Matters of the Cup: Silvester Samonte and the Romance of Coffee

We Filipinos are obsessed with coffee. We take it at any given time of the day, enjoying it while ruminating about life on our own, or serving it to bring people together, letting the conversations flow freely with every sip. For local coffee expert and global coffee entrepreneur, Silvester Dan Sibal Samonte, coffee is pure romance and mystery. “Really good coffee is a love a story on its own. The romance starts with a hike up the mountains to taste the coffee fruit and understand …

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Squad Goals for World AIDS Day

HIV-AIDS advocacy group, LoveYourself, Inc., calls on groups and individuals to join its free, anonymous, and fast community-based HIV screening on 26 November (Sunday) at Victoria Court Malate in Manila in time for the World’s AIDS Day commemoration. Dubbed as #LoveSquad, LoveYourself encourages interested groups and individuals, who are seeking life-saving medical intervention like HIV screening, to register at go.loveyourself.ph/lovesquad. LoveYourself Executive Director Ronivin G. Pagtakhan said “We are getting more aggressive in our strategies to reach the untapped populations for HIV screening, education and …

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BIC® encourages Filipino children to go #BicToSchool for a Brighter Future

BIC Product (Asia) Pte Ltd, in cooperation with its distributor partner in Philippines – Filstar Distributors Corporation, is set to kick off their biggest social campaign in Asia, #BICBrightFutures.  As Champions of Education, BIC® believes that a bright future is for everyone.  As such, BIC® will be giving half a million of Stationery products – the biggest donation in Asia to date – to Children’s Hour, Yellow Boat of Hope and Kariton Klasrum to help kids as they pursue their dreams. The campaign will be …

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Asia’s Songbird Leads the Star-Studded Performances at Love Gala

Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid leads the popular and phenomenal artists who will be showcasing their talents in a night of special performances at the Love Gala charity and awards fundraiser. A staunch supporter of the HIV-AIDS advocacy, Regine appeared alongside other celebrity-advocates in an awareness campaign video that went viral online earlier this year. She continues her advocacy this December 1 on World AIDS Day by performing at the Love Gala, Asia’s Premier Charity and Awards event, at the BGC Arts Center. Aside from Regine, …

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Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla lead nationwide bloodletting event

“La Luna Sangre” stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla led the bloodletting event held at the Philippine Red Cross headquarters  last Sunday (Nov 5), simultaneous with 23 other blood donation drives organized by Kathniel fans in different parts of the country. “Shortage of blood in the country is really a point of concern. We know some cases wherein it was hard for people to collect blood. I hope those who did not come today still donate blood in some other days so we can help …

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Rags2Riches – Uplifting Lives through Social Entrepreneurship

For entrepreneur Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, a major turning point in her life was when she was named Young Laureate for the Environment at the prestigious Rolex Awards for Enterprise in 2010. The award brought international recognition to her efforts to help impoverished women in the Payatas dumpsite in Quezon City through the social enterprise Rags2Riches, a fashion and design house that empowers underprivileged community artisans. Using a business model based on collaboration and inclusivity, Fernandez-Ruiz sought to break down barriers between the underprivileged community and the …

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Sebastian Castro and Fifth Solomon Encourage Your Squad to Know Your HIV Status

(Mandaluyong City). The LoveYourself, Inc. redefines its semi-annual community-based HIV screening day by extending loving oneself to also taking care of friends with its new campaign, the #LoveSquad. “We chose LoveSquad for this HIV screening day, because it is always better to have friends supporting one another, especially to potentially life changing events in their lives, like knowing one’s HIV status,” said LoveYourself, Inc. Executive Director Ronivin G. Pagtakhan. This year’s #LoveSquad is led by Blued ambassador Sebastian Castro and Fifth Solomon, who urge groups …

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Piolo Pascual donates P1M to Marawi’s rehabilitation

Kapamilya actor Piolo Pascual talked about how he and his friend Direk Joyce Bernal decided to help Marawi. The 40-year old actor donated P1M to Marawi for the rehabilitation. On the latest interview of PEP.ph with Kapamilya star Piolo Pascual, the 40-year old actor shared how he and his friend Direk Joyce Bernal decided to help Marawi trough donating cash for their city’s rehabilitation. “Nagsimula kasi ‘yan kay Joyce, sinabi niya na sinabi nga ni Kuya Binoe na, yun nga, ito ang nangyari sa Marawi,” …

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KathNiel launches anti-cyberbullying campaign

MANDALUYONG CITY, METRO MANILA — More than fighting evil vampires at La Luna Sangre as Tristan and Malia, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla fight cyberbullies in real life. Kicking off their anti-cyberbullying campaign as Cybersmile Ambassadors, KathNiel together with Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Kathniel’s fan base KDKN Solidarity Community, Inc. along with volunteer-individual and other fan group supporters conducted a simultaneous event dubbed as “Give Blood. Fight Cyberbullying” last Nov. 5 at the PRC Headquarters and across …

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Miss Universe 2015 Makes A Stand at Love Gala As Ripple Awards Nominees are Revealed

(Manila, Philippines). With the revelation of the 20 Ripple Awards nominees, Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach explained the importance to support and honor HIV and AIDS advocates through events like the Love Gala –Asia’s Premier Charity and Awards event on December 1. Wurtzbach, who is the Love Gala Ambassador, said, “It’s about time that we acknowledge them, gave them their time to shine, especially on an event like this.” “Hopefully, it’ll give them a lot …

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