#BFF aka Best Friend of the Forest Anyone?

The Philippines is facing a rapid decline of forest cover—from 27 million hectares down to already as little as 7 million hectares. In fact, most of the country’s old growth forests are in danger of deforestation. Forests in Palawan, Sierra Madre, Samar and Leyte, and Mindanao are threatened by agricultural conversion and human settlements.

Along with the combined threats of logging activities, poor law enforcement, and mining projects in biodiversity-rich areas such as Palawan, the country is losing approximately 47,000 hectares of forest cover every year, according to the data provided by the Forest Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“The threat of deforestation has become so severe that we are losing forest cover at an alarming rate. If we do not take action, our forests may not be around for the next generation to see,” said Forest Foundation Philippines’ Executive Director, Atty. Jose Canivel.

It is for this reason that the Forest Foundation Philippines has issued a call to action for students, conservationists, environmentalists, and nature lovers alike as it launches its youth-advocacy campaign, the Best Friends of the Forest Movement (BFF Movement).

“The youth are upbeat, hopeful, and they want to contribute to the greater good. We want to empower the youth and give them a platform to do good for the forests,” he added.

Just recently, we got personally invited to witness the launching of the latest #BFF s and these are interesting individuals who have imbibed within them how the environment and Mother Nature means a lot to them.

The movement will gather a community of environmentalists, travelers, social entrepreneurs and artists with the goal of inspiring and empowering the youth into action.

The #BFFs 

She is the great mind behind MUNI. Through this community, she helps create a healthy, sustainable world by changing mindsets about how we eat, shop and travel. She believes that it’s not about moving mountains to create change but the little things, that if multiplied, will create that big impact.

Meet Jen Horn our BFF for social entrepreneurship! Be with her as she takes on the #BFFMovement!

He is a visual artist who crafts one-of-a-kind furniture and art pieces from upcycled reclaimed “found wood.” Found wood refers to wood that comes not from trees, but from old homes, construction sites and others. By breathing new life into the hardy material, he is able to push the limits of wood to create art while being an advocate for the conservation of the forest.

Meet Níccolo José, the BFF for arts and culture! #BFFMovement

This group of adventurers and environmental advocates has been conquering our mountains since 1977. They know responsible traveling by heart because exploring the world doesn’t only satisfy their wanderlust but most of all, makes them one with nature. And when you are one with nature, you get to see all its beauty, its potential, and its needs.

Let’s all meet our BFFs for ecotourism, the UP Mountaineers! #BFFMovement

A jack of all trades, he is a physician, medical anthropologist, writer and environmental advocate. He spends his leisure time pursuing his hobby of mountain climbing locally and overseas. He also maintains pinoymountaineer.com, the Lonely Planet-recommended guide to hiking in the Philippines.

Meet the Pinoy Mountaineer himself, our conservationist Dr. Gideon Lasco! #BFFMovement

ALL together now!!!

Be Part of the Movement

There are a lot of means and ways to help conserve and protect the forests. You can do this by helping:

  1. Grow forests. You can participate in tree-growing activities and report incidents of illegal logging and poaching to the proper authorities.
  2. Grow livelihoods. It is important to strike a balance between development and conservation. Using wood meaningfully and responsibly from sustainable sources enables us to meet our current needs, while implementing options to protect our forests for the future generations to meet their own needs. This also enables the continuity of economic opportunities for the forest-dependent communities.
  3. Grow partnerships – We can’t do it all. It’s important to work with other people and groups in this endeavor. You can support other efforts or even organize your own activities to help conserve and protect our forests.
  4. Grow advocates. By simply living the advocacy and sharing your passion for the forests can go along way—you can already help spread awareness and bring new advocates into the fold.

 

So what part will you play to save the forests?

Take action now with the BFF Movement! For more information, log on to http://www.forestfoundation.ph/be-a-bff/.

Let’s all TAKE ACTION now before it’s too LATE.

#Inspire
#TakeAction
#MakeADifference

♥♥♥

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Lenten Must Watch Film: Paul, Apostle of Christ

How well do you know St. Paul, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ? It is the Lenten Season and what better way to reflect and meditate on the passion of Christ is to also experience the painful but inspiring lives of His apostles and disciples.

In the perspective of the Apostle Luke, the film depicts Paul in the midst of a brutal Roman campaign against religion, persecuting all those who share the faith and preach the word of the Lord through the most gruesome methods ever devised.

Paul was the former Saul, The Persecutor who stopped on nothing to prevent the Good News from being spread at that time in Gospel History.

Paul is held prisoner and sentenced to death by Roman Emperor Nero. Luke, risks his life to visit him in prison and there decides to write another text containing the beginnings of “The Way” and the start of what will later be known as the Church.

Chained and confined in the infamous Mamertine Prison, under the command of the hateful Prefect Mauritius Gallas, Paul introspects, realizing the tribulations he underwent
countless floggings, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst.
As he awaits for certain death alone in the dark, the shadows of his past misdeeds haunt him and he wonders if he will be able to finish the race well.

The two Apostles struggle against the weakness of humanity and one of Christianity’s gruelling oppressions in order to spread the Gospel of Jesus and keep the faith as a beacon of hope to all the believers across the land.

“When I think of God’s grace and mercy and who’s the one embodiment of that, it’s always Paul to me. Somebody who goes from basically the greatest persecutor of early
Christians into the greatest evangelizer in all of church history,” writer and director Andrew Hyatt shared.

Starring Jim Caviezel as Luke, French actor Olivier Martinez as Mauritius Gallas and Game of Thrones alumnus, James Faulkner in lead role, “Paul, Apostle of Christ” will be exclusively screened at SM Cinemas nationwide starting March 23rd.

It was a delight seeing Caviezel back on the big screen with another religious character. Everyone knows him in the blockbuster hit, The Passion of the Christ shown back in 2004. Not everyday you see 3 brilliant actors together in one screen!

Do watch and Be Blessed! ♥♥

Tickets can be booked through http://www.smcinema.com or downloading the SM Cinema app at App Store and Google
Play. Stay tuned and posted thru SM Cinema Facebook and
@SM_Cinema on Instagram

 

 

ONE Warrior Series With Rich Franklin Debuts March 31

Can’t wait to finally see this, Rich! Good luck and Congratulations! ☺♥☺

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the inaugural event of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, which will be held in Singapore on 31 March. The live spectacle features prospects signed on during the show who will compete in professional bouts to earn a contract with ONE Championship exceeding US $100,000+ based on performance.

Rich Franklin, Vice President of ONE Championship and CEO of ONE Warrior Series, stated: “It is my honor to announce the first ONE Warrior Series event to be held in Singapore. We’ve visited many great Asian nations over the past few months and now have a solid group of competitors ready to earn their time in the spotlight. Asia is the hotbed of the industry’s top martial arts prospects. I have enjoyed taking in all that Asia has to offer, while discovering some of the most promising young talent on this side of the world. ONE Championship and ONE Warrior Series will continue to search for the region’s best martial artists and give them a platform to showcase their skills to the world.”

Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series is a new travel series talent search which runs in 30-minute episodes. The show aims to discover new martial arts talent across Asia, providing promising young athletes with the platform to unleash their martial arts greatness. Franklin, who serves as the show’s host, travels across the Asian continent with co-host Jonathan Fong, searching for talent, experiencing local cultures and testing their boundaries.

The screening and tryouts process consists of pad sessions, grappling demonstrations, conditioning exams, and an interview process, among others. Once selected, athletes will compete in professional bouts with a chance at earning a contract with ONE Championship exceeding US $100,000+ based on performance. The episodes of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series are available on ONE Championship’s YouTube channel athttps://www.youtube.com/ user/OneFCMMA

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ON EChampionship.

Say Hello To World Class Vermosa Sports Hub!





Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi of Imus, Cavite delivers his brief welcome remarks to the opening of#VermosaSportsHub
Here along Daang Hari in Cavite.
#sports
#AyalaLand 

Ayala Land Inc President and CEO Bobby Dy expressed his gratitude of the help of the municipality of Imus Cavite and PATAFA and Sante Barley on #VermosaSportsHub development.
#sports
#AyalaLand 

Head of Vermosa Estate Ayala Land Inc Mr Jay Teodoro delivers detailed information on what world class #VermosaSportsHub has to offer to the public and athletes.
Officially opens to the public March 17 2018.
This sports hub can also host local and international sports events among others.
#AyalaLand
#sports 

For all the upcoming triathletes out there, the sports scene climbs a notch higher as Ayala Land Inc.’s Vermosa Sports Hub, the country’s first premier and professionally managed sports facility, opens its doors to the public.

Creating the ideal environment for athletes, sports buffs, and fitness junkies who aim to reach the top of their game, Vermosa Sports Hub is equipped with training facilities designed for international sports competitions.

Vermosa Sports Hub is home to groundbreaking features that include an Olympic-size swimming pool equipped with the latest timing system by Omega and the Anti Wave Starting Blocks; and the Philippines’ first 9-lane track oval built in accordance with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards. For football and field sports enthusiasts, there’s also a standard sized football field with natural grass and a sand sub-base, which makes it an ideal playing surface that is able to divot, or give way, under foot traction. For a sport that involves sliding tackles, this is a prime feature that minimizes the risk of injuries caused by having the player’s get caught by strong traction. The Vermosa Sports Hub will also soon unveil bike lanes, jogging paths, and other outdoor sports facilities.

To complete the development is a training and fitness club equipped with a sports science laboratory especially suited for athletes who want to take the next step to reach peak performance. To be managed and operated by Sante Health & Fitness, Inc., known as one of the fastest growing global providers of organic health and wellness products and services, the Sante Fitness Lab is a one-stop shop that will include a strength and conditioning fitness facility, sports rehab areas, a dance studio, a spinning class area, bike shop and services, a nutrition and fitness café, VO2 max/lactate testing by using a machine that can test an individuals level of oxygen while training , plus conference and lecture rooms.

To ensure that Vermosa Sports Hub is accessible to the growing market of sports enthusiasts, competitive rate packages and period-based membership passes are being offered by the company. For those who avail their passes until April 2018, they can enjoy a 20% discount.

Facility Rate Hours
Track Oval Php 90 6 hours
50m Lap Pool Php 220 4 hours

Special Passes Rate
Annual VIP Pass Php 5,600
1 Month Unlimited Pool Pass Php, 2,250
3 Months Unlimited Pool Pass Php 5,600
Passes purchased until April 2018 will have a 20% discount.
All rates are inclusive of 12% VAT.
Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Aside from the sports facilities, other components are also designed to promote healthy and active living. Retail outlets will soon open, and these will include health and sports merchants, providing users of the sports hub easy access to the equipment, accessories, and other sports and fitness essentials they need.

Vermosa Sports Hub is located at Vermosa, Daang Hari Road cor. Vermosa Blvd., Imus, 4103 Cavite. It is situated within the 700 hectares of space in Vermosa, a masterplanned mixed-use estate of Ayala Land Inc., the Vermosa Sports Hub is envisioned to be a complete destination designed specifically to provide an effective and complete training experience for the athletic lifestyle, offering a seamless integration of facilities and sports-related elements,

Vermosa is currently the fourth largest mixed-use estate of Ayala Land Inc. It will be home to 6,000 households that highlight the diverse living options with the presence of four of ALI’s residential brands – Ayala Land Premier, Alveo, Avida and Amaia.

Vermosa was coined from two Latin words, Verde and Mossa. “Verde”, meaning green, references the lush environment within the healthy, sustainable, and suburban living concept of the estate. “Mossa,” meaning movement, represents the active elements of the project. Combined, Vermosa represents a modern suburban community that promotes healthy and active living that stays true to its name.

It’s time to experience world-class sports facilities and amenities. Check out the Vermosa Sports Hub and discover a place where athletes can truly grow.

Marathon Relay Anyone? Make It Asics!



Around 750 teams are expected to participate in the first Asics Relay Philippines slated on May 26 at the SM By The Bay in Pasay City.

The race offers a different experience as it will be held at night.

Distances on tap are the 21K half marathon and 42K full marathon, with participants can join in the male, female and mixed events.

Succeeding from last year’s version, the ASICS Relay 2018 will feature the additional of Philippines in its five countries relay series, among participating countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.

Each team member is required to complete two legs of 5.25 kilometers for the full marathon and one leg of 5.25km for half marathon to meet the total distance.

The preceding member of the team will need to hand the relay token to the next runner within the designated transition zone to delineate the changeover of runners.

Winners in both the full and half marathon categories will be rewarded with a finisher’s medal, as well as cash and product prizes.

“Our goal is to expand this concept in key cities, and [Manila] is one of those key cities,” said Asics Asia Sports Marketing Manager Andy Neo.

“We know that the Philippines is a country [where] everybody loves sports,” he added.

The champion team of the Full Marathon race categories will also be walking away with team slots to any one of the ASICS Relay race held in another country, inclusive of flight tickets and accommodation.

Olympian and SEA Games gold medal runner Mary Joy Tabal believes the “unique” race will be beneficial for the nation’s running scene.

“This will encourage a lot of runners to improve teamwork,” said Tabal. “Running is an individual sport, so it is unique. It [would] be my first time to be running with a team.”


The Love Guru in Doctor Pao

Who does not want a Happy Ending in the department of L-O-V-E when it comes to couple relationships? Love that can sometimes be mysterious, haunting, overwhelming, unfair or long-lasting. Getting into a special personal connection with someone is no easy thing to do much more so if both of you want to keep that intimate connection to last.

With “hugot” still being one of the trending topics of all time, Dr. Paolo Bellosillo who is known for advocating living a quality life, shares his genuine thoughts on how you can protect your heart from the greatest stressor in life… a heartbreak.

What are the qualities that a woman should look for in a guy?

A woman needs to look for someone who is God fearing because if a man fears God, he will be loyal, faithful, committed, responsible, and honest. These are traits that any woman should want for in a man. A man like this will never make you worry or fear that he will go astray.

What are the qualities that a man should look for in their future partners?

A man needs to look for a woman who is capable of being their partner in life, not just in the bedroom. They need to find someone with a humble heart and someone who prioritizes their relationship over their pride.

How can you have a relationship that is good for both parties?

A relationship that preserves the dignity of the other person is always a good indication. When there is mutual trust and mutual respect, when a relationship is rooted in prayer and kindness then reinforced by communication, you know that it is beneficial to both parties.
What are your 5 tips for a healthy, smooth sailing relationship? 

  1. Pray together. When God is at the center of everything, everything will fall into place.
  2. Communicate. As they said, almost everything can be sorted through an open and honest communication.
  3. Be kind. If you can’t be anything, if there is no more love, then at least be kind.
  4. Be open. The two of you are not the same person which means that you will not have the same beliefs, the same principles, and the same ideologies. In fact, chances are big that you will have different ones so be open to understanding how the other person works.
  5. Let go of fear. Most of the time, we react negatively because of fear.
    Any tips to our readers so that they too can have a lasting relationship?

Being in love is primarily focused on the heart, on love but everyday should always take that into account as love is a journey and a decision which both souls builds on.  While the whole world celebrates it, do so in a manner where it focuses not on consumerism or material things because they fade. Be original: play a song, sing a song, cook with love for your shared favorite dish, go to the first place where it all began with your special someone, or go to church and why delay it, say I DO, tie the knot. Just make sure the other is ready and fits in the qualities and attributes of those listed above After All when you Look Through The Eyes Of Love You Should Be Bringing Out The Best Of Me/You, Here There and Everywhere.

Whether you are in a relationship right now or about to plunge into one, pondering and heeding over these words of advise by Dr. Bellosillo is certainly worth a great try! Besides I hate a sour and tragic love story, so if you want to go beyond and disagree with the hashtag #ThereIsNoForever then hopefully this article can help you all out to that path of Happily Ever After …  ♥♥♥

FDCP Cine Lokal presents: Sinag Maynila 2018

Sinag Maynila is baaaaack!!! Considered as one of my favorite independent film festivals, new partnerships have formed this year.

In line with its program to support and empower local film festivals, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is partnering with Solar Entertainment Corporation to host Sinag Maynila 2018 films in its SM Cine Lokal theaters starting March 9, 2018 and hold the FDCP Film Talks @ Sinag Maynila.

Sinag Maynila boosts a powerful line up of feature films in competition which include Abonimation directed by Yam Laranas, Bomba directed by Ralston Jover, El Peste directed by Richard Somes, Melodrama/Random/Melbourne! directed by Matthew Victor Pastor and Tale of the Lost Boys directed by Joselito Altarejos. “Cine Lokal aims to be a venue for quality films to be made available to Filipino audience and by supporting Sinag Maynila, these creative and meaningful films will have a home and will be watched by not just film enthusiasts, but the general public”, said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Dino. 

Furthermore, Sinag Maynila will be featuring the FDCP Film Talks @ Sinag Maynila on  March 10, 2018 at SM North Edsa Cinema 3 at 1:00PM. This is a special panel discussion on the international journey of films from film festivals to distribution and will be free of charge. Participants can pre-register by sending an email with their name and contact number to filmdevelopmentcouncil@gmail.com. Venue will open at 12:30pm.

The panel features Jeremy Segay, Korea and South East Asia Representative of Unifrance, Takeo Hisamatsu, Festival Director of Tokyo International Film Festival and our very own, globally recognized director, and co-founder of Sinag Maynila, Brillante Mendoza.

FDCP’s strengthened partnerships with film festivals and organizations starting with Sinag Maynila is also in line with the celebration of the one hundred years of Philippine cinema. “This year and next year will be focused on celebrating this milestone. We believe that this is the time to come together to commemorate this legacy, learn from our film history, and also look forward to the next hundred years,” added Chairperson Dino. 

Make sure to catch all Sinag Maynila films in all Cine Lokal theaters in Manila from March 8-15, 2018.


For more information, visit the Cine Lokal Facebook page and other FDCP social media accounts.

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