Baskin-Robbins’ Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Satisfy your cravings with the latest offering from the world’s favorite ice cream brand, Baskin-Robbins -- the delectable warm cookie ice cream sandwich. Don’t miss out on the limited edition freshly baked chewy cookies paired with any of your favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors for only P169. 

You can choose from any of these mouth-watering cookie flavors: Dark Chocolate, Double Fudge or White Chunk Macadamia. Get your own warm cookie ice cream sandwich at any of these participating Baskin-Robbins stores at Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta 5, Glorietta 2, Greenbelt 5 and Central Square BGC for a limited time only. 

You can also visit any Baskin-Robbins store every 31st of the month and get 31% off on all fresh packs. Drop by the store on Pink Day every Wednesday and show something pink to get a free scoop of your favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream for every purchase of the double junior scoop. 

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Fast online approval for laboratory requests from MediCard

For some, part of having an HMO is securing a letter of approval (LOA) for laboratory tests requested by doctors to help them diagnose health problems accurately. These tests include blood tests, urinalysis, chest x-ray, among others.

A letter of approval basically confirms that such tests are indeed part of a member’s HMO coverage and authorizes the diagnostic clinic to proceed with the requested tests. However, securing an LOA may mean going through a process that can be slow and inconvenient sometimes: A medical attendant gets your card, then calls the HMO provider to advise them of the laboratory test that needs to be done. Afterwhich, the patient waits for the approval.

 Now, Medicard, a leading health maintenance organization in the Philippines, takes the hassle out of getting LOA as it introduces Medicard Online LOA -- an online application that allows you to easily request for a letter of approval for your laboratory and diagnostic tests in the comfort of your own home or straight from your mobile phone on the go.

“MediCard constantly aspires to make quality healthcare accessible and more convenient for our members because we value their time. With innovations such as the Medicard Online LOA, we are able to eliminate a lengthy and time-consuming wait period to get your LOA since online application allows quick user convenience,” said Dr. Nicky Montoya.

Getting an LOA for laboratory and diagnostic tests can be done in five easy steps. First, go to and click the MediCard Online LOA tab. Then, fill out the online form with your MediCard ID number and upload a copy of your doctor’s request.

Next, choose a MediCard free-standing clinic or any accredited clinic/hospital where you wish to avail of the test, and then your LOA and instructions will be sent via e-mail. Lastly, submit the LOA to the hospital together with a copy of your doctor’s request and a copy of the email.

Save yourself the inconvenience of waiting or long procedures and prioritize your good health now with the MediCard Online LOA.

Issuance of the LOA and access to select providers are dependent on the existing plan and coverage.

For more information, call 884-9999 or visit

Makati's Giant Christmas Tree

It’s a bright and scintillating Christmas at the Circuit Makati, home of the city’s immersive and awe-inspiring Christmas tree.
Blazing against the night sky with an explosion of lights, the 56-foot, interactive Christmas tree redefines the Makati skyline as it welcomes everyone to Circuit Makati, the lifestyle and entertainment destination for those who want the best that the holidays can offer.

A MERRIER MAKATI. Globe Circuit Events Grounds welcome the Yuletide season with the lighting of the 56-foot tall Christmas tree led by Ayala Land executives and partners.

(L-R): Robert Lao, President of Alveo Land; Ailea Zialcita, Vice President ofMastercard Philippines; Santiago Cua Jr., Chairman of the Philippine Racing Club; Meean Dy, Senior Vice President of Ayala Land and Liberato Layug, Barangay Administrator of Barangay Carmona

A CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA TO REMEMBER. Thousands of people flocked the Globe Circuit Events Grounds for the biggest Circuit Makati Bazaar last November 18.

CHRISTMAS IS SHINING BRIGHTER THAN EVER. The Circuit Makati Bazaar 2016 shined brighter with celebrity merchants (L-R) Mara Lopez, Maria Isabel Lopez, Gretchen Fullido, Nikki Valdez, Christine Bersola – Babao, and Marissa Sanchez.

A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS. Children enthusiastically flocked the Circuit Makati Bazaar 2016 for the chance to pose with Santa Claus. 

In partnership with Mastercard and Alveo, last November 18, this magnificent masterpiece made purely of 250,000 sparkling lights brought light to the biggest, hippest, Circuit Makati Bazaar 2016. Around the tree, 2,500 strands, each with 100 lights, plus 150 sets of meteor lights, create a magical spectacle that showcases the grandeur of Christmas.
From sun up to sun down, the thousands who flocked the 3-day bazaar, co-presented by Mastercard and HSBC,  for its six Christmas villages-- Star Avenue featuring gift finds from top local celebrities, Mommy’s Best by Project Mom (headed by Amanda Griffin and Bianca Araneta-Elizalde), Lil’ Preneur by HedCen, Millenial Spot (with merchants from Karl Edwards and Kaizen Events Inc.), Fit & Fab by Hunt and Gather, and Mercato Centrale, not only shopped  their heart’s delight, but also witnessed the breathtaking Christmas tree.
In addition, guests were serenaded with Christmas carols from The Voice Kids and the students of HedCen, coupled with dance and other acoustic performances. Exciting activities such as the photography workshop by Canon and Nikon, a Zumba party, and a raffle with prizes from Oppo, Power Mac Center Spotlight, SandBox Alviera, Nuvali CampN, and Mystery Manila delighted everyone who went to enjoy the Christmas rush. 
Giving a new dimension to Christmas trees, the giant Circuit Makati tree can be accessed from inside and out giving a more immersive experience for all. Come inside and marvel at the sight of countless moving lights, many of which have been recycled from the previous years with the aim of staying environmentally friendly.  To bring more life to the Christmas tree, it has been jazzed up with more color to evoke a youthful and vibrant vibe, and sprinkled it with circular patterns inspired the Globe Circuit logo. The result is simply spectacular.
“This year, we wanted to curate another magnificent display with a modern and interactive Christmas tree that’s sure to entice our visitors,” said Shiella Aguilar, in keeping with Ayala Land’s efforts to bring bright lights to various estates across the country, transforming its developments into a Christmas wonderland where people can come together and feel the magic of the season.  
The Circuit Makati Christmas tree will continue to bring joy until January 8, 2017.  Indeed, bright lights are bringing Christmas cheer to the ever-bustling city. As if this were not enough, Ayala Land has upped the ante as it lined up exciting fun-filled activities and great entertainment for every member of the family this season.  
Visit the Ayala Triangle Gardens to witness the nightly Festival of Lights, a world-class lights and sounds show that has become a yearly Makati signature attraction that never fails to elicit oohs and aahs from everyone with its 3 distinct medleys: Christmas Fiesta, Classic and Epic Christmas, Sweet and Magical Christmas that will run daily until January 8, 2017, every 30 minutes from 6PM to 10PM.
Beyond this lights and sounds show is a dynamic, stained glass inspired street lights installations in time-honored Christmas themes that lights up Paseo de Roxas, Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue. Hand in hand with these are Christmas festivities that make Christmas in Makati truly memorable. There will be daily Thanksgiving masses at the Ayala Triangle Gardens Fountain Area every evening at 6pm from December 15 to 23.
On December 19, witness Makati high school chorale groups serenade everyone with well-loved Christmas carols at the Makati Inter-High School Caroling Competition at the Globe Circuit Events Grounds.
Makati definitely makes it happen all throughout the month of December as the city gives you the chance to celebrate the holidays with Mastercard’s amazing promos and offers in the city’s finest hotels --  Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, Raffles Makati and Fairmont Makati. There’s a treat for everyone, from homebodies to foodies to those who just want to unwind!
Let’s spread the Christmas cheer by paying homage to the city which truly embodies the spirit of Christmas -- Makati.
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