Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Calle Con: Urban Music & Fashion Festival Mounts Its Comeback Event After 3 Years

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Since its founding in 2019, Calle Con has made history in the local urban community scene by bringing together the country's biggest local fashion brands, local artists, and the people within the local street culture. During the event’s first stint, Calle Con made history by gathering 32 live acts, and 54 local brands in a “first of its kind” event. This brought more than two thousand street culture enthusiasts under the same roof, celebrating the same culture.

This year, Calle Con completes its comeback after 3 years. Upping their game and taking a major step further by formally announcing a 2-Day Festival this November 11-12, 2022 at Metrotent, Metrowalk, Pasig City. Calle Con will house over 50 live performances from the country's biggest hip-hop artists, 80 Local streetwear brands, 10 streetwear fashion shows, a Game of S.K.A.T.E. Tournament, and an all styles dance battle. Brought to you by the founders; Rekta Sa Kalye, Midas Music and Entertainment, and TMP Productions, Calle Con culminates the comeback year of events and live gatherings by mounting the biggest and most prominent event in Philippine Hip-Hop! This is Calle Con 2022!


We bring back the stories from the streets to a bigger stage. We look back to how it all started.

Highlighting every story of passion and talentfrom their diversified roots.


Rekta sa Kalye is a Philippine-urban events production and management Company founded by Vince Marasigan also known as Droppout. Known for mounting events in large scales bringing together high-demand acts, Rekta Sa Kalye has made its mark in the culture and in the industry.


Midas Music and Entertainment is a multifaceted talent management, events, and production Company founded by Nick Hernandez. Priding itself with managing some of the country’s biggest Hip-hop Artists.

Midas brings you music and entertainment in it’s purest form.


TMP Productions is a Philippine-based events management, talent management, and production Company founded by Douglas Brocklehurst in 2017. TMP Productions Inc. boasts an ecosystem that caters to almost every area of music and entertainment. TMP Productions Inc. is the company behind the biggest artists, events, and innovations in the local music industry for the past half-a-decade.

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#ShootShareYourCordillera Experience Travel Vlog - Bontoc, Mountain Province

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Are just some of the trending hashtags today after the Cordillera Administrative Region announced their 200k prized competition.

This is my official entry for the Department of Tourism - Cordillera Administrative Region Office "Cordillera Experience" travel vlog competition. 


With just a mid-end smartphone, and not those high-tech and expensive gadgets, I capture the memories of our adventures at different destinations genuinely expressing my appreciation of the beauty of the Philippines.

I know there are a lot out there with advance equipment and videography skills especially on editing, but I should say that I put everything on this by heart, never scripted, never rehearsed, never dictated, always impromptu and sincerely coming from the heart.

Please help me by Liking, Sharing and Commenting on the actual video. Please click the video first, then Like, Share and Comment.

Thank you very much, and advance congratulations to all the participants, especially the chosen winners.

Highly recommended to create a vlog about your tour just like this:



Travel is Returning and Intent to Spend is Strong, Despite Rising Costs

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The new Traveller is digital savvy, strongly influenced by social media and more inclined to combine work and leisure in their travel.

A survey of more than 8,000 travellers globally, including 2,461 travellers in China, Indonesia and Thailand, reveals a growing appetite for overseas travel as countries reopen, that hasn't been dampened by rising living costs.

The annual Changing Traveller Report 2022 by SiteMinder (ASX:SDR), the world's leading hotel commerce platform, also found that about half of respondents – 48% of travellers in China and Thailand and 52% of travellers in Indonesia – intend to travel "internationally or domestically" over the next 12 months. Millennials (age 26 to 41) form the largest segment who plan to travel, accounting for 58% of travellers in Indonesia, followed by 56% in China and 52% in Thailand.

As the largest accommodation-specific traveller survey globally, insights from SiteMinder's 2022 Changing Traveller Report showed that:

Gen Z (age 18-25) are also the most likely to be influenced by the social media presence of the property they book, compared to other age groups. Thai travellers are the most influenced by social media, with 78% of respondents saying they are "very influenced" or "influenced" by the property's social media presence in their booking decision, followed by 75% in China and 74% in Indonesia. In fact, respondents in every age group agree they are all influenced by the social media accounts of the accommodation they book.

Bleisure continues to be a growing trend with 49% of Gen Z global travellers most likely to take a working holiday, followed by 46% of Millennials. 65% of Thai travellers, almost two in every three, are the leaders in bleisure travel, followed by 62% of Indonesia travellers and 47% of Chinese travellers. In fact, a quarter or more of travellers from every country surveyed in the report will be bleisure travellers on their next trip.
Travellers are likely to change their perception of the accommodation provider if they have a negative customer experience when accessing and using the accommodation provider website, for example if the website is slow or the payment process is not secure. A high proportion of travellers – 89% in China, 72% in Indonesia and 75% in Thailand – said they are "very likely" or "likely" to change their perception when the accommodation provider is not using technology effectively.

  • The use of AI and robots by accommodation providers to replace hospitality professionals is also well accepted with 86% of travellers in China, 85% of travellers in Thailand and 76% of travellers in Indonesia saying they are "very supportive" or "supportive" of accommodation providers using AI and robots to automate previous human work processes.

Sankar Narayan, Managing Director and CEO of SiteMinder, said, "We can see that optimism is returning from travellers to the tourism sector, and there is demand for travel as travel restrictions and health concerns abate across the world. Despite inflation and rising costs, travellers are reporting they are undeterred and do not intend to cancel their travel plans, which is a positive sign for accommodation industry resilience and travel globally, particularly in Asia.

"The long-awaited recovery of travel has also emerged with a new type of traveller, who has higher expectations from hotels and their travel experiences than ever. We can see that, more than ever, travellers now have ambitions to book, travel, work, connect, and experience the world with the greatest flexibility and security possible."

The extensive report also extensively uncovers five key travel trends set to inform and inspire the accommodation and tourism industry:

  • The Macro-Travel Trend: The urge to travel is stronger than rising inflation
  • The Digital Influence Trend: Right now, travellers are the most winnable consumers on earth
  • The Bleisure Trend: Working travellers want the hotel of the future, today
  • The Trust Trend: Every digital touchpoint matters for the new trust-critical traveller
  • The Human Connection Trend: Tech-enabled travellers are not willing to compromise on human connection

Explore SiteMinder's interactive hotel experience to gain more insights and to read the full report.

Survey methodology

Powered by Kantar, in August 2022, SiteMinder undertook a survey of 8,182 travellers aged over 18 years in August, 2022, in 10 markets, including Australia, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Thailand, UK, USA. Respondents were asked 25 accommodation-specific questions, and were split up by gender, generation, location (urban, suburban, rural), travel plans, work plans and the type of accommodation they plan to stay in next. The data was supplemented with reports and data from McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, Paysafe, and others.

About SiteMinder

SiteMinder Limited (ASX:SDR) is the world's leading open hotel commerce platform, ranked among technology pioneers for opening up every hotel's access to online commerce. It's this central role that has earned SiteMinder the trust of tens of thousands of hotels, across 150 countries, to sell, market, manage and grow their business. The global company, headquartered in Sydney with offices in Bangkok, Berlin, Dallas, Galway, London and Manila, generated more than 100 million reservations worth over US$35 billion in revenue for hotels in the last year prior to the start of the pandemic.

Across the 3 countries polled in Asia Pacific, 71% of travellers in China and 56% in both Indonesia and Thailand, said that inflation had "no impact" to "moderate impact" in their decision when planning and evaluating the cost of travel. Respondents who cite a "moderate impact" also stated that cheap accommodation rates are not the most important factor when booking their travel.

Japan-Affiliated Telco - InfiniVAN, Inc. is now ISO 9001:2015 Certified

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Telecommunications and digital solutions provider InfiniVAN, Inc. a subsidiary of Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed IPS, Inc., has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization Certification ISO 9001:2015 for its Quality Management System (QMS) that secures the quality and reliability of services to its clients or customers.

ISO 9001:2015 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system. The breakthrough is part of the company’s consistent commitment to be recognized as a company that redefines the standards of quality and service in the telco industry.

After management consulting and training firm FCU Solutions, Inc. conducted an Appreciation Workshop for ISO 9001:2015 at InfiniVAN, Inc. in November 2021, the company was inspired to take on the standard certification. This meant it would work towards and commit to provide products and services that meet customer and other related requirements, develop and implement a Quality Policy to fulfill its objectives, demonstrate leadership and commitment to the QMS, reduce the risks in the implementing processes and improve the performance of the QMS.

“We moved towards ISO certification because we aim to be the benchmark for telecommunications and digital solutions and prove it too. With the ISO certification, our customers will be assured of the quality of our service and our commitment to continually improve on our offerings. It will demonstrate our mission and vision towards continuous and sustainable improvement,” said Engr. Edgardo A. Opulencia, InfiniVAN’s COO.

Engr. Opulencia added that the ISO certification is a milestone and a great achievement for the company as a whole as it prepares and continuously improves Infinivan’s conformities, processes, and operations. With it, InfiniVAN’s top management commits to ensure adequate resources and support to help the company achieve its goals.

InfiniVAN, Inc.’s services and coverage areas can be found at For more info, please call (02) 7-368-5232 or send an email to

Why You Shouldn’t Try to SexChat with Pornstars on Websites

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If you’re into sexting then you’re also going to be very into the idea of doing it with a porn star. That’s because you’re getting everything that you could possibly want. You see these porn stars all the time when you’re horny. You see the things that they can do with their bodies, and you can’t stop imagining what it would be like to do it for yourself. You can keep watching your favorite porn stars or you could take it to the next level. You could try to actually sext with them and interact with them directly. That’s something that most people would never be able to resist. Still, it’s not going to be everything that you want it to be. The simple fact is that sexting with porn stars is never really a good idea. If you ever try it out, you’re just going to end up unsatisfied and disappointed.

Why sexchat is not a possible option with pornstars?

  1. Pornstars don’t have time for you
  2. Onlyfans stars pay people to pretend to be them
  3. Sending messages are expensive
  4. They will reply you to sell their services
  5. Arousr is the best sexchat site for you

1. Pornstars don’t have time for you

There are two major options for sexting when it comes to online platforms. One is Sext Panther and the other is OnlyFans. Both of them make it seem like they can show you the kind of good time that you just can’t find anywhere else. That’s just not true. Both of the sites have porn stars, but they also have reasons for not using them. The biggest problem with Sext Panther is that the porn stars are only online to sell their content. If you want to sext with them then you’re going to be out of luck. You won’t talk to them directly and you’ll only end up wasting your time.

2. Onlyfans stars pay people to pretend to be them

OnlyFans is pretty much the same. They have very famous porn stars that have hundreds of followers. There’s no way that they’re ever going to be able to sext with all of those people directly. That’s why they end up paying other people to pretend to be them online. If you ever think you’re sexting with a porn star, then you’re really just talking to a stranger who’s trying to earn the porn stars money for her and that’s not a good thing.

3. Sending messages are expensive

Then you get to the cost of the whole thing. When you’re sending messages to porn stars on a site like SextPanther then you’re also going to be spending a whole lot of money. If you were getting what you want in return, then it wouldn’t be a huge deal. You’re not, though. In fact, what you get on this site isn’t even worth getting it for free. The girls here are never going to care about your fantasies or making you happy. You’ll have to pay to send every single message and you’ll never hear back from the porn star.

4. They will reply you to sell their services

The only time you’ll get a message back from her will be when she’s trying to sell you more videos. You’ll never have a night where you actually play around with her and that’s what you’re after. If you want to be able to actually sext with someone then you have to find a girl that’s not a porn star. You need an amateur girl who’s only after a good time. When you manage to find her, you’re going to have a totally different experience that you’re going to be able to enjoy.

5. Arousr is the best sexchat site for you

If you want to have a good time over a hot sexchat session, then you really need to be on Arousr instead. This is a site that never promises you porn stars. It only has amateur girls who just want to sexchat with someone new. These women only log on when they’re horny and in the mood to sext with a stranger. That’s because there’s really nothing else to do on the site. It’s a platform for women to find men to make them cum and that’s it. When you see the girls for the first time, it’s going to be obvious that they’re just regular girls. They can provide all of the filthy fun that you’re after because they want to have it just as badly as you do. You can see the girls before you send them a message and they’re always going to respond to you. They’re going to do anything they can to get you to pick them over the other girls. They need your sext messages to turn them on while they touch themselves and you’ll always find a girl who’s willing to cum with you.

Why the dollar power and weakening peso affects ordinary Filipinos the most.

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Filipinos to prepare for the worst The Philippine peso could further depreciate to P65 to P68 against the US dollar in the coming days.

Because the dollar power and weakening peso issue has to be discussed, here’s a brief explainer and analogy on why it affects ordinary Filipinos the most.

1. The Philippines has no industries.

While it may seem that “there are” industries in the country, they are mostly owned by foreign investors or multinational companies. This means that we can’t produce basic goods on our own such as oil, transpo, telcom, basic metals, etc.

2. US has industries and control of most of the products in the world.

US imperialism, or domination of US over a country’s economic, political, and cultural aspect, has ensured that it has its hands over strategic industries such as oil [1] through warfare and aggression.

At the same time, its economic policies (having one of the dominant currencies in the world) do not only occur in US but can seep through to other countries: such as the US Federal Reserve’s increase of interest rates to fight inflation in their own country which can weaken peso.

3. Given this economic relation, where will the Philippines buy basic commodities?

From US. But with the currency exchange, we will need more peso (58.80) to purchase the same product that amounts to 1 dollar - which means that prices will also increase for low income Filipinos.

4. While this may seem “good” for OFWs (since a dollar of remittance would mean more peso for their families here), it’s “benefit” would be canceled out by inflating price of goods that their families would have to pay.

In short, mataas nga ang padala, mahal naman ang bilihin.

5. This may also be interpreted as an “advantage” for local producers and agrisector - since imported products would be harder to get in, meaning less competition.

However, due to the continued negligence of the state over our farmers and agriculture, resulting to the overdependence on imported goods (such as rice, sugar, salt, etc.), local producers can only do so much, and the government would still have to pull in products from outside.

Unless agriculture and our farmers get the support they deserve, we remain food insecure and dependent.

6. How do we remove our reliance on US and the absurd dollar-peso relation?

Through national industrialization based on genuine agrarian reform. Improving our agricultural condition and building industries able to produce our basic necessities ensure our economic independence.

If we have sustainable agriculture, where the demands of our farmers (such as land distribution) are met, we can produce healthy and affordable food for the country.

If we have our own industries, we can produce affordable basic commodities for the ordinary Filipinos.

We would not be needing to maintain the import-dependent and export-oriented characteristic of our economy. Which means, we can and will also be sustainable without the intervention of US and its economic policies.

Our peso would not need to contend with dollar.

"It's not the lack of love for our country that's driving Filipinos to work abroad, it's the notion that we need to endure and settle for less just to prove our love and loyalty for a country that doesn't even listen nor care for our pleas"




Written by: Ajay Lagrimas

Aliw Awards 2022 set for December 5

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The 35th Annual Aliw Awards presentation on Aliw Awards Foundation’s 45th year will take place on December 5,2022 at the prestigious Manila Hotel’s Fiesta Pavilion, after an absence of a year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was announced by Founding President Alice H. Reyes , who bared that preparations are in full swing for the event, much-awaited by the entire live entertainment industry.

Executive Committee Chairman for the 2022 awards is Irma Meg Ventolina Loyola, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee is Rema Tan Manzano.

Directing the presentation rites is Jose Maria Hilario while the TV coverage will be directed by Joey Nombres, who is also chairman of the Screening Committee.

Nominations for the different categories of awards will be accepted by the foundation starting on October 15,2022.

“ We hope to rise from the ashes of Covid-19, like the Phoenix, with a spectacular presentation,” Reyes declared.

She added that , due to the dearth of live performances during the pandemic, there will be less categories, although one or two new ones will be added.

In the 2020 Aliw awards, held during an Aliw Congress that year, she noted that there were over 50 categories .

To be given their Lifetime Achievement Awards this year are Vic del Rosario, Johnny Manahan, John Lesaca, Nanette Inventor and Jay Enriquez.

Reyes further announced the launching of the Aliw Legacy Awards for individuals who have left their mark in the fields of live entertainment and public service.

Reyes expressed the hope that other Aliw benefactors will join PAGCOR, Greenfield Development Corporation and the Quezon City Government under Mayor Joy Belmonte in supporting this year’ s event which aims to raise funds for the displaced live entertainers during the pandemic.

A limited number of tickets to the dinner-show are available. For information, please call 89215135.

Dusit Thani Maldives recognised by South Asian Travel Awards 2022

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The luxury resort won two gold awards at the prestigious annual event for its commitment to sustainability and hospitality.

At a glittering gala dinner on 30 September 2022, representatives from Dusit Thani Maldives were delighted to celebrate the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2022 and receive the Gold Award for Nishan Senevirathe Best CSR Programme and the Gold Award for Leading Family Resort.

SATA has been recognising the best of South Asia’s hospitality and travel industry since 2016. 

The prestigious annual event – hosted this year at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi in the Maldives – honours stellar organisations and individuals in a range of categories. Eligible candidates can be nominated in up to three categories, and the winners are selected in two phases: 40% via online votes from the public and 60% by hotel presentation.

The team from Dusit Thani Maldives was honoured to be awarded gold in two categories that reflect Dusit’s core value of care: CSR and family. Attending the gala on behalf of the whole staff were General Manager Mr Jacques Leizerovici and Marketing and Communications Manager Ms Iryna Okopova. 

Mr Leizerovici said, “We are delighted to accept these awards, which are a testament to the dedication and the hard work of the entire team. We value the recognition for our commitment to sustainability as we continue to create unforgettable experiences for guests of all ages.”

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll – the Maldives’ first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve– Dusit Thani Maldives is just 35 minutes by seaplane from the capital city, Malé, or a 25-minute domestic flight and 10 minutes by speedboat from Dharavandhoo Airport.

Surrounded by a house reef full of marine life, the resort’s luxurious over-water villas and residences await guests seeking island adventure, fine dining, and relaxation. Devarana Spa offers elevated treatment rooms among the coconut trees, and full-service amenities ensure every whim is catered to.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Meet Toots, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore’s Green Ambassador


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To mark Children’s Day, the resort rolls out its refreshed mascot to enliven the stay experiences of its young guests amid its host of family friendly facilities. 

Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore, the only beachfront resort in the country, invites guests to meet Toots. The resort’s green ambassador has a brand-new look and ready to meet guests from 7 October to celebrate Children’s Day. Guests will have the chance to meet and get to know Toots during their stay at the resort.

Toots lives by the motto “Green and good vibes only” and promises to extend a fun and welcoming experience to guests both young and old. He will make appearances to mingle, take photos with guests, and give free hugs as he shares his love for travelling and making new friends. 

Toots is an Asian Tree Frog, a species that can be found in Sentosa island. As the Green  Ambassador of the resort, he encourages the conservation of natural habitats to protect all species, especially endangered ones. He will be seen participating in various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities around the resort such as beach cleaning.

Before the official launch on Children’s Day, the public can “play with” Toots virtually on the resort’s social media @RasaSentosa, via Augmented Reality (AR). A contest rewarding the most fun use of the AR feature with room and dining vouchers will be held from 23 September to 2 October. More details will be available on the resort’s Instagram account @RasaSentosa.

Families wishing to up the ante on their resort experience can look forward to the Rasa 

Sentosa Kids Activity Book featuring Toots and his family, given to every child residing in the resort. Kids can enjoy hours of wholesome fun playing pool bingo, colour the peacock after spotting one, or even hunt down the frog statues in the property. The Adventure Hunt is one not to be missed, where stickers can be collected from various spots in the property, while the children embark to discover its nooks and crannies. There is even a prize up for grabs at the end of it.

Hungry? Feasting and fun times await on Fridays and Saturdays at Silver Shell Café as the restaurant’s Seafood Sensation buffet dinner - a delectable spread of live oysters, snow crabs, Boston lobsters and premium seafood cooked in various styles - is enhanced with activities specially curated for little ones. Young diners can be enthralled by entertainment that includes magic performances, balloon sculpting, and face painting. More dinnertime fun awaits with do-it-yourself mocktail making and cupcake decorating kits. Every child takes home a goodie bag of Toots merchandise as their memento of the resort too!

Can’t get enough of Toots cuteness? Guests can take Toots home by purchasing a plush toy at the Resort’s Rasa Shop (SGD 29.90+). His lime green tones and cheerful expression are sure to charm children and keep them happy.

Family Fun All Day

Along with the many comfortable family accommodation options featuring spectacular sea or tropical views, and the introduction of Toots, the resort has no shortage of facilities for the young ones to busy themselves. There are water slides, a children’s pool under a canopy and a fun splash pad. For more action, sea sports activities such as kayaking, pedal boating and stand-up paddle boarding at the resort’s private beach are sure to entice those looking for some sun, sand and sea. Daily activities at the pool and beach with the resort’s Fun Team are also available for guests to participate in.

Cool Zone, the resort’s indoor kids club for up to the age of 12, houses a giant tree-house slide, which whizzes the young ones from three storeys up into a colourful ball pit, and a mini jungle gym. Storybooks, toys and a host of engaging activities organised by the resident team

are available for children to enjoy as well. Those seeking some fun next to Siloso Beach can head to outdoor playground, Nestopia, just a five-minute walk from the resort. The unique open-air space, with 17 play sections, features netted obstacle courses connecting three giant nests and two of the longest slides on Sentosa.

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Singapore fintech Robocash Group announces Audited First Half 2022 financial results

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A Singapore fintech holding, Robocash Group publishes the audited financial statements for the first half of 2022. The Group’s revenue is up by 53.1% to USD 214.2 M, over the same period of 2021.

Robocash Group, a Singapore-based fintech group of companies of digital financial services operating in Asia and Europe, today announced its audited financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2022.

The revenue for the period amounts to USD 214.2 M, a 53.1% increase from USD 139.9 M for the same period of 2021. The net profit stands at USD 14.3 M. The development of new digital financial services in the Philippines resulted in a slight slow-down in growth of net profit compared to previous years. However, this effect does not stray from the Management's estimates, and the Group continues to show positive results. According to the Management’s estimates for the period ended August 31st 2022, the Group’s net profit has amounted to USD 32.2 M, greatly exceeding the initial plans. The retained earnings have grown to USD 75.5 M, up by 37.5%.

Natalya Ischenko, CEO of Robocash Group, comments on the company’s performance: “Our core digital financial services are engaged in select markets in Asia that, in our view, have significant growth potential. The results for the first half of 2022 reflect the strength and resilience of our Group, our team and our position in each operating market, despite the challenges of the current market environment.

We are committed to our strategic plan towards expansion and development of the full range of financial products in Asia. The clients and their impressions of our services are to remain at the heart of our business model and we continue to support our customers in every financial need quickly and conveniently.”

The Interim Condensed Combined Financial Information for the six-month period ended 30 June 2022, was prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards and has been reviewed by a Tier 10 auditor FBK Grant Thornton
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