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What’s the perfect gift to get your loved ones? The one they need

Thursday, November 30, 2017

How many bottles of lotion and perfume, stuffed animals, wall calendars, snow globes, or cutesy pajamas do you get (and maybe forget) every year?

It’s always a thrill to receive a gift so might as well make it meaningful and more importantly useful. Finding a perfect gift for someone you care about is challenging, but there are unconventional options you can look at, especially for those who are about to enter a key moment in their lives.

While a nice house-warming present is appreciated, why not help them jumpstart a more secure and protected future?

This is where insurance comes in. It’s something everyone knows they need but are not always willing to get, all they need is a gentle nudge from you. 

While you can’t wrap life insurance in gift wrappers and ribbons, all it takes is for you to bring your loved one to any BPI branch in the country. The process is quick, easy, and you would spend just as much in helping them with the first month (or more if you’re generous) of premium payments as you would with any other fancy gift.  More importantly, it will result in savings and security for their future way beyond any gift-wrapped item can give.

Here are five people in your life that you can help build a bright future for with a gift of BPI-Philam insurance policies.


The Fresh Grad


The sitch: Fresh out of the cradles of college and taking the first step toward #adulting and independence. Without financial help from mommy or daddy, saving for the future on a budget may be a challenge. What now?

The gift: For as low as Php 2,000 for the first month, Life Ready Plus covers as much as 30 times the yearly payment while optimal benefits are definitely included. That means no matter what they go through, they are protected while they set aside funds for rainy days. More importantly, it’s easy enough for any first-jobber to set aside Php 2,000 per month and keep up the insurance plan for as long as he wants.

Affordability? Check. Convenience? Check. Financial security? Check!
 

The Newly-Weds


The sitch: It's for them that the wedding bells toll and having a helping hand with finances is great. But building a family is no piece of wedding-cake. There's a home to mind and a baby on the way. This may be a challenge that’ll get their hands full.

The gift: As future parents with growing careers, life will only become more hectic for the couple. When they’re busy making sure the kids are alright, sometimes they forget about themselves. 

Critical Care Max is an affordable and flexible protection plan that makes sure that the family’s future is secure no matter what happens. Even when life hits them with unexpected sickness or early stage critical illness, the plan eases the burden with cash benefits. Even better, now that the policy is charged with Philam Vitality, living healthier gives them additional life coverage aside from exclusive perks and privileges the whole family can enjoy! 
 

The Startup Guru


The sitch: Your best friend has finally transformed her Instagram store into a full-fledged business. What she didn’t expect is a new team of employees with their own hopes and dreams. While you’re both excited about joining the startup revolution, it’s a different story when it comes to making sure she keeps her team happy and protected to bring out their best performance. 

The gift: In a startup environment where each employee double-triple-quadruple-hats, it’s almost too easy to overlook one’s safety. With everyone making deliveries, moving from one meeting to another, manning bazaars and buying supplies, one accident big or small can have a huge impact on the business and on the employee. 

Help your friend secure her most important asset: her people. For as low as one peso per day for each employee, BPI-Philam’s flexible Group Accident policy provides employees a plan that will suit their protection needs. Whether it’s making sure road accidents are covered during deliveries or personal injury is attended to during day-to-day operations, a small seed money for your friend’s Group Accident policy goes a long way.


The OFW Member


The sitch: We all have that relative, whether it’s a parent, a sibling, or your favorite aunt or uncle, working doubly hard than anyone in another country. They may be all alone, but they continuously work hard to keep sending help back home. Until they can come back for good, why not help them save up for themselves and their own families, too?

The gift: Getting close family members and relatives insured is as easy as signing them up as a dependent of your own. Instead of having them put all their investments in through the local currency, Invest Dollar Max breathes life into their hard-earned money. The plan also helps them prepare and build for the future by allowing them to participate in the financial market to help them achieve their goals while providing life insurance coverage. Should they decide to send their children abroad to school or travel with their family, the policy also helps protect their dollars so their families can enjoy their wealth with them.
 

Your Parents


The sitch: Your parents aren’t getting any younger, and they’ve given you everything you need to help you be the most successful you can be. With the many sacrifices they’ve made for us, our parents certainly deserve our appreciation and gratitude. It’s time their hard work paid off as you help them take it easy with their preparations for retirement.

The gift: Helping with the family’s finances is a wonderful idea. Now you can help your parents by protecting their assets even as they retire, with Build Estate plus. As your dependents, help them guard their future and secure their legacy through a plan that can look over their assets and cover their estate taxes. By helping them plan their estate, you’re also helping your parents feel burden-free, as if they’ve lived beyond their lifetime.


Whether it’s Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, or graduations, help your loved one build a good future for the next 5, 10, 15 years and beyond. All it takes is a visit to any BPI branch nationwide to get you and your loved one started.

Show them you care. Know which BPI-Philam products best suit you and your loved ones by visiting:www.bpi-philam.com. 

Introducing Converge Fast: The Most Advanced And Competitively Priced Private Network

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Leading the pack with its promisingly fast internet service at affordable cost, Converge ICT Solutions has launched today another pure fiber Internet offering which targets  business sectors particularly those with multi-branch operations.


The demand for a better internet speed is increasing as businesses rely not only on ultra fast download speed but reliable upload speed as well.


Converge FAST effectively combines the best benefits offered by DSL and Metro Ethernet connections, two of the most traditional business Internet connections today. This new offering by Converge ICT that runs on a pure fiber Internet network helps optimize businesses with its high bandwidth and performance, total security, with low latency, highly scalable, simple and flexible.


Best of all, Converge FAST is low cost, making it the most advanced yet competitively priced private network solution in the Philippines today.

It also comes with a burstable bandwidth from 2Mbps to 20Mbps and supports Point-to-Point and a Point-to-Multi-point setup, perfect for businesses with a multi-branch network. With this setup, branches can now generate real-time data and reports. 


Service and support will not be an issue since Converge FAST offers 99.7% SLA. For faster service and response during down times, Converge ICT made sure that there is an in-house installation and repair team, ready to respond within an 8-hour Mean Time response rate, and 24/7 support provided through the Converge Service Desk.

According to Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. Chief Operating Officer Jesus “Boboy” Romero, among the target markets for Converge FAST include banks, retail stores, distribution companies, food and beverage, information technology, government, transportation and logistics, plus energy and utilities.


“Our continuing promise is to make customer experience better when it comes to their data connectivity solution, which is a modern business’s lifeline. Now with Converge FAST, that promise still holds true, and we made it even more affordable yet totally resilient and with high value for their investment,” Romero explained.

Converge FAST is offered via FAST 2Mbps at P2,500 per month, FAST 5Mbps at P3,500, FAST 10Mbps at P4,000 and FAST 20Mbps at P6,000.


Converge ICT, Inc. started its business in 1992 and was already granted a congressional franchise. The company has many Tier 1 international peering partners to ensure fast and reliable connectivity. It also partnered with top domestic peering partners such as PLDT and Globe and currently has the 3rd largest Internet backbone in the country to help further improve the Internet experience of Filipinos.


For more details about Converge ICT, Inc. and its Internet offerings, visit   http://www.convergeict.com

Tuason Racing School: Leading the way in local motorsports

Paving the way for growth in the Philippine motorsports scene is Tuason Racing School.
The local motorsports industry, apart from having a rich and storied history that dates back to the early seventies, is as much alive and thriving today. In fact, from the beginning of this year, the local motorsports calendar has been packed with a myriad of exciting, monthly racing events – from the national drag racing series, the national karting series, eco marathons, slalom and autocross, superbike races, and others – with the Batangas Racing Circuit, the Clark International Speedway and the Carmona Race Track as the main venues.
Playing a significant role in the growth of the over-all Philippine motorsports scene is Tuason Racing School or TRS, headed by the husband and wife team of JP Tuason, celebrated racer turner entrepreneur, and Jeanette Ipapo Tuason, the company’s Vice-President for Marketing and Business Development.
TRS has helped make motor racing accessible to more people, attracting novice and celebrity racers alike, as well as a growing legion of loyal fans and aficionados that look forward to the various races they organize annually. 
Founded in 1999, TRS has grown to become a virtual mini motorsports conglomerate, providing Race Training Classes, their core business, along with Racing Team Management, Events Management including Teambuilding sessions for corporate clients, a California Superbike School for riders and motorcycling enthusiasts in partnership with CSS founder Keith Code of the United States, and a classroom and hands-on Educational Program that focuses on Road Safety and Defensive Driving Training.  
Effectively, it is safe to say that TRS is both the pioneer and the undisputed leader in this burgeoning field, and as such they clearly have their fingers on the pulse of the industry.
“The local motoring industry is quite big especially with the exponential growth it is presently enjoying,” shares Jeanette. “Racing is a small but important part of the equation, but today we have five permanent tracks including two for cars. In a significant way, the Vios Cup helped spur this resurgence.” 
Sponsors are also flocking to support the numerous racing events, with top local and multinational brands – from carmakers, petroleum companies, tire manufactures, and even tech companies – all too eager to get in on the thrilling action.
Still, Jeanette believes that Philippine motorsports is still in its infancy with quite a lot of room to grow. And expect Tuason Racing School to play a crucial part in the expansion and acceleration of the industry.
“I believe there is a lot of potential in filipino driving skills. The lack of equipment and facilities have hampered the growth needed for our drivers to get better, but this is now all changing” Tuason says. “We would like to be at the forefront of making this renaissance happen.” 

The Portrait Master With Dual Cameras-Infinix Zero 5 Was Launched In The Philippines On 28th November

Infinix Mobility, the fastest growing technology brand, is a major player in the smart phone market. They create cutting edge, fashionable, innovative, and advanced devices of impeccable quality. Infinix opens the doors to the future!

Being a very ambitious brand, they aim to create an enhanced technological era by having devices that are diverse in feature and stylish in design with amazing specifications in different series to cater to everyone's need.

On 28th November 2017, Infinix unveiled its latest flagship device here in the Philippines, which is a camera phone named Zero 5. Dubbed as the Portrait Master. It will be exclusive on Lazada and available during the Lazada Online Revolution Sale 12. 12 at the special introductory price of Php 13999.

The Zero 5 smartphone is Infinix's most high-end and technologically-advanced product to date.  The Chinese company will target a new generation of customers and firmly believes that the Zero 5's innovative design and features - particularly the camera - will shock the industry and offer Best-in-Class products in the smartphone sector.

Using Android's Nougat operating platform, the Zero 5 boasts an optical Zoom Dual camera and massive 16MP front-facing cameras, rear fingerprint scanner and protective screen features.

The Zero 5's rear dual camera uses both a 12 MP wide-angle lens and a 13 MP telephoto lens, with a 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom, and an f/2.0 aperture. There is also a special Portrait Master Mode that uses an RGBW sensor and multi-frame noise reduction technology to assist in capturing the perfect hero shot.

But the jaw-dropping feature of the Zero 5 is unquestionably the front camera, or as Infinx has dubbed it, the 'Selfie Camera'.  The selfie cam is a mega 16 MP four-in-one camera - with a LED flash to boot. In a market where the selfie is kind and Instagram reigns supreme, Infinix expects the 16 MP front camera to take things to a new level and become a must-have accessory for selfie lovers.

Zero 5 Specifications:

Network: 4G
OS: Android 7
Display: 5.98"FHD LTPS (2.5D)
Dimensions; 166.38*82.38*7.95mm
Processor: ARM Mali-T880 MP2 900MHz
Battery: 4350mAH
Screen: CORNING Gorilla Glass 3
Memory: 64 GB ROM of memory + 6 GB of RAM
Rear fingerprint scanner for unlocking & confirming actions
Front 'Selfie' camera: 16 MP four-in-one
Rear dual camera: 12 MP wide-angle lens + 13 MP telephoto lens
2x optical zoom + 10x digital zoom
F/2.0 aperture
Portrait Master Mode
RGBW sensor
Video: 3GP/MP4/AVI

Acer Philippines, together with The SM Store's Holiday Promo Makes Everyone's Holiday Shopping Happier

Monday, November 27, 2017


27 November 2017, Manila, Philippines – Acer Philippines, a leading tech and innovations company, shares an exciting Christmas treat as it announces its #MalayangPasko Holiday Promo. Done in partnership with retail giant SM, the Promo was recently launched together with its endorsers JM De Guzman and Jennylyn Mercado at the Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall.

Recognizing that customers have diverse priorities and interests especially during the holiday season, Acer Philippines believes that this Christmas, there is no greater gift than the gift of choice. Dubbing the Promo as #MalayangPasko, the IT company has chosen to partner with The SM Store, the nation’s ultimate shopping destination known for their wide range of products, wholly communicated by their tagline “We’ve got it all for you”.



“This year, as a thank you for keeping Acer as the leading PC brand in the country, we want our gift to really bring joy, and the best way we can do that is to give consumers the freedom to choose their gift,” shares Sue Ong-Lim, Acer Philippines’ Sales and Marketing Director. “Hand in hand with SM, we give our consumers access to an array of products, where they will surely find something to brighten their holidays.”


Acer’s Holiday Promo will run until December 31, during which every purchase of qualifying Windows-based Acer Aspire laptops, desktops, and AllInOnes will come with free The SM Store Exclusive Promotional Shopping Vouchers. Customers will get shopping vouchers worth PHP 5,000.00 for every purchase of Intel Core i7-powered laptops and desktops; PHP 3,000.00 for Intel Core i5-powered laptops and desktops; and PHP 1,000.00 for Intel Core i3-powered laptops and desktops, and projectors.

“The SM Store is grateful and deeply honored to have been chosen by Acer as a partner for its Holiday Promo,” shares Chelo C. Monasterio, President of The SM Store. “We hope that with SM’s help, Acer will be able to truly bring the festive spirit of Christmas.”


Additionally, exclusive rewards await SM Advantage holders. Customers who present their SM Advantage Card, SM Prestige Cards, or BDO Rewards Card can enjoy 10x more SMAC points whenever they redeem using their Exclusive Promotional Voucher in The SM Store.

For more information on the promo, visit the Acer Philippines Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/AcerPH and the Acer Philippines website at www.acer.com.ph, and follow @acerphils on Twitter. You may also purchase online via http://ph-store.acer.com/.

OPPO F5 Youth Leads The Selfie Generation At Php13,990

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Flagship experience: Speedy Facial Unlock, A.I. Beauty Selfie and Full Screen
display at an affordable price



Manila, Philippines (November 26, 2017) – OPPO, the Selfie Expert, just unveiled the new OPPO F5 Youth designed to be the newest selfie-centric smartphone for the young and enthusiastic people. Now that selfies are considered to be a signifcant factor in social media, OPPO delivers the F5 Youth with its famous A.I. Beauty Technology, Speedy Facial Unlock, and a 6” FHD+ (2160x1080) Full Screen Display, all for the price of Php13,990. Unveiled at OPPO’s 160th Concept Store in SM Megamall, the F5 Youth puts the spotlight on its young and trendy-centric features. Priced at a more a;ordable price point, this new smartphone brings more innovative features that Filipinos will surely enjoy.

Flagship features for all

The OPPO F5 Youth carries the same A.I. Beauty Technology front camera as the OPPO F5, which results to natural-looking selfies without the hassle of tweaking your camera settings. Its selfie experience is like no other because it can analyze more than 200 facial recognition spots and determine the subject’s age, gender, skin type, and skin tone. This produces easy and customized selfies for all.

Capture real moments anytime and anywhere with the OPPO F5 Youth’s high quality 16MP A.I. Beauty front camera, accompanied with a 13MP rear camera. Get to see vibrant visuals with its six-inch full-screen of 2160x1080 resolution (FHD+) protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Unlock the OPPO F5 Youth using the Speedy Facial Unlock feature, providing an easy and convenient access to your smartphone. This feature is also handy as it becomes an option to unlock the phone besides your passcode and the nger print sensor at the back. 


“The new OPPO F5 Youth brings in a new smartphone experience to Filipinos. Its e;ortless and natural-looking selfies using the A.I. Beauty Technology will surely be loved by all. It’s also one of the most a;ordable smartphones today equipped with facial unlock feature, making it innovative along with its strong performance and optics,” said Stephen Cheng, OPPO Philippines’ Brand Marketing Manager.

Multitasking for today’s demanding online world

OPPO F5 Youth runs on the latest Color OS 3.2 which opens apps 23.2% faster, accompanied with a strong 2.5GHz Octa-Core CPU and 3GB RAM for everyday
applications on-demand. Connectivity will never be a problem since it’s equipped with a tri-slot tray to accommodate two sim cards and a micro-SD card.

Interact with the OPPO F5 Youth’s seamless features and innovative design. The 6-inch full-screen display allows users to get a wider visual perspective of their phone while maintaining the same size of a 5.5” phone. Explore more apps using the split-screen feature and e;ortlessly manage your tasks throughout the whole day.




A smartphone for the Youth


Since OPPO has continued to be the preferred brand of the youth, it consistently creates innovations to elevate your usual smartphone experience. The OPPO SM Megamall Concept Store is OPPO’s latest concept store inspired by a modern minimalist and youthful vibe with a spacious store experience.

The OPPO F5 Youth is now available at all OPPO concept and dealer stores nationwide for Php13,990. It is also available via Home Credit financing at 6 months 0% interest.

For more exciting updates about the OPPO F5 Youth, make sure to tune in to OPPO Philippines’ Official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/

Team Kramer Children's Book Series Champions Children's Causes

Saturday, November 25, 2017
The most sought after family in show business, Team Kramer, partners with Sterling Books to bring you Team Kramer Values and Healthy Habits, a series of children's story books all written by Cheska Garcia-Kramer and edited by Cristelle Mariano. 



Proceeds of these books will go to Children's Hour Philippines Foundation's projects to help Filipino children in need, primarily by building libraries and reading corners in public schools nationwide.

Published by Sterling Paper, the six books contain lessons, values, and healthy habits taught by the Kramers to their own children at home. Cheska adds that these books are "written from the heart" and are culled from their personal experiences. It is also penned witth the help of her husband Doug and kids, Kendra, Scarlett, and Gavin.

Cheska has always loved writing poetry as a child. Coming from a broken family, she shared that it was her outlet when her parents were separating.  Now that she is a mother herself, she used her creative expression to help other parents introduce important values to their kids, and to teach children the importance of keeping proper hygiene. "Through my personal experience as a mother, I was inspired to write children's books based on the things that my kids and I would go through in our daily lives," she explained.

As Christmas quickly rolls in, the Kramers encourage parents, teachers, and guardians alike to make these books their meaningful Christmas gift to their children. As Brand Ambassadors of Children's Hour, the Kramers highly advocate the value of education for every Filipino child, and that access to quality education is every Filipino child's right.  They believe that education is an important aspect in creating better Filipino citizens and is an avenue where we can mold our children's characters.

The Kramers have pledged that the proceeds of the books will be donated to Children's Hour to support the foundation's projects in education, health & nutrition, and child welfare and development. The proceeds will also support Children's Hour's initiatives in building libraries and reading corners in public schools nationwide.


"There is rampant need in providing Filipino children safe places where they can study and learn. In the Philippines, 85% of our public schools have no functioning libraries," explains Ms. Ovy Javier, Assistant Executive Director of Children's Hour. "Some children have not even experienced what it is like to have reading corners, or to be in a library--where they have access to as many books as they want to read, or to even have access to well-lit spaces where they can study," she adds. "We are thankful to Team Kramer for championing our children's causes and for helping us build more safe learning spaces for all the children that we serve."



Everyone who gets a copy of the Team Kramer Values and Healthy Habits boks also contribute to Children's Hour in reaching out to more Filipino children in need.


These books are now available in all National Book Store branches nationwide at very affordable prices.












Cook-chella Marks COOK Magazine's 17th Year

The country’s longest-running monthly food publication, Cook Magazine, recently celebrated its 16th year with an evening of merriment, entertainment and prizes. Led by Cook MagazineAdvertising Manager Marlon Aldenese and his team, the yearly party dubbed “Holiday Bash” was again a coming together of advertisers, subscribers, contributors, chefs and friends—everyone who has made Cook what it is today.

The event also served as an opportunity to launch Cook’s new baby for 2017 – the BusinessMirror Cook Saturday Edition. Put to print in November 2016, the new insert in BusinessMirror comes out every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Created to cater to a new audience, BusinessMirror Cook Saturday Edition aims to share recipes, restaurant finds and everything food-related to the core readers of BusinessMirror, top executives and business leaders. 

Food has become more about the experience and entertainment than just sustenance, filling social media with posts of “Instagrammable” food pics. This hasn’t come unnoticed, even for those at the top of the economic pyramid. Quoting Cook MagazineEditor-in-Chief, Chef Dino Datu: “Everyone has got to eat, even the busiest of executives. We’d like to give them ideas on what’s new and what’s good, suggest a few recipes to those who like to tinker around in the kitchen on weekends.” T. Anthony Cabangon Chua, Publisher of the BusinessMirror and Cook Magazine, talked about the magazine’s enduring presence for 16 years and its expansion into the broadsheet.

Houze Manila hosted the venue for the second straight year. Trophies were awarded to Cook Magazine’s top advertisers and agencies. Entertainment came in the form of singers Mayda Doryn Chua and Mr. Jeremy Layug, Saxophonist John Ray, and the Polytechnic University of Philippines’ dance group, Movers & Motion, who accompanied Cook Magazine’s Account Executive Michael Pituc to not one but two show-stopping numbers.
One of the best things about the holiday bash is that Cook Magazine’s columnists and featured guests have a chance to showcase their food, making it a truly foodie affair. Chef Winston Luna, who runs a column about the business of food, runs Chefwix Catering. He served  Corn and Carrot Supreme, Hainan Fish with Ginger Sauce, Buffalo Chicken Fillet in Ranch Dipping Sauce, and Indonesian Pork BBQ Spareribs. Dessert and Baking columnists Chef Jojo Cuesta Javier and Chef Edward Mateo made their signature cakes and pastries.

Chef Johann Dagandara of Johanns Cuisine came all the way from Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, and gave Manila a glimpse of his province’s gustatory delights like Pata Ham, a dish where the meat is braised in a mixture of pineapple juice, soy sauce and brown sugar; Baked Torta, a dish of ground pork with melted cheese; Native Chicken Adobo, the Ozamis  take on adobo using native chicken and locally made vinegar; Laya, a fish that is endemic to the province, is served with tomatoes, onions and tausi; and the very popular Dragon Fruit Ice-Cream.
Apag Marangle, the emerging authentic Kapampangan Restaurant from Santa Rita, Pampanga, served its version of Pork Humba, Kare-Kare, Apag Marangle Signature Pancit, Fried Hito and Mustasa with Buru, and from its sister company Flappers Wings, with its Original Hot & Spicy Flappers and Open Faced Tostados.
Aging’s Food Delight served its always-in-demand kakanin, and the ever-delightful Aging’s crew even brought a cotton candy machine as a nod to the theme’s “Sweet 16” Anniversary.
The Best Value Factory Food Outlet brought an ice-cream machine to churn, churn, churn a lot of soft serve.  Lydia’s Lechon and King Sue were the kings of the carving table with lechon and Bone-in Ham, respectively.  Resorts World Manila provided the cold and hot canapés (Spinach and Three Cheese Quiche, Sticky Honey Glazed Sausages with Sweet Mustard Sauce, Moroccan Fish Skewers, Calamari Fritters, Pimiento and Cheese Croquette), Aglio e Olio e Sarde and Apple Strudel.
The 6th Holiday Bash gave away loads of prizes such as home appliances, kitchen gadgets, hotel and restaurant buffet GCs, kitchen gadgets. Goodies from Lactel Philippines were also awarded to those who came in their best enchanted finery and contributed their most creative social-media posts relating to the event.
Cook Magazine, on its 16th year, remains as strong as ever, expanding its reach and continues to bring people together through food.

Ben Askren Stops Shinya Aoki to Retain One Welterweight World Championship


PLUS: AMIR KHAN OUTLASTS ADRIAN PANG TO CAPTURE UNANIMOUS DECISION WIN

ALSO: LEANDRO ISSA CLAIMS UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER DAE HWAN KIM


24 November 2017 – Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), electrified the packed Singapore Indoor Stadium with another evening of authentic world-class martial arts action. The Lion City once again played host to ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT, featuring the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent. In the main event, Ben “Funky” Askren of the United States retained the ONE Welterweight World Championship with a quick stoppage victory over Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki of Japan. In the co-main event of the blockbuster card, Amir Khan of Singapore withstood a gallant effort from Australia’s Adrian Pang to emerge triumphant in their three-round lightweight showdown.

Visit the official ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT photo gallery by clicking: http://bit.ly/onephotos

In the main event of ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT,  ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren of the United States left an indelible mark in what was billed as the last bout of his illustrious martial arts career, defeating Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki by way of first-round technical knockout. It only took Askren 57 seconds to retain the most prestigious award in ONE Championship’s welterweight division. Askren effortlessly secured the stoppage after Aoki pulled his American counterpart into his patented guard, giving the champion an opening to unleash heavy blows with ease. As Aoki started to cover up to defend himself, Askren relentlessly poured down a barrage of solid punches that left the referee with no other choice but to call a halt to the championship clash.

Ben Askren, ONE Welterweight World Champion, stated: “I think this is it. If I get the opportunity to prove I’m number one, then I’ll take the opportunity. I don’t need any more money. I just want to show the fans that I’m the best welterweight in the world. Other than that, I’m out.”

In the co-main event of the evening, Evolve lightweight standout Amir Khan of Singapore figured in his most impressive performance yet, overwhelming lightweight veteran Adrian “The Hunter” Pang with a showcase of impeccable striking and great takedown defense. The 22-year-old Khan consistently kept Pang out of range with his combinations from the outside, while circling away from Pang’s most powerful blows. In the end, all three judges scored in favor of Khan who wins by unanimous decision after three rounds.

A gruelling bantamweight showdown between Brazil’s Leandro “Brodinho” Issa and South Korea’s Dae Hwan “Ottogi” Kim transpired inside the ONE Championship cage, as neither of the two warriors would give each other any quarter for three whole rounds. Although Kim would have his moments on the feet, most of the action took place on the ground where Issa enjoyed an advantage. In the end, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Issa turned in another well-rounded performance to claim victory via unanimous decision.

After pulling off an impressive promotional debut last August, “Mighty” May Ooi of Singapore continued her winning ways inside the ONE Championship cage by toppling Cambodia’s Vy Srey Khouch in the first round via submission. Leaning on her impressive grappling prowess, Ooi made Srey Khouch wave the white flag with a deep rear-naked choke, cementing her place in the organization’s female strawweight division.

A heated featherweight matchup ended abruptly, when China’s Li Kai Wen was disqualified for illegal blows to the back of the head of opponent Ahmed “The Wolverine” Mujtaba of Pakistan. Mujtaba was given five minutes to recover from injury, but was unable to continue after the allotted time expired.

Rising martial arts star Tiffany “No Chill” Teo of Singapore kept her unblemished professional record intact by making quick work of Indian opponent Puja Tomar to win via submission in the very first round. With 53 seconds remaining in the period, Teo latched onto a wrenching armbar to compel Tomar to tap, claiming the victory.

Japanese martial arts veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi pulled off a sensational victory in front of a passionate Singaporean crowd by routing Filipino standout Gina Iniong, solidifying her position as the top contender in ONE Championship’s talented female atomweight bracket. After dealing with Iniong’s signature right hand and takedowns in the first round, Yamaguchi turned the tide in the second stanza by resorting to her  superb grappling pedigree. On the canvas, Yamaguchi continuously pummeled Iniong with thudding strikes and tried to bring the bout to a close with savvy submissions attempts. Yamaguchi punctuated the marquee match-up by grinding out Iniong in the third frame, steering the former world title contender to a unanimous decision victory.

Asian martial arts veteran Arnaud “The Game” LePont made a successful return to the ONE Championship cage, submitting the Philippines’ Richard Corminal with an arm triangle choke in round one. After a brief moment on the feet, LePont wasted no time in taking the action to the mat, where he slowly took mount and worked on the submission finish to force the tap.

In the second preliminary bout of the evening, Malaysian standout Muhammad Aiman reinserted his name into the winner’s column by outworking promotional newcomer Yang Fei of China in a tactical three-round catchweight contest. Aiman and Yang employed efficient strategies from bell to bell, with the Malaysian utilizing his speed and power to connect on a handful of thudding strikes on Yang, who responded with solid hooks and takedown attempts. After going back-and-forth for three rounds, Aiman was declared the victor by way of unanimous decision.

Kicking off ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT was a high-octane strawweight encounter as the debuting Miao Li Tao of China shared the ONE Championship cage with Cambodian striking specialist Sim Bunsrun. In his first outing as a ONE Championship competitor, Miao delivered an outstanding performance by stopping Bunsrun in the first round. The 25-year-old native of Beijing, China got the job done by catching Bunsrun with a perfectly-executed right cross and then going for the finish with follow-up blows on the mat.

Official results for ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT
ONE Welterweight World Championship  bout: Ben Askren defeats Shinya Aoki by TKO (Strikes) at 0:57 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Amir Khan defeats Adrian Pang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Bantamweight bout: Leandro Issa defeats Dae Hwan Kim by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Women’s strawweight bout: May Ooi defeats Vy Srey Khouch by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:58 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Ahmed Mujtaba defeats Li Kai Wen by Disqualification (Illegal Blows)
Women’s catchweight bout (58kg): Tiffany Teo defeats Puja Tomar by Submission (Armbar) at 4:07 minutes of round 1
Women’s atomweight bout: Mei Yamaguchi defeats Gina Iniong by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Lightweight bout: Arnaud LePont defeats Richard Corminal by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 3:16 minutes of round 1
Catchweight bout (69.4kg): Muhammad Aiman defeats Yang Fei by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Strawweight bout: Miao Li Tao defeats Sim Bunsrun by TKO (strikes) at 1:49 minutes of round 1

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Feel The Sparkle Of Christmas At Filinvest City

Friday, November 24, 2017

This holiday season, experience the unique Christmas sparkle only Filinvest City can offer as it brings Christmas closer to the community! Dubbed as “Sparkle of Christmas at Filinvest City,” this year, the city literally sparkles as it adorns more streets with lights and as it enjoins its building locators to participate in its the first-ever Building Christmas décor contest where winners will receive generous prizes. 




Top billing the celebration is the annual Musical Lights Show that transforms the newly opened Spectrum Linear Park into a Christmas Wonderland. The festivities open on November 23, 2017 for the whole family to enjoy: a curated bazaar and a magical, never before seen lights show!



“Definitely, we are bringing in something new to this year’s Light Show to make the holidays even merrier and more delightful. It is not just a light show but a holistic in-city Christmas celebration, which means more activities for families and friends to enjoy. So, it is really a community celebration. We are opening more space where people can converge and enjoy the holiday sights and sounds with the garden city as the backdrop,” shares Kate Ilagan, Executive Vice President of Filinvest Alabang Inc., developer of Filinvest City.

First, there’s the Festino Market that brings together passionate artisans, curated merchants, and talented, up-and-coming chefs who source, grow, bake, make, and create products and wares that they sell, ensuring their goods are delicious, original, and designed to truly inspire–all in a chic and tastefully set-up alfresco market that’s also pet friendly!



Come night fall, gather around the major highlight of the “Sparkle of Christmas at Filinvest City”—the dazzling, state-of-the-art light show together with the amazing and futuristic 3D-mapped giant Christmas tree, a unique visual treat in the Metro that’s sure to delight, excite and leave viewers in absolute awe.


Then, there are the scheduled live performances and enthralling musical entertainment to be kicked-off by Christian Bautista on November 23 at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by other weekend performances by Spongecola, Ebe Dancel, Sandwich, and many more.


You can also take part in the arts and craft workshop sessions that add to a totally enriching and inspiring day, while other events to look forward to are the Festino Café pop-up coffee experience where you can savour third-wave brews, as well as the automotive trunk show and test drive showcasing the iconic Mini, the sporty Lotus, and endearing Vespa!



All these are situated in an expansive green park setting—the Spectrum Linear Park, Filinvest City’s verdant green spine—the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the event’s many fun offerings!
“We, at Filinvest City, have always been keen about transforming the lives here in the Metro South, thus the idea of hosting an activity during Christmas to give back to the community was created. We are delighted that the Annual Christmas Musical Lights Show has become part of the holiday celebrations, not just of those in Alabang, but of people in neighboring locales as well. That is what inspires us to improve this tradition that we have started year after year,” Ilagan furthers.

Champion racer JP Tuason joins “Rev” on the ABS-CBN News Channel





Multi-awarded racer turned entrepreneur JP Tuason, the man behind the pioneering Tuason Racing School, joins seasoned sports anchor Paolo Abrera, talented indie musician Manskee Nasciento, and Angie King of Car Porn Racing in the newest motoring program to hit television: Rev.

JP Tuason is the President of Tuason Racing School, which provides Race Training Classes, Racing Team Management, Events Management including Teambuilding sessions for corporate clients, a California Superbike School for riders and motorcycling enthusiasts, and a classroom and hands-on Educational Program that focuses on Road Safety and Defensive Driving Training. TRS is also the organizer of the highly popular Vios Cup races held annually.

Airing on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel every Friday at 8pm, Rev promises a fun ride into the unique and exciting world of the Philippine automotive scene, and is sure to delight car lovers, local motoring and motorsports enthusiasts, as well as industry watchers.

LG: Why TV will never die





The leading producer of OLED TVs gets to the bottom of TV’s staying power

As the world’s Internet penetration rate increases, many doomsday heralds predict the demise of TV. However, fast-forward to 2017, the TV is not only still around, but also better and more high-tech models are being released every year. At this rate, one cannot help but wonder: What gives TV the staying power it is enjoying today? 

TV affects society

The original philosophy behind the TV as a medium is to facilitate communication and globalization in the modern world. And as we find ourselves in a brand-new golden age of TV, no other medium does this as beautifully and as covertly as TV.

Cultural changes on a global and local scale have been fueled in one way or another by TV shows. Locally, variety shows are consistently influencing the way most Filipinos talk. And social scientists believe that teleseryes, like FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, effectively preserve and promote Filipino family values and patriotism in a society that’s bombarded by various influences from abroad. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. 

Although some may argue that smartphones, tablets, and laptops are just as good as TVs when it comes to conveying society-altering messages, the clamor for high quality media cannot be ignored. 

TV offers immersive viewing experience   

While the big screen will always have a special place in the hearts of many cineastes, in front of the silver screen is where many families find themselves bonding over the latest episode of the hottest TV series. This is why more companies, like LG Electronics, deliver products that cater to the need for an immersive at-home viewing experience.

Early this year, LG released its latest OLED TV masterpiece – the 77-inch LG Signature OLED TV – in the local market. It features Active HDR with Dolby VisionTM and Dolby AtmosTM – an explosive combination in the visual and aural sense, significantly elevating the TV experience at home. This immersive entertainment formula is the perfect solution to stay true to the award-winning work many people put in cinematic masterpieces.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Christopher Nolan said, “Sound is as important as picture. I don’t agree with the idea that you can only achieve clarity through dialogue. Clarity of story, clarity of emotions – I try to achieve that in a very layered way using all the different things at my disposal – picture and sound,” he said. 

This is why LG’s TVs and sound bars come with Dolby Atmos technology to provide immersive audio with three-dimensional, object-based surround sound. 

One of the company’s most notable sound bars is the advanced Multi-Dimensional SJ9 Surround Sound Bar. It is equipped with multiple speakers that deliver high-quality audio from every conceivable angle. 

Meanwhile, the Sound Bar Flex SJ7 brings versatility by allowing users to position its two halves anywhere they like.        

“We recognize the importance of good quality audio in delivering cinematic masterpieces to more people. We put in equal amount of effort in making our TVs and sound bars; they are designed to deliver excellent musical scores down to its last note,” said Mr. Tony An, LG Philippines Vice President for Home Entertainment. 

As long as more people demand for high quality content, TV will still be around, continuously evolving to redefine what it means to achieve a complete viewing experience.

For more information about LG’s TVs and sound bars, please visit www.lg.com/ph