Huwebes, Abril 28, 2016

CEO SUITE Region's Finest Serviced Office

Having my Onlineshop (https://www.facebook.com/FashionableStylesByLeomy/) and Travel and Tours (https://www.facebook.com/LeomyTravelAndTours/) is not an easy business to manage specially if i do it alone and I don't have my "own office". One of the main problems i encounter are clients asking to go to our office for inquiries and or bookings and orders, BUT I don't have my own office so what i just say is that i do it via online instead. Yet I came to realized if I have my office where clients can come it would be much progressive and presentable to have meetings with my clients.
As your business grows, new services and facilities will probably be needed in order to cater for increased activity. The costs of office rental, utilities, furniture, wages and everything else that goes with running a business can quickly add up, making your dream seem unattainable and your business goals unreachable.

Thankfully there is an alternative that can save you a significant amount of money and make your dream of starting a successful company possible. And that alternative is the virtual office and one of those many virtual offices which i highly recommend is CEO SUITE Regions Finest Serviced Office.
CEO SUITE is the only serviced office operator in Asia run by industry experts with more than a decade of worldwide experiences. CEO SUITE is a one-stop workplace solutions provider for clients who need serviced offices, instant offices, virtual offices, meeting and training rooms, or professional services for their businesses.

One of the main advantages of a virtual office is that you only pay for the services that you need, and once you no longer require those services you can cancel them quickly and easily.
So if you’re going to be on the road for a few weeks and need a virtual secretary or call forwarding system to manage incoming communications, you can simple hire the service that suits you the best for the time that you need it.

CEO SUITE was founded in 1997 with its first center at the Indonesia Stock Exchange Towers in Jakarta by Ms. Mee Kim who has a 24 year experience in the service . serviced office industries and has established a broad and constantly growing base of International Business Network. A visionary and entrepreneur herself, Ms. Kim ensures that the service levels at CEO SUITE  will always exceed that of any other serviced-office providers in the world. CEO SUITE now has more than 140 team members in 8 countries around the region.

CEO SUITE was founded in 1997 with its first center at the Indonesia Stock Exchange Towers in Jakarta by Ms. Mee Kim who has a 24 year experience in the service . serviced office industries and has established a broad and constantly growing base of International Business Network. A visionary and entrepreneur herself, Ms. Kim ensures that the service levels at CEO SUITE  will always exceed that of any other serviced-office providers in the world. CEO SUITE now has more than 140 team members in 8 countries around the region.

The CEO SUITE Network

With offices in: 
  • INDONESIA (Jakarta) - Indonesia Stock Exchange Tower, AXA Tower, One Pacific Place, Sahid Sudirman Center and Wisma GKBI
  • PHILIPPINES (Manila) - LKG Tower, Ayala Avenue, Makati City
  • CHINA (Shanghai) - Shanghai World Financial Center, Bank of Shanghai & HK New World Tower
  • CHINA (Beijing) - LG Twin Towers
  • SINGAPORE - Singapore Land Tower
  • MALAYSIA (Kuala Lumpur) - Menara Maxis (26th Level and 36th Level), Q Sentral, Axiata Tower
  • THAILAND (Bangkok) - Athenee Tower
  • VIETNAM (Hanoi) - Lotte Center
  • KOREA (Seoul) - Kyobo Center

CEO SUITE provide different services for clients who need serviced offices, instant office, virtual office and professional services for their companies. Whether clients need at least office space for one person, or a larger office space requirement for 50 employees, CEO SUITE has office space layouts from private managerial suites, open plan layouts and made-to-order arrangements in a combination of suites.
Furnished offices can be rented on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis, whatever your requirement demands. You can now make quick and more abrupt responses to market changes with CEO SUITE’s flexible office space commitments.

CEO SUITE now has a strong network of 8 strategically-positioned centers in the business hubs of 9 key cities in 8 countries in Asia.

Why CEO SUITE

SERVICES
SERVICED OFFICE
Fully furnished Serviced Offices. No initial investment.
CEO SUITE provides a range of fully equipped serviced offices in Jakarta, and eight other Asian cities, whether you need a private office space for one or a larger office requirement for 50 professionals.

Get your money’s worth when you rent a service office in Jakarta Selatan only when you need it. Each of our serviced office space comes with all the equipment that you need and can be rented on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis with no initial investment.

Transform our office space into your own innovation and creativity hub
We can set up an instant office in Jakarta for you in a matter of days. Our customizable serviced offices are designed so you can optimize the space to fit your business needs and inspire motivation among your staff.

Choose from different layout options:
Fully furnished and customizable
Open plan layout
Private managerial suites
Made-to-order arrangements designed to suit your business

VIRTUAL OFFICE
Create a strong corporate image at unbeatable rates
Why do you need a virtual office space? As a business owner, you will often find yourself in different places because of your work. But while traveling is an enjoyable advantage, you also need to be able to set up your work station, get the privacy that you deserve while working, and have all the necessary equipment that will optimize your productivity. Unfortunately, hotel lounges and cafés don’t always provide the solution.

The answer? Your very own virtual office in Jakarta Selatan or in eight other Asian locations. Gain access to state-of-the-art office and meeting facilities, go to work at a premium business address and only when you need to, and enjoy fast Internet speed.

Choose from the many CEO SUITE virtual office locations across Asia. We can help you achieve business success if you:
Work from home, but would like to present a corporate image
Travel to Asia and require a meeting place for business discussions
Need a company identity and prestigious business address in Asia
Are often on the road, and do not need a full time office
Are frustrated with the limited facilities offered by hotel business centers
Don’t need daily access to a physical location
Would like to quickly set up your business in 5 minutes or less

CONFERENCE FACILITIES
Conference Room
Focus on the meeting, let our meeting planners handle the rest
At CEO SUITE, our meeting and conference facilities are more than just ordinary room rentals. Every booking comes with a dedicated meeting planner so that you can focus on sealing the deal.

High-tech meeting facilities for a stunning first impression
Each meeting and conference facility commands the finest views of the Center. We’ve covered every detail – from the room lighting right down to the chair comfort levels – to maximize your meeting efficiencies. Our facilities are equipped with everything you could need, including audio/video conferencing capabilities, to ensure that your presentations make lasting impressions.

Anticipating a tight schedule?
Book your very own dedicated Secretary for minutes taking, interpretation, and translation requirements. CEO SUITE’s catering options feature a whole range of menus for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and light snacks to facilitate a compact meeting day.

CO-WORKING OFFICE

Reasons to choose a CEO SUITE co-working office
No upfront investment
Furnished offices ready to go when you are
Flexible terms by the day, week, month or year
Fully-equipped office spaces with the latest technology
Workspace available when and where you need it

Workspace available when and where you need it
An inspiring community work environment
Exchange ideas with likeminded professionals
Networking capabilities
Unlimited lounge access
Free WiFi
Free beverage services

Virtual offices provide a modern and flexible alternative to old fashioned business premises, giving business owners and start ups a real chance at success without having to deal with the financial burdens of running a workspace.

One Stop Business Service
With decades of intimate industry knowledge, managed by top-calibre, multilingual management team, CEO SUITE offers a one stop service station tailored to all your business requirements. Invaluable networking opportunities are provided via cocktail parties, art auctions, charity functions and coaching sessions to maximize “who you know.”

Virtual Office
Professional bilingual phone answering
Customized secretarial and IT services
Accounting, legal, tax and executive search services
Translation, visa, work permit, and company registration CEO forums, breakfast meetings, business seminars

For information regarding their services please check their sites: 
Tel #: (02) 859 2888
Website: www.ceosuite.com

*Photo credits to CEO Suite Page.

FrenchTech Philippines joins Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2016 for StartUp Innovators

Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2016 happening on May 27, 2016 at SMX Convention Center, Taguig  is lucky to have La French Tech Philippines, a group of French entrepreneurs which aims to promote growth of information technology start-ups locally and internationally, is joining one of the much awaited annual event and adding Manila as one of its hubs globally.

The group that has developed startup hubs in San Francisco, Barcelona, London, New York, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Cape Town is proud to have a hub in the Philippines this time to help the start ups locally. It aims to promote growth of IT startups, locally and internationally. 

French startup accelerator WeCube Inc. will be opening in Makati City its working space and will be operating an incubator to boost the startup ecosystem in the country.

WeCube will also provide mentorship, coaching, network as well as enabling traction and access to funding or advisory on fund raising.

For more information; 09166299381 or send an email to grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph 

Martes, Abril 26, 2016

PHILCARE-GET GO LAUNCH - HEALTHY LIFESTYLE BY TAKING CARE OF YOUR HEALTH

"Traveling keeps the brain and body healthier." ~MarketWatch Study, 2013
It’s also said to lower the risk of heart attack and death from coronary disease in certain groups, while the new and complex situations encountered while traveling can also help keep the brain sharp.
Get Healthy and Go Places: Purchase of PhilCare prepaid cards yields GetGo Rewards points.

Held on April 21, 2016 at M Cafe where Philcare - Get Go has been launch. Get Healthy and Go Places: Purchase of PhilCare prepaid cards yields GetGo Rewards points. Philcare partnered with Cebu Pacific.
Why travel? Me myself can justify that traveling makes me happy and well, specially if I'm with my partner.

It was mentioned that "Every Juan, gets access to good quality health care'" you don't just travel for no reason NOW you get to travel with security.

Philcare's partnership with GetGo Rewards will give their members Get Go Rewards points when they purchase selected health card products, the points will allows the members to redeem FREE flights with Cebu Pacific flights. As I heard during the launch it was mentioned that you can get as much as 750 GetGo points by purchasing any Philcare health card products.  All selected Philcare Health Card for a minimum spent of Php 3,500.00, the member can use it to redeem points or flights from Cebu Pacific. PhilCare prepaid health cards included in the promo include ER Vantage cards, Medical and Dental cards, Health Vantage cards and Health Vantage Elite cards. PhilCare members are automatically eligible for a GetGo cards upon purchase of any of the prepaid health cards mentioned above. 
If you're not a GetGo member yet Philcare will give a FREE membership when you purchase your health card and best thing about it they will deliver it to your doorstep... 

PhilCare believes that the path to wellness goes beyond having an effective health care coverage or an immediate access to medical providers. To be truly healthy means taking the time to enjoy life’s little pleasures while ensuring that you are protected for medical emergencies at all time. 
This is the vision behind PhilCare’s latest partnership with GetGo Rewards by Cebu Pacific, a lifestyle program that allows card holders to accumulate points on everyday spending and redeem these points for free flights. GetGo points can be earned from buying groceries, paying utility bills, refilling the car with gasoline, and now—even when taking care of your health. 
“PhilCare has always advocated for a 360 degree view on health and wellness. We have addressed the need for affordable and accessible health care products by offering our prepaid cards, starting from the ER Vantage cards, with 40K, 60K and 80K maximum benefit limits which allows access to medical providers for emergency health concerns; and then we supplemented it with the introduction of the Health Vantage and Health Vantage Elite cards, which offers a more comprehensive and extensive one-year emergency health care coverage; and finally, to answer the clamor for an unlimited consultation card to complement ER Vantage, we introduced our Medical and Consultation cards for kids, adults and senior citizens early this year. The partnership with GetGo meanwhile addresses our belief for over-all wellness and health,” shared Noemi G. Azura, president and chief executive officer (CEO) for PhilCare. 
By partnering with GetGo, Azura hopes that PhilCare members will be more inspired to travel discover new places and get much needed R&R.
Jhoan Gomez, Actuarial Head, PhilCare; Katryn Supapo; Head of Partnerships, Loyalty Division of GetGo; Allan Florendo; Director of Marketing, GetGo; Noemi G. Azura, President & CEO, PhilCare; Jaeger L. Tanco, Chairman, PhilCare; and Karen Sarte, OIC - Marketing

The “Get Healthy Go Places” promo is just the first in a series as part of the partnership between PhilCare and GetGo Rewards which will run until March 20, 2017
“PhilCare is committed to continuously innovate in order to give our members a different perspective of the health care industry and to provide best-in-class customer experience. We started by offering the first NFC-enabled HMO card in the Philippines, introducing prepaid health cards, and now, we are partnering with organizations and businesses that are well-known for their wellness programs and benefits,” adds Azura. 

To know more about the partnership, go to https://www.getgo.com.ph/web/getgo/promos.
To know more about PhilCare and its prepaid products, go to http://www.philcare.com.ph/products/

Ascent: Paving the Way for Filipino Nurses to Realize their Dream

According to statistics, Filipino nurses are very active in looking for better opportunities in the US. In fact, even as early as high school, many are set to make nursing their ticket out of the country and for some, out of poverty. 
However, earning one’s nursing degree and acquiring their Philippine license are just some of the first few steps before they realize their dream. Aside from having the required work experience, there are additional certifications and licenses needed to be able to practice in the US. Aside from investing time and effort, there is also a substantial amount of money needed to facilitate and complete the requirements.  

Raphael Macapagal, President and CEO of Ascent, shared that he was moved with what he saw before that there are 2,000 registered nurses in the Philippines who do not have work. Being a seasoned professional in the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) sector who managed and led companies connected to different verticals including healthcare, he saw the opportunity to bridge the gap recognizing that there are hundreds of thousands of nurses needed in the US. 

“The missing piece is the US license, and this is where we come in,” Macapagal pointed out. A 100% Filipino-owned and managed recruitment, consulting, and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company, Ascent is making it possible for Philippine-registered nurses to turn this dream into reality. Established in 2015, Ascent is making it its advocacy to not only pave the way for our Filipino nurses to achieve their goal of working in the US but also hoping that, in the process, be able to encourage them to choose to stay in the Philippines. Ascent believes in the value of being with your Family is more precious than any money.
Through the expertise of the company’s executive team, headed by Macapagal, Ascent is able to design a product that can shoulder qualified Filipino nurses to undergo the process and required tests that will allow them to acquire their US license. Through their partners, they will be also be able to provide free review until their licensure exam plus, provide them employment so they no longer need to worry about their source of income.

“This is a unique scheme and we are happy to pioneer and be able to help our skilled and deserving Filipino nurses. Through the plan that we designed, all they need to worry about is passing the exam,” he stressed. 

Ascent will be processing the papers on behalf of the applicants. Simultaneously, they will be employed in one of Ascent’s partner BPOs where they will be trained and gain experience. 

He explained that they hope to address and correct the misconception connected to nurses working in the BPOs. Some have the notion that working in the BPO is not doing nursing work. In reality, their scope of work is highly related to healthcare. They do clinical work, only remotely. After the Filipino nurses gain their US license, Ascent requires them to work with their partner organizations for two years. 

“Being a US registered nurse will definitely give them a premium and this will reflect on their salary when they go and work with our partner organizations. We hope that through this effort we can convince them that there is an opportunity here in the Philippines. They don’t need to leave. Here, they can experience working in the US with a premium salary without having to leave their family and loved ones. There are opportunities in the Philippines,” he said.

Nevertheless, Macapagal added, if after two years they will choose to leave and work abroad, Ascent will also help them with opportunities through their connections in the US.  

If you want to learn more about Ascent and how to be part of their nursing pool, visit ascent.net.ph or call 534-0033.

Lunes, Abril 25, 2016

HOTEL SOGO 2016 THANKSGIVING MEDIA PARTY

It was after attending the event that i came aware that Hotel Sogo is not just about pure business but they also have the heart of helping people in needs and less fortunate. Now i don't wonder why they became successful because they give what the blessings of achievement and success they receive. They are not just a Hotel to stay and relax to but a service to the community. 
Hotel Sogo Reinvents Brand for Barkada, Family Event and All Types of Celebrations, Beefs up Doctors on Wheels Program and Launches Digital Film.
Thanksgiving Party was held last April 22, 2016 and it was an honor to be part of the event, Thanks to Mamilar who made me her representative.

Hotel Sogo, the largest hotel chain in the Philippines, beefs up its Go! Go! So go promo encouraging barkadas and couples to patronize the Hotel for bonding, relaxation, group study and for all types of celebrations with the family.
Hotel So go boasts of exquisite features and comfort at affordable rates! Families s can enjoy free Wi-Fi access, cable TV with in-house movie channel, digital music system, 24-hour food and beverage service among the hotel's most popular amenities 
"In our series of recent TV and radio commercials, we let our customers know that Hotel So go is for EVERYBODY, for all OCCASIONS and for all walks of life,” said Sue Geminiano, Hotel Sogo , Marketing Manager
The promo also highlights the hotel's accessibility, high-quality and affordable service. Hotel Sogo is also known for having courteous, well trained and hospitable employees for its continuous trainings and seminars at their House Hospitality Training School called Hotel Management Institute of the Philippines.

Coinciding with its promo, Hotel So go extends help through Doctors on Wheels (DOW) Program, by providing free medical consultations and medications to under-served communities throughout the country.

The DOW is a mobile medical bus equipped and furnished with four examining beds, 10 examining chairs, medical/examination lights and other equipment used for medical missions across the county. The DOW is staffed by volunteer doctors, social workers, nurses, pharmacists and Hotel So go personnel.
"Hotel So go has always believed in being of service to the Filipino, not only to the patrons of our hotels, but especially to he underprivileged community. Since Hotel Sogo started its opwrarion , Hotel So go has strived and has been committed to delivering important service to the Filipinos," adds Ms. Geminiani. Since the inception of DOW in 2015, about 3000 indigent residents have already benefitted from the program.
Moreover, this May, Hotel So go is launching its first ever Digital Film Contest for amateur and professional film makers throughout the country. The contest aims to help individuals convey their creativity and imaginations through Digital Films.

Three entries will be chosen as winners and will receive Php 100,000.00 (1st prize), Php 70,000.00 (2nd prize)and Php 50,000.00 (3rd prize). Mechanics and guidelines will be released this May for interested film makers.

To find out more about Hotel Sogo and its events and promos, log on to hotelsogo.com or like/follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/hotelsogo), Twitter (#hotelsogo) and instagram (@hotelsogo).

HOTEL SOGO's BEGINNINGS

In, 1992, two individuals decided to come together and make use of their respective expertise to satisfy the public's need for better and more convenient low-cost lodging facilities. One was a Hotel Prefessional with over 20 years experience in a leading motel chain while the other was a Commercial Developer and "AA" licensed Contractor.

From the start, the partners agreed to adopt a Japanese theme to connote Cleanliness, Innovation, Efficiency, Courtesy, Discipline and Teamwork - attributes that would describe the Hotel and the organization they envisioned. Consequently, the name "SOGO" which means Harmony, Unity and Cooperation was chosen.

The motto "We Simply Do It Better" was an easy choice as it embodied the underlying strategy by which Hotel Sogo was to be operated. It would simply be better than its competitors int he industry catering to the B, C & D market. After more than a decade of servicing the needs of their guests, the hotel continues to innovate and improve their service and level of competencies for their guests demands fulfillment hence, the birth of the motto "So clean... So Good" came in, a motto that simply states that Hotel Sogo will give everyone a much better, satisfying, clean and good service.


MISSION

To operate a growing chain of lodging facilities profitably throughout the country, exceeding the expectations and earning the loyalty of guests through excellent accommodations and superior service. And we do it as a TEAM.


SOGO PERSONNEL CORE VALUES
Makadiyos
Ayo at Linis
Sama-samang Saya
Integridad
Pagmamalasakit
Abilidad
Galang

"PinakaMALINIS PinakaMAGALANG Laging BAGO."
"So Clean..... So Good"

OUR GROWTH

Hotel Sogo opened its first branch in February 1993 and has steadily expanded to its current 34 branches nationwide. Each branch is strategically located to places near public transportation and tourist spots... all for the convenience of hotel goers.

BRANCHES:

METRO MANILA
WALK-IN
Alabang Montillano
Alabang Rotonda
Avenida
Banawe Ave.
Buendia
Cubao, Aurora
EDSA Guadalupe, Makati
EDSA, Caloocan
EDSA, Cubao
EDSA, Pasay Rotonda
Imelda Ave., Cainta
Kalentong
Mabini, Malate
Monumento, LRT Station
North EDSA
Novaliches
Quezon Ave.
Recto Ave.
Sta. Mesa

DRIVE-IN
Bagong Barrio, Caloocan
EDSA, Harrison Pasay
EDSA, Pasay Wood St.
Quirino Ave.
Santolan

PROVINCIAL
Walk-in
Bacoor, Cavite
Cebu
San Pedro, Laguna

DRIVE-IN
Cabanatuan
Cagayan de Oro
Mabalacat, Pampanga
Mexico, Pampanga
Naga
Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Tarlac



For more information and booking kindly check their website: http://www.hotelsogo.com/ and their FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/hotelsogo/timeline

EAU THERMALE AVENE EXHIBIT TAKES SM AURA BY STORM

Last March 14-20, SM Aura Premier held its Beauty Fair that features your favorite beauty brands at awesome and discounted prices. The week-long exhibit was highlighted by a weekend sale that gave shoppers as high as 70% discount.

Eau Thermale Avène, the leading dermo-cosmetic brand in Europe, can be considered the star of the show as its booth was the busiest. Avene exhibited its various line of skin care that ranges from Sun Care, Hypersensitive, Skin Care, Cleanance, Essentials, Dry Skin and Anti-Aging. The booth was accented by a posh flower wall design that acted as a photo wall for all visitors.
“When I was invited in an Avene event that happened in Salon Beauvoir, I had the chance to check out the product and was so impressed about the results. Since then, I became a fan of Avene” said beauty blogger Krish Enrique-Rai, blogger of Bonita Feminista.
Other main attractions include free facial, skin analysis and derma consultation done by board-certified dermatologists. Shoppers including beauty and lifestyle bloggers Krish Enrique-Rai and Edward Santos visited the booth and checked out Avene’s products.
“I was introduced to Avene late last year when I reviewed the Avene Cleanance. I love the product and I immediately got hooked. That is why when I learned about this exhibit, I knew I had to be here so I can also check out Avene’s other product lline” Lifestyle blogger Edward Santos also shared the same experience with Avene.  shared Santos, lifestyle blogger, Ednything.com


The week-long exhibit also featured an Instaroid photo box where Avene booth visitors enjoyed using this latest technology where guests gets to instantly print their smartphone pictures.

For the latest update on Eau Thermale Avene, visit the official Facebook page and like https://www.facebook.com/EauThermaleAvenePH/

Linggo, Abril 24, 2016

DIYOS-DIYOSAN: A TIMELY MOVIE ON PINOY FAITH AND POLITICS


DIYOS-DIYOSAN is a socio-political/spiritual treatise that highlights the roots of the country’s current political struggles and economic hardships—the focus on money and power by its leaders.
The film seeks to open the eyes of Filipino millennials to the realities of what a true leader should be, and is expected to be a media catalyst for the large percentage of undecided voters.
Its timing is perfect as it opens shortly before the Philippine national elections.

It is hoped that freedom-loving Filipinos draw inspiration from the film’s lessons and use this as a guiding principle in eventually choosing the rightful and deserving leaders who could change the country’s course for the better.

Directed by Christian film director Cesar Buendia, the movie stars top-caliber actor John Prats and veteran actress Princess Punzalan, with a stellar supporting cast that includes Kiko Estrada, Cheska Diaz, Lorenzo Mara, Vaness del Moral, Glaiza de Castro, Tirso Cruz III and many others.
DIYOS-DIYOSAN premieres on May 4, 2016 at all branches of SM and Walter Mart cinemas all over the Philippines.


SYNOPSIS:
1986- She loved her country but hated God. That is why Estrell, played by Princess Punzalan, made sure that each of her 4th year high school students would do the same. “Serve the people! But believe only in yourself,” she stressed. Her brilliant but broken favorite student, Bernard, played by John Prats, did just as she instructed. He believed in himself, albeit only in himself. He did not believe in God.

But somewhere along the way, Estrell met the Lord and became a believer. Bernard, on the other hand grew up and started to believe more and more in himself, that he could somehow be his own god.

It is 2014 – Estrell is now a missionary preaching God’s word. Bernard, on the other hand, has emerged to become an evil and corrupt senator who is one of the strongest candidates for President in 2016. They meet again.

This is a story about the evil in Philippine politics and how the Power of God’s unending love and mercy can cause real change.

DIYOS-DIYOSAN, a victorious story every freedom-loving Filipino shouldn’t miss opens in SM cinemas nationwide starting May 4, 2016. 












Miyerkules, Abril 20, 2016

ALONE SEASON 2


Philippines - 20 April 2016 - Ten people enter the Vancouver Island wilderness carrying only what they can fit in a small backpack. They are alone in the harsh, unforgiving terrain with a single mission–stay alive as long as they can.

From a curated list of 40 items ranging from shelter equipment to tools for survival, each cast member is allowed only 10 to take with them onto the island. On top of these 10 items, each member is given the same checklist of gear that they are allowed to bring as necessities.

These brave men and women must hunt, build shelters, and fend off predators. They will endure extreme isolation and psychological distress as they plunge into the unknown and document the experience themselves.

No camera crew. No producers. It is the ultimate test of human will.

Tracy Wilson
Hometown: Aiken, SC
Age: 44
10 items for survival:
1. Hunting knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2-quart pot
4. 200 yards of 40 lb test fishing line, 100 yards of 20 lb test line and 25 hooks
5. Collapsible saw
6. 3 lbax
7. -40° rated sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Emergency rations
10. Emergency rations

Tracy was born into a military family stationed overseas and grew up in many different locations in the United States due to her family's military commitment.  Never in any one place for very long, she found solace in the great outdoors. She was taught survival and bush crafting skills by her father and other family members, and developed a deep love and respect for nature. Tracy would later enter the military and law enforcement, but she never lost her love for the land. As an adult, she’s continued to learn and hone her skills and has even begun passing lessons onto her children and to anyone willing to learn.

Nicole Apelian
Hometown: Portland, OR
Age: 45
10 items for survival:
1. Full Tang curved carbon steel knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 16-inch stainless steel pan
4. 200 yards of 30 lb test fishing line, 100 yards of 80 lb test fishing lines and hooks
5. Folding saw
6. 23-inch splitting axe
7. -30° rated sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Emergency rations
10. Emergency rations

After receiving her Master’s Degree in biology, Nicole became a game warden with the U.S. Peace Corps, and began tracking and researching lions in southern Africa. Later, she got her first exposure to true wilderness living while working as a field biologist in Botswana. While working with the Bushmen and completing her doctorate, she was able to learn many of the primitive skills that she practices and teaches today. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest and relies on the local plants as part of her healthy lifestyle.  Nicole also founded her own tracking and wildlife safari company. Also an adjunct professor at Prescott College, she brings her passion for nature, indigenous knowledge, and research to her students. She continues her work with the Bushmen to help them preserve their traditions. Nicole is currently cataloguing indigenous plant uses with a community of Naro Bushmen.

Mary Kate Green
Hometown: Homer, AK
Age: 36
10 items for survival:
1. Bushcraft knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2-quart cast iron pot
4. 300 yards of fishing line and 25 assorted hooks
5. Bow saw
6. 26-inch axe
7. 0° rated sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. 12 foot X 12 foot tarp
10. Emergency rations

Although, Mary Kate was born in South Side Chicago, she and her family moved to North Western Montana when she was 2. She spent the next 12 years, living off the grid with her parents and three sisters, on Government Mountain. As a kid, she spent countless hours gathering firewood, picking wild huckleberries, riding horses, and simply getting lost in the mountains. Years later, she took these skills and became a fire fighter for the Tahoe National Forest. It was there that she learned, no matter how physically demanding a challenge might be, her mental toughness can always help her complete a job. Mary Kate currently resides in Homer, Alaska, where she is fitness trainer and a mother to two beautiful girls.

Jose Martinez Amoedo
Hometown: Mayo, Yukon Territory, CA
Age: 45
10 items for survival:
1. Bushcraft knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2-quart cast iron pot with lid
4. 300 yards of fishing lines & 25 assorted hooks
5. 1-piece handsaw
6. Axe
7. Canvas and flannel sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Woodworking multi-tool
10. Emergency rations
 
Jose is originally from Galicia, the Celtic Northwestern part of Spain. He first became interested in wilderness survival, after reading Jack London's "The Call of the Wild," and fostered his skills when he joined the Special Forces of the Spanish Foreign Legion, where he increased his outdoors skills. He began learning bush craft and primitive technology, from the best mentors he could find, as well as practicing with Native American elders from the Arctic to the Tropics. In 1996, he was formally adopted by the Lakota Nation, which is one of the proudest moments in his life.

Randy Champagne
Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ & Boulder, UT
Age: 28
10 items for survival:
1. Full Tang stainless steel knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2-quart pot
4. Fishing lines and 25 assorted hooks
5. Crosscut carpenter saw
6. Axe
7. -20° rated sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Handmade bow and 6 arrows
10. Wire

Randy grew up in southeast Michigan.  As a young boy, he would travel north every year with his family for bow-hunting season. It was during these wilderness retreats that he learned to hunt and found a love for archery and a deep appreciation for the natural world. Today, Randy splits his time between Utah and Arizona, teaching month-long wilderness survival courses.

Mike Lowe
Hometown: Lewis, CO
Age: 55
10 items for survival:
1. Full Tang hunting knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2-quart pot with lid
4. 300 yards of 50 lb test fishing line and 25 assorted hooks
5. Curved blade saw
6. 2.5 lb hickory handled axe
7. 0° rated sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Emergency rations
10. Emergency rations

Mike has spent the majority of his adult life learning and teaching wilderness survival skills. He served his country during the Reagan Years as a SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) instructor in the U.S. Air Force. In 1988, Mike launched a faith-based survival and rescue training program called Wilderness Way Adventures, where he instructs men, women, and children, from all walks of life, in the ancient and enduring art of wilderness survival. The “will to survive” is key.

David McIntyre
Hometown: Kentwood, MI
Age: 49
10 items for survival:
1. Stainless steel knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2-quart pot
4. 270 yards of 50 lb test fishing line, 30 yards of 100 lb test lines and 25 circle hooks
5. Straight-blade folding saw
6. 2-lb axe
7. 0° rated sleeping bag
8. Bivy bag with US Army-Issue Gore-Tex cover
9. Gill net
10. Emergency rations

David McIntyre is a post-apocalyptic fiction writer who was born in rural Pennsylvania. He developed a keen interest in wilderness survival and primitive skills as a teenager and spent many of his early years hunting, fishing, trapping and hiking the Appalachian Mountains.  As an adult, he took this passion and travelled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he founded the Per Ardua Wilderness Ministry and the Bushmaster Wilderness Survival School. David has practiced wilderness survival in the Appalachian forests, Alaska, Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest, and in tropical Alpine ecosystems, just to name a few. In fact, he says he never feels comfortable living in a new location until he has survived in the area’s wilderness. David now lives in Michigan with his three children.

Justin Vititoe
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Age: 35
10 items for survival:
1. Multi-tool with 17 different tools
2. Ferro rod
3. 5-quart pan
4. 10 metres of 8mm climbing rope
5. 1-piece hand saw
6. Axe
7. Down sleeping bag with sleeves
8. Nylon netted hammock
9. Emergency rations
10. Emergency rations

Justin joined the National Guard when he was 17 years old. When he turned 20, he transferred into active duty, becoming an Infantryman in the U.S. Army and was deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Justin is a proficient marksman, having served two combat tours as a sniper, instructing at the U.S. Army Sniper School and Long Range Marksman course. While serving, he also attended survival and tracking courses, which began his passion for wilderness survival. He has since instructed military, law enforcement and civilians around the world in sniper marksmanship, camouflage, small unit tactics, as well as other survival techniques. After leaving the military in 2014, he founded Hike2Survive, a program that takes veterans on hiking and camping trips in order to help them transition into civilian life and deal with the mental and emotional issues they face.

Larry Roberts
Hometown: Rush City, MN
Age: 44
10 items for survival:
1. Bushcraft knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2-quart pot with lid
4. 300 yards of fishing lines & 25 assorted hooks
5. Collapsible saw
6. Axe
7. -20° rated sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Paracord
10. Emergency rations

For as long as he can remember, Larry has enjoyed the outdoors and the solitude it provides. Growing up, Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, backpacking, and anything else that would allow him to spend time in the woods. After marrying his high school sweetheart at the age of 18, Larry soon switched his focus to starting a family and raising his two kids. Now that his son and daughter have left home, he has refocused his life to the outdoors. Over the last few years, Larry has taken and taught several classes, written articles for a self-reliance magazine, made and uploaded over a hundred videos, and has a bi-monthly interactive streaming show, that he has used to share his knowledge of survival, as well as to learn from others.

Desmond White
Hometown: Coolidge, AZ
Currently Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Age: 37
10 items for survival:
1. Full Tang knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2-quart pot with lid
4. 300 yards of 40 lb test fishing lines and 25 assorted hooks
5. Folding saw
6. Axe
7. -10° rated sleeping bag
8. Bivy bag with Gore-Tex cover
9. Gill net
10. Emergency rations

Desmond was born and raised in Southern Arizona, where his passion for the outdoors began. As a young teenager, he would often go fishing with his family, for hours at the lake, where he learned about different types of fish and bait. As a Boy Scout, he was introduced to different environments and learned about animals, plants, safety, and basic survival methods. Desmond joined the U.S. Army with his cousin and dedicated eight years to protecting and serving his country.  During his enlistment, he traveled the world and fine-tuned his survival skills.  Although each place was different, the survival skills he was taught in the military helped him survive various harsh environments. He’s confident the lessons he has learned will continue to help him on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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