Sunday, September 15, 2019



The 2019 National Trade Fair, themed “A Green Show,” closed on a high note as it ended its four-day run from August 22 to 25 at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

(L-R): Sky Gavin, When In Manila; RD Romleah  Juliet P. Ocampo, DTI Region 2; RD Marcelina S. Alcantara, DTI National Capital Region; RD Jocelyn LB Blanco, DTI Region 5; Secretary Ramon M. Lopez; Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman, Trade Promotions Group; Director Marievic M. Bonoan, Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion; RD Marilou Quinco-Toledo, DTI Region 4-A (CALABARZON)

Post-event reports indicate that the Department of Trade and Industry exceeded previous year figures on all fronts, through the efforts of the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion, under the leadership of Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman of the Trade Promotions Group, in cooperation with the Regional Operations Group under Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona.

In terms of revenues, retail and booked sales amounted to almost PHP 60-million, representing a 7% increase over previous year figures of PHP 56-million. Moreover, orders amounting to PHP 26-million are still under negotiation and are expected to be converted to booked orders.


With 88 food and 197 non-food exhibitors, the 2019 National Trade Fair provided market exposure to 285 MSMEs from all over the country, 14% better than the 250 participants last year. Trade fair visitors also increased by almost 10%, attracting 41,418 fairgoers as compared to last year’s 37,364.



The National Trade Fair has always been well-received by buyers and the general public, with customer satisfaction remaining a high 98% saying they were definitely satisfied. 

The theme, “A Green Show,” was adopted in line with the DTI’s Green Economic Development Program that aims to enhance the competitiveness of MSMEs, and the 285 exhibitors were carefully chosen because their products and processes are organic, environment-friendly, and sustainable. They signified their commitment to become green advocates by displaying a pledge panel in their respective booths, with the following promises: (a) create sustainable products; (b) use eco-friendly packaging; (c) conserve energy and resources; (d) explore green solutions to reduce carbon footprint; and (e) support and promote environmental awareness.

Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez

Likewise, as part of the formal opening ceremony, the DTI being led by Secretary Ramon Lopez together with other officials and distinguished guests also signified their pledge to incorporate green practices in their programs and policies by writing down their signatures on the pledge wall with the following commitments:

a) produce green-trepreneurs from Trabaho, Negosyo, Konsumer (TNK) sessions; 
b) nurture 10 green-trepreneurs to become global; 
c) implement green practices in all operational Shared Service Facilities by end of 2019;
d) advocate green consumerism through information, education, and communication campaigns; and 
e) reduce paper consumption through the implementation of ONE-DTI or the Digital Transformation Initiative.

The DTI conducts national domestic trade fairs primarily to assist MSMEs from the regions in order for them to expand their market presence; and over the years, the number of visitors, as well as sales volume have steadily increased, as Metro Manila consumers look forward to these events.

Don’t miss the upcoming National Arts and Crafts Fair which will be held on October 24-27, 2019 at Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. For more information, contact the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion at telephone numbers (02) 751-3223 and (02) 791 3102, or email bdtp@dti.gov.ph. You may also follow DTI-BDTP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Sunday, August 18, 2019


The 2019 edition of the annual National Trade Fair organized by the Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) is all set for August 22 to 25 at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.



Savvy shoppers regard the National Trade Fair as a haven for the best and the latest. Here are 10 reasons why it continues to be a much-awaited event:

1. The Best Products from the Regions. There will be 250 exhibitors from all over the country offering products such as furniture and furnishings, houseware and decor, wearables and fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs, as well as heirloom food, and health and wellness products.
         
2. Holiday Decor Pavilion. Jumpstart your Christmas design ideas by checking out the special setting of the Philippine Homestyle and Holiday Decor Association (PhilHHDA) for a sneak peek at the upcoming holiday trends, including holiday decor made of recycled or upcycled materials.

3. Living Green Pavilion. Discover green crafts developed by eco-conscious MSMEs in collaboration with the Design Center of the Philippines. The showcase features a one-of-a-kind design collaboration that champions materials indigenous to the country and pushes for efforts that are kinder to the planet.

4. The Green Pavilion. In search of organic, sustainable, eco-friendly, and yummy food? Indulge your taste buds at the display of the Association of Laguna Food Processors (ALAFOP) in partnership with DTI-Laguna.

5. Marawi Showcase. Help our internally displaced persons (IDPs) or ‘bakwits’ in their economic recovery by supporting their wares at this special section organized in cooperation with DTI Region 10.

6. Furniture and Furnishings Showcase. Looking to upgrade your home with a new statement piece crafted by Filipino artisans? Need a distinctive item to brighten up your space? Don’t miss out a stop at this special setting for the best in Filipino craftsmanship.

7. One Town, One Product (OTOP) Hub. Each region has its own specialty products. You don’t have to go home to the province to stock up on all the delicacies you miss from home.

8. Leather Crafting Workshop. Make your own belt, coin purse, wallet or bag. Or just support this
social enterprise involving persons with disabilities by buying some of their handcrafted leather goods.

9. Kapetirya. Another mainstay at the national trade fairs, the Coffee Pavilion brings the best of Philippine coffee blends to the metro.

10. Green Station. Contribute to the green initiative by bringing waste materials for recycling by our partner-beneficiaries. For your good deed, you get a free eco-bag courtesy of Monteverde Sewing Inc.

Here’s a list of what you can bring: (a) Five 1.5L soda bottles or one paper bag of assorted PET bottles for Envirotech Waste Recycling, Inc.; (b) One paper bag of soft plastics for the Villar SIPAG Foundation; (c) Magazines, newspapers, or telephone directory for Gifts and Graces Fair Trade Foundation; or (d) One Light Water Brand, 600ml PET bottle for Liter of Light Foundation. Don’t miss out on the 2019 National Trade Fair – A Green Fair, which will be open from 10AM to 9PM on August 22 to 25, 2019. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion at telephone numbers (02) 751-3223 and (02) 791 3102, or email bdtp@dti.gov.ph. You may also follow BDTP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for regular updates.

Friday, July 5, 2019



Corregidor Island holds historical narratives of war that represents the tight for the country’s freedom. Known as the “Isle of Valor" or "The Rock”, the 358-kilometer island holds more treasures apart from the history carefully preserved in the island. 

The Corregidor Foundation (CFI), the Department of Tourism through its marketing arm, the Tourism Promotions Board (T PB), and the Tourism Infrastructure and Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA), unveils the new brand of Corregidor Corregidor Now. Corregidor Now seeks to entice tourists to live and experience Corregidor island in more ways than one! Corregidor Now invites guests to learn the unique story of Corregidor Island and explore spots around the island that are waiting to be experienced, making it a unique and exciting tourism destination. 

With the campaign, they seek to actively promote the island’s various attractions, such as middle-side barracks, battery grubs, Pacific war memorial complex, Cine Corregidor, Spanish lighthouse, Japanese garden of peace, Filipino heroes memorial, Malinta tunnel, and Lorcha dock. Beyond historical relics, the island boasts of a multitude of opportunities for every type of traveler to enjoy biking, bird watching, camping, fishing, hiking, island runabout, and kayaking are just some of the fun activities in the island. 



President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Corregidor Foundation Inc. Chairpeison and CEO Cynthia Carrion in spearheading the new strategic campaign, dubbed “Corregidor Now," which aims to deliver a stronger and unified voice for the whole island, bringing it to greater heights as a tourism attraction. “For years, Corregidor Island seemed to be perceived solely as a popular historical site, with its idyllic features unknown to many,” Carrion said. “With our campaign, we hope that it will usher in a new era for this eco-historical location, making it known as a place of sanctuary where one can enjoy a relaxing opportunity to revel in the past." 

This initiative, according to TPB Chief Operating Officer Marie Venus Tan. aims to attract more domestic and international tourists to visit Corregidor Island. 

In support of this endeavor. TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Pocholo Paragas said they greatly recognize the island’s historical value and strong tourism potential, which can make it a flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ). 


TIEZA is developing a comprehensive master plan for the redevelopment of Corregidor and the proposed rehabilitation of the Corregidor South Dock Pier. Under the marketing campaign, they will implement more proactive promotional efforts in various forms of media to inform the public and entice target markets to visit the island. 

With all the tourist destinations in the Philippines, Corregidor Island is the only one where you can truly dive deep into history while enjoying the best of tropical Philippines. it is the picture-perfect showcase of the variety of fun and adventure offered on its land, sea, and air. Carrion invites Filipinos to come together, enjoy, and explore the historical paradise that is an ultimate relaxation and fun adventure sanctuary. 

To book a tour or know more about Corregidor, please email info@corregidorisland.com.ph or visit www.corregidorisland.com.ph or call +632.8233281 .

Sunday, May 12, 2019



MAKATI, Philippines - When was the last time we took some time off to create a lasting memory with our mother?

This question and our tendency to be overly connected to technology led to popular Litson Manok chain Andok’s to take a back-to-basics observance of Mother’s Day. This year, Andok’s seeks to inspire families to disconnect from their mobile devices and create lasting memories with their mothers on their special day.





Dubbed as #HourMama, Andok’s campaign seeks to encourage people to dedicate at least an hour for some uninterrupted bonding time with their mother.

“Over the years, we have seen technology successfully bridge various gaps in human experience. However, we tend to be so excited with the advancements and the connections we can make from afar that we forget to give the gift of being present to our loved ones who are right beside us,” shared Maverick Javier, Executive Vice President of Andok’s Litson Corporation.

“This inspired us to encourage everyone to take an hour of their time to take a step back, look around, and create new core memories with the people around them. And we thought it is best to kick-off this campaign by sharing new memories with our mothers on their special day.”


The campaign kicks off at Andok’s branch in Makati Avenue where customers and guests go offline from 12 noon to an hour and connect with the mothers in the restaurant. The branch’s WiFi will go WaFi (walang WiFi) as the restaurant’s wireless Internet connection shuts down during this hour. Fueling these personal and live interactions among families is the signature taste of Andok’s offerings, allowing the families to punctuate their connections with Andok’s iconic dishes.

“Andok’s has always been about doing things with heart and appreciation. With #HourMama, we aim to not just have a heart-to-heart connection with our valued customers, but to build meaningful relationships and memories within families. We are hoping this activity will pave the way to more observances of #HourMama as our fellow Filipinos spend more quality and uninterrupted time with their moms – even beyond Mother’s Day. Of course, this is best done with the offerings of Andok’s that we’ve all come to know and love,” adds Javier.


Everyone is also encouraged to join the campaign on Mother’s Day by taking a photo with their mothers after a dedicated offline hour and posting it using in social media using the hashtag #HourMama.

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Summertime has just begun, and most students are looking for activities to make their vacation worthwhile.  

Nimo TV, one of the country's leading video game streaming platform, is an excellent past time for students who love gaming and learn new skills at the same time. It offers 8 – 12 MP quality live streaming and can be accessed via mobile or PC make it easier for everyone to start live streaming as a hobby and eventually make it a career.


Nimo TV’s unique ecosystem, which consists of streamers, viewers, brand sponsors and celebrity players can help newcomers discover different techniques in starting their channel. It has a chat feature where streamers and viewers can communicate with one another and exchange tips on how to win a game they play.

Games like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Mobile Legends, Dota 2, Rules of Survival and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are some of the exciting content that streamers can play via the app. 

Nimo TV’s presence in Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand will also help you increase your fan base making it easier for every newbie to grow their channel and interact more with other gamers. 

Download the Nimo TV app at Apple app store and Google Play store by clicking the link here https://nimotv.onelink.me/B6cW/25ba46b7 and start streaming your way to the top. 

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About NiMO TV


Nimo TV is a leading global platform that allows millions of gamers from all around the world to play and broadcast their games to other like-minded players building a community of players, gamers, and fans that drive conversation, and allows peer-to-peer rewards and recognition. Utilizing a high-quality interactive technology, audiences can interact with streamers, and gain access to exclusive esports events and tournaments, along with unprecedented access to the top streamers from across the region.



Shangri-La Plaza gave mall guests a platform to discover their own dreams as Viviamo! Inc., makers of the Belle de Jour Power Planner, spearheaded the first Freedom to Dream Summit at the Red Carpet with an exciting roster of speakers.

The summit kicked off with a talk on “Raising Self-Worth,” reminding participants that they were worthy of living their dreams. The session was led by Dr. Gia Sison, a mental health advocate and host of “G Talks” on CNN Philippines, Rezza Custodio Soriano, a life coach and “transformologist,” and Gretchen Ho, a sports and lifestyle news anchor.

The next session was all about “Igniting Your Passion,” inviting people to find their purpose and work hard to achieve it. This talk featured Prim Paypon, Filipino Dreamagineer and founder of The Dream Project PH, along with Aimee Hashim, lifestyle consultant and founder of LoveLuxe Trading Inc.
Tying it all together were two keynote speakers known for their youth-oriented advocacies: Jose Villanueva, also known as singer-songwriter Quest, and Darlyn Ty-Nilo, president of Viviamo and creator of the Belle de Jour Power Planner.

“Making it Happen,” a talk detailing how people could overcome any of life’s limitations and accomplish their goals against all odds, followed. Sherill Quintana, the multi-awarded entrepreneur behind Oryspa Spa Solutions Inc., led the session with Jessica Lopez, an artist and Maningning Miclat Art 2018 awardee.
With an uplifting message and great entertainment, the Red Carpet is the perfect venue to dream and be inspired.

In addition, a special advocacy expo was set up to showcase the causes supported by Viviamo! Inc. 100% of the summit’s net proceeds is set to be handed over to charity organizations, extending the spirit of empowerment to female victims of rape and abuse, people living with HIV, students, and more.

Sunday, April 14, 2019



There is no better way to escape the hot summer days than by quenching your thirst with an ice-cold drink while watching the coolest movies and videos in the comfort of your living room. 

Now, Samsung gives you an even bigger reason to stay indoors as it bundles its Ultra High Definition (UHD) TVs and Soundbars at some of the most affordable prices, to turn your living room into a virtual cinema for a more exciting home TV viewing experience.

With the Samsung TV bundle promo, the Samsung 65-inch Curved UHD TV now comes with the Samsung HW-K350 Soundbar for only P62,999, giving you an incredible 40% discount.

Samsung UHD TVs offer sharper and more detailed images with 4 times more pixels than a Full HD TV. They also provide access to different online content sites like YouTube, Netflix, and iFlix to enable you to enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies from different sources.

Samsung Soundbars improve your family’s TV viewing into a cinema-like experience with two built-in speakers and a 6.5-inch subwoofer that wirelessly connects to the TV to produce clearer and more impactful cinematic sound.

The Samsung TV bundle promo also features the Samsung 65-inch UHD TV and Samsung HW-K350 Soundbar for only P59,999 while the Samsung 49-inch UHD TV with the Samsung HW-N300 Soundbar is available for only P34,999.

Head to any authorized Samsung dealer today and avail yourself of the Samsung UHD TV + Soundbar bundle. Promo runs from March 11 to April 30, 2019 only. Per DTI-NCR permit no. 3475 series of 2019. Visit https://www.samsung.com/ph/offer/hottestsummerpairs/ for more details.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019



Last year, if you have read my previous article about the first Thalerabox I got, then you already have the idea of how this awesome thingy works. 

Receiving useful items really gives you a great feeling, but imagine if you will be receiving it for free. Ain't that more wonderful? 

After I arrived home from a family vacation out of town, I was surprised by the shipment I got, which is from Thalera and it when I opened it, it was loaded of items I absolutely loved and until now, I am using them as I never expected myself being addicted to the products they sent me. 


For those who are still unaware of what Thalera is, and how does it work, let me be your guide in getting the goodies you'll enjoy for free.

COMMON QUESTIONS:

1. What is Thalera?
*Thalera is a free online subscription website for any consumers nationwide. Subscribers will be able to receive a box filled with FREE items.

2. How to get my own thalerabox?
*All you have to do is to subscribe through the link I have provided earlier (www.thalera.com).

3. How long before I’ll get mine?
*It depends with Thalera but usually, boxes are sent in bulk to subscribed customers. Meaning, you will be proactively notified when your box is coming.

As for me, my first box came almost a month after I registered. You will actually get it when you least expect it. Worth the wait, I guess, as all items inside are really useful. 

4. Is it really free?
*Absolutely YES! Brace yourselves for freeeeee items without worrying about any charge. 

WHAT'S INSIDE MY SECOND THALERABOX:



1. Gluta-C intense whitening Facial Serum

2. Gluta-C Insta-White Facial Cream

3. Gluta-C Intense Whitening Face & Body Shop

4. Gluta-C intense whitening Body Lotion

5. Moringa Herbal Shampoo

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To know moe about Thalera, you may visit them at www.thalera.com. You may also reach them on their social media accounts: Facebook and Instagram.

Once you received your own Thalerabox, do not forget to share your #FREEvorite Moment with us about your #thaleraexperience. :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


MANILA, Philippines – The biggest event of the season makes its highly-anticipated debut in the Philippines! Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series kicks off its 11th season in El Nido, Palawan, on April 12th – 13th, 2019. This year, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series makes its regional debut in three brand new locations on its seven-stop global tour:

  • April 13  – El Nido, Palawan, Philippines – (NEW)
  • May 12 – Dublin, Ireland – (NEW)
  • June 2 – Polignano a Mare, Italy
  • June 22 – São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
  • July 14 – Beirut, Lebanon – (NEW)
  • August 24 – Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • September 14 – Bilbao, Spain


Twenty-four (24) professional male and female cliff divers from eighteen (18) nationalities take off for the clear emerald waters of the Small and Big Lagoon in Miniloc Island, including record champions Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) and Gary Hunt (GBR). However, each stop will feature four (4) wildcard divers seeking to earn their way up the ranks.

The divers will soar from heights of up to 27m at speeds in excess of 86km/h with nothing else but their concentration, skill, and physical control. Divers will be scored by an international jury who will grade each dive on the following metrics:

  • Take off
  • Position in the air
  • Entry in the water

Cliff Diving & Palawan’s Conservation

Just a forty-minute boat ride away from El Nido, Palawan, Miniloc Island provides divers and judges alike with a magnificent backdrop to the opening contests of the World Series’ 11th season. To raise additional awareness for El Nido’s conservation efforts, the Clean Cliffs Project (CCP) will run a number of educational and clean-up workshops on the island.




According to Carolyn Esmenda, Asst. Protection Area Management Board Superintendent (PAMB), “The grant to hold the event in a national park is not merely to draw more tourists, but to show the world our efforts to protect and preserve this paradise from the threats of mass tourism. I personally think the event can help convey to the world the need to protect paradise’s like ours though responsible tourism.”

Where to Watch Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Catch the live broadcast from El Nido via Red Bull TV on April 13th, 2019. Viewers in the Philippines may also watch the full event, along with the remaining six stops of the 2019 World Series, on FOX Sports, FOX Sports GO, FOX+ app, and online at http://www.foxsports.ph.


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About Red Bull

Red Bull gives wings to people and ideas. As a functional beverage, we give wings to our athletes by vitalizing body and mind - supporting their professional career and helping them achieve milestones within their sport.


About Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic free-falls and dives of ever growing complexity, spotlighting the sport’s finest athletes as well as the most promising talents and in 2014 it introduced a Women’s World Series. In its 11th season, the sport's best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from breath-taking heights with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during seven demanding competitions around the world. 

For more info, visit: http://www.redbullcliffdiving.com and check www.redbullcliffdivingnewsroom.com for more editorial content. #RedBullCliffDiving