Republic Cement holds donation drive

    Republic Cement, in partnership with local government units and concerned Republic Cement dealers, distributed over 6,200 relief packs worth P2.2 million in various areas of dealership.

    These packs contained rice, clean drinking water, noodles, canned goods, coffee and cereal drinks. Donations were turned over to different cities and municipalities in need of assistance in Bicol, Cagayan, Isabela, Rizal and Norzagaray, Bulacan.

    “As a long-standing member of these communities and as a responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty to rise to the occasion when our communities need support,” said Republic Cement chief executive Nabil Francis. “We are serious about our pledge towards nation-building and this is no different in times of crisis. We will continue to provide aid to our communities in need while advocating for a safer and stronger Republic.”

    Republic Cement also opened a call for donation among its employees for a second wave of relief efforts, with the company committing to match the total donation amount.

    PCCI’s Chua is 2020 Most Influential Man of the Year

    Businessman and former ambassador Francis Chua has been named by the Philippine Cancer Society Inc. (PCSI) as 2020 Most Influential Man of the Year.

    The recognition is given annually by the PCSI to individuals who have made valuable contributions to the cause of the group.

    Chua, currently chairman of the country’s largest business group the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) also served as president of the Chamber of the Philippine Islands, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Industry, and PCCI.

    Chua works with philanthropists to reach out to those with less in life.

    During the pandemic, Chua’s BA Foundation distributed to frontliners, personal protective equipment, face masks, face shields, testing kits, and supplements.

    Chua is also a  member of TzuChi Foundation which recently distributed P1 billion  for families affected by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses in Marikina and Rizal.

    Coloring Lives art exhibit at Sunshine Place

    Sunshine Place members are showcasing their works in Coloring Lives, an online Art Exhibit from December 12 – 23. The exhibit highlights 146 works in acrylic, oil, porcelain and diamond works aiming to reinforce the fact that art heals, and can bring out the best in us especially during difficult times.

    The exhibit brings together the works of 26 artists in four of the Sunshine Place’s online art classes. These include the Acrylic and oil painting classes of Arts Association of the Philippines President Fidel Sarmiento; the Porcelain painting class of Mee Lee Casey, a Malaysian expat wife, who has been teaching Porcelain Painting in UK, Hong Kong and Australia for more than 20 years; and Diamond painting with Gobi Buencamino.

    Art classes are said to be beneficial for the development of cognitive functions such as imagination, creativity, motor and analyzing skills. More than that, art heals by lessening depression, anxiety and boredom, especially for the homebound.  And the exhibit has certainly colored the lives of members who participated in its online classes.

    The Sunshine Place offers art classes to seniors, as well as adults, teens and kids. At the core of the workshops, are mentoring sessions in hands-on techniques, application of different brushes & basic strokes, and color rendering. Contact mobile number (0917) 515-5656 to enroll.

    A senior recreation center under the Felicidad Tan Sy Foundation, the Sunshine Place is a venue for adults to live actively, through engaging in recreational classes and age-appropriate physical training programs. It is the venue to be entertained, to socialize and to reflect; a place of happiness and wellness for one’s mind, body and soul.

    For more inquiries and information, visit like and subscribe our Facebook Page and YouTube channel, Sunshine Place: Senior Recreation Center. Or follow our Instagram account @sunshineplaceph.

    Honda launches Fairview dealership

     Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) officially reopened Honda Cars Fairview (HCFR), its 37th dealership in the country last December 11.

    HCFR is the first Honda dealership under the business group of Gateway Fairview Motors Corp. Located in Don Mariano Marcos Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, it is strategically sited to cater to the needs of residents in nearby areas for quality transportation and after-sales services.

    With a total lot size of 2,760 square meters and a capacity of four Honda vehicles for display, Honda Cars Fairview is open to provide top-notch customer service from Monday to Saturday for sales from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.and after-sales services such as preventive maintenance and general repairs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    LBC expands in UAE

    Overseas Filipinos sending their packages in time for the Christmas season at the LBC branch in Al Satwa, Dubai.

    In line with its 70th year of serving the overseas Filipinos globally, LBC recently opened its largest branch in Satwa in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), providing essential services such as air and sea cargo shipping, courier, document processing, and passport delivery.

    Over the last few months, LBC has noticed an average growth rate of over 60 percent in the volume of air cargo versus the previous year particularly since lockdown was lifted last July.

    LBC Express has been in the UAE for 12 years and has opened 7 branches across the emirates.

    Common Ground, Dominguez Marketing partnership

    Common Ground, one of the country’s leading providers of co-working space and Dominguez Marketing Communications Inc, one of the country’s most respected PR agencies announced have announced a strategic partnership that will bring learning and value to community members of Common Ground.

    Dominguez Marketing Communication will provide the thousands of community members of Common Ground with resource persons who will share valuable professional experience through virtual webinars organized and produced by Common Ground.

    To kick off this partnership, the agency has tapped Cecile Gabutina-Velez, former managing partner of McCann WorldGroup Philippines to talk about “Branding Your Idea”  at a webinar on  December 18.

    At Common Ground, co-working means more than a desk and internet connection in a communal workspace but building an engaged community and vibrant ecosystem to help ambitious, fast-growing companies take business to the next level, the company said.

    Laus Group upgrades flagship showroom

    The Laus Auto Group, the flagship arm of Pampanga-based conglomerate  Laus Group of Companies, recently unveiled the upgraded showroom and new services of its Carworld Pampanga dealership.

    Pampanga is a leading dealership of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, with over four decades of repute as a trusted brand in automotive sales in Central Luzon. The upgraded showroom demonstrates Carworld Pampanga’s consistent adherence to Mitsubishi’s top showroom standards while introducing new services such as car disinfection, easier installation of accessories, and bulletproofing for added

    The upgraded branch in the city of San Fernando complements these services with more expanse and new store visuals to reassert LausGroup’s corporate identity, built on raising customer satisfaction through better car shopping experiences.

    The newly renovated Carworld showroom serves as an addition to several renovations that the LausGroup has applied to their main establishment to close the year.

    Rakuten Viber closes out a stellar decade

    Viber, one of the world’s leading apps for free and easy communication, rings in 10 years of bringing a new kind of messaging platform to people across the globe, one that values its users’ privacy just as it values mobile technology. To mark a decade of lifetime connections, Viber tops off its celebration by giving back to the users who made it all possible, offering millions of gifts inside its Wheel of Fortune chatbot.

    Filipino Viber users who spin the Wheel of Fortune will get the chance to win 10 percent off discount from Lazada, 1GB of mobile data from Globe Telecom, one-month subscription of iWantTFC, rewards from Share Treats, and a slot to their favorite music artist’s virtual hangout courtesy of MCA Music.

    Apart from launching the Wheel of Fortune, Viber earlier released Heroes of Viber, a mini-video series that brought its users to the spotlight by featuring 14 unique stories of how the app impacted people’s lives around the world.  Among the featured Viber heroes are Filipino superadmins KG Sison and Celina Payawal, whose Communities became two of the most popular ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Toyota announces Car Maintenance Week

    Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. has declared December 15 to 21 as Car Maintenance Week in all Toyota dealers and service centers nationwide.

    During Toyota’s Car Maintenance Week, all Toyota customers who will avail of Periodic Maintenance (PM) or Express Maintenance (EM) service at any Toyota dealership across the country will automatically receive 40 percent discount on Toyota Genuine Motor Oil- Mineral Grade.

    Owners of qualified previous generation models – Wigo (2014-2015), Vios (2002-2015), Innova (2005-2015), Fortuner (2005-2015), and Hilux (2005-2015) may also choose to avail of Discounted Change Oil and Filter Package, available until December 29 at any Toyota dealership nationwide.

    The Discounted Change Oil and Filter Package includes Labor, Toyota Genuine Motor Oil – Mineral Grade, Toyota Genuine Oil Filter, Toyota Genuine Drain Plug Gasket, Materials and Car Wash.

    Toyota is also offering the special P499 Vehicle Inspection package for customers availing of Periodic Maintenance Service until December 29.