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    Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day weekend at Ayala Land Estates

    Ayala Land estates will host many exciting events this Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day weekend, ushering in the Year of the Ox and the celebration of love, from February 12 to 14.

    Continuing the yearly tradition of outdoor dining is a weekend of al fresco dining along Rada and Leviste, in open air destinations with Makati Street Meet this Sunday. The fun begins at 10 a.m., while dinner setups will start from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wine and dine with loved ones at dozens of participating restos and cafes, serving food and drinks outdoors at this street food extravaganza.

    Celebrating love through good food is an experience to look forward to at Nostro Mercato outdoor food market at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub parking area starting February 12 at 4pm to 9pm. Come February 13 and 14, you can enjoy the experience as early as 6am until 9pm.

    At Vertis North, express love with treats for each of the love languages, such as gifts from A.N.A.’s Cupid Arrow from February 8 to 14, a couples massage from Ogawa from February 12 to 14, Grow your Love Kits at the Atrium on February 14, dinner under the stars at the Garden from February 12 to 15, and a time capsule message and Valentine’s Day Concert starting 5:30 p.m.

    Get serenaded at the Riverside Sessions at Circuit Makati, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., with performances from buskers — violinist Tet Magalona and saxophone player Jolo Ramiro to fill the night with romantic jazz tunes.

    Choose among the many meals for the Chinese new year in Valentines at the Alviera country club for the whole month of February. There’s a choice of a romantic three course meal at P1,500 for two with Alviera Country Club’s Valentine’s Pairfect Meal. Or choose among different chinese new year bundles from February 2 to 28.

    At Misto Vertis North alfresco dining opens at 6:00 a.m. from Friday to Sunday. Exclusive discounts await for users of BDO, Diners Club, or American Express credit card.

    Nuvali Farmers Market, will have a special valentine’s offer with strawberry and flower bundles for 500 pesos.

    Welcome the Year of the Ox at the Auspicious Chinatown Village at the Lower Ground Breezeway at Circuit and Vertis North. At 8 a.m., February 12, the Main Mall and Circuit Lane will feature the meaningful dragon and lion dance to usher in good fortune for 2021. The first 100 visitors at the Chinatown Village receive free Eng Bee Tin Hopia between the lucky hours of 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. At Vertis North, hope for a better year with the Little Chinatown Fair and Charmed Traditions.

    MakatiMed wins Gawad Bayaning Kalusugan National Award

    Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed), received several honors from the Gawad Bayaning Kalusugan, the national award and tribute to frontliners in the health care and case management of patients with COVID-19 in Philippine hospitals.

    The MakatiMed COVID-19 Task Force was declared a winner in the Team Category for the national award. The hospital’s medical director Saturnino  Javier, MD was the overall winner for the Individual Category, while MakatiMed’s head of Infection Prevention and Control, Janice Caoili, MD was recognized as a winner in the Individual Category.

    Initiated by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, together with the Association of Allied Health Organizations of the Nation, and the Health Educationalist, Advocates and Leaders Heal Philippines, Gawad Bayaning Kalusugan acclaims the professional excellence and interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary teamwork in the fight against COVID-19, and celebrates individual and team stories of heroism by frontliners. The awards is a nationwide program that include individual and team awards, and clustered in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the National Capital Region, across the COVID-19-admitting Levels 1,2,3 hospital categories.

    Honda bares service deals until March

    Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) announces its Honda PM Service New Year Deals promo, which features different discounts and deals offered until March 31, 2021 at select Honda Cars dealerships and service centers nationwide.

    Customers may enjoy a 25 percent discount on select Periodic Maintenance parts and lubricants such as PM 2.5 cabin filter, fuel filter, spark plug, mineral oil (SN 10W30), super long life coolant, windshield washer fluid, and engine cleaner genuine additives.

    A buy one, take one promo is available on select City (2013-2020) and BR-V (2017-2021) tires, inclusive of seven- year manufacturer warranty from date of production.

    Different Honda services such as the Free 30-Point Check-up, BLITZ 1-Hour Preventive Maintenance Service, and Mineral Oil (10W30)-Based Change Oil Package with a discounted price of P1,650 from original suggested retail price of P 1,915 (for out-of-warranty units only).

    Inspiro enables remote workforce

    Inspiro, the outsourcing specialist, recently joined hands with Microsoft to integrate cloud-based desktop services and servers into its operations, providing their remote workforce with innovative tools to continue delivering excellent customer service throughout the pandemic.

    With COVID-19, the company was faced with the urgent need of enabling their existing employees to work remotely. It also needed to expand their workforce by an additional 2,000 to 3,000 agents to meet growing customer needs.

    To quickly ensure business continuity, Inspiro looked to other options, such as desktop-as-a-service (DaaS), which would enable their agents to use company-issued devices or personal devices for work.

    After evaluating viable scenarios and providers in the market, Inspiro opted to engage Microsoft and their Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) solution, a Microsoft Azure-based remote desktop to enhance operational capacity. In addition, they also chose Microsoft Teams for employee communication, collaboration, and engagement.

    PRC, SM Supermalls launch drive-thru saliva collection sites

    To make saliva RT-PCR testing more accessible, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) partners with SM Supermalls (SCMC) as they open drive-thru saliva RT-PCR collection sites in SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia last February 2.

    A ceremonial signing of the memorandum of agreement was held the same day, attended by PRC chairman and CEO Sen. Richard Gordon, PRC secretary-general Elizabeth Zavalla, SM Supermalls president Steven Tan, senior vice president for operations  Bien Mateo, and other executives from PRC and SM Supermalls.

    PRC will have its first two collection sites located in SM Megamall, Mega A bus bay at EDSA Mandaluyong, and at the 5 Ecom Open Parking in Mall of Asia, Pasay City. The said locations will only serve as specimen collection sites for the saliva RT-PCR test and these samples will be forwarded to the Red Cross laboratories for testing. Operating hours of the collection sites is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Amaia assurance

    Amaia Land, a condominium developer owned by Ayala Land, said  all its projects were built to be compliant with all applicable laws and regulations and that closed circuit TV cameras are installed in all the required areas.

    The assurance was made in the wake of an ongoing investigation of a burglary incident in one of the units in one of its projects, Amaia Skies Cubao.

    Amaia Land in a statement said it will continue to extend assistance to the condominium corporation of the property in the resolution of this matter.

    It also said it has taken steps towards resolving the burglary incident.

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