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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Genesis: Red Carpet's Greek-Themed Champagne Pool Party


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Held at an undisclosed venue which was now announced as the Penthouse of Fairways Towers which is located in the middle of the most prestigious crest of the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) with a breathtaking view overlooking the lush verdant fairways of the Manila Golf Club, and the entire skyline sensation filled sights of the City of the future, the Geek-themed Genesis Champagne Pool Party event held on June 19, 2016 was organized by Red Carpet in celebration of their 7 years in existence - a grand anniversary celebration fit for Gods and Goddesses.

True enough, lots of glamorous men and women graced the anniversary pool party with performances from top DJs and the Fire Goddess herself, Rachel Lobangco. We also saw her equally charmingly tall and slender daughter at the event and the gorgeous Ana Capri who seemed ageless because the years were obviously so kind on her that she looked the same as the last time we saw her - and that was several years ago! Amazing!

I have to admit that I was flabbergasted with the many beautiful ladies like Chantal May, Mirtle Keith, Alenka Babskaya, Luna VDL, and a lot more.

I would have joined the lovely ladies at the pool wearing their skimpy swimsuits, but I forgot to bring my shorts. Lol!

Miss Manila 2016 Grand Coronation Night Winners


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Congratulations to the winners of Miss Manila 2016 beauty pageant announced during the Coronation Night on June 24, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) at the CCP Complex in Pasay City.

Grand Winner : Cristelle Tolentino
1st Runner-Up : Mercegrace A. Raquel
2nd Runner-Up : Ganiel Krishnan
3rd Runner-Up : Kristel Nones Guelos
4th Runner-Up : Joanna Rabe




Partner Photographer Edmund Chua

Johnson Health Tech Circuit Pentathlon Showcases Awesome Fitness Machines


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Johnson Health Tech Inc., is among the world’s largest and fastest-growing fitness equipment manufacturers and is home to some of the most respected brands in the fitness industry, including: Matrix, Vision, Tempo and Horizon. The company manufactures a wide assortment of powerful brands of fitness equipment for both Commercial and Residential use, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes and strength training equipment. In addition to its manufacturing and distribution strength, JHT is a listed company in the Taiwan Stock Exchange, it is also the world’s largest specialty fitness retailer with more than 230 retail stores, with 24 wholly-owned subsidiaries, spanning 5 continents and over 60 distributors globally. JHT’s global management headquarters is based in Taichung, Taiwan, with global product development, marketing and engineering based in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, USA.

As the company aims to effectively serve their customers around the world, bringing the world’s best products to life, they recently hed the Corporate Launch of Johnson Health Tech’s 23rd wholly-owned subsidiary -JOHNSON HEALTH TECH (COMMERCIAL) PHILIPPINES, INC., on the 21st of June 2016, 3pm at the Ballroom 2 of the Fairmont Hotel in Makati,

They made the Corporate Launch a little more exciting as they challenge attendees to race against the machines and join the Johnson Health Tech (Commercial) Philippines’ first ever CIRCUIT PENTATHLON! Sled, Run, Krank, Row and Cycle. Almost everyone earned themselves a medal, and the bragging rights that comes with it, from the very first pentathlon event in the country.

I even found myself joining the circuit pentathlon like I was in tough shape to manage to stay alternately for 5 minutes on those 5 machines that were all proudly setup on stage. Being recognized with a medal for the effort is already rewarding. Thank you also for the goodies given to us after the event plus the sumptuous food served for dinner before we finally left the event with maybe a little aching joints but a sincere smile on our face.

This event is a historical undertaking for JHT, as they strive to become the best, largest and happiest fitness company in the world!

PC Express Partners with Microsoft to Afford Quality Devices Loaded with Genuine Windows 10


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In an effort to offer affordable computers that would fit the budget of the average Filipino, as well as reduce software piracy, PC Express, Microsoft and Intel has partnered together to bring us low-priced desktop solutions.

The PCX Brand Launch was held on June 24 at the SM City North EDSA Cyberzone and will last until June 26. It is open to the public to get a first-hand trial of the actual PCs plus a lot more interesting accessories and peripherals. There's a huge interest on their virtual reality gaming setup aside from the the small yet powerful enough Intel NUC or PCX Cobalt computer solution which practically shrunk the desktop into a very small size.

They have desktop solutions with prices around 12k - perfectly in time for this school year when most students will be cramming for assignments, research works, thesis and similar activities which would require them to make use of computers as their tool in preparing documents and for browsing the Internet for information.

The desktop solution packages takes advantage of  their "Orig Na, Mura Pa" tagline bringing forth discounted prices on both hardware and software especially from Microsoft.

I was able to try out most of these setups and was especially thrilled with the virtual reality gaming sections. I personally would like to buy one for myself and it would be fun to be able to bring home that marvelous setup.

Representatives from PC Express, Microsoft, and Intel were present to give short messages. Jesse Tan, VP of Sales & Marketing and one of the two founders of PC Express hosted the event. I will update this blog posts as soon as I get the names of the people who went up on stage to share their short speech.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Stars Shine Bright And Walk In Style On Sony Channel


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This July, catch all your favourite stars and glamour of the rich and famous as Sony Channel brings you the 3rd season of Stars in Style.

The best designers and stylists talk about fashion at the most important Hollywood events. See them as they rate each star’s evolution in style and the best and worst dressed of each occasion. From red carpet premieres to film festivals and other fashionable gatherings, Stars in Style shines the light on the iconic pieces and enviable attire that ever walked the runway.

Stars in Style premieres July 4 and airs Monday to Thursday at 8:20pm, first and exclusive on Sony Channel.

Sony Channel is available on SKYCable Channel 35, Cignal Digital TV Channel 60, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cable Link Channel 39.

Cemex Holdings Philippines, Inc. Obtains SEC Pre-Effective Approval for Its IPO


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On 17 June 2016, the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued the pre-effective approval for the proposed Initial Public Offering (“IPO”) of CEMEX Holdings Philippines, Inc. (“CHP”). CHP is offering up to 2,032,980,830 common shares with a par value of Php1.00 per share with a stabilization option of up to 304,947,124 common shares (collectively, the “Offer Shares”) representing up to 45% of CHP’s capital stock. Also on 17 June 2016, the Philippine Stock Exchange (“PSE”) approved CHP’s initial listing application for the listing of its shares on the PSE as announced in the PSE’s website on June 20, 2016. The PSE’s approval is subject to CHP’s compliance with all post-approval requirements of the PSE.

Proceeds from the IPO would be used by CHP to pay debt owed to a subsidiary of CHP’s ultimate parent company and/or to pay any debt used to refinance the debt owed to the subsidiary of CHP’s ultimate parent company, which may include debt owed to BDO Unibank, Inc. and/or CHP’s principal shareholder. Citigroup Global Markets Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Singapore Branch and J.P. Morgan Securities PLC serve as the Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners and BDO Capital & Investment Corporation serves as the Domestic Lead Underwriter for the transaction.

CHP is one of the leading cement producers in the Philippines, based on installed annual capacity. CHP produces and markets cement and cement products, such as ready-mix concrete and clinker, in the Philippines through direct sales using its extensive marine and land distribution network. Moreover, CHP’s cement manufacturing subsidiaries have been operating in the Philippines for over 17 years, and have well established brands, such as "APO," "Island," and "Rizal," each of which has a multi-decade history in the country.

Paris Takes Global Earth Hour Capital 2016 Title


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Paris is this year’s Global Earth Hour Capital. WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge recognizes the “City of Light” as a role model for climate action and awards Paris for its ambitious vision and successful engagement with business, civil society and other cities on its journey toward sustainability.

Paris hosted last year’s historic global climate summit and has shown strong climate leadership, creating a model for other city governments to replicate. In addition to setting up an effective centralized Climate Agency, ensuring clean vehicles, extending public transportation and developing waste-to-fuel conversion, Paris has also incorporated a regular review process to ensure that the city is on track to meet its sustainability goals as well as the current and future needs of its citizens.

“As the world works to bring the Paris climate agreement into action, the ‘City of Light’ is leading by example,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International. “Winning WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge reflects Paris’ commitment to inspire global action to reduce emissions and build environmental sustainability through green urban development.”

Selected from a shortlist of 18 national finalists, Paris impressed the international jury with its innovative actions, long-term vision and willingness to collaborate and share knowledge capital with cities around the globe.

Akbayan Youth Likens Pacquiao to Orlando Shooter


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This was the strong statement of Akbayan Youth against Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao on Friday as it recalled the shooting that happened in a gay club in Orlando in the United States last June 12. The shooting claimed 49 lives, many of which were members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] community.

The statement was released in commemoration of June as LGBT Pride Month.

According to the youth group, the celebrated boxer is guilty of committing hate speech against the LGBT that could potentially incite violence among his many supporters.

Early this year, Pacquiao came under fire when he called gays as “worse than animals” in an interview during the campaign for his bid to the Senate. Pacquiao also posted on his Instagram account a quote from Letivicus that prescribes that gays “should be put to death”. The said post has long been deleted after receiving flak from the online community.

Yesha Tolentino, Akbayan Youth’s spokesperson for LGBT concerns, claimed that Pacquiao’s “homophobic public pronouncements are loading the guns that will kill gays and lesbians”. She also said that sooner or later, Pacquiao’s hate speech will inspire others to take a violent stance against people who identify as LGBT.

International Coffee Expert Scott Rao Conducts Workshop for Henry & Sons


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Did you smell the coffee? World-renowned writer, consultant, trainer and author of coffee books Scott Rao was in town recently to conduct a brewing class and workshop with Henry & Sons, a total coffee solutions company.

In late May, Rao — the author of coffee books The Professional Barista’s Handbook, Everything But Espresso, The Coffee Roaster’s Companion, and Espresso Extraction: Measurement and Mastery — trained the Henry & Sons team in the art and science of coffee. Henry & Sons is a company that offers three kinds of goods to the local coffee market: premium roasted coffee beans, top-of-the-line expresso machines and training for coffee shops and companies.

The coffee expert shared a variety of topics ranging from improving roasting skills, manual brewing, espresso extraction and the finer points of coffee science. He mentored the staff, shared coffee secrets, taught them about coffee shop planning, layout and design, and shared trends, new standards and techniques, among others.

Michael Harris Conlin, Henry & Sons president, said he invited Rao to work with his staff to raise the bar of the coffee business in the Philippines. “We pioneered coffee technology in the Philippines in the early 1990’s, and we want to continue to be the leader in this business. We brought Scott Rao here as a longtime partner of our company. He is the best person to help bring us to greater heights as he’s the best in the industry. Nobody comes close to him,” Conlin said.

The World Premieres Film Festival All Set On June 29 - July10


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The Film Development Council Philippines in cooperation with the Cinematheque Centre Manila proudly presents the third World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) slated from June 29 up to July 10, 2016.

The WPFF celebrates the power and magic of film by showcasing the works of film directors from across the globe. Featuring a dazzling array of human narratives, cultural diversities, and social issues, the festival provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers to reach new audiences in the Philippines, and launch their international premieres in Asia’s rapidly growing film climate.

This year, over 60 international films will be shown at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, as well as partner venues: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Greenbelt 3, the Shang Cineplex, and Uptown Cinemas. Films will be shown at a festival price of P100 at all venues, unless indicated otherwise.

The Festival’s 12-day duration kicks off on June 29 – 3pm at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, with the Opening Film premiere of the newly restored classic, “Pagdating sa Dulo” by Ishmael Bernal. The film features the legendary actress Rita Gomez and Vic Vargas.

At 7 p.m., a variety of local and international performances will take place to give audiences a sneak peek into the films lined up for the WPFF’s newest edition.

The different sections that will be featured in the festival are as follows: Main Competition, Filipino New Cinema, Intercontinental, Vietnam - Country of Honor, ASEAN Skies, Spotlight: China, and many more.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fortinet Unveils its Security Fabric to Arm Global Enterprises with Pervasive, Adaptive Cybersecurity from IoT to Cloud Networks


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“Pervasive digitization continues to redefine business, while technology trends like IoT and cloud computing are blurring the edges of the network today. Unfortunately, many enterprises continue to rely on security strategies developed decades ago that can no longer support the ever-increasing speed of business. Unlike platforms loosely coupled at the management level, the security fabric weaves together highly sophisticated hardware and software, enabling direct communication between solutions for a unified and rapid response to threats. Fortinet is committed to delivering security without compromise. With its Security Fabric, Fortinet is the only vendor to be able to provide its customers with seamless protection across the expanding attack surface, and, the power to take on ever increasing performance requirements of the borderless network – today and into the future" - Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Fortinet

The evolving enterprise network and its transition to a digital business model is one of the most challenging aspects of network security today. As significant trends in computing and networking continue to drive changes across many critical business infrastructures, architectures, and practices, organizations are looking for innovative network security solutions to help them embrace those changes.

In view of this, we were invited to attend a small gathering to learn more about Fortinet Security Fabric and how it can provide optimum security to an organizations across their physical, virtual, and cloud environments, from end to end. The event was held at the Heat Restaurant of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on June 23, 2016.

Present on the event is Mr. Jeff Castillo, Fortinet Philippines Country Manager and Nap Castillo, Fortinet Philippines Regional Pre-Sales Consultant, who were both there ready  to answer our questions.

Geeks on a Beach 4: International Tech and Startup Conference Soon in Bohol


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GOAB4 is coming! The “Geeks on a Beach” (GOAB) international tech ​and startup conference​, which has greatly contributed in empowering Philippine startups, will return for the fourth year in the scenic island of Panglao in Bohol this August​ 25-26,​ 2016.

A press conference was held at the New World hotel in Makati led by TechTalks.ph Founder Tina Amper along with other partners in the event namely ICTO /DICT Deputy Executive Director Mon Ibrahim, Ideaspace Foundation Executive Director Diane Eustaquio, Smart Communications Developer Evangelist Paul Pajo, PLDT SME Nation Head of Community Partners Francis Oliva, PLDT ICT Researcha nd Development VP and Head Joey Limjap, and Happy Garaje Co-Founder Mark Deutsch, who all seated down as panel for a later discussion and Q&A with the members of the media.

With the theme “Empowering startups, leading change”, GOAB4 will once more highlight communities of startups or innovation-driven enterprises based on software or apps, which have seen remarkable growth in the Philippines in the last few years.

I am really excited as this will be my 2nd time to attend another GOAB event. I was there last year when they held it in Boracay last August and I definitely learned a lot about startup initiatives and got inspired to be as motivated as the founders of the many apps and other innovations the attendees showed us during the many talks and sharing of insights and information.

Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 70 gets 3 New Stylish Colors


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Fujifilm is launching three new stylish colors for the Instax Mini 70 instant camera: Midnight Black, Passion Red, and Stardust Gold, making it the perfect accessory for the cool and the fashionable. With its new colors, the Instax Mini 70 can not only capture your OOTDs, but match them perfectly as well.

Late last year, Fujifilm launched its Instax Mini 70, initially available in three colors: Moon White, Canary Yellow, and Island Blue. The instant camera has a sleek and modern design, and is the perfect camera for taking selfies. Its new selfie mode provides the appropriate brightness and shooting distance for any selfie, and its selfie mirror located beside the lens allows you to check your framing before you take that shot. Its automatic exposure control captures bright backgrounds and subjects even in the dark, letting you take a selfie anywhere you go. Another awesome feature is the hi-key mode that lets you capture bright beautiful skin tones, giving you flawless selfies.

The Instax Mini 70 is the perfect fashion statement for any occasion, and with its selfie-friendly features, you’ll be sure to instantly capture life's most memorable moments wherever you go.

Say Hello to Natural Looking Full Eyebrows with MAXiM Ultra-Natural Eyebrow Transplant


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Tired of retouching your eyebrows every day? Not satisfied with eyebrow tattoo? Flaunt natural looking eyebrows through the MAXiM Ultra-Natural Eyebrow Transplant.

People lose hair on their eyebrows due to a variety of reasons – medical disorders, genetics, electrolysis, laser hair removal, over plucking, thyroid conditions, scars, and age.

In the 90’s, skinny eyebrows were on point. Well known celebrities like Gwen Stefani and Drew Barrymore used to sport pencil-thin drawn eyebrows. Trends constantly change and so does the standard of beauty. Nowadays, there is an increasing number of women, even men, who have become obsessed with having full eyebrows. In fact, a myriad of YouTube videos are solely dedicated to putting on eyebrow make-up and making it look as natural as possible. These days, a lot of people think eyebrows strongly determine good looks and the attractiveness of a person.

Although many say they do not mind the time it takes to perfect putting on or grooming their eyebrows every day, some find it tedious and time-consuming. Maybe they will find an Eyebrow Transplant procedure appealing. It is a permanent solution for those who have thin eyebrows and those who are experiencing eyebrow hair loss as well.

The MAXiM Ultra-Natural Eyebrow Transplant is safe and easily done. It uses the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure or the conventional Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) technique and is performed under local anesthesia by a MAXiM Hair Transplant Surgeon. It takes roughly two hours to complete the procedure, and after the experience, one can return to normal working activity within a day or two.

The hair transplanted onto the eyebrow area is taken from one’s own hair that is harvested from the back of the head. Transplanted hair generally falls off a few weeks after the procedure, but it will re-grow after four months and is permanent. It needs to be trimmed regularly, however.

Mac Fadra, CEO of Maxim Hair Restoration, says “Ultra-Natural Eyebrow Transplant is safe, effective and permanent. It can give you the confidence and satisfaction that you’re looking for because it can be shaped in the exact look and style that you desire for your eyebrows”.

MAXiM Hair Restoration is the Manila branch of the New York-based hair transplant company that also has offices in Connecticut and Chicago in the US; Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and other Asian markets. MAXiM specializes and focuses on hair restoration, with the mantra "Hair is all we do and we do it well". It has been doing business in the Philippines since 2005.

For more information about hair restoration or addition, go to www.maximhairrestoration.com/locations/manila or call (02) 818-6000 or 813-3001 for a FREE consultation. OFWs and those residing outside Metro Manila can avail of Skype consultations.

The SM Men and SM Youth #DenimCitizens



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Denim has played a major part in our lives. With this, SM Men and SM Youth aim to celebrate and highlight the undisputed role that denim plays in our life and lifestyle. It has always been known as one of the most quintessential fabrics, present in every era and surpassing every trend and style that has come and go.

SM Men and SM Youth want you to be part of this revolution, alongside denim aficionados, all over the country. Watch the SM Youth Ambassadors Tommy Esguerra, LA Aguinaldo, Richard Juan, Kyle Perry, Kaila Estrada, Janna Tee and SM Men’s Hideo Muraoka as they lead the #DenimCitizens fashion show. Catch them at these #DenimCitizens legs: July 8 Cebu: SM Seaside City; July 10 Manila: SM Mega Fashion Hall; July 15 Davao: SM Lanang Premier; July 23 Manila: The Block SM City North EDSA.

Official Hashtag: #DenimCitizens

For more information, follow @SM_Men and @SM_Youth on social media or visit www.facebook.com/smmenlifestyle and www.facebook.com/smyouthlifestyle for more info. SM Men and SM Youth are available at all The SM Stores nationwide.

WSOF-GC Announces P1 Million Raffle Prize on Fight Night for 1 Lucky Audience


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World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) held a press conference today at Novotel Araneta Center, to announce five exciting fights featuring Filipino fighters against rising stars from around the globe. Five representatives from Philippines will take on athletes from China, Brazil, Pakistan, and two from Malaysia.

Mario Sismundo (3-1) will be in the spotlight as the co-main event, when he takes on China’s Keremuaili Maimaitituoheti (5-3). Mario’s charisma and charm has captivated the Philippines’ fan base. It doesn’t hurt that he carries a striking resemblance to boxing great, Manny Pacquiao. The relationship between Philippines and China has been toxic due to disputes over territories in West Philippines Sea and South China Sea. This fight will have national pride on the line.

The feature female bout of the night showcases Jujeath Nagaowa (2-0), a former professional boxer who won the WBC Asian Boxing Council Female Atomweight Title and WIBA International Light Flyweight Title. The “Bad Girl” will be taking on Malaysia’s Audreylaura Boniface (1-1), who is a doctor in her daily profession.

The lead fight on the undercard features undefeated rising MMA prospect, Neil Larano (2-0). He will be taking on Pakistan’s Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba (6-0). With neither of these fighters having tasted defeat before, this is sure to be a spectacular match.

Carmudi PH Makes Your Online Car Selling and Buying Process Easy


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What’s your online car exchange experience? Was it smooth and straightforward, or was it plagued with ambiguity and hesitation? No matter what their age, cars are big-ticket items that cost anywhere from five to eight figures. The last thing you want is to deal with someone who can’t make up their mind, whether that person is buying your car, or selling one to you.

Dedicated car-exchange websites are a great idea—at least in theory. They offer buyers a convenient opportunity to check out a vehicle from the comfort of their homes, without wasting time or fuel to hop from one car dealer to another. Sellers, on the other hand, can upload their photos and details of their car immediately to a potentially international audience.

In practice, however, not all online car exchange sites live up to their premise: Half of the time, important details such as mileage or service history are deliberately omitted. Other times, photos are blurred, dark or poorly framed. While not everyone is expected to be an automobile photographer, a little effort can go a long way in showing your vehicle in the best light. Sometimes—though not frequently—the car’s price won’t even be precise, with a note that reads “Send message for pricing” or “Last price inquiry only upon seeing vehicle”.

Fair enough; the rapport between the buyer and seller is dynamic once they meet, potentially affecting the final pricing, though it would be nice—and secure—to know exactly how much money one must bring along to consummate the transaction and not any less because, as stated earlier, cars are big-ticket items, unlike mobile phones or tablets.

Microgenesis Business System Awarded Sophos Top Performer of the Year for ASEAN


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Microgenesis Business System has won the award for Sophos Partner of the Year for ASEAN at the 2016 APJ Sophos Discover Partner Conference in Bali. The conference, held at The Mulia, is designed to celebrate the successes of Sophos partners throughout APJ and to help them take advantage of the latest business opportunities within the fast-moving IT security marketplace.

Microgenesis Business System won their award for their outstanding performance in the past year and their commitment and dedication to selling Sophos.

Shown in photo (5th and 6th from left): Jeffrey Choa, Executive Director, Microgenesis Business System and Sumit Bansal, Director for ASEAN, Sophos

Sumit Bansal, Director for ASEAN, Sophos, said, “We look forward to partner conferences as we can meet our partners face to face. Our partners play a crucial role in our success as a business and it’s always a fantastic opportunity to hear our partners’ validation of our strategy across the endpoint and network. I am delighted Microgenesis Business System has won the award for Sophos Top Performer of the Year ASEAN. This award is a testament to their business excellence”

“We are extremely honoured to be awarded the Top Performer of the Year ASEAN by Sophos. At Microgenesis, we continually bolster existing industry partnerships aimed at providing value-added services to our clients through serious investments in sales, technical and support resources. We are proud of our partnership with Sophos over the past 14 years and are excited about the company’s developments in endpoint and network security. We aim to continue working closely with Sophos to fulfill our promise of ‘Making IT easy’ for organisations”, said Jeffrey Choa, Executive Director, Microgenesis Business System.

The APJ conference in Bali is the final of Sophos’ three annual partner conferences this year. It saw Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman and the executive leadership team deliver keynote sessions on Sophos strategy, its partner commitments and the broader future of the IT security industry, in front of over 500 people attending the Sophos sales and partner event. Partners also attended a packed agenda of breakout sessions delivered by key business, product, technical and sales experts.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jergens Girl Hillarie’s Step-by-Step Guide to Moist Glowing Skin


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Soft, moist-looking skin has always been considered attractive. It’s the first thing people notice, and when it glows, skin can be a woman’s powerful secret weapon, says Hillarie, the new Jergens Girl.

Silky-smooth, moisturized skin is not just attractive, it is also healthy. No matter what a woman’s age, supple skin can be achieved with a faithful skincare regimen. Hillarie says good habits, the right moisturizing products and desire to have moist, glowing skin happen will result in dramatic changes to the quality of skin with regular use. Women of all ages can develop greater confidence and a better sense of self when their skin feels soft and moist.

“You can’t stay young forever, but you can control the factors that accelerate the aging process and flaunt young, beautiful skin for the longest time. “Develop good habits. Nix the bad ones. Start by avoiding too much sun exposure, ditch cigarette smoking, eat good food,, drink lots and lots of water and don’t stress yourself, unnecessarily,” she says.

A firm believer in the power of beautiful skin, Hillarie says she tries to take shorter and not-too-hot showers as often as she can. Long, hot showers tend to remove the skin’s moisture and wash away the protective oils, she shares. That’s why she advises women, even when they’re still in their teens, to “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize”. 



Hillarie shares a step-by-step skin care regimen that will take care of skin from sunup to sundown:

1. Moisturize immediately after a warm shower. When the skin is damp, the moisturizer can better seal in the moisture.

2. Start moisturizing from the shoulder down.

3. Don’t forget the arms and especially the hands. Hands have very few oil glands so they become dry and get chapped easily.

4. Give legs and thighs special pampering. These are the areas that need to be silky smooth and well-moisturized.

5. The best time to moisturize is actually at night, after you take your bedtime shower. Skin renews its cells while we sleep so skin is most receptive to the benefits of moisturizers at this time. Always get sufficient sleep to lay the inner foundation for glowing skin, she reminds everyone. 



“Here’s an idea. Pour your favorite moisturizer into several small containers and place them in places where you can easily access them. Toss one inside your bag, keep one in the car, save one for your work desk and place one by your bedside table. Apply moisturizer whenever you can. Your skin will love the pampering and respond in kind,” she swears.

Jergens Moisturizers are distributed in the Philippines by Vibelle Distribution, Inc and are available in leading Department Stores, Supermarkets and retailers nationwide.

SM Cinema Joins GMovies Roster of Theater Partners


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SM Cinema, the country’s largest chain of movie houses, has joined GMovies roster of theater partners, giving users of the mobile movie booking app a faster and easier way to buy tickets from any of over 300 SM theaters nationwide anytime at their convenience.

For the SM Cinema partnership, Globe Telecom’s mobile money solution GCash will initially be the exclusive payment gateway for GMovies users. GCash will be used in tandem with ePLUS, SM’s integrated e-wallet and loyalty system to give SM Cinema patrons another way to enjoy the movies.

At present, SM Cinema operates over 300 2D and 3D screens, 8 IMAX Theaters and 13 Director’s Club Cinemas for a total market share of over 50 percent.

“We are always looking for ways to provide the best experience for our customers, thus, it is a big win for GMovies to have SM Cinema on board since it gives our users from all over the Philippines more options to choose from. With SM Cinema as a partner, GMovies now covers 77 percent of movie theaters nationwide,” said Glenn Estrella, Vice President of Globe Digital Ventures which offers GMovies.

“This is just the start of a more dynamic partnership with Globe and its services. Both our companies are committed to providing a more convenient and rewarding access to entertainment. ePLUS with SM Cinema and GMovies with GCash will work together towards building a cashless society,” said Sahara Jean Garnica, Assistant Vice President, SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. managing ePLUS.

GMovies is an all-in-one solution for movie tickets on the go. It is the only platform in the Philippines that aggregates movie ticket booking capabilities for multiple cinema chains. The mobile app allows users not only to purchase movie tickets and reserve seats at their favorite cinema whenever they want and wherever they may be but also keeps them updated with the latest and upcoming blockbusters to hit the theaters. It can be downloaded for free from App Store and Google Play.

To purchase seats from SM Cinema, simply select movie schedule, branch, and preferred seat/s; select GCash as payment option; and log into GCash and confirm transaction. GCash load will automatically be converted to ePLUS movie credits. The user will receive an e-ticket via email which will also be saved in their phone gallery. For ease of access, patrons can just go straight to the cinema and tap their e-ticket at the ePLUS reader.

SM Cinema will go live in GMovies website and Android app beginning June 22. The iOS app will follow after two weeks. For more information about GMovies, please visit www.gmovies.ph.

Start enjoying blockbusters at SM Cinema via GMovies!

ePLDT Enhances Network Performance, Data Security as Amazon Web Services Direct Connect Partner


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Moving to the cloud has ceased to become a novelty for enterprises as they recognize its many benefits, but as the number of innovative cloud solutions in the market increase, it is necessary for enterprises to thoroughly evaluate how to implement a proper cloud transformation strategy into their organization to ensure that they maximize their cloud investments. One important aspect of going cloud is the connectivity to link to your resources. These connections should be fast, reliable, secure, and cost-efficient, if an enterprise were to implement an effective hybrid cloud strategy – that being having an on-premise infrastructure and multiple cloud services working harmoniously together.

To spur enterprise hybrid cloud adoption, ePLDT, the digital enterprise enabler of the country's leading telecoms and digital services provider, PLDT Inc., has once again achieved a milestone in its capabilities to deliver cloud solutions, reliable & SLA-driven connectivity, and expert support. ePLDT recently upgraded its partner level, achieving Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect Partner status.

“Leveraging on the PLDT Group’s superior international data network as well as ePLDT’s cloud expertise, our elevation to AWS Direct Connect Partner reflects our continuous commitment to help enterprises leverage on the cloud to drive business growth,” said Nerisse Ramos, ePLDT Group Chief Operating Officer. “With AWS’ Direct Connect, enterprises can enjoy an enhanced cloud experience with reliable network performance and lower latency that only a dedicated connection to the Amazon Web Services cloud can provide.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

DOE Committed to Implement Mechanisms in the RE Law


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The Department of Energy (DOE) upholds the advancement of the implementation of the policy frameworks and programs under the Republic Act 9513 otherwise known as Renewable Energy (RE) Law of 2008, which supports the promotion of RE resources’ development, utilization and commercialization.

Energy Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada said “We have a binding law which is the RE Law, and the DOE is mandated to implement it.” Sec. Monsada emphasized that the policies and programs currently being executed by the government have undergone stringent procedures following the guidelines provided under the law.

Following a series of stakeholders’ consultations nationwide since 2011, the DOE conducted on 16 June 2016 its 8th public consultation concerning the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) at the Shangri-La Fort, Bonifacio Global City. This is in an effort to present the shared perspective on the provisions of the issuance for further fine tuning. The RPS refers to a market-based policy that mandates participating companies to source an agreed portion of their energy supply from eligible RE resources.

“The outcome in the discussions will help us finalize the Department Circular on RPS prior to its issuance,” said Sec. Monsada. She further stated that the DOE still welcomes position papers until 22 June 2016 from industry participants and stakeholders to ensure a holistic approach, and all suggestions are noted and heard. Copies of the proposed RPS issuance and comments and or recommendations submitted are available at www.doe.gov.ph.

Meanwhile, the implementation of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) is in full swing consistent with Department Circular No. DC2013-05-0009 or “Guidelines for the Selection Process of RE Projects under FIT System and the Award of the Certificate for FIT Eligibility,” which outlines the procedure for the Certificate of Endorsement (COE) for FIT Eligibility (COE-FIT). The DOE issues the COE-FIT after undergoing validation and review of technical requirements.

Attached is the list of those with issued COE for FIT endorsed to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). The increased capacity in COE FIT can be attributed to the completion of the second tranche of the 500 MW solar FIT installation target entitled to P8.69/kWh.

Sec. Monsada said "the DOE, through the Renewable Energy Management Bureau, has worked day and night to ensure that each eligible solar developer strictly followed the process and technical requirements." She added that the DOE assures the best interest of the public and all RE developers particularly in meeting the country's commitment towards sustainable and cleaner energy.

Pursuant to RA 9513 or RE Act of 2008, the government shall grant incentives through FIT scheme. Under the FIT System, qualified developers of emerging RE sources are offered at a fixed rate per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of their exported electricity to the distribution or transmission network. This scheme excludes the energy utilized from RE plants eligible for own use.

Along with the Net-Metering Program and RPS, FIT is one of the policy mechanisms provided in the law being implemented by the DOE to encourage the development of RE industry as it aims to maintain the share of RE of at least 30% in the country’s power mix.

Chatri Sityodtong Revolutionizing MMA in Asia with Expansion of ONE Championship


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Every once in a while, someone comes along with an idea -- something so profound that it changes his life and the lives of those around him. Multi-millionaire Thai entrepreneur Chatri Sityodtong spent his entire existence abiding by the principles of martial arts which he holds dear, bringing him success and prosperity from his extremely humble beginnings.

The teachings and principles of martial arts, to which he says he owes his life to, has led Sityodtong to pioneer a revolutionary transformation in Asia, uniting its people under one banner -- mixed martial arts, or more commonly known as MMA -- today the fastest growing sport in the world.

Just in the last couple of years alone, MMA’s viewership has exploded across Asia and is shown in over 118 countries all over the world.

Though the allure and excitement of martial arts in a safe and competitive environment has drawn fans from all corners of the globe, the sport’s popularity in Asia can be attributed to Sityodtong and his tremendous work in building MMA promotion ONE Championship from a promising, young upstart to the largest sports media property in Asia in a span of just five years.

Today, ONE Championship is the premier MMA organization in Asia.

Save Our Mid Year Classes: Joint Statement on the UP Mindanao Mid Year Cancellation


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A few days before enrollment, the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPMin) announced the abrupt cancellation of their midyear classes. After several attempts to dialogue and appeal with the administration against the said decision, the UPMin University Student Council was able to establish that for the previous years, the University has not allotted any budget for their summer classes and instead relies on their yearly savings, and that honoraria for teaching overloads for the past semester have also not been settled by the administration.

As a consequence, many students have been forced to enroll in other constituent campuses of the University of the Philippines. With the delayed announcement of the cancellation, the affected students further had difficulties securing slots for different subjects in other constituent campuses.

Until now, the administration has not provided solutions to accommodate those affected by the cancellation of classes. The USC continues to await the response of the Office of the Chancellor on the said issue.

We, youth and student leaders from various organizations around the Philippines, condemn the gross negligence and financial mismanagement of the UP Min Administration. The cancellation of the midyear classes is a violation of student rights and welfare. They were not consulted nor properly informed of a critical decision that have been proved to restrict the students' access to quality education.

AXN Extends Application Deadline for The Amazing Race Asia


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Application is until June 30, 2016 while Philippine Auditions on June 25 and 26

If you haven’t grabbed your partner and created an awesome audition video for The Amazing Race Asia, fear not as AXN has extended the deadline until June 30, 2016. You now have more time to create the ultimate application by telling AXN why you should become a season five racer, and possibly the ultimate winner of USD$100,000 in cash.

“We’ve had a fantastic response to our casting call for The Amazing Race Asia which is a real testament to the popularity of the show in this region. What’s most encouraging is the team spirit conveyed in the videos as well as the unique range of talents, professions and interpersonal relationships on display. We’ve received applications from DJs, doctors, bloggers, synchronized swimmers, pilots and dragon boat racers just to name a few, as well as teammates who live in different countries. So this season’s team line-up promises to be our most interesting yet,” said Virginia Lim, Vice President and Head of Content and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.

In this latest season, 10 teams of socially savvy, fearless racers from all over Asia will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, traversing the globe and proving their mettle on a quest to be crowned the all-out champion. The highly anticipated series will be hosted by Chinese-American actor and host Allan Wu, who was the face of the race for AXN’s first four seasons.

WSOF-GC Welcomes Australian Affiliates Eternal MMA & Reign Fighting


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World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) continues to expand its affiliate program by adding Australian-based MMA promotions, Eternal MMA and Reign Fighting. Eternal MMA and Reign Fighting become the twelfth and thirteenth organizations to join the ranks of WSOF Global Championship.

Eternal MMA/Reign Fighting CEO and Founder, Cam O’Neill, had this to say about the signing. "Signing as an official partner with WSOF Global is a huge next step for our organizations. Not only does it validate us as a pathway for talented and driven Australian MMA athletes to reach the next level of their careers, but it adds the potential for international fights on one of the world’s very best MMA promotions in WSOF Global. It also ensures that Eternal and Reign events will now be shown in millions of homes across the world via WSOF Global’s broadcast partners. Eternal and Reign are committed to raising the level of MMA talent in Australia and catapult these local stars onto the global stage. Now is certainly the time for any Australian fighters that are serious about their careers to get involved.”

"We are thrilled to be adding these high caliber promotions into the WSOF Global family,” said Zachary ‘Bootsy’ Harris, WSOF-GC Affiliate Coordinator. “We specifically sought out Eternal MMA for our official partner in Australia and then found out their plan of introducing Reign Fighting, along with their vision for the two promotions. It only made things more exciting. There’s no doubt that the Australian MMA fan base is one of the fastest growing in the world. It was very important for us to find a great partner in Australia. We look forward to working with them to help bring the best MMA events to those great fans."

Al Gatmaitan Heralds Newer and Bolder Steps to Welcome His 20th Year Career


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Every artist have dreams to pursue, but it is how one conquers those dreams that make a difference. Over the last couple of months, noted award-winning actor and classical / crossover artist AL GATMAITAN was quietly working on a dream project to further hone his craft in music and theater.

To further widen his horizons, Al Gatmaitan embarked on a major decision --- a bold move that he has taken very seriously in the forthcoming production of Linda Faigao-Hall’s “THE FEMALE HEART” under the direction of Banaue Miclat-Janssen for the UP Playwrights’ Theater

Set in the late 1980's, the play follows Adelfa and her elder brother Anghel’s struggles as resident of the infamous mountain of garbage popularly known as Smokey Mountain. Confronted by extreme poverty and her brother's ailing health, Adelfa agrees to become a mail-order bride in the United States.

When queried by Al’s peers about this challenging job as Anghel, he was straightforward to share his point of view and said that "In an actor's career path, it does not happen all the time when a role that will be much more challenging is offered. From film, television and theater, roles vary from age to genre. And of late, we decided to take ten giant steps to test our mettle in this straight play and not a musical. Apart from immersing ourselves into the role, we have also been simultaneously prepared our physical well-being through a strict diet and workouts in the gym. The rigidity has been getting tougher each and every day. Of late, rehearsals are even much more intense and here’s hoping that when the play opens on July 1, the theater audiences will like and love this one role of a lifetime I have taken. It's really going to be an exciting year for me. To God be the Glory ! ” 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Royal Enfield to Open its First Exclusive Store in Manila


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Royal Enfield, the oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production is set to open its first exclusive store in the capital city of Philippines – Manila. Royal Enfield’s distributors - Hardcore Brothers Customs Motorcycles Inc. have been responsible for supplying, marketing, reselling, distribution and servicing of Royal Enfield products in the Philippines.

With a view to become the leader in global mid-sized motorcycle segment, Royal Enfield has been expanding its global retail footprint across Europe, Latin America, Middle-East, its bastion market, India and South East Asia. The company is striving to provide an immersive retail experience for its customers that forms an integral part of the company’s core retail strategy, across the world.

The new store in Manila will be as per Royal Enfield’s new global brand retail identity. The store will be retailing Royal Enfield’s oldest motorcycle in continuous production Bullet in 350cc displacement, the standard street model Classic in 350cc variant, the Rumbler 500cc motorcycle which is purpose built for highways and the Continental GT 535cc café racer. Along with the motorcycles, Royal Enfield would also retail its range of purpose-built gear and apparel and accessories.

Philippines is an important market for Royal Enfield, given the country’s high dependence on two-wheelers for commuting and as well as leisure riding. The growing middle class in the country is now looking to upgrade to the middle weight segment that lends itself very well to Royal Enfield’s all-purpose, evocative, classic-styled motorcycles. Royal Enfield’s range of modern classic bikes introduces a new category of mid-sized motorcycles (250cc-750cc) that will make leisure motorcycling more accessible and fun.

Royal Enfield has its manufacturing base in Chennai, India and is wholly owned by Eicher Motors Limited, a leading player in the Indian automobile space.

The H.E.A.R.T. of a Filipino Motivational Speaker


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There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of motivational speakers all over the world. In the Philippines alone, there are seminars and workshops happening everywhere all year round – helping people improve their career, health, finances, relationships, business and even spiritual awareness.

If you have attended a few of these seminars yourself, it is very likely that at least one Filipino motivational speaker stands out from the rest. Do you have one or two favorite speakers? What do you like about them? What makes them remarkable or unforgettable?

Motivational speakers come in different shapes and forms. Some speakers are loud and cheerleader-y, infecting the audience with a rah-rah-rah attitude. Others are low-key and subtle, still others are funny as hell.

In my 15 years as a motivational speaker, I’ve had the chance to share the stage with different kinds of motivational speakers in the Philippines, and have observed what worked and what didn’t. Some of the speakers I’ve met have even come to me for training when they find out that I’m also a voice and speech coach. Having been exposed to the public speaking arena led me to the realization that there is no ONE RIGHT WAY to deliver a motivational talk.

In a single seminar, one speaker can be super serious and the next speaker can be extremely funny, and both of them could be equally remembered as great speakers by the audience. One technique can work very well for one speaker, and can be an epic fail for another. That’s why when I teach public speaking, I don’t focus so much on the “form” – stand like this, talk like that, hold the mic like this, etc. Instead I teach how to cultivate one’s PRESENCE onstage.

So what separates a Filipino motivational speaker from a GREAT one? Great motivational speakers speak with a H.E.A.R.T.

WWF Statement on First Anniversary of Landmark Papal Encyclical – Laudato Si


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The world is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si. Below are comments from David Nussbaum, Chairperson of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative, reflecting on this important encyclical:

“In its first year, Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si has played a huge role in connecting religions, countries, and people around the need for understanding and addressing together environmental and social problems.

The sub-title of the encyclical itself, calling for the "Care of Our Common Home", is a perfect summary of the powerful message for all of humanity. Broken into its component parts, we see the depth of meaning and thought applied to each word selected by Pope Francis: “Care” as the need for empathetic relationships and mutual assistance among people, with other living beings and with nature; "our" and "common" as an invitation to consider the common good and a sense of community; the "home", to emphasize that the Earth is the place that welcomes us, which is linked to our very existence.

Pope Francis’ letter arrived in a crucial year, encouraging individuals and countries to meet on the importance of sustainable development and to address climate challenge. Having helped build this common ground, at a time in which emergencies and competition create strains between countries and within countries, the encyclical has had a great impact in inspiring nations to come together to achieve two important global agreements.

Globe Offers New Generation Chromecast for Php99 a Month


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Improved casting and more app compatibility for a full wireless entertainment experience

With the promise for a connected life for the home, Globe in collaboration with Google now offers the new generation Chromecast. Broadband subscribers can now avail the new and improved Chromecast for an affordable add-on of only Php99 per month.

Customers today are no longer just tied in using their smartphones and PC’s at home for personal consumption, they also demand better content to share and experience on a bigger screen. The new Chromecast offers the solution to “cast” content from their personal device such as movies, shows, music, games to a bigger screen TV using their HDMI connection.

The new Chromecast is now equipped with better connectivity with the latest 802.11ac dual band Wi-Fi and three antenna structure for a more faster, stable and less buffering streaming using the latest mobile devices. Aside from being a better hardware, the new Chromecast is also fully compatible to cast with the latest entertainment apps including Globe exclusive digital content partners such as HOOQ, NBA and Spotify.

“With our continuous partnership with Google, we stay true in providing new and meaningful innovations to fully maximize the digital lifestyle of our customers. The latest installment in this is the new Chromecast, now with better features and compatibility to our content partners such as Spotify, HOOQ, NBA to a more immersive casting experience. ” says – Senior Vice President for Broadband Business, Martha Sazon.

Discovery Southeast Asia is now on Snapchat!


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It’s the time of the year again where we’re all glued in front of our TV screens to watch the most-feared underwater creature – sharks. But let’s not leave it. Let’s give them a chance and let’s get to know about them through Discovery Channel’s Shark Week from June 27 to July 1.

The annual, week-long programming block is here for another exciting year and Discovery Channel made it even more exciting by joining image messaging and multimedia mobile application Snap Chat.

Stay tuned and stay on the loop with the latest updates on Shark Week by following and sharing your snaps with @discoverysea. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #SharkWeekSEA across your social media platforms!

What to Visit in Bangkok


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Your trip to Thailand would be incomplete without visiting its capital city Bangkok. Every tourist will find something to their taste here since this metropolis harmoniously combines the spirit of East and West, ancient and modern, traditional and up-to-date. Bangkok is also a gateway to other Thai cities so even if it’s not your final destination in Thailand, you should definitely spend at least several hours here and see its major attractions. You can always find the cheapest business-class tickets to Bangkok via cheapfirstclass.com.

Grand PalaceThe Grand Palace is a number-one attraction in Bangkok and visiting it is a must. Built in 1782, it served as a royal residence for centuries. Although the present king doesn’t reside here, the building is still used for official ceremonies. The palace complex is a true masterpiece: after seeing it, you’ll understand why Bangkok is called the City of Angels (Krung Thep).

Temple of the Emerald Buddha
There are about 400 Buddhist temples in Bangkok but the most important and most visited one is the Temple of the Emerald (or Jade) Buddha. It’s situated right on the territory of the Grand Palace so you’ll have an opportunity to see two main attractions at once. The temple is famous for its highly revered statue of Emerald Buddha carved from a block of jade. The inside walls of the temple’s compound are covered with numerous mural paintings depicting the scenes from the famous epic "Ramayana".

Temple of Dawn
Situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, this temple encrusted with colorful porcelain stands majestically over the water. Despite its name, it’s especially beautiful at the sunset. The Temple of Dawn is one of the most photographed symbols of Thailand. Its central pagoda (a many-tiered tower), which has the height of a 20-storey building, is the highest in the country. If you climb up the stairs to the balcony, you’ll be awarded a stunning and breathtaking view of the river and the surroundings.

Bangkok National Museum
If you’re interested in Thai art and history, then the Bangkok National Museum will be a perfect place to gain insight into or at least get acquainted with it. Being the largest museum in Southeast Asia, it houses one of the best and richest collections of art and artifacts. Due to its scale, be ready to spend here several hours so plan your visit accordingly.

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Those who can’t imagine their trip without shopping should definitely visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Although Bangkok is full of shopping malls and markets, none of them can be compared to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. With 15,000 booths divided into 27 sections, this is one of the largest markets in the world. You can find virtually everything here and buy it at a local (not tourist) price.

Lumpini Park

This is the largest public park in the city where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city center and get a reviving breath of fresh air. There are a lot of things to see and do here. You can go for a boat ride on the artificial lake or just stroll around the park watching local people.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Miss Manila 2016 Visits Manila City Hall


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On June 16, 2016, the candidates of Miss Manila 2016 visited Manila City Hall as part of the itinerary of the beauty pageant scheduled to hold its grand coronation night on June 24, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). 

Manila President-Mayor Erap Estrada and Viva's Boss Vic Del Rosario was present during the courtesy visit.

Check out the lovely 33 Manileña candidates in their simple yet stunning casual wear. 

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.

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 lovely candidates of Miss Manila 2016:

Fellowship on Sustainable Energy Solutions with WWF and PEF


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Calling all idea creators and energy entrepreneurs!

Apply now for the Impact Hub  Fellowship on Sustainable Energy Solutions with Peace and Equity Foundation and World Wide Fund for Nature and get the chance to win more than ₱ 2.5 million worth of  fellowship prizes, which includes ₱ 1.5 million seed funding, skill development trainings,  mentorship, access to stimulating workspaces and valuable networks.  

Held at the Impact Hub office at Green Sun in Pasong Tamo extension , Makati city, the press conference and launch of Impact Hub Fellowship on Sustainable Energy Solutions with PEF and WWF on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

At the press conference, PEF, WWF and Impact Hub Manila gave us indepth information about this exciting incubation program. We learned more about the motivation and potential of start-ups in that sector and explain you the global success story of Impact Hub and the Fellowship.

Manila Pavilion’s Father’s Day Treats


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Father’s Day comes but once a year. On Sunday, June 19, make the most of this wondrous occasion by matching Dad’s big appetite with the liberty to choose from our eat-all-you-can lunch for only Php1,200 nett at our interactive lifestyle restaurant, Seasons. To make this lip-smacking fare even more invigorating, Super dads with group of four or more will receive special gifts from our sponsors Metro Dental, Tony & Jackey and Asian Brewery.

At Patisserie, Manila Pavilion’s French-style pastry shop, present Dad with our heavenly cake of the month Chocolate Entremet, layered of milk chocolate sponge and strudel, passion fruit parfait, mint caramel, milk chocolate mousse and glazed that is perfect with its gooeyness will surely win Dad’s sweet tooth.

Furthermore, a red-carpet treat is laid out for all Dads with Manila Pavilion’s flavorful Roasted Chicken Quesadillas.

Relish in the goodness of our drink of the month, Manhattan & Whiskey sour – a perfect match for our Chicken Satay with Peanut sauce.

For the ultimate present for dad, book in one of our appointed rooms for an extra special of Php3,600 nett for a Deluxe room inclusive of buffet breakfast for two at Seasons Cafe, access to swimming pool and gym, and free use of Wi-fi.


For inquiries and reservations visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila. Log on to www.waterfronthotels.com.ph or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.

Brand Ambassador 2016 Grand Winners


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I am surprised that beauty pageant competitions are still ongoing even though the rainy season is almost upon us. There seems to be no shortage of beauties at every pageant. The ladies of these events keep turning out to be a lot more beautiful as compared to the previous years. 

This could mean a lot of ladies are bow being conscious of their physical appearances and even now equipped with the talent, wit and intelligence that would easily impress the panel of judges.

Congratulations to the winners of Brand Ambassador 2016 competition held at Fisher Mall in Quezon City.

Grand Winners: Renzbert Tiu & Joyce Anne Perez Elamparo
Prestige Models Management could very well be proud of their discoveries.

Hoping these young ladies will soon conquer the modeling industry with their fabulous presence.









Partner Photographer: Edmund Chua
 
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