Saturday, August 31, 2019

Violation of Anti Dummy Law filed against HDI Admix Inc., HDI Stopovers Inc, HDI Adventures Inc.,

The officers and directors of HDI Admix Inc., HDI Stopovers Inc., and HDI Adventures Inc., will have to explain themselves before judicial authorities for their alleged violation of the constitutional requirement for mass media to be 100-percent Filipino Owned.

On July 2019, a Complaint for violation of the Commonwealth Act No. 108, or the Anti-Dummy Law, was filed against the officers and directors of the 3 local mass media companies for being partly-owned by Singaporean entities.

“[T}he Respondents are the responsible officers of the above mentioned Corporations engaged in the business of mass media despite knowing that they partnered with foreign entities and/or foreign nationals”. The Complaint stated.

These companies have several lease agreements  with government entities, particularly with the MMDA and Armed Forces of the Philippines.
If found culpable, the officers and directors of these companies may be punished with 5 to 15 years of imprisonment. Furthermore, these companies’ franchise and authority to operate may also be withdrawn and dissolved by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which would affect their on-going contracts and transactions with their unsuspecting clients and partners.

The respondents in the Complaint are also facing charges of Qualified Theft before Quezon City courts.

Friday, August 30, 2019

High Living in Metro South

Since 2018, Bristol at Parkway Place, an iconic development by luxury property brand Filigree, has been a shining landmark in Metro South.

Strategically located at the heart of Filinvest City, Bristol has raised the bar in upscale condominium living with its prime location, well-appointed amenities and proximity to life’s indulgences and necessities – elevating the live-work concept to new heights of luxury.

At 40-storey high, the mixed-use development exemplifies sophisticated cosmopolitan living. It offers residents a fantastic panoramic view of the garden city skyline, privacy and tranquility, while allowing them to enjoy an urban lifestyle of ease and convenience.

Bristol’s 40 residential floors has 345 units, with only 10 units per floor – one of the lowest densities in upscale residential developments. This translates into elegantly spacious living. The designs of its one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units exude a gentle flow of openness and sophistication.

Also making Bristol stand out are its zen-inspired amenities.  A luxurious swimming pool with a landscaped pool deck, a fully-equipped fitness center, meditation area, children’s play area, study hall, media center for entertainment and a function room promote health and wellness, and meet the social needs of residents, giving them precious moments away from the daily buzz.

At Bristol, everything is within comfortable reach. Right within Bristol is a retail plaza with some of the finest boutiques and specialty restaurants in the metro for residents in need of retail therapy and sumptuous dining experiences.

Top-notch schools like De La Salle Zobel, Paref Woodrose and Far Eastern University are just a short drive away, while outstanding healthcare is available at Asian Hospital and Medical Center.

Bristol residents also enjoy Filinvest City’s round-the-clock convenience, safety and progressive environment, as well as unmatched accessibility to other parts of Metro Manila, through major thoroughfares like the South Luzon Expressway, Skyway, Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway, Alabang-Zapote Road and Daang Hari Road that are linked to the masterplanned city.

A truly exceptional property ready for the discerning investors, Bristol, with its form, function, luxury, convenience and real value for money, truly elevates city-living to new heights.

CDO to Attract more Domestic Tourists through Regional Travel Fair

The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), will expand its domestic footprint with the commencement of the 5th Regional Travel Fair (RTF) in the City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro.

Supported by the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Northern Mindanao, the RTF aims to promote and strengthen domestic tourism by encouraging travelers to discover more of the Philippines year-round.

Around 100 participants from different travel trade sectors, government agencies, and exhibitors, including local travel and tour agencies, hotels, resorts, and airline operators, are expected to be onboard at the Limketkai Center from August 23-24to showcase the best of the Philippines.
The RTF program includes a 2-day business-to-consumer (B2C) expo wherein exhibitors shall offer exclusive and affordable tour packages that will ultimately increase the volume of domestic travellers around the country. Additionally, a half-day travel exchange (TRAVEX) table-top session will take place for participating buyers and sellers to generate direct sales and business leads, meet new partners and renew deals.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

RCBC Leads the Way to Open Banking in the Country

Imagine being able to secure loans with some of the lowest interest rates in the banking industry. Or conveniently transferring funds from one bank account to another, or perhaps, experiencing the best possible customer banking service around.

To get all these and other “perks”, most financial institutions would require one to become their preferred client. But in today’s digital technology and in the global banking industry, getting access to all these benefits is simply a matter of banking customers securely sharing their data with other financial institutions. This is the beauty of open banking.

Open banking enables financial services customers such as companies, entrepreneurs and ordinary depositors and borrowers, to have access to various products and services from competing banks and other financial institutions by allowing the latter to digitally and securely access their financial information. Customers can compare product offerings and avail of the best ones that suit their needs and fit their capabilities, thereby helping them earn more from bigger savings interest rates, avail of loans more easily, and pay more conveniently, towards managing and improving their finances.

With the concept of open banking, financial institutions such as banks—big and small—fintech companies, and other players, can share their respective clients’ data through the use of application programming interfaces (APIs). These APIs enable customers or the data subjects to share only data pertinent to the product or service they are looking to avail and not the account credentials.

The European Union (EU) initiated PSD2 (Revised Payment Service Directive) as an emerging Open Banking standard. This is a game-changer in the industry as banks’ monopoly on their customer account details will soon disappear. This required European banks to provide Open APIs which does not need additional customized developments. It reduces barriers to innovation and limits the big banks’ “walled gardens.” In fact, even the Philippines’ data privacy law was influenced by EU’s stringent data protection regulation, including the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Open banking can enable banks and other financial institutions to have access to data that will enable them to process loan applications quicker or better advise their clients on their finances. This encourages banks to be more competitive, leading to more affordable products, faster services, better customer relations, and investing in digital technologies, to the benefit of customers.

This is what Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) hopes to spearhead in the industry as it recently became the first local bank to advocate and implement open banking, affirming its position as a digital trailblazer in the financial industry.

But more than encouraging competition among banks, RCBC aims to lead the way to open banking in the country to become the Filipinos’ prime financial inclusion partner.

“With open banking, we can power the transactions of rural banks, cooperatives, micro-financial institutions and other small players, giving their customers access to a wide array of financial services using RCBC Open APIs,” said Lito Villanueva, RCBC Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer.

Already, RCBC has beefed up its open banking capabilities by establishing API partnerships with leading fintech companies; local payment networks PESONet and Instapay; and IBM Blockchain World Wire remittance.

Through open banking, RCBC aims to serve the global financial services needs of more than 30 million customers of fintechs, rural banks, cooperatives, and micro-financial institutions all over the country.

Argentinian Bizman to Promote PH Products in Latin America

Mr. Depindir “Tony” Lamba discusses possible opportunities in Latin America for Philippine exporters during the briefing at the DTI International Building, Makati City on August 13, 2019.

The Department of Trade and Industry - Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) urged Philippine exporters to tap the Latin American market, following the visit of Depindir “Tony” Lamba, an Argentinian businessman, to the Philippines on August 13, 2019 at the DTI International Building, Makati City. 

Lamba is keen on promoting Philippine products to Argentina and other parts of Latin America.  Organized by the DTI-EMB, Lamba’s visit to the Philippines was endorsed by Commercial Counsellor Michael Vyke Roaring of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center - Mexico, which also covers other Latin American countries.

The EMB arranged a briefing for Lamba on business registration procedures, EMB services, export procedures, and trade opportunities. One-on-one meetings with 15 exporters of food, personal care, and coconut products along with a franchising company were also arranged for Lamba during his visit in the country on August 13 - 15, 2019.  

Lamba, who is of Indian descent, has 40 years’ experience in trading in Asia and Latin America.  He is familiar with the country as he was once importing rattan furniture and costume jewelry from the Philippines. 

This time, he plans to establish an export-import firm in the Philippines to take advantage of opportunities both in the Philippines and Latin America.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Experience VIP Customer Care with the OPPO Service App

PHILIPPINES - August 2019 - OPPO has rapidly become a pioneer in customer services, offering innovative and industry-leading customer care. While the brand continuously innovates in technology, it also cares deeply for its users, constantly updating its customer service to satisfy users in the rapid evolving tech space. OPPO realizes the importance of the long-term customer journey and is well aware that providing outstanding customer service is crucial in creating loyal customers - in short, OPPO treats every customer like a VIP.

As a customer-centric brand, OPPO has launched a diverse range of customer care solutions, including the 1-Hour Flash Fix Program that allows users to get their devices assessed and serviced all in just 1 hour, and an International Warranty Service that allows users access to repairs and services at official OPPO service centers even when they’re away from their home country.

In addition, to better meet the growing demand in customer services in the future, the brand has also rolled out the OPPO Service app, enabling users to check repair prices, find nearby service centers, keep track of their repairs, chat with consultants, and more.
The app is a convenient way for users to access OPPO’s services, and allows easy access to information and assistance through the following:

OPPO Service App features:

  1. Book a repair - Customers can easily book appointments to schedule when they want to have their units serviced. This gives them priority passes when they bring their units to the service center, as customers who book their repair appointments have a dedicated priority VIP lane.
  2. Find a service center - This feature provides users with a list of official OPPO Service centers, without enabling the use of GPS location services, to ensure privacy and security.
  3. Check warranty status - By simply inputting a verification code, customers can easily check if their units are still under warranty. It also requires the IMEI number of the phone that can be found on its settings app.
  4. Track repair status - Once a unit is booked for repairs, every step of the process is recorded and users can check on the status through the app -- from the moment the service center receives the unit, and until the repairs have been completed.
  5. Diagnose unit - This built-in feature is capable of diagnosing the unit to determine if there are hardware malfunctions that need to be addressed.
  6. Check spare parts price - To give customers an idea of how much they might have to shell out (should their units be out of warranty), the app also displays a price list of spare parts that are commonly being replaced.

The OPPO Service app also allows customers access to real-time chat with an OPPO Service representative, making it easier and more efficient for any questions and concerns to be addressed.

Through their customer-oriented service efforts, OPPO offers unmatched customer care services to its users in Southeast Asia, effectively seeing to their diverse needs and problems in today’s increasingly interconnected world.

To learn more about the OPPO Service app, visit any of the OPPO service centers and concept stores nationwide or check the official website at or the Facebook page at OPPO Philippines to see the list of OPPO service centers near 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 Reno 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.

McDonald’s Brings Back Flavors of Japan Together with Twister Fries!

PHILIPPINES - August 2019 - Get your tastebuds ready, because McDonald’s is bringing back some of the crowd favorites! This time around, the brand is bringing the taste of the cool Autumn season in Japan, right here in the Philippines.

McDonald’s Flavors of Japan is once again available in McDonald’s, now with its Autumn edition lineup--featuring the return of Twister Fries, Ebi Burger, Teriyaki Samurai Burger, and with the debut of the new Fuji Apple McFreeze!

Bite into McDonalds’ perfectly seasoned and crispy Twister Fries that are made only from top quality potatoes and savor the golden curls and spices of this glorious potato treat. Pair this with your personal pick between the Ebi Burger, a tempura-coated shrimp patty topped with sweet sauce and lettuce sandwiched between a black and white sesame seed bun, and the Teriyaki Samurai Burger, a beef patty dipped in Teriyaki glaze topped with mayo and lettuce all packaged in a sesame seed bun to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy your meal with a refreshing Fuji Apple McFreeze for your fix of a sweet icy cool Red Apple-flavored frozen soft drink.

McDonald’s Flavors of Japan with Twister Fries is now available in McDonald’s stores nationwide for a limited time only! Visit your nearest McDonald’s sink your teeth into the Autumn experience, and don’t miss out on this exciting comeback with a twist before time runs out!

The Perks of Getting Pre-built Gaming Desktops

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Desktop computers are indispensable tools for all kinds of people. They allow users to power through anything at optimal performance. Let it be work, study, content creation, or even hardcore gameplay. They are definitely essential to anyone who is serious about getting things done in a smoother fashion. For those looking to transition to a desktop setup from their usual laptop-powered lifestyle, an easy way to dive into this is with pre-built desktops.

ROG pre-built desktops have always been reliable and convenient companions to any environment that requires high productivity – whether it’s setting up an esports LAN café, a comfortable workspace for serious graphics and architecture work, or just a workhorse for gaming pleasure. 

There are several reasons to choose a pre-built desktop over other options. Have a look at some of them:

Level up your Aesthetics

ROG Huracan G21 – uncover gaming supremacy

Pre-built desktops come with some of the best cases and cooling options without having to fiddle and go component shopping. These designs and features are exclusively available from pre-built packages and manufacturers. Models such as the ROG Huracan G21 also has unique features such as a hot-swappable SSD tray for quick upgrades and ASUS Aura Sync, which makes it fit any mood the user is in. In addition to this, the ROG Huracan G21 is plug and play, making it easy to setup in any space.

OC to the Extreme – without any worries!

ROG Strix GL10 – always game

ROG desktops, like the ROG Strix GL12 and the ROG Strix GL10, are designed for extreme gaming. As a result, they carry high-performance components that are factory overclocked. This means gamers can churn out more performance as needed, with pre-installed software for custom tuning. These have been tested by ROG’s world-class R&D Team, giving an assurance that users are getting the best performance whenever – and it’s all covered under the warranty!

Arm Yourself with Optimized Gear

ROG Strix GL12 – rebirth of a gaming beast

Whether it’s the motherboard, the GPU, or even any kind of RAM your setup needs – research, ordering parts, and setting it all up can be time-consuming. ROG pre-built desktops saves time from all of the process. Especially with top-of-the-line components that are already situated inside the stylistic ROG chassis.

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Simply unbox a new ROG desktop, plug it in and enjoy! This is the convenience of pre-built desktops. Not only will there be guaranteed quality of components, software and hardware testing, but the existence of a reliable after-sales service is also something to be excited about.

With several options for builds and specs, as well as several different rigs to choose from, the Republic of Gamers has always been the leader when it comes to pre-built desktops. Work and play all day whether you choose any variant of the ROG Strix GL12 for power and versatility, or when you pick the ROG Huracan G21 for a more compact and sleek looking desktop setup, or even get the ROG Strix GL10 for everyday work and gaming performance – anyone can be sure that they are getting a unique experience and reliable service for many years to come.

Interested in getting started with your own ROG desktop? Click this link and experience them for yourself: For more information on the ROG products as well as up and coming news, head on over to the ROG Philippines page.

About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at

Grab Philippines and ONE Championship Honor Manny Pacquiao With Framed Belt

Grab Philippines celebrated National Heroes Day last Monday, 26 August by inviting Grab drivers and their families for a day of fun in an event that celebrated Grab’s Everyday Heroes on the road.

In attendance were members of Grab Philippines community, ONE Championship senior executive Victor Cui, and team Lakay athletes Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio, and Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao. Also in attendance as a special guest was Filipino sports icon and national hero, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

The event at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila drew a huge crowd with entertainment and raffles. There were even performances by music and dance acts Shanti Dope, Rocksteddy, and the SexBomb girls.

Fans and Grab drivers who all came out to see Pacquiao, as well as members of the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, were treated to a world-class evening program.

Pacquiao is a winner of multiple boxing world titles across eight different weight divisions. He is the only man in the history of the sport to achieve such a feat. But he, for the most part, has stayed within the sport of boxing for the majority of his career.

Aside from occasionally dabbling in professional pool, Philippine basketball, acting, and even singing, “Pacman” has remained a boxer. He has, however, dipped his influence in the sport of mixed martial arts -- at least, on the business end.

Pacquiao, who has worked closely with Asia-based martial arts organization ONE Championship in the past, was presented with a token of appreciation, by ONE and ride-hailing company Grab Philippines.

A beautifully-framed ONE Championship world title belt was presented to Senator Pacquiao as a commemorative token for being a national hero.

“Manny [Pacquiao] is such an inspiration to us all. On behalf of Team Lakay, I’d like to thank ONE Championship and Grab Philippines for allowing us to be a part of this event,” said Sangiao.

“Witnessing his career and how he has overcome countless obstacles and constantly defied the odds, Manny motivates us to be the best we can be. He’s a hero for us all. I’m sure everyone at the event was happy to see him there.”

Pacquiao also took the time to make a sizable donation to the Jinkee and Manny Heart Foundation, which gives free heart care for children in the Philippines. The Philippine senator donated 1,000 PHP for every grab driver in attendance, which ended up totaling 1-million PHP overall.

“Not only is he a sports icon, but Manny is also a terrific human being, and an amazing public servant who truly cares for the Filipino people,” said Folayang.

“With what he’s given back to the people, even taking money out of his own pocket to help the poor and underprivileged, it’s more than admirable. It’s inspiring, and it’s motivating. Everyone is in good spirits right now. It was such an honor to even be in the same room as Manny. He’s an absolute legend in every sense,” Folayang added.

ONE Championship and Grab have executed strong partnership activations since the beginning of the year, working on various initiatives in the country, as well as in Southeast Asia. The two companies look to continue that strategic partnership for the remainder of 2019 and beyond.

DTI Remains Steadfast in Extending “Malasakit” to Marawi IDPs

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with other members of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood continue to foster livelihood growth for internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the Marawi siege through the Kawiyagan program.

Dubbed as “Siyap sa Marawi, Gagaw ko Pagtao” (Pag-aalaga sa Marawi, Pagmamahal sa Kapwa), Kawiyagan is a series of distribution of livelihood assistance to the IDPs affected by the Marawi siege. The program is one of the TFBM’s initiatives in refreshing Marawi City’s illustrious business environment. Last August 22 marked the first anniversary of the Kawiyagan program since its launching on August 24, 2018.

During the program’s launching anniversary, DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao emphasized its essence being an avenue not limited to the distribution of livelihood starter kits, but also a way to showcase the beneficiaries’ outputs, and how different agencies complement each other’s livelihood interventions.

Kawiyagan also ensures that livelihood programs will be immediately provided directly to the IDPs and it encourages other stakeholders to provide livelihood assistance to the IDPs. This ongoing initiative of the TFBM serves as an inspiration for the IDPs’ fellow residents of Marawi.

The Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood is chaired by DTI with member agencies the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), local government units (LGUs) of Marawi City and Lanao del Sur and humanitarian organizations.

As of August 23, 2019, 17,680 beneficiaries or 36% of the target 49,000 IDPs by the end of 2019, have already received starter kits from the DTI-TFBM livelihood interventions. The Department has released more than P200M worth of the starter kits including sari-sari store, bigasan, sewing, school supplies, carinderia, carpentry, electronic tools, and e-loading.

TFBM, through its Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood led by DTI, ensures the unceasing assistance for the revival of businesses and livelihood projects in the affected city.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

OPPO Now Takes the Lead in PH as the Most-Preferred Smartphone Brand

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, AUGUST 2019 - According to the report released by Canalys, OPPO is officially one of the smartphone brand leaders in the Philippines besting its known competitors in terms of market share. OPPO gained 28% of the share; while Samsung cornered a total of 19%; and Vivo earned 17% of the share for the second quarter of 2019.

The report also stated that SEA achieved the most growth in Asia, and Greater China. OPPO shipped 7.3 million units in Q2 of 2019 in SEA, close to Samsung’s 7.7 million units record.

“We are humbled by this achievement given that we just came into the country just 5 years ago. As innovation is at the core of the OPPO brand, we value the importance of being able to provide only the best smartphones that will enable the Filipinos to  move forward to achieve their goals. We promise that this is just the beginning as we’re fully committed to continue bringing the best smartphones we can offer to the Filipino people,” shared by Zen Han, OPPO Philippines Vice President for Channel Sales.

Recently, IHS Markit also released its list of the world’s top smartphone makers for the Q2 of 2019 where OPPO overtakes US-owned Apple to the 3rd spot joining the ranks of smartphone giants Samsung and Huawei which occupies the first and second spots respectively. OPPO is largely present in Asia, Europe, and Australia.

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 Reno 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.

IoT and IPv6 5G Global Summit this September in Manila!

The leading IOT event in Manila is returning with its new home SMX Aura on September 18 to 19 for its global 2019 edition and it’s set to welcome The Philippine IPv6 Forum and Global IPv6 Forum, based in Luxembourg. Attracting senior decision-makers from major companies, the event will bring together attendees from different industries to explore the entire enterprise technology ecosystem across IOT, IOT 5G, and IPv6. Over the two days, there will be 2 co-located events, conference tracks with industry-leading speakers from Europe, North America and Asia sharing their use-cases and experiences to our country. In addition to the expert discussions, the event will host an exhibition of different companies and startups showcasing the latest technology and innovations.

With the theme “Converge. Digitize. Connect“ on September 18-19, 2019 at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, BGC, Taguig City.

We would like to also extend the invitation to your employees to attend the IOT Summit Conference that focuses on exploring and elucidating all facets of the next generation of IPv6, IPv6-based 5G technology, business and societal gaps and challenges between the current 3G-4G-LTE access-only Internet models and its proper technology vision, evolutionary or revolutionary, to go beyond just access by embracing and facilitating the upfront integration of all new technologies (IOT, SDN/NFV,  Cloud Computing, ..) to be user-transparent, app-oriented, service-ready, ubiquitous and lowest cost.

Our very own local IPv6 experts, technical users, policymakers and decision-makers will gather in the Summit. And some of the worldwide IPv6 pillars and 5G experts have been invited and attracted to share their state-of-the-art knowledge in the new and emerging IPv6-based 5G environment in various countries around the world in view of facilitating the worldwide harmonization of research and best industry practices for the adoption and deployment of viable user scenarios in the global IPv6-based 5G ecosystem.  Together in this   Summit,  Global IEEE 5G-IoT Summit will be collocated and to be led by the Founder and President of the Global IPv6 Forum, Luxembourg, Latif Ladid. With him is the IEEE 5G Technical sub-committee which is supporting technically this Summit.

We have an exclusive promo just for you! Buy four (4) tickets get one (1) for free! This promo is for Students, Professors, Corporate and LGU employees! 

Rates are as follows:

These are the inclusions:

✔️ 2 Day Conference Access
✔️ Free Exhibit Hall Pass
✔️ 2 Certificate of Attendance
✔️ Conference Kit

This is event is supported by DICT and Institute of Electronics Communication Engineers of the Philippines and Foundation and Radio Engineers Circle.

Monday, August 26, 2019


QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES (August 24, 2019) — Following the acclaimed launch of the Tamiya Dyipne and huge success of the Tamiya Asia Challenge 2019, The Brickyard by Lil’s Hobby Center finally opened its doors at Ayala Malls Vertis North last July 29. Since then, hobbyists and enthusiasts from the northern areas of Metro Manila have been more than welcomed to build and race with other members of their amazing community.

The Brickyard by Lil’s Hobby Center at Ayala Malls Vertis North is the second branch to open since it started in 2018, at Glorietta 2. Since then, the company continually brings its community closer by providing a platform of their own, to create, connect, and complete. This is in line with the company’s goal to not only sustain but also expand the popularity of the hobbies as an enjoyable and educational activity for all generations and walks of life.

“We continue to study feasible areas and locations where we both feel that there are a good audience and good amenities. We want the Brickyard to continue to be the destination of choice for any enthusiasts looking to feel comfortable while enjoying the hobby experience.” The Brickyard owner, Ferdie Kahn, claims.

Together with the new branch is the launch of the Mini 4WD Philippine Cup. The aforementioned competition will be composed of a series of races around the country, started at Circuit Makati last August 24 to 25. The winners of the Mini 4WD Philippine Cup will not only be crowned as the Philippine champions but will also represent the country during the 2020 Asia Challenge in Taiwan.

Kahn, shares: “we will be trying to reach places that we know Mini 4WD has a following. We will not only race in Metro Manila, but we will attempt to race in several other cities outside of Metro Manila. We will go to Tacloban and Cavite. We are working on scheduling on Baguio. Then we end the season with a championship race to crown the Philippine champions. This will be challenging and exciting.”

The Brickyard wishes to expand in the coming year. The company is targeting its next center to be outside Metro Manila. Currently, however, The Brickyard by Lil’s Hobby Center is located on the 3rd floor of Glorietta 2 and the 2nd floor of Ayala Malls Vertis North Building 4.

Lil’s Hobby Center, Philippines’ distributor of mini 4WD as well as scale models of over 50 years, is located on the 3rd floor of Glorietta 2, the Basement level of SM Megamall Building A, 15 West Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City; and Ayala Malls Vertis North.


Together with the launch of its second branch, The Brickyard is also introducing its official THE BRICKYARD MEMBERSHIP, which costs PHP 200.00 only and can be availed at any shops. The membership system grants cardholders nifty benefits, such as the following:

DISCOUNTED RACE REGISTRATION: members will get at least PHP100.00-off of registration fees for all Philippine Cup leg races.

MEMBERS-ONLY PREVIEW: The Brickyard will offer a private preview event of new products, where members can purchase them before they are sold to the general public.

SPECIAL EVENT PRIORITY: members will be given special priority in exclusive events like Mr. Tamiya signings, press events, and alike.

RACING POINTS ACCUMULATION:  with memberships, personal racing points will be accumulated and tabulated  to qualify for the season-ending event: the Philippine Cup.

Of course, these are only some of the offers. The Brickyard team will be including other privileges, which will be shared soon. Further news and information will be announced on The Brickyard’s by Lil’s Hobby Center’s and on Lil’s Hobby Center’s official Facebook Pages.


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Lil’s Hobby Center Website:


After more than 40 years of service, we are still passionate and we intend to continue serving the Philippine market for as long as we can.  We feel that there is no better pleasure than seeing the joy of scale modeling passed on from generation to generation. We hope we can continue to provide you, our customers, with the service and selection that you have grown to expect from us.  We currently have three branches. – Lil’s Hobby Center, 2019

ESPN5, YouTube Live to Air SMB, TNT and Blackwater games in Macao’s Terrific 12 September 17-22

When San Miguel Beer, TNT Katropa and Blackwater Elite compete against other top pro teams from Japan, China and Korea in the East Asia Super League’s Terrific 12 this September, Pinoy basketball fans can cheer them on via broadcast and online platforms in the comfort of their own homes.

ESPN5 and ESPN YouTube Live will bring the action of this FIBA-recognized premier tournament live from Macao’s Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion from September 17 to 22 on primetime. This best-of-the-best Asian basketball competition – now making waves in Asian basketball -- will also be covered by 22 networks on major global broadcast and streaming networks.

The three year-old East Asia Super League was born in Macao in 2017 with just eight teams participating in “Super 8”. In 2018 the country was represented for the first time by a PBA D-League selection called the iECO Green Warriors in a 12-team competition which renamed the tournament as “Terrific 12”. Growing bigger by the year, the much awaited toe-to-toe of the top ball clubs in the region has now succeeded at luring top-calibre PBA teams into its orbit.

The three PBA squads will compete in a tournament against four Japanese, three Chinese and two Korean ball clubs: Liaoning Flying Leopards, Shenzhen Aviators, and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions from China; Chiba Jets,Niigata Albirex, Ryukyu Golden Kings and Utsunomiya Brex from Japan; and Jeonju KCC Egis and Seoul SK Knights from Korea.

The ball clubs will be grouped into four brackets with the top team from each group advancing to the semi-finals scheduled on September 21. The finals will be played on September 22 with the champion going home with a USD 150,000 prize. The runner-up will receive USD 100,000 while second runner-up gets USD 50,000.

Fans may also tune into live streams of press conferences, including the Tip-Off press conference (local time 12:00 noon on 17th September) and the Final Four press conference (local time 3:30pm on 20th September) on the various digital platforms to learn more about the competition and the stars of the show.

For more in-depth, exclusive and behind-the-scenes information about East Asia Super League and THE TERRIFIC 12, please follow the following official website and social media pages:

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“Feel the Rhythm, Hear my Feelings”

Today's TeenGen is a lot more vocal and expressive with what they're going through or what's on their minds. Whether it be a kilig moment with crush, heartbreak, getting recognized in school, or a cause they strongly support, teens of these days can teach us a thing or two about having no holds barred.

It has been a year since our Homecoming to Teen Love, this year, Coke Studio brings us its 3rd Season: MyFeels. Indeed, no one does it better than Coke when it comes to launches with the Coke Studio Music Festival that commenced the Coke Studio Season 3: MyFeels last August 23 at the Circuit Makati with our hosts from the Summer Concert Ylona Garcia and Justin Quirino. 

Headlined by Coke Studio Season 3 artists, we welcomed the rainy season with rush of water and stream of feelings ranging from love, freedom, independence, and moving forward. We moved to the groove with Iñigo Pascual, Ron Henley, Al James, Lola Amour, This Band, and Miss Sarah Geronimo while Janine Teñoso, Clara Benin, Bea Lorenzo, Silent Sanctuary, Brisom, St. Wolf, Just Hush, UDD, and Morisette serenaded us with their solo performances. Also giving us surprise numbers were Coke Studio Seasons 1 and 2 alums Ben & Ben, December Avenue, and IV of Spades.

We used to be shy about sharing what we feel, no matter what it is, to people around us even the ones we trust. Coke Studio: MyFeels is here to turn the tables, its time to celebrate our feels and make it known that no one can dictate the validity of our feelings.

Just when we thought 2019 is going too fast and time is running out for us, Coke Studio came to the rescue with its 3rd Season and made us realize to celebrate every single thing no matter how little they are, look out for the possibilities that learning from triumphs and slumps can give us, and keep in touch with the feels of people around us and ourselves. 

Catch them every Saturday starting September 14, at 10am on ABS-CBN.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Young Celebrities to Reward IG Fans with Stylish Vivo S1 for #OOTD

Fans of Darren Espanto, Vern Enciso, Verniece Enciso, Chie Filomeno, and Julie Anne San Jose are in for a treat!

The young showbiz personalities are so excited with the upcoming launch of the stylish Vivo S1 smartphone that they are giving their Instagram followers a chance to get their hands on the first-ever handset in Vivo’s latest S series.

From August 26 to September 8, interested participants should post their own OOTD (outfit of the day) that mirrors the Skyline Blue or Diamond Black color schemes of the new S1 phone. To qualify, they must tag their favorite celebrities and Vivo in their OOTD posts.

The celebrities will then choose from the creative IG posts to determine which of their fans will receive the new S1 smartphone.

The Vivo S1 has a 6.38" Full HD SuperAMOLED screen that houses an in-display fingerprint sensor. It packs a 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM which are powered by a fast-charging 4500mAh battery.

The mid-tier smartphone has a 32MP AI selfie camera and an AI triple lens set—16MP main, 8MP secondary, and 2MP wide-angle camera—for amazing photos and videos.

But the feature that will definitely catch everyone’s attention is the S1’s sleek back cover design which showcases a gradient glossy finish on the Skyline Blue variant and a diamond cut design on the Diamond Black variant.

With its cutting-edge features and superb finish, the Vivo S1 is clearly not just a smartphone, it’s a fashion statement!

So, what are you waiting for? Put on your best OOTD that reflects the Vivo S1’s Skyline Blue or Diamond Black theme and get ready to impress your celebrity idol!

About Vivo

Vivo is a leading global technology company committed to creating trendsetting smart mobile innovations and services. Vivo is devoted to forming a vibrant mobile internet ecosystem, and currently owns and operates an extensive network of research operations, with R&D centers focusing on the development of cutting-edge consumer technologies including 5G, AI, mobile photography and next-generation smartphone design.

In recent years, Vivo has taken frequent efforts in the sports field and is committed to promoting the mutual penetration of the brand’s diverse fields and diversifying its brand image. Vivo Philippines announced its partnership with the NBA by the end of 2018.

Currently, Vivo has over two hundred million users enjoying its mobile products and services around the world. Vivo is present in 18 markets globally and features offline retail stores in over 1,000 cities worldwide. In the Philippines, Vivo is the top3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook (, Instagram (, and Twitter ( accounts.


23 August 2019 – Tokyo, Japan: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), ONE Esports’ upcoming ONE TEKKEN Tokyo Invitational is now searching for the best amateur Tekken players.

Taking place at the Bellesalle Shibuya Garden on 5 October, 2019, the JPY 1.5 million 3v3 tournament will see three teams of pros, and the winners of ONE Esports’ Community Tournament competing for the top prize and the honor of being the first winner of the ONE TEKKEN Tokyo Invitational.

Carlos Alimurung, CEO of ONE Esports, stated: “ONE Esports’ first ONE TEKKEN Tokyo Invitational tournament is a testament to the quality and pedigree that ONE will bring to the fighting games community. We are pleased to have the best pro and amateur players in the world competing in our tournament, and we look forward to telling their inspirational stories in the way that only ONE can do.”

The tournament is part of the two-day ONE Martial Arts Fan Fest, which also features top ONE Championship athletes such as Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, as well as martial arts legends Rich Franklin and Miesha Tate. Tickets to attend the event are available on LINE Ticket at, and on Boardwalk at for non-Japanese residents.

Tournament Details

The Community Tournament will be played in a Single Elimination format, with the winners joining the TEKKEN 7 pro players in a Round Robin match-up before proceeding to a Single Ladder Format for the Finals.

Players who are keen to participate will need to form teams of three and register for our Community Tournament here. closes on 27 September.

The winning team will take home US$9,000 or US$3,000 per player, while the runner-up will get US$4,500 or US$1,500 per player. Prizes for the third and fourth place finishers will get US$1,200 or US$400 per player and US$300 or US$100 per player respectively.

ONE Esports is also delighted to announce that top TEKKEN 7 professional players, consisting of Rangchu, Ulsan, Double, and six other players from Asia will be competing for a share of the US$15,000 prize pool at the ONE TEKKEN Tokyo Invitational.

The complete list of attending players are as follows:

Jeong “Rangchu” Hyeon-ho
Lim “Ulsan” Soo-hoon
Kang “Chanel” Seong-ho

Shoji “Double” Takakubo
Kachi “Pekos” Yota
Genki “Gen” Kumisaka

All Stars
Nopparut “Book” Hempamorn, Thailand
(More players to be announced at a later date)
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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.