Friday, January 19, 2018

Pioneer Adhesives joins Sinulog 2018

Pioneer Adhesives Inc., formerly Republic Chemical Industries, Inc., is supporting one of the biggest, most-awaited festivals in the country for the first time!

Get your eyes glued on the streets of Cebu on January 21, 2018, at 8 a.m. as Pioneer Adhesives Inc. participates in the annual Sinulog Festival’s grand float parade. Featured in the float will be top Pioneer products, such as Mighty Bond, Pearl Glaze, and Painter’s Buddy Skim Coat. 

Apart from the float parade showcase, Pioneer Adhesives will also be a sponsor of the festival. Festivalgoers can expect a lineup of exciting activities by Pioneer Adhesives during the Sinulog weekend, including participation in the awarding of the Sinulog Festival Queen event at the Sports Complex on January 19.

Sinulog Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held every third Sunday of January in Cebu to honor the miraculous image of Santo Niño. Drawing over three million festivalgoers, Sinulog’s line up of activities gets bigger and bigger every year with a host of extravagant activities such as grand float parades, lively street parades, big parties and concerts.

This participation in the Sinulog Festival’s float parade is one of many activities lined up for the celebration of the company’s 60th anniversary this February.
Don’t miss out on the grand float design prepared by Pioneer Adhesives on Sunday! See you at the festival! Viva Pit Señor!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Peabo Bryson "Love Rocks! " Concert in Resorts World Manila this February

Spend this Valentines Season with love and the smooth sound of Grammy Award winner PEABO BRYSON as he returns to Manila to headline LOVE ROCKS!  For one night only, fans can catch Peabo Bryson, “The King of Balladeers,” live in concert, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:00pm at Resorts World Manila, Newport Performing Arts Theater.  

International recording artist J MICHAELS also returns to NPAT as co-headliner and host of the ongoing Love Rocks! concert series.  Former Miss Saigon JENINE DESIDERIO will complete this fantastic lineup as special guest artist, all backed by the J Michaels Band under the direction of Maestro Danny Favis.  The theme for the evening will also include a tribute to the music of Burt Bacharach, with each artist performing their favorite Bacharach tunes.

Peabo Bryson has established a career as one of the premier male vocalists in contemporary music of the last quarter century. Possessing a beautifully rich, almost operatic voice, this two-time Grammy® Award-winner has survived and prospered despite the passage of time and changes in popular musical trends. With twenty albums to his credit, Peabo Bryson has enjoyed an unprecedented across-the-board level of international success, Bryson has the distinction of being the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts.

Bryson was among the premier silky-voiced soul artists who emerged as the softer, more sophisticated urban contemporary sound became dominant in the '70s and'80s. He made hit duets with Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Melissa Manchester, and Lea Salonga. Bryson enjoyed more success with “If Ever You're in My Arms Again,” “Can You Stop the Rain;” “Through the Fire” and “Unconditional Love.” Bryson won his first Grammy® Award in 1992 for his performance of the song "Beauty and the Beast" with Céline Dion. His second Grammy was awarded the following year for "A Whole New World" (Aladdin's Theme) with Regina Belle, being the only Disney song to make it to the Billboard top 100, and topping it at #1. With his tremendous crossover success, Peabo has transitioned into a world of international acclaim. Peabo Bryson is, at his intimate best, a legendary vocalist offering a timeless mix of pop and soul as only he can. Bryson has amassed a loyal fan base, critical acclaim and an avalanche of awards by being one of the “truly best friends” a song could ever have.

As lead Vocalist and Host of Love Rocks!, Manila-born J Michaels is an international recording artist and longtime showman who effortlessly shows incredible versatility in musical styles accompanied by some of the most talented musicians and backup singers. J Michaels has shared the stage with legendary rocks artists like Ambrosia, John Ford Coley, Dan Hill, Jimi Jamison, Terry Sylvester of the Hollies, Yvonne Elliman, Gary Puckett, Stephen Bishop and more. His online music videos, filmed on location in various countries, have quickly gained popularity with over 2 million new views in 2017, earning him fans worldwide, including many in Philippines.

LOVE ROCKS! is a trademarked concept show that has had great international acclaim and success.  Each show is hosted by J Michaels and features one or more Multi-Platinum and Grammy® headline artists.  The J Michaels Band has served as backup band for the Love Rocks! concert series pairing world-class concert and touring musicians with incredible guest headliners.  2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Love Rocks! concerts, fans can look forward to multiple shows an more great artists in the coming months.

This Love Rocks! Concert is presented in cooperation with Grand Leisure Corporation and Events by WEG Inc.

Tickets are available now at all TicketWorld outlets, Resorts World Manila Box Office, and online at

Meet The New Maginoo

I was never a fan of pomade. Never liked how it smells and how sticky and greasy it feels.

Reminds me of an uncle who likes to use pomade everyday. He puts it in after taking a shower and even has it on before going to bed. 😂 I just had to bear with the smell of it because he’s the grown up.

My eldest son uses a famous brand of hair wax. His favorite for years. 

I had him try Slick Tight Pomade, and here’s what he said:
*washing his hands with water is enough to remove the pomade completely.

*it’s not sticky / greasy

*keeps the hair style in place. 

*makes the hair shiny. 

*smells great! and the scent gives a calming feel.

I tried Slick Tight Pomade once and yes, my son is right. So from being a hater, I'm now a lover of pomade (note: Slick Tight only!) And my son is a "switcher" 😉 

And now... meet #TheNewMaginoo 😍 here

For more information follow Slick Tight Pomade in Facebook and Instagram

Friday, January 12, 2018

Introducing McDonald’s NEW Sweet Soy Chicken Fillet

Start your year right with McDonald’s NEW Sweet Soy Chicken Fillet

There's no better time for a fresh start than the New Year, whether you're planning your next getaway, picking up an exciting hobby, or just taking on more experiences. If you're looking for something different to jumpstart your year, try the new Sweet Soy Chicken Fillet, McDonald’s exciting addition to its best-selling Chicken Fillet range!

The latest offer features the crispy chicken fillet that you already know and love—now glazed in a lusciously rich, sweet, and garlicky sauce. It’s a deliciously sweet and savory upgrade to your everyday Chicken Fillet habit!

The Chicken Fillet range is now bigger than ever with an expanded line-up of flavors, from the mouthwatering Sweet Soy Chicken Fillet to old favorites like the creamy and buttery Chicken Fillet ala King and the Crispy Chicken Fillet with Rice paired with gravy. You’re sure to have plenty of choices to satisfy every hunger craving this year!

The new Sweet Soy Chicken Fillet, Crispy Chicken Fillet, and Chicken Fillet Ala King start at just P55 for solo orders. Here’s an extra tip for an even more delicious meal:  you can now upgrade any rice meal to garlic rice starting at just an additional P5. Dig into the new Sweet Soy Chicken Fillet any time of the day when you dine at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. You can also order through or using the McDo PH app.

Tell your friends and family to try something new and affordable this 2018 by sharing your photos on Facebook, or tagging @McDo_PH on Instagram and Twitter.

Converge ICT Lends Support To “My Dream In A Shoebox”

Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. recently lent its support to the “My Dream in a Shoebox” Gift-Giving Day activity for the benefit of the Payatas Orione Foundation. The event was held at the Mother of Divine Providence church grounds located in Payatas, Quezon City.
“My Dream in a Shoebox” is a long-running project that collects and distributes shoeboxes filled with school supplies to poor and underprivileged Filipino children around the country. It is spearheaded by TeamAsia together with the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines, Inc. (IBPAP).
It was the first time that Converge ICT participated in such an inspiring event in Metro Manila that was held in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the metropolis. According to Ms. Mari-Au Acuesta, HR Director of Converge ICT, most of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) events were focused in Pampanga where Converge ICT traces its roots.
Converge ICT served as food sponsor for the more than 700 people, composed mostly of kids, their parents and volunteers. They also put up a photo booth and a face-painting area at the venue, the first time these were included in the gift-giving event. The photo booth and face painting truly delighted not just the kids but also the kids-at- heart, who all patiently waited for their turn. The long lines were a testament to the fun-filled activities’ success.
Even Converge ICT personnel, particularly their graphics design team, did the face-painting themselves long after the professional face painters have left. This further elicited laughter among the kids who nonetheless remained wide-eyed with excitement.
“We were delighted to see the response of kids. They were all awed by the Photo Booth setup and of course, the face-painting. They marvelled at the kiddie-friendly images drawn on either hands or face, and clearly they had fun, even if the Converge ICT personnel took over the face-painting chores. It was an inspiring sight,” Acuesta said.

Mr. Jesus Romero, COO of Converge ICT, bared that this initial CSR venture of Converge ICT will definitely see a repeat next year, and hinted that perhaps will even be bigger in scope.
For her part, Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, President of Team Asia and the project’s main proponent, said she can’t believe that “My Dream in a Shoebox,” which started through a dream, is in its 9 th year already. “We thank our many sponsors who supported the project throughout the years and still continue to support us until today, including other new sponsors.”
Hamlin was delighted that Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. joined this year’s edition of “My Dream in a Shoebox.” She thanked Converge ICT for participating as a Platinum sponsor and helped feed the throng of kids who came in droves. Converge ICT, Inc. started its business in 1992 and was already granted a congressional franchise. The company has many Tier 1 international peering partners to ensure fast and reliable connectivity. It also partnered with top domestic peering partners currently has the 3 rd largest Internet backbone in the country to help further improve the Internet experience of Filipinos.
For more details about Converge ICT, Inc. and its Internet offerings, visit

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Vivo Showcases World’s First Ready-to-Produce In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Smartphone at CES 2018

Delivering a Next-Generation Mobile Experience for Consumers with Industry-Leading 
Optical Fingerprint Sensor from Synaptics 

Las Vegas, US, 9 January 2018 – Today at CES 2018, Vivo, a young global smartphone brand, 
showcases the world’s first ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone that draws attention from a global audience. Leading with distinct innovative breakthroughs, the futuristic Vivo in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone offers consumers an 
unprecedented mobile  experience, defining a new era of mobile interaction. 

Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology in Detail

World’s First In-Display Fingerprint Smartphone Ready for Mass Production

At CES 2018, Vivo shows the world the first ready-to-produce smartphone featuring in-
display fingerprint scanning technology, demonstrating its continued commitment to 
bringing an extraordinary user experience to consumers. This latest fingerprint scanning 
technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their 
smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, 
while solving the industry’s challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint 
authentication experience in future smartphones. 

According to statistics from global consultancy Canalys, smartphone vendors shipped 22 million full-screen smartphones worldwide in the second quarter in 2017, up from 700,000 in the first quarter of this year. UBI Research predicted that bezel-less displays will grow in market share from 20% in 2017 to over 50% by 2020. Fingerprint recognition has long been one of the most common and well-known biometrics used to secure smartphones. As the industry moves into a new era of full-screen displays, it is natural that the fingerprint scanning technology needs to evolve to accommodate new user habits and demands for bigger screens without sacrificing user experience.

With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology. We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones,” said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo. “Today’s showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience. We are very excited to make it available to consumers soon.” 

Innovation that Delivers a New Level of User Experience

Vivo’s full-production smartphone is equipped with the industry-leading, world’s first in-display fingerprint scanning technology supported by global partner Synaptics.

Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology supports various usage scenarios beyond 
unlocking the smartphone, and is only activated when needed. A graphical UI will show up on Vivo’s smartphone screen in any scenario that fingerprint recognition is required, such as 
when the screen is off, during software unlocking, or even mobile payment authentication. 
Users can press the fingerprint graphic on the screen to perform unlocking, payment and other operations. When fingerprint recognition is not required, the UI will be invisible and will not disrupt the overall visual experience.

Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology outperforms other authentication solutions 
available for full-screen smartphones in many aspects. Compared to fingerprint sensors on the back of smartphones, Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology offers a more convenient operation without sacrificing the sleek and unified design of the smartphone. It also enables quick and secured authentication.

Full-screen displays are set to deliver a more immersive user experience for consumers as various interactions will be integrated and consolidated on the display. Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology replaces the physical fingerprint button on the screen, 
laying the foundation for a truly immersive experience. 

The showcasing of the world’s first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone ready for 
mass-production marks a significant leap forward in the industry’s development, taking 
users’ smartphone experience to a new level. The availability of Vivo’s first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone will be announced in early 2018.

About Vivo
A young global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops dynamic and stylish products for passionate young people. Vivo makes stylish smartphones with cutting-edge technology accessible to young people and professionals around the world. We now have close to two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle. According to Counterpoint’s latest research, Vivo was the fifth largest smartphone brand globally in 3Q 2017, capturing a market share of 7.1%. Out of the top 5, Vivo observed the highest year-
over-year growth of 32% in global shipments.

In the Philippines, Vivo settles itself strong and steady on the third spot in the local market, overtaking strong brands such as Apple, Huawei, LG, and Asus. Vivo continues to grow in the country with at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores and counting. The brand’s unprecedented success can be attributed to its smartphones’ sleek and hip design, all-screen display and the revolutionary 24MP camera—one of the world’s first. The brand also owes it success to its accurate consumer insight, innovative solutions and offerings, and creative 
marketing strategy. Vivo has seven dedicated research and development centers which work their hardest to continuously improve the brand’s products and come up with creative, 
cutting-edge, and ingenious solutions to improve user experience. 

More information about our innovative smartphones can be found at

For further information, please contact: 
[For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook , Instagram , 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Concentrix Philippines brings fun and joy to underprivileged kids

Reinforces commitment to robust CSR program by partnering with United Airlines’ Adventure Bear Program

Concentrix, a leading global business services company, reinforced its commitment to social causes by partnering with United Airlines at the Adventure Bear Program 2017. The event, held at the National Children’s Hospital in New Manila, Quezon City, is organized by United Airlines annually to help deprived groups in the Philippines and perfectly aligns with Concentrix Philippines’ CSR efforts to give back to the community.

United’s senior manager for Contact Center Supplier Performance Joyce Neumeyer spends time with the cancer patients at National Children’s Hospital

Adventure Bear Program is an initiative of United Airlines to serve the economically backward groups in the community and support local hospitals and charities. Concentrix Philippines has always been at the forefront of working for the welfare of children, among other noteworthy causes. It has earlier organized the Marawi Donation Drive, held school refurbishing and coastal cleanup drives, and donated computers to schools.

Country leader of Concentrix PH Elek Toth at the Adventure Bear Program
Giving back to the community has always been part of our culture here at Concentrix, and we are delighted and thankful for being part of United Airlines’ Adventure Bear Program,” said Concentrix country leader Elek Toth.It is indeed a privilege to see how this effort has brought smiles and joy to the less-fortunate children. It’s been a truly humbling experience.”

Now in its third year, the decision to support the National Children’s Hospital this year was to spend quality time with indigent children from poor backgrounds. The hospital is a government facility run by the Department of Health and dedicated to pediatric care. 

United’s senior manager for Contact Center Supplier Performance Mark Seville distributes meals to the patients of  National Children’s Hospital

The young patients were presented with Ben Flyin’ Adventure Bears and happiness bags, and participated in a balloon twisting activity and other fun games.

The smiles on the faces of the children capped a truly wonderful day, and one worth remembering for all Concentrix Philippines staff!

About Concentrix
Concentrix, a wholly owned subsidiary of SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), is a leading business services company. We focus on customer engagement and improving business outcomes for over 450 global clients across many continents. Our 100,000+ staff deliver technology-infused, omni-channel customer experience management, marketing optimization, digital, consulting, analytics and back office solutions in 40+ languages from 125+ delivery centers. We serve automotive; banking and financial services; insurance; healthcare; technology; consumer electronics; media and communications; retail and e-commerce; travel and transportation; and energy and public-sector clients. Visit www.concentrix.comor follow @Concentrix on Twitter.

SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX) is a Fortune 500 corporation and a leading business process services company, providing a comprehensive range of distribution, logistics and integration services for the technology industry and providing outsourced services focused on customer engagement strategy to a broad range of enterprises. SYNNEX distributes a broad range of information technology systems and products. SYNNEX also provides systems design and integration solutions. Concentrix, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SYNNEX Corporation, offers a portfolio of strategic solutions and end-to-end business services around customer engagement strategy, process optimization, technology innovation, front and back-office automation, and business transformation to clients in ten identified industry verticals. Founded in 1980, SYNNEX Corporation operates in numerous countries throughout North and South America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Additional information about SYNNEX may be found online at

© 2017 Concentrix Corporation. All Rights Reserved. SYNNEX and CONCENTRIX are registered trademarks of SYNNEX Corporation, Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off., used under permission.  All other names and marks are the property of their respective holders.

Why You Should TeleConsult With Us

Earlier this year, Maxicare Healthcare Corporation launched its TeleConsult service, a 24/7 hotline exclusively for Maxicare members and their dependents, that allows them to connect with Maxicare-accredited doctors any time they need a consultation.

What do you get out of using TeleConsult? Let’s take a look at some of its most important

It saves you time.
A chest pain in the night, a stomachache out of nowhere – without the advantage of
consultation, these ailments often lead us to take a trip to the nearest emergency room. While it’s definitely a good idea to see a professional whenever something feels off, these trips will eat up your time, especially if you have to take a day off work for them.

With TeleConsult, a quick - call is all you need to get in touch with a doctor, explain your symptoms, and hopefully get an answer to your questions about how you feel. Of course, there will be times that your consultation will lead to a recommendation to head over to the hospital anyway, but at least it won’t be every time you have a mild headache!

It saves you money.
The aforementioned ER trips and consultations aren’t just time sinks – they eat up your benefit limit as well, which could be better used for when you have an actual disease. TeleConsult is a
free service that doesn’t consume your benefit limit, leaving it open for more urgent healthcare

You get peace of mind.
There’s an old joke about self-diagnosing with WebMD: Whatever your symptoms are, you always have cancer! Self-diagnosis is never recommended, especially if you have no medical
training – and even doctors with years of experience will still seek a second opinion if the patient is themselves! However, it’s still tempting to look up your symptoms online and end up with a laundry list of potential diseases, fixating on the scariest ones.

If you use TeleConsult, however, you’re assured that your symptoms are looked over by a
Maxicare affiliated physician, and that you receive a professional diagnosis in turn. A complement to traditional healthcare channels
There’s no replacement for a face-to-face trip to the doctor, and that isn’t the goal that TeleConsult wants to achieve. Instead, it’s where you go before heading over to a specialist, or where you go if you need immediate advice for a medical condition. Over time, the TeleConsult service aims to evolve into an important part of the healthcare system, with intelligent connections to wearable health technology, health management platforms, data analytics, and more, all in the name of serving up personalized, efficient, and effective healthcare services to every member.

Are you ready for your TeleConsultation? Call these numbers whenever you need to talk to a Maxicare physician: [Landline] (02) 5821980 | [Globe] (0917) 8190840 | [Smart] (0998) 8430754

To know more about Maxicare and its products and services, check out

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Press Release: Essilor strengthens global support with new shared service office

Strengthening its support shared services for a broader, better and more global reach, Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, recently celebrated the
inauguration of Essilor Shared Services Philippines Inc. (ESSPI), a global Information
Technology and Finance Shared Services organization supporting Essilor’s global locations on a 24/7 capability.

(L-R) Bernard Duverneuil, Essilor Group Chief Information Officer, Brigadier
General Charito Plaza, Director General of the Philippines Economic Zone
Authority (PEZA) Franck Carlier, Essilor Shared Services Philippines
President, Laurent Estrade, Head of Economic Department of the Embassy
of France in the Philippines.

Located in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, the new shared services office received a level three certification from Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for both IT Development and Services. It provides robust shared services on IT applications,
infrastructure, e-commerce, digital solutions and finance to support the Essilor business all over the world.

ESSPI’s IT application shared services is equipped with global helpdesk that ensures continuous business via various channels; applications and development support team who are responsible in providing solutions needed by the business; project management and quality assurance team who ensures the development of applications; and data management team who consolidates, analyzes and generates critical data and reports.

Delivering high-quality infrastructure services, ESSPI also has experts working in the infrastructure team. Its e-commerce and digital solutions team develops online and mobile applications for the convenience of customers while the finance shared services team delivers accurate and high quality financial reports to seven transitions and nine  Essilor European entities worldwide.

With over 160 employees, ESSPI is still actively recruiting to ramp up its workforce in both IT and finance.

For more information, visit or Essilor’s website at, and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Essilor 

The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its corporate mission is to enable everyone around the world to access lenses that meet his or her unique visual requirements. To support this vision, the Company allocates over €160 million to research and development every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Essilor’s flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®
, Xperio® and OptifogTM.

It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.

Essilor reported consolidated revenue of €4.9 billion in 2012 and employs around 50,700 people in some 100 countries. It operates 19 plants, a total of 390 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world.

Essilor was classified by Forbes magazine as being among the world’s 30 most innovative companies.

For more information, please visit

Crave Healthy : Healthy snack specifically designed for pregnant women

Preggo? Craving? Satisfy those cravings in a healthy and happy way.  A nutritious and delicious snack/treat for your on the way baby. 😍

Crave Healthy is the first snack product in the Philippines that is specifically designed for pregnant women by doctors and nutritionists.

It’s NUTRITIOUS because it contains essential nutrients – Folic Acid, Iron, 
and Calcium that are critical for both the mom and her growing baby. It 
also has reduced salt and just the right amount of calories that give the 
pregnant woman that extra energy she needs daily. 

It’s DELICIOUS because it tastes just like her regular snack. Crave Healthy is currently available in Sweet Corn flavor and does not have any aftertaste of nutrient fortifications. It helps support the nutritional needs of pregnant women and their developing fetus.

A healthy way to satisfy hunger and food cravings of pregnant women!

A pack of Crave is worth Php 25.00 at 30 grams each. It’s available online 
at, select Med Express branches, and select Robinsons Supermarket outlets.