Smart Infinity 2016

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It was a busy year for Smart Infinity!!!  So many events, so many blessings!!  Looking forward to 2017!!!

Smart Infinity, together with Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony and New World Hotel, Makati, brought the most-anticipated Chinese New Year’s Eve Celebration.  The 2016 Fire Monkey Regale was held last February 7, 2016 at the New World Hotel Makati.

Guests of this event welcomed the year with auspicious New Year activities and performances, executed with a unique flair.smart-infinity-year-ender-blog-3Smart Infinity celebrated a New Perspective last July 23, 2016 at the Provenance Art Gallery, Shangri-La at the Fort by introducing the brand’s newest ambassadors, business tycoons Donnie & Crickette Tantoco, and Joanna & Raul Francisco.  The limited edition Samsung device and Samsung Gear 360 was launched together with #LeadTheChange campaign, which envisions enabling Infinity members in creating positive opportunities for change in their respective fields.smart-infinity-year-ender-blog-2“Love in Abundance: An Outpouring of Blessings”, a benefit dinner and fundraising concert, was held last October 26 at the Grand Ballroom of Shangri-La at the Fort for the benefit of Caritas Manila’s Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) scholars.  The event was presented by Smart Infinity and D Source, Inc., together with PLDT-Smart Foundation, One Meralco Foundation, Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land, Inc., and BPI Foundation.  The concert was directed by renowned playwright Floy Quintos, featuring the inspirational music of the distinguished composer and musician Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, with special performances of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Bituin Escalante, Basil Valdez, Celeste Legaspi, Bo Cerrudo, and Esang de Torres. smart-infinity-year-ender-blog-5Smart infinity made this year’s Mother’s day a lot sweeter for the Smart Infinity members as they got exclusive access to the 3-day Mother’s Day Sale event where they were treated to special perks & discounts from our partners SSI and PAL Mabuhay Miles at the Central Square, Bonifacio Global City from May 6-8, 2016.
smart-infinity-year-ender-blog-6Smart Infinity, known for bringing international Broadway productions, has elevated its role of bringing world-class experiences to its members through supporting the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) for its first ever US performance, which was held at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concert, which was held last June 18, 2016, featured world-class Filipino talents such as pianist Cecile Licad and violinist Diomedes Saraza. The sponsorship is part of Smart Infinity’s commitment to support arts and culture and was made possible through a collaboration with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with the support of PLDT-Smart Foundation and One Meralco Foundation. smart-infinity-year-ender-blog-7Smart Infinity members enjoy exclusive screenings of the latest and biggest blockbuster hits of the season – from London Has Fallen, Batman vs. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, and X-Men Apocalypse as part of the entertainment privileges.  smart-infinity-year-ender-blog-8For more than 16 years, Smart Infinity has mounted its highly anticipated annual Infinity Golf Classic, a golf tournament exclusive to members. With over 2,000 golf players, the annual golf tournament provides lucky members with access to a day of competitive fun, exciting giveaways, remarkable raffle prizes, coupled with dinner and a show. This year’s tournament was held last February 15 at the Sta. Elena Golf Club with the theme “Throwback to the Future”.smart-infinity-year-ender-blog-9Smart Infinity has been known to bring in world-class musicals such as Cats, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago.  This year Smart Infinity continued to be the proud presenter of the Broadway musical Les Miserables as they graced the Philippine theater scene last March 2016 at the Solaire Resort in Manila. Infinity members were able to enjoy VIP passes, exclusive perks, and 10% ticket discounts to the much awaited musical phenomenon. The Les Miserables cast also joined Smart infinity’s Corporate Night where lucky subscribers had the chance to meet and interact with the colorful characters of the world-class production. smart-infinity-year-ender-blog-4Smart subscribers enjoyed a free and exclusive concert, #SmartMusicLive. It was a night of music fusion featuring different artists from different genre, from up & coming stars to international and local renowned acts —  music producer, composer, beatmaker Crwn, Filipino band Up Dharma Down, member of British boyband Wanted Nathan Sykes, homegrown Filipino rock group Autotelic, iconic music group Aegis and Ely Buendia. smart-infinity-year-ender-blog-10Organized by the Spanish Embassy, the Madrid Fusion Manila 2016 kicked off with the Tapas Night where seven of the Philippines’ top Spanish Chefs prepared innovative and exclusive dishes last April 2016 at the AXON Hall, Green Sun Hotel Makati. The event showcased a wonderful mix of traditional and modern cuisine from Chef José Luis “Chele” Gonzalez (VASK Gallery), Chef Amado Garcia Fernandez (Pablo Bistro), Chef Carlos Garcia (The Black Pig), Chef Nicolas Diaz (Barcino), Chef Pablo López (Donosti), Chef Iván Saiz (Arrozeria), and Chef Juan Carlos de Terry (Terry´s Selection).

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Tablea de Feliza

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 Yaya Felisa is my friend Marvie’s @marvieyoung Yaya from Negros for 18 years! This Christmas she’s offering tablea from Negros and how beautiful the story behind this. Thank you Marvie. Tablea de Felisa – Call +63 920 903 0199

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“She brings tablea to Manila every time she goes home and it’s really good bec it’s pure no extenders mixed in like sugar, nuts, or coconut. I suggested she sell it.
so that it can be a business for her when she retires.

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I brought her around with me to source packaging. I taught her how to measure and price the products and how to market .
Since the first sale , tablea Felisa has made pisay less grumpy & more excited about life. While packing you can see her cheerful disposition. She is already starting a small savings acct as her rainy day money for herself since all her salary always goes to everyone else .
I pray this business evolves into a regular one all throughout the year & not just seasonal
That ways it’s something she can retire on. This makes her self sufficient and not feel useless as she ages .
With this business her life does not end in retirement :-) a new life awaits someone’s heart when they become self sufficient & successful in whatever they do.”  #H2HPeople #H2HChocolate

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Jaric & Center for Possibilities Visits the Mind Museum

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 This year our foundation ( Jaric Foundation) collaborated with Center for Possibilities of Dolores Cheng and we took 17 “special kids” from Virlanie foundation and Cottolengo Filipino ( home for abandoned special children) on a field trip to the Mind Museum @themindmuseum The kids enjoyed and I enjoyed because the kids were so much fun to be with :-)

I spent 4 hours with them and I saw different personalities and just love them. Now I know why they are called “SPECIAL” because they truly are.  I miss them already. Thank you to the Mind Museum for a great time #TheMindMuseum #JaricFoundationjaric-center-for-possibilities-visits-the-mind-museum-2

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Filipino’s Artworks Make it to Starbucks Red Holiday cups

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Starbucks red holiday cups are back, with a special twist. This year, for the first time, Starbucks red cups will feature designs created by customers with 13 distinct cups in Starbucks stores around the world – and two of the customers, Anz and Chloe, are Filipinos. Their designs, ‘Ornaments’ and ‘Birch Forest’, respectively, are now printed on this year’s Starbucks red cups.

Anz with her Starbucks red cup design “Ornaments”starbucks-filipinos-artworks-make-it-to-starbucks-red-holiday-cups-3Chloe with her Starbucks red cup design ” Birch Forest”starbucks-filipinos-artworks-make-it-to-starbucks-red-holiday-cups-1Taking a cue from customers who had been using their red holiday cups as a canvas, last December Starbucks invited customers to share their designs on Instagram. In just eight days, Starbucks received more than 1,200 individual submissions from 13 countries.

“We were surprised and inspired by the amount of incredible art submitted by our customers, the designs were beautiful, expressive and engaging,” said Dena Blevins, creative director, Starbucks Global Creative Studio. “We quickly realized that there was potential to use the customer created art for our holiday cups.”

Anz, an interior designer now based in Dubai, made a hobby of doodling Starbucks cups, collecting more than 75 creations. She uses her designs to prove that sometimes, all we need is a change in perspective.

“Every time I draw on my cups, I always imagine myself as another person using the cup I designed. It’s like talking to them through my drawings. I want the other person to feel that whatever situation he/she is in right now, everything’s gonna be okay,” she said. Her winning design, ‘Ornaments,’ shows the joyous holiday season through dream catchers.

Meanwhile, Chloe, a nurse now based in Chicago, created a wintery design which reminds her of her home in the States. “I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with winter since I moved to Illinois. Even though I’ve experienced a blizzard, getting stuck in snow, and extreme winter temperatures, I have come to appreciate the beauty of trees and fields all covered in white snow,” she said.

Chloe also studied multimedia arts and have always been into graphic design. As an avid Starbucks card collector, she shows her creativity by designing envelopes with washi tapes and white pens to surprise fellow collectors she swap with.

The red holiday cup designs, inspired by the stories of Starbucks customers, feature traditional Christmas lights and ornaments, snowflakes and winter landscapes that express the shared spirit of the holidays.

Starbucks 2016 Red Cupsstarbucks-filipinos-artworks-make-it-to-starbucks-red-holiday-cups-2“We loved how the red cups with white designs naturally created a collection. They hang together as one idea but each expression is unique.” said Blevins.

About Starbucks Philippines

December 4, 1997, the Philippines had its first taste of the Starbucks Experiencewith its very first branch at the 6750 Ayala Building in Makati City. Starbucks has since won the hearts of the Filipinos. The opening of the 6750 Ayala store marked an important milestone in our history – the Philippines became the third market to open outside North America. The tradition of warm hospitality, constant need for connection, and love for coffee – these are the qualities that make Starbucks Coffee and the Filipino people a great culture fit.

To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online atwww.starbucks.ph

Ham a Merry Christmas

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 So happy to see Karla Reyes @kakakarlotta in her territory @theplazainc in my territory @rustansph :-)  She had just arrived from her 6 month culinary course in New York City at ICC ( International Culinary Center ) @iccedu Congrats Karla !!  Looking forward to more dynamic things from the Plaza under your leadership ( but tell Mom/Tita Millie not to retire just yet) ham-a-merry-christmas-2ham-a-merry-christmas-3

We had a nice merienda and I wanted to try her tapa – Yum??I tried it Philly cheesesteak style! with cheese of course :-)

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They have other frozen foods that are easy to cook, ham-a-merry-christmas-4 ham-a-merry-christmas-5  You can buy the yummy tapa frozen and just cook at home!ham-a-merry-christmas-6  cakes and goodies to give as Christmas  ham-a-merry-christmas-12ham-a-merry-christmas-10 ham-a-merry-christmas-1ham-a-merry-christmas-11and most especially the ham and corned beef. All available at the 4th floor of Rustan’s Mkti. “HAM a Merry Christmas”  #HamAMerryChristmas #ThePlazaHam #ThePlazaInc #H2HTapa #H2HFoodToGoham-a-merry-christmas-7

Fog City Creamery X Coco Natura

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 Yum ! Thank you Edylyn Gamboa of @fogcitycreamery and Gerald Liu of Coco Natura @ilovecoconatura for these ice creams made with organic coco sugar.   Dulce gatas with kamias jam and piaya.   These flavors were made for the @negrostradefair and the good news is you can still order it till the end of the year!! Hurry and try it  #Ilovecoconatura #fogcitycreamery #DulceGatas #Kamiasjam #H2HIceCream #piayai-love-coco-natura-1

 YUM! Piaya ice cream!i-love-coco-natura-2 Super Yum!!!!! Dulce Gatas with Kamias Jam ( Casa Carmela) ice cream by @fogcitycreamery using Coco Natura organic coco sugar @ilovecoconatura This flavor was made for the @negrostradefair and the good news is you can still order it till the end of the year!! Hurry and try it #Ilovecoconatura #fogcitycreamery #DulceGatas #Kamiasjam #H2HIceCreami-love-coco-natura-3

Love & Butter

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 Thank you Tita Dorothy for the boxes of cookies from @loveandbutterprovisionslove-butter-2

I most especially like the Cacao Nibs 65% Dark Chocolate with each cookie individually wrapped and for sure baked with

 The cookies are made with our very own @malagoschocolate #H2HChocolate #H2HCookies #LoveandButterProvisions #MalagosChocolates love-butter-3love-butter-1

Travel Planner 2017

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 The new @paperandco.ph planner is out.

Contact Marivic Genuino at paperandco.ph@gmail.com

Planning our trips for 2017.
travel-planner-2017-1  London is on the month of September but hoping to be back earlier #paperandco #h2htraveltipstravel-planner-2017-2 travel-planner-2017-4 travel-planner-2017-3

16th Grand Wine Experience

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 Another grand experience at the 16th Grand Wine Experience by the Joseph brothers of Philippine Wine Merchants @ralphswines1975  #GrandWineExperience #philippinewinemerchants16th-grand-wine-experience-1 16th-grand-wine-experience-2 16th-grand-wine-experience-62 16th-grand-wine-experience-61 16th-grand-wine-experience-66 16th-grand-wine-experience-67 16th-grand-wine-experience-59 16th-grand-wine-experience-60 16th-grand-wine-experience-63 16th-grand-wine-experience-31 16th-grand-wine-experience-3 16th-grand-wine-experience-20 16th-grand-wine-experience-4 16th-grand-wine-experience-5 16th-grand-wine-experience-57 16th-grand-wine-experience-6 16th-grand-wine-experience-7 16th-grand-wine-experience-41 16th-grand-wine-experience-58 16th-grand-wine-experience-77 16th-grand-wine-experience-32 16th-grand-wine-experience-78 16th-grand-wine-experience-8 16th-grand-wine-experience-33 16th-grand-wine-experience-69 16th-grand-wine-experience-34 16th-grand-wine-experience-79 16th-grand-wine-experience-9 16th-grand-wine-experience-10 16th-grand-wine-experience-11 16th-grand-wine-experience-80 16th-grand-wine-experience-12 16th-grand-wine-experience-13 16th-grand-wine-experience-14 16th-grand-wine-experience-15 16th-grand-wine-experience-16 16th-grand-wine-experience-81 16th-grand-wine-experience-17 16th-grand-wine-experience-18 16th-grand-wine-experience-21 16th-grand-wine-experience-22 16th-grand-wine-experience-19 16th-grand-wine-experience-23 16th-grand-wine-experience-24 16th-grand-wine-experience-25 16th-grand-wine-experience-26 16th-grand-wine-experience-56 16th-grand-wine-experience-27 16th-grand-wine-experience-28 16th-grand-wine-experience-29 16th-grand-wine-experience-30 16th-grand-wine-experience-70 16th-grand-wine-experience-35 16th-grand-wine-experience-36 16th-grand-wine-experience-42 16th-grand-wine-experience-37 16th-grand-wine-experience-38 16th-grand-wine-experience-39 16th-grand-wine-experience-72 16th-grand-wine-experience-40 16th-grand-wine-experience-71 16th-grand-wine-experience-73 16th-grand-wine-experience-47 16th-grand-wine-experience-43 16th-grand-wine-experience-93 16th-grand-wine-experience-46 16th-grand-wine-experience-45 16th-grand-wine-experience-74 16th-grand-wine-experience-44 16th-grand-wine-experience-65 16th-grand-wine-experience-64 16th-grand-wine-experience-48 16th-grand-wine-experience-49 16th-grand-wine-experience-75 16th-grand-wine-experience-50 16th-grand-wine-experience-51 16th-grand-wine-experience-52 16th-grand-wine-experience-53 16th-grand-wine-experience-54 16th-grand-wine-experience-55 16th-grand-wine-experience-91 16th-grand-wine-experience-68 16th-grand-wine-experience-82  Amazing!!! The dessert coming from the ceiling at the #GrandWineExperience It’s true that every year it gets better and better #philippinewinemerchants #H2HDesserts16th-grand-wine-experience-83 16th-grand-wine-experience-85 16th-grand-wine-experience-84 16th-grand-wine-experience-87 16th-grand-wine-experience-88 16th-grand-wine-experience-89 16th-grand-wine-experience-90 16th-grand-wine-experience-92 16th-grand-wine-experience-94 16th-grand-wine-experience-76

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