Thursday, November 21, 2019

Lenovo Teams Up with Herschel, Planet Sports to Spread Christmas Cheer in Holiday Campaign

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The holiday season is finally upon us and the Philippines’ top PC vendor Lenovo (CY2019 Q2, Source: IDC), together with international backpack and accessory brand Herschel and prime sportswear retailer Planet Sports, will be joining the festivities by giving away freebies this Christmas time under two exciting promotional campaigns. Lenovo’s IdeaPad and YOGA #BRINGDIFFERENT campaign and Legion’s #SPORTYOURGAME promises to delight consumers with stylish freebies.

In a world where laptops are commonplace and seemingly cast in the same mold, Lenovo’s YOGA, IdeaPad, and Legion lines, loaded with unique and premium features, enable users to unleash their potential, at both work and play.

Purchases of select Lenovo IdeaPad, YOGA, and Legion devices made from November 15 until December 31, 2019 qualify for a chance to win up to PHP 30,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers, Planet Sports gift cheques, and Lenovo accessories.

To celebrate the launch of the #BRINGDIFFERENT and #SPORTYOURGAME promos, Lenovo held a special fashion show event at The Plaza, Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. Models walked the runway with the latest Lenovo devices while also donning Herschel and Planet Sports gear.

“Christmas is all about spreading joy and to make it extra special this year, we’ve partnered with two well-known brands whose products share the same key characteristics that encapsulate the Lenovo brand ─ incredible durability, style, and attention to detail. This promotion is also our way of thanking loyal customers for helping us achieve many milestones this year,” said Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan.

For its #SPORTYOURGAME campaign, Lenovo Legion partnered with Planet Sports, a multi-brand concept store that imports and distributes globally recognized sports and lifestyle gear. Lenovo IdeaPad and YOGA, on the other hand, partnered with Canada-based Herschel Supply Co., a design-driven accessories brand that produces quality products available all over the world for its #BRINGDIFFERENT campaign. Herschel’s line comprises of backpacks, duffel bags, headwear, wallets, and even accessories such as laptop bags and sleeves which Lenovo users can use to protect their devices.

The amount of e-vouchers to be given away depends on the device’s model and processor. Buyers of select IdeaPad 130 and 330 that are equipped with Intel Core i3 or AMD Ryzen 3 processor, for example, can enjoy PHP 3,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers. Buyers of selected YOGA devices containing Intel Core i5/i7 or AMD Ryzen 5/7 processors may enjoy e-vouchers valued at PHP 10,000. Meanwhile, customers of Legion Y740 and Y540 devices, for instance, are entitled to PHP 5,000 worth of Planet Sports Gift Cheque, Recon Backpack, and Microsoft Office 2019.

To receive the vouchers, customers must submit copies of their valid ID card and the receipt of purchase via email to Once documents are validated, the customer will receive an email confirmation and the Herschel e-voucher code after three to five business days, and this can be redeemed at Meanwhile, Planet Sports Gift Cheques will be delivered to the address provided and can be redeemed at The Athlete’s Foot, Planet Sports, Intersport, and New Balance retail stores only. The voucher is valid for regular Nike, New Balance, and Adidas items only.

The claiming of e-vouchers and gift cheques is only available up to 60 days after purchase. Only purchases from Lenovo authorized resellers qualify for the giveaway. Each customer can make a maximum of three purchases during the promotion.

For detailed information and the complete list of participating Lenovo devices and authorized resellers, visit the company’s official Facebook page at

#BRINGDIFFERENT promo: Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB 21785 Series of 2019

#SPORTYOURGAME promo: Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB 22287 Series of 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Marketplace for Experiences Comes to Asia with The Ultimate Island Getaway

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EverSince, an e-commerce start-up, is launching Asia’s first online experience marketplace with the purpose of curating unique once-in-a-lifetime moments for social good. To celebrate the launch, EverSince has joined forces with hospitality stalwart, Mission Hills, to offer an epic travel luxury experience through a sweepstake campaign that benefits their cornerstone charity partner, Rainforest Trust.

To enter the sweepstake, members just need to purchase a special edition commemorative gift from Mission Hills for the opportunity to receive an all-expenses paid vacation to Hainan Island. Proceeds will go towards Rainforest Trust’s mission to help reforestation efforts around the world. The commemorative gift can be purchased at The Sweepstakes runs from November 4, 2019 until December 15, 2019 only.

“Mission Hills is always keen to adopt new and innovative ways of marketing and promoting Hainan and our properties,” said Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman of Mission Hills. “We’re excited to partner with a regional start-up such as EverSince for this campaign and admire the social impact their business model delivers.”

“Excited to be launching a travel offering like this,” said Jake Fong, Chief Experience Officer of EverSince. “Especially since we see a growing trend to having YOLO experiences and to make an impact at the same time is appealing to millennials and the younger generation.”

Ultimate Island Getaway

A member will have the chance to make this exclusive offer their own. The lucky individual and a friend will be flown into Haikou, Hainan Island in China. Upon arrival, they are transported via limousine to check into the Ritz- Carlton villa on Mission Hills Haikou.

The ultimate island getaway experience includes:

Cocktail masterclass with, Lu Yao, one of Asia’s 50 best bartenders. Learn the basics of his trade while creating your own cocktail recipe. 

A bespoke 8-course menu designed exclusively for you by the head chef of Tin Lung Heen.

A nourishing spa session using Hainan Island’s volcanic minerals.   
Aerial adventure in a Robinson R44 helicopter with an IG famous lifestyle photographer. Learn how to enhance your photography skills to capture the best views.

Island hopping on your own private catamaran.

Cultural brunch at the first theme park named after the award winning director, Feng Xiaogang.

Benefit a worthy cause by simply making a one-time purchase at any of the following 4 price tiers: US$10, US$25, US$50 or US$100, and you will have the chance to experience this ultimate island getaway. The full details of this experience are available at

The Museum Comes to Life on November 22 with TAO RIN PALA 46: MUSEO!


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As the doors close and the last footsteps fade, a new sound resonates. Behind the velvet ropes, beyond the stolid facade, underneath is a human after all ― TAO RIN PALA.

The 46th installation of Tao Rin Pala will once again be hosted by the UP Medical Students' Society (UP MSS) on November 22, 2019 at the Fleur-de-lis Auditorium, St. Paul University–Manila. TRP started out in the year 1973 as an avenue for medical students and medical professionals to come together and express their stands on existing political and social issues during Martial Law, when censorship was prevalent.

With a combined variety show and chorale competition among the UP-PGH community As it continues to be the biggest and most anticipated event in the UP College of Medicine and Philippine General Hospital Community. This special avenue for doctors and students to show that their talents extend far beyond the hospital walls, whether these be in singing, dancing, acting, or other performing arts, is a long-standing tradition by the college. It’s also an opportunity to be of service to the community, as part of the proceeds of TRP 46 will go to the MSS Scholarship Fund, and its partner organization, Kulay Group of Artists. Paintings by the inmates of New Bilibid Prison belonging to Kulay will also be exhibited at the Philippine General Hospital for the public to enjoy and support.

This year's theme, Museo, seeks to explore the facets of the vibrant Filipino culture and celebrate the Philippine arts through the explorative experience of wandering a museum. The most awaited performances are divided into five subthemes – each inspired by the different national museums we have in the metro. The first subtheme is Sining (Art). Inspired by the unbridled passion of our local artists, this first section of the museum explores the finest of Filipino art.

The second of five subthemes: Kalikasan (Nature & Life).Drawing inspiration from the vibrance and vitality of nature, the next section of the museum invites patrons to explore the wonders of the extraneous world. The next section of the museum, Agham (Science), pays homage to brilliant Filipino minds, whose ideas and discoveries revolutionized and continue to shape society. The fourth of five subthemes: Kasaysayan (History) aims to turn back time so that we may never forget our forebearers, and learn from their successes, their mistakes. Last but not the least, the final subtheme, Bayan (Country), makes known the soil that has nursed and nurtured the soul of the Filipino - for her we sing, she we serve.

For one blissful night, we celebrate the Filipino. TAO RIN PALA 46: MUSEO draws ever near; It will be held this coming November 22, 2019 at the Fleur de Lis Auditorium, St. Paul University Manila. Grab your early bird tickets for only Php200! Walk-in/Door price on November 22, 2019 is priced at Php250. Order your tickets and reserve your the best seats using the following link:

For more inquiries, contact Jom at 09569565815. Watch our teaser video at and get hyped up for one-of-a-kind journey inside our museum!

Monday, November 18, 2019

PHLPost Celebrates 252nd Postal Service Anniversary

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Former Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin ultimately found his memories of being an avid stamps collector and a hobbyist when he entered the iconic building of the Manila Central Post Office as guest of honor and speaker during the celebration of the 252nd Anniversary of the Philippine Postal Service and the kick-off ceremony of the National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM) last November 08.

CJ Bersamin’s fascination with stamps dates back to his childhood when he cut out and soke letter corners to get the stamps and drying them between pages of old newspapers.

His interest in history pushes him to love collecting stamps. He said stamps are undeniably artifacts or records that also marked and relate history for they depicts with vividness epochs or eras of the nation’s life and times.

He could only wish that more of the younger generation would rediscover and reacquaint themselves with stamps because stamps are miniature artworks they really are. Stamps are still worthy treasures and he hope that a revival or renaissance that the postal service created will still happen even in the age of technology.

He congratulated PHLPost during the month of Philately by gathering together loyal philatelists and young artists responsible for creating the artwork that found its way in stamps. 

A ribbon cutting ceremony led by former Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, PHLPost Chairman Norman Fulgencio, OIC-APMG for Marketing and Management Support Services Maxie Sta. Maria III and Paranaque City Vice Mayor Rico Golez, son of former Postmaster General Roilo Golez formally opened the "Art of History" Exhibit featuring Artworks of Philatelic Artists in celebration of the 252nd Postal Service Anniversary and Kick-off Ceremony of National Stamp Collecting Month.

The National Stamp Collecting Month is an annual event observed every month of November under the Presidential Proclamation Number 494 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos, to celebrate Philately in the country. It aims to create, maintain, and increase postal awareness and interest through various activities that would inspire and encourage Filipinos across all ages to venture into the hobby of stamp collecting. A postage stamp has helped preserved histories and culture of the country.

Highlighting the month-long celebration of 2019 NSCM, will be the launching of Pinoy Music Icon commemorative stamps to proudly honor three (3) Filipino legendary singers and pioneers in promoting Original Pilipino Music (OPM) in the country. The special

Commemorative stamp featuring the iconic OPM Artists, Rene Garcia, Rico J. Puno aka “The Total Entertainer” and Pepe Smith (Mick Jagger of the Philippines and The Father of Philippine Rock).

A special exhibition of the Icons’ memorabilia will be opened at the lobby of the historic Manila Central Post Office building in a night full of music and fun activities on November 15, 2019.

Other activities includes Green and Wild Expo stamp exhibit featuring the beautiful flora and fauna of the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center Aura on November 20-21, LIHAM Fashion Show featuring Filipino traditional courting and national costumes on November 23, Bridging Generations: Philatelic Forum which aims to raise awareness about Philately to young students in partnership with the Royal Thai Embassy on November 27.

The Pinoy Music Icon will be available starting November 11 to be sold at 45 pesos each in a strip of three (3) souvenir sheets at P135. Copies of the stamps were distributed in limited quantities. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.

PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival Wraps Up In Iloilo

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The 18th PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival concluded with the screening of Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “El reino” at the Cinematheque Center in Iloilo City last November 9.

For three days, starting November 7, Instituto Cervantes showed a selection of films from the festival, in their original Spanish version with subtitles in English, at the said venue for free.

The festival’s final leg kicked off with the Argentinean black comedy “El cuento de las comadrejas” (The Weasels’ Tale), which won the “Premio del Público” (Audience Choice Award) of PELÍCULA 2019 at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City last month.

The film, which was directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Juan José Campanella, tells the story of a famous actress, an actor, a film director and screenwriter who were popular during the Golden Age of Cinema, as they do the impossible to preserve the world they have created.

Last November 8, PELÍCULA screened Gastón Duprat’s “Mi obra maestra” (2018), which focuses on two friends with very different personalities: Arturo, a charming and unscrupulous art dealer, and Renzo, a sullen painter whose fame has declined.

In the film, Arturo tries to relaunch the artistic career of Renzo, but things get from bad to worse, until they come up with an extremely ludicrous plan. The film got the Audience Award at the Valladolid International Film Festival last year.

“El mejor verano de mi vida” (2018), directed by Dani de la Orden, was screened last November 9. The popular Spanish comedy delves into the life of Curro, an unlucky salesman burdened with debt, as he tries to fulfill his promise to his son to go on an unforgettable summer holiday.

PELÍCULA closed with the drama “El reino” (2018), which has received more than 30 awards worldwide. Highlighting a very interesting insight into contemporary politics and corruption, the film is about a Spanish politician who enjoys the good life, while enriching himself with public funds. When a friend and fellow member of his political party gets accused of corruption, he tries to cover up for him, against the directives of the leaders of his party.

The Spanish Film Festival was presented by Instituto Cervantes along with the Embassy of Spain, AECID, UP Film Institute, TurEspaña and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

The event was also made possible by Rustan’s, The PTC Group of Companies, Cinematheque Center Iloilo, Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, TBA Studios, Netflix, and Spanish restaurants La Picara, Barcino, Bar Pintxos, Tapella and Pablo Bistro.

Benilde Film “Tahanan” Wins in California

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A capstone project from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts film program recently bagged the Bronze award in the short film category of the 26th Annual Filipino International Cine Festival and Competition at the International Hotel Manilatown Center in San Francisco, California.

Alsen Estrella’s “Tahanan,” which tells the story of Sabel (Junyka Santarin) who searches for his younger brother Bert (Rein Matudan) as they escape from an evil entity inside their home, got the award from among 21 short films which were chosen as finalists to the competition.

Estrella shared that the story for his film was conceptualized during his first few years in film school. “It's just a concept that I never got to shoot, because I haven't figured out how to write the narrative for it just yet. When the time to shoot our thesis came, I was burnt out. It took me some time but eventually, it became a clear choice that I should use the concept for my thesis project.”

Arby and Christine Laraño’s “Liwanag,” Lawrence Fajardo’s “Memories of the Rising Run” and Ralph Quincena’s “Bisperas” won the Gold award, Juan Carlo Torobal’s “Nilalang” got the Silver, while King Abalos’ “Maria” shared the Bronze with “Tahanan.”

FACINE founder and artistic director Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr. explained that the festival reconsidered its process of selection of awardees “as not exclusive to one film, but more than one, if need be, thus mitigating the idea of competition, but more of a continuing conversation. Hence, the categorization to levels of valuation – Gold, Silver, Bronze, as the case may be.”

“Tahanan” was also nominated for Outstanding Writing for the Screen (Estrella), Outstanding Lead Actress (Santarin), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Matudan) and Outstanding Supporting Actress (Mari Joy Cacho).

This is not the first time that “Tahanan” was selected in an international film festival. The short film was also screened at the Bengaluru International Short Film Festival in the non-competition section and was also a finalist in the student short film competition of the Cebu International Film Festival.

The jury is composed of director, producer and Sacramento International Asian American Film Festival award-winning actress Kristine Geolaga, actor, director and media workshop facilitator Theophilus Jamal, and curator and cultural organizer Lian Ladia.

“The finalists were selected based on their overall artistic achievement, and among a rare few, for the formal innovations introduced,” Tumbocon revealed.

Estrella hopes to get his film screened in more venues. “I've submitted it to some festivals. It's just a matter of getting accepted or not. Either way, my goal isn't to win awards but rather reach an audience that appreciate the genre and its underlying theme.”

FACINE, the largest and longest-running event of its kind in North America, has been the premier showcase of new works and Filipino film classics in the United States for the past 26 years. It is organized by the Filipino Arts & Cinema International, non-profit media arts organization based in San Francisco that aims to promote and develop Filipino cinema from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora.

Harry Potter Merchandize Now Available at Museum Context Pop-Up Store in Mall of Asia

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This holiday season, Harry Potter fans have the chance to buy or even take a glimpse of their favorite Harry Potter merchandise without going out of the country.

The first-ever Museum Context pop-up store in the country can be found at the first level of Mall of Asia Main Mall (near National Bookstore).

Museum Context is the official home of curated magical Harry Potter merchandise which is headquartered in Edinburgh Scotland.

From November 9 until the whole month of December, customers can shop for books, pens, bags, hair accessories, scarves, film replicas, and other limited edition items such as the magical broom Nimbus 2000.

Apart from books and stationeries, here are other items that can be found in the pop-up store in MOA :

1. Character wands - Wands are everything in Harry Potter. Each wand possesses a specific build and power, making each one unique, and perfect for their chosen "master." There are two types of wands that
can be found inside the Museum Context Manila - curated wands or replicas and the wands that are actually used in the series of Harry Potter movies.

2. Fashionable Scarves - Colors of each Hogwarts scarf correspond to one of the four Hogwarts noble houses.
- Scarlet and gold for Gryffindor house
- Blue and Bronze for Ravenclaw house
- Yellow and black for Hufflepuff house
- Green and silver for Slytherin house.

3. Hedwig Sculpture - Hedwig is Harry's pet owl that plays a valuable role in Harry's life as messenger, companion and friend.

4. Wax Seals - These are used by sophisticated witches and wizards to
seal their owl post. Each metal seal is molded in tribute to Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Hogwarts itself. Each seal measures approximately 4" tall, and the set comes with sealing
wax in Hogwarts colors.

5. Harry Potter Final Challenge Chess Set - The 32 die-cast zinc chess pieces are exact replica of the set seen in the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The set comes complete with a striking plexiglass playing board measuring 20 x 20 inches.

There are more than a hundred or two of original and licensed products and collectibles from the Museum Context Scotland that were brought to Manila. This is very rare chance for Potterheads, Harry Potter geeks, Harry Potter fans (however they want to call themselves) to see and
feel these products that can only be found in stores in Scotland and Hongkong.

Don't forget to come by and get the chance to try the super amazing INVISIBILITY CLOAK, which operates together with a mobile app. Anyone who purchases any product from the store gets to try the cloak. They can have a copy of their video while they "disappear" sent via email.

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Written by Claire Santiago
Photos by Manuel Flores

PHLPost Launches PInoy Music Icons Commemorative Stamps

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Manila In celebration of the 252nd Anniversary of the Philippine Postal Service and the 25th year of National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM), the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will officially launch the “Pinoy Music Icons stamps” to proudly honor the iconic OPM Artists Rene Garcia, Rico J. Puno, and Pepe Smith on November 15, 2019 at the historic lobby of the Manila Central Post Office. 

A special exhibition of the Icons memorabilia will be opened at the Manila Central Post Office (MCPO) lobby in a night filled with music and fun activities on November 15, 2019. These were lent by their respective families who appreciated the honor given by PHLPost to the three music icons. The public may start to view the exhibit on Nov. 16-22. 

Rene Garcia of the iconic Hotdog band pioneered the Manila Sound, a musical genre which mirrored not only the distinctive music of the era but also the sentiments of many Filipinos toward their culture and homeland. Rene also composed songs like Annie Batungbakal, Bongga Ka Day, Beh, Buti Nga, Bitin Sa Yo, Ikaw Ang Miss Universe Ng Buhay Ko, Dying To Tell You, Langit Na Naman, Sana Maganda Ako and many more. Garcia died of cardiac arrest on September 2, 2018 at the age of 65.

October 30 of the same year at 65, Rico J. Puno aka The Total Entertainer also died due to heart failure. Mr. Puno, a pop singer and a pioneer-promoter of Original Filipino Music (OPM) rose to stardom after channeling American superstars to forge a distinctive brand of local soul music in the 1970s covering American hits including Barbra Streisands The Way We Were and Marvin Gayes Baby Im for Real in a mix of English and Tagalog, the countrys dominant language. He delivered the classic line, Namamasyal pa sa Luneta/ Na walang pera in a soulful rasp that reverberated on the airwaves during the early years of the martial law era. He also ventured into dance-friendly songs like Macho Gwapito, but music listeners here and abroad would prefer his easy-listening croons in Filipinized versions of The Greatest Love of All, One Last Memory, and more so with his catchy, memorable ballads such as Kapalaran, Buhat, Ang Taoy Marupok and Lupa.

January 28, 2019, Pepe Smith the "Mick Jagger of the Philippines" and the Father of Philippine rock passed away at the age of 71 due to troubles in breathing. Smith's status as a rock icon was paved when he joined the Juan de la Cruz Band as a vocalist and a drummer who personified Pinoy Rock and made a real music genre locally. He dared to live his life without any reservations or compromises. Their masterpieces include Balong Malalim, Beep Beep, and Kagatan but Ang Himig Natin trumps them all by its original claim of being the true sound of the young Filipino under the boot of the '70s martial law. Pepes plaintive cry emphasizes the essence of rock music as a Pinoy musical genre. 

Aside from paying tribute to their contributions in Philippine history, culture and arts, PHLPost took notice of the important role the three Filipino music legends played in linking the past and the present generations though their own brand of music, paving the way for the further enhancement of Original Pilipino Music. 

The stamps serve as tiny windows of a nation. Its about time that we truly recognize the big role of OPM in the development of our Filipino Culture, PHLPost said. 

Pinoy Music Icon stamps selling started November 11 at P45 each with a total of Php135 for the strip of three souvenir sheet. The stamps and Official First Day covers of Pinoy Music Icon stamps are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000, and in other area post offices nationwide. 

For inquiries, please call 8-527-01-08 or 8-527-01-32. Philately or stamp collecting is considered the world's most fascinating hobby. Through this, everyone can learn of a countrys history, art, culture, and industry as depicted in special commemorative stamps. 

PHLPOST has also lined up several activities for the month-long celebration of the 25th year of National Stamp Collecting Month. These include: Green and Wild Expo stamp exhibit featuring the beautiful flora and fauna of the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center Aura in Taguig on November 20-21, LIHAM Fashion Show featuring Filipino traditional courting and national costumes on November 23, Bridging Generations Philatelic Forum which aims to raise awareness about Philately to young students in partnership with the Royal Thai Embassy to be held on November 27. The NSCM is an annual event observed every month of November under Presidential Proclamation Number 494 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos, to celebrate Philately in the country. It aims to create, maintain, and increase postal awareness and interest through various activities that would inspire and encourage Filipinos across all ages to venture into the hobby of stamp collecting.

PHLPost honors Pinoy Music Icons. (From Left to Right). Families led by Valerie Garcia, wife of Hotdog’s Rene Garcia, Dir. Cristina E. Caringal and Dir. Liberty C. Avila of the PHLPost Board of Directors, Councilor Tosca Puno-Ramos, daughter of Total Entertainer Rico J. Puno and Beebop Smith, son of Rock icon Joey “Pepe” Smith during the ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the Pinoy Music Icons Memorabilia Exhibit at Manila Central Post Office Lobby in Liwasang Bonifacio. The three (3) OPM legends were featured in the latest commemorative stamps.  

Teatro Dayaw Proudly Presents "Tulog Na Ba Ang Mga Bata?" Anthology

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Teatro Dayaw is a non-profit community theater organization established in 2018 that aims to gather and empower the youth in North Fairview, Quezon City, and in nearby places through the Arts, specifically Theater. Teatro Dayaw has been in existence for 1 year to present and had two (2) productions already.

In partnership with Café Haraya, December 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2019 (5PM and 8PM) we will be having our third production entitled “Tulog na ba ang mga bata?” an anthology of monologues written by our members.

“Tulog na ba ang mga bata?” is an anthology of monologues based on true stories why people are awake at midnight. We grew up thinking there are monsters under our beds that is why we can’t sleep at night. Now that we are older, we discovered that the monsters live within us. 

Overthinking, nostalgia, secrets, and such events won’t let us sleep which haunt us as we lay on our beds. With this production, we hope to share there real life nightmares on stage.

Show dates: December 1 (Sunday) 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM

December 7 (Saturday) 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM

December 8 (Sunday) 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM

December 14 (Saturday) 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM

December 15 (Sunday) 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Where: Café Haraya, Atherton St., North Fairview, Quezon City

(beside St. Joseph School of Fairview)

Ticket price: 170

Student discount/PWD: 150

For ticket Inquiries and showbuying, please contact our Marketing Head, Princess Angielette Pol at 0997 864 5405.



Kristine De Leon, Cherrys Delos Reyes, and Mart Prima


Kristine De Leon

Assistant Director

Rheyn Remollo


Psyrus Magoncia

Technical Director

Justine Barrameda

Music and Sounds Designer

Mart Prima

Lights Designer

Feolo Bolisay and Benedict Mentes

Set Design

Marc Ronald Jusayan and Matthew Eugenio

Props Head

Miro Raniola

Costume Design

Desiree Joy Briones

Stage Manager

Reign Datinguinoo

Art Director and Photographer

Jeric Delos Angeles


Kristine De Leon and Mhikuo Jecino

Marketing Head

Princess Pol

Assistant Production Manager

Jana Bodino

Production Manager

Danah Joy Briones

Saturday, November 16, 2019

SM's Santa's Crystal Castle Performance

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I've got a chance to see SM Megamalls Santa's Crystal Castle Performance last wee at SM Fashions hall. They shows the 40 feet Xmas Tree inspired by the tree lights of London. 

With a string of Gems, snowflakes, crystal, metal ornaments and telephone booth. In partnership with Canon Philippines as it offer its first crystal room to the public. See the pics of performance videos and pics below from the circus and acrobat team from Ukraine. 

See those magnificent Men Jumping back and fort, Swan Princess, Crystal balls, Santa and Charles wist list amazing performance. So we may all feel the magic of Mega Bright Amazing Xmas as this moment of time with SM Malls. #MegaBrightChristmas 

As SM became the center piece of shoppers and experience the Engligh type of Xmas. Thomas and friends will perform a holiday dance number at Mega ! from Dec 2-12. And you will see exciting games, costumes and prizes in partnership with McDonalds. 

SM Shoppers will also get a chance to win 1-3 Thomas themed bday parties and more. Kids can also see Lego Xmas event from Dec 16-25 at SM Megamall and meet/greet with Lego Characters.  Your family can build a lego, join a competition and also take photos of lego.

Visit @smmegamall @smsupermall on twitter and facebook for more updates of the latest happenings.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Winners of Ms Earth 2019 - One on One Exclusive Interview

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We did an exclusive 1 hour  interviews together with our hyper EIC Ross Del Rosario at Joy Nostalg in Ortigas, Pasig City. Almost 2 weeks ago with the winners of Ms Earth 2019. Which we also replay out to our 2nd and 3rd episodes of  TV online VG8 radio show called Kuyakoys ET.

So say Hi to Miss Earth 2019 Queens! As we did and exclusive interview with Miss Earth 2019 winners - Miss Earth 2019 is Miss Nellys Pimentel of Puerto Rico, Miss Earth Water is Miss Klara Vavruskova of Czech Republic and Miss Earth Fire is Miss Alisa Manenok of Belarus. 

Miss Earth Air is Miss USA but she already returned home a day before we did this interview. So see video and series of questions with the winners. Until now, I must be dreaming of heaven while I remember those conversations.

I never thought that some of them like Some of them like Loki of Asgard and ACDC Rock n Roll metal Rockstars. And the kick boxer actor from the movie creed and venom. I never thought that an angel like queens would like these personalities. 

I was expecting like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Justin Beiber, Maroon 5 or Bruno Mars type of answers when I asked them those questions. They strongly objected NO! Ok I was wrong, As they defend these cool villain like Tom Hiddleston was a big star in Europe but not in Hollywood. 

A very special in their heart, unless you talk closely one on one with them. Although they don't like talking about their personal and love life. They also highlighted the series of travels (Philippine Islands) and food (Lumpia-Turon) that they like in our country.

See the blog post of my Interview with Former Ms Earth, Ms Asia Pacific International and Queen of Europe at Novotel. As Ms Lauralyn Vermeech of Belgium talks about her visit in Tondo, back home and supporting Belgium candidates as she goes back and forth in the country


Ponce Spanish Restaurant and Luxo Suites Tour in QC

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Our EIC Ross, made a complete video summary of our last Ponce Spanish Restaurant, Luxo Suites Hotel and Gym tour in QC. With several interviews with the Owners, Staff and Chef. The restaurant is named after Maximo Ponce, a man who grew up with an inspiring appetite for good life. 

Who spent his childhood as a farmboy in Tarlac who look after farm animals and fresh produce that create a timeless memory. His son, Dick Balajadia with his wife Mars, traveled to Europe.

And experienced the best Gastronomic experience mostly back in Spain. And took it back home and shared it with us. Because they we're so impressed and passionate about it. When you step inside Ponce, you will feel the Spanish vibe.

The interiors fresco ambiance, Spanish accent, even the name of the menus.  And the the lingering question Sangria why Not? I also had a chance to experience on how to mix that cool drink the Alas Ponce Style. Even to cut the De Cochinillo Asado del Chef by plate as a knife. 

Which is the lechon de leche Pinoy version like of a soft tender crunchy delicious small roasted pig. Its a good opening dinner with great Jazz Performance of Abby Asistio love songs series. 

So see our series of videos, pictures of interviews and tour below. Visit Ponce  Spanish Restaurant and Luxo Suites in same building located at 24 Scout Dr. Lazcano Street, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Tomas Morato, Quezon City or call at 971- 8328 and 0917-633-2784.








Wednesday, November 13, 2019

DOE, EU-ASEP, and ADB Brief LGUs on EE&C Law Implementation

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TOWARDS AN EEC CULTURE: Speakers and participants to the “LGU Forum on Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Projects” gather for a group photo after a fruitful two-day briefing on the role of local government units in the implementation of the Energy Efficiency (EEC) Law. The forum was held from 11 to 12 November 2019 at the Headquarters of the Asian Development Bank in Mandaluyong City.

MANDALUYONG CITY - Local government officials and technical staff of local government units (LGUs) based in Luzon were briefed on their respective roles in implementing Republic Act 11285, or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Law.

The Department of Energy (DOE) led the briefing with the support of the European Union (EU), through their Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP), and the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) during the “LGU Forum on Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Projects” held at the ADB on 11 to 12 November 2019.

“The energy family appreciates the continued support of our development partners as we seek to firmly establish energy efficiency and conservation as a way of life here in the Philippines. The success of the EEC Law’s implementation entails the active participation of all our stakeholders, and this Forum would go a long way in educating members of our local governments on how they could be agents of energy efficiency and conservation change,” DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

At the Forum, members of the Inter-agency Energy Efficiency and Conservation Committee discussed initial guidelines for developing local EEC plans, technology options, green procurement and green buildings, investment incentives and financing options, and mechanisms for public-private partnerships. Further, representatives from the Cities of Mandaluyong, Santa Rosa, and Mandaue demonstrated their efforts on EE initiatives.

Bert Hunter, Chief Investment Officer of the Connecticut Green Bank – a global leader in energy efficiency financing, delivered the keynote address.

On 12 November, participants visited the first Energy Efficiency Services and Technologies Exhibition at the House of Representatives (HOR) where they were welcomed by the HOR Committee on Energy led by Chairman Lord Allan Velasco.

The Law, signed in April 2019, seeks to secure the country’s energy supply by making EEC a national way of life. LGUs will be mandated to develop and submit local EEC plans and provide updates on their progress annually. The government will provide incentives and special financing for their EE related projects. The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the law are expected to be signed this month. Relevant guidelines governing LGUs’ EEC plans and reporting will be developed by the DOE in coordination with the Department of the Interiors and Local Government (DILG) soon after.

Senior Energy Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas said that the DOE is mandated to inform LGUs of recent policies and mechanisms governing their role and participation in the national energy efficiency and conservation program.

“This LGU Forum is a good opportunity for the DOE to update participants about government efforts to mainstream and integrate energy efficiency and conservation in local development plans," stressed Senior Undersecretary Posadas.

Meanwhile, EU Head of Development Cooperation Enrico Strampelli said that LGUs are prime movers in promoting energy efficiency and conservation programs and projects across all energy consuming sectors in their respective areas. “We believe that energy efficiency remains the most cost-effective way to ensure sustainable energy, accelerate economic growth, and mitigate climate change in support of global climate actions,” he said.

ADB Energy Sector Group Chief Yongping Zhai said the forum was a key opportunity for ADB to partner with local government officials to advance their respective energy efficiency goals.

“ADB has been a long-time partner of the Philippines, with contributions to milestone energy sector restructuring and efforts toward financial reform of the power sector, among many others,” Dr. Zhai said, "through its renewable energy and energy efficiency programs completed from 2010 to 2015, ADB has contributed to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 173,789 tons of CO2e per year in the Philippines. ADB is actively identifying further areas to support, especially in energy efficiency and multi-sector investments.”

Philippine SME Business Expo & Conference Opens its Doors

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The country’s Largest Business-2-Business Expo, Conference, and Networking Event for Small and Medium Enterprises – the Philippine SME Business Expo & Conference [PHILSME] opened once again for its 9th edition today, November 12, 2019 at Function Room 4 of the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony was graced by Maria Carlota Kim (from HP Philippines); Carla Jean Roa (Sales Executive from Alkaviva Waters Philippines); Trixie Esguerra (Host); Andrew Francisco (Chief Finance Officer of Freshworks, Inc.); Kristine Pesquisa (Marketing and Sustainability Officer of Esquire Financing); David Abrenilla (CEO & Founder of PHILSME); Director Jerry Clavesillas (DTI-BSMED Bureau Director); Ana Joy Rocero (Regus & Spaces by IWG); Patrick Gentry (CEO & Founder, Sprout Solutions Inc.) & Rich Cortez (Sales Coordinator of DV Boer Farm International).

Over 250 exhibiting brands will offer a wide array of business solutions and opportunities from industries of Information Technology, Business Consultancy, Logistics, Financial Technology, Business Financing, Human Resources & Recruitment, Office Spaces, Marketing & Advertising, Franchising, Distributorship and many more. Technology Innovations Village opens once again for its second year featuring top tech business solutions for SMEs.

Aside from the expo, a business conference on November 13 will be staged tomorrow featuring top industry experts to speak about “How to Grow Your Business”. TV Hosts & Entrepreneurs RJ Ledesma & Howell Mabalot, Digital Marketing Guru Mannix Pabalan will be among the roster of top-caliber conference speakers.

PHILSME is sponsored by Regus & Spaces, Esquire Financing, Alkaviva Waters Philippines, Sprout Solutions, HP Philippines, DV Boer Farm International, i4 Asia Inc. and Ersao Taiwanese Restaurant.

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Best Place to Kayak in Thailand

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Thailand is a beautiful place to visit and do some adventures. This southeastern Asian country is known for the Buddha figures, beautiful temples, luxurious royal forts, and tropical beaches. Thailand tour would be the best entertaining tour in your life, be it for the first time or for an official trip. This country has no option of getting bored. When you are in the country, you will love the humblest people in the country. You will not feel alone around them. Thailand is the country that has all the hot tourist spots that you must to visit. Today I will talk about the adventure of kayaking in Thailand.

Kayaking in Thailand

Kayaking is a fun and adventurous activity on the water. You can move through the water with a small canoe with a double-bladed paddle. You can steer through the water by using side to side paddle strokes. In Thailand, there are two best places to go for kayaking. One is in Phang Nga Bay in Phuket, and the other one is in Krabi. Let’s take a look at these places.

· Kayaking in Krabi:

Krabi is a beautiful town in Thailand with beautiful temples and interesting islands. This location is popular for its endless beauty and calm nature. You will see tourists come to this place to enjoy sightseeing the landscapes and kayaking. In Krabi, water sports experience is considered as the best experience. Seawater and streams surround the town. You can sail with the kayak amidst the remote island and thick jungle.

The best time to go for kayaking in Krabi is November to March because Krabi is a warm place in all year. But in November to march, the weather stays humid and comfortable. So, try to visit Krabi at that time. There are four places to kayak in the Krabi that no one should miss. The areas are:

Thalane Bay is the perfect place for water lovers. In this place, you can row with the kayak in the beautiful scenery around you. The area near Hong Island and Ao Nang bay is considered as the best kayaking spot in Krabi. When you enter this bay, you will enjoy beautiful views of the islands nearby. In the bay, you can go for kayak tours for half a day or a full day. The water of this bay is crystal clear, and you can enjoy the underwater view with ease. The bay is surrounded by a mangrove forest where you will see different birds, otters, monkeys, and lizards.

Bor Thor Village is popular for natural landscapes and mesmerizing river routes. You will be the lucky one to enjoy the rare sights in this village. In this village, you will find a list of caves with boundaries. Among them, the famous cave is Pee Hua Toh. This cave has ancient paintings that may have been created way back a thousand years ago. Besides the caves, there are mangrove forests and wildlife sights to enjoy.

Talabeng Island is a cliff that has limestones. The limestone formation makes the scenery dreamy. The caves in this island come in two types like sea caves and land caves, these caves are the main attractions of this island as the caves have developed naturally. Tourists can explore the beaches and enjoy the wilderness.

Tung Yee Peng is the mangrove forest that is considered as the gem of Thailand's ecotourism. Thanks to the locales who help to develop the forest and restore the natural resources. Kayaking is the best option to enjoy the sights of this mysterious and beautiful mangrove forest.

When you are in Krabi for kayaking, know about the tides. In high tides, you can’t go in the caves, and in low tides, the shallowness will block the kayak pass. Make sure to take a professional guide with you on tour.

· Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay:

Phang Nga Bay is a beautiful location with plants, caves, islands, and limestone cliffs. You will find the scenery breathtaking and eye-soothing. To enjoy the scenes entirely is to use the canoes. This quiet and slow movement will help to enjoy the beautiful natural view without any problem.

If you want to enjoy Phang Nga Bay in the day time, I will recommend going with john gray sea canoe. You will enjoy the tour with their proper guidance. You will have a wooden boat to take the trip to the bay. With this boat, you will have time to enjoy the natural beauty without any hurry.

You will also have time to explore the Hongs. The guide will paddle way through the water to let you enjoy the exotic view of aquatic life, birds, and plants. While exploring the Hongs, you will come across with many caves and tunnels. All these have histories. The last surprise of the day trip is the Kratong cave. The locals release a small floating boat with candles and orchids in this cave in the belief of bringing a good fortune. You can make this trip from sunrise to sunset easily.

If you want to enjoy the night trip to Phang Nga Bay, then I recommend to do it. Because kayaking under the night sky is will be a memorable moment for your whole life. But some tunnels and caves stay close during night time.

Thailand is a country that offers different surprises with natural beauty. You will not have enough from this country when you are there as a tourist. If you go for a vacation in that country, you must have the opportunity to enjoy the kayaking. The natural scenes, cliffs, caves, and wildlife will make you happy and energetic for the rest of your life. You will have ample stories to tell about the natural beauties of your future generation. So try to make time and go for kayaking in Thailand. Thailand has gained an international reputation for colorful coral reefs, beaches, and fantastic coastlines. So, everyone should make an opportunity to visit Thailand once in a lifetime.

First Philippine Film Festival in Singapore to be held by PH Embassy in SG

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In celebration of the 50 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and the Philippines, as well as the 100 Years of Philippine Cinema, the Philippine Embassy in Singapore has mounted the inaugural Philippine Film Festival. Pinoy and foreign cinephiles are in for a treat from November 12 to 15 as there is a special screening of “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz” as well as free screenings of “Seven Sundays,” “Bakwit Boys” and “Siargao” at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House of National University of Singapore (NUS).

The Philippine Embassy in Singapore, headed by Ambassador Joseph Del Mar Yap, has partnered with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), NUS Office of Alumni Relations, and film production company Star Cinema to make the maiden film event happen. The lineup of the Philippine Film Festival 2019 was specially curated with the assistance of FDCP to capture the Filipino way of life. Other Philippine Embassies that have partnered with FDCP to hold full-fledged Filipino film festivals this year are Portugal and Rome, Italy.

Holding Philippine Embassy-led film fests has helped propagate the richness and uniqueness of Filipino culture to Pinoys and foreigners alike. This is made possible through FDCP’s Philippine Embassies Assistance Program (PEAP) which has been running for over two years. Through PEAP, the FDCP helps Philippine Embassies and Consulates hold film-related activities in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and DFA Cultural Diplomacy Unit.

Kicking off the PEAP initiative in Singapore on November 12 is the Reception Night which features the invitational screening of Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz” (2018). Bernardo, who is the film’s screenwriter and director, will introduce her movie and give a brief discussion during the Reception Night. The film is about two strangers with the same surname whose lives intertwine upon their serendipitous meeting in Palawan. It won the Yakushi Pearl (Most Brilliant Performer) Award for Ryza Cenon at the 2018 Osaka Asian Film Festival.

The free screenings of the first-ever Philippine Film Festival, meanwhile, will take place from November 13 to 15, starting off with Cathy Garcia-Molina’s “Seven Sundays” (2017) from Star Cinema under ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc. The family drama is about how four siblings come together when they find out that their father has cancer. “Seven Sundays” won Best Editing, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Aga Muhlach at the 36th Luna Awards.

On November 14, the 2018 musical “Bakwit Boys” by writer-director Jason Paul Laxamana will take center stage. It is about four musically talented brothers who band together after their home was destroyed by a super typhoon. “Bakwit Boys” bagged the 2018 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) Audience Choice Award.

Moviegoers will be in for a splash when they watch Paul Soriano’s “Siargao” (2017) on the last day. A winner of seven Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Awards, the movie revolves around a man and woman who cross paths in the surfing island of Siargao in Surigao del Norte province. The MMFF citations for “Siargao” are Second Best Picture, Best Director for Soriano, Best Supporting Actress for Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, and Best Original Theme Song for “Alon” by Hale.

FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño shared, "In the Philippines, FDCP supports around 25 foreign embassy film festivals each year through our Film Cultural Exchange Program. This includes the Korean Film Festival, Spanish Film Festival, Cine Europa, Eiga Sai Japan Film Festival, and French Film Festival which are some of the longest-running and most successful foreign embassy-led festivals in the country and have captured thousands of local audiences who are getting more exposed to their cinemas and their culture."

Diño continued, "In the same vein and this time for our own Cinema, through PEAP, we are encouraging our own Philippine embassies to do the same in their respective posts. Through Filipino film festivals, these countries get to experience our culture and our stories, and discover our commonalities."

All Embassies and Consulates can apply for the PEAP at least two months before the event by contacting the FDCP International Relations Division. The all-out support that FDCP gives via PEAP involves the sending of film ambassadors to give lectures, coordination with producers, securing of discounted screening fees, coverage of subtitling fees, and curation of films.

The Philippine Film Festival 2019 screenings will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Shaw Foundation Alumni House, NUS located at 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244
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