Monday, May 20, 2024

Brilliant Skin Essentials Goes to Boracay: Summer Event Celebrates with Endorser Andrea Brillantes and New Ambassador Kyle Echarri

Brilliant Skin Essentials hosted a summer event last May 19, 2024, in Boracay Island that introduced a new ambassador and unveiled their new product line.

CEO of Brilliant Skin Essentials, Miss Glenda dela Cruz, kicked off the event by expressing her gratitude, hyping up the three new products, and teasing the plans for BSE.

“Welcome to Brilliant Summer and sobrang nao-overwhelm ako, wala na ako masabi. Thank you din sa team for making this possible. Sabi nga nila may mga nagko-comment, ‘Ms. Glenda, hindi na summer’ pero sa sa atin summer na summer pa din!” Miss Glenda said.

Miss Glenda extended an all-expenses-paid invitation to over 300 guests, comprising franchisees and distributors, ensuring they could fully enjoy the event.

Brilliant Skin endorser, Andrea Brillantes, who recently renewed her contract with the brand, also joined the festivities and performed on stage with actor and singer, and co-ambassador Kyle Echarri.

Asked about her favorite part about being a Brilliant Skin endorser, “Ang favorite part ko siyempre, ‘yung pinaka importante– effective po talaga ang products ng Brilliant Skin. Masasabi ko ito dahil user po ako simula 15 years old pa lang ako,” Andrea said.

“Ramdam ko naman din ‘yun. I feel like masasabi din ni Blythe, ‘yung paborito niyang part, para kayong pamilya talaga,” Kyle added, gesturing to the crowd.

One of the event highlights was the introduction of Kyle Echarri as part of the Brilliant Skin Family. He made it official by signing his contract with the brand during the event. He expressed his gratitude to Miss Glenda and the Brilliant team, stating, "Maraming salamat po sa Brilliant family ko. I love you all. Sana matagal pa nga po tayo. I’m so grateful and so blessed to be part of the family."

The event also unveiled three new products: Brilliant Sun Professional Sunscreen, a new product for the best summer glow; Hello Melo Drinks, a specialty beauty drink with collagen, Gluta, L-Carnitine, Vitamin C, and other minerals for a glow from within; and Hyper Hydra Pressed Powder, developed for flawless, healthy-looking skin with SPF 50, available in four shades—Natural, Light, Warm, and Universal.The Natural shade is perfect for neutral skin tones, blending seamlessly with morena skin. The Light shade is ideal for fair skin, providing a flawless, weightless finish. The Warm shade is suited for post-beach skin. Lastly, the Universal shade adapts tomost skin tones, offering a comfortable, all-in-one solution.

It was also where the brand recognized and honored their top city/municipality, district, and provincial distributors, as well as their top provincial and regional franchisees for the first quarter of 2024.

The event delighted its attendees by awarding raffle prizes to lucky winners, which included a Jisu Life Hand Held Fan Pro 1S, a TCL UHD 55-inch Smart TV, an iPhone 15 Pro, and cash prizes.

Brilliant Skin Essentials concluded its dynamic event, featuring Andrea and newly welcomed ambassador Kyle Echarri, alongside an exciting lineup of new products poised to captivate the market. With this showcase, the team and attendees alike anticipate more brilliant experiences with the brand.

For more updates on the event, follow the official hashtags #BrilliantSummer and #BrilliantSkinEssentials. For more details about the brand, be sure to follow and check out @missglenda on Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Over 120 partner suppliers reinforce their support for Puregold and MSMEs at the Sari-Sari Store Negosyo Convention 2024

Key multi-channel retailer Puregold has again solidified its positioning as the country’s go-to retailer for micro, small, and medium enterprise owners.

The highly anticipated Negosyo Convention 2024, currently taking place at the World Trade Center in Pasay City until May 18, has welcomed a record-breaking number of over 12,000 members of the Tindahan ni Aling Puring program, now celebrating its 20th anniversary.

“This year we are commemorating significant milestones, because first, we are just four (4) doors away from reaching 500 Puregold stores. And second, because 2024 marks the 20th year of our Tindahan Ni Aling Puring program! Mga Ka-Asenso, dalawampung taon na tayong magkasama sa ‘Always Panalo’ na pagne-negosyo!” said Susan Co, Chairman of Puregold Price Club, Inc.

The annual convention stands as a testament to Puregold's dedication to supporting and empowering its nearly one million MSME members, who own small businesses such as sari-sari stores, karinderyas, bakeries, mini groceries, food catering services, and other food service enterprises.

“‘Panalo’ is not just a goal to be achieved, but a mindset to live by. Be assured that Puregold will continue to innovate and inspire all Ka-Asensos in the next decades to come,” Susan concluded.

Supported by more than 120 partner brands, including Monde Nissin, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Universal Robina, Alaska Milk, Century Pacific Food, Coca-Cola Beverages, Colgate-Palmolive, GCash, Nutri-Asia and Rebisco, the Puregold Sari-Sari Store Negosyo Convention is a must-attend event for Aling Puring members. Commodities and goods are offered in exclusive value deals and bulk promotions, allowing business owners to maximize their budgets and enhance their operations.

"The solid participation of global and local brand partners, along with the impressive turnout of Aling Puring members at our annual Sari-Sari Store Convention, reflects the trust and confidence our suppliers and members place in us," said Ferdinand Vincent Co, President of Puregold Price Club, Inc.

"We will aggressively equip and supply our Aling Puring members with the best prices and assortment of goods so they can serve their communities better," Vincent added.

Through aggressive cost-saving initiatives and first-to-market programs, Puregold remains true to its promise to help Pinoys across the country grow their businesses every step of the way.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with foodpanda

This Mother’s Day, it’s time to give back to the remarkable women who have shaped our lives with love and unwavering support. foodpanda is celebrating this great day by expressing appreciation through the joy that delicious food brings.

foodpanda knows how important it is to show thanks for the endless efforts and love of mothers. That’s why foodpanda is offering the gift of vouchers for Mother’s Day. Treat your mothers to the wonderful array of flavorful dishes foodpanda has to offer, and allow her to indulge in her favorite dishes from the comfort of her own home. Here are ways we can show our appreciation to our moms and honor her on her special day:

A feast made for a queen

Let foodpanda take care of your Mother’s Day feast and create an unforgettable experience for her. Whether she longs for gourmet delicacies, comforting home-cooked meals, or exotic international flavors, the restaurants in foodpanda guarantee that specialness for a special loved one. From mouthwatering mains to decadent desserts, delight your mom with a feast fit for a queen. For first-time foodpanda users, you get free delivery on a new customer’s first foodpanda order and by using the code NANAY to get ₱150 off from a minimum order value of ₱599 on May 11 and 12.

Spending the whole day together

After a delightful day spent with your mom—be it watching movies, enjoying board games, or listening to her cherished childhood tales—why not extend the joy by picking up her favorite meal? Continue your special bonding time at home over a delicious dinner. With foodpanda’s pick-up service, not only is it convenient, but you’ll also receive a FREE Pau-Pau plushie when you order at least ₱770 from participating Pizza Hut branches such as McKinley, GA Tower, Panama Kalayaan, and more, from May 9-12.

Create a homemade dinner

End Mother’s Day on a delicious note by preparing a homemade dinner for your mom. Show your love by whipping up her favorite dishes, whether it’s a scrumptious plate of pasta, a crunchy plate of fried chicken, or a decadent dessert. Get the best help on Mother’s Day and use foodpanda, to get your groceries right outside your door. Make your homemade meal better and use the code BESTMOM to get ₱500 cashback a minimum order value of ₱1,499 and get up to 25% off on your groceries on May 11 and 12.

Give her the best day off

For new moms celebrating their first Mother’s Day, it can be overwhelming to raise a newborn. Show how thankful you are for her incredible dedication and love they’ve poured into their newborns by giving them a full day of relaxation and self-care. Show them how special they are by treating them to their favorite meal delivered right to their doorstep with foodpanda. Let them enjoy a day of gratitude for all their love and hard work.

Present a Thoughtful Gift

Wrap up Mother’s Day with a thoughtful gift and let her know just how much she means to you, making her feel cherished and appreciated not just on Mother’s Day, but every day. A perfect way to show that is to give her a membership to foodpanda, giving her code vouchers for 6 months. Make it better by using the codePROYOUMOM and get 50% off on a 6-month pro subscription (for a limited time only).

This Mother’s Day, honor the amazing woman who has raised who you are today. Celebrate Mother’s Day with foodpanda, and let the flavors of love and appreciation fill your home.

Order now at foodpanda using the app or Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there!

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Kiana Valenciano drops ‘Sweet Release,’ sets May 10 performance with Gary V

KIANA Valenciano — who also goes by the stage name Kiana V — is creative waves in the music industry once again with her new single. “Sweet Release” is a dance track designed to showcase her unique vocal stylings and songwriting ability. She co-wrote this captivating single with songwriters Rosemarie Tan and Philippe dela Pena. As the kids say these days, “Sweet Release” is a bop. Produced by De’La, it’s sure to set dance floors ablaze with its catchy hook and irresistible rhythm.

Kiana’s songwriting is deeply personal, drawing from her own experiences, and she’s been hard at work in the studio lately. In fact, “Sweet Release,” which she says is dedicated to her best friend, is just the first taste of what’s to come from this talented young woman in 2024.

During a recent interview at the launch of Kenzo’s spring-summer 2024 line in Greenbelt 3, Makati City, she shared some insights into the evolution of her sound. According to Kiana, she’s currently leaning more toward a pop vibe, reminiscent of her father Gary Valenciano’s iconic style. She also revealed that she’s been working on a lot of Tagalog songs.

“I’ve started writing, and some of my favorite songs are in Tagalog,” says Kiana who has been exploring writing in Tagalog since she started creating songs in English. “I’m really, really excited. It’s different to express ourselves in our native tongue. It’s really moving, a different experience. I’m having too much fun.”

Her excitement was palpable as she talked about her upcoming album. However, she refrained from giving away too many details. All she said was that if all goes well, the album will drop sooner rather than later. She’s been writing and recording with an eye toward releasing a new batch of songs by the end of the year, if not early next year.

“It’s kind of two years in the making,” Kiana says of the album. “So you’ll hear a lot of my growth through my storytelling, and also sonically; the sound of the music, the genre, has been changing as well. It’s different from what I’ve released in the past, but a good kind of different.”

Although she’s been busy working on new music, she made time to perform at the National Diversity Coalition’s 21st Annual Economic Development Conference at The Landmark in Mission Hills, California.

The theme of this year’s conference, “Unveiling the Future,” focused on harnessing diversity and inclusion to foster economic growth and prosperity. The event was well-received, drawing a sold-out crowd and featuring discussions on how these critical elements contribute to economic development. Aside from Kiana, performers at the conference included soul singer April Velasco, the internationally acclaimed all-male hip hop dance group Junior New System, and Nonie Belarmino’s iDance Line Dancers.

Most recently, Kiana joined her father Gary onstage at the SM Mall of Asia Arena last April 26 and 27 for the musical extravaganza that isPure Energy: One Last Time. Like her brother Gabriel, who also performed on both nights of the show, Kiana is now based primarily in the US, where she is charting her own career with Gary and his wife, Angeli, cheering her on from thousands of miles away. Since Kiana moved abroad in 2020, this journey has led to tremendous growth in her career and personal life. Her notable achievements include performing at SXSW; opening for Yuna in LA; winning Female R&B Artist of the Year at the 2022 PMPC Star Awards for her song “Corners;” and collaborating with renowned artists like Jesse Barrera; and writing songs for younger independent artists from different songwriting camps.

Gary has spoken at length about how proud he is that Kiana is forging her own path in the world, though he admits he misses her. That’s why it’s so heartwarming that Kiana made time to be by her father’s side for what will likely be remembered as the most memorable concert of Gary’s 40-year career thus far.

Pure Energy: One Last Time was so well-received that a third night has been scheduled at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on May 10. Kiana will perform alongside her father again. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Valenciano family’s Shining Light Foundation, continuing Gary’s legacy of giving back through his music.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Farming Futures

 While modern agricultural techniques boost yields for some, there remains a number of Filipino farmers who struggle to keep pace. These experienced hands find themselves falling behind in a market demanding higher production, clinging to familiar yet often inefficient methods passed down through generations.

One farmer from Pampanga, Jayson Garcia, sought to disrupt this prevailing narrative in his family. He knew that he had to chart a new course forward for his farm and innovate to remain competitive within the rapidly evolving landscape of modern agriculture.

“Noon, mahirap ang magtanim,” he recalled their life before joining SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan. “Para bang tsambahan, basta pag itinanim mo ‘yan, hintayin mo na lang mamunga. Mas mahirap pa lalo kapag nagkaroon ng kalamidad,” he added. 

SM Foundation’s training program focused on high-value crop cultivation was the breakthrough Garcia needed to revitalize his farming techniques. These included selecting the best seeds and caring for them as well as strategic planting schedules. 

Jayson attends the SM City Clark’s Weekend Market to observe best practices and gain insights into new agricultural techniques.

The livelihood program also gave way for him to discover alternative sales channels that enhanced his earning potential while extending fair prices to his customers. The knowledge and confidence he gained led him to expand his farm, and in effect, increased his monthly income to more than Php25,000.

Aside from directly selling his harvests, he is now planting a variety of vegetables–on his farm, including lemongrass, malunggay, and madre de cacao, which he sells online to small businesses that process the produce into other products. 

Embracing new techniques

Sharing the same story of hope is another KSK farmer from Pampanga, Juanito Dela Cruz. Despite his age, he actively pursued and adopted modern farming techniques. Building on his current success, he shared the importance of adaptability for farmers, calling for others to try and explore new practices. 

From a modest monthly income of Php10,000, Juanito experienced an upsurge in his earnings, notably through participation in the Weekend Market at SM City Clark, yielding around Php30,000 weekly. “Kailangan maging bukas tayo sa makabagong pamamaraan ng pagsasaka para makahabol tayo sa demands ng panahon ngayon—ito ang itinuo sa akin ng SM Foundation-KSK,” he said. 

Juanito, alongside his wife, actively participates in the SM City Clark Weekend Market. They credit the market with contributing to their increased profitability.

The SM Group’s KSK program has changed the lives of roughly 30,000 Filipino farmers, including Jayson and Juanito. Through its initiatives, farmers who once lost hope have been able to embrace modern farming techniques, leading to adaptability in the face of the evolving agricultural landscape. 
The SM Group, through SM Foundation, remains steadfast in its commitment to spreading social good. This dedication extends to SM’s forthcoming endeavors to be led by its future smart city property development – with focus on enhancing positive social impact in the communities where SM operates.