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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Osric Chau to Guest at Asia Pop Comicon


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This prophet deserves a SUPER welcome! Give it up to our special guest, Kevin Tran himself: OSRIC CHAU!

Chau, who plays the fan favorite Kevin Tran in the hit series Supernatural, and is currently working on his first independent feature film Empty By Design, which is being filmed in the Philippines, will be joining the fun at the AsiaPOP Comicon Manila this year!

Catch him on July 27-29 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City #APCCPH2018 tickets are available at SM Tickets website: https://smtickets.com/events/view/6728, and at all SM Tickets outlets!

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Break Free La Union on July 14


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The province of La Union is under threat from the dangers of a proposed coal-fired power plant, putting the lives of people and the environment at risk.

But La Union communities are not taking this sitting down. Surfers, artists, resort owners, teachers, students--locals and visitors alike, supported by the broad anti-coal movement in the Philippines, are coming together to call attention to this issue and demand clean energy for La Union and the rest of the country.

Join Break Free La Union for surf sessions, a beach cleanup, talks, music, and an exclusive screening of "Before We Disappear," a short film starring Carla Humphries, Alex Medina, and Joel Torre, tomorrow, July 14, at Urbiz Garden, San Juan, La Union!

This is your chance to help #ProtectLaUnion while learning more about their vibrant surfing history and culture.

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Zebaztian Kadestam Scores Technical Knockout Over Agilan Thani In Kuala Lumpur


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e largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), treated fans to yet another exciting evening of world-class martial arts action. The packed Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia played host to ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER, which featured the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent. In the main event, Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam of Sweden scored a rousing third-round TKO of hometown hero Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Malaysia.

Visit the official ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER photo gallery by clicking: https://bit.ly/onephotos

In the main event of ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER, former ONE World Title Challenger Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam of Sweden turned in one of the most impressive performances of his career, defeating hometown hero Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Malaysia with a dominant striking showcase. Kadestam overwhelmed Thani in the stand up for two whole rounds while avoiding the Malaysian’s vaunted wrestling game. In the third and final round, Kadestam confidently lit Thani up with a creative sequence of strikes to coerce referee Olivier Coste to call a halt to the contest, earning him a resounding technical knockout victory.

Zebaztian Kadestam, ONE athlete, stated: “Agilan [Thani] is tough, he is really tough. I hurt my hand in the first round and I tried not to think about it. His wrestling was good and he is a tough kid. In the third round, I went back to my hand and it was good, so I said let’s go. I’ve been training hard for a long time, and this was just me flowing. Thank you to the fans in Kuala Lumpur for showing the support.”

In the co-main event of the evening, “Smokin’” Jo Nattawut of Thailand redeemed himself in the highly-acclaimed ONE Super Series, shutting the lights off on French debutant Yohann Fairtex Drai in the first round. Driven to reinsert his name into the winner’s column, Nattawut relentlessly drenched Drai with piercing combinations. He scored his first knockdown in the bout when he landed a staggering right straight to the chin of Drai. With a few seconds remaining in the round, Nattawut did not hesitate to fish for the finish, firing a torrent of impactful punches and then punctuating matters with his strong right hand. The victory earned Nattawut the GoDaddy Knockout of the Night.

Promotional newcomer Tyler McGuire of the United States scored the biggest win of his professional career, beating former world title contender Luis “Sapo” Santos of Brazil by unanimous decision in his ONE Championship debut. Both men provided fans with a tremendous display of offense in a contest that saw the two welterweights exchanging unyielding blows and momentum-shifting takedowns for three rounds. Despite the menacing advances of Santos from bell to bell, McGuire kept his composure and boldly wrestled the dangerous Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner. With McGuire showing superiority in the grappling department, all three judges at cageside awarded the victory in favor of the 32-year-old undefeated American.

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa of Mongolia made a quick turnaround, taking on Kazuki Tokudome of Japan just three weeks removed from his last bout. The 42-year-old veteran looked fresh and in peak condition, overwhelming Tokudome with his strength and power. Although Tokudome did have his moments, it wasn’t enough to alter Jadambaa’s game plan. After three rounds of dominance, Jadambaa emerged the victor, earning the judges’ nod behind a powerful striking and grappling performance.

Sergej Maslobojev of Lithuania established a two-bout winning streak in ONE Super Series, outclassing French striker Florent Kaouachi in a three-round kickboxing encounter. The Lithuanian powerhouse thrilled the crowd inside the packed Axiata Arena with a captivating performance, pestering Kaouachi with a variety of furious combinations all throughout the contest. Maslobojev was able to score a knockdown in the first round with a stinging jab. He dropped his opponent again in the final frame with a hard right straight, securing a unanimous decision victory.

Hometown hero Keanu Subba placed himself back on the winning track, defeating Chinese featherweight prospect Xie Chao via first-round submission. Determined to walk away with the sweet victory in front of his countrymen, Subba effortlessly caught Xie with an armbar midway through the opening period. Xie exerted his best effort to defend and break the hold, but Subba applied pressure on the submission and forced the tap.

Top lightweight contender Ariel “Tarzan” Sexton of Costa Rica scored a much-needed victory, finishing Japanese stalwart Kota “Kong” Shimoishi with an impressive submission in the third round. The BJJ black belt Sexton started off the bout boxing beautifully, dropping Shimoishi in the first round with a huge right uppercut. Shimoishi recovered and came alive in the second, scoring on a series of takedowns, but Sexton dropped him again with a straight right hand at the bell. In the final round, Sexton caught Shimoishi in a reverse triangle, locked in the Americana, and forced the tap.

Chinese martial arts ace Li Kai Wen continued his ascent up the featherweight ranks, stopping American contender Emilio Urrutia in the third round. Li displayed his familiar power early, tagging Urrutia with sharp combinations that knocked down his opponent twice in the opening frame. Although Urrutia was able to find his groove in the second with his stinging jabs and leg kicks, Li regained the momentum in the final round, connecting on a solid right cross to drop his foe for the third time in the bout. Once Urrutia hit the canvas, Li did not stop raining down punishing blows to compel the referee to call a halt to the contest.

In an impressive performance, 19-year-old Malaysian martial arts prodigy Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan put forth a dominant effort, earning a unanimous decision victory over Indonesia’s Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol after three incredible rounds of action. Radzuan stifled Gaol in the grappling department, flowing effortlessly with transitions while threatening with multiple submissions. Gaol tried her best to defend, but she could not overcome Radzuan’s relentless ground game. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Radzuan.

Thailand’s Petchdam Kaiyanghadao left a lasting impression in his much-awaited ONE Super Series debut, knocking out fellow debutant Josh Tonna of Australia in a Muay Thai contest. Petchdam got the job done in the second round by landing his signature left roundhouse kick before connecting with a follow-up knee to Tonna’s jaw that left the Australian on the canvas unable to recover.

Kicking off ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER were welterweights Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan of the Philippines and “Crazy Dog” Dae Sung Park of South Korea. Park, an alumnus of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, made his ONE Championship debut by putting together a dominant three-round performance, utilizing a plethora of takedowns and doing damage with ground-and-pound to take home a unanimous decision victory.

Official results for ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER
Welterweight bout: Zebaztian Kadestam defeats Agilan Thani by TKO (Strikes) at 1:56 minutes of round 3
ONE Super Series (Muay Thai) Featherweight bout: Jo Nattawut defeats Yohann Fairtex Drai by Knockout (KO) at 2:59 minutes of round 1
Welterweight bout: Tyler McGuire defeats Luis Santos by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Featherweight bout: Narantungalag Jadambaa defeats Kazuki Tokudome by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Super Series (Kickboxing) Middleweight bout: Sergej Maslobojev defeats Florent Kaouachi by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Featherweight bout: Keanu Subba defeats Xie Chao by Submission (Armbar) at 3:31 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Ariel Sexton defeats Kota Shimoishi by Submission (Americana) at 0:44 minutes of round 3
Featherweight bout: Li Kai Wen defeats Emilio Urrutia by TKO (Strikes) at 1:22 minutes of round 3
Women’s Atomweight bout: Jihin Radzuan defeats Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Super Series (Muay Thai) Flyweight bout: Petchdam Kaiyanghadao defeats Josh Tonna by Knockout (KO) at 1:11 minutes of round 2
Welterweight bout: Dae Sung Park defeats Trestle Tan by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

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.

Yamaha Riders Rule Weekend Races


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Yamaha stamps its class in 3 different competitions and came home with a string of victories over the 1st weekend of July.

In the 3rd round of the MotoIR Championship, John Emerson Inguito and Herbert Lopez powered through the expert category by nailing the 1st and 3rd spots respectively. In the intermediate category it was Robert Ryan Espiritu who came out on top.

The Underbone King Championship saw Mckinley Kyle Paz lead the way from the very start. He recorded the fastest lap in the qualifiers with 1:07.92 which eventually led to his top finish; J.E. Inguito followed him at 2nd place to close out the top spots.

For the Philippine Scooter Racing Championship, it was another victory for J.E Inguito as he added a second-place finish to his epic run.

These riders will continue to carry their quality of racing to more competitions and pushing their potential to the limit will be their Yamaha Motorcycles. With continuous dedication to training, and hunger for victory, they will surely take home more Championships in the future


Results

MOTOIR (YZF-R15)

Expert
1st – John Emerson Inguito (4S1M Yamaha Racing Team)
3rd – Herbert Lopez (4S1M Yamaha Racing Team)

Intermediate
1st – Robert Ryan Espiritu (4S1M Yamaha Racing Team)


UBK (SNIPER 150)
1s -  McKinley Kyle Paz (Phoenix Yamaha – Koso Faito Racing Team)
2nd – John Emerson Inguito (4S1M Yamaha Racing Team)

PSR (SNIPER 150)

2nd - John Emerson Inguito (4S1M Yamaha Racing Team)

Be Thoughtful and Imaginative This Toblerone Friendship Day



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Major trips abroad, listening to tales of heartbreak, sharing the weirdest of memes, being the first to like on Instagram—we all express our friendship in the most colorful, personal ways. Whether you’re twin souls, besties, #squadgoals or frenemies, friends are the family you choose. Spoil them silly and celebrate #FriendshipDay on July 30 with a personalized Toblerone pack! Be more imaginative this #FriendshipDay, and give them a thoughtful gift to show how much you love them!

Toblerone continues its special series of limited edition packs made specifically for the most memorable occasions. This #FriendshipDay on July 15, Toblerone will release four (4) personalized packs expressing the most thoughtful sentiments we’ve always wanted our friends to know. Designed by Filipina illustrator and calligraphist Louise Anne Dimagmaliw, this season’s Toblerone packs use colourful animal-themed illustrations to depict thoughtful statements about friendship. How does a cute pair of bees with the sentence, “I love BEE-ing friends with you” sound, or a trio of pandas exclaiming “You’re the BEARy best!” Our diverse group of friends brings warmth and wonder into our lives, and you’re bound to find a Friendship Day Toblerone pack that perfectly matches your friends’ personalities and the message you’ve always wanted to tell them. On top of this, you have the chance to personalize your gift by designing or writing messages on the blank side of the pack!

On July 28, Toblerone will choose up to 1,000 lucky winners to receive their own #FriendshipDay packs to thoughtfully design and give away to their friends. All they have to do is upload a barkada photo with their group’s name on it (they can decorate the photo as they choose), post it on social media (Facebook and Instagram), include the hashtag #FriendshipDay and tag @tobleroneph. Winners will be contacted via direct message. This promo runs for a limited time, from July 15 to 22, 2018 nationwide.


Toblerone Friendship Packs Flamingo 100g - Milk Chocolate

Toblerone Friendship Pack Bee 100g – Dark Chocolate

Toblerone Friendship Pack Dolphin 100g – White Chocolate

Toblerone Friendship Pack Panda 200g - Milk Chocolate




Haven’t celebrated #FriendshipDay before? Start the friendly gifting occasion this year with limited edition Toblerone Friendship Day Packs! Head to your nearest supermarket and pick Toblerone Friendship Packs that best suit your friends and celebrate this special day with them!

Use the hashtags #FriendshipDay on your social media accounts. The first 1,000 participants to show their social media posts with these hashtags in each of the participating stores nationwide can claim up to five (5) FREE Limited Edition Friendship Day packs for their friends! The Limited Edition Toblerone Friendship Day packs will be available starting July 1, 2018 at your leading supermarkets nationwide.

Disclaimer: There will be up to 1,000 winners (up to 5 bars per person) at selected Robinson’s supermarket stores. See Facebook page for details: (www.facebook.com/tobleronepilipinas)

Catwalk Philippines 2018 : Brings the Beat to the Runway


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Congratulations to Catwalk Philippines 2018 Media Favorites Eloisa Jauod and Gabita Patricio

CATWALK PHILIPPINES 2018 is ready to conquer the runway this July 20, 2018 at the Winford Manila Resort and Casino.

The Designers Circle Philippines (DCP) is a group of Filipino fashion designers, both seasoned and promising, and was established on June 2017 with the common goal of bringing forth creativity and beauty through various collective efforts. All of their activities are moved by the same values of CREATIVITY, CAMARADERIE, and COMMUNITY – all in the name of Filipino fashion excellence.

CATWALK PHILIPPINES is a modeling competition spearheaded by DCP and AMT Multimedia Production Hauz Corporation, aiming to discover the next runway superstars of the country. With the tagline “WE RUN THE SHOW- CATWALK PHILIPPINES,” this year’s theme is “THE PARTY THAT NEVER ENDS: MILLENNIAL FASHION PARTY.” The modeling competition shall start and end with the liveliest millennial parties out there- from Neon- Techno Party, to Coachella Summer Heat, to Glitter- Gold Ball Extravaganza.

20 female and 20 male models will participate in this event. One winner per category will be chosen to take home the title and prizes, as well as a contract- signing with top fashion directors and fashion designers, both in the Philippines and internationally.

For more information and exclusive updates, you may refer to our official Facebook page “CATWALK PHILIPPINES 2018.”

They are looking forward to seeing you at the ballroom of Winford Manila Resort and Casino on July 20th!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Catch Your Favorite Stars in HISTORY CON 2018 Like Katheryn Winnick, Jamie Dempsey, Simon Yin, Xian Lim and More!


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Katheryn Winnick of HISTORY’s Vikings makes her first special appearance in Asia at History Con 2018
The star-studded extravaganza will also include celebrities from your favorite shows

Get ready for an exciting lineup of stars at the upcoming HISTORY CON, the country’s entertainment convention happening August 10-12 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Get up close and personal with your favorite celebrities from HISTORY’s acclaimed TV programs, including Katheryn Winnick of HISTORY’s Emmy-winning series, Vikings. The actress has racked up several nominations, including one for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series from the Critics’ Choice Awards and another for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role from the Canadian Screen Awards.

You can also catch international celebrities from your favorite shows like Giorgio A. Tsoukalos of Ancient Aliens, Jamie Dempsey of Ride N’Seek, Mongchin Yeoh of Who Runs the World, and Simon Yin of HISTORY Hustle and Hidden Cities Extreme. The stellar line-up will also include Xian Lim and Diego Loyzaga starring in HISTORY Asia’s award-winning original automotive reality series, Celebrity Car Wars.

HISTORY CON is a world-class affair which garnered a record-breaking attendance of 68,800 people in 2017 and 50,000 people in 2016. With over 300 hundred astonishing exhibits from historic displays to exclusive talks, workshops, and more, this year’s HCON is definitely one not to miss.

HISTORY CON 2018 early-bird ticket purchasers of the HISTORY Maker Pass (PHP 2,500) or HISTORY Maker VIP Pass (PHP 10,000) before July 31,2018  at SM Tickets may enjoy special access to the exclusive special talk, Ancient Aliens ‘LIVE’ Session by headlining international celebrity, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos. HISTORY fans are invited to explore the unexplained with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos and examine some of the world’s greatest mysteries about extra-terrestrial existence throughout history. This special talk will bring together truth-seekers and HISTORY fans on the discussion, debate and exploration up-close with the leading expert himself.


HISTORY CON 2018 TICKETING
HISTORY CON 2018 tickets are available in three different categories with exclusive privileges for the HISTORY MAKER VIP pass  at PHP 10,000, limited to 100 tickets for sale only. Other ticketing categories include the HISTORY MAKER pass at PHP 2,500 for a three-day admission and GENERAL ADMISSION pass at PHP 350 for a one-day access to the mega entertainment convention. Tickets are available for sale exclusively on SM Tickets.

ANCIENT ALIENS ‘LIVE’ SESSION WITH GIORGIO A. TSOUKALOS”
Every purchase of the HISTORY MAKER VIP pass or HISTORY Maker Pass allows the ticket purchaser to request a slot to attend the Ancient Aliens ‘LIVE’ Session with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos”. More details on HISTORY CON 2018 website. Terms and conditions apply.

Visit www.historyasia.com/historycon for more information.

Ancient Aliens explores the theory that extra-terrestrials have been visiting the Earth for millions of years. The series is produced by Prometheus Entertainment.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

It’s Raining Good Deals in Araneta Center’s End-of-Season Sale


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It will definitely rain good deals in Araneta Center's end-of-season sale as selected items have been marked down by up to 70 percent. Whether looking for the most fashionable clothes, the latest gadgets, shoes and other footwear, home appliances and decor, school supplies and other essentials, bargain hunters will definitely not go home disappointed with the items on sale.
One of the most anticipated sales of the year is happening at the Center.

From July 13 to July 15, the Araneta Center will be holding its end-of-season sale at the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, Farmers Plaza and the SM Superstore.

It’s a payday weekend and it is only fitting and more practical for the public to spend their hard-earned money on amazing buys at discounted prizes.

It will definitely rain good deals as selected items have been marked down by up to 70 percent. Whether looking for the most fashionable clothes, the latest gadgets, shoes and other footwear, home appliances and decor, school supplies and other essentials, bargain hunters will definitely not go home disappointed with the items on sale.

The Araneta Center’s accessibility also ensures that shoppers will not have a difficult time going to the malls. That means shoppers will spend more time scouring for good deals and finding the things that they like and need and less time on traffic.

After combing through various deals, shoppers can relax and chill at the expansive line of restaurants and cafes around the Center. Acoustic performers will also serenade shoppers in Araneta Center’s #PopUpNight happening at Manhattan Row on Gen. Malvar street on July 13, Friday.

For more updates, visit www.aranetacenter.net and follow our official social media pages: @aranetacenter on Facebook and Twitter and @thearanetacenter on Instagram.

Improving User Experience, Twitter to Remove Non-Credible Follow Counts


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Twitter announces its latest efforts to build trust and encouragehealthy conversation on the platform with the removal of locked accounts that may result to a change in the number of followers displayed on many profiles. Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop. Follower counts on Twitter is a visible feature, and Twitter wants everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate.

Embeddable Tweet:https://twitter.com/TwitterPH/status/1017093532262125568

Over the years, the company has locked accounts when sudden changes in account behavior were detected. In these situations, Twitter reaches out to the owner of the account and unless they validate the account and reset the passwords, Twitter will keep them locked with no ability to log in. This week, the company will be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally.

A few important things to note about this update are as follow:

· An account can get locked when Twitter detect sudden changes in account behavior, they may lock the account and contact the owner to confirm they still have control of it. These sudden changes in account behavior could include Tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions, Tweeting misleading links, or if a large number of accounts block the account after mentioning them. Twitter sometimes lock an account if they see email and password combinations from other services posted online and believe that information could put the security of an account at risk — so they require accounts to change of their passwords for protection. Until the platform confirm that everything is ok with the account, they lock it which makes them unable to Tweet or see ads.

· These accounts are different from spam or bots. In most cases, these accounts were created by real people but Twitter cannot confirm that the original person who opened the account still has control and access to it. Spam accounts (sometimes referred to as bot accounts) typically exhibit spammy behavior from the beginning, are increasingly predictable by their systems, and Twitter can use their technology to automatically shut them down. Learn more about the company’s ongoing work to prevent spam on Twitter here.

· This specific update is currently focused on followers because it is one of the most visible features on their service and often associated with account credibility. Twitter’s ongoing work to improve the health of conversations on the platform encompasses all aspects of their service. Once an account is locked, it cannot Tweet, like or RT and it is not served ads.

· This change will not affect Twitter’s Monthly Active User (MAU) or Daily Active User (DAU) metrics. Removing locked accounts from followers doesn't impact MAU or DAU. Locked accounts that have not reset their password in more than one month are not included in MAU or DAU.

This is another step to improve Twitter for everyone, and ensure everyone has confidence in their followers. Follow @Twitter and@TwitterSafety for the latest updates as Twitter continues their commitment to serve the public conversation.

OFW Trestle Tan Savors Opportunity to Resume Pro Career at ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER


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After nearly two years of sitting on the sidelines, Filipino combatant Trestle Tan makes his return to the ONE Championship cage in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, June 13.
A longtime boxing practitioner before transitioning fulltime to mixed martial arts, Tan is slated to lock horns with South Korea’s Dae Sung Park on the undercard of ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER, which takes place at Kuala Lumpur’s state-of-the-art Axiata Arena.
“I’ve been waiting for this for almost two years. I am happy to be back. I can finally resume my professional career. I would like to thank ONE Championship for opening its door again. It’s time to put on the work,” he stated.
The 33-year-old Cebu City native was last seen in action when he yielded to former world title contender Agilan Thani by way of first-round submission in September 2016.
Seven months prior to his quick submission setback to Thani, who is booked to face fellow ex-title challenger Zebaztian Kadestam in the main event of ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER, Tan made previously-unbeaten Mexican stalwart Djatmiko Waluyo tap with a rear naked choke in the first round.
Tan expressed his exuberance in opening a new chapter in his professional mixed martial arts career.
"I have not fought for quite some time as I was out injured and also due to personal reasons," he said. “But I am back for good. I have a good team behind me for this comeback. I am excited and ready to get the win.”
Aside from being a prizefighter, Tan also works as a trainer at a high-end martial arts training facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Tan has been an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) for almost six years, juggling different day jobs in several countries across Southeast Asia such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.
With the goal of getting a decent job so as to provide their families with comfortable lives, numerous Filipinos leave their homeland every year in search for greener pastures abroad.
Tan is no different from a regular OFW because he gave up his personal dream in order to give his household a better life.
“It was hard at first because I had to set aside what I wanted. But I know that my family back home is my priority. I chose to work abroad and try to give them a good life,” he shared.
Many Filipinos take the risk with the idea of better opportunities in other countries. In exchange for money, they trade separation from their family and loved ones, and often, even their dreams.
“It’s difficult because I wouldn’t see my family and friends for a very long time. I just kept on reminding myself that all would be worth it someday,” he disclosed.
Although he was forced to leave the Philippines to work abroad to be his family’s breadwinner, his peers took notice of his exceptional talent, encouraging him to lace up a pair of gloves and compete professionally.
After eight bouts in the regional mixed martial arts leagues, Tan had the chance to strut his wares on the global stage when he signed with ONE Championship in 2015.
“They believed in me and supported my dream. I am forever grateful for that,” he conceded. “It was difficult as expected, but I wanted​ the turn this dream into a reality. I chose to endure. I just pushed harder every single day.”
For Tan’s comeback in ONE Championship, he faces a stiff challenge in Park, who is coming off a first-round stoppage victory over Japan’s Kimihiro Eto in the season finale of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series this past May.
Since an anticlimactic no contest outcome in his encounter with Matt Te Paa, Park won six of his last seven outings, including a split decision win over grizzled Brazilian veteran Rodrigo Caporal in February 2011.
"It is a good match-up for me. I am really looking forward to the fight, and I have been working more on my footwork and speed. I am also working on my striking to set up for a takedown and submission. I have been drilling the same setup until I perfect the timing and technique," Tan revealed.
Tan stressed that he has spent numerous hours of grinding in the gym with his training partners and is appreciative for guiding him through his preparation for his first match in roughly two years.
"It took me some time to get in shape and also overcome the emotional stuff. I have been in a good shape since then. It's an amazing journey so far, and I am glad that I have my coaches and teammates helping me along the way as I try to get back to where I left before," he explained.
There is plenty of pressure on Tan’s shoulders, and his response is to work tirelessly to ensure that he would not disappoint the people who supported him once he steps inside the cage again on Friday.
“I am eager and hungry to be back in the cage. I believe in hard work, and I have trained hard under great trainers. I will give my best on Friday,” he 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. ​

BDO Honors OFWs on Migrant Workers' Day


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Entertainers Lassie (left), Jennie Gabriel (middle), and MC (right) provided entertainment to OFWs visiting POEA.

BDO Unibank, Inc. was one with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in honoring the modern-day heroes -- the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) -- through the celebration of the Migrant Workers' Day recently at the agency's head office in Ortigas Ave., Mandaluyong City.

OFWs visiting the POEA were treated to free entertainment by BDO through performers MC, Lassie and Jennie Gabriel. “Mr. BDO”, Senior Assistant Vice President Vicente “Teteng” Lopez also provided entertainment while emphasizing the importance of saving and ease of sending money from abroad through the BDO Kabayan account. Present during this BDO-sponsored entertainment were: Department of Labor and Employment undersecretary Jacinto Paras, POEA newly-appointed administrator Atty. Bernard Olalia, and POEA deputy administrator for Management Services Jocelyn T. Sanchez.

Mini product talks were also held at the Balik Mangagagawa Area inside the POEA building to give OFWs a better understanding of the different products and services that BDO offers. BDO booths were also set up at the venue to give the OFWs the convenience of opening an account. Apart from free entertainment from BDO, the POEA also offered free massage, manicure, and pedicure to visiting OFWs.  

“It’s not easy to work in a foreign land and be away from your family. The sacrifices that our OFWs continue to make cannot be measured. They do not only bring in money to their respective families, they drive our economy as well. It is an honor for us to be part of POEA’s Migrant Workers’ Day. It is an honor for us to reward them with tokens, laughter, and entertainment, even for just a day, although we know they deserve so much more, every day,” BDO senior vice president and head of remittance Geneva T. Gloria said.


The Migrant Workers’ Day is a week-long celebration spearheaded by the POEA. BDO has been a staunch supporter of this annual event, in recognition of the sacrifices made by of the OFWs, for their families and for the country.

5 Ways to Help the Asthmatic People in Your Life


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MakatiMed lists down simple adjustments you can make to help your loved one cope with asthma

Asthma symptoms and effects can range from being a nuisance to being life-threatening. When triggered, asthma causes the airways to swell, narrowing the person’s airways, which then makes breathing difficult. You may not have this condition, but it’s likely someone you know does. If you live with an asthmatic, it’s easy to be constantly stressed about whether they might have an attack.

There is currently no known cure for asthma, but aside from prescribed medications and other long-term treatment options, certain lifestyle changes can be made to avoid an attack.

Leading hospital in the Philippines Makati Medical Center takes you through some simple adjustments you can do to help you or your loved one cope with asthma.

Clean your surroundings regularly. “Dust is one of the most common triggers of asthma,” says Nazario Macalintal Jr., M.D., of MakatiMed’s Section of Pulmonary Medicine. “Household items that are prone to collecting dust like carpets, mattresses, and curtains should be aired out and cleaned regularly. Vacuuming areas where you spend most of your time in, like your bedroom or living room, is better in preventing dust from accumulating.”

Electric fans, window screens, and air-con filters, should be frequently cleaned. Some asthmatics are also sensitive to molds. To avoid adding more moisture to the house, clean damp areas regularly especially behind the toilet and under the sink.

Choose household items that won’t trigger attacks. “Blinds and wooden or tiled floors are friendlier to asthmatics than curtains and carpets,” says Dr. Macalintal. When it comes to household accessories and furniture, it’s best to opt for items that simply keep dust and dirt away like leather sofas or hypoallergenic washable pillows.

Manage your pets wisely. “Pet’s hairs are potential allergens,” says Dr. Macalintal. “Limiting the areas where the pets are allowed in the house can also help keep their dander from spreading.”

Take precautions before travelling. Dr. Macalintal advises, “You might want to reconsider plans of visiting farms or mountain climbing when it’s pollen season to minimize attacks. Sudden changes in temperature may also trigger asthma.” So, before travelling to countries with cooler climates, consult your doctor to know if there are any emergency medications you need to bring.

Avoid food that could irritate your throat. “There are certain food items that make coughing worse in an asthmatic such as calamansi, lemon, nuts, and oranges,” says Dr. Macalintal. “Asthmatics are also sensitive to artificially colored fruit drinks especially yellow ones.

Having asthma may be stressful for both the patient and those close to them, but starting with small, simple points of action can greatly reduce the risk of an attack and make living with the condition easier on everyone.

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.8888 999, email mmc@makatimed.net.ph, or visit www.makatimed.net.ph.

Epson PH Showcased Innovative Tech in Print and Label 2018


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Epson recently showcased its array of innovative solutions as it joined the Print and Label 2018, the largest printing exhibit of the year, held at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug City, Cebu.

Organized by Global-Link MP, the Print and Label 2018 event is under the banner of PackPrintPlas Cebu. It is the only event series in the country that gathers interrelated industries of printing, packaging, and plastics, serving as a venue for industry leaders to showcase and introduce their most advanced technologies and services to the current market.

During the event, Epson showed its advanced solutions, from its range of POS receipt, label, and inkjet printers to its latest projectors. Aside from the exhibit, industry professionals and visitors also enjoyed live demos on how Epson products can be utilized to support better customer engagement, more efficient cost management, as well as increased sales.



“Today’s customers demand more meaningful engagements as they interact with brands, products, and services. The Epson products and solutions we presented for this year are dedicated to help businesses in tapping the current market, as well as to work as their tools to stay ahead of the competition,” said Eduardo Bonoan, Director of Marketing Division, Epson Philippines.

Bonoan also noted that “all of Epson’s technologies are also developed and driven with a focus on details and precision, which allowed us to innovate  technologies needed by the today’s businesses in various industry segments.”

“We believe that this event enables our key partners to conduct meetings, negotiate sales opportunities, and move projects to another level.  This kind of opportunity stands truly unmatched,” said Global-Link CEO Patrick Lawrence Tan.

Metro Manila Subway Project Receives Initial Funds from JICA


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The Philippines has received the initial P51 Billion from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) to start building the subway project from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to NAIA.

JICA is a governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance (ODA) for the government of Japan.

The Metro Manila Subway, originally named Mega Manila Subway, is an underground rapid transit line to be built initially in Metro Manila in the Philippines. Construction is projected to finish by the second quarter of 2027.

This is cool! But do not let it easily get dilapidated and problematic due to poor or no maintenance.....just like what is happening to the MRT.

Since it's underground, I think an additional challenge would be the sewerage system. How would they keep it clean since when it rains, all the flood waters would go directly to the low-lying areas. This will definitely be harder to maintained compared to the MRT/LRT.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Indie-Siyensya Kicks Off 3rd Run with Science Communication, Cinematography Workshops



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More than one hundred students, teachers, filmmakers, and science professionals flocked to the Cinematheque Centre Manila last July 6, 2018 for the program launch and workshop of the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition.

Indie-Siyensya, the country’s first and only science filmmaking competition, is now open for submission of film concepts for short documentaries that capture science as it works to answer the needs of communities and the country.

“We are encouraging students to create more science films,” says Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), the competition’s main organizer. “DOST-SEI aims to promote a culture of science in the country and film is no doubt a powerful medium to achieve this,” Biyo adds.






This year, Indie-Siyensya strengthens the competition and its workshop offering by partnering with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). The free workshop is part of the competition’s series of activities and meant to arm interested participants with the skills needed to create credible and visually appealing science films.

UP Los Baños Development Communication Professor Garry Montemayor, a member of Indie-Siyensya’s board of judges, delivered a workshop on science communication, while 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge grand prize winner, Hillary Diane Andales, facilitated the segment on scientific content. Cinematographer Joshua Reyles engaged the participants with training on camera and lighting. Montemayor also joined fellow judges, UP Film Institute Director Patrick F. Campos and FEU and DLS-CSB Professor Seymour Sanchez, in a Q&A session on the contest mechanics.

Indie-Siyensya is inviting all interested students, out-of-school youth, teachers, filmmakers, and science professionals to submit their film concepts until August 3, 2018. For approved concepts, deadline of submission of film entries is on October 15, 2018.

For details and inquiries, visit www.facebook.com/indiesiyensya/.
 
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