Monday, June 16, 2014

The Lopez Holdings Corporation Stronger as Ever

Formerly the Benpres Holding Corporation, the Lopez Holdings Corporation is the flagship company of the Lopez Group of Companies. The company is currently engaged in the public service and utilities sector in the Philippines. Established by Mr. Eugenio Lopez Sr., it is now being run by his son Mr. Eugenio Lopez Jr.

Among their businesses in the media and telecommunications sector are the ABS-CBN Corporation, one of the largest radio and TV network; the Sky Cable Corporation, with its recent acquisition of Destiny Cable Corporation they are now the leader in cable TV programming; and Bayan Telecommunications. The most recent is their venture in mobile services with the launch of ABS-CBN mobile through a network sharing agreement with Globe Telecom. The latter being one of the major mobile service provider in the country.

Other company ventures are in power generation; power distribution, being part-owner of Meralco, the biggest in electric distribution in most part of the Philippines. They are also engaged in real estate and infrastructure development and in manufacturing, as well as in services such as the Bayad Center and the Asian eye Institute.

The Lopez Holdings received a total of P942 in cash dividends from its investees in 2013: P179 million from ABS-CBN and P763 million from FPH. This compares with P865 million in cash dividends received in 2012: P357 million from ABS-CBN and P508 million from FPH; and P1.446 billion in cash dividends received in 2011: P938 million from ABS-CBN and P508 million from FPH.

The year 2013 marked its 20 years in investing in the Filipinos and the whole nation as well. Experiencing many challenges, ups and downs; however the company remained resilient. As highlighted in its 2013 Annual Report, it sways just like a bamboo and just come out stronger throughout the years.

A full information about the Lopez Holdings and its subsidiaries is available in its Definitive Information Statement, Annual Report 17A, and Annual Corporate Governance Report.

The company recently had its annual stockholders meeting, it will be interesting to know what the shareholders has agreed upon, to make the company stronger as ever and remain to be as it is.

Di Kana N'ya Love? Ayos Lang 'Yan

Season change. Stuvvs happen, ayos lang yan.

Back with a new web-series, Ramon Bautista stars in Tales of the Friend Zone X (#TFTFx) to share the bittersweet love story of Arvin Jimenez (Ramon Bautista) and Teacher Ines (Nikki Veron Cruz). Set as a love story filled with pwetty sunsets and “Love is only real when baduy” moments, #TFTFZx will make any love bird tweet feelings to the max.

Also starring TV personality, Nikki Veron, and the boys of Boy’s Night Out, Sam YG, Tony Toni, and Slick Rick; TFTFZx is the ayos way of welcoming the cold rainy days of June.

But it’s not all weepy feelings for TFTFZx. To reward the fans of TFTFZx and the 2013 release of Tales from the Friend Zone series (, is giving away fabulous prizes perfect for mending broken hearts. Starting on June 11 until June 30, you can be one of the lucky winners of Gshock watches, Gshock couple watches and GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition cameras.

To join, you just have to share why you love for buying great deals or selling your pre-loved items. It’s that easy! So if you think you’re not very lucky in love, here in, you have all the chance you want to go home a winner!, a leading and trusted online buying and selling website in the Philippines, knows how instinct tells you to hold on to things, especially the more sentimental ones. However, there are new stories waiting to be made only if you let go of things and accept that “Stuvvs happen, ayoslangyan.”

By letting go of pre-loved items on, you get the closure you need to move on; while also getting the chance to earn a little extra for other exciting things to try. Even more, you get the chance to win exclusive prizes too!

Ayos ‘di ba?

For more info, visit

Monday, May 19, 2014 signs deal with M Lhuillier Financial Services, Inc. as Cash Payment Acceptance Partner

(In Photo) L to R:  Mr. Patrick Tan, COO of SEAIR International, Ms. Delza Gochoco, President and General Manager of Triplestar Travel and Tours, Mr. Charles L. Lhuillier, MLFSI Executive Vice President and Ms. Clairene C. Umali, MLFSI Insurance & Special Products Division Manager. announces its partnership with M Lhuillier Financial Services, Inc. (MLFSI) to accept cash payments for air ticket issuances., a division of Triplestar Travel and Tours Inc, is an online budget travel portal that provides airfare comparison and real time ticketing for all airlines to all domestic and international destinations. 

With this partnership, clients can now enjoy expert travel advice online from’s website or through its pool of Travel Specialists through its reservations hotline at 849-0100, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays and 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays and the convenience of paying their booked air tickets through any of the 1,600 M.Lhuillier locations nationwide with almost 160 locations operating 24/7.

To find out more about the new and exciting services, you may visit, any of Triplestar’s ticketing offices nationwide and M.Lhuillier’s website at
www.facebook/ and /mlhuillierkwartapadala

Teens Strongly Advised to Continue Drinking Milk

Milk is not just for babies and small kids only.

Calcium makes bones and teeth dense and strong. lt also plays a role in blood clotting, muscle contraction and nerve transmission. Ninety-nine percent of the calcium in the body is found in the bones and teeth. Calcium is not only important to infants but also to adolescents and adults, as well. During adolescence the need for calcium is high because 45% of their bone mass is formed during puberty.

Sources of calcium include green leafy vegetables, small fishes with bones that can be eaten, and milk and milk products. Milk is the most important source because it contains highly absorbable calcium. It is usually consumed by infants, toddlers and younger children, but it is not a popular drink among the teenagers.

The 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research lnstitute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in 2008 revealed that there is a low consumption of milk among the adolescents, only 15% of males and 29% of females are drinking milk. This low milk consumption is accompanied by a high intake of caffeine rich beverages such as coffee and softdrinks.

The 7th NNS listed the top 30 most commonly consumed food items of adolescents aged 13 to 19 years old, were coffee and softdrinks landed in the 6th and 7th spots, respectively. Consumption of milk and milk products, however were not even in the list. Caffeine can lower calcium absorption in the body and as a result, an adolescent can have lower calcium in the body because of low calcium intake and high caffeine intake.

Based on the 7th NNS, calcium is the least consumed nutrient by adolescents with only 0.33% meeting the 80% of the dietary requirements for calcium. It is important for adolescents to continue drinking milk because at this stage, the body is continually undergoing bone building until about the age of 30 years.

What are the consequences of not getting enough calcium by this age?

As people age, bone loss exceeds bone-building. Thus, older people are more at risk to osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become brittle and more prone to fractures. Milk should be a part of the daily diet from childhood to old age to prevent weak bones and frequent fractures later in life.

Milk drinking should also be vigorously promoted among teenagers because it is during this time that they learn to drink other beverages such as softdrinks and coffee, which often replaces milk in their diet.

If milk drinking is not practiced, it is equally important to consume calcium-rich foods as advocated by the 2012 Nutrition Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF).

Let us follow message number five of the NGF which states: "Consume milk, milk products and other calcium-rich foods, such as small fish and shellfish, everyday for healthy bones and teeth."

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: 
Dr. Mario V. Capanzana
Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute
Department of Science and Technology
General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City
Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164
Telephone No.:8372071 local 2296

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jollibee Family Bee Day at Nuvali

It had been a great day. The sun was set up high as me and my little boy headed to Nuvali grounds in Sta. Rosa, Laguna to celebrate with other families for the Jollibee Family Bee Day Grand Picnic.

Same with us, thousands of others converged in five different venues across the country and enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon.

This event was held simultaneously at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila; Bayanihan Park in Pampanga; Plaza Independencia in Cebu; Crocodile Park in Davao and here at Nuvali Fooball Grounds in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

“We are very excited to mount an event of this magnitude that celebrates the Filipinos’ love for bonding over good food. We are very happy with the turn-out and pleased to see everyone enjoying the company of other people whom they treat like family. Talagang dito sa Jollibee, ang sarap maging pamilya,” said Jollibee Vice-President for Marketing Harvey Ong.

Famous celebrity Ms. Marian dela Riva thrilled the crowd with her giggling song and dance performance. Pop prince Erik Santos and Moonstar88 band also crazed everyone.

Stilt walkers, jugglers and a musical band paraded around the grounds along with the different Jollibee mascots that was a sure delight especially for the kids. My little boy Ivan had a real grand time queueing up several times at the giant inflatable slide and at the basketball shoot out. Each kid was given a special toy treat if he got that shoot correctly. There was also a giant picnic basket and a special photo frame installations to capture those wonderful moments.

By turning an ordinary summer afternoon into a fun-filled celebration with exciting entertainment from some of the country’s leading celebrities and bands, outdoor fun and games and great-tasting food, the country’s number one family fast-food chain truly enabled thousands of families to celebrate the grandest picnic ever.

Thank you again Jollibee for making us part of this truly memorable event.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Crocs' Epic Sale Dates

As low as P199.00!!! wow!!!

Crocs fans, you are in for a treat this summer! The world’s favorite comfort shoe brand is set to have an Epic Sale Event from May 16 to 18, 2014 at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. It’s a Crocs sale unlike any other and more than what you’ve experienced before! The anticipated sale of the season will surely bring smiles to loyal fans as it offers up to 90% off on a wide selection of styles.

Citibank cardholders are invited to join the exclusive preview sale on May 15, 2014.

Crocs is making this event more special with a contest on Facebook where fans will be given the chance to win VIP Passes as a way of saying thank you for the support they’ve shown in the past seven years.

Aside from the Alabang sale, you can also head down to SM DasmariƱas and Studio of Riverbanks Center in Marikina on May 29-June 1 to enjoy even more markdowns. Stay tuned as Crocs announces more dates!

For more information on the contest, other promos, and announcements, simply like Crocs Philippines on Facebook and follow @crocsph on Instagram and Twitter.

Friday, April 18, 2014

American Eye Center Rewards OFW Heroes

To reward all their efforts and hard-work, American Eye Center came up with the OFW Privilege Card, which can be obtained from its Shangri-La and Greenbelt branches. With the OFW Privilege Card, kababayans can now secure eye health for themselves and for their dependents from anywhere in the world through discounts on diagnostics and treatments.

“The American Eye Center has always admired the OFWs, and would like to honor them in our own way. These modern day Filipino heroes deserve much recognition and we do that by offering quality eye care for them and the rest of their families through our exclusive OFW Privilege Card,” says American Eye Center’s COO Dr. Benjamin Cabrera.

American Eye Center offers the OFW Privilege Card to all overseas Filipino workers and their qualified dependents. The card is absolutely free and entitles the bearer to a 50 percent discount on comprehensive eye examinations and 15 percent discount for their dependents. The card also allows special 20 percent discount on cataract surgery, 15 percent discount on All Laser or Bladeless LASIK, and 10 percent off on diagnostic procedures.

The card also offers exclusive discounts at American Eye Center partner SPEX Optical. All OFW’s need to do is set an appointment and present valid overseas employment documents to avail of these unlimited discounts until May 2014.

Excellence in Ophthalmic Care

American Eye Center has been breaking new ground in ophthalmic care since its establishment in 1995. American Eye Center’s level of excellence is backed by the Associated Eye Specialists, the most experienced and longest-running EyeMD group practice in the country, composed of 17 doctors extensively trained in various ophthalmic subspecialties. The Center is also staffed with highly qualified optometrists, nurses and counselors to provide patients with personalized quality eye care.

American Eye Center is a full-service diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical eye facility fully accredited with the Department of Health and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. It houses the latest diagnostic equipment for the early detection and monitoring of all eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Cataract.

Its location in Greenbelt 5 in Makati City has a laser suite, an operating room, a recovery room, examining rooms, and a spacious reception area. Clients can also choose from a wide array of elegant eyewear from SPEX, a world-class eyewear center adjacent to the American Eye Center and managed by The Optical Shop.

The company’s main office is located at the level 5, Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. For inquiries and details, call tel. nos. 636-0762 or 729-EYES (3937) or email us at You may also visit for more information about the OFW Privilege Card.

Avail of American Eye Center’s OFW Privilege card and ensure a clear future for the entire family. Set an appointment today via phone or e-mail or through American Eye Center’s appointment planner available at their website. Always stay in the know by downloading the American Eye Center App available on iPhone, iPad, and on Android.