Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Vibal Foundation, the non-profit arm of Vibal Publishing House, Inc., and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) are inviting educators, students, scholars, publishers, and policy makers to the forthcoming “The Future of Education” Conference slated on August 28, 2012.

The conference, scheduled from 7:30 am to 3 p.m, will be held at the SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia complex, Pasay City. It has a prestigious roster of speakers including Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC; CEAP President Fr. Greg Bañaga, LitWorld Executive Director Dr. Pam Allyn, who will talk about “Universalizing the US Common Core State Standards”, Philippine Normal University President Dr. Ester Ogena who will discuss “A New Culture of Teaching” and Vibal Publishing House President Mr. Gaspar A. Vibal who will give a presentation on “Life-long Learning”.

This momentous gathering will discuss the present state and future directions of Philippine education at the height of global innovations in learning. It is also a ground-breaking venue for Filipino educators to cull insights, experiences, and issues relevant to coping with dramatic digital transitions in education around the world.

Locally, the latest manifestation pertaining to the digital shift is the adoption of tablet education and e-textbooks by different major schools all over the Philippines. Starting out as a pilot class or experimental program in pioneering schools like Foundation University in Dumaguete and La Salle Green Hills in Mandaluyong, the practice has now expanded to full implementation across different learning institutions, not only within Manila but also in the provinces.

One of the purveyors of digital learning is Vibal Publishing House, which has, to date, deployed 18,000 e-textbooks at the start of the 2012-2013 schoolyear. As an innovator in the industry, Vibal has produced the latest version of the etextbook called ePub 3.0, which makes it possible for e-books to come embedded with audio and video clips and enables true user interactivity. Students can answer self-scoring quizzes and generally benefit from the enhanced user experience for more effective learning.

The Future of Education conference is also a fitting prelude to the CEAP National Convention to be held from August 29 to 31, 2012 also at the SMX Convention Center.

To register for the Future of Education conference, please go to 
For questions, please call tel. no.: +63(2) 712-9156 to 59 loc 343 to 344 or  fax: +63 (2) 4168460. Email questions and feedback to inquire@vibalpublishing.com.

Reference: Arvin Ligon
AMPR Publicity and Communications Inc.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


MANILA, Philippines – These days thoughts and tweets are almost one and the same. We just can’t help but share what we’re thinking to the world. It’s like our minds have gone digital and invaded the social networking scene. And with the rising popularity of Foursquare and other location-tracking apps, your location is just as accessible as your tweets. Today, broadcasting one’s whereabouts has just been more than just a habit, but a social statement.

 With that in mind, where you are matters! Where you dine. Where you shop. Where you unwind. Let everyone know where you are. Let them know that you’re @Il Terrazzo!


At the heart of Tomas Morato, Il Terrazzo is the home to a variety of restaurants, fitness & beauty centers, supermarket, specialty shops, and an events place. Indeed, it is the only complete lifestyle hub that merges the recreational mall atmosphere with the bustling nightlife entertainment scene unique to Tomas Morato. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Il Terrazzo has it covered.

Craving for sushi? Dine at Omakase @Il Terrazzo.

Perhaps something for your sweet tooth? Indulge at Gong Cha or Banapple @Il Terrazzo.

Yearning for some meditation? Exercise your mind and body at Beyond Yoga @Il Terrazzo.

Call for a beauty makeover? Pamper yourself at Sexy Solutions or The Lash Bar @Il Terrazzo.

Need your techie fix? Splurge at the Digital Hub or Technovox @Il Terrazzo.

Thirsty for your favorite cocktail? Unwind at Jack’s Loft @Il Terrazzo.

Does your pantry need restocking? Shop groceries at Rustan’s Supermarket @Il Terrazzo.

In need of an events place? Book The Ariato Function Center @Il Terrazzo.

Needless to say, Il Terrazzo is indeed the hippest cosmopolitan center for all your lifestyle impulses. So, when someone asks where you at?

Check in @Il Terrazzo!

Il Terrazzo is located at 305 Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Scout Madriñan St., Quezon City, Philippines. For inquiries, call (02) 374 8378.

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Monday, July 23, 2012


With its redevelopment plans in full swing, Tutuban Center’s expansion is indeed gaining notable momentum. On track to further serve and satisfy its thousands of patrons, the historic mall is set to build a three-star hotel, refurbish its food court and open a zoo within its premises.

“Some of these initiatives may be outside of the usual redevelopment efforts we usually see in malls. Our location is very strategic. Opportunities are aplenty. Tutuban Center is not just a shopping destination, it is an experience, a tradition, a lifestyle,” explains Ernie Hilario, AVP for Marketing & Business Development of Tutuban Properties, Inc.

One of these developments is the soon-to-rise, 41-room Orion Hotel, which will definitely change the look of the Divisoria skyline in Manila. Consisting of about 13 standard rooms and 27 deluxe single/deluxe twin rooms and one junior suite room, Orion Hotel is targeting transient travellers who wish to explore the beauty of the shopping district of Manila. Aside from that, traders from afar may also wish to stay at Orion Hotel for more convenience in the conduct of their business in the Divisoria area. 

This new and convenient haven for tourists and out-of-town shoppers will be glad to note that it will have basic hotel amenities such as a cable-ready 32-inch LCD TV, hot & cold shower, a Left Luggage room, Key Card room access and free Wi-Fi service for the digitally inclined guest.

Orion Hotel’s doors are expected to open to the public by the 4th Quarter of this year.

The famous Food Street and Food Court in Tutuban Center will have their facelift as well, to give both these food areas more flavour and outlook.  Both Food Street and Food Court are poised for fun and enjoyable but economical dining experience. 

As if these shopping and dining options are not enough, Tutuban Center is set to unleash a Virtual Zoo, an interactive entertaining concept aimed to attract the typical Filipinos and their great passion for picture-taking and photos. The former cinema area is to be developed into a major destination for fun and recreation for the whole family.

A unique visual attraction, the kid-friendly and tech-savvy zoo is basically a collage of 3D photos mounted on the blank walls of the cinema lobby. The 3D photos will focus on interesting and popular animals, thus, will transform the entire cinema lobby into a virtual zoo. Each wall is a photo booth open to the public.

“This is an incredible and exciting time for Tutuban, and we are just starting!” adds Hilario.

Reference: Joel Navarro
AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Manila, Philippines—The growing number of competing brands, coupled with an increasing number of critical thinking shoppers, is one of the current challenges marketers and business owners face. According to an official of the Philippine Marketing Association (PMA), knowing one’s consumers is just the beginning. To weather these challenges, it is necessary to go beyond knowing and understanding how they behave as shoppers.

“If you are selling in a retail setting, you must be aware of the behavior of your consumers when they shop. Discerning why consumers buy, what influences them, what hurdles their purchase, where they buy, is vital information in successfully achieving your sales targets,” explains Donald Patrick Lim, Overall Chairperson of the Asian Marketing Conference.

Lim is referring to a discipline called “Shopper Marketing,” which is described as brand-marketing for retail, focusing on consumers as shoppers. It looks at a market as active shoppers rather than passive consumers.

While this trend has been utilized by multi-national companies such as P&G and Wal Mart, convincing key decision-makers in the Asia-Pacific region of its importance remains a challenge. According to Lim, there are some hesitations and misunderstandings of the concept since adopting it would require a reinvention and retooling of earlier applied strategies.

As an organization that aims to enable Filipino marketing professionals to become global marketers, the Philippine Marketing Association holds a yearly National Marketing Conference. But for this year, it has been upgraded to an Asian Marketing Conference entitled “Asiannovation2: Unleash the Asian Marketing Masters” and happening on July 19-20, 2012 at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La.

 “This is a great opportunity for Filipino marketers and key decision-makers to gain insights and a better understanding of emerging theories and practices in marketing such as Shopper Marketing. We are glad that Michael Robinson, a Shopper Marketing expert, will be among the speakers,” says Lim.

Robinson has been actively engaged in Shopper Marketing in the Asia Pacific Region, serving as the South East Asia Managing Director and APAC Shopper Marketing Director of Momentum Worldwide.

His business at Momentum Worldwide has produced several customized shopper behavior studies to enable understanding of the roles that various channels play in a consumer’s decision-making process with the goal of producing creative solutions. He co-created Momentum Asia Pacific’s Shopping Lab – a suite of proprietary tools that track shopper behavior to reveal everything from Point-of-Sale (POS) effectiveness to media Return on Investment (ROI).

“There are a lot of challenges to businesses today and we can’t hold ourselves back. We should always be equipped with new knowledge, skills, and tools to achieve successful business strategies and marketing campaigns. There’s still a lot to learn,” advises Lim.

For more information on registration details about “Asiannovation2: Unleash the Asian Marketing Masters,” contact the PMA secretariat at 634-5722, 634-4890, 638-7700, 0927-715-6676, 0917-881-8PMA (672), email asianmasters2012@yahoo.com, or visit www.asianmarketingconference.com.

Reference: Nadine Tan
AMPR Publicity and Communications Inc.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


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Friday, March 2, 2012


An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City . 
Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40" full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. 
Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.

Monday, February 27, 2012

UNIQLO’s First Store In Philippines To Open In June 2012

February 9, 2012, Tokyo, Japan – UNIQLO just announced that it will open its first retail location in the Philippines, the UNIQLO Mall of Asia Store, in June 2012 in Metro Manila. The launch will reinforce UNIQLO’s rapidly growing retail presence in Southeast Asia, following the recent introduction of UNIQLO locations in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The store will feature approximately 1,550 square meters of floor space within one of the region’s largest shopping centers, SM Mall of Asia, to offer Filipino shoppers all of UNIQLO’s latest fashions for men, women and kids.

SM Mall of Asia: One of the World’s Largest Shopping Malls

UNIQLO is opening its first store in the Philippines in SM Mall of Asia, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, occupying a waterfront site on Manila Bay spanning 407,000 square meters. This massive shopping complex hosts a wide range of retail tenants, including a number of major fashion brands, and is a major draw for both tourists and local residents. The new UNIQLO Mall of Asia Store will be one of SM Mall of Asia’s largest tenants.

Asia offers enormous growth potential for UNIQLO and is a key regional focus of the brand’s global expansion strategy. By January 2012, UNIQLO’s network of stores included 851 locations in Japan and 234 in other global markets, of which 214 are throughout the rest of Asia. UNIQLO started opening its first stores in Thailand in September 2011, following its successful expansion into Singapore and Malaysia, increasing its lineup in Southeast Asia to 11 retail locations. Now, as the brand continues to accelerate its regional expansion efforts, the UNIQLO Mall of Asia is set to offer the joy of truly great clothing to shoppers in the Philippines.

UNIQLO Official Facebook Page and Website goes online on February 9
We will be releasing the latest information and regular updates through the following sites.
So please “Like” www.facebook.com/uniqlo.ph and visit www.uniqlo.com/ph.    

Fast Retailing Philippines, Inc.
Location:   Metro Manila, the Philippines
Chief Operating Officer:  Katsumi Kubota
Established:   January 2012
Business:     Opening and operation of UNIQLO stores in the Philippines
Paid-in Capital: 400 million peso (approximately 720 million yen)

UNIQLO Mall of Asia Store
Launch:     June 2012
Address:    SM Mall of Asia, Bay City, Pasay City, Philippines
Sales Floor:  Approximately 1,550 sqm

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co. (FR), a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under five brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, g.u., Princesse Tam Tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of 820 billion yen for the 2011 fiscal year ending August 31, 2011, FR is the world’s fourth largest apparel retail company and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

Today UNIQLO has more than 1,000 stores worldwide, namely in the U.S., U.K. France, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Korea, as well as Japan. UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand. UNIQLO operates an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel in line with its ‘Made for All’ philosophy.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, FR is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.

For more information about UNIQLO, please visit UNIQLO Philippines Facebook page facebook.com/uniqlo.ph and homepage www.uniqlo.com/ph/

For media inquiries, please contact:
Irish Santos
AMPR Publicity Inc.
Tel: 632-706-1971

Saturday, February 18, 2012


A Philippine based company, WORLDBEX Services International (WSI) is a duly registered events management company founded in 1996, and the leading exhibition and event organizer in the country.

WSI have crossed the unique milestone of having organized quality trade and consumer shows in almost 20 years of existence involving different countries like U.S.A., Europe, Middle East and Asia, and is set to expand their frontiers to other parts of the world.

Propelled to perfection by an ardent desire to elevate the standard of event organization and management in the Philippines, WORLDBEX Services International seek to provide the cutting edge in the industry of event management and trade exhibitions determined to exercise expert management skills and creative marketing made visible in all endeavors for the emulation of the exposition industry worldwide.

WORLDBEX Services International established the trend in the Philippines’ exposition industry, bringing to fore the latest innovations in the world of expositions. WORLDBEX Services International features world-class products, services and technology that harp on quality worthy of the attending trade visitors and exhibitors from all over the world.

For more information, call (+632) 5316350, 5343615. You may also email: info.worldbex@gmail.com or visit: www.worldbex.com.