Thursday, March 31, 2016

NBA and CloudFone Announce New Multiyear Partnership in the Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and CloudFone, the flagship mobile phone and tablet brand of Cellprime Group, one of the Philippines’ top technology companies, announced today a new multiyear marketing partnership.

CloudFone will engage consumers by providing access to NBA content on its mobile devices, interactive digital campaigns and NBA-themed phone accessories.  Additionally, CloudFone will be integrated into the NBA’s marquee events in the Philippines, including the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska, the league’s global youth basketball participation program, as well other initiatives such as NBA FIT and NBA 3X Philippines.

“CloudFone is venturing into lifestyle pillars such as sports, music, and entertainment, and partnering with the world’s biggest brands to deliver content and experiences that enhance the lifestyle of our consumers,” said CloudFone Chief Executive Officer Eric Yu.  “Globally, the NBA is the pinnacle of sports lifestyle and a brand that our consumers relate to, admire, and trust.  Together with the NBA, CloudFone will elevate the way Filipinos enjoy basketball by allowing fans to always stay connected to the game through our affordable mobile devices.”

“We are constantly striving to find new ways for Filipino fans to connect with our game, and CloudFone shares our commitment to innovation,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.  “Through this new partnership, CloudFone will provide fans access to NBA content on its consumer-friendly, world-class devices.”

CloudFone will also provide its nationwide customer base with special NBA promotions and experiences, including rewards-based retail programs designed to engage fans in creative ways.

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About the 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 games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 49 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 2015-16 season featured 100 international players from 37 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include and the NBA app, which achieved record traffic during the 2014-15 season, as well as NBA TV.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with more than one billion 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 CloudFone

CloudFone has established itself as a dynamic and leading contender in the ever intensifying race for mobile supremacy both in the local and global arenas. Deeply rooted in the Telco industry, CloudFone’s proactive collaboration with its numerous globally reputable technology partners had enhanced the Company’s mobile technology and handset development capabilities. These, and its exclusive partnership with the giant network operator, Globe Telecom, provide CloudFone with a cutting edge advantage over its peers and competitors. Hence, an array of awesomely crafted, technologically superior mobile handsets and tablets at costs within the buying capacity of the masses.

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Ben Askren returns to ONE Cage to face Russian foe

ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren would like nothing more than to return to the cage and do what he does best and that’s to get in, dominate, and get out. The 31-year old former NCAA Division I wrestler from Arizona has been out of competition for nearly a year, but the good news is, he’s about a month away from climbing back in.

Askren (14-0) will face Russia’s Nikolay Aleksakhin (17-3) in a five round welterweight bout for Askren’s title. The bout will headline ONE Championship’s first event in Manila this year, called ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS.

Last April 2015, Askren battled hulkish Brazilian foe Luis “Sapo” Santos to a No Contest ruling after Santos deemed himself unable to continue after an inadvertent eye poke. A highly-anticipated rematch was scheduled months later in Singapore, only to have Santos miss weight and the bout cancelled at the eleventh hour.

In the first bout, Santos used his indomitable size and strength to throw Askren around like a ragdoll, manhandling him like never before seen in his career. Inevitably however, Santos began to fade and it started to look like Askren was about to take over -- and then the bout was cut short and the rest was history.

Since then, Santos has moved on for the time being, as he defeated Portuguese fighter Rafael Silva just last month in Jakarta, leaving Askren to deal with Aleksakhin.

Though Askren and Santos are still expected to cross paths sometime in the near future, Askren will have to successfully defend his belt against his Russian adversary to set the stage for the Santos rematch.

For his part, Aleksakhin is certainly no pushover, having won his last six bouts while notching three technical knockouts and a submission win to his credit.

He’s competed largely in his native country for most of his career, but last November, Aleksakhin debuted for ONE Championship with an impressive third-round rear naked choke of Mongolia’s Burenzorig Batmunkh. He’s expected to give Askren a stern challenge at the very least.

Askren is an All-American and collegiate wrestling legend. In just a few fights in ONE, Askren was able to seize the ONE Welterweight World Championship with a resounding technical knockout victory over Nobutatsu Suzuki in 2014.

The highly-skilled Askren is also widely considered to be the absolute best in his division and one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound.

Whether or not there are enough welterweight fighters out there like Aleksakhin and Santos to provide the American with a steady stream of worthy challengers remains to be seen.

For now, Askren is content with making that trip halfway across the world to Asia from his home in Phoenix twice a year to show fans what a world-ranked athlete looks like.

If he defeats Aleksakhin like he is supposed to, expect talks of another Askren-Santos bout shortly after.

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Nippon Paint Sponsors Upcoming UAP National Convention

Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines recently inked an agreement with United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) to sponsor the upcoming 42nd National Convention slated on April 21-23, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The National Convention is UAP’s annual premier event featuring exciting, educational and entertaining activities that showcase Philippine development in urban planning and infrastructure.  Themed “Filipino Architects in a Rapidly Evolving World”, the event will feature a series of seminars and workshops on professional and technical development and industry trends, including a talk on the latest and most advanced colour trends and coatings solutions by Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines. In photo during the contract signing are (L-R) Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines General Manager Michael Chung; UAP Secretary General Nina Bailon-Arce; and Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines Senior Marketing Manager

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Harte Hanks Expands in the Philippines

Manila – March 29, 2016:  – Harte Hanks (NYSE: HHS), a U.S-based leader in customer relationships, experiences and interaction-led marketing, helped Samsung grab attention and build engagement when it launched its Galaxy Note 4 in 2014.

Harte Hanks is well-known for creating many brand success stories for their clients that include Hewlett Packard Software EMEA, Microsoft UK Enterprise, Sony, and Samsung, will be opening a BPO-call center at the Mall of Asia Complex, in Pasay City on April 21.

Now, the Samsung campaign has been awarded Direct Marketing News’ 2016 Marketing & Tech Innovation Award in the Mobile Marketing category.

The campaign, directed at an under-30 audience, focused on using social media to turn someone’s bad day into a good day.  The campaign dubbed #NoteMyDay, helped turnaround bad days for those young people who tagged social media with #NotMyDay.

“Research tells us, millennials use social channels to share everything, even the bad things,” says Alan Kittle, creative director at Harte Hanks. “But we'd never seen a brand take direct action and find ways to make the bad days better, even though turnaround stories are popular. Using smartphone features to create happy endings felt so unusually emotional.”

To boost Samsung’s profile with this group, Harte Hanks teamed with Vine personality Rudy Mancuso and Snapchat artist Shaun “Shonduras” McBride.  The two ended up turning around bad days for 18 people in 10 countries over a three-day period.

The campaign generated 1.3 million interactions with the two social media stars; 15.2 million YouTube video views; 226,000 tweets of #NoteMyDay, which trended on Twitter in six key global markets. Most important the campaign helped Samsung sell 13.5 million phones in the fourth quarter of 2014.

#NoteMyDay has also been awarded by the Direct Marketing Association’s International Echo Awards and the Drum Dadi Awards, an award-giving body in Great Britain that celebrates excellence in digital, for “Best Consumer Campaign” and “Best Use of Video.”

“Our vision is to be the leader in smarter customer interactions,” said Jonathan Bondoc, Site Director of Harte Hanks Philippines, the US firm’s affiliate in Manila. “Our job is to bring companies closer to their customers through engaging and effective interactions no matter what channel or device they are using. For many brands that incudes call center solutions.  We are excited to be opening the new facility and growing Harte Hanks’ services here in Pasay City.”

The April 21 opening signals the integration of the secondary locations with Harte Hanks’ BPO-call center at 5E-com Center at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex. Harte Hanks Philippines currently employs about 2,000 people in its main and secondary locations in Metro Manila.

To see the campaign case study with a 2 minute video to:


Harte Hanks partners with clients to deliver relevant, connected and quality customer interactions. Our approach starts with discovery and learning, which leads to customer journey mapping, creative and content development, analytics and data management, and ends with execution and support in a variety of digital and traditional channels. We do something powerful: we produce engaging and memorable customer interactions to drive business results for our clients, which is why Harte Hanks is famous for developing better customer relationships, experiences and defining interaction-led marketing. For more information, visit the Harte Hanks website at, call 844-233-9281, email or follow us on Twitter @hartehanks or Facebook at


This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the company's leadership transition, services and clients. A number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from currently anticipated results. Additional important factors and information regarding Harte Hanks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the SEC and available in the "Investors" section of our website under the heading "Financials & Filings." We specifically disclaim any obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the future even if circumstances change and, therefore, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views after today.  

As used herein, "Harte Hanks" refers to Harte Hanks, Inc. and/or its applicable operating subsidiaries, as the context may require. Harte Hanks' logo and name are trademarks owned by Harte Hanks. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective owners. 

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A 15-hour Culinary Adventure

It was a whole day filled with fun, friendship and gastronomic delights as the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the Department of Tourism (DOT), Makansutra and Ayala Malls launched the World Street Food Congress (WSFC) 2016 via a 15-hour food frenzy safari.

WSFC is an international culinary affair and will be held in the Philippines for the first time after being hosted by Singapore for the past two years. The five day event will take place at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) from 20-24 April 2016 and will feature the World Street Food Dialogue, World Street Food Jamboree, and World Street Food Awards. Registration for the World Street Food Dialogue is done online at

Among those who participated in the food tour were Makansutra’s KF Seetoh, Indonesia’s culinary ambassador Chef William Wongso, Our Awesome Planet’s Anton Diaz, Chef Sau del Rosario, RJ Ledesma of Mercato Centrale and Singapore’s DJ Rosalyn Lee.

The street food safari kicked off at 7:00 AM at BGC then proceeded to food stops at Pampanga, Binondo and back to BGC at around 10:00 PM. The itinerary included Recovery Food, Everybody’s Cafe, Aling Lucing’s Sisig, Cafe Fleur, Sarsa Kitchen + Bar and Mercato Centrale Night Market. Traditional favorites such as tapsilog, sisig, kare-kare, lumpia and lechon were among the numerous iconic Filipino dishes the participants sampled during the jam-packed trip.
“We are very excited that the Philippines will be hosting the WSFC 2016.This will once again highlight our country as one of the best culinary destinations in the world, and it is an opportunity for us to share to the global audience the richness and contemporary edge of Filipino gastronomy,” shares TPB COO Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III.

Considered as Philippine Food Month, April is packed with other major culinary events such as the Madrid Fusión Manila 2016, the biggest and most important gastronomic event in Asia in the 21st century; and Flavors of the Philippines, a month-long food extravaganza that showcases the unique tastes of classic, contemporary and exotic Filipino food from all over the country.

For more updates on WSFC 2016 and Philippine Food Month, visit

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2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship - Round 5 - Mexico

The Mexico City ePrix saw the MICHELIN Pilot Spot EVrise successfully to the very differentchallenge of competing around a permanent circuit, instead of at a temporary city-centre facility, as has been the case since the inaugural Formula E race in Beijing, in September 2014.
Previous venues have ranged from street tracks to public parks (as in London) and airfield runways (Berlin), but Mexico City chose the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguezand in the infield of a baseball stadium to stage its round of the FIA Formula E Championship.

Although the competition’s all-electric cars and their Michelin tyres have been tested previously at conventional tracks like Donington, England, and Issoire, France,purpose built circuits are very different to street circuits, notably in terms of the grip they provide, as well as the abrasiveness and dirtiness of the surface. For example, the exhaust fumes of ordinary traffic leave grimy deposits on city streets which are also covered in painted road signs, or crossed by tramlines. Permanent tracks have other hallmark characteristics.

“Until now, Formula E has tended to race along streets where thousands upon thousandsof vehicles are driven every day,” notes Serge Grisin, manager of Michelin’s Formula E programme. “In Mexico City, we were faced with an initially ‘green’, partially soiled track which took some time before it delivered maximum grip.Also, the temperature was initially quite cool in the morning before climbing very quickly.There were steady improvements in lap times as the surface started to rubber up during the free practice sessions.”

For example, Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams) topped the timesheets in the two free practice sessions and improved his times by more than three seconds between mid-morning and the end of Free Practice 1 to set the benchmark at 1m3.341s.The other drivers improved to varying degrees, too, to illustrate the evolving conditions.

As lap times tumbled, any lingering doubts concerning the tyres’ ability to deliver around a race track were soon dissipated. “This was effectively unknown territory for us because we needed to take account changes in grip in places, as well as changes in the type of asphalt,” added Serge Grisin. “We were confident, though, thanks on the one hand to Michelin Motorsport’s experience of circuit racing and, on the other, because of the versatility the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV has shown in the Formula E Championship to date. It performed impeccably in Mexico City and the way it evolved matched our predictions. Today, I think we can say that whatever the weather or surface type, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV is a match for all types of conditions, with no detriment to either wear or performance.”

The Mexico City ePrix was won by Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing), ahead of Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) and Nicolas Prost (Renault-e.dams).

The next round of the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship will take teams to Long Beach, California, USA, on April 2, ahead of the inaugural ePrix in Paris, France, on April 23.

The mission of Michelin, leader of the tyre industry, is to contribute to the long-term mobility of people and assets. In this respect, the Group manufactures and sells tyres for all types of vehicles, ranging from planes to cars, not forgetting bikes and motorcycles, civil engineering and farming machinery as well as trucks. Michelin canals offer digital services to assist with mobility (, and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. The Group, headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand (France), ispresent in over 170 countries, employs 111,200 people worldwide, and has 67 production sites in 17 different countries. The Group has a technology centre responsible for research and development located in Europe, North America, and Asia. (

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Tutuban Center holds bomb explosion and simulation exercise

To maintain the safety and security of shoppers, Tutuban Center recently conducted an bomb explosion and simulation exercise to test the capability of its emergency response team.
The simulated exercise was also meant to determine the strength and weaknesses of its Disaster Emergency Response Team (DERT) in responding to emergency situations and enhance its response procedures when dealing with delicate situations.
Tutuban’s Assistant Vice President-Safety and Compliance, Ted Mosquito, led the activity in close coordination and collaboration with PNP Police Station 2 to comply with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Council (NDRRMC) manual and its implementing rules. The station, located at Nolasco corner Morga Streets in Tondo, Manila, has jurisdiction over Tutuban, and is headed by P/Supt. Nick Pinion.
“We have conducted this activity on a yearly basis in our efforts to serve our customers better, and maintain a safe and secure shopping center. By doing so, we also train and equip with enough knowledge and awareness our DERT staff, our tenants, employees and contracted service providers on how to respond and react properly in this kind of emergency,” explains Mosquito.
The activity was conducted in two phases: preparation and actual. Preparation involved coordination, collaboration and meetings with concerned offices/units and careful planning in terms of personnel and logistics, and the actual, where there were lectures, briefings and rehearsals of Tutuban’s DERT and other participants to ensure success.
Bottom line, the participants were proven effective and efficient in performing their individual roles and assigned tasks when responding to this type of emergency.

There were a total of 168 registered participants, comprised mostly of Tutuban personnel and police officers from Precincts 6 and 7 both under Police Station 2. Other units that participated include the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD), the Special Reaction Unit (SRU), Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and the Manila Traffic Bureau, plus other Manila Police Department (MPD) units headed by no less than P/Senior Superintendent Carlito Felicano.

Tutuban Center is located along C.M. Recto Avenue in Manila and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight. Visit our Facebook page, follow us at Twitter and Instagram accounts, @TutubanCenter. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tutuban Center holds bomb explosion and simulation exercise

To maintain the safety and security of shoppers, Tutuban Center recently conducted an bomb explosion and simulation exercise to test the capability of its emergency response team.
The simulated exercise was also meant to determine the strength and weaknesses of its Disaster Emergency Response Team (DERT) in responding to emergency situations and enhance its response procedures when dealing with delicate situations.
Tutuban’s Assistant Vice President-Safety and Compliance, Ted Mosquito, led the activity in close coordination and collaboration with PNP Police Station 2 to comply with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Council (NDRRMC) manual and its implementing rules. The station, located at Nolasco corner Morga Streets in Tondo, Manila, has jurisdiction over Tutuban, and is headed by P/Supt. Nick Pinion.
“We have conducted this activity on a yearly basis in our efforts to serve our customers better, and maintain a safe and secure shopping center. By doing so, we also train and equip with enough knowledge and awareness our DERT staff, our tenants, employees and contracted service providers on how to respond and react properly in this kind of emergency,” explains Mosquito.
The activity was conducted in two phases: preparation and actual. Preparation involved coordination, collaboration and meetings with concerned offices/units and careful planning in terms of personnel and logistics, and the actual, where there were lectures, briefings and rehearsals of Tutuban’s DERT and other participants to ensure success.
Bottom line, the participants were proven effective and efficient in performing their individual roles and assigned tasks when responding to this type of emergency.

There were a total of 168 registered participants, comprised mostly of Tutuban personnel and police officers from Precincts 6 and 7 both under Police Station 2. Other units that participated include the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD), the Special Reaction Unit (SRU), Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and the Manila Traffic Bureau, plus other Manila Police Department (MPD) units headed by no less than P/Senior Superintendent Carlito Felicano.

Tutuban Center is located along C.M. Recto Avenue in Manila and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight. Visit our Facebook page, follow us at Twitter and Instagram accounts, @TutubanCenter.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Celebrating 50 Years of Music with Florence LaRue & THE 5th DIMENSION

“Classy” is the word used over and over to describe THE 5TH DIMENSION. With over 20 million record sold worldwide, 22 TOP 40 Hits, 5 No. 1 hits and 6 GRAMMYS, THE LEGENDARY 5th DIMENSION continues to awe sold out audiences with their amazing harmonies, immaculate showmanship,and exciting energy wherever they perform. Their classic songs include: “Up, Up, and Away,””One Less Bell to Answer,” “Last Night I Didn’t Get to Sleep At All,” “Wedding Bell blues”, “Stoned
Soul Picnic,” and the iconic “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In.”

THE 5th DIMENSION’S impressive resume includes memorable performances on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre, Radio City Music Hall and multiple stages in casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Canada. The group also boasts many television appearances over the past decades including the Ed Sullivan Show, PBS performances, Good Morning America, The Grammy Awards show, and the Frank Sinatra Special (after a European tour with Mr. Sinatra).

The 5th DIMENSION has received many accolades for their performances, including, induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, citations from cities across the nation, induction of “Up, Up and Way” and “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” in to the Grammy Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Original member and lead vocalist, Florence LaRue is celebrating 50 years with the group. With Willie Williams, Leonard Tucker, Patrice Morris and Floyd Smith, she has put together a show with more vocal range than ever and material that is fresh and varied. Much to the audience’s delight, she workshard to remain true to the sound of THE 5th DIMENSION’s original recordings, and performs their hits in their entirety. It’s no wonder THE 5th DIMENSION continues to appeal to audiences of all ages and nationalities. Reviewer David Spats of the Atlantic City

Press said it best with his critique: “Personal changes have done little to affect the overall quality of THE 5th DIMENSION’S sound. The blend of voices is giving THE 5th DIMENSION a well – deserved reputation for producing some of the cleanest sounding music of this era. The group consists of five very different personalities and contrasting voices that have set a standard for musical quality few groups could ever hope to match.”

Celebrate 50 years of music as Ms. Florence LaRue & The 5th Dimensionas they perform in Smart Araneta Coliseum on May 24, 2016.

Tickets are available at Ticketnet – 911-5555 or log on to Buy your tickets now!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Meeting Mark Zuckerberg and My Facebook Friends Day Experience

Last January 31, 2016, Fellow Filipino Abby Asistio flew to San Francisco and had the wonderful opportunity of being chosen as one of the eighteen invited by Facebook on their 12th Anniversary Friends Day celebration with California-based Alopecia awareness advocate, Rachel Regal.  Alopecia is an autoimmune condition which results in partial or total head and body hair loss.  Abby Asistio have had it since she was four while Rachel just developed it sometime in 2012, the same year she discovered that her 10-year-old daughter, Eliana, had it, too.  Six inspiring stories were picked by Facebook among its 1.64 billion users and Abby’s friends were all amazed when theye’ve found out that Abby’s Alopecia story was one of them. 
Imagine that!
Abby and Rachel met each other through the double A hand sign campaign that Aby started in 2012, and They've been "connected" since then.  Last year, Facebook Stories featured how these
two were able to build a friendship, as well as campaign for disease awareness through Facebook!  And last February 1st, Abby and Rachel had the chance to tour FB headquarters in Menlo Park, San Francisco, meet and chat with the people behind Facebook (Founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg, CPO Chris Cox, and a whole lot of awesome people), get crazy cool gadgets and have one of the best experiences of their lives.
Abby recounted that it was such a surreal feeling to be in the same room as the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Mark Z was wearing his trademark look (jeans, sneakers, shirt and a big smile on his face), and had such a friendly, approachable aura and demeanor about him. 
Not at all intimidating!  He shared stories about how the company started, its mission-vision, the ups and downs that come along, and their future plans.  Those invited also had the chance to ask him questions. When Mark Z was asked about achieving success and life’s “impossibilities”.  He said, “There’s a difference between impossible and things taking a really long time. Even if you’re not going to be able to do something in a short time period, if you care about something,
you want to see the world to move into that direction…  So the best thing to do is just get started and not be discouraged.  It’s tough because this stuff is hard, or else people would’ve already
done it.

Abby Asistio got the chance to ask a question to one of the world’s 50 most powerful, successful women in business, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.  Aside from Alopecia awareness, Abby is
also an active Real Beauty advocate with girls and women struggling with various insecurities, being so consumed by the world’s unrealistic and sometimes superficial standards of beauty.  So
Abby asked Sheryl about her perception of it.  Sheryl said that beauty is just like success and that no one could really define it for you.  We are all unique.  We have different stories, dreams and desires. We should explore our own inner and outer beauty, believe and embrace that we are
beautiful, and never allow anyone to tell us otherwise.
Mark capped off his talk by sharing their company philosophy with everyone present. Though already having over 1 billion subscribers, there are still 7 billion people all over the world without access to all the meaningful connections and information that Facebook brings.  One thing that the company stands by is that “things are always 1% completed”.  It keeps them grounded, reminding them that there is always so much work, growth and progress to be done, and so many people to reach out to and help.
Everything about the Facebook trip was overwhelming and inspiring according to Abby.  More than anything, it reminded her about “responsibility”.  We are all given our own platforms, in this case “accounts and connections”, to make a dent in this world.  It is up to us to become complacent and take these vehicles for granted, or maximize the opportunities and use them to make a positive impact in this generation.  Abby is grateful that Facebook has become a medium for her to communicate disease awareness and touch people beyond the confines of her tiny room and her country.  Abby is also glad that she and Rachel are two out of millions of people choosing to recognize the importance of social media in contributing to making this world a
better place, and actually doing something about it.
Truly, God plans the best adventures and creates the most beautiful surprises.  Abby knows that she wouldn't have been handpicked for this if it weren't for Him, as well as the countless individuals who have cared and showed support for my advocacy.  Abby would like to leave a
positive thought to everyone that we should really take the time to search for and identify our “purpose” – that one unique, very specific calling that is the result of our talents, dreams, desires, passions and experiences.  Once you find it, be faithful to it no matter how long or difficult the
journey towards its fulfillment may be.  You’ll never know where it could lead to, how far it could go and how large it could grow.  Abby is also thankful that her campaign continues to spread and reach new heights and she is particularly grateful to Facebook for giving her this
opportunity and to Novuhair, Nature's Answer to Hair Loss (, for always being so supportive of her advocacy and endeavors.  Abby is proud and honored to have represented the Philippines and the Alopecia community in this once-in-a-lifetime, international

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Lamudi Launches Redesigned Mobile App for Improved Property Hunting Experience

To further improve the experience of modern-day property hunters, online property portal Lamudi Philippines has released a modified version of its mobile innovation for homebuyers. The updates includes additional in-app components such as enhanced filter searches and a wish list for logged out users.

Users can now fully modify their searches according to their exact specifications. Property features such as balcony, swimming pool, penthouse, or even ocean view can be added to the search, thereby shortlisting properties that our nearest to the users’ preference.

Adding properties to your list of favorites without logging into an account is now also enabled in the App. This feature allows users to easily save, view and study the properties even while in offline mode.

The Lamudi team continues to improve the functionality of its Android App to ensure that users can maximize the app capabilities in their investment hunt.

Lamudi Philippines Managing Director Jacqueline Van Den Ende, said: “We acknowledge the growing demand of products and services that are mobile efficient. As the consumers continues to evolve, we will always be ready to fit our services to the modern needs of our clients. This latest version of the Android App is a great improvement but we will not stop here. We will always strive to top our own achievements.”

In its Real Estate Market Report for 2015, Lamudi Philippines recounted that its 2014 survey found that 88 percent of real estate brokers confirmed that the Internet was frequented Filipinos when they go house-hunting. This trend and the continued upsurge of mobile and smartphone usage among Filipinos inspired Lamudi to go mobile. Thus, in 2014, Lamudi launched its mobile App to help property finders easily browse real estate listings from the comfort of a mobile device. The app has been through several versions for it adapts to the ever-changing requirements of modern homebuying.

The increased functionality of the mobile app and its user-friendly interface make it easier for property hunters to find what they are looking for not only in the Philippines but as well as 34 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Guilt-Free Options at Pizza Hut

Savour the bounties of the earth completely guilt-free this Lenten season. Pizza Hut, the country’s leading pizza brand, offers you a collection of hearty dishes from now until
March 29.

Tuck into a light and easy Crab Salad Roll. It’s the perfect combination of meaty crabsticks, cool cucumber and crunchy lettuce, wrapped in rice paper and topped with delicate sesame soy dressing.

Sink your teeth into the home-style comfort provided by a Fish ‘n Chips Platter during this annual celebration. Fried to crispy perfection, swipe breaded fish fillet fingers and American-style fries on both salty garlic and chunky tomato dips.

Welcome the goodness of Spaghetti Shrimp Garlic and Mushrooms, which features spaghetti, shrimp and mushrooms sautéed in rich garlic-butter sauce. Enjoy a Veggie Lovers Supreme Pizza, available in Hand Stretched Pizza, Pan Pizza and Stuffed Crust Pizza variants for both dine-in and delivery. With crunchy bell peppers, heady mushrooms, chunky onions, and juicy pineapples laid above a double layer of mozzarella cheese, you’re sure to experience finger-licking delight.

For those staying at home, you can have Veggie Lovers Supreme or Cheese Lovers Pizza in Hand Stretched Pizza, Pan Pizza and Stuffed Crust Pizza variants delivered right to your doorstep. Make sure to try your pizza of choice with freshly-baked GarlicBread and Slingers for a filling meal.

Try these and other hearty dishes only from Pizza Hut. Visit the official website or check the official Facebook page at You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @PizzaHutPhils, or simply call 911-1111 (Metro Manila) today!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

History's Epic Event Series 'Roots' Set to Premiere this May on the Same Day as the U.S.

HISTORY®premieres “Roots” on 31 May 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9pm (PH).  The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship.

The stellar cast includes Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker (“Fiddler”) and Anna Paquin(“Nancy Holt”); Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne (“Alex Haley”); Golden Globe Award® winning and Emmy Award® nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Tom Lea”); Tony Award® winner Anika Noni Rose (“Kizzy”); Grammy Award® winner Tip “T.I.” Harris(“Cyrus”); Chad L. Coleman (“Mingo”);EmayatzyCorinealdi (“Belle”); Matthew Goode (“Dr. William Waller”);Derek Luke (“Silla Ba Dibba”); MekhiPhifer (“Jerusalem”); James Purefoy (“John Waller”); Erica Tazel (“Matilda”)and introducesRegé-Jean Page (“Chicken George”) and Malachi Kirby (“KuntaKinte”).

“’Roots’ will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both inspiring and tremendously entertaining,” said Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY.  “We are proud that HISTORY will be able to bring new life to this powerful story that remains as important today as it did when the original ‘Roots’ first premiered.”

“Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America,” said LeVar Burton, Co-Executive Producer. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever."

“Roots” is an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, the company that produced the original “Roots.” Will Packer, Marc Toberoff, Mark Wolper, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal and Barry Jossenserve as executive producers.LeVar Burton and Korin D. Huggins are co-executive producers. Questlove is executive music producer. “Roots” is directed by Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter and Bruce Beresford. Arturo Interian and Michael Stiller serve as Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY. A+E Networks handles international distribution for “Roots.”

HISTORY™ is available on SKYCable Ch 67; Cable Link Ch. 43; Dream Satellite Ch 30; Destiny Cable Ch 57; and Cignal Ch 125.


HISTORY™ and HISTORY HD™ are the leading destinations for entertaining hit series and revealing, award-winning event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and fascinating manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of genres ranging from real-life characters who bring history to life every day, to natural history, contemporary history, technology and science, as well as archaeology and pop culture. Hit series include Kings of Restoration, Pawn Stars, The Vikings, Ancient Aliens, Duck Dynasty, Counting Cars, Hidden Cities Extreme and Ride N’ Seek. For more information, please visit:

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About A+E Studios
A+E Studios is the studio unit of the award-­winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios creates, produces and distributes high quality scripted programming across all networks and platforms in the A+E Networks portfolio, including A&E® Network, Lifetime®, History®, LMN®, FYI™, H2® and A&E IndieFilms®. A+E Studios’ slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies, including the upcoming event miniseries Roots for HISTORY, A&E and Lifetime, UnREALfor Lifetime and Sons of Liberty™ and Houdini for HISTORY.

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US Firm to Open BPO - Call Center in MOA, Offer New Seats Harte Hanks Increases Its Philippines Investment

Harte Hanks (NYSE: HHS), a leader in customer engagement and interaction-led marketing, is consolidating its Manila operations and adding room for hundreds of new employees with the opening on April 21 of the company’s BPO-call center at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex, in Pasay City.

Harte Hanks Philippines, a subsidiary of the US-based marketing company currently employs about 2,000 people in its main and secondary locations in Metro Manila.

The move allows the company, which has established its presence in Asia-Pacific with the launching of its call center in the Philippines over a decade ago, to integrate the secondary locations with the Pasay facility.

“We have been always impressed by the skill and dedication of our employees in Manila and look forward to sustaining our growth here,” said Jonathan Bondoc Harte Hanks Manila-based Site Director, in a statement.

Among Harte Hanks’ clients are companies known worldwide in information technology, computer software, sports media, banking, mobile phone and health insurance industries.

Besides the Asia-Pacific, Harte Hanks has offices spread across North America, Europe and Latin America.

“The Philippines’ consistent support of innovative business models such as buy-operate-transfer model and investment in dependable infrastructure priorities are just two of the reasons we are expanding our investment here,” added Ben Chacko, head of operational planning and strategy for Harte Hanks.

The American outfit, whose call center business focuses on North American clients, started doing business in the Philippines with a buy-operate-transfer partnership in 2001.



Harte Hanks partners with clients to deliver relevant, connected and quality customer interactions. Our approach starts with discovery and learning, which leads to customer journey mapping, creative and content development, analytics and data management, and ends with execution and support in a variety of digital and traditional channels. We do something powerful: we produce engaging and memorable customer interactions to drive business results for our clients, which is why Harte Hanks is famous for developing better customer relationships, experiences and defining interaction-led marketing. For more information, visit the Harte Hanks website at, call 844-233-9281, email or follow us on Twitter @hartehanks or Facebook at

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Dermcare and Belle La Peau Now Open for Service in SM Olongapo

Dermcare which continuously provides its customers with innovative products and services is opened its new branch in SM Olongapo.

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.

I've personally saw the same quality and ambiance in their newly opened Clinic which is both enticing and relaxing at the same time. Not to deceive you that the prices are economical as well. Let me show you what they have in their Olongapo Branch

With the constant change in dressing, pampering, and presenting ourselves, Beauty and wellness industry come-up with new and innovative approach in satisfying the changing needs of customers. One of the most sought after treatment is Hair removal also known as Epilation or Depilation; removal of unwanted hair

This is where Belle La Peau which specializes in professional hair waxing takes place. Opening up their new branch next to Dermcare makes it more convenient for clients to go to a one stop place for their skin and beauty needs.

Feeling Stressed? #ChooseYourBottles and Chill Out! - Sosro Fruit Tea

Do you belong to the young crop of the millennial generation? If yes, then you are part of the population’s most stressed out individuals.

According to recent surveys, millennials- those aged between 18 to 33, suffer from the highest stress level out of all the other current living generations. Work, money, and relationships were cited as the top three factors that make today’s young movers and shakers quite unhappy about life. Not to mention the high expectations that society has put on their shoulders.

It’s not all bad news for our hardworking millennial though. Albeit stressed out beyond what is considered as healthy, today’s youth have been feeling less stressed than they were in 2007 with the trend going downward in recent years. The millennials’ many new and de-stressing ways of living life to the fullest can be attributed to this positive light. Travelling, going on night outs, and trying new fun things are just some of the many activities that are keeping the stressed out bunch busy during the weekends. Simple things like taking smart breaks, meditating, or drinking refreshing drinks can also ease the stress of the daily grind.

A new kind of chill in four refreshing flavors.

With its set of interesting flavors livened up by a refreshing tea kick, this Indonesian favorite invites the young blood to #ChooseYourBottles and to chill out. Today’s fast-paced and technology-driven world can easily drown us with stress and distractions but it’s definitely easier to keep one’s cool and to take a quick time off with a refreshing drink in hand. Adopting its mantra from the millennial-apt adage “Choose your battles,” Sosro Fruit Tea allows everyone to #ChooseYourBottles from its distinct tea-infused flavors Freeze, apple, guava, and strawberry. Pick the perfect bottle that suits your current state of mind and get to chill in no time.

Created in 1997 by P.T. Sinar Sosro- pioneers of the world’s first bottled ready-to-drink tea, Sosro Fruit Tea finally reaches the Philippines shores via Reddimart Multi-resources’ exclusive partnership with the brand’s principals.

If there’s one thing one will realize after that refreshing “Ahhhh” Sosro Fruit Tea moment, it would be how it’s really easy to de-stress and to stay cool in the face of life’s challenges.

#ChooseYourBottles and just chill- this is what the ultimate chill out drink for the busy millennial is all about.

The number one manufacturer of tea drink in Indonesia, Sosro Fruit Tea’s invigorating flavors are now chilling at SM Hypermarkets, Landmark, Sta. Lucia Grocery, Tropical Hut, Hi-Top Supermarket, Walter Mart, Pioneer Center, and other leading supermarkets. What Sosro Fruit Tea flavor are you having today?


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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fr. Larry Faraon’s Lenten Recollection at Teatrino, March 23; Easter Egg Hunt at Promenade, March 27

Fr. Larry Faraon O.P. will conduct another stirring Holy Wednesday Recollection at Teatrino on Holy Wednesday, March 23 to bring Christ’s Passion and Death closer to the lives of the faithful. On Easter Sunday, March 27, the Promenade hosts another fun and frolicsome Easter Egg Hunt as the Risen Christ removes the pall of gloom with the joy of His glorious Resurrection.

From 2 to 5:30 p.m. on March 23, the popular Retreat Master will take retreatants on “A Journey of Presence, Sacrfice and Communion”, focusing on the wonder of the words “..and He dwelt among us” – the special privilege we all have because God became man, lived on earth to work wonders and redeem us from sin.

“In this year of the Special Jubilee of God's Mercy and Compassion, the Eucharist comes out as the perfect example of such mercy.The abiding presence of Christ in the Eucharist is God 's expression of 'being with' his people especially in challenging times. The sacrifice on the cross of His son Jesus commemorated in the Eucharist brings forgiveness, the ultimate act of God's mercy and compassion. In holy communion, which is the result of the eucharistic activity, God's mercy and compassion is shared in fellowship and charity. We shall share with each other the richness of God's mercy and compassion in the retreat,” said Fr. Larry.

“The Music Museum group started the tradition of the Lenten Recollection at Teatrino in 2010. It is oursimple but meaningful way of sharing God’s word and His love with our mall goers.It is our spiritual gift to everyonewho has made us truly blessed through the years,” said MMGI President Precy M. Florentino.

“We want to spread the happiness of Easter to everyone as well. So on Easter Sunday, March 27, we will also celebrate the most important Christian feast, which is Christ’s Resurrection, via our traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Did you know that the word Easter comes from the Latin word oestre which means egg?,” she asked.

Everyone is invited.The Lenten Recollection is on a first come-first served basis and reservations may be made through 721-6726 and 722-4535 loc. 116. The Easter Egg Hunt happens right after the Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.​

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Basketball Uniforms Beyond a Jersey and Short

Kevin Durant wearing Nike Vapor basketball uniform with AeroSwift technology

Pioneering Nike Vapor basketball uniforms impose a new order on the court by pairing progressive knit jerseys and shorts featuring Nike AeroSwift technology with innovative base layers to minimize game-time distractions and maximize performance.

The system is anchored by basketball-specific base layer options, including arm sleeves, padded compression gear and knee sleeves, which together wick sweat from the skin, providing a feeling of protection and compression, and keeping the players’ arms and legs warm off-court.

Designed to interact with the base layer but not cling, the lightweight, tailored jersey features stretch knit with engineered mesh as determined by extensive sweat-mapping studies.

The short also introduces a FlyVent waistband that addresses the discomfort of traditional basketball waistbands via a new manufacturing process that combines two types of knit mesh into one highly secure, breathable band. This is matched to a hybrid of engineered knit mesh in the back and a hydrophobic four-way stretch woven fabric in the front. Additionally, the front of the shorts features a mobility vent. Placed specifically where basketball players need it most, based on their five key movements, it reveals a flash of tights as athletes move. The result is a 35% more breathable kit than that worn in 2012.

Moving down the body, designers further reduced distraction with the Nike Elite Versatility basketball sock. A 360-degree ankle-support system, dynamic arch compression, anatomical design and footpad cushioning add to the comfort and locked-in feel of the sock, while Dri-FIT fabric wicks away moisture and increases breathability.

Sustainable Innovation

Nike Vapor uniforms with AeroSwift technology have been partially constructed from recycled polyester, which is rendered from plastic bottles to produce fine yarn. Since 2010, more than three billion plastic bottles have been diverted from landfills and converted into recycled polyester for Nike performance products.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Villa Del Conte Ovicini Chocolates for Easter

Villa Del Conte brings back Ovicini this Easter. Experience a one-of-a-kind Easter Egg Hunt with your loved ones as Villa Del Conte brings back the luscious Ovicini. You and your family will surely enjoy this perfect giveaway wrapped in a cute and colorful bunny pouch which comes in 6, 8 and 10 pieces per pouch at a special rate of P180, P240 and P290 respectively. Grab these sweet and lavish chocolates and visit Villa del Conte stores at SM Megamall, Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621- 6101.

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Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Exemplifies Performance Innovation

Eight years after its 2008 debut in Beijing, the Nike Hyperdunk unveils a striking technical and stylistic evolution ahead of summer competition in Rio. Combining an ultra-high Nike Flyknit upper with an enhanced, precisely positioned full-length Zoom Air unit, the Nike Hyperdunk 2016 serves the speed, lateral cutting, elevation and impact of the modern game.
The shoe’s high-cut Flyknit upper was specially crafted to provide an enhanced locked-in feel. Along with extending the collar, Nike designer Leo Chang paired targeted zones — for lockdown support, dynamic stretch and breathability, respectively — with Nike Flywire cables. Integrated into the forefoot, they provide supplemental support where it’s needed for pivots, cuts and jumps.

Working in tandem with the upper to provide natural, intuitive movement that is lightweight, supportive and comfortable, the shoe’s new Zoom Air unit runs the length of the foot. By positioning the Zoom Air unit directly under foot, a hollow core between the unit and the outsole is created, resulting in an unmatched snap-back, trampoline effect. The shoe also features advanced herringbone traction and a supportive heel counter.

The Nike Hyperdunk 2016 is available globally beginning in July in an elite Flyknit version (outlined above) as well as high- and low-top versions with engineered mesh uppers.
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Nike Air Zoom KD9 Reflects Basketball's Progression

Just as its namesake personifies a progressive style of play, the Nike Air Zoom KD9 represents the evolution of basketball footwear. In response to Kevin Durant’s trademark versatility and impressive court coverage (approximately four miles a game and 15 marathons a season), it offers support, comfort and responsiveness via the most advanced construction of Nike Flyknit and Zoom Air technologies to date, adapted to basketball’s specifications.

This aerial view of Durant’s in-game motion shows his versatility and sweeping range expanding the entire basketball court, which equates to approximately 15 marathons in a season.
Designed by Leo Chang, the low-cut shoe features a Flyknit upper engineered down to the pixel for maximum containment. Specifically, it features a pattern with a distinct honeycomb structure precisely knit for the multidimensional movement of basketball and Durant’s lateral quickness. Flyknit technology engineering locks down the forefoot while still allowing the foot to move naturally. Flyknit’s efficient material use also ensures the upper is lightweight, without compromising strength.

A visible, tapered Zoom Air unit runs from heel to toe, marking the evolved Air bag’s debut in basketball. Developed over three years of advanced wear testing, the new Zoom Air unit — filled with fibers that compress upon each step, then spring back for unmatched response —  is 16 millimeters thick at the heel and progressively narrows to 10 millimeters at the forefoot. This architecture is tuned to provide maximum impact protection while amplifying the bouncy feel of the Zoom Air unit.
Moreover, the midsole is minimized to enhance the responsive sensation produced by the Zoom Air unit. It also is articulated with anatomical flex groove strategically placed in the forefoot to maximize natural transitions, whereas heel notches add stability to lateral movements.

The KD9 is available globally for athletes of all ages, from toddler to adult, beginning June 20.
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

ASUS Heats Up the Season with the “Summer Vibes Promo”

Have the summer of your life by enjoying special discounts and premium item freebies together with your favorite ASUS notebooks for a limited time only!

Leave it to ASUS Philippines to turn up the heat and give you even more reasons to enjoy the season via its “Summer Vibes Promo”, which fires up starting today and will run until April 10, 2016 only. Ultimately, the “Summer Vibes Promo” provides the tech-savvy the best deals this season, what with limited-time price discounts and a corresponding free premium accessories thrown in for every purchase of a select ASUS notebook.

Participants of this sizzling-hot promo who will purchase any of the ASUS notebooks listed below will either bring home a Razer Ferox Speaker (worth PHP 2,995.00) – a small-but-powerful mobile speaker that guarantees a 360-degree omnidirectional sound with  rich acoustics and a quality base for a powerful immersive audio experience wherever you go;  or a premium Republic of Gamers (ROG) Shuttle Backpack (worth PHP 4,995.00) – a stylish, water-resistant backpack that allows you to comfortably and safely carry around your ASUS laptops that are up to 17 inches in size.

“ASUS Philippines kicks-off the summer season with the incredible “Summer Vibes Promo”, which basically infuses the perfect elements for one to really bask in and celebrate the summer with great value”, shares ASUS Philippines Marketing Manager Jamie Zaldivar. “For one, we are offering special price discounts for a very limited time on some of your favorite ASUS notebooks, which includes those that will be a sure-hit for whether you are a gamer, a pro-fashionist, a working professional, or even a heavy multi-media user. Aside from this, the “Summer Vibes Promo” also packs in two free premium accessories that will surely make your summer getaways even more fun! And to top it all off, all ASUS notebooks purchased within this promo period will also carry a 2-year Global Warranty worth PHP 2,500.00.”

Beat the Heat with the World’s No. 1 Gaming Laptop
What better way to kick-start your summer break than with uninterrupted gaming marathons! As one of the latest Republic of Gamers (ROG) models to be launched this year, the slim-and-powerful ROG GL552JX ensures all gamers fast on-board graphics, packing Intel’s fourth generation Core i7-4750HQ processor, together with the Intel Iris Pro graphics at 128MB eDRAM. The gaming notebook also packs an impressive 15-inch Full-HD LED Back-Lit and Anti-Glare display that ultimately enhances your gaming experience.
Further, it has 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, 1TB HDD 7200rpm, and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M with 4GB DDR3 VRAM, to assure smooth gameplays all throughout your LAN parties. The ROG GL552JX comes with a free Razer Ferox Speaker, and retails for a special promo price pf PHP 54,995.00.

Sizzle with Style and Power with the Ultimate Ultrabook
When it comes to combining premium look and performance, nothing else comes close to the power and prestige the ASUS ZenBook UX305LA holds. Not only has it been awarded with the highly-coveted 2015 iF Award Winning Design, but it has also earned nods among the tech-savvy for its stylish, ultra-slim (only a mere 14.9mm thin) and ultra-light (weighs an incredible 1.3kg only) design.

When it comes to its performance, the ASUS ZenBook UX305LA holds its own, being packed with up until the latest Intel Core i7 processor, full-functioning ports, building up to an incredible 12 hour battery life for increased productivity. Each ZenBook UX305LA purchase also comes with a free Razer Ferox Speaker, and starts its special promo prices at PHP 48,995.00 (for the ZenBook UX305LA-FC014T), PHP 58,995.00 (for the ZenBook UX305LA-FC084T and UX305LA-FC083T), and PHP 64,995.00 (for the ZenBook UX305LA-FB049T and UX305LA-FB053T).

Enjoy this Summer’s Best View with the ASUS VivoBook 4K
The ASUS VivoBook 4K is a 15.6-inch laptop that features a remarkable 4K 16:9 IPS Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution, offering users 4x the clarity of FHD resolution. Simply put, whether you are looking through your photo albums, browsing the web, watching HD movies, or playing high-graphic games, you will be immersed in astonishing, high-definition visuals like no other – with even the tiniest of text appearing crisper, sharper and more visible than ever before.

The ASUS VivoBook 4K is also armed with the ASUS Eye Care technology, which effectively reduces blue light levels by 33%, in order to make reading more comfortable and healthy, protecting you from potential eye fatigue and other ailments. Moreover, it is packed with up until the latest Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 2GB VRAM, and 1TB HDD 72rpm, making this the go-to laptop for all your heavy-duty multimedia needs. Purchases of the ASUS VivoBook 4K made within the promo period comes with a free Razer Ferox Speaker, and “Summer Vibes Promo” prices  for this notebook begins at PHP 38,995.00 (for the ASUS VivoBook 4K VM590LB0FI615T), and PHP 49,995.00 (for the ASUS VivoBook 4K VM590LB-FI612T).

Keep Cool with the ASUS K Series Notebooks
The ASUS K Series laptops are thin and light notebooks that are powered by up to Intel® Core™ i7 processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 950M discrete graphics for smooth performance in everyday computing, video playback and gaming.
Moreover, the K Series Notebooks is packed with ASUS IceCool technology that uses a unique internal component layout to address palm-rest heating issues. This keeps palm-rest surface temperatures between 28 and 35 degrees Celsius, significantly lower than body temperature so users stay cool and comfortable – perfect to combat the intense summer heat. For this incredible thermal solution technology and for its other impressive features, the K Series Notebooks have a special promo price that ranges from PHP 31,995.00 for the more everyday-computing devices, to PHP 44,995.00 for the more high-performance notebooks. Purchases of K Series notebooks for the “Summer Vibes” Promo will come with a free premium Republic of Gamers (ROG) Shuttle Backpack.

Your All-Around Notebook for Work and Play this Summer
The ASUS X Series notebooks is the perfect all-around value laptop for multitasking – whether it is for work and productivity (daily computing tasks), or for play and entertainment (watching movies and videos, playing games). Its classic design, expressive colors, and variety of textured finishes make it the ideal device to stand out from the crowd this summer season. In fact, the ASUS X Series has garnered numerous design accolades already, chief of which was the 2014 Good Design Award.
ASUS X Series notebooks are powered by up to Intel® Core I7 processors for smooth, responsive performance, and is packed with a Li-Polymer battery that has up to 800 charge cycles – 2.5x more lifespan than standard Li-ion cylinder batteries. The select line-up ASUS X Series notebooks are now retailed for a special promo price starting PHP 27,995.00, up to PHP 40,495.00. Each purchase of an ASUS X Series notebook gives the buyer a free premium Republic of Gamers (ROG) Shuttle Backpack.

1. ASUS’ “Summer Vibes Promo” runs from March 12 to April 10, 2016.
2. Each end-user who purchases a select ASUS notebook from an authorized ASUS reseller will get a corresponding free item: either a Razer Ferox Speaker, or a Republic of Gamers (ROG) Shuttle Backpack. One purchased notebook is equivalent to either one of these two free items.
3. To claim the free item, the end-user may go to any ASUS Philippines concept store (listed below) and present the following: a photocopy of the official receipt and the serial number box cut-out, along with their name, e-mail and contact numbers.
SM Megamall (ASUS Shop-in-Shop), 4/F, SM Cyberzone
SM North Edsa, 4/F, SM Cyberzone
SM Fairview, 3F, SM Cyberzone
Festival Supermall, 3/F, Filinvest, Alabang
SM Lanag, 3/F SM Cyberzone
SM Bacolod, 2/F SM Cyberzone
SM Cabanatuan, 2/F SM Cyberzone
SM Iloilo, 3/F SM Cyberzone
Ayala Centrio Mall, 3/F, Cagayan de Oro
4. Redemption of the free item/s is from March 12 to June 9, 2016. Claiming period is until 60 days from the end of the promo period.
5. End-users may also opt to have their prizes shipped to their desired address. They must first email a copy of their official receipt and the serial number box cut-out, along with their name, e-mail, complete shipping address and contact number to Upon sending the email, the end-user just needs to wait within 7 days to receive the free item.
6. Premium items are transferrable, but not convertible to cash.

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Cash Cab Philippines Set to Conclude Debut Season on High Note

The coolest cab in town has definitely made commuting in the city a cheerier task.  Since premiering last December, Cash Cab Philippines has entertained viewers with its mobile trivia game show. It immediately went into high gear, consistently enjoying good ratings.

Host Ryan Agoncillo, a matinee idol-turned-host extraordinaire and a devoted father has played “Kuya Driver” since December. He has traversed the streets of Metro Manila in an inconspicuous taxi cab for months, picking up passengers and instantly transporting them to a game show stage.
Cash Cab aired its original version first in the United Kingdom and has since invaded the streets in other countries in Europe and Asia.

This March, Cash Cab is set to wrap up its first “trip” around the bustling streets of Manila and viewers are expected to await announcements regarding a second season.
Catch the last episode of Cash Cab Philippines later at 9:15pm on AXN.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Citi Philippines wins Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand award for 9th consecutive year

The award was received by Citi Philippines’ Consumer Banking Head Bea Tan and Credit Payment Products head David Stoughton recently at the Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel.

Reader’s Digest has been giving the Trusted Brand awards for the past seventeen years based on a survey of ordinary consumers who give their opinions on what brands of products and services are important to them. According to Readers Digest, “A Trusted Brand enjoys international appeal, yet at the same time upholds a strong local connection. It has individual relevance for all its consumers, just about anywhere and in any culture.”
“Citi is a household name in the Philippines in large part because of our credit card offering, and we thank the consumers that participated in the survey for acknowledging the strength of our brand and for choosing us as their bank,” said Aftab Ahmed, CEO of Citi in the Philippines.

“This recognition is especially welcome as we celebrate 25 years of leadership in credit cards in the Philippines and we wish to assure our clients that we remain focused on delivering excellence both in terms of product and service,” added Ahmed.
A global market research company was commissioned to survey a representative sample of people in Asia on their most trusted brands in 42 categories of products and services across a wide range of industries.   Approximately five thousand individuals were selected across five of
Asia's key markets: Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.  The brands are then rated by respondents based on the following six attributes: trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding of consumer needs, innovation and social responsibility.

Gold Trusted Brand Awards are given to brands that scored significantly higher than their rivals while the Asia Trusted Brand Awards are given to a brand that wins the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand award in the same category for at least three countries surveyed.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Check out the New Century Tuna Superbods Nation App

Gear up for this year’s most-awaited summer event with Century Tuna Superbods Nation app Calling all Superbods wannabes! Get ready for the biggest summer event in the country, the Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016, as it returns for another sizzling season this summer! And to help you get fit, eat right and ready for this most anticipated event, download the newest and hottest fitness mobile app: Century Tuna’s Superbods Nation mobile app.

Launched in line with the event’s 10th anniversary, the Superbods Nation mobile app helps you get fit, healthy and stay up-to-date with the latest information on the Century Tuna Superbods Nation competition. It also gives you access to a whole range of fitness tips from renowned health and fitness experts in the country.
“As we celebrate our 10th year, we can’t think of a better way to get everyone started on becoming Superbods than by launching an interactive tool that will engage more people to join the fitness revolution” says Greg Banzon, general manager of Century Pacific Food, Inc. “Through the Superbods Nation mobile app, more people can unlock the world of health and fitness and help them jumpstart their journey to fitness!”

Kim Chiu's Royal Treatment Fans Day

One of the today's brightest stars came from humble beginnings, from a teenage girl who dreamt of being a celebrity, finally blossomed into one of the brightest stars in the industry of showbiz. Kim Chiu has proven that a simple girl from Cebu can achieve superstar status. It’s almost too easy for her to captivate anyone with her style of acting and her bubbly personality and thanks for her wide support of her fans, she is now dubbed as the Chinita Princess.
It’s time to give back to the millions and millions of fans who have supported Chinita Princess, Kim Chui throughout her bright career. FatOut’s The Royal Treatment Fans Day is a day for you, by ATC Healthcare and Kim Chiu. So unroll your sleeves, loosen up and give yourself a kind of relaxation fit for a royalty. FatOut’s The Royal Treatment Fans Day will be a day filled with royal relaxation and a royal performance from, none other than, Chinita Princess herself, Kim Chiu! What else are you waiting for? Grab your tiaras and join this awaited FatOut’s The Royal Treatment Fans Day.
Have you been waiting for your Fairy God Mother? Then wait no more! FatOut is giving you the Ultimate Royal Treatment with The Chinita Princess, Kim Chiu! Get ready to be pampered and meet your Idol, FatOut’s newest endorser Kim Chiu! What are you waiting for? Go hit the nearest Drugstore and buy FatOut now! Don’t forget to keep the receipt so you can register online to make your entry and tickets valid! Register on this link :

Sunday, March 13, 2016

All Things Cool and Smart Presented at the Internet of Things Summit Philippines

Virtual Reality. Latest wearables, Connected home devices, Smart Toys, 3D printing, Cloud Services, Robots, Ironman, BB8 Droid, Wifi Electric Socket and Theta Camera were few of the many featured tech gadgets and solutions at the recent IoT Summit Philippines held last March 4 and 5, 2016 at the Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Samsung Gear VR being enjoyed by the participants while Philrobotics brought Ironman that made the IoT Summit a lot of fun. BB-8 droid on display and several robotic items on display by e-Gizmo Mechatronix
The first Internet of Things (IoT) Summit in the  was the culminating feature in the 3 part event that included a Bootcamp and a Hackathon in partnership with ThinkLab which introduced and taught building hardware (IoT) projects using Gizduino board provided by e-Gizmo, and cloud computing solutions provided by Microsoft Azure held at ASpace_Palet Express.  

Elaine Cedillo, the IoT Summit over-all project head with Diego Jose Ramos Co-Founder of Redwizard Events, members of PhilRobotics and Thinklab, the trainors and facilitator of the Bootcamp.

Aside from featuring Smart Home, Smart Toys, 3D printers, Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies, the Summit opened the event with a conference having some speakers who are the prime movers of IoT Technology in the Philippines and abroad.

During the ribbon cutting, a sign that the IoT Summit is officially happening.
In photo : (L-R) Representative from PLDT Innolab headed by Kristine Dara Calayag EverJuan, Mike Tagorda, Founder of MTTagorda Management Consultancy, Ms. Elaine Cedillo the Project Head of the IoT Summit Philippines, Ms. EmmyLou Versosa Delfin, Program Manager, DOST-ICTO, Diego Jose Ramos, Co-Founder of Redwizard Events and and friends from Smart Communications.
Mr. Marthyn Cuan, the Chief Digital Officer of MERALCO gave the opening keynote followed by Gio Abaquin of Smart Enterprises that discussed the roadmap of IoT in our country together with Leo Lirio of IoT Technology Inc. While Joel Garcia of Microsoft Philippines, Teo Pohsoon from Ultimaco Singapore, Lowell Tortana of Nokia, Yue Savage of Impinj USA and Dr. Hernando Delizo of Clinica Manila also shared their expertise on Big data and Security, 5G in the Philippines and Connected Health respectively.

A panel discussion on Wearables and 3D printing were also the point of interest of the attendees. Showcasing the current and future plans on the said industries esp. that more and more multi-billion companies such as Samsung and Facebook are looking into the VR tech.


Several projects from the hackathon were part of the exhibit and the highlight of the event including the group demos and judging was held the next day, March 5. Projects that were presented included a pet feeder, posture tracking wearable, bicycle safety (signal light and theft tracking), NFC child tracking, irrigation management, fire alarm system (smoke detectors), pollution detectors, e-waste management, electricity monitoring and metering, motion and sound sensing smart plugs, and NFC / RFID security system.

Mr. Mon Ibrahim during his opening remarks before the Hackathon Pitching Starts
The groups presented their demos in the plenary and the panel of judges vetted the projects with innovation, impact, design execution, business potential, and demo as metrics. 
Project Bantay of Team Biotics emerged as the Grand winner. It is a simple home/office security system built on motion sensor device that can be manually activated. When triggered, options are 1. Emit an audible and/or visual alarm, 2. Take picture of the area where the event was triggered, and 3. Send SMS/MMS alert to a preconfigured smart phone and/or email the captured picture with tag to a dedicated email account.
This system is also equipped with an NFC/RFID Door lock which is accessed by a tagged NFC key/card.

The IoT Summit Philippines Grand Winner together with the Judges and Organizers
The other winners are ;
1st runner up: Fibits for Kontador (Electricity monitoring and metering)
2nd runner up: Pentagon for Leave and Feed (Pet feeder)
Jury prize: Team Blueberry for P3 Network (Portable Pollution Profiler)
The Grand Winner received P20,000 Cash, BizSpark Account from Microsoft, Smart Phone, Google Cardboard and Gift Certificates

Team Name : Fibits
Project Name :Kontador    
(Electricity monitoring and metering)

2nd runner up: Team Team
Name : Pentagon
Project Name : Leave and Feed
(Pet feeder)

The esteemed judges headed by Mr. Mon Ibrahim , Deputy Officer of the DOST-ICT, joined by Joey Limjap of PLDT, Teodor Drobcsak from Nokia,  Karlo Samson of  I.T. Journalists Association of the Philippines , Mark Vernon, Founder of TAG Cash, , Anderson Tan of Zeenoh Games, Engr. Roma Mercado of e-Gizmo Mechatronix, and Paul Pajo, Tech Evangelist of Smart DevNet vote unanimously for Bantay.

On photo : Joey Limjap Vice President and Head of PLDT Mainstream Business Development and Paul Pajo, Tech Evangelist of Smart. Photo by : Diego Jose Ramos

With the growing demand of Internet of Things technology in the Philippines and basing on the success of the first IoT Summit Philippines, Elaine Cedillo, the head organizer of the event said that they are looking forward to stage another IoT Summit and Hackathon next year. “We want to push further to continue to educate the different business and industrial sectors until we reach our goal by 2020 that everything will be connected and build awareness about the convenience brought by this technology” Cedillo continued.

“We are also happy to get the support of from our event partners, community partners and exhibitors such as ASpace, Thinklab, Philrobitics, VR Philippines, IoT Technology Inc. Nokia, GDG Philippines, Samsung, Omnifab, Dreambuild 3D printing,  Ephone, Digital Walker, Case Logic, CameraHaus, Essilor, Ximity Events, FireChat to name a few” Diego Jose Ramos, the co-founder of RedWizard Events Management continued.  “Internet of things is really the next big thing and we do not want the Philipines to be left behind” Ramos emphasized.

The IoT Summit Philippines is in collaboration with DOST-ICTO and supported by Smart Communications, Smart DevNet, PLDT Innolab, MTTagorda Management Consultancy, e-Gizmo Mechatronix, ATI and Microsoft Philippines.

A follow up training on Gizduino board by Thinklab, Redwizard Events Management and EConnext Ideas and Media will be held on April 2, 2016 at the Ayala Technohub in line with the celebration of the International Arduino Day. There will also be exhibits of IoT and Robotic projects and extensive talks from respected speakers and makers about the use of Arduino boards.
So if you missed the IoT Bootcamp last February, you can still learn about IoT and Arduino. There will be an  IOT crash course and project building workshop in the afternoon (exclusive for All-access pass holders only).

For more details, contact Redwizard Events 218 9023 and 0920 9734926 and Thinklab Secreetariat at 09175868058 or check the event page for more details :