Robinsons Department Store Launches "Go Lokal!"

Saturday, March 25, 2017

We spent the afternoon at Robinsons Place Manila. It's the district's most busiest mall, frequented by the masses, expats, foreigners and just about anybody who loves shopping. The place is sprawling with restaurants, stores, specialty shops, kiosks and Robinsons Department Store, one of the best brands of retail in the country. The specific reason why we were there was for Go Lokal!, a new brand that the Robinsons Department Store is launching together with the help of DTI, the Robinsons group, suppliers and Micro - Small -  Medium Enterprises, they are launching this brand for small businesses that have products which they deem ready for the world stage, introducing them to one of the mall's biggest foot traffic areas so people could get to see the Filipino ingenuity, passion translated into their products which we've seen on the shelves of the new Go Lokal! store.  

Robina Gokongwei says "Welcome DTI execs, I would like to thank them for including Robinsons Department Store in go Lokal, we are proud to promote Filipino products especially the passionate SME's who are included in this program. Thank you to everyone who made this happen, our partners, suppliers who believe in this cause to put the Filipino products in the world stage. The micro SME products will now have a place to get discovered and have opportunities to grow their business, here in Robinsons Department Store."

Here's a couple of things sold in the store. I'm posting some of the nice things I've seen there.

Natural fibers made into bags, Mom would love this!

Portable mats, your Yoga sessions come in Banig designs.

Bamboo watches, perfect for men.

Need souvenirs? They have them too!

Gift for the ladies? That's an easy task because they've got dresses and bags like these!

Teens who love music? These EcoSpeakers would be good for their iPhones or smart phones.

Something for Tita? These bangles come in different designs.

Kumagcow wants this Kumagcarabao LOL!

For high fashion enthusiasts or Ate who doesn't want Barbie, this doll would trace her back to her roots.

She can also play and sing "Bahay Kubo" (Nipa Hut) and play with all the vegetables on her basket.

Toys for the little boys, this Philippine Jeepney would keep those kids busy!

Dad can lift and put this sculpture on his porch, to drive away wild animals LOL

Mom would love this classy container made of mother of pearl, shells and gold trimmings.

Dad's cocktails would be a notch higher with these lovely Mango Liqueur.

For the guy friends who just had a baby boy, these cigars from Ilocos would be a great way to celebrate right?
You've got a government agency, the various Micro SME's and the Gokongwei group working in unison to take the fate of these small businesses into greater heights. Make sure to visit them right outside the Ladies Shoes section of Robinsons Department Store and get involved in patronizing these products so they would grow. You won't be sorry as Robinsons made sure they passed their quality standards before putting them on the shelves.

If you have friends and family looking for authentic Filipino souvenirs and products to take home to their next destination, suggest Go Lokal! and get them in one place, the Robinsons Department Store!

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Aubrey Miles for Brillante Mendoza Presents: Everlasting

Thursday, March 23, 2017

We wrote about this last December before the outing of the first installment of Brillante Mendoza Presents, of the world renowned visionary and Best Director at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. 

All Saturdays of last month, they've released TSINOY, which was brought about by the depiction of Filipino Chinese families set in the famous Binondo district in Manila. This time however, he's taking the story telling up another notch by doing a very unique tale of love of two women (played by Aubrey Miles and indie queen Mercedes Cabral) and the struggles arise when people follow their dreams, and go through the hardships of love. Almost all the scenes are also shot in Baguoi while the annual PANAGBENGA festival is ongoing. Direk Brillante's take on this story is different but will be telling it all in detail so you get to understand where the characters are coming from. How do you reason with a dream? How do you argue with love on the line?

This may just be another month where your Saturday evenings will get the brunt of how TV5 is disrupting the television space. Imagine watching quality movie scenes each week right in the comfort of your own homes, wouldn't that be nice? Well take the chance to watch the show starting this March 25, 9:30PM on TV5. You don't have to pay a single cent to see what a Cannes Film Festival awardee is doing on public broadcast TV. The show will also be tackling lesbian relationships so make sure you would always explain things to kids as the characters set off to find their real happiness. Now if you think this program is pushing the envelope, you're just seeing the second story... there are more!

Make sure you stay tuned to TV5 9:30PM every Saturdays on the Kapatid Network!


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Stream Free Movies, Shows via MovieClub App

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Have you heard of the MovieClub App? I haven't either. Well today we just witnessed the launch of the MovieClub App and we know you want FREE stuff. They have video on demand and stream local content and doesn't charge you a single cent for it to work. It's been available on Google Play since August last year so if you are looking for something to watch while braving EDSA traffic, or your comfort rooms, your rooms, this is it.

MovieClub noticed how it's hard to produce local content and Filipinos do come up with spectacular content but malls don't quite get it. So MovieClub aims to provide new revenue channels to protect, monetize and showcase their work. They are currently concentrating on the local film industry build and designed by Filipinos and for Filipinos. For the past few years, we are building more networks and data usage will change in the next few years. We consume media on our mobile phones even MORE because you can literally take it anywhere, and MovieClub is banking on these changes to sustain a more sustainable local content ecosystem. They thought if this content is accesible, it will make the medium viable substitutes versus traditional media and advertising where they do earn quite a lot from.

They will monetize by showing ads on these videos and content will all be 100% legal and licensed with their rightful owners. So if you want to support local content makers, producers, artists, directors, watching here will do that automatically. They are currently expanding their library but there's a ton of it already available on the app. You just need login credentials via Facebook or your email address. You can also put your favorite ones on your Movie Bucket if you want to watch it later. There will be several HD quality content available too in the pipeline. Soon you will see studio libraries, film fest entries, local and foreign ones and indie films all in one place. You can download it now at or just search MovieClub on the Google Play store. We did it on the launch and watched hit indie film Saving Sally on the venue. You may find more information about MovieClub on Facebook, you know how to use the search function right? We're adults lol.

Now that you know where to get it, go make yourself entertained with the MovieClub app and watch these things in a huge vault of Filipino films and shows on your mobile phones. 

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Loisa Andalio Endorses Ever Bilena

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This is their 34th year and Ever Bilena is not stopping in beautifying Filipina women as they bring fresh, confident and beautiful Loisa Andalio as their newest endorser. This comes as welcome news to people who patronize the brand as teens and millenials deem this one of the most affordable but quality cosmetic products in the country.

"I used this since I was in high school and when I got the news that I was the brand ambassador, I was super happy. I was ecstatic even more too because now I don't have to buy make up (she kids). I am so excited to be free (with limits from my parents) and I'm more focused on my career and it is my priority. I'm delighted to be chosen among the celebrities who are also in my age. I'm a simple teenager that can be reached by my peers, I'm not perfect, I'm not too beautiful but I want to inspire and influence the youth to take these imperfections and be proud of it. I hope I get blessings I deserve, and for the people I love to be happy. I go to 4 things like the press powder, eyebrow pencil, blush and matte moby lipstick that are in pink nude shade. In formal occasions, I do brown black makeup, and do it in 30 minutes. It's easy and I don't have any secrets, it's just Youtube and Ever Bilena. I also wish people would get to watch me on April 29 at Lo18a: A Birthday Concert at the Music Museum as I'm very excited for that!" -Loisa Andalio 

This is a treat partnership between Loisa and us because we feel her supporters even buy a lot because they tag the brand if they buy lipsticks, eye makeup, concealers, and she will be everywhere including the new Ever Bilena TV commercial called A Day In The Life. You should watch how Loisa shows how she transforms into the new, young and hip Loisa Andalio now that she is 18! - said the Ever Bilena Executives.

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