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Monday, April 24, 2017

Cloudfone and NBA Launch First NBA-Themed Smartphone in Southeast Asia

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Cloudfone, the flagship mobile phone and tablet brand of Cellprime Group, one of the Philippines’ top technology companies, announced the launch of the first Cloudfone NBA Edition smartphone in Southeast Asia. 

The Cloudfone NBA Edition features NBA-themed wallpaper and ringtones, as well as the NBA App and a prepaid mobile data allowance, allowing NBA fans in the Philippines to stay connected to the latest NBA news and updates.  For a limited time only, NBA-themed phone cases will accompany every purchase of the Cloudfone NBA Edition.

The Cloudfone NBA Edition is equipped with a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, improved 4G connectivity, 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, and 4,000 mAh battery capacity that allow users to enjoy the NBA on their smartphones.

“Cloudfone firmly believes in developing products that enhance the lifestyle of every Filipino, and partnering with the NBA enable us to realize this vision,” said Cloudfone Chief Executive Officer Eric Yu.  “Through the Cloudfone NBA Edition, we are able to amplify the way our consumers enjoy the game by delivering awesome NBA content and experiences into the palm of every fan’s hand.”

SM Youth Summer 2017 Collection

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The SM Youth Summer 2017 collection looks to Japan’s fun mix of quirk and style.

Everyone seems to be in Japan—it’s the new millennial playground, where the young, hip and travel-obsessed go in search of new inspirations and Instagram fodder. But as far as style goes, the country has always been a great influence to how the youth dress themselves. But anime and J-Pop aside, Japan and all its nooks and crannies—Tokyo, Harajuku, even the less-populated lands of Hokkaido and Niseko—have proven to inspire a great deal of stylish individuals. This inspiration makes up SM Youth’s Summer ’17 collection.

Set in a pitch black yet lantern-lit space, the SM Youth Summer ’17 Collection is inspired by Japanese cuts and prints, Asian minimalism and the stylish quirks of young Tokyo. Eastern-inspired patterns are seen in dark florals and ancient Asian illustrations, while kimono-like cover-ups introduce a Japanese-like silhouette that’s a great, less structured alternative to the common guy’s hoodie or blazer. Asian minimalism is also seen in the collection, with oversized, boxy shirts, shorts and denim jackets done up in solids and spartan stripes. Bringing a jolt of craziness into the collection comes kooky cartoon prints and colors reminiscent of Harajuku’s vibrant, crazy-cool and devil-may-care style, pared down to be palatable to the SM Youth dresser: pop art banana prints, aqua-themed paint splash board shorts, and pastel Tees are just the right punch of sunshine this summer.

The SM Youth Summer ’17 Collection campaign was shot with SM Youth’s Richard Juan and Janna Tee. The collection is a line-up of Asian-inspired summer staples that can be worn on a beach trip, at a city staycation and even on a cool trip abroad.

Until May 31, get P100 on a purchase of any three (3) regular-priced items from Tee Culture, Markus, Tank, Character Brands and Coco Republic Teens.

Visit or @SM_Youth on Twitter and Instagram at for more details.

Calling All Writers as 67th Palanca Awards Deadline Nears

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The deadline for entering the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is fast approaching! At midnight of April 30, 2017, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., its sponsor and organizer, will be closing submission to the country’s longest running and most prestigious literary competition.

Participants may submit only one entry per category. This year’s Palanca Awards is accepting entries for all 22 categories: English Division - Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play; Filipino Division - Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula; Regional Languages Division - Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano. Published/produced works which were first published or first produced between 1 May 2016 to 30 April 2017 and/or unpublished/unproduced works, may be entered in the contest. Only unproduced works may be entered in the DULANG PAMPELIKULA category.

This year, the Kabataan Division for young writers 17 and below begs the question “How can the youth contribute to building interest in Philippine culture and literature?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaambag ang mga kabataan sa pagsulong ng interes sa kultura at panitikang Pilipino?” (Kabataan Sanaysay).

Completing the lineup are the Novel and Nobela categories open this contest year. These categories accept unpublished and published works, provided they were first published within a period of two years prior to April 30, 2017.

Entries may be submitted at any of the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, or through the CPMA website at

Winners will be honored during a special ceremony on September 1, 2017.

For more information, contact or call (632) 511-0003 or +639253887103. Look for Leslie Layoso.

UP Medicine Choir Presents Abendlied: An Evening of Songs for SLE Patients

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Let your worries take flight; soothe your soul with melodies to fill the night. Come and fly with us in our journey to share the love and heal through music.

UP MedChoir, in partnership with Wazzup Pilipinas and Doktor Doktor Lads, presents:

Abendlied: An evening of songs for the benefit of patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
May 5, 2017, 6:30 PM, at the UCCP Cosmopolitan Church, Taft Ave.

With our songs, we not only hope to free the mind, quench the heart, and heal the soul of every listener, but also hope to share advocacies close to our hearts as future medical professionals, especially in time with the Lupus Awareness Month this May.

Lupus is a lifelong autoimmune disease wherein one’s own immune system attacks the different body systems that it is supposed to protect. It presents with several manifestations with varying degrees of severity, leading to chronic pain and disability. Management of the disease then should not be limited to medications but must also encompass emotional and psychological support.

Proceeds of the concert will go to the UP PGH Lupus Club, formed back in 1992, with the objective of bringing together lupus patients, educating and empowering them and their families about their disease, and serving as a moral and social support group.

Tickets are priced at P300, P500, and P750.

For ticket reservations, you may visit or contact April at 09209616796.

See you there!

Red Bull’s Signature 3x3 Tournament Comes to the Philippines for the First Time!

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Red Bull is inviting the country’s top ballers to put their skills to the test. With several contests taking place all over the world this summer, this unique 3x3 basketball tournament will pit hopefuls against one another in a high-endurance, offensive-driven battle that ends with over 15 countries sending their best to compete at the World Finals in Washington DC, USA

The rules of this tournament are simple: the team that score the most overall points in each round will advance until one team remains. Players 16 years old and above are open to submit their teams of three (with one reserve) to compete and must have their passports ready!

What: Philippine Qualifiers for Red Bull Reign
When: Cebu Qualifier – May 13th (Sacred Heart de Ateneo, Cebu 12PM)
Manila Qualifier A - May 20th (Buendia Food by the Court, Makati 5PM)
Manila Qualifier B - May 26th (Buendia Food by the Court, Makati 5PM)
Last Chance Qualifier and Finals – May 27th (Nagtahan Bridge Court, Pasig 12 PM)
Who: All of the best basketball players in the Philippines.
Why: To find the Philippine Representative to Red Bull Reign who will compete in the World Finals in Washington DC, USA!

CHED, DBM Release Guidelines on Free Tuition in SUCs

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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) have jointly issued the implementing guidelines for the use of the P8-billion Higher Education Support Fund (HESF) under the government’s free tuition program for 2017.

The HESF is included in the 2017 General Appropriations Act and is intended for use by the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs) for the academic year 2017-2018. President Duterte has ordered the conditional implementation of the free tuition program “to give priority to financially disadvantaged but academically able students.”

According to the joint memorandum, the free tuition program will cover “all Filipino students enrolling in undergraduate course programs in SUCs for the academic year 2017-2018, subject to the prioritization directive of the President and the availability of funds in the HESF.”

SUCs will not collect tuition from students and will instead charge this against the HESF through billing statements for CHED. However, miscellaneous and other fees are not covered by the program, and thus may still be collected from the students.

Student beneficiaries

Beneficiaries of government student financial assistance programs (StuFAPs) will be given priority by their respective SUCs. The tuition fees of those receiving more than P15,000 in benefits will still be charged against their StuFAP allocations, while the tuition fees of student beneficiaries who are getting P15,000 or less will be charged from the SUCs’ free tuition allocation.

After all government StuFAP beneficiaries have been given slots, continuing students in their respective SUCs are next in line for available slots. They will be further prioritized according to the following order, subject to the availability of funding:

1. Graduating students with one semester remaining, regardless of household per capita income;

2. Graduating students with one academic year remaining, regardless of household per capita income;

3. Non-graduating students who belong to a household that is or was a beneficiary of 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program);

4. Non-graduating students who were never part of a household that is or was a beneficiary of 4Ps but is still included in the Listahanan 2.0, ranked according to their estimated per capita household income; and

5. Non-graduating students ranked according to their per capita household income based on submitted documentation(s) for proof of income.

If there are still funds available, incoming freshmen and returning students who are not receiving more than P15,000 in benefits from any StuFAP will also be eligible for the government’s free tuition program in a similar order.

SUC budget and preparations

The budget allocation for each SUC is based on the estimated tuition income they submitted for the 2017 Budget of Expenditures and Sources of Financing.

The SUCs are required to conduct an assessment on the eligibility of students based on the 4Ps, Listahanan 2.0, and StuFAP beneficiaries. Before the enrolment period, the SUCs should have ranked all assessed students according to the order of priority as stated above.

CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan gave her assurance that the proper implementation of the program will be carried out. “As we implement Free Tuition 2017, we are being guided by the original intention of the legislators and the president’s directive to prioritize financially disadvantaged but academically able students—we will do our best to ensure that the fund goes to as many as possible and to those who need it most.”

Lean: A Filipino Musical by UP Manila Dramatista on April 28 and 29

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"The struggle for freedom is the next best thing to actually being free" -Lean Alejandro

27 year-old UP Diliman student and noted "iskolar ng bayan" named Leandro Alejandro was shot and killed in September 19, 1987. As the iconic student activist, Lean fought for national democracy in the university and in the nation. He is one of the unsung heroes who have sacrificed their lives during the turbulent days of the martial law. His life has defined an era of student activism and his work still inspires the youth today.

Students of the University of the Philippines, being a state-funded institution, are called “Iskolar ng Bayan” or People’s Scholars. The description gained political weight during the First Quarter Storm (FQS) in the 70s, a time of discontent by a generation of Baby Boomers. The description also carried with it the aphorism “Serve the people.”

Described as a Filipino left wing activist and nationalist, UP student leader Lean Alejandro actively fought the dictatorship in the 1980s. Lean became a member of the Youth for Nationalism and Democracy in 1980-81. In 1983, he was chosen as a President of its University Student Council (USC). After Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. – himself a fighter and hero and a great pride of the UP students– was assasinated, Lean left the University and went full time in the anti-Marcos struggle. In 1985, Lean was one of the founders of the left-wing umbrella organization BAYAN becoming it's Secretary-General. He was arrested and detained for two months and participated in the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolt after he was released. Post-EDSA Revolution, Alejandro ran for a seat at the Philippine House of Representatives for the small district Navotas-Malabon losing to Teresa Aquino-Oreta, the sister-in-law of then president Corazon Aquino. in a controversial and disputed election.

After losing in the election, Lean returned to his previous activities as secretary-general of nationalist organization Bagong Alyansang Makabayan. Lean openly criticized the 1987 coup d’tat that killed and injured innocent civilians. On 19 September 1987, after the failed coup attempt led by Col. Gregorio Honasan, Alejandro announced plans for a major demonstration against the return to fascism. Returning by car to the headquarters of BAYAN, he was fired upon by a gunman instantly killing Alejandro. One suspected that the assassination had been in the angle of Marcos loyalists from the Philippine Army, but no one was arrested for the assassination. Up to this untimely death, Lean offered his life to people’s movement, speaking in mass demonstrations, writing articles and discussing social issues inside the campus and in urban poor communities.

Lean’s multi-roles as activist, politician, friend, husband, son and father will be recreated in the forthcoming LEAN - A FILIPINO MUSICAL produced by UP Manila Dramatista.

The playdates are: MAY 12 - FRI. - 7 PM and MAY 13 - SAT. - 4 PM / 7 PM.


The cast are as follows: Kenneth Mangurit (Lean), Frances Mendoza (Lidy), Carlo Cabahug (Ka Tanny), Carmela Reyes (Bobby), Dean Lopez (Edward), Lalaine Quinan (Jojo(, Neil Suyat (Noli), Raffy Baybay (Chino) and Uriel Molina (Mr. Tim).

Don't fail to watch this musical about the turbulent 1980s written by Gary Granada, one of the Philippines' best composers of songs that evoke nationalism and pride in our country. In this musical play, Gary Granada remixed the tune of “UP Naming Mahal” in a contemporary rock version and gave it a new and more "nationalistic sounding" lyrics, reasserting the purpose of the Iskolar ng Bayan as a "Iskolar ng Sambayanan, Tagapaglingkod ng Taongbayan".

LEAN - A FILIPINO MUSICAL shall also feature powerful catchy songs that breathe new life to the many different characters and personas of the 1980s. Through song and dance, the musical not only tells the story of the influential student activist but also creatively re-imagines the loud cries of the masses.

The September 1997 original production of LEAN THE FILIPINO MUSICAL was produced by the Leándro L. Alejandro Foundation and the UP Student Council in cooperation with the UP Diliman Committee for Arts and Culture. The musical featured renowned artists like Chikoy Pura, Bayang Barrios, Cookie Chua, and Noel Cabangon. In 2013, it was restaged by the University of the Philippines Repertory Company (UP Rep) with youth activists Vencer Crisostomo of Anakbayan and Third Alub of the League of Filipino Students who both played the role of Lean.

For further details and tickets, please call 0906-427-3981 c/o Zoe Caballero.

APRIL 28 - FRI. - 7 PM
APRIL 29 - SAT. - 4 PM / 7 PM

Chuck Marbella Reprises His Role as the Engineer in Miss Saigon UK Tour 2017

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Christian Rey "Chuck" Marbella will play ( again... for the nth time ) the role of the Engineer in the forthcoming Miss Saigon UK Tour 2017.

He will be alternating for this role to be essayed by Red Concepcion.

Herewith is Chuck's theater career path....

Christian Rey "Chuck" Marbella
Alternate Engineer

Dance Background: Queen City Chamber Ballet, Cebu City, Philippines.

Theater includes: LunTha in The King and I ( Newport Performing Arts Theater Manila, Philippines and The Village Theater Washington, U.S.A. ) ; Ravana in Ballet Philippines' production of Rama Hari 2012 ( Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila ); Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar ( The Village Theater, Washington U.S.A. ); The Full Monty; Show Boat; Beauty and The Beast ( all for The Village Theater, Washington U.S.A. ) and Cinderella ( Newport Performing Arts Theater Manila, Philippines ) just to name a few.

Other work includes: Schonberg and Boublil's :Do You Hear The People Sing (A Benefit Concert at the Newport Performing Arts Theater Manila, Philippines); Friends in Music ( The Peninsula Hong Kong's 85th Anniversary Celebration ); West End Benefit Concert ( Cebu City, Philippines ); Special Guest Artist : 4th of July Celebration of the American Chamber of Commerce Cebu Chapter ( Marriott Hotel Cebu, Philippines ).

Christian Rey is no stranger to touring closing the 2nd U.K. TAM Tour in 2006 playing Thuy. He is ecstatic for his next tour of duty and to be continuing his journey with Miss Saigon, after doing it in 5 different productions ( Manila, Asian Tour, 1st U.K. Tour, 2nd U.K. Tam Tour and the West End London Revival 2016 (as Alternate Engineer).

MISS SAIGON tells the story of young bar girl named Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with Chris, an American GI – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

MISS SAIGON has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler.

The new production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Production design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux; costume design by Andreane Neofitou; lighting design by Bruno Poet; sound design by Mick Potter; and orchestrations by William David Brohn.

Since its London premiere in 1989, Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s epic musical MISS SAIGON has become one of the most successful musicals in history.

The original Broadway production of MISS SAIGON opened on April 11, 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million). The show went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances seen by more than 5.9 million people. MISS SAIGON has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards including 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards, and 4 Drama Desk Awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.

Here is the schedule: 
Curve Leicester - 3 July – 22 July 2017; 
Birmingham Hippodrome - 26 July – 23 September 2017; 
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin - 4 October - 18 November; 
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff - 29 November 2017 – 6 January 2018; 
Festival Theatre Edinburgh - 17 January – 17 February 2018; 
Mayflower Southampton - 21 February – 17 March 2018.

SM Men Summer 2017 Collection

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SM Men dresses up in foliage for summer.

The SM Men Summer '17 Collection takes us back to Copacabana, a hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil described in the similar-titled song as "the hottest spot North of Havana." The song describes a 1970s club showgirl sporting yellow feathers in her hair, and the men involved in her affairs. If that Copacabana setting was today, we imagine those men wearing pieces from this SM Men collection.

Inspired by the unending summertime vibe and retro foliage aesthetic of tropical locales such as Rio and Havana, Cuba, where men are able to emasculate botanical elements and incorporate them into dapper clothing. Tropicana has long been a recurring in fashion, yet its place in menswear has long been left for the fashionably bold—thankfully, palates have been skewed to accommodate nature prints in menswear fit for just about any kind of man. SM Men Summer '17 Collection provides a wide range of tropical prints and complementing pieces that hits the right notes for the summer.

Starting the season with a fresh palate, SM Men features short-sleeves polos with lush leaves and foliage prints in cool-toned palettes, complemented by drawstring cropped shorts in both printed and plain summer colors. Worn together as complete coordinates, clashing prints or complementing pieces, the collection is versatile enough to wear in summer cityscapes or tropical nature spots.

Until May 31, buy any three (3) regular-priced items to get P100 off on these brands: Baleno, Bo Athletics, Code Blue, Coco Republic, Men’s Club, Sportsclub and Maxwear.

Visit or @SM_Men on Twitter and Instagram at for more details. 

Nuclear Energy ASEAN Forum

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ASEAN delegates and participants to the 7th Annual Meeting of the Nuclear Energy Cooperation Sub-Sector Network (NEC-SSN) gather for a photo at the end of the event held from April 17 to 19 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City. They are (from left) Asst. Sec. Azuwan Azahar (Malaysia), Ida Nuryatin Finahari (Indonesia), Department of Energy (DOE) Director Mylene C. Capongcol, DOE Asst. Dir. Carmencita A. Bariso, Dr. Lei Lei Oo (Myanmar), MAS Usec. and NEC-SSN Chair Wong Tin Song,  DOE Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas, Jatu Arum (ASEAN Centre For Energy), Christopher Zamora, (ASEAN Centre For Energy), Tanwan Topoklang (Thailand), Reina Matsuzawa (Japan Atomic Energy Agency), Boxuan Shi (China Nuclear Energy), and Frederick Charlie Matthew Brayon (Malaysia).

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