Sunday, March 30, 2014

Join Ensembles WEAR MY DESIGN CONTEST Year 3!

I have several clothes I bought from Ensembles. They do have lots of nice outfits that could make any woman feel good! Check out my previous Ensembles posts here. Lots of pretty dresses to choose from! 

Press Release:

Would you like to see your very own design displayed at Ensembles? It can happen! Ensembles just recently unveiled the 8 Winning Spring Dresses 2014 now gracing the racks of every Ensembles branch nationwide! This April, the competition starts again in search of  the next 5 winning Spring Dresses of 2015, open in two categories of Soft OR Tailored.

If you have an eye for fashion, then this is definitely for you! All you have to do is submit a dress prototype of your design together with an application form downloaded from Ensembles Facebook page. Contest starts at April 1 to May 31st, 2014!  All submitted entries will be uploaded at Ensembles’ Facebook page for voting. Your spring dress design maybe the one unveiled next year! 

Learn more about ‘Wear My Design’ Competition mechanics and rules at Like Ensembles Facebook page (  Follow @EnsemblesOnline on Twitter and Instagram.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Have Lots of Summer Fun with DOLE!

Stay healthy while you're having fun this summer! I always love drinking a cold glass of DOLE pineapple juice during hot afternoons! 

Press Release:

It’s Summer time once again!  Make the most of this season by engaging in exciting activities with your friends and family.  There are so many things you can do but be sure to have FUN no matter what!

Travel to a place you’ve never been to before.  Start by checking out the hottest and latest vacation spots in the Philippines.  Unleash your passion for adventure and discover new sites and activities to enjoy in different places.    

Be active!  Get involved in sports or stay fit by going to the gym regularly.  Plus, it’s never too late to learn something new this Summer.  So plan a new activity you can engage in.  

But of course, don’t forget to complete the FUN with DOLE, the perfect companion to keep you refreshed as you enjoy your Summer activities.  

Being physically active can sometimes be tiring in the midst of a hot summer day.  But with DOLE, you can always enjoy the refereshing flavors of summer!  Pack up a DOLE 100% Pineapple juice drink as you proceed to your next travel destination.   Juice up and make sure to quench your thirst when you head to the gym for your daily workout.  Made from the finest, sun-ripened, freshly picked pineapples rich in Vitamin C, DOLE Pineapple Juice is your healthy choice and revitalizing tropical summer escape.  

Or you can grab a DOLE Fruit Crisp cup as a juicy snack after a long, tiring day.  Let its sweet, crunchy taste satisfy your summer craving.  What’s more, you can indulge in its great taste without adding the pounds to keep you fit and slim all summer long!  

Or better yet, try a new summer recipe with the sweet, juicy taste of DOLE Canned Pineapples.  Treat your family to the mouth-watering taste of 100% pineapple flavor and add a splash of tropical freshness to your ordinary meals.  DOLE’s can of pineapple slices has the highest level of potassium, a heart friendly mineral. 

DOLE offers a variety of quality fruit products that have the power to rejuvenate the body like no other. So enjoy a fun yet healthy lifestyle with DOLE.  It will definitely keep you on the go to make the most of your summer fun in the sun! 

Make Everyday Shine with these DOLE products: DOLE Fruit Crisps in Pineapple Mango and Apple Pear flavors; DOLE Mandarin Orange Fruit Jars; DOLE Tropical Fruit Cocktails; DOLE Juice Drinks (Pineapple, Pineapple Orange, Four Seasons, and Pineapple Lychee); and DOLE Canned Pineapple slices, chunks and tidbits.  DOLE products are available in all major supermarkets in the Philippines.  For more information, you may also log on to   

Friday, March 28, 2014

Solo Announces Its Summer x Online Model Contest Winners

Need some summer wear? Check out Solo's 2014 collection for this season!

Press Release:

Summer is slowly kicking in!  Are you ready? No fuss! Solo's Summer Collection 2014 is up to complete your summer essentials and set your summer vibes high! Solo's Summer Collection 2014 is composed of wide-range swim wear pieces that cater to different types of young. Boasting variety of looks for Him and Her such as tribal prints, floral patterns, retro feels, and solid colors strategically placed on bandeau, bikini tops and high-waisted bottoms creating fun statement, the Summer Collection 2014 is sure to tick off your checklist complete with flattering cover ups and stylish eyewear for ladies and gents to complement the hot season!

The hot collection features this year’s Solo Online Model Contest Grand Winners, Renee Soraya Hassani and John Edward Custodio who stood out among almost a hundred hopeful ladies and gents! The pair got to do a photo shoot directed and photographed by hot fashion photog Doc Marlon

Renee, 22 recently finished Interior Design at Philippine School of Interior Design, now part of their family business and still wants to pursue modeling, an unlikely path for her, while John Edward, 21 is set to fulfill his dreams of being an actor by venturing to a strong stepping stone which is modeling. 

When asked about the experience, both quipped that they learned a lot from Doc Marlon and were very inspired to improve their craft and be the face of Solo to the youth. “I want to contribute among the wide varieties of beauty our world has come to define today,” Renee said.

No matter how challenging the path to their dreams is, these two still showed genuine interest and willingness to learn from the best and leave a mark to today’s generation along with the brand that fits their street-smart and quirky personality; these two are epitomes of a Solo lady and gent ready to take over the summer sun, sand and the world. 

Make sure to brush those summer jitters away and conquer the hot season in tribal or floral prints from this year’s one-stop summer shop! Too busy? Shop online, it’s easy and reliable!

For more information, please log on to or like You can also follow @MySoloOnline on Twitter and Instagram.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

#ComeJointheCaravan with Kiele and J&C Super Clean Solutions!

Go shopping for your summer essentials in one place! 

Press Release:

This summer, enjoy your lush, tropical resort getaway with essentials from The Caravan: La Isla Fete. Featuring an eclectic mix of carefully chosen brands in Fashion, Beauty, and Home, the unique lifestyle market comes to town on April 5, Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM at W17 La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City, Philippines.

Featuring Filip + Inna, Quiver, Brown Belly, Two Chic, Myth, Thread365, Bensimon, Praiaz, K Way, Butter London, Cbeauty Universal Beauty Oil, The Urban Alchemists, Sparrow, Kiele, Kotur, Lagu, Renegade Folk, Rivieras, Saxum, Lustre, Melograno, Stockton Row, Nicole Whisenhunt, Sam Cologne – Azul, NCLA, VINO2G0, Tilka, Naked Sun Swimwear, and more!

#ComeJoinTheCARAVAN and be a part of this new wave of cult shopping and don't forget to grab a bottle each of Kiele and J&C Super Clean Solutions

Kiele Anti-Mosquito cologne combines a refreshing scent with essential Citronella and Neem oils to keep those pesky insects at bay. Spray it on and enjoy la bonne vie with this unique fragrance.

A must for make-up artists and enthusiasts alike, J&C Super Clean Solutions is a specialized make-up brush cleaner that removes all traces of dirt and grime. Effective and long-lasting with a  fresh spearmint scent it's the perfect essential to add to any make-up kit.

For more information, check out The Caravan on Facebook and Instagram. J&C Super Clean Solutions is available online for only P395, while Kiele costs P199 each.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Solaire Resort and Casino Gets ONE Million FB Fans in ONE Year

Awesome milestone! Congratulations Solaire!

Press Release:

Solaire Resort and Casino, the fastest growing integrated resort in the country surpassed 1 Million Facebook “Likes” in one year ( a great milestone to mark its 1st year anniversary.

Solaire is the first integrated resort to embrace Social Media with its own in-house digital marketing team since the property opened in March 2013 and has indicated its strength within a year. Social Media is an essential part of their 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 inter-active 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. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Repertory Philippines’ PINOCCHIO Auditions Set on March 30 and April 6

Heads up theater actors! You may want to try out for this really cool production to be staged later this year!

Press Release:

Auditions for lead roles and ensemble for the Repertory Philippines Theater  for Young Audiences Production  of  PINOCCHIO will be  held on March 30 and April 6 at 6:00 pm at the Onstage Theater Greenbelt One.  

Gepetto Pinocchio's father - baritone;  
Antonio  Narrator baritone or tenor ; 
Blue Fairy - soprano; 
Angelina  Housekeeper -  alto or soprano; 
Candlewick -  baritone or tenor.  
Gino - baritone or tenor; 
Fox - baritone  or tenor; 
Cat - baritone or tenor ; 
Coachman - bass or baritone; 
Townspeople SATB male and female

Applicants will be tested for voice, musicality, the ability to pick up notes quickly and skill at parts singing, acting, and movement.  

The ability to speak good English is a requirement for all lead roles.  

Application forms and audition  material may be picked up at the REP office at Unit 14 Ecoville Executive town homes, Metropolitan Avenue (please bring your own flash drive) or email  

For information call 8433570 or 4511474. Ask for Oliver or Marie.                     

PINOCCHIO  wlll open on August 16 and run on weekdays and weekends - mornings and afternoons - until December.  It will have three alternating casts.  Rehearsals start in June and will be from 6:00 to 8:00  Monday to Friday. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bruno Mars’ Jungle Adventure in “RIO 2”

Fans of Bruno Mars would love this piece of news! :)

Press Release:

There’s something that Jewel (Anne Hathaway) did not talk about with Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) in the first “Rio” family adventure outing – that is her childhood friend named Roberto (Bruno Mars).  In the upcoming adventure 3D movie “Rio 2,” Blu is suddenly pitted against Jewel’s childhood friend, Roberto who is the epitome of a Blue Macaw - a perfect specimen of a wild bird who charms everyone around him and makes Blu self-conscious.

Bruno Mars joins the vividly delightful and upbeat musical world of Blu and Jewel in “Rio 2” where director Carlos Saldanha brings the adventure into the wild thick forest of the Amazon.  With the success of “Rio” the call for a sequel came quickly.  Having already teased a new life together for Blu and Jewel – and their three new arrivals – in the film’s finale, Saldanha pitched his idea for a new story.  What if Blu and his family aren’t the last Blue Macaws, he posited.  What would happen to the family dynamic? 
Saldanha decided to set his new story in the mammoth Brazilian wilderness.  “I wanted a setting very different from the one we explored in ‘Rio,’ he explains.  “I thought we should move away from the city.” So, in “Rio 2,” it’s on … in the Amazon, not only visually, but musically.  “We wanted to look at different musical ‘flavors,’ sounds and exciting new beats that make the soundtrack for “Rio 2” even bigger than the first film’s,” says the director.

If meeting a critical father-in-law, Eduardo (Andy Garcia) weren’t enough, Blu must also contend with Jewel’s childhood friend Roberto, played by Bruno Mars. “Roberto is pretty much the opposite of Blu – all charm and suaveness – and he can sing like an angel,” says Hathaway.  Eisenberg notes that, “Roberto and Jewel have a history and an almost secret language.  So Blu feels not only threatened by Roberto, but is frustrated because Roberto seems like the perfect guy.  Everything he does is heroic – and he’s a great singer!”
Roberto owes his vocal prowess to the music icon who voices him: Bruno Mars. The Grammy winner, who has sold over 115 million records worldwide and has a catalog of 22 Hot 100 hits as a singer, producer and songwriter, enjoyed his first foray into feature animation.  “I like that Roberto has a good heart,” Mars explains. “He’s a genuine dude and he really has love for Jewel – genuine love.  They grew up together, so they have a bond that’s pretty special.”

The filmmakers considered a long list of candidates for the role, but a Mars appearance on “Saturday Night Live” helped sealed the deal.  “I saw a clip of Bruno acting on SNL, and I thought he was really funny,” Saldanha remembers.  Producer John C. Donkin notes that casting Mars “transformed our thinking about the character.   He added a unique quality we initially hadn’t envisioned for Roberto, which we came to embrace, and the character really blossomed.”

If Roberto’s looks, talent and friendship with Jewel weren’t intimidating enough for Blu, the songbird hosts the clan in his magnificent mansion, located in one of the Amazon’s most impressive trees.  Interweaving roots create open pockets, perfect for rooms housing Blu and his family.  As the family settles into this exciting new world, Blu finds his learning curve to be a steep one.  

Bruno Mars lends his signature vocal stylings to the track “Welcome Back,” in which his character Roberto expresses his joy in reuniting with Jewel.  The song was written by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and John Powell, and produced by Bruno Mars and John Powell.

“Rio 2” (in 2D and 3D) will open April 9 (Saturday) nationwide in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

GVB Wins Awards at 21st PTAA Travel Tour Expo

Congratulations GVB for winning two awards! 

Press Release:

The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) represented Guam at the biggest and most anticipated travel show in the Philippines.

The 21st Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) Travel Tour Expo was held on February 14 -16, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The expo was opened by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who signaled for the growth of the Filipino economy and demand for overseas travel. Over 200 airlines, cruise liners, travel agencies, hotels and tour companies participated in this year’s event. The show was also well attended by over 80,000 travelers looking for affordable destination packages.

“The travel expo was a great success in showcasing our beautiful island,” said GVB Acting General Manager Nathan Denight. “While we highlighted Guam’s rich culture, flavorful cuisine and captivating beaches, we played up how our duty free shopping is actually more affordable.”

Denight led a small team of GVB officials consisting of Marketing Officer II Gina Kono, Marketing Officer I Haven Torres and GVB Philippine representatives on this three-day event. They aimed to further promote shopping on Guam and group travel for professionals and entrepreneurs.

Guests that visited the GVB booth were treated to a colorful and lively show by Guam’s Chamorro cultural dancers, who also performed a couple of live performances on the travel expo’s main stage. 

GVB also became a highlight of the event after receiving two major awards: Most Popular Booth (International Pavilion – 2nd Level) and Overall Winner for Best Performance by the Guam Cultural Chamorro Dancers.

The Guam team also promoted GVB’s signature events such as the Guam International Marathon on April 13, 2014 and Guam Micronesia Island Fair on April 25-27, 2014. They also expanded on the upcoming Shop Guam Festival in November 2014 and the next Festival of the Pacific Arts (FESTPAC) that Guam will be hosting from May 22-June 4, 2016.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Philippines and BPI Gives Thanks with Zalora

Help Haiyan/Yolanda survivors thru Habitat and BPI and get a discount code for shopping at Zalora! 

Press Release:

Makati CityHabitat for Humanity Philippines (Habitat), Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), and Zalora Philippines (Zalora) launched last March 12 a promo that encourages BPI Cardholders to help Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) survivors by shopping online.

“People have the heart to help, but sometimes don’t know how,” says Habitat CEO & Managing Director Charlie Ayco. “This partnership with BPI and Zalora is a good and easy way of doing so as we now move towards rebuilding the lives of those affected by Haiyan.  We have a long way to go and every amount helps in giving these families back their homes.” ends Ayco.

Habitat aims to distribute 30,000 Shelter Repair Kits and build 30,000 core shelters for those affected by Haiyan depending on availability of funding.

“With BPI’s more than 1 million credit cardholders, and Zalora being the leading online fashion store in the country, we hope to generate a lot of donations while they shop,” says BPI VP for Marketing Strategy and Development Angie Florentino.  “Thank you, Habitat and Zalora for undertaking this role with us as we continue to help those who survived Haiyan.”

“Thank you for letting us be a part of this initiative,” says Zalora Philippines Co-Founder and Managing Director Paulo L. Campos III.  “We are very excited in launching the promo with BPI.  I’m sure our online shoppers will be thrilled with the 15% discount voucher they will receive when they donate to Habitat.” ends Campos.

The BPI-Zalora promo is open to all qualified BPI credit card holders.  BPI cardholders may donate a minimum of P1,000.00 using any BPI Card variant via  They will then receive a 15% ZALORA discount voucher code via e-mail which may be used upon checkout when they shop at ZALORA.COM.PH.  Discount is not valid for sale items and brand exclusions apply. Terms and conditions apply. Promo is from March 15 – June 15, 2014.  


Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) is a non-profit organization that serves Filipino families in need of decent homes. We bring together partners who share the same vision of transforming lives through building responsible and sustainable communities. Established in 1988, HFHP is a country affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International based in Georgia, USA. For 25 years, HFHP has served over 60,000 families throughout the country. HFHP envisions that every Filipino family has a decent place to live. Visit or for more details.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Repertory Philippines’ NOISES OFF Takes Off! --- Set To Open March 28

It is always a joy to watch Repertory Philippines' productions and I am looking forward to watching this one soon :) Read my reviews of their past shows here to get an idea how awesome their actors and crew are!

Press Release:

Repertory Philippines proudly presents the hilarious ‘Noises Off’, the third offering for its 77th season.

Written in 1982 by English playwright Michael Frayn, Noises Off—a stage term indicating sounds coming from offstage—is a play within a play, the story of a temperamental director and a troupe of hapless performers putting up a silly sex farce called Nothing On

The present production of Noises Off, which is directed by Miguel V. Faustmann, runs from March 28 to April 13 and from April 25 to April 27, 2014 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City. 

The idea for Noises Off came to Frayn while he was watching one of his other plays, The Two of Us, from the wings. Noting that it was “funnier from behind than in front,” he was inspired to create a one-act play called Exits, which he later expanded into what would become Noises Off.  

Repertory Philippines has assembled a stellar cast for the current production, most of whom play actors playing roles in the fictitious play Nothing On.

Veteran performer CHINGGOY ALONSO plays Lloyd Dallas, the director of the play-within-a-play. 

Chinggoy and Frances
The role of forgetful actress Dotty Otley, who plays housekeeper Mrs. Clackett, is assayed by FRANCES MAKIL IGNACIO

Returning to Rep after many years away, PAUL HOLME takes on the role of alcoholic stage veteran Selsdon Mowbray, who in turn plays a burglar. 

Another erstwhile Rep regular, SHIELA VALDERRAMA-MARTINEZ, plays cheerful actress Belinda Blair, who plays Flavia Brent. 

Sheila and Lorenz
Shiela’s real-life husband LORENZ MARTINEZ, another Rep stalwart, takes on the role of Garry Lejeune, who takes on the role of Roger Tramplemain. 

CARLA GUEVARA-LAFORTEZA, yet another returning Repper, plays Brooke Ashton, who plays a sexpot named Vicki. 

Carla and Gerard
GERARD SISON assays the role of actor Frederick Fellowes, who plays Flavia’s husband Philip Brent, the owner of the house in which the play-within-a-play is set. 

The backstage staff of the fictitious show is composed of PEACHY ATILANO’s Poppy Norton-Taylor (the show’s assistant stage manager) and NIKO DANS’s Tim Allgood (the company stage manager). Both Poppy and Tim understudy various roles in Nothing On.

The unique humor of Noises Off comes from the intricacies of plot and character interwoven with the personalities of the actors and the show they’re trying to perform. Respected New York Times critic Frank Rich called it “the funniest play written in my lifetime,” and now is your chance to see why.

For details of the show, you may contact Rep at 843-3570 or 555-0082, e-mail or log on to 

NOTE: The Repertory Philippines office has changed locations from Ortigas to Makati. Their new address is Unit 13 and 14 Ecoville, Executive Townhouses, Metropolitan Avenue, Makati.

Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via

Connect to Repertory Philippines online through the following social media networks:,,, and

Repertory Philippines would like to thank the following media partners and establishments for their support:,, Radio Republic,, BusinessWorld, Lane Moving and Storage,,, Solar News, Raintree Restaurants (Mr. Jones, Kabila, MOMO Café, and Museum Café), Greenbelt, Ayala Malls, and Lightshapers. 

“NOISES OFF” was first presented, by special arrangement with Michael Cordon, at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, on February 23rd, 1982, and on March 31st by Michael Cordron at the Savoy Theatre, London

“NOISES OFF” is presented by special arrangement with United Agents LLP. See you at the theater!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Super 8 Grocery Warehouse to Give Away Two Brand New Cars and Four Motorcycles in Funfest 2014

Shop and win awesome prizes at Super 8's Funfest!

Press Release:

Super 8 Grocery Warehouse is raffling off two (2) Toyota Wigos --- Toyota’s latest product offering that pushes fuel efficiency, style and functionality into high gear, four (4) 100cc PMR motorcycles, sixteen (16) iPad Minis, Super 8 gift certificates and many more prizes to lucky visitors of Funfest 2014 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City from March 20-22, 2014.

Funfest 2014 is an annual sale event that offers guests abundant shopping deals, exciting activities and fantastic freebies. Loyal customers and the public get to enjoy big discounts from various exhibitors with all grocery items on sale, some by as much as 30 percent. Not to mention a lot of exciting activties, performances and celebrity appearances.

This year’s theme is “Super Fiesta, Super Saya sa Super 8!” which replicates the vibrant fiestas the Philippines is known for. Performances by the award-winning Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild and the Buganda Drumbeaters & Dancers will add credibility and a festive touch to the atmosphere. 

March 20 and 21 are reserved for Super 8’s top customers and is by invitation only while the event is open to the public on Saturday March 22. On March 22, the event runs from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and admission is free of charge.

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.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Get Acquainted with Mac, iOS Essentials with Power Mac Center’s Crash Course

Free training sessions for iOS users!

Press Release:

Power Mac Center, the premier Apple partner in the Philippines, presents a learning platform where in customers can discover the essentials on their Mac and iOS devices.

Crash Course is a series of free 30-minute training sessions to familiarize participants of all ages with the basics on select exclusive Mac and iOS programs that can be valuable tools in their productivity and multi-media needs.Through the training to be conducted by Power Mac Center Mac Experts, participants are expected to bring home added learning on and an appreciation for Apple technology.

Power Mac Center’s latest offering will be held daily from March 15 to 23 at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm at all stores nationwide. Topics covered in Crash Course are Keynote, Pages, Numbers, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and iTunes.

To sign up for your preferred training schedule of Power Mac Center’s Crash Course, visit the Power Mac Center store near you, or log on to

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Vote for Nick’s Kids Choice Awards Favorite Asian Act and Win Preview Party Passes & P150K shopping spree!

Kids! Vote for your favorite Nick nominees and get a chance to win awesome prizes!

Press Release:

Audiences young and old are about to run wild with excitement as the annual Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards return for another awesome round of festivities highlighting the best in music, movies, TV, sports and more. Now, viewers get a chance to win free passes to this year’s bigger and better preview party on April 1, 2014 at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premier, plus a P150,000 Toy Kingdom shopping spree.

With movie snacks, games, activities, prizes and special visits from Nick characters, the action-packed preview party promises a fur-riffic grand time for young fans as they get to watch the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards before it airs on the channel on April 2 at 4:00pm.

Taking over hosting duties for this year’s Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards is Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg, who will be joined by fellow Hollywood A-listers⎯from celebrity presenters to superstar performers⎯on the sure-to-get-slimed stage.

Lisa Surihani, Anne Curtis, and G.E.M.
For the second year in a row, select Asian performers will have their time to shine in the Favorite Asian Act category. Representing the Philippines is award-winning actress, platinum-selling recording star, and popular TV host Anne Curtis, a first-time nominee at the Kids Choice Awards. Other nominees include Chinese pop artist G.E.M., Indonesian boy band Coboy Junior, and Malaysian film actress Lisa Surihani.

Those on the prowl for exclusive invites to this year’s preview party are in luck. 20 youngsters can get the chance to score four tickets each by simply voting for any of the Favorite Asian Act nominees at participating Toy Kingdom branches, namely, SM Bacoor, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, SM North Edsa, SM Mall of Asia, SM Makati, SM Fairview, SM Aura Premier, Lucky Chinatown and The Podium

Coboy Junior
Upping the stakes even more, one lucky kid voter will also win a once-in-a-lifetime Toy Kingdom shopping spree worth P150,000.

Last call for entries is on March 23, so cast your votes today!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

DHL Sorts, Delivers Examination Papers For Underprivileged Grade 3 Public Elementary School Students

It's good to know that big companies like DHL share their time and expertise to help worthwhile advocacies.

Press Release:

Manila - DHL, part of Deutsche Post DHL, the world's leading postal and logistics group , made the day for volunteers of Teach for the Philippines (TFP), as 17 DHL employees recently helped sort and transport examination materials to 10 participating schools in Quezon City (QC).

The DHL employees, together with the TFP team, sorted out 10 boxes of examination materials, which are administered quarterly by the TFP to participating schools. 

“The materials that DHL helped us sort and transport are very important to our program – examinations are done to assess how students cope with TFP-assigned modules and materials given by the Teacher Fellows,“ said Mhar Mangahas, Leadership Development Officer, Teach for the Philippines.

Ronaldo Benebe, Makati Service Center Manager, DHL Express Philippines, said the activity was a genuine exercise in volunteerism among members of the DHL team. “As an international logistics company, we saw that we must contribute and were really needed for this activity,” he said. “This will continue every quarter with our commitment to help these kids.” 

103 reams of examination materials were first delivered to DHL’s service centers in Makati and Ortigas in San Juan, and then transported to 10 QC public schools where 52 Teacher Fellows were posted. 

Mangahas said that aid was invaluable. “Normally, preparation of these materials takes days. But with DHL’s expertise, the sorting only took less than two hours,” he added.

Following the success with Teach For India, Deutsche Post DHL, sealed its partnership with Teach for the Philippines, a network of Teach for All, in efforts to promote educational equity in the Philippines. Beyond India and Philippines, the partnership with Teach For All is also present in Germany (Teach First Deutschland), Argentina (Enseñá por Argentina), Chile (Enseña Chile), Peru (Enseña Peru) and Spain (Empieza por Educar). DHL employees get involved in their respective partner countries through meaningful volunteering activities. Last year, more than 800 Deutsche Post DHL employees engaged directly with students and teachers through internships, career planning sessions, mentoring, and donation drives.

Friday, March 14, 2014 Highlights Family-Friendly Hotel Booking Features

Traveling with the family this summer? Find hotels that are family and kid-friendly through Agoda!

Press Release:, Asia's leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), pronounced great new features that make booking a family friendly hotel easier than ever.
Family trips can produce the fondest of memories, both for kids and adults, and now makes it simpler than ever to plan a great family vacation.  With deals at more than 360,000 properties on offer through, it's reassuring to know there are helpful site features that make it easy to find great-value deals in the right hotels. has listened to feedback from literally more than a million families and enhanced its site offerings to make sure parents can find the perfect family destination in just a few clicks. 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

4 Filipino Research Papers Compete in Kaspersky Lab's CyberSecurity for the Next Generation 2014

Reading this made me really proud of these Filipino students. I wish them all the luck in the competition. 

Press Release:

An online security game, an Android device-based log-in system, an access control for personal health record systems and an open source-based cellular system.

These are research projects designed by Filipino students which are among the 15 finalists currently competing for the top three prizes in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa Cup of Kaspersky Lab's CyberSecurity for the Next Generation 2014.

This year's regional competition, which is expected to be attended by the company's founder Eugene Kaspersky, is being held from March 12-13 at the University of Korea in Seoul, South Korea.

All four research papers are authored by Computer Science students from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

Teammates Adelen Victoria Festin, Camille Salazar and Flor Marie Carmeli Sison submitted two qualified research papers.

One of their papers is about SecuriThief, an alternative tool to teach children online security in the form of a computer game using true-to-life simulations. "We believe that through gaming, children will be able to learn faster and in a more efficient way because of its fun factor and its personal approach to things," Festin and her group said.

Their second paper introduced Communect, a low-cost, easy-to-deploy, alternative and secure open source-based (OpenBTS) communication system where mobile phone users can connect to make calls and send messages particularly in areas that do not have access to conventional mobile networks or areas with damaged telecommunication systems.

The group said Communect can also be used for community development such as organization of disaster risk management activities and centralization of information dissemination.

The group of Dan Antonio Reyes, John Smith Paraggua and Ray Torres presented Binary Login using Android Device or what they call BLADE System, an easy-to-deploy solution using a two-factor authentication system.

BLADE requires the use of an Android device as a security token on top of the typical username-password security scheme for a person to successfully log-in and prevent security attacks on his online account.

The fourth paper from the Philippines is solely-authored by 26-year-old Rose Ann Sale-Zuniga, who is taking up her master's degree in Computer Science.

Zuniga is proposing a usable, secure and dynamic design for a task-role-based access control for Personal Health Record (PHR) systems. A PHR is a health record that a patient owns and manages.

"What it does is it limits a user's access to the system based on the task assigned to him, while tasks are based on his role. For example, a person with role of a nurse should not be able to access sensitive medical information unless he is authorized. He can only access a patient's medication list if, say, a doctor gives him the task to print it. After printing the list, the task ends and he should not be able to access it again unless another task gives him that privilege," Zuniga explained.

The three groups are under the advisory of Dr. Susan Pancho-Festin, founder of UP Diliman's Computer Security Group, one of the research groups of the Department of Computer Science that focuses on the enhancement of the security of enterprise and mobile applications through research in cryptographic algorithms, message protocols and the latest developments in cryptographic attacks.

The travel, accommodation and city tour of each group representative for the regional cup in South Korea is sponsored by Kaspersky Lab. The students will be vying for cash prizes from US$750 up to US$1,500.

An invitation with an all-expense paid trip and accommodation to the global round in Stockholm, Sweden in June plus a chance of winning more cash prizes awaits the winners in this round.

In Southeast Asia, only the Philippines and Malaysia made it to this year's regional round. Malaysia has two qualified submissions.

Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia Channel Sales Director Jimmy Fong is very pleased with the strong interest of students from the Southeast Asian region about cybersecurity and research. He also noted that the active participation of the students is part of Kaspersky Lab’s goal of involving young minds in battling cybercrime through this conference.

“The quality of papers received by the Kaspersky Academy gets better each time which only shows that we indeed have great young minds from this region in the field of internet security,” Fong said.

“Kaspersky Lab will continue to help these ideas grow and empower the youth with the right knowledge to develop their interest in this exciting world of cybersecurity. I wish all the successful participants luck and I hope to see these ideas reach the final round,” Fong added.

All submitted research papers had been evaluated by the education programs committee, which is made up of professors from the United Kingdom, South Korea and Australia as well as key members of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT).

In South Korea, the selected 15 research papers will be evaluated again through presentation and questions of the program committee members. Each student will be allocated 10 minutes presentation and five minutes Q&A by the program committee members.

Selection will be based on scientific and methodological level of work, the social importance of the topic presented, presentation skills & design, ability to answer queries from the panel, as well as practical and innovation value.

This annual competition is a unique platform, bringing together young researchers, IT security experts & university professors from all over the world in a collaborative, fun and creative environment, to present and discuss the most burning issues relating to cyber security.

Student researchers get to present and defend their original research, take part in workshops, teambuilding activities, and attend talks and panel discussions by top experts. By showcasing their projects and knowledge to key academic and industry experts they open themselves to potential new and attractive career opportunities in IT security.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Learning is Fun at Power Mac Center Summer Workshops 2014

Got techie kids? You may want to enroll them in one of these summer courses!

Press Release:

Continue your child’s learning this summer as Power Mac Center, the most reliable Apple partner in the Philippines, holds anew its summer workshops for schoolchildren age 7 to 12 years old. Now on its fifth year, Summer Workshops 2014 will have the theme “Reinventing Creativity through Mac & iOS” which highlights the use of Apple technology as a tool to stimulate the youth’s imagination, enabling them to reach their full creative potential.

Participants can choose from Power Mac Center Summer Workshops 2014’s offerings that include four different courses designed to familiarize them with various apps and programs that maximize the use of their Mac & iOS devices. These courses are Programming & Game Development (Blueprint Lite, Daisy the Dinosaur, XCode, Game Salad, Scratch); Digital Artwork (Sketchbook, 123D Sculpt, RoomPlanner HD, Sketchup, Toon Boom Animate Pro); Multimedia & Productivity (MusicStudio, Prezi, GarageBand, iMovie, iBooks Author); and Adobe classes (Flash, Photoshop, AfterEffects, Illustrator, Adobe Ideas).

Be among the early-bird registrants and sign up for any of the five-day courses on or before March 16 to get a 10-percent discount on registration fees. Regular registration begins on Monday, March 17. Fee for each course is at Php 6,000 per participant, except for the Multimedia & Productivity course which is Php 5,000 per participant.

“Power Mac Center Summer Workshops 2014 is the perfect way to engage students in a fun and learning environment even while on vacation. Taking part in these workshops gives our young participants hands-on experience on digital media using Apple devices which have been proven to facilitate students’ learning,” said Marketing Director Joey Alvarez

Conducted by Power Mac Center Apple Authorized Training Center Trainers, the Power Mac Center Summer Workshops 2014 will have two batches and venues of training for convenience and accessibility to participants. The first batch is scheduled at the TriNoma branch on the third week of April to the first week of May while the second batch will be held at the Greenbelt 3 branch from the second week of May to the third week of May.

Interested participants are encouraged to register in advance as available seats per course are limited to ensure a more focused discussion. For the complete schedule and for other information, call 553-4211 or 6399 or email You may also visit Power Mac Center TriNoma and Greenbelt 3 branches for inquiries and registration. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


This is a worthwhile endeavor of the leaders of the Philippine music industry. Let's continue supporting OPM!

Press Release:

MANILA, Philippines – How do we keep our music playing?

Music industry stakeholders will convene to push our local music industry to greater heights at the PINOY MUSIC SUMMIT 2014: “BASTA PINOY, PUSH MO YAN!”  on March 19, 2014  (Wednesday) at the Diosdado Macapagal Hall,  Landbank Plaza Bldg. located at 1598 M.H. Del Pilar cor. Dr. J. Quintos Sts., Malate, Manila.

The PINOY MUSIC SUMMIT 2014: “BASTA PINOY, PUSH MO YAN!” is a conference which aims to unite various players in the music industry in making conscious commitments to the development and promotion of original Filipino music. 

The convenors of the Pinoy Music summit are led by the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc.  (FILSCAP), along with the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), Philippine Association of Recording Industry (PARI), Assosasyon ng Musikong Pilipino Foundation Inc. (AMP), Music Copyright Administrators of the Philippines (MCAP) and PHILPOP Foundation.

The convenors recognize that original Filipino music faces many challenges, yet thrives nonetheless through various evolving forms. Local music not only stands as an expression of our culture but it can also be pushed to be an important driver for economic progress. 

Noel Cabangon
Singer-songwriter and FILSCAP President Noel Cabangon will be acting as the conference director, fully supported by singer-songwriter and OPM President, Ogie Alcasid.

Stalwart composer and PhilPop Foundation’s Executive Director, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab will talk about the State of the Filipino Music Industry

The PINOY MUSIC SUMMIT 2014: “BASTA PINOY, PUSH MO YAN!” will also feature important talks on the effects of technology and legislation on the development of local music, as well as insights from the industry players of successful music models abroad. 

Ogie Alcasid
Various stakeholders of the music industry – musicians, record labels, the government sector, media, and various representatives of the music consumer groups will be invited to the said event. 

Through focused group discussions among the speakers and participants, the PINOY MUSIC SUMMIT 2014: “BASTA PINOY, PUSH MO YAN!” aims to propose recommendations and programs that will propel our local music industry towards new directions. 

The one-day summit will be concluded by special performances from the country’s leading musicians and artists. 

Maestro Ryan Cayabyab
The PINOY MUSIC SUMMIT 2014: “BASTA PINOY, PUSH MO YAN!” is this year’s boldest event in the promotion of local music, uniting music makers and music lovers to keep our local music playing, loud and strong.

For further inquiries, please contact Camille Miserale, Head of PMS Secretariat at (m) 0942-3776275 or email:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Summer Seascapes and Floral Prints with Freeway Swimwear 2014

Ladies, get ready for summer with these eye-catching swimwear from Freeway!

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It’s that time of the year again where we take advantage of the sun’s zealous heat by making it a perfect canvass for thrill and relaxation!  What better way to match that summer backdrop than picking the right swim suit that goes perfectly with it? 

Freeway monokini with Seascape print P1395
Let Freeway help you project that alluring island vibe as you bask in sand, salt water and sun with the release of Freeway Summer Swimwear 2014 collection this March!

Freeway monokini with Next Nature print P1395
Freeway Summer Swimwear 2014 Collection boasts its very own Original Prints to complement the hotter months as they come in shades of cool green and blue. The original designs come in 3 tropical prints: seascape, green flora and multi-colored stripes perfectly creating a refreshing aura. Think: nature and seascapes strategically placed on one-piece maillots, bikinis, bandeau and tankinis. What’s awesome is that you can reinvent the pieces and mix them up to show your own summer vibe. 

Freeway Summer Solid Bikini Top (with bottom) P1195
paired with Boyleg Bottom with Next Nature print (with top) P1395

Another bestseller of Freeway’s swimwear collection is its wide array of underwired bikini tops for that flattering and sexy support. These bikini sets come in bright summer hues to fun prints. Very sexy, very comfy and very fun!

Freeway 2-piece swimwear with Seascape print 
Lounging about on the beach or at a bar at night? Of course, Freeway makes sure you are attractive all the way. The collection’s matching cover-ups using sheer georgettes to fun stretch zip-up nets will surely make you enjoy that worry-free, all-fun tropical summer indulgence. Don’t forget to wear a fabulous pair from Janylin to match your get up!

Come and get it! Take your pick before they run out!

Visit to view the entire collection or to shop online, it’s easy and reliable! Connect with Freeway thru Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram @FreewayOnline

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

“LOST” - A Pneumococcal And Rotavirus Disease Awareness Campaign

Moms and dads, please read about two preventable diseases that causing deaths in children! 

Press Release:

• Worldwide, the top two leading causes of mortality and morbidity among children less than 5 years of age are pneumonia and diarrhea. The Philippines reflects this same scenario.   

Pneumonia and Rotavirus are preventable through vaccination – there is a need to inform parents that these diseases are now vaccine-preventable.   

A mother’s love to her child, as everyone knows, is of deep devotion and of great sacrifice. It is endless, unselfish and enduring. She guides, nourishes and protects her child to the best of her ability.  

moms Ria Trillo and Barbie Almabis with Dr. Gatchalian
To lose a child is the most heartbreaking experience a mother can ever have. But having a mother whose care is unconditional; she won’t let this happen at all. To her last breath, she will do anything to save her child, especially from death and disease.  

Parents and society in general will do anything to prevent the loss of their children and thus a campaign called “No Hope Lost” has been launched.  It is an awareness campaign on the heavy burden of pneumonia and diarrhea as the top leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the Philippines, specifically among children 5 years old and below, and if left unchecked can potentially lead to devastating consequences.    

PNEUMONIA AND DIARRHEA: The top two leading causes of death among Filipino children less than 5 years of age.
Pneumonia is the single greatest cause of death in children worldwide. In fact, pneumonia is the leading cause of illness and death among Filipino children less than 5 years old. National statistics show an estimated 37 Filipino children die of pneumonia every day.1
Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung which affects primarily the microscopic air sacs known as alveoli. The typical symptoms of pneumonia include a cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing.  

Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by the bacterium S. pneumoniae also known as pneumococcus which can result to life-threatening conditions such as pneumonia. It can also result to Acute Otitis Media (AOM) which is an ear infection, a common and highly prevalent disease.  It also includes severe diseases such as meningitis, complicated pneumonia, and sepsis (blood poisoning), which occur when the pneumococcus "invades" the blood. The invasive forms of the pneumococcal disease are a category called Invasive Pneumococcal Disease (IPD).   

Globally, diarrhea is the second leading killer of children under 5 years of age, accounting for 1.4 million child deaths annually.  Rotavirus Gastroenteritis (RVGE) is the common cause of diarrhea and severe dehydration in young children. It is also the leading reason of diarrheal hospitalizations and deaths among children. It is most severe and frequent in infants aged 3-24 months. 2 

Rotavirus infects virtually every child within the first 5 years of life, irrespective of race or socio- economic status. That is why it is called a “democratic virus.”  In the Philippines, diarrhea is the second leading cause of child mortality accounting for almost 5,000 deaths yearly, translating to more than 13 Filipino children dying due to diarrhea every day. 1 

Dr. Sally Gatchalian
Prevention is KEY 

But no child has to die because of pneumonia or rotavirus diseases, especially since these are both highly preventable. Early protection is the key to reduce disease burden.  

Among the ways to get your child protected aside from breastfeeding, hand washing, preventing air pollution, and adequate nutrition, is through vaccination.

“It’s the best time to raise awareness on pneumonia and diarrhea prevention. These diseases should not cause unnecessary suffering to young children,” says Dr. Sally Gatchalian, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination Director. “Sometimes it’s just that parents don’t know enough about these diseases, and they don’t know that there are actually vaccines for them.”   

The Government’s Role in Fighting These Killer Diseases 

In 2012, the Philippine government has already acknowledged this burden and addressed it by introducing Rotavirus Vaccine (RV) in the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) where 700,000 Filipino children aged 6 weeks up to 6 months of age were given free rotavirus vaccines.  

In 2013, the Department of Health (DOH) leveled up the fight against the top killer of Filipino children by including another novel vaccine called Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) in the EPI. 

This combined effort to protect Filipino children against pneumonia and diarrhea contributes to the achievement of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 of reducing infant and child mortality by 2/3 by 2015.  RV and PCV are novel vaccines introduced by the DOH in the last 5 years and the Philippines is the first country in the ASEAN region to introduce both vaccines in the EPI.

Ria, Barbie, and Dr. Gatchalian with the GSK Team
GSK’S Support in this Crusade 

As one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, GSK continues to be a committed partner of both private healthcare practitioners and the government in the fight against childhood diseases, death and suffering around the world by offering health solutions for the reduction of overall diseases.  

The “No Hope Lost” campaign from GlaxoSmithKline, which embodies the need for immediate action to get children vaccinated against pneumonia and diarrhea, will soon be launched through radio ads, print notices, flyers, and posters. 

“With the help of our dear pediatricians, and the Department of Health, we are committed to the reduction of pneumonia and diarrhea cases nationwide by supplying high quality vaccines. These diseases account for an alarming almost 50 mortalities per day in the Philippines.  GSK is here to support the Filipino medical community and the government’s drive to make health services accessible to everyone,” added Philip Cruz, GSK Medical Director. 

Ask your pediatrician about preventive measures against pneumococcal and rotavirus diseases.  


1. Black, R.  et al. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality in 2008: a systematic analysis. Lancet 2010; 375: 1969–87. 
2. Kapikian AZ and Chanock RM. In: Fields Virology 3rd ed 1996: 1657–708, Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 3.  Tate J, et al. Lancet Infect Dis 2012; 12

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