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Thursday, October 31, 2019
On November 11, Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale will feature up to 90% off deals from leading brands and an exclusive 12-hour livestream





Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, will celebrate Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale by offering users all day sitewide free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend on November 11. Consumers can also score up to 90% off deals and tune in to an exclusive 12-hour livestream with non-stop giveaways and vouchers.



Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “In recent years, more and more Filipinos have been shopping online, especially during the holiday season. We see this trend, and are working closely with our brands, sellers, and partners to offer users the best deals on Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale. We encourage everyone to celebrate one of our biggest annual events with us on November 11.”





Score these 11 deals at 50% off on Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale:


Nokia 5.1 Plus With Free Mobile Gamepad



The Nokia 5.1 Plus balances good performance and design in a compact smartphone. It boasts a 5.8-inch HD+ display and houses a great processor for graphic-intensive games. Get the Nokia 5.1 Plus for only ₱6,490.



Avision 50” Smart LED TV



Watch crystal clear shows with the slim Avision 50” Smart LED TV with built-in Netflix and YouTube applications. Get Avision 50” Smart LED TV for only ₱14,699.


Nextbook 11.6″ 2in1 Laptop



The Nextbook 11.6” 2in1 Laptop is perfect for those with an on-the-go lifestyle. This tablet features a detachable keyboard that allows you to work anytime, anywhere. Get the Nextbook 2in1 Laptop for only ₱9,199.


Travel Basic Cloe Luggage



Up your travel game with this sturdy carry-on luggage. The hard-shell case and integrated lock ensures durability and security while traveling. Get the Travel Basic Cloe Luggage for only ₱999.


The Platinum KS-5 Karaoke Player



Belt out your favorite tunes with this karaoke player, which has over 9,000 pre-programmed songs. Get the Platinum KS-5 Karaoke Player for only ₱1,498.


Avision 43” LED TV



The Avision 43” LED TV has adjustable brightness and contrast for a perfect viewing experience. It can also be connected to a computer or laptop for higher quality images when working or playing games. Get the Avision 43” LED TV for only ₱9,499.


Levi’s 501 Original Fit Jeans



Looking for a pair of jeans that is flattering on all body types? The Levi’s 501 Jeans are a timeless piece and a great addition to your wardrobe. Get the Levi’s 501 Original Fit Jeans for only ₱1,999.


TigerNu 15.6″ Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack



Carry all your essentials around the metro without any worries using TigerNu’s Anti-Theft Backpack. It is designed with an external USB charging port for easy access to more battery power. Get the TigerNu Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack for only ₱999.


Nivea Body Intensive Milk Buy 1 Take 1



Nivea Body Intensive Milk is enriched with vitamin E which moisturizes and repairs dry skin. It also has grape seed oil and avocado oil for smoother and more supple skin. Get the Nivea Body Intensive Milk for only ₱189.


EWEADN Keyboard and Mouse



This keyboard and mouse set can easily help in making your desk space more ergonomic and efficient, great for everyday use. Get the EWEADN Keyboard and Mouse for only ₱150.


Maybelline Powder Matte Lipstick



Get ready for a night out with Maybelline’s Powder Matte Lipstick. This lightweight matte lipstick comes in 15 different shades. Get the Maybelline Powder Matte Lipstick for only ₱149.



Find out more about Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale at https://www.shopee.ph/1111.



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

JolliSavers ads inspired by Halloween classics reassure Filipinos that eating out is nothing to be afraid of




The thought of eating out gets scarier by the day. Prices keep rising and won’t seem to stop, and that sweldo just won’t catch up to it. What should an ordinary Filipino do?

You know those moments when you plan your budget for your lunch meal, but then someone else turns it into an utter nightmare with the four scariest words: ”kain tayo sa labas”? Jollibee knows the feeling all too well, and that’s why they’re here to the rescue with JolliSavers!

Jollibee continues its hilarious JolliSavers commercial series featuring legendary comedy queen Eugene Domingo as the boss of a team who’s absolutely scared to eat out. This time around, there’s a special visitor in the office today, but the team senses there’s something not right with her when she whispers to them about dining outside!

Thankfully, even the mysterious visitor knows there’s nothing to be afraid of when it comes to eating out, thanks to the absolutely delicious and budget friendly JolliSavers meals you can get for only P50.00 or less!



“We want to remove our customers’ perception of fear of eating outside due to rising prices,” said Joseph Aruta, Senior Marketing Manager for Jollibee Value Platforms Category. “With JolliSavers, we assure them that they can still experience and enjoy the tasty and scrumptious Jollibee meals they know and love without breaking the budget.”
JolliSavers gives you the courage to brave mealtimes outside with the Beefy Langhap-Sarap Yumburger for only PHP 35.00*, the Meatiest, Cheesiest Sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti for PHP 50.00*, and the beefy-saucy Linamnam Ulam Burger Steak for only P50.00*.JolliSavers is available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions in all Jollibee stores nationwide. For more details and updates on Jollibee products including JolliSavers, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

BLOCBAGETS: A way to a Worry-free Undas Travels



Prestone joins anew in rolling out Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko

Quezon City, Philippines – October 2019 – If you are among the thousands of Filipinos who will travel to the province this long weekend in time for Undas (All Saints Day), then you need to ensure that your car is properly equipped and in tip-top condition for a safe and stress-free travel.

This Undas, PRESTONE, is joining anew the NLEX Corporation’s “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko,” an assistance program that aims to provide hassle-free travel experience to motorists traversing the North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX). 



To help you prepare for a safer and more convenient journey, PRESTONE, trusted brand of Coolant, Brake Fluid, and Engine Oil, is also here to remind you to look closely at your BLOCBAGETS. This handy mnemonic stands for Brakes, Lights, Oil, Coolant, Battery, Air, Gas, Engine, Tire, and Self. Simply put, it’s all the things you need to check before using your car for a long drive to prevent accidents or breakdowns.

Brake. To check if your brake system is not faulty, you should push the brake pedal all the way to the floor. It should not feel spongy and have little to no resistance. Make sure your BRAKE FLUID and other parts are still in good condition. Otherwise, you need to let a mechanic check if you are due for parts replacement, cleaning, or flush & fill of brake fluid.

LightsInspect your auto lights, such as the headlights, turn signal signals, brake lights, reverse lights, and tail lights, to ensure safety for nighttime driving. To confirm if they are working properly, test all the lights and check if the light beam reflects on the wall. It also pays to check your lights for dirt, cracks, and breakage. If there will be any, have you’re them cleaned or fixed.

Oil. Cars need oil to lubricate its small engine components. Checking your engine’s oil level and color is important to keep the engine working and to prevent dealing with expensive repairs. When oil is below the minimum level, it’s time to refill. Look for leaks, as well, since they signify that your car is losing oil quickly. 


Coolant. Coolant is the fluid that absorbs heat from the engine and then dissipates it through the radiator. If you want to prevent the overheating nightmare, then a simple check if your car has the right level of Coolant can save the day.

BatteryBefore you get in your car, make sure that your battery is well-charged and has clean terminals. Also, check if the cable-to-terminal connection is placed. By doing so, you can be sure to prevent being stuck on the roadside because your battery dies in the middle of your driving. 

Air. Your car’s tires should always be properly inflated to prevent accidents and decreased fuel efficiency. Use a tire pressure gauge to check if the tire, regardless if it is old or new, have the right inflation. 

Gas. Do not forget to check your fuel level through the fuel gauge before taking your car for a drive. Ensuring a full gas tank, especially during long drives, can save you from the stress of looking for a gas station or being stuck in the middle of the road. 

Engine. Check for engine problems, such as leaks and other sounds like pinging, tapping, knocking, or any weird noise, which may hint at any issues. If any of these are present, then better have a mechanic check it.

Tire. Worn-out tires can lead to accidents. Before a long trip, check your tires for bumps, tears, and other signs of damage. 

Self. Lastly, you should also be well-prepared for a long drive. Make sure that you are physically and emotionally fit to drive—free from sickness, dizziness, alcohol, and tiredness (sleep well before the long drive). 



To help you with your auto care needs, PRESTONE will be providing FREE TOP Ups and 5-minute Vehicle Check in specific locations along NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX.



From October 30 to November 3, 2019, 6 AM to 6 PM, visit the PRESTONE roadside SMSK motorist camps in SCTEX Floridablanca Lay-by (Subic bound) and CAVITEX Paranaque toll plaza and Kawit toll plaza. 

PRESTONE will also be present in Petron Lakeshore along NLEX Outbound, Mexico Pampanga; Caltex Mega Station in NLEX-SB, San Felipe, San Fernando, Pampanga; and Shell of Asia in E1, Guiguinto, Bulacan to provide additional information as well as exciting games and freebies. 



If you want to grab exciting deals, PRESTONE product will also be available through its STMSK in Caltex Drive and Dine along NLEX Valenzuela, Metro Manila.

To know more about PRESTONE and the “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko” campaign, visit its website at www.prestone.com.ph.

Cebu Pacific is Jollibee Family Values Awards’ official airline and Special Citation for Environment partner



The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific, forged a strategic partnership with the country’s leading fast-food chain, Jollibee, as the Official Airline Partner and Co-Presenter of the Special Citation for Environment of the 9th Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA). The annual award pays tribute to exemplary Filipino families residing in the Philippines and abroad who promote positive family values through selflessly serving their fellowmen.

(From left) Cebu Pacific Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist Roxanne Gochuico and Director for Marketing Michelle Eve De Guzman, sign the contract to be the official airline and special citation for environment partner of the 9th Jollibee Family Values Awards, together with Jollibee Philippines’ Assistant Vice President for Brand Communications, PR and Digital Marketing Arline Adeva, and Senior Brand PR and Communications Manager Dennis Reyes



The Special Citation for Environment was given to the Sali family, for their innate and selfless love for the environment as manifested by their One Child One Tree movement. The organization promotes environment preservation and a commitment to sustainable development through tree planting initiatives.

Under the auspices of the Fostering Education and Environment for Development (FEED), Inc., the Sali family has been actively supporting environmental projects in Hagonoy, Bulacan. Activities such as tree planting, mangrove reforestation efforts, as well as training modules and the sharing of technical expertise is made available to teachers, volunteers, and community residents. To date, FEED has seen the planting of 5,000 mangrove seedlings along the Tibaguin seashore while over 2,000 fruit-bearing and native trees have been planted in different elementary schools and forests in the province.
The Sali family, whose organization promotes the preservation of nature, received the Special Citation for the Environment awarded by Jollibee Family Values Awards and its partner, Cebu Pacific


“It is truly an honor to be part once again of the Jollibee Family Values Awards,” says Michelle Eve De Guzman, Director for Marketing at Cebu Pacific, “It’s an even greater privilege for us to recognize the selfless efforts of the Sali family and their meaningful environmental initiatives that are worthy of emulation by others.”

As an advocate and supporter of the environment, Cebu Pacific launched Juan Effect program in 2018. The sustainable campaign helps promote sustainable tourism by encouraging travelers to make a positive impact on nature by bringing their own water bottles and eco bags, and disposing of waste properly.

The vowels they orbit releases second single “Kiliti”

Wednesday, October 30, 2019






After reaching the number one spot in one of the most prominent FM radio charts in the Philippines and peaking at number two on Spotify Philippines Viral 50 with “Selos,” the vowels they orbit returns with a brand new single under Sony Music Philippines.

An easy listening number that showcases the band’s more relaxed and technically adept side, their second single “Kiliti” is a song about finding the perfect someone in an imperfect situation. It tackles a kind of love that is capable of surmounting the greatest odds under any circumstances.

“The song was written by Nikka back in college a few years ago with just her guitar,” says Darwin Hernandez, the band’s manager and Soupstar Entertainment’s head honcho. “The full band arrangements were done by all the members and was produced by Rye Sarmiento, who is also the guitarist of 6cyclemind and Banda Ni Kleggy.”

Deceptively simple sound





Certainly at peace with their deceptively simple but lush sound, the vowels they orbit takes pride with their collaborative effort in recording a worthy follow-up to their hit single. “At first, we can’t help but feel a bit nervous about the release of Kiliti given the success of Selos,” bassist Patch Javier points out. “But going back and remembering how Kiliti is such a different song makes us feel excited, rather than pressured. What’s important to us is that people get to listen to the song.”

“It’s always also a great feeling when listeners interpret the song in their own ways and find a connection to the song somehow,” vocalist and guitarist Nikka Melchor shares the same sentiment. “Knowing that we love this song and that we put a lot of work into it is enough to not feel worried.”

What's next for the vowels they orbit

Now signed to Sony Music Philippines, the vowels they orbit are set to release an EP soon. The band, composed of Nikka Melchor (Vocals), Jeremy Sayas (Drums), Hannah Dela Cruz (Keyboard), Gene Santiago (Guitars) and Patch Javier (Bass), is managed by Soupstar Entertainment, which takes pride of its star-studded roster such as Sandwich, Pedicab, Moonstar88, 6cyclemind, Gracenote, Imago and more.

"Kiliti" is now available on streaming and download platforms such as Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/album/39L4HVx3vPc9i0Ec6zQDj1) , Apple Music, iTunes store, and Deezer.

Canva Reaches US$3.2B Valuation, Launches Enterprise and Affiliate

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Canva aims to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere with its user-friendly design tools and thousands of templates to choose from.




Design platform Canva recently announced its new valuation of US$3.2 billion, raising an additional US$85 million dollars from high-profile investors Mary Meeker's Bond, General Catalyst, Bessemer Venture Partners, Blackbird and Sequoia China. At the back of this announcement, the company also introduced two new ventures: Canva for Enterprise and Canva Pro Affiliate Program.

Founded by Chief Executive Officer Melanie Perkins, Chief Operating Officer Cliff Obrecht and Chief Product Officer Cameron Adams in 2013, Canva has grown to over 20 million users across 190 countries, publishing over 1.8 million designs.

“In a world that is increasingly visual, Canva solves real challenges faced by product and marketing teams across every industry. We continue to be impressed by this team and their ability to expand their product lines to meet demand and we’re delighted to invest once again,” shared Kyle Doherty, Managing Director of General Catalyst.

Early last year, the startup reached unicorn status, making it one of the fastest growing and most promising female-led tech companies in the world.



Democratizing design for Filipino enterprises

Fueled by its mission to empower the world to design, Canva expands its services to cater to the needs of large Filipino businesses with the introduction of Canva for Enterprise.

“The Philippines is fast becoming a thriving hub for businesses and we, Filipinos, love to collaborate. However, as a franchisee or a company that works with teams from different offices and geographies, collaborating and centralizing processes may be a challenge - resulting in marketing materials being off-brand.

“With Canva for Enterprise, we are enabling local businesses to ensure brand consistency throughout their teams,” said Yani Hornilla-Donato, country manager of Canva Philippines.

With Canva for Enterprise, large organizations can ensure all designs created are on brand, by facilitating collaboration with teams via a digital asset management platform, integrated workflow tools, and brand control features.

Donato adds, “With brand control, unlimited storage, and thousands of templates, we hope to empower every business in the Philippines with a simple, easy and efficient design platform.”



Canva for Enterprise is designed with integrated and customizable design tools which make it easier for businesses to create brand assets and collaborate online.




Earn while creating with Canva Pro
While Canva for Enterprise is custom-built for large teams, Canva Pro is designed to boost productivity and empower small business owners, content creators and marketers with its time-saving design features. Whether you’re a team of one or an online business owner who has just started, Canva Pro will empower you to take your business to the next level.

With the launch of the new Canva Pro Affiliate Program, Filipinos can also earn additional income with a commission of up to US$36.50 (around PHP1,800) for each Canva Pro subscriber referred.

“From business cards and social media posts, to presentations and flyers, we’re hoping that the affiliate program will help us spread the word about the power that Canva Pro can have for small businesses,” added Donato. “We hope that with Canva’s continued growth and expanded services, we are able to provide meaningful design solutions to every Filipino entrepreneur.”

For more information on Canva, visit https://www.canva.com/.



SM CITY BALIWAG’S CYBERZONE RELAUNCH ATTRACTS 160 GAMERS FOR AN ML TOURNAMENT












SM City Baliwag celebrates another milestone in providing great shopping experience, in the field of tech and gaming with the recent unveiling of Cyberzone’s newest logo, back to back with a huge ML Tournament attracting up to 160 gamers in the province.





Igniting the celebration are unique activities highlighting SM Cyberzone’s evolution throughout the years. To share the milestone among shoppers, SM City Baliwag throws an ML tournament, a popular online game among today’s generation. At least 32 teams composed of five members each competed against the battle to become the ultimate ML Masters.








As a treat to shoppers, a fun meet & greet with cosplay characters was likewise held featuring the iconic Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Iron Man among others. Mascots of different gadget brands also joined in the fun to the tune of festive sounds played by kids’ marching band to serenade throng of mallgoers.





The relaunch follows series of successful revelations slated in the province of Bulacan with Cyberzone’s latest logo intro at SM City San Jose del Monte last June 30. Prior to this, a launch at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City took place on April 26 this year.








With the revelation of SM Cyberzone’s new logo comes the commitment to stay on top in terms of providing the latest gadgets at great quality and best price points. The tech brand’s new look and innovative logo that exhibits a sleek and minimalistic approach, perfectly represents the tech brand’s seamless status as the go to place for all the tech and gaming needs to fit everyone’s lifestyle.






Experience Cyberzone’s rebirth today and get the latest deals on gadgets and all things tech at the second level of SM City Baliwag.

Vivo V17 Pro’s dual selfie camera lets users “shoot beyond limits” Shoot beyond limits with Vivo V17 Pro dual front camera, exclusive selfie apps

Friday, October 25, 2019







There was a time when taking selfies was as basic as capturing one’s close-up image, often to highlight an appearance or a spectacular scenery in the background. While selfie shooters yearned to capture more elements in their frames, they were limited mostly by the technology of the front-facing cameras at that time.



In recent years, advancements in optics technology and software development have given birth to front-facing cameras that offer better resolution and image quality, as well as AI-enhanced photography apps. These, in turn, have transformed selfie shooting, from a mere trend, to a skill, even an artform.



Today, companies like Vivo, are taking the lead in pioneering technology that enhances the smartphone experience. This includes taking selfie shooting to new and higher levels.



Just a few months after unveiling its V15 Pro with the world’s first 32MP elevating selfie camera and an AI triple rear camera, the leading global technology company has already launched V17 Pro, the second flagship smartphone in its V series of midrange smartphones.



Now, improving from its predecessor, the V17 Pro boasts of another world’s first, an exclusive pair of front cameras—a 32MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture and 8MP 105-degree super-wide-angle camera—which ensures clearer and fuller selfies, in whatever environment.



Much like the V15’s selfie optics, the V17 Pro’s dual front cameras are tucked behind the smartphone’s notch-less Super AMOLED Ultra FullView™ Display, nestled in a wide pop-up mechanism that elevates as quickly as it retracts.



With the premium smartphone’s dual elevating selfie camera, users will never need selfie sticks to capture “groufies” or the splendid panoramic view behind them. All they have to do is access the super-wide-angle camera and “shoot beyond limits”.



For nighttime selfies, the front camera gets ample support from Selfie Softlight that lights up dark images and an exclusive Super Night Selfie mode which captures and combines multiple frames into one image to make one’s face stand out, especially in low-light conditions.



There is also a “Pose Master” feature which suggest several poses to match various photo scenes and backgrounds, to make one’s selfies even more creative.

A selfie (right) using the Vivo V17 Pro’s Super Wide-Angle camera captures a fuller background, compared to a typical selfie.


Aside from its elevating dual selfie camera and AI powered and enhanced selfie apps, the V17 Pro also boasts of AI quad rear cameras—48MP main camera, 8MP super wide-angle, 2MP bokeh, and 2MP super macro camera—which can capture super macro images from a distance of just 4 cm., and super wide clear images, even in dark surroundings.

Amazing travel deals await with Traveloka’s Su-Paw Sale

Thursday, October 24, 2019


There’s no reason to miss out on the opportunity to get on a plane and travel the world with Traveloka’s biggest promo yet, the Su-Paw Sale! On October 25, Traveloka users can enjoy up to 50% discounts on flights, accommodations, and activities and attractions too.

Southeast Asia’s leading online travel platform introduces the Su-Paw Sale in line with its ongoing Petfluencer campaign, which highlights that ease of making all types of travel arrangements via Traveloka; so easy that even your favorite furry friend can do it.

On Friday, October 25, from 10:00 am onwards, Traveloka app users can browse through all destinations and travel periods and enjoy discounted flight bookings with as much as 50% off, up to a maximum of P10,000.

Meanwhile, discounts for hotels and accommodation will also be up for grabs! Users can get up to 40% off, or up to P1,500, for a minimum spend of P3,000 from 6 - 8 pm only. And then specifically for in-app use for hotels, people can enjoy up to P1,250 off their hotels bookings of three nights. Those who are looking to book for 2 nights can also avail of up to 25% off.

Complete the package by taking advantage of cut-rate offerings of Traveloka’s Xperience. First time users can avail 25% off activities and attractions with a minimum spend of P2,000, while existing users can get 20% for a minimum spend of P1,500.

These awesome discounts are available for a limited time only, so get on Traveloka and be among the lucky users to avail of these one-time promos. With Traveloka, you can fly, stay and play the easy way—with just one app to tap.

It’s not just any sale, it’s Traveloka’s Su-Paw Sale! To learn more about these amazing travel deals, download the Traveloka app from the Google Play store on Android or from the App Store on iOS today.

Delivering an eco-friendly solution: Jollibee rolls out E-bike Delivery

The Jollibee Delivery E-Bikes makes for more efficient and sustainable deliveries of your langhap-sarap favorites




Jollibee, everyone’s well-loved red bee, gives people more reasons to be joyful as it shifts to a more environmentally friendly way of delivering your favorite meals!

In partnership with ECOS Environmental Foundation, Inc. which seeks to achieve environmentally sustainable development, and together with the Department of Transportation, Jollibee is taking the lead in revolutionizing environmentally conscious transportation for delivery. The company is launching its initial fleet of E-bikes, the first road legal E-bikes in the country, in its bid to reduce its carbon footprint and impact to the environment.

“We’re extremely thrilled and proud to partner with Jollibee in this positive undertaking”, said Shinsuke Kawauchi of ECOS Environment Foundation Inc. and Environmentally Sustainable Technology Development Inc (ESTD). “With the amount of deliveries that Jollibee riders do within the day, shifting to the use of E-bikes can play a huge role in making their operations more sustainable and efficient, by reducing environmental impact thanks to zero emissions.”

Made and assembled in Japan, the Jollibee Delivery E-bikes—to be first rolled out in three branches: Jollibee Emerald Avenue (Ortigas Center, Pasig), Jollibee BGC Triangle (BGC, Taguig), and Jollibee Molino (Cavite)—are lightweight, do not need gasoline or fuel, and come equipped with E-push technology, making it easier to ride in rough terrain or even steep slopes.


In addition, when compared to traditional motorcycles, the Jollibee Delivery E-bikes have a longer motor lifespan of 15 to 20 years, a 4 to 5-year battery life, are noise-free and run with zero CO2 emissions. Thus, long-term operational costs are made cheaper, more economical, and eco-friendly.

By rolling them out in bustling CBDs, Jollibee aims to reduce emissions in an ever-crowded metropolis, playing an important role in mitigating climate change.

“We at Jollibee acknowledge the role that companies need to play in affecting positive change. We’re happy to share that we are piloting various initiatives, one of which is the use of E-bikes for Jollibee Delivery, to drive eco-friendly efforts in the country,” says Mario Malalis, Integrated Back-end Delivery Director of Jollibee National Business Channels.

After its pilot run, Jollibee plans to eventually replace its existing motorcycle fleet with the E-bikes. “Yes, it’s a small step, but a necessary one as we continue to come up with more ways to help care for our environment. We’re also looking at launching other eco-friendly initiatives in the near future,” added Malalis.

Coke Studio Season 3: WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Wednesday, October 23, 2019






For many Filipinos, home is not a place. Home is family. For the season 3 Coke Studio episode that focuses on family feels, the artists featured feel a strong and particular resonance for the idea of family.




Sarah Geronimo has often been praised for her love and devotion to her family. “I really love my family and all the sacrifices they have made for me. Whatever happens in life, wherever my career takes me, God gave me a gift that grounds me and keeps me humble, so that I know who I am,” she declares. She also adds that being invited to be part of Coke Studio Season 3 is like being invited to a family reunion of sorts. “When I used to see the Coke Studio billboard, when I would get stuck in traffic, I found it so cool, and I really thought to myself, ‘Wow, I wish that I could be a part of that.’"







This Band are Andrea Manzano (vocals), Euwie Von Loria (guitar), Miccael Galvan (bass), John Kenneth Macaranas (drums), Melvin Carson (keyboard) and Reymart Gubat (lead guitar). They consider themselves as a family, since they all grew up near each other. They started their career jamming in the food parks around their neighborhood. They also consider Sarah part of their extended showbiz family because of their management group. Euwie says, “But at first, we couldn’t believe that this early in our career, we could be working with her. It’s as if our career will be fast-tracked, things are going beyond what we imagined.”




Andrea adds, “And we’re so happy that we get to remake her song, because her music is really part of the soundtrack of our lives."






And just like in a real family, Sarah feels like an older sister, and she can pass on some wisdom to her young colleagues. Sarah reminisces, “When I was starting out, what was important, yung maging plakado. But now, the young ones, they’re so free. And that’s great because what really matters with any performance, is that you put your heart into it. So I would just remind them to always put your all into a performance.”




Watch how Sarah Geronimo and This Band collaborate for Coke Studio Season 3. Catch them this coming October 26, at 10:00 a.m. on ABS-CBN or online at www.youtube.com/CokeStudioPH .









Artists volunteer to paint Manila North Cemetery wall for Undas


This is one of the many projects of Davies Paints Philippines, Inc. in transforming communities one color at a time in the coming months. (From L-R) Councilor Apple Nieto; Engr. Jojie Quintos; Vice President for Business Development, Davies Paints; Albert Gan Lee Executive Vice President, Davies Paints; Congressman Yul Servo Nieto; Ferdie Montemayor, Head Artist; Japs Antido, Head Artist, and Jo Ann Viriña , Marketing Communications Manager, Davies Paints.


Over 300 artists painted a mural of flowers on the Manila North Cemetery wall in time for Undas. 



Those visiting their departed loved ones at the Manila North Cemetery this coming Undas are in for a colorful surprise. As they pass by the cemetery’s wall along A. Bonifacio Ave., they’ll find the wall decorated with a mural of flowers from all over the Philippines.

Over 300 artists from different provinces such as Ilocos Sur, Tarlac, Bulacan and Rizal, volunteered to come together and paint this mural. Acclaimed artist Ferdie Montemayor spearheaded in organizing the volunteers, together with other artists from the Pinto Art Museum.




Artists unite to transform Manila back to its glory days. (From L-R) Francis Go, One of the Board of Trustees of Pinto Art Museum; award-winning artists Ferdie Montemayor, Demet Dela Cuz and Japs Antido, lead artist organizers for the event. 



One of them is Demetrio “Demet” Dela Cruz, an award-winning artist who also grew up in Manila made the initial sketch together with fellow distinguished artist John Paul “Japs” Antido.

Dubbed “Flores Para Los Muertos (Flowers For The Departed),” the project is a collaboration between the Pinto Art Museum, Office of Mayor Isko Moreno, Office of Congressman Yul Servo Nieto, and Davies Paints Philippines, Inc.

“The idea is a bouquet,” Dela Cruz says. “The essence is unity; to produce an arrangement of native Filipino flowers as a non-political offering to Manila and to the departed who rest in the cemetery.”

"We offer flowers to the dead all the time as a way of paying homage to our loved ones,” Dr. Joven Cuanang, the founder of Pinto Art Museum says. “As we are nearing All Saints Day, this is also a celebration to our cherished tradition.”







More than 300 volunteers helped in beautifying Manila on a Sunday. 






The event was like a gathering of friends and family on a Sunday, doing what they love together. Another award-winning artist, Jim Orencio, says when Dr. Cuanang told them about the project, they happily volunteered. With him were his children who are also artists, Shannah and Rex, who were assigned their own parts of the mural.

The over 300-strong volunteers managed to paint the whole mural in just 10 hours.

Manila 3rd District Representative John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto, was present at the event. “Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa kanila, (I’m very grateful to them)” he says about the artists. The actor-turned-congressman, shares how he hopes the mural will make art more accessible and contribute to the transformation of Manila.

“Ang sining hindi lamang para sa mayaman, kundi para sa lahat, (Art is not just for the rich. It is for everyone.)” Nieto says.




































John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto, Manila’s 3rd District Representative, is ecstatic to be part of this initiative as a way of reviving Manila’s charm.




In 2018, the Manila North Cemetery saw 1.5 million visitors on Undas. This year, visitors to the country’s oldest and largest cemetery will find a 500-meter mural along its eastern wall. “This is really something special for us because of the cemetery’s historic roots and because the event brought together over 300 volunteers who were able to finish this vibrant monument in 10 hours,” Davies Paints Marketing Communications Manager Jo Ann Viriña says.

This isn’t the first time Davies Paints has contributed to beautifying a locale.

In 2016, they collaborated with the Tourism Department in the Cordillera Autonomous Region and with Tam-awan artists who painted 200 houses for the colorful Stonehill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap (STOBOSA) Hillside Homes Artwork in La Trinidad, Benguet.

They have contributed to beautifying many parts of the country since. Their most recent prior to this was earlier in 2019, when they collaborated with Mandaluyong City government and with artist group Ang Gerilya to paint pillars along Shaw Boulevard with murals depicting the city’s folklore.

Davies Paints hopes it can continue contributing to the beautification of more localities. “We want to transform communities through colors,” Viriña says.


Lamudi's Philippine Real Estate Conference 2019: Shaping the Future of Real Estate

Tuesday, October 22, 2019









On October 17, 2019, Lamudi successfully held The Outlook Real Estate Conference 2019 at the Makati Shangri-La, bringing together industry thought leaders from all over the country to talk about the hot topics in the Philippine real estate sector.

The Outlook: Philippine Real Estate Conference 2019, with co-presenters Philippine Daily Inquirer Property and Holcim Philippines, provided an avenue for insightful discussion spanning a wide range of topics from sustainability to alternative ways of investing in real estate.

The major sponsors for the event are the International Workplace Group and SMDC, and the official TV partner is Cignal TV. The Outlook Conference has also teamed up with event partner Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), and media partners Philippine Daily Inquirer Property, Business Mirror, Business World, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Standard, and Philippine Star.
The Role of Developers in Making the Philippines More Sustainable




The Outlook Conference started strong with its first track, “Taking Sustainable Action: Addressing Climate Change Through Real Estate,” where moderator Cathy Saldaña, Managing Director of PDP Architects, steered the conversation into a topic dear to her heart. The panel revealed that though different companies are already pioneering efforts to use solar energy, waste management, and water recycling to be more sustainable, there is a need to adopt a more global, top-down approach to initiate change that will last.

The panelists for this track were Cecilia Domingo, Vice-President and Head of Meralco; Gian Carlo Valerio, Chief Executive Officer of Solana Land; Ram Maganti, SVP for Marketing and Innovations of Holcim Philippines Inc.; and Gay Santos, a financial inclusion specialist/advocate.

The Philippines is blessed with sun and rain, Saldaña noted, both of which can be harnessed as sources of energy. Maganti also mentioned the scarcity of fresh water, prompting the company to use recycled water as part of their sustainability efforts. Domingo talked about the residential and commercial efforts started by Meralco and its subsidiaries, from solar panels to e-sakay as an initiative. According to Domingo, the Meralco compound has already banned single-use plastic, and are active in tree-planting initiatives for carbon reduction.
Real Estate Marketing for a Younger Market




The second track, “New-Age Customer Experience: Transforming Real Estate Marketing in the Age of Disruption,” moderated by Deborah Ong, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Lamudi, explored the role of disruption in shaping a new breed of real estate clients along with strategies that should be adapted to thrive in this new consumer environment. The panel discussed the “end” of the mall to give way to online shopping, and how this prediction years ago failed to take into account the adaptability of Filipinos to change. What could have ended an industry sparked disruption, giving rise to the changes in the way people do business and how consumers consume.

The panelists for this track were Thomas Mirasol, General Manager of Federal Land; Marco Antonio, President & CEO of Century Properties; Tek Samaniego, Property Editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer Property; Jose Soberano III, CEO of Cebu Landmasters; and Eugene Lozano, First Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Megaworld Corporation.

Lozano, who has witnessed the transition from traditional to digital marketing, said there is now a focus on Google Analytics. To successfully implement these changes, Lozano mentioned the importance of informing key people in the team. “We’ve been very busy re-training, providing lectures and materials to different key people just to keep up with the digital transformation of marketing strategies nowadays.”

“The consumer today is more demanding,” Ong noted.

“And they really want to get their money’s worth,” Samaniego added.
Uncovering New Real Estate Sales Strategies




“Fresh Perspectives: Mapping Evolving Real Estate Sales” was moderated by Bhavna Suresh, Chief Executive Officer of Lamudi. The third track leaned towards preparing the sales team for new business models, strategies, and practices that improve how real estate is offered to customers. The panelists mentioned the importance of likability and trustworthiness, the human touch, malasakit, and thinking beyond after-sales.

The panelists were David Rafael, President & CEO of Aboitiz Land; Beth Ventura, President of Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.; Ricardo Lagdameo, First Vice President of Damosa Land; and

Raphael Felix, President of Phinma Properties Inc. and Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA).

Rafael admitted to wondering about the future of real estate. “Will we ever reach a point where people would buy property the way they buy food from Foodpanda or they buy a shirt from Lazada?”

Upon pondering, however, Rafael has come up with an answer: “At the end of the day, the human person buying property will really still need to talk to a human person.”
Startups and Their Exploration of the Sharing Economy




“Paradigm Shifts: Exploring the Sharing Economy in Philippine Real Estate” explored the changing Philippine conditions and the rise of startups that have led to the growth of the sharing economy. Eric Manuel, of Arch Capital Management, moderated the track, which discussed the commute as a major pain point for residents who eventually decide to move to co-living spaces. The very young population of the Philippines wants to be measured by their performance, not their timesheet. Co-working spaces, on the other hand, allow young professionals to expand their network.

The track’s panelists were Jelmer Ikink, Group Director of MyTown; Nick Padilla, Co-founder, CEO & Space Captain of Kahon.ph; Paul Rivera, Co-Founder & CEO of Kalibrr; and Lars Wittig, Country Manager Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, S. Korea for International Workplace Group.

Shared spaces answer the tenants’ need to escape the commute. Ikink further noted that the future of work, especially its definition, will change over time and to address this, they are working towards a zero-commute lifestyle. This means working, living, and all amenities will be in the same space.
Choosing Investments: From POGO to Property






“Changing Face: Uncovering Alternative Ways to Invest in Real Estate” zeroed in on the drivers of investor demand, the new investment opportunities available in the market, and how the market can tap into these to encourage a robust real estate economy. The moderator, Cignal TV’s news anchor Danie Laurel, asked about the viability and sustainability of POGO as an investment. Panelists also recommend diversifying as a smart way to invest.

The fifth and final track’s panelists were Richard Raymundo, Managing Director of Colliers; Mikko Barranda, Associate Director of Leechiu Property Consultants Inc.; Iluminada Sicat, Assistant Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; and Noel Rapadas, Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer of Torre Lorenzo.

Sicat presented an interesting fact that will help guide investors in diversifying their portfolio: “We did an assessment of the impact of POGOs on the price of our residences. There was a sudden increase in the price of rent, but if you look at the net contribution of POGOs, it’s not that big, actually.”

Raymundo also noted that if POGOs did not come, “the rents would have corrected anyway.”

Rapadas mentioned that there is still a long way to go for these kinds of investments to be sustainable. He urged investors to look at what drives prices up, and suggested following a fixed plan to see growth. Rapadas also said that despite the increase in the prices of real estate, the Philippines is still relatively cheap compared to other places for investment in Asia.
Projects Shaping the Filipino Community

Keynote speaker Vince Dizon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), shared the plans for New Clark City as part of the Build, Build, Build program. New Clark City is planned to be the Philippines’ first smart, green, and resilient metropolis.

The Outlook Real Estate Conference also gave a platform to Virlanie Foundation, a private, non-profit and non-sectarian organization reaching out to marginalized children and communities in the Philippines. Lamudi and Virlanie launched a partnership program, Cherish-A-Home Fundraising, to help the disadvantaged, abused, neglected, and abandoned children through in-kind and cash donations that will improve their quality of life in any of the foundation’s eight homes.


The Outlook Conference: Future Forward
Lamudi’s The Outlook: Philippine Real Estate Conference 2019 gathered real estate thought leaders to share their insights on the pressing topics facing Philippine real estate today. The event leads up to Lamudi’s Outlook Awards: The Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards scheduled on November 14, 2019, at the Makati Shangri-La, where property developers from all over the Philippines gather to celebrate the outstanding achievements that shaped the country and steered it to a greener future.

The winners of the awards are determined by a panel of judges and a survey involving 10,000 active property seekers.

To know more about The Outlook Awards 2019, head to lamudi.com.ph/outlook2019.

SENIORS SHOW OFF HARMONY DURING CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT SM CITY SAN JOSE DEL MONTE

Monday, October 21, 2019

The most harmonious group, ‘Yakal Senior Citizens’ sing their hearts out, and recognized as winners of “Paskong Walang Kupas” senior’s day at SM City San Jose del Monte. 




Senior Citizens of San Jose del Monte City entertained their fellows, family, friends, as well as mall goers during their recent gathering in SM City San Jose del Monte.




More than 650 members of the city’s senior citizens community came to the event dubbed as “Paskong Walang Kupas” highlighted by a Christmas caroling competition. Ten groups with eight to ten members each actively performed different classic Christmas songs such as “Oh Holy Night” and “Pasko Nanaman.”



Senior Citizens of ‘Narra Evergreen’ showcase their talent in singing wearing their colorful and patriotic outfit during the “Paskong Walang Kupas” event at SM City San Jose del Monte. 






It is truly a friendly competition, but all participants were in a full package and dressed up in colorful costumes. Some groups brought their own instruments like organ, electric and acoustic guitars, others were even supported by their own choral conductors.






Ms. Jhaonalyn Gatdula, the new Assistant Mall Manager of SM City San Jose del Monte was amazed by how the senior citizens in the city are very active and harmoniously socializing with each other. “Christmas is truly for everyone. I enjoyed the nostalgic feeling brought by the classic Christmas songs sung by our senior citizens, and the happiness on their faces while singing were very contagious” she said.





A simple yet notable all-men group, ‘Harmony Hills’ serenade the audience with their calm, deep voice during the “Paskong Walang Kupas” senior citizen’s gathering at SM City San Jose del Monte.











Even though last to perform, the ‘Yakal Senior Citizens’ recognized as the winner. Wearing a simple yet choir-like costume, the group had the most harmonious performance. The seniors of ‘Narra Evergreen’ placed second, and seniors from ‘Poblacion 1’ placed third.






Moreover, the all men group ‘Harmony Hills’ was also notable because of their serenade style-like performance. Wearing the modest yellow shirts, they got the audience’s attention with their deep and calm voice together with their guitars, as if they are just having an after-work gathering.

Together with the new Assistance Mall Manager of SM City San Jose del Monte, Ms. Jhoanalyn Gatdula (in the middle), the ‘Yakal Senior Citizens’ recognized as the winner of the recent of “Paskong Walang Kupas” event of senior citizens gathering.











The ‘Senior’s 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 and healthy.






It is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas as SM Supermalls in San Jose del Monte, Marilao, Baliwag and Pulilan really began the countdown with gift-giving activity through Bears of Joy project, Mr. and Mrs. Santa meet and greet, and the grand launch of newest Christmas jingle “SM Mallidays.”

RAWR Awards 2019 is on, voting is set till November 2!






The yearly RAWR Awards is back! The online-driven and fans-empowered award body is the brainchild of LionHearTV.net.

Its fifth edition and voting are all-set to conclude on November 2.

This year, in commemoration of the site’s 11th anniversary, RAWR Awards has 23 awards up for grabs. The awards are under three classifications–Cub Awards, Lion Awards, and the Pride Awards, respectively.

For Cub, the following awards are Beshie ng Taon, Bibo, Favorite Bida, Favorite Kontrabida, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Movie ng Taon, Newbie of the Year, and Bet na Bet na Teleserye.

To vote, visit this link: https://www.lionheartv.net/rawrawards2019/rawrawards2019-cub/

Lion Awards have these following categories: Actor of the Year, Actress of the Year, Pak na Pak na Comedian, Influencer of the Year, Female News Personality, Male News Personality, Love Team of the Year, Favorite Performer, Radio DJ of the Year, and TV Host of the Year.

To vote, visit this link: https://www.lionheartv.net/rawrawards2019/rawrawards2019-pride/


Lastly, Pride Awards consist of Fan Club of the Year, Favorite Group, Radio Station of the Year, and TV Station of the Year.

To vote, visit this link: https://www.lionheartv.net/rawrawards2019/rawrawards2019-lion/

Celebrities like Dimples Romana of Kadenang Ginto TV series fame, Maymay Entrata, Alden Richards, the tandem of Rita Daniela and Ken Chan, Dingdong Dantes, Charo Santos-Concio, Kathryn Bernardo, KathNiel love team, Angel Locsin, and late Regina Paz ‘Gina’ La’O López are set to receive special awards as well.

LionhearTV’s RAWR Awards honor and recognize the Best and the Brightest in the Philippine Entertainment industry every year.

Score up to 50% off on Coffee Machines and Accessories!





In time for the holiday season, coffee solutions company Henry and Sons, together with its servicing arm Manila Coffee Gear, is having a Clearance Sale from October 25 to 27, 2019.

Coffee enthusiasts and café owners can get huge discounts for up to 50% off on select items. This limited-time promo includes coffee machines, grinders, steaming pitchers, coffee drippers, and more for home and commercial use. Doors will open from 8AM until 5PM and items on sale will be on display at the Institute for Coffee Excellence located at Sheridan corner Pines St., Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City.

Products of Henry and Sons and Manila Coffee Gear are available for purchase on regular days at their showroom located beside the Institute. For more information about the Clearance Sale, visit www.facebook.com/henryandsonsph or contact Edu Baltazar at 0917.630.4474.

SM CITY BALIWAG WELCOMES UPDATED STORE AND MUST TRY DESSERTS

Friday, October 18, 2019


A sweet yet healthy frozen delight awaits at Fairy Yogurt now open at the ground level of SM City Baliwag. (Photo by Facebook.com /Fairy Yogurt)






With just a few months before the much-awaited Yuletide season, SM City Baliwag gives shoppers many reasons to create moments at the mall- one of these is the exciting food concepts, updated store for an elevated dining experience.

Bulakenyos will look forward to a better pizza experience as Greenwich opens its revamped store at the ground level of SM City Baliwag. Known to bring only the real and fresh dining experience, Wendy’s welcome everyone into their store’s modern look perfect for group of family and friends. More so, the contemporary interiors creates an enticing ambience that adds joy to the much-anticipated menus the store has to offer.


Look forward to a best pizza feast as Greenwich opens its fresh and updated look at the ground level of SM City Baliwag. 



Lovers of all things sweet may rejoice as SM City Baliwag welcomes dessert treats Yumto Float and Fairy Yogurt.

Satisfy your mango dreams with Yumto Float. Compliment your meal with overly delightful taste of this new store’s sweet flavors- Mango and Graham, Mango and Fruit Salad, Mango and Cheese, Mango and Leche Flan, and Mango Slush. All of these are served with fresh carabao’s milk for a taste you cannot afford to miss.

The mango craze never stops at SM City Baliwag’s Yumto Float. Indulge at this new store’s sweet flavors- Mango and Graham, Mango and Fruit Salad, Mango and Cheese, Mango and Leche Flan, and Mango Slush.






Fancy foodies are up to a sweet and Instagram worthy dessert with Fairy Yogurt. A healthy alternative to the classic frozen favorites, Fairy Yogurt is served with high quality yogurt with the right amount of taste everyone will love. Create your own magical Fairy Yogurt dessert that comes in different sizes- as little as pixie, medium or dwarf, and large called as fairy queen. There also comes titania size yogurt that lets you play with your imagination by letting you add three toppings of your choice. Add-ons include fruits, cereals and syrup.

Explore and dig in at these new and exciting flavors at SM City Baliwag’s ground level. For more updates, follow SM City Baliwag at Facebook and Instagram.