Friday, July 6, 2018

Color your hair, color your life with The Color Bar by @stylingByJOF

With the slew of dizzying and stressing things happening in people’s lives, can they still find time to look classy, jazzy and trendy?

Yes, there is that overarching need for people to look and feel good while adding color to their lives. And there is one place that one can do this: The Color Bar by @stylingByJOF.

The Color Bar is a full-service salon that offers the best in hair-color technology and other premium hair services that give true value for your money.  The Salon specializes in color and other services that seek to maintain the integrity of one’s hair.

“We aim to make a difference when it comes to coloring the hair.  We don’t just put color in one’s hair; we create life in it.  At the same time, we value life that’s why we only use products that are of high quality and more importantly, those that are safe to use and are friendly to the environment,” explains Owner and Chief Stylist Joseph Fantone, aka JOF, during the launch of The Color Bar.

The Color Bar Owner and Chief Stylist Joseph Fantone, aka JOF, is all smiles during the launch of  "the salon that delivers premium, eco-friendly and personal service."
JOF maintains that The Color Bar is a salon that delivers premium, eco-friendly and personal service, especially for its clients who always put value on a relaxing trip to the salon. “With the kind of products and services we use, we aim to set the bar higher among salons in the city by delivering unparalleled hair and beauty services that are personalized, high-quality and environmentally responsible.”

And JOF’s objective of elevating the salon experience in the city with its own brand of uniqueness and excellence is no surprise.  He is armed with years of experience and professional education at the famous Paul Mitchell The School in San Diego, California, USA.

At The Color Bar, JOF sees to it that the team employs a personalized culture of service, with explicit emphasis placed on the quality of products and services they offer. “We need to make sure that each client experience both luxurious and personal service.  This means they will come back,” he adds.

Contrary to the general impression that putting color may create hair damage. The Color Bar maintains its objective of making sure that hair is taken care of by using various hair-coloring techniques and products.  Unlike other commercial salons, The Color Bar’s main focus is on hair color, which is why the team is made up of highly trained professionals and experts in the field of hair color and uses only premium products that value the environment.

Among the first-rate hair color products at The Color Bar include Aveda, Wella and Davines. Aveda is a brand of professional hair-care products designed with the environment in mind. Wella is also a professional hair-care brand that specializes in hair care, styling and colorants. And Davines is a global hair care brand made up of shampoos, conditioners, treatments and serums found in more than 70 countries.

With his business partner, Darwin Cerrado, JOF sees The Color Bar as the next most important salon that provides clients with the best hair color technology.  At the same time, The Color Bar provides an eco-friendly, premium and comfortable space, with that warm and first-rate vibe for their clients wanting to experience the newest in beauty and hair while being luxuriously pampered from color treatment to cut.

The Color Bar by @stylingByJOF is a full-service salon located at Rizal Drive, Forbes Town, Fort Bonifacio (across The Mind Museum).  Learn more about The Color Bar through their website,, Facebook ( and Instagram (@thecolorbarph). For appointments, call 0917-5275387 or 821-8587, or email

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

5 Ways AI Is Building A Better, Brighter Future For Asia

All across Asia, a hotly-debated topic amongst business leaders, government policymakers, academics and industry experts is the potential impact that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have on society.

Understandably, some take a cautious view when it comes to AI development, sometimes painting a grim, dystopic future where large swathes of the population are rendered jobless, access to AI is not evenly distributed amongst citizens, and privacy and civil liberties are increasingly under threat from AI’s insatiable need for data.

There is no denying that AI will present a new set of societal challenges that will need to be navigated thoughtfully and carefully and, in particular, it will be critical for all organizations to build trust in AI amongst their customers and stakeholders.

However, these concerns should not overshadow the enormous potential that AI offers society.

Here are five key areas where AI has created remarkable developments and improvements in Asia.

1.      Accessibility

Asia-Pacific is currently home to 690 million people with disabilities. AI can help people with vision, hearing, cognitive, learning, and mobility disabilities perform daily tasks more independently, lead a richer, more productive life and participate more fully in society.

For example, Seeing AI is a free app that leverages AI capabilities to identify a broad range of visual cues - including faces, emotions and handwriting. That data is then converted into audio descriptions for the visually-impaired. This enables the 285 million people in the world with low vision to better navigate their day, making the visual world more accessible. 

2.      Agriculture

Today, Asia is the world’s most populous region with more than 4.5 billion inhabitants, approximately 60% of the global population, and this number is forecasted to grow to over 5 billion by 2030. This will put incredible strain on the region’s already-challenged food supply chains unless farmers can find new ways to keep up with demand, such as leveraging AI and analytics to greatly improve their yields.

In India, Microsoft has partnered with a non-profit organization, International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), to develop an AI Sowing App that sends advisories to farmers on the optimal date to sow their crops, based on weather conditions, soil, and other indicators.

The solution predicts the optimal sowing period by using AI to analyze 30 years of historic climate data and calculate the adequacy of rainfall and soil moisture using real-time data and weather forecasting models. In addition, the program does not require farmers to incur capital expenditure, such as installing sensors in their fields, making this optimal for emerging markets.

3.      Climate Change

One of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century is the changing climate, and how it threatens human health, infrastructure, and natural systems. A leading cause of climate change is carbon emissions.

Microsoft is embracing the responsibility to operate sustainably and reduce the environmental impact of its business. One of the ways it doe this is by enlisting AI's help to manage the operations and infrastructure of our data centers. As a result, less electricity is needed to fuel data centers’ computing and cooling requirements. In fact, cloud services are 93% more energy efficient and up to 98% more carbon efficient than traditional enterprise data centers.

AI technologies are also being applied beyond the data center to improve the energy efficiency of entire buildings. In Singapore, approximately one-third of the nation’s electricity is consumed by buildings. JTC, a government agency responsible for the developing the nation’s industrial infrastructure, is taking a proactive approach to address this voracious demand for electricity by centralizing its operations on the Microsoft Cloud to monitor, analyze and optimize its buildings. Using sensor data and AI-driven analytics, JTC can now identify and rectify faults before breakdowns occur through a predictive model, resulting in a 15 percent drop in energy cost avoidance.

4.      Education

Education is one of the building blocks for creating a better future, and AI is being leveraged to enhance the education experience for students and improve outcomes in schools.

In Andhra Pradesh, a state in southern India, Microsoft is partnering with the government to launch a new app that predicts which students are most likely to drop out of school. Powered by machine learning, AI capabilities, and the cloud, this solution processes complex data sets that include enrolment information, student performance, gender and socio-economic demographics, school infrastructure, and teacher skills, to look for predictive patterns.

This enables administrators and educators to intervene early and target the most at-risk students with programs and counseling to prevent dropouts. The app is already being used successfully by more than 10,000 schools in Andhra Pradesh, covering more than five million students in 2017.

5.      Healthcare

Lastly, AI technology has the potential to assist healthcare providers in their quest to tackle some of the most prevalent diseases we face today, as well as improve the quality of life for Asia’s growing population.

In India, Microsoft is collaborating with one of the largest health organizations in the country, Apollo Hospitals, to develop an AI-focused network aimed at tackling cardiovascular disease, which contributes to nearly one-third of deaths worldwide. In India alone, nearly three million heart attacks happen annually, and it is estimated that 30 million Indians suffer from coronary disease. 

By bringing together Microsoft’s AI expertise and Apollo Hospitals’ experience and knowledge in the field of cardiology, this partnership aims to develop new machine learning models to predict patient risk for heart diseases and assists doctors with treatment plans.

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These are just some of the amazing benefits that AI is bringing to society, though it’s clear that it is still in a nascent stage of its development. The story of AI is still unfolding, and future chapters will be supported by positive, impactful anecdotes. After all, with AI, we are not just amplifying human ingenuity, but the qualities that make us human: Our caring. Our curiosity. Our collective desire to create a better tomorrow.

K-Pop’s hottest idols tour the Philippines on a wild 48-hour gastronomic frenzy

Asia’s craziest food contest returns to the Philippines as One Night Food Trip – International Edition enters its second season on tvN Asia. This time, K-pop heartthrobs Nichkhun of boy band 2PM and actor-host Alexander “Xander” Lee face off against celebrity cousins Danica Sotto-Pingris and Ciara Sotto in a culinary frenzy around the country. One Night Food Trip – International Edition will fly exclusively with Cebu Pacific for the entire second season.

Based on popular Korean food competition show One Night Food Trip, the international edition adds a twist by having K-pop celebrities travel to various Asian destination including the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, and Malaysia where they eat, play, and compete against local celebrities. Each team must complete missions involving exotic flavors and cultural attractions to earn stamps. The team that collects the most stamps within 48 hours takes home the Golden Passport.

In the Philippine segment of the show, Nichkhun and Xander jet-set together from Cebu to Pampanga, while celebrity chef Danica and singer-actress Ciara take a separate route from Coron to Legazpi for a unique experience of the country’s sights and delicacies. One of their stops is at luxury integrated resort City of Dreams Manila where they explore the Forbes five-star hotel, NÜWA, try out decadent dishes at the award-winning Crystal Dragon restaurant, and immerse in the DreamWorks-inspired interactive play space called DreamPlay.

The four-episode Philippine segment on Season 2 airs on 30 July (Monday) at 18:30 (GMT+8). It is in partnership with the Tourism Promotions Board, an attached agency of the Department of Tourism, that markets and promotes the Philippines domestically and internationally as a world-class tourism destination.

Aside from 2PM, Nichkhun is also a songwriter, actor and model, with television and film projects in South Korea and China. On the other hand, Xander Lee is a former member of the South Korean boy band U-KISS. His most recent projects include the lead role in a Philippine TV series “My Korean Jagiya,” opposite Heart Evangelista.

From the Philippines, Danica Sotto-Pingris is a television host and celebrity chef, with a degree in Culinary Arts and Technology Management from the Center for Culinary Arts Manila. Her cousin, Ciara Sotto, is a television host, singer, actress and expert pole dancer. She regularly teaches pole dancing classes in Manila.

Cebu Pacific, the official carrier of One Night Food Trip – International Edition 2, has the widest network within the Philippines with 37 domestic destinations, which made traveling and shooting from one island to another easier with seamless inter-island connections, sparing the hosts and crew from flying to bigger airport hubs just to move across the Philippines. Aside from a direct flight between Manila and Incheon, Cebu Pacific also flies directly from Incheon to Cebu, making it easier to get to popular beach destinations like Mactan Island or Bohol, or connect to 26 international destinations that span the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the United States (Guam).

One Night Food Trip – International Edition debuted in 2017 on tvN in Asia with sister-and-brother K-pop idols, Sandara “Dara” Park and Thunder pairing against TV host Grace Lee and radio DJ Sam YG for the Philippine segment.

One Night Food Trip – International Edition will premiere exclusively on tvN on 30 July (Monday) at 18:30 (GMT+8). tvN is available in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, with subtitles in English, Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and Thai.

Follow One Night Food Trip – International Edition Season 2 on social media with hashtags #OneNightFoodTripIntl2, #ONFTIntl2, #CEBTravels and #tvNAsia.

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