Monday, May 22, 2017

Farrales x Zalora in Bel-Air Village Anniversary Show.

Good evening, 

Sharing this article about the 60th anniversary of Bel-Air. 

Bel-Air Village has been home to some of the most creative people from different persuasions – art, design, literature, interior design, and many more.
And then there’s fashion – both couture and retail, specifically  Mang Ben Farrales, the Dean of Philippine Fashion, and Mr. Paolo Campos, the man behind the highly successful online fashion store

On the occasion of Bel-Air’s 60th anniversary set on May 26 to 28, the Bel-Air Village Association (BAVA) will present Pasinaya 2017, featuring one of the highlights – a Farrales and collab dubbed as “Retrospective”, set on May 27, at the Solar Street Park in Bel-Air 3.

Farrales has had an illustrious career in fashion since his beginnings in the late ‘50s, being the first Filipino designer to present a fashion show at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 1984. His timeless, classic designs have incorporated traditional Filipino materials such as inol, a traditional Muslim fabric found in Mindanao.
Zalora Philippines is one of the leading online fashion stores today, hosting hundreds of brands and products to make shopping online simpler and more convenient for busy Filipinos.

Both Farrales and Campos have been living in Bel-Air for more than 20 years and have been active within the community. Farrales, in particular, has lent his artistic talent in designing decorations for Pasinaya, Christmas celebrations, and other village events. He is also part of Pasinaya history by taking a major part in the first celebrations.
“Mang Ben designed the costumes for the first Pasinaya in 1993. Amidst his very busy schedule, he always makes time for Bel-Air because he loves the community,” enthuses Malyne Lorayes, executive producer of Pasinaya 2017. “The village has this established sense of community with many long-held traditions, such as the community fashion show every Pasinaya, that everyone participates in. We’re very honored to have these two brilliant minds from Bel-Air be featured.’’

Meanwhile, Campos is a second generation Bel-Air resident who came to the village with his parents Buddy and Bing Campos. He has been particularly involved in the community feeding programs of the parish church.
To watch out for during the fashion show are the classic artistry of the Dean of Philippine Fashion which plays with rich fabrics and beautiful silhouettes and showcases the designer’s Mindanao roots. Meanwhile, the Zalora collection will show fun, summery looks for men and women that highlight the latest trends.
 “What unites these two fashion powerhouses, aside from the fact that they have considered Bel-Air their home for the past 20 years and more is the fact that they mix both innovation and classic elegance and style. Despite the different looks of the two names in fashion, both Farrales and Campos represent investment dressing,” states Ogee Atos, director of the “Retrospective” fashion show.

This year, the Pasinaya fashion show will feature young women from Bel-Air families such as Julia Javier, Sam Javier, and Anika Dy modeling the timeless creations of Farrales. Meanwhile, modeling some of Zalora’s coolest looks are faces such as Marco Abello, Ton Lichauco, and Daniel Cuajunco.
“For our 60 years, we wanted the fashion show to be a ‘homecoming’ of sorts, something that not only showcases fashion trends but also Bel-Air, so we thought why not feature two big names in fashion that call Bel-Air home,” states Lorayes.
The fashion show best highlights the theme of Bel-Air at 60, showing that what makes the village shine is the people that comprise the community.

 “What really makes Bel-Air special is the community we’ve built with one another. Unlike in many residential areas, we’ve kept our sense of wanting to get to know one another and getting involved. The fashion show is a great example of the Bel-Air spirit: all of us, no matter how famous we’ve become, coming together to put an incredible show,” explains Lorayes.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

IFEX PH Opening

Sharing Photos from yesterday Opening. 

DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado delivered the opening remarks at IFEX Philippines, the country’s biggest food and ingredients show. IFEX Philippines runs from May 19-21, 2017at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City.

CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon led the opening toast to formally open the festivities at IFEX Philippines on May 19, 2017. IFEX Philippines is organized by the CITEM under DTI.

DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado led the ribbon cutting ceremonies at the Taste ASEAN Pavilion, EU Pavilion, and Food Artisans Village in Day 1 of IFEX Philippines on May 19. The three settings are just some of the special features at the three-day event.

Groves of international and local buyers, VIBs, media guests, and other visitors troop to the World Trade Center in Day 1 of IFEX Philippines. More than 15,000 guests are expected to visit the run that will run from May 19-21, 2017.


Snaps from Avon City event. Avolution. Becoming A Better You With Avon.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Press Release: Top ASEAN food firms gear up for IFEX Philippines, May 19-21

DTI-CITEM targets to exhibit 110 int’l companies in PH’s largest food show

Malaysia-based QL Foods Sdn. Bhd., one of the biggest producers of surimi-based products in Asia and now Southeast Asia's largest egg producer, is one of the top exhibitors coming to IFEX Philippines 2017.

The Philippines’ biggest international trade exhibition on food and food-related products rounds up the leading companies, manufacturers, and distributors all over Southeast Asia as one of the official events in the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry-Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines for its 11th edition will showcase the most exciting food products, trends and innovations in Southeast Asia on May 19-21 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).
“Under the theme ‘Taste ASEAN,’ IFEX Philippines will be the main food export platform for ASEAN Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to capture the immense global demand for oriental flavors and drive up more trade opportunities in the region,” said newly appointed DTI-CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon.
For this year, DTI-CITEM promises a bigger exhibit as it intends to highlight 110 international companies in IFEX Philippines, with the participation of 31 companies from the ASEAN.

Kampot Pepper, often referred as the “King of Spice” since ancient times, is one of the exciting ingredient in IFEX Philippines. It is recognized as the best pepper in the world following the award of Protection Geographical Indication (GI) status in 2009.

 Under its International Hall, IFEX Philippines will converge some of the top food companies from ASEAN countries, including Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Viet Nam.
Among the international exhibitors from are Malaysia-based QL Foods Sdn. Bhd., one of Asia’s largest producer of egg and surimi-based products; CKT Marketing Sdn. Bhd., a top distributor of Halal-certified frozen food also in Malaysia; and Swiss Pac Pvt. Ltd., which one of India’s leading packaging solutions firm.
Companies that also confirmed their participation includes Lian Hap Xing Kee Edible Oil Trading Pte Ltd. (Singapore), Sunshine Tropics Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia), SEE Hau Global Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia), FoodTrade Pte Ltd. (Singapore), Leng Seng Hout FAFA Food Co., Ltd. (Cambodia), E Che Ngov Heng Food Production of Kampot (Cambodia), and LyLy Food Industry Co., Ltd. (Cambodia)

CKT Marketing Sdn. Bhd. is set to tickle tastebuds through their desserts and ice cream made with tropical fruit flavors, including mango, coconut, banana, durian and many more

It will also feature companies from ASEAN regional dialogue partners, including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, India, and New Zealand; and some countries from the European Union (EU).
Coming from China includes Pearl River Bridge, Aaermes Trade Co., Ltd., Qingdao Shengda Commercial and Trade Co., Ltd., Huiyuan International Exhibition Co., Ltd., Wes Expo. Other notable companies are Wes Worldwide Expo Services Ltd. (Taiwan), Tamek Gida Ve Konsantre San Ve Tic. A.S (Turkey) and Try Company Co., Ltd. (Japan).

Turkey-based Tamek Gida Ve Konsantre San Ve Tic. A.S is bringing bottled fruit drinks nectar, as well as sauces and breakfast products.
More participants are expected to come as CITEM drumbeats participation in various national embassies and partner with international marketing agents, including the EU-Philippines Business Network (EPBN), Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), Rosen International Pte. Ltd., BLI Co. Ltd., WES Worldwide Expo Services Ltd., Fujian Huiyuan Int’l Exhibition Co., Ltd., and TRADEXPO.
“CITEM is currently intensifying its campaign to gather more international exhibitors as part of the Philippines’ commitment to lead ASEAN nation towards partnering for change and engaging the world with the region’s globally competitive industries and vibrant economy,” Tugonon said.
ASEAN, as an economic powerhouse, is currently the third largest market in the world with over 620 million people, the third largest economy in Asia, and the seventh largest economy in the world with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 2.3 trillion dollars in 2016.
The IHS Global Insight predicts that the combined GDP of the 10 member-states of ASEAN will surpass GDP of big economies across the world.
Based on IHS Global Insight world economic forecast, the region’s $2.6-trillion GDP in 2017 is higher compared to these major economies: India, at $2.4 trillion; the United Kingdom, at $2.4 trillion; France, at $2.3 trillion; Brazil, at $1.7 trillion; Russia, at $1.5 trillion; and Australia, at $1.2 trillion.
Leading this fast growth rate in ASEAN is the Philippines, posting a 6.8% in its 2016 GDP growth.
On January, DTI launched the official line up of events for the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program (ABIP), including IFEX Philippines, as the chair of the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) and the chair of the Committee on Business and Investment Promotion (CBIP) in its 30th summit.
CBIP8 strengthens the Philippines’ priority areas under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Pillar, which includes the promotion and globalization of MSMEs, development of an innovation-driven economy, and promotion of women and youth entrepreneurship.
Interested Philippine and international exporters and manufacturers are encouraged to participate in another exciting edition of the biggest food, ingredients, and beverage trade fair in Asia-Pacific.
Register at and follow IFEX Philippines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You may also contact Ms. Rowena Mendoza at telephone number 831-2336/831-2201 local 257 or e-mail, or visit

IFEX 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Oppo F3. The Latest addition to F3 Series debuts in PH.

Last May 4, 2017, yours truly had the privilege to get to know the brand, Oppo. I rarely attend tech event because I am not a techie person. I don't go checkout in the market what's the latest gadget. But given the fact that I need to level up with my blogging (especially when it comes to photo quality) so I grabbed the opportunity to learn more about this gadget item.

The grand launched was held at Conrad Hotel. Dealers of the mobile brand, company officials and bosses, media and bloggers were present in the event. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Press Release: Allianz PNB Life backs National Youth Futsal Cup

Hello May! Sorry for not frequently updating. Having problems with laptop and internet connectivity lately. Here is an update for sports enthusiasts. 

Allianz PNB Life in cooperation with the Henry Moran Foundation and the 
Philippine Football Federation (PFF) will be holding the National Youth Futsal Cup on May 6, Saturday, 7am to 5pm, at the University of Asia and the Pacific. 

The event will mark the beginning of the selection process for the Philippines’ participation to the Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC). Allianz, the official partner of FC Bayern Munich, is host to an annual international football camp held in Munich, Germany. The camp gives teenagers (between the ages of 14-16) from across the world a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with the FC Bayern Munich coaches. 

This is the first year Allianz PNB Life will be sponsoring five male players from the friendly tournament to the AJFC to be held this July in Bali, Indonesia. Two winners out of the five players will be given the chance to represent the Philippines in the global camp this year in Munich, Germany.

(Clockwise) Gae Martinez, Allianz PNB Life Chief Marketing Officer; Rei Abrazaldo, Allianz PNB Life Branding Communications and Digital Director; Ake Pastoral, Philippine Football Federation National Grassroots Officer; and Danny Moran, Henry Moran Foundation President.

 Rei Abrazaldo, Allianz PNB Life Branding Communications and Digital Director; Gae Martinez, Allianz PNB Life Chief Marketing Officer; Danny Moran, Henry Moran Foundation President; and Ake Pastoral, Philippine Football Federation National Grassroots Officer.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Press Release: Six fascinating finds at the 65th Manila FAME

Thousands of foreign and local buyers, media guests, and VIPs saw some masterful display of Filipino craftsmanship with a lot of fashion, furniture and furnishings, home decor and home accent, and gift items on display at the World Trade Center in Pasay City during the 65th edition of Manila FAME. From the nearly 300 exhibitors at the fair, there were six unique fascinating finds.


Water-resistant and non-flammable paper lighting display was created by Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper Crafts from abaca bought from the Higanon tribe. The company cleans the abaca and beats it until they achieve the desired form. The company also adds fixatives to the abaca to make it water resistant and non-flammable, so they are safe to turn into lamps and lighting accessories.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Press Release: PH eyed to become Japan’s fifth largest furniture exporter by 2019 at Manila FAME April

DTI-CITEM and Japan’s biggest management group ink MoU to boost PH-Japan trade relations

From Left to Right: Japan Management Association (JMA) representative Noriyasu Kamioki and their affiliate, Ikuzo Abeno, the chairman of Asia Furniture Forum, DTI-CITEM’s Executive Director Clayton Tugonon, along with DTI’s Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC) Assistant Secretary Maria Cynthia Ricafort and Ma. Bernardita A. Mathay, FTSC commercial counselor in Tokyo, Japan.

To elevate the Philippines as the fifth largest furniture importer to Japan.


This is one of the goals of the newly forged partnership between a top Japanese business group, and the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in line with the growing bilateral trade relations between Japan and the Philippines under the Duterte administration.


The Japan Management Association (JMA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Center for International Trade and Missions (DTI-CITEM), formalizing its support towards the country’s thriving home and lifestyle, and food sectors.


The signing was held at the World Trade Center Metro Manila during the first day of Manila FAME April between JMA’s representatives Ikuzo Abeno and Noriyasu Kamioki; and CITEM’s Executive Director Clayton Tugonon, along with DTI’s Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC) Assistant Secretary Maria Cynthia Ricafort and Bernardita Mathay, FTSC representative in Tokyo, Japan.

“We are glad that DTI-CITEM, through Manila FAME, has been instrumental in making another milestone towards improving the trade relation between Japan and the Philippine. This partnership with JMA is a big boost to our micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) given that Japan is the top export destination for our local products,” said Tugonon.


JMA is the largest Japanese management organization with over 1,300 corporate members and organizer of the Asia Furnishing Fair (AFF), contributing to improving the productivity and innovation of Japanese industries for 70 years through various activities, such as exhibitions for over 20 industries, conferences, training and education for executive and business people.


During the MOU signing, Abeno said he is expecting the Philippines to become the “fifth largest furniture importer to Japan after two years”. As of 2016, the Philippines ranks eighth among the furniture importers in Japan.


Abeno is the president of the Japan Furniture Manufacturers and Importers Association, which is the biggest furniture importer organization in Japan. He is also the also the chairman of the of Asia Furniture Forum (AFF) and the Chief Executive Officer of Tokyo Furniture Research Co. Ltd.


“Given the quality of Philippine products, Japanese buyers are interested in pursuing a long-term partnership that will make it easier for our countrymen and Philippine companies to explore new trade opportunities,” said Abeno in a seminar about approaching the Japanese market at Manila FAME.


Aside from Home and Lifestyle products, the top Japanese business group also promises to promote Philippine food products since JMA is the organizer of FOODEX Japan, which is the largest food show in East Asia.


Japan is the Philippines’ largest export destination for fresh foods and the second largest market for processed food, next to the United States.  Among the highly sought-after product in Japan are the Philippine bananas—accounting for nearly 90 percent of the total bananas circulating in the Japanese market.


Under the MOU, JMA promises to bring more Japanese trade buyers to DTI-CITEM’s signature export events, namely the Manila FAME and IFEX Philippines.


“To intensify promotions of the Philippine furniture and furnishings, home décor, gifts and other home and lifestyle products in Japan, [both parties look towards] increase attendance of Japanese buyers in CITEM signature events which will strengthen business relations, promote economic cooperation among the enterprises of the Philippines and Japan,” read the MOU.


Both parties also agreed to assist, facilitate and promote each other’s programs, including fairs exhibitions, missions, and conferences, as well as promote collaboration in the trade show business between the two organizations, such as product development, marketing, and promotions to the Japanese market.


JMA likely vowed to help in the product development of Philippine companies to fit the demand of the Japanese market. These companies are expected to showcase their products in this year’s Manila FAME October edition. For a wider exposure in Japan, the same products will be exhibited both at the AFF and the International Furniture Fair Tokyo (IFFT).  


As of 2016, Japan remains the country’s top export destination with its free trade agreements on specified products under the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA).


The Philippines is also among the investment destinations deemed most promising by Japanese firms, the latest survey conducted by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) showed.


JBIC’s Survey Report on Overseas Business Operations by Japanese Manufacturing Companies for fiscal year 2016 ranked the Philippines as the eighth most promising country/destination for overseas operations over the medium term.



The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is the proud organization of the Manila FAME—the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizations founded 90 years ago in Italy.


Manila FAME is a bi-annual sourcing platform of export-ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcased the best of the Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Press Release: Manila FAME elevates PH export through design excellence– DTI chief

DTI Sec Lopez affirms PH firms, designers in their contribution vs poverty under Duterte admin

The country’s trade chief during his welcoming speech at the Katha Awards in the 65th edition of Manila FAME in the May 19 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez underscored the key role of Philippine companies and designers in attracting more export interests and investments from international trade buyers—leading to more quality jobs and the much-needed inclusive growth in the country.
Lopez said the country’s design-forward products for the home and lifestyle sectors give Filipinos significant edge in the international market in his speech at the Manila FAME Katha Awards at the World Trade Center (WTCMM) and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).
“The [Philippine] designs are indigenous with a modern twist. Design is our unique selling proposition every time we present the Philippines outside the world,” said Lopez, a known champion of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).We are so proud to say that the skill remains a strength of exports in the country. Investors see a bright future for the sector since design is a center of excellence for the Philippines.”
Lopez had earlier identified “design-oriented furniture and garments” as one of the Philippines’ globally competitive industries—capable of generating higher income opportunities for MSMEs, multi-national corporations (MNCs), and other social enterprises.
In line with the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit, Lopez recently encouraged Philippine companies and designers to forged new trade partnership with the over 600 thousand potential customer-base in furniture and home furnishing sectors in the ASEAN region.
The country’s trade chief also advised local exporters to take advantage of various trade agreements involving the Philippines in winning potential markets,including ASEAN’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand (NZ).
The Philippines is also pushing for a FTA with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), composed of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSPs).

Lopez expressed his gratitude towards local companies, designers, partner agencies, and stakeholders, as well as trade buyers, for their relentless effort in elevating the Philippine design and craftsmanship in the global market.

CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon (first from left), DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado, and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez (eights from left) handed out the trophies for the KATHA Awards winners in the 65th edition of Manila FAME. The KATHA Awardees are: Kalikasan Sorsogon (Citation for Eco Design Award and Best Booth Display), Wolfe and Huntr (Best Product Design Fashion), Our Handmade Heritage Inc. (Best Product Design for Holiday), Delza’s Native Products (Best Product Design for Home Accent), and Schema (Best Product Design for Lamps & Lighting)

“Congratulations for keeping the passion—the fire in you to make a much better design. Let us continue it. Year in and out. We are helping the country. We are inspiring more young designers. And we are helping the [administration] of President Rodrigo ‘Roa’ Duterte in elevating the status of the country,” said Lopez.
“Continue to make the lives of all Filipinos great. Uplift them and address inequality through design. You are empowering everyone to succeed in life,” he added.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eduard Folayang feels privileged to headline ONE Championship’s 10th event in the Philippines

Good afternoon! Wow! What a hiatus. Sharing this story about One Championship's event which will happen on April 21, 2017 at SM Mall of Asia Arena. I missed today's press conference at City of Dreams Manila Ballroom 1. 

I am amaze with all the dedications each fighter gives while in training. 

Although Eduard “Landslide” Folayang has been with ONE Championship since its inception in 2011, it marks the first time that he will be in the top bill of the organization’s live event in the Philippines.
The 33-year-old Baguio City native is set to lock horns with Malaysian-Kiwi sensation Ev “E.T.” Ting in the main event of ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY, which is ONE Championship’s tenth blockbuster show on Philippine shores.

With ten marquee match ups slated on the card, ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY takes place at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 21 April.
Folayang, who is universally recognized as the face of the Philippine MMA scene, has previously headlined two events under the ONE Championship banner.
The popular Team Lakay representative competed in the headliner of ONE Championship’s inaugural card, where he notched a unanimous decision victory over Korean veteran A-Sol Kwon.
Five years later, Folayang found himself in the same position when he challenged Japanese MMA legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki for the ONE Lightweight World Championship title in the main event of ONE: DEFENDING HONOR.

Folayang dethroned Aoki for the gold-plated belt by way of third-round technical knockout, driving a hard knee to the head before unleashing a barrage of punches to coerce the referee to wave it off.
In the first defense of his coveted lightweight strap, Folayang has been booked in the principal attraction of ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY, squaring off against a topnotch challenger in Ting.
Folayang stressed that he considers it as a privilege to be in the main event of the tenth ONE Championship card in the Philippines.
“It’s my first time to be in the main event of ONE Championship’s card in the Philippines. I know that it’s a big responsibility, but I am humbled and privileged to be in this position,” he said.

Folayang admitted that he is so motivated for his upcoming title defense as he will be fighting in front of a partisan Manila crowd for the first time in nearly three years.
“It’s going to be awesome. I love my country, and I love the Filipino people and all the MMA fans. I can’t wait to get back in there and defend our home turf. By the grace of God, I will emerge victorious,” he stated.

The man known as “Landlside” realizes that to be successful against Ting, he has to make sure he comes in at his absolute best.
“I know the stakes. I know what’s riding on this fight. Ev Ting is coming for my belt. He’s coming to take what I’ve worked so hard for my entire career. There is no way I’m just going to let him take it. It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure,” Folayang shared.
With Ting recently making the move up from featherweight to lightweight, Folayang believes that his extra experience in the weight class will give him the advantage.
“My main advantage over him is my experience as a fighter, especially in the lightweight division. We all know that Ev Ting came from the featherweight division, so I’m more used to fighting in this division,” he said.
Although he may have a friendly and boyish demeanor outside the battleground, Folayang made it clear that inside the cage, it is all business.
“When I enter that cage, my entire mindset changes. The time for being nice and playing games is over. Once that cage door closes, my focus shifts entirely to battle. It’s different because it’s just like taking final exams. If I don’t take it seriously, I myself will fail. Only one guy gets to walk out of the cage a winner, so I make sure that guy is me,” he concluded.

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