Thursday, March 31, 2022

Looks like there's another big addition to GMA's stable as this generation's Pop Princess Zephanie Dimaranan joins SPARKLE GMA Artist Center. In a huge event this afternoon, GMA, SPARKLE ang CS Entertainment announced this move during the Sparkling Launch attended by GMA Executives and Cornerstone Entertainment big wigs. 

For those who don't know, Zephanie has done a lot since her Idol Philippines stint wherein she was recognized as the Grand Champion. She also has several albums, singles, magazine covers and endorsements from the country's leading brands. This means she will now be co-managed by Sparkle and Cornerstone which will further make her star shine brighter as an artist. 

 Mr. Johnny Manahan aka Mr. M says "We are all so excited to have Zephanie here, a talented artist with outstanding social media presence. Sparkle is proud to have her and we can't wait to see her in future GMA projects, best of luck to her!" 

Ms. Gigi Lara SAVP for Alternative Productions of Sparkle says "Watch out as we'll have her sing this year's Summer theme plus have her join the All Out Sundays fam and perform with the powerhouse voice talents on the show. All of which are truly world class!" 


Mr. Jeff Vadillo the VP for Cornerstone Entertainment says "This partnership we have with Sparkle will surely bring more projects for Zephanie, and we look forward to have her be part of different shows and platforms wherein she can showcase her prowess and talent. Here's to new possibilities!"

Zephanie told us "I want to work with the great singers of GMA, and the new young stars. I also want to do acting jobs, I can't wait to explore that. I promise I will do my best in anything I do."

If you want to know what happened during the press conference, here's a video we made this afternoon.


We will see more of Zephanie in GMA shows now that she's part of SPARKLE, she will also be a regular in AOS every week so there's more to look forward to this year with Zeph. Congratulations to you and to Cornerstone Entertainment! Your fans are very supportive of your move, and I've seen how they support you.




SILKA Dares You To Celebrate "Bagong Araw, Bagong Awra with Silka!"

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

We're all cooped up in our homes during the pandemic and probably, have left a little part of ourselves to time and have it take its course. Skin care took a little break, for some of us.. and since the situation has improved and restrictions relaxed, they would want you to celebrate everyday with new flare, to go "awra" with SILKA!

It's time to go out (safely of course) and step out to be the most confident version of yourself. For those who don't know, Silka Papaya Lotion has been the go to brand of Filipinos who prefer whiter and brighter skin. It's got papaya enzymes and 5 vitamins like B3, B6, B5, vitamin C and E to keep your skin at a healthy state. It also has SPF-6 so you get protected from the warm rays of the sun. It's also non greasy, which would be good since it's a little too hot in the tropical climate of the Philippines.

I also love the Papaya scent which this one has which is just faint and not too crazy. Aside from that, it's going to make you fairer when you use it for a few days. They also have it in different sizes, plus it's very affordable so you don't have to splurge to take care of your skin. As the world and the Philippines open up again, go out there and show them how its done. Walk with confidence and show that you can embody "Bagong Araw, Bagong Awra with Silka"

If you need one, you may purchase it here through Shopee https://shope.ee/3fNkzGTbvc 


You can follow their social channels to know more about their products, they also have a mean soap which does wonders like the lotion, it exfoliates lightly so you become fairer after a few days of use. Try it out yourself, don't take my word for it. It's very affordable so there's no harm in doing that.


LENOVO Outs YOGA 9i : Designed for Professionals

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The need for hardware that can do many things is at a huge demand. Folks at Lenovo got us to take an in depth look at their newest YOGA 9i specifically built for professionals that would want to also be entertained by watching movies, play a few games, and do hard work when they need to.
Joey Nocom Consumer Business Lead for Lenovo Philippines says "We're excited to let you know about the new device we're launching today. People have adapted in a lifestyle for work and play, we aim to inspire to keep on going, to push boundaries, this shapes and explore more... the Lenovo 9i."

JB Aquino Lenovo's Consumer Product Manager says "We push boundaries in product design, brining in innovation in our devices. With the Lenovo Gen7 series, we have comfort edge design, smaller bezels, compact without compromising quality. It's aluminum, very pleasing to the eyes using 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake and AMD Ryzen 6000 series, a significant jump in performance. YOGA Gen7 Lineup has smart features including FHD IR Cameras that Flip to Start or use Smart Login, a fast way to turn it on so you can work fast. We also have Adaptive Light sensor, which auto adjusts keyboard backlighting and help you keep track of your work. We also included smart entertainment feature that utilize the IR Camera, smart voice so you can wake your computer up or search even without typing. It also eliminates background noise, so you won't have distractions in a meeting. Yoga laptops optimize battery life, so your device performs smarter, have the battery last longer and remain productive. It also remains versatile as it transforms, and still is colorful but very relaxing to the eyes.The Lenovo PureSight Display has over 2.5K resolution, full view, accurate true to life color and low blue light."

He adds "The YOGA 9i has a very glossy rounded edge which you can use as a tablet or laptop, edge to edge keyboard, OLED Display, bigger battery life of over 14 hours. We have also worked with Bowers & Wilkins for the rotating soundbar, so you get more bass and detail, really makes consuming entertainment easier. It's also got macro keys so functions can be done with one press of a button, more touchpad area (45% large than its predecessors), slimmer and more compact. It has the best audio system in any YOGA model we've had yet and runs on Windows 11. The tablet also has multi finger gestures, easy to take out windows on the screen, and will include a precision pen so users can use note taking apps, drawing and more. It also has voice typing, voice commands, we're excited for you to try it out yourselves! It's Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 12th Gen Intel Cor i7-1260P, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 75Wh battery, 12 inch 2.8K WQHD, tons of useful ports, 3 year premium care warranty if you accidentally damage it. It costs Php 109,995 in the Philippines."

Albeit being marketed for professionals, it seems to be a lot attractive too as an investment especially for those who are studying or about to graduate. They also have a 3 year warranty on top of the existing usual one that covers accidental mishaps you may have with the device, that's really re-assuring to have especially if you're a little clumsy at work or at home. If you want to know more, visit their official website of the Lenovo Philippines Facebook page.


EZ MIL Set to do "HOMECOMING" Philippine Tour

Monday, March 28, 2022

fter his viral video PANALO became a phenomenal hit in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world, EZ MIL will be coming home to the Philippines. This is a welcome treat for those who would love to see him in the flesh, perform live on stage for the first time.

Tickets will be sold now at EZMILHOMECOMINGTOUR.COM, TicketNet, SM Tickets and the artists lineup is crazy. For starters, there's Darren Espanto, GLOC-9, Kiefer Sanchez, HBOM, PLAN B, DJ Nix, Raining Sorrow and TNT finalist Froilan Canlas.

Raining Sorrow is EZ Mil's sister, she will also be performing with them during the tour and she says "As his sister, it's cool that he's doing what he loves." HBOM says "I'm super excited to see these people, it's been a while since I've been back in the country. I'm in awe everytime EZ MIL works, coming home after 20 years of not going back is really exciting. My new single is also out, it's called "Lahi" and hope you get to watch the music video."

Darren Espanto says "It's so nice to be here today, I'm very excited to perform on stage after 2 years. It's something that is inevitable, find ways to improve your craft, something that I'm still doing now, I want to continue to showcase a new Darren, a more mature side of me."

GLOC-9 says "Thanks for having me, EZ this is so exciting. I'm very excited thinking of being here in an event with him, he knows his craft, I'm excited for him and happy seeing him do what he loves. I'm excited because just to see artists evolve how we create music, I'm thankful for that!"

EZ says "I'm just super excited, this is something incredibly huge for everyone, for OG's, for those who are just going on stage, by what Gloc and the greats said, maraming salamat for making this possible for all of us. I just hope we get to have a lot of fun. I can't wait to be there. The feeling of doing it on the Wish Bus, I didn't know how people would receive it, there were just people that I met and I did my thing. It was just a moment that captured me in time, it's a little thing with mic in front, a spectacle that I'm wondering why it is still gaining views today."

He adds "I'm not nervous, the effect of PANALO is something that is probably already been loved by the crowd, it's just going to be a different vibe. It's just going to feel like home. There will be some songs that will collaborated, it will be a surprise so you just have to see it on the day itself. As a performer, I am just myself, I'm gonna try to do my shiz and at the end of the day, live is live. I'll perform my songs, I have respect for songs, whether I perform it or not it'll be good. Stay as strong as you can, we're going through a crisis, but whether it affects you or not, pakatatag lang. My Dad's music was different, it surrounded me a lot, my regular life, it wasn't something that stick out for me and rap is something that caught my attention, in highschool I got to listen to more, in college I started looking for deep lyrics, the reality of metal which I did had words that was extreme. I just be myself, I can't do anything than just be me. I just deal with people the same way they do to me. Music or what you see on screen is work, Imma keep working. Let's just have fun doing what we love to do. Gloc has been an inspiration, in highschool, those were just the times. He's always got a special place in my heart. He makes music that you understand, it's good times!"

About other artists "SB19, BGYO, BINI, they'd be killin it now. I know they will be doing great on the world stage for sure! We should keep the momentum going, strike while the iron is hot, it's easy to get to the top, but keep the foot on the mold as we're going to be seen by an even larger audience including media."

Gloc says "I think when he gets here we can probably do something, as advice, just love what you do... treat your dream like an actual person. When I don't do well, I talk with it, like a relationship, to love your craft and it will love you back. If you do that, and see what you carry is different, you will see things happen."

Tour locations include his hometown of Olongapo City (APRIL 22, 2022 4PM - 10PM OLONGAPO CITY REMY FIELD R7CM+MCX), Manila on APRIL 29, 2022 5PM - 10PM at the Araneta Coliseum, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales), SMX Davao in Davao City (MAY 01, 2022 4PM - 10PM), Albay Astrodome in Legazpi City (MAY 06, 2022 4PM - 10PM), Camp John Hay in Baguio City. They are being supported by WISH 107.5, directed by Paolo Valenciano and produced by MAK Entertainment Services.


PHINMA Properties Launch Maayo San Jose Site

Looks like the good people from PHINMA Properties really found something promising about their latest residential undertaking at the province of Batangas called "PHINMA Maayo San Jose". In a grand ceremony a few days ago, they held an event showcasing what the place can offer including tourist spots, destinations, historical landmarks, and culture the province could offer for families that would like to make this location their home for Batanguenos, Filipinos or those abroad. Albeit online, they showed us what we would be missing if we chose to live in this district. It was attended by PHINMA Properties President and CEO Raphael B. Felix, VP for Business Development Rogelio M. Garcia, their VP for Project Management Franciz Z. Villegas, CDCC President and CEO Cris M. Igelsias and executives.

They also held a house tour courtesy of Julia Rivera from Presello. She talked and took everyone to look at "Rosario" which is a 2 floor townhouse at PHINMA Maayo San Jose. They have three different models which one could choose, and by the looks of it, it's fit for those who would want to start a family. It's basically a modern Filipino home, designed with huge storage cabinets, a working kitchen, some really nice finishing on the built-ins and interior. They have wide windows, a lot of light coming from outside and proper ventilation, if you saw it, you would want to live there.
The outdoor area and amenities makes this a cool place to hangout, celebrate life's precious moments and workout. If you prefer a more intimate setting, they've got indoor facilities, function rooms so you don't even have to go out of town to have fun. They also have their rain water collection system and solar panels to make sure they are environmentally adept for living. This is a safe, dreamy location that puts sustainability at the forefront while building a community. If you want to know more about the property, visit their site phinmaproperties.com/maayo/sanjose/ today.


EARTH HOUR Celebrations at Ortigas Malls

Friday, March 25, 2022

Hey folks! It's going to be Earth Hour on the 26th of this month, and just wanted to let you know that the good people from Ortigas Malls will be having an "Acoustic Night Unplugged" in all their properties. This includes the Greenhills Mall, Tiendesitas, Estancia at Capitol Commons, Industria at Circulo Verde as they want you to have fun while saving energy. You may download their Ortigas Malls mobile app so you too can get exclusive discounts, priviliges on their stores when you join the festivities on this date.

They are of course thinking about your safety too, be assured that all their employees and establishments have been given safety seals from LGU's, make sure you do your deed of following protocols stated by DOH and IATF in order to keep everyone safe while being there.

I think I'm going to Greenhills for this, so see you there!


Monsour del Rosario Pledges Support for Vice President Leni Robredo

This Thursday March 24, 2022, Presidential aspirant Ping Lacson announced that he is officially leaving Partido Reporma and is running as an independent candidate for the highest post in the land. This as former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and party officials in Davao Del Norte province informed him of their decision to support a different candidate this afternoon. The announcement was done in a press conference held at General Santos City.

Later that evening, Rep. Alvarez lauded Lacson and his accomplishments, then endorsed Leni Robredo who cited the urgency of fixing the country's issues by working together with their brand of good governance. Party members also supported and appeared during the meet in the province. Olympian, Senate candidate and former Makati Congressman Monsour del Rosario recently released a statement in reaction to this matter and his support for Vice President Leni Robredo.

Aside from being a Taekwondo champion, Monsour del Rosario has filed 282 House Bills and Resolutions. He's also the author of the Work From Home Law, also known as the Telecommuting Act of 2018. He's also pushing for healthcare which he deems important for Filipinos in the medical industry. He has done quite well during the 17th Congress and hopes to do even more for the ordinary Filipino when his turn comes to serve.


ARJO ATAYDE Celebrates Early Pride Month in Quezon City

Arjo Atayde's celebrity friends and family join in the fun with the LGBTQIA+ community in Quezon City's 1st District

Everybody loves Arjo Atayde.

With his recent endeavor to run as Congressman of Quezon City's 1st District, he celebrated early Pride Month with the LGBT community at the Ampitheater of Quezon City Memorial Park. This is part of his efforts to communicate on how he's adovacies with regards to advocating the rights of the LGBTQIA+ population which includes pushing for laws and local policies regarding their plight in employment, on discrimination and the experiences of violence. Tgus was attended by thousands from the sector and welcomed by Team Aksyon Agad's Doray Dolarmente, TJ Calalay, Joseph Juico, Bernard Herrera and Charm Ferrer who's running for the 1st district council, aiming to help their constituents in their district.

Arjo says "I've worked in the industry for over a decade, much of which I've had the opportunity to work with the most talented LGBT individuals. I'm a proud ally and have so much respect for them all. My folks have raised us all to treat everyone kindly, remain inclusive regardless of one's gender. No one should be deprived of their human rights, and today, we're celebrating their contributions to the community, their lives and accomplishments."

The event also was graced by Arjo's folks, businessman Art Atayde and the incomparable actress Sylvia Sanchez plus performances by Arjo's friends which includes huge belter Katrina Velarde, good looking Hashtag Jameson Blake and Nikko Natividad, the funny man Bayani Agbayani, one of the most beautiful voices in the industry Ice Seguerra, beauty queen Alma Concepcion, actresses Anne Feo and Ynez Veneracion, and fun hosts DJ Jai Ho and Viveka who entertained the crowd that evening.

I fervently hope this gets appreciated not just by the constituents of Arjo, the whole Quezon City and his fans that adore him. I know I do!

Happy birthday to his sister Ria by the way!


Continuing A Legacy: TV5 and Cignal's "Bilang Pilipino 2022 Election Coverage"

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Election coverage has started and the folks at TV5 and Cignal are no stranger to that. Together with a formidable roster of broadcasters, they have launched Bilang Pilipino 2022 in their different mediums Radyo5, 92.3 News FM, highly popular Interaksyon, The Philippine Star and BusinessWorld among others.

For starters, is the Presidential series called "Kandidatalks" which they've done with Go Negosyo (an NGO) wherein they'll talk about Business, Work and Health. It will be moderated by Cheryl Cosim. The series will run from March 21 to 25. It will be replayed from March 26, April 2 and 9 on TV5 at 9PM. If you prefer wathching it earlier, it's going to be seen on One PH Channel 1 at 10:30AM and One Nwews Channel 8/250 for HD at 5:30PM. Go see your presidential candidates on these dates taking on current issues so you get to have an informed vote on May 9th.


They also have a 3 part documentary entitled The Promise Tracker which will be hosted by Cheche Lazaro. It will air on March 26 on One News at 7:30PM and TV5 at 8:30PM. Mon Isberto on the other hand will host Optics: Politics of Perception which will air on One News on March 27 at 6PM. It's going to make you understand how PR works in the elections.

You will also see Hitting the Campaign Trail on April 13th. which is a reality documentary series about how it feels to be on the campaign trail. This will be from reporters who are all with the candidates and will be shown on their channels. They will also have them uploaded on Facebook, YouTube just like their other programs in the channel.


The Future Looks Bright with BRIA Homes Projects in Davao

My personal trips in Davao always had me think about how fun it is to journey the countryside. It's full of lush tropical forests, mountains, a wonderful city center, tour spots, beaches, flora and fauna. Aside from that, they've got historic spots, places to hangout, some really good communities to raise a family.

BRIA Homes is expanding in this region which includes Tagum City, Panabo and Digos. I've had the pleasure of visiting these cities a couple of years ago especially Davao del Norte which is so abundant of fruits in season. Digos has Mount Apo Natural Park and world class beach resorts which would be perfect for settling down or easy living... expats included.

Ed Aguilar the Division Head of Bria Homes says "We are constantly offering BRIA Homes to those who are looking for a place to call home, invest in properties and spend years in these communities. This is also ideal for those who would want to retire."

Condo units in this side of the world are well built, comfortable to live in, all secured for locals, investors, OFW's and their families. With guards manning 24 hour duties at entrance and exit points, you would have peace of mind if you live here. If you choose to have a BRIA Home in Davao, it is possible to see it in www.bria.com.ph or their official Facebook page over at www.facebook.com/BriaHomesIncOfficial. If you choose to get one, you can reserve it via https://www.bria.com.ph/online-reservation/.


Samsung Launches A33 and A53 5G

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Just got off the much awaited GALAXY A event of Samsung. They launched A33 and A53 5G.

Incredible displays is the name of the game, having it more accessible for more consumers. It provides smooth videos, warmer light, with stereo speakers that makes sound rich, louder and better. It's also got brighter screens, less glare, so you can see even in brighter light conditions. Both phones have 4 cameras, produce high quality photos and videos. This is best for creators, with enhanced portrait modes and AI, easy to emphasize your subject prior to posting. It also captures smooth video, catches dynamic subjects with its VDIS technology.

The Night Mode is further improved, use AI to lessen noise and blur. It also has AI to identify objects that should be erased, using enhanced CPU, GPU, additional virtual RAM for various processes for your phone. It's got long lasting battery life, more power for the things you need to do. Add to that long list of features is its capability to be not bothered by water/getting wet.

The latest Galaxy A series pushes the limits of your imagination. Wide, Depth of Field, taking Portraits would be a cinch for the two phones. You can also edit before posting on your social channels. The Galaxy A33 and A53 5G will have AI employed on cameras, optimal light absorption even as conditions change. You can also delete objects from a shot, play around with the photos, sync them even while you're working on the file so you don't lose what you share... while maintaining control over it through sharing files. The Galaxy open system brings you closer, keeps you connected with Galaxy technology. The 5G connection also gives you faster upload and download rates, keeps you productive. The same goes with Galaxy buds that give you auto switch between devices, easy to share audio too with friends. Buds Together also make you listen to the same audio so you don't have the share the same pair. The A53 and A33 is water and dust resistant (IP67), also convenient to travel light as Samsung Wallet comes integrated. The battery lasts almost 2 days so you have convenience without having to charge. The buds can also be detected through apps, so if you lost it you'll get it and have it beep. Privacy is also on top, with the dashboard, it will show everything that uses data. Powerful tech that lasts.

Prime software and hardware, all in Samsung. Wouldn't that make you want one? Pre-order starts tomorrow (and with promo might throw in Galaxy Buds Live with it) so go ahead and reward yourself by proceeding to Samsung stores and authorized seller partners nationwide. The A53 will be available by April 1st 449 Euros (around 26K Php), while the A33 on April 22nd for 369 Euros (22K Php).


Singer-Songwriter Kenji Exaltacion Releases 5 Track EP Album "Liham"

Looks like Cornerstone has a diamond in the rough - and he sits comfortably in their hands. A guy with a really good singing voice, answers smartly with each question thrown at him, pleasing to the eyes, full blooded Cebuano and songwriting chops that could rival the greats in the industry. He's Kenji Exaltacion, who previously was in a band... he's now a solo artist and admits he's starting all over again. 

Kenji says "As time went by, my experiences have changed and I too have grown older. My experiences have become deep, I used to just imagine stuff but now I experience it for real. you can say it's truthful, the emotions become it. One of the songs I have here is "Done", my ex knows it, she heard it and it was towards our break up. She knows it was for her. Her reaction was a little quiet, it was a long distance relationship and I barely could feel how she feels because it was through Skype. I saw how she was a little teary eyed. I am thankful that Sir Jonathan really pointed the way for me to go to Cornerstone. They trusted me a lot. I want to work with Moira dela Torre and perhaps the artists from Visayas like TJ, KZ, I think we could work a lot because we could write in Bisaya."

In the 5 track EP entitled LIHAM he says "The process of choosing songs for this was a little hard as I had to present 12, these were the top 5 for it. I'm happy about their choice, and I did consider them as the top ones too, we were very in sync with what we liked. I want people to experience what I felt during that time, be in my world, my story, to see the world in my perspective and how I see everything."

He adds "I wanted to do songwriting classes before but I started early when I as in the 6th grade. I listened to Ed Sheeran and Coldplay and they changed how poetic I approached songwriting. They are my influences, I had to convert it into lyrics. I write manually, I couldn't write it on the phone because I feel it would be a little difficult to put in feelings on it. I auditioned in the past for an OST but suddenly got to be in the show, I'm sticking to what I do best, do songwriting and singing. I started playing the guitar when I was in the second grade, it was in school. After that, I played for a friend, I started singing when I was in the 5th grade. In high school, I sang in a competition for our section, and that started it all. Ever since, I felt I loved performing. As time went by, I just winged it, listened to songs and picked up styles... I adapted it to how I sing now. I did workshops in Star Magic years back, it was good but I had to prepare more for singing in the recital."

He also shared how his past relationships have made his songwriting process a breeze especially his recent ones that is the subject of one of his songs. The lyrics he put so much effort in is because his understanding and experience about love is deeper, and as a single guy he views this as good motivation for each piece he does. Under Cornerstone, he's very excited that he'll be performing on stage not with his previous band, but as a solo artist. He holds a lot of promise from what I've heard during the press conference, I'm sure you'll love Kenji, go stream his 5 track EP album on digital apps like Spotify. My personal favorite is the song called "Paraiso Ko". If you want to know more about him, follow Cornerstone's social channels as he's going to be featured there when events happen soon. This is under JUST MUSIC which is a sub label of the CS Music label.


Alice Dixson Swears By Wellgreens

The woman who captured the fancy of every young Filipino through a shampoo commercial in the 80's still looks absolutely gorgeous. She's Alice Dixson, and judging by the looks of it... she's still as pretty.

She's doing several shows including highly successful First Lady (sequel of First Yaya) together with Sanya Lopez and Gabby Concepcion and previous Legal Wives on the same network. But how does she look this good? Alice affirms it's her natural, healthy choices. 

She's a stern advocate of proper nutrition, diet, and help from WellGreens. This is Pascual Laboratories Inc.’s premium and certified organic natural food supplement. This year, their thrust has been to educate people about the benefits of taking food supplements that contain vitamins and nutrition needed by the body daily. They don't just get it from natural sources but also make it from certified organic companies like Leonie Agri Corp. that go through strict standards of farming, production and manufacturing of EU and USDA organic certification bodies. They (LAC) are also recognized for their Good Agricultural Practices by the Department of Agriculture. These WellGreens products such as Sinta, Lagundi-Cuban Oregano, Malunggay, Mangosteen-Malunggay and Ampalaya go through a stringent 13-step process. My personal choice is the Sinta as it is known as a herb that curbs type 2 diabetes which I have*. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help manage certain inflammatory conditions*. This is also the reason why WellGreens is Alice Dixson’s healthy choice as she makes sure to incorporate preventive food supplements into her diet which she calls "self love".

According to Alice “I take Wellgreens so I can pursue more of my passions.  It complements my already healthy choices, it goes beyond natural and is certified organic and premium. It also keeps my blood sugar in check and is easily available in stores nationwide."

If you want to get these supplements, they are available in Mercury Drug Stores, Shopee and Lazada through Pascual Lab's official stores. Currently, they have buy one take one promos for some of these products so go get them now. For more information, check out their social channels and official website at pascuallab.com.

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CROCS Opens Store at B7 Bonifacio High Street

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

The good looking guy just arrived at the new BGC branch of CROCS, our well loved footwear brand. It's been a while since we've covered an event physically and chances are, we're going to splurge a little bit since it's a great day to start summer festivities in Manila. Their call, is for you to tell your SUMMER STORY and this particular branch has all your unique Crocs Clogs in different colors and styles. The store is also huge you can roam around without bumping into anyone and the center is dedicated to a little treat we call JIBBITZ. They are charms you attach on the holes of your Crocs pairs and I loved every bit of it. I got myself a winter camo (Marble Clogs) colored pair and started picking 90's iconic symbols so I could personalize it.

They encourage this so as to make each pair unique and I love them about that. Loads of celebrities have also gone to the store including Crocs Ambassador AC Bonifacio, Patrick Quiroz, models and influencers from the metro. There are also installations outside the store where you can take photos of you, your friends or family. They are extra colorful too so if you're in the look for a pair, it's time to do it here!

Here's a little tour I made on the new store, enjoy!

Go catch a pair and see why people are loving their CROCS while telling their Summer Story!

AutoDeal Releases 13th Insights Report

Getting a car these days are doubly hard and with the war happening in Ukraine, oil prices have skyrocketed in the past few weeks. This shouldn't be the case especially when purchasing a car, wether for business or family use. It should be seamless, and be adept to conditions like this pandemic - as everything should be personalized, so customers get what they need when they need it most.

Top online automotive market place AutoDeal has been in the business since 2014 and has been the go to place to buy, compare cars, and get offers on the latest models on the web. Daniel Scott, AutoDeal CEO and Co-Founder says "As car sales go through digital channels, AutoDeal is getting tons of inquiries per day gearing more sales for our partners even during these times. AutoDeal transactions amount to Php 28 Billion last 2021 from 24,835 transactions, and that's amazing."

They also released consumer reports and insights on the industry from the platform which gives valuable data that can helo it grow on a business and market standpoint. They've been doing it every year and has been analyzed by experts. The 13th edition includes performance metrics as the industry recovers from the troubles of the pandemic. This includes leads that specify location, brand, buying trends which would be helpful for car companies and consumers. This also includes the motorcycle market which has become a pretty significant market. You may visit bit.ly/2021ADInsights and download AutoDeal Insights Volume 8 for it. AutoDeal is currently partnered with 16 car/motorcycle brands and currently holds top spot as far as market sales volume is concerned in the country. You may visit autodeal.com.ph for your car and bike needs and visit their social channels for more information.


Herlene Budol and Kit Thompson Fall in Love in Puregold Channel's "Ang Babae Sa Likod ng Face Mask"

ooks like Puregold is making another series on the Puregold Channel and we got to talk to the cast of "Ang Babae Sa Likod ng Face Mask". It's a romantic comedy series starring Harlene Hipon Budol and Kit Thompson. Together with them are Mickey Ferriols, VJ Mendoza, Hasna Cabral and villain Kiray Celis. Their first salvo was all about debt called GV Boys and it was a huge success, following up with a new story is certainly a lot exciting.

Ms. Ivy Piedad of Puregold says "It's surprising to see Puregold to have a new series, but during the pandemic we shared the sentiments of our customers because everyone was afraid to go out. We developed fun shows to get them entertained, give prizes, treating the public differently. Inside Puregold stores we lowered prices, but in YouTube we increased our audience simply because we want to connect combined with modern retail. In this new series, we hopefully warm your hearts, make them flutter, thank you to our cast, director and production who you will get to know more today. Thank you!"

Film maker, Producer and Director Chris Cahilig says "I'm excited to share the trailer later, this project has been in the works for quite a while now."

Director Victor Villanueva says "When this was presented to my by Direk Chris, I got interested because it's a guessing game with the characters. It adds a layer of mystery, with face masks, we all wanted to see who is behind it when we see people. We all want to give and receive love, Malta played by Herlene Budol, would fall in love in this good vibes series. I hope a lot of people enjoy it. The cast has always been so good so I want to see how it turns out when you've got this combination. It's light hearted, sweet, and thanks to Puregold for taking the initiative to have this uploaded online so people can enjoy. It encourages change, and them investing in stories is a good thing."

Herlene says "I am so happy because this is the first time I'm in a starring role. I didn't expect it to be this good, I really relate to the character because I'm not that fresh and use my mask often, I know a lot of people can relate. It's a bonus that my partner here is good looking, our closeup shots felt so good.This show is perfect for me, it really did bring out my confidence. When you're with people who support you, it's easy to do adlibs, do acting stints, memorizing scripts isn't really my forte but I really did tell them before hand. They helped me a lot."

Kit Thompson says "While watching the trailer, I got a little teary eyed. It's so fresh to see this, thanks to our director and producer, this looks so good on screen. Thanks to Puregold for making wonderful content. This is just a taste of what's to be seen, so imagine the whole series."

Kiray says "I like the color grading, the acting, the music, it gave the mood of the show. Their pairing here is phenomenal, and this shoot shows how people fall in love in this day and age where we would need to express ourselves even with just the eyes. This feeling is true during this pandemic. Actually this character is just me really. When you see them, "

Hasna says "It's endearing to see the trailer, they really look good on screen and our outfits really matched the story. I personally see how they look at each other, it's about magic, family, friendship, the definition of beauty and self worth. The work is collaborative, but when they throw lines, it is effective."

VJ Mendoza says "I didn't doubt that this will be a good story because when we were talking about it, it felt like a KDrama, and for sure, the youth will like this a lot. From color grading, the music, I am so proud to see this be made. I am so excited, this will be a riot!"

This will be 13 episodes and will run around 20 minute each. It's going to be worth your time so make sure you're subscribed to the Puregold Channel huh! Oh and Herlene divulged how she will be competing in beauty pageants soon. This is a way to connect with Puregold's patrons, to entertain them when they need it most.

Congratulations to Puregold and the Puregold Channel! You guys are doing good!


Antique: Where the Mountains Meet the Sea on Discovery Channel

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

ust got off the press conference on Antique: Where the Mountains Meet the Sea hosted by the office of DS Loren Legarda and the Department of Tourism. This has been attended by several government dignitaries and executives from Discovery Channel where this will be shown this coming March 23, 2022. This documentary is produced by Studio H20 through DS Loren Legarda's office, the DOT and in partnership with the Province of Antique.


DS Loren Legarda says "I would want to give my full undivided attention to this project which is close to my heart. During the pandemic, we worked on this which delves on marine biodiversity. This is a Senate project with the DOT so funds will be allocated to them. This is not the first I've done with several groups. We have legislated 94 laws, and if mandated there would be a multitude of national parks and they will be given management plans, this will be my legacy. The loss of plants, animals, on land and underwater could be detrimental for the future. I put all it into bills, together with Senator Villar, and covers 2 areas in Antique which will be part of the feature. This houses marine riches, that puts food in the table, and the discoveries of Studio H2O is just a paradise. We give due recognition to UP Marine Science Institute and RARE Philippines, all our 18 Mayors, Vice Mayors, who will enact local versions. What they did was a community based coral reef monitoring, hired and worked with local people, fisher-folks around the designated areas. They discovered areas suitable for coral growth, more places for fish diversities, 2 endangered species found in our waters, and Manta Rays found only in the country. More exploratory dives should be done as more remains to be seen. I would like to do a project with the DOT, the DENR and LGU's."

Boogs Rosales of Studio H2O adds "We really worked hard to push through with our shoot, it will be shown on Discovery Channel for two days. We're glad that we got to work with the various government agencies and have this shown to an international audience. As DS, the funding was from their office, through the DOT. It's a process that went through bidding, it was very hard to work on it. Part of the funding went to also showcasing it in Discovery channel, to promote and highlight the province through visuals and our storytelling."   

Antique: Where the Mountains Meet the Sea will be shown on the Discovery Channel this March 23rd at 6:15PM and will be replayed on March 24 at 8:15AM and 11:25AM Philippine time. This will also be aired in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and India where Discovery Channel is available.


KIANA V To Perform at the SXSW Music Festival

I've loved KIANA V's music for its international flair, flavor, a sound that can unmistakably be even better than those who are in top charts in the US or elsewhere in the globe. 

In a couple of days, she's set to perform at the SXSW (South By Southwest) Music Festival at Austin, Texas. The event running from March 14 to 20 will be featuring 240 artists and will be an in person event, much of which has been missed in two years. Kiana V has recently released a single entitled "Heartbeat On Me" together with a music video directed by Gab Valenciano (who's gotten several awards for his previous work, and consequently her brother). The track is soothing as they utilized synthesizers with light beats, you'll love her even more. Kiana says "It's about falling in love with someone, as if you're scared to see if the other party would reciprocate the feeling, and hope it is mutual." This is also part of the EP Dazed which has been lauded by Spin, NME, Hypebae, Office Magazine, Paper Magazine among others.

Kiana V has gotten awards from Awit Awards, MYX, Wish FM, McMillan Woods Global Awards and featured in Spotify's NYC Times Square billboard last year. She will also be appearing in a MYX original series called "The Crossover" which will be shown on different platforms. Make sure you're subscribed to her YouTube and social channels. Meanwhile, treat yourself with this video.


Congratulations Kiana V!