Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Hits: Spookiest Films of All Time


Claiming to be a fearless soul? We all instantaneously muster up the extensive valor to watch scary movies especially during the Halloween season. After all, it is real fun to spook your friends--including yourself, just admit it--to keep up with the chilling atmosphere. Armed with a resourceful (or otherwise) costume and a bag of mouthwatering goodies from your eventful trick or treat, let’s see if you can bare these frightening films alone or with peers during Halloween night! 


The Shining is a 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 illustrious horror novel of the same name. It focuses on a determined writer and recovering alcoholic who works as a custodian at a historic hotel during the off season. He settles in with his wife and son who is besieged by psychic visions. As his son’s premonitions become more difficult, he realizes the hotel's horrifying past and starts turning into a murderous maniac bound to torment his loved ones. The film epitomizes sublime fragments of jump scare: the captivating visuals and musical scoring, the improvisation of the memorable and startling quote: "Here's Johnny!", and the eerie young twin sisters on the corridor lingered in most people’s nightmares and significantly impressed them. The Shining is hailed by critics, and has become a core of today’s pop culture. Mathematicians at London's King's College utilized statistical figuring in a research mandated by Sky Movies to determine that The Shining was the "perfect scary movie" because of its precise harmony of different aspects such as impact, suspense, and gore. It stars the infamous method actor Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd. The creepy movie trailer may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S014oGZiSdI.


Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film, “The Shining” is highly regarded to be one the scariest horror films of all time.


The Ring is a 1998 Japanese paranormal and mind-altering horror film. Adapted from the 1991 novel of the same name by Koji Suzuki, as well as the Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki, a Japanese myth of fragmented faith and vows resulting to a desolate fate, the movie centers on a reporter who probes the mystery behind a cursed videotape that kills the watcher 7 days after viewing it. The movie became the highest grossing horror film in Japan, was critically praised by reviewers, and garnered immense following in the West. The unanticipated twist in the story and the never-ending goosebumps caused by “Sadako”, the vengeful ghost with her long straight black hair covering her face and dirty long white dress while crawling out of the static television screen and that spooky phone call with the screeching sound after watching the videotape paved its status as one of the most petrifying films of all time. It generated several follow-ups and started a trend of Western reprises, beginning with the 2002 American version. The haunting movie trailer may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcgCM2FyU8s.

The Ring, a 1998 Japanese paranormal and mind-altering horror movie became the highest grossing horror film in Japan, was critically praised by reviewers, and garnered immense following in the West.


Get Out is a 2017 American horror film written and directed by comedian Jordan Peele in his directorial debut. It revolves on an African-American photographer who unravels a troubling secret when he meets the “liberal” family of his Caucasian girlfriend. It stars the remarkable British actor Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Catherine Keener. The movie is often considered as one of the greatest horror thrillers of modern American cinema. It is a brilliant allegory on racism and is a political satire on post-Obama America. It successfully triggered the trend of smart horror films (cue John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place”) with low-key but poignant and frightening narratives with a small budget that can still make you think. It instills dread on Hollywood that loves remakes and recycled superheroes. At the 2018 Academy Awards, Get Out won the celebrated Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. As Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian cleverly summarized: “[Get Out] is a mainstream feature film bold enough, tactless enough, irresponsible enough to invoke race outside the solemn confines of documentary…The point is that Get Out takes pessimism and converts it into defiance – and laughs.” The terrifying movie trailer may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzfpyUB60YY&t=1s.

Get Out is a 2017 American horror film often considered as one of the greatest horror thrillers of modern American cinema. It is a brilliant allegory on racism and is a political satire reflecting on post- Obama America.

These scary movies are best viewed with Vivo’s futuristic flagship phone, the V11. Your viewing experience will never be interrupted because you will never run out of battery due to its dual engine fast charging battery, which safely refills the large 3400mAh capacity battery at rapid speeds. It is also powered by the Snapdragon 660AIE processor with 6GB RAM + 64 ROM, ensuring ultra-smooth performance and the capacity to continuously play heavy video graphics. Supported by the latest Funtouch OS 4.5 (based on Android 8.1) and the global brand’s Jovi (Artificial Intelligence) AI engine, which allocates Central Processing Unit (CPU) and memory resources to enable the smartphone to efficiently handle multiple complex operations. Thus, it is now possible to use other apps while simultaneously watching scary flicks on your smartphone. The V11 also features a Super AMOLED Halo FullView Display which makes films look clearer, richer, and more vivid. One can never escape the disturbing scenes of these movies as the V11’s specs are powerful, riveting, and engaging.

With the horror movies that we have suggested and a reliable premium smartphone, you are all set for a memorable and thrilling Halloween night at home. For an immersive and ultra-smooth viewing experience, own a V11 now at only P19,999.00. It is available at Vivo kiosks and concept stores nationwide, as well as online via Lazada, Shopee, Argomall, and Akulaku. 

Works Cited:

The Shining: Danko, Meredith. 2018. “25 Things You Might Not Know About The Shining”. http://mentalfloss.com/article/55893/25-things-you-might-not-know-about-shining. October 28, 2018.

The Ring: Shelton, Jacob. “15 Things You Didn’t Know About the Japanese Version of The Ring”. https://www.ranker.com/list/japan-the-ring-behind-the-scenes/jacob-shelton.

Get Out: Bradshaw, Peter. 2018. “Why Get Out Should Win the 2018 Best Picture Oscar”. https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2018/feb/19/get-out-win-2018-best-picture-oscar-jordan-peele. February 19, 2018.

So you want to be a rockstar? Here's How You Could Be One!


Ever dreamed of becoming a rockstar? With the use of the internet, you can easily be an online sensation—a rockstar in your own right, may it be when belting a powerful karaoke song at the mall, busting a move to some of the coolest hip hop songs or acting in front of the camera. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Fairest of them All: Vivo V11i in Fairy Pink

The V11i in Fairy Pink shows the sweet side of the global smartphone brand.

On September 11, global smartphone brand Vivo unveiled its latest offering, the V11, that went beyond expectations with its galactic-inspired color fusion designs: the Nebula and the Starry Night. These invoked the hues of the universe in black, blue, and purple for a fashion-forward, futuristic event. To the surprise of its attendees, Vivo also launched the V11i version of its flagship smartphone on the same night. 

Philips Monitors Ready to Rock Local Cinemas with the Most Anticipated Rock Band Story


Philips monitors and display solutions are very known in the world as one of the highest performing innovative monitors for both productivity and gaming. Providing excellent picture quality for professional users is one of the main things that they are known for, especially their energy-saving monitors that reduces carbon footprint and operating costs.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Newest Player in the Transport Network Industry Formally Launched



With the newest joiner in the industry of transport networks, HYPE Transport Systems, Inc. recently held its first ever HYPE FEST, a gathering of drivers, operators, and the public as they go full swing in its operations to serve the riding public, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex. Pasay City.

Unmask That Youthful Glow with Diana Stalder


Aging  is inevitable. Sooner or later, we will all go through this process and changes in your skin will happen as the years pass. Gravity is also the culprit that causes skin to droop downwards due to its continuous pull on our bodies and facial skin. As such, exposure to UV light or Ultraviolet radiation, breaks down our skin’s connective tissue which speeds the natural aging process and becomes the primary cause of early wrinkling. But you know, aging can be minimized if you just know how. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Online High School in CDO to be Launched for Out Of School Youth


On October 23rd, Little Me Academy will launch the Academe Philippine Online High School (APOHS), the first online open high school designed for Filipino students in grades 7 through 10. This is an effort to provide high school education to the thousands of out-of-school, high-school age Filipinos who lack access because of location, disability, age, finances, and other factors.

Have a Screamfest in SM Cinema’s 1st Sine-Sindak Horror Film Festival!


This coming Halloween, prepare yourselves to be horrified and get ready for your loudest scream as SM Cinema, the largest film exhibitor in the country, together with CrystalSky Multimedia, a key distributor of internationally renowned films, brings you the scariest film fest of the year, the 1st ever Sine-Sindak Horror Film Festival!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Make Today Magical: BDJ 2019 Launch Weekend


Viviamo! Inc., makers of Belle de Jour (BDJ) Power Planner, makes this year magical with the launch of its newest products on October 20-21, 2018 at the Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Remember Your First Love at SM Cinema



They say destiny is overrated.  Some may say that you make your own destiny,  and the future will follow. But today,  Paul Soriano’s First Love will teach you to believe and follow your heart as it opens in SM Cinema this October.

Boost Your Instagram Photos Through Vivo V11’s AR Stickers

Power couple KZ Tandingan and TJ Monterde play with the cute bunny Augmented Reality (AR) stickers of the Vivo V11.

Gaining the massive attention of one’s social media followers through remarkable online pictures has been an ever-growing trend. You need to stand out from a multitude of talents and skills nowadays and be creative such as these influential celebrities: BoybandPH members: Joao Constancia, Neil Murillo, and Russell Reyes, as well as power couple, KZ Tandingan and TJ Monterde. The artistry in their photos has been through Vivo’s latest flagship phone V11, a futuristic breakthrough that is changing the selfie game with its progressive features and functionality such as the Augmented Reality (AR) stickers that make their selfies more attractive and distinct.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

More than just snacking: Five ways recess time shaped our childhood


As a school-age kid, what was your favorite part of the day? 

Aside from the thrills of Science, Math, Language, Reading and Araling Panlipunan, one of your most cherished school memories would probably include a funny or embarrassing moment during recess time. 

ASUS Republic of Gamers reinforces its gaming leadership in the Philippines with the arrival of the ROG Zephyrus S GX531

Acquires the largest market share in the Philippines at 53%, cementing its status as the No. 1 gaming brand in the country with the world’s slimmest gaming laptop

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the pricing and availability of the ROG Zephyrus S GX531 and ROG Strix GL704 SCAR Edition which set a new milestone for ultrathin and compact gaming laptops. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Back to the Power of Three: Prepare to Get Charmed


When I was in high school,  I cannot wait to go home early so I can watch Charmed.  Back then,  I was rooting for Phoebe (Alyssa Milano).  Now,  the Power of Three is summoned back to television screens with the all-new Charmed on Blue Ant Entertainment. But while it still has all the witchy elements that held viewers spellbound to the show’s previous incarnation, the up-and-coming series reveals a few new things that are sure to enchant audiences all over again. Here are just some of them:

Fashion Designers Rave About Vivo V11

Aside from the usual fashion designers’ tools such as needles, threads, fabrics, as well as an artistic flair for style and an eye for detail, a fashion designer must also be equipped with a smartphone that embodies their creative personality and aesthetic while being able to capture every detail of their collection. Their hard work and passion embody their creations, and it is essential that they are complemented by a game-changing breakthrough that is not just sleek in design, but is also functional.

During last week’s glamorous MEGA Fashion Week, it was discovered that three of the featured prominent designers are raving about one phone: Vivo’s latest revolutionary flagship phone, the V11. Impressed by the global brand’s newest offer, here’s what they have to say about Vivo’s innovative specs that supplement their impeccable talent:

Neric Beltran

Prominent designer Neric Beltran praises the Vivo V11’s powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI) camera at the MEGA Fashion Week.

Notable designer Neric Beltran commends the Vivo V11’s modern specs. “What I love about the phone is it has dual pixel sensor that captures crispier images of the stuff that I need for my designs. My clothes are statement pieces. They’re very ornate,” he says.

Known in the fashion industry as a craftsman of edgy and avant-garde designs for celebrities both on TV and magazines, Mr. Beltran is a detail-oriented creator. He frequently features elaborate and refined cuts, as seen in his current collection. His symmetrical embellishments exude an idyllic yet modern look. 

This is the primary reason why he loves V11’s AI Camera so much, as it bears an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Camera that helps him pursue a perfect shot of his elaborate designs with a range of powerful photography features. It is equipped with a 25MP Front Camera and 12MP with Dual Pixel Sensors (24 million photosensitive units) + 5MP) Dual Rear Camera for superior photo quality. 

Jerome Salaya Ang

Talented local fashion designer Jerome Salaya Ang discusses the Vivo V11’s stylish design and functional specs at the MEGA Fashion Week.

Distinguished designer Jerome Salaya Ang affirms his admiration for the V11. “I am a designer, and if an inspiration suddenly hits me, I have to be ready to take pictures. So what’s more important is your phone, the camera, it has to be very clear. So that’s why I choose Vivo,” he states.

Jerome Salaya Ang is famous for his fabulous lace and tulle wedding gowns, as well as glass bead roping embroidery. His captivating collection is always evolving with a combination of various textures and volumes such as metallic pleats and cosmic bohemian looks. His respect for opulent femininity and charm comes with unexpected twists that are ultramodern and yet thrillingly luxurious.

The V11 is a perfect smartphone for Mr. Salaya Ang’s needs. Its AI camera boosts photosensitivity both in backlight and low light situations. Just focus and snap, and the V11 will ensure that pictures will turn out clear and bright for the world to fully appreciate the craftsmanship behind every gown. 

Avel Bacudio

Renowned designer Avel Bacudio poses with the state-of-the-art Vivo V11 at the MEGA Fashion Week.

Esteemed designer Avel Bacudio relates with Vivo V11’s finesse and practicality. “Vivo suits me more as an artist because all the details, even if you zoom in, will still be there. It’s clearer and the colors are more captured, and especially since I’m an artist, colors are important to me,” he declares. 

Multi-awarded designer and artist Avel Bacudio is a force in the fashion industry. Known as a design chameleon, Bacudio has utilized digital prints, architectural lines, and ready-to-wear garments that have reflected his unapologetic fashion-forward style. His pristine cuts and complimentary silhouettes have effortlessly established current trends on the global stage. 

Mr. Bacudio likes the V11 AI camera as it captures high-resolution photos that can withstand any situation. It has an AI Low Light Mode that makes it easier to take clear, bright photographs in dark environments with a simple point and shoot. The algorithm instantly captures up to six images and intelligently combines them to produce more details and reducing noise in low light conditions.

Clearly, you can use V11 in your artistic endeavors. This smartphone is the perfect tool to express your creative skills through your preferred art form. Its futuristic and accessible features provide the best smartphone experience. 

Equip yourself with V11 now! You can pre-order the Vivo V11 in two ways: On ground and online. It is available in all participating Vivo concept and multi-brand stores. It will come with exciting freebies—a gift set (bluetooth speaker and earpiece with selfie stick), as well as 6 months extended warranty. Fans may also pre-order the Vivo V11 on shopping websites such as Lazada, Shopee, Argomall, and Akulaku. Freebies such 10,000 mAh game power bank, a gift set (bluetooth speaker and earpiece with selfie stick), as well as 6 months extended warranty will be included.

Friday, October 12, 2018

IDR Michael Pizarro Appointed as AYDA Council Member 2019/20

Back row (L-R): Mr Astley Ng (Singapore); Mr Horace Pan (Hong Kong); Mr Michael Pizarro (Philippines); Ar Kazuma Yamao (Japan)Front row (L-R):  Mr Keat Ong (Singapore & China); Ar Ezumi Ismail (Malaysia); Mr Wee Siew Kim, Chief Executive Officer of NIPSEA Group; Ms Lea Avilani Aziz (Indonesia); Ms Vipavadee Patpongpibul (Thailand); Ar Siritip Harntaweewongsa (Thailand) and Ms Teri Choong, Director of Corporate Affairs of NIPSEA Group

The NIPSEA Group, known throughout Asia as Nippon Paint, has officially appointed an independent advisory panel for its maiden Asia Young Designer Awards Council 2019/20 (“AYDA Council”).  One of the newly-appointed members is Mr. Michael Pizarro, founder of Michael Pizarro Interior Design (MPID) in the Philippines.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

PayMaya powers cashless experience in newly launched self-order kiosks at McDonald’s

POWERING NEXT-GENERATION PAYMENTS. In photo are (from right) McDonald's Philippines Founder and Chairman George T. Yang, President and CEO Kenneth S. Yang, and Director and Head of PayMaya Business Mario Lazaro.
Now, ordering and paying for your McDonald's favorites is even more convenient, as PayMaya powers the cashless experience in the quick-service restaurant chain’s new Self-Ordering Kiosks, now available in select stores in Metro Manila. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

GCash Offers Up to 20% Discount at Lazada 10/10 Beauty Day Sale


Hot off the heels of their 9.9 Sale participation last month, mobile wallet provider GCash will headline once again on the 10.10 Beauty Day Sale for October together with Lazada.

When Shoes Become Part of a Woman's Success


The last thing any woman wants to deal with during the Holiday season is unpredictable weather. Television host, Janeena Chan, and entrepreneur, Thea de Rivera, have mastered the delicate art of balancing style and substance. Because of their success and drive, Melissa Shoes has chosen Janeena Chan and Thea de Rivera as their #MeInMelissa Style Mavens for the month of October.

Sanya and Derrick Makes Love Wild and Free


It was the first time I ever met Sanya Lopez and Derrick Monasterio in person and I was quite impressed. Sanya is so pretty with her morena features, and Derrick has that boy-next-door charm that will make you swoon. But with their wholesome selves, I am so intrigued with their newest steamy movie, Wild and Free. Produced by Regal Entertainment Inc., this intimate movie opens in cinemas this October 10. 

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Michael Weatherly's Character Dr. Bull is Back with a Brand New Season


Brash and brilliant Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly) not only comes back alive after suffering from a massive heart attack on the Season 2 finale. He’s also looking like a whole new man as he goes straight back to work and ready for another bout of courtroom voir dire in the third season of Bull on Blue Ant Entertainment.

Jollibee honors families’ value-driven advocacies in 8th Jollibee Family Values Awards


On its 40th year, Jollibee continues to honor exemplary families who choose to be great for others in the 8th Jollibee Family Values Awards. Their inspiring stories and advocacies were once again the main highlight during the Gabi ng Parangal para sa Pamilyang Pilipino held at the Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan in Quezon City. This was the culmination of an exhaustive months-long search for outstanding nominees throughout the country and the rest of the world.

Starbucks Reserve Makes Coffee Meets Ice Cream


Sweet and sour,  hot and cold. They say that opposites attract.  Two different things make perfect combinations and this is made possible too with ice cream and coffee. Both are well-loved by any foodie: Coffee has always been seen as a comforting, warm drink while ice cream is known as an indulgent, cool dessert. But when these two ingredients are put together, it’s like fate, the results are bound to be something wonderful.

Show your Personality Through Your Lips


Among all make up products,  my favorite are lippies.  And now you can glam up for any occasion with Ever Bilena’s newest Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Monday, October 08, 2018

YouTube NextUp Manila grooms new generation of local creators

YouTube has revealed the names of the 12 NextUp creators who are bringing their YouTube careers and channels to the next level. This year’s batch is set to follow the footsteps of other creators who have entertained online viewers with their creative and relatable content.

blk Cosmetics celebrates 1st Anniversary with Shopee


Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, joins leading local beauty brand, blk Cosmetics, in celebrating its first year anniversary with the exclusive launch of its latest collection, blk to the 90’s. On October 8 at 12:00MN, users can be one of the first in the Philippines to get their hands on the 90’s themed collection via the blk Official Store on Shopee.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Historic Structures Made Anew at PSID's Juxtapose Exhibit


Something old,  something new,  when fused together,  did you know that you can get something special and good?  These and more are what you will experience at the  Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) Advance Class of 2018's exhibit - “JUXTAPOSE: Espasyo at Panahon”, on Oct. 1 – 31, 2018 at the 11th Floor, Santolan Town Plaza in San Juan City.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The Goddesses of the Earth are Back Home at Century Park Hotel

Century Park Hotel welcomes Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Goddesses

Century Park Hotel (CPH), one of the country’s renowned hotels in Greater Manila, expressed its delight to house once again the Miss Earth 2018 delegates.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Lydia's Lechon Offers New Dishes for the Holidays


When you hear about Lydia's Lechon, only one thing comes to mind - their sumptuous lechon that is famous whenever there is an important gathering. Everytime someone mentions the word, Filipinos would come flocking to get a plateful of this dish. And now that Christmas is just around the corner, Lydia's Lechon introduces new menu items that are just as enjoyable as their famed lechon. 

Starfinder Optical Launches its 13th Branch in Ayala Malls Glorietta


The Korean craze here in the Philippines continues as Starfinder Optical, the first Korean concept, opened its doors in Ayala Malls Glorietta 5, last September 11, 2018. The company considered the needs of fashion and technical eyewear of customers located in the southern part of Metro Manila, especially the people within the financial capital of the Philippines, Makati City. The store showcases a whole new Korean kind of accommodation, ambiance and styles of frames that will make customers stylish and comfortable at the same time.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Capturing Nature’s Beauty with Vivo V11

The new Vivo V11 features a 12MP rear camera that boasts Dual Pixel Sensors with
24 million photosensitive units for higher light sensitivity.
Distinguished American poet Henry David Thoreau once perfectly described the power of capturing nature’s beauty: “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” Being one with nature, seeking inspiration, and finding peace in the unparalleled beauty of our surroundings is now easily attainable through Vivo’s progressive vision in mixing comfort and functionality.

Taking nature shots entails several technical and artistic complexities. Exposure difficulties, shifting light conditions, and the unpredictability of the weather will determine the outcome of the photos. Vivo’s latest futuristic smartphone, the V11, features Artificial Intelligence (AI) dual camera that can simplify these disadvantages.

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