Dining In can now feel safer with B Hotel’s Park & Dine

B Hotel Alabang and B Hotel Quezon City have recently launched the “Park & Dine” option for guests who are still hesitant to dine inside restaurant establishments due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

With Park & Dine, guests can park, order, and enjoy their favorite dishes within the comfort of their vehicles. It will be served to their cars how it would normally be inside the hotel’s café and restaurants.

A specially made plank will be placed on the guests’ vehicle to serve as a dining table. Various payment options are available, including cashless or digital payments for lesser contact.

“We thought about the guests who miss dining in but are still afraid of going outside their comfort zones, and even guests who love to order from our hotels but are not within the reach of their delivery apps,” said Mr. Ryan Chan, B Hotels Managing Director, as to why they pursued this new concept.

With this new initiative, dining in can now feel safer and with the same quality of food and services as inside the hotel.

As one of the leading locally-owned hotel groups, The Bellevue Hotels & Resorts remain committed to offering its guests a safe and comfortable dining experience.  All of its hotels are consistently implementing stringent health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of both their guests and employees.

Park & Dine is available at B Hotel Alabang’s Prime Café from 4 PM to 10 PM, Mondays to Sundays; and at B Hotel Quezon City’s Johnny’s Steak and Grill from 11 AM to 8 PM, Wednesdays to Saturdays.

For more information, guests can reach (+632) 8828 8181 for B Hotel Alabang, and (+632) 990 5000 for B Hotel Quezon City.

The Bellevue Resort Spearheads Trash Free Seas in Bohol

Two-time ASEAN Green Hotel awardee, The Bellevue Resort – Bohol, forefronts Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup in Bohol for the fourth year in a row. Despite the pandemic, the resort has not lost sight of its underlying commitment to protect the environment. This year, they expanded its participation province-wide with 2-day hybrid activities in partnership with the Department of Tourism and Provincial Government of Bohol through the Provincial Tourism Office.

The five-star resort kicked off the worldwide campaign by hosting a webinar entitled “Connect and Collect: Trash Free Seas Start at Home” with 128 virtual attendees with speakers – Miss Universe PH ‘20 – 3rd Runner Up and Ambassador for Tourism, Ms. Pauline Amelinckx, Bb. Pilipinas International 2021, Ms. Hannah Arnold, and Coastal Resource Division Head of Bohol Environment Management Office, Ms. Villa Pelindingue, who shared their insights and talked about interesting waste management methods and possible solutions starting at home.

On September 18, 2021, a total of 772 volunteers all over Bohol joined the socially distant cleanup drive with 22 LGUs in their respective communities with small-scale groups, including organizations and private sectors, who all formed special bubble groups to ensure everyone’s safety while following health protocols. Among the volunteers were 63 licensed divers for underwater cleanup at Doljo Seas, Panglao Island. 

Volunteers were able to remove a total of 2,159 kilos of non-biodegradable trash from coastline and underwater – successfully collected and segregated. While following strict safety protocols, this year’s ICC would have not been possible without the support of its dedicated volunteers and partners namely, the Department of Tourism, Provincial Government of Bohol led by Governor Art Yap, Municipality of Panglao, Globe Telecom, Club Aquasports, Clean Code, Sea & Land, Blue Freedom Apnea, Plastic Free Bohol, and Mister Bohol Organization.

Things may be different due to the ongoing pandemic, but now that we are getting accustomed to the new norm, we can still make an impact when we work together or even apart to clean up and protect our oceans.

Since its opening in 2013, the luxurious and eco-friendly resort has been consistently spearheading meaningful initiatives – leading responsible tourism in Bohol, in its efforts to highlight the importance of playing an active role in promoting sustainability and helping the community.

Havaianas paints the town with pride through the Rainbow Walkway

Inspired by the celebrated Pride March, the Rainbow Walkway aims to serve as a creative alley and safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. Havaianas Philippines hopes to keep the spirit of Pride alive through this small project.

Whether people strut down the PRIDE Catwalk like a queen or chill on the socially-distanced Rainbow Benches for a quick breather, everyone is welcome to stick around! There’s even a Charging Station, where people can charge their mobile phones or e-bikes, as well as a vibrant #AllLoveWelcome String Art.

Havaianas Philippines introduced its first-ever Pride Squad earlier this year with the hopes of creating a welcoming environment during the month-long Pride celebration. To further support the community, a percentage of every purchase from their Pride Collection is donated to All Out (a global LGBTQIA+ non-profit organization) and the Metro Manila Pride Organization (a local LGBTQIA+ non-profit organization), non-profit organizations that are focused on empowering the LGBTQIA+ community and defending their rights.

With these initiatives, Havaianas hopes to encourage everyone to feel free and proud all year round because Pride never stops–– and all love is welcome, in any form or color.

The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts offers exclusive deals on SOS to ramp up local tourism efforts

One of the leading locally-owned hotel groups, The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts (BH&R) pushes its effort to support and revive tourism in the country by joining Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International’s (HSMA) September Online Sale (SOS) from September 15 to October 15, 2021.

SOS aims to contribute to local tourism recovery and bring back public confidence for safe travels. BH&R’s properties – The Bellevue Manila, B Hotel Quezon City, and The Bellevue Resort – Bohol will continue to participate in this year’s online sale, and bring distinctive, safe, and worry-free experiences to its guests.

In this year’s SOS, BH&R is offering the following best value hotel and resort packages that can be used anytime until December next year:

  • The Bellevue Manila
    • Ensaymada Overload Voucher – The best-selling Ensaymada in town is on an exclusive buy 3, get 1 free sale at Php285! People can choose from various flavors such as Ube, Malolos, Leche Flan, Chocolate, and Plain.
    • Phoenix Court Dimsum & More Voucher – Relish on Phoenix Court’s dishes with only Php1,500, good for two persons. Enjoy this 28% off by yourself or as a gift.
  • B Hotel Quezon City
    • Stay at B Room Promo – Experience staying in a Superior Room at B Hotel QC with only Php 2,799 per night. This promo includes a Php500 food and beverage (F&B) credit, and an additional 10% discount.
    • Steak Experience at Johnny’s Steak & Grill – Enjoy a grilled steak perfection with a four-course steak experience for only Php2,499, good for two persons. This includes a complimentary two glasses of house wine and 25% off from its regular price.
    • Gift Voucher at Johnny’s Steak & Grill – Either use it for yourself or as a gift, this voucher applies a 15% discount from its regular price and is already good for two persons.
    • Intimate Feast – For the price of Php10,999, 10 guests will be able to indulge with three-course plated lunch or dinner, one round of iced tea, one bottle of house wine, and use of the function room for four hours.
    • B Blissful Package – For wedding preparations, this package would best suit the bride and groom as they can choose whether to avail of two nights stay in a Superior Room with breakfast for two or an overnight stay in two Superior Rooms with breakfast for four, for only Php15,888. This includes congratulatory wine and cheese platter, permission to shoot in designated areas, complimentary use of one mannequin, Johnny’s Steak and Grill gift certificate worth Php2,000, and a 10% off discount on additional rooms.
  • The Bellevue Resort – Bohol
    • Seas The Day (Day Use Promo) – For only Php988 per person, guests can enjoy Php800 worth of food and beverages (F&B) credit in their Marea restaurant, beach access, use of the infinity pool, and use of game and non-motorized aqua sports facilities.
    • Pair-fect Moment (Romantic Dinner for Two) – Enjoy a four-course set meal with a personal butler, and a matching romantic set-up by the beach, garden or view deck for only Php 4,999.
    • Te-reef-fic Get-away (Room only and Room with Breakfast) – Guests can have their overnight stay in a Superior or Deluxe Room with or without breakfast for two. There will also be discounts in F&B, spa services, boat rentals, and complimentary use of non-motorized aqua sports facilities. All for only Php3,999 and Php4,999 respectively.
    • Let’s Sea-lebrate! (Themed Party Package) – Celebrate your day at the resort with its themed party package for only Php13,888 which you can choose from kiddie, slumber to pool party. Packages include complimentary use of venues for 4 hours, food, and more.

*Terms and conditions apply for all properties

As part of the BH&R’s commitment to safer tourism, all its hotels are implementing stringent measures to maintain public health standards set by the government to enable people to travel with ease.

This exclusive sale runs for a limited time only. For more information, email The Bellevue Manila at irdps@thebellevue.com or call (632) 8771-8181 local 2300, B Hotel Quezon City at ressupervisor@thebellevue.com or call (632) 8990 5000, and The Bellevue Resort – Bohol at sregalado@thebellevuebohol.com or call (6338) 422 2222.

Gear up with MSI’s Back to School Promo

It is once again that time of the year where school starts right around the corner. MSI, a world leader in producing high-performance and innovative laptops, is ready with its back-to-school promo that starts on August 1 and lasts until September 30, 2021.

Students of different backgrounds, whether they are gamers by night, studious types, or artistic individuals, and coming from all sorts of diverse strands from arts, business, engineering, to even from the sciences, can all gear up for this upcoming school year when they purchase their MSI gaming, or business and productivity laptops that come with various freebies that can be worth as much as PHP 11,000. Freebies such as gaming headsets, backpacks, neck pillows, wireless mouse, external HDD, and many more are up for grabs!

Make the most out of your school experience with MSI

The hustle and bustle of school have its own challenges, especially while people are still stuck in their homes. MSI’s GF Series, Modern 14, SummitE15, and Stealth 15M are perfect for facing tough tests and tedious artworks and projects while doing synchronous online classes. Students do not have to worry about laptop lags as these laptops are built for long and robust performance.

The thin and light laptops, GF series are made foron-the-go students that can carry their laptops everywhere, coming in at 1.86kg. These laptops are built to withstand the heavy loads of school and gaming with their heavy-duty performance, but also made to be stylish with their sleek framework, having a 21.77mm build. It is a good thing these high-end series laptops come with gaming backpacks, gaming headsets, and a gaming mouse when bought on MSI’s Back to School promo, as this perfectly pairs with GF series’ aesthetic and mobile design.

MSI’s Back to School Promo also includes the brand-new Katana GF Series. These laptops are inspired by the swift power of the Katana, designed by famed Japanese illustrator Tsuyoshi Nagano, who is noted for his work in the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” video game series. The Katana GF66 is set to inspire users and students with it being powered by NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series graphics and featuring independent number pads, even on the smaller 15-inch variant. These laptops are more than just entry-level gaming configurations; they are your first partner for long-lasting battles in online school and the virtual world.

The Modern 14 on the other hand, boasts its style and high performance. Powered with the AMD RYZEN 4000 series processor, these laptops last up to 10-hours on-the-go and are perfect for gaming, productivity, and content creation. These laptops are made to last as they are engineered to withstand the high demands that come with everyday student work, gaming, and online classes.

Meanwhile, the Stealth 15M is perfect for students who love to multi-task as this laptop expands ones’ vision across multiple displays with HDMI and Thunderbolt™ 4. Students may also enjoy up to 8K resolution output via Thunderbolt™ 4 for some extra productivity and fun.

For students of Business, Statistics, Mathematics, and students who like to pull an all-nighter who require high performance of computing, SummitE15 is a perfect choice. Its portability and performance are boosted with the latest 11th Gen Intel® processor and NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1650 Ti graphics, which is the most powerful ever. It is also equipped with TPM 2.0 that provides enterprise-grade security to keep all students’ documents safe and secured. This laptop is designed for non-stop, on-the-go, study, or work anytime, anywhere with a long-lasting battery and fast-charge technology.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab these amazing laptops with various freebies while you still can! The MSI 2021 Back to School Promo runs for a limited time only. For full details, please visit https://ph.msi.com/Promotion/back-to-school-2021/nb.

Twitter insights reveal what are the Filipino Millennials up to

Whatever generation someone belongs to, there will always be topics and interests that they can relate and connect to on Twitter. As the place for #WhatsHappening in the world, it is where Filipinos keep track of global and local events, news, or trends.

Aside from the tech-savvy Gen Z, Millennials also gather on Twitterverse. Around 35.2% of Filipinos on Twitter are Millennials[1] and 56% of which use the app at least once a day[2]. Millennials aren’t kids anymore. The youngest in the group is 25, while the oldest is 38[3]. In a phase wherein they are “in between” being young and mature, it’s interesting what are the activities and discussions that unfold among this generation.

Here are key insights to better understand who and what are the Filipino Millennials up to.

  1. Millenials love to stay connected

As going online is still our safest bet to connect and interact, Filipino Millennials are on Twitter fulfilling various pursuits such as keeping in touch with their friends (77%), doing some work-related networking or research (44%), and finding like-minded people (32%)[4].

Going on Twitter means having a discovery mindset on seeking new connections and information about the world around them. In fact, Twitter is their go-to place to read news and score updates. Millennials on Twitter keep track of news stories (56%), content such as memes (44%), events or trends as they happen (32%)[5].

2. Millennials are expressive on Twitter

Aligned with their knack for discovery is being open about their life on Twitter. Filipino Millennials on Twitter talk about their lives such as sharing stories about their pets, shows they recently streamed, or just random thoughts (49%). Meanwhile, they also make their voice count on Twitter by being expressive on their opinions and taking a stand about the things that matters to them (44%)[6].

Their voice matters and they know that by actively expressing themselves on Twitter. With this, it’s important to acknowledge their concerns and take on topics and issues.

“As we all navigate through the toughest periods of the pandemic and help our communities towards gradual recovery, paying close attention to the needs of our consumers allows us to stay true to our long-term commitment of supporting and delighting many of our kababayans. Twitter is a space brimming with ideas and opinions from many Filipinos; we always strive to leverage this platform to create meaningful conversations that usher everyday solutions and thoughtful innovations,” says Grab Philippines Country Marketing Head Justine Anne Aruta.

3. Millennials hope for the future

Majority of people in this generation are working (59.4%)[7], so topics such as money and finances are top of mind. While it’s never too late to set financial goals, Millennials feel the pang of social pressures to achieve financial milestones at their age. 74% of them are optimistic that their finances will get better in the 6 months, and they are taking action by exploring options to grow or secure both their wealth and future by investing in life insurance (+11% on purchase) and health insurance (39%)[8]

In the same vein, Millennials on Twitter are taking charge of their health be it physically or mentally. They have a broad definition of health and 45% of them are upfront and confident talking about their mental health[9].

4. Millennials are hyper-connected

Filipino Millennials on Twitter know what they want, from hobbies down to the media they want to consume. Their hyper-connectedness and love of consuming content give rise to new formats. In particular, 76% are into music streaming, 65% likes online streaming, another 65% prefers gaming consoles, while 45% are into podcasts[10].

Because of the #StayHome period, Millennials’ engagement with streaming services is at an all-time high.

“Filipinos have fully embraced streaming as their source of entertainment and we credit this growth to the people who are enjoying the content, sharing their experiences, and encouraging everyone to join in watching the latest series and new-found favorites on Twitter. As the brand, we see a Tweet as a powerful virtual word of mouth and complement this with various Twitter products for specific campaign goals,” said Vinchi Sy-Quia, Operations Director, VIU Philippines.

Embracing the Millennial audience

With their vigor to connect, express, and share, Filipino Millennials on Twitter have the power to reshape the consumer marketplace. They have a clear picture of what they want (and vice versa) and their consumer habits evolve as norms change. However, it does not mean that this generation is elusive, all that is needed is for brands to embrace Millennial’s uniqueness.

Here are some tips on how brands can resonate to the Millennial audience:

  • Technology changes how they shop – Millennials prefer to shop online, to research before buying a product and are driven by deals such as free delivery promos.
  • Go digital – Meet their strong demand for convenience by bringing the brand within their fingertips.
  • Be creative on content – Amplify your message by using rich media content. Play around with videos or make your campaigns more interactive and engaging.
  • Allow them to be expressive – Let your Millennial audience talk to you and try to genuinely address their concerns.
  • Be real – Millennials support causes with an authentic set of values and beliefs. Connect by supporting the causes and issues they are passionate about.

[1] Source: GWI: Twitter Users in the Philippines – Millennials | Q1 2021

[2] Source: GWI: Twitter Users in the Philippines – Millennials | Q1 2021

[3] Source: GWI: Twitter Users in the Philippines – Millennials | Q1 2021

[4] Source: GWI: Twitter Users in the Philippines – Millennials | Q1 2021

[5] Source: GWI: Twitter Users in the Philippines – Millennials | Q1 2021

[6] Source: GWI: Twitter Users in the Philippines – Millennials | Q1 2021

[7] Source: GWI: Twitter Users in the Philippines – Millennials vs. Gen X | Q1 2021

[8] Source: GWI: Twitter Users in the Philippines – Millennials | Q1 2021

[9] Source: GWI: Twitter Users in the Philippines – Millennials | Q1 2021

[10]  Source: GWI: Twitter Users in the Philippines – Millennials | Q1 2021

Students express “Hallyu love” with fan art in Smart design contest

Young Filipinos across the country rode the Korean wave and showed their love for “hallyu” in the “K-reate for a Cause” sustainability design contest, organized by leading mobile provider Smart Communications. The campaign highlights the youth’s passion to create, and their drive to give back to their community. Students from 50 universities hopped on the K phenomenon and submitted fan art that express their passion and purpose.  

“The K-reate for a Cause design contest allows the youth to express their passion through visual art. The initiative also provides an opportunity to help causes that are close to their hearts. Just like their Korean idols, Smart encourages the youth to live life with purpose,” said Jane Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

The Korean wave or “hallyu” has gripped the Filipino Gen Z, creating a loyal fan base that follows their every move. The Filipino youth have embraced Korean idols and have supported not only their careers but their passions as well. 

Wynnona Ku didn’t expect to fall in love with Korean music. But after listening to a popular BTS beat, the Tourism major from Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) found herself expanding her playlist to include their songs. She says the diverse sounds she listens to help her in her other passion projects.  

“Music helps me to be productive. The different beats I listen to help me in generating new ideas or content. Music gives us different emotions. It can exude joy or sadness. Music enables us to express our feelings, in my case, through my visual arts,” said Ku.   

Just like how BTS’ tunes have inspired her entry called “Feel the Beat”, the youth leader also acknowledged that music has helped young Filipinos cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Ku recalled that even when the country was placed under varying degrees of restrictions, she saw her fellow Gen Z post dance videos, jam online, and create their own music to express their emotions. 

“The power of music is to inspire, influence, and give positive thoughts to everyone nowadays because of all the negativity and challenges that we are facing,” Ku added.  

Ku is among the 50 young artists whose designs have been chosen by Smart for production. Smart will print winning designs on Php 50,000 worth of merchandise. The winners can then sell these items to raise funds for their chosen beneficiaries. The designs can be printed on water tumblers, tote bags and T-shirts just to name a few. The principal designer also gets to take home a Samsung Galaxy S21, Smart Prepaid 5G SIM, Php 1,000 worth of Smart prepaid load, and a Smart Passion+Purpose mystery box.  

Smart continues to spread the “hallyu” love among its customers. Smart is giving fans who have missed out on the exclusive Smart+BTS Photo Cards a chance to win these limited edition photos through a raffle.    Partnering with Viu, Smart has launched the Smart Giga K-Video packs that allow subscribers to enjoy the best of Korean entertainment through the Viu Premium Experience. With 1 GB of data for K-videos daily, subscribers can watch the latest shows as quickly as eight hours after they were aired in Korea. They also enjoy unlimited downloads and access to all content on Viu without advertisements.

Ateneo gets boost from Smart with an exclusive online store

Ateneo de Manila University has teamed up with Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) to launch the Ateneo Smart Online Store for the Ateneo community as they navigate the new normal in education.  

Together with PLDT’s B2B arm PLDT Enterprise, Smart has set up an e-commerce site exclusively for Ateneo de Manila students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The partnership makes it more convenient for Ateneans across four campuses in Loyola, Salcedo, Makati, and Pasig to browse through and purchase Smart’s connectivity solutions.  

Ateneo de Manila University President Fr. Roberto C Yap SJ is grateful that the university has its own Smart Online Store with products and services tailored to the needs of the Atenean community. 

“We very much appreciate this additional partnership with PLDT and Smart. The Ateneo Smart Online Store is a first among Ateneo schools, and the idea of having Smart Prepaid Services available to the community in an exclusive platform is aligned with the university’s continuous digital transformation.” 

Alfredo S Panlilio, President and CEO of PLDT and Smart, recognized the value of network services and technology in the country’s economic recovery and overall nation-building saying, “PLDT and Smart being the largest, fully integrated telco in the Philippines puts us in a unique position, with entailing responsibilities, to offer a wide range of products and services to our countrymen today, and post-COVID. We will never stop evolving as our vision for the future is one where all Filipinos are digitally empowered.”  

The Ateneo Smart Online Store offers exclusive discounts for Ateneans when they purchase Smart Prepaid load cards and electronic loads. Ateneans can also buy connectivity devices like the Smart Bro Prepaid and PLDT Home WiFi from the customized portal. The platform also offers multiple secure payment options via credit cards and PayMaya, including cash on delivery or COD for added convenience. Smart is also waiving shipping costs for all transactions made via the e-commerce site. As a bonus, Smart is also giving away Smart 5G ready prepaid SIMs to students wishing to experience the fastest 5G network in the Philippines according to Ookla®, the global leader in internet testing and analysis. And soon, Ateneans can avail of Smart’s postpaid offerings, including special deals on handsets.  

“Smart continues to help educators and students adapt to challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis. The Ateneo Smart Online Store is an innovative platform that offers the Ateneo community access to Smart products and services tailored for the new normal of learning. These tools ensure that Ateneans are enabled to live smarter as they help build a better world,” said Jane Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.  

The Ateneo Smart Online Store is also a portal for the Atenean community to earn invitations to special events. The e-commerce site opens up access to limited edition Smart K-inspired premium items. It also links students to useful webinars and training programs for the youth.  

“Smart continues to empower students and educators with our innovative connectivity solutions. We are committed to helping the education sector hurdle the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic with learning tools that allow them to thrive in these trying times because we believe that no learner should be left behind; moreover, they will not be left behind because Smart’s products and services are powered by the Philippines fastest network,” added Melvin Consunji Nubla, Department Head and VP at Smart for Go-To-Market and Subscriber Management.  

 Not only will the Ateneo Smart Online Store provide a convenient gateway for the Ateneans to access Smart products and services, but the platform will also prove helpful for Ateneo scholars and employees enrolled under the Smart Giga Study Program that provides them with a monthly data load.  

 “The new Ateneo Smart Online Store now makes it much easier for us to implement this essential program for e-learning in the new normal,” noted Rodolfo Ang, Vice-President for Administration and Information Systems of Ateneo de Manila. 

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the government imposed restrictions on face-to-face classes and migrated learning to a blended platform utilizing broadcast media and the internet. In response, Smart has been launching innovative products and services to empower students and teachers amid the disruptions brought about by the global health crisis.  

The Smart Giga Study suite of data offerings is ideal for students and teachers in the new normal. With Giga Study, customers get 1GB data every day for study apps like Google Classroom, Meet, Google Search, YouTube, MS Teams, and Office 365, among others. Smart recently gave its Giga packages a boost with Double GIGA that doubles the data for other Giga passion apps.   These innovations to support education amid the global health crisis underscore the commitment of PLDT and Smart to help the Philippines attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), particularly SDG #4: Quality Education as a foundation in improving people’s lives and obtaining sustainable development.

Building a home of storytellers through PLDT and Smart’s mental health initiative

A 16-year-old incoming senior high school, a mental health survivor, an online ESL teacher and a K-pop fan. They are the four winners of PLDT and Smart’s Better Today Time Capsule Project, a mental health initiative that focuses on art as a form of catharsis. 

The winners received a ‘meaningful connections boost’, which is a connectivity package from Smart worth P25,000. Each winner also had an opportunity to give a ‘community changemaking boost’, which is a matching donation for their favorite mental health charity or advocacy group. 

“In PLDT and Smart, through our Time Capsule Project, we hope to inspire a generation of changemakers and advocates. We want to give every Filipino Youth a chance to tell their story. This is the legacy that we are building: a home of storytellers who find their voice and speak their own truth— in every way possible and in all forms. All these serve as a valid reflection of our time today,” said PLDT and Smart FVP and Group Corporate Communications Head Cathy Yap-Yang. 

Healing takes time 

25-year-old AMarie V is a writer and a big K-pop fan. While she was scrolling through her Facebook news feed, she chanced upon the Time Capsule Project and decided to enter the competition. Her entry called, ‘The Moon Princess’ is a short story about hope where the main character endures hard times and is reminded of her strength. 

“Like the moon princess, everyone radiates their own light – their passion, dreams, hope, faith, and love. But because of the challenges we encounter, sometimes, it’s hard to be okay all the time,” AMarie V said. “Like the moon princess, we will experience this kind of season. But, we will always have those people who will remind us to stand up and live happily again. We just need to embrace this phase and keep on trying and not give up,”

According to AMarie V, the Time Capsule Project enabled her to be honest with her feelings. “Once we acknowledge our weaknesses and that we need help, healing starts. So, through this Time Capsule journey, I was able to free myself. And it feels good,” AMarie V said. 

She chose the Light of Jesus Pastoral Care Center as the recipient of her community changemaking boost. It is a ministry who provides free sessions for emotionally and spiritually wounded.

Appreciating the simple things

16-year-old Gabrielle is an incoming senior high school whose dream is to become a graphic designer. Her visual art, which is a short comic strip, about her furry little friend Splatt won her a place in the Time Capsule Project. 

“My dog keeps my family and I happy every day. When I think about how our lives were before having him, I can easily see that he has brought joy into our family,” Gabrielle said.

According to Gabrielle, the Time Capsule Project encouraged her to hone her skills as she created her art. She ended up expressing her feelings through the comic. For her, making the art felt therapeutic. 

Gabrielle gave a community changemaking boost to the Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines, which is a support group community and a mental health initiative run by volunteers. 

Embracing grief, moving forward

Carlos Ilustrado shares her personal story on hope and resilience. She embraced what she was feeling the past year after losing her father. She wanted to tell her story as a way to reach out to other people who may share the same experience. She wanted to remind them that they’re not alone.

“I’m often lost but I was truly lost when my father died – having him taken away is like losing a limb. I was angry, but I wasn’t alone. I have my family and I still have myself. I want to make my father proud, even if he’s not here anymore,” Carlos Ilustrado said. 

For Carlos Ilustrado, writing is her way of expressing her feelings and emotions. “It’s a choice to move forward. We’re not meant to be in one place. Life goes on and it’s best to hold on to memories so we can move forward,” Carlos Ilustrado said. 

Carlos Ilustrado chose to share the community changemaking boost to the Boxless Society, which is a growing community and support group for artists who are diagnosed with mental health conditions. 

Championing mental health

Zcyra Mae is currently studying dentistry at the University of the East. She is a mental health survivor and advocate. She found out about the Time Capsule Project through the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, Inc. “I decided to join because I wanted people to know that even in the darkest times, storms will pass and the sun will shine again,” Zcyra Mae said. 

Zcyra Mae’s poem called, ‘Dreams to Wake Up for’ is inspired by her dream of becoming an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. According to her, ever since she was a child, she dreamt of serving people and alleviating their pain. 

In 2017, Zcrya Mae’s mental health deteriorated, which she felt was her rock bottom. She had to file for a leave of absence and drop some of her classes. The Time Capsule journey helped Zcyra Mae to bravely share her story. “It created an opportunity for me to write a poem which is a big part of my soul. Writing made me feel at home in my safe haven. It became a form of catharsis ever since I discovered that I could release my repressed emotions through writing, I started using it as one of my healthy coping mechanisms,” Zcyra Mae said. Zcyra Mae donated her community changemaking boost to the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, Inc., which is one of the country’s largest mental health advocacy groups. 

The Executive Centre Officially Opens Flagship Centre In The Philippines

The Executive Centre (TEC), the leading premium flexible workspace provider in the Asia Pacific and Middle East, officially opens its upscale flagship centre to purvey flexible working experience to domestic and multinational businesses in the Philippines. The centre is situated right in the heart of Makati CBD, at the award winning and prestigious Ayala Triangle Gardens Tower 2.

“We are officially welcoming everyone so they can finally experience the unique services TEC has to offer. We saw the growing appetite for flexibility over the course of entering the Philippine market, and we believe there is no better time than today to introduce TEC’s quality and flexible services that responds to the needs of businesses in the new and possibly, next normal” said Josh Alfafara, TEC Philippines Country Manager.

The flagship centre displays The Executive Centre’s renowned impeccable taste on ergonomic workspace design combined with thoughtful floor layout to optimise productivity, facilitate collaboration and bringing an elevated office experience. The interior design also pays homage to the local Manila culture through design details, patterns and art pieces. The resulting flagship centre is one that fuses a spacious and contemporary touch with signature TEC elements such as height-adjustable standing desks, keyless access entry, reliable connectivity, serviced barista bars and iconic Herman Miller ergonomic chairs.

Apart from its high-end design, the flagship centre is fully equipped to provide innovative solutions and consultation for businesses looking for or is currently adopting a hybrid working setup.

“Flexible workspace continues to be a game changer for the future of work. The enforced long-term break from the office has pushed people and companies to reconsider what they require to create a positive working environment. While human interaction is still proving to be crucial for work and life, people are also keen to enjoy a variety of work options. As a result, the future of work is shifting from purely remote to a hybrid model. Flexibility will be key in future workplace strategies because choice has become an invaluable asset” Alfafara shared.  

The Executive Centre focuses on quality and grows sustainably by listening to our Members’ needs. To that end, our centres provide a dedicated team of local bilingual experts in business support and IT infrastructure ready to provide personalised assistance for all our Members.

“To bring a brand that I know and believe in, to a country that I love is very fulfilling, and I’m sure that the new TEC Centre at Ayala Triangle Gardens Tower 2 will impress,” Alfafara added.

Explore The Executive Centre in Ayala Triangle Gardens Tower 2 here or visit this link to schedule a tour.