Sharing is Caring: F1 Hotel Manila’s Community Engagement Programme

With the goal of promoting social awareness and giving back to the community, F1 Hotel Manila held the #F1Cares: Community Engagement Programme once again at Grace – Home for the Elderlyor Golden Reception & Action Center for the Elderly and other Special Cases (formerly as Golden Acres Home for the Elderly), which is under the management of the government institution DSWD. The activity was held last June 1, Saturday, headed by General Manager, Cindy Brual along with the hotel’s Department Heads to show gratitude and appreciation to the previous generation who played a big part in cultivating and preserving our treasured cultural traditions.

Being successful through its seven years in the hospitality industry, F1 Hotel Manila wishes to extend its vision not only to its in-house guests but also by providing its beneficiaries a “Home of Happy Experiences”. F1 Hotel Manila believes that the success and the milestones it has achieved were attained through trust, partnership, and compromise.  Extending the hotel’s ability to nurture hospitality is naught compared to the support it has received through the years. As a way of showing gratitude, F1 Hotel Manila continues to provide quality service that would make guests and partners feel home and happiness at the same experience.

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Save the Children Philippines calls on mothers to breastfeed newborns as national nutrition survey reveals rising cases of malnutrition among babies and pre-schoolers

Save the Children Philippines urged mothers to exclusively breastfeed their newborns as malnutrition remains on steady rise among babies and pre-schoolers in the country. 

Lawyer Albert Muyot, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Save the Children Philippines said community health and nutrition workers should intensify campaigns on breastfeeding, complementary feeding and proper nutrition particularly among children of deprived families and marginalized communities.

He raised concern over the results of the 2018 Expanded National Nutrition Survey by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) presented last June 24 which showed increasing prevalence of malnutrition and anemia among babies and toddlers.

Atty. Muyot said the nutrition survey serves as “a wake-up call” in time for Nutrition Month being observed every July. 

Anemia cases among babies six to 11 months increased to 48.2 per cent in 2018 from 40.5 per cent in 2013, while anemia among toddlers aged one to two years old have increased to 35.4 per cent last year from 24.7 per cent in 2013.

Stunting, a life threatening condition due to chronic undernutrition remains high at 36.6 per cent for children two years old in 2018, from 36.2 per cent in 2013.

Malnutrition among pre-schoolers is also high particularly among three years old at 33.8 per cent in 2018 from 38.6 in 2013; and four years old at 30.2 per cent last year from 36.8 in 2013.

“Exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months and continued breastfeeding up to two years old will provide critical nutrients and protection to infants against life threatening diseases and improve their immune system,” said Muyot.

Globally, exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months prevents deaths of 1.3 million children below five years old every year.

Save the Children Philippines had been campaigning to eradicate malnutrition among children through maternal and child health and nutrition programs for children and pregnant and lactating mothers in deprived areas in the cities of Malabon, Navotas and Caloocan of Metro Manila as well as conflict affected areas of Mindanao.

Muyot urged local leaders to implement Republic Act 11148 or the First 1,000 Days Law that ensures optimum health and nutrition for children from conception up to two years old.

He said the first 1,000 days of a child’s life is considered a “critical window of opportunity” when physical growth and brain development are very crucial, and damage could be permanent or irreversible.

“We call on local government leaders to invest in safe motherhood and children’s health and well-being by providing more funds for maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition programs,” said Mr. Muyot.

He lauded the cities of Malabon, Navotas and Caloocan that have adopted the First 1,000 Days law into local city ordinances and allocated funds to improve the health and nutrition status of pregnant and lactating mothers and children below two years old.

Dr. Amado Parawan, Health and Nutrition Advisor of Save the Children Philippines said government programs on maternal and child health and nutrition should focus on priority areas with high malnutrition rates, mostly in conflict affected areas in Mindanao.

“We need to focus our nutrition programs in priority areas with high malnutrition rates to achieve the targets in the 2017 – 2022 Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition,” said Dr. Parawan who serves as private sector representative to the National Nutrition Council Governing Board. 

Save the Children Philippines advocated for the passage of Republic Act 11148, known as Kalusugan ng Mag-Nanay Act to implement maternal and child health and nutrition in the first 1,000 days of the child’s life using the Nurturing Care Framework developed by the World Health Organization, World Bank and UNICEF.

“Malnutrition is a very complex problem with long-term effects physically, mentally and socially. With the passage of RA 11148, now is the perfect time to mobilize collaborative actions from all sectors. We should always remember that takes a village to raise and nurture a child,” said Dr. Parawan.    

Communication and PR Issues Take Center Stage at 26th National Public Relations Congress

Spurred by the goal of elevating the practice of PR in the country, the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), thenation’s premier organization for public relations professionals,puts the spotlight at this year’s National Public Relations Congress on current trends, issues and challenges faced by the industry to explore where to take it next.

Set for September 24 and 25, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the 26th National PR Congress has the theme “Amplify” toinitiate a conversation on communication, PRand relatedissues that challengeindustry practitioners. This year’s congress brings together local and international industry leaders to headline its roster of high-caliber speakers.

Amplifying Communication and PR Issues

With most Filipinos being active social media users and therefore very much involved in social narratives, PR practitioners are increasingly hard-pressed to find the balance between engaging their publics enough, particularly on the digital platform, and getting entangled in issues that could harm brands and clients. While some brands have had success riding on wokeism and similar causes supported by millennials and the Gen Z—the biggest demographics today—and tackling issues such as gender and environmentalism in their campaigns, many are reluctant or do not know how to proceed with caution.

“On one hand, you have consumers that demand brands participate in social narratives. But when brands do, they either do it right or fall on the wrong side of history. On the other hand, there’s a huge number of organizations that remain apprehensive, probably cowed by consumers’ aggressiveness and the country’s predominantly conservative culture,” said Andy Saracho, PRSP president.

This year’s PR congress, according to Ana Pista, vice president of PRSP and chairwoman of the 26th National PR Congress, aims to equip PR professionals with the right approach to navigating such polarized conversations. “These issues are being talked about in the digital sphere, with articles and maybe videos here and there. What we envision for the Congress is to have industry leaders and communication professionals together and talk about these issues on a magnified platform,” she said.

Right from Industry Leaders: Elevating the Profession and the Industry

With more than300 PR professionals expected in attendance, PRSP sees this year’s congress as the appropriate forum to calibrate the local industry vis-a-visglobal PR practices. High-caliber international speakers headline the talks to provide practitioners with insights on best practices, trends and developments outside the country. Local industry experts will then present the state of public relations in the Philippines.

With global and local PR landscapes as backdrop, the congresswill look intotimely issues such as measuring PRsuccess, the right and wrong way of managing a crisis, building thought leadership, and penetrating the startup market.

The two-day conference will also seek to (a) address industry misconceptions that put the industry and the PR professionals in bad light and (b) position public relations as a viable profession. “We hope not just to equip the current crop of young PR professionalswith the tools that they need but also to inspire them to be proud of their chosen field,” said Pista.

With the aim to bring PR practices and standards in the Philippines to a higher level and stand head-to-head with neighboring countries and the rest of the world, PRSP eyes to present an industry roadmap at the end of the two-day congress. “We hope that our conversations in the 26th PR Congress will lead us to a 2024 Philippine PR Roadmap that we can use to navigate us to where we should be over the next five years, or even beyond,”Saracho said.

PRSP will release its full list of agenda and roster of international and local speakers on its website and social media pages within the month.


The Public Relations Society of the Philippines is the country’s premier organization for public relations professionals with dedicated programs in professional development and continued learning, PR excellence, student PR education, social outreach and partnerships with institutions. Annually, it confers the Anvil Awards, the Oscar of PR in the country and holds the National PR Congress in September, the National PR Month.

Eat N’ Greet: foodpanda’s bigger and more tour-rific food crawl”

Foodpanda, the on-demand food delivery service in the country  has  launched a new tourrific food crawl for its users called the Eat N’ Greet. Built on the success of the foodpanda’s old Good Food Tour, the Eat n’ Greet series aims to build a fun food experience to participants, allowing them to discover the best taste in town. Unique food choices on a thematic scale is one of the highlights of the event – along with meeting and greeting the owners and chefs that are behind the success of the restaurants.

This food crawl is all about new food experiences and for the first theme of the series, foodpanda is happy to bring this event with LJC Restaurant Group to celebrate all different events that Philippines is celebrating for the month. This includes the 40th anniversary of the restaurant group, Independence Day, Pride Month and what more reason could there be to bring together foodies for a night of fun. Filipinos celebrate all events with delicious food from appetizers to main course to desserts which LJC Restaurant Group have. Eat n’ Greet is literally eating delicious food, and creating a community with the best foodies in town for a one of a kind  experience!

These are the three partner restaurants from LJC Restaurant Group present in the first food crawl of the Eat n’ Greet Series:

1. Cafe Adriatico

Cafe Adriatico is the flagship of the LJC Restaurant Group. Cafe Adriatico serves full menu of Spanish-Mediterranean dishes and a variety of light options that’s perfect for an IN-Place for a celebration where Manila’s bright minds and stars hobnobbed with each other as kibitzers looked on.

2. Ang Bistro Sa Remedios:

LJC Restaurant Group’s historic Ang Bistro Sa Remedios serves nostalgic Filipino classics that bring back good memories. It’s a perfect place to gather friends, both old and new, to continue making great moments.

3. Polka Dots:

Polka Dots Bakeshop provides that necessary sweetness in your life. Whether enjoying their decadent desserts alone or with a lover, you’ll be sure to find something you love in Polka Dots Bakeshop’s menu filled with staple dishes.

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