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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ragnarok Journey Philippines Grand Party Event


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Now you can play Ragnarok without downloading and installing any software or client with its newest offering - Ragnarok Journey.

The game can be played by just registering for an account and going to a specific site for browser-based gaming fun. This makes the casual MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) from Gravity a lot more convenient for avid fans of the popular online game.

The new game also permits the player to have his character fight monsters, get loots and level-up while he does other activities, since you can leave your character exploring while you do other chores. With Auto Play, battling monsters throughout the world of Rune Midgard composed of zones and dungeons is now much easier.

The game also lets players choose a specialized class - such as Mage or Swordsman at Level 10.

Characters can also accumulate new abilities by manually adding skill points, and unleash devastating attacks on a menagerie of colorful fantasy monsters. They can also undertake quests from NPCs and enjoy daily rewards.

European-Themed Christmas Display Officially Starts the Season at City of Dreams Manila


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Another Christmas Tree lighting was held recently at the City of Dreams Manila is Pasay City. The annual activity is a much anticipated event since it formally starts the Christmas celebrations for the venue. The European-themed décor of its Christmas display at the main entrance greets the incoming visitors of the place - something that would bring smiles on their faces. There is also a A 22-foot teddy bear covered in LED lights at the garden area near the Nobu pool.

Many establishments usually officially hold Christmas activities immediately after the Halloween or All Saints day / All Souls Day season in the country, but the Christmas decors start as early as September, some do it even during the month of August.

The Manila Symphony Orchestra performed Christmas songs at City of Dreams Manila’s Christmas Display Ceremony, while Karylle Padilla -Yuzon serenaded the audience with holiday melodies.

Yuletide themed cookies were also being offered to guests during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Of course, complimentary drinks were also not far behind.

The event was graced by Ms. Earth Philippines 2017-Ms. Eco-Tourism Vanessa Mae Castillo and Ms. Earth Philippines 2017-Fire Nelza Bautista. They were joined by Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, Mrs. Janet Olivares, and Parañaque First District Congressman Eric Olivarez.

Other special guests include Belle Corporation Vice Chair Willy Ocier.

Earn Extra Cash by Joining TravelBook.ph Friend Ciode Program


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TravelBook.ph, the ultimate leisure provider for travelers in the Philippines, offers an easy way for you to earn up to 65% referral fees from your friends’ hotel and tour bookings! Their recently-launched Friend Code Program, formerly known as the TravelBook.ph Affiliate Program, has expanded and made even better as it now becomes open not just for bloggers and Facebook page owners, but for everyone!


Earn extra cash through your referrals

A lot of people can benefit from the Friend Code Program. Bloggers and social media mavens can now monetize their passion and social media presence by just sharing their friend code on their media platform. Meanwhile, college students and employees can also benefit in this program by encouraging their friends and colleagues to book via TravelBook.ph and input their Friend Code upon check out. Travel Agents can also maximize their earnings by using TravelBook.ph in booking their customer’s accommodations and tours and using their Friend Code for every transaction for cash back.


Free Registration

Signing up is easy! You can get your Friend Code in just one minute! Just visit https://friendcode.travelbook.ph/, click sign up, fill up and submit the online application form. You’ll, then, be redirected to the Friend Code Dashboard to access your account.


Highest Referral Fees

When you become a TravelBook.ph Friend Code partner, you can earn referral fees of up to 65%—the highest referral fee among all the affiliate programs in the e-commerce industry.


High Earning Potential

At TravelBook.ph Friend Code program, every booking counts as a legible way to earn referral fees! Every Friend Code Partner can now earn referral fees not just with hotel bookings but also with successful bookings for activities and tour plans.


Lowest Withdrawal Amount Requirement

TravelBook.ph pays you for every successful referred transaction. Once you reach the minimum amount of PHP 500, you can already withdraw your earnings through bank transfer or cheque payment.


Secure and Immediate Cashout

All transactions are tracked. In just seven (7) short days, you’ll be able to get and enjoy your instant referral fees! 


Sign Up, Share, and Earn

Start your Friend Code journey by following these easy steps:


1. Sign up as a Friend Code partner

Register a valid e-mail address at https://friendcode.travelbook.ph/. Once you’ve been approved as a Friend Code partner, you’ll get your unique 4-digit Friend Code.

As a bonus promo, all successful sign ups within November 21 to December 12, 2017 will automatically receive P200 on their account. All legible accounts for this promo will receive their P200 after one (1) working day.



2. Share your 4-digit code with your friends

Ask your friends to enter your Friend Code in the payment section every time they book their hotel and tour reservations at TravelBook.ph. There are tutorial videos available in your Friend Code Dashboard to help you effectively promote your code.

3. Get cashbacks on your own bookings

You may also use your Friend Code when booking your own tour, activities and hotel accommodations. Just enter your Friend Code at the payment section before completing the booking process.

4. Earn extra cash

The more you promote, the more you earn. With over 3,300 hotels and 1200 tour services nationwide listed at TravelBook.ph, you’ll never run out of leisure opportunities to advertise!


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TravelBook.ph encourages you to earn more and travel more! Be a Friend Code Partner today and earn extra cash. To know more about the Friend Code Program, please visit www.friendcode.travelbook.ph and sign up now!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day at Burgoo!


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On November 23, America’s Thanksgiving Day celebration, Burgoo is giving away Free Cheeseburger and US Fries with P500 food purchase and a drink order in all of its outlets. This promo will run until November 26, is also Burgoo’s way of thanking God for its many blessings and giving back to its loyal guests!

An annual celebration in the US, Thanksgiving Day is now also celebrated in the Philippines which is also a time for merrymaking, shopping, family reunions and feasts. Enjoy Burgoo’s delicious and huge servings of quality American dishes. Feast on Burgoo’s sumptuous variety of appetizers to share, sandwich and burgers, soups and salads, stone-baked pizzas, delicious pasta, mouth-watering chicken and chops, seafood sensations, premium steaks and ribs, and luscious desserts. At Burgoo it’s always a family treat!

Burgoo outlets are located at Tomas Morato (9277424), Rockwell (8981815), The Podium (6875565), Gateway Mall (9136112), SM Mall of Asia (5560091), Robinsons Galleria (6336256), The Block (4420115), SM Marikina (4771934), Fairview Terraces by Ayala (720-9513), SM Southmall (5192114), The District Imus (0915-8023070), Starmall Prima in Taguig (632-1411), and Solenad 3 in Sta Rosa Laguna.

Game of Gadgets: Be a Wise Techie with These Simple Tips


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New gadgets are popping up faster than you can say the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (try saying that really, really, quick). That smartphone or electronic device you got last month is already halfway to being obsolete in a couple of months. Just look at the rate Apple and Samsung have been producing advertisements for their new phones.

Old models will be replaced by their brand new cousins with bigger and faster memory, clearer displays and more powerful cameras, in addition to a whole suite of new features. It’s a never-ending cycle.

But does that always have to be the case? Is it worth it always spending a big chunk of your hard-earned cash on to keep up with the trends, while your old gadgets sit one side, barely used after only a few months.

Most of us want to own a good, reliable gadget. Bonus points if it looks pretty. After all, inggit or envy has lead more than one Filipino to replace their devices even if they didn’t actually need one. It’s almost like a game or a race to see who can own the best and latest device first.

But to keep saving and putting aside that kind of money every few months (I’m looking at you, iPhone X) can be tough.

Here are some simple tips to get ahead of the game and come away with a winning device.



Know your priorities

It’s not wrong to indulge every now and then but know your priorities. As the old adage goes, “Live within your means.” Just because you can afford it now, doesn’t mean you absolutely have to buy it now. Reward yourself with that big buy after you’ve taken care of all the essentials.

Bonus tip: Do more with less. Get yourself a gadget that will benefit not just your lifestyle but your work or studies as well.


Take care of your gadgets

Like anything, gadgets last longer when they are well taken cared of. That means buying protective cases for them and generally handling them carefully. Too many knocks, cracks and scratches aren’t just bad for your phone’s over-all look can also damage the fragile internal components. So there are benefits to being mindful when handling your device.


Sell your old gadgets

Well-maintained gadgets that still look and perform great can be sold for a good sum. If you decide that you want to buy a new gadget, you can sell your old ones to someone else who needs it. If you’ve taken care of it, it’ll probably still function as good as new. You can then use the extra cash for your next purchase. Win-win!


Nehro Jacovf Ranay (@qualitygadgetsonline), a notable gadgets Carouseller offer this useful tip on how to sell preloved devices.

“Set your price in the middle of the lowest and the regular price for the item that you are selling,” he suggests. Pricing your gadgets too low may cause doubts on the usability of the product you’re selling, while setting a higher price might put off potential buyers due to cheaper alternatives.

It is important to remember that ALL buyers will always take into consideration getting the best value they can get for every purchase they make, preloved or otherwise.

Nehro explains further, “Setting the price in the middle is the best way to catch the audience attention because this gives the potential buyers a middle ground for buying. “



Be on the lookout for good deals


Be sure to keep an eye out for deals like sales and promos. On preloved marketplaces like Carousell, some users just want to declutter and get rid of their stuff at very reasonable prices Just be patient in looking for a good deal.


Carousell provides a platform for people with similar or related interests to come together and share their experience. For example your one-year-old cellphone might just be the gadget someone on a tight budget is looking for. Not only will it benefit the buyer, it will also help you net decent cash so you can buy a new cellphone.

In his experience, Nehro adds that Carousell has been a great place to sell his gadgets online. He makes enough selling electronic devices that it’s almost a part time job on the side of his studies.

It has been great due to the increasing amount of people using Carousell. More and more people view our phones and gadgets resulting to a higher total revenue.”

Gina Iniong Views Rematch with Mei Yamaguchi as Gateway to World Title Shot


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Gina “Conviction” Iniong has been a professional martial artist for the greater part of the last seven years as the six-time Philippines national Wushu champion’s extensive experience has brought her from the boxing ring to the Muay Thai circuit and eventually to the ONE Championship cage, where she has chosen to pursue her dreams of becoming a world champion.

Soft-spoken and generally reserved, Iniong admitted that it has been difficult adjusting to the spotlight.

While the biggest stars relish their time in front of the cameras, Iniong prefers to do her talking on the battlefield.

“Although I have been in this game long, I am still very shy. I do not think I will ever get used to talking to a large group of people. Speaking my mind and sharing my thoughts is a lot scarier than being inside that cage, that is for sure. It is better to let my fists do the talking,” she said.

Ever since she directed her career path to ONE Championship, Iniong has let her actions speak louder than her words as she looked absolutely dominant on the global stage.

The 28-year-old Team Lakay product battered Natalie Gonzales Hill en route to a unanimous decision this past April.

In front of a hometown crowd last 10 November at ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD, Iniong extended her winning streak inside the ONE Championship cage to two matches with an outstanding second-round finish of Indonesia’s Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol.

Exactly fourteen days after her remarkable conquest of Lumbangaol, Iniong will make an immediate return to action to face Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi in a three-round atomweight encounter at ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT, which takes place at the state-of-the-art Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Friday, 24 November.

Iniong accepted the offer to fill in for ONE Atomweight World Lee Angela Lee, who withdrew from her title defense against Yamaguchi after suffering injuries from an unfortunate car accident nearly two weeks ago.

The aforementioned atomweight collision on the main card of ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT is a rematch from their first encounter three and a half years ago under a regional show in the Philippines, where Iniong pulled away with a razor-thin split decision victory over Yamaguchi.

Iniong believes that her second meeting with Yamaguchi could be seen as a stepping stone to a future shot at the world title.

“That is my ultimate motivation, to become world champion. That is why I joined this organization, to showcase my skills and to prove to the world that I have what it takes to be the best. My opponent is a good striker, so I have no doubt that this will be an entertaining contest,” she stated.

Iniong would have no qualms about going into an instantaneous title shot against Lee should she be victorious over Yamaguchi on Friday.

“I will face whoever ONE Championship wants me to face. I am ready, anytime. But I have my eye on the champion, and I want that belt,” she declared.

As Iniong is set to step inside the ONE Championship cage for the third time this 2017, she has a clear vision in her mind.

Iniong knows that she will be locked inside the steel structure opposite a familiar foe like Yamaguchi, but she also recognizes what she has to do to get the job done.

“I will try to finish my fight in with a first-round knockout or submission. This is an opportunity to put me closer to my dream. I am giving everything that I have to get my hand raised this Friday,” she ended.

​For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

Palace Backs DOTr; Assures Gov't Pursuing Solutions Amid MRT Woes


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Malacanang expressed its support for Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade amid resignation calls due to recent unfortunate incidents involving MRT-3, citing that the government is doing its best to address MRT-3 problems that have accumulated for decades.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, while the palace understands public dismay over the MRT-3 system, calling for Tugade to resign will not solve the problem.

"He [Tugade] enjoys the full trust and confidence of the President. The President has said he will back up Secretary Tugade in whatever he may need to effect immediate reform to the MRT” Roque said in a press conference today.

Roque also assured train commuters that President Duterte is not indifferent to the suffering of commuters, and that he will carry his brand of political will to improve the country’s public transportation system.

“With the President assuming that he will be responsible for the MRT, let us give the President the opportunity to rectify the many problems that his administration inherited from the past. We will show the same political will that the President has shown in his fight against illegal drugs, in his fight against corruption, in bringing this vital service of transportation to the people as well,” he added.

While the ills of the MRT-3 system are the result of cumulative errors in policy and operational decisions made across previous administrations, Roque was quick to clarify that finger-pointing is not the practice of the Duterte administration.

“Hindi tayo naghuhugas ng kamay. Tinatanggap po natin ang paghamon diyan sa MRT na ‘yan at ang Presidente na mismo ang humingi ng paumanhin dahil nga dun sa palaging pagsira ng ating MRT,” Roque said.

“We are not resorting to finger-pointing. Sinasabi lang po namin lahat nung mga naging problema, ‘yung pagpapalit ng maintenance provider at pagtatalaga ng BURI, ‘yan po ay ginawa sa nakaraang administrasyon. Hindi naman po pupwedeng overnight na mapawalang-bisa ‘yan,” he added.

The DOTr has already terminated the contract of Busan Universal Rail, Inc. (BURI), the system's maintenance contractor, citing poor performance and inefficiency, among others. Charges against officials responsible for the current state of the MRT-3 system have already been filed, demonstrating that failure to deliver on the responsibilities of public office carries consequences, and that those accountable will be held liable.

On an operational level, the entire Philippines railway sector — DOTr, MRT-3, LRTA, PNR — have been called on to form the MRT-3’s Maintenance Transition Team (MTT) upon BURI's contract termination. Since the team took over, fewer incidences of unloading have been recorded and more train sets have been rolled out during peak hours.

The DOTr is also currently pursuing multiple options for getting a competent, qualified, and experienced maintenance service provider for the MRT-3 in the short- to medium-term.

And, finally, the DOTr already granted Original Proponent Status to the proponent of an Unsolicited Proposal for the rehabilitation, operations and maintenance of MRT-3. This is expected to solve the historical fragmented approach of running MRT-3 (separate owner, different maintenance provider, and different operator), which has contributed to the system’s current condition. The proposal, once implemented, is expected to restore MRT-3’s reliability and double its capacity in the medium- to long-term.

The DOTr reassures the public that it is determined in its commitment to restore convenience and reliability for the 500,000 daily riders of MRT-3, and that it will leave no rock unturned, until it has delivered on that promise.

Ben Askren Has No Intention of Giving Up Welterweight Gold in Career’s Final Bout


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Ben “Funky” Askren isn’t just the reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion, but he is also universally recognized as one of the best welterweights in the entire world.

Askren is highly regarded for his outstanding wrestling background that earned him two NCAA Division I national championship trophies and the privilege to represent the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Growing up in the Midwestern United States, a region traditionally known as a hotbed for amateur wrestling, Askren was motivated by the spirit of competition and wanted to participate in a sport where he could be the master of his own fate.

Askren had long planned switch to mixed martial arts and conquer that sport once he hung up his wrestling boots.

Following his 2008 Olympic campaign, Askren made the transition and has flawlessly translated his exemplary grappling skills into his growing skillset.

In his eight-year run as a professional martial artist, Askren holds an immaculate standing of 17-0, 1 No Contest, owning five submission victories and five knockout triumphs.

The 33-year-old American will step into the cage for the very last time on Friday, 24 November as he defends his coveted title against former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in the main event of ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT, which takes place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Coming off masterful performance against talented challengers such as Agilan Thani and Zebaztian Kadestam in 2017, Askren looks to cap off a momentous year and an illustrious career with one last title defense versus a tough opponent like Aoki.

“Shinya is a really good final opponent. Obviously, he is a legend of the sport, and he is a really big challenge on the ground, which is where I like to compete, personally. I am excited for this bout,” he said about his marquee match-up with Aoki.

Askren revealed that he did not think a match with Aoki was an option, considering the 34-year-old Tokyo, Japan native is an Evolve MMA teammate.

However, Askren admitted that the more he thought about it, the more he loved the idea of sharing a martial arts platform with Aoki.

“He is a grappler and has a great skill set that I respect, so I think it will be a great battle,” Askren quipped.

Known by his cage moniker “Tobikan Judan” or “The Grandmaster of Flying Submissions” due to his spectacular submission victories, Aoki is widely regarded as the most dominant lightweight in Asia for the better part of the last decade as he has had 47 professional bouts and strutted his wares in various promotions.

In addition, Aoki proudly owns black belts in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and has won an astonishing 25 of his 39 matches via submission.

Even with Aoki’s accomplishments and his dynamic grappling pedigree, which vastly contrasts from the American’s approach in the cage, Askren guaranteed that he will continue to employ his signature game plan of wrestling his opponent to the ground and using an impeccable top game to finish off his opposition.

“I said from day one that I am the best in the world at what I do, and this is what I am going to do every single time. I have been saying that since I started in 2009, and I believe it more strongly than ever because I have proved it 17 times now, and I am pumped to prove it again,” he stated.

Askren maintained that he has no intentions of giving up his gold-plated strap to Aoki as he collides with the Japanese submission wizard at ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT.

“He’s going to stick around until I put him out,” the undefeated ONE Welterweight World Champion declared with confidence.

​For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

Yoshitaka Naito to Defend One Strawweight World Championship Against Alex Silva at One: Warriors of the World


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The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced another blockbuster showdown at ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD, scheduled for the Impact Arena in Bangkok on Saturday, 9 December. Undefeated ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Chiba, Japan will defend his title against Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Sao Paulo, Brazil in the main event of the evening.

Ticket information for ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD is available at www.onefc.com.

Yoshitaka Naito, ONE Strawweight World Champion, stated: “Winning the ONE Strawweight World Championship and becoming world champion has always been a dream of mine. To be recognized amongst my peers as the best at what I do, it’s important to me. Having this belt means I am a master of my craft. It hasn’t been easy. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but I am prepared to do whatever it takes. Alex Silva is a worthy challenger and an amazing competitor. I look forward to testing my skills against him.”

Alex Silva, ONE World Title Challenger, stated: “Defeating Hayato Suzuki has been one of my greatest accomplishments inside the ONE Championship cage. I was very well prepared to for him, I expected a tougher match and I did not expect him to try to take me down and compete with me on the ground because I knew if it went to the ground that I would submit him. So I saw the armbar, I went for it and now we’re here. I'm competing for the ONE Strawweight World Championship and have a chance to be known as the best strawweight in the world. I'm excited for the opportunity and in the name of Jesus Christ, I will bring this belt back to my team, Evolve! Honor and glory to God!”

Reigning and defending ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Chiba, Japan, is an unbeaten in his professional career with a perfect 12-0 record. He owns six victories by submission and one by knockout. The 33-year-old, who made a name for himself at Japan’s world famous Korakuen Hall competing for Shooto as its Flyweight Champion, captured the ONE Strawweight World Championship in by submitting the Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in his promotional debut in 2016. Naito makes the second defense of his strawweight belt against Alex Silva in Bangkok this December.

Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a second-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world champion with a professional record of 6-1. Silva is riding high on a five-bout winning streak, rapidly climbing ONE Championship’s stacked flyweight ranks. He is a technical grappling specialist with a penchant for securing highlight-reel submission finishes. With steadily increasing confidence, Silva’s last five victories have all ended in spectacular fashion. In his most recent contest, Silva made quick work of the highly-regarded and previously unbeaten Hayato Suzuki, earning him an opportunity at the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

Smart Tips in Buying the Right Refrigerator


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The days of boring, old-fashioned refrigerators are gone. Today, manufacturers are constantly innovating technologies that make them more attuned to the needs of today’s buyers. But with the many brands available, how can you be sure that you are making the right choice?

According to Dyeun Zapanta, Sales and Marketing Head of Beko Philippines, households still put great value on the quality of the food that they eat. Despite the hectic pace of today's lifestyle, it is still important to serve only fresh and nutritious meals to your family. That is why your fridge must have all the right features to help you store your food items as best you can.

To help you make the right choice, Beko, one of the largest appliance brands in Europe, listed a few things to consider when buying a new refrigerator.

BGC Opens ‘Season of Passions’ with Two Festivals

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Let the festivities begin in Bonifacio Global City!

Join the BGC community as it brings you its biggest, grandest celebration – the “Season of Passions” as a way to cap off another great year. It will kick off with its annual city fiesta Passionfest, alongside the BGC Arts Center Festival’s “Champions of Passion” from November 24 to 26; followed by a slew of amazing Christmas surprises from November 29 to December 25, and an exhilarating welcome to 2018 with a New Year’s Countdown on December 31.

Experience the four seasons in BGC’s Passionfest

Recognizing the vibrant global community, Passionfest 2017 is themed “FestivALL in Seasons,” where everyone will get to experience summer, winter, fall, and spring along the whole stretch of Bonifacio High Street.

Gear up and bask in pure, unadulterated fun at the Summer block (starts at 11th Avenue) – explore the street of lost clock, enjoy games and loads of other activities here; As the cold brings in a new spirit, find warmth as you watch soulful performances at the Winter block (9th Avenue); With everything around us changing, celebrate new shapes, new colors, and new life by learning crafts for Holiday gifting at the Fall block (7th Avenue); and like a whiff of fresh air, feel alive and join fitness playoffs, as well as taste what’s cooking by exploring new dishes and gourmet finds at the Spring block (BHS Central) from 11am to 9pm.

Also, watch out for R&B artist Quest’s free concert on Nov. 25, Saturday, 7pm at the Globe Iconic Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater and the community parade on Nov. 26, 3pm at Bonifacio High Street.

Expect surprises from Katipunan Weekend Market, Gourmand Market, Haribon Foundation, Go Pro, The Mind Museum, Bungee Bungee, National Bike Organization, Volkswagen, Locally, Mang Tomas, Nutriasia Philippine Obstacle Sports Federation, Embassy of Denmark, Smile Train, Globe, Makeup Factory, The BookStop Project, and many more.

Admission is free! Just present your passport which may be redeemed at the main activity center. 

BGC Passionfest 2017 is brought to you by Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation in partnership with Huawei and Citibank.


Feel the passion at BGC Arts Center Festival

Spark your creativity!

Happening simultaneously with the Passionfest is the BGC Arts Center Festival with the theme “Champions of Passion: Soulful Feats of Art.” Don’t miss this chance to watch an array of plays, dance, musicals, improvs, workshops, and music from various artistic productions and an Art Tour to visit this year’s newest Art BGC Murals.

Love arts and crafts? Do drop by the BGC Art Mart at the Alveo Central Plaza and support the products of many of our local artists!

BGC Arts Center is located at 26th St. corner 9th Ave. 

For more information and updates on the Season of Passions, stay tuned to BGC’s official Facebook pages at Bonifacio Global City, Bonifacio High Street, and BGC Arts Center.


Schedule of Events

BGC Passionfest [Calendar of activities attached]
November 24-26, 2017 | 11AM onwards
Bonifacio High Street and city center

BGC Arts Center Festival 
November 24-26, 2017 | 9AM onwards
BGC Arts Center 26th Street corner 9th Avenue
For tickets, visit TicketWorld or the BGC Arts Center TicketWorld Box Office.

BGC Art Mart
November 24, 2017 | 4PM-10PM; November 25-26, 2017 | 10AM-10PM
Alveo Central Plaza

Gugmang Giatay: Manila (musical)
November 28-30, 2017 | 8PM
Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater

Car Guide for Filipino Travellers, Working Professionals and Immigrants in the US

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‘Tis the Season for a Holiday Blend and Festive Treats at FamilyMart


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The holidays are coming up, and that means we’re going to be in for all of the season’s celebratory treats. But we don’t have to wait for Christmas day to indulge in some of our favorites. Popular Japanese convenience store FamilyMart is spreading the warmth and happiness with holiday goodies you can enjoy any time of the day.

Christmas coffee has definitely become part of the most wonderful time of the year. You can enjoy a warm cup of the rich and buttery Toffee Hazelnut Latte for only P75 for 8oz and P85 for 12oz.

The taste of the toffee hazelnut flavor is also great with Santa-worthy Christmas Cookies. You can grab one of these delectable cookies for only P22. But, when you purchase a Toffee Hazelnut Latte, you can get your hands on a tasty cookie just by adding P10.

Get into the spirit of the holidays with delightful treats only for P39 like the Cinnamon Roll with Almond Caramel, the Cinnamon Roll with Chocolate, and the Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes.

FamilyMart brings you even more cheer with the Holiday Savers deals happening until November 30. Your FamilyMart Meal Savers gives you P10 off your go-to rice meals. Now you can treat yourself by getting the Bagoong Tinapa Fried Rice with Lumpiang Gulay for only P74, the Yang Chow Friend Rice with Pork Siomai for P79, or the Japanese Fried Rice with Ebi Tempura for P98. Plus, you can also get up to P7 off on the Taro Slush.








Visiting FamilyMart might even win you a special holiday gift. From now until December 31, every minimum spend of P50 on a single receipt earns you an entry to the Let it Snow! Christmas Raffle Promo 2017. Who knows, you might be one of the lucky winners who will receive the prize of a trip for 2 to Hokkaido, Japan, Seoul, Korea, or Beijing, China!

What are you waiting for? Feel the warm and joyful spirit of Christmas by heading over to FamilyMart any time and any day for a tasty Toffee Nut Latte and your favorite go-to meals at great prices.

For updates, exciting products, and awesome deals, like and follow FamilyMart Philippines on Facebook, @familymartph on Instagram, and @FamilyMartPH on Twitter. For store locations or more information on FamilyMart Philippines, log on to www.familymart.com.ph.

FamilyMart is the 2nd largest convenience store chain in the world with over 18,000 stores across Asia. In the Philippines, FamilyMart has branches in Makati, Fort Bonifacio, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pasay, Alabang and Laguna.

Aruba Named as ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant and Tops All Six Use-Cases in Critical Capabilities Report


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For the first time ever, Aruba is positioned furthest overall in the ‘Leaders’ category in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure. Aruba is also ranked number 1 in all use-cases in the accompanying Critical Capabilities report, which scores 16 vendors on a variety of networking capabilities across six enterprise use-cases. This is the first time any vendor is leading in all the use-cases.

Gartner also notes that Aruba has scored higher than Cisco in every use-case, the first time in the four editions of this research, positioning Aruba as the top networking vendor in the world for wired and wireless LAN access. According to the report, Aruba has one of the broadest wired and wireless access layer portfolios in the market, and Gartner recommends organizations to consider it for all campus deployments globally.

This is the 12th consecutive year Aruba has been positioned as a Leader in the market, including the prior Gartner Magic Quadrant for the Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure[1].
In addition,
  • Aruba’s AirWave and ClearPass remain as some of the most complete solutions in the market
  • Gartner indicates that its clients report a high degree of satisfaction with Aruba’s ClearPass, which provides guest access, device profiling, posture assessment and onboarding
  • Aruba’s management and service applications (Airwave, ClearPass, IMC, and Meridian) support for non-HPE devices such as ALE and Cisco, which simplifies orchestration with multi-vendor environments, has been indicated as a key strength
  • The acquisition of Niara and Rasa Networks strengthens Aruba network traffic and security monitoring capabilities

DOE: All Systems Go for 13th Fuel Economy Run

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The Department of Energy (DOE) in cooperation with Petron Corporation is all revved up for the 2017 DOE Fuel Economy Run to be held on November 20-21 at Clark, Pampanga.

Already on its 13th run since its inception in 2002, the Fuel Economy Run serves as a platform for the DOE as well as the consumers in determining the fuel consumption rating of different brand-new vehicles available in the market based on actual highway driving conditions.

This annual event invites participants to test the fuel efficiency of sedans, SUV’s, MPV’s and pickups of the different car manufacturing companies, brands and models.

Participating entries will be divided into two categories: those vehicles running on diesel and those running on gas. Each vehicle will have a driver, a navigator, and an auditor who makes sure that the performance and settings of the car strictly follow the activity’s guidelines throughout the whole run.

This year, participants will take a route with a standard distance of 216.6 kilometers. The flag-off will start at the Petron Service Station Clark, pass through SCTEX and TPLEX Binalonan, then make a U-turn to get back to the Petron Service Station Clark.

Announcement of results will immediately follow to determine which vehicle from each category is the most fuel-efficient. Each participating vehicle’s fuel economy rating will be recorded in kilometers per liter.

The 2017 Fuel Economy Run is in line with the DOE’s “E-Power Mo” Campaign which gives consumers the power of choice in putting premium on energy efficiency when it comes to purchasing vehicles.

Over the years, the Fuel Economy Run has gained a bigger following which shows that car companies realize the positive impact fuel efficiency has on their vehicles and how consumers start to consider this as one of the main criteria in choosing their ride.

Fortinet Philippines Bags the 12th  National Product Quality Excellence Award for Best IT Security Solutions Provider


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Fortinet Philippines, a global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, was recently recognized as the Best IT Security Solutions Provider during the 12th National Product Excellence Awards held at the Crown Plaza Hotel Manila in Quezon City.

The said Awards was spearheaded by the National Council for Product and Service Quality and QAsia Magazine. It aims to recognize companies that exemplify product and service excellence, and that has won the admiration of consumers and the general public. The products and services that received the awards are conferred with the Seal of Product Quality or Seal of Quality Service, a symbol of having met rigorous standards set forth by the award-giving body.

This year, the National Product Excellence Awards received hundreds of nominations from across the country. Out of all the submissions, Fortinet emerged as the recipient of the Product Quality Excellence Award for the Best IT Security Solutions Provider category.

Through the years, Fortinet has demonstrated excellence in the field, especially with its vision to deliver, broad, truly integrated, high-performance security across the expanding IT infrastructure.

“As a company, we are determined to shape the future of security by empowering our customers with intelligent and seamless protection across the expanding attack surface. This award serves as an inspiration for us as we continue advocating this drive,” said Jeff Castillo, regional director for Fortinet Philippines.

Since its inception, 17 years ago, Fortinet foresaw the move of IT systems to the Internet of Things (IoT), the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution, and the cloud and built a security strategy to address the unique challenges brought about by these changes.

Through its Fortinet Security Fabric architecture, the company is now one of the frontrunners in addressing the security issues faced by today’s enterprises, such as complex network ecosystems; public, private, and hybrid clouds; and parallel networks encompassing IT, OT, and IoT.

To date, Fortinet has already surpassed its competitors with its more than three million deployed devices, making it the number one network appliance vendor globally. More than 330,000 customers worldwide, including the majority of the Global Fortune 100, rely on Fortinet for protection.

Fortinet is also the industry’s most independently tested and validated security vendor. With its Fortinet FortiGuard Labs global research team, which consist of over 200 threat researchers. It monitors 50,000 threat events and resists more than 470,000 network intrusions every minute.


Photo Caption (L-R) Jeff Castillo, regional director for Fortinet Philippines, together with Jessica Jugo, inside sales representative, Fortinet Philippines and Nap Castillo, regional pre-sales consultant for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, during the gala of the National Product Quality Excellence Awards.

DOE Highlights Energy Safety and the Transition to Smart Grid Technology


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E-SAFETY NATIN: DOE Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella delivers his Keynote Address calling for a safer energy sector and wiser energy consumers during MERALCO’s K-Ligtas Awards on 17 November 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The Department of Energy (DOE) underscored the importance of electrical safety in the workplace and the transition towards a smart grid regime by promoting the E-Safety Mo Campaign.

The DOE emphasized this during the K-Ligtas Awards of Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) held last Friday (17 November) at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

The DOE said it shared the same ideals of MERALCO in giving recognition to organizations and businesses that promote electrical safety in the workplace.

“The delivery of electricity is vital, but the safety of our people is more important. Giving attention to safety and the energy sector’s move towards the adoption of smart grid technologies will benefit both the industry participants and the consumers,” DOE Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella pointed out in his keynote speech.

The DOE sees K-Ligtas as a venue for industry players to showcase their best practices, especially since the government is currently formulating the policy on the performance assessment and audit of power generation, transmission and distribution systems and facilities.

“We want not only to make our energy facilities more efficient through the use of emerging technologies, but also safer for our people,” Fuentebella said

“When we talk of safety, it means both private utilities and electric cooperatives should be updated in terms of knowledge, capabilities and skills,” he added.

Fuentebella said there is also a need to tap the academe by incorporating energy safety in the curriculum, especially in engineering courses.

The energy official also underlined that new and emerging technologies should be safe to use thru higher standards, proper regulations and multi-party cooperation.

The DOE’s E-Safety Mo campaign seeks to promote safe energy practices across the whole energy sector, including educating stakeholders and consumers of their options for a safer, wiser and more intelligent utilization of energy resources.

"The DOE's E-Safety Mo campaign is part and parcel of our mission to expand knowledge and enhance capabilities in the industry as we work for all power sector participants to set higher safety standards," Fuentebella stressed.

"The DOE will continue to collaborate with both the public and private sectors to provide safe and secure energy for the public as a contribution to President Duterte’s vision of a globally competitive and inclusive economy," he said.

DLSU-MaFIA Kicks Off Global Finance Convention 2017


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Exceed your visions as the De La Salle University - Manila’s Management of Financial Institutions Association (MaFIA) gets geared for its major event of the term, Global Finance Convention (GFC) 2017.

With the theme, Exceeding Vision: The Cornerstone for Business Enthusiasts, gear up this November 25, 2017 from 12 PM to 4 PM at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.

GFC will allow participants to absorb helpful information pertaining to international finance, business and economics. Its vision is to transform its participants so that they will be able to integrate their ideas about these topics from a global perspective which in turn can create a more productive and stimulating discussion on the multifaceted subject.

This convention’s missions are to delve into comprehensive lectures and discussions on international finance, business, and economics, facilitate a communicative learning expedition for today’s student leaders, and supplement knowledge to the respective delegates and motivate them to become economically and financially responsible members of society.

This event will feature:


Mr. DENNIS LAYUG, the CEO and President of East West Education Specialist Inc. as well as a Certified Financial Markets Professional (CFMP), as he talks about the current Global Business setting. 

He is an advocate of Bloomberg for Education, founding director of G. Ragazzi Inc. and president and CEO of East West Educational Specialists.


Dr. RONILO BALBIERAN, the Vice President for Operation for the Research, Education and Institutional Development (REID) Foundation.

He is currently an infrastructure and national budget consultant to DOT and DPWH under a USAID Project entitled Advancing Philippine Competitiveness (COMPETE) which aims to provide technical assistance to government and business associations in doing economic reform in the... field of infrastructure.

Mr. Ronilo also conducts macroeconomic briefing, strategic planning, forecasting, and economic trainings to several public and private institutions and associations. He teaches part-time at the University of Asia and the Pacific Strategic Business Economics Program (UA&P-SBEP). He is also part of the team of experts for the UA&P-Southeast Asia Business Studies (SEABS) Leadership Development Program.

As the founder of ARSOKOS, a company that focuses on the arts and economics combined, these are merely few of the many achievements this man has procured.



Get geared as we also feature Ms. Doreen Cooper of Salt & Light Ventures.

Cooper is an International Learning Facilitator, an Award-winning Speaker, the Star of a weekly Youtube show, and an Event and Lifestyle host.

She is the first Manila-based trainer for practical IT skills (for professional effectivity) of the world’s top management consulting firm, with a scope focusing on the Asia Pacific region. With a background in organizational communication, Cooper facilitates learning... sessions in the areas of practical communications strategy and self-leadership.

Also, she is currently the President of the Executive Toastmasters Club of Makati, a graduate of Organizational Communication at De La Salle University, and now, on a Masters Degree Program in Communications at Ateneo de Manila University.

and last but not the least, 


Mr. RANDELL TIONGSON, the current Director of the Registered Financial Planner Institute – Philippines, and one of the most respected personal finance coaches in the country today, as he lectures about Wealth Management. 

An advocate for financial education that has inspired various audiences from educational institutions, churches, and other organizations. He also motivates OFWs, conducting lectures outside the country 15 times and counting.

He regularly appears on TV as a resource person for show...s such as TV Patrol, On the Money, Umagang Kay Ganda, and many more as he guides the viewers of their financial concerns.

Finally, he is the author of best-selling finance books: No Nonsense Personal Finance, Money Manifesto, Everyday Manifesto, and Build Your Future Today where he provides several solutions to finance problems.

Gain Financial Clarity by listening from one of the 12 Most Influential People in Personal Finance as he talks about Wealth Management at the Global Finance Convention 2017.

Hundreds of external participants from several schools such as the University of Asia and the Pacific, St. Scholastica’s College, University of Sto. Tomas, Bulacan State University, Chiang Kai Shek, Dr. Filemon and many more are expected to attend the said event.

DLSU-M participants may buy their tickets for as low as Php 230 starting from November 6 until November 10, 2017 at St. Joseph Walk Bench 2 from 9 AM to 4 PM.

For more details, like us on Facebook at https://buff.ly/2A057HR and follow us on Twitter at https://buff.ly/2zZUVii

For more inquiries and ticket concerns, non-DLSU attendees may contact Mr. RJ Ruiz, one of the project heads at +639175430806 or raymond_ruiz@dlsu.edu.ph.

Ready for the First Sunset Marathon at Clark Pampanga on Dec. 9


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For the very first time, RUNRIO partners with Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPB) and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for a running event that aims to promote night running in the Philippines.

At a media launch held at Burgoo Mall of Asia on November 16, 2017, representatives from RunRio and CDC announced to the media the first collaboration between the two which will be held at Clark and ongoing for 10 years starting with the first Sunset Marathon event. The two parties have not revealed their other planned activities yet but would definitely be targeting sports, running and fitness enthusiasts from both local and foreign visitors in and out of Clark, Pampanga.

With the partnership of the TPB, it is also an opportunity to introduce tourists to what Clark has to offer for tourism campaigns especially for our foreign visitors whom they are hoping would join the Sunset Marathoin.

As the name implies, this will be a run held during sunset and will culminate with an after-event party highlighted by DJs and bands to perform immediately after the run.

TPB and the CDC boasts that the upcoming Clark Sunset Marathon happening on December 9, 2017, at the Parade Grounds of Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga at 4pm, is the first of its kind ever conceptualized in the Philippines, to highlight Clark as an ideal venue for such activities since the roads are well-lit and convenient even for night activities.


The Clark Sunset Marathon is a race conceptualized and organized by RUNRIO, Inc. and was inspired by the fact that in tropical countries like the Philippines, the weather is mostly hot and humid. A night run is the perfect running event for running enthusiasts to have a more cooler and more exciting race experience.

Clark Sunset Marathon features running categories in 5KM, 10KM, 21KM and 42KM with the full marathon’s gun start happening at 5pm. The 21KM, 10KM and 5KM follow shortly at 5:15pm, 5:30pm and 5:45pm respectively.

The race event is expected to attract a total of 5,000 running enthusiasts coming from all parts of the country, as well as runners from other parts of the world. “The Clark Sunset Marathon comes at an opportune time when we are being very aggressive in promoting Clark Pampanga as one of the country’s premiere tourist hub.” Said Noemi Julian, manager, Clark Development Corporation, Tourism Promotions.

This landmark running activity is inspired by other world-famous famous running events such as the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, Singapore Marathon, and the Tokyo Marathon, and is expected to put the country on the global map as a destination for running enthusiasts.

 

In partnership with Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and Clark Development Corporation the Clark Sunset Marathon aims to establish Clark, Pampanga as a venue of world-class running events in the Philippines. The activity also aims to establish this event as a premiere international marathon foot race in the country by securing route standard accreditation from AIMS/IAAF, the international governing body for distance races in the world.

"The development of Clark International Airport, including the construction of a P12-billion passenger terminal will not only provide running enthusiasts easy access to attend this event, but will also open new opportunities for both tourist and business groups in Clark Pampanga” added Julian.

Running coach Rio dela Cruz of RUNRIO Events, Inc. is proud of this ambitious running event that will not only promote the sport of running, but more importantly, promote the country as well and boost tourism.

“When we started conceptualizing the Clark Sunset Marathon, we wanted to have a first class running experience that targets not only local runners but also foreign running enthusiasts. We thought of a running event that can be compared to world-renowned marathons such as Boston Marathon, Singapore Marathon, New York Marathon among many others. And our goal is not just a one-time event. But to have an annual running event that will make our country one of the top running destinations” said dela Cruz.

For the inaugural year, runners can choose five categories and their cut-off times. 42K-7 hours, 21K - 4 hours, 10K – 2 hours and 5k – 1 hour.

Since Clark has an international airport, Clark Sunset Marathon is also targeting foreign runners to join the race that will culminate with the Clark Sunset Marathon Music Festival, an after party celebration at the finish line. The activity will showcase DJs that will provide the party atmosphere of the running event. “We at RUNRIO want to give a one-of-a-kind experience to all the participants. We staged this running event on a Saturday evening so that the participants will have a relax and “chill-type” of an experience. It will be a night of running and partying with DJ Ashley Rivera and DJ Tom Taus dishing out the coolest music. This will make sure that participants, their families and friends will have a good time,” said Andrew Neri, managing partner, RUNRIO Events, Inc.

Clark Sunset Marathon is made possible by Gatorade, the official sports drink, ActiveHealth, the official sports system solution, Garmin, the official timing partner and Solar Sports as the official media partner. The first running event of its kind in Clark, Pampanga is also made possible by Nizoral and Nyxsys.

For more information, visit www.runrio.com or like the official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/runrioeventsinc/.


Photo Caption: Franco Bambico (race director) and Andrew Neri (managing partner) Runrio Events Inc., and Noemi Julian, manager of CDC-Tourism.
 
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