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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Team Suzuki Pilipinas Honored at Victory Party


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Congratulations to Team Suzuki Pilipinas, namely April King Mascardo, Eane Jay Sobredo and Mario Borbon Jr., for their outstanding record-breaking wins at the previous races held in different countries in Asia. You made us Filipinos proud again for having talented fellow Filipinos who could easily outwit and stand out among the other races in international competitions.

In honor of the three, Suzuki Philippines held a victory party at the F1 Hotel on June 16 to celebrate the magnificent wins of these three motorcycle riders representing the Philippines.

With the Indonesians identified as their toughest competitor, Team Suzuki Pilipinas would want to come up with a strategy to prevent further "targeting" by the said competitor. At a video playback shown at the victory party, we saw how one of the members of Team Suzuki Pilipinas was boxed in so he won't get the chance to lead the race. However, it was fortunate that our team never lost the determination to succeed no matter how the competition is seemingly becoming unfairly aggressive.

The night was filled with music and beer after the short program led by Hiroshi Suzuki and the rest of Suzuki Philippines. We had a short interview with Hiroshi San and also with Team Suzuki Pilipinas so watch out for them in our YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/user/wazzuppilipinas 

More photos can be found at our official Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.com/wazzuppilipinas


 






 



As Team Suzuki Pilipinas go through the first half of the Suzuki Asian Challenge (SAC), they have continuously conquered the race by taking home a podium in every single round of the series. Their outstanding performances resulted to many firsts in the Philippine motorsports history.

Below are updates of their performances:

Round 1 | Johor Circuit, Malaysia – March 31 to April 3, 2016 
April King Mascardo - 2nd Place, Race 2

Round 2 | Chang International Circuit, Buriram Thailand – May 6 to 8, 2016 
Eane Jay Sobretodo - 3rd Place, Race 1

Round 3 | Suzuka International Circuit, Japan – June 3 to 5, 2016 
Eane Jaye Sobretodo – 1st Place, Race 1 (First Filipino Top Podium win in an internationally recognized competition - ARRC) 

Mario Borbon, Jr. – 2nd Place, Race 1 (First 1-2 Finish by Filipinos in an international racing event) 

April King Mascardo – First Filipino pole sitter in an international racing event and the current record holder for fastest lap in Suzuka International Circuit at the Suzuki Asian Challenge

After Round 3, the overall standings of Team Suzuki Pilipinas riders at SAC are:

Eane Jay Sobretodo -4th Place 
April King Mascardo – 5th Place 
Mario Borbon -7 th Place 




 
The team will once again face the Suzuki Asian Challenge racetrack on August 5 to 7 at Sentul, Indonesia for the 4th round. Final round is on December 2 to 4 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. 

Continue to follow the story of Team Suzuki Pilipinas by checking out Suzuki Philippines and SAC fan pages - facebook.com/SuzukiBikersFed and facebook.com/SuzukiAsianChallenge respectively.

Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Queens Endorses New Nutella Flavors and Father's Day Cake from Dairy Queen


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If you love Nutella, then you better not miss what Dairy Queen (DQ) has to offer. In response to 10,000 fans, DQ has given in to the clamor for this favorite chocolate spread to be the next featured ice cream flavor. We are not only getting one but two types of Nutella flavors for our all time favorite Blizzard.

DQ invited us you to try their new Blizzard of the Month, the Nutella Blizzard, with Cheesecake and Brownie flavors, at the DQ Robinsons Galleria branch on June 15, 2016. 

The two new flavors are available in four sizes: mini, small, regular and large, with affordable prices ranging from P59 to P119 - some of which are limited edition blizzard cups.

A special Father's Day cake was also revealed showing a basketball themed cake that's perfect for most of us who are sports-loving Filipinos.

But what made the event really special was the presence of two Bnibining Pilipinas 2016 beauty queens namely Joanna Eden (Bb. Supranational 2016) and Nicole Cordoves (Bb. Grand International 2016) - just two of the six Binibining Pilipinas 2016 beauty queens that are official endorsers of the DQ brand.

WSI and HP: Revolutionizing Business and Office Printing


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Environmental responsibility has become an important goal and a challenge of today's enterprises. Imagine the world without waste? That's why HP continues to help your organization improve the sustainability of office printing with revolutionary new designs that leave a smaller environmental footprint without sacrificing performance and its quality.

Together with Wordtext Systems Inc. (WSI), one of the trusted and leading IT distributors in the Philippines, announced last June 9 the whole new outlook on large format business printing - HP's PageWide XL Printers. These new generation of business printers reinvent the conventional way of printing, allowing businesses to boost their performance and competitiveness.

And what makes HP PageWide XL Printers very distinct? It can do the job of two printers in one single devise! It provides monochrome and color print at a breakthrough speed up to 60 percent faster than the fastest monochrome light-emitting diode (LED) printer. At the same time, reduce job preparation and finishing costs up to 50%. More importantly, print monochrome technical documents at lower costs than comparable LED printers. The HP PageWide XL Printer is the fastest large format monochrome and color printer in the market today.

Get Hired Fast: Unveiling the Secrets of Success


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Wear your best formal attire as the Verve Productions 2.0 will give you the confidence, you need to knockdown the nerve-racking room in any company.

Are you ready to be hired?

"Get Hired Fast: Unveiling the Secrets of Success" is a collaboration of events that come with a job fair and seminar. We invited guest speakers Ms. Eireen Diokno (how to brand yourself) Ms. Jaymie Pabellano-Jota (Do's and Don'ts in an interview while answering questions in an interview) and Ms. Lourdes Yepes- (Proper Hand and Body Gestures)

Also, this event would not be possible without our corporate partners: Robinsons Retail, San Miguel Purefoods, Robinsons Rewards, Robinsons Supermarket, Universal Robina Corporation (Presto, Potato Chips, Tostillas and Magic Flakes) and OCS. Our minor sponsors, E Commerce 102, What Knots and Katsa.

And also to our media partners Amplify.ph, Wazzup Pilipinas and ClickTheCity.com. Lastly to our digital partner, Kalibrr.

Don't forget to bring atleast 3 copies of your resume for the job fair.

It is hosted by DJ Chubz with our special guests Ms. Donnalyn Bartolome and Mr. Richard 'Sir Chief' Yap. This event is onJune 20, Monday at Tanghalan Pasigueno.

For the ticket prices, it costs 100php exclusive for any PUP Branches and 150php for the other universities and colleges. For more inquiries, you can contact Mr. Jonhel Salvosa to these numbers,09162649305/09225358412.

Let we unveil the secrets you need to be hired.

Alpha Strength: Sports-Facility Sparta's Third Gym



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Sports and Recreational Training Arena or SPARTA, the only 10,000 square meter sports-facility in the country located in Mandaluyong City, has just opened its third gym in the complex.

SPARTA now has 3 gyms that fitness enthusiasts can choose from or alternately go to - 360 Pro, Sparta Calisthenics Academy (SCA) and now, Alpha Strength.

Alpha Strength owner Aaron dela Cruz, also known as Coach A, is a US Certified Level 1 Weightlifting Coach and also a certified Life Coach. He was also a Gold Medalist in 2013 and 2011, for the Philippine National Raw Powerlifting Competition.

According to Coach A, "We're all about making people stronger, because if you're stronger, everything becomes easier."

Alpha Strength offers Power Lifting, Olympic Weight Lifting and Fitness Classes.

“At Alpha Strength, you are not just forced to do reps, you are made to do things at your own pace. The number of work and the number of sets is up to you, it would depend on what you can handle. Compared to other gyms, we are really strength-based”, Coach A says.

Coach A, who described himself as a scrawny little kid while growing up, turned to powerlifting to compensate for his lack of height. He felt that he can instead make himself stronger.

He says, “As a small kid and I just felt I needed to be stronger. That's how I started getting into power lifting. That's how I built my character as I got stronger.”

As to what makes Alpha Strength stand out from other gyms, Coach A says, “First, we help people get stronger. We help them reach fitness goals. We offer different methods to attain one’s goals. We are also about changing people's lives, we help people reach goals thru strength.”

SPARTA is located along Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong City. For more information, please call 6553799 or 0977-7634402.

Globe, PLDT Sign Agreement on IP Peering to Improve Internet Experience of Customers


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The photo above shows Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu, Globe Chief Technology & Information Officer Gil Genio, Sen. Bam Aquino, PLDT Director Atty. Ray Espinosa and PLDT EVP and Head of EICB Eric Alberto, all now hoping to make a great change on the way we experience surfing the Internet.

Philippine telecommunications operators Globe Telecom and PLDT made another positive step at improving internet services for its millions of customers through a bilateral IP peering arrangement that will make downloading/uploading of web content faster and more efficient.

Globe and PLDT signed a memorandum of agreement today, which will serve as a preamble to a formal peering agreement between the two parties. The agreement provides for the two companies to implement a bilateral domestic peering within 30 days. A formal peering agreement is set to be signed by both companies within 90 days. Senator Bam Aquino witnessed the MOA signing.

“After six years of actively advocating for an IP peering, Globe welcomes PLDT’s decision to have a meaningful and applicable IP peering arrangement with us. We are happy with this landmark development considering the benefits to our customers in terms of internet experience,” said Gil Genio, Globe Chief Technology and Information Officer. “With an effective domestic internet peering in place, Globe customers will gain direct access to content and applications hosted by PLDT data centers and vice-versa. We are confident that this agreement will redound to a better experience on internet services benefitting customers of both parties and the country as a whole,” he added.

Dutertismo Should Address—Not Contribute to— the Climate of Impunity


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In an effort to prevent rhetoric from becoming reality in respecting rights, here is a Statement of Concern from the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA):
  
Though it is still two weeks before President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is formally proclaimed as the country’s next Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief, his electoral victory has been apparent early on, just a few days after the close of the May 9th polls.

His victory is unprecedented in many ways, and there will be another time to assess his landslide victory for its substance as well as its symbolic value. But for now, it may be time to investigate his recent rhetoric and how it relates to how this hints of an emergent reality where human rights may be under threat.

It could be argued that any words and actions emanating from Mr. Duterte as presumptive President are not yet technically “official” statements. However given the nature of his eventual office, and the gravity of the themes being addressed, his words even now are—and should be—received as signals of what is to become. Using an IT-based metaphor, his past statements hint at a sort of “source code” for the “operating system” of his incoming Administration. Supporters of the President-elect assume just as much: “This is who Duterte is, and what you see is what you get”.

Many citizens of goodwill do assume that an initial public familiarization period with any new leader—especially one as unorthodox as him—deserves some time. Surely, some leeway for a “honeymoon period” is expected between the President-elect and the nation, even for skeptics or non-supporters who have always been uncomfortable with his alleged link to local death squads and summary executions in Davao.

History Turns the Lens on Asia’s Best Shutterbugs


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13 amateur photographers give it their best shot to be crowned champion  for the Third Time with New Season of Photo Face-Off.

After two successful seasons, A+E Networks Asia’s original production Photo Face-Off is set to return on HISTORY for season three. Currently in production, viewers in the region can look forward to the five episode series’ premiere later this year.

Award-winning resident professional photographer Justin Mott is back to take on a new group of amateur photographers who will compete against him, and each other, for the top prize. For the third consecutive year, Canon will be the series’ presenting sponsor, in association with Silk Air. This season’s pool of talented photographers are vying for an overseas trip to the Canon Photo Clinic, a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera + Canon Red Line Professional Backpack and the opportunity to photograph a red carpet event for A+E Networks.

Besides picking up valuable photography tips from the region’s leading experts, viewers will also experience some of Southeast Asia’s most unique activities and exotic locales. From capturing a figure skater in action, to styling and shooting an album cover for a popular local band, this year’s challenges will be more exciting than ever.

Globe Fires Up 130 Sites Using the 2600 MHz Spectrum in Visayas, Mindanao


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Globe Telecom continue to charge ahead and utilized company's additional allocation in the 2600 MHz spectrum for 130 sites in Visayas and Mindanao, providing customers in those regions with additional network capacities to support growing demand for bandwidth.

The company’s additional allocation in the 2600 MHz band forms part of the resources that Globe recently acquired following a joint purchase of San Miguel Corp.’s telecommunication assets.

Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group, said the company is planning to use the 2600 MHz band in more sites in line with efforts to immediately put to use frequencies that were previously underutilized to improve the broadband data experience of its customers.

The 2600MHz spectrum is well placed for increasing network capacities using the state-of-the art LTE technology. While lower frequencies such as the 700MHz band provide better signal penetration and offering stronger indoor coverage, the higher frequencies, such as the 2600MHz band, provide additional capacity for broadband data, Agustin said.

“This is particularly beneficial for our customers especially since they now demand more bandwidth capacities in light of their growing inclination for multi-media content. In fact, to fully realize the benefits of the 2600 MHz frequency, the 130 sites where we deployed the additional spectrum is just an initial rollout and we plan to fire up a substantial number of our sites in this band,” he said.

According to Agustin, Globe will also continue to rollout the Carrier Aggregation technology by using the company's spectrum allocations. An important component of the LTE-Advanced, the Carrier Aggregation technology will provide higher peak data rates and better broadband data experience, he said. Globe acquired half of San Miguel’s assets in an effort to harmonize spectrum assets and unlock the benefits of underutilized frequencies previously held by San Miguel.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Finding Dory Can Inspire People to See Fish in the Wild – Not Bring Them Home


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Here are 3 ways to save Nemo & Dory if ever people will suddenly want to bring home the equivalent fish types that the characters represent. 

It was found out from the previous showing of the Finding Nemo movie that a great number of people wanted to have their very own clown fish or more popularly known now as "Nemo" as their very own pet. Thus the movie inspired people to do the opposite of what the movie tried to send across.

The article below shares an incredible story that almost caused the probable "extinction" of the clown fish - that's actually me exaggerating but still you have to admit that there is some truth from it.

Please read on and enjoy, and hopeful, the Finding Dory movie won't have the same negative effect that would make our fellow beings desire to have a "Dory," or a Regal Tang, for their aquarium.

We all love to have a very colorful aquarium but it is not so appealing to see fishes being used as decorations to provide entertainment or as household pets.

Taking care of fishes are more delicate than having a cat or dog so not everybody can be a responsible owner of an aquarium filled with different species of fishes.

Globe Broadband Brings Wonderful Surprises With Premiere of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory


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Globe Broadband brings wonderful surprises to customers in line with the much-awaited movie premiere, Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory. As the official broadband service partner of Disney in the Philippines, Globe Broadband customers are in for a whole lot of fun with its latest events, ticket giveaways, and special prizes.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus McLane, Finding Dory is the highly anticipated sequel of the successful 2003 movie Finding Nemo. Now the main protagonist, Dory the forgetful blue tang fish explores her childhood through flashbacks. This eventually leads her to embark on a life-changing quest to go back home and be reunited with her parents.

“Disney’s brilliant storytelling has made most if not all, look forward to what movie they are going to premiere next. Finally after over a decade, Finding Nemo’s sequel makes its way to theatres and this gives us another opportunity to give our customers access to exciting giveaways and exclusive events. By taking that extra mile we provide our customers a more immersive experience.” shares Martha Sazon, Globe Senior Vice President for Broadband Business.

Headlining Finding Dory’s Philippine premiere is the homecoming tour of Pixar Studios Filipino sketch artist, Paul Abadilla. Making his way back home, Abadilla is conducting a by-invitation animation workshop and will be sharing his work on Finding Dory and his experience being part of one of the most prestigious animation studios.

Philippines Men’s National Team Aiming Higher Under Head Coach Thomas Dooley


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Since Thomas Dooley was appointed Head Coach, the Philippines men’s national soccer (football) team has had some impressive results and attained its highest ever FIFA ranking. Aiming even higher and with an objective to achieve a finals appearance in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup followed by qualification for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup the Philippines Football Federation recently rewarded Dooley with a two-year contract extension.

In addition to the skills, knowledge and experience the former United States team captain has brought to the role, a major addition having a direct impact on the team’s improvement has been his implementation of new systems and technology. This has included California-based Match Analysis’s state of the art video and statistical analysis product suite that has successfully been adopted by the Azkals.

The new and more in depth analysis program provides coaching staff and players with access to Mambo Studio and Tango Online. These cutting edge tools enable them to collectively or autonomously analyze performance as part of their development. They also receive individual meetings where they review their own data and video clips along with team meetings during which:

1. Opponents are analyzed to discuss expected line-ups, along with video clips reviewed of individual players to identify strengths and weaknesses and what to expect from their opponents

2. The Azkals players are shown video clips to improve knowledge and provide a greater insight into the tactical aspect of the game

BGC Bus Now Accepts beep Cards


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BGC Bus and AF Payments Inc. have announced that BGC Buses are now using the beep card system on limited public trial. Commuters who have a beep card may already use them to pay for their BGC Bus rides. Fare remains at P12 per ride.

“We are pleased to partner with BGC Bus as this will move us closer to our goal of making the beep card an all-in-one card for commuters in Metro Manila. BGC Buses serve thousands of commuters daily and our goal is to be able to provide them with a reliable and efficient payment system, especially those who hop from the MRT or the LRT to the bus,” said Peter Maher, CEO and President of AF Payments Inc.

“BGC Bus commuters can conveniently purchase and load their beep cards in the Ayala and Market Market Terminal. This is in addition to selected Bayad Center, Tambunting, Villarica and SM Bills Payment Counter locations, which also offer re-loading services for beep™ cards. There are also plans to add more loading locations in the coming months, including leading convenience stores,” added Maher.

“We are excited to announce this integration because this gives our BGCitizen commuters more convenience in their daily commute,” said Mr. Jun Galvez, GM of Bonifacio Transport Corporation. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The House Cup Series 2016: Join the Triwizard Tournament


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Calling all wizards, witches and muggles alike! Portkey Events presents: The House Cup Series 2016!
Relive Harry Potter's adventures through challenging games and exciting new activities designed to test your Wizarding knowledge and skills! Participate and get a chance to earn House points and House pride, whether you are a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff.

Following the success of the first three installments of The House Cup Series ("Find the Sorcerer's Stone,” "Open the Chamber of Secrets," & “Save Sirius Black”) Portkey Events now brings you "Join the Triwizard Tournament" – be a Hogwarts, Beauxbaton or Durmstrang Champion and “get to the Portkey!” Register now! Wands at the ready!

Venue: 5th Level Top Shelf (Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street)

Register here now: http://goo.gl/forms/1FdPzOhcuUUkgY0k1 

Call/text 09178410013 
IG: @portkeyevents 
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League of Corporate Foundations Hold CSR Expo 2016 Media Forum


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Now on its 20th year, the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) continues to promote and enhance Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice among its members and the larger business community. 

It recently organized a media forum at the Discovery Primea in Makati city on June 15, 2016 to formally announce their 15th LCF CSR Expo and Conference event to be held soon on July 14-15, 2016 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. In celebration of its two-decade milestone, LCF themed this year’s CSR Expo and Conference, “Co-creating the future through CSR.” 

Edric Calma, Director of Transmedia Division of teh Knowledge Channel Foundation, hosted the press conference with a panel consisting of Lydia Sarmiento-Enrile, Trustee of Vivant Foundation and member of the LCF Advisory Council; Ma. Aurora Tolentino, Trustee of the Aboitiz Foundation and also a member of the LCF Advisory Council, USec. Mario Deriquito from External Partnerships and Linkages of the Department of Education; Susan Afan, Managing Director of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation; Marilou Erni, Executive Director of Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; and Roderick Castro, Vice Chairperson of LCF BOT, and Chair of CSR Expo 2016, LCF and Executive Director of TeaM Energy Foundation.

Natalie Christine Jorge, Chairperson of the LCF and Executive Director of Bato-Balani Foundation gave the opening remarks.

The media forum introduced the attendees to how the LCF was formed via the stories of Lydia Sarmiento-Enrile, who was said to be the most senior among the attendees and would be very reliable in sharing the history and milestones of the organization.  Marilou Erni shared how LCF CSR Expo originated and discussed its objectives, rationale and importance, while Roderick De Castro discussed the theme, program and activities to expect on the expo and conference. Ma. Aurora Tolentino retold the evolution of the CSR programs in the Philippines and how it impacted the country towards nation-building and sustainable development. USec Mario Deriquito discussed LCF's contribution to business and society and how it engages various sectors in establishing long-term goals to adress development challenges and issues. Susan Afan informed us of how celebrities and influencers could be tapped in helping raise awareness by leveraging on their numerous followers who think of them as their role models.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Miss Manila 2016 Press Presentation


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Exuding with beauty and elegance, the candidates for Miss Manila for the year 2016 are a sight to behold that continues to heat up the almost ending summer season. 

In celebration of this year's Araw ng Maynila, the city government of Manila, under the decree of Mayor Joseph Estrada, is holding a beauty-and-brains search where the best of the best will be ultimately crowned "Miss Manila."

33 candidates will vie for the 2016 Miss Manila title at the grand coronation night on June 24, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). On its third consecutive year the search is not only looking for a woman of exquisiteness but also of shows empowerment, personifies social awareness and embodies a true Manilena with grace, passion and optimism.

Manila Mayor Erap Estrada, Viva's Boss Vic Del Rosario and reigning‪ #‎MissManila‬ Kaycielyn Fajardo graced the press presentation on June 15, 2016 at the Diamond Hotel as the organizers presented the candidates for Miss Manila 2016.

Miss Manila 2016 shall be the Goodwill Ambassador of the City of Manila and will represent the city in various national and international events. She will participate in activities that promote the City of Manila and its numerous landmarks and attractions. She shall endeavor to become an effective advocate the City's goals and projects. She will also help in the City's campaign to raise the public's awareness in social issues and concerns, especially those that affect the City of Manila. She will act as a visible role model for all women.

Below are the 33 candidates during the press presentation:

5 Reasons to Love the Limited Edition Sonix Anahaw Case


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A cute case can easily brighten up your mood and elevate your style. Take it from actress and social media star Sofia Andres who just adores her collection of ‘functionable’ (read: functional + fashionable) iPhone cases from Los Angeles-based brand Sonix.

If you’re following her Instagram feed, you’ll see that among Sofia’s favorites is the limited edition Anahaw case, a design collaboration between Sonix and Power Mac Center. Here are reasons why you’ll love it too:


It was designed with a national symbol in mind.
The Anahaw is a tropical palm widely regarded as the Philippine national leaf. Often planted for ornamental purposes, it is also made into fans, hats, and umbrellas, exemplifying the resourcefulness and creativity of Filipinos. Its symbol is used in awards and medals to signify high achievement, strength, and loyalty. Independence Day feels, that is.

It’s both functional and stylish.
The Sonix Anahaw case features a transparent back, perfect for showing off your iPhone’s sleek design. It has an impact-resistant bumper and raised rubber edges that protect against dings and scratches, yet remains slim and lightweight. It also allows access to all ports with easy press button coverage.

It’s unique.
In a sea of florals and loud patterns, it’s refreshing to see minimalist designs that do stand out from the crowd. The Sonix Anahaw case complements any #OOTD while giving your phone personality.

It’s from a global brand trusted by ‘It’ girls.
Any celebs spotted with their Sonix cases, you ask? Check out Gigi Hadid and Kylie Jenner rocking their favorite style.

It’s limited edition.
Power Mac Center holds the exclusive rights for the sale and distribution of the Sonix Anahaw case. It’s available for the iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6 plus/6s plus and retails at P1, 800 in Power Mac Center stores nationwide. Need we say more? Get it before it’s gone!


Sonix is an LA-based global brand specializing in distinctively cool fashion accessories for the style conscious girl. It has been around since 2010, creating products that are statement pieces in themselves but are made to withstand daily wear and tear. Sonix products made an appearance at the recently concluded 20th Philippine Fashion Week. Sonix has an exclusive partnership with Power Mac Center for its Filipino customers. More information may be obtained from Power Mac Center’s 26 branches or at <www.powermaccenter.com>.

5 Sure Signs That You Are in Love with Her


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The guys from our editorial office decided to throw a movie night and let girls choose the films. Stereotypically, girls went on with cheesy romantic comedies. However, one of them was quite an intriguing picture – Intuition with my all-time-favorite British beauty, Kate Beckinsale. The thing is that main heroes were led by some kind of serendipity so that, in the end, they met again and became a couple. Of course, they could not know from scratch that thing would turn out that way. This movie made me think about how people can really understand if they love someone or not. In collaboration with my friends from Dating Ladies Site, we made up a list of sure signs that you are in love with a girl – in case if you cannot understand your feelings. 


You are imagining your future life together

When you are young, thinking about tomorrow and building long-term life expectations and plans seems like terrible activities. However, since you met the girl you are really into, these actions no longer seem exhausting and irritating. You gradually become more used to thinking about your future house, children’s names, how many dogs you want to have etc. Just give it a shot: close your eyes and imagine yourself growing old alongside with your current girlfriend. Voila! 


You are not interested in other women anymore


When I was twenty, I used to date this girl from my art studio. She was absolutely gorgeous and we had a lot in common. Nonetheless, I still remained in touch with a few other female friends – just in case something goes wrong with my “pivotal” relationship. That is how your actions do NOT look like when you are truly in love. You should be 100% into your girlfriend. For sure, other women are still attractive and good-looking but only the one you love makes your heart beat faster. 


You are willing to change for her

Men do not like to change themselves. Moreover, they hate it even more when someone tries to change them. However, if you feel that you eagerly want to fit your partner and, therefore, change something about yourself or your life – it must be love! The toughest decisions are related to lifestyle changes. For instance, your girlfriend might ask you to stop partying all the time and become more of a home-type person. If you are ready for such metamorphosis, the love train must be waiting for you. Settling down is not that frightening, guys! Eventually, it will become the most wanted lifestyle. 


You prioritize her above your own needs

I thought it would be exciting to talk about how you love her imperfections. But then I understood there were more significant things to say. Continuing our talk about earnest readiness to change yourself, we bring it to a new lever. In the patriarchal society (which the Western world really is), when a man downsizes his needs to prove his affection – it might be the perfect demonstration of his sincere feelings. Are you ready to give up some of your priorities to make your woman happy? If so, you are without doubt fond of her.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Make Dad’s Day: Top 3 #DevicesforDad


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Over the years, our dads have dusted us off when we’ve fallen down, taught us about life, and told us the best of the worst “dad jokes”. This Father’s Day, be sure to thank the father figure in your life for all the times he’s been there for you by making sure the right tech is there for him, when he needs it.

We’ve singled out five great devices we think dads will dig. Spot your dad in the list below, or if you’re a dad, pick something awesome for yourself!

Got an even better idea for a gift? Tweet it with the hashtag #DevicesforDad and let us know!


Mr. Pragmatic

Let’s get down to business - this dad is all about practicality when it comes to their device of choice, and the device has to simply work, and work well.

For getting down to the grind with minimum fuss, the Dell XPS 13 is sure to please.

The smallest 13.3" laptop currently available in market, the Dell XPS 13 is exceptionally thin and light, yet manages to have the longest battery life of any 13-inch product. The Dell XPS packs a punch in its ultra-sleek frame, making it the ultimate productivity partner for dads on-the-go.

Mr. Pragmatic Dad will be further impressed with its solid performance features including 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and the latest Intel HD graphics for speed and reliability. Equipped with Windows 10, your pops will also have access to all his favourite and familiar Windows features, so no time will be wasted on adjusting to a new interface.

Windows 10 Tip: Search faster on Windows straight from the taskbar – you can easily get help or access your apps and files immediately. Simply type and search. With Cortana enabled[1], you can also use voice to search for information that you need simply and quickly.

How Much Monthly Salary You Need to Afford a House in 10 PH Cities


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Planning to buy a home? Check out whether your current salary could buy you a house in these 10 cities and municipalities in the Philippines

Ever wondered how much monthly salary you should be earning in order to afford a house in different cities and municipalities in the Philippines?

Global property website Lamudi Philippines looked into its May 2016 listings data and see the average prices of homes in different cities in the Philippines. With these averages, we used the 2.5 rule to determine how much monthly salary you should be earning in order to afford a home in these places.

The 2.5 rule works like this: the cost of the home you can afford is 2.5 times your annual salary.

But this approach is only a general guideline. Although many financial experts highly recommend not buying a home that’s more than this, some people’s lifestyle may be able to let them afford a slightly more expensive property (for example, childless couples or singletons), while others who have higher monthly expenses should consider spending on a much cheaper property.

However, as general as it is, the 2.5 rule allows us to gauge the housing market. By knowing how much you can afford, you can determine how far your income can take you based on Lamudi’s average house prices in 10 cities and municipalities in the Philippines.

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Sunburn Music Festival: Party With Us in Pangasinan on August 27


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Summer have actually finished, however why you must still have an EDM celebration near the beach?


5. The Encounter
Experiencing a raves celebration live differs any type of performance encounter in this globe. You will certainly not remain in a lengthy coast line. You will certainly be outdoors, delighting in the fresh air in order to great beach ambience, as well as you will certainly be taking in an ambience that is incomparable.


4. Wearing Funky beach Clothes
You will certainly have the ability to use clothing at celebrations that you would generally not use other time of the year. If you have actually ever before had a look at the clothing individuals where at celebrations such as Coachella, these are the attire that will certainly serve at raves celebrations almost everywhere. There are no regulations when it pertains to beach outfit, so create something imaginative, in order to something that will certainly make you attract attention.


3. Being on the Beach

Among the very best factors for participating in a beach raves celebration is the happiness of being beach during throughout the occasion. Throughout this cooler wet month where you typically remain interior, it will certainly be enjoyable to be on the beach, you will certainly have the ability to allow the sunlight kiss your face the Second time around in a cooler way, as well as take in the fresh air as your preferred band or DJ rocks the stage for the hundreds of raves followers that will certainly be amongst you.


2. Make Friends
beach raves celebrations are participated in by crowds of similar raves followers. If you go to a c and w celebration, compared to you will certainly be around c and w followers. If you go to an EDM celebration, you will certainly be amongst EDM followers. The factor is, these celebrations will certainly be the best premises making first time relationships that will certainly last for a life time. Or a minimum of up until the celebration mores than.


1. The Rave

You're there for the raves, why else would certainly you be going to a rave celebration? Sure there are more and more parts to a beach celebration like fine arts in order to crafts, however the raves is the primary reason that you need to be going to the celebration, as well as raves merely seems so far better exterior.


So party with us at Sunburn Music Festival this coming August 27, 2016 at Pangasinan

Pangilinan Unveils New Logos of PLDT and Smart


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On June 13, 2016 at Makati Shangri-La Hotel, PLDT & Smart Chairman & CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan officially unveils the new logos of PLDT and Smart, reflecting the Group's digital pivot and shift to data-driven services.

PLDT and Smart's logos appear similar, except PLDT is red and Smart is green. It symbolizes the convergence of the two brands, combining fixed and wireless technologies to better serve customers.They are shaped like a triangle, which supposedly represents the companies' business pillars: exceptional people, meaningful innovations and valuable customers.

There is a huge difference with having a strong brand image and actually communicating that brand image.In this case, nobody understands it even with their rationale.

From the brand perspective, it is indeed stronger than the previous logo. From the creative perspective, this is so common and the shape and color combination have a resemblance too. It just so happens that the green and red have meaning when you combine them with the triangle. Final verdict, it's noit the best logo of the brands but it works somehow.

We really don't care about your logos! The real change we want is for you to make your data service faster. That's what we're asking from you guys and not changing the logos or something trivial. What good are the new logos if you still have the same bad service and infrastructure?

So in the coming days, we hope you fulfill your promise of providing betetr service and to moderate your greed since you're huge already anyway, you don't need to grow bigger and it's time you share your blessings to your customers who have been suffering from the duopoly of these telcos.

Monday, June 13, 2016

ToyCon Philippines 2016: When Toy Conventions Become Too Expensive for Real Kids


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"Toycon this year is so messed up. Got 2 VIPs for me and my wife, expecting that we will feel like "VIPs". Unfortunately, we didn't feel special at all.

Day 1 was chaos. The supposed 11am early access to the event didn't happen. 10am line outside, 11am registration, 1230 start to go inside. the staff don't know what to do. They were just standing without a clue what their role is to the event. Exhibits are not yet complete. 
(The Voltes V statue was still incomplete with only two legs on display)

Day 2 During photo ops/ autograph signing, nobody knows what line they are in. Some people who are not VIP or Legendary are 
also in the line. This should be the job of the staff, to make crowd control and organize everything (bring a megaphone if needed and put more barriers, have a staff meeting before the event, just have a plan). The staff are like ducklings all together waiting for their mother duck to give them orders. We didn't get to have our photo taken with Hodor because we got cut off.
Overall, this years Toycon is a mess. Its more of a Popcon. If you are a Funko pop collector, this is perfect for you. You can buy exclusive pops at SRPs. But if you are into the guests, you should stay inside the convention from opening to closing because nobody knows what is the REAL time they will come. If you are a toy collector, just go to Greenhills because there's more toys there to choose from.  
This is just a learning experience for us fans, for the event organizers, and for the staff. If the system will improve then it's a good thing. But if they will not learn from their mistakes and improve, this will be our family's last Toycon." - Evans Nolasco
The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, or ToyCon,organized by Collectibles Unlimited, aimed to hit hard this year with the most anticipated gathering of toy distributors, gamers, pop memorabilia collectors and cosplay enthusiasts this side of the planet. However, there seems to be a lot of complaints from the attendees this year who claimed they did  not get their money's worth. 

With so many complaining mostly about the pricey tickets or expensive event passes, and how it was probably made that high because of the additional guests, which sadly made it more like a Popcon rather than a Toycon.

Mutya ng Pilipinas Central Luzon 2016 Winners


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Congratulations to the Coronation Night winners of Mutya ng Pilipinas Central Luzon 2016 held on June 10, 2016 at the Louise Grand Hotel in Angeles, Pampanga.

Winners:

Arriane Deseree Viardo (San Fernando)
Ashley Nicole Singh (Porac)
Jalia (Bataan)

The Mutya ng Pilipinas Organization promotes “Beauty Tourism” within Asia and West Pacific with the direct and key participation of the Overseas Filipino Communities, this being a distinct component of its National Pageant Event.

The Organization is motivated and inspired by its guiding thrust to assist in promoting Tourism, Social Responsibility, Fashion, and Beauty pageantry -- a combination which differentiates itself from other similar pageants. It engages in worthwhile endeavors that will enable itself to achieve and make a contribution to promote the Philippines as a major and revered tourism destination. It also intends to show everything that is beautiful about the Philippines, giving respect and value to the word ‘Filipina with a social conscience’, that is … what it can do to make the Filipina a meaningful and responsive social well- being. Beauty is also synonymous to Fashion, and should be made known that the Filipina is a fashionable person and makes therefore the Philippines a cosmopolitan and fashion center in the greater Asia Pacific.

The Mutya ng Pilipinas National Pageant Event serves as a vehicle to promote everything that is beautiful in the Filipina and the Philippines. Over the years, select Overseas Filipino Communities have been formidable partners of Mutya ng Pilipinas through long term arrangements, with them sending their delegates to participate in its annual pageant event. These Filipino Communities include: Northern and Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Midwest, the East Coast, Hawaii, Canada, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavia.

The winners of the Mutya ng Pilipinas Pageant are sent to international pageant events, such as Miss Tourism International, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year, and Miss Intercontinental, and the Miss Asia Pacific International. Mutya ng Pilipinas, Inc. is ably supported by major partners, and alliances among select Television networks.

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Partner Photographer: Edmund Chua

#ISDS2016: Local Summit Encourages Digital Strategies


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The Digital Strategies for Development Summit (DSDS) was held last June 8-10 2016. This year they launched Innovative Strategies Development Summit or ISDS with a hashtag of #ISDS2016.

ISDS was presented by 60 valuable speakers all over the world who did presentations on current digital development in their area of expertise. 600 attendees were present to hear the seminar. Networking was of high value and encouraged by the presentor.

Innovative Strategies for Development Summit 2016 (ISDS 2016), designed to look at technology, particularly ICT, as an enabler for innovation and effecting developmental impact. ISDS 2016 will be global as it brings together a consortium of high level thinkers and leaders from various local, national and international key organizations. It aims to facilitate dynamic discussions, create connections, strengthen relations, and exchange knowledge on best practices in the use of ICT innovation in the context of Sustainable Development. -DSDS Mayor of CDO

The purpose of ISDS is to create connections and exchange creations. The attendees of this said event are interested in the same topic which is digital innovation. They are quite techs-savvy, comes from private and local sectors around the Philippines, part of the NGO, IT practitioners and/or digitally curious.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

#RP612fic: What If Pinoy Heroes Are Still With Us Right Now


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Filipinos online celebrated Independence Day creatively again as they post witty tweets on Twitter this June 12, 2016 putting our real life Filipino or Pinoy "Bayanis" or Heroes living today as among the millennials or depicting what they would probably be posting or texting if ever they are living with us during these times.

From our national hero Jose Rizal, to the rest like Juan Luna, Apolinario Mabini, Andres Bonifacio, Marcela Agoncillo, Emilio Aguinaldo, Padre Damaso, etc.

However, some have even included fictional characters like mother and sons Sisa, Crispin and Basilio, as well as president-elect Rodrigo "DU30" Duterte as among the characters conversing with these Filipino heroes.

Paintings like the Spolarium were not spared also as these imaginative netizens came up with humorous captions that will surely put a smile on your face, if not making you laugh out loud or rolling on the floor laughing like a loony.

June 12 is never a sad day as these jokes kept on coming until this moment of writing. We would love to put everything here but that would be too much and we would want to save you from dying because of too much pain laughing.

Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Grand Coronation Night Winners


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Congratulations to the winners of Miss Philippines Earth 2016 held during the grand coronation night on June 11, 2016, the eve of our Independence Day, at the UP Theater Diliman, Quezon City. 

Miss Philippines Earth 2016:
Imelda Schweighart, Puerto Princesa City

Miss Philippines Air 2016:
Kiaragiel Gregorio, London

Miss Philippines Water 2016:
Loren Mar Artajos, Laoag City

Miss Philippines Fire 2016:
Shannon Rebecca Bridgman, Rosales, Pangasinan

Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2016:
Melanie Mader, Vienna

Adam Levine Reveals Secret to His Confidence


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Adam Levine of Maroon 5 is the newest celebrity endorser of Proactiv Philippines. Let us share to you his Proactiv story so you would be inspired.

For those who do not know Adam Levine, he is the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning band, Maroon 5, and has made a name for himself with a signature voice that is sure to sweep women off their feet. Maroon 5’s releases have gone gold and platinum, setting records for most #1 singles and he’s been a judge on the Emmy Award-winning The Voice. He also starred in the indie film Begin Again, where his 222 Records label track Lost Stars was nominated for a Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.

While most women are swooned by the “Sexiest Man Alive” of 2013 with his hot looks and remarkable talent, men also aspire for the same kind of charisma and confidence that he evokes. Little do they know that like most of us, Adam Levine struggled to regain confidence during his teenage years. He suffered from severe acne breakouts, which took away much of his confidence and forced him to stay away from the crowd.

“I was just ashamed of my acne,” Adam shared. “I had horrible breakouts. I would hide from cameras, hide in my room. Acne just shows up and causes trouble and it messes with my confidence.” And even today, when his schedule gets busy, the stress can take a toll on his skin. “I am a very active person and it kind of lead to zits, which is unfortunate but a reality for me,” he chuckled.

“My life for now is unbelievably busy and I feel fortunate and blessed every day,” Adam said. He also shared that unlike most people’s belief about celebrities having to look so good on screen or otherwise, they also suffer from the same skin problems that make many people lose their self-confidence and hide away from many of the good things in life. “I always want to make sure that people understand that even though we are celebrities or successful, we are no different than anybody else.”

Fortinet Announces Acquisition of AccelOps


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“Sixty-percent of all security breaches result in stolen data starting within minutes of the breach and go undetected due to in effective threat monitoring and security event correlation. In addition, the lack of a holistic view across organizations’ entire distributed, multi-vendor networks and the growing quantity and complexity of threat information create big-data security challenges. With the acquisition of AccelOps, Fortinet extends its Security Fabric to address these challenges by combining security and compliance monitoring with advanced analytics for multi-vendor security solutions, enabling automated and actionable security intelligence from IoT to the cloud.” - Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Fortinet

Fortinet, the global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, today announced its acquisition of AccelOps, a leading provider of network security monitoring and analytics solutions. The acquisition further extends Fortinet’s recently announced Security Fabric strategy by enhancing network security visibility, security data analytics and threat intelligence across multi-vendor solutions.

AccelOps solutions will become FortiSIEM and become part of the Fortinet Security Fabric. This will provide customers with greater visibility across both Fortinet and multi-vendor security solutions, thereby enabling more comprehensive end-to-end network segmentation strategies, from IoT to cloud. Security correlation and analytics results will feed directly into the Security Fabric allowing automated threat prevention.

Next Generation Security Information and Event Management, or Next Gen SIEM, capabilities from AccelOps coupled with FortiGuard Labs global threat intelligence and third-party threat feeds will be integrated into the Fortinet Security Fabric. Enterprises will benefit from prioritized, coordinated responses and actionable threat intelligence across the distributed network on a subscription basis.

Perks of Being a Digital Artist


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Art is such an amazing, diverse, and powerful thing since it serves as a medium for people to express themselves with passion and emotion. The term "art" encompasses countless kinds and forms, ranging from traditional drawing, poetry and drama to slightly different fields like graffiti, food art, and with the dawn of advanced technology, there's digital art. 

Digital art makes use of a drawing tablet connected to a computer, which unlocks more features that are beyond the limits of traditional drawing, such as having numerous custom brushes and settings at your disposal and the whole color wheel as your palette. Having said that, every form of art has its own advantages and disadvantages; it just depends on the person and what medium of art they find best. 

Anyway, ever since my dad gave me a drawing tablet last May 20, 2015, I've been exploring the world of digital art and I grow more familiar whenever I get to use it. Now that I think about it, some of the benefits I've had being a digital artist were: 

WSOF Global: International Ring Girl Search in Philippines


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World Series of FightingGlobal Championship (WSOF-GC) is conducting an international ring girl search in Philippines. Their next global event will take place on July 30 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Interested contestants and aspiring models who are looking to compete in this fun and exciting competition to crown the next Official Decagon Girl of WSOF Global, should submit their application by emailing RINGGIRL@WSOF.ASIA(Contestants should include their contact details, recent photos, and links to all of their social media accounts).

Ten women will be selected to compete in an online competition where the fans vote for their favorite ring girl. The five women with the most votes will compete in a live ring girl contest at Araneta Center on July 23. The lucky winner will win Php 50,000 and represent Philippines at the biggest MMA event of 2016 in Manila. Four runners up will also win cash prizes and be selected to be the Global certified promotional models at the event.

“As a young woman, I competed in many beauty pageants here in the Philippines. I know that they can open doors for a lot of people,” relayed WSOF Global Owner, Dunesa Hesser. “My choice to be a modeling contestant led me into my current career path. I now have the opportunity to promote my own events and grant other women the opportunities that were given to me. Our events are aired all over the world and available in over a billion homes. This type of opportunity isn’t available every day. I hope I can find Philippines’ next top model.”
 
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