“THE ART OF PINK” TRANSFORMS THE PENINSULA HONG KONG THIS OCTOBER WITH A HOMAGE TO ALL THINGS PINK

Including A Fundraising Gala To Support The Global Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

The Peninsula Hong Kong is again thinking pink for a purpose this October, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Marking its sixth anniversary in 2015, the annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become “The Art of Pink.” All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused arts, dining and spa experiences for guests to enjoy.

“The Art of Pink” at The Peninsula Hotels, designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels' local communities. (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

“The Art of Pink” at The Peninsula Hotels, designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels’ local communities. (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

In keeping with the global commitment to support innovative art-related initiatives and to encourage the development of an art dialogue in Kowloon, The Peninsula Hong Kong will host a “Pink Tie” Fundraising Gala on Tuesday, 29 September 2015. During the evening, a charity auction will be conducted by Mr François Curiel, Chairman of Christie’s Asia Pacific.

The proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry (hereinafter called “The Registry”), and include items, experiences and works of art:

A spectacular butterfly brooch centring on a 12.43-carat pink morganite, to wings set with carved greyish blue jadeite, embellished by pink diamonds, blue diamonds, green diamonds, and white diamonds together weighing 8.69 carats, and mounted in 18-karat white gold by Moussaeiff Jewellers

–A unique four hours educational experience at L’École Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris Place Vendôme to explore the secretive worlds of Jewellery and Watchmaking and a private tour at the Maison’s High Jewellery Workshop, twinned with business class flights for two and an exclusive stay at The Peninsula Paris.

A private archeologist-led tour of the Tod’s Group-sponsored Coliseum in Rome restoration, accessing areas not open for public view, together with a pair of Made-to-Order Gommino Club custom men’s driving shoes courtesy of Tod’s,

A collectable handcrafted Alligator Ricky Bag in pink by Ralph Lauren

A pink-themed work of art generously donated by Korean pop artist Dongi Lee and The Sovereign Art Foundation

–A work of art generously donated by Chinese contemporary painter and installation artist Qin Feng

A supremely luxurious one night’s stay in The Peninsula Hong Kong’s Marco Polo Suite, including Rolls-Royce transfer, a 15-minute helicopter flight-seeing tour, a Pink Champagne breakfast for two, and a limited edition “Pretty in Pink” treatment for two at The Peninsula Spa

Other interesting pink-themed lots consigned by generous sponsors

The Art of Pink builds on The Peninsula Hong Kong’s unique heritage, pioneering arts collaborations and storied partnerships with the world’s leading arts institutions and luxury maisons. The Peninsula in Pink campaign has raised a total of HK$ 3.3 million for breast cancer charities worldwide, including HK$ 1.7 million in 2014. In total, Peninsula in Pink at The Peninsula Hong Kong has raised HK$ 1.9 million, including HK$ 278,760 in 2014, which was donated to The Registry.

Pink is the preferred colour at The Peninsula Hotels each October, and to support The Art of Pink initiative, The Peninsula Hong Kong’s fountain in the forecourt and the hotel’s iconic façade will be artfully illuminated in pink with the Peninsula in Pink logo projected onto the hotel Tower each evening from 28 September to 31 October 2015. The hotel’s flower arrangements will adopt vibrant hues of pink, and guests can enjoy pink-infused gourmet dining and spa experiences, with part of the proceeds donated to The Registry.

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an exclusive Peninsula in Pink pin has been designed for each Peninsula staff member to wear. These will also be available for sale at the Concierge desk in The Lobby. Each pink ribbon pin is priced at HK$ 40 and all donations will be made to The Registry, to fund genetic testing, counselling and public education campaigns.

The Peninsula en Rose Afternoon Tea

The Peninsula en Rose Afternoon Tea

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Indulges Guests with a Luxury Shopping Experience

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has joined with South Coast Plaza to provide an opportunity for guests to enjoy a seamless shopping experience.

Showcasing extraordinary boutiques and upscale amenities, the luxury shopping experience from The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers guests special services at the resort, as well as at South Coast Plaza. Shopping has never been easier or more enjoyable.

The breathtaking California coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The breathtaking California coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Soak in sun and refreshment at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Soak in sun and refreshment at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. The resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. As the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury, the resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years.

A dinner party with a sublime view at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

A dinner party with a sublime view at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

A setting for complete relaxation at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

A setting for complete relaxation at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Renowned as a major global shopping destination, South Coast Plaza is home to more than 250 prominent boutiques, critically-acclaimed restaurants and the adjacent celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Its unparalleled collection of diverse retailers, along with its customized concierge services, makes it Southern California’s premier shopping experience.

The Luxury Shopping Experience includes:

  • Overnight accommodations

  • Complimentary round trip transportation to South Coast Plaza

  • Admittance to ACCESS, South Coast Plaza’s VIP Hospitality Suite

  • A South Coast Plaza VIP Passport featuring exclusive offers from more than 100 stores and restaurants

  • A $100 South Coast Plaza Gift Card Voucher (one per stay)

Rates for the Luxury Shopping Experience start at $589 per night.

A Premium Shopping Experience is also available that enhances the Luxury Shopping Experience with accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite, including access to The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, a $500 Gift Card Voucher and a two-hour, in-suite private stylist consultation. The Premium Shopping Experience is $3,150 per night.

The Ritz-Carlton Club Level experience offers the comfort, convenience and privacy of a hotel within a hotel. Located on the fourth floor of the resort, The Club Level is not just about luxurious surroundings; it’s about personalized service. A dedicated concierge is available to meet any needs from hard to get restaurant reservations to assistance with changing airline flights. Only guests registered on Club Level can access the floor through use of a special elevator key, ensuring a sense of personal security. The focal point of Club is a spacious lounge area, furnished to resemble a comfortable living area and well stocked with books and a variety of magazines and newspapers.

Artful style beckons you at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Artful style beckons you at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Breathtaking ocean views at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Breathtaking ocean views at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Dine amid glittering views of the Pacific at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Dine amid glittering views of the Pacific at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

After a day of shopping, guests can unwind in The Ritz-Carlton Spa. The Spa offers massage, facial and body treatments in a relaxing and tranquil environment. The spa menu features a selection of treatments designed to relax, recharge and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. Then to end the evening, dining selections include RAYA, a restaurant concept by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval featuring Pan Latin Coastal Cuisine and enoSTEAK, an intimate steakhouse focusing on local, organic produce and grass fed meats. For cocktails and appetizers, 180blũ is the resort’s outdoor oceanfront lounge boasting panoramic views of the California coast.

Your own oasis at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Your own oasis at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel


For reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit
http://www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel

THIRTEEN’s American Masters Series Presents Filmmaker/Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ New Documentary, The Women’s List

Premiering Nationwide Friday, September 25 on PBS

All Images by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and provided by American Masters

Meet 15 women who have created and defined contemporary American culture in American Masters: The Women’s List, premiering nationwide Friday, September 25, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and available the same day on DVD via Perfect Day Films Inc.

The newest chapter of filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ List documentary series (American Masters: The Boomer List, The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List) features intimate interviews with Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001; Gloria Allred, lawyer; Laurie Anderson, artist; Sara Blakely, entrepreneur; Margaret Cho, comedian; Edie Falco, actor; Elizabeth Holmes, scientist and entrepreneur; Betsey Johnson, fashion designer; Alicia Keys, singer-songwriter; Aimee Mullins, athlete and fashion model; Nancy Pelosi, politician; Rosie Perez, actor; Shonda Rhimes, writer-producer; Wendy Williams, talk show host and Nia Wordlaw, pilot.AM-WomensList-horizontal-key-art_FINAL-no-tune-in

American Masters: The Women’s List focuses on these individuals’ exceptional achievements, struggles and identities. All trailblazers in their respective fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt. Toni Morrison opens the film with a reading of an introduction she wrote specifically for The Women’s List.

Madeleine Albright. Credit: © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Madeleine Albright. Credit: © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001: Leaders are made by the situations they are involved in. I think that some rise to the occasion and some do not.”***

Madeleine Albright was the first woman to serve as the United States’ Secretary of State. Born in Czechoslovakia, Albright and her family emigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island when she was 11 years old. Albright served, under President Clinton, as Secretary of State from 1997 – 2001. At the time of her appointment, she became the highest-ranking woman to have served in the U.S. government.

Gloria Allred and “American Masters: The Women’s List” filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders on the set of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Credit: ©Greenfield-Sanders Studio

Gloria Allred and “American Masters: The Women’s List” filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders on the set of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Credit: ©Greenfield-Sanders Studio

Gloria Allred, Lawyer: A feminist is simply a person who believes in legal, social, political and economic equality for women with men.”***

Gloria Allred is a leading women’s rights lawyer. Her firm handles more women’s rights cases than any other private firm in the nation and has won hundreds of millions of dollars for victims.

Laurie Anderson, Artist: I am a New Yorker, one; I’m an artist, two; I’m a woman, three.”***

Laurie Anderson is an experimental performance artist, composer and musician. Anderson is a pioneer in electronic music and has invented several devices that she has used in her recordings and performance art shows.

Sara Blakely, Entrepreneur: Spanx really came from my own butt. I did not like the way it looked in pants.”***

Sara Blakely is an American businessperson and founder of Spanx, a hosiery company based in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2012, Blakely was named in Time magazine’s annual “Time 100” list of the 100 most influential people in the world. As of 2014, she is listed as the 93rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

Margaret Cho on the set of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Credit: ©Greenfield-Sanders Studio

Margaret Cho on the set of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Credit: ©Greenfield-Sanders Studio

Margaret Cho, Comedian: When I was 14, I told my mother I was going to drop out of high school and go do stand-up comedy. All she said was ‘Oh maybe it’s better if you just die,’ because it was killing her that I was doing this.”***

Margaret Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality.

Edie Falco, Actor: There is no question that sobriety has made me a better actor, made me a better person.”***

Edie Falco is an Emmy®-winning actress who won acclaim for her roles on the television series The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie. A mother of two children, Falco has appeared on Broadway, in feature films and on television throughout her career.

Elizabeth Holmes, Scientist and Entrepreneur: I believe in the unlimited power of women in the context of science and engineering.”***

Elizabeth Holmes is an American entrepreneur. She is the CEO of Theranos, a blood test company, which she founded in 2003 at age 19 while she was a chemical engineering major at Stanford University. She is the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire to date.

Betsey Johnson. Credit: © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Betsey Johnson. Credit: © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Betsey Johnson, Fashion Designer: [In the 1960s]…you could take LSD but you couldn’t wear a pantsuit.”***

Betsey Johnson is an award-winning fashion designer known for her whimsical and feminine designs. Johnson started her career in New York City in the 60s and was part of Andy Warhol’s underground scene that included the Velvet Underground, Edie Sedgwick and Lou Reed. In 2012, Johnson celebrated 40 years of her namesake brand.

Alicia Keys, Singer-Songwriter: I’m definitely a nerd. I’m a cool-ass nerd, but I am definitely a nerd.”***

Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of philanthropy and in the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

Aimee Mullins, Athlete and Fashion Model: It’s an objective fact that I am a double amputee, but it’s very subjective opinion as to whether that makes me disabled.”***

Aimee Mullins is an athlete, actress and fashion model, who first became famous for her athletic accomplishments. She was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs and has become one of the most prominent thinkers on the topic of prosthetic innovation.

Nancy Pelosi on the set of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Credit: ©Greenfield-Sanders Studio

Nancy Pelosi on the set of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Credit: ©Greenfield-Sanders Studio

Nancy Pelosi, Politician: When I was growing up in the 50s it wasn’t quite the same. Fathers were more protective and now they see all of the possibilities for their daughters.”***

Nancy Pelosi is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and served as the 60th Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011. She is the only woman to have served as the House Speaker and to date is the highest-ranking female politician in American history.

Rosie Perez. Credit: © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Rosie Perez. Credit: © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Rosie Perez, Actor: Women of color: if you’re over 40 and you get fat, you will work. But if you’re hot and over 40 and a woman of color, they don’t know what to do with you.”***

Rosie Perez is an Oscar-nominated actress who starred in such films as White Men Can’t Jump, Fearless and Do the Right Thing. Perez started her performance career as a dancer and went on to choreograph music videos and the television series In Living Color. An activist who raises awareness for many causes, Perez has acted on stage, on television and in feature films.

Shonda Rhimes, Writer-Producer: Nobody ever asks a man how he gets stuff done. Nobody asks a man how he finds balance.”***

Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, director and producer. Rhimes is best known as the creator, head writer, executive producer and showrunner of the medical drama television series Grey’s Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice and political thriller series Scandal. Rhimes also serves as executive producer for legal series How to Get Away with Murder. In May 2007, Rhimes was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 people who help shape the world.

Wendy Williams, Talk Show Host: Being tall and big was probably more painful than being black.”***

Wendy Williams is a media personality, actress, comedian, author and a daytime talk show host. She hosts the nationally syndicated television talk show The Wendy Williams Show.

Nia Wordlaw and “American Masters: The Women’s List” filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders on the set of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Credit: ©Greenfield-Sanders Studio

Nia Wordlaw and “American Masters: The Women’s List” filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders on the set of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Credit: ©Greenfield-Sanders Studio

Nia Wordlaw, Pilot: I am probably 1 of 25 women that fly for a major airline.”***

Nia Wordlaw is an African-American airline pilot and one of the few women flying for a major airline in the U.S. today.

As a lifelong feminist, I’m proud to have made The Women’s List and excited to have another one of my films join the American Masters library,” said Greenfield-Sanders.

Filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is director and producer of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Photo Credit: ©Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is director and producer of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Photo Credit: ©Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is known for his strikingly intimate portraits of world leaders and major cultural figures. From presidents to porn stars, artists to Oscar winners, Greenfield-Sanders’ work defines a certain cultural photographic canon of our time.

His portraits can be found in numerous museum collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 2012, he exhibited all 50 portraits from The Black List series at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Greenfield-Sanders has produced and directed 10 feature documentaries to date. He won a Grammy Award for his 1998 film American Masters — Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart and a NAACP Spirit Award in 2009 for The Black List: Volume 1.

His recent films include American Masters: The Boomer List, which premiered on PBS in 2014, The Out List, which premiered on HBO in 2013 and About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, which premiered at Sundance and aired on HBO in 2012. His portraits of The Boomer List’s subjects were on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., from September 26, 2014-July 5, 2015.

Greenfield-Sanders has published numerous books, including The Boomer List (Luxury), The Black List (Atria), The Latino List (LPC), The Out List (LPC), Movie Stars (Skira), Face To Face (Skira), Look (Powerhouse), XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits (Bulfinch), Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (ACS) and Art World (Fotofolio). He received his B.A. from Columbia University and his M.F.A. from The American Film Institute. Continue reading

The Art Of Pink Transforms The Peninsula Manila Once Again This October Into A Staunch Supporter In The Global Fight Against Breast Cancer

All Images provided by The Peninsula Hotels Communication Department

Peninsula In Pink Undergoes A Creative Makeover To Become The Art Of Pink Where Guests Enjoy Artwork By The Best Filipino Artists And Galleries, A Charitable Art Auction, Pink-Themed Afternoon Teas And Floral Decorations And Extra Pink-Tinted Treats And Surprises.

The Peninsula in Pink Campaign

The Peninsula in Pink Campaign

The Peninsula Manila is again thinking pink for a purpose this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women and the second-most common cancer in the world today, accounting for one in 10 of all new cancers diagnosed worldwide, and nearly one in four female cancer cases. With these statistics in mind, The Peninsula Hotels decided to harness its resources and create the Peninsula In Pink Charitable Initiative.

“The Art of Pink” at The Peninsula Hotels, designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels' local communities. (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

“The Art of Pink” at The Peninsula Hotels, designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels’ local communities. (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

Launched in Hong Kong in 2010, Peninsula in Pink is an annual event at all the Peninsula hotels in Asia, North America and Europe. Each hotel shows its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by creating pink-inspired afternoon teas, cocktails, dining and spa promotions and special events, with part of the proceeds donated to a local breast cancer organization.

In keeping with the global commitment to support innovative art, The Peninsula Manila will host an exhibition of artwork at The Lobby from September 15 to October by acclaimed Filipino artists BenCab, Plet Bolipata, Elmer Borlongan, Impy Pilapil and Ramon Orlina; industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue; and select pieces from the collections of some of the finest contemporary Filipino galleries such as Artinformal, Avellana Art Gallery, Galleria Duemila, Silverlens, The Drawing Room and Tin–aw. All the pieces will be auctioned on October 1 by official auction partner Christie’s, with the proceeds donated to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc which is rehabilitating the Breast Care Center of East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City.

The Art of Pink builds on the partnerships The Peninsula Manila has created with leading Filipino artists and galleries to provide guests and the public with privileged access to art by established masters and emerging artists.

Benedicto Reyes Cabrera or BenCab, as he is more popularly known is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. In 2006, he was conferred the Order of National Artist for Visual Arts by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacanang Palace.

Plet Bolipata is a sculptor, artist and designer whose cheeky sense of humor allows her to overlap and intersect with different forms of visual arts.

Elmer Borlongan is one of the most prominent contemporary Filipino painters best known for his distinctive use of figurative expressionism. He is a recipient of the Cultural Center of the Philippines‘ Thirteen Artist Awards in 1994, and his works have since become some of the most widely exhibited and sought after at auctions among Southeast Asian artists.

Impy Pilapil is one of the Philippine’s foremost sculptors. Preferring to use the mediums of glass, stone and metal – and often together – her works have a transcendental quality fusing the elements of sky, water, wind and oceanic solitude.

Kenneth Cobonpue is a multi-awarded industrial designer and manufacturer known for integrating locally sourced materials with innovative, hand-made production processes. Cobonpue’s brand is known around the world for its unique designs and roster of clientele that include Hollywood celebrities like Brad Pitt and members of royalty. In 2007, TIME magazine called him “rattan’s first virtuoso.”

Ramon Orlina is a multi-awarded glass sculptor who explores forms though glass cullets or crystal blocks, exploiting their translucent quality and smooth finish produced from months of reshaping and grinding.

Artinformal (representing Eugenia Alcaide), Avellana Art Gallery (representing Francis “Kiko” Arnaez), Galleria Duemila (representing Duddley Diaz), Silverlens (representing Bernardo Pacquing), The Drawing Room (representing Gaston Damag) and Tin–aw (representing Brenda Fajardo and Julie Lluch) are among the finest contemporary Philippine art galleries who are riding a wave of interest in art sweeping through Southeast Asia.

In Southeast Asia, the Philippines has the highest incidence of breast cancer,” says The Peninsula Manila General Manager, Ms Sonja Vodusek. “One in every 13 Filipinos falls victim to it and as a woman, a sister, a daughter and the general manager of an institution that has worked for nearly 40 years with various local organizations to help make a difference in the lives of Filipino people, I believe very strongly in the fight against this terrible disease.”

This is the impetus behind The Peninsula Manila’s continuing partnership with the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc as the charity of choice for its Art of Pink fundraising efforts. The hotel is also partnering with The Estée Lauder Companies, whose Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign is devoted to defeating breast cancer through education and medical research, and Pink for Life Foundation Inc, a non-profit non-stock charitable foundation whose mission is to provide deeply discounted chemotherapy treatment for patients with Stage 1 to 2 breast cancer.

Every October, The Peninsula Manila launches its Peninsula in Pink Campaign, an initiative to raise awareness and funds in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness

Every October, The Peninsula Manila launches its Peninsula in Pink Campaign, an initiative to raise awareness and funds in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness

At the conclusion of last year’s campaign, The Peninsula Manila raised P 5,900,000 – seed money that will be used to rehabilitate the Breast Care Center of the government-run East Avenue Medical Center. The center currently services 30-50 patients in space that can barely accommodate 20 individuals. The three-phased plan for the center will include enlarging the reception area, adding another wing as well as building a second floor, and purchasing 20 chemotherapy infusion chairs to supplement the two La-Z Boy recliners that they have.

Pink is the preferred color at The Peninsula Manila every October, and to support The Art of Pink initiative, the fountain, main entrances and guardian door lions of the hotel will be artfully illuminated in pink each evening from October 1 to 31, 2015.

As always, an exclusive PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN has been designed to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every Peninsula Manila staff member will wear this specially commissioned pink ribbon pin throughout October in support of this initiative. Pins are available for sale at a dedicated donation desk in The Lobby for P 250 nett, with a portion from each pin sold donated to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.

The Lobby’s offers a special The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweets and savory treats.

The Lobby’s offers a special The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweets and savory treats.

The Lobby’s premium teas selected and blended by The Peninsula’s tea masters can be enjoyed throughout October with a special The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweet and savory treats presented on a tiered platter for P 1,250 or from a buffet for P 1,680. In addition, the Pink Afternoon Tea offers may be paired with a glass of rosé Champagne at P 1,980 for the set or at P 2,350 for the buffet. For every The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea sold, guests will receive a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN and a donation will be made to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pink Belle at The Peninsula Manila.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pink Belle at The Peninsula Manila.

A special themed pink dessert will also be on offer in all the restaurants throughout October – “Pink Belle”, an airy confection of ivory chocolate, strawberry, mascarpone and Madagascar vanilla for P 490, including a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN. More pink pastries are available at The Peninsula Boutique at P 190 each. For every pink dessert sold, a donation will be made to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pinkilicious cocktail. at The Peninsula Manila.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pinkilicious cocktail. at The Peninsula Manila.

All restaurants will offer a “Pinktini” – a delicious pink cocktail concocted to honor this meaningful initiative, priced at P 600, including a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN, and P 400 without the pin. A pink mocktail – “Pinkilicious” – is available at P 490 with a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN, and P320 without the pin. For every drink sold, a donation will also be made to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pink Cosmo at The Peninsula Manila.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pink Cosmo at The Peninsula Manila.

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New Data Shows 48 Million People In The United States Continue To Struggle With Hunger, Feeding America Comments

Food Insecurity Overview: 15 million children; 12 million Latinos; 11 million Blacks

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported today that 14 percent of American households remain food insecure – meaning that 1 in 7 households in the United States had difficulty at some time during the year in providing enough food for all their members.

Among the more than 48 million Americans (or 1 in 7 individuals) facing hunger are 15 million children. Three million households experiencing food insecurity include at least one senior*. The USDA collected the data in December 2014.

Feeding America Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Feeding America)

Feeding America Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Feeding America)

Additionally, there was a significant increase in very low food security among female-headed households with children, rising from 11 percent to 13 percent since last year’s USDA report. Very low food security is the severest level of food insecurity, indicating that the household’s food intake was reduced and normal eating patterns were disrupted due to lack of financial resources for food, which can be particularly devastating for families with children.
Behind these numbers are the faces of millions of women, men and children – our neighbors who are struggling to find enough to eat,” said Matt Knott, President of Feeding America. “When it comes to food insecurity rates, we believe that any number is too high. This new data underscores that we need to maintain a strong federal and charitable safety net to get enough food to families in need, which means strengthening and protecting federal programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) that provide the critical first line of defense against hunger in America.”

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, the non-profit organization provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger.
We urge Congress to maintain Washington’s long-standing, bipartisan commitment to protecting programs that help ensure struggling families have the nutrition they need and to pass a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization that invests in children and helps close the meal gap when kids are out of school,” said Knott.
*Senior is defined as age 65+.