Go Minerals at The Spa

The upgrade experience is now possible for those who prefer a truly natural pampering treatment with The Spa’s Go Minerals Service. Both advocating health and wellness of being, The Spa and Mineral Flowers have teamed up to offer spa treatments that can be upgraded to use Mineral Flowers products.

Mineral Flowers is an all-natural skin care line from Israel. All variants are specially formulated with a unique blend of 26 rich minerals from the Dead Sea that are processed by osmosis to draw moisture from the external to the inner layers of the skin. Blended with the minerals are flower extracts that cater to various skin types: Camomile for sensitive and very dry skin, Rose and Geranium for normal and mixed skin, and Almond Blossom for dry skin. It is 100% paraben-free.

The Spa offers a wide array of services--massage therapies, facial, foot and body care treatments. Due to people's demands, The Spa has collaborated with Mineral Flowers to cater to the needs of health-conscious customers who prefer all-natural skin products.

The Spa treatments that can be upgraded with additional cost, depending on the service provided include: Aromatherapy Massage, which helps repair the skin, will use Mineral Flowers massage oils if upgraded for an additional P300; Body Polish, which hydrates and moisturizes the body, will have an additional charge P150 for the Mineral Flowers Body Butter that will be used; Nail care will be upgraded to experience the Mineral Flowers Massage Milk (for feet) and Hand Cream (for hands) +P90 for manicure, +P70 for pedicure or +P150 for manicure/pedicure. For the face, customers can avail of the Mineral Flowers Facial Treatment that cleanses firms and energizes the skin for PhP 750.

Go Minerals is currently available at all branches of The Spa. For those who desire to be pampered luxuriously with all-natural products, ask the attending personnel for the Go Minerals upgrade.

RIM to host BlackBerry Developer Conference in Asia on 13 - 14 January 2011

• First BlackBerry® DevCon in Asia
• Conference to take place in Bali, Indonesia
• Register to attend at www.blackberrydevcon.com/asia

29 November 2010, Singapore - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced its first developer conference in Asia. BlackBerry® DevCon Asia is scheduled to take place at the Bali International Convention Centre in Bali, Indonesia on 13th-14th January 2011. Attendees will have the opportunity to join over 40 keynote, breakout and hands-on sessions that will showcase how developers can best use a range of tools and services to create innovative and commercially successful apps on the BlackBerry® platform.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:
• Gregory Wade - Managing Director, Southeast Asia
• Tyler Lessard - Vice President, Global Alliances and Developer Relations
• Mike Kirkup - Director, Developer Relations
• Chris Smith - Senior Director, BlackBerry Developer Platform

Attendees will hear from a host of RIM technical experts as well as a variety of developers who are already successfully creating apps for BlackBerry® smartphones.

Gregory Wade, Managing Director of RIM, Southeast Asia commented: “There’s never been a better time for developers to create apps for the BlackBerry platform - not only is the user base thriving, but developers are being provided with a platform and tools that can foster truly powerful apps that customers will love. With the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, DevCon Asia serves as a great opportunity for developers to learn more about how they can grow their businesses by building apps for the BlackBerry platform.”

Attendees at BlackBerry DevCon Asia will:
• Gain insight into developing apps for the new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ and learn about using the BlackBerry® Tablet OS SDK for Adobe® AIR® as well as Adobe® Flash® Builder
• See how new web-based tools such as BlackBerry® WebWorks™ can make it extremely easy to get started creating rich, value-added apps across the BlackBerry smartphone and tablet lines
• Find out about new commercial services such as the BlackBerry® Payment Service
• Get real world tips on how to market apps and best utilize BlackBerry App World™
• Get practical and technical information on the BlackBerry WebWorks platform, Java® development tools and BlackBerry PlayBook apps in person from RIM development experts

Tyler Lessard, Vice President of Global Alliances and Developer Relations added: “The range and momentum of BlackBerry developer initiatives has certainly grown around the world since our first developer conference in Silicon Valley two years ago. We are very pleased to be hosting the first pan-Asian BlackBerry DevCon and continuing to increase the amount of local information, tools and resources available for our developers in Asia.”

For more information and to register your attendance for BlackBerry DevCon Asia, please visit: www.blackberrydevcon.com/asia.


K-Swiss Running Club

Last March K-Swiss Philippines sent two lucky winners to the 2010 LA Marathon, gearing for yet another successful year K-Swiss is again on the lookout for representatives to fly and run the 2011 LA Marathon on March 20, 2011.

“We are happy to be sending 2 lucky runners to Los Angeles and join the LA Marathon; this time however we would want them to be prepared to finish the 42K run. Exactly the reason why we are launching the K-Swiss Running Club”, says Anton Gonzalez, President of Planet Sports, Inc.

The K-Swiss Running Club will be the platform for beginners and even advance runners to learn how to last a full marathon without losing a limb. Basic and advanced techniques will be shared depending on the participant’s level of exposure to running. There would be a total of 13 sessions starting December 06, 2010 and every Mondays thereafter at the University of Makati oval (UMAK) along JP Rizal Avenue near the running area of The Fort from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Those who are able to complete at least 10 sessions would be qualified to join in a raffle that will send him/her to Los Angeles, California to compete at the 2011 LA Marathon. The prize would include round trip tickets, hotel accommodations for 4 days and 3 nights, local transports and an entry to join the LA Marathon. There would also be freebies for non-winners and consolation prizes for the 2nd and 3rd winners.

Heading the club is the Athletic Program Director of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) Coach Peter Gonzalez. Peter has been coaching since 1999 and has attended and enrolled in seminars and courses from China to Australia. Peter is a much sought after personal coach of many elite tri-athletes that competes here and abroad. Aside from coaching, Peter has also represented the country in triathlon competitions around the world as he himself is an athlete.

What sets the K-Swiss Running Club apart from various running clinics is the grouping of participants depending on their level of exposure to running. It would also depend on what a participant would like to achieve in running, may it be simply for leisure and weight loss or to win competitions in eat-my-dust speeds.

Interested to join the club must drop by at K-Swiss Glorietta and Planet Sports stores (Glorietta, Rockwell, Alabang Town Center, Tri-noma and Virramall) to register. Add K-Swiss Philippines on Facebook or you may call +632 501-3780 from 11:00am to 10:00pm for more details.


Meaningful barkada travels with Cebu Pacific

Traveling together takes groups of friends out of their comfort zones. Whether it’s a beach vacation, a culinary tour, or a spur-of-the-moment trip, barkadas end up making new memories, having fun and growing even closer.

Fortunately, the enriching power of travel has become more accessible to barkadas on a budget, thanks to the country’s leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB). With its 33 domestic and 16 international destinations, CEB’s low fares give barkadas opportunities to travel more often to different locales.

Friends who love flying

26-year-old Kirsten Lopez, who is a merchandising executive, travels with the rest of her barkada to experience what they call the three Bs—breathtaking beaches, beer and beautiful memories. Her barkada is comprised of diverse individuals, but what links them is their passion for enjoyment, adventure, and living life to the fullest.

“There is only one thing we expect to happen when we travel—to be pleasantly surprised. Our trips are always filled with unexpected but amusing and good-humored events. And that’s what makes our experiences special,” says Kirsten.

The group makes it a point to travel at least once or twice a year. They have been to Davao, Boracay, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, Coron, and Bacolod.

“Our trip to Davao is the one that brought our travel group together. We were about 18 who flew to Davao City at that time. We arrived there as strangers, and left the place as the best of companions,” she enthused.

They wish to visit the neighboring countries of Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Singapore next.

Sporty adventurers

For 27-year old customer service representative Jay Orden, traveling quenches his and his barkada’s thirst for adventure.

“We have been to Boracay, Bacolod, Dipolog, Iligan, Manila, Cebu. Since our group forms a couple of teams, we love traveling together for Ultimate Frisbee tournaments. It’s great if we’ve never been there too, and we meet local players who end up touring us to the best places in their city,” he shares.

Living in Dumaguete, Jay and his friends’ first trip to join the Manila Spirits, an international Frisbee tournament in Manila, was one of their most unforgettable travel experiences together.

“Traveling lets us discover things about each other, and we’ve had memorable trips when we really bonded as friends and as a team. Going to different parts of the Philippines also gives us pride since we represent our hometown. We also get to meet new friends so it becomes a growing family all over the country,” Jay relates.

Kirsten and Jay, with the rest of their friends, are just two examples of how friends learn about and enjoy the world through traveling. And with carriers like Cebu Pacific empowering them to fulfill their travel dreams, they can continue to discover new places and more about one another.

RIM Launches the BlackBerry Torch Smartphone in the Philippines

Highly anticipated BlackBerry Torch, featuring BlackBerry 6, combines touch screen and easy-to-use keyboard plus rich new browsing experience

19 November 2010 – Manila, The Philippines – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 smartphone in The Philippines. The BlackBerry Torch is the world’s first smartphone to combine a BlackBerry® keyboard with a full touch screen experience and the first to include the new BlackBerry® 6 OS.

“The new BlackBerry Torch smartphone builds on the familiar and powerful capabilities of the BlackBerry platform to provide the features that are ideal for socially connected consumers while also providing the tools that business customers trust,” said Gregory Wade, Managing Director, Southeast Asia at RIM. “The new BlackBerry 6 operating system includes many new features that users will enjoy, including Universal Search, Social Feeds and a fast WebKit browser,” added Wade.

The new BlackBerry Torch features an exciting combination of a large touch screen, optical trackpad and backlit slide-out BlackBerry keyboard. It offers support for high- speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks around the world, includes the latest generation in Wi-Fi® (b/g/n) connectivity and features built-in GPS for location-based application and geo-tagging. Its 5 MP camera takes exceptional pictures with continuous auto focus, image stabilization, scene modes and zoom, and it also supports video recording. In addition, it comes with a combined 8 GB of media storage out-of-the-box and includes a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that can bring the total storage memory to 36 GB for customers who want more.

BlackBerry 6

The BlackBerry Torch is the first BlackBerry smartphone to launch with BlackBerry 6, a new operating system that retains the trusted features of the BlackBerry brand while delivering a rich experience that’s powerful and easy to use. It has a redesigned
interface and includes expanded messaging capabilities with intuitive features to simplify the management of social networking and RSS feeds (Social Feeds), and provides integrated access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace™ and various messaging applications available on the BlackBerry Torch smartphone. Its enhanced multimedia experience rivals the best in the industry and includes a dedicated YouTube app.

BlackBerry 6 integrates a new and rich WebKit-based browser that renders HTML web pages (as well as HTML email) quickly and beautifully for a great browsing experience. It features tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously, pinch to zoom for easy navigation and a zoom feature that can intelligently wrap text in a column while maintaining the placement of a page's key elements (simply double-tap on the BlackBerry Torch).

Pricing and Availability

The new BlackBerry Torch smartphone is expected to be available in The Philippines in late November 2010. Please check with your local carrier or authorized reseller for in-store dates and pricing.


Qatar Airways launches additional flights to Vietnam and Thailand

New Hanoi Route And Increased Flight Frequency To Ho Chi Minh, Phuket And Bangkok Provides Passengers More Travel Options

Qatar Airways continues to expand its operations in Asia with the launch of 14 new flights to Thailand and seven additional services to Vietnam, increasing the total number of flights to both markets from 18 to 39 a week effective November 1.

The significant capacity increase reflects the growing importance of the Asia Pacific market and Qatar Airways’ focus on targeting under-served routes to maximise connectivity between Europe and Asia via Doha as part of its global expansion strategy. It is the first and only Middle East carrier to fly to Vietnam and to Phuket in Thailand.

In Vietnam, the airline introduced its latest Hanoi-Doha service via Bangkok four times weekly and added three new flights to Ho Chi Minh City. Qatar Airways now operates 11 flights a week to Doha spread across Vietnam’s two largest cities, up from its previous four services a week to Ho Chi Minh City.

Qatar Airways is also celebrating 10 years of flying to Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok this year with the introduction of a new daily flight, taking capacity up from double to thrice-daily services. Four of the new Bangkok flights continue onto Hanoi and three onto Ho Chi Minh City. Passengers originating in Thailand or Vietnam can also purchase tickets to fly between Bangkok and both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on Qatar Airways.

The airline’s Doha-Phuket service via Kuala Lumpur which began with six-flights-a-week on October 12 has also been stepped up to daily services since the beginning of November. Total number of flights between Qatar and Thailand now stands at 28 a week from the initial 14 services.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker who was on board the inaugural flight into Hanoi on November 1 and the new service to Phuket on November 4 thanked government officials and partners of both countries for their support.

The travel market in Asia is experiencing significant growth and one which Al Baker stressed Qatar Airways was well placed to take advantage of.

“IATA statistics have passenger demand in the Asia Pacific region up over 10 per cent on the previous year. The timing of Qatar airways’ expansion drive in Asia couldn’t be better to take advantage of this increase in traffic,” he said.

The launch of Hanoi flights sees Qatar Airways’ Asia Pacific route network extend to 18 destinations. Globally, Qatar Airways has launched a further seven new routes since February 2010 – Bengaluru (Bangalore), Copenhagen, Ankara, Tokyo, Barcelona, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.

Al Baker outlined Qatar Airways’ global expansion plans, highlighting the airline’s focus on targeting underserved routes and maximising connectivity to key cities beyond Doha. The airline’s growth in Europe featured strongly with Qatar Airways to introduce five new European destinations over the next five months including Nice (November 24), Budapest (January 17), Bucharest (January 17), Brussels (January 31) and Stuttgart (March 9).

By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 90 aircraft, flying to 94 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.


Taking the pizza experience to the next level

Greenwich has been popularly known for being the most innovative pizza brand. In fact, in only 7 months, the brand has already launched 6 new exciting pizza flavors.

From leveling up the Filipinos’ classic favorite Hawaiian Pizza with its Ultimate Hawaiian Overload in January; giving their consumers a taste of the American Idol experience with their American Idol Limited Edition Pizza in March; bringing the pizza experience to the extreme with the Xtreme Cheese Level Up Pizzas in May to offering Bigatin in flavor under the new Overloaded Bigatin Pizzas in August.

While the brand has delighted its consumers with all its innovations, Greenwich has taken its commitment to innovate to a whole new level that goes beyond new pizza Dubbed as the “game-changer” in pizza, Greenwich launches its Top That Pizzas that will make you change the way you and your friends enjoy pizzas. Adding a twist to the usual way people enjoy pizza, Greenwich’s newest innovations are towering with a mountain of toppings like you’ve never seen before.

Experience the new Top That Pizzas in 2 new and exciting flavors—Buffalo Chicken and Onion Rings Pizza and Meatball and Fries Pizza.

Greenwich’s Buffalo Chicken and Onion Rings Pizza with Blue Cheese and Mozzarella Cheese topped with juicy Buffalo Chicken with a tower of Crunchy Onion Rings . Another delightful pizza treat is the Meatballs and Fries Pizza boasting with Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese topped with mouth-watering Meatballs with a mountain of Pizza Fries. It’s an over-the-top delicious experience that no other pizza chain can match. With the Top That Pizzas, it’s easy to let creativity and fun reign during friendly gatherings. Let the barkada unleash their wacky side, too. Start on the toppings—put the Crunchy Onion Rings on your fingers or give Pizza Fries to your special someone—there’s a fun way to devour it all with delicious slices of pizza. You think you can top your friends’ creative ways of enjoying their Top That Pizzas? Show them how you enjoy Greenwich Top That Pizzas anyway you like it, just the way you like it; it’s pizza pleasure that’s beyond the ordinary.

Want the Greenwich’s latest pizzas with an over-the-top twist? Top your pizza experience now and invite your barkada to the nearest Greenwich branch, or call Greenwich delivery hotline at 5-55-55.

Nike LunarEclipse+ Women’s +Men's

Nike LunarEclipse+, featuring a gender-specific Lunarlon system, delivers premium cushioning and comfort that constantly adapts to each runner’s stride for a plush, smooth ride. Innovative, floating heel support clip coupled with Dynamic Support provide runner-specific support for all phases of the run. A seamless upper features Flywire for internal comfort and ultra-light, ultra-strong support.

This lightweight women’s-specific, daily distance trainer is ideal for a wide range of runners, from underpronators through severe overpronators.

Key Features:
• Lunarlon cushioning system delivers a unique, lightweight blend of ultra-plush cushioning and support.
• Dynamic Support delivers runner-specific support every phase of the run, limiting excessive pronation.
• Deep gender-specific flex grooves enhance flexibility for a smooth, efficient stride.
• Nike+ Ready Shoe features a secure Nike+ sensor pocket under the sockliner.
• Environmentally preferred rubber Waffle Fill provides multi-surface traction and durability.
• Lightweight mesh enhances breathability for comfort and ventilation.
• Innovative floating heel support clip moves with the foot for enhanced stability and a secure, comfortable fit through all phases of foot strike.
• Supportive carrier is engineered to absorb impact on contact.
• Ultra-light, ultra-strong Flywire panel provides exceptional fit and support.
• Inner-sleeve construction delivers a plush, comfortable fit and feel.
• Reflective elements provide visibility in low-“Bottom-less” carrier light conditions.
• “Bottom-less” construction delivers responsive cushioning,flexibility, and support.
• High-abrasion, environmentally preferred rubber ensures maximum durability in high-wear area.

Nike LunarEclipse+ delivers premium cushioning, comfort and runner-specific support for a plush, smooth ride. Innovative, floating heel support clip coupled with Dynamic Support adapt for each runner and every phase of the run. Lunarlon cushioning system features a “bottom-less” carrier for responsive cushioning and a smooth, efficient range of motion. A seamless upper features Flywire to ensure internal comfort and ultra-light, ultra-strong support.

This daily distance trainer is ideal for a wide range of runners, from underpronators through severe

SRP: P6,495

Key Features:
• NIKE LunarEclipse+ Lunarlon cushioning system delivers lightweight, ultra-plush cushioning, springy response, and support.
• Dynamic Support delivers runner-specific support every phase of the run, limiting excessive pronation.
• Ultra-light, ultra-strong Flywire panel provides exceptional fit and support.
• Deep gender-specific flex grooves enhance flexibility for a smooth, efficient stride.
• Nike+ Ready Shoe features a secure Nike+ sensor pocket under the sockliner.
• Lightweight mesh enhances breathability for comfort and ventilation.
• Innovative floating heel support clip moves with the foot for enhanced stability and a secure, comfortable fit through all phases of foot strike.
• Supportive carrier is engineered to absorb impact on contact.
• Inner-sleeve construction delivers a plush, comfortable fit and feel.
• Reflective elements provide visibility in low-light conditions.
• “Bottom-less” carrier construction delivers responsive cushioning, flexibility, and support.
• High-abrasion, environmentally preferred rubber ensures maximum durability in high-wear area.
• Environmentally preferred rubber Waffle Fill provides multi-surface traction and durability.