July 21, 2018

Box-office Direk Chito S. Roño and Best Supporting actor Christian Bables collaborate for the first time in "Signal Rock"

An Official Entry to the 2018 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino
August 15 - 21, 2018 in cinemas nationwide

A well-respected and a box-office hit director, a budding actor with a bright future in the industry, and a highly relatable story all brought together in “Signal Rock,” the highly-anticipated film offering by CSR Film PH Production.

Directed under the helm of versatile film director Chito S. Roño, and starring the award-winning actor Christian Bables, “Signal Rock” is such a tale that hits close to home.

It tells the story of a typical Filipino family aspiring for a better life. It’s about a family, albeit poor, lives in the beautiful island of Biri in Samar.

Just like many Filipinos, one member of the family made the ultimate sacrifice of leaving her loved ones behind to work in a foreign land, in the hope to earn money and send it back home.

“Signal Rock” revolves around Intoy (Christian Bables), who lives in an impoverished fishing island, taking care of his parents, while waiting for his sister Vicky, an overseas Filipino worker, send them money.

Just like many women in the island, Vicky has flown to a foreign land, and married a foreigner, as a practical way to help their families back in the Philippines.

Since Intoy lives in a remote area, getting in touch with Vicky through a mobile phone is a constant struggle.

The only way to get through a call to Vicky is to get a good signal by scrambling on the strange rock formations on the island.

But the better life they hope for goes down the drain when Vicky, together with her daughter, flees her husband, who turns out to be abusive.

This leaves Intoy, poor but with a gift of gab, to be resourceful and come up with a master plan to help his sister and his niece from their adversity.

Intoy steps up to become the hope of the family to protect its members get them safely.

Intoy and the rest of the characters are all based on real people and the story is inspired by true events that took place in the 90s.

This is the second time that Direk Chito shot a film in Biri, Samar.

Known to be a maverick filmmaker, Direk Chito is tasked to breathe life to this story with his signature brand of directing.

For him, Signal Rock is a simple yet realistic drama.

The film is also produced by his production with his Director of Photography Neil Daza and written by the award-winning Rody Vera.

More than three decades in the industry, the candid director has produced some of the notable movies that stood out in different film genres: Bata, bata... Paano ka Ginawa? (1998), Feng Shui (2004 and 2014), Sukob (2006), Caregiver (2008), The Healing (2012), Etiquette for Mistresses (2015), and The Ghost Bride (2017), to name a few.

This year, he offers his passion project film to the moviegoers. "Ang totoong kwento ng Signal Rock ay tungkol sa mga ordinaryong tao sa probinsya na remote, mga taong lahat ng mga kasama nila nagsipag-abroad, ito ang place na iniiwan para makapagbigay ng suporta sa pamilya. Marami na tayong kwento tungkol sa mga OFW, pero ito ang kwento ng mga taong napagiwanan sa probinsya, na kung tawagin ay Bagtik." explains Roño.

Christian has been acting and given bit roles since 2011, but was given his biggest break in the sleeper hit Die Beautiful, an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival entry. In the movie, Christian gave justice to Barbs Cordero, the best friend to Paolo Ballesteros’s Trisha Echevarria. Christian was so convincing as a cross-dresser in the movie, that different Best Supporting Actor trophies were awarded to him by a number of awards-giving bodies: Film Academy of the Philippines, Metro Manila Film Festival, and Gawad Urian.

For Signal Rock, Bables manages to be hand-picked personally by the master director Chito S. Roño. "Hindi ko binigay sa kanila ang script ng pelikula, pinapabasa ko lang ang mga linya nila kapag malapit na kaming mag-take ng eksena." says Direk Chito.

Bables shared that he did his best for this film since his dream is to work with the veteran director. "Gusto ko ibigay lahat para sa passion project ni Direk Chito. May mga ginawa ako dito na first time ko, na proud ako dito ko ibinigay. Sana abangan po ninyo. Ang ganda ng location namin at talagang ma-aappreciate ninyo ang Pilipinas." 

Select screeners of the film also shared that the movie is tear-jerking, creating awareness of small town stories.

The cast and crew stayed in Samar for 15 days, 
"To be more realistic, tumira talaga kami sa Samar. Hanggang ngayon remote pa talaga ito. Nakikitira kami sa mga tao roon, walang special treatment. Nasanay na sila na naglalakad papunta sa shooting location. Nakikihalubilo sa mga tao doon, naging familiar na kami doon. Dito namin lalong nakilala ang mga totoong tao, totoong buhay, parang naging bahay na namin doon at wala talagang signal!" shared Roño.

Signal Rock is also an entry to the upcoming Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Film Festival 2018.

The film also stars, Elora Españo, Mara Lopez, Francis Magundayao, and the veterans actors Daria Ramirez, Arnold Reyes, Nandiing Josef, Archie Adamos, Sue Prado, JayR Versales, Keana Reeves, Julia Chua, Kokoy De Santos, Jomari Angeles, Rubu Ruiz, Mon Confiado, Ces Quesada, Lee O'Brian, Dido Dela Paz and many more.

Signal Rock is brought to us by CSR Production and distributed by Regal Entertainment, Inc. 

Like the Facebook Page @SignalRockMovie https://www.facebook.com/signalrockmovie

Enjoy your favorite roasted chicken, take home P100,000 with Chooks-to-Riches promo

Countless Filipinos are recognized as modern heroes for their commitment and sacrifices to provide only the best for their families. 

As a brand that recognizes the Filipinos’ Sarap ng Pagsisikap, Chooks-to-Go is giving Pinoys more reasons to celebrate their sweet successes as it launches its Chooks-to-Riches promo.

With its latest promo, Chooks-to-Go is rewarding its loyal and hardworking customers who have been making the deliciously roasted chicken a part of the family’s everyday meals. This promo is Chooks-to-Go’s way to show its love and gratitude to its loyal customers.

Chooks-to-Riches is giving twelve (12) winners a chance to take home P100,000 in cash prizes, tax-free. To qualify for the promo, customers must make a single receipt purchase of at least one (1) whole Chooks-to-Go oven roasted chicken of any variant (Sweet Roast, Pepper Roast, Fried Chooks).

To earn entries, customers need to send their complete name, address, official receipt (OR) number, and total transaction amount via text message to 2256. Chooks-to-Go will be raffling off three (3) winners per weekly draw, starting June 27, 2018.

With Chooks-to-Riches, Filipinos now have more great reasons to savor their favorite masarap kahit walang sauce na litson manok and have wonderful dining experiences with friends and family. This promo is available in Chooks-to-Go outlets nationwide from June 12 to August 11, 2018. For more information, visit chookstogo.com.ph or facebook.com/chookstogo.

Take IG-Worthy Shots With Vivo X21’s Dual Rear Camera

Smartphone innovator and globally known brand Vivo is best known for their selfie-centric phone cameras and with each of their product, the smartphone leader never fails. In fact, their smartphone cameras only get better with each launch and there is no stopping Vivo when it comes to providing consumers with topnotch and high-technology means of self-expression.

Vivo just recently launched the future-forward X21 which is popular not only for its industry-first in-display fingerprint sensor but also for its AI Face Beauty-enabled dual rear and selfie camera which boasts of dual pixel sensors. With a set of impressive camera specs, expect that the X21 will deliver the goods, creating flawless and vivid shots whether in low-light or backlight situations.

Rely on your X21 to give you only the best, feed-worthy shots taken anytime of the day, anywhere. Moreover, committed to coming up only with perfect photos, the Vivo X21’s AI HDR, an upgrade of the regular HDR, merges more frames to resolve the problems presented by contrasting strong dark and light tones in a photo. Tired of capturing very dark and blurred night-time photos of evening celebrations and night-outs? This X21 technology solves this low-light situation obstacle for all photo enthusiasts.

Adding to the above mentioned premium camera features is Vivo X21’s 6.28-inch FullView Display. Selfie fans will benefit from this ample phone display as it could improve the overall composition of every photograph taken, with enhanced clarity and definition. Take photos of your favorite meal and even its delicious colors will reveal itself appetizing; or show off your chosen outfit for the day and the textures come alive because of the photo’s clearness in detail.

As if these are not enough surprises under Vivo X21’s camera hood, other fun specs include the rear camera’s slow motion and timelapse feature for a more cinematic video effect, plus portrait bokeh to add more flair and drama to selfies.

The Vivo X21, is now up for grabs for the retail price of Php 29,999.00 in all Vivo kiosks and in online shopping destinations Lazada and Shoppee. The X21 is chic and contemporary in its matte black color.

10 Reasons Why You Should Check Out Shopee’s Lifestyle Week

Work and play smart with up to 90% off products from Home Appliances, Home and Living, Motoring, Sports and Travel, and more!

Manila, July 19, 2018 Live your life to the fullest as Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, brings you its most-awaited sale on lifestyle products at Shopee’s Lifestyle Week! From July 23 to 29, you can expect dozens of hot deals, exclusive bundles, and discounts up to 90% off at your favorite Shopee official stores like Robinsons Appliances, Bosch Philippines , Fukuda, World Balance, Eureka Appliances, Artsy Palace, Below SRP, Tigernu Philippines, RXR, and many more!

Here are top 10 reasons why you should definitely check out Shopee’s Lifestyle Week:

  1. Dive into Best-Selling Books and Exclusive Bundles!

To satisfy the Kapamilya in all of us, ABS-CBN Publishing will offer exclusive deals on books from beloved celebrities like Alex Gonzaga, Charo Santos, Ramon Bautista, Richard Poon, Maricar Reyes, and many more. If you’re itching to explore different genres and authors, you’re in luck because Shopee will also offer various exclusive bundles at 20% off on Lifestyle Week.

Visit ABS-CBN Publishing at https://shopee.ph/abscbnpublishinginc

  1. Grab Essential Power Tools for Half the Price

Become an instant handyman with the best power tools perfect for all your home repair needs. Bosch Philippines, famed for its precise and durable power tools, will offer up to 55% off its products at Shopee’s Lifestyle Week to make you a superhero when things need fixing at home.

Visit Bosch Philippines at https://shopee.ph/boschofficialstore

If you’re a professional aiming to upgrade your arsenal, visit Lotus Power Tools for a wide selection of professional tools for tradesmen, contractors, and Do-It-Yourself experts. Going at up to 20% off, Lotus Power Tools gives you plenty of reason to hunt for new equipment and perfect your craft.

Visit Lotus Power Tools at https://shopee.ph/lotustoolsphilippines

  1. Incredible deals for Kitchen Appliances, Cooling Equipment and Garment Care

Aside from power tools, users seeking to level up their household should dash to Robinsons Appliances, Philippines’ second largest multi-format retail chain who will offer up to 40% off a wide selection of home appliances.

Visit Robinsons Appliances at https://shopee.ph/robinsonsappliances

  1. School, Work, and Travel Backpacks Up For Grabs

How do you choose the best backpack for your next adventure? Tigernu backpacks save you the headache because they are perfect for school, work, or casual travel. With their multiple compartments, Tigernu backpacks let you organise your belongings neatly without lowering comfort and style. Tigernu is also loved for its anti-theft backpacks, which features unique two-way zippers that increases durability. If you’ve been pining for the perfect backpack, pamper yourself with up to 67% off Tigernu backpacks at Shopee’s Lifestyle Week.

  1. Half Price Off on High-quality Tires

One of the most important things to have this rainy season is a reliable set of tires, which will not only keep you safe but also bring your driving experience to the next level. Philippine Tires is offering up to 50% off on tires from top manufacturers like Thunderer and Goodyear. To sweeten the deal for Shopee users, Philippine Tires will offer pick-up, mounting and balancing for tires, and free installation for batteries during Shopee’s Lifestyle Week. Talk about a slick deal!

Visit Philippine Tires at https://shopee.ph/philippinetires

  1. Huge discounts on Refrigerators, Aircons, and Home Appliances

At Shopee’s Lifestyle Week, make your home a haven as Western Appliances promises up to 30% off various home and kitchen tools, entertainment systems, and other premium electronics. If you want to improve your quality of life at home without hurting your wallet, check out Western Appliances’ official store from July 23 to 29 to make your life simpler and stress-free.

Visit Western Appliances at https://shopee.ph/western_appliances

  1. Shop your Home Essentials and Maximize your space at a Low Price

To complete your home makeover, Shopee’s Lifestyle Week has you covered with its diverse assortment of kitchenware, storage tools, decorations, and even essential oils. Below SRP will offer up to 70% off dozens of household products, including coveted items from Swedish furniture giant IKEA, so now’s the best time to snag some home upgrades at affordable prices.

Visit Below SRP at https://shopee.ph/belowsrp

  1. Exclusive deals on Art Tools and Calligraphy Pens

Find the sweetest deals to boost your calligraphy skills, get crafty using multi-colored pens, and arm yourself with nifty crafting supplies during Shopee’s Lifestyle Week. Artsy Palace is offering  up to 60% discounts on stationery from brands like Pilot, Sharpie, Artline, and Faber Castell, and many more. It’s time to unleash your inner artist!

Visit Artsy Palace at https://shopee.ph/artsy_palace

  1. Boost Your Performance with Storewide Sales on Athletic Wear

Whether you’re going to the gym or just exercising at home, you usually train better when looking your best. World Balance, a homegrown brand known for their active footwear, will be offering up to 57% off storewide at Shopee’s Lifestyle Week. Time to look good while working out!

Visit World Balance at https://shopee.ph/chgglobal

After getting your kicks in order, shop for breathable and stylish athletic wear from Sletic Sports. Offering 20% off storewide on diverse items including dri-fit tees to flexible leggings, it’s high time for you to get your #fitspo on.

Visit Sletic Sports at https://shopee.ph/mikesunshine

  1. Massive discounts on Customized Canvas Prints

Make your photographed moments unforgettable by turning them into lasting and personalised coffee-table books or portraits sure to be a conversation starter in any gathering. PhotobooksPH is offering up to 80% off their printed photo products including Canvas Prints and Imagewrap Hardcovers, so immortalise your precious memories at a fraction of the price from July 23 to 29.

Need another reason to shop at Shopee’s Lifestyle Week? From July 23 to 29, Shopee will also provide P100 off with P1,000 minimum spend for the Home & Living, Home Appliances, Sports & Travel, Motoring, Hobbies & Stationery categories to the first 1,000 users who use the voucher code LIFESTYLEWEEK100.

Check out Shopee’s Lifestyle Week from July 23 to 29 for more exciting deals, bundles, and promotions from other big brands. Shopping has never been this fun. For more information about Shopee’s Lifestyle Week, visit https://shopee.ph/lifestyleweek

For more information, visit https://shopee.ph/.

Download the Shopee app for free on Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

July 20, 2018

LG Gifts the National Museum of the Philippines with the World's #1 OLED TV and Debuts OLED Wallpaper TV (W8) at National Museum of Natural History

LG Philippines salutes the National Museum of the Philippines and its National Museum of Natural History and celebrates one of the world's riches marine ecosystems. 
Jongnam An, Vice President – Home Entertainment at LG Electronics Philippines and Inkwun Heo, Managing Director – LG Electronics Philippines present National Museum of the Philippines Director Jeremy Barns with three top-of-the-line units of the brand new OLED TVs as LG TV Philippines donates to the National Museum of Natural History.

For its 30th anniversary celebrations, and further its CSR thrust of promoting education, showcasing technology and design,  LG gifts the National Museum of the Philippines with the world's #1 OLED TV. During the event, LG unveiled the 77″ OLED Wallpaper TV (W8) amidst the National Museum of Natural History’s soaring columns and glass-and-aluminum structures.

The Tree of Life, the most recognizable landmark at the newly opened National Museum of Natural History, provided a magnificent backdrop for the launch of LG’s most stunning TV to date.

Offering an unmatched home entertainment experience all in a sleek, paper-slim panel, the W8 was designed to elevate any room or viewing environment. At 2.57mm thin and 77 inches wide, it looks more like a window on the wall than an actual TV.

The creativity and dexterity that have gone into perfecting the W8’s exteriors also extends to the technology within the unit. This wallpaper TV addresses all the major aspects of picture quality, including clarity, brightness and sharpness.

In addition, the W8’s deep black levels and bold contrast provide a consistent experience regardless of a room’s lighting or the spectator’s viewing angle. Equipped with LG’s new 39 processor, the OLED W8 allows users to see every hidden detail as it was meant to be seen, with no noise or distortion. The W8 also features its AI function through its new ThinQ platform, which offers an impressive number of unique voice commands.

To show off the stunning features of the W8, LG previewed a video it has commissioned for the museum as part of its CSR commitment to education. Shot on 4K by underwater photographer and videographer Noel Guevara, the video features the exceptional diversity of the color-washed marine life and coral reefs at Balicasag Island in Bohol. The W8 became Guevara’s canvas for revealing the tiniest details of Bohol’s underwater world – from the marks on the face of a turtle to the sliver-like antennae of a reef shrimp – with incredible reality.

Screenshot on FB live July 16, 2018 
Can you imagine having this true-to-life picture quality and near-cinematic experience in your own home? 

LG OLED ambassador James Deakin presented a video blog at the launch, where he discusses how the OLED has improved his family’s TV-viewing experience by leaps and bounds.

“Once you’ve watched something on the OLED, it’s really hard to go back to anything else. The picture quality is awesome – it’s really easy on the eyes and the sound quality is excellent-you don’t need boosters. Movie nights are a lot better, playing video games is much better, watching sports is so much better. There’s no going back,”  James Deakin enthuses.

“The W8 highlights the true extent of LG’s innovation and passion for consumer-centric experiences. We always try to provide our customers with the most advanced innovations to deliver unrivaled viewing experiences and cutting-edge designs that enhance their everyday lives.” – Mr. Jongnam An, Vice President – Home Entertainment at LG Philippines.

As part of the donation, LG also commissioned underwater conservationist director/photographer Noel Guevara to create a short video that showcases the richness and beauty of underwater life in the Philippines, said to be the epicenter of marine biodiversity on earth. The video, shot off Balicasag Island in Panglao, Bohol, features colorful reefs, tropical fish of all sizes and turtle residents. 

Guevara’s video was premiered to media and special friends at the NMNH on the 77-inch LG OLED W8 TV, LG’s newest and most stunning display to date, which showed off the underwater sights of the Bohol Sea to the best advantage. Marrying best-in-class picture quality with a mind-blowing “wallpaper” design (the display measures a paper-thin 0.23 inches), the W8 represents the height of TV technology, flaunting true-to-life picture quality and cinema-quality Dolby Atmos sound. This newly launched model is also equipped with LG’s new Alpha α9 intelligent processor, which has the ability to create the clearest and most detailed pictures with realistic color and ultra-fast response times.  

Get the chance at having the ultimate viewing experience right in the comfort of your own living room. Every purchase of any LG OLED TV from now until September 2 at participating dealer stores nationwide entitles you to one digital raffle entry. Thirty prizes are at stake, including one 77-inch LG OLED TV W8, one 55-inch Super UHD TVs, two 43-inch UHD TVs, five SK5 SoundBars, 11 PK5 Portable Speakers and 10 Netfiix Premium memberships (valid for three months). 

Log on to |lg.com/ph for more details. Like @LGTVPhilippines on FB and follow @LGPhilippines on IG.

PMAP holds 2nd HR Innovation Summit on August 15

The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), the preeminent organization of people managers and HR practitioners in the country, will hold the “2nd HR Innovation Summit” at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria (Ortigas Center) on August 15, 2018 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm).

With this year’s theme “HR Next Practices”, this momentous event will feature industry experts and distinguished practitioners to share their knowledge and innovative ideas that will equip organizations in developing employees to thrive in the opportunities and challenges today and in the future.

The line-up of remarkable speakers includes PMAP President Michelle C. Garcia, FPM, HR Director of East-Asia Region SGS Gulf Limited (Regional Operating Headquarters), who will talk about “Revolutionary HR: The Next HR Leadership”; Ms. Amor Maclang, Chief Communications Officer of GeiserMaclang, who will discuss his experience in “Adopting the Blockchain Technology in HR”; Mr. Engelbert T. Camasura, AFPM, President of Asia Select, Inc. (ASI), who will enlighten participants in his talk “Artificial Intelligence in Recruitment”; Mr. Kogie Angeles, Co-Founder/ Vice President of The Office Cowork + Life, who will present “The Gig Economy: How It Impacts the Way We Work”; and Atty. Raul R. Cortez, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director of Microsoft Philippines, who will give a sneak peek of “Telecommuting and Its Implications in the Workplace.”

Aside from the exciting talks, participants will also have the opportunity to be introduced to new products and services from various companies through their exhibit booths at the HR Techxhibit Hall. PMAP also welcome partnerships for this event.

The summit is open to the public and guarantees an interesting and relevant day of learning about HR best practices and innovation to be attended by HRM and business professionals, representatives from the academe, SMEs and industry partners. The Investment fee per delegate is Php3,500.00 for PMAP members and Php3,800 for non-members.

For more information, please contact Ms. Clara Delfin at tel. no. 726-1532 loc. 323 or email clara.delfin@pmap.org.ph.


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