Switch Opens New Store in Ayala Malls Serin Tagaytay

Monday, February 29, 2016

It looks like they're rapidly expanding. Switch, an authorized Apple Premium Reseller just opened their 19th store at the 2nd level of Ayala Malls Serin in Tagaytay City. We were there this morning and the good news is, they're throwing in an 8% discount on all items today as part of their 8th year anniversary.

Macpower executives Ken Tan and Suzette Cruz officiated the ribbon cutting ceremony and showed us around their new store. They've got tons of Macbook bags, slim sleeves, hard cases, iPhone cases, Lumee (the ultimate selfie tool), Belkin accessories, Belkin car mounts, powerbanks and a lot more. They also have audio speakers and accessories so if you need some fancy ear gear, you should definitely visit them today!

Switch also has other branches in Ayala Malls Solenad, Arcadia in Paseo, Marquee Mall in Angeles Pampanga, UP Technohub, The District Mall in Imus Cavite, The District Mall in Dasmariñas City, Alabang Town Center, Glorietta, UP Town Center, EVIA Lifestyle Center, Bluebay Wal and Robinson's Mall in Las Piñas which they also just recently opened. Come and enjoy the discount today if you are around the area. It's a cool mall too!

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Discovery Shores Boracay Nominated at the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

Sunday, February 28, 2016

If you haven't heard yet, the place I stayed in Boracay a few months back just got nominated for the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards. They have been consistently getting accolades as one of the best destination resorts in the world and this year, they're proving once again to be worthy of this award as the voting ends tomorrow February 29. Discovery Shores Boracay is one of the best places I've ever been to and if you want to make the country proud this year, you better get ready to vote for them today by going to their website https://tlworldsbest.wylei.com.

You will be brought to answer a survey then to a voting page. All you need to do is choose Hotels > Asia > Philippines > Boracay > then Discovery Shores Boracay Island. Rate the property then choose NOT to rate hotel brands. You will then be notified that your vote is complete and voting will only be allowed until the 29th of February. That's tomorrow so if you have spare time today, would you mind voting for them? I just did. This will not only be good for the business, but will make the country proud!

If you wish to know more about their awards, check Discovery Shores here.


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The Coolest Gadgets for Summer 2016

Spent the evening with the good people from Digits Trading. They're one of the largest gadgets and accessories distributors in the country. I couldn't even fit in my hands what brands they have but it includes Marshall, Braven and some new ones like Vest (that does anti radiation accessories) and Fuse Chicken (which have Apple accessories). We're here to find out some of the coolest gear for Summer 2016.

This is the vest Anti Radiation Headset. If you're looking for best deals on electronic gadgets, this is a good place to start. The thrust this year is to get your gadgets to become more healthy and safe. It makes sense since we're using them for a long time. The wired headset is made sturdy, and the concept is to lessen the radiation while you're listening to your favorite songs on your smart phones. If you're streaming music or video, this would actually help and lessen radiation worries for you and your family. I'd definitely consider this as one of the coolest things you can have this summer. Now the only thing left is a trip to a beach or that lovely destination you've been thinking of all year.

There's also a wireless version of it, this is the vest anti radiation Bluetooth headset. If you're not a fan of wires then this would be a great alternative. It's a little pricey, almost twice the price. Hopefully we can get more affordable gadgets by getting the best shopping coupons at http://www.myvouchercodes.ph/.

Aside from the Earphones, vest also has Anti Radiation smart phone cases for iPhone 6S and 6S+. It protects your phone from bumps and drops. It also gets you about 89% less radiation exposure without compromising signals with an additional PCB for your antenna. 

The vest Radiation Shield can prevent those that are coming from your laptop's battery and WIFI antenna. It also would be a good thing for heat reduction, confidently making you work without worries of exposure up to 92%.

Fuse Chicken boasts of the IPHONE phone dock, car dock, Apple Watch dock and Titan. They're made with the toughest cable on Earth and I think they have every right to claim that since it's made of industrial grade cable that is made of high strength steel. It is both flexible and might probably be the last charging cable you'll ever need in your lifetime. It works best for your phone that uses lightning cables. You'll never see it peel off or get chewed by your pets. I wanted to have this long cable actually because I have already bought about 4 original ones and they all got ruined after daily use. This for me is a solution, and hopefully we get to experience it soon.

Then we saw the BRAVEN BRV-PRO speaker and accessories.

This one is the Stacking Plate, which you can use to stack multiple BRAVEN speakers so they can sync with your Bluetooth connection and play music on a whole different level. I actually have an older model and just like it, the BRAVEN plays super crisp audio without distorting it too much with too much bass. You'll love it!

To make your speaker fancy, this one is their Glow Deck. If you're out in the woods, you won't have to use your precious batteries because it glows with LED's while you're playing music in the background.

This is the Action Mount. You can now go on adventures, ride your bikes, drop through mountains and still have that music play while you're doing everything.

For environmental freaks, if you run out of batteries, don't worry because you've got the BRAVEN Solar Panel. Just go and tuck it out on a sunny day and it'll charge your device automatically.

If you run out of phone batteries, don't worry because you've got this Battery Pack to help you through your camping activities. Just hook it up and use it like a power bank in those emergency situations. You've got the best gadgets within your reach, now go get them before your next beach destination. You'll love it like I do!
That's our roundup of the coolest gadgets you can have this summer. Make sure you get them while it's hot literally, and figuratively. Everything is available in Digital Walker or Beyond the Box Stores nationwide!


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SM Launches "Art for Everyone" Today!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Today is a good day for art and SM is going to celebrate it with established and new artists in a two day art fair called "Art for Everyone". It will be held simultaneously today Feb 27 until tomorrow the 28th in SM City North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Aura, SM Southmall, SM City Cebu and SM City Lanang in Davao. This is also in part of the celebration of National Arts Month on it's 25th year since it was put into law in 1991. SM is continuing to support the local art scene and this is the first time to ever do it in 6 malls at the same time. Now, more people would be able to see how talented Filipinos are since this is in a larger venue plus it can be viewed free.

Curator Dr. Patrick Flores says "It is important to broaden the access to contemporary art. It'll give the public a better feel of these emerging artists, their work, and the galleries they belong to. We have been supporting them as they have a track record of professionalism and we cannot discount the fact that Filipino artists are world class!"

The "Art for Everyone" exhibit is organized in collaboration with Dr. Patrick Flores, Ms. Louise Marcelino of UP Vargas Museum and Mr. Peter Natividad of the Lopez Museum. Oh and yes, some of the pieces are up for sale so if you're collecting this might be a good place to discover worthy art. Open mall hours today, so see it! 


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There's A "Little Nanay" in All of Us: A "Little Nanay" Set Visit

Friday, February 26, 2016

I saw this written in a coloring book which was used to promote the GMA show "Little Nanay" while I was writing this story. We just got back from a long day of interviews with the cast in their Sta. Ana location shoot and we had fun talking to the cast of the show. I didn't quite get it why they would insinuate that we all had that "Little Nanay" in ourselves though because I know quite a few people who probably don't. I mean there are bad people living in the Philippines and I got confused with that statement.

I guess what they were trying to prove is, no matter what condition, mental capacity or psychological grade a person has, they'd probably have a little part of themselves to still care for someone else. That's the vibe that I got from Kris Bernal when we talked to her that afternoon. The show is about to end and I guess in some way, that's what she wanted to impart to the people who have steadfastly supported the show since it's inception. The task of making the character of Tinay alive was much of a challenge to the Kapuso actress but she feels it was all well worth it. They did make us think a lot about what a person who's matured but with a mind of an 8 year old could actually do to take care of their own daughter, their own family too. As with any other differently abled individual, they should always be treated as humans no matter how much we have to learn living with them would actually take. Here are some of our interviews with the cast done a few days ago.

Cignal Welcomes Stephen Thompson in Manila

Thursday, February 25, 2016

We're at the Mall of Asia Music hall today to give you a glimpse on how we treat Stephen "The Wonderboy" Thompson a little Filipino welcome courtesy of our friends from Cignal. This is a tour arranged by the company and they dub it as "UFC & Cignal Presents: On the Rise, Stephen Thompson".

Cignal is gearing to expand in Asia and and MMA in the Philippines is rapidly growing. It's an opportune time to see the #2 in the Welterweight rankings, Stephen Thompson in the flesh. He knocked out Johnny Hendricks last February 6, so he's as fresh as it gets. Cignal will be broadcasting more fights on Hyper channel 53. He's loving the reception so far and now that he's in MOA, he hopes to get even closer to his Filipino fans!

They started by revealing Red Dela Cruz, the first Filipina UFC Octagon Girl. A really nice place to start.

Mark Eddiva from Team Lakay also joined in. He's officially the first full blooded Filipino to be in UFC, he hails from Baguio and traveled 6 hours just to be here. He actually is a Wushu gold medalist. Really humble guy too.

Then it was his turn, this is Stephen Thompson!

Stephen Thompson adds "It's not an easy task, you have to find a good gym and feel good about it, when you're confident, and they take care of you, you'll be a good fighter!".

Make sure you watch UFC on Cignal through Hyper HD. We loved him in person, we better love him even more watching his fights! 

Thanks Cignal and Smart Bro for bringing him here in Manila!

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Consult Anytime, Anywhere with Medicard's "My Pocket Doctor"

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Have you ever found yourself always rummaging through your room looking for change, money just to get yourself checked by the Doctor? Why would you be suffering more when all you want to do at that specific time is to get well and treated immediately? Well worry no more because the country's premier HMO provider Medicard has just come out with "My Pocket Doctor", a very convenient way to get medical consultations anytime, anywhwere.

Dr. Nicky Montoya says "This is our way of modernizing technology and making it convenient for everyone. Now you've got less time, less hassle just to get consulted by a doctor. We also have made it easier to register and available 24/7 so you can do it at the comforts of your homes, offices, or just about anywhere in the Philippines."

In order to use the service, you would need to register on their website mypocketdoctor.com or download the app on the App Store or Google Play. Wait for an activation link containing your username and password then you're all set. You can also register via TEXT by sending your email and cellphone number to 29290DOCTOR or 29290362867. You would need to also get a call from a nurse to complete the registration process. The consultation process would start by having a nurse schedule your consultation with a doctor, then one of their doctors will call you for instructions and prescriptions. For those that may need visual contact, they'll be using video calls for proper assesment. Upto 70% of cases can be covered by the service and get you the help you need wherever, whenever. It's truly something very convenient for those who can't leave home for most cases.

The Medicard "My Pocket Doctor" is also available in Medicard Free Standing Clinics and very soon, on Medicard's online store. You get all these 24/7 so just imagine how convenient this is.

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Christian Bautista Swoons Indonesian Fans on Valentines Day

You must be wondering where in the world is Christian Bautista? The good looking balladeer has left the country this season to take his music in a back to back Valentines Concert in Indonesia where the Asia's Romantic Balladeer swooned his fans in that side of the world.

He performed together with Bunga Citra Lestari in a show entitled "Romantic Valentine Concert" at the Coliseum Club in Jakarta, then also performed on Valentines day at Alia Hotel in Solo, Indonesia. He was also busy during this trip as he had to appear in 3 different local television shows that includes Sarah Sechan, NETTV's local version of Ellen Degeneres. He also guested and had an interview with Merry Riana of Sonora FM 92, one of their local stations. In the same week, he also appeared in Trans TV where he gave a glimpse of his career in the Philippines and Indonesia and talked about himself for his countless fans in the region. If you may have remembered, Christian walked for Bench a couple of years ago and have acheived a really good physique, so he also shared a couple of his fitness routines, and diet so they could also learn about it. 

He also guested in the new show of Rossa, a singer-actress from the same country and even sang "Please Be Careful with My Heart" live. Christian gave them a show and included "The Way You Look at Me", "Since I Found You" and "Fixing a Broken Heart" in his repertoir to the delight of his throng of fans in Indonesia. They love Christian as much as we do.

The last time we got the chance to talk to Christian was during the launch of his single "Who Is She To Me" which entered the UK iTunes charts last year. He's making the waves here and abroad and promises to bring you more in the years to come. Make sure you visit his website http://www.christianbautistaonline.com and follow him on social network channels @xtianbautista on Twitter and Instagram, or like his Facebook page over at Facebook.com/Christian-Bautista-Official too!

Congratulations Christian! Continue to make the country proud!

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SmartBro x UFC Partnership Draws First Blood

Ever wanted one of these? Me too. I actually wanted to do MMA and ever since I've watched fights on TV and cable, it just made me so eager to see them in real life. This afternoon, we're blessed to have been able to witness a partnership between Smart (through SmartBRO), the country's biggest network and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) the biggest league there is in multi disciplined fighting sports.

This means that starting today, Smart Bro will offer subscribers and UFC fans exclusive access to UFC FIGHT PASS, it's the digital streaming service that accesses the biggest library of fight content. Now you can watch your favorite fighter slug it out in the famous Octagon thay they've long fighting in. Aside from that, Smart Bro might be flying you and one of your friends to a UFC Pay per View fight. Isn't that awesome?

Now you don't event have to fly to the US or other countries because Smart is bringing all of them closer to you. These awesome content can now be accessed on the UFC official app and maybe soon, a full pledged UFC event in the country. It'll all be within reach as Filipinos becomr hungry for more digital content in the coming years, Smart, Smart Bro and UFC will all be part of that!

Ms. Pam Santiago AVP for Smart Bro's Data Services says "This is a multi year partnership and this will make us the proud mobile carrier of UFC in the country. You'll have exclusive perks like this March 6, for the UFC Women's viewing party at Skinny Mike's so please come over and bring your pocket wifi! Only Smart can get you all these anytime and anywhere. You can reach your favorite athletes, and we're happy for you to witness this today! We will bring UFC closer to the fans."

Mr. Kenneth Berger EVP and General Manager of UFC Asia says "This is going to be an exciting year for UFC and now that we've partnered with Smart, you can access a whole community, a huge library so you can watch anywhere with almost any device. We look forward to doing more experiences and shows back here in Manila. We want to bring more fights and content." 

Then they surprised is with Stephen Thompson!

I can't wait for his next fight since he wants to get #1 slot, the title fight which he says will happen very soon!

Thank you for having us Smart Bro!