Saturday, February 1, 2020

McDonald’s Philippines employs SCs and PWDs in its Antipolo and Caloocan restaurants


McDonald’s Philippines opens a new year by forging partnerships with the local government units of Antipolo and Caloocan. With the MOA sign off, McDonald’s Philippines commits to provide equal employment opportunities for senior citizens (SCs) and people with disabilities (PWDs) in its restaurants in both cities. The program will provide them the opportunity to earn while learning new skills and undergo the same world-class training which the company provides all its directly-hired employees.

“McDonald’s Philippines has been a partner of communities in championing fair and equal employment opportunities that would allow people to grow and develop. Naniniwala kami sa kakayahan ng mga senior citizens and PWDs. With their skills and commitment, we believe that they will positively contribute to our operations at mabigyan ng inspirasyon ang aming employees,” says Chona Torre, Senior Vice President of Human Capital Group, McDonald’s Philippines.

Qualified applicants are also entitled to a compensation equal to the prevailing minimum wage, and benefits such as pro-rated 13th month pay, free meals, uniforms, and life insurance to be secured by the company.

Under the agreement, hired SCs and PWDs will be assigned to perform tasks such as being an order presenter, drink drawer, table manager and overall guest relations. SCs will be assigned work for not more than four hours per day for five days a week, with shifts set from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. PWDs on the other hand, can work with regular shift schedules.

McDonald’s Philippines is looking forward to roll out its alternative workforce program for senior citizens (SCs) and people with disabilities (PWDs) to more cities in the country.

Monday, January 6, 2020

TV series Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny launches on January 20



DreamWorks – NBCUniversal International Network’s 24-hour channel dedicated to kids and family entertainment – today announced the channel premiere of the highly-anticipated television series Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny. The brand-new series will be available in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, the Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan* from January 20 at 6:30pm (GMT+8).

Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny is the latest story from DreamWorks Animation’s beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise. This epic adventure series follows Po as he embarks on a journey to teach kung fu to four young pandas. The kids accidentally absorb the chi of ancient and powerful kung fu warriors known as the Four Constellations and come to realize a destiny to save the world from an evil force. Meanwhile, Po finds himself faced with his biggest challenge yet – teaching this ragtag band of cubs how to wield their newfound powers.

Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny premieres January 20 with episodes on weekdays at 6:30pm (GMT+8) on DreamWorks.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

FamilyMart has your caffeine fix covered with new ‘Coffee Creations’


FamilyMart has got something brewing for coffee junkies!

Starting September 16, 2019, FamilyMart has your caffeine fix covered with the all-new ‘Coffee Creations'. Blended exclusively by renowned Japanese coffee company UCC for FamilyMart, this new set of beverages has your caffeine craving covered at any time of the day. Expertly and lovingly brewed in variants that best suit your preference or mood, you take your coffee hot or iced, black for a satisfying yet affordable caffeine fix for a morning kick, or a treat for a chill night.

The unique experience of Coffee Creations begins with the vision of the marbling as milk is poured and beautifully blends with the brewed coffee, followed by a whiff of its signature nutty aroma. Once you start sipping, the flavor hits the spot, balancing between sweetness and bitterness. To achieve this trademark taste, FamilyMart collaborated with UCC to use a mix of medium roast arabica and robusta beans, perfecting a blend that suits the discerning Filipino palate.




Coffee Creations’ hot brewed coffee comes in two serving sizes—12 oz (P55) and 16 oz (P65). Every order comes with two sachets of either brown or white sugar, as well as two sachets of creamer. Meanwhile the iced variation is available in a 16 oz serving size, which is served black (P60), sweetened (P60) or with milk (P65). Whichever way you like it, no matter what time of the day, each cup offers great value for your money.

Coffee Creations is great enough to enjoy on its own, but a cup also goes best with your favorite FamilyMart breakfast meals, snacks, and pastries. It’s just one of the exciting new ways that FamilyMart makes sure you’ve got your daily needs covered—making you truly feel it when they say, “#WeGotchuFam”!

Do dropby a FamilyMart branch to find out more about what’s brewing with Coffee Creations.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Pru Life UK partners with St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) for a more convenient claims process

Earlier today, British life insurer Pru Life UK forged a new partnership with St. Luke’s Medical Center to ease critical illness claims process for its policyowners.

SLMC SVP and Chief Medical Officer Benjamin Campomanes Jr.; MD, President and CEO Arturo Dela Peña, MD; Pru Life UK President and CEO Antonio  De Rosas, Pru Life UK EVP and Chief Financial Officer Francis Ortega and Pru Life UK VP and Chief Underwriter Samuel Balbin

The new process provides a seamless claims experience with simpler requirements, streamlined claims filing onsite, and timely status updates to policyowners. In addition, claimants can also enjoy other exclusive benefits including special onsite assistance and discounts on selected hospital services and various treatment packages for top critical illness conditions like cancer, stroke, heart attack, renal failure and brain tumor.

In 2018 alone, the Company paid critical illness claim proceeds to more than 300 claimants to help them fight for their lives and get back on their feet.

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with St. Luke’s Medical Center, a sought-after healthcare institution by Filipinos from all over the country. Through this partnership, our policyowners can enjoy world-class service, a seamless claims experience, as well as special privileges, that will allow them to focus on what’s most important – getting better,” said Pru Life UK President and Chief Executive Officer Antonio “Jumbing” De Rosas.

Dr. Arturo de la Peña, SLMC President and CEO said, “As a trusted leader in patient and healthcare, this new partnership with Pru Life UK is very much in line with St. Luke’s commitment of putting our patients first. We always aim to ease their burden during the most difficult times and assist them in any way we can. We look forward to building a stronger relationship with Pru Life UK to further enhance our services.”


Pru Life UK’s latest partnership supports the company’s strategic focus on promoting health through its We DO Health campaign.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Two New Oakwood Suites by 2020 is out in the offing

The signing of Oakwood Suites in two key locations - Bangkok, Thailand, and Yokohama, Japan was finally announced.

Oakwood Suites Bangkok is scheduled to open by the end of 2019, while Oakwood Suites Yokohama, a Mapletree-owned property, is set to open in mid-2020.

Oakwood launched its Oakwood Suites product in December 2016 with the opening of Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta in Indonesia. Conceived as a sanctuary for sophisticated travellers, Oakwood Suites offers exclusive residences for jetsetters and senior executives with an emphasis on prime locations within Asia Pacific’s most central commercial districts.

“Oakwood Suites offers residential comfort for well-heeled global citizens who desire unparelled service delivered in an unobtrusive manner. By expanding into Bangkok and Yokohama, we are greatly increasing Oakwood Suites’ footprint and bringing a new type of contemporary luxury to guests and travellers alike in both markets,” said Dean Schreiber, interim chief executive officer of Oakwood and managing director of Oakwood Asia Pacific.

Oakwood Suites Bangkok is strategically located along Sukhumvit Soi 24 within the popular Phrom Phong district. Just a four-minute walk to the BTS Skytrain Station, the property is in close proximity to a diverse range of restaurants and malls, as well as Bangkok’s Central Business District. Offering 232 well-appointed studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, Oakwood Suites Bangkok will redefine the jetsetting lifestyle of savvy travellers on short trips and extended stays.

After 12 successful properties in Japan, Oakwood Suites Yokohama marks the brand’s expansion into Japan’s second-largest city. With a collection of 175 elegant apartments occupying levels 46 to 51 of The Tower Kitanaka, the largest and tallest residential building in Yokohama, guests will find Oakwood Suites Yokohama’s locale highly favourable.

“Mapletree is pleased to expand our lodging footprint in Japan. Oakwood Suites Yokohama will be our second Mapletree-owned serviced apartment in Japan, following Oakwood Apartments Azabudai, Tokyo. As part of our business strategy, Mapletree will continue to pursue opportunities to develop and acquire assets, and bring the Oakwood brand to global markets,” said Mr Chua Tiow Chye, deputy group chief executive officer of Mapletree.

Oakwood Suites Yokohama will offer the elevated convenience of direct access to the Bashamichi Train Station and a plethora of shops and dining options within its retail and cultural zone. Guests will be able to enjoy a waterfront residential lifestyle, as the tower sits right next to Yokohama Bay in the popular Minato Mirai area and a stone’s throw away from Yamashita Park, famed for its waterfront views of the Port of Yokohama. A half-hour train ride from Tokyo, Oakwood Suites Yokohama is set to be a highly anticipated accommodation option upon opening, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Award-winning company Oakwood®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mapletree Investments, is the leading global accommodation solutions provider helping businesses and individual travelers be anywhere they need to be. With an extensive and flexible selection of move-in ready furnished and serviced apartments, Oakwood has enabled thousands of companies to expand their reach to more customers and markets.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

New Korean Travel Reality Series - Pretty 95s Premieres

The pop culture powerhouse of NBCUniversal International Networks, E! Asia, announced the premiere of Pretty 95s, a new travel variety series featuring BTOB's maknae Yuk Sungjae and his squad of 1995-born best friends.

The six-member cast of Pretty 95s include; Yuk Sungjae (BTOB), the leader of the “95s (Gu-os),” together with Kwangmin, Youngmin, and Minwoo (Former Boyfriend), Ricky (Teen Top) and Baek Kyung Do (Model).

Pretty 95s offers fans exclusive insight to the group’s friendships and their unique personalities as the boisterous crowd travel around Seoul sharing their favourite hangout spots and latest trends. From spontaneous fun activities to giving back to the community, this bunch of Gu-os prove that despite their age they know how to work hard and play hard.

The six-episode, 60-minute series with local-language subtitles will air on E! on Saturday, July 13 at 8 PM (JKT) 9 PM (SG) and 10 PM (MY) through its E! Asia feed – express from Korea. The series will also be made available through its on-demand service E! Zone in Singapore and Malaysia.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Yamaha kicks off first leg of the 10th Grand Prix

Last March 17, 2019, bikers and race enthusiasts gathered at the first leg of Yamaha Gran Prix 10 held at Robinsons Novaliches, Quezon City.


In the said event, Yamaha Philippines recognized the National Team duo of Masato “The Chairman” Fernando and McKinley Kyle “Wonder Boy” Paz for winning the recently-concluded Asia Road Racing Championship.

As representatives to the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, McKinley Kyle Paz led the charge with a resounding win and claimed the 1st position giving the country its first taste of the victory.

The Philippine contingent also earned the best team award for this race and will do everything to prepare for another grueling round against Asia’s best to keep our flag at the top of the ARRC. The tandem serves as inspiration to riders who are eyeing to be the best racer they can be.





This season kicked off with the annual categories of the YGP 150 Underbone Championship, All-female Category, Dealer Cup Race and Sniper 150 one-make race complemented by 160 Open AT, Club and Fun Races.



The YGP 150 Underbone Season Championship was composed of top riders from From Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao utilizing the Sniper150 fitting the racers who wants to take home the titles. They all had one goal – to race towards the finish line. During Race 1, the battle was between Robert Ryan Espiritu and Garry Caneda. Determined to be on the first spot, Espiritu created a great distance on the last lap leaving Caneda at second place and Niel John Centeno at third. In Race 2, every rider was eyeing to get the title from Espiritu. Niel John Centeno made a great impression in the first lap but Espiritu was not to be denied as he claimed the back to back top finish. The Overall standings for this leg had Espiritu at first, Centeno at second, and Onahon at third.

In the All-female category, through the great speed of Mio Sporty, Justine Bethany Tolentino showed why she is the reigning champion with a repeat victory and outclassing the field in the Luzon leg. Jasmin Jao was impressive and only trailed the leader by a one-second difference after starting from the eighth spot. While last year’s 1st runner up, Erika Ondillo, pushed through the pack with a third-place finish.

The Dealer Cup Race consisted of MotorAce, New Nemar, FMN Industrial, Rhean Marketing, LYR Motorhub, and DES Marketing, all eager to showcase the Yamaha brand beyond their shop. Maximizing the record-breaking Sight115, each rider was ready to bring home the coveted championship and a season’s worth of bragging rights. After 12 laps, Emerson Inguito of MotorAce emerged on top followed by Ephraim Onahon of Rhean Marketing and JR Daguio of LYR Motorhub.

In the Sniper 150 one-make race, the crowd witnessed why this motorcycle is the trusted vessel of Yamaha’s Champion riders. The speed and precision was evident in every corner of the racetrack. This allowed JC Adia to unleash his full potential to win it all. He was swiftly followed by Tommy Topel and Ramon Franco.

The Yamaha Grand Prix is where the racing dreams turn into reality and those aspiring racers will soon be one of the Filipino racing icons. This competition is the perfect avenue to cater your passion for racing. In this 10th season, Yamaha is off to an epic start with dramatic wins and runaway victories.

Follow the leaders as they race to keep their top spots in the next leg slated on May 26 in Mindanao.