Saturday, October 14, 2017

DOE Gets Inputs from Visayas on Energy Resiliency Policy

VISAYAS CONTRIBUTION: With their long experience in disaster risk reduction, Visayas energy stakeholders shared their ideas to help DOE in crafting a more comprehensive energy resiliency policy. The DOE held the public consultation Friday in Tacloban City, Leyte to ensure resiliency in the energy sector amid the region's vulnerability to natural disasters.

In a bid to gather more inputs on its proposed energy resiliency policy, the Department of Energy (DOE) recently concluded the second leg of public consultations in Leyte province.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said the public consultations are conducted to improve the energy resiliency policy.

“Engaging our stakeholders in policy formulation supports our thrust for a comprehensive energy resiliency framework,” he said.

“The insights of our kababayans in the Visayas who experienced the adverse effects of Yolanda –the strongest typhoon ever recorded—allowed us to give more depth in strengthening disaster prevention and management in the energy sector,” Cusi pointed out.

The energy resiliency policy, dubbed as the “Adoption of Resiliency Planning and Program in the Energy Industry to Mitigate Adverse Effects Brought About by Disasters,” is anchored on President Duterte’s directive to heighten disaster resilience.

The proposed policy revolves around four principles: to strengthen the existing energy infrastructures and systems; to institute the build back better principle; to improve existing disaster resilience operations; and to develop resiliency practices, systems and standards.
“All these are geared towards mainstreaming disaster risk reduction to ensure the reliability of our energy systems in times of disasters,” Cusi said.

Apart from typhoons, the provinces in the Visayas also experienced disruptive earthquakes affecting energy services in the region.

The first leg of the public consultations was held last 10 October in Batangas City, where critical energy facilities are located. The city was struck with a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in August.

During the Luzon and Visayas consultations, the participants generally shared various comments and suggestions to revise, clarify and expand some clauses tackling the resiliency compliance plan and its timelines, the task force, regulatory support and monitoring, definition of terms, roles and responsibilities, costs and budgetary concerns, plans and roadmaps, among others.

The third-leg of the consultations will be conducted on 17 October in Cagayan de Oro, which experienced devastation from Typhoon Sendong and is now reeling from armed conflict in nearby provinces.

For those interested in voicing out their inputs, they may download a copy of the draft resiliency policy on the DOE's Official website: and send their recommendations thru the email

LUZON BRAINSTORMING: During the breakout sessions of the Luzon leg of the Department of Energy's public consultations, participants discussed among themselves the comments and recommendations on the specifics of the proposed energy resiliency policy. The consultation was held in Batangas City last 10 October

Friday, October 13, 2017

G.SKILL Releases Fastest 32GB (4x8GB) Trident Z RGB Memory Kit at DDR4-4266MHz

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is very excited to announce the latest Trident Z RGB memory kit that boosts RGB-infused DDR4-4266MHz memory kits to a never-before-seen 32GB (4x8GB) configuration! Built from ultra-high performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs, this new DDR4 memory kit marks a new milestone as the fastest 32GB (4x8GB) RGB memory kit on the market thus far.

The Quest for Faster FrequencyJust one week after the launch of the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Z370 chipset motherboards, G.SKILL further fine-tuned the high-end RGB memory kits to reach even higher levels of overclocking speeds. Ever since the launch of Trident Z RGB almost a year ago, the largest capacity at DDR4-4266MHz was 2x8GB. In combination with the ASUS OptiMem technology, which complements the T-Toplogy layout that uses equalized trace lengths, four-DIMM memory configurations have improved stability and increased frequency headroom. With the availability of this new optimization, G.SKILL is doubling the Trident Z RGB kit capacity to operate atDDR4-4266MHz CL19-23-23-43 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.4V. Below is a screenshot of the memory kit stress tested on an ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) motherboard and the Intel® Core™ i5-8600K processor.

This high-end Trident Z RGB memory kits will be available via G.SKILL authorized distribution partnersin December 2017

2017 Jr. NBA All-Stars Live the NBA Experience in Shanghai

Sixteen Jr. NBA All-Stars of Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska, eight boys and eight girls, flew to Shanghai, China from Oct. 6-9 to enjoy a fun, enriching NBA basketball experience. The young ballers, ages 12-14 watched the live NBA China Game between 2017 NBA Champions Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Mercedes Benz Arena.

The Jr. NBA All-Stars cherished the opportunity to witness Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant combine for 90 points to lead the Warriors in a 142-110 win against the Timberwolves.

Jr. NBA All-Stars also had the chance to meet NBA Legend and defense specialist Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams. “Making it to the NBA starts with training and conditioning. If you love to do those things, then you will be a great basketball player. It’s the stuff that you do prior to the game that makes you great,” Williams shared the All-Stars in a brief training session with them.

Displaying their hardcourt prowess on the trip, the young Filipino athletes bested their fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam to win the Jr. NBA 3-on-3 tournament. The all-girls team representing Jr. NBA Philippines went head-to-head against various opponents before bowing out to Thailand in the semifinals.

In addition to friendly peer competitions, the Jr. NBA 2017 All-Stars experienced intense basketball training from Jr. NBA Coaches Chris Sumner and Natalia Andre, implementing rigorous skills exercises in shooting, passing, footwork, post-up, and under-the-basket drills. Jr. NBA All-Stars also tried the local cuisine and toured famous landmarks in Shanghai.

The Jr. NBA is the league’s global youth basketball participation program that promotes basketball participation and an active lifestyle among children. Participants are trained in the fundamentals of basketball and learn about the importance of proper nutrition, as well as the Jr. NBA’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect (S.T.A.R).

Fans can follow Jr. NBA at the official and Facebook at to learn more about the program as well as how to join and become a Jr. NBA All-Star in 2018. 
To learn more about Alaska Milk Corporation, visit and Now Offers Discounted Tickets to Enchanted Kingdom!

As an exclusive offer from, the leading online travel agency (OTA) in the Philippines, travelers can now book Enchanted Kingdom park tickets that are 11% lower than the theme park’s walk-in rates!

Travelers going to Enchanted Kingdom on a weekday can enjoy ride-all-you-can passes for only PHP 536; while those taking a weekend getaway can get park tickets for only PHP 625. All rates are inclusive of VAT and service charges.

Exclusive discounted tickets to Agila: The EKsperience

Meanwhile, those who want to try Enchanted Kingdom’s newest attraction—Agila: The EKsperience can also book discounted tickets with Travel across the Philippine archipelago in just one ride with this leisure package exclusively available in the said OTA. Agila: The EKsperience is the first and only flying theater in the Philippines that offers an innovative virtual experience to discover and explore the best of the country’s 7,641 islands.

For as low as PHP 714, travelers get a single ticket to Agila: The EKsperience and a ride-all-you-can pass to Enchanted Kingdom’s rides and leisurely attractions. Those who want to bring children aged six (6) years old and below, meanwhile, may avail of this Enchanted Kingdom leisure package for only PHP 500. This weekday promo rate offered by will surely let you enjoy a hassle-free transaction as it is also already inclusive of VAT and service charge.

Enchanted Kingdom describes the Agila ride as “an exhilarating multi-sensory adventure that takes park entertainment to incredible heights.” Thrill-seekers can expect to soar high and see the country’s must-visit destinations like how a powerful eagle can, in a magical experience like no other.

Tick off some of the local destinations you’ve been dreaming to explore in a magical and thrilling journey when you choose to book your next Enchanted Kingdom adventure with Tours! Discounted ticket rates offered by for Enchanted Kingdom ends on October 29, 2017.

As introduces their Tours platform, exciting activities like flying adventures at Trampoline Park, Manila Ocean Park escapades, and day tours at Zoobic Safari are also offered at discounted rates. Budget-friendly roundtrip transfers and travel packages are also available at Tours.

Unleash the fun in you and book your next adventure with Tours! Visit for more information.

Kick-off Your Christmas Shopping with these Exciting Deals from BPI and Landers Superstore

BPI partners with Landers Superstore. Jojo Ocampo, SVP and Head for BPI Cards and Payments Group and Gwen Lim, President for Landers Superstore, seal the deal of their partnership in time for the Christmas Season. With a minimum purchase of Php 3,000.00 using a BPI Credit Card, cardholders will be entitled to a free Landers membership card.

It is indeed the season to be jolly. It’s the perfect time to get your Christmas shopping going—and what better way than to experience blissful shopping with BPI and Landers Superstore, one of the newest superstores in the country.

BPI recently partnered with Landers Superstore, giving BPI Cardholders an early Christmas gift of exclusive deals for an amazing shopping experience at Landers.
BPI Credit Cardholders are entitled to a FREE Landers Membership Card with a minimum single-receipt purchase worth PHP3,000 using their BPI Credit Cards*.

According to Jojo Ocampo, SVP and Head for BPI Cards and Payments Group, this partnership will add value to the shopping experience of the BPI Cardholders.

“We want to give our cardholders the gratifying experience and convenience of shopping at Landers,” she said. “For an affordable minimum, our cardholders can become Landers members and have the privilege to shop for a wide range of household products and groceries.”

Gwen Lim, President of Landers Superstore, highlighted the customer journey in Landers. “We appreciate the idea that the customer feels the excitement of shopping first, before becoming an actual member. This gives them options,” said Lim.

An Exclusive Preview Sale for BPI Cardholders was held last October 11, 2017 from 7:00 am - 9:00 am, giving them first dibs on the products on sale. The Landers Super Crazy Sale continued until October 15, 2017, at all Landers Superstore branches located in Quezon City, Otis Manila, and Cebu.

Non-BPI Cardholders may apply for a credit card through BPI sales agents present inside Landers Superstores for a chance to enjoy this exclusive offer and more perks. Applicants get a free scoop of Doppio ice cream too!

For more details about the promo, please visit

*The free Landers membership card promo will run until October 31, 2017.
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One-day Fair Brings the Best Higher Education Institutions from Europe to Manila

Study in EU now!

Have you always dreamt of pursuing higher education abroad? Now is the time to embark on a journey of a lifetime - travelling around an learning from the best European universities at the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) 2017.

EHEF will be held on October 18, 2017 at the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong, and will feature more than 20 higher education institutions from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden and United Kingdom.

The fair is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines together with the EU Member States’ Embassies and Cultural Institutions in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“Education has always been and will remain a top priority for Filipinos. Many have found that the higher education institutions in the European Union offer opportunities beyond comparison,” said EU Ambassador Franz Jessen. “With this year’s theme being ‘Sustaining Innovation and Excellence,’ EHEF 2017 aims to showcase both innovation in teaching and learning techniques and curriculum par excellence of participating higher education institutions to a growing number of prospective Filipino students.”

Why Study in EU?
As a center of excellence in education, obtaining an EU post graduate degree opens up various opportunities. It gives one an edge in the corporate world and immediately taps into a network of international professionals.

Pursuing a higher degree in EU is an amazing experience. It allows one to establish intercultural contacts, gain invaluable insights into a new culture, learn a new language, and grow as a person.

“Education should not be restricted within the four walls of the classroom. There is an opportunity for one to learn everyday, why not bring it up a notch up and pursue higher education in EU?” said Ambassador Jessen. “Through EHEF, we want to encourage all Filipino students, teachers, members of the academe to grab this opportunity and experience diversified and excellent post-graduate and doctorate degree programs from top-notch EU universities.”

During the fair, participants and prospective applicants will have the chance to learn more about the EU education system and way of life through a series of lectures and talks, and will also have the opportunity to talk with EU alumni volunteers present during the event.

Erasmus+ Programme at 30
This year also marks the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ Program, an EU-funded program which gives support to education, training, youth, and sports in Europe. Ambassador Jessen shared that this year, 37 Filipinos were granted Erasmus scholarships and are now pursuing their Masters and PHD degrees in Europe.

This year’s EHEF is supported by venue partner, Shangri-La Plaza. Admission to the fair is free, but registration is encouraged. Participants can pre-register online via or walk-in during the event day. For more information visit @EHEFPhilippines on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Kid’s First to hold “One Fun Day: A Family Day of Festivities for All Abilities”

​Expect a day of genuine fun and laughter as Alabang-based learning center, Kid’s First Discovery Space is set to hold a day of action-packed, exciting activities to celebrate the tenth year of its program that provides early childhood intervention for children with special needs. Kid’s First advocates for the inclusion of all children in our classrooms and in our community.

Kid’s First’s “One Fun Day: A Family Day of Festivities for All Abilities” will take place at the Cuenca Covered Court in Ayala, Alabang on Oct 21, Saturday from 8am to 12 noon. It will feature special lessons on hip hop dancing, taekwondo, futsal, yoga, and circuit training. An area will also be dedicated for sand play, giant board games, kite flying, and many more!

“It’s going to be a day that’s dedicated for all kids and their families. This non-competitive, fully inclusive event is for everyone - people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. It could be an opportunity for the kids to enjoy activities without fears and worries. No winners and no losers. Just simply a day of fun,“ says Kid’s First educational administrator, Vanessa Morales-Balquiedra.

“And since we’re celebrating ten strong years of the center’s Kid’s First Early Childhood Intervention Foundation, all eyes are on all our students who will show us that differences in abilities are not a hindrance to creating strong bonds of friendship and that everyone can join in the activities. Watch them participate actively in non-competitive games and sports, and you’ll realize how talented, outstanding, and adorable they are. It’s testament to their ability to become fully participating and contributing members of our community,” according to Jennifer Teves-Manalo, Early Childhood Intervention Coordinator of Kid’s First.

Kid’s First hopes to send out a clear message that ALL kids with various talents and capabilities can develop positively and interact harmoniously with one another. Come and bring your kids at this fun-filled event. Ticket price is at: P500 for a single entry inclusive of entrance fee, snacks, and a loot bag; or avail of a discounted price of P1,000 for a family of three.

One Fun Day is organized to help raise awareness and advocate for inclusion of all children with different abilities in various communities. Proceeds of this event will go to the community-based rehabilitation program of the University of the Philippines-Manila College of Allied Medical Professions (UPM CAMP) and the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation, Inc (ANAK-TnK). For more information, you may contact Ces of Kid’s First Discovery Space at (02) 556-3887; 0917-8338983 or email

Kid’s First is located at the G/F of Venture Bldg., Market cor. Prime Streets, Madrigal Business Park in Muntinlupa City.​

Foster the People Coming to Manila on January 26

Foster The People is coming to Manila for their Sacred Hearts Club Tour on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the KIA Theater.

Founded in in 2009, Foster the People achieved success with the 2011 release of its debut album Torches, which has sold nearly two million albums and over nine million singles worldwide. Torches features the #1 hit single “Pumped Up Kicks,” which was declared “the year’s anthem” by SPIN, and also spawned the chart topping singles “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls),” “Houdini,” and “Helena Beat.” Foster the People garnered three Grammy nominations for its monumental debut, including Best Alternative Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Pumped Up Kicks” and Best Short Form Music Video for “Houdini.” Supermodel was the second full-length record from Foster the People. Influenced by frontman Mark Foster’s world travels and shifting perspective, the album was recorded in studios around the world and features fan favorites including "Coming of Age" and "Best Friend."

Since then, they have been filling dance-floors worldwide with headline tours and performing at some of the biggest international music festivals including Coachella, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza. Now the group returns to Manila, this time bringing their third record Sacred Hearts Club along for the ride, which features the hit singles “Doing It for the Money” and “Sit Next to Me”.

Tickets will be on-sale on Saturday, October 21 via For more information, visit Wilbros Live on social media.

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Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted To Be Shown on November 1

Direk Jose Javier Reyes calls it a "scream fest" because there will be two Pinoy horror movies showing starting on All Saint's Day November 1, of which his movie, Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted, top-billed by Christine Reyes, is one of them.

People would realize that Kim Chiu, leading the cast of The Ghost Bride, and directed by Chito Rono, would obviously compete with the audience for the first day of November, but Direk Jose Javier Reyes, both writer and director of the movie, prefers that everyone should support both films. How about you? Would you watch both films or prefer to choose just one? Or probably you would like to watch the second one on the next week after since I'm not so sure many would want to spend their day stuck inside the movie houses.

Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted is not a continuation of the previous movie starred by the likes of Rica Peralejo, Marvin Agustin, Drew Arellano, Paolo Contis, Alessandra De Rossi and Dingdong Dantes, but rather a new movie by itself with new casts and story. Surprisingly, this will be former Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2016 Maxine Medina's first appearance in a movie. You'll know that Pia Wurtzbach has already announced her participation in a Vice Ganda and Daniel Padilla comedy, so it seems Maxine will be seen first as Pia's movie will be part of the Metro manila Film Festival (MMFF) showing on December 25.

The other stars in the movie are Daniel Matsunaga, Ashley Ortega, Enrico Cuenca, Benjamin Alves, Dominic Roque, Benjamin Alves, Aaron Villaflor, Terry Malvar and Janine Guttierez, all believe in spirits and ghosts except for Enrico who is more a realist believing he needs to see before he believes.

It is very evident that many people want to be scared or frightened to be entertained, but I still think that Pinoy movies are more into the "gulat" factor rather than the horrible gory scenes that could only be effective if the special effects and prosthetics are excellently believable. But if we are going to base the technology available to the former movie, we would definitely get a significant improvement for this new movie since the first one was done several years ago.

The movie is about a group of fashionista friends of which the ladies belong to the "InstaGlam" group composed of social media savvy people who are very active in social media being part of their popularity as "celebrities." They attempt to have some offline fun by playing the Ouija board or what is more known to us as the Spirit of the Glass board. They summon a trio of vengeful spirits which triggers a succession of disturbing supernatural events in relation to a crime committed 50 years ago.

Direk Joey revealed that he had the "friends" attend a workshop to make them feel more close thus making them believable on-screen. Apparently, the bonding of the group became more intimate than he expected. They ended up being the most "makulit" set of actors but none of them had a diva moment nor made life difficult for the director and the staff.

Some scenes had the actors surprised for they did not know that chairs and other props will be flying in and out so that brought out authentic screams especially from Maxine who was really "matatakutin" in real life.

The blogcon was held on October 12 at Limbaga 77 Café located at Tomas Morato in Quezon City and attended by most of the cast. The novie is produced under Octoarts Films in association with T-Rex Entertainment.

Get to see more photos and watch some video invites from some of the cast on our Facebook page, and the entire blogcon coverage on our YouTube channel at and

Burn Soriano Feels More Motivated Under the Tutelage of New Trainer

It was a bitter pill to swallow for a dedicated cage competitor like Burn “The Hitman” Soriano when he yielded to Malaysian sensation Saiful “The Vampire” Merican nearly ten months ago.
Soriano suffered a first-round technical knockout loss to Merican at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS in the Malaysian’s hometown of Kuala Lumpur this past February, failing to accomplish a follow-up victory to his scintillating 15-second knockout of Mario Satya Wirawan in August 2016.
Although the thrilling bantamweight bout against Merican put fans at the iconic Stadium Negara on the edge of their seats, Soriano was left disappointed with the outcome of the match.
“I believe that I could have done better in that match with Saiful Merican. I was prepared to go full three rounds, but I came up short. I just realized that there was something missing,” Soriano recalled.
The stoppage loss to Merican forced Soriano to reassess on how he handles his training camp when he prepares for an upcoming bout.
During his time of contemplation, Soriano found a much-needed help in George Castro, who is known as the man behind the renowned Alliance MMA’s strength and conditioning program.
George Castro recently moved all the way from Tucson, Arizona, hundreds of miles across the Pacific to the tropical city of Manila to help ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera set up the first Alliance MMA branch in the Philippines.
Aside from training Vera, Castro has also worked extensively with several veterans of the sport, including Dominick Cruz, Ross Pearson, Jeremy Stephens and Chris Leben.
“Right now, I have a tremendous support system in my training, especially with the help of my coach George Castro. He knows how to bring out the best in me. With him in my corner, it is always exciting to prepare for a bout,” Soriano said of Castro.
The partnership between Soriano and Castro will be tested for the very first time as the Filipino combatant returns to action on 3 November to meet unbeaten Chinese prospect “Rock Man” Chen Lei.
The two standouts are set to face each other on the undercard of ONE: HERO’S DREAM, which takes place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
Soriano sees his upcoming three-round bantamweight encounter with Chen as an opportunity to bring back the glimmer of his professional career.
“I want to win so bad. I have dreams and aspirations as a competitor. In order to turn those into a reality, I have to win first. This is the first step,” he stated.
Although his professional record stands at 3-3, Soriano has become one of the most exciting mixed martial artists in ONE Championship.
None of his matches, regardless of sweet victory or disappointing defeat, have ever gone to the three judges’ scorecards.
For Soriano, it is crucial to be an entertainer inside the cage and to put on a good show for fans all across the globe.
Quite simply, the 31-year-old native of Ilocos Sur, Philippines wants spectators to feel like they have gotten their money’s worth.
“It is very important for me to be entertaining. I take the risks. I want the crowd and fans to get what they want, which is an exciting fight,” he explained.
“I just enjoy what I am doing. I am passionate about it. Everyone should go out and prove something to themselves and not to anyone or anybody else,” Soriano added.
With the desire to reinsert his name into the winner’s column, Soriano is confident that his support system has geared him up splendidly for his marquee match-up with Chen at ONE: HERO’S DREAM.
“My team is outstanding. I have the best coach in my corner. I also train with the most talented athletes in the region. With that said, I’m motivated and oozing with confidence coming into this bout because I have them behind me,” he ended.

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Lamudi Housing Fair Opens Today

Global property marketplace Lamudi Philippines opens second edition of bigger Lamudi Housing Fair today.

Touted as the largest housing fair in the Philippines, the next installment of the Lamudi Housing Fair gathers the biggest names in the real estate industry and a comprehensive real estate program for the 6,000 or more expected attendees.

Taking center stage this weekend, the three-day event will open today, October 13 and will run up to Sunday, October 15, at the Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

The Lamudi-organized event will be inaugurated by key officials from the government’s key shelter agencies. It will officially open at 1 PM on October 13, the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be graced by Asec. Leira Buan, Deputy Secretary General of the Housing and Urban Development Council (HUDCC); Engr. Elmer Tugade, Department Manager III at Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund); Atty. Christopher Lloyd Lao, CEO of the Housing Land Use and Regulatory Board (HLURB); and Atty. Robert Leyretana, Deputy Administrator of the Land Registration Authority (LRA).

In an effort to inform the public on everything real estate, Lamudi has put together a comprehensive lineup of seminars and talks from some of the most distinguished personalities in the industry. Atty. Leyretana will update the public the LRA’s initiatives, particularly on its Anywhere to Anywhere (A2A) and eTitling programs, during the first day of the event. Meanwhile, Marcelino Mendoza, president of the Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines (OSHDP), will deliver a message on the state of socialized housing in the Philippines.

The second day, October 14, will feature talks from real estate investment gurus Noli Alleje, Carl Dy, and Ryan dela Cruz. The third day, meanwhile, will boast guests including Joey Bondoc, Research Manager at Colliers International Philippines; Henry Bernardo of the Pag-IBIG Fund; and Eden Dayrit, CEO of Manila Open House.

Crowd favorite ever since the first edition of Lamudi’s housing fair, property auction will again be one of this year’s event highlights. The foreclosed properties to be auctioned off will come from top finance and investment institutions such as Union Bank and My Saving Grace Realty and Development Corporation.

Lancaster Cavite, Double Dragon Properties, Avida Land, Built Spaces, Cathay Land, Filinvest City, Moldex Realty, RCBC Savings Bank, Robinsons Land, Saekyung, My Saving Grace Development and Realty, Social Security Systems, Steeltech Colored Roofing, Swoop, Noble Hills and Union Bank are just some of the premium sponsors this year.

Bigger and Brighter Lamudi Housing Fair

Now on its second instalment, the 2017 Lamudi Housing Fair is expected to attract more than 6,000 homebuyers, property investors, brokers and other real estate professionals. Reception from exhibitors during Lamudi’s past events was very positive as well, with many of them reporting that they were able to gather hundreds of hot leads, recruit professional and licensed brokers, and closed deals on the spot.

“We are confident that we can make this year’s edition a much grander event as we apply all the learnings from past events. Our unique touch in making property investing a fun experience both offline and online elevates our craft,” said Bhavna Suresh Chathambeth, Managing Director of the Lamudi Group (Lamudi Philippines and

To know more and to register for free, please go to

Modern Jeep Prototypes, Powered by beep Fare Collection System

AF Payments Inc., the Ayala-Metro Pacific consortium behind beep™ card, brings its automated fare collection system to the 1st Philippine Auto Parts Expo (PhilAPEX). Several of the modern jeepney prototypes on display at the event were furnished with a working beep™ card reader that employs a tap in-tap out scheme. Passengers tap in upon riding, and tap out before alighting. The fare is calculated based on the distance traveled. This is the first ever automated fare collection solution made for jeepneys.

The jeepney prototypes on exhibit are new models that already comply with the Department of Transportation’s jeepney modernization mandate.

Peter Maher, President of AF Payments, said ”We are ready to support the Dept of Transportation’s PUJ modernization program.  We have developed a beep card service that is affordable to jeepney operators and will surely be appreciated by commuters in Metro Manila who have already purchased 4 million beep cards.”

PhilAPEX 2017 was held on October 12-13 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City. It was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, Board of Investments, Department of Transportation, Philippine Parts Maker Association Inc., Mitsubishi Motors, Toyota, and the Automotive Body Manufacturers Association of the Philippines Inc.

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About AF Payments Inc.
AF Payments Inc. is a consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and Ayala Corp. that provides contactless payment solutions in the Philippines through its integrated product and service offerings, thereby enhancing the transaction experience of every Filipino.

Its tap-to-pay system, the beep™ card, is available for use in all three elevated railways (LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3), select bus lines, CAVITEX, NLEX, and at select FamilyMart and Robinsons Movieworld branches. The beep card is reloadable up to P10,000 and is valid for four years. Off-rail reloading options include select outlets of Bayad Center, SM Bills Payment, Villarica, Tambunting, FamilyMart, and Circle K.

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KALASAG: Koleksyon ng mga Nakabiting Tinig sa Saliw ng Oyayi

Tritosroda Theater Productions launches its very first production entitled KALASAG: Koleksyon ng mga Nakabiting Tinig sa Saliw ng Oyayi in collaboration with Artist Laboratory Productions, Baon Collective, Karl Medina, Mark Mirando, The UP Repertory Company, The Scenius Pro., Labi Productions, and Tanghalang Aranzazu. Concept and overall direction by Karen Gaerlan. Each collaborator has a designated sub-theme discussing a degree and/or state experienced under the theme Dreams Sequences. There will be eight (8) sites dubbed and sub-themed as follows:
Pangarap, Panaginip, Bangungot, Ilusyon, Imahinasyon, Hiraya, Handuraw-An, Mahika Realistika.

KALASAG shall rekindle hope and inspire the fulfillment of aspirations and endeavors of every Filipino dreamer. Through this collaborative devise, we, as partners shall believe that, “The things we dream of and wish for define us.”

KALASAG shall have its run on November 7-12, 7pm & November 21-26, 7pm at Bantayog ng mga Bayani – Open Grounds, Quezon City. Tickets shall be priced at Five Hundred Pesos (P500) with a special student discount of Four Hundred Pesos (P400).

For show-buying and sponsorship inquiries, you may contact Kristine Bautista (0926-7016291) /

Imahinasyon as a monologue was written as a personal piece dealing with the conscious mind and how it speaks of and with itself, arguing and agreeing with itself all at the same time, happening all in a day. And within this day is the simultaneous representation of the mundane day-to-day routine of life, and the deeper subconscious that continually seeks authentication by intermittently making its presence felt.

While there is no traditional narrative in the text, the existence of human layers are woven into the site. As a whole, Imahinasyon may be best described
as an experimental moving installation.

Handuraw-an. "Kwentong Labi" is an art installation that utilizes mixed media such as film, performance and music. It is a journey into the subconscious of a woman battling with her inner conflicts and grief. This Handuraw-an site narrates two monologues of a man and a woman; both reminiscent of their experiences in love, be it victory or defeat.

Pangarap. In their adult life, three childhood friends meet again and reveal each other’s journey towards achieving
their dream.

Ilusyon. A devised performance that critques the current “Father of our nation” and his “sons".

Majika Realistika. A satirical performance that critiques how Filipinos are lead like lamb by a so-called “shepherd” on television. Furthermore, it challenges the audience to do something about women’s rights.

Hiraya. HonesTea Shop provides a safe haven for those people who are currently suffering from depression. The shop aims to instill into its customers that in this challenging life you are not alone.

Bangungot is a 12-minute travelogue performance inspired by the story of slain transwoman Jennifer Laude.

Fictionalized by the U.P. Repertory Company, it becomes a story of two siblings abused by a domineering patriarch that eventually led to their escape into a more hellish sphere of the prostitution ring, and would lead one of them into the hands of another abusive man.

Panaginip. Why are there people who don’t want to wake up from their dream? Is it because of the happiness that it brings? All that you want is given? Is it the same with Elsa so that she can feel happy or she just wants to look back in the past and stay there forever?he personal experiences and news about Oplan Tokhang.

Majika Realistika. A satirical performance that critiques how Filipinos are lead like lamb by a so-called “shepherd” on television. Furthermore, it challenges the audience to do something about women’s rights.

This production will be in partnership with collaborating theatre companies, organizations, community groups and
freelance artists from different backgrounds; each with a designated sub-theme discussing a degree and/or state
experienced under the theme Dream Sequences. There will be eight (8) sites dubbed and sub-themed as follows:

Mahika Realistika

Each site will be handled independently by our partner-collaborators and shall hold ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes of performance duration repeated eight (8) times per show with guides leading audience members to each site/ performance venue.

A commemorative performance shall serve as a summation and conclusion to close the performance. Throughout the performance/s, audience participation is highly encouraged.

This collaboration aims to:

a) Afford artists the liberty and space to express and stage their chosen sub-theme as desired;
b) Break from the convention of a fourth wall;
c) Create minimalistic installation piece/s within a given budget without jeopardizing quality and standard of
d) Devise performance/s where local Filipino work/s can be showcased by both amateur and professional
e) Encourage audience members to play a part in the progression and revelation of the narrative of vignette/s
and/or episodic sequence/s.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Stage Is Yours Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 Premieres This Thursday, 12th October at 8:30pm on AXN

The electrifying new season of Asia’s Got Talent will premiere this Thursday, October 12 on AXN in a special 2-hour episode at 8:30pm.

This season, viewers can expect more thrills, more surprises and a whole new generation of stars as 165 acts from 15 Asian countries compete for the USD100,000 grand prize.

The judges, 16-time Grammy-award winner and music producer David Foster; internationally acclaimed singing sensation Anggun and newcomer to the series, multi-platinum recording artist Jay Park, are in the hot seat to determine who goes through to the next round in the first five episodes; but it’s the audience – the ‘fourth judge’ – who will vote in the semi-final episodes to determine the ultimate winner. Adding to the series are the dynamic new hosts Alan Wong and Justin Bratton who will entertain viewers with their witty banter and spontaneity on and off the stage.

To watch extended highlights of Asia’s Got Talent and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, fans can subscribe to the official YouTube Channel at

Asia’s Got Talent is supported by presenting sponsor Traveloka, the leading travel booking app for all flight and hotel needs; and sponsoring partner Great Eastern Life, the market leader in the conventional life insurance business and the largest life insurer in Malaysia by asset size.

In the Philippines, Asia’s Got Talent is brought to you by Cherifer, Tangkad Sagad, KFC Delivery and Vivo Smart Phone.

Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destination, is the official venue partner of Asia’s Got Talent.

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AXN is available on Cablelink Channel 38, Cignal Channel 121, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Akbayan Urges LGUs: Drop the Dropbox

Akbayan is urging local government units (LGUs) to #DropTheBox and boycott the implementation of Tokhang dropboxes that will only increase the number of killings under Duterte’s policy-to-kill.

The new DILG memorandum installing Tokhang dropboxes in barangays to fish out accused drug suspects puts the burden of implementation to the LGUs.

“The Tokhang dropboxes make ordinary people participants of Duterte's bloodlust. It puts blood on their hands by breeding distrust in the neighborhood,” Akbayan President Machris Cabreros said. “LGUs should not give their constituents the cruel option to submit names of people to target for killings.”

“Thousands of people have been killed ever since President Duterte started his War on Drugs, most of which cannot afford a day in court. The Tokhang dropbox is a raffle draw for killings,” Cabreros said. “The more entries people send, the more chances of killings.”

Akbayan is urging LGUs around the country to not comply with the DILG and PNP in bringing the deadly drop boxes to their barangays. Akbayan is demanding DILG to rescind the memorandum implementing the drop box which violates a number of constitutional rights.

“Let’s hold no illusion that the Tokhang boxes will keep our barangays safe from both the killings and the drug menace. LGUs should address the drug problem by healing and not killing,” Cabreros added.

Top Local Acts Liven Up the Nightlife at Centerplay, City of Dreams Manila

When it comes to nightly entertainment this October, Centerplay at the heart of City of Dreams Manila’s gaming floor, raises the bar with its line-up of top local performers, from vocalists to bands that include: rock band Part 3, trio girl group Filipinas, 70’s and 80’s band Bloomfields, The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 finalist Jason Fernandez with ABS-CBN My Only Radio DJ and singer/host Ana Ramsey, and 60’s and beyond power band Higher Ground.

The entertainment venue with a high-tech digital circular screen that rises to reveal the live acts and provides 360-degree views of the entertainment, has female singer Jean Kiley serenading the crowd from 6 to 9 pm. Part 3 follows by rocking out 70’s hits and beyond on Mondays from 9 pm to 2 am alternating with Pulp. Jason Fernandez & Ana Ramsey regale guests with dynamic rock hits, pop chart-toppers, and classic ballads on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 pm, followed by Filipinas with their impeccable vocal harmony and graceful and energetic dance routines. Higher Ground band caps off Tuesday evenings at CenterPlay with a wide repertoire of 60’s classics and modern hits from 10 to 11 pm, 12 to 1 am, and 2 to 3 am.

Wednesday nights this month highlight Bloomfields from 6 to 9 pm, and Kudos Loves 80s alternating with Silk from 9 pm to 3 am. Silver Streak performs on Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm followed by In2it and Higher Ground alternating from 9 pm to 3 am. 

Weekends bring in performers: Paula Bianca on Fridays from 4 to 7 pm before 9teased from 7 to 10 pm, and the alternate sets of Pulp and Lil’ Eyes from 10 pm to 4 am. On Saturdays, Ava performs from 4 to 6 pm, Paula Bianca from 6 to 9 pm, and alternate performances by Pulp and Zyncxation from 9 pm to 3 am. On Sundays, Brad and Nina go live from 6 to 9 pm followed by alternating sets of In2it and Zyncxation from 9 pm to 3 am.

With 172 seats, CenterPlay’s circular contemporary entertainment bar offers a wide range of curated cocktails, premium spirits and liquor complemented by a light selection of Western and Asian fare. A hotdog bike station offers premium hotdogs and toppings from 3 pm to 2 am Mondays to Fridays, and 12 pm to 2 am Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Centerplay is open from 3 pm to 4 am on Mondays to Thursdays and 11 am to 4am on Fridays to Sundays and on holidays.

For reservations, interested parties may call CenterPlay at 800 8080, email, or visit City of Dreams Manila’s website

One World Champions Deuard Folayang and Martin Nguyen Face-Off in Manila

The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), in conjunction with ​Caltex Havoline™, recently held the official ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD City Skyline Face-Off on Tuesday, 10 October, at the City Garden GRAND Building in Makati City, Philippines. Present at the event were main event competitors, reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang and newly-crowned ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen.

Folayang and Nguyen are scheduled to do battle at the center of the ONE Championship cage in a main event bout at ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD, set for 10 November at the iconic Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Ticket information for ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD is available at

Official photos for the ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD City Skyline Face-Off available at this link:

Lennard Kwek, Asia Pacific Marketing Manager, Chevron, stated: "We are excited at the possibilities and the opportunities for growth in both companies. The values of ONE and the strength of the athletes, resonate deeply to the core of Havoline on genuine strength. Caltex Havoline believes that, just like the bouts in the ONE Championship cage, our vehicles often face difficult conditions on the road. But with a proven warrior against friction, wear and sludge deposits, you can be sure that you will have a smooth and worry-free ride.”

Eduard Folayang, ONE Lightweight World Champion, stated: “Martin [Nguyen] is a great martial artist and an amazing competitor. He has earned the highest degree of my respect. There is absolutely no chance that I am coming into this bout underestimating him. I am prepared for the best Martin Nguyen possible, one that has no weaknesses. This bout will be talked about long after it is finished, as two champions face-off inside the cage. I live for these challenges, and I am motivated for victory, for the pride and honor of the Philippines.”

Martin Nguyen, ONE Featherweight World Champion, stated: “I like Eduard [Folayang]. I said to myself I did not want to compete against someone I like and take away their glory, but opportunities like this do not come around too often. And, if I refused to do this, someone else was going to compete against him and take his glory. So it is strictly business. I am in a super bout for the first time ever in ONE Championship history to become a two-division champion. This match is not going to go the distance.”

Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the legendary Team Lakay in Baguio City is one of the Philippines’ most experienced martial artists. After nearly a decade of competing in various promotions, Folayang has amassed an impressive 18-5 professional record. The 33-year-old veteran is currently riding a four-bout winning streak against high-profile opponents, including an emphatic technical knockout victory over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki to capture the ONE Lightweight World Championship in 2016. Showcasing a highly-improved wrestling and grappling arsenal, Folayang thoroughly defeated top challenger Ev Ting in his first title defense last April. Now set to return to the ONE Championship cage in Manila, Folayang will face ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen in a cross-divisional showdown.

28-year-old Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia, is a highly-skilled finisher and one of the most talented featherweights in martial arts. In his most recent bout, Nguyen stepped into the ONE Championship cage last August, scoring the biggest victory of his career when he stopped former undefeated featherweight champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in Kuala Lumpur to capture the ONE Featherweight World Championship. Sporting a 9-1 professional record, Nguyen’s all-around skill set allows him to compete at the highest level of competition. In a much-anticipated battle between division champions, Nguyen is set to face the Philippines’ Eduard Folayang in Manila for the Filipino’s coveted ONE Lightweight World Championship.

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