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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Welcome the Chinese New Year with Fuss-free holidays for the Family

(Left to right: Diving above the Noonu Atoll, ROBY CLUB Childcare, Beach Volleyball at ROBINSON Club Maldives)

Chinese New Year has become another golden week to go on holiday, with 6.5 million Chinese tourists travelling overseas during this time in 2018. 2019’s Year of the Pig is set to be a prime time for families across China and Hong Kong to celebrate with extraordinary overseas trips with loved ones.

With multi-generational travel set to be a strong trend for the Chinese New Year period in 2019, this year ROBINSON unveils inspiring signature intergenerational experiences, throughout Southern East Asia tailored for Chinese New Year travellers.
ROBINSON Club Resorts offer an extensive range of activities to fit every family’s travelling needs, from the young and adventurous to those looking for a more relaxed private trip, all whilst providing beautiful exotic holiday experiences. With all-inclusive or full board food and sport packages available in 23 club resorts all over the world, ROBINSON offers the solution to hassle-free Chinese New Year holidays, with feasts from a variety of cuisines, alongside fun activities for all the family.

Throughout Chinese New Year, guests at ROBINSON Club Noonu are invited to experience a special celebratory New Year’s dinner, serving traditional Chinese cuisine to begin the Year of the Pig with good fortune. A selection of luxury prizes are also available to win throughout the holiday season, by entering the New Year tombola. With prizes including luxury champagne, specialty restaurant vouchers and a beautiful candlelit beach dining experience.

ROBINSON Club Maldives will prepare a scrumptious Chinese-style feast, presented in the main restaurant Das Edel on February 4. Offering traditional dishes such as Crispy Hoisin DuckYangzhou Style Fried Rice with Chicken and Baby Shrimp along with Festive Moon Cakes to finishthe restaurant will adapt the Asian style shared dining, serving all dishes to large tables. With customary Chinese New Year decorations brightening the mood around the restaurant, diners will enjoy fortune cookies and small New Year gifts, followed by an entertaining dance act to end the evening. An additional Asian-style barbeque buffet is available in the main restaurant for guests who prefer something a little more relaxed.

While ringing in the Chinese New Year in Thailand at ROBINSON Club Khao Lak, guests will be treated to a traditional sunset Chinese Lion Dance in the Beach Bamboo, showering good luck and prosperity on guests. Lifting spirits in the lobby, a tasteful Chinese sakura tree will be on display and guests will be encouraged to hang their paper wishes for 2019 on each branch of the tree. All taking place on 5th February, a Chinese-style array of buffet dishes will be served in the main restaurant followed by a pulsating Chinese dance performance at the Main Bar.

Best for Families with Kids – ROBINSON Club Khao Lak (Thailand)
This ultimate family destination spans across 280,000m² of beautiful white, sandy beaches in the South of Thailand - one of the most popular destinations for Chinese tourists in 2018. With families in mind, the club resort provides all inclusive, highly personalised care for children and teenagers, along with fun facilities and activities. ROBY CLUB Classic offers daily childcare, a children’s playroom and an outdoor play area for ‘minis’ (aged 3-6), ‘maxis’ (aged 7-9) and kids (aged 10-12) to play under the care of professional staff. There is a host of child-friendly facilities including ROBS, the parent-free youth club for young adults and the ‘Babyset package’ with young baby facilities added to your room and childcare included.

With varied sports and games available throughout the resort, most of which are already included in each holiday package, fun is always at the forefront. Guests of all ages can choose from football, beach volleyball, water polo and archery, or water sports such as stand-up paddle-boarding or kayaking.

With Full Board Made by ROBINSON available in the outdoor terrace restaurant, along with three additional gourmet options, this relaxing beachside resort offers the ultimate choice for a family Chinese New Year meal.

Best for Intergenerational Families – ROBINSON Club Noonu (Maldives)
ROBINSON Club Noonu offers a Maldives experience like no other. The perfect island getaway this February, the family-friendly beach resort provides a variety of holiday experiences perfect for relatives of all ages. Family rooms have been carefully designed for the biggest, or smallest of groups. Situated directly on the beach, with outdoor lounge areas and beautiful sea view rooms, the double villas are suitable for up to six adults. Complete with connecting doors and two large bathrooms with a bathtub and outdoor shower, the spacious rooms offer luxury like no other.

Sure to get every family member moving, ROBINSON’s signature ‘Sportstainment’ program combines sports, games and all things fun. Whether guests choose to dive over the impressive Noonu Atoll, play volleyball on the spectacular white sandy beach, or participate in a game of urban golf through the resort, ROBINSON Club Noonu offers something for everyone this Chinese New Year.

Oceania Cruises acquires two new Allura Ships

Oceania Cruises, the upper-premium subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., today announced an order for two new ships from Fincantieri S.p.A. The ships will be delivered in 2022 and 2025.

“This new class of ships will represent an evolution of the Oceania Cruises experience with all the elements our guests treasure – a warm, intimate, residential style; the most spacious standard staterooms afloat; amazing suites, and of course, the finest cuisine at sea,” stated Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises.
The two 67,000 gross ton Allura-Class ships will each accommodate approximately 1,200 guests. This new class of mid-size cruise vessels will retain all the warmth, popular design elements, and signature amenities of the line’s award-winning Marina and Riviera while affording guests an additional level of comfort, convenience and many new luxury amenities.

“We are excited to expand the Oceania Cruises fleet with our new Allura-Class ships to meet the strong demand for upscale culinary- and destination-focused cruise vacations around the globe,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This new class of ships will further elevate the already best-in-class guest experience at Oceania Cruises and meaningfully strengthen demand from both new and loyal returning guests, which will ultimately drive further returns for shareholders.”

“This new successful project for Oceania Cruises is yet another demonstration of our ability to capitalize on product innovation and diversification to meet the needs of every type of customer, a capability that distinguishes us in the world” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “The order we are announcing today, indeed, reiterates not only our first place in the luxury sector, but at the same time it further strengthens an unprecedented leadership in the cruise sector, with a backlog of 55 vessels to be built for most of the brands operating on this market, and deliveries extending all the way to 2027”.

The contract price for each of the two vessels is approximately €575 million per ship. The Company has obtained export credit financing with favorable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of each ship, subject to certain Italian government approvals.
About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises is the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line. The line’s six intimate and luxurious ships which carry only 684 or 1,250 guests offer an unrivaled vacation experience featuring the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly crafted voyages aboard designer-inspired, intimate ships call on more than 450 ports across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New England-Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific and epic 180-day Around the World Voyages. For more information click to visit, contact your travel advisor or call  Singapore 800-616 -7096 / India 0008-0004-01054 / Hong Kong and Rest of Asia +852 2165 6010.