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May 31, 2013

Alaska Celebrates World Milk Day on June 1

Alaska Milk Corporation is on a continuing mission of providing Filipino families with superior and affordable nutrition.

Alaska, a leading milk company here celebrates the first ever World Day in the Philippines on June 1. As the known great health milk company, this provides Filipino families superior and affordable nutrition/ Alaska Milk Corporation spearheads the celebration of World Milk Day in the country.

The Alaska World Milk Day provides a great opportunity to reinforce importance of drinking milk and healthy lifestyle and bring it at the forefront of consumer awareness. And with the series of exciting activities lined up for the World Milk Day, Alaska Milk encourages children and adults alike to get into the habit of drinking milk and engage into sports activities to achieve optimum health.

Alaska share to us some information on alarming health problems. Nutrition disorders such as malnutrition and obesity are particularly rampant with children. They interfere with the child’s growth and development which could lead to serious health problems. Based on a 2008 survey of the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one in ten adults are obese. Obesity and being overweight are the fifth leading risk for global deaths. And what is alarming is that even children are experiencing overweight issues as nearly 43 million children are overweight based 2010 WHO data.

June 2013 marks the milestone of the first-ever Alaska World Milk Day. Various exciting activities are lined-up to celebrate and promote good health! The celebration kicks off on June 1 at 6:30am with the Alaska IronKids Run Race in SM Mall Of Asia (IMAX Parking Area). There will also be an Alaska World Milk Day Sampling in Glorietta Malls from 10am to 10pm. June 9 is the Alaska World Milk Day Family Run where participants can race at 3k, 5k, 10k. In all events, there will be the Alaska milk moustache photo shoot where everyone is invited to participate in.

Through the World Milk Day celebration, Alaska Milk Corporation helps encourage people across all ages to live healthy and be nutritious by making it a habit of drinking milk everyday.

The Alaska World Milk Day celebrations were made possible by Ayala Malls, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Solar News, Akari nxled, Glorietta, Gatorade and Downy.

DOT joins ABS-CBN’s Bantay Kalikasan's Green Initiative

Photo shows (from left) Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. managing director Gina Lopez, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and Ateneo de Manila University acting VP for Loyola schools and dean of science and engineering Evangeline Bautista during the launching of Green Initiative.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last May 6, 2013, with media conglomerate ABS-CBN to launch Bantay Kalikasan’s Green Initiative.

A joint program involving ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporated’s (AFI) Bantay Kalikasan, the government, media, and academe, Green Initiative responds to protect and nourish the country’s natural biodiversity, while alleviating poverty and enriching the lives of people through various livelihood projects.

Other signatories of the MOA are the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (DENR-PAWB) represented by Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Ramon Paje, Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala, and the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).

Under the MOA, each signatory is to implement strategies that are geared towards improving the quality of life in the grassroots. The DOT, for its part, is tasked to facilitate the investment of tourism infrastructure and complementary facilities through convergence projects with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), paving the way for more tourism opportunities. DOT will also take the lead in promoting the projects as prime tourist destinations in the country.

On the other hand, ABS-CBN Corp. commits to manage and ensure the media exposure of projects, with the support of Miss Earth Foundation in public relations and marketing aspects.

“My conviction is that we would not only alleviate poverty but also drive in a new paradigm of thinking, one that benefits the environment and the community,” ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. Managing Director Gina Lopez said.

The DOT has been a long-time partner of the ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Kalikasan in promoting and positioning the Philippines as a world-class ecotourism destination. Some of the joint projects in the past are the ecotourism sites of Sibuyan and Cobrador Islands in Romblon, Puerto Princesa, and Brooke’s Point in Palawan, and La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City.

“The complex issues of climate change and biodiversity are some of the biggest challenges facing society today. Going green is no longer just a fad, no longer for a small slice of the population. Going green has rather become a necessity and lifestyle in which we all must participate for the welfare of future generations.  The Philippines is uniquely positioned to lead the way, and the DOT remains supportive of programs such as the Green Initiative. With the protection of the environment as one of the major thrusts of tourism, our role in DOT is to generate positive awareness and create demand for these ecotourism destinations. Through convergence programs with partner agencies and private sector, we are working very hard so that infrastructure is built to ensure seamless travel and that sustainable practices are implemented in these areas,” Secretary of Tourism Ramon Jimenez Jr. said.

Enjoy the wonderful world with itsmorefuninthephilippines.com

May 30, 2013

Ten finalists for the Short Film Category for the 2013 Cinemalaya Competition

The Cinemalaya Foundation has announced the finalists for the Short Film Category for the 2013 Cinemalaya Competition.

The ten finalists in the Short Film Category are:

Bakaw by Ron Segismundo
Katapusang Labok by Aiess Athina E. Alonso
Missing by Zig Madamba Dulay
Onang by Jann Eric S. Tiglao
Para kay Ama by Relyn A. Tan
Pukpok by Joaquin Adrian M. Pantaleon
Sa Wakas by Ma. Veronica Santiago
Taya by Philip Adrian Bontayam
The Houseband’s Wife by Paulo P. O’Hara
Tutob by Kissza Mari V. Campano


Bakaw is a day in the life of a child who steals at the Navotas fishport.

Katapusang Labok depicts the struggles of fishermen who must deal with environmental abuse and the effects of coral harvesting on their livelihood.

Missing tackles the subject of forced disappearances.

Onang is the classic tale of a young probinsyana who seeks her fortune in the big city.

Para kay Ama is about a young Chinese-Filipino girl who discovers she has a half-brother when she meets him on the last day of her father’s wake.

Pukpok is one adolescent’s transition to manhood as he hurdles a case characterized by excessive blood, superstition and a man with failing eyesight.

Sa Wakas is a reflection on the bond of a father and daughter tested by cultural, political and religious hypocrisy.

Taya is about a 12-year-old boy who learns to play the game of life with a new set of friends. The film highlights how traditional Filipino games reflect the realities and disparities of our society.

The Houseband’s Wife is an essay about a typical OFW family, with the OFW wife as breadwinner and the husband left in the Philippines to care for the children.  Technology and the internet bridges the physical distance but shatters domestic harmony when the wife, on a Skype video call, sees a bra, not hers, hanging in the marital closet.

Tutob begins when recent bombings in the region put authorities on alert. A mysterious, strange-looking native Maranao man dressed up in Muslim attire shows up.  He is tasked to fetch a package from his boss’ contact.  From a rural area in the mountains, he rides his motorcycle to the city to get the package.  On his way back, he is stopped at an army checkpoint.  Speaking Maranao, he says he doesn’t know what’s in the package, but the Visayan-speaking soldiers don’t understand him and insist on opening it.

The short feature category finalists were selected by the Cinemalaya Selection Committee comprised of Emilio Abello, VI, Lawrence Fajardo, Nic Deocampo, Mike Sandejas and Teddy Co.

The Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition seeks to discover, encourage, and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. The works are narrative features that articulate Filipino identity and culture in digital format. The competition is held in three categories, the New Breed Full Length Feature, Short Feature and the Directors Showcase.

Cinemalaya 2013 will be held on July 26 – August 4 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ayala Cinemas at TriNoma, Greenbelt 3, and Alabang Town Center. It is a project of the of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Econolink Investments, Inc. (EEI).

Cinemalaya also features the Short Feature competition category as well as film exhibitions, seminars, conference, the Cinemalaya Film Congress, and other film-related events.

For more information, please visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the CCP facebook page.

Western Digital Green Desktop 3.5-inch Hard Drives Wins Best Choice Awards

Cool and Quiet Drives Awarded for Their Innovative Energy-saving Technologies, Wide Market Acceptance and High Capacity to Meet Today’s Data Growth

WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and world leader in storage and connected-life products, today announced that its WD Green™ desktop 3.5-inch hard drives have been awarded the COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013 Best Choice Award in the Green ICT category. 

The Best Choice Award is a technology-industry recognition of distinctive products, judged on functionality, innovation and market potential. This year the judging panel, comprised of government officials, professors, experts and journalists, received more than 400 entries.

Employing the company’s WD GreenPower Technology™, WD Green hard drives were the industry’s first drives to significantly reduce power consumption when compared to standard hard drives, and have been widely accepted globally, with more than 125 million units shipped since their introduction in 2008. In addition to consuming less power, the purpose-built drives’ power-saving technologies result in cooler and quieter operation. Available in capacities up to 3 TB, the WD Green family is designed and manufactured with lead-free, conflict-free and halogen-free materials.

“We are honored by the recognition COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013 is giving the WD Green drives,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president of WD’s client computing business unit.

"Our customers have embraced WD Green drives for their efficiencies and cool and quiet attributes, which are a primary criteria for certain applications. From working closely with our customers, we understand their needs for purpose-built storage technologies, whether they deliver high performance or network capability, or low power consumption, like WD Green drives." 

WD Green desktop hard drives will be exhibited at the Best Choice Award display area at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013. WD will showcase its full product portfolio, latest storage technologies and software solutions addressing thin-and-light mobile devices, cloud datacenter computing and products for the connected lifestyle at booth number L0810 in the World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

May 29, 2013

Relive The Greatest Ever Story Told Through Superbook!

The long wait is finally over the day we"ve all been waiting for has come. Get ready to relive the greatest adventure of all time.
Superbook airs pilot episode on GMA this June. Do the names Gizmo, Chris and Joy ring a bell? Were you an avid fan of the Superbook TV series or a member of the Superkids Club? Or is it your first time to hear about Superbook? Whether you’re a first timer or a long-time fan, we've got great news for you!
The phenomenal 1980’s animation we love is back! Get ready as Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) brings you an all-new Superbook. Once more, viewers will experience a one of kind journey with triple the excitement.
The Superbook creations aims to contribute content to children's television / online / communication landscape. As children and their parents watch Superbook episodes together, interaction and discussion will be encouraged.
Superbook episodes will higlight values and emphasize the importance of being God-fearing, morally upright, and excellent citizens.
On June 1, 2013, the new Superbook’s pilot episode “In the Beginning” will air at 7:30 a.m. on GMA 7. In addition, Superbook Classic episodes will air every Sunday, starting June 2 at 7:30 a.m. also on GMA.

What started as an animated Bible series for children in Japan is now a world-class animation production. Since its first airing in Japan, the Superbook series has now been broadcasted in over 106 countries, translated into 43 languages and has been viewed by over a half billion people.
And to keep up with today’s new storytelling technology, the original series has been improved to match this media-savvy generation. To address this challenge, CBN, together with top Hollywood producers, animators, and directors, put their minds together and as a result: a relived, reinvented, and reimagined Superbook.

“Our goal is not only to produce a child-friendly program, but more importantly, a child-focused show for this generation to digest. Superbook aims to capture the hearts of the children of today. In addition, even the parents will enjoy and learn from it. It’s a perfect bonding activity for families,” says Icko Gonzalez, Superbook Project Head in the Philippines.

As Gonzalez puts it, “The new Superbook is for the NOW generation.”

So are you ready to experience the greatest adventure ever written and told? Mark your calendars, save the date and spread the news. 
Beginning June 1, watch Superbook on Saturdays and Sundays on GMA, 7:30 a.m. Support Superbook and be part of the NOW GENERATION.


Enjoy the wonderful world of Superbook ! 

More photos @ Facebook. Some photos from Superbook/CBN Asia. 

"Barbie Forteza", self-titled album that fits her personality perfectly- bubbly, fun and wholesome!

Enjoying the wonderful world of young pretty lady - Barbie Forteza.  Just last Saturday, May 25, I really enjoyed an intimate, fun meeting with her, she's really bubbly, fun and simple young lady. As what used to be tween queen, now turned teen queen Barbie adds another facet to her young entertainment career—singing. She finally released her debut album under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines). It is simply self-titled, the album fits Barbie’s personality perfectly- bubbly, fun and wholesome!
Barbie Forteza, GMA Network tween star and now known as one of the Philippines’ top teen stars whose popularity started with lead roles in highly rated GMA Network soap operas like “First Time”, “Pilyang Kerubin”, “Nita Negrita” and recently, “Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa”. She has also appeared in top grossing movies such as “Ang Darling Kong Aswang”, “Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote”, “Tween Academy: Class of 2012”, “The Road”, “Ang Panday 2” and “Sossy Problems”. She is also one of today’s most in-demand young endorsers.
Her first single “Meron Ba” composed by Freddie Saturno, fits Barbie to a T as it is about young love and having a crush on someone- something that teens like her are experiencing. A lot will surely to relate to the song especially when watching the Korean series “Big”.

“I am so thankful to MCA Music for trusting me and giving me a chance to share my talents. I can’t wait to share it to my fans who supports me all the way,” Barbie said.

As special treat to her fans, Barbie will hold an album launch and fans day on June 2, 5pm at 3rd Floor of SM North EDSA The Block. Grab a copy of her album which will be sold by Astroplus to get a free poster and have it signed by Barbie herself after the show.

It includes the carrier single “Meron Ba” about having a crush on someone but could not tell anyone including the person she admires. Its music video is now out on MYX directed by J Pacena and also stars fellow GMA artist Jeric Gonzales as Barbie’s love interest. The album, produced by Francis Guevarra, also features her version of Jolina Magdangal’s “Laging Tapat”- another song about young love, the bouncy track “Upside Down” (originally from the A-Teens) and an original song “Wala Lang”- written by Jude Gitamondoc. “Wala Lang” also comes with a dance version for those who want to groove to Barbie’s music. All tracks have minus one versions for those who want to sing-along to Barbie’s songs.

Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso
Meron Ba
Laging Tapat
Upside Down
Wala Lang
Wala Lang (Dance Version)
Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso (Minus One)
Meron Ba (Minus One)
Laging Tapat (Minus One)
Upside Down (Minus One)
Wala Lang (Minus One)
Wala Lang (Dance Version) (Minus One

Also catch Barbie Forteza on June 9 at SM Marikina and on June 30 at Pavilion Mall, Binan, Laguna. All shows start at 5pm.

Enjoying the wonderful world of Barbie. From being a good young actress, she's definitely now a certified recording artist. 
Barbie Forteza, the debut album, is now out on record stores nationwide under 
MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines).
It is also available via iTunes via this link-
It features the iTunes exclusive track “Wala Lang” (Pop Version). 
Watch her music video via this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7NmTyrTLYg.
To download Barbie’s song “Meron Ba” as your ringback tone,
 just text MERONBA to 2728 (free for 5 days).

A fun afternoon with Barbie Forteza is brought to you by MCA Music, Pinoy Magazine, LionHearTV and GMA Artist Center.

Philippines Wins New Frontiers Award for Typhoon Rebuilding Efforts

The Philippines has been awarded the "New Frontiers Award 2013" at this year’s Arabian Travel Market, the Middle East’s premier travel and tourism exhibition.

Tourism officials said the New Frontiers Award became the main feature of the ATM and is given to destinations that have surmounted great adversity to rebound its tourism industries.

The award also gives tribute to the resilience of local communities to rebuild their lives, as well as bring attention to the crisis management and risk reduction practices of local authorities. It is the only citation extended during the event. 

The Philippines was shortlisted, together with New York State (Hurricane Sandy) and Pakistan (2012 floods), among an original list of 10 nominees for outstanding contribution to tourism development in the face of overwhelming adversity. 
“The Philippines, its government and its people, has shown remarkable fortitude and a stoic determination to get both communities and the local economy back on track following the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Bopha late last year, and their resilience in the face of such a monumental crisis is commendable,” Mark Walsh said. 

Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Benito C. Bengzon, Jr., who led the Philippine delegation to ATM, received the award from Mark Walsh, Portfolio Director of Reed Travel Exhibitions. The crystal trophy came along with free exhibition space at the ATM worth US$10,000. The delegation was composed of 14 organizations representing nine tour operators, four hotel and resort companies, and one airline company. 

The award is in recognition of the continuing efforts to rebuild infrastructure and the tourism economy after Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) wrought havoc in December 2012. The catastrophe is deemed the world’s deadliest last year, leaving millions homeless and infrastructure and agricultural farms vastly damaged. 

 Assistant Secretary Bengzon Jr., said that "the Philippine government, under the administration of President Aquino and the Department of Tourism have worked hand-in-hand to establish tourism as a major generator of income for the people and the country. At times of adversity, such as this, the determined spirit of our countrymen, supported by assistance from the international community, shines through and, it is this same spirit that is driving our tourism industry forward.”

The first quarter arrivals from the Middle East region recorded a 22.1% gain over the same period last year.

“We intend to attract more of the high-spending market from this region. Service providers are optimistic of the continued uptrend and are investing to take advantage of this windfall. Cebu Pacific has launched its first long-haul flight to Dubai to commence in October. Other airlines are to announce their services within the year,” Assistant Secretary Bengzon added. 

“This award highlights the sheer resilience of our people and the resolve of all stakeholders to fast track recovery. We also are very thankful to the many countries and international agencies with their generosity to help in our rebuilding efforts. Our record-breaking performance and new highs of the industry clearly indicate that our partnerships are bearing fruit. Despite these crises, we remain undaunted and focused in showing our visitors that we are worth visiting,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said. 

“Indeed, what makes the Philippines more fun is its people. The bayanihan spirit, amplified during crisis, is a unique social phenomenon that will forever drive the Filipinos to remain steadfast and dependent on each other for strength, through good times and bad. That in the midst of great challenges, we still manage to put on a happy face,” Secretary Jimenez concluded.

Enjoy the wonderful world and visit itsmorefuninthephilippines.com

UniSilver TIMELINE fashion show on June 7

UniSilver Time embarks a journey through time and space featuring timeless collection of timepieces.

TIMELINE fashion show – a UniSilver momentous fashion show which will feature great time pieces at the catwalk with today’s famousUniSilver's Timebassadors and endorsers.  UniSilver’s Timebassador and GMA’s multi-talented artists Julian San Jose, Bea Binene, Barbie Forteza, Derrick Monasterio, Enzo Pineda, and Joshua Dionisio will be gracing the show, and with endorser Sam Milby. A new female endorser will be introduce.
Everyone is invited on June 7, 2013, Friday, 7 pm,  to be held the Music Hall in  SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.


PTAAkbuhan: Its More Fun in the Philippines!


Enjoy the wonderful world as you join PTAAkbuhan: Its More Fun in the Philippines! This will be on June 16, 2013 at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) will be hosting a fun trail run with the theme PTAAkbuhan: Its More Fun in the Philippines.


Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna has one of the finest trail routes located outside Metro Manila and it has been a favorite venue for trail runs and races.

PTAAKBUHAN More Fun In The Philippines Fun Trail Run 2013

June 16, 2013 @ 5:30 AM
Nuvali, City of Santa Rosa Laguna

3K/5K/10K and 1K with pet
Organizer: Pep Squad Events & Marketing Services Inc.

Registration Fees:
All Categories – Php 600

Beneficiaries: Hero Foundation/ I Love Sta. Rosa Foundation

Registration Venues:
PTAA Secretariat Office:
12-1G EGI-Rufino Plaza, Taft cor. Sen Gil Puyat Avenue. Pasay City

Pep Squad Office:
2F Raha Sulayman Building Benavidez St. Legaspi Village, Makati City

Hemispheres Travel Corporation:
G/F Unit 11 Paseo 3, Paseo de Santarosa, City
of Santa Rosa, Laguna




Shuttle service pick-up points for PTAAkbuhan:

a. Manila – Harison Plaza Century Park parking lot Babes Carzano – 09228878136-
b. Makati – MRT Magallanes Station JR TAN – 09228878135
c. QC – Araneta Center Paulo Abelardo – 09228878137

*Departure time is 4:00 am (June 16).
With minimum 2-way rate charge.












May 28, 2013

Juan Night with Jose and Wally, FUNd Raising Event in Celebration of the World Thyroid Day

The Philippine Society of Nuclear Medicine presents a fund raising campaign event in celebration of the World Tyroid Day with a concert "Juan Night with Jose and Wally."

The certified concert tandem Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola, from the GMA7 Eat Bulaga, will have another concert on July 6, 2013 to be held at  the Crossroad 77 Convenarium, Mother Ignacia cor. Scout Reyes, Quezon City in support of World Thyroid Day for the benefit of indigent patients from different parts of the country who are in need of Radioactive Iodine (RAI) Treatment.

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty involving the application of radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.


With the comedy tandem Jose and Wally, guests performers are co-host/singer Ethel Booba and Regine Velasquez impersonator Anton Diva.

Juan Night with JOSE & WALLY,  A FUNd Raising Event in Celebration of the World Thyroid Day is produced by the Philippine Society of Nuclear Medicine (PSNM).

Help who are in need of the Radioactive Iodine (RAI) Treatment and enjoy the wonderful world on July 6, 2013 of "JUAN Night with Jose and Wally" at the Crossroad 77 Convenarium, Mother Ignacia cor. Scout Reyes, Quezon City!

For more updates, visit-"Like"-"Share" the Philippine Society of Nuclear Medicine fan page: https://www.facebook.com/PSNM.WTD

May 27, 2013

WD® Participates in Computex Taipe 2013

WD® will demonstrate solid state bybrid drive and 5 MM technologies in tablet, thin and light devices at Computex TAIPEI 2013. (SSHD Among Thin-and-light, Cloud Storage and Connected Life Portfolio Exhibited)

WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and world leader in storage and connected-life products, today announced that it will demonstrate its solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) and 5 mm ultra-slim hard drive technologies in tablet and other thin-and-light devices at the COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013 trade event, held in Taiwan from June 4 to June 8, 2013. The innovations will be a part of WD’s exhibit showcasing its latest storage technologies and solutions addressing thin-and-light mobile devices, cloud datacenter computing and the connected lifestyle.

At Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall, booth number L0810, WD will demonstrate: 

- The world’s first ultra-slim 2.5-inch, 5 mm hard drives and SSHDs, which are designed for integration into the slimmest devices and space-constrained computing environments; 

- 7 mm form factor drive designs for high-capacity mobile storage; 

- Enterprise storage building blocks for the cloud-oriented datacenter, aligning to application performance, capacity, reliability and workload; 

- Connected Life Products, revolving around personal cloud storage and software, enabling personal and premium content on multiple screens; and 

- WD’s “Power of Choice” client hard drive solutions.

The four colors – WD Blue™, WD Green™, WD Black™ and WD Red™ – enable customers’ easy selection of the best WD drive for their application or usage requirements. 

About WD
WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD’s leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.wd.com.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.

Western Digital, WD, and the WD logo are registered trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries; WD Blue, WD Green, WD Black, WD Red are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies.


May 25, 2013

"Better Together", A Yoga for Life

A celebration of the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial once more with a mass public yoga practice followed by a short Kirtan and candle lighting ceremony to be held tomorrow, 
May 26, 4pm, at the Charito Planas Gardens in Quezon Memorial Circle.


Calling this event, "Better Together", we aim to bring solidarity within the HIV advocacy community and also reinforce the beauty and transformative power of our yoga practice in helping groups and individuals affected by HIV and AIDS.


Registration Fee is Php 150. Proceeds will help support Yoga For Life's advocacy towards assisting more people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Philippine's 1st Traditional Javanese Massage Beauty Centre Establishment

Enjoy the healthy body benefits of massage. It is much more than a temporary escape. It is an opportunity to nurture a healthier lifestyle and promote healing and wellness. You are sure to feel refreshed and calming your mind and rejuvenating your body.

Rejunenate, pamper yourself and relax at this newly open centre. 

Singapore's House of Traditional Javanese Massage & Beauty Care Center is now in Manila. The first authentic and largest Traditional Javanese Massage establishment in Singapore since 1999 (with 8 branches in Singapore) proudly presents its first branch in Manila, Philippines.
The "House of Traditional Javanese Massage and Beauty Care" with an area of about 330 square meters, its Bali-inspired ambience invites spa-lovers to experience a “resort like” feeling inside this spa. All materials used during its construction came from Indonesia and Singapore.
And it is true that everyone who enters the spa gets the feeling of being “away from the city”. The front desk consultants wearing the attractive “kebaya” (a traditional blouse-dress combination that originates from Indonesia and worn by women in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore, southern Thailand, also worn by Singapore Airlines’ flight attendants) will tour you around, making you wonder at how meticulously built the spa was. Try the skilled hands of the therapists well-trained by Indonesian and Singaporean trainers, definitely another edge over competitors.
What’s unique about the House of Traditional Javanese Massage and Beauty Care is that it offers not only authentic Javanese Massage (Indonesian massage) for the whole family, sportsmen, executives, young and elderly (providing a various selection of Massage Lotion Cream and Traditional Herbal Ointment for individual needs) but also other various traditional treatments:
* Aromatic Javanese Full Body Massage - Indonesian style of body massage using deep pressure with aromatic or essential oils instead of the traditional Javanese oil.

*Massage Cupping/Ventosa – Body is massaged using partial vacuum cups created by heat into the acupressure point instead of applying thumb pressure. 

*Toxin Release - Ginger treatment or wrap using freshly pounded ginger thread and juice wrapped in the body for 30 minutes; good for colds and allergy relief, detoxification and promotes good blood circulation and relaxation.

*Traditional Foot Reflexology - Massage from feet to the knee, concentrating on the reflexology points leading to the internal organs and body systems

*Pre-Natal Body Massage - Gentle massage for pregnant women from 4th month onwards (or after the first trimester) lying down sideways, focusing mainly on the legs, upper back and shoulders; relieves stress, muscle pains and cramps; a good form of relaxation for pregnant women.

*Post-Natal Body Massage - Traditional Javanese full body massage after birth with application of Indonesian herbs “pillis” for the head , “tepal wangi” for the tummy, “beras kanchur” for arms, shoulders and legs; Helps mothers get back in shape, prevents headaches/migraine, relieves feeling of tiredness, gives warming effect on the body and improves blood circulation. This treatment can be done right after giving birth for normal delivery, and 6 weeks after Caesarian operation.

*Princess V - “Fogging” vaginal area using special Indonesian herbs in a sitting position on our Traditional Princess V Chair; Helps contract uterus, reduce excessive white discharge and eliminates unpleasant odor and wetness

*Traditional Boreh Treatment (Herbal Body Mask) - Applying Indonesian "Boreh" herbs on the whole body for 30 minutes , then Javanese Massage after shower; Helps relieve stress, muscle pain, and headache; Improves blood circulation, removes dead cells and moisturizes the skin.

The spa operates from 11am-12am daily. It offers membership packages ranging from P6,000 (for individual), P10,000 (for dual) and P15,000 (for corporate) which already include gift vouchers for Javanese Massage and Intensive Facial - on top of the 20% lifetime discount - valid in Singapore branches. The use of jacuzzi in the Family Room and Couple’s Room is an exclusive privilege extended to its valued members.
It also owns D’ Java Factory (Singapore) with more than 700 different spa products and accessories made of 100% organic products ranging from highly selected herbs and spices.
We are having our pre-opening special promotions until July 31, 2013. To know more of these promos, please like us on Facebook: House of Traditional Javanese Massage and Beauty Care – Manila.

The House of Traditional Javanese Massage and Beauty Care conveniently located on the 3rd Floor of E. A. Building, 2510 Taft Ave., Malate, Manila (beside DLSU-College of St. Benilde).
For inquiries and reservations, please call (02) 2150986 and 09177153655
or email javanesemassage.manila@gmail.com
or visit www.javanesemassage.com.

May 22, 2013

Superbook Super Launch on May 25 at Robinsons Galleria

Be ready as SUPERBOOK once again takes you for another great and unforgettable quest. Bring the entire family and re-live the adventure at the Superbook SUPERLAUNCH on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Robinsons Galleria Activity Center at 2:00 p.m.
This is an exciting event with loads and loads of FUN, LEARNING and GIVEAWAYS! Experience and enjoy interactive games, presentations, photo booths and activities that the whole family will surely love, plus a chance to meet Gizmo and our celebrity friends!
Experience the greatest adventure ever written and told. The new Superbook, reimagined for the new generation airs June 2013 on GMA.
For more information, visit www.batangsuperbook.com
and Like Facebook at www.facebook.com/BatangSuperbook.

The Volcanoes whip UAE during the Asian 5 Nations Rugby Championship

Congratulations to the Philippine Volcanoes for winning their game against the UAE during the Asian 5 Nations Rugby Championship, Saturday May 18, 2013 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines.
The Volcanoes, the Philippine rugby team came up with a brave, battling game to smother the United Arab Emirates, 24-8, held at Rizal Memorial Stadium Saturday night. The Volcanoes whip UAE, keep its spot in the HSBC Asian Five Nations elite group at least until next year.
The Volcanoes, who made their debut in the division this year, won for the first time after dropping matches against champion Japan, Hong Kong and Korea in their first three assignments.
This proved that Filipinos can play rugby. The Volcanoes  are a force in Asia being in the top five and I really believe that we deserve to be here. The victory installed the Philippines as No. 4 in the continent. 
The night with about 5,700 spectators , the biggest attendance ever in a rugby game held in the Philippines showed up and the majority of them expatriates who cheered both sides.
Thanks FILA Philippines for giving us, tri-media people the chance to witness the first, live great championship rugby game here in  our country! This is one experience of being inside the game, with full of excitement and cheers! 

Read more stories and updates @FILA PhilippinesFila is one of the major sponsor of the Philippine Volcanoes.

Photos: Mac Vasquez , FILA amd EWW.

May 21, 2013

WD’S My Passport ® Ultra™ Offers Consumers Ultimate Mobile Storage Solution Including WD Smartware™ PRO Data Protection with Dropbox Integration

WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, today announced the availability of the My Passport® Ultra™ line of portable hard drives, which combine additional layers of data protection with super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity, a slim, compact design and four color choices to offer mobile consumers the safest and easiest way to protect their digital content while traveling. Available in 500 GB, 1 TB and new 2 TB capacities, My Passport Ultra portable hard drives have built-in WD SmartWare™ Pro backup software with Dropbox integration, hardware encryption and password protection to safeguard against unauthorized drive access. A protective pouch is included with the My Passport Ultra to help shield it from the daily knocks encountered by today's mobile consumer.
“WD's My Passport Ultra combines USB 3.0, a range of colors and capacities and the best software and hardware functions currently found in our line of My Passport portable storage drives to create the ultimate portable digital safe for today's active consumer,” explained Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. “Adding WD SmartWare Pro technology with auto backup and password protection to one of the industry's fastest interfaces and largest capacity drives gives consumers the convenience and peace of mind to enjoy, share, and protect their personal digital content everywhere they go.” 

Pricing and Availability 

My Passport Ultra portable hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and are available at select retailers and distributed by EA Global Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. and Axis Global Technologies Inc. My Passport Ultra 500 GB has a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of PHP 3,790, and the My Passport Ultra 1 TB is PHP 5,090. 

About WD 
WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD’s leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.wd.com. 

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information. 

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected availability date for the My Passport Ultra 2 TB hard drive. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including changes in markets, demand, global economic conditions and other risks and uncertainties listed in Western Digital’s recent SEC filings, to which your attention is directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak on as of the date hereof, and WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. 

May 20, 2013

“RenaiXance – A Decade of Renaissance Art Gallery" Exhibit Set to Open on June 5

“RenaiXance – A Decade of Renaissance Art Gallery ” is set to open on June 5, 2013 at the Art Center located at the 4/F SM Megamall Bldg. A, Ortigas Center. 

Invited as special guests of honor are National Artists Napoleon Abueva, Arturo Luz, Ben Cabrera, Abdulsari Imao and other respected names in the field of arts. 

The 6:30 p.m. invitational cocktail reception will feature more than 50 of the country’s foremost names in the field of visual arts (figurative and abstract), sculpture and photography. 

The featured artists are as follows: Leonard Aguinaldo, Ged Alangui, Hermes Alegre, Ral Arrogante, Rey Aurelio, Jojo Austria, Aris Bagtas, Max Balatbat, Flor Español Baradi, Bencab, Bien Benitez, Art Bermido, Benji Bisaya, Remy Boquiren, Boy Briones, Boboy Cañete, Ariel Caratao, Arley Carig, Felix Catarata, Marco Coching, Addie Cukingnan, Gary Custodio, Alfred Dato, Jane Ebarle, Clarence Eduarte, Egai Fernandez, Carlos Florido, James Gabito, Caloy Gabuco, Sandra Fabie Gfeller, Fitz Herrera, Abdulmari Imao, Juan Sajid Imao, Jay Javier, Josef Laureano, Alice Martha Lee, Lindslee, Art Lozano, At Maculangan, Jordan Mang Osan, Pol Mesina, Sio Montera, Nemiranda, Jonathan Olazo, Romulo Olazo, Jim Paredes, Azor Pazcoguin, Sam Penaso, Doltz Pilar, Jucar Raquepo, Cid Reyes, Ricardo Reyes, Rishab, Ronaldo Ruiz, Aner Sebastian, Fernando Sena, Wally Sy, Peter Sutcliffe, Resty Tica, Jun Tiongco, Van Tuico, Wig Tysmans, Orley Ypon, Jose Villadolid and Melissa Villaseñor. 
“RenaiXance – A Decade of Renaissance Art Gallery” is curated by Cid Reyes, author of coffeetable books on National Artists Arturo Luz, Bencab, J. Elizalde Navarro, and Napoleon Abueva. He received a Best in Art Criticism Award from the Art Association of the Philippines. 

“RenaiXance – A Decade of Renaissance Art Gallery ” will run until June 29, 2013
For further details, call Renaissance Art Gallery at tel. 6373101
Visit facebook.com/renaissanceartgallery

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