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, or follow, 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

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A Long list of Ideas to Celebrate Christmas at Marriott Manila

The festive season at Marriott Manila this year is nothing like you have ever seen or tasted before. Expect bizarre indulgences to be out of the ordinary. ‘Tis the time to tickle your imaginations and appetites as Marriott takes the Yuletide cheers to a world of fantasy.

Let it Snow Sweets & Treats

Are you dreaming of a chocolatey, sweet and nutty Christmas? Marriott Café Bakery glistens with a bunch of decadent chocolates, cakes and more. Much loved holiday goodies get a retro-futuristic twist, inspired by the steampunk culture, that are available starting November 6.


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Freshly baked pastries come in an assortment to go with the cold BER months: Marriott’s signature Banana Loaf with walnuts (Php200), Cinnamon Raisin Bread (Php200), and traditional Fruit Cake infused with Harvey Bristol Cream Sherry wine (Php550). Travel through taste with delicacies from other countries such as the Scottish Dundee Fruit Cake (Php300), the German Stollen Bread (Php500), and French Madeleines (Php 300/6 pcs). Every sweet tooth will be in for a treat over the luscious bundles of Macarons (Php1,200/24pcs, Php700/12 pcs, Php370/6pcs) and Chocolate-coated Marshmallows in vanilla, strawberry and pistachio flavors (Php 350/6pcs). Gingerbreads get funkier with red velvet flavoring; enjoy either a stylish 60-gram Gingerbread man (Php65) or 715-gram Gingerbread Chalet (Php 780).

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Best news of the season is how Marriott makes chocolates for everyone. From Vegan Bars (Php350) to healthy bars like Coconut and Mango Bars (Php 320) and nut-load Mendiants (Php 350/6pcs), there’s definitely an excuse to devour chocolates. Using the finest Swiss chocolates, these holiday characters are hard to resist: Santa on Sleigh (Php350), Big Belly Santa (Php330) and Snowman (Php430).


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Adding more sparkle to their collection are their round and log cakes with unique flavors. Included in their decadent list are Earl Grey Charlotte (Php 1,200), a cake made for royalty with earl grey tea and orange twist; Red Orange Hazelnut (Php 1,200), inspired by Santa Claus bursting with orange hazelnut and salted caramel; Quella Chocolate Mousse (Php 800), a layer of hazelnut meringue covered with luscious chocolate; and Mango Passion Vanilla Roll (Php 800), is white Christmas dream made of vanilla inside and out.


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Be Your Own Santa

Marriott Manila makes gift-giving this season easier and fancier. Prepare that nice list, and think twice, because these Marriott hampers are creatively designed to covet this season. It comes in two sizes. Premium Hamper for Php 3,988 is overflowing with spiced walnuts, mango chocolate bars, chocolate santa, gingerbread man, banana load walnuts, assorted cookies, parmesan cheese, Dilmah tea bags, signature spice from Cru Steakhouse, and a bottle of Canyon Road red wine.

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Deluxe Hamper for Php 2,500 is packed with cookies, red velvet gingerbread man, chocolate santa, madeleines, cinnamon raisin bread, coconut chocolate bar, pickled lady chili finger dip, and Dilmah tea box.

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Feast to Impress

It’s the season of endless festivities and parties, at home and at work. Skip the preparation hassle and bring magic easily to your tables with gourmet foods to-go that are complete with appetizers and desserts. All you have to do is pick from either Smoked Bone-in Ham or Whole Roasted Turkey.

The 7-kg Smoked Bone-in Ham worth Php 5,500 comes with a kilo of thyme roasted baby potatoes, medley of organic vegetables (young corn, green beans, carrots and cauliflower), baked potato provencal, duo of creamy potato salad, and sauce options of mushroom gravy or pineapple. Plus, two delectable apple and pumpkin pies.

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Meanwhile, the 6-kg Whole Roasted Turkey for Php 6,500 includes a kilo of buttery whipped potatoes, medley of organic vegetables, Brussel sprouts with bacon, wild mushroom and pine nut rice pilaf, duo of penne and sundried tomato salad.  It comes with pecan and pumpkin pies, and cranberry and mushroom gravy sauces. This is how you host a stylish feast the Marriott way.

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On Christmas Day

Holidays are meant to be spent with loved ones.  The merriment begins with a sumptuous dinner buffet on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, for Php 2,950. Indulge on a hearty brunch on all Sundays of December for Php 2,600 (11:30am to 3pm). Wake up to a worry-free Christmas Day by bringing your celebrations at Marriott Manila as well. Have an exceptional Christmas Eve dinner buffet for Php 2,950 (6pm to 10:30pm) and Noche Buena Buffet for Php 1,650 (11:30pm to 1:00am).

Your Home for the Holidays

Embrace the spirit of Christmas by spending priceless time with family and friends while basking on Marriott’s 5-star facilities. Starting December 9 to 30, you may already avail of their Holiday Room Package for Php 12,888++ inclusive of overnight accommodation in a deluxe room, breakfast buffet for 2 persons and Php 3,000 dining credits that can be used in any of their outlet or purchase goodies from their Christmas Train. Upgrade your room to their new Premium Room at the West Wing for only Php 1,000 or Premium with balcony for Php 2,000.

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For more information on Marriott’s Christmas offers please call 988 9999 or visit To join ongoing conversations, like, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.


Old Orchard Cranberry’s Tips on How to Take Care of your Kidneys

Kidneys are two bean-shaped multifunctional powerhouse organs of the urinary system. They expel waste from the body, balance body fluids, release hormones that regulate blood pressure, and control the production of red blood cells.

With all those jobs to be done, our kidneys deserve attention and care. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reported that Kidney Failure is the 7th leading cause of death among Filipinos and close to an estimate of 30,000-40,000 patients yearly undergo dialysis. Kidney disease often cannot be cured, but fortunately, it can be prevented early by taking care of our urinary tract. With the aid of Old Orchard’s resident US nutritionist, Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO, here are some tips that can help you prevent urinary tract and kidney infections.


  1. Eating Healthy and Exercising Regularly.

                Diabetes and high blood pressure cause most of the kidney problems. When blood pressure is high, blood vessels stretch to allow blood to flow more easily. The stretching eventually injures and weakens the blood vessels, impairing their ability to clean blood properly, including those in the kidneys. That’s why it is always best to follow healthy eating habits such as limiting intake of sodium (2,500 mg) and sugar, and controlling weight and blood pressure through exercise. Watchful eaters should also consider the addition of calcium-filled food (milk, yogurt, calcium fortified cereals, etc.) to their diet. However, Bragagnini notes that one must not mistake calcium supplements as an alternative to the natural food sources, as it could result to kidney stone formation when taken in excess.


  1. Giving up on Smoking.

If you’re smoking, you should quit now as smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. This results to an impairment to function properly which increases risks of kidney cancer by 50%.


  1. Following Directions for Over-the-Counter Medications.

                Your kidneys can only take so much. Overdoing your medications create high toxins level in the body, posing great burden on the kidneys. So as much as possible, limit yourself from too much chemical exposure. If you really need medications, consult with your physician and follow the instructions well.


  1. Having them Screened Regularly.

                If diabetes or high blood pressure is in the genes, it is always ideal for you to have your kidneys tested regularly as part of your routine check-up. A creatinine level higher than 1.2 for women and 1.4 for men is a sure sign of a kidney problem.


  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

“Fluid intake is another important step to help lower risk of kidney stone formation and urinary tract infection”, stresses Bragagini. Healthy individuals who aren’t suffering present kidney diseases should consume enough water and other fluids of at least 2 liters of fluid per day. Consuming enough fluid helps dilute the urine and helps flush toxins. Bragagini prescribes that pairing a meal with Cranberry juice in moderation is a great way to reduce instances  of irritation in the urinary tract. In fact, Cranberries are power packed fruits that are rich in Vitamin C and a source of Flavonoid and Phytonutrient contents called Hippuric Acid and Proanthocyanidin. These power duo components prevent UTI-causing bacteria from sticking into the wall of the bladder and urinary tract preventing further damage to the kidneys.

Bragagini closes by saying that the most important thing you can do to keep your kidneys safe is to take care of your overall body to reduce your chances of developing diseases that put a strain on your kidneys. Coupled by prevention, it is also aided by continuously doing consultation with your physician or dietitian.

Old Orchard can be enjoyed in three flavors: Cranberry, Apple Cranberry, and Cranberry Raspberry. There are also diabetic-friendly variants that contain 75 percent less sugar and only has 20 calories: Healthy Balance Cranberry and Healthy Balance Apple Cranberry. From health tips to fruity recipes, you can also learn more at


Head of the family: not just a provider but a father

Imagine working in a world where time seems to just past by and where almost everything changes instantly. Think of having to keep up with an environment where it costs a lot to stop or even slow down for a while. Sound taxing, right? What more of prioritizing the welfare of everybody in the household on top of it all.

But every head of the family doesn’t mind about it. Fathers are said to be the pillars of our homes. They toil sun up to sun down to give our needs and desires.

Some of them go abroad with tears in their eyes because they will be physically separated from their families. However, there is a certain joy in their hearts knowing that they will be able to provide for their loved ones back home.

To honor these gallant paternal men and let them feel how extraordinary they are and important their sacrifices are for their families, Father’s Day has been a yearly universal event. As we mark again this special occasion on Sunday, June 18, 2017, our applause and recognition will never be enough to show them how grateful we are to have them in our lives.

Our dads, together with our moms, take good care of us the moment we’re born. They are the ones who provide everything we need for our everyday lives. From infancy up to adulthood, they feed and clothe us.

As we take our initial baby steps, our patriarchs guide and lead us in the right direction. When we stumble and fall, they assist us to rise and move on. In times of danger or any threat, they shield us from any harm.

All of these, they do out of unconditional love. Their selflessness, though, has its own toll. Working tirelessly could lead to high levels of stress constantly and problems not only mentally, but physically, too. So better watch out for the signs.

Has tatay been constantly complaining about losing strands and strands of his hair every day? Or maybe has he been searching for a way on how to get them to grow back?

According to the hair loss statistics conducted by Statistic Brain in the year 2016, 40 percent of men experience noticeable mane vanishing as early as age 35. And as per the American Hair Loss Association, there are a couple of different factors that cause excessive hair fall, one being extreme degree of stress.

Nutramedica Inc. introduced a revolutionary product that aims to address this problem: NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss. Being the only topical scalp lotion in the country that is made from 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients all working synergistically, it’s perfect for all the heads of the family out there, be they biological or not.


NOVUHAIR is proven effective and safe to help prevent and stop the progression of hair loss and, at the same time, help promote locks’ growth. Simply spray a liberal amount of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion onto the scalp and massage for 5-10 minutes. Voila, it penetrates deeply into the roots, which helps rejuvenate, nourish and maintain the natural moisture of the hair.

Still have no idea on what to give him on his big day? Well, NOVUHAIR might not be the most expensive gift to impress him, but the most valuable present he could ever have. This nature’s answer to hair loss provides him the chance to be ahead already in preventing his “crowning glory” from receding in the near future.

So, head on to all leading stores nationwide and get a dose of this breakthrough product. NOVUHAIR is also available in shampoo and conditioner formats to further complement the benefits of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion. NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. You may also order NOVUHAIR online at For inquiries, you may call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, and visit