Sea Fun, Sea View, at Sea Fair 2015 on December 5-6

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11246698_10153305353477956_3323504806264414027_oAnother year at sea . . . Sea Fair 2015. An  outdoor boat and yacht exposition in the Philippines to be held on December 5- 6 at SM by the Bay.  A gathering of boating, marine, and water sports enterprise in a 2-day exposition showcasing the best of the maritime and nautical industry.  An opportunity to showcase products and services, build a network web, and give guests and visitors significant insight of this booming industry, Sea Fair  invites members of these industry to be a part of this annual festivities.

“We’re bringing in 12189430_10153305600462956_549863988662722537_owater on-ground by holding simultaneous beach sport activities like beach volleyball and beach tennis showcasing the national team players, on top of regatta
competition, Dragon boat competition, Sea Fair Poker Run, and Yacht Parties in the middle of the sea,” shares Geraldine Castillo, Marketing Head of the event.
If that isn’t enough to excite you, there is  also a Helicopter City Tour which will provide guests an aerial view of the event and the metro and a Foam Party to heighten the festivities.  For more information, contact Geraldine Castillo at 515-9903/587-4446/0917-8245025.



Mandala Park Weekend Celebrations are Sumptuous, Soulful, Sustainable

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SAM_9418CrowdTime to turn the spotlight  on Mandaluyong and see what the city has to offer. Weekends at the Mandala Park could be a start.  Visit their once a month weekend market for food, music, entertainment with the family or friends.  The Mandala Park weekend market gives visitors a chance to unwind after a tiring work week. Serving up another feast, the second installment brings back crowd favorites like Fog City Creamery’s organic preservative-free ice cream, Scout Honor’s made-on-the-spot cookies, and Ribs Manila’s smoked pulled pork. While Fruit Magic brings back their cold-pressed juices, Stanford & Shaw is delighting second-timers and newbies with a taste of their guilt-free citrusy ginger ale. Rounding up the list of returning merchants are: B&T Mexican Kitchen, Ramen Iroha, and IAmKim.

SAM_9423New additions include makers of Hawaiian ceviche Poke Boy and the handcrafted delicatessen of Mister Delicious, Mister Fluffies which uses organic sugar in making their cotton candy, and Pedro Brewcrafters who make their beers in-house in San Pedro, Laguna. These four, along with the other chosen merchants are not only great examples of businesses that help the sustainable movement gain more ground in the country, they are also contributors of support for local businesses and industries, particularly in the agricultural sector.

SAM_9420For this month’s installment, the guest performance is courtesy of award-winning singer, producer, and songwriter Kat Agarrado of SinoSikat?, an ensemble known for their soul-infused rhythms. Through the Mandala Park weekend market, Litton & Co. actively gentrifies the urban environment of Mandaluyong by creating avenues that make it easier for people to take a breather while enjoying soothing sounds and sumptuous food with traceable origins.

Mandala Park takes shape and color, Green from Inside Out

Marco Lobregat_JJ Yulo_Nadine Howell-Fanlo

Marco Lobregat_JJ Yulo_Nadine Howell-Fanlo

More and more people are aspiring for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. The pace of living in today’s thriving districts, however, makes it hard for urban dwellers to take time out to unwind, let alone adopt green ideals.

Litton & Co, Inc., an emerging real estate player and a witness to the gentrification of Mandaluyong’s landscape, responds by staging another weekend market set to enliven their 3.2-hectare enclave into an avenue of wellness.

CEO Dr. Joseph Litton-Gallego

CEO Dr. Joseph Litton-Gallego

By curating merchants that offer traceable homegrown fares, Litton is actually cultivating a community that thrives on sustainable ideals. With the first salvo held last month, the second installment of the monthly affair brings to fore Mandala Park’s gradual transformation as its architecture begins to embody the nature of Litton’s vision.

SAM_9424Merchants that use locally sourced produce help further the sustainability movement. Food prepared with ingredients of traceable origins produce smaller carbon footprints. Less waste is generated the closer the production, manufacturing, and consumption is. Most of the merchants on Mandala Park’s roster exemplify this standard.

An overgrowth of foliage now enveloping the property’s façade shows visitors the depth of Litton’s intent. By having it draped with a green wall that effectively reduces carbon emissions, Mandala Park unravels into a space that will take denizens to a green cleansing, the kind that shows the promise of nature’s integration within the urban ecosystem.

For more information on the Mandala Park weekend market series, follow Mandala Park on facebook at <>, and on Instagram <@mandalaparkph>.

Gap From Developing Countries Prevent Climate Change Solution

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El Nino Drought Effects by Gregg Yan, WWF

El Nino Drought Effects by Gregg Yan, WWF

“There is no getting away from the fact that there is a serious gap in climate ambition globally, both in terms of the fairness of contributions – especially from those most responsible – and the inadequacy of the efforts so far to reduce emissions,”, commented by Tasneem Essop, WWF’s head of delegation to the UNFCCC.

“Actions can still be taken to address the ambition gap if countries can collectively agree to cooperate through scaled up and collaborative actions and if developed countries set targets for the provision of finance for developing countries to enhance actions to help close the gap. The Paris agreement must also include the institutional mechanisms to allow actions to get stronger and stronger through regular science and equity reviews,” she adds.

A new global climate deal is expected to be agreed in Paris in December, and will form the basis of climate action by countries after 2020. National climate pledges submitted to the UN by more than 140 countries – and representing more than 87 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions – fall short of the science-based and equitable global effort needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change, according to a new analysis released last October 19, 2015 in a meeting held in Germany.

The analysis in the report measures the fair share of climate effort that each country should be responsible for against their level of responsibility and capability, and finds that some countries have contributed their fair share of effort, while others have not. The analysis, Fair Shares: A Civil Society Equity Review of INDCs, is an independent review supported by WWF and a diverse group of civil society organisations, social movements, trade unions and faith groups.

The analysis calls for several actions to close the emissions gap, which should include:

  • The Paris Agreement must enshrine a framework that ensures domestic commitments and global targets are set in accordance with science and equity;
  • The Paris Agreement must include a strong mechanism to increase the ambition of INDCs;
  • Substantial new commitments to finance mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage in developing countries are essential;
  • Countries must scale up action for sustainable energy transformation.

“The opportunity for world leaders to change the trajectory of our future is now, and a good starting point to demonstrate this leadership is by ensuring a strong and robust global climate agreement in Paris,” Essop concludes.

Turn Trash Into Something Beautiful and Useful

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112045345_10153301780192956_3426207632594903169_oUpcycling and Recycling is practical, economical, and a fulfilling. Why can’t more people see that?  Re-using and re-purposing items that you would  normally throw away is worth looking into, not only because it’s helping the environment but it also provides self satisfaction and a sense of achievement.  As part of their advocacy of caring for the environment, Amaia Steps Parkway Nuvali embarked on an Upcycling Challenge project to find a solution for the non-biodegradable disposables that fill up our garbage trucks.  They specified plastic bottles, especially the soda bottles, among other plastic throw aways, to be re-designed and re-created into something useful worth more than it originally was worth.  Students, designers, professionals joined the challenge to create home products that must be useful to Amaia homeowners—an endeavor that was consistent with the development’s theme: “Living Re-Imagined.”

12188041_10153301825697956_7195395811333445563_oRicky Celis, Amaia Land Corp. president, said the upcycling contest is meant to encourage the public to creatively reduce waste by turning these into useful and aesthetically pleasing products.  “We are doing this to inspire our residents and future homeowners to contribute to preserving our environment.  We believe that even seemingly small ways such as these will have greater impact if everyone adopts the habit of upcycling waste materials into something useful again.”

Each team was provided transportation to the site and P3,000 for raw materials. All the participants were given 24 hours to create marketable and practical home products from scratch using plastic soft drink bottles. The 13 finalists in the Upcycling Challenge all produced highly creative designs and innovative upcycled household materials out of the plastic soft drink bottles such as lamps, chandelier, sofa bed, and tables, among others, which are all on display at Soledad 1, while their images are showcased on Amaia Land Corp.’s official Facebook page.

12187980_10153302256557956_8745766599266439642_oEmerging at the top of the podium, “Team DJE” composed of Danny John Kalinga, Jojean Aguilar, and Johnedel Edward Ogalesco made a floor lamp called “Bubble Coral” out of different sizes of plastic bottles. Coming in second with an upcycled chandelier are Danilo Perez, Charlie Cannal, and Louie Luena of “Team Bulahao” whose work is among the crowd’s favorite.

Meanwhile, Kia Del Rosario and Jose Masucol of “Kneutral Manila” bagged the third prize with an upcycled table and storage named “EpitoME.”

Amaia Marketing Head Anna Garcia-Ramos said during the awarding ceremonies last Sunday that the three teams stood out because their works are marketable. “We chose these three because of marketability and alignment with the brand Amaia. These upcycled materials are very simple, modern, contemporary, and, more importantly, in line with the brand’s character.”

The grand winner bagged P100,000 in cash and a glass trophy, while the first and second runners-up both received glass trophies and P50,000 and P25,000, respectively. Meanwhile, the upcycled material with the most number of likes on Facebook will receive a special prize.

The first-ever upcycling challenge was judged by Socialite-Philanthropist and Interior Designer Tessa Prieto-Valdes, acclaimed painter/poet and columnist Igan D’ Bayan, and Marketing Had Anna Garcia Ramos. Both impressed by the works of the winners, judges Prieto-Valdes and D’ Bayan showed interest on Team DJE’s Bubble Coral and Team Bulahao’s Chandelier, respectively.

Hoping the upcycling movement picks up steam and goes forward,

Ayala Land’s Nuvali, which spans 1,750 hectares, is an inspiring model of a green, sustainable eco-community. Built on the pillars of environmental, economic, and social sustainability, community development remains a primary objective of Nuvali in achieving this balance.

Nuvali, which is located in the cities of Sta. Rosa and Calamba, and is in the Municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna, is part of the growth corridor of the Calabarzon region. Its campus-like environment integrates a community where residences, business, and recreation flow seamlessly.