BRAND BITS. Rico Blanco and his #WorldWithoutStrangers; Laureen Uy's Snow Top; Allison Harvard is the new face of Bioessence

IMAGE (Top) Nikko Tuazon / (Bottom) Noel B. Orsal

Rico Blanco (top) headlined the World Without Strangers Music Festival held last July 4, at the activity center of Glorietta 2, Makati City. Meanwhile, Allison Harvard (bottom) bagged a new endorsement.


In celebration of its 25th year in the country, Giordano Philippines tapped singer-composer Rico Blanco to front their latest campaign, which is skewed towards uniting everyone though music.

The company’s vice president for marketing Bea Lim explained, “With Filipinos’ love affair with music, we knew that the best way to make them listen is through a song.

“And what better way to make this message heard from Rico Blanco.”

Rico headlined the music fest held last July 4, at the activity center of Glorietta 2, Makati City, where he also launched the brand's single and running credo, "World Without Strangers."

The musician said, “The song is inspired by Giordano’s vision of a borderless world where people walk hand in hand and celebrate life as one.”

Aside from Rico, bands such as Up Dharma Down, Callalily, Gracenote, Franco, Urbandub, to name a few, performed at the music fest.

VIEW PHOTOS Rico Blanco leads gathering of bands at World Without Strangers Music Festival


LAUREEN'S SNOW TOP. Toblerone's new variant was launched last Friday, July 18, at Imperial Ice Bar in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Travel-fashion blogger Laureen Uy was among the celebrities who made time for the event.

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press, Laureen said she feels honored to be part of the world-famous chocolate company.

“Everone is familiar na with the brand and when they got me, how can I say no? I mean, I love the brand, right?"

What she likes about the latest variant: it infused two of her favorites.

“People like it even as one chocolate. Why not try combining them and they’ll be surprised that it actually tastes better.”

Aside from the Snow Top chocolate, the Make Someone’s Day online promo was also launched.

Yes, tickets to Switzerland are up for grabs by sharing a photo with five out of eight variants—including Crunchy Almonds bar or the six customized sleeves with sweet messages—via social media using the hashtag #MakeSomeonesDay and tagging the Toblerone Pilipinas official Facebook fanpage.

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ALLISON HARVARD'S ENDORSEMENT. The America’s Next Top Model runner-up officially signed her endorsement contract with Bioessence on Saturday morning, July 19, at Cerchio restaurant in Quezon City.


In photo: (L-R) Senior Vice President of Bioessence Joseph Feliciano, Allison Harvard, and President & CEO of Bioessence Dr. Emme Beleno-Guererro. Photo by Noel Orsal

President and CEO of Bioessence Dr. Emma Beleno-Guererro revealed why they chose Allison to represent the brand: “I think everyone knows that the competition in the spa industry is very high.

“So we feel that for us to be differentiated, we would like to relay a message that we want to get someone who is on top in the celebrity world—which is a top US model.

“So, we got Allison Harvard.”

Aside from her top-model status, Dr. Guererro added that Allison has flawless skin and a “good heart.”

The company's senior vice president, Joseph Feliciano, also underlined the 26-year-old model's global status.

"Allison is a global icon, she’s known worldwide, and that’s what we want to be."

For her part, Allison said, “I love their spa and I love treating my skin well so I’m really proud...”


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