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May 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The winners took home cash prizes and trophies.

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

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

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

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

May 23, 2017

Fight diabetes through health and wellness

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

Gathered at the health and wellness fair held at SM Megamall’s event center last May 16,  one hundred diabetic kids from the patient support groups namely; Rainbow Camp, Phil. Society of Pediatric Metabolism and Endocrinology Camp (PSPME), Dialysis PH and the Diabetes Association of Camp Crame Inc.

Participants of the event took part in a half day program promoting better nutrition and lifestyle. The event was held to showcase a day in the life of a Type 1 diabetes patient through a series of activities and presentations from health, fitness and nutrition partners that seek to create awareness on the effective ways to fight diabetes and to correct misconceptions surrounding it.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The new campaign, titled “We Got This,” highlights an individual’s journey to achieve success in whatever sport or fitness activity he takes on. This journey is made visual in the campaign’s centerpiece, a video that examines the mental and physical hardships—from an aching, calloused body to a state of frustration and self-doubt—upon which every success story is written. The compelling video, which has already broken through digital channels and can be viewed at, provides inspiration to anyone who is planning to take on a similar journey. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join the conversation:

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

New Ratings Records in Asia

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

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

Got Talent Globally

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

AXN: A leader in original productions

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

7-Eleven Makes Summer So Cool!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 22, 2017

Epson provides technical training for Lantern Vision Learning Center under Family Life Missions for Gift of Brightness donation

Epson’s Roy Catana (left) leads the technical training and product orientation to Family Life Missions’Carlos Terry who will act as the custodian of the Epson Technology package donated to the Lantern Vision Learning Center. 

Epson Philippines provided technical training to the Family Life Missions and the Lantern Vision Learning Center to help the custodians utilize the Epson products donated under the Epson Gift of Brightness (GoB) program. 

These training sessions were put into place to enable the school faculty and students to be equipped in using the Technology Package. Through the GoB program, Epson Philippines aspires to help enrich the learning experience for students of select public elementary and high schools.

Each beneficiary school had earlier received an Epson Technology package that includes the L220 Multifunction Color Printers and L Series Inks; M100 Single Function Monochrome Printers and Inks; an LQ310 Dot Matrix Printer and SIDM Ribbons, LW400 Label Printers and LW Ribbons, Epson projectors and a document camera.

  • “These technical training sessions for all schools that received the Epson GoB Technology Package ensure that we also provide relevant assistance to the custodians and students on the proper usage and maintenance, so that they can have confidence in deploying the use of these products for teaching and learning,” shared Mr. Ed Bonoan, Senior General Manager and Head of Marketing, Epson Philippines.
Since the launch of the Epson Gift of Brightness, Epson has partnered with key media and government institutions to select the most-deserving and in-need schools that can benefit from the technologically advanced equipment including high-volume printers, high brightness projectors and user-friendly scanners. 

“Thanks to Epson Gift of Brightness program, the students of Lantern Vision Learning Center under Family Life Missions will be provided with free printed school materials and a very nice projector for the lessons. This donation will be a big help to us and our young pupils,” said Carlos Terry, the principal missionary who leads Family Life Missions.
Family Life Missions is a non-profit organization that helps poor communities in the Las Pinas area through providing free pre-school education through its Lantern Vision Learning Center. The center also provides free meals to its young students, as well as free school supplies. Most of the materials come from various donations to the NGO.

The Gift of Brightness advocacy of Epson Philippines was launched in December 2013, and has to date, benefited a total of 30 schools nationwide. Epson Philippines is currently selecting another batch of beneficiary schools with the help of DepEd and other partners.

“The Epson Gift of Brightness program is our advocacy for education and the Filipino youth.After our first partnership with the Department of Education last year, we are now embarking on another batch of beneficiaries of the Epson-DepEd Gift of Brightness, and some other schools that have directly asked Epson for help. We are focusing on selecting schools from areas that have yet to receive a similar donation. The new batch of GoB schools will be very soon,” concludes Ms. Donna V. Ferro, Head of Marketing Communications and PR, Epson Philippines.

May 21, 2017

Merck steps up awareness campaign against thyroid diseases

In time for the International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) 2017, leading science and healthcare innovation company Merck, joined forces with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Thyroid Association (PTA), Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM), and the Iodine Global Network (IGN), to raise consciousness against thyroid disorders. 

You and your thyroid

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that sits in at the lower front of the neck. It plays a key role in one’s overall health and well-being by producing thyroid hormones that help keep the body use energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs in tip-top condition. 

Thyroid disorders are some of the most common diseases worldwide. In the Philippines, one in every 11 adults suffers from goiter or other thyroid disorders. 

Thyroid problems are more common in women. Figures show that women are four to seven times more likely to have thyroid disorders than men. They are also at risk of hypothyroidism by 10 times. Moreover, women who recently gave birth and those who are in the menopausal stage are more vulnerable.  

But why are thyroid diseases usually left undetected and misdiagnosed? Blame the symptoms. Tiredness, anxiety, weight fluctuations, difficulty in sleeping – these are some of the telling signs of a thyroid problem. Unfortunately, more often than not, people usually attribute these to merely having poor lifestyle choices. This is why the theme of this year’s ITAW is: “It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid”.

It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid

Since its primary role is to control the metabolism, disorders may occur when there’s little (hypothyroidism) or overproduction (hyperthyroidism) of thyroid hormones. 

Patients with hypothyroidism, or too little thyroid hormone, tend to have slower metabolism: they gain weight despite not eating much, move and speak slowly, feel tired and have depressed thoughts, cannot tolerate cold, and have irregular menstrual periods. On the other hand, patients with hyperthyroidism, or too much thyroid hormone, will have hyperactive metabolism: they lose weight despite having good appetite, have heart palpitations, irritable thoughts and insomnia, have sweating and heat intolerance, and can have tremors in their hands. 

The diagnosis of thyroid disorders can easily be made by checking the levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) in the blood. Treatment brings the level of thyroid hormones back in balance, restoring normal metabolism to the body.

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About Merck
Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Merck is a leading science and technology company that works to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions

Bigger, Better World Street Food Congress 2017

“Re-Imagining Possibilities”

The Philippines will once again play host to one of Asia’s biggest food events, the World Street Food Congress (WSFC)! And this time, the event gets bigger and better. For five full days of gastronomic adventure, foodies from around the world will get to enjoy over 35 different kinds of street food from across 13 countries. This will happen from 31 May - 04 June 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

Organized by photojournalist and TV personality K.F. Seetoh of Makansutra and presented by Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), this year’s WSFC will highlight three exciting components: World Street Food Jamboree, World Street Food Dialogue, and World Street Food Awards.

You can find a wide array of authentic mouth-watering heritage street food representing different countries across the globe in the World Street Food Jamboree. Plus, you can also meet various celebrity chefs and watch their amazing whipping skills at the cooking demos.

The industry’s top chefs, global movers, entrepreneurs, and food aficionados will be coming together to share ideas, developments and opportunities in street food culture. 

With the theme, “Re-Imagining Possibilities”, the roster of speakers will be led by international food and travel celebrity Anthony Bourdain and the country’s very own Chef Claude Tayag and Sau Del Rosario.

30 World Street Food Masters will be awarded in the World Street Food Awards. These winners must possess characteristics of a true street food professional including perseverance, innovation, and the ability to identify possibilities that nurture the world’s comfort and street culinary heritage.

Indeed, by hosting an even bigger and better WSFC in the country, the Philippines is eventually becoming a global destination not only for events, travel, and lifestyle but also gaining recognition for being a premier destination for culinary adventure.

May 19, 2017

Metro Magazine Celebrates Its 28th Anniversary And Star Magic’s 25 Years With The Newest Roster Of Style Stars

In celebration of Metro’s 28 years of style, beauty, and culture, and Star Magic’s 25th anniversary, the stars have aligned to once again bring together the newest roster of style stars set to take the country by storm in the MetroXStarMagic25 collaboration.

The brightest of their generation converge in a once-in-a-lifetime shoot with their peers: Julia Barretto, Liza Soberano, Kathryn Bernardo, Janella Salvador, Maris Racal, Loisa Andalio, Sofia Andres, Sue Ramirez, Alexa Ilacad, Kira Balinger, Ylona Garcia, and Andrea Brillantes.

Metro also pays tribute to the 25 years of Star Magic through this homage to the August 2010 iconic cover photographed by BJ Pascual.

Premiering an exclusive collection from Martin Bautista as worn by the Star Magic girls, this ultra-collectible issue also features eight Filipinas who are shaping feminism today, including Metro’s Editor-at-large Sarah Meier, actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith, director Sam Lee, and many more.

The magazine also gives u a look into the stylish life of Maricar Reyes Poon, how to wear statement stripes, ‘70s florals, metallics, and polka dots for spring; a sartorial twist on Gucci S/S ’17, and your go-to Mother’s Day gift guide.

Check out all these and more in Metro’s May 2017 issue, now out in major bookstores and newsstands for P150.

Your Stage For The World’s Best Entertainment Comes To Life At The RTL CBS Summer Fair 2017

Summer is about to get better with a weekend of fun and excitement at the 2017 RTL CBS Summer Fair happening from May 26 to 28. Join the three-day festival at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati and experience the limelight with the entire family!

Now on its third year, the 2017 Summer Fair is bringing the hottest television programs including The X Factor UK, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Scorpion to life with attractions that are sure to unleash hidden talents and let guests enjoy a moment of fame.

Anyone with a knack for singing can showcase their vocal prowess at The X Factor Stage, or take a shot at becoming a social media hit at the Carpool Karaoke booth.

If high-tech crime fighting sounds exciting, guests can try their hand at action with the Scorpion Laser Room challenge. And for a bit of lighthearted comedy, the Fail Army Velcro Wall will offer a few laughs—all in good fun!

More surprises await guests including an ice cream eating contest care of Baskin Robbins, as well as several raffle games for a chance to win amazing prizes.

Be part of the festivities and pre-register at to access the venue faster. Admission to RTL CBS Summer Fair is free.

RTL CBS Entertainment has partnered with Novu Hair, Baskin Robbins, foodpanda, Glorietta, Ayala Malls, Monster RX 93.1, SKY, Devant, and Volkswagen to make this year’s Summer Fairmore enjoyable for everyone. RTL CBS Entertainment is available on SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), SKYdirect (35), Destiny Cable channel 53 (Digital) and 89 (Analog), and Cablelink channels 37(SD), 313(HD).

Construction Show Cebu remains relevant at 25

Marking its milestone at 25, Construction Show Cebu (CEBUCON) is set to take the center stage at the Sky Hall and Mountain Wing Atrium in SM Seaside City Cebu, from June 2 to 5, 2017. 

With the theme “25 Years of Building Business Networks in the Construction Industry in the Southern Philippines,” CEBUCON remains relevant by showcasing product solutions, innovations and expertise that meet the current and future demands of the industry in the region. 

It was first conceived and organized in 1993 to be aligned with the vision that Cebu will become a major gateway of trade and tourism in the region. 

CEBUCON Organizer L.A. Ducut & Company, Inc.’s managing director, Lilibeth D. Abais, said that this milestone event is evident that CEBUCON delivers its commitment to be a vital trade link between suppliers and their market in the region’s construction industry as the popular venue for product displays, launchings, market tests and networking event among industry trade professionals, suppliers and stakeholders.

One of CEBUCON’s pioneer and regular exhibitors, Manila-based industrial and power tools distributor Elektro Werk, Inc. (EWI) President James N. Tan stated that “with the exposures we have at CEBUCON it had contributed to our business growth. CEBUCON, as always, is beyond showcasing. Its organizer, L.A. Ducut & Company, Inc. extends value-added services to both its exhibitor and visitor markets even beyond the event.”

Cebu Belmont, Inc.’s vice president for operations Engr. Felomino D. Ang, shared the same opinion: “[It] truly understands the local market, especially Cebu and Visayas.” This is one of the reasons why their company have been consistently collaborating their exhibit participation at the CEBUCON with their principals and suppliers. 
One of its consistent trade visitor, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) National Auditor Architect Eldred Caesar I. Tan, commented that “the Construction Show Cebu is an innovator and in the forefront of this kind of exhibition in the part of the country. It has showcased materials, tools and equipment and have provided for intellectual stimulation by holding seminars attended by architects, engineers and allied professionals. CEBUCON has benefited not only those directly involved in the construction industry but also the home and building owners in particular and the general public.” 
A first timer to CEBUCON is Architechnologies, Inc. to introduce its new software to the local market. “The ProgeCAD Professional 2018 is our next generation of alternative CAD product in the market, set to handle bigger sized files, this is the best version yet. We believe the event is an excellent venue to launch the latest offering of ProgeCAD,” stated technical director Ar. Dennis S. Mayo. “It is our belief that there are still a lot of professional who need the benefit of an affordable CAD package. We believe that CEBUCON also carries that belief of sincerely serving the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) industry and with this partnership, we are tapping the potentials and networks unreachable to us (at the Architechnologies),” he added. As Construction is a booming industry across the country. 

The robust building activities spread out in other parts of the nation given the massive national infrastructure spending by the government. For instance, in Central Visayas, majority of construction activities in the region are located in Cebu, including the P27.9 billion Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), which had its groundbreaking last March; the P50-billion Metro Cebu Expressway that is set to start next year; the P9.2B New Cebu International Container Port; the P98 billion 25-kilometer Cebu rail project; and the P420 million worth Metro Cebu flood control projects, among others. 

Bohol and Siquijor also saw rapid infrastructure developments since the first semester of last year. Such strong growth of the construction industry here and elsewhere nationwide is seen to keep its momentum on the back of sustained economic fundamentals. The Philippine construction industry is expected to continuously grow in the next three years, bolstered by the residential and infrastructure markets.

From $30.2 billion in 2015, Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC) projects the sector to reach $47 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 9.22 percent. As reported by BMI Research’s Philippine Infrastructure Report last January, construction industry is predicted to grow from P1.09 trillion this year to P1.73 trillion in 2021. The sector’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product is, likewise, projected to expand from 6.8 percent in 2017 to 7.3 percent in four years.

These prospects open new opportunities for L.A. Ducut & Company, Inc. to make CEBUCON more responsive to the needs of the local construction industry. The exhibit’s major cooperating agency is the Hardwares Consolidated, Inc. 

Levi’s® style tips: How to wear your 501® Skinny and 501® CT jeans

The Levi’s® 501® Skinny and 501® CT takes inspiration from the iconic 501® Original, the Levi’s® jeans that started it all. Remastered for today’s taste, these jeans add style to any male and female wardrobe, in many possible ways. 

With these contemporary 501® takes come a recurring habit: staring at the closet for hours, racking brains on ideas for tops that would perfectly complement your brand-new Levi’s® 501® Skinny and 501® CT jeans?

Once again, the timeless Levi’s® brand makes living in Levi’s® a tad easier for you by sharing wardrobe ideas for these two jeans. 

For the ladies, the Levi’s 501 Skinny looks great with a crisp white top and a denim jacket. Own your style with this remastered 501. 

Levi’s® 501® skinny jeans for ladies

Levi’s® suggests a perfect skinny jean look for women:

501® Skinny. Faded for a timeless vintage style, the 501® Skinny, a remastered version of the ageless 501®, sits high and tight on the waist to hug your curves. The ‘new type of skinny’, these jeans look like the authentic 501® Original, with added lean and modern style. 

These jeans are best casually styled, for an effortlessly sexy vibe. 

 Called the new type of skinny, the 501 Skinny sits high and tight on the waist and accentuates your curves. 

To achieve this look, wear the 501® Skinny with a menswear-inspired striped shirt, leaving it half-tucked, with the collar open. Add a tailored jacket with the collar popped. 

Levi’s® 501 CT tapered jeans for the gents

Remastered for the modern taste, the 501 CT features a tapered leg
 down to the ankle, a classy style for the gents. 

Levi’s® shares a stylish look that men should go for when wearing tapered jeans:

501® CT. Customized to suit today’s taste, the 501® CT is a classic remastered with a tapered leg down to the ankle. 

Mix and match with the 501 CT—wear it with shades of blue, and don’t be afraid to add layers. With its flexible style, any look will be stylish. 

When wearing the 501® CT, switch things up with a dark, braided belt. For a mix of indigo shades, add a navy shirt. Go casual by buttoning only the top two buttons, and show off your crisp white sneakers by rolling your 501® CT’s hem.

Levi’s® makes everyday styling easier with these surefire stylish outfit ideas. Shop for these looks at

May 18, 2017

ABSCBNmobile Gives Lucky Kapamilya VIPs ‘Tickets’ To Star Magic’s 25th Anniversary Show

ABS-CBNmobile is giving lucky subscribers the ultimate Kapamilya VIP experience: the chance to catch Star Magic’s big 25th anniversary celebration on May 21 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The ultimate fan experience awaits ABS-CBNmobile users as Star Magic’s roster of talents and super stars come together in one big stage which will feature leading men, leading ladies, rising stars, and of course the country’s most loved and popular love teams. The winning KVIP members can catch special VTRs, live song and dance performances, and more special productions in this year’s biggest Star Magic gathering.

Special lootbags full of premium merchandise and freebies also await the winners.

To register to KVIP on your ABS-CBNmobile, text KVIPREG<Name/Address> and send to 2131. To send entries for the Star Magic 25th Anniversary, have at least P10 maintaining balance and text KVIP STARMAGIC to 2131 for free.

Don’t miss the chance to witness this historical star-studded event thanks to ABS-CBNmobile, and watch out for an exciting new project by Star Magic love teams KathNiel and ElNella made possible by ABS-CBNmobile.

The Kapamilya VIP (KVIP) experience is open to all active ABS-CBNmobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers. 

To join, prepaid subscribers need at least a P10 load balance, while postpaid subscribers just need to have an active account. To register your ABS-CBNmobile number to KVIP, text KVIP REG Name/Address to 2131. Afterwards, pick a Kapamilya show or event by texting KVIP keyword of the Kapamilya show or event to 2131.

LOOK: The #KwentongJollibee best friend finally discovers Perfect Pair

Remember Jollibee’s phenomenally viral #KwentongJollibee commercials from Valentine’s Day this year? Out of those three simultaneously released commercials that broke the Internet, “Vow” caught the most attention of Filipino netizens because of its timely tackling of unrequited love.

“Vow” highlights the unrequited, unconditional love shown by an admirable man, who truly puts “best” in “best friend.” (Directed by Ianco dela Cruz)

Many related to the male best friend, who continues to love without expecting something in return. The commercial won the hearts of Pinoys by illustrating the many forms that love can take over the years. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of netizens wishing for happiness for the best friend who chose not to stand in the way of his beloved’s joy.

Last May 7, 2017 Jollibee released a follow-up to this heartwarming story, with the best friend (played by MJ Tam) finally finding his Perfect Pair where he met his first love: Jollibee. 

The video shows MJ enjoying the country’s best-tasting Chickenjoy perfectly paired with his favorite sides. Jollibee now serves up its crispylicious, juicylicious Chickenjoy with rice, drinks, and a range of sides and dessert options to complete that unforgettably joyful meal experience we all love—with the Chickenjoy 99 Perfect Pairs.

“The 99 Perfect Pairs definitely takes that delightful Chickenjoy experience we all know and love to the next level,” said Kent Mariano, Jollibee Philippines Assistant Vice President for Marketing. “There are now five ways to enjoy the Chickenjoy meal with different delicious sides, perfect for changing up flavors every day!”

For only P99.00*, diners can enjoy their favorite Chickenjoy Value Meal with Jolly Crispy Fries, Creamy Macaroni Soup, Mashed Potato, Buttered Corn, or a Mini Sundae.
“For a very affordable price, customers can now discover their perfect pairing of meals,” added Mariano. “And who knows, just like in our latest commercial, you might find your one Perfect Pair in Jollibee!”
The Chickenjoy 99 Perfect Pairs are available in all Jollibee stores nationwide for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions.

Responsible Traveling and Palawan’s Pearl Farming Industry up next on AirAsia RedTalks with Daphne

Aerial view of an island in Taytay, Palawan, one of the country’s pearl farming sites.
(Image by Marc Josse)

As AirAsia continues to promote #HowIFly campaign, the world’s best low cost carrier recently visited a pearl farm in Palawan for the upcoming new episode of AirAsia RedTalks with Daphne.

AirAsia launched the #HowIFly campaign, a social media advocacy that encourages and educates everyone on how to be responsible travelers as they discover new destinations. 

Palawan known as “The Last Frontier”, is a familiar travel destination as it is home to rich rainforests, scenic diving sites, primeval caves and beautiful beaches. Unknown to many, Palawan also hosts one of the largest areas of pearl farming – a unique industry in the country. This makes a necessity for the local community to be a prime mover of sustainability to balance conservation and progress. One of the key players in pearl farming in Palawan is Jewelmer, a leading jewelry company that takes sustainability at the heart of its operations.

Learn more about the beauty of pearl farming, the role of the business community on environmental protection and the AirAsia’s #HowIFly campaign at the next episode of AirAsia’s “Red Talks with Daphne”, hosted by award-winning TV host and producer, Daphne Oseña-Paez. 

Entitled Destination: Harmony, it will talk about pearl production, and delves into the ongoing campaign to protect Palawan’s marine biodiversity through responsible eco-tourism and the AirAsia’s continued advocacy in educating people to be responsible travelers. 

Red Talks with Daphne’s 5th episode will be available on AirAsia Philippines’ Facebook page at on May 20, 2017. 

AirAsia, voted the world's best low cost carrier for eight consecutive years by Skytrax, produced a 6-part web series featuring some of Asia’s best-kept attractions, rich cultural heritage, and inside stories about people and the airline that broke travel norms and made flying possible for everyone across Asia and beyond. 

AirAsia “Red Talks with Daphne” was also made possible by AirAsia BIG Loyalty Program. AirAsia’s award-winning loyalty programme, AirAsia BIG Loyalty allows members to earn AirAsia BIG Points to redeem free AirAsia flights, hotel stays and more. With over 100 partners worldwide, there are plenty of ways to earn points. And every month during the member-exclusive Final Call Sale, flights can be redeemed from only 500 BIG Points!

Converge ICT launches FiberX, iBIZ, Converge Enterprise and FiberXtremec, looks at further expansion

A complete ICT solutions provider in the Philippines, Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., elevates Internet experience with the launch of FiberX, iBIZ, Converge Enterprise and FiberXtreme.

Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., also announced further expansion plans and continued strengthening of its fiber optic network. At present, Converge already laid out more than 6,000 kilometers of its fiber optic reach and is still growing. It is already servicing clients from as far north as Baguio and further down south to Batangas. 

In Metro Manila, Converge’s pure fiber optic offering has already covered cities such as Valenzuela and Las Piñas and Muntinlupa cities down south of the metropolis. It plans to further expand its reach by putting up networks in Nasugbu, Batangas and even far north such as San Fernando in La Union.

Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Anthony Uy, said during the media launch, that eventually, fiber broadband offerings will soon be enjoyed nationwide.

The perennial problem of Filipinos in dealing with slow Internet connection will now be a thing of the past, thanks to Converge ICT Solutions, Inc.’s offerings that bring fast, affordable, reliable, and “best-of-breed” pure fiber-optic connectivity to power the Internet usage of home, micro, small-, medium- and large-scale enterprise users.

“With Converge fiber broadband products, whether you are at home or at the office or your place of business, your Internet experience will surely be made better. And the best part of it is that it costs the same as your DSL connection, but made faster,” Uy explains further.
But the best part is that there is “NO DATA CAP” in Internet access unlike those offered by other service providers where there’s a limit to data allowance.

“We thought that what’s the use of having fast Internet connection if there is a limit to data access? With FiberX, there is no more ‘data cap’ to Internet usage. We feel we will just be short-changing our customers if we put a limit to their Internet usage,” says Jesus Romero, Chief Operating Officer of Converge ICT Solutions, Inc.
Aside from bringing faster Internet to Filipinos, Romero said they will limit the existing difficulties customers experience when applying for an Internet connection. 
“Part of the experience is to make sure that customers will not wait long to get connected. We have made the application process simple, easy and fast. No more hassles, no more waiting,” Romero adds.

Initially, FiberX is offered in three different plan types for a variety of home users depending on their Internet usage. FiberX 1500 comes with a burstable speed of up to 25Mbps, FiberX2500 at up to 50Mbps while FiberX 3500 offers connectivity of up to 100Mbps. With pure end-to-end fiber technology that’s light years better than traditional Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), FiberX will surely enhance everyone’s online experience with better speed, larger bandwidth and consistent performance for either work or play. But for those who want even faster connectivity, there’s FiberXtreme that comes in burstable speeds of 300Mbps and 500Mbps and priced competitively at P4,500 and P7,000, respectively.

For SMEs, Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. offers its iBIZ pure Fiber plan that allows businesses to operate faster and more efficient, with an Internet connection that has less interruptions and totally reliable. Each iBIZ plan comes with free Webmail, free Web hosting and free Public IP. 

And for larger enterprises, Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. offers “Converge Enterprise” that comes with scalable Internet connection of up to 1Gbps, an IP MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), Disaster Recovery, Managed Data Center Services, and other benefits for more efficient business operations. 

For more details about Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. call (02) 667-0888 or visit


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