Monday, August 14, 2017

Baskin-Robbins Waffle Cone Wonderland

You all will scream for ice cream once you see Baskin-Robbins fancy and colorful waffle cones.

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s most loved ice cream brand, makes eating ice cream even more fun and exciting with its freshly baked colorful and fancy waffle cones! We all know that Baskin-Robbins is already a delight with their yummy flavors but eating off your favorite ice cream flavor with an orange, blue, or green waffle cone for only Php35 is more fun.

You can also add more crunch and color with just Php70 to get a fancy colored waffle cone which comes with premium white chocolate, colorful rainbow sprinkles, or soft and chewy mini marshmallows. Also try the premium fancy cones made with delicious almonds for only Php99. Experience wonderland when you pair any of these eye-candy waffle cones with a scoop – or two – of any Baskin-Robbins mouth-watering ice cream flavors.

For more information, log on to or check out their social media accounts:, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph. 

The Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts Philippines Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

In just two years, the Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts Philippines has become the most professional Pastry and Bakery School in the Philippines. It is a premier institute which offers a unique opportunity to learn the Art of Pastry & Bakery. Last August 5, 2017 they celebrated its two years of existence in the country with a grand cocktail party where guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner with great food and awesome selection of desserts.

The celebration was headed by Executive Chef Christian Heidenreich and Executive Pastry Chef Nklesh Sharma. During the program, recognitions were also given to several of its students and several of the teachers were presented to the guests. We were also given the tour of the academy and were delighted with the cakes and pastries baked by the students.

The Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts Philippines’ founding school, the " Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia " has been given awards in the past such as the Best Pastry School in Region Awarded by " World Gourmet Summit 2015" Award Excellence, numerous Awards for the lecturers where the most recent is a 1st and 5th place at the Top of Patissier of Asia 2017 Competition in Shanghai.

The Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts Philippines’ local Teachers are supported by visiting Guest Chefs from the Academy in Malaysia as well as World-Class Pastry Chefs and Bakers and Artists who visit and conduct Master Classes, Demonstrations, Hands-on Workshops and Presentations.

For its program the Academy of Pastry Arts Group will be offering following:

6-9 Month Full Time Diploma Program in Pastry & Bakery
3 month Certificate in Pastry & Bakery
Part Time Program over 12 Weekends in Pastry & Bakery
Intensive 24 days Pastry and Bakery Program
Master Classes for Pastry Chefs, Pastry Teachers and Pastry Graduate Students

Full Time Program: Monday – Friday 9 am - 5 pm

12 Weekends Part-Time Program: Sat – Sun 9 am - 5 pm

For their other courses they have:

3 month Basic full time Program
6 month intermediate full time Program
9 month advanced full time Program
2 Day Weekend Part-time Program
All programs 9-5 with 100% hands on experience 

Intensive Training Program 24 days or 8 weekends 

Custom designed individual programs

For more information you can course your inquiry
 Call (02) 894 2395

The Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts Philippines is located at Metro House Building 4/F, 345 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave.,

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sun Life Aquathlon on September 17, 2017. Registration On Going

Millions of Filipinos especially millennials are investing in their health and future nowadays thus majority of them are taking a more active role in having a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, they are also concerned with their future and the status of their financial preparedness. Realizing these endeavour, Sun Life Philippines, known for encouraging it’s customers to in promoting health and wellness is taking part to heighten Pinoy’s growing interest in multisport competition. As such Sun Life Philippines is hosting its first ever Sun Life Aquathlon on September 17, 2017.

“Our mission is to help Filipinos achieved lifetime financial security and live healthier lives. While we believe that one of the keys to a brighter life is financial security, we also know that we can enjoy his life better if he is in the best of health,” said Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa. “Through Sun Life Aquathlon, we can help budding athletes boost their fitness ourney and also inspire others to discover the physical activity that works best for them.”

The Sun Life Aquathlon is designed to be the perfect race for the newbies who wishes to ger his/her feet wet in multisports, while its gives the race-honed triathlete a variation in their training program.

There will be two categories for this race – the Aqua Full features a 400-meter swim and a 5-km run and the Aqua Lite is consist of a 200-meter swim and a 3-km run.

The race will kick off at the Makati Aqua Sports Arena  where the aquathletes will start with a swim in the 50-meter long pool before heading to a transition area to don their running gear. They will then go up to the overpass located along JP Rizal to reach the University of Makati where they will then complete the race in the UMAK race track until they reach the finish line.

Registration for the Sun Life Aquathlon opened as early as June 1, 2017 and will last until August 15, 2017 or until slots are filled up. Organized by one of the country’s trusted and leading multisports event organizers, Bike King Philippines, the Sun Life Aquathlon will give participants in the Aqua Full category to earn points for Bike King annual campaign, Multi Sport Athlete of the Year.

The Sun Life Aquathlon is also supported by Speedo, Gatorade, Timex and Gardenia. To know more about the event and for registration, visit

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rene Andrei Saguisag, Jr. is UAAP New Executive Director

It’s UAAP season once again. Starting August 7, 2017, a new Executive Director was appointed as announced by the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Michael Alba. Atty. Rene Andrei Saguisag, Jr., is the Association’s new Executive Director.

Dr. Alba, President of Far Eastern University, the host school of UAAP Season 80, considers Atty. Saguisag’s recruitment as one of the early, exciting developments in the ongoing reorganization of the country’s premier amateur athletic league. “Along with the heads of the member universities now acting as the trustees, for the first time in 80 years, the Association will have an executive director to oversee its operations,” Dr. Alba said.

Rebo, as Atty. Saguisag is more familiarly called, is not new to the UAAP, having been Commissioner of Basketball in Seasons 78 and 79. He will also be serving in the same capacity in the forthcoming season, concurrent to his new appointment.

As executive director, Atty. Saguisag is charged to perform, direct, manage, and oversee a variety of assignments. These include implementing policies; providing support to the Board of Trustees, the Board of Managing Directors, and the UAAP Committees; supervising operations; and undertaking special projects.

He has a JD degree from the Ateneo Law School and is a BS in Sports Science graduate of the University of the Philippines.

His other sports engagements include being Deputy Commissioner of Basketball in Season 93 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Commissioner of the Makabansa Basketball League 2017.

Of his appointment, Atty. Rebo says, “It’s definitely an opportunity that any sports lover will find hard to resist. I also feel that it is another place where I can be passionate and be of help if in a modest way.” Waxing philosophical, he adds, “Nobody knows how long I’ll be here, but I do want my stay to mean something. In Season 80, we Go for Great. I am more than grateful and appreciative.”

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Your social media info may be key for loan approval

Home Credit: gathering, matching consumers’ information on social media crucial to risk management for financing first-time borrowers

DID YOU KNOW that we Filipinos spent an average of 4 hours and 17 minutes per day on social media? With this amount of time we are spending on social media than any other country in the world, connecting people and building communities thru social media platforms Facebook, Viber and Instagram is more potent than ever.

But did you know that your social media account can strengthen your loan application? As a new tool for for finance companies  to use for approving loans and managing risk—especially for those borrowing for the first time since it’s a rich source of big data.

“With virtually everyone in the Philippines having a social media account, regardless of social status or economic standing, it is easy to see why these are great tools for mining data,” remarked Leos Gregor, Head of Risk at Home Credit Philippines, a Prague-based finance technology (fintech) company that allows consumers to purchase smartphones and other goods on installment even without a credit card.

“And for a country that has yet to adopt a universal ID system, the basic information provided by Filipino users on these sites become extremely helpful in verifying identities, which in turn helps us to approve more loans for more people, and at faster speeds while managing risk,” Gregor added.

Fast loan approval

Gregor explained that Home Credit currently has one of the fastest, if not the fastest, loan processing and approval times in both the local and international finance industry, requiring only two valid IDs from the applicant. In the Philippines, where majority of applicants are approved within less than 5 minutes, Home Credit’s automated system can quickly receive a loan application form and determine if the application is approved or declined.

A portion of this time is spent doing data check on customers’ social media accounts, wherein Home Credit’s underwriting system will match information provided in the applicant’s loan application with their social media information.

Supporting financial inclusion in PH

Gregor noted that especially for first-time borrowers with no existing credit records, having social media accounts that contain accurate identification and as much relevant information as possible can increase their chances of loan approval.

“This, along with our use of other data sources such as from credit bureaus helps us to approve even unbanked or first-time borrowers while mitigating risk,” he said.
“All of these data sources are crucial because the more data we have, the better the chances of approving credit worthy individuals. At the same time, we are happy to be able to promote financial inclusion by helping the government build a comprehensive credit database, while being a responsible lender at the same time,” Gregor added.

Safe lender

Gregor noted that to ensure that first-time borrowers are included in the financial system in a responsible and sustainable way, Home Credit Philippines’ loan products come with “safe lending” features, such as the option to avail of insurance along with the loan; a 15 day “cooling-off” period that allows customers to pay back the full loan at no added cost within this time period; customer-friendly repayment tools meant to address various financial difficulties; and Home Credit’s “Our Commitment” that promises full transparency on loan products with no hidden charges. 

Since launching in Manila in 2013, Home Credit Philippines has seen rapid growth in its business of providing in-store financing of gadgets, appliances and other goods, and has served over 1.2 million customers. Its network of retail partners now spans more than 3,000 partner stores in Metro Manila and 36 provinces nationwide, where they offer 0% interest promos and other popular products.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Winners of Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards joins intensive workshop on microenterprise management and development

As part of the follow-on activities to the 2016 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA), a joint undertaking of Citi Philippines,Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas,  and Microfinance Council of the Philippines, the University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UPISSI) recently held the CMA – Microenterprise Management & Development Program, an enriching five-day event that brought together business management and finance mentors and the CMA winners, where practical insights on entrepreneurship and personal finance were imparted to participants.

Among the relevant topics covered include Living, Discovering, and Envisioning One’s Entrepreneurial Potential; Operations Management; as well as the8 P’s of Marketing, Financial Management for Small Businesses. Each session was capped by intensive workshop sessions wherein participants were given the chance to apply their learnings to real-life situations particularly to their own respective small and micro-enterprises.

Aneth Lim, Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship Head of Citi Philippines,welcomed the winners on the first training day and congratulated them for taking the first step towards becoming Iskolar ng Bayan (nation’s scholars).  “By investing your time on this course, you are able to take advantage of the wealth of academic and practical entrepreneurial knowledge available from UP, the country’s leading academic institution.  By the end of this course, you can proudly declare yourselves to be UP graduates.”

Lim also took the opportunity to share Citi’s continuing commitment to microfinance and the CMA program.  “Beyond recognizing the country’s micro economic heroes, the CMA program seeks to offer relevant training, coaching and mentoring to our winners.  We have seen individuals that were given such access strengthen their ability to grow and sustain their enterprises.  As a result, the microentrepreneurs are able to aid and improve the quality of life for their families, but also their communities with new jobs created as a result of enterprise growth.”

UP Diliman Chancellor Dr. Michael L. Tan, a member of the CMA National Selection Committee, also graced the opening ceremony of the training.  In his speech, Tan extolled the significance of thesaid event.“The UP ISSI, which was established to assist and promote the development and growth of the small scale industrial sector, is proud to host the CMA – Microenterprise Management & Development Program. I am certain that the advice and lessons learned across the five days will go along way in helping the CMA winners.”

TechnoMarine GWP promo.

Good news to all Technomarine and JBL lovers. Immerse in a deeper sound experience with TechnoMarine and JBL by purchasing a minimum of P25,000.00 of regular priced TechnoMarine watch, you can take home a JBL T450BT Wireless on-ear headphones which is compact with up to 11 hours battery life.

What’s more, you can also enjoy up to 20% discount on all stylish TechnoMarine watches – stylish creations that merge the art of horological innovation with spirited design.  TechnoMarine is available in all TechnoMarine boutiques at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier, TriNoma, Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, and all MyDiamond boutiques nationwide.

For more information, follow TechnoMarine on Facebook: and on Instagram @technomarineph. Promo runs from July 21, 2017 to August 31, 2017.

Baskin-Robbins Waffle Cone Wonderland

You all will scream for ice cream once you see Baskin-Robbins fancy and colorful waffle cones. Baskin-Robbins, the world’s most loved ...