October 26, 2014

The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 premiers Sunday October 26

“The Voice of the Philippines” is back on Philippine TV with its premier this Sunday October 26.

New batch of extraordinary Filipino artist will again showcase their singing prowess in the much awaited Season 2 of the Philippines most watched singing competition, “The Voice of the Philippines.”

Season 1 coaches Apl de Ap, Bamboo, Sarah Geronimo and Ms. Lea Salonga are all back in this new season to be the eyes and ears to upcoming Pinoy singing superstars.

Hosts Toni Gonzaga and Luis Manzano expressed their excitement in hosting the new season of The Voice, which will start on Sunday, October 26 with the blind auditions.

"I'm really happy about the hosts of Season 1 and Kids teaming up. Of course, I'm proud to be back too, since this format is really close to my heart. We get to discover more talents and I'm sure it's going to be an exciting season," Toni said during the press conference for the show Thursday, October 23.

"In The Voice Kids, we were impressed by big voices coming from little children, and that proves that innate talent of pinoy singers. This season, I got to travel the country and I saw the amazement and joy in each artist when I gave them the envelope. During the blinds, I was surprised and checked some of them. So I got to know their inspirations and motivations," said Luis, who hosted The Voice Kids

The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 will still be hosted by Toni Gonzaga, Alex Gonzaga, Robi Domingo with the addition of Voice Kids host Luis Manzano.

“I’m really happy about the hosts of Season 1 and Kids teaming up. Of course, I’m proud to be back too, since this format is really close to my heart. We get to discover more talents and I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting season,” said Toni.

For Season 2, coaches Apl, Sarah, Bamboo, and Lea will have to assemble 14 artists to form a team by the end of the blind auditions. The new season will also introduce the “steal,” which will definitely add spice and excitement to the competition. In the battle rounds, each coach will have to pit two artists against each other and choose only one that will move on to the next round. If a coach likes an artist, he or she can ‘steal’ the losing artist. If two or more coaches like the losing artist, the artist, just like in the blind auditions, gets to choose which coach or team to transfer to.

“This season is going to be more thrilling, and that’s going to fuel an even intense competition among the coaches. Palaban lahat. I’m glad to be of service and show the latest happenings in the program. There are lots of great singers this season,” said Robi.

October 25, 2014

Globe GCASH partners with Kiva

GCash, the mobile money service of Globe Telecom, is partnering with Kiva, a global non-profit organization that uses its online platform to generate donations that are directly matched with lending opportunities. The partnership with Kiva will propel GCash as another donation service that is closer to the hearts of Filipinos and address the needs of those who are currently at the base of the pyramid for sustainable livelihood and income opportunities. Globe Telecom is changing the crowd funding landscape in the Philippines by this partnership with Kiva.

Leveraging on its online facility and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva provides loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. The micro-finance institutions, which are called Field Partners, administer the loans in the field, giving people in need a safe and affordable access to fresh capital to further their lives and that of their families.

Paolo Eugenio Baltao, Ernest Cu, ,Senator Agapito "Butz" Aquino, Cecilia Grace Castillo,

To-date, Kiva has over 1.2 million users from 80 countries worldwide. These users have funded loans amounting to over US$620 million to 1.4 million beneficiaries.

With GCash as the secure platform to receive donations, Globe through G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI) launched its own lending team, #TeamGlobe now available online.

GXI is the first and only company that is based in Southeast Asia to partner with Kiva. #TeamGlobe will be used as the launch pad for Filipinos here and abroad who want to donate and help fellow Filipinos in underserved communities and provide funding capital for micro and social enterprises.

Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO

"This is our contribution and our commitment to nation-building. We will continue to help generate opportunities and encourage our customers to join us through meaningful partnerships with organizations like Kiva. By using GCash, we will be able to bridge those who are capable of helping with those who are in dire need of assistance," says Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.

"To kick off the celebration of our 10th anniversary, GCash is creating a new ecosystem that would contribute to the country's progress by empowering the less privileged with access to livelihood opportunities. Through GCash, Globe customers can extend their financial support to micro-entrepreneurs in the country just by using their mobile phones," says Paolo Baltao, President of G-Xchange, Inc.

Interested citizens may donate any amount to local beneficiaries in the areas of agriculture, food, retail, and services by accessing *143#, select GCash, choose Donate to KIVA, enter amount, your GCASH PIN and email address. The donor will receive a confirmation message via SMS and an "I'm a Kiva donor" badge.

Registration to GCash and donation to Kiva automatically include members to the #TeamGlobe lending team. For more information on #TeamGlobe campaign, visitwww.globe.com.ph/kiva.

To know more about GCash products and services, visit http://www.globe.com.ph/gcash.

Amaia Scapes San Pablo: An affordable and picturesque home in Laguna

Amaia Land recently launched another affordable yet of quality development in San Pablo City, Laguna  last August 16 — Amaia Scapes San Pablo.

The launching of this third Amaia project in Laguna was attended by Donna Ramirez, Sales Regional Director; Milfa Pagsisihan, Broker Head; Nikko Reyes, Project Development Manager for South Luzon; and Willy Del Rio from General Services Office of San Pablo City.

A picturesque and affordable dream home seems far from your grasp. But with Amaia, the economic housing arm of Ayala Land, you can turn that dream into a reality.

The ribbon-cutting of Amaia Scapes in San Pablo, Laguna during its launch. (From L-R): Nikko Reyes, project development manager for South projects; Chay Viray; Donna Ramirez, sales regional director; and Milfa Pagsisihan, broker head.

Amaia is keeping its promise to provide better living for more Filipinos.

Amaia Scapes San Pablo is a horizontal development situated in Brgy. San Lucas 2, San Pablo City, Laguna — a site that gives homeowners a scenic environment. It occupies 4.3 hectares of land with 313 residential units for its first sector. Buyers will have the freedom to choose from three house models namely Twin Pod, Bungalow Pod, and Multi Pod.

What makes this project suitable for new and growing families is its close proximity to commercial and business establishments such as Puregold and San Pablo Market, saving your time and money from fare or gas expenses.

It is also ideal to raise your children because different educational institutions are just around the area like Laguna College, San Pablo College, Laguna State Polytechnic University, among others.

You will have the freedom to choose according to their desired specifications from three house models namely Twin Pod, Bungalow Pod, and Multi Pod.

Getting your dream home at Amaia is also pocket-friendly since it offers different paying options such as cash payment, deferred, PAG-IBIG, Bank and In-house financing.

Staying true to its mission of giving an affordable and balanced lifestyle, Amaia Scapes San Pablo prioritizes every family’s needs and happiness by providing a patio green for a fresher and greener environment.

Also, homeowners don’t have to go far for recreational activities because there is a village patio equipped with a pavilion, swimming pool, basketball court, and jogging path.

On top of everything, Amaia Scapes San Pablo puts everyone’s safety first before anything else. It is designed with guarded entrance and exits, a perimeter fence and tree-lined spine road. 

Amaia Scapes San Pablo is a quality residential project bearing the stamp of Makati Development Corporation BuildPlus’ (MDC) track record and experience, and is maintained by Ayala Property Management Corporation (APMC).

Getting your dream home at Amaia is also pocket-friendly since it offers different paying options such as cash payment, deferred, PAG-IBIG, Bank and In-house financing.

For inquiries, visit www.amaialand.com or like www.facebook/AmaiaLand or call (049) 800-1744.

Inaugural Herbalife Nutrition Day in Asia Pacific Region

A large-scale public event designed to help people make informed choices about living a healthy active life.

Herbalife, a global nutrition company, today announced that it will be celebrating its inaugural Herbalife Nutrition Day on October 25 across 15 Asia Pacific markets including Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour, the Herbalife Nutrition Day is a large-scale public event that is being held for the first time ever by Herbalife. A variety of activities will be conducted across the countries to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition and healthy active lifestyles to our overall well-being. As a community-based event, over 30,000 people, including community leaders, health care professionals, Independent Herbalife Members and their family and friends are expected to attend the Herbalife Nutrition Day across Asia Pacific.

"We are eagerly anticipating our first-ever Herbalife Nutrition Day in Asia Pacific. With trends of rising obesity, an aging population and increasing health consciousness in this region, it is vital that people are made aware that good nutrition and active lifestyle habits can go a long way in helping them lead healthier and more fulfilling lives," said Mr William M. Rahn, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Herbalife Asia Pacific.

"We believe healthy living is founded upon balanced nutrition - consuming a healthy mix of protein, carbohydrates, beneficial fats and other nutrients - and regular exercise combined with adequate rest and hydration. We hope that our inaugural Herbalife Nutrition Day event will inform, through education and participation, and encourage people to make positive long term changes to their lifestyles," he added.

The Herbalife Nutrition Day will feature fun public participation activities including mass Zumba, Yeba and core workout sessions led by fitness experts; nutrition and weight management talks hosted by experts from the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board; opportunities for body weight and fat analyses, as well as complimentary sampling of Herbalife nutritional shakes for all participants. 

Several celebrity athletes sponsored by Herbalife will also be making special appearances at their local Herbalife Nutrition Day events, with meet and greet opportunities available for the public. 

In addition, there will be activities organized to raise funds for the Herbalife Family Foundation to improve the nutritional needs of vulnerable children in the region.

October 24, 2014

An early Christmas gift, MDH gives 50% off on all room rates

As an early Christmas gift, MDH gives 50% off on all room rates for all elective procedures including in-patient executive check up packages for reservations made from October 15 to December 15, 2014. Confinement period is from December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015.

Elective procedures include:

  • LAP Cholecystectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Hernia
  • Thyroidectomy
  • MRM
  • Hemorrhiod under spinal
  • Excision
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Hip replacement
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Nephrectomy
  • Ureterolithotomy
  • Lobectomy/Thoracotomy

For further inquiries please call the Business Development Division at (02) 524 3011 locals 2384 or (02) 558 0888 locals 4744/ 4745/ 4764. Mondays thru Fridays, 8am to 5pm.


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