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Monday, September 30, 2019

NeoStrata helps you turn back time

To age gracefully there isnt just one secret. It takes a collection of products that will help you restore, protect and regenerate one's skin. In my experience, I have tried all the skincare that is available in the market. In fact,  one set of a famous anti-aging skincare went plateau on my skin for 5 years of continuous use. That's why I am always changing skincare products every now and then and still on the lookout for that one anti-aging skincare to help me turn back time. 

For a skincare that can help correct the signs of aging while preventing future damage, look no further with Neostrata. I'll be trying out their samples this week and will let you know.

DMARK Beauty Corporation celebrates 20 years of a successful partnership with Neostrata and launches The New Skin Active Line , it is a collection of premium products designed for maximum, noticeable results in potent formulations where results continue to build with time. 

Since its inception in 1998, DMARK Beauty Corporation has been providing Beauty Solutions Beyond Compare. For more than 20 years, the company has been at the forefront of the Philippine aesthetic beauty industry based on a culture of innovation, quality, excellence, and integrity. Under the leadership of its CEO, beautypreneur Nikki Tang, the company has been known for introducing incomparable anti-aging solutions to customers – revolutionizing the field of skin care and beauty aesthetics across the country to empower men and women by building their self-esteem.

Trusted by medical professionals and consumers all over the Philippines, DMARK Beauty Corporation is the market leader in the distribution of effective anti-aging skin care and minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment. The company’s products are available nationwide in dermatology clinics, aesthetic centers, beauty and personal care stores, and e-commerce sites. With its omnichannel marketing efforts, the company aims to create meaningful connection and engagement with its customers.

“It warms my heart to see how, over the years, DMARK Beauty Corporation has achieved so much,” the transcendent Nikki Tang said. “We have flown to greater heights, and now we are even more excited about what the future holds!”

As anti-aging technology in dermatology continued to evolve, its impact on the dynamic beauty aesthetic industry had a positive effect on DMARK’s stakeholders, employees and customers. But even with the aesthetic industry’s rapid progression, DMARK Beauty Corporation’s core values and commitment to providing advanced care for the face, body, and hair will never falter. Today, the company is focused on finding breakthroughs in skin wellness. It has expanded into medical aesthetic devices for face, body and overall wellness.

New Layers of Beauty 

One of DMARK Beauty Corporation’s bestselling brands, NeoStrata, has a passion for developing the very best in anti-aging skin care. From the onset, NeoStrata founders Dr. Eugene Van Scott and Dr. Ruey Yu discovered novel ingredients that have advanced the science of dermatology. Their commitment to discovery and quest for innovation in skin revitalization has helped to revolutionize physician grade skin care for more than forty years. 

On a mission to help people by helping their skin, the name “NeoStrata” translates to “new layers” – two words that perfectly describe the brand’s skin care philosophy and belief that visible results come from renewing layers of the skin. The brand’s team of researchers has been studying topical skin care ingredients for over four decades, discovering and patenting some of the best-known technologies, like Glycolic Acid, which have been licensed within the skin care industry worldwide.

This dedication and deeply embedded passion continue today in the laboratories of NeoStrata with the careful crafting of elegant, highly effective formulations, with results proven by rigorous studies. Each NeoStrata product is backed by the highest standards of quality and effectiveness to deliver products and results.

DMARK Beauty Corporation has been NeoStrata’s official distributor in the Philippines for two decades and counting. Thanks to this partnership, Filipinos are able to enjoy and experience for themselves NeoStrata’s wonderfully effective and state-of-the-art products. 

“All women are beautiful, but sometimes, we have to polish that beauty to bring out the best in it,” Nikki Tang explains. “I know that there are few women who are truly satisfied and content with their skin, and that’s why I’m happy to have been partnering with NeoStrata for all these years. Together, DMARK and NeoStrata work together to help our customers combat the effects of aging, and to help them be vigilant in protecting their bodily assets. I am so happy that DMARK is the official distributor of NeoStrata in the country, and that there is so much more to come from this exciting friendship.”

Celebrating 20 years of a successful partnership and counting, DMARK Beauty Corporation and NeoStrata are ready to begin a new chapter. 

The New Skin Active Line

The NeoStrata Skin Active line is a collection of premium products designed for maximum, noticeable results in potent formulations where results continue to build with time. This collection features benefit ingredients that are often combined into “complexes” to address the multiple concerns encountered while aging. The line is comprised of different regimens carefully crafted to solve different skin concerns, and each product within every regimen is formulated with potent, high quality performance-driven ingredients proven to work. 

A Bright Future 

Skin problems come as swiftly as this fast-changing world turns. Thankfully, DMARK Beauty Corporation and NeoStrata have given Filipinos a chance at a brighter future – one where they can slow down the effects of aging and be proud of their skin.

“Our clients and partners’ continued support is absolutely one of the reasons why we are here, and for that, I will always be grateful to them,” Nikki Tang gushed. “I am definitely thrilled to see what awaits DMARK Beauty Corporation and NeoStrata. The best is truly yet to come!”

FINOVATION 2019: Stakeholders generate relevant solutions for increased financial inclusion

Staying ahead of the innovation curve, leading online financial marketplace, through its parent company C88 Financial Technologies, Inc., partnered with global consumer credit reporting company Experian in 2018. This tech-driven collaboration has allowed to evolve from being a product-focused price comparison website to a customer-centric underwriting marketplace. 
(L-R) Richard Lauder, Senior Vice President for Finance, C88 Financial Technologies Inc.; Ched Limson, COO, eCompareMo; Stephanie Chung, Co-Founder & CEO, eCompareMo; Benjamin Diokno, Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; J.P. Ellis, Co-Founder & Group CEO, C88 Financial Technologies, Inc.; and Patrick Chua, President, Snapcompare Corp.

J.P. Ellis, Co-Founder and Group CEO of C88 Financial Technologies, Inc., highlights this partnership as he discusses their new digital onboarding family of products at Finovation 2019: Real Problems, Real Solutions. 

Held last September 25, 2019, at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Manila Peninsula, the annual fintech forum gathered key stakeholders from the banking and insurance industries, regulators and policymakers, cooperatives, and fintech players. Finovation facilitated thought leadership to generate relevant solutions for increased financial inclusion, focusing on improving credit access among financially underserved Filipinos. 

Digital onboarding: a pioneering effort
Through its partnership with Experian, enables digital applications, onboarding, and decisioning for banks and financial institutions. This covers basic identification, verification, information gathering, and documentation, making a full online application possible. 
Finovation 2019 Keynote Speaker, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno

Believing that Manila is a prime hub for digital transformation, Ellis believes that digital onboarding is a perfect fit for the country, bringing in a variety of benefits for both consumers and issuing financial institutions. “Digital onboarding represents the next generation of our platform,” says the group CEO in a media interview during Finovation. “It is a sequence of fintech steps through which financial institutions can acquire customers, validate, score, and underwrite them.” 

Likening the process to Lego blocks, Ellis explains that digital onboarding can be constructed depending on either the customer’s profile or the product being acquired. The process, he emphasizes, makes the customer experience more native and convenient; on the other hand, expediting financial transactions digitally helps curb costs and processing time for financial institutions. 

Government support and partnerships for fintech
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) actively supports initiatives like digital onboarding, recognizing fintech players as key partners for financial inclusion. In his keynote speech for Finovation, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno emphasizes that the country’s central bank adopts an open and flexible approach to financial innovation. The governor notes that fintech plays a crucial role in strengthening inclusion, an agenda in line with the BSP’s policy objective of building an accommodating financial system for more Filipinos. 
J.P. Ellis, Co-Founder & Group CEO, C88 Financial Technologies, Inc,talks about digital onboarding for financial services.

Taking on a forward-looking approach, Diokno raises the challenge of promoting fintech while simultaneously planning regulatory procedures for upcoming innovations. In this way, the digital financial ecosystem of the future becomes a safe, secure, affordable, and convenient mechanism that addresses the needs of a diverse market. Complementing existing and emerging fintech initiatives, Diokno shares the National Retail Payment System (NRPS), the BSP’s flagship program for digital finance. 

“The NRPS is built on three core principles: interoperability, inclusiveness, and ‘coopetition,’” Diokno shares. “Through the NRPS, regulated institutions are required to adopt transparent and fair market pricing of electronic payments, transition from exclusive bilateral to multi-party clearinghouse agreements, and provide electronic fund transfer facilities in all available channels, among others.”
Jaime Garchitorena, President and CEO, Credit Information Corporation and Ira Paulo Gozon, Chief of Staff, Anti-Red Tape Authority discusses about Future Forward: Regulators’ Projects and Platforms.

The governor notes that the NRSP and the payment ecosystem envisioned to arise from it are positioned to become crucial platforms for further innovations. Through these, he says that industry players can utilize fintech solutions and provide services within an organized, commercially viable, and efficient retail payment system.

Looking ahead: the future of fintech in the Philippines
With strategic collaborations and government support at hand, moves forward in the digital sphere with confidence. Now with over thirty-five financial institutions fortifying their inventory of financial services, the comparison portal wishes to consistently make its clients feel fulfilled as they make major financial decisions through their website.

“Apart from giving them access to an ever-growing number of digital consumers, we have been providing technology solutions to financial institutions, among which digital onboarding is arguably the most significant to date,” says Stephanie Chung, Co-Founder and CEO of “Our experience as a digital sales agency enables us to develop efficient, effective and compliant workflow systems to capture and process customer credit applications online. Our suite of solutions caters to financial institutions of any size, including cooperatives.”

“There is a lot more to do and we are looking forward to sharing and celebrating these future milestones with everyone in the industry at the appropriate times,” Chung concludes. 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

"Don't Pay Cash. PayMaya!" promotes better than cash benefits with new features and rewards

Just because money is out and cashless transaction is in!
I have been shopping and paying for loads for the past month using only my PayMaya app through my mobile phone. Ever since I downloaded the app, shopping has become easy and convenient. There is a discount promo when you buy a load. How's that and if youre lucky enough, there is a cashback promo for every transaction you made for the day. It lessened the burden of carrying cash and coins around. 

Filipinos now have more reasons to go cashless as PayMaya launches its "Don't Pay Cash, PayMaya!" brand campaign promoting a more convenient and rewarding payment experience for all Filipinos nationwide.  

PayMaya ramps up its efforts to increase cashless transactions in the country with the launch of its “Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya!” Campaign, along with a fresh new look, exciting app upgrades and more rewarding promos. 

In this photo are executives from PayMaya Philippines (from left to right): Raymund Villanueva, Head of Growth and Brand Marketing; Mitch Padua, Chief Product Officer; Kenneth Palacios, Head of Wallets Business; Paolo Azzola, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director; Orlando B. Vea, Founder and CEO; Shailesh Baidwan, President; Miguel Fernandez, Group Chief Finance Officer; Mar Lazaro, Head of Enterprise Business; and Heidi Garayblas, Head of Brand and Marketing Services.  

Through the upbeat consumer campaign, the digital financial services leader unveils an enhanced PayMaya mobile app, exciting new features, and more compelling merchant partner promos, as well as the best cashback promos and discounts for an overall more rewarding experience for all users. 

PayMaya's new brand campaign features a catchy jingle with lyrics promoting the best perks of going cashless, set against the tune of the song "Ligaya" popularized by the iconic OPM band Eraserheads. Through the campaign, PayMaya encourages all Filipinos to get more joy and value out of daily transactions by opting to use PayMaya instead of cash for all their payments needs.  

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: Attendees of the “Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya!” Launch were entertained by PayMaya’s official mascots, Maya, who danced to PayMaya’s newly launched jingle to the tune of the iconic Eraserheads anthem "Ligaya."

"PayMaya is undoubtedly the best way to pay in the Philippines today. Our formula is simple – make digital payments accessible, more convenient, more secure, more rewarding, and more fun. With a newer and smoother app experience, the biggest discounts and cashback promos, and an ever-growing network of merchant and add money partners, it's now better to 'PayMaya' instead of paying with cash," said Paolo Azzola, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of PayMaya. 

Better than cash rewards  
PayMaya is taking the lead in unlocking the multiple rewards and benefits of going cashless. With the pre-holiday and e-Commerce sales just around the corner, using a PayMaya account for everyday transactions is the best way to get the best discounts and cashback for all your purchases. 

Cashless convenience, just a click away: Attendees of the event experienced firsthand the cashless convenience featured in the “Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya!” campaign launch with seamless payments via PayMaya QR available at the Eattogether Food Hall in Capitol Commons.

Just for September alone, PayMaya users can get as much as P5,000 in cashback from the various promos rolled out by the brand. All one has to do is use the PayMaya app for prepaid load and gaming pins, bills payments, sending money, PayMaya QR transactions with partner merchants, and online shopping. 

Even getting a PayMaya account gets more rewarding as PayMaya is giving as much as P200 just by registering with a referral code and upgrading their account.    

"We're just getting started and this will get more exciting as we gear up towards the holiday shopping season. Our goal is to make every Filipinos embrace digital payments by multiplying the benefits of going cashless," said Azzola. 

Better than cash experience  
To usher in a next-level experience, PayMaya has updated the mobile app to make it easier and safer to use.  

The most popular services such as Sending Money, Buying Load, or Sharing Treats are now easily accessible with just one tap at the home screen of the app. Under the PayMaya Shop, one can also find more variants for digital goods such as telco load, gaming PINs, and treats vouchers - with the best discounts through promos.  

Funding one’s PayMaya account is also easier–users can add money from your bank account through InstaPay or by linking their credit* or debit card. 
PayMaya places high importance in security. 

All PayMaya users are encouraged to upgrade their accounts not only for higher transaction limits but also for safer transactions. To facilitate this, PayMaya has introduced a simpler and faster Upgrade process featuring selfie and AI technology. PayMaya also recently unveiled a sexier and safer black card design with the card number and other sensitive information at the back, instead of being displayed at the front. 

Better than cash:  Influencer Ashley Chan shows off her PayMaya card which sports a new, sleek design, as well as an added layer of security for instagram-savvy Pinoys. With her PayMaya in hand, she can easily hop on the cashless lifestyle and unlock awesome rewards! 

The new app design, initially available to Android users and also soon for iOS devices, prominently features the latest promos and perks that account holders can take advantage of, so that they can easily discover ways to make the most of their money with PayMaya. 

"Expect more features and services to roll out in the coming months. Our goal is to make the payments experience of every Filipino hassle-free and more secure," explained Azzola. 

Don't pay cash. PayMaya!  
With all these brand-new features and exciting new promos for users, PayMaya's "Don't Pay Cash. PayMaya!" campaign targets to accelerate digital payments adoption in the Philippines. This is in support of the National Financial Inclusion goals of the country and the aim to increase digital transactions in the country to 20% by 2020 under the National Retail Payment System (NRPS).

PayMaya is the only financial technology company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device. It is the financial technology arm of Voyager Innovations, the leading technology company in the country backed by PLDT, KKR, Tencent, World Bank’s IFC and the IFC Emerging Asia Fund. 

Its “universal payments platform” enables the country’s top eCommerce sites, major retail and quick-service restaurants and government institutions, as well as MSMEs to accept multiple kinds of cashless payments. 

To know more about how you can maximize your PayMaya account, visit or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

JoyRide collaborates with Chef Jonvic to give hungry diners mouth-watering signature bowls!

If you are a regular of Mercato Centrale you probably saw the latest pop-up booth that serves something fresh, delicious, healthy and affordable meals.  Its Nutri Asia's baby , JoyRide!  

JoyRide was first launched back in 2017, as a mobile food truck that went around different foodie destinations around Metro Manila. 

Nutri Asia relaunches JoyRide , this time as a pop up stall in Mercato Centrale to be able to serve customers regularly. The launch was attended by Chef Jonvic Mangibin and selected food bloggers. 

JoyRide collaborates with Chef Jonvic to give hungry diners  mouth-watering signature bowls  that consists of 4 key ingredients : Main Dish, Starch, Veggie and The Sauce.  You can also customize / build your own bowl according to your diet. 

Here are JoyRide's Signature bowls that you should try;

1.   Creamy tofu sisig with Roasted Veggies and Bahay Kubo Rice- (my favorite dish, I love the way they prepared it with no MSG, its healthy and filling, I love that its creamy too. )

2.   Pork Tonkatsu with Baked Sweet Potato and Coleslaw.

3.   Crispy Fried Chicken with Buttered Corn & Carrots and Steamed Rice

4.    Steak and Greens with Garlic Adlai

5.    Fish and Chips with Fresh Salad

Chef Jonvic Mangibin conceptualized new menu that features dishes and sauces that are made with everyone's well-loved and trusted NutriAsia products such as Datu Puti, UFC, Golden Fiesta , Jufran, Mang Tomas and Big Crunch

NutriAsia, home to the biggest and most iconic Pinoy brands like Datu Puti, Silver Swan, UFC, Mang Tomas, and Locally, has always been committed to creating Masarap Masaya moments for its customers. 

Creamy tofu sisig with Roasted Veggies and Bahay Kubo Rice

JoyRide! kicked off its operations last September 4 at Mercato Centrale BGC with its colorful pop-up booth that is set to take customers to a journey of food re-discovery. 

Through JoyRide!, we want to offer customers freshly cooked, healthy meals that will definitely give them value for their money. Aside from our signature bowls that start for as low as P150, our menu offers a lot of possible combinations to make sure that we have something to offer to everyone. So whatever you feel like eating, we have a foodventure waiting for you in JoyRide!. We even have vegetarian options, tool” says Chef Jonvic. 

Chef Jonvic is the co-owner of Fresh Fuel, a company that creates, customizes, and delivers meals for athletes and people with active lifestyles. He is also CEO of the MV Group, which specializes in food and beverage consultation, operation and management, and a partner in Integra, a business school in BGC. 

“We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Chef Jonvic and go beyond the kitchen to be closer to our customers through an exciting food venture like JoyRide!. Starting this September, everyone can have a taste of JoyRidel’s mouth-watering dishes in our pop-up booth in Mercato Centrale and soon, we’ll also be available for delivery in selected areas in Metro Manila,” says James Lim, Head of Corporate Marketing and Communications of NutriAsia. 

JoyRide! is open at Mercato Centrale BGC Wednesdays through Saturdays, 6 PM to 3 AM. Starting Mid-October, JoyRide! will also be open at Mercato Centrale Glorietta Thursdays through Fridays, from 4 PM to 2 AM. 

For more info and updates, you may visit @joyridemnl in Instagram. 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Look exquisite with Caronia this holiday season

Holiday season is here, and this means a whirl of parties, reunions, and get-togethers where you can show off that holiday look. What is a better way to complete your holiday vibe than with a festive and fab manicure?

For over 50 years, Caronia has been your trusted brand to beautify your fingertips and make simple occasions turn into colorful moments. This season, Caronia introduces its newest line for your tips and toes with their “Exquisite Collection”.

Caronia's Exquisite Collection palette consists of four stunning shades that will bring out your elegance and charm.

Caronia Nail Polish in Crimson

Channel your inner femme fatale with the vivid red tint of Caronia Nail Polish in Crimson. This would look great for a special dinner with friends and loved ones.

Caronia Nail Polish in Champagne

Be dazzling with Caronia Nail Polish in Champagne and nail the season with its luscious tone of gold, perfect for office holiday parties.

Caronia Nail Polish Twilight

Feel dauntless in this mesmerizing color of azure blue bottled in Caronia Nail Polish Twilight. A stellar hue for girls’ night out.

Caronia Nail Polish in Dusk

Exude boldness with Caronia Nail Polish in Dusk. This elegant shade of midnight green can take you from day to night during the season.

Discover Elegance in Every Shade and buy the Caronia Exquisite Collection limited edition pack (SRP: 151.00) plus get the chance to have a meet and greet encounter with the lovely star — Shaira Diaz! 

Fifty (50) lucky winners will be chosen via raffle to experience a lunch date and exciting activities with Shaira.

Visit and Caronia Philippines on Facebook to know the complete mechanics. Grab your Caronia Exquisite collection pack on Shopee, Lazada, and BeautyMNL.

The deadline for submission of entries is on November 26, 2019.

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