Skip to main content


Showing posts from November, 2023


Dolly and her CreaZion family Internationally acclaimed Filipina actress Dolly de Leon announces her partnership with CreaZion Studios, which shall handle her showbiz career in the Philippines. In the solo mediacon held on November 21, 2023, at Las Casas Quezon City, Dolly also revealed her upcoming project, the Season 2 of American TV series, 'Nine Perfect Strangers,' together with Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman. The shooting starts in January 2024. Dolly's rise to fame is credited to the movie 'Triangle of Sadness', where she clinched several nominations as Best Supporting Actress from several award-giving bodies in Hollywood. The movie won four European Film Awards and received 3 nominations at the 95th Academy Awards (Oscars). Meanwhile, her animated movie 'Iti Mapupukaw' (Cinemalaya 2023) is the country's official entry to the 2023 Oscars to be held on March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theater, Los Angeles, USA. "We are thrilled to welcome a true g


  The first-ever Philippine media visit to Regala Skycity Hotel is made possible by VFC Travel and Tours. In attendance for the posterity shot were, from left: Ruby Asoy, Leony Garcia, Renee Kim, Ashley Ortega, Vivien Chan, Raymond Chan, Beckie Recio, Alfie Macadangdang, and Ivan Tso.     Regala Skycity Hotel played the perfect host during the four-day visit of the Philippine media to Hong Kong together with celebrity influencer Ashley Ortega. Located at Lantau Island, it's just a 10-minute shuttle ride from Hong Kong International Airport (HKTA). One wouldn't miss the hotel even if he or she's a first-timer in HK. That's because it has its own service counter at the airport to assist him. Moreover, the hotel provides free shuttle service to and from the airport for his utmost convenience. And so we were back in this bubbly, touristy place for the first time after the three-year travel restrictions due to the global pandemic. The hotel's first-class shuttl


  Holiday Inn Manila and Crowne Manila Galleria gift back as they hold the grand Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. November 28 would be a night of giving thanks for hotel guests in the past 20 years! Further, the twin properties, both members of the IHG Hotel, shall have the Children's Joy Foundation of Quezon as the beneficiary for this year's holiday festivity. Save the date: November 28, 2023 at 6PM. See you at the Crown Plaza Manila Galleria lobby!


  The main lobby of the Bayview Park Hotel Manila is fully adorned with the traditional " parols " made with bamboo frames, and covered with colorful paper embodying the spirit of hope, unity, and goodwill.   There is also the  “Belen”  retelling of the Nativity depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, a reminder of the true meaning of the season. It is done with local materials for the stable with designs from images wearing Filipino attire.   Spicing up the Filipino charm are local ornaments and handcrafted decors such as angels fashioned into stars and flowers, the popular “ bahay kubo, ” the “ banig ” weaves, the “ bayong ” bag and native “ sombrero ” and a jeepney frame! Enjoying the festivity, from left: Bayview Park Hotel GM Eugene Yap with guests Niki Amurao (Department of Public Services-Manila OIC parent of Ms. Kayle Amurao), Zenaida Viaje (Manila MTPB Director), Asec Joshue Santiago (Chief of Staff - City of Manila), Manila Vice Mayor Yul Servo and Sharlene Zab

Capstone-Intel: 80% of Filipinos Engage in Physical Activities To Enhance Mental Well-Being

According to the World Health Organization, one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives. Thankfully, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of mental health and its impact on overall well-being. Capstone-Intel Corporation, a high-impact research company based in the Philippines, recently conducted an extensive nationwide survey. Among the objectives of the study is to examine the various strategies employed by respondents to sustain or enhance their mental well-being. The survey was conducted from September 20 to 27, 2023, with a sample size of 1,210 respondents. According to the data gathered, a substantial majority of respondents (80%) indicated that they participate in exercise or physical activities, while 72% reported engaging in social interactions with friends and family. Moreover, more than half of the respondents (65%) expressed a preference for focusing on music, arts, and entertainment, while 61% stated that they prac

The Manila Hotel’s Christmas 2023 highlights Filipino traditions

The festive holiday celebration officially began at The Manila Hotel with the lighting of its splendid Christmas Tree as the Grand Dame held its Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 9. The giant Christmas Tree, meticulously adorned with opulent golden Ilang-Ilang blooms, the official flower of the hotel, now aglow in the Grand Lobby. The color palette featured a harmonious blend of gold, natural hues, and vibrant red, creating a visually stunning display that resonated with the essence of the season. The concept and execution of this holiday décor were the brainchild of Mr. Rachy Cuna, The Manila Hotel Creative & Design Director. The Office of the President Chorale serenaded the hotel guests with traditional Christmas carols adding to the festive spirit of the night imbued in Filipino traditions. Further, in the spirit of giving and sharing, The Manila Hotel has chosen the House of Refuge as the beneficiary of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The House of Refu


  Valvular heart disease (VHD) and congenital heart disease (CHD) are two disciplines of cardiology that need urgent special attention after being neglected for some time. These programs are the top priorities of the ASEAN Federation of Cardiology (AFC). AFC President-elect Dr. Alex Junia made the announcement during the AFC Council Meeting at the AFC Congress held from Nov. 2-4, 2023 in this city which is also called the Hanoi Capital. Held at the Trung Tam Hoi Nghi Quoc Gua National Convention Center, the 27 th  AFC Congress 2023 was themed: Cardiology at Crossroads: Challenges & Opportunities”. The Filipino heart doctor who hailed from Leyte and Cebu, Junia is a well-respected cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist.  He is the 63rd president of the PHA (2015-2016) and PHA Cebu Chapter president (2010-2011). Pinoy Heart MDs shine @ the 27th ASEAN Federation of Cardiology Congress in Hanoi. Dr. Alex Junia is president-elect while Dr. Eleanor Lopez is Dr. Sukaman Lecturer. P

It’s “Green and Bright” Christmas at The Westin Manila

  The Westin Manila welcomed the holiday season with a Christmas tree and lantern lighting ceremony on November 8, 2023, with the theme, “Green and Bright.” This was the second event in this year's Paskonstelasyon 2023 lineup for Marriott Bonvoy's constellation of holiday celebrations across the Philippines. This year’s theme was inspired by The Westin brand's design anchored on the concept of biophilia, which refers to people's innate need to connect with nature and how that connection affects our well-being. Attended by tourism and government officials, corporate clients, media, Marriott Bonvoy members, and hotel guests, the festive ceremony was spearheaded by The Westin Manila General Manager Alexander Dietzsch, Robinsons Hotels and Resorts Senior Vice President and Business Unit General Manager Barun Jolly, hotel Director of Marketing and Sales Megee Yap, and Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos. GM Dietzsch happily shared a few milestones from this year, including the c

PH Research Entry Wins 1ST Runner-up in AFCC 2023

  Dr. John Christopher Agsalud Pilapil’s (Philippines) research entry “Outcomes of Patients with COVID-19 and Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Failure Findings from the Philippine Corona Study” was adjudged 2nd   runner-up in the 27 th   ASEAN Federation of Cardiology Congress (AFCC) Young Investigator Award. The awarding rites were one of the highlights of the Cultural Evening AFCC 2023 held from November 2-5, 2023, at the Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake in the capital city.  Pilapil received the citation from outgoing AFC President Dr. Rungroj Krittayaphong, current president of the Heart Association of Thailand while everyone cheered, particularly the Philippine delegation led by  AFC President Dr. Alex Junia, and the Philippine Heart Association Board (Drs. Ronald Cuyco, president; Rodney Jimenez, VP; Walid Amil, secretary; Aurora Gamponia, treasurer; Richard Henry Tiongco, director I and Luigi Pierre Segundo, director II);  his mentors and colleagues from the University of the Ph

PAFI’s ASTIG Program Empowers Communities Affected by Mindoro Oil Spill

Pioneer Adhesives Foundation Inc. (PAFI) has recently taken a significant step towards uplifting the lives of communities through the pilot launch of the Angat Sining Tibay at Galing (ASTIG) program in communities affected by the oil spill incident in Oriental Mindoro. This CSR initiative of Pioneer Adhesives aims to deliver practical and sustainable alternate livelihoods to affected local fishermen who have been banned from fishing since the oil spill in February. ASTIG graduates from the Municipality of Pola with Hon. Mayor Jennifer M. Cruz and PAFI Executive Director Janie Alfonso Held from August 28 to September 3, 2023, local fisher folks in the municipalities of Pola and Pinamalayan in Oriental Mindoro -- two of several communities gravely affected by the oil spill -- underwent various trainings on the essential construction skills covering masonry, tiling, roofing, and waterproofing. They were also given comprehensive training sessions on the proper usage of Pioneer product