December 29, 2015

The 7-Eleven Run 2016

It's that time of year again that we can get excited for RUN 2016!

After the successful Run 800 in 2013, Run 1000 in 2014 and Run 1500 in 2015, 7-Eleven will be holding Run 2016 this coming January 17, 2016

Run 2016 once again will bring a massive and exciting marathon to every one of all ages, featuring the same categories as last year’s race. 7-Eleven is once again partnering with Skyway and Filinvest City as its official event venue.

December 28, 2015

Complete List of Winners of the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2015

And just like the previous Metro Manila Film Festival, this year's MMFF Awards Night didn't end with no drama and so-called" scandal. With the disqualification of Honor Thy Father - a masterpiece of Erik Matti, it sure did some add juice to this year's selection and awarding ceremony. I bet that there'll be more news of MMFF 2015 in the coming days, but for now I'd like to share what it was like at the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival.

It was my first time to actually witness an MMFF Awards Night. Though, I'm expecting a glamorous night, with the absence of some of the nominees (and winners) on the night's awarding ceremony, the whole event turned out to be a little boring.

Held at Kia Theater in Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, this year's MMFF is co-presented by HOOQ - a mobile app that serves as a gateway to a world of unlimited entertainment. And without further ado, here are the winners of the Metro Manila Film Festival 2015:

December 23, 2015

Lancaster New City: Developing with the Filipino Family

The progressive growth of the 1,400 hectares property of the country’s fast-growing residential developer, Property of Friends, Inc. or Pro-Friends, in Cavite continuously seeks to deliver on its mission of being a trusted developer that creates communities that transform lives. Lancaster New City, Pro-Friends’ flagship project, is a shining example of how it transforms barren land into a thriving, family-friendly city with components that allow residents to Live, Learn, Work, Play and Pray.

Last weekend, together with some friends, I had a wonderful time visiting again one of my dream cities in the south, the Lancaster New City. Pro-Friends contribution to the growing suburban lifestyle in the south, Lancaster New City is happy to share the latest development in its thriving property through a series of shows and spectacles that are just truly heart-warming and family-friendly fit for the upcoming Holiday Season.

For one, Lancaster’s new home units are now packed with pocket-friendly offers and deals that are easy for Filipino families to afford. Aside from their homes, top-of-the-class amenities were also chosen to compliment will with the whole masterplan of this lush and developing property in the south that’s covering the cities of Imus, Kawit and General Trias in Cavite.

December 20, 2015

Catch Metro Manila Film Festival's Students Films via HOOQ!

“Everyone has to start somewhere and for many directors, that happened while they were in school. Young filmmakers from schools like Ateneo de Naga University and DLSU-CSB made it as finalists in this year’s MMFF” said Jane Walker, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager.  “It is very encouraging that their animated films were chosen among hundreds of entries to take part in this festival,” she added. 

For the first time in Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) history, the distinguish organization has signed a groundbreaking deal with HOOQ, Asia’s largest video-on-demand service, to screen a selection of the official entries on the app. 

HOOQ is the exclusive presenter for the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival and its New Wave Category, a partnership geared towards promoting quality Philippine entertainment.  

December 16, 2015

A Christmas Experience at the Latest Modern Suburban Community in the South

It seems that every developer in the land is eyeing the south as the next residential/investment capital of Luzon. With already hundreds of developments happening year every year, the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon is definitely the next suburban haven for those who are seeking for dwelling place and good investment without any hassle.

Last weekend, together with some friends, I had a wonderful time setting my foot for the first time on this soon-to-be prime destination in this side of Cavite, the Vermosa. A property being developed by Ayala Land, which is dubbed as the next “Ayala Alabang” due to its luxurious cuts of land and amenities that are sure to give its residents a premier living, Vermosa held its 2-day Holiday Escape where it housed more than a hundred merchants including booths that showcase the most exciting development that will happen around the area and some of the famous celebrity entrepreneurs who added glitz and glam to the whole event.

December 11, 2015

It's the Season of 'Sharing' at Boardwalk

More than just receiving gifts, Christmas is more about sharing. And as the whole world succumbs to this merry-making Season, lifestyle brand Boardwalk, brings social entrepreneurship into the mainstream of fashion through SHARE, a fashion and lifestyle sub-brand with a social development platform.

In pursuit of its vision to help reduce poverty through social entrepreneurship, as it enters its 25th year in the fashion and lifestyle industry, Boardwalk launched last December 3 Share to help men and women from economically-challenged communities to gain a stable source of income.

This program enables consumers with a social conscience to enjoy fashionable items while contributing 25 per cent of what they pay to a business starter program developed by Share Foundation in partnership with Boardwalk Charity Foundation Incorporated. The program is designed to provide training and capital to economically-challenged Filipinos who hope to have a chance to do business.

December 10, 2015

Christmas Celebrations at Discovery Primea

In Makati, Christmas Season is usually ushered by a wonderful switch-on ceremony of the Ayala Avenue Christmas Light Display, and then followed by the majestic and festive Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival of Lights and Sound. These are two main events in the city that everyone look forward to once the Christmas countdown begins.

With all the main thoroughfares all lightened up and adorned with Holiday feels, surrounding skyscrapers followed the act by displaying their own magical touch to welcome the heart-warming and joyous Holiday Season.

This year, one more property is joining the bandwagon in sharing cheers and wonderful creations to the guests of this busting city – the Discovery Primea.

Mark Lapid on Representing the Tourism Industry

In a recent interview of Kara David for GMA News and Public Affairs’ show Power House, senator-wannabe Mark Lapid shared that he and wife, Tanya Garcia, is not yet married in church until now, because she won’t accept his proposal - an issue that’s obviously doesn’t hinders his ambition to be an elected senator for the upcoming 2016 Election.

Despite of being a dad to two adorable girls and a husband to a beautiful wife, Mark was once a governor of the Province of Pampanga and recently held a position at Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) where he served as Chief Operating Officer prior to his filling of certificate of candidacy for next year’s national election.

An experience that honed and made him decide to run for next year's election, his service for TIEZA was brought about by the recognition that he received when he was appointed as General Manager of the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) in December 2009. The PTA was given by the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) a “Gawad Pampublikong Korporasyon” in testimony of the institution that articulates the values of creativity and excellence through public-private sector partnership.

December 08, 2015

Madonna’s RebelHeart Tour Gears Up The Excitement For Manila Show

In barely three months, Filipino fans of the Queen of Pop will pay homage to their favorite icon at the most-anticipated RebelHeart Tour scheduled February 24 and 25, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Only few tickets left to RebelHeart at the Mall of Asia Arena and exciting perks await all ticket buyers!

To all major credit card holders, here’s your chance to get closer to the Queen of Pop! Ticket buyers for LOWER BOX can now avail of SM Tickets special offer with 0% interest for a 6-month installment plan. This offer is valid only for over-the-counter purchases. For inquiries, please call SM Tickets at (+632) 470-2222 or log on to smtickets.com

Celebrate Christmas at Vermosa Holiday Escape

Christmas is about bringing people together to savor the festive vibe and heartwarming glow of this season of giving. Vermosa, Ayala Land Inc.’s sprawling modern suburban community in Cavite that integrates healthy living with everyday life, holds Vermosa Holiday Escape, a fun-filled holiday bazaar that offers a much needed escape from the stressful shopping experience in the metro.

On December 12 and 13, experience the vibrant holiday cheer with musical treats from some of the country’s most talented musical artists. Providing live entertainment on December 12 are pop-rock best-selling artist Yeng Constantino and acoustic favorite Noel Cabangon while indie-rock band Up Dharma Down will bring the house down on December 13.  

The 70 Wonderful Years of the House That Fried Chicken Built

In celebration of its 70th year anniversary, Max's Restaurant brought its family, friends, and loyal customers back to the place where it all began, the original branch at Scout Tuazon. It was a grand and joyful birthday celebration, through which Max's Restaurant sought to show their appreciation for the years of support customers gave to The House That Fried Chicken Built.

Event hosts Paolo Abrera and Lexi Schulze Berenguer-Testa

Guests were invited to take a walk down memory lane in a nostalgic outdoor display at Ruby Hall's courtyard featuring historic photos of the five original founders, black and white photos of the original branch when it had just opened, and even a photo of the old Greenbelt branch in Makati. Guests admired the display and gleefully exchanged stories of days past, while being serenaded by a quartet playing songs that conjured some of their fondest memories.

Max’s Group Inc. Director Jimmy F. Trota, Max’s Group Inc. Director Cristina Trota-Garcia, Max’s Group Inc. Director and Max’s Restaurant President & CEO Carolyn Trota-Salud, Max’s Group Inc. Director and Chief Marketing Officer Jim T. Fuentebella, Max’s Group Inc. Director & Chief Finance Officer Dave T. Fuentebella, and Max’s Group Inc. President & CEO Robert F. Trota

December 06, 2015

Huawei #HotspotHotties Invade SM Mall of Asia!

Just when I thought Sunday could be that same dreadful day with Monday coming again, Huawei Philippines, made my afternoon, and a hundred of SM Mall of Asia Cyberzone guests, sizzles with the presentation of their latest innovation with their hottest ambassadors.

Imagine Santa Claus only skinnier, showing his well-carved arms as he wears a sleeve less shirt, a charming smile and that "kilig" factor that drives you toward him - yep, that what with had, but instead of just one, we had 10 sexy, handsome men in red and white, who instead of gifts were giving out free WiFi - both to the naughty and nice!

Carrying the latest creations from Huawei - Huawei Flash, Huawei Spark and Huawei Lightning - these #HuaweiHotspotHotties brought colors and some shrills to the excited guests of the mall to share the full advantage of Huawei’s mobile broadband network compatibility. A fast and uninterrupted delivery of internet connectivity on-the-go was made more exciting with these foreign models that are so eye-catching.

December 04, 2015

Christmas Gift Idea: Crayola EZ Draw ‘N Store Activity Center

When I was a child, I always keep on hearing the phrase "The Gift of Education". For a not o well-off family like ours, we took education seriously, that's why this Christmas, for us to turnover the gift of knowledge to our next generation, I decided to give my makulit but sweet and cuddly niece, Elaisha Monique, the Crayola EZ Draw ‘N Store Activity Center.

A child-friendly educational set that is perfect for little boys and girls like her aged 2. Complete with friendly colors and easy to use pieces, Crayola EZ Draw ‘N Store Activity Center is easy to install and fold after use.

The 1st Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build

The launch today of Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build in The Philippines marks International Volunteer Day, a day to celebrate volunteerism. The annual Young Leaders Build is Habitat’s largest youth movement in the Asia-Pacific region. This youth-driven campaign, which originated in The Philippines by the Habitat Youth Council, will take place regionally for the fifth consecutive year focusing on tackling the challenges of poverty housing.

The campaign targets to engage 1 million youth volunteers to repair and build homes, and take part in community development activities, as well as raise Php 200,00 and serve 10,000 Filipino families in need.

The regional movement expects to rally even more youth, including celebrities and corporate participants to volunteer, fund raise and speak out for the need for decent homes as a way out of poverty.

November 24, 2015

#OneDayOfZen with Asus' Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0

While the rest of the metropolis are still recuperating from the trauma they acquired from the “carmageddon” that happened during the APEC Leaders’ Forum here in Manila, ASUS Philippines just know how to put everything in order again – at least for some people like me – and share a Zen day worth capturing with their latest smartphone.

Held at Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila, along with other bloggers and media personalities, we were taken back in time inside the Walled City while holding on to our very own Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0. Would you believe that my first impression when I got mine was “This is gonna be pricey.” But, I’m glad I was wrong. IT’S JUST PHP 7,295.00!!!

Possessing an ergonomic design that offers a nice grip, especially compared with my thin-yet-flatly designed iPhone 6, which I often easily drop due to the flat and slippery surface, Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 offers a handy size, weight and feel.

One of the features that was highlighted that day was its 8-megapixel camera on the back guided with a laser auto-focus - a first in the market that offers at this price range. It also has a 5-megapixel camera on the front that would make “selfie” taking to a higher, clearer and more vibrant level!

TV4ME.ph, Your Online Lifestyle Multi-Channel Network

Media5 Marketing Corporation and Brand New Media announce the launch of TV4ME.ph, an online lifestyle multi-channel network that houses 10 channels featuring a full spread of lifestyle videos of what Filipinos love. All of the video content available in the channels can be enjoyed for free any time, anywhere, on any connected device.

TV4ME.ph serves content via a best-in-class video technology that plays the videos seamlessly even on a tablet or mobile phone. Thousands of hours of helpful video content about food, fashion, home, and health & wellness fill the void in local content that Filipinos are most passionate about.

Local and international brands as well as content creators in the country can take advantage of TV4ME.ph and its channels as a medium for their own original video content to be distributed and amplified to their own target audiences.

Coca-Cola kicks-off world’s largest grassroots football program in the Philippines

Coca-Cola Cup – the world’s largest grassroots football which champions active healthy lifestyle, encourages values through sports, and celebrates football passion – has finally arrived in the Philippines.

From left to right: Edmund Alan Qua Hiasen, Chairman of Dream Big Pilipinas Football Association, Taguig City Vice Mayor Ricardo Ading Cruz III, Atty. Adel Tamano, Vice-President for Public Affairs and Communications of Coca-Cola Philippines; and Lorenzo Roxas, Vice Chairman of Loyola Meralco Sparks Academy, kick-off the local pilot of the Coca-Cola Cup Philippines at the Bonifacio Global City. 

The grassroots football program kicks-off in Taguig City, bringing about the same team spirit, friendship and respect that the Coca-Cola Cup has fostered among 1.3 million teenage players in over 60 countries around the world since it started in Zimbabwe back in 1915.  Inspiring young people to be active and healthy through their shared passion for the sport, Coca-Cola Cup presents an opportunity to Filipino teens to pursue their football dream, and along the way, make new friends and recognize the important, complementary roles that form a successful team.

November 23, 2015

Habitat Philippines opens first ReStore facility in Asia

ReStore”, Habitat for Humanity’s non-profit home improvement donation center, recently opened its first ReStore located along Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Piñas City. The center is managed by Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

ReStore offers the general public new and slightly used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances that are donated by individuals or groups to Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds from ReStore help in the building of decent and affordable homes, communities and hope.

Behind the scene photos of Alden Richards' shoot
for Habitat for Humanity Philippines

ReStore is a venue in which kind-hearted homemakers can find almost everything that they may need as well as donate their pre-loved appliances and furniture to fund Habitat’s advocacy. It also serves as another avenue in which everyone can be part of the solution in nation-building.

November 20, 2015

PWU's Team D’Pidabest Bags 3rd Gardenia's Next Big Sandwich Hit Championship

Out of the twenty colleges or 100 teams who vied to be the Next Big Sandwich Hit Champion, Philippine Women’s University’s Team D’Pidabest was named as the champion on this year’s Gardenia's annual cook-off challenge.

On its 3rd year, Gardenia made an even bigger competition with 100 teams in total (5 teams each) from 20 colleges and universities all over Luzon on its annual cook-off and sandwich making competition - Next Big Sandwich Hit.

This year’s competition was divided into three parts, the School Hop Phase/Elimination Round, the Business Implementation Phase, and the Finale.

November 17, 2015

Make Christmas merrier with UNIQLO’s #MyUQGiftToYou

Want to give the Gift of LifeWear this Christmas season? Join #MyUQGiftToYou

Every week starting November 18, UNIQLO will announce a featured Holiday item via its Facebook page. Share the photo and tag a friend who is deserving of the featured Holiday item. Put a nice dedication as to why it should be given to him/her and include the hashtag #MyUQGiftToYou. The most creative post will get to gift the featured item to that friend. 

November 09, 2015

7-Eleven and Habitat Philippines to Build Homes and Schools for Yolanda-Affected Families in Culion, Palawan

After Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) leveled their province, some 150 families in Culion, Palawan will finally have the opportunity to rebuild their lives, as 7-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd. and PhilSeven Foundation Inc. (PFI) committed to provide them with new decent homes, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP).

7-Eleven partner with Habitat for Humanity. With a commitment that will build 160 homes and 2 schools in Yolanda affected indigenous community in Culion, Palawan, Jose Victor P. Paterno, Philippine Seven Corporation President/CEO & Director (2nd from right) also signify its support to Habitat Vision 2020 and advocacy program to address poverty housing solutions. Photo shows Habitat for Humanity Philippines CEO and Managing Director Charlie Ayco (3rd from left) with Chief Marketing Officer Yvonne Lih, and Director of Communications Gina Virtusio.

Families of Barangay de Carabao will be able to sleep soundly with the promise of 160 new environment-friendly, disaster-resilient homes. On top of shelter, the community will also be given two school buildings, which can accommodate up to 140 students, and doubles as evacuation centers in case of calamities.

October 30, 2015

#JaDine, the New 7-Eleven City Blends Ambassadors

Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), country licensee of leading convenience store chain 7-Eleven, present James Reid and Nadine Lustre as the new faces of City Blends coffee.

With James and Nadine staying atop social media trends due to their undeniable charisma as well as the relatable kilig that they bring to fans of all ages, 7-Eleven has really found the honest and down-to-earth personalities that are the perfect fit for City Blends coffee.

October 29, 2015

The Year-end Holiday Travel and Dining Deals Expo

You are invited to attend the back to back holiday travel and dining deals expo happening on November 18-20, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center Aura, 3rd Level, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City

Take advantage of the travel promos from different exhibitors from hotel accommodation, theme park, leading restaurants and new travel destinations.  Enjoy the book and buy promo to avail up to 50% discount from the travel partners. 

This is also your chance to shop for dining gift vouchers and hotel gift certificates that you can give to your family, friends and even to some important people and clients. Avoid Christmas Shopping rush instead give your loved ones a gift of experience and allow them to create memories that will last a lifetime.   

October 28, 2015

Heineken invites Filipino fans to celebrate Bond’s film partnership with an exclusive movie premiere

Ahead of the worldwide release of Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spectre this autumn, Heineken® announced the latest chapter of its 17-year global partnership with the iconic James Bond film franchise.

Heineken®’s Spectre campaign invites consumers into the legendary world of James Bond. A new TVC starring Daniel Craig has been released globally and is available for viewing on http://heineken.com. The campaign in the Philippines will be supported by an exclusive movie premiere event on November 6, 2015 at SM Aura.

October 27, 2015

TLC Festival Comes to the Philippines!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 21, as TLCAsia Pacific’s leading travel and lifestyle channel – brings its TLC Festival to the Philippines for the first time! From 11:00 a.m., grab your picnic mats and head on down to Bonifacio High Street, for an enjoyable day out with family and friends. There’s lots of fun to be had, with appearances and activities led by TLC’s slate of personalities. 

Fans of the bubbly Janet Hsieh will be able to meet the Taiwanese beauty at the festival. Janet, who is the host of TLC’s Fun Taiwan franchise, tied the knot recently. Follow her wedding journey on three episodes of Fun Taiwan All-Stars: Wedding Special, which captures some of the magical moments of her big day – in Antarctica, no less! Premieres every Tuesday at 10:00 p.m on TLC, beginning November 24. 

October 20, 2015

Anya Resort & Residences joins elite Small Luxury Hotels of the World group

Anya Resort & Residences, an up-and-coming luxury property in Tagaytay City, has formally announced its recent inclusion to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) group. The membership is touted to guarantee guests the highest level of personalized service and amenities in exclusive, small-scale locations.

Currently, Anya is the only SLH-accredited resort within a leisurely 90-minute drive from Metro Manila. Only three other exclusive resorts are SLH members in the Philippines.

“Bearing the SLH seal testifies to the impeccable service that Anya will soon offer. Our focus is on providing an experience that is truly rejuvenating, peaceful and very personalized,” said Santiago R. Elizalde, Roxaco Land Corporation’s President and CEO.

FWD holds Live To Move Grand Festival on October 24

Want to learn how you can stay fit in just four minutes? Come join FWD Live To Move Grand Festival, one of the most exciting health and wellness events of the year, on October 24, Saturday, starting 9 A.M. at the SM Mall of Asia Central Plaza.

FWD Warriors balance the sand dumbbells 
in the MetaFit (Metabolic Fitness) station

The Festival is spearheaded by FWD Life Insurance Corporation (FWD) as part of its effort to promote a healthy and fit lifestyle among Filipinos. It is open to the public and wellness enthusiasts with varying fitness profiles whether you are novice, intermediate, or advanced.

FWD Warrior do the lunge in the Zumba station

Attendees will enjoy exciting activities and rewards and opportunities to participate in free medical consultations, cooking sessions, and group workouts. There will also be a wellness concert with live music by DJ Mars Miranda.
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