Friday, April 20, 2018

The Next Big Thing Features the Next Gen Excavators

Monark Equipment Corporation, the official dealer and importer of Caterpillar machines to the Philippines, launched its newest ground-breaking offerings; The Next Generation Cat Excavators 320 and 320GC last April 12 at Megatent Libis, Quezon City. 

Specifically, the 320 excavator boasts the industry’s highest level of standard factory-equipped technology to boost productivity, efficiency and safety. These excavators aim to help various industries in the Philippines who depend on heavy equipment, such as excavators, for their projects and daily production.

LG Helps You Live Happy by Staying Healthy

Your home is more than just four walls and a roof—it is a living space, a sanctuary for resting and restoring the mind, a place for peace with your loved ones. But sometimes modern life has other ideas, filling up our precious time with endless chores. In between making sure our rooms are dust-free, seeing to it that the fridge is well-stocked with fresh produce, and trying to cook healthy food for our families to consume, most of us don’t really get to enjoy home as a space for optimal rest and relaxation. 

Catch Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla at SM Mall of Asia for Vivo V9 Mall tour

Vivo is one of the top 5 International smartphone brands and they are bringing one of their local endorsers at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay this Saturday, April 21, 2018!

Celebrity royalties Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla—together famously known as Kathniel to their hundreds and thousands of fans—will be gracing the Vivo Mall Tour at the Mall of Asia to represent the top smartphone brand to fans, specifically the latest Vivo flagship phone—the V9.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Jollibee’s Toronto store brings a taste of home to Canada’s largest Filipino community

Whenever a Jollibee store opens here in the Philippines, I get a little giddy because it is the go-to fastfood chain for all of us. So imagine how awesome it was for Filipinos and locals alike in Canada’s east coast, because they had an exciting Easter treat as Jollibee opened its first store in the Greater Toronto Area in early April.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

My Top 10 Hello Kitty Shopee Wishlist

All my friends know how much I love Hello Kitty and pink stuff. I know, being 32 means I have to be more mature, but Hello Kitty sparks my inner kid. When my niece asked me "when did you start liking Hello Kitty?", I told her that it was just recently that I began to love her. But it was mostly my friends who influenced me into liking her and buy things with her face on.

And so when it comes to looking for items with Hello Kitty, I have SHOPEE to rely on because they have the lowest price guarantee and free delivery. Do you want to see my Hello Kitty wishlist? Let me tour you to my Shopee shopping cart:

Friday, April 13, 2018

Are You Excited to Find Out the Next Vivo Love Team Endorsers?

Top global smartphone brand Vivo is set to mount a Consumer Launch on April 14, 4:00 pm at the Market! Market! In Taguig City. The said consumer launch would set the stage for a big announcement, a revelation of the smartphone’s next local brand endorser.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Century Tuna Superbods Ageless Finalists Slay the Runway with Zalora

The 36 finalists of the Century Tuna Superbods Ageless graced the runway during the Zalora Summer 2018 Fashion Show at the Glorietta Activity Center last Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

AI-powered Vivo V9 surpasses 18,000 pre-orders ahead of nationwide launch

The Vivo V9 gets over 18,000 pre-orders nationwide in less than two weeks

Vivo's newest flagship smartphone, the V9, was yet to be released in authorized stores nationwide, but it had already exceeded pre-order expectations. As of April 5, the Vivo V9 has received over 18,000 pre-orders. The pre-orders started on March 26 after it unveiled the V9 to the press in a summer-themed launch at the City of Dreams Manila on March 22. 

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Spring is in the Air with Bake Cheese Tart

One country that comes to mind when it comes to cherry blossoms and Spring time is Japan. It is a dream destination to most of us, and it definitely is in top of my list. Aside from my favorite sushi, ramen and steak they are famous for their delightful cheese tarts - and Hokkaido's first choice, BAKE Cheese Tart

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Starbucks Philippines Introduces its Mobile App

Good news to all Starbucks Philippines fans! Starting April 3, the Starbucks PH® App, a mobile app providing a fast and convenient payment method for customers at more than 300 stores across the market, is finally launched. The first coffee retailer to offer this innovation in the Philippines, the Starbucks® PH App integrates the popular Starbucks Card payment method and My Starbucks Rewards® on customers’ mobile devices. 

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Vivo V9 Leads the Future in Mobile Technology

The Vivo V9 delivers AI-powered photography and mobile experience with a 90% screen-to-body FullView™ Display
Global smartphone brand Vivo has made its mark in the mobile industry with its trailblazing innovations. For instance, it was the first to introduce smartphones with an incredible 24-megapixel front camera in the V7 and the V7+ as a response to the growing, influential presence of the selfie generation.  

Vivo continues leading the pack with the launch of its new flagship smartphone, the V9. 

Ginebra San Miguel Launches 2018 Limited Edition Jersey

The uniform makes the player – it is a known fact that in basketball, wearing the jersey exhibits more than just tools for recognition against the opposing team. From the colors to the sewn patches, the jersey serves as the representation of the team and all it stands for. This is the philosophy practiced by Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. And for the past four decades, the jerseys of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel have become the embodiment of the team – from its decorated history to its virtues.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Holy Week Wonder: Paul, Apostle of Christ

This Lenten season, witness the all-too-real story of “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” at SM Cinema. 

Purveyed in the perspective of the Apostle Luke, the film depicts Paul in the midst of a brutal Roman campaign against religion, persecuting all those who share the faith and preach the word of the Lord through the most gruesome methods ever devised. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Vivo V9 Now Available for Pre-order

Global smartphone brand Vivo has revealed that its new and powerful flagship smartphone, the V9, will be retailed at Php17,990 in Pearl Black and Gold.   

Glupa Women’s Club: Elevating Womanity

Famed American writer and essayist Flannery O’Connor wrote a short story titled “Everything that Rises Must Converge.” It is a story reflective of the times. It was written when integration was a new concept not every American was willing to accept. It is a story of going beyond what society expects, of stripping away pretensions and prejudices, of acceptance of change.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Contest Alert: Win a Vivo V9 Smartphone

The newly released Vivo V9 that boasts of a 90% FullScreen Display and a 24-megapixel AI front camera, among other cutting-edge specs is every selfie lover’s dream smartphone. It was recently introduced in the Philippines at the City of Dreams on March 22.

UnionPay Lets You Enjoy Awesome Deals This Summer

Summer is definitely here! I am so excited to travel once again and discover the sights here in the country or abroad. Make it even more exciting with great deals and discounts, brought to you by UnionPay. Here are a few suggestions to help you fix your vacation itinerary.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Vivo unveils the all-new ‘V9’ AI-powered FullView™ display smartphone in the Philippines

Global smartphone brand Vivo has revealed its all-new sleek and stylish V9 flagship unit at the City of Dreams Manila in a summer-themed unveiling that was attended by over 200 members of the press and other guests. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vivo to bring the house down this March with newest flagship

Top global phone manufacturer Vivo is set to send the mobile phone industry in frenzy with the release of yet another stunner in their smartphone series. Set to be unveiled March, Vivo’s latest offering promises consumers bigger and better offerings in their mobile phone experience.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Summer is More Fun with Robinsons and PayMaya QR

Shopping for all your fashion, food, and retail needs this summer just got a lot more exciting as Robinsons and PayMaya brings as much as 30% cashback for your purchases at participating brands of Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. when you pay via Paymaya QR.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Country Bankers Provide Simple and Affordable Insurance for Filipinos

My former boss told me to always prepare for the future. That is how she explains how insurance works - that if something happens to me, or my family, they will always be secured and they have something to lean on. Fortunately here in the Philippines, you have so many choices in which insurance company you can rely on. And based on stability, Country Bankers have already established more than five decades in providing simple and affordable insurance that Filipino families really need.

“There have always been challenges that need to be overcome but we remain solid and committed to serving the needs of the common Filipino. Through the years we have proven to be reliable insurers by reaching out to our target market and giving them the insurance that answer their needs,” says Atty. Romeo G. Velasquez, president of Country Bankers Insurance Group (CBIG).


Upon Country Bankers Life Insurance Corporation’s (CBLIC) establishment on March 28, 1965, founding president Jose E. Desiderio, Sr., started to address the insurance needs in rural areas, catering to small and medium business entrepreneurs, farmers, fishermen, and public school teachers - a market that had been untapped in the ‘60s.

Country Bankers found its niche as the choice insurance provider in the countryside and allowed rural folks to avail of an affordable, reliable insurance plan that had previously been unavailable to them.

This legacy of accessible insurance to low-income Filipinos has been passed on to the Desiderio family’s third-generation members who are now running the company. At its helm is Geraldine Desiderio-Garcia, senior vice president and general manager of CBIG.


CBIG has two subsidiaries: Country Bankers Life Insurance Corporation (CBLIC), a life insurance provider, and Country Bankers Insurance Corporation (CBIC), for non-life insurance products. Both have stayed on track in giving Filipinos straightforward and non-intimidating insurance options.

“We have made insurance very simple. While we offer basic insurance products, we try to be as relevant as possible to the market we serve,” says Garcia.

For example, CBIG’s micro-insurance products help educate Filipinos on the benefits of insurance by promoting its value to a broader market. A larger consciousness on the advantages of insurance is instrumental in protecting disadvantaged Filipinos, who face heavier burdens during times of catastrophe and financial distress.

“Insurance helps families cope with life’s challenges by ensuring dreams are fulfilled,” says Garcia, who attributes Country Bankers’ success to the Filipinos’ love for their families and the value they put in education.

For several years now, CBIG continues to develop a wide array of insurance plans that are not only practical and relevant, but also provide the necessary support for plan holders in times of need.

Among these is the Classic Benefit Plan that offers insurance protection up to age 96 and is payable in a three-, five-, seven-, or ten-year period. Alalay sa Buhay (ASB), on the other hand, provides renewable one-year insurance to individuals 13-70 years old for only Php 365, with natural and accidental death benefits. ASB is also available for families and seniors, with ASB family being renewable up to age 70 for principal insured and covers up to 3 to 5 family members for only Php 750 for one unit. ASB for Seniors covers individuals ages 71-80 and offers insurance for one year for only Php 1,000 for one unit.


CBIG ceaselessly works on ways to innovate its products, to better serve the market it now has, and further expand its reach.

“I want our company to be known as a “company with a heart” and a company that can be relied upon to deliver its commitment. We will continue to deliver what we promise to give,” concludes Garcia.

As CBLIC continues to evolve as a company, it remains true to its core values - sincere, dependable service to farmers, fishermen, small and medium business owners, employees, and teachers, mostly from rural areas. CBIG remains an able ally to Filipinos seeking security for themselves and their families, though its life and nonlife products.

For inquiries please visit us at Country Bankers Centre, 648 T.M. Kalaw, Manila or call them at tel. nos. 523-8611 for life insurance and 524-0621 for nonlife insurance.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New JoshLia video takes our langhap-sarap Jollibee Yumburger craving to the next level

There’s nothing quite like the rich, delicious aroma of the Jollibee Yumburger, as seen in the best-selling product’s latest online video starring popular teen love team and Yumburger endorsers, Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto.

San Roque, Northern Samar is Now Drug-Free

San Roque Mayor Don L. Abalon congratulates the barangay officials for their achievement of a Drug-Free Municipality status with the PDEA

The Municipality of San Roque was awarded as the FIRST Drug-Free Municipality in Northern Samar last March 7, 2018.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Thousands of Northern Samar Political Leaders Join PDP-Laban

 Northern Samar Governor Jose L. Ong Jr. welcomes the PDP-Laban officials who will induct the newest members from the Province of Northern Samar to the Majority political party

4,000 Local Government Unit officials from the Province of Northern Samar recently took their oath as the newest members of the PDP-Laban political party at the Gymnatorium of the University of the Eastern Philippines. 

Citarasa Malaysia Delights With Trade Products


The first country I've visited outside the Philippines is Malaysia. It was my 30th birthday and planned for months to see the Batu Caves, the Petronas Towers and Hello Kitty Sanrioland. It was a mix of cultural and leisure trip, and also got the chance to visit my best friend, who was residing there at that time. It was a memorable travel, and I really enjoyed the sights, the food and the culture, Malaysia has to offer. And this year, the Malaysia Promotion Programme is held here in the Philippines, with its theme, "Choose Malaysia". 

Monday, March 05, 2018

Architectural Photography: Synthesis by Marc Henrich Go

Seeing a beautiful structure through the lens is extraordinary because you get to define spaces and style. This month, you can get the chance to witness this fusion as SM Supermalls exhibits Synthesis: a gallery on Architectural Photography by Ar. Marc Henrich Go. It will run from February 28 to March 8 at The Upper Ground Atrium of SM Aura Premier. Coincidentally, they are also celebrating National Arts Month.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

"Lowest Price Guaranteed” on Shopee

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is launching the “Lowest Price Guaranteed” collection on March 3, just in time for the 3.3 March Mayhem sale! The collection will feature over 10,000 products across various categories at rock bottom prices. Qualifying products will be tagged with the blue “Lowest Price Guaranteed” icon. 

Friday, March 02, 2018

#MakingMEGA to screen BTS of MayWard cover shoot in Germany with Vivo

Dreams do come true, just ask up and coming star and Vivo local endorser Maymay Entrata, who recently spent her Christmas in Germany, the hometown of the other half of the MayWard phenom, Edward Barber.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Is Keto the Way to Go?

A sample of a Ketogenic Diet Meal
Five more pounds. That’s what I needed to lose just so I could reach my Body Mass Index. At 4’11, I am still considered overweight because the ideal for my height is 120lbs. But because I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), losing weight is not something easy for me. I tried going to the gym, food supplements, liquid formula etc. etc. This weekend, I got inspired to try out the newest diet there is - the Ketogenic Diet- and with will power, I think it might be something to invest on. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Zoomanity Group supports the Polytechnic University of the Philippines

For this February 2018 to March 2018, different activities will be held at Bulwagang Balagtas inside Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila which are organised by the different departments. 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Update Your Vivo Y69 to Activate Face ID Access

As one of the leading smartphones in the world, Vivo never stops innovating. It continues to add new features to its smartphone models even months after their release through the Vivo-exclusive Funtouch OS system.

Friday, February 23, 2018

New Honda Big Bike Showroom Opens in Davao

In the photo: (Middle L-R) Fe Soccoro Du, vice president for finance Desmark Corp., Gilbert Du, president Desmark Corp., Hiroaki Funami, Director for Motorcycle & Power Product Sales & Mktg of Asian Honda Motors Company, LTD., and Daiki Nihara, president of Honda Philippines, Inc. Davao City

Following the launch of its latest big bike collection in Makati and Cebu, Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), the leading motorcycle manufacturer in the Philippines, just unveiled its new Big Bike Showroom in its Flagship Shop in Buhangin, Davao City.

Darren and Sassa are Vivo's Young Endorsers

The Voice Kids Philippines alumni Darren Espanto and Sassa Dagdag are just starting. Even with albums and rewards under their names, these young singers’ careers have nowhere to go but upward. Darren, who finished second at the Voice Kids PH inaugural season, has two albums and a multitude of awards under her belt while Sassa, finalist of the show’s 2nd season, just recently launched her debut album and is enjoying a string of gigs and live performances. Darren and Sassa are also proud members of the Vivo Family, a roster of the top smartphone brand’s influencers. Both were introduced as part of the Vivo Family September last year.

Let Uber and Canon Take You to Hidden Cities

Sometimes, the most beautiful places are right under our noses. This year, I wanted to put more time on traveling and discovering picturesque sights. Since I live in Manila, I'm pretty sure that there are many off-the-grid spots to explore. And to do that, Uber and Canon team up so us wanderers, may know more about this city and its hidden spots. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Starbucks Offers Color-changing Cold Brew Coffee Lemonade

Summer is getting near and this counts for something exciting. And with Starbucks Philippines, they are now serving up a striking, color-changing beverage to intrigue customers. Introducing beautifully layered coffee beverages featuring unique fusions of Signature Espresso and surprising ingredients like butterfly pea flower tea and Tahitian vanilla. Cherish the wonderful moments of the season with these artistic creations handcrafted by Starbucks baristas.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Vivo local endorsers KZ Tandingan, TJ Monterde wow fans in CDO

TJ Monterde and KZ Tandingan, in a rare occasion, held a concert together for their fans in CDO.

Vivo local endorsers, singers, and real-life lovers KZ Tandingan and TJ Monterde on Saturday, February 17, charmed their fans at a post-Valentine’s Day show at Limketkai Atrium in Cagayan de Oro City.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Take the best selfie with your Valentine with Vivo V7+

Capture your best selfie with your Valentine using the 24 mp front camera of V7+ 
It is once again the season of romance, flowers, and gooey-eyed couples intoxicated by that thing called love. 

Whether you are out and about painting the town red or enjoying a home-cooked meal for Valentine’s Day, it’s about making the most out of the grandest or simplest moments. Aside from the memories you will create, a photo with your loved one is one of the most poignant souvenirs during your V-date.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Vivo celebrates Chinese New Year with the CNY Photo Contest


To celebrate the Chinese New Year this 2018, Vivo launched a special photo contest but first involving a few well-known lifestyle bloggers for a first taste. Held last February 3 and 4 at Binondo in Manila, Vivo invited 18 lifestyle bloggers for an  eventful photowalk around the oldest China town in the world. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Declare Your Love with Pizza Hut

They say that food is a way to a man's heart. But with Pizza Hut, it's not just food, but a heartwarming message of love. This Valentine’s, say “I love you” in the most unique way possible. Now, you can show your love and tell them how you really feel when you #SayItWithPizzaHut.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Sing Along With The Greatest Showman in SM Cinema

With all the last song syndromes from the hit musical treat, “The Greatest Showman,” Twentieth Century Fox and SM Cinema are inviting mall-goers and fans alike to experience the spectacle of the melodic blockbuster with its Sing-Along version exclusive in select SM Cinema theaters. 

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

RJ Agustin Signs With Star Music Records

It is a remarkable day for singer, recording artist and actor RJ Agustin. Last January 24, 2018, he signed an exclusive contract for top music label, Star Music Philippines.  He is one of the artists who will be managed by the said recording label giant this 2018.

Share the Love this February with My Vivo Valentine Selfie Contest

Heat up the romance this Valentine’s Day with a one-of-a-kind celebration with Vivo by simply doing what we all love best: Taking a selfie.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Get The Chance to Visit Your Dream Destination with PayMaya

Dreaming of seeing the cherry blossoms in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan? Or do you want to bask in the sun at Maldives? Paying with PayMaya will take you places as the country’s pioneer and leader in digital payments once again rewards customers with a chance to experience global travel destinations in the PayMaya Travel Blowout, running from February 1 to May 31, 2018.

Vivo Prides Itself for Innovations in Stonewall Security Features

A lot of modern smartphones are adopting biometric security features in an effort to gather more users and patrons to support their brand. Vivo is no different and has pushed the envelope when it comes to innovation. 

Just recently at the Consumer Electronics Show or CES 2018, dubbed as the global stage for innovation, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Vivo took the spotlight as it introduced the world-first under-display fingerprint scanner in its smartphone. This ultra-modern technology simply registers a user’s uniquely patterned epidermis, and just like in futuristic movies, the screen would weave a pattern of blue light and the phone is instantly accessed.

Medical Professionals Make A Move on Skin Health

JW Healthcare Philippines (JWHP), the local sales subsidiary of JW Group, a leading pharmaceutical company in Korea, is one of the companies that supported the 12th Annual Convention of PAPSHPI. In photo are PAPSHPI officers (left to right)  Sarah J. De Los Reyes, M.D.,June Paul Ayache Garcia, M.D.,Maria Carmelita G. Vergara, M.D.,Grace M. Lopez, M.D. - center (founding chairman),Marlon B. Ulit, M.D.,Joan Yabut-Dulfo, M.D. and Manrico Cruz, M.D

The Philippine Association of Primary Skin Health Physicians, Inc. (PAPSHPI), an affiliate of the Philippine Medical Association, urges the public to take skin health more seriously and choose medical grade skin care products.

Ever Bilena welcomes Ms. Kris Aquino

Out of the numerous coverages I had, I was star struck as Ever Bilena, the country’s no. 1 color cosmetics retail company welcomes the “Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino to its growing family. The contract signing and launch was held at the EDSA Shangrila last January 27.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Yellow Cab in Pursuit of the Hungriest Man in PH

Yellow Cab Pizza Co.’s highly anticipated #UNLIPIZZA promo is back as they turn World Pizza Day into a week-long event to celebrate the hunger of pizza lovers all over the country. The first Yellow Cab World Pizza Week will run from Feb 4 - 10, 2018, featuring different daily BUY 2 TAKE 2 promos and for one day only, the #UNLIPIZZA promo.

Monday, January 29, 2018

OPPO Ushers the New Year with OPPO A83

OPPO Philippines welcomes 2018 with its fourth member of the A.I. Beauty and Full Screen technology smartphones, the A83. Priced at Php9,990, the A83 disrupts the -entry mid-range smartphone category with the most affordable 18:9 Full Screen display, A.I. Beauty Selfies, Facial Unlock, powerful processor performance, and outstanding battery life of up to 13.5hrs.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Uncovering the secrets of Vivo’s success in 2017

There was just no stopping Vivo this 2017. The global smartphone brand proved to be the fastest growing in terms of popularity amongst the young and the hip crowd in the Philippines, settling itself on the third spot in the market beyond brands Apple, Huawei, LG, and Asus. To date, Vivo has at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores in the Philippines. 

But before finding fame in the Philippines in early 2016, Vivo has already been named as one of the top 5 global smartphone brands and observed the highest year-over-year growth of 32% in global shipments. Vivo’s success remains unprecedented with 200 million Vivo global users and 19 overseas markets in 2017. 


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