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Crystal introduces Crystal Confidence 2.0

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Crystal ships has been upgraded to brace for the COVID-19 impact. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CRYSTAL

As travelers continue to navigate the uncertainty of planning travel during this time, Crystal is expanding its peace of mind focused booking policies.

For a limited time, the new Crystal Confidence 2.0 allows travelers 90 days from the time of booking to place their deposit on all new 2020-2023 reservations across all brand experiences — Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Cruises and Crystal Expedition Cruises.

In addition, the company is relaxing final payment deadlines for all its current savings programs.

Crystal developed the new policy updates in response to the current environment as the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact when and where cruising can resume.

Differing requirements from countries worldwide and no established guidelines for resumption of service continue to delay cruise lines’ ability to operate, creating uncertainty for cruise lines and travelers alike.

“We understand that many travelers are eager to begin planning vacations and exploring the world again but may be hesitant to make commitments of travel time and resources during this challenging period,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales.

“The expanded window for deposits and relaxed final payment schedules offer them an opportunity to look forward to future journeys and book their dream vacations with ease.”

The 90-day extended commitment window for deposits complements the already generous peace of mind booking policies available. Details of policies include Crystal Confidence Update: Relaxed Final Payment and Cancellation Policy for All 2020 Voyages.

Final payment is now due 30 days prior to first date of service; guests will now receive a full refund (less admin fees) for cancellation of 2020 voyages up to 30 days prior to first date of service.

Guests can also cancel up to seven days prior to first date of service and receive a 100 percent Future Cruise Credit for monies paid, redeemable through the end of 2023.

The new Crystal Clean+ 2.0 protocols are the initial set of measures for Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, developed with the latest data available from health experts and will be updated as new information and guidelines becomes available.

Currently in development are measures for Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Cruises and Crystal Expedition Cruises.

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Tommy Hilfiger boosts sustainability campaign

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Tommy Hilfiger dreams of having his fashion line to become instruments of environmental and social sustainability. / Photographs courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger — which is owned by PVH Corp. — announce the launching of “Make it Possible,” a bold approach to environmental and social sustainability that reinforces the organization’s commitment to create fashion that ‘Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All’.

With Make it Possible, Tommy Hilfiger is initially committing to 24 ambitious targets centered around circularity and inclusivity, outlined across four pillars towards 2030 — Circle Round; Made for Life; Everyone Welcome; and Opportunity for All.

Tommy Hilfiger’s program is powered by parent company PVH Corp’s Forward Fashion strategy, a set of 15 priorities designed to reduce negative impacts to zero, increase positive impacts to 100 percent and improve the over one million lives across the company’s value chain.

“I opened my first store, People’s Place, in 1969 in my hometown of Elmira for people of all backgrounds to come together and share exciting pop culture experiences,” said Hilfiger.

“As our brand has evolved over the years, driven by this inclusive spirit, so has our commitment to social and environmental sustainability. With Make it Possible, we will go even further with our commitment. We’re working towards our vision with the entire organization focused on it and, while we’re not there yet, we are going to get there,” he added.

“In these times of health, human, environmental and economic crisis, we share a responsibility to find innovative solutions that will encourage inclusivity and build a more circular future,” said Martijn Hagman, CEO, Tommy Hilfiger Global and PVH Europe.

“It is in our nature to drive change, even in the most challenging of times, which is why we are announcing our ambitious Make it Possible sustainability program, outlining 24 targets towards 2030.”

“Tommy Hilfiger has a decade’s long track-record for driving a more sustainable future, including pioneering low impact denim processes, championing water stewardship, and creating more inclusive collections. Make it Possible is one way we will work together to make a meaningful and lasting contribution towards a better fashion industry,” he added.

Make it Possible marks the latest milestone in Tommy Hilfiger’s sustainability journey. Key achievements include the launch of Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, designed to make dressing easier for adults and children with disabilities, and the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge, a global program aimed to support start-up and scale-up stage businesses developing solutions that promote inclusivity and sustainability in fashion.

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Nokia invades Zalora

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HMD Global — the home of Nokia phones — partners with Zalora, the leading fashion e-commerce destination in the Philippines and as the first mobile phone brand to join the platform on its new Home and Lifestyle shopping category, fans can find exclusively on Zalora an exciting discount for the Nokia 7.2, a stunning smartphone packed with powerful 48MP triple cameras and state-of-the-art HDR PureDisplay technology.

The Nokia 7.2 in Charcoal and Cyan Green colour variants will be bundled with a free hoodie and a clear case, all for P12,990, saving customers P3,000 from the phone’s original price of P15,990.

This special price discount will be exclusive on Zalora until 27 October 2020 and is also available at all Nokia phones stores and authorized retail partners nationwide.

“Becoming the first mobile phone to be on Zalora for their latest category expansion is just one of the big steps we are taking to reach more Filipino Nokia phones fans. We will continue to bring our mobile innovations to accessible and convenient platforms to keep up with our valued customers’ lifestyle needs. It truly just keeps getting better with Nokia phones,” said Sancho Chak, HMD Global general manager for the Philippines, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Ride the trend for indoor shots with Nokia 7.2’s triple cameras with ZEISS Optics — equipped with a highly sensitive 48MP main sensor to capture the tiniest details, a depth sensor to enable true-to-life ZEISS portraits and an ultra-wide 118-degree camera.

It delivers an advanced image fusion algorithm, significantly reducing noise, optimizing the dynamic range and removing any motion blurs in every photograph. Its AI-powered night mode allows users to capture the perfect moment even in low light, combining image fusion and exposure stacking to deliver a stellar low-light performance.

As part of the Android One partnership, Nokia 7.2 comes with guaranteed monthly security updates for three years and OS updates for two years, so your smartphone will get better over time.
As part of that promise, the Nokia 7.2 has already received an OS upgrade and is now on Android 10.

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Health Solutions continues healthcare empowerment

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Since its inception in 2006, HealthSolutions Enterprises Inc. (HealthSolutions) has been enabling medical institutions in the Philippines to become better equipped in providing care for patients by bringing the world’s leading healthcare brands to our shores.

As it celebrates its 14th anniversary, HealthSolutions has made a renewed vow to continue aiding the country’s healthcare industry in its goal to deliver high-quality medical services to Filipinos.

HealthSolutions was founded with the mission to be a reliable and dependable partner of the healthcare industry in providing quality patient care, maximum medical professionals’ safety and innovative end-to-end hospital solutions.

By leveraging on its employees’ skills and talents, as well as cost effective systems, HealthSolutions is able to deliver on its commitment in significantly contributing to building a healthy nation.

The company has consistently strengthened its portfolio of brands, bringing the world’s leading healthcare supplies and equipment developers within reach by local healthcare institutions.

This includes globally renowned brands such as GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthineers, Medtronic, Philips, 3M, Vyaire, Bard Medical and Verathon, just to name a few.

These past few years were not without challenges. The latest adversity to test the company’s resilience is the COVID-19 health crisis. Just like most companies, HealthSolutions continues to deal with fears and uncertainties regarding its operations amid the pandemic.

Knowing that a lot of their partner healthcare institutions are depending on their ability to deliver essential medical supplies and equipment, the company knows it has to press on and continue delivering on its mission, no matter what.

Doing so is not an easy task. HealthSolutions had to not only meet the higher demand for a number of medical supplies, it also had to continue serving and delivering to health institutions even with a skeletal workforce.

The company had to push through with their operations despite limitations on logistical capacity, due to government-implemented lockdown measures.

To do all this, HealthSolutions had to make sure that their employees are provided with all the assurance that they need, so they can continue to carry out their tasks.

The company has been doing all that it can to enable a working environment that is safe for the health of the employees, from regular COVID-19 testing, to the provision of personal protective equipment and disinfection tools, to implementing strict daily health monitoring.

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First-time dad’s journey home

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Teodie Gutigulao is now reunited with his family, all thanks to AirAsia. / Photographs courtesy of AirAsia

Teodie Gutigulao, a second assistant engineer on a cargo ship and also a first-time dad was among a group of 80 Filipino seafarers who were flown back to the country on 8 September 2020 on a special chartered flight Z2 113 by AirAsia Philippines in partnership with Regent Travel Corporation.

This special chartered flight was also in close coordination with the Local Manning Agencies, Philippine Embassy-New Delhi under the leadership of H.E. Amb. Ramon Bagatsing Jr., DFA-Manila (OUMWA) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP-Manila).

The 36-year old engineer’s journey to home started at Ahmedabad International Airport in India along with other Filipino seafarers as his nine-month contract was supposed to end April of this year, but because of the health restrictions brought by the pandemic, they had to wait for another five months at sea.

“When we found out that our flight back to the Philippines was being arranged, I felt excited. I couldn’t wait to see my wife Beverly and firstborn son, Theo. My wife was pregnant when I left,” said Gutigulao a native of Buhangin, Davao city.

Gutigulao also shared the importance of following the safety protocols in air travel. He particularly mentioned that the AirAsia crew observed the strictest measures throughout the check-in, boarding, inflight and disembarkation process.

“The mere sight of the aircraft gave us hope. Soon we will be able to reunite with our families, whom we miss so much. For this, we thank our agency, the government authorities of India and the Philippines and AirAsia for flying us back home safely,” said Gutigulao.

This is the fourth batch of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) flown by AirAsia from India to the Philippines. In July, it successfully marked its longest 14-hour flight from Gujarat, India to Manila with 125 repatriated OFW onboard.

To date, AirAsia Philippines has mounted 644 chartered repatriation and sweeper flights, bringing home nearly 50,000 OFW safely.

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Cathay Pacific launches FB customer service

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To provide even greater convenience for customers, Cathay Pacific now offers a new customer channel with their newly launched digital service tool on Facebook Messenger.

Aside from the Global Contact Centre, customers can easily get in touch with Cathay Pacific to inquire about bookings, ticket changes, and baggage concerns through the Messenger chat service.

This feature is available in English to all customers in the Philippines via www.messenger.com/t/cathaypacific.

Customers can also download the Messenger app on mobile to contact the airlines’ customer service agents.

The Philippines is the first country in the Cathay Pacific network to enjoy the added convenience of a Facebook Messenger customer service.

Cathay Pacific is currently operating flights between Manila and Hong Kong, with Cebu flights scheduled to resume this month.

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Milo Home Court campaign launched

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With the coronavirus disease pandemic limiting movement outside residences, aspiring athletes practice at home, bringing new meaning to home courts. / Photographs courtesy of Milo

As parents continue to learn how to adjust in the new normal, they are faced with an even bigger challenge and responsibility of finding ways to keep their kids active and healthy while at home.

To assist moms and dads in this hour of need, Milo has launched its Home Court campaign, providing access for parents and their kids to the resources they need to jumpstart and continue their sporting ambitions, even in the comfort of their own home.

Even in these uncertain times, Milo remains committed to fueling kids’ champion journeys in sports and in life.

Being the Home Court for kids, Milo’s newest campaign encourages parents to support their kids as their champion journeys continue even at home through online training modules, remote coaching sessions and creative solutions to equip parents as the new coaches of their children.

“More than taking part in amping up their skills with online trainings, Home Court inspires moms and dads to play a more active role as coaches to their little champs,” said Nestlé Philippines vice president Veronica Cruz.

“It’s all about being fun and imaginative with them to assist their learning and growth in their respective sports, as well as keep their champion spirit strong and nurture the lifelong character-forming values that come with it such as discipline, hard work, and self-confidence,” she added.

Over the past few months, Milo Home Court has already launched a series of initiatives equipping parents and kids to stay active, healthy and train like a champ. Milo Champions IG Live, for instance, featured our most prized national athletes and brand ambassadors Keifer Ravena, Alyssa Valdez, Pauline Lopez, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño and Coach Rio dela Cruz leading free workout sessions for their fans.

It also introduced Milo Sports Clinics Online, a newly-introduced digital platform where kids can learn the fundamentals of basketball, volleyball, taekwondo and gymnastics under the tutelage of professional coaches from Milo’s partner organizations — all for free.

After a successful first round, Milo is now gearing up to introduce new sports to its online clinics, giving more variety and room for kids to explore what they want to pursue with arnis, badminton, karate, tennis and football.

Suited for kids ages seven to 12 years old, each 60-minute session will be made available on YouTube for kids to try out in their homes for as long as four weeks per sport and will be done in partnership with professional coaches of Milo’s partner organizations such as Department of Education Arnis Association of the Philippines, Asuncion Badminton Center, Association for the Advancement of Karatedo in the Philippines, Children’s Tennis and Sports Management Inc. and coaches from FC Barçelona Barça Academy; all supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.

“After postponing Milo Summer Sports Clinics, we’re glad that there’s still a surge of interest from parents to let their kids participate in the online version,” said Milo Sports Executive Lester Castillo.

“We know how important it is to keep the champion journeys going which is why we are providing ways for them to still pursue their sporting dreams at the safety and comfort of their homes.

Together with our trusted partner sports organizations and our best efforts, all is made possible in equipping our future champions,” he added.

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Ovialand overcomes challenges with ingenuity

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Aerial view of Sannera San Pablo development of Ovialand. / Photograph courtesy of Ovialand

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis has presented an opportunity for companies to do things better, safer and attuned to the times ahead of the “new normal” way of doing business.

This rings true for real estate companies as they have to adjust their operations, reinvent their sales strategies, and enhance client service management.

For Ovialand Inc., a dynamic real estate company with projects in Laguna, Batangas and Quezon Province, it faced the challenges of the pandemic with confidence, using its deep well of experience to make the company more resilient, quicker to adapt to change and discerning of the situations at hand.

“The past few months were challenging, to say the least, for many businesses. What we initially did was anticipate the worst case scenario and work our way back from there. That is how we were able to prepare and adjust,” said Pammy Olivares-Vital, president of Ovialand.

The adjustment to the new normal was supported by the entire Ovialand team, who worked together like clockwork and responded to the needs of each other without hindrance, bureaucracy or miscommunication.

“Even prior to the pandemic, our team consciously worked on our dynamics to ensure that we remain objective driven and are not drowned in tasks. We move as one body, with all the moving parts synchronized. This agility was felt by our clients and partners as we were able to immediately respond and adjust to the reality of the pandemic, while at the same time moving toward our goals,” Vital said.

“We can help restart the economy and do it in a safe and convenient manner — we take this role seriously,” she added.

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UFC fulfills gravy cravings

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Food is much better with UFC Gravy as it brings out the best flavors in any fried snack Filipinos enjoy. / Photographs courtesy of UFC

Filipinos love food — especially fried foods — and one essential part of it is, of course, dipping those crispy, juicy fried foods in gravy.

It reminds us of fun and laughter and relishing comfort food — the stuff unforgettable meals were made of.

These days, when we need to be safe and socially distanced, the cravings do not really go away. We still yearn for the chance to step out just to eat chicken dipped in delicious gravy.

Fortunately, on can now have delicious gravy any time and any day, with UFC Gravy Sa Sarap.

UFC Gravy Sa Sarap, the pioneering and innovative ready-to-eat gravy product from leading producer and distributor NutriAsia, tastes just like every Pinoy’s favorite restaurant gravy.

With UFC Gravy Sa Sarap, NutriAsia believes it can make mealtimes memorable and fun once more.

“We want Filipinos to relive that joyful feeling they had when eating out — right in the comforts of their home. UFC Gravy Sa Sarap helps them to reconnect with these simple and precious memories,” said NutriAsia Senior Group Category manager Jean Reyes.

The first of its kind, UFC Gravy Sa Sarap is handy and convenient — no need to prepare or cook before enjoying it. This delicious gravy is not just for fried chicken. To add flavor to home-cooked meals, it can be paired with different viands.

NutriAsia takes pride in the delectable taste of UFC Gravy Sa Sarap.

“It is reminiscent of the classic gravy flavor we savored during restaurant visits with our families,” said Reyes “At NutriAsia, we aim to make Filipino meals more delicious and enjoyable. Adding gravy to our list of top sauces and condiments turns home dining into a more memorable experience.”

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Get ready for Foodpanda invasion

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On-demand food delivery service, Foodpanda, announced its expansion to more cities in the Philippines, solidifying the brand’s position as the biggest online food and groceries delivery service in the country.

Among the new places where Foodpanda is now available are Malolos, Dasmariñas, Iligan, Legazpi, Cabanatuan, Dagupan, Olongapo, Novaliches and Batangas.

Foodpanda has been constantly growing, as people turn to delivery apps during these challenging times. The expansion to new cities reflects its commitment to serving more Filipinos with unparalleled delivery service.

Foodpanda delivers dishes from a range of global and local cuisines as well as grocery items to your doorstep. It is founded on the “three Cs” of food delivery service, simplifying life for its customers.

The delivery service gets your food so you don’t have to — you can stay at home and remain focused on attending to work or family duties without having to worry about what to eat. With Foodpanda and its extensive list of dining partners, you can always order a burger or pizza, milk tea or frappuccino, Japanese or Mexican and others.

Aside from your usual favorites, Foodpanda is able to satisfy your cravings for your favorite local food from small businesses to establishments waiting to be discovered. Whatever your food choice may be, know that you’ll get everything in a tap, safe and fast.

All the time and energy that goes into going out to buy food or groceries is also greatly reduced to simple scrolls and taps on the screen, as Foodpanda’s app and website are as easy to access as they are simple to use.

With a few taps here and there, expect a seamless experience for every order delivered to your doorstep in less than 25 minutes.

Foodpanda also offers deals and offers for its valued customers like no other does. Enjoy regular discounts and free delivery promos. From food to goods, you’ll surely end up loving its endless list of benefits whether you’re on a tight budget or feeling the need to indulge.

These prime offerings make foodpanda the top delivery service of choice in any market it enters. That includes city centers, where a fast-paced lifestyle leaves little time for going out, as well as non-urban areas, where the distance between home and restaurant often make it a chore to buy essentials.

Thanks as well to its dedicated riders, as the quality and satisfaction of customers are consistently in check.

Whether you’re busy at home or enjoying a weekend with family, foodpanda is definitely just a tap away for your food and grocery needs. Check out restaurants and shops that are now available in your area.

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