Friday, August 18, 2017

Work-Life Blending Made Easier The New Samsung Galaxy Book

Gone are the days when life has to be divided between work and play.
Your success is happening in full swing with work and pleasure inevitably blending in. Your day starting with a 10 am meeting then rushing to a lunch meeting, followed by a 3pm event, and culminating to a midnight party – it’s important to feel in control and staying on top of the game. Either it’s sending a document in the middle of a social gathering, or catching up on the latest episode of your favorite series in between meetings, you have to make time for everything that matters.
With life getting busier everyday, you need a tool that allows you to shift from every aspect of your life with just a snap.

A Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria Staycation For Your Long Weekend

You don’t have to go far beyond the metro to enjoy a vacation this long weekend. For only Php 4,399 nett, enjoy the extended break by having an overnight stay right at the heart of Manila. Delight in a comfortable bed with an amazing city skyline, a delicious breakfast buffet spread for two (2) at Seven Corners Restaurant, and internet access.

Receive amazing deals the more you extend your stay. Get Php 500 nett off on your total bill when you stay for two or more nights. Stay for three and get a complimentary Room Upgrade Voucher for your next visit. Reservation is open until August 31, 2017, for stays on August 18 to 21 and August 24 to 31, 2017.

Have a gastronomic adventure by trying out the best of Asian flavours, featuring mouthwatering dishes such as the Singaporean Hainanese Chicken, Thai Green Papaya Salad, Korean Bibimbap, and a wide variety of Asian gelato flavors. Satisfy your appetites with Tasta Asia’s complete buffet spread at Seven Corners Restaurant, extended until August 31, 2017.
Have more of your Chinese favourites with Dim Sum Unlimited Nights at Xin Tian Di Restaurant. A scrumptious dim sum buffet awaits, featuring over 55 selections of contemporary delicacies such as Fried Hakaw, Chocolate Mantao, Chili Dumpling, Xiao Long Bao, and Pork Siomai. Indulge in dim sum unlimited dinner buffet for only Php 1,388 nett, available until August 31, 2017.
For information and reservations, call 633-7222 or email
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Internationally Recognized Smart Communications Program Strengthens Youth’s Disaster Resilience

The series of earthquakes that hit Batangas in April caused injuries to some residents and damage to property. Students of Batangas State University (BatSU), however, were able to teach their families to assume the duck, cover and hold position while the tremors were ongoing, and later led them to safe locations after the shaking stopped.
BatSU was the venue of the first-ever Tropang Ready Disaster Preparedness Caravan, a series of campus tours of PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart), designed to educate the youth on disaster readiness. A few months after the caravan, the teacher education students of BatSU themselves conducted their own preparedness training for parents of scholars of the government's Pantawid Pamilya Program in their communities.

Follow “The Star” With First Official Trailer

Experience the first-ever Christmas from an entirely new perspective. Watch the first official trailer for Sony Pictures Animation’s “The Star” now at

In The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

Descendants Mania Takes Over the Philippines with Fashion Collaboration by Student Designers

The Villain Kids are back! Just two years after the characters of “Disney Descendants” burst into TV screens, they make their much-anticipated return in “Descendants 2” this August 20 at 10am on Disney Channel. The film brings back all of its original characters, plus all-new songs, a new villain and of course, its edgy fashion style. Since the original film premiered, the “Descendants look” has inspired a following among kids and teens not just in the Philippines, but around the world.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

iflix introduces channels and personalisation features to offer users an all new personalised iflix experience

iflix, the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, today released an all new revamped and improved iflix user experience and features. 

The upgrade represents the latest evolution to iflix’s world class service with an all new focus on individual customer experience. New Channels, ADD and FOLLOW features enable significantly deeper personalised experiences and intuitive ways of discovering new content, with additional improvements to speed and performance.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Colgate Announces First Batch of 2017 Scholarship Promo Winners

Colgate, the number 1 Toothpaste brand in the Philippines*, announced the first winners of the Colgate Scholarship Promo 2017 and the names of their respective nominated scholars who will each receive PHP100,000 to secure a future they can smile about through education. The scholars who hail from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were drawn last May.

To join the promo, consumers throughout the country can purchase specially-marked Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection toothpaste cartons or any Colgate toothpaste sachet and register the unique promo code or barcode found in each pack. Each valid code is equivalent to raffle entries eligible to win PHP15 load, PHP500 National Book Store gift certificates, PHP10,000 scholarship subsidy or PHP100,000 scholarship grant in the monthly draws. 

Martin Nguyen’s sacrifices pays off as he gets much-deserved title shot

“The life of a professional martial artist is difficult, but I understand that in order to be the best, we have to make certain sacrifices. Spending time away from friends and family to train isn’t easy,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen admitted the most painful sacrifice is the separation from his family, but he knows that there is a reward waiting for him.

“It’s part of being a professional martial artist. A lot of sacrifices have been made. Training in December was one of them. I had to give up Christmas celebrations for this fight. I missed a lot of family activities such as birthdays and reunions,” he stated.

Celebrate National Lemonade Day with Johnn Lemon

Take part by enjoying an all-day free upsize on best-selling flavors

Celebrate National Lemonade Day with Johnn Lemon on August 20 with a free upsize with every purchase of any of their best-selling flavors: Lemon + Kalamansi, Pure Lemonade, Lemon + Ginger.

What does one do when life gives him lemons? For some, it would be to serve themselves lemonades to quench their thirst. There are others, however, who would see the opportunity to put up lemonade stands to profit, and serve the community. This widespread practice has been going on for over a century, and has gained recognition through an annual celebration in the USA—the “National Lemonade Day”.

Meet The Boy Crucial To The Battle For “The Dark Tower”

Between the battling forces of the gunslinger (Idris Elba) and the man in black (Matthew McConaughey) comes Jake (Tom Taylor), a young boy from our world who could tip the balance either way, in Columbia Pictures’ new action thriller “The Dark Tower” (in Philippine cinemas August 30, 2017).
Fourteen-year-old Jake lives an ordinary life in New York City with his mother Laurie (Katheryn Winnick) and stepfather Lon (Nicholas Pauling). Plagued by outlandish dreams that he doesn’t understand, he draws detailed sketches of otherworldly images which he sees: the Gunslinger, the Man in Black, and the unearthly world in which they live – Mid-World, in which he gets sight of the Tower.

Monsanto cites biotech crops’ role in addressing nutritional gaps in PH schools

Educational roadshow to share practices on how to bring balanced meals to students

Monsanto Philippines recently underscored the relevance of biotechnology in promoting nutrition among Filipinos, especially among younger students. This was shared by Monsanto Corporate Affairs Lead Charina Garrido-Ocampo during a media briefing in Quezon City. 

During the launch of its educational roadshow dubbed as Monsanto Fun Kitchen, Ocampo shared that despite efforts to improve nutrition in the country, making balanced meal accessible remains a challenge.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ricoh Philippines Continues To Empower Visayas And Mindanao Printing Industry

Global imaging and technology leader Ricoh Philippines continues empower more local printing businesses in Visayas and Mindanao with its latest technologies showcased in Pack Print Plas Cebu 2017.
Among the products Ricoh Philippines showcased in the expo held at the Waterfront Cebu are its lineup of full production printers, multi-function printers, projectors and business conferencing systems, interactive digital whiteboards, and unified communication systems.

Adidas Originals = Pharrell Williams & Stan Smith

Celebrating two classics: one inspired by the other
A cross-pollination of the timeless Stan Smith and the bold new Tennis Hu

Hu is a belief, a vision based on the first syllable of ‘Human’, seeking to bring us together as people; celebrating both our cultural differences and our collective power. Launched in 1971 as a tennis staple, the adidas Stan Smith has long transcended its intended use as a court essential to become an icon of modern style. For Fall 2017, the renowned musician and designer Pharrell Williams remixes aesthetic elements of the Stan Smith with those of his bold new instant classic, the Tennis Hu.

Relaunched in 2014, the Stan Smith is now a powerful global adidas flagship. Enter Pharrell, whose imagination and creativity enable a surprising take on this iconic shoe, as well as new colorways of his recently released Tennis Hu — a legend already in the making.

Basketball Efficiency Scientific Training Center Announces Weekend Clinic Schedules

BEST (Basketball Efficiency Scientific Training) Center will be conducting its series of week-end basketball and volleyball clinics from August 26 to October 14, 2017 at the Ateneo College Covered Courts and the Xavier School Fr. Rafael Cortina Sports Center. 

AirAsia Launches #DaretoDream Sports Initiative In Time For The 2017 Southeast Asian Games

AirAsia, voted the world’s best low cost carrier for nine consecutive years by Skytrax, is launching today its region-wide #DaretoDream sports initiative, which aims to motivate and inspire athletes to discover their own potential and make their athletic aspirations a reality.
The campaign is launching just in time for the Southeast Asian Games, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from August 19 to 31.

4 Ways You Can Go Further With The New ASUS Zenfone 4 Max

ASUS Philippines’ most celebrated smartphone model returns to the Philippine market this August 19, 2017 with its latest and strongest variant yet the Zenfone 4 MAX.With a 5000mAh high-capacity battery that can stand-by up to 46 days, this particular smartphone impeccably takes its known nickname, “Battery King”, to an entirely new level. Perhaps, that’s the rationale behind its latest tagline – We Love Going Further.
But with a jam-packed energy that can last for 46 days (on standby), how do you maximize the Zenfone 4 Max 5.5, exactly?
Well, here are 4 tried-and-tested ways:

Carmudi Philippines Launches Road Safety Program In Cebu

Global Online Car Platform Carmudi has officially launched its CSR initiative, which aims to uplift and educate young drivers on road safety.
Held at Cebu Doctors’ University in Mandaue, Cebu, the Carmudi Academy for Road Safety (CARS) program is designed to create awareness and help students (particularly in Universities and Colleges) elevate their basic understanding of road safety.
During the event, Kris Lim, Head of PR and Marketing of Carmudi Philippines said that the CARS program is focused on three basic aspects, which every students need to have-right knowledge, right skills and right attitude.

The best ways to sleep on a plane

The best ways to sleep on a plane

So, you’ve just booked a dream vacation but you’re dreading the long hours in a cramped seat, the lack of legroom, people climbing past you, noises from talking passengers, screaming children and a myriad of other distractions and hassles that come with air travel. It’s no wonder getting some shut eye on a flight seems impossible. It can be cinch if say you were flying on a short flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi but those long haul flights can be a nightmare, especially if you are flying solo. It’s like a game of roulette, holding your breath every time a potential seat mate walks down the aisle. 

Even if you get lucky with nice seat partners, there is a zero percent chance of getting much sleep unless you can magically contort yourself into a pretzel every time they need to use the bathroom or get something from the overhead carriage. This can lead to exhaustion and several nights of trying to catch up on sleep when you arrive at your final destination. Here are few things you can do help you get some rest on a long flight. Happy travels!

Australia-born Reece McLaren aims to personify Filipino warrior’s heart in cage return

“Who is Reece McLaren?” That was the question of the night during the ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS fight week in December 2015 when he surfaced as Jordan Lucas’ late replacement to face Filipino-American sensation Mark “Mugen” Striegl.

Striegl was supposed to have an easy night against a relatively-unknown Australian martial artist entering a high-profile bout on eight days notice, but McLaren begged to disagree and educated everyone about who he is and what he is capable of.

McLaren pulled off a major upset in his promotional debut by submitting Striegl with a rear-naked choke in the aforementioned event’s co-headliner.

Showcasing his never-say-die attitude, McLaren overcame a series of takedowns and a second-round knockdown against the highly-favored Striegl, but he methodically chipped away with stinging leg kicks.

Climacool 02/17

adidas Originals steps forward with new colorways of the latest iteration of the Climacool, the 02/17. 

True to the original Climacool blueprint, the shoe features a Climacool mesh upper, countered by a perforated Ortholite sockliner for optimum breathability. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

​Kevin Belingon expects big reward if he pulls off decisive win over Reece McLaren

As Kevin Belingon crosses paths with a fellow former world title challenger in Reece McLaren, the Filipino knockout artist sees a big reward if he plays his cards right against the Australian standout.

Belingon is set to square off with McLaren on the stacked card of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS, which takes place at the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18 August.

The 29-year-old Baguio City native hopes that if he secures a convincing victory over McLaren, it will bring him an inch closer to a rematch with Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes for the coveted ONE Bantamweight World Championship title.

The X Factor UK: Pinoy Talents Who Wowed Even The Likes Of Simon Cowell

An X Factor UK judge as uncompromising as Simon Cowell may be very difficult to please, but even the reality television icon will admit that many of the Filipinos who’ve joined his contest are talented beyond doubt.

No matter where they go, Filipinos leave an indelible mark on the music scene. The X Factor UK has proven this yet again with Filipino contestants who have shown a deep passion for music, as well as undeniable prowess in singing. Here we list down remarkable Filipino acts and how they’ve won audiences worldwide on top of Simon Cowell's attantion. 
Ivy Grace Paredes
Powerhouse Ivy Grace Paredes had mesmerized The X Factor UK judges since her heart-stopping audition. The songstress eventually earned herself a seat in Season 13’s Six Chair Challenge following a deafening standing ovation for her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” before her unexpected withdrawal due to visa issues. In Cowell’s words: “Is it the most original thing we’ve ever heard? No. Is it exciting? Yes! Should you be in a chair? Yes!”
4th Impact
First introduced as 4th Power, Cercado sisters Almira, Irene, Mylene, and Celina became the most anticipated act of The X Factor Live Tour 2017, despite finishing Season 12 in fifth place. Their secret? To sum up the girls’ polished choreographs and jaw-dropping vocals, Cowell remarked the following after the quartet performed Christina Aguilera’s “Show Me How You Burlesque” for the Six Chair Challenge: “I am thrilled that you’ve chosen this show, this country, to compete in, and I think the British public are going to fall in love with you.”

Seann Miley Moore
Seann Miley Moore might have been eliminated early on in Season 12, but the Filipino-British talent nevertheless captivated judges and audiences alike with his sultry voice, as well as his fearless sense of style. After Moore sang Queen’“The Show Must Go On” on his audition, Cowell could only say: “I always, always wanted to find an artist on this show that you can’t compare with anybody else, who’s got originality. And most importantly, you’ve got to remember somebody.”
New and exciting musical acts are coming to TV this September as The X Factor UK returns with Season 14. Catch the season premiere on Sunday, September 3 at 10:30AM with primetime encore at 9:00PM, same day as the UK, first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment.
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Two New Posters For “Flatliners” Arrive Online

“Cross the line. Death will follow you back,” warn the two new posters for Columbia Pictures’ new suspense thriller “Flatliners” which have just been released by the studio.
Check out the one-sheets below and watch “Flatliners” in Philippine cinemas on October 29, 2017.

Seven Davao Aguilas FC players proud to represent the country at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Seven Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC) players, who are  part of the U22 Philippine men’s football team, are proud representatives of the country at the 29th South East Asian (SEA) Games, set to begin next week, with their first match taking place on August 15, against Cambodia, at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.  

The 7 Davao Aguilas players are as follows:

    1.    BAUTISTA, Junell Mark
    2.    CHENG, Jaime Vicenzo
    3.    CUBON, Raymart
    4.   DE BRUYCKER, Dylan Alain Lucienne
    5.    DIAZ, Van Rey
    6.    JARVIS, Jordan Blair
    7.    TALAROC, Richard Jr.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Nike releases special edition React Hyperdunk 2017 inspired by tenement court in Taguig

Filipino basketball dreams start in the streets, in the cement courts and make-shift backboards found in just about every corner of this hoops-crazy country. It’s in those under the radar pickup games where the next basketball star is born.

First Bodega Sale by Striptop Outlet Store happening this August 16 - 19, 2017

Striptop Outlet Store will stage the 1st edition of much-awaited Biggest Bodega Sale of Luggage, Bags and Outdoor apparels & accessories this rainy season entitled BODEGA SALE on August 16 to 19, 2017 at the Young Womens Christian Associataion – YWCA Gym - 880 General Luna St., Ermita, Manila. 

The four-day event will feature international brands, all under one roof.  Shoppers from around the metropolis will surely enjoy huge discounts on great selections from shoes, backpacks, ladies bags, luggage, men’s and ladies sporting goods and other specialty items.  As usual, all major credit cards are accepted.

Colgate Paves the Way for Filipinos to Pursue Higher Education

For Colgate, the number 1 toothpaste brand in the Philippines*, having a brighter future goes beyond the basic needs of food, water, and shelter. As part of its commitment to help Filipino families have a future they can smile about, the ongoing Colgate Scholarship Promo 2017 is offering scholarship grants and other prizes worth over PHP4 million to help Filipino students with their education-related expenses.

According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), as of June 8, 2017, there are only 233 public higher educational institutions (HEIs) compared to the 1,706 private HEIs nationwide. The number of HEIs is only able to accommodate approximately 18 percent of the Filipino youth, with only 3.6 million of the nearly 20 million youth in the country enrolled in higher education in 2017. Most Filipino youth are not pursuing higher education because of several factors, one of which is financial constraints.

“Colgate understands how important getting a degree is in shaping the future of millions of Filipino families. This is why Colgate is running the Colgate Scholarship Promo for the second year, with more winners and more prizes. We hope we can pave the way for the Filipino family to have a future they can smile about,” Kevin Sarmiento, Product Manager of Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Inc. said.

​​Eric Kelly delighted over younger brother Edward’s winning roll in ONE Championship

As Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly continues his marvelous rise in ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division, renowned Filipino martial arts veteran Eric “The Natural” Kelly can't help but feel impressed with his younger brother's winning streak in Asia’s largest sports media property.

Edward scored three huge victories inside the ONE Championship cage last year, starting his 2016 campaign by pulling off a come-from-behind submission win over previously-unbeaten Australian stalwart Jordan Lucas in March before achieving a second-round knockout of Dutch-Indonesian journeyman Vincent Latoel five months later.

Filipino photographer gets wild in Singapore; represents the Philippines at regional wildlife photography competition, Through the Lens

Public voting for regional competition winner open! 

Filipino photographer Silver Vito Niño Andrada has been named the Philippines’ winner of a wildlife photography competition hosted by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, in partnership with Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, capturing the connection between humans, nature and wildlife. In a regional finals held in Singapore on July 28 to 30, Andrada competed against other national competition winners from China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia for the chance to be crowned regional Through the Lens winner.  

The competition is now open for public voting on Facebook to determine three shortlisted regional finalists from which Wildlife Reserves Singapore will select one overall winner.

Ayala Malls Cinemas' Exclusive: “A FAMILY MAN” starring Gerard Butler in Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma Cinemas on August 23rd

Ayala Malls Cinemas exclusively brings Gerard Butler’s latest movie “A Family Man” starting August 23 in Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma. 

“A Family Man” is Gerard Butler’s latest passion piece directed by Mark Williams who is also an accomplished producer behind acclaimed features such as Ben Affleck’s “The Accountant” and Netflix’s “Ozark.”

Thursday, August 10, 2017

James Wan Expands “The Conjuring” Universe With “Annabelle: Creation”

Regarded as one of the most creative filmmakers working today, James Wan expands “The Conjuring" Universe with the second chapter in the Annabelle series New Line Cinema's "Annabelle: Creation" (in Philippine theaters August 23, 2017).
Produced by Wan and directed by David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”), “Annabelle: Creation” is the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle.” In the new film, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and six girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

“The Dark Tower” Tops U.S Box-Office, Opens In Philippines August 30

A new Stephen King big-screen adaptation made its way to the top of US box office as Columbia Pictures‘ “The Dark Tower” opened at No.1 for the August 4 to 6 weekend. The fantasy action-thriller collected an estimated $19.5-M over the weekend from 3,451 theaters for a $5,651 average.
(Watch the new Dark Tower spots “Battle” at and “Hope” at
Demographics the Idris Elba – Matthew McConaughey actioner were typical of a sci-fi action thriller with the crowd being 58% male and 68% over 25.

Merrell: Sandals For Your Urban Getaways

Say hello to this season’s best sandals for city adventures! Global brand Merrell has released sandals every lady can rock on their urban getaways. Whether one opts to visit parks, or just hang out in local cafes, Merrell sandals have got you covered. The newest Merrell sandals touch on classic styles made modern with fresh colorways and stylish details.
What’s making people fall in love with the collection aside from their eye-catching looks? Top is that they’re not only fashionable, but practical, too! The sandals are extremely comfy and breathable with solid features such as antimicrobial technology and superior arch support. All these make it the all-around footwear to slip on during the rainy season!
Check out these styles you can choose from for your next urban adventure!

Art & Home Take Center Stage At Shangri-La Plaza This August

This August at Shangri-La Plaza, Art & Home take the spotlight. Discover new music, experience a different kind of film genre,check out visual art from young up and coming artists, and get inspired by celebrity living spaces as Shang holds exciting events all throughout August.
Kiana Valenciano takes center stage at the East Wing on August 19,Saturday at 6 PM. The young, rising singer who comes from a family of musicians is making a name for herself with her original R&B-electro-pop-influenced music. Fans and first-time listeners can catch this free not-to-be-missed performance from OPM’s new, promising artist.

Descendants 2: What Happens When Disney’s Villain Kids Face Off Against A Brand New Group Of Villains?

Find out in the highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie, “Descendants 2” premiering Sunday, 20 August at 10am!
The adventures of the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains continues in the highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants 2!”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New Supernatural Drama Midnight, Texas premieres only on iflix

From the author of the novels that inspired ‘True Blood’, iflix brings another highly anticipated exclusive to Philippines, express from the U.S. 

iflix, Southeast Asia’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service, offering subscribers unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more, is thrilled to debut NBC Universal’s new supernatural thriller, Midnight, Texas. Subscribers in the Philippines can stream or download new episodes every Tuesday, same day as U.S. broadcast – only on iflix.  

40th Anniversary Sale @ BLIMS!

Celebrate with BLIMS this coming August 10 - September 24 with 4 Great Offers at 40 Years!

BLIMS Fine Furniture embarks the 40th year with a brand new sale. Being the most trusted furniture retailer in the industry, BLIMS is greeting its 40th year by giving back to their customers with this special treat.

New Horror Thriller “Mother!” Offers 30-Second Teaser

Paramount Pictures has just released a 30-second tease its upcoming horror thriller, mother!
A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black SwanRequiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer LawrenceJavier BardemEd Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

GetGo Partners With SM Hotels For Rewarding Stays And Free Getaways!

Spending a relaxing day or a week at some of the country’s luxurious hotels is now even more rewarding as GetGo, the lifestyle rewards program of Cebu Pacific, partners with SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. to bring its members closer to free flights to their dream destinations!
GetGo members can earn rewards points when they call Taal Vista Hotel at (02) 917-8225, Radisson Blu Cebu at (032) 402-9900, Park Inn by Radisson Davao at (82) 272-7600, Park Inn by Radisson Clark at (45) 598-7000, or Pico Sands Hotel at (02) 464-7800, to book a stay based on qualified room rates. Members need to mention their GetGo number when booking and present their cards upon check-in.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask & Rye Finish now in PH

The new Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask & Rye Finish, from the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch portfolio, has finally arrived in Manila.
The first of the Blenders’ Batch releases to hit Philippine shores, Johnnie Walker will be releasing new blends from the innovative series in the succeeding years, starting with the Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask & Rye Finish.

Better Mobile Data Experience For Samsung, Smart LTE Users In Boracay

If you have a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ and a Smart LTE SIM, you can have an even better mobile data experience using Smart’s upgraded networks in the country’s premier tourist destination, Boracay Island.
Smart, with strategy and technology partner Huawei Technologies Philippines, has successfully activated 4-component carrier (4CC) aggregation in Boracay, reaching average speeds of 280 Mbps in initial runs using test software on Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, 4CC carrier aggregation-capable smartphones available in the market.

HMD Global Warns Against Counterfeit Nokia 3310s

Original vs Fake
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, is calling consumers in the Philippines to be wary of counterfeit Nokia 3310 phones, spotted in various places in the country as well as in the online marketplace.
HMD is sending out a clear message not to purchase these counterfeit phones and alerting consumers that such devices do not have the genuine brand and quality consumers love from Nokia phones, and are not covered by the protection of Nokia phone care services.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Want your loan approved? Your social media info may be key, says European fintech

Home Credit: gathering, matching consumers’ information on social media crucial to risk management for financing first-time borrowers

With Filipinos reported to be spending more time on social media than any other country in the world, the ability of platforms such as Facebook, Viber and Instagram to connect people and build communities is more potent than ever.

At the same time, a new, important role is emerging for these social media sites: as a rich source of big data, and for finance companies, a new tool for approving loans and managing risk—especially for those borrowing for the first time.

Top Japanese Developers Tie Up With Federal Land, Inc.

Just when we thought that the real estate front has quieted down comes news about one of the most exciting partnerships ever to be made by a Filipino property developer. Federal Land Inc., one of the country’s most trusted real estate companies, has partnered with two of Japan’s top firms, residential leader Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd., and luxury retail giant Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, Ltd.
What makes the partnership doubly exciting is that it will bring global solutions to the properties that will be jointly developed by the three giants. If you still don’t know what this means, it means that designs, and concepts perfected by Nomura Real Estate Development and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings will now be introduced into Federal Land, Inc.’s upcoming projects.

Meet New Zealand’s Artisan Cheese-Makers

Cheese is no stranger to the Filipino food lover’s palette, and many would travel far and wide to taste more of this delicious commodity.
Travellers to New Zealand are delighted to learn that beyond its well-known green pastures, the country is populated with excellent little cheesemakers and artisan food producers who are putting old ways back in fashion.

“The Dark Tower” Epic Novels Make Long-Awaited Big-Screen Debut

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” With these words, Stephen King sparked an entire universe that makes its long-awaited screen debut with Columbia Pictures’ “The Dark Tower,” in Philippine cinemas August 30, 2017.
Idris Elba stars as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, sworn to protect the universe, and his perpetual nemesis, Walter O’Dim, the man in black, played by Matthew McConaughey.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs Conor McGregor Fight To Air On SKY Sports Pay-Per-View

Coming to SKY Sports Pay Per View on August 27, Sunday live and in high definition from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is the year’s most anticipated fight between the contemporary era’s greatest fighters, boxing great Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and UFC (Universal Fighting Championship) superstar Conor McGregor.
Fight fans will surely enjoy this match-up of a living boxing legend and a mixed martial arts (MMA) hotshot because it pits two strong athletes with different fighting backgrounds.

DreamPlay Celebrates Its Second Year Anniversary With King Julien’s Dance Off At City Of Dreams Manila

DreamPlay, City of Dreams Manila’s DreamWorks-inspired interactive play space, celebrates its second year anniversary with another “King Julien’s Dance Off” competition open to all children’s dance groups from around the country. Following preliminary screenings, eight finalists will vie for the top prize worth over P100,000 at the Grand Finals on August 27.
The contest is open to all kids’ groups between the ages of seven to 14 with eight to 12 members each group, and can be composed of all boys, all girls or mixed. Interested kiddie dance groups must download the entry form from the City of Dreams Manila website:
and submit a two-minute dance video entry with an English song from any DreamWorks movie until August 16 for the qualifying round.


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