Uniqlo Opens First Butuan Store

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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 Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO, is set to open its first store in Butuan City on March 26, 2021. Situated at the ground floor of SM City Butuan, along JC Aquino Avenue.

The opening of the store marks the brand’s commitment to provide affordable, stylish, and functional essentials to more locals, in helping them with their everyday clothing lifestyle needs.

With 859 square meters shopping space, Butuanons can soon have access to the complete lineup of LifeWear clothing for women, men, kids, and babies, including UNIQLO shirts, pants, jeans, denims, dresses, the AIRism collection, and UV Protection pieces.

On the opening week, customers can enjoy special offers on selected UNIQLO items perfect for the summer season.

For more updates, please visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at www.uniqlo.com/ph and download the UNIQLO APP via Google Play Store or Apple Store. 

Follow UNIQLO Philippines’ social media accounts, Facebook (facebook.com/uniqlo.ph), Twitter (twitter.com/uniqloph) and Instagram (Instagram.com/uniqlophofficial). 

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Enjoy Free Shipping, Cashback, and More at the 3.3 ShopeePay Cashless Festival

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ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services, launches the 3.3 ShopeePay Cashless Festival this February 22-25. 

Users who shop, buy load, and pay bills with ShopeePay can enjoy exclusive perks and rewards such as free shipping, ₱1 deals, load discounts, cashback, and more.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “As the Philippines continues to transition into a cashless society, Shopee wants to further develop consumer confidence in digital payments, ensuring their experience is seamless, convenient, and rewarding. With the 3.3 ShopeePay Cashless Festival, Shopee aims to encourage Filipinos to fully embrace digital payments by providing them with incentives when they use ShopeePay, especially during the 3.3 - 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale.”

Until February 25, ShopeePay users can redeem the following deals and rewards when they activate and top up their mobile wallet:

Free shipping for a minimum purchase of ₱199

Enjoy free shipping vouchers released every 12 midnight and 12 noon daily this February 22-25. On February 24, watch out for four limited-time free shipping vouchers to be released throughout the day.

1 Deals and more

With Deals Near Me, users can conveniently buy eVouchers, which can be used online and in physical stores. Purchase eVouchers using ShopeePay to redeem a variety of deals, such as ₱1 deals from top F&B merchants like Jollibee, Dunkin’ Donuts, and McDonald's; discounts up to 90% off; and up to 15% cashback.

Flash deals on mobile load

Get more load for less. On February 25, buy 30 worth of load for only 24. Look out for flash deals as well, such as 10 load for 5, 15 load for 7, 20 load for 10, and 50 load for 37.

Coins cashback on bills payment

Earn rewards when you pay your bills via ShopeePay. On February 23, get 15% cashback, capped at a maximum of 120 coins; and on February 25, get 20% cashback, capped at a maximum of 160 coins.

More cashback deals

Use ShopeePay during 3.3 to claim up to 20% cashback, capped at a maximum of 200 coins, from participating shops.

For more information on the 3.3 ShopeePay Cashless Festival, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-pay.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

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Uniqlo's 2021 Spring/Summer issue of Lifewear Magazine Available on March 2021

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UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, today announces the launch of the 2021 Spring/Summer issue of LifeWear magazine in March 2021. 

First published in August 2019, LifeWear magazine is a free magazine that conveys the UNIQLO LifeWear philosophy of making the everyday lives of people richer and more comfortable. 

The theme of Issue 04 is “Find Your Healthy” and reflects the belief that leading a healthy life is the first step to creating a brighter future. With that thought in mind, this latest issue is filled with hints for living your best life in the new season.

Main Contents of the 2021 Spring/Summer Issue

Find Your Healthy with UNIQLO 2021 Spring/Summer Collection

What sort of clothing will make people healthy in the new spring season? Fashion pages present 15 topics drawn from this season’s latest collection. 

Clothing with characteristic UNIQLO comfort and everyday usefulness, such as the Kando Jacket and items with UV protection functionality, offer comfort with preppy styles and stylings that radiate a classic mood.

Hello, Haruki - Interview with Haruki Murakami

This interview comprises 26 questions posed to author Haruki Murakami, whose work has captivated readers in Japan and around the world.

The interview was conducted at the studio that produces “Murakami RADIO,” the radio program that Murakami himself hosts, and covers topics including novels, music, and fashion. 

His answers to probing questions regarding the ideas for his novels, future plans, and other aspects of the creative process is essential reading for Murakami fans.

Build the Future - Interview with Tadao Ando

Globally renowned architect Tadao Ando has long been involved with social activities in addition to his architectural work. 

In 2020, Nakanoshima Children’s Book Forest that he funded was donated to the city of Osaka. This interview reveals his thoughts on that library and contributing to society.

Backstage at the Louvre

Last January 2021, UNIQLO concluded a partnership agreement with the Louvre Museum in Paris. This series of interviews with Louvre staff provide a behind-the-scenes look at this awe-inspiring palace of beauty. Discover the philosophy of the Louvre that can’t be seen by viewing its collections.

UNIQLO and Our Town

A new series from this issue presents cities around the world with which UNIQLO has a deep connection. 

This issue features a guide to Hamburg, Germany, where UNIQLO opened its first store in October 2020. This city, the hometown of fashion designer Jil Sander, is filled with charms to make you want to explore its streets.

The Lifewear Magazine 2021 Spring/Summer issue will be available in all Uniqlo stores nationwide.

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Bohol Celebrates the Annual Ubi Festival

Thursday, February 18, 2021

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauds the Provincial Government of Bohol's efforts in setting up this year's annual Ubi Festival under the new normal.

Running until February 24, the festival, which has been celebrated since year 2000, is proof of the Boholanos’ love for Ubi or purple yam. The root crop was revered as a “savior crop” as its discovery led to the alleviation of hunger in the province during pre-Hispanic times. Now, it has become a staple food for Boholanos because of its taste, long shelf-life, and the many food varieties that can be made from it.

As the largest producer of ubi in the country, Bohol is home to many ubi farmers who turn to the root crop for their livelihood. With this year's theme, “Pagpananum ug Ubi Napuslan, Kagutom Na Dala Sa Covid19 Nabatukan,” the festival aims to celebrate the root crop that has become an agro-historical-geographical-religious symbol for the province and highlight the impact and contributions of ubi farmers.

As part of the festival, a showcase of a variety of Ubi products like ube jams and ube-based bibingka, ice cream, and bread can be found at the Old City Airport in Tagbilaran City. The venue strictly implements health and safety protocols to assure festival-goers of an easy and memorable experience. Other cultural activities, exhibits, and seminars are also held to honor the root crop this month.

From festivals, gorgeous sights, and fun-filled activities, there’s definitely a Bohol destination for everyone. While it is famous for the Chocolate Hills, Bohol also offers other attractions that families, groups, and even solo travelers can enjoy.

Scenic views and ecotourism sites

When one speaks of Bohol, the Chocolate Hills cannot be left out. These 1,776 individual hills spread across six towns have attracted tourists from many generations for their uniqueness and vastness.

The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, a place dedicated to saving the lives of endangered tarsiers, is also open for those who want to learn more about these small nocturnal primates.

Action-packed activities

Bohol also has something for adrenaline junkies. If you prefer seeing the Chocolate Hills up close, ATV rentals are available in the Carmen area. 

Those who want more action-packed activities can head to the Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park for zipline and cable car rides. If you prefer water activities, you can also opt for stand-up paddle boarding tours or experience a water bike adventure.

White-sand beaches

Bohol is also known for its white-sand beaches and clear waters. The Alona beach is a stunning 1.5km stretch of white-sand beach famous for being a must-visit spot for those who love snorkeling, scuba diving, or even those who just like to relax and watch the sunset. 

Travelers can also island-hop to Balicasag and Virgin islands to explore Bohol’s marine life. If you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of dolphins in the area.

Variety of accommodations

Tourism comprises 70% of the livelihood in Bohol, so there is no wonder that several hotels and resorts are available in the area. 

Whether you choose accommodations in the municipality of Panglao or Dauis, these hotels are committed to providing top-notch service and hospitality, especially during these times. Temperature checks, QR code scanning, plated meals, and rearranged eating areas are just some of the adjustments made by accommodations to ensure that travelers are assured of a safe environment during their stay.

Hassle-free travel

Do-it-yourself travels are currently not allowed in Bohol. This means that everything you plan to do while on the island should be pre-booked--from accommodations and transportation to tour arrangements. This makes sightseeing around the island hassle-free. This also makes it easier for the provincial government to implement systems to curb the virus’s spread while ensuring that tourists get to fully enjoy the island’s beauty.

Before planning a visit to Bohol, travelers must have a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before their arrival, pre-booked accommodations at a DOT/LGU-accredited establishment, travel itinerary, and registration in the Province of Bohol website at tourism.bohol.gov.ph for the issuance of personal QR codes that will serve as electronic IDs.

Tourists coming from Metro Manila are encouraged to apply for the subsidized RT-PCR test at the UP-Philippine General or Philippine Children's Medical Center for as low as PHP900 and PHP750, respectively. To avail of the 50% discount from either of the two medical institutions, visit the Tourism Promotions Board website at www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel.

As of February 2, 2021, Bohol allows the use of saliva RT-PCR tests in place of nasal and throat swabs.

For up-to-date information on open destinations and the safety protocols and requirements needed for each location, you may visit www.philippines.travel/safetrip or download the Travel Philippines app at app.philippines.travel or the Google Playstore.

For more information on traveling to Bohol, contact the Department of Tourism or visit philippines.travel/safetrip/bohol.

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Shopee's #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair Launches to Support Filipino Businesses

The trade fair, which runs this February 19-21, is part of Shopee and DTI’s joint efforts to promote and support local businesses

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches #TatakPinoy, a virtual trade fair geared towards supporting homegrown Filipino brands and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Shopee consistently advocates for the growth of local businesses. Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, which forced hundreds of Filipino businesses to close physical shops, Shopee supported over 1,000 sellers transitioning online through Shopee’s Seller Masterclasses and its partnerships with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and local government units.

The initiatives helped Filipino entrepreneurs gain a basic understanding of e-commerce and digital marketing. Sellers were also able to master Shopee’s marketing tools, helping them achieve their maximum potential in e-commerce.

To further strengthen support for local entrepreneurs, Shopee and DTI are set to launch the very first #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair, a campaign that aims to promote products from Filipino brands and local MSMEs.

From February 19 - 21, shoppers can discover local delicacies and pasalubong items, particularly those from Regions XII and IV-A, on Shopee. They can also buy products from Filipina-owned businesses, championed by Shopee and USAID’s partnership to empower local female entrepreneurs.

In its statement, DTI’s Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion announced, "The Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion is proud to be a partner for #TatakPinoy on Shopee. This initiative will connect thousands of consumers to more than a hundred MSMEs on one platform".

"We invite Filipinos from all over the country to patronize and take pride in products that are certified #TatakPinoy from the National Trade Fair Pop-up Store and Go Lokal! Shopee Mall", the statement added.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “We strongly believe in the importance of uplifting homegrown entrepreneurs. From microbusinesses to SMEs, these local brands all contribute to the Philippine economy’s growth as a whole".

"Considering that most local businesses still can’t promote their products outside of online platforms due to the pandemic, Shopee also wants to create the opportunity to showcase the best Filipino brands. We will continue to spearhead campaigns that help reignite pride and demand for local products and drive the growth of the economy.”

Aside from discovering high-quality local craftsmanship and assisting local businesses in the process, shoppers can enjoy exclusive discounts up to 10% off on participating Filipino brands such as Colourette, Vice Cosmetics, and Human Nature.

Shoppers can also enjoy more deals when they checkout using ShopeePay. For more information about the #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair, visit https://shopee.ph/m/tatak-pinoy.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.


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Kilo-kilometrong Pa-Promo with Grab Philippines and Sarah Geronimo

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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Grab, the Philippines’ leading super app is excited to announce that it will be working with one of the Philippines’ most popular and influential celebrities, Sarah Geronimo - as its brand ambassador. 

Known for her strong sense of practicality, Sarah and Grab Philippines will work on a series of campaigns and initiatives to delight and bring everyday value to Filipinos nationwide.


To kickstart the partnership, Grab and Sarah have designed a Kilo-Kilometrong Pa-promo campaign that will unload great discounts and perks across the different services and verticals. From February 15 to March 7, 


Grab users can unlock irresistible deals* across all services on the Grab   platform when they use the promo code GRABWITHSARAHG


GrabFood customers can have their favorite meals delivered for free within Metro Manila, with every minimum order of P400 For those outside the metro, they can have their meals delivered free of charge for a minimum purchase of P250. 


Enjoy up to P40 off your fares from GrabCar rides in the next three (3) weeks with the promo code. Passengers can use the code for a maximum of two rides during the promotion period. The latest promo code is also applicable across the following deals: 


Get your everyday essentials from Grab within 60 minutes less the booking fees, every time you spend a minimum of PHP 500 and use the promo code. The promo is available to all Grab users in Metro Manila and Cebu.


Sending gifts or documents to your loved ones? Enjoy PHP 1.00 booking fee with Grab. Applicable to all first time users nationwide.


Don’t miss out on a one-time PHP 50 cashback when you pay cashless for your Grab services during the promotion period. 

To catch your first glimpse of Sarah G on Grab, follow Grab Philippines on Facebook and check out the Grab app.

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More Reasons to Shop with the Shopee Loyalty Program

Friday, February 12, 2021

Users can experience a new level of value and engagement via Shopee Loyalty, with rewards including vouchers and exclusive deals to be unlocked every month.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is officially launching Shopee Loyalty, a brand new in-app program that delivers a more rewarding shopping experience for users. 

With Shopee Loyalty, users can enjoy a range of exclusive perks, vouchers, and deals every month when they shop more with Shopee.

Shopee Loyalty is an in-app program where users can earn and claim exciting rewards every month when they shop on Shopee. 

The membership is free and consists of four tiers. Shoppers can unlock higher tiers and enjoy bigger rewards by completing a certain number of orders within a month.

Shopee Loyalty is easily accessible with a single tap from the Shopee home page. On the Shopee Loyalty page, users can:

  • Track their Shopee Loyalty tier progress for the month;
  • Discover various tier and reward milestones;
  • Redeem eligible vouchers that are refreshed monthly, including free shipping vouchers and special birthday vouchers.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are excited to bring more joy and reward Shopee users better with Shopee Loyalty. Shopee has seen online shopping grow in importance for Filipinos in the past year, as more people turn to Shopee for their needs, from groceries to entertainment".

"Shopee Loyalty gives users more ways to save and have fun with Shopee as they shop online more, together with our in-app features, membership clubs, and shopping campaigns that users enjoy regularly. We look forward to helping users unlock more value with Shopee in the future.”, Yu added.

On February 15, Shopee users can also look out for exclusive free shipping vouchers from 12:00 MN to 2:00 AM and 12:00 NN to 2:00 PM for all purchases made with ShopeePay.

To learn more about Shopee Loyalty, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-loyalty-education

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

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Love! Love! Love!: Shopee’s Live Dating Show with Kris Aquino

Thursday, February 11, 2021

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Looking for new love or need love advice? Let the Queen of all Media and Shopee brand ambassador Kris Aquino help you!

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites all Filipinos to join its in-app Valentine’s Day festivities starting today until February 14.


Are you ready to find the ‘right one’ through Shopee? Here are three exciting activities on Shopee that users can look forward to during this Valentine’s Day Weekend: 


1. Get coached and find the Love Love Love of your life with Kris Aquino


Catch the 2-hour Shopee Live Valentine’s special, Love! Love! Love! With Kris Aquino, this February 12, 7:00-9:00PM. Kris Aquino herself will help people find their perfect match and give love advice to viewers. 


Kris Aquino and one lucky person will play Shopee Live’s special edition of Shopee Love! Love! Love!: Match & Win. She will help guide the contestant in finding their ultimate “match” as they go through a series of challenges.


At the end of the virtual matchmaking, the winning couple will receive a love package for two containing gifts and vouchers from Klean Kanteen, Okada Manila, The Body Shop, Photobook and many more. Participants who are unsuccessful in finding love will receive P200 ShopeePay credits. 


2. Play Kris-ibig Tips for a chance to guest star at the ShopeeLive Valentine’s Day special


In need of relationship advice? Shopee has got you covered! From February 8-14, play Shopee Kris-ibig Tips on the app to generate tips on self-love and dating from Kris Aquino herself.


Take a screenshot and post it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with your best witty caption. Make your post public, tag @shopeeph and use the hashtags #ShopeeKris-IbigTips #ValentinesWithShopee.


Get a chance to be selected as  one of the four lucky winners to guest star in Kris Aquino’s Valentine’s Day Special on Shopee Live on February 12. Not to worry, 10 winners can still win other special prizes including ShopeePay vouchers, Xiaomi Redmi 7A smartphone, Huawei Band 4 smartwatch, and more! 


3. Share Your Own #LoveLoveLoveAdvice to win a Realme C11 smartphone


Starting today until February 14, you can re-post your most bonggang love advice using the hashtag #LoveLoveLoveAdvice.

Don’t forget to tune in to Shopee Live Valentine’s special, Love! Love! Love! With Kris Aquino and you might just see how she reacts to your advice.


Look forward to the love-themed ShopeeLive episodes, in-app activities, and more at https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-love-love-love.

Shoppers can also enjoy deals up to 90% off across all categories to purchase gifts for their loved ones or themselves at Shopee’s Valentine’s Day Sale.

To learn more about it, visit https://shopee.ph/m/valentines-day-sale

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

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Create EPIC IG-worthy contents with the SAMSUNG Galaxy S21 5G and Galaxy S21+ 5G

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Many things have changed during the new normal but what stayed the same is the desire to connect and share online.

People spend more time on social media - from enticing cooking videos to short and hilarious skits. Samsung can help more Filipinos become content creators with the newly-launched Galaxy S21 and S21+ 5G, which help turn everyday moments more epic.

Unlock a whole new way to record memories with Director’s View

No more having to take multiple videos to capture multiple angles. Get the shots, change the angles, record it live! Director’s View puts you straight into the director’s chair. Three camera angles with live preview give you the ability to seamlessly switch angles while recording.

Make content more interactive with Vlogger View

With Vlogger View, record videos using both the front- and rear-facing cameras simultaneously. Dual-recorded vlogs are ideal for mukbangs, travel videos, and even funny pranks since it captures the creator’s reactions while recording. This can make videos more authentic, personal, and fun.

Capture audio more seamlessly with Multi Mic Recording

Pair the Galaxy Buds with the Galaxy S21 or S21+ 5G, and both devices will capture audio through the Multi Mic Recording feature. Audio stays crystal-clear and crisp even if creators stand away from the smartphone. This feature is perfect for singers and even vloggers who want to share their thoughts, reviews, or life updates.

Level up photos and videos with the Multi-Camera system

The Galaxy S21 and S21+ 5G has an improved pro-grade camera that will turn creators into photography virtuosos. 

Both smartphones are equipped with a triple rear-camera system composed of a 64MP Telephoto lens, 12MP Wide Angle lens, and a 12MP Ultra-Wide camera. 

Even self-portraits are social media-ready with a 10MP Selfie camera. Samsung’s innovative Space Zoom is also improved for clearer and steadier shots even up to 30 times away. Socially-distanced photoshoots? Samsung can make that happen.

These smartphones are also frame-changers in terms of videos. Samsung retains the cinematic 8K Video in the Galaxy S21 and S21+ 5G. Vlogs are shot in 8K quality, currently the highest resolution available on a smartphone. 

Screenshots also retain 33MP quality with 8K Video Snap, useful for teasers and thumbnails. Thirsty for adventure? Super Steady shoots like an action cam, so the footage is always super-smooth.

One take and it’s a wrap with Single Take

Gone are the days when creators have to shoot the same photo or video multiple times. This Single Take feature functions as a personal editor that can apply different styles, angles, and formats with a tap on the screen. Creators can relight a scene, use slow-mo for an action shot, or even highlight a particular clip. The possibilities to express one’s personality are endless.

Stay powered the whole day

Shooting can take hours, so Samsung included an intelligent battery that can power through the day. The Galaxy S21 5G is packed with 4,000 mAh, while the Galaxy S21+ 5G comes with 4,800 mAh of power. 

Super Fast Charging gives creators hours of battery in just a few minutes, so they can get back in the game to shoot more content or edit for posting.

Meet the fastest chip in the Galaxy

Samsung can keep up with even the most in-demand creator with its 5nm processor. It’s packed with more speed, power, and intelligence so vloggers can do more, faster. Edit vlogs on the go, browse the internet, and connect with followers on social media with little to no lag. Plus, it has a 120Hz refresh rate that allows for buttery smooth scrolling and screen transition.

These features make the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ 5G the ideal partner for aspiring and established content creators. 

The Galaxy S21+ 5G is available in Samsung Experience Stores and Authorized Stores, Samsung.com, Authorized Online Partners and telco partners, Globe and Smart for Php 57,990. While the Galaxy S21 5G, at Php 47,990, will be available soon through Globe, Smart and Online channels.

The Galaxy S21+ 5G is available in Phantom Violet and Phantom Silver. On the other hand, the Galaxy S21 5G is available in Phantom Violet and Phantom Gray. Both smartphones come in 256GB memory with 8GB RAM.

Customers are entitled to epic freebies worth up to Php 6,900, including 12 months Samsung Care+ and a 25W travel adapter until February 28, 2021. 

Other offers include flexible payment terms up to 24 months at 0% interest with participating bank partners, the “Trade up, Save up” promo that allows customers to trade in their old smartphone to enjoy discounts and additional tokens up to Php 8,000, an additional 5% off when you buy two (2) or more Galaxy S21+ 5G units, and a free first month installment when using a PNB credit card.

For those looking for the 128GB variant of these devices, they will be made available soon in Samsung Experience Stores and Online channels.

For more information about Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, visit samsung.com/ph

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Asia Young Designer Awards 2020 (AYDA2020) Highlights Practical and Socially-Conscious Design Solutions

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic did not prove to be a barrier to excellence in this year’s submissions to the Asia Young Designer Awards 2020 (AYDA2020) competition.  If anything, it may have even helped the students in coming up with innovative and empathic designs.

The theme for this year is FORWARD: HUMAN-CENTRED DESIGN.  It reflects the need for designers to provide practical and socially-conscious design solutions for a rapidly growing population in a globalized world.  It encourages our students to create designs that transcend beauty – designs that also respond and empathize with the needs of the humans the spaces are being designed for.

More than 400 entries were received this year and so many designs were so inspiring that our judges had such difficulty trimming them down.  After reviewing all the boards and design statements and much discussion, they were able to choose the top 10 in Architecture and Interior Design.

AYDA2020 Panel of Judges

Every year, notables in the Architecture and Interior Design industry are brought together to assess the works of our talented students and to award the prize and internship opportunities.  Here are our judges for AYDA2020:

In Architecture:

  1. Ar. Leo Pariñas, President & CEO of LPPA Design Group (Head Judge)
  2. Ar. Boon Che Wee, Director at GRA Architects Malaysia
  3. Ar. Ana Mangalino-Ling, Partner & Associate at JSLA Architects
  4. Ar. Nina Bailon-Arce, Partner at Arce-Bailon-Arce Architects
  5. Ar. Ma. Benita Regala, Department Manager at Housing Technology Development Office National Housing Authority
  6. Ar. Eduardo Casares, UAP Chairman Committee on Commissions
  7. Ar. Renato Heray, UAP National President and Owner of RAH Architecture and Landscape Corporation
  8. Ar. Richard Garcia, Vice President of Visionarch

In Interior Design:

  1. IDr. Cara Marcelo, Founder of CMM Interior Design and Consultancy (Head Judge)
  2. IDr. Chat Fores, Founder of Chat Fores Design Studio
  3. IDr. Fendarie Su, Founder of Santa Fe Interior Architecture SDH BHD
  4. IDr. Cynthia Almario, founder of Atelier Almario
  5. IDr. Ivy Almario, founders of Atelier Almario
  6. IDr. Michael Pizarro, Founder of Michael Pizarro Interior Design

Top 10 Finalists in Architecture:

  1. BALSAHAN by Joana Marie L. Ramirez of Mapua University
  2. COMM[UNITY] by Kim Russel Manjares of Lyceum Of The Philippines University – Cavite
  3. ECOPOD by Reyanne April P. Cepriano of Bulacan State University
  4. ESKINITA by Yson Karl M. Dañez of Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  5. ESTERO RECYCLING HUB by Napoleon Marion Clarke F. Mui of the University of Santo Tomas
  6. GREEN ON GRID: THE TRIANGLE HOMES by Dhennies Rivas of Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
  7. HU-MANGROVES PROJECT by John Briggs H. Gime of Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute Of Science And Technology
  8. PROJECT N.O.A.H. by Erol Kim Mandocdoc of Batangas State University
  9. SILONG by Paul John A. Jandoc of the University of Baguio
  10. THE CUBE: REHABILITATION OF DIVISORIA by Nikko S. Regalado of De La Salle College of Saint Benilde

Top 10 Finalists in Interior Design:

  1. AGASSE MOUNTAIN RESORT by Margaret Therese of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
  2. BAKHAWAN by Ryan Japhet A. Gablines of the University of San Carlos
  3. COMPLEJO DE PLAZA by Jazel Lynn P. Ong of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
  4. KABAGTAO by James Marie Kyle O. Colina of the University of San Carlos – Cebu
  5. MEMORABILIA by Jazzy Caroline Q. Kho of the University of Santo Tomas
  6. PARAISO: THE ECO-SITIO by Renzo V. Montenegro of the University of San Carlos
  7. PIERIDAE CANCER CARE CENTER by Alyssa Len A. Rodriguez of the University of Santo Tomas
  8. PUNTA SALAG: SILOY ECO-RESERVE by Ynes Sofia A. Manguerra of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
  9. PUYANAN by Lauren Ghenrich L. Khoo of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
  10. TUKLAS by John Earo J. Roque of the University of Santo Tomas

AYDA2020 Winners

Each of the top 10 finalists will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000 plus opportunities for internship.  On top of that, recipients of special awards receive additional prizes.

The Gold Award recipient will receive a cash prize of ₱50,000, internship opportunities, and will also represent the Philippines in the upcoming regional competition where he or she has the chance of winning the Platinum Award and be declared the Asia Young Designer of the Year.

The Silver Award recipient will receive a cash prize of ₱30,000 plus internship opportunities.

The recipient of the Best Green Innovation Award will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000.

The recipient of the Best Colour Choice Award will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000.

The recipient of the People’s Choice Award will receive a cash prize of ₱5,000.

The Best Mentor Award is given to the mentor of the Gold Award winner.  He or she will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000.

The award for Best Supporting College/University is given to the school with a finalist and has sent in the most entries.  They will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000 plus paint vouchers worth ₱10,000.

The award for Best College/University is given to the school of the Gold Award recipient.  They will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000 plus paint vouchers worth ₱10,000.

Special Awards Winners

Best Colour Choice awardees:   

    Nikko Regalado of Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde in Architecture         
    Ryan Japhet Gablines of the University of San Carlos – Cebu in Interior Design

Best Green Innovation Awardees:  

    Yson Karl Dañez of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Architecture     Ynes Sofia Manguerra of Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde in Interior Design;

The People’s Choice Award is garnered from votes made by their supporters on the Nippon Paint Facebook Page.  

The awardees are:
    Erol Kim Mandocdoc of Batangas State University in Architecture
    Jazzy Caroline Kho of the University of Santo Tomas in Interior Design

The Best Supporting College/University goes to the school of a finalist who has sent in the most entries to the competition. 

The awardee in both Architecture and Interior Design was given to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

Major Awards Winners

1.  The Silver Award is given to the finalist who placed second in their category.  They are:

·      Napoleon Marion Clarke Mui of the University of Santo Tomas in Architecture·

       Lauren Ghenrich Khoo of Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde in Interior Design

2.  The Gold Award is given to the finalist who placed first in their category.  They are:

·      2.1. Paul John Jandoc of the University of Baguio in Architecture

       2.2. Margaret Therese Hagad of Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde in Interior Design

Paul John Jandoc and Margaret Therese Hagad will represent the Philippines at the upcoming regional competition where they have the chance to win the Platinum Award and get declared the Asia Young Designer Award for the Year!

3.  The Best College/University goes to the school of the Gold Award winner.  At the same time, the Best Mentor Award goes to the mentor of the Gold Award winner.  

They are Ar. Tim-Paul Villanueva of the University of Baguio in Architecture and IDr. Karol Ann Antonio of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Interior Design

Congratulations to all the winners! You make us all proud.

For more information about the Asia Young Designer Award, visit the website at https://www.youngdesigneraward.ph/ and the social media accounts as follows:

·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nipponpaintaydaph

·         Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nipponpaintaydaphl/

·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/aydaph

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