Avon pushes for planet-kind beauty

When Avon said it is doing beauty differently, they meant it in every step of their process.

Challenging the industry in the Philippines for 44 years and globally for over 135 years, Avon is on an ambitious journey for long-term sustainability. The global beauty brand is perfecting every formula with cruelty-free technology, shifting to recyclable packaging, and advocating for community welfare by putting the environment first.

As part of Natura &Co, Avon adheres to a 2030 Commitment to Life that aims to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2030. And in its efforts toward sustainability, the global beauty brand announced Its first solar-powered facility.

Avon, in collaboration with Spectrum, a subsidiary of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), inaugurated the solar rooftop project in its manufacturing plant in Calamba Laguna last April 22, in celebration of Earth Day.

Since its completion, the solar installation has generated more than 250,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy, helping the beauty company lower its carbon footprint by 160 tonnes. It is expected to generate almost 841,100 kWh clean energy on its full year of operations, nearly quadrupling the carbon footprint reduced to 599 tonnes or equivalent to 329,315 trees planted.

“Taking care of our planet is also similar to taking care of the people because the people will be the ones who will benefit when we take care of our planet. We want to highlight that this is the first solar project of Avon, not just in the Philippines, but internationally,” says Tirso Antonio B. Pereja, Avon Products Mfg., Inc. Head of Operations, during the inaugural ceremony.

With its installation of solar panels, Avon joins the roster of international and local companies that engaged Meralco and Spectrum as part of their sustainability journey.

Start your journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle by checking check out Avon www.avonshop.ph or like and check out Avon Philippines on Facebook to find out how you can be part of the beauty of doing good!

Philippines longest-running business gifts expo returns

The resumption of face-to-face events heralds the return of the Corporate Giveaways Buyers’ Show, the Philippines longest-running expo for business gifts. Now on its 33rd year the trade exhibition on premiums, promotional items, and merchandise incentives will be held on June 21 – 23, 2022 at the SMX Convention Center Manila.

“Gifts and giveaways have always played an important part in corporate branding. We’ve been receiving inquiries from our regular visitors about the show. I think everyone is eager to come face to face with the suppliers and be able to see and touch the products once again,” shared Raquel Romero, President of Worldexco, the organizers of Corporate Giveaways Buyers’ Show.

The Corporate Giveaways Buyers’ Show is annually visited by professionals in the field of purchasing, marketing, corporate communication, public relations, and human resources for their companies’ gift-giving requirements. With thousands of products on display, everyone is sure to find the right items to help make a lasting impression for their brand, affirm a business relationship, celebrate a milestone, or show reward a job well done.

“Even during the pandemic, we held the show online because the need for these items did not go away,” shared Romero. “We want to retain an online option for those who aren’t able to visit the show due to distance or other reasons.” As such, Corporate Giveaways Buyers’ Show 2022 has partnered with leading online shopping giant Lazada as it’s e-commerce partner. Through a section on the Lazada app, customers can access the exhibitors’ stores, view their products, inquire through chat, and even place orders.

A selection of the country’s top suppliers will be at the Corporate Giveaways Buyers’ Show to display their latest products ranging from, desk accessories, notebooks and paper products, leather craft, bags and luggage, caps, t-shirts and other garments, mobile accessories, food & beverage gifts, electronic gadgets, eco-friendly items and much more.

Admission to the Corporate Giveaways Buyers’ Show is free of charge. Visitors can register online at www.corporategiveawaysbuyershow.com.

Wellness Weekend and Kid’s Play Zone at Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria 

Come and join us for a #WellnessWeekend Staycation for the whole family! 

Rejuvenate, refresh and energize over the weekend at The Courtyard for a Yoga Class while kids enjoy in our new Play Zone – with all our compliments for our guests because we care for your well-being. 

Our Yoga Class comes with free detox drinks and complimentary use of yoga mats and resistance bands (on a first come first serve basis).  

Schedule: Saturday evenings from 5:30PM to 6:30PM and Sunday mornings from 7:00AM to 8:00AM. 

For registration, you may send us an email at mnlcp.frontoffice@ihg.com or call Guest Services at local “0”. 

Kids will surely have a lot of fun in our new Play Zone!  

With a variety of activities, play sets, arts and crafts, children will have a great and joyful time! 

We are open during weekend, Saturday until Sunday, from 8AM to 8PM. 

Book you stay now at www.crowneplaza.com/galleriamanila and www.holidayinn.com/higalleria 

For inquiries, please call us at 02 8790 3100, 02 8790 9400. 

SKIN OASYS: A NEW SKINCARE LINE FOR ALL YOUR SKIN NEEDS

Sometimes, looking for the right skin care can feel like a journey through the desert – forever passing through tiring, endless options that one can get lost in, with no end in sight. It is time to have a break and take a refreshing retreat with Skin Oasys – your haven for skin care. This beautifully straightforward skin care line gives your skin basic products with a simple, no-frills guide. With three beauty bar variants, you can make sure that there is a soap to address your needs.

Do you have blemishes that make your skin feel as rough as sand dunes? Get on a voyage to smooth skin with the Skin Oasys: Clear Exfoliating Beauty Bar! With anti-acne, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, this Kojic soap gives deep cleansing and nourishment for acne-prone skin. It is made with the natural Tea Tree oil and Argan oil, as well as powerful ingredients Salicylic Acid and Titanium Dioxide. A huge bonus – the natural ingredient in the soap lightens and brightens your skin too!

The sands of time might always keep going, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your skin from looking youthful! The Skin Oasys: Pure Nourishing Beauty Bar is an anti-aging soap that helps minimize pores and lightens skin. Not your basic Glutathione bar, it helps exfoliate skin too, and is packed with antioxidants, AHA, and collagen. Younger-looking skin that is supple and moisturized? Pass us the Pure please!

Feeling like your skin has never-ending problems and no solution is in sight? Let the Skin Oasys Renew Revitalizing Beauty Bar be your refuge! This hardworking Papaya soap has multiple benefits – whatever your skin problem is, this bar might just be what you need.

Dry skin and wrinkles? It has Shea Butter that boosts collagen and has vitamins to make your skin plump. Acne? Niacinamide treats acne and regulates oil. Uneven skin tone? Papaya extract treats skin pigmentation. A true super soap!

It is time to bring paradise to your skin – find your new skin care partner with Skin Oasys.

Over 2,000 stores of the Jollibee Group join Earth Hour 2022

Jollibee Group brands participate annually in the Earth Hour initiative that aims to raise awareness on the need for collective action to protect the environment.

Over 2,000 stores nationwide from the different brands of the Jollibee Group participated in this year’s Earth Hour, the world’s largest movement that promotes carbon footprint reduction to stop climate change.

Participating stores of Jollibee, Mang Inasal, Red Ribbon, and Greenwich turned off the lights in their stores and signages for an hour. Billboards and other out-of-home ads of Jollibee Group brands were also switched off for an hour during this period.

“Participating annually in the Earth Hour is part of our efforts in the Jollibee Group to demonstrate the commitment to helping protect the planet as an organization. Efforts like Earth Hour are important in raising more awareness among our people, our customers, and the public on the realities of climate change and the need for individual and collective action to protect the environment,” said Pepot Miñana, Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer of the Jollibee Group.

First started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment today. Held every year, on the last Saturday of March, the movement engages around 190 countries and territories, all acting in ensuring a sustainable future for the planet and its people.

About Jollibee Group

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. It operates in 34 countries, with over 5,900 stores globally with branches in the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Panama, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, and India.

Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); six franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, PHO24, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines; Dunkin’ and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; and 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee and PHO24.

Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 90% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. It also has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Jollibee Group also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States. It has also acquired 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand.

Jollibee Group was named the Philippines’ most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia’s Fab 50 Companies and among the World’s Best Employers and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. In 2020, Gallup awarded the Jollibee Group with the Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the first Philippine-based company to receive the distinction.

Jollibee Group has grown brands that bring delightful dining experiences to its customers worldwide, thus spreading the joy of eating to everyone.

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com

Sensitive Skin affects over half the population; studies say

Approximately 70% of people worldwide identify as having sensitive skin, and sensitive skin continues to be a rising complaint that Dermatologists are registering from their patients.

Environmental factors, lifestyles, and genetics all play a part in developing sensitive skin, but patients generally present weakened skin barriers, dryness, roughness, irritations, and tightness. The commonness of sensitive skin has prompted research into the skin condition, resulting in breakthroughs in skincare.

“As a leader in sensitive skin for over 75 years, we are even more committed to delivering cutting-edge products to advance dermatological care for every skin story,” says Jade Silva-netto Ponoc, Galderma Philippines Business Unit Head.

In the Philippines, Cetaphil is bringing to the country for the first time Skin Awareness Month—the culmination of Cetaphil’s research into the science of gentle skincare, offering a chance to discover the breakthroughs and acquire specifically formulated products to care for all types of sensitive skin. It is part of the brand’s unwaveringly passion for providing complete care for sensitive skin; the Skin Awareness Month offers first-hand access to experts and science-driven recommendations to educate consumers on how best to care for their sensitive skin with a unique routine tailored to them. The annual event started 2021, eventually expanding across the Japan-Asia Pacific region before reaching the Philippines this year.

The main highlight of this year’s Skin Awareness Month is the Skin Summit, where Dermatologists and skinthusiasts share knowledge and experience across three days of themed discussions:

  • May 25a board-certifiedDermatologist and member of the Philippine Dermatological Society, Dr. Francesca Sy-Alvarado, discusses sensitive skin and acne, along with Bianca Gonzalez, Maggie Wilson, and Patricia Prieto, who will discuss routines for sensitive skin
  • May 26 – a board-certifiedDermatologist and member of the Philippine Dermatological Society, Dr. Jarische Lao-Ang, discusses the healthy way to brighten skin, along with Bea Alonzo, Laura Lehmann, Anne Curtis, and AC Bonifacio, who will discuss lifestyle-centric skincare
  • May 27 – a board-certified Dermatopathologist and a member of the Philippine Dermatological Society, Dr. Mara Evangelista-Huber, discusses the right foundation for baby’s skin health, along with hands-on parents Solenn Heussaff & Nico Bolzico. Relevant topics on healthy food, play and sleep will also be tackled as  Nikki Gil, Mariel Padilla, Patrick and Nikka Garcia share their  experiences as they learn and choose the healthy start their babies deserve.

Access to the Skin Summit is free—interested participants may register via this link https://www.booths.virnew.com/events/cetaphil-2022/register

to reserve slots and avail of exclusive perks on Cetaphil products and other promotions during #SkinAwarenessMonth.

Every skin story deserves the best care—Skin Awareness Month 2022 is also packed with promos and other free on-ground activities for every type of skinthusiast. To learn more, follow @CetaphilPH on Instagram and Cetaphil Philippines on Facebook for more details.

Cetaphil products are available in MercuryDrug, Watsons, and leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide. You may also check out the official Cetaphil Philippines stores in Lazada and Shopee.

NU SKIN’S AGELOC RESET HELPS COUNTERACT THE IMPACTS OF AN ALWAYS-ON LIFESTYLE  

The latest product innovation makes use of a proprietary formula of anthocyanins to help
shift the body’s biochemistry toward a healthier mode  

Nu Skin Philippines, a subsidiary of Nu Skin Enterprises, a global leader in premium-quality beauty and wellness products, is set to launch ageLOC Reset in the Philippine market. ageLOC Reset is a breakthrough daily supplement that helps to support the body’s internal biochemical processes, and overall well-being. Only one in eight adults are metabolically healthy* and 90% of consumers agree that the current always-on lifestyles are taking a toll on their bodies. Nu Skin has created ageLOC Reset to help counteract those lifestyles, allowing consumers to continue living their modern lives while helping enhance and support elevated and improved well-being! 
 
“At Nu Skin we pride ourselves on extensive scientific rigor when it comes to developing a new product,” said Dr. Mark Bartlett, Vice President of Global Research & Development for Nu Skin’s Pharmanex brand. “ageLOC Reset is backed by seven years of Nu Skin’s proprietary research and has led to the creation of a dietary supplement that helps shift your body’s biochemistry towards a healthier mode when combined with healthy eating and regular exercise and helps counteracts the effects of a hectic lifestyle by targeting the sources of metabolic health.”  
 
ageLOC Reset Ingredients and Benefits 
ageLOC Reset gets its effectiveness from a proprietary, breakthrough formula featuring Nu Skin’s ageLOC Reset anthocyanin blend, which is rich in the two most effective anthocyanins that support overall metabolic health: Cyanidin and Delphinidin. The exclusive blend in ageLOC Reset provides 215mg of anthocyanins per serving to produce clinically proven benefits. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, ageLOC Reset helps support the following: 

  • Helps support healthy well-being.** 
  • Helps support your body’s internal biochemical processes.** 
  • Helps improve the antioxidant defense system, reducing oxidative stress.** 
  • Helps provide healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut.**  
  • Features ageLOC technology that targets your core body’s internal biochemical processes.** 
  • Provides exclusive ageLOC Reset anthocyanin blend, standardized to 215 mg of anthocyanins per serving. 
     

ageLOC Reset Formulation 

To maximize product benefits, Nu Skin analyzed more than 10 different anthocyanin plant extracts and then tested seven in its screening study: bilberry, black chokeberry, black rice, crowberry, red grape, wild blueberry, and domesticated blueberry. The resulting information was used to create the exclusive formulation of anthocyanins that are rich in key compounds cyanidin and delphinidin.  

Seven years of Nu Skin’s proprietary research led to discovering the concept, unlocking the science and identifying these key anthocyanins. From there, Nu Skin began conducting preclinical and then clinical studies to test the quality, efficacy, and safety of ageLOC Reset, ultimately creating this latest breakthrough. 

ageLOC Reset Availability  

ageLOC Reset comes in easy to swallow soft gel capsules. Each container includes 60 soft gel capsules. Nu Skin recommends taking 2 capsules per day for maximum results.  

 
ageLOC Reset launch in the Philippine market last Friday, 6 May 2022. It will retail for Php 9,100.00 and can be availed through Nu Skin Philippines’ independent Brand Affiliates. 

About Nu Skin and Nu Skin Philippines 

Founded more than 35 years ago, Nu Skin develops and distributes innovative consumer products, offering a comprehensive line of premium-quality beauty and wellness solutions. The company builds upon its scientific expertise in skin care, nutrition, and wellness, to continually develop innovative product brands that include the Nu Skin® personal care brand, the Pharmanex® nutrition brand, the ageLOC® anti-aging brand, and most recently, the EcoSphere home care brand.  

Nu Skin sells its products through a global network of sales leaders in Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Pacific and is present in over 50 markets. In the Philippines, Nu Skin opened its flagship branch in Ortigas Pasig in 1998. As a long-standing member of direct selling associations globally, Nu Skin is committed to the industry’s consumer guidelines that protect and support those who sell and purchase its products through the direct selling channel. Nu Skin International is a wholly owned subsidiary of NSE, Inc., which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE: NUS). More information is available at nuskin.com.ph. 

Find us on Social Media  

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  • Instagram: @nuskinph 

Puerto Princesa: Paradise Regained

The Royal Treatment at Puerto Princesa

With safety protocols firmly enforced, Puerto Princesa is poised to again welcome tourists with open arms. In recent years, the highly urbanized city and tourist haven has been paralyzed by the Covid-19 pandemic, then pummeled by Typhoon Odette. But it is now on the road to recovery—as spectacularly as its scenic, romantic and gastronomic attractions.

“The tourism industry is the lifeblood of Puerto Princesa, along with agriculture. Almost 15,000 people directly or indirectly benefit from tourism. In varying degrees, most of the recent construction and development projects are related to tourism: hotel-building, parks, cruise-ship ports, street lights, roads and many more. Unfortunately, some of these have been on hold since the onset of the pandemic,” discloses Demetrio “Toto” Alvior Jr., the city tourism officer.

The Royal Connection

Puerto Princesa, the capital of postcard-perfect Palawan, sprawls across 253,982 hectares of captivating coastlines stretched over 106 kilometers. Due to its strategic geographical location, it has sufficient depth to allow ships of all sizes to anchor, earning a reputation as a “Princess of Ports,” or in Spanish, “Puerto Princesa.”

There’s no contention that Puerto Princesa is one of the country’s greatest pleasures. A holiday destination universally beloved by travelers, beach-combers and trekkers; a bustling business center with a rural allure; a provincial vibe with modern amenities; and a clean and green city recognized for its lush forests, fresh air and frontier character.

Rising Above Covid-19

The city of Puerto Princesa has been struggling to get to its feet since the outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020. The lack of tourists, which is the main industry, has forced hundreds of tourism-related businesses to close, leaving thousands of tourism workers unemployed.

“The public-health crisis forced them to find alternative sources of income, which was made more difficult because of the restrictions of movement due to several lockdowns,” Mr. Alvior reveals. “One factor of low tourist arrivals is the fluctuating number of Covid cases, which in turn affects the determination of quarantine requirements and national government intervention policies.”

Today, Puerto Princesa is experiencing record lows in terms of economic losses, losing around P5 billion a year for the past two years from potential tourist receipts.

“The City Tourism Department has been strengthening its social media campaigns to encourage local tourists to visit local attractions, in a bid to boost much-needed revenues to the ailing tourism sector,” a cautiously optimistic Mr. Alvior says. “We have one important wish in the City Tourism Department, and that is to prioritize the aids for the Typhoon Odette-affected tourism industry here.”

The goal is to regain the city’s glory as an eco-tourism capital. “Our 2022 goals are full restoration of all the tourist attractions affected by Typhoon Odette such as the completion of the construction of the cruise-ship port and other man-made tourist attractions. There will be wide, extensive and aggressive promotions of Puerto Princesa to the local and international market.”

The Last Frontier

Puerto Princesa has a plethora of tourist spots. But many tourists who visit the city put the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, one of the New7Wonders of Nature, on top of their list. As the jump-off point for exploring the world-famous Tubbataha Reef, the city also hosts a fair share of adventurers.

“Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we have never ceased to hope that the future will be better. This year 2022 is no different. And while what we want is a full recovery, we cannot afford to be careless when taking big steps. As we begin to truly understand the gravity of the situation, we also come to realize that our moves must be consistent with the bigger picture such as the national situation,” Mr. Alvior says.

Since February 10, the city has been happily welcoming more visitors once again, hoping that the arrival numbers will soon be back to pre-pandemic levels. In this initiative, the tourism department shares the privilege on with the private sector.

“While the government is the administrator of the State, the private sector is the bloodline. The government and the private sector are two inseparable factors for Puerto Princesa to prosper, and more importantly, to recover,” Mr. Alvior says. “The key to recovery is to enable and support the private sector to keep or resume their business operations. When it comes to the city’s biggest partners, apart from government agencies, it is the collective impact of small-business operations.”

Puerto Princesa may be “The Last Frontier,” but the City Tourism Department is confident that it will always be the first choice of every traveler.