Saturday, August 19, 2017

Celebrate Your Kiddie Birthday Parties with Chickie Boy at Max's Chicken Restaurant

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Chickie Boy just had his Birthday Party at Max's Chicken Restaurant located in Sct. Tuazon in Tomas Morato on a Saturday August 5, 2017.

That cute and huggable mascot of Max's Chicken Philippines is simply to adorable to ignore. It got the attention of the children immediately when it went up on stage to perform some dance numbers together with some dancers.

As expected, lots of kids were present together with their Mommies and Daddies to celebrate the special occasion. Just after the registration where kids will immediately get party hats, you'll s first see the colorful line-up of cakes that you could also have when you celebrate your own kids' birthday at Max's chicken restaurants.

But chicken may have built the restaurant to one of the giant restaurant chains in the country, they also have several specialties available for everyone's food craving. But for this day, what was available were the food design to satisfy the children. With food coming from sister restaurants of Max's, like donuts from Krispy Kreme, pizzas from Yellow Cab, and healthy drinks from Jamba Juice.

‘Filipino’ for the Young Filipino: 2017 Art In Island On-The-Spot Painting Competition

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Art In Island will be having its first ever ‘On-the-Spot Painting Competition,’ open to all talented and young Filipino artists ages 12 to 18 years old. Interested students from different public and private schools will compete on September 30, 2017, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in Art In Island Museum, Quezon City. The painting competition will have the theme ‘Filipino.’ The word ‘Filipino’ has different meanings and the finalists will have to show it through their paintings. Art In Island would like to promote and recognize the talent of the young Filipino artists here in the country.

If interested as participant and for more information, visit or call us at 421-1356.

Learn, UnLearn and ReLearn: Are Bloggers Required to Be Experts, or at Par with Journalists?

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Those new Chevening scholars from the media know better that even though they know a lot already and are experts already in skills like making Documentaries, they still are willing to learn more from other experts.

"Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme offers awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study for a master’s degree in any subject at any UK university." - Scholars4Dev

We believe that there are so many things that could be Re-learned or Un-Learned in order to improve oneself. They don't do it on their own. They look for ways to learn even if it means learning it from other people.

This is why many organizations still offer their services to even professionals because LIFE is supposed to be a never-ending learning process. Do not assume that everyone around you should know better, especially bloggers who mostly do not have formal training on covering events like how journalists do it.

Bloggers attend events for the experience. Although preferred, they should not be required to be experts when they attend events like an Italian Food Tasting. Don't expect them to know about Croxetti and other sophisticated or high-end Italian dishes, and then criticize them all over social media to prove some vague points. It was never their fault the event organizers decided to invite them at their event.

And for the other "well-respected" blogger to gossip about them, who did nothing to correct the mistakes of the "clueless" bloggers, we no longer believe you deserve the respect based from what you did. If we were you, we could have approached the other bloggers in a friendly way and told them right there and then that particular Italian dish is supposed to taste like that.

This reminded me about the story of a foreign restaurant owner about a top food blogger who criticized his authentic Buffalo Wings because of its taste. Unknown to the top food blogger, that is the actual authentic taste based from the original.

As we can see, most of us taste food based on our own preference, we do not really need to know the technicalities if we just want to share our own preference for food. Though it helps to be informed of how dishes are supposed to taste, you don't expect everyone around you should be as knowledgeable as you are.

Don't try to make bloggers like the well-trained journalists, broadcasters, and other members of trad media. They may opt to level up to that direction, but they are absolutely not required at all. There is a great reason why they are called bloggers. Don't try to make them something else other than people who find joy in experiencing what life has to offer.

Bear in mind that we are not trying to make this a bloggers-versus-trad media issue, it just so happens that the thread starter is a member of the media and people involved in the issue he raised are bloggers.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chateau Royale Hotel Resort and Spa of Batangas Launches New Resto and Cafe

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Congratulations to Chateau Royale hotel resort & spa which recently opened up new attractions
Chateau Hotel Resort & Spa, is definitely the biggest of its kind in Batangas, and we are proud to have been able to visit it at this time when they are continuously upgrading its facilities, plus the opening of a new restaurant called The Orchid Asian Grill that features Asian dishes, and a coffee shop that offers coffee like how Batangenos would like it.

The Orchid Asian Grill boasts of Asian dishes like Japanese, Korean Chinese and Mongolian, that will surely have you wanting for more once you tasted them. It's located within an orchid garden where you could appreciate the beauty of the plants, and dine at your heart's and stomach's content.

We had Executive Sous Chef Billy Francisco on video to show us some of the dishes available and also a short video message from him so people would know whom to look for when at Chateau Royale.

But wait, there's more, because dishes here are inspired to make like Teppan Yaki Style wherein they cook the actual food, coming fresh with farm ingredients, in front of customers.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Glaiza De Castro, Mocha Uson, Richard Gordon Joins PCCAI Officials at Photo Exhibit Launches

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The Philippine Chinese Charitable Association Inc., (PCCAI) successfully held two launches of their photo exhibit featuring their years of work and charitable activities.

The first launch was held on July 25, 2017 at the Fisher Mall located in Quezon City and the second one on August 2, 2017 at the Lucky Chinatown Mall located in Binondo, Manila City.

Gracing the first launch is Glaiza De Castro, who was recently appointed as the PCCAI ambassadress of goodwill, and Senator Richard Gordon, who has been very supportive of PCCAI throughout the years, gave an inspiring message to all after the speech of PCCAI President James Dy.

For the second launch, Philippine Communications Operations Office (PCOO) ASec Margaux "Mocha" Uson and Congressman Conrado Estrella, were the honored guests who also spoke a few messages to the attendees immediately after PCCAI President James Dy's speech.

Also present is Dr. Benito Goyokpin, PCCAI Chairman of the Board, and their other officials and board members.

Enjoy an Ultimate Tech Festival During August Cybermonth at SM Supermalls

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Get your fix of the latest gadgets this August as Cybermonth 2017 kicks-off at SM Supermalls.  

This will be the ultimate tech festival for mallgoers in 63 SM Supermalls especially now that almost everyone is fascinated with gadgets like smartphones, tablets, laptops and other gadgets. Techies. gamers and gizmo lovers rejoiced upon this announcement.

A media launch was held on August 1, 2017, at the 4th floor of The Annex, SM North EDSA, Quezon City, specifically at the Cyberzone area where many technology and gadgets vendors from computers to smartphones are available for sale at the many stores in the area.

Cosplayers prominent at the launch were all technology-based characters like Iron Man and Transformers like Optimus Prime, Bumble Bee, Megatron and others.

Featured brands at the event were Vivo, Asus and Smart who had representatives talk about the brand and their latest products.

McCoy De Leon, a brand endorser of Vivo, was a featured celebrity who performed a few song numbers.

Mall shoppers would enjoy amazing month-long gadget sales where they can get up to 50% off on select gadgets and accessories.

There will also be the Game Con happening every weekend of August where you can discover the latest in gaming products and technologies.

ROG Masters: The Philippine Qualifiers is a partnership between SM Supermalls and Asus where live gaming competitions will happen for DOTA2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) where Php200,000 worth of prizes is at stake. 

We could also join a digital promo where we need to share our gadget discoveries, use hashtags #FirstDibsAtSM and #SMCybermonth to get the chance to win them.

To find out more about Cybermonth, visit

AirAsia is Geeks on a Beach Official Airline Partner

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AirAsia Philippines is the official airline partner of this year’s Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) international tech and startup confab.

This year’s edition of GOAB, renowned for its unconventional work and play by the beach format, will be held in Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa Hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on August 24-25.

AirAsia, which has been supporting GOAB since 2015, is servicing several flights to Puerto Princesa, Palawan from Manila and has recently introduced flights from Davao and Cebu to Palawan last April.

“For the third straight year, AirAsia is supporting GOAB as part of our efforts to support promising startups and grow the tech scene in the Philippines,” said Captain Dexter Comendador CEO of AirAsia Philippines.

The airline, known as Asia’s leading and largest low-cost carrier, is also renowned for transforming air travel into a more convenient experience with tech innovations like web, mobile app, e-boarding pass and kiosk services.

“By giving startups, creatives, and tech entrepreneurs a global stage for new learnings and opportunities for meeting potential partners, GOAB has more than made a difference and we are thrilled to partner with AirAsia, a truly Asean airline and a global brand,” said Tina Amper, TechTalks Founder and GOAB Lead Organizer.

Some of the brightest minds in the industry from the USA, Singapore and other countries will be present at this year’s GOAB. Invited to speak are Yobie Benjamin of and, Chris McCann of Greylock Partners, Kay-Mok Ku of Gobi Ventures, Manny Ayala of Endeavor, Aldo Carrascoso of GylcoProX Biosciences, Prasad Vanga of Anthill Ventures, Robertson Chiang of Dragonpay Corporation Miguel Perez of Ayannah, Jason Torres of, and Chris Tran of North Ridge Partners.

PLDT, Smart, Voyager, PayMaya, ePLDT, Smart DevNet, PLDT Enterprise, and PLDT Innolab, and Ideaspace are supporting GOAB as co-presenters while ASPACE Philippines is co-producer. GOAB is held in partnership with the City Government of Puerto Princesa, Palaweño ICT Association, and DOST-PCIEERD.

GOAB is organized by, powered by, branding by Happy Garaje, and pr by PRWorks. For registration or partnership information or further details, visit, follow on Twitter/Facebook Geeks On A Beach, or contact

Coke Studio: OPM Artists Collab for Special Music Offerings on TV5

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We often see singers, musicians, artists, and many others in similar fields in entertainment collaborate to produce alternative offerings to their fans or audience. You'll see them partner with each other at albums, concerts and gigs, but I believe this is the first time that a collaboration as big as this one, spearheaded by Coca-Cola Philippines, has ever been made.

The softdrink brand has put together several artists in one project which grouped several artists into two, to come up with musical offerings that fans would go gaga over - preferably for a long time and not just a fad.

Based on studies, OPM artists are still preferred as second to foreign ones. Filipinos still love to hear music from foreigners rather than our very own Filipino musicians. Well, we need not tell you that we still have a long way to go to reach 100% patriotism, which also probably why it makes us a lot more knowledgeable when it comes to content outside the Philippines. Interesting enough, we would see foreign artists frequently being flown in the country for special concerts at fabulously high ticket prices, while Filipino artists get an itsy bitsy of that.

We have to commend Coca-Cola for sponsoring such an activity, and TV5 for broadcasting these special collaborations among artists. We need more of these to keep OPM alive and kicking because we believe that we can soar higher with regards to the music industry if only we make and maintain OPM as cool as foreign music.

Court Denies TRO on PUV Modernization

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The PUV Modernization Program is still a go.

This, after Quezon City RTC Branch 80 denied yesterday, 14 August 2017, the application for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed by Angat Tsuper Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas - Genuine Organization Inc. (Stop & Go) against the implementation of Department Order No. ‎2017-011, otherwise known as the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG), issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) last 19 June 2017.

In a statement, Atty. Reinier Paul Yebra, DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement, emphasized that the granting of a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) to PUV operators is not a right, but a mere privilege, subject to police power of the state through the DOTr and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Usec. Yebra likewise argued that there is no urgency and irreparable injury that will justify issuance of the TRO as the target roll-out and full implementation of the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) is still in 2018, and that LTFRB has not yet issued the necessary Memorandum Circulars as basis of specific implementation schedules.

As a major component of the PUVMP, the OFG introduces reforms in granting of franchises by implementing new rules in planning routes and improving standards for operators and vehicles. Under the Guidelines, local government units (LGUs) will plan public transport routes based on the current travel patterns in their areas. These routes will be reflected in the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) of LGUs which will serve as basis for the issuance of franchise by the LTFRB.

The release of the OFG has paved the way for the lifting of the moratorium on the acceptance of new applications for the issuance of CPCs, which was in force since 2003. This forms part of the PUVMP that seeks to provide safer, more comfortable and environmentally sustainable mode of public transport to commuters by upgrading vehicles to meet international safety, energy efficiency and emission standards.

Other proposed specifications of vehicles under the PUVMP include an Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, a GPS navigation system, dashboard cameras, Wi-Fi, and speed limiters.

Mga Awit At Tula Sa Wikang Pilipino Sa Byahe sa Metro

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Maligayang Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa ngayong Agosto!

Isang lupon ng iba ibang grupo sa musika at pagtula ang kasalukuyang nagtatanghal sa loob ng LRT 2 Stations simula noong Agosto 10 hanggang Agosto 31. Layon po nila na tumulong sa pagpapalaganap ng kaalaman sa mga tao ng ating pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa 2017 sa pamamagitan ng libreng pagtatanghal sa wikang Pilipino ng mga awit at tula. Sa pakikipagtulungan ng pamunuan ng LRTA, sila po ay sumusuporta sa gawain at adhikain ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino para sa buwan na ito.

Ang slogan sa taong ito ay "Filipino Wikang Mapagbago" at naniniwala sila na malaki ang maitutulong ng pagpapalaganap sa paggamit ng wika sa larangan ng turismo, edukasyon, kultura (kasama na ang musika at tula, hanggang sa media) gayun din pagpapakilala sa talento ng Pilipino. Sa pamamagitan din nito, nais nila maibalik ang interes ng tao sa musikang Pilipino maging sa iba pang uri ng sining na pinakilala ang Pilipinas.

Sila ay nagsimula sa pagtatanghal sa mga kalye nuong Oktubre 2014 kung saan kami po inilathala din ng Interaksyon TV5 at nakapagdaos na din ng isang maliit na konsyerto noon sa People's Park In The Sky sa pahintulot ng Munisipyo ng Tagaytay kung saan sila ay tumugtog ng mga pinasikat na awiting Pilipino at inilathala ng Wazzup Pilipinas at Rappler. Ito ang kanilang unang pagtatanghal na lahat ng awit at tula ay sa ating sariling wika.

Ang mga musikang kanilang aawitin ay mga pinasikat na awit sa wikang Filipino at mga sariling obra sa wikang Filipino ng mga kasamang manunulat. Gayundin din ay kanilang ipapakilala ang mga likhang tula, tulang liham at talumpati sa Wikang Filipino ng ilang kasamahan na naglaan ng panahon para sa gawaing ito. 

Yamaha RevPinas Kicks Off at Udyakan Festival in Kabankalan

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RevPinas is Yamaha’s nationwide festival tour that embraces different celebrations that our culture has to offer. To begin the “pambansang piyesta” they headed to the Udyakan Festival. Yamaha mounted its own inflated theme park at the Kabankalan Municipal plaza which was opened by City Mayor Isidro P. Zayco, Yamaha Marketing Section Senior Manger Mr. Jude Camus and Isabel Villaceran of DES Marketing.

The first ever inflated park by Yamaha had its own giant slides and play areas for guests to enjoy. Activities included the Rev Claw that had miniature Revvy Bears and a photo booth. Attendees had the opportunity to explore Yamaha’s Motorcycles that were on display in the event area. This allowed the community to learn more about the different products of Yamaha and how each has a perfect fit in their lifestyle. The Automatic motorcycles express the rider’s individuality. The Mio Aerox enforces a life of speed and NMax offers comfort and efficiency. The all new SZ, FZi, and TFX 150 is attitude on wheels that raises fulfillment in every Rev. and for those who tread on a different path they can have the XTZ 125 for their Off-Road adventures. Last but not least is the YTX 125 that redefines the business model and promises strength, stability, and comfort.

A parade around the city included Yamaha’s own Revvy Bear and over 200 riders from Yamaha Clubs’ M.O.R. Negros, Southern Negros Motorcycle Alliance, All Mio Club Bacolod.

The event also featured the Yamaha Pinaka FiesTalentado Contest showcasing the locals in their best performances. There were plenty of skills shown during the auditions which built more anticipation for the Grand Finals. As each finalist showcased their best only a few could be recognized as the best of the best. The Champion of the contest was Lovella Joy Perez Clavel who delivered an outstanding song performance. She was followed by the dance artistry of duo Violito Pantonilla and Kristine Joy Vinson. Rounding out the top 3 of the contest is Steffani Cliff Garcia who gave a stunning song number herself. With so much musical merriment going on in the fiesta it was only appropriate that it was highlighted by a masterful showcase by Rock and Roll icon Bamboo.

The Yamaha Rev Pinas in Kabankalan may have ended but the “piyesta ng bayan’ has just started and its coming to Baler this August 16-19 for the Coconut Festival.

Yamaha Club Unveils New System and Sponsors

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Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc. has built an incredible community for riders where they can thrive through their passion and dedication for riding. The Yamaha Club began with a special discount privilege for all their members and this 2017, they have created a rewards system to give their riders a greater level of exclusivity.

During their pressconference at the Y-ZONE last August 12,2017 they announced that the purchase of any Yamaha Club member of any Yamaha parts,Apparel, Yamalube, and Helmets will now have an equal amount of points which they can exchange for premium items or an inclusion to a special Yclub event.

Also, it was the introduction of the sponsors of the club. The Consumer Care Products Incorporated, Petron Corporation, FDR Tires, and Racing Boy. They stated that the involvement of their brand is not only a testment to their dedication to Yamaha Club riders but also the fusion of innovation between the companies.

Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc. Sales and Marketing Director Kaoru Ogura alongside Marketing Section Senior Manager, Ryan Jude Camus led the official contract signing and a celebratory toast that marked the beginning of great things for the Yamaha Club.

PH Must Embrace Tech Disruption and Innovation to Stay Competitive — IPC

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Tholons recently released its latest Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations global survey and unfortunately five local business hubs, including Metro Manila, were demoted from last year as they fell short in new measures related to digital innovation. For IPC (IP Converge Data Services, Inc.), the results only signify how digital transformation is a vital element in business growth, and that it should serve as a wakeup call for organizations who have not yet embraced a digital mindset.

“Business technology has evolved to the point that it is now recognized as a requirement for any company as it provides the capabilities needed to remain relevant and competitive in today’s digital age,“ said IPC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dave De Leon.

Tholons decided to add digital innovation as a key parameter in this year’s rankings as a result of digital transformation disrupting the global outsourcing industry. The survey also notes that the rapid adoption of digital solutions in the workplace is the result of today’s clients asking for more transformational and innovative services, and that those who stick with traditional business models will be challenged to deliver.

With the adequate skills, process, and technology required, the decision to go digital at first appears to be overwhelming, especially to startups and SMBs (small and medium businesses). This however has proven to be false and reports have revealed that the benefits heavily outweigh the risks. A Mckinsey study revealed that B2B companies that utilize digital technology generate 8 percent more shareholder returns and a revenue compound annual growth rate (CAGR) that is five times greater than their peers.

Difficult alone

Despite the benefits however, IPC notes that the decision to go digital can be challenging due to several key factors to consider, with the most common being the adequate skills, process, and technology required. For Niño Valmonte, IPC’s Director for Marketing & Digital Innovation, this is because digital transformation does not merely pertain to the use of digital tools in an organization, but is an initiative that should be approached holistically, taking into consideration people, processes, and technologies as critical components of the digital pivot towards business success.

With all these factors to consider, the road to complete digital transformation may appear to be overwhelming, especially for large organizations. According to IPC, it is important for businesses to select the right partner to work with. Access to emerging technologies and global best practices in operational efficiency and change management are paramount in this selection process. The partnership model is a viable method that local companies can turn to, in order to flourish and even improve their status in the international stage, as evident in the Tholons survey.

“Working hand in hand with the right partner can help businesses implement a digital transformation strategy at a faster rate and with cost-efficiency. It also gives them a competitive edge by providing the expertise, technology, and practices needed to spur productivity and growth, and this journey can be difficult to embark on especially if an organization’s expertise is not in the area of IT,” said Valmonte.

De Leon adds that this is a tried-and-true decision where a company can fully enjoy the benefits of its investments in technology. “Teaming up with a digital partner who specializes in technology minimizes the risks involved when facing it alone as they adhere to the best and up-to-date practices.”

As part of its efforts to share and promote the best business IT practices and trends, IPC is currently bringing digital transformation directly to Metro Manila’s business hubs in #DiscoverDigital, a campaign that consists of various activities and seminars facilitated by experts including seminars with the overall objective of empowering Filipino enterprises and organizations, whether large or SME, to think out of the box and make the digital pivot towards operational efficiency, profitability and business success.

To know more about how digital transformation can help your business, you can visit You can also register for #DiscoverDigital through

PNP Region 8 to be Powered With DOE Hybrid Patrol Cars

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The Department of Energy (DOE), thru the Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB), is donating 45 hybrid patrol cars to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 8 in line with its mandate to promote the use of energy-efficient vehicles.

The DOE will hold the turnover ceremony of the 2017 Model of Toyota Prius units on Wednesday, August 16, at the Matapat Hall, PNP Region 8 Headquarters, Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte. The patrol cars are to be distributed in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.

Sec. Alfonso G. Cusi stated that "more than the promotion of efficient and environment-friendly alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), the donation serves as an opportunity for the DOE to support the development of areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda."

"It will also assist the DOE in the research, performance testing and promotion for the local adoption of alternative fuel vehicles for the benefit of the consumers," Cusi emphasized.

The Necessary Theater All Set for Olivier Winner for Best Play 'Blackbird' on September 1

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Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play, Blackbird is a deeply complex portrayal of two people whose ruined lives are inextricably intertwined.

Una, a 27-year-old woman, comes to visit Ray, a 55-year-old man, at his office. They are clearly not comfortable in other's company, and we soon find out why: 15 years before, when Una was only twelve, Ray seduced Una over the course of three months and finally took her away to a hotel for the weekend. Ray spent several years in prison for statutory rape, and Una was ostracized from her community after the incident. Now, she has found him by accident, and the play delves into their complex feelings for each other. Though clearly, and definitional, sexual abuse has occurred, the play that ensues is also part of a love story -- a horrible love story, but a love story all the same.

*Synopsis taken from:


      Playwright David Harrower
            Direction Topper Fabregas
            Set design Joey Mendoza
            Lights design John Batalla
            Sounds design Jethro Joaquin
Photography Paul Lao
Poster Design Steven Tansiongco
            First Week:
            September 1 (Friday) – 8PM
            September 2 (Saturday) – 8PM
            September 3 (Sunday) – 3PM
           Second Week:
            September 8 (Friday) – 8PM
            September 9 (Saturday) – 8PM
            September 10 (Sunday) – 3PM
Venue: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium
            4/F RCBC Plaza, Makati City
Ticket Price: PhP 1,200.00 Orchestra center
PhP 1,000.00 Orchestra sides
and orchestra back
                        PhP 800.00 Loge
                        PhP 500 Balcony
For inquiries, please contact: 
Dodo Lim                    Ivy Baggao
Producer                      Prod Manager
0928-5072924             0915-4676443

Australia-born Reece McLaren Aims to Personify Filipino Warrior’s Heart in Cage Return

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“Who is Reece McLaren?” That was the question of the night during the ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS fight week in December 2015 when he surfaced as Jordan Lucas’ late replacement to face Filipino-American sensation Mark “Mugen” Striegl.

Striegl was supposed to have an easy night against a relatively-unknown Australian martial artist entering a high-profile bout on eight days notice, but McLaren begged to disagree and educated everyone about who he is and what he is capable of.

McLaren pulled off a major upset in his promotional debut by submitting Striegl with a rear-naked choke in the aforementioned event’s co-headliner.

Showcasing his never-say-die attitude, McLaren overcame a series of takedowns and a second-round knockdown against the highly-favored Striegl, but he methodically chipped away with stinging leg kicks.

As his counterpart appeared to lose steam in the final frame, McLaren countered a weary takedown attempt with solid elbows before he advanced to Striegl's back to latch on the bout-ending choke at the 3:33 mark of the third round.

After his impressive conquest of Striegl, the thousands inside the state-of-the-art SM Mall of Asia Arena were instantly introduced to the name of Reece “Lighting” McLaren.

12 Countries to Travel on a Student Budget

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The holidays has come. During all the year students were studying, didn`t have enough food and sleep. At last, they passed their exams and felt tired and exhausted. That is why students need to have a rest. As experts tell, the best way to relax - is to travel to another country and leave all academic queries to birdie paper writer. However, you may be curious how to find the cheap trips for college students.

Thus, we have gathered 12 best places for college students to travel:

1. Indonesia

With extremely inexpensive local food and reasonably priced accommodation, it’s no wonder Indonesia is a popular destination among other places for college students to travel.

Suggested daily budget – 400,000-670,000 / 30-50 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out at the cheap markets and street stalls, keeping your drinking down, not taking expensive tours, and using local transportation. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect your number to be oдва типи перевірки..однаn the higher (or far above it).)

Dive in the Gili Islands – For a true sense of an island paradise, head to the Gili Islands. You won’t find any cars on these islands; bike travel or horse and cart are the ways to see all that Gili has to offer. You’ll find excellent scuba and snorkel facilities, as well as nightlife, on the party island of Gili Trawangan. A single-tank dive will cost around 500,000 IDR. 

Brilliant 5 Edtech Programs For Stellar Grades

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The Internet has profoundly developed over the last 2 decades, forever changing humanity in so many ways. We now depend on the internet to a variety of tasks. This is enhanced by the fact that it offers interconnectivity on a global scale. Through the internet, the world has indeed become a global village whereby you can access facilities that were previously impossible without traveling to overseas destinations. During this developmental stage, several entities rose up to take advantage of the new developing phenomenon, Internet of Things, to create new structure that impacts us daily. The Silicon Valley, for example, developed several programs and devices for educational purposes. Most recently, Edtech is concentrated on creating programs that are increasingly becoming more significant in classrooms worldwide.

In this article, we are going to explore some of the ways in which Internet of Things has impacted the education sector giving birth to the global scale classroom. Specifically, we shall tackle the software part of this development whereby we’ll discuss the various programs developed by Edtech that can be used to improve grades for students.

The following are 5 brilliant programs that can help students on how to write an essay, term paper, understand certain subjects, and other classroom activities to get stellar grades:


This is an interactive app created by Waterbear Soft, which is made for both teacher and student. It saves you from the hassle of having to register for memberships and logins. When the teacher enters the classroom, the app connects to all the smart devices within the classroom range. From that stage, the teacher can administer a quick quiz or share the content they want to reach the students.

The teacher will install the app on their smart device and log in. After this, they open virtual classrooms and students can join the session and deliver their responses to the assigned tasks, and as such, are constantly engaged in the coursework.

This app gives moderating privileges to the instructors. They are the only ones who can maintain their digital autonomy. Once the student joins a session, they are locked in and can’t leave to go surfing or engage in other activities. This app is free and has 15million users in Korea.

PingPong currently supports very limited responses which are: 

Short texts
Drawings and
Multiple choices 


This is an interactive app that converts your iPad into a recordable whiteboard delivering stunning presentations equipped with images, videos, text, and audio. For students, it offers the ability to create and share video lessons online. For the teacher, it offers the ability to create presentations and to create and administer assessment projects.

The app is useful not only for assessment purposes but can also be applied in the learning process. For instance, in English lessons, students can use the app to see how different characters interact with each other. In Science classes, students can classify plants and animals into their respective taxonomical orders. For History classes, students can use illustrations to better understand what they are learning.

Through the captivating and user-friendly graphical representations, students are more deeply engaged in the learning process and absorb more content. This app gives teachers the advantage of tapping into other teacher’s public lessons.


Whenever there is a population of individuals willing to learn, there will be a demand for individuals who can teach them. No matter the level of education you have attained, there is a skill or two you have developed and you can teach them to other learners. Despite the position you are in, to learn or to teach, you should check out the online teaching and learning marketplace Udemy.

This program offers a wide range of courses that you can select from if you want to learn. On the other hand, if you want to teach your unique skill to others, you get to create your own course whereby learners will select it for lessons after you sign up as an instructor. This is a good way of earning some extra money which can supplement your hefty tuition fees.


Cheap and free online courses are becoming common in the contemporary education society. This is becoming a preferable alternative to the cumbersome tuitions fees. Coursera is a free online resource that offers college courses to any student.

Although you won’t attain your degree certification through this avenue, it is a good spot to gain more specialized knowledge for your college course and your career as well. You will be awarded online badges that will boost your online profile such as LinkedIn. Partnerships with global elite universities ensure Coursera badges will bear one of the elite emblems which will take you a notch higher in your career.

5.Essay Services

There are a ton of essays waiting for your attention all through your college studies. On average, you will be required to tackle a completely new essay with a new topic on a weekly basis. At times, you may be forced to get some help on these essays. Essay services are a good way of outsourcing for help on your essays.

You simply upload your order and a competent freelance writer will get working on your essay. For these services, you will be required to pay a fee that’s in accordance with the level and magnitude of your course. You will be in a contact with the writer who will update you on the progress of your order and you only pay once you’re satisfied.


These Edtech programs are designed to promote instructiveness for learning in the digital classroom. The modern students in the contemporary digital education systems require modern learning resources in a virtual domain where they can cultivate new skills and talents for the 21st-century economy. New technologies are being developed and incorporated into the society and the education sector benefits as well. Students should take advantage of these systems to ensure that they attain stellar grades.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Happiness is a Pearl Sets Re-Run from August 25 to September 17

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What Can You Do For Love ?????

“Happiness is a Pearl,” an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer Rody Vera is all set to open on August 25 and shall run up to Sept. 17 at Arts Above, Artist Playground II, 112 West Venue Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City.

“Happiness is a Pearl” revolves around three characters ---Kenji, a male courtesan; Maria, a poor Pinay Japayuki; and Mari, a wife who falls in love with Kenji.

Before becoming a prostitute in a club in Kabukicho, Tokyo, Mari was married to a wealthy businessman. But Mari’s billionaire husband soon leaves her when she becomes attached to a male gigolo named Kenji, who has a pearl stitched under the skin of his penis. However, Kenji sets his eyes on a poverty-stricken Filipina entertainer named Maria. Intertwined by fate and struggles, how will Kenji, Maria, and Mari find the true meaning of love and happiness ?

“Happiness is a Pearl” will be directed by Paul Jake Paule, an esteemed actor, director and Aliw Awards nominee.

The list of cast is as follows: Kenji - Glen Asaytona, TJ Dela Paz, Julian Roxas and Arvin Trinidad; Mari - Cathrine Go, Micah Musa, and April Jasmin Rosales; Maria - Ahlyxon Leyva, Sheena Ramos, and Ira Ruzz.

The ensemble is as follows: Star Alferez, Jessa Bisnar, Rey Ann Guilas, Joyan Kiu, Beaulah Mae Saycon, Sheneill Solis, Princess Tuason

The Artistic Team is led by Paul Jake Paule (Director), Roeder Camañag (Artistic Director), Jesse Lucas (Music By), Lezlie Dailisan (Choreographer) Mailes Kanapi (Artistic Consultant) Jeffrey Camañag (Production Design Consultant) Ma Fatima Cadiz (Assistant Director) John Mark Yap (Lay-out Designer) Aly Mondonedo (Photographer) Sem Pabion (Dramaturg) Rowena Jarito(Sound Designer), Glenn Caspe(Lights Designer) and Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer).

The Production Team is led by Kimberly Claire Somoza (Production Manager) , Joselito “Toots” Tolentino (Publicist) Pat Gajes (Stage Manager), Jeremy Cabansag (Deputy Stage Manager), Arjie Rebuldela (ASM for Lights/Boardman) , Beaulah Mae Saycon (ASM for Costume), Star Alferez (Costume Mistress), Jessa Bisnar (Make-up Supervisor), Rey Ann Guilas (Prop head), Rowena jarito(Spinner) , and Set team : Glenn Caspe, Jayson Garcia, Paul Candor and Joyan Kiu.

For tickets, call Ticketworld 8919999.

For inquiries, please call 09759193179 c/o Kimberly Somoza.

OFWs May Now Avail of Terminal Fee Exemption Via Ceb Mobile App

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Pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Transportation – Manila International Airport Authority (DOTr – MIAA) and all airlines operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Cebu Pacific has updated its booking systems to ensure that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) shall be exempt from paying terminal fee upon online booking of tickets.

Starting July 8, OFWs who choose to book their flights via the Cebu Pacific mobile app only need to tick a box before payment is processed to be exempted from paying the Php550 International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) or terminal fee. Exemption has been applied to hotline and website transactions since April.

Under the MOA, the fee shall be waived for OFWs, pilgrims, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) delegates, and others authorized by law and the Office of the President to travel outside the Philippines. Effective 30 April 2017, exemption was initially honored upon face to face purchase of tickets, but by the end of July, the exemption was also applied to online purchases. Prior to this, migrant workers and delegates needed to queue for refund when departing from NAIA.

Exempted passengers are required to present valid documents upon check in to verify their eligibility for exemption.

The MOA was signed last 15 March 2017 with all 40 airlines operating in NAIA agreeing to make the exemption automatic upon booking. The move is consistent with the objectives of the DOTr and the directive of President Duterte to give OFWs a seamless and hassle-free experience at the airport.

It can be recalled that the IPSC Integration Project implemented in February 2015 was met with opposition from concerned OFW groups and advocates as it required OFWs to go through a refund process.

Rotary Clubs in Pasig, District 3800 Team Up with PBEX for Unlad-Kaakbay Market and Expo Promotion

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The Rotary Club of Mutya ng Pasig, Pasig Business Club and Ex-Link Events opened the 8th Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs’ Expo at the Megatrade Hall 1 of SM Megamall with a bang, as representatives from government and civic organizations attending the said occasion.

Among the guests present in the opening are Cooperative Development Authority OIC Chief for Project Development and Assistance Division Mr. Julio Casilan, Bank Marketing Association of the Philippines’ Director for Industry Relations Mr. Miguel Angelo C. Villa-Real, Pasig City Business Club President Ms. Elvie Tarrobal, Ortigas Center Association Inc. General Manager Ms. Malou B. Reyes, Rotary International District 3800 Governor for RY 2017-2018 Atty. Salvador C. Quimpo, Rotary Club of Mutya ng Pasig President for RY 2017-2018 Ms. Mary Ann Ong Santiago, and Rotary Club Presidents from the Pasig City area.

Ex-Link Events Chief Executive Officer Ms. Michelle D. Ballesteros gave emphasis on the Unlad-Kaakbay Community Livelihood Expo Promotion and Market-Matching Project, wherein the Rotary Club of Mutya ng Pasig and Ex-Link Events help community entrepreneurs in showcasing their products and services to the general public, taking into account how Ex-Link has been helping entrepreneurs to grow their business almost seventeen years ago with its first Hobbies Turned Business Fair.

This year’s beneficiaries are community livelihood enterprise from Pasig City selling desserts, peanut butter, bracelets, curtains and rags; Live for Others Movement supported by the Rotary Club of Mutya ng Pasig; and the Kabuhayan sa Waterlily livelihood project of the Rotary Club of Pasig.

The 8th Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs’ Expo is sponsored by AXA Philippines, Eastwood Global Plaza Luxury Residences, Golfhill Gardens, CDO, Citibank, Jack N’ Jill Calbee, Nissin Ramen, Brother Philippine, Enchanted Kingdom and Hotel Sogo; and supported by Rotary International District 3800 – Zone 6, the Rotary Club of Mutya ng Pasig, Pasig City Business Club, Bank Marketing Association of the Philippines, Department of Trade and Industry, Ka-Entrep Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines, and Chase Technologies Corporation; with media partners GMA, Barangay LS 97.1, Asenso Pinoy, EntrepTV, Light Network, Star Music, 702 DZAS, Business Café, Malaya Business Insight, BusinessWorld, The Manila Times, MoneySense magazine, Locale City Guide, Azrael’s Merryland,,, Negosentro, World Executives Digest, Wazzup Pilipinas, Pisig Ad Network and Young Entrepreneurs’ Society of the Philippines.

Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 Media Launch

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The 15 female and male contestants of the 4th Mr. and Ms. Chinatown: New Dynasty were presented to the media at the Solaire Resorts and Casino. This year’s batch of hopefuls come from Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and other key cities around the country, all competing for the prestigious beauty title.  During the program, Ms. Joy Wu and Mr. Jacob Munes were chosen as the evening’s Darling of the Press. Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 Grand coronation will be on September 1, 2017 at Solaire Resorts and Casino. 

Undeniably, pageants have become an inextricable part of the Filipino culture. In fact, the country has recently been dubbed as a powerhouse in pageantry. This love for pageants, they say, is ingrained in our system and could be traced back to the American colonial period, when women from different regions across the country gathered in traders’ fairs to represent and promote their localities. Now, almost every Filipino town and institution has its own local competition where winners are expected to personify the attributes and values of the community.

Mr. and Ms. Chinatown was created from this concept. Since its creation in 2013 Chinoy TV, together with the Miss Chinatown Foundation has been staging the grand competition every year. With various themes that highlight the grandeur of Chinoy life, it is the much-awaited annual event of the Chinese-Filipino community.

This year’s pageant theme is “New Dynasty” which seeks to create a re-defined image of the Chinoy, characterized by the graceful combination of traditional values and a contemporary, progressive stance. Mr. and Ms. Chinatown: New Dynasty is anchored on the belief that the modern Chinoy is open-minded and ready to brave change and new heights.

Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 Grand coronation will be on September 1, 2017 at Solaire Resorts and Casino.

Ms. Joy Wu and Mr. Jacob Munes were chosen as the evening’s Darling of the Press.
Cover Photo Caption:

Left to Right (Middle) Mr. Willord Chua, Host, Mr. Alvin Kingson Tan, President Fil-Chi Media Productions Inc. – Ms. Loraine Tan, COO, Fil-Chi Media Productions Inc., Mr. Ron Lim, Admin Manager Oriental Group and Mr. Jay Ang Marketing Manager Oriental Group

Challenge Accepted: Bloggers Need to Level Up to Deserve a Spot as Credible and Competent Media

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"Look, everyone invested in this thread seems to want a seat at the big boys table. And, why not? There is money to be made, opportunities to be mined, goals to be met (whether you're in it for a byline, a paycheck, a commission, a sponsorship, an endorsement deal). But realize that this is a competition. We are not here to hold hands and sing Hamilton songs in unison while gazing at each other. We are here to ensure that we are experts in our chosen beat because that is how we add value for our readers. I, for one, would love to read about a pasta called Croxetti, in the hopes of tasting some one day on the strength of a writer's informed recommendation. I would skip a half-assed "This is what I did today" puff piece, which only really works if you're a celebrity living under a fanbase microscope (Tangina, almusal ni Benedict Cumberbatch kanina adobo flakes! Shookt!)." - Karlo Samson
The intention of a trad or mainstream media for posting the story below on his Facebook wall is probably good. However, some of the side comments of this thread starter and most of the comments from his Facebook friends are not. It only put bloggers (both his friend and the two others) in a bad light because we can see here that it's a blogger sharing negative stories about other bloggers who met at an event.

There is something wrong when a guest questions why there seems to be other guests that are not fit for an event they were all invited at. Do not question anybody's presence because maybe you are the one who is not appropriate for the event....or they are special friends with the event organizers...Lol!

The thread starter also cited social media feeds where PR companies can be seen asking bloggers to sign-up at their events in exchange of GCs, and likewise cited bloggers asking for others to represent them at events. He never mentioned what's wrong with those incidents but he must be somehow implying that those were unusual or wrong.

Though another fear of this mainstream media is that the same type of clueless bloggers may finally get the chance to enter Malacanang (due to the recent announcement that the government will now start accepting bloggers as valid media), he forgets that the same issues he has cited has been around for ages even for trad media. We all know also that even the President himself questions trad media's credibility. Now that the government is considering bloggers, there might be some people threatened to further lose opportunities for their publication.

Wazzup with the "Freebies that end up for sale or for barter online" statement? Is he trying to insinuate that there are bloggers that only exists for freebies?

Bear in mind that we are not trying to make this a bloggers-versus-trad media issue, it just so happens that the thread starter is a member of the media and people involved in the issue he raised are bloggers:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Heartwarming Comedy “Playing House” Returns for New Season on Sony Channel

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Season 3 premieres August 20, Sundays at 7:30pm

Your favorite “sisters” continue their adventures as their friendship faces its biggest challenge yet in the new season of the comedy series Playing House, which premieres on Sony Channel this August.

Childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair) are back, and they are bringing their fun friends with them.

In the new season, the tables are turned as Emma needs all the support she can have from Maggie after she is diagnosed with breast cancer. With the people who love her by her side, Emma undergoes treatment and emerges somehow happier and more fulfilled than she has ever been.

Despite their differences, Maggie and Emma get through the hard times as they complement each other the way only best friends can - by facing the challenges of their past, present and future together.

Playing House Season 3 premieres August 20 and airs every Sunday at 7:30pm, part of ROFLing Sundays first and exclusive on Sony Channel.

Sony Channel is available on SKYCable Channel 35, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cignal Channel 120, G Sat Channel 48, and Cablelink Channel 39.

Online Tax Assistance Platform Taxumo is the First Digital Startup to Get Four-Year Tax Holiday from BOI

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As part of the government’s thrust to spur the digital startup industry and technological innovations in the Philippines, pioneering online tax assistance platform Taxumo was recently granted a four-year income tax holiday so it can focus its resources on growing its business. 

This recent move makes Taxumo the first digital startup firm approved by the Board of Investments (BOI) under the 2017 IPP (Investment Priorities Plan.) 

Taxumo is an easy online tax filing and payment web app that revolutionizes tax processing for Filipino solo entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals, and freelancers. Says EJ Arboleda, Taxumo’s CEO: “We are grateful that the BOI has given the attention to Taxumo, which sets a precedent for the tech startup industry to get the support it needs to move forward, which in turn will generate jobs and ease business operations. We are proud to be leading the way for the industry.” 

“Digitalization is a great equalizer that levels the playing field among small and large firms. Adopting an innovation-led business model, like the integration of digital strategies and e-commerce, enables MSMEs to scale-up their status and become competitive in the long run,” Trade Secretary and BOI Chairman Ramon M. Lopez said. 

“We must effectively tap the potential of MSMEs as it forms a significant part in of our country’s growth resurgence and nurturing them not just as backbones of our economy but also one of the prime movers of both domestic and regional growth.” 

Trade Undersecretary and BOI Managing Head Ceferino Rodolfo said: “BOI supports entrepreneurial startups as an engine for economic development and as a key driver of economic diversification and job creation. While the Philippine start-ups sector is at a nascent stage, our large young internet-savvy population and growing economy make the country a hot-bed for technology-driven activities.” 

He stressed “the need to have a forward thinking mentality that is anchored on providing entrepreneurs and startups with the necessary support to start and grow right from the earliest stages of development.” 

Through Taxumo, users simply enter their income and expenses in the system regularly, which then provides real-time information on tax dues. 

This will also be a great help for independent contractor taxes. The platform also autofills the relevant tax forms (BIR Form 2551M for Monthly Percentage Tax Payments, Form 1701Q for Quarterly Income Tax Payments, and soon, Form 1701 for Annual Income Tax Payments) with calculations based on the data entered by the user. 

From there, they can easily file and pay their tax dues online through Taxumo as well. Users can avail of paid subscription packages on the platform, depending on their needs.

ISOC-NPC Online Privacy Workshop

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The Internet Society, the world’s trusted independent source of leadership for Internet policy, standards and development, and the National Privacy Commission, would be holding a one-day interactive workshop on Online Privacy in the Philippines, to be held on the 29th of August. 

The workshop will take stock of the Data Privacy Act and the lessons learned from its implementation. Through a combination of panel and small group discussions, it will highlight good practices and emerging international norms in the Asia-Pacific region and globally, and examine policy trends such as the ‘right to be forgotten’ and how these might be relevant to the local context. 

The workshop seeks to solicit input from various stakeholder groups, including web-based organisations and traditional businesses with online operations, and deliberate on solutions to outstanding issues in developing a comprehensive culture of online data protection. 

For further information, please feel free to get in touch with us at,

Archivo 1984 Presents "The Past is a Foreign Country" by Jill Paz

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The Past is a Foreign Country by Jill Paz

Pasillo 18
La Fuerza Compound (Gate 1)
2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City

Opening Reception: August 31, 2017 (5 pm)

Archivo 1984 proudly presents “The Past is a Foreign Country”, Jill Paz’s first solo exhibition in her home country, and also Archivo 1984’s inaugural exhibition in its new space which will open on August 31, 2015.

In this show, Paz focuses on images as object survivors of the past. The underlying theme of memory is re-interpreted by the artist as an exploration of renovation, embodied in her own experience of cultural loss. She explores this through homage paintings based on the work of her great grand-uncle, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo.

Among the largest works in the show are the 8-foot ‘Untitled (After Hidalgo, Libertatem)’ (2015), composed of cardboard panels etched with a phantasmic composition inspired by the artist’s ancestor and a personal childhood memory. In ‘Untitled (Balikayan Box, It’s a Journey Back that I’m Always Taking)’ (2015), Paz has fashioned an LBC box with photographic images of her family home. 

Kevin Belingon Expects Big Reward if He Pulls Off Decisive Win Over Reece McLaren

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As Kevin Belingon crosses paths with a fellow former world title challenger in Reece McLaren, the Filipino knockout artist sees a big reward if he plays his cards right against the Australian standout.

Belingon is set to square off with McLaren on the stacked card of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS, which takes place at the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18 August.

The 29-year-old Baguio City native hopes that if he secures a convincing victory over McLaren, it will bring him an inch closer to a rematch with Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes for the coveted ONE Bantamweight World Championship title.

“My initial goal is to continue winning until I get closer to the title and become a champion,” Belingon stated.

Belingon had his chance to vie for prestigious gold in January 2016 when he challenged Fernandes for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship belt, but things did not go his way as the Brazilian champion swiftly submitted him with a Kimura lock in the opening stanza.

Following his submission setback to Fernandes, Belingon took several months off before re-emerging in October 2016 by handing rising martial arts star Muin Gafurov of Tajikistan his second professional loss.

Belingon followed it up with an astounding knockout conquest of Finnish dynamo Toni Tauru last April in front of a sold-out crowd at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

For Belingon, his three-round bantamweight encounter with McLaren is an opportunity to make a truly impressive statement as his objective is to score a second cage meeting with Fernandes for the organization’s bantamweight title.

According to Belingon, defeating McLaren in decisive fashion may strengthen his bid to get a rematch with McLaren.

“I believe I will face Bibiano Fernandes if I can defeat Reece McLaren impressively. My dream of finally becoming a world champion is still there. It still lives in my heart. My upcoming bout is another journey to elevate my status as a contender for the title,” he stated.

Although a tough task is ahead of him, Belingon is confident that he will have his hand raised in triumph against McLaren inside the ONE Championship cage.

“It’s just the beginning for me. As a competitor, I have to keep on learning and adapt to changes in this forever-evolving sport. Through the years, improvement has been the key to my success. I am ready for Reece McLaren,” he concluded.

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Yes to More Discounts with the Free VAT Campaign of

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Do you love traveling but feel that your earnings are never enough to cover the cost? Do you always feel worried about the continuous price hikes on commodities? Are you one of those who complain about the high tax rate charged in the items and services you need?

It wouldn’t be surprising if you answered “yes” in any of these questions. Because among our neighboring countries, we, Filipinos, are the highest-paying taxpayers.

While well-performing ASEAN countries like Singapore and Malaysia are able to tone down Value Added Tax (VAT) charges at the minimum, the Philippines remains as the South East Asian country with the highest VAT of 12% in the ASEAN. Apart from this, the Philippines also ranks second in corporate income tax and personal income tax. Now that almost all purchases made are topped with tax, many Filipinos are struggling so hard to earn enough just to cover all their expenses.

With that,, the leading online travel agent (OTA) in the country, wants to ease such burden.

Just this July, launched its Free VAT Campaign wherein they shoulder the 12% VAT on all hotel bookings made by their customers.

“Every Filipino deserves the best experience when they travel. And at, we believe that it should start at the very moment that they do their actual bookings,” says Mr. Takumi Nakazawa, General Manager of the leading OTA.

All the customers have to do is to sign up at and choose among the 3,300 affiliated hotels of for their trip. Travelers, then, will see that the VAT on their hotel bookings has been deducted from the total cost of their transaction. What’s more interesting is that on top of the deducted VAT, additional discounts may still be applied.

With all the stress and problems in life that Filipinos normally encounter, would like to give them more opportunities to travel so they can unwind and explore.

“What we want to do is more of a public service instead of business. We have a heart for the customers and we do necessary actions to express that we care. That is how Free VAT campaign is born,” Mr. Nakazawa adds.

With this latest offer from, everyone can now get hassle-free and pocket-friendly trips! So book now at to start the best travel experience you can ever have!

This campaign might end without prior notice to the public.
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