Oct 30, 2015

Breakout Philippines: Horror experience you'll never forget!



BREAKOUT PHILIPPINES: THE COUNTRY’S PREMIERE ESCAPE ROOM GAME PRESENTS 2 INTENSE HALLOWEEN EVENTS




Manila, October 25, 2015— Mark your calendars for November 7, 2015 and get ready for the ultimate Halloween event of the year! FOX International Channels and Victoria Court are partnering up with Breakout Philippines, the country’s premiere escape room game, to bring you an immersive horror experience like no other!






Ever since 2014, Breakout has been providing a unique experience to thousands of players by trapping them in different themed rooms for 45 minutes. They are given an interactive game where players have to team up to find clues and solve logic puzzles based on various storylines. Participants are encouraged to PLAN as a team, SOLVE puzzles collaboratively in order to ESCAPE before time expires.



This Halloween season, #VPartySeries: Midnight Mysteries changes the game as it is no longer enough to BREAKOUT… you must now also SURVIVE! You and your friends will be trapped in a room and will have 45 minutes to try and survive the horror set before you.

There will be scare actors that will enter and exit the room as they please. Some will be nice and try to help you by giving you clues, while some… are not. Be prepared as they invade your personal space, tell you bone chilling stories, separate you from your friends and sometimes, even leave you alone in the dark.

Be ready to be pushed out of your comfort zone. This is still a BREAKOUT event so there is still puzzle solving involved. You will still choose among the 5 super thematic rooms of Victoria Court Malate which will determine the style of the overall puzzle you will have to solve:

1. The Asgard Room
2. The Casino Royale Room
3. The Bat Cave Room
4. The Candy Land Room
5. The Marakkesh (Sex in the City) Room

If the scares get too extreme for you, there is a safe word… screaming “I want my mommy” will signal our actors to back off and bring you back to your friends. Though be warned, doing so will forfeit the clue you may receive by surviving the scare. 

Missing out on 1 clue won’t make it impossible to solve the puzzle, but it will make it very difficult. So wear your brown pants and as much as you can, brave up!



If that’s not enough, Breakout Philippines is also teaming up once again with FOX to bring you The Walking Dead Breakout Room. As if time pressure is not enough, you and your friends have to escape while trying to keep your wits together as a flesh-eating walker breathes down your necks.

This is happening at TriNoma Level 4 Garden Restaurants (until November 14 only) and at the Breakout Katipunan Branch.


See if you have what it takes to survive by registering through our 3 main payment channels—online, bank deposit, or in-store registration in any Victoria Court Branch. Visit www.breakout.com.ph for more details.

For more updates, please follow Breakout Philippines on Facebook and Instagram (@BreakoutPH), and Victoria Court on Facebook and Instagram @victoriacourtVC

Oct 29, 2015

2015 Chalk BYM Campus Hotties ready to influence the youth

ATENEO AND TRINITY STUDENTS HAILED AS CHALK BRIGHT YOUNG MANILA CAMPUS HOTTIES WINNERS



  
Ateneo student Maqui Castelo and Trinity University of Asia student Zoe Vinluan emerged as the new Chalk Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties out of the 15 finalists from colleges and universities in Metro Manila on Friday (Oct 23) at the Chalk Live Young Party.




Dubbed as the “Creative Cutie of Ateneo,” Castelo is a communications student who is into graphic design, film, and photography and looks up to famous lens men BJ Pascual and Mark Nicdao. Meanwhile, Zoe Vinluan “The Swag Queen of Trinity University of Asia,” is a medical technology student who is passionate about dancing and dreams to become a doctor.



As the newly named Chalk Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties, Castelo and Vinluan will serve as Chalk ambassadors who will grace future pages of Chalk magazine and youth-oriented events. The two were also unveiled as the inside cover personalities of Chalk’s November issue with Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez on the cover.

Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez is Chalk Magazine cover for November


 “More than anything, I want to be an inspiration to all the young people that they can do something significant at a young age,” Castelo said. He added, “Chalk is just the beginning of a journey I have yet to discover as a developing artist.”

Maqui Castelo


Vinluan on the other hand is ready to use her influence as a Chalk ambassador to give back to underprivileged children.

Zoe Vinluan







“I want to influence and inspire the youth, especially the less fortunate that there are no limitations if they want to achieve their goals. I also try to encourage children to try dancing as a hobby instead of spending time on vices,” she shared.






Aside from being Chalk ambassadors and being the inside cover personalities of Chalk’s latest issue, Castelo and Vinluan also won an all-expense paid trip with two of their friends to Boracay sponsored by Smart.


Since 2006, Chalk gathers college students who possess the caliber of conquering campus life and beyond for its Bright Young Manila search. The Bright Young Manila badge has become a status symbol among the Filipino youth and Chalk’s annual search has produced the best and brightest young talents who have made a legacy in various industries.


Oct 26, 2015

CDR-King’s advocates sustainable living thru California E-bike

CDR-King California eco-bike: Improving transportation in an eco-friendly way

Disruptors are welcome, from an old school perspective to the most advanced technological breakthroughs in power supply, whichever era you may be, CHANGE is inevitable.

Nikola Tesla during our primary days as student was sadly in obscurity till we reach high school. He challenged the existing and widely accepted manner of lighting though oil lamps to the macro voltage - electricity distribution system courtesy of his well-accepted Alternating Current most commonly known AC.

Nikola Tesla is not as famous as Tomas Edison as taught during basic education, but his works and legacy blazes up to this day. Same aspiration as CDR-King, your one stop media provider intends to manifest, to bring products and cost efficient means of power/electricity supply to every household.




California E-bikes, a CDR-King subsidiary, open its doors in TONDO. The branch is powered by a hybrid electricity system that enables sustainable solar energy. As environmental friendly as it should be, it also aims to display similar concept Solar-kit for ones household in turn helps you save thousands of your hard earned money on monthly electric bill.





California E-bike started its operation in the Philippines early 2013 with E-Scooter and later on came out with other variants of e-bikes. Today California E-bike offers more than 30 models of various designs in more than 40 branches.



With the steady growth of e-bike followers, California E-bike is gearing towards its mission to improve transportation in an eco-friendly way, one e-bike at a time and reaffirming its efforts towards Green Living to save our environment.




Visit them at their newly opened Tondo branch or your nearest California e-bike store. You may also visit www.ebike.cdrking.com and http://solarquestph.com/

Oct 23, 2015

Herbalife Health Poll: 9 in 10 Filipinos ”highly concerned” about the potential diseases that an unhealthy lifestyle can cause

MANILA, Philippines - Nine in 10 Filipino consumers surveyed by global nutrition company Herbalife are “highly concerned” about the potential diseases that an unhealthy lifestyle can cause them, with the same number believing that simple lifestyle changes can help improve their overall well-being.


A good number of the respondents expressed willingness to adopt a healthy lifestyle; 79 percent said that they would cut down on unhealthy foods, 78 percent expressed their willingness to exercise more regularly, and 72 percent said they would make better nutrition choices.
“We welcome the results of the survey. It gives an understanding of Filipinos becoming even more health concious and self-aware that they need to make some lifestyle changes to improve their overall well-being. It also gives Herbalife an idea where we are needed, because as the survey revealed only four out of 10 would spend 10 to 30 minutes a day to make simple lifestyle changes,” said Rosalio Valenzuela, Herbalife Philippines General Manager.
The respondents, however, cited the following as the top obstacles to achieving a healthy lifestyle: lack of time for exercise (75 percent), lack of time to make proper nutrition choices (64 percent), and high cost of healthy food (62 percent).
The same health poll likewise showed that the top three aging-related concerns in the country were heart, brain, and eye health.

Better knowledge and understanding
 “The findings from the Herbalife survey clearly show that the majority of people in Asia Pacific that we questioned believe in the value of good nutrition and exercise as contributing to their overall well-being. We aim to play a greater role in providing practical tips and information to people to help them understand that the journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle is not difficult to achieve. With as little as 10 minutes a day, consumers can take positive steps to improve their nutrition and be more active, which will improve their overall well-being,” said William M. Rahn, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Herbalife Asia Pacific.
Herbalife conducted the survey in September 2015 in the lead-up to its Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour. It surveyed 1,200 respondents across six countries, including the Philippines, on perceptions towards their health and current lifestyle. Respondents from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Thailand were likewise included in the survey.

Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour
Now on its fourth year, the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour aims to deepen people’s practical understanding of the various aspects of living a healthy active lifestyle. Its previous tours in the past three years saw close to 60,000 participants across the region.
This year’s Wellness Tour will feature five members of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) visiting 14 markets and 21 cities across the Asia-Pacific in the month of October. They will share their expert views on how people can make use of the little time they have to make simple lifestyle changes that will enhance their well-being.
Herbalife’s NAB experts will likewise share their views on a wide range of health-related topics, including weight management, brain health and aging; heart health; immunology; and skin care at the medical symposia being held in Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnamn.
The Herbalife NAB experts participating in this year’s Wellness Tour include Dr. David Heber, who incidentally will be coming to Manila, is a leading expert in the field of nutrition and named as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and considered one of “The Best Doctors in America”; Dr. Lou Ignarro, a Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 1998 for his discovery of nitric oxide’s health benefits; Dr. Gary Small, a specialist in brain health and aging who has authored over 500 scientific works and has received numerous awards and honors, including the “Senior Investigator Award” from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry; Dr. Marion Fltechner-Mors, a health nutrition specialist who is currently heading the nutrition and obesity research group at Ulm University, Germany; and Dr. Wang Jae Lee, a physician and academic specializing in immunology and a professor at Seoul National University College of Medicine.
Dr. Heber, who is the founding Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, will be conducting a symposium for free to Filipino medical practitioners on October 23, 9am, at the Manila Hotel. The symposium will gather a group of 100 doctors, nurses, physical therapists and medical practitioners. The title of the symposium is “Obesity: More Than Just Being Overweight and Nutrition Forecast for 2020.” Seminars of Dr. Heber are recognized by US hospitals as part of Continuing Education Studies, which are often required of applicants. The following day, Oct. 24, Dr. Heber will be holding seminars for thousands of Herbalife Independent Members in the same hotel.


This is the first time Dr. Heber, who is also the Chairman of the NAB and the Herbalife Nutrition Institute, to conduct a seminar in Manila since the company was founded in the Philippines 22 years ago.

About Herbalife                                                                                                                        Herbalife is a 35-year-old global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutrition and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in more than 90 countries to and through a network of independent members. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children. To learn more visit Herbalife.com. 
(press release)

Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2015 winners

Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines has announced the local winners who will represent the Philippines in this year’s Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NYPDA) 2015, a regional competition across 12 Asia Pacific countries organized by Asia’s no.1 coatings manufacturer Nippon Paint. 

Nippon Paint Philippines executives


Architect Ed Calma of Lor Calma & Partners

Jose Augustine Ricarte, an Architecture student from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) who submitted the entry “Marikina Link”, and Martha Joyce Tomas, an Interior Design student also from the UST with her entry “Biojet”, bagged the Gold awards for the Architecture and Interior Design categories, respectively. 

Jose Augustine Ricarte
NPYDA 2015 Gold Winner - Architecture
University of Santo Tomas
“Marikina Link”







Martha Joyce Tomas
NPYDA 2015 Gold Winner – Interior Design
University of Santo Tomas
“Biojet”





The two students used this year’s theme “Design with Heart,” as their guiding principle.

The theme  challenged the participants like never before to further push the boundaries for future living by creating spaces that can connect people from all walks of life—including the physically challenged community, the elderly, the young, and nursing mothers—as well as enhance experience and transform lives.


Top 5 NPYDA finalists for Architecture category


“With the official launch of the NPYDA in the Philippines last year, we have noticed how Filipino designers have this genuine passion in creating spaces which are people-oriented and environment-friendly,” said Mr. Michael Chung, General Manager of Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines.  “We are confident that this year’s winners can maximize their innate talent to step up and compete with other countries,” he added.



Each of the Gold Awardees   won PhP50,000 cash prize, a 6-month internship at Lor Calma & Partners (for Interior Design)/ Casas Architects (for Architecture), plus an  all-expense paid overseas trip for a once-in-a lifetime learning programme, an exclusive workshop crafted especially for winners featuring internationally renowned speakers in the fields of architecture and interior design.


The winner’s professor/adviser also received P10,000 cash prize, while his or her academic institution also received P10,000 cash prize and P10,000-worth of paint voucher.

The winning entries were evaluated based on their Green & Sustainable Design Concept, Colour Concept, Design Innovation, and Design Concept Statement.


Judging the entries for Architecture category are   Ar. Jose Ramon Carunungan, Ar. & IDr. Eduardo Calma, Ar. Rolando Cordero, Ar. Chona Elvas-Ponce, Ar. Consuelo “Peach” C. Buencamino, Ar. Carmelo “Meloy” Casas, Ar. Abelardo M. Tolentino, Jr. And Ar. Nina Bailon Arce. Judges for the Interior Design category are IDr. Michael Pizarro, IDr. Rachelle Medina, IDr. Vincent Louie Tan, IDr. Belen Morey, IDr. Jose Maria "Johnny" Hubilla, IDr. Wilfrid Nicholo Magcase, IDr. Marichie Costelo and IDr. Roland Laurena.

Among the other awardees were: Marko Alab Adviento, UST, Silver Award - Architecture; Courtney Gatus, University of the Philippines (UP), Silver Award – Interior Design; Ruben Felizarte, Far Eastern University, Best Colour Choice Award, Architecture; Courtney Gatus, UP, Best Colour Choice Award, Interior Design; Kae Ann Aguila, UST, Best Green Innovation Award, Architecture; and Martha Joyce Thomas, UST, Best Green Innovation Award, Interior Design.

NPYDA 2015 Grand Winners: Martha Joyce Tomas- Interior Design Gold Winner
and Jose Augustine Ricarte- Architecture Gold Winner


In collaboration with such reputable professional societies such as the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), Council of Interior Design Educator (CIDE), United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), and Council of Deans and Heads in Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), Lor Calma and Partners, CASAS + Architects and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the NPYDA braces for a more exciting, more fruitful competition this year.

For more information on Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2015, please log on to www.youngdesigneraward.ph.