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Enjoy 72 Hours of Free Shipping and Up to 80% Discounts on Premium Items like Denon Turntable, Nintendo Switch, Sharp TV and many more on Shopee’s Payday Sale!

Monday, July 30, 2018


For 72 hours from July 30 to August 1, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is back to help loyal users stretch their salaries with its monthly Payday Sale. This month, we are going bigger and better with 72 hours of free shipping, all-day vouchers, and up to 80% discounts across a wide range of categories ranging from electronics to fashion.


To sweeten the Payday Sale, users can also look forward to lowest prices guaranteed on dozens of premium electronics at Shopee Gadget Zone,  a dedicated in-app portal for all things tech, which was newly launched this month. With up to 80% off some of 2018’s hottest electronic products such as the Nintendo Switch, Canon Inkjet Printer, and Harman JBL Soundbar. Furthermore, users can also expect up to P4,000 off products from top brands including Samsung, Vivo, Oppo, and Xiaomi.


Jane Lim, Director of Shopee Philippines said, “This month’s Payday Sale will be bigger and better with our new Shopee Gadget Zone featuring premium electronics at unbeatable prices for our users. Shopee Gadget Zone has been well-received by users in the short time since its launch and together with the Payday Sale, we want to build on this early momentum and continue our goal to deliver top electronic products at attractive prices for all our users in the Philippines. Moving forward, we will continue to diversify our product assortments and engage users with even more exciting deals tailored for their needs and preferences.

For more information on:
Shopee’s Payday Sale, visit https://shopee.ph/paydaysalejuly.
Shopee’s Gadget Zone, visit https://shopee.ph/m/gadgetzone.

For more information on Shopee, visit https://shopee.ph
Download the Shopee app for free on Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

RCBC rolls out first ever online FX platform



RCBC has just become the first bank in the country to offer an online foreign exchange platform, that allows their existing clients and accountholders to buy and sell currency online.

The Online FX Trading Platform is currently the only foreign exchange execution platform in the country that can be accessed using the web, eliminating the need for face-to-face or over-the-phone transactions when exchanging foreign currency.

This new product, developed by RCBC, allows the Bank clients to buy and sell their foreign currency at any given time from the safety of their own homes, or even from abroad.

To make use of this new product, RCBC clients have to enroll at least two different currency accounts with RCBC’s Online Banking platform. Once eligible, RCBC clients are free to buy and sell currency between their enrolled accounts. RCBC’s Online Foreign Exchange product can easily allow the buying and selling of all major currencies such as US Dollar, Euros, Great Britain Pound, Japanese Yen, Singaporean Dollar, among others, at very competitive rates

“The Online FX Trading Platform revolutionizes foreign exchange transactions for the country. Never before has a Philippine bank been able to provide their clients a platform that allows them to trade foreign currency at their own time and place.” Says Gil A. Buenaventura, RCBC President and CEO.”

“In taking out the need for face-to-face transactions, our clients are ensured greater ease in that they can buy and sell their foreign currencies without being restricted by geography.” Adds Chet Luy, RCBC Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head for Financial Advisory and Markets (Treasury and Wealth Management) Group.

Interested clients can reach out to their nearest RCBC branch for more information on RCBC’s Online FX Trading Platform.

Voting for World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018 begins August 1






Club Paradise Palawan


Club Paradise Palawan, a tropical paradise in beautiful Coron and a premier property owned by Discovery World Corporation and managed by The Discovery Leisure Company, is calling its loyal and satisfied guests, friends and partners to vote for them in the coming World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018.

Voting starts on August 1, 2018 and ends August 31, 2018.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards (WLHA) recognize service excellence and outstanding service delivery. They are considered the "pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry categories as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike".
Voting for World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018 begins August 1



Club Paradise Palawan proudly won two awards from WLHA in 2017 namely Continent Winner in the Luxury Private Island Resort category and Country Winner in the Luxury Family Beach Resort category.

This year, Club Paradise Palawan is vying for the following categories: Luxury Wedding Destination, Luxury Family Beach Resort, and Luxury Private Island Resort. To show your support, please visit https://luxuryhotelawards.com starting August 1, 2018 to cast your vote.

Club Paradise Palawan is an exclusive island resort in Coron, Palawan along the Biosphere Reserve of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It boasts of pristine white sand beaches, charming accommodations, delightful international cuisine and colourful, rich marine life. Guests can engage in a variety of exciting outdoor activities or simply relax to take in the calming sights and sounds of paradise.  

For more information, visit https://clubparadisepalawan.com.


Vivo X21 is an eyecatcher at the Mobile Fest 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Vivo booth at the Mobile Fest 2018. 

Global smartphone brand Vivo has made a good impression on tech enthusiasts at the SM Cyberzone’s Mobile Fest 2018. 
   
To explain all the goods on Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone—the X21, the brand tapped respected tech experts Mark Macanasof TechPinas and Alora Uy Guerrero of Revu

The experts discussed Vivo X21’s unlocking technologies, dual rear camera, AI Selfie Camera, AI Game Mode, Hi-Fi, performance, and design. 


Alora Uy Guerrero of Revu and Mark Macanas of TechPinashad nothing but praises for Vivo X21. 

Macanas and Guerrero mentioned that there are two ways to unlock the Vivo X21, through the Face ID Access with Infrared that accurately identifies a user’s facial features even in nighttime and the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology that replaces the rear fingerprint sensor. Vivo is the industry pioneer of In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology. 

Aside from pioneering features, the pair also talked about Vivo X21’s photography-related specs. The 12 megapixel+5MP dual rear camera and the 12MP front camera with Dual Pixel Sensor. These impressive hardware specs are even boosted by the X21’s AI features like the AI Face Beauty and AI HDR. 

In terms of performance, the Vivo X21 proved to be a hard worker, said Macanas and Guerrero. After all, the X21 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE chip that can process complex AI and neural computing. It has a 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM to improve the speed of launching, loading, and switching including large and complex mobile games. 

To complement all these, Vivo X21 has a 6.28-inch 19:9 FHD+ FullView™ Display with a 90.3% screen-to-body ratio for every user’s viewing pleasure. 

Moreover, Guerrero, a music-lover, even praised Vivo for continuing its Hi-Fi legacy in the X21. The smartphone isequipped with Deep Field technology, which was developed by Vivo to provide panoramic surround, mega bass, clear voice effects and various environmental audio effects, allowing users to customize their audio experience.

Vivo is one of the key brands that participated in the Mobile Fest 2018.

The Vivo booth will be at the Mobile Fest until July 29 in SM City North EDSA. 

About Vivo
A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.  In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.   

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

Teaching Teachers through Technology

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Today’s generation grew up in the age of technology that it has become a natural tool for learning. While traditional methods equip students with the knowledge they need, the use of technology enables students to apply what they’ve learned in a real-world setting. However, more than how technology has transformed learning, the bigger challenge is how educators today who are less tech-savvy than their students can maximize the potential of technology in the classroom.
Alex De Guzman, Business DevelopmentManager of Acer Philippines Inc. (leftmost), andKevin Chuang Business Development Manager ofAcer Asia Pacific (rightmost) hosted the Train theTrainer program for the faculty of Asian Collegeof Technology. Teachers learned how to useAcer’s IoT sandbox, the CloudProfessor.
This is the very challenge that Acer strives to overcome for education in the Philippines. Over 100 schools and universities have partnered with one of the top ICT companies in the world through Acer Academy. The program provides educational institutions around the country access to quality hardware, software and services that can improve the learning system of future professionals.
Hands-on learning and training were given toeducators for them to understand how theInternet of Things work and how CloudProfessormakes programming and coding easier forstudents.
“Aside from accessing our products and services, our partner schools can also maximize our expertise and knowledge about the industry. As a leader in IT, we believe it is important to help bridge the gap of using technology in teaching by training educators how to maximize available tools that capture students’ interests,” said Managing Director of Acer Philippines, Manuel Wong. Acer Academy provides innovative delivery of education by digitizing teaching tools such as online syllabi, web based worksheets and modules and electronically programmed learning activities. With the help of these tools, educators adapt effective teaching methods. At the same time, students are provided the opportunity to learn skills that can be relevant to their future professions.
This complements the Department of Education’s (DepEd) drive for the use of technology in improving the country’s education system. The DepEd’s ICT roadmap aims to transform the education landscape in the Philippines through technology, including the introduction of gamification or the use of gaming in giving instructions to students. More public schools can soon learn coding and robotics programs that are fundamental to students as they enter the information age. For this to happen, educators need to be adequately trained and well-adapted to the new learning environment that technology has created.
Aside from coding, teachers also tested some ofthe 8-application package in the CloudProfessorkit such as the temperature and light sensors,and fans that hones students’ creativity and critical thinking.
“For the Philippines to keep up with the demands of the global workforce and the changing times, it’s important for both private and public organizations to work together in providing access to technology to improve the country’s education system. With the innovations we can share, we are proud partners of the academe in future-proofing the next generation’s careers and it starts with Acer Academy,” said Wong in support for the developments in the education system.

DOH post-graduate interns and Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines give free medical services in Batad, Iloilo


;Medical services are very expensive in these areas. Hospitals and health centers are often too far from these towns that almost fade into obscurity and most times, people suffer alone," said John Bermudo, PCPPI's Head of Human Resources for Visayas and Mindanao. "This initiative is our way of bridging the gap by bringing the medical services closer to them.

Medical services are very expensive in these areas. Hospitals and health centers are often too far from these towns that almost fade into obscurity and most times, people suffer alone, said John Bermudo,PCPPI's Head of Human Resources for Visayas and Mindanao. This initiative is our way of bridging the gap by bringing the medical services closer to them.


With the purpose of providing healthcare to the underserved communities of Batad Iloilo, post-graduate interns of the Department of Health Philippine Centers for Specialized Health Care internship program partnered with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) to host a two-day medical mission in the municipality.

The project, G sa Iloilo: Reach the Unreachable, was run by the 16-member, Team G of the DOH special internship program. Along with volunteers from the municipal health office and PCPPI employees, they reached hundreds of locals in the small and medically underserved communities of Bulak Norte, Binon-an, and Cabagohan with comprehensive, holistic medical service.The internship program has a long history of providing free medical assistance to depressed areas all over the country, said team leader Melissa Caparros. Free consultation and medication were given to the locals who also enjoyed complimentary Pepsi products like Aquafina and Premier mineral water, Tropicana juice, and Gatorade.

Batad is a far-flung, rural municipality in Iloilo consisting of 24 barangays whose communities thrive off of agriculture, fishery, and manual labor. With the average daily income ranging from 200 to 300 pesos a day for a family of four to five members, locals often delay consultations and decide against seeking medical assistance from the far and expensive hospitals in the city.Though each barangay has a health center, services are usually for basic medical cases,said Batad municipal health officer, Dr. Maria dela Rosa. Being the only doctor serving all the barangays in the municipality, Dr. Dela Rosa said it can be difficult for the locals to be able to schedule check-ups or get medicine for their ailments and immediate medical needs.

They are also too scared to visit the doctors in the city because they feel they won't have enough when the prescriptions for their medicines come, said Roy Alleno, Barangay Chairman of Bulak Norte. Teodora dela Cruz, Barangay Chairman of Cabagohan agreed, Medical missions are quite rare here, this is only the fifth one in the six years I am incumbent. The residents truly appreciate it because they don't have to travel far nor pay for the medicine and the services they need. With the success of the project, Team G expressed their thanks to their partners in helping them reach out to the community.


We're very thankful for the municipal office of Batad as well as for PCPPI and its volunteer employees, said Caparros. It was very difficult for us to find big companies who were willing to sponsor this project perhaps because the area is too far. We're grateful that Pepsi Philippines believed in what we wanted to achieve. Partnering with them was beneficial to our goal because of their already strong presence in the community.

PCPPI is optimistic in planning to replicate the initiative across the region.Recently, our initiatives with the government focused on environmental projects like estero clean-ups in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural resources to prepare for the rainy season, or road side tree- planting with the Department of Public Works and Highways said Bermudo.


With today's turnout we will add and continue this program in our own list of initiatives. We are continually planning more outreaches and programs targeted to help better serve the communities who have given us their full support through the years and those that helped build us into the company we are today, like Iloilo.

Surgeon’s Online Business Thrives with LBC as Logistics Partner


Most transactions are seen as nothing more than a simple and casual exchange of services among people who need to fulfill a deal to further their respective businesses. But there are those whose transactions run deeper- like those which alter the lives of customers and clients whose ties are made stronger by a trusted and reliable logistics provider like LBC.

Vincent Rasalan, a General Surgeon by profession, has another passion: he also vends food in jars- like taba ng talangka, atchara, vinegar and the like- a business inspired by his mother who was able to support his education- from high school to medical school by selling such delicious treats.

But unlike before when his mother sold the delicacies house to house or by taking orders through phone, Vincent found a bigger market through social selling. Via his small online venture called #OnlineTalipapa, Rasalan is able to continue his mom’s legacy and reach a wider market.


Enabling Vincent with his side business is LBC, whom he has long relied on to complete his customers’ orders, whether by retail or bulk. In having a trusted partner like LBC, Vincent and many others like him, are able to free themselves from the problem of transporting products so they can, instead, focus on growing their enterprise. Vincent narrates:

“A small business such as ours needs partners we can depend on to carry out tasks which will be extremely difficult for us. We are thankful to LBC, because they have helped us deliver our goods from across cities, provinces and even, regions. They make our work easier- and have made our products more accessible to both loyal and new customers”.

LBC, for their part, is only too happy to provide a reliable platform for both traditional and online sellers and buyers so they can exchange goods and services as seamless as possible. And seeing content customers like Vincent gives LBC a fulfillment like no other knowing that they have moved lives and businesses yet again.

Piolo Pascual On Keeping His Promises

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Famous celebrities often leave me with a bad impression. Once their popularity subsides, they tend to run out of funds to support their extravagant lifestyle as well. It's all about bad investments or just irresponsible purchases. After attending a press conference last weekend, I realized there are exceptions. Some would rather invest their hard-earned money the right way.

A press conference I attended with Piolo Pascual made me realize that everyone needs someone to look up to, whether it's a famous personality, a bigger brother, a trusted friend, or a parent.

As a son, sibling, and father, Piolo makes sure he keeps his promise to secure, protect and to provide. Financially, it is easier to keep his loved ones secured through the help of Sun Life.






“Like any other person, I want to give my family the best life possible. I am a man of my word, that’s why I work hard and seize every opportunity that comes my way,” Piolo said. “But more than just earning money, it’s how you manage your finances that makes a difference. Fortunately, I have the guidance and help of one very special lady: my very own sister, Chiqui Pascual-Gonzales, who also happens to be my Sun Life Advisor.”


Piolo states that her sister has helped him keep his promises to his family all through the years. Because of her guidance, he can still pursue his passions and advocacies without any worries. Their story is one of the many Sun Life Financial's partnerships that has developed and nurtured through the years . A new campaign has been launched, a television commercial that tells a story of Sun life's client and how Sun Life has been a part of it through her different life stages which represents Sun Life's fulfilled promises to Filipinos for the past 123 years in our country.


“As the longest-standing life insurance company in the Philippines, we have witnessed many promises being fulfilled throughout the years and have served generations of clients. It is an honor for us to serve all our clients and help them secure their future and those of their loved ones” Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa said.

“The promises we make to our loved ones are sacred, and Sun Life knows this. That’s why it’s committed to helping its clients achieve their goals, no matter what happens,” Piolo said. “You can’t ask for a better lifetime partner than that!”

Havas Ortega responds to the call of digital transformation and the innovation mindset – Jason Drilon to lead Build & Innovation team

Jason Drilon

As the marketing landscape continues to change in the face of new trends and technologies, digital transformation emerges as an essential response to this change. The biggest companies in the country are shaping their acquisitions and strategies to fit a digital, fully integrated future.

Havas Ortega has stepped up to the plate by setting up its own Build & Innovation team, headed by creative technologist Jason Drilon, whose career spans over a decade and a half in providing innovative and creative solutions for some of the

Havas Ortega responds to the call of digital transformation and the innovation mindset – Jason Drilon to lead Build & Innovation team

largest brands in the world. Drilon’s body of work includes years in BBDO Guerrero, JimenezBasic Advertising, Ogilvy and Mather, and Bates 141.

Drilon previously worked at Havas Ortega between 2011 and 2015 as their Head of User Experience + Technology and Creative Collaborator. He worked in an internal unit, Collab, which integrated several disciplines, including design and technology, to provide innovative and creative ideas for Havas’ brands. During this time, he was instrumental in developing Havas Media APAC’s HEARTbot (Havas Engagement-Activated Response Technology Robot), a platform that can connect social media behavior such as likes and hashtags to electronic switches that can turn on lights or activate machines. The project sought to help brands achieve more meaningful connections with their consumers, through engagement and participation.

He was then given the opportunity to work at The LEGO Group in Billund, Denmark, where he stayed for two years as the Lead Content Strategist for LEGO City, LEGO Minifigures, LEGO BOOST and LEGO House. He was in charge of UX design for desktop and mobile, digital content strategies, ideation and production, and digital project management on these brands, cementing his multi-disciplinary expertise in technology, strategy, and creative solutions.

Drilon’s homecoming to Havas Ortega marks the beginning of the agency’s next leap into digital transformation. Heading the Build & Innovation team, he will help provide innovative solutions that leverage the latest technologies and trends in design, and build apps, platforms, and user experiences for Havas Ortega’s clients.

“Innovation is an oft-misused term in the industry that just wants to grasp at anything new. My goal is to provide solutions and strategies that are truly innovative in meaningful ways, which engage with consumers and their needs. I’m happy to be working once more with Havas Ortega and seeing what I can contribute in this digital era. My experience outside the country has certainly given me brand-new perspectives, and I’d like to take this opportunity to give back,” Drilon said of his appointment.

Havas Ortega responds to the call of digital transformation and the innovation mindset – Jason Drilon to lead Build & Innovation team

CEO Jos Ortega looks forward to the work of the Build & Innovation team, advancing his vision of the agency providing a truly integrated marketing and communications solution for their clients. “Digital isn’t the future – it’s the present. Through our Build & Innovation team, Havas Ortega will help more brands achieve their business objectives with creative solutions tailored to the digital era.”

Inspire 2018: Opening doors for partner innovation, growth and differentiation


Organizations around the world are undergoing transformation fueled by cloud, artificial intelligence, mixed reality and the Internet of Things. These technologies are helping businesses and society reach new heights – retail is becoming more personal, banking is becoming more seamless, and healthcare is becoming more predictive and preventive.

At the heart of these incredible stories of transformation – and more – are Microsoft partners. The Microsoft partner ecosystem is a group of hundreds of thousands of organizations driving positive, global impact. Building everything from line-of-business apps to industry-specific solutions on Dynamics 365 to gaming experiences, these companies are a natural extension of the team at Microsoft, delivering cutting-edge technology to millions of customers.

Microsoft sees its partner’s success as its own and is squarely focused on delivering a true, two-way partnership with its partner network. In this year’s Inspire 2018, Microsoft announced new programs, tools and resources to help partners innovate, grow and differentiate their businesses.

Delivering innovation through apps and services

Whether they’re building apps or services, Microsoft partners need access to the latest technology from Microsoft and guidance on how to extend that technology to build tailor-made solutions.

Microsoft recently announced exciting new innovations in Microsoft 365, including a free version of Teams, new intelligent events capabilities, the Workplace Analytics teamwork solution and more. The tech company also announced new cloud, apps and data technologies including Azure Data Box Disk, Azure Virtual WAN, Azure Firewall and more.

Microsoft partners will be able to leverage these new offerings to help customers embrace and innovate in the modern workplace and continue to help customers in their journey to the cloud.


In addition to new technologies, Microsoft released new Digital Transformation eBooks, and practice-building playbooks, expanding on the popular resources already leveraged by tens of thousands of partners looking to build and enhance their practices.



Enabling greater customer reach

In Microsoft’s third quarter, Azure revenue grew by 93 percent, with partners driving a considerable portion of that growth. To build on this great momentum, Microsoft is doing two new things to fuel partner growth – leaning on its marketplaces and enhancing AppSource as the entry point for selling with Microsoft, as well as improving go-to-market benefits for partners to help them grow their businesses.

The new marketplace capabilities include integrated partner-to-partner solutions, private offers, and expanded consulting services. Each of these new capabilities provides partners new ways to get solutions in front of a bigger base of customers and to provide them with a better buying experience. It is Microsoft’s focus to connect partners with customers.

Microsoft is also providing greater flexibility and more opportunities to unlock new benefits that help partners go to market. Starting later this year, partners with competencies will have a choice of benefits packages based on their business focus. Microsoft is expanding core benefits to include access to services that support generating leads, improving lead velocity and increasing close rates for app or service offerings.

Showcasing partner specialization

For Microsoft partners, specialization is key to growth. Microsoft seeks to do more to help customers find the right partners with the right solutions. At Inspire 2018, the tech company announced new ways for partners to demonstrate their proven expertise to customers with the introduction of new advanced specializations and the new Microsoft Azure Expert MSP initiative. Partners can now demonstrate that they have the right capabilities to help with specific customer business challenges.

At last year’s Inspire, Microsoft initiated a new journey with its partners, with a commitment to their success. In the world of Digital Transformation, everyone needs an ecosystem, and a partnership with Microsoft is a partnership with its ecosystem. Together, Microsoft and its partners are in a position to take advantage of the unprecedented $4.5 trillion opportunity and unleash the power of true partnership to unlock incredible growth and success – for each other, and for their customers.

MONSTERS LURKING IN THE DEEP

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


The marine world continues to be a source of folklore given that a whopping 95 percent of the planet’s oceans remain unexplored, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Unsurprisingly then, many creatures living beneath the waves have inspired monstrous fantasies, from the kraken mentioned in Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick, to the Leviathan of biblical scripture.


The most famous of these aquatic myths is the mermaid, thanks to stories such as Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid made famous by the animated film of the same name, as well as other pop cultural gems such as the 1984 movie Splash. These half-fish, half-human hybrids, unfortunately, weren’t always the demure creatures often depicted in today’s fiction.

In British folklore, mermaids were associated with doomed ships and stormy seas, which was why seafarers in the past avoided sailing in areas where they thought they saw these creatures. The English pirate Blackbeard once recorded an encounter in his logbook, which described how he and his crew had sighted these demi-humans in so-called “enchanted” waters.

While not fearsome-looking, mermaids might have conjured fear from sailors because of their association with another mythical beast, the siren. In Homer’s The Odyssey, sirens were winged women that sang hypnotic songs to lure sailors to their deaths. Over time, these attributes were passed down to mermaids, becoming part of their threat as much as their charm.

Speaking of charm, not all sailors believed mermaids were pretty. One of them was Christopher Columbus. The Italian explorer claimed to have witnessed these creatures while exploring the Caribbean and described them to be half as beautiful as the ones in paintings. That might have sounded mean, but only because what he and sailors at the time had been seeing were the gentle manatee or its cousin, the dugong. Both possess broad, mermaid-like tails as well as upper-body features that make these marine mammals easily mistaken for lumbering humanoids from afar—not quite the slender merfolk of fantasy.


The enchanting mermaid remains in our imagination reflecting our innate fear and desire for the unknown. In the American drama series Siren, this fear and desire come to life when mermaids suddenly surface to cause chaos in the fictional coastal town of Bristol Cove. Ever wondered how the world would react today if folklore turned out to be real? Catch the popular American drama series Siren every Monday at 9:45PM first and exclusive on Blue Ant Entertainment.

Other than mermaids, many popular nautical beasts also have their origins in real animals. One is the mighty kraken, which may have been based on sightings of the giant squid or the much larger colossal squid—both of which have been caught in video when they suddenly appeared off the coast of Japan and Antarctica, respectively. Another is the slithering sea serpent. Whether it’s the World Serpent of Norse mythology or the Ancient Greek monster Cetus, these creatures may have been inspired by sightings of the largest bony fish alive today, the oarfish.
 
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The new Jollibee Bistek Burger Steak is a flavorful, savory-sour hit!

MANILA, July 23, 2018 – Craving for the distinctly savory flavors of the Pinoy favorite Bistek Tagalog? Jollibee, the country’s number one fast-food brand, has you covered with its latest offering: the all-newBistek Burger Steak!
This savory-sour twist to a classic Jollibee favorite evokes all the deliciousness of Bistek Tagalog with the 100% pure beefy goodness of a Burger Steak patty, a generous serving of sauce with just the right sourness, and fried onion toppings. Indulge in the Bistek Burger Steak with a serving of steamed white rice and you’ve got a delightful, Bistek-Sarap, Beefy-Linamnam Ulam that will hit all the right spots.
“Introducing this distinctly Pinoy twist to a classic favorite like Burger Steak is proof of Jollibee’s commitment to continuous product innovations and delivering new flavor profiles aligned with the Filipino palate,” said Mari Aldecoa, Jollibee Marketing Director for Core Products. “Our development team has worked tirelessly to ensure that this new offering packs all the goodness of Bistek, from the 100% beefy-linamnam patty to the savory-sour sauce and onion toppings.”
The Bistek Burger Steak will be available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide starting July 23, 2018 for only PHP 55.00* for the one-piece Solo meal.
For more information on Jollibee’s latest products and promos, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook and follow @Jollibee on Instagram and Twitter.

Tanduay partners with Shopee to launch online store

MANILA, Philippines, July 18, 2018 – Tanduay Distillers Inc., makers of the world’s number one selling rum brand, has recently partnered with Shopee, the leading Singapore-based e-commerce platform with 12 million users in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, to launch the Tanduay brand international online store. The e-commerce store features carefully curated products previously available only at the Tanduay store in Century Park Hotel such as original apparel, bags, and accessories. This dedicated in-app space will allow shoppers to easily access authentic premium items and products from one of the country’s well-loved Filipino brands.
Paul Lim, chief marketing officer of Tanduay, said the partnership with Shopee is aligned with the strategy of the company to continuously improve ways and find new avenues to make Tanduay accessible to a broader market. “Tanduay is now an official Shopee partner. Online shopping has continued to gain traction in the region with the increasing internet and smartphone penetration.
We are excited about the opportunities that our partnership will open for our business. As of now, the move is consistent with our core strategies to reach a growing global market of online shoppers,” Lim shared. Brand manager Edzel Ty further said that more products are expected to be added to the Tanduay Brands International online store in the succeeding months. “We have
chosen to partner with Shopee because insights from all our marketing efforts point towards the future of commerce online. With Shopee, we are making our products available to them with several payment and delivery options all for their convenience,“ he explained.
Last June, global spirits think tank Drinks International revealed Tanduay has taken over the world’s number one spot from a list of rum brands that has long been dominated by Bacardi. Tanduay Distillers Inc. is a member of the LT Group of Companies. Tanduay is the Philippines’ top rum maker, which is also distributed in the United States. Likewise, the company produces whiskey, brandy, gin, vodka and other flavored spirits.

What’s Stopping You from Eating Your Breakfast Today? Look Good, Feel Great with the Power of a Healthy Breakfast

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” This adage suggests that breakfast should constitute the most important meal of our daily diet, followed by lunch, and end off with a light dinner. "Studies have shown that a healthy breakfast has wide-ranging benefits for the human body, such as supporting metabolism, boosting mental alertness and improving digestionsays Susan Bowerman, Senior Director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife.
Yet according to the Healthy Breakfast Survey conducted in 11markets across the Asia Pacific region by Herbalife, 21 percent of the Filipino respondents do not consume breakfast daily. While those who do, have an unbalanced meal that comprises mainly carbohydrates in the morning. Too often, breakfast is little more than toast, white rice, noodles or a cup of coffee, tea or chocolate drink – all of which digest quickly, leaving people hungry by mid-morning.
Skipping a breakfast meal might seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but the side-effects could be detrimental to your health in the long run. For a start, skipping your breakfast could lead to more cravings later in the day which makes it harder to manage your weight.
Bowerman adds, “In general, we tend to make bad food choices when we are starving, as we would be more likely to indulge in food. Also, research has revealed that skipping your breakfast could increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.” By contrast, starting the day with a good breakfast has many benefits. Consuming your breakfast could do wonders for weight management, as food consumption releases gut hormones which control appetite, having a sustained effect throughout the day and helping to reduce the number of cravings. "Plus, there's less risk of heart disease and diabetes, while you can improve muscle health, memory, energy and mood by starting the day right.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also found that people who consume a high-protein breakfast tend to eat fewer calories throughout the day compared to those who do not, due to the appetite-suppressing effect from dietary protein, thus providing satiety between meals. But how can we practically incorporate a healthy breakfast into our daily eating habits?
According to Herbalife’s Healthy Breakfast Survey, the top three motivators for Filipino respondents to adopt a regular breakfast diet are if consuming breakfast contributes to health and well-being; if their breakfast can help in giving them more energy; and if their breakfast can be made more accessible to them.
With this in mind, perhaps making a few simple changes to daily living might do the trick – such as waking up 15 minutes earlier, opting for a quick and nutritious breakfast fix, or getting a friend or loved one to join you for breakfast. While this marks a positive start to a long-term change in lifestyle habits, the type of breakfast choices one makes will also have an impact on overall health and well-being.
When it comes to selecting just what to eat for breakfast, Bowerman advocates following Herbalife’s Global Nutrition Philosophy, according to which our total daily calories should be comprised of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fats, along with 25g of fibre and eight glasses of water. A healthy, balanced breakfast should provide you with an adequate amount of protein, while a few pieces of fruit or vegetables can provide sustained energy and fibre.
For healthy fats, nuts or avocado can serve as a delicious energy source for your body, adds Bowerman. And if time is pressing, consider having a protein shake, like the Herbalife Formula 1 Shake –which is easy to prepare and provides all the nutrients required to start your day right.
So, all you need to have a healthy breakfast each day is a little time and commitment. Choose ingredients that are enjoyable and nutritious, and you can make it a habit to start the day right and will soon enjoy the benefits as you feel and look better, with more zest for life.

AXA supports young athlete’s dream

Friday, July 20, 2018




 AXA, official insurance partner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the Philippines, was one of the marketing partners of the Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska National Training Camp (NTC). The program attracted the most promising and aspiring basketball players aged 10-14 from different parts of the country. One of the participants, Jam Lachica, 12, made it to the NTC with support from AXA. The insurance company provided apparel and training to Lachica for the Manila Regional Selection Camp prior to the NTC. For more information on AXA's partnership with the NBA, visit www.axa.com.ph.