Thursday, May 30, 2013

LAURA FYGI To Perform in Manila on June 24, 2013

FYI, Laura Fygi fans! This is your chance to finally hear her sing live!

Press Release:

Come and experience a night of jazz and magical performance as Laura Fygi visits Manila for the first time on June 24, 2013, 8pm at Fairmont Raffles Hotel in Makati City. The show is called “A Magical Night with Laura Fygi” and presented by Laurel Media.

Everywhere that Laura Fygi visits, she is a veritable vision of exotica. In her home country of the Netherlands, they know her as the woman who was raised in Uruguay as the daughter of an Egyptian belly dancer; in the Far East she is the emancipated Western lady who many others aspire to be. But wherever she may be, there’s one common factor in all of those locations: that instantly recognisable voice which has won hearts all over the globe.

Her travel-packed lifestyle has provided her with the most amazing experiences, as Laura has been a welcome return visitor to Asia for years. As a Dutch singer, being loved most by Asian countries, especially in China, has already been one great achievement for her.

“During the press conference, they remarked that the Chinese audience decided which foreign artist was to be invited, and that they had chosen me. It made me go very quiet for a moment,” she said as included in her profile.

Surprises are typical for a performer who has re-invented herself many times. Since her dance hits with the girl group Centerfold in the early 1980s, Laura has travelled down numerous musical pathways, such as jazz, Latin, and chansons: not shying away from any genre or style. “I really dislike pigeon holes”, says the multi-faceted diva. “I’m always on the lookout for something new, because I don’t think you should repeat yourself. I can’t stand to be in a rut.”

Laura has also been presented with various gold and platinum discs and awards, as well as playing the lead role in Singapore of her favourite musical Victor/Victoria.

Laura has released 12 albums since her debut in 1991 including the 2011’s “The Best Is Yet To Come”. The album highlights Laura’s 20th anniversary as a solo artist and was recorded with a big band. It was followed by an extensive tour in both the Netherlands and Asia where Laura performed with local big bands.

Being well-loved by the Asians, Laura released her 13th album which was made specially for the Asian market. The new album, called “Flower”, boasts four songs which were actually sung in Chinese and other titles were translated in English and French.

Spend "A Magical Night with Laura Fygi" on June 24 at the Fairmont Raffles Hotel with special guests and our country's very own talents including Jacqui Magno, Richard Merk and Jeannie Tiongco. Call 891-9999 for your ticket inquiries.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tips To Avoid Becoming An Identity Theft Victim

Don't become easy prey! Avoid becoming a victim with the help of these tips ...

Press Release:

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, urges the public to be more vigilant in protecting their personal details to prevent identity theft.

Identity theft is an act wherein a person or a group of persons wrongfully obtain and utilize personal and often crucial information from other people, often for financial gains.

These data can be anything, from school or government records, medical reports, financial accounts, company-related information, email addresses of other people who could also be targeted, among others.

There are many ways of acquiring personal information illegally, though the Internet has become a common tool for criminals to do identity theft. Some criminals use malicious software to infect unprotected PCs, the malware searches for every personal data in the infected PC, which are then sent to the original source of the malware.

The information is then used in a variety of ways such as selling it to other criminal organizations, for blackmail, or in the case of those whose credit card accounts were stolen, to make purchases without the knowledge of the credit card owner.

In most cases, victims actually don't know they were or are still victims especially when their PCs remain unprotected by legitimate security applications. Many victims of identity thieves tend to lose large amounts of money or even damage their reputation. Some victims become targets for blackmail or their data become “hostage” unless they pay off the criminals. Indeed, identity theft is a huge problem.

Despite the obvious prevalence of identity theft, absolute data is very difficult to acquire largely because most victims fail to report the issue. Thieves are also often difficult to track because they use sophisticated processes of using “zombie” networks that hide their true locations.

In a recent blog post from Kaspersky Lab, it cited an annual study performed by California-based Javelin Strategy and Research which shows that in the US alone, around 12.6 million people fell victim to identity theft in 2012, losing at least US$21 billion.

In the Philippines, there have been many reports of identity theft against individuals or companies. But because there are no specific agencies that could do tracking, victims often end up pursuing the long process of resetting their passwords in their PCs, bank accounts, and other areas where they have stored personal data, often daunting tasks. As such, data on how many victims there are or how much has been lost to identity theft remains elusive.

Protecting yourself from theft

A number of methods can be employed to reduce the chances of ever becoming victims against identity thieves. Most of these methods are common sense but as criminals use ever more sophisticated processes, it becomes apparent that ordinary computer users must also utilize other means of protecting against them.

Kaspersky Lab provided several tips to effectively fight identity theft:

* Practice good password security: Strong passwords are critical; they should be long combinations of letters, numerals and non-alphanumeric symbols; never use names or words found in a dictionary. Change the passwords as frequently as you can. Use different (and dissimilar) logins for each online account, and create separate email accounts to which you link only your online finances.

* Don’t Store Financial Data: It’s really convenient to keep your credit card number and billing address stored in every website you use to shop for things online, but because security breaches of websites are disturbingly common, play it safe and don’t do it. It’ll be worth the extra minute it takes to add that information each time you check out. Always properly exit websites where you've used your credit card or other payment methods, especially if you've used a public PC.

* Always know what scams are out there: Online scams come in all forms. Whether it’s easily recognizable, like an email from a member of an African royal family who wants to give you millions of dollars, or something seemingly trustworthy like a password reset notification that appears to be sent by your credit card company, be equally suspicious of any online communication — by email or social media — that asks you for personal information or to download a document or even to click through to a new web page. Always be vigilant and skeptical.

* Protect your social networks: One of the more insidious forms of identity theft comes from attackers who steal your personal information to create a duplicate social media presence that tricks others into believing they are interacting and exchanging information with you, when in fact they are not. Whether it’s done as a prank or to obtain sensitive data from others, it can result in terrible damage to your reputation. Prevent this by periodically searching yourself in Google and on Facebook to make sure you are the only you out there. If you’re not, use the appropriate abuse reporting tools for the respective platform and shut it down ASAP.

* Act quickly: Much like the social media presence reaction, if you think you have been the victim of identity or data theft, act fast. Contact your bank, email provider or whichever service has been compromised and get to the bottom of it. Identity theft, usually financially motivated, can have disastrous effects, especially on your credit.

* Update your apps: Identity thieves also use the same methods utilized by cybercriminals; they exploit vulnerabilities in software to gain access to computers. Regularly updating your software should prevent cybercriminals from utilizing their vulnerabilities.

* Get a safety package: It’s always a smart idea to have a security solution such as those provided by Kaspersky Lab. These applications provide the best protection from various forms of malicious attacks. Investing in such software would save you a whole lot of money in the long run and reduce your anxiety of ever falling victims to identity thieves.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

FXPRIMUS Offers MYFX Trading Console Free-of-Charge for New & Experienced Forex Traders

Something useful for Forex traders!

Press Release:

Retail foreign exchange brokerage FXPRIMUS announced last May 8 the availability of a powerful online trading console – the MYFX Console, for the MetaTrader4 platform. The brokerage is offering a free MYFX licence to all Forex traders who fund an FXPRIMUS trading account with US$1,000 or more.

The MYFX Console is a powerful trading application suite available for all Forex traders using the Metatrader 4 (MT4) trading platform. It offers one-click trading and advance stop loss settings, and advanced trade execution features including Default Trade TP/SL, 1-Click Break Even, 1-Click Close Trade, a Close All Trades Button, a See your risk per trade capability, and Time Trade Opened.

The MT4 trading platform is the market-leading platform of choice for FXPRIMUS , outperforming all other online trading platforms for the creation of custom indicators and expert advisors (EAs), many of which are free to use as there is a very large MT4 community codebase. It is also suitable for trading via a mobile phone, which is becoming more and more popular amongst the trading community

“The MYFX console provides all relevant information in a clear and comprehensive way that simplifies the trading process for new Forex traders and gives advanced Forex traders the ability to customise each trade and streamline their trading process with one-click executions, “ said Terry Thompson, President of FXPRIMUS.

“FXPRIMUS offers a range of tools for both experienced and novice traders,” added Terry Thompson. “Our aim is to empower everyone to conduct successful trades through educational software, teaching inexperienced traders the ins and outs of the business, trade following services such as Mirror Trader and Zulu Trader, and cutting edge tools such as MYFX that let traders and white label partners navigate the markets more efficiently.

“Because less experienced and beginner traders are just as important to FXPRIMUS as money managers and white label partners, the firm also offers a full tutorial and coaching service in order to better equip these traders,” he added.

FXPRIMUS offers completely remote services to Forex traders worldwide with a range of tools and services to equip everyone, from the most novice traders to the most senior white label partners, and to help them work the market in their favour with ease and agility. The firm sets itself apart from other foreign exchange brokers by offering a transparent product with a strong emphasis on customer support and educational services. This helps create an even playing field for those wanting to trade the financial markets successfully.

Said Terry Thompson, “The firm prides itself on the outstanding levels of security, technology, liquidity, and trade execution it provides. The company was founded by a group of traders with in-depth understanding of what traders most need in order to trade successfully and this has enabled us to ensure our clients are operating with the best tools available. We are also the first brokerage firm in the world to offer trust accounts to all customers, regardless of account size,” he added. “This level of security gives an edge over the competition as customers are assured their funds are secure,” he said.

Because FXPRIMUS is an STP (straight through processing) broker, it does not trade against its clients. The firm offers world-class education and unparalleled content in terms of videos, coaching and daily reports for clients at all levels. FXPRIMUS has previously set itself apart by providing consistent customer service availability, promotional benefits, and the safest fund protection in the industry.

The firm recently won awards for Best Trade Execution Asia 2013 and Best STP (straight-through processing) Broker Asia 2013, from Global Banking & Finance Review.


FXPRIMUS offers retail traders a level of trade execution, service quality and fund safety that are normally reserved only for the largest investors. Serving traders in 205 countries across 6 continents FXPRIMUS combines an unmatched level of fund safety with regular independent audits of company financials and Straight Through Processing, top notch execution with tight spreads, prompt and responsive customer support, ISO 27001 certification in Information Security, ISO 9001:2008 certification in Quality Management and an industry-leading trader toolset that includes free access to powerful trader tools and personal coaching via FXPRIMUS Coach. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

199 Reasons to Love Dunkin’ Donuts Combos

Looking for some snacks or pasalubong? Here are several options from Dunkin' Donuts!

Press Release:

With over thirty Classic donut flavors we all know and love, their mini versions in the Munchkins, over 18 Premium donut variants for the sophisticated palate, Bunwich creations to sate your savory tooth, and fresh coffee brewed or over ice, there’s truly countless ways to fall in love with Dunkin’ Donuts.

As if that’s not enough, the Philippines’ leading donuts, coffee, and baked goods chain launched P199 combos, giving us another reason why there’s only Dunkin’ for us. Whether you want to satisfy a craving for a childhood favorite, share a snack with office friends, or have coffee with a friend, there’s always a combo for you.

Need a take-home treat for the family? Classic Donuts and Munchkins are crowd pleasers that you can bring at home, also to children’s parties, picnics, and as snacks for outings and school.

If you’re looking to impress your boss, coworkers, or that cute guy or girl you’ve been eyeing, make sure to have Premium donuts in the mix. With varieties ranging from the best selling Blueberry Cheese to the unique Dunkin’ Sansribav, all the way to the luscious Choco Nirvana, you can truly spoil yourself a little.

And if it’s a perk-me-up you’re after, there’s nothing like a Dunkin’ Donut caffeine fix to up your day. Choose from Dunkin’ Original brewed coffee for a paced perk, or an Iced Coffee to cool you down as the day heats up. Pair this with the various selections of Bunwich and you have a light brunch for sharing at work, or a mid-afternoon snack great for catching up with friends.

Even Derek can’t decide which combo he wants - watch Derek Ramsay in his latest TV ads as he chooses among 6 delicious Dunkin’ combo favorites to share for only P199. If you’ve missed him on TV you may also catch the new TVC on You Tube or visit their website at Also available for P199 are a dozen of your favorite Classic donuts. The offer is good at all participating Dunkin’ Donuts outlets from May 10 to June 14 nationwide.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Donnalyn Bartolome Conquers YouTube; 1st Single LM4M Now Out on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Mp3 and Spotify

We really have a lot of talented young people in the Philippines! Wishing you more success Donnalyn! 

Press Release:

Fairly recently, “unknown” singer and songwriter Donnalyn Bartolome (Donnalyn who?) was a guest in a mall show in Quezon City. From out of the woodwork emerged crazed fans of all sizes and shapes – all 2,000 of them! The security force of the mall and bouncers hired for the occasion were powerless to the avalanche created by her brief appearance. Puzzled and bedazzled show organizers asked, “Who is she?! Where did she come from?!”

The internet. That is the answer.

For the last couple years, a charismatic young woman, cooped up at home taking care of her siblings, did covers of “Pretty Girl Rock,” “Teach Me How to Dougie” and OPM hits “Buko” and “Gayuma” for the entertainment of her friends. These friends started sharing her videos, and the videos soon became viral.

Her fan base grew incredibly and she now gets P10K additional fans PER DAY, with 700K fans on Facebook. Her YouTube videos are shared by over 24K fans and the cumulative views are climbing towards – hold your breath – one billion (1B)!

This is just the beginning. Donnalyn has started doing guest appearances in malls and other events – this sans TV and radio presence. Somehow, her fans literally fill the venue.

This summer, Donnalyn is shedding her "online-only" persona and stepping into the spotlight with her first single, LM4M (Love Me 4 Me), an anthem to all of her friends, family, loved ones, and fans who have loved her for being herself all this time. LM4M was released on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Mp3, Spotify, and many other online retailers on May 15. Her mobile ringback will be out soon. 

Check out the preview of LM4M here:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Catch Cookoo The Connected Watch Product Demos In Power Mac Center

This sounds like a very interesting gadget!

Press Release:

Power Mac Center will hold in selected branches product demos for the latest trend in wearable technology, Cookoo the Connected Watch, a designer watch with Bluetooth-enabled features such as remote camera trigger, remote music control and missed call notification, among others.

Recently made available in the Philippines through Power Mac Center stores nationwide, Cookoo is the world’s first designer watch that combines an analog movement with a connected digital display. Engineered in the United States and designed in France, this smart watch won a Platinum in the International A’ Design Awards. Complementing Filipinos’ social networking and digital lifestyle, Cookoo connects with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Mini, and third-generation and fourth-generation iPads.

To experience the Cookoo Watch product demos, customers may walk in from 1:00 pm onwards in the respective Training Room of Power Mac Center Greenbelt 3 from May 24 to 26, Power Mac Center SM Megamall from May 31 to June 2, and Power Mac Center Power Plant Mall in Rockwell Center from June 7 to 9. Slots available at Greenbelt 3 are in a first-come, first-served basis.

The Cookoo watch is available at Php 6,500.00 apiece in all branches of Power Mac Center nationwide. Buyers can avail of one-year warranty as long as the customer presents the product complete with its casing and purchase receipt.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jollibee’s 35th Anniversary Travel Exhibit “Buhay Pamilya” Goes To Pampanga

I would like to visit this exhibit! I wonder where the next venue would be ...

Press Release:

Jollibee has become such an indelible part of Filipinos’ lives that, for many, it has become synonymous to happy childhood memories and family bonding moments. In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the company shares over three decades’ worth of family togetherness and milestone moments that have made Jollibee the country’s number one fast-food chain with a traveling exhibit.  Titled as “Buhay Pamilya,” the exhibit was launched recently at Marquee Mall in Pampanga.

“Buhay Pamilya” relives Jollibee’s success story – from its humble beginnings as an ice cream parlor in Cubao, to becoming what is now known as the family’s second home for memorable bonding moments. The exhibit, which is specially dedicated to Filipino families, has many interesting and exciting things in store for members of all ages.

Aside from depicting Jollibee’s inspiring story, it also features the many reasons why Jollibee continues to touch millions of lives, here and abroad, such as its famed products, milestone and international stores, and growing family of mascots and celebrity endorsers. Also included are stories of how Jollibee gives back through its advocacy programs.

Surprise celebrity guests Miles Ocampo and Marco Gumabao of the ABS-CBN’s hit teen show “Luv U” dropped by to take a tour of the exhibit during the launch.

“I’ve always had fond memories of Jollibee. One of my most memorable birthday celebrations was when we brought Jollibee food to the set of ‘Going Bulilit,’” shared Miles Ocampo. Co-star Marco Gumabao also shares the same love for Jollibee. “My siblings and I grew up with Jollibee. My best birthday party was my 7th birthday which I celebrated in Jollibee.”

“We are very excited to bring the exhibit to our cabalens in Pampanga,” said Jollibee Regional Business Unit Head for North Luzon Joan Aquino. “Jollibee has become a part of the everyday lives of millions but there are many things about the company that not a lot of people know. Through ‘Buhay Pamilya’ they will get to know more about their favorite fast-food chain and how much we value the remarkable relationship we have built with our customers.”

Aside from Pampanga, the “Buhay Pamilya” exhibit is also set to visit select malls in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cebu, and Davao from April to June.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Crocs Megasale Strikes Back This 2013

Wow! Up to 90% off!!! 

Press Release:

It’s going to be wild. It’s going to get crazy. It’s going to be huge. More and more Crocs fans are jumping for joy, as the much-awaited, and the biggest shoe sale event in one venue is back.

Now on its 5th year, the Crocs Megasale 2013 is happening once again at the grounds of NBC Tent in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, with a mind-blowing price slash of up to 90%. Get your hoarding game face on, rain or shine, on May 31 to June 2, from 10am to 8pm. Free entrance for all Citibank cardholders, while there’s a P50 entrance fee for all non-Citi shoppers. Cash and all major credit cards will be accepted.

Great finds for all shoe lovers from kids, teens, to adults, with over 200 designs to choose from. No one will leave the tent empty handed, as this wild Megasale will surely knock you off your feet.

Make sure to come prepared with umbrellas, fans, bottled water, and face towels. The list of shoe prices will be provided onsite. Food stands will be set up by McDonald’s, Racks, Shakey’s and Saibachi.

For more information about the Crocs Megasale 2013, like Crocs Philippines on Facebook and follow @crocsph on Twitter.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Chikka Carries Mother’s Day Messages To Moms All-Over The World

I've been using Chikka to send free text messages to friends and family here and abroad. It's good to know that others also find this service useful ...

Press Release:

Chikka Philippines, the creator of the popular web-to-mobile texting app—Chikka Text Messenger, delivered millions of heart-warming greetings to moms all over the world this Mother’s Day.

The company that helps bring Filipino families together via free texts since 2000 has once again come to the rescue of kababayans in expressing appreciation to loving mothers who have always been personal heroes.

“Mother’s Day is one of the most exciting celebrations for Chikka because a great number of our users are moms. They will surely feel how much they are appreciated with every free text greeting they receive anywhere they may be in the world,” shared Junie Agcaoili, Corporate Communications Head of Chikka Philippines.

Paying tribute to heroes is among the main thrusts of Chikka, which recently launched its new campaign –Saving the Day— highlighting testimonials from users expressing how Chikka saved them in times of need.

“Our mothers are always saving the day for us, whether it’s cooking our favorite meals when we’re hungry or offering us good advice when we need it most,” he added.

Mother’s Day shout-outs

Chikka users have also jumped in on the fun by sharing their Mother’s Day messages via social media.

Joana says, “Thank you for being the best Mom in the world and for not getting tired of taking care of me and Kuya! Happy Mother’s Day!”

Another Chikka user, Carlo, says, “Nanay, you’ll always be the most special woman in my life. Happy Mother’s Day!”

“Happy Mother’s Day Mommy! I hope we could spend more time together. Please come home soon because we already miss you,” says Cha.

Agcaoili also revealed that Chikka’s Mother’s Day tribute is just one of the many celebrations they have lined up under their new campaign, and that there are even better things to come. “We look forward to honoring more modern-day heroes so expect Chikka to prepare something special for them soon,” he shares.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Salaminkera: Tales from the Looking Glass

This sounds like a great one-act play. Let's watch! :)

Press Release:

When was the last time you looked at the mirror and talked to it with all honesty? This predicament is a tale as old as time for women everywhere; echoed by the immortal line, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

What makes a mirror special is its appeal to your vanity. It does not just reflect your physical state but also your inner emotions; even your mental state. So simply looking at the mirror could give you an overview of how your total well-being could be – inside and out!

With this, comedienne Giselle Sanchez brings to life “Salaminkera,” a mirror that actually talks to you and tells you about your career, family life, and love life. After all, Salaminkera is inspired by the magic mirror of the evil queen from the timeless tale of SnowWhite; and provides honest answers to any question.

Giselle Sanchez is known for being a witty stand-up comedienne who can also sing, act, and host. Her body of work spans theater to mainstream TV and cinema. Aside from her solid career in show business, she also writes for the Manila Bulletin and the online portal

Coined after the term “salamangkero,” a Filipino word for magician or wizard, Salaminkera is like the best friend next door who you love for not mincing words and always saying the truth. And with her over-the-top sense of humor to boot, you can’t help but talk to her even more.

The one-act play will have a preview  on May 30, 2013, 11:00 AM at the Rigodon Ball, Manila Peninsula and the regular run will be on June 8, 2013, 3pm at Glorietta 2, Makati City. Expect an enjoyable magic mirror ride as Salaminkera takes everyone to an inside look at the world of Filipinas. With insights coming from Giselle’s personal experiences as a woman herself, expect jokes and laughter to also contain bits of wisdom that will tickle both the funny bone and the mind.

This show is a collaborative effort between Giselle and Sangobion, the organic iron supplement with vitamins and minerals. Sangobion empowers and gives women a boost in their everyday lives by helping combat the 3 signs of iron deficiency: looking pale, lack of focus, and fatigue. With the help of Sangobion, Giselle hopes to inspire and give a boost to women everywhere thru this show so that they can always remain beautiful and successful as a mom and a wife, and still enjoy a career of their choice.  

Giselle Sanchez, with executives from Merck, Inc. Fidgi Miranda, Ramonito Tampos,
and Ferdinand Roxas, and Angel Antonio of Aspac Advertising
A mirror never lies to you. What you see is what you get. Thus, if you show signs of iron deficiency – looking pale, feeling of fatigue, lack of focus - your mirror will definitely reflect it back to you.

For more information on Sangobion and the many benefits it brings to women, simply visit

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Daniel Padilla Reveals His Hairstyle Secret: Grips Clay FX

I've written about Grips Clay FX early this year. You may also want to read that blog post here.

Press Release:

Daniel Padilla has always been known for his signature hairstyles and charm, captivating countless fans all over the country. But how is he able to achieve his different hair looks so effortlessly? Daniel uses Grips Clay FX as it provides an amazing matte hair styling experience with its perfect hold and texture, minus the stickiness.

The great thing about Grips Clay FX is its EasyWash Formula! Normally, the EasyWash formula is an add on for other brands wherein you have to purchase the more expensive version of the regular product. But with Grips Clay FX, the premium features are all in--Pro-Vitamin B5 for healthy hair and EasyWash Formula! 

These products are available in 75g jars with SRP Php 86.90 each and 5g sachets with SRP Php 4.35 each. Be updated with their promos by liking

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sale-riously Super Gadgets Sale From May 17-19, 2013!

Oh, wow! 25 well-known brands ... in one roof ... on sale!!!

Press Release:

If you’re looking for the best deals this side of the planet, make sure you drop by this seriously outrageous sale of techie products!

Get the cheapest deals on the following brands such as:

Just visit Whitespace (2314 Chino Roces Ave. ext. Makati City) this coming May 17 – 19, 2013!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Back-to-Back Offers at the SM Kids’ Fashion Back-to-School Bazaar

Check out the Philippines' leading retail chain's newest promos that are just in time for the coming school year ...

Press Release:

SM Kids’ Fashion Back-to-School Bazaar has everything kids need to start the school year right. Here’s a one-stop shopping trip that brings in big savings on fun and functional everyday apparel, underwear, supplies, bags, socks, and other essentials. With all these under one roof, there’s no better place to stock-up on all those classroom necessities.

Get everything at great value with up to 50% off on selected items from SM Kids’ Fashion. Save more with 0% interest on installment payments with selected credit cards on every Php 3,000 minimum purchase from May 16 to 19, 2013 and buy now, pay later with BDO credit cards from April 16 to July 15, 2013. Visitors can also cut Php 100 off every purchase with MasterCard’s instant rebate program from April 15 to June 30, 2013.

Catch all these and more at the SM Kids’ Fashion Back-to-School Bazaar from May 17 to 19, 2013 at Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Experience Indulgence At Crimson Hotel

Wow! Free overnight stay for the price of lunch or dinner!

Press Release:

Relish the goodness of what Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila has to offer.

Have your fill of Crimson Hotel’s heavenly array of food in Café Eight, the hotel’s main restaurant which offers contemporary International buffet with a Mediterranean flare serving fresh and healthy options from Southern Europe to Middle Eastern regions.

For this month of May, this restaurant offers a Dine and Stay promo for its valued customers. For a group of five diners availing of either lunch or dinner buffet at a full buffet rate (Php 1,100 for lunch and Php 1,400 for dinner), a free overnight accommodation for two awaits guests when they dine until May 31, 2013.

For more information, you may contact 863-2222 or visit and email  Check out or follow @Crimson_Alabang for more updates.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Glory Hounds: America’s Fearless Warrior Dogs

Watch great stories about the heroism of man's best friend in this two-hour special from Animal Planet ...

Press Release:

Dogs, they are more than man’s best friend, especially in Afghanistan where they double up as partners and comrades in arms, and are often the best defense against the Taliban's weapon of choice - improvised explosive devices (IED) hidden randomly in the sand. We hear of and commend the tens of thousands of military service men and women who risk their lives in Afghanistan every day, but helping them are also approximately 600 courageous military working dogs (MWDs) whose sole purpose are to protect these soldiers and innocent civilians by sniffing out IEDs and tracking insurgents.

In the all new GLORY HOUNDS, a first-of-its-kind special in which Animal Planet's filmmakers and embedded camera crews were granted unprecedented access to uncover the stories of MWD teams in some of the most volatile regions in Afghanistan. GLORY HOUNDS premieres on Monday, May 13 at 10:00 p.m. andencores on Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 19 at midnight, 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

A two-hour special, GLORY HOUNDS takes viewers on-site active war zones and military training grounds, and features the real stories of these extraordinary canines that have been trained to do what no man or technology can. The military relies on the dogs' keen canine sense of smell to sniff out, locate and signal for explosive devices and to track down insurgents. As these MWDs are so adept at identifying these weapons before they explode, the dog teams have become one of the Taliban's prime targets. GLORY HOUNDS also shines a spotlight on the unbreakable emotional bonds that have been formed between man and dog. To their handlers, MWDs are not merely gear; they're weapons with hearts, minds and souls.

Permission to film GLORY HOUNDS in the active war zone required more than a year of discussions among producers and various branches of the United States (U.S.) military. Upon gaining access, camera teams filming the stories told in GLORY HOUNDS acquired specialised training before spending six weeks in Afghanistan embedded with these troops:

Lance Corporal Kent Ferrell and his MWD, Zora: Lance Cpl. Ferrell, 22, Maryland, grew up with a golden retriever that had a huge impact on his life. Now, as a MWD handler, he has developed a deep bond with his German shepherd, Zora, on the front lines; their partnership is pragmatic and personal; many lives depend on Zora's ability to sniff out IEDs before they explode, but to Lance Cpl. Ferrell, Zora is more than a defense weapon - she's his sister in arms. As a warrior dog, she's prepared to make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Corporal Drew Nyman and his MWD, Emily:  23 year-old Cpl. Nyman from Kansas wants to make it home to see his wife and newborn son, so it is imperative, as a MWD handler, to understand what his canine partner, Belgian Malinois Emily, is thinking at all times; any miscue could be the difference between life and death.  Cpl. Nyman and Emily are a combat-tracking team. Emily does not sniff out explosives; she smells humans, and she is looking for Taliban insurgents deep in the heart of enemy territory.  Can they handle the trauma of the battlefield?

Staff Sergeant Len Anderson and his MWD, Azza: Staff Sgt. Anderson, 29, from South Carolina, is training for his new role as kennel master with his MWD Azza, a veteran Belgian Malinois who detects bombs. In his role, Staff Sgt. Anderson could remain safely in the compound but he believes real leaders lead from the front, so he receives special permission for Azza and himself to join his troops on patrol outside the wire. Anderson and Azza get caught in the crossfire, and a GLORY HOUNDS cameraman becomes part of the story himself when he drops his camera to help save Staff Sgt. Anderson's life.  

Lance Corporal Durward Shaw and his MWD, Falko: Lance Cpl. Shaw, 21, of Texas, is Falko's first-ever MWD handler. Falko, a German Shepherd mix, is an attack dog and an explosive-device tracker. Both handler and dog are newbies in Afghanistan and are part of a security detail operating on Afghanistan's notorious Highway One, a critical supply artery that is also one of the deadliest roads in the country. Lance Cpl. Shaw is eager to put Falko's and his own abilities to the test, but every step outside the wire is a step into the unknown. He is determined to make it home to his wife and his newborn daughter, whom he has never met, so he relies on Falko to help him stay alive.

In GLORY HOUNDS, as with all wars, some dogs and handlers come home, some return forever changed, and some do not come home at all.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Make Mother’s Day Extra Special For The Best Mom With Jollibee Chickenjoy

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From nurturing a baby in her womb for nine months, to being the best friend and most caring person that anyone can have, a mother’s unconditional love is beyond compare. This May 12, take the time to show the most special woman in your life just how much she means to you. Here are simple suggestions to make it one of the best Mother’s Day celebrations yet for the queen of the house:

Surprise her with a special talent show. Gather the whole family and prepare a special performance for mom. Practice with your little brothers and sisters, and put together a short play based on her favorite book. Ask kuya to play her favorite song on the guitar, while dad serenades and dances with her.

Create a special AVP tribute for mom. Produce a home-made video with each family member’s personal message, or create a slideshow of your favorite family bonding moments to the tune of her favorite songs – a truly fitting tribute to show how much you truly love and appreciate her.

Treat her to a refreshing getaway. Bring mom to her favorite place – whether it be in a beach resort, her favorite spa or salon, or a shopping spree.  A worry-free day will surely make any mother feel extra special.

Savor another family bonding moment with her favorite. For mommy, there’s nothing like spending a day bonding with the family. Be it simply watching movies at home, going on a picnic, or a short road trip to visit the places special to her. To make the celebration more special, treat mom to everyone’s favorite Chickenjoy! Because the best mom in the world deserves nothing less than the pinaka-crispylicious and pinaka-juicylicious Jollibee Chickenjoy!

Show mom your unparalleled love for her and treat her to the undeniable goodness of the best fried chicken, Jollibee Chickenjoy! Available for dine-in, take-out, delivery and drive-thru. For delivery, call the Jollibee Express Delivery Service hotline at 8-7000 or log on to

Monday, May 6, 2013

New Fully Booked RCBC Bankard MasterCard Promises More Rewarding Reading Experience

Hey, book lovers! Save on your book purchases! 

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Reading has never been more rewarding with the latest co-branded credit card exclusive from the pioneering credit card brand, RCBC Bankard, and Fully Booked, the country’s first and leading specialty bookstore.

The new Fully Booked RCBC Bankard MasterCard is the latest credit card from RCBC, one of the country’s most progressive and largest banks. This new co-brand credit card gives book lovers access to some of the most unique finds and latest releases available in Fully Booked.

They can also enjoy a 10 percent discount instantly with every purchase at any Fully Booked branch, and get cash rebates of up to 10 percent as well as one free book on early purchases and on their renewal period.

Cardholders are even entitled to invites to exclusive events, special sales and new arrivals, discounts at partner establishments and an installment option of zero percent interest for big-ticket purchases.

“We are proud to be partnering with the country’s first and leading specialty bookstore. This partnership is a testament to our continuous commitment in strengthening our position in the market and expanding our clientele,” said RCBC Bankard President and CEO Oscar B. Biason.

Fully Booked’s Managing Director Jaime Daez likewise expressed his interest in entering into a partnership that will enhance the experience of his establishment’s discriminating patrons.

“Fully Booked, from the start, is all about going beyond the idea of an ordinary bookstore, and offering innovative experiences that delight our readers,” Daez said. “We are confident that having our name in a credit card product together with an industry pioneer contributes greatly to this end.”

Pioneering co-branded cards
Biason pointed out that the partnership with Fully Booked demonstrates RCBC Bankard’s continuing success in developing co-branded card products that are industry pioneers.  The Fully Booked RCBC Bankard MasterCard is the country’s first specialty bookstore co-brand credit card.

An alliance with the highly-esteemed LJC Restaurant Group produced the first fine dining credit card brand, the LJC-RCBC Bankard MasterCard.  The Mango-RCBC Bankard MasterCard, meanwhile, is the first credit card co-branded with a premier fashion brand. In the home-building supplies industry, the Wilcon-RCBC Bankard is the first to cater to the needs of homeowners and building designers.

These are just some of many other co-branded card products that enable RCBC Bankard to offer innovative products and services that fit the lifestyles of specific markets.

“We constantly develop exciting and lifestyle-enhancing solutions that will meet our clients’ needs and exceed their expectations. For us, customer satisfaction remains as our number one priority,” added Biason.

For more information, please log on to www.RCBCBankard and like

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Love at C2 Classic Cuisine

Here's another great treat for moms this coming Mother's Day!

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For most part of the year, Mama may be just someone at home who cooks the best dishes or lords it over the household chores.  But in this special day just for her, treat her to a lunch or dinner befitting a queen.

C2 Classic Cuisine, the best restaurant to enjoy Filipino classic dishes with a twist, is throwing a special tribute for Mom as it prepares a special menu for its loyal diners and their mothers.

Mother’s Day Set Menu A will have Mom surely enjoying the delightful taste of timeless fare like Crispy Pata, Seafood Kare Kare and Steamed Pandan Rice.   This is good for 3 to 4 people and for only P1,599.  It also comes with one round of sago-gulaman and a treat of turon ala mode.

Families may also opt for Mother’s Day Menu B, with the richly flavored roasted Crispy Ribs Sinigang, Seared Tilapia in Coconut Emulsion and Steamed Pandan Rice.  For only P1,299, it can satisfy 3 to 4 people and also comes with one round of sago-gulaman and one order of turon ala mode.

Also on May 12, mom diners get free Sunday cocktails and a complimentary photo booth session to remember this most special of days.

Visit C2 Classic Cuisine in any of these branches: Katipunan Avenue (426-6881); 18 Missouri Street in Northeast Greenhills (723-2347); Robinsons Place Manila (567-2402); The Ledge, Shangri-La Plaza Mall (636-1510); Mega Atrium, SM Megamall (470-1152) and Lakefront Wharf (551-0447).  You can also visit their Facebook page ( or follow them on Twitter (@c2cuisine).

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Zest Air Rolls Out P1 Fare Promo

Airline sale alert! Piso fares for Manila to KL, Kota Kinabalu, Shanghai, Puerto Princesa, Kalibo, Iloilo, Tagbilaran, Bacolod, Davao, Cebu and CDO are up for grabs now until May 12!

Press Release:

MANILA, 4 MAY 2013 – Zest Air today launched its P1 fare promo for all flights from Manila to international and domestic destinations.  With the Piso Fare Promo, travelers who book via or starting today until May 12 can now fly direct from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Shanghai, Puerto Princesa, Kalibo (Boracay), Iloilo, Tagbilaran, Bacolod, Davao, Cebu and Cagayan De Oro for only one peso base fare.

Travel period for the one-peso promo starts on May 10, 2013 to April 30, 2014 giving travelers the option to plan for their Christmas and next year’s summer vacation as early as now.

New Zest Air flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Bacolod will commence on May 10, 2013 while Manila to Cagayan de Oro starts on June 15, 2013.

Zest Air is a low cost carrier based in the Philippines. It flies to eight (8) domestic and six (6) international destinations from its hubs in Manila, Kalibo and Cebu. Zest Air, which currently operates a fleet of 11 aircraft, is the Philippine carrier with the most flights to Kalibo.

For any inquiries, please call Zest Air Customer Service Hotline +632.855.3333.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Manila, Philippines Chosen to Host the Fast and The Furious 6 Premier

This is exciting news as the event will mark the first time Manila will gather Foreign Press to promote a Hollywood movie!

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The Philippines continues to capture Hollywood's interest as Manila will play host to Universal Pictures' upcoming 'Fast & Furious 6' premier. This event is the very first time that Manila will gather foreign press from Asia and other cities outside of the region to promote a major Hollywood movie.

The film's lead action star, Vin Diesel, along with fellow stars Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carrano and Luke Evans, producer Neal H. Moritz, director Justin Lin will be coming to the Philippines to be part of this exciting movie event. During the two-day event, invited journalists will have a chance to conduct one-on-one interviews with the cast and director. This will culminate with a star-studded premier of Fast & Furious 6 at the SM Mall of Asia on May 15, 2013.

Manila will be part of a talent world tour that includes stops in other global cities including London, Seoul, and Cabo San Lucas. This bit of good news comes on the heels of Manila receiving global exposure in 2012 as one of the main location backdrops for the Hollywood action-thriller The Bourne Legacy.

Fast and Furious 6 continues in the tradition of thrilling fast-paced chases, action, and suspense that has made the movie franchise as worldwide sensation. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent. Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang, John Ortiz, Gal Gadot, and Elsa Pataky are joined by badass series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carrano.

"Fast & Furious 6" is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp. It will start showing across the Philippines on May 24, 2013.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Make Your Mama Feel Magnificent at Casa Roces

Looking for a place to treat your mom on Mother's Day? Bring her to Casa Roces!

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Give the most important person in the entire world a sumptuous and heartfelt gift on her special day!  Casa Roces, the Filipino-Spanish heritage restaurant in the heart of the capital, is preparing a treat to all diners and their beloved mothers as a small token of appreciation for mom's unconditional love and many acts of selflessness.

On May 12, diners will enjoy the special buffet prepared exclusively for this special occasion.  For only P750 net, Mama will have a grand time feasting on some of Casa Roces’ timeless dishes that recall the marvelous days of her own mother’s cooking.

A special appetizer and a complimentary glass of Rosé will be served for mommy diners, as she helps herself to a plate from some of the mouthwatering dishes in the special menu, like the richly flavored Paella Valenciana for seafood lovers or even their unique Paella Vegetarian for moms who want to keep fit and healthy.

Let Mama indulge as she takes a bite on the crispy skin and tender meat of the Lechon Cuchinillo or savor the deep, rich flavors of Beef Pot Roast or relish that fresh and juicy Baked Salmon.

Mother’s Day buffet diners will also enjoy soup, salad and assorted cakes to top off this special memorable meal. Add to that, lucky moms will have the chance to win a Breakfast Essential set from Corelle and Short Course classes from the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA), Manila and Coffee Academy Philippines.

Bring your mom and your loved ones to Casa Roces at 1153 J. P. Laurel corner Aguado Streets in San Miguel, Manila.  For reservations, call 735-5896, 488-1929 or 0917-550-9743; e-mail, visit them on their website ( or their Facebook page (

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

All Aboard with Crocs’ Yacht Trip Planned by Laureen Uy

Love the prize! Let's play!

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Get a chance to be part of a Yacht adventure at one of Asia’s key cities with Crocs on a 3-night voyage for 2, tailor-made for you by Crocs’ ambassador and stylist, Laureen Uy. A treat fit for a king filled with activities at Marina Bay Sands Casino, Raffles Hotel, and a shop-til-you-drop experience along the shopping district, Orchard Road. Get mesmerized by the beautiful view of Singapore city from the high seas on a sailing trip aboard the Crocs Yacht. An experience like no other that you stand a chance to win by playing Run Sailor Run! on Facebook.

Log on to and play this latest online game from Crocs, as it shows you how fun and free you can be in its latest Beach Line collection. It’s as easy as 1-2-3, just collect coins as you run along, but don’t forget to dodge obstacles and collect bonuses. Get the gang to join in the fun, too, as the more friends you invite, the bigger chances of winning.

The Run Sailor Run! online game officially launches starting May 9. The chance to win this awesome trip and other prizes ends on May 26, so better not miss out.

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