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March 31, 2014

North Cotabato beauty Mary Jean Lastimosa, crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2014

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Mary Jean Lastimosa,  26-year old North Cotabato beauty bested 39 other contestants in the coronation night and was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2014 at the annual beauty pageant's grand coronation night held at the Araneta Coliseum,  March 30, 2014.

Here's the question-and-answer portion with Lastimosa, asked by reigning Miss Universe Queen Gabriela Isler

Q: "What is the greatest advantage of being a woman?"

Lastimosa answered: 
"The greatest advantage of being a woman is being able to compose herself. Just like here, we're standing in front of thousands of people, not knowing if you're going to cheer for us or boo us. But we try to compose ourselves. We keep the emotions and show the beauty that is in us and tonight thousands of people are standing here, celebrating the beauty of women."

Here are the other winners of the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 beauty pageant:

Bb. Pilipinas International 2014: Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014: Kris Janson 
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014: Yvethe Santiago
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014: Parul Shah

First runner-up: Laura Lehmann
Second runner-up: Hannah Ruth Sison

Best in Long Gown: Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti
Best in Swimsuit: Mary Jean Lastimosa
Best in Talent: Gabrielle Tilokani
Best in National Costume: Kris Janson
Miss Friendship: Racquel Kabigting
Miss Photogenic: Kris Janson

Miss Philippine Airlines: Pia Wurtzback
Miss Cream Silk: Yvethe Santiago
JAG 2014: Pia Wurtzback
Binibining Avon: Yvethe Santiago

Manila Bulletin's Reader's Choice Award: Ladylyn Riva

March 29, 2014

Sta. Fe , Leyte students, barefoot no more

More than a thousand barefoot kids and children in tattered shoes and worn out slippers marched toward the expansive school grounds of the Sta. Fe Central School, the biggest school in this district, last Tuesday morning, they diligently fell in line behind designated scouts who carried their special “numbers.”

Unmindful of the searing pre-noon heat, the students came from the 17 schools of Sta. Fe who were chosen to receive premium slip-ons from Skechers donated through Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines.

Before it reached the school, volunteers painstakingly went through the list earlier submitted by the teachers, ensuring that they had the right sizes and carried the huge cartons containing the Skechers slip-ons toward the delivery vans en route to the school.

Representatives from the Youth with a Mission (YWAM), to spice up the occasion, even presented a brief puppet show to the delight of children.

The distribution of the Skechers slip-ons was both fun and tedious. Trying the slip-ons to each and every student was a daunting task. But the reward came from the sincerest “Thank Yous” from the students, a tight hug, a big smile and the happy races of some of the students as they clutched their new pair of shoes while othes waved them on air.

Mrs. Rosario Buena, district supervisor of the Sta. Fe district which covers 17 schools and 3,999 total school population, said that the students were eagerly looking forward to this day when they would receive and bring home new pairs of footwear.

“Wala na kasi talaga silang gamit na sapatos. Tinangay ni Yolanda ang lahat ng kanilang mga gamit, mula bahay, damit, school supplies at mga sapatos. Noong sabihan ko sila na magbibigay ang Operation Blessing ng sapatos sa kanila dahil may donasyon ang Skechers, sobrang tuwa ng mga estudyante (The students do not have any more shoes left to use. Yolanda washed away everything that they had from their homes, clothes, school supplies, and their shoes. So, when I told them that Operation Blessing will be giving them shoes coming from the donation of Skechers, the students were so happy),” Mrs. Buena said.

She added that the new slip-ons meant a lot to the students, especially since most of them now come to school in tattered shoes and slippers, while some even go to school barefoot.

Mrs. Buena added that the new pairs of slip-ons signified new hope for the students and a validation that help will continue to come and that better days are bound to come.

She also thanked Operation Blessing for the simultaneous feeding programs being conducted in the different schools of the district which have motivated more students to regularly attend their classes.

MYX Music Awards winners: MYX recognizes the Parokya ni Edgar as Magna Awardee 2014

MYX recognizes the Parokya ni Edgar as Magna Awardee 2014.

Every time that MYX mounts the Philippines’ biggest awards night in music, they select one mover and shaker of local music scene that they deem historically groundbreaking.

This year’s music awards saw the recognition of a group that has brought a whole new, hilarious flavor to Philippine sound.

The award was given to a band that celebrated twenty years of friendship, humor, and good music—Parokya ni Edgar.

In true Parokya fashion, eight friends and pioneers of band members Chito Miranda, Buwi Meneses, Gab Chee Kee, Darius Semana, Dindin Moreno and Vinci Montaner gathered on stage around a plastic table and monobloc chairs to share a pitcher and snacks.

Among those present at the table were Rico Blanco, Gloc-9, Miggy Chavez, Yeng Constantino, Barbie Almalbis, Gabby Alipe, Ebe Dancel, and Raimund Marasigan. They performed six renditions of Parokya ni Edgar’s famous songs, “Buloy”, “Harana”, “Pangarap Lang Kita”, “Halaga”, “The Yes Yes Show”, and “Inuman Na,” which aptly capped off the performance when the members of Parokya ni Edgar stepped on stage to accept the title.

As Chito Miranda found himself humbled by all of this. “Usually people would expect us to say something funny, but for once I’m speechless,” he shared when MYX Channel Head Andre Allan Alvarez presented him with the award.

The night of the MYX Music Awards was also one to honor artists, groups, and music video directors who made an impact in the local scene over the past year.

Here is the complete list of winners from the MYX Music Awards night, which was held last Wednesday (March 26, 2014):

Favorite Music Video: “Magda” by Gloc9 feat. Rico Blanco
Favorite Artist: Sarah Geronimo
Magna Awardee: Parokya ni Edgar
Favorite Female Artist: Yeng Constantino
Favorite male Artist: Bamboo
Favorite Group Winner: Parokya ni Edgar
Favorite Celebrity Guest Appearance in a Music Video: Kim Chiu for “Discolamon” by Banda ni Kleggy
Favorite New Artist: KZ Tandingan
Favorite MYX Celebrity VJ: Abra
Favorite Mellow Video: “Magkabilang Mundo” by Jireh Lim
Favorite Rock Video: “Carousel” by Bamboo
Favorite Urban Video: “Magda” by Gloc9 feat. Rico Blanco
Favorite Remake: “It Take a Man and a Woman” by Sarah Geronimo
Favorite Media Soundtrack: “Carousel” by Bamboo
Favorite Collaboration: “Magda” by Gloc 9 feat. Rico Blanco
Favorite Song: “Magda” by Gloc9 feat. Rico Blanco
Favorite International Video: Roar by Katy Perry
Favorite K-POP Video: “Wolf” by Exo


"Sir Chief" Richard Yap taps into his inner health

By taking care of his inner health, Richard Yap says, “I am able to live more and live young.”

Richard was already taking the product for over five years even before he was tapped to serve as C-Lium’s brand ambassador. 
It is undeniable that Richard Yap’s rise to fame has been quite monumental. From playing Papa Chen in the primetime soap Binondo Girl, Richard is now known as the well-adored Sir Chief in the daytime “kiligserye” Please Be Careful with My Heart.

His love story with Maya, played by Jodie Sta. Maria, has become the talk of the town: from their first hug to their first kiss to their eventual marriage. It’s no wonder that the soap has been going strong in Philippine television for more than a year.

Despite the pressures that come with being a celebrity, Richard looks great for his age. His skin glows, his looks are youthful and healthy, and his body is very fit. It’s surprising to know that he will celebrate his 47th birthday on May 18 this year.

While it may all look effortless, Richard says that his sense of well-being is a result of making healthy choices. For one, Richard finds the time to exercise, despite the fact that he has only around three to four hours of sleep each day. “I have always been a great fan of exercising whether it be going to the gym or taking up an active sport,” he says.

Paying attention to his diet, Richard is a conscientious eater, trying out a little bit of everything. “I limit my intake of carbs and protein to a certain level,” he says. “I eat five to six small meals a day in order not to gain weight. As much as possible, I shy away from fatty food although I do have my cheat days. I try to consume more fish and chicken whenever possible.”

Richard also supplements his diet with C-Lium Fibre, an all-natural source of soluble and insoluble fiber, which he endorses. “It’s very important since we are always on the go and we are not guaranteed to get enough fiber in our diet everyday,” he says. “Taking C-Lium helps a lot in fulfilling that need.”

According to the US-based National Fiber Council, taking fiber regularly aids in promoting good digestion and helps in weight management. It has also been clinically proven to regulate the absorption of cholesterol and sugar into the system, minimizing the risk for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, among other life-threatening illnesses. 

Taking a more proactive stance to health is something that Richard believes in. He listens to his body for telltale signs of illness. “If I see there is something which is headed to a certain unhealthy level, I usually address it by changing my diet and eating habits and not waiting until I get sick.”

C-Lium is part of Richard’s health arsenal, which is more crucial now that Richard has to juggle many activities. Aside from being an actor, he is also a husband to Melody Yap and a father to two teen-agers. But Richard knows his priorities very well, and takes his showbiz adventure one day at a time. “Dreams do come true,” he says. “Just don’t be afraid to take the plunge when the opportunity comes.” 

C-Lium Fibre is available in husk and capsule format and is being sold in supermarkets and drugstores nationwide.

Smart, Deezer tie up to bring world of music to PH mobile users


Here's a great news and updates from the Philippine mobile leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart)!

Smart Communications, Inc. announced a strategic and exclusive partnership with leading global music streaming service Deezer to bring the full breadth of music experience to mobile users in the country through Deezer’s Premium+ service.

With Deezer Premium+, more than 72 million Smart mobile subscribers nationwide will be able to enjoy unlimited web and mobile access to the most number of music tracks online and offline, all in high-quality and without the interruption of ads.

Deezer’s availability in more than 180 countries will also allow Smart to provide a seamless experience to mobile users who want to be able to listen to their favorite songs wherever they are, whether they are in the Philippines or overseas.

Smart will soon announce affordable streaming rates and promotions with Deezer that both prepaid and postpaid subscribers can enjoy. With this groundbreaking partnership, Smart users will be able to purchase a Deezer Premium+ subscription using only their prepaid or postpaid accounts.

“We are excited to announce this pioneering partnership with Deezer, which will deliver even more exciting music experiences to our subscribers and enhance their mobile lifestyles on the go,” said Mellissa Limcaoco, Innovation and Product Development Group Head at Smart.

“With SPINNR, we promised the total music experience to users at affordable prices. This partnership broadens our portfolio even further with millions of music tracks from Deezer, the largest digital music catalogue in the world, which users can enjoy whether they are here or abroad,” Limcaoco explained. “This strengthens Smart’s expanding suite of mobile content and application offerings that makes us a formidable player in the entire mobile ecosystem.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Smart, the Philippines’ largest mobile operator, to provide music fans in Philippines easy access to all the music they can consume. This collaboration puts millions of tracks in the hands of millions of mobile users in Philippines whether they are at home or on the go,” added Steven Frank, Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific at Deezer.

Smart’s Limcaoco added that with Smart’s newly modernized network that now includes more than 10,000 4G-capable (HSPA+, LTE/LTE-A) sites all around the country, users will be able to enjoy seamless and unhampered access to various mobile services that include the likes of Deezer and SPINNR.

On mobile devices, the Deezer app can be installed on iOS, Android, Windows Phone as well as Blackberry 10 smartphones and tablets. It can also be enjoyed using traditional desktop browsers in laptops and PCs.

For more information, visit www.smart.com.ph<http://www.smart.com.ph/> 
or www.deezer.com<http://www.deezer.com/>.

March 28, 2014

SM Honors 100 Women of Power and Substance This March

In celebration of Women’s Month, SM Supermalls, Project Headshot Clinic, and the Dream Project Philippines  launched a campaign and digital exhibit called Inspire.

Inspire is a joint effort of SM Supermalls Project Headshot Clinic and the Dream Project Philippines. It is one of the highlights of SM Supermalls’ national celebration of Women’s Month. 

The diversity of the women chosen shows that regardless of background, beliefs, and preferences, empowered women who dream and act on those dreams are able to inspire and change their communities for the better.

Inspire brings together 100 of the country’s most inspiring women from all fields and industries, such as Irma Adlawan, Andi Manzano, Cheska Garcia-Kramer, Kai Magsanoc, Margie Moran, Nene Chan, Angel Guerrero, Kara Alikpala, Wilma Galvante, Patricia Bermudez-Hizon, Ingrid Santamaria, and Merlee Jayme.

Inspire is showcasing stories of women empowering others. 

They got the chance to be one of the 100 women featured in Inspire for answering the question “How are you using your power as a woman to inspire change and enable dreams of your own and of others?” Their answers were posted in any of the following social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, starting with the hashtag #SMProjectInspire.

Inspire is a joint effort of SM Supermalls, Project Headshot Clinic, and the Dream Project Philippines. It is one of the highlights of SM Supermalls’ national celebration of Women’s Month. To know the full schedule of events for March, please visit www.facebook.com/smsupermalls.

Project Headshot Clinic is digital platform that merges profile photos with campaigns and advocacies. The Dream Project Philippines is a volunteer-based community initiative that helps build the nation by shaping the dreams of the Filipino youth.

For more information about Inspire, go towww.headshotclinic.com, www.smsupermalls.com or in the SM Supermalls’ official Facebook page.

Anne is just ANNE-STOPPABLE this 2014

Annebisyosa Anne Curtis is just unstoppable!

With one iconic teleserye, a major concert, and numerous endorsements and projects, 2014 can be considered "the year of Anne Curtis."

And to add magnitude to her superstardom this 1st half of 2014, Anne will be having a worldwide radio premiere of her newest single, entitled "Made in the Philippines," from her upcoming album under her own wing, Annebisyosa Productions, distributed by Viva.

From the double platinum success of Annebisyosa, Anne makes history by being the first ever Filipina recording artist to come up with a massive worldwide radio premiere. Her single, "Made in the Philippines" is composed by 3 Stars and the Sun (Billy Crawford, Jay-R, Kris Lawrence, Marcus Davis). Fans can't hardly wait for "the most Anne-ticipated forbidden album" of 2014 which will come out very soon. Music marketing and promotions by ETalent Management and Entertainment.

The following participating countries are:
United Arab Emirates - via TAG91.1 on March 28, 5am
United Kingdom - via Pinoy Radio UK, Italia, Espana, France, Ireland, Benelux, Nordic, Germanyon March 28, 9am
Hong Kong - via Good Evening Kabayan on March 28, 9pm
Australia - via 98.5 FM on March 31, 8pm and April 1, 10pm
and the Philippines - via MOR on March 28, 6am / Wave 89.1, 8am / Star FM, 8:15am / Love Radio 90.7 and Yes FM, 9:45am


Anton del Rosario: A modern Filipino gentleman chooses McJim Classic Leather

Anton del Rosario is an American born Filipino footballer who plays as a right back or centre back for Kaya and the Philippines national team.

Anton is one of the few prominent athletes that get consulted by reporters for his sense of style: he's already posed for fashion shoots and has been asked interviews about grooming, men's fashion, and even what ideal outfit a young lady on a date should wear. Perhaps this is not so surprising when you see how confident and comfortable Anton is in his own skin-and in whatever outfit he wears.

Whether it's his official football jersey-he plays for Kaya and the Philippine national team, the Azkals-or a simple shirt and jeans, or a tux for a photo shoot, Anton always has a commanding and gentlemanly presence.
 Anton del Rosario and Chris Cahilig during the mini press conference held at  Lola Cafe Sct. Lozano Quezon City, March 26, 2014.
"McJim Classic Leather is always at the forefront of promoting a more gentlemanly culture among Filipino men. We want to bring what used to be considered old-fashion values and men's styling, into modern day Philippines. These values and this style-sense are classic-but we need to present them to a modern-day audience. This way, we can help foster the Modern Day Filipino Gentleman. For us, Anton del Rosario personifies this ideal. This is why we invited him to be our latest endorser," said the management of McJIM Classic Leather.

According to the management, del Rosario exemplifies the values that McJim Classic Leather espouses for modern day Filipino gentleman.

"It goes beyond looking good in an outfit. Style is part of it, because we believe that a gentleman is always dressed properly and sensibly, with equal consideration for form, function, and aesthetics. Beyond that, we believe a Filipino gentleman is confident and accomplished is his or her chosen field. As one of the leading football players in the country, Anton displays top-level skills, athleticism, and sportsmanship that have been tested in international competitions. In his dealings with others, whether fellow athletes or the people he meets socially, Anton is always polite, articulate, respectful, considerate, smart, and ready to do the right thing in the right situation. We are proud to have him associated with our brand and our values."

McJim added that choosing a world-class athlete like del Rosario as spokesman is just right for McJim Classic Leather because the company is focused on creating international-quality original products that can stand tall beside foreign brands. McJim considers this its mission and its legacy.

“Anton projects absolute confidence in being Filipino in being as good as anybody else around the world. All of us Filipinos should take this as an inspiration to love ourselves, to be confident, to be as original as what other globally-acclaimed Filipinos and Filipino brands have achieved; to believe in ourselves and to do our best to be world-class in fields like music, the arts, sports, and fashion,” said the management.

As the new McJim Classic Leather endorser, Anton del Rosario has the opportunity to be a role model for the Modern Filipino Gentleman, and he said that he's honored to be entrusted with the task.

"It so happens that McJim Classic Leather and I share the same perspective and values when it comes to how a gentleman should dress, think, and behave. It's the way I was taught to be as a man when I was growing up. I think that these values need to be recognized and applied today by anybody who wishes to be considered a gentleman. I'll be doing my best to be up to the task," said the management.
McJim Classic Leather creates its leatherwear following the gentlemanly values that have kept it a favorite brand. Like their endorser, McJim Classic Leather products embody a commitment to quality, craftsmanship and skill, style, and the drive to excel.

You can rediscover these classic yet always relevant and modern values whenever you buy your own McJim Classic Leather accessory.

International and Filipino Artists Create Exhibition to Support Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

A consortium of international and Filipino artists will open the “Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014” which features art works from over 40 international artists and 17 Filipino artists, showcases the support from the art community from around the world for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. This exhibition will be on April 6, 2014.
“Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014” was conceptualized by Singapore National Artist Goh Beng Kwan and Filipino artist Florence Cincowhen they and other artists from the ASEAN region convened to celebrate the 86thBirthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Thailand. Alongside Mr. Goh Beng Kwan and Mr. Cinco, the consortium of artists participating in the exhibition includes Mr. Ilseon Ryu (Korea), President and Art Director of Ecorea Biennale Committee and President of the Asia-Pacific Institute of Art & Research; Ms. Grete Marstein (Norway), President of the Norwegian Artists Copyright Association and International Vice President of the International Association of Art (UNESCO); Mr. Trinh Tuan (Vietnam); Mr. Daniel Houle Jayd (Canada), and Mr. Wattanachot Tungateja (Thailand).The exhibition is organized and curated by Mr. Florence Cinco, Mr. Red Mansueto, and Ms. Aimee Villas Adalla.
Each of the artists participating in the “Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014” has contributed an artwork in support of the ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts in the Visayas region.All proceeds from the art works sold during the exhibition will go to MyShelter Foundation, whose Liter of Light program provides low-cost, simple solar lighting to disaster-stricken areas, creating local jobs, teaching green skills, and empowering local communities.

Since Haiyan struck, thousands of people have lived without electricity. As a result, women feel unsafe, children cannot study at night, and households remain dependent on expensive or unreliable forms of lighting (i.e., kerosene, candles) to survive. In the most devastated communities, these alternative energy sources have already run out. MyShelter Foundation was the first organization to respond to the immediate need for lighting in Palo, Leyte, providing the cheapest form of lighting through its Liter of (Night) Lights and street lamps, which were assembled and installed in the community within 40 days of the disaster.

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MyShelter Foundation-installed street lamps line the streets of Palo, Leyte, where local residents gathered to commemorate the 40th day anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan.

Liter of Light’s efforts to aid the Typhoon Haiyan victims focus on assembling and installing night lights and street lamps for 228 bunkhouses in Leyte and Samar, the areas most affected by Typhoon Haiyan. At a cost of just US $9 per beneficiary, MyShelter Foundation’s Liters of Light will bring light and hope to over 27,000 people displaced and affected by the storm.

“Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014” runs from April 6-26, 2014 at Galleria Duemila. For more information, please call Tel. No. +63 2 831 9990; Telefax No. +63 2 833 9815 and look for Thess Ponce or Mark Arvin Patiag. You can also email us at gduemila@gmail.com or check out www.galleriaduemila.comfor more details and event happenings.

For more information on “Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014”, visit https://www.facebook.com/HaiyanInternationalArtFundraisingExhibition2014?ref=hl.

For more information on the Liter of Light and MyShelter Foundation, 
You may also contact Ami Valdemoro (for Liter of Light), ami@1LiterOfLight.org

March 27, 2014

The final episode of Galema: Anak Ni Zuma



The final episode of Galema: Anak Ni Zuma will be airing this March 28, Friday at 4:15 p.m. at Kapamilya Gold.

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March 26, 2014

Showbiz Music fans to take the stage at the MYX Music Awards this year

Don’t miss out on the MYX Music Awards, the only music awards show in the Philippines that is aired live on television and is available for streaming over MYX’s official website (www.myxph.com).

The past year saw walls being torn down in the local music scene, where songs and music videos went past what the Philippine audience is used to. When it comes to music, even borders between local television networks and record labels don’t seem to exist anymore.

This year, not only the country’s top bands and musicians who are nominated for different awards will be part of putting together the Philippines’ biggest awards night for music—even showbiz’s stars who are dedicated fans and followers of the local music scene will be taking on the stage to show their support at the MYX Music Awards this year.

The crossover between music and videos stands out even more this year, with the likes of The Voice of the Philippines contestants taking the stage, along with Julia Barretto, Jodi Sta. Maria, Kaye Abad, Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo, Janella Salvador, Jane Oineza, Khalil Ramos, Marco Gumabao, Meg Imperial, Robi Domingo, Gretchen Ho, and many more.

Apart from that, expect intense performances from top music acts, such as Up Dharma Down, Jonalyn Viray, KZ Tandingan, Christian Bautista, Jay-R, Kyla, Sam Concepcion, Quest, Thyro, and Yumi.

This year, MYX will also be declaring the highly anticipated announcement of 2014’s MYX Magna Awardee, given to a historically groundbreaking music act. The MYX Magna Award was given to those who have shaped the local music scene. Over past years, this award has been given to the likes of Lea Salonga, Ryan Cayabyab, Regine Velasquez, Jose Mari Chan, the Eraserheads, Gary Valenciano, Apo Hiking Society, and Sharon Cuneta. This year’s awardee delivered some of Pinoy rock’s catchiest tunes, often adding their own unique humor into their songs.

Don’t miss out on the MYX Music Awards! Check out the streaming over MYX’s official website (www.myxph.com). Catch it on Wednesday (March 26) at 9:00pm, with replays on March 28 at 7:30pm, March 29 at 2:30pm, March 30 at 10:30am, and March 31 at 1:00am.

Super 8 Grocery Warehouse celebrates festive annual sale event


“Funfest 2014 marks festivities with grocery items on sale, raffle prizes, and celebrity appearances”

Grocery shopping reached a new high with Funfest 2014 - an annual sale event organized by Super 8 Grocery Warehouse at The World Trade Center, Pasay City from March 20-22, 2014. Funfest 2014 offered guests great shopping deals, fantastic freebies, raffle prizes and celebrities adding a festive twist to the 3-day event. 

Loyal customers and the public got to enjoy big discounts from various exhibitors with all grocery items on sale, some by as much as 30 percent. In addition, Super 8 raffled off two Toyota Wigo’s, six 100cc PMR motorcycles, sixteen iPad minis, and Super 8 gift certificates.

Celebrites who graced the event include Dennis Trillo, Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto, Solenn Heusaff, Carla Abellana, Isabelle Daza, Ariel and Maverick, and Paulo Avelino. Popular radio hosts from the Manila Broadcasting Company like Chris Tsuper, Nicole Hyala and Totoy Bato provided a fun-filled repertoire onstage. 

This year’s theme, “Super Fiesta, Super Saya sa Super 8!”, replicated the vibrant fiestas of the Philippines. Performances by the award-winning Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild and the Buganda Drumbeaters & Dancers gave lively performances.

Funfest 2014 customers got to enjoy the intricate booth designs, celebrity performances, culinary delights and fun activities.

Major sponsors include Procter & Gamble Distribution Philippines, Universal Robina Corporation, Mondelez Philippines, Inc., Peerless Products Manufacturing Corporation, Nestle Philippines, Inc., Coca- Cola Philippines, Inc., Unilever Philippines, Inc., Colgate Palmolive Philippines, Inc., Del Monte Philippines, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Philippines, Inc., NutriAsia Inc., Regent Foods Corporation, Alaska Milk Corporation and Century Pacific Foods Inc. Official media partners are 90.7 Love Radio, Yes! FM 101.1, 96.3 Easy Rock and DZRH.

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‘Dyesebel’ theme song "Tangi Kong Kailangan" by Tippy Dos Santos

Tippy during recording of the theme song for Dyesebel 

Young singer-actress Tippy Dos Santos has been chosen to interpret Tangi Kong Kailangan, the theme song of ABS-CBN’s newest primetime show Dyesebel.

"Tangi Kong Kailangan" was composed by Francis and Carla Concio specifically for the show.

Topbilled by Anne Curtis, Dyesebel premiered last Monday, March 17, with impressive ratings.

“I am so thankful that ABS-CBN tapped me to sing the show’s theme song,” says Tippy. “It’s such a beautiful song – perfect for a fantastic series like Dyesebel.”

As a singer, Tippy interpreted Dati, the grand prize winner of the 2013 Philippine Popular Music Festival, alongside Sam Concepcion and Quest. She will also release her debut album of original songs within the year.

Last year, Tippy starred in the movie musical Idobidoo Bidoo as Tracy Fuentebella, the young lead of the movie. She was paired with Sam Concepcion.

On stage, she played Wendy to Sam’s Peter Pan in STAGES’ production of the well-loved fairy tale.

Currently, Tippy is part of Galema, and the upcoming movie Once A Princess, topbilled by Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales.

March 25, 2014

Innovating for consumer safety and convenience, Solane secures Filipino homes with safety cap and seal

Top LPG company intensifies safety campaign with the launch of a new security feature in its tank. Solane, true to its commitment to continuously innovate and create safer homes for Filipino consumers safety and convenience.

The country’s top provider of cooking gas Solane launched its new gas-tight Solane safety cap & seal in one, an innovative tamper-proof feature for auto/shut off (A/S) valves that has guarantee of quality and secures your home against gas leaks and potential fires.

Learning about the safety cap, I feel secure and safe in using the first-of-its-kind in the LPG industry. The safety cap, with serial number as proof of authenticity, completely plugs the gas to prevent leaks before installing the tank with a hose. Storing a Solane LPG tank with safety caps also keeps it protected from becoming a possible source of ignition. 

“The new safety cap and seal exemplify Solane’s commitment to innovation and safety. It is a service that we are committed to provide to our customers to ensure their safety and protection while using LPG at home or at work. It is our priority to aim to minimize or totally eliminate incidents that harm people, or put our customers, neighbors or facilities at risk,” said Ramon Del Rosario, Solane’s Chief Operations Officer.

The new Solane safety cap and seal is made from high-grade plastic that’s plugged and sealed - you may re-use the Solane safety cap by plugging and locking it in the LPG valve, especially when you are storing your LPG tank. It is tamper proof and has visible markings to help ensure customers they are getting authentic Solane LPG. Each safety cap and seal features embossed Solane and flame girl logos and has a unique serial number to protect Solane customers from illegal LPG refillers. 

- - -  Rip-off the tab from the safety cap and then log on to Facebook. 

- - - Go to Solane’s page (www.facebook.com/Solane.PH) and click on Apps to use the Solane Authenticity Checker. 

- - - Enter the serial number to verify if the tank came from a licensed Solane dealer.

More on it's committment and in observance of this year’s Fire Prevention Month, Solane has intensified its safety campaign in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

The new gas-tight Solane safety cap & seal in one, an innovative tamper-proof feature for auto/shut off (A/S) valves launching, and MOA signing was held at the cafe Romula, Makati, March 25, 2014.

Under the partnership, Solane will hold a series of training programs with BFP personnel, local government units, including selected communities and barangays around the country. The extensive talks will further enhance the expertise of these groups in managing LPG related explosion, fire and, even emergency response to these incidents.

To ensure you’re getting authentic Solane LPG with the innovative safety cap and seal, you may order Solane LPG for your household needs by going online at www.solane.com.ph, calling 887-5555 for home delivery within Metro Manila or sending SMS to its nationwide textline 0918-8875555. 

Getting a refill for your LPG tanks at home has never been this safe and convenient. Every Solane LPG delivery to your home guarantees a 7-point Safety Check of your LPG system by our well-trained Solane LPG riders, which is a service exclusive only to Solane LPG users. For the LPG that’s strict sa quality, safety, and service, order na sa Hatid-Bahay Online!

Renee Olstead in Dinner Concert "Summertime"


Watch out for international recording artist Renee Olstead in "Summertime," an exclusive dinner concert performance at the Isla Grand Ballroom, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila on March 29, Saturday.


Fall in love with Renee's special rendition of timeless compositions "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" and "Summertime" among other chart-topping hits.

Olstead had released a self-titled album of jazz songs and pop standards for Warner Bros Records. Her musical talent was discovered by composer David Foster who produced her album during 2004. A follow-up album entitled Skylark also produced by Foster.

In 2012 Olstead joined PETA's campaign to free Maali from captivity at the Manila zoo where she has been alone for the last 3 decades. Mali is in need of proper medical care, more space and the companionship of other elephants. "I only watched Mali for a few minutes, and the entire time I was there, she stood in one place with her trunk to the ground. As I was leaving the zoo, I looked back and saw her there. I realized that her life is probably never much different from that. Every minute of every day, Mali is deprived of everything that is natural and important to her. It makes my heart break."

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila and Laurel Media usher in the summer season with famed international recording artist Renee Olstead in "Summertime," an exclusive dinner concert performance at the Isla Grand Ballroom, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila on March 29, Saturday.

For ticket inquiries or reservations, please call (63 2) 633 8888 ext. 2895 or email events.esl@shangri-la.com 

#SolaireTurns1Million

Solaire turns ONE Million during its first year anniversary this March. 
Congrats Solaire Resort for being one of the fastest growing Facebook Brand Page in the Philippines! #SolaireTurns1Million

As the first integrated resort to embrace Social Media with its own in-house digital marketing team since the property opened in March 2013, Solaire has indicated its strength within a year.

Social Media is an essential part of Solaire's continuous efforts to innovate and provide impressive and exceptional entertainment to all their clientele. Growing engagement with fans of Solaire has contributed significantly to the business success. Social Media platforms will enhance the marketing plans of Solaire and allows them to interact and update regular patrons on all events, activities, shows and promotions.

Solaire engages its valued followers through Facebook and this platform provides them the opportunity to participate and share those special experiences of great memories. This provides an opportunity to connect our most supportive and passionate fans in a quest to find ways to enjoy and “Create their Moments” at Solaire.

"This is something we are proud of and wish to express our sincere appreciation to our loyal supporters and 1 Million Facebook fans for their continued support as we celebrate our 1st year in business. We are glad to be able to connect with our guests through Social Media," says Jasper Evangelista, Vice President Brand Marketing, Solaire Resort and Casino.

Solaire’s Facebook page has interactive postings daily on the gaming and resort promotions, events, raffle and other activities. Solaire has a strong social media presence in the Philippines and a rising presence in Asia.

Stay updated with Solaire through Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Solaire Resort & Casino, the primary property of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, is a USD $1.2 Billion integrated destination resort on an 8.3-hectare site in Manila, Philippines opened March 2013. Solaire, a luxury destination casino resort, is the first property to open in the Entertainment City, a government sponsored (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) economic development zone.

Solaire’s Bay Tower (Phase 1) features 500 luxurious rooms, suites and bay side villas, 18,500 square meters of gaming space, a wide range of award-winning signature restaurants, sophisticated bars and lounges, and an ample multi-level car park.

The property has additional 258,721 square meter expansion project under development which is expected to open 3rd quarter of 2014.

Enjoy the wonderful world of Solaire! 

For more information and reservations, please visit  www.solaireresort.com



March 24, 2014

Celebrate Barney's Birthday In An All-New Live Show!


Celebrate with “Mr. Knickerbocker, “Dino Dance”, “Baby Bop Hop” and “Rock ‘n Roll Star” and more!  Come along to Barney’s Birthday Bash! 
Join the loveable, huggable Barney & Friends as they sing and dance their way into your hearts in a new, interactive concert party happening on March 29 & 30, 2014 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Strictly 4 shows only, so don’t miss out!

Don't miss this ‘super-dee-duper’ live on stage concert featuring more than 25 much loved sing-along songs with Barney! 

Children will be dancing in the aisles to contemporary cuts of old favourites “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Wheels on the Bus” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. A show which celebrates fun and friendship, don’t miss all the laugher of the party when BJ pretends to be a magician and Barney blows out his birthday candles on the biggest birthday cake ever. 


Like television's Emmy-award winning series Barney & Friends™, this musical production encourages sharing, caring and imagination through the power of song, dance and the beloved cast of characters including dino pals Baby Bop™, BJ™ and Riff™.

Barney’s Birthday Bash! is sure to entertain families and create cherished memories for years to come. The Emmy-award winning television series Barney & Friends™ has been trusted by parents and adored by children for more than 25 years and is one of the top-rated pre-school shows today. 
Tickets for Barney’s Birthday Bash are available in all SM TICKETS outlets located in all SM Cinema ticket booths. In partnership with SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. to provide quality family entertainment, e-PLUS Cardholders are treated to a 30% discount on tickets. For schedule and ticket information, visit www.smtickets.com or call (02) 470 2222. A limited number of Special Barney Meet & Greet Passes are also available to ticket holders of Barney’s Birthday Bash! To avail of a Meet & Greet Pass, contact Vivre Fort Entertainment at (02) 470 6956 or 668 9535. 

Barney’s Birthday Bash! is produced by Smile Live Entertainment and Hit Entertainment. The show is promoted in the Philippines by Vivre Fort Entertainment in cooperation with Mall of Asia Arena, SM Cinema, e-PLUS Tap to Pay, Businessworld, Philippine Star and 105.1 Crossover.

This is from SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated or SMLEI, the educational, sports, and recreational arm of SM Prime Holdings Inc. that offers the best in movies, events, leisure and technology.

Starting with SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor in the country, as its sole marque, the company grew into 12 major brands in just a short span of five years. Currently tucked under its belt are brands such as Director’s Club Cinema, IMAX Theatre, WM Cinemas, SM Skating Rink, SM Bowling Center, SM Science Center, Snack Time, ePLUS and SM Tickets. SMLEI aims to promote bonding activities among Filipino families and friends, through entertainment and leisure facilities, while advocating the ease of use and personalized service created to complement the Filipino lifestyle. 

Come , celebrate and enjoy the wonderful world of SMLEI!

WD introduces 2-Bay Prosumer Personal Cloud Storage

Western Digital, company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today expanded its prosumer personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system.

New My Cloud® EX2 Delivers Advanced NAS Features with Up to 8 TB of Capacity for Creative Professionals, Prosumers and Workgroups

The My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 products are designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.

“WD is committed to providing a comprehensive portfolio of personal cloud solutions as the need for digital data storage continues to dramatically increase,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Branded Products and worldwide sales. “With the My Cloud EX series of products, customers will be thrilled with the advanced features, high-performance and reliability that only WD can provide.”

Complete Data Control and Protection

Several data management and security features allow customers to select their preferred methods for managing and protecting their movies, photos, music and digital files. Drive management options include RAID 0, RAID 1; JBOD and spanning modes, while data protection options include RAID 1, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup. The My Cloud EX2 comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode to protect data right from the start and is easily configurable into other data protection modes. Customers can use their My Cloud EX2 to centralize and back up all of their computers and notebooks with WD SmartWare™ Pro software for PC users, and with the Apple® Time Machine® backup software for Mac users.

High Capacity and Ultimate Reliability

My Cloud EX2 provides several capacity options for customers to choose from, including a diskless enclosure allowing users to build their own NAS with the drives of their choice, as well as populated systems in 4TB, 6TB or 8TB capacities1. Additionally, customers can attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX2 to instantly expand their storage capacity. The populated My Cloud EX2 features WD Red hard drives for ultimate reliability in the unique 24x7 NAS operating environment. WD Red drives are powered by NASware™ 2.0 technology, improving drive reliability and protecting customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption.

Anytime, Anywhere Access

The award-winning WD My Cloud™ mobile and desktop app provides anytime, anywhere access to the entire My Cloud product family. WD My Cloud mobile app users can easily view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their iOS® and Android™ devices. The mobile app makes file sharing and collaborating simple, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link, and print and open files with third party apps. The WD My Cloud mobile app integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files from their Dropbox™, SkyDrive® and Google Drive™ public cloud accounts. With the WD My Cloud desktop app, navigating, controlling and sharing digital files from anywhere in the world is simple and intuitive.

Advanced Features 

My Cloud EX2 includes advanced data serving options including an integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and a P2P download server. Additionally, users can download and run a host of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Joomla!®, phpBB®, phpMyAdmin, Transmission, SqueezeCenter, and more.

Users can also stream videos and photos to connected TVs, media players, gaming consoles and other DLNA®/UPnP® devices with the included Twonky 7.2 server, DLNA-certified 1.5 media server, and built-in iTunes® server. 

Price and Availability

My Cloud EX2 is now available at select resellers and is distributed by Iontech, Inc. MSRP is PhP 10,990.00 for the diskless My Cloud EX2, PhP 17, 990.00 for 4 TB, PhP 22,990.00 for 6 TB and PhP 28,990 for 8 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App StoreSM and Google PlayTM. My Cloud EX2 comes with a two year limited warranty.

Compatibility 

My Cloud EX2 is compatible with Windows® 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP, OS X Mavericks™, Mountain Lion™, Lion®, Snow Leopard®, as well as DLNA®/UPnP® enabled devices. 

Chalk Magazine’s Bright Young Manila 2014

Chalk Magazine’s Bright Young Manila badge has become one of the youth’s most sought after symbols among the colleges around the country since beeing around for eight years now.

This year, Chalk is bringing Bright Young Manila back and this time, turning up the heat and spicing things up with the all-new Campus Hotties edition.

Nominations are now open for Chalk’s Bright Young Manila: The Campus Hotties edition, where candidates will be chosen for what they are set to bring to the world as well-rounded individuals who know that in as much as looks are important, personality matters and intelligence counts as well.

Nominees for BYM Campus Hotties must be bona fide students of UAAP, NCAA, or all-girl colleges.


At the end of the campaign, from 14 finalists, 6 chosen candidates will don the BYM Campus Hotties badge including one boy and one girl from UAAP schools, one boy and one girl from NCAA schools, and two girls from all-girl colleges.
If you think you’ve got the looks, brains, and guts to be part of Bright Young Manila 2014, visit 
Chalk’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chalkmagazine
or go to http://tinyurl.com/chalkBYM2014 to nominate
 the next Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties!

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