Friday, November 30, 2018

FAME Leaders’ Academy Pioneers in Lifestyle Medicine Education for Healthcare Leaders

It is now well-established that effective and sustained lifestyle intervention is the foundation of treatment in practically all major prevalent medical problems like cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung problems, diabetes, and cancer.

However, busy healthcare providers usually have very little time to provide their patients individualized, simple and sustainable prescriptions particularly on diet, physical activity and stress management.

According to Mr. Hudson Pelayo, FLA Dean, their training modules and workshops incorporate lifestyle medicine as an essential therapeutic tool in addition to drug treatment, and offer a more holistic management of lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and more.

“Drug treatment is needed in most cases,” says Pelayo, “but an effectively implemented lifestyle intervention on top of drug and/or surgical treatment is a more naturally oriented and rational holistic management approach,” he explains.

The Academy’s faculty also includes Dr. Blecenda Varona, founder of the Asian Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, who has helped improve the health and wellness of over 100,000 people all over the world. She has authored several books, lifestyle medicine web-based applications, and various health and wellness programs.

International motivational speaker and life coach Richard Tamayo handles the workshops on stress management and cultivating enriching relationships in the workplace. Tamayo has inspired audiences in the United States, Canada, and Asia. He commits to helping people experience powerful breakthroughs through principle-centered seminar workshops on personal development, emotional wellness, family and relationship improvement, stress management, team building, and leadership.

Noted cardiologist and editor, Dr Rafael Castillo, who is FLA’s Dean Emeritus, provides medical perspective in the various modules, highlighting the importance of combining lifestyle medicine with drug treatment in prevalent medical conditions.

For its continuing series of life- and health-enriching workshops, FLA recently launched “Winning in the Workplace”, a training series comprised of well-designed courses and programs specifically made for each organization’s requirements, with topics ranging from lifestyle medicine strategies with a focus on preventing lifestyle diseases; cultivating strong, healthy, and productive workplaces.

Through its highly-structured courses and programs, FLA aims to impart uncommon knowledge, skills and best practices to participants which they can use and readily apply in both professional and personal settings, all while realizing their full potential as creative, passionate, dynamic and productive individuals.

The Academy is the new addition to multimedia company FAME Inc.’s (Friendly Alliances and Media Expressions Incorporated) growing number of divisions catering to medical and health-related communications services.

For more information, you may email or call (02) 892 07 23 or 24 loc. 112.

About FAME Leaders’ Academy

Inspired by the vision of an empowered community of leaders boldly shifting paradigms to continually find better ways of doing things and making it a better world, the FAME Leader’s Academy takes up the challenge of molding future movers and shakers in various professional arenas, making them the best they could ever be. The Academy aims to be a topnotch learning provider for organizations to develop their people’s skills both at the personal and professional levels, so they could be better equipped to handle the challenges of their careers, achieving a seamless balance in the various aspects of their lives.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

AC Bonifacio Live at SM North EDSA Skydome

In celebration of their love and support, Dance Sweetheart AC Bonifacio will be celebrating her 16th birthday with her fans this coming December 14, 2018, at the SM North EDSA Skydome.

AC will be showcasing her multiple talents on-stage in her first-ever solo concert entitled AC All About It. AC’s close friends Jeremy Glinoga – The Voice Teens runner up, and Ken San Jose – Fil-Am singer and hip-hop dancer, will be joining her on this special night. Opening the night are Ivory Music’s rising artists – singer-songwriter-producer Zack Tabudlo and Millenial Pop Princess Janah Zaplan. More surprise guests will be announced soon.

AC Bonifacio is known for being the first-ever Grand Champion of ABS-CBN's Dance Kids alongside Lucky Ancheta in 2016, as well as placing third in Your Face Sounds Familiar in 2017. She has also been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres show and in Ariana Grande's concert in Vancouver.

Last May 2018, AC launched her first single entitled Sumayaw, Sumaya under Ivory Music & Video. Since then, she has done various singing engagements, including the single Touch & Move for Gary Valenciano’s collaborative project with Unicef – Awit at Laro, a music album and songbook that celebrates the spirit of play. She is also currently growing her acting career, debuting in Wansapanataym and now part of the cast of ABS-CBN's drama series Playhouse.

AC All About It is presented by Ivory Music & Video, in partnership with Smart and World Balance; in cooperation with Sisters and Top-O Oxygen Supplement. Official Media Partners include MYX and Pinas FM 95.5. Tickets are available via all SM TICKETS outlets.

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Design Center Showcases Bamboo Innovation at Manila FAME 2018

The Design Center, an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) successfully showcased innovative and revolutionary bamboo products at Manila FAME 2018. The special bamboo setting was arranged under a canopy of bamboos and was divided into two innovation projects – the Bamboo 360 and the Bamboo Extreme 2.0. The Bamboo 360 featured design-forward home and lifestyle products while the Bamboo Extreme 2.0 focused primarily on mobility concepts for modern lifestyle. Gracing the innovative bamboo display were (left to right) DTI undersecretary Nora Terrado, Design Center of the Philippines executive director Rhea Matute, Philippine Nickel Industry Association chairman Isidro Alcantara Jr., Olli Consulting Group Inc. chief executive officer Leo Dominguez, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines vice chair Joey Leviste, DTI secretary Ramon Lopez, Bambike founder Bryan Benitez McClelland, and Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions executive director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

SM, McDonald's Celebrate Family Bonding Moments via #NationalThankYouWeek

SM Supermalls and McDonald's level up the Thanksgiving tradition among Filipino families with the online and on-ground celebration of "National Thank You Week" last November 19 to 25.

“On the second year of our partnership with McDonald's, we continue to underscore the uniqueness of the emotional bond of Filipinos, especially when our customers make memories and redefine thanksgiving celebrations in our malls,” shares Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls senior vice president for marketing.

On digital, SM and McDonald's encouraged families to share their ‘thank you moments’ for a chance to win P5,000 SM shopping money by simply taking a photo using the #NationalThankYouWeek Photo App that can be accessed via until November 25. McDonald’s also gave its customers a special treat, as a simple way of saying ‘thank you’, as all McDonald’s stores located in 47 SM malls nationwide gave a free Vanilla Sundae Cone for every purchase of a Happy Meal from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Thanksgiving Day itself (November 22) until November 25, Sunday.

 A grand culminating activity was also mounted for families on the last day of the week-long celebration on November 25 at SM Mall of Asia, Central Atrium. For only Php180, kids and kids-at-heart experienced SM Supermalls and McDonald's Thank You Town where everyone enjoyed an array of fun activities and fun technology games.

At the Thank You Town, SM shoppers were able to sign-up for McDonald’s Stripes Run, avail of the new McCelebrations Birthday Party themes, and experience fun games and activities.

SM Supermalls is the sole Philippine finalist in this year’s World Retail Awards, held last April 19 in Madrid, Spain. SM's "National Thank You Day," an integrated live brand experience campaign in partnership with McDonald's Philippines, made it as a finalist in the ‘Best Customer Experience Initiative – Mall Owners’ category.


For more information, check out, and its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @smsupermalls.

Live Streaming Platform NiMO TV Comes to the Philippines

Make way for an epic game-streaming app as NiMO TV officially launches in the Philippines bringing in exclusive partnership with Rules of Survival and TNC Pro Team Dota 2.

NiMO TV, a game streaming app focusing on community interactivity through chat and virtual gifts expands in the Philippines following its successful launch in other Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

NiMO TV features a user interface (UI) that streams top-trending games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Mobile Legends, Dota 2, Rules of Survival and live online access to esports events and tournaments through its front-page listing. It also allows game streamers and viewers to chat with one another in its live chatting platform, with this feature NiMO TV aims to create an ecosystem, which involves streamers, viewers, brand sponsors, and celebrity players with hopes to build the streaming experience more interactive and fan-friendly.

NiMO TV continuously strengthens its pool of streamers in both novice and veteran gamers. One testament is an exclusive partnership with the Philippines’ Pride TNC Pro Team Dota 2, a globally recognized squad who cemented its legacy by consistently qualifying and winning different Dota 2 Championships in the World with total earnings of more than 126 Million Pesos throughout their professional career.

One exciting event in the pipeline is the upcoming Rules of Survival – NiMO TV - Philippine Champions League tagged as one of the country’s biggest esports league with a combined pool prize of Php 325,000. A cash prize ranging from Php 25,000 to Php 100,000 awaits the sixth to the first place winners of the event.

With NiMO TV’s expansion to the Philippines, they aim to make a solid presence in the rapidly growing world of esports and game streaming.

Download the NiMO TV app at Apple app store and Google Play store. Click link here.

Honda PH Celebrates ONE DREAM, Showcases Latest Models in the Riders Convention 2018 – Visayas Leg

Mandaue City, Cebu – Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI,) the number one motorcycle manufacturer in the Philippines, holds the third and final leg of the Honda Riders Convention 2018 at the Tent, Mandani Bay, F.E. Zuellig Avenue, Mandaue City, Cebu, where motorcycle riders and enthusiasts gathered for a day of fun-filled activities that celebrates the camaraderie and support of Honda riders to HPI. It is one of the many activities HPI holds under the ONE DREAM campaign, which imparts the accomplishment of the Filipino’s dreams through their products.

One of the highlights of the event is the launching of Honda’s latest models in various categories –such as the CRF150L and RS150R for the Sports category, the the New XRM125 Motard for the Cub category, and finally for the Scooters, the All-New PCX150,  CLICK125i and CLICK150i. These have exciting new designs and features that are suited to the various Filipinos’ riding needs.

Thrill seekers looking for fearless outdoor adventures were excited with the unveiling of the New CRF150L’s newest color variant Black. It is built for maximum handling performance and powered by the same powerful 150cc engine, complete with a PGM-Fi system that delivers a high off-road performance.

For the sportier riders, Honda unveiled the new color variants of the RS150R— Valiant Red and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic—with refreshed sporty racing image. It maintains its body design that is agile at high speeds and easy to maneuver for daily commutes, as well as its MotoGP DNA, 6-speed, Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC,) 150cc, liquid-cooled, engine.

Fans of Honda’s XRM125 series—the legendary underbone model that has been a best seller through the years— were pleased with the refreshed stripes design of the XRM125 Motard type in both Fighting Red and Tangerine Orange color variants for more style on the streets.

HPI also boasts of the All-New PCX150, which exudes class and style while delivering a premium performance and having an economic fuel consumption of 51.3km/L. This high-end scooter was built to be sophisticated to the smallest details with its advanced features, such as the keyless ignition, Anti-Theft Alarm, and Answer Back System, Full LCD Dashboard, All-LED Lighting equipment with Hazard Lamp, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS,) ACG Starter and Idling Stop System, and more.

Finally, Honda unleashed the recently launched game changing scooters, starting with the All-New CLICK125i which is powered by a 125cc Liquid-Cooled, PGM-FI engine with Enhanced Smart Power and an ACG starter, making the model fuel efficient at 53 km/L. It also has the Combi Brake System (CBS)for added safety. Its new design makes a bold statement with its modern bold decals and All LED Lighting System. It comes at an affordable price of PHP74,900.

Following it is the All-New CLICK150i, powered by a 150cc, Liquid-cooled, PGM-FI engine with Enhanced Smart Power, ACG Starter and Idling Stop System, which gives the bike a fuel economy of 52km/L. Like the All-New CLICK125i, it also has the CBS. For more convenience and added security, the model also brims with advanced features namely the keyless ignition, Anti-Theft Alarm, and Answer Back System. This premium scooter is priced at PHP95,900.

“The support [of Honda Riders] reminds us that we must continue to create the best products and latest innovations to continuously support your lifestyle,” said Hervic Villa, Department Manager of Motorcycle Sales Office about the latest models launched during the convention. “It motivates us to bring you best products, services and events.

Other activities for the convention include test ride activity, Riders Skills Challenge, Motor Show, “Riders Got Talent” competition and the “Miss Honda Riders Con 2018” segment. With this, Honda concludes its series of Riders Conventions throughout the year, having previously held legs in Luzon and Mindanao which similarly gathered thousands of riders in celebration of the ever-growing Honda family.

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Converge ICT Offers New Wi-Fi Services, Introduces Linksys Whole Home Wi-Fi System to Fiber Consumers

MANILA, Pushing the local fiber internet services market forward, Converge ICT recently unveiled a suite of new products that's set to give a seamless connectivity experience for its subscribers.

Partnering with hardware manufacturer Linksys®, the home router pioneer and first to sell 100 million routers globally, the telco company introduced Converge Seamless, a Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System called Velop. Linksys Whole Home Mesh WiFi will help simplify the way Converge’s subscribers experience pure, end-to-end fiber internet. Linksys’ Velop Intelligent Mesh Wi-Fi system is the world’s first true Whole Home Wi-Fi with an intuitive design and functionalities that simplifies everything from setup to daily use. The Velop nodes have gained multiple industry awards for design excellence, as well as positive reviews from tech critics for both performance and reliability.

Through Converge ICT´s exclusive partnership with Linksys®, the full potential of a pure fiber connection is now unlocked right at home. Aside from having powerful devices which can take advantage of Converge ICT’s pure fiber speeds, subscribers can now fully optimize their spaces and connect anywhere within their homes and offices.

This is what the modern Filipino household needs: a seamless WiFi experience that connects not just devices, but also the whole family. One problem when it comes to household WiFi use is the existence of dead spots, specific areas within a home where the WiFi signal emitted by a router is either too weak or blocked. Dead spots are caused by signals getting blocked due to walls and other objects. With Linksys’ suite of intelligent whole-home Mesh Wi-Fi solutions, Converge ICT subscribers can now have a reliable connection wherever they may be.

The Linksys Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System nodes are crafted with a simple and sleek design that’s visually similar with current trends in IoT (Internet of Things) devices such as home hubs, smart TV boxes, and smart displays. Linksys' Intelligent Mesh Technology allows the router to self-organize, self-optimize, and healing. This simply means that each node automatically connects to your router and even suggests the best spots for you to place it. If ever a node within your home gets disconnected, the remaining nodes instantly regroup and link with each other. The nodes are very easy to set up, all users must do is plug them in, tap a few settings on the mobile app, and let the technology do the rest.

The Velop nodes also have industry-standard features such as parental control, guest access, and native testing capabilities all built into the device.

Converge is offering the Seamless Whole Home Wifi System (AC2600 Dual Band, 2-Pack White) as an Add-on service to New and Existing FiberX subscribers. The offering starts at Plan 2500 for only P600.00 per month for 24-months on top of their internet plan.

For more details, visit

Seamless Whole Home WiFi
Linksys Velop AC2600 Dual Band(2-Pack) White
FiberX 2500
Up to 50 Mbps
FiberX 3500
Up to 100 Mbps
Fiber Xtreme 4500
Up to 300 Mbps
Fiber Xtreme 7000
Up to 500 Mbps
Php3,000/ One Time Payment


Motorcycle Riders Get to Experience Racing

KTM Philippines recently treated motorcycle riders of varying stripes—novice, advanced, and experienced—to KTM track day that allowed them to experience the ready-to-race DNA of the iconic Austrian bikes.

Held at the Batangas Racing Circuit in Rosario, Batangas, a whole line of KTM demo bikes were made available to participants for a test ride, including the 390 Duke, the 690 Duke, the 790 Duke, and the 1290 Super Duke GT. Participants were able to feel the full power and performance of the bikes in a safe and controlled environment.

Aside from the test rides, Joey Rivero, a former Philippine Superbike Championship Factor Racer, shared his biking know-how and riding skills, participants. Rivero conducts precision riding training classes for every type of motorcycle rider – on the track, on tour or on the street.

KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing, Inc. (KAMMI), the proud local manufacturer of KTM motorcycles in the country, is a joint-venture partnership between Adventure Cycle Philippines and KTM AG of Austria.

PH Faces Health and Environmental Risks Amid Lack of Landfills

The Philippines is expected to move further towards urbanization as it grows and develops. Unfortunately, its solid waste infrastructure is unable to keep pace with the economic and population growth. Inadequate, over-filled dumpsites and landfills are causing various health and environmental problems.

Some of the serious environmental risks caused by waste overflow landfills are ground and surface water contamination, flooding, greenhouse gas production, air pollution, exposure to toxins and spread of disease. Many disposal sites across the country contain infectious material, threatening sanitation workers and waste pickers and, eventually the general public.

Tests of liquid runoff or leachate from Rodriguez and Payatas dump sites were found to contain high levels of contaminants. Most of the leachate seeps untreated into groundwatersources of drinking water and flows to the Marikina and Pasig River systems and Manila Bay. Landfills and dump sites, despite government’s efforts to situate them in areas far from population centers, still pose a threat to the health and the environment.

A lot of wastes, about one-third of solid waste generated in the cities, are often dumped indiscriminately and often end up clogging the drains, causing flooding and increase in the populations of rodents and other pests. The urban poor suffer most from life-threatening conditions resulting from uncollected garbage.

In this age of digitalization and technology, one of the innovative solutions for solid waste management is decentralization using pyrolysis technology. Pyrolysis is coined from the Greek terms pyro or fire and lysis or separating. It is the industrial process of breaking down large molecules of waste such as agricultural residues, scraps, tires, and non-recyclable materials into smaller molecules of gas, oil and carbon black. One of the by-product of pyrolysis technology is ash which can be mixed with aggregates for construction purposes.

Most importantly, people should realize that they play a huge role in solving the massive garbage problem in the Philippines. It should be the country’s goal to create an environment free of garbage, minimizing of waste disposal to landfill, educating the community and make them aware of their roles and responsibilities, and to involve the business community in solid waste management.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Series of Seminars to be Held During National Exporters’ Week

In celebration of this year’s National Exporters' Week (NEW), the Department of Trade and Industry–Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) will hold “Usapang Exports,” a series of seminars for Philippine exporters, from December 3 to 5, 2018 at the DTI International Building in Makati City.

Usapang Exports covers a wide range of discussions, which will be presented in three sessions. These are the “Innovative Solutions for Exporters featuring Startups” to be held on December 3; “Export Opportunities: Learning from the Trade Attaches” on December 4; and the “International Certification and Standards for Greater Market Access for Gifts, Decors, and Housewares (GDH) and Wearables Sectors” on December 5. Experts from the private sector as well as the country’s commercial attaches will serve as resource speakers of the sessions.

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 931 series of 1996 and the House Resolution No.33, the first week of December was declared as the National Exporters’ Week to encourage all sectors to move toward the promotion and development of Philippine exports.

Under the theme: “SPICE Up to Scale Up!” Usapang Exports aims to encourage Philippine exporters to take advantage of new technologies, market trends, and opportunities to grow their businesses. SPICE stands for “Stimulate. Permeate. Innovate. Connect. Export!”

For more information on Usapang Exports, contact Sue Guro at 465.3300 loc. 109.

LexMeet App Offers Easy Access to Lawyers, Affordable Legal Consultations Right At Your Fingertips

Seeking legal advice on lawyers is now made more convenient and affordable as LexMeet (, a real-time on-demand online legal consultation webspace where lawyers and clients meet to solve legal problems is now launching its mobile application.

Starting November 2018, the LexMeet App can now be downloaded in Google Play ( and its IOS version will be soon available for download in App Store.

LexMeet solves difficulties on clients getting proper guidance on their problems that need legal remedies. Aside from fake attorneys lurking in the web as well as the nuances of Philippine law, there are also the rampant misinterpretations of common legal issues that just add unnecessary confusion to a prospective client seeking legal advice. In addition, the lack of access—physical or online—to a lawyer also compounds the issue, especially for Filipinos working overseas. All these concerns are what LexMeet wants to address - lawyer and legal service accessibility to the masses -  by making online legal consultations readily available for Filipinos everywhere without breaking the bank.

Using the LexMeet app couldn’t be any simpler. After the client registered their personal details for free, they can purchase credits—for as low as P500- via Paypal, Dragonpay, Coins.Ph and later on Google Pay payment gateways. Clients can initiate a legal consultation request where LexMeet will match their legal problem with a lawyer specialists that meets their requirements. Example, when a client submits his/her legal problem about the title of his/her condominium unit, LexMeet gives him/her a lawyers list with  specialisation in Condominium Law. Clients have to submit in advance their legal inquiries and provide their stories, objectives and questions as well as supporting documents through LexMeet sign-up forms. All consultations are conducted over video or voice call— possibly imposing for non-tech-savvy folk, but nevertheless more effective than a lifeless chat window. Their credits are automatically paid to their matched lawyer after the meeting ends. Ratings and feedback mechanism help ensure that LexMeet’s crowdsourced network of 250 lawyers provide quality consults, which seems to be the case as it boasts over 7,500 clients and counting.

LexMeet, a wordplay on the Latin word for “law” and workplace verbatim for setting office meetings is founded by Atty. Marlon Valderama, Managing Partner of Valderama Law Office and the country's pioneer when it comes to e-lawyering. He introduced the e-lawyering concept as early as 2010 in his law office website, E-Lawyers Online.

“LexMeet serves as the Uber of lawyers, where client can seek lawyer’s advice by a mere click. Instead of a Uber vehicle matching with the nearest rider, LexMeet is where client’s legal problem is matched with the lawyer’s expertise, location and language and we serve as a bridge for them to meet via video or call conference,” Atty. Valderama said.

Since its inception in 2017, Lexmeet serves as the online go-to-place by OFWs and SMEs.

“As we all know, Philippines have more than 10.23 million migrant workers scattered all over the world. With Filipino diaspora, there is a demand for legal services for the legal issues left behind by our migrant workers such as marriage, support and custody issues, inheritance, investments, among others. Also, we have so many SMEs, almost 1M now, who are needing legal guidance from lawyers. The lack of online facility to help our OFWs and SMEs in solving their legal problems is our prime motivation on establishing a primary hub of e-lawyering, ” Atty. Valderama explained.

LexMeet has been recently awarded as the Best Life Helper in 2018 ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards as it was recognize in its promising goal in making legal consultations inclusive for all Filipinos.

Fore more information, visit

Monday, November 26, 2018


SM Mall of Asia brings once again the most awaited festival of lights parade of the year – The MOA Grand Festival of Lights Parade, now on its 10th year.

Holidays are more magical and memorable at the SM Mall of Asia as Santa’s magical friends, Leo the Lion, Hailey the Hippo, Gerry the Giraffe, Macky the Monkey, Cyril the Squirrel, Benny the Bunny, Elly the Elephant and Hanna the Panda are back and to join the parade for a Winter Wonderland Christmas adventure as they ride the six magical floats set to music and dance the night away. Together with Oppo, Lady’s Choice, Toy Kingdom, SM Store, PLDT, SMART and Coca-Cola, this year’s festivity is set to be the most memorable parade ever.

The most anticipated holiday tradition at MOA will be a feast for the eyes and bring awe to all kids and kids-at-heart as they experience a multi-sensory parade like no other. Everything is made biggest and brightest with six over the top winter Christmas floats come to life together with over a hundred characters
dancing and spreading happiness to all capped with the spectacular fireworks display at Seaside Boulevard.

Every Saturday starting November 24, 2018 until Christmas Day, 5:30PM at North and South arcades, our customers will be in for a special treat and will experience more magical moments with family and friends.

Staying true to our promise of being the best destination this Holiday season, SM Mall of Asia has a lot of activities in store for everyone such as the meet-and-greet sessions with Santa and his MOA magical friends.

Kids can whisper their Christmas wishes as they sit on Santa’s lap or they can also write down and send their list at the Santa Mail. Mall goers will also be in for a special surprise as they take seflies and insta-stories with the huge MOA magical snow globe at the atrium or the 30ft gigantic MOA Santa at the MOA Complex.

The magic of giving continues with SM Bears of Joy. For only 200 pesos, customers can have a cute cuddly bear to keep, while another one will be donated to make a child happy at the chosen beneficiary, Kanlungan ni Erma.

This is only the beginning of magical celebrations at the SM Mall of Asia, a world-class Winter Christmas
destination for everyone.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Shopee Continues Christmas Celebrations with the Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Fresh off the excitement from the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, celebrates the final wave of Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale. Starting November 26, users can shop the Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale featuring 16 themed sale days in the lead up to December 12, with daily free shipping promotions, flash sales as low as ₱12, and Shopee Shake worth 12 million. Shopee will also be launching a brand new in-app game, Shopee Quiz.

“The past year has been an exciting one for Shopee not only in the Philippines but also across the region. We have achieved many significant milestones, such as the most recent Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale which broke 11 million orders regionally on November 11. The Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale marks the final leg of the year and we are excited to end it with a bang. We want to thank all our shoppers, sellers, and brands for their unending support on this journey, and will continue to push even more boundaries and drive e-commerce in the region forward,” said Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer at Shopee.

Starting November 26 to December 12, Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale will feature over two weeks of daily promotions at up to 99% off. Leading brands including P&G, Maybelline, Vivo, SM Store, Silverworks, Unilever, Lactum, and Platinum Karaoke will also be joining in the Shopee’s 12.12 Big Christmas sale celebrations with exclusive deals for Shopee users this festive season.

Debut of brand new in-app game, Shopee Quiz

To add to the celebrations, Shopee will also be launching its brand new in-app game, Shopee Quiz, during Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale. The interactive live quiz will require users to answer a series of questions in order to win from a prize pool of hundreds of thousands of Shopee Coins. Shopee Quiz sessions will be happening daily at 9 PM from December 4 to December 11, and at 12 noon and 9 PM on December 12.

In addition, Shopee’s trademark in-app game, Shopee Shake, returns for one last run in 2018. Users should watch out for Shopee Shake sessions happening twice daily at 12 noon and 7PM throughout the campaign, and eight times on December 4, 11, and 12.

Shopee presents the Wish Bus Tour with Jose Mari Chan

In partnership with Wish 107.5, Shopee will be holding an exclusive bus tour with Shopee’s Christmas ambassador, Jose Mari Chan. On November 26, the Shopee Wish Bus Tour will make several stops around Metro Manila for live Christmas performances, games and giveaways. The different stops for the tour were determined by users who voted via the Shopee app, with Starmall EDSA, Shaw; Ayala Triangle, Makati; and Market! Market!, Taguig City emerging as the top three voted locations.

On November 26, users can head down to the three locations to meet Jose Mari Chan live in person or tune in to the happenings of the Shopee Wish Bus Tour streamed live on Shopee’s Facebook page. As a treat to users this festive season, users who manage to spot and post a picture of the Shopee Wish Bus on Facebook or Instagram will also be in the running for a special Christmas giveaway. To qualify, users will need to tag and follow @shopeeph on Facebook and Instagram, and include the hashtags, #ShopeeWishBusTour, #ShopeeBigChristmasSale, and #ShopeePH1212.

“The Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale is a way for us to show our appreciation to all our loyal users in the Philippines. As the end of 2018 approaches, we invite all the Filipinos to join us in celebrating another key milestone in our Shopee journey.”

For more information on the Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, visit

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.


The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to the Mall Of Asia Arena for another exciting evening of world-class martial arts action. ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS featured a series of compelling bouts, punctuated by two unforgettable championship clashes that left fans on the edge of their seats. In the main event, Filipino-American superstar Brandon Vera successfully defended his ONE Heavyweight World Championship against Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli. In the co-main event, Eduard Folayang of the Philippines defeated Singapore’s Amir Khan via unanimous decision to capture the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship.

In the main event, reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines made quick work of Italy’s Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, stopping his opponent with a well-placed left hook counter to the jaw that turned the lights out on the Italian. After an aggressive Cerilli stalked Vera across the cage, the Filipino-American took a step back and uncorked the counter that landed right on the button. Cerilli was out before he hit the canvas as referee Olivier Coste stepped in to call a halt to the contest just passed the one minute mark. The victory also earned Vera GoDaddy KO of the Night honors.

Brandon Vera, ONE Heavyweight World Champion, stated: “Manila, all my countrymen, I’ve missed you all. Two years was a long time. I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long, but it looks like I can still do it. I’ve been watching Mauro’s tapes every night. Even as I sleep, I watch him train. I watch him fight. I watch everything he does. I know he swings hard. He did punch me in the mouth and it hurt, and then when he fell down, I was pretty surprised. So I’m glad I got that left hook in and dropped him with it. In the world of martial arts, the Philippines owns five world titles. We can do this. Continue your support. Let’s get all the belts!”

In the co-main event of the evening, the Philippines’ Eduard “Landslide” Folayang secured a thrilling five-round unanimous decision victory over Singapore’s Amir Khan to capture the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship. Folayang dominated Khan from start to finish, punishing his younger opponent with a variety of striking combinations featuring spinning heel kicks and sharp elbows. Khan tried his best to counter Folayang’s offense, but appeared a step slower and couldn’t pin down Folayang’s timing. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Folayang.

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines overcame a game effort from challenger Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju of Singapore to win by unanimous decision after three rounds. Banario dominated Raju in striking exchanges while also threatening with submissions in the first round. Raju made it a competitive bout in the second frame, but Banario came alive once again in the third and nearly finished the Singaporean with a rear naked choke. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Banario.

In a spirited ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest, bantamweights Saemapetch Fairtex of Thailand and Alaverdi Ramazanov of Russia put on an absolute show for fans at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ramazanov used his height and length to pose problems for Saemapetch early, but the Thai veteran would start to come on in the second round. Although Ramazanov would try his best to outwork his opponent, Saemapetch proved much too explosive and powerful. After three rounds of action, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Saemapetch to win by unanimous decision.

James Nakashima of the United States authored a solid all-around performance in his ONE Championship debut, dominating Russia’s Raimond Magomedaliev to earn a unanimous decision victory. Nakashima bucked a slow start in the first round after Magomedaliev’s range posed a problem for the former American National Wrestling Champion. Nakashima’s grappling prowess was put on display in the succeeding rounds as he took Magomedaliev down at will and consistently pounded him out. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Nakashima.

Japanese kickboxing ace Hiroaki Suzuki was victorious in his ONE Super Series debut, picking up a unanimous decision win over Lithuania’s Deividas Danyla. Danyla controlled the pace in the opening round, but Suzuki connected on a left hook that sent Danyla to the mat to close the first frame. In the second round, Danyla continued to put the paces on Suzuki who appeared to grow stronger as the bout wore on. In the third round, Suzuki turned up the pressure with a stream of thunderous kicks and punch combinations, enough to earn him the nod on all three judges’ scorecards.

French Muay Thai star Samy “AK-47” Sana picked up his first win on the ONE Super Series stage with a unanimous decision victory over Armen Petrosyan of Italy in their three-round kickboxing contest. The former WBC and A1 Muay Thai World Champion was dominant from bell to bell, rattling Petrosyan with swift combinations. Petrosyan managed to keep the bout competitive, but Sana was always a step ahead, and he took home a clear-cut decision win. 

In a clash between former ONE World Title contenders, Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado of Brazil returned to his winning ways with a spectacular second-round stoppage victory over Japan’s Hideki “Shrek” Sekine. Machado survived a strong first round from the Japanese grappler as he was taken down with a flurry of effective slams. In the second round, Machado showcased his striking superiority as he hammered Sekine with a barrage of heavy punches to claim the technical knockout. 

Han Zi Hao took home a first-round technical knockout victory over Malaysian debutant Azwan Che Wil. Both men employed fiery offense from the start with Han utilizing his speed and power to connect on a handful of thudding strikes, knocking Che Wil down late in the first round. With a few seconds remaining in the opening frame, Han dropped Che Wil again, this time with the Malaysian signalling to the referee that he could no longer continue. The victory was then awarded to the Chinese striker.

Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado of the Philippines sent the crowd into a frenzy with a second-round technical knockout victory over China’s Peng Xue Wen. Miado looked to trade hands early on, clipping Peng with solid punches from different angles. With Peng opting to continue exchanging strikes in the second round, Miado capitalized on the opportunity, dropping his opponent to the mat with a stinging right uppercut and then drilling a barrage of follow-up blows to force the stoppage.

In an intense battle between ONE Warrior Series alumni, Akihiro “SuperJap” Fujisawa of Japan emerged triumphant, scoring a third-round technical knockout victory over Bangkok-based Filipino standout Rockie Bactol. Fujisawa had to weather an early storm, defending against Bactol’s blazing punch combinations in the first round. He turned the tide in the second frame, negating Bactol’s striking with his top-notch ground game. In the final period, Fujisawa grinded out Bactol on the mat for the majority of the round before securing the finish with a series of hard blows.

Setting the tone for an action-packed evening was a three-round flyweight encounter between Rudy “The Golden Boy” Agustian and Asraful “Warrior” Islam. Agustian turned in a dominant performance, outclassing Islam over the course of three rounds. Banking on his superior striking and smoothly-executed takedowns, Agustian walked away with the clear-cut unanimous decision victory.

Official results for ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS
ONE Heavyweight World Championship bout: Brandon Vera defeats Mauro Cerilli by Knockout (KO) at 1:04 minutes of round 1
ONE Lightweight World Championship bout: Eduard Folayang defeats Amir Khan by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
Catch Weight bout (79.0kgs): Honorio Banario defeats Rahul Raju by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Saemapetch Fairtex defeats Alaverdi Ramazanov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Welterweight bout: James Nakashima defeats Raimond Magomedaliev by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Super Series Kickboxing Bantamweight bout: Hiroaki Suzuki defeats Deividas Danyla by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Super Series Kickboxing Catch Weight bout (73.0kgs): Samy Sana defeats Armen Petrosyan by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Heavyweight bout: Alexandre Machado defeats Hideki Sekine by TKO  at 1:44 minutes of round 2
ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Han Zi Hao defeats Azwan Che Wil by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 2:52 minutes of round 1
Strawweight bout: Jeremy Miado defeats Peng Xue Wen by TKO (Strikes) at 0:53 minutes of round 2
Flyweight bout: Akihiro Fujisawa defeats Rockie Bactol by TKO (Strikes) at 4:40 minutes of round 3
Flyweight bout: Rudy Agustian defeats Asraful Islam by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

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About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship (ONE) is the largest global sports media property in Asian history, and the largest producer of millennial live sports content in Asia. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE is the Home of Martial Arts, and is the world's largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more. ONE hosts the biggest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions on the largest global media broadcast in Asia. ONE eSports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship, runs Asia's largest eSports league with some of the biggest blockbuster titles in the world. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 1.7 billion potential viewers across 138 countries with some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Bandsports, Startimes, Premier Sports, Thairath TV, Skynet, Mediacorp, OSN, and more.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Carousell Launches Regional #PrelovedwithLove Donation Drive

Carousell, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing classifieds marketplaces, will be organising a preloved item donation drive for selected charities across its seven markets, with Ti-Ratana Welfare Society chosen for Malaysia.

“Our community is an integral part of Carousell. We understand the important role community members can play in contributing and giving back to the society. #PrelovedwithLove is a movement to inspire Malaysians to champion this cause of giving back to the less fortunate. We also want to encourage Malaysians to donate their pre-loved items instead of just disposing them, Carousell is the classifieds marketplace to make it happen,” said Tang Siew Wai, Country Head of Carousell Malaysia.

He adds that the objective of this drive is to highlight the needs of the home beyond the requirements of funds, as well as an excellent opportunity to declutter unused items as well as bringing the Carousell community together for a good cause.

Alongside personalities such as supermodel Amber Chia, comedian Kavin Jay and singer Bihzhu, the Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club, and the KL Book Appreciation Club have also pledged to donate pre-loved items, toys, LEGO bricks and many more to Ti-Ratana Welfare Society. In addition, they will be visiting the home for a fun-filled day with games and cosplay activities as well as presenting their donated items.

Ti-Ratana Welfare Society, a community service society was set up in the spirit of compassion to both serve and provide shelter, education and care to the underprivileged members of the community. It is also a voluntary, not-for-profit, non-partisan and non-denominational organisation offering a wide scope of community services.

Members of the public who are interested in participating in the campaign can list their items on Carousell with the hashtag #PrelovedwithLove tagged with an RM0 price tag. Members of the Ti-Ratana Welfare Society will select the items needed from the listings.

For more information and to participate in the campaign, visit or download the Carousell app on Apple Store or Google Play Store.

About Carousell
Carousell is a classifieds marketplace that makes selling as easy as taking a photo, buying as simple as chatting. Launched in August 2012, Carousell began in Singapore and now has a presence in seven markets across Asia. With over 171 million listings, we are one of the world’s largest and fastest growing marketplaces in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and is backed by Rakuten Ventures, Sequoia India, 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures, DBS and EDBI. In Malaysia, Carousell has a diverse range of products in 34 categories, including fashion & beauty, lifestyle gadgets and muslimah fashion. Download the app for iOS or Android, and visit for more information.

About Ti-Ratana Welfare Society
Ti-Ratana Welfare Society is a charitable organisation registered on 9th February 1994 under the Registrar of Societies Act. It has a President and committee elected yearly by its members to oversee its operations, with Chief High Priest Most Ven. Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana Nayake Maha Thera as its Founder and Advisor.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Completes 2018 with its Ultimate Line-up of Exclusive Offers for its Citizens

ASUS ROG has always been committed to providing the best gears to its Citizens in the pursuit of growing the innovative tech and gaming industries. The Republic is now in search for an elite group who deserves only the best gears. The ROG G21 Elite Squad is a select group of discerning enthusiasts that aim for the best uncompromising gaming experience.
Be part of the Elite Squad by being one of ONLY 10 OWNERS of the exclusive ROG Huracan G21, which will come with a complete set of epic ROG gaming gear! With the ROG G21 Elite Squad package, end-users will get the following ROG gear, including a Sharkoon gaming chair worth PHP 9,000 as part of the Share 2018 Christmas Promo, all for a special bundle price of PHP 159,995!
PHP 139,995.00
PHP 29,000.00
ROG Strix Flare
PHP 9,000.00
ROG Pugio
PHP 5,000.00
ROG Srix Fusion 500
PHP 9,000.00
ROG Scabbard
PHP 2,000.00
ROG Spotlight
PHP 2,000.00
Share 2018 Christmas Promo*
Sharkoon Gaming Chair
PHP 9,000.00
Intel Game Without Compromise Promo*
FREE games and in-game bonuses
PHP 10,000.00
Total Package Cost

PHP 214,995.00

PHP 159,995.00

PHP 55,000.00

* When you purchase from December 1 to 31, 2018 only

Pre-order now and get more with PHP 10,000 worth of free games from Intel Game Without Compromise Promo.
To pre-order and for other details and mechanics,

Epic game bundle for superior gear
Beyond empowering gamers with the Elite Squad bundle, ASUS ROG is also offering epic gaming experiences for prospective ROG or FX series users with PHP 10,000 worth of games and in-game bonuses from Intel®’s most epic, pre-Christmas bundle – the Game Without Compromise promo. Simply purchase select ASUS ROG or FX Series Notebooks and Desktops powered by Intel® i5 or i7 8th Gen Processor. Among the game titles are Final Fantasy XV, CS:GO, Hello Neighbor and PUBG. Top it off with Gamer Sensei credit and exclusive PUBG and World of Tanks in-game content.
Promotion is open to all end-users who purchase select ASUS ROG or FX Series Notebooks and Desktops with Intel® i5 or i7 8thGeneration processor starting October 26 to December 31, 2018 from participating ROG and ASUS Concept Stores and Authorized Resellers nationwide.

Every end-user who purchases select products will receive a Master Key Code for various games and in-game content courtesy of Intel®.
For more details, visit
Ultimate Christmas Gaming Bundle
The ultimate gaming experience doesn’t stop there for ASUS ROG. ASUS’ Share 2018 Christmas Promo gives end-users the chance to get exclusive ROG premium bundles worth over PHP 60,000. Just purchase select ROG and ASUS FX “TUF Gaming” notebooks and desktops starting November 12 to 31, 2018 and bring home these limited edition ROG premium bundle items:
Select ROG GX501 and G703 models
ROG Jacket + Limited Edition ROG G-Shock + ROG Gaming Chair + ROG Gaming Backpack + Impact Mouse + Gaming Headset**
up to PHP 50,000 worth of freebies
Select ROG GL504, G703, GM501 and GX531 models
ROG Jacket + Limited Edition ROG G-Shock + ROG Gaming Backpack + Impact Mouse + Gaming Headset**
up to  PHP 20,000 worth of freebies
Select ROG GL12 and G21 models
ROG Gaming Chair + Gaming USB Keyboard and Mouse +ROG Champion’s Pack**
up to PHP 17,000 worth of freebies
Select GL503, GL703, GL504, GL704, GM501 and GL702
ROG Jacket + ROG Champion’s Pack + ROG Shirt + ROG Gaming Backpack + Impact Mouse
up to PHP 15,000 worth of freebies
Select ASUS FX504, FX505 and FX705 models
ROG Jacket + ROG Champion’s Pack + ROG Shirt
up to PHP 12,000 worth of freebies
Select ASUS FX503, FX504 and ROG GL503 models*
ROG Jacket + Kingston 128 GB SSD + 4GB RAM + ASUS Backpack
up to PHP 11,000 worth if freebies
Select ASUS FX503 and FX504 models*
Kingston 128 GB SSD + 4GB RAM + ASUS Backpack
up to PHP 8,000 worth of freebies
Select ASUS FX10 and ROG GL12 models
ROG Champion’s Pack + Gaming USB Keyboard and Mouse + ROG Champion’s Pack**
up to PHP 8,000 worth of freebies

*Available in ROG Concept Stores only
**Available on select models only
***Please see flyers for complete promo details and mechanics

For more details, visit
ASUS Premium Care Warranty Extension Program
To make their gaming experiences as holistic as possible, ASUS ROG gives Citizens an excellent after-sales service for their gaming laptops. Starting [GELAY TO PROVIDE], ASUS will bring the ASUS Premium Care program, the first widely-available warranty extension program and service upgrade package, to ROG and FX Series notebooks, giving them the option to upgrade the current 2-year Global warranty that comes default with every ASUS laptop purchase in authorized channels.
The Premium Care program has nationwide service coverage in over 100 cities, and is recognized in more than 50 countries. This extension program is 100% free of charge, at no hidden costs.
The program will come with an option to extend your device warranty for another year or upgrade to an on-site warranty for your new ASUS or ROG laptop purchase. This also comes with a mobile app where you can monitor your repair status in just a few clicks and be in touch with a customer service representative easily.
Below are the ASUS and ROG models with their corresponding APC Package Eligibility:
Product Line
Model name starting with
APC Package
1 Year Warranty Extension
On-site Warranty Upgrade
E Series
X Series


Vivobook S

Vivobook Pro

Vivobook Flip



Zenbook Flip

Zenbook S

Zenbook Pro

FX series
Gaming Notebook
G / GL / GX / GM

Tune in to ASUS and ASUS ROG Facebook page for more details.