September 30, 2017

No Fury like a Celebrity Scorned, Tried and tested ways to offend a star

It’s one thing for reporters to ask celebrities about a few sensational tidbits—breakups, pregnancies, maybe some harmless gossip—to drum up interest for a simple promotional story; it’s another when they start asking questions that put the hapless star in a “bad light.”

Many famous personalities from actor Robert De Niro to pop singer Justin Bieber have had their share of cringe-worthy interviews that they’ve claimed to have made them feel upset. While it’s sometimes unclear why celebrities go on an outburst or walk out of an interview, there have been instances when questions got way too personal or were just plain provocative.

Bad celebrity interviews offer a valuable lesson in prudence: the best questions are perceptive, not intrusive. Let’s take a look at a few awkward moments that stars had to endure due to an interview gone astray:

Nicki Minaj

Hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj shut down an interviewer after the latter suggested that the singer “thrived on drama.” The remark followed the “ghostwriting feud” between co-label Drake and now ex-boyfriend Meek Mill, as well as the growing tension between rappers Lil Wayne and Young Thug.

Minaj was not having it: “What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama?” The furious songstress lashed out calling the interviewer “disrespectful” for “put(ting) down a woman for something that men do” before cutting the session short. The interviewer herself acknowledged her mistake: “Even though I had no intention of putting her down as a small-minded or a silly woman, she was right to call me out.”

Robert Downey Jr.

A promotional interview for the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron went awry for Robert Downey Jr. when questions started plumbing into the superstar’s supposed “dark periods.”

The reporter cited Downey’s past interviews where the actor had opened up about his relationship with his father as well as his former bout with substance abuse. By then Downey looked quite distressed in his seat, but the interviewer went on: “I just wondered whether you think you’re free of all that, or whether that’s still something…”

Downey didn’t let him finish: “I’m sorry, what are we doing?” He ended the interview abruptly then walked out saying, “It’s getting a little Diane Sawyer in here,” much to the reporter’s regret.

Cara Delevingne

A morning show began an interview on a shaky note with British fashion model and rising star Cara Delevingne after introducing her as “Carla”—twice—during a promotional segment for the movie Paper Towns.

The awkward start got worse after one of the anchors asked her if she had been “too busy” to read the book before taking on the role. Delevingne initially responded with a bite of sarcasm: “Uh, no I never read the book, or the script. I kind of winged it,” before saying she did read the book and thought it was amazing.

A second host then asked if she would have found it easier to focus if her schedule wasn’t so hectic. Visibly confused, the actress replied: “No, I don’t know where that comes from,” then saying “I love what I do . . . I’ve wanted to do this since I was young, so it’s not too hard.”

Things soon fell south when the anchors blasted Delevingne’s attitude by saying she looked “more excited” in other interviews and seemed a little “irritated,” eventually suggesting she “go take a little nap, maybe get a Red Bull.” In the actress words, that just went “too far.”

Entertainment Tonight hosts Kevin Frazier, and Nancy O'Dell

Balancing curiosity with tact

Interviews need not be provocative to spark excitement. Celebrity news like Entertainment Tonight show how this is done by delivering the hottest scoop while maintaining a fun vibe to keep the atmosphere light and the story flowing.

For the latest on the today’s most talked-about celebrities, catch the Entertainment Tonight first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment, Mondays to Fridays at 8:30PM, express from the U.S.

Follow RTL CBS Entertainment at, @RTLCBSEntertain on Twitter, and @RTLCBSEntertainment on Instagram for more updates.

OPPO strengthens presence in Cebu with 4th Concept Store

Philippines’ Top 2 International Smartphone Brand is set to expand with more stores nationwide

OPPO Philippines continues to expand its strong presence in the country with more concept stores nationwide. With Cebu being a valuable market for the brand, it opened its latest concept store in Ayala Center Cebu along with OPPO influencer Rocco Nacino. 

Customers now have more options to choose from OPPO’s wide range of selfie-centric smartphones such as the OPPO F3 series (F3 and F3 Plus) and the OPPO A series (A57, A71 and A37) that are sure to match anyone’s lifestyle and preference. Leading the impressive lineup is the OPPO F3, a definite trendsetter with its dual-selfie camera that allows wider selfie shots. It is also perfect for taking a groufie as it can accommodate more people in one frame. 

OPPO Influencer Rocco Nacino

“You won’t ever have to worry about taking a group shot with the OPPO F3,” said Rocco Nacino. “I bring it with me when I travel with my family and friends, knowing that I can perfectly capture every special moment with them.”

Right to Left: OPPO Influencer Rocco Nacino, Junrex Cellphone and Accessories owner Mr. Jun Yap and OPPO Philippines Chief Operating Officer Mr. Ananda Pan

The OPPO F3 is encased in sleek metal and features a 5.5” full HD display protected by Coming Gorilla Glass 5. It also has 4GB of RAM and the 64GB of storage is suitable for keeping numerous photos, videos and applications. A wide range of phone accessories is available for purchase in all OPPO concept stores nationwide. 

“Cebu is a valuable market for OPPO and we will continue to provide the best customer experience to Cebuanos through our growing number of concept stores. Our selfie-centric smartphones are definitely relevant in the 9th city for most selfies in the world,” said Eason de Guzman, Public Relations Manager of OPPO Philippines. 

OPPO continues to expand nationwide with more concept stores opening in the remaining quarter of 2017. Customers may visit the Ayala Center Cebu concept store at the 3rd level near the activity area.  
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September 29, 2017

Cebu Pacific ushers in surfing season with direct Manila-Siargao flights

An island with lush forest covers, trimmed with fine white sand and a crown of gleaming blue waters—Siargao is indeed another gem in the Pearl of the Orient that both surfers and beach bums dream about. And as more travelers chase the breathtaking giant waves of Siargao, this island paradise becomes more within reach with Cebu Pacific’s special additional flights to the Surfing Capital of the Philippines.

Starting December 17, 2017, up until March 24, 2018, the Philippines’ leading carrier will be flying direct between Manila and Siargao, six times a week. For as low as PHP2,370, vacationers from the country’s capital may leave the hustle and bustle of the Metro and fly in to Siargao’s haven of cozy resorts and warm and hospital locals.

Perfect for backpackers and adventure enthusiasts, the island of Siargao boasts of exciting roads that lead to many different spots for a quick dip, snorkeling, sight-seeing and world-class surfing. Traveler favorites are the famed Cloud 9 and General Luna, where beginners learn to paddle then stand on a board, and pro-surfers get to hang ten.

Nearby islets like Guyam, Daku, and Naked Islands also draw a crowd for an unbridled experience of nature in the South. In these parts, travelers can discover Siargao’s natural heritage and the various facets of local culture as it evolves with the foreigners who now call the island their home.

The island also boasts of an effervescent food scene and night life, enriched by the fusion of local and foreign influences. With fresh catch of seafood and baskets of fruits readily available in the destination and the positive outlook in the community, Siargao serves the most delectable and satisfying experience from dusk to dawn.

“There is a clear surge of interest in Siargao, and we’ve seen its great potential for tourism since we began offering flights in 2009. With our special direct Manila-Siargao flights, we are positive that more tourists will discover what Siargao has to offer. Cebu Pacific is glad to make it easier for everyJuan to visit this dreamy island paradise more often, where surfing and sustainable living are a way of life,” says Alexander Lao, President and CEO of Cebgo.

Aside from Manila, Cebu Pacific also flies direct to Siargao from Cebu twice daily, with the lowest year-round fare of PHP 2,104. Travelers also visit the island by taking a connecting flight from Manila via Cebu to Siargao.

Discover the mesmerizing beauty of Siargao, the elusive coast for surfers and beach lovers, by flying in with Cebu Pacific. Checking in sports equipment like surf-boards are also available in these flights, and can be added to flight bookings up to four hours before scheduled times of departure. 

For more information on the most convenient flights to Siargao,

Globe joins DENR’s “Bike. Plant. Hike 2017” reforestation initiative

Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom has joined the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in showcasing the beauty of Philippine forests and in encouraging the public to be part of responsible tourism and proactive reforestation. 

Globe employees took part in DENR’s Bike.Hike.Plant 2017 tree-planting initiative organized by the Forest Management Bureau to celebrate Arbor Day and the 154th anniversary of the Philippine Forestry Service. The event was conducted to inspire various stakeholders to take care of the forests as well as widen the network of forestry champions to include bikers and hikers.

Tree-planting activity in Mt. Arayat

The volunteers participated in a 30-km bike and trek activity that runs from the DENR Region 3 Office in Government Center, Maimpis, San Fernando City, Pampanga up to Mt. Arayat National Park. Over 1,000 participants biked around the city and hiked up to the chosen area to plant seedlings of various indigenous and agroforestry tree species. 

At the same time, Globe provided Libreng Charging stations during the event to serve everyone who joined the celebration.

Globe bikers prepare for the bike, trek, and plant event

“Environmental sustainability is one of the immediate responsibilities of Globe especially in the face of global warming. Thus, aside from reducing and managing the impact of the company’s business operations on the planet, Globe also invests on environmental protection and partners with various organizations, particularly on reforestation programs to reduce our ecological footprint and mitigate the drastic effects of climate change,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications.

Earlier, Globe volunteers also supported DENR’s Earth Month activities such as the coastal clean up in Las Pinas Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), the mangrove tree planting activity in Calatagan, Batangas, and watershed ecosystem awareness in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

In 2016, Globe has invested P2.371 million on total environmental protection such as reforestation programs, solid waste manage, and hazardous waste disposal and treatment. It has also donated P1.4 million as initial grant for 13,500 seedlings to non-profit organization Hineleban Foundation which advocates environmental conservation and livelihood development.

“The Good Son” Earns Rave Reviews From Entertainment Writers And Bloggers

ABS-CBN’s newest primetime teleserye “The Good Son” starring rising teen star Joshua Garciaearned rave reviews from members of the entertainment press and bloggers who watched the special screening of its first three episodes recently.

“There’s no doubt ‘The Good Son’ will be loved and embraced (by viewers). The artists are excellent, the story telling a winner. Joshua Garcia is without a doubt the best young actor we have right now,” said Abante Tonite columnist Alwyn Ignacio.

“No scene is wasted by the teleserye’s actors…. ‘TGS’ is drama at its best! The teleserye brings together great veterans and young actors. They are all so excellent!” said Dominic Rea, entertainment columnist for Tiktik.

Aside from the performances, the writers also praised the series’ direction and story about brothers Joseph (Joshua), Obet (McCoy De Leon), Enzo (Jerome Ponce), and Calvin (Nash Aguas), who come from different families and search for the truth about their father’s sudden death.

“It would be the barometer by which soap operas are measured as it boasts of an ensemble acting, a very good dramatic narrative, and a story line which all of us can relate to. It gives one a ringside view of how families cope with death and infidelity,” said Alex Brosas of Manila Bulletin.

“It’s been so long since the last time we watched a drama series this great – so compelling, so well-directed, so-well acted, so brilliantly made and performed,” said Vinia Vivar, who writes forBulgar, Pang-Masa, and People’s Journal Tonight.

Kata Adajar of blog Random Republika also remarked, “’The Good Son is more than just a showcase of brilliant acting, its strength lies in a really compelling story.”

The highly anticipated family drama also features this generation’s top teen actresses Loisa Andalio, Elisse Joson, and Alexa Ilacad, with seasoned stars Mylene Dizon, Eula Valdez, John Estrada, Ronnie Lazaro, Jeric Raval, Alex Medina, and Kathleen Hermoso. This is under the direction of Manny Palo and Andoy Ranay.

Don’t miss the unusual case of love for family in “The Good Son,” started September 25 after “La Luna Sangre.”

September 28, 2017

White Flower celebrates 90 years by honoring Unsung Heroes

White Flower oil originated in Malaysia in 1927, and was introduced to the Philippine market in the 1950s. Since then, White Flower has been a household partner of every Filipino, providing soothing relief from headaches, dizziness, colds and stress. This year, as it reaches its 90th anniversary, White Flower celebrates its success and legacy by giving back to the community.

“We have been the No.1 embrocation for generations, and we are proud that people have been patronizing White Flower for the past nine decades,” shares Jimmy Lao, President and CEO of Jelma Philippines, Inc., the exclusive importer & distributor of White Flower Embrocation in the Philippines. “It has been our greatest honor to have worked quietly in the background, offering comfort and relief to people in their everyday lives.”

Over the years, White Flower has become the most trusted liniment oil by Filipinos because of its distinct scent, soothing relief and potent formula that has remained unchanged since it was manufactured in 1927. With just 2 to 3 drops of White Flower Embrocation, you will feel the soothing relief and discover the aroma theraphy of wellness. Made from a unique blend of essential oils - including Menthol Crystals, Methyl Salicylate, Eucalyptus Oil, Camphor and Lavender Oil that made White Flower so distinct from all other liniment oil in the market today. 

“While the formula remains unchanged, the company (Jelma Phils. Inc.) has indeed grown strong and evolved thru the years in terms of distribution and reach on a nationwide basis. From drugstore channel, modern trade and general trade accounts and up to convenient stores as well. We are continuously expanding our business distribution network every year”, quoted by Jimmy Lao.

Earning the trust and confidence that is synonymous to White Flower Embrocation, Jimmy Lao proudly states that -

 “It’s not only the older generation who is using White Flower, but also the young ones. From their grandparents to their parents, the love and trust for White Flower has been passed on. Today, what is so exciting is that we can see how White Flower Embrocation has evolved. Not only being used by individuals of all ages, but also by people from different walks of life.” 

For it’s 90th anniversary (instead of the typical festivities), White Flower has decided to focus its effort in celebrating the reason that has made the company successful these past decades – the people.

In the same way it has quietly offered relief to all, White Flower now give thanks to the quiet workers and unsung heroes of the country. In its newest campaign, titled “Unsung Heroes,” White Flower honors those who have made an impact in society by doing the ordinary in extraordinary ways. 

“We want to honor those who have offered their lives in the service of others. That commitment and drive with no want for reward or praise - are the values that White Flower holds dearly,” explained by Jimmy Lao. 

As it celebrates it’s 90th anniversary, White Flower Embrocation gives back to the people in ways that are not only big but also meaningful.

You may check out the 1st winner teaser video here:

Blue Water Day Spa presents its new roster of celebrity endorsers

Everyone of us can discover the key to wholeness of the mind, body and spirit to make the most of one’s lifestyle. When it comes to wellness, Blue Water Day Spa always come up with the most innovative and most effective treatments for mind and body.

While many head to Blue Water Day Spa to get themselves beach ready for the summer, a healthy mind, spirit and body is always in season. 

The renowned leader in ultimate pampering and rejuvenation, Blue Water Day Spa,  helps you achieve and maintain that balanced state of well-being through its wide, varied range of treatments. From intensely rejuvenating massages to deep cleansing facials, and sculpting and toning treatments that help you maintain your toned physique, Blue Water Day Spa helps you address all the symptoms of stress and gives you that boost you need to get you through the week. 

With several branches located in around the metro, Blue Water Day Spa also offers its discerning clientele relaxing respites in the city where they can de-stress and pamper themselves. 

Christian Bautista and Michelle Dee

In time for this holiday season, Blue Water Day Spa proudly presents its roster of ambassadors: Michelle Dee, Harry Morris, Fabio Ide, Ara Arida and Christian Bautista. 

Michelle Dee

Michelle Dee

The youthful Michelle Dee has a lot to deal with these days, a hectic schedule and so much more. And the stress of the daily grind ultimately affects her well-being, causing headaches, neck strains and pains in her lower back. To help soothe the symptoms caused by stress, Michelle turns to Blue Water Day Spa’s Combo Herbal Massage. Using a soothing blend of essential oils, the deep tissue massage helps to work out the tensions in the back and neck. “After just one session, you feel looser and more relaxed. You’ll definitely feel that you’re ready to take on another day!” shares Michelle. 

 Christian Bautista 

Christian Bautista

A multi-awarded artist and actor, Christian Bautista has to divide his hours, recording at the studio and shooting for his back-to-back shows. The long production days and the stress on set oftentimes makes him binge on junk food. “Which, of course, affects my weight and my mindset. When I eat junk food, I feel lethargic and don’t quite have the energy,” he says. For this, he uses the Blue Water Day Spa Therapeutic Colonic Massage. It is the latest method of losing weight, and it gives Christian that boost of energy. “It makes you relax, and it helps tone the body. I combine this with exercise and eating right, and after a few sessions, you’ll see impressive results,” he shares. “The Colonic Massage also helps get rid of the blockages and impurities in your system, so you instantly feel lighter and freer.”

Ariella “Ara” Arida

Ariella “Ara” Arida

Ariella “Ara” Arida, Miss Universe 2013- Third Runner Up, understands the importance of looking your best, and so despite no longer competing for the crown, she invests time and effort in maintaining her toned physique and youthful looks. To help her look camera-ready, Ara schedules her Blue Water Day Spa Y-Lift treatments regularly. 

The Y Lift treatment, a combination facial and skin treatment, helps to reduce the signs of skin-aging and gently “lifts” the face for that youthful look. “When it comes to my body, I try to eat clean and live healthy, and complement that with my Y-Lift treatments which gives me that radiant glow and smooth complexion,” she says. 

Blue Water Day Spa has numerous other treatments for different body issues and has treatments that complement the different lifestyles of its customers. 

For active individuals and athletes like Fabio Ide and Harry Morris, they turn to Blue Water Day Spa’s Athlete Massage to help soothe the aches in their muscles. 

Harry Morris

Harry Morris

Harry Morris, a player of the Philippine Volcanoes (rugby team), often pushes his body to the limits, going through intense trainings and games regularly. “After training or a rough game, my muscles and joints hurt a lot. When I get the Athlete’s Massage, I’ve noticed that my recovery time gets cut in half,” he says. 

Fabio Ide

Fabio Ide

Fabio Ide, entrepreneur and model, agrees with Morris, adding, “Your body is like a well-oiled machine, so you have to make sure it gets the upkeep it needs. This massage does incredibly well in making sure that you stay at the top of your game and that you enjoy that range of motion painlessly.”

Blue Water Day Spa presents its new roster of celebrity endorsers on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 held at E's Bar, Shangri-La Hotel, Manila.

Whether it’s to look more beautiful, to speed up recovery time, or to just simply pamper yourself after a long, hard week of work, Blue Water Day Spa is here to help you relax and rejuvenate anytime. 

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Chem Expo 2017 : The Philippines in the chemical Global Value Chain

CHEM EXPO 2017 will be held in November 24 to 26 at the World trade Center, Manila.

CHEM EXPO 2017 is the key platform for manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors, of fine and chemicals to showcase to a dedicated audience of professionals in the industry sector.

At the press conference held at the Amorsolo Room of World Trade Center on September 21, Chem Expo 2017 organizer leaders said that the expo participating companies see Philippines as a significant market, with great growth potential are seek new business opportunities.

CHEM EXPO 2017 press conference was attended by the President of China Chemical Industry Chamber of Commerce Marrian Ma, Managing Director of WIMS Exposition & Conference Malaysia Henry Lee, President of Samahan sa Pilipinas ng mga Industriyang Kimika Dennis Tirthas and Director of China Chemical Industrial Sub-Council Michael Zhou.

Philippines will have four (4) sectors of main industrial exhibits targeting the manufacturing, processing and servicing of chemicals : 
  • AgroChem
  • PharmChem
  • DyeChem
  • LabChem.

CHEM EXPO 2017 will gather 100 delegates on the chemical industry from China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Europe, focus on the Chemical Industry, renowned in particular for Organic and Fine Chemicals, active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients, Drug Intermediates, Dyes & Pigment, Surfactants, Cosmetic Chemicals, Agrochemicals, Olechemicals, Laboratory Chemicals, Packaging equipment and a host of Chemicals (Water Treatment Chemicals, Coating Additives, Catalysts, Enzymes…)

The prospect are bright for the Philippines chemical industry, one of the primary advantages on investing in the Philippines is its young population with a median age of 23 and a population of 100 million, the demographic characteristics of the Philippines point to a large domestic market, provides a promising market base for pharmaceutical, personal care, cleaning substances, coating and other chemical business. Participating companies see Philippines as a significant market, with great growth potential are seek new business opportunities.

The geographic relocation of the global chemicals industry towards the Asia-pacific region combined with a continuous growth provides numerous opportunities for countries in the region such as the Philippines to enter and /or upgrade in the industry global value chain (GVC). The lack of raw materials and infrastructure, in particular constrains the Philippines entry into the higher value petrochemicals operations of this chain while logistics and costs constrain access to the lower value inorganic commodity operations.

The Philippines chemicals industry aims to engage in transforming the nation’s basic resources that serve domestic as well as global market needs with the best customer value. It is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best sustainability and responsible care principles, by improving products and process growth and thus contributes to the nation’s inclusive growth and socio-economic development.

Various Global Player as well as small-medium enterprises are based in the Philippines. Highly successful research partnerships between companies and a research institutes are a growth engines for a prospering business environment in and around the Manila, is well connected to numerous international destinations, as an excellent venue to Asia audience.

Target visitors of the CHEM EXPO 2017 are : Distributors, Traders, Chemicals buyers, CEOs, Engineers , Technocrats and Scientists, Marketing Chiefs, Professionals and Consultants, Policy Makers, Diplomats and Foreign Commercial Corps, Industry Associations and Trade Delegations from China and Abroad.

Visit and join the CHEM EXPO PHILIPPINES 2017 on November 24, 25, 26 at the World Trade Center Manila. Opening Hours - 10:30AM to 6:00PM
FREE ADMISSION - Children 12-years below NOT allowed.

CHEM EXPO Philippines 2017 is organized by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade - Sub-Council of Chemical Industry, Chemical Industries Association of Philippines and WIMS (PHILS) Exposition and Services Corporation. Supported by Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Philippines Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, Philippines Textile Producer Association of Philippines, Philippines Plastics Industry Association and Philippine Rubber Industries Association. 

For further details about this expo please contact Mr. Bong or Ms. Leilanie of WIMS (Phils) Exhibitions and Services Corporation via their landline number 4115123 or via 0956927368. 

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Do Unstoppable Selfies with the OPPO A57 on Globe Postpaid ThePlan 999

Get the ideal selfie smartphone with the right budget for a postpaid plan

OPPO Philippines and Globe Telecom now offers the OPPO A57 selfie-centric smartphone at Plan 999 with one-time cash-out of Php500. Equipped with a 16MP selfie camera on a sleek 5.2” display form factor, the A57 is an ideal smartphone for selfie lovers who needs a compact smartphone. Customers get 3.5GB of open data allocation along with 10GB of GoWatch for streaming apps and free Facebook allocation of 1GB monthly on Plan 999.

The OPPO A57 has a flagship-level 16 MP selfie front camera, bokeh enabled selfies, beautification 4.0, lightning-fast solid-state fingerprint scanner, and a long-lasting battery on a perfect 5.2” body size that perfectly fits to any hand. 

Additionally, the A57 carries a formidable 1.4GHz Snapdragon 435 Octa-core processor and 3 GB RAM, ensuring snappy performance and seamless multi-tasking for today’s demanding trend. It even has better LTE connection thanks to the 700MHz band 28 compatibility for faster speeds and better indoor signals. 

ThePlan 999 with the OPPO A57 features a monthly allocation of 3.5GB for open-data while streaming apps like Netflix, Youtube, HOOQ and more have its own 10GB allocation via GoWatch. Additionally, customers have 1GB Free Facebook allocation, 50 all-net texts, and 50 mins of calls to Globe/TM which all replenishes monthly. A complimentary 6 months Netflix subscription is also included into the plan for series and movie fanatics. 
“Our OPPO A57’s competitive features and sleek form factor along with the data-rich and entertainment packed package of Globe make a compelling postpaid offer for our customers.” – OPPO Philippines Eason de Guzman, Public Relations Manager

Recently, OPPO A57 was announced as the the 2nd best-selling Android smartphone in the world according the Counterpoint Research last July 2017. It’s balanced performance, high front selfie camera resolution and ideal size is a great value to consumers who needs a great mid-range smartphone. 

For more details about the OPPO A57 on Globe Postpaid, please visit

#NSFDay : Toby’s Sports to Celebrate First National Sports and Fitness Day on October 1, 2017

The Sports Retail Giant Boosts Efforts to Promote Sports and Fitness with New Initiative

Toby’s Sports, the largest multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, today announced that it will be celebrating the 1st National Sports and Fitness Day on October 1, 2017. Toby’s Sports established the National Sports and Fitness Day to further highlight the positive benefits of sports and fitness activities for Filipinos of all ages. 

Apart from having the widest selection of sports products from the top brands in the industry, Toby’s Sports has also been at the forefront of the sports and fitness movement through a variety of initiatives, such as running a youth sports foundation, regularly holding sports events for amateurs and consistently partnering with other organizations that are dedicated to improving people’s lives through sports. The retail giant’s 50 stores nationwide also house a team of sports enthusiasts and specialists that are dedicated to helping customers find the right gear and assisting them in their journey to an active and healthy lifestyle. 

“We have been the trusted ally in sports and fitness for millions of Filipinos nationwide for the past 39 years, and we’re excited to finally introduce a special day dedicated to appreciating the importance of engaging in sports and an active lifestyle,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum International Inc., the parent company of Toby’s Sports. “As we celebrate the first National Sports and Fitness Day on October 1, 2017, we want our customers to know that they can count on us to cheer and support them in whatever sport or fitness activity they take on.”

To make the first National Sports and Fitness Day extra special, Toby’s Sports will be giving away Toby’s Backcourt Pro basketballs to the first 50 customers per store nationwide, as well as in its e-commerce site ( on October 1, 2017. 

Toby’s Sports is also encouraging their customers to share their National Sports and Fitness Day experience and tag @tobyssports on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #NSFDay.

Jollibee and Friends hit the concert stage with the Jolly Musical Band

Jollibee makes kids’ playtime more exciting with fun music from the Jolly Musical Band that comes with every Jolly Kiddie Meal.

Kids can enjoy jamming with Jollibee and Friends by simply collecting and connecting the toys to form the stage, assemble the band, and see performance-ready Jollibee, Hetty, Popo, Twirlie, and Yum with their instruments.

Simply push each of the collectibles to the left or to the right to see some of their awesome concert moves. See and hear Jollibee sway and sing sweet melodies while Hetty dances and shakes her maracas. Watch as Popo strums the strings of his guitar and Twirlie hits the ivories on her piano, all while Yum adds some cool percussion with his beat box.

Get the Jolly Musical Band toys with every purchase of a Jolly Kiddie Meal. For a Yumburger Meal at P90, a Jolly Spaghetti Meal at P95, or a Chickenjoy Meal at P122, kids can get these great toys all with their own Jolly Joy Box.

Promo runs from October 1 to November 15, 2017. Visit the nearest Jollibee branch and complete the Jolly Kiddie Meal Jolly Musical Band!

Golden Fiesta Canola Oil: a rich source of cholesterol-reducing ‘phytosterol’

Reduce your body’s cholesterol level by up to 15 percent by choosing Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, made possible by its phytosterol content.

Health talks ! 

Heart-friendly is probably the last thing on your mind when you reach for the cooking oil in your kitchen shelf, with health buffs giving it a bad rap all these years. It’s time, then, to set things straight: while some cooking oils put your cardiovascular health at risk, others provide essential good fats that our bodies need. 

In fact, did you know that some cooking oils reduce your risk of having coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular ailments? 

One of the healthiest oils in the market that nutrition experts recommended is canola oil, which contains heart-healthy nutrients called phytosterols, and which is now being offered by leading oil brand Golden Fiesta by NutriAsia. 

Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is a rich source of the cholesterol-reducing phytosterols, an all-natural plant extract that can reduce your body’s cholesterol level by up to 15 percent. Scientific studies and trials show that consumption of two grams of phytosterols per day has the potential of diminishing the risk of coronary heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. 

According to the 7th DOST-ENRI Nutrition Survey, Filipinos become vulnerable to heart disease as early as age 20 due to unhealthy diets and an increasingly stressful work environment. 

The claim that phytosterol-containing food may reduce the risk of heart disease, as sanctioned by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA), bolsters the benefits of consuming Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, the substantial phytosterol contents of which help ease the intestinal absorption of dietary cholesterol and facilitate the excretion of biliary cholesterol in the feces. 

Made from the seeds of canola flowers, Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is also rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, which are also beneficial in lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and some types of cancer when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

Compared to other vegetable oils, canola oil has a low level of uric acid, glucosinolates, and saturated fatty acids and bad fats, making it one of the healthiest and more widely used oils in the market.

Daily consumption of two grams of phytosterol, which is found in Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, may potentially reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, studies show.

So the next time you go the supermarket, choose the cooking oil that is best for your heart—NutriAsia Golden Fiesta Canola Oil!

NutriAsia Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is a good source of phytosterols. Two grams of phytosterols per day may potentially reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

September 27, 2017

Ed Sheeran Announces His New Single ‘Perfect’

Mercury Prize nominee, Ed Sheeran, has announced his new single ‘Perfect’ and you can watch the accompanying lyric video here:

A personal favourite of Ed’s and fans alike, ‘Perfect’ – a modern-day ballad and yet another pristine example of the troubadours’ timeless storytelling – is the fourth official single to be released from Ed’s record-breaking third studio album ‘÷’ (pronounced “divide”) and has already accumulated over half a billion streams to date!

Released in March, the LP continues its reign as the UK’s most-streamed AND biggest-selling album of the year thus far, with over 2.2 million UK sales in just six months (OCC). Globally, the album has surpassed 10 million sales, holding 84 x Platinum and 10 x Gold certifications across the world. Furthermore, as of this week, ‘Shape of You’ has officially become the most-streamed track of all time on Spotify with 1.318 billion streams, overtaking Drake’s ‘One Dance’!

26-year-old Sheeran, who recently took home ‘Artist of the Year’ at the VMA’s, is nominated for three Q Awards this year including ‘Best Track’, ‘Best Solo’ and ‘Best Act In The World Today’ the awards will take place at London’s Roundhouse on October 18.

Ed will be heading out on a sold out, 19-date UK stadium tour in May/June 2018 that’ll include four nights at Wembley Stadium.

ABS-CBN Partners With Hallo Hallo Entertainment For MNL48 Girl Idol Group Search

ABS-CBN, the country’s leading media and entertainment company, and Hallo Hallo Entertainment will soon begin the search for 48 talented Filipinas who will become part of the next big all-girl idol group to be called MNL48.

(L-R) Jillmer Dy, Mercedita Gonzales, Paulo Kurosawa, Laurenti Dyogi, Yasunari Okada, Aldrin Cerrado, Macie Imperial

ABS-CBN TV production head Laurenti Dyogi, chief finance officer Aldrin Cerrado, OIC for integrated acquisitions and international sales and distribution Cecilia “Macie” Imperial, business unit head Mercedita Gonzales, Hallo Hallo Entertainment chief executive officer Yasunari Okada, and president Paulo Kurosawa recently inked the partnership agreement in a ceremonial signing held at ABS-CBN’s ELJ Communications Center Building in Quezon City.

(L-R) Paulo Kurosawa, Laurenti Dyogi, Yasunari Okada

“We are bringing the very popular idol group format from Japan to Manila. In Japan, it’s called AKB48. Here in Manila, we will be looking for young, talented Filipinos who will become part of MNL48. This will be one of our biggest talent searches on television for young girls,” said Dyogi.

“This could be a new page for the Philippine showbiz industry because we have a new system for the selection process. It will be wonderful for Filipinos who will be joining,” added Kurosawa.

“We are so happy to partner with ABS-CBN and spread Japan pop idol culture to the Philippines,”said Okada.

MNL48 will be the Philippine counterpart of phenomenal Japanese girl group AKB48, which is one of the highest earning musical acts in the world with record sales of over US$200 million in Japan.

The search for the members of MNL48 will soon start in ABS-CBN. It will not only give Filipina girls the chance to be part of the next pop group phenomenon, but will also get to fly to Japan to personally train and learn from the makers of AKB48.

September 26, 2017

The Prime Of Gen Korean BBQ House at SM by the bay

Experience #GenPrimetime dinner at Gen Korean BBQ House located at the SM by the Bay. 

A perfect place to dine in and chill the day at the Gen Korean BBQ House as they lets you enjoy top-of-the-line all-you-can-eat US Premium meat and seafood as grill Korean barbecue the right way.

Gen Korean BBQ House from sunny LA, California has found its new home at SM by the Bay. The massive 500 seater dining area lets you experience top-of-the-line all-you-can-eat meat and seafood. It’s the perfect place to get together for birthday parties, anniversaries, family reunions, or simply a pig-out session with friends.

Gen lets you explore the art of Korean barbeque, using the finest quality meats, paired with dishes filled with unique savory tastes. Together with the modern ambiance of the black-lit restaurant, it’s truly a unique experience worth your while!

Aside from their amazing ambiance and food selection, Gen has amazing promos and offers in store for you. #GenPrimetime, from 2pm-6pm for P898.00 and 6pm onwards for P1288.00, you get to enjoy select meats and unlimited drinks at a bargain deal. Prime meats and drinks for the prime time to dine!

On the other hand, for the party animals out there, #PrimetimeFridays is the day for you. Every Friday, aside from having delicious meals for your palatte, you get to enjoy hot new hits played by select djs. 

Head on over to SM by the Bay and get a taste of what GEN has to offer.

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