Friday, May 27, 2016

Press Release: Austrian Architect, Designer and Restaurateur, Expat living in Thailand nails personal service and moves personalization to a new level.

BANGKOK, Thailand, April 2016 ­ 

Florian Gypser has done it again! The Austrian­ trained architect living in Bangkok, is applying the personalized service that is behind the success of his award­winning restaurant Nang Gin Kui to fashion design with the opening of a leather studio and the launch of an ecologically friendly minimal belt. 

“Our experience at Nang Gin Kui has made us realize that highly focused personal service is the key to success. We hope this formula in combination with the unique service that we offer will be well­received in our new craft ­based enterprise.’ 

Baelts by Florian Gypser ​is an attempt to transform the restaurant experience in a new fashion label based on craft and limitless personalize of customization leather products. It is all about the combination of a simplified, minimal leather belt with an innovative service to emboss (brand) any given artwork onto the leather. It is the first buckle less belt made from ecologically sourced veg-­tanned full grain Thai water buffalo leather. The product was born from Florian's passion for artisanal perfection and minimal design, as well as his desire to create a meaningful personalized product for his family and friends. 

The comprehensive in­house bespoke and personalization service is provided by Florian and his team of an interior designer Daniel and Harvard graduates Li and Awais. The team works to perfect the fit and look of each belt and the artwork with the objective to keep pants up and give the consumer personalized daily wardrobes for decades. 

“My passion to create a meaningful experience or object is driven by the direct participation of the person doing it for” says Florian. 

Nang Gin Kui ­ Bangkok Private Dining, which o​perates out of Florian’s loft­like apartment is a unique dining experience limited to a small group of guests per night. The restaurant has been featured in numerous media outlets around the world and was voted the #1 restaurant in Bangkok for more than 2 years between 2013 and 2015 on Tripadvisor. 

Florian says that spending entire evenings with guests from all around the world, knowing them by their names and listening to their personal stories has made him understand that: behind the clinical term “customer” is a real person. A person just like him, who lives a life with dreams, achievements, family and friends and yearns to experience memorable times. 

Baelts​ operates out of a quirky workshop in Bangkok’s exotic Chinatown ­ one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. This project is in many ways a return to craftsmanship for Florian, as the belts are made by hand, in house, individually for each customer rather than being mass­produced in a nameless factory. 

Baelts recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to gauge interest in the marketplace which ran until May 15, 2016. The campaign can be visited here.


The promise: 
No to anonymous mass production and yes to hands­-on craftsmanship 
Product and service tailored to the person using it 
Handmade by its creator 

The workshop 
60 year old traditional shophouse in the heart of one of Bangkok’s oldest communities. Bangkok’s Chinatown is also home to hundreds of traditional craftspeople. All belts are made in house, one at a time. 

The service: 
Personalized, with limitless embossing ­ we can work with almost any design you give us, you’re not just limited to monograms and letters. Bespoke ­ All belts are custom cut to length so they fit perfectly. 

The product: 
A belt made from full grain vegetable ­tanned Thai water buffalo leather. 
Minimalist buckle-less design makes it the slimmest leather belt available. Fully adjustable through interchangeable metal stud Natural colour which ages beautifully over time.


ABOUT FLORIAN GYPSER 
Master of Architecture ­ Zaha Hadid graduate 
Born 1974 in Vienna, Austria Lives in and loves Bangkok since 2004 
Contact and information: florian@floriangypser.com www.floriangypser.com +66 (0) 85 904 6996 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Press Release: Herbalife’s Nutrition At Work Survey Reveals Majority of Philippines’ Workforce Lead Largely Sedentary Lifestyles, Putting them at Risk of Obesity

Fifth Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour seeks to address health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles, and deepen practical understanding on the benefits of a healthy, active life

PHILIPPINES, April 25, 2016 – Herbalife, a global nutrition company, has released the findings of the new Nutrition At Work Survey, which revealed that the majority of Philippines’ workforce leads largely sedentary lifestyles, putting them at risk of obesity. The Survey1, which was designed to understand the lifestyle habits and attitudes of Asia Pacific’s modern workforce, was conducted in March with 5,500 full-time workers in 11 Asia-Pacific markets, including 500 workers from the Philippines.




According to the survey findings, almost nine out of 10 (85%) workers in the Philippines spend at least six hours a day sitting at their desk, with 52% of its workforce eating lunch at their work desk two to five times per week. The survey also revealed that majority of Philippines’ workforce (86%) exercise less than three times per week, with five out of 10 getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day at their workplace. This suggests a significantly worrying trend locally, on the back of rising obesity rates recorded in recent years.

Nevertheless, the risk of obesity could be averted if workers in the Philippines decide to take control over their own nutritional intake and exercise regimen. Close to eight out of 10 workers(75%) affirmed that they strive to live a healthy, active life, however, the majority of them noted that they find it difficult to stay active during workdays.

“With a majority of Philippines’ workforce leading largely sedentary lifestyles, our mission as a global nutrition company is to help people in the Philippine stake practical steps towards leading healthy, active lives.By inculcating positive nutrition and active lifestyle habits to people in the Philippines, we hope that this will, over time,help reduce obesity risks and lead to positive improvements to the well-being of our people,”said Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines.



Aimed at addressing health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles, and deepening practical understanding on the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles, Herbalife launched its fifth Asia Pacific Wellness Tour 2016, held in the months of April and May. The latest edition of the Wellness Tour builds upon the successes of the past four tours that welcomed more than 80,000 participants across the region, and features a host of medical symposiums, talks and workshops led by seven experts from Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), covering 26 cities across Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Gary Small, M.D. has recently visited the country and shared his expert views on digital dementia and brain aging at the “A Smart Way to Healthy Aging: A Talk by Gary Small, M.D.” event.Dr. Small, a specialist in brain health and aging, has authored over 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including the "Senior Investigator Award" from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.


During the talk Dr. Small addressed health and nutrition related issues associated with sedentary lifestyles and share practical tips on how today’s workforce can live healthier lives by making simple changes to their daily lifestyles. Health and medical professionals, academics, as well as the general public have also engaged in lively dialogues with Dr. Smallat the event, and had the chance to network with like-minded professionals through the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour platform.



Rounding up the team of Herbalife NAB experts who have participated in the Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour are:


·         Dr. David Heber, chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Nutrition Advisory Board. A leading expert in the field of nutrition, named as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and repeatedly included in “The Best Doctors in America”.
·         Dr. Chin-Kun Wang, an expert in metabolism and nutrition, with a focus on the clinical evaluation of nutritional supplements, nutraceuticals, functional foods and herbs.He was awarded the National Award of Biomedicine in Taiwan in 2008 for his contribution to medical education.
·         Dr. Julian Alvarez Garcia, a specialist in sports medicine and sports physiology who has advised professional teams, national teams and individual athletes on a range of disciplines including weightlifting, triathlons, mountain biking, football and basketball.
·         Dr. Darren Burgess, an expert in sports science and nutrition who has authored papers in multiple peer review journals. He is also the current Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club, and the former Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club.
·         Dr. NatanielViuniski, an expert in pediatrics and nutrition who has authored “Childhood Obesity – A Practical Guide”. He is also currently an advisor to Brazil's Health and Education Ministry for Childhood Obesity.
·         Dr. Francis Gregory Samonte, one of the Philippines’ premier experts in pediatric neurology, and the first Filipino appointed to the NAB. He was a recipient of the Chairman’s Achievement Award from the University of Louisville, Kentucky’s Department of Pediatrics.

The NAB experts were also joined by Dr. Luigi Gratton, Herbalife’s vice president of nutrition education and development, who has written numerous articles on nutrition and obesity, and has appeared on television speaking on nutrition, anti-aging medicine, sports nutrition and other medical topics.

“With each new edition of the Wellness Tour, we are seeing an increasing number of people gain practical knowledge to lead better lives. We hope that that this year’s Tour will further empower people to take charge of their nutritional intake and exercise regimen, so that they can enjoy the full benefits of a healthy, active life,” Mr. Valenzuela concluded.


1Herbalife’s Nutrition At Work Survey was conducted in March 2016, with 5,500 respondents aged 18 and above, from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.


Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people’s lives with great products since 1980.

Our nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Independent Herbalife Members in more than 90 countries. We are committed to addressing the global obesity epidemic by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with a Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.

We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports.

The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of US$4.5 billion in 2015.


Press Release: Divas Live In Manila



New generation DIVAS in concert Kyla (Queen of R&B), Yeng Constantino (Pop-­rock Superstar), Angeline Quinto (Queen of Themesongs),
KZ(Soul Supreme), Rachelle Ann Go(West End Diva) are some of the music industry’s best female performers otheir generation.


From the stages of London’s West End to the biggest concert venues of Manila to the recording industry, the five of them have made their marks in the music and entertainment scene. All have garnered recognitions and awards both here and abroad. Aside from the fact that they are all champions in their own right.

All are strong performers, each with her own unique style and stamp. They have also become very good friends through the years, and artists who support each other unconditionally.

By coincidence, all of them are also under the same management: Cornerstone Entertainment. Now, these five powerful and talented voices join forces for once-­in-­a-­lifetime concert on November 11 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Billed “DIVAS: LIVE IN MANILA”, the concert is produced by Cornerstone Concerts and 
directed by Paul Basinillo. true celebration not just of musical geniuses, but also girl power at its finest.


Leading this all-­‐star cast is R&B Queen Kyla, who is marking her 16th year in the biz. A certified platinum artist and multi-­‐awarded performer (she was the first East Asian female artist to win at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2001), Kyla was a champion from her earliest years, topping the Tanghalan ng Kampeon in 1993. Today, she is one of the most invited by foreign artists for collaborations with hits to her name. Recently also, she hit a new level of popularity with her rendition of “On the Wings of Love” from the top-­‐rating soap of the same title. Kyla is also one of the big winners of the recently concluded Himig Handog 2016 (2nd best song with Kris Lawrence for Jungee Marcelo’s “Monumento”). 

Yeng Constantino, the pop-­‐rock superstar, started her career as a graduate of Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA) after winning the title of Grand Star Dreamer in 2006. This year, Yeng—who has numerous hits to her name starting with her mega-­‐hit “Hawak-­Kamay” to recent smash hits like “Chinito” and “Ikaw”—marks her 10th year in the industry with multiple awards and recognition here and abroad. Also one of MYX’s most awarded female artists. She has also collaborated with Singapore’s Academy of Rock, making her the first Filipino artist to be so honored, that made her its very first Asian ambassador. Currently, Yeng is part of the upcoming Angry Birds official movie soundtrack and one of 
Tawag Ng Tanghalan’s resident judges in It’s Showtime.


Angeline Quinto is another product of the reality search route, being the grand champion of Star Power in 2011. She is now a respected artist with numerous hit songs to her name, especially those used as themes in soap operas that tagged her as this generations’ Queen of 
Theme songs.

A firstclass power belted with a voice that soars to the highest of heights, she has also done successful, fullhouse concerts, solos and collaborations with other artists. “Parang Tayo Pero Hindi” a duet with Michael Pangilinan is also a big winner in Himig Handog 2016, which 
bagged the 5th best song trophy.


Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan, from being the very first grand champion of X-­‐Factor Philippines is the newest in this batch of DIVAS, but despite being so, has
successfully established herself as
a performer to watch. KZ’s unique brand of artistry has resulted in several hit songs and memorable moments onstage, and she is also starting to spread her wings abroad through collaborations with other artists. KZ also recently interpreted (with Jay-­‐R) “Laban Pa”, the third prize-­‐winning entry in the Himig Handog P -Pop Love Songs 2016 contest. Her big hits “Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako” (also a big winner in Himig Handog 2014) and “Wag Ka Nang Umiyak” have both dominated the airwaves and charts, and became anthems of manyFilipino music lovers.

Finally, there’s Rachelle Ann Go, from her humble beginning as the ultimate champion of Search For Star in 2004, she is now the country’s newest West End diva. Following the footsteps of Lea Salonga and other successful international Pinoy stage performers, Rachelle Ann also blazed trail of her own in local and international music circles with her stunning performance in the Manila staging of “Les Miserables”. Rachelle Ann has now become certified world-­‐renowned artist but has not forgotten her Pinoy roots.


In “DIVAS: LIVE IN MANILA”, Cornerstone Concerts will give local concert-­‐goers an unforgettable musical experience when it brings these five DIVAS together. With these artists
being proven musical powerhouses and the best in their respective genres, this concert will 
surely be one to watch out for! Expect world-­‐class collaborations, unique musical numbers, impeccable staging and consistently excellent singing that you would 
come to expect from performers of their caliber. 

DIVAS tickets are available at Ticketnet outlets and online come August 2016.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NISSAN ANNOUNCED MANAGEMENT CHANGED IN THE PHILIPPINES

Manila, Philippines (April 1, 2016) --- Nissan today announced the appointment of Ramesh Narasimhan, currently Chief Financial Officer, Nissan Motor Company Australia Pty Ltd. (NMA), as Presideng and Managing Director of Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI).

Narasimhan, an automotive finance veteran, brings his years of extensive automotive experience to NPI. In his latest position as CFO of NMA, Narasimhan has made a significant contribution to the Nissan Australia and New Zealand.

With this management change, Antonio Zara will assume his new position as President Director of PT Nissan Motor Indonesia (NMI), effective April 1st, 2016.

Rence Chan, Mr. Ramesh Nasimhan, Mars Callo, Arnold Yew, Me and Roselle Toledo
Roselle Toledo, Mars Callo, Mr. SJ Huh, Mr. Ramesh Nasimhan, Arnold Yew and me. Fellow media bloggers and Nissan Philippines oficials.


"I am happy to announce Ramesh as the new President and Managing Director of NPI," said Yutaka Sanada, Head of Operations Committee for Asia & Oceania and Asia & Oceania Marketing and Sales, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. "Since the Philippines is one of the key strategic markets for Nissan in ASEAN region, we are trying to make sure  NPI is well supported in every aspect of business. That is why we have assigned a person like Ramesh, who has been well experienced in Automotive Industry in various sizes of business and in different locations. Under Ramesh's leadership, I believe NPI will continue on its growth momentum as it's shown last year with 60% growth year on year." Sanada continued: "With that note, I would like to thank Antonio for his excellent contribution to NPI for its growth. I look forward to him continuosly making great contribution in his new challenging role as President Director of NMI." 

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