Thursday, May 9, 2019

Fearless Filipina Joyette Jopson Triumphant in Freezing FWD 78° North Marathon

Elite triathlete Joyette Jopson is the first Filipina to run a marathon in the Arctic, finishing 1st in women’s category, and 3rd overall.

Filipinos celebrated another global victory as the country welcomed home elite Filipina triathlete, and FWD Financial Wealth Officer Joyette Jopson, on May 7, 2019 at Manila House in BGC. Jopson overcame all odds, and conquered the grueling 42-kilometer FWD ‘78° North’ Marathon held near the North Pole on April 16 in negative 3-degrees temperature.

Jopson becomes the first Filipina to run a marathon in the Arctic, enduring the freezing temperatures of Longyearbyen in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, just 1,050 kilometers away from the North Pole. Jopson—triathlete, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Philippines Filipino Elite Champion, and FWD Financial Wealth Officer—completed the race with an impressive time of 4 hours, 10 minutes, and 59 seconds—claiming a first-place finish in the women’s category and third overall.


Carrying the Philippine flag as Jopson crosses the finish line, with an impressive time of 4 hours, 10 minutes, and 59 seconds.

Jopson’s participation was sponsored by FWD Life Insurance (FWD Philippines), one of the fastest growing insurance companies in the country. She was the lone Philippine representative in the marathon and was joined by FWD Team Asia runners from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand in the marathon, sponsored by pan-Asian insurer FWD Group.


FWD Team Asia runners from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Powering through the challenges

In a media conference held at Manila House, Bonifacio Global City on May 7, Joyette recalled, "We ran on a mix of ice and roads covered with ice which was very slippery. I learned that you can overheat even in cold races so I had to take out a layer on top and bottom because I got uncomfortable after 10 kilometers. After the race, it took me more than an hour to warm up because it was really freezing.”


Presenting Joyette Jopson were from left, Peter Grimes President and CEO of FWD Philippines, Joyette Jopson, Roche Vandenberghe Head of Marketing FWD Philippines, and Amor Maclang President of Geiser Maclang, who hosted the media conference held on May 7, 2019 at Manila House, Bonifacio Global City.

“In spite of the challenges, I am delighted to have brought the Filipino pride to the Arctic through the FWD 78° North Marathon and of course, I am even much happier to have performed well, placing first in the women’s category,” added Joyette. “I’d like to thank FWD for the opportunity to represent both the company and the country in this once-in-a-lifetime experience!”

FWD Philippines President and Chief Executive Peter Grimes congratulated Joyette for successfully completing the marathon. “We’re very proud of what Joyette has accomplished. Her experience as a triathlete and her sheer determination to succeed despite the challenges along the way indeed makes her the perfect representative for the Philippines,” Peter said. “How she pushed on and performed excellently despite the uncertainties and sudden changes was truly admirable. At FWD, we’re all about celebrating life and doing your best no matter what life throws at you,” Peter added.

Displaying grit and resilience amidst uncertainty

FWD had initially been supporting the annual North Pole Marathon, dubbed as the ‘world’s coolest marathon’, returning as the title sponsor for the third year in a row. However, the marathon was cancelled at the last minute because of geopolitical tensions between the Russian and Ukrainian administrations regarding flight plans to the North Pole.


 The marathon was held at Longyearbyen, part of the Arctic Circle.

Committed to providing a true marathon experience for the FWD Team Asia runners who were already in Svalbard, Norway, FWD organized its own run called the FWD ‘78°North’ Marathon. The marathon was held at Longyearbyen, part of the Arctic Circle, to allow the runners to fulfill their ambitions to complete a marathon in sub-zero temperatures and extreme winter conditions while raising funds for their sponsored charities.

“FWD successfully arranged the marathon against all odds in three days, inviting all registered North Pole Marathon runners to take part,” FWD Philippines Head of Marketing Roche Vandenberghe said. “FWD Team Asia and other 2019 North Pole Marathon runners successfully completed the FWD ‘78° North’ Marathon, all of whom displayed grit and perseverance to rise above a maelstrom of climate and logistical challenges."

For more information, visit: https://www.fwd.com.ph/en/



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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Domestics, a Post-Apocalyptic World Now Streaming on FOX+

Kate Bosworth and 7th Heaven’s Tyler Hoechlin stars in The Domestics on FOX+

Amidst the populated genre, The Domestics places a new spin and flavour on the post-apocalyptic film.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

MARTIN NGUYEN STOPS NARANTUNGALAG JADAMBAA TO RETAIN ONE FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Nguyen vs. Jadambaa

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), once again ignited the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila for another evening of world-class martial arts action. ONE: ROOTS OF HONOR highlighted the biggest and brightest stars of ONE Championship who came out to showcase their incredible skills. 

Shell Presents Newest Brand Ambassadors: Maine Mendoza, Drew Arellano, and Nico Bolzico

Shell ambassadors Drew Arellano, Maine Mendoza, and Nico Bolzico (center), along with (L-R) Shell Retail Fuels Marketing Implementor Brandon Briones, Shell Convenience Retail Manager Millicent Ngo, Shell Retail National Sales Manager and Marketing and Strategy Director Kit Bermudez, Shell Brands and Communication Manager Cherine Capadocia, Shell Digital Manager John Aldwin Angeles, and Shell Payment and Loyalty Manager Tin Cerezo
Pilipinas Shell unveils another milestone as they presented their newest ambassadors during a media launch on April 8, 2019 in Taguig City.

Petron Announces Lakbay Alalay Holy Week 2019

Monch Henares and the RoadTalk team gassing up at a Petron station along NLEX.

In its continuing efforts to offer Filipino motorists “the best ang biyahe” experience, market leader Petron Corporation is once again activating the country’s longest-running motorist roadside assistance for the Holy Week holidays with Petron LakbayAlalay pit stops at 11 stations in Luzon, and 6 stations in Visayas and Mindanao.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

15th MIAS Ignites One-Of-A-Kind Automotive Experience

The Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) 2019 ribbon-cutting ceremony held on April 4, 2019 at World Trade Center in Pasay City. (L-R) Mr. Manny Aligada - President of Kia PH, Mr. Dino Santos - President of KTM PH, Ms.Nona Ong- President of Honda and Isuzu Automotive Dealership Inc.,Mr. Bertrand Lessard - President of Ford Philippines,Mr. Jason Ang- MIAS 2019 Co-organizer, Mr. Alvin Uy - MIAS Co-organizer, Ms. Jill Aithnie Ang - WSI Managing Director, Ma. Christina L. Go - BPI Family Family Savings Bank President,Carmen Maria Ramirez Ortiz, Gorka,San Juan - Embassy of Spain,Mr. Joseph Ang- WSI Founding Chairman,Arch. Francisco Flameno- WSI Executive Director, Asec. Goddes Hope Libiran - Department of Transportation, Mr. Gus Lagman - AAP President,Mr. Khamkhoun Pradith,Mr. Levi Ang -WSI Co-founder, Mr. Chris -Brit EM,Ms.Tessie Roque- WSI Director, Dr. Aaman Rashid - Ambassador of Pakistan,Ms. Charlotte Bandelow - Deputy Executive Director of GPCCI,Mr. Felipe Estrella- President of Volkswagen, Mr. Gerry Hernandez - General Manager of Subaru Philippines.

Monday, March 25, 2019

FAMI Celebrates with Smart Women Invest Workshop

Rose Res Fausto celebrity finance expert at FQMom and Karen Roa, FAMI president during the Smart Women Invest Workshop on March 21, 2019 at Shangri-la The Fort in Taguig City.

Joining the worldwide celebration of Women’s Month, First Metro Asset Management, Inc. (FAMI), the fund management subsidiary of First Metro Investment Corporation, hosted Smart Women Invest, a financial and investment literacy workshop specifically catered to help Filipinas transform from savers into investors. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Women! Drive the Future: Driving out the Stereotypes

Racecar driver Michele Bumgarner during tire change activity.

In celebration of International Women’s Month and Pilipinas Shell’s 105 years in the Philippines, the global leader in power and energy is launching a campaign to provide a platform that will empower women to take control in making the future and help erase the stigma against women drivers.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

From France to the Philippines: Heart of Alsace Showcases Flavors and Travel Now More Accessible to Filipinos

Honorable guest speakers of the Heart of Alsace launch (from left): Fatiha Kritter-Rachedi, Communication Director and Press Relations of The Eastern France Tourism Agency; Marie-Reine Fischer, President of The Eastern France Tourism Agency; His Excellency Nicolas Galey, Ambassador of France to the Philippines; Olivier Midiere, CEO of PGI Holding, Inc.; Benoit Ghestem, Founder and CEO of Magnific Escapades, during the HEART OF ALSACE media launch on March 14, 2019 at Fairmont Makati Hotel.

The Eastern France Tourism Agency, in collaboration with PGI Holding, Inc. launched today Heart of Alsace, bringing one of the most beautiful destinations in France, the Alsace region, closer to the Philippines. The event, highlighted by a luncheon with Alsatian wine-pairing, was held on March 14, 2019 at the Fairmont Makati Hotel. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Samsung Philippines Launches Galaxy S10 in Grand Style, Showcasing Advanced Innovations

The concert launch of Samsung Galaxy S10 was held on February 26, 2019 at Cove Manila, Okada in Pasay City.
Photo: Monch Henares

Celebrating the first decade of the Galaxy S series, Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO) officially introduces the Samsung Galaxy S10 in the Philippines. Held at Cove Manila, Okada Manila, the event gathers over 800 media personalities, celebrities, Samsung dealers, representatives, and business partners.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Ang Huling El Bimbo Opens on March 1, Expect Fresh New Twists in Second Run

The full cast of Ang Huling El Bimbo are composed of seasoned, and world-class performing artists, under the direction of  Michael Williams and Menchu Launchengco-Yulo. Photo taken during the media launch at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. 

It was in September last year that Resorts World Manila broke new ground in Philippine theater with Ang Huling El Bimbo, the critically-acclaimed, perpetually sold-out original musical play featuring beloved songs from the most iconic ‘90s Filipino rock band set to the moving story of four friends and their trials and triumphs.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

MAXXIS Tires and NAsFOR announces partnership in off-road racing

Partners in off-road racing. From left, Jaybee Atanacio Sales Director MAXXIS Tires, Ronald Ang Chief Operating Officer MAXXIS Tires, Reynan Jaime President National Association of Filipino Off-Roaders (NAsFOR), and Ramon To-ong Events Director NAsFOR, during the press conference held on February 12, 2019 at Romulo's Cafe in Makati City,

MAXXIS Tires puts its high-performance products to the ultimate test yet again with the MAXXIS 4x4 Cup Philippines: Off-road Challenge 2019. The year-long annual event which will happen in various provinces in the country promises the Filipino off-road community more action-packed challenges. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Globe LIVE and 9Works Theatrical's ETO NA! MUSIKAL nAPO! returns to the stage February 2

Enjoy the nostalgic tunes by legendary OPM group APO Hiking Society with Globe Live and 9Works Theatrical.

After its successful debut run last August 2018, Eto Na! MusikalnAPO! is back for its second run by popular demand. Co-produced by Globe Live and 9Works Theatrical, the critically-acclaimed musical runs from February 2 to March 17, 2019 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

In Full Force: The All-New Suzuki Ertiga Grand Launch

Ceremonial toast. (From left), Suzuki PH President Hiroshi Suzuki, and SPH Director and General Manager for Automobile Keiichi Suzuki, SMC Ertiga Chief Engineer Satoshi Kasahara and SPH Managing Director Norminio Mojica during the 2019 Ertiga launch on January 23, 2019 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

Suzuki PH launches improved Ertiga combining strength and elegance in a compact body.

Valentine Show: Be serenaded by Ogie Alcasid with Ryan Cayabyab at Resorts World Manila


Taking inspiration from real-life couples who have their theme songs to swoon to, OPM hitmaker, OgieAlcasid performs some of the greatest love songs ever in Master of Love – a Valentine’s Day concert on February 14 (Thursday) 8PM at the Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT)in Resorts World Manila (RWM).