March 31, 2016

“Bo1d. Celebrating 10 Years of Leadership” at Acer ePinnacle Awards 2015

Acer Philippines Sales Director, Sue Ong-Lim (left), Acer Philippines General Manager, Manuel Wong (2nd from left), Jason Chen, Acer Inc. Chief Executive Officer (2nd from right), and S.T. Liew, Acer Smartphones Global President (right), poses with representatives of MSI-ECS Philippines (center), who were one of the major winners under the Distributor of the Year category during the Acer ePinnacle Awards 2015.

It was grand and swanky as guests went in their best and boldest black attire at the upper-class Chaos Club of Crown Hotel Manila in Parañaque City. Everything went bold and big, and all who were present went high spirited as Acer Philippines, Inc. feted its top distributors and resellers during the 2015 edition of the Acer ePinnacle Awards, Acer’s annual awards rites in honor of its top sellers.

The Acer ePinnacle Awards, now on its 8thyear, have always been the perfect venue for the top IT giant to thank its partners for making the global tech brand remain a top IT brand in the Philippines despite stiff competition from other more established brands.

Entitled “Bo1d. Celebrating 10 Years of Leadership,” the event was the ultimate “time to shine” for a few distinguished Acer partners who, for the past year, exuded exemplary performance in rising above challenges and be able to successfully prove themselves in terms of sales performance, unmatched marketing strategies, and innovative and truly customer-centric customer efforts in selling Acer’s world-class, top-notch products.

Acer Philippines Sales Director, Sue Ong-Lim (left), Acer Philippines General Manager, Manuel Wong (2nd from left), and Jason Chen, Acer Inc. Chief Executive Officer (right), poses with representatives of Bridge Distribution, Inc. (center), who were one of the major winners under the Distributor of the Year category during the Acer ePinnacle Awards 2015. 
Among the major winners under the prestigious Distributor of the Year category were Bridge Distribution, Inc., who won a total of four “Distributor of the Year” for Consumer Desktops, 2-in-1 devices, Projectors and Commercial Business, MSI-ECS Philippines as “Distributor of the Year” for Tablets and Smart Phones, and Techtron Systems Corp., who won as “Distributor of the Year” for Consumer Notebooks and Consumer Monitors.

A special highlight of the awards was the selection of the “Fiercest Male and Female Awards” for the two guests who are dressed boldly for the night. The Fiercest Male award went to James Tan and April Dabasol was the Fiercest Female.

Acer Philippines General Manager Manuel Wong thanked Acer Philippines’ partners and distributors for another highlight year for the tech titan and for making Acer the top Notebook brand for 10 years and 7 years in Commercial Notebooks. “Thank you once again for making Acer a top brand in the Philippines. With your partnership with us, we will all work hard because we have more to do, and more to achieve. Let’s all achieve to become better and brighter as we continue to be partners with you.”
Jason Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Acer, Inc., introduces the Acer Liquid Jade Primo under the Liquid Jade series of the global tech titan’s smartphone products and is the world’s first full PC phone.
Meanwhile, Acer Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jason Chen, who was a special guest and keynote speaker for the event, showcased what’s in store for Acer customers around the world in terms of their newest and boldest innovative devices designed to change the world’s perception of Information Technology.

It was also the first time that the global CEO attended any award-giving event anywhere in the world where Acer operates, thus giving Acer Philippines that unprecedented, singular distinction.(For confirmation if can be stated as such as this can be a bold message to cut across to readers.)

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March 30, 2016

A Smart Buyer’s Checklist for Smart TVs

What to consider when in the market for a new television set

Shopping for the perfect television for your home should be a fun experience, but all the technical details from screen size to special features can be daunting.

With all the weird acronyms, the vast array of visual display technologies, myriad operating systems, and the variety of internet-based applications to consider, how do you bring to life the home entertainment of your dreams?

“It’s important to consider your lifestyle to find the best appliance for your home,” said Nobuhito Hayashi, President & CEO of Haier Philippines. “In the Philippines, we know that family is an integral part of the Filipino lifestyle. This is why we ensure that our products are designed to help foster that sense of relationship by letting our users enjoy our products together.”

Whether you’re a university student who wants to chill while watching your favorite music videos on YouTube, a housewife who doesn’t want to miss an episode of your favorite teleserye, or a sports enthusiast who expects exceptional image accuracy when viewing a boxing match, there’s a television that best suits you.

To find that perfect match, here’s a list to guide you:

1) Size matters

What size suits you best? When buying a television, you have to consider the size of your room, the distance from the couch or bed, and the kind of viewing experience you want to have.

TVs measuring 24 to 32 inches are good for kitchens and small bedrooms, while a TV with a 50- to 60-inch screen will create a home theatre experience in the living room for the whole family to enjoy. Today’s sleek flat-screen televisions take up less space than older versions with the same screen size because the bezel (the front surround of a TV) has gotten thinner. For instance, a new 60-inch TV is roughly the same as an older 55-inch TV.

Haier’s K5000 series has an ultra-slim frame with a brushed aluminum finish and a stylish metal stand. Apart from its chic design, the K5000 series has a Time Shift feature that allows you to automatically record TV shows even when you’re not at home. The series includes models with screens size 32, 40, 50, and 55 inches.

2) HD or Ultra HD?

Resolution or the sharpness of the TV’s picture quality is measured in terms of pixels. A Full HD TV has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, while Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TVs, also called 4K TVs, have screen resolutions of 3840 x 2160. The densely packed pixels in a UHD TV allow it to deliver images four times clearer and more detailed than what a Full HD TV can do.

Haier’s UHD B7000U 4K Ultra HD TV is best for watching sports programs and action films. The series produces vivid colors and deeper blacks because of its Haier’s proprietary UHD engine technology with a 30,000,000:1 mega dynamic contrast ratio, along with its100Hz native refresh rate and ultra-rapid F2R600 technology. With an A+ efficiency rating, energy consumption is kept to a minimum. The B7000U 4K Ultra HD TV also has an upscaling feature that allows you to watch movies and TV programs in HD resolution upgraded to 90% Ultra HD quality. The UHD B7000U is available in 55 inches.

3) New World of Connectivity

The television is no longer just for viewing TV shows and movies. Now it lets you connect to the Internet, play games, watch your favorite online videos, and even check your email.

Haier’s U5000A is a GMS-certified Android TV that has a pre-installed Android 4.4 KitKat operating system which enables you to access the Google Play Store and download applications such as Gmail and YouTube. It also has smart control and smart share features that allow you to view and transfer photos, music files, and movies from your smartphone to the bigger screen. 

The U5000A smart TV comes with a QuadCore CPU, 8GB internal memory at an affordable price.

Haier Philippines works with Haier Research & Development Center located in Japan to give the Filipino family the best home entertainment possible through its line of Smart TVs at a lesser price tag.

Melissa Manchester & David Pomeranz Live in Manila

Grammy award winning superstar Melissa Manchester is heading coming to Manila to headline the Big Dome show on April 2016. She's coming with another adult contemporary artist David Pomeranz and also featuring Mr. Arthur Manuntag. 

Ovation Productions brings you
Live in Manila!
Also featuring ARTHUR MANUNTAG
April 6, 2016 - 8:00pm
Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

TICKET PRICES(Service charges included)
VIP - P4,755
Patron A - P4,225
Patron B - P3,700
Box - P2,640
Upper Box - P1,585

VIP to BOX sections - reserved seating
Upper Box section - free seating

Tickets available at Ticketnet outlets nationwide and via online at Call 911-5555 for ticket inquiries.

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Midnight Blue by Melissa Manchester

Born For You by David Pomeranz

BRING PRESENTATIONS TO LIFE: Epson offers the right tools for better engagement and focus

Over the decades, Epson has introduced numerous products that have filled the technology vacuum, from the world’s first quartz watch, to revolutionary printers, to the first commercialized liquid crystal color television. In its drive to deliver outstanding visual experience for consumers, Epson also pioneered 3LCD technology, the mainstay of most modern projectors. 

Never a company to rest on its laurels, Epson’s culture of innovation and technology development led the company to realize that while projected presentations using PowerPoint and other software play a huge role in everyday business life, there are more innovative ways to provide information, stimulate discussion and inspire action. 

A key to Epson’s success lies in analyzing how the company’s products can improve to meet the needs of customers.

Epson, a global technology leader dedicated to driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in printing, visual communications, quality of life and manufacturing. Epson’s lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies.

Tools for a better presentation

Managing the content of a presentation, using the software’s toolbox appropriately and developing effective presentation skills are clearly the responsibility of the individual presenter. But a common challenge is the use of traditional equipment and methods. An example of the traditional method is the “teacher-student, classroom-type approach”, which can be less conducive in achieving the action outcomes demanded by fast-paced organizations and businesses. 

In today’s ideas-based economy, successful enterprises are those that operate with a collaborative, team-based organizational structure. In order to facilitate the innovative problem-solving and bold decision-making that keep such companies ahead of the pack, a new business presentation model is essential. Epson realized that the solution lies in using advanced projector technology to unleash the combined capabilities of the presenter and his/her audience, and transform the whole concept of business presentations. This solution is the interactive projector. 

Simply put, interactive projectors create a participatory environment in which everyone is involved, making presentations more engaging and productive, and optimizing the value of the business outcome. The key feature is that the screen becomes a huge drawing board, letting participants use the Interactive Pen to freely handwrite comments and emphasize points directly onto the projection – which can be emailed or printed for instant dissemination or saved for editing. The higher pen accuracy and response speed make drawing as instant as writing with a normal marker pen. 

Epson is the world’s top projector maker for 15 years in a row and the leader in interactive projectors. Their latest model even features finger-touch capabilities. In addition to using conventional interactive pens, the projector can be operated simply by touching the screen with a fingertip - including opening and closing files, scrolling through pages, moving and expanding objects and adding notes, with both hands and multiple interactive pens at the same time. 

The benefit of this revolutionary approach is that it helps to break down the wall between presenter and audience. When multiple participants are given free rein to write simultaneously, the presentation comes back to life - a stimulating, collaborative and productive experience, increasing engagement and delivering improved business outcomes. 

And as a further nod to the value of group collaboration, Epson’s latest interactive projector can wirelessly connect up to 50 devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets over a network, with a terminal serving as a moderator host PC. The group moderator can display content from up to four devices simultaneously onto the big screen to link participants together for side by side evaluation of presentations, making group discussions even more broad-based and insightful.

User friendly technology enhances the viewing experience

Epson’s interactive projectors have a host of advanced features that work behind the scenes to breathe color and life into every presentation, and make the viewing experience conducive and comfortable for everyone in the room.

Projector set-up is simply plug-and-play, with a one-time Auto Calibration* and Auto Resolution adjustment. An ultra-short throw ratio reduces glare on the presenter as well as shadow interference on the screen, and the projected screen size can be adjusted up to a 100-inch maximum to fit any meeting room size enabling you to easily share information on a big screen wherever you are. You can even project smartphone content wirelessly, from both iOS and Android devices. 

Epson is well-known for its commitment to sustainability, and eco-friendly features are built in to their interactive projector range. The choice of materials – lead-free lenses, unpainted plastic housings, and chlorine/bromine free flame retardants – is designed to minimize environmental impact. 

The projectors use just up to 0.44W of power in standby mode, and energy consumption is reduced, too, with the eco-friendly auto-brightness adjustment. The luminance sensor detects the brightness level of the environment and adjusts the projector’s brightness automatically, giving you power and cost savings. Frequent and costly lamp replacements are a thing of the past, also, with a long lamp life of 10,000 hours in eco-mode.

Whether the presentation is an internal report, a sales pitch or an industry conference keynote, participants invest valuable time in attending, and expectations of value are rightly high. Every presentation should be a key touchpoint, helping to move agendas, achieve sales or build partnerships. 

Epson’s range of interactive projectors does more than merely advance the evolution of the humble office projector – they permit a revolutionary re-imagining of the traditional corporate presentation, increasing productivity, saving time and unleashing the participants’ creativity to solve problems and even formulate fresh directions for their business.

Wanted: new records to break in Palaro2016

When Davao del Norte hosted the 58th Palarong Pambansa in 2015, record-breaking feats were showcased by a new breed of student athletes in the swimming and athletics category.

Can we expect more records to fall in this year’s staging of the Palaro in Albay?

Last year, Luzon’s best bets from Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog and the National Capital Region towed the rest of the regions and mightily showed the way. Central Luzon's Balitucan National High School alumnus, Martin James Esteban shattered the 14.44m triple jump record of Mark Harry Diones with his 15.01 meter-jump.

Likewise, NCR athletes dominated the swimming pool with their speed and determination. Swimming sensation, Maurice Sacho Ilustre mined gold in a record-breaking fashion with his performance in the200m (2:07.28 min), and 100m (57.56 s) Butterfly; 800m (8:50.34 min), and 200m (1:58.83 min) Freestyle, respectively.

Team mates Christian Sy, Andrae Pogiongko, and Drew Magbagalso shone in the 400m Medley (4:07 min) and so did Alnair Guevarra, Eman Dapat, Miguel Barlisanin the 400m Freestyle (3:41.38 min) relays. The group of Ilustre shattered the 2009 and 2014 Palaro swim records.

Long-standing records in the 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Breaststroke divisions were smashed by elementary athletes Jules Katherine Ong’s 28.75, Seth Isaak Martin’s 30.16 and Ethan Go’s 1:14.86, respectively.

Also, the 100m Butterfly best time on record was surpassed by Camille Buico, who broke by a second the 2013 record of 1:06.92 in the elementary category, .while Regina Maria Castrillo outdid her own 2014 record with a time of 1:04.41 in the secondary category.

The Visayan Islands athletes won’t be outclassed as they excelled through its champions from the Western and Eastern regions. Alexis Soqueño from the Western Visayas once again defied gravity as he shattered his former record of 1.92m in the High Jump category, making 1.95m the height to beat. Meanwhile, the team of Karen Janario, Feiza Jane Lenton, Gemmalyn Pino and Lealyn Sanita, set the new time record of 4:00.09 in the 4x400m relay.

Mindanao’s victors came via Efrelyn Democer and Jie Ann Calis who broke records in their respective fields. Democer’s score of 42.34m in the Javelin Throw crushed the 41.27m record established by Stephanie Cimatu in 2011.

On the other hand, Calis’ speed outran the records in the 3000m (10:10.16 min), 1500m (4:42.20 min) and 800m (2:12.27 min) event. Her neck-and-neck race with 2013 record-setter Angelica De Josef in the 800m event was dubbed as one of the best performances ever in Palaro history.

With preparations nearing its completion for the 2016 Palarong Pambansa, the Department of Education (DepEd) hopes that the athletes will see last year’s achievements as a goal to surpass. And that the name of every worthy athlete will be etched in sports history.

Kean Cipriano battle with the devil in “Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil”

Callalily vocalist and actor Kean Cipriano is in hair pulling battle with devil in in the much-awaited horror-comedy film, “Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil.”

The 28-year-old actor, who has tried playing different characters in the past years, now in his most challenging role yet, Kean is excited because we are seeing a different side of him. What made the task exceptionally challenging, is his role which happens to be a gay priest!

“For me, that’s the thing naman with acting—you get to be someone you can’t be in real life. Like I can’t be a priest pero nagawa ko siya because it was my character in the movie,” Kean said.
Kean takes on the role of Father Nick, an exorcist-priest who is secretly gay. Kean’s character is called upon to cast out a gay demon that has possessed the body of a gigolo named Carlo (Alex Medina) after the untimely death of the latter’s gay lover, Kristoff (John Lapus).

Being someone who believes in the forces of good and evil, Kean was extraordinarily interested in the role.

“It was also one of the most challenging things I’ve done in my career and it certainly fulfilled a dream.”

“Everything is possible in love”

Since “Echorsis” tackles the sensitive topic of same-sex relationships and identity crises, Kean has been asked for his views on the LGBT community. 

“I love them, especially in this industry. In anything they do, gay people are really intense, they are bright. I have tremendous respect for them. Hindi naman sa gender nagbi-base ang mga bagay sa mundo. Nasa puso ng tao, sa good intentions,” he declares.
Kean even believes that a straight guy can fall for a gay person because everything is possible in love.

“Of course! In love, anything goes. When you’re in love, you go crazy; you don’t know what you are doing. You’ll drown and float at the same time, so you swim,” Kean muses.

Not quite a comedian

Kean has been doing a lot of comedies lately—on TV or the movies. Still, he doesn’t consider himself a comedian. He stresses that the people behind him and the materials he is given are what makes him effective in such roles.

Kean said:
“Hindi naman talaga ako nagpapatawa, ang nagpapatawa ‘yung script, ang nagpapatawa ‘yung mismong material, yung director.” 
 “I’m just grateful and blessed to be part of a comedy production that has good materials.”

The musician-turned-actor confesses that he has simply fallen in love with acting and just wants to share the beauty of film making with everyone. He loves being an instrument in telling one’s story.

“I’m an actor! Gusto ko lang gumawa ng mga pelikula, whether indie or mainstream. It’s all about storytelling. Kumbaga, it’s a matter of portraying a character and being an instrument of the director to tell the story that he/she wants to relate to the world,” he says.
Kean, who says that he worked with the best people in “Echorsis,” recognizes the box-office potential of the movie and believes that there is a strong chance that the movie will have a cult following.

“Laugh trip ‘pag napanood nila ‘yung pelikula! Sasabihin nila sa mga kaibigan nila, ‘Uy panoorin mo tong pelikulang Echorsis dahil natuwa ako’,” Kean gushes about the movie that was produced by Chris Cahilig of Insight 360, directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lemuel Lorca, and written by Jerry Gracio. “I’m excited for everyone to see it!”

Completing the ensemble cast of “Echorsis” are Alessandra de Rossi, Chokoleit, Kiray Celis, Mich Liggayu, Ruby Ruiz, Negi Negra, Bekimon, Nico Antonio, Francine Garcia, Odette Khan, and 1:43’s Yuki Sakamoto, Anjo Resurreccion, Gold Aquino, and Yheen Valero.

“Echorsis” is supported by BellaVita Land Corp. and McJim Classic Leather.

From "Laki Sa Gatas," BEAR BRAND continues to strengthen generations of Filipino families with its ‘Laki sa Tibay’ campaign

As Nestle Philippine's BEAR BRAND Powdered Milk Drink continues to strengthen generations of Filipino families with an affordable range of beverage solutions that highlight the resistance building nutrients, relaunches nutrition education advocacy from Laki Sa Gatas to Laki Sa Tibay.

BEAR BRAND PMD leveraged its efforts to nourish Filipino families to good health when it first kicked off its Laki sa Gatas (LSG) campaign, which has since benefited almost four million children, three million parents and 168,000 teachers since 2006. 

Through the LSG, BEAR BRAND PMD raised awareness on micronutrient deficiency, which is one of the major public health concerns in the Philippines. 

BEAR BRAND PMD on its 10th year,  relaunches its long-running nutrition education advocacy from Laki Sa Gatas to Laki Sa Tibay as proof of the brand’s commitment to continue strengthening the TIBAY of Filipino children, towards achieving their ambitions.

For BEAR BRAND, TIBAY is facing life’s challenges by having strength of body, mind and will, achieved through a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition, with everyday milk drinking at the center.

Through the launch of LAKI SA TIBAY in 2016, BEAR BRAND PMD aims to reach more public schools per year to engage more teachers, parents and school-children on the role that TIBAY plays for them to achieve their ambitions. 

With the Laki sa Tibay in place, BEAR BRAND PMD will be highlighting the vital role played by a healthy lifestyle, with everyday milk drinking at its core. This ensures that every Filipino child has the right Tibay ng Katawan, Kalooban at Isipan in overcoming life’s biggest challenges.

“When life turns sour, the world sees not our vulnerability but our resiliency,” said Alfredo Dela Cruz, Business Executive Manager for Dairy, Health and Nutrition Solutions of Nestle Phils.

“This is why we want to instill the importance of having Tibay ng Loob starting from the children in our very own homes. When they carry that strength of character as they grow old, they will be able to provide better lives to their families and contribute effectively to the community as well.”

As the campaign transitions to Laki sa Tibay, BEAR BRAND PMD will continue to “push the fight against MND and ensure that all Filipino families get the right vitamins in going through their day-to-day activities through continuous milk intake.”
“Children need the right amounts of Iron, Zinc and Vitamin C because these nutrients keep them from experiencing tiredness, a weakened immune system, loss of concentration and illness. For them to get these Tibay Resistensya nutrients, it is important to regularly drink milk that’s specially fortified with iron, zinc and Vitamin C such as BEAR BRAND PMD as these nutrients are depleted every 24 hours,” Dela Cruz added.

Under the new campaign, BEAR BRAND PMD will also launch its Milyon Milyon sa Ambisyon raffle promo where the company will collect empty packs of BEAR BRAND PMD products from the entries and convert them into school chairs.

Made of used BEAR BRAND PMD foil packs, the chairs are called upcycled instead of recycled. Upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials into better quality items.

The end products will be donated to select public schools in the Philippines.

“BEAR BRAND PMD is more than just every household’s companion to get the Tibay Resistensya nutrients they need in going through the day; BEAR BRAND PMD also helps each and every member of the family to get the Tibay they need in facing what life has in store for them. In the coming years, we will continue to nurture Filipinos to be matibay; so that they can have the strength of body that can match their strength of will,” Dela Cruz concluded.

March 29, 2016

Globe Telecom, first to offer Southeast Asia’s Disney Mobile smartphone

Globe myStarter Plan launches with Disney Mobile smartphones 

The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia and the Philippines’ number one mobile brand Globe Telecom  launched the Southeast Asia’s first Disney Mobile smartphone. Globe Telecom will be the first telco in Southeast Asia to offer Disney Mobile smartphones through its new myStarter postpaid plans for as low as P750 per month. 

Created especially for the trendsetting Disney fan and themed around popular Disney franchises, these smartphones carry the signature aesthetic of the Disney brand from its lively colors to matching themed accessories. The first Disney Mobile range for the Philippines comes in 3 themes – Mickey Mouse, Frozen and Disney Princess.

Apart from its adorable hardware design, each device is packed with custom content that is sure to bring the fun and magic of Disney right in the palm of one’s hand. The smartphones’ interfaces show tailored app icons, Disney-themed live and static wallpapers, widgets and exclusive re-recordings of famous Disney songs as ringtones, such as It’s A Small World, Do You Want to Build a Snowman, Part of Your World, and the like. Premium Disney apps are also included in each device and in line with the smartphone theme. These range from Princess Story Theater, Frozen Storybook Deluxe, to Castle of Illusion, among others. 

Disney Mobile is an LTE device that gives users access to a whole range of other Disney content such as games, apps, books and the Disney Philippines website.

“The arrival of Disney Mobile in the Philippines is one of the milestones of our multi-year comprehensive partnership with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia. We are thrilled to offer these phones exclusively through our budget-friendly myStarter postpaid plans. Not only do our customers have access to Disney’s interactive content, movie premieres and retail promotions, but also to a device designed after one of the most iconic brands in the world,” says Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business, Dan Horan. 

“Disney continues to actively pursue innovative digital media opportunities and provide fans with the best entertainment experience on whatever platform they want. Smartphones have immensely changed the way Filipinos consume entertainment and Disney Mobile allows us to bring our content closer to more fans in a fun and personal way,” said James Gray, General Manager for Disney Interactive, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.

We are proud to be working with Disney and Globe Telecom to bring Disney Mobile to the Philippines. With this new exciting partnership, we aim to provide Globe Telecom’s millions of customers with devices that bring them the magic of Disney, every day, through their phones,”  Cellprime CEO Eric Yu also shared.

Alongside Globe and Disney, Cellprime is the manufacturer of Disney Mobile handsets in the Philippines. 

The Disney Mobile device is available exclusively with Globe myStarter postpaid Plan 500 with a P250 monthly cash out that can be charged to the monthly bill. Customers can go to any Globe store or online to get the plans.

Globe myStarter plans are the new all-in-one budget-friendly plans. Plan 500 is already bundled with a smartphone and comes with unlimited calls and texts to Globe and TM, 300 texts to other networks and 200 MB of data and a smartphone. It is also available on Plan 300 with a smartphone and 300 texts to all networks, 300 minutes to Globe and TM, and 200 MB worth of data. 

With the myStarter plans, customers will no longer worry about going over the limit as it guarantees a fixed bill every month and can easily be topped-up when needed. It is also the first postpaid plan that is capable of number portability where customers can opt to retain their prepaid numbers. 

The plan also provides free access to Facebook, Viber, and a separate 1 GB data wallet for Spotify Basic. 

Disney Mobile smartphones are top quality dual SIM android devices compatible with 4G LTE that runs on a Lollipop operating system. It has a 5” HD IPS Screen; 13 megapixel (MP) rear camera; 5MP front camera; and 1.2 Quad Core.

In 2015, Globe and Disney entered a comprehensive collaboration to gain access to brand properties of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and global leader in short-form video, Maker Studios.

Globe is the undisputed leader in mobile Postpaid, closing 2015 with revenues at P85.1 billion underpinned by growth in customer base now at 2.4 million, and 55% increase in mobile data revenues year-on-year.

About The Walt Disney Company in Southeast Asia

The Walt Disney Company has been active in Southeast Asia since 1995 when Disney Channel first launched in Malaysia and has grown to five offices in the region (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines) with the headquarters in Singapore, employing close to 280 permanent staff. Disney is one of the most active and largest global entertainment companies in the region with diversified businesses in film, consumer products, publishing, mobile content, television and family entertainment overseeing content from six key brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, ESPN, ABC and Lucasfilm.

Television is a key driver in growing the Disney brand in the region. Disney Channels Southeast Asia is responsible for the management, creative development and commercial operations of the three Disney-branded channels available across the region: Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD. The company also distributes Disney owned programs and channels to television, mobile, broadband and on-demand platforms to over 20 Southeast Asian providers including terrestrial broadcasters, pay-TV and channels as well as digital platforms.

Studio Entertainment reached new box office heights in 2013 with Marvel’s Iron Man 3 recording the biggest release in history in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The Avengers released in 2012 is still the biggest movie of all time in Singapore and Philippines.

As one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality digital experiences, Disney Interactive produces interactive entertainment for the whole family including multi-platform video games, online short form video, mobile and social games and digital destinations across all current and emerging media platforms. Entertaining guests of all ages, Disney Interactive’s key products include the video game platform Disney Infinity, top virtual world for kids Club Penguin, popular mobile franchises like Frozen Free Fall and Disney Tsum Tsum, top online destinations for kids, parents and fans including, Oh My Disney, and and the Disney social network reaching more than 1 billion guests on Facebook. 

From apparel and toys to food and stationery, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the world’s leading licensor and works with over 400 licensees across all product categories in Southeast Asia for all ages and lifestyles. Disney Publishing is active in 6 countries in 6 different languages in Southeast Asia, publishing a diverse range of products in the region including story, activity and e-books, magazines and comics that reach a wide demographic from pre-schoolers to pre-teens and adults.

For more information, please visit

About Maker Studios

Maker Studios is the global leader in online short-form video and the largest content network on YouTube. Maker specializes in reaching millennial audiences across multiple programming genres. Maker’s network includes 55,000 independent creators from more than 100 countries, attracting over 10 billion views per month, with a growing scale driven by its robust technology platform, direct-to-consumer distribution and data analytics. Maker is home to many of the world’s leading online talent and award-winning original programs such as “Epic Rap Battles of History.” Maker Studios is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and is headquartered in Los Angeles, with operations in New York, London and Singapore. For more information visit

About Globe Telecom

Globe Telecom is a leading full service telecommunications company in the Philippines, serving the needs of consumers and businesses across an entire suite of products and services including mobile, fixed, broadband, data connections, internet and managed services. Its principals are Ayala Corporation and Singtel who are acknowledged industry leaders in the country and in the region. 

For more information, visit Follow Globe Telecom on Facebook at and Tattoo at as well as on Twitter @enjoyglobe and @choosetattoo and Instagram at @enjoyglobe and @choosetattoo.

March 28, 2016

Lamudi launches redesigned Mobile App for improved property hunting experience


To further improve the experience of modern-day property hunters, online property portal Lamudi Philippines has released a modified version of its mobile innovation for homebuyers. The updates includes additional in-app components such as enhanced filter searches and a wish list for logged out users.

Users can now fully modify their searches according to their exact specifications. Property features such as balcony, swimming pool, penthouse, or even ocean view can be added to the search, thereby shortlisting properties that our nearest to the users’ preference.

Adding properties to your list of favorites without logging into an account is now also enabled in the App. This feature allows users to easily save, view and study the properties even while in offline mode.

The Lamudi team continues to improve the functionality of its Android App to ensure that users can maximize the app capabilities in their investment hunt.
“We acknowledge the growing demand of products and services that are mobile efficient. As the consumers continues to evolve, we will always be ready to fit our services to the modern needs of our clients. This latest version of the Android App is a great improvement but we will not stop here. We will always strive to top our own achievements.” Lamudi Philippines Managing Director Jacqueline Van Den Ende, said.
In its Real Estate Market Report for 2015, Lamudi Philippines recounted that its 2014 survey found that 88 percent of real estate brokers confirmed that the Internet was frequented Filipinos when they go house-hunting. This trend and the continued upsurge of mobile and smartphone usage among Filipinos inspired Lamudi to go mobile. 

Thus, in 2014, Lamudi launched its mobile App to help property finders easily browse real estate listings from the comfort of a mobile device. The app has been through several versions for it adapts to the ever-changing requirements of modern homebuying.

The increased functionality of the mobile app and its user-friendly interface make it easier for property hunters to find what they are looking for not only in the Philippines but as well as 34 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Who's going to be the Century Tuna Superbods 2016 winner ?

Century Tuna recently presented its lineup of finalists for the much-awaited Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016 held at the Valkyrie Nightclub, Bonifacio Global City. That's the biggest, hottest and most fabulous summer event in the country brought to you by the country's number 1 tuna.

Filled with excitement, anticipation, and exhilarating energy, this year’s batch of hopefuls who all showed amazing potential that the competition presented 12 local pairs of finalists, instead of the initially planned nine.

Greg Banzon, Century Pacific Foods General Manager

“We are very proud and excited by this year's batch of Superbods finalists. They are all brimming with potential not just in terms of physical fitness but in terms of personality, talent and achievement. The judges will really have a tough time in choosing this year's winners,”  remarks Greg Banzon, Century Pacific Foods General Manager.

"It’s heartening to see that the Superbods competition, after ten years, continues to inspire these young men and women to stay healthy and in shape through proper exercise and healthy diet,” Banzon said. 

Since its inception in 2006, Century Tuna Superbods search has indeed gone bigger, better, and bolder. For its 10th year, this is the first time the brand widened the competition, drawing numerous candidates from all over the country and the United States. 

After the rigorous screening sessions which saw the hopefuls strut their stuff on the catwalk and put their best bodies—and personalities—forward, these fine men and women were declared as finalists:

Females: Olivia Medina, Carmela Fernandez, Ambra Gutierrez, Nancy Leonard, Princess Abella, Maria Martinez, Cassie Umali, Mirtle Gimenez, Kaara Tan, Carla Meneses, Anja Peter, Tanya Hyde.

Males: Jerome Tan, Ryan Sy, John Padilla, Erie Obsena, Ifran Khan, Jose Pio Luz III, Tom Esconde, Cedric Roxas, Shawn Stansbury, Ali Khatibi, Clint Bondad, Ameen Sardouk

From here, the 24 finalists will move to the next leg of the competition, where they will be joined by two Superbods candidates from the USA. The search will culminate in the finals night on April 10, 2016, at the ultra exclusive Palace Pool Club. 

You too can take part of the action in this electrifying search by joining the online voting for your favorite Superbods 2016 finalist!

Simply download the Century Tuna Superbods App from either the Google Playstore or the App Store on Itunes. Look out for and purchase selected Century Tuna Flakes in Oil in 180 grams with can toppers and scratch off a portion to reveal the unique code for viewing. Input the code onto the Superbods App voting section. Random, computer selected voters will get a chance to win tickets to the Superbods Nation Finals Night! Online voting is ongoing until April 2.

Other exciting activities to watch out for in the 10th year of the Century Tuna Superbods search are the Century Tuna Superbods Nation 2016 Challenge and the Century Tuna Superbods Consumer Weekend on April 2 and 3 at the Bonifacio High Street, where you can meet and greet with past and present Superbods and some of the hottest celebrities, events sure to fire up the summer season. 

OPPO F1’s Selfie Expertise Stands Out at Phone x Music Festival with Sarah G

OPPO held the Philippines’ biggest Phone x Music Festival at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds in Makati City for the O-Fans.

Spotlight onOPPO F1’s Selfie Expertise

The OPPO Music Fest, headlined by OPPO endorser Sarah Geronimo, Up Dharma Down, Marc Marasigan, Victor Pring, Marga on the Mic, Kat DJ, and Deuce Manila’s Patty Tiu,brought to the fore the selfie expertise of the F1. 

Dubbed the OPPO Music Fest, the event celebrates the official local availability of the rose-gold variant of the OPPO F1. 

The first in the global technology company’s new camera-focused F series, the F1boasts an 8-megapixel front shooter with a large, 1/4-inch sensor that produces clearer images than an ordinary, 5-megapixel camera, and a wide, f/2.0 aperture that allows for 44 percent more light to enter the cam than what you would normally get from a standard f/2.4 aperture lens. 

Its Beautify 3.0 camera feature enhances a user’s natural glow, removes blemishes, and includes three beautification levels and eight filters. 

The mix of its software and hardware components makes the OPPO F1 the ideal selfie phone, hence its “Selfie Expert" tag.

Priced at P11,990, the F1was rolled out to OPPO concept stores and authorized dealers in February, but only the gold version was initially available. 

One major attraction for the crowd, for example, was a replica of the camera phone, which was attached to a giant selfie stick – the biggest one used in a festival in the Philippines. They got to take photos of themselves with what’s happening during the event as their background.

Activities like the OPPO Amazing Race, Caught on Cam, and Photo Scavenger Hunt revolved around the OPPO F1’s sophisticated front-camera experience as well.

“Majority of our users comprise the youth,” said OPPO Philippines’ brand marketing manager Stephen Cheng. “Technology and music are an integral part of their culture and digital lives. And what better way to celebrate both than by organizing a phone-slash-music festival. We hope that through this activity, we get to support the local music scene as well.“

OPPO F1 specifications:

Operating System: ColorOS2.1, based on Android 5.1 

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, Octa-core

GPU: Adreno 405


Storage: 16 GB (Expandable up to 128GB)

Battery Capacity: 2,500mAh

Screen Size: 5 inches

Display Type: IPS TFT

Resolution: HD (1280 x 720 pixels)

Rear Camera: 13-megapixel

Front Camera: 8-megapixel

SIM Card Type: Dual-SIM (micro-SIM card and nano-SIM card)

March 27, 2016

The Edsa Shangri-La Manila Unveil 2016 Bridal Fair

Unveil 2016 Luxe Couture Fashion Show

Date: April 2, 2016

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Venue: Isla Ballroom, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel

Featured Brands/Designers: Rosa Clara of Spain, Val Taguba, Jun Escario, Veluz Ready to Wear

Unveil 2016 Affordable Luxury (Wedding Gowns below 120,000PhP)

Date: April 3, 2016

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Venue: Isla Ballroom, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel

Featured Brands/Designers: Adorata Wedding, Elizabethe Hallie Yeo, Hannah Kong, Happy Andrada, Jazel Sy, Joe San Antonio, Roulette Esmillia, Zandra Lim

March 26, 2016

House of Cards Season 4 - Frank Underwood knows too well that f'oul is fair'

Shakespeare’s power-hungry characters and House of Cards’ chief executive are more similar than we think

The airing of House of Cards Season Four could not have mirrored a more appropriate time as the Philippines and the United States elect their future leaders this year. As Election Day comes closer, the unfolding political drama in these countries grows more and more intense.

But did you know that House of Cards is largely influenced by works of the greatest English dramatist? As artists and scholars all over the world look forward to William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary in April, shows like House of Cards and characters like Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) remind audiences of the enduring influence of the Bard’s works.

Here are some facts on Shakespeare’s influence on the series.

1. Richard III is a major basis of Frank Underwood’s character

The original House of Cards is based on a novel by Michael Dobbs, a British Conservative politician. Dobbs’ novel was adapted into a series that aired in 1990 in the United Kingdom. A major basis of the novel’s central character was Shakespeare’s Richard III, a play about an English king who earned a reputation as an ambitious and murderous villain.

Like Frank Underwood, the title character in Richard III did not hesitate to get rid of the people who thwarted his ambition. Richard III killed one character after another, including his brother, wife, and two young nephews. After a brief reign, the notorious character met a bloody end on a battlefield in the hands of traitors.

2. Kevin Spacey played Richard III

In playing the ruthless Frank Underwood, Kevin Spacey seems to be getting in touch with a character he has played before. In 2014, Spacey played the title role in Sam Mendes’ production of Richard III, which went on an international tour for ten months. For this production, Kevin Spacey’s look was inspired by the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi who was killed by rebel forces in 2011.

3. Frank Underwood’s “asides” are often used in Shakespeare’s plays

There are moments in House of Cards when Frank Underwood would talk to the viewer and reveal his intentions. In the British series, the lead character also talks to the audience in this manner called an “aside.”An aside is a dramatic device where a character shares his thoughts to the audience. Asides are usually not heard by other characters on stage, but they allow the audience to understand what’s going on in the speaker’s mind.

4. Claire and Frank Underwood’s marriage mirror the relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

Frank Underwood’s wife Claire is supportive of her husband’s schemes and ambitions, and they both share a taste for power. At first, their relationship is very similar to that of Shakespeare’s ultimate power-hungry couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

But readers of the Scottish play would notice that at the beginning of the story, Macbeth is full of doubt, while his wife was more certain in their pursuit of power. Towards the end of the play, Macbeth becomes a murderous tyrant, and Lady Macbeth is driven to madness by her guilt.

The outcome of Macbeth and his wife resembles Claire and Frank’s relationship in the latest episodes of House of Cards. While they used to be supportive of each other, their marriage—along with their political partnership—now seems to have broken down.

Considering that House of Cards is based on Shakespeare’s tragedies, a curious question could now be: Will the series end the same way a Shakespearean tragedy would? 

House of Cards Season Four airs every Tuesday, 9:55pm (8:55pm JKT/BKK), first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment HD.


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