Monday, November 30, 2015

Dermcare Story

In this age of stress and fast living, the human body needs to be strong and our spirit turned into pleasant things. Zenaida Palisoc was aware of this when she opened the first Dermcare Professional Skin, Hair and Spa back in the 80's. With the first venue came dermatologically tested products that improved skin adn made people more beautiful.

The Dermcare story is a story of success and commitment to provide consumers with top-of-the-line beauty products and services at superior value for money price. With Branches all over the Philippines. Dermcare is continuously providing its customers with innovative products and services that are responsive to thier needs and lifestyle.

Dermcare, which pioneered the whitening business in the Philipines has been trusted for quality, affordable and effective products for more than 20 years.

Dermcare Professional Skin, Hair and Spa offers world class skin facials(lightening, anti-aging, pimple control treatments), body treatments(scrubs, waxing, spa services)as well as hair rebonding & treatments. Itr is a one stope pure value skin, body and hair treatment in one environment that is boht inviting and invigorating to the senses. Staffed with trusted dermatologists and professionally trained beauty therapists. It's ambience is conducive to rejuvenation, skin and body pampering. It offers private and well-appointed spa and massage rooms, steam bath and facial treatment area, doctor's clinic, and an inviting lobby. The moment you enter Dermcare, you will experience full bliss

ASUS Collaborates with Country’s Premier Icons for Design and Style for #ZenLooks

ASUS Philippines teams up with world-renowned industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue, together with the trendsetting duo of David Guison and Arisse de Santos, for this regional competition that offers Filipinos the one-of-a-kind chance to be the designer of their own ZenFone 2 case

ASUS Philippines has joined forces with the crème de la crème of the country’s creative elite to encourage more Filipinos to showcase the diverse beauty of local culture, as well as their unique eye for design, for the #ZenLooks competition.

Internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue and style authorities David Guison and Arisse de Santos are onboard to help amplify the call for their fellow Filipinos to join in by creating their own designs for this competition, which invites individuals to submit an original case design for the ZenFone 2 inspired by the Philippines’ national colors.

Nature’s most captivating hues inspire Cobonpue
Fresh from accolades received for the outstanding venue design he conceptualized for the recently-concluded and highly-publicized APEC 2015, Cobonpue focuses his attention on the shades and shapes of nature as his design inspirations for #ZenLooks.

On partnering with ASUS Philippines for the competition, he says, “I feel humbled to be a part of a global movement that allows Filipinos to express their creative identities through a personal must-have that accompanies them in their day to day. Our mobile phones, and what we do with them, say a lot about who we are and what we love.”

Admitting his personal affinity for the ZenFone 2, he declares, “It’s the perfect phone for this campaign. As a designer, the ZenFone 2 allows me to express my personal aesthetic. It’s very important that a device latches on to its owner’s views. And as for its performance, I like that it doesn’t compromise speed and promises such a rich photography experience for anyone who appreciates style.”

He concludes, “#ZenLooks is consistent with my personal advocacy of creating original and unique designs while promoting local culture. It’s a collaborative effort between the ASUS team and aspiring artists to produce an art piece inspired by the Philippine’s iconic elements.”

Guison pays tribute to one of Ilocos Norte’s most scenic spots
As his way of reminding himself that the Philippines has so much to offer in terms of beauty and travel experiences, Guison zoomed in on the Kapupurawan rock formation in Ilocos Norte, admittedly also one of his favorite scenes, for his case design.  A travel enthusiast himself, he reveals, “I always feel the need to document everything, so this image is a note to myself that there are 7,107 islands in the Philippines to explore.”

Having previously worked with ASUS as an intern, Guison shares, “I am very honored to be working with ASUS again as I have a deep appreciation for the brand. The ZenLooks campaign inspired me so much as well since I love travelling and capturing everything – which also makes the ZenFone 2, with its superb camera, a great phone match for the campaign.” And with his many blog followers, this stylephile is likewise excited to encourage others to express their own brand of creativity through the competition. “My readers are very talented and they have a keen eye for style, so I'm sure they will rock this design contest by ASUS. Plus, it's not every day you get to collaborate with such an established brand.”

It’s a play of watercolors for de Santos
The lifestyle blogger harnessed her love for watercolors in her ZenFone 2 case design. Commenting on the strong platform the competition provides for creative self-expression, de Santos says, “#ZenLooks is a great springboard for Filipinos to showcase their skills and creativity, not to mention pay tribute to the beauty of our country for the whole world to see. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re encouraged to do this with the ZenFone 2, which is classy and sleek and can match any personality or mood.”
She encourages her readers to add their personal touch to their case designs. “Envision what you want for the final look, and embrace the opportunity to use your creativity to show everyone why the Philippines is worth experiencing.”

Road to #ZenLooks: Incredible Catwalk featuring Kim Jones
Following a global introduction that launched an exciting design partnership with Italian vlogger and YouTube personality Marzia Bisognin (better known as her handle “CutiePieMarzia”), #ZenLooks likewise took off with a regional prelude highlighting a collaboration with Filipina-British fashion icon Kim Jones, which saw the popular blogger and style connoisseur going on a whirlwind 7-photo sartorial journey across seven countries in Southeast Asia in seven days with ASUS to unravel the region’s ultimate fashion story using the ZenFone 2.

Cobonpue, Guison, and de Santos all laud ASUS’ choice of Jones as the campaign’s regional ambassador. “Kim Jones as a style icon seamlessly displays what it means to travel in style. She reflects the caliber and passion of this beautiful campaign.” Guison agrees: “Kim has consistently produced quality content for her brand and she outdid herself yet again with this campaign. I enjoyed following her adventures with the ASUS team. One day they were in the busy mosques of India, the next day they were in the floating markets of Vietnam. It was exhilarating!” De Santos adds: “Her classy and sophisticated style sense makes her the perfect fit for the Incredible Catwalk.”

ZenLooks Week 1 Winner
Over 4,000 design submissions from the Philippines so far
With influential and talented Filipinos the likes of Cobonpue, Guison, and de Santos now joining the campaign, ASUS Philippines Marketing Manager Jamie Zaldivar is confident that the competition will see an increasing representation of Filipino creative minds.

“To date, we have already received over 4,000 amazing case design submissions from the Philippines,” she says. “We have always experienced great support from Filipinos every time we launch global and regional campaigns, and this is certainly no different. It’s a great testament of how we as a people are passionate about being part of a creative movement.”
With just 2 weeks to go before the competition comes to a close, Zaldivar calls on Filipinos to get creative and join in. “Not only will you get to express yourself and your love for your country – you’ll also get to share it with the world. Plus, awesome prizes from ASUS Philippines are up at stake.” These include a ZenFone 2 deluxe (worth Php17,995) and the limited edition case designed by CutiePieMarzia for weekly winners; and, if chosen as the Grand Winner, the chance to collaborate with the ASUS design team to have his or her winning case design manufactured.
ZenLooks Week 2 Winner

Zaldivar concludes, “We hope that Kenneth, David, and Arisse’s designs will inspire other Filipinos to keep the entries coming. We are so excited to have these three onboard as together, they represent and advocate the best of Filipino design, style, and culture, culled from their individual perspectives and experiences.”
Deadline for submission for the #ZenLooks design challenge is December 6. To join and create your entry, visit the #ZenLooks Facebook Application at


About the ZenFone 2
The ZenFone 2 delivers a world-leading photography experience and a powerful all-round performance, all while looking luxuriously stylish. It packs:
A 13MP/5MP PixelMaster Camera that captures stunning, high resolution photos with zero shutter lag.
Industry-leading Low Light mode to capture up to 400% brighter photos at night, or in low-light, without a flash.
Real Tone flash to ensure warm skin tones and accurate color.
Backlight (Super HDR) mode to capture vivid, evenly-exposed photos in challenging backlit scenes, ensuring 
foreground subjects stand out clearly and are free of shadows.
Selfie Panorama to capture wider angel selfie photos, allowing group shots.
For those seeking fine-grained control over camera settings like ISO, shutter speed and more, Manual Mode offers users a DSLR-like experience right on their smartphone.
A gorgeous all-new ergonomic design with a bright 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display.
A super-fast 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB RAM and 4G/LTE connectivity.

Zenfone 2 is available in all authorized resellers nationwide. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

ROBUST EXTREME: Keep Yourself Going with Robust Extreme

When it comes to sex, men have this one question etched at the back of their minds: “Am I performing well enough?” For men, questions like this seemed too important because this somehow affects (and even dictates) their ego and confidence. 
Luckily, there is a food supplement that can help men sustain their stamina and libido – Robust Extreme. ATC Healthcare International Corp. searched for the best ingredients that can aid in increasing stamina and libido and incorporated it into one convenient capsule – Robust Extreme.
• Spiral Algae contains various micro-materials that are essential for the body such as gamma-flax oleic acid and beta-carotene. • Corn Extract is a good cleanser for the urinary tract and is also beneficial for disorders of the prostate and cystitis and inflammation of the urethra. • Medlar Extract is a known diuretic. • Ginseng Extract is known for its anti-oxidant properties and it is known as a treatment for stress. • Epimedium Extract or Horny Goat Weed is mainly used for its aphrodisiac properties and is commonly used as a sexual enhancer. • Cistanche Salsa Extract is used to increase men’s sexual power and is useful in increasing circulation to the genitals. • Hawthorn Berry Extract is beneficial for the health of the circulatory system. To achieve that sex god status, turn to Robust Extreme and get ready to feel immortal during intimate moments. Robust Extreme is sold at SRP P125.00 per capsule. It is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fafner Exodus Project on Animax!

Peace has finally returned to the island of Tatsumiyajima where the battles occurred.   However, how long will this peace last? Amidst the uncertainly, there is the existence of two special girls, one who can understand the Festum and the other  who is protected by the Festum. When the two girls cross paths, a new world is about to unfold....
Exodus premieres on December 8, 10:00pm Mondays-Tuesdays.  2 episodes back to back.  First and exclusive on Animax.
Animax is seen on SKYCable Channel 46, Cignal Digital TV Channel 34 and Dream Channel 7.

NBA Store Now Have Christmas Day Jerseys

The National Basketball Association (NBA) officially announced today that select NBA Christmas Day jerseys are now available in the NBA Store in both Glorietta and Mega Fashion Hall.

Designed as part of the adidas NBA Season’s Greetings Collection, the uniforms incorporate primary team colors and cream tones with player names and numbers showcased in holiday-style script and detailed with woven rows of stitching.  Displayed on the back of the jersey is a scarlet NBA seal taking inspiration from holiday greeting cards.

Filipinos will get the chance to purchase the limited edition Christmas jerseys of Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, and John Wall.  Fans can also gear up for the holidays by checking out the NBA Store’s comprehensive range of authentic products from all 30 teams that includes footwear, performance gear, lifestyle apparel, basketballs, toys and collectibles.

Regular store hours of the Glorietta branch operates from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday) and 10:00am to 10:00pm (Friday and Saturday) while the Mega Fashion Hall operates from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

For all the latest news and updates on the NBA Store and the NBA, visit and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League.  The league has established a major international presence with offices in 13 markets worldwide, games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2014-15 season featured a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include and NBA Mobile, which achieved record traffic during the 2014-15 season, as well as NBA TV.  The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 875 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About International Athletic Trading Company Inc.
International Athletic Trading Company, Inc., (IATC, Inc.) is a joint venture partnership between Ever Fit Holding Company, Inc. and IP Ventures, Inc. Ever Fit Holding Company, Inc. is engaged in retail and wholesale of apparel. Its stakeholders have more than 25 years of experience in retail operations in major malls located in the Philippines. It has 65 retail stores with an average selling floor area of 100 square meters. Over the past five years, it has managed to grow its business at an annual compound growth rate of 6%. The basic strength of its management lies in being able to immediately identify changing market trends and adopt strategies proactively. IP Ventures Inc. is a well-known venture & private equity group in the Philippines with investments in retail, gaming, technology, media and telecommunication. Considered as one of the pioneers of the Internet industry, IP Ventures listed the first online gaming company and first internet data center company in the country. IP Ventures also owns Netopia with over 60 outlets located in high traffic malls representing over 6,000 square meter of retail space. IP Ventures maintains a joint-venture with to run and operate Philippines and has exclusive distribution rights for NBA 2K games. IP Ventures is also launching NBA 2K Online in the Philippines in 2015.

Quezon City Monument Turns Orange

Quezon City will “Orange” its symbolic icon – the Quezon City Monument, reflecting orange lights every evening from November 25 to December 12. The city stands one with the United Nations Women (UN Women) and the rest of the nation during the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women.

This year the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, or UN Women, aims to highlight the issue of street harassment and all forms of sexual violence that women experience as they move about in the city – using public transport, lining up in terminals, going to markets/malls, and even just walking home in their own neighborhoods.

Whether due to shame or fear, women traditionally ignore and keep silent about catcalls, stalking, repeated harassment for their numbers, male public exposure, rubbing or groping (panghihipo) inside the MRT/ jeepneys, even bearing indecent language being yelled at them by men as they walk by.

This is why the Quezon City government has partnered with UN Women to implement the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative. QC is the first city in Metro Manila to join over 24 cities around the world in the programme to stop street harassment and sexual violence against women in public spaces with the support of the Spanish Cooperation for International Development (AECID).

During this period, UN Women also launches the hashtag #FreeFromFear as part of the social media campaign to raise awareness that all women have the right to be free from violence AND to be free from fear of violence as they go to work, school, participate in recreation and community life, and enjoy public spaces.

Their Facebook page features a photo blog and testimonies of women in Metro Manila who have experienced street harassment, a celebrity ‘fan sign’ collage, a community poll, and many more resources on preventing and responding to sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces.

 Visit the page and join the Quezon City government and UN Women in their call – We want Safe Cities where Women are #FreeFromFear!

Grand Videoke Symphony 2.0 - The First Voice Activated Videoke

GRAND VIDEOKE, a premium videoke system brand recently launched the GRAND VIDEOKE Symphony 2.0, the first voice activated videoke with GeeVee™ Voice Command Technology.
Forget about browsing the songbook, typing on the remote control or on the mic's keypad. Just tell GeeVee™ your favorite song and your voice is its command! The future of videoke is here and singing became so much more fun and enjoyable. Imagine searching, reserving, and playing your songs using the sound of your voice! Now that's impressive. 
GeeVee™ Voice Command Technology is an exclusive feature of GRAND VIDEOKE. This technology was developed over a period of three years, using more than 1,200 voices comprising of male, female and kids of various ages, tone and accent in order to make it as accurate as possible.
Packed with premium features including HD Sound, 5,157 built-in songs, HD video backgrounds, two professional wireless microphones, 16GB internal memory and more, the GRAND VIDEOKE Symphony 2.0 is the dream videoke system for your home.
Be the first to own one! GRAND VIDEOKE is available at leading music & appliance stores nationwide.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Cyclists Ruled the Road of the Metro in BGC Cycle Asia

Filipino riders geared up for thrilling bike action around the roads in Metro Manila last Nov. 21 to 22 for the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines. Close to 2,000 cycling enthusiasts joined the event which featured exciting and challenging categories for children, adults and The event, in its third edition this year, is a part of Cycle Asia, a network of premier cycling events across the region that offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on safe closed public roads in major Asian cities.  It was brought here in the country by organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. in partnership with Cycle Asia "We are excited to continue an active year of sports for Sunrise Events, Inc. with our team-up with BGC and our international partner, Cycle Asia, the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines made it possible for Filipino families to participate in sports activities as exercise to promote their health and ensure a wholesome lifestyle," said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, CEO of Sunrise Events Inc.

Prior to the ride events, the entire family were entertained with a wide range of fun activities in the Cycling & Lifestyle Expo at the Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, the Official Residence of the BGC CycleAsia The fun cycling action started  in the morning of Saturday, November 21 via the kiddie ride categories starting with the 30-minute Junior Challenge ride and followed by The Kid’s Ride and Tricycle Ride categories. This day proved to be a fun bonding activity for parents and kids complete with post-event ride activities such as the bull ride and kiddie inflatables.

On Sunday, November 22, were the Adult Ride categories. The event was kicked-off by the Ride with Robbie with Australian former PRO cyclist and three-time Tour de France green jersey sprinter’s classification winner Robbie McEwen. It was followed by the 40km Challenge Ride and the 20km According to Mr. Manuel Blas II, Head of Commercial Operations for Fort Bonifacio Development Corp., “The participation in Cycle Philippines through the years have shown us that cycling is here to stay and that it is going beyond being a hobby and sport where people are more and more using it as an alternative mode of transportation to get around the metro.  This insight pushed us to implement more bike racks around the city. Furthermore, it also inspired us to experiment with a bike-sharing program With Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as the title sponsor,and with the valuable support of Taguig City, BGC Cycle Philippines has attracted a number of additional sponsors: Gatorade (Hydration Partner), 2Go Express, (Official Courier and Logistics Partner), Ascott Bonifacio Global City (Official Residence) and others including Subaru, Rudy Project, Scott Bikes, Rocktape, Regent, Garmin, Pioneer Insurance, Herbalife,, Skippy’s bar and Grill and Purefoods Sexy Chix.  Philippine Star and ABS-CBN Sports+ Action are the event’s media partners while Goya and Cetaphil are its marketing partners.

For more information, check out the BGC CycleAsia Philippines official website,

About Cycle Asia

Owned and organized by Spectrum Worldwide, Cycle Asia is a network of premier cycling events hosted Each event offers cyclists the rare opportunity to ride on closed public roads in major Asian cities, while catering to participants of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s young cyclists on three wheels or the more serious cyclists looking to test themselves on a longer distance, there’s a ride for everyone across the

About Sunrise Events, Inc

Sunrise Events Inc was established in 2008 after it has been granted the Ironman 70.3 license by the World Triathlon Corporation.  The vision of the company is to stage world class events to put the Philippines in the sports tourism map of the world.  SEI currently stages at least 12 events per year and has the exclusive rights to the Ironman 70.3, 5150, XTERRA and Ironkids events. 

About Bonifacio Global City

Bonifacio Global City is the proud venture of Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation (FBDC), managed by the powerhouse partnership of Ayala Land, Inc., Evergreen Holdings, Inc. (Campos Group) and the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). The combined formidable wealth of real estate development, expertise, and investment from each group has established Bonifacio Global City as one of the world’s finest and fastest-growing premier cities. For more info, visit

Manila’s Tallest Christmas Tree Lighted at Tutuban Center

The tallest Christmas tree in this part of the metropolis was lighted today amid much fanfare and festivities. Now on its 9th year, the traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Tutuban Center, Manila’s Christmas shopping capital, will carry the theme “Paskong Sulit sa Tutuban Center.” The theme was meant to uphold the image of Tutuban Center as the place where Filipino families and friends can spend their Christmas shopping time and make it super sulit sa saya at sa oras for family bonding.

“Christmas tree means something to each one of us.  For Tutuban Center, it has always been our inspiration of happiness and celebration of being Manila’s Christmas shopping capital. With the Christmas tree, carnival, Tutuban Center Food Street, and the Tutuban Center Night Market, we offer the best value for people’s hard-earned money,” explains Ms. Sylvia Tecson, Vice President for Sales The ceremony will be held earlier than usual unlike in the past when it was held every November 30 or during Bonifacio Day.  “It was changed into an earlier date because we want to kick off the Christmas season earlier than the usual this year,” adds. Ms. Tecson.

The Tutuban Center Christmas tree, which measures 50 feet tall, is made of materials coming from different provinces around Manila and was conceptualized by TPI team. It is the tallest tree Tutuban Center has ever had and is the tallest among other Christmas trees in Manila, a breakthrough in Since this year’s tree is much taller than previous ones, the tree-lighting ceremony will be held at the Tutuban Center Shopping Plaza, according to Ms. Tecson. Previous tree-lighting events were held within the Bonifacio Plaza beside the Bonifacio monument.  It was also graced by telecommunications brand sponsors like My Phone and Talk and Text.

So head off to Tutuban Center and enjoy your Christmas shopping for the widest variety of quality and Tutuban Center is located along C.M. Recto Avenue in Manila and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight. Visit their Facebook page, follow us at Twitter and Instagram accounts @TutubanCenter for details of the event.

WPT National Philippines Festival of Poker Runs Jan. 2-8; Features $1,650 Buy-in Main Event and $200,000 Buy-in Super High Roller

Hot on the heels of the wildly successful WPT® National China Main Event at MGM Grand Sanya, where 882 players competed for their share of a nearly $1.4 million main event prize pool, World Poker Tour® today announced the schedule for the Season XIV WPT National Philippines festival at the luxurious Solaire Resort & Casino from January 2-8. For a second-consecutive year, Solaire will play host to a $1,650 buy-in WPT National Main Event and a diverse selection of side events, including a $200,000 buy-in super-high roller, the largest buy-in tournament held in World Poker Tour history.

The action kicks off on January 2 with the $275 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed Poker King Cup, then heats up on January 3 with the start of the two-day, $200,000 buy-in Super High Roller. Organized by Poker King Club and Cali Group, the Super High Roller will pit top professionals against wealthy enthusiasts to compete in this massive buy-in event.

President and CEO of Poker King Club, Winfred Yu says, “We at Poker King Club always aim to push the boundaries of poker, which led to us being named the ‘Home of the World’s Biggest Game.’ That aim is now coming to WPT National Philippines with a Super High Roller, and we are happy to add the gravitas of well-known poker players into that mix, such as Aussie Millions champion and businessman, Mr. Richard Yong.”

Day 1A of the $1,650 buy-in WPT National Philippines Main Event begins on January 4, and is followed by Day 1B on January 5. Late registration for each starting flight closes at the start of Level 7, and one re-entry per day is allowed. Players who bag chips on Day 1A may play again on Day 1B, and their largest stack will be put into play on Day 2.

The WPT National Philippines festival also includes a $330 buy-in deep-stacked event, a $275 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event, a $165 buy-in ladies event, a $5,400 buy-in high roller, and a $770 buy-in second-chance tournament. At least six $180 buy-in satellites to the WPT National Philippines Main Event are already scheduled from January 2-4, and there will be many more opportunities to qualify in single-table satellites on property.

A leading poker and resort destination in Asia, the Philippines is home to countless professional and recreational players, including WPT Champions Club™ member Noli Francisco. Solaire Resort & Casino is the premier gaming property in Manila, featuring unparalleled hotel, entertainment, and dining amenities. Whether you simply want to enjoy a cocktail in the comfort of the bar, or prefer to take in the sunset over Manila Bay from a world-class pool, Solaire truly has something for everyone.

“We are looking forward to kicking off 2016 with the exciting WPT National Philippines Festival,” said Cyrus Sherafat, SVP of Casino Marketing for Solaire Resort and Casino. “Last year, both local and international players showcased their skills at Solaire, and we are confident they will continue to demonstrate the very best in poker during Season XIV of the WPT. We also believe poker fans enjoy watching the world-class poker competition here at Solaire, and look forward to welcoming back the great fans and players.”

WPT President and CEO Adam Pliska adds, “After experiencing tremendous success in Manila Bay during Season XIII, and generating yet another million-dollar prize pool this season in Sanya, World Poker Tour is proud to return to the Asia-Pacific region this January for the WPT National Philippines festival at Solaire Resort & Casino. With the addition of the $200,000 buy-in Super High Roller, the largest buy-in in WPT history, we look forward to welcoming some of the best poker players on tour to the Philippines, along with some of the world’s wealthiest enthusiasts. Having personally spent time at Solaire Resort & Casino, I am confident that all of the attendees will discover that it is one of the finest resort destinations in the world.”

For a full schedule of World Poker Tour events, head to

About World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 14th season, which airs on FSN in the United States. Season XIV of WPT is sponsored by, a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. also sponsors Season 2 of the new WPT Alpha8 series of super-high roller poker tournaments which is currently in production and which airs on FOX Sports 1 in the United States. WPT participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of Ourgame International Holdings, Ltd. For more information, go to

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Bavaria Philippines Launch

Bavaria has been brewing its own taste of beer for over 300 years. That makes it 7 generations of perfecting quality beer brewed by using the finest mineral water from their own spring. Bavaria is focused on following its family traditions of brewing high quality
beers for the present and future generations to come. It prides in brewing its finest pilsner since 1719 and introducing the first truly alcohol-free beer in 1978. With a deep and rich history, the company wants to share their precious creations to the world.

Here in the Philippines, they introduce Bavaria Premium as their flagship product from the Bavaria product line-up. It is a classic pilsner perfect for the classic Filipino. A perfect night cap after a long day. It has a profile of a premium and clear lager where you
will experience the taste of a real beer: premium malts, hops, and the freshest spring water from Holland. Refreshing and light, this beer will make you feel like you’re bathing in the fresh water springs of Bavaria. Bavaria Premium is coming your way and is now available
in 7-11 outlets near you.

Other Bavaria products coming your way are the 8.6 and Bavaria 0.0% Malt Drink. 8.6 which has an alcohol content of 8.6% (Thus the name) is a strong and edgy blonde ale that will make you feel a special buzz from a special brew. For those who are looking for a more wholesome night, they will be launching the first ever Bavaria 0.0% Malt Drink that comes in 3 flavors: Original, Peach, and Pomegranate. An alcohol-free alternative great for any party.

Each of these variants has its own Bavarian twist, so watch out for these and experience Bavaria soon in establishments near you! Be Bold, Be Bavaria.

For more updates, like them on Facebook: BavariaPH or tag them #BeBavaria

Have You Said ‘Thank You’ Today?

An old saying reminds us that we should always count our blessings. However, with all the stress and problems that we encounter on a daily basis, this sometimes becomes difficult to do. It is easier to complain than to express gratitude for the big and small good things that we receive.

Everyday, we have to take time to be thankful for the blessings we have. Here is a quick list to remind you of some of the things you can say ‘thank you’ for:

·       Be thankful for the opportunities that are about to come your way.
·       Be thankful for the possibility of turning things around.
·       Be thankful for the great moments you had this year.
·       Be thankful for the chance to become better and better each day.
·       Be thankful for the choices you’re allowed to make.
·       Be thankful for the clothes that are keeping you warm.
·       Be thankful for the love you receive from the people around you.
·       Be thankful for your friends.
·        Be thankful for your family.


Join SM in celebrating the #NationalThankYouDay, today, November 26 in all its malls nationwide. This year’s celebration officially begins at 9:00 AM with a Thanksgiving mass. For the rest of the day, you can enjoy the exciting dining deals for lechon dishes and food bundles in various restaurants and capture fun snapshots at the “Thank You” photo area with your loved ones. This week, you can spend time and create memorable moments at SM with the people you are truly thankful for.

For more information about the #NationalThankYouDay celebration at SM, please visit, or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber.

So, have you said ‘thank you’ today?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sparta Presents the First Ever Battle of the Bars Calisthenics Competition

SPARTA, Sports and Recreational Training Arena, recently opened the first and only calisthenics academy in the country. It is proud to present the first ever Sparta Battle of the Bars Calisthenics Competition.

Calisthenics, which is slowing making waves in Asia, uses body weight movements and has benefits which include increasing strength, creativity, balance, power, endurance, and of course, aesthetics.

Sparta has been at the forefront of this movement in the Philippines.  After opening the first indoor calisthenics academy this month, it will now put to test the strength and endurance of the best calisthenics practitioners in the country on November 29, 2015 for the Sparta Battle of the Bars.

According to Sparta Calisthenics Academy’s consultant and designer Ton Vergel de Dios, “Calisthenics or training with body weight exercises is not only fun and challenging but also beneficial to strength, and in achieving that Spartan 3D abs look.”

“What sets calisthenics apart from the usual weight training is that, one gets to master moving the body through space and is able to use body weight exercises as opposed to external weight to gain strength.  One is also able to work on the smaller muscles, which gives calisthenics practitioners that 'ripped' look.”

Vergel de Dios added, “We put up the academy because with all the different scientific approaches to fitness, it was obvious that simple progressions (provided by calisthenics) could give most people the results they wanted.  With Sparta Battle of the Bars, we can expect to catch a glimpse of the calisthenics and street workout lifestyle which is quickly making its way into the limelight here in the Philippines. Hopefully this will inspire more people to try calisthenics and train like Spartans.” 

Registration for the event starts at 12:30 p.m. on November 29.  There will also be a Food Market curated by Jj Yulo at 4 p.m.  Bands such as Mayonnaise, The Brat Pack, Hansom, Jensen and the Flips and Cygnet will also be performing at 6 p.m.

Registration fee is at P100 for one-on-one reps and P200 for tricks tournament.  Event is free for all non-participants.


SPARTA is a one-stop sports, lifestyle and wellness center built for the highly competitive athlete.  It is destined to become the most influential sports facility in the Philippines through its centralised location, expert trainers and programs developed for those who aim to dominate the competition.

Apart from the Indoor football field and the Sparta Calisthenics Academy, users may also try yoga, zumba, capoiera, karate, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Fluid Tactics and 360Pro.

Sparta is located at 126 Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City. 

Porsche and Michelin win the LM GTE Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Cups

The 6 Hours of Bahrain saw the Stuttgart firm take the top prize in LM GTE Pro, too. Although the N°92 Porsche 911 RSR of Pilet/Makowiecki failed to figure well in qualifying, it went on to dominate the race. Patrick Pilet, who was nominated to start, overtook several cars to appear in front after half-an-hour. Fellow Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki then finished off the job to collect the win ahead of the N°51 Ferrari 458 Italia (Bruni/Vilander) which failed to match the lap times of the German machine.

Rigon/Calado (N°71 Ferrari 458 Italia) were initially slightly off the pace but they fought back to pass the Aston Martins before a pit-stop problem put paid to their remaining chances of winning the Drivers’ title and clinching the top Manufacturers’ prize for the Italian make.

The winner of the 2015 FIA Drivers’ Cup was Richard Lietz (N°91 Porsche 919 RSR), even though the consistent Austrian could manage no better than fifth in Bahrain.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Essilor Ranked by Forbes magazine as One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 5th Consecutive Year

For the 5th year in a row, Essilor has been listed in Forbes magazine's annual list of ‘The World's Top 100 Most Innovative Companies’. This global recognition underlines Essilor’s strategy of putting innovation at the heart of its growth ambition.

For more than 165 years, Essilor’s scope of innovation has grown considerably without compromising its original core business of ophthalmic optics. Credited with breakthroughs that have left their mark in the world of optics such as progressive, organic and photochromic organic lenses, the Essilor Group is a pioneer when it comes to delivering its mission of improving lives by improving sight.

“Innovation is part of our DNA and a key driver in our business of providing solutions to a fundamental human need: good vision. Being close to customers and eye care professionals all around the world allows us to identify vision needs, anticipate vision solutions and thus better answer the correction, protection and prevention needs of every individual. Our teams’ commitment in improving technologies and access to quality vision care is central to our mission, our growth and to the industry’s evolution, in the benefit of eye health.” said Jean Carrier, Chief Operating Officer of Essilor International who oversees the Group’s innovation related activities.

In the Philippines, Essilor is one of the strongest proponents of good vision. Aside from providing Filipinos with the most advanced ophthalmic lenses and solutions, the company has been consistently promoting awareness on the importance of good vision through its “Seeing the World Better” campaign. Essilor Philippines has also been conducting a series of medical missions conducted in partnership with several local organizations to provide free eye screening, checkups and eyeglasses to underprivileged Filipinos suffering from visual impairments. 

One of the keys to Essilor's innovation is the Group's strong network of resources and expertise. Essilor has five Research & Development centers amongst which three Centers for Innovation and Technologies (CI&T), uniting Research, Engineering and Marketing teams in Créteil (close to Paris, France), Dallas (USA) and Singapore.

The Group also operates a photochromic technology center (Transitions) in Pinnelas Park (USA) and a joint research center with Nikon (NEIJRC) in Japan. Another driver of innovation is the wide network of research and collaborative partnerships with around 100 agreements signed with universities, public and private sector laboratories and industrial companies. Essilor allocates more than €180 million to research and innovation every year and currently holds 7,200 patents and 40% of its revenue is generated by products less than 4 years old.

About Forbes’ innovation ranking

Forbes’ "World's most innovative companies" list identifies companies at the cutting edge of technological progress—those which stand the greatest chance of being successful—both today and in the future. The list ranks companies based on their innovation premium: the difference between their market capitalization and the net value of cash flows for existing business.

About Essilor

The world's leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its mission is to improve lives by improving sight. To fulfil it, Essilor allocates more than €150 million to research and innovation every year, in a commitment to continuously bringing new, more effective products to market. Its flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, Definity®, Xperio®, Optifog®, Foster Grant®, Bolon® and Costa®. It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals. Essilor reported consolidated revenue of nearly €5.7 billion in 2014 and employs 58,000 people. It markets its products in more than 100 countries and has 33 plants, 490 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world.

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Bavaria Philippines Launch

Bavaria has been brewing its own taste of beer for over 300 years. That makes it 7 generations of perfecting quality beer brewed by using the finest mineral water from their own spring. Bavaria is focused on following its family traditions of brewing high quality
beers for the present and future generations to come. It prides in brewing its finest pilsner since 1719 and introducing the first truly alcohol-free beer in 1978. With a deep and rich history, the company wants to share their precious creations to the world.

Here in the Philippines, they introduce Bavaria Premium as their flagship product from the Bavaria product line-up. It is a classic pilsner perfect for the classic Filipino. A perfect night cap after a long day. It has a profile of a premium and clear lager where you
will experience the taste of a real beer: premium malts, hops, and the freshest spring water from Holland. Refreshing and light, this beer will make you feel like you’re bathing in the fresh water springs of Bavaria. Bavaria Premium is coming your way and is now available
in 7-11 outlets near you.

Other Bavaria products coming your way are the 8.6 and Bavaria 0.0% Malt Drink. 8.6 which has an alcohol content of 8.6% (Thus the name) is a strong and edgy blonde ale that will make you feel a special buzz from a special brew. For those who are looking for a more wholesome night, they will be launching the first ever Bavaria 0.0% Malt Drink that comes in 3 flavors: Original, Peach, and Pomegranate. An alcohol-free alternative great for any party.

Each of these variants has its own Bavarian twist, so watch out for these and experience Bavaria soon in establishments near you! Be Bold, Be Bavaria.

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The Rise of Female Entrepreneurs in the Emerging Markets

Men traditionally rule the startup world, particularly when it comes to technology startups. However, an increasing number of women entrepreneurs are driving business innovation in the Philippines and across the Asia-Pacific region.

While there are still gender challenges, women in the emerging markets are overcoming obstacles to break through the glass ceiling. As these developing countries advance technologically, and become increasingly startup-savvy, women are helping to revolutionize the business landscapes in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

And it’s not only individual businesses that are affected by the presence of women at C-level. According to a recent report from EY, tapping into women’s economic potential could have the equivalent effect of an additional one billion people in business and in the workforce.

From managing directors, to frontend developers, co-founders to product managers, global real estate portal, Lamudi, employs women from all over the world to lead its international teams. Lamudi Philippines was founded by young female entrepreneur Jacqueline van den Ende, who was invited to speak at the Asia CEO Young Leaders’ Summit earlier this year.

According to van den Ende: “Women are standing up and demanding the global business stage. I believe that as women in a male-dominated environment, we are in a position of strength; we have the power to bring something unique to the table, to create a motivated and collaborative company culture, and to educate and encourage other women to embrace entrepreneurship.”

In the Middle East, significant change is underway. Currently, over a third of startups are founded by women - with females fighting against common stereotypes to achieve business success through female-run companies. These women are independent, young, well-educated, and increasingly tech-savvy. One such example of this is WOMENA, a Dubai-based network which comprises high net worth female investors.

Meanwhile, in Africa, Lamudi has recently appointed Akua Nyame-Mensah as the new managing director of Lamudi Nigeria. Akua is currently the MD of Lamudi Ghana, and will continue to drive the development of the company in both countries.

Female entrepreneurs in Kenya are becoming increasingly high-profile. As a result, programs have been put in place to support future growth, including Akirachix, co-founded by a group of 12 women who teach girls about coding and entrepreneurship. The Kenyan Ministry of Devolution and Planning has even launched the Women Enterprise Fund, to support women as they start and develop their businesses.

“The business world in the emerging markets is changing every day. There is huge potential for women to break down barriers and overcome the obstacles to success, whether in technology, real estate, finance, or any other male-dominated sector. In so many developing countries, well-educated, tech-savvy women are stepping up to drive innovation and business growth,” concluded van den Ende.

Monday, November 23, 2015

6 Highly Urbanized Cities with Homes Under 1 Million Pesos

Many assume that buying a home in a highly urbanized city (defined by the National Statistics Office as having a minimum population of 200,000 and an annual income of at least Php50 million) is expensive. But it looks like this is not the case. According to data from, the following are highly urbanized Philippine cities that boast urban yet laidback lifestyle, great culinary tradition, buoyant economies, and most importantly, affordable real estate.

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Dumaguete City, nicknamed the City of Gentle People, is located in the province of Negros Oriental. This city is accessible by air via Sibulan Airport (aka Dumaguete Airport), which is located in the general area of the city. If traveling by sea, it can be reached via daily ferry transportation to and from neighboring Cebu Province.

This city is also the home of Asia’s first American private university, Silliman University, which makes Dumaguete a popular college town in the Visayas region.

According to the 2014 Retire Overseas Index released by Live and Invest Overseas, Dumaguete is one of seven best places to retire in the world. The index, which was cited in an article published in Forbes magazine, singled out Dumaguete’s beaches, affordable real estate, and good health care facilities are major draws.

So if one plans to relocate in Dumaguete, he will be delighted to know that houses for sale in the city are some of the most affordable. data shows that depending on the area, a two-bedroom house may cost as low as Php410,000.

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The Durian Capital of the Philippines is the most populous city in Mindanao and is also the home of Mount Apo, the Philippines’ highest peak. Davao is also often cited as one of the country’s safest cities. It can be accessed via sea and land as transportation is widely available in and around the city.

The city has a lot to offer to both tourists and residents. Aside from Mount Apo, Davao City has parks and beaches for outdoor fun activities, such as extreme water sports and trekking. Also nicknamed the “Fruit Basket of the Philippines,” Davao City is the island’s leading exporter of mangoes, mangosteens, papayas, and the notable Davao fruit, durian.

Despite being Mindanao’s business capital, Davao City still offers some of the most affordable real estate in the country. A two-bedroom home can be had for as low as Php450,000.

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The capital of Negros Occidental, Bacolod City is billed as the “Best Place to Live in the Philippines” by MoneySense Magazine.

Dubbed the City of Smiles, it has a modern airport , good infrastructure, and has also been declared as a Center of Excellence by the Department of Science and Technology. But these don’t take away the city’s heritage and character. Bacolod still boasts heritage homes of the sugar barons of the yesteryears, while some of its prime areas are being converted to gleaming shopping malls and BPO centers.

In Bacolod, a starting family may purchase a two-bedroom house for as low as Php550,000.

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Dubbed the City of Hot Springs, Calamba is a popular weekend resort destination among residents of Metro Manila. It also helps that the city is at the southern terminus of the South Luzon Expressway, making commute from the capital very easy.

Tourists flock to Calamba all year round. Apart from its hot springs and resorts, Calamba is also home to the second tallest Rizal monument, which was built at the national hero’s childhood home. Another city landmark relevant to Rizal’s life that still stands today is the St. John the Baptist Parish Church, where the National Hero was christened. The Calambanga, a huge claypot or banga in Filipino, stands at the city plaza to represent where the name “Calamba” originated from. A more modern tourist attraction, the Republ1c Wakepark in NUVALI, serves as a respite for extreme sports enthusiasts.

Calamba has plenty of residential areas and subdivisions. If one would like to live in a two-bedroom home that has a beautiful view, he may acquire one for as low as Php605,000.

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A city renowned for its culinary tradition, Pampanga’s Angeles City is also famous for the Clark Freeport Zone, a former U.S. military installation that was turned into an economic zone after the Americans left in the early 1990s. What remained after the U.S. base shut down was a city with an international airport, waterparks, BPO centers, condos, and some of the largest townships to be built in the Philippines. Add to this the fact that Angeles is accessible from Metro Manila via the North Luzon Expressway, making commute to and from the capital fast and easy.

Angeles City’s newfound boom is fueling its real estate market. However, housing here is still quite affordable. A two-bedroom home in Angeles can be had for as low as Php650,000.

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The capital city of Iloilo Province, it has its own airport, a buoyant local economy, colorful festivals, and now mixed-use townships by national real estate developers.

Iloilo also has international and domestic seaports and fish ports that are heavily used for international trading of fish and marine products. These products supply fresh catch to region’s largest supermarkets, hotels and restaurants.

Native delicacies and cultural, historical and natural tourist destinations await future residents of Iloilo. However, the city is not all fun and no business. More and more BPO companies are setting up shop in Iloilo, drawn by the city’s high number of college graduates.

These developments have led to the city’s real estate boom. Aside from the aforementioned mixed-use township by Megaworld, the city boasts traditional horizontal housing in gated communities or subdivisions. A two-bedroom home can be bought for as low as PHP 980,000.