September 26, 2020

Celebrity Chef Luigi Muhlach Cooks Thai Food You Can DIY at Home

Everyone misses experiencing the wonders of Amazing Thailand, but here are some #DIYThai recipes by celebrity chef Luigi Muhlach so everyone can recreate gastronomic favorites from the Land of Smiles. 

Muhlach demonstrated how to make Thai delicacies such as Tom Yum Fried Rice, Tamarind Baby Back Ribs and Mango Sticky Rice on his Instagram account(@muhlachluigi). 

Muhlach also invited his followers to try the recipes for themselves by posting their own rendition of these Thai classic dishes, and tag him and @TATPhilippines. As everyone waits for the day people can visit Thailand again, these easy, delicious recipes will give people a taste of Thailand in the comforts of their homes. 

Please see HOW-TO Videos from Chef Luigi: 

For more information follow the Tourism Authority of Thailand on Instagram and Facebook @TATPhilippines.

Get Showbiz Updates, Interact with Kapuso Stars via GMA Entertainment Viber Community

Beginning September 21, never miss out on the newest updates on your favorite Kapuso stars and interact with them in just a click of a button with the GMA Entertainment Viber Community. 

Highlighting the special bond that GMA fans and celebrities have created through similar interests and love for all things Kapuso, this Viber Community is another avenue where fans can get up to the minute showbiz news, trends, and behind-the-scenes stories about various GMA artists while gaining friends online. 

At the same time, the Kapuso Viber Chat feature treats fans to chat with their favorite Kapuso artists. 

Also making daily conversations even more fun and colorful is the Proud to be Kapuso Sticker Pack that includes various stickers that showcase witty catchphrases from artists and references from well-loved GMA shows. These exclusive Kapuso stickers will be downloadable soon. 

Join the GMA Entertainment Viber Community now to catch up with your friends while being in the loop with the latest chika! 

Puregold Launches Online Entertainment Channel feat. Luis Manzano and Other Well-Known Pinoy Celebrities

Challenging and trying as the times may be, it is probably in our nature to try and find something that might give us that much needed lift in spirits. Whether it's busying ourselves with new-found hobbies, reconnecting with friends, or simply binge-watching movies, it's all about finding that pleasant diversion that reassures us that better days will come soon. 

Puregold recognizes this hopeful spirit as it continues to look after every Filipino's welfare amidst these uncertain times. As online consumption grows brought about by the "stay home" lifestyle, Puregold has contemplated venturing in this space to further reach out to its public. But this time, it sets out beyond being a retailer as we know it to be and explores the world of bringing entertainment to Filipinos. 

Enter the Puregold Channel. A groundbreaking move to further expand Puregold's digital footprint and engage shoppers. With the rise of video content and live streaming, Puregold shall use Facebook and Youtube to house its own program offerings aimed at bringing entertainment that caters to a wide variety of interests. It will also provide opportunities for branded messaging and segments, sale offers, and ultimately an instant link to frictionless transactions. Viewers will be hooked and engaged with content recurring in a weekly time slot - from a cooking show, to a comedy show to a full-on game show. 

A lot of individuals have recently tried their hand at cooking. Online instruction videos notwithstanding, The Puregold Channel introduces "Luto Mo, Negosyo Mo, Panalo!" as a unique way of presenting culinary lessons. Hosted by TV Personality Arra San Agustin, the show features easy-to-follow recipes. Done in a casual and light manner, even the "non-experts" should be able to relate and stay on track. What's more, a part of the program will be about how to get into the entrepreneurship side of food preparation, indeed a growing trend these days. 

It has been said that "laughter is the best medicine". In these times, surely a lot of us would agree. The Puregold Channel sees the value in looking at the lighter side of life and so another program will serve just the thing. Called "The Ha Ha Hour", this comedy-themed show will feature the sought-after brand of humor of popular lounge comic Alex Calleja. Those who have seen his performances both live and online will surely attest to a potentially riotous time. 

And of course, who doesn't want to win prizes? To make it more exciting, how about being an actual game show contestant right at your own home? Game shows might be a dime a dozen, but not when you have Luis Manzano as host. The promisingly fun "Playtime Panalo" is all that. Online subscribers will have the chance to be chosen as home partners and live out their game show contestant dreams and play for exciting prizes. Joining Luis are equally entertaining co-hosts - their hilarious banter alone will surely knock the socks off of even non-contestants! 

Search for The Puregold Channel shows on Facebook and YouTube and explore entertainment as brought to you by someone who's always been around to help you be, panalo at life.

Avid Liongoren’s Animation Film “Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story” Premieres on Netflix on October 29, 2020

Netflix released today the first look for Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story. The adult-animation film from the Philippines starring Angelica Panganiban, Sam Milby, and Robin Padilla is set to premiere on October 29, 2020 at 12:01 am. 

Directed by Avid Liongoren, written by Manny Angeles and Paulle Olivenza, Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story is the first animated Netflix Film from the Philippines. Available across Asia in Taglish, and English as 'You Animal!', this adult animation comedy is a refreshing look at societal expectations, personal aspirations and the classic love triangle. 

About Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story

Nimfa Dimaano (Angelica Panganiban), the pretty pussycat is a perfume sales kitty at a department store. Her boyfriend, Roger (Robin Padilla), the macho mongrel is a janitor. Nimfa meets Iñigo Villanueva (Sam Milby) the bourgeoisie business dog and their chemistry ignites. Will Nimfa and Roger's love for DVDs and cheap street food keep them together or will Iñigo's high society charms tear them apart? 

Additional voice cast include Empoy Marquez, Piolo Pascual, Arci Muñoz, Eugene Domingo, Yeng Constantino, Moira dela Torre and Bb Joyce Bernal. 

Animated and produced by Rocketsheep Studio and Spring Films - Erickson Raymundo, Piolo Pascual, Bb Joyce Bernal, E Del Mundo, Avid Liongoren and Manny Angeles. 

"Hayop ako, hayop ka, hayop tayong lahat! Pinaghirapan po namin ang pelikulang ito at kakaibang hayop ang mapapanood niyo dito! Panuurin ang Hayop Ka! 

My team and I took over 3-years of serious hard work to create this light and comical film. While our main goal is to elicit a few laughs, our advocacy is to encourage local animation production. In the global animation industry, the Philippines is a go-to nation for outsourcing animation services. We are home to thousands of talented animators but sadly, we are not known for ideating and producing our own work. There have been less than 10 animated feature films in the entire 100-year history of Philippine cinema, and we want to continue adding to that, while also hoping that little by little, someday Filipino animators can be known as not just service providers, but creators as well. We hope you enjoy Hayop Ka! on Netflix," said Avid Liongoren. 

"I find it interesting to see animals dealing with adult human conflict in funny natural situations, the characters are real in their predicament and emotions, and each character has a unique Filipino trait that we can share to the audience," said Piolo Pascual, Executive Producer.

SMART Unveils New GigaLife App for Subscribers, Celebrates with a Month-Long Smart GigaFest Virtual Concert

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is about to transform every subscriber's digital routine into a simple, easy, and smart experience with the launch of the new GigaLife App. 

Now downloadable for free on Google Play and the App Store, the GigaLife App is available to Smart Prepaid and TNT subscribers, and will soon be available to Smart Postpaid users. 

"Since we launched the 'Simple, Smart Ako' campaign this year, our approach has been about simplifying things for our customers. The new GigaLife App is a major component to achieve a simpler, easier, and smarter life as we navigate the new normal and become even more dependent on technology for our daily needs," said Alfredo S. Panlilio, Smart President and CEO and PLDT Chief Revenue Officer. 

"The GigaLife App is a portal for our subscribers to experience the GIGA life. It's a door that opens to an enhanced digital experience with just a few taps on their smartphone," added Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart. 

Simple, Easy, and Smart 

As mobile users rely on their smartphone to help them in their daily life, the GigaLife App aims to gives subscribers a simple, easy, and smart way to manage their digital activities through convenient features —from balance and account details inquiry, promo and add-on registration, account reloading, viewing of billing statement, bills payment, and reward points redemption. 

The app also sports a user-friendly dashboard that enables subscribers to monitor data usage, manage consumption, quick and hassle-free login with the option to use biometrics, the ability to link and manage multiple Smart accounts, app-exclusive promos and discounts, and convenient reloading and payments through debit, credit cards, and PayMaya. Aside from these features, Smart users may also expect more enhancements, exclusive offers, and perks soon. 

Smart GigaFest Virtual Concert on September 26 

The unveiling of GigaLife App coincides with the month-long Smart GigaFest celebrations to give back to subscribers all over the country. 

To celebrate the new the GigaLife App, Smart is bringing together some of the country's top performers including Nadine Lustre, James Nadine, KZ Tandingan, and Curtismith for the Smart GigaFest Virtual Concert to be streamed on Smart's Facebook and YouTube channel on Sept. 26, Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m. 

Also part of the concert are insightful and entertaining side shows including 'Workout Sessions' with Katarina Rodriguez and Vince Velasco; 'Relax, You Got This' with Macoy Dubs and Dr. RJ Naguit; 'In Style' with Aaron Black and Kim Cruz; and 'Smartees Play' with Angelique Manto, Erika Rabara, John Manalo, Rammy Bitong, and Synjin Reyes. 

Smart subscribers also get a chance to win the latest gadgets and other exciting prizes throughout the show. 

Powered by the country's fastest mobile data network 

The GigaLife App is the latest innovation in Smart's thrust to bring about life-changing experiences for subscribers, such as making mobile phones accessible to more Filipinos and pioneering groundbreaking products like Smart Load and Pasaload, and democratizing mobile Internet along with its massive 3G and 4G network expansion in the Philippines. 

The GigaLife App is powered by Smart LTE, the country's fastest mobile data network, as certified by third-party mobile internet analytics firms such as Ookla and Opensignal. Smart has also fired up its superfast Smart 5G network in key business districts of Metro Manila and Luzon to pave the way for the next generation of wireless technology in the Philippines. 

For more details on Smart GigaFest and the latest Smart offers, follow Smart's official accounts on Facebook (, Twitter, and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

“MYX Musiclass” Kicks Off with Songwriting 101 with Paolo and Miguel of Ben&Ben

Aspiring musicians have an opportunity to learn from their favorite OPM artists through "MYX Musiclass," a series of free and intimate virtual music coaching sessions starting its first leg this Saturday (September 26). 

The event is definitely an exciting affair as brothers Paolo and Miguel Guico of the band Ben&Ben are set to inspire and impart their expertise on Songwriting 101 to music enthusiasts who eagerly registered for the webinar. 

Many were obviously thrilled to snag a spot as the 100 slots were immediately filled just over an hour after the registration opened for those interested to join. 

These 100 participants will undergo a unique and enjoyable online music learning experience via Zoom from two of the creative minds behind Ben&Ben's heartfelt hits like "Maybe the Night," "Pagtingin," "Araw-Araw," and "Lifetime." 

Over the next two months, the country's number one music channel will stage two more legs of "MYX Musiclass," with the second leg focusing on Music Production 101 and the third concentrated on Vocal Performance 101. 

"MYX Musiclass" is co-presented by Choco Mucho. For more details, follow MYX Philippines on Facebook (, Twitter (@MYXphilippines), and Instagram (@myxph).

‘Cashless on Delivery’ is the New ‘COD’ When Ordering Online with PayMaya

Cashless is now replacing the "Cash" in "COD" when it comes to delivery of food and goods online as Filipinos are now opting for a better and safer way to pay with PayMaya as we live through the New Normal. 

With "Cashless on Delivery" gaining more popularity among consumers, PayMaya is helping ensure that customers can order from more merchants and service providers offering delivery of meals and other essentials nationwide. 

By simply scanning the QR code or paying using cards through the PayMaya One device carried by delivery riders, customers can be assured of completely contact-free delivery whenever they order online. This also helps ensure that delivery personnel are safe and protected from unnecessary contact as they go around the city for work. 

"For so long, 'cash' has been the usual mode of payment for many Filipinos, so much that the term 'COD' or Cash on Delivery has been coined whenever you order online. But with our current situation, 'cashless' is now quickly becoming the default, and through our innovative payment methods at PayMaya, we are excited to redefine 'COD' to mean Cashless on Delivery for the safety and convenient of both customers and riders, as we rely more on delivery services for our day-to-day essentials," said Shailesh Baidwan, President of PayMaya. 

What's even more exciting is that customers can enjoy this elevated COD experience whether they're planning to order a Pinoy celebration feast, or are simply craving for that classic chicken dinner. 

Here's a list of establishments where you can conveniently and safely pay cashless on delivery today: 

1. Classic favorites 
Satisfy your Chickenjoy, Peach Mango Pie, or Jolly Spaghetti cravings from Jollibee without a hint of worry, because now you can pay for your meals by simply swiping your card. 

2. Pizza cravings 
Got a craving for pizza? You're in luck—PayMaya has also partnered with Shakey's! Order your favorite mojos at Shakeys with their new Truffle Greens Pizza and pay contactless for safer transactions. 

3. Pinoy comfort food 
Your favorite Pinoy restaurant has also gotten in on the cashless action, as Kuya J offers cashless on delivery. Now, ordering crispy pata and halo-halo for your Sunday lunch has just gotten more convenient. 

4. Celebration staples 
No celebration is ever complete without Amber Golden Chain of Restaurants and Goldilocks. Don't let any milestone pass by without a fun Pinoy celebration – even with just your immediate family at home. To make it more special, order your favorite Goldilocks cake and Ambers spaghetti and have it delivered to your home. You have the option to pay for your Goldilocks order via card or PayMaya QR. Meanwhile, Ambers accepts PayMaya QR payment option for their deliveries. 

5. Quality ingredients 
Even with all these delicious options, nothing beats a nice homecooked meal for your family. And WalterMart has the perfect solution for that. If you're planning to treat your loved ones with your specialty dish, why not have quality ingredients delivered to your home? Waltermart accepts cashless on delivery to make your experience hassle-free. 

Apart from the safety and convenience, paying cashless on delivery can be rewarding, too! PayMaya users who #ScanToPay using PayMaya QR can get up to 100% cashback for a minimum purchase of P500 in their chosen merchants, for an even better delivery experience. 

PayMaya is continuously adding more merchants to its growing list of partners who are offering this new and better way to pay for deliveries. So the next time you need to have food and essentials delivered, take the safer and more convenient way—go cashless on delivery with PayMaya! 

Getting PayMaya and going cashless for everything you want and need is very easy. Just register for a PayMaya account here, and find out what it's like to shop with the fastest, safest, and most rewarding, to pay for anything online and in stores! Remember, for your essential deliveries and more, don't pay cash. PayMaya! 

To find out about all the exclusive deals you can avail of with your PayMaya account, visit or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines with platforms and services that cut across consumers, merchants, and government. Aside from providing payments acceptance for the largest e-Commerce, food, retail and gas merchants in the Philippines, PayMaya enables national and social services agencies as well as local government units with digital payments and disbursement services. 

Through its app and wallet, PayMaya provides millions of Filipinos with the fastest way to own a financial account with over 40,000 Add Money touchpoints nationwide, more than double the total number of traditional bank branches in the Philippines combined. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 30,000 partner touchpoints nationwide serves as last mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to services. 

To know more about PayMaya's products and services, visit or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Angelica, Zanjoe, Arci, and Paulo Reveal their True Colors in Kapamilya Channel’s Newest Series “Walang Hanggang Paalam”

A kidnapping incident will test the characters of Paulo Avelino, Zanjoe Marudo, Arci Munoz, and Angelica Panganiban and the values they hold dear in ABS-CBN's new action-drama series "Walang Hanggang Paalam," which makes its global premiere on Monday (September 28). 

Filipinos worldwide will be able to watch and begin the series at the same time as it will be simulcast on Monday in the Philippines, Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, TFC, and iWant TFC. 

In the series, Angelica and Paulo play former lovers Celine and Emman, who go their separate ways after he ends up in jail due to a wrongful conviction. Believing he is guilty of the crime, Celine breaks up with him and raises their son Robbie as a single mom. 

After spending years in jail, Emman is finally released but his hopes of rebuilding his family are shattered when Celine falls in love with Anton (Zanjoe), a wealthy businessman. 

Looking to start anew himself, Emman tries to make up for lost time with his son. But before they can even reunite, Robbie gets kidnapped by a suspected syndicate. 

As they search for the kid, their efforts are muddled by bitterness and old issues, while Celine gets caught between Emman and Anton, who are both determined to look for Robbie and prove their love to her. 

Emman, meanwhile, finds comfort in Sam (Arci), a former colleague who is secretly in love with him and helps him in his search. 

How far are they willing to go to find Robbie? Will they be able to set aside their personal issues? 

"Walang Hanggang Paalam" also stars Jake Cuenca, JC Santos, Tonton Gutierrez, Lotlot de Leon, Ronnie Lazaro, McCoy De Leon, Mary Joy Apostol, Sherry Lara, Victor Silayan, Javi Benitez, and Cherry Pie Picache. The show is directed by Emmanuel Palo and Darnel Villaflor and produced by Dreamscape Entertainment. 

Don't miss "Walang Hanggang Paalam" starting Monday (September 28) at 9:20 PM on cable and satellite TV via Kapamilya Channel (SKYchannel 8 on SD and channel 167 on HD, Cablelink channel 8, G Sat Direct TV channel 22, and most cable operator- members under Philippine Cable and Telecommunications Association). 

Catch it on Kapamilya Online Live livestreaming daily on ABS-CBN Entertainment's YouTube channel and Facebook page, on the iWantTFC app (iOs and Android) and on, and on The Filipino Channel.

Gretchen Ho Leads World Vision’s “1000 Girls” Campaign Webinar Called “Girl Talk”

World Vision Celebrity Ambassador Gretchen Ho will headline "Girl Talk", a special live webinar that will discuss and highlight issues young girls and women are facing today. 

Hosted by Gretchen Ho, the webinar happening this September 30, 2020 is entitled "#GirlsCan Do Business", focused on affirming young entrepreneurs' business journey. The live stream will start at 6 PM on World Vision's official Facebook page. This event will be live and free for all. 

Human Nature's President Anna Meloto-Wilk, The SHEeo Society's Founder Maine Uy, and SlashIgnite's Founder and Chief Igniter Noreen Bautista will join "Girl Talk" to share their knowledge and personal insights from years of being women leaders in business.

The live webinar is part of World Vision’s ongoing “1000 Girls” campaign, which is aimed at empowering girls by helping them discover their potentials and achieve their dreams, especially during these challenging times. The campaign’s theme this year is “#GirlsCan”.

“World Vision is deeply humbled and proud to have Gretchen become the face of ‘1000 Girls’ and now, the host of ‘Girl Talk’. As the entire world currently face an enormous challenge in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must keep to heart that a lot of young girls are in difficult situations and need our help. Together, we can ensure that chidlren will continue to be educated, healthy, protected, and cared for so that they will be empowered to have a better future”, said Rommel Fuerte, World Vision’s National Director.

This event is co-presented by World Vision’s Social Development Academy and The SHEeo Society. 

To know how you can support “1,000 Girls” by sponsoring a girl today, visit

You may also follow /worldvisionph on Facebook and @worldvisionphl on Instagram for updates. 

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, their families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. 




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