPPA), an organization of premier motorcycle brands in the Philippines, namely: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha, has recently released its final tally of motorcycle sales in 2018. The MDPPA achieves 21% annual sales growth with a total of 1,580,926 units sold last year. The total sales figures were broken down into five market segments: Underbone or Moped (MP), Backbone or Business model (BU), Scooter (AT), Street or Standard (ST) and higher displacement motorcycles over 250cc (Others).      Leading the pack in terms of sales is the scooter segment at 577,722 units. This translates to a 48% sales growth from 2017. Coming in second is the Backbone model segment, having 494,842 units sold.Previously the best-performing segment, it still attained a solid 13% growth. While the moped segment only achieved a modest 1% growth, these motorcycles still sold steadily at 494,842 units. Street or Standard segment showed 15% increase having sold 69,627 units.       With the prevailing market forces, the MDPPA expects the upward trend in motorcycle sales to continue as it forecasted a 20% increase in sales in 2019. As the motorcycle rider population grows, the MDPPA stays committed to its advocacy on road safety for the benefit of their even expanding customer base. As a member of the Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries (FAMI) and the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), the MDPPA adheres to strict international standards with regards to the quality of its products and is constantly working with relevant government agencies to help establish policies that aim to improve the lives of the motorcycle riding public.

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