TM Bares More Plans on 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

It's been a few months already but TM isn't stopping. The celebrations for TM's 20th anniversary continues as they want to make this BIG one despite the pandemic.

They've actually been doing a lot during the second quarter of this year and true enough, they're dishing out tons of prizes weekly to those who have subscribed to their network. To add the cherry on top, TM is filling a void in entertainment by holding the BIGGEST one yet. They call it "TM Doble Dekada Piyestang Pina-Easy", a fully online but interactive event. How interactive? Well, let's just say that YOU would choose what would go on and what happens next. Think of it as a way for you to be involved, because they want you to feel that YOU ARE part of the samahang pina easy, then, now, always.

Who's going to be there? Let's just say your bae Alden Richards, viral dance princess Andrea Brillantes, loverboy Seth Fedelin, the iconic Parokya ni Edgar, world phenom SB19 and love song stricken The Juans + more. Oh and if that's not enough, they'll be announcing the winnder of two winners of 500K worth of FunKabuhayan Showcase and the grand winner of 2 Million Pesos!

If you want the chance to win the prizes, you still do it until Sept 28. Just text the keyword TMDOBLEDEKADA (Space) Name/Address/Mobile number and send it to 8080. It will happen on October 5, 2021 so make sure to be there live on their Facebook page!


Ayala Foundation, Huawei Partner Up to Build Sustainable Communities

Saturday, September 25, 2021

It's been long standing, as two companies signed through a virtual session last September 13, a partnership so they could provide digital education for Filipinos. Ayala Foundation Inc. and Huawei Technologies Philippines Inc. are doing this to continue their goal to build sustainable communities and be a part of nation building.

Present during the occasion were AFI Senior Director for Social Development Joanna Maria Duarte, Huawei Philippines Vice President Daniel Guo and Huawei Philippines Director for Globe Telecom Zeh Zhang. This also coincides with AFI's 60th anniversary. They dubbed it as "Faith in the Filipino: 60 years of partnerships in nation building", a pretty apt theme for what Huawei and Ayala Foundation is doing now.

Huawei is donating USD 200,000 to support Ayala Foundation Inc's programs. This includes disaster recovery and emergency response, education, training and building sustainable livelihood for woemn and IP's. Huawei will also support globe with a USD 100,000 grant for their environmental programs. They've been doing this for several years now because they know how hard it is especially in the education sector where tons of students and their families won't be able to afford sending their kids to school. They promise to give more through Ayala Foundation's CSR programs as a way to give back to the Philippines.

It's a good thing.


GABBI GARCIA Wishes to do GL Series with Sanya Lopez

She's an amazing model, vlogger, podcast host, and global endorser. She's one of GMA's prized dramatic and romance go to actresses and she's still making waves in several shows she's been part of, yes, she's Gabbi Garcia. I distinctly remember years ago when we got to talk to them about their passion and singing, she still does that but has now discovered so many facets of what she can do as a person, I guess love has something to do with it.

Her relationship with Khalil Ramos made her open up more. She didn't get to do video blogs in the past because she didn't know the technical stuff, the cameras to use, but Khalil was there to guide her through it. In a sense, I got the impression during the interview that they complement each other. Khalil was more reserved, an introvert, which is somewhat the opposite of what Gabbi is.  Now they also added a podcast, a mukbang vlog, which they will do regularly and it's a venue where they could show how they are in real life.

Gabbi also renewed ties with GMA, and one of the things she plans to do in the future is do a GL project (Girl Love). She wants to be paired with Sanya Lopez because she didn't want to be left behind as Khalil already has done a BL series. Aside from that, I asked her about wedding plans, and she says they do talk about it because it's the end goal. For now, they know their priorities and still have so many things to do as far as their career goes. In a nutshell, we've got so many things to look forward to in Gabbi's future shows, and she's just starting!

Congratulations Gabbi! 


Deciphering El Cuadro: Unfolding the Mystery of Las Meninas

Just got out of the press conference hosted by Instituto Cervantes, European Union as they are celebrating Cine Europa 24. Cine Europa has been done almost every year for over 20 years, I remember visiting the Shangrila mall in Mandaluyong to see the fillms, but since we are under the pandemic, they released 17 heavily awarded films on the Cine Europa website so you could enjoy them all for FREE at the comforts of your home. The presser was moderated by the Director of Instituto Cervantes in Manila Javier Galvan.


Rafael Bustamante of the EU delegation says "I am amazed by this wonderful movie and we have a lot to learn from film makers. The intrigues, are all interesting. We are happy to make this part of the festival."

The Film's Director and writer Andres Sanz says "I never really thought I was going to make movies by art, it's something that just happened. I am interested in fiction, in narrative, and fate happened, this is my first love which is painting. I wanted to be a painter myself when I was growing up, it was not trying to connect, it just happened organically, and I thought it was a good commercial idea, but making this, it's difficult, took a long time and support wasn't easy. To get the funding, it's severely difficult. I see I have about 60 hours worth of interviews and cut a lot to make this film. It's just a single picture but is seen in different ways. It has a lot of narratives, it started in a conversation with an art expert one day and this happened. I didn't even know them back then (in Ateneo in Madrid), Las Meninas was just a fascinating subject. I talked to the producer Antonio and research, investigation started. I wrote the script, I needed a structure. It's so huge and I might get lost so I  needed a guide to know what to put into the film. I already knew how we were going to tell the story. I had to create it to tell the story with suspense like a crime movie. It's like Hitchcock, so viewers would be interested. The project took 6 years, we never knew when it was going to end, it's a long process and when you're done, it was a big relief. I went to the Prado museum when I was a little kid. Before it was in a room, but now it's in the main gallery. I remember entering that room that's crowded, it was like a theater in a way. It was like seeing a movie, everyone was looking at it. There was a guy with a mirror and he was explaining it, I got obsessed, asked my parents to buy me a guide for it. In it, they explained when you see it in the mirror, you see a 3D effect. I didn't see it when I went there as a child. It was like a magician trick, and in 2013, they did an exhibit by Velasquez. There were a lot of portraits and stories and about the people in it. I looked it up in the library, I found one but they didn't have a copy. I found the author, we met at the Ateneo in Madrid and that's when we started planning a movie about Las Meninas. There's something personal, it was attached to my life, my love for Velasquez and Prado but we had to be respectful on how we could talk about it."

He adds "Everybody would like art. I don't think it has to do with any particular country, this story has intrigue, I'm interested in Asian art myself and I know they would be interested in Western ones, culturally we are different and this represents us in that certain time. I think it's a story that has the suspense and surprises of a thriller. It's an interesting mix, not using narrator, but just listening and talking to them. Finding out what the meaning of the painting is for them, someone in the Philippines would be surprised how much intrigue there is about it. It's like dreams, real people talk about it would have different views, elements that are universal. I had a long list of people to talk to, but I read books before making the film, so I had a select people in mind already prior to making it. Jonathan Brown, Fernando Maria, such a great number of people, it was difficult because they probably didn't know me and I had to contact them. I was just lucky at the end because I got who I wanted. It wasn't a propaganda material, I want to give them time so they can establish their point of view. I had to give them amount of time to see what I needed, but their moments are special, even if they had 2 minutes. We shot for hours, lots of them are not in the movie. We talked about the restoration too, but it was very controversial. At the end, the editing should tell the story, you get surprised as it brought a lot of philosophical ideas, it brings so much beauty. I'm grateful for everyone, to meet them, to see them share their thoughts about the film. In the beginning, I created a visual script, it's images that had to do with the film. It's paintings, images, I thought of it while making this film we will make. It's all in black and white, some locations, some inspirational films, at one point I thought of using some of its views so I could do it in the film. I got to the box and got the idea of the box with dolls and puppets, so I could explain Las Meninas. I could also explain them in locations that were not there anymore. I thought about doing it with actors, but it was really expensive, the puppets will give you an idea but not distract you from costumes and feel that it's fake. The puppets somehow had to induce imagination, it's a way to make us think of what would happen. It worked out very well and do it for stop motion. It was all one take and animated it, then we moved to the next one. We had to go, and at the end of the film, we had the puppets, and it meant we are part of that, we become fiction, we become the story. When they talk about this film, they will invent ideas how we made it, it has subjectivity and fantasy. We tried to put that into motion."

It was just awesome to see and hear it from the person who created the film itself, I was at awe of how he was able to put these together. Art is subjective, and I've seen a lot of videos made just for this particular artwork, this one puts you in the driver seat, make you feel you are investigating about it. That element makes it greater, and I'd like to ask you to watch it by registering at and it's all there! 

You can watch it all for FREE!


Piolo Pascual Set to Join Cast of TV5’s Niña Niño

Excitement has flooded TV5's stable as the prime actor Piolo Pascual starts taping episodes of the hit Kapatid series Niña Niño. Piolo is set to play as the Mayor of Sitio Sta Ynez named Christopher Charles Juarez.

The show has been breaking records in ratings, and has practically beaten several programs from other channels in the same timeslot. TV5 President and CEO Robert P. Galang attributes this to the right kind of material being shown in primetime hours in the channel. TV5 Execs, people behind the show are extremely grateful for the viewers who religiously watch the show. They know it wouldn't have been successful without their support and even tease that there would be a lot of things they have in store for them in upcoming episodes of the comedy/drama program.

This will definitely add a lot of conflict between Piolo, Maja Salvador and Noel Comia Jr.'s characters, but rest assured they'll be living a life that may be full of challenges, but will never lose hope. Make sure you catch it on October 25 and the corresponding Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays after that at 7:15PM. It goes right after Sing Galing and before hit show FPJ's Ang Probinsyano which is also shown on TV5.

Now that's exciting!


JOLLIBEE Releases Limited Edition Jollibee Funko Soda!

If you love Jollibee, Funko and everything in between, you probably have seen the recent announcement in the Jollibee Facebook page about this a couple days ago. It's an exclusive Jollibee Funko Soda made from the partnership with well loved brand Jollibee and Funko.

It's only available to order via the Jollibee app which you can download off the App Store or Google Play buy purchasing a meal of 200 peso value and shell out Php 790 for it. Jollibee also has said there will be in some cans, a limited edition Chase glow in the dark version (which collectors would surely go crazy for). 


This will only be available until September 26th, so you've got a few hours left to get one from the app. As of this writing, I've been trying to get one but it's taking its own sweet time to load. There have been successful purchases already as I've seen a few on social media. You better download the app today and try your luck to get one! (Oh and it's only available in a few select stores!)


Huawei Urges ICT Industry to Innovate Nonstop for Faster Digitalization

Looks like a lot of things happned in the recent Huawei Connect 2021 event. Eric Xu opened the event with a keynote speech urging ICT professionals to "Innovating Nonstop for Faster Digitalization". It does make sense to do that especially when businesses are in the midst of recovering from the hit of the economical challenges of the pandemic.

The event also will be featuring speakers from different private corporations, industry leaders, and over 200 speakers in different topics plus several exhibitions and discussions which can be viewed on Huawei's corporate website.

Xu also reiterated how it is important to innovate to create value in digital technology. He also shared how Huawei has pursued technology in low carbon emissions which they assume is going to. He cited examples like the Huawei Cloud and how it has grown the throng of developers they have for it, bringing in partners from the industry as they make even more services available to the public. To ultimately have these be used by startups, enterprise, government agencies, so they could all go digital. He also introduced UCS which is a ubiquitous cloud native service which is available in the Huawei Cloud.

If you would like to know more about the subject, head on to and watch the videos of previous talks held in China.


TV5 Launches Frontline Tonight

Consuming news for me is a little chore and I can't stay for a whole hour just to be informed about what's happening with the world and what's around us in the Philippines. Looks like TV5 is going to make my life easier as they launch a new show called Frontline Tonight which will air starting this September 27.

Veterans broadcast journalists Ed Lingao and Maeanne Los Banos will take the helm and bring the day's latest news stories in 30 minutes, and focus on information, analysis and what's important to know via their exclusive stories all from News5 correspondents across the country.

TV5 President and CEO Robert Galang says "We want to have better and useful content for our viewers. Frontline Tonight will get you to understand relevant news stories that affect us, and the society as a whoe. This is what we advocate, our responsibility, we want to make it understandable for everyone."

Data driven reporting? I'm there! Can't wait to see it on Monday at 10:30PM only on the Kapatid Network, TV5!


Infinix Unleashes Zero X Pro and INBook X1 Pro

Friday, September 24, 2021

Looks like Infinix is bringing out the big ones as it takes their new flagship phone the Zero X Pro into the country. Not only that, but a lightweight laptop is also being released, they call it that INBook X1 Pro, something that could actually challenge new laptops in the market.

For starters, the Zero X Pro has a 108MP back camera with an 8MP periscope moonshot lens with 60x zoom power and a wide 120 degree view on its 8MP ultra wide macro lens. Imagine what you could actually do with it! Taking shots of the moons surfaces must be in arms reach now that you've got something this powerful on a smartphone from Infinix. It also has Hybrid Image Stabilization which you can use to stabilize those blurry shots you used to take with your old phone, plus a dual chip gaming processor that can take your hobbies into monstrous tournaments but still do other tasks on the side. It utilizes a MediaTek Helio G95 and a MediaTek Intelligent Display chipset so those games would play so fine, you might drop your primary phone.

The INBook X1 Pro on the other hand is a monstrous laptop that is available in intel i3 and i5 processor units. You can work and play a few games as it's got 8GB of memory, an HD webcam, can do video conferencing and charges fast. You can use a Type C cable to do it too, something that other brands might not be doing til now. Very convenient, so if you're looking for one, check out InfinixPhilippines on Facebook and their other channels. They've got pretty good hardware and if it can rival the other brands existing now, I wouldn't be surprised how much they'll grow this year.


Intelligent World 2030 Report Released by Huawei

Tech giant Huawei has released a report based on data gathered over 3 years with academics, customers, industry partners drawn from workshops they've organized including the UN, World Economic Forum and the WHO. The report contains a forecast of sorts using quantitative and qualitative analysis in order to see what's on trend in the next few years. This would hasten industries to identify and discover opportunities in the ICT sector and see where it could apply much of its products in the coming years.

It was discussed by David Wang tje current Executive Director and President of ICT Products and Solutions for Huawei during his keynote speech at the Intelligent World 2030 Forum in Shenzen, China. It was witnessed by industry partners and discusses about how ICT would solve problems and challenges of future tech, what direction to take in communication networks, digital power and automotive solutions. This is part of Huawei's pursuit of a connected and intelligent world which they deem is arriving at a fast pace.

The report includes directions for exploration specifically on health, food, the way we live and transportation. It states the ability to tackle potential health problems by using medical data, the use of IoT and AI devices and make it a way of prevention. They also see a future in vertical farms, 3D printing actual food, zero carbon buildings, aircrafts to take our travel ways to a so called "third space". They also have high hopes for AI and how it goes beyond digital and physical limits, with the help of more innovation in software, architecture and advancements in semiconductor technology, it's going to be possible.  

Aside from that, there will be more empowerment in the digital space hastening low carbon footprint, gains in tech of renewable energy, increase in electric vehicles plus autonomous driving in many places around the globe. Huawei prospects much of these happening in China first, then elsewhere in the globe. Visit their site for more information about it.


Why "It's Showtime!'s Reina ng Tahanan" Works!

My family and I are have religiously watched It's Showtime's top rating segment Reina ng Tahanan. It's a part of the show that has been innovated and co-developed by the one and only unkabogable star Vice Ganda. Initially, it was the innate curiosity about the lives of other people that lead us to actually love the part of the program, but lately, things have changed. 

Instead of us just eavesdropping about their lives, it became an opportunity to learn from it. Vice took so much time to talk to contestants, mothers from different families, and made that particular segment a gold mine for invaluable lessons. All of which, are from ordinary extraordinary people. Vice makes all make sense, make it relatable because Vice knows, we all have shared feelings. It's so smart to actually think about that... then they go the extra mile and involve family, friends, loved ones, and hear the stories from them, ask questions they don't usually talk about at home and see with a silver lining (yes Catriona) how they could resolve things, or if not, learn from it and make their lives better after their stint in the contest. I've seen a lot of people cry because of the show, and in some odd way, I'm not surprised because that's probably why the show was conceptualized.

Vice also makes it a point to tackle social issues. In recent episodes, Vice mentioned his utter amazement about corrupt politicians and how their sons/daughters would be briefed if they know their forefathers were convicted and proven to have stolen money from people. Aside from that (a little over two days ago), Vice also talked about how some people have the gall to post bible verses and quotes on social media but support a thief. That's just amazing seeing how Vice is using her platform, all for the greater good. It's why we're all hooked, and why the show absolutely works!

For that, THANK YOU Vice! I can't wait to hear and see more on the show!

(Oh by the way, Vice is headed to the US on October for her concert called VAX GANDA: A Dose of Laughter. That'll be on Pechanga, Temecula on October 15 and 16, and in Mohegan Sun in Connecticut come October 24. For tickets visit or and get one, I hear they're almost sold out!).


ZANJOE MARUDO Celebrates a "Hanep!" 15 Years

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Dubbed as one of the most eligible bachelors in the showbiz industry, a multi awarded actor with a Best Actor Award in the International Emmy's in his belt, Zanjoe Marudo is celebrating his 15th year. After starting as a contestant in Pinoy Big Brother, he's now donned magazines, TV shows, movies, he's now one of the most in demand actors in the Philippines... and of this generation.

To celebrate his milestones, Star Magic is going to publish a three part documentary on the Star Magic Official YouTube page entitled "Hanep, Kinse na pala! Zanjoe’s 15 years in showbiz!". The series will be composed of interviews and testimonies of his family, friends, co-actors, several of which include Piolo Pascual, Angelica Panganiban, his crush Jodi Sta. Maria, real life Darna Angel Locsin, Bela Padilla, and esteemed directors Ruel Bayani, Cathay Garcia-Molina, FM Reyes, Connie Macatuno, and Star Magic head honcho Director Lauren Dyogi. Here's our interview with him a few days ago:


The episodes will be published on September 26 (12 noon), October  2 and October 9 same time. You'll get to know Zanjoe even better after seeing this and see the reason why he's doing good after all these years. Zanjoe will also be doing The Broken Marriage Vow, also, he's nominated for the iWant Original Film entitled "Malaya" in Gawad Urian, plus he's also on YouTube now together with his friends Hyubs Azarcon and basketball phenom LA Tenorio via their channel D' LaZY Road Trip, so make sure you're subscribed to that and Star Magic's channel if you want to stay updated of his work!


VICE GANDA's Much Awaited US Concert: Vax Ganda: A Dose Of Laughter

Missing Vice Ganda this afternoon as the Unkabogable star wasn't in the show (It's Showtime!), me thinking she must be really preparing for this October's US concert called Vax Ganda: A Dose Of Laughter. 

Witnessing the very successful Gandemic: The VG-Tal Concert a couple months ago would just be something like a preview to what she can do. Vice actually just didn't impress with her song and dance numbers, but whoa... the fashion content in that show could rival any international concert of a pop star. Yes, she didn't shortchange us in that department, I couldn't say much, but I think those pieces were designed for her, something that the unkabogable star could only carry. Now I think she's going to have new ones in the new concert called VAX GANDA: A Dose of Laughter, in Pechanga, Southern California (Temecula) on October 15 and 16 and at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on October 24. Guests include MC and Lassy, plus the Queen of Teleserye Songs Angeline Quinto (plus a very special guest that's going to be a big surprise!).

What to expect? Vice Ganda and a team of creatives will take care of fun and laughter and Marvin Querido will handle musical direction (he's got 34 years of experience in the music industry, has handled several concerts in a span of 15 years) so you're sure to get entertained. It's been a while since Vice has done something with a live audience, which is why she's so excited to do this! 

She says "It has been a while since I've done a concert in the US. I haven't stepped foot on a stage with a live audience for over a year and suffice to say, I super miss my fans and the huge madlang people. Nothing energizes me more that human interaction, your positivity and laughter. I can't wait to feel that again in Pechanga and Mohegan Sun this October, I hope I get to see you there!"

As of recent, tickets have been sold out in Connecticut and only a few are left for the Pechanga. For those who are looking for tickets, simply head on to and For updates, go follow Vice's social channels @vicegandako on Twitter, @praybetbenjamin on IG and Vice Ganda on FB and YouTube.  

You must be excited too! I can't blame you!


Alex Gonzaga's Farm Tour Prank with Loren Legarda

Monday, September 20, 2021

What started as a tour in Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda's family farm and property has become a stressful prank courtesy of funny YouTuber and comedy star Alex Gonzaga.

The place is nice, they employed ecological practices to grow flowers, vegetables, medicinal plants which they also harvested and consume in real life. Though we know Ms. Loren to be a strict hard hitting journalist on TV, she's quite relaxed telling Alex more about what she could also do with the plants seen inside the farm. She also gave Alex some to take home so she could share with her folks and husband if ever they needed Aloe Vera for hair treatment. Alex likened the place to popular Sonya's Garden in Tagayatay, and true enough they got some of it for a small salad serving later on in the tour. She also explained Republic Act 9003 Ecological Solid Waste Management Law, which she authored in 2001.

While walking in the property, Ms. Loren found Alex scratching, and immediately, Ms. Loren called a hospital's dermatological head, suggesting antihistamine. They were calling her Toni most of the time, she got stressed even more. She acted really itchy, cried too, when Ms. Loren pulled out a tube of topical steroid from her bag (she's that ready!), Alex Gonzaga then revealed that it was a prank.

Oh Alex! You got the Deputy Speaker fooled, hook line and sinker!

Watch the prank unfold here! So silly!


Ms. CARMI MARTIN for Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Yamang Bukid was founded 7 years ago as a home based business. They have produced the Yamang Bukid Turmeric Tea and have successfully distributed it around the country and elsewhere in the world. With the new found success, they're now launching a new product called Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea and putting in a new endorser, health advocate and comedy icon Ms. Carmi Martin. 

Ms. Carmi Martin says "When I had COVID last year, I was really sad because I lost a KathNiel project because of that, that was very big. I exercised, I prayed hard, and inspired people while dealing with it. I took the Yamang Bukid Turmeric Tea and now, they've gotten a new product the Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea. I take it after lunch to make sure my sugar is managed. I am so happy to be their brand ambassador because I truly believe in their product. It's part of my lifestyle, especially now during the pandemic. Even before they approached me, I already have been drinking it so there's really no hesitation. I've been drinking the tea before I do my prayers. Everyday is a challenge for me, when I feel fat, stay at home and relax, and skin gets affected, I change it, I work out and in my age, I feel so blessed I still take care of myself. When I got to the facility in Makati, I carried my Yamang Bukid Turmeric tea and took it. I was asymptomatic, and taking it everyday helped my health wise. Together with my vitamins, it helped me a lot when I took it hot. Currently for work, I have HOY LOVE YOU! on iWANT TFC, Love You Stranger on GMA, Sampung Querida (under Jun Lana), and yes I'm doing GVBoys under Puregold Channel. My relative recommended it to me, and now I do recommend it to my co-artists these days. Yamang Bukid really helped a lot, I didn't go to hospitals when I got sick, because I have this in my lifestyle. The Insulin tea, I could see its anti inflammatory effects after a while. I don't have to wait to have a sugar problem, and taking it once a day is enough for me. How I wish I had my own farm, I am inspired by how Yamang Bukid started and seeing them become successful in agriculture, and become a blessing to Filipinos, it's a business with a heart and I really am impressed by it. I really highly recommend it. Even before I got COVID, I was always taking precaution, even now at home I had to make sure my Mother, my kin, everyone at home should take measures that would prevent that from happening again. To help me deal with it, I drink the tea so I get my health in check. Always stay safe and I hope you spread the news about the Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea. Stay positive in attitude and stay negative with COVID!"

Yamang Bukid has been doing research on the wonders of the Insulin plant. Dave Agcaoili the Assistant Vice President for R&D says "This product can be taken by non hypo glycemic customers and we've had people attesting to its health benefits. This Insulin Plant tea regulates blood sugar levels, used as a dietary supplement in the treatment of diabetes mellitus, and is also rich in protein, phytochemicals, iron and has a lot of anti oxidants. Costus igneus or the insulin plant has been consumed for years especially in India, South America, and what we want as a company is to spread how useful this is by consuming it. It is not recommended to use this in lieu of current prescriptions. It should be taken along side what is advised by doctors. Diabetic patients observed efficacy on their 15th day, improved glycemic control when consumed in addition to past treatments for diabetes and current medication. Yamang Bukid makes sure that it is produced in Yamang Bukid Farm in Palawan. They are PhilGAP Certified. They follow documented procedures to make sure BPI verified the insulin plants they grow. No flavor enhancers, artificial preservatives either. It is ground, dried, and when taken tastes a little sour, recommended to be taken after meals so as not to induce acidity. This is for adults only, not recommended for children, pregnant of lactating mothers. It also has a one year shelf life and is available in pouch and tea bag packaging. This is also certified by the FDA, no other insulin plant tea has been registered under them. It has undergone various tests so quality is assured. It is recommended to also take it purely as is, not mixed with other beverages." 

To share her experience, Ms. Naneth Versoza a hotel executive from Palawan says "I have been diabetic for 18 years and had been in denial for a few years. I've had a stroke, got paralyzed, my speech had impediments, I used insulin injections together with medication, with change in lifestyle and drinking the insulin tea, my sugar levels are now stable at 110-100. I assure you the tea is effective, I know diabetes has a lot of complications, and I hope this helps lessen that. I'm sure this will help a lot of people, I've seen the growth of Yamang Bukid."

"We made this with Filipinos in mind, so it could help them with diabetes and other conditions. We have survived the panemic and we will get through it, we're producing this and helping a lot of people including farmers and diabetes patients. This is our pride, we made something that helps a lot of people, lots of businesses generated and help our countrymen become huge in the world stage. The company is small, and when we started the pandemic hit and we had to close stores. We ventured online and saw how our initiatives have become huge, we survived, but yes we lost a lot of stores because of restrictions. We are slowly growing, and people are seeing the good things that Turmeric and Insulin Tea can bring. We know we have a good one in our hands, propagate farming, and we've kept them as much as possible be affordable. It costs 30 pesos per tea bag, better than tea shops you see in commercial places. That alone is good in our books." Mordino Visitacion, CEO of Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc.

If you have questions about their products, just search their Facebook page at Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc., I can't wait to try it out myself because I've been taking the leaf from the plant for a couple of months now. The tea form might prove to be better for me. Congratulations Yamang Bukid and Ms. Carmi!


Skincare YouTube Channel Launched: LUMINISCE by Dr. Kaycee Reyes

When skin and preventive medicine advise ain't reachable because of the pandemic, we find ways to get in touch with the experts. In fact, she's reaching out to you now via her own YouTube channel Dr. Kaycee Reyes, founder of famed Luminisce Holistic Skin Innovations.

I've witnessed a few friends and went to her clinic in BGC a few years ago, and I've seen really remarkable change in their skin. Her new YouTube channel is going to be more on programs about skincare and talk about how you can take good care of it with your family. You'll see her giving advice, including celebrities like the Legaspi twins, Carmina Villaruel and Zoren Legaspi. Of course, there are regular joes like you and me who may be featured in the show so don't hesitate to subscribe if you're interested in the topic. See how an expert does it especially if you're looking for skin solutions, hair too.

Doc Kaycee says "I'm a skin doctor, I pursued preventive medicine and cosmetic surgery in Germany. I appreaciate you being here today. 9 years ago, I didn't know we would be this big. The idea of being beautiful inside out is honestly difficult especially with the heightened stress we get because of the pandemic. We are reaching to patients so they could reach their goals. We started with online consultation, treatments in the clinic and send it to homes. Patients have loved it and now we're releasing 10 more treatments from Luminisce and products. Health is wealth, there's no one pill that can cure everything, but prevention is definitely better than cure. We also launched SOL REVIVE, mobile on wheels, to do preventive care. These are aesthetic treatments that can be scheduled and arranged with patients. The YouTube channel is also launching today, episodes will come out in the next few weeks. We hope you get to see it soon! I believe YouTube is still in its infancy, so we're testing how to reinvent ourselves in the channel. I've been writing for a couple of years now, the YouTube channel would be some place to inform people with evidence based medical procedures."
Luminisce has a branch in BGC (this photo), The Podium and Alabang (Innosense Organics) is also a health food store curated by Dr. Kaycee Reyes. It's part of the preventive medicine procedures, so we don't progress to diseases. Diabetes, depression, negative life events, it is activated by lifestyle choices. The food that we eat should not induce inflammation, nor should it be harmful food. We need a reset and be mindful how we could prevent it. We need to lessen toxicity, and prevent the activation of certain diseases. We need to age gracefully and Dr. Kaycee will take care of part of that as well. 

The first episode on the YouTube channel will include the Villaruel-Legaspi family. They've been with Luminisce for 6-7 years already as patients, they're very kind and have always given a very positive personality. Carmina, Zoren, Mavy and Cassy have had different skin conditions, they come once a month previously, but since they couldn't go to the clinic, they're given kits once a month so they would be able to take care of their skin even at the comforts of their home. There will be a few more episodes in the pipeline including aesthetics, preventive medicine, mental health, life in the pandemic, things that you could learn from so you become a better individual inside out. You may start by subscribing to her YouTube channel

Congratulations Doc Kaycee! Can't wait to see the episodes!


Winners Bared in Huawei ICT Competition Philippines 2021

Tech giant Huawei has held an ICT Competition annually for over 50 university partners in the Philippines and recently, they have announced the winners for the different categories initiated by the Huawei ICT Academy. This is being done to boost the competitiveness in the job market, to hone home grown skills and help grow the ICT industry in the country. Initially they only had 10 partner universities in 2019 and a few students certified in the past year. There has been exponential growth and Huawei hopes to certify over 5000 individuals within 5 years including trainers from different institutions in the Philippines. 

Their theme this year is "Connection, Glory, Future" which is quite apt. For the Cloud Category, the University of the East was named champs. The team was composed of Professor Alexis John Rubio, Computer Engineering students Jio Vince Chua, Jerwin Samala and Mark Jayson Gutierrez. The warriors have been partners with Huawei since May this year and has been part of the Huawei ICT Academy partners that can do ICT trainings for UE Faculty Members and Students too.  

In Networking, the team from STI College got top prize, while first place went to Mapua University (cloud) and Cebu Institute of Technology- University (networking). The announcement was witnessed by Hon. Prospero De Vera, Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education and Dr. William Torres the "Father of the Philippine Internet". They also shared their insights on technological interventions and practical applications of ICT. Exposing them in these kind of competitions will get them exposed and solve problems in the real world. The teams will get to represent the Philippines in the Asia Pacific round and soon the Huawei ICT Competition Global Finals.

I am so happy for what my fellow Computer Engineers from UE has achieved. Can't wait to see them conquer bigger challenges soon!


LENOVO Outs New Gaming Laptops Powered by Intel

Looks like the folks from LENOVO are taking their gaming rigs seriously as they come out with three new products, the ideapad Gaming 3i, the Lenovo Legion Legion 5i Series and the Legion 5i Pro.

The ideapad Gaming 3i has 15.6 FHD ips, 1920x1080 resolution, 512GB PCI SSD, 1TB HDD, battery life that can last 8 hours and be charged 50% in 30mins. It's also got 2 USB 3.2 ports, ethernet jack, headphone and mic jack, and wishes to be your best buddy in gaming. The device has got 165Hz refresh rate that used to be done in monitors, but now can do it on smaller form factor (laptop). You can use this for media, movies, editing, all that good thing on this laptop. Equipped with an intel i7 11th gen processor, with more power and less power consumption, it could last the whole work day. It's also easy to carry around and will be available in Lazada, Shopee, Lenovo and Legion concept stores and authorized resellers. It's only available in Shadow Black color. Price starts at around Php 59,995.

The Lenovo Legion Legion 5i on the other hand comes in Stingray White and Phantom Blue. It looks great, but don't fret, it is powerful as it is equipped with GEForce RTX 30 series gracphics card (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 in this case), AI Engine, 15.6 QHD display which any gamer would love. It also works on a fast 165 Hz refresh rate and less than 3 ms response time. It also is equipped with a TrueStrike Keyboard system present in the products launched with this one. They also have Nahimic Gaming Audio which gives you a more immersive experience and sound quality. It is also equipped with 3 USBA 3.2 ports, so you have more stuff to stick to it like cameras, earphones, more peripherals if you want to attach more devices. It's not that heavy either and is easy to carry around, and of course, has got the latest GPU line. If you want on, you've got to shell out around Php 72,995 for it.

For the more serious gamers, I'd like to suggest you get the Legion 5i Pro. It's got a 16 inch QHD with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Also has an unbelievable 12 hours max clock speed, a built in 720p front camera, Thunderbolt 4 ports, TrueStrike Keyboard system and is available in Storm Grey and Stingray White colorways. They also have a 3 year Legion customer support for devices which you can get so you get covered if service is needed. This is also available in Lazada and authorized Lenovo stores nationwide. You can get it for Php 124,995. It comes in Stingray White color and is equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor and an RTX3070 graphics card, something you'll need for those pro ranked games. It's a dream in a nutshell and is pretty nice to have when you're planning to beat foes on your FPS games.

If you want to push for more, get the Lenovo Legion 7i. It's a beast carrying a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics card and next generation Legion Coldfront 3.0 thermals so you don't have to worry about overheating. It's not bulky and has a slim form factor, also a whopping WQXGA display and 165 Hz refresh rate. Turn up the volume and you'll hear how good the 3D Nahimic Audio is so you'll hear those footsteps when enemies walk by easily. This comes in Storm Grey and costs Php 169,995. Make sure you're buying from official stores in Shopee and Lazada, and authorized ones if they're third party so you qualify for the warranty (we need to be secured of course!). If you want to know more about these gaming rigs, check out because it's all there!

Lenovo also had us enjoy a few games with it during a stream on their FB channel, you should still see it posted there, just look for Lenovo Legion!


realme Set to Launch realme GT Master Edition Series and realme book

Friday, September 17, 2021

A few days ago, realme invited media for a preview of a few things they're launching this week. It was actually super hard to keep things from you, but since they already talked about it this weekend, here's a few things of what we know so far about the realme GT Master Edition Series and the new realme book. The event was attended by realme Philippines executives Austine Huang, Kyle Hubo, Jeannielyn Cheng, Dom Nacorda, Jimmclaude Gayo and a few media guests. They dub these as flagship disruptors,

Jimmclaude Gayo explained to us the new phone and says "The realme GT Master Edition Series is designed by Naoto Fukasawa. It's in a "suitcase design" and as he says "I want to design for positive, active and lively people, the suitcase is an everyday gadget, it's got horizontal grids, comes in Voyager grey. This is the world's first concave leather design made of vegan leather. It's eco friendly and ethically sourced. We also have it in daybreak blue. Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G processor, better CPU, GPU and AI performance versus previous flagship phones. It's 5G ready and can do WiFi 6. 8GB ram and comes in 128 and 256 storage version. It also employs 65W super dart charge, good for gamers and heavy phone users.  This also has a Vapor Chamber cooling system so it doesn't heat up. The GT mode makes gaming smooth, and it runs Android 11 out of the box via realme GT Master Edition. This has a 64MP primary camera (32MP selfie camera), macro and wide lens. It also has a dynamic photo lens, instant focus, quick start, film simulation color (simulates Kodak color shots), black and white, and dramatic mode. It's a design awardee so it's really a thing of wonder."

Austine Huang "We have expanded our portfolio and our entry to the laptop category starts with the new realme book. realme’s new products represent some of the very best in technology, and we've kept them affordable so it would be accessible to a lot of Filipinos. We want to be part of the realme Squad's goals in achieving their full potential. The realme GT Master Edition and the realme Book is going to be a huge part of that. We can’t wait for everyone to experience them starting today!"

The realme book has a lightweight design. It's only 1.38kg which you can carry around easily. It's lighter than the latest macbook. It's simple, sleek, elegant and is made of an aluminum body. It comes in real blue and real silver colorways. It carries 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, when used, it's smoother when you create things that involve photos and videos. The graphics card is an Iris XE. You can also expect smoother gameplay, they tested it in LOL and Valorant which are pretty popular nowadays. The realme book also employs dual fan cooling system so you don't overheat. It also does 65W Super Dart Charge, 54W Large Battery so you can last almost the whole day (office hours) without the need to plug in. It responds fast, has enough storage, also has a PC Connect option so you can connect to your gadgets and your laptop with ease and transfer files. You can also upgrade it to Windows 11 for free. It's got Thunderbold ports (so you can connect it to monitors with ease), passed durability tests. This also comes in in Core i3 and Core i5 variants + 8GB dual-channel LPDDR4x RAM.

The official launch of the GT Master Edition and the realme Book will be on September 23 at 6 p.m. via the realme Philippines Facebook page and YouTube channel so make sure you're subscribed on both social network channels.


ASUS Outs All-New ZenBook 14 (UX425EA)

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Looks like ASUS is at it again as they release a new ZenBook 14 UX42EA which is a 14 inch ultraportable laptop which is good for everyday office requirements, school packed with power, speed and better fit for productive sessions, something that does the job. I own one (a latter model) and just as I needed something that would also do video editing and tons of word processing, it's been my companion for all the things you see on my blog, social networks and even my YouTube channel.

The new one is better, it's got 2.8K resolution with its QHD display. Videos and photos stay livelier, brighter, and delivers smooth picture and video quality yet not power hungry like other machines of its kind. Your movies, YouTube or Netflix videos would be sick as it's got 90% screen to body ratio, you can chill while writing away on a separate space on your screen (which I do often).

It's got more power because of the Intel Iris Xe graphics card and 16GB RAM, with 512GB PCIe 3.0 x2 NVMe SSD so you've tons of space for your videos and photos. It's also equipped with WiFi 6 so no issues if you're going to get higher wifi rates later on. What's also new is their ASUS USB-C Easy Charge feature so you can be at peace when you are out for work or in a coffee shop (if government permits lol). Still has full i/o capabilities and two Thunderbolt USB-C ports, a microDS Card reader on the side so you don't have to run cables for your cameras or storage devices. Those file transfers would be easy especially for those who usually copy huge video files like you :P

Best of all, it's designed well, very classy and would impress anyone who would see it. The ASUS NumberPad 2.0 also can make you forget you're working on a laptop as you can see numbers on the center, computing would be absolutely fun. It's very thin at 13.9mm, weighs 1.17kg and is on a metal chasis, you'll impress your seat mates and be comfortable too with the ASUS patented ErgoLift. It costs Php 64,995 and comes with ZenBook Sleeves and preinstalled Windows and Office 2019 so you don't have to bother and look for em and work right from the day you purchase it. It's my personal companion during those hard days when I need to do a lot of things, and it's amazing I could even play Valorant in it casually. Timeless, beautiful, and very portable. I love it!


You've Got to See the IKEA Festival

In the coming weeks, you'll see a lot of IKEA popup displays as part of IKEA Festival. They're all raring to go open later but before that, they're making you see some of the pieces that they have inside the store displayed in a mock home, wherein you can sit on the chair, touch the table, go through the kitchen, play with children in these spaces. They'll be rolling out more in the next few months so you've got to see them all!

Ms. Aileen Prodigalidad of IKEA says "If you don't know how to cook, you can learn a lot about things here. Gamers also will have so much fun with the IKEA Gaming Range. The IKEA Festival will be opening the store for us, this will be through the IKEA Museum. You will travel back in time and see how the pieces came together."

The POP UP Store in Mall of Asia currently isn't selling the pieces, it's more of an inspiration so when you see the IKEA store open soon, you already have an idea what to get. It's like a real home, so you see everything in place, even the small knickknacks on the cupboard if you are looking for kitchen stuff.

If you want to join the IKEA FESTIVAL, just head on to the official website for the event and just click on start watching, there are different rooms in the festival. If you want cooking, design, gaming, there are specific rooms for you. They also have topics for sustainability which you can learn more about in the site.

Can't wait for the store opening, but for the meantime, this will do!