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Mang Inasal supports reading program for Iloilo public school graders

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mang Inasal recently donated P500,000-worth of children’s story books to public schools in Iloilo City and selected grade schools in the province. This was coursed through “Sa Pagbasa, May Pag-asa” program of the Jollibee Group Foundation.

Mang Inasal Vis-Min Area Manager Thomas Jason Medel (right) leads the turn over of books to Jaro II Elementary School principal Liney Arbinoya. Accompanying them are Mang Inasal ICC Restaurant Manager Hanna Polido and Mang Inasal PR Manager Ed Timbungco.

The donation formed part of the celebration of Mang Inasal’s 500th store at the Iloilo City Center, Diversion Road, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The store, which formally opened in June 2018, was a homecoming of sorts. Mang Inasal opened its first store in Iloilo 15 years ago.

List of cinemas screening Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Alpha: The Right to Kill’ released

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

15 January 2019 Mandaluyong, Philippines- The red carpet premiere of Brillante Mendoza’s film “Alpha: The Right to Kill” took place at the new Director's Club Cinema at The Podium in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 11, 2019. Joining the Cannes Film Festival 2009 Best Director at the event were the film’s scriptwriter Troy Espiritu and lead actors Allen Dizon and Elijah Filamor.

“Alpha: The Right to Kill” will be released in select theaters in the Philippines on January 16, 2019. Among the screening venues are Cloverleaf, Fairview Terraces, Gaisano, Gateway Cineplex, Glorietta 4, Market Market Cinema, Robinsons, SM Supermalls, Sta. Lucia, Starmall, Trinoma and Vista Cinemas.

Film Development Council of the Philippines chairman Liza Diño-Seguerra attended the “Alpha: The Right to Kill” red carpet premiere with former National Youth Commission chairperson Ice Seguerra. Directors Joselito Altajeros and Louie Ignacio and former Tourism Promotions Board chief operation officer Cesar Montano also graced the event.

Baron Geisler was given warm welcome by members of the press during the event. “Alpha: The Right to Kill” marks the third time the actor starred in a full-length film directed by Mendoza.

Joining Dizon, Filamor and Geisler in the “Alpha: The Right to Kill” cast are Jalyn Taboneknek Perez, Angela Cortez, Apollo Abraham, Richard Manabat, Nikko de los Santos, JC Tan, Jim Libiran, Dexter Macaraeg, Raymond Rinoza, Xixi Maturan and Cataleya Surio. They were all present during the red carpet premiere.

Other special guests included Kiko Matos and Ketchup Eusebio, who are set to star in Mendoza’s upcoming film “Mindanao” with Dizon and Judy Ann Santos. The trailers of “Mindanao” and Mendoza’s collaboration project with Lav Diaz and Kidlat Tahimik titled “Lakbayan” (Journey) were shown during the “Alpha: The Right to Kill” red carpet premiere.

Before making its Philippine premiere, “Alpha: The Right to Kill” was screened in several film festivals abroad. It made its world premiere in September 2018 at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain where it won the Special Jury Prize.

In October 2018, “Alpha: The Right to Kill” was shown at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and the Warsaw International Film Festival in Poland. It was then screened in November 2018 at the Minsk International Film Festival in Belarus, Shaken Aimanov International Film Festival in Kazakhstan, Tokyo FilmEx in Japan, Cairo International Film Festival, Torino Film Festival in Italy and Singapore International Film Festival in Singapore and in December 2018 at the Kerala International Film Festival in India.

5 things to do with unwanted Holiday gifts

It’s happened to everyone at least once: You eagerly open a Christmas present only to be silently disappointed because the item is something you cannot use, is too small or too big for you, or you simply do not like what was given to you as a gift. Proper etiquette dictates you say thanks and keep the gift but with the limited living space we all have, we often have no choice but to find ways on how to put unwanted gifts to good use.

"Christmas is the most festive holiday celebration in the Philippines. Even before December 25th, Filipinos had already given gifts to their friends and gone to numerous parties, where prizes are raffled off," said Rambo Joinani, head of Goods & Services at OLX, the leading online classifieds platform in the Philippines. "Some of these presents and raffle items don't end up being useful to their recipients, though. On OLX alone, the number of consumer-to-consumer listings in certain categories grew by as much as 24% from October 2018 to the first few weeks of December 2018. Brand-new TVs, tablets and smartphones are listed on our platform, their item descriptions indicating that they were either a gift or a raffle prize from a party."

There are a lot of ways to make the best out of unwanted gifts. Rather than letting them gather dust in a closet, consider these different ways to turn them into something useful. Here is a list of five things to do with your unwanted holiday gifts:

Sell online. If you find yourself with a present that just isn’t the right fit, you don’t have to be stuck with it forever. Consider making money out of it by posting it on OLX, the country’s leading classifieds platform, which enables you to have a fast and easy selling experience.

Donate. Donating a gift is a great way to find the present a new home–giving gifts or even party raffle prizes and tokens to non-profit organizations or charity is a great way to give back to those in need.

Regift. This is one of the best ways to spread joy. You can pass your gift on to someone who will appreciate it so the item won’t go to waste. Someone you know might want it. Be careful, though: Avoid an awkward situation by giving the present to someone who is not acquainted with the original sender.

Swap. You can host a gift-swapping party. Invite your friends and tell them to bring their unwanted gifts for browsing, and let them pick the ones they want. That way, each one of you has a chance to trade in a gift for something you’d actually enjoy. You can consider this as annual friendship ritual. In case your squad isn’t into such parties, you can consider putting up the item for swap on OLX

Do-It-Yourself. This is the best option for artsy and crafty people. Transforming unwanted gifts is a great way to keep things out of the dump while it gives your home a little décor boost. These little projects allow you to completely repurpose items into something useful like a gift mug transformed into a pen holder or flower pot, a handkerchief as bag design or accessory, or a picture frame turned light switch design cover.

Sealteam Peenoise finishes 2nd in South East Asia Championship

Sealteam Peenoise’s Squad Leader John Kirk Magbanua (Right) and Jhoey Bhoy Buenaflor (Left) during the tournament

MANILA, Philippines – Sealteam Peenoise won second place at the Rules of Survival SEA Survival Championship early January.

“From the Philippine tournament, it is our goal to represent the country in an international arena” John Kirk Magbanua, Team Captain of Sealteam Peenoise. “We trained and prepared hard for this, and we are proud of our achievement” Magbanua added.

Other teams who represented PH includes Savage Gaming ranks 4th with a final score of 1,555, Team Marshall with 1,020 in 10th, Comeback in 11th with 915 Points and Evo Groundz with 675 points in 12th.

The 15 squads, who competed, are the best squads from the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia with the aim of claiming supremacy and take part in the USD 11,600 prize pool.

“This kind of tournament hones local talents to be better,” Henry Zhao, Nimo TV Overseas Executive. “We believe that by exposing them to this kind of tournament, we are helping them improve their talents and eventually be ready in competing globally,” added Zhao.

The Rules of Survival South East Asia Survival Championship was broadcasted exclusively via Nimo TV.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

SMART DRIVING SCHOOL now ready to accept students for a responsible and discipline driving, located at the Basement 1 of SM City San Jose del Monte.

It’s 2019 and SM City San Jose del Monte is proudly and continuously adding new and different selection of stores that will surely bring shoppers more excitement and fun.

Calling all future drivers, the most modern and advance driving school today is already open at the Basement 1 of SM City San Jose del Monte! Opened last November 26, SMART DRIVING SCHOOL provides the best quality service through their highly trained professional driving instructors, modern lecture facility, and latest and brand new training vehicles at very affordable rates.
THE FACE SHOP offers shoppers with high quality Korean beauty products, formulated with the finest natural ingredients, and using the most sophisticated technology, located at the Upper Ground Level of SM City San Jose del Monte.

The nature and science come together as Korea’s first and leading cosmetic brand, THE FACE SHOP opens last December 10 at Upper Ground Floor of SM City San Jose del Monte. Committed to the wonders of nature and power of technology, The Face Shop provides shoppers with high quality Korean beauty products, formulated with the finest natural ingredients, and using the most sophisticated technology, while keeping its prices affordable.

And to all the Digital natives out there, the leading smartphone e-brand under Huawei Group, HONOR recently opened last January 11. Made in today’s mobile internet era, Honor was created to meet your needs thru unrivaled product with unbeatable value, innovative and trendsetting brand around the world. Honor phones are designed for the young people and also for the young at heart to tell compelling and personal stories. Its store is located at the Lower Ground Floor, Cyberzone area.

You now know how to drive, bought a natural-inspired cosmetic products, and already have a brand new phone, but you cannot give up your luxury watch yet? WATCH CENTRAL is the key, for it is your complete source of preloved and pre-owned luxury watch services. Slated to open on the first quarter of the year and to be located at the Upper Ground Level, Watch Central will help you keep your luxury watch functioning at its highest level possible with overhaul, repair, water testing, and treatment services.

Visit HUAWEI new concept store at the Lower Ground Floor of SM City San Jose del Monte, Cyberzone area near the main mall’s atrium side.

Stress no more as you can now pamper yourself with the coming of URBANESSENCE at the Second Level of SM City San Jose del Monte. Urbanessence is a beauty and wellness spa that will offer high-quality services such as full-body massages, body polishes, slimming, whitening and skin care treatments especially designed for clients who simply want to look good and feel good at very affordable rates.


Are you looking for a drink that will freshen you up? DAKASI will soon add to the Coffee and Milk Tea family of SM City San Jose del Monte! To be located at the Upper Ground Floor beside mall’s main entrance, Dakasi’s drinks are made with fresh ingredients with no artificial flavoring. With its fresh, unique, and convenient drinks, Dakasi will make milk teas an indispensable part of the daily lives of San Joseños.
The former concept store of Huawei paved way to its sub-brand, HONOR located at the other side of SM Cyberzone at the Lower Ground Floor of SM City San Jose del Monte.

And for the seafood lovers, the good news is here as the ‘Home of the Giant Butterfly Squid’ is on the way! ABOVE SEA LEVEL is a food shack that’s making waves in the sea full of restaurants and countless food trends that specializes in affordable, fresh and flavorful seafood dishes will surely hook the shoppers with our all-time favorites, such as shrimps, mussels, crabs, and shrimps. Slated to open on the first quarter of the month, Above Sea Level will make you SEA food differently.

For more exciting and fun happenings, visit SM City San Jose del Monte’s Official Facebook Page, page

UNISDR ARISE PH Moves Closer To Achieving Resiliency

Thursday, January 10, 2019

“A Forum on Understanding Risk and Resilience” featured speakers (L-R): Office of Civil Defense deputy administrator for administration assistant secretary Krisoffer James Purisima, National Economic and Development Authority undersecretary Adoracion Navarro and National Panel of Technical Experts member Dr. Rosa Perez.

The Philippines is turning challenges into accomplishments as it continues to deal with natural disasters.

This was the assessment of experts during “A Forum on Understanding Risk and Resilience” held to mark the International Day of Disaster Reduction.

Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro of the National Economic and Development Authority cited the reduction in loss of human lives during recent calamities. “In terms of magnitude, the number of casualties from typhoon Ompong was only 79, unlike in previous strong typhoons where they reached thousands. This gives us a more positive view of how we are building a resilient nation,” she said.

“We have proactively empowered our local government in DRRM (Disaster Risk Reduction and Management) councils through effective policy guidance,” said assistant secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, deputy administrator for administration of the Office of Civil Defense.

Specialists from the government, business, academe and civil society organizations attended the forum organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)’s ARISE Philippines, Department of National Defense, National Resilience Council and SM Prime Holdings to enhance understanding of resilience – conceptually and operationally.

In his opening remarks, Zuellig Family Foundation president Ernesto Garilao said, “We need to shift the way we, as a nation, think about disasters so that, together, we can be better prepared in the future. But to promote a culture of preparedness, we must first understand risk.”

Speakers presented information and possible strategies to respond to possible risks in the future. They suggested adopting, in the face of adversity, lessons from the experiences in Yolanda, the Zamboanga siege and the landslide in Naga, Cebu, highlighting the need for a shared understanding of the risks presented in the communities.

Talking about dangerous phenomena that make up risk, Dr. Rosa Perez, member of the National Panel of Technical Experts, said that the Philippines aimed to minimize risks as much as possible. “We should asses how often these events occur, their effects, how bad they are and what can we do to address the bad effects and harness the good ones,” she said.

The Philippines remains at the top of world risk indices due to several vulnerability factors so the government, through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, continues to find ways to address effectively the challenges of disasters and build national resilience.

Showing the way in digital dentistry in PH

Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), the Philippines leading group of dental clinics and one of the best in Southeast Asia, introduces another innovation in the country - digital dentistry.

Now the preferred system in countries like Germany, Switzerland, England, United States, Japan, and Thailand, digital dentistry involves the use of technologies, machines, equipment and devices that incorporate digital or computer-controlled components for dental procedures.

“For dentists, this innovation enables easy access to immediate and more detailed information,” says GAOC President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Steve Mark Gan. “It allows the delivery of accurate and efficient results for increased patient satisfaction.”

With digital dentistry, dental surgeries and work in laboratories are further streamlined and improved for higher quality patient care and more aesthetically pleasing results. Patient experience is more comfortable and convenient than before.

Among the dental procedures being digitized at GAOC’s 10 clinics are computer assisted design (CAD/CAM) that enables dental restorations; prosthodontics; oral surgeries and dental implants; radiographs and orthodontics, including digital x-ray and intra-oral camera for accurate teeth and supporting structure imaging; laser gum recontouring and periodontics; and dental lasers.

Aside from the use of state-of-the-art technology, GAOC takes pride in its professional and caring dentists who possess the unique GAOC touch. The dental professionals undergo continuous and extensive training here and abroad to further their knowledge of the latest trends and developments in the field of dentistry.

To prepare for the full implementation of digital dentistry, GAOC dentists undergo various specialized training and seminars abroad, all made possible through partnerships with entities like Straumann, Zirkonzahn and 3Shape.

For more details and information on digital dentistry, like and follow GAOC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @gaocdental or visit