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May 24, 2017

Winners of the 1st Chooks-to-Go Chess Championship named

Over 300 chess players vied for honors in the 1st Chooks-to-Go National Rapid Chess Championship held last April 29 in Vista Mall, Sta. Rosa in Laguna.

Winners of the 1st Chooks-to-Go National Rapid Chess Championship flanked by the organizers



The tournament had three categories—Open Category for 19 y/o and up, Junior Category for 13 – 18 y/o, and Kiddie Category for 12 y/o and below.

Winners for the Open Category are Grand Master Darwin Laylo, who was hailed as champion; International Master Barlo Nadera, 2nd place; and Grand Master Rogelio Antonio, Jr. placed third.

For the Junior Division, the following successfully outwit their peers: Mark James Marcellana (Champion), Istraelito Rilloraza (2nd place), and Ruther Barredo (3rd place).

Kiddie events were also on tap. Chester Neil Reyes emerged as champion, trailed by Robert James Perez and Jeremy Marticio, for 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

The winners took home cash prizes and trophies.

BAVI President and General Manager Ronald Mascariñas delivers inspiring speech before the participants



The 1st Chooks-to-Go National Chess Rapid Championship was organized by Rotary Club of Nuvali and was sanctioned by National Chess Federation of the Philippines. It was organized by Laguna Chess Association head Dr. Alfredo Paez, NA Alexander Dinoy, NA Ireneo Gonzales, CAN Catalino Mendiogrin, and CA Joel de Guzman.

The event aimed to develop good thinkers through the understanding of chess strategies and tactics, improving the logical abilities and rational thinking and reasoning of the participants, and instilling a sense of self-confidence, self-worth and camaraderie.

Further, the tournament is also a fund raising activity to help the Rotary Club of Nuvali in its charitable activities.


May 23, 2017

Fight diabetes through health and wellness

Health and Wellness Fair to raise awareness on diabetes and show how to achieve a healthier lifestyle in order to fight the diabetes.


Gathered at the health and wellness fair held at SM Megamall’s event center last May 16,  one hundred diabetic kids from the patient support groups namely; Rainbow Camp, Phil. Society of Pediatric Metabolism and Endocrinology Camp (PSPME), Dialysis PH and the Diabetes Association of Camp Crame Inc.
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Participants of the event took part in a half day program promoting better nutrition and lifestyle. The event was held to showcase a day in the life of a Type 1 diabetes patient through a series of activities and presentations from health, fitness and nutrition partners that seek to create awareness on the effective ways to fight diabetes and to correct misconceptions surrounding it.


Diabetes is a serious, chronic metabolic disease characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels associated with long term damage and failure of organ functions, especially the eyes, the kidneys, the nerves, the heart and blood vessels. According to a recent study by the World Health Organization, diabetes is currently the 4th leading cause of death in the Philippines.1 

According to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, one form of diabetes is Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes. It is often referred to as “juvenile” diabetes, because it usually develops among children and teenagers, though it can develop at any age. With Type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks part of its own pancreas. 

Typically, a person with type 1 diabetes treats the disease by taking insulin injections. Through insulin injection, glucose can now be brought to the body’s cells. This treatment is an exacting balancing act as it hinges on many factors including food, exercise, stress and emotional and general health. 

While the prevalence of diabetes continues to soar, medical experts and health organizations agree that there are still a lot to be done in terms of creating awareness on prevention and care of diabetic patients. Through the Health and Wellness Fair, organizations from private, business and health sectors gathered to make sure that despite the challenges, diabetic patients are still able to live a full life and it starts by taking the step towards achieving and maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle.





1. http://www.who.int/gho/countries/phl.pdf?ua=1


Toby’s Sports Launches “We Got This” Campaign and E-commerce Site

Philippine Sports Heritage Brand Strengthens Customer Relationship with New Rally Cry and 24/7 Online Store

Complementing its new “We Got This” campaign, Toby’s Sports also launched its e-commerce site in support of every individual, athlete or not, in their goal to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.


Toby’s Sports, the largest multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, today unveiled a national campaign that underlines its aggressive pursuit to promote sports and an active lifestyle. The retail chain also officially launched its e-commerce site, a testament to its commitment to providing the best shopping experience to its customers, further solidifying its place as the sports retailer of choice for Filipinos. 

With its new “We Got This” campaign, Toby’s Sports enjoins everyone to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle whatever sports you are into.

The new campaign, titled “We Got This,” highlights an individual’s journey to achieve success in whatever sport or fitness activity he takes on. This journey is made visual in the campaign’s centerpiece, a video that examines the mental and physical hardships—from an aching, calloused body to a state of frustration and self-doubt—upon which every success story is written. The compelling video, which has already broken through digital channels and can be viewed at https://t.co/6tslkwXypK, provides inspiration to anyone who is planning to take on a similar journey. 

 It takes a great deal of work in achieving that perfect body and active lifestyle, but Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign wants every individual to know that rest, focus, and dedication are just as important.

“When you take on a new challenge or set a new goal for yourself in the realm of sports and fitness, you undergo several hurdles that make you want to give up. #WeGotThis is our rally cry to keep them going; to let them know that as the leader in the sports industry, Toby’s Sports is not just here to provide them with the right gear, but to also give them the support they need to succeed. Simply put, we have their backs every step of the way,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum International Inc., the parent company of Toby’s Sports. 

Nearing its 40th year in business, Toby’s Sports has become more than just a store, continuously building itself as an ally in fitness and sports for its millions of customers. It prides itself in having the widest selection of products in the industry, carrying a well-curated line-up of the latest footwear, apparel and equipment from the world's best brands, plus a wide portfolio of its own in-house brands that combine performance with value. This is complemented by a team of sports enthusiasts and specialists that are more than willing to share their expertise to anyone who walks inside any of its stores. Toby’s Sports also plans to actively provide its customers with opportunities where they can achieve their sports and fitness aspirations by partnering with other organizations, coaches and trainers that are dedicated to improving people’s lives through fitness. 

The new “We Got This” campaign takes everyone—not just sports enthusiasts—to task to set new goals for themselves in the field of health and fitness.

Rest if you must but never quit—this is one of the core messages of Toby’s Sports new “We Got This” campaign. 

Whether into basketball or not, Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign will make one realize that there is no excuse not to get physically fit and healthy.


New e-commerce site brings Toby’s Sports closer to its customers

True to its commitment to strengthening the relationship with its customers, Toby’s Sports is extending the shopping experience well beyond mall hours with www.tobys.com – the retail chain’s e-commerce store. The new online store adds dimension to Toby’s Sports’ retail presence and distribution strategy in the country, serving as an online storefront for its ever-expanding range of products and brands, offering deals that may not be available in the physical stores. Customers can browse through product information and photos, and shop unique sizes without having to go from store to store. Customers can also enjoy the convenience of dropping off return packages via the nearest Toby’s Sports store or LBC branch.

Boxing is one of the most tedious sports, but Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign encourages boxers, athletes, and every individual out there to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle no matter how exhausting it can be.

Toby’s Sports new “We Got This” video campaign highlight not only one’s physical hardships but also examines one’s mental journey to a hard-earned fitness.

With its new “We Got This” campaign, Toby’s Sports encourages everyone to hold on to that rope a little tighter and not give up on their goals of achieving an active and healthy lifestyle.


“Our e-commerce platform was completely revamped in October 2016, and we have since added multiple services to allow for a more convenient shopping experience. Officially introducing the site at the same time as the new campaign really brings the message home for us—that our dedication to our customers is unparalleled,” Claudio quipped. 

“With this new online store, we can now cater to their sports and fitness needs 24/7, and expand our reach to consumers located in areas in the Philippines that currently have no access to a Toby’s Sports physical store,” he concluded.

Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign tells that it takes a great deal of focus, willingness, and persistence to achieve that coveted fitness and healthy lifestyle.

There is no such thing as a great roadblock if one’s mind is set in swimming one’s way to greatness and fitness—this is one of the core messages of Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign.


In line with the new campaign, Toby’s Sports’ online store will be giving away limited edition #WeGotThis statement shirts to its first 100 customers today. The new campaign will be rolled out in phases with several planned activations throughout the year, with the #WeGotThis storytelling continuing at brand events, retail touch points, and various digital channels.


About Quorum Group of Companies
Quorum Group of Companies (QGC) has been at the forefront of the Philippine sports industry since its establishment in 1978. Over the course of 39 years, QGC has expanded its interests into specialty retail and distribution. QGC’s retail arm, which operates under Quorum International Inc., has four brands under its belt—Toby’s Sports, a sporting goods store; RUNNR, a running specialty store; Urban Athletics, a cutting edge sneaker and street wear store; and Move, a fitness specialty store. QGC’s distribution arm, Sports Resources Inc., is the exclusive distributor of a wide array of top international sports brands in the Philippines.


About Toby’s Sports
Toby’s Sports is the leading multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, having delivered the best in sports and fitness products to millions of Filipinos for 39 years. Established in 1979, Toby’s Sports is included in the Hall of Fame of Most Outstanding Retailers by the Philippine Retailers Association. Toby’s Sports, which now carries over 100,000 items from 150 trusted brands in various sports, currently operates over 50 stores across the Philippines, as well as an ecommerce store (www.tobys.com). Toby’s Sports is part of the retail arm of Quorum Group of Companies. For more information on Toby’s Sports, follow us in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.Toby’s Sports is the leading multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, having served millions of Filipinos for over 38 years. Included in the Hall of Fame of Most Outstanding Retailers (awarded by the Philippine Retailers Association), Toby’s Sports continues to break new ground and ignite passion for sports throughout the country. Toby’s Sports is a member of the Quorum Group of Companies. Toby’s Sports is the leading multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, having served millions of Filipinos for over 38 years. Included in the Hall of Fame of Most Outstanding Retailers (awarded by the Philippine Retailers Association), Toby’s Sports continues to break new ground and ignite passion for sports throughout the country. Toby’s Sports is a member of the Quorum Group of Companies. Toby’s Sports is the leading multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, having served millions of Filipinos for over 38 years. Included in the Hall of Fame of Most Outstanding Retailers (awarded by the Philippine Retailers Association), Toby’s Sports continues to break new ground and ignite passion for sports throughout the country. Toby’s Sports is a member of the Quorum Group of Companies. Shipping Schedule is from Monday to Friday; 9:00 to 6:00 PM.

NOTE: Toby’s Sports and the Toby’s Sports logo are service marks of Quorum Group of Companies.

Thousands attend AXN’s Asia’s Got Talent Open Auditions in Manila for their chance to shine in Season Two

(PHILIPPINES) – The most creative and aspiring Pinoy acts turned out in full force today as AXN kicked off its open auditions for the second season of Asia’s Got Talent.

Thousands of talented performers – from magicians, singers and acrobats to dancers and variety acts – headed to QCX: Quezon City Experience to audition for a coveted spot in the record-breaking talent contest and a USD100,000 cash prize. 
“Asia’s Got Talent celebrates performers of any age and with any dream and that was certainly the case here in Philippines today. Our first season was won by the Filipino shadow dance group, El Gamma Penumbra, and this has inspired the entire nation to pursue their dreams. I wish all performers who auditioned for Asia’s Got Talent today the very best of luck and I hope to see them shine on Asia’s Got Talent later this year,” Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.
Billed as the world’s greatest talent competition, “Asia’s Got Talent” welcomed individual and group performers of all ages, who took to the stage with dreams of making it to the next round. 


The auditions started at 10:30am this morning with the day’s acts showcasing their amazing skills in front of the show’s executive producers. Due to the overwhelming response, the dazzling display of Pinoy talent did not end until well into the evening. 

Some of the most incredible performances during the auditions included a haka dance group, fire dancers, a 9-month pregnant singer and harpist, a diablo (Chinese yoyo) performer, a differently-abled duo, a beatboxer, as well as numerous vocalists and dancers, some of which started queuing as early as 3am.



The Philippines is highly regarded as the act to beat for having won the first season with the breathtaking performance of El Gamma Penumbra, a Filipino shadow play dance group which took home the grand prize of USD 100,000.

In addition to Manila and the recent auditions in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, open auditions will also be held in Taipei (May 27) and Bangkok (May 28). To apply online, interested participants may log on to www.axn-asia.com/AsiasGotTalent for more details. 


Asia’s Got Talent is slated to premiere in the second half of 2017, first and exclusively on AXN. 

Join the conversation:

@AXNAsia / @AsiasGotTalent / #AXNAsia / #AsiasGotTalent / #AsiasGotTalentAudition 


New Ratings Records in Asia

Season one of Asia’s Got Talent set new ratings records for the English general entertainment (GE) genre during its run, taking AXN to the number one spot in its timeslot among all regional pay-TV channels collectively across Southeast Asia and Taiwan.2

In Malaysia, Asia’s Got Talent was the highest rated entertainment series on English language channels on Astro in the past two years. In the Philippines, the Grand Final Results episode of Asia’s Got Talent was the highest rated pay-TV program in the country since 2008, and commanded a 96 percent share among 22 English GE channels. 3


Got Talent Globally

The Got Talent franchise was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced and owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia. It is entered in the Guinness World Records as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas. Around the world, the Got Talent format airs in a total of 186 countries. 


AXN: A leader in original productions

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including five seasons of the international Emmy-nominated The Amazing Race Asia; the Asian Television Award-winning Cash Cab Asia and Cash Cab Philippines; The Apprentice Asia; Cyril: Rio Magic; Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition; and the Asian Television Award-nominated Cyril: Simply Magic.

7-Eleven Makes Summer So Cool!

Our favorite kapitbahay has UBELoaded and Slurpee Shock Rocks as refreshing treats this summer

Summer is officially here! It's definitely getting hotter everyday but 7-Eleven will help you cool down amidst the scorching heat with its latest offerings: the UBELoaded and the Slurpee Shock Rocks, two must-try summer treats.

These new flavors will help you create cool and fun moments with your barkada. With just a quick visit to your nearest 7-Eleven store, make summer more fun with these exciting treats.

First off is the newest Slurpee Shock Rocks, which will surely awaken your inner child. Slurpee Shock Rocks are awesome popping candies that can be sprinkled on top of any Slurpee proving that fizzy drinks can be made explosively delicious with pop rocks.


In fact, the Slurpee Shock Rocks are a perfect combination to any Slurpee drink proving that pop rocks and soda go together debunking the urban legend that people believed in before.

Meanwhile, the new Ube-flavored Slurpee Halo-Halo is definitely a hit for fans of drinks with toppings because this drink is surely filled with it!


7-Eleven also offers other must-tries like--Ube Halaya Fundae & Halo-Halo Fundae, Ube Donuts, Ube Cake Wedge, and Ginataang Halo-Halo.

With these tasty treats, your summer will be loads of fun. So whether you’re currently on a super fabulous vacation or spending some quality time with your friends at home, have the best time with these cool treats from 7-Eleven.

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