Friday, July 29, 2022

Packed with rousing anthems that resonate on a universal level, the modern pop classic offers an expansive listening journey

The seventh studio album from Beyoncé is available worldwide, today, July 29, on all major streaming platforms. From her own label Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records, RENAISSANCE arrives six years after the globally lauded LEMONADE was released in 2016 as a complete surprise.

The originator of the visual album format, and the preeminent visual artist, decided to lead without visuals giving fans the opportunity to be limitless in their expansive listening journey. It is a chance again to be listeners and not viewers, while taking in every gem of the pristine production. While “Break My Soul,” the first single, arrived with a minimal lyric video, the release of RENAISSANCE sans visuals is another culture-shifting move from the artist who has defined an era with reinvention.

RENAISSANCE has been the most anticipated album of the year as Beyoncé shifted gears and notified her fans of new music on June 15 through an update in her bio on her social handles, “act i RENAISSANCE July 29.” She continued the unconventional rollout with the release of the album’s first single, “Break My Soul,” which arrived at Midnight on the summer solstice. Instantly addicting with a pulsating beat, with lyrics that urge listeners to claim joy and to “release the wiggle.” The single, a worldwide hit, has been called the song of the summer and an anthem for this generation.

Packed with rousing anthems that resonate with everybody, RENAISSANCE is a culmination of freedom and escape that encourages unimaginable jubilation, agency, and movement with abandon. The singular intent of RENAISSANCE, a reinvention of four on the floor, is to showcase music that stirs you from the soul and encourages your dancing feet. It is a celebration of a club era when anyone who felt like an outsider sought each other and formed a community of freedom-seekers to express themselves creatively through the rhythm, which we still celebrate today. Welcome to CLUB RENAISSANCE.

The magic of RENAISSANCE is also in Beyoncé’s soaring vocals, rich, soulful, at times vulnerable and laden with passion and purpose in what could only be described as “SANGING.” And it expands over memorable lyrics that are bold, heartened, urgent and categorically timely.

While the visuals are scheduled for a later date, the album comes with a robust menu of formats giving music fans and collectors plenty to choose. The music store on Beyoncé’s website offers album merch and multiple configurations of RENAISSANCE, listing a CD, digital album, a limited-edition vinyl, launch with a bit of her signature mystery, that is now sold out, and four box sets, Pose 1 to 4, which include a t-shirt and CD in a special box, also all sold out, before fans were given the descriptions of the content. The breakout single, “Break My Soul,” comes as a digital single and is also available in a capella and instrumental versions.

With the album release also comes a deluxe vinyl. It includes two black vinyl LPs, a 36-page booklet, and a folded collectable (24”x 36”) poster. The full shopping experience is here.

Beyoncé recorded the album over the course of the pandemic, almost three years in the works, and states that the stillness of that time allowed her to tap into her most creative self.

“Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world,” says Beyoncé. “It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration.”

With a squad of prolific collaborators, including The-Dream, Nile Rodgers, NOVA, NO ID, Raphael Saadiq, Mike Dean, Honey Dijon, Chris Penny, Luke Solomon, Skrillex, Beam, Big Freedia, Grace Jones and Tems, Beyoncé set out “to reinvent music again,” as described by The Times of London.

RENAISSANCE: A revival of or renewed interest in something. Let the renaissance begin.


                1.            I’M THAT GIRL

                2.            COZY

                3.            ALIEN SUPERSTAR

                4.            CUFF IT

                5.            ENERGY (FEAT. BEAM)

                6.            BREAK MY SOUL

                7.            CHURCH GIRL

                8.            PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA

                9.            VIRGO’S GROOVE

                10.          MOVE (FEAT. GRACE JONES, TEMS)

                11.          HEATED

                12.          THIQUE

                13.          ALL UP IN YOUR MIND

                14.          AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM

                15.          PURE/HONEY

                16.          SUMMER RENAISSANCE




Filipina singer-songwriter Bea Lorenzo teams up with Singapore-based artist Benjamin Kheng for the second time with the release of “Panandalian,” a Tagalog rendition of their initial collab track “Good For A Time.” The folk-pop track is also accompanied by the original and an acoustic English version in this bundle.

“Good For A Time,” previously released in March 2022, has nearly 2 million streams to date and growing.

With lyrics translated by Jarlo Bâse, “Panandalian,” meaning ‘momentary’ in Tagalog, breathes new life to its English counterpart and comes with a lyric video featuring the same dreamy visuals that accentuate the bittersweet transience of a relationship.

Kheng adds, “being separated by miles due to the pandemic gave an added depth to the reality of the song. The song’s story felt like it could live in any world or language, and singing it in Tagalog gave it such a deeper sense of longing.”

Filipino singer-songwriter Bea Lorenzo, best known for her prowess with the kalimba, was brought on as a feature to turn the song into a duet, highlighting the shared experience of heartbreak. Lorenzo describes the song as the seconds of silence between two people facing the realization of no longer being good for each other.

“Panandalian takes that brief moment and stretches it into a bittersweet 2-and-a-half minutes, painting a picture of young love and the peace that can come with letting go,” Lorenzo reminisces.

Benjamin Kheng will be visiting Manila in early August 2022.

Panandalian” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.

Billboard charting global K-Pop group, ATEEZ, is ready to make waves once again with the arrival of their new EP ‘THE WORLD EP.1 : MOVEMENT’. Following a successful arena tour across U.S. Europe and Japan in 11 cities with a total of 180,000 audiences combined, ATEEZ begins their newest chapter of their ‘THE WORLD’ series. Known for the delivery of their narrative in both their music and visual components, ATEEZ’s ‘THE WORLD EP.1 : MOVEMENT’ revolves around the theme of breaking free from dystopian society that suppresses emotions by awakening people’s passion with their music and movement.


‘THE WORLD EP.1 : MOVEMENT’ is composed of 7 tracks, featuring their lead track “Guerrilla.” Each track serves as a reflection of ATEEZ’s narrative of creating movement of change against the dystopian world.

ATEEZ members, HONG JOONG and MIN GI, have co-written the lyrics for 6 out of 7 tracks, including “Sector 1”, “Cyberpunk”, “Guerrilla”, “The Ring”, “WDIG (Where Do I Go)” and “New World.” The lead track “Guerrilla” is accompanied by a music video, where its preview version garnered over 1.7M views on YouTube alone ahead of their EP release.

The 8-membered K-Pop superstar group has been demonstrating their exponential growth and reach, as they have not only charted on Billboard 200 with each release since ‘ZERO : FEVER Part.3’, but also taking the stage at bigger venues since their last tour.



  2. Sector 1
  3. Cyberpunk
  4. Guerrilla
  5. The Ring
  6. WDIG (Where Do I Go)
  7. New World

Enjoy the July 30 Payday Sale with great offers from your favorite electronics and cosmetic products, 10% off vouchers, free delivery with no minimum spend, and 100% bills cashback!

MANILA, JULY 29, 2022 – Who doesn’t love payday weekends? Aside from having the time to relax and unwind, our replenished bank accounts allow us to reward ourselves. This July 30, Shopee is giving its users an extra special treat with up to 50% off on bestselling electronics and beauty products, 10% off vouchers, free shipping with 0 min. spend, and 100% bills cashback!

Be sure to go to Shopee this July 30 to catch exciting deals from leading brands when you watch the Shopee Budol Live: Grand Electronics Sale. Even more, you can also level up your skincare regimen with sweet deals on Shopee Beauty’s wide selection of beauty and skincare items. For more details, here’s what you can expect during Shopee’s July 30 Payday Sale:

Catch Joyce Pring and Show Suzuki give out irresistible deals at the Shopee Budol Live: Grand Electronics Sale

Need advice before buying something? Catch host and content creator Joyce Pring and radio DJ Show Suzuki as they showcase must-have tech and home appliance products on Shopee Budol Live this July 30. From 11 AM to 2 PM, watch as Joyce share tips on how to spruce up your home and tries out trending appliances from Gaabor, Deerma, and Han River. Stay tuned in as Show demos the newest mobile phones and gadgets from OPPO, Logitech, and Bavin so you’re more informed before you make that upgrade. Check out during the stream to enjoy more rewards like deals up to 50% off, discount vouchers, and up to 10,000 Shopee coins.

Pamper yourself with exclusive offers from these Shopee Beauty Luxe brands

Beauty and skincare lovers rejoice– Shopee Beauty has sweet deals and discounts just for you! Enjoy savings up to 50%, exclusive bundles and discounts as you level up your beauty regimen with the following brands: 

  • Up to 33% off on sleeping masks and expert hydration products from Laneige
  • Up to 50% off on bestselling Japanese eye makeup and skincare from Beautybox
  • Up to 30% off on BaByliss, the brand for reliable hair styling dryers, curlers and trimmers
  • Up to 20% off on crowd-favorite sunscreens from Anessa
  • Even more special offers and exclusive bundles from Innisfree, Sasa, NUXE, Philips and Cetaphil

Check out these deals and more by visiting Shopee Beauty.

Get bigger rewards when you shop with ShopeePay

Take your pick and add to cart this payday. But first, register on this site, verify your ShopeePay wallet, and send money for the first time on July 30 or 31 to receive free ₱500. Replenish your budol fund this payday by cashing in at least ₱1,000 via InstaPay to get ₱50 cashback. Surprise your friends with Ang Pao which they can use to pay for their Shopee finds, bills, load, or other transactions—send money to 100 friends and get ₱300 cashback. If you’re a first time Ang Pao user, you get a bigger cashback of ₱500! Watch out for the 8.8 ShopeePay Festival for a chance to win up to 1M by sending money. For updates, visit ShopeePay’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Visit the July 30 Payday Sale to learn more.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Have you formed the habit of viewing hours and hours of live vendor streams? You are not alone in this!

Pinoys have quickly come to embrace live streaming as an entertaining way to shop. It allows them to view products up close and interact with their favorite sellers in real-time. This makes the “mining” concept grow more popular among Filipino millennials and Gen Zs, where you buy products by commenting “mine” during streams.

With the Shopee Live Sulit Sale, livestream shoppers are in for a treat. Unli “mine” all day, every Friday, and enjoy exclusive deals up to 50%, free shipping with no minimum spend, and 15% off vouchers from your favorite live sellers.

Shopee users also get a chance to win cash prizes up to ₱5,000 every Friday when they watch and buy during the Shopee Live Sulit Sale . Just click on any livestream under the “Up to 50% off” tab and check out any item from participating sellers in order to earn raffle entries.

To get the most out of your livestream shopping experience, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you tune in to the Shopee Live Sulit Sale every Friday:

1. Visit Shopee Live at different times of the day.

Thousands of sellers go on Shopee Live to sell a wide assortment of products that suit your every need. Starting 10 AM every Friday, you’ll be able to find the perfect seller that can offer the best deals on anything you’re looking for. At the Shopee Live Sulit Sale, log in every hour to catch sellers who offer trending fashion accessories that can spice up your wardrobe, hottest electronic gadgets for your tech hobby or home essentials to make your living space even better. Whatever item you’re looking for, you’ll definitely find a seller for you!

2. Be part of the live community.

Watching a live selling is a unique experience that brings people closer to one another. Most viewers would feel like they’re part of a community when they get to interact with live sellers and viewers who share similar interests. With the Shopee Live Sulit Sale, you’ll feel like you’re among friends when you chat, comment and share ideas with people who are interested in the same things as you. If you’re lucky, you might just find yourself in a watch party with new buddies during the next Shopee Live Sulit Sale!

3. Get more out of your live shopping experience.

The best thing about live selling is the unbelievable bargains you get. With the Shopee Live Sulit Sale, we’re taking things to another level by offering flash deals, exclusive voucher drops, and rewards to make your live shopping experience even more sulit. To add to the excitement, the more you buy items at great deals, the more chances you have to win ₱5,000 cash every week!

Make sure to remember all these tips when you tune in to the Shopee Live Sulit Sale every Friday. Just visit the “Live” page on the Shopee app to start your livestream shopping experience!

The Filipino school system has been the same for 100 years, with children boxed into traditional classrooms and rigid class schedules. But as we’ve observed since the beginning of the pandemic, learning does not have to be restricted to the boundaries of a classroom.

Each child is unique. They differ in how much time they need to learn something, what sparks their interest, and what tools and resources work best for them. So why pigeonhole all students into one outdated learning setup? For many children, flexibility is key to helping them reach their full potential. This is exactly what APEC Schools’ SmartClass offers. An innovative e-homeschooling program, SmartClass is designed for independent, curiosity-driven learners.

Limitless learning

While the traditional setup might work for some, many students today require more breathing room to grow. As a home e-schooling program, SmartClass allows the Filipino child to learn from the comforts of their homes.

Whether they want to breeze through a lesson or to slow down for more in-depth understanding, students can go at their own pace. This way, they no longer have to adjust to their classmates’ learning needs, ensuring that they completely understand the lesson.

Instead of revolving around grades and tests, SmartClass focuses on honing problem-solving skills. Independent learners are tasked to conduct research and work on case studies across two or more subjects. This way, SmartClass students are empowered to take control of their education and develop critical thinking and creativity.

A solid support system

Aside from improving the traditional homeschooling paradigm, SmartClass also lets parents be more involved in their child’s education. Unlike most traditional homeschooling curricula where the parent is the child’s primary and only educator, SmartClass parents receive support from professional teachers, coaches, and coordinators through one-on-one consultations.

Such a support system ensures that the student is on track and that they’re inspired to learn, so parents can rest assured that they’re giving their child quality education. In fact, SmartClass has the seal of approval from Ayala Corporation and the Yuchengco Group — two formidable conglomerates that partnered to create APEC in line with their commitment to nation-building through affordable but quality education.

An adaptive, future-ready curriculum

With the advent of technological tools, children now have more access to resources that previous generations could not even imagine. Embracing the ever-changing digital world, SmartClass is an innovative learning system that’s built for the future.

As the Filipino child’s educational needs change, so too should the learning systems adapt and evolve. With SmartClass’s flexible learning, the next generation will be empowered to take control of tomorrow.

To learn more about how SmartClass can enable your child to learn without limits, watch this video.

Parents determined to enable their children’s success with adaptive learning institutions may reach APEC Schools at, email, or contact (02) 7720 2620.


We may not notice, but most of life’s little wins or challenges are spent over a cup of coffee.

While some people find coffee as a usual drink to jump start their day, keep them awake or release their happy hormones, some also find coffee a love language among people.

Inviting friends or family to drink coffee at a favorite place or at the mall, is as simple as telling them how much you enjoy their company. More than its health benefits, time spent over coffee is a unique way people get connected.

As such, SM malls in Pulilan, Marilao and Baliwag invite shoppers to slow down and ‘Reconnect over Coffee’.

Experience ‘coffee at a park’ vibe while inside the mall, and choose among top coffee brands along with some of Bulacan’s popular pastries at the aesthetic Coffee Fest located at the Mall Atrium of SM Center Pulilan and SM City Marilao as well as the ground level of SM City Baliwag.

Exhibit runs until July 31.

After holding its first two editions purely online, ASEAN Music Showcase Festival (AMS) goes physical with its first in-person showcase happening on September 10-11, 2022 (Saturday and Sunday) in Haw Par Villa, an 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park located in the bustling city of Singapore.

Singapore, with its excellent infrastructure, government support and being a global air hub – is the perfect sandbox to host the two-day physical event. “Haw Par Villa was chosen for its culturally unique setting and significance within the region, and the events of the festival will take place throughout the park amidst its sculptures and dioramas, making this music showcase festival unabashedly ASEAN,” says AMS co-founder and Director of Singapore-based music consultancy Steady State Records, David Siow. The park also shares the values of AMS in bringing together diverse communities and celebrating their diversity through a common platform, adding another dimension to holding the inaugural physical edition at Haw Par Villa.

With loosening Covid-19 restrictions around the world to make way for economic activities such as music shows and concerts, AMS is committed to deliver collaborative, up-to-date insights about the global music industry and its impact in the region. The first physical edition of AMS will feature and attract networking opportunities with notable international talent buyers.

“Since its inception, the ASEAN Music Showcase Festival was initiated to help regional artists stay connected with their local fans, gain new international fans and connect with music professionals from all over the world via online platforms to prepare for touring and performing live again after the pandemic subsides,” AMS co-founder and Director of Educational, Governmental, and Overseas Partnership of Bangkok-based music company Fungjai, Piyapong ‘Py’ Muenprasertdee shares in a statement. “As the world is now moving towards opening up, the most logical next step is to organize a physical event as we believe that stronger connections both emotionally and professionally can be forged when people meet in the flesh.”

This year, AMS is expected to introduce 30+ regional and international artists on 3 stages of the two-day showcase. “For this year, we shall be broadcasting live video streams of the live performances in Singapore,” says Piyapong ‘Py’ Muenprasertdee. “So, wherever you are in the world, you’ll be able to enjoy the music performances online at the same time as someone attending the event.”

Southeast Asia’s premier collaborative showcase festival is also set to fly-in 40 international delegates to participate in the music networking and live event.

AMS is co-organized by Fungjai, NYLON Thailand, and Bangkok Music City from Thailand; Steady State Records from Singapore; SRM from Indonesia; City Roars Festival from Malaysia; The Rest Is Noise PH from the Philippines; Baramey Production from Cambodia; and Monsoon Music Festival and Swan Zoo from Vietnam.

AMS is proudly supported by the National Arts Council, Taiwan ASEAN Music Action (TAMA) – supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, with Haw Par Villa – managed by Journeys Pte Ltd as venue sponsors, and TuneCore as general sponsor.

Blind Bird tickets are available for a limited time only. Purchase it here:

For more information about the third edition of ASEAN Music Showcase Festival, visit the official website (

MANILA, Philippines - Last July 23rd at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre during the National Finals of Red Bull Dance Your Style, the Filipino dancing community witnessed an incredible show of moves and passion with every duel between the country's greatest dancers. Out of the Top 16 dancers, Mickey Yatar came out on top and will represent the Philippines at the World Finals.

Living up to the hype, each and every one of the 16 competitors left it all on the dance floor during the National Finals. In the end, Mickey Yatar and Carlos “Taz” Naval Jr. were the two dancers left standing. Following two intense rounds of pure skill and adaptability, Yatar won the hearts of the crowd and was crowned the champion and the representative of the Philippines.

When asked about his plans heading into the World Finals, Yatar stated, “Top of my head is consulting the Top 16 (RB DYS Finalists). They all have great ideas because some of them are my teachers and closest friends. I want to consult and gather more tips from them for my preparation.” He then expressed the intent of training more physically and dove into the importance of the body’s adaptation to new environments, such as South Africa’s climate, in order to improve his overall performance.

Mickey Yatar is set to go head-to-head with the best dancers from all around the world at the culmination of Red Bull Dance Your Style at the World Finals in Johannesburg, South Africa, sometime in December 2022.

“Just start. Just start without comparing yourself. That’s the first thing. And then the second thing is to take it slowly. Take your time and enjoy kasi marami kayo matutunan. Find people whom you can trust and will help you be open for feedback.” added Yatar in regard to inspiring the next generation of Filipinos who wants to kickstart a career in dancing.

For more updates and news about the upcoming Red Bull Dance Your Style World Finals, visit the official event website,, and the following social media pages: Facebook: | Instagram: @redbullph and @redbulldance

 Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, recently launched the #ShareTheConfidence campaign in partnership with Whisper and World Vision, to educate Filipinos on the importance of menstrual hygiene management. This initiative is part of Shopee Bayanihan, the company's umbrella CSR arm that seeks to provide support for communities in need through partnerships with various humanitarian organizations. 

As part of the campaign, Whisper pledged to match and donate sanitary products for every Whisper product sold on Shopee from May 28 to June 30. Almost 130,000 young women from World Vision’s partner communities all over the Philippines benefitted from the initiative and received sanitary products through the delivery efforts of Shopee Xpress, Shopee’s logistics arm. Apart from raising awareness on proper menstrual hygiene management, the #ShareTheConfidence campaign also aimed to break the stigma around menstrual health and address the issue of period poverty in the Philippines. 

Last July 22, Shopee and its partners culminated the #ShareTheConfidence campaign with an on-site event in Laurel, Batangas to turn over Whisper sanitary pads to over 85,000 beneficiaries within the area. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, shared “Everything we do at Shopee goes back to our main mission of serving the underserved through our technology. We are humbled to partner with Whisper and World Vision to empower Filipinas in need. We look forward to maximizing our platform to deliver even more meaningful initiatives that will benefit communities all over the Philippines.”

With Shopee Bayanihan, Shopee furthers its objective to make e-commerce for everyone by helping communities benefit from the power of digital transformation wherever they are in the Philippines. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

IT was a strong start and finish for bike enthusiasts and some of Bulacan’s notable bikers group who participated at the 8th Pulilan Bike Fest 2022 featuring XC Race competition held recently at SM Center Pulilan.

In its 8th year, the Bike Fest was divided into five categories: Women’s Open, 35 above open, All Pulilan 18 and above, All Pulilan 17 and below, and 34 and below open.

For the past years, the Municipality of Pulilan has been active in integrating cycle racing events with local tourist attractions; taking sports as a carrier to promote tourism through the annual Pulilan Bike Fest.

Marking the milestone, SM Center Pulilan has collaborated with Pulilan Local Government in staging the XC race held at the SM Center Pulilan Bike trail.

The race not only provided exciting opportunities for cycling enthusiasts but also promoted camaraderie and sportsmanship as well as tourism. With safety still on top, all participants are required to be fully vaccinated prior to entering the competition.

ShopBack, Asia Pacific’s leading shopping and rewards platform, is celebrating its 7th year of providing a rewarding shopping experience for over 30 million shoppers across the Asia Pacific.

As part of its commemoration and global brand refresh, ShopBack is pulling out all the stops for its 5.2 million loyal shoppers in the Philippines. From July 18 to 24, shoppers can enjoy deals for as low as ₱7 and flash cashback opportunities of up to 50% courtesy of ShopBack’s 600 partnered merchants such as Lazada, SHEIN, Shopee, Klook, Samsung, Edamama, Nike, Agoda, Uniqlo, Air Asia, FoodPanda, and so much more.

Mark the date and fill up those shopping carts as every day for the week starting July 18, ShopBack will be offering irresistible cashback and voucher deals for every category.

  • July 18 - Health & Beauty

  • July 19 - Marketplace Day

  • July 20 - Sports & Tech Day

  • July 21 - For Mom & Baby

  • July 22 - Travel Day

  • July 23 - Food & Groceries

  • July 24 - Fashion Day


So, regardless if it’s for future travel plans, the latest smartphone, or a fitspiration, ShopBack has got you covered.


ShopBack: For The Wins

A significant part of ShopBack’s rebranding revolves around the tagline, “For The Win.” This is focused on empowering shoppers to celebrate every little victory with a rewarding shopping experience, regardless of the significance of what they’re celebrating.


“ShopBack believes in the power of small wins, applied consistently and continuously, and we work relentlessly to deliver smarter ways to shop and pay,” says Henry Chan, CEO and Co-founder of ShopBack. “We hope that the rebrand brings out this message more strongly to our shoppers.” 


“As we grow our network of partners and global brands, we will continue to engage shoppers across multiple touchpoints, help partners gain visibility and sales, and support them in achieving their own victories through small wins,” he added.


The global rebrand refresh is a new chapter for ShopBack and the beginning of a brand new landscape for shoppers to celebrate their wins under a unique and rewarding shopping experience.


For more information and updates, visit the official ShopBack website at and the following social media pages: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Tuesday, July 26, 2022


An exceptional team with the ability to adapt different styles of gameplay, Team Zap Xavia – with members Panini, Wrensy, Supine, and Jas – won 1st Runner Up at the David’s Salon PubG Cup. They brought home not only a P15,000 cash prize, but also David’s Salon gift certificates hair and pampering services. Jas also bagged the Most Valuable Player award, with the cash prize of P5,000.

 The team has been playing together everyday for the past year and have won championships in local and international tournaments, but they knew they would be facing stiff competition. During the very first game they played, they immediately encountered teams they have played against before, and knew they were up against very strong players. They implemented brilliant strategies, and, complemented with a never-say-die attitude, bounced back on Day 2 of the Finals. “Day 1 kasi andun pa yung pressure. Kaso nung nilabas yung partial results, nasa Top 12 kami. Sobrang layo sa gusto naming placement – at least top 3,” Jas shares, “pagdating nung Day 2 nawala yung pressure, kasi naisip namin na malayo kami.” They did not expect to win, but their hard work and natural sportsmanship paid off when it was announced that they got the Top 2 placement for the entire tournament. 

Normally, female gamers face criticism from not only their fellow gamers, but even their families. Members of Zap Xavia can attest to this, as support from their parents was few and far in between. The David’s Salon Cup was a game changer for them. “Sa girls league, isa siya sa pinakamalaking tourna ng local,” shared Jas, “prestigious tournament para sa girls.” The familiarity of the David’s Salon brand also allowed their families to be open to gaming. “Pinapayagan na ako, dahil nanalo, hindi nila inexpect na makakarating sa ganito kalaking prize,” they share. Jas further explains, “kasi kilala po ang David’s Salon, so nung sinabi ko na maglalaro kami for David’s Salon, naging supportive sila.” 

To other girls who would like to get into gaming, Wrency advises to put your fierce face on, “mas maging competitive!” Jas encourages gamers, saying “kung passion mo talaga, kung may gusto ka talaga, as long as wala ka naming natatapakan, or wala ka naming name-miss sa school or deadlines, go for it.”

‘COMPLEX’ CONSTRUCTION STARTS. SM Executives and Marilao LGU break ground and lay the time capsule for SM City Marilao’s two-phase expansion and redevelopment. The ceremony will mark the beginning of SM City Marilao’s ‘complex’ construction and transportation hub. Leading the ground breaking ceremony are Marilao Mayor’s Executive Assistant Froilan Angeles, AVP for North Luzon 5 & 6 Ana Datu, Casas Architect Inc. Director Elmo Gavin and Constech Management Group President Arthur Carlos (middle to right). Joining honors are (middle to left) Marilao Barangay Chief Joel Amador and SM City Marilao Mall Manager Engr. Emmanuel Gatmaitan, SM City Marilao Assistant Mall Manager Engr. Janette Aguilera and (extreme right) SM EDD Project Engineer Glesie John Lejarde.

Witnessing a steady post Covid19 recovery, SM bares a ‘complex’ plan for the first Bulacan mall located in Marilao. With the plan afoot, SM City Marilao’s two-phase expansion and redevelopment will bring an estimated area of the mall to 165,000 sqm; making it the largest mall in the province and the Northern Gateway of the Metro.

“Driven by the modernization of transport system, this complex plan is in line with SM’s commitment to deliver outstanding customer experience while catering to the changing lifestyle of a fast growing population. It is also the brand’s way of demonstrating our ongoing drive to boost the province’s economy” shares AVP for North Luzon 5 & 6 Ana T. Datu.

Plans disclosed by SM Prime Holdings Inc. envisioned two multi-storey extension buildings that highlight the seamless connections and sophisticated integration to the North- South Commuter Railway (NSCR) and SMDC Cheers Residences.

The phase 1 expansion is slated to open on last quarter of 2023. It will feature a carefully designed lush garden that allows pedestrian to pass through the mall and the station; offering a modern, contemporary feel. This area will also be a home to various grab-and-go kiosks and concepts for on-the-go traffic. Phase 1 expansion will also house the main transport terminal and garden café as well as lush green veranda for better dining experience.

Fostering accessibility standards through better connectivity, phase 2 expansion will give direct link to the main SM Mall and SMDC Cheer Residences. Target to open on last quarter of 2024, the phase 2 expansion will feature lush green interconnection and walkway, indoor alfresco park, wide atrium, scenic elevator, new state-of-the-art SM Cinema, and a sufficient carpark space that offers at least 1,500 parking slots.

Main mall will likewise have an upgraded architectural design with Contemporary Hacienda Style ambience. A new Cyberzone will rise in the former area of SM Cinema. Refresh tenant look and renovated restrooms and delivery riders’ lounge will also complete the metropolitan look and feel.

SM City Marilao’s expansion and redevelopment plan will likewise bring a number of new features and concepts such as exciting mix of global and local retail shops, diverse set of dining establishments, and other amenities such as health and wellness and specialty stores to provide a complete, elevated lifestyle, and aesthetic experience for both shoppers and retailers alike.

Since its opening in November 28, 2003, SM City Marilao has made its mark as the First Shopping and Lifestyle Destination. It also sealed its commitment in building strong communities in Bulacan as it continually generates over a thousand of jobs and business opportunities.

Rainy days mean sweater weather, a warm cup of hot chocolate, and the need to waterproof almost anything if you’re out and about. As the rainy season comes in full swing, you’ll need more than your trusty umbrella to brave the weather.

It helps to have an e-wallet app that will help you weather life’s storms – both the literal floodwaters and heavy downpour that make it extra difficult to go places to the unanticipated happenings that drain your wallet. More than just a way of sending and receiving money, GCash is a one-stop shop that can help you fulfill your necessities and emergency expenses, while giving you extra perks and rewards.

Here are the ways you can fully utilize GCash to make the most out of your money when you need to spend, so rainy days won’t let you down:

Shop without leaving home

Shopping using your e-wallet app saves you the extra cost of going to and from different physical stores, especially as gas prices now are at an all-time high. Spend your money on important purchases instead of splurging for gas when you browse from any of the 139,000 merchants accepting GCash as a payment option. From shopping needs on Lazada, gaming credits on Codashop and food deliveries Foodpanda for deliveries, GCash has got you covered! You can also get your hands on a variety of curated items and services from lifestyle brands on the GCash app through the GLife service.

Save your energy, time and money when you shop with just a few taps, pay directly from your e-wallet and wait for your items to be delivered straight to your doorstep!

Be on the lookout for exclusive vouchers

Staying on budget while shopping online is a chore, but you get the best deals if you’re a savvy shopper. You don’t have to pay full price if you check vouchers and freebies on rewards platforms like A+ Rewards on GCash. There are flash deals and promos on stores and restaurants for as much as 85% discount, or 1-peso coupons for full-week streaming subscriptions. For Google Play promos on A+ Rewards, get P40 off for a mininum spend of P49 for Call of Duty Mobile; Mobile Legends: Bang Bang; YouTube and Google One. Keep an eye out for seasonal promos and vouchers you can use when shopping online to get more bang for your buck.

Take advantage of flexible payment options

Instead of making a one-time payment, consider paying in installment for your big-ticket items, such as gadgets and appliances, to avoid disrupting your monthly budget. Even if you don’t have a credit card, you can still take advantage of flexible payment terms through GGives when you pay using GCash. Once you activate GGives on the GCash app, you can pay in 3, 6 or 12 month terms with zero downpayment and no processing fees. Just keep using the various services in GCash to increase your GScore and be eligible for GGives!

Rainy days are here to stay for a little while, and while it brings with it unexpected expenses you may have to shell out money for, a safe, convenient and rewarding e-wallet app like GCash will make the downpour manageable. By helping you get something back each time you need to pay, GCash gives you more reasons to lighten up even as the rainy days are here. Download the GCash app on App Store or Google Play and get the most out of your hard-earned money when you #PayWith GCash!

Monday, July 25, 2022

The honest truth: No one came out of the COVID-19 pandemic in quite the same way. The pandemic was an isolating period of self-discovery, emotional growth, and life-altering realizations. It changed people, and in the process, it shaped the way so many of us view ourselves and the world around us.

Because of this, consumer tastes and behaviors have shifted. Where in a pre-pandemic world, people often spent on luxuries and experiences that allowed them to celebrate their accomplishments, studies show that consumers now want a different experience, one that is kinder and more embracing of the changes that each individual had gone through in the past 2 years. People are now prioritizing their personal wellness and supporting products and services that champion growth.

As consumer tastes have shifted, brands are starting to adapt to these changes. And true to its foundational commitment to make people happy, SM is ready with a host of new offerings as the entire brand is poised for a refresh this year.

“The history of SM Supermalls is one that has been built on innovation and change to serve the needs of millions of Filipinos,” says SM Supermalls President, Steven Tan. “We’ve been with our customers through their every milestone for almost four decades. And we are committed to always changing, always growing with our customers in the years and decades to come.”

SM Supermalls: Welcoming Every Change in You

SM continues to stay true to its mission to provide Filipino families with a fun and engaging in-mall experience so they can go home with a smile on their faces.

There will always be a plethora of experiences for each person who comes through SM’s doors. This is true for the various personalities that emerged during the pandemic; from eco-warriors and Plantitas to health buffs and sports personalities who embraced biking, healthy eating, and home gyms, and bakers and homemakers who turned their passion projects into small businesses.

“I believe that now more than ever, it is important to recognize the new changes to our world,” adds SM Supermalls President Steven Tan. “And people are continuing to grow as they invest in experiences that uplift their lives.”

Ushering the Future with the Transformation of SM Supermalls

In the next few months, Filipinos across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will get to experience the wellness-oriented and sustainability-driven transformation of SM Supermalls with a host of new and exciting activities. These include paw parks for pet moms and dads, al fresco dining areas for hangout groups, plant hubs for eco-enthusiasts, bike facilities for the growing cycling community, co-working spaces, experiential retail, blockbuster and larger-than-life cinema escapades and so much more.

As SM’s brand refresh campaign ushers in a newness to the Philippine mall experience, curious visitors, foodies, friends and families will have much to rediscover. So come on in, you’re always welcome here!

For more information, follow SM Supermalls on Facebook: to experience what’s new in any SM Supermall near you today!

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Take a delicious tour at SM Center Pulilan’s Korean Lane. Feast over amazing food stops such as Samsam K-Food, Korean Kimbites, and Egg Dropinoy.

Foodies, take notice! You should read this one. Check out the trending food crawl destinations in the province as SM malls in Baliwag and Pulilan make malling more fun by bringing in the latest food concepts to stir up everyone’s diverse cravings.

Take a tour around SM Center Pulilan’s Asian-inspired food corners- Korean Lane and Little Japan. Have fun reminiscing K-street food on Korean Lane’s Samsam K-Food’s corn dogs in unique flavors. You may also try their classic tteokbokki, gimmari and bungeoppang with luscious fillings such as red bean paste, cheese, chocolate, matcha, strawberry, and ube.Ssamjang Korean Grill Restaurant brings the Samgyup experience to a different level. Visit them at the ground floor Annex of SM City Baliwag.

There are Korean Kimbites and their K-satisfying menu such as Bibimbap (Pork and Beef), kimchi, and fishcake among others. Egg Dropinoy, the first Korean-Filipino sandwich, is also available at the Korean Lane. Inspired by Korea’s popular egg sandwich, Egg Dropinoy offers a variety of flavors with a Pinoy twist. Choose among Ildan (Egg and Cheese), Ham, Tuna, Tapa, Bacon, and bestsellers Spam Nori and Hungarian.

Little Japan meanwhile has House of Ramen, Sushilicious’ Dedication Baked Sushi and Dedication Maki Platter, authentic takoyaki from Ai Tako plus handmade sushi, hot food, and a lot more at Kumbudashi Cuisine. Plan your next food hunt and visit Korean Lane and Little Japan at the ground level of SM Center Pulilan.

SM City Baliwag gives shoppers a lot of reasons to eat together as the mall introduces some excellent food concepts such as Botejyu, the home of authentic and distinct Japanese recipes since 1946. Known for its gourmet food that is freshly prepared and cooked in the traditional Japanese way, Botejyu offers its prime menu of best sellers that include okonomiyaki, okosoba, and ramen. Must-tries include Botejyu’s tempura, takoyaki, wagyu beef, oko, gyoza, katsu, don buri, yakisoba and teppan.

Japanese food Oishi Maki and Ramen Kuroda’s authentic ramen made with homemade noodles, umami enriched soup, and seasoned oils are also here. Friends and family may also catch up over samgyupsal at Ssamjang Korean Grill Restaurant offering the best deals in meal selection.

The coming months will be more exciting as SM will unveil new campaigns and concepts for the province of Bulacan. Watch out as Koomi Natural Drinking Yogurt is set to open soon at SM City Baliwag.Authentic Ramen Kuroda at SM City Baliwag offers house special ramens, set meals, rice specials, and a fine selection of side dishes prepared by top-class Ramen Chef at a very affordable price.

Shopping continues to be fun with safety still on top, as SM City Baliwag and SM Center Pulilan will be practicing the #SafeMallingAtSM with minimum health protocols implemented for customers’ safety.

Stay updated as SM Malls gears up towards a new era of level-up customer service with many options for easy, safe, and efficient shopping. For more information, follow SM City Baliwag and SM Center Pulilan on Facebook and Instagram. (RONDA BALITA Online)

Friday, July 22, 2022

Now is the time to create your dream home as SM Home launches its Home Sale this August! You’ll love the great finds and great bargains up to 50% off from select items from August 1 to 31 at all SM Home branches at SM Stores nationwide. 

There are stylish and affordable furniture pieces for your home or home office, as well as innovative appliances for gracious living. Entertain in style with elegant dinnerware and tea sets; and whip up a foodie feast for friends and family with state of the art grills and cookware. Organize your home with storage solutions for your pantry, closet, vanity table, or garage; and make your bath and bed true comfort zones with luxe linens. All for less!

Check out the latest SM Home collections in-store at SM City Marilao, SM City Baliwag and SM City San Jose Del Monte or follow their social media accounts at IG: @smhome, FB: or visit for more details. 

1. Cheer Sectional Sofa Set. Stylish and elegant L-shaped sofa which gives you more reason to relax at home. Armrest and backrest and padded with Polyurethane foam.

2. Hosh Gorky Harper Computer Desk. A basic design for the study or home office for contemporary compact homes.

3. Tefal Compact Power Cyclonic Bagless Vacuum Cleaner. A vacuum with a compact design and a 2.5 dust capacity container ready for extreme cleaning performance. It’s dual-surface suction head and longer cord length makes cleaning a breeze.

4. Tefal Airforce Vacuum. If you’re looking for an ultra- light and compact vacuum, this can be your cleaning buddy. Offers 3 levels of filtration, motorized soft head ideal on hard floors and it could a run 30- minutes handheld in normal power mode.

5. Margaret Muir Alba 4 pc Duvet Set. Beautifully designed Egyptian cotton bed linen set makes sleeping more comfortable. Includes a duvet, a fitted sheet and 2 pillowcases.

6. Akemi Medi + Health Aloe Vera Soft Touch Memory Pillow. A unique pillow that promotes health and a good night’s sleep with its innovatively cooling cover, nice scent and a comfortably conforming visco elastic foam core.

7. Royal Linens Towels. High quality cotton combed towels for that 5 -star hotel experience.

8. Corelle Livingware South Beach 16 pc dinnerware Set. Knowing the quality of Corelle, These lightweight high quality plates, bowls and stoneware mugs inspired by Miami South Beach’s iconic colors are perfect for fun and casual dining.

9. Hario Coffee and Tea Equipment. Enjoy coffee or tea at home or in the office with these high- quality glass and ceramic coffee and tea equipment and accessories from Hario.

10. Corelle Livingware Fusion Cobalt 16 pc dinnerware Set. These lightweight high quality plates, bowls and stoneware mugs are perfect for fun and casual dining.

11. Happy Call Double Pan Jumbo Grill. This non-stick silicon double pan jumbo grill makes mealtimes happy by making food crispy on the outside and juicy in the inside.

12. Tefal Plancha Compact Grill. Perfect for home grill parties, family outings and reunions, as well as samgyup cravings, this versatile non-stick grill has a juice tray that has an adjustable and removable thermostat and dishwasher safe.

13. Chef’s Classics Carbon Fiber Non-Stick Frypan. This aluminum pan is perfect for frying, searing, browning and sauteing

14. Tefal Home Chef Smart Multicooker. A non-stick multicooker that has an adjustable cooking time and temperature and with an auto keep warm function which makes the food fresh and hot all the time.

15. Tramontina Paris Cookware Set. Cooking is healthy and safe with this cookware set with non-stick coating. Easy to clean with aluminum body, tempered glass lids, and stainless steel rims that provide thickness and faster cooking.

16. Neoflam Smart Seal Rectangular Containers. Organize your pantry in style with these unique, modern and stylish containers. A true kitchen storage innovation with its airtight silicon seal and turn-style knob locks for convenient use.

17. Ezy Storage. Storing stuff is easy with these strong and durable BPA free boxes with double lock handles will keep your items safe around the home or in the office.

18. Home Gallery Zen Collection Vanity Case. Stylish cases ideal for dresser stuff like brushes, make-ups, combs. Best still, it’s available in different sizes.


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