Saturday, November 23, 2019

Things you should do before and after massage

Whenever you are tired or you just feel like relaxing, a remarkable massage is a must. Visiting a spa at least once a month is advisable, and it will make you more healthy and productive. A massage may be expensive but having one once in a while is a good self-investment. A healthy activity that may help you boost your drive, energy and health status. According to studies, having a nice massage relaxes muscles and improves blood circulation. It also reduces stress and improves skin tone.

Spa Riviera located at Gen. Luna St. City Proper, Iloilo City

If you think you’ve been abusing your body, having a massage is necessary so that you can function well.

This simple and short article aims to give tips and help guide first timers to ensure a wonderful experience. The following items are the things you should and shouldn’t do before and after a wonderful massage:

Do’s before the massage:

1. Book an Appointment. Make sure to call and make a reservation if you are planning to visit a massage center. Establishments, are usually full especially on the weekends. Make sure to arrive at least 20 minutes before your schedule so that you can still cool down and take a shower.

2. Loosen up. Remove all unnecessary clothes like your underwear. Wear a robe or towel before heading to shower or massage bed. Remove and secure accessories like earings, watch, bracelets, necklace, etc. to maximize comfort.

3. Take a Shower. Not all establishments have shower facilities, but if there’s any, grab the chance to take a warm bath to remove dirt and dust from your body, especially if you are coming from work or outdoors. Warm water helps relax your tired body. And by doing so, you won’t need to wash off when you get home, because you are advised not to wet your body for approximately 6 hours after massage.

4. Submit yourself. During the massage, just submit your self to your masseuse. Relax, be calm yet be observant. Listen to the instructions if there’s any and observe the sequence. By doing so, you would be able to familiarize the step-by-step process. Spa establishments have their own signature services and routines. If you have requests and concern, don’t hesitate to inform your attendant. If you are not satisfied how you are being treated, let them know.

After the massage:

5. Get warmth. As much as possible, don’t  drink cold drink nor eat cold food. Your body prefers warm intakes such as herb tea, warm water, or etc. Right after massage, your attendant may put a warm compress.

6. Meditate. Meditation and realization helps you wrap up things and ideas.

7. Share. After getting dressed, settle your bill and be generous enough to mention things you liked (and maybe disliked) with regards to your service. Please do it discreetly if you have concerns. Giving a tip is nice. Each establishment has their unique way of encouraging you to at least give a tip to the attendants, but it is not compulsory.

Tip: Have massage few hours before sleeping. It helps you sleep faster and better. In Iloilo City, massage centers are quite plenty. But where you can usually catch me is at Spa Riviera. They are located at Jabez Bldg. Gen Luna St., Iloilo City; and they’re opening a new branch at SM Southpoint.  Try them and get pampered.

Also, try Skinetics Wellness Center, Nuat Thai, Shana Lacs and Moana Day Spa. 

Friday, November 22, 2019

SMC to use biodegradable plastics packaging | Press Release

SMC to use biodegradable plastics packaging

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is set to become the first Filipino company to utilize fully-certified biodegradable plastic packaging.

The company said it is tapping a local firm that has been developing and testing the technology for the last five years, which SMC is initially set to use for food and non-food products, such as cement and feed sacks, grocery bags and food and other single-use plastic packaging.

The move will be the newest addition to San Miguel’s sustainable business models, which include the zero-waste returnable glass bottle system, and manufacturing processes following circular economy principles--where by-products are re-used to create other products.

SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said that it is partnering with Philippine Bioresins Corporation, a small but innovative company, that has successfully developed and tested biodegradable plastics.

“Initially, we will use it for cement packaging. What we will use is a biodegradable plastic woven packaging, or sack. This is proudly developed by Filipino inventors, using local materials, and made by local workers,” Ang said.

Philippine Bioresins Corporation was recently given an Environmental Technology Verification certificate by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Industrial Technology Development Institute.

The DOST verification confirmed that the biodegradable polypropylene produced by the company will be 64.65 percent degraded in 24 months as compared to non-biodegradable plastics (4.5 percent in 24 months).

“We have always been looking for innovative environmental technologies, and we are excited about this development. We are looking forward to using biodegradable plastics, and this is just the beginning, as they are developing other technologies in this field,” Ang said.

Ang said that the country’s stature as the world’s third largest plastic polluter to global waters, should be enough motivation for people and companies to try and find ways how to lessen their impact on the environment.

In addition to using biodegradable cement bags, the company’s cement business also currently buys plastic water bottles and bags, for use as fuels for its cement plants. It also uses discarded rubber tires and industrial sewage waste as secondary fuel for its cement plants.  

“This is another way that we are helping turn plastic wastes that would have otherwise ended up in landfills or bodies of water, into useful and much-needed products—in this case, cement, which is used to construct buildings and infrastructure.”

“We are very serious when it comes to sustainability. We have stopped our plastic bottled water business; we have taken on the challenge to reduce group-wide non-product water use by 50% by 2025, and we’ve poured more resources into major projects to clean up bodies of water as well as into research that supports plastic waste reduction.”

Last March, San Miguel started collaborating with leading materials science company Dow Chemical to study using hard-to-recycle plastics as an alternative raw material for road surfacing, in order to reduce the volume of scrap plastics that end up in the landfills.

Earlier this year, SMC announced a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to clean up and revive the Tullahan River as part of efforts to rehabilitate the Manila Bay. It will be spending P1 billion for the endeavor. It has also proposed a 1.2-kilometer bridge that will link Boracay to the mainland of Aklan to address water, sewage and solid waste management as well as decongest the island.

San Miguel Corporation debuts PH's first recycled plastic road | Press Release

San Miguel Corporation debuts PH’s first recycled plastics road 

Conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has taken another major step in the area of sustainability, by laying the first recycled plastics road in the Philippines. 

Asphalt using plastics were laid on a 1,500-square meter pilot test site at a new logistics center in General Trias, Cavite. The test site was chosen as it will be used primarily as a marshalling area for trucks with heavy loads, including 18-wheelers, and heavy equipment. 

SMC president Ramon S. Ang said: “What we want to achieve is to help address an important environmental issue, and that is plastic wastes. We want to create a sustainable use for waste plastics so that they don’t end up in landfills and our rivers and oceans." 

Some 900 kilos of plastic waste, equivalent to some 180,000 sachets and plastic bags, were used for the test site. 

SMC’s technology partner, global materials science company Dow, said that recycled plastic waste acts as a binder together with bitumen, in the production of asphalt. 

The company said that using recycled plastics in the production process can help make roads longer lasting and more durable compared to conventional asphalt. 

Independent lab testing done on San Miguel’s recycled plastics road asphalt shows that it exceeds the standards of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The company said that pending further testing, it can build recycled plastics roads in its facilities as well as major infrastructure projects.

Last week, San Miguel also announced that it is adopting the use of biodegradable plastics for food and non-food products. 

For this, the company is utilizing the biodegradable plastics developed by Philippine Bioresins Corporation that can be 64.65 percent degraded in 24 months as compared to non-biodegradable plastics (4.5 percent in 24 months).

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Industrial Technology Development Institute gave this innovation an Environmental Technology Verification certificate.

San Miguel has also discontinued its bottled water business a few years ago and embarked on the move to reduce group-wide non-product water use by 50% by 2025.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has recently started testing asphalt produced with recycled plastic waste and bitumen as additives on a 1,500-square meter pilot site at its new logistics center in General Trias, Cavite. Some 900 kilos of plastic waste, equivalent to some 180,000 sachets and plastic bags, were used for the test site. SMC president Ramon S. Ang says that the initiative is to address the plastic waste issue by creating a sustainable use for waste plastics that would usually end up in landfills, rivers and oceans. The company also earlier announced the shift to biodegradable plastic packaging for food and non-food products through the technology developed by Philippine Bioresins Corporation. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Dazzling Christmas Unfolds at Iloilo Business Park | Press Release

A Dazzling Christmas Unfolds at Iloilo Business Park | Press Release 
Megaworld’s 72-hectare township development ushers in the merriest season of the year with its sparkling 40-foot Christmas Tree and giant lighted installations at the ‘Enchanted Forest of Lights’

The ceremonies were led by Iloilo City Councilor Jay Treñas, Iloilo Business Park Vice President for Sales and Marketing Jennifer Palmares-Fong, and Festive Walk Iloilo general manager Buford Tan.

Mandurriao, Iloilo City – Property giant Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park officially kicked off the Christmas season with a dazzling display of lights and color as over 38 giant animal installations lit up along Megaworld Boulevard, Festive Walk Mall, Festive Walk Parade, and Plaza Delgado.

With a ‘nostalgic childhood Christmas’ becoming the theme of this year’s decorations, bright lights and lively performances took center stage at the Festive Walk Mall Outdoor Atrium, which culminated with the lighting of the 40-foot Christmas Tree. The ceremonies were led by Iloilo City Councilor Jay Treñas, Iloilo Business Park vice president for sales and marketing Jennifer Palmares-Fong, and Festive Walk Iloilo general manager Buford Tan.

Adding more color and luster to the evening’s festivities was the official launch and lighting of the ‘Enchanted Forest of Lights,’ a collection of giant lighted installations scattered in various parts of Iloilo Business Park.

A must-see attraction within the 72-hectare township this holiday season, the Enchanted Forest of Lights is composed of huge LED-lighted displays that reach as high as 15 feet. These include larger-than-life replicas of squirrels, dogs, bears, and giraffes, as well as sea animals like goldfish, dolphins, octopus, and whales. A display of fantasy creatures, such as the unicorn, also added to the magical wonder evoked by the whimsical lighted displays.

“Christmas is all about savoring moments and creating new memories with your loved ones. With our dazzling displays, attractions and events, we invite everyone to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year here at Iloilo Business Park,” Palmares-Fong said.

Keeping the magic of Christmas alive, local performers from Parkour Iloilo, Jumpstreet Gymnastics, and Claravall-Gonzales School of Classical Ballet regaled the audience with their aerial tricks, acrobatics, and graceful ballet performances.

Over 40 kids from families belonging to the Ati Community of Lanit—an indigenous community based in Jaro, Iloilo—added flair to the celebration with their surprise performance. Concluding the Christmas kickoff celebrations was the Kinaadman Chorale, which serenaded the crowd with their own rendition of classic Yuletide carols.

During the event, Festive Walk Iloilo also unveiled a series of upcoming and exciting events and activities in store for mall goers this Holiday season.

An experience of wonder and adventure awaits Ilonggos at ‘The Mega Book Fair’ happening from November 8-11, while a display of glam fashion finds will also be showcased at the Iloilo Designers Week from November 18-30. Rounding up the treats for the season are Christmas fairs featuring with interesting local products, great deals and promos, a meet and greet opportunity with Santa and more performances.

More photos here:

The ATI Community of Lanit, Jaro Iloilo.

The fireworks display during the Christmas Tree Lighting event at Festive Walk Mall Outdoor Atrium.

In the photo is the General Manager of Megaworld Iloilo, Bufford Tan.  

A ceremonial toast with the market-leaders of Iloilo Megaworld Corporation. 

A special appearance of Santa Claus giving some gifts to the ATI Community of Lanit Jaro.

Kinaadman Chorale of Molo, Iloilo City.

For more information about the exciting series of Christmas events and activities, you may call the Festive Walk Concierge through (033) 501-9417 or email You may also visit