McJim Classic Leather Launches Dreams Get Real: The Search for the Next OPM Star Season2

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

After the very successful first season of McJim Classic Leather's Dreams Get Real: The Search for the next OPM Star, here they go again and launched it's second season to discover new Filipino talents and promising acts all for the love of OPM. They've already made headlines with last years champs Fifth Dynamics, JBK and Neo Domingo and this time, they're going to amp up the ante with fresh voices, bigger, better and brighter stars in Dreams Get Real history.

Chris Cahilig the Dreams Get Real Project Head says "The level of competition is just mind blowing because during the eliminations, we were just pain stricken in choosing the top 10. It was around a hundred entries then we had to choose 20 for the mall eliminations. After that, we had the top 8 then add 2 more wildcard entries so we could complete the final 10. At this point, I've noticed that they are all talented but we're looking for that perfect one who has star quality. In this group, with proper guidance, we're going to have a star! We've been waiting to introduce to you the 10 finalists of this competition. The company has sternly supported OPM all these years and we've even had OPM artists as endorsers so it is inherent for the brand. The winners last year is about to launch their debut albums, all in a span of two months so please watch out for that. We also have the contestant's videos up on our youtube and social media channels and all will be culminated at the Music Museum and announced on November 9, the process is rigorous and we'll have the brightest star among them, we can't wait for you to see them all!"

These contestants are comprised of students, amateur and professional singers, people from all walks of life and some of them noted that this is a lot different from competitions they've joined in the past. The top 10 contestants are Zsarina Concepcion, Eiffel Manansala, Carmela Ravanilla, Micah Llona, CJ Raneses, Tricia May Casauay, Erickson Malabanan, Kym Penoso, Abigail Mendoza and Apple Delleva. Some of them have frequented competitions but some of them are totally new. 

The competition will make thesr guys and gals win a full album, their own music video, Php 100,000 cash prize from McJim Classic Leather, artist marketing support (which they'll find very important!) and a talent management contract. For more details about the competition, please like their Facebook page so you can catch these performers as they battle it out with other artists very soon! 


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Beyond the Box Offers MacBook Air Lifestyle Bundles

The moment I saw this poster, I cried. It's obviously tears of joy. For geeks like me, hearing something like this is like showing the next installment of Star Wars. 

Starting September 1st (that's today!) they're offering the MacBook Air 11 inch and 13 inch with 128GB storage which they will also be selling in super affordable, 0% 24 month installments in via three unique lifestyle bundles that will only be available with Beyond the Box branches nationwide.

This piece of hardware has been the go to thing for graphics work, games, video editing and movies that the whole family can enjoy. The superior performance, the undeniable ergonomic design and ease of use makes each MacBook Air something that every family member would want to have in their homes. Beyond the Box knows this so they designed three lifestyle bundles that can make you, your friends and family maximize how it is to live with your new MacBook Air. They call this TRVLR, EXCTV and SCHLR. It includes some awesome freebies, add-ons and lifestyle boosts!

For the Free Spirited choose #iAMTRVLR

The TRVLR bundle has your MacBook Air plus the coolest colored Coloud Pop headphones, ACME Made Skinny Sleeve (which you can use for your MacBook Pro) and Nude Audio Speakers which I also own (it's one of the greatest portable speakers I've ever used! Very good Bass.).
If you're into Professional looks, a bit business minded, choose #iAMEXCTV

The EXCTV bundle may well be the choice of those who prefer work to be their priority. You get the MacBook Air plus a Soundfreaq Pocket Kick (a great portable speaker with real crisp sound), ACME Made Sleeve so you can protect your new MacBook Air when in transit or business meetings.

Feel school's cool? Choose #iAMSCHLR

For the incredibly talented students who want the best hardware for education, get this bundle with the MacBook Air plus the Urbanears Plattan headset, the beautiful Speck MacBook Air Case and your own JRC Keyboard Protector if you're going into word processing much and might abuse the keyboard too much. 

As for the mechanics for this promo, you can only use BDO, BPI, Citibank, Maybank, Metrobank, PNB, Security Bank and Union Bank cards and must be in good credit standing. This isn't valid with other ongoing Beyond the Box promos, and you must present your card with a valid ID then sign the charge slip when it is approved. You can choose from an 11 inch or 13 inch MacBook Air at 128GB capacity only. The promo is only good from September 1 to 30, 2015 so if you're thinking of an early Christmas gift this might just be your lucky day!

If you're still not convinced that this is the best deal since sliced bread, come over to any Beyond the Box stores nationwide. Take advantage of this promo today or else, you might regret this for the rest of your life. Head on to Century City Mall, One Rockwell, Market!Market!, Forbestown, Resorts World Manila, Lucky Chinatown, Robinsons Ermita, Robinson Galleria, VMall in Greenhills, Wil Tower in QC and Veranza in GenSan. Hurry I say! Hurry!

This is #Zero24.


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Pioneer Insurance Launches Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition and Campus Tour

I saw hope in the eyes behind Philippine playwrights when we attended Stories of Hope, an event organized by Pioneer insurance. They find value in an industry that has always stemmed their passion in the arts, whether visual, film, music and theater. This is their way of giving back, just like in the past when they sponsored, covered and promoted events such as Miss Saigon, The Little Mermaid, Noah, Magsimula Ka, Peter Pan, Bluebird of Happiness and PETA’s Rak of Aegis. Now, they're doing it with Tanghalang Pilipino which is the resident drama club of CCP. They have supported the recent 11th Virgin Labfest and now they're taking it to the people by having the top plays included in a campus tour and have it free of charge so students, ordinary Juans can watch these spectacles for free. Isn't that amazing?

It starts today September 1, in MIRIAM COLLEGE at Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City and I'm watching the show later as I'm writing this article. The next one will be on September 23 in the LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY Intramuros, Manila. Then there will be other ones on September 30 at the UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS in EspaƱa Blvd, Manila plus October 7 in UNIVERSITY OF MAKATI at West Rembo, Makati City and on October 13     DE LA SALLE-COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE in Taft Avenue, Manila. Now we're really talking!

Here's what transpired during the Virgin Labfest Awarding ceremonies when they announced the pieces that will be included in the Campus Tour. This is a dream come true with some of them who have been wishing to get in touch with the Filipino audience.

Pioneer also announced Pioneer Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition. They're inviting playwrights pieces in English, Filipino, or Taglish and ask to submit it from September 1 to November 6, 2015. It would be stories about resiliency and hopefulness, and they'll announce the winner on December 14, 2015. They'll have the chance to win a Php 25,000 cash prize and an insurance coverage from Pioneer. For the fine print, check out the mechanics here.

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