ESPN5 Announces Whole Day of Boxing on May 13

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Filipino sports and boxing fans are in for a treat as ESPN5 gives you a whole day of boxing this May 13th which your friends from the Kapatid channel can bring. With their partners ESPN the global leader in sports, they will give you unadulterated Filipino fights that should be on screen, Thrilla in Manila, and even championship bouts that will be streamed from across the globe.

Coach Chot Reyes “For us just being here we should get applauded. I don’t think you’ll see anything like this, a wall to wall LIVE BOXING day on ESPN5 on May 13. Another one in Las Vegas a little later on. We started ESPN greatest fights, Thrilla in Manila, Rocky Marciano, this is really going to be a treat for Filipino boxing fans. We believe in the Filipino fighter, we believe in our boxers. Their stories will be told and we will start with Jerwin Pretty Boy Ancajas. We hope you get to see how our talented boxers started their career. All we could offer is the genuine partnership, not entirely money that the other networks have, but it weeds out those who don't really care for them, or have them in mind. We will continue to promote boxing, Manila is the best place to do that. Everybody knows we can work with other promoters and management, what we know would be good for the boxers we will do it. All of these other sports we will put them on the spotlight, as a Sports channel we will give them these opportunities. We cannot forget Manila. Maraming salamat po!”

AJ Bazooka Banal adds “Everyone in Survival Camp knows they should give their 100%, even more so you can only expect the best when the fight happens.”

Marvin Marvelous Sonsona says “Thanks to team Ancajas for giving me a chance to get this fight, to join survival camp. I promise to show everything, we’ll prepare for all the help they have given us, thank you for supporting us.”

Mark Barriga says “The improvement of power and endurance is so different. We need to last longer on the ring, not just punch it out, to learn to breathe. We work hard with our coach, I’ll also be battling a good boxer judging from what I have seen on record. This training program, I have followed it to a T because I know it will be good for me.”

Jerwin Ancajas says "We both are going to benefit in this fight, we put our name into it. Even if we're both Filipino, we are making history. In the US we will give them a good fight, a Filipino versus a Filipino, we are preparing a lot and have been eager to see who will win when that day comes."

Survival Instinct will happen on May 13 and it will be a great day for boxing but do know this will be a whole month event so they will feature more fights on different dates. The WBA lightweight title fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Jorge Linares at the Madison Square Garden will air on ESPN5 at 10 a.m. whilst Barriga on the other hand resumes his quest for a world title when he faces Gabriel Mendoza of Colombia. Both are vying for the IBF minimumweight crown. It will happen on SM North Edsa Skydome together with fight of Marvin Sonsona and AJ Banal. Stay tuned!

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Timezone Opens Biggest Branch in Ayala Malls Feliz

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I'm a gamer, old school by todays standards but I can give a fight in any title if I need to. I've spent my childhood, my teens and even college life playing with consoles, and my hangout was pretty much the arcade. So when I was invited a couple of days ago in Ayala Malls Feliz for the opening of what is supposed to be the BIGGEST Timezone branch in the country, I jumped at the opportunity to see it. 

Honestly I couldn't believe my eyes. The 5th Floor of this new mall will obviously be filled with other merchants - but judging from the looks of it, this whole section they are in will be the piece de resistance. It's HUGE, HUMONGOUS, but pretty simple concept to put in one place. They've been talking abojt this a couple of months ago (when they opened the branch in Ayala Malls Vertis North). This time they won't hold back and will cater to each member of the family.

This is called TIMEZON AIR. A large trampoline park on the right side of the venue. They can hold different trampoline exhibitions, ultimate dodgeball or just about anything that you can imagine your kids or not so kids anymore to do here. I was a wee bit envious when some of the kids tried this out because I couldn't go there because I was still playing games in the arcade, I'm surely going back here. I'll bring a couple friends along because it's not that expensive, we can have lots of fun here.

This is the TIMEZONE PLAY area. It's the ulimate fun house for your kids 5 and up. Thing is, this isn't your ordinary obstacle course as there are several learning modules on the first floor. It would make your kids excercise their brains, learn a lot with science, history, as they have dedicated a section for it. It's got four floors to tickle the fancy of your kids, I'm sure they won't be bored with this huge play area that comprises about third of the whole venue.

The Entertainment Center in the middle part of the TIMEZONE grounds houses the different machines for arcade games, they have the latest and the greatest fighting, alter reality, shooting and race games. Aside from that, they have different fun games that spit out tickets which you can save and equate for a prize later on. I'm saving up for that bike I saw in their counter, they also have cute Mario Brothers plush and Star Wars toys which I'm sure you'll all love.

They also have food establishments inside the venue that is connected with Banapple. They call it SANDWICHEESE which serves some real organic healthy stuff to the more not so guilt free meals because cheese is life.

I would take my friends and family here in a heartbeat. I would also get my ideal date here if that happens, I love girl gamers LOL. 

Anyway, you can see this all happen at the 5th Floor of the new Ayala Malls Feliz along Marcos Highway in Marikina. The new shops, restaurants and this complete family fun entertainment venue should keep you there for days if the mall doesn't close for the next workday, I assure you you'll love em all!

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Download EATIGO for WOW Wednesdays!

Monday, April 16, 2018

I am fond of food, I mean who doesn't right? Well honestly, if it were all affordable I'd probably have more. Saving a buck or two wouldn't be bad either, have you heard about EATIGO? If not then you should know more about it. You will love it the moment you install the app wether on iPhone or Android.

Aside from the lovely restaurants on the app, the discounts are huge! Imagine this April 18, they'll have 50% OFF promos all day, and they're not even joking.

Where you say? Restaurants like Barcino, Dillingers 1903, Alta at Ascott BGC, Gelatofix and Vengo. There are tons more in the the app. WOW Wednesday will have their own section, so it'll be easier to navigate in the app so your Wednesday won't be boring anymore. If you want, you can reserve seats ahead of time 12am on April 16, no fuss! Download it off Google Play or the App Store, it'll be all there!

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You'll love LOVE, SIMON

Based on an internationallly successful novel, I joined a couple of friends to watch Love, Simon. It's an LGBT themed film, more geared towards discovering himself, some sort of a little... coming out story. 

An ordinary guy, born from normal parents, normal friends, who drink coffee, watch movies and watch their carbs. It's a perfectly normal life - albeit being a little obsessed with the gardener next door, but that's another story. 

Yeah he's queer, not out there, more like in the closet. He found another person in the same predicament, same thoughts as he has - so he took the chance to connect, and they did. The getting to know stage, the blackmailing, everything falling apart. 

They go through teenage stuff, milennial - get drunk and lose it. In the end he wants to find who he is... but honestly I like his Whitney Houston moment I think every gay guy has that diva who represents him - his is fun. I also like how he got to tell his friends about his preferencr - but not how it went with the others.

I don't want to spoil things, but YES this film is quite interesting to watch with friends and family. Prolly 4/5 cows because I enjoyed it. Not really for kids, but more for PG 13 at least. You'll love how it ends. 

It will be out on May 9 under 20th Century Fox.  

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Thank You

My Dad passed away this Tuesday, April 3, he was 70.

I know am still hurting, not fully recovered yet. I don't know what will happen after this but I am optimistic things (even though will not be the same) hopefully will be better for us. We are taking care of Mom, as we always have been doing.

I am just writing this post to thank everyone who have in their own way, showed their condolences while we are still grieving. It may have not been less stressful, less heavy, but know that we are extremely thankful to everyone who have helped us during this time. Please do know that I have read all the comments, private messages, but I'm still contemplating how to answer most of them because the old people are telling me not to say "thank you" even if I really am thankful.

Kidding aside, my heartfelt thanks to all the bloggers and PR Executives who went to the wake of my Dad. It really kept me on top of my toes to see you just being there. You know who you are.

For those who sent flowers, who sent help and even tons of food, THANK YOU

Batch 68 Ramon Magsaysay Cubao HS
ABSCBN Corp Comm
Evelyn Bueno, Alain and Ryan
Batch 95 TCQC
Jessah Marie Lopez
Tita Tootsie, Daisy & Bjomar, Duvhie, Aiko and Emem
BAM Asia
Comco Southeast Asia
Vivo Philippines
Oppo Philippines
Ripple 8
Direk Perci Intalan and Direk Jun Lana
Senator Gregorio Honasan and his Family
Grupo Agatep
Officers and staff of SYKES asia
Honorable Senator Gregorio and Mrs. Honasan
Regine Boo District AIA Singapore, Evelyn, Alain and Ryan
Valles Family
Comco Southeast Asia
Jessah Marie Lopez and family
Ms Annie, everyone at Bridges
PerkComm inc.
Former TV5 PR peeps
All my relatives who put aside their differences and went to see my Dad
My neighbors

Thank you so much for helping us during our most trying times. I know this isn’t enough, but know that everything you have done for me and my family is much appreciated. Again, THANK YOU.

For those who I may have forgotten to mention in this post, my apologies, but know that I do treasure each minute you spared and spent with us and my family. Maraming maraming salamat, my Dad would have been happy to see this all happen. Again, thank you!

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Synergy88's Digital Stories, Management via TAMD

Thursday, April 12, 2018

I've written aboout Synergy 88 last year and have high regards with this game studio - they are currently based in my hometown Quezon City, Philippines. 

Aside from making easy work with Microsoft Studio's Gears of War 4, CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the others, here they go with another feather to their hat creating Synnergy 88's newest group the Talent Acquisition and Management Division (TAMD) who's thrust is to tell all things Filipino with contents created solely for platforms Facebook and Youtube.

Ms. Jackie Chua says "We started only creating art for video games and found an even bigger calling, so now we create mobile games of our own. We tackled VR and AR, motion capture and things related to this industry, now we want to tell the story of the Filipino people. Today we're signing up Jacq Monteverde, Opi Eusebio and girl group DigiSquad to be part of our roster." 

Head of the Division Ms Abigail Aguilar says "TAMD of Synergy88 has now been established and thank you for coming. We are backed by the largest mobile developer in the Philippines and we are now maximizing our resources to put in front the Filipino story."

Opi says "This is my first time to have people to manage me, it's overwhelming, and now I won't be taken advantage of. I trust them."

Jacq couldn't contain her excitement and says "Now I am really excited because they are really hands on - and much like family."

DigiGirls Milagring adds "We have been independent for the longest time and even if we have been handled by managers before, this will be bigger. Can't wait to work with them soon!"

For those who don't know, Jacq and Opi have been doing roles, modeling, indie projects whilst the girl group DigiSquad has done different appearances in gaming events and conventions which of late includes ESGS2017. Synnergy 88 is the largest gaming studio in the country, and with these ladies and gents in their helm, they will be able to tell interesting stories worldwide. You may visit and follow their social media accounts for more information about their projects. If you want to book their talents, you may get in touch with Darwin De Leon via +63 917 317 49 20 and +63 2 623 49 20.

This looks so exciting!

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FREE Shopee Codes Php 80 OFF On Your First Purchase

Thursday, April 05, 2018

If you haven’t downloaded the BEST shopping app yet in the Philippines, well I am telling you that you’re in for a treat. I am now giving you the opportunity get Php 80 OFF your first purchase if you use my code BSUKIKUMAGCOW on the Shopee app.

This is the place where I’ve been able to shop for hard to find items, at super low prices. Take for example the Bluetooth Game Controller, now I can play any funky battle game on iOS or Google Play store without hurting my hands on flat screens. Aside from that, I also bought a 3 Meter iPhone Lightning Cable so I don’t need to get glued on one place if I have to charge my Apple devices specifically my iPhones. There’s also these cool looking ripped pants which I bought quite cheap, you can literally wear one everyday for a week for the price of one designer jean. It prolly even looks better! For those also who are looking for cool earrings that members of popular group EX-O, they’ve got that shipped to you for FREE (if your purchase goes over 500), and if the seller even likes you, you’ll get a freebie too!

I’m addicted to shopping at SHOPEE now so if I were you, go shop with my code BSUKIKUMAGCOW on your first purchase. That discount means more buying power at the SHOPEE app! Go use it now as it only is valid until JULY 31, 2018!

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Johnoy Danao, Ebe Dancel and Bullet Dumas on IISA Concert at the KIA Theater

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

They are no strangers to the Philippine music scene but have yet to really gain thread in mainstream. Hard to admit, such talented performers like them don’t really get enough spotlight in the business. That’s going to change because they’ve pretty much made headway in their previous concerts and I think they don’t mind if it would take time, they are taking the next step. They are showcasing their musical talent with surprise guests and Manila String Machine in a concert called IISA slated on June 9 at the KIA Theater. This is good news.

IISA means being one, as Ebe puts it, “It’s a team up, it’s what we’ve become, we weren’t really friends at first but now even our family members know each other. We were supposed to do it this March, but we had problems putting this up. We now have a following, so we are doing this as a treat to 3D fans. We know each others quirks, we don’t even fight, 3 different personalities but we are like a family. It’s a whole army with us, so our rehearsals would require a lot of time to do that. We also have friends we would like to invite in the concert.

Bullet Dumas adds “Manila String Machine will be with us, so it’s going to be different. When we started we had low expectations, so every time we had an opportunity, small gigs, the singapore one, we make it memorable for everyone. When you watch us, we won’t waste your time, now it’s a bigger venue, bigger things to do in that show. Decisions are also easy in our group because we are three, we know each other personally.”

Johnoy Danao says “We thought about it at first, we have our group now, the concept is about being on stage, even if we are a lot of musicians, it’s only going to be one music. In terms of records, we did random things, our vibe is just like a gathering of friends, if one sings one thing, we do it even if he can only sing the chorus. If they go to our show, they’ll hear something different, it’s like an anniversary, like a treat for people and we have bands, a full orchestra to make you happy.”

On June 9, please come to KIA Theater and purchase tickets on Ticketnet 911555. If you have inquiries you may go to the 3D or our personal pages. It’s their third time to be together and trust me, it’ll be good for people who love REAL unadulterated Filipino music.

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Unbelievable Meal Deals at HIGHGROUNDS Cafe Scout Rallos

Monday, April 02, 2018

Meat Platter with Different Sauces, more good deals at Highgrounds Cafe

I have been here quite a lot but have never seen them serve actual food aside from the pastries. Interestingly enough, it has always been difficult for people to have a decent coffee shop in the Tomas Morato area these days and I’ve never written about this place because I want it for myself - sometimes or often. People flock the Starbucks branches nearby but I’d rather go here (this HUGE one) or other small coffee shops because they have some special perks that your popular one doesn’t even come close with.

This place is primarily the BEST internet gaming hub in the country. Two floors are dedicated and house the latest Predator machines and gamers from across the world (oh yes they did), play here because it’s that good. Now it’s very important for them to have the accorded nutrition so they do have the right amount of eye hand coordination needed to beat other teams. They just introduced new group meals on the menu and I’m ecstatic for you to see how this makes this place even better.

The meat platter we ordered had all the steak lovers drooling. The lovely steak, the huge rib, the quarter chicken and tatsy Hungarian sausage. It was good and of course, it was gone in a few minutes.

Their other meal package had these pizzas on them. I figured we could go back there a few days ago and ordered it. You can choose two pizza flavors, this one had the crust made with squid ink hence the color. Included in it are 5 drinks (you can choose the iced tea flavor), the southern fried chicken (which I’ll show later), a full plate of pasta (I chose Pesto), the two stretched pizzas, plus 5 Korean Ice Cream varieties. Honestly it’s a steal if you can feed 5 people with it.

Fried Chicken, super crunchy!

I like my fried chicken like this, doused in flour, breaded nicely that’s why it comes out extremely crunchy. It’s also got chips on the side so you’ve got more things to talk about while having snacks. They have dirty rice so for people who believe RICE IS LIFE, then you may order that as well.

Salmon with Mushrooms in Ponzu Sauce

For something a little more fancy, they’ve got Salmon on top of mashed potatoes, mushroom pieces, lima beans, ponzu sauce and micro greens. It may look intimidating and a lot, but it’s worth it. Especially if you have female friends, this would be counted as their more healthy option. They prolly had this seared and oven baked before they put everything together. Quite good.

Crispy Pata

For those who crave it, yes they have Crispy Pata. Their dipping sauce is more on the sweet side but you may ask for condiments as you please. I asked for Tabasco and it was easy for them to whip it out because they’ve got good wings too.

For the piece de resistance, they’ve got the hits in their cafe for our dessert. The first of which is Red Velvet Crinkles (my personal favorite), then the cold Brazo De Mercedes, plus the Pistachio Sansrival. Game over. Now if you’re in the Tomas Morato area and looking for wifi connection, Highgrounds Cafe can accomodate you and lease 2 hours of ultra fast wifi connection for every 150 peso purchase. They can also have you use the wifi for a fee; very cheap actually if you’re uploading Youtube videos or downloading stuff, this would be the perfect place for you.

Highgrounds Cafe is located at 67 Scout Rallos Street in between Tomas Morato and Scout Torillo streets in Quezon City. They’ve got real good coffee too. Meal packages for 5 starts around Php 1999 and the other costs Php 2999, but trust me it's a FEAST, worth every penny.

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James Reid and Nadine Lustre for Never Not Love You

Never Not Love You

This is not a review but more of an observation and what to expect in the new JaDine movie Never Not Love You.

Hearing the word #JaDine alone would prolly make you think that it’s going to be all about milennial love, or run of the mill tweetums love story, but no. They met by circumstances, Gio and Joanne eventually went into names, then courtship, you really would feel they really liked each other.

They were struggling, Joanne an 8-5 employee, the other an artist. They are trying to find their “thing”, telling a story about their dreams, Joanne wants a dream job (very specific), while Gio just wants to be happy. It felt like they were trying to work on their lives from different sides of the spectrum. They matured, so this wouldn’t be appropriate for teenagers from the conversation alone, plus there are lots of kissing scenes left and right. Their work made them go places, that’s where London comes in. The trials of the long distance relationship wasn’t gonna be easy, that’s where it probably started going downhill. Who’s happiness were they going to find? Who’s going to be a priority? How much are you going to sacrifice for the one you love? Do you stay miserable while the other one lives a good life? What lengths would you go to just so you could keep them happy? Then ask themselves later on if they still love each other, after time has changed them, will that still hold true?

If you would want to know how they answer these questions, then it’s time to watch Never Not Love You. It’s shows on theatres nationwide. This is one heck of a matured JaDine movie you wouldn’t expect from them, albeit experimental you’ll love how it was put on screen. Yes you’ll see good looking James and Nadine, but you’ll also see Gio and Joanne go through life’s struggles, and the beauty of adulting. Ask theatre owners to show it because it’s one JaDine project you shouldn’t pass. This is their transition, you’ll love how they’ll play husband and wife. 

It’s a promise to hold if it still applies, to Never Not Love You.

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