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Sunday, December 31, 2017

YL HOLDINGS supports the Real Estate 2022 & Beyond Forum 2018

ASIA LEADERS FORUM is the major advocacy launched in 2010 of Tag Media and Public Relations to promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia. These goals are elaborated in every event launched yearly with Real
Estate leaders. Previous speakers were Arch. Jun Palafox and Charlie Rufino among others.

For 2018, Regina Y. De Ocampo joins this momentous event with a theme, "The State of Philippine Real Estate" to discuss the government policies, infrastructure done, innovations and what could be the future landscape of real estate based on statistics and research from the experts.

The forum will be held at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao in March 2018. Invited speakers include Dr. Elton Tan of E- Hotels and Resorts, Robert Laurel Yupangco of Zoomanity Group, Atty. Nelson Arquiza of Philippine Association of Real Estate Board and Cagayan Economic Zone Authority Chief Executive Officer Secretary Raul Lambino. 

YL Holdings and its subsidiaries GA Yupangco and Company, Yupangco Music Corporation, YL Realty and Regina Properties have interests in developing their properties in the Makati Central Business District, Alabang, Cavite and Davao areas.

Regina Victoria Yupangco De Ocampo: On Why Giving Back is the Core Value of our Businesses

Successful companies are making sure to give back known as Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR. These entities make a positive impact on the environment and stakeholders including consumers, employees, investors and communities. Companies need to instill a culture of giving back and such efforts always need to start from the top management.

Regina is the fifth from left with her brother- Robert Laurel Yupangco, Children, Mom- Nita Laurel Yupangco, Husband and daughter.

Giving back not only drives change in your community but also within your organization.

To show the mission, vision and ideals of Filremit, CSR activities became the essential objectives of the organization, as well as to serve as a guide to what the company represents for its consumers. Regina also believes that in every success lies the people who worked hard to attain it. 

For 2018, Regina Victoria Yupangco De Ocampo of Filremit, has lined up several innovative E- Commerce platform specifically catered to the Overseas Filipino Workers. Objectives for the business include:

  1. New technological innovation thru Filremit system around the globe.
  2. Increase pick up points all over the Philippine Islands.
  3. Intensify coverage of sending thru Filremit thru partners around the globe.
  4. Provide other services such as payout for credit card transactions, online shopping, delivery of these goods thru its subsidiary Manila Cargo Express.
  5. And most importantly for its Corporate Social Responsibility, to give back to their overseas clients by creating a fund for them to sustain their retirement and provide security to their families.

Giving back is an essential value of the organization since it's corporate objective is to help the Filipinos. Filremit has been the trusted remittance company of OFWs worldwide since 2008 and established its name and credibility across the globe.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Regina Yupangco De Ocampo at APEA

Last December 7, 2017, Regina Yupangco De Ocampo of Filremit and Yupangco Group of Companies together with her brother, mother and business partners where there to witness the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) with the other empowered entrepreneurs held at Makati Shangrila Hotel. APEA is a prestigious award for entrepreneurship in Asia and Pacific Region given to business leaders for their outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial excellence in a specific field.

The Zoomanity Group, an affiliate of the Yupangco Group of Companies headed by Robert Laurel Yupangco was happy to receive the outstanding award its quality service and innovation.

The organizers of APEA have stringent entry criteria and highly competitive judging parameters. Nomination is by invitation only, with each nominee subjected to a rigorous judging process, including financial verification by an appointed audit firm and mandatory physical site audit and interview, culminating in a confidential balloting process by Enterprise Asia’s committee.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Robert L. Yupangco (RLY) of Zoomanity - Yupangco Group won in Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2017 recently held at Makati Shangri-la Hotel. APEA is the most prestigious award for entrepreneurship in Asia and Pacific Region given to business leaders for their outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial excellence in a specific field.

Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award (APEA) for Tourism, Hospitality and Food Service was awarded to Mr. Robert Laurel Yupangco (RLY), President / CEO of Zoomanity- Yupangco Group for his exceptional contribution in the tourism and hospitality business sector.

Through his knowledge and experience, RLY established the foundations of Yupangco Group such as Yamaha School of Music, Sound Publishing Corporation, YL Development (Real Estate), Yupangco Electronics Corporation and YL Finance Corporation (micro financing, consumer financing and remittance services) with the help of his siblings and his mother who is the matriarch of the family.

From music and finance sector, RLY saw the potential in tourism and hospitality industry, he expanded and build Zoomanity Group Corporation. With almost 2 million visitors per year it is considered as one of the leading companies in zoos and theme park industry with 8 local and international parks namely, Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zoori (Zoo at Residence Inn) in Tagaytay, Paradizoo Theme Farm in Mendez Cavite, Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, Pampanga, Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol, Zootopia in Nagano, Japan and Animal Conservation and Breeding Center in Australia.

Having an extensive experience in developing and managing companies in tourism, farming and hospitality sector, he is now called “The Modern Day ZOOper Man” who has a vision of creating the Philippines as “One Big Green Resort and Theme Park”, a complete tourism ecosystem that provides not just zoo tourist destinations but also tourism hospitality services such as hotels, restaurants and transportation.

He engages now in putting up different restaurants under Chefmate Corporation that operates the following: Jinsei Sushi Bar, Misono Teppanyaki Restaurant, Nanten Japanese Restaurant, Midori Japanese Restaurant, Samgyupsalamat by Korean Alley, Korean Lane Development Corporation, Unli City (Unlimited Meals) and Ruins City Garden. These restaurants offers fresh, wild and sustainable seafood that are distributed with the help of Alaska Seafood Philippines and Seaking Seafood Products/ Super Catch Inc.

RLY also take part in transportation industry thru his various motor projects under Zoomanity Wheelz that offers Vans, Coaster, Tram Rentals, Pitbull, Multi cabs, Pitcabs Golf cars, Zooper Cars and Chartered Bus transport and services thru his partner Bel Air Bus Charter Corporation.

RLY quoted Peter Draker’s sayings "Our business is simply Marketing and Innovation.” He is now also involve in developing innovative products in different sectors. In agriculture, a multi-million greenhouse project with Calata Group Corporation is in the pipeline. In entertainment sector, Modi, an all in one entertainment device is now launched in the market, a partnership project with Modtech Global. And of course Tourism industry, soon he will open “GlampZ” or glamorous camping at Zoomanity in partnership with Eunina MaƱgio. He will create another legacy as he expands his business by establishing a 3-in-1 masterpiece called “Galleries of the World” in partnership with Pacific Concrete Product Inc. and WCL Solution Inc., which showcases the Wax Muzeum, La Galleria and FunZ.

The event will not be more meaningful without the attendance and support of Robert’s family. His mother, Nita Laurel Yupangco came along with his only sister, Regina Yupangco De Ocampo

NOVUHAIR turns favor with Holiday Bash Promo

So you’ve got your festive outfit set and the fancy gift wrapped for your "monito" or "monita". All that’s left undone is a party season-perfect hairstyle. 

The fresh out of the shower look can be seductive yet temporary. Blame it to tropical climate, it can spoil your appearance, besides making you feel sweaty and stale. The heat and humidity brought about by extreme weather condition, likewise, dries out the locks easily and make it more fragile. 

Adding damage to your delicate strands are the chemical contents of various products on hand. From shampoo to conditioner and hair treatment, down to styling goods to groom it to your liking, their harsh synthetic materials jeopardize the natural oil and luster of your mane.

Because you are what you eat, the fate of your crowning glory is in the plate. Your diet must have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals to supply hair with all that it needs to become shiny and strong. So don’t overindulge, especially this time of the year when gastronomic feasts are spread almost everywhere you go. Be careful on what you take in, thinking that it’s also what you feed your ‘do.

Even stress can wear off the beauty and health of the tress. And that’s exactly what you should avoid this Yuletide season. Never put pressure on yourself just to please everyone. Just take it easy, let your hair down and party all night long. 

In this time of gratitude, NOVUHAIR makes everyday "a good hair day" for its valued patrons like you with its Christmas and Year-End Promo. Get an extra NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo 200 ml. worth P1,040 for FREE if you buy a NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack at participating WATSONS stores nationwide (DOH-FDA CCRR Permit No.: 967 s. 2017).

Packed with 19 natural ingredients—mostly standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients—NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion does not only help prevent the hair fall malady, but also aids in stimulating hair growth. NOVUHAIR helps prevent hair loss, improve overall appearance, and promote nourishment and rejuvenation. It is clinically-tested and proven safe and effective.

Opt for the best with this Christmas and Year-End promo. Whether it’s a luxury gift for your loved ones, or a self-indulgent treat for you, NOVUHAIR has the perfect gift to inspire and keep you party-ready this Holiday season, while providing you with the ultimate styling result.

For inquiries, please call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575. You may also visit or Novuhair’s Facebook page – Novuhair Official.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Quick and Healthy Mackerel Pasta

Why is Eating Healthy so hard?

There are many reasons why healthy eating may be a challenge for you. Perhaps it is your busy schedule. This results in limited time to prepare healthy meals. When your schedule starts to interfere with healthy eating habits, you are more likely to skip meals and choose fast foods to eat.

If this sounds like you, then it is time to make healthy eating a priority. When you take care of yourself by eating healthy, you will be more focused, more productive and more efficient. This will keep you in control of your schedule instead of your schedule controlling you!

That being said, going towards this direction will need to start somewhere.

Spaghetti is one of my favorite meals. While I love spaghetti, I also have to watch my weight and try to eat healthy. Switching to healthier options will need to start somewhere and at some point. Let me share with you a quick way to enjoy spaghetti, minus the guilt.


  • 2 small canned Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil (155g)
  • 400 grams spaghetti*, cooked according to package directions
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Chili Flakes
  • *Optional: You can opt for whole-grain spaghetti


  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  • Mince the mackerel. save some of the oil for later.
  • Toss the oil with the drained pasta. If it seems a little dry, add a little more oil. 
  • Add the minced mackerel as you toss the pasta.
  • Top with Parmesan Cheese and Chili Flakes

One of the most recommended oily fish, Mackerel is rich in nutrients such as Omega-3 and Omega-fatty acid, vitamins, calcium, iron, Coenzyme Q10 and more. There are numerous ways to enjoy this nutritious fish and Mackerel Pasta is just one of many.

Mackerel is one of the most affordable fish but nutritious food in the market which makes it a good choice for households, but what makes Uni-Pak Mackarel a good choice for mackerel? Uni-Pak Mackerel products adhere to strict quality control standards, and are manufactured using only the freshest ingredients and up-to-date processing and packing facilities.

"Hindi basta nakasanayan, the best na yan.
Kaya basta Mackerel dapat tatak Uni-Pak."

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Unioil Opens its First Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Unioil Petroleum Philippines Inc. (Unioil) has unveiled its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station on its newly-opened Unioil Solar Hybrid service station at Congressional Avenue Extension, Quezon City. The state-of-the-art Mitsubishi i-MiEV fully-electric vehicle and the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) were showcased during the event.

Present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Unioil Vice President Noel Soriano, Mitsubishi Motor Philippines Corporation (MMPC) Vice President for Business Planning and Public Relations Department Renato Lampano, and other guests.

"We commend Unioil for its initiative to showcase renewable energy in its first hybrid gasoline station. Like Unioil, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation is striving to reduce carbon footprint by developing technologies for improving fuel economy and electric-powered systems. The Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle (i-MiEV) and Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) are proof of this concept," Lampano said.

"We are very proud to open the first of many Unioil EV charging stations aimed at promoting the use of electric vehicles in the country. We invite everyone to visit our Unioil hybrid station to see and experience the future," Soriano said.

This latest effort is part of Unioil’s "Doing Our Part" campaign which the company launched in November to encourage Filipinos to make a difference in society through small, everyday actions and responsible decisions they make, including the decision to choose a cleaner fuel.

Unioil believes that climate change and environmental degradation are real threats to a sustainable future and quality of life. This is why it continues to lead the way in introducing the cleanest range of petroleum products by offering a complete line of Euro5 performance fuels in September 2017, making it the first petroleum company to upgrade all its fuel products to Euro 5 standard.

To further reduce its carbon footprint, Unioil has started operating its first "hybrid" service station which is partially powered by solar energy. The Unioil station along Congressional Avenue, Quezon City is equipped with the SmartflowerTM, the global leader in intelligent solar energy solutions that features an automated sun tracking technology, making it up to 40% more efficient than conventional fixed-type solar panels. Each SmartflowerTM unit reduces carbon footprint by 4.7 metric tons annually which is equivalent to planting approximately 5,000 trees per year.

For more information on Unioil’s "Doing Our Part" campaign, visit or its Facebook Page.

Music finds its way back to Marawi through Coke Studio

Music will once again be heard in the streets of Marawi City and in the hearts of Maranaos as the government and members of the private sector work hand-in-hand to rebuild the city, its communities, and homes. In support of various efforts, Coca-Cola Philippines, through Coke Studio, spearheaded a hydration drive in evacuation camps, including the Maria Cristina Evacuation Camp, Buruun Gym, Sta. Elena Evacuation Camp and Saguiaran Gym, where around 5,000 Maranaos are sheltered.

Each family received various Coca-Cola products, including three 6-liter bottles of Wilkins Distilled water, and Coca-Cola shirts, while young local musicians sang OPM hits for the crowd. Customer partner Shakey’s also provided snacks for the evacuees.

The evacuation center in Saguiaran, which has one of the biggest concentrations of Maranaos, hosted a mini-concert featuring a Coke Studio bands The Ransom Collective and Franco. They sang their own songs and distributed hydration kits to the evacuees.

"This is our way of showing support and solidarity with the Filipino people – to be able to contribute in the rebuilding process. Music is one of the things that threads through every person, regardless of age, religion, culture, and socio-economic bracket," said Stephan Czypionka, Marketing Director of Coca-Cola Philippines. "We are committed to help the communities that we serve, especially in times like these that we have to come together to rebuild not just the physical structures, but most importantly, the lives of the people."

Coke Studio was launched early this year and successfully changed the OPM landscape with its creative collaborations with various artists. It also served as a platform for teens and young adults to come together, drawn by their common love for music.

The Filipino youth is also coming together to help rebuild Marawi, driven by their passion for music. A benefit concert at the Mall of Asia concert grounds, and a recyclables collection drive are just some of the fund-raising initiatives to build schoolhouses through the Little Red Schoolhouse program implemented by the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines.

The construction of a school building is part of the commitment of Coca-Cola Philippines through the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation’s (PDRF) United4Marawi campaign. The Company also joined the PDRF in a three-day medical mission for the evacuees in Iligan City. Volunteer health care professionals provided check-ups, surgical procedures, and psychiatric intervention to the evacuees.

The Company also provided for the daily hydration needs of the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines stationed in Mindanao.

"We are committed in helping rebuild Marawi and the communities impacted by this conflict. In partnership with relevant government agencies, we in the private sector will be bringing our sustainability initiatives to the area," said Jonah de Lumen-Pernia, Public Affairs and Communications Director of Coca-Cola Philippines. "Our 5by20 entrepreneurship programs will be provided for the spouses of soldiers deployed in Marawi, while water systems will also be installed in the communities. We’ll also build a Little Red Schoolhouse."

Coke Studio staged a benefit concert for the rehabilitation of Marawi on Saturday, December 9th, at the MOA Concert Grounds. Coke Studio artists such as Abra, Gab and John of Urbandub, The Ransom Collective, Gracenote, Moonstar88, Autotelic, Ebe Dancel, Franco, Reese Lansangan, BP Valenzuela, Sandwich, Noel Cabangon, and Curtismith, joined various school bands for the benefit concert. A collection drive of PET bottles was done on site to help raise funds.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Upside Down Museum: See Things from a Different View

Ever wondered what the world would look like upside down?

Wonder no more! A relatively new museum in Manila gives Filipinos a glimpse of an upside down world. Inspired by the Upside Down Museums in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and in the US, the Manila version opened to public in October of last year. The Upside Down Museum would send you in topsy-turvy town with optical illusions, everything upside down: a house, a bridge with real cars attached to the ceiling, and a whole lot more. 

The Museum extends up to 1700 sq. feet in floor area. More than enough for hours of fun and amusement! It features 15 themes that are perfect for your upside down photoshoot!

Some of the themes/galleries in the museum are:

  • The leaning house: a house design that seems to be falling on its side;
  • Levitation area: a room where guests can take a photo that makes them appear to be floating on air;
  • The upside down house: several galleries that shows parts of the house such as the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, laundry area, and living room flipped.
  • The mirror house: an area that allows guests to appear hanging from a building’s facade;
  • Spilled Milk: an over sized model of a spilled carton of milk where guests can pose for a photo;
  • Cupid’s Corner: a wall where lovers can pretend to be hit by Cupid’s bow;
  • Goliath Shoes: a pair of gigantic shoes where guests can pretend to be miniature humans.

Flex your creativity and muscles! If you are having a hard time conceptualizing what pose you will exert for that perfect shot, The Upside Down Museum has several museum marshals that roam around the place who can guide and can assist you - take your photos and provide cool suggestions for your perfect pose. You can also check out LCD monitors placed in key locations as your reference. A gallery of photos from previous visitors are shown in the monitor.

Some tips to maximize your visit:

  • Charge your mobile phone and/or cameras. Bring extra batteries or a power bank. Guests are encouraged to take a lot of photos.
  • Call beforehand to check if there is a scheduled field trip or company outing scheduled that day. This is to avoid long lines and photo bombers, if you can, visit during off-peak hours or weekdays.
  • For references on how to pose, look at the flat-screen TVs where they showcase the best photos from previous visitors.
  • Edit your photos before uploading. Crop and rotate as needed. There are a lot of unedited Upside Down museum photos uploaded by visitors online.
I also heard that there is an ongoing construction at the 2nd floor. That would mean more galleries to come back for. I am definitely coming back when the 2nd floor opens to the public. I also hope that the entrance fee will remain at 450 per head.

Upside Down Museum is located at Boom Na Boom Grounds, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd. Pasay City. The museum is across World Trade Center, behind Wensha Spa and Star City. Ticket prices: ₱450 per person; ₱330 for senior citizens and PWD. Birthday celebrants and kids below 3 years old get in for free. Operating hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Unboxing: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Last Thursday, I was fortunate to be able to take the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 for a spin. Let me share with you my experience and what my thoughts are with this recently launched mobile phone.

Straight out of the minimalist black box, you have: the Mi Mix 2, the USB-C cable, the fast charger, a SIM ejector pin, a case for the Mi Mix 2, and a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, your documentation and a warranty card. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 also did an "iPhone 7" and removed the 3.5mm headphone jack. Beginning to see a trend here.

Compared to its predecessors, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is much more compact. Unlike the Mi Mix, the Mi Mix 2 has rounded edges which makes it more comfortable to hold in the hand. The Mi Mix 2 also has ceramic back and has a glossy-like finish, which means its a fingerprint magnet, however, with a darker shade, the fingerprints will not be that too prominent.

While the new Mi Mix 2 has a 5.99 inch LCD display, I have no trouble operating on one hand. It is smaller and narrower than the original Mi Mix, making it easier to hold and use. It also weighs 185 g (6.53 oz).

Upon closer look at the rear, you get to see the camera rim made from 18K gold. The Mi Mix 2 smartphone sports a 12MP Sony IMX386 sensor with 1.25-micron pixels, an f/2.0 aperture 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS), 5-piece lens, and facial recognition, dual-LED (dual tone) flash primary camera. On the front is a 5MP which features facial recognition as well. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back of the device just below the camera.

The new Mi Mix 2 has a 5.99 inch 2160 x 1080 px LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It also has a 12% reduced bottom bezel and a screen-to-body ratio of 80.8%. The device is powered by a 3,400 mAh battery which is considerably smaller than the previous generation’s 4,400 mAh battery.

SIM Card slot is located at the left side of the unit while the ON/OFF and volume +/- are at the right side.

This device features a cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic speaker and ultrasonic proximity sensor. With the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack, you will need to use the adapter that comes with the package or a pair of Bluetooth earphones.

The Mi Mix 2 runs Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 9 on top. Under the all this beauty of a smartphone, the flagship smartphone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB RAM and storage options of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB. The on-board storage will not be expandable due to the absence of a microSD card slot. If you save a lot of photos, videos and other files, you might want to consider having the 256GB.

During the time the device was with me, I also tried to play Marvel Future Fight all in HIGH settings and the device delivered. No lags, no hiccups. Just a smooth gaming experience. I will post a short clip of the game play in my YouTube channel this week.

I also tried to watch a HD video clip in YouTube and liked what I saw.

Overall, a mobile phone worth the consideration if one is planning to upgrade. Easy to hold an use, very light, amazing primary and secondary camera, huge RAM (6GB) and storage (64GB/128GB/256GB), rocking display, a bezel less phone. Premium look and feel.

The perfect Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one.

Announced last September 2017, this flagship device is now available in the Philippines and you can get your own through Widget City.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Celebrating Candied Holiday Cheer @ Century City Mall

We celebrate special occasions with sweets – cakes, lollies, donuts, candies, desserts and more. Why? Because this elevates mood and gives us that "happy feeling!" Exactly what Century Mall wants us to feel as we enter this special place. "Sweet Treats" adorn the place, making it a feast for the eyes of shoppers and guests. So, let us all head to Century City Mall and relive our childhood Christmas joys with our love ones.

Here are the activities lined up by Century Mall for you to enjoy this season of Christmas:

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Last November 16, Century Mall officially marked the beginning of Christmas Season by lighting its giant Pink Christmas Tree on the fifth floor al fresco area. Guests enjoyed the awesome dinner, sweet treats and Justice League special screening. What a way to start this season!

Santa Baby
Bring your family for a holiday cheer and sweet treats as Santa Claus will be in town every weekend from December 1st to 31st from 4-7pm.

Sweet Mysteries at Mystery Manila
Mystery Manila is ready to give you and your friends a scavenger hunt that’s full of fun and sweet dreams! The kids and the kid in you will surely enjoy this hunt! Reserve now and don’t miss this adventure from December 1 to 31.

Silverbells Christmas Fair
Do not forget to make a stop at the Silvebells Christmas Fair on Dec 16-17 at the 4th level of the mall as you complete your Christmas List. Unique and awesome gifts are ready for your taking at the best price.

On this busy season, do not forget to take break, watch the anticipated movies this year – Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and MMF entries @ Century City Mall Cinemas!

Have an overload of sweet treats this holiday season that only Century Mall can bring!

Visit Century City Mall and its #SweetTreats promos and events, visit

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