Thursday, January 17, 2019

Nominations Announced for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

The SAG Awards Silver Anniversary Ceremony will broadcast LIVE on Monday, January 28, 9:00 AM on Blue Ant Entertainment

Halle Berry presenting an award at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards
Nominees for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2018, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

Finding a diamond in the rough: Tips in purchasing pre-owned homes

A property seeker is always hesitant when it comes to buying second-hand homes. This is because such properties could eventually cost you a fortune in renovations if you are not cautious.  

Spare yourself from possible buyer’s remorse. PSBank, through its “Good to Know” campaign, help you spot a gem among wide choices of pre-owned houses with these tips:

Donny Pangilinan Charms the Cast and Director of Mary Poppins Returns

The actor-VJ-singer attended the film’s LA junket and world premiere

At the world premiere of Mary Poppins Returns in Los Angeles, Donny Pangilinan alongside his mom, Maricel, and sister and vlogger, Hannah, met the cast and director of Mary Poppins Returns. “It was surreal walking the red carpet and witnessing everything. Still can’t believe I was able to interview the people behind this wonderful film,” Donny shared.

Donny was able to meet and interview Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Jack), Ben Whishaw (Michael Banks), Emily Mortimer (Jane Banks), and director Rob Marshall during the trip.

Breaking Down the Nike Adapt BB

Getting the right fit from a performance shoe is both personal and complicated. Consider basketball: Over the course of a basketball game, the foot can expand almost a half-size during play. A level of fit that feels comfortable at one point might feel constrictive just 24 minutes later. Because the needs of the foot change at any given time based on the sport, its duration and on specific movements, like a slashing cut to the basket, "perfect fit" is a floating target.

The effort to refine fit has yielded a number of innovative platforms through Nike’s history – Huarache, Flywire and Flyknit, to name a few. Perhaps none was more critical to advancing custom fit than the 2016 introduction of the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first Nike multipurpose performance shoe to feature power lacing.

One Warrior Series to hold tryout in Sydney, Australia on 9 February

Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series is set to hold its first official athlete tryout in Australia. The tryout will be held at KMA Champion Martial Arts in Sydney on 9 February, with an open invitation to all aspiring martial arts professionals.

All applicants must register online at, deadline by 1 February. All applicants must also pass the initial screening, after which they will receive email confirmation with further details about the tryout.

The screening and tryout process will consist of pad sessions, grappling demonstrations, conditioning exams, and an interview process, among others. Once selected, athletes will compete in professional bouts with a chance at earning a USD $100,000++ contract with ONE Championship

Episodes of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series are available on ONE Championship’s YouTube channel:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

5 things to do with unwanted Holiday gifts

It’s happened to everyone at least once: You eagerly open a Christmas present only to be silently disappointed because the item is something you cannot use, is too small or too big for you, or you simply do not like what was given to you as a gift. Proper etiquette dictates you say thanks and keep the gift but with the limited living space we all have, we often have no choice but to find ways on how to put unwanted gifts to good use.

Introducing the Nike Adpat BB - Power shoe-lacing

Michael Donaghu, Nike’s VP of Innovation, explains how the future of fit lets Nike make real the decades-old dream: a custom shoe for everyone (yes, even you). 

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Michael Donaghu

There’s an invention in human history that’s older than you think. It’s older than coins, paper and the alphabet. In fact, it dates back to 3500 BC, before Stonehenge or the Pyramids. 

Joshua Pacio and Yosuke Saruta meet at One : Eternal Glory open workout and face off

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held the official ONE: ETERNAL GLORY Open Workout & Face-Off at the Syena Martial Arts Center on 16 January. In attendance were ONE Championship athletes set to participate in the blockbuster card at Istora Senayan on 19 January.

Reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of Baguio City, Philippines and ONE World Title Challenger Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta of Japan graced fans and media in attendance with a world-class martial arts skills demonstration.

ONE Athletes Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol, Puja Tomar, Stefer Rahardian, Robin Catalan, Anthony Engelen, and Kwon Won Il followed suit with their skills demonstrations alongside their respective coaches.

Patrick Stewart as Merlin in action fantasy family movie “THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING”

Best known globally for his role in the blockbuster X-Men franchise as the powerful Professor Charles Xavier aka Professor X, Patrick Stewart takes on another mighty role from literature and children’s favorite as the wizard Merlin in the family movie “The Kid Who Would Be King.”

Based on one of the most famous myths of all time, “The Kid Who Would Be King” approaches the legend of King Arthur and his knights in a completely new way, bringing it into the modern world and making it relevant for contemporary audiences.  The thrilling family adventure starts when average school kid Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) draws Excalibur, the magical sword of King Arthur, from a building site and go on a magical quest — with pals old and new — to save Britain from the forces of darkness.

“DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY” opens January 30 exclusive in SM Cinemas nationwide

The most anticipated and latest in the anime action Dragon Ball franchise starts January 30  as “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” opens exclusively in SM Cinemas. 

“Dragon Ball Super: Broly” is a new legend penned by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, the first film in the new Super series, and the 20th anniversary film. Because of this bounty of importance, the production style of this film can best be summed up in Director Nagamine’s words: “If Goku has undergone an upgrade, then the visuals must be upgraded as well.” If Goku will always love to fight and become stronger, we need to think outside the box and create a contemporary, high quality Dragon Ball worthy of him. In other words, the stronger Goku gets, the harder we must work to express that evolution. The evolution displayed in Dragon Ball Super: Broly is not just a memorial to over 30 years of legendary titles, but also a challenge to depart from the films that came before it.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Discovery Hotels & Resorts take the digital lead with chatbot

Already the leading homegrown luxury hotel group in the Philippines, The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc. (TLDCI) is again taking a step further in digital transformation and customer service, with the introduction of the revolutionary auto-agent chatbot. This makes TLDCI the first homegrown hotel group in the country to utilize on-page AI technology as part of its award-winning customer service program.

Auto-Agent, an automated website chatbot created to help hoteliers provide an elevated quality service 24/7, is already being utilized in hotels abroad. Powered by Triptease, a UK-based tech solutions company that empowers hotels to recapture guest relationships from Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and increase direct bookings. Guests can therefore expect immediate, high quality responses when chatting online, even when hotel staff are engaged or are not immediately available.

AirAsia welcomes 2019 with 1.9 million promo seats!

Fly from as low as P519, grab your promo seats now at  

AirAsia welcomes the new year with 1.9 million promo seats up for grabs! The AirAsia Group is offering promo seats to over 130 destinations across ASEAN and stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Middle East.  

Enjoy promotional all-in BIG Loyalty members fares from as low as P519 for flights from Manila, Clark, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro. 

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “We are kicking off 2019 with a bang that extends from the Philippines to the whole of AirAsia Group’s massive network from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, and Japan.” 

Cebu’s best seafood restaurant opens in Manila

Isla Sugbu Seafood City, operated and managed by Kuya J Group, recently opened its first Manila branch at Venice Grand Canal in Taguig City. Named the best seafood restaurant in Cebu, Manila diners can now experience Seafood City’s unique offering of Paluto ¬All-You-Can. 

UNISDR ARISE PH moves closer to achieving resiliency

“A Forum on Understanding Risk and Resilience” featured speakers (L-R): Office of Civil Defense deputy administrator for administration assistant secretary Krisoffer James Purisima, National Economic and Development Authority undersecretary Adoracion Navarro and National Panel of Technical Experts member Dr. Rosa Perez.

The Philippines is turning challenges into accomplishments as it continues to deal with natural disasters.

This was the assessment of experts during “A Forum on Understanding Risk and Resilience” held to mark the International Day of Disaster Reduction.

Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro of the National Economic and Development Authority cited the reduction in loss of human lives during recent calamities. “In terms of magnitude, the number of casualties from typhoon Ompong was only 79, unlike in previous strong typhoons where they reached thousands. This gives us a more positive view of how we are building a resilient nation,” she said.

AXA Philippines leads transformation of traditional HR practices

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance companies, participated in the recent ASEAN HR Tech Venture Summit 2018 at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City. 

Chief human resources officer Jaspreet Kakar [in photo] spoke about creating an agile mindset and how it plays a role in ensuring that organizations continue to evolve –by focusing on its people rather than the processes. 

Stream music through your LED ceiling lamp

Upgrade your home with innovative lighting products from Nxled

Nowadays, multifunctional items that offer advanced technology and convenience are often found in modern homes. Make sure yours does not get left behind. Upgrade your home with high-quality, innovative products from Nxled, the next generation in lighting.

Install the Nxled Smart Ceiling Lamp, which, aside from lighting up the room, can stream music wirelessly via bluetooth through its built-in speaker—perfect for winding down after a long day’s work. You can even adjust its color temperature, from daylight to  warm white or cool white, depending on your mood. This multipurpose, decorative ceiling lamp with glittery effect boasts of a lifespan of up to 25,000 hours.

Stamp Fairtex to compete for One Super Series Muay Thai Atomweight World Title against Janet Todd at ONE: CALL TO GREATNESS in Singapore

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the main event for ONE: CALL TO GREATNESS, which is set for 22 February at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand will attempt to grab her second World Title when she competes against Janet Todd of the United States for the inaugural ONE Super Series Muay Thai Atomweight World Championship.

Ticket information for ONE: CALL TO GREATNESS is available at

Stamp began her ONE Championship run as a participant in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series. She competed in mixed martial arts and won her first professional bout by knockout in just 19 seconds. Leaving a lasting impression with her exceptional striking skills, Stamp was tapped to take part in the prestigious ONE Super Series soon thereafter.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Minor-friendly “ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL” opens in select PH Cinemas Nationwide on Jan. 16

Reimagined for the younger movie audience, Deadpool 2’s “Once Upon a Deadpool” is now rated PG by the local censors board (MTRCB) featuring an additional 20 minutes of new footage.   Kids below 13 years old can now watch the world’s favorite disreputable superhero on the big screen and enjoy it with the whole gang. 

Get ready to break the “Glass” at SM Cinema!

Master storyteller M. Night Shyamalan is back to shatter you with disturbing revelations and shocking plot twists in his latest masterpiece “Glass”.  Feel the thrill and experience the intensity of this action and suspense-filled film at SM Cinema, the largest film exhibitor in the country. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Digital technology in building infrastructure

Hans T. Sy, chairman of the Executive Committee of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., delivered the keynote speech at the 44th National Convention and Technical Conference of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), held recently at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. 

Feel the Luxury at Director’s Club Cinema - The Podium

Be treated with a unique kind of comfort and luxury at Director’s Club by SM Cinema at The Podium, its newest location.  

Situated at the business district of Ortigas, Director’s Club Cinema The Podium will surely be a favorite hang-out spot for those who want to unwind while watching much-awaited blockbusters. Director’s Club Cinema The Podium offers a unique cinematic experience through extraordinary facilities and premium services that take movie watching to the next level.

OLX reveals most searched vehicles and motorcycles

Wondering which vehicles were trending in 2018? According to leading classifieds portal OLX, the Honda Civic and the Yamaha Mio are the most searched car and motorcycle models, respectively, from January to November 2018.

Known for its performance, durability and versatility, the Honda Civic has been a consistent most-searched vehicle on OLX and has remained as a popular choice in the pre-owned market. It can function as a daily driver and even as a race car. The Japanese car is also popular among enthusiasts who love to pimp their ride.

Prudence Foundation’s Cha-Ching highlighted in first BSP Financial Education Expo

Prudence Foundation Executive Director Marc Fancy presented Cha-Ching at the first BSP Financial Education Expo

British life insurer Pru Life UK’s community investment arm, Prudence Foundation, was featured in the recent Financial Education Stakeholders Expo 2018 of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for its innovative financial literacy advocacy program, Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids.

The Expo, which gathered advocates of financial education from the public and private sectors, aims to provide a platform for the sharing of best practices and enhancement financial literacy among Filipinos, ultimately contributing to nation building. Topics discussed during the two-day event, held from November 27 to 28, included personal finance management, financial education through performing arts and board games, and financial education as corporate social responsibility.

Hideyuki "Andy" Hata named president of One Championship Japan

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the latest addition to its executive leadership team. Hideyuki ‘Andy’ Hata has been named President of ONE Championship, Japan. Andy will be responsible for overseeing operations in Japan, driving development and growth across all key metrics.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I am thrilled to welcome Andy Hata to our leadership team at ONE Championship. Andy is a world-class business leader with a deep passion for sports and a desire to make a big impact on the world. He brings strong startup and global leadership experience, hands-on intellectual firepower, and a proven championship track record of commercial performance.”

Dr. Steve Mark Gan receives prestigious honor from the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2018

GAOC Founder and CEO Dr. Steve Mark Gan with Dato’ William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia (leftmost) and Undersecretary Zenaida Cuison Maglaya, Regional Operations Group, Department of Trade and Industry (rightmost) at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards held at Manila Marriott Hotel.

Dentist to the Stars Dr. Steve Mark Gan, Founder and CEO of the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), the undisputed leader among dental clinics in the Philippines and one of the best in Southeast Asia, again, adds to his already impressive roster of achievements as he was awarded in the Outstanding Category, Hall of Fame, of the much coveted Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2018.

The prestigious Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) is a Regional Award Recognition programme recognizing entrepreneurial excellence, honoring business leaders and organizations who have shown outstanding performance and tenacity in developing successful businesses, whilst not neglecting the social responsibilities that come with leadership. 

One Championship announces partnership with TV Tokyo

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced an exclusive partnership in Japan with TV Tokyo, one of Japan’s largest national Free-To-Air television broadcasters. The multi-year partnership will have TV Tokyo broadcast a full offering of ONE Championship content to its viewers weekly, including both live and non-live content.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I am thrilled to announced that ONE Championship has entered into a partnership with TV Tokyo, one of the largest television broadcasters in the country. With Japan having a rich history of martial arts spanning many disciplines such as judo, karate, kendo, sumo, aikido, and more, ONE Championship is proud to be working with TV Tokyo to take martial arts to new heights.  Together with TV Tokyo, ONE Championship will showcase the highest calibre of martial arts to Japanese audiences, exemplifying the bushido spirit by celebrating the values of honor, respect and humility.”

Friday, January 4, 2019

SM City North EDSA launches new lifestyle wing

The mall that started it all is bringing bigger shopping and dining experiences as SM City North EDSA launches its newest wing, located at the podium of the now open North Towers. Guest and spectators were recently given a taste of exciting happenings in store for mallgoers at the simultaneous kickoff of the North Towers Art Walk.

“This new wing will delight shoppers with two levels of lifestyle spaces that will innovate and showcase food, beauty and wellness, and entertainment experiences, specially designed for fun-seekers and mallgoers alike,” invites SM Supermalls COO Steven Tan.

Hoppler Rewards: A Chance to Win A Free Trip to Taiwan

The island of Taiwan is known for a lot of things— tasty food, bustling markets, and natural beauty. All of these makes the country a must-visit for tourists.

Here at Hoppler, we are giving our partner brokers a once-in-a-lifetime chance and visit this hidden gem in Asia through our Hoppler Rewards incentive program! 

MICECON 2018, a success!

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions/Events) Conference, the largest gathering of local and international MICE industry experts and practitioners, was successfully mounted this year in Bacolod. 

Organized by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), MICECON 2018 featured educational talks from world-class experts. TPB uses MICECON to strengthen the country’s reputation as the preferred MICE destination in Asia. 

New Year, New Movies at SM Cinema!

SM Cinema welcomes 2019 with a bang as it brings you adventure, action and excitement in upcoming blockbuster flicks Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns and Paramount Pictures’ Bumblebee!

A sequel to Walt Disney’s 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, the world’s favorite magical nanny is back and will surely drive us again to an adventure of a lifetime.

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao to face Han Zi Hao for One Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight World Championship at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the main event of ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS, which is set for Saturday, 16 February at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. Thai martial arts legend Nong-O Gaiyanghadao will square off against China’s Han Zi Hao for the inaugural ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight World Championship.

Ticket information for ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS is available at

Presenters at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Announced!


Thursday, January 3, 2019

BSP, Citi, MCPI award outstanding Filipino entrepreneurs at the 16th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Citi Foundation and Microfinance Council of the Philippines (MCPI) awarded nine outstanding Filipino microentrepreneurs at this year’s 16th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA). 

Winning the national award was (second row, center) Erwin Ramos, owner of Erwin and Lanie’s fishball from Bulacan. The regional winners were (second row, left to right) Rosario Amoroto of Island’s Best Foods for Visayas, Maria Elena Estadola of New Life Crafts – Infinito for Luzon, and Arnold Viado of Bam and Jhon Balut Maker for Mindanao. Mary Grace Bayalas (top row, second from left) of Bayalas Birthing Home and Family Planning won the Youth Microentrepreneurship Award. 

SM Prime receives 2018 Frost & Sullivan Philippines Property Development Growth Excellence Leadership Award

Frost & Sullivan’s Vice President Sapan Agarwal presents the Philippines Property Development Growth Excellence Leadership Award  to SM Prime president Jeffrey C. Lim
SM Prime Holdings, Inc. was honored as the 2018 Frost & Sullivan Philippines Property Development Growth Excellence Leadership Award at the recent 11th annual Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards banquet held at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.  

Janice Wung, program manager, Energy & Environment, Frost & Sullivan noted that the property development market in the Philippines continues to develop steadily, driven by economic growth, rapid urbanization, and government spending on infrastructure projects. 

8990 Holdings’ Deca Mall welcomes SM Hypermarket as anchor tenant

Top real estate developer 8990 Holdings, Inc. recently signed up SM Hypermarket as the lead anchor tenant of Deca Mall, a P452-million community shopping mall within Urban Deca Homes Manila, its 13-tower mixed-used community in Vitas, Tondo, Manila. 

A celebration of partnership and camaraderie

Two of the most powerful online sites celebrated a night of camaraderie and appreciation for their trusted partners, top agents, realtors and property developers at Discovery Primea in Makati City.

The partnership of Property24 and OLX – “The Power of Two” – brings together the Philippines’ top real estate portal and the biggest buy and sell community. This means that posting on Property24 entitles the real estate seller to cross-sell with the massive audience of OLX.

Initial bouts announced for ONE: HERO’S ASCENT on 25 January in Manila

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the initial bouts for ONE: HERO’S ASCENT, which is set for the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on 25 January. Once again, the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent is set to showcase their skills in the ONE Championship cage. In the main event, reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines will defend his title against Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes of Brazil in a historic trilogy bout.

Ticket information for ONE: HERO’S ASCENT is available at


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