Sunday, April 24, 2016

NISSAN Philippines Set To Participate In New Season Of NISSAN GT Academy

Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) confirmed its participation in the upcoming Nissan GT Academy 2016, which will be launched later this year. This was announced during an exclusive screening of the Nissan GT Academy reality show, produced by NPI's broadcast partner ABS-CBN, last April 1, 2016 at the Bonifacio High Street Cinema. 

A virtual-to-reality racing competition, the Nissan GT Academy gives aspiring race cars drivers a chance to fulfill their dream of participating in a professional international race.

"The Nissan GT Academy is Nissan's way of democratizing motor sports, to make it more accessible to the general public." said SJ Huh, NPI General Manager for Marketing "By doing this, we help fast-track the dreams of more potential Filipino racers to reach the international racing arena."

First launched locally in March 2015, the Nissan GT Academy saw over 13,000 aspiring racers participate in over 20 live events held in key cities in the country within a four month period. Twenty players with the best race time in the game then advanced to compete in the National Finals, where they were subjected to physical, driving, media, and virtual challenges to determine the top six contenders.

From the 20 finalists, Luis Cachero, Rafael Lesaguis, Terence Lallave, Joward Policarpio, Joel  Agojo, and Daryl Brady were selected to join the Race Camp at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in the United Kingdom in August 2015.

The Philippine TOP 6 then underwent a 9-day competition against finalists from Japan, Thailand, India, and Indonesia to determine one winner for the Nissan GT Academy Asia leg. Joward Policarpio bested the rest of the finalists in a qualifying race and was named the first Nissan GT Academy Asia Champion. 








Joward Policarpio. 1st GT Academy Asia Winner. Our Pride.
Terence Lallave, Daryl Brady, Joward Policarpio, Rafael Lesaguis and Joel Agojo. Luis Cachero is now in New Zealand. 

"2015 was an excellent year for the first Nissan GT Academy in the Philippines, with Joward becoming the first Nissan GT Academy Asia champion. Not only is he the first Nissan GT Academy Asia champion, but he is the first Filipino to win the title." said Huh. "We hope to continue this strong performance, as we look forward to launching the second Nissan GT ACADEMY IN THE PHILIPPINES later this year."

For more details and updates on the upcoming new season of the Nissan GT Academy Philippines, please visit www.facebook.com/NissanPhilippinesInc

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Financial Fitness Run 2016 on Its Third Year



The Financial Fitness run started on 2014. Well, based on my research, it was held in BGC for its past two years. Now on its third year, it will be in BGC again. Yey! ...why because I live in Taguig. I signed up for 5K race again. I'm not yet ready to level up. Ha Ha! 


Press Release: CFA Society Philippines' Financial Fitness Run now on Its 3rd Year

Last April 1, 2016, the CFA Institute (Chartered Financial Analyst ) --- the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence, will recognize May as Putting Investors First Month which marks the third year of this annual awareness campaign.

As one of the member societies of CFA Institute, CFA Society Philippines is taking part in this global effort by organizing the Financial Fitness Run (FFR). The aim of this run is to inform the investing public about the importance of being financially fit.

 from COL Financial Philippines

The most common and costly mistakes investors make was discussed during the media night. Here are the missteps every individual investors make and should be cautious about in their decision making:

1. No investment strategy
Every investor should form an investment strategy that serves as a framework to guide future decisions. A well-planned strategy takes into account several important factors, including time horizon, tolerance for risk, amount of investable assets, and planned future contributions.

2. Invest individual stocks instead of a diversified portfolio of securities
Investing in an individual stock increases risk versus investing in an already-diversified mutual fund or index fund. Investors should maintain a broadly diversified portfolio incorporating
different asset classes and investment styles. Failing to diversify leaves individuals vulnerable to fluctuations in a particular security or sector.

3. Investing in stocks instead of in companies
Investing is not gambling and shouldn’t be treated as a hit-or-miss proposition potential. Analyze the fundamentals of the company and industry, not day-to-day shifts in stock price.

4. Buying High
The fundamental principle of investing is buy low and sell high. Others at risk for “buying high” are those who follow investment fads, buying the “popular” stocks of the day. Typically, these investments become fashionable for brief periods, leading many to invest at the height of a cycle or trend-just in time to ride it downward.

5. Selling Low
The flip side of the buy-high-sell-low mistake can be just as costly. Keep in mind that not every investment will increase in value and that even professional investors have difficulty beating the S&P 500 index in a given year. Always have a stop-loss order on a stock. It’s far better to take the loss and redeploy the assets toward a more promising investment.

6. Churning your investments
Too-frequent trading cuts into investment returns more than anything else. A study by two professors at the University of California at Davis examined the stock portfolios. The study found that, without transaction costs, these investors received a 17.7% annualized return, which was 0.6% per year better than the stock market itself. But, after transaction costs were included, investors’ returns dropped to 15.3% per year, or 1.8% per year below the market. Again, the solution is a long-term buy-and-hold strategy, rather than an active trading approach.

7. Acting on “tips” and “soundbites”.
Listening to the media for their sole source of investment thinking rather than pursuing a professional relationship with an advisor is a far too common investor mistake. While breaking news and “insider tips” may seem like a promising way to give your portfolio a quick boost, always remember you are investing against professionals who have access to teams of research analysts.

8. Paying too much in fees and commissions
Incredibly, investors are often hard-pressed to cite specifics on the fee structure employed by their investment service provider, including management fees and transactions costs. Investors should, as a precondition to opening an account, make sure they are fully informed as to the associated expenses that accompany every potential investment decision.

9. Decision-making by tax avoidance
While individuals should be aware of the tax implications of their actions, the first objective should always be to make the fundamentally sound investment decision. Some investors, rather than pay a large capital gains tax, will allow the value of shares in a well-performing stock to grow so large it accounts for an inordinate percentage of their overall portfolio.

10. Unrealistic expectations
It is important to take a long-term view of investing and not allow external factors cloud actions and cause you to make a sudden and significant change in strategy. Comparing the performance of your portfolio with relevant benchmark indexes can help an individual develop realistic expectations.

11. Neglect
Individuals often fail to begin an investment program simply because they lack basic knowledge of where or how to start. Likewise, periods of inactivity are frequently the result of discouragement over previous investment losses or negative growth in the equities markets.

12. Not knowing your real tolerance for risk
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as risk-free investing. Determining your appetite for risk involves measuring the potential impact of a real dollar loss of assets on both your portfolio and your psyche. In general, individuals planning for long-term goals should be willing to assume more risk in exchange for the possibility of greater rewards. However, don’t wait until a sudden or near-term drop in the value of your assets to conduct an evaluation of your level of tolerance for risk.

To learn more about CFA Institute go to http://www.cfainstitute.org


Press Release: BlueWater Day Spa Introduces Newest Brand Ambassadors to Its Growing Family

For years BlueWater Day Spa (BWDS) has been the day spa of choice for many as it offers a truly holistic approach to beauty and wellness.


Last April 5, the company marked two wonderful milestones as it announced the addition of some of the country’s most well-loved actresses to its roster of brand ambassadors as well as the launch of an exciting new service.

Held at the Luxent Hotel, BlueWater Day Spa prepared a relaxed yet fun afternoon, reflecting its long-time commitment to promoting a better awareness and understanding of the importance of wellness in today’s more fast-paced world.

Guests at the event were composed of friends from the media as well as other BlueWater Day Spa partners, who were served with delightful welcome drinks upon registration, setting the tone for a blissful afternoon.

Initially envisioned as a relaxing oasis, BlueWater Day Spa is a place where serenity wraps around you, comforting you amidst the chaos of city life. Hence, the program started off with the welcome remarks by Mr Francis Simisim.

After putting together a wonderful selection of massage and relaxation services based on the best practices being used all over the world, BlueWater Day Spa has also built a good reputation by partnering with some of the country’s most beautiful faces. BlueWater Day Spa’s brand ambassadors have served as inspiring examples that in spite of being go-getters and achievers in their own right, it’s imperative that they also make time to take care of their bodies to lead a more fulfilling, balanced life.


The fresh faces of BlueWater Day Spa

As such, BlueWater Day Spa introduced its current lineup of brand endorsers starting with the freshest faces from Mercator talent agency, which includes Brazilian heartthrob, Fabio Ide. From stressed to rest these lovely talents show how they are able to better take care of themselves with the help of BlueWater Day Spa. The featured Mercator Models include Sam Ajdani (Mr World 2015), Philippe Escalambre (Model), Mark McMahon (Actor/Model), Amadeo Leandro (International Model), Brent Javier (Model), and Bianca Guidotti (Miss International 2014/Beauty Queen).


 
Mercator Models and Bianca Guidotti

Following the roster of models from Mercator, BlueWater Day Spa was happy to introduce the young and good looking talents from the Kapuso network – GMA-7, who are also part of BlueWater Day Spa’s roster of brand ambassadors.  Composed of Mike Tan, Ervic Vijandre, Benjamin Alves, and Aljur Abrenica, they are four of the hottest talents from the network, whose busy schedules need to be balanced with well-deserved me-time to keep them looking and feeling fresh.

          
Mike Tan and Ervic Vijandre

          
Benjamin Alves and Aljur Abrenica

For the third segment of its brand ambassadors, BlueWater Day Spa is excited to formally introduce and welcome, Nikki Gil as part of BlueWater Day Spa’s growing family.  Nikki is equally elated to be one of BlueWater Day Spa’s brand ambassadors, saying how hard it was for her to find quiet time to recharge and be ready for the various challenges she faces at work. She thanked BWDS for being her haven and hideaway, a place where she can be alone and recharge.


After beautiful performances from Nikki, BlueWater Day Spa then introduced young athlete, Anthony Semerad who, along with Nikki, has made a name for himself in the industry for both his athletic talent and good looks, who is currently part of the GlobalPort Batang Pier team in the PBA. However, long hours of training and various work commitments should always be balanced by ample rest and a proper diet. This is why Anthony is very grateful to be part of the BlueWater Day Spa family, as it allows him to give his body the much-needed treat that it deserves to stay fit and healthy.

Last but definitely not the least, BlueWater Day Spa is proud to welcome another well-known talent to its roster of brand ambassadors. Well-loved by many for her girl next door appeal, charm and beauty, Kim Chiu has been a favorite by fans as well as brands since she started in showbiz. As one of the most hardworking and highly-visible young actresses in the industry today, one might wonder how does Kim able to balance it all.




This is why the invitation to become BlueWater Day Spa’s newest brand ambassador for its exciting new service is very timely for Kim, who is currently busy with her new soap on ABS-CBN called, "The Story of US" along with other important commitments. As the face of BlueWater Day Spa’s latest service the totally relaxing, traditional Balinese four hand massage, Kim invites guests to try this delightful new treatment, which promises ultimate relaxation. BlueWater Day Spa introduces new treatments with health benefits every year.

Be swept away into a relaxing dream world, while two therapists work in unison, perfectly coordinate on both sides of the body. BlueWater Day Spa is the first spa in the country to offer this treatment wherein guests will be able to experience the deeply restorative benefits of having two therapists working as one. BlueWater Day Spa invites everyone to submit themselves to the healing powers of four hands as tension is relieved and muscles stretched. It is indeed something worth trying out on your next visit to BlueWater Day Spa.

With so many announcements packed in one day, guests of the event were assured of many more exciting things lined up for BlueWater Day Spa for the year such as the special introductory price for the Traditional 4-Hand Balinese Massage.  Avail of their ongoing Summer Promo up to 50% off on selected treatments until May 31, 2016. 

We encourage everyone! Please bring your friends and family and treat them to a wonderful experience at BlueWater Day Spa.

Visit BlueWater Day Spa :
Ortigas-Greenhills (Tel No 7278420) | Makati (Tel No 8173126)
Capitol Hills (Tel No 4730455) | Eastwood City (Tel No 9151247)
Cotabato City (Tel No 09228399751) | Naga City (09177391822). 


Friday, April 15, 2016

ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES BLOCKBUSTER DEAL WITH PHILIPPINE MULTIMEDIA GIANT ABS-CBN

14 April 2016 – Manila, Philippines: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE) has just announced a monumental deal with the Philippines' leading media and entertainment company, ABS-CBN. The multimedia conglomerate, with a reach that spans the entire nation and millions of homes all around the globe, will broadcast coverage of live ONE Championship events in Asia to fight fans across the Philippines on its sports channel ABS-CBN Sports + Action.

ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history and the largest media broadcast in Asia with streams to a potential one billion homes in over 75 countries. Among the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions in ONE Championship are Filipino mixed martial artists who have exemplified courage and honor inside the ONE Cage, helping make ONE Championship what it is today.

Apart from unprecedented coverage of live ONE Championship mixed martial arts (MMA) events across the region via ABS-CBN Sports + Action, ABS-CBN will also bring to Filipino fight fans ONE Championship’s events in glorious High Definition (HD) on ABS-CBN Sports + Action HD on SkyCable Ch166. Morever, regular weekly programming of ONE Championship's world-class content will also be seen on free TV on ABS-CBN Sports + Action, bringing Asia’s favorite local and global MMA superstars closer to Filipino audiences several days a week, all year round.

CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui stated: “ONE Championship is proud to announce its partnership with television network giant ABS-CBN. ABS-CBN is by far the largest TV broadcaster in the Philippines with reach that spans the entire country, as well as internationally to millions of homes across the globe. We’re excited at the multitude of possibilities this tremendous opportunity presents to bring our unique brand of world-class mixed martial arts action to Filipino fight fans all over the world.”

“The Philippines is fortunate to enjoy such a rich martial arts culture. We are also proud to have one of the greatest Filipino combat sports athletes in history, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and Filipino ring icon Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, as co-owner of ONE Championship. The possibilities are endless, and it has everyone at ONE Championship buzzing with excitement at what’s to come,” Cui added.

ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena, meanwhile, said the network's partnership with ONE Championship is another step towards ABS-CBN's goal of promoting sports development in the nation. "When we said we are committed to helping develop sports in the country, we knew we would have to give exposure not just to popular sports like basketball or boxing. ABS-CBN has played a big role in promoting mixed martial arts in the country for many years, and we hope to continue leading the way by supporting exciting and quality fight leagues in MMA or mixed martial arts, such as ONE," he said.

ABS-CBN Corporation is the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment organization. Primarily involved in television and radio, the company has since expanded and now owns the leading cinema and music production/distribution outfits in the country, and operates the largest cable TV service provider as well. ABS-CBN also has business interests in merchandising, licensing, mobile and online multimedia services, publishing, video and audio post production, overseas telecommunication services, money remittance, cargo forwarding, TV shopping services, food and restaurant services, theme park development and management, and property management. These investments are all aimed at making positive changes in the media landscape and strengthening the fiscal position valued by stakeholders.

For more updates on ONE Championship™, please visit www.onefc.com and follow Twitter and Instagram @ONEFCMMA and Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA. For more information on ABS-CBN Sports, visit sports.abs-cbn.com and follow ABS-CBN Sports' official Facebook and Twitter accounts, @abscbnsports.