April 14, 2017

RAPOO Brings to the Philippines the Most Advanced VPRO Gaming Peripherals


Just like a good basketball player needs a well-designed pair of shoes, and a golfer needs a complete set of clubs, gaming enthusiasts are also always in search for the perfect gear that would help them make the transition from mere players to serious gamers.

A great set of gaming gear does more than simply facilitate play – it is the key to mastering your strategy, and just like any other sport, finding the best set of gaming tools is necessary for them consistently perform at a high level.

In eSports, gaming gear is just as critical as skill, and even the slightest lag, can spell the difference between a victory and getting fragged to oblivion. 

Gaming has gotten a lot more serious these past few years, and there are already a lot of Filipino ProGamers who are making a name for themselves in eSports tournaments all over the world.  We want to nurture the passion and talent Filipinos have by letting them experience the gaming gear used by the top CyberAthletes in the world,” says Kyle Guo, Rapoo R&D Director.

Today we are launching the newest range of gaming products from VPRO, which will help them take their gaming to the next level,” Guo adds.

VPRO is a professional gaming brand under Rapoo with complete range of good quality and best value performance products, including gaming mice, gaming mechanical keyboards, and gaming headsets.

SERIOUS BUSINESS

eSports is more than just play - it pays very lucratively. According to statistics compiled by eSportsearnings.com, the total prize money of gaming competitions in 2016 reached an unbelievable USD 94,445,235.87. 

The prize came from 3,995 tournaments participated in by more than 13,000 CyberAthletes.

THINK FAST, ACT FAST, AND KICK ASS

Known for its innovative and premium-quality product developments, VPRO is the premium gaming brand of Rapoo Gaming Labs.  

Rapoo as VPRO Gaming will bring its strengths into the game by exacting product-quality standards, achieved by specialists from almost all fields of expertise needed,” says Lem Estiva, Rapoo Philippines Retail Sales Manager.

Utilizing the vast experience of and incredible inventiveness Rapoo, VPRO is able to drastically shorten product-development cycles, allowing it to respond more quickly to new trends and the growing needs of the gaming community. 

Compared to its competitors, Rapoo's ability to develop and produce almost all components itself offers incredible advantages when it comes to value for money. 

Leading the lineup of VPRO Gaming Gear is the VPRO V810 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.  




With its stylish angular design coupled with high-grade materials and incredible build quality the gaming keyboard makes for a standout companion to accompany gamers on their triumphant quest for glory.

The VPRO V810 features full mechanical keys and conflict-free design for all keys. The cherry mechanical key switches with a single key life up to 50 million operations, are durable and reliable in the game. Non-conflict design for 108 keys on the keyboard, allows you to press any number of keys simultaneously and ensures that your every command is registered and executed exactly and rapidly. 

It is equipped with a multi-level backlighting system for those late night top-secret gaming sessions. All keys on the keyboard are programmable (including single keys, combination keys and macro keys) in the game mode. The simplified game operations allow you to always be one step ahead.

The keyboard also features five dedicated macro keys for those precisely timed manoeuvres conveniently positioned on the left-hand side of the keyboard. With a built in on-board memory, VPRO810 can save your personal profile settings and load it onto another PC. 

Another really cool feature is Gaming Mode, which allows rapid toggling between game and Windows settings. Combined with its freely programmable keys, the VPRO V810 converts into a true weapon of virtual mass destruction.

Other available VPRO keyboard options include the V720, V500RGB AL, V700RGB AL, V500S AL, V500S-Crystal, V500L, V51S RGB, and V510.

Complementing the VPRO KEYBOARD is the VPRO range of Gaming Mouse led by the VPRO V310 Laser Gaming Mouse. The VPRO V310 boasts of Rapoo's brand-new gaming chip V-power3, 32-bit ARM core, 60MHz running frequency and 1000 Hz USB report rate for high-speed response. It also has a professional gaming optical engine with an image-processing rate of 12000 FPS, 150 inches and tracking speed and up to 1000 Hz USB report rate, ensures accurate tracking, anytime. anywhere.

Save and play with its built-in memory to save your mouse configuration (macro, DPI setting and breathing light mode) in the game mode so you can use your settings on any computer. 

Dazzle your opponents with both your skill and style with the VPRO V310’s LED Multi-color Light System. With 16 million colors the V310 has an LED multi-color light system, which lets you customize the appearance of your mouse in many ways as well as to suit your preferences. It features an APM-lighting mode that reflects your actions per minute with a spectacular light show.

Confidence is good, but control is a lot better, so choose from other VPRO Gaming Mouse such as the V25S, V280, and V26 and choose the best one that fits your gaming style.




Completing the trio of essential gaming gear is the headset. A good gaming headset provides you a more immersive experience, but a great headset gives you the advantage allowing you to hear movements and audio cues of your opponent’s movements. 

The VPRO VH600 Virtual 7.1 Gaming Headset features multi-function remote configuration free control; and intelligent VIB vibration unit that brings unparalleled shock experience. The Over-ear design provides comfort, noise isolation while the active dual microphone makes sure that you can easily and clearly talk strategies with your teammates without delay.




Lastly, its over-ear design provides noise isolation and utilizes an intelligent suspension head wear that adapts to the length of gameplay hours.

For entry level gamers, there is the VPRO VH200 illuminated Gaming Headset with Professional sound adjustment, accurate positioning noise-cancelling microphone, as well as the intelligent suspension head wear to make it comfortable during those marathon gaming sessions.

"VPRO's aim is to take on the deadly serious world of the gaming-peripheral brands with a twinkle in its eye, without taking its eye off the top spot. After all, gaming equipment should do two things: Deliver an awesome experience for the gamer and a real benefit for the gameplay – and do all this while offering great value for money, without being pretentious,” points out VPRO CEO Michael Zeng.

Price and availability

The first line of VPRO gadgets in the Philippines will be available in stores and third party retailers beginning this May.


ABOUT VPRO

VPRO is the label given to innovative and premium-quality product developments from Rapoo Gaming Labs.

Rapoo, winner of multiple accolades from the press and international bodies such as the Industry Forum Design (iF) for its product quality and design, will now fully utilize its vast experience and incredible inventiveness, which it has already proven in other areas, in the gaming segment. With its exacting product-quality standards and the close-knit way specialists from different fields of expertise work together at one production facility VPRO is able to drastically shorten product-development cycles, allowing it to respond more quickly to new trends and the growing needs of the gaming community. In contrast to its competitors, Rapoo's ability to develop and produce almost all components itself offers incredible advantages when it comes to value for money. The long-term developments planned for the hard core, competitive field VPRO is active in are intended to further enhance the parent company Rapoo's existing product portfolio.

ABOUT RAPOO

Rapoo was established in 2002. After more than a decade of development, Rapoo has strong R&D capabilities and advanced manufacturing management. Rapoo is winning the favor of many domestic and global customers. Rapoo launched its domestic market strategy in 2007 with the introduction of its own brand - RAPOO. The company adheres to a management philosophy that focuses on “people-oriented, scientific and technological innovation,” takes meeting customers’ demands as motivation, has built a sound after-sales service system, fully developed multi-channel advantages and achieved a harmonious win-win situation among customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers and partners. Currently, with its expansion in the global market and excellent product quality, Rapoo has won praise from dozens of Chinese and international industry media, and received nearly 100 rewards.

April 13, 2017

New Poster Unites the JUSTICE LEAGUE #UniteTheLeague


United, they stand.  Warner Bros. Pictures has launched the new official one-sheet art for its event movie for 2017, the action-adventure Justice League. 

Check out the poster below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas starting November 16, 2017.

In the film, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes - Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash - it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
       
Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) returns to direct Justice League with a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher. 

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. 

Former Child Actor BJ ‘Tolits’ Forbes Tortured by NUNO Sa Punso


Former child actor BJ “Tolits” Forbes was tortured by nuno sa punso when he decided to break his covenant of friendship with them.

Catch the story as The 700 Club Asia Presents Nuno on Good Friday, April 14, 6 pm, on GMA.

BJ “Tolits” takes the lead role of Armand in his true to life story about his experiences with the controlling power of dwarfs, exposing the truths about nuno.

After the nuno gave Armand tons of fortune, their true motive was exposed when he decided to turn 
his life to God. The nuno did not want it and tortured him to keep him in their dark and wicked path.” BJ said in vernacular.

BJ “Tolits” recognized how the struggles would come to keep one from staying in his or her faith in God, “Once you receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, there will always be someone or something that will cause you to struggle for you to give up your faith. But, always hold on! Keep the faith. Don’t let your struggles destroy your faith.

I hope that the audience will take the lesson of the story to heart. This is not just for entertainment, it’s also sharing your knowledge about Jesus Christ and other significant things in life. So, I hope that this project will have an impact in their lives and strengthen their faith,” he said.

BJ “Tolits” is a multi-awarded actor who was discovered in Eat Bulaga, the longest noontime running show in the Philippines. He was 4 years old when he joined the show’s That’s My Boy segment. Though he didn’t win, his showbiz career blossomed when his “Lagi na lang ako” Tide commercial became a hit.

He was also in GMA’s Mulawin and Etheria, APT Entertainment Ispiritista and Dobol Trobol: Lets Get Redi 2 Rambol, and in various theatrical shows. Nuno is BJ “Tolits”’s first project with The 700 Club Asia.




Don’t miss BJ “Tolits” in this story that will prove God’s power to deliver people from the dark schemes of the devil. Catch him at The 700 Club Asia Presents Nuno, on Good Friday, April 14, 6:00 p.m. on GMA.

This Holy Week special is produced by CBN Asia, written and co-directed by Paula Villanueva, and co-directed by Micah Basco.

PLDT Now Offers the Lowest Call Plan to All Network, the Net Fam Call 299


Leading telecoms and digital services provider, PLDT, introduces its lowest call plan offer, the All Net Fam Call 299, starting April.

The All Net Fam Call 299 allows subscribers to make 100 minutes of landline call to all networks for as low as P299 per month. Those who subscribe to the plan will enjoy an exclusive promo rate of P99 per month or P1/minute call rate on the first month of their subscription.

The lowest call plan of PLDT Home to date, the All Net Fam Call 299 allows the landline to make calls to all networks including Smart, Sun Cellular, TNT, Globe Telecom, and TM.

This new offer is part of our commitment to provide affordable and innovative call services to more Filipinos. Now, they will be able to enjoy four times lower call rates across all networks,” says PLDT FVP and Head of Home Business Oscar Reyes Jr.

PLDT subscribers will enjoy the All Net Fam Plan 299 as an add-on to their existing PLDT plan, available for Voice, Home DSL, and Home Fibr plans.

For more information, log on to www.pldthome.com.

April 12, 2017

We Can't Help But Fall In Love with KATHNIEL in "Matanglawin" Easter Special


The sweetness of King and Queen of Hearts Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo will be in full blast even as they try to outmatch each other in a “Matanglawin“ Challenge this Easter Sunday, 10am on ABS-CBN.

The “Can’t Help Falling In Love” loveteam have accepted Kuya Kim Atienza’s dare and will race each other in balancing soda cans on top of glasses. 




Award-winning host Kuya Kim will also deliver more Easter treats as he introduces us to dolled-up, super cute bunnies that strut like runway models.




Also get to explore the mysterious ways of Antique’s Maaram or traditional faith healers who claim to cure illnesses of all kinds, and a local Korean shrine in Bulacan that houses the relic of the first Korean saint, St. Andrew Kim Taegon in another fun and educational adventure. 

Find out all these and more on “Matanglawin” with Kim Atienza on Sunday (April 16), 10am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. You may also watch online on iwantv.com.ph, or skyondemand.com.ph. For updates on the show, follow “Matanglawin” on Facebook and Twitter (@MatanglawinTV).

April 11, 2017

NBA Superstar STEPHEN CURRY Talks Why He Only Trust VIVO V5 LITE for Perfect Selfies


National Basketball Association (NBA) Superstar Stephen Curry has been tapped by Vivo, the top five premium global brand, as the official endorser of all its newest smartphones, including the latest addition to the V5 line, the Vivo V5 Lite, equipped with a 16-megapixel front camera.

Trusted by no less than the Golden State Warriors point guard and two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP), the V5 Lite has captured the hearts of the selfie-centric local market because of its premium specifications and its reasonable price of P9,990.

It is also worth mentioning that the NBA star has stated that he and Vivo share the same values: energy, professionalism, and pleasure.

At the grand launch of the Vivo brand in the Philippines just last year, Curry expressed his gratitude for being its ambassador, and his excitement about being involved in its future events. “I’m looking forward to doing more activities with Vivo and its plans in the Philippines,” he said.

Gaining fame in the sports industry because of his consistently outstanding performances in NBA seasons, Curry embodies what Vivo stands for, according to Vivo Philippines Brand Director Annie Lim.

Stephen Curry is exactly the brand ambassador that Vivo wants to represent its phones, because like Curry, the brand used perseverance and hard work to make its mark in the smartphone industry. Today, we are the fifth best-selling smartphone manufacturer in the world,” Lim said.

Vivo V5 Lite, the newest member of the V5 family, follows in the heels of the V5 and the V5 Plus, all with advanced selfie technology.




Vivo V5 Lite features:

SELFIE CAMERA:
  • 6-megapixel front camera, the V5 Lite has the highest front camera quality among phones in the same price range
  • Selfie Softlight, a natural front camera flash that produces radiant-looking selfies by using the appropriate colors in the spectrum 
  • Face Beauty Mode 6.0 - a skincare tool that enhances the skin tone, removes blemishes, and detects the user’s gender to apply the appropriate beauty retouches
  • 13-megapixel Rear Camera, with f2.2 aperture and an ultra-high- definition mode of up to 52 megapixels

STYLE:
  • 5.5 inch display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 
  • Unibody curved design
  • Metallic Back Cover for maximum protection without sacrificing sophistication and convenience

SPEED AND PERFORMANCE:

  • Runs on an MTK6750 Octacore processor and a Personalized Operating System, the Funtouch 3,0, based on Android 6.0

STORAGE:
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM, expandable up to 256 GB

OTHERS:
  • Eye Protection Mode that prevents eye strain by filtering out all the blue light, making the screen light softer
  • Smart Split 2.0, which splits the screen in two, accommodating two tasks simultaneously

For inquiries about Vivo V5 Lite, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph, or check out their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/vivophil and Twitter https://twitter.com/vivo_phil accounts.

April 9, 2017

Breakout Child Star Awra Briguela was Hailed the First “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids” Grand Winner


Breakout Child Star Awra Briguela was hailed the first “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids” grand winner after garnering the highest combined scores from the jury and Philippine text votes at the program’s two-night Grand Showdown last April 8 and 9 (Manila time), which were seen outside the Philippines via TFC and which will continue to be seen via TFC online (TFC.tv) and TFC IPTV in key countries worldwide.

On the VTR interview with host Billy Crawford shown before Briguela went on the stage, he candidly told Crawford “Ako ang nagsimula, ako rin ang magtatapos. Awra!” pertaining to his transformation on the first week of the show as Dionisia Pacquiao, when he was hailed first weekly winner of the show.

True enough and even surprising himself, Briguela was hailed the grand winner after he got a score of 95.41%. He impressed the viewers with his rapping skills and high-level performance as he transformed into the American female rapper Nicki Minaj. 

Even the judges, Ogie Alcasid, Sharon Cuneta, and Gary Valenciano, were in awe of Briguela’s final transformation and performance, and told him to continue being an inspiration to aspiring artists.




He won Php 1 million cash, a house and lot, and a trip to Jeju Island, South Korea for four.

Get to watch Briguela’s winning performance again, together with the all-out transformations of the other Kapamilya child stars in “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids: Grand Showdown” via TFC online (TFC.tv) and TFC IPTV, available until May 9 in key countries worldwide.

For more updates about the show, visit TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.

CEBU PACIFIC Peak Season Travel Advisory


​​Cebu Pacific (CEB) and Cebgo remind all passengers to allot ample time to check-in, go through security and immigration checks, and process pre-departure requirements, to avoid long queues at the check-in and immigration counters.

CEB Domestic Check-in counters are open three (3) hours before the scheduled time of departure and four (4) hours for International flights. All check-in counters close 45 minutes before the scheduled time of flights, except those exiting the Middle East (one hour) and Shanghai (50 minutes).

To cut the waiting time, CEB and Cebgo passengers are encouraged to use the following check-in options:

  • CEB Mobile Check-in. Download the official Cebu Pacific Mobile App on the App Store or Google Play and tap on the Check-In option. CEB Mobile Check-in is available from seven (7) days to four (4) hours before an international flight, and up to one (1) hour before a domestic flight.
  • CEB Web Check-in. Visit the Manage Booking section of the Cebu Pacific website (http://www.cebupacificair.com). For international flights, web check-in is available from seven (7) days up to four (4) hours before scheduled flight departure. Those taking domestic flights can do web check-in up to one (1) hour before their scheduled departure. 
  • Self Check-in Kiosks. Passengers at NAIA Terminals 3 and 4 and selected domestic airports can use these kiosks to check-in their flights eight (8) hours up to one (1) hour before the scheduled flight departure.


Domestic Airports with CEB Self Check-in Kiosks

Bacolod – Silay International Airport
Busuanga (Coron) - Francisco B. Reyes Airport
Cagayan de Oro - Laguindingan Airport
Clark International Airport
Davao - Francisco Bangoy International Airport
Dipolog Airport
General Santos International Airport
Iloilo International Airport 
Kalibo International Airport
Legazpi International Airport
Ozamiz - Labo Ozamiz City Airport
Roxas Airport 
Pagadian Airport
Palawan - Puerto Princesa International Airport 
Tagbilaran Airport
Zamboanga International Airport

Domestic web or mob­ile check-in guests with check-in luggage can drop these off at the bag drop counter at least 45 minutes before the flight, except those exiting the Middle East (one hour) and Shanghai (50 minutes). International web or mobile check-in guests still need to show up at check-in or bag drop counter at least one (1) hour before the flight to present valid travel documents.

Here are other reminders for all CEB and Cebgo passengers:

  • Mind the weight of your hand-carry. CEB allows only ONE (1) hand carry bag  with maximum weight of 7 kilos) for all flights
  • Liquids, aerosols and gels inside a hand-carry bag should be in a container (100 ml or less) and they should be placed in a clear, rese­alable plastic bag.
  • Purchase baggage allowance upon booking, with options ranging from 15 to 40 kilos. This lets you save as much as 71% compared to paying excess baggage fees at the airport.
  • Be security-conscious. When possible, lock and seal your luggage and easily identifiable markers on your check-in baggage. We advise guests to hand-carry valuable items. 
  • Proceed to the boarding gate immediately after completing check-in requirements. Guests should be at the gate 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.

April 8, 2017

ABS-CBN Brings Back THE BIBLE and MMK Classics this Lenten Season


ABS-CBN presents a special lineup of programs that will strengthen the Filipino faith and ties of Filipino families this Holy Week season.

The Emmy-Awarded miniseries “The Bible,” which tackles the story of how God created the Earth and narrates some of the momentous moments in Jesus’ life will air from Maundy Thursday till Black Saturday at 7:30pm.

“MMK” also brings back three touching and inspiring stories about sacrifice, love, and strength. Relive the story of young boy Jose (Bugoy Carino) who stood as a parent to his seven siblings this Maundy Thursday. Get touched once more by the heart-warming story of Courageous Catie (Miel Espinoza), the little girl who became viral after her mother created a Facebook page about her rare illness on Good Friday. Finally, be inspired with the journey of Juan (Zanjoe Marudo), a father who single-handedly raised his two kids inside a cave this Black Saturday.

Children can also enjoy and enrich their minds with episodes from the acclaimed animated bible series “Superbook,” while the whole family or barkada can bond while watching Star Cinema films like “She’s Dating the Gangster,” Everything About Her,” and several foreign films.

Don’t miss all these shows this Holy Week on ABS-CBN. For more information, about ABS-CBN’s Holy Week program schedule, log on to ABS-CBN.com

TFCU Brings Talk Series to Manila, Ties Up with ABS-CBN University for 1st International Event


Gauging from the vibe and the reaction of the nearly 200 young Filipinos at the heart of ABS-CBN compound on March 27, one would think that a rock concert was in progress.   In truth, ABS-CBN University and TFC, ABS-CBN’s global media network, just launched its first Philippine leg for TFCU Talks entitled “Make Your Mark” at the iconic Dolphy Theater in Quezon City.

TFCU is TFC’s outreach to Filipino college and university students worldwide, primarily through a series of interactive exchange of ideas and discourses. Launched only in November last year, its TFCU Talks through its “Dare to Dream (San Francisco) and “Breaking the Mold” (Los Angeles) events, has since been creating a buzz for successfully gathering young Filipinos who are positively impacting their hometowns in North America and the world: 

  • Season Four winner of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race in 2013, Lanai Tabura  
  • Founder of the successful crowdfunded Passion Planner, Angelia Trinidad
  • Singer-musician-songwriter-recording-artist AJ Rafael
  • Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of mydiveo.com Roslynn Cobarrubias and
  • Celebrity chef Charleen Caabay of Food Network's “Chopped”


This time, TFCU Talks’ first international event brought together three Filipinos who also made their mark at a young age: adventure journalist Garrett Gee, digital marketer Jonathan Joson and computer engineer and innovator Aisa Mijeno.




ABS-CBN Managing Director for North America Olivia Finina de Jesus said that it’s about time the company takes heed of the rising influence of the next generation of Filipinos. She said: “I think it’s a good time to be Filipino in America because the world is taking notice of Filipino talent in various fields such as business and technology, fashion, food and entertainment.  Through TFCU Talks themed events, ‘Dare to Dream’ and ‘Breaking the Mold,’ we aim to inspire young Filipino Americans to be part of the movement of Filipino millennials who dare to pursue big dreams and ultimately succeed, because of their depth of talent, confidence and passion.

De Jesus added: “Filipino millennials back in the Philippines are also achievers in their own right, so we hope to share the TFCU Talks experience with them and spark that passion by giving them the inspiration so they will be able to turn their dreams into tangible projects and eventually effect meaningful change.”




Conquering the digital world

Leading the lineup of remarkable young Filipinos in TFCU Talks in Manila is tech entrepreneur and adventure journalist Gee of the social media sensation, The Bucket List Family. Gee is a Filipino American who created an app and sold it to Snapchat, earning his millions before reaching the age of 30.

With 54 million dollars in savings, it would have been easy for Gee to cruise through life. But instead, he advised, “Don’t get comfortable. Comfort never was happiness. You can get comfortable for a little bit. That’s when life stops.”  He adds, “None of this (success) is going to matter if I can’t take this situation and make something special of it.” 

He currently travels the world full-time with his young family of four on a shoestring budget, not even touching his pot money, visiting, and most importantly, promoting local communities.   During the talk, Gee also proudly revealed his upcoming project with ABS-CBN International, “Discovering Routes” a digital travel and reality series.  He added, “And the great thing about this project is that I’ll get to go back to the Philippines!” 

Quantifying our value

For the youngest recipient of the Young Market Masters Award (YMMA), Joson stated that young Filipinos and people in general have to set a bar at a certain point and find a mentor.  He summed all his valuable life lessons in five tips: 1. make mistakes; 2. create value; 3. measure everything; and 4. take control.

However, at the end of the day, the Google Philippines Industry Manager for Performance Marketing said that all these won’t mean anything if you don’t show your worth.  “It doesn’t matter how good you think you are. It is how you create value for other people, whether it’s a company or the country or the world. You are there to create things. You are there to make things better and that’s how you progress in any career you choose.

Practical solutions 

Computer engineer and team lead of the inventors of the SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting Technology) Lamp, Mijeno, knows too well the responsibility that comes with being female in male-dominated industries. She dispelled myths about succeeding in a male-dominated society and said, “The misconception is pursuing your passion. What you need to learn is what you’re good at. When you’re good at something, you tend to love it.” Mijeno’s passion was recognized by no less than former US President Barrack Obama at the 2016 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila.

“Make Your Mark” in Manila was co-presented by ABS-CBN University and TFCU as part of their mission to serve Filipinos through experiences that inspire them to become better versions of themselves.  ABS-CBN University Head Gabriel Orendain advised students: “Learn ways of doing things better - this is why ABS-CBN University is in partnership with TFCU to bring the TFCU Talks to Manila.

Orendain shared: Each person in this company started exactly where you are now - students with a passion for life, learning, adventure, people and the desire to make a possible impact in the lives of other people in different communities. It doesn’t matter who you are and where you are and what you believe in. Follow your dreams and dedicate your life to a mission bigger than yourself.




TFCU Talks in Manila brought inspiration to college and post-graduate students, some elected by their universities and colleges, as well as administrative officers, faculty members, student organization representatives and publications staff of the Philippines’ Top 100 schools (http://www.4icu.org/ph) such as Ateneo de Manila University, CEU, Philippine Women’s University, University of Asia and the Pacific, University of the East, and University of the Philippines in Diliman.

Also in attendance are selected high-performing students from the Eugenio Lopez Jr. Center for Media Arts Senior High School at St. Dominic College of Asia (SDCOA).  Heeding the advice of the speakers, Alyssa dela Pena of SDCOA followed her heart right there smack at the event and boldly asked for a hug from rock-star speaker Gee who gamely consented. Meantime, Centro Escolar University (CEU) student Airee Palma was lucky enough to be called on stage to try making a SALt lamp herself.

Providing an equally stirring performance to cap the event was Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan.

  


Watch out for the full version of TFCU Talks in Manila on facebook and TFC digital properties.  Filipinos in North America can catch the next TFCU Talks on April 22 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.  

For more information on TFCU Talks, visit facebook.com/TFCUniversity

Connect with fellow global Filipinos and visit facebook.com/KapamilyaTFC or follow us on Twitter and IG.

April 3, 2017

Five Types of Destination Races Around the World including SKYATHON Boracay Beach Run


Lifestyles of people around the world have indeed evolved as people have come to combine leisure with health and fitness in recent years. In fact, destination runs are now regularly organized worldwide.

If you’re looking to tick some places around the world off your bucket list, you can start with any of these.

1. WINE COUNTRY-RACE IN THE U.S.

Photo from the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon Facebook page

The Wine Country Half Marathon would definitely suit racers who love to raise and drink a glass of wine. The marathon that is held in wine regions in the States including Santa Barbara, Virginia, and Oregon, among others, also offers a scenic view of vineyards for racers with a wine tasting session and music festival at the end of the marathon.


Photo from the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon Facebook page

For more information, click here: http://destinationraces.com/

2. GREAT OCEAN ROAD RUNNING FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA

Photo from the Great Ocean Road Run Fest website (greatoceanroadrunfest.comd.au)

In the land down under, racers who want a view of the gorgeous beaches in Victoria, Australia are in for a treat with the Great Ocean Road Running Festival that happens in a picture perfect coastal highway. The marathon also offers a variety of race categories including a Kids Gallop (1.5km) that is perfect for the family.

For more information, click here: http://www.greatoceanroadmarathon.com.au/

3. DISNEY-INSPIRED RUN IN PARIS

Photo from Disneyland Paris website (run.disneylandparis.com)

A Euro dream vacation gets an upgrade thanks to Disneyland Paris’ – Val d d’ Europe Half Marathon Weekend. Families and friends can participate in the race while channeling their favorite Disney characters. Plus, they can also experience a world-class Disney entertainment and take home special Disney finisher medals for a magical day of running in the happiest place on earth.

For more information, click here: http://run.disneylandparis.com/news/bookings-now-open

4. HAWAIIAN MARATHON IN HAWAII

Photo from the Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon website (kauaimarathon.com)

Eyeing on a trip to the picturesque island of Hawaii? The annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon allows racers to see the magnificent view of the island’s natural wonders from its beaches to its volcanic peaks. Adding fun to the race are hula dancers and Hawaiian musicians for a certified Luau entertainment.

For more information, click here: http://www.thekauaimarathon.com/

5. BEACH RUN IN BORACAY, PHILIPPINES

For family and friends who have plans to hit Boracay this summer, a thrilling run on the powdery white sands of the island is what the annual SKYATHON beach run offers.


Photo from SKYATHON’S Facebook page

Organized by SKY Cable and RunRio, SKYATHON lets runners become heroes for Boracay by allowing them to take part in the coral reef planting a few days ahead before the run since coral reef rehabilitation is an advocacy that SKYATHON staunchly supports. In fact, part of the proceeds of SKYATHON will go to the Coral REEFurbishment Project of the Boracay Foundation to help restore Boracay’s damaged coral reefs and maintain the island’s pristine beauty.


Photo from SKYATHON’S website (skyathon.com)



SKYATHON will happen on April 22 at the Epic Beach Front (station 2). Aspiring runners can choose from a 3K (P500), 5K (P600), and 10K (P800) beach run. Online registration is open until April 10. For more information, visit www.skyathon.com and www.runrio.com/skaython-2017.

An Afternoon of Food Park Challenge with Kapuso Actor Mikael Daez


Kapuso actor Mikael Daez is happy and overwhelmed that despite his tight schedule with GMA afternoon prime's toprating series Legally Blind opposite Janine Gutierrez, his mother network let him take a day off to meet with some entertainment and food bloggers for an afternoon of Food Park Challenge at Markina Food Carnival in Marikina City. 

The challenge is for the bloggers to buy a sumptuous food available for purchase at MFC that can impress the taste buds of Mikael - for a budget of only Php500. Bloggers we're paired in two and have a chance to win the heart of Mikael through the food that they serve. As we all know, Mikael is also hosting the Midnight Express - a segment in GMA late night newscast "Saksi" which featurs different and a unique food recipe for the viewers. So the challenge is a little difficult to obtain.

At the sidelight of the event, Mikael revealed that he is currently shooting a GMA NewsTV production entitled "Alex and Amie", a graphic theme show which will air this year. 

Check out some photos below taken during the event:

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Julie Anne San Jose Wins Bigtime in the 12th International Song Contest: The Global Sound


Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose received a Silver Award equivalent to Second Place for her song Tidal Wave in the 12th International Song Contest: The Global Sound after getting a total of 500 points.


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The Gold Award, however, was awarded to the group Temple Sour from Peru after getting a total of 501 points for their song ‘Te Gusto (I Like You).

Some of this years contestants include Danish Pop band Lukas Graham, Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ L and South Korean ballad duo Davichi.

Gabbi Garcia Covers Preview Magazine, New TV Project to Air in 10 Countries


She is Golden. At her Prime. And very much ready for Stardom!

Kapuso young actress Gabbi Garcia headlines the April issue of premiere fashion magazine Preview.


The Encantadia star is also busy doing her latest TV commercial for an international shampoo brand as part of her role as its Asia Ambassador. 




Gabbi will be featured in a series of TV commercial and print campaigns which will be released in 10 countries including the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.

For this project, Gabbi recently traveled to Australia where she was able to worked with an internationally known personalities in advertising such as award-winning photographer and filmmaker Olivier Staub, Sydney-based Hollywood stylist Ellie Goodman, celebrity hair stylist Ken Arthur, and Pinoy make-up artist Robbie PiƱera.

Alden Richards Receives Gold Record Award for the Album 'Say It Again'


Alden Richards was awarded Gold Record status for his sophomore album under GMA Records entitled "Say It Again".




"Akalain mo 'yun? Thank you so much siyempre kay Lord, I offer this award para sa lahat ng naniniwala at sumusuporta sa akin at kay Maine. Thank you so much para po sa inyo 'to!" he said after accepting the award from GMA Records A&R Manager Mr. Kedy Sanchez last Sunday on "Sunday Pinasaya"

Kapuso Stars Take a Day Off for GMA Artist Center Grand Fans Day


Last March 23, Kapuso celebrities took a break from their usual routine, even skipping taping schedules to make time for GMA Artist Center Grand Fans Day held at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan.

The star-studded event brought together over thirty artists trained and honed by the talent management arm of the Kapuso network - GMA Artist Center (GMAAC).

Fans from different parts of the country, as far as Leyte, came to see their favorite stars up close.

See a few unforgettable moments from the gathering here:


     

More Explosive Revelations in the Last 3 Weeks Episodes of THE GREATEST LOVE


Gloria’s (Sylvia Sanchez) story of love for her children and sacrifices to keep her family intact in “The Greatest Love” touched and left valuable lessons to viewers nationwide.

Her character showed the strength and the unconditional love of parents for their children, proving that there is no greater love than a mother’s love.

The series also became an avenue to shed light about Alzheimer’s disease and its effect to filial relationships. But Gloria and her children Amanda (Dimples Romana), Andrei (Matt Evans), Paeng (Aaron Villaflor), Lizelle (Andi Eigenmann), and grandson Z (Joshua Garcia) proved that everyone can rise from such adversity when there is love and hope in everyone’s hearts.

With the unwavering support of viewers, Sylvia Sanchez, the series’ lead star, is grateful to everyone who follows the journey of her character Gloria.

I will never forget the love and respect as a person and as an artist the viewers made me feel,” said Sylvia.

I am sad that we are parting ways. But I am happy because the show will end well and people like it,” she added.

Sylvia also said that the touching story strengthened her relationship with her own family and changed her perception on love. “Family is the most important thing in the world. Also, no one can keep apart two people who are destined for each other,” she said.

Viewers nationwide tuned in to the heart-wrenching scenes of “The Greatest Love,” which consistently wins the ratings game every afternoon. It hit an all-time high national TV rating of 20.4%, according to data from Kantar Media. The series is also a regular trending topic online.

Meanwhile, the series became an avenue to teach viewers about Alzheimer’s disease as it organized the forum “Remembering Our Greatest Love: An Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Forum” with the help of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association of the Philippines (ADAP).

It airs its finale on April 21 (Friday), serving up more explosive revelations set to surprise viewers.

Watch out for the extraordinary story of a woman’s unconditional, uncompromising, all-encompassing love for her children in “The Greatest Love” after “The Better Half” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates,likewww.facebook.com/thegreatestlovetv. Catch on the program’s past episodes via iWant TV orviaskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

Watch: Daniel Padilla "Gigil Kiss" with Kathryn Bernardo on ASAP Stage


Daniel Padilla serenaded his reel and real-life loveteam Kathryn Bernardo with his latest song “Reyna Ng Puso Ko” as they performed a sweet number on “ASAP” to promote their movie "Can't Help Falling In Love".

At the end of their performance, Daniel sealed their number with a kiss on Kathryn’s neck. Watch below:



"Can't Help Falling In Love" will open in cinemas nationwide on April 15, 2017.

Watch: Half-Naked JC Santos Pole Dancing with Cristine Reyes in "I Can Do That"


Although they failed to beat Team ArSue - Arci Munoz and Sue Ramirez - Cheerdancing act that made them the Week 4 winner of ABS-CBN artista reality-talent competition "I Can Do That," JC Santos and Cristine Reyes, Team JCTine, took to the social media by storm with their steamy pole dancing routine set to Aegis' "Sinta" last weekend.

In Saturday's episode of the show, which features celebrities trying to emulate difficult-looking acts, a half-naked-extra-hot JC drews shrieks as he and partner Cristine showcased their toned and flexible bodies as they worked their way around the pole

The two learned from dancer Lea Carla Santos, also known as Luningning. Watch below:

JC and Cristine - Pole Dancing Act



Sue and Arci - Cheer Dancing Act with CCP Bob Cats

#SmartMusicLive Gives Away Free Pre-Event Access and VIP Tickets to FIFTH HARMONY 7/27 Tour in Manila on April 5 at MOA Arena



April might just be one of this year's busiest months as SMART has so much surprises waiting for you! 

First on the list is another concert that will sweep your feet away as #SmartMusicLive brings you Fifth Harmony!

The summer music scene continues to come to life with Smart Music Live's Fifth Harmony concert event on April 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

And Smart subscribers are once again the priority viewers to experience Fifth Harmony's music like never before via the group's "7/27 Tour."

Hot off the heels of Shawn Mendes' "Illuminate" tour recently, Smart subscribers can enjoy next the American girl group's hit singles like "Miss Movin' On," "Boss," Slegehammer," "Worth It" and "Work From Home." 

Early this year, Fifth Harmony expressed excitement over the tour as it marks the first time the group will perform in Asia. Manila is the third stop for 2017. "Asia, hope you're ready for the #727Tour! This is going to be our first ever Asian tour so let's have some fun," posted the girls via Fifth Harmony's official Twitter account back in January.

For Smart music fans, pre-events and VIP tickets are exclusively up for grabs. Just visit Facebook.com/SmartCommuncations to know how.

This event is made possible via MCA Music and Music Management International (MMI) Live.

Over 3,500 Pirated DVDs Surrendered to ABS-CBN from Dragon Mart, Red Carpet Express and Other Stores in Toronto, Canada


ABS-CBN representatives, with the presence of TorontoPolice Service officers, received yesterday a total of 3,590 pirated DVDs of copyrighted ABS-CBN movies surrendered by Dragon Mart, Tina Shop and Unit 16B of Dragon Centre and Red Carpet Express of Oriental Centre in Toronto, Canada.

This development followed the successful enforcement effort by ABS-CBN earlier this month that resulted in the confiscation of hundreds of pirated DVDs of ABS-CBN content from six stores in Montreal and Toronto.
  
"By now, I think pirates are aware that we are dead serious in implementing the zero tolerance policy of ABS-CBN COO Raffy Lopez when it comes to our anti-piracy efforts," saidABS-CBN Canada Country Manager Jun Del Rosario.  "We will not let any scammer or pirate compromise the quality of our content, our distribution platforms and viewing experience, and our brand so that they can enrich themselves illegally. We will protect our property and aggressively pursue these criminals.

ABS-CBN AVP & Head of Global Anti-Piracy Elisha Lawrence added: "We are very pleased with the excellent results. We will continue our scorched earth enforcement in Canada against the piracy of ABS-CBN's content."

"ABS-CBN is not prepared to tolerate the infringement of its intellectual property rights in Canada, and we are hopeful that the message is now loud and clear to all businesses that this illegal activity cannot continue," said David Lipkus, counsel for ABS-CBN.

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'The Conjuring' Child Star Joey King Grows Up IN STYLE

Joey King is one of the leading teen actresses in the world today having been, at 17, in the business for over a decade. She has starred in such blockbusters as The Conjuring, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Dark Knight Rises and White House Down. Now, she plays the granddaughter of Michael Caine's character in New Line Cinema's a fun and fast-paced comedy Going in Style.


In the film, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Albert, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.


Adding to Joe's (Caine) resolve to rob a bank is the fact that his family relies on him to help keep a roof over their heads. Says Caine, "He has a granddaughter named Brooklyn (King) whom he adores, and her mom is a single mother who works very hard but it's not enough. Joe is just trying to make the payments and keep it all going. But now the bank is going to foreclose on the house and they have to be out in 20 days."


In the role of 14-year-old Brooklyn, director Zach Braff cast Joey King, then 16. "The part was written younger, and for a boy, but I thought it would be interesting to see the relationship of a grandfather trying to keep up with an energetic, teenage girl, so Ted Melfi rewrote it for Joey," Braff says. "I first met Joey on Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful, and I thought, 'This little girl is something special.' Then I cast her in Wish I Was Here. She's a phenomenal actress." 

"Joe and Brooklyn have a great, loving connection," says King. "They're more like best friends than grandfather and granddaughter, and are always having discussions. It's such a sweet rapport. He's proud of how smart she is and he's always looking toward her future, and she really brings out his fun and youthful side. Plus, they're protective of each other."


King is currently in South Africa in production on Netflix's feature The Kissing Booth, and is attached as the title character in Catherine Hardwicke's Stargirl, based on the bestselling young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli. She will also be seen starring as a wayward, pot-smoking runaway in Smartass, and alongside James Franco, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, and Megan Fox in Franco's indie dramedy Zeroville.


Opening across the Philippines on April 6, 2017Going in Style is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.



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Travelbook.ph, the leading local hotel booking website in the Philippines, presents the last batch of hotels for their extended Super Summer Sale where travelers can score more than 50% off on selected establishments including a special stay for only PHP 100.00.
Book the following accommodations in advance from March 31 to April 6, 2017 through the TravelBook.ph website or mobile app to avail of the special rates!

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