Backpacking 2.0 with CabinZero

Global wanderers, step up your backpacking game with Classic Cabinzero!
Global wanderers, step up your backpacking game with Classic Cabinzero!

Manila, Philippines – Gone are the days of luxe travelling: Filipinos previously accustomed to staying at 5-star hotels are now embracing Airbnbs and hostels, swapping their fancy leather shoes for sneakers, and dressing down instead of dressing up. Welcome to the backpacking era marked by independent travel, local immersions, and a YOLO mentality that has inspired today’s travelers to search for adventures they can call one for the books. And it doesn’t hurt to earn more social media likes along the way.

With a multitude of airline companies offering seat sales to some of the world’s exciting destinations, more and more Filipinos are inspired to embark on backpacking adventures to satisfy their travel wanderlust this year.

Check out these cool backpacking destinations, and start planning a truly unforgettable sojourn.

Exciting Europe

Europe’s geography, efficient transport system, and flexible Schengen visa policies make it easy for backpackers to traverse the continent. You can hop on and off a train or a bus, and easily reach another country in a matter of hours. Skip the tourist traps of major cities and explore the vibrant countryside: Chase the Northern Lights in Tromsø, challenge your feet to an energetic ceilidh dance in Orkney, or have an authentic farm-to-table experience in Tuscany.

Europe offers a lot of unique experiences, and backpackers need to pack smart to make the most of their stay. After all, you need to make sure that your bag is light and convenient enough to be stowed just about anywhere. And with notorious pickpockets on the loose in countries such as Spain, Portugal, and Italy, you also need to make sure that your belongings are thief-proof.

Enter the Classic CabinZero 44L, an ultra-light cabin and travel bag that features a large 44-litre capacity, side compression straps, top and side handles, a front-zipped pocket, and mesh pockets with inside zips. This British-designed minimalist bag delivers cabin-sized function and features at zero hassle to travelers. Each CabinZero bag is built with its own Global Luggage Tracker—powered by Okoban—to guarantee peace of mind while switching planes, trains, and buses around Europe. Just register your bag at Okoban.com and feel secured as Okaban’s system is part of the largest network of Lost and Found offices in more than 2200 airports worldwide

You won’t need to worry about your belongings while sharing a hostel room or European train cabin with strangers: CabinZero comes with lockable zippers, which backpackers can fit with their choice of lock.

At only 760 grams, the Classic CabinZero 44L won’t eat into carry-on weight allowance—this means you can pack in more without stressing about additional baggage fees.

Amazing Asia

If there’s anything that Asia got in spades, it would be diversity. With 54 countries, thousands of languages, and a dizzying array of exciting attractions, backpackers will never get tired of the bounty of experiences that Asia can offer. Immerse in the rich dynastic cultures found in Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea. One can also sunbathe at the best beaches in the world found at the Philippines and Indonesia.) For a wealth of bold flavors, Thailand and Vietnam’s unique cuisines are sure to leave travelers craving for more, no matter how spicy tom yum can get.

To make the most of the different experiences and locales there are in Asia, travelers can opt for the CabinZero Military 44L, which is specifically designed for a wide variety of travel situations.

At the heart of this ruggedly handsome backpack is Military Spec Nylon, an extra-tough fabric that can withstand walking for hours around Angkor Wat under intense heat to the chilly winter of Hokkaido. The Military 44L boasts of a huge 44-litre capacity, side compression straps, a sturdy top-grab handle, AirMesh padded back and straps, Sternum Straps and Waist Strap. It also features secure zipped pockets inside and at the front providing a peace of mind from pickpockets in jeepneys to bag slashers on buses.

Mountain climbers can also find the Military 44L ideal for their trips as sports extra-tough construction. Plus, its dual-purpose accessory webbing makes up for both functionality and aesthetics.

Sizzling South America

South America is a destination not many Pinoy backpackers dare to explore, mostly because of its distance: A flight from Manila to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil can take a daunting 22 hours. But the breathtaking sight of the Machu Picchu makes the long-haul flight definitely worth it. It’s not that hard to fall in love either with The Iguazu Waterfalls and the Angel Falls, both of which promises #travelgoals. South America’s vast offerings of historical relics, architectural landmarks, natural wonders, Latin and indigenous cultures, and vibrant cities spread across 12 countries and three dependencies.

When embarking on the long journey to magnificent South America, a trusty CabinZero backpack that can be hand-carried without a fuss is a must! Travelers need not  worry if one can only afford a budget flight to one of the most expensive destinations for Pinoys, since the CabinZero backpack—in Classic or Military—are so durable yet lightweight that one never has to worry about going over his or her baggage allowance.

Each CabinZero bag also comes with a ten-year warranty—it will be a great investment for a backpacker who goes on trips three to four times a year (but these bags look great even when used in between adventures!).

Take your backpacking goals to the next level with a trusty CabinZero. CabinZero bags are now available in all Urbanize outlets: U.P. Town Center, Gateway, Shangri-La, Glorietta3, Uptown BGC, Venice Grand Canal, Kiss & Fly NAIA Terminal 3, Alabang Town Center, The District-Imus, Solenad and Serin – Tagaytay, Sportmart-Duty Free, Fashion Rack Terminal 3, Rustan’s, the SM Store and Flight 001. Like CabinZero on Facebook to automatically upgrade bag warranty to 25 years. For more information on CabinZero, check out www.cabinzero.com and www.urbanize.com.ph, or follow @cabinzeroph on Instagram.

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Chevron to keep Olive-Ridley sea turtle nesting area protected

CPI has cordoned off the area to protect the nesting sites and prevent natural predators from preying and eating the eggs.
CPI has cordoned off the area to protect the nesting sites and prevent natural predators from preying and eating the eggs.


SAN PASCUAL, Batangas, January 19, 2017
— Multiple Olive-Ridley sea turtles have begun to nest as a result of Caltex brand marketer Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI)’s San Pascual coastal clean-up during the annual Week of Caring (WOC) held every September.

With two sea turtle nest sightings along the San Pascual coastline to date, CPI has been ramping up efforts to ensure that nesting grounds stay protected at all costs. Guards on duty have gently combed the surface sand over the nesting sites while taking extra care not to disturb the eggs, fenced the areas, and kept the sites safe from tidal waves.

CPI likewise continues to closely monitor two possible nesting sites near the causeway. It already enclosed the sites to prevent natural predators including monitor lizards or “bayawak,” stray cats and dogs, and even rodents from preying and eating the eggs. Guards also vigilantly keep close watch on the possible nesting sites to maintain enclosure integrity. CPI expects the turtle eggs to ripen and the hatchlings to mature and rise to the ground surface within two months.

Guards handling the nesting areas have all undergone Marine Sea Turtle 101 training by the Philippine Global Programme of Action with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB).

The San Pascual nesting activity is the latest since the nesting activity along the Lagnas River shoreline in 2013. A “talisay” tree marks the area where Olive-Ridley sea turtles have laid their eggs.

“We are extremely elated with the success of our recent coastal clean-up, thanks to the continued support of the local community and CPI employees who have exhibited true volunteerism. We are committed towards preserving the Batangas coastal area as a declared marine sanctuary for Olive-Ridley sea turtles, and we will constantly safeguard these eggs, through our strengthened protection efforts,” Peter Morris, CPI Country Chairman, said.

About 200 CPI employees and over 100 town residents and students from San Pascual, Batangas joined the annual coastal clean-up, which removed a total of 514 garbage bags or 2.5 tons of worth of rubbish from the area. The coastal clean-up is the final activity of this year’s five-day WOC program, which included school facilities improvement, road safety education, and art therapy session. This is the ninth edition of the WOC, which advocates volunteerism among CPI employees and business partners.

Olive-Ridley sea turtle nestings have been spotted along the San Pascual coastline a few weeks after CPI employees held a coastal clean-up activity as part of their annual Week of Caring program.
Olive-Ridley sea turtle nestings have been spotted along the San Pascual coastline a few weeks after CPI employees held a coastal clean-up activity as part of their annual Week of Caring program.

About Chevron Philippines Inc.

Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years. Caltex™, its retail brand, offers high quality products and services. There are close to 700 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at www.caltex.com/ph.

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Chevron Philippines Inc.

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Office: +632 841 1612

Email: JGaviola@chevron.com

 

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Practo Raises $55M Series D, led by Tencent

Shashank ND, Founder & CEO of Practo
Shashank ND, Founder & CEO of Practo

January 18th 2017, Manila, Philippines: Practo, the leading healthcare platform, today announced $55M Series D funding in a round led by Tencent. Three new investors joined Practo – ru-Net, RSI Fund (owned by Recruit Holdings) and Thrive Capital. Other existing investors Sequoia Capital, Matrix Partners, Capital G (formerly Google Capital), Altimeter Capital & Sofina also participated.

With these funds, Practo will further build an integrated platform to unlock value for the entire healthcare ecosystem and invest further in its international operations.

Practo has emerged as the de facto destination to find the right healthcare provider and book appointments. Over the past few months, Practo has grown rapidly to provide a more integrated experience catering to all healthcare needs of consumers including faster booking, online consultation, online medicine ordering, booking diagnostic tests and managing their health records. Additionally, Practo also provides health content for consumers written by doctors.

Practo partners with healthcare providers like doctors, clinics, diagnostic centers, hospitals etc. to help them improve patient experience & bring in efficiencies in their business. On the enterprise side, Practo’s customers include marquee institutions like Max Healthcare, Manipal, Cloud9 and many others who use Practo’s software to provide a superior healthcare experience to their patients.

Practo has also expanded its enterprise software to the Middle East with customers including noted institutions such as Lifeline hospital in Abu Dhabi and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital in Dubai using Insta – the full-stack HIMS solution for enterprises.

Practo’s recent acquisition of advanced analytics firm Enlightiks enables it to offer business intelligence solutions to healthcare enterprises. With this Practo has completed the entire suite of products both on consumer and healthcare practitioners side and opened the possibility of unlocking more value for the entire ecosystem.

Robust growth in the consumer and enterprise business has ensured Practo’s revenue streams remain strong and thus, continue to help billions of people live healthier, longer lives.

“We welcome our new investors to the Practo family and thank existing partners for their continued support. This round will help us continue our geographic expansion. 2017 will be the year our integrated healthcare platform comes to life and we will partner with various service providers to build solutions with Practo. This will be made possible by providing a central infrastructure on which the entire healthcare ecosystem can interact, connect, create & exchange value by linking layers of data, communication & payments to deliver better care.”- Shashank ND, Founder & CEO, Practo.

About Practo:

Practo is the leading healthcare platform connecting millions of patients with hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers around the world. Practo provides a single platform to help consumers with all their healthcare needs – from finding the right healthcare provider to online doctor consultation, diagnostic tests, managing health records and even ordering medicines. Practo also makes software products that help healthcare providers become more efficient and provide higher quality healthcare to millions of patients around the world. Practo is dedicated to focus healthcare around the consumer and helping humanity live healthier longer.

Quick Facts About Practo
  • Practo enables consumers to search for and book doctor appointments, have online consultations, buy medicines, manage health records and access healthcare related content through its website and apps.
  • Practo offers software and advertising products to clinics, hospitals, diagnostic centers and others
  • 45M appointments managed on the platform annually
  • 15 Countries: 5 countries with consumer + software business. 10 additional countries with enterprise software business.
  • 1500+ Practeons


Investor Quotes

“Practo has made impressive progress, expanding its platform to cover more and more healthcare needs of consumers and providers. A full stack model in healthcare is very difficult to pull off, but Practo has built and rapidly scaled a full-stack solution that is rare to see globally. We are excited to strengthen our partnership with Practo, and look forward to working with them to transform healthcare.” Hongwei Chen, Executive Director of Investment and M&A at Tencent.

“Practo has a unique model and a massive opportunity to transform one of the most fundamental needs of mankind – healthcare. We are thrilled to partner with them and look forward to working with the team as they take their platform to billions of people around the world.” Galina Chifina, Investment Director at ru-Net.

Practo has an amazing opportunity to unify global healthcare on a single seamless platform. This could make healthcare simpler, more efficient and more affordable for billions of people around the world. We are excited to associate with them and look forward to working with them to bring this to more countries, more consumers and more healthcare providers.” Yoshihiro Kitamura, Managing Corporate Executive Officer at RSI Fund (owned by Recruit Holdings).

We’re excited to Partner with Practo and join them in building a transformative healthcare platform that will simplify healthcare for both consumers and providers. Practo is in a unique position to improve both the patient and provider experience and their model and platform addresses the challenges faced by people all over the world in both developing and developed countries. We look forward to working with them as they bring about a whole new healthcare experience.” – Kareem Zaki, Investor at Thrive Capital.

We are excited to partner with Practo as they continue to scale their offering to millions of consumers and doctors in India and other markets. Practo is helping digitize the healthcare ecosystem and offer users a great product experience.”- Kaushik Anand, Head of India Investments at Capital G (formerly Google Capital)

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ViewSonic Sweeps PCMag’s Readers’ Choice Award for Computer Monitors

PcMag- Reader's Choice Award 2016
PcMag- Reader’s Choice Award 2016

Manila, Philippines – January 17, 2016: ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, announces the company was selected as this year’s PCMag Reader’s Choice Award winner for monitors. In its 28th year, PCMag.com readers were asked to rate products and services they use in overall product satisfaction, picture quality, ease-of-use, likelihood to recommend, and reliability within the past 12 months.  ViewSonic swept all categories and easily won the overall award.

“Sometimes it pays to specialize,” stated Ben Gottesman, executive editor at PCMag.com. “While most computer monitors are made by companies that build a variety of electronics products—computers, phones, cameras, printers, refrigerators, and more—our 2016 PCMag Readers’ Choice Award winner for computer monitors is a company that specializes in displays only: ViewSonic. This is the second time in the last three years that ViewSonic has won the award.”

According to the annual survey, ViewSonic received the highest rating in all categories in which it received a rating. ViewSonic collected a rating of 9.1 for both “Overall Satisfaction” as well as for “Likelihood to Recommend,” then a 9.2 for “Ease-of-Use” and “Satisfaction with Picture Quality,” and finally a 9.3 for “Satisfaction with Reliability.”

“We’re honored the readers of PCMag voted ViewSonic as their top computer monitor choice,” said Jeff Volpe, president of ViewSonic Americas. “Our product portfolio supports a wide range of display needs, from professional graphics and video production to engineering and finance, plus our newest line of XG Gaming monitors are the choice of e-sport professionals around the world. With the average monitors lasting for several years, it’s no surprise that PCMag.com readers value quality and performance in their monitor choice. This is truly an honor for each employee here as we celebrate 30 years of making great monitors.”

This year, ViewSonic celebrates our 30th Anniversary and this award makes it even more meaningful.  As a leading global supplier of display technologies that combine innovation, reliability and quality in its products our heritage is rooted in delivering excellent performance, functional designs and advanced technologies to our customers.

About PCMag Readers’ Choice Awards

Email survey invitations were sent to PCMag community members, specifically subscribers to the Readers’ Choice Survey. The Readers’ Choice Awards and Honorable Mentions are then based on the subjective determination by PCMag editors, taking into account all of the ratings for each manufacturer. See all of the survey results for computer monitors: http://www.pcmag.com/article/349992/readers-choice-awards-2016-hdtvs-and-computer-monitors

For further news and information about ViewSonic, visit ViewSonic.com and follow on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About ViewSonic

Founded in California in 1987 and celebrating our 30th anniversary, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solution products. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic keeps the world connected with a portfolio of professional level visual solutions that enhance the way we compute, collaborate, communicate and connect. Our products include LED monitors, ViewBoards – our interactive commercial displays, touch displays, projectors, thin client, zero client and smart displays. To find out more about ViewSonic, visit viewsonic.com.

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This news release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the Company’s expectations with regard to future events. Actual events could differ significantly from those anticipated in this document. Trademark footnote: ViewSonic and the ViewSonic trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of ViewSonic Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other corporate names and trademarks stated herein are the property of their respective companies.

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ViewSonic Corp.

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Jasmin Cagsawa

Managing Director

ArdentComm

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MDPPA’s Helmets Save Lives reaches Northern Manila

MDPPA Helmet Stickering Campaign
(L-R) MDPPA Staff ____, MDPPA Secretary Elvira Lavado, MDPPA Marketing Committee Vice-Chairman Chona Paloyo, Tres Hermanas Motors Corp. Owner Nora Mendoza, MDPPA Board Member and Marketing Committee Chairman Espie Custodio, MDPPA Secretary Charm Aloc, and MDPPA Secretary General Vice Layno flash ‘Helmets Save Lives’ stickers outside Tres Hermanas Motor Corp.

‘Helmets Save Lives’ encourages motorcycle riders to put stickers on their motorcycles or helmets, to help spread the word on the importance of wearing proper riding gear.

“Committed towards road safety, MDPPA hopes to educate Filipino motorcyclists on how proper head gear can prevent road accidents. We hope our campaign will take Metro Manila by storm, and we are heading North, with the goal of spreading motorcycle safety awareness even in the most remote sidewalks and pavements across the region,” MDPPA Board Member and Marketing Committee Chairman Espie Custodio shares.

Motorists can support the campaign by uploading photos of ‘Helmets Save Lives’ stickers on their motorcycles or helmets and sharing their posts on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #MDPPARoadSafetyPH and #HelmetsSaveLives.

For more details on the ‘Helmets Save Lives’ advocacy and the upcoming stickering schedules, please visit https://www.facebook.com/MDPPA.Official/ or follow https://twitter.com/MDPPA_Inc.

About Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA)

Based on the basic principles of the Philippine Motor Vehicle Development Program implemented by the Board of Investments, Philippine Motorcycle Manufacturing Program (PMMP) Association was established in 1973. In 1987, new MVDP guidelines were finalized and program name was, likewise, changed to Motorcycle Development Program (MDP). The Association was given the new name of Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA) in 1989.

The current five members of the Association: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kymco, are all active participants of the government’s Motor Vehicle Development Program (MVDP).

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