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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

US team wins $125,000 in PH’s biggest DOTA 2 tournament

After a spectacular show of skill, team work, and determination, the US-based powerhouse team of Evil Geniuses (EG) emerged as the grand champion of the first ever Manila Masters, the country’s biggest eSports event presented by PLDT Home Fibr and Smart Communications.

Composed of Artour Babaev (Arteezy), Sumail Hassan (Suma1L), Saahil Arora (UNiVeRsE), Ludwig Wåhlberg (zai), Andreas Nielsen (Cr1t), EC edged out the formidable China-based Team Newbee with a 3-1 score in the best of five grand finals to win USD125,000 – the lion’s share of the USD250,000 prize pool.

Thousands of gamers, fans and enthusiasts showed up for the three-day tournament at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, to witness eight of the world’s best DOTA 2 teams battle it out for prestige and glory. EG and Newbee were joined by OG, Team Secret, Invictus Gaming, Team NP, Faceless, and the Philippines’ very own representative, Clutch Gamers.

As presenters of the country’s biggest eSports event, both PLDT Home Fibr and Smart pulled out all the stops to give subscribers a gaming experience like never before – from giving away tickets, streaming the games online, to raffling off awesome prizes at the event.

Relive Manila Masters 2017 with Smart’s official coverage and exclusive photos on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

Traveloka has partnered with hundreds of local and international airlines and tens of thousands of hotels worldwide to give widest options and best prices.

Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s leading travel booking app for domestic and international hotels and flights, is now available in the Philippines.

At a time when travel is becoming a trend rather than a luxury, Filipinos seek adventure in unusual destinations, often planning and organizing their own itineraries for a unique and personal travel experience. With the Traveloka App, Filipinos gain access to an easy, one-stop booking app that offers low cost flights and high quality, affordable hotel options around the globe, including domestic destinations.

One-stop booking app - Traveloka offers both flights and hotels in one easy-to-use app/website.

Best and Final prices - Traveloka shows customers the final price as they book their accommodations, with no hidden or additional charges. It works with its hotel and flight partners to give customers the best possible prices around.

Multiple payment options - Traveloka makes it easy for Filipinos to pay for their flight and hotel bookings, offering payment options via convenience stores, pawnshops, cash-on-delivery, over-the-counter, debit and credit card payments.

A trusted travel partner - Traveloka provides their customers the privilege of being assisted 24/7 with their friendly customer service representatives.

Hassle-free booking - Traveloka partners with the best airlines and hotels to ensure that customers get a hassle-free travel experience. The app itself simplifies travel through its straightforward interface.

Price Alerts - Traveloka wants customers to find the most affordable airfare on their desired date and route. With the price alerts, customers get to receive an alert

whenever the prices match their budget via push notification and email, in a daily or weekly basis.

“Traveloka will take you places. That's our guarantee. The app is designed to enable mobility especially for young travelers, giving them the best experience from the moment the inspiration to travel hits them to the time they reached their destination. Plus, we always make sure that our users will always get exclusive travel deals to encourage them to explore more destinations, or as simple as experiencing a relaxing staycation,” Poch Ceballos, Traveloka Philippines Country Manager.

The Traveloka App enables Filipinos to go to their next dream destinations, giving them a chance to be consumed by wanderlust, and once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences.

This June, Traveloka will be having a promo with greater deals for travel bugs itching to explore more destinations. Get updates by downloading the Traveloka app on Google PlayStore and iTunes App Store. You may also visit and follow Traveloka on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @travelokaph

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Starbucks introduces new designs for its Starbucks Cards

The Chill Mini Card

Starbucks introduces three new designs for its Starbucks Cards. The three cards are the Chill Mini Card, Iced Coffee Card, and the Father's Day Card.

The Chill Mini Card and the Father's Day Card are available for a minimum activation fee of ₱500. The Father's Day Card also comes with a free greeting card making it the perfect gift for your Dad on his special day. Meanwhile the Iced Coffee Card is available for a minimum activation fee of ₱1,000.

Iced Coffee Card

Visit the nearest Starbucks store to experience these new treats and log on to for more information. 

Make your selfies stand out with the new Vivo "Perfect Selfie" V5s

Just when netizens thought that selfies couldn’t get any better with top five premium global brand1 Vivo’s “perfect selfie” V5 line, along came the Vivo V5s—its newest and most impressive model yet. Touting superb camera features and advanced selfie tools, the V5s has cranked up the selfie game, posing a challenge to selfie enthusiasts out there:

How do you make your selfies stand out from the legions that are posted in social media every day?

Here, the new Vivo V5s proves that the answer is as easy as heeding a few tips:

Don’t try too hard. The best selfies are those that bare your natural beauty. Are flirty eyes your best feature? Flaunt them! Got pouty full lips or perfect pearly whites? Show that killer smile. A bit of effortless styling won’t hurt, too. Give your hair some bouncy curls and a spot of color on your cheeks and lips, then strike your most casual pose. The V5s’ 20-megapixel front camera with f2.0 aperture will capture all these in a crystal clear selfie.

Share perfect selfies and tell vivid with your special someone using the most impressive Vivo V5s smartphone and its high-end camera features and enhanced selfie tools, including an improved Selfie Softlight.

Get ‘prettyfied’. Say good-bye to heavy filters and contrived beauty enhancements. Vivo V5s’ Face Beauty mode 6.0 gives your skin a soft, ‘I woke up this way’ glow that makes you look naturally fresh and radiant in your selfie. After all, it works like a skincare tool that automatically detects one’s gender, applying beauty touches accordingly. Through Face Beauty mode 6.0, females get a more delicate face contour while males get a more masculine look.

Go into the light. Feel free to capture that perfect selfie, whenever or wherever. Vivo’s Selfie Softlight Technology, a feature in other V5 models, was given an enhanced night mode in the V5s. The updated softlight creates lighting effects similar to those in a professional photography studio so you get crystal clear selfies—even at night.

Barkada shots are better and more exciting than ever with the Vivo V5s’ new Group Selfie technology, which allows panoramic and up-close panning effects in group shots, without squeezing in our missing out anyone in the group.

Share those ‘perfect’ moments. Once in a while, chuck those selfies and celebrate milestones with fun ‘groufies’ that prove happiness is best shared with people you love. With the landscape-panning or panoramic effects of the V5s’ ‘groufie’ technology, no one is left out in group shots.

For inquiries about Vivo V5 Plus, visit the Vivo website at, or check out their Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter ( accounts. 

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Wonder Woman opens at Robinsons Movieworld branches nationwide June 1

“Wonder Woman” hits cinemas June 1 when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

Watch it at Robinsons Movieworld Galleria Ortigas from June 1 to June 5 and visit their SHOW YOUR WARRIOR: WONDER WOMAN DESIGN YOUR OWN GAUNTLET PHOTO BOOTH.

 Customers get to design their own “Wonder Woman” gauntlet online, choose their preferred top to bottom accent and patterns, have a photo taken whilst doing the iconic Wonder Woman pose , and then share it on social media for that Wonder power feels!

The Wonder Woman Show Your Warrior Photobooth is an exclusive offering from Robinsons Movieworld and is absolutely for FREE! So make sure you buy your tickets now. You may purchase online:

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“Wonder Woman” Opens at Robinsons Movieworld branches nationwide June 1.

Midea partners with Solane in the LPG forum 2017

Midea, the world’s leading manufacturer of consumer appliances, participated recently in an LPG forum that brought together stakeholders from the government, refineries, LPG plants, LPG distribution companies, technology providers, and investors in the industry. With Midea’s partnership with Solane, a household name that has provided Filipinos with quality LPG, the latter highlighted the different uses of LPG in a household which showcased Midea’s lineup of gas ranges.

Midea has been providing Filipino households with friendly home solutions, including new products to their lineup of kitchen appliances that could make any home a center for feasts and many other gatherings. They have 3 new models of gas range and oven that are meant to bring out the chef in every family member.

Midea has a 50-centimeter gas range with 4 gas burners and a 58-liter oven, and the other has 3 gas burners, a hot plate, and a 58-liter oven. The last one is a 60-centimeter gas range with 4 gas burners and a 65-liter oven. Anyone in the family who enjoys cooking will surely have a treat with these gas ranges, as they are gas efficient, easy to use, and at the same time, has stylish and an elegant look— something that would definitely look good in the kitchen.

With Midea’s line of quality and durable gas ranges and Solane’s continuous service in providing quality LPG in households, their participation in the LPG forum may bring the industry forward and provide solutions for the future. For more information on Midea’s products check out their website at and Facebook page

Monday, May 29, 2017

Say "Bello!" to your favorite Minions and grab all 10 Despicable Me 3 Happy Meal toys on May 31 at McDonalds

If you are a McDonalds Minions Happy Meal Toy Collector and want to get first dibs on those funny cutees  then its time to visit your favorite Mcdo branch on May 31! These lovable, silly characters from the Despicable Me movie franchise return for a limited time.

Believe me the toys are soooo cute and there is an additional character to the gang!

We all went bananas when McDonalds PH launches the Despicable Me 3-themed Happy Meal and Menu Items at McDonald’s on May 29 at McDonalds Eton Centris.  We (and the kids) tried all the Minion booths made available for the media during the launch like face painting and the spinshot stall.

We enjoyed Despicable Me 3 menu items on our table namely the Honey Banana McFloat N’ Fries Combo; the Honey Banana McFloat is a sweet Honey Banana flavored Sprite McFloat.

Banana Pie a la Mode, is a sweet Banana Pie topped with vanilla soft serve, drizzled with luscious caramel topping; and the Banana McDip—the  creamy vanilla soft serve covered in crunchy banana-flavored dip on a blue wafer cone (available in Dessert Centers and select stores only).

The NEW Cheesy Burger McDo—beefy Burger McDo is topped with a slice of creamy American cheese.

Say “Bello!” to your favorite yellow creatures and characters from the movie with 10 new toy designs available in every Happy Meal purchase in-store and via Drive-Thru, Take-Out and McDelivery. Each toy has its own unique personality and feature!

Get ready to hunt down all 10 toys as soon as they launch (and be quick – we think they will sell out fast!):

Head over to McDonald’s now to grab all 10 Despicable Me 3 Happy Meal toys and these limited time offer treats before they run out!

Share your love for the Minions at McDonald’s via the official Facebook fan page,, or by tagging @McDo_PH to your sweet and funny McDo moments on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #MinionsAtMcDo

Sunday, May 28, 2017

HOPE collaborates with Solenn Heussaff in "Hope in a Shirt"

Each T-shirt I wear has a story behind it, some funny, a few sad, but always a memorable story of the time I wore it.

That’s why I choose the times I wear each shirt if only to reminisce the feeling and that special moment.

Last weekend was extra special, not only because I met Nanette Medved and Solenn Heussaff, but because I had the privilege of owning one of their very limited edition shirts that is part of their new advocacy called Hope in a Shirt. 

There are three things that make each shirt special, the first is because it is designed by Solenn herself.. two is that the materials are made from 100% recycled bottles and the third is that every purchase of the shirt will help build public classrooms in the country.

HOPE founder and President, Nanette Medved-Po collaborates with Solenn Heussaff in creating exclusive designs for Hope in A Shirt collection.  Each shirt is made from 100% recycled bottles and is unbelievably soft custom printed shirts.

For every Hope in a shirt that you buy, you help build more public classroom for kids around the country. T shirts are available at the 1st HOPE Vendo Pop-up machine located at the G/F of Net Park in Fort Bonifacio. It is open from 11am to 5pm on May 28-30. After that, the shirts will be available exclusively through Zalora.

That there is a severe shortage of classrooms in the country is a sad reality that needs to be addressed. And the government simply cannot do it alone. It was towards this end that GenerationHOPE, a social enterprise aimed towards the building of public school classrooms, was formed by Founder and President, Nanette Medved-Po, who graduated with degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Babson College in Boston.

From the initial success of Hope in a Bottle Purified Drinking Water — the full profits of which go towards the advocacy, wherein 37 classrooms have already been built — the team realized the growing interest among Filipinos in buying socially and environmentally responsible brands. Thus, as an offshoot, Hope in a Shirt was born. But these aren’t just any ordinary shirts: they are unbelievably soft custom printed shirts made from 100% recycled plastic bottles! These shirts became an instant hit among Nanette’s friends and soon word spread.

So taking this concept further, Nanette has turned to Solenn Heussaf with the idea of creating custom designs for an exclusive Hope in a Shirt collection. Now, with the help from the good guys at Globis, Inc., every one of Solenn’s brush and pencil strokes were transformed into high quality textile prints  – resulting in shirts that are unique, artsy, and stylish!

And for yet another first, the collection will be launched in a special Hope-branded vending machine — an idea inspired by New York fashion week. The result is a disruptive and desirable product that celebrates art, innovative sustainability, and a worthwhile cause. The Hope vendo will pop up in 3 surprise locations, for only 2 to 3 days each. Just 200 shirts will be produced and sold, so excited shoppers can keep tabs on Hope’s Facebook and Instagram pages to find out where they’ll pop up.

Ortigas & Co launches Game of Drones 1st Flight at Circulo Verde

Following  the hugely successful launch of the country’s first signature pump track and bike playground, Ortigas &Co lights Summer Skies with the first ever Game of Drones 1St Flight at Circulo Verde.

The revitalized industry player introduced yet another signature event which captured the imagination of of millennials and kids of all ages. Crowds gathered despite the drizzle and looked skyward to witness a spectacle of lights and drone feats-The grandest yet–Game of Drones lst Flight

Circulo Verde, Ortigas & Co.’s 10-hectare master planned mixed use community in Quezon City was set aglow with the spectacular sight of drones flipping in the air.

After dusk, the place was ablaze with lights coming from the lit tracks where the quadcopters coursed through, prompting spectators to squeal in delight & excitement.

Circulo Verde offered the perfect venue for Game of Drones 1st Flight where drone professionals, hobbyists & amateurs had the whole day for themselves to race and learn a few tricks using the remote-controlled aircrafts.

The games were open to two drone categories: the Spec Class or Beginners for pilots using a quadcopter with 35 LiPo and 5” diameter props and Open Class or Advance for pilots with quadcopters that weighed a maximum of 50 lbs. The Game Arena was divided into several areas with different races for drone controllers, namely Time Trial, Drone Sprint, Rotocross, and Drone Photography.

But Game of Drones was not exclusively for drone enthusiasts. The country’s biggest and grandest drone spectacle also enticed families and friends to bond over raffles and other activities while served with first-class entertainment throughout the jampacked one-day event.

Everyone from kids and teens to adults also took advantage of food booths and other stalls that sold sports apparel from sponsors and concessionaires.

It was definitely air supremacy ablaze as everyone enjoyed the spectacle leaving a collective question which begged to be answered: What will Ortigas & Co. offer next?


RTL CBS Asia took fun and excitement to a whole new level with a weekend getaway for the entire family. Now on its third year, the RTL CBS Summer Fair returned bigger and better than ever with a slew of attractions as well as activities that let everyone enjoy a rare moment under the spotlight.

The three-day festival drew in crowds at Glorietta Makati from May 26 to 28, bringing to life some of cable TV’s most talked-about shows such as The X Factor UK, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Scorpion.

A festival of fun and entertainment including karaoke, laser room, Velcro wall, and raffle games welcomed guests at the RTL CBS Summer Fair 2017.        Many lucky fairgoers also brought home several prizes from exciting activities including an ice cream eating contest as well as raffle games from the sponsors
Among the highlights included The X Factor Stage and the Carpool Karaoke Booth where fairgoers unleashed their hidden vocal prowess. As for the more physically inclined, the Scorpion Laser Room and a Velcro wall offered an adrenaline rush that had guests coming back for more.

Many lucky fairgoers also brought home several prizes from exciting activities including an ice cream eating contest as well as raffle games from the sponsors.

Secret Talents Revealed

The Summer Fair proved once again that Filipinos are gifted singers as guests belted out songs from classics to today’s radio favorites on The X Factor Stage. Just like in an actual studio, each performance was recorded for the participants to remember this fun weekend.

Fairgoers were also treated to a share-worthy musical experience at the festival’s own version of the Carpool Karaoke, where fans of the social media hit got the chance to sing solo or with friends inside a car a la Adele, Justin Bieber, and One Direction with James Corden.

Lights, Camera, Action!

High-tech crime fighting got real at the Summer Fair as guests took on the Scorpion Laser Room challenge. With only two minutes to complete the mission, participants had to dodge crisscrossing laser beams fast enough to escape the room and win the day.

A Velcro wall further added a bunch of laughter to the event by letting fairgoers both young and old come up with the coolest—and funniest—poses to be captured on camera.

The RTL CBS Summer Fair 2017 was made possible in partnership with Novu Hair, Baskin Robbins, foodpanda, Glorietta, Ayala Malls, Monster RX 93.1, SKY, Devant, and Volkswagen. RTL CBS Entertainment is available on SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Destiny Cable channel 53 (Digital) and 89 (Analog), and Cablelink channels 37(SD) and 313(HD).

Saturday, May 27, 2017


In this fast-paced society where everyone seems to be on the run, 10 minutes can be crucial. They can mean some spare time to relax, take a breather, listen to music, nap, call people or catch up with friends. Some even get haircuts from Kaizen.

KAIZEN, a novel concept that originated in Japan and has since grown to other countries particularly in Indonesia, has five pillars that make it unique – it’s QUICK, CLEAN, STYLISH, AFFORDABLE and WATERLESS.

Its first branch in the Philippines is located at the 5th floor of SM Manila.

“We acknowledge and respect our customer’s time and since more and more of them need no-fuss, fast and efficient ways to look and feel good, we launched Kaizen,” Chinky Gabas, director of Kaizen Philippines. “The waterless process works perfectly with men, women, and children and is a fresh, clean, and quick approach for those who need no more than 10 minutes to improve their looks.”

The word Kaizen traces its roots to Japanese words “Kai” (which means “changes”) and “Zen” (meaning “continuous”). When put together, Kaizen translates to “continuous improvement”, which is exactly the way it is—unique, out of the box, revolutionary.

“Kaizen is all about having a speedy haircut with up-to-date styles. We sterilize our equipment in UV boxes, and we are the most hygienic because we use disposable neck paper in lieu of towels, and the customers take home the comb used for their haircut,” Gabas explained. Using a “zen wash technique”, Kaizen haircuts don’t need water but instead make use of an air-washer vacuum that ensures no stray hairs and a fresh-feeling finish. “Best of all, a haircut costs only 150 pesos, so it’s very affordable,” she added.

Visit Kaizen and the first thing you’ll notice is a slogan painted on its glass doors saying: “In here we smile, everybody smiles” and you will immediately feel at home. The contemporary black and white interiors (divided into modern haircutting semi-cubicles) and sleek barber chairs beckon. As you step inside, professional and skilled stylists will greet you with a smile. Most of them trained in Jakarta for the latest hair styles, trends and techniques. The core team, then, trained the rest of Kaizen team in the Philippines.

The stylists will give customers a “menu” of haircut styles, start prepping and give their desired cut in 10 minutes.

“If a customer wants a specific haircut that is not in our ‘menu,’ like something more complicated to do, the service might take more than 10 minutes. But it will still be a quick, no-fuss, and satisfying experience that costs half the price of any average haircut but still delivers quality results.”

Also called the ‘salon of the future,’ Kaizen caters to customers of all ages, gender, income groups, and lifestyles. Its customers include elderly couples, families, kids, toddlers, teenagers, students, young professionals and millennials (who love to videotape how Kaizen cleans their head, neck, and nape with an air-washer; then post this experience on their social media accounts).

“The hair is our crowning glory and having a bad hair day somehow affects our mood. Kaizen is here, offering a snappy solution that will resolve your hair concerns with a reasonably priced haircut without taking too much of your precious time,” Gabas concluded.First established in 2004 at Plaza Setiabudi One, South Jakarta, Kaizen has expanded across Indonesia with 75 branches & growing in Jakarta, Tangerang, Bekasi, Cirebon, Cibubur, Karawang, Bandung, Bali, Batam, and Surabaya. In the Philippines, Kaizen is poised to expand and open more branches in other malls, airports, corporate centers, condominiums and other prime stand-alone locations.

It is brought to the Philippines by Techno Holdings Corporation, a well-respected group of companies involved in the distribution of some of the world’s best-known commercial kitchen and laundry equipment; irrigation systems, precision mowing equipment, golf carts and other utility vehicles; gym and fitness equipment and premium lighting systems. The company has also recently opened businesses involved in health and wellness such as Karada Japanese Body Therapy Center and Oracle Korean Beauty and Aesthetic Clinic.

Xiaomi introduces Xiaomi TV A Pro line!

  Xiaomi, a global leader in technology and innovation, revolutionizes home entertainment with their Xiaomi TV  A  Pro line! Look no further...