Symph, a dynamic software development consulting firm in the Philippines had their #SymphAI30x30 Media Party held in BGC last May 23, 2023. Just a few days earlier, on May 18, 2023, another press conference took place at The Company Cebu. And now, it was Manila’s turn to host this remarkable event.

Symph is dedicated to empowering individuals and fostering understanding of AI’s role within society. The event served as a crucial step toward achieving these goals. Symph extends its heartfelt thanks to the media representatives who actively supported the event, aiding in educating the public about the impact of AI on the community and addressing potential challenges.

Our Chief Operating Officer, Jarrhey dela Peña stated during the event, “We have this theme, Build Openly with AI. We share our AI apps as work-in-progress. More importantly, we invite the community to try the apps and we listen to their feedback. Together, we are building the future we want to create.”

During the press conference, Symph showcased the AI apps developed by its talented team based in Manila. Edson Carreon, our full-stack developer, introduced Grognak, an AI Caveman app that simplifies complex topics for better understanding. This app holds great potential for museums and tech or science-related events, making learning a fun and effortless experience for kids. Ragan Lamoc, our full-stack developer, demonstrated Fitplanr.

It is an AI-powered personal trainer app that generates custom gym programs. By seamlessly integrating with gyms and fitness amenities, Fitplanr empowers both gym-goers and beginners to kickstart their workouts with confidence. In addition, Jarrhey dela Peña showcased Prompeteer which was developed by Michael Suarez, our AI and Fullstack engineer based in Cebu. Jarrhey personally uses the app daily, which empowers users to create AI-powered chatbots without coding.

After Jarrhey demoed the app, media participants were able to create their own AI apps within minutes. Prompeteer offers businesses an opportunity to showcase their brand persona through an AI app, helping customers make informed purchase decisions through engaging conversations. Symph is excited to captivate audiences with its upcoming AI events and initiatives.

The company is dedicated to reshaping the AI landscape, constantly exploring new horizons and pushing the boundaries of technological advancements. With their unwavering commitment to #BuildOpenlyWithAI, Symph invites everyone to join them on this exciting journey. Get ready to be inspired and amazed! About Symph Symph is a software development consulting firm in the Philippines where they build web and mobile apps for clients such as 500 startups, government agencies, and even the World Bank.

With their current AI app initiatives, their team is dedicated to making AI accessible and enjoyable for everyone, pushing the limits of technology, and creating a smarter, more connected future. Our team of developers, designers, project managers, marketers, product owners, and QA pros are committed to crafting AI apps that are not just functional, but also fun for everyone. We want to inspire and empower people to embrace and reap the benefits of Artificial Intelligence. Want to see the cool AI apps we’ve built so far? Check out https://www.symph.ai/ Keep an eye out for more of our AI apps we will continue to build! Know more about Symph here: https://www.symph.co/

Beko Marks 3rd Anniversary In The Philippines With Trade Launch, Lays Out Business Development Plans

Beko Executives (L-R – Rolixus Kho Yute, Product Certification Specialist of Beko Philippines, Rebecca Aguilar, Product Marketing Senior Specialist of Beko Philippines, Ghie Papa, Brand Marketing Communications Specialist of Beko Philippines, Gurhan Gunal, Country Manager of Philippines, Nattinee Techanungnirun, Beko APAC Marketing Director, Panninuch Suwanaroek, Beko APAC Senior Lead Marketing Communications, Dyeun Zapanta, Marketing Head of Beko Philippines).

Beko Philippines is entering a new phase of business in their journey to bring the European brand to a sustainable lifestyle for Filipino customers. In celebration of its third year of operations, Beko announces its goal of being the number one European brand in the Philippine market in the next 5 years.

“We are very happy to be holding this trade launch for our dealers and stakeholders as we share that Beko will be a bigger and better brand in the Philippines in 2023 and beyond,” said Gürhan Günal, Beko’s country director in the Philippines, who also presented the company’s business development plans of EXPAND, GROW, LEAD, CONNECTIVITY and SUSTAINABILITY for the Philippines along with the brand’s hero technologies at the anniversary trade launch at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel Manila.

This is the heart and reason why this year, Beko will be made available soon in other appliance stores nationwide as it continues to “expand” its distribution to other retail channels.

To further “grow” brand awareness and visibility they also announced the renewal of their brand ambassadorship with Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo alongside with digital and traditional media investments.

As one of the “leading” manufacturers of home appliances, Beko promotes the Live Like a Pro lifestyle and inspires Filipinos to experience a more convenient way of living through European style product lines. They stated that Beko Pilipinas Corporation is the exclusive distributor of Hitachi Major Domestic Appliances as part of their brand portfolio.

Beko appliances are made smart, relevant and designed to easily support Filipino families. With the HomeWhiz function you can easily “connect” to your Beko appliances with the use of your smartphones.

As part of Beko’s global sustainability effort, Beko Philippines announces its partnership with Plastic Credit Exchange, which serves a global ecosystem of carefully vetted partners that recover, process, and recycle plastic waste with programs that improve livelihood, scale up social impact, and reduce the flow of plastic pollution into nature. The partnership is in line with Extended Producer Responsibility Law, which holds companies responsible for the plastic packaging they use throughout the lifecycle of their products.

Trade launch showcasing hero technologies

As Beko marked its third year in the Philippines, the appliance brand held a grand trade launch for its dealers at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom with the theme “Empowered to Live Like A Pro.”

During the whole-day event, guests, including media and dealers, got to experience Beko’s range of appliances. They also got tips from a chef and an interior designer on how to manage their homes like a pro.

Beko Philippines showcased its hero technologies, such as HarvestFresh, ProSmart Inverter Technology, Steam Cure, Hygiene+,  AeroPerfect TM and many others. These technologies help you live like a pro. Among the products displayed that day were cookers. The HII64205F2MT  is a 60x50cm built-in induction hob with four Cooking Zones and two 2 Flexizone, nine cooking levels and a glass burner plate. Meanwhile, the BBIS14300XCSE 60x60cm. multifunction built-in oven with six cooking functions,  including Steam Aid feature for moist and even cooking.

There were also refrigerators, one of the appliances which Beko is famous for. The GNO480E40HFGBPH is a 16.6cf inverter multi-door refrigerator with Neofrost Triple Cooling Technology, HarvestFresh, Prosmart Inverter Compressor, in sleek black glass door finish.  Also featured is the Hitachi Refrigerator R-WB640VG0-1 GBK with Vacuum Technology with Platinum Catalyst, Inverter X Dual-fan Cooling with Eco-thermo sensor.

Other appliances include the CEG7302B, a bean-to-cup espresso machine and the BSEOG180/181 2Hp air-conditioner with Go Clean Technology, MicroClean TM Filter, Gold Guard, ZoneFollow, 4D Auto Swing and HomeWhiz.

Beko appliances are available at 1st Megasaver, Abenson, All Home, Anson’s, Appliance Centrum, Asian Home Appliance, Automatic Centre, BHF, Echo Electrical, Fair N Square, Gloria Bazaar, Great World, Hat, J Marketing, Lazada, Magic Appliance, Manhattan Appliance, Mike’s Department Store, NB Marketing, Pricewise, RS David, Our Builders, Robinsons Appliance, Savers, Shopee, SM Appliance, Solidmark, SVC & Plusign, United Motoliance, and Western Appliance.

For more information about Beko in the Philippines, go to http://beko.ph or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bekoph and their Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/bekoph/.

Gatorade No Sugar fuels Filipinos forward this summer

Summer spells active fun under the sun. With the hot weather, more Filipinos embrace the great outdoors to spend time with friends or learn new skills and sports. But with the sweltering heat, the body loses more than water, as valuable nutrients to regulate basic functions are used up at quicker rates.

Medical journals and health experts warn that the likelihood of getting dehydrated is high during summertime. If not addressed immediately, the effects of dehydration may be irreparable and require lifelong treatment. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) reminds everyone to hydrate regularly and pay close attention to how much sugar is consumed during the dry season.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI), the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country, supports this call by encouraging Filipinos to fight dehydration while staying fit and active with Gatorade No Sugar. This electrolyte drink helps recover the body’s lost minerals without the unnecessary calories from sugar.

Electrolytes are key to one’s physical performance and overall well-being, as they help balance the amount of water and nutrients in the body. They regulate nervous, motor, and cardiovascular functions so that mind and body perform as they should.

“We lose more than water when we sweat, and we must take the necessary steps to continue nourishing our bodies to keep healthy. Gatorade No Sugar is packed with electrolytes and essential nutrients to replenish our bodies’ supply especially during the humid Philippine summer,” said PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong.

Gatorade No Sugar helps ensure that more Filipinos get to enjoy being active this summer without compromising their health. It is available in leading convenience stores, supermarkets, and drug stores nationwide. Aside from Gatorade, PCPPI also manufactures and distributes well-loved brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Sting, Tropicana, Lipton Iced Tea, Milkis, Chum Churum Soonhari, and Premier Purified Water. For more information about PCPPI and its products, please visit www.pepsiphilippines.com.

Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant, Tong Yang renew partnership with PCPPI

Vikings, Tong Yang strengthen partnership with PCPPI. The multi-awarded restaurants recently renewed ties with PCPPI in a ceremonial contract signing in Makati City. Present during the event were (from left to right) PCPPI National Key Accounts – Food Service Director Alex Catindig, Vikings Operation Director Mia Bernardo, PCPPI Area Commercial Head Red Israel, Vikings Group President Jackson Go, PCPPI Region Commercial Head Mayette Guro, Vikings Group Sr. Supply Chain Manager Luzvie Sityar-Villanueva, PCPPI Customer Development Manager Joel Javier, and Vikings Operation Director Hazel Rodriguez.

Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant (Vikings), the Philippines’ largest buffet-style dining destination, Tong Yang, the premium unlimited grill and shabu-shabu restaurant, recently renewed their long-term partnership with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI). Under the agreement, the two restaurants will exclusively serve PCPPI’s well-loved beverage brands in all branches for the next three years. These include Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mug, 7-Up, and Lipton Iced Tea. With this, more foodies can pair their favorites from Vikings and Tong Yang’s wide array of culinary specialties with PCPPI’s drinks nationwide.

Present during the contract renewal program were Vikings Group of Companies President and Owner Jackson Go and Sr. Supply Chain Manager Luzvie Sityar-Villanueva. They were joined by PCPPI Head of National Key Accounts Red Israel, Region Commercial Head Mayette Guro, and National Key Accounts – Food Service Director Alex Catindig.

“PCPPI is honored to continue to collaborate closely with Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant and Tong Yang as they take more Filipinos on memorable journeys around the world through delicious food. We look forward to supporting the Vikings team as they further their mission in delivering memorable gastronomic experiences,” said Mr. Israel.

Vikings has redefined the standards of dining class and style with its renowned status of being the largest buffet restaurant in the Philippines. Tong Yang elevates the grill and hotpot dining experience with its outstanding selection of unlimited fresh seafood, meat, and vegetables. Other dining destinations under the Vikings Group include Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot, Niu by Vikings, Putien, and Mey-Lin. For more information about PCPPI and its brands, please visit www.pepsiphilippines.com

Metrobank drops first-ever travel and lifestyle fair

Get exclusive deals and discounts for airlines, hotels, dining and more when you pay with your Metrobank credit and debit card!

Get ready to shop ‘til you drop this May 11-14, 2023 at the first-ever Metrobank Fair happening at Glorietta Palm Drive Activity Center!

The event will feature a slew of the hottest offers from top airlines, retail, and dining brands for Metrobank credit and debit card holders for an entire weekend. Metrobank credit and debit Mastercard® holderscan also enjoy first dibs on the special promos offered on the first day of the event, including: 

  • Air Fare: Discounted fareson select destinations featured at the event when flying with Emirates, Singapore Airlines, AirAsia & airasia Superapp, Japan Airlines, Korea Air, Philippine Airlines and China Airlines 
  • Accommodation: 8% off on Agoda, 20% off on subscription with Accor Plus, special rates on 4D3N vacation packages and up to 30% off on rooms at Holiday Inn
  • Adventure: Special discounts on tour packages with Ark Travel, Constellation Travels, and Reli Tours; 20% off on AXA Smart Traveler Insurance, 30% off on Big Travel Nation Wi-Fi, and 20% off on activities with Klook booked via credit cards and 10% off for debit card holders
  • Food: PHP100 off for a minimum spend of P199 at FoodPanda and 20% off on all items at Tater’s
  • Shopping: Up to 30% off on select items at Common Thread, 50% off on all items at Dupe, up to 30% off on select items at Havaianas, up to 10% off on select items at Travel Club with a FREE Samsung Battery pack 

Credit card holders who will have a minimum single-receipt purchase of PHP15,000 at the event will also get a chance to win a trip for 2 to Hong Kong or cashbacks of up to P50,000. On top of this, they can enjoy up to P6,000 eGCs on travel spend, up to P9,000 eGCs on 0% installment spend and 0.48% Balance Conversion rate when converting purchases at The Metrobank Fair. 

You can also make Mother’s Day weekend extra special and spend more #PricelessMOMents with Metrobank and Mastercard® by dropping by at the special Mother’s Day booth on May 14. Don’t miss out on this event! 

Don’t have a Metrobank credit card yet? No need to worry, because Metrobank will be accepting credit card applications on-ground at Glorietta. Customers can also visit Metrobank’s official website at metrobank.com.ph or the nearest Metrobank branch to apply for a Metrobank credit card or open a deposit account. 

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Jollibee Group Launches Global Sustainability Agenda entitled Joy for Tomorrow graphical

Dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, Jollibee Group launched its Global Sustainability Agenda with 10 focus areas, namely Food Safety, Food Quality, Nutrition & Transparency, Employee Welfare, Farmers Livelihood, Community Support, Good Governance, Packaging & Recycling, Waste Reduction, and Energy & Water Efficiency. Each focus area will showcase initiatives and goals that are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Jollibee Group launched last March 16 its Global Sustainability Agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to further strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. While Jollibee Group has made significant strides over its 45-year history in various social and environmental projects, it is now purposely integrating all its sustainability efforts into a more cohesive framework that unites the Jollibee Group community, including employees, business partners, suppliers, vendors, and other stakeholders, toward a set of shared sustainability goals.

With Joy for Tomorrow, Jollibee Group stays true to its mission of bringing the joy of eating to everyone, acknowledging that this mission extends not only to its customers and stakeholders today, but also to future generations. The company recognizes that it must use its global scale, resources, and expertise to help usher a more sustainable future for society and the planet. “Our challenge in Jollibee Group is how to sustain our success while creating positive impact to our society and planet. As one of the fastest growing restaurant companies in the world, and with our vision to become one of top companies in our industry, we recognize that we have a significant role and responsibility in impacting positive change,” said Jollibee Group President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong. The Joy for Tomorrow Sustainability Agenda centers on three pillars namely Food, People, and Planet.

These pillars consist of 10 focus areas: Food Safety, Food Quality, Nutrition & Transparency, Employee Welfare, Farmers Livelihood, Community Support, Good Governance, Packaging & Recycling, Waste Reduction, and Energy & Water Efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). According to Jollibee Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer Pepot Miñana, Joy for Tomorrow serves as the company’s roadmap for achieving the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. “It’s a call to action for everyone in Jollibee Group, amid the pursuit of our sustainability pillars of Food, People, and Planet. It is our commitment to future generations to preserve and improve natural resources from which they can benefit,” Miñana said.

Serving food that people trust Jollibee Group prioritizes food safety and quality to maintain the trust of its customers worldwide. In 2022, the company conducted over 15,000 Food, Service, and Cleanliness (FSC) Audits across its stores worldwide, while over 125,600 online training hours were devoted to Food, Service, Cleanliness & Condition. Moreover, 100% of its stores, commissaries, and logistics facilities have undergone rigorous Quality Management audits. The group also achieved a global Net Promoter Score of 82, exceeding industry benchmark of 50, showcasing customer satisfaction and loyalty for the various brands. Helping make people’s lives better Jollibee Group recognizes the invaluable role in fostering an inclusive work environment for its employees, partners, farmers, and communities. In 2022, women made up 59% of management positions and 51% of the total workforce.

Through training courses on Unconscious Bias, Inclusive Leadership, and Anti-Discrimination, the company educates its employees on the value and benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace. As a measure of high employee engagement, the group achieved the 70thpercentile of Gallup’s Q12 percentile ranking. Outside of the organization, Jollibee Group Foundation’s Farmer Entrepreneurship Program (FEP) has enabled over 700 smallholder farmers across the Philippines to deliver their produce directly to Jollibee Group. Today, the white onions, green bell peppers, tomatoes, calamansi, ginger, and other vegetables that the company uses in Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Mang Inasal products come from FEP farmers.

Treating the planet responsibly In terms of environmental sustainability, Jollibee Group focuses on the key areas of packaging and recycling, energy, water, and waste. By the end of 2022, Jollibee Group manufacturing sites in the Philippines achieved 21% reduction in energy use ratio, 23% reduction in water use ratio, and 38% reduction of waste, with almost 50% of waste now being recycled versus the company’s 2020 benchmarks. On the store level, each solar panel installed reduces about 3-7% of consumption form the grid. Progress over perfection “We understand that assessing our impact is a continuous process of ambition and refinement. We will track the success of our strategies over the coming years, and periodically review our material topics and stakeholder engagement process.

We will set agile goals and targets to help us significantly impact society and the environment in more meaningful ways,” Tanmantiong said. Apart from establishing a unit dedicated to sustainability and the appointment of a Chief Sustainability Officer as part of its Executive Team, Jollibee Group also instituted an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Council to ensure that its business operations are aligned with the sustainability goals. “Our Global Sustainability Agenda represents our belief system in conducting business more ethically.

As a global food company, we are responsible and deliberate with our actions and their impact, and we are making our sustainability measures the way of the future,” added Miñana. Find out more about Jollibee Group’s Sustainability Agenda by visiting https://jollibeegroup.com/sustainability/ ### Other Photos: 📷 Photo Caption:Jollibee Group also released its first-ever global sustainability report which details the progress it has made toward the pursuit of its sustainability pillars of Food, People, and Planet.

TCL Wins 2023 Red Dot Award for the TCL S643W Soundbar

The fighter soundbar will soon be launched in the PH market

TCL, the global top 2 TV brand and top 1 98-inch TV brand, is proud to announce its new TCL S6 Series Home Theatre Soundbar has won the prestigiousRed Dot Award for product design in 2023, reinforcing TCL’s expertise in developing outstanding home entertainment solutions for consumers across the globe.

Established for over 60 years, The Red Dot award is a highly recognized international endorsement, and the benchmark for outstanding design. Receiving a distinction for its design quality and degree of innovation, the TCL S6 Series Home Theatre range is comprised of three models, created to fit any living space.

Soon to be available in the local market is the TCL S643W dubbed as fighter soundbar through  the TCL authorized dealer stores.

The Award-Winning Sound of the TCL S643W

The compact and mighty 3.1-inch TCLS643W packs an impressive punch with the same 70W bass subwoofer for an immense depth of sound. With three full-range speakers providing larger sound output, the central speakers enhance a better dialogue listening experience. Two surround sound channels and a 60W subwoofer allow listeners to enjoy strong bass and feel distinctive sound quality, far superior to other single soundbars without a subwoofer.

All soundbars in the TCL S6 Home Theatre series Max Audio output is astonishing. The sound pressure with least distortion that results in the combined power of the soundbar, subwoofer and satellite speakers. More power, richer sound structure and a more immersive experience for the user. The Max Audio Power of the S643W is 240W which means that it is ideal to use in larger home space.

Impressive Audio Features Meet Smart Connectivity

The TCL S643W is equipped with Dolby Audio – certified enhanced sound reproduction that provides a multi-channel audio experience. Delivering crystal clarity, easy-to-hear dialogue, crisp details, and realistic surround sound, this soundbar is the perfect partner to any TV set, ensuring consumers get the most from their entertainment set-up.

It also comes with DTS Virtual: X, an audio codec designed to provide a sense of multi-dimensional space. This 3D sound effect envelopes users so that sound appears to emerge from above, beside and behind the listener, providing an immersive experience in any room.

For deeper and richer sound, the Bass Boost feature enables the subwoofer to emit stronger bass sound just with one click, meaning it can reach maximum output power instantly for the ultimate dramatic effect.

Likewise, all TCL S6 Home Theatre soundbars come with six Specialized Sound Modes suitable for different viewing and listening scenarios. Users can select from standard, movie, music, sports, voice, and game mode for optimized viewing experiences.

Better still, all models come with seamless connection capabilities for your added convenience. Equipped with TCL TV Ready, Bluetooth wireless music, Bluetooth 5.3 (the highest Bluetooth version on the market for enhanced connectivity and efficiency) and Voice Assistant, the TCL S643W is ready to sync up and channel sound from any input source.

For more information about the TCL S643W, go to  TCL Philippines official website  or like the official TCL Philippines Facebook Page.

Jollibee Group Develops Women to Become Leaders in Their Field

Cynthia Castro (seated on chair, middle) rose being an entry-level accountant to now Vice President and Finance Head for Jollibee Group’s Philippine Business. With her in photo is the Jollibee Philippines Finance Team, which she concurrently heads.

The Jollibee Group continues to celebrate women by fostering an encouraging work environment that allows its female employees around the world to grow and develop. The Jollibee Group was the only Philippine-based company to make Forbes’ inaugural list of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies in 2021, demonstrating the company’s dedication to supporting women and developing them to their full potential. In the Philippines, women make up the majority of Jollibee Group’s management positions.

As a testament to Jollibee Group’s unwavering support for women, several female employees have risen through the ranks and now leading their respective functions like Cynthia Castro. Castro began working for Jollibee in 1987 as an accountant. She was promoted to accounting supervisor for the company’s commissary and later to accounting manager for the company’s new businesses. Castro was the finance head of Jollibee Philippines’ Northern Luzon unit before being promoted to the position of Vice President and Finance Head. “I can sum up my professional journey in two words: gratitude and pride,” she said. “Gratitude because they hired me as a fresh graduate in 1987 and they saw my potential to grow in the company, and pride because I work for one of the World’s Best Employers and get to work with the best leaders in the industry. All of this motivated me to do more, be more, and become more.” In 2022, Castro was among the finalists for the WeQual Awards, which recognizes female leaders in business.

She was the sole Filipina cited in the Award’s Asia Pacific-Finance Category. Thriving in a male-dominated profession Yoly Chua thrives as a leader in a traditionally male-dominated field: information technology. She is the Vice President and Head of Business Technology for the Jollibee Group’s business in the Philippines and Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEAA). A group of people sitting on red chairs Description automatically generated with low confidence Yoly Chua (seated in the middle) posted this photo on her LinkedIn account celebrating all the women who work with her in Jollibee Group’s Business Technology (BT) Division, where she is now Vice President and Head for Philippines and EMEAA Regions. Chua was hired in 2016 to help stabilize SAP in the company and led the Information Management Enterprise Business Solutions team.

After two years, she was promoted to Information Technology (IT) Head for the Philippine Region. In 2021, Chua was given the task of overseeing and governing EMEAA’s Business Technology function. “I appreciate the growth opportunities I’ve had in my more than 6 years stay with the company. The values of the people I work with–their unwavering malasakitfor the company, the trust of the management and our teams, and the stewardship of doing what is best for the company inspire me to work harder and continue doing better,” she said. Chua strongly believes women can shine in any industry or position given the right opportunity. “Women are empathetic and good listeners. Our instinct to protect, care and support our people makes it easier for us to lead effectively,” she said. Driving culture and engagement Ruth Angeles began her career with the Jollibee Group as a human resources manager for Jollibee Worldwide Services.

She later became the HR head for the company’s Red Ribbon and Jollibee business units. Already on her 17th year with the company, Angeles is now Vice President and leading the Regional HR Team in the Philippines. She is concurrently the head of the Global Organization, Leadership and Culture Team. 📷 Ruth Angeles (seated, 3rd from left, front row) is shown with some members of the HR Team in one of their quarterly teaming activities. Ruth is now Vice President and leads the Regional HR Team in the Philippines. Aside from driving culture and engagement in the company, Ruth has also been instrumental in enabling the successful pivot of the HR function and was key in the organization’s transformation, resulting in a much stronger and more resilient workforce post-pandemic.

She has likewise been vital in developing and building leaders in boosting organizational capabilities. “JFC has been helpful in my development as a people manager and HR leader. The company’s devotion to provide career advancement opportunities and inclusive leadership training allows women leaders and employees to excel in their development,” she said. Castro, Chua, and Angeles are part of a thriving community of female leaders in the Jollibee Group who are helping drive the company’s mission and its journey towards its vision of becoming one of the top five restaurant companies in the world.


Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) teamed up to offer exclusive discounts to PAL’s international passengers arriving in the country through its new project called “Fly, Shop, and Save.”

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement held on April 28, 2023 at DFPC’s premier Luxe Duty Free store in Pasay City, was led by DFPC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Vicente Pelagio Angala with PAL President Capt. Stanley Ng.

Under this partnership, PAL’s international passengers arriving in the country will be eligible for exclusive discounts at participating DFPC stores upon presenting their PAL boarding pass. The “Fly, Shop, and Save” project aims to boost the shopping experience of PAL’s passengers by providing them with cost-effective shopping options.

We are excited to partner with Duty Free Philippines Corporation on this project.” said Capt. Ng. He added, “This partnership is part of our commitment to provide our passengers with an enhanced travel experience, from the moment they arrive in the country. We are confident that our passengers will appreciate this opportunity to enjoy exclusive discounts at Duty Free.“

DFPC COO Angala expressed that, “This mission aligns perfectly with PAL’s goal of providing exceptional service to their passengers. Through this partnership, we hope to provide additional benefits to the international travelers and strengthen both our companies. This will contribute to the growth of the country’s tourism industry.”

He added, “as an attached agency of the Department of Tourism, we work towards promoting the Philippines, as a premier travel destination by providing the pasalubong shopping experience.”

This partnership between DFPC and PAL is expected to benefit both companies by providing a new avenue to attract and retain customers, and to enhance the customer shopping experience of PAL’s passengers.

More details shall be announced soon about the “Fly, Shop, and Save” project at both DFPC’s and PAL’s online sites and social media platforms.

Comprehensive, Japanese-standard healthcare center in the Philippines opens at BGC

Shinagawa Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center, a subsidiary of the country’s leading Lasik provider, Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics, opens its doors to the public, providing medical services centered on diagnostic testing and preventive care.

The Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center is Shinagawa’s first specialized facility of its kind across all branches. “We saw the opportunity to expand our services outside of eye care to better cater to the holistic health needs of Filipinos. With our backbone of medical experts and advanced technology, we will provide a comprehensive, all-in medical checkup and screening experience for clients of all ages,” shared Shinagawa Philippines President Masako Uemori during the grand opening.  

All-inclusive health checkups

Shinagawa places proactive, preventive care at the forefront of its medical philosophy, as early detection of illnesses affords patients more time to seek effective medicines or procedures that can ultimately lessen or cure their symptoms. 

The Shinagawa Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center offers a full lineup of comprehensive checkups, together with advanced diagnostic and imaging technology, to aid in identifying the onset of diseases. These include general examinations based on Japan’s standards inclusive of specialized imaging services such as brain exams (MRI/MRA), full body exams (CT scan), digestive scans (ultrasound and endoscopy), women’s exams (mammography and ultrasound), as well as an in-house laboratory that can release test results on the same day.  

Individuals and organizations alike can welcome Shinagawa as their partner in health, as the Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center offers a complete portfolio of medical examinations and diagnostics services.

Hassle-free checkups

Patients can expect a streamlined experience from booking, to undergoing procedures, to claiming results. Booking an appointment can be done by visiting the Shinagawa website which includes a live chat feature and a patient portal to create one’s profile to track appointments, results, and other pertinent information. Patients can also contact Shinagawa’s Patient Care Lines via landline (+632) 7368-5241, Globe (+63) 917-864-6762, and Smart (+63) 962-067-3669. Customer service representatives will be readily available from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm to accommodate questions and bookings. 

Once the appointment has been confirmed, patients will be given all of the information needed to guide them through each exam. 

With ease of use for maximum patient comfort in mind, the Shinagawa Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center was designed so that each patient will simply go around the facility with clear directions. 

On the 8th floor, patients can find a lounge for patients and their companions, as well as facilities for a few medical tests (CT scan, MRI, endoscopy). The rest of the general medical checkups (right wing), as well as the women’s exams (left wing), are conducted on the 23rd floor.


Directory map of the 8th floor and 23rd floor of the Shinagawa Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center.

Apart from the screening and imaging tests, Shinagawa also practices double reading and consultation with Japanese medical experts to ensure high precision of diagnosis and treatment plans. Patients can expect no waiting time as the Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center delivers same-day results. This is made possible through the Japanese Health Checkup Information System, which increases operational efficiency. 

The Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center is in the process of obtaining accreditation with all major HMO providers in the country to make its services more convenient. “Shinagawa continues its commitment to making quality, world-class healthcare accessible for Filipinos through expanding our roster of HMO partners,” said Masako. 

The Shinagawa Diagnostic and Preventive Care Center is located at 8/F and 23/F Ore Central Building, 9th Avenue, cor 31st Street, BGC, Taguig City. Those who are interested can learn more by visiting the official website at https://shinagawa-healthcare.ph/.

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