Saturday, August 6, 2016

Be the First to Own Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from Smart; Pre-Order Starts Today

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) unveils its unbeatable offers for the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Beginning August 6, pre-registration links are up for both Smart Postpaid and Smart Infinity. 

For Postpaid, Smart offers the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at Surf Plus Plan 999, with a monthly cash-out of P1,200 for 24 months, for a total of just P2,199 a month. With Surf Plus Plan 999, subscribers can enjoy the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with supersized 5GB data for all their surfing needs, 30 call minutes and 100 texts to all networks, plus free data access for the app of their choice every month - be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, among many others. 

Approved postpaid pre-orders from August 6 to 19 will also receive a free Samsung battery pack and clear case. This is for the following Smart Wireless and Business Centers: SM Megamall, Rockwell Powerplant Mall, SM Aura, SM North EDSA, SM Baguio, SM Clark, Festival Mall, Molito, SM Cebu, SM Davao, and the Smart Online Store. Those who pre-order and get their applications approved via the Smart Online Store can get their Note 7 units as early as August 17.

For Smart Infinity, two Galaxy Note 7 devices may be enjoyed with the Roaming Plan 8000 (24 months) or a Galaxy Note 7 and a Galaxy S7 for the Roaming Plan 5000 (30 months). Members may experience their new devices with discounted outbound roaming rates, 15GB data allocation and a hefty monthly consumable allocation. New Plan 5000 and Plan 8000 members from August 6 to Aug 19 will also receive a complimentary Level Box Pro speaker.

To know more about Smart Infinity's exclusive offers, existing members may contact their Infinity Relationship Officer or the Infinity dedicated hotline *800. For new membership, call 848 8806.

"Smart Infinity ensures our members enjoy the latest gadgets and fast mobile data that they deserve. The Galaxy Note 7 coupled with Smart's ultra-fast LTE technology is definitely a worthy addition to our line-up," said Julie C. Carceller, Head of Smart Infinity.

Smart's announcement followed Samsung's simultaneous launch events for Unpacked 2016 in New York , Rio de Janiero and London on Aug. 2, with new groundbreaking features that push the boundaries of mobile productivity and security.

"Like Smart's thrust towards breaking barriers, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shatters the limits of smartphone technology with its newest features. We are very excited to welcome the Samsung's latest flagship to our portfolio and offer it to subscribers with our supersized data plans," said Kathy C. Carag, Smart Mobile Business Head.

"Time and again, Samsung has surprised us with stylish innovations in its Galaxy Note series, which allows users to be more creative and productive with an easy swipe of a finger or a slide of the S-Pen. We can't wait to see and experience the groundbreaking features in this latest device, which subscribers can surely optimize especially now that we are beefing up our LTE network across the country," she added.

Galaxy Note 7 carries the latest innovation - the first ever Iris scanner for added security, alongside the enhanced S-Pen with higher precision and responsiveness. Note 7 is also the world's first mobile HDR video that can take footage in sharper colors and with high dynamic range. It also carries superior DSLR like Real Pixel Camera with the first ever dual photodiode sensor (2PD) in mobile, providing superfast autofocus and brighter and clearer images with f/1.7 lens that is excellent for low light. It is water and dust resistant, has an expandable memory up to 256GB and runs on an Octa-core processor for smoother graphics.

Be among the first to own Note 7, visit or to register. 

Meet the Fearsome Giants in Disney's THE BFG

Not all giants in Disney's "The BFG" are friendly. Based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl, the film tells the imaginative story of a young girl named Sophie and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. But Sophie's presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of nine fearsome giants – the brothers of the BFG himself - who have become increasingly more bothersome.

The cannybull and murderful motley group of mythical beasts who roam the earth gobbling up human beans provided all kinds of opportunities for invention, creativity and frightening fun for Steven Spielberg, his actors and his creative team.

Of all the evil giants who inhabit Giant Country, the BFG's nine brothers are the worst. Substantially larger in size, they treat the BFG with cruelty and disdain, but in typical Roald Dahl fashion, they are also there to make us laugh. Dahl was somewhat of a giant in real life himself, standing 6-feet, 6-inches-tall.

Fleshlumpeater, who is played by the multi-talented actor, comedian and musical artist Jemaine Clement ("The Flight of the Conchords"), is 52-feet-tall with a big ego and a very small head. While he is the leader of the pack, the alpha male, in truth he is just a bully and a coward and not the brightest of the bunch. "My character is just a pile of muscles," says Clement. "The BFG describes him as a cannibal, which is pretty accurate as he finds humans – especially children – delicious."

Actor and comedian Bill Hader ("Trainwreck," "Inside Out") is Bloodbottler, the real brains of the pack. He is 43-feet-tall with a big beard and can always be found at Fleshlumpeater's side telling him what to do. "In reality, Bloodbottler wants nothing to do with any of the other giants…he just wants to be left alone," says Hader. "He does not like the BFG and he has created his own set of rules that the BFG is somehow breaking by just being himself."

British actor Adam Godley ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") is Manhugger, the thin and slowest moving giant. He does the least of anyone and thinks only of himself. At 39-feet-tall, Gizzardgulper is the shortest of the nine giants. As played by Chris Gibbs (TV's "Reign"), he is also the peacekeeper of the group and idolizes Fleshlumpeater. Bonecruncher is played by Michael David Adamthwaite ("Final Destination 5") and is the youngest of the group and a troublemaker who often puts the others in danger.

Meatdripper, who is played by Canadian actor Paul Moniz de Sa (TV's "The Flash"), is the jokester of the group and loves to go hunting for children. Jonathan Holmes (TV's "Descendants") plays Childchewer, Meatdripper's best friend. He is the best looking of the group, and as a result, is always concerned with his appearance. Icelandic actor Ólafur Ólafsson ("The Last Witch Hunter") is Maidmasher, who is the most stylish of the group. While masculine in his demeanor and appearance, he is also very in touch with his feminine side.

Finally, Butcherboy, who is played by Daniel Bacon ("The Day the Earth Stood Still"), walks with a limp, the result of a fight with Meatdripper which left him partially paralyzed. He would love to someday be top dog but knows it will never happen, and he has a chip on his shoulder as a result.

Opening across the Philippines on Aug. 10, "The BFG" is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Like us on Facebook, WaltDisneyStudiosPH; follow us on Twitter, @disney_phil; follow us on Instagram, and use the hashtag 

TFC and Kapamilya Stars Ignite Bayanihan Spirit at the Philippine Centre London Barrio Fiesta

Known as the biggest gathering of Filipinos in United Kingdom, the "London Barrio Fiesta" continues to draw the crowds as organizers The Filipino Channel (TFC) and Philippine Centre add more depth to the annual fiesta which was recently held in Apps Court Farm in mid-July.

The "London Barrio Fiesta," a staging of the traditional Filipino fiesta in United Kingdom, which has one of the highest concentration of Filipinos in Europe, took the celebration to a higher plane as it combined entertainment and service at the annual festivities.  

The 32nd "London Barrio Fiesta" brought together the stars no less of some of the cast of the biggest teleseryes of ABS-CBN plus world-class Kapamilya talents.  Beyond the fiesta's entertainment value, the 32nd "London Barrio Fiesta" was made more meaningful by the launch of ABS-CBN Foundation in Europe.

According to ABS-CBN Global Chief Operating Officer Rafael "Raffy" Lopez, "The creation of the Foundation is aligned with ABS-CBN's commitment to be in the service of the Filipino."  He shared that while the core of its service in its early days was for less fortunatekababayans in need of immediate care, the Foundation has since then evolved.  
Lopez said: "Today, I share the same core message of promoting "The Power of Good".  ABS-CBN Foundation Europe has five power of good community-building programs: Sagip KapamilyaPrograma GenioBantay BataBayan ni Juan; and last but not least, Bantay Kalikasan." 

Joining the launch was Bayan Ni Juan Ambassador Jodi Sta. Maria, who proved that ABS-CBN and TFC truly go beyond entertainment in the service of the Filipino. 

Meantime, opening the entertainment fare of the 32nd London Barrio Fiesta were the stars of "Born For You" Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador who play Kevin Sebastian & Sam Kazuko in the series.

The new love team brought the new thrill they share the audience of their music serye, to the Filipinos on ground at the Apps Court Farm at Walton-on-Thames, Surrey near Hampton Court Palace.

Magalona who sang one of the more popular tracks on the teleserye, "You'll Be Safe Here," and "Stay," introduced his leading lady, Salvador, as her princess, much to the series' fans thrill.  Meantime, Salvador, indeed a music royalty herself (mother is theater actress Jenine Desiderio and father is 90's icon Juan Miguel Salvador), amazed the audience with her soothing voice as she sang Yeng Constantino's "Sasakay Ako Sa Aking Pangarap" and "Same Ground" originally done by Kitchie Nadal.  

Together, Magalona and Salvador proved to be a love team to reckon with as they sang the theme "Born For You" and another Yeng Constantino hit "Ikaw."

On the same day, Dynamic Diva Vina Moralesand actor-singer Robin Padilla who were former on and off-screen partners themselves, also held their own. 

Morales impressed as she sang a medley of Jennifer Lopez and Adele hits. Padilla, a singer himself, reminded the Filipino crowd of thekababayan spirit as he sang "Pinoy Ako" with the audience.  The nationalistic pride continued to soar as Morales led the singing of OPM hits at encore.

Sta. Maria, also part of the entertainment offering of the two-day fiesta, surprised fans as she sang "Flashlight" by Jessie J and "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding.
Day two continued the excitement as iconic love team Kim Chiu and Xian Lim, more popularly known as KimXi, did a reprise in their second "London Barrio Fiesta." 

Due to popular request, Chiu sang her own hit "Mr. Right" and including her new hit "Darating Din" plus covers of Billboard hit "Salute" by Beyonce.

Her would-be "Mr. Right" Xian Lim finally joined her on stage for a duet of "When You Say Nothing At All" by Allison Krauss and Ed Sheeran's widely popular "Thinking Out Loud."
The two relived their "The Story Of Us" series and performed the theme "Kailangan Kita."  
Lim, also a singer himself performed "Jirah's viral hit "Buco" and John Lennon's "Imagine."

Joining the popular love team are world-classKapamilya talents led by Concert King Martin Nievera who sang his most popular hits, much to the delight of homesick Pinoys wanting of a 'piece' of home.

In what could be a passing of the torch, Darren Espanto performed his own hit "Slave to the Rhythm" and "Alam" in his powerful tenor.  Espanto treated audiences to an extra as he sang "Chandelier," a cover he did which originator Sia herself shared on her social media page.

The cast of "London Barrio Fiesta," together with host and "Gandang Gabi Vice" resident jester Negi, ended day two on a high note with a chorus of "Shut Up and dance with Me" by Walk the Moon. Another highlight of the two-day fiesta was the launch of myREMIT's online service where Filipinos cans send their love (via remittance) across, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via

Meantime, Filipinos in the United Kingdom can also enjoy more of TFC with the launch of LycaTV where Filipinos can enjoy TFC and five more channels: ANC, Cinema One Global, ABS-CBN Sports + Action and DZMM Teleradyo.  For more information, visit

Pokemon Go Now Available in PH, SMART Users Can Avail of Free 7 Days Access

One with the legions of Filipinos excited for the arrival of Pokemon GO in the country, leading mobile services provider Smart Communications has announced that it will give subscribers 7 days of free data access to Pokemon GO upon the launch of the hit game in the Philippines. This offer is available on both Android and iOS users.

Smart and TNT subscribers who are using iPhones or Android smartphones can enjoy 7 days free data access to Pokemon GO upon accessing the game and start playing without data charges for 7 days upon the launch of the game in the country.

A worldwide phenomenon
A location-based augmented reality mobile game, Pokemon GO lets players assume the role of a trainer who discovers and catches Pokemonor "pocket monsters" as if in real life using the GPS and camera of their smartphones.

Players level up their Pokemon and battle other trainers to gain Pokécoinsthat can be spent on in-game items.

Developed by Niantic Labs in partnership with Nintendo affiliate The Pokemon Company, Pokemon GO has swept gamers since it was first launched in the USA, Australia and New Zealand on July 6. The game is now available in over 30 countries, including Japan, where the original Pokemon game and anime series originated.

#PHforPokemonGO campaign

"Smart is one with the whole nation in waiting for Pokemon GO to finally go live in the Philippines, and we are very excited to welcome the game in our own big way," said Kathy C. Carag, Smart Mobile Business Head.

"Smart subscribers nationwide can look forward to more special treats and promos that will allow them to make the most of their Pokemon GO experience."

Drumming up the excitement among millions of Filipino fans, Smart joined the rally for #PHForPokemonGO on social media since the game was released in select markets last July 6.  On Twitter alone, the anticipation and clamor for the game reached more than 14 million impressions on over the last couple of weeks for Smart and Pokemon Go.

Leveled-up Pokemon GO experience

Smart and TNT subscribers can easily level up their gameplay via convenient and secure Pokemon Go in-app purchases even without a credit card.

With Smart's Google Direct Carrier Billing for Android users, subscribers can easily purchase PokecoinsPokemon Go's currency mainly used for buying items that will help gamers catch Pokemons – directly charged to their prepaid load or postpaid account. 

Smart Postpaid subscribers who are iPhone users can also conveniently buy Pokecoins, charged to their monthly billing, through Smart's Pay-With-Mobile service.

Catch the latest updates on Pokemon GO by following Smart's official accounts on Facebook (, Snapchat (LiveSmartPH), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

Age Less with Less the Price at WATSONS #KissAgingGoodbye Offer

Let's face it! The world is getting busier and busier every moment and that stress factors increases in our lives due to our hectic schedules.

By now 20 is the new 30! Yes, you read that right. Modern lives of woment are often badgered by these unwanted tensions and bad habits caused by sometimes toxic routines and bad habits. Whether we admit or not, women are aging faster than ever before.

What determines that? Well there are signs everywhere, well at least when you reach your 20s internal and external ones, visible and invisible. If you're not careful enough, those cutie little laugh lines can turn into full-fledged crow's feet. 

Yet, have no fear, fellow Filipinos, WATSONS is helping thousands of Kiss Aging Goodby in its latest anti-aging campaign.

What is the campaign all about, here's Ms. Viki Encarnacion, WATSON'S Marketing Director, explains. "The Kiss Aging Goodbye campaign is what WATSONS is all about. It's an educational effort with two-pronged approach, teaching our customershow to prevent the negative effects of aging by taking care of themselves inside and outWe are literally helping people 'Look good. Feel great.' And it's a wonderful thing."

How does the two-pronged approach works? Here's how?
Among us, the first challenge that we encounter is how do we lookgood when we've been bad. Bad, in the sense that we havce abused our bodies during our younger years with long days at work and late night outs with our clique, to the point that wrinkles, circles, saggy skin, and dark spots can seem almost inevitable. Well, there's hope. Thankfully, we can do something about these concerns.
Just make sure you take the right measures from here on, you can prevent these physical manifestations of aging from ruling your future regardless of your past.

Want to kiss those wrinkles goodbye, try L'Oreal Dermo Expertise Revitalift Range - a skin care solution inspired by laser, that promises to bring out younger looking skin in 4 weeks! 
How about bringing back your baby skin? That's a great thoughtright? Let those thoughts become a reality, try the Collagen by WATSONS Intensive Nourishing Facial Mask, enriched with Collagen and Vitamin E to repair the dryness of your skinand further enhance your skin's elasticity.
The second part of the so-called two-pronged approach is "Feeling so great inside that it shows on the outside"- this isthe second lesson in keeping yourself young. To achieve this, topicals and creams are a great styart to your anti-aging regimen, however if the buck stops there, rhen  you'll be like scratching only the surface. 
There are a lot of the signs of aging we see on the outside is caused by the body breaking down on the inside. Calcium deficiency and lack of collagen are two common culprits. To help prevent a haggard look, you should give yourself the added nutrition you need in the form of food supplements and ingestible beauty aids. Among WATSONS favorites is the iVi Collagen Ready to Drink, wit10,000 mg of Collagen that helps smoothen fine lines, and lighten dark spots for the forever-young glow.

So, there you have it, those are the ins and the outs of anti-aging accordinto WATSONS.  But before you run out to the store, we will leave you three things to remember:
1) One, if you want to keep your beauty longer, make sure to keep your beauty bases covered from nutrition to skincare, both inside and out.
2)  You're never too young to start looking old. Start preventive maintenance in your early 20s.  If that ship has siled, start as early as now.
3) There's no better place to start your anti-aging regimen than the storethat always brings you great beauty advice amazing products, and fantastic prices.
You got it! See you at WATSONS for the Kiss Aging Goodbye sale! - written by Lee Cundangan for @showbiznest

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Watch: Home Invasion Turns Into Horrific Nightmare in DON'T BREATHE

In Columbia Pictures' new suspense thriller "Don't Breathe," three young friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're wrong.

Directed by Fede Alvarez ("Evil Dead" 2013) and written by Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues, "Don't Breathe" stars Jane Levy ("Evil Dead" 2013), Dylan Minnette ("Goosebumps"), Daniel Zovatto ("It Follows") and Stephen Lang ("Avatar"). The film is produced by Sam Raimi ("Spider-Man" trilogy), Rob Tapert and Fede Alvarez.

Three young robbers (Levy, Minnette and Zovatto) invade a blind man's Detroit home — teenagers who are targeting vulnerable properties in the city as they bid to harvest enough cash to flee the area and start new lives elsewhere. Once they enter the Blind Man's home, however, the tables begin to turn.

Director and co-writer Fede Alvarez, who shot to international renown with his 2013 remake of the Sam Raimi-directed classic "Evil Dead," explains his inspiration. "We wanted to make something that was very, very suspenseful," he says. "And we thought, 'What is one of the things that creates a lot of suspense?' For me, it is when you have a character walking into someone else's domain because there you are under their rules."

In "Don't Breathe," when the three young robbers enter the Blind Man's domain they find themselves very much under his rules – the house is set up in a way that suits the owner, giving him the upperhand. 

"I love movies that force me to pick sides but which don't give me the answers to the questions," says Alvarez. "And that's what I'm trying to do in this movie — not give the audience good guys and a villain. They all are villains. They are all doing something that is very wrong, all four of them. So it's really up to the audience to choose whom they are going to root for."

"The benchmark that this film tries to reach, and this is about as high a benchmark as one can get, is, of course, Psycho," he adds. "Is Psycho a thriller or a horror film? It's really a thriller. But also it's somewhere in between because it has horror elements," states Alvarez. 

The filmmaker also believes that the audience is in for a groundbreaking experience. "There are some pretty f—ked up choices that we make," Alvarez says with a smile. "You'll see them when you see the movie. There are some things that happen that are pretty particular. They have definitely never been done before and there is a definite scene that I have never seen before. You'll know what it is when you see it."

Asked how the title "Don't Breathe" came about, Alvarez points to one crucial moment in the film. "There's a scene where one of the home invaders gets hurt so then, suddenly, he's trying to hide, but the problem is he has hurt his ribs, so every time he breathes in, he makes this sound. So either he gets found or he stops breathing, and stopping breathing is not an option. It generates a lot of strange and fun opportunities for me."

Opening across the Philippines in August 31, "Don't Breathe" is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Trailer: BARCELONA A LOVE UNTOLD Starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla

Star Cinema has unleashed the teaser trailer for the biggest cinema event of the year entitled 'Barcelona: A Love Untold' featuring the country's King and Queen of Hearts Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo.

Watch below:

Helmed by the award-winning director Olivia M. Lamasan, the movie is set for worldwide release soon.

Granny Goose Serves #MoreThanTheUsual Experience Until End of 2016, Grab One Now!

After the super successful collaboration with Mystery Manila last month, Granny Goose is set to extend the fun until the rest of the year with a series of extra-ordinary activities that will surely give you a #MoreThanTheUsual experience.

On August 6 at Robinsons Place Manila and in Trinoma on August 13, Granny Goose, in partnership with Sip & Gogh, will help you unleash your ‪#‎MoreThanTheUsual‬ inner artist! Paint, sip your favorite drink, enjoy Granny Goose snacks and win special prizes during the event.

But before that, don't forget to make someone feel extra-special today by treating them with Granny Goose's #MoreThanTheUsual snacks. Grab your bags of Pop 'N Chips, Tortillos and Kornets and share them with your loved ones today!

You can also watch out for Granny Goose’s Ballpit Manila booth on September 9 and 17, and Ninja Academy booth on October 8 and 15. 

Like and follow @GrannyGoosePH on Facebook and Instagram for more details.




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