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Chasing Waterfalls

(From left) Lyceum of the Philippines University president and photography enthusiast Bobby Laurel, National Museum trustee Toti Villalon, photographer Bengy Toda and National Museum director Dr. Jeremy Barns.

Photographer Bengy Toda’s impressive collection of photos of waterfalls and landscapes was shown in an exhibit called Chasing Waterfalls at the National Museum.

With his large- and medium-format photography, Toda captured sweeping landscapes and magnificent scenery from his journeys to the countryside that revealed the beauty of the Philippines.

The awe-inspiring photographs are now in the permanent collection of the esteemed museum.

The exhibit’s opening ceremony was attended by National Museum officers and trustees, fellow photographers, and Toda’s friends and family.

Going organic

Estée Lauder Companies brings organic skincare brand Origins to the Philippines. The brand is known for its products that harness the power of plants from around the world. Guests discovered Origins at an intimate afternoon cocktail at Le Jardin Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

The brand was introduced by Origins’ vice president international and general manager Jean Alexandre Havard, the guiding force behind the brand’s strategic vision in the international markets and the mind behind its international strategy, growth and market development; and vice president for global communication Trenesa Danuser, the lead for all global PR out of the New York City headquarters. With them were Estée Lauder Companies country manager Imelda Lerma, Origins sales and marketing manager Jill Baysa and sales and training coordinator Samantha Lim.

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Guests took a firsthand look into the various potent compounds that scientists extract from plants around the world and how each of these discoveries have proven to benefit the skin down to its deepest layer.

Also presented was a dead plant called the “rose of Jericho” found in the African desert. The plant was soaked in water six hours before it was presented to the guests. Lo and behold, the plant started to go green and tiny flowers began to bloom again. The extracts of this plant form part of the ingredients found in the products of Origins. 

The star franchises of the event were Plantscription, Dr. Weil’s Mega-Mushroom collection, Make a Difference Plus and GinZing featuring Panax Ginseng and Caffeine.

I personally have been using the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief as a soothing after-shave lotion.

(Visit @OriginsPH on Instagram and Origins Philippines on Facebook. Origins will open its first store in the Philippines at SM Makati in August 2015.)

A clear vision of tomorrow

Manila Central University’s (MCU) Optometry students were in for a celebration as Essilor, a global leader in ophthalmic lenses, launched the first Sight Center in the Philippines at the university.

Designed to give access to having the most advanced and state-of-the-art technology in optical studies and vision solutions, the Sight Center offers the university’s Optometry students a venue where they can perform hands-on examinations and diagnoses in an ideal clinic set-up.  It features fully equipped vision screening rooms with clinical refraction equipment and access to Essilor Academy’s advanced tools and practical trainings in optometry.

Essilor general manager Dr. Emelita Roleda led the opening rites together with MCU president Dr. Aristotle Malabanan, MCU College of Optometry dean Dr. Christine Rodriguez and Essilor marketing manager Jinky Navo.  Joining them was Essilor brand ambassador Piolo Pascual, who expressed his support of the project and reminded Optometry students to study harder now that they have access to this facility, the first of its kind in the country.

The Sight Center also provides an opportunity for the company and its partner institutions to give back to the community. Its clinic set-up allows students and on-the-job trainees to conduct free vision screenings, consultations on eyesight and diagnose cases of vision problems.

Roleda said, “This is a global project, which we hope to replicate in other Optometry schools all over the country.  Through this, we hope to support optometry students in their field of specialization by giving them the opportunity to study within an ideal clinic setting, using state-of-the-art technology and equipment in optometry.”

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