May 31, 2017

Back - to School Essentials for the Digital -Savvy family

A new academic year begins in just a few days and as families shop for new school wardrobe staples and haul cool school supplies, families shouldn’t miss out on back-to-school essentials in the digital era.

1. A new laptop for the incoming college freshman

What better way to reward a family member who is about to start a new chapter of his life with a new laptop that he can use every day? A laptop is an extension of every student’s academic life that will serve as his companion during all-nighters and other school projects.

Macbook Pro’s 13-inch model with Retina Display is a perfect match for every student who is about to conquer a fresh semester. It’s portable, lightweight, and sleek enough to carry every day to school –a worthwhile investment that would last for years.

2. High speed home and mobile internet for the out and about high school student

As an Internet connection has effectively replaced having an arsenal of encyclopedias at home, a reliable home internet connection is a must. Better if it is an ultra-fast connection as it is critical for students to quickly access information for school requirements – from scholarly journals they need to cite in their research papers to videos they need to stream for a critique paper.

Besides a home internet, a student can do no wrong with a mobile internet connection. Teens who have to do homework while away from home can easily fulfill their school requirements when they have a handy mobile internet they can carry wherever they want.

3. Cable television for the little preschooler

Cable TV is still a powerful learning platform. A diverse cable channel lineup allows preschoolers to consume important information, while being entertained by their favorite educational shows.

High definition channels that give a lifelike feel to the cable shows also makes learning engaging as kids watch cartoon shows that teach good values and help shape their character.

One SKY Premium, SKY’s all-in bundle offers unlimited internet, HD cable TV, and mobile internet, and now with a special offer featuring a 13-inch Macbook Pro is the perfect all-in-one back-to-school essential.

Through SKY’s collaboration with Power Mac Center, the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display is exclusively offered at P2,915 per month – at 0% interest – for 24 months to new subscribers of One SKY Premium Plan 1999 and higher plans. This offer is available until July 15, 2017.

One SKY Premium Plan 1999 comes with 16Mbps unlimited internet, HD cable TV, and free SKY On Demand; One SKY Premium Plans 2999 and 3999 come with 32Mbps and 64 Mbps unlimited internet respectively. For those who want to surf the internet while on the go, One SKY Premium Plans 1799 and 2199 also includes 4G Pocket Wifi with speeds of up to 12mbps. The plans have a 24-month lock-in period.

Access to over 190 free SKYcable channels will also be activated once families avail of the special offer.

After the successful installation of any of the specified One SKY Premium plans, subscribers can head to participating Power Mac Centers with the special voucher to avail of the exclusive offer. This promo runs until July 15, 2017.

One SKY Premium plans were launched last October 2016 to enrich the digital entertainment experience of Filipino families by offering all-in-one, convenient bundles. The latest development also complements ABS-CBN’s transition into a digital company as SKY Cable is a unit of the Lopez-owned corporation.

SKY Cable Corporation is the first to introduce cable television to Filipinos in 1990. Since then, it has been a frontrunner in technology and cable TV content by being the first to design a highly customized viewing experience among subscribers, and offering the most number of HD channels. Its properties have expanded beyond pay TV and now includes One SKY Premium (unlimited all-in-one plans), One SKY Lite (consumable all-in-one plans), SKY On Demand (video-on-demand), SKYmobi (mobile internet), SKYcable (pay TV), and SKYdirect (direct-to-home pay TV).

Global culinary experts to join WSFC17 in Manila

Top heritage street food vendors and celebrity chefs from across the globe will soon flock Manila for an exciting five days of gastronomic adventure of local and international street food at the World Street Food Congress (WSFC) 2017. 

Happening on May 31 – June 4, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, these experts will be sharing insights, developments and opportunities in street food heritage and culture in the World Street Food Dialogue. Over 30 authentic street food vendors from 13 nations, including Philippines, will be flown in to dazzle the foodies at the World Street Food Jamboree component. 

Anthony Bourdain
Leading the roster of dialogue speakers are Anthony Bourdain, international food and travel celebrity, and Greg Drescher who is currently the vice-president of strategic initiatives and industry leadership at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). 

 Greg Drescher 

Joining him are our country’s very own culinary maven, Claude Tayag, who specializes in Kapampangan dishes and owns the famous Bale Datung as well as Sau Del Rosario who is a proud owner of the popular modern Kapampangan café, Café Fleur and 25 Seeds, SARSA’s JP Anglo, and Rafael Jardeleza who is the founder of project director of the annual Tabu-an Western Visayas Ilonggo Heritage Cooking Competition and Food Fair.

K.F. Seetoh 

Sau Del Rosario

JP Anglo

Rafael Jardeleza

Also included in the list of speakers are Mai Pham, author of several award-winning cookbooks including The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table and Flavours of Asia and, Malcolm Lee who is the head chef and owner of the first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut, to name a few. 

Curated by K.F. Seetoh and organized by Makansutra and presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), this year’s WSFC17 is bigger and better with over 50 kinds of street food representing 13 different countries in over 30 stalls plus pop-up booths. 

Aside from World Street Food Dialogue, the event will also host the World Street Food Jamboree, where you can sample different local and international street food and at the same time mingle with celebrity chefs at the cooking demo; and the World Street Food Awards, where the best of industry professionals will be awarded.

WSFC is one of the world’s biggest food destinations and with an even bigger and better event this year, it will sure to attract more global attention. This paves the way for the Philippines to be recognized as one of the world’s most go-to food destinations. 

May 29, 2017

PSAAI, IPOPI call for immunity disease awareness

International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI), in partnership with the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Inc (PSAAI) and New Marketlink Pharmaceutical Corporation (NMPC), has recently called for awareness for the Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PID).

The first gathering of PSAAI and IPOPI paved the way to introduce and update the status of Primary Immunodeficiency disease in the country and all over the globe. As seen in the photo are PSAAI members and organizers and IPOPI members. 

According to IPOPI, the association of national patient organisations dedicated for PID patients worldwide, PID is a large and growing group of over 280 different disorders caused when some components of the immune system do not work properly.

Since it is a disease on the immune system, it is expected that PID patients will have all kinds of infections and other illnesses. 

“We suspect a lot of them [PID patients] just die early from these infections or become disfigured or have permanent problems involving one or more of their organ systems that make their lives very difficult,” PSAAI Immunologic Disease Council Chairperson, Dr. Fatima Johanna T. Santos-Ocampo, said. Dr. Santos-Ocampo is also a founding member of the Southeast Asian Primary Immunodeficiency Network (SEAPID) and the Asia Pacific Society of Primary Immunodeficiency (APSID).

31-year-old Gloria Alcaraz from Midsayap North Cotabato, one of those invited to the Patient-Doctors Meeting for PID had three children with PID. Her first-born John Ray died suffering from Wiskott-Aldrich Disease at five years old. Her second child lived only for two minutes as he had hydrocephalus and her third son, one-year-old Ivan Josh is now diagnosed with the same disease.

“It’s hard for us because we don’t have the resources to try treatments like stem cell, or IVIG. We are not rich and we have been living in shelters just so we can be close to hospitals that offer free consultation or any treatment for my son,” Mrs. Alcaraz said.

Doctors and Patients collaborate to establish care groups and be educated on Primary Immunodeficiency disease. Seen in the photo are some PID patients and global doctors from IPOPI.

According to several cases discussed by various specialists during the conference, IVIG is one of the most effective but expensive treatments. But as of this moment, there are still no definite statistics of PID patients in the country, a problem that the PSAAI wanted to address. The association wanted to create care groups and request for support from the government.

“The more PID patients that are diagnosed, the more patients can potentially receive this very important and available treatment,” said Dr. Santos-Ocampo. Meanwhile PSAAI fellow Dr. Florecita Padua revealed that PID management has a lot of dilemmas worthy of attention including the cost of treatments which is very important for patients like the Alcaraz family.

Problems to be addressed also include the lack of tools for definitive diagnosis, the lack of modalities for specific treatment or cure, and the lack of skills for detection among physicians. And as these realities are revealed, the SEAPID and world-wide IPOPI representatives shared that care groups and awareness are key actions to get PID patients supported.

May 28, 2017

Bounty Fresh Saucy ToriKaraage grabs the attention of Manila Masters players

Bounty Fresh Food Inc., one of the country’s biggest suppliers of value‐added chicken products and fresh-chilled chicken,  took part in the Manila Masters 2017 eSports Tournament at the MOA Arena to introduce the players to the delicious and mouth-watering Bounty Fresh Saucy ToriKaraage.

In between intense and highly-competitive DoTA 2 games for a chance to win US$250,000, local and international pro gamers and other guests were able to sample not just the fried chicken treat but also the exciting and fun games courtesy of Bounty Fresh. 

They were also treated to an energetic performance from the SexBomb New Gen dancers who, like the Bounty Fresh Saucy ToriKaraage, were simply hard to resist.

Bounty Fresh Saucy ToriKaraage

As life in the metro becomes even more fast-paced, Filipinos on-the-go are always on the look-out for quicker and more convenient ways to go about their daily chores, including cooking their meals.

One of the country’s biggest suppliers of value‐added chicken products and fresh-chilled chicken, 
Bounty Fresh Food Inc., helps make delicious, healthy meals easily available to households and busy young adults by introducing Bounty Fresh Saucy ToriKaraage.

The newest innovation from Bounty Fresh is made from all-natural lean and tender chicken meat and can be cooked in as fast as 8 minutes over medium heat. The Bounty Fresh Saucy ToriKaraage comes in two different sauces, Teriyaki and Sweet and Sour.

The Bounty Fresh Saucy ToriKaraage is available in all leading supermarkets nationwide for only P179.00 (SRP) per 450-gram pack.

May 27, 2017

5 Things We Love About the #GlobeLGG6

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Samsung Ph launch QLED TV, Korean's Kim Soo Hyun is the special guest

Samsung Philippines marks the next innovation in television with the QLED TV

“The Next Frontier,” - Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation declared a new era of television viewing as they officially launched the QLED TV in the country. 

Hosted by TV personality and radio jock Sam Oh, the launch of QLED TV held at Okada Manila, on May 26, 2017, the event brought together Samsung executives, led by President Kevin Lee, media, and valued dealer-partners as they witnessed how the QLED TV delivers a next generation display that overcomes the disadvantages of other competing technologies. 

Highlighting this groundbreaking technology, the tech giant brought in Korean celebrity Kim Soo Hyun as a special guest to support the local launch of the QLED TV. 

The actor expressed his excitement as he revealed the product that aims to give consumers a viewing experience like no other.

Kim Soo Hyun is best known for korean tv drama roles in Dream High, My Love From The Star,  Most Embrasing The Sun and The Producers. 

Watching TV has changed through the years and is now more central in the lives of consumers. From being a mere source of entertainment, TVs are now considered as windows that let users experience the world right from their homes. 

With its exclusive Quantum Dot technology, the Samsung QLED TV turns light into perfect color, making a powerful combination that revolutionizes picture quality. The new television line also offers HDR 1500 brightness and 100% color volume expression, enabling viewers to watch scenes just as how the creator intended them to be. It can also reproduce almost any color known to man, making HDR content more vibrant and natural-looking.

Beauty and functionality work hand-in-hand in the Samsung QLED TV. Its revolutionary design uses an Invisible Connection cable for other TV connected devices, removing the pain point of dealing with unsightly and tangled cables, and making it a great addition to any room. To further add to the clean design, users have the option to avail of the no-gap wall mount, which allows the TV to sit flush against the wall. Also available are an array of stands, such as gravity and studio stands, that can blend in with any living space. 

A smart TV needs an equally smart remote, and with the QLED TV’s One Remote Control that covers all connected devices, users will have an easier time navigating whether they want to play games, watch sports, or stream their favorite TV shows. Users can also turn their mobile phones into a personal remote through the Smart View app. More entertainment options are provided by the Samsung QLED TV as it comes equipped with apps, services, and other content through the Smart Hub.

To bring to life the qualities of the product that define the future of TV—superior picture quality, freedom in design, and smart interactivity—artists performed a dramatic and breathtaking dance supported by an integrated play of visuals. Experience zones were also set up during the event, allowing curious guests to get a first-hand viewing experience of the QLED TV. 

“Each year we challenge ourselves into coming up with upgrades and innovations, but this year’s QLED TV really is the pinnacle of high-quality viewing,” shared Samsung Product Marketing Head for AV Jun Guevara.  
“From pure lifelike colors, to the easy-to-use One Remote Control, to attention to design inside and out—the QLED TV ends the debate and is undoubtedly the next innovation in TV.”
Samsung also welcomed two local ambassadors for the QLED TV campaign—award-winning filmmaker Paul Soriano and tastemaker Tessa Prieto-Valdes—creative industry movers and shakers whose unapologetic taste, individual style, and uncompromising standards match that of Samsung’s new line.

“We’re happy to formally introduce Paul and Tessa as our local ambassadors, who are industry leaders in their own realm. We believe that they are instrumental in showcasing the benefits of the QLED TV through their different fields and passion points," said Samsung Marketing Director Chad Sotelo. 

The new line-up of the QLED TV is available in authorized Samsung dealers nationwide. For more details, visit the Samsung Facebook page or log on to

May 26, 2017


Operations of Cebu Pacific in Mindanao remain normal, with no restrictions or limitations imposed on air travel by the authorities.

However, in light of recent situation in Marawi City and the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, Cebu Pacific and Cebgo strongly advise all its passengers to allot sufficient travel time to get to the airports due to the heightened security measures being implemented. Heavy traffic is also anticipated around the areas as numerous check points are expected to be put up.

Guests flying to and from any Cebu Pacific or Cebgo destination in Mindanao from May 25 to 31, 2017 who are concerned about travelling at this time may opt to rebook their tickets from free within 30 days; or place the cost of the ticket in a travel fund for future use.

For flight rebookings or other concerns, guests are advised to contact the Cebu Pacific hotline at +632 7020-888. 

They may also message the official Cebu Pacific Facebook ( or Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) accounts.

CEB also reminds its passengers of the following:
· Remember to bring a valid ID* to be presented during check-in and boarding. 
· Liquids, aerosols, and gels inside a hand-carry bag should be in a container (100 ml or less) and they should be placed in a clear, re-se­alable plastic bag. 
· Be conscious in bringing objects with sharp edges (i.e. nail files, nippers, nail cutters, scissors, etc.) as these may not be allowed in your hand-carry baggage 
· If you are bringing gadgets like your laptop, be prepared to take it out for inspection

We sincerely hope for our guests’ understanding, as everyone’s safety remains our priority.

May 25, 2017

4th Annual Lotte Duty Free Guam Live International Music Festival Returns June 3

The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and Lotte Duty Free announced that the 4th Annual Lotte Guam Live International Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial (Ypao Beach) Park in Tumon, Guam.

"We’re looking forward to bringing back different genres of music from hit makers in this region, including K-pop and a blend of Guam’s love for reggae and island music," said GVB President and CEO Nathan Denight. "When you add the iconic backdrop of Two Lovers Point and the world famous Ypao Beach, we have everything we need for local residents and visitors to enjoy Guam’s biggest annual international music event. We encourage everyone to get their tickets and give a warm Håfa Adai welcome to our performers."

Canadian reggae fusion band Magic! will be headlining Guam Live this year. Their debut single “Rude” accumulated 1.2 billion views on YouTube and rose to the top of the charts in the United States and United Kingdom. The multi-platinum band will also perform their other hits “Don’t Kill the Magic,” “Let Your Hair Down” and “Lay You Down Easy.”

Adding to the international flare, Korean hip-hop group, "My Fans are Better Than Yours," or MFBTY has been confirmed to perform at Guam Live. Consisting of Korea’s most influential hip-hop artists Tiger JK and Yoon Mi-rae, as well as rapper Bizzy, MFBTY debuted in 2013 with their single, “Sweet Dream” and followed with their album, “Wondaland,” in 2015. 

New Zealand/Australian island reggae artist Sammy J, best known for hits like “No Sleep” and “Say That You Love Me” will take the stage. In addition, island hip hop sensation Spawnbreezie will perform his smash hits “Oh my goodness” and YouTube hit “Don’t Let Go.” Guam Live also welcomes Hawaiian contemporary folk rock singer and songwriter Anuhea, known for her hit singles “Sweet Thing” and “Island Inside Me.”

Rising progressive rock reggae local band The John Dank Show will be returning to Guam Live, performing hits from their self-titled EP and album, “Lights” such as “EZ4U,” “Playing my part,” and “Current.” Local hip hop sensation Jed Antonio will also take the Guam Live stage again as a solo act with fresh beats and popular hits such as “The Low" and “Lately.” Guam’s David “Davidior” Park will cap off the star-studded Guam Live lineup, fresh off co-producing and releasing “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper and Quavo. The number one single has already been viewed over 140 million times on YouTube.

Tickets are available at all 76 Circle K locations and online at General Admission is $50 per person and $60 at the door. 

For music festival updates and other special announcements, go to the Guam Live website and follow Guam Live on Facebook (, instagram (@guamliveimf) and twitter (@GuamLive).

The 2017 Lotte Duty Free Guam Live International Music Festival is presented by United Airlines, Docomo Pacific, 76 Circle K, Guam Auto Spot, Pacific Islands Club, The Stations of KUAM, and Heineken. The GVB signature event is also brought to you by Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, Monster Energy, Pepsi, Sixt Rent A Car and Pacific Star Resort & Spa. Special thanks is given to Skyy Vodka, Patron Tequila, Jack Daniel's, Jamaican Grill, Fence Masters and Uno Magazine.

To know more about ≠+ you may visit the Guam Visitors Bureau’s PH Facebook page at:, or you may follow the @visitguamph page on Instagram.

S Maison receives design excellence award from Prix Versailles

2017 Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards. S Maison of SM Prime Holdings received global acclaim for bagging the ‘South Asia and Pacific 2017 Special Prize for Interior’ under the ‘Shopping Malls’ category at the recently concluded Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards held on May 12 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. 

In photo: SM Supermalls Senior Assistant Vice President Chiqui Torres-Tan (right) and Prix Versailles Founder Jerome Gouadain at the ceremonies. (Photo credits: Guillaume Ombreux)

S Maison bagged the ‘South Asia and Pacific 2017 Special Prize for Interior’ under the ‘Shopping Malls’ category at the recently concluded Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards held on May 12 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

A preview of the award-winning and stunning interior of S Maison. The luxuriously designed retail podium of Conrad Manila was hailed in the 2017 Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards for its dramatic and expressive interiors evoking high-tech modernism through a uniquely designed space by one of the world’s leading design firms, Malherbe.

As the luxuriously designed retail podium of Conrad Manila, S Maison received global acclaim for its dramatic and expressive interiors evoking high-tech modernism through a uniquely designed space by one of the world’s leading design firms, Malherbe.

The Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards is an annual awards event dedicated to recognize outstanding commercial buildings around the world for their remarkable exterior architecture and interior design. Discerned at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, it encompasses four categories – shopping malls, shops and stores, hotels, and restaurants.

S Maison is the sole Philippine shopping mall brand recognized at the Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards, alongside Tokyu Plaza in Japan, Siam Discovery Center in Singapore, Chanel in Netherlands, and Dior in Miami, Florida among others.

Along with the 61 malls of SM Supermalls across the Philippines, S Maison is one of the many shopping malls of SM Prime Holdings. Receiving another global recognition continue to propel SM Prime’s passion for innovation in its mission to constantly meet the ever-changing needs of customers and to nurture the community.

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities that enrich the quality of life of millions.

May 24, 2017

Quench the 5 Most Common Signs of Dehydration with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water

Summer season is upon us! This is the time to bask under the glorious rays of the sun and have fun- sunbathe at the beach, engage in outdoor sports, or just simply enjoy the balmy weather without the fear of rain disrupting our activities.

However, with temperatures soaring during these sweltering summer months, we all need to be aware when our bodies are trying to tell us we need a good dose of rehydration. Water comprises 70% of our bodies, and once this level decreases by even a small percentage, we become dehydrated. Here are some of the most common symptoms of dehydration to watch out for:

1. Increased thirst

Thirst is the body’s most automatic indicator of dehydration. It is the first reminder that we need to restore fluid balance for our bodies to function properly

2. Headaches and dizziness

When we are dehydrated, the water content in our body drops and results in a decreased flow of oxygen to the brain. This triggers the pain receptors surrounding our brains, inducing nagging migraines and feelings of dizziness.

3. Decreased urination

Maintaining a healthy fluid balance is imperative in keeping our biological functions running smoothly. When we are dehydrated, the kidneys try to conserve water by concentrating urine, so when urine is appears in a darker yellow shade, it means that the body’s fluid balance has been compromised.

4. Dry skin

Our skin’s appearance and elasticity is very much affected by our fluid balance. When we are dehydrated, fluids pull away from our skin and redirect to other major organs in the body to preserve proper biological functions.

5. Sluggishness and fatigue

Dehydration can definitely affect your body’s endurance levels throughout the day, causing feelings of tiredness and decreased alertness. This can impair concentration and cause a disruption with daily and work activities.

The most effective way to revert the effects of dehydration and heat exhaustion is by increasing fluid intake, and water is definitely the most effective key to restoring our body’s all-important fluid balance. Our bodies also lose important nutrients when we are dehydrated, so drinking water high in natural minerals and nutrients is also important in keeping our biological functions running in tiptop condition.

Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water is complete with a high mineral profile to slake your thirst and provide your body with the nutrients it needs while giving you a deep sense of well-being apparent from your first sip. Whether at work, after sport or simply in between – Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water is the perfect companion to survive the scorching heat.

Originating from the depths of Germany’s Volcanic Eifel region, Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water has a unique nutritional balance of calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate, which cannot be found in regular drinking water. It provides the body with valuable minerals and trace elements that the body cannot generate on its own. One liter of Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water satisfies 1/3 of the daily calcium requirement and more than a quarter of the magnesium requirement that supports your energy metabolism and can help to reduce tiredness and fatigue.

Its refreshing taste profile is amped up by its delightful fizzy mouthfeel, quenching your thirst deeply from the first sip to the last. Gerolsteiner’s natural sparkling fizz comes from its concentration of bicarbonates and is not artificially carbonated like soda. This aids the body’s digestive functions without the added calories, sugar and chemicals.

This summer, have a fizzy pick-me-up thirst quencher. Keep yourself safe from dehydration and maintain your body’s vitality—refresh and rejuvenate with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water!

Presenting full cast of KINKY BOOTS in Manila, Nyoy Volante as Lola

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group (ATEG) together with Metrobank Card announced the full cast for KINKY BOOTS, Cyndi Lauper's Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical, which opens on June 30, 2017, at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

Laurence Mossman, Nyoy Volante and Yanah Laurel during the Kinky Boots in Manila Press Conference , May 19, 2017, Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Leading the cast : 

Nyoy Volante, critically acclaimed musical theater performer and acoustic balladeer plays as as Simon/Lola.  Nyoy was last seen on stage as Frankie Valli in "Jersey Boys." 

Laurence Mossman, last seen playing multiple roles in the Asian premiere of "Fun Home," takes on the role of Charlie Price.

Yanah Laurel, who was also last seen in "Fun Home," plays factory worker Lauren. 

Former "Miss Saigon" cast member Tricia Canilao returns to the musical theater stage after a long absence as Nicola. 

Joining them are Jamie Wilson, Nel Gomez, Christine Flores, Sarah Facuri, Steven Cionde, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Ron Gohel, Jill Peña, Japs Treopaldo, and Juancho Escoto. Featured as the Angels are Ritz Beltan, Jorge Jahnke, Michael Jahnke, Jazztin Cacayan, Mark Pineda, and Gerhard Krysstopher.

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discovers that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

KINKY BOOTS is directed by Bobby Garcia. The choreography is by Cecile Martinez; set design by Faust Peneyra; lighting design by Adam Honoré; costume design by Raven Ong; sound design by Kevin Heard; wig and makeup design by Johann dela Fuente; musical direction by Molinder Cadiz, and vocal direction by ManMan Angsico.

A surefire crowd pleaser, KINKY BOOTS will have you dancing in the aisle and discovering why, sometimes, the best way to fit in... is to stand out!

Select shows are now available for show buying and fundraising opportunities. Contact Jorelle at (632) 650-5144 or email

Tickets are now available at Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999 or visit

Asus Zenfone Live Unboxing and Review

ASUS Zenfone Live  is the world’s first smartphone designed to be used for this live-streaming generation, with hardware-optimized, real-time beautification technology that makes it possible to share an even more glamorous version of yourself on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram— live! 

ASUS Zenfone Live features real-time beautification technology on its 5-megapixel selfie camera to make live-streaming more beautiful. This generation especially social media people are shifting into more interactive content such as livstreams for sharing their stories online. It is a great device for people who love to create video content and with Zenfone live-streaming beautification technology you can look beautiful every time you live stream. 

When ASUS Philippines send us a special media package of Zenfone Live, this package is for promotional purposes only. It will not be available as a standard package when you buy your Zenfone Live.

The BeautyLive Kit, in a special box which had a lot of goodies. a set of stickers, a mini tripod, an ASUS Lollifash, and two mirrors that you can use to show the phone’s interface when streaming.

What's Inside the BeautyLive Kit :

*1 ZenFoneLive Unit
*1 ASUS mini tripod
*1 Set of ASUS Lolliflash
*1 Set BeautyLive mirror
*1 ZenFoneLive Brochure
*1 ZenFoneLive Reviewer's guide

It is really beautiful, slim and sleek unibody build, good 5-inch with 2.5D curved glass display.

With large pixels for 2X-greater light sensitivity and a soft-light LED selfie flash, live-streaming your selfie video has never been clearer, brighter or more beautiful. ZenFone Live also features dual-microphone technology that reduces background noise and enhances voice pickup. 

Live-Streaming Beautification Technology

This feature is available via app “Beauty Live” simply launch the app if you want to do a live stream. The app is the available social media platform where you want to live-stream, then below you can simply adjust the Beautification level to your liking and then start your live stream.

Here, celebrity Paolo Ballesteros live-streaming while he does a makeup transformation using the Zenfone Live!

Paulo Live Streaming with #ZenfoneLive #LivestreamBeautifully #LetsGoLive

ASUS put in enhancements for the microphones and loudspeakers. It’s got two noise canceling microphones and stereo recording for a clear audio capture. As for the speakers, ASUS markets again its 5-magnet audio system.

During our test live stream, the phone was able to capture our voices clearly.

A good internet connection makes your live-streaming good. Before you start your live-stream, make sure you have good 4G LTE signal so that it will not be interrupted. Zenfone Live has Dual SIM card with 4G LTE mobile data connection. 

Zenfone Live is powered by Qualcomm Quad-Core 410 CPU, Adreno 306 GPU for graphics, 2GB RAM and 16GB Storage.

Zenfone Live with a 13-megapixel rear camera, f/2.0 aperture lens, AF, LED flash not bad for a smartphone. 

I always try now taking pictures using the rear camera of Zenfone Live. Here are some photos:

Asus Zenfone Live (ZB501KL) Specs:
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ ZenUI 3.0
  • 5-inch HD IPS display (720 x 1280) resolution with 2.5D curved glass at 294 ppi
  • 1.2 GHz 64 Bit Qualcomm Quad-Core 410 Processor
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 2GB RAM / 16GB Storage
  • expandable via micro SD card slot up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear camera, f/2.0 aperture lens, AF, LED flash
  • 5MP front camera, f/2.2 aperture lens, LED flash
  • Dual SIM Dual Standby
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V 4.0
  • Accelerator/E-Compass/Proximity sensor/Ambient light sensors
  • Micro USB
  • 2650mAh battery
  • 120 g
  • Colors: shimmer gold, rose pink, navy black
The ASUS Zenfone Live is available in shimmer gold, rose pink, navy black colors. 

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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.


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