Mar 312017
Anna Meloto-Wilk

Anna Meloto-Wilk

Social enterprise Human Nature founder Anna Meloto-Wilk has been named the 2017 Woman of the Year by the global Beauty Industry Awards.

Meloto-Wilk is cited for being a pioneer and game changer championing significant innovations in the cosmetics and personal care industry with the Gawad Kalinga social enterprise, Human Nature (Gandang Kalikasan Inc.).

The Human Nature founder is the first Beauty Industry Woman of the Year awardee in Cosmetics Design’s inaugural recognition rites – the only singular person, and the only Asia-Pacific awardee among the 7 major recipients, 6 of which are beauty brands from the Americas and Europe.

The Filipina entrepreneur bested Europe’s Sarah Chapman, founder of the Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis, and the Americas’ Nanette de Gaspé Beaubien, CEO of Nannette de Gaspé Beauté.

The Pinoy global winner competed against more than 250 brands and individuals in the regional levels, winning the AsiaPacific regionals before claiming the global championship award.

Meloto-Wilk’s work with Human Nature co-founders, sister Camille and husband Dylan, since 2008 has brought forth ground breaking innovations such as using natural ingredients like the Coco Nectar (from the flower of the coconut), a breakthrough ingredient for the scalp which was used by Human Nature, the first beauty company to utilize the ingredient.

Human Nature

The Filipino enterprise uses the best ingredients sourced and produced locally to showcase world-class Filipino products while helping restore poor communities to be self-sustaining as part of the development model of the Gawad Kalinga global Filipino movement for nation- building.

Human Nature takes pride in using fair trade prices when sourcing raw and finished products from rural and urban communities.

The Philippine made personal care products are at least 95% all natural and biodegradable, safe for humans, and do not harm animals in their creation.

Human Nature also bagged the 2016 Sustainability Pioneer Award at the Sustainability Beauty Awards at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Paris.

The 2017 Beauty Industry Award for Meloto-Wilk will be a highlight at the in-cosmetics Global awards ceremony in London on April 5.


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Feb 272017
Eva Noblezada to star in Ms Saigon Broadway revival

Filipino-American stage actress Eva Noblezada is set to star in Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway revival of Miss Saigon. Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer [by Matthew Murphy via Playbill] Noblezada reprises her award-winning role as Miss Saigon’s Kim, the same iconic role that launched Lea Salonga to international acclaim in the musical’s original staging. The Fil-Am actress first played Kim in London’s West End revival of the musical in 2014, after being cast when she was spotted at the Jimmy Awards at 17 years old. The high school student went up to perform on stage as a finalist for the National High School Musical Theatre Award–she was named runner-up but caught a bigger recognition when she was eyed for the Miss Saigon casting call. Noblezada’s performance won her the Best Actress in a Musical at the 15th What’s On Stage Awards, and the Broadway World UK/ West End Awards along with fellow Filipino cast members Rachelle Ann Go and Jonjon Briones. Miss Saigon tells the story of Kim, a young girl forced to work as a bar dancer during the Vietnam War who meets and falls in love with a young American soldier. Noblezada shared in interviews that she felt a strong connection with and gained confidence while playing the character. She also said that she wanted to take on the role that was previously played by Lea Salonga differently- she wanted to add her own take on the iconic role. Salonga gave her the best advice about playing the role. “She's Read More …

Feb 202014
Alphaland eyes add’l cash via loans, share sale

MANILA, Philippines – Upscale property developer Alphaland Corp. is planning to raise additional cash through loans and share sales. Proceeds from the equity offering, which will also increase its public float, will bankroll the construction of two new developments, the firm said yesterday. “In order to rectify the public ownership deficiency of the company due to the Ashmore Group misrepresentation, the board of directors authorized the management to make such number of private placements through the issuance of shares to non-related and qualified entities,” Alphaland said in a disclosure to the stock exchange. Management was authorized to sell shares at a minimum price of P2.50 each. Alphaland, whose shares were suspended from trading since Jan. 20, currently has a public float of 5.07 percent. “The board of directors also authorized management to secure sufficient funding, both through borrowings and equity placements either through private placements or public offerings,” Alphaland said. Fresh capital will augment the funding for projects including the P2-billion Alphaland Marina & Country Club and residential towers, and the Alphaland Baguio Mountain Log Homes. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Early this month, Alphaland completed a P270-million share sale exclusively for minority shareholders. Alphaland earlier said the stock rights offering will give minority shareholders a chance not to be diluted following a billion-peso capital infusion from large stakeholders early in January. Due to time constraints, the previous capital call was made only to owners of more than 10 percent via a private placement. The transaction Read More …

Jan 312014
A touch of red helps global art market boom

A Sotheby’s employee poses for photographers with ‘Wand’ by Gerhard Richter, center, ‘Mao’ by Andy Warhol, left, and ‘Rosso Plastica’ by Alberto Burri on display at the auction house in London. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) LONDON — Want to sell that masterpiece for a fortune? It might help if it’s red. That’s just one trend from an art market that has come roaring back from the global financial crisis, with buyers from emerging markets such as China molding tastes and driving top-end prices ever higher. Sales next week at London’s Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses are expected to generate at least 400 million pounds ($658 million) amid an insatiable global appetite for works by Picasso, Matisse and other modern masters. Sotheby’s put its works on public display in London Thursday, and there was a distinct scarlet hue to the star lots — Gerhard Richter’s cadmium-colored abstract “Wall,” expected to sell for at least 15 million pounds; an Andy Warhol portrait of Chairman Mao valued at 5 million pounds to 7 million pounds; a vivid red piece in molten plastic by Alberto Burri that could break the 3-million-pound record for the Italian artist. “When we’re pricing things we’re aware of the power of red,” said Alex Branczik, head of Sotheby’s contemporary art department in London. “Red is a color that incites passion. It’s the color of the sunset, it’s the color of blood,” he said. “I think it’s more primal than nationality, but I do think it has a special resonance for Read More …

Jan 232014
Kababayan host Jannelle So is engaged!

Jannelle So The kababayan who’s usually on top of news and issues concerning the Filipino American community in Southern California and Hawaii recently felt “on top of the world” as she tweeted minutes after an engagement at the top of the 46-storey Heron Tower in London, England. Jannelle So, host and producer of “Kababayan Today on LA18” celebrated New Year’s Eve in London with her boyfriend-turned-fiancé, commercial director and EcoMedia/CBS VP Lester Perkins. Lester Perkins and Jannelle So Before ringing in 2014 (literally and figuratively,) the couple spent five days with Leter’s family and friends in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he was born and raised. He worked on high budget TV commercials for different international brands in London, before moving to Los Angeles six years ago. Jannelle was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to California 11 years ago. She has been the the driving force behind America’s first and only daily talk show for the Filipinos and the longest-running Filipino talk show outside of the Philippines for almost eight years now. “Kababayan Today” is on weekdays at 4pm on LA18 in Southern California and is syndicated on Kiku channel in Hawaii. A summer destination wedding is  being planned and spearheaded by community leader and recently-elected Chair of the FilAm Arts Board Rocio Nuyda, a very close friend of the bride. Congratulations, Jannelle and Lester, from your Balita Media family! We wish you all the best!

Dec 312013
Bombardier said to win order for $2.2B in jets

NEW YORK  — Bombardier Inc. said Tuesday it has received a firm order for 38 business jets with a combined list price of about $2.2 billion. Bombardier didn’t disclose the precise value of the deal — customers such as airlines routinely get discounts from plane manufacturers — and didn’t identify the buyer. The Canadian plane maker said the order covered 28 Global jets and 10 Challenger 605 aircraft. The Global line includes four models capable of carrying up to 19 passengers on flights as long as 7,900 nautical miles. The Challenger jet can carry 12 passengers and a crew of three up to 4,000 nautical miles. Separately, Bombardier announced that its transportation division ended a contract for new signaling equipment for the London Underground. The subway system said it would re-bid a contract that was awarded to Bombardier in 2011 and valued at $577 million at the time. The company didn’t provide a detailed explanation, but The Telegraph of London reported that Bombardier determined that its signaling system wasn’t compatible with the Underground’s old infrastructure. A spokeswoman for the Montreal-based company did not immediately return a call for comment. 

Dec 272013
UK financial firm donates over P8-M to Sagip Kapamilya

Consul General Senen Malile with C&C Alpha Executive Director Bhanu Choudhrie and Luis Bariuan from ABS-CBN Europe (ABS-CBN News) LONDON – Investment company C&C Alpha Group has donated $200,000 (approximately P8,888,098) to ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya as part of the continuing aid efforts for the Philippines in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda). It was the largest cash donation by a single entity from the UK based on a list of aid contributions coordinated by the Philippine Embassy in London since relief efforts began a month ago. A simple ceremony at the Philippine Cultural Centre in London last December 19 officially marked the company’s contribution. Consul General Senen Mangalile from the Philippine Embassy welcomed representatives from C&C Alpha, including CEO Cherian Thomas and Executive Director Bhanu Choudhrie. “We’re overwhelmed by the enormity of the response, and the warmth and generosity of the British people, the UK government, and the international community in the UK. They all came up and proved that we do not stand alone in this catastrophe,” said Mangalile. “C&C wants to be involved in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the most affected areas, and that for us is the most important phase of the response to typhoon Haiyan.” The company, which has investments in the Philippines, specifically wants their contribution to go towards rebuilding affected communities through infrastructure and long-term projects. “We believe very strongly in the Philippines, and the people of the Philippines, especially the community that live here in the UK. And this disaster has Read More …

Oct 272013
PAL further expands int’l reach

MANILA, Philippines – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), jointly owned by taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), is further expanding its international reach through flights to Russia and London. PAL president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said the new international destinations of the full service airline would boost the government’s campaign of luring 10 million tourists to visit the Philippines by 2016.  “We recognize the growing demand from Russian tourists for a direct air link to the Philippines. Through this service, we hope to be able to serve this market and more importantly, help our government’s efforts to boost tourism,” Ang stressed. PAL yesterday mounted chartered flights between Manila and the Russian city of Vladivostok in partnership with Primorsky Agency of Aviation Companies TM Biletur. Chartered flights to and from the two cities would be scheduled throughout the year. Data from the Department of Tourism showed a 33-percent increase in the number of Russian tourists to 21,736 in the first eight months of the year. From Manila, Russian visitors would be able to fly out to PAL’s domestic destinations including Caticlan (Boracay), Cebu, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa, and Legaspi. The visitors could also connect to the carrier’s regional and international hubs. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 PAL is also set to mount direct flights to London on Nov. 4 after the European Union lifted the ban on the airline from entering the European airspace last July 12. Ang said Read More …

Sep 042013
Berjaya unit offers P2 B for luxury car dealer

MANILA, Philippines – The local unit of Malaysian conglomerate Berjaya Corp. has extended anew its P2-billion offer to take over a British luxury car distributor. The longer tender offer period will allow Berjaya Philippines Inc. to buy more stocks from shareholders, the company said. “The issuer extended the offer period for a further 14 days or until Sept. 16,” Berjaya Philippines said in a regulatory filing. As of Sept. 2, Berjaya Philippines received shareholders’ approval to buy 90,195 shares representing around 0.38 percent of the issued stocks of London-based car distributor H.R. Owen, or just 0.54 percent of shares subject to the tender offer. “The offer price remains unchanged in connection with the extension,” Berjaya Philippines said. Under the terms of the tender offer, Berjaya Philippines wants to buy out other stakeholders for 130 pence per share for a total transaction value of 32.5 million pounds (around P2.25 billion). Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The first takeover offer attempt took place on July 29 to Aug. 19 but H.R. Owen management rejected the buyout, claiming Berjaya Philippines undervalued the company’s shares. Berjaya Philippines then extended the tender offer to Sept. 2. In June, Berjaya Philippines expanded its car dealership business by acquiring 29.81 percent of H.R. Owen for P540.36 million as a long-term investment in line with its diversification strategy. H.R. Owen is involved both sales and after-sales of brands like Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, Mini, Pagani and Rolls-Royce, predominantly Read More …

Jul 292013
When life becomes one big stress

Teen to Teen By Elizabeth Horner 5:59 am | Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 High school can be specially trying. For me, I went from being a little girl with big dreams of college—an Ivy League education, to be exact—to a teenager who was expected to make those dreams become real. My anxiety was sky high over failing at the task. I was in calculus, advanced English 12, advanced anatomy, ACP chemistry, Spanish IV, and ACP psychology.  Sure I graduated later that same year with a final GPA of 5.11 in the scale of 4.0, but I remember the nights I stayed awake, looking at where the moon should be visible from my window,  and worried. Every big paper I turned in didn’t seem to meet my standards, and I pictured it, among a pile on my teacher’s desk, waiting for red ink to fall on it. My tests, especially the ones for chemistry class, haunted me like ghosts. It didn’t matter if I read the chapters in the textbook twice over, or if I went in to see the teacher at lunch with my innumerable questions; I never seemed prepared for the tests. And, in waiting to get my test back, I put myself through some self-imposed mental torture. I’m sure this sounds like the dramatic ramblings of someone young and hormone imbalanced. Maybe it is, but so long as the problems felt real and pressing, with direct lines tying themselves to my future, then they were real problems in need of Read More …