Thursday, June 30, 2022







MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Filipino nine-piece collective Ben&Ben caps off the Pride celebration with the release of “Paninindigan Kita” music video, starring Pat Lasaten and Agnes Reoma.

Recognizing the importance of celebrating queer love and engaging in the fight towards greater acceptance, the visuals reflect the real-life experiences of Ben&Ben’s power couple Pat and Agnes as they live and love fearlessly in a world that rarely gives them a sense of belongingness.


“We’re both excited and nervous because we’re not very public about our relationship,” said keyboardist Pat Lasaten. “We also aren’t into PDA, in fact, our bandmates seldom see us hold hands.”

Bassist Agnes Reoma added, “Expressing this story to a wider audience will be a fun challenge, as we aren’t actors. Nonetheless, we’re excited for the number of queer kids who’d see it.”

The “Paninindigan Kita” music video is helmed by prolific filmmaker Niq Ablao, who has directed some of the most enduring music films in recent memory, including Moira’s “Paubaya,” featuring Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto, and Ben&Ben’s “Upuan,” featuring Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano.

According to Ablao, the visual narrative tackles the journey of Pat and Agnes, “from the first time they decided to stand up for love regardless of gender and how they chose to stand by each other no matter what.” She emphasized, “This shows some of the struggles and challenges, especially of those in the LGBTQ+ community – who feel like they have to hide simple expressions of love.”
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Abalo is optimistic that the music video would shed new light and a deeper understanding of how love should be:

“Regardless of gender and sexuality, we love who we love and we stand by them no matter what. Brave are those who fight and take pride in it.”



“Paninindigan Kita” is written by Paolo Benjamin and Miguel Benjamin, and was the first song recorded in an actual studio since the pandemic started. Ben&Ben made the entire track at Spryrta, the same place where they recorded their multiplatinum full-length album, Limasawa Street.

It follows the release of last year’s “Di Ka Sayang,” another empowering LGBTQIA+ anthem that inspires confidence and fearlessness in the face of adversity, and this month’s “Langyang Pag-ibig,” which chronicles the inevitable disintegration of a romantic relationship.

“Paninindigan Kita” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

                           

The Jollibee Group was recently recognized by the Asia Pacific (APAC) Tambuli Awards 2022 for promoting Inclusive Growth through its Farmer Entrepreneurship Program. The program engages multi-sectoral partners to train and enable small farmers to become entrepreneurs to improve their livelihood.

Now on its 16th edition, the APAC Tambuli Awards annually recognizes campaigns on effective brand purpose across the globe. Organized by the University of Asia and the Pacific’s School of Communication, the awards introduced the corporate purpose categories this year. Under Corporate Purpose, the Inclusive Growth category recognizes a brand “providing the means and opportunities for the marginalized sectors in society to be part of the company’s success in a
sustainable way.”

“Buying directly from farmers allows us to support the local agriculture sector, while promoting sustainable business practices. As we celebrate more milestones, we vow to extend our successes and gains to more communities that would need our help the most,” said Jollibee Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer Pepot Miñana.


Jollibee Group sources about 15% to 20% of its vegetable requirements
from Farmer Entrepreneurship Program farmers, giving them a stable market for their produce
and emboldening them to dream of better lives.

Farmer Entrepreneurship Program is the flagship program of Jollibee Group Foundation, the company’s social development arm. Under the program, farmers are taught and mentored on the eight-step agro-enterprise clustering approach, which helps farmers to collectively meet the volume and quality requirements of big buyers and market their produce.

To date, JGF as has trained over 3,000 farmers since 2008 and helped develop 17 farmer groups composed of hundreds of farmers to become accredited suppliers of the Jollibee Group. Since 2009, these farmer groups have delivered about 9,000 tons of vegetables to the company equivalent to more than USD7 million worth of sales revenue for the small farmers.

Through the Farmer Entrepreneurship Program, Jollibee Group Foundation
has trained over 3,000 farmers since 2008 and helped hundreds of farmers to form clusters that
can collectively meet the volume and quality requirements of big buyers, including the Jollibee
Group. The program brings together a comprehensive suite of interventions to sharpen farmers’
technical skills and business acumen and link them with institutional markets.

The Foundation implements the program in coordination with several units within the Jollibee Group and forms partnerships with different like-minded institutions to provide various interventions that help farmer become agro-entrepreneurs who can supply different markets.


The program currently works with 54 partner organizations, including farmer groups, local government units, non-government organizations, financing institutions, academic institutions, agriculture service providers, and the Department of Agriculture. As a result, smallholder farmers earn higher income, which empowers their capacity to provide food for their own families.


“We are grateful for being recognized the first recipient of Tambuli Award’s Inclusive Growth citation. We share this recognition with our dedicated partners nationwide who work relentlessly to empower smallholder farmers, “added Miñana.


Samsung continues to prove that awesome is for everyone this 2022. This year alone, Samsung expanded the Galaxy A Series, bringing durable designs, stylish new colors, and flagship-like features at affordable prices.

In the first half of 2022, Samsung introduced the 108MP camera of the Galaxy A73 5G and the powerful 5nm Exynos 1280 processor of the Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A33 5G. Samsung has also made awesome even more affordable with the new Galaxy A23 and Galaxy A13.

While these new smartphones are more budget-friendly compared to earlier releases, the Galaxy A23 and Galaxy A13 are packed with features that are surely an upgrade. Here’s what makes them awesome:

Snap memories with the 50MP main camera

Both the Galaxy A23 and A13 have a Quad Camera setup featuring an impressive 50MP main lens. The smartphone encourages experimentation with the other lenses, including the 5MP Ultra Wide camera that copies human eyesight and captures more of the scene in the frame.

Its 2MP Macro camera highlights tiny details, while the 2MP Depth lens adjusts the depth of field and brings the focus to the subject.

The Galaxy A23 boasts the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technology, which records smoother videos that capture finer details, even in low light.

See the world with a vivid display

Samsung’s new smartphones are not just awesome at creating content. They work great for consuming it, too. The Galaxy A23 and A13 have a 6.6” TFT V-Cut Display. Both feature FHD+ technology, making streaming, video calls, and gaming sharper, crisper, and clearer.

Store everything with a huge storage space

Save thousands of photos, hours of videos, and important work documents with the smartphone’s 128GB of internal storage. This can be expanded up to 1TB, which means there’s no need to delete files to free up space.

The Galaxy A23 and Galaxy A13’s new and improved features are the best and most innovative smartphones for first-jobbers. These are available in all authorized Samsung Stores and online at the following prices:

Galaxy A23 (Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue, and Awesome Peach)

● Galaxy A23 (6+128GB) - PHP 13,990 SRP

Galaxy A13 (Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, and Awesome Peach)

● Galaxy A13 (4+128GB) - PHP 10,490 SRP

● Galaxy A13 (6+128GB) - PHP 11,490 SRP

Safe Samsung Shopping

Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has implemented the mandatory use of face masks, and performs frequent sanitation in all stores. Samsung Experience Stores also has unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced.

To know more about the Galaxy A Series, visit samsung.com/ph.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022


Nowadays, there are mobile apps for just about everything, even for activities like shopping or making financial transactions that we previously could not do online.

With thousands of apps available for our use, it's best to choose one with different features so you don’t have to constantly switch between apps. Are you looking for versatility and convenience? Then ShopeePay is for you. To get started, simply download the Shopee app, and activate and verify your ShopeePay Wallet. From paying for items on Shopee to sending money, there’s a lot you can accomplish with Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet.


Here’s a quick rundown of the things you can do with ShopeePay so you won’t miss out:

1. Avoid bank fees when you cash in via InstaPay or link your bank account


There are plenty of ShopeePay cash in channels to choose from like payment centers, e-wallets, online banking, debit cards, and more. Aside from these convenient options, did you know that you can also avoid admin fees and cash in for free? One way is to link your BPI or UnionBank account to cash in for free. For those with a different bank, cashing in is also free when you use InstaPay on your bank’s online app—get up to P25 cashback on your first two InstaPay transactions per month.

To make the experience even more rewarding, you can join the ‘Cash In and Win with InstaPay’ promo and stand a chance to win P100,000 worth of prizes when you cash in at least P1,000 via InstaPay from June 27 to 30. Cash in as many times as you can to earn more raffle entries.

2. Send money to any bank, e-wallet, or Shopee user for free


Need to send money to your friends or family? No need to worry about paying additional fees. The best thing about sending money with ShopeePay is that it’s free, no hidden fees. Choose from different ways to instantly send money— to bank account, e-wallet, scan to send via QR, or try the new Ang Pao feature. You can use ShopeePay Ang Pao to surprise your friends and family during special occasions or to send money to multiple people at the same time without incurring additional charges. Here’s a short video on how to use Ang Pao:
                                       



On top of zero fees, you can also earn money when you participate in ShopeePay’s send money promos until June 30.

ShopeePay Mission - From June 23 to 30, send at least P50 to any ShopeePay user or bank/e-wallet account, and earn raffle entries for every transaction. Eligible users can get a chance to win up to P1,000,000.

Double Ang Pao promo - Get double the amount you sent when you send at least P50 to 40 friends from June 27 to 29 (capped at P200) and to 100 friends on June 30 (capped at P500).


3. Buy discounted load and data for your mobile phone

We’re used to purchasing prepaid load from reloading stations that usually add extra costs on top of the load. Why pay full price or more when you can call, text, and surf the net with discounted load and data promos from ShopeePay? Get up to 10% discount for mobile load and data from the country’s major networks when you top up your prepaid SIM. Tip: Check out ShopeePay’s flash deals and payday discounts for more offers.

4. Get cashback when you pay your bills



Whether you need to pay for daily utilities like electricity, water, and internet or personal expenses like loans, insurance, or government contributions, ShopeePay is a one-stop shop for your bills payment needs. Get the most out of your monthly budget with cashback vouchers when you use ShopeePay to pay over 60 partner billers—new users can get up to 100% bills cashback (minimum spend P180, capped at 180 coins).


5. Access amazing deals in-store and online shopping perks


Check out ‘ShopeePay Near Me’ on the Shopee app to discover deals for as low as P1 from popular food & beverage outlets, retail brands, and more. Avid online shoppers can get more value for money when you pay Shopee purchases with ShopeePay’s exclusive shipping discounts and cashback vouchers. This June 30 Payday Sale, enjoy even more rewards such as sitewide shipping discount vouchers w/ P0 min. spend, up to P1000 off on bills and 10% off vouchers when shopping.


Activate ShopeePay now and start enjoying its benefits. To learn more about ShopeePay, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-pay. Follow ShopeePay’s Instagram and Facebook pages to be updated with the latest promos.










Like a city that keeps on growing, SM City Clark in Pampanga never fails to fascinate us with its new and amazing attractions. Starting out as a 101,840 square- meter mall when it opened in 2006, it now sprawls at 308,909 square meters. It has likewise evolved into a complex, which now includes BPO Towers, a Tech Hub, a Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, National University, and SMX Convention Center.

The latest addition is the Sky Line, an elevated Bridgeway which brings a brand new state-of-the-art experience four meters above the ground.

Inspired by New York’s iconic High Line, it is similarly designed as a “living system” that highlights landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology; as well as art, fitness, and fun for family and friends.

Located along the north edge of the SM City Clark mall, the Sky Line connects and integrates the widest possible variety of buildings with lush landscapes and attractions. But, beyond acting as a connector, the SM Clark Sky Line is envisioned to be a destination by itself – an ideal location to relax, get some exercise, take a selfie, and enjoy nature.

The Sky Line’s lush landscape includes hundred-year-old acacia trees that were preserved and incorporated into the design. It also showcases a diverse range of plant species - Picarra, Dwarf Pandakaki, Palmera, Spiderlily, White Kamuning, and Yellow Iris.

The park’s myriad of features and activities in multiple zones – retail, restaurants, art, fitness – feature separate offerings, each with his own character and landscape, as well as programmed activities carefully planned to delight, interest, educate, and entertain.

Attractions include a Paw Park for our furry friends, a Fitness Area with an outdoor gym, a Tree Park where one can dine amidst tree houses, art installations and more.



Here are some fun facts on why the SM City Clark Sky Line is a great place to 
Meet, Eat, and Play:

·        The Sky Line Bridgeway is 9,018 square meters

·        At 4 -meters high above the ground, it has that top of the world feeling

·        The Bridgeway’s 800- meter loop is equivalent to 1050 steps

·        1,050 steps can burn 30-40 calories

·        The jogging/walking trail includes start and finish markings and begins and ends just across the outdoor gym

·        Walking around the Sky Line’s 800- meter loop takes about 10 minutes for a speed of 3mph.

·        There are colorful selfie stops along the Sky Line like a pool filled with balloons and animal-shaped floaters

·        The Sky Line bridge may be reached through the second level mall expansion area, the second level podium parking, the second level SMX entrance, and the ground floor stairs

·        The area is handicap friendly with 23 parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities out of the 802 available. There are also PWD ramps, two PWD comfort rooms, and three elevators to help them get around.

·        The Sky Line is also eco-friendly with a waste segregation system and a NO SMOKING policy as part of the Park rules. Facemasks are still mandatory in keeping with government policies.

Monday, June 27, 2022


All photographers, professional, amateur, and hobbyist alike, are invited to share their favorite celebrations and join the OPPO Reno Academy! A monthly photography contest, global smart device brand OPPO calls on young Filipinos to participate in the Reno Academy by capturing their favorite vibrant and joyous moments for a chance to be featured on a special OPPO video with celebrity and portrait photographers Magic Liwanag and Andrei Suleik.

A global program empowering portrait photographers, the Reno Academy encourages everyone to tell their story and express themselves through portraits. OPPO believes that portrait photography and videography is for everyone, and that’s why they’re calling users to capture memories, upgrade their skills and share their stories with like-minded individuals from all over the world.

Each month, OPPO releases a theme, prompting participants to express themselves and their creativity, and share them on social media. The first phase in May called for vibrant and colorful summer portraits, while the second theme focused on each person’s unique culture. For the final leg of the contest, photographers are asked to share their favorite celebrations in portrait from June 27 to July 12.


Among the entries, Reno Portrait Masters Magic Liwanag and Andrei Suleik will be selecting three lucky winners to be featured in a digital video on OPPO’s social media pages. The grand prize winner will also take home a Reno7 5G and gift certificates; the second placer will walk away with an OPPO Watch Free and gift certificates; and finally, the third placer will be gifted a pair of OPPO Enco Air 2 earbuds and gift certificates.

Interested to join? Simply snap a portrait photo of yourself, reveling in a colorful and vibrant celebration and share it on your social media! Don’t forget to tag @oppophilippines and #ShotOnOPPO. Winners will be announced on July 15, 2022.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Department of Trade and Industry Region XI Division Chief, Small and Medium Enterprise Division Marie Ann J. How, Shopee Philippines VisMin Seller Acquisition Head Dane Mangoba, SY Glow Cosmetics shop owner Lou Putian, and Cacao Culture shop owner Sheila Lao at the Shopee University Roadshow in Davao City


MANILA, PHILIPPINES, JUNE 24, 2022 -Shopee, the top e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, expands its serviceable territories through the creation of new Shopee Xpress hubs around Mindanao as part of its ongoing efforts to provide a pleasant and seamless online shopping experience to more Filipinos throughout the country. Through these new hubs in Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte, and other areas, local sellers are provided with greater opportunities to expand their business through e-commerce and compete at a national level. For Davao to Davao purchases, both shoppers and sellers can now enjoy shorter delivery times.


Shopee also partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to hold its first Shopee University Roadshow in Davao City. The masterclass educated Davao-based sellers on how to grow their businesses with e-commerce and onboarded new sellers to improve the overall online selling experience for Filipinos. Shopee also held another live seller engagement event in Davao City, Shopee Kumustahan, wherein representatives from the platform held roundtable discussions with local Shopee sellers to know more about their experience and get insights on what can help drive their business forward.


Shopee Philippines Seller Communications and Education Lead Mia Mendoza, SY Glow Cosmetics shop owner Lou Putian, and Cacao Culture shop owner Sheila Lao at the Shopee Kumustahan event in Davao City


“Here at Shopee, we are always driven by our objective to make e-commerce accessible to everyone. Through the  Mindanao hub expansions and conducting  educational workshops, our goal is to equip local sellers and business owners with the necessary knowledge and tools to make the most out of their e-commerce journey with Shopee,” shared Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines. 


If you want to grow your business online and enjoy the numerous benefits of e-commerce, start your online selling journey with Shopee today. Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.







The current rate at which individuals observe sustainability practices is far from halting climate change. Whether it is reducing the use of disposable items or saving more energy, environmentally conscious activities will only yield significant results if everyone is “cast in the same mold,” so to speak. That said, high-impact global sustainable development lies within the responsibility of the government and large organizations—conglomerates among them.




Understanding such a role, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, has incorporated its sustainable practices in its developments early on. Through SM Prime’s Costa Del Hamilo Inc., a leader in the leisure resort industry and the movers behind Hamilo Coast – this premium seaside complex in Nasugbu, Batangas, fosters a tangible connection with nature. Marking its quindecennial year, Hamilo Coast looks back at its milestones and achievements with its core emphasis on sustainable development.




“Sustainability has been at the forefront of our vision in providing a resort lifestyle. We strive to practice both environmental and social sustainability in our operations through our partners and commnunities,” Franklin M. Bolalin, Assistant Vice President for Hamilo Estate Management, said.




Disaster risk reduction




Every year, the country deals with an average of 19 typhoons, with some often resulting in damages to properties and loss of life. Coastal defenses such as seawalls and breakwater structures are often implemented to resist storm surges. In the case of Hamilo Coast, mangrove trees are the key.




Hamilo Coast’s 100,000 square-meter or equivalent to 10 hectares mangrove belt is one of the largest mangrove areas in the municipality. The sustainable beach resort town has since planted 50,000 mangrove propagules, protected hand-in-hand with the conservation organization World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines.




Biodiversity conservation




Apart from disaster mitigation, mangrove trees also benefit the climate by absorbing greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon dioxide. This capacity nurtures the ecosystem and biodiversity in the area, providing habitat for a wide array of species.




Hamilo is home to rich marine life and abundant flora and fauna. Its conservation programs and various sustainability initiatives have nurtured and conserved its precious biodiversity. There are about 96 various bird species found at the estate. Among these bird species are the rough-crested Malkoha and the Philippine eagle-owl.




From growing local plants to conducting regular coastal clean-up drives, coastal resource conservation initiatives are active in Hamilo Coast. With the help of WWF, they can increase their fisheries’ biological capacity and monitor their Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)—the Pico de Loro, Etayo and Santelmo coves which are among the three MPAs for Costa Del Hamilo’s Sustainable Development Project. Hamilo has been working with WWF since 2007 monitoring the health and viability of Hamilo Coast area.




In recognition of its conservation efforts, Hamilo Coast was cited by the World Wide Fund for Nature as its longest Sustainability Partner in 2020.







“Over the years, our partnership with SM significantly contributed to the impact we are making in our work in Hamilo Coast. From liquid waste and coral monitoring, to our present work on integrated waste management and food sheds, we hope that this continuing partnership would help us realize our vision of making Hamilo a holistic model of sustainability”, says Katherine Custodio, WWF-Philippines’ Executive Director.




Green buildings development


The path towards a sustainable future is paved with many interventions, including zero waste, dematerialization, zero emissions and resource efficiency practices. For its part, Hamilo Coast makes its intention to be a premiere sustainability community possible by making sure its buildings are designed with the environment in mind.




Some of the estate’s facilities are powered by alternative sources of energy. For example, its lamp posts use solar power more than traditional ones to function. Natural lighting and ventilation are also noticeable in some of its residential areas, which benefits the environment as well as its tenants. Additionally, Hamilo Coast implements a solid waste management plan that consists of recovery of materials and vermicomposting, among others.




Sustainable living




At Hamilo Coast’s core is how a distinct beachfront home can harmonize with its surrounding environment. As people crave for a more relaxed environment, closer to nature and the outdoors amid a work-from-home setup pushed by the ongoing pandemic, Hamilo homes give access to invigorating landscapes, coves to explore and the calming sea.




Fifteen years later, Hamilo Coast has surpassed its reputation as a weekend respite. It is now one of the best settlement options for people looking to live the coastal life in a sustainable community.

Thursday, June 23, 2022






They say that a family is like the branches of a tree that grow in different directions. However, for the Lopez family, their root remains united through a household hobby–bicycling.

In an interview with the Lopezes, Louie, Alou, Gel, Aira, and Kang shared what they feel about being the newest addition to the family of Santé, a premier natural and organic health and wellness product and services provider, and their secrets to achieving not just a fit body but a healthier lifestyle, especially amid the global health crisis.

Speaking of #FamilyGoals and #FitnessGoals, the Lopez family has the best of both worlds. Heading the tribe of these health enthusiasts is their father, who is well-loved and known by many as “Papa Louie.” His daughters sharing his same energy include Aira Lopez, a duathlete, a YouTube vlogger with half a million subscribers, and the host of a CNN show called Cycling Unlimited, with her equally beautiful and fit siblings Alou Lopez, Angela Lopez, and Alyssa Lopez.

During the height of the pandemic, the family’s home was not an exception to the virus. Alou, who was working as a flight attendant in a local airline, was very much exposed to different people. Thus, she was infected first. Thankfully, due to their active regimen, the family only had mild symptoms and recovered faster.

“With the mobility limitations brought by the pandemic, it was challenging for everyone to stay active. However, we delivered packed foods to frontliners at the hospitals and checkpoints using our bikes. As we helped and gave back to the community, it became an exercise routine for the family,” Papa Louie shared.

Ever since, the family has been health enthusiasts, doing different kinds of sports and physical activities. But more than the benefit to them, they equally see it as their mission to tap more. “Biking is not just a sport for us. It is our advocacy. Because it is a male-dominated sport, we want to encourage more women to participate in it,” Alou shared.

As the Lopezes hope to reach more Filipinos, especially women and inspire them to do the sport they love and enjoy, the family was ecstatic to join Santé as they share the same values and goals with the brand–helping people live better lives.

“We trust the brand. I have been drinking Santé Barley for a long time. It has helped me address my health issues. It is also my secret to keeping an energized and fit body,” Papa Louie added.

Santé Barley™, the company’s flagship product, is made of barley grass gathered at a young age and turned into powder and capsule forms. It is composed of pure organic barley grass rich in vitamins and minerals that help detoxify the body, lower bad cholesterol, aid digestive health, deliver a good number of antioxidants, assist wound healing, bone formation, and many more.

A glass or capsule of Santé Barley™ fortifies the body with Vitamin C, zinc, calcium, amino acids, magnesium, iron, B-vitamins, and carotenoids, essential to giving the immune system an extra boost. The healthy goodness of Santé Barley™ is certified organic by New Zealand’s renowned organic produce and products organization, BioGro.

Lastly, the Lopezes reminded everyone to be happy and mentally prepared before pursuing any sports, such as cycling. “Most importantly, do not forget to drink your everyday supplements, such as Santé Barley,” Aira added.

Santé Barley™ and other Santé products are organic health and wellness products offered by Santé, known for developing a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. They are designed to improve people’s quality of life to live more and do more.

Santé is one of the leading global growers of certified barley grass grown and harvested from New Zealand. With its mission to help people live better lives, the company promotes, produces, and distributes premier natural health and wellness products and services. Today, Santé has expanded its offerings, including a fitness and rehabilitation center with Santé Fitness Lab, staying true to its thrust of promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022




MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Filipino folk pop/pop rock band Ben&Ben chronicles the inevitable disintegration of a romantic relationship on “Langyang Pag-ibig,” their latest single under record label Sony Music Philippines.

Witnessing how a burning love ultimately ends up in a disaster, the nine-piece Filipino collective writes a song that wades through a bad breakup with the stinging anger of someone struggling to put their life back on track.
Arranged with classic rock bigness and percussive elements, the song packs a devastating punch with a chorus that articulates one’s feelings of being betrayed.

“It’s the song where we flexed our musicality the most,” said the acclaimed band. “It’s three songs in one song, but it still sounds like one song.”


“Langyang Pag-ibig” is recorded at Spryta Studios, the same place where Ben&Ben recorded the entirety of their multi-platinum debut album, Limasawa Street. It was produced by Ben&Ben and Jean Paul Verona, mixed by Sam Marquez and Verona, and mastered by Leon Zervos.

“We’ve always wanted to make a song with this vibe, and we think the songwriting in itself begged for it,” shared the chart-topping folk-pop group in a statement. “It helped that Jean Paul and Sam were very familiar with the vibe we were going for and that helped create the general mood and sound we wanted for Langyang Pag-ibig.”


According to the band, “Langyang Pag-ibig” was approached in the familiar way their songs were recorded. They jammed it first a couple of times, and arranged it together slowly as if building a house of cards. “We also balanced elements and see how high we could take the themes,” added the band.

Ben&Ben’s “Langyang Pag-ibig” is out now on all streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.

 


MANILA, JUNE 22, 2022 - It might be difficult to keep up with all the trends and technological advancements. Lucky for you, we’re here to help you stay in the loop. Discover all the nifty gadgets and tech essentials, available on exclusive deals on Shopee’s Gadget Zone!


To give you more reasons to splurge on these gadgets that will make your life easier, Shopee is offering discounts on newly launched products, exclusive deals from the most sought-after electronic brands, and ₱66 promos on select tech accessories. Check out this list of trending gadgets that you should consider scoring:


Be one of the first to buy these newly-launched gadgets from popular brands


Does your mobile device take too long to load? Chances are, you’re due for a phone upgrade. Find a reliable daily device in the all-new infinix Note 12,  with its ultra-fast processor and vibrant AMOLED display. If gaming is your top priority, then we recommend the latest Vivo T1x Gaming Phone. It has a 6.58 inch screen and 4GB RAM to enhance gaming performance which will make wiping out enemy teams seamless and lag-free. Looking for the absolute latest smartphone to buy? Mark your calendars on June 23 for the launch of a new flagship phone, the POCO X4 GT


Elevate your user experience with the right accessories to fit your gadgets and your lifestyle. Grab the modern Tigernu 3-Way Convertible Bag that can store your laptop, phone, and other valuables with its multifunctional, lightweight, and fashionable design that comes in a variety of colors. Say goodbye to long charging time with a UGREEN 20W PD Charger, equipped to fully-charge your gadget in just a few minutes.


Drones have been one of the most talked-about gadgets recently. Now you can own one yourself when you buy the state-of-the-art DJI Mini 3 Pro Drone. Enjoy its 4K HDR camera for perfect video captures and multi-direction sensors to help avoid obstacles when flying in tight spaces.


Level up your living space with these must-haves for the household


Home cleaning has become hassle-free thanks to all the easy-to-operate and high-quality appliances like the Deerma DX810 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner. Clean the nooks and crannies of each room with ease thanks to its handheld design and strong suction power. Invest in something that will help get you glammed up for any occasion such as the Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete. Experiment with its multiple features that are suitable for any hair type and style. Beat the heat while you’re doing chores with the Akari Rechargeable Clip Fan. Place this at your desk, nightstand or wherever you are for up to 4 hours of cool air with one full charge. 




Stay on top of the trends without breaking the bank


Not all the trending gadgets and accessories need to have a hefty price tag, just like the ODSCN 5-in-1 Cleaning Brush, This nifty gizmo can conveniently clean your keyboard and earphones and easily be stored in your bag for when you’re on-the-go. Buy this Adjustable Phone Stand at a great deal, so you can have the perfect accessory for binge-watching movies and video calls. Capture photos at any angle you want with this affordable Gorilla Pod. Mount this at hard to reach places so you can get that perfect pic to post on your social media.


Visit https://shopee.ph/m/gadgetzone to find more trending gadgets and tech essentials that you can score with up to 90% off on June 23. 


Tuesday, June 21, 2022


Upgrading your home is always a great idea to keep up with the ever-changing trends and to show off your personality to guests who visit your humble abode. And where else can you find a variety of quirky and functional home items? Only at Shopee of course! From trending items online, to Nordic-inspired pieces, and even home accessories you didn’t think you needed, discovering new
budols on #ShopeeFinds can help everyone achieve their room goals each time they check out.


#ShopeeFinds is the destination for cool kitchen essentials, the freshest bedroom accessories, and even popular TikTok recommendations. Just type “#ShopeeFinds” on the search bar, or visit the Shopee Finds page to see the newest and hottest items in store for shoppers.



We’ve rounded up our latest #ShopeeFinds favorites to give you inspiration on how to upgrade each room: 


Have a statement piece in the middle of your living room when you checkout this iron metal coffee table, which has a sleek and multipurpose design where you can store extra items for more space. Got too many shoes and not enough space? This Nordic-designed two-door shoe cabinet is a lifesaver thanks to its 2-layer shoe storage compartment where you can store all pairs of shoes with ease. Lounge in your living room comfortably with this minimalist lounge chair, designed in leather to help accentuate the look of your co-living space.   





Bring your Nordic mood board to life when you dine at home! Maximize your dining space with this foldable dining table, which can accommodate up to four people and has multiple compartments for your kitchen essentials. Feel fancy with a gorgeous lace-embroidered placemat, which you can use for fine dining and special occasions. Checkout this vintage-style fruit basket, which you can even use to take IG-worthy photos of your ingredients and meals.



Creating the perfect ambience for your bedroom is a must and non-negotiable for a lot of us. To help set a more relaxing vibe in your sacred space, try out this moon-designed night light, embossed with cute lunar details which you can appreciate at nightime. Unwind after a long day and enjoy better rest using the plush pillow cover that’s soft on the skin and easy on the eyes. Have a minimalist portable USB humidifier situated near your bed so you can relax and keep your room’s tranquility while you sleep soundly through the night.



Upgrade your usual cup of coffee into an IG-worthy one with this Nordic-inspired ceramic bamboo mug, which comes in different earth colors, a wooden cover, and a free teaspoon. This unique espresso measuring cup is designed with an eye-catching wooden handle that helps you craft the perfect espresso cup with ease. Been wanting to try your hand at latte art? This milk frothing pitcher should be your next buy as it allows you to hone your microfoaming skills at home before you share your work to the world on social media.


To make you even more excited to enhance your home, you can watch out for the #ShopeeFinds Home & Living Takeover this June 23 to July 6 to know the trending items to add in your home aesthetic. For the takeover, you can scroll through a collection of trending items and home inspirations where you can discover home upgrades and essentials that best fit your needs! 

  

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