October 31, 2017

Jack Ma graces the launch of GCash that leads future of payments in Philippines at Ayala Malls

Alibaba Group Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma graces the launch of Globe Telecom's GCash - cashless payment system for Ayala Malls on Wednesday, October 25 at Glorietta 4, Makati City. 

In photo: Alibaba Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma (center, left) joins GCat, the GCash Mascot as it shows a sample of the QR code that is set to change the landscape of payments in the country. Together with him are (from L-R): Mynt President and CEO Anthony Thomas, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Ant Financial Services Group CEO Eric Jing, Ayala Corporation President and CEO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Land President and CEO Bobby Dy, and Ant Financial SVP and Head of International Operations Douglas Feagin.

GCash is poised to lead the future of payments in the Philippines following the recent joint venture of Ant Financial, Globe Telecom, and Ayala Corporation which is seen to speed up the country’s digitization to make the lives of Filipinos much easier.

Jack Ma buys taho using GCash with Globe Presiden & CEO Ernest Cu
(Photo by Jocel de Guzman) 


This developed as Chinese tech billionaire Jack Ma graced the opening of the Philippine retail industry to electronic payments through GCash. Ma was joined by Ant Financial Services Group CEO Eric Jing, Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Ayala Land President and CEO Bobby Dy, and Mynt President and CEO Anthony Thomas.

Jack Ma 


“Imagine a day when you can shop and buy cinema, bus and train tickets with a simple scan of your personal GCash QR code in your smart phone. The convenient daily life of 520 million Alipay users are enjoying will soon be realized in the Philippines. In the past months, Ant Financial has worked closely with GCash product of Mynt, as we are dedicated to bringing digital financial services to our friends in the Philippines.



Technology is helping more people to enjoy the benefits of digital financial services in a cost-effective, efficient and safe way. I hope we may share our technologies and experiences with our partner, helping them to better serve more local users," said Ant Financial Services Group CEO Eric Jing.



“We are thrilled to mark this special milestone with Mr. Jack Ma, and Mr. Eric Jing of Ant Financial — it goes without saying that we are very pleased to partner with Ant Financial, given their level of experience and expertise in this field. We look forward to innovating and evolving with the Filipino consumer, together. This day marks a special moment in the history of technology and payments in the Philippines — this launches the first broad application of such technology, and marks GCash as the leader in this space,” said Zobel de Ayala said.


Ayala seeks to promote financial inclusion for the underserved Filipinos. In doing so, it continuously invests in creating new channels and access points that broaden payment and lending options for all.

The partnership with Globe and Ant Financial Services Group, one of the world’s leading digital financial services providers and parent company of Alipay is aligned with Ayala’s recent strategic investments to meet the people’s changing needs, and accelerate the development of the Philippines’ digital economy.

Meanwhile, Cu noted that the partnership is now bearing fruit. 




“We are happy to share the initial successes that will disrupt payment methods in the Philippines. In this country, only 5% of the population have credit cards, leaving almost everybody to carry cash all the time to pay for something. Today, we are introducing the 3rd method of payment -- GCash. We found the right partner and the right time to really scale up the business and change the way we use financial services.”
“Now that more people are using data on their smartphones, the time is ripe to enable digital payments using the smartphone and let this go mainstream. Our challenge today is to make digital payments the preferred choice among our customers instead of cash or credit cards,” he added.


Through GCash, particularly the scan to pay feature of the GCash App, Filipinos can now experience the convenient cashless lifestyle.

The new payment option is a game changer for both consumers and merchants. It allows customers to pay for goods and services by simply using their smartphones to scan QR codes displayed by merchants and establishments.

On the other hand, business owners also benefit from not having to install expensive machines as they are provided with a QR code sticker which buyers can scan to pay. Customers pay the exact amount, removing the need for coins or change. GCash sees this solution working not just for organized trade but even for the ambulant vendors.

Joining GCash in showcasing the future of payments in the Philippines is Ayala Malls. Known as a retail innovator, Ayala Malls is a perfect catapult for GCash to reach thousands of consumers while also improving the customer experience for Ayala Malls shoppers.

Glorietta is the first Ayala Mall to offer the GCash payment system in many of its shops and restaurants, as well as its cinemas. GCash will be rolled out very soon to other Ayala Malls such as Greenbelt, TriNoma, Market! Market!, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Bonifacio High Street, UP Town Center, Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, and Ayala Malls South Park.



With the GCash scan to pay feature, Ayala Malls customers can catch up with the cashless experience of shoppers in other countries.

GCash is an internationally-acclaimed mobile wallet service of Mynt which can be used to buy load, pay bills, send money, and pay for goods and services whether online or offline.



Be #BerryBrave As Jollibee Launches New Surprisingly Delicious Products: Strawberry Tea Float And Fries


Jollibee, the Philippines’ #1 fast-food brand, launches new surprisingly delicious products: Strawberry Tea Float And Fries, exciting products that deliver the joy of strawberry goodness with every sip and bite!

A surprising treat that perfectly complements Jollibee’s best-selling meals, the Strawberry Tea Float is unlike any beverage in the fast-food scene. The strawberry tea base is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy, and plays up the creaminess of the vanilla soft-serve on top.

The Strawberry Fries, on the other hand, is definitely a unique way to enjoy strawberry. The crispy fries packs a savory, strawberry-flavored punch that serves as an interesting snack and the ideal partner for the Yumburger, Jolly Hotdog, or even Chickenjoy!



“With these new products, Jollibee diners will definitely get to enjoy strawberry goodness beyond their imagination. Exciting innovations on our beloved products are proof of Jollibee’s commitment to deliver memorable dining experiences to our customers.” said Kay Segismundo, Jollibee Marketing Manager for Complementary Products.

Now you can make every strawberry lover’s dream come true with these exciting new products at Jollibee starting October 30, 2017. 

The Strawberry Tea Float is available solo for only P29.00, or as an upgrade to a value meal for only P20.00. The Strawberry Fries are available in Regular (P40.00), Large (P65.00), Jumbo (P80.00) and can also be enjoyed with your favorite value meal as an upgrade for only P7.00.

For more information, visit Jollibee Philippines on Facebook (facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines)

Prices may vary across different locations

Atlantis Announces Full Cast For MATILDA The Musical



Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group (ATEG) is excited to announce the full cast for the internationally-acclaimed musical, MATILDA, inspired by Roald Dahl's beloved book.

Composed of some of the finest musical theater talents of the country, the cast is currently deep into rehearsals gearing up for a November 10th opening night at Meralco Theater in Ortigas Center.


Playing the title role are three of theater's small miracles: Telesa Marie "Esang" De Torres, whose most notable works include ABS-CBN's "The Voice," and the "Les Miserables" Asian tour; Uma Naomi Martin, who has made her theater debut in "A Little Princess," and Felicity Kyle Napuli, who has been recognized as Outstanding Child Performerat the Gawad Musika Awards. They are accompanied by a team of incredible performers who will appear as Matilda's wacky and charming classmates, namely Gabrielle Aerin Ong and Maria Ericka Peralejo as Lavander; Denise Fidel Arteta and Chi Chi Tan as Amanda; Nicole Chien and Ella Gonzalez as Alice; Alba Berenguer-Testa and Chantel Marie Guinid as Hortensia; Josh Nubla and Miguel Suarez as Bruce; Rhythm Alexander and Ian Albert Magallona as Eric; Gabo Tiongson and Pablo Miguel Palacpac as Nigel, and John Joseph Miraflores and Teddy Velasco as Tommy.


But it would not be a "Matilda" story if not for the adults who give these kids many a reason to be naughty. 

Due to give some show-stopping performances are Jamie Wilson as Miss Trunchbull; Cris Villonco as Miss Honey; Joaquin Valdes as Mr. Wormwood; Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Mrs. Wormwood; Emeline Celis-Guinid as Mrs. Phelps; Nel Gomez as Michael Wormwood; Bibo Reyes as Rudolpho, and to complete an electrifying ensemble are Steven Conde, Tim Pavino, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Teetin Villanueva, Gerhard Krystoffer, Alex Reyes, Jim Andrew Ferrer, Gabby Padilla, and Mica Fajardo.

Jamie as the terrifying Miss Trunchbull has 37 years of experience as an actor to back him up. He has made the theater his home since the age of seven, appearing in numerous critically-acclaimed productions such as "Pippin," "Almost Maine," "Jersey Boys," and "Run For Your Wife." A fellow veteran to accompany him is Cris, who rose to stardom as a solo artist best known for her hit single "Crush ng Bayan," and since then has made a name for herself in the world of theater and film. She recently appeared as Alison in ATEG's "Fun Home."

Joaquin is not a stranger to the Philippine theater scene, he started as a performer at a very young age and took a break from it working in advertising for eight years. Now, he returns to the stage as Mr. Wormwood. Playing his wife, Mrs. Wormwood is Carla, who is a "Miss Saigon" alumna who has performed with ATEG in many productions including "Nine," "The Addams Family," "Saturday Night Fever," and "Avenue Q." Not to be outdone is Emeline who will be Mrs. Phelps. Emeline has started performing at seven years old and has been seen in ATEG musicals such as "Rock of Ages," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Jersey Boys," and "Saturday Night Fever."

Nel, who will be playing Michael Wormwood, has been acting for 10 years, was most recently seen in "Kinky Boots." Bibo as Rudolpho, who started his acting venture with the Ateneo Blue Repertory, was last seen on the ATEG musical stage as Bob Crowe in "Jersey Boys."

Together, they help tell the story of Matilda and her friends: a group of children who are determined to fight against the injustices of childhood and are inspired to start a revolution that will change their destinies forever.

MATILDA The Musical is directed by Bobby Garcia,  choreography is by Cecile Martinez; lighting design by Driscoll Otto; musical direction by Farley Asuncion; set design by Faust Peneyra; projection design by GA Fallarme; costume design by Raven Ong; sound design by Kevin Heard; vocal coaching by ManMan Angsico; assistant direction by Steven Conde; assistant choreography by Jim Ferrer, and assistant vocal coaching by Rhenwyn Gabalonzo.

Seen by over seven million people across more than 60 cities and playing more than 5,300 performances worldwide, MATILDA The Musical is now preparing for its first UK and Ireland tour, beginning in March 2018, and running alongside the continuing West End production. To date, the show has received 86 major international awards, including 16 for Best Musical.

Presented by Promil, together with Metrobank Card Corporation, MATILDA The Musical will make its Philippine debut at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City from the 10th of November to the 10th of December this year. Shows will be scheduled on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

The show is recommended for children aged seven and above (children under the age of four will not be permitted inside the theater). 

Tickets ranging from P1,500 to P4,000 are now available at Ticketworld (call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph). For more information, visithttp://atlantistheatrical.com/faq.

Kids Halloween Fun at the Cartoon Network Mad Science Scare-A-Torium

Mojo Jojo, Vilgax, Ice King and other Cartoon Network villains had the last laugh at the Cartoon Network Mad Science Scare-A-Torium!



Cartoon Network Mad Science Scare-A-Torium was held at Samsung Hall at SM Aura Premier last Sunday, October 29, 2017.


The Halloween event organized by Cartoon Network, in partnership with Mad Science PH and Mystery Manila aims to help fledgling villains-in-training to become the best that they can be. Cartoon Network fans from all over the metro attended the event, where they participated in a number of fun and challenging activities divided into several stops.


They included the Villain Academy, the Villain Supply Depot and a practical exam by Mojo Jojo, where they were tasked to create the perfect plan to defeat The Powerpuff Girls. The participants collected stamps for their licenses through these activities, earning their place among Cartoon Network’s greatest bad guys.



Aside from learning all the tricks of being a villain, kids also showcased their most eye-catching ensemble through the costume parade and costume contest, had fun alongside mascots from their favorite Cartoon Network shows, and won amazing treats via games and a raffle draw!

Missed out on the fun? Follow Cartoon Network on Facebook.com/CartoonNetworkAsia to get the latest news about your favorite shows and characters!


Cartoon Network is available on SKYCable Channel 43, SKYCable HD Channel 178, Cignal Channel 35, Cignal HD Channel 110, Destiny Cable (Digital) Channel 43, Destiny Cable (Analog) Channel 51 and Cable Link Channel 26, Dream Satellite Channel 15.


About Cartoon Network Philippines
Cartoon Network is the leading kids’ brand in the Philippines. Its dedicated Philippine channel offers the best in original animated comedies including the multi-award-winning global hits Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears, Mighty Magiswords, The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time. Cartoon Network is available in 29 countries throughout Asia Pacific and is currently seen in more than 135 million pay-TV homes. Online, Cartoon Network reaches millions more via its websites and apps including Cartoon Network Watch and Play and Cartoon Network Anything. In Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network is created and distributed by Turner, a Time Warner company.

Filipina Singer Alisah Bonaobra Returns to The X Factor UK



Twenty-two-year-old Alisah Bonaobra won UK’s heart and made it back to the live shows on The X Factor UK. Viewers were asked to vote for an eliminated act from the Judges’ House round whom they want to come back and compete in the live shows.

On Sunday’s episode, it was a battle between the Boys and the Girls categories with the theme “Express Yourself.” The X Factor UK hopefuls performed a song of their choice related to the theme.

While introducing her wildcard winner, Sharon Osbourne was very thankful to the public for bringing Alisah back.

Alisah performed This is My Now by Jordin Sparks, which greatly impressed the judges and the audience. After her performance, the judges were on their feet and had nothing but compliments for her.


“That song is absolutely perfect for you because this is your now and you deserve to be back on the show. You always should have been on the show!” said Louis Walsh. “It’s almost like a winner’s song, and I love a power ballad with a key change from a great singer and you are a great singer! You’re a great performer. You got great soul and I love the way you fight back!” he added.

Nicole Scherzinger agreed with Louis and referred to Alisah as her little Disney warrior princess. “You just hiya-d and karate chopped all through that song! But you did it with grace. You did it with poise. You did it with strength. I freakin’ adore you!” she expressed. “I look at you and I’m like that’s my little ninja Filipina sister up there! You were meant to be up there, like [what Louis] said, this is your now, because that’s your stage, and you just took it tonight, honey!” she added.

“Everybody says in this contest that they really want this, and they really need to be here. I know your story. I know what you’ve gone through. And you know what? With a voice like yours, you’re gonna be here ‘til the end, Miss! I am so happy for you, so, so happy!” said judge and Girls category mentor Sharon Osbourne.

On the taped interview, Alisah called herself the “comeback queen.” She looked back at her journey where she was let go but asked to come back and fight for her spot at the Six Chair Challenge. Now she is back again as the wildcard winner.

When host Dermot O’Leary asked the judges who they thought won the night, the lady judges Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne both favored Alisah.

Alisah survived week 1 of the live shows and will continue with her journey on the competition.

Watch out for Alisah’s next performances on The X Factor UK on RTL CBS Entertainment. 

For more updates follow RTL CBS Entertainment on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RTLCBSEntertainment, @RTLCBSEntertainment on Instagram and @RTLCBSEntertain on Twitter.

The X Factor UK airs first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment same day as the UK on Sundays and Mondays at 10:30am with primetime encores Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00pm. 

RTL CBS Entertainment is available on SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Destiny Cable channel 53, and Cablelink channels 37(SD) and 313(HD).

Viddsee Juree Awards Top Ten Finalists Announced By Viddsee

Young filmmakers to win Blackmagic camera and film course in L.A. at Viddsee Juree Awards 


Fresh, innovative and inspiring stories have been chosen to vie for top honors at the Viddsee Juree Philippines, a festival of short films that aim to celebrate and support filmmaker communities in Asia.

Alembrg Ang Awards Director Viddsee Jury Philippines



The nominated films are by upcoming talents from different schools such as the University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, Mint, College of St Benilde, Letran, and International Academy of Film and Television. 

Their works are about families, personal struggles and the realities in rural communities— a young boy’s dream of becoming a mermaid, two brothers dealing with the loss of their parents shot entirely on a drone, a father battling grief and injustice after his son’s death, and more moving stories. 
Derek Tan Co-founder of Viddsee

Nikki Loke
Viddsee’s head of content Nikki Loke comments: 
“Themes from the top ten films highlight local cultures and nuances, while others reflect universal themes of mental health and identity, for example. Overall, I was very impressed with all the elements of storytelling like casting, cinematography, script, supporting the authenticity of these stories.” 
The winners of the Viddsee Juree Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday, November 25, at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila. Viddsee will also hold a series of workshops, forums and short film screenings at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde on 24 November, and at the Cinematheque from 24 to 26 November.  All these are open to the public. 

The initiative kicked off three months ago through an online campaign and offline roadshows in Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao where it received encouraging response from the creative community. 

Two top entries will be named Gold and Silver winners. They will win production equipment including a cinema camera sponsored by Blackmagic and a five-day Film Immersion Course in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association. 

For the nominees, landing on the shortlist is a prize in itself. 
“There are some people who have criticized my work,which made me question my ability as a filmmaker. Being part of this competition made me more confident as a person and a filmmaker, and that I have the chance to be recognized by a bigger audience, that I have a shot in this industry,” says Tashana Rivera, director of the film “Companion”.

For Christian Candelaria, director of “In His Island,” being selected is also a tribute to those who helped him make his film. He declares, “I’m humbled and deeply proud to have the privilege of collaborating with such amazing and fine group of people who shared the same passion.” 

The jury is composed of Loïc Valceschini, festival programmer of Neuchâtel Int' Fantastic Film Fest and Locarno's Semaine de la Critique, Marcus Manh, Vietnamese film producer and founder of YxineFF, and Antoinette Jadaone, Filipino film writer director of blockbuster hits like “That Thing Called Tadhana and “Love You To The Stars and Back.” 

Viewers can see these films and other eligible in out-of-competition films for free on Viddsee.com.

For more information on these events and the shortlisted films visit https://www.viddsee.com/juree/ philippines2017   https://www.viddsee.com/ submit/juree/philippines



About Viddsee Juree Awards
Viddsee Juree Awards is an initiative celebrating the entertainment industry's picks of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary and animation. In this second edition of Viddsee Juree Awards, stories are picked from the brightest talents and upcoming filmmakers in the Philippines to be watched and judged by a panel of international judges. Each short film shortlisted for the competition will be watched by millions online and selected for film screenings around various cities in the Philippines. Juree is part of Viddsee’s commitment to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.


About Viddsee
Founded in 2013, Viddsee is an online entertainment and technology platform that drives distribution and marketing of short movies. Its unique stories have generated over 1 billion views through Viddsee’s mobile applications and platforms with its proprietary marketing insight of targeted communities and content. With the vision of building an ecosystem for creators and audience, Viddsee empowers storytellers to tell their very own local stories that resonate with a global audience. Visit www.viddsee.com to find out more.


About Film Development Council of the Philippines
Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is an agency under the Office of the President mandated to promote and support the development and growth of the Philippine film Industry and currently under the leadership of Chairperson Liza Diño. FDCP's goal is to create a thriving and self-sustaining Filipino film industry that contributes to the cultural and economic development of the country.

October 30, 2017

#CreateCourage Star Wars: Rogue One Campaign Bags 8 Boomerang Awards - Globe Hailed as Advertiser of the Year

Globe Telecom’s #CreateCourage campaign to promote its partnership with the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars, won numerous awards at the recent 2017 Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) Boomerang Awards, including the coveted Advertiser of the Year award.


Globe #CreateCourage campaign for Star Wars: Rogue One bags 8 awards at the IMMAP 2017 Boomerang Awards. Presenting the awards to Globe are (L-R:) Ken Lingan, Google Philippines Country Manager and Jury Head of Boomerang Awards 2017. Receiving the awards are Andre Montejo, Social and Digital Content Strategist ; Abigail Castelo, Social and Digital Content Strategist; Maxine Casaclang, Social and Digital Content Strategist; Carla Braganza, Communication Design Manager; Kenn Penero, Social and Digital Content Strategist; Patrick Marcelo, Social and Digital Content Strategist; Benedict Opinion, Social and Digital Content Specialist; Eric Nolasco, Communication Design Manager; Yoly Crisanto, SVP for Corporate Communications; and Monday Gonzales, Director for Sustainability and Jos Ortega, President and CEO of Havas Media Ortega.

Launched last December 2016 as part of the telco’s multi-year strategic partnership with entertainment giant Disney, #CreateCourage advocated for non-judgmental understanding and to celebrate bravery during struggle through a short film. 

The campaign also bagged several awards including Special Award for Best of Show, Special Award for Effectiveness, Gold Award for Campaign: Tech and Telecommunications, Silver Award for Campaign: Leisure, Wellness and Entertainment, Silver Award for Digital Craft: Visual and Audio Excellence, Silver Award for Effectiveness: Awareness and Bronze Award for Effectiveness: Engagement. 

The film tells the story of a young Star Wars fan named Alex who wears her Stormtrooper helmet every day at home, in school, or out and about, piquing the curiosity of people around her. One day, she enters her classroom and is surprised that her whole class too was wearing the same helmets, showing her support. This then leads to the heartwarming reveal of the girl’s condition when she takes off her helmet to reveal the oxygen mask.

Wonderfully demonstrating a child’s resilience and triumph over challenges, the heart-tugging video went viral in a matter of days after its release by Globe, and soon received praise from all over the world, especially from Star Wars fans. It garnered over 45 million views and has been recognized by top online news channels such as CNN International, Mashable, Huffington Post, Upworthy. It also received international acclaim with the Best Short Form award at the 2017 Brand Film Festival New York.

The campaign sought to raise awareness for the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), which needed to raise funds for the rehabilitation of its pediatric oncology clinic. Globe enlisted the support of its millions of viewers to donate to the clinic, so that the hospital could make it a warmer, more cheerful environment conducive to the children’s recovery.
“Creating societal value is important to us in any campaign that we take on. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had very inspiring values that allowed us to come up with the story for the ad. We are honored by the recognition from IMMAP and grateful to have been given the chance to try and positively impact the real world,” said Albert de Larrazabal, Chief Commercial Officer, Globe Telecom.
The Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines created The Boomerangs in 2008, recognizing innovation and excellence in digital marketing and advertising. This year’s awards received its highest turnout of 263 submissions. 

October 29, 2017

How to make a viral video featuring Anne Curtis and the Jollibee Burger Steak

The quirkiest ad yet features Anne and a creative team as they take a crack at breaking the internet with the doble-linamnam ulam, Jollibee Burger Steak

Jollibee is on a serious roll this 2017 when it comes to relatable, entertaining and out-of-the-box TV and online commercials. The latest features actress-host-entrepreneur Anne Curtis and her beloved Jollibee Burger Steak, and this new video brings us a unique production with one of the country’s most beautiful and recognizable faces.



Making a video entails a much longer process that viewers do not often see. This new Jollibee ad, for example, is a product of collaboration between Jollibee and a creative team. They began working with the challenge of creating a potentially viral video, which then led to a brainstorming session to come up with fresh ideas worthy of the country’s number one fast-food brand.



In a recently released online video, we are treated to the wacky behind-the-scenes footage of this new Anne Curtis video. Three creative professionals brainstorm about fun and catchy ways to advertise the Jollibee Burger Steak, cunningly bringing together Pinoy pop culture references, Anne Curtis’ quirky self and the karaoke staple “Loving You” by 1970’s soul diva Minnie Ripperton.
Log on to Facebook and watch the hilarious clip in Jollibee Philippines’ official page:https://web.facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines/videos/1606473379398882/


Just like Anne, you can fall in love with every bite of the Burger Steak. The perfect ulam to a steaming serving of white rice, the Burger Steak offers the rich, doble-linamnam goodness of a 100% beef patty and flavor-packed mushroom gravy.


Head over to the nearest Jollibee branch today and enjoy your very own Burger Steak, available for dine-in, take-out, delivery and drive-thru transactions. 

Prices start at P50.00*. For more information on Jollibee’s latest products and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook (facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines) and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

*Prices may vary across different locations.

Timex Time Travel : The Most Wonderful Time with Timex and SM

SM Supermalls,  as the home of Global Brands has launched an exciting campaign to experience new and fun happenings at SM, as the retail giant partners with various international brands such as Timex. 

Timex is an American heritage specialist in the art of timekeeping that combines high-end Italian designs with cutting edge German engineering.

Under the SM Project Global Campaign, Timex (which boasts a 160-year old heritage from United States) has launched an 18-mall roadshow entitled Timex Time Travel, to celebrate and explore the evolving landscape of watch making. The event offers event-exclusive deals, freebies and fun games. 

To cap off this road show with a kick, Timex, in partnership with The SM Store, also launches its Fall Collection perfect for the Holiday gift-giving season. 



The whole ethos of the brand leader in watches is about American ingenuity. More than being the pioneer in making functional design available to everyone, Timex patrons will see a collection of stylish watches in this special unveiling in SM Mall of Asia.



The A-list watch styles this Fall Collection are the Timex Metropolitan Collection, Allied Chrono, Expedition Ranger, Waterbury Collection and the Special Edition of world-famous Timex Easy Reader. 



Easy Reader 40th Anniversary Special Edition

In the year that brought us Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever and an Oscar for Rocky, Timex introduced the landmark silhouette of the Easy Reader. Clean, classic & timeless. Forty years on and with over 25 million pieces sold worldwide, Timex has dressed up Easy Reader for the occasion, featuring a rich Horween® leather strap, in four classic and current trend-inspired styles. 


Metropolitan Collection

With refined & textured dial details plus ultra-thin watch case, the Metropolitan Collection offers a touch of simplicity and sophistication to one’s work-to-play look. A special line of this Metropolitan Collection called Skyline is launched as FIRST SEEN in SM Store. 


Allied Chrono

The Timex Allied Chrono is a classic chronograph rugged enough for the actual field. The 100-meter water resistant case keeps the chronograph movement safe from whatever life throws its way. 



Expedition Ranger

This classic watch is built for the outdoors with a premium enamel top ring, brushed stainless steel case, side crown protectors and water-resistant premium leather strap. The Expedition Ranger brings out one’s adventurous side with its outdoor styling, appropriate for the office as it is for the trail.




Waterbury Collection

Meet the next generation of classic. Our roots date back to 1854 in Waterbury, CT and this heritage style with an ageless design honors our history of pure craftsmanship and authentic watchmaking.


When it comes to telling time, it should be no surprise that Timex is all about sophisticated style with a touch of quirk. If you're looking for affordable, yet functional watches to gift yourself or a loved one, check out the new Fall Collection of Timex in The SM Store and Timex Shops nationwide. 

With Timex, surely this Holiday is yet your wonderful time.

Jollibee Halloween Fun thrills Jollibee Kids Club members with tricks and treats

Be a part of the Jollibee Kids Club and join the spooktastic Jollibee Halloween Fun parties in select Jollibee stores nationwide until November 5, 2017. Drop by the nearest Jollibee store to find out more.
This Halloween, Jollibee Kids Club members are in for more treats than tricks as the country’s leading fast-food chain hosts the most exciting and thrilling costume party—Jollibee Halloween Fun.

Little ones will have the chance to dress up in fancy costumes, enjoy fun games and have a wonderful time with their fellow kids at the costume party being held at participating Jollibee stores nationwide until November 5, 2017.

Kids can unleash their imagination and be whoever they want to be at the Halloween Fun costume parade. Here they can channel their inner fairies, superheroes, princesses, pirates and so much more for a chance to be the best-dressed jolly kid and win cool prizes.

From dancing like zombies and Frankenstein, to feeding monster creatures and passing around a pumpkin ball, members of one of the country’s most active kids clubs are in for a series of exciting Halloween-themed games that will have them jumping from their seats.

To prep the kids up for a bucket brimming with sweet Halloween treats, they will also get a chance to get creative with their creepy candy-holders. Jollibee Kids Club members can make and decorate their own paper plate candy-holders with the help of their parents.

With a jam-packed program that is sure to get tummies hungry, Jollibee Kids Club members can recharge and munch down on some of their favorite langhap-sarap treats. 

Let your kids be part of Jollibee Kids Club for a chance to join the Jollibee Halloween Fun until November 5, 2017 at select Jollibee stores nationwide! 

Visit a Jollibee store near you for more details on the event.

October 28, 2017

“Bridging Baby Steps” gives education on infertility and raise awareness on IVF ( in-vitro fertilization)

The advancement of technology in the medical field and availability of improvised technique has given a ray of hope to millions of childless couples across the world.

Merck Philippines, one of the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company, remains committed to changing lives of couples with fertility problems. As they continuously spreading awareness to help couples who are having problems conceiving, “Bridging Baby Steps” symposium was held at the Shangrila Hotel, Manila on October 21, 2017. 



Through the Fertility Awareness Campaign, now on its fifth year, Merck Philippines held the “Bridging Baby Steps,” to continue education on infertility and raise awareness about the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) methods available in the country through seminars and information dissemination. 

Infertility, is a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Not all couples are suffering from fertility problems. Data from a Synovate survey in 2011 shows that one out of 10 Filipinos are suffering from infertility. 

At the symposium “Bridging Baby Steps” we have learned a lot about In vitro fertilization treatment that has given a lot of respite to couples from various parts of the country and abroad, who are facing infertility disorders.



Aside from marrying age, educational status, professional goals, and other socio-cultural practices affect a couple’s ability to procreate, infertility can also be traced to issues affecting both the female and male reproductive systems, and medical conditions that compromises the quality of egg and sperm cells. 
Dr. Gia Pastorfide talks about Egg freezing
Anthony Marc B. Ancheta


In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common and most effective type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) to help women become pregnant. In the simplest description of IVF,  is the process of joining of a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm in a laboratory dish.This procedure involves fertilizing an egg outside the body, in a laboratory dish, and then implanting it in a woman's uterus.


Assisted reproductive technology (ART) involves a significant physical, financial, and emotional commitment on the part of a couple. Psychological stress and emotional problems are common.


As it commonly known as Test Tube Baby, IVF is the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the uterus.

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatment procedure enables multiplication of ovarian follicles and facilitates egg cell retrieval. During the process, embryos will be formed outside the body of a female patient and will be transferred once the cultures are successfully formed. Patients who are suffering from severe sperm deficits, blocked fallopian tubes, unexplained infertility, mild endometriosis, and ovulation disorders can be candidates for this treatment.

Fertility medications are prescribed to stimulate egg production. Multiple eggs are desired because some eggs will not develop or fertilize after retrieval. A transvaginal ultrasound is used to examine the ovaries, and blood test samples are taken to check hormone levels.

Eggs are retrieved through a minor surgical procedure that uses ultrasound imaging to guide a hollow needle through the pelvic cavity to remove the eggs. Medication is provided to reduce and remove potential discomfort.






The male is asked to produce a sample of sperm, which is prepared for combining with the eggs.

In a process called insemination, the sperm and eggs are mixed together and stored in a laboratory dish to encourage fertilization. Through this procedure, a single sperm is injected directly into the egg in an attempt to achieve fertilization. The eggs are monitored to confirm that fertilization and cell division are taking place. Once this occurs, the fertilized eggs are considered embryos.



The embryos are usually transferred into the woman’s uterus three to five days following egg retrieval and fertilization. A catheter or small tube is inserted into the uterus to transfer the embryos. This procedure is painless for most women, although some may experience mild cramping. If the procedure is successful, implantation typically occurs around six to ten days following egg retrieval.

The success rate of IVF clinics depends on a number of factors including reproductive history, maternal age, the cause of infertility, and lifestyle factors.

Mr. and Mrs. Basilio shared their story on how blessed they have now two babies after IVF.

There are a number of questions to ask regarding the cost and details of specific centers and fertility programs. To further equip yourself with information of fertility, and IVF in the Philippines, visit Facebook page www.facebook.com/fertilityawarenessphilippines.  



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