Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bea Alonzo’s First Ever Online Mini Film is Guaranteed to Never Let You Forget

In the recent launch of the ASUS ZenFone 4 series, Bea Alonzo already gave her fans a hint on what they will anticipate from her first venture into online films. Fittingly titled Never Let Me Forget, the 2-episode online short plays on the idea of how fleeting yet delicate moments, when caught and treasured properly, allows the renewal of all kinds of relationships. It is also light and heart-warming story of healing found in well-cherished memories, through the happiness that lie beneath the surface.
Never Let Me Forget is an artistic telling of Alette and Matěj’s tale, previous sweethearts who decided to part ways because of their very different worlds, and how the all kinds of moments shared in-between them help the would-have-been couple to endure and eventually rekindle. Alonzo, who is rightly crowned as the Movie Queen of her Generation, is set to play the role of female lead Alette, alongside Matěj Loub, a Czech sweetheart who is currently based in the Philippines,  who will be the playing the unique role of himself.
When asked about her thoughts on doing her first venture into the world of online films with ASUS Philippines, Bea expressed her excitement about getting to combine her love for acting and her passion to endorse a good product all at once. “It’s a good thing because I get to do two things that I love at the same time,” Alonzo affirms.
The first episode of Never Let Me Forget is set to air on September 1 at 9:00 p.m. via ASUS Philippines’ Facebook page.
Get ready to catch more moments and the latest innovation from the one of the leading tech industries in the world – for the pre-order mechanics and the list of participating dealers for ZenFone 4, which runs from August 19, 2017 and extends to September 10, 2017, proceed to the ASUS Pre-order page. For more information on the ZenFone 4 and its entire family, as well as the latest from the greatest, head on over to ASUS Philippines’ Official Facebook Page and ASUS ZenTalk Forum.

NBA 3X 2017 Philippines Champs Awarded

NBA star Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder,  former Sacramento Kings head coach Reggie Theus, and the Laker Girls together with AXA Philippines chief marketing officer Amor Balagtas, led the awarding ceremonies for the champions of the NBA 3X Philippines held recently at the SM  Mall of Asia Music Hall. The exciting basketball tourney saw TeamRocan from Valenzuela, Bulacan win the Men's Open Division while the Women’s Open Division was won by the National University.                       Other thrilling event highlights include the finals for the AXA Division, the AXA Three-Point Shootout and the AXA “Shoot For A Cause” Challenge. Photo shows (2nd row, L-R) AXA Philippines agency head, Geoffrey Tan; NBA star player, Steven Adams; NBA former top coach, Reggie Theus; and NBA Philippines Managing Director, Carlo Singson; with (foreground, L-R) AXA Philippines chief customer officer, Amor Balagtas and Bulacan State University winners Cindi Joyce Gonzales, Jubileah Zuniga and Thalia Burgos. Flanking them are the LA Lakers Girls.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ben Askren Vows to Put Swedish Foe in Wrestling Clinic

Even though there are many combat practices in mixed martial arts, undefeated ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren stands firm on the notion that wrestling is the most vital discipline in the sport.
In the constantly-evolving arena of martial arts, many competitors and coaches are still striving to discover what training formula results in consistent success.
Wrestling has been often regarded as the best foundation in the sport as numerous wrestlers transitioned easily into the sport, including Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Daniel Cormier, Brock Lesnar, Chuck Liddell and Frankie Edgar.
Throughout the course of mixed martial arts history, wrestlers have shared the cage with other practitioners on numerous occasions.
In the current state of the sport, wrestling has become a necessary requirement for combatants to extensively learn.
“If you’re going to ask a lot of the mixed martial artists, they’re going to say that wrestling is the number one martial art to learn,” Askren said.
Askren is highly regarded for his outstanding wrestling background that earned him two NCAA Division I national championship trophies and the privilege to represent the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
While many children were motivated to first pick up a basketball because of Michael Jordan or kick a soccer ball because of David Beckham, Askren was a little different.
Growing up in the Midwestern United States, a region traditionally known as a hotbed for amateur wrestling, Askren was motivated by the spirit of competition and wanted to participate in a sport where he could be the master of his own fate.
“What really attracted me to wrestling was it was a one-on-one sport, and you make or break your destiny. I did not like to let other people control my destiny. I wanted to be in control of my own destiny. I wanted it to be my fault if I won, or my fault if I lost, so I guess I had a hard time with other people having control over my outcomes,” he shared.
Askren had long planned switch to mixed martial arts and conquer that sport once he hung up his wrestling boots.
Following his 2008 Olympic campaign, Askren made the transition and has flawlessly translated his impeccable grappling skills into his growing skillset.
The 33-year-old American has been perfect in competition, amassing an immaculate professional record of 16-0 with 1 no contest en route to becoming the ONE Welterweight World Champion.
“Being a champion is more than wearing a gold belt around your waist,. It is a lot about how you live, and a lot about how you affect others around you by the way you live and train,” Askren explained.
Askren plans to show everyone just how good he is once again on Saturday, 2 September when he defends his ONE Welterweight World Championship against Swedish contender Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam in the main event of ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI, which takes place at the 15,000-capacity Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China.
A tall order is in front of Askren as unlike the Olympian’s previous opponents, Kadestam is armed with a dangerous striking game as he possesses a top-shelf Muay Thai skillset with knockout power.

Kadestam made headlines last May when he defeated Santos as the little-known Swede had been completely dominated in the opening two rounds of the contest before pulling off a miraculous knockout in the final stanza.
Askren admitted that Kadestam’s shocking conquest of Santos nearly five months ago caught his attention.
“He is tough and he is durable, and that showed in the match with Santos. He took some hard shots, but stayed in there and kept competing,” he said of the Swedish standout.
Although he stakes his undefeated record and the coveted ONE Welterweight World Championship title against a dangerous foe like Kadestam, Askren believes there is nothing his opponent can do that will prepare him for what is about to come.
"It does not matter what my opponent's strengths and weaknesses are because at the end of the day, I have got the trump card. He cannot stop my wrestling, then he is going to be on his back, and he is going to get beaten up,” he declared.
“I will come across the cage, I will grab you, I will put you on your back, and I will punch you until you ask the referee to stop me from doing so. The other option is that I am going to make you tap,” Askren added.
For the past eight years, dating back to his professional debut in February 2009, his unstoppable strategy has worked brilliantly for Askren, who does not see any reason to stray from his strength.
“I am really effective at what I do. I never made a secret of it, and I always played to my strengths, and that is something a lot of people get away from. They do not play to their strengths, and I always play to my strengths, and I have been very focused and determined on what I do. So far, it has worked out well,” he stressed.
With his superb wrestling pedigree, Askren plans to exhibit another masterful performance as he shares the ONE Championship cage with a ferocious striker like Kadestam.
“Although Zebaztian Kadestam might be an underdog, I am not taking this match lightly. I know the feeling. I’ve been in that situation. Nobody should write off an underdog. But this is what I can assure. Wrestling has always been my bread-and-butter. Once I get you on the mat, it’s a matter of seconds before I finish you,” he guaranteed.

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About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Championship is the home of martial arts. The world’s most exciting martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 1 billion potential viewers across 128+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

5th place finish for Ralph Kenneth Torres in race 2 of KTM RC390 Cup Asia

The thrilling competition in the KTM RC390 Cup Asia at the Sepang International Circuit continued to intensify in Round 3 with our very own Ralph Kenneth Torres, KTM Philippines-sponsored rider, placed a respectable 5th place over 23 other racers during race 2, which commenced early on Sunday of July 30, despite failing to finish in the first day of the cup due to technical issues concerning a flat rear tire.

In a Facebook post following the race, Torres shared that “[It was] a tough weekend race for me” but was still grateful for having placed 5th and was thankful for the full support he received.

Round 3 of the KTM RC390 Cup Asia saw racers from Malaysia, China, Japan, and the Philippines in intense completion, with M.Izam Ikmal Izamli, Ahmad Daniel Haiqal, and M. Ibrahim Mohd Norrodin, all from Malaysia, taking the top slots.

The next round of the KTM RC390 Cup Asia will be held from 15-17 September, with riders set to face a slightly different challenge at Sepang, racing around a specially designed North Circuit instead of the full circuit. KTM will also continue to feature wild cards and special guests as learning opportunities for the riders to see what the RC390 is capable of and to push themselves to improve further.

Started last March and culminating in November this year, The KTM RC Cup brings to the region for the first time one of the most anticipated and exciting international motorcycle racing series that is catching Europe and the Americas by storm. The event sets out to support promising young riders by equipping them with the necessary skills to become truly ‘racing ready’.

Torres’ participation in the exhilarating KTM RC Cup Asia is in keeping with the strong racing DNA of KTM motorcycles, all ready-to-race and built on the core values of purity, performance, adventure, and extreme. From 1953 when KTM was first founded, KTM motorcycles have since participated in many top races, both Rally and MotoGP, winning awards, recognition, and acclaim.   

Friday, August 25, 2017

From 'Me' to 'We': The Incredible Selfie Moments We can all Share - The Wefie
In 2015, the ASUS Zenfone Selfie made its grand entrance into the tech and lifestyle scene, gaining huge fanfare among both hardcore tech media and young, fashion-forward females.  However, the unique fusion between the worlds of lifestyle and technology was more so embodied by this trail-blazing smartphone itself – what with the Zenfone Selfie’s unparalleled front camera  technology that ‘captured the perfect you’. It was no wonder why the Zenfone Selfie was then widely dubbed as the ‘Selfie King’.
Fast forward to this year in 2017, when tech industry giant, ASUS Philippines, finally brought back the well-loved Zenfone Selfie line-up, with the introduction of two new Selfie smartphones: the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro and the Zenfone 4 Selfie. This time around, Selfie fans from all over will be delighted to know that these 2 new variants even go beyond their predecessor and take the lifestyle-x-tech scene to new heights.
From Me to We: More friends, more scenery, more fun!
From the perfect selfies to the even more perfect wefies, the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro and Zenfone 4 Selfie will definitely reclaim its title as Selfie King with their incredible wide-angle front cameras that are great for taking photos that can fit anyone and everyone in just a single click.
In that way, Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro and Zenfone 4 Selfie introduce the wonderful and unique concept of thewefie, to honor not only the perfection of one’s self and the moment that comes along with it, but also to celebrate the perfection of everyone that shares that spectacular moment. The Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro and Zenfone 4 Selfie gifts all not only by catching the beautiful memories, but also by sharing them with everyone in full inclusivity – because, nowadays, keeping all kinds of shared special moments with loved-ones through personalized photographs is a way to keep the memory alive even well beyond the future.
Be a ‘SelfieMaster’ in No Time
The new Zenfone 4 Selfie series exclusively packs the best beautification technology to date via the incredible SelfieMaster application, the first ever technology of its kind that lets you create your perfect look on Video, Photo, and Live Streaming. The application is also complete with tools to create collages and slideshows to enjoy and share with friends. With this, female millenials are able to capture and perfect even their of your selfies and wefies.
We Love Selfie and Wefie!
Furthermore, selfies with these smartphones do not have to be taken alone anymore. This time around, ASUS has also taken into consideration one very significant matter in everyone’s life: relationships. ASUS makes it quite known to everyone that relationships are significant to their design philosophy this very year. The return of the crowd-favorite Zenfone Selfie through its latest variants makes it crystal clear through the SelfieMaster technology and the landfall of their awe-inspiring wefie-ready wide-angle front cameras. Surely, these smartphones will be taking back the Selfie King crown and will not plan of losing it anytime soon, once they do. 
For even more information on the Zenfone 4 Selfie and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro, and all other incredible products, tune in to ASUS Philippines’ Official Facebook Page and ASUS ZenTalk Forum.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

AXA Launches New Insurance Product for Today’s Ambitious Market

Today’s young professionals are ambitious and often on-the-go. They work hard and at the same time want to pursue their own passions. As they focus on their careers, they want to maintain a work-life balance, and ensure that they are also preparing for their ultimate ambitions.  Some would want to travel around the world, have their own business, or pursue a pricey hobby like golf or scuba diving.  
Recognizing the need for investment and protection of today’s discerning consumers, AXA has launched MyAmbition, an affordable investment and life insurance plan that you can avail of online.  Designed with your busy lifestyle in mind, the convenience of availing of an investment product with just a few clicks gives you an attractive option to help fulfill your ambitions in life.  
MyAmbition can be availed of with a one-time investment that starts at only P50,000, a great opportunity to put that 13th month bonus or extra savings to better use.  You can also invest up to a maximum of P125,000.  The funds are professionally-managed by the AXA group to give you security and peace of mind.
MyAmbition gives you a range of options to suit your risk profile and financial goals.  There’s an investment fund for conservative investors, a balanced fund for those who have a moderate appetite for risk, and an aggressive growth fund for those who want to maximize the potential of their investments.
Application is easy. Just visit, and click on MyAmbition.  You can assess your investment profile, pick an investment portfolio, and pay for the policy with your credit card. Debit card and other online payment options are also available.  
“Our innovative digital solutions address the unique demands of digital natives.  You can avail of MyAmbition through our e-commerce site.  You can also download MyAXA, the mobile app that allows our clients to access policy information anytime, anywhere.” says Rahul Hora, President and CEO of AXA Philippines.
On top of these benefits and conveniences, MyAmbition gives you life insurance coverage of 125% of the single premium or the Account Value, whichever is higher.  Should you choose to keep your funds longer, you can receive a Loyalty Bonus of 5% of the average account value to be paid on the 10th and 20th year.

“We understand the needs of today’s professionals. MyAmbition takes their lifestyle needs into consideration – it is affordable, available online, easy to purchase, can meet various investment considerations, and is payable via a credit card. MyAmbition’s combined offering of affordability, convenience, and flexibility will definitely help young and mature Filipino professionals achieve their financial goals and fulfill their ambitions,” adds AXA Philippines Chief Customer Officer Amor Balagtas.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

30% off at FOO’D by Davide Oldani with Citi Cards

Relish the taste of Milan and the world-renowned Cucina Pop dining concept as created by Michelin-starred Chef Davide Oldani, right here in Manila. Use your Citi Credit Cards or Citi Debit MasterCard and indulge in the Citi Exclusive Degustation 4-Course Menu of FOO’D by Davide Oldani, which serves a fine dining, grande cuisine experience that caters to all tastes. Enjoy a delectable appetizer of Cipolla Caramellata, a sumptuous first course of Faux Egg, a decadent second course of Chicken and Prawn, and a rich Tiramisu for dessert all to your heart’s content for only P1,200 (valued at P1,800). Offer is valid from Mondays through Fridays until September 30, 2017. 

FOO’D by Davide Oldani is a restaurant under FOODEE Global Concepts, and is located at Shangri-la at the Fort, 30th St. cor. 5th ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Truly, la vita è bella – life is good – with Citi. Buon Appetito! For more information, log on to

Monday, August 14, 2017

Charo Santos is the new face of MyDiamond

With the theme “Brilliant At Every Stage,”

MyDiamond recently introduced Ms. Charo Santos as their newest brand ambassador. As a
multi-talented and accomplished woman of substance-- -with her success in the fields of
entertainment and media—Charo’s multifaceted persona is the perfect embodiment of ‘True
Brilliance’ that MyDiamond jewelry conveys. Photo shows Charo Santos (right) during her
launch as the newest MyDiamond endorser with MyDiamond Marketing Manager JP

Thursday, August 10, 2017

PMAP Project sHaRe: Strengthening Human Resource Management

Do you have issues in managing your employees? Are you looking for effective ways to develop your workforce? Get some sound advice from experts and leaders in the field of human resource management (HRM)?

The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) will be holding an innovative learning event entitled Project sHaRe: Strengthening Human Resource Management on August 24, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Meralco Multi-Purpose Hall, Ortigas, Pasig City.

This momentous event will feature industry experts and distinguished practitioners who will share their knowledge and ideas that will help organizations in resolving workplace issues and challenges while sharing best practices and learning with fellow people managers.

New trends and relevant information on recruitment, learning and development, compensation and management, organization development and labor relations will be discussed by the notable resource persons:

  • Mr. Bobby T. Marquez, Jr. (Former VP for HR of HSBC, Alcatel and Sterling Tobacco)
  • Mr. Gerry A. Plana, FPM (Chief Executive, Investors in People Philippines)
  • Mr. Patricio A. Picazo (HR Executive with more than 20 years of practice and multi-industrial exposure)
  • Atty. Ranulfo P. Payos, DPM (1989-90 PMAP President)
  • Mr. Jesse Francis N. Rebustillo (Immediate PMAP Past President)
  • Mr. Rene M. Gener, DPM (PMAP Executive Director)

PMAP, the premier organization of people managers and HR practitioners in the country, is  inviting SMEs, HR practitioners, people managers, students, members of the academe and business professionals in this summit. Investment fee is P1,500 inclusive of am and pm snacks, lunch and certificate of attendance. 

For registration and sponsorship pcakages, please feel free to get in touch with Mr. Mark Maghirang ( through tel. no. 726-1532 locals 303, 304 or 323.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Fiercest Ninja Warriors Are Back in the Hit Competition Series “Team Ninja Warrior” on AXN!

The competition gets tougher in the world’s most intense obstacle course in the epic reality show Team Ninja Warrior, as it returns for a second season this August on AXN.
The upcoming season once again features some of the biggest names from the American Ninja Warrior franchise as they battle it out in the dual running course with even more challenging obstacles, incorporating speed, human agility, skill, and a whole new strategy of racing.
Competitors form the toughest 28 teams yet, each with two males and one female, race side-by-side against each other on the world’s most challenging and physically demanding obstacle course to earn the ultimate ninja bragging rights and to be crowned Team Ninja Warrior champions.
Comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila return as hosts for Season 2, with sportscaster Alex Curry as the sideline reporter.

Team Ninja Warrior Season 2 premieres August 7, every Monday at 8:50pm. First & Exclusive on AXN.

AXN is available on SKYCable Channel 49, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Cignal Channel 121, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and Cablelink Channel 38. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

About AXN
AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and ground-breaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to U.S telecasts. From The Blacklist and Quantico, to MacGyver and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mark Your Calendars! ASUS Philippines Finally Confirms Arrival of the All-New Zenfone 4 Series

With all the worldwide fanfare from both media and consumers alike swirling since the start of year, anticipation for the latest generation of Zenfone models reached fever pitch once again, what with ASUS Philippines’ confirmation on the arrival of the Zenfone 4 series – which will make a its long-awaited full force landing into the Philippine market very soon.
With the commitment to champion mobile photography in mind, the Zenfone brand once again ups the ante with the introduction of the Zenfone 4 series – with all models in this line-up primed to usher a whole new era of unprecedented mobile photography technology.
Leading the charge for the Zenfone 4 series is its flagship model, the Zenfone 4, which is packed with the best imaging quality and top-of-the-line components, marking it as the penultimate smartphone for photography.
Fans of the brand’s most in-demand model are also in for a big treat as the latest iteration of the industry’s widely-regarded smartphone “battery king”, the Zenfone 4 Max, now packs an additional punch with its one-two combo of incredible dual rear cameras and  long-lasting 5,000mAh battery life.
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Amidst all the excitement in the coming of the Zenfone 4 series, ZenTalk, ASUS’ official community for ZenFone users all over the world, is once again holding their annual ASUS mobile photography contest, the “Zen in your EYEs – 2017 ASUS Photography Awards”. Following ZenTalk’s tradition of promoting mobile photography to its members, this year’s photography awards are sure to be bigger than ever.
In this year’s competition, ASUS smartphone and tablet users are invited to maximize their mobile photography skills in order to compete for a chance to win the next generation of ASUS ZenFones in the local championship. Further, interested participants are given the chance to cooperate with each other to beat other teams on “Photogether”, where up to fifteen (15) ZenFone Live phones are up for grabs.
In addition, the Philippines’ top 500 photo entries will be qualified to compete in the Global Championship, where they will get a chance to win up to US$2,000 in cash! Pinoy photographer and Zenfone 3 Zoom Ambassador, Dail Deri is one of the judges for the Global Championship.
“2017 is truly an exciting year for the ASUS Zenfone brand! With the advent of the  Zenfone 4 series, users will now have a more maximized mobile photography experience, allowing them to take the best photos possible, no matter what subject, at any distance, in any light”, shares ASUS Philippines Country Manager George Su.
“ZenFans and mobile photography enthusiasts should start counting the days for our big launch, and we’re excited to reveal even more surprises, so stay tuned!”, closes Su.

For more information on the Zenfone 4 series, tune in to ASUS Philippines’ Official Facebook Page and ASUS ZenTalk Forum.
About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.