The new priceless luxury


POOF! Just like that, half of 2018 is gone! Time is indeed the new priceless luxury that we all strive to make the most of. After spending quality time with the family, we choose to spend the rest of it with matters we need and enjoy. For me, that residual time is for shopping.

The Stores Specialists Group has been in the specialty retailing industry for three decades. I’ve been a loyal SSI customer since those beginnings. As the leading specialty retailer in the Philippines with the biggest portfolio of international merchants in Asia-Pacific and a network of over 600 stores, the SSI Group has permeated our lives through its curated selection of worldwide brands.

How fitting then that SSI Group is marking their 30th milestone with a campaign dubbed, “The Curated Life.” After all, it is the only retailer with the widest range of specialty and lifestyle concepts, ranging from luxury fashion and fast fashion, to home, beauty, and original concepts.

SSI Group is also the retail arm of the Rustan’s Group of Companies, our country’s high-end retailer since our grandparents’ era all of 65 years ago. For “The Curated Life,” SSI has partnered with Citibank, one of the world’s leading banks. Citibank cardholders get to enjoy credits through the “Spend Anywhere” campaign, where shoppers get P500 shopping credits valid at all SSI Group stores with every P10,000 spend using their Citibank card from July to September 2018. As the holiday season comes around, more rewards await Citibank card shoppers as instant shopping credits of up to P30,000 will be given away at SSI Group stores.

The partnership with Citibank will continue with the Big Fashion Sale featuring well-loved SSI Group brands this August 15-30 at Greenbelt and September 3-10 at Glorietta; as well as exclusive shopping events from July to December 2018. There is also the “Love to Shop” installment program from June 2018 to May 2019, which lets customers shop with deferred payment schemes of up to 24 months at select SSI Group brands.

Reaching beyond the tangible, SSI will go digital through its website,, which will be officially launched this October. More than a shopping channel, the website features lifestyle articles that incorporate its brands and products while delivering informative and inspiring content. There will be three overall categories – Fashion, Beauty, and Home. The website will also allow consumers to purchase SSI’s gift card, the Purple Card.

The My SSI Life App is also due for launch this August – a gateway that allows consumers to curate the life they want to live. The My SSI Life App will be every shopper’s access to lifestyle, passion, and curation – from the latest trends, to the hottest promos and perks. Visit or follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for information.

Another company celebrating an important milestone this year is Transmodal International. The company provides freight forwarding and total logistics solutions all over the country. They celebrated their silver anniversary last month at The Blue Leaf Filipinas.

Transmodal’s employees, local and international partners, and valued clients enjoyed the grand celebration, a night full of glitz and glam, prizes and surprises, certification and recognition, and definitely a most memorable one. Employees, partners and clients were given due recognition during the star-studded affair.

Hosted by Luis Manzano, leading star performers included Jona, Kyla and Jay R, and powerful OPM singing couple Ogie and Regine Alcasid. The Company serenaded the guests and ended with singing the Transmodal International jingle. One for the main highlights was the presentation of El Gamma Penumbra, grand winner of Asia’s Got Talent. They presented the history of the company with an interpretation of how its chairman, Irene Manguiat-Tan started from humble beginnings to becoming the CEO that she is today.

From a small passionate team to a certified ISO 9001:2015 company providing top comprehensive logistics solutions, Transmodal now has five offices around the country with almost 300 employees. It has partners in over 100 countries and over a thousand clients both in the Philippines and around the globe.

Let me end this column by congratulating all the finishers of the first full-distance Ironman race in the country, the Century Tuna Ironman Philippines, held last weekend in Subic Bay. The occasion also marked the tenth anniversary since our first Ironman 70.3 race, at the CWC Waterpark in Camarines Sur. It’s amazing to see how far organizer Fred Uytengsu and Sunrise Events has brought triathlon in our country.

I have to give a special shout out to our Girls Run For Breakfast finishers, especially Coach Ani de Leon-Brown, whose podium finish qualified her for the prestigious Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii later this year. Our GRFB contingent included Doray Ellis, Camilla Brooks, Gem Padilla and Lara Parpan. Also among the finishers was my cousin Amanda Carpo-Bond and her hubby Mike, representing the amazing Polo Tri team. My hubby Dennis also wanted me to congratulate PhilWeb’s CFO, Zaldy Prieto, who completed his first Ironman.

The inaugural Ironman 70.3 in Camsur in 2009 had 583 participants. A decade later, the full Ironman Subic had over double those entrants. The challenging race started with a 3.8k ocean swim in Triboa Bay, moved to a 180k bike ride around Subic, and finished with a full 42k marathon ending in Remy Field. Sunrise Events has truly created a renaissance sport in our country.

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