New TV5 News Program Frontline Pilipinas Starts October 5th

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Luchi Cruz Valdez, Raffy Tulfo and Cheryl Cosim will be on the frontlines of news on TV5. They are starting a new show named Frontline Pilipinas which is pretty much going to be their primetime news show starting on October 5th. 

Got the chance to talk to them this afternoon and I picked up a few things on how they want to deliver news. Ms Cheryl Cosym, Raffy Tulfo and their head honcho Luchi Cruz Valdez shared how this will all happen on the show.

Raffy Tulfo says “You have to make sure those listening to you are understanding news, not just read off the prompter. It’s what we will bring to the table on Frontline Pilipinas. Our 20 years plus experience makes us confident, we have confidence because we have credibility. I get involved with my brothers problems sometimes so I just keep quiet, my credibility has not been tarnished, we are different people and the public sees that in the past. It’s why we have millions of subscribers on YouTube. Maybe the fact that we are in different channels also helped. The money that we earn on YouTube, well a big chunk of it goes to the public service. I have some to myself but most of it goes to them and my team. Credibility is important and viewers and complainants know that. I do legit help so we have tons of people go to our action center. Since the start of the pandemic, I see the problems especially with the poor. We look at what our news impact their lives, that experience with them should also be a part of the news we deliver. We have experience and knowledge, we have an idea what to use to present news to the taste of our viewers. I will make sure the 15 million subscribers that I have will also be watching Frontline Pilipinas.”

Luchi adds “Times are changing. Since the beginning we understand what we need to bring in the news has already been picked, verified, before bringing it to the people. We know essential information does not have to be negative, but important. We have so many questions, answering them is another when bringing in news. Raffy and Cheryl has done so much in the industry, we are frontliners and we will be your Kasangga, together with Ed Lingao, Lourd De Veyra, and our team. We don’t censor news, we pick what is important for the greater public. Rumors or political fervor is not a priority. We talk about it, we follow stories, take out hearsay and not put in those which have no soundbites. We won’t sensationalize them. Hopefully airing errors would not happen at all, but we don’t hesitate to apologize and do corrections if needed. There are a lot of fake news around, we would rather be late and true than just picking up a scoop. In the news industry, you can only have small creative space, we can’t make it flowery, if it is boring, we present it as is. The difference is how we put it together in our organization. That’s how we are different, shorter because we deliver what you need to know. We are riding on the wave of Raffy’s popularity online and Cheryl in doing Alagang Kapatid. We have a lot of news we need to cover even if we don’t want it, that’s our job, if we has a choice we wouldn’t go to hospitals but this is what we do, this is our vocation and commitment.”

Ms. Cheryl adds “We have public service in our heart, Raffy and I are very much involved with that. We won’t have any “sapawan” and I have been in the station for 10 years, but not to the point of calling out, we have a very calm news room here on TV5. We were not restricted to go out to deliver news, we see it on the streets, the news, online, every detail of it is intense and more important to make sense of the moment. We are here to make them understand the content we present on the frontline. We are not just news readers, they feed us what happens during the day and ask updates, ask how we can help and build relationships with resources. They respect our involvement because it is our faces in the news anyway."

On October 5, TV5 and OnePH will be telling you stories from Studios and where it happens on the frontline. They will of course observe proper health decorum, so they can still give you fresh news. 



Business Survival: The Barrio Fiesta Story

I remember every Barrio Fiesta meal I had. Now that I’ve been confined in my home, I remember several bowls of puto’t dinuguan (pork blood stew), ginataang halo halo, inihaw na liempo, lechon kawali, ensalada, mangga’t bagoong and kare kare that always had my attention. I also keep a stash, pieces of Barrio Fiesta products at home which eventually ends in Balik Bayan boxes to send to the US, or just with me because I adore their sweet chili bagoong for all the right reasons.

Speaking of which, Prime Global Corporation is taking steps to adjust to the new normal. They are very optimistic to see how Filipinos have risen up to the occasion and have done home based online food businesses, food deliveries and take outs to augment the needs of Pinoys. They’re taking their packaged foods online and diversify it. The lovely shrimp paste now gets more attention with the new sauces, spreads, dry mixes and snacks. PGC Marketing Head Ms Rachelle Gigante says “We are seeing growth opportunities with the rise of new home chefs. This would bring interest to lutong bahay recipes and we all want to be there for them. This is why we have also shared our recipes and tips on our social media channels, to also help people who have lost their livelihood.”

They also cancelled their on ground efforts and shifted online. This include opening bulk orders on their Facebook page so whole communities can get them easily. Aside from that, they also have these products on Barrio Fiesta stores, huge groceries and supermarts too. They also maintain high quality and authentic taste, which makes them execute their strong business model here and international markets claiming almost 65 percent market share in shrimp pastes. PCG President and CEO Vincent Ace Villa-real says “Our goal is to further dominate, aspire to be the top company for sauces, dressings, condiments and packaged food categories. We are not a single product company so expansion and partnerships are a given. We are a strong retail brand with superior taste and quality. We have strong fundamentals and are taking advantage of that!”

Earlier this year, they started manufacturing the Barrio Fiesta Gourmet series Patis (fish sauce), Barrio Fiesta Tubasuk (Spiced Cane Vinegar), the Crispy Joy Breading Mix, the Peanut Butter Spreads, Fiesta Chicken and Beef Broth Cubes. For kicks, they also have the new Barrio Fiesta Jumbo Roasted Peanuts. Undeniably, they do really good products which I consider staples at home. 

Make sure you follow their social media accounts to get their really good recipes. 

You’ll love what’s happening with Barrio Fiesta, and the good things they plan to have for you soon!


REALME Launches realme 7 Pro, realme 7 and the realme Buds Q

realme 7 in AG Split design, Mist Blue is aesthetically unique

Today is a good day to see something new and mobile phone manufacturer REALME is answering that call to bring even more powerful yet affordable phones in the market. By standards, this is entry level to mid range. The need for it to support tons of applications on the Google Play store for studying, meeting, remote work, has now become very important and releasing this at this time is just on point for this brand.
We got first dibs trying out two things, one is the realme 7 and the other is the realme Buds Q. The realme 7 takes absolutely good photos, charges fast (30W Dart Charge), and doesn't lose power the whole day because of its 5000mAh battery. I must admit, I like the Portrait mode on the camera as it produces nice bokeh for that creamy background. Best of all, they are also launching a few service centers soon, to make sure you get taken cared of even after sales happen. They are also offering this in Home Credit and Lazada where tons of savings and lay away programs are seen starting today.

The realme Buds Q has its premium design, sounds better on games as tested on COD, I could hear those footsteps just fine and find enemies with ease.

Austin Wang VP for Marketing of RealMe says "We are happy to see you. We hope you enjoyed the RealMe FanFest which is a big thanks to our fans since being launched a few years ago. Thank you for being supportive as we are the number 2 smartphone brand in the Philippines. As more Filipinos adapt to the digital lifestyle, we at RealMe want our products to cater our line for online schoolers, primarily our number series which is now on focus with the RealMe 7. The commuters, students, entrepreneurs, the next gamer or tech genius, we want to present their lives with these phones."

realme PH CEO Eason De Guzman says "We are showcasing a smartphone that can do the 30W Super Dart Charge at 5000mAh Massive Battery. (charges phone for a few minutes from being drained). The RealMe 7 is available in Mist White and Mist Blue (minimalist and inspired by nature). It's got the world's first Mediatek Helio G95, Carbon Fiber Cooling System, faster charging, it can be charged 100% in 65 minutes. This has a 64MP Sony IMX682 with Starry Mode, Night Filters, and can do ultra wide angle videos. It also has finger print security enabled on side buttons. The RealMe 7 Pro comes in Mirror Silver and Mirror Blue, 65W Super Dart Charge, 0-100% in 45 minutes, 6.4 inch large display, smaller punch hole camera in the front and is TUV Rheinland Smartphone Reliability Verified. It passed drop tests, scenarios, extreme environments. It has the second gen Sony IMX682, 4500mAh, two batteries charging at the same time hence it charges faster. It also has dual speakers, all running on Android 10. (shows battery 20 minutes after and it is on 48%, after a few minutes it was already on 86% WOW). The RealMe 7 improves the perfromance of around 15 percent compared be to previous 6. The Back is made of poly carbonate, with AG aka anti glare finish."

"The RealMe Buds Q is designed by José Lévy, co designer of Hermes. The design is patterned to a pebble hence no straight lines on the buds. Each bud is 3.6 gram, lighter than an A4 paper. Beak Like Extended Ergonomic Shape for better isolation, water proof and dustproof and is ipx4 standard. Battery life is 20 hours of playback, can be used 4 hours or more in a single heavy use. It can be used with the RealMe link, and has low latency if you want to play games. This is set to launch very soon."

The realme 7 Pro 8+128GB costs Php 17,990, the realme 7 is Php 14,990 while the realme Buds Q costs Php 1,490. If you get them on Lazada today, you'll get tons of savings less that price, so don't hesitate to get one now. Gaming, vlogging, or just a social media smartphone, this does the job!


UNIQLO Launches Fortnite Chapter 2 UT Collection

Sunday, September 27, 2020

I've been playing this for a couple of years now and yes, I fancy all the things I can buy with VBucks because they just keep getting better each season. Albeit getting different characters each time we land, we often see those nice costumes put to use and remember how we look silly chopping off trees and shooting, saving, looting other players. These days, they've been toying with superheroes too and I'm still having a hard time building defense, enough about geeking out. I'm sure you are reading this because you LOVE Fortnite. Good news is, they're dishing out new UNIQLO UT Shirts with designs you'll absolutely go crazy about!

Just look at that! The designs all get your iconic items and gear into your UT shirt. They call em DJ Yonder, Drift, Skull Trooper (those weird soldiers you had to get rid of in quests), Peely (which I often call Bananaman), Llama (ultra nice loots!) and Robot. Most of them will have Japanese katakana script and pop colors to make them a bit more playful, quintessential UT pieces. These will be priced at Php 790 each.

These items will be available in Uniqlo stores nationwide and's website ( so head on there and order now! You can also conveniently order them via the Uniqlo app which you can download on Google Play or the App Store. Go dive out from the bus and wear them proud! 


Up to 18% OFF in Oppo Brand Day at Shopee

Smartphones are popping up left and right and it comes just at the right time when people are looking for phones that they can use either for work or school since the new normal forced us to do it all online. 

This coming September 29, things are getting even better at the OPPO Philippines Official store in Shopee as they give you guys special deals as they welcome you to their Super Brand Day! During this time, they'll be selling the OPPO A5 on a special flash deal price of 7,x90. Initially it sold for Php 10,990 and it got into a price deal of Php 8,990. They're simply taking it into a special price for one day so if you're looking for a phone, this could get you up to 18% OFF on its actual price. Aside from this one, they also have good deals on the OPPO A31 and A9 + a lot more if you're asking for it.

To lend you a hand, here's where you can go:

OPPO Official Store

OPPO A5 2020 4GB RAM 128GB ROM

The OPPO À5 had 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, you won't have to delete those cute selfies you're hiding. It also has a 5000 mAh battery so you don't get low on juice the whole day. You can also use it to charge other phones with its Reverse Charging capability. It also sports an Ultrawide Quad Cam on the back so you can take shots of your favorite spots. It can do evening shots with the Night Mode 2.0 feature so don't be afraid to take it out on those rowdy parties. It also carries a Snapdragon 665+ and Gameboost 2.0 so you get accurate play done with your mobile phone. You can also immerse yourself with the 360 degree sound with its Dolby atmos tech and dual stereo speakers.

So, do you fancy to get one now? Download the app first on Google Play or the App Store and use your coins and vouchers to get additional price off and free shipping. Start here.

Don't say I didn't tell you! 


Double Cashback on PayMaya til September 30

Saturday, September 26, 2020

If there's food, I'm there! 

And what better way to become loaded this quarantine period but to order away your tears with fastfood and restaurant take out. It's convenient, fast, especially if it's a huge chore for you to cook at home and wash dishes. 😂

Anyway, I am the chosen one at home, the tribute, the one who buys stuff when needed. So when I do go out and buy food and medicine, I whip my phone out and use cashless payments via PayMaya. I have had the surprise of my life one day to have had the unbelievable experience of getting 100% cashbacks from the app returning what I paid for with the medicine and groceries I got. This thing happened about 4 times and I guess I'm a bit lucky, which is why I like to always pay with it when I can in establishments. I've had some of my friends do it too, so I don't really need to convince you to install it right? Right 😄

So anyway, the folks at PayMaya thought... What could be better than giving them cashbacks? Then said of course, give them all Double Cashbacks! You get the chance to get up to Php 500 worth of cashbacks twice if you use the #ScanToPay or pay online with your mobile phone number option with PayMaya. This includes online orders made via Facebook Messenger through merchants like Mang Inasal, Burger King, Red Ribbon, Greenwich, Chowking and more! Two chances to get that (minimum spend of Php 500) is just lovely! Aside from the food establishments, you can buy supplies at partner merchants like Robinsons Supermarket, Landers, Rustans Supermarket, Super8, Waltermart, Ministop, Shopwise, AllDay Supermarket and a whole lot more. Use the QR scan option because it's fast and convenient.

I just got my cashbacks earlier when I went to Robinsons Supermart in Jimenez. It was small though, but hey, I'll take anything! 🤣 So are you gonna do it now? Double is nice you know!


Built with Love: Ohmyhome Expands in the Philippines

Friday, September 25, 2020

A property tech startup from Singapore, Ohmyhome is now expanding services in the Philippines. Sisters and Founders Race and Rhonda Wong initially started operations in 2016 with 10 people, 2 of which were Filipinos who wanted to be with their families. They promised them they'll be closer to home and eventually put up a branch in Manila after a few years. They figured the country is in dire need of industry solutions and deemed there are gaps in local property markets which they can address. 

This was a dream come true for them and it all started with love for their family, that accounts for a lot.

Race and Rhonda themselves felt the need for property related decisions when they moved homes. Aside from getting bad deals from agents and real estate companies, it was super complicated. Choosing a home is a huge decision and this is where they want Ohmyhome could help. 

"Our platform will enable Filipinos to buy, sell and rent properties themselves for FREE. This would save them time and money. If they prefer, we also have our professional agents who can personally assist them in transactions from start to finish. This happens while they seamlessly use our technology behind-the-scenes, enabling our own agents to fully focus on our customers needs."

The Ohmyhome app and website efficiently matches buyers and sellers using a unique algorithm. It also follows their search criteria granularly so the results would be homes that they want. The Ohmyhome team started in the Philippines in 2017, initially serving Singapore and Malaysia. The team has carefully studied the Philippine real estate industry to modify the platform based on tech, data and team research. 

They currently have 5,000 property transactions in Singapore and Malaysia but boasts a customer satisfaction rate of 99%. Ohmyhome wants the same to happen in the Philippines as they advance its technological capabilities. Surely, this would become the norm in the future.

You may download the app on the App Store or Google Play, you can also visit their website at


Up to 30% OFF Miniso Products on Grand Launch at Shopee

Something useful, something cute, something special, all comes from a lovely store we all call Miniso. It's the only place in the country where you can find A LOT OF THINGS you thought you didn't need but get it and feel so happy afterwards. Well, since the quarantine happened, they're making the good move to now be available online via their official Miniso PH shop on Shopee. 

Since they are celebrating their grand launch, you can get absolute love from them by getting up to 30 percent off on several items like official Marvel merch. The Miniso Marvel Cleansing Wipes for example costs Php 179 before now costs only Php 143. Who would have known you can get Spiderman clean you up gently like that right? They also have Miniso Marvel Night Light that costs Php 499 before and now costs Php 399 now. This can make you get your bedroom a little more navigative friendly, you won't be bumping your shin on tables and stuff because you can see gentle light on your way to the CR. They also have cute and huggable Miniso Marvel Plush Captain America for young boys and girls to enjoy.

Since I'm nice today, here's where you can get them all including the actual shop in the Shopee app!

MinisoPH Official Store

Miniso Marvel Cleansing Wipes

Miniso Marvel Night Light

Miniso Marvel Plush Captain America (Round)

If you haven't had the experience of shopping in the Shopee app and want to start now that Miniso is online, you can download it off Google Play and the App Store here. Sometimes, I believe you deserve the convenient shopping experience from the app... As I do too when I shop in it.

Take a breather now that Miniso can be accessed now on the Shopee app!


Hit Streamed Shows Reply 1988 and Wok of Love Now On TV5

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Korean hits just landed at the Kapatid Network!
The news is out and yes, two of Korea's well received drama series are now going to be shown on TV5. Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 9:30pm, they will be showcasing the online streaming hit Reply 1988 and Wok of Love.

Reply 1988 did absolutely good in Korea besting greats like Crash Landing On You and winning acting and grand awards, plus several nominations for the show a couple years back. It stars Lee Hyeri (Sung Deok Sun), Park Bo Gum (Choi Taek) , Ryu Joon Yeol (Kim Jung Hwan), Go Kyung Pyo (Sung Sun Woo) and Lee Dong Hwi (Ryu Dong Ryong). Wok of Love on the other hand stars Lee Jun Ho (member of K-pop boy group 2PM) Jang Hyuk and Jung Ryeo-Won.

You'll love the latter show for its slice of life approach to love and romance too. They also feature actual food on the show, so you're bound to get hungry with each episode.

Now don't take my word for it, go watch the show again, from Monday to Friday at 8:30 to 9:30pm, only on your Kapatid Network, TV5!


Orange Mango Fun with Kim Chiu and Berocca

Summer is still happening, those weird torrential rains is not a sign of the season changing. Just this morning, I got the time of my life answering trivia questions online with no other than the chinita princess herself, Kim Chiu.

She told us about her experience in drinking the new variety of Berocca in Orange Mango flavor. It's still got the same Multivitamins and Minerals but amped up in taste as it likens these tropical fruit we love! I love drinking this when I feel a little under the weather but didn't know it has so many benefits like improve mental sharpness, have physical energy, it also improves alertness and concentration. I was struggling a bit with lack of sleep during these times but I felt it did reduce my tiredness and fatigue, I do plan to have this now in times I feel like I need it. Weird some may say but it kinda puts me in a happy mood too just like Kimmy.

Actually, right after our Trivia sessions, Kim went to another event and participated in a sing and dance activity, she didn't stop there! That is how energetic she is and I've figured if that happened to her, it would be the same for me. Kim also works out daily and aside from having a balanced diet, she takes one tablet dissolved on a glass of water daily. Berocca has B group vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and zinc. You won't get tired easily and get nutrients from it as well.

If you're up to it, it's available in all leading pharmacies nationwide. If you get certain reactions, consult a medical professional before taking it.

I'm all good now with my glass of Berocca, you should try it out too.


Get 20% Off NVIDIA Products on Shopee

An American brand based in Sta Clara California making design graphics processing units for professionals has been trusted by so many, NVIDIA now has their products on popular shopping app Shopee. Honestly, I've been searching for these in the hopes of building my own rig because I've been tinkering on streaming games online for content production. That actually takes a lot of graphics processing power and the hardware for that has been in their turf for years now. I wouldn't blame people why they only get NVIDIA because in the last few decades, they've really been performing well with pro gamers and users who look for quality only pick these among tons available in the market.

The Palit NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER™ Gaming Pro OC Edition 8G for example employs award winning architecture. It also has Super fast GPU utilizing more cores and faster clocks so you can dominate games without being all noisy in the case. The Asus ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1650 SUPER™ OC Edition 4GB Graphic Card on the other hand is a very affordable one but gets you high refresh rates and does employ NVIDIA Turing architecture and ultra-fast GDDR6 memory. You can share games, do screenshots, livestream without taking it hard on the hardware as this one still delivers. The Palit NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER™ Gaming Pro 8GB GDDR6 Graphic Card on the other hand will give you GPU power without breaking the bank. This would be a nice install for those who seriously want to go into gaming but fear the need to upgrade quite early. This has enough power to run top games in high settings but still fit your budget, I've seen most of my friends use this for streaming. All of these are consequntly available on the app, no need to go out to shop dangerously.

I took the liberty to point you the way to their official store in the app just in case you don't want to get lost.

NVIDIA Official Shop

Palit NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER™ Gaming Pro 8GB GDDR6 Graphic Card

Asus ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1650 SUPER™ OC Edition 4GB Graphic Card

Palit NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER™ Gaming Pro OC Edition 8G Graphic Card

Download the Shopee app now before the 10.10 sale happens because even if that hasn't arrived yet, they've got vouchers and coins that could get you tons of savings. Heck NVIDIA can already give you 20% less off regular priced graphics cards all month of September. It's available in the App Store or Google Play, check here.

Don't say I didn't tell you about it!


New HALLYPOP Channel on GMA Affordabox

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Adding an additional channel on digital takes a lot of work. Much like putting up UHF TV you're bound to have a separate concept, lineup of shows and content that is different from the ones you already have and GMA knows there is a call for more Asian entertainment content. Recently, they partnered with Jungo TV (international streaming media company) to launch HALLYPOP, a one stop KPop, variety and entertainment digital channel in the country. 

Delivering to what is expected of them, recent lineup of shows include superstar KPOP group BTS GOT7, and Twice in variety show Running Man. Aside from that, they also showcased From The Sky Down of world renowned band U2, and the queen Beyonce on her I AM World Tour.

There are also weekly scheduled shows to be seen on the channel like Music Bank, StarGazeMuzik, KPop Star, Hally Stage so expect these daily dose of entertainment not to stop anytime soon. If you've got your own GMA Affordabox, you need to re-scan the channels and get this on your screen.

GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe Gozon says "We are grateful to Jungo TV and Mr. Chung for entrusting us to distribute their content in the Philippines. This is just the first of many to be shown soon on the HALLYPOP channel."

This has already been a huge success in the US and now that it is on Philippine shores, there's no stopping pinoys to ride the Hallyu Wave in the HALLYPOP channel. Come ride the wave with them!