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Basa Books now open at Ayala Malls Centrio

January 15, 2021

Basa Books is a locally owned purveyor of brand-new books at amazing value.    The titles have been carefully selected, with the aim of satisfying a wide array of reading interests. Some of the genres in the offer include children's books, young adult fiction, contemporary fiction, classics, and fantasy. For the non-fiction aficionados, there are cookbooks, biographies, as well as books on wellness, sports, business, economics, history, and many more. There is definitely something at Basa Books for everyone.    And that’s not even the best part. What’s most exciting about Basa Books is that absolutely all of the titles are at 50% off the list price.   It’s only fitting that the first Basa Books pop-up store be launched in Cagayan de Oro City, where the brand’s founders are from. They grew up loving books and want everyone else to share that affection. This is why Basa Books is committed to providing a great selection of books and always at excellent accessible value.   “Books take you places without having to leave the safety of your home. In these trying times, we need the solace and escape that books offer more than ever,” says co-founder Atty. Maricel Seno.    The Basa Books pop-up store officially opens at Ayala Centrio Mall, Ground Floor (beside Mango) on 20th January 2021, and will be there until March 2021.

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H&i Health and Beauty YEAR END SALE

December 29, 2020

Avail our YEAR END SALE BUY 2 take 1 FREE!!! “H&i ORGANIC FOOD LINE PRODUCTS “ Organic chocolate Bar Artisan BUY 2 get 1 FREE! (w/ box&tags 150php ) *Organic Dark Chocolate bar Artisan *Organic White Chocolate bar Artisan CHOCOLATE BLEND POPCORN WITH ALMOND NUTS” *TASTE POUCH 100php *White Chocolate Blend Popcorn with Almond Nuts *DarkChocolate Blend Popcorn with Almond Nuts Thai Style Hot Sauce with two flavors and 3 sizes : *Thai Style RedHot Sauce 50ml-(100php w/o box ) 120php w/ box&tags) *Thai Style Hot&Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce150ml - (199 w/o box ) ( 220w/ box&tags) *Thai style Duo 2 flavors with box&tags -280php Open For Any Occasions #OpenForResellers#H&iNatural&Organic #YEARENDSALE #H&iProductsForLife

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Coca-Cola: Thriving together beyond 2020

December 17, 2020

Fear. Disruption. Uncertainty. These words perhaps best sum-up the feelings felt by all Filipinos this 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some sectors were somehow able to weather the resulting storm slightly better than the rest, it is the most vulnerable who truly bore the biggest brunt and suffered the most.   In the midst of the uncertainties of the present and the future, one thing was certain for Coca-Cola, that the only way to bounce back from this hurdle is to look after, and be there for each other. That exactly is what the Company focused on throughout 2020-- going beyond the challenges and ensuring the Company’s presence in people’s lives, especially those largely impacted by this crisis. And this purpose somehow defined a refreshing picture of success for a challenging year.   Beyond refreshing people to investing in the future of the PH   2020 was truly challenging but the Coca-Cola system in the Philippines remains confident that a better tomorrow awaits Filipinos. This is because the Company believes that just as how the Filipino - its employees, partners in the value chain, and communities - has fueled the domestic economy and its own growth through the years, the same indomitable spirit will inspire the country’s rebound towards a much stronger future for all.   “Coca-Cola knows how much it’s been a part of the lives of Filipinos, and we’re appreciative of how they’ve warmly embraced the brand through the years,” says Atty. Juan Lorenzo Tañada, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Director of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI), local bottling partner of the beverage brand. “It is because of this that we reaffirm our commitment to our fellow Filipinos especially during these hard times. Rest assured we will be there for you as we collectively move towards a full and stable recovery and a better tomorrow.”   To this end, CCBPI has invested an additional $22M, or approximately PHP1.1B, in its local operations for 2020, augmenting the original $73M investment already earmarked for the year. These investments are geared towards further expanding local production while spurring much-needed job creation. Furthermore, the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability will see the establishment of a P1 billion recycling facility, PETValue Philippines, with the end in view of recycling the equivalent of every bottle it sells. Beyond providing relief to enabling a sustainable recovery for Filipinos   With the mission to continuously make a difference, Coca-Cola also set out to help communities, micro-retailers and overseas Filipinos achieve a more sustainable recovery from this year’s challenges. Recognizing the value of micro-retailers in Philippine economy and its value chain, the Company partnered with different government agencies to provide P157 million ReSTART bridge loan support fund to help 15,000 sari-sari stores and carinderia owners recover from their loss. Two hundred thousand educational posters and more were also distributed under the Safe Store movement to help micro-entrepreneurs reopen safely and with confidence, enabled by the provision of necessary financial support and business recovery knowhow together with critical information on safe store operations.   “With our expansive presence, we have a firsthand grasp of the needs of various communities,” says Jonah de Lumen-Pernia, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Director of Coca-Cola Philippines. “This allows us to address their needs in a manner that’s timely and responsive, and we will continue to be there to help them in the best way we can.”   Coca-Cola is likewise committed to help empower returning overseas Filipinos–drivers of the Philippine economy and truly modern-day heroes–through their OFW RISE Program and Balik Pinas Project. Through educational and financial support, most of them will be more capable of fulfilling their dreams as entrepreneurs while spending time with their families.   Part of sustainable recovery is ensuring that communities have access to clean water for health and sanitation use that’s imperative during this pandemic. Thus, Coca-Cola also provided 215 water stations to various communities in the country.   With these various support programs, those in the Company’s value chain as well as its surrounding communities are poised for a sustainable recovery, empowering them to be better prepared to withstand future calamities and challenges.   A commitment made even stronger today and beyond   Yet, in the best and worst of times, the Company has always gone beyond its role of being a beverage company—by being there for communities always ready to lend a hand, to extend support, and to ensure that even after all these crises, we will stand together with the Filipinos, stronger and even better.   From swiftly providing aid when the Taal volcano erupted to rechanneling the sizable 150-million-peso advertising budget to help address the communities’ needs in the pandemic to putting their employees’ and partners’ needs first – Coca-Cola’s story remained true to its core: how the company is always striving to go beyond good.   In taking care of their own during the height of the pandemic, Coca-Cola deployed a 2-billion-peso employee assistance fund along with additional non-monetary support that ensured the safety, good health, and well-being of Company associates across their 19 plants and 70 distribution centers in the country during the lockdown. This also ensured that operations remained unhampered, allowing for the delivery of Coca-Cola products to partners, communities, and consumers.   Meanwhile, in response to what is an extraordinary health crisis, through the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, the beverage brand partnered with different organizations and companies like Caritas Manila, Rise Against Hunger Philippines, Jollibee Foundation, McDonald's Philippines, PBSP, Mangyan Mission, TOWNS, PDRF, Synergeia Foundation and others in the delivery of relief goods. Through various other partnerships, the Company was able to provide 2 million liters of water to over 8000 hospitals, food packs to around 65,000 families, more than 174,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to more than 51,000 frontliner across 350 institutions. The Company’s all-out support for Filipinos continued unwaveringly, even as other calamities happened. The immediate need for water was addressed, with Coca-Cola delivering an additional 100,000 liters of water, as well as food packs to affected communities; and just recently, its local bottler launched the Bangon Pinas initiative wherein they provided P3.2 million worth of support in order to help over 330 affected partners recover from the devastation . As the challenging year that is 2020 draws to a close, Coca-Cola has always been confident in the ability of the Filipino to bounce back and recover, however arduous a task this may be. As we welcome and look forward to a new year ahead, the Company reaffirms its commitment towards being there for communities, working side-by-side as we re-emerge stronger, more resilient, and together forging brighter horizons ahead.

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Emperador sees expanded growth of brandy business across the Americas next year

December 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The world’s largest brandy company Emperador, Inc. is further expanding its brandy business across North and South America next year as its brandy portfolio continues to dominate market shares in several countries in this part of the world.      In the United States, volume of Don Pedro and Presidente have been growing in the last five months even as the country faces the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Both brandy products are part of the Casa Pedro Domecq portfolio in Mexico, which is now under Grupo Emperador Spain and currently controls 57% of the Mexican brandy market.      Don Pedro recorded ‘double digit’ volume growth particularly in Nevada, New Jersey, and Illinois while Presidente also enjoys rapid growth in Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.      “We see brighter prospects in further growing our brandy business across the United States in 2021. Our products are now readily available in several states. Aside from Don Pedro and Presidente, we are also selling our imported brandies – Spanish-made Fundador and Philippine-made Emperador – across the US. From January to September this year, we have already increased our Fundador sales in the US by around 23% and this is a very positive signal for us,” says Juan Cortès Vilardell, chief executive officer, Grupo Emperador Spain.      In Latin America, another brandy product under Grupo Emperador Spain, Brandy Domecq, is already dominating the brandy market in Colombia with a 91% market share.      Brandy Domecq also has a strong presence across other Latin American countries, particularly in Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Panama, Aruba, and Brazil.      “Just like in Mexico where we have dominated the market share for brandy, we have also seen a steady growth in Colombia’s brandy market in the last five years. As their economy improves, more and more people are upgrading to brandy from their local white drink called Aquardiente. We remain focused on further expanding our presence across Latin America by also introducing our imported brandy products, particularly the Philippine-made Emperador Brandy, because the taste preference for brandy in this region has been remarkably growing,” Vilardell further explains.        During the first nine months of the year, Emperador’s international business boosted its net income by 11% to P5.9-billion. In the third quarter alone, the company achieved a record growth of 26% in its earnings due to the surge in the demand for its products in various overseas markets even in the middle of the pandemic.        Emperador Inc., whose brandy and whisky brands are available in more than 100 countries, is a publicly listed company at the Philippine Stock Exchange that owns Emperador Distillers, Inc., Scotch whisky maker Whyte and Mackay Group, and Bodegas Fundador in Spain.

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GET AMPED UP WITH AMPALAYA PLUS AND DANCE ON TIKTOK FOR A CAUSEĀ 

December 2, 2020

Move to the rhythm of the latest online dance craze that gets your heart pumping and fuller in goodwill while keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level.  Nattural Quality Corporation (NQC), the makers of Filipino herbal dietary supplement Ampalaya Plus, invites students and social media influencers to dance on TikTok for a chance to donate educational tablets to students in need through the “AMP UP Dance Challenge” (ampup.ampalayaplus.com).  In partnership with Christian radio station Radio Veritas, the campaign promotes holistic well-being while providing students with educational tools during this challenging time of alternative learning. Ampalaya Plus will be giving away learning tablets to ten entries with top social media engagement, while schools that encourage their students to take on the challenge will also be rewarded with gadgets for online teaching. To make it even more exciting, social media influencers with more than 1,000 followers are welcome to join on behalf of their chosen beneficiaries. How to join? A participant must upload a dance video of themselves together with family members on Tiktok, performing the official AMP UP dance steps. Complete the entry with the caption and hashtag #AmpalayaPlusDanceUp and the name of their school. The group representative must also send a copy of the entry via direct message to the Ampalaya Plus Facebook page to qualify. The campaign is championed by celebrities RJ Agustin, Kristoff Garcia, and Sisi Rondina, three young people who aim to highlight the importance of  a healthy diet and regular exercise among young adults, especially against diabetes. “The AMP UP Dance Challenge hopes to raise awareness among the youth about their vulnerability to diseases, particularly diabetes, through an engaging and collaborative activity for them and the older members of the household,” said Benson Sian, founder, and CEO of Nattural Quality Corporation. “Their video entries to this online challenge will also serve as a lasting record of their bonding moments during this time of the pandemic.” According to the IDF Diabetes Atlas, diabetes accounted for 4.2 million deaths last year and was responsible for 10% of the global total health expenditure on healthcare at $760 billion. Despite the staggering figures, 1 in 11 adults aged 20-79 have diabetes, while 1 in 2 adults who have it remain undiagnosed. Tagged as “Nature’s Wonder Superfood for Diabetes,” Ampalaya Plus can help manage high blood sugar levels naturally. The natural dietary food supplement contains three of nature’s most potent wonder herbs, namely, bitter gourd (ampalaya), lagerstroemia speciosa (banaba), and turmeric (luyang dilaw).  Ampalaya is among the 10 medicinal plants promoted by the Philippine Department of Health that help maintain blood sugar levels. Meanwhile, studies show that banaba contains corosolic acid, which has numerous anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. Lastly, turmeric, or the “Golden Spice,” has been traditionally used in ancient medicine for its numerous health benefits.  For more details on Ampalaya Plus and NQC, visit gonatural.com.ph. To know more about the AMP UP Dance Challenge, from the video tutorial of the dance moves and official jingle to the full mechanics of the contest, go to ampup.ampayalaplus.com.  

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CITIHARDWARE IN THE NEW NORMAL

December 1, 2020

CitiHardware has established its first store in the year 1998 and has expanded to more than 73 branches nationwide. The paramount reason is to help the Filipinos build their homes wisely and easily.   Known for offering great value everyday products that you would need for your home-building, do-it-yourself (DIY) improvement projects and construction needs, CitiHardware has more than 70,000 state-of-the-art quality merchandises sourced locally and abroad. The procurement team of CitiHardware is constantly bringing and is always in search for quality products from all over the world. Loyal customers of CitiHardware has recognized that the organization has been true to its mission of providing innovative, cost-effective and high-quality home improvement products to significantly enhance the living standard of the Filipinos.   Despite the pandemic that the entire nation has been experiencing, CitiHardware continued to expand its branches nationwide and has opened 6 new stores to date as of November 2020. This allows not only for more customers in various localities to access high-quality and affordable home improvement products but will also help the local economy by providing more job opportunities to Filipinos.  CitiHardware has also implemented standard health protocol guidelines to ensure the protection and safety of its customers and employees. Upon entering all CitiHardware stores, proper sanitation and safety measures are being observed. Wearing of face shield and face masks inside the store is strictly encouraged while maintaining physical distancing.  CitiHardware has also foreseen the need to expand its product offerings to help Filipinos keep their homes clean and safe. New items such as air purifiers, sterilizing lights and various cleaning, hygiene and sanitation materials have recently been highlighted and introduced in the stores to help customers protect their families at home. Recognizing the trend on online shopping, CitiHardware has recently improved its product offering in Lazada and has also launched its own online shop to serve Davao, Iloilo and Cavite customers. The CitiHardware team has also been in action for new ways to engage and serve their customers better. This allows customers to have more options on how to shop and what to shop in CitiHardware at the comfort of their homes.

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