New landmarks

It is nice to know that the advent of the New Year also brings to the local landscape new facilities providing more exciting options to the metro residents.  Here are just a couple of these “new kids on the block.”

New facility

A healthier lifestyle and better nutrition have made it possible for people like us to live an active and flourishing life beyond our prime.  Yet, the aging of human cells will take its natural course, gradually losing its ability to repair itself.  Thank goodness for regenerative medicine, the future of medical science.

Dr. Hedrick, Oxley, Manila Mayor Joseph
Ejercito Estrada, Mr. Sebastian Chua, Dr.
Dizon and Vice Gov. Dennis Pineda during
the launch of EA Regenerative Medicine
Center of Excellence

EA Regenerative Medicine Center of Excellence recently launched its new cutting edge facility in Makati, the first in the country and in Southeast Asia.  It offers the most advanced regenerative medical procedures utilizing state-of-the-art processing, delivery, and preservation of medical-grade Adipose-Derived Regenerative Cells (ADRCs) that follow the most stringent clinical protocols, registries and standards of operation.

The evening launch program, hosted by society maven, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, started with an audio-visual presentation offering insights on the center and the technology involved.  Keynote speakers were the center’s managing director and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Eder G. Dizon, and Dr. Marc H. Hedrick, president of Cytori Therapeutics USA, the company responsible for the breakthrough technology used by the center.  The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was participated in by a bevy of government officials led by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

More information on EA Regenerative Medicine Center of Excellence is available at or through its general manager Marie Abigail Biruar at 63927-2226888.

New Building

Miss Siera Leone Mariatu Dukuray, Miss
British Virgin Islands Kimberly Herbert,
Miss Italy Debora Bon, and Miss Norway
Caroline Sparboe pose beside the
Botanika Nature Residences scale model

A group of gorgeous Miss Earth 2013 candidates graced the recent Launch of the multi-billion peso Botanika Nature Residences, a vertical village of lush greenery consisting of three mid-rise, low density towers.  Its Tower 1 recently received a citation from the Philippine Green Building Council for being registered as a pilot green building project under its “Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE)” rating system, which helps the public identify the “green” buildings.

The new building falls under the high-end Exclusive Collection of Filinvest Alabang, headed by its president and chief executive Josephine Gotianun-Yap.  The Botanika Sales Atrium at Filinvest City shows tastefully furnished model units and highly detailed, all-wood, interactive scale model of the iconic leaf-shaped structure. 

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Bulletin Board

DEFY 123 Triathlon male
division overall champion
Michael James Murphy
poses for the camera right
after he finished the race.

Triathlon in Bohol.  Panglao Island was the venue for DEFY 123 Triathlon, which gathered 250 local and foreign triathletes participating in the individual and team competitions—a 1-kilometer swim at The Bellevue Resort’s beachfront, a 110-kilometer bike around Panglao, Baclayon, Dauis and Tagbilaran, and a 12-kilometer run around Doljo Point.  Winners were Monica Tores (over-all champion, female division), Michael James Murphy (overall champion-male division), and team Fitness First (team competition).  This big sporting event was sponsored by the Bellevue Resorts and Hotels, led by its chairman Johnny Chan, managing director Patrick Chan, marketing and communications director Ryan Chan, and deputy general manager Dustin Chan.



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