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Smart reimagines postpaid experience with new Signature Plans

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray heralds the reimagined postpaid experience delivered by the new Smart Signature Plans. 

 


PLDT mobile services arm Smart Communications is ushering in a reimagined postpaid experience that puts customers first as it launches the new Signature Plans.




Designed for goal slayers who need a postpaid plan that can keep up with their fast-paced lifestyle, Smart Signature shatters the limitations of the traditional plans to deliver a prioritized, worry-free, and in-control mobile experience.






Prioritized network experience


With Smart Signature, subscribers are prioritized on the Smart LTE network, the country’s undisputed fastest mobile network as awarded by world-renowned network analysts including Ookla, OpenSignal, Tutela, and P3. This prioritized network experience makes sure that subscribers enjoy consistent data to connect to their favorite apps, send messages in real time, and make uninterrupted calls - even during peak hours.



“Smart Signature is postpaid reimagined. This is our way of catering to a new generation of goal slayers who need a plan that prioritizes their needs while they are busy ticking off milestones in their career or life,” said Oscar A. Reyes, Jr., PLDT-Smart SVP and Head of Consumer Business Market Development.




“We’ve built Smart Signature after a thoughtful process of listening to customers, identifying their pain points, and providing solutions so that there’s nothing that holds them back from reaching their goals. The result is a brand new postpaid experience that simply prioritizes customers.”




Worry-free connection to all networks



Gone are the days when customers have to put up with confusing packages that leave them anxious whether they have enough to connect online, send an urgent message, or make an important call.




Introducing a much simpler way of looking at postpaid plans, Smart Signature comes in four sizes – Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), and Extra Large (XL) – with generous open access data allocation for data-savvy customers worry-free unlimited calls to Smart, Sun, and TNT; worry-free AnyNet call minutes to PLDT landline and other networks; and unlimited texts to all networks - so customers never have to worry about connecting with family, friends, and colleagues on any network.




What’s more, Smart Signature features Data Rollover so that any unused data for the month is carried over to the next month.



For its SIM-Only Plans, Smart Signature starts with Plan S at Php999 per month, featuring 10GB data; unlimited calls to Smart, Sun, and TNT; 100 minutes of calls to other networks; and unlimited texts to any network.




Smart Signature offers Plan M at Php1,499 per month, featuring 20GB data; unlimited calls to Smart, Sun, and TNT; 200 minutes of calls to other networks; and unlimited texts to any network.



Subscribers may get Plan L at Php1,999 per month, featuring 30GB data; unlimited calls to Smart, Sun, and TNT; 300 minutes of calls to other networks; and unlimited text to any network.



Lastly, Smart Signature offers Plan XL at Php2,999 per month, featuring 60GB data; unlimited calls to Smart, Sun, and TNT; 600 minutes of calls to other networks; and unlimited texts to any network.



Smart Signature also offers Device Plans, which offers a wide range of smartphones including the latest flagship handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Series and Huawei Mate P30 Series, bundled with big-sized allocation for data, calls, and texts.



Control your plan with myPLDT Smart App


Subscribers can also bid goodbye to the nagging fear of exceeding their monthly plan, incurring unwanted charges, or getting bill-shocked.




To give customers full control of their plan, Smart Signature comes with the handy myPLDT Smart App, which lets users monitor and manage their usage and monthly bill in real time, and avail of Data or Call Boosters as needed. The app, which is set to roll out more advanced features to give greater convenience to subscribers, is now downloadable on Google Play for Android devices and The App Store for iOS devices.




Smart Signature also features real-time billing and usage alerts, and notifies users when they are close to reaching their monthly data and call limit. Once their data and call allocation for the month have been fully consumed, they may simply avail of Data or Call Boosters.




Reimagine life with Smart Signature Plans now! Sign up as a new subscriber, or upgrade your current Smart Postpaid Plan for free, at select Smart Stores nationwide.



Learn more about the Smart Signature Plan perfect for your lifestyle at www.smart.com.ph/signature.

FurryPinas Partners with Hands of God Charity Works for Sponsor-a-Child Program







FurryPinas has announced that it has partnered with NGO Hands of God Charity Works to provide their kids an opportunity to take part in FurryPinas 2019 and take home a gift pack.

A donation of 200 pesos will give the child from HGCW the ff. items:


  • Entrance to FurryPinas 2019
  • FurryPinas Gift trinkets
  • Hands of God Charity Works Gift pack

"Each child deserve happiness and joy in life. When each of us were kids, we had dreams we wanted to be fulfilled - Become a superhero, get the best toys you saw from a store, go out to play with your friends, wish for your awesome drawings to come true, meet your favorite cartoon characters, meet a life-sized animal character, and so many more.”

Says by Brian Nicole Uy Executive Director of FurryPInas.

We want to bring children from our charity partner, Hands of God Charity Works, to FurryPinas 2019 to enjoy, have fun, and may be even fulfill some of their dreams,Uy adds.

The partnership also comes with the release of their official video for the partnership:

https://youtu.be/mYfid_inh10

If you’d like to take part in the sponsorship program you can head to this link and FurryPinas accepts payments through 7-Eleven, M Lhuillier, BDO Bank Transfer/Deposit, and Coins PH.

FurryPinas 2019 is set to happen this coming June 8-9 at the Bayanihan Center. You can now get your tickets here.

A beefy langhap-sarap burger experience with every bite: The Jollibee Yumburger

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The only classic burger that tastes as good as it smells!



For decades, Jollibee has captured the taste buds—and hearts—of generations of Filipino diners through its ever-growing range of deliciously satisfying products. Among these beloved Jollibee offerings is the Yumburger, the leading fast-food brand’s best-selling burger.

In a market filled with a thousand of burger products, the Yumburger stands out with its langhap-sarap goodness. More than just an iconic product tagline, langhap-sarap alludes to the inimitable experience of unwrapping the Yumburger and being treated to its unique aroma —a preview of the delicious dining experience ahead.

The full-bodied, mouthwatering aroma that the Yumburger is known for the world over comes from its 100% pure beef patty—seasoned to suit the Pinoy palate and deliver a meaty, savory flavor with every bite. To complement the rich beefiness of the patty, Jollibee added in a special burger dressing that’s equally tangy, sweet, and creamy. Soft burger buns that yield easily with every bite sandwich the patty and the dressing for the complete experience.

“The senses of smell and taste are very closely linked,” said Cathleen D. Capati, Assistant Vice President for Jollibee Marketing. “When you smell something good, it whets your appetite and prepares your palate for a great meal. There’s nothing like the Yumburger in the market—that experience that perfectly captures langhap-sarap.”

Indulge in the only langhap-sarap burger experience from Jollibee! The Yumburger (P35.00*, Solo) is available in all Jollibee stores nationwide for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions.

For more information on Jollibee’s products and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studies on YouTube, and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.


GetGo promo winner unlocks exciting free travels with 1 Million GetGo Points

Lucky GetGo member Wilfred Dy becomes an instant millionaire from easily converting his credit card points to GetGo points.


GetGo promo winner unlocks exciting free travels with 1 Million GetGo Points

For Wilfred Dy, what began as a casual search for a way to convert bank rewards points to something more useful became the rewarding experience of his life. The 53-year-old stockbroker from Binondo, Manila is the grand winner of the much-coveted GetGo Points to a Million promo.

“I was really excited when I heard about the promo. I’m a Citibank cardholder and I’ve earned so many points from my everyday purchases. I thought, saan ko kaya siya pwede magamit,” shares Dy. Fortunately, the answer to his question popped out when he heard about GetGo’s biggest bank-wide promo.

As a loyal GetGo member, Dy was thrilled to hear that the lifestyle rewards program is giving its bank partners’ cardholders a chance to win 1 million GetGo points. With this much points, he thought about the many beautiful countries that he and his family can visit and explore.

“For the three years that I’ve been a GetGo member, lagi lang ako nakakakuha ng points from grocery shopping. So, when I found out about this promo, I decided to convert my Citibank points to GetGo points to get those raffle entries for me and my family,” he recounts. “Pero it wasn’t until the last day of the promo that I converted my credit card points and luckily, I won.”

Before winning the promo, Dy has already been enjoying fun travels within and outside of the country. There was even a year when he flew more than five times for leisure trips. Now, as a GetGo Points Millionaire, he is taking his travel lifestyle to new and exciting heights with free flights!

“I was shocked ‘nung may tumawag sa akin from GetGo. It was just a normal morning on my way to work and when I answered the call, I was grateful to have received the good news,” Dy remarked when asked about what he felt when he learned that he won the promo.
Cebu Pacific marketing specialists Bernadette Intoy and Ellouise Cachero, and marketing manager Paul Gaston award the GetGo Points Millionaire title to Wilfred Dy.


Among the destinations that he is excited to fly to with his GetGo points are different international countries, including South Korea and Japan.

Just like Dy, you can also experience a fun and fulfilling lifestyle with GetGo. The rewards program of Cebu Pacific will stop at nothing to bring amazing travel possibilities as they continue to make daily activities like shopping, dining, watching movies, and fueling up more rewarding with points to fly for free. Who knows? You might be the next GetGo Points Millionaire!

For more information on memberships and partners, visit www.getgo.com.ph. Never miss out on exclusive member offers and the latest news on partner promos by subscribing to GetGo email alerts. Just log in to your account, go to ‘Profile’, select ‘Preferences’, click ‘My Settings’, and choose ‘Count Me In’. You can also like and follow GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Shopee brings regional brand ambassador BLACKPINK to the Philippines for their first-ever Meet & Greet

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Get exclusive tickets to the Shopee X BLACKPINK Meet and Greet on June 6, only on Shopee


MANILA, MAY 9, 2019 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, will bring global K-Pop sensation BLACKPINK to the Philippines for the first Shopee X BLACKPINK Meet & Greet on June 6. Avid BLACKPINK fans, also known as Blinks, will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience to interact with their favorite idols at the event, which will feature exciting draws and giveaways including signed BLACKPINK CDs and Shopee gift certificates.

Shopee users can choose from two tickets, Pink or Black, to get access to the event.

Users can get Pink tickets by purchasing any product from the YG Official Store on Shopee from May 11 to 25 using the special voucher code “SHOPEEXBP”. The first 150 successful buyers will be guaranteed a Pink ticket to the fan meet.

In addition, users can score Black tickets by registering on the official Shopee x BLACKPINK Meet & Greet page in the Shopee app. The top registered users who have an accumulated purchase of at least 4,000 on Shopee will receive one Black ticket that comes with an exclusive fan meet pass. To add to the excitement, the top 40 spenders will receive special autographs and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet BLACKPINK live on stage.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said “Since unveiling BLACKPINK as our first regional brand ambassador last year, Shopee has received so much love and support from their Asian fans. Hence, we are delighted to be able to bring them to the Philippines and give Shopee users a chance to meet and interact with their favorite artists in person. We look forward to once again connect BLACKPINK with their massive fanbase in the Philippines and the region.”

For more information on how to join the Shopee x BLACKPINK Meet and Greet, visit https://shopee.ph/m/blackpink-meet-greet.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.


Let’s Play! Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019: Asobu

Friday, May 10, 2019




One of the much-awaited events this summer, Pinoy Otaku Festival is back this 2019! Bringing the audience more interactive games and guests plus a bigger venue. Red Cloud Interactive, Naruto Cosplayers PH and Robinsons Novaliches bring you Pinoy Otaku Festival (POF) 2019: Asobu on May 17-19, 2019 at the Trade Hall of Robinsons Novaliches in Quezon City.




Bigger venue, more interactive games – Pinoy Otaku Festival has been known for its event which focuses on the true Pinoy Otaku identity and Filipino’s dedication as manifested by the current trend in popular culture. It is a celebration of Japanese pop culture and how Filipinos enrich it, by experience our own culture as well through the latest popular culture as the event combine cosplay, music and the Filipino's heart of gold for helping people.




The title theme of the event “ASOBU” means “Let’s Play” and will focus more on interactive experience for all attendee. It will also include the traditional cosplay competition, karaoke, and Battle of the Bands.



Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019 Highlights 



This event focuses on giving highlights on the much-awaited on-stage games and the much-awaited Otaku Choice Awards to be held on May 17. During that day, nominees will gather and will be given awards for their dedication from the different categories as voted by people thru the online nomination and voting. Tom’s Workstation by Tomas Jefferson Hernandez is the official trophy provider for OCA 2019.




Other event highlight includes POF 2019: Art Attack, Karaoke Battle Royale, Fantasm: Inter-school, POF 2019: Battle of the Bands, Your Cosplay Sounds Familiar, Cosplay Championship League, Otaku Bazaar and booths, Panel discussions, and more.




If you are into interactive games then try joining and win cash and freebies during Otaku Deal or No Deal, Anime Quiz, Otaku Singtunado, Otaku Singing Bee, Name That Tune, and more.




This year POF 2019 is bringing more interactive panel discussions across the 3-day event. Topics are selected by the community from a voting process. Topics this year include: (1) Sexual Harassment in Cosplay; (2) Status of Esports in the Philippines; (3) How to win competitions; (4) Piracy and Anime Fandom; (5) How to become a successful game streamer; and (6) What does it take to be an Idol?



Tons of Special Guests



Featuring special guests from both Japan and Philippines: Yohgen, Gekitora, Hiro Saeki, Kazuki, Gloco Gaming, Yu-En Cosplay plus Filipino bands which are also into both Philippine and Japanese pop cultures: FREETIX, Kanjiru, Neko Hunter Band, and Kulaspiro.




Ariel Villasanta, the other half of the comedy duo Ariel and Maverick with Maverick Relova. They pioneer the comedy reality-show in Philippine TV and now has an upcoming movie entitled, "The Untold Story of the Kings of Reality Shows". He stars in Totoo TV, Mommy Elvie's Problematic Show (TV Series), and Pinoy Meets World (TV Series).




The event will also highlight the world of idols as it rises here in the Philippines: Aidoru Sozai, AOS49, CH4U, IVY! Musume, JAPHDOLLS PH, Pepper Keibu, Poly V, Sophia the Artist, Tanchikon, and Ureshii-san Tomodachi.




POF 2019 hosts include Kiel from Choji PH, Tessa Carbonell, Justin Villaseran, Geneva Cabading and Fatima Jongco.



Event Tickets and Charity 



Ticket price is set at Php 100 per day. If you will be attending for 3 days, then get the 3-DAY PASS at Php 300 (3 Days access to the convention and includes participation in the raffles).

For those who want to have more perks at the event, you can avail the 3-DAY VIP ACCESS for Php 500 (3 days access to the convention only, participation in Animazing Race, Premium Raffles, and many more).




You can get tickets online via Ticket2Me.




Pinoy Otaku Festival is partnering with House of Light and Hands of God Charity Works, by giving part of the proceeds (ticket sales) to help support them in their various activities. House of Light is a support group and help them create more awareness regarding HIV/AIDS, and Hands of God Charity Works provides care for less privileged children.



POF 2019 Event Partners

POF 2019 is being made possible in cooperation with CIIT College of Arts and Technology, MC Hotel Fairview, and Hotel Fox with the help of VR Café, and Jerry's Life Size Statues and Collectibles.




The event is also brought to you with the help of various Otaku organizations as follow: Team Oke Gakuen, El Chorizo Cosplay Group, The Otaku Philippines, Z Warriors, Toushin – Ateneo, UP AME, PNU NAMI, JDoramaEiga PH, and FurryPinas PH.




Media Partners include Astig.ph, TechKuya, Wazzup Pilipinas, Keepsakes., The Cosplay and Anime Café, OtakuPlay PH, Game Seer, Reverie Wonderland, Ayaldev, Setsu Ani, Sutil Si Isco, Zing - Edge Manila, Mauvish Crimson, AniRadio PH,PopLife TV and Jherzoned




You can buy tickets online thru the event’s ticket partner, Ticket2Me. Visit https://www.ticket2me.net/e/1607 to purchase your tickets.




For more information visit Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019: Asobu official website at http://pof.narutocosplayers.com/. Use the official hashtag #POF2019 and #POFAsobu and check the event’s official social media channels for more updates.





PLDT Smart’s Mother’s Day video is going to touch your heart!






Manila Philippines – What makes one a mother? Is it giving birth to a child? Is it raising children and providing for them? Or is it showering one with unconditional love regardless of the circumstances? This Mom’s Day, PLDT Home celebrates all kinds of moms in a touching Mother’s Day web series.






Mother Hood is a three-part online web series of PLDT-Smart that explores what it means to be a mom. It follows the stories of Mamita, Alice, Claire, and Benj, who happen to live in one community and are facing the challenges of motherhood. With their fears and doubts, how will they deal with each of their situation?






Produced by PLDT-Smart Stories, and directed by Dwayne Baltazar, the web series features actors Pinky Amador, Cris Villonco, Che Ramos - Cosio, Arian Alandy, Marco Gallo, Jana Agoncillo and Topper Fabregas. This online series will surely touch everyone’s heart. It will tell us what challenges moms go through and show us the support system that helped them to be the mother they are now.






It takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to form a mother! Be sure to catch all three episodes, this May 12, on PLDT Home’s YouTube Channel. And watch the trailer here.






Don’t miss out on Mother’s Day exclusives from PLDT Home. To learn more visit https://m.pldthome.com/mothers-day.




Converge ICT rolls out 400Gbps backbone to deliver fastest internet speed in the Philippines

Thursday, May 9, 2019




Converge ICT Solutions deploys its first 400Gbps backbone, a first in the Philippines, to further augment existing domestic network capacity. This rollout gives way to 400G per channel at 64 channels or the equivalent of 25.6 Terabps at full capacity. This is in line with the company's thrust to deliver fast and high-quality service and connection.

Converge ICT is a major telecommunication and cable television services provider and operates fiber-optic broadband networks, cable television, and cable internet in the country.

"This network upgrade will allow us to continuously boost or enhance our domestic service delivery. In preparation for the exponential expansion that is currently being rolled out, this will be able to help us in keeping up with the growing demand of subscribers," said Converge ICT Chief Technology Officer Ronald Brusola.

The backbone ensures that links going to international gateways, data centers and Content Delivery Network (CDNs) will have very high capacity which are relevant to enterprise customers like business processing outsourcing companies. Given this, financial institutions are the first beneficiaries of the deployment of the 400Gbps backbone because they require high capacity connectivity or bandwidth to disaster recovery sites and internet service providers.

With its rollout, Converge ICT broadband customers will also enjoy faster connection without any data cap for very high bandwidth capacity and best quality experience. The removal of the routing function in transport layer also makes the connection simpler and more reliable. The rollout of the 400Gbs backbone is the highest capacity technology in the Philippine market.

"We offer a big capacity package that customers and enterprises want and need. There will be enough room to plan and avoid congestion in the network," Brusola said.

In 2018, Converge ICT strengthened its strategic international Point-of-Presence (PoP) by adding Taiwan to its then-roster countries Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States. In securing its own international PoP lines, Converge ICT aims to be one of the strongest network providers in the Philippines.



Toshiba pays homage to exceptional moms this Mother’s Day




Margarita Fores and Christine Jacob-Sandejas




This Mother’s Day, Toshiba appliances pay homage to two extraordinary moms, both an inspiration to many, who graced the launch of Toshiba’s latest line of state-of-the-art home appliances: Margarita Fores and Christine Jacob Sandejas. Fores, mother to son Amado, was named Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2016 and is the moving force behind Cibo, a modern Italian caffé concept, and Cibo di Marghi Signature Caterer, her highly-successful catering arm. Meanwhile, Jacob, mother to five kids, is a former athlete and is co-anchor of the popular show New Day on CNN Philippines.

These outstanding moms prove that even with kids to raise, it is possible to wear many hats while giving their all in everything that they do. And with home appliances like Toshiba, each one imbued with the distinctive “takumi” spirit, life is made easier for busy moms with the ease and convenience they bring. Toshiba’s line of home appliances include the signature Washers and Dryers, Refrigerators, and top-loading water dispensers.

A must-try adventure for coffee junkies

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

As one of the closest coffee-growing countries closest to the Philippines, Thailand is a must-visit destination for traveling caffeine junkies.



For those who can’t live without their caffeine fix, the search is always on for a good cup of joe. Next-level coffee junkies, however, take their caffeine obsession to a different level. They visit coffee plantations, pick cherries, learn how to roast, and join coffee cupping activities. In fact, the taste of coffee in the places they visit are some of the most defining moments of their experiences.

If you are a traveler seeking this kind of experience overseas, Thailand is one of the closest coffee-growing countries you can visit. Though Thailand is not often linked to world-famous coffee, it is home to many plantations where your coffee dreams can come true. Aside from giving you a taste of Thailand’s unique coffee origins, this country’s farm tours have fascinating stories to tell.

From bean to cup: a glimpse and taste of history

Thailand’s burgeoning coffee industry scene had a unique role to play in the Southeast Kingdom’s history and development. For many years, the highlands where Arabica coffee was grown used to be bleak and barren.

This is because the tribal communities who lived there survived from slash-and-burn agriculture, which resulted in massive deforestation and the depletion of food sources. Poverty drove them to opium cultivation, drug trafficking, and heroin production. It took interventions from Thailand’s royal family to turn the tribespeople from opium to coffee, which now provides a source of livelihood for these communities.

One such coffee plantation is Suan Lahu located north of Chiang Mai, where you can have a short four-hour visit, a day tour, or even an overnight stay with a host from the Lahu tribe, giving you the opportunity to immerse in the tribe’s way of life. Here you can go on a guided hike with the locals, pick coffee cherries, observe coffee processing, and even roast your own Arabica. From January to December, you can even enjoy traditional campfires.

Doi Tung in Chiang Rai Province is another of these opium farms turned coffee plantations. This community located at 1,389 meters above sea level is home to more than 3.5 million trees, a source of livelihood for almost 900 families. Doi Tung’s farm to cup experience immerses you in different aspects of coffee production, from cherry picking to roasting and tasting. Aside from its coffee farms and facilities, Doi Tung is also home to the Mae Fah Luang Arboretum where you can find thousands of unique temperate plants.

Doi Chang is one of Chiang Rai’s must-visit destinations for coffee junkies.

Another possible destination in Chiang Rai is the village of Doi Chang, which is situated in an altitude of up to 1,700 meters above sea level. At the village’s coffee shop, you can take a sip of the organic, single origin coffee while enjoying the fresh mountain breeze. The nearby museum called Academy of Coffee lets you learn more about the region’s produce. Outside the museum, you can look at the coffee trees filling hills and plots owned by local families. Finally, there’s the coffee processing plant, which you can see at work during the main coffee season.

Some of the world’s finest


Many of Thailand’s coffee farm tours immerse you in a journey from bean to cup.

Thailand’s coffee farms don’t only give you a glimpse of the coffee’s journey from bean to cup. They also produce some of the world’s best coffee.

Doi Chang, for example, is home to free-range, stress-free civets that eat only the ripest, sweetest cherries. These undigested beans are infused with the flavors of the civet’s diet and the enzymes in the its stomach. When roasted, these beans have the flavor profile of citrus-toned acidity, cedary dark chocolate, and raisiny fruit.

The social enterprise Akha Ama Coffee in Chiang Mai, which also hosts a three-day Coffee Journey with the local Akha tribe, has also produced award-winning coffee. Known for its distinct citrus notes and acidity, Akha Ama’s coffee was selected for the World Cup Tasters Championship in 2010 and 2011.

While visiting these coffee farms let you enjoy delicious coffee, it also lets you support local communities who are making a living and preserving their heritage. This makes your #THAImazing story both memorable and meaningful.

To know more about Thailand’s coffee farm tours, visit www.tourismthailand.org, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TATPhilippines.

SENIOR FASHIONISTAS WALK AT SM CITY SAN JOSE DEL MONTE’S RUNWAY

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Showcasing the 1970’s fashion, senior citizen participants enthusiastically waving at the audience for final look.









Truly that fashion shows are not only for slim, long-legged, and young girls, as this was recently proven by the elderly group in San Jose del Monte City through a fashion show organized by SM in an effort to continuously recognize the talent and skills of the senior citizens.




Dubbed as “Senior Fashionistas”, 45 chic grandmas from different barangay senior citizens affairs offices fearlessly walk the runway at the mall atrium to showcase their renewed confidence highlighting the different fashion trends from 1960’s to 1990’s.



Participants are laughing after they are asked to turn right mimicking the traditional right and left turn in a pageant, during the second Senior’s Day at SM City San Jose del Monte.




More than 500 other senior citizens flocked the venue to support their fellow senior citizens as well as the family and friends of the participants.




The Seniors Day at the Mall in SM City San Jose del Monte is a quarterly event to show love and appreciation to the senior members of the community and also to encourage them to stay active despite the age.



Young at heart grandmom walks the runway in her polka with lacy white dress and a pink ribbon on her hair.






Earlier this year, senior citizens celebrated their first gathering through a dance competition to highlight their talent in dancing and to prove that they still have the energy and groove, and also to promote healthy lifestyle. Same goes for the next senior’s day on the third quarter this year, which is pegged to highlight the food preparation and cooking skills of our beloved elderlies. Date is yet to be announce.




For more exciting and fun happenings, you may check SM City San Jose del Monte’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SMCitySanJoseDelMonte/.














Let’s Play! Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019: Asobu






One of the much-awaited events this summer, Pinoy Otaku Festival is back this 2019! Bringing the audience more interactive games and guests plus a bigger venue.  Red Cloud Interactive, Naruto Cosplayers PH and Robinsons Novaliches bring you Pinoy Otaku Festival (POF) 2019: Asobu on May 17-19, 2019 at the Trade Hall of Robinsons Novaliches in Quezon City.

Bigger venue, more interactive games – Pinoy Otaku Festival has been known for its event which focuses on the true Pinoy Otaku identity and Filipino’s dedication as manifested by the current trend in popular culture.   It is a celebration of Japanese pop culture and how Filipinos enrich it, by experience our own culture as well through the latest popular culture as the event combine cosplay, music and the Filipino's heart of gold for helping people.

The title theme of the event “ASOBU” means “Let’s Play” and will focus more on interactive experience for all attendee. It will also include the traditional cosplay competition, karaoke, and Battle of the Bands.

Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019 Highlights

This event focuses on giving highlights on the much-awaited on-stage games and the much-awaited Otaku Choice Awards to be held on May 17. During that day, nominees will gather and will be given awards for their dedication from the different categories as voted by people thru the online nomination and voting. Tom’s Workstation by Tomas Jefferson Hernandez is the official trophy provider for OCA 2019.

Other event highlight includes POF 2019: Art Attack, Karaoke Battle Royale, Fantasm: Inter-school, POF 2019: Battle of the Bands, Your Cosplay Sounds Familiar, Cosplay Championship League, Otaku Bazaar and booths, Panel discussions, and more.

If you are into interactive games then try joining and win cash and freebies during Otaku Deal or No Deal, Anime Quiz, Otaku Singtunado, Otaku Singing Bee, Name That Tune, and more.

This year POF 2019 is bringing more interactive panel discussions across the 3-day event.  Topics are selected by the community from a voting process.  Topics this year include: (1) Sexual Harassment in Cosplay; (2) Status of Esports in the Philippines; (3) How to win competitions; (4) Piracy and Anime Fandom; (5) How to become a successful game streamer; and (6) What does it take to be an Idol?

Tons of Special Guests 



Featuring special guests from both Japan and Philippines: YohgenGekitoraHiro SaekiKazukiGloco GamingYu-En Cosplay plus Filipino bands which are also into both Philippine and Japanese pop cultures: FREETIXKanjiruNeko Hunter Band, and Kulaspiro.

Ariel Villasanta, the other half of the comedy duo Ariel and Maverick with Maverick Relova. They pioneer the comedy reality-show in Philippine TV and now has an upcoming movie entitled, "The Untold Story of the Kings of Reality Shows".  He stars in Totoo TV, Mommy Elvie's Problematic Show (TV Series), and Pinoy Meets World (TV Series).

The event will also highlight the world of idols as it rises here in the Philippines: Aidoru SozaiAOS49CH4UIVY! MusumeJAPHDOLLS PHPepper KeibuPoly VSophia the Artist, Tanchikon, and Ureshii-san Tomodachi.

POF 2019 hosts include Kiel from Choji PHTessa CarbonellJustin VillaseranGeneva Cabading and Fatima Jongco.

Event Tickets and Charity

Ticket price is set at Php 100 per day.  If you will be attending for 3 days, then get the 3-DAY PASS at Php 300 (3 Days access to the convention and includes participation in the raffles). 
For those who want to have more perks at the event, you can avail the 3-DAY VIP ACCESS for Php 500 (3 days access to the convention only, participation in Animazing Race, Premium Raffles, and many more).

You can get tickets online via Ticket2Me.

Pinoy Otaku Festival is partnering with House of Light and Hands of God Charity Works, by giving part of the proceeds (ticket sales) to help support them in their various activities.  House of Light is a support group and help them create more awareness regarding HIV/AIDS, and Hands of God Charity Works provides care for less privileged children.

POF 2019 Event Partners


POF 2019 is being made possible in cooperation with CIIT College of Arts and TechnologyMC Hotel Fairview, and Hotel Fox with the help of VR Café, and Jerry's Life Size Statues and Collectibles.

The event is also brought to you with the help of various Otaku organizations as follow: Team Oke GakuenEl Chorizo Cosplay GroupThe Otaku PhilippinesZ WarriorsToushin – AteneoUP AMEPNU NAMIJDoramaEiga PH, and FurryPinas PH.

Media Partners include Astig.phTechKuyaWazzup PilipinasKeepsakes.The Cosplay and Anime CaféOtakuPlay PHGame SeerReverie WonderlandAyaldevSetsu AniSutil Si IscoZing - Edge ManilaMauvish CrimsonAniRadio PH,PopLife TV and Jherzoned

You can buy tickets online thru the event’s ticket partner, Ticket2Me. Visit https://www.ticket2me.net/e/1607 to purchase your tickets.

For more information visit Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019: Asobu official website at http://pof.narutocosplayers.com/. Use the official hashtag #POF2019 and #POFAsobu and check the event’s official social media channels for more updates.


Rebisco launches new products that you’ll surely love





Manila, Philippines – Homegrown snack giant Rebisco beefs up its growing snack portfolio with a new roster of products perfect for snack-loving Filipinos of all ages.


The well-loved Rebisco and Hansel Premium line now includes the Japanese flavor-inspired Hansel Premium with White Cheese Filling and the light and crunchy Rebisco Premium Crackers with Black Sesame Seeds, deliciously roasted to create that delightful umami flavor that always hits the spot.


Over on the chips and curls section, Rebisco adds Tostas—thin and crispy dual-flavored corn chips. It comes in two flavors—smoky BBQ and savory cheese—in one pack, for that one-of-a-kind corn chip experience. Also now available are Goofers and Cornkalog. Goofers are crunchy corn puffs with a distinctly sweet and creamy peanut butter flavor that bursts in the mouth with every bite. Cornkalog is another corn snack variety, this time with a rich and sweet corn flavor and creamy filling.

For the kids and kids-at-heart, the all-time favorite cupcakes now come in two new mouth-watering flavors—Topps Sarap Yema and Topps Sarap Choco Peanut. Topps Sarap Yema has yema frosting, peanut candy bits and yema filling while Topps Sarap Choco Peanut features choco-peanut frosting, peanut butter filling and nutty chips topping.

For a fruity burst of flavor, Rebisco offers GumBitz—crunchy candy-coated bubble gum bits in strawberry and green apple. And for those who like the irresistible combination of sweet and spicy tamarind flavor, Dolce Fruity Bon Tamarind Balls is now available for a quick perk-me-up snack.


As the summer season rolls in, health- and weight-conscious snackers can now enjoy the delightful goodness of Jeanne & Jamie’s Recipes--three varieties of delicious crackers that can be enjoyed as part of a healthy and balanced diet. The tasty and crunchy Water Crackers with flaxseeds and sesame seeds support heart health. It has Omega-3, low sodium and zero trans fat.

Whole Thins, whole wheat crackers with rolled oats, supports weight management goals. It is high in fiber with L-Carnitine and zero trans fat. Completing the Jeanne & Jamie’s Recipes™ line are Digestives—semi-sweet honey biscuits with a hint of nutty oat flavor. It aids in digestive health because it is fortified with fiber, prebiotic inulin and has zero trans fat. Inulin is a soluble fiber that helps improve digestion, among other health benefits.

Chocolate lovers can now indulge guilt-free with the 100-calorie Fudgee Barr and Choco Mucho variants, ideal for satisfying those cravings while staying on track of fitness goals.
Rebisco also expands its product offerings with the addition of Bueno Pasta—firm but soft-to-the-bite premium pasta made with Semolina wheat. It is available in spaghetti and elbow macaroni varieties. Bueno Pasta is the perfect base to any pasta dish, and like all Rebisco snacks, is best shared and enjoyed with loved ones.

We are excited to share these new products with our consumers,” Rebisco President Jonathan C. Ng said. “Rebisco has always been an integral part of Filipinos’ snacking culture, and we are committed to developing new products that will create more opportunities for sharing and bonding.”

Visit your nearest sari-sari store and supermarket to enjoy these delightful new products from Rebisco.













Score the Nintendo Switch, 50” HD TV, iPhone X and more for just ₱1 at the Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale

Thursday, May 2, 2019


Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale features up to 90% off from leading brands including Maybelline, Globe, Enfagrow, and Infinix


Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches a new in-app game called the Shopee 1 Game to give users more chances to save on premium items including the Nintendo Switch, 50” HD TV, iPhone X, and more. Until May 5, users can score these amazing items at the affordable price of just 1.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines said, “The Shopee 1 Game is another exciting way for us to engage our users by giving them a wider assortment of brands and products at great prices. Through this, we honor our commitment in continuing to offer users the best deals on their favorite items through the Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale.”

Score the hottest items for only 1




In the days leading up to the big sale day on May 5, Shopee will be raffling amazing products for the Shopee 1 Game including the Nintendo Switch, HP Laptop, KitchenAid Mixer, and a Mass 50” HD TV. On May 5, users stand to win a chance to buy an iPhone X for only 1. In order to participate, users can pay 1 upon check out within the day. One lucky winner will be chosen to take home the featured item of the day for only 1. The announcement of the winner will happen on the next day at 12NN.

Catch unbeatable promotions across 8 days




The Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale promises 8 days of unbeatable promotions across different categories. Users can watch out for 24-hour promotions on days including:
  • 5.5 Flash Day happening on May 1 with flash sales happening 10 times and free shipping for all flash deals with a minimum spend of only ₱99.
  • 5.5 Vouchers Day happening on May 4 with tons of shop vouchers and free shipping vouchers up for grabs.

The biggest online baby sale is coming



On May 2, Shopee will be holding the 5.5 Kids and Baby Day, where users can get up to 45% off on Huggies products and 90% off on other leading children’s brands. Users can also watch out for discount vouchers, Flash Deals, and a special Shopee Facebook live at 1 PM featuring Regine Angeles.

Happening until May 5, Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale offers daily 1 Games and daily 100% Cashback Vouchers. Users can catch deals up to 90% off from leading local and international brands such as Maybelline, Globe, Enfagrow, and Infinix as they bring Shopee users exclusive promotions.

For more information about Shopee 5.5 Double Double Sale, visit http://shopee.ph/5-5 starting April 28.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.