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FDA orders retailers and sellers to stop sale of astringent brand

February 14, 2020

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has directed drug stores, department stores, supermarkets and other establishments to stop the sale of an astringent formula which  continues to be sold commercially in Davao, CDO, Cebu and other parts of the country. The FDA says merchants who ignore the warning and continue to sell the product shall face regulatory actions and sanctions.   In the latest FDA Advisory No. 2020-061, the said brand has been found to be positive for the presence of HYDROQUINONE and TRETINOIN, ingredients that are NOT allowed to be part of a cosmetic. As per Administrative Order No. 13 s. 1999, the FDA says Hydroquinone and/or Tretinoin (Retinoic Acid) shall be classified as home remedy, over-the-counter, or prescription drug depending on the amount present. The products in question that are contained in the advisory constitute Lot/Batch No. AOH01 with a manufacturing date of August 2019 and expiry date of August 2021; and Lot/Batch No. 1041905 with a manufacturing date of April 2019 and expiry date of April 2021. In the label, the products were alleged to be manufactured in Apas, Cebu City.   Accordingly, because it failed to comply with these standards, the FDA says they are classifying the said brand as an adulterated cosmetics product which poses potential hazards to the consuming public.  Using the product may result in adverse reactions including skin irritation, itchiness, anaphylactic shock and even, organ failure.     For more information, please click on the following FDA advisory: https://ww2.fda.gov.ph/attachments/article/647685/FDA%20Advisory%20No.%202020-061.pdf   This is the second time in less than a year that this particular brand  failed to comply with the regulations of the FDA. Last year, the FDA also issued an advisory against the use and sale of this particular astringent after it was found that they were using Hydroquinone and Tretinoin beyond the levels  allowed for a cosmetic product.                                                                                                        To report any sale or distribution of the said brand, the online reporting facility eReport can be accessed at www.fda.gov.ph/ereport.

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Grand Cars Inc. launches Geely brand in Cagayan de Oro

February 13, 2020

Geely is set to get the show on the road in Mindanao following Grand Cars Incorporated’s launching of Geely Cagayan de Oro on February 10, 2020. Grand Cars Inc. is one of the partner dealers of Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP). Present in the brand launch were the SGAP and Grand Cars officials and Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno. During the event, 3 Coolray variants, which were eventually released to its new owners, were showcased – Sport, Premium, and Comfort.   “The formal launch of the Coolray is the preview of bigger things to come. And the step in the right direction in presenting our strong commitment in serving customers as well as strengthening our bonds with Sojitz.”, Grand Cars Inc. President Jan Andrew Po said.   SGAP President Mikihisa Takayama warmly welcomed Grand Cars to the Geely family and underscored the importance of their partnership. “Our alliance is a vital component as Geely drives its way to make it big in the Philippine automotive market. In this regard, I would like to thank you for trusting Sojitz G Auto Philippines Corporation to be your partner in this endeavor.”, Takayama said.   “Geely is poised to be one of the major automotive players in the Philippines following the future introduction of its global models which benefits from synergies from auto brands it acquired such as Volvo.  We are confident that these future Geely global vehicles are far better in terms of specification, equipment, technology, value for money — and not short changing the buyer.”, Takayama added.   Northern Mindanao, where Cagayan de Oro is situated, is one of the leading regions in Mindanao. According to Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, “land travel is the name of the game in Mindanao especially now that the government is on a Build, Build, Build strategy. Opening up new highways, new doors, opportunities in Mindanao…this is a good investment decision. Your (Geely’s) entry here in Cagayan de Oro is quite strategic…thank you for your confidence in Mindanao.”   This 2020, Geely starts to expand its nationwide dealership network. 15 outlets are already slated to be built this year, to include Geely Cagayan de Oro. With the rise of Geely in Cagayan de Oro, SGAP expressed its confidence that with Grand Cars’ decades-long proven credibility as one of the top-performing dealership networks in the country, their partnership can build a strong brand reputation and a business that is here to stay.

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Mactan-Cebu International Airport sales mission promotes new flights and services in Cagayan de Oro

February 8, 2020

GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) and partner airlines met with travel and tour operators in Cagayan de Oro today to promote new flights and services out of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) as part of its annual domestic sales mission. “The sales mission is already in its third year, and it is one of the ways GMCAC connects with travel and tourism stakeholders across the Philippines. Our focus is route development, particularly to key destinations in Visayas and Mindanao, as part of our goal to establish MCIA as the hub for flights in the southern Philippines,” said Aines Librodo, GMCAC Head of Airline Marketing and Tourism Development. Dubbed as the gateway to Northern Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro is one of the top regional destinations contributing to MCIA’s domestic passenger traffic. According to Librodo, MCIA recorded a 22% increase in passenger traffic from-to Cagayan de Oro in 2019 with more than 420,000 domestic passengers and a total of 53 flights per week. “The Cagayan de Oro market is strong, and we want to further develop this connection,” she said. GMCAC kicked off this year’s sales mission in Davao City last January 28. GMCAC will visit Bacolod, Iloilo, and Tacloban on February 11, 12, and 18, respectively. Partner airlines taking part in this year’s domestic sales mission are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Philippines AirAsia, EVA Airways, Cathay Pacific, and China Eastern Airlines. With its central location in the Philippines, MCIA is the ideal transfer hub for passengers connecting from Visayas and Mindanao with most domestic destinations reachable in less than an hour’s flight time. MCIA is connected to 25 domestic destinations and 25 international destinations with 6 domestic partner airlines and 20 international partner airlines. ### About GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation On November 2014, Filipino-led developer GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) took over development of all landside facilities of the MCIA under a 25-year Public-Private Partnership concession agreement with the Philippine Government. It opened the new international Terminal, Terminal 2, in July 2018 and completed the full renovation of Terminal 1 in December 2019. GMCAC is a joint venture company comprised of Filipino engineering and infrastructure company Megawide Construction Corporation and Indian infrastructure developer GMR.

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FDA WARNS PUBLIC AGAINST USING ORIGINAL PORCELANA® ASTRINGENT IMPROVED FORMULA FOR SAFETY REASONS

February 5, 2020

Despite warnings from The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), THE ORIGINAL PORCELANA ASTRINGENT IMPROVED FORMULA continues to be sold commercially in Davao.   The FDA Regional Office in Davao City has received reports from concerned citizens that several drug stores and supermarkets continue to sell THE ORIGINAL PORCELANA ASTRINGENT IMPROVED FORMULA despite the health risks it poses.   In FDA Advisory No. 2019-119, THE ORIGINAL PORCELANA® ASTRINGENT IMPROVED FORMULA has been found to be positive for the presence of HYDROQUINONE and TRETINOIN, ingredients that are not allowed to be part of a cosmetic. As per Administrative Order No. 13 s. 1999, the FDA says Hydroquinone and/or Tretinoin (Retinoic Acid) shall be classified as home remedy, over-the-counter, or prescription drug depending on the amount present.   Accordingly, because THE ORIGINAL PORCELANA® ASTRINGENT IMPROVED FORMULA has not complied with these standards, the FDA says consumers who use these products as a cosmetic are risking their health and safety. Using the product may result in adverse reactions including skin irritation, itchiness, anaphylactic shock and even, organ failure.   Along with FDA’s strong advise to the public not to purchase THE ORIGINAL PORCELANA® ASTRINGENT IMPROVED FORMULA comes the warning for establishments not to distribute this product until they have already been covered by the appropriate cosmetic notification.  Merchants who ignore the warning shall face regulatory actions and sanctions.   The FDA also called on All Local Government Units (LGUs) and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to ensure that the THE ORIGINAL PORCELANA® ASTRINGENT IMPROVED FORMULA is not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction.   Apart from THE ORIGINAL PORCELANA® ASTRINGENT IMPROVED FORMULA, Porcelana also sells facial wash, day and night creams whitening body lotion, soaps and sunblock.

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More than 400,000 Northern Mindanaoans travel via Mactan in 2019

February 4, 2020

AROUND 420,000 persons from Northern Mindanao traveled via Mactan-Cebu International Airport last year.   In a press conference here, GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation promotions head Aines Librodo reported that the number constituted a 22 percent increase in passenger traffic from Cagayan de Oro City and nearby areas.   That translates to 53 flights a week.   GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation operates Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the second largest airport in the country.   The company conducted a roadshow here in Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday (February 4) as a gesture of gratitude to its Northern Mindanao patrons.   Despite the current coronavirus scare hitting the airline industry bad, airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, EVA Airways, Cathay Pacific and China Eastern Airlines were still bullish in introducing their latest routes.   In particular, Librado is optimistic that once this crisis blows over, there will be a surge in air travel.   Librodo recalled that by the end of the SARS crisis in 2002, people were hurrying to go on holidays everywhere. She is hopeful that a similar scenario will occur in this era of the novel coronavirus.   Mactan-Cebu International Airport has a lot of stake in its hands - China (Ground Zero of the virus) is its second largest market for both incoming and outbound flights.   It indeed will be a long journey ahead. Meanwhile as of presstime, Mactan-Cebu International Airport is in a state of emergency and airlines have momentarily suspended its China-bound flights except for Cathay Pacific which caters mostly to connecting flights.

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Julie Anne San Jose is fashion-forward, ready to inspire new trends with Lee Jeans

January 22, 2020

Lee Jeans unveils latest female ambassador Julie Anne San Jose              You name it: acting, performing, songwriting, hosting, she has done and conquered them all. Now, Asia’s Pop Diva and Kapuso multitalented performer Julie Anne San Jose is ready to take on the world of fashion with her influential sense of style as Lee Jeans’ newest female ambassador. Being used to the glitz and glamour of showbiz, Julie has graced red carpets one after the other with much confidence. What a lot don’t know about her is that off-cam, she prefers to rock denim outfits as it combines comfort and chic at the same time. Like most of us, Julie’s chosen go-to jeans through the years is Lee. It has become a staple in her wardrobe because of its practicality and for being a durable work-wear maker which makes the brand perfect for her lifestyle as a celebrity.      The 25-year-old Kapuso artist embodies the brand with her unapologetic attitude of living life to the fullest—all while having fun. Being one of the Clash Masters of GMA’s all-original Filipino singing competition ‘The Clash’ and a mainstay performer in the weekend variety show ‘Sunday PinaSaya,’ Julie approaches the spotlight with her uncompromising personality. Lee Jeans has been a cult-favorite over the decades, creating the world’s most iconic signatures of quality, innovation and denim craftsmanship.  The trend-setting fashion giant is set to release a collection under their new line ‘Lee 101 Plus,’ headlined by Julie, which includes well-structured, fashionable yet versatile pieces that everyone can wear to a casual date or even a night out. In celebration of Lee Jeans’ 130th anniversary, they will bring collectibles and exclusive anniversary merchandise for the consumers via a pop-up store tour that will kick off in Manila, Philippines and make its way through China, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong. To make it more remarkable, they brought Julie to General Santos to visit her fans in a ‘Meet and Greet’ Mall Show at KCC GenSan last November 29.  The event, which featured a pop-up exhibit with fun-filled D.I.Y. activities, was well-attended despite the weather, having hundreds of fans from different areas in the country flew over to GenSan to see and groove with Lee Jeans’ newest female ambassador.  As the new face of the brand, Julie devotes to resonate Lee Jeans’ undying passion for innovation through fashion-forward OOTDs, inspiring her fans and the Filipinos to look their best and elevate their personal style. (30) Lee – Over 130 years of Denim Craftsmanship since 1889 Lee is one of the world’s most iconic signatures of quality, innovation and denim craftsmanship. Following the establishment of the H.D. Lee Mercantile Company by Henry David Lee in Kansas, U.S., in 1889, Lee starts on its journey to becoming a legendary denim brand. Over the years, Lee has made history with its many product innovations such as the world’s first-ever zip fly jeans – the 101Z in 1926, the iconic Hair-on- hide leather label and the Lazy S back pocket stitching. From the launch of the 1st Lee bib overalls to the 13oz 101 cowboy jeans, Lee has demonstrated an undying passion for innovation, and has transformed itself from a practical and durable work-wear maker to a contemporary and trend setting fashion giant.

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