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Friday, September 30, 2016

For the love of Piolo Pacual at HOOQ Hangouts

HOOQ HANGOUTS, the biggest outdoor cinema event series from HOOQ was held last September 23, 2016 at BGC and featured Pinoy love movie "Every Breath You Take" starred by Piolo Pascual and Angelica Panganiban.

The HOOQ event screening time says 6pm at BGC.  If you live in QC like I do,   give yourself one and a half hour to get to BGC via FX and MRT, but if you choose to bring a car which is suicide nowadays, double the estimated time to 3hours!  I know, I live around the area.

I left the house at 4pm, it was raining very hard and the traffic was worst.

I remember getting off to Ayala MRT Station at exactly 530pm. There were so many passengers/commuters walking and looking for transpo to get them to BGC including me! There was no cab plying around the area and the traffic was bumper to bumper. I wanted to walk to get to McKinley but after 30 minutes of contemplating on what to do.  The "habal" motorcycle that usually offers php40 flat rate tripled the rate to php150 and asked who wanted to get as fast as 20 minutes to our destination.  I checked my time and it was 7pm already. I hurriedly said yes and hopped at his back. What was I thinking?   And I rode Mr Evel Knievel himself. I remember praying for dear life from Ayala to BHS.  I never moved a thing, my butt literally glued to my seat. "Para kaming nakikipagkarerahan kay kamatayan". And long before I knew it. I got off at Central Square unharmed and alive. Hahahaha.  I was at the HOOQ Hangouts 15 minutes before the screening time. This is for the love of  Papa P.  The movie title said it all "Every Breath You Take", literally for me.

This time, HOOQ showcased Every Breath You Take, starring Piolo Pascual and Angelica Panganiban.

Majoy (Angelica Panganiban) is a romantic who desperately waits for her true love to finally come while Leo (Piolo Pascual), a bigtime sales executive in the real-estate business, is a career-driven playboy who does not believe in love at all. The two met by accident on a Valentine’s Day, after Majoy’s failed date. She deems Leo as her destiny, she has never been surer that Leo is the one for her. Leo thinks otherwise. But as they find themselves growing closer to each other, the crazy and seemingly accidental events surrounding them seem to put their lives in danger! Unbeknownst to them, people are after them, determined to ruin their budding relationship, and will stop at nothing to get what they want! Will Leo and Majoy’s magnetic feelings for each other surpass the deeper dangers that face them? It all began as a fairy tale – but will the outrageous circumstances ever allow them to achieve their happily ever after?

“We are excited to continue HOOQ Hangouts with a Pinoy movie offering – and a story that’s close to our viewers heart,” says Jane Cruz-Walker, Country Manager of HOOQ Philippines.

“HOOQ is the prime destination for Filipino entertainment on demand with the largest library of local movies among any of the video-on-demand services in the country with over 4,000 hours of local television content which includes the best teleseryes, sitcoms and TV shows,” adds Cruz-Walker.

HOOQ Hangouts in cooperation with Samsung will regularly showcase blockbusters and all-time favorites through several massive LED screens at the Globe Iconic Entertainment Zone, transforming the BGC Amphitheater into a free outdoor cinema venue. Viewers can use beanbags, blankets and cushions to enjoy the featured shows, participate in on-ground games and entertainment and munch on snacks from partner food concessionaires.

As an added treat, the acoustic duo and YouTube sensations Migs and Maya (member of the Pan-Asian vocal group, BLUSH) helped set the mood as they serenade the crowd with their repertoire of love songs and chart topping hits.

HOOQ is Asia’s largest video-on-demand service hosting over 10,000 movies and TV shows available for streaming or download. Globe customers can get free access to HOOQ with selected GoSURF mobile data plans and as well as Broadband Plan 1299 and up.

Visit to sign up for a 7-day free trial.

How to get HOOQ
It’s easy to get HOOQ! Sign up today for a 7-day free trial on Globe mobile customers can up to 90 days free HOOQ on selected GoSURF plans. Broadband customers also get HOOQ for free on Globe Home Broadband. Once the trial period expires, Globe customers can continue enjoying HOOQ at P149 subscription fee monthly charged to your Globe bill. Simply text HOOQ149 to 8888.

HOOQ. Love Movies. Love Stories. Love Pinoy.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

#ControlYourFrizz with TRESemme Keratin Smooth line

We would do anything to achieve a straight sleek hair. Almost everyone has their hair rebonded or straightened for that matter. Hair trends may come and go, but straight in some form or another is a perennial classic.Admit it or not, every girls adore those who were born with straight hair. I was just glad that I was born with a crowning glory that is pretty low maintenance. It is easy to manage and I can style it with anything when an occasion calls for it. I only need the assistance of a blow dryer to get a sleek look. But with any woman with curly, wavy hair or thick hair they need the help of a flat iron to achieve stick straight strands. Now, there's TRESemme Keratin Smooth to ease out and control frizz with the same salon results right in your home.

TRESeme recently launched TRESemmé Keratin Smooth at Picasso Boutique Residences Makati. Ms. Apples Aberin hosts the launch with Salon expert and newest TRESemmé hair professional Henri Calayag last Sept 28.

It’s one thing to walk out of a salon with gorgeous, straight hair and another to step out of the house every day with the same salon-gorgeous look. Thanks to TRESemmé Keratin Smooth, you can now #ControlYourFrizz.

There’s nothing like frizz-free, straight hair as the perfect base for creating various looks that reflect the latest hair trends.

With a keratin-infused formula TRESemmé Keratin Smooth controls frizz for up to 48 hours. It smoothens locks and makes them softer, shinier, and straighter—without weighing it down. Thus, making it easier to create any salon-gorgeous style—from home.

Naturally found in the flat cells of the hair strands, keratin is a protein that keeps the hair elastic and is responsible for smoothening, flattening, and strengthening each strand. These proteins diminish on their own, or over time due to physical and chemical factors such as combing, towel-drying, heat treatment, chemical coloring, and the like. It is essential to use hardworking keratin-rich hair maintenance products to prevent frizz and dry locks. Each product in the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth line is made to give you the smooth and straight hair of your dreams—for longer!

Salon expert and newest TRESemmé hair professional Henri Calayag attests to the superiority of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth formula that locks hair into place and fights frizz to keep hair smooth and straight throughout the day. Tried and tested on his most discerning clients, from celebrities to top models, the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth line is his best bet for extending the gorgeous effect of your salon treatment. “From the shampoo and conditioner to the treatment mask and styling products, the Keratin Smooth line’s salon-grade quality lets you wear truly straight hair that looks healthy and smooth for an extended time,” he says. “With this range, you can feel like you’re getting salon treatments right at home!” 

“Now with your straight hair, you have the perfect base to try the latest hair trends straight from New York Fashion Week: Smooth, straight hair was the highlight from the Chic Bow at Carolina Herrera, and the Soft Gelled Back Top at Jason Wu, to the classic Smooth Blowout at Oscar dela Renta,” adds Henri. 

Here are Henri’s expert tips to achieve salon-gorgeous, straight hair:

First, use the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo, as it thoroughly cleanses the hair and scalp, and smoothens out your strands with keratin. 
Follow with the salon-grade, TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner to lock in your smooth, straight hair into place. 
For even better maintenance, try the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Treatment Mask as your weekly indulgence. The mask intensely replenishes each strand with keratin and makes sure you control your frizz! 
Seal the deal with the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment, which locks in extra shine for longer, plus provides instant smoothening effects, and works great for both natural and color-treated hair any time of the day.
If you’re styling your hair for a special day, use the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Spray, which acts as added protection from heat styling tools. 

In every woman’s daily battle against frizzy hair, the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth range is the all-around solution. When you control your look, you get to take control of your lifestyle too, as you take charge from day to night with your perfectly straight hair. Resident TRESetter and top fashion and lifestyle blogger Tricia Gosingtian attests to how the haircare range helps her keep in control while prepping for her big day.

“As everyone knows, planning a wedding can be very hectic, as you try to meet with different people and keep up with various deadlines,” she muses. “TRESemmé Keratin Smooth helps me stay on top of things, as it keeps my hair looking salon-gorgeous and frizz-free all day, while I head out to take control of the rest of my day.”

Say goodbye to stick-straight unnatural strands or wiry and coarse hair. With TRESemmé Keratin Smooth, you #ControlYourFrizz for better and for longer.

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth range is available nationwide.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Enjoy your 7-Eleven City Blends cup and get to win #JaDine premium items

I got around 2 #James and1 #Jadine #TeamReal event invites for this month alone.  Who would have said no to #TeamReal. They are my favorite showbiz couple to this date. I would reserve the day just to be with these celebrities. They are in my opinion, perfect for each other. Just like 7-11's City Blends, honest-to-goodness coffee. For every City Blends cup purchase, you'll get to win #Jadine premium items.

Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), country licensee of leading convenience store chain, 7-Eleven. City Blends launches honest-to-goodness coffee together with City Blends celebrity ambassadors James Reid and Nadine Lustre last Sept 22 at Oasis Events Place.

A widely consumed drink, coffee gets us through life’s most mundane and momentous moments. Whether it’s for kick starting your day, for getting that much-needed confidence for a client presentation, or even as a way to ask someone on a date, coffee often helps get us through the day. For James Reid and Nadine Lustre, coffee is their constant third wheel on their dates.

Good thing there’s City Blends, honest-to-goodness coffee, made fresh as you order, brought to you by Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), country licensee of leading convenience store chain, 7-Eleven. City Blends comes in four distinct flavors – French Vanilla, Mochaccino, Brewed Coffee, and Hot Chocolate, perfect for every feeling.

“Starting at Php20, we offer coffee oozing with honest-to-goodness flavors, just like reel-to-real life couple James and Nadine. For a year now, JaDine has been our partner in promoting City Blends. And, with the overwhelming response to the couple’s commercial last year, they will once again show everyone how honest feelings can be expressed through City Blends coffee in our new commercial,” said Lee Esguerra, PSC Marketing Communications Division Head.

Made from 100% Arabica beans, the City Blends Brewed coffee boasts of an intense flavor that perks you up – perfect for those moments that you need to focus and get something done right away. On the other hand, if you like your coffee frothy and sweet, French Vanilla elicits that kilig feeling brought on by its creamy sweetness. Meanwhile, if you’re feeling like you need that perfect balance of strong and sweet flavors, get Mochaccino – a perfect blend of coffee and delicious rich chocolate.

“I prefer Brewed Coffee. It helps me focus on set where there are so many distractions,” said James Reid. Nadine Lustre, on the other hand, loves City Blends French Vanilla. “For me naman, I prefer my coffee sweet, as the added creamy taste perks me up,” she shared.
In line with the launch of JaDine’s new City Blends TV commercials, 7-Eleven announces its two new promos – the JaDine Limited Edition Folder and Sticker set and the Big Bear Raffle Promo – through its CliQQ rewards program. Every City Blends cup purchased earns you e-stamps, which can be used to redeem JaDine collectibles – 8 oz entitles you to 1 e-stamp, 12 oz to 2 e-stamps, and 16 oz to 3 e-stamps – in the card/app when customers have their unique barcodes scanned.

To join the JaDine Limited Edition folder and Sticker set, you need to collect City Blends e-stamps on your CliQQ App.

There are 3 ways to join;

1) Earn 15 e-stamps and get the folder and stickers for free,

2) Earn 2 e-stamps and add Php 59,

3) Buy it for Php 99.

Promo runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 22, 2016.

7-Eleven is also raffling off the giant teddy bear featured in the new City Blends commercial! Just collect 30 e-stamps to get an e-raffle entry. Promo runs from Oct. 12 to Dec. 31, 2016. Raffle draw date is on Dec. 23, 2016.

Enjoy the different flavors of City Blends coffee, available in 740 7-Eleven stores. By the end of the year, City Blends will be available in 980 stores nationwide, so watch out for more of #JaDinefor711 in the coming months!

For more info and updates, follow us on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (@711ph).

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Philam Asset Management Inc. bags six awards from PIFA

Philam Asset Management Inc., (PAMI), the asset management arm of Philam Life, once again received acclaim as one of the country’s leading fund management companies after bagging six awards at the Philippine Investment Fund Association (PIFA) 10th Annual Awards Night.

The country’s mutual fund industry association, PIFA, in its annual awards recognizes the top performing mutual funds in terms of returns for one-year, three-year, five-year and ten-year periods.

The PAMI Horizon Fund, Inc. won first place in the 10-year return, peso-denominated balanced fund category. PAMI’s other peso-denominated balanced fund, the Philam Fund, Inc., won second place under the 10-year return in the same asset-class category.

The Philam Managed Income Fund, Inc. won 2nd Place in both the 3-year and 5-year return under the Money Market Fund Category.

Meanwhile, under the dollar-denominated Bond Fund category, the Philam Dollar Bond Fund, Inc. won third place in the 1-year return and second place in the 10-year return.

Philam Life and PAMI receive citations from The Asset

In addition to its awards from PIFA, Philam Life/ Philam Asset Management Inc., was cited as among the Top 5 Investment Houses for 2016 by The Asset, earning the recognition for three years now. This reflects the company’s investments expertise and sound management of its financial assets.

“We are proud to have sustained our place in the local financial markets as a credible and prudent institutional investor supporting market liquidity while upholding ethical standards in securities trading,” said Arleen May Guevara, Philam Life Chief Investment Officer. 

Two Philam fund managers were also recognized as among the Most Astute Investors in Asian Local Currency Bonds from the Philippines for 2016: 
Kathrina Dizon

Kathrina Dizon, Philam Life deputy head of fixed income securities trading office, ranked # 3 in the top 10 ranking.
Katherine Castelo

Katherine Castelo, Philam Asset Management Inc. head of fixed income portfolio management,was recognized as among the Highly Commended. Both have been recognized by The Asset as top ranked for more than three consecutive years.

The ranking for the Most Astute Investors in Asian Local Currency Bonds is based on nominations received from nearly 500 top-rated individuals including analysts, economists and strategists, salespeople and traders in Asian local currency bonds. The nominations were based on their knowledge of the credits and markets, trading skill and acumen in making investment decisions. Based on the nominations received, the top ten Astute Investors with the highest weighted score are ranked by geographic location. The next ten names are considered in the ‘Highly Commended’ category.

The ranking for the top five investment houses in Asian local currency bonds is based on the number of votes received from the top-rated analysts, economist and strategists, salespeople and traders, for
investors in these institutions. Around 280 different institutions across the region including asset managers, insurance companies, banks and securities firms were evaluated to create the 2016 ranking.

The recognition is given by the Asset Publishing and Research Ltd., an integrated multi-media company serving the elite community of leading corporate and financial decision makers in Asia.

Calling all magkapangalan, Enjoy a Free Chicken McDo when you dine at McDonald’s today!

Carlo or Karlo. Mark or Marc. Mary, Merry, or Marie.

Do you know someone who has the same name as you? You and your friend are in for a treat if you share the same name, even if they are not spelled with the same set of letters!

Enjoy FREE 1PC Chicken McDo a la carte for you and your namesake on September 27,Tuesday, 2:00 PM to 3:00PM in select participating McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. Simply bring a valid ID with photo to prove that you and your companion have the same name or similar sounding name.

Mark your calendar and invite your friend for this special treat. You can’t resist saying, “McMcMc-Masarap!” with every bite of McDonald’s best-tasting chicken that is marinated, breaded, and fried to a golden perfection! This offer is valid for dine-in only. Check for complete details.

Now you can have fun not only by calling each other in the same name but also by tasting the juicier and tastier Chicken McDo.

See you Carlo, Karlo, Mary, Marie, Jayson, Jason, Liza, Lisa, Lieza, Paulo, Paolo, and friends!

Don’t forget to post your photos enjoying Chicken McDo on Facebook, or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram with #PaChickenMcDo.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Converse battles weather head-on with "The New Counter Climate Collection"

I have been wearing Chuck Taylors during my college days.  I got around 10 pairs during those years, and some brands of which accumulated to 25 pairs. You would never see me on a platform, sandals or wedges. My source of comfort is my ever reliable Converse Chucks or Jack Purcell. I could dressed up any outfit with a white Purcell for an entire week.  It became my fashion staple since then.  It goes around with everything not to mention they are comfortable with or without socks. There, now you know!

You can wear your chucks now even if the weather is unpredictable, with the launch of the THE NEW COUNTER CLIMATE COLLECTION, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas.
Fear no more, the sneaker with water repellent canvas and waterproof neoprene comes to the rescue!

Converse is battling weather head-on this Fall/Holiday 2016 season, combining classic sneaker designs with premium, weatherized features, with the debut of our Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Footwear and Apparel Collection. We are keeping our consumers’ feet dry with waterproof and water resistant fabrics, so nothing can stop them in their quest for creativity.

Converse PH launched THE NEW COUNTER CLIMATE COLLECTION / The Converse Counter Climate Shield Canvas sneaker and others on September 5 at  Sky High Bar, Ace Hotel and Suites, Pasig. The event was attended by media, celebrities, KA & Z and 90's iconic rock band, The Dawn.
Converse is taking wet weather head-on this season, combining classic sneaker designs with premium weatherized features, with the debut of the Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Footwear Collection. The new collections provide the necessary tools to combat the climate shifts while emphasizing essential weather-beating benefits. The innovative sneaker collections feature a bold mix of colors and materials including water repellent canvas, rubber and leather, and waterproof neoprene. Divided into three unique categories:  Shield Canvas, Leather and Rubber-- these collections are intended to stand up against the unpredictable inclement weather.

Each sneaker has been treated to help tackle rainy weather while maintaining comfort and style. The Converse Counter Climate Shield Canvas sneakers have been given a DWR (durable water repellant) treatment, standing guard as the first line of defense against the rain.

For the holiday season, both new and time-honored styles endure the harsh elements with the Counter Climate Rubber collection. These rubber sneakers are winter-ready with water resistant material and heat retention.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas
Designed for the Chuck Taylor lover who can’t give up their Chucks no matter what the weather, the new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas sneaker combines the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner, non-slip padded tongue and micro-suede lining with materials that can also withstand most climate challenges. Converse has added a water repellent Shield Canvas and a gusseted tongue, as well as removing the medial eyelets to make a durable sneaker that is ready for wet and rainy adventures. The sneakers also feature reflective heel webbing and barrel laces for added visibility in low light environments.
Available colors: Black/Volt, Black/Reflective, White/Lava, Black
Suggested retail price: Php 4,550

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber
Another iteration of the Chuck II will also be releasing this fall - the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber. By incorporating a transparent rubber overlay on the iconic Chuck II silhouette, this allows for the sneaker to breathe while repelling water and protecting feet from the elements. The sneaker includes all the features and benefits of the Chuck II such as a Lunarlon sockliner and a non-slip padded tongue, while adding a beautifully crafted dimensional canvas for breathability, micro-perforated leather lining for comfort, and a heat reflecting barrier at the footbed for warmth.
Available Colors:
Suggested retail price: Php 5,430

Converse Cons One Star Shield Canvas
This season, the Converse Cons Star also receives the Shield Canvas treatment, combining the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner with a lightweight and breathable canvas that can also withstand the rain. Added features include a gusseted tongue and removed medial eyelets allowing the sneaker to tolerate wet environments. Traction rubber has also been incorporated to the outsole, providing additional grip.
Available colors: Black, White, Obsidian
Suggested retail price: Php 4,250

Converse Jack Purcell Signature Twill Shield Canvas
The Converse Jack Purcell Signature collection introduces a thicker Shield Canvas with a water repellent finish, and a tri-color reflective heel stay. A mesh lining backing the shield canvas regulates temperatures across a range of climates while still keeping the sneaker breathable. Reflective laces add flare while a gusseted tongue construction will prevent water from seeping into the dual pod Nike Zoom Air insole technology.
Available colors: Inked, Natural
Suggested retail price: Php 5,590

Converse Jack Purcell Signature M-Series
This fall, Converse introduces a high top silhouette combined with Counter Climate Shield Canvas. Warm, durable and water-repellent, it delivers all-day, on-the-go comfort. The Shield Canvas complements features like Lunarlon insole cushioning, heat regulating mesh lining and a tri-color reflective heel tab for enhanced visibility in low light.
Available Colors: Hot Cocoa, Black
Suggested retail price: Php 5,430

Converse Essentials
The collection features quality and durable everyday basics for your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Constructed for comfort and fit, the Converse Essentials collection will get softer with time. Each piece includes a natural color fade of fabric with long-term wear, durable stitching, and a managed shrinkage fit that remains the same throughout the lifespan. The collection includes the  Converse Essentials Tee, Converse Essentials Pullover Hoodie, Converse Essentials Full Zip Hoodie and Converse Essentials Jogger.
Available Colors: Black. Grey, Obsidian, Egret
Suggested retail price: Ranges from Php 899.75 to Php 3,339.75

The new Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Footwear Collection and Essentials are now available at Converse stores nationwide. Visit or for more! #ConversePHCounterClimate

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