Monday, August 31, 2015
The country’s number 1 mobile brand Globe Telecom continues its drive to position the Philippines as the Digital Lifestyle Capital of the World by giving customers free access to Facebook and Viber with their favorite Globe call, text, and surf promos.
Photo caption: (L-R) Globe Vice President for Prepaid Brand and Portfolio Management Raymond Policarpio, Globe Director for TM Brand and Portfolio Management Trina Sebastian, Globe Vice President for Content Jil Go, and Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Daniel Horan.
Starting September 1, 2015, all Globe Postpaid, Prepaid, TM and Tattoo customers can enjoy free access to Facebook and Viber when subscribed to promos including GoSURF variants and other existing call and text promos such as GOUNLI, ALLNETCOMBO and TMSULITXT, among others without the need for a Wi-Fi connection.
FULL FREE FACEBOOK EXPERIENCE
As the only telco in the country to offer a free full Facebook experience, customers will be able to view photos, stream videos uploaded on Facebook, as well as post, like, share and make comments on the social networking site. Globe Prepaid and TM customers subscribed to their promos will automatically get free access Facebook. Postpaid customers on the other hand can opt-in by texting FREE FB ON to 8888.
VAST VIBER FUN
Alongside Facebook, the browsing experience is made even better with free access to Viber. Customers can enjoy sending stickers, chatting with friends and groups, and staying connected with other Viber users around the world. Those registered to a Globe text promo can get Free Viber chat, which includes sending and receiving messages, as well as stickers, doodles, and photos. Exploring public chat is also free. When registered to a call or surf promo, customers can enjoy Free Viber chat, complete with voice and video calls. Postpaid customers can instantly enjoy Free Viber call and chat for the entire promo duration.
MOBILE DATA LEADERSHIP
Globe continued to dominate the country’s mobile data segment after posting mobile browsing and other data revenues of P9.5 billion in the first six months of the year, a 53% growth from previous year’s level at P6.2 billion. On a quarterly basis, second quarter 2015 revenues reached P5.1 billion, up 16% from previous quarter at P4.4 billion.
This achievement brought the contribution of mobile data revenues to total mobile revenues by 23% as of 1st half of 2015, coming from 16% the previous year.
With mobile data business growing at a rapid pace, data users from overall Globe mobile customer base have grown to 37% during the same period, a substantial increase from previous year’s 17%. Wireless data traffic on the Globe network has also increased by 82% year-on-year with the growing number of smartphone users and applications that leverage the internet.
To support the growing demand for bandwidth-heavy services such as broadband and data, Globe spent around P11.4 billion in capital expenditures in the first half of 2015.
For more information on Free Facebook, text FREE FB HELP or FREE FB STATUS to 8888 or visit www.globe.com.ph. To know more about accessing Viber for free, visit www.globe.com.ph/freeviber.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has unveiled its unbeatable postpaid offers for the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, aimed at giving you a much bigger Smart Life experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is available under the fully consumable and customizable All-In Plan 1200, with a one-time cash-out of P15,576 or P649 per month via credit card under a contract of 24 months.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Edge Plus is available under the feature-packed Surf Plus Plan 1999 under a contract of 24 months, with a one-time cash-out of P7,500.
Beyond Cutting-edge technology
“Both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus are the embodiment of style-meets-function-meets-cutting-edge technology, and you can make the most of their amazing features only with the country’s biggest and most advanced network,” said Kathy Carag, Smart Postpaid marketing head.
“For sure, with these latest flagship devices, you can experience the Smart Life and enjoy the widest breadth of mobile content and offers that only our robust network can deliver – from your choice of apps, games, music, movies and more all at your fingertips.”
Galaxy Note 5 at All-In Plan 1200
With All-In Plan 1200, you can maximize the features of the Galaxy Note 5 by choosing from over 30 Flexibundles reflecting your passion, lifestyle and communication needs.
For example, you can consume your All-In Plan 1200 by subscribing to Big Bytes 799 to enjoy 4.5GB data for all your surfing needs, as well as Trinet Plus 399, which gives you 500 minutes of calls to Smart, Sun, TNT and PLDT landline, and 2000 texts to all networks.
Galaxy S6 Edge Plus at Surf Plus Plan 1999
On the other hand, you can optimize your Galaxy S6 Edge Plus with Surf Plus Plan 1999, which packs a supersized 9GB of data allowance, 150 minutes of calls and 200 texts to all networks, plus your choice of free app every month – be it Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Spinnr, among many others.
As an added perk, all new and recontracting subscribers for Plans 799 and above get a month’s subscription to the Smart Life Entertainment Bundle 299 for free. This gives them an additional of data for streaming their favorite movies and TV shows on Fox via Viewstream or iFlix, plus access to a host of apps like YouTube, Snapchat, Google, FBMessenger. The bundle also comes with 50 minutes of calls to Smart and TNT; and 500 texts to all networks – on top of the inclusions of their existing plan.
Tens of thousands of new Smart Postpaid subscribers
Smart expects these latest Samsung devices to sustain its remarkable growth in the first half of the year as tens of thousands of new subscribers signed up to enjoy Smart Postpaid’s attractive device and content bundles, backed by the country’s widest LTE network.
Unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked Event at the New York Lincoln Center last Aug.13, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus feature a gorgeous 5.7-inch Quad High Definition screen, a 16-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera, Dual-SIM feature and a 64-bit Octa-Core processor running the latest Android operating system Lollipop.
Be the first to get hold of the Samsung Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus by signing up at smart.com.ph/postpaid/phones/SamsungNote5.
To stay updated on the latest Smart Postpaid offers, log on to smart.com.ph and follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications) and Twitter (@SMARTCares) for updates.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
I visit Watsons every month when my vitamins ran out of stock (or looking for a quality substitute for Berocca (my savior vitamin) in a tablet form) I know as I could feel it out, that I would collapse anytime without my vitamin maintenance. I usually keep a thousand every month to buy up for my vitamins (Grapeseed oil, vitamin C, Vitapack) I have been shopping for Watsons for over 6 years now. I have mastered every promo they had for the buying public. Like when you buy two by 10s of Berocca, you get to pay 50% for the third one.
For their Switch & Save Promo, my father who used to buy his anti hypertensive branded medicines from the other drugstore. made a switch to Watsons Generics and saved up to 80% of his medicine bills. That's a lot of savings coming from my father who used to spend around php9000 for his olol anti hypertensive and anti cholesterol meds now pay up to only php2000 for his maintenance.
Watsons, the number one pharmacy retail brand in Asia* recently launched its celebrity endorsers Edu Manzano and Lorna Tolentino along with Watsons Generic line last August 25 at Watsons SM Moa.
It gives Filipino families more options for high quality but affordable medicines as it strengthens its branded generics line.
“We aim to help families by giving them more healthcare options and the ability to purchase affordable, high-quality medicines. This will not just give them access to quality healthcare products, they will also be able to focus their finances on other important matters,” said Danilo Chiong, Health Business Unit Director of Watsons.
“In the Philippines, Watsons has always been known for our branded beauty products, but with the launch of Watsons Generics our customers now don’t have to go elsewhere to buy their medicine,” says Karen Fabres, Watsons senior marketing manager.
THE SWITCH CONTINUES
Following the successful Switch and Save campaigns of Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Patty Laurel-Filart, Iya Villania-Arellano and Christian Bautista, the brand takes the campaign further by including Watsons Generics ambassadors as Edu Manzano and Lorna Tolentino in its store visit campaign.
It is through their influence that Filipinos can be educated about their different health options, which will promote Watsons drive to address the gaps of health literacy in the country.
As two of the most respected names in the Philippine entertainment industry for decades and Edu and Lorna’s endorsements have had a great impact on spreading awareness of Watsons Generics line.
The two celebrities surprised shoppers at the SM Mall of Asia as they proudly wore the Watsons uniform and helped shoppers choose the best value products especially at the pharmacy section.
They even played a mini-game where shoppers were asked several questions and given the choice between SAVINGS or QUALITY.
“We launched a new TVC last month with the same story that challenges you - when it comes to
choosing medicines, are you for SAVINGS or QUALITY? And how you can get both simply by buying Watsons Generics. You can save up to 80% and get over 170 years of pharmacy experience on its wide range of quality medicines,” relates Edu.
But more than their influence, Edu and Lorna are also role models when it comes to being proactive about taking care of one’s health.
“As we age, we have to take extra care of our bodies, so I make sure that I have a stock of Watsons Multivitamins + Iron regularly to boost my immune system. In the mornings I have the Calamansi Flavored Psyllium Fiber thats tangy and good for digestion,” the actor added.
“For my body pains, I take Watsons Generics Paracetamol especially kapag pagod at puyat from tapings.”
Edu also suggests the Cranberry capsules which is suitable for urinary tract infection and Luyang Dilaw for overall wellness.
Just like Edu, Lorna, takes vitamins regularly, “to boost my immune system, I take Ascorbic Acid, especially now na tag-ulan dahil mas madali tayo magkasakit and siyempre kapag puyatan sa taping or shooting.
To maintain her youthful glowing skin, Lorna credits Watsons Glutathione, Vitamin E and Hyaluron Collagen Powder. “Kailangan healthy and beautiful ka rin from the inside,” the grandslam actress revealed.
Just like the Watsons’ celebrity ambassadors you too can maximize your purchasing power allowing you to properly take care of your health and spend more on the things you really want in life.
ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya and G Stuff Launch Star-Studded Health and Wellness Fair on Oct 2-4 at the Rockwell Tent
ABS–CBN Lingkod Kapamilya and its social enterprise arm G Stuff recently announced the launch of the first-ever Health and Wellness Fair, the country’s premier gathering of providers of organic produce and holistic wellness activities. This will be held on October 2 to 4, 2015 (Friday to Sunday) at the Rockwell Tent in Makati City.
The three-day event will feature exciting booths and fun mini-sessions on health and wellness spearheaded by some of the country’s experts in their fields. For an entrance fee of Php200, guests can already participate in some of the programs such as “Organic Vegetable Farming in Your Own Backyard” by Gil Carandang, “Overcoming Cancer” by Bettina Osmena and “Eating the Right Food to Cure Your Illnesses” by Dr. Albert Jo. They can even shop for fresh produce specially curated by the Department of Agriculture.
Guests can also reserve a seat to partake of exclusive dinners and a brunch prepared by some of the country’s top chefs. On October 2, Chef Jessie Sioco will whip up a delightful Filipino-inspired dinner. October 3 will be a culinary tour-de-force with Chefs Robby Goco, Ramon Antonio, Mikel Zaguirre and Miko Aspiras combining forces to prepare a dinner to remember. Last but not the least, Chef Khalel Chan of the Raintree Group will helm the brunch on October 4. Ticket prices for the curated meals will be announced soon.
By joining the Health and Wellness Fair, attendees will not only nourish their bodies and spirits but also nourish the Philippines by supporting local agriculture. The event will raise funds for farmers from Sibuyan and Guimaras to create an infrastructure and distribution system that will make organic produce more accessible to the market. The Departure of Agriculture will be giving the seeds and training to the farming communities while the Philippine Military will be offering their assistance by providing manpower to plant crops and trees especially in conflict areas in the country.
“ The Health & Wellness Fair closes the loop in this long and often trying journey for our farmers. G Stuff would like to bring the best of the Filipino farmers’ bounty closer to our homes. The fair is just the first step at a bigger movement to encourage Filipinos to live lives that nourish their bodies, nourish their spirit, and nourish their country. Today, more Filipinos are becoming more conscious and mindful about their health. We want them to realize that doing this does not have to be too expensive and difficult for them, while understanding that by making better decisions, they can make an impact in the lives of our farmers, and on a bigger scale, our country,” said Gina Lopez, G Stuff Founder.
Tickets to the Health & Wellness Fair at the Rockwell Tent are sold at the G Stuff stores in Rockwell Power Plant Mall, Trinoma and Ayala Town Center and the ABS CBN Foundation Office, Mother Ignacia Road, Quezon City. To know more about the Health and Wellness Fair and to find out how to be part of it, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 4161828 and follow GStuffPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
It’s going to be a fun-filled September for all Casino Filipino habitues as Pagcor ushers in the ‘Ber’ months with exciting celebrity shows. You wouldn’t want to miss the chance to watch and sing along with the stars who will pump up the volume with their much-awaited performances.
Young balladeer Michael Pangilinan returns to Pagcor stage as he performs on September 2 (Binan Satellite), September 3 (Casino Filipino Malate), and September 4 (Madison Satellite). Michael is now making a name for himself as one of the most promising young artists of his generation.
The band Pretty Young Thing (PYT) will liven the night when you watch them live on September 2 at Casino Filipino Angeles.
As one of the country’s female singers with powerful vocals, Sheryn Regis proves once more that she has what it takes to be called a singing diva in the music scene. She will captivate the audience at September 2 (Casino Filipino Iloilo), September 3 (Mactan Satellite), September 5 (Casino Filipino Cebu), September 10 (Casino Filipino Malate), September 11 (Casino Filipino Davao), September 16 (Casino Filipino Pavilion), September 18 (Malabon Satellite), September 19 (Casino Filipino Angeles), and September 25 (Casino Filipino Tagaytay).
Julia Clarete is not only a good actress but also a regular fixture on the small screen as a talented host. Catch her onstage at Mimosa Satellite on September 11.
For inquiries, call the PAGCOR Entertainment Department at (02) 708-2046, 526-0337 loc 2401 or 2403. Check and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pagcor.artists #
51Talk, the fastest growing online English Language Teaching (ELT) platform in China and the Philippines, recently gathered its e-Educators for a teachers’ conference for a day of training, team building and a celebration of individual and organizational achievements.
(L-R) AJ Rivera, Associate Manager, Teacher Support Team, Jen Que, Vice President for Philippine Operations; Michele Gumabao, 51Talk Brand Ambassador; Teacher Nelli, One of the 51Talk Top Teachers (Overall); Shu Ting, Country Manager and Co-founder; Mel Quozon, Manager, Teacher Support Team
“In 51Talk, we want to continuously groom and develop our teachers so we make it a point to organize events that will bring our teachers together to learn from each other,” said Sues, Country Manager and Co-founder of 51Talk. “We organize events like Walk the 51Talk for our home-based e-Educators to strengthen the relationship between their fellow e-Educators and the 51Talk administration. We want to reignite their passion for teaching through the learning sessions and most importantly, to uphold the 51Talk teaching standards.”
The event at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas, Pasig City started with a brief introduction of the Chinese culture by 51Talk’s Co-founder followed by trainings, raffles, and the highly anticipated awarding of the top 51Talk teachers. The event culminated in performances by 51Talk teachers in the 51Talk’s Got Talent contest.
Sue added that what sets 51Talk apart from other online English educators is that they consider their teachers to be the assets of their company. With this mind-set, the company prides itself on a complete support system for new teachers and continuously improves the quality of their lessons and trainings for their teachers.
“In the last six months we have grown exponentially and we have a rigorously trained support team to assist our teachers,” said Jen, 51Talk’s Vice President for Philippine Operations. “This passion for quality is why we’re the number one ESL online school in China and the fastest growing here in the Philippines.”
51Talk does not only provide its teachers with room to grow but it also gives its employees a shot at a better life.
“In 51Talk, we give Filipinos time to spend with their family rather than going abroad to work.” said Michele Gumabao, multi-awarded professional volleyball player, inspirational speaker and 51Talk brand ambassador. “We give them time to spend with their family. We also provide them with safety as they no longer have to leave the comfort of their homes.”
“I’ve been working with 51Talk for almost two years now,” said Teacher Nelli, one of the 51Talk Top Teachers (Overall) Awardee for 2015. “What I like about the company is that you can work for them from the comfort of your home. I would recommend working for 51Talk as it gives better compensation and the job can adjust to your lifestyle.”
The 51Talk Top Teacher Award is given annually to the top ten 51Talk teachers who had the most outstanding track records. Teachers were judged based on their reliability, the average service score from their students, booking rate, and tenure.
Delegates of Walk the 51Talk Metro Manila leg
Walk the 51Talk is the second conference held in the Philippines in 2015. The first leg of the conference took place in Cebu City earlier this year. Last year, the online English teaching company organized two teachers’ conferences in Baguio and in Manila. 51Talk will continue in organizing teachers’ conferences a platform for their teachers to get to know and to learn from each other.
Friday, August 28, 2015
It’s a fact –Filipinos love to sing. We all love to sing-along with an artist during concerts. One such artist that could ignite our passion for singing is Michael Learns to Rock.
Yes, their Pinoy fans are now eagerly anticipating their one-night-only concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, on September 19, 2015. Expect the big dome to rock and reverberate with heartfelt emotions as audiences will definitely sing their hearts out with the band when they deliver their greatest hits, live!
This concert is a timely and momentous occasion to celebrate Michael Learns to Rocks’ 25 years of racking up a compelling and unbroken string of memorable, catchy, and timeless love songs. “The Actor”, “25 Minutes”, “Sleeping Child”, “Out of the Blue”, “That’s Why You Go Away”, “Nothing To Lose”, “Breaking My Heart”, Take Me To Your Heart”, “Someday”, “Paint My Love”, and many more hits have been dubbed as ‘all-time favorite ‘classics’.
Michael Learns to Rock was formed in the spring of 1988 in Denmark. The band is composed of singer and keyboard player JASCHA RICHTER, drummer KÅRE WANSCHER, guitarist MIKKEL LENTZ . This year 2015, as Michael Learns to Rock celebrate their 25th year anniversary, their biggest and most comprehensive Greatest Hits collection, simply title ‘25’, will hit stores and digital
downloading sites soon. “25” marks the first time that all of Michael Learns to Rock’s hits are presented in one collection, offering a soundtrack of hits as you walk down memory lane.
Check out these Throwback video and see if you can stop yourself from singing along 😀
Kåre Wanscher, drummer / co-founding member of Michael Learns To Rock, shared his views on how proud he feels about “25”, adding that “The collection of songs on this album represents the best of our work during the last 25 years. Listening to the album brings back a lot of memories and makes me confident that it has all been worth it. I hope that listening to this album will also bring you some good memories and great, positive emotions.”
With a global record sales of 11 million physical albums since the debut album in 1991, more than 6 million paid downloads, estimated 50 million video views on YouTube, more than 1 million plays on Last.FM, and years of sold-out shows in many parts of the globe, the Michael Learns to
Rock’s story spans 25 years of great music. Michael Learns to Rock’s phenomenal rise to fame and their continued success is anchored on their incredible gift to write, record and play great pop songs that touch the lives of people from all over the world.
Be part of this momentous celebration. Experience one big sing-along concert party as Michael Learns to Rock hits the stage with their greatest hits. You know their songs by heart. Sing it loud, sing it live with Michael Learns to Rock! Catch them Smart Araneta Coliseum on September 19, Saturday, 8:00 pm. Tickets are available at www.Ticketnet.com.ph. Presented to you by CCA Live Entertainment and Midas Promotions.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Robinsons Supermarket celebrate its 30 "fresh years" with the healthy you in mind. The event was hosted by Ms. Angel Jacob last August 20 and graced by the Robinsons executives. Health and wellness, the advocacy of Robinsons Supermarket for the last 3 decades continue its journey to serving the consumer healthy food in the rack like fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, fish like salmon and tuna.
They also put green tags on the products for freshness seal, so you could checkout labels before you purchase your food.
Robinsons Supermarket opened its first branch at Cebu Fuente in 1985 and since then it grew to 116 stores nationwide. More stores are expected to open within the year. Robinsons Supermarket step up its commitment to wellness by helping more Filipinos make healthier choices by easing access to healthier alternatives and making it as convenient as possible.
Robinsons Supermarket kickstarts its “30 Fresh Years” milestone celebration by launching a new health and wellness section format for Robinsons Supermarket Pioneer, sponsored by one of its trusted partners, Nestle Philippines. Sponsored booths directed towards good health were also made available for guests.
During the “30 Fresh Years,” celebration I got to enjoy Robinsons Supermarket series of activities. Dubbed “Family Fun Fair,” Heart on the Move, Box On Your Mind, Dare to Touch, Discover Wellness and Love Your Home.
To experience these, you have to visit each wellness station and get an instant reward at the customer service center. It will be held at Robinsons Place Malolos from Sept. 4 to 6 and Robinsons Place Dumaguete from Sept. 18 to 20.
The power food known as apple, and the nutritional advice "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" stands true to its vision. Eating an apple is beneficial for your health, its a fiber fruit which reduce intestinal disorders, it has pectin to reduce cholesterol levels, and many more.
Dont be surprised if Robinsons Supermarket picked the green apple as its signature logo when it opened its first branch at Cebu Fuente in 1985 in Cebu City and maintained the same logo today.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Luxury skin care brand SK-II presents Beauty Bound Asia on YouTube’s first region digital search and creator cultivation program for emerging online beauty talent. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact and learn from the world’s best beauty creators, beauty brands, and digital experts.
With exciting time-based challenges, mentorship programs and workshops curated and led by top beauty influencers in Asia and industry experts, Beauty Bound Asia is a ground-breaking initiative designed to help discover and cultivate the next generation of online beauty experts.
“SK-II recognizes the fast paced landscape of modern beauty and the growing importance of digital beauty influencers. As part of our brand’s #changedestiny philosophy, we’re proud to be part of this opportunity to support, empower and grow the creator community further, and authentically engage with the next generation of beauty experts.” - Seth Sandeep, Marketing Director, SK-II Global.
Beauty Bound Asia will be open to all legal residents of 11 cities where the contest is taking place including Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Taipei, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, and Sydney. As part of this program, YouTube and top YouTube stars will be supporting this initiative by offering skill-building workshops for Beauty Bound Asia finalists.
“At YouTube we’re always looking to find new ways to empower people to create, broadcast, and share. By offering YouTube workshops for Beauty Bound Asia, we hope to inspire and support the next wave of online beauty and fashion creators across Asia.” – David Powell, Director, YouTube Online Partner Development, Asia Pacific.
Coaches include the original beauty YouTuber Michelle Phan, with over 7.8 million followers on YouTube and over 1.9 million on Instagram. Michelle has always been a passionate supporter of the global beauty creator community. In addition to co-founding ipsy, the world’s largest online beauty focused community, she has also been a huge creative force for Beauty Bound; personally designing a number of the beauty creator challenges, and mentoring and judging the finalists from each city in the Tokyo program finale.
The rest of the region’s top beauty creators have also extended their support as coaches, with talented beauty gurus like Sasaki Asahi (Japan), Calary Girl (Korea), Momay (Thailand), and Wengie (Australia) amongst many others.
Actress and TV host Ms Anne Curtis entertains Casino Filipino Angeles guests with her repertoire of songs from “The Forbidden Concert Round 2: Annekapal”. She entertained the audience with her rendition of Dossum Dorma, Its All Coming Back to Me Now, Frozen and I Will Always Love You to name a few and grand production numbers last August 20 at the Casino Filipino Angeles.
The production is Anne’s second successful major concert after “Annebisyosa: No Other Concert” in 2012. Casino Filipino Celebration and Entertainment Center was packed as fans and audience lined up for their idol as early as 2 hours before the show started.
Star-studded shows await the guests of Casino Filipino (CF) Angeles as the branch unveils a roster of exciting celebrity shows in line with the grand launch of the branch’s new tagline, “@CFA, We Never Stop”.
CF Angeles Branch Manager Redentor Rivera said that beginning on the second half of 2015, the branch will up the ante of its entertainment offerings. “The recent developments at CF Angeles are proof that we will do everything to go the extra mile in providing better customer service and satisfaction to our patrons,” he said.
Rivera added that the branch’s new tagline, “@CFA, We Never Stop”, encapsulates their goal to always exceed client expectations. “Apart from providing them with a better gaming experience, we also want to give our guests top-notch celebrity performances,” he explained.
Among the big names in show business who were invited as featured performers in CF Angeles are actress-TV host Anne Curtis (August 20) and Martin Nievera (December 29).
Meanwhile, three of the Philippines’ favorite crooners Richard Poon, Erik Santos and Jose Mari Chan will perform their signature hits during the branch’s VIP nights on August 29, September 26 and November 21, respectively.
Two of the country’s sexiest female celebrities, Ellen Adarna and Sam Pinto, will spice up the gaming areas during the Celebrity Dealing at CF Angeles on September 25 and November 27, together with FHM models and the D&G dancers.
Other invited guest performers who will hold shows in CF Angeles this August are former Freestyle members Jinky Vidal and Top Suzara (August 26); OPM legend Freddie Aguilar (August 22); and acoustic musician Jimmy Bondoc (August 28).
Meantime, the “Ber Months” will surely be filled with music and laughter as the country’s most sought after TV personalities and stand-up comedians perform at CF Angeles. Fun-filled nights are guaranteed with Pooh (October 20); K Brosas (October 17); Alden Richards (December 2) and comic tandem Wally Bayola and Jose Manalo (December 11).
Also included in the line-up of performances are well-loved OPM artists like MYMP (October 14); Luke Mejares (October 23); KZ Tandingan (October 28); premiere vocal group, The CompanY (November 4); Liezel Garcia (November 13); Vina Morales (November 18) and Frenchie Dy (November 25).
Apart from the popular celebrity performances, CF Angeles also revved up its gaming offerings by hosting various gaming events such as the bingo sessions which are now being held daily to better accommodate the branch’s different market segments.
The branch likewise spruced up its amenities and facilities to better serve its clients. Some of the recent developments in the gaming venue include the installation of new air-cooling system, opening of a new restaurant at the second floor, setting up of a giant back-to-back LED wall in front of the casino building, construction of a multi-level parking area and updating computer systems and equipment. “We did all of these to better serve our patrons,” Rivera said.
Another value-added service of the branch is the provision of free shuttle services for its guests from different parts of Northern Luzon including, Pangasinan, Baguio and Nueva Ecija.
“We now have a 24/7 shuttle service for our Korean guests in Pampanga. Soon, we will provide more accessible modes of transportation for our local guests as well. With all these improved services, casino guests from Northern Luzon need not go to Metro Manila to relax and be entertained. We will never stop ensuring that they will find what they are looking for here in CF Angeles,” Rivera added.
For more details on CF Angeles’ various offerings, please call the Branch Marketing and Concierge Office of CF Angeles at (045) 892-5073 local 219 or 119 and (+63) 916-2965714. #
Monday, August 24, 2015
Brilliant college student Sam has the perfect credit card scam until his crew robs the wrong man. Now they have two weeks to repay ruthless gangster Marcel two million dollars or they will be dead. Sam and his team devise a scheme to clear their debt by heading to Miami to poach enough cash and merchandise.
But they come up short. So Sam and his gang set their sights on a daring jewelry heist that could make them hugely wealthy for life. Their plan turns sour, however, when the team members start turning on each other. Now it’s up to Sam to finish the brazen heist and turn the tables on Marcel before they all go down.
High Octane from start to finish, PLASTIC is based on the incredible true story of the UK Fraudsters from Manchester who stole £20 million worth of diamonds from jewelers in Beverly Hills back in 1997.
The film stars Ed Speleers (Sam), Alfie Allen (Yatesy), Sebastian De Souza (Rafa), Will Poulter (Fordy), and Emma Rigby (Frankie).
Producers Terry Stone and Dan Toland wanted to use the premise of the real story, but decided to change the characters and setting in order to make it more stylish and modern. It meant finding the right people for the characters was even more important to fit in with the Gilbey brother’s vision.
The central ensemble is led by control-freak, Sam, who is played by Ed Speleers (Downtown Abbey, A Lonely Place to Die). Ed had previously worked with Julian before on A Lonely Place to Die so their working relationship was already closely established. Julian was fully aware that Ed was a talented actor who really works at his craft. “He really came up with some good character ideas. He’s a solid leading man and a great guy to work with,” says Julian. Ed had heard of the script not only through his manager but also through Julian. When he realised they wanted someone a lot younger than originally planned, he jumped at the chance to play Sam.
When they approached Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, Attonement) the crew were thrilled that he was interested in the script. Julian says: “I was in Miami when I got the call that Alfie really wanted to play the role and we just jumped about. He was perfect. Yatesy is a great role; he’s a dreadful, wonderful, spiteful and conflicted character and Alfie puts on a very honest performance. Although the character is very vain, Alfie isn’t at all.” Alfie himself said he loved playing the cheeky rogue and that the entire cast got on really well. “[The producers] got the dynamics of the characters so right,” he says.
The part of Fordy went to Will Poulter (We’re the Millers, The Chronicles of Narnia) who has received nothing but praise for his work on set and his attitude off set from both cast and crew. Poulter explains that he liked the character of Fordy as soon as he read the script. “I got sent the script by my agency and read it and l really enjoyed it. It’s a really fun. I loved the character of Fordy; he’s a lot more intelligent than me.” Julian and Will sat down many times to discuss how to keep Fordy on the side of the audience but still have that level of ambiguity about the character. “I really love Will, he really grounds this film. Playing the straight character is a very difficult thing to do but the truth of the matter is, is how straight is Fordy? He’s working in credit card fraud so he’s still a criminal.”
The character of Rafa, who is seemlingly closer to Yatesy than any of the other boys, is played by Sebastian De Souza (The Borgias, Skins). Plastic is his first feature film after a background in television and he was very “pleased and grateful” to be offered the role after hearing about it through his agency. When speaking about the character, De Souza says “initially you’d read him as a joke of the four boys, but eventually he earns his keep by coming up with the idea that in theory will save them from death by Marcel.”
Last, but not least, is the character of Frankie, played by Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks) who’s also new to the film scene, this being her first lead role in a feature film. “When we originally looked at Emma we just thought well here’s someone really glamorous, she’s got the look of a great Hollywood starlet. The camera absolutely loves her plus she’s a great actress so her central performance is amazing along with Ed’s and there’s that real vibe between them” says Dan Toland.
When talking about the script, Emma says: “I was really interested in it being based on a true story. I also liked the aspect of it being a heist and that the cast were really young.”
When discussing the main cast, Toland says there’s a real vibe and dynamic that really centres all performances. “They all play off each other which really brings the story to life.”
As Julian Gilbey puts it, Plastic is “not another film where a bunch of cockney geezers are blowing people’s heads off in Range Rovers!” What it is is an emotive story about five students, who get out of their depth in the shady world of credit card fraud. Toland describes it as hugely entertaining with “Robin Hood themes” running throughout. It’s British film-making at its best and features an amazing up-and-coming young cast that is set to wow audiences aged from teenagers to adults.
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