Friday, January 29, 2016

Penshoppe Jumps into Summer with 2016 Spring/Summer Collection

Get to witness the unveiling of Penshoppe's fresh and fun pieces along with its newest addition to TEAM PENSHOPPE! Read this and score free invites to the party! 

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Inspired by cool seaside vibes and the rustling palm trees, international fashion brand Penshoppe unveils their Spring/Summer 2016 collection by playing with beautiful tropical elements, fused with vibrant retro looks.

This February 2, 2016, Tuesday, 3:00pm at The Palace Pool Club, guests can only expect the most fun and festive show to happen on this side of the metro. But the vibrant party doesn’t stop there. The fashion event will feature the great reveal of the next show-stopping name to be added to the roster of TEAM PENSHOPPE’s all-star cast which includes Asian pop sensation Sandara Park, It-girl and trend-setter Kendall Jenner, and supermodel Sean O’Pry.

Penshoppe’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection features comfortable oversized silhouettes, high-street sporty pieces and swimwear, funky cropped pants, tops, and more. Each piece is designed to exude a relaxed and youthful cool style, perfect for mixing and matching this season.

Get a chance to win TWO invites to witness this spectacular event and find out who the next member of TEAM PENSHOPPE is. Just log on to from January 26 to February 1, 2016 and use the official hashtag #PenshoppeSS16 when posting on social media.

Get live updates on Penshoppe by following them on Facebook at, or on Instagram with handle @penshoppe, and on Twitter as @PENSHOPPE.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ever After: Wedding Traditions Live On in Asia

Aside from beautiful sceneries, it is nice to witness local customs and traditions still being practiced in many Asian countries when we travel. I hope I get to see at least one of these beautifully described weddings one of these days! 

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More than just an exchange of “I dos,” weddings offer a great peek into a culture. Bridal trends may come and go, but thankfully, many local traditions in the Philippines and around Asia have been well-preserved. More than the union of sweethearts, these long-standing wedding traditions reflect and celebrate the rich heritage and cultural diversity of the region. 

In the Philippines, there remains wedding traditions that continue to be vibrant for centuries. In Cotabato City, a 32-hectare Basilan model tribal village enables visitors to witness and appreciate the unique ethnicity of the Yakan, Tausog, Sama, Maguindanaon, Iranon and Maranaw tribes, through various cultural activities, including colorful wedding practices and traditions.

in Asia, weddings offer a glimpse of the region's rich cultural diversity
In Japan, instead of wearing a flowing white gown, the bride wears a beautiful silk kimono on her wedding day. The kimonos are often embroidered with purple iris flowers because the color represents love in Japan. The couple, together with their parents, performs the “san-san-kudo,” wherein each person takes three sips of sake from each of three cups. This represents the couple and their parents; the three human flaws: hatred, passion, and ignorance. "Ku" or 9 is a lucky number in Japanese culture, while "do" means to be set free from the three flaws.

Weddings are a huge affair in Indonesia, where it is typical to have a thousand guests in attendance in one’s special day. Here, it is the bride who usually arrives first followed by the groom, who is received with the greater amount of attention. Before the reception starts, the couple must greet each guest individually as they pass by in a receiving line.

Koreans, on the other hand, pay a great deal of attention to the pre-wedding traditions as much as the wedding itself. From engagement and engagement parties to the groom’s gifting of a wild goose to his future mother-in-law, Koreans are known to spend lavishly on wedding affairs. The traditional Korean wedding is held at the bride's family home, where the couple takes their vows in a ceremony called kunbere. The bride and groom bow to each other and seal their vow by sipping a special wine poured into a gourd grown by the bride's mother.

Weddings are truly more than just a romantic affair in different cultures across Asia. Discover more of Asia’s wedding traditions when you fly to these destinations via Cebu Pacific. Book now at

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Warner TV Gets Legendary with the Best of DC

While waiting for the return of Blindspot on Warner TV, here's a new series that would probably get you hooked, too!

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MANILA, January 19, 2016 — When heroes are no longer enough to save the Earth from evil elements, who would be humanity’s last hope? From the creators of Warner TV’s other hit superhero series – The Flash and ARROW – comes DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, forming the world’s greatest assemble for humankind's ultimate battle.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is a sister-series to The Flash and ARROW, developed by Greg Berlanti. The show opens with time-travelling rogue, Time Master Rip Hunter, played by Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who), in the year 2166. Hunter sees the immortal Vandal Savage (played by Casper Crump) on the verge of his final victory – bringing total chaos and the utter destruction. This abomination pushes Hunter to take matters into his own hands and travels 150 years into the past to assemble a team of carefully-selected heroes and rogues to stop Savage.

The 16-episode series features a combination of characters and even villains from The Flash and ARROW, along with new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon. 

With recurring roles in both The Flash and ARROW, Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) reprises his role as the billionaire inventor Ray Palmer a.k.a The Atom, who created an exo-suit with the power to shrink himself to miniscule size. Also reprising her role as the trained assassin Sara Lance a.k.a White Canary in the ARROW-verse is Caity Lotz (Death Valley, The Pact).

Prison Break’s famous duo Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell reunites as Leonard Snart a.k.a Captain Cold and his partner Mick Rory a.k.a. Heat Wave, who comprise a pair of career criminals.

Forming the meta-human Firestorm are Victor Garber (Titanic, Alias) as Professor Martin Stein and Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow) as Jefferson "Jax" Jackson. While Kendra Saunders a.k.a. Hawkgirl and Carter Hall a.k.a. Hawkman are played by Ciara Renée and Falk Hentschel, respectively.

Catch the epic story of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, premiering on the same day as the US, on Friday, January 22 at 9pm – and every Friday after that – only on Warner TV. Also catch new episodes from the channel’s other hit series returning from hiatus – ARROW on Thursday January 21, at 9pm; and iZombie on Wednesday January 20, at 9pm.

Warner TV is available on SKYcable Channel 77, SKYcable HD Channel 197, Cignal HD Channel 119, Destiny Cable (Digital) Channel 77, Destiny Cable (Analog) Channel 80, and Cable Link Channel 30. For more updates on the best in action, comedy and drama, like

Monday, January 18, 2016

Converse Debuts Spring 2016 Cons One Star Pro

Converse fans! Sharing the brand's new innovative collection that reveals new style and colorway iconic silhouette! Even non-skaters would definitely find these footwear really cool to wear!

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A must have essential from Converse this Spring is the Converse Cons One Star Pro for the active guy that’s out with his crew, skating the streets all day and night.

Originating in 1974, the Converse Cons One Star Pro was reintroduced in Fall 2015 as an essential skate sneaker and features updated technology for heightened comfort and purpose. 

A Lunarlonsockliner, Cons traction rubber, and a gusseted tongue make fit and function for skateboarding and daily wear a priority, while the simple, yet iconic star logo stays true to the classic design. 

The One Star Pro footwear collection for Spring 2016 introduces many new colorways of this classic silhouette.

The new Converse Cons One Star Pro is available at Converse retail stores starting this month for a suggested price of Php 4,950 (black) and Php 4,550 (camo).

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Transformations: A Spotlight on the #ModernFilipina

Hey ladies! Want to experience a live cover shoot and lots of fun activities this coming Saturday? Follow Cream Silk's social media accounts to score entrance tickets to the event! :)

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A new year marks the beginning of new hopes, new promises, and new ambitions. As we all strive to be the best versions of ourselves, we constantly try to find ways of going beyond beautiful, and transforming ourselves for the better to become the woman we aspire to be. Gone are the days of the Maria Claras, as women are slowly climbing up the ranks and embracing bigger and better roles for themselves. Today, the Modern Filipina has become both a spotlight and a beacon. She has evolved into a fearless and trailblazing individual determined to realize her dreams and make a positive influence in the world. 

Cream Silk, the number one hair brand in the Philippines, together with the Philippines’ top magazines, continues to champion every Filipina’s journey of transformation, as they launch Cream Silk Transformations: Spotlight on the Modern Filipina, a glamorous, empowering and inspiring activity-filled event this coming January 23, 2016. 

The one-day affair, to be held at the World Trade Center tent will feature several areas hosted by MEGA, Preview, Metro, Meg, Yes, and Cosmopolitan. Attendees will be able to explore the whole venue, attend a variety of workshops presented by their favorite magazines, and experience their own hair transformations at Cream Silk’s special booth.

Every woman has the capacity to transform herself and unleash her beauty and become the woman she wants to be—and Cream Silk, with industry experts from each publication will show them how. The event’s workshops aim to empower the Filipina and equip them with confidence to maximize their assets. Just like how Cream Silk has been designed for the Filipina, to transform any hair into beyond beautiful hair, enabling them to conquer more. Topics include fashion, beauty, confidence building and hair care. 

Aside from that, Cream Silk will also be introducing a strong lineup of Modern Filipinas, women who embody the traits and characteristics of the Modern Filipina to serve as inspiration, each being on the verge of their own transformations.

For the first time ever, the no. 1 hair brand in the Philippines and the top magazines, bring you the first ever live cover shoot experience. With this, event attendees will get to witness the transformations of  the new generation of Modern Filipinas, who will surely make their mark this 2016.

Event guests will head out transformed with beauty and confidence to inspire, create, and make a mark in the world. Doors open at 2 PM.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Suntrust Redefines Better Living with HardieFlex® Building Products

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MANILA, Philippines – Having been in the industry for almost two decades, property developer Suntrust Properties, Inc. understands all too well the importance of using superior construction materials in building sustainable horizontal and vertical residences. And this is why it has been banking on its construction partner James Hardie to deliver affordable, adaptive, and high-quality housing in master-planned and self-contained communities. Among its notable residential projects are Adriatico Gardens in Malate, Capitol Plaza in Quezon City, and Treetop Villas in Mandaluyong. Suntrust also led the revitalization of Sherwood Hills Golf and Country Club, which it further enhanced with the rise of the Sherwood Hills’ Riva Bella Residential Estates.

Mr. Berdin poses with a scale model of Suntrust Asmara 
Durable, cost-efficient, and high-quality building products
Suntrust started using HardieFlex® fiber cement products, which matched the property developer’s durability and aesthetic requirements, more than 10 years ago. Suntrust observed that HardieFlex® building composites are sturdier and less susceptible to damage when compared to other construction materials such as plywood.

“When we used plywood for indoor partitions, there were times when a worker would accidentally hit the walls with his elbow or tools in the course of his work. You could see how easily plywood would get dented. In contrast, when the partitions are made of HardieFlex® boards, they are more resistant to damage,” shared Isaias “Sonny” D. Berdin Jr., VP-Operations, Suntrust Properties, Inc. Made from high-grade cellulose fiber, Portland cement, water, sand and especially formulated additives, HardieFlex® is durable and requires minimal maintenance and repair. And they’re easy to install, too.

HardieFlex® Ceilings, which are resistant to fire, termites, and moisture damage, address Suntrust’s durability issues in condominium projects such as Capitol Plaza and 88 Gibraltar. One advantage of having a strong partnership with James Hardie is that Suntrust is able to enjoy labor support such as installation workshops from the pioneer brand in fiber cement boards and custom-cutting of HardieFlex® boards based on Suntrust’s specified size.

“James Hardie offers convenience, ease of use, and after-sales support. We no longer have to face the challenge of having ill-fitting ceilings that ultimately delay the construction and turnover of houses to our home buyers. James Hardie helped make the installation process as seamless as possible, by cutting the HardieFlex® boards according to the size required. This has translated to significant time and labor savings,” said Berdin.

Consequently, Suntrust is able to shorten the lead-time for activities within the project scope, from 7 days to 3 days, so housing projects are completed within a short time span, and labor costs go down. And given the cost-efficiency of HardieFlex® building products, Suntrust is also able to offer competitive pricing for its housing.

In the specifications sheet given to prospective buyers of Suntrust homes, HardieFlex® is clearly indicated as one of the materials used. “Home buyers appreciate that. They’ve already heard of HardieFlex®--I mean, who hasn’t?—and they know that it would last a long time,” narrated Berdin. 
Building a futuristic industrial park
Into building industrial parks, Suntrust intends to continue leveraging on HardieFlex® building products. The property developer is currently involved in the expansion of Suntrust Ecotown, a 200-hectare project in Tanza, Cavite, and it is once again banking on HardieFlex® building composite to transform the industrial park into a world-class lifestyle and commerce hub.

“Suntrust Ecotown is rapidly expanding, with new residential areas and commercial establishments up its sleeve. We are definitely looking forward to a fruitful long-term partnership with James Hardie as we work hand in hand towards creating sustainable workplaces, recreational amenities, and homes that embody Suntrust Chairman Andrew Tan’s ‘live, work, play’ philosophy,” said Berdin.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Many Users Still Use Only One Password for All Accounts, Kaspersky Lab Quiz Reveals

Did you know, 9 out of 10 Filipino Internet users are vulnerable to phishing attacks on Facebook?

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Testing of user cyber savviness carried out by Kaspersky Lab has demonstrated that many people are still not sufficiently careful about their passwords. 

The internet security company carried out testing in the form of an online survey to check how cyber savvy over 18,000 Internet users are. 

Respondents were all over 18 years old from 16 countries around the world, including 1,394 internet users from the Philippines.

Survey results showed only 38% create strong new passwords for each account, while one in seven (14%) has just one password for all accounts. These users risk having several accounts simultaneously compromised in the event of a data leak.

“Unfortunately, many people don’t have a very good understanding of the scale of Internet threats and are not serious enough about protecting their personal data online, significantly increasing the risk of losing it,” explains David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab. 

The level of risk is not much lower for those who use just a few passwords for a larger number of accounts (36%) and those who use variations of the same password pattern (12%).

What further complicates the situation is that, according to another Kaspersky Lab survey, one user in 10 comes up with passwords that are less than eight characters in length, while 12% do not try to make their passwords more difficult to guess by using, for instance, upper-case letters, numbers mixed with letters, punctuation signs or other similar tricks.

To make matters worse, the study also revealed that consumers are putting safety at risk by storing their passwords in easy to access or unsecure places. 

Over half (57%) of respondents admitted they kept their passwords on a piece of paper, on their phones, in text files on their computers, or saved them in the browser. 

And when the browser offers to save a login and password, a third (36%) are ready to agree, thus playing into the hands of cybercriminals or dishonest people who may get hold of their device.

This careless attitude towards passwords can be explained by many users being convinced they have no confidential information stored on their computers. 

This is what 27% of respondents believe, without realizing that passwords and logins are in themselves a favorite target of cybercriminals. 

In addition, one more Kaspersky Lab’s recent study showed that 73% of users would rather reveal their passwords than go without underwear. As a result, an alarming 25% of those users surveyed have had their accounts hijacked in the last year.

“A strong password that differs for each account is an important basic element of protecting your digital identity. You can think of and apply a single algorithm to create passwords which are not easily cracked but which you can easily remember. There are also special programs that make creating and storing passwords easier,” Emm said.

Only 1 out of 10 Filipino Internet users recognize safe web page 

The same survey also showed a great majority of Filipino internet users are vulnerable to phishing attacks online as only 11% or 1 out of 10 netizens can identify a safe web page.

Kaspersky Lab tested the ability of respondents to distinguish a fake page against a genuine page by letting them choose one of four offered web pages on which they would freely enter their personal information. 

Three out of four pages were screenshots of phishing pages detected by Kaspersky Lab experts on the Internet. Special samples were selected for each country. 

For the Philippines, Kaspersky Lab used Facebook, the leading social media platform in the country. 

Globally, only 24% of users could recognize the genuine page without choosing a phishing page as well. That is, only 1 out of 4 Internet users surveyed could recognize the remaining pages as hazardous. 

“These results suggests that majority of the Internet users are careless and trust easily, including those from the Philippines. Phishing attacks play on people’s trust, so to avoid them, users should have their red flags on all the time. Opt to navigate through websites by manually inputting the address instead of clicking links that are not always safe.” said Jimmy Fong, Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia’s Channel Sales Director.

“The Philippines is known as one of the countries with the largest number of Facebook users. This makes any user in the Philippines a target, because this country is actually a holy grail for cybercriminals who think ‘the more victims the better’. Filipinos should really be more careful, one wrong click can cost them their identity, their privacy, and even their money,” warns Fong.

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