Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Fleet Management Services Philippines hosted an affair to remember last 18 August 2017 at the Centennial Hall of the famed Manila Hotel—together with its esteemed guests from the Caravel Group and its employees.
Hosted by professional events hosts, Valerie Tan and Eri Neeman, the evening commenced with the welcome remarks led by the Executive Director of Fleet Management Limited, Captain Muthuswamy Nagarajan, and Fleet Management Limited’s Managing Director, Mr. Kishore Rajvanshy.
As part of the program, Fleet Management Philippines recognized its five-year and twenty-year service awardees with tokens of sincere appreciation and esteem for having rendered continuous loyal service, dedication, and meritorious performance.
In line with the night’s theme, special awards were then given to those who have arrived and brought out the best and brightest in Hollywood style.
The guests were then entertained and serenaded by the biggest professional belly dance group in the country, Jill Ngo and the Goddesses of Belly dance, and Filipino singer-songwriter, Nicole Asensio, offering a feast for both the eyes and ears.
But the performances did not end there as employees of Fleet Management Philippines showcased their singing and dancing prowess with a series of special production numbers up to par to that of famed personalities.
The night ended with a closing speech by none other than the President of Fleet Management Services Philippines, and its twenty-year service awardee, Atty. Alberto Gaviola, Jr., highlighting the company’s past successes and milestones, and its future goals as they look forward to the next 20 years and beyond.
Milbon, Japan’s no.1 professional hair cosmetics brand, has come on the local scene with a full range of products developed to the highest Japanese standards, helping every individual enjoy and express their unique beauty through their hair.
Launched last 18 July 2017 at the Marquee Tent of EDSA Shangri-La, hairstylists, salon professionals, and hair care enthusiasts alike were among the chosen few to witness how Milbon, together with MINX, creates a wide array of styles tailored to each and every patron.
With over 50 years of experience in the hair care industry and through solid research and cutting edge technology, Milbon has ushered in an innovative line-up of products, the Ordeve series, that freely allows its patrons to imagine, select, and create.
With their superb technical knowledge and mastery of the Milbon cut and color methodology, renowned experts from MINX, Mr. Tsuchiya Satoru and Mr. Yuki Otake, showcased distinct styles especially designed for Filipino women.
By incorporating top class Japanese cutting techniques and color designs through the Ordeve series, the two main looks of the show, Tokyo Creative and Color Creative, were brought to life, showing the extensive possibilities in creating beautiful hair.
With its ever-expanding range of innovative products, Milbon continues to push the boundaries of the global haircare industry, helping women express their individuality and finding their beauty.
Less than two years after its quaint red door opened to the public at Maginhawa’s StrEAT Food Park, The Lost Bread has finally made its way to SM Megamall, becoming its fourth branch.
Apart from their imaginative, Instagram-worthy milkshakes and whimsical French toasts, The Lost Bread is here to take the Ortigas central business district on a gastronomic adventure with its comforting and unique offerings.
Held last 09 March 2017, owners, Emil Ongchuan and Patricia Marabut, together with former Northen Samar Rep. Emil Ong, Mrs. Lovely Romulo, Mrs. Shalani Soledad Romulo, and former Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, led the ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the opening of their newest and largest branch among its 4 stores in the metro.
Bloggers, influencers, and sweet tooth lovers alike flocked to the fourth floor of the Mega Fashion Hall for The Lost Bread’s grand opening.
Plied with sugary milkshakes and iced teas, the guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner—from teriyaki fish burgers in squid ink brioche buns to Asian-inspired bowls of sriracha fried chicken with garlic cilantro rice and savory plates of bacon-sisig truffle carbonara. Sweet cheese and cinnamon-flavored French toasts, complete with dark chocolate, white chocolate, and caramel-flavored syrup served in syringes, were offered all around as a sweet treat to end the meal.
As part of the short program, budding young artist, Kay Aranzanso, led an engaging portrait illustration workshop while Matt Lee of Cereaal Studio taught the guests a thing or two on how to snap before you snack.
The event capped off with a raffle draw where lucky winners took home The Lost Bread gift certificates, Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones, and a DJI Osmo hand-held stabilized camera.
With its bright walls, colorful décor, and accent murals, make sure to be found at the newest branch of The Lost Bread.
The Lost Bread
4/F Mega Fashion Hall
SM Megamall, Ortigas
BiotechJP Corporation, a Philippine subsidiary of Biotech Japan Corporation, pioneered the production of low-protein rice, Echigo, in the Philippines which was launched and made known to the public last 25 November 2016 at Club Filipino. Within its first year, BiotechJP already performers on a world-class level with its exceptional products that continue to improve the lives of its customers.
Essentially, Echigo is a pre-cooked, protein-reduced rice intended for individuals on a low-protein diet. In view of its low-protein nature, the kidneys are spared from heavier damage. In addition to this, consumption of Echigo instead of regular rice provides a balanced intake of protein and energy.
Hosted by TV and events host, Ms. Valerie Tan, Philippine government officials, medical practitioners, and individuals from the business sector graced the event. The affair commenced with the opening remarks as led by the Chairman of BiotechJP Corporation, Mr. Kiyosada Egawa, who enlightened the guests further about the company and Echigo.
Following this, as part of the program, inspiring speeches and insightful presentations on low-protein rice were made by distinguished speakers namely Mr. Robert Castillo, Chairman of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee Inc., Dr. Enrique Ona, former Secretary of the Department of Health, Ms. Nora Terrado, Head of Trade and Industry Promotion Group of the Department of Trade Industry, and Dr. Coralie Dimacali, former President of the Philippine Society of Nephrology.
To formally close the program, Mr. Kenji Terada, the First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan delivered the closing remarks, imparting inspiration and motivation to take on the coming years.
PGA Sompo Insurance Corporation, a joint venture between Sompo Jappan Nipponkoa and Prudential Guarantee and Assurance Inc. which started operations in 1991, celebrated their 25th company anniversary last 07 November 2016 at Conrad Manila.
Graced by Insurance Commissioner, Hon. Emmanuel F. Dooc, and other distinguished guests, the affair commenced with a cultural dance and performance by MusiKalinangan.
Subsequently, Mr. Robert Coyiuto Jr., Chairman of PGA Sompo Insurance Corporation, officially welcomed the guests with the opening remarks which was followed by an insightful speech delivered by Hon. Emmanuel Dooc, who has always shown a strong support for the industry.
As part of solemnizing the momentous occasion, the chosen participants performed the kagami biraki, a traditional Japanese custom and a way of celebrating special events, which symbolizes new beginnings. Mr. Nobuhiro Kojima, Managing Executive Officer of SOMPO Holdings, led the symbolic toast—saluting the achievements of PGA Sompo and wishing that the business would continue to provide sustainable service to their clients in the next 25 years and beyond.
VXI Global Solutions, a global customer BPO and ITO organization, held their annual leadership summit last 16 October 2016 at Crowne Plaza for their Manila division and 23 October 2016 at the Waterfront Hotel and Resort for the Davao arm.
Essentially, VXI is passionate about taking care of its most important resource—the people. As such, it continues to feed the fire of its Passion for People by inculcating leadership values, fostering team collaboration, and building a strong company culture—all in all, creating and building success stories for all who are part of the organization.
Centered on the theme One Vibe, One Tribe, The VXI Vibe, the participants were divided into tribes as they were put through their paces by undergoing a series of exhilarating challenges that tested them socially, intellectually, emotionally, and creatively.
Following the first component of the summit, after accomplishing all four tasks with the participants’ collective efforts, top-ranked motivational speaker and high-impact trainer, Mr. Ardy Abello, led the debriefing.
Subsequently, known for his motivational talks handled on inspiring excellence in people, and one of the most recognized names in leadership and management, Mr. Francis Kong, was invited for a special keynote presentation.
Apart from developing competencies and building the culture of one tribe, the passionate individuals and groups who have merited the highest employee satisfaction rating, delivering exceedingly the level of quality and operational excellence, were also recognized and applauded.
To cap off the affair, VXI’s SVP and Country Manager, Mr. Jared Morrison, delivered the closing remarks, leaving all participants with the determination and enthusiasm to embrace a grander vision of building a better VXI.
Held last 14 October 2016 at the Garden Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-La, Mayekawa Philippines Corporation, an integral part of the Philippines’ refrigeration and cooling industry, celebrated their 25th anniversary. With a strong and solid foundation, Mayekawa Philippines performs on a world-class level because they are part of an even bigger global company—Mayekawa Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Which started in Japan in 1924.
Hosted by TV and events host, Ms. Valerie Tan, the program commenced with the welcome remarks by the General Manager of Mayekawa Philippines, Mr. Alexander Jaingue. Subsequently, a congratulatory speech was delivered by Ms. Leni Beltran, Mayekawa Philippines’ Accounting and Finance Manager, in place of former Senate President, Hon. Edgardo Angara—an individual who has always shown strong support for Mayekawa Philippines.
As part of the event ceremony, the CEO and President of Mayekawa Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Mr. Tadashi Maekawa, graced the event and imparted inspiring words for Mayekawa Philippines, a preview of how it has grown in the last decades.
Serving as the event highlight, the kagami biraki was performed as led by Mr. Tomei. Essentially, it is a Sake barrel-lid breaking ceremony which is a traditional Japanese custom. It is part of their way of celebrating special events, particularly to symbolize new beginnings.
During dinner, the guests were serenaded by the Golden Girl of Jazz, Olivia.
Among the people who will lead Mayekawa Philippines into more years of progress, Mr. Akihiro Watanabe, President of Mayekawa Philippines Corporation, formally closed the program, giving the guests inspiration and motivation to take on the coming years and making them more successful and meaningful.
To add to the event’s merriment, the guests were then invited to get up, dance, and party with the music of the Silk band.
Providing customers with automotive component parts, Mitsuba Philippines Corporation celebrated their 20th company anniversary last 11 October 2016 at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La.
Hosted by actress and events host, Ms. Issa Litton, the momentous affair was graced with distinguished guests—Governor Jesus Remulla, Governor of Cavite, Mr. Noboru Hino, Chairman of Mitsuba Corporation, Mr. Takashi Nara, Managing Director of Mitsuba Corporation, and former president of Mitsuba Philippines Corporation, Mr. Minami Magarisawa—who joined in honoring the achievements and success of MPC.
To commence the program, the Folklorico Filipino Dance Company gave the foreign guests a taste of the Philippine culture. Garbed in eye-catching and intricately-detailed traditional costumes, the dancers wowed the crowd with a cultural show featuring traditional dances such as tinikling, pandango sa ilaw, etc.
As part of solemnizing the event, Mr. Hideaki Komiya, the current president of Mitsuba Philippines Corporation, officially welcomed with the guests with the opening remarks to be followed by Mr. Noboru Hino who delivered an executive speech. Subsequently, Mr. Takahiro Ui of Philippine Toei Chemical Corporation and the chairman of Mitsuba Supplier Association in Japan relayed his congratulatory message for the company.
To cap off the affair, joined by Mr. Hideaki Komiya, Mr. Nobuo Eguchi, Director and Senior Advisor of Mitsuba Philippines Corporation, and Mr. Minami Magarisawa, Mr. Takashi Nara led the symbolic toast as a way of looking forward to continued success and global growth in the future—fitting for the anniversary’s slogan, MPC: Reaching 20 years of global excellence through one heart.
With an aim to strengthen ties with their Japanese clients and cultivate new connections with the business community in Japan, Metrobank held a golf tournament at the Splendido Taal Residential Golf & Country Club last June 18, 2016. Established in 1962, Metrobank is a leading financial conglomerate with diversified business portfolio including: investment banking, thrift banking, leasing and financing, bancassurance, and credit cards. Its corporate social arm, Metrobank Foundation, was established in 1979 & implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare.
The event started off with the registration of the players followed by a free breakfast at La Esquina Spanish restaurant, also located at the country club. Upon registration, the players were given their welcome kits & goodie bags – all sponsored by Metrobank. They players were also given an option to buy mulligans for their game. All of the profit gained from the purchase of mulligans will directly go to the Metrobank’s own charity, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc.
The sequential tee-off started exactly at 8:00 AM and all the scoresheets were in at around 2:30 PM. While waiting for the scores to be tallied, the players all enjoyed the buffet at the Ladera Golfer’s Lounge.
The players, depending on their handicap, were divided into three classes – A, B, & C. Each classes have their own winners. Class C champion got a Titleist Scotty Cameron Cam Sel GOLO 5 34 golf club. The class B won a Titleist Scotty Cameron 717RD putter. The class A champion won the highly coveted prize – a 3 days & 2 nights stay at the prestigious Shangri-la Boracay. Metrobank also held raffle draw for the players with prizes ranging from expensive wine, high quality golf equipment, premium luggage and a lot more.
The tournament was organized by GolfPH, a company that provides gold packages and services including event & tournament planning, golf lessons, & gold travel vacations in partnership with Metrobank and Lead Events.
The golf tournament was a success & truly provided a great opportunity for the company to engage & build lasting relations with their Japanese clients. Metrobank proved indeed that with them, you are definitely in good hands.
Last 18 May 2016 at The Gallery at Greenbelt 5, Kohler Co. launched the Kohler Bold. Art. Asia Exhibit in Manila, unveiling unique artworks from talented Southeast Asian artists from the Bold. Art. Program.
Kohler Co. has been leading the way in style and innovation, and improving the lives of its customers with exceptional products and services since its foundation in 1873. With a strong support for the arts, Kohler is continuing to expand its involvement in the art scene by establishing Bold. Art. Asia—a platform to promote the artworks of established and aspiring artists.
As part of the opening ceremony, Angel Yang, Vice President and General Manager of Kitchen & Bath Southeast Asia and Australasia, officially welcomed the guests, inviting them to peruse and look at the masterpieces created by the artists. Throughout history, Kohler has manifested its dedication and appreciation for culture as seen in the exhibition, further cultivating and strengthening its relationship with the arts.
Ms. Angel Yang, together with Hadrian Mendoza, Kohler Co. Philippines representative and artist, Mr. Peter Oesch, Kitchen and Bath Asia Pacific’s Director for Marketing Communications, and Mr. Adam Quek, shared a toast, honoring and saluting to the expansion of Kohler’s love and appreciation for the arts.
Following the symbolic toast, the Art Muses unveiled all twelve artworks and installations from the six artists hailing from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
The Process 1 by Dr. Ahadiat Joedawinata
The Process 2 by Dr. Ahadiat Joedawinata
With this artwork, I aim to reflect my view of natural ecological phenomena. Water is one of several ecological elements which are important for human beings and all living beings on earth. I developed a basic form of a drop of water with a glace color and texture to build an image of clear water with various mineral contents. I have arranged the six stoneware elements stacked within a metal structure.
Janus Past/Present by James Seet
Traditions and cultures have their roots in my past. This sculptural piece is faceted and each facet represents a glimpse into the past and these pasts form the face of Janus. The patchwork are all interwoven into a unique tapestry, a multi-dimensional way that shapes my present. My past has shaped who I am today.
Take a moment to contemplate on your past.
Janus Present/Future by James Seet
Are we so used to the finite that we cannot see the infinite? We can’t grab hold of infinity but perhaps we can enable it. Thus we can see beyond tradition and its existence in a modern contextual future. Today is tomorrow’s history but tomorrow starts today. Thus, to live in the now we must allow our minds to live beyond.
Take a moment to mind your future.
The Shower Experience by Thomas Cheong
The traces of the human touch are diminishing with the emergence of yet another new invention. By using primitive forming and firing techniques, I hope to communicate through the representation of these objects, a sense of nostalgia and curiosity for how these artifacts were made and not to take the technology we have for granted.
Time Artifacts by Thomas Cheong
The modern day shower experience was definitely inspired by nature, by the rain and the waterfalls, and for centuries, humans have tried to recreate this experience by pouring jugs of water over their heads.
The objects in this installation resemble the form of a modern day showerhead. You are welcome to interact and play with it. The form is simple and raw, and I hope that this tactile experience will reconnect you to its humble beginnings with nature and perhaps it will bring back fond memories of what your bathing experience was like growing up.
World Dweller by Sudsiri Pui-Ock
The artist was inspired by the idea that there is more than the world that we live in, like heaven, hell etc. Feet are the symbols of the journey of our life to the future, to the unknown places. She then deconstructed and also reconstructed the classical shape and form of the feet of Buddha statues by adding the drawing of the continents, including Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and the Americas, because ultimately this is the only world that matters to us. The way we live in this world determines our future.
Worldly Wisdom by Sudsiri Pui-Ock
The artist was inspired by traditional hand gestures of Buddha statues that convey the ultimate message of Love, Compassion and Wisdom. Sometimes, when people look at the Buddha statue, many feel that they are too far removed from such pure and ideal state of love, compassion and wisdom, and that such states could hardly exist within the imperfections like human beings. Therefore, the artist combined the modern hand language of ‘I love you’ with traditional hand gestures to show that we, human beings, do exist because of love. The ultimate love exists within our self and it will continue to grow in the future.
The Tree by Nguyen Ngoc Lam
Different carving and sculptural techniques are used to create the tree from metal. The art piece is shaped from a clay mold. A negative plaster mold defines the positions for the metal sticks.
Using a welding technique to join the sticks to the tree trunk, the artist created this sculpture to explore the arising of a tree or human being as the bridge connecting the sky with the earth, and connecting the two poles of Ying and Yang.
The Seeds by Nguyen Ngoc Lam
Brass treated through high temperature burning is poured into a mixed clay and chaff mold. Using the technique of heating brass at a high temperature and manual carving after a cooling process, the artist created this sculpture in his own artistic language to express the symbol of origins and the transformation toward the future of humankind.
Time by Hadrian Mendoza
As time runs out, we must make drastic changes to save the environment. The damage on the heads represents the adverse effects of floods and droughts on the earth and livelihood of farmers. Despite these conditions, they still have a look of hope in their eyes.
Manunggul by Hadrian Mendoza
In Philippine history, the “Manunggul” burial jar carried the deceased’s belongings into the next life. My rendition has an empty ring in the center which holds no material goods. In the next life, we take nothing but the good deeds we have done while on Earth.
With its artistic roots running deep, Kohler Co. has been blessed with a rich history, and the company is awaiting continued success and global growth as it is looking into partnering with more creatives to make art closer and more accessible to the public.