SM Cyberzone Game Fest 2020





A great weekend for all gamers this weekend that will surely be enjoyed by everyone attending. Cyberzone Game Fest 2020 will unveil exciting gaming activities that you will experienc at SM North Edsa The Annex Cyberzone Area.

SM Cyberzone, the country's largest chain of IT retail stores, is placing the Filipino gaming industry on the spotlight with Game Fest 2020 happening in select SM malls starting this February. Now on its fifth year, the tech hub continues to cement their position in the gaming industry and continue to uphold their promise of providing the best and latest gadgets to shoppers.

"We live in an age where we are inseparable with our gadgets that help us power our passions. This month, we're highlighting this by focusing on Filipino gaming, specifically, eSports," said SM Supermalls senior assistant vice president for sponsorships and Cyberzone marketing head Patrick Pacla.

Here are 4 tech-citing activities to watch out for at SM:
  • Gaming Tech Fair - Get a chance to score exclusive deals and discounts on peripherals, gaming hardware, the latest PC builds, and laptops.
  • Gaming Zone - Partenered with top-notched tech and gaming brands, gamers will experience a synergy of incredible touch-and-try gaming experiences featuring only the newest innovations on eSports.
  • Gaming Tournament - To continue developing the future of eSports in the country, Cyberzone Game Fest 2020 will set the stage for the most epic PC and console tournaments.
  • Gaming Lounge - In partnership with the finest gaming brands in the industry, this year's Game Fest will showcase multiple gaming setups assembled with high performance systems suitable for both enthusiasts and professional players. 


Cyberzone Game Fest 2020 is set to kick off at SM City North EDSA – The Annex on February 29 and will roll out to the following SM malls:
  • Sountmall - March 6 to 7
  • Naga - March 13 to 15
  • Iloilo - March 20 to 22
  • Lipa - March 27 to 29
  • Fairview - April 3 to 5
  • Cagayan de Oro Downtown - April 17 to 19
  • Bacoor - April 24 to 26
  • Cebu - march 1 to 3
  • Clark - May 8 to 10
  • Marikina - May 15 to 17
  • Calamba - May 22 to 24
  • Davao - May 29 to 31


Cyberzone Game Fest 2020 was made possible by PC Express, Data Blitz, Playpark, Asus Republic of Gamers, Lenovo, Legion, Acer Predator, MSI, AOC Agon, Philips, Cooler Master, HyperX, Razer, JBL, and Logitech.


Whether it is gaming, virtual reality, photography, or tech - Filipoinos can live a #LifePowered by their passion with Cyberzone. For more information, #CheckCyberzone at www.smcyberzone.com and follow https://facebook.com/smcyberzone.



Olern Launches Groundbreaking Virtual Business Summit




A new breed of training and consulting company with a mission to help Filipino companies become world-class using the latest technologies and training methodologies, Olern is helping an increasing number of entrepreneurs stay competitive in their industry by learning new best practices, improve their people skills and adopt new technologies.

By partnering with the different business consultants and experts to design online and offline practical and in-depth courses and programs for SMEs, Olern is coming up with more convenient and affordable ways to learn everything that it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

In the last two years alone, Olern trained thousands and thousands of entrepreneurs through its online platform and face-to-face trainings.

This summer, Olern is taking its innovative approaches to the next level with its first-ever Olern Virtual Business Summit. Happening on March 3 and 4, 2020 from 9AM to 5PM, the momentous event will be a gathering of more than a dozen business leaders with the goal of sharing best practices to help Filipino companies become world-class.

Focusing on key business areas such as Innovation and Technology, Management Strategy, Strategic HR, and sale & Marketing, the two-day FREE event features distinguished speakers such as Fortune 100 CEO and Olympic coach Jim Lafferty, Google Philippines market lead Samuel Jeanblanc, BQB CXInstitute Founder Claire Boscq-Scott, Philippine Franchise Guru Armando Bartolome, Association of Filipino Franchises, Inc. (AFFI) Chairman Eric Caeg, sought after professional speaker Paulo Tibig, Executive Director of Ideaspace Diane Eustaquio, Cycle House President Jeff Chua, Tarkie Founder Rio Ilao, MPlify founder Migs dela Rosa, President of DM Kompass Suzan Bigay, digital Marketing Consultant Rey Baguio, and world-certified Image Strategist, Executive Coach and Transformational Speaker toni Miranda. Expecting more than 1,000 attendees in this pioneering event, Olern understands that SMEs need more help in growing their business and becoming world-class companies. More often than not, however, the moving forces behind these rising enterprises cannot physically attend trainings or summits for reasons that include venue proximity, conflict in their busy schedules and pricey business summit fees.

The first Online Business Summit in the Philippines using the latest technologies aim to break those barriers. With the Olern Business Summit, interested entrepreneurs can attend the Summit wherever they are in the world, no need to travel or go through painstaking traffic. And best of all, it's FREE. all one needs is a mobile phone or laptop and an internet connection and he or she is good to go!

To become a brand partner, please contact the co-organizer and marketing partner PMCM Events Management or 0917 8344978 or email pmcm.events@gmail.com.

A Preview of Allegories & Realities of Ofelia Gelvezón-Téqui: in Retrospect




Allegories & Realities of Ofelia Gelvezón-Téqui: in Retrospect is the very first major exhibition for year 2020 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) of  the Cultural Center of the Philippines that will officially open on February 22, 2020 at 4:00pm. It is part of CCP's 50th Anniversary Exhibitions that started last year and will cap in September, 2020 to end the year long celebration. Ms. Ofelia is one of CCP's major artists and the first female Thirteen Artist Awardee given in 1972. 

The exhibition includes 219 works and the largest collection of Ms. Ofelia's work. She has produced a large body of work that has been viewed and displayed not only at the CCP, but in major galleries here in the country and other parts of the world. Although, she has moved to different places abroad, Ms. Ofelia has always declared that she makes works for the Filipinos and carries with her the Filipino sensibility and Filipino perspective. 

"There will also be a reading area where guests can read about Ofelia through the various articles, essays, & books that were written about her works. There will also be an interactive corner for children. We're also planning a number of public programs for the exhibition on March 4, 2020 to celebrate Women's month. We're doing a panel discussion with women printmakers with Ofelia before she flies out. On April 18, we're going to have an online conversation with the curator Butz Herrrera & Ofelia who will be in France then, and we will find a way to use technology to our advantage," said Rica Estrada of CCP Visual Arts.


Aside from the artist's collection, other featured artworks will be borrowed from private and institutional collections. Ma. Victoria Herrera, Director and Chief Curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery, has been invited to curate the exhibition. 

"This is very much a homecoming for me. It's been a while, I miss this place. I started working on this three years ago & Ofie's works has always been one of my favorites in the CCP collection. I'll explain about the title that best describes the works of Ofie. Allogories & Realities took a while for me to come up the title that best describe works of Ofie. I know that her prints many of which belong to the part of the CCP collection are very strong allegorically statements for her works, but I also realized how she's been much interested to the realities in the Philippines even though she lives overseas, and that becomes more evident now in her prints and paintings," explained Ms. Victoria Herrera.


"Part of the objective is also to share or make our viewers understand more the process of print making. This has been one of the advocacies of CCP. In the mid 1990s, we opened the workshop of the Printmakers Association of the Philippines (PAP) at the folk Arts Theater. It was actually a collaboration between CCP and PAP, and we continue to have regular programs with them. Having this exhibition is also a good opportunity to promote the practice of print making," Ms. Herrera added.

Elements within the exhibition showing the process, the plate, and then the image. Ms. Ofie pointed out also, as you can see the plate still has ink. Normally printmakers clean the plate after editioning, and destroy it. Instead of cutting the plate, she left the ink—it becomes an artwork itself. The CCP has had a number of her plates and they were framed. It's also for viewers to understand what really is printmaking. The size of the plate is actually the size on the sides of the print as plate marks. They are made of zinc or copper. Printmakers admire Ms. Ofie in her Tallo Viscosity Etching. 

The Four Horsemen

For more details, please contact the Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department at (632) 8832-1125 loc. 1505/1505 and (632) 8832-3702, mobile (0917) 603-3809, or send an email to ccp.exhibits@gmail.com, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.


STADA Acquired FERN to Expand their Reach and Extend Services in the Philippines and Asia Pacific




STADA Gourp is a German pharmaceutical company known for their diverse genetics and consumer portfolio, known in the Philippines in the field of ophthalmology. Last Friday, STADA announced their acquisitions and partnerships in the Philippines and Asia pacific to provide good solutions and quality medicines.

STADA Philippines has acquired FERN, one of the leading brands of Vitamin C in the market. The product range consists of FERN-C product that has been in the market for 15 years and FERN-C Kidz and Kiddimin – two products for the vitamin supply for children.


Aside from the announcement, STADA also invited Antonio D. Ligsay, MD, MSC, PHD, to give a talk about Vitamin C. All questions I had in mind were answered, and I learned more about the benefits of Vitamin C, studies, and infections. Because of so many diseases that are coming out it is normal for a parent like me to get paranoid. It's important for us to live a healthy lifestyle, and Vitamin C is an integral part in boosting immunity and fighting back stress. FERN-C (Sodium Ascorbate) on the other hand has no overdose, no hyperacidity effects and provides efficacy.

I'm sharing with you the full video of Dr. Ligsay's talk about Vitamin C. It contains all that you need to know about Vitamin C.

We were also given a chance to ask questions about Vitamin C, and since the doctor is in, it was already a group consultation for parents like me. 

"After having formally launched STADA Philippines, we are now fully enabled to execute our growth ambitions in this market as well. The acquisition of FERN will help us to succeed. The acquisition of these products is in line with our strategy to strengthen our portfolio with well-established consumer healthcare brands and also expand in selected markets," states STADA CEO Peter Goldschmidt.

Mr. Gary Clark, STADA Asia Pacific Managing Director

'STADA had been helping people by marking high quality products. That is why STADA is always on the lookout for acquisitions and partnerships. With the acquisition of these established brands, it will further STADA's vision to be a trusted partner that provides high-quality, holistic care for the people. With both STADA and FERN carrying heritage, we will be able to provide better health for Filipinos," declares STADA Asia Pacific Managing Director Gary Clark.

Sharmaine Abarientos, General Manager of STADA Philippines, adds: "FERN has not only an established brand heritage, but also a complete range for adults as well as for the pediatric application. With FERN in pur portfolio, we will establish a strong consumer healthcare platform to launch other quality medicines as well and provide better health for all Filipinos. With our successful portfolio expansion activities, we are able to offer quality medicines at reasonable prices, across all segments of healthcare, specially, generics and consumer health."


A Cake for a Special Date




As we celebrate the month of love. Goldilocks, the country's number one bakeshop, is happy to showcase their heart melting limited edition Valentine's season lineup! Treat yourself and your significant other to Goldilocks' romantic Valentine's theme unicorn and greeting cakes along with sweet cake pops made exclusively for this special once a year occasion. 


Fall in love this season with Goldilocks themed cakes and cake pops! Grab these and other goodies from any Goldilocks Bakeshop stores nationwide. For more information, you may follow @GoldilocksPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit the official Goldilocks website at www.goldilocks.com.ph.

From Employee to Partner




Martiniano "Degs" Valencia is a simple man with not-so-simple dreams. As a young boy, he was already honing his entrepreneurial spirit, selling fresh carabao's milk and boiled corn in the streets os his hometown of Sta. Rita, Pampanga.

By the time he reached college, Valencia was supplying processed meat products from Pampanga to various stores in Manila -- and then he went on to become a bagger at a major supermarket chain while on summer vacation from school.

For a time, Valencia left his retail roots behind and went into more technical work as a broadcast engineer for a major broadcasting network, and then worked as a technical controller in Dubai for ten years. His life was going well, and when his youngest child was born, he and his wife decided to move back to the Philippines for good.

After settling in the Philippines, Valencia began developing investments left and right -- buying and selling second-hand cars, selling real estate, leasing stalls, and selling fruit-bearing trees and nurseries. As a wise investor and someone who wanted to take advantage of passive income, Valencia was delighted when Alfamart, the first and only Super Minimart in the Philippines, became his business partner and set up a branch in his hometown.

"My wife and I were dreaming of having our own grocery store as our main business," Valencia said. Construction was already on-going for a small commercial complex that they started on their land when Alfamart approached them with an offer to lease and build a store. "Alfamart then came in to fulfill our dreams," he added.


After going into business with Alfamart, Valencia said his quality of life has vastly improved. He and his family have nearly reached their financial goals in just a few years following the partnership, and he is able to spend much more time with them.

"We are extremely grateful to our partners like Degs in Sta. Rita, Pampanga," said Alfamart COO, Harvey T. Ong. "With the help of partners, we're able to expand to more communities. Each store we open is a step towards our advocacy of promoting community development, especially in areas outside Metro Manila," he said.

Ong also mentioned that Alfamart is looking for more partners as it continues to expand. "We are always searching for opportunities to bring the Super Minimart experience to everyone in the Philippines," Ong continued.

Deg's story is just one of the many others telling us to work hard and to grab opportunities at the right time. Your story could be like his as well. For more information on how to become an Alfamart partner and/or lessor, you may visit https://alfamart.com.ph/do-business-with-us/.

A Stress-free Lifestyle with Legánde Lemon Oil




My everyday living is not that easy ‒ being a wife, mom, daughter and sister. So many tasks and plans that is so hard to fit in my schedule. I don't have a regular work, but the role that I chose to stay at home to take care of the family and earn online is not easy that sometimes I forget to take care of myself.

Essential oils for me is one of the essentials at home that I have and even when I'm out it's always in my purse. It's a must for me to bring it anywhere. Just last week I got myself a Legánde Lemon Oil and used it immediately to try if it works for me.


While driving home, I used a few drops of Legánde Lemon Oil and I'd say it smells good that's relaxing while dealing with stress in traffic. 

At home, we have 8 dogs and even if we keep them clean, there's always this smell of dogs that I want to get rid of. So, a few drops of Legánde Lemon Oil in my air purifier did a great job in eliminating that smell in our humble home. For a good night sleep, well that fresh smell of the lemon oil did the trick!


Essential oils are another addition to Lagánde's growing roster of products. This is an absolutely perfect addition because Lagánde wants to provide its customers with a more positive lifestyle. Lagánde's essential oils come in three types–Mood Lifter, Stress Buster, Pain Buster, and Energy Booster.


Mood Lifter contains:
  • Lemongrass
  • Grapefruit
  • Frankincense
Stress and Pain Buster includes:
  • Tea Tree
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
Energy Booster includes:
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Orange
Legánde's essential oils can be used both topically and aromatically. It also comes in a sampler kit which comes with three 5ml bottles while the regular essential oils come in 15ml bottles.

If you want to sign up as a member or be part of their affiliate program, visit their office or check out their website at www.legande.com.

Office:
Legánde, Inc.
Suite 406 West Tower,
Philippine Stock Exchange,
Exchange Road, Ortigas Center,
Brgy. San Antonio, 
Pasig City, Metro Manila

Telephone Numbers:
+63 (2) 8 635 6566 to 68
+63 (917) 579 8523 (Globe)
+63 (999) 999 0812 (Smart) 




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