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Garmin’s Venu 2 Plus puts calls, texts, access to phone’s voice assistant right on your wrist

Garmin’s latest offering lets users take calls, access their compatible smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, control compatible smart home devices and more.

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Garmin Philippines announced the arrival of Venu 2 Plus GPS smartwatch in the country. Garmin’s latest offering lets users take calls, access  their compatible smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, control compatible smart home devices and more. These voice-controlled functionalities join the robust suite of health, wellness and fitness features of Garmin’s Venu 2 Series. With a bright AMOLED display and battery life of up to nine days, the Venu 2 Plus is a direct line to wellbeing for active Filipinos.

“To support Filipinos’ drive to have a more active lifestyle where multi-tasking is crucial, Garmin presents a smartwatch that can give users the ability to answer calls or send texts without digging through their pocket or bag,” said Garmin Asia Director Scoppen Lin. “Garmin lets its user focus on their workout with the Venu 2 Plus’ on-device voice capabilities, on top of the signature features that the popular Venu 2 series is known for.” 

Here’s what’s new for the Venu 2 Plus:

·       Phone calls from the wrist: Users can make and take phone calls with the press of a button.

·       Voice assistant control: Compatible with Siri, Google Assistant or Bixby, users can utilize their smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, ask questions, control compatible smart home devices and more.

All-day health monitoring

The Venu 2 Plus dials into wellbeing with the broadest range of 24/7 health monitoring features available, including: heart rate (with user-configurable alerts for high or low readings2), advanced sleep with sleep score and insights by Firstbeat AnalyticsTM, breathwork activities, fitness age, respiration, Pulse Ox, all-day stress, hydration, and women’s health (menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking). Body BatteryTM energy monitoring shows users how “charged” their body is, as well as the draining effects of stress and exercise. Health SnapshotTM logs a two-minute window of key health stats and generates a report users can share with a health care provider; a great tool for capturing physiological data anytime you’re feeling off your baseline.

Customized fitness

The Venu 2 Plus pulls in all of the latest fitness features recently introduced on the Venu 2 series including over 25 built-in indoor and GPS sports apps with favorites that include walking, running, HIIT, cycling, pool swimming, Pilates, yoga, indoor climbing, hiking, advanced strength training with muscle map graphics and more.

Preloaded workouts can also be found on the watch and preset workouts are available for download from Garmin ConnectTM app on user’s smartphone. Customizable workouts may be created by choosing from over 1,400 exercises. The Venu 2 Plus has more than 75 preset animated workouts that demonstrate proper form and technique in Garmin Connect and on the wrist. Whether training for a 5K or longer, the device is compatible with Garmin Coach free adaptive training plans.

Safety and tracking

The Venu 2 Plus also includes Garmin’s safety and tracking features such as automatic incident detection (during outdoor walks, runs or rides)3 and manually triggered assistance alerts, both of which send a message with the user’s location to their emergency contacts. LiveTrack lets friends and family track the user’s outdoor activity3. Users can also assign a designated emergency contact that the Venu 2 Plus can call, such as local emergency services.

Smart features on the wrist

The Venu 2 Plus keeps the essentials on the wrist with built-in music (download up to 650 songs including playlists from Spotify, Amazon Music, and Deezer4), and smart notifications for calls, texts, calendar reminders, social media updates, breaking news stories and more3. Users may personalize the Venu 2 Plus with apps, watch faces and more available to download from the Connect IQTM store. Unlike many other smartwatches, the Venu 2 Plus can be used with either Android or Apple smartphones.

Designed for all-day wear

·       The Venu 2 Plus has a 43mm watch case, stainless steel bezel and hardware, and a comfortable, 20mm industry-standard quick release silicone band. Mix and match bands and bezels.

·       It boasts a durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen AMOLED display with optional, always-on mode.

·       The Venu 2 Plus is powered by an impressive battery life that lasts up to 9 days in smartwatch mode and up to 8 hours in GPS + Music mode.

·       It is capable of rapid battery recharge with 10 minutes of charging which adds up to one day of smartwatch mode battery life or one hour of GPS + music battery life. Users may extend the time further with battery saver mode.

Don’t miss out on Garmin’s special promotion! First 75 customers can get a free Garmin Tote Bag for every purchase of Garmin Venu 2 Plus watch for only PHP 25,695. The device is available in Black, Ivory and Powder Gray at Garmin Brand Storeskinetic.com.phLazadaShopee and Garmin PH Viber Community.

The Venu 2 Plus was recognized at the recently concluded CES 2022 global tech-event as an Innovation Awards honoree.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized the wellness industry. Committed to developing wearables and health measurement tools that help people of all activity levels lead healthier lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday.

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Citadines Roces Quezon City showcased

The property stands as a premiere Citadines property in Quezon City, setting the standard for upscale accommodations and event facilities in the area. At the heart of its allure lies its exceptional banquet facilities, carefully designed to cater to a diverse range of events, parties, and gatherings.

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Through its latest Citadines property in Quezon City, The Ascott Limited invites guests to an unparalleled urban lifestyle experience. Situated in a thriving business district, this property is the ideal pick for those seeking to fully engage in the dynamic and vibrant essence of city life, thanks to its prime location and outstanding amenities.

The property stands as a premiere Citadines property in Quezon City, setting the standard for upscale accommodations and event facilities in the area. At the heart of its allure lies its exceptional banquet facilities, carefully designed to cater to a diverse range of events, parties, and gatherings.

What sets Citadines Roces Quezon City apart is its commitment to providing a seamless and stress-free hospitality experience. By offering banquet facilities alongside its accommodation packages, the property ensures convenience and comfort for both hosts and guests. This unique provision lets event organizers effortlessly coordinate every aspect of their gatherings, from booking venues to arranging accommodations, all under one roof. Guests, in turn, benefit from the convenience of attending events and retreating to the comfort of their rooms without ever having to leave the premises.

The property’s strategic location offers easy access to a multitude of corporate offices, entertainment options, dining establishments, and bustling shopping centers, like SM North EDSA and Ayala Malls Trinoma. Whether guests seek cultural immersion, culinary delights or simply wish to explore the vibrant city streets, Citadines Roces Quezon City serves as the ideal starting point for every urban adventure.

“We are excited to introduce Citadines Roces Quezon City as the epitome of city living. With our prime location and exceptional amenities, we aim to provide our guests with a truly immersive experience in the heart of Quezon City,” said Thea Peregrino, Citadines Roces Quezon City’s Assistant Residence Manager. “Our mission is to create a vibrant and dynamic environment where guests can feel at home while enjoying everything this bustling city offers.”

Citadines Roces Quezon City features a variety of well-designed apartments, including spacious studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. Each apartment is thoughtfully furnished with modern amenities, ensuring every guest’s comfortable and enjoyable stay. The property also offers a range of facilities, including a fitness center, swimming pool, residents’ lounge, and round-the-clock reception and concierge services, providing a seamless and hassle-free living experience.

For those seeking the perfect blend of work and play, Citadines Roces Quezon City offers a social lounge equipped with modern facilities, services, and equipment to accommodate all the needs a professional may have, from working spaces to socializing stations.

Citadines Roces Quezon City invites guests to embrace the vibrant city lifestyle and discover the hidden gems of Quezon City. Whether for a short-term stay or an extended visit, Citadines Roces is committed to providing a home away from home that captures the essence of city living. Citadines Roces Quezon City opened its doors to the public in January 2024.

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5 Ways to enhance family wellness during rainy days

These tips will help you navigate the rainy season with ease and joy.

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As the weather turns wet and chilly, your family’s health and happiness is of utmost priority. From creating an inviting environment at home, to seeking ways to boost the family’s immunity, these tips will help you navigate the rainy season with ease and joy. 

1. Create a Cozy Indoor Environment

There’s surely nothing better than being in a warm and inviting environment on a rainy day. Bring out some blankets and pillows and pair these up with fun activities that the whole family can enjoy at home. By creating a cozy ambiance, you’re sure to achieve a soothing atmosphere that promotes overall well-being and reduces stress. 

Additionally, keeping your family’s beloved space clean and clutter-free helps reduce allergens and creates a healthier living environment. Keep in mind that a cozy indoor setting can transform rainy days into cherished moments of connections for a healthy and happy home. 

2. Emphasize Quality Sleep

A full night’s rest is essential for good health. Set up  a bedtime routine for the family and ensure everyone gets sufficient sleep as this is vital for a strong immune system. Make the most out of the weather and let the soothing sounds of nature aid you in encouraging the entire family to bond over rest and relaxation. 

With quality sleep comes a healthier immune function, regulated mood levels, and overall better mental health. This gives your family a natural defense against seasonal illnesses and stress. 

3. Encourage Physical Activity

While outdoor activities are limited during this season, it is still important to keep the family active even inside the home. There are numerous indoor exercises and activities that the family can enjoy together, such as dancing to your favorite tunes, doing some light yoga, or engaging in indoor sports. Regular physical activity helps in releasing endorphins, reducing stress and uplifting spirits. 

Moreover, having a healthy and active lifestyle promotes cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, and supports weight management. By making time for physical activities, families can stay active, energized, and connected, even when the rain keeps them indoors, fostering a sense of well-being and togetherness all throughout the season.

4. Maintain a Nutritious Diet

Rainy weather usually leads to cravings for comfort foods Pinoys love. While it’s okay to give into cravings once in a while, be sure to balance these with healthy, nutrient-rich meals to support overall immune function.

Maintaining a nutritious diet is essential for boosting family wellness at this time of the year as well as providing the much-needed nutrients to support immune function and overall health. Incorporating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into meals helps strengthen the body’s defenses against the common cold or cough. Nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits packed with vitamin C and leafy greens, are particularly beneficial for boosting immunity during colder months. 

Also keep in mind that staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water helps flush out toxins and keeps the body functioning optimally. By prioritizing nutritious eating habits, the entire family can stay healthy, energized, and well-nourished, ensuring they can fully enjoy indoor activities and stay healthy throughout the rainy season.

5. Boost Immunity with Supplements

Rainy days usually come with the occasional cold and flu so be sure to strengthen your family’s immune system with high-quality supplements and multivitamins. Go for the ones that contain vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and probiotics to enhance overall health.

Supplements like LAC TriAction C1000 Timed-Release offers 3x the benefits of regular vitamin C and ensures continuous immune support and antioxidant protection while LAC ImmuGuard Junior with Probiotics helps maintain good resistance against common infections such as colds and flu and promotes fast recovery so children can quickly get back on their feet through its enjoyable jelly format and great tasting lychee flavor. 

By offering a wide range of products tailored to each family member’s unique needs, LAC ensures that the entire family can maintain optimal health and vitality at every life stage.

Implementing these essential strategies will not only keep your family safe and dry but also foster a sense of togetherness and well-being during the rainy days. By prioritizing immunity, creating cozy indoor spaces, encouraging physical activity, maintaining a nutritious diet, and taking in immune-boosting supplements, you’re equipping your family with the tools to thrive through whatever season.

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Citadines Benavidez Makati eyes to blend convenience and vibrant pulse of city living

One of the distinguishing features of the property’s studio units is the inclusion of fully equipped kitchenettes. Far surpassing the limitations of standard hotel rooms, these kitchenettes empower guests to enjoy the convenience of preparing their meals, adding a touch of home to their stay. Whether whipping up a quick breakfast before a busy day or indulging in a cozy dinner for two, guests can savor the freedom and flexibility afforded by their own culinary haven.

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The Ascott Limited invites guests to experience the epitome of comfort with its newest property, Citadines Benavidez Makati. Located in the heart of the bustling city of Makati, Citadines Benavidez Makati and its signature studio units are poised to revolutionize the concept of hospitality in the heart of Metro Manila, all while offering value-for-your-money accommodation.

Nestled within a premiere area in Legazpi Village, Citadines Benavidez Makati stands out with its commitment to offering guests spacious accommodations that surpass the confines of typical hotel rooms. Designed to cater to diverse guest needs, whether solo travelers, couples seeking a cozy retreat, or business professionals requiring functional yet comfortable accommodations, each studio unit comes with adaptable living spaces, making it easy for guests to seamlessly transition between work and leisure.

One of the distinguishing features of the property’s studio units is the inclusion of fully equipped kitchenettes. Far surpassing the limitations of standard hotel rooms, these kitchenettes empower guests to enjoy the convenience of preparing their meals, adding a touch of home to their stay. Whether whipping up a quick breakfast before a busy day or indulging in a cozy dinner for two, guests can savor the freedom and flexibility afforded by their own culinary haven.

“Citadines Benavidez Makati seamlessly complements the pulse of the fast-paced life in Makati, where every moment is a delicate balance between ambition and repose. As our guests step into the refined embrace of our prime address, they can expect a sanctuary that harmonizes the demands of the dynamic city with the art of indulgence,” said The Ascott Limited’s Cluster General Manager Cecille Teodoro.

After a long day out and about, the property’s different amenities promote a promise of rest and relaxation for guests. The rooftop pool invites you to unwind and soak in the views of Makati’s skyline. It’s a serene retreat where the cares of the day dissolve with every ripple in the water.

Guests can elevate their meetings to new heights with the property’s state-of-the-art meeting room, strategically perched on the roof deck. Not only does this give one plenty of space for collaboration, but it also offers an unparalleled view of the city, transforming ordinary meetings into extraordinary and meaningful experiences.

For those looking to challenge their senses and physique, the state-of-the-art fitness center stands ready, offering a space to recalibrate both body and mind. Guests can embark on their fitness journey with top-notch equipment, ensuring that they can maintain their wellness routines even while away from home.

Fun doesn’t stop at the property, however, as Makati already offers a wide range of recreational amenities that perfectly enriches the Citadines experience. From posh retail rows featuring international brands, shopping centers highlighting local designers, cultural and art museums, unique dining enclaves, lush parks and invigorating urban spaces, the city itself becomes an extension of our commitment to providing a holistic and fulfilling stay for guests.

If you’re looking for an address that blends convenience and the vibrant pulse of city living, start your best life at Citadines Benavidez Makati. Guests can enjoy the property’s special rates ranging from PHP 4,800 to PHP 6,000 until end of June 2024, that includes a wide selection of benefits, including complimentary breakfasts, Wi-Fi, access to recreational amenities, and more.

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