Brics: Travel Elegance You Can Bring Anywhere

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Be it a luxury cruise across the Mediterranean, a nightlife tour of Tokyo or a mid-winter exploration in Europe, luxury travel is now all the rage. Privileged travelers conquer some of the world’s best and most exclusive destinations with expensive gadgets and luxurious luggage in tow.

Brics, an Italian heritage brand that’s been producing handcrafted travel bags and fine leather for the most discerning clienteles since 1952, is one of the most preferred luxury luggage brands in the world desired by socialites, business executives and influencers from around the world. It creates fashionable and timeless bags and trunks that boast of unparalleled artistry, exemplary craftsmanship and durability.


This Fall/Winter 2017, Brics is offering everyone the chance to own his/her piece of timeless, fashionable luggage, to show off anywhere with its new Capri collection.

The new Brics collection is composed of modern rigid trolleys with a classic design. These beautiful pieces are also the perfect gifts for traveling friends and loves with a discerning taste.


All pieces under the Capri collection boasts of Makrolon® polycarbonate shell that makes them ultra -lightweight and temperature and scratch resistant.


Each Capri trolley, cabin or medium size, has four double swiveling, easy-glide wheels, and TSA lock offering flexible mobility and security, and making each piece ideal for either short or long journeys.


Above all, what redefines and sets this collection apart is the exquisite real leather detailing in each of the trolleys, which gives each piece that timeless, classic and elegant look. The pieces are trimmed in full grain Tuscan leather. Brics bags and trunks feature quality leather, which further lends credibility to the brand’s image as one of the finest luggage makers


The Capri trolleys are priced from P16, 000 to P20, 000 and are available in Cabin and Medium sizes only.

All pieces are available in SM Aura, Shangri la Mall and Ayala Malls Cebu. Brics luxury luggage is distributed in the Philippines by Beawmont Distributions Inc.


Travel in Style With Cole Haan’s 2017 Holiday Collection

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The merriest season is upon is and for many, it’s the perfect time to tick-off exciting destinations from their travel bucket list.

Exhilarating Tokyo, Fashionable New York, or Romantic Paris. The possibilities are endless for one to have a grand vacation in style. And one important thing you need to remember is to have a great pair of shoes.

Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle brand and retailer of premium men’s and women’s footwear and accessories, is celebrating the season with its 2017 Holiday Collection, perfect for urban explorers taking on extraordinary journeys.


The shoe brand is unveiling four Extraordinaries, each dedicated to their individual journeys, with the Urban Explores Campaign. Cole Haan turns their celebration of Extraordinaries to those out there exploring the world around them. These Extraordinary Explorers are discovering new dimensions of their city, the best of cities around the world, and the freedom of our great outdoors. The Holiday 2017 Campaign will feature New York City documentary photographer Andre Wagner, Outdoor explorer and photographer Jess Dales, Bespokemeets founder Susan Ho, and designer-author Taylor Bruce, sporting hero Cole Haan 2017 Holiday wears that best reflect their craft.

Extraordinary explores it all.

Taking center stage in the Women’s Holiday 2017 collection is the GrandPrø Tennis Sneaker in Metallic Gunmetal sported by Susan Ho, founder of end-to-end travel concierge Journey, who believes that extraordinaries explore it all.

“Extraordinary people have said, ‘hey, I see a problem in the world. I felt this problem deeply, and I’m going to take it upon myself to fix it.’ And it’s hard to do something that no one’s done before. There’s no playbook for it,” said Susan Ho.

Cole Haan has eliminated the unnecessary weight of traditional  court shoes without ever sacrificing the Grand.ØS principles of flexibility, cushioning and ergonomics.


Extraordinary guides a new path

Meanwhile, the 2.ZERØGRAND Laser Wingtip Oxford in Grey Pinstrip is a highlight for the 2017 Men’s Holiday collection, as sported by Taylor Bruce, founder of Wildsam Field Guides, which capture the living history of some of America’s favorite cities.

“I like the phrase ‘a long obedience in the same direction’. When I think of extraordinary people, it’s those who have a deep expertise in some subject matter or vocation and have been heading in the same direction for a long time. It becomes hard to separate who they are and what they do,” said Bruce.The ZERØGRAND Laser Wingtip Oxford Grey Pinstrip is perfect for urban professionals in search for a sleek and functional city boot.

Whatever the path and whatever the terrain, Cole Haan has these Extraordinaries covered with their most comprehensive and innovative range of shoes yet.

Additionally, Cole Haan brings all-time favorite styles to the forefront such as the GrandPrø Tennis, ZERØGRAND Waterproof Hikers and the latest addition GrandExpløre Waterproof Hikers, as well as the Cole Haan + Mountain Hardwear GrandExpløre Parka for men and women.


“The Holiday season is a very important time for the Philippines and we are thrilled for this collection, which will help our customers celebrate one step at a time,” said, Greg Dinges, Executive Vice President and General Manager, International at Cole Haan.

The Cole Haan Holiday 2017 collection will be available in December 2017 in select Cole Haan stores in the Philippines:

  • G/F 144 Glorietta 4 Ayala Center Makati City
  • Level R-1 113 Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center Amapola Street, Brgy. Poblacion Makati City
  • Unit 366-367 3rd Level, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Edsa Mandaluyong City

To find out more about Cole Haan and its full range of innovative designs and outstanding collections, visit Cole Haan stores in these key locations:

Cole Haan Stores:

 COLE HAAN Metro Manila

  • G/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Ave., Pasig City
  • Level 1 Ayala Vertis North, North Avenue, Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
  • Mall of Asia Brgy. 076 First Level Conrad Manila Seaside Blvd. Corner Coral Way Pasay City
  • 2nd Floor, Festival Supermalls, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • G/F SM San Lazaro, Santa Cruz, Manila


  • Ayala Center Shopping Mall, Level 1 Stall L138 Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park Cebu City

For further updates, Like and Follow Cole Haan Philippines on Facebook and Instagram.


About Beawmont Distributions

Cole Haan is represented in the Philippines by Beawmont Distributions Inc. (BDI), the exclusive distributor of Cole Haan products in the country.

Cole Haan LLC, with its Global Headquarters in Greenland, New Hampshire and Creative Center in New York City, is an iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of premium men’s and women’s footwear, handbags, leather accessories, outerwear and eyewear. Cole Haan stands for its commitment to craftsmanship, timeless style and design innovation. For more information, visit and follow @ColeHaan.

5 Ways You Can Make Your Europe Travel Hassle-Free

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Without a doubt, Europe is one of the most epic destinations for many travelers. Boasting of 50 of some of the world’s most famous, romantic and picturesque countries in the world, it is no wonder many consider the region their ultimate #travelgoals.

Personally, Europe is also my happy place and personal playground. I just find the region so charming and breathtaking, without any effort.  The collection of lavender fields, medieval castles, cobbled streets, not to mention the sumptuous food, make Europe such a joy to explore.

But like any destination, traveling around the bloc has its challenges that may or may not leave throw a wrench to your plans.

So from one traveler to another, here are some of the things you can do to make sure that your European odyssey is hassle-free, and quite unforgettable.

  1. Make Your Moments Last Forever


Sunset in Santorini, Greece

In today’s fast-paced times, we often forget to take a pause and savor the moment. It’s a good thing that there is now a lot of available technology to capture some of our most infinite moments. Whether it is an expensive DLSR or a high power video cam or even a camera phone, the choices are endless for you to bring with you on your trip. The important thing is for you to enjoy every place, every destination you visit savor the moment, take in the surrounding and make a mental picture of it. As a back-up, take as snaps as possible and don’t forget to take selfies and IG-worthy shots, to make your trip the envy of your friends.

  1. Pack Your Suitcase with Weather Appropriate Clothes

Exploring Munich, Germany


Braving the winter in Oslo, Norway with the right headgear, scarf and thermal leather jacket

Spanning several latitudes, European weather and temperature varies from one country to another.  While the sun is shining and the weather is mild and temperate in the Greek islands and in the Adriatic, it’s not surprising to know that central Europe and the Scandinavia may be having some cold spell.  The best way to enjoy Europe, regardless of the weather is to pack your suitcase with flexible wardrobe that you can use under any weather. Of course, there are the must-haves for winter such as thermal coats and jackets in the same way that you should bring trunks and bikinis in case of beach opportunities.  The best way to enjoy European travel is to bring clothes that you can use for layering, such as shirts, long sleeves, pants, and some light windbreakers. After all, you don’t want to suffer heartbreak when you can’t visit gorgeous cities, just because you’re not dressed properly.

  1. Read up on your destination


View of Salzburg from the Mirabell Palace



Colorful 12th century houses along the banks of the Nyhavn district in Copenhagen

Knowledge is power and this rings true even in the art of traveling. Just because you’re really excited doesn’t give you the luxury of traveling unprepared or without any knowledge about your destinations. Whether is it the colorful city of Copenhagen, or the or the romantic and historical city of Salzburg, it’s always a good idea to research about your destinations even before embarking on the trip. This gives you ideas on what to expect, how to dress up according to the weather, or what landmarks you should see.  Pre-departure trips are essential to enjoy your trip without worries. After all, it would be awesome to find your way to the Nyhavn district and discover the breathtaking Mirabell Palace.

  1. Take a risk. Be spontaneous

A day into my Salzburg trip, I took the bus and train to Hallstatt. One of the best days of my life.


At the Madrid Atocha station en route to an impulsive trip to Toledo.

Having an itinerary is one thing. Following it to a T is another.  Planning for your trip is indeed ideal for any traveler. After all, you don’t want to end up being idle and nothing to do. But Europe is a vast, diverse region with so many hidden and unexplored gems.  I have personally visited Europe five times and every visit makes me realize that there is so much more I haven’t seen or experienced. Try to break away from your tour groups or personal itineraries and let your feet carry you to charming little alleyways, or festive town markets. Have a chat with the locals over wine or pretzels. Experience what it really means to be a local, even for a moment. Traveling is not just about the famous landmarks and destinations but it’s also about the real beauty of places and the people who live in them.

  1. Be financially prepared


At the busy shopping district of the Salzburg Old Town

Europe is truly gorgeous but it can also be pricey. There are a lot of countries where the cost of travel is much cheaper. You can visit countries such as Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Spain, Slovakia and spend much less, as compared to much more popular countries such as France, United Kingdom, Norway or Switzerland. As a general rule, countries popular with tourists are pricier due to the laws of supply and demand. This is true for hotels, restaurants, transportation and even museum tickets. A lot of travel embassies recommend having at least 60 Euros daily for your expenses excluding the cost of airfare, hotel and transportation, to be financially relaxed and flexible.

The best way to protect yourself against any price shock, and to finally prepare for any expenses is to bring enough cash, and supplementary credit cards or debit cards such as the RCBC Savings Bank MyAccess MasterCard to keep you covered. The new RCBC Savings Bank (RSB) MyAccess MasterCard gives you access to your funds conveniently anytime, anywhere.  You can access your account in almost 1,500 RCBC & RCBC Savings Bank ATMs nationwide and in over 38 Million in-store merchant partners of MasterCard worldwide.

After all, there’s nothing more heartbreaking and frustrating than getting to a destination you’ve been dreaming about for years, only to realize that you can’t do much when you get there, because of budget woes.

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For a more rewarding experience, you get a chance to win a Samsung S8+ Phone or a Samsung S3 Tablet or a Go Pro Hero 5 Black through RCBC Savings Bank’s Debit & Win Raffle Promo.  Every P1, 000 single receipt purchase until December 31, 2017 earns you an electronic raffle entry.  Join now and you might be the lucky winner in the January draw.

Exploring Athens With The Help of My RCBC Savings Debit MasterCard

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With cheaper tickets,  different ways of transportation and accommodation, global travel is becoming more and more possible for everyone. All you need is enough wanderlust and courage, to pack your bags and take the first flight out of your city.  Before you know it, you are finally traveling the world, and fulfilling your lifelong travel bucket list.

Traveling across the globe requires enough preparation and research on cheap flights, best connections and cost-efficient hotels or hostels. Lastly, you will also need sufficient budget to crisscross the world. You need dependable financial instruments that can help take you to your dream travel destinations.

Credit cards are a given. But did you know that using EMV-powered debit cards are now the most convenient way to travel.


My RCBC Savings Debit Mastercard

I recently traveled to Europe, and as part of my preparation, I applied for an RCBC Savings Debit MasterCard to take with me abroad.

The RCBC Savings Debit Mstercard is a powerful card that that comes with you savings or checking account. But more than just an ATM, it is also a card that enables you to make point of sale payments and online purchases similar to a credit card, thanks to its EMV-chip technology feature.

I realized that aside my usual credit card, I can easily use my debit card to make purchases without having to withdraw money from ATMs across Europe.

So, you have to ask. How powerful is your RCBC Savings Debit Mastercard? As I found out, it is actually very powerful and convenient.

A Handy Partner in Athens 

Greece was the first stop of my European adventure and I flew from Manila to Athens via Istanbul, Turkey. But instead of going straight to Santorini, like most other travelers and tourist do, I decided to have a 10-hour exploration of this historic city.

After all, Athens is host to some of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

As soon as I arrived in Athens, Greece, I was able to use my debit card to purchase the 20 Euro round trip train tickets that took me to Syntagma Square, the heart of the city. It was quite convenient since I didn’t need to find the nearest ATM to withdraw money.


Taking The Train Ride from Athens Airport to City Center.

From Syntagma Square, you can just walk towards the colorful neighborhood of Plaka district, which serves as an ideal jump-off point if you’re visiting the most famous attraction in the city, the Acropolis.

As part of the efforts to preserve this ancient world wonder, you have to pay a 20 euro entrance fee to the Acropolis. There is almost always a long queue towards the ticket booth and obviously, there’s no ATM at this older part of Athens. My RCBC Saving Mastercard Debit Card saved the day for me again. I simply flashed my card, and swiped at the POS machine, and voila, ticket purchased.


The Parthenon in Athens





After an extensive exploration of the Acropolis, it was time for me the enjoy my first taste of Greek awesomeness, and I decided to just chill out at this patisserie at the foot of the hill.

It serves Greek yogurt and sweets, much to my delight. I wasted no time trying out their melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake and I went to dessert heaven.

It was definitely a perfect way to end my 10-hour visit to Athens.

The RCBC Savings Debit Mastercard was indeed convenient in purchasing transportation tickets, paying museum entrances, and for dining at cafes and restaurants. My whirldwind Athens adventure was made all the more easier by my debit card.

But hold on, there’s more. I was able to use my card in other European cities as well. Stay tuned for further posts.


For a more rewarding experience, you get a chance to win a Samsung S8+ Phone or a Samsung S3 Tablet or a Go Pro Hero 5 Black through RCBC Savings Bank’s Debit & Win Raffle Promo.  Every P1,000 single receipt purchase until December 31, 2017earns you an electronic raffle entry.  Join now and you might be the lucky winner in the January draw.

Still don’t have one?  RCBC Savings Bank MyDebit Mastercard is available in any of the 154 RSB branches nationwide.  Just bring one valid government ID and the initial deposit requirement so you can start unlocking all that life has to offer.