Zaldy Bueno – Public School Teacher, is 2019 Happiest Pinoy!

Cebuana Lhuillier’s 2019 edition of the Search for the Happiest Pinoy has finally been concluded last May 29 at the Grand Awarding Ceremony with Public School Teacher from Gumaca, Quezon, 37-year old Zaldy Bueno honoured as the 4th Happiest Pinoy!

The event, was intimate- by popular awards ceremony standards, but is still grand! The program opened with a production number from Philippines’ pride – El Gamma Penumbra and with additional entertainment provided by the UP Singing Ambassadors. Ang bongga talaga!



The top 10 finalists were initially presented wearing Filipiniana attire, each one looking like a winner! 

But of all ten, Zaldy came out on top, chosen by the judges to be the one who most exemplifies the character of a Happiest Pinoy – a Filipino with the innate characters of optimism, resilience, and hope amidst different life crises. I will never forget that one of Zaldy’s greatest achievement was the help he gave his mother in order for her to finish her secondary education. Sya ang naging teacher ng nanay nya!

I am truly grateful to have been invited to the Happiest Pinoy events – from meeting the first ever Happiest Pinoy, to getting to know the top ten finalists up-close and to finally seeing who the grand winner is. The Search for the Happiest Pinoy was not just a very meaningful journey for all who took part in it, but also an inspiring journey for bloggers like myself who was able to follow their progress. 

Congratulations Zaldy! You deserve to be the Happiest Pinoy 2019! Kudos to Cebuana Lhuillier, led by their President and CEO, Jean Henri Lhuillier! You not only know how to come up with awesome micro-financing products but also with projects or advocacies that highlight the indomitable Filipino spirit. Cheers!

To read more about the event, please refer to the official press release below.

PRESS RELEASE:

Public School Teacher named Cebuana Lhuillier’s Happiest Pinoy 2019

Zaldy Bueno, a 37-year old teacher from Gumaca, Quezon was hailed as the 4th Happiest Pinoy, winning Cebuana Lhuillier’s Search for the Happiest Pinoy which honors and celebrates the Filipinos’ innate “optimism, resilience, and hope amidst different life crises.”

Zaldy bested nine other finalists from different categories, winning one million cash and a trophy.

The board of judges composed of Usec. Zenaida Maglaya, Gang Badoy Capati, James Deakin, RJ Ledesma, Love Anover-Lianko, Jonathan Yabut, Winston Maxino, Rommel Arellano, and Richardson Navor chose Bueno unanimously by virtue of his advocacy to see more children’s lives change through education. Zaldy volunteered as an ALS teacher and taught on weekends, he even had his mother as his student at one point and helped her finish her secondary education. Zaldy also co-founded project PADYAK in 2017, PADYAK stands for Pidal Apakan Dunong Yayaman, Asenso’y Kakamtan, which aims to provide bicycle units for students who could not afford to travel to school.

The project turned out huge with so many people donating new and used bicycle units from all over the Philippines even getting donations from OFWs abroad. This project drastically increased attendance for students at school for which their school received a perfect attendance award.

“I am very happy with the results of this year’s search — with over 800,000 entries received through our branches, online, SMS, and walk-in entries. It’s been amazing to read the entries of the 10 finalists and Zaldy proves to be a worthy winner as his tale will definitely inspire countless people to push on despite life’s difficulties, Zaldy exemplifies the commendable Filipino spirit of rising up from your current predicament and using that as fuel to make a difference in the lives of others.” said Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO, Jean Henri Lhuillier.

Currently, Bueno serves as the head teacher of the English department at the Gumaca National High School. As a kid, their family would often encounter financial difficulties, Zaldy would help his mom wash clothes for their neighbours and would get his daily allowance from selling vegetables he planted to augment the family income. Zaldy vowed to work hard and study hard in order to improve their life.

A turning point in Zaldy’s life was when typhoon Rosing hit in 1995 which completely obliterated their house, and forced to stay at the barangay health center. During clinic days, Zaldy and his family had to move their things on the street to accommodate the influx of patients.

After graduating secondary school, Zaldy tried to get a college education but had to stop schooling due to financial constraints. In order to get back to school, he had to work two jobs, including stints at a tile store and as an advertiser scout for a local radio station. He finished college after 6 years.

Bueno is the fourth winner of the biennial search following Richardson Navor (2015), Rommel Arellano (2012), and Winston Maxino (2009).

When asked what Bueno will do with the prize money, he shared that he will use it to further improve Project PADYAK by acquiring more bike units which more youths can use to get to school. He also shared that he will use a part of it to bring his parents to Singapore for a well-deserved vacation.

Breaking its own record, the Cebuana Lhuillier search received over 800,000 nominations this year, the most entries it received in its ten-year history.

PRESS RELEASE: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Champions

PRESS RELEASE:

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Champions

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba made short work of Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada, 21-14, 21-18 to capture the gold medal in an all-Japan finale Sunday in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open presented by Globe at the White House Beach Station 1 here.
Shiba capped their unbeaten run with Ishitsubo in the four-day tournament organized by the Beach Volleyball Tournament with a drop shot to foil Fujii and Kumada’s bid to extend the match.
Chalking up their second career victory, Shiba and Ishitsubo displayed their superior skills on offense and defense that made them No. 86 in the world in front of a packed Sunday crowd that filled the beachfront in this island resort’s first sporting event since last October’s reopening.
Narongdet Kangkon and Banlue Nakprakhong of Thailand took the men’s gold by topping Japanese qualifier Yuya Ageba and Nobuaki Taira, 19-21, 22-20, 15-8.
The Thais rallied in the second set after their opponents first reached championship point to force a decider which they dominated. 
In the semifinals, Japan assured of winning a second straight Beach World Tour women’s gold in the Philippines as Ishitsubo and Shiba swept Brittany Kendall and Stefanie Weiler of Australia, 21-16, 21-17, and Sakurako and Kumada topped Tjasa Jancar and Tjasa Kotnik of Slovenia, 21-15, 18-21, 19-17.
Kendall and Weiler nipped Jancar and Kotnik, 24-26, 21-13, 15-13, to claim third place.      
The Philippines matched its fifth place finish in the Manila Open last year behind Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons. The country has shown improvement in the Beach World Tour, with Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez making it to the Round of 12, while Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño putting up a tough fight against the tough Russian pair of Ekaterina Filina and Ekaterina Zazhigina before exiting in pool play.
Ageba and Taira overcame Simon Baldauf and Maximilian Trummer of Austria, 21-17, 16-21, 15-12, in a thunderstorm-delayed semifinals while Narongdet and Banlue thwarted an all-Japanese men’s final with a 18-21, 21-18, 19-17 win over Jumpei Ikeda and Katsuhiro Shiratori.
Ikeda and Shiratori rallied from a set down to outlast Baldauf and Trummer, 16-21, 26-24, 16-14, and clinch the bronze medal. 

ProtectNow.com – the best one-stop-shop for your non-life insurance needs!

Imagine having a need for a particular non-life insurance product – car insurance, travel insurance, home insurance – and finding a portal where you are able to check and compare same products but from different brands/companies? This eliminates the tedious task of having to communicate with a slew of different agents and asking each one for a quote! And yes, it is like having a “non-life insurance convenience store”! 

Don’t fret, hindi na natin kailangang ma-imagine or i-wish na lang yan! This portal is actually, finally here! Introducing – ProtectNow.com from PJLI Insurance Group!

ProtectNow.com is actually an online platform that will enable users to conveniently compare and select the most ideal insurance products from a comprehensive list provided by some of the country’s leading insurance companies.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

“We are living in the best of times and in the worst of times with the confluence of technological advancements and natural disasters. With ProtectNow.com, Filipinos have the power to compare and personalize their insurance plan according to the coverage that they can afford and the insurance company that they prefer,” said Jonathan Batangan, PJLI Insurance Group head during the website’s launch at the New World Makati Hotel.

So what can ProtectNow.com do for you? It basically can assist you in coming up with a well-informed decision with regards to your choice of a particular non-life insurance product!

  • allows users to easily compare a full range of vehicle, home, travel, and personal accident insurance products, for free
  • it has partnered with top non-life insurance companies to be able to provide you a “one-stop shop” convenience in “shopping” for a particular non-life insurance product.
  • its search engine generates a list of products according to the user’s budget, needs, and preferences to ensure that each and every quote provided are personalized and tailor-fitted
  • enables users to take full control of their policies with their own insurance dashboard
  • it is equipped with a live chat and help desk feature to connect users to an insurance analyst in real time.
  • hassle-free payment for users who can simply choose to pay through PayPal or at any of Cebuana Lhuillier’s close to 2,500 branches nationwide.

Ang galing diba! At well, sabi ng PJLI Insurance, they hoping to expand ProtectNow.com to include more financial products and services categories, partner with more insurance companies, as well as offer microinsurance. The website will soon cater to a global market and for every insurance policy availed, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to OurHelp.com, an online platform that provides insurance for free to those who cannot afford to pay for insurance coverage.

Cheers to PJLI Insurance Group for coming up with this kind of service. Bow ako sa inyo! 

For more information, please visit http://www.protectnow.com or email at support@protectnow.com.

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019 is on!

Philippines’ Beach Volleyball Republic recently held a press conference in relation to their hosting of this year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open tournament. The competition started yesterday, with 48 teams from all over the world expecting to vie for the division wins.

Below is the official presser for more details on this event.

PRESS RELEASE:

Top PH beach volleyball teams vs the world
BVR HOSTS FIVB WORLD TOUR BORACAY OPEN 2019

BVR founders and members of the PH teams competing in the tournament

Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) returns in blazing fashion to host the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019 featuring 48 teams from countries all over the world from May 23 until May 26 at the White House Beach, Boracay Station 1 and will be shown on ABS+CBN S+A.

Twenty-eight teams will be competing in the Men’s Division while 20 pairs will dispute supremacy in the Women’s Division for the tournament that is being held in the country for the second-straight year.

The Philippine contingent for this year is composed of three pairs for the Men’s Division and five for the Women’s Division

Competing in the Women’s Division are Negrense pair Dij Rodriguez and BVR founder Bea Tan; UST’s Genesa Eslapor and Belove Barbon; Iloilo’s DM Demontano and Jackie Estiquia; the Iloilo and Negros connection of Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain; and the team of Bernadeth Pons and UAAP Beach Volleyball queen, Sisi Rondina.

Leading the battle in the Men’s Division is the Cebuano pair of Jade Becaldo and Mike Abria. They will be joined by the likes of teammates Ranran Abdilla and Jesse Lopez and the pair of James Buytrago and Anthony Arbastro, who hails from National University (NU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) respectively.

Winning teams will earn points and get a shot at joining the prestigious FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals.

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is the new system which employs star points for the biggest circuit of beach volleyball in the world. Teams that accumulate certain points from competing in tournaments that enables them to earn star points over a total of 47 tournaments in a calendar year.

Aside from the three-day tournament, BVR is also spearheading a beach cleanup drive at Boracay along with a Sandroots Beach Volleyball workshop with the players teaching aspiring youth about the sport.

BVR had another calendar year in 2018, where it successfully staged nine two-day tourneys, visiting provinces and their breath-taking beaches in Ikthus beach, Ilocos Sur, White Beach, Puerto Galera, Sta. Ana Cagayan, Bantayan Cebu, Blue Beach Dagupan, Legaspi, Gran Ola Surigao, Lio Beach El Nido, and Dumaguete, while also holding a National Championship tourney and a FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour leg.

Bea Tan, one of BVR’s founders expressed gratitude to the organizations and athletes that believe and support in BVR’s mission to grow the sport in the Philippines and that one of the biggest achievements for the girls who built BVR was the holding of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour leg for the second year in a row.

“We’re looking at this FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour as a long term project. We want to annually be able to hold this big tournament here which is not only an opportunity for our beach volleyball aficionados but for the international community to take notice of the Philippines’ potential as a beach volleyball hub,” she shared.

For news and updates on the tournament, head to sports.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbnsports on Facebook and Twitter. Also follow @BeachVolleyballRepublic on Facebook and Instagram, and @bvr_ph on Twitter.

The event was made possible w the collaboration of Beach Volleyball Republic And FIVB together w it’s partners E-plus, Globe, Havaianas, Royal Air, Chic n Honey Mikasa and One of a Kind Marketing. And ABS-CBN being the media partner for this event.

BGC redefined HEALTH and WELLNESS thru FITSTREET 2019!

Last May 3-5, Fitstreet 2019 transformed Bonifacio High Street into a fitness and lifestyle playground for people of all ages, sizes, fitness levels and preferences. In partnership with G Active, BGC redefined health and wellness so that it focuses not only on physical strength, but mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being as well.

Due to personal reasons, I was sadly not able to participate. I was glad to hear thought that not only did BGC offer great classes and workout sessions, but they also inspired people to be the best versions of themselves. Nico Bolzico, Mond Gutierrez, and Isabelle Daza are just some of the personalities who helped advocate this fit and healthy lifestyle with G Active and BGC!

To know more about the activities that transpired, read on the below official presser.

PRESS RELEASE:

Get on the road to fitness at BGC’s Fitstreet 2019 with G Active

 

(L-R) Nico Bolzico, G Active Ambassador; Bubbles Paraiso, Actress and Yoga Instructor; IC Sta. Maria, PepsiCo Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration; Cass Salandanan, POUND Instructor; Raymond Gutierrez, G Active Ambassador; Vince Velasco, Host and Fitness enthusiast

MANILA, Philippines – It’s never too late to get on the road to fitness with Bonifacio Global City’s (BGC) Fitstreet 2019. Last May 3 to 5, 2019, fitness enthusiasts enjoyed an action-packed weekend that let them discover the joys of having a healthy and active lifestyle.

With over 100 fitness studios available in and around BGC, and home to a myriad of fitness communities and workout groups, it is only right for BGC to dedicate an entire weekend to celebrate the thousands upon thousands of active lifestyle enthusiasts who frequent and continuously energize the city. Fitstreet 2019 transformed Bonifacio High Street into a fitness and lifestyle playground for people of all ages, sizes, fitness levels and preferences.

In partnership with G Active, BGC redefined health and wellness so that it focuses not only on physical strength, but mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being as well.

Kicking off the festivities was the G Active workout party last May 3, with fitness junkies Nico Bolzico and Mond Gutierrez as they participated in a fun and intense three-part sweat session composed of a shadow boxing warm-up by Flyweight Boxing Studio, an exciting Pound workout by Evolve Yoga & Fitness, punctuated by a proper cool down care of Beyond Yoga’s Bubbles Paraiso.

Fitstreet truly was one of the most exciting fitness events in the Metro, it provided a plethora of activities that suited everyone’s leanings. There was an ultimate couple’s workout, an Ultra Lagree challenge by Master Will Devaughn, the Connexus body sculpt, and the Tropixx fitness last May 3.

A lot of fitness enthusiasts stretched their limbs and got some action last May 4 as well, with even more diverse sessions such as I Go Beyond Rocket Yoga, Body Art by Dynamic Duo, and Saltar by Celebrity Fitness. They also worked up a sweat with activities such as Sexy Heels Elite, Girls Got Game, Will Power by Soul on a Mission, Adidas AR, and a crowd favorite: the F45 playoffs.

For May 5, participants soothed their souls with interval flow fit yoga, and hyped up for even more action with a slew of activities such as the Fitstreet bootcamp by crosstrain.ph, the ESPN 5 boxing clinic, Nike+ running club, and Fit+ alignment meditation. Also well attended were sessions by Usana pro athletes, piyo by Flexfit, Suns out fitness bootcamp, Physio fitness, Cardio Martial Arts by Fitness district, Mixxedfit by Donna Lim and not to be missed was the G Active Zumba Session by Live Love Party with Isabelle Daza and Ina Raymundo.

Because the mind and heart are just as important as the body, Fitstreet also offered Mindful Wellness activities, designed to nourish your mental, emotional, and spiritual health at the West Wing Garden of Bonifacio High Street. Another event highlight was the Origin Fair, a feel-good weekend market with healthy, organic and eco-friendly food and finds at C1 Park, Bonifacio High Street Central.

“We’re ecstatic to see more and more BGCitizens, and Filipinos for that matter, who continue to make time and space for fitness in their lives, no matter how busy they become. The event was a way of thanking the countless sports and active lifestyle communities who continue to choose BGC as the place to pursue health and wellness. This is our way of letting them know that they will always have a home here, and that they are always welcome here,” said Sean Luarca, Marketing & Community Relations Head for BGC.

Whether you’re a fitness buff or just starting out in your fitness regime, Bonifacio High Street is definitely the place to be for activities you’ll surely enjoy this summer.

For more details, you may check out Bonifacio High Street’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BoniHighStreet/.

Happiest Pinoy Grand Winner Announcement on May 29!

Place your bets now as the Happiest Pinoy top 10 finalists – actually, the top winner for each of the 10 categories, has been announced and presented to media and bloggers:

IMG_6924

  • Khaye Celine Maggay – youth 
  • Francisca Tumampil – senior citizens
  • Fortunato Januto – OFWs
  • Rodrigo Roble Jr – lingkod bayan
  • Zaldy Bueno – professionals
  • Hercules Soringa – manggagawang Pinoy
  • Mark David Cerezo – entrepreneurs
  • Alfred Santos – employees
  • Jayson Dela Fuente – persons with disability
  • Leovy John Terrado – LGBTQ community

These ten were luckily chosen from close to 800,000 applications, the largest number of entries that this campaign has had so far.

The grand winner, who is bound to take home one million pesos (Php1M) in cash prize, will be chosen by these members of the panel of judges:

  • Zenaida Maglaya – DTI Undersecretary and head of the panel
  • Gang Badoy Capati – Rock Education Project Inc. founder
  • RJ Ledesma – Entreph co-founder and Motivational Speaker
  • James Deakin – TV host, journalist and online influencer
  • Love Anover-Lianko – TV host
  • Jonathan Yabut – The Apprentice Asia winner and JY Consultancy and Ventures founder and managing director
  • Winston Maxino – first Happiest Pinoy Grand Winner
  • Rommel Arellano – former Happiest Pinoy Grand Winner 
  • Richardson Navor – former Happiest Pinoy Grand Winner 

The Happiest Pinoy is an advocacy program of Cebuana Lhuillier, the country’s largest micro-financial services company. The program celebrates the value of optimism, resilience and hope as it aims to find a Filipino who has a positive outlook in life, was able to rise above life’s challenges and had a positive impact in the lives of others.

“Filipinos are one of the most resilient people in the world, facing life’s challenges with optimism, faith and can-do attitude. At Cebuana Lhuillier, we believe that this should be recognized and encouraged at all times,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO.

The Search for the Happiest Pinoy Grand Awards Night will be held on May 29, 2018 at the New World Hotel in Makati.

Apl.de.Ap and KZ Tandingan Led Pinoy Artists in the Coke Studio Summer Concert

In celebration of the successful second season of the Coke Studio, Coca-Cola Philippines recently held a free grand concert at the MOA Arena.

The event was led by Apl.de.Ap and the whole Coke Studio Season 2 crew, including KZ Tandingan. In the below presser and select photos, get to know some of the details and highlights of the event.

Cheers, Coke!

PRESS RELEASE:

Coke Studio Summer Concert: Catch the Wave Home

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Exploring new places, quick family getaway, and a trip back home to see your childhood friends and meet new faces are just some of the things that we look forward to when we come home for the summer. Every year, we always think of ways on how to make our vacay fresh, exciting, and special. And Coke just gave us the ultimate summer experience with the Coke Studio Summer Concert.

Happened last April 25, 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena hosted by Ylona Garcia and Justin Quirino. The Coke Studio Concert was a gift from Coca-Cola to everyone for the overwhelming love and support they received for the Coke Studio Season 2. Headlined by Coke Studio Season 2 artists, our summer became a wave ride of emotions and celebration from the variety of their lineup. Solo and collaborative performances were given by Sam Concepcion, Khalil Ramos, Quest, Patty Tiu, Ben & Ben, Kriesha Chu, Gab and John of Urbandub, Shanti Dope, Abra, IV of Spades, KZ Tandingan, Juan Miguel Severo, and Apl.de.ap.

Coke Studio Season 2 is about Homecoming to our younger selves, homecoming to our roots and rich diversity. This is the time to look back on our first love, ups and downs, dreams, and self-discovery that ultimately ends up with coming home through our love for music.

Not only did the Coke Studio Summer Concert gave us the ultimate summer experience from the production numbers, interactive and 3600 OPM Concert Stage, it save us from not having a summer “ganap”, but it also saved us bucks because the admission and of course fun and entertainment was absolutely free for everyone to enjoy.