Friday, August 23, 2019

4th Philippine Quality Award Forum Inspiring More Local Organizations to Achieve Performance Excellence

The Department of Trade and Industry- Competitiveness Bureau recently held the 4th leg of the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Forum at the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Capitol Site, Batangas City this year. 

The PQA Forum is conducted annually to showcase the best practices of the previous cycles' PQA recipients. It provides insights for local organizations on how they can achieve performance excellence through the PQA. This forum has been helpful in encouraging other local organizations to deliver a quality service or goods and ensure organizational sustainability by establishing sound processes. 

The Conferment Ceremony of Philippine Quality Award was held in Malacañang Palace last October 24, 2018, wherein 16 organizations received the various recognition levels from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. With that, four of these recipients from Region IV-A were invited to share their success stories and PQA Journey in this event. The City Government of Tanauan, the Department of Science and Technology IV-A, Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba, and the host for this year’s forum, Lyceum of the Philippines – Batangas, actively shared relevant information in improving an organization’s effectiveness that other companies can emulate. 

Presenters of the forum discussed about lessons they have learned from the results of the assessment, outlook on the future using the PQA system, and of course, best practices with specific results achieved. This information will be useful for aspiring organizations to level up the quality of products and services that they offer to their customers. 

The forum has been a success for being attended by several representatives from the public and private sectors of Region IV-A. This served as a venue for other organizations to gain knowledge from the stories of PQA recipients' quality performance and adapt the strategies towards performance results, leadership effectiveness, customer and employee satisfaction, process management, and being one of the best organizations to deliver quality goods and services. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019


22 August 2019 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced its historic first event to be held in Vietnam. Live from Ho Chi Minh City is ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, featuring the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent. The greatest strikers from all corners of the globe are set to converge at the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium on 6 September for an action-packed evening. ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH is also the first event to feature all ONE Super Series bouts.

In the main event, reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will defend his title against Brice Delval of France.

Ticket information for ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH is available at

Considered one of the greatest strikers of all time, Nong-O has captured nearly every accolade in Muay Thai. He made his first appearance at the famed Rajadamnern Stadium when he was just a teenager and won. That set off an incredible run of success.

The icon has competed in over 300 professional bouts. During that time, he claimed two Thailand National Muay Thai Championships, four Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Championships in different divisions, and a Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Championship.

Since joining the world’s best strikers in ONE Super Series, Nong-O has dominated the competition. In February, he captured the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title with a unanimous decision victory over Han Zi Hao. He then successfully defended the belt in his next bout against Hiroaki Suzuki.

Nong-O’s opponent, striking sensation Brice Delval, is a natural talent who trains at the famed Mahmoudi Gym in France.

Delval grew up on the French island of Réunion, where he discovered his passion for martial arts. That ultimately led him to the sport of Muay Thai.

An S1 Muay Thai World Champion, Delval now joins ONE Super Series. In his official debut, he will challenge Nong-O for the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title.

Rising star Saemapetch Fairtex of Thailand returns to action in a Muay Thai contest. The former MTGP Welterweight World Champion joined ONE Super Series in 2018 and has since impressed during his time inside the ring.

Prodigiously talented, Saemapetch took up Muay Thai at the age of 11, and a mere three years later, he was already competing at the famed Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok. Now training out of the renowned Fairtex camp in Pattaya, alongside the likes of Muay Thai World Champions Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex and Stamp Fairtex, Saemapetch is certainly a noteworthy talent to watch out for.

Saemapetch takes on French Muay Thai Kickboxer and 5-time Muay Thai World Champion and Lumpinee Stadium World Champion Rafi Bohic.

Bantamweights Kulabdam “Left Meteorite” Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai of Thailand and Bobo “The Panther” Sacko of France are set to see action in a Muay Thai contest.

Kulabdam made a name for himself in the prestigious Channel 7 Stadium with an impressive streak of knockout victories in 2016. He was awarded the Sports Writers Association Fighter of the Year honors for his performances in 2017. Also, he is a 2-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion. Sacko, on the other hand, is a WMF Welterweight Muay Thai World Champion and WPMF Muay Thai World Champion.

Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadium Champion Panpayak “The Angel Warrior” Jitmuangnon of Thailand takes on RISE Featherweight Champion Masahide “Crazy Rabbit” Kudo of Japan in a kickboxing contest. In addition, Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy of Thailand returns to action against WBC Muay Thai Super Bantamweight World Champion Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri of Italy, while Singtongnoi Por Telakun of Thailand faces Kohei “Momotaro” Kodera of Japan..

Vietnamese-English athlete Michael “The Beast from the East” Pham and the United Kingdom's Amber “AK 47” Kitchen are set to see action as they face Mohamad Fakri “Ant Man” Bin Yusoff of Malaysia and Viktoria Lipianska of Slovakia, respectively, in a pair of Muay Thai bouts. Also, Vietnamese-Australian athlete Chris Nguyen faces Japan’s Yukinori Ogasawara in a Muay Thai contest. Making her striking debut is Vietnamese-American mixed martial arts star Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen who takes on India’s Puja “The Cyclone” Tomar in a Vietnamese Super Series Muay Thai contest.

Vietnamese martial arts athletes will, of course, be well-represented in ONE Championship’s inaugural event in the country.

Set to see action are Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat and Nguyen Thanh Tung, who will take on Malaysia’s Azwan Che Wil and Pakistan’s Shahzaib “King” Rindh, respectively, in Vietnamese Super Series bouts.

Last but not least is a pair of kickboxing bouts. World Fighting League Tournament Champion Santino Verbeek of the Netherlands goes head-to-head with WTKA Champion Juan Cervantes of the United Kingdom, while WMC World Champion Beybulat Isaev of Russia locks horns with Brazilian National Kickboxing Champion Anderson “Braddock” Silva.
Friday, 6 September
Phu Tho Indoor Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Main Event
ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (C) vs Brice Delval
Muay Thai: 65.8kg

Saemapetch Fairtex vs Rafi Bohic
Muay Thai: 65.8kg

Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat vs Azwan Che Wil
Muay Thai: 61.2kg

Beybulat Isaev vs Anderson Silva
Kickboxing: 102.1kg

Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai vs Bobo Sacko
Muay Thai: 65.8kg

Chris Nguyen vs Yukinori Ogasawara
Muay Thai: 61.2kg

Bi Nguyen vs Puja Tomar
Muay Thai: 52.2kg

Panpayak Jitmuangnon vs Masahide Kudo
Kickboxing: 61.2kg

Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy vs Joseph Lasiri
Muay Thai: 61.2kg

Santino Verbeek vs Juan Cervantes
Kickboxing: 83.9kg

Singtongnoi Por Telakun vs Kohei Kodera
Muay Thai: 61.2kg

Amber Kitchen vs Viktoria Lipianska
Muay Thai: 56.7kg

Nguyen Thanh Tung vs Shahzaib Rindh
Kickboxing: 70.3kg

Michael Pham vs Mohamad Fakri Bin Yusoff
Muay Thai: 70.3kg
For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at

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 global esports Championship Series with some of the biggest blockbuster game titles in the world. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 2.6 billion potential viewers across 140+ countries with some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Startimes, Thairath TV, Skynet, Mediacorp, Great Sports, Tencent, Star TV, Mediaset Italia, ProSiebenSat.1, Dubai Sports, Turner Sports, and more.

Top 5 New Health and Wellness Trends to Try

“Health is wealth,” the saying goes, but many people often overlook this gem of a concept because of many factors. For one, on top of the demands of a busy lifestyle, workout routines and healthy regimens become boring and uninteresting after a while – or simply get too hard to stick to.

You can get back on track towards wellness by trying out new health routines and practices. AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurers, shares these new wellness trends to revive your interest in a healthier lifestyle:

Online workout subscriptions. If you cannot go to the gym, a few clicks on your computer can lead you to online fitness programs that will help you get fit in the comfort of your own home. One of various exercise routines offered by workout websites may suit your needs and budget. Subscriptions cost only about ₱500 to ₱1,000 per month.

Sound bath. Despite its name, sound baths do not involve water and soap. It is an alternative healing practice that uses sounds and sonic waves to calm the body and mind. As you lie on your back and close your eyes, sound bath healers will produce relaxing music using Himalayan singing bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, chimes, Biosonic tuning forks, shamanic drumming, and other percussion instruments. People now use this auditory approach for deep relaxation and meditation, as the sounds slowly allow them to relax fully and explore the inner self.

Sleep technologies. It is recommended that adults aged 18 to 64 should get seven to nine hours of sleep per day. Not getting enough sleep can weaken the immune system, affect bodily functions,and even increase the risk of future respiratory diseases and cardio-cerebral vascular illnesses. Several companies have developed state-of-the-art devices that can enhance natural sleep and ultimately improve a person's lifestyle: wristbands and smartwatches, temperature regulators, bedside monitors, and smart beds and mattresses to help you get a good night’s rest.

Digital detox. Technology has caused unnecessary stress and emotional strain to many so a growing number of people are trying to “disconnect to reconnect.” Digital detoxification can effectively reduce stress, improve emotional state, increase work productivity and boost social interaction. You will be surprised at how logging off from social media and limiting use of electronic devices can improve your physical and mental wellness.

Intuitive eating. This is perfect for those who find it difficult to follow a strict diet. This no-diet approach is all about eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. Intuitive eating encourages people to have a healthy attitude toward food and body image, and to honor their hunger by finding ways to satisfy it in a healthy way. It also helps people cope with stress and other extreme emotions without using food as a coping mechanism. Intuitive eating does not only focus on losing weight, but highlights the need to feel energized, strong and alive.

As poor health choices can lead to critical illnesses that can affect anyone at any age, it is important to protect yourself from the financial repercussions of getting sick. AXA Philippines has several health plans that suit your need and budget, no matter what life stage you are in. For more information, visit

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Performs at Hard Rock Cafe on the Anniversary of Elvis’ Death

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 August 2019 – Hard Rock Cafe Chairman, Tan Sri Syed Yusof Syed Nasir recently performed Elvis Presley songs to a packed Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur, paying tribute to the legendary King of Rock and Roll on the anniversary of his death.
Elvis Presley is the single most significant figure in rock and roll history where he completely revolutionised music and his influence changed the entertainment industry forever and people quickly fell in love with his amazing voice and pelvic thrusting hips,” said Tan Sri Syed Yusof, better known as Jojo by his friends.

Elvis set in motion a style of music that dominated the world for the rest of the century. It was the beginning of youth culture, the breakdown of inhibition and ended up creating a generation that was able to have the freedom of expression forever changing music and left a lasting legacy, which positively influenced the world.

Tan Sri Syed Yusof rocked the stage in a stylish black suit complete with a golden eagle print, high collar and dark glasses, supported by Dato’ Suraj Singh, a well known Elvis impersonator, replete with a high-collared coat, bell bottoms an almost identical voice to the King.


About Hard Rock®:

With venues in 74 countries, including 188 Hard Rock Cafes, 240 Rock Shops®, 29 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectable fashion and music-related merchandise available in global Rock Shops and online at HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands including Hard Rock Live performance venues. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes known for their award-winning Legendary ® Steak Burgers in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. Another exciting Hotel & Casino location includes Atlantic City. Hard Rock Hotels are located in vibrant city and resort destinations such as Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Desaru Coast, Ibiza, London, Los Cabos, Orlando and Shenzhen. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Kathmandu, Nepal, Gran Canaria, Spain, New Castle, United Kingdom, Asuncion, Paraguay, and Chandigarh, India. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains. For more information on Hard Rock International visit

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


20 August 2019 – Milan, Italy: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that Carlo Di Blasi has been named President of ONE Championship Italy.

As a member of the ONE Championship senior leadership team, Di Blasi is responsible for developing business strategies and plans, executing strategic B2B and marketing activities, acquiring and managing relationships with key accounts, and ensuring strong stakeholder management across the Italian business ecosystem. He will represent ONE Championship in Italy and help drive the culture of the company’s core values in the market.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “It is my pleasure to announce that Carlo Di Blasi has been named President of ONE Championship Italy. Carlo is a well-respected figure in the European martial arts industry, particularly with the work he has put in towards developing Muay Thai and kickboxing, as well as mixed martial arts in Italy. With Carlo’s business and domain expertise, he plays a key role in shaping the future of ONE Championship. As our organization establishes strong roots in locations around the world, the ONE Championship brand continues to flourish globally. Our goal is to ignite the world with strength, hope, dreams, and inspiration through the power of martial arts. I have no doubt that Carlo will do a tremendous job in his new role.”

Carlo Di Blasi, President of ONE Championship Italy, stated: “Experiencing a ONE Championship event live for the first time, I immediately understood this is the future of martial arts. Getting to know the ONE Championship team - Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, Vice Chairman Saurabh Mittal, and Group President Hua Fung Teh, and all the amazing people in the company - it’s the most incredible team I’ve ever seen. I know here at ONE Championship, we are going to change the world. I am proud to be President of ONE Championship Italy and even more proud to be part of this organization. I will do my best to help ONE Championship take martial arts to the next level.”

Before joining the organization as President of ONE Championship Italy, Di Blasi previously served as Italian representative for the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) and the World Muay Federation (WMF). He was a Board Member of the International Federation of Savate (FISAV), and Vice President of the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA).

Di Blasi also boasts of professional experience as a promoter for K1 Italy, GLORY Kickboxing, Oktagon, and Victory World Series tournaments across Europe in countries such as Sweden, Italy, France, Hungary, Slovakia, Russia, Panama, and Bielorissia.

A former Savate Italian Champion, Di Blasi served for the Italian Army as Carabinieri in the Anti-Drug Department of the Special Forces. A graduate of Law at the University of Milan, Di Blasi speaks Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish.
For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at

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 global esports Championship Series with some of the biggest blockbuster game titles in the world. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 2.6 billion potential viewers across 140+ countries with some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Startimes, Thairath TV, Skynet, Mediacorp, Great Sports, Tencent, Star TV, Mediaset Italia, ProSiebenSat.1, Dubai Sports, Turner Sports, and more.

DTI 4-A Aims a Bigger, Better, and Smarter Trade Solution for Southern Luzon

To promote the competitive advantages of using the Batangas International Port for cargoes (inbound/outbound), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 4-A, in cooperation with the Asian Terminals, Inc. and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)- Batangas, conducted “The Batangas Port Forum” for the benefit of industry stakeholders and potential users, presenting updates and developments on the Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) on August 15, 2019 in Batangas City, Batangas.

“We, in the DTI, would like our manufacturers and exporters here in CALABARZON to further grow and develop by being efficient and cost effective in their logistics and transportation cost in bringing their goods to their intended market. Likewise, we would like Batangas Port to be fully utilized and efficient, not just as a transshipment hub but also as a port that can directly ship cargoes to international destinations at the least possible time,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

The forum tackled issues that hinder industries, exporters, importers, and other stakeholders from utilizing the port fully, including the big possibility to have a direct shipment from Batangas Port to Japan once the volume requirement is met, shortening the transit time. Subsequently, a windshield tour around Batangas port was provided.

In the presentation of ATI Marketing Manager Jel M. Yulo on updates and development of the Batangas Port, she enumerated the advantages to Southern Luzon exporters and manufacturers of using the Batangas Port such as, improved cash flow, maximized free time of shipping lines, lesser storage cost versus port charges, lesser trucking cost, and shorter delivery call-in lead time. Some of the recent developments in the port are the ongoing civil works on crane rails, berth connectivity, yard rehabilitation, and expanded container yard.

Moreover, ATI released its first mobile application named Mobile Port or MPort—designed in its first stage to bring information on Client’s transaction by giving data as it happens when it happens.

“The presence of everyone in the government and private sector is a clear manifestation of their great commitment towards the economic prosperity of our country, particularly in response to the increasing business opportunity in the CALABARZON region,” said PPA Batangas Acting Manager Ambrocio O. Ilao.

“Rest assured that the PPA will support and serve in this growing business opportunity by providing port facilities and services of global standard,” added Ilao.

Around 100 participants from shipping lines such as Sealand Maersk, CMA-CGM, Evergreen Shipping, COSCO Shipping, and Wan Hai Lines, ecozone associations from the electronics, automotive, and metals sectors, manufacturers from coco-based and food sector, and government agencies like the Bureau of Customs and the National Economic Development Authority attended the forum.

The event was an offshoot of the Roundtable Discussion (RTD) on Batangas Port Issues held last June 28, 2019 in Calamba City, Laguna attended by representatives from the DTI 4-A, DTI Batangas, ATI, PPA, Export Marketing Bureau, Board of Investments, Bureau of Import Services, Export Development Council, Regional Development Council- Sectoral Committee on Infrastructure Development, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Light Industry & Science Park II and III, and logistics and shipping companies.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Get Ready for 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee’s Biggest Shopping Event for the Region

MANILA, 19 AUGUST 2019 – Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, officially kicks off its signature 9.9 Super Shopping Day.

This comes after the announcement of global football icon Cristiano Ronaldo as its latest brand ambassador sparked immense excitement across the region. Shopee continues the Cristiano Ronaldo hype with its biggest-ever 9.9 Super Shopping Day, featuring three weeks of epic promotions including free shipping with no minimum spend.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee pioneered 9.9 Super Shopping Day in 2016. Today, it is the biggest annual shopping event that is unique to our region. No two 9.9 events are the same, and we strive to make each 9.9 experience better than the last. This year’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day will be our biggest yet as we bring everyone in the region together for our special day on 9 September.”

Key Highlights for 9.9 Super Shopping Day in the Philippines

In the Philippines, 9.9 Super Shopping Day will run from August 19 to September 9, featuring three weeks of super promotions and entertainment. Key highlights include:
  • Free Shipping with ₱0 Min Spend: Users can enjoy free shipping promotions with no minimum spend on all 9.9 shops for the entire 9.9 Super Shopping Day.
  • Shop Non-Stop with 24-Hour Flash Deals: Users can enjoy 24 rounds of flash deals on selected days, including Super Flash Deals Day on September 4 and the grand finale of 9.9 Super Shopping Day on September 9.
  • Score the Most Popular Products with ₱1 Game: Users can join Shopee’s ₱1 Game everyday to score the most sought-after items including an A&S 40” LED TV, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Dell Inspiron laptop, and more.
  • Daily 12MN and 12NN Happy Hour Giveaways: Every day, users can redeem exclusive vouchers offering up to 100% cashback at 12MN and 12NN over the the entire 9.9 Super Shopping Day.
Shopee Philippines has also teamed up with leading industry players to provide users with exclusive privileges throughout 9.9 Super Shopping Day:
  • Free Shipping with GrabExpress: From September 2 to 9, Shopee will partner with GrabExpress to deliver free shipping with no minimum spend on an exclusive product collection. 
  • Save more at Gerry’s Grill: Customers who flash their Shopee app at any Gerry’s Grill branch from September 1 to 30 can get the Gerry’s Grill Sizzling Sisig for only ₱99.
  • Enjoy extra discounts with Metrobank: Users can enjoy a further 12% off when they check out their Shopee purchases with a Metrobank credit card from August 19 to September 9.
Tao closed, “I am excited to usher in 9.9 Super Shopping Day this year, as we continue to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience for the people in our region. With the strong support from our brands, sellers and partners, I am confident that this year’s 9.9 will be a big success.”

Watch Shopee’s television commercial with Cristiano Ronaldo here.
Find out more about 9.9 Super Shopping Day at
Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.


MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Aug. 17, 2019— The fourth and final day of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Asia 2019 in Tokyo, Japan concluded in thrilling fashion as the 64 campers from 18 countries and territories in Asia-Pacific competed in playoffs and championship games, a 3-point contest, and a pair of All-Star games, which featured Batang Gilas forward Joshua Rafael Lazaro, Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars Harold Alarcon and Florence Jil Talas.

The camp got underway in the morning with playoffs games to determine the championship games matchup.  On the girls side, the New York Liberty and the Los Angeles Sparks faced off in the championship game, with the Liberty (coached by former WNBA player Ashley Battle) coming away with a 33 – 18 win. 

The boys championship game then followed, with the Orlando Magic, coached on the sidelines by current NBA assistant coach Pat Delany, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 22 – 16.

Upon the conclusion of the championship games, the boys and girls competed in the 3-point competition finals.  Mustafa Rashed from Bahrain was crowned the boys 3-point champion, while Japan’s Miyu Ogita came out on top on the girls side.

Finally, the two boys and two girls All-Star teams were announced.  The West All-Stars pulled out a win for the girls (29 – 23), while the East All-Stars emerged victorious on the boys side with a 42 – 37 win that saw Alarcon emerge as the Boys All-Star Game MVP.

The 11th BWB Asia camp wrapped up with the Awards Ceremony.  Junseok Yeo (South Korea) was named Boys MVP, while Georgia Woolley from Australia was crowned as MVP on the girls side.  

The following is a complete list of All-Star rosters and awards winners:

Girls All-Star Team:
East – Siya Deodhar (India), Aika Hirashita (Japan), Jayzelee Waihi (New Zealand), Georgia Woolley (Australia), Ruby-Belle Macdonald (Australia), Jiyeong Moon (South Korea), Jazzmyne Kailahi-Fulu (New Zealand) 

West – Florence Jil Talas (Philippines), Maho Hayashi (Japan), Emilia Shearer (New Zealand), Harsimran Kaur (India), Miyu Ogita (Japan), Isabelle Morgan (Australia), Emily Sewell (Australia) 

Boys All-Star Team:
East – Mustafa Rashed (Bahrain), Atsuya Ogawa (Japan), Harold Alarcon (Philippines), Clifton Bush III (New Zealand), Alexander Frederick Zanbaka (Lebanon), Kyutae Lee (South Korea), Daniel Rogers (Australia), Amaan Sandhu (India)

West – Hendrick Xavi Yonga (Indonesia), Kaine Roberts (Japan), Enkhiin-Od "Michael" Sharavjamts (Mongolia), Joshua Rafael Lazaro (Philippines), Patrick Ryan (Australia), Haomiao Sun (China), Jun Seok Yeo (South Korea), Lewis Rowe (Australia) 

List of Awards:
Boys Grit Award: Kaine Roberts (Japan)

Girls Grit Award: Emilia Shearer (New Zealand)
Boys 3-Point Champion: Mustafa Rashed (Bahrain) 

Girls 3-Point Champion: Miyu Ogita (Japan) 

Boys All-Star Game MVP: Harold Alarcon (Philippines) 

Girls All-Star Game MVP: Maho Hayashi (Japan)

Boys Camp MVP: Junseok Yeo (South Korea)

Girls Camp MVP: Georgia Woolley (Australia)  

About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV,, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

SMB, TNT and Blackwater Elite to Compete in Terrific 12 East Asia Super League (EASL) in Macao this September

Now that San Miguel Beer has taken home the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Trophy from TNT, the two Finals protagonists will rekindle their rivalry in a foreign tournament in Macao come September. They will be joined by Blackwater Elite in a 12-team competition that will also include ball clubs from China, Japan and South Korea.

Dubbed The Terrific 12, the FIBA-recognized basketball tournament features three clubs from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), four from the B.LEAGUE (Japan), two from the Korean Basketball League (KBL) and three from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). It will be held at the Tap Seac Multisports Pavilion in Macao from September 17-22, 2019.

The participating teams in East Asia Super League, Asia’s premier basketball tournament include the Liaoning Flying Leopards, the Shenzhen Aviators, and the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions from China; the Chiba Jets, the Niigata Albirex, the Ryukyu Golden Kings and the Utsunomiya Brex from Japan; the Jeonju KCC Egis and the Seoul SK Knights from Korea and the three PBA teams.

Sixteen games total will be played in three stages : the Group Stage, Semi-Finals and Finals to crown this year’s champion. In the Group Stage, clubs will be divided into four groups of three, with each team playing two games. The top team from each group will advance to compete in the Semi-Finals following a rest day on September 20. The champion will be awarded USD 150,000, the runner- up will be awarded USD 100,000 and third place will be awarded USD 50,000.

The “Super League” started in Macao in 2017 with eight teams participating in Summer Super 8. Last year the number of teams grew to 12 and began to be known as the Terrific 12. where the Philippines was represented by a PBA D-League selection called the iECO Green Warriors. This year, the PBA’s top two teams and quarter finalist Blackwater Elite will add more punch to the Philippine representation.

For more information on Terrific 12 2019, please go to and follow EAST ASIA SUPER LEAGUE on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media accounts. Tickets are available at


TAIWAN can certainly serve as the Philippines’ role model in information and communications technology (ICT), given its strong foothold in innovation.

For almost three decades, Taiwan has been highly regarded as a vital player in the global IT supply chain, as well as a significant partner for many international brands including Apple, Google, and Microsoft. The ICT sector has therefore become a huge source of pride for Taiwan.
Taiwanese companies hold significant market shares in semiconductors, PCs, mobile devices, broadband appliances, and display products and technologies. Taiwan is the world’s largest supplier of these products, collectively contributing to over 16% of Taiwan’s total GDP.

With the rise of AI and IoT, Taiwan is shifting from an economy based on high-tech manufacturing, to an economy driven by intellectual property and innovation. Taiwan’s high-tech competitiveness includes top talent, a well-developed industrial chain, and a formidable entrepreneurial spirit. These elements combined enable Taiwan’s ICT industry to leverage today’s trends and pave the way for the technology of the future.

【Sharing expertise to PH enterprises】

The ‘Taiwan Excellence’ experience, organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), will provide businesses ranging from small to large from the Philippines a platform to offer the latest IoT innovations, directly from leading Taiwanese IoT solutions providers. This is a great opportunity to consider how these solutions can enhance one’s own business offering.

The participating companies in this year’s Asia IoT Business Platform (AIBP) held at the Marriott Hotel, Manila are: Accton Technology Corp., a best practice awardee for manufacturing quality; Apacer Technology Inc., a leading producer of industrial SSDs, digital consumer products, and memory modules; Aver Information, award-winning education and communication innovators; ICP DAS, an industrial automation technology innovator and enhancer; and, IEI Integration Corp., a leading industrial computer provider.

‘Taiwan Excellence’ is confident in the Philippines’ ability to progress in ICT, as indicated by its IT sector’s steady spending.

“We see progress in the Philippines’ ICT sector and Taiwan will be happy to contribute to this growth and help Filipino enterprises further succeed in their operations,” said Wen-Chung Chang, Director of the Economic Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines.
Taiwan is determined to advocate for innovation, improve employment and income distribution, and to create more balanced regional development, by leveraging the immense momentum of many markets, at present.

According to Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Taiwan moves up to 16th in global competitiveness, a notch higher from the previous year’s ranking. Furthermore, Taiwan has steadily maintained its place as the 4th most competitive economy in Asia as declared in the 2019 IMD World Competitiveness Ranking. With many software and hardware engineers and technological centers and innovation clusters growing organically throughout major Taiwanese cities, Taiwan is on its way to becoming a major startup hub in Asia, and even internationally.

【The potential economic impact of IoT in the short-term 】

Just how substantial is the potential global economic impact of IoT?
Citing a research report by McKinsey & Company’s Global Institute, ‘Taiwan Excellence’ said the estimate could range to “$3.9 trillion to $11 trillion a year by 2025”.   McKinsey has continued a significant expansion In Taiwan with the recently launched regional industrial IoT hub in Taipei, due to its rapid growth in the past 18 months.

Factories could be the strongest driving force behind IoT’s generated value, followed by cities and health.

Fun, Family, Fitness: Shakey’s Color Fun Run

In line with its years of providing great times and great memories, Shakey’s , the leading casual dining restaurant in the country, is hosting its very own “ Color Fun Run” on August 31,2019
More than a restaurant that serves fun and pizza, Shakey’s recognizes the importance of maintaining good health and wellness. Nowadays, there’s a constant need for people to relieve stress and improve their state of health. This fun-filled events is a great opportunity for a good cause, promote healthier living.

The race will be held at RC Santos Parade Grounds, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, and there will be two race categories, 3km and 7km. As part of the  event, 7km participants will get Shakey’s Chicken N’ Rice, regular slice Hawaiian Delight pizza and bottled water, while the 3 KM participants will get Shakey’s Chicken N’ Rice and bottled water. All runners will receive a T-shirt, a running bib and a finisher medal.

Exciting prizes awaits the winners as there are a total of 20,000 pesos in cash to be given away. The top three finishers of the 7 km category will receive 8,000 pesoso, 5,000 pesos and 3,000 pesos respectively. The top three finishers of the 3Km category, on the other hand, will receive 4,000 pesos, 2,000 and 1,000 pesos

Race registration is at 600 pesos for 7 Km and 500 pesos for 3 Km. Interested participants may register at any Shakey’s store or sign up online at as well as onsite at Clark Freeport Zone.

Now more than ever, Shakey’s bring together families and friends for a more active lifestyle . So you can still enjoy your pizza guilt free as there are a lot of ways to stay fit, active and healthy. With Shakey’s Color Fun Run”, it’s fun, family and fitness.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Reno Collective: Inspiring the Creative Journey

August 2019 - PHILIPPINES – Creativity knows no bounds. Once unleashed, it becomes a potent force that can inspire others and make life better.
To celebrate creative freedom, OPPO has released a series of videos featuring The Reno Collective, local icons who are stretching the limits of their imagination and defying the limits of creativity by using technology. The videos are headlined by the OPPO Reno brand ambassadors: contemporary artist Dex Fernandez, film director Treb Monteras II, musicians IV of Spades, and fashion-forward siblings Daryl and André Chang. Together, they embody what the Reno series stands for: creative freedom and artistic expression, effortlessly unleashed with OPPO’s flagship smartphone series, the Reno and the Reno 10x Zoom.
The videos trace the creative journey of the artists – how they cultivated their artistry, how they eventually learned to unleash it with the help of technology, and how it has made a positive difference in their craft.

Episode 1: Music

In the first episode, local band IV of Spades share how they started out and took off, and how they use their music as a playground for exploration. “One of the most exciting times for us as a band was when we talked and we agreed that we will take this seriously, that this is no longer a hobby,” recalls Zild.  Even after they committed to taking their craft seriously, creating music was not an easy process. “Sometimes inspiration will find you, but most of the time you have to find inspiration. Sometimes you really need to force yourself to find out who you really are,” says Blaster. For them, “Creativity is freedom… when you have no limits, or when you know what your limits are.” Badjao adds that “Our music is a never-ending exploration, a journey. As a band, that’s us. Our music will always grow.”

Episode 2: Visual Arts

For visual artists Dex Fernandez and Treb Monteras, art should be relatable, meaningful, and relevant for the masses. “Art is a universal language. But there are things that are hard to verbalize… and this is when art comes in,” says Treb in the video. Often, making art accessible and relatable to people requires the use of technology. “Technology is moving really fast and the only way to survive is to use it.”  Dex, who developed a character called Garapata, says it is important for art to have meaning. “Whatever I create, I’ll always give it meaning. Let’s create art that affects people, that contributes to change… art that is communicative.”

Episode 3: Fashion

In Daryl and Andre Chang’s cut, the siblings explain why “creativity is about remaking the ordinary to extraordinary”. “When you like to create, you always get inspired no matter what. When I get to share it with others, I’m also able to inspire people. It’s a beautiful cycle,” says Andre. He adds that he hopes to foster the growth of the fashion industry through their art. “I’m inspired by the unexpected. The future is an open possibility,” says Daryl.

#FurtherYourVision with the OPPO Reno

For the artists that make up The Reno Collective, the OPPO Reno and Reno 10x Zoom are the  ultimate creative tools that help them 'further their vision' and maximize their creative freedom.
The OPPO Reno and Reno 10x Zoom are equipped with features that enable creativity and artistic expression. The Reno comes with a 48MP plus an additional 5MP PDAF camera; while the Reno 10x Zoom takes it a step further with OPPO’s first full-focal-length triple camera system featuring 48MP(IMX586), 8MP(wide angle), and 13MP(telephoto). Further stretching the limits of creativity, the Reno 10x Zoom comes with the game-changing 10x hybrid zoom and 60x digital zoom – the first of its kind in the smartphone industry, enabling users to break the limits of their creativity.
For those who seek to create music, the phones come equipped with Dolby Atmos speakers. The Reno 10x Zoom is even accompanied with Audio 3D and Audio Zoom to capture rich and true-to-life audio output.

Creating videos has never been more exciting with  OPPO’s iconic Ultra Night Mode 2.0, Color Mapping, and 4K video – allowing artists to capture everything they want, regardless of light and environmental conditions. With larger AMOLED screens that completely do away with the notch, this series allows for a full panoramic and immersive view that makes the most of their screens – 6.6-inches and 6.4-inches on the Reno 10x Zoom and the Reno respectively. This notchless design innovation is made possible by the exquisite new pivot rising camera.
To ensure that your creative thinking is never interrupted, the Reno 10x Zoom delivers peak performance through its Snapdragon 855 chipset, while the Reno runs on the Snapdragon 710. Both units carry 256GB ROM and feature VOOC 3.0 fast charging which allows low-voltage fast charging while gaming or streaming video, without emitting excess heat or limiting performance.

Indeed, OPPO’s Reno series is a breakthrough in smartphone technology, opening a world of  possibilities by serving as the ultimate creative tool for all artists, whether amateur or professional. Watch the Reno Collective videos in to give spark to the creative genius within you.

About OPPO

OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since launching its first smartphone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology, Today, OPPO provides customers with a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and R series, ColorOS operating system, as well as internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with 6 research institutes and 4 R&D centers worldwide and an international design center in London, OPPO’s more than 40,000 employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

TAGA-ALOG Welcomes Noel Cabangon, Aicelle Santos, and Ben&Ben as Ambassadors

To help achieve its vision of seeing an Ilog Pasig that is alive and clean, the Taga-alog campaign announces its new ambassadors Noel Cabangon, Aicelle Santos, and Ben&Ben during the media and stakeholders’ launch of TAGA-ALOG 2019, Ilog Pasig: Sulong! Lusong! on August 15, 2019 at the Quezon City Sports Club in Quezon City. Now on its second year, Taga-alog aims to further expand the reach of the awareness and capacity building efforts and to strengthen capacities of partners and stakeholders in the pursuit of creative advocacy.

As Taga-alog ambassadors, Noel Cabangon, Aicelle Santos, and Ben&Ben will lend their time and give their support to highlighting the importance of caring for the Ilog Pasig and the environment in general. As artists and musicians, they believe in the power of the arts to create change, the mission and vision of this creative campaign. Given their positive influence on a wide range of Filipino audiences, they address the challenge of connecting to a diverse population in the hopes of bringing back the memories that surround the Ilog Pasig. Taga-alog is looking forward to their ability to encourage and drive action towards the protection and preservation of the environment through the arts.

The Taga-alog Campaign is spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and is implemented by the Philippine Education Theater Association (PETA)—recipient of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards for its bold, collective contributions in shaping the theater arts as a force for social change. This year, the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) is coming in as a major partner in planning and implementing the campaign’s activities and events.

For more information, visit the Taga-alog official Facebook page ( or email