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Sailing is more fun in the Philippines

Fifteen sailboats from all over the world, including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, take part in the 6th Standard Insurance Subic to Boracay Race 2015.  

The spirit of “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign of the Department of Tourism has reached the country’s coastlines through a welcome dinner for the participants and partners of twin sailing events — the 6th Standard Insurance Subic Bay to Boracay Race 2015 and the Boracay Cup Regatta. These sailing competitions are supported by the Tourism Promotions Board’s “Visit the Philippines Year 2015” campaign.

At the event, organized by Saturday Afternoon Gentlemen’s Sailing (SAGS)-Subic, guests enjoyed an al fresco dining by the beach at The Lighthouse Marina Resort in Subic. SAGS-Subic chairmen Ricky Sandoval and Jun Avecilla and the races’ scrutineer Jeremy Simpson welcomed the assemblage of skippers, sailboat owners and sailing enthusiasts. Cultural performers provided entertainment to celebrate the start of the twin events known in the Asian Yachting Grand Prix Circuit.

Participants were from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The race started in Subic Bay and ended in Boracay.

The 6th Standard Insurance Subic Bay to Boracay Race 2015 and the Boracay Cup Regatta, with the full support of the Tourism Promotions Board, help bring in more sailing enthusiasts and foreigners to visit the Philippines and experience the country’s many wonders including the warmth and hospitality of the Filipino people.

(To find out more about the lineup of exciting events in the Philippines, visit www.visitph2015.com.)

Smile Pilipinas!

Here’s something for Filipinos to smile about: top global oral care brand, Oral-B, in partnership with the UP Dental Alumni Association (UPDAA), has launched Smile Pilipinas, a movement that aims to uplift the state of oral health in the country. The movement was crafted in response to reports that the Philippines is one of the countries all over Asia that has the worst rate of decayed, missing and filled out teeth.

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“Bringing healthy smiles to individuals around the world is a commitment of Procter & Gamble. Oral-B wanted to help improve the quality of oral health in the country. That’s why when the opportunity to support Smile Pilipinas emerged, we immediately grabbed it. Through our technology, products and expertise, we know that we can effectively address the worsening oral health conditions of Filipinos,” shared Suranjan Magesvaran, Procter & Gamble Asia vice president for home products, power and oral care.

Unveiling the Smile Pilipinas logo and the campaign’s upcoming activities were brand ambassador Iza Calzado, Procter & Gamble Philippines general manager Shankar Viswanathan, Suranjan Magesvaran, Smile Pilipinas president and CEO Dr. Jocelyn Tan, Smile Pilipinas Development Foundation Inc. chairman Dr. Vicente Medina and vice chair JP de la Vega.

“We have lined up various activities and programs in partnership with local government units to reinforce our commitment to promote awareness on the importance of oral health. Our upcoming activities strongly focus on the campaign’s key messages — communications, public good and fundraising. Among the activities include early oral checkups, oral fairs and outreach programs. We will also conduct studies to develop innovations for preventing and treating oral diseases,” Tan said.

Brand ambassador Iza Calzado also explained how everyone can help achieve “100-percent healthy smiles for every Filipino.”

“We can help spread the word, share information, donate our time, especially for the oral health practitioners who we are calling on as volunteers and donate funds to keep Smile Pilipinas running. This is a great project with a great cause. That’s why I am very proud to be part of a brand that strongly supports noteworthy projects like this movement,” she said.

The Smile Pilipinas movement was launched as part of the centennial celebration of the UP College of Dentistry.

Grooming the youth for the corporate world

With their vision of training the leaders of tomorrow, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines Research and Development Foundation Inc. (FINEX Foundation) and Citi Philippines recently launched the 11th Citi Junior Bankers Congress (CJBC), with trainings held in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

“With globalization, urbanization and digitization, we can truly say that excelling in the corporate world is getting tougher and tougher each year,” remarked Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi. “People are more aggressive and wiser in this fast-paced environment. But with dedication, knowledge and skills, it is never impossible to become a leader,” he added.

Supporting Sianturi’s pronouncement was the co-chair of CJBC, FINEX Institute director Ronaldo Goseco, who said, “To make a name in this highly competitive environment, one must learn the fundamentals first, and that is exactly why we’re here.”

The Metro Manila leg of the congress featured senior officers of Citi Philippines who served as speakers and moderators to 50 graduating students from 10 state universities based in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The discussions were led by consumer business manager Bea Tan, public sector group head Dino Siason, learning and development head Agnes Mondonedo, Gautam Abroal from the Citi Service Center and compliance testing head Betty Atienza.

A total of 259 students joined the program, representing the top 20 percent of graduating finance students from the country’s leading state universities. After attending the congress, students will receive enough support when it comes to on-the-job training placements and mentoring sessions with senior finance executives, to help them land a stable employment with today’s top corporations.

The launch of the 11th Citi Junior Bankers Congress program ended with a very inspiring message from Sianturi: “Leaders are always learners. They should always possess the eagerness to know more for the benefit of their people and the community. Remember, a leader is not only recognized for his achievements, but also for his lifetime legacy.”

Geox breathes

For its 2015 Spring/Summer collection, Geox launched its signature waterproof and breathable footwear collections for men, women and kids at the East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.

The brand’s footwear collection for women features high heels, pumps, midi-wedges and flats in classic black and white, earth tones, and even brighter shades such as fir green and cobalt blue. Some pieces are made from discolored calfskin with weave patterns and some from goatskin that gives off metallic and pearlescent sheen. For this collection, sandals are done in leather and jacquard fabric with either floral motifs or animal prints in python or tegu lizard. There are also sneakers with flexible soles in various styles — from matelassé-effect leather to leopard print suede.

The Men’s collection highlights the “Nebula” project for lace-ups and slip-ons — ergonomic silhouettes with easy-entry fit to increase lightness and agility. It also introduces the “Amphibiox” range, which is the new generation of waterproof footwear that offers maximum protection and breathability in all weather conditions.

The “Xity” and “Xcult” categories feature the Net Breathing System that allows ultra-lightness and ultra-flexibility. The “Xense Mox” moccasin and the “Xfirst Derby” combine the class of formal style with the same technology. The “Bradford” line reinvents classic lace-ups with soles that combine leather and rubber, while the “Xand” range provides a pumping effect that lends the feeling of weightlessness in every step.

There is also the Men’s Spring/Summer 2015 Outerwear collection, which revolves around five technical and aesthetic words: quickness, lightness, accuracy, multiplicity and visibility. Five labels represented by five colors — all with signature qualities. The collection also introduces the Field Jacket inspired by the biker style: second-skin look, contoured sleeves and 3D-effect triple stitching. Lastly, there’s the Packable Travel Jacket Blazer made from ultra-light technical nylon and a smartphone pocket with touchscreen film coating to protect one’s phone.

Go and check the new collection of Geox now!

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