31 December 2015

What I Love (and Hate) About 2015

I can't believe that another year went by just like that. It honestly felt like a blur as everything happened so quickly. But I am glad that it's over cause it was a bit bumpy. I had to go through lots of challenges and I wasn't able to attain some of my goals. I guess one of the worst challenges I had to go through this year is letting go of things (and people.) Nevertheless, these challenges brought me nothing but lessons for me to keep forever.

Of course, everything wasn't sad for me this year. Wonderful things still happened this year and I am grateful for them. Just in case you are wondering, here are the awesome things and events that definitely made my year:

30 December 2015

Get up to 20% discount at Toby’s with Citi Credit Cards

Holiday shopping just got merrier as Citi, the country’s leading global bank, rewards its valued cardholders with a host of irresistible offers from the largest sports store chain in the country, Toby’s Sports. 

From now until January 2016, use your Citi credit card to avail of 0% Citi PayLite and get 15% discount on all regular-priced items on participating Toby’s brands. You can shop through a wide range of premium sports and fitness gear, and pay in easy, light monthly installments of up to 6 months. 

29 December 2015

KC Concepcion leads Natural Looks Launch at SM North

Smelling and feeling fresh all day is one sure way to naturally boost your confidence. With that in mind, Natural Looks comes to the Philippines to bring all natural products that would provide Filipinos with a new way of keeping themselves fresh and confident all day!

KC Concepcion leads Natural Looks Launch at SM North

Famed for its fragrance, Natural Looks, a fragrance and skin care store which originated in London, has recently launched its first branch here in the Philippines. And to lead such celebration, its brand ambassador, KC Concepcion, was present during the event.

28 December 2015

Be fit this Christmas: top calorie-burning sports to try

The Christmas season is the time of the year where mouth-watering foods are served such as ham, mechado, caldereta, and lechon. But after devouring those sumptuous yet fatty foods, it is important to shed those calories and still have a fit and healthy body. 

“Filipinos are food lovers, and it is truly seen during Christmas season where greasy and high-calorie foods are served. Thus, it is just essential to burn those extra calories to avoid excess fat. For people who don’t want to hit the gym, they can try sports to burn the calories,” says Dr. Nicky Montoya, MediCard president. 

Here are the top calorie-burning sports to try: 

Get Fuller, Beautiful Hair with Mofain

This holiday season, people are often loaded with tons of Christmas and New Year parties, reunions, and related celebrations with family and friends. While it is essential to be just simply there for your loved ones during these festive times, it is likewise important to look your best during these gatherings. With no time for a major makeover, the least you could do, aside from putting on a gorgeous dress, is to have and maintain equally gorgeous locks. There is definitely nothing more stunning than having full and beautiful hair.

To get that full and beautiful hair in an instant, Mofain provides a quick and affordable solution through their wide selection of hair weaves and wigs. This kind of system of hair improvement used to be frowned upon by many because of how unnatural some products seem to appear. But nowadays, they are widely accepted and used not only for special occasions but also for everyday use because of the innovations that they have made through the years. Hair weave at Mofain provides nothing but satisfaction as they only use 100% natural hair in all of their products. Hence, your weave will definitely look all natural! They also have a huge selection so that you would not be limited in choosing the perfect product for you. Most of all, these products are affordable and are quality-made.

For special occasions, Mofain offers remy hair weaving that would give you longer and fuller tresses in an instant. Whether you have wavy, straight, or curly hair, there is a remy hair weave that will suit you. Moreover, these come in tons of different hair shades that would match your current hair color. These are made from 100% human hair so that you will achieve the best results in the most natural way possible.  With these, you can now rock any party or celebration with natural looking longer hair!

Hair styles nowadays are becoming more diverse and eccentric. And hair improvement systems such as weaves and wigs have become a limitation to that. To address that, Mofain now offers trendy designs such as ombre hair wefts. These two toned hair weaves would surely match your personality and current look. They are natural looking yet trendy and would definitely complete your holiday look! It is definitely one way to have a new look for the New Year.

For more information about Mofain and their hair improvement products, visit their website at Mofain.com.

XO, Mish

27 December 2015

Pop of Color

You know that your kid is getting older when he starts deciding which shoes to wear. And for this occasion, my little man decided to wear his bright red shoes with his blue and green outfit. I chose the green and blue shirt for him and his ate chose the rest, while he chose his shoes. I was insisting on a grey pair that he has, but he was very persistent.

24 December 2015

What's New at Pink Parlour

I've always loved Pink Parlour. Aside from its superb waxing, tanning, and nail services, it offers a warm and relaxing place where everyone gets to be treated like a princess (or a prince). There's something about the fancy pink walls, furniture, and decors that make one feel instantly special about himself or herself. I guess that's what sets Pink Parlour apart from other nail and waxing salons. Anyway, it has been a while since I last paid Pink Parlour a visit. I think it was for my Gel Mani and Pedi. A few days back, I dropped by Pink Parlour for a relaxing mani and pedi. Here are some of the changes that I am sure everyone would look forward to:

23 December 2015

The Force Awakens at the new Gateway Dolby Atmos Cinema

I can't say that I am a die-hard fan of the Star Wars saga. However after seeing the previous six episodes a few days back, I am definitely looking forward to seeing the latest installment. I am ecstatic that I was able to see it at one of the latest and most innovative cinemas in the country today. It was truly a one of a kind experience!

Packed evening at the advanced press screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Gateway Mall's Dolby Atmos Cinema

22 December 2015

The perfect holiday gift for your techie loved ones

Looking for the perfect gift for game console players and techies this holiday season? Give them Energeyes Digital Lenses, a protective eyewear that helps guard their eyes from the harmful blue light that causes digital eye strain.

Energeyes is a defense eyewear that helps alleviate the symptoms of digital eye strain by blocking over 50% of harmful blue light through the synergistic actions of a reflective front surface treatment on the lens and an absorptive lens material.

21 December 2015

Frozen's Elsa and Anna joins Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival

If there is anything that kids and kids at heart look forward to every Christmas season, it would probably be the Disney On Ice show. Christmas is never complete without the colorful, magical show that makes Christmas dreams and fantasies come to life. This holiday season, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival - a show that will showcase a medley of splendid set elements, impressive light display and costume pieces, along with show-stopping performances by a cast of world-class skaters!

20 December 2015

OLX Launches the OLX Possibili-tree this Holiday Season

Giving is the main essence of the Christmas season. With that in mind, OLX has spearheaded a new campaign that aims to raise funds that will go to programs dedicated to creating better lives for children and their families here in the Philippines through the Save The Children group. This goal has eventually lead to the creation of the OLX Possibili-tree.

19 December 2015

adidas Originals by KANYE WEST: YEEZY BOOST 750

Kanye West and adidas Originals release the second style of the now iconic YEEZY BOOST 750 which was the first collaborative product launched earlier this year in February 2015.

This YEEZY BOOST 750 comes in an all black premium suede version with a full length BOOST™ midsole, featuring adidas’ coveted cushioning technology, combining the ultimate in comfort and performance with high-end style.

“Kanye believes in the highest quality and applies this ethic to any of his adidas products. He has a strong vision for all aspects of the ‘adidas Originals by Kanye West' collaboration. In Kanye we found a partner at the top of his field who understands the adidas brand heritage, possesses a like-minded insight to the future of culture, and who, like us, has a desire to push the boundaries. With the YEEZY BOOST Kanye brings his unique creativity and individuality to the forefront of design.” Arthur Hoeld, General Manager, adidas Originals

The YEEZY BOOST 750 in black will be available in the Philippines for Php19,995 on December 19, 2015 via a special engagement hosted by Commonwealth, SM Aura and through the Sole Academy app.

XO, Mish

18 December 2015

Staging the Men of Design

Basic home furniture and everyday items get a fresh, modern take and find harmony between function, practicality and design as Men of Design Matt Carr of Umbra; Arno Ruijzenaars of Leff Amsterdam; and Kenneth Cobunpue take the spotlight at the “Contemporary Design Showcase”. 

The Contemporary Design Showcase features the masterpieces of the three esteemed designers who represent their globally-recognized brands in contemporary home furnishing. 

 Matt Carr of Toronto-based homeware design company Umbra who is for his signature designs that can be distinguished by subtle design detail, style references and the reinvention of traditional objects. Arno Ruijzenaars of clock master Leff Amsterdam pushes the boundaries to create timepiece which exposes elements of construction such as the Tube Clock. Kenneth Cobonpue, a renowned Filipino furniture designer, is known for his masterpieces made of natural materials such as rattan, bamboo, abaca, and buri palm such as the Yoda chair. 

Men of Design Matt Carr, Arno Ruijzenaars and Kenneth Cobonpue prove that in the world of artistry, design knows no gender. It is the sensibility of the artists that is always at the core of every masterpiece. And in these modern times, the perfect marriage of beauty and function is the common principle shared by designers across the globe—or the force that binds Umbra, Leff Amsterdam and Kenneth Cobonpue.

Catch the works of these design masters at the Kenneth Cobonpue Showroom located at The Residences, San Lorenzo Tower, Greenbelt, Makati City.

XO, Mish

17 December 2015

adidas Originals NMD: The Past Empowers the Future

Driven by a desire to experience. Inspired by the past but always looking to the future. When constantly on the move, objects bring meaning to a high-paced life. The adidas Originals NMD joins this selection.

Designed for a nomadic lifestyle without boundaries, the NMD fuses iconic adidas Originals DNA with breakthrough technology from today. Micro-engineered BOOST and Primeknit fabrications meet a bold visual language that pays homage to innovation moments from the brand’s collective memory. The result is a fearless new silhouette driven by adidas’ pioneering archive that defines the shape and style of today.

Referencing progressive adidas styles like the Micro Pacer, the Rising Star, and the Boston Super, the NMD gives archival elements a modern context — jolting the iconography surrounding adidas’ most celebrated products and merging them with unparalleled 2016 engineering.

A technical runner realized as a lifestyle sneaker, the NMD is born from an audacious combination of shapes, angles, and materials on an iconic color-blocked foundation. Designed without compromise, a modern upper construction, an exaggerated silhouette, and bold archival details comprise the dynamic concept. The NMD’s midsole is elevated with adidas BOOST technology, in which blown EVA pellets are compressed to create a durable, shock-resistant, responsive sole. Its upper, meanwhile, utilizes the integrity of adidas Primeknit, boasting new levels of flexibility, stability, and strength.

“adidas is a pioneering brand—that is the principle we were built on,” says Nic Galway, adidas Originals VP of Global Design. “Our archive features the best technology of its time and continues to empower us. It’s not a museum. It’s a tool. It’s a reference.” NMD ¬– the past empowers the future.

The launch NMD sold in the Philippines for PhP9,995 at adidas stores, select retailers and via adidas.com/NMD.

XO, Mish

16 December 2015

Discover Your Spotify Star Wars Match

Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres around the world on Friday and Spotify is celebrating by giving music fans the chance to discover their Star Wars musical match.

Go to spotify-starwars.com and log on to your Spotify account to find which Star Wars character from the past, present and future matches most closely with your musical tastes. Pro-tip, if you listen to a lot of 80s hair metal then you will probably get Chewbacca.

Once you have your match, share your Star Wars character with the world across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

And remember, the force will be with you, always.

XO, Mish

15 December 2015

Holiday surprises from Bambu

The holiday season comes with bountiful surprises! And to make this joyful time of the year extra merry, Bambu, home of the leading Brazilian footwear brands Ipanema, Grendha, Rider and Zaxy, rolls out a wide array of amazing deals to its valued customers. 

From now until December 31, 2015, get a host of freebies from Ipanema and Rider when you purchase any of these brands in all Bambu and Ipanema stores nationwide. 


“On behalf of Bambu, we would like to extend our utmost appreciation to our loyal customers for patronizing our products through the years,” says ELRO Retail Corporation Marketing Head Cecille Loretizo. “And as we celebrate the most wonderful and joyful time of the year, we can’t think of a better way to give back than to reward all of you with these special prizes from our brands.”


To avail of the offer, simply buy a single-receipt purchase worth P2,500 of Ipanema footwear products to get a free limited edition Ipanema Beach Towel. Meanwhile, purchase P2,000 worth of Rider footwear and get a free Limited Edition Rider Drawstring Backpack.


More holiday offers await Grendha lovers by 1st week of December! Simply purchase two pairs of Grendha footwear in single receipt and you get to take home a sparkly, stylish Black Vanity Bag. What’s more, Zaxy is also giving away a free Limited Edition Notebook by mid of December until January 15, 2016. Get your hands on this specially designed notebook for every single receipt purchase of two pairs of Zaxy footwear. 


Do not miss out of these cool perks from Bambu products. Redeem your prizes until February 2016.

Bambu products are exclusively distributed by ELRO Retail Corporation. The company owns some of the famous Brazilian brands known for its style and high-quality including Ipanema, Grendha, Zaxy, Anacapri and Rider.

For more information on how to redeem your holiday freebies from Bambu products, visit www.facebook.com/BambuPhils.

XO, Mish

14 December 2015

Baskin-Robbins’ holiday treat - Santa Piñata Dome Ice Cream Cake

Santa is chillin’ at Baskin-Robbins this holiday season, waiting for merrymakers to take him home. The world’s most beloved ice cream brand presents the yummy Santa Piñata Dome Ice Cream Cake, created in December's flavour of the month, Red Velvet ice cream, which decadently melds red velvet cake flavoured ice cream with cream cheese frosting ribbon.  

This dome-shaped treat has a chewy and chocolatey brownie base with a sweet surprise inside. Slice it up carefully and get ready for a burst of colorful candies that’s sure to bring delight to everyone. 

Baskin-Robbins' Santa Piñata Dome Ice Cream Cake will truly stand out as a festive novelty gift, a party centerpiece or a Christmas indulgence for the whole family. Customers who would like to customize the cake with their favorite ice cream flavours should place their orders at least a day in advance.  

The Santa Piñata Dome Ice Cream Cake will be available at Baskin-Robbins shops at Bonifacio Global City, Greenbelt 5, and Glorietta 5 in Makati. For more details, visit www.baskinrobbins.ph or check out facebook.com/baskinrobbinsph, Twitter and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph accounts.  

XO, Mish

13 December 2015

Calyxta Turns 1!

A few days ago, Calyxta celebrated its first anniversary and I was one lucky girl to have taken part in its awesome celebration. If you haven't heard of Calyxta yet, it is a one-stop source of anything related to beauty. This beauty e-shop and community has the scoop on the latest beauty products, beauty product reviews, and make-up tutorials. Aside from those, they also carry these beauty items on their website so that you could purchase them right away. Here are some of the products which you may find at Calyxta's website:

Skin care products
Hair care products
And tons of make-up!

The first anniversary of Calyxta looked like an upgraded version of a makeover party with your girl friends! Everyone loves parties. Everyone also loves to be pampered. Put the two together, and you’ve got an experience that is sure to make everyone feel special. During the said event held at Makati Diamond Residences, Calyxta made sure that everyone was treated to an afternoon filled with beauty and pampering. Now, who would not want that? :)

Maybelline definitely made everyone beautiful during the event!
Beach look by Toni&Guy. But I'd like to call it my "Daenerys Targaryen" hairstyle :p
Relaxing foot massage by Enza Nails and Spa

Aside from cocktails and awesome music by Pioneer Philippines and “Singles of Manila” DJs Jess Milner, T-MAC, and Quark Henares, there were different booths by beauty brands and services for the guests to try out. Among these brands were Ciaté London, Toni & Guy, Maybelline, Browhaus, Strip, My Amazing Blow Dry Secret, and Enza Nail Spa. Although I stayed at the event for four hours, I was only able to try out hair styling by Toni & Guy, hand and foot massage by Enza Nail Spa, and brow threading by Browhaus. Unfortunately, I missed the make-up makeover by Maybelline Philippines and nail art by Ciaté London. 

Thank you Browhaus for making my uneven brows perfect! 
Nail art and more at Ciate London's booth
Awesome #Peterait by Pete Rich Chiu Wan :)

This event is definitely a dream come true for stressed and busy ladies (like me!) And just like this all-out event, Calyxta continues to aim the providing of an all-out and complete service when it comes to beauty - not just in supplying beauty products to customers but also in giving that unique experience through beauty tips and tricks through by way of video tutorials and how-to articles.

Thank you Calyxta and Love and Light Productions for having me!

To know more about Calyxta, visit the following sites:
Website - http://www.calyxta.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/calyxtabeauty
Twitter - https://twitter.com/calyxtabeauty
Instagram - http://instagram.com/calyxtabeauty
Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/calyxtabeauty

XO, Mish

12 December 2015

The Magic of Christmas and Chocolates

Christmas is a season of happiness and giving; and chocolate never fails to make this time of the year even more magical, whether as dessert for countless parties and reunions, treats for kids or shared as gifts. 

With this very special occasion, it would be so delightful to surprise your loved ones with something out of the ordinary like premium artisanal chocolates like Villa del Conte. These treats made from the finest cacao beans and fun, luscious flavors are covered in colorful wrappers, ready to make anyone smile. 

Villa del Conte small crate

Making gift-giving extra special, Villa del Conte now brings the Villa del Conte Christmas crates. Each crate contains heavenly praline balls and praline sticks, perfectly paired with a bottle of wine. You may choose among the three sizes: small (starts at P1,160), medium (starts at P2,290) and large (starts at P5,180), and you can also select the particular wine and chocolate variant that you want to place inside the crate. 

Villa del Conte medium crate

Aside from these signature Villa del Conte chocolates, medium and large crates also have ovicinis, or colorful candy coated chocolates with luscious hazelnut filling. 

To give someone exactly what they want, you can also avail of the Villa del Conte gift card. Available in P200, P600, and P1,000, this could be the perfect holiday surprise for someone without going through the hassle of Christmas shopping. 

Villa del Conte large crate

To get these presents for your loved ones, visit Villa Del Conte at SM Megamall, Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101. 

Villa del Conte gift card

Go to http://www.villadelcontecioccolato.com/ to know more about Villa del Conte, or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VillaDelContePh, Instagram: http://instagram.com/villadelconte, and Twitter: https://twitter.com/VilladelConte.

XO, Mish

11 December 2015

adidas launches I GOT THIS campaign

The I GOT THIS campaign adopts a strong, bold and powerful tonality targeting the active women of today. The aim is to grab her attention and provide authentic, visceral and compelling content that enables the athletic woman to live her active life her way, across multiple training methods.

The campaign launched late November, just in time for the holiday season and taps into the insight that active women are always on, and committed to their training routines all year round. This year, adidas Philippines introduces their newest fitness ambassadors, active women who are already influencers in their own fields.

“We’ve chosen the perfect ambassadors who embody the versatile athletes we want to talk to. These are the women who are willing to take up the challenge, sweat their hearts out, struggle through a tough work out, and still push on. These are the athletes who constantly tell themselves, ‘I got this’. They reach a point where they just want to stop… and decide not to, pushing themselves to be stronger. adidas will be with her every step of the way by gearing her up with everything she needs to reach her fitness goals and continue pushing further,” shares Jen Dacasin, Brand Communications & Sports Marketing Manager, adidas Philippines.

Joining current adidas women ambassadors, Anne Curtis, Solenn Heussaff, and Belle Daza are actress and host Coleen Garcia; volleyball stars Aby Maraño, Melissa Gohing, and Charo Soriano; event host and Lady Volcano Cassie Umali; personal trainer Fay Hokulani; yogini and certified raw food chef Mona Lisa Neuboeck; yoga and dance fitness teacher Nikki Torres; crossfitters Nickey Reyes and Trasienne Estrada; and indoor cycling instructors Yessa Yu-Caparas and Rachelle Que.

These athletes will be the new voice of inspiration for the active woman. I GOT THIS showcases the best of adidas. The full adidas women SS16 collection offers everything the active woman needs to ensure she can work out to the full and look great doing it. 

Join the conversation @adidasph and @adidaswomen on Twitter and Instagram with #IGotThis and #adidasph.

XO, Mish

Have an amazing Christmas only at Circuit Makati

It’s a bustling Christmas at Circuit Makati, Ayala Land’s newest entertainment district, with numerous activities and concerts to entertain every member of the family throughout the holiday season.

The tallest Christmas tree in the city, towering at 78 ft., welcomes you at the Globe Circuit Events Ground, creating a fun holiday atmosphere for children and adults alike. 

Catch the angelic voices of over a thousand choir participants at the Christmas Chorale Festival happening on December 5 and 12 at The Deck at Circuit Lane, and experience a symposium of chorale groups at the Globe Circuit Events Ground on December 20.  

If you’re into a different type of music genre, catch the Circuit Music Fest, a series of free concerts featuring the country’s most talented singers and performers. 

On December 10 at the Globe Circuit Events Ground, Ogie Alcasid takes center stage to sing songs from important milestones in his life. Meanwhile, prepare for a memorable Christmas Day concert as Martin Nievera serenades you with well-loved ballads on December 25.  To welcome the new year, Rico Blanco and Up Dharma Down will perform on January 1. 

Families can also make the most out of the holiday season, as well as enjoy the cool Christmas breeze, through Pop-up Night Cinema at Circuit, an outdoor cinema viewing of movie reruns, from December 26 to 30. 

Ticketed events are also happening at Circuit Makati, and these include: Games People Play at the Power Mac Center Spotlight on December 12-13 and 19-20, and the Rakrakan Festival on December 19. 

Apart from the shows, one can likewise explore the newly opened Circuit Lane where OPM Jam Nights will be held during the weekends of December. For gustatory delights and sumptuous holiday offerings, make sure to visit any of the mall’s dining outlets.  

To celebrate the season with thanksgiving and prayer, masses will be held at the newly consecrated St. John Paul II Chapel inside Circuit Lane. Sunday masses will begin on December 6 at 11am and at 6pm. An anticipated mass will be held on December 5 at 6:30pm. Simbang Gabi begins on December 15 at 6:30pm and masses will be held on December 24,25, and 31, as well as Jan 1, at 6:30pm.

Indeed, Christmas is all about having fun and bonding with family and friends, and Circuit Makati’s  holiday offerings will let you enjoy these and more.

For added information, check out facebook.com/CircuitMakatiOfficial or check www.makeitmakati.com/circuit-makati

XO, Mish

10 December 2015

Walk To Share: Boardwalk Launches a Lifestyle of Giving

In pursuit of its vision to help reduce poverty through social entrepreneurship, Boardwalk recently launched Share, a fashion and lifestyle sub-brand with a social development platform.

An initiative of the Share Foundation by Boardwalk in partnership with Boardwalk Charity Foundation Incorporated, Share elevates fashion into a social development platform by allocating 25 per cent of each Share item sold for its business starter program. The program works with men and women from economically-challenged communities to help them gain capital and confidence, and enhance their skills and sensibilities to have a fair shot at business success.

With actress KC Concepcion and Gerard Garcia hosting, the event kicks off with a fashion show featuring celebrities and Share ambassadors Alden Richards, Janine Gutierrez, and Matteo Guidicelli dressed in fun, colourful and relaxed Share outfits, all stamped with Share’s iconic hand logo.  Designed in colourful variations, the logo is a reminder that every item bought enables buyers to do their share and help future entrepreneurs make their business dreams come true.

Hosts KC Concepcion and Gerard Garcia with Share Ambassador Alden Richards
Share Ambassador Matteo Guidicelli

Emphasizing that Share is a fashion-forward brand, the Walk to Share event also features Filipino fashion designer Avel Bacudio as the very first Sharecreator. Named as Asia’s most influential designer in 2014, Bacudio showcases his capsule collection Share x Avel, the first of Share’s collaboration series which will also feature co-creations with other Filipino designers in the future.

“It’s an honor to be with people who believe in us and this important program,” Ivan Madera, President of Share, says. “We hope to encourage and inspire more people to do their share.”

Share President, Ivan Madera

Boardwalk’s special launch for Share is truly an event that not only highlights the company’s fashion creativity, but also its commitment to do more for society.

Find out how you can share your way at http://share.ph.

XO, Mish

09 December 2015

Essilor ranked one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Forbes magazine for 5th consecutive year

For the 5th year in a row, Essilor has been listed in Forbes magazine's annual list of ‘The World's Top 100 Most Innovative Companies’. This global recognition underlines Essilor’s strategy of putting innovation at the heart of its growth ambition. 

For more than 165 years, Essilor’s scope of innovation has grown considerably without compromising its original core business of ophthalmic optics. Credited with breakthroughs that have left their mark in the world of optics such as progressive, organic and photochromic organic lenses, the Essilor Group is a pioneer when it comes to delivering its mission of improving lives by improving sight. 

Essilor continuously promotes quality vision among Filipinos through innovative ophthalmic lenses and solutions

“Innovation is part of our DNA and a key driver in our business of providing solutions to a fundamental human need: good vision. Being close to customers and eye care professionals all around the world allows us to identify vision needs, anticipate vision solutions and thus better answer the correction, protection and prevention needs of every individual. Our teams’ commitment in improving technologies and access to quality vision care is central to our mission, our growth and to the industry’s evolution, in the benefit of eye health.” said Jean Carrier, Chief Operating Officer of Essilor International who oversees the Group’s innovation related activities.

In the Philippines, Essilor is one of the strongest proponents of good vision. Aside from providing Filipinos with the most advanced ophthalmic lenses and solutions, the company has been consistently promoting awareness on the importance of good vision through its “Seeing the World Better” campaign. Essilor Philippines has also been conducting a series of medical missions conducted in partnership with several local organizations to provide free eye screening, checkups and eyeglasses to underprivileged Filipinos suffering from visual impairments.  

One of the keys to Essilor's innovation is the Group's strong network of resources and expertise. Essilor has five Research & Development centers amongst which three Centers for Innovation and Technologies (CI&T), uniting Research, Engineering and Marketing teams in Créteil (close to Paris, France), Dallas (USA) and Singapore. The Group also operates a photochromic technology center (Transitions) in Pinnelas Park (USA) and a joint research center with Nikon (NEIJRC) in Japan. Another driver of innovation is the wide network of research and collaborative partnerships with around 100 agreements signed with universities, public and private sector laboratories and industrial companies. Essilor allocates more than €180 million to research and innovation every year and currently holds 7,200 patents and 40% of its revenue is generated by products less than 4 years old.

XO, Mish

08 December 2015

QC launches Maginhawang Pasko 2015: A Food & Art Hub Festival

After the roaring success of the Quezon City Food Festival last year, Maginhawa Street is once again set to host a bigger and more exciting fete on December 12, 2015, from 9AM until 12MN. Expect a unique Christmas shopping experience coupled with great food, vibrant music, and exciting games this year at the Maginhawang Pasko Food and Art Hub Festival!

Maginhawang Pasko Festival 2015 Launch at Provenciano Restaurant

Just as last year, Maginhawa's hole-in-the-wall restaurants and specialty food joints will be highlighted from the event. It aims to establish the Maginhawa food strip as a rising food tourism destination in Quezon City. Over 100 restaurants along Maginhawa and nearby streets will once again offer their best and delectably diverse menu to the participants of the event.

Concessionaires' booths will also be diverse. Aside from food stalls, Maginhawa will also offer unique and interesting fashion, music, arts and crafts products which will be available at very affordable prices. With 320 participating exhibitors - 200 for food and 120 for art, fashion, and music, the organizers of the event assure that everyone will be accommodated and will be able to dine and celebrate with their family and friends. 

Jay Adlao Block, President of Outbound Asia shares what to expect from Maginhawang Pasko 2015

What sets this year's Quezon City Festival different from last year is the inclusion of shops and activities that will surely invigorate the Christmas atmosphere in the area. Maginhawa resident establishments will be part of a Christmas Decoration Contest where the best ornamented establishments can win exciting prizes. The competition will surely light up the entire stretch of Maginhawa to make the occasion more fun and festive.

Maginhawang Pasko Map Guide from Maginhawang Pasko Facebook page

The day will also be filled with interesting activities open for everyone. Aside from the Christmas Decoration Contest, there will also be other fun competitions such as the Cosplay Contest, Sing Birit Singing Contest, and Maginhawang Pasko Bingo. There will be two sets of program along Maginhawa: one at the UP Village area and another at Malingap Street where live performances by bands and performers will be held. Don't miss True Faith and ItchyWorms' performances at Marilag Street and Malingap Street!

QC Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina Belmonte explains the preparations the Local Government of Quezon City has made for Maginhawang Pasko 2015

While the event will held from 9AM until 12MN of December 12, Maginhawa Street will be closed off starting December 11, 2015 at 11PM for the setting up of the Maginhawang Pasko Festival. During the event, there will be designated parking spaces for guests and residents of Maginhawa. There will also be designated tricycle stations for commuters.

Check out the rest of the traffic advisory (where to park and pass thru areas) HERE!

To know more about the event, the different competition mechanics, feel free to visit the official event Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/qcfoodfest and www.facebook.com/MaginhawangPasko or call 727-1951 or 727-0083.

See you there! :)

#MaginhawangPasko #MaginhawangPasko2015

XO, Mish