June 19, 2019


WWE will return to the Philippines for the first time in three years when WWE LIVE MANILA comes to the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, September 20, 2019. 

Tickets for WWE LIVE MANILA go on-sale on Saturday, June 22 at 10AM via TicketNet.com.ph, TicketNet hotline 911-5555 and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide.

Fans attending WWE LIVE MANILA will be able to see their favorite WWE Superstars including Roman Reigns™, Kofi Kingston™, Charlotte Flair™, Finn Bálor™, Asuka™, Elias™, Xavier Woods™, Big E™, Shinsuke Nakamura™, Rusev™, Kevin Owens™, Bayley™, Carmella™, The IIconics™ and many more! *

WWE LIVE MANILA is presented in partnership with Wilbros Live, a leading concert and live events promoter in the Philippines. “Wilbros Live is thrilled to bring WWE LIVE back to Manila this year,” said Winston Llamas, Executive Producer of Wilbros Live. “This one-night-only action-filled show is a must-see for all families and friends! 

“We are excited to return to Manila where the passionate WWE Universe can see their favorite WWE Superstars live,” said Chris Marsh, Vice President and General Manager, WWE Asia Pacific. “Our fans can look forward to experiencing another action-packed night of family-friendly entertainment that will create life-long memories. 


FWD Life Insurance innovates employee experience with WorksForMe program

At a time when work-life balance and personal time-off days have become strong buzzwords for employees, FWD Life Insurance (“FWD Philippines”) has gone beyond the tried-and-tested route and rewrote the employment rule book, enhancing its brand and business in the process.

Considered one of the fastest-growing insurance companies in the Philippines, FWD Philippines launched “WorksForMe” in 2018, its enhanced employee benefits program designed to help the organization’s workforce celebrate life while they work.

Through the program, FWD employees can now say, “At FWD, I can choose what works for me!” “WorksForMe is the outcome of collaborative efforts to improve benefits for our employees, after surveying what the challenges and areas of improvement were,” said FWD Philippines Chief People and Culture Officer Rozanne Parungo. “It all boils down to providing better experiences for our employees.”

Making Brand Advocates out of FWD Employees

There is a business principle that people-oriented leaders of organizations strive to adhere to: in order to best serve customers, employees need—first and foremost—to be empowered and to be motivated. They also need to stay fit to carry out their functions.

It all starts with top leadership intent on helping promote the health and well-being of a vital component in the organizational wheel: its people. Indeed, FWD Philippines’ unique people-oriented employee benefits program WorksForMe has the solid backing of senior leadership team, headed by President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Grimes.

Adapting to the Changing Times

“FWD pioneered the WorksForMe program to advocate work-life balance while empowering and giving our employees the flexibility to choose what works for them,” added Parungo. “Our new and improved employee benefits program is a testament to how we adapt to the changing times, strongly encouraging our people to live the brand spirit and “get ready to live” for themselves and their families.”

Part and parcel of FWD’s WorksForMe program are special leave entitlements for employees. As part of the program, employees’ vacation leaves (VL) can be rolled over during the next 12 months of the succeeding year. The longer the employee stays with the company, the more VLs they earn. Upon reaching the employee’s third year of tenure, an additional VL will be given, and one more every year thereafter up to a maximum of 24 total VLs annually, hence recognizing the employees’ loyalty.

Sick leaves, on the other hand, can be used up to the end of the year. Unused SLs can then be banked and converted to VL, as the employee elects. This benefit feature gives the employees the option to utilize their unused leaves in a way that is more suitable to them.

Pioneering Flexibility, Enhancing Productivity

The benefits do not stop there. Employees may work from anywhere (WFA) up to five (5) days for each quarter. All that is required is manager approval as well as availability of appropriate tools to perform tasks at the same productivity level offered by the office environment.

Flexible work arrangements have also received the FWD top-level management’s nod of approval. They show extra consideration for people’s mobility or commuting problems, as well as varying peak performance time. At FWD, employees can start their work day as early as 7 a.m. or as late as 10 a.m., with corresponding end of shifts at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. This flexibility is aimed at not only lessening the employees’ commute or transit time to and from the office, but most importantly enhancing their productivity level.

Parungo said, “The work schedule options allow our employees to be flexible and to be innovationfocused at the same time.”

Giving Back, Paying It Forward

FWD Philippines’ “Community Care Time-Off” serves the dual purpose of encouraging its workforce to pursue their passions through community service. Employees are given two (2) paid time-off days to give back to their communities.

In order to be entitled to the allotted paid time-off days a year, employees need to take part in FWD’s existing Community Care programs or perform charitable work/community service. Reinforced by the company’s own Community Care employee passion group (committee), employees are encouraged to take part in various efforts, internal or otherwise, supporting the community and contributing to their betterment.

Since the program’s launch, FWD employees have volunteered in the company’s host of Community Care partners Humanity & Inclusion, Special Olympics, and Tanging Tanglaw Solar Lolas Project. Beyond these initiatives, employees have likewise supported organizations that drive feeding programs, rehabilitation of the Pasig River, and even marathons whose proceeds go to charities, amongst others.

“Our values guide our actions, and so do our policies and practices,” Parungo said. “Engaging and letting people thrive and prosper is one of our key priorities. We want to constantly encourage our employees to support and take part in achieving FWD’s Community Care vision: to empower people to live fulfilled lives.”

Driving Positive Change for and with Employees

FWD employees are now as motivated as ever to go beyond their comfort zone and reach out to members of the community. “I feel my world is bigger because I get to explore and be in love with other activities outside work – like running, hiking, and volunteering for the environment,” FWD employee TJ Catapang shares.

WorksForMe gives current and future employees a better sense of what makes FWD a very good workplace to be part of. By contributing to its employees’ well-being through this program, FWD Life Insurance is not only living up to its vision of “changing the way people feel about insurance,” it also innovates employee experiences as it aims to truly become an employer of choice in the Philippines.

To know more about how FWD Philippines empowers its employees to "get ready to live", visit www.fwd.com.ph/en/join-us/.

About FWD Philippines

About FWD Philippines FWD Life Insurance Corporation (“FWD Life”) is the first life insurance company licensed by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines under the new Insurance Code. FWD launched its commercial operations in September 2014. By March 2017, FWD Life is the highestcapitalized life insurer in the Philippines with PhP 2.3 billion in paid-up capitalization.1 FWD Life now ranks 8th in the life insurance industry in terms of new business annual premium equivalent.2

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, and Malaysia, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, Shariah, and Family Takaful products across a number of its markets. Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business arm of investment group, Pacific Century Group. In the Philippines, FWD has 14 business hubs located in key cities nationwide with its headquarters in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

For more information please visit fwd.com.ph.

1 www.insurance.gov.ph > Statistics > 2018 > Based on Paid-Up Capital

2 www.insurance.gov.ph > Statistics > 2018 > Based on New Business Annual Premium Equivalent

June 18, 2019

Choose to feel good with Unlimited Spaghetti at Pancake House

When you’re struggling with a long day, feeling crummy, or just feeling ‘meh,’ sometimes all you need is comfort. An old song that reminds you of your childhood, a trip down memory lane looking at funny Facebook photos. But sometimes, all you need is a nice, warm plate of your favorite comfort food.

As part of its Choose to Feel Good campaign, Pancake House is making one of their bestselling classics the staple comfort food for the month with its Spaghetti-All-You-Can promo, available from June 10 to 15 and June 24 to 29. 

For only Php 299, diners can enjoy two hours of unlimited servings of Pancake House’s solo Spaghetti with Meat Sauce with a side of garlic bread and iced tea during the promo dates, giving all our inner kids-at-heart a chance to enjoy Pancake House’s lip-smacking pasta dish, over and over again. 

Yes, spaghetti mustaches included. 

“As we celebrate our 45 anniversary this June, we want more Filipino diners to enjoy some of their favorite dishes. Our Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is one of the specialties that people keep coming back for. We want them to relive some of their favorite memories and create new ones with our Spaghetti-All-You-Can promo,” said Pancake House Senior Marketing Manager Cherry Hernandez. “We hope that making this delicious, heartwarming offering available to more diners gives them another reason to Choose To Feel Good at Pancake House.”

Whether you’re taking a breather after a long day or just simply choosing to feel good, treat yourself to unlimited spaghetti at Pancake House this June!

For more information, please visit facebook.com/.

BRIA Homes aims to dominate mass housing in Laguna

Laguna, one of the most progressive provinces south of the metro, has long been considered a prime residential location, thanks to its proximity to Metro-Manila. The growing business and employment opportunities in Laguna have also spurred the locals—and townsfolk from neighboring municipalities—to seek work in the province. And because of Laguna’s rich history and cultural heritage, it has likewise become a popular tourists’attraction.

It is no surprise, then, that even people who work in the metro and nearby provinces are looking to settling down in Laguna. Due to this exciting development, BRIA Homes, the fastest-growing mass housing developer in the Philippines, acknowledges the demandfor superior quality but affordable homes in this prosperous province. 

BRIA Homes acknowledges the demand for superior quality but affordable homes in the prosperous province of Laguna. To address this need, BRIA Homes offers six propertydevelopments in Laguna, all featuring modern housing options that range from rowhouses and townhouses to single firewalls. To know more about BRIA Homes, call (0966) 277 5944, like “Bria Official” on Facebook, and follow “@TheBriaOfficial” on Twitter and Instagram.

To address this need, BRIA Homes offers six property developments in Laguna to prospective homeowners which are available in Calamba, Calauan, Sta. Cruz, San Pablo, and Alaminos.

Those searching for homes in Calamba can check out BRIA Homes Calamba, a community located in Brgy. Bañadero with 33 hectares of land, offering 2,556 units; or Bria Homes Calamba Executive, located in Brgy. Majada Out, which sprawls on 17 hectares of land, offering 1,269 units.

BRIA Homes Calauan, another BRIA community in Laguna, is located in Brgy. Mabacan. It stands on 12 hectares of land and offers 1,401 units. Its strategic location along the Calauan-San Pablo Highway makes it a nice investment for future homeowners.

For residents eyeing a home in Sta. Cruz area, BRIA Homes Sta. Cruz is located on theCalumpang-Sta. Cruz road in Barangay San Jose, and offers 1,359 units on 11 hectaresof land. 

BRIA Homes, the fastest-growing mass housing developer in the Philippines, remains unstoppable in its bid to develop more residential communities across the country. In the case of Laguna, BRIA Bay will soon rise for residents looking for homes in the Bay area. To know more about BRIA Homes, call (0966) 277 5944, like “Bria Official” on Facebook, and follow “@TheBriaOfficial” on Twitter and Instagram.

BRIA Homes has also launched a 19-hectare housing development in San Pablo. This BRIA community is located in Barangay San Gregorio, San Pablo, Laguna, which offers2503 units.

In Barangay Del Carmen in Alaminos, BRIA Homes offers a community set on 10 hectares, with a total of 1,191 residential.

Homeowners can enjoy the facilities of each subdivision which includes a covered basketball court, landscaped gardens, parks, and playgrounds. To ensure safety and security, BRIA Homes provides 24-hour security system, CCTV cameras and a perimeter fence around the subdivision.

Future BRIA homeowners in Laguna have a wide set of affordable housing options, ranging from rowhouses, townhouses, and single firewalls. 

BRIA Homes’ rowhouses include Elena and Elyana, which have a floor area of 22 and 24 sqm., respectively, and a lot area of 36 sqm. each. Elena’s price ranges from P500k to P520k, whereas Elyana’s price ranges from P520k to P550k. A Bettina two-storey townhouse has a floor area of 44 sqm. and a lot area of 36 sqm., ranging from P800k to P1M. Alecza, a single firewall, has a floor area of 36 sqm. and a lot area of 81 sqm., with prices ranging from P1.2M to P1.5M.

Because BRIA Homes wants all ordinary Filipinos to acquire their own high-quality abodes, BRIA remains unstoppable in its bid to develop more residential communities across the country. In the case of Laguna, BRIA Bay will soon rise for residents looking for homes in the Bay area. 

BRIA Homes is a subsidiary of GOLDEN BRIA Holdings, Inc., considered the third largest real estate company in terms of market capitalization valued at more than P200B. The fastest-growing mass housing developer in the Philippines, BRIA Homes is primed to bring affordable house-and-lot packages and condominium units closer to ordinary Filipino families. This is the goal that drives every single employee in the company, for which the ultimate fulfillment is seeing a client happily moving into Bria’s homes. 

To know more about BRIA Homes, call (0966) 277 5944, like “Bria Official” on Facebook, and follow “@TheBriaOfficial” on Twitter and Instagram.

YouTube Star Mikey Bustos Presents The #UNDISCOVEREDTAIPEI

The number of Southeast Asian visitors to Taipei has been on the rise in the recent years. According to a statistics report by the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the number of visitors from the Philippines in 2018 grew 44 percent from 2017, the highest growth among other Southeast Asian countries. To keep the momentum of the success of the Filipino market, Taipei City’s Department of Information and Tourism continues to promote the city as the best destination in the region. 

Meanwhile, the city holds a product launch at the Makati Diamond Residences in Makati City on June 14, 2019. Filipino YouTube star Mikey Bustos has been tapped to promote the city anew. In the event, he sings a song “Undiscovered Taipei” in a twist of traditional Taiwanese “seven-word tune” opera with rap. The fun and creative performance is set to start a new trend.

Yi-ting Liu, commissioner of Taipei City’s Department of Information and Tourism, says the decision to invite Mikey again is based on the successof his song “My New Crushie,”, which set a record of a million views in major social networking websites last year. Many netizens express their interest to see Mikey produce a new video, which has been fulfilled by the said government agency. Filipino tourists are encouraged to visit Taipei again and try something they have never experienced before. 

“Here’s the deal!,” Liu beams at the launch event, “Feel free to share and forward the video as we’ll offer a free air ticket from the Philippines to Taiwan when the music video collects over 300,000 views.”

​Aside from the said “ticket giveaway” promo, the internet sensation, who dabbles as singer, actor and YouTuber, performs his latest song “I Showed My Parents Taipei” during the press launch. The song is catchy and danceable. According to him, the music video highlights the different locations he didn’t see as well as the different foods he sampled last year.

“The most interesting part is in the Beitou Hot Spring,” claims Mikey,“because there is a comfortable spring pool in the room. We also tasted tea served in a whisky glass in a hipster tea bar. It was a relaxing experience full of surprises. Also, we had a great time filming on Yangmingshan. The flower sea of hydrangea and Xiaoyukeng, a scenic part on the mountain, isabsolutely stunning.”

Further, the Department of Information and Tourism gathers an army of Taipei’s popular businesses showcasing Taipei’s authentic and classic dishes. These include Taipei’s bestselling breakfast shop Zhenfang’s Taiwanese-styled omelet and fresh milk tea combo, Taipei’s spicy hotpot chain Mantanghung’s Sichuan-styled beef dried noodle, Taipei’s must-buy souvenir BRAVO!BEAR mango shortcake by Taiwan’s leading pastry maker Kuo Yuan Ye, popular Jin Jin Dessert’s honey citron aiyu jelly and unique sugar and grass jelly and milk, one of Filipino’s favorite tea shops as well as Cha FOR TEA to go’s signature 913 pearl milk tea and honey green tea. These offers are expected to bring Taiwanese flavors to the event-goers. Catering to the characteristics of the Philippine visitors, online travel experience provider Klook comes up with an exclusive Taipei experience set, including Taipei’s double-decker sightseeing bus and the trendiest hotels as those are highly inquired by many a Filipino.

A new Taipei travel product promotion for FIT travelers has also beenannounced to the Manila-based media. The promotion is a joint initiative between Taiwan’s top airliner Eva Air and online travel experience agency Klook. For group travelers, Eva Air has collaborated with certain travel agencies to launch a super package that starts at US$127 per person (about NT$4,000), available for sale in the Philippines as of today. Other giveaways in limited quantities include a co-branded handmade soap gift box between Dachuns Soap and Taipei City or a Taipei travel pass (an exclusive EasyCardor a 4-hour ticket on Taipei’s double-decker sightseeing bus.) This promotion aims to offer Filipino visitors a super value experience from the moment they board the airplane until they finish the whole journey. 

Commissioner Yi-ting Liu adds, “to further develop the Philippine market, the Department of Information and Tourism has organized a business matching session for travel agencies in the same afternoon after the press conference.” Over 50 local travel agencies meet with Taipei’s hospitality business operators. For the first time, travel industry insider Michael Wu shares his views on the global travel market trend and Taiwan as a MICE destination, in the hope to boost the market of the Filipino visitors and promote Taipei’s potential as a MICE location.

Liu also talks about the consumer event at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center on Saturday, June 15. Highlights of the mall event include the live performance of Mikey singing his new song “I Showed My Parents Taipei”,Meet and Greet with Mikey, food samplings, fun games, etc. Plus, the food stations featuring Taipei’s gourmet dishes and an interactive studio to see Taipei’s landmarks and scenic spots, giving visitors a sneak peek of what to expect in Taipei. 

“We welcome all of you to see Mikey Bustos’ performance, taste Taipei’s food, take a picture and upload on the web with the hashtag #UndiscoveredTaipei,” stresses Liu. “Don’t miss out on the chance to join the lucky draw and now is the time to discover the parts of Taipei you haven’t seen!”

KLOOK Promotion Details:

1. Taipei Travel Online Campaign Deals (Valid June 16th - July 30th, 2019)

1) P150 (US$3) off on all Taipei Activities with a minimum spend of P3000 (US$57)
2) 10% off on Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass
3) 10% off on Taipei 101 Observatory E-ticket
4) 10% off on Taipei Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus

2. Taipei Travel E-Voucher: KLOOK X EVA AIR
(Limited Quantity 3,000, Valid June 14th - December 31st, 2019)

Reserve Taipei & Philippines roundtrip ticket via Eva Air to get the best deals! P250 (US$5) off on all Taipei Activities with a minimum spend of P3000 (US$57)

3. Consumer Event Deals on June 15th, 2019, Activity Center Glorietta

1) 10% off on all Taipei Activities; Max discount of P400 (US$8)
2) 10% off on Taiwan High Speed Rail
3) Buy 2 Get 1 Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass
4) Buy 2 Get 1 Taipei 101 Observatory E-ticket
5) Buy 2 Get 1 Taipei Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus ticket

*Estimated US currency is only mid-market rates and subject to change, which is for informational purposes only.

Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino offers classic dishes with a modern twist!

Filipinos are considered to be among the most hospitable people in the world. And this is very evident in the way they welcome people into their homes. They would offer their old traditional family dishes with the hope that people will acknowledge how special it is. Food has become an integral part of people’s lives, and would describe where region in their country they become a part. Almost all Filipinos boast about how great the food is from their region.

Filipino Cuisines offers traditional Filipino dishes, Filipino classics and the country’s home cooking.

One of the best Filipino Cuisines /restaurants I visited with friends is Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino who serves traditional Filipino dishes with a modern twist.

Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino specializes in barbecues, bagnet, crispy dinuguan, laing,  shrimp, and other mouth-watering Filipino dishes.

Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino opens its 2nd branch at the upper level of Promenade in Greenhills , San Juan. 

This is great dining place for gatherings, be it special celebrations or simple meet ups with family, relatives and friends, where the ambiance is “Home away from home”. 

The Ambiance 

You can feel the nostalgic seeing old photos, and old furnitures and old things even you can use or play the sungka while waiting for your food. 

Photo by Facebook

During an interview with Christine Dayco, the owner of Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino, she shared that an old photo was Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes, the woman who inspired the pioneering line of Filipino sauces and spice mixes, had a vision to bring Philippine flavours to the world. Mama Sita’s® is a legacy that spans five generations of fine Filipino cooking. 

The Food

Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino serves a variety of well-loved Filipino dishes with a twist.

The Casa Reyes is well known for Wagyu 

This is my favorite dish Buttered and Garlic Shrimps with Creamy Aligue Sauce  and I promise myself that I will dine and order this  here again.. And again.

They have  an artisanal Filipino  gelatos displayed in a sorbetero cart at the entrance area.  

Try this bibingka with a twist! Bibingka and fluffy Japanese cheesecake topped with Salted egg.

Salted Egg Bibingka Cheescake available in tin can for only Php 398. 

Operation Hours

Connecticut Operating Hours
Mon-Sun 7Am-10 Pm

Promenade Operating Hours
Mon-Thurs 11 Am-10 Pm
Fri 11 Am-11 Pm
Sat 10 Am – 11 Pm
Sun 10 Am- 10 Pm

Casa Filipino does catering and delivery within the area. You can also book the restaurant for special occasions.

For more details and updates, check out their Facebook account


Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino
B U5 2/F, Al-Fresco, Promenade Greenhills,
Ortigas,  San Juan City

Greenhills Shopping Complex
1st Level, Connecticut Carpark
Ortigas Ave. Greenhills San Juan City

June 17, 2019

Ai-Ai delas Alas and Bayani Agbayani top bill rom-com 'Feelennial'

People will enjoy this funny and feel-good  rom-com movie "Feelennial" with  Comedy and Box Office Queen Ai-Ai Delas Alas and versatile comedian and host Bayani Agbayani, as mid-aged people trying to find love in the digital age. 

These days,  many funny and adorable not so young people,  the 'titos and titas,' uncles and aunts try to adapt to the lifestyle of the younger generation. 

"Feelennial," a portmanteau of "feeling millennials," is about middle-aged individuals who feel and act like millennials. They are your adorable titos and titas, who stumble into one  misadventure after another as they try to adopt the lifestyle of the younger  generation. 

Romantic comedies are always a hit among Pinoys, as local movie-goers love the combination of a good laugh and the kilig feeling they get from these light-hearted movies.

"Feelennial" movie contains the ingredients of a sure blockbuster hit.

Ai-Ai plays the role of Madame Bato-bato, a rich single mom who has everything she needs except the attention of her only son Nico, played by actor-model Arvic Tan. She tries to do the activities that her millennial son is into to gain the latter's attention. In one of her feelennial activities-online dating, she meets Chito (Bayani's character), a rich bachelor who recently won a huge sum via lotto jackpot.

Their first encounter doesn't turn out too well, and what ensues is a flurry of mishaps and misadventures, pitting De las Alas and Agbayani into funny, yet thought-provoking situations on how romance and family dynamic has changed in today's society.

Both Ai-Ai and Bayani are surrounded at work by a young group of stars and production people, whose millennial habits they have somewhat imbibed as well. These include cast members Nar Cabico as Dua, Ina Feleo as Tahoma, Nicole Donesa as Cambria, Jelai Andres as Aerial, Nicole Donesa as Cambria, Sofia delas Alas as Sophia, Skelly Skelly as Dope, Micah Muñoz as Shanty, Arvic Tan as Nico and Raffy Roque as Efril, with special participation of Mart Nievera, Pops Fernandez, and Paolo Ballesteros.

Both Ai-Ai and Bayani said they find playing their roles in the movie a breeze as they can fully relate to their characters. With four grown-up children, Ai-Ai has always practiced the millennial vibe as she is into #0otd's, constantly takes selfies and groufies and regularly uploads these on her social media accounts. Bayani is also a certified "titolennial." Married for over two decades to his wife Lenlen, he gets his inspiration from their four young millennial daughters.

Directed by one of GMA 7's resident directors, Rechie del Carmen, Feelennial is produced by Cignal Entertainment, the original content division of the Philippine's #1 Pay TV provider, Cignal TV, and Pops Fernandez's DSL Productions, which marks its first venture into film production after organizing successful concerts for over 30 years.

Bring the whole family to watch Feelennial, which opens in cinemas on June 19.

June 16, 2019

Mark Oblea Experiments with New Sound in Latest Single "Ain't It Lovely"

Singer-songwriter Mark Oblea is back with a new sound with his latest single 'Ain't It Lovely.'

Ain't It Lovely delves further into Oblea's exploration of the alternative pop genre, being a love song that features more of a folk sound than his previous outings. His rendition of Paraluman's classic song 'Tabi' has garnered over 3.7 million plays on the streaming platform Spotify.

Talking more about the song, which is written and produced by fellow Universal Records artist Fern., he says "I've always wanted to do a song such as this - one that gives off an indie romantic vibe. And at the same time, I want to offer something new to my listeners, as I explore new vocal styles and with this being my first original English track."

Ain't It Lovely is certainly not a track to miss, with its romantic vibe and a sound that will resonate with today's generation.

The track is now available to stream and download on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon Music under Universal Records

Sarah G to independent ladies: Learn how to cook for yourself

The Popstar Royalty shares why cooking gives her a sense of freedom

What is an independent Filipina? Is she someone who likes to do things on her own, learn new experiences as she moves through life, or someone who knows how to take care of herself? For many women, being independent means more than living on their own. It also means experiencing life in her own terms and being able to follow one’s passion without restriction.

Take it from Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo who is starting to claim and enjoy her own independence—free to chase her passion and discover new ones. “Para posa’kin, being an independent person means kaya monggawin ‘yung mga bagay na gusto mong gawin. As an independent woman, gustung-gusto ko pong mag-explore ng mga bagay na di ko pa nagagawa, and also learn more about myself in the process.”

One passion she decided to pursue is cooking. 

“Ang sarap po kasi ng pakiramdam na kaya mong ipaglutoyung sarili mo. Whenever I cook, I get that sense of freedom in my own kitchen. I’m free to experiment, try new dishes, or recreate my Mom’s recipes,” she adds. “Kaya to all independent women out there, I advise that you learn how to cook. It’s very empowering to rely on yourself, and a good start will be in the kitchen.”

As testament to her new-found independence in pursuing her passion, Sarah even shared some easy-to-cook recipes. Her favorites are found in the cookbook that comes with every purchase of the all-new Phoenix Super LPG at select super hubs.

Whether you’re living alone or just simply someone who loves to do things on their own, these Sarah G-approved dishes will make you rediscover the joys of cooking (and eating!).

June 15, 2019


TOYCON POPLIFE FANX 2019, the biggest and longest-running pop culture event in Asia on June 28 - 30 at SMX Convention Center,  SM Mall of Asia.  

This year we're taking on a global stage with bigger attractions, more local and international guests, and the best Fan experience ever! 

With the biggest collections of comics, toys, designer toys and collectibles all under one roof. With more than 300 sellers and exhibitors in our retail floor.

The biggest names in art and toy design converge in this year's TOYCON 2019, headlined by the godfather of street art and art toy legend, Ron English!

Get Tickets: bit.ly/Toycon2019Tickets

Visit toyconph.com for more details


ANGKAS now ready for pilot run in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu

ANGKAS announced that tbey are ready for motorcycle taxi pilot run and now retraining bikers partnets.

Angkas, the country's first app-based motorcycle ride-hailing service, is ready for its government-sanctioned six-month pilot run in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu with additional safety measures in place and a retraining of all its 27,000 biker-partners. 

Angkas Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs George Royeca said that they are retraining their current biker-partners in preparation for the pilot run and in compliance with the directive and recommendations of the Technical Working Group (TWG) created by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to study the feasibility of motorcycle taxis.

“The safety of the riding public has always been Angkas’ advocacy. All our biker-partners go through rigorous riding skills assessments, written tests, and extensive safety training to ensure they meet very high safety standards. We fail over 70% of applicants to make sure that only the most capable bikers ferry passengers for Angkas,” Royeca said during the recent press conference held at Shakey's Restaurant,  Roxas Blvd.  

For his part, Angkas Operations Head David Medrana revealed, “For the pilot run, Angkas is introducing special reflectorized vests with side straps that help bikers become more visible at night and aid passengers in holding on to the biker’s waist. Each vest also has the biker’s unique ID number, ensuring that only officially-registered bikers can take bookings.”

Medrana also said that, as before, all Angkas biker-partners and their passengers are insured for every ride.

“We also have a feedback mechanism in our app to closely monitor the performance of all our biker-partners and address any concerns immediately,” Medrana noted. "Hopefully, after the six-month pilot-run, the law to regulate motorcycle taxis can already be passed," he added.

Angkas has been an advocate for biker education and training since the service’s inception. Testament to their strict safety guidelines, Angkas officials have trained more than 100,000 motorcycle bikers to date but have accredited only 27,000 biker-partners because of their stringent standards. This has resulted in a current safety record of 99.997%.

In a previous statement, Royeca declared, “I am grateful that the DOTr saw the merits of Angkas’ safety record and we are happy to be working with them to ensure motorcycle taxis are safe.”

Jobert Bolaños of the Motorcycle Rights Organization declared, “The pilot run is the fruit of the long hours spent by the members of the TWG: Angkas, the DOTr, the LTFRB, the Highway Patrol Group, the MMDA, and all the hardworking commuter groups, transport advocates, and members of the academe. We’ve spent a long time working to figure out how to come up with a motorcycle taxi service that's not only fast and accessible, but also satisfies the safety requirements of the regulatory agencies as well.”


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