Belgium’s top exporters brings the original Belgian fries to the Philippines

Flanders Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) will be bringing together five major Belgian fries exporters to exhibit as a group at WOFEX Manila 2018 slated from August 1 to 4.  The five companies, Agristo, Bart’s Potato Company, Clarebout Potatoes, Ecofrost and Mydibel, will be participating at this trade show under the “Belgian Fries” banner to widen their networks, increase their share in the Philippines’ growing market for processed potato products, and heighten awareness of Belgian fries in the Philippines and the region. This is the first time that the delicious Belgian fries are being presented in the Philippines at such a scale.

These five companies represent the five biggest family-owned businesses in the industry in Belgium offering a wide range of potato products and specialties that are exported to over 100 countries worldwide. The companies are all halal-certified. Their participation in WOFEX Manila is part of a five-nation promotion campaign in Southeast Asia, coordinated by VLAM and Belgapom, the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry.

“Hot on the heels of exhibiting in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam, we are pleased to bring Belgian fries to the Philippines this time around, as part of our plan to increase our presence in the Southeast Asian region. There is an existing market in this region for our products, but we see an even bigger opportunity to expand exports and heighten appreciation for our national delicacy. Southeast Asia is one of the largest fast-growing regions of the world, with a rising middle class, rapid urbanisation and an overall young population. These trends, together with Belgium’s high food standards and innovation, will continue to drive demand in the region and beyond, and our industry is ready to reply to this in an original way, since our Belgian fries are truly different from those from other countries,” said   Mr. Romain Cools from Belgapom.

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“The Philippines is well-known as a food-lover’s paradise, and Philippine consumers really know and love good food. Belgian fries are still relatively unknown in the Philippines, so we are excited about this opportunity to share one of Belgium’s most beloved national dishes with the Philippines. Golden yellow and crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, Belgian fries, or frites, as we call them, are a true Belgian delicacy that is delicious either as a side served with steak, or as an appetizing snack with a mayonnaise-based sauce!”

Belgium is the largest exporter of frozen fries in the world, with 90% of its production freighted to the global market. In 2016, Belgian fries exports rose 14.3% to 1.68 million tonnes in 2016 from a year earlier, with an increasing share going to countries outside EU.

Belgian fries have a long history and have become part of the country’s heritage, with many shops and stands in Belgium serving this delicious savory snack. In fact, the ubiquitous Belgian fry shops that can be found in every city or village have been recognised as part of the cultural landscape in Belgium, with UNESCO status being sought for the dish since 2014.

 

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MIASCOR AVIATION SERVICES’ STATEMENT

We sincerely regret the recent incident at Clark International Airport and we
again extend our sincere apologies to Mr. Jovenil Delacruz. MIASCOR
Management immediately reached out to him upon learning about this
unfortunate incident and we have already reached an amicable settlement. The
Company, together with airport authorities, also acted very quickly and placed
those allegedly involved under preventive suspension. They have since been
terminated and criminal and administrative charges have been filed against them.

We would like to stress that we do not tolerate this type of behavior from any of
our employees. MIASCOR is committed to conducting its business with the
highest standards of compliance and ethics. And every employee is expected to
demonstrate professionalism, honesty and integrity.

We shall formally issue an appeal to the President to kindly reconsider his
position on behalf of our almost 4,000 regular employees and their families who
will be affected. It is unfortunate that the actions of six erring employees in Clark
International Airport have negatively impacted the Company.

The recent incident does not define what MIASCOR stands for and how it
operates. MIASCOR has been in operations since 1974 and has presence in
several key airports in the country, including NAIA, providing aviation services.Many of our customers and the traveling public can attest to our service
excellence and through the years the Company has been a major contributor to
the growth of the country’s aviation and tourism industry.

The Company shall do everything it can to remedy the situation.

Marriott Hotel Manila Welcomes New Executives

From back-to-back expansion projects, Marriott Hotel Manila starts off 2018 giving a preview to another exciting year to look forward as two high-caliber professionals join its executive roster – Marian Villar-Barnes as Cluster Director of Human Resources and Erwin King-eo as Loss Prevention Manager. With an integrated hotel complex, they are both expected to keep the hotel on top of its game and prepare for more developments in the future.

Marian is a well-known HR professional with a long credible experience in the industry. She is an active member and held the Vice-president position in the Association of HR Managers in the Hospitality Industry (AHRM). Before joining Marriott, she was the Area Manager of Talent and Culture of Sofitel Manila and concurrently provided support for the pre-opening and post-opening requirements of the Accor Group in the country – significantly the recently acquired Raffles and Fairmont hotels. Her competitive career record can be traced back to her being a sports enthusiast, specifically a volleyball varsity player from grade school all the way to college.

Marriott Hotel Manila Welcomes New Executives

Then, she has been keen in pursuing the hospitality industry right off college starting at Westin Philippine Plaza, where she worked her way up from HR Assistant to HR Manager over a 5-year period, and later became the Director for Human Resources in Oakwood Premier for several years. Her multi-property experiences, including the Cluster Director for HR and Training of the Ascott Philippines Group wherein she handled 5 properties in the Philippines, makes her recommendable for the exciting growth of Marriott in the country. Now she plays a significant role to be the HR Leader for Marriott Hotel Manila and soon-to-open properties Courtyard Iloilo and Sheraton Manila.

Meanwhile, Erwin is a Philippine Military Academy graduate with more than 20 years of experience in security operations. He was assigned in different units of the Philippine Navy and Armed Forces of the Philippines wherein he retired with a Commander rank in the Navy. He played key roles implementing nationwide security programs serving as Military Aide-de-Camp to then former Senate President Manny Villar, Intelligence Officer in AFP and Presidential Security Group, and Chief Officer in the International Affairs of Philippine Navy Headquarters.

His most recent job was an Executive Officer in the Office for Defense Reform in the Department of National Defense. Even in his personal time, Erwin enjoys sports a lot and reading or watching combat documentaries. Since Marriott Manila is now a top destination for both local and international events, hosting high-profile events like ASEAN recently, Erwin’s expertise is definitely a valuable addition to the team.

As we continue to raise the bar of Philippine tourism higher, we also commit to acquiring brilliant talents to deliver nothing but the world-class service,

says Bruce Winton, Cluster General Manager for Marriott Manila and Courtyard Iloilo. GM Winton also guarantees more exciting movements and news to expect from the hotel especially on career opportunities.

To know more about Marriott Hotel Manila, visit www.manilamarriott.com, or follow facebook.com/manilamarriott, and @manilamarriott on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Jeunesse AnionSanitary Pad Bares New Variant

Jeunesse AnionSanitary Pad Bares New Variant

The country’s first anion sanitary napkin and liner in the retail market, Jeunesse Anion is introducing the all-new singles pad as its newest variant. Affordably priced at P8.50 per pad and comes in 24 pieces per box, it’s sleek and slim package is the ideal variant for light to medium flow.Designed to perfectly fit in the clutch, pouch, tote, and travel bags, the packaging is chic and lightweight so it’s convenient to slip anytime, anywhere!

Jeunesse AnionSanitary Pad Bares New Variant

Soft, cushy, and thin, Jeunesse Anion Pad holds the top spot for its highly-absorbent quality. Made of virgin and sterilized pulp cotton material to ensure its pristine-clean and bacteria-free property, it also boasts tried and tested featuresfor maximum comfort during the red days: top cover made of special non-woven material for maximum comfort and softness, super-absorbent polymer for superior liquid protection, a specially-designed back adhesive to keep the pad securely in place, a side-leak guard that helps prevent strike-through leaks, breathable bottom layer to allow free flow of air, plus the health-enhancing anion strip that helps to reduce odor and  bacteria build up.

For the active woman who’s always on-the-go, a reliable pad that keeps them from leaks and irritations are a must. That’s why for the Jeunesse Anion pads millennial brand ambassador and tennis player Christine Patrimonio, nothing will stop her from achieving their goals whether at play or work during that time of the month.

Choosing the right pad for my daily activities is important in winning the daily grind of life. I love how it helps me feel fresh, worry-free and its five variants are everything I need throughout the whole phase of my period!

shares Christine.”

Available at Watsons, Mercury Drug Stores, and other leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide, Jeunesse Anion also offers ultra day non-wing, ultra day pad, ultra night pad, all-night pad, and panty liner to help every woman to go through their period with ease and convenience.  For hassle-free shopping with the convenience of free delivery straight to your doorstep, visit www.lazada.com.ph.

For more health tips, visit www.jeunesseanion.com and follow Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: Jeunesse Anion.

 

 

The Brickyard Grand Prix 2017: Fun With Four Wheels

Fun With Four Wheels: The Brickyard Grand Prix 2017

Tamiya Mini4WD cars are currently re-emerging as one of the hottest hobbies for all ages. While hardcore fans who have been keeping the hobby alive since the early 2000s held races in smaller venues, the recent Mini4WD renaissance brought with it the presence of races in more popular places in the Metro.

The Brickyard Grand Prix 2017: Fun With Four Wheels

The herald of the aforementioned return to the races was the recently concluded Brickyard Grand Prix (BGP) held at the Glorietta 5 open area. The two-day event brought together dozens of enthusiasts and over 100 cars to tear up the tracks.

On the first day, The BGP welcomed beginners and intermediate level hobbyists with a Build-and-Race event wherein participants simply have to purchase a new kit, build it, and try for the fastest 3-Lap run time of the day. For beginners, it was the perfect event to build their first car and experience the thrill of competition. For the initiated, it was the perfect excuse to buy a new kit to expand their respective parts stock.

Four champions were crowned on that day, one for each category: Regular Stock, Starter Set, Rev-Pro, and GT Stock. Each winner took home a trophy, and a Brickyard t-shirt.

The Brickyard Grand Prix 2017: Fun With Four Wheels

The second day had a more serious, yet equally fun, tone. It was the actual race day. Glorietta 5’s open area was already bustling with racers, tweaking and modding their cars in preparation for the big race, as soon as the mall opened at 10:00 AM. And even before the first race began at 1:30 PM, the track was already warm from all the cars doing test runs.

The Brickyard Grand Prix 2017: Fun With Four Wheels

There were two race categories: Pro Stock, which only allowed parts that came from different standard Tamiya Race kits; and Advanced SpeedTech, which allowed participants to use the more sophisticated Tamiya tune-up parts.

At the end of around 50 heats, the top three racers from each category were given cash prizes, trophies, and the honor of being the first podium finishers in the first ever Brickyard Grand Prix.

The Brickyard Grand Prix 2017: Fun With Four Wheels

It’s great fun to build a car, it’s an even bigger thrill to race them,

said Ferdie Kahn, owner of The Brickyard, and partner at Lil’s Hobby Center, the official local distributor of Tamiya.

There’s nothing like the rush of racing against fellow competitors who have put their hearts and souls into their builds. Through [the Brickyard Grand Prix], we hope give the hobbyists an opportunity to feel that rush,

he continued.

The BGP is organized by the Brickyard and Lil’s Hobby Center Glorietta. For more information on the stores activities and events, such as the BGP, you may visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/brickyardlhc.

The Brickyard Grand Prix 2017: Fun With Four Wheels