Sunday, March 29, 2015

Zilch - Pupil Band's Most Sophisticated Release To Date

When Ely Buendia sings "The world is a place / behind this firewall" on Zilch's scorching opener "Firewall:, it is both an invitation and a taunt: a wink - nudge suggestion that there is a plane beyond the rabbit hole - that the practice of imagining is a reward in itself, perhaps the best reward of all - but also a show of sneer-filled discontent. In this day and age, when unthinkable things start coming to life, when fiction starts ringing like the truth, it is odd of anyone to not want to rearrange the furniture in their minds even for a bit. And Zilch, Pupil's fourth full-length and their first with MCA Music, Inc. is charitable in imaginings both musical and lyrical.

Finished during a collaborative sabbatical of sorts - Buendia doing shows with punk-rockabilly supergroup The Oktaves, as well as booking the occasional solo revue home and elsewhere; drummer Wendell Garcia doing session work with a host of acts, even reuniting for a few gigs with Barbie's Cradle; and perhaps most publicly, bassist Dok Sergio and new guitarist Jerome Velasco doing a string of successful shows with he momentarily-reformed Teeth - the new record brings with it a fresh perspective on Pupil music making.

One thing is apparent, though: the quartet has long found their musical thesis, and no uncertain number of dalliance will make them stray from their project: in-your-face guitar rock executed in the most rudimentary manner, and this much is evident in first two singles "Out of Control: and "Why". "I've always preferred a stripped-down sound live and on record, and this was the objective from the moment I started writing new songs for Zilch," Buendia shares. Check out

What Pupil has in their hands in Zilch, ultimately, is a more refined rethinking of their sound. "The guitars growl, the drums are in your face, no synth pads, very little delay. It's an album played on the gut level. Yet it is, I think our most sophisticated release to date," Buendia offers. Velasco confidently chimes in, "Personally I find that it's inevitable that the band shall release a definitive rock record. I think this was a great time to do it" Throughout the process, the band was both instinctive and resolute in reconciling hte sound in their heads with the sound that eventually ends up on disc. Wendel Garcia's drum parts, for one, were redone almost entirely in a rented photography studio in an attempt to capture the much-revered John Bonham (skinsman for Led Zeppelin) sound. The band DIY'd the whole thing, installing their own personal mattresses for soundproofing, with bassist Dok Sergio manning the controls.

"Zilch" is now out in CD's at Astroplus and Odyssey outlets under MCA Music, Inc. It is also available through digital download via and iTunes and streaming via, Spotify and Deezer.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Summer Kicks Off with Goooal!: The Real Madrid Foundation Clinic

It’s a fundraising event like no other before by Fundación Santiago in collaboration with the Fundación Real Madrid. It’s “Goooal: The Real Madrid Foundation Clinic.”

This two-week football training for the youth and for football coaches will happen in a span of 12 days from April 19 to May 2 in Metro Manila and in Negros Occidental. Goooal! participants will be trained by the best coaches from the Real Madrid C.F. youth team in Spain on individual technique and tactical team training.

In the words of Fundación Santiago executive director, Chaco Molina: “Here’s a case that proves that doing good is More Fun in the Philippines. Indeed a unique opportunity to be of help to those who have less in life while enjoying the practice of your favourite sport, mentored by internationally acclaimed coaches.”

It all started with a novel joint project in Nasugbu, Batangas designed to keep children in school and out of harms-way through the practice of football. Notably, the proceeds from “Goooal!: The Real Madrid Foundation Clinic” will go to Fundación Santiago’s Volun2rism Program, particularly the Real Madrid Foundation Social Sports School (Escuelas Socio Deportivasin Batangas and Negros Occidental.

It will foster inclusive development for under-served children while they pursue their passion for football and enhance their academic performance. The Social Sports School likewise aspires to teach them good values associated with sports and teamwork as well as healthy living.

This summer Goooal: The Real Madrid Foundation Clinic” will hone the football skills of participants, ages 7 to 18 years old, in daily sessions held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila from April 20 to 24 and at the SJR Football Field in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental from April 27 to May 1.

The Coach Clinic is a whole day educational session for football coaches on pre-championship and pre-competition preparation for young players, set for April 19, in Metro Manila and on May 2, in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

“Goooal: The Real Madrid Foundation Clinic” is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, the Spanish Embassy in Manila, MAPFRE-Insular, Roxas Holdings and Lifeline.

For more info, you may contact Cheska Lacson, Resource Mobilization Officer of Fundación Santiago at E: | M: +63936 -9677660 | T: 696-2457

Court Order on PWU Forclosure

The impending foreclosure on Philippine Women’s University reported in the news has been halted. Dr. Helena Z Benitez, PWU chairperson and a longtime creditor of the university, has filed for involuntary rehabilitation of PWU in a bid to preserve its operations after STI Holdings initiated foreclosure proceedings against the university.

Dr. Benitez said in her petition filed before Manila Regional Trial Court that PWU’s operations are obviously dependent on the income generated by its campuses, and that the foreclosure proceedings will prevent PWU from paying its debts and will render it insolvent. “The foreclosure proceedings…will also drastically disrupt and stop PWU’s school operations,” she said.

PWU owes Benitez P33.6 million. Benitez submitted a proposed rehabilitation plan for PWU, the goal of which is to enable PWU to meet its obligations to its creditors (including STI) without disrupting the conduct of its business. It involves a rehabilitation period providing for the sale of assets to cover part of the debts of PWU, while the rest will be paid in accordance with projected cashflow over a 10-year period.

PWU is a non-stock, not-for-profit institution which has been supported by the Benitez family for the past 96 years. In 2011 STI offered to help PWU by starting a joint venture, which went sour. Despite the Benitez family’s offers to pay STI for the P513M advanced to PWU (and its sister company Unlad) as part of the joint venture, STI Holdings last month initiated foreclosure proceedings against PWU covering its Taft Ave. and Indiana St. campuses, the Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS) campus on EDSA, Quezon City, and a property in Davao City. The JASMS QC property is the site of a condo mall development announced by STI in September 2014, which the Benitez family and the JASMS community opposed. In December, STI initiated default proceedings against PWU which the Benitez family contested in court.

The Benitez family welcomed the Manila court’s issuance of a Commencement Order which paves the way for the approval of a rehabilitation plan for PWU, saying the decision ensures the continued operations of the university and its schools. The Petition for Rehabilitation of PWU filed by Dr. Helena Z Benitez asked the Court to issue a Commencement Order and a Stay or Suspension Order which shall “suspend all actions or proceedings, in court or otherwise, for the enforcement of claims against PWU and against third party mortgagers.” The order, granted last week, suspends the extrajudicial sale of lands currently occupied by PWU (in Manila) and JASMS (in QC) worth well over Php1.2 Billion, which STI is seeking as a creditor of PWU as payment for the Php513 million principal loan it extended starting 2011. In return for the Php513 million peso loan, it is asking to be paid back Php1 billion, just four years later.

The Benitez Group of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) said the move of STI Education Systems Holdings (STI) to pursue the foreclosure of the university’s properties only serves to hurt the school and threaten the welfare of the students, faculty, and employees. In a statement, PWU Media Director Lydia Benitez-Brown said “It is now very evident that STI is totally disregarding the welfare of PWU. This is what we have been saying all along, that the priorities of STI’s owner, Mr. Eusebio Tanco are really incompatible with those of the Benitez group and the PWU stakeholders,” she added.

Ms. Brown lamented that STI Holdings continued to reject attempts at an amicable settlement to repay the P223M debt assumed by Mr. Tanco when he offered to help PWU as an investor in 2011. “This foreclosure is clear proof that STI will always put business ahead of education. The action merely validates our concerns. It is an unfortunate and disappointing development but we have confidence in the fairness of the courts and that the legal system will protect the public interest of our students,” she said.

Ms. Brown said the rehabilitation plan will enable PWU to meets its legitimate obligations to its creditors without disrupting the conduct of business.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Simultaneous Earth Hour ceremonies in all SM Supermalls in the Philippines and China

For eight years now, Earth Hour have been creating tremendous impact on the global awareness of climate change. More people around the world are beginning to understand the significance of going beyond one hour to really make a difference. The Philippines, once proclaimed as the "Earth Hour Hero Country" for having the most number of participating communities, will once again try to take the lead – thanks to private companies like SM Supermalls.

All 52 SM malls around the country and six in China will simultaneously turn off their lights to show SM's continued support to the annual Earth Hour climate change awareness campaign of World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). With all SM malls hosting Earth Hour ceremonies for its respective communities, it will not be surprising if the country becomes a "hero" again for this environmental campaign.
All SM malls will provide the crowd with inspiring videos leading to the switch-off countdown. After the lights have been switched off, candles will be distributed to the crowd while an exciting lineup of entertainers will be presented for free.

SM Mall of Asia will be the host mall for the ceremony, with candidates from Ms. Earth as guests, among others, and AVP for Operations Mr. Perkin So to lead the switching off of the lights.

Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015

Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 (#AdMe) will be at SMX Aura, Taguig on July 26, 2015 with a theme: Empower, Connect, Inspire & Learn. Speakers are from international & local scenes who are leaders & influencers. Some of them are as follows;

Dr. Donald Lim is the Chief Digital Officer of ABS CBN. Donald worked at Inquirer, & the founding officer of Internet Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP).

Rebecca Bustamante is the President of Chalre Associates. She is considered as the most accomplished woman in Asia because of her struggles to succeed as the Domestic helper who became the CEO of a multinational company. Before becoming a CEO, Rebecca became the Director of Sales from an international cosmetics company in Canada. She's also the President of Asia CEO Forum & Asia CEO Awards with a series of leadership seminars monthly in the Philippines.

Mikel Yaw is the Managing Director of Elabram Systems Group (ESG) with Headquarter in Malaysia & offices in the Philippines, Indonesia & Thailand. ESG main solutions are Network Planning & Optimization, Talent Acquisition & Deployment, Business Process Outsourcing & Knowledge Process Outsourcing. Mikel receives awards from Huawei China for the project contributions. Mikel also won different awards in Malaysia & Indonesia as Entrepreneur of the Year. For two years, Mikel participated as one of the speakers at LTE World Summit in Amsterdam & in USA and as a speaker for the upcoming LTE Middle East in Dubai this May 2015.

Carlos Celdran is the famous tour guide in the Philippines and a brand ambassador of different B2C companies. He is well known for his different advocacy and became more famous when his popular "Damaso" stint at Manila Cathedral was featured in international magazines and newspapers.

Robert Yupangco is the President of Yupangco Group of Companies; Zoomanity Group (Zoobic Safari, Residence Inn Tagaytay, Paradizoo Cavite, Zoocobia Pampanga, Zoocolate Thrills Bohol), YL Finance, Bel Air Transport, Nanten Restaurant, Misono Japanese Restaurant & Yamaha Music.

Tanya Llana is currently the Business Strategist and Director of Sales & Marketing of Victoria Court and the General Manager of Hotel La Corona De Lipa. For Victoria Court, Ms. Llana handles targeting new market segments, innovating revenue direction and ensures social media maximisation. Victoria Court's vision is to be the perfect host and mission is to aim for genuine happiness for everyone, everyday, every stay and in every way. As the General Manager of Hotel La Corona De Lipa, she strives to give her guests crystal clean rooms & amenities, quality food & beverage, and impeccable service. At Hotel La Corona De Lipa, she believes that the customer is King.

Camille Montejo is the CEO of NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure. Tree Top Adventure provides the only Motorized Team Building Facility in the Philippines & the 1st Motorized Zip Lines in Asia.

Pocholo De Leon Gonzalez is the CEO of Creative Voices Productions & shared his voice to 1000 projects around the globe with more than 10 radio shows in the Philippines. He is the most popular speaker for 3 consecutive years under Laguna Blogging Summit. Pocholo was the finalist at the recently concluded Asia CEO Awards last year.

Janette Toral is the CEO of Digital Club Filipino. Her Philippine Blogging Summit which she started 12 years ago with yearly conference is always successful and held at University of the Philippines Malcolm Theater. She is considered as the E Commerce Guru in the Philippines because of her contribution in different Internet & Electronic Bills that were push in the Philippines. Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 (#AdMe) is expecting 1000 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo. #AdMe is presented/organized by TAG Media & Public Relations. For more info please check & for partnership, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at

Registration Fee: Early bird rate Php 1,500.00 till May 2015. Regular Rate Php 2,000.00 from June 2015- July 26, 2015 (Inclusion: Snacks and Lunch, Conference and Expo.)

Friday, March 20, 2015

JrNBA / JrWNBA Presented by Alaska Not Just A Selection Process

A unique story that I witnessed all throughout the two days of watching the complete selection process of, I got a complete grasp of the how they pick the cream of the crop of Baguio.  From all of the 295 Participants on the first day trimmed down to the top 50 of the boys and girls aged 10-14 years old.

Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Determination, Action, and Being Healthy are just some of the traits that a team and an individual should have for being a Champion and starting to learn this on an earlier age is definitely recommended.  Having proper nutrition in the first place is essential in the sport of basketball and it is a good thing that Alaska is in full support always on fulfilling that duty of providing Alaska Milk and Choco Milk on the sports events like Jr.NBA/Jr.WNBA. Here is my story in pictures of the Baguio Selection Process.

This undersized little girl named Angelica caught my attention from the first day til the last day of selection. Fortunate that all the girls that tried out qualified to be part of the top 50 to qualify for the next level of the selection process where tests are harder and players are tougher. You can just imagine on competing with predictors that will eat you alive if you don't give your best on all the activities and playing your A game.

And that's what I saw in this cute little girl, not only did she perform her best but really tried hard to compete with the taller players.

Starting from day one, I can see this little girl's passion on playing the sport, although I wasn't really able to get a chance to formally interview her because of their busy training schedule because they were only given a few minutes of hydration break to drink on to the Alaska Milk/Choco Milk Booths and I don't want to stole that time away from her to recharge.

I think I'm also avoiding that not to spoil up something from her game and I specially don't want to end up with watery eyes after, because I just really got very inspired of the heart that she puts in her game and in the selection process.

From the picture above you can see that her dad carrying their youngest is all support for her and her elder sister which also qualified for the top 50.

Her determination, good listening skills and following what the coaches say are the winning traits that I saw in her and made my eyes stuck on what she will do next. Tried hassling to other players, bringing out the ball to her team mates from the side lines. I also commend her teammates that did not treat her like someone that will not contribute but rather the opposite, she tried all her efforts to be inluded in the team's scoreboard even if her shots can't barely reach the basketball board.

In the end, unfortunately she doesn't made it to the top selection to go back to Manila, but what she won is not the selection process but the heart of the people that saw her play, saw her determination and her big heart on playing the game of basketball. Among all the rest I can say that she got more fans than any of the qualifiers had.

As an added bonus, she got a consolation prize of an NBA Baller that only few people have in the Philippines and that baller came from New York that was given to one of the coaches organizing the event.

I saw how they went out from the gym and the pride that her parents have with her and her elder sister, now equipped with experience, and knowledge that she learned from the selection camp. It is heart warming that I saw them spending their time as a family in the camp cheering their two little girls. Alaska will definitely look forward on seeing her again next year for Baguio Selection Camp of JrNBA/JrWNBA presented by Alaska.


Become an inspiring athlete too and join Alaska’s sports programs now! NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. Full program terms and conditions can be found in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA event website. Fans can also follow Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA on Facebook at For all things NBA, fans may visit, and follow the NBA on Facebook ( and Twitter (

GSK Pushes for More Quality Time with the Family with Five Times Faster (Paracetamol) Panadol

Manila, 19 March 2015 –GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the global leading healthcare company commits itself on improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longerwith (paracetamol) Panadol® as the world’s trusted pain reliever, sold in more than 85 countries.

This year, Panadol brings more focus to help take away the pain for faster recovery and more super moments with the ones you love. Bringing this life-affirming message to the fore is father/athlete/host Ryan Agoncillo, together with his son Lucho. Ryan is known to be a dedicated father to his children – Yohan and Lucho – and spends as much time as he can with his family.

As a sportsman who is into motorcycles and triathlons, Ryan is no stranger to aches and pain. But he doesn’t let any kind of discomfort like headache get in the way of a quality time with his equally energetic son, making their moments together pain-free. But whenever pain or headache strikes, he puts his trust on Panadol. And like a true superhero, he has the power of quick recovery in the eyes of his son.

“My family is my top priority. Even if I get busy with work and my other pursuits, I make sure that I get to spend quality with my wife and my kids. But, sometimes, because of my workload, I suffer from terrible headaches,” Ryan relates. “Fortunately, there’s Panadol. It offers fast relief to make my super moments with my family pain-free! Indeed, when pain is gone, life takes its place.”

(Paracetamol) Panadol® with Optizorb® comes in 36 x 10s dispenser box and a 10s pack. Each tablet has an SRP of PHP 4.00 and is available at all leading drugstores nationwide.

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Ericsson At The Forefront Of Industry Transformation At Mobile World Congress 2015

Elie Hanna
President and Country Manager
Philippines and Pacific Islands

•    Predictions for 2015 focus on video, LTE subscriber growth and mobile broadband coverage
•    Announces hyper scale upgrade to Ericsson Cloud System —adding new software and hardware to ensure a secure cloud experience
•    Broad set of new launches support operator needs across network evolution, IT transformation and opportunities for innovation and revenue growth
Telecommunications operators are transforming their businesses and operations, according to the role they have chosen to play as either Network Developers, Service Enablers or Service Creators.
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC)  also continues to transform in its role as an ICT player, and builds on its  position in Mobile Broadband and Telecom Managed Services, while reinforcing its position in Cloud, IP, TV&Media, OSS/BSS.
“These were the key reflections of our President and CEO, Hans Vestberg, as he talked about the pace of change in the industry at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  We predict four key changes during 2015: more people will watch streamed, on-demand video than broadcast TV on a weekly basis; video will generate half of the mobile data traffic; LTE subscriber growth will exceed 80 percent; and world mobile broadband coverage will be above 70 percent. These are all massive forces of change and open up new opportunities both in the ICT industry and in other industries,”Elie Hanna, President of Ericsson Philippines and Pacific Islands, shared.
Ericsson sees a new logic being applied across industries. “We can see a definite shift from physical products to digital services. New business models are emerging, along with new ways of solving old problems that create new efficiencies. True customer intimacy can be created using digital tools. All in all, you can see that ICT drives transformation that is really changing the game,” Hanna added.

At the recently-concluded Mobile World Congress, Ericsson showed its full range of capabilities, supporting a broad variety of customer needs. Elevennew launches were lined up with a common theme of transformation and advancing digital experiences.  These launches included: Media Delivery Network, Digital Telco Transformation, Expert Analytics 15.0, Hyperscale Cloud, Maritime ICT Cloud (from CES), Connected Traffic Cloud, App Experience Optimization, Networks Software 15B, LTE License Assisted Access (from CES), Ericsson Router 6000 Series, and the Ericsson Radio System.
Ericsson Radio System – meeting growing user demands
The new Ericsson Radio System is designed to improve app coverage for mobile device users in the face of an 8X growth in smartphone traffic between 2014 and 2020, by which time 90 % of the world's population over six years old is predicted to have a mobile phone.  The Ericsson Radio System puts operators on the road to 5G by delivering industry-leading performance – on Ericsson’s Many-Core Baseband Architecture – while drastically reducing energy requirements, site space, and install time. 
Hanna said that “we consider the new Ericsson Radio System as the gold standard in radio – it’s a completely new approach on how to build radio networks on the road to 5G, with the Router 6000 Series integrating IP backhaul into the radio.”   He further clarified that the company decided not to compromise on radio performance when introducing a new smaller macro radio. “Improvements have been made in the digital radio part by using System-on-Chip technology and by introducing new advanced power amplifier architecture and technology as well as using a high integration of electronics, which also improves overall power efficiency by up to 50%. Super compact filters are used to decrease the size further, while keeping performance high.”
Ericsson cloud system gets hyperscale upgrade
Ericsson also introduced its Hyperscale Cloud Solution in MWC, to meet the growing demand for cloud agility, operational scale and associated economics.  The Hyperscale Cloud solution at the same time mitigates existing concerns around security and governance as it slows the full adoption of cloud by the world’s largest enterprises.Our latest estimates indicate that 74 percent of the largest enterprises have not fully adopted cloud, citing security and governance as a concern. The Hyperscale Cloud Solution adds new software and hardware to ensure highly governed, secure and hyperscale cloud is possible while increasing speed and control.
New products in the Ericsson Cloud System include: Ericsson HDS 8000 (Hyperscale Datacenter System), built on Intel® Rack Scale Architecture, Ericsson Secure Cloud Storage and Ericsson Continuum ®, delivering the world’s best policy-driven platform for hybrid cloud, leveraging Ericsson’s investment in Apcera.
The Ericsson HDS 8000 is the first product in the world to include Intel Rack Scale Architecture. Ericsson and Intel have been working together for a long time across a numberof technology areas, and now the two companies are moving into the data center and delivering new solution building on that relationship.
Hanna said that “technology change is exponential in the ICT industry but investment in infrastructure cannot be. With Intel and other industry leaders we are bringing a hyperscale approach across both software and hardware. We are re-inventing the future data center concept from a total architecture and economics perspective.”
Seeing the network through users’ eyes with App Experience Optimization
App Experience Optimization was also launched as a new service,bringing app experience into the mix to give operators a more valuable view of network performance.  “Operators adapt and optimize their networks for data, which long ago surpassed voice traffic. But the new reality is not just data, it’s apps. And the biggest driver of smartphone customer loyalty is network performance. In this environment, network performance KPIs need to capture our operators’ in-app experience,” Hanna explained.
The Ericsson App Experience Optimization uses tailored measurements that give operators insights about availability, accessibility, integrity, and retainability, and which in turn allows Ericsson’s network design and optimization experts to optimize and fine-tune operators’ systems where it matters most to the consumer.

More information on Ericsson’s MWC highlights can be found on:
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Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.
Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud– are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.
With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries,we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions – and our customers – stay in front.
Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2014 were SEK 228.0 billion (USD 33.1 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

Why Do I Run? - Ben Alves

This is probably the main question that you have in mind that you've been wanting to ask to runners. I just happen to stumble upon a video of a local celebrity named Ben Alves that happens to have an answer to that. His answer of course may not be the same as other runners but somehow may have some similarities to some.

After seeing this, I can probably answer the question with... Why Not Run?
Aside from the health benefits that you're going to get from it, you can also feel good that you're doing something to burn those unwanted fats, but that is just me. May not be the case for others but I hope I make some point.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015




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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Alaska JrNBA/ JrWNBA Baguio Selection

Baguio City – Young players from Benguet Province and nearby Pangasinan distinguished themselves at the Regional Selection Camp of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 presented by Alaska held at the St. Louis University Laboratory High School in this city, March 15, 2015.

Seven young players from these provinces – four boys and three girls -- had statistics and basketball savvy that impressed Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA coaches and judged them worthy of inclusion in the National Training Camp, the high point of the NBA’s global youth development program, come April.

Jan Zyrus De Ayre, 13, of Berkeley School, Baguio; Magnus Gabriel Ines, 13, of St. Louis University Laboratory High School, Baguio; Christian Allen Magno, 14, of St. Albert the Great School, Dagupan and Manuel Andrey Ober, 13, of Dagupan City National High School are the region’s Jr. NBA representatives to the National Training Camp.

Christine Angela Venterez, 13, of Baguio National High School; Christine Cayabyab, 14, of Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Memorial National High School, Dagupan City and Rose Marie de los Santos, 13, of St. Albert the Great School, Dagupan City will be the Jr. WNBA representatives for North Luzon in the National Training Camp.

Christine Cayabyab, who made it as far as the NTC last year, said she hopes to represent North Luzon proudly in Manila this year. “Many of us from Dagupan traveled to Baguio just so we could have another shot at our basketball dreams. Joining the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA brings us closer to fulfilling them.”

The next Regional Selection Camps will be held in Bacolod City at St. John Institute on March 21 and 22, Davao City at the University of the Immaculate Conception on March 28 and 29 and Manila at the PICC Forum on April 11 and 12. Qualified boys and girls who wish to join the selection camps may still register at

The program is absolutely free. At the National Training Camp ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars will be selected and will embark on a unique, overseas NBA experience together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia. The Coach of the Year presented by Alaska will also be announced at the National Training Camp that will be attended by NBA talents.

Full program terms and conditions can be found in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA event website. Fans can also follow Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA on Facebook at For all things NBA, fans may visit, and follow the NBA on Facebook ( and Twitter (

Monday, March 16, 2015

Alaska IronKids Triathlon in Subic Ruled by Borlain Sisters

Tara and Samantha Borlain again finished one-two in the same category (Girls 11-12) during the 2015 Alaska IronKids Triathlon held in Subic over the weekend. Open to children 6 to 14 years old, Alaska IronKids is the local junior version of the international triathlon series, Ironman.

Tara trailed Sister Samantha in the swim and bike part of the race but relied on her strong finishing run to prevail. Other 1st place winners in the girl category are Nicole Danielle Eijansantos (13-14), Alison Ann Noble (9-10) and Justicia Mariearl Tan (6-8).

Brent Valelo also relied on a strong run to rule the Boy 13-14. Other 1st place winners in the boy category are Juan Francisco Baniqued (11-12), Mark Grist (9-10) and Dayshaun Karl Ramos (6-8).

Christine Levi Gaspar and Una Janus Sibayan placed second and third in the Girls 13-14. Everly Janarie Macalalad finished third in the Girls 11-12. Patricia Tolentino and Ana Maria Mempin placed second and third in the Girls 9-10. Franchezka Borlain, youngest of the Borlain sisters, and Caitlin Gaw finished second and third in the Girls 6-8.

Sabino Czar Manglicmot IV and John Caleb Barlin placed second and third in the Boys 13-14. Jose Manuel Arao and Karl Rafael Pamakid placed second and third in the Boys 11-12. Matthew Thomas Alumbres and Juan Miguel Tayag placed second and third in the Boys 9-10. Jabrielle Marcos Delizo and Reggeal Victoria placed second and third in the Boys 6-8.

Four races are lined up for 2015— two aquathlons and two triathlons. The next races will be the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon Apr. 19 at The Village Sports Club; the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon in Subic Bay; and the Alaska IronKids Triathlon Aug. 1 in Cebu.

The races will have three categories: Race Category (with Podium Medals) with four age groups; Play Category (with finisher’s medal but no age categories) with short and long distances to promote outdoor play and increase participation for non-competitive participants; and the Relay Category (with Podium Medals) with two mixed age groups.

Alaska Milk Corporation President/CEO Wilfred Steven Uytengsu said he is ecstatic with the huge turnout.

“It’s really nice to see the parents supporting their kids promoting a healthy lifestyle, a lot of kids today spend a lot of time on their iPads or playstations. It’s important to develop your technical skills but you also have to be physically fit,” said Uytengsu.

Alaska IronKids Philippines is an annual sporting event that aims to promote the healthy and active lifestyle among children through the winning combination of proper nutrition and physical activity. The Alaska IronKids Race Series is just one of many sports development programs that Alaska conducts yearly to engage children to come out and play.

Pioneering athletic programs like the Alaska IronKids Philippines Triathlon has managed to take children away from their video game consoles, cellphones and cable TV remotes and out into the sun to swim, bike and run in triathlon races. Alaska’s sports programs hope to encourage children to get into organized sports while learning positive values like hard work, discipline, determination and teamwork. The program for 2015 will continue to bring excitement as it helps future athletes realize their dreams.

Become an inspiring athlete too and join Alaska’s sports programs now! NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. For general information about the Alaska IronKids please visit; Alaska Milk Corporation visit; and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub & #AlaskaIronkids.

Three Industry Leaders: PLDT SME Nation, Samsung Philippines and Microsoft Philippines forge a Partnership to Empower SMEs with Broadband and Digital Solutions

The Philippines’ fast-growing digital, social and mobile users definitely creates unprecedented opportunities for the 800,000 strong small and medium enterprise (SME) market segment. However, the challenge today is how SMEs can efficiently tap and engage this community. Today, there are over 34 million Facebook users, over 10 million Twitter followers and with over 44 million Filipino internet users and counting.  

With this, PLDT SME Nation partners with Samsung & Microsoft Philippines to create innovative business solutions that will enable entrepreneurs to run their business better, grow faster, be more globally competitive and engage with the country’s digital, social and mobile population.

SMEs can now enjoy the benefits of having PLDT SME Nation’s premium and faster fixed and wireless broadband solutions running on our latest fiber and LTE network. These broadband offerings provide unlimited access which give entrepreneurs the ability to continuously conduct online activities without the fear of bandwidth throttling. Our services also feature committed information rates or CIR, which guarantee minimum bandwidth speeds for businesses and a static IP used to power up their websites and enable faster inter-office data transfers.

Second, PLDT SME Nation boasts of its most robust network and nation-widest reach for its fixed, wireless and now satellite service, ensuring that entrepreneurs will have the best broadband service suited for their business wherever they are.

Lastly, these new broadband packages come with supercharged flexible freebies ranging from relevant and business enabling Cloud Solutions such as Microsoft Office 365 and PLDT Cloud apps for video monitoring, asset tracking, POS, infrastructure and more. SMEs will also be able to get for free and choose the latest array of smart devices from Samsung Philippines and High Definition (HD) TV content from Cignal.

In an event entitled “Growing your Business in the Digital Age”, PLDT SME Nation together with two other industry leaders, Samsung and Microsoft, announced this partnership to create and introduce groundbreaking technologies and tools that will enable SMEs to efficiently manage their businesses anytime, anywhere.

In his welcome remarks, PLDT Executive Vice President and ePLDT President and CEO Eric Alberto highlighted the significance of the partnership saying, “This collaboration and synergy among today’s leaders in the telecommunications industry ushers in a new era of enablement for the small and medium enterprise market segment.

Through this strategic partnership, SMEs will have access to game-changing business tools such as faster and nationwide fixed and wireless broadband solutions, latest gadgets and devices and relevant collaboration cloud applications which should ultimately lead to higher levels of operational efficiencies, expanded market reach, higher profit margin levels, and in the process create higher economic multiplier for our country” Alberto adds.

PLDT SME Nation showcased some of this technology’s capability during the event, inviting several bloggers from Cebu and Manila to virtually take part of the press conference from remote locations using Microsoft Office 365.

To signify the formalization of the partnership among the three companies Alberto was joined on stage by PLDT First Vice President and Head of SME Business Kat Luna-Abelarde, Samsung Philippines Managing Director Harry Lee, Samsung Philippines Business Manager James Kwon, Samsung Philippines Enterprise Director Irene Catane, Microsoft Philippines Director for Small, Midsize Solutions Partners Diana Tibbs and Microsoft Philippines Business Group Lead ToviaVa’aelua for the push-button inauguration.

In her closing remarks, Abelarde pledged PLDT SME Nation’s commitment to provide SMEs with the best broadband and digital solutions saying, “PLDT SME Nation reaffirms its support for Filipino SMEs as it continues to innovate and form partnerships with industry leaders to provide our country’s aspiring entrepreneurs with only the best broadband solutions for their businesses.”

Michelin Tires Chosen For Porsche Cayman GT4 Launch

For the dynamic launch of its new Cayman GT4, Porsche AG has chosen to equip all of the cars with MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 ultra-high-performance tires: 245/35 ZR20 (91Y) TL N0 front and 295/30 ZR20 (101Y) XL TL N0 rear.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyre is the latest generation of road-legal track tires designed for ultra-high performance cars. The performance levels that this tyre offers are clearly demonstrated by the fact that it is the OE fitment on recent Porsche models including the 918 Spyder and GT3.

Further evidence of the performance of this tyre is highlighted by the Nurburgring lap record set last year by the 918 Spyder which was fitted with exactly the same model of tires, albeit in a different size, that can be bought from any Official Porsche Centre.

Compared to its predecessor, the Pilot Sport Cup+, the Pilot Sport Cup 2 lasts up to 50 per cent longer on track and also offers faster lap times* due to technology developed in motorsport, at races such as the Le Mans 24 hours. Plus, these improvements in performance are achieved with no compromises in other areas, and are an example of Michelin’s Total Performance strategy.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 combines Bi-Compound technology, which involves the use of different rubber compounds on the inner and outer sections of the tread with Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0, which is an innovation that optimizes pressure in the tyre's contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track, whether driving in a straight line or cornering. To ensure the Cayman GT4 is prepared for difficult winter driving conditions, Michelin is the sole supplier of the winter tyre option for the car:

235/35R20 92V XLTL Pilot Alpin 4 N0
275/30R20 97V XLTL Pilot Alpin 4 N0

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Robust - Keeping Up

Many people think that men think about sex all the time. While not entirely true, it isn’t fair to assume that only men think about sex. More and more women are being open about their desire for intimacy and sex. This is good news for men, but the problem is, can men step up to the plate and perform when their lady is looking for some? They can prepare themselves with the help of Robust.
Robust is a dietary supplement that is packed with the herbal ingredients known to help men sustain libido and stamina in the bedroom, and it is all thanks to ATC Healthcare International Corp. Robust has the potential to help men sustain a powerful and lasting erection. Each 550 mg Robust tablet contains a proprietary blend of ingredients that have been used for sexual stamina such as:

Epimedium extract (Horny Goat Weed) This active ingredient, increases sex drive better than any other natural compound available.
L-Arginine is an essential amino acid leads to firmer, longer lasting erections. It can help improve sperm count and quality. The head of the sperm contains an exceptional amount of this nutrient, essential for sperm production.
Songaria cynomorium helps strengthen the tendons and nourish the blood to alleviate the blood-deficiency type of constipation (typically occurring with old age). Relieves aching and weakness of loins and knees and treat sexual problems.
Gamma Amino Butyric Acide/ regulates neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. It is a natural anti-anxiety agent that aids relaxation and helps improve concentration. It increases the level of dopamine which increases sensation during orgasm.

Other Ingredients are Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, Cnidium Monnier, Dansheng Root extract, Dahurian Angelica Root Extract, and Tea Extract. Many of the said ingredients in Robust have been used in traditional and herbal medicine to increase body function and libido.
Robust is to be taken at least an hour before intercourse. It is not advisable to take Robust along with alcohol as this may impede the product’s effectivity.
At only SRP P55.00, keep it up and be Robust ready! Robust is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Robust Extreme

Dietary supplement for Men

Is the combination of Spiral Algae, Corn Extract, Medlar Extract, Ginseng Extract, Epimedium Extract, Cistanche Salsa Extracts and Hawthorn Berry Extract into one complete, totally convenient supplement. It helps in boosting your sexual appetite, attaining erection and aids your ability to repeat in your intimate activities.


Helps Boost your Sexual Desire and Stamina EXTREMELY!
Helps Enhance Erection & Ability to Repeat Again EXTREMELY!
Aids with Male Infertility problems EXTREMELY!
Supports Production of Testosterone (male sex hormone) EXTREMELY!
Helps Treat Erectile dysfunction EXTREMELY!
Beneficial remedy for Pre-Mature Ejaculation EXTREMELY!
Helps heighten your Sexual Libido EXTREMELY!
Helps increase blood flow to the genitals and pelvic region EXTREMELY!
Helps strengthens blood vessel walls to improve circulation EXTREMELY!
100% All Natural and Safe



Each capsule contains 400mg Proprietary blend of Spiral Algae, Corn Extract, Medlar Extract, Ginseng Extract, Epimedium Extract, Cistanche Salsa Extracts and Hawthorn Berry Extract.

Spiral Algae - Coming from the ocean contains various kinds of micro-materials, and also contains important anti-ageing materials such as gamma-flax oleic acid and beta- carotene. It is rich in essential amino acids and essential fatty acids. It is widely recommended as the vegetarian’s special-purpose nutrition supplement product and is known to reduce cholesterol, reduce cancer risks, constructs healthy lactobacillus community and stimulates production of prostaglandin and GLA.

Corn Extract – Supplementary properties for corn include being a good cleanser of the urinary tract and will benefit the whole urinary system. It can also be beneficial for disorders of the prostate and cystitis, and inflammation of the urethra.

Medlar Extract – Medlars have been used as supplemental plants by means of leaves, fruits, bark and wood. Common usage and supplemental benefits and properties of this plant include aiding as diuretic, fattening, hematopoietic, internal haemorrhage treatment, stimulation treatment; strengthen fine skin and strengthening the nerves.

Ginseng Extract – As an herbal supplement, the extract has long been prized for its reputation of having anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties. It is also used in the homeopathic treatment of conditions, including depression, stress, low libido, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Ginseng Extract can also improve balance, help prevent diabetes, cureanemia, and strengthen the gastrointestinal system. It also helps in improving the physical and mental effects of stress, it was even found to decrease the effects of alcohol intake and subsequent hangovers.

Epimedium Extract - Commonly known as Horny Goat Weed, this herb is used mainly for its aphrodisiac properties. Epimedium species have been used by Chinese doctors for many centuries, but the use of this herb in the West is mostly for sexual enhancement. Epimedium has sexual potentiation effect and helps improved the quality of life of persons suffering from ED (erectile dysfunction) and Pre mature ejaculation.

Cistanche Salsa Extract – An important sex tonic that has been used extensively throughout Chinese history. It was used in many ancient sex formulas to increase sexual power in men. Cistanche is used to replenish blood and strengthen kidney yang. It contains alkaloids that increase circulation to the genitals and pelvic region, proving the historical use to increase energy flow and circulation to the sex organs. It increases male potency, treats impotence, premature ejaculation, and frequent urination.

Hawthorn Berry Extract – Used to promote the health of the circulatory system, angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia and has been found to strengthen the heart. Hawthorn is widely regarded as a safe and effective supplement for the early stages of heart disease and has been used to aid for a number of ailments including angina, myocarditis, arteriosclerosis, nervous conditions like insomnia, and diarrhea. It has also been renowned for strengthening blood vessels, vascular insufficiency and blood clots, restoring the heart muscle wall, lowering cholesterol and to aid digestion.

Recommended Use

Take 1 Capsule two hours before intimate activity, best taken with warm water and an empty stomach.


If you are taking prescription drugs, medication or under a physician’s care for any medical condition, consult your doctor before taking this product.
Not recommended for ages 18 & below


400mg X 10’s blisters X 3blister/box
400mg X 2’s blisters X 2blister/box


Store at temperature not exceeding 30C

Friday, March 13, 2015

Oasis Garden Cafe - Solaire Resort and Casino

For desserts or if you just feel like you're craving for something sweet then this is what I will recommend. One of our stops in Zomato Foodcrawl.

Oasis Garden Cafe is a refreshing centerpiece to the spacious Sky Tower atrium. Bedecked in elaborate bird’s nest interiors, this restaurant is highlighted by a transparent glass roof that brings life to a multihued backdrop of foliage, blooms, and cascading water features.
From morning until early evening, Oasis Garden Cafe offers a wide selection of coffee, tea, traditional snacks, and artisanal finger sandwiches. By sundown, the vibe turns into that of a stylish lounge that offers a full complement of cocktails and drinks served with the usual Solaire panache.

We got Red Velvet Cake with vanilla mascaporne filling and fresh strawberries, Layers of almond caramel filled with caramell butterscotch parfait and roasted almonds, Butter Scotch Macaron Cake and Caramel Cheese Cake. Of all the three pastries I must say that the sweetness are not very overpowering but rather just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth so I'm sure that even diabetics will love it. By the way, before anything else, the desserts that was served to us was not part of their regular menu except for caramel cheese cake so I posted what you can find from their display instead.

And to match those sweet desserts we had Oasis Blend Tea(Oasis Specialty) and Earl Grey(Aromatic Combination of Earl Grey and Vanilla Cream). I'm already sold out on the Ambiance of this Cafe and like it even more when I got a taste of their desserts.

The Voice Kids Season 2 Goes to Starmall

After the stunning success of The Voice Kids (TVK) Season 1 and The Voice franchise as a whole, it isn’t surprising that  is already laying the groundwork for the next batch of talented young singers in the country.
The reality singing competition is open to children between ages 7 to 13. Each kid shall prepare two to four songs in the audition. No need to bring tapes – the songs will be sung in a capella to better gauge the singing talent of the participants.
Auditions will be done in different Starmall branches, as per schedule:
March 15 – Starmall Alabang, 9 to 5 PM
March 15 – Starmall San Jose Del Monte, 9 to 5 PM
March 21 – Starmall EDSA-SHAW, 9 to 5 PM
March 25 – Starmall Las Piñas, 9 to 5 PM
March 29 – Starmall Prima Taguig, 9 to 5 PM
April 9 – Starmall Talisay
The above dates are preliminary auditions, inviting talented young kids to put their best foot forward and get noticed. From there, the ABS-CBN reality show judges will be weeding out contestants and picking the best of the best for their team. No doubt, the audition is just part one of the long, gruelling – yet highly rewarding process of being the next grand champion of the The Voice Kids.
The Voice Kids Season 1’s winner, Lyca Gairanod, won a recording contract with one of the best in the industry today, her career currently enjoying a fast rise with MCA Universal.
Along with that, she and her family are now enjoying their new home in Camella Tierra Nevada. Camella, the biggest homebuilder in the country, was one of the major sponsors of the show.
Additional prizes of Lyca include 1 million cash prize, a trust fund, home appliance and music showcases, and many more.
Even months after the airing of the TVK season 1, Lyca, and the other top contestants, namely, Darren Espanto, Juan Karlos Labajo and Darlene Vibares, continues to make waves and creates their own mark in the local entertainment industry, a testament to the high publicity the show has garnered.
According to Kantar Media, TVK Season 1 was the most-watched show nationwide in 2014, garnering an average rating of 34.5%.
Last season’s show was hosted by Luiz Manzano and Alex Gonzaga, and the second season promises the same setup. The team of judges in Season 1: Sarah Geronimo, Lea Salonga, and Bamboo Mañalac may also be part of this successful show’s second season.
During its three-month run (May to July 2014), The Voice Kids dominated social media with the top contestants trending in social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. More of the same are expected for Season 2 as judges embark on blind auditions and coach their picks to become better singers and performers in general.
The Voice Kids is based on a Dutch reality TV Show running under the same name. The Philippine reboot of the show will start airing soon after auditions. Stay updated for further TVK audition schedules.

Fortune Magazine Named Tupperware Brands as One of the Most Admired Companies in the World

Manila, Philippines – Tupperware Brands was cited in the 2015 World’s Most Admired Companies list for eight straight years by Fortune Magazine. The company is ranked on the annual list under the Home Equipment, Furnishings category.

Throughout the years, Tupperware Brands has been unwavering in its commitment to Enlighten, Educate and Empower women and their families across the globe. With extreme passion to change lives in every one of its millions of sales force, Tupperware Brands continues to provide limitless income opportunities and develop innovative and world-class products, like Tupperware, that has been a staple in homes for over 50 years.  Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen; plus beauty, personal care, and baby care products for the whole family.

"More than this award, the assurance that we are able to carry out our commitment in empowering and improving lives of Filipinos in support of Tupperware Brands’ global mission to change lives through opportunity, support and relationships, year on year, is what we are most grateful for," says Mr. Graciano Pangilinan Jr., Tupperware Philippines President and Managing Director.

“This continues to inspire us here in Tupperware Brands Philippines to aggressively come out and reinvent our products and improve our communication strategies to reach more Filipino families and be their partner in achieving their growth potential," Mr. Pangilinan continues.

Fortune Magazine based their ranking for the World’s Most Admired Companies in the World on nine key attributes including innovativeness, sound financials, value as a long-term investment, to name a few. Tupperware Brands was noted for global competitiveness, ranking first within the industry in that category.

The company ranked second in innovation and use of corporate assets in its industry. Other criteria contributing to the ranking includes social responsibility, people management, quality of products/services, and quality of management, financial soundness and long-term investment value.

The Fortune World's Most Admired Companies list is seen as the report card on corporate reputation. Over 660 companies from 29 countries around the world were surveyed by over 4,000 participants in the process of creating the 2015 list. The rankings reflect the observations and opinions of industry executives, directors and analysts. The 2015 list can be found in the March 1, 2015 issue of the magazine, as well as online.

Tupperware Brands Philippines is the authorized distributor of some of the world’s prestigious brands including Tupperware, Colour Collection, Ivana, White Result, Wonderbra, Playtex, Hanes, Baby Care Plus+, and Kids Plus+.