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Monday, July 31, 2023

OnePlus thrills Thai fans with the OnePlus ‘Meet Your Magic Power’ event with Smartphone Ambassador, Jackson Wang

To celebrate the successful launch of the OnePlus Nord 3 5G, OnePlus APAC thrills fans, media, KOL friends and the channel partners with a magical and powerful on-ground event with the OnePlus APAC Smartphone Ambassador, Jackson Wang, in Bangkok, Thailand. “It’s been an honor being part of the OnePlus family. The OnePlus Never Settle spirit is synonymous with my own values of always improving and reinvention,” Jackson Wang shared.

OnePlus APAC has taken the year by storm following the successful launches of the OnePlus 11 5G and recent OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G and the announcement of the first OnePlus APAC Smartphone Ambassador, Jackson Wang. This powerful collaboration continues to surprise fans of the brand.

It has been an eventful year for OnePlus, and earlier this month, the brand launched the highly anticipated OnePlus Nord 3 5G, the latest addition to the Nord series, an all-rounder that brings to the table an outstanding OnePlus experience with big upgrades to performance, display, and imaging.


OnePlus Nord 3 5G

The latest Nord presents itself as the most powerful OnePlus Nord phone to date, with flagship-level hardware with the four nanometre octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset, offering users a powerful performance of superior speed and battery life management. Continuing the flagship-grade experience, the OnePlus Nord 3 5G comes with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM, which complements OnePlus’s RAM-Vita software that allows up to 44 apps to run simultaneously. With the drive to Never Settle, OnePlus upgraded the OnePlus Nord 3 5G with 80W SUPERVOOC and 5000mAh battery. This upgrade is more than 10% bigger than its predecessor along with the Battery Health Engine to give an expected life cycle of up to 1600 charging cycles and fast charging from one to 100% in 30 minutes.

Further promoting the flagship experience with the OnePlus Nord 3 5G, the smartphone comes with imaging hardware and software featured in the powerful OnePlus 11 5G flagship device launched earlier this year. With the 50-megapixel Sony IMX890, complete with optical image stabilization and TurboRAW night, OnePlus Nord 3 5G gives users perfect imaging in any situation. True to OnePlus fashion, the OnePlus Nord 3 5G is an elegant and understated work of art with a flat 6.74-inch 120Hz Super Fluid AMOLED display with 450 pixels per inch and up to 1450 nits of brightness designed for seamless and beautiful scrolling anywhere, anytime.

As OnePlus continues its brand expansion in the APAC region, the goal is to push on with the Never Settle spirit and continue to give OnePlus’s loyal fans and supporters greater product offerings and shape the landscape for the smartphone and technology industry across the APAC region.


Bard: Your Culinary Companion - Google AI Joins You in the Kitchen!

When it’s raining and gloomy outside, you just want to cuddle in bed and remain in your pajamas. It’s also the perfect weather to indulge in comfort food to warm us.


But what to cook? Well, just as AI can boost your productivity at work, it can also bring new ideas to your home life — particularly the kitchen. Meet Bard, Google’s AI. Available in over 40 languages, Bard can supercharge your imagination, boost your productivity, and help you bring new ideas into your daily life—whether you want help planning a party and drafting the invitation, or understanding really complex topics.


As for the kitchen, Bard can make recommendations and actual recipes because it has the ability to digest vast amounts of data, including food trends and ingredient combinations. Then the algorithms analyze this information to develop an understanding of flavor profiles and popular dishes.


AI does not replace humans in creating recipes, of course. But haven’t you ever been undecided on what to cook? Especially for parents or guardians cooking for their families, trying to come up with a menu can be time-consuming and a challenge, especially with picky kids. Well, Bard is here to complement your kitchen adventures and spark inspiration.


So we tested Bard — and you can too! — and asked Bard what to come up with 30-minute recipes for rainy days. We’re impressed with the diverse dishes it returned, more so that these can be whipped up in half an hour. All you have to do on your end is to simply ask it; prompts like “What healthy recipes can I cook on a rainy day?” will be enough.


Will Bard get it right? Well, the proof is in the pudding — or in this case, in four dishes. To give you an idea of what it can come up with, here are some of Bard’s rainy-day suggestions:


      Chicken Noodle SoupThis classic comfort food is perfect and unbeatable for a rainy day. It's easy to make and can be customized to your liking.

      Beef Stroganoff: While not on everyone’s common rainy-day comfort food checklist, this hearty beef dish is sure to warm you up on a rainy day. It’s also easy to make and can be served over rice or noodles.

      Pasta with Pesto Sauce: Got some leftover pesto sauce, as well as some pasta lying around? This quick and easy dish is also a great way to use up leftover pesto in a pinch, as all you have to do is boil the noodles and top it with the delicious sauce.

      Veggie Omelette: Or maybe you’re feeling like eggs. You can go healthy with this particular recipe that uses veggies as a filler in a hot and fluffy omelette, which is ideal for colder days.

      Grilled Salmon with Roasted Vegetables: There’s nothing like fish, too. If you’ve got some salmon in your freezer, thaw it out and throw it in the pan with some vegetables for a scrumptious and fishy rainy-day treat.


There are so many more recipes waiting for you when you ask Bard—you just have to know what to ask. It doesn’t even have to be for rainy days; you can ask for recipes and suggestions for all occasions. 


Want to see what Bard has to show you? Try it yourself by clicking here.

Ballet Manila's Ibong Adarna Showcases the Beauty of Filipino Values


These days, teaching valuable lessons on life, family, love, forgiveness and kindness among the younger generation become even more impactful when accompanied by powerful visual representation. 


This is the intention of Gerardo Francisco Jr. as he restages his award-winning Ibong Adarna on August 19 and 20, 2023 at the Aliw Theater to conclude Ballet Manila’s 25th performance season. 

“Today’s generation is exposed to so many different cultures and there may be tendencies for lines to blur and forget one’s core identity,” he says.  Ballet Manila’s Ibong Adarna, he hopes, will remind the younger generation about who they are as Filipinos, and the values that our culture consider most important. 


This Filipino literary classic centers around a mythical bird whose magical voice can heal illnesses. In the story, an ailing King prompted his three sons to set out on a dangerous quest to find the elusive  magical bird that can cure their beloved father.  As the story unfolds, the two elder princes with evil intentions against their youngest brother turned into stone, while their pure-hearted brother brings home the Adarna bird. In the end, the victorious prince wholeheartedly forgave his erring siblings. 


Francisco Jr. believes that the story of Ibong Adarna can help today’s younger generation rediscover Filipino values of kindness and love of family. “It is important that we tell this story to preserve our culture. If we don’t share this, this story will just die,” he emphasizes.  “I am grateful that this story is still a reading requirement for first year high school students because if no one will tell the story, then who will? It will just be forgotten and buried in the past.”


Ballet Manila’s restaging of Ibong Adarna has received numerous citations since it premiered in 2017. Thus, every time the performance is restaged, Francisco says he is challenged to make it even more magnificent than the last one. To the dancers, he reminds them to give their 100% by dancing from the heart. “Don’t practice just because you want to get it right, “he tells them, “but instead, you practice until you can’t get it wrong. Just think that we only have one show, once you fail onstage, you can never go back – you can’t correct it anymore. “


But deep inside, the veteran danseur and choreographer feels as much pressure, or even more, than the ballet dancers. “I need to stand by my standards most especially to those who were not able to watch it during our world premiere. I hope to exceed their expectations for this show.”


The dancing, as audiences know of Ballet Manila’s standards, will undoubtedly  be outstanding and will definitely be the centerpiece of the whole production.  This 2023 staging is the touring version that was performed at the Karmiel Festival in Israel in 2018 and planned for a national tour in the country in 2020.  Because of adjustments brought about by the pandemic – Ballet Manila has less dancers now -  some will be doing double or triple roles.  The set also transitions to a digital one; to maximize the state of the art LED screen in Aliw Theater. “But the story remains the same. The story itself is beautiful – it’s timeless where everyone can relate, young or old.”, Francisco Jr. says. 


By the end of the show, both Francisco and Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Ballet Manila’s founder,  artistic director, and chief executive officer,  share the same sentiments. “I want the audience to come out of the theater having learned new lessons and excited enough to share about the beautiful story of Ibong Adarna to their peers,” adds Macuja-Elizalde. 


Ballet Manila’s re-telling of this Filipino classic, as choreographed by Francisco was awarded Best Outstanding Production at the 2017 30th Aliw Awards; and at the Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards which honored it with multiple recognitions, including Outstanding Modern Dance Production, Outstanding Choreography for Modern Dance, Outstanding Ensemble for Modern Dance, Outstanding Music Composition, Outstanding Male Lead and Outstanding Female Lead.


Ibong Adarna will be staged at Aliw Theater, Pasay City on August 19 at 8:00 p.m. and August 20 at 5:00 p.m.. For tickets, visit To know more about Ballet Manila and its shows, visit


Cebu Pacific Increases Aircraft Deliveries to 21 in 2023


Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ leading carrier, has increased its aircraft deliveries for 2023 to a record high of 21 from 15 to further improve its operational resiliency amid growing demand for air travel.


Recently, CEB's ninth aircraft delivery for 2023, a brand-new Airbus A321neo (New Engine Option), arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila from Airbus’ Delivery Centre in Hamburg, Germany using blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on its flight.


“This aircraft delivery allows us to increase our operational resilience while continuing to provide safe, reliable, and affordable air travel to our passengers. Our ongoing re-fleeting with new-generation, fuel-efficient aircraft and our continued use of sustainable aviation fuel will also help our decarbonization efforts in making the aviation industry more sustainable,” said Alex Reyes, CEB Chief Strategy Officer.


Of the 21 expected aircraft deliveries this year, 17 are NEOs, while four are CEOs (Current Engine Option) on short-term lease. The airline aims to shift to a more fuel-efficient, all-NEO fleet by 2028.


Last June 30, CEB received a brand new A320neo aircraft from Airbus’ final assembly line in Tianjin, China, powered by SAF with a blend of 41%, marking a major milestone for CEB’s sustainable aviation initiatives.


SAF is a drop-in fuel with similar characteristics as conventional jet fuels. It does not require any adaptations to the aircraft or engines and does not have any negative impact on performance. The use of SAF results in up to 80% reduction in carbon emissions across the fuel’s lifecycle.


Embrace the Outdoors with Watsons Brand and Dermaction Sunscreens!


Dermatologists and skin experts know that the secret to healthy skin is sunscreen—so no matter the season, make it SPF season! Your skin will thank you when you wear sunscreen every day and not just in the summer because regular use of sun protection helps prevent sunburn and premature aging.


Watsons Brand Sunscreen and Dermaction Plus by Watsons have a wide and affordable selection of sunscreens for the face and body, including after-sun products to soothe your skin after being exposed to the sun.


With Watsons and its wide selection of sun protection products, you are protected all-year round!


For lightweight texture: Watsons Sunscreen Face Serum and Watsons Sunscreen Body Lotion


If you’re looking for something with a lighter texture and feel, Watsons Sunscreen Face Serum (Php249) and Watsons Sunscreen Body Lotion (Php 289) provide ample protection from the rays of the sun. The face serum targets UVA, UVB, blue light, and IR rays. It has two formulas for different purposes: SPF30 PA++++ for daily protection which is suitable for daily use, and SPF50+ PA++++ for very high protection that's perfect for outdoor activities.

For very high protection and brightening: Watsons Very High Protection Sunscreen White Face & Body Lotion 


Watsons Very High Protection Sunscreen White Face & Body Lotion (Php309) nourishes the skin (face and body) with Revi-White and contains 100 times more antioxidants than B-arbutin and kojic acid to help condition and lighten skin. This lotion has SPF50+ PA++++ for very high protection and targets UVA, UVB, Blue Light, and IR rays.

For after-sun care: Watsons Aloe Soothing Body Gel 


If you’ve been exposed to the sun, you need to apply aloe-based products to soothe and moisturize the skin. Watsons Aloe Soothing Body Gel (Php199) restores moisture and cools down the skin. It has concentrated organic aloe vera, spring sea water, and organic coconut milk. This product helps heal skin damaged by sunburn and also prevents dryness.

For 2-in-1 protection and brightening: Dermaction Plus by Watsons


All Dermaction sun care products have the 2-in-1 function of sun protection and skin brightening and rejuvenation.The  Dermaction sunscreens also offer broad spectrum SPF50+ PA++++ for full protection from UVA, UVB, HEV or blue light and IR rays. They also have Dermaction’s proprietary Photogenic Scattering Technology to help reflect light from skin so it  looks radiant. All Dermaction products have CollaBoost (promotes skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles) and witch hazel extract (has antioxidant properties to protect skin from pollution, and also tightens pores and controls oil). It also tightens pores and controls oil. These products are water resistant, lightweight, and oil-free.


You’re all set for the sun with sunscreens from Watsons Brand and Dermaction Plus by Watsons! Start your journey to health and wellness when you download the Watsons app now: With a minimum purchase requirement of Php 700, you can enjoy P100 off on products. Terms and conditions apply.


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Four reasons why you should start your LPG Biz

To cope with the rising costs of basic needs, more and more Filipinos are turning to additional sources of income on top of their regular jobs, including taking on extra jobs, side ‘gigs,’ and establishing their own small business. 

A 2022 nationwide survey by OCTA Research has found that four out of five Filipinos are interested in starting their own business, with respondents saying they want to manage their own time, earn daily and work at home or anywhere. 

While the desire for financial freedom is always present, the challenge has always been knowing where to start. The options for small business ideas can be overwhelming, but most are also extremely common and finding your own customers can be close to impossible. But have you ever considered that a kitchen staple like your LPG tank as a potential source of income? 

Here are some of the reasons why you should explore being an LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) business partner:

·       Small startup capital with stable passive income

Starting your own business venture is daunting not only due to significant costs, but the lengthy process of building a brand. Being an LPG distributor or retailer offers you a business opportunity with under a million pesos without having to go through the rigorous process of making your own product. 

Solane LPG, one of the trusted LPG brands in the country, offers a retailer package for as low as PHP 24,000, which already includes eight 11kg LPG cylinders, six 1.4kg LPG cylinders, store branding, training certificate and License to Operate permit. A package worth PHP 250,000 includes an assortment of 70 LPG cylinders, a motorcycle vehicle, a weighing scale, rental subsidy and staff uniform, on top of the LTO permit and training certificate.

·       LPG as an essential product

Like water and food, LPG is a basic product used for various kitchen tasks such as cooking rice, preparing viands, baking and heating water. LPG is a staple kitchen fuel in Filipino homes due to its reliability, efficiency and economical cost, which means you can be sure that there will always be a steady demand for your product. 

LPG demand has remained relatively stable even during the pandemic and will continue to have a market despite changes in the economy.  

·       Huge LPG demand in local municipalities

LPG is still one of the primary kitchen fuels in 40% of the households in Philippines. Consumers usually prefer to purchase through neighborhood channels, such as retailers, nearby sari-sari stores and other neighborhood sellers. Investing in an LPG business that will serve your community and even neighboring municipalities will provide you with a steady customer base.

Solane’s nationwide distribution system consists of more than 50 distributors and approximately 10,000 points of sale located in different parts of the Philippines. With 13 LPG refilling plants nationwide and LPG logistics using tech-advanced and safe lorries, you are also guaranteed to efficiently get LPG supply wherever you choose to put up your Solane LPG business.  

·       Help prevent LPG-related fires in the community

Because of the high demand of LPG, there are malicious individuals who resort to unsafe and unfair LPG trade practices, leading to the rampant spread of unregulated LPG products at risk of exploding or causing massive fires. 

By becoming an authorized LPG distributor in your area, you provide access to safe and trusted quality kitchen fuel. On top of securing your family’s future by having a passive income, you also get to secure the safety of your family hard-earned property by helping prevent LPG-related fires caused by substandard and illegal LPG products in your community. 

Being a verified Solane LPG distributor or retailer guarantees that you only sell safe and quality LPG products that are compliant with government standards. With over 5 decades of experience and expertise in the LPG industry, Solane offers stringent safety and quality measures, such as regular cylinder maintenance and the exclusive 7-Point Safety Check, which will provide your potential customers with peace of mind. Solane LPG’s world-class team of certified technical engineers and trained dealer technicians are also ready to work with you in ensuring topnotch LPG quality and seamless distribution of LPG products.

Interested Solane LPG business partners may download the Solane Application form on the Solane website (, fill it out and submit it via email to A business assessment will then be conducted, where interested business partners will meet with a Solane LPG representative to discuss the business proposal and undergo assessment. 

Want to know more about being a Solane LPG business partner? You may also reach out through Solane LPG’s official Facebook Messenger (, text hotline: 0918-887-5555 (Smart) / 0917 8977555 (Globe), or hotline number: (02) 8887-5555.

Join the Flip Side: Discover the Unbeatable Reasons to Pre-order the Latest Galaxy Devices

There has never been a better time to Join the Flip Side, and that time is now. Samsung Galaxy’s latest innovations break boundaries and take a big leap toward a new world of possibilities and experiences. Whether its productivity, self-expression, wellness, and creativity, Samsung’s latest Galaxy devices have you covered with fantastic pre-order offers now available!  Here’s a quick rundown on why you should pre-order the latest Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, smart watch or tablet --- with fantastic pre-order offers available! 

Galaxy Z Fold5: It's like getting a PC in your pocket

This is definitely the ultimate productivity powerhouse with a massive screen and multitasking capabilities so flexible- like having a PC in your pocket. The Galaxy Z Fold5 boasts an immersive 7.6” main display screen that opens more possibilities for both work and play, and it also comes with an S Pen to help you become more efficient with your tasks. Watch and comment on short form videos in one screen and have a hassle-free viewing experience using flex mode in the other. 

The Galaxy Z Fold5 is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor – delivering smooth viewing, gaming and multitasking capabilities. All these great features are housed in a carefully-designed body which has been made lighter compared to the previous model -at its thinnest at only 13.4 mm thanks to the Zero Gap Hinge.

Grab the Galaxy Z Fold5 for only PHP 98,990 for the 256GB variant, PHP 105,990 for the 512GB variant, and PHP 119,990 for the 1TB variant! Pre-order now and save up to PHP45,000! Get a FREE double-up storage worth PHP 7,000, which gives you an automatic storage upgrade from 256GB to 512GB, along with FREE 1-year coverage for Samsung Care+ worth Php10,554 absolutely free. You can also enjoy amazing discounts for other devices; 30% off on the Galaxy Watch6 Series, 50% off on the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, and PHP10,000 off on the Galaxy tab S9 Series, plus additional discounts with enhanced Trade-In deals.

To pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold 5, you may visit and

Galaxy Z Flip5: Flip and Flex with the biggest cover screen yet

Flex your style with the ultimate pocketable self-expression tool, the Galaxy Z Flip5! This phone flaunts the biggest cover screen yet, at 3.4” giving you more ways to be productive on the go while expressing yourself with just a few clicks and swipes. Explore new ways to capture moments and memories using the user-favorite flexcam and enjoy a smoother and faster phone experience with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor upgrade. You can also flex your phone’s sleeker design with its Zero Gap Hinge, which gives it only 15.1mm of thickness and 44% less visible crease.

The Galaxy Z Flip5 is available for only PHP 64,990 for the 256GB variant and PHP 71,990 for the 512GB variant! Pre-order now and save up to PHP45,000! Get a FREE double-up storage worth PHP 7,000, which gives you an automatic storage upgrade from 256GB to 512GB, along with FREE 1-year coverage for Samsung Care+ worth Php10,554 absolutely free. You can also enjoy amazing discounts for other devices; 30% off on the Galaxy Watch6 Series, 50% off on the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, and PHP10,000 off on the Galaxy tab S9 Series, plus additional discounts with enhanced Trade-In deals.1.1

To pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip5, visit and

Galaxy Watch6 series: Your everyday overall wellness tracker  

 Build healthier habits every day and through the night with the Galaxy Watch6 Series. These devices pack holistic health offerings and powerful performance in a refined and sleek design, with a 30% slimmer bezel, a 20% larger and more vibrant display, and more interactive user interface. Sleep better by analyzing your Sleep Scores and Sleep Stages and get intuitive information with Sleep Coaching. With the innovative 3-in-1 BioActive Sensor, you can have an efficient way to monitor your exercise efforts and check on your health as the Galaxy Watch6 series monitors both blood pressure and electrocardiographic (ECG). Both models also allow users to access a greater selection of versatile watch faces as well as new one-click band options that empower them to meet their goals.

Start a healthier lifestyle with the Galaxy Watch6 Series! The Galaxy Watch6 retails for PHP 16,990 (40mm) and PHP 18,990 (44 mm) while the Watch6 Classic is available at PHP 22,990 (43mm) and PHP 24,990 (47mm). When you pre-order a Galaxy Watch6 Classic, you'll receive a complementary fabric band, D-Buckle Hybrid Leather Band, and Samsung Care+ package. If purchased with the Galaxy ZFold5 or Galaxy Z Flip5, save 30% on the Galaxy Watch6 Series, receive a Fabric Band, Hybrid Leather Band and a Samsung Care+ package.2

To pre-order the Galaxy Watch6 and Galaxy Watch6 Classic, visit and

Galaxy TabS9 series: Create on the go

Enjoy Galaxy’s signature premium experience with a tablet that you can take anywhere, the Galaxy TabS9 Series. With the power of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, the Galaxy Tab S9, S9+, and S9 Ultra offer Dynamic AMOLED 2X screens to ensure epic viewing and entertainment experiences. Users may bring their ideas to life using an in-box, IP68-rated S Pen. The Galaxy Tab S9 series is also the first premium tablet series to receive an IP68 rating, allowing users to be inspired both indoors and outside. The series is available in Graphite in three sizes: 14.6-inch on the Tab S9 Ultra, 12.4-inch on the Tab S9+, and 11-inch on the Tab S9.

Get your hands on the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra for P112,990 for the 1TB variant, P93,990 for the 512GB variant, and P85,990 for the 256GB variant. The Galaxy Tab S9+ 5G is priced at 78,990 for 512 GB and 70,990 for 256GB, while its Wi-Fi variant is available at P69,990 for 512GB and 61,990 for 256 GB. Lastly, the Galaxy Tab S9 5G is P63,990 for 256GB and P56,990 for 128GB while the Galaxy TabS9 Wi-Fi is available at P54,990 for 256GB and P47,990 for 128GB.

Pre-order benefits include freebies and savings of up to P40,000 which covers a free storage upgrade, a free Book Cover Keyboard worth up to 19,000, a free one-year subscription to Microsoft 365, and a free four-month subscription to YouTube Premium.Customers can also get up to P8,000 additional discount if they purchase via Trade-In. 

To pre-order the Galaxy Tab S9 series, visit and

Don’t miss the latest mobile experience Samsung has to offer! Pre-order from July 26 to August 17, 2023 to get exclusive discounts and freebies! Visit any Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, TikTok Shop, and from July 26 to August 17, 2023 to get exclusive freebies and discounts!

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