Saturday, December 23, 2017

Amazing Sights and Lights: Singapore’s Most Picturesque Destinations this Holiday Season

Gardens by the Bay Chrsitmas Wonderland
The glistening lights, the Christmas trees and all the other festive holiday decorations truly make Christmas one of the most enchanting and picturesque times of the year. But the real beauty of the season is in the moments it brings about—gift-giving, get-togethers, and getaways.

Singapore offers exciting possibilities with its Christmas attractions straight from your Christmas fantasies that are sure to provide you and your loved ones with beautiful, picture-perfect experiences that you would definitely want to capture.

Fireworks Photo by Wesley Loh, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Holiday marvels in the heart of the city

If you’re looking for a winter fairytale come to life, Gardens by the Bay has its enchanting Christmas Wonderland. One of Singapore’s main annual events, this attraction is sure to excite families and friends looking for some holiday cheer as they feast on delicious treats at the European-inspired festive market, play carnival games at the fun fairground and skate under the beautiful night sky at the open skating rink. But the star of the event has to be the stunning seven-storey luminary light, the Spalliera. During the event’s nightly Blizzard Time, visitors can capture a photo as marvelous as their Christmas Wonderland experience set against magical snowfall and the Spalliera’s lights.

The Star Flyer. Img courtesy of Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

A nearby attraction one can also check out is Poinsettia Wishes, a massive floral installation of poinsettias, amaryllis and Christmas trees at the Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome. Visitors can experience a truly Nordic winter cozying up under a Lavvu, a kind of tent used in Northern Scandinavia, while enjoying the northern lights projected on the dome’s screens. Those with an eye for landscapes are sure to delight in taking shots of the splendid set-up.

Another amazing sight to behold is Christmas on a Great Street. Every year, Singapore’s famous Orchard Road is lit up with fantastic light installations. This year, the event celebrates with the theme “Endless Wonder,” featuring its very own Christmas Village that is complete with pop-up shops and food bazaars. Be inspired to encapsulate your Singapore holiday and take a dreamy photo at the Walk of Wonder, a 20-meter-long tunnel of blue fairy lights covered in a silver reflective fabric blanketing.

Those looking for an adventure-filled yuletide getaway can head over to the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival. Admission to the carnival grounds is free and open for all, especially thrill-seekers who will surely enjoy more than 40 rides and games with impressive standouts like the Star Flyer, Cyclone Coaster, Booster Maxx, Log Flume, Das Fun Schiff (Pirate Ship). A carnival wouldn’t be complete without yummy food to munch on. Luckily, there is also a food bazaar with Michelin-starred gourmet food, classic carnival treats like popcorn, and many more. There are also a wide variety of performances from DJs, local independent artists, and caroling chorales that should not to be missed.

The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, however, is just part of an even bigger celebration—the much-anticipated Marina Bay Countdown. Here, attendees are in for an extravagant night full of possibilities, from an awesome laser show and a bustling holiday bazaar, to a grand fireworks spectacle. During the year-end festivities, Singapore’s cityscape turns into the perfect backdrop of fantastic projection mapping displays. As part of the 2D mapping display, the big countdown, along with crowd-sourced New Year wishes, will be projected across the Fullerton Hotel, followed by magnificent fireworks that are sure to get spectators excited for the possibilities of a new year.

Experience Christmas on A Great Street and see Orchard Road light up with the amazing luminary installations

Christmas made special at Sentosa

For a completely unique holiday experience, try out an underwater Christmas with the Merry Fishmas at the S.E.A. Aquarium at Sentosa. Capture an interesting and fun photo with Scuba Santa and Underwater Elves inside a massive aquarium swimming with diverse and colorful fishes. As the S.E.A. Aquarium advocates protecting marine wildlife by reducing the waste in the seas and oceans, the Merry Fishmas attraction is complete with a plastic bottle Christmas tree and includes a Scrooge’s Recycling Workshop where guests can make special Christmas gifts from recycled materials.

Both kids and kids-at-heart can discover what it’s like to be an elf at the North Pole at A Universal Christmas at Universal Studios Sentosa. Santa’s Workshop is a fully-immersive attraction filled with different, fun challenges. Visitors can also catch Santa with his reindeers and elves at Santa’s Snowy Sleigh Ride, a fun parade around Universal Studios Sentosa. Complete your Universal Christmas by catching an amusing Christmas show with Oscar Grouchmas Live. Take wonderful shots at any corner of Universal Studios as it transforms into a delightful Christmas village.

Add a little luxury to your trip by going on a Christmas cruise unlike any other on board the Royal Albatross, a massive 4-mast and 22-sail Tall Ship. Sail from the shores of Sentosa and enjoy a Christmas feast on the open deck decorated with sleigh bells, mistletoe, and baubles as you soak in the stunning view of the sunset. With this spectacular background, taking an Instagram-worthy shot is a piece of cake.
Spend this holiday season in Singapore to see these wonderful sights and make meaningful memories that are sure to have the most beautiful pictures to match!

About the Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions. For more information, visit or or follow us on Twitter @STB_sg (

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

NOVUHAIR turns favor with Holiday bash promo

So you’ve got your festive outfit set and the fancy gift wrapped for your “monito” or “monita”. All that’s left undone is a party season-perfect hairstyle. 

The fresh out of the shower look can be seductive yet temporary. Blame it to tropical climate, it can spoil your appearance, besides making you feel sweaty and stale. The heat and humidity brought about by extreme weather condition, likewise, dries out the locks easily and make it more fragile. 

Adding damage to your delicate strands are the chemical contents of various products on hand. From shampoo to conditioner and hair treatment, down to styling goods to groom it to your liking, their harsh synthetic materials jeopardize the natural oil and luster of your mane.

Because you are what you eat, the fate of your crowning glory is in the plate. Your diet must have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals to supply hair with all that it needs to become shiny and strong. So don’t overindulge, especially this time of the year when gastronomic feasts are spread almost everywhere you go. Be careful on what you take in, thinking that it’s also what you feed your ‘do.

Even stress can wear off the beauty and health of the tress. And that’s exactly what you should avoid this Yuletide season. Never put pressure on yourself just to please everyone. Just take it easy, let your hair down and party all night long. 

In this time of gratitude, NOVUHAIR makes everyday “a good hair day” for its valued patrons like you with its Christmas and Year-End Promo. Get an extra NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo 200 ml. worth P1,040 for FREE if you buy a NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack at participating WATSONS stores nationwide (DOH-FDA CCRR Permit No.: 967 s. 2017).

Packed with 19 natural ingredients—mostly standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients—NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion does not only help prevent the hair fall malady, but also aids in stimulating hair growth. NOVUHAIR helps prevent hair loss, improve overall appearance, promote nourishment and rejuvenation. It is clinically-tested and proven safe and effective.

Opt for the best with this Christmas and Year-End promo. Whether it’s a luxury gift for your loved ones, or a self-indulgent treat for you, NOVUHAIR has the perfect gift to inspire and keep you party-ready this Holiday season, while providing you with the ultimate styling result.

For inquiries, please call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575. You may also visit or Novuhair’s Facebook page – Novuhair Official. 

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Philippines’ top MMA prospects got a big boost in their bids to make it big with the launch of the Cage Gladiators initiative

A brainchild of former fighter and soldier-turned-businessman Laurence Canavan, Cage Gladiators is a non-profit organization aiming to “empower and help Filipino fighters who have the heart and courage to put themselves on the line for pride and8 glory.”

“Filipinos are natural-born fighters, born with indomitable spirit and a courageous heart and willing to work hard to achieve their dreams,” Canavan said.

Cage Gladiators, he added, is also open to “help all the brave but impoverished Filipino fighters climb out of underprivileged and humble beginnings and make a better life for themselves through sponsored training and basic education of the business side of MMA in order for them to have a better chance of a brighter future after their career.”

Initially, nine Pinoy warriors campaigning in major MMA organizations have been initially taken under the wings by Cage Gladiators, which will complement the program with a fearsome website designed to be the central hub of MMA here.

They are UFC campaigners CJ “Golden Boy” de Thomas, Jenel “Demolition Man” Lausa, and Rolando “The Incredible” Dy, ONE Championships’ Eric “the Natural” Kelly and Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly; URCC’s Drex Zamboanga and Rex de Lara; Boxing World’s Roman “the Hitman” Canto; and PXC’s Glenn Ranillo.

“We’re training with our own teams (right now) but (in the future) we can train together and build a strong team here in the Philippines,” said Eric Kelly. “In the States, they cross-train; everybody there meets at the gym. I wish Cage Gladiators will make one gym here in Manila or in Baguio so we can train together.

Present during the press conference of Cage Gladiators at the Cheers Sports Bar and Cafe in Makati are, from left, Eric Kelly, Roman Canto, Glen Ranillo, Jenel Lausa, Drex Zamboanga, Rolando Gabriel Dy, Edward Kelly, Rex De Lara and CJ de Tomas of Cage Gladiators.

Friday, December 15, 2017

AMD eBlast: Apple launches its most powerful computer ever with new iMac Pro powered by Radeon Pro Vega graphics

Apple’s new iMac Pro hit shelves with a new graphics chip: AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega. As Apple notes on their website – ‘Vega graphics. The beast behind the beauty.’

With Radeon Pro Vega graphics, the iMac Pro delivers best-in-class workstation graphics to enhance workflows for today’s professionals and creators—from photographers and video editors to 3D animators and engineers—by using the latest in graphics technology to fuel modern creative efforts from anywhere inspiration strikes. Key advancements with Radeon Pro Vega include:
  • Revolutionary memory. With 16GB of High Bandwidth Memory, the iMac Pro delivers performance up to two times faster than any previous iMac GPU and up to three times faster than the Mac Pro GPU. This also translates to higher frame rates for VR, real-time 3D rendering and gameplay at max settings.
  • Updated GPU processing units. Single- and half-precision computing allow operations to be performed twice as fast when they don’t require a full 32 bits of precision. How fast is this? Up to 22 teraflops.
The reviews are already in from the experts – creators who’ve had the chance to test the new iMac Pro touted the major improvements to performance and their workflows with Radeon Pro Vega graphics, letting them bring their visions to life without barriers or compromise.
  • Craig Hunter, a mechanical and aerospace engineer, summarized the iMac Pro as a “graphics powerhouse — I continually marveled at how crisp and clean everything was rendered with no apparent overhead or impact on performance.”
  • Video editor Thomas Carter found“I’ll repeat that once more. 8K. Color correction. Blur. No Rendering. No ‘1/4 quality’ BS. No frames dropped."
  • Vincent Laforet, a photographer and director, experienced a two to three times boost in speed in his workflows. He concluded, “In short – this is a KILLER machine for any serious photographer, filmmaker, or VR producer. Period.”
  • Mac and iOS app developer Cabel Sasser’s described testing FireWatch with the iMac Pro and the Retina 5K iMac, resulting in 62 FPS at 2560x1440. He also witnessed a 41 percent boost in compiling Xcode projects on the iMac Pro compared to a standard Mac Pro.

You can read more about Radeon Pro Vega in the brand new iMac Pro here

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Teachers board topnotchers from Mindanao support extension of Martial Law in region

Teachers board exam topnotchers from Mindanao recently expressed strong support for government’s one-year extension of martial law in their region for the sake of improving peace and order conditions, they expressed this view at the non-partisan Pandesal Forum brunch with media at Kamuning Bakery Café in Quezon City. The Mindanao-born teachers board topnotchers included the first legally-blind and Muslim teachers board exam topnotcher Abdulaziz Hajimin Dapilin of Lamitan, Basilan province; Darlene Z. Mula of General Santos City; Anielyn D. Ladica of General Santos City; Gerald Ryan O. Reburcio of General Santos City.
The topnotchers were accompanied to the Pandesal Forum by their review school’s owner and Quezon City Chamber of Commerce & Industry past president Dr. Carl Balita, who said these talented and idealistic young people overcame poverty and other hardships to attain their goals.  
            Declining good job offers in Metro Manila, Abdulaziz Hajimin Dapilin said at the Pandesal Forum with media that he plans to fly back to his native Basilan province in order to work there in helping improve education for special children or disabled kids, because he said he had difficulties in schooling because he was given no such education tailored for special kids. He lost total eyesight at age 9 and had to struggle to cope with academic studies. Dapilin said that extension of martial law is alright, as long as there are no abuses and as long as better security can be given their region. He appealed to media to present a more balanced picture of Mindanao region, that their place is not all about wars and conflicts, that there are many beautiful and peaceful places such as Basilan province and his hometown Lamitan. Dr. Carl Balita complained that during the teacher board exam, the examiners took away Dapilin’s talking calculator which a blind student like him needed, so there war no way for him to accurately figure out some complex math questions during the board exam but still he came out a topnotcher.

            Nurse board exam topnotcher Maria Cecilia Campos from Lorma College in La Union province is another inspiring story presented at the non-partisan Pandesal Forum of Kamuning Bakery Café, because her father Maximino Campos is an ordinary carpenter and her mother Ernalin Campos is a housewife. Her parents couldn’t afford to send her to school, so it was her aunt Victoria Duculan who helped pay for her education. Maria Cecilia Campos said her inspiration to study hard and diligently is her family, their love and support for her despite their poverty. She said she shares the other topnotchers’ high hopes for a better future for their families and a better Philippine economy in 2018.

JobStreet Philippines’ Country Manager Bags 2017 IABC CEO Excel Award

After more than two decades of experience in various leadership positions, JobStreet Philippines Country Manager Philip Gioca was named one of the recipients of the 2017 CEO Excel Awards.
Under his tutelage, JobStreet Philippines has furthered its leadership position in the industry, presenting an average of 60,000 jobs posted monthly by as many as 24,000 employers across key industries and business sizes. To date, 7.6 million candidates have registered to the online portal. He has also overseen the rollout of several innovations such as richer job ads with inclusion of vital information such as salary data, Talent Search, Company Reviews, and the LiNA bot.
With his zeal for innovation and progress, Gioca has overseen the digitization of various traditional offline channels for job search and enablement. Government jobs, a growing labor market segment, has been added into JobStreet Philippines’ already vast number of job listings. Nearly 100 government agencies have posted as much as 3,500 jobs since July 2017, which are all housed on a one-stop microsite, making the process of applying to government jobs more transparent and accessible. He has also championed Overseas Filipino Workers by making the Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) online in cooperation with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, which is now mandatory to all intending to explore job opportunities abroad.
In the spirit of nation building, he establishes collaboration with government, NGOs as well as private institutions to increase the reach and access to available job opportunities in the country and help address job skills mismatch. Under his leadership, JobStreet recently partnered with the Office of the Vice President to further grassroots jobs generation and matching by supporting the Angat Buhay Program. JobStreet also partnered with, a social enterprise that helps high school students make better informed career choices from education to employment.  
The wealth of the company’s proprietary digital data has also been turned into empowering labor market insights. Philip has been a thought leader, acting as JobStreet’s spokesperson for job market insights and trends. He has presented JobStreet’s Job Happiness Report, Top Companies Report, Fresh Graduate Report, Job Outlook and Trends Report, and Bonuses Report in various industry, media, and campus events.

Through his truly exemplary leadership and his desire for nation-building, Gioca continues to transform JobStreet into a leader in the Philippine online job marketplace, and in the job market as a whole.

The IABC CEO Excel Awards recognize the leaders of organizations who make use of exemplary communication as part of their overall business strategy for achieving goals, building relationships, addressing problems, and maintaining the reputation of their companies.


Voting via all other channels, including Amazon Alexa for the first time, will launch on Monday, Dec. 25 at 11 a.m. ET before five Christmas Day matchups across ESPN, ABC and TNT.

Additionally, new for this season, five “2-for-1 Days” will allow fans to have their votes count twice on Dec. 31Jan. 4Jan. 11, Jan. 12 and Jan. 15 when voting through the NBA App and, along with Sina Weibo and Tencent in China.  All “2-for-1 Days” will be designated 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. ET.

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, onThursday, Jan. 18 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader at 6 p.m. ET, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.  The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Tuesday, Jan. 23 during TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET.  

The team rosters for NBA All-Star Game 2018 in Los Angeles will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 25 during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET.  The 67th All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on TNT.   

Under a new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, the team rosters will be chosen by two captains from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.  The captains, who will select the teams before TNT televises the results, will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.   

For the second consecutive year, NBA players and basketball media will join fans in selecting the All-Star Game starters.  Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each. 

Throughout the voting period, fans may submit one full ballot each day through the NBA App and, post 10 total votes on Facebook, Google Search, Twitter and Amazon Alexa, as well as 10 total votes via Sina Weibo and Tencent.  All current NBA players will be available for selection via all platforms.  

Players and media will be able to complete one full ballot, featuring three frontcourt players and two guards each from both the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.  Players may vote for their teammates or themselves. 

Fan voting updates will be shared on Thursday, Jan. 4 and Thursday, Jan. 11.  Voting will conclude on Monday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

How to vote:
  • voting page at Fill out one full ballot per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) on from a desktop or mobile browser.   Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.  During the five “2-for-1 Days,” votes through this channel will be counted twice.

  • NBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which isavailable on Android and iOS.  Fans can fill out one full ballot per day, and select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.  During the five “2-for-1 Days,” votes through this channel will be counted twice.

4 CBK Hardware Inc.

Co Ban Kiat Hardware Incorporated is one of the few pioneering hardware businesses in the Philippines which has withstood the test of time. It all started in the 1920 when the family patriarch Mr. Cobankiat opened a store in the heart of the Manila Chinatown under the name of Co Ban Kiat Hardware. Business resumed after World War II but it was not until after three years later, in 1948, that the company
recovered. The new CBK building was constructed on the very same spot where it stood before the war.
Co Ban Kiat Hradware Inc. (CBKHI), also known as the “House of Improvements”, has been the forefront of homebuilding supplies. From selling nails and iron wires as their main products, CBKHI has evolved and is now considered as one of the country’s leading suppliers of the top-of-the-line hardware materials.
Driven by excellence, CBKHI initiated the retail concept for hardware stores in the country by putting up the Hardware Workshop Store.

To cater to the growing demand of industrial and onstruction industries, CBKHI transformed itself by providing corporations with tangible solutions to address their primary concerns on safety and quality.
This also paved way to the birth of Coby’s Design Center in Edsa Shangri La in 1996. This specialty store offers a wide array of products that showcase versatility and Innovativeness to suit the discriminating tastes of the modern Filipino.

In 1997, Mr. Johnny Cobankiat took the advantage in bringing a franchise of Ace Hardware USA in the country with Cobankiat Hardware as one of its suppliers. In time, CBKHI expanded its distribution channel and is now considered as one of the leading suppliers in all major retail or home improvement stores in the country.
With its nearly a century’s excellence and guided by its vision to be the largest network supplier of the biggest brands in the world in the hardware industry, CBKHI resolve to work at sourcing the best products to supply its customers anytime and every time.

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AXN Embarks on an Epic Journey in New Travel Show “Adventure Your Way”

AXN has added a fresh new reality series to its roster of top-rated original productions: Adventure Your Way, a weekly 30-minute travel show that explores new adventures in exciting destinations in the Philippines.
Unlike any other travel show, Adventure Your Way invites Pinoy viewers to shape the travel experience of popular host Atom Araullo by sharing their bucket lists via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (#AXNAdventureYourWay). From these crowdsourced ideas, Atom will embark on a one-of-a-kind mission around the country equipped with only his phone and social media to guide him.  From sampling the local delicacies and meeting with the locals to discovering the most thrilling activities, Atom is completely in the hands of AXN fans.
Adventurous ideas for Atom, which could be crazy, cultural, epic or daring, can be submitted from today via AXN’s social platforms: AXN or Adventure Your Way Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Atom Araullo is an award-winning TV personality and is regarded as one of the top program hosts in the industry. His most notable work is the documentary Warmer (Climate Change), which won the Bronze Medal in the World’s Best TV and Films category of the 2017 New York Festivals. Today, Atom continues to pursue his interest in documentary filmmaking.
Adventure Your Way will premiere in February 2018 first and exclusively on AXN.
Adventure Your Way is co-presented by Vivo Smart Phone, BDO, and Cherifer; and co-sponsored by Petron, Chevrolet, and Cebu Pacific.

AXN is available on Cablelink Channel 38, Cignal Channel 121, Destiny Cable Channel 49, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49. 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 SEAL Team and MacGyver, to The Amazing Race Asia and Asia’s Got Talent, 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.

About Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, Asia is a leading operator of ad-supported channels including English general entertainment powerhouses AXN and Sony Channel; and Asian content giants Animax, GEM and ONE. SPT Networks’ portfolio collectively features the biggest and best titles from Korea, Japan and the U.S that are first run, exclusive and aired close to the original telecast. Taking the content beyond the screen, SPT Networks immerses viewers in its premium entertainment via large-scale festivals, celebrity fan meets and social platform conversations. In Asia, SPT Networks’ portfolio is available across 19 territories and in over 42 million homes.
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