Saturday, March 30, 2019

Madame Tussauds, Klook and Cathay Pacific Immortalize Pia Wurtzbach as First Filipino Wax Figure

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Don't be surprised if you saw two Pia Wurtzbachs at the Fashion Hall of SM Megamall earlier of March 29, 2019.

With wax figures as detailed as this one, no wonder Madame Tussauds is a popular attraction everywhere they setup a museum, and with this replica wearing a similar blue gown with Swarovski crystals created by the same designer, Michael.Cinco, you can't tell them apart if Pia stood still imitating the wax figure.

Dopelganger, twin, clone, or whatever you want to call it. It's an attraction you could hug and even kiss without the real person minding. Shucks! I should have done that during the photo ops with the real Pia herself. How come it only came into mind just now! Bummer! It would have been amusing seeing Pia's reaction.

Congratulations to Pia for being chosen as the first Filipino immortalized as a wax figure...You beat the Pacman, and all other Pinoy personalities. It's a big hard punch against other "famous" or "infamous" personalities in the Philippines. Who would have known a beauty queen who took home the Miss Universe crown last 2015 will be the very first Madame Tussauds Pinoy icon.

We interviewed the General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong to get some more details on the selection process so watch it as soon as it gets uploaded.

Also interviewed Klook's Market Lead to know more about the promos on tours and other activities. This is also because I'm planning to visit HK soon in July for another event coverage so I will definitely be passing by Madame Tussauds.

Too bad the rep from Cathay Pacific already left the event before we could get to interview him. The only limtation I have with their promo is that they don't accept Paypal payments. I should have booked my flight with them.

But there was the photo ops with two other beauty queens which sort of saves the day since who doesn't want to be in the middle of two gorgeous ladies. Nah! They were there for Pia and not me...hehehe. Actually, every beauty queen or candidates much-coveted crown is the Miss Universe title so being crowned by the former Moss Iniverse will be truly epic....It's like transfering the Queen title to Miss Universe hopefuls.

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DOE Holds Basic LNG Training

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: DOE Assistant Secretary Leonido J. Pulido III stresses the importance of the Basic LNG Training and encouraged participants to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the natural gas industry.

Members of the Department of Energy – Oil Industry Management Bureau led by Assistant Secretary Leonido J. Pulido III, held a two-day training program on Basic Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) last 25 and 26 March 2019 as part of the Gas Policy Development Project (GPDP) of the DOE and the University of the Philippines – Statistical Center Research Foundation, Inc. (UP-SCRFI).

The program provided a basic understanding of key concepts of the LNG value chain, the Philippine Downstream Natural Gas Industry Regulation (PDNGR), as well as the technical assistance to be extended by the GPDP relative to the implementation of the PDNGR.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi expressed his support for the knowledge and capacity-building activity given the crucial role of LNG in the country’s energy supply.

“It is important for the government to keep cultivating a strong partnership with the academe. Their expertise and perspectives are crucial in helping us develop effective strategies in meeting our energy development goals, especially in light of Malampaya’s forthcoming depletion. We need to gain a deep understanding of the LNG for us to fully harness its potential as an energy resource,” Sec. Cusi emphasized.

Representatives from various LNG companies such as Cheniere, Japan’s Energy for a New Era (JERA), Golar LNG, and Osaka Gas were among the resource speakers for the training program.

Other government agencies that were represented in the workshop included the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Department of Labor and Employment-Bureau of Working Conditions, the Maritime Industry Authority, Bureau of Fire Protection, the Environmental Management Bureau, Philippine Coast Guard, as wells the Health and City Engineering Offices of Batangas City. Together with other industry stakeholders, the participants engaged in a dynamic discussion on relevant Philippine laws, policies and regulations, and other technical processes required for the establishment and operations of LNG facilities.

Inputs from the discussions will be used in the formulation of natural gas policies and in the development of a comprehensive resource document on LNG in the Philippines.

The GPDP is being implemented by the United States Department of State under the US-Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy initiative.


ONE FOR NATGAS: Participants gather for a photo on the last day of the two-day training program.

Friday, March 29, 2019

ZEN Rooms First Big Sale of the Year is Coming this April 04

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The hottest hotel sale is coming this summer!

ZEN Rooms, Philippines biggest budget hotel chain, will be having its big Summer Sale on April 04. ZEN Rooms best properties across Southeast Asia will be on Sale for up to 50% Off.

In its 3rd year in the Philippines, ZEN Rooms was able to surpass the big international and local hotel chains in the country and was recently recognized as the biggest budget hotel chain in terms of room inventory. The budget hotel chain has rooms in 13 cities across the country’s top destinations- Metro Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Baguio, Angeles City, Tagaytay, Puerto Galera, Bohol, Dumaguete, Siquijor, and Vigan.

When it comes to Customer Satisfaction, no hotel chain comes close to ZEN Rooms’ rating in the Philippines which is currently at 8.3. ZEN Rooms prides itself on quality accommodations across Southeast Asia for the lowest prices of as low as Php999/night and no other hidden charges.

ZEN Rooms 4.4 Summer Flash Sale

More than 150 of ZEN Rooms best properties in Metro Manila, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong will be on Sale on April 04.

Travelers and staycationers can book around 100,000+ rooms for up to 50% Off during the big summer sale which will happen on ZEN Rooms’ website- and ZEN Rooms Mobile App available on iOS and Android. Sale will start by 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm for those who signed up for early exclusive access. To sign up, visit ZEN Rooms’ Facebook Page-

Sale to the public will start by 3:00pm for the remaining rooms. A 15% discount will also be available sitewide for all ZEN Rooms properties.

Amit Shukla, Regional Head of Marketing at ZEN Rooms said about the Summer Sale, “This is the biggest sale ZEN Rooms has done in the past years and we are expecting 15,000+ rooms across Southeast Asia to be sold on April 04. This is 10x more than our previous Flash Sales as we are adding 150+ ZEN Rooms properties on Sale.” Some of the customer feedback from previous Flash Sales are, “I’m glad ZEN Rooms had a Flash Sale where I booked a room for a very low price for a whole month for my business trip in Bangkok.” “I managed to score 3 of ZEN Rooms newest properties for as low as P600 each.” “ZEN Rooms’ Flash Sale is the perfect combination to Piso Fare Sale!.”

ZEN Rooms’ brand partners such as FoodPanda, KKday, Big Sky Nation, Eatigo, and more are also participating in this big sale by providing exclusive discounts to customers who will book during the Sale.

So mark your calendars, create your travel checklists, and be ready to travel more and pay less this 2019 because ZEN Rooms’ Big 4.4 Summer Flash Sale is surely an event you don’t want to miss! Sign up now and get your exclusive early access for the sale on April 04, 12 noon at

All-new Mazda3 Ushers in New Era for Bermaz Auto Philippines

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Our correspondent Donna Raquiza recently attended the Mazda 3 Hatchback / Sedan Launch

We're excited to share to you the news about this new model that will surely be another bestseller among car owners especially those wanting to own their first car. Mazda has been known as an automobile brand with exceptional driving experience together with higher levels of design, craftsmanship, and engineering.

The all-new Mazda3 Hatchback boasts of its distinctive and sporty styling that completes the model’s appeal and complements the luxurious character of the sedan,” says Steven Tan, president and CEO of Bermaz Auto Philippines. It's the brand’s decisive shift toward a premium product and customer experience. 

Mazda has applied its human-centric philosophy for dramatic improvements in every area: design, driving performance, NVH, environmental performance, and quality feel.

Watch out for it soon in the Philippine market.

The Media Launch was held on March 20, 2019 at Blue Leaf Filipinas located at Aseana Macapagal, Paranaque City.

Check out our videos, including our interviews with the head honcho of Bermaz/Mazda himself, and other photos at our official Facebook page at

Below is the official press release from the event.

The all-new Mazda3 Hatchback makes its ASEAN debut in the Philippines

A new chapter begins for Bermaz Auto Philippines, the official distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, as it premieres the all-new Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback. The Mazda3 pioneers the new era of Mazda Premium by elevating the nameplate’s already exceptional driving experience together with higher levels of design, craftsmanship, and engineering.

Making its debut in Southeast Asia, the Mazda3 Hatchback embodies a more emotional design that evokes a sense of exciting experiences to come. To achieve such a look, Mazda took an unprecedented approach to design that eliminates all character lines and relies entirely on lustrous and beautifully curved body panels that reflect the surrounding environment. As such, the model delights onlookers with an appearance that changes by the season and the hour of the day. “We’re proud to host the ASEAN reveal of the all-new Mazda3 Hatchback. Its distinctive, sporty styling completes the model’s appeal and complements the luxurious character of the sedan,” says Steven Tan, president and CEO of Bermaz Auto Philippines.

The Mazda3’s mission is to amaze and delight customers all over the world. To achieve this, Mazda has applied its human-centric philosophy for dramatic improvements in every area: design, driving performance, NVH, environmental performance, and quality feel.

Featuring what Mazda calls its 7th Generation design direction, the Mazda3 represents the brand’s decisive shift toward a premium product and customer experience. “Having sold over 6 million units since its debut, the all-new Mazda3 is a global strategic model that has driven Mazda’s growth from both a brand and business perspective,” shares Tan. “More than 19,000 Mazda3 units have been loved by fans since its 2004 introduction into the country, making it the most successful Mazda model on record in the local market.”

As the first Mazda model to adopt a more mature interpretation of the KODO design language, the all-new Mazda3 has a richer and more powerful expression of vitality than previous models. The Mazda3’s overall form presents a simple and single motion, while subtle undulations bring the design to life through shifting light and reflections.

“Mazda continues to explore the essence of Japanese aesthetic sensibilities, pursuing a uniquely elegant and sophisticated style that elevates car design to the level of art,” says Susumu Niinai, General Manager of the ASEAN Business Office, Mazda Motor Corporation. “Our new-generation design vision models, the RX-Vision and the Vision Coupe, have won a number of prestigious design awards, showing that our new design direction is being well received. Based on these two models, the all-new Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback have very distinct personalities, the design of the Hatchback is emotive, the Sedan elegant.”

Also elevating the all-new Mazda3’s driving pleasure is the new SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture. Designed to enable people to make the most of their natural sense of balance, the updated SKYACTIV Technology will offer a more comfortable and less tiring drive through innovations in engine, chassis, body, and suspension performance. Thus, interacting with the Mazda3 will bring joy and entice owners to keep driving.

Passengers of the Mazda3 will also relax more with each ride because the car’s motion has been engineered to be congruent with natural human movements. Owning, driving, and spending time with the car will truly be a satisfying experience, further heightening Mazda’s much-praised driving pleasure.

The Mazda3 will also lead the way in riding comfort toward a class-above experience through a combination of design and engineering innovations. Measures were taken to minimize sound and vibrations, and to make any noises transmitted when the road surface changes reach the ears of cabin occupants in a linear fashion. The Mazda3 is set to provide a comfortable quietness by focusing not only on noise volumes but on the time it takes for sounds to be transmitted and the direction from which they arrive.

In line with Mazda’s corporate goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent in 2030, the Mazda3 will lead the way toward the achievement of the company’s “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” target. Niinai-san adds, “To achieve this goal, we will take a multi-solution approach for each region as we work toward reducing CO2 emissions throughout the car’s life cycle.”

As a core model in the Mazda lineup, the Mazda3 has always reflected the latest advances in the brand’s vehicle engineering and manufacturing. “The all-new Mazda3 is the beginning of our journey toward higher aspirations,” shares Tan. “More than just another nameplate, the Mazda3 has become an important catalyst for innovation and direction for the Mazda brand. Every generation of the Mazda3 has elevated the brand to a higher stature. We believe this new generation will do the same, and even more.”

Bermaz Auto Philippines, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the Philippines. Its current product line-up now includes the Mazda2 sub-compact sedan and hatchback, the Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback, the Mazda6 full-size executive sedan and sports wagon, the CX-3 freestyle crossover, the CX-5 five-seater and the CX-9 seven-seater premium crossovers, the MX-5 2-seater sports roadster and the BT-50 pickup truck. There are 21 Mazda 3S dealerships located across the Philippines and Metro Manila – Mazda Greenhills, Mazda Pasig, Mazda Quezon Avenue, Mazda North EDSA, Mazda Makati, Mazda Alabang, Mazda Otis, Mazda Cavite, Mazda Sta. Rosa, Mazda Pulilan, Mazda Pampanga, Mazda Dagupan, Mazda Cabanatuan, Mazda Tarlac, Mazda Negros, Mazda Cebu, Mazda Iloilo, Mazda Cagayan De Oro, Mazda Davao, Mazda Butuan and now Mazda General Santos.

DOE Holds Consultation on EE&C

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The Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) conducted a Consultation Workshop on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Act from 25 to 26 March 2019 at the DAP Conference Center. 

Approved by the Bicameral Conference Committee on 19 January 2019, the EE&C Act, when signed into law, will help standardize EE&C measures in the country. It is the guiding policy for the Government Energy Management Program, the Philippine Energy Standards and Labelling Program, the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, and the Local Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, which form part of the government’s approach to promote EE&C in the public and private sectors. 

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi welcomed the insights of the Consultative Workshop participants to ensure the proper and effective implementation of EE&C once it becomes a law. “EE&C will play an important role in our sustained economic development. Power savings that we would yield from EE&C would not only secure our power supply, but help decrease our dependence on imported fuel sources,” he said. 

Representatives from the Office of Senate Committee on Energy Chair Sherwin T. Gatchalian, Board of Investments, Department of Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Finance, National Electrification Administration, Energy Regulatory Commission, Climate Change Commission, Department of Science and Technology, Landbank of the Philippines, Development Bank of the Philippines and the EU-ASEP were among those who attended the workshop.  

Thursday, March 28, 2019

FDCP Announces Three Finalists for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 3

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Three finalists, Rod Marmol's Cuddle Weather from Project 8 corner San Joaquin Projects, Perci Intalan's The Panti Sisters from The IdealFirst Company Inc., and Jade Castro's LSS: (Last Song Syndrome) from Globe Studios, of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) 3, to now run on September 13 to 19, were announced by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP),  the assigned lead agency in celebrating 100 years of Philippine Cinema pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 622 Series signed last November.

Some of the cast including lead stars like Christian Bables, Martin Del Rosario, Khalil Ramos, Gabbi Garcia, the Ben & Ben OPM group, and the directors and producers of the three movies were present together with the organizers of PPP2019 led by FDCP Chair Liza Dino.

Please watch our video coverage divided into several parts and uploaded on our Facebook page at

The press conference happened on March 28, 2018, at Gloria Maris Gateway Mall Cubao, Quezon City.

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The Flats BGC Makes City Living More Accessible, Slots for Single Renters Still Available

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Now you can call BGC “home.”

The Flats Fifth Avenue, Bonifacio Global City’s flagship co-living development, has opened its doors to BGCitizens. The property, which still has slots for individual renters, is ideal for students and young urban professionals who are looking for a home in the city to skip the hassle of commuting to and from their school or workplace.

Located along 5th Avenue and just a 7-minute walk to Bonifacio High Street and other retail and dining hubs, The Flats is a 16-storey shared residential building with rooms that comfortably fit up to four people. Renters can choose among quad-sharing and triple-sharing rooms with options for bunk bed, loft bed, or single bed types.

“The idea behind this co-living project was born out of our desire to make BGC a more inclusive neighborhood by providing a safe, comfortable, and inexpensive alternative to city living. The Flats also helps in relieving precious time stuck in traffic to allow us to pursue other passions. Organizations are also looking into this as a solution to improve employee engagement and productivity,” said Lash Murjani, Property Planning, Business Development, Office Leasing Assistant Manager, FBDC.

The monthly rent comes with furnished rooms with beds, workstations, cabinets, kitchenette, and a toilet and bath. Community events like parties, seminars, movie-nights, game nights, and the like that promote interaction with like-minded individuals are organized at the Community Lounge and Skydeck. There is also access to food options, housekeeping, and laundry services.

“What The Flats essentially offers is a value-for-money prime address in the middle of all that’s best about living in Bonifacio Global City─ the culture, the community, the city life. With BGC as their new home, renters automatically become full-fledged BGCitizens and enjoy the exclusive perks and discounts that come with living at the home of passionate minds,” saidMurjani.

To reserve or schedule a tour, , individuals and organizations may contact the community manager at For more information, visit

Everything You Need To Know About Oktoberfest!!

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Oktoberfest is the world's biggest folksiest celebration where you can encounter astonishing Oktoberfest air with brew, metal music and Bavarian delicacies.This celebration is so acclaimed as it has pulled in a normal of around six million guests every year, who between them devour right around seven million liters of lager and crunch their way through a huge number of flame broiled frankfurters, mammoth pretzels, chickens, and for those truly needing to splash everything up wild bulls. This celebration in Hamburg is simply prevalent all around the globe and everybody appreciate a great deal.

In this festival, there are so many things to do, apart from drinking beer. Apart from that, you can dance with your dear ones. In addition to this, the guests can likewise go for vivid processions, an assortment of carnival rides, and for those not themselves in conventional Bavarian apparatus, appreciate those that are. This festival is going to be perfect time to be spent with whole family and have a memory with a life-time as it is a pure celebration of being together. If you are planning to celebrate a perfect personal Oktoberfest festival in Hamburg, you must have to book it in advance in order to truly enjoy it without any trouble.

Well, there are so many things to do apart from e-sports in Oktoberfest which are in the top list. It may also possible that you might have so many questions in your mind about this festival especially regarding the to do list. Below is everything that you need to know about the Oktoberfest in Hamburg.
1) Is everyone welcome!!
As beer drinking is too common in the place like Germany, there is no any restriction about the age of people. People of all sizes, shapes, colors and ages are welcome in this festival to celebrate. But yes, for the children who are below the age of six, there have some limitations about the timing. Try to take children on family days or off-times.

2) What about the festival area??
The festival area of this is going to be an amusement park. Aside from the tents of the bottling works, there are numerous beguilement rides. Some of them customary, some of them cutting-edge and somewhat terrifying. Be that as it may, you not have to stress as there is lager to help you in each circumstance.

3) The type of beer!!
On the off chance that you present in this celebration, you can see barrels of lager here. Oktoberfest lager is an uncommon blend and its liquor rate is 6%. The standard lager comprises 5.2%.The lager at Oktoberfest originates from a few storied Munich distilleries. These incorporate Augustiner, Paulaner and Spaten. The vast majority of these are light-tasting Helles, with substantial dull German ale likewise accessible. These lagers are fermented particularly for the occasion.

4) The weather in Hamburg
By and large, the climate in Germany is stormy advertisement in this manner Oktoberfest has a dreadful propensity for being extremely blustery. In any case, this climate barely influences the consumers as most seating is inside the tents, however can make multi day investigating the grounds and spinning around on ride somewhat bleak.

The lodgings get completely reserved in all respects rapidly and the costs soar. You should book your place numerous prior months Oktoberfest starts. So if you are looking for best place, to make it extra special, you can contact at the Golf Lounge. For further information, you can go through

Mutya ng Pilipinas Search for the Hometown Girl, It's Their Time to Shine

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Mutya ng Pilipinas is sort of rebranding on its 51st year as they now get the services of celebrity and health and wellness personality plus former Miss World lead Cory Quirino, in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas

With the objective of searching for the Hometown Girl that could come directly from the barangay levels, the challenge of looking for the rightful candidates out of the more than 40k baranggays and trimming it down to a few  30 candidates, or more depending on the search results, would be definitely difficult to achieve.

But knowing Cory Quirino, as evident from her poise, and her smart and intellectually convincing yet realistic answers to the inquiries of the media, we can confidently say that the girls are in good hands especially if she will be on hands-on with the selection and training to groom the candidates and the winners to their finest forms.

Congratulations in advance to our aspiring young ladies as this fair playing field may lead to something new.. We are at that hopeful moment when ladies that are new and inexperienced with regards to beauty pageants could open up new horizons for them as this could mean discovering emerging beauty queens other than those who have already experienced national competitions.

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Music, Collectors’ Items at Ali Mall’s ALI X Launch

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Rising OPM acts helped usher in a new dawn at the historic Ali Mall as it launched a newly transformed wing called the ALI X on Friday, March 22.
ALI X, which stands for Arts, Lifestyle, and Interests, is a shopping haven for those on the lookout for unique and quirky items and special hobbies. It is located on the upper ground floor of the Ali Mall.

Pop group The Juans and electro-pop-rock band Gracenote entertained shoppers on March 22.

The Juans, which is dubbed as “not your typical boyband,” is composed of Carl Guevarra, Japs Mendoza, Jiad Arroyo, Jason de Mesa and Daniel Gorospe. They shot to popular media consciousness thanks to their hits “Istorya,” “Prom,” and “Lumalapit,” and their cover of the Rivermaya original “Balisong.” Gracenote, on the other hand, is composed of Eunice Jorge, Jazz Jorge, EJ Pichay and Tatsi Jamnague. They scored hits with their cover of the Stevie B original “When I Dream About You,” and their collaborations with Chito Miranda in “Bakit Ganyan Ka,” and with Kean Cipriano in “Pwede Ako.”

Singer-songwriter Sabu, meanwhile, provided the music on Saturday, March 23, while rapper Krazy Kyle will drop beats on March 30 and 31.

Arts and crafts, antique, vinyl and collectibles stores dominated the lineup of establishments in ALI X, which also features ukulele and karate supplies stores.

The launch of ALI X also coincided with the first-ever RetroCon (retro convention) in Araneta Center. Organized by the same team behind the History Con, RetroCon which runs from March 22 to 24 and March 30 to 31, will feature vintage toys, collectibles, vinyls, cassette tapes, furniture, paintings and more.

Since it opened its doors to the public last September, ALI X has attracted mall visitors with its Instagram-worthy new décor and quirky offerings. It has also hosted an antique auction, a vinyl sale and a ukulele festival. It is one of the newest offerings in Ali Mall, which is eked out in Philippine history books as the first major shopping mall in the country.

For more updates on Araneta Center’s latest offerings, visit and follow our social media pages: @AranetaCenter on Facebook and Twitter and @TheAranetaCenter on Instagram.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Pia Wurtzbach Amplifies Everyone’s Courage at Love Gala 2019

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More than four years after winning Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach has remained committed to her causes especially on HIV awareness campaign as she headlines “Love Gala 2019: Courage Amplified” – an event powered by the LoveYourself Inc.

The Love Gala, the Asia’s premier charity and awards event that supports HIV awareness and education campaign, will be held on May 11, at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent, Quezon City.

Wurtzbach, a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, will also be joined by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, who is a volunteer-ambassadress of the LoveYourself – a non-government organization that promotes HIV awareness and education campaign in the Philippines. To join Wurtzbach and Gray on this causes, tickets for the Love Gala are available at

LoveYourself founder and Executive Director Ronivin Pagtakhan said that Wurtzbach was chosen to be one of the Love Gala ambassadresses along with Gray as they both have the strong passion and desire to use their voices on the HIV advocacy.

“The Love Gala is an opportunity for people to be brave and show their support on the cause. We can all do our part to help minimize the cases of HIV by showing that we are united in our advocacy and by taking actions to make a difference,” Pagtakhan said.

The Love Gala continues the global movement by uniting individuals and organizations in a night of exquisite musical entertainment and worthwhile fundraising and a perfect venue for people to learn more about what they can do to support the cause.

The gala night will also honor outstanding advocates who have greatly contributed their communities at the second Ripple Awards: five (5) individuals, three (3) organization and one (1) project of the year.

Institutions and organizations supporting Love Gala are Absolut & Olmeca, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, Business Mirror, Department of Health, Durex, F1 Hotel, Inspi Store, Mass TV, MP School, Mont Albo, PhilHealth, Philippine National AIDS Council, Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc., Rotary Club, Save the Children, Shopee, The LoveYourself Incorporated, UNAIDS, Victoria Court and World Health Organization.

Wear Love for More Love!

As part of fundraising activities, Wurtzbach is also one of the faces of the “Wear Love for More Love” shirts – a limited edition tops released by LoveYourself in partnership with Inspi and online shopping ‘Shopee.’

Comedian and impersonator Kaladkaren Davila also supports the cause.

The “Wear Love for More Love” merchandise has two distinct designs: The LoveYourself Black Shirt and The Love.Fight.Cure. Red Flip Shirt – these are made of premium cotton while the shirt’s design is silk-screened with a straight hem.

For only PhP249.00 you can already help the good cause of the LoveYourself. The shirts come in XS to XL sizes.

A huge portion of the sales from the LoveYourself merchandise will be used to support the organizations’ free and confidential HIV testing services, awareness programs and community movements like the Love Gala 2019: Courage Amplified.

So, what are you waiting for? Hurry! Add to cart and purchase the shirts NOW, as it will only last until May 1. The shirts will be shipped at your doorsteps wherever you are in the Philippines.


Antrosininglaya Proudly Presents The Part Where

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The Part Where is a collective anthology of contemporary stories told in various ways you can imagine.

The play consists of different ‘parts’ covering several themes with genres between romance, comedy,

drama, and suspense. Stories are not limited to the language of love but deals with current social issues in our generation that are relatable and in need of attention.

Following Antrosininglaya’s success from Ang Walang Katapusang Sequel web series and live shows is a modern take to performance in The Part Where. We set to do the show quarterly tackling new stories and concepts giving a new level of understanding to our audience. From our intimate staging, we want to create a personal alluring experience to break the privacy our audience and let them be with the play.

Our main goal as the show progresses it to redefine relationships with the audience. The first set of runs of The Part Where It All Went Wrong focuses on the mistakes we have done and how it all affects us and how it could possibly change the way we do thing from then on.

For ticket inquiries and reservations, you can message us through our Facebook page, or through text at +639175713186 and look for P.

Philippine Financial Summit 2019: Get Linked

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Now on its third year, UP Junior Finance Association is here to bring finance closer than ever to the Filipino youth through Philippine Financial Summit 2019: Get Linked!

PFS 2019 is a five-part nationwide series of activities and talks geared towards promoting financial literacy and inclusion by equipping students and young professionals across different background with the tools needed to effectively utilize financial services.

Join us as we wrap up our series of financial summits with Philippine Financial Summit: Manila Chapter, the first ever FinTech Convention for the Youth. Grab the opportunity to learn more about the many exciting opportunities with financial technology and how it can be used to achieve financial inclusion from our lineup of notable speakers this March 23, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Get to learn from titans in the FinTech industry with speakers such as Lito Villanueva, FinTech Alliance Chairperson; Steve Sy, CEO of GreatDeals Corporation; Jameson Ho, Financial Planning Analyst at TrueMoney Philippines; and Dana Abad, Digital Marketing Analyst at SCI Ventures.

UP JFA aims to break all barriers that may hinder our advocacy from turning into a reality. Given this, we are also offering financial aid for this leg of our event. If you are in need of any assistance, please do not hesitate to send an email to

Take part in our pursuit of financial literacy and inclusion for the nation! Sign up now at:


Event Details

Date: March 23
Time: 9 am – 5pm, Registration opens at 8am
Venue: PICC

RSVP now at!

For more details, you may visit For inquiries, please send us an email at

Presented by UP JFA, COL Financial, and SharePHIL

Co-presented by SunLife Financial and Mynt

Our Official Media Partners: ANC, Startup Baguio, SparkUp,,, DZUP, Wazzup Pilipinas, Manila Bulletin, Page One, RX Monster Radio, Wave 89.1

Special Thanks to Le Charme Suites - Subic, Nature Health PH Inc., Del Monte Philippines, D&L Industries, Nescafe, Milcu, Forms International, and Mondelez

Featuring AltPayNet, First Circle, Beebeelee, Tala, SeedIn, Okex, PearlPay, UpBuilds, Bughaw Digital and Maybank

In partnership with FinTech Philippine Association, Department of Information and Communications Technology, FinTech Alliance Philippines, Unionbank, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Information and Communications Technology

DOE: Use Energy Wisely As World Price Fluctuates

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Recent world events have once again caused the increase of oil prices in the local market. The Department of Energy (DOE) has observed the continuing decline of oil production by members of the Oil Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), as well as by countries outside of OPEC.

Saudi Arabia, with its large contribution to world oil supply, has steadily reduced its crude oil production by 336,000 barrels per day (B/D) this March, bringing the total OPEC reduction to around 1.6 million B/D as of March 2019. Further cuts on exported crude oil from Saudi Arabia are expected in April 2019, with the announced reduction of an additional 635,000 B/D.

Actions by the United States, with the imposed sanctions on Venezuela and Iran have also affected world oil prices including the impending Iran export waiver expiring in April, affecting a further reduction of crude oil supply by around 1.1 million B/D. This has already resulted in recent cuts of U.S. oil reserves, causing the overall increase in crude prices.

In the East Asian region, scheduled shutdowns due to the maintenance of oil processing facilities in Japan (JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy) and China (Sinopec) are also expected to contribute in the further reduction of oil supply.

DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said, “The nation, along with the majority of the globe, is facing the realities of socio-political turmoil in oil-producing countries, which, sadly, results in fluctuations of oil prices. I cannot stress enough that, as an oil importing country, our market is susceptible to these effects, and it is up to us as a nation how we handle this challenge.”


Meanwhile, Energy Chief reiterated that despite the price adjustments in the world market, the consumers must continue to utilize energy efficiently and exercise their power of choice to enhance more competition in the retail level.

“The retail prices and services per retail station are different. Our consumers must compare the prices and services and choose the retail station that provides the best products and services that suit their needs,” Secretary Cusi explained.

He added, “Everyone must be aware of their respective energy consumption habits and continue to observe an energy efficient lifestyle, whether we have fuel price increases or not.”

“The DOE will continue its oil price and fuel quality monitoring activities,” the Energy Secretary concluded.

E-powered EnerKids

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The Department of Energy – Consumer and Welfare Promotion Office (DOE-CWPO) in partnership with the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) conducted an Energy Consumer Education for Students, known as “EnerSmart” on Tuesday (19 March) at the DOE Training Room.

Around 30 Grade 5 EnerKids from the different GSP Councils of Lipa City, Batangas, and Pangasinan attended the lecture to appreciate the value of energy in their everyday lives.

Students were shown various rock samples to illustrate the process of energy resource development. Thereafter, they had the opportunity to visit and explore the lighting and appliance testing, geoscientific research and fuel testing laboratories.

The activity was concluded with the EnerKids’ Pledge of commitment to adopt energy efficiency and conservation measures.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi places the EnerSmart program as an important activity of the DOE in order to increase the awareness of younger generation Filipinos on the importance of energy in their lives. “We want our children to participate in public debates on national energy programs and policies,” Sec. Cusi stated. 

“Our strategic partnership with the Girl Scouts of the Philippines will accelerate the awareness and will further empower the country's young women and children on energy matters,” Sec. Cusi concluded.

PHL Remains in IMO White List

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The Philippines remains in full compliance with the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention), 1978, as amended, of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as signified by the country’s continued inclusion in the “IMO White List.”

The so-called “White List” refers to a list of parties confirmed by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) to have communicated information that demonstrates the full and complete effect that is given to the relevant provisions of the STCW.

The incontrovertible proof of this compliance is the MSC Circular (MSC.1/Circ.1163/Rev.11) published on 14 December 2018, which categorically includes the Philippines in the list of STCW-compliant parties.

In this regard, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) maintain that reports on the Philippines’ alleged exclusion from the IMO White List are without factual and sufficient basis.

We caution the public against efforts to generate undue panic to the country’s over 400,000 seafarers and their families.

Even as the Philippines’ inclusion in the White List is confirmed, the DOTr-MARINA continues to assure all stakeholders that it is exerting maximum efforts to maintain its status of compliance with IMO standards.

In fact, pursuant to its mandate, the MARINA will be attending the Sixth Session of IMO’s Sub-Committee on HTW on 29 April to 3 May 2019 in London, United Kingdom, as part of the Philippine delegation to bolster our position in the White List.

The DOTr-MARINA bears paramount pride in the world-class qualities of our maritime workforce, and will do its utmost to secure the viability of livelihood of our seafarers.

We remain positive in maintaining our seafarers’ standards of service as a prime reflection of Philippine maritime excellence.

New York.Director Joe Barros Holds Masterclass on Musical Theater on March 31

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Calling all Writers, Composer, Librettists, Lyricists, Directors, Music Directors, Choreographers, Music & Theatre Students, Teachers, and Musical Theatre Lovers !!!!!

New York-based Broadway Director, Choreographer and Writer JOE BARROS will be in Manila to hold a MASTERCLASS ON CREATING AND DEVELOPING NEW MUSICALS on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 9 AM to 6 PM at The Opera Haus, 3657 Bautista Street, Brgy. La Paz, Makati City.

This is a full day musical theatre intensive about the process of incubating and developing a new musical from the ground up. Barros will coach and guide participants on the various processes of developing a new musical and will work closely with each participant on his/her musical material. No matter where their shows are in its developmental stage, Joe will guide the participants through a unique and innovative process. 

Participants will learn from watching Joe guides their colleagues, and will also receive first-hand advice, guidance, and support. Barros will explore, review, and investigate the material from the point of view of an American director, playwright, choreographer, producer, and incubator of new musicals to give participants the tools needed for a potential Broadway bound musical.

Barros has a passion for creating original musicals that challenge audiences through provocative stories and innovative storytelling. He believes that it is a time like no other to be creating theatre. As the world is rapidly changing, it is important to find new and exciting ways to tell stories that bring us together, rather than divide us.

Joe Barros is the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Barn, a Manhattan based non-profit theatre company dedicated to incubating original musicals that challenge audiences through provocative stories and innovative storytelling.

Since the company’s inception in 2007, Joe has created 3 core-programming platforms to develop new musicals in front of a live audience. The company most recently developed Sam’s Room - a musical inspired by real stories of nonverbal teens who find a way to communicate, and Eastbound - a musical told in Mandarin Chinese and English about a Chinese adoptee who needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative to survive.

Joe is currently writing a musical about Ryan White, the teenage hemophiliac who became the poster child for AIDS in the 1980’s (with an all-teenage cast), and is also developing the new musical Mommie Dearest with Christina Crawford and David Nehls. Some of his Broadway works as associate director are Gigi starring Vanessa Hudgens and Victoria Clark and the upcoming Broadway revival of Titanic.

Fees for Main Participants is Php4500 and Observer/Audience Participants is Php2500. Slot is limited, so reserve now!

For more info, you may contact 09154478959.

FDCP's Call for Documentary Projects for International Film Lab Extended

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Following its open call for long feature fiction films, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has extended its deadline for submission of Filipino documentary projects for the First Cut Lab Docs to March 31, 2019.

Along with its feature project counterpart, the First Cut Lab Docs is an international project and editing lab focusing on developing and elevating Filipino documentaries. Finalists and grantees of SineSaysay Documentary Lab and Showcase will participate and will get the chance to discuss their ongoing projects with selected experts during working sessions from April 11 to 17.

Two (2) Filipino creative documentary projects in post-production stage that merge artistic ambition and high visual quality will be selected by FDCP and will undergo an intensive post-production workshop.

International industry professionals will mentor the selected filmmakers and provide insightful feedback to help Lab participants produce the best version of their output. These include film editor, trainer, director, and festival programmer Benjamin Mirguet and film editor and DART film founder Natasa Damnjanovic.

For more information, read the official guidelines below.


The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) furthers its programs to encourage Filipino filmmakers to develop and elevate their films and stories, including documentaries, by international standards by bringing the First Cut Lab to Manila.

The First Cut Lab Docs invites film teams with a documentary at the finishing stage to present their rough cut to industry professionals in order to get comprehensive feedback and advice.

The idea is to support filmmakers in their editing process by screening their drafts and discussing them with a mentor, a film team, and selected experts during working sessions.

There will be an open call for documentary projects in the post-production stage. Two (2) Filipino documentary film projects will be selected by FDCP and will undergo an intensive post-production workshop. This is in addition to the four (4) projects under the FDCP’s SineSaysay Feature Documentary program.

Two (2) documentary projects in post-production will be selected as Lab participants.
  • The submission materials of all eligible applicants will be reviewed by a Selection Committee and will be shortlisted.
  • The FDCP Selection Committee and First Cut Lab mentors shall confer to select the final selection, ensuring the diversity of the lineup.
  • FDCP announces the final selection of projects by the end of March.

The First Cut Lab Docs is open to all Filipino filmmakers with documentary projects in the post-production stage.

The film’s director and producer or editor must attend the whole duration of the First Cut Lab Docs. Applicants must submit the following (in English format):
  • Secured online link of a minimum of 20 minutes of the scenes from the film. Scenes can be separate and can be in rough cut.
  • Logline (50 words)
  • Synopsis (1 page)
  • Director’s statement (Up to 2 pages)
  • Producer’s statement (1 page)
  • Director’s film biography (1 page)
  • Producer's film biography (1 page)

Submission to the First Cut Lab Docs constitutes an agreement to all rules, regulations, and conditions contained in this document. Entries and all requirements can be sent to the following:

Subject: First Cub Lab Docs Submission - (Project Name)

Deadline for submission of entries is on March 31, 2019.

DOE Takes PIEEP to Visayas

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The Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the United Nations for Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), conducted on Wednesday (20 March) the Cebu leg of the terminal workshop for the Philippine Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (PIEEP).

The workshop highlighted the implementation of the Energy Management System (EnMS) and how it is applicable in making energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) a way of life for all Filipinos. It also sought to increase the consumers' level of awareness and instill the values of energy efficiency and conservation.

Representatives from FUNAI Electric Cebu, Inc., SMYPC Cebu Glass Plant, MEPZ Mixed Gases Corp., and Summit Consultancy & Research Services also shared their experiences and best practices on the implementation of EnMS with System Optimization.

A total of 51 representatives from both the public and private sectors attended the workshop.

The activity aims to reinforce the DOE’s commitment to provide access to cost effective energy in the ever-shifting global business environment.

Applications Open as FDCP Leads PH as Cannes Producers Network’s Spotlight Country

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Filipino Producers at the Cannes Producers Network 2018 (From left to right: Alemberg Ang of VY/AC Productions, Armi Rae Cacanindin of Cinematografica, FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño, Bianca Balbuena of Epicmedia, Pedring Lopez of BlackOps Studios Asia, Sheron Dayoc of Southern Lantern Studios, and Evelyn Vargas-Knaebel of Visioncapturemedia)

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has partnered with Marche du Film to showcase the Philippine film industry as the Spotlight Country for this year’s Cannes Producers Network happening from May 15 to 21, and with it, the chance to feature Filipino production companies to international partners.

Marche du Film, the biggest film market in the world, is held alongside the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. This film market features the Cannes Producers Network, an exclusive producers-only event which allows producers around the world to participate in meetings and events that promote international film co-productions and networking with international co-producers, sales agents, festival representatives, and film funding companies.

FDCP will be sponsoring five (5) Filipino Spotlight Production Companies to be introduced to all international partners, as well as five (5) Participating Producers who will have access to networking events. Deadline for submission of applications for interested producers and companies is on April 3, 2019.


FDCP will be providing the following to one producer for each selected company: 
  • Roundtrip flight to Cannes, France
  • Producers Network Badge (Includes access to the Cannes Film Festival and Marche du Film)
  • Stipend
  • Visa assistance

Interested production companies may apply via the following:
  • To apply for the Spotlight event, submit a 2-minute video which introduces your production company and features a demo reel of films produced and projects in development for international co-production.
  • To apply as a sponsored Cannes Producers Network Participant, submit a project pitch of your project in development and financial plan.

Entries and all requirements can be sent to the following:

For Spotlight Event Applications
Subject: CNP - Application For Spotlight)

For Sponsored Cannes Producers Network Participant Applications
Subject: CNP - Application For Producers

Deadline for submission of entries is on April 3, 2019. 
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