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April 27, 2017

TV5's #WattpadPresents is back to capture our hearts this summer!


TV5 presents a whole new level of kilig as it brings back a much better and kilig-filled “Wattpad Presents”.

TV5 has always been crafting different sets of entertaining television programs based on the audience’s interest. It can be attested in the wide range of genres that is being offered on TV5. There are seat-grabbing action series, enjoyable animated shows, amusing tagalized films or series.

Romantic, sweet, dreamy love stories are one of the major genres that people enjoy. May it be because of its heart-wrenching plot twists, unforgettable soundtracks, true to life lines or may it simply be because of its power to make people experience that electrifying feeling, best known and expressed as kilig. But you don’t always get to watch new romantic films on a daily basis, right? Well that’s about to change because TV5 will make your romantic wishes come true with the return of Wattpad Presents.

As the show returns to your television screens, be prepared for an all new exciting set of stories that everyone – especially millennials can surely relate to! May it be falling in love with a best friend, a love story with a dark twist or a love triangle, you name it, Wattpad Presents will have it. 

To make sure that every scene is created with the highest production value, episodes will be produced by production houses known for quality films and commercials – Unitel and Firestarter, to name a few. The comeback of Wattpad Presents will also feature more popular titles and authors from varied genres like rom-com, romance with a bit of action, and even romantic horror stories. 

To give you a glimpse of what’s in store for your Saturday Night Kilig Sesh sa Wattpad, here are the first four stories that will be featured: 

Ben Isaac, Kate Alejandrino and Sarah Carlos
(1) “Destined” written by Blue Maiden, which has reads of 22.4 M and the Wattys 2015 winner. The story involves a love triangle that will also leave a question to viewers “Who do you choose? The one you love or the one who loves?” 

Recently, during "WattpadPresents media conference,  TV5 introduced the the stars for the premiere episode, which promises to give everyone a “kilig” experience. The former theater actress Sarah Carlos as Kayla; Ben Isaac, who was dubbed as one of Chalk Magazine’s Hottest Male Celebs, as Kean; indie actress Kate Alejandrino as Krystal, and Candy Cutie Raphael Robes as Dwayne. 

Jaime Habac Jr.
Jaime Habac Jr., director of “Im drunk, I Love You”, will direct the premiere episode.


(2) “Just the Benefits” written by Beeyotch, which reached 28.9M reads. The story is about a power couple who still find themselves still drawn to each other after breaking up, so they’ve decided to keep it casual and just enjoy the benefits without any labels. 

(3) “Unlucky I’m in love with my Bestfriend” written by Stupidlyinlove, with 38.1 M reads and was published by Summit Pop Fiction. The story is about BFFs Zandra and Zendrick. As time goes by, Zandra finds herself falling in love with her bestfriend. 


(4) “Special Section” written by Onneechan, with 17.5 M reads. This is a story about a very controversial high school “Special Section” wherein strange series of events occurred with a romantic mix. 


Now go and get your Saturday Night Kilig Sesh fix as the all-new Wattpad Presents premieres on April 29, 9:00 PM only on TV5!

April 26, 2017

DreamPlay holds the first 'Trolls Sing Off' for children



DreamPlay, City of Dreams Manila’s DreamWorks-inspired interactive play space, is searching for talented children ages 6 to 12 years old to join and sing their favorite Trolls movie soundtrack in the first “Trolls Sing Off” and vie for the grand prize of: P20,000, DreamPlay annual pass and plaque, P3,000 gift vouchers at DreamShop and Chez Gingy, an overnight stay at Nobu Hotel Manila and other exciting prizes.

Weekly elimination rounds will be held on April 23 & 30, and May 13 & 21 at 2pm. Qualifiers will compete in the semifinals on May 7 & 28, 2pm where six finalists will be chosen to compete in the grand finals on June 12, 2pm. Finalists will also bring home four complimentary DreamPlay passes, P1,000 DreamShop voucher and a souvenir photo with Dreamworks characters.

Criteria for judging in the “Trolls Sing off” are 30% voice quality, 30% song rendition%, 20% star quality, 10% audience impact and 10% stage presence. 

DreamPlay is now accepting signed entry forms including parent’s consent together with a copy of the contestant’s birth certificate and his parent’s identification card until May 7. Interested parties may fill out the entry form at DreamPlay or send an email to dreamplay@cod-manila.com to get the form.

Terms and conditions apply, per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 4112 series of 2017.

For further inquiries and information, interested parties can call 800 8080 or e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.com or visit cityofdreamsmanila.com.

April 25, 2017

Beyond travel. Everyday adventures. Sleek cabin-sized luggage for protection and smart travelling

A leading brand in laptop cases and accessories, Targus® Inc. unveiled the 15.6" cabin-sized Transit 360 Spinner, the latest travel companion that tailors to the needs of the rising number of business travellers. 

Travel and tourism contributed to more than USD7.6 trillion to the global economy in 2014. Comprising 38% of global business travel, Asia is the largest business travel region in the world and is expected to have double digit growth in the next few years. Sophisticated yet functional, the new 15.6” Transit 360 Spinner integrates protection, mobility and versatility, making it ideal for short trips and business travellers.

The Transit 360 Spinner was put to the test, and remains fully functional. Withstanding a wide range of tests - from lock, zippers and handles tests to drop, tumble and wheel abrasion tests - the spinner luggage is a sturdy piece of accessory fit for the business traveler to transit a step faster for hassle-free travels.

A refreshing look with brand new colours and details, the cabin-sized luggage features three colours: black (TBR029), silver (TBR02901) and wine (TBR02902).


Safe Travels In Every Way 

For a reassured mind

Embedded with a double-sided Travel Sentry Approved (TSA) lock, the 15.6" Transit 360 Spinner provides twice the reassurance for the traveller. The front of the built-in TSA protects electronic devices while the back secures overnight belongings. This provides double security, even when the main compartment is fully expanded, deterring potential thefts and safeguarding confidential documents.

Featuring a dedicated 15.6” laptop and iPad® compartment, devices can be stored away with a peace of mind. This compartment is strategically positioned in the middle section of the case to protect against shocks and abrasions. 


For that extra precaution, adjustable straps, zippered mesh pocket and Velcro® closure pockets keep the devices in place. Made of a hard exterior shell, the 15.6" Transit 360 Spinner further ensures the resilience and durability of the luggage.


Following Your Every Move

For hassle-free travels anytime, anywhere

The 15.6" Transit 360 Spinner is fitted with eight wheels to make each journey a more enjoyable one. Evenly distributing the load, one can expect to manoeuvre in greater ease as the wheels allow 360áµ’ rotation. 

City-centric and designed for urban commute, a 2-tier telescopic handle and expandable top and side handles also allow one to move around the airport easily or when slotting the luggage into an overhead compartment. 


Plan For the Unplanned

Relief for last-minute shopping

Business travellers can now store aside worries of insufficient space to store their last-minute purchase. Designed to accommodate more luggage space for a short two-to three-day trip, the 38-liters cabin-sized luggage is expandable and frees up to 30% more space. Organisation is made easy with an allocated workstation and Velcro® closure compartment for small items storage. 

Stylishly compact, this powerful yet minimalistic design perfectly balances practicality and functionality. Achieving more with less, the 15.6" Transit 360 Spinner is a comfortable piece to bring along while staying trendy.

The 15.6" Transit 360 Spinner is available at ₱10,999.00 in the following stores:

SM Department Store Makati

SM Department Store Mall of Asia

SM Department Store North EDSA

SM Department Store Megamall

SM Department Store Aura

SM Department Store Cubao

Rustans Gateway

Rustans Makati

Rustans Shangri-la

Rustans Alabang Town Center

Landmark Trinoma

Cash & Carry Department Store

Plug+ Play Terminal 3

April 24, 2017

Treat your kids to a #PrimeSummer experience with easy-to-prepare refreshments!

It's summer and there's nothing better to beat the heat with these cool refreshments! Liven up your outdoor entertaining or just refresh your thirsty family and treat your kids to a #PrimeSummer experience with these simple and easy-to-prepare refreshments!

Summer has always been the perfect season for the ultimate family bonding experience, especially since the kids are on vacation. While you may plan and do a lot of summer activities, there are some activities at home, which can let you have a #PrimeSummer experience.

One of the activities that your kids will surely enjoy is to let them help you in preparing some fun and exciting summer refreshments. It allows them to learn new stuff while satisfying your family's craving for cool drinks and snacks, as a way to beat the summer heat.

Here are two must-try goodies that you can make using #MegaPrime Whole Kernel Corn and Cream Style Corn. 


Mega Prime Corn Ice Pops

If there is one thing that kids and the kids-at-heart will truly enjoy this summer, it’s the delectable corn ice-pops. These refreshments are easy to make, especially with the easy-to-open Mega Prime Cream Style Corn.


What you need to prepare: 

¼ cup water
1 pack plain gelatin
½ cup condensed milk
½ cup coconut cream
1 can 425g cream style corn


5 easy steps to follow: 

In a pot, pour ¼ cup of water and one pack of plain gelatin. Mix well until the gelatin granules are dissolved. 

Heat the dissolved gelatin mixture and pour in the rest of the ingredients: ½ cup condensed milk, ½ cup coconut cream and 1 can 425g Mega Prime Cream Style Corn. Make sure that you and your kids wear pot gloves or use pot holders for safety purposes. 

Mix well and let it simmer. 

Remove pot from the stove and let it cool. 

Pour mixture into ice pops maker and chill overnight. 



Mega Prime Sweet Corn Smoothies

Summer and smoothies are a match made in heaven. These smooth blends not only quench our thirst, they are also comfort food for some people. So, if you want to treat your family with an easy-to-prepare and satisfying homemade smoothy, with an exciting twist of corn kernels, here’s how to prepare this: 


What you need to prepare: 

1 can Mega Prime Cream Style Corn
1 can Mega Prime Whole Kernel Corn
½ cup fresh milk
¼ cup plain yogurt
2 tbsps. sugar
2 tbsps. honey
3 cups crushed ice

Three simple steps to follow: 

In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. 

Pour into a glass or tumbler and sprinkle Mega Prime Corn Kernel on top. 

Serve immediately. 

These exciting summer coolers are made one-step easier with Mega Prime Whole Kernel and Cream-style Corn, in 425-kg easy-open cans. It is an ideal partner for moms to create refreshing recipes and still have enough bonding time with their loved ones this vacation season, so that families can enjoy a #PrimeSummer!


Mega Prime is a complete array of high quality products that are bursting with freshness. Aside from canned corn, Mega Prime also has canned green peas and mushrooms that can turn the simplest of recipes to hearty, delicious and delectable meals for the entire family. 

To learn more about Mega Prime, visit their website at http://megaglobal.com.ph/megaprimequality/.




PERSUASION’S TOUGH BUT BEAUTIFUL ART Wining the mind game of influence takes more than mere logic


“Speech is a powerful master and achieves the most divine feats with the smallest and least evident body. It can stop fear, relieve pain, create joy, and increase pity.”

Such were the words of Greek sophist Gorgias who once taught the art of rhetoric and oration more than two thousand years ago. These words continue to ring true as our society becomes more polarized from politics to religion, and even science.

Today, it would take superb rhetorical skills to get people to consider your side of the argument. However, having a good grasp of logic and argumentation is not enough to win the crowd.

Many experts agree that underlying psychological factors play a key role in persuasion. This means that, on top of delivering your piece as factually and logically as possible, you also need to tap into the emotions and values of your listeners to gain their favor.



Psychology of persuasion

Dr. Robert Cialdini, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University, delves deeper into the psychology of persuasion in his book Influence: Science and Practice.

The book begins with the premise that people fall back to generalizations when making decisions to save time and effort in the face of information overload. Despite being given little thought, these generalizations form because they help people act in a more or less correct way.

Through numerous empirical studies, Dr. Cialdini identifies several principles behind this tendency. One of these is likability, which can be based on a person’s physical attractiveness or the compliments he or she gives. Even random similarities, such as having a similar-sounding name, can shape someone’s preference for another.

In another book co-authored by Dr. Cialdini titled Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be More Persuasive, an experiment by social researcher Randy Garner revealed that people respond better to those with names that sound similar to theirs.

The experiment involved two groups of participants. The first received a survey by mail from someone with a similar-sounding name. An example of this would be participant Robert Greer getting the survey from a ‘Bob Gregar’. The second received the same survey, but from someone with a non-similar name.

Of the first group, 56 percent completed and returned the form—almost twice as much as the second group where only 30 percent responded.

This and similar instances prove a point for Dr. Cialdini: People are more receptive to those who share characteristics with them whether in terms of looks, name, beliefs, school, hometown, and the like. Persuading them to your side, then, becomes a matter of exploiting this behavior.


A matter of justice

Dr. Cialdini’s insights may be meant for salespeople and advertisers, but playing the psychology game applies just the same in more serious situations, such as the courtroom.

Like all human beings, jurors are susceptible to influence. While the jury is sworn under oath to remain fair and impartial, it can be swayed based on the members’ shared values with the parties at court, or their disposition at the time of trial.

The way these unspoken biases are exploited is best exemplified by television show Bull. From facial expressions and hand gestures to the choice of clothes, protagonist Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly) understands that non-verbal language can be used to take advantage of unspoken preferences and values.

With his team at Trial Analysis Corporation (TAC), Dr. Bull does an extensive research on the jury involved in his client’s case and uses this knowledge to gain an edge. In the episode “The Fall,” for instance, his client managed to win the favor of an animal activist among the jurors by tricking the opponent to bring out his keychain during questioning. The keychain turned out to have a genuine rabbit foot charm—a seemingly insignificant item that would cost him the trial.

In another episode titled “E.J.,” Dr. Bull and his team won the jury by getting their client to sympathize with the opponent. By making the client come to her opponent’s defense, she appeared more likeable to the jurors.

As the season finale approaches, will TAC still have enough psychological tricks left up its sleeves to win the case and save the day? Catch Bull every Wednesday, 9:00PM, first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment.

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