Uniqlo, a global clothing retailer out of Tokyo, will open its first Cebu store in SM City Cebu this Friday, October 23, with special promos on several products.
More than value for money, Uniqlo clothes are made with emphasis on the Japanese traits of simplicity, quality, and longevity, said Katsumi Kubota, the brand’s chief operating officer in the Philippines.
“We don’t make regular fashion, we create lifewear,” he added during an interview shortly before the pre-opening party and sake ceremony at SM City Cebu’s The Northwing earlier today, Wednesday.
The Cebu branch, opened under the clothing brand’s LifeWear concept, is at the first level of The Northwing. It spans 1,000 square meters and carries everyday wear like jeans, stylish leggings, dresses, and and shirts as well as Uniqlo’s unique and proprietary collections.
According to Kubota, the Cebu store is the 25th in the Philippines and first outside of Luzon. The target is to open eight to 10 more stores in the Visayas within the next five years.
Uniqlo opening promos
For the Friday opening, Uniqlo is offering its fleece jackets for only P790, cropped leggings for women at P690, and men’s chino shorts at P790.
“After three years in the Philippines, we feel we have the fundamentals to open a branch in Cebu. We are in 16 countries and regions and we are welcomed anywhere we go. We are confident that our clothing line is suitable for Cebuanos,” said Kubota.
A second Uniqlo store in Cebu will open when the SM Seaside City at the South Road Properties starts operations on November 27, 2015. He said they’ve already hired the personnel for both stores and all 140 of them are currently helping out at the SM City Cebu branch.
Uniqlo is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures, and sells clothing under seven brands. Its other brands are Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, and Theory.
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“We should learn to understand that the Earth Hour is beyond symbolism. Earth Hour is about understanding the truth that this world will be left to the next generation. We should keep in mind that this planet is not ours, as we are only its stewards.” – Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella
“In the 2015 global climate risk index, Cebu is not spared from the effects of climate change. It is important that we go beyond this Earth Hour.” – Councilor Nida Cabrera, chairperson of the Cebu City Council’s committee on environment
“We can make an Earth Hour each day, going beyond the one hour every last Saturday of March. This is our challenge as we face the negative impacts of climate change.” – Dr. Eddie Llamedo, public information officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7
They recommended the following:
• segregating trash at home
• using less water and power
• planting more trees, especially fruit-bearing and indigenous trees
• disaster preparedness
• relocating residents from no-build zones and vulnerable areas of the city, such as along rivers and other waterways.
• properly disposing of things that are harmful to human beings
• taking shorter showers to save water
• teaching children composting and proper waste segregation
• switching off unnecessary appliances
• converting all incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps
With the high demand for nurses and health care workers in Germany due to the country’s aging population, fewer workers in the health sector, and the building of more hospitals, Care.com Europe founder and chief executive officer Steffen Zoller said Germany is eyeing the Philippines to help fill in the demand.
Even when the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency does not allow recruitment agencies in the Philippines to recruit Filipino nurses in Germany, employers in Germany can do direct hiring from the Philippines.
Also, when the Federal Republic if Germany entered into a bilateral agreement with the Philippines for a government-to-government placement system for Filipino workers’ temporary employment in Germany in March 2013, the foreign country opened its doors to Filipino medical professionals, especially nurses, who were previously banned from employment in Germany, in accordance with its laws.
To date, only 31 Filipino nurses have been brought to Germany. The foreign nation is looking at accommodating at least 500 Filipino nurses this year.