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Attended Sun Life Event this month at Radisson Blu Cebu for their Rise PH Press Conference. This is a game changer for everyone who is into investing and saving for their future.


Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc., the top-ranked and longest-standing life insurance company in the Philippines, aims to serve five million clients by year 2020 under its new five-year growth plan dubbed “Rise PH”.


“Rise PH” champions financial inclusion in the Philippines, where only a small percentage of the whole population utilizes financial products such as insurance and investments. “Despite the bright prospects that the country’s economy has, prosperity still hasn’t trickled down to the more disadvantaged sectors of society. We have to address this,” Sun Life President and CEO Riza Mantaring said. “Sun Life would like to see more Filipinos looking forward to a brighter future and the whole country rising to greater heights. We would like to start by targeting five million clients in five years.


While it may seem like an ambitious goal, Mantaring believes that it’s best to set the targets high. “At Sun Life, we always dare to dream big – more so if the stakes are high. This is the country’s future we’re talking about, after all,” she explained. “Setting high targets will push us to do more, and will allow us to make a greater contribution to our country’s future.”


In order to reach the company’s goals, several initiatives will be launched under “Rise PH”. These initiatives will have Sun Life reaching out to a broader market, further boosting its financial literacy advocacy, and expanding its reach nationwide.


Financial Independence Month



Reina Pama, President of Sun Life Asset Management and Mylene Lopa, Chief Marketing Officer of Sun Life Financial during press conference shared their expert advises about Sun Life Plans.


The initial set of initiatives will be launched this June, which Sun Life has declared as “Financial Independence Month.” This includes the cooperation with 8990 Holdings, Inc., one of the top mass housing developers in the country, for efforts to promote financial literacy.


Another initiative is Money for Life, a comprehensive, customizable financial planning program that will ensure that a client will have sufficient funds for every stage of his life.


To help inspire the public to create their own Money for Life plan with a financial advisor, Sun Life created a 360-degree visual reality (VR) video, transporting them to different scenarios based on their chosen life stage. This will enable the viewer to live the dream for a minute and be encouraged to start planning for their future through Money for Life and Sun Life’s life insurance and investment products.


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Viewable with a VR headset, the video can be experienced in a customized bus called “Bus to the Future,” which will be making its way to different malls and campuses nationwide. For Cebu, Money for Life Bus visited University of San Carlos Cebu last June 24, 2016.


Meanwhile, those who will not be able to visit the “Bus to the Future” stops will still get a boost in their financial journey with the Money for Life e-Planner. They simply have to go to ( and they can immediately start their financial planning, get product recommendations, and even buy mutual funds from Sun Life Asset Management Co., Inc.


“Financial Independence Month” is now on its third year of highlighting the national importance of financial preparedness among Filipinos. “This June marks a new beginning as Sun Life embraces its goal of serving five million clients in five years,” Mantaring said. “We are very much excited about the possibilities, and we look forward to helping our country rise to reach its full potential.”


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In 2008 when Studio 23, an affiliate of ABS-CBN launched its regional network programming, GURU Ads & Marketing Consultancy jumped at a chance to showcase our brainchild, TOP PICK: Business + Lifestyle + Technology. Top Pick was the only regional program to-date to get endorsements and feature such as Silk Air and Cathay Pacific. The success of the show has been resounding because of the viewing public’s response being positive, encouraging and inspiring us to deliver quality episodes.


This year, 2016 after successfully airing 3 seasons of Top Pick they brought their brainchild into a new different level, to be the country’s first and only quad media show to be aired on TV, publish on newspaper, to be heard on radio and can be seen and reviewed via social media.


Top Pick will be aired through Island Living TV, the no. 1 and the largest lifestyle and tourism community television channel in the Philippines in over 150 cities. Cable Channel that covers the entire Visayas & Mindanao subscribers with Luzon Coverage; Muntinlupa, Las Pinas, Province of Bantangas, Province of Laguna, Province of Quezon, Province of Rizal, Province of Albay.


They will also be aired through Magic 92.3 FM on primetime Friday, 6 till 9 PM.


Top Pick will have a weekly column on Cebu Daily News, Cebu’s Only Independent newspaper to support the TV episodes and has partnership with FranchisingPH, a franchising company that has been delivering top quality, targeted editorial geared to potential franchisees.


With top notch host to join the bandwagon:



Bruce Bollozos



Julienne Eva Guanzon



Bradd Buchards



Biggy Suarez



Jaybee Aquino



Tara Tricia Bontol


The event did not only unveiled Top Pick but also a celebration to Bruce Bollozos birthday, indeed a very happy birthday to you Bruce!



After singing the birthday song and hearing about well wishers, it’s time for the much awaited fashion show featuring Cebu’s young designers.



Model: Matthia Bridget Tangoan



Model: Irane Allan Ramas



Model: Kiara Aquino wearing the design of Gely Daitao



Model: Sheena Macapiling wearing the design of Stef Tirado



Model: Marianne Palugod – Regis wearing the design of Myco Vendero



Model: Giebeth Marie Alcorisa wearing the design of Elgreg Orais



Model: Galen Aquino wearing the design of Stef Tirado



Model: Mark Philip Geniston wearing the design of Elgreg Orais



Model: Van Ernest Rodis Del Mar wearing the design of Stef Tirado



Model: Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrel wearing the design of Paco Serafica.


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Fashion show photo credits to Miong Pelimon.


Thank you so much Emma Villarente and Julienne Guanzon for having me!
For more information, visit their facebook page Top Pick.


*P.S. I was not able to get the names of the designers of the first 2 models. If you happen to see this blog please comment below.


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The School year 2016-2017 is fast approaching and for sure parents are already thinking of what school they will send their kids to.


Just in time for the upcoming school season is the opening of Cambridge Child Development Centre in Gorordo, a Singapore international preschool that provides quality child care and early learning programmes for children from 10 months to 6 years old.


Cambridge was founded in Singapore and began operation in the Philippines in 2001. It entails all intellectual property as well as curriculum updates straight from Singapore. Teachers are highly calibrated with comprehensive training to be equipped with knowledge and teaching skills.


“We want to make learning fun.” CCLDI President Gerry Laperal said “We want kids to be interested in something, whether it’s writing, reading or math, because if you really care about something you will go out of your way to learn”.


Cambridge Philippines partnered with Lucia Chiong Sy for Cambridge Gorordo Center. Driven by her passion in teaching young children she was able to compare which system works best when it comes to teaching. “I believe children learn best if they are happy and enjoy what they are doing. Cambridge has that because they do not enforce too much pressure on the child. They just learn by experience, by playing, so there is fun in learning.” Lucia said.”Our principle is also less teaching, more observation on how we can dig the potential of the kid, so since this is a small class we can really see each individuality”.


Cambridge Philippines uses Project-Based Ecological Model (PBEM) Curriculum— an innovative, progressive and experiential approach to preschool education and take some element from the traditional way of teaching. This curriculum is child-focused to make every classroom routine fun and enjoyable. They also integrated Chinese Language as part of the curriculum.



Ribbon cutting ceremony graced by Norma Chiong Sy, Mr. Vicente Ongchanhoi, Ambassador Francisco Benedicto, Cambridge Child Learning Center Inc. President Gerry Laperal, Cambridge Child Development Center-Gorordo President Lucia Chiong Sy.




Dedicated teachers and staff of Cambridge Philippines.



Invited guests and parents.

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Child-friendly school environment.

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Regular classes for School Year 2016-2017 will start on June 8, 2016.




For inquiries, please call:


Visit their Center at:
Ground Floor, Machay Building, 30 Gorordo Avenue, Kamputhaw, Cebu City


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