WATER PHILIPPINES and PhilEnergy garners overwhelming support from stakeholders in water and energy industries

The leading international water supply tradeshow and the major energy expo in the country jointly opened one of the biggest and most anticipated three-day events this week. Organized by Informa Markets, a division of global trade show specialist Informa plc, WATER PHILIPPINES 2023 and PhilEnergy 2023 rolled out a ‘sustainable event,’ which promoted the use of sustainable materials and pushed for ethical and socially responsible business practices in the respective sectors. 

More than 10,000 trade visitors that included top players and thought leaders in the water and energy industries from 36 countries gathered from March 22 to 24, 2023 occupying the four halls of SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The joint event kicked off with the year’s widest trade exhibition featuring over 300 exhibitors from 14 participating international countries that showcased the latest products, technologies, and innovations in the water and energy sectors.

The opening ceremony was graced by no less than the Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr, who commended the return of both event after its postponement in 2021 due to the pandemic. He reiterated the significance of the WATER PHILIPPINES and PhilEnergy in the government’s goals to strengthen the local water and energy industries.

This year’s editions aimed at further expanding networks for building strong partnerships and serving as a source of valuable information in the community. It puts the spotlight on the latest market trends through exhibits and conferences where professionals and practitioners established relationships and opportunities for matters covering different sectors of water and energy industry.

 “With the continued support of our partner associations, these events are the perfect platforms for leading water and energy industry players to showcase their latest innovations and solutions, aligning perfectly with the government’s aspiration in transforming the country’s water, wastewater and energy service industry in the pursuit of a more sustainable water supply for the coming generation.” said Informa Markets Philippines Country General Manager, Mr. Gerard Leeuwenburgh.



The Ascott Limited (Ascott), a globally renowned lodging owner-operator, is proud to announce its significant expansion plans for 2023, which will include the opening of eight new properties, along with several elevated brand experiences and a strong focus on sustainability. This growth reflects Ascott’s commitment to offering world-class hospitality experiences to its guests.

Philip Barnes, the Country General Manager of The Ascott Limited Philippines, expressed his enthusiasm about the company’s expansion. “We are thrilled to announce the unprecedented growth of The Ascott Limited Philippines, which is a testament to our commitment to providing guests with exceptional hospitality experiences across all our brands,” he said. “Our expansion is fueled by our desire to deliver top-notch service to our guests while also advocating for the environment. We are excited to continue expanding across the Philippines and offering guests a range of world-class properties to choose from.”

In addition, The Ascott Limited is excited to introduce its new brand, lyf (“live your freedom”), along with the launch of its official social media pages. To stay updated on the latest news and promotions, guests can follow @lyfmalatemanila on Instagram and Facebook, and like lyf Philippines on TikTok.

Pre-Opening Properties

With a growing portfolio across the Philippines, the new addition to the operating roster of properties will allow guests to experience the country’s diverse landscape and vibrant culture while enjoying the brands’ signature hospitality.

  1. lyf Malate Manila: As the first lyf property in the Philippines, lyf Malate Manila is the ideal choice for millennial-minded travelers looking to explore the culturally and historically rich area. Nearby famous landmarks such as Rizal Park, Lucky China Town, Quiapo Church, and the National Museum are easily accessible. The 201-apartment co-living property is perfect for travelers looking for a place to socialize, work, and be creative during their stay.
  2. The Suites at Torre Lorenzo Malate: The property’s well-designed residences are supplemented with top-notch amenities ideal for a fast-paced lifestyle. The Suites at Torre Lorenzo Malate is also within walking distance of top universities, hospitals, retail centers, and well-known tourist destinations.
  3. Citadines Benavidez Makati: In the heart of the lifestyle district of Legaspi Village lies Citadines Benavidez Makati, a new and vibrant serviced residence. Designed for young business executives or couples on holiday exploring the city, it boasts the best of both worlds—a prime location in the Makati Central Business District and a relaxing haven in the quieter side of town. The area is also known for its myriad of lifestyle options including dining, entertainment, cultural and fitness and wellness establishments.
  4. lyf Cebu City: Located within the same complex as Citadines Cebu City, the property features 233 well-designed apartments that cater to the needs of millennials and young professionals. With its modern facilities and vibrant social spaces, lyf Cebu City aims to foster a community-driven lifestyle that promotes social interaction, collaboration, and personal growth among its residents.
  5. Citadines Bacolod City: Citadines Bacolod City is a serviced residence with 200 spacious apartments with modern amenities and furnishings, providing guests with a comfortable and stylish living space. Situated in the heart of Bacolod, the property features three food and beverage outlets – a lobby café, an all-day dining restaurant, and a bar that offers international and all-time favorite local cuisines. Complementing the accommodation and leisure facilities are versatile function halls and a ballroom that can fit a maximum of 800 attendees for corporate events, business meetings, and social gatherings. Citadines Bacolod City is the best choice for travelers wanting to explore, enjoy and experience the heritage, culture, and warmth that is uniquely Bacolod. Citadines brings you to the city and the city to you.
  6. Somerset Valero Makati: Salcedo Village is a popular upscale neighborhood in Makati that’s known for its sense of community, as well as its well-maintained parks and green spaces. For a convenient and relaxing stay, the 182-unit Somerset Valero Makati is your best choice. The building also comes with a retail floor for your additional needs.
  7. Citadines Roces Quezon City: Known to be Metro Manila’s biggest city, Quezon City offers a wealth of interesting sights, thrilling activities, and mouthwatering cuisine. Citadines Roces Quezon City serves as a relaxing haven in the center of it all. Guests can venture to the nearby South Triangle, which boasts popular retail and dining concepts and enjoy proximity to shopping malls. The serviced residence offers a range of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments.
  8. Somerset Gorordo Cebu: The serviced residence boasts of 157 fully furnished apartments, ranging from studios to two-bedroom units, designed to cater to the needs of both short and long-term guests. With its strategic location and modern facilities, Somerset Gorordo Cebu promises a comfortable and convenient stay, complemented by its impeccable service and hospitality.

Ascott C.A.R.E.S Launch

Furthermore, Ascott is committed to promoting sustainability and reducing its environmental impact. Ascott Makati, its flagship property located in the central business district, has been awarded the EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) certification, which recognizes buildings that incorporate environmentally friendly and energy-efficient mechanisms in its operations. The property’s design and construction were assessed using EDGE software, which evaluates the building’s energy and water usage, materials used, and waste management practices. This certification is a testament to Ascott’s dedication to sustainability and its efforts to promote environmentally responsible practices in the hospitality industry.

To further support its sustainability efforts, Ascott has introduced Ascott CARES, a sustainability framework that aligns its growth strategy with ESG considerations and GSTC Criteria. The framework is centered around five pillars that represent the acronym CARES – Community, Alliance, Respect, Environment, and Supply Chain. These pillars guide the company’s initiatives aimed at reducing its environmental impact and promoting sustainable practices across the organization.

The new’Initiatives include the installation of energy-efficient lighting, water-saving devices, and waste management programs across its properties. Ascott also plans to introduce sustainable food options in its restaurants and reduce single-use plastics in all its properties by 2025. The company’s Sustainability Council expressed excitement about the positive impact these initiatives will have on its operations and the environment.

Ascott’s commitment to sustainability and its efforts to promote environmentally responsible practices demonstrate its dedication to providing guests with unforgettable experiences while championing the planet’s welfare.

Oakwood Integration and Growth

We are pleased to announce that the Oakwood brand will be returning to Manila as part of Ascott’s diverse portfolio of global brands. Ascott has started integrating the newly acquired Oakwood brand, which will focus on the rising demographic of ‘bleisure’ guests through its brand pillars of comfort, craft of hospitality, and connections.

The refreshed Oakwood brand will feature purpose-designed workspaces to support business needs, curated dining programs providing convenience for home-cooked meals within the apartment, signature community engagement initiatives, and programs to develop associates in the craft of hospitality. As a part of The Ascott Limited Philippines, we are dedicated to providing unparalleled hospitality experiences through our expanding portfolio, sustainable initiatives, and refreshing brand identity.

Our company’s continued growth, focus on sustainability, and commitment to personalized service make us the go-to choice for travelers seeking unforgettable experiences. We look forward to welcoming guests to the new Oakwood Manila, where they can enjoy our signature brand experience, designed with their comfort and convenience in mind.

About The Ascott Limited

The Ascott Limited (Ascott) is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. Ascott’s portfolio spans over 220 cities across more than 40 countries in Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the USA.

Ascott has over 94,000 operating units and more than 64,000 units under development, making a total of over 159,000 units in more than 900 properties.

The company’s serviced apartment, coliving and hotel brands include Ascott, Citadines, lyf, Oakwood, Quest, Somerset, The Crest Collection, The Unlimited Collection, Préférence, Fox, Harris, POP!, Vertu and Yello.

Ascott’s loyalty programme, Ascott Star Rewards, offers exclusive benefits to its members when they book directly with Ascott for their stays at its participating properties.

Ascott, a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Investment Limited, pioneered Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced apartment with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984. Today, the company boasts almost 40 years of industry track record and award-winning brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.discoverasr.com.

About CapitaLand Investment Limited (www.capitalandinvest.com)

Headquartered and listed in Singapore, CapitaLand Investment Limited (CLI) is a leading global real estate investment manager (REIM) with a strong Asia foothold.  As at 30 September 2022, CLI had about S$130 billion of real estate assets under management, and about S$86 billion of real estate funds under management (FUM) held via six listed real estate investment trusts and business trusts, and about 30 private vehicles across Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA.  Its diversified real estate asset classes cover retail, office, lodging, business parks, industrial, logistics and data centres.

CLI aims to scale its FUM and fee-related earnings through fund management, lodging management and its full stack of operating capabilities, and maintain effective capital management.  As the investment management arm of CapitaLand Group, CLI has access to the development capabilities of and pipeline investment opportunities from CapitaLand’s development arm. 

As a responsible company, CLI places sustainability at the core of what it does and has committed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.  CLI contributes to the environmental and social well-being of the communities where it operates, as it delivers long-term economic value to its stakeholders.

Celebrating beauty with empowerment at Miss Aura PHL 2023

It is said that to every woman, behind her good looks and vivacious spirit lies that special character that generates from the inside and permeates out: that special thing that is called AURA.

It is that very same aura that develops her innermost strengths that will radiate into something more productive, more transforming and more inspiring to the rest of humankind.

And, it is here where a one-of-a-kind pageant generates that renewed sense of  confidence,  compassion,  service,  dedication  and  spirit  among  its contenders as it transcends the common notions of what beauty contests are all about. One that combines beauty and brains with what these females can do  to  create  that big difference in much more holistic, inspiring ways as interactive role models. Enter Miss AURA Philippines 2023, a joint production with Charmed Entertainment Productions.

Founded with the aim of empowering young women, breaking stereotypes, and  promoting  self-confidence,  Miss  Aura  Philippines  welcomes  females between  the  ages of 18-28 who are passionate about making a positive difference in their communities. The pageant will showcase the contestants’ skills  and  abilities,  including  talent,  poise,  the  social  graces,  current events/current issues proficiency, mettle and public speaking, among others.

In addition to celebrating the beauty and intelligence of young women, Ms. Aura will also promote various humanitarian causes, whereas contestants will be required to participate in community service projects. This pageant will not only provide a platform for young women to showcase their abilities, but it will also be an opportunity to make a transformative and uplifting impact in their communities.

“We are excited to grace the second National Search for candidates who will represent the country to show the world our empowered Filipina, with intellect, beauty, grace, devotion and compassion. The Miss Aura International competition ushered in a new modern woman who possesses Beauty, Body, Brains and Behavior, tempered with ‘Interactive Compassion’ that will make a big difference in transforming and uplifting lives. This is indeed a whole new level of criteria never seen in beauty pageants Worldwide”, stressed Rowee Lucero, a visionary entrepreneur, model and beauty queen, and the pageant’s President and National Director.

Kathniss Griffiths, Ms. Aura Philippines’ founder and CEO is excited about the potential impact this beauty pageant will have on young women’s lives and the communities in which they live. “We believe that every young woman has the potential to make a positive difference in her community, and Ms. Aura Philippines’ will provide a platform for them to showcase their talents, skills, and abilities. We are excited about the opportunity to empower and inspire young women from all walks of life.”

For more information about the Ms Aura Philippines, please visit Miss Aura  Philippines’  facebook  and  Instagram  pages,  or  you  may  email hello@charmedep.com

Ms. Aura Philippines was founded in 2020 with Katniss Griffiths as the CEO, and now with the current team of Ms. Rowee Lucero as the President and National Director and Jino Wilfredo Esteban as the Vice President. Miss Aura Philippines will have its Grand Coronation Night on May 27, 2023.

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