July 27, 2017

Marian Rivera-Dantes Named as the Face of Snow Crystal White Tomato

One of the biggest concerns that I always have whenever I get back from a splendid vacation is to how to get back to my old and pleasing skin complexion. It is not easy being dark in an environment surrounded by fair-colored corporate slaves like me, so as much as possible I try my best to look good and “mabango” as soon as I can. However, lately, with many amazing outdoor adventures plastered in every corner of social media, I just cannot resist the temptation to go out and just careless about my skin.

Good thing, there’s this new product in the market that will not just keep and help my skin becomes lighter but also, keeps it healthy no matter how I enjoy the outdoors.

Officially launched at New World Hotel in Makati City, Vida Nutriscience proudly shares their latest innovation to keep our skin light and healthy with their celebrity mom ambassador Ms. Marian Rivera-Dantes, who was glowing beautifully as always.

Marian Rivera-Dantes with Snow Skin Whitening Executives

Nissan Brings in The Sound of Music to the Philippines

One of the world’s most beloved musical families, makes their way to the Philippines for the Manila season of the London West End Production of “The Sound of Music”. The production will star award-winning performer Carmen Pretorius as the headstrong Maria von Trapp, as well as local young actors and actresses as the von Trapp children. Nissan joins in as a major sponsor to bring in the beloved musical, which will begin its run in September 2017

The Filipino batch who will alternately play the von Trapp brood 
in this year’s “The Sound of Music”, with Nissan Urvan Premium

Tickets to the London West End Production of “The Sound of Music” are now available. Book your tickets now at www.ticketworld.com.ph.

July 26, 2017

Hari Osias Banaag: Championing Pinoy Martial Arts on a Global Scale

Sikaran is a Filipino Martial Art said to have originated in the Tagalog region. Here, opponents for sport or for combat try to engage each other using kicks that mimic that of the farm animals. A Side Thrust Kick, for example, copies the kick of a cow. The Back Kick is inspired by the powerful backwards punt of a horse, while the Jumping Front Kick copies a steed as it rears. The most widely-used or “signature” kick is the Biyakid or Biyak Patagilid which engages the power of the whole body and channels it to the waist, leg, and feet, making it the most effective one in the combatant’s arsenal.

Hari represented Sikaran at the UNESCO meeting on Traditional Sports and Games at the organization’s headquarters in Paris, France. With him are fellow delegates Shammi Rana from India and Jong Lee of Korea.

Hari Osias Banaag, a Filipino Sikaran Grand Master based in the US, is trying to bring global attention to the Filipino sport that he literally and figuratively discovered in his own backyard. Growing up in Baras, he was conscripted by his father to learn Karate as a form of self-defense. “I started with Karate in 1968, my father didn’t want me to be picked on by other children. I took lessons for three years, but my heart was not into it,” he recalls. 

Affordable Japanese-Inspired Accommodation at The Travel City of the Philippines

This may sound cliché, but with my recent experience at Kabayan Hotel in Pasay City - Yes, the Travel City of the Philippines - the saying "Don't judge the book by its cover" fits perfectly well and just sounds right. So, yeah, let me share more of this story to you here...

With so many hotels, condotels, and even motels around the metro, I wonder how one chooses their accommodation? I'd like to assume that fellow travelers - local and international alike - would agree on these three things: proximity, comfortability and price.

Kabayan Hotel Lobby

Pinoy Star Cafe

July 25, 2017

Shopee Partners with Red Cross to Help Filipinos Prepare for Disasters

Shopee, the leading online shopping platform in the Philippines, partners with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to promote National Disaster Resilience Month this July. The partnership encourages Filipinos to be equipped and self-reliant to be able to survive the first and most crucial 72 hours following a calamity, during which amenities such as electricity, water or telephone lines may not work, and rescue teams may not be able to reach the location immediately. 

PRC Lifeline Kits

“Shopee is proud to work with the Philippine Red Cross as we promote the importance of resilience after a disaster.  We hope that by having the PRC Lifeline Kits available on Shopee, this helps Filipinos prepare for and survive in the aftermath of disasters or emergencies,” said Macy Castillo, Shopee’s Head of Commercial Business. 

July 24, 2017

Denim Love at the Penshoppe DenimLab

Penshoppe once again proved that denim is indeed the clothing for all season, and despite of the sunny or rainy weather in the country, everyone will always have a good reason to style up and carry the denim that you love in any way you want it. 


And happening this week, at the activity center of Glorietta in Makati City, Penshoppe is celebrating the Pinoy’s love on denim through Penshoppe Denim Lab – a DIY-denim-customization project heralded by some of the countries budding artists such as Mara Reyes, Archie Geotina, KITA and JP Le Pew.

Traveloka Announces Upcoming Flash Sale this July

Traveloka, Southeast Asia's leading travel booking app for accommodation and flights, will be having another major sale this July 28. This one day flash sale promises huge deals on hotels and airfare and should not be missed.

“We’re always looking to give our travelers the very best packages on hotels and flights,” said Poch Ceballos, Traveloka’s Country Manager. “And the Traveloka one day flash sales are usually where they can get the very best deals.”

Traveloka follows up its hugely successful June Independence Day Pop Up Sale with the upcoming July sale.

Beat the bed weather with a bottle of Kopiko 78°c

As the rainy season starts, it’s so tempting to stay at home curled up in a ball covered by our warm and fluffy comforters. But though we're experiencing bed weather, we don’t always have the luxury of letting it get the best of us. 

So, we get up - albeit begrudgingly - and do whatever we have to do to get through the gloomy day, be it taking a nice cold shower, listening to upbeat music or drinking coffee. Coffee has always been there for those who want to stay focused and motivated despite the rains. We can choose to get a brewed coffee, whip up some instant coffee, or buy the cold ready-to-drink coffee at the nearest store. 

For students trying to get through an all-nighter and those who in a hurry to get to the office, the bottled coffee lattes are the best option, not only because it saves you the time of preparing a coffee, but also because it satisfies that thirst for a refreshing and recharging beverage.  

July 20, 2017

Comforting Japanese Favorites at Ori Japanese House

As the former circuit race track starts to evolve into a lively and colorful community, which soon will be surrounded by towering condominium residences and office facilities, at the heart of it lies a city oasis they call Circuit Lane Mall – one of the newest malls in the metro that provides unique leisure experience filled with shopping and dining destinations.

And last weekend, together with some friends, I had a chance to visit this area located at the boundary of Manila and Makati City. I was honestly surprised to see how fast an old horse race track changed into something homey and comforting. Though, it wasn’t yet 100% functional, I saw that there’s a great line up of restaurants, food joints and coffee shops in the area that will surely entice its guests. And among these is this new go-to place for Japanese food cravings – Ori Japanese House.

Inspired by origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, Ori offers a great selection of delectable and luscious Japanese favorites such as ramen, gyoza, sushi, sashimi, maki, okonomiyaki, bento meals and so much more.

July 19, 2017

Actor Ian Veneracion finds a new love . . . in Ascof Lagundi

At age 42, gentleman actor and reluctant heartthrob Ian Veneracion appears to be a star whose time has come. Although he started acting at the age of 5, Veneracion’s career took a long, circuitous route to leading man status, something he finally achieved when he was cast as a swoon-worthy hero in hit TV soaps. 

Today he seems unstoppable, his career trajectory leading him to a place that much younger and more aggressive actors have yet to reach. 

Ironically, it is from this enviable place that Veneracion now seeks balance even as he appreciates the perks of stardom. He has kept the debonair good looks that make fans - age 18 to 80 - swoon, yes, but the Gen X actor now finds fulfillment in matters that are more constant and stable, and less transitory. 

Casa De Memoria concludes “Age of Exploration” auction

European art complement Asian heirlooms in Casa De Memoria’s biggest auction to date.

Art Installation by Waves 4 Water in collaboration with 
Casa de Memoria for Auction .0007: Age of Exploration

The mood was as light as the soft music that played in the background. Wine glasses in hand, a group of men casually pored over a 19th century Italian cabinet. The ivory inlaid panels contrast beautifully against the ebonized wood, and depicted hunting scenes from its day. Across the room, two young ladies fawned over a pair of Imari jars, whose intricate floral and bird ornaments revealed the craftsmanship of Meiji-era Japan.

Everybody in the crowd seemed to know each other as wine and laughter flowed throughout the evening. If not for the carded art pieces that peppered the space, the showroom along Jupiter St., Makati might have been hosting just another party. But beneath the pleasantries, everybody was in a way actually up against one another. After all, they were in Casa De Memoria - Manila’s premier auction house for international fine and decorative art - and the gathering was a viewing session for lots on offer. 

Rainy Day Cooking with King Sue

Ah, rainy days! Love it or hate it, you can’t stop the rains from pouring. But instead of sulking over cancelled plans, look at the bright side and turn a grim weather into an opportunity to slow down, recharge, and have fun. 

Below is a quick list from King Sue that’ll keep you cozy and entertained while it’s pouring outside. Some activities are also great for bonding and reconnecting with loved ones so read on:

July 18, 2017

Take Care of your Kidneys, Drink Old Orchard Cranberry

Kidneys are two bean-shaped multifunctional powerhouse organs of the urinary system. They expel waste from the body, balance body fluids, release hormones that regulate blood pressure, and control the production of red blood cells.

With all those jobs to be done, our kidneys deserve attention and care. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reported that Kidney Failure is the 7th leading cause of death among Filipinos and close to an estimate of 30,000-40,000 patients yearly undergo dialysis. Kidney disease often cannot be cured, but fortunately, it can be prevented early by taking care of our urinary tract. With the aid of Old Orchard’s resident US nutritionist, Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO, here are some tips that can help you prevent urinary tract and kidney infections.

July 14, 2017

Technolux at WOFEX 2017

Technolux,  the country’s largest importer and distributor of a complete line of foodservice, small wares, laundry and cleaning equipment for over 40 years, will once again participate in the much-awaited World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, MOA, Pasay City.

Touted as the food and beverage industry’s main source of supply solutions, WOFEX gathers together the major players in the industry including Technolux..

July 12, 2017

Get the Samsung J7 Pro at 0% instalments through Home Credit

When it comes to smartphone photography, lighting is often a big factor, and can make or break a great shot. A scenery that yields a stunning pic during the day can all too often turn into a so-so image once the sun sets.

With Samsung’s “Capture the Night” campaign, this problem is now a thing of the past, with an exciting new model that can take great-looking photos even at low lighting conditions. But there’s more: smartphone photographers are in for a double treat, as they can avail of this model at low monthly payments across 9 months with 0% interest - even without a credit card!

July 10, 2017

Build your best home with Samsung’s Dream Home Deals

Everyone has a vision of their dream home. While each one may have different preferences when it comes to structure and design, the ultimate goal of homemakers is to provide the best care for their loved ones in the most convenient and efficient way possible.

With Samsung’s Dream Home Deals, Filipinos can now have innovative and high-quality appliances to complete or upgrade their households without hurting their pockets. From July 1 to September 30, 2017, customers can enjoy discounts of up to 30% off on Samsung Digital Appliances: refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, and microwave ovens. Installment payment options with zero interest for as long as 12 months are also available.

Jolly Cow as the Official Milk to the 2017 Philippine National Latte Championship

Jolly Cow Fresh Milk, a family favorite from the happy cows of Europe, is the official milk for this year’s Philippine National Latte Championship. Twenty baristas from various coffee shops in Metro Manila recently competed in a friendly Latte Art Throwdown through sudden-death play-off at the Fly Ace Corporate Center last June 3, 2017. The activity was initiated to help raise funds to send the country’s very own delegate, Adrian Bocalan, to the 2017 World Latte Art Championship in Budapest, Hungary on June 13-15, 2017.

Shown in photo (from L-R) Judge from Henry Magalona, Lotus Biscoff Product Assistant Christine Reyes, Judge Desmond Chua, Allegro Beverage Corp. Sales Manager Bernie De Leon, Jolly Cow Fresh Milk Assistant Product Manager Ersanti Regi Santos, World Latte Artist 2016 Champion Michael York Lopez, Allegro Beverage Corp. Christoper Tapang, Judge from Ernie Mesina and 2017 Philippine National Latte Art Champion Adrian Vocalan 

July 04, 2017

Shopee Philippines Celebrates 2 Years of Continued Success

For some, turning 2 spells trouble, but for Shopee Philippines celebrating its 2nd birthday with over 2 million listings, 3 million downloads to date and making it the number 1 shopping app in the country is some to rejoice!

In the past 2 years, Shopee has introduced several programs that revolutionized online shopping for Filipinos, including Free Shipping, Cash On Delivery (COD), and Shopee University, which helps aspiring entrepreneurs set up their online business.

Macy Castillo
Head of Commercial Business for Shopee

June 30, 2017

The New Nokia 3310 Goes on Sale Nationwide Starting Today!

HMD Global recently announced the unfolding of the next chapter of Nokia phones and its continuous commitment to ensure consumer-centric innovations in design and quality, providing reliable products for everyday life.  

Today, HMD Global is pleased to announce that the eagerly anticipated re-imagined Nokia 3310 will go on sale at key retailers in leading malls nationwide. 

June 29, 2017

Limited Edition: Here Comes the Acer-Hello Kitty Laptop!

It’s a dream come true for Hello Kitty superfans as Acer launches limited edition laptops themed after everyone’s favorite Sanrio character! 

From opening the box to powering on the unit, the limited edition laptop is a trip to Hello Kitty wonderland in itself. It comes in a yummy pastel pink box decorated with Kitty White’s character and cute floral and lace elements. 

June 28, 2017

TELUS International Philippines kicks-off Pride Month by celebrating gender diversity and workplace empowermentTELUS International Philippines

TELUS International Philippines (TIP), a leading business process-outsourcing (BPO) services provider,  kicked-off Pride Month with a seminar on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) and workplace empowerment, held last May 29 at the TELUS International Market! Market! office in Taguig City. 

Organized by TIP’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies (LGBTQA) employee group, Spectrum, the event featured international reality star Chris Cheng from History Channel’s Top Shot, who spoke about workplace empowerment for the LGBTQA community. Cheng was joined by Filipina LGBTQA rights advocate, Janlee Dungca, who gave an informative talk on SOGIE - an inclusive term now used in social media and even in United Nations documents.

The World Barista Champion and the Philippine Latte Art Throwdown

Hidenori Izaki, the Japanese who bagged the title of World Barista Champion 2014, recently visited the Philippines to judge the Latte Art Throwdown held at the Coffee Project in Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City.

Top Baristas from different coffee shops in the country vie for the title as they showed their creativity and passion for coffee. Hosted by TV personality and foodie Xandra Rocha, Latte Art Throwdown was sponsored by Allegro Beverage, Victoria Arduino espresso machines, Jolly Cow Fresh Milk, Lotus Biscoff, and Coffee Project.

Hidenori, the first ever Asian to win the premiere global barista competition from 60 countries shared his experiences and journey in being a barista. "I kept competing as I am completely obsessed with [barista] competitions and attracted to how beautiful the coffee community is,” he said.

June 27, 2017

Basti Artadi and Juan Miguel Severo join Acer Philippines and G-Shock's #TimeForUs Campaign

Just when you thought that the comparison between Generation X and Millennials would come to an end, Acer Philippines, a leading tech and innovations company, recently launches its latest campaign - #TimeForUs. A movement that aims to narrow the distance between Gen Xers and millennials, this campaign moves to bring two generations closer through technology, breaking down barriers built on misconceptions and misunderstandings. 

Last June 20, Acer Philippines called on rock musician Basti Artadi and spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo, both artistic icons of their craft and time, to collaborate and develop “Time For Us” a musical-and-spoken word piece to drive the message of the campaign.

Young artists show their unique flair at the 2017 Global Art Students’ Exhibition

Armed with a mission of training children to think creatively while providing the best art learning environment for artistic expression, Global Art Philippines held the 2017 Global Art Students’ Exhibition at the upper ground atrium of SM Aura. The exciting and fun activity took place in partnership with SM Aura as part of the mall’s Art in Aura event.

Similar to previous years, the annual exhibition put together a carefully curated display of unique and original works by Global Art students rendered in various media including oil pastel and color pencil, poster color paint on paper, canvas and acrylic paints, and clay. A portion of the exhibit area featured some students’ pencil sketch on paper.

June 26, 2017

#OxygenxBieber: Beliber or Not, Are You Ready For This?

After number of chart-toppers, to seductive billboards and world-renowned brands, the world's sought-after artist, producer and songwriter is now ready to conquer the Filipino's taste and style in fashion as Justin Bieber geared up and bring purpose to your wardrobe with Oxygen.

In his first-ever collaboration with a global Filipino fashion brand, Bieber himself has teamed up with homegrown clothing line Oxygen to drop his latest exclusive streetwear collection that has already caught the attention of street style fans, Belieber or not.

June 22, 2017

Home Credit reaches the 1M-customer mark in the Philippines

Home Credit, a Prague-based Fintech company that allows consumers to purchase smartphones and other goods on installment even without a credit card, celebrated a big milestone recently as it reached the one million customer mark, less than five months after reaching 600,000, and less than four years since serving their very first customer.

“In Home Credit’s four years so far in the country, we have observed that Filipinos tend to have a very positive attitude, and this is also true when it comes to buying goods. And often, they buy things not just for personal enjoyment, but also for enriching their lives and their loved ones,” explained Home Credit Philippines’ CEO Annica Witschard.

“So more than simply providing fast and affordable loans, we are able to help enrich the lives of our customers and the people that matter most to them. And we are glad to be able to do this for one million happy customers and counting,” she added.  

June 21, 2017

Bangkarera 2017 celebrates the value of sustainable Philippine seas

The coastal City of Dumaguete was the site of the 2nd Pioneer National Bangkarera, as part of Republic Chemical Industries, Inc. (RCI)’s 60th anniversary celebration. From May 12 to May 14, 2017, thousands gathered along the city’s main thoroughfare, Rizal Boulevard, to catch the action as 40 teams of fishing boats made up of 144 entries from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao braved the challenging waters to register impressive times. 

The competition had four categories: the 16HP (Open Category), 7HP (Open Category), 7HP (Angat Sa Dagat Category) and the Paddle Boat (Open Category). 

June 20, 2017

GetGo Shop N’ Points rewards members with points for online shopping

Now, online shopping will not only bring you much savings and convenience, it can also bring you a lot closer to your dream travel destinations, for free!

GetGo, the lifestyle rewards program of Cebu Pacific, has partnered with Lazada for Shop N’ Points which rewards GetGo members with 1 point for every Php10 spend at one of the country’s leading online shopping sites.

June 19, 2017

#BringYourOwnBaon: King Sue shares Back-To-School Tips

The B.Y.O.B. (“bring your own baon”) concept has a lot of benefits - from saving money to ensuring that your kids get proper nutrition. KING SUE  rounds up some  BYOB tips to make your child’s field trip, excursion, lunch or snacks appetizing and delicious.

1. Plan ahead. A well-thought out weekly menu will save you time. Make a calendar and assign specific meals daily, infusing healthy combinations of fish and vegetables with meat. Sit down with your kids when planning the menu and take them with you for grocery shopping. Surf the Internet or exchange recipes with friends. The secret is to make the menu as balanced and as exciting to eat  as possible. 

June 09, 2017

Miley Cyrus Says, ‘Yes to All’ With Converse

In celebration of pride month, Miley Cyrus joins Converse’s YES TO ALL campaign to support LGBTQ youth and equality.

International pop star, and philanthropist Miley Cyrus is known for using her voice on and off the stage to speak out for the rights for the people in our streets, our cities and our world. Through her Happy Hippie Foundation, Mileyrallies for young people to stand up against the injustices that face LGBTQ youth today.

In the same spirit,Converse says YES TO ALL, standing with youth, freedom of expression, and the belief that whatever gender, sexual orientation or identity, everyone should feel free to be exactly who they are.

June 08, 2017

Meet the Next Generation of Nokia Phones

The Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 - powered by pure Android, will be available in Philippines by end of June, together with the rebirth of the iconic Nokia 3310.

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced that its first Nokia smartphones range – comprising the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 – will be available in Philippines by the end of June alongside the iconic Nokia 3310. Unveiled earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the smartphones combine superior craftsmanship, distinctive design and powerful entertainment features with a pure Android experience, giving users the ability to use their phone, their way.  

James Rutherfoord, Vice President Asia Pacific for HMD Global, said: "Today marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the Nokia smartphones as we re-introduce this much-loved and trusted brand to the Philippine smartphone consumers, alongside the existing Nokia branded feature phones. HMD is committed to draw on the hallmarks of the Nokia phone heritage of quality, simplicity and reliability for an authentic and differentiating experience to appeal to the new generation of Nokia fans.”

June 06, 2017

Cetaphil: The Professionals’ Choice #1 most prescribed brand by Dermatologists and Pediatricians

Did you know that Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser was the result of work by dermatologists to find a product gentle enough for all skin types? The science of gentle is behind every Cetaphil product formulated to care for the health of your entire family’s skin. No wonder that Cetaphil is the #1 brand prescribed by Dermatologists and Pediatricians

Skin covers about 1.7 square meters of the human body. It covers every single centimeter! Our skin is the barrier against the outside world, where there are extreme changes in temperature, chemicals, and sources of infection. There is no doubt that it is important to have healthy skin - and healthy tissue is composed of healthy cells. You need to feed your skin with nutrients that moisturize. Soft, smooth and supple skin is an indication of nourished skin.

June 02, 2017

Technolux Business Series gets more people interested to start ice cream business

Budding foodpreneurs and business owners turned out at the recently concluded Technolux Business Series featuring Taylor Soft Serve Machines and Comprital Italian Gelato and Soft Serve Mixes held last May 19, at the Mall of Kitchens (MOK)  to learn more about the essentials of starting an ice cream business. 

Aaron Patrick Cezar, Sales Manager of Culinary Best Source Inc., discusses the advantages of Taylor machine, highlighting  its reliability which is very important in business as this gives you the peace of mind and could focus on the business itself, not if the machine will breakdown.

The event was part of Technolux’s ongoing Business Series rolled out earlier this year and brings product demos, seminars and client trainings among other activities in key cities across the country.  

Participants in the recent event were treated to a highly informative presentation by Aaron Patrick Cezar, Sales Manager of Culinary Best Source Inc., who discussed the ins and outs of the lucrative ice cream business including keys to profitability using the right kind of equipment and ice cream mixes.

June 01, 2017

Vireya: Tropical Living at the Peak

Tucked within the lush Tagaytay Highlands is a paradise waiting to be discovered. Within this mountain resort community awaits a tropical haven for holistic indulgence like no other.

Vireya presents the seamless fusion of the mountain resort ambiance of Tagaytay Highlands with the bright, tropical landscape of the community. Sitting on the highest point of the Midlands, this residential development features views of the Taal Lake, Highlands mountains, and Mt Makiling.

Vireya, the first and only tropical resort community in Tagaytay Highlands, perfectly bonds the cool mist of the mountains and the vibrant warmth of the tropics. Located on the highest point of the Midlands, Vireya presents views of the Taal Lake and the Highlands mountains – highlighting lush, refreshing sceneries of Mt. Makiling

Vireya is a master-planned tropical haven that will perfectly cater to the entire family’s holistic indulgence and leisurely pursuits.
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