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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

LG Transforms the BGC Art Center with 'Van Gogh Alive' for an Unforgettable Experience


LG OLED and UHD TVs displayed at the BGC Arts Center for Van Gogh Alive Exhibit


For a limited time, visitors in the Philippines have the extraordinary opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Vincent van Gogh, one of history's most celebrated artists, thanks to LG's participation as Exhibition Partner in the highly anticipated Van Gogh Alive exhibit at the BGC Arts Center. This unique multi-sensory experience is set to captivate audiences for a strictly limited season starting October 20, 2023 at the BGC Arts Center, Taguig City.

Presented by the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Del Monte Philippines and produced by Grande Experiences, Van Gogh Alive is an art spectacle that has wowed over 9 million people across a hundred cities worldwide. Its grand unveiling at the BGC Arts Center promises to be a transformative journey for art enthusiasts, families, and individuals seeking an unforgettable experience.


Visitors will be enveloped in a mesmerizing symphony of light, color, sound, and fragrance that has earned Van Gogh Alive its reputation as a 'must-see' multi-sensory sensation. Throughout the exhibit, Van Gogh's masterpieces spring to life in a way that is both enchanting and educational. Guests will feel as though they are stepping directly into his iconic paintings, gaining a deeper understanding of the artist's unique perspective and creative genius. They can delve into his world through an array of photographs and videos thoughtfully curated alongside his works, gaining fresh insights into the artist's life and the evolution of his craft.


The Van Gogh Alive exhibit seamlessly integrates LG's cutting-edge technology to enhance the visitor experience. Within the Art Studio, the stunning LG OLED 83" (OLED83C3PSA) display delivers unrivaled clarity and color accuracy, capturing the essence of Van Gogh's remarkable drawings with a special emphasis on the sketches, while the LG QNED 75" (75QNED80SRA) complements the immersive atmosphere with its impressive picture quality and immersive sound. In the lobby and merchandise store, LG's 50" UHD (50UR8050PSB) displays provide an engaging platform for guests to explore event information and browse through a curated selection of Van Gogh-themed merchandise, ensuring that every aspect of the exhibition is enriched by LG's innovative displays.

Learn how to draw Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”
in LG QNED 75” (left and right) and LG OLED 83” (center) TVs


LG UHD 50” TV at the Lobby and Merch Store in the BGC Arts Center for Van Gogh Alive


Ms. Maria Isabel Garcia, Managing Director of BAFI, discusses the cultural importance of the new exhibit “Van Gogh Alive has been to 100 cities and is the exhibition that has been seen by the most number of people in the world. Having it here in the Philippines, the motivation of BAFI for having it here at the BGC Arts Center is not just to ride the fantastic trend but also so that Filipinos partake of this traveling immersive treasure without having to go elsewhere.”


LG Philippines’ Managing Director Mr. Sungjae Kim shares his excitement regarding the partnership “The collaboration between LG and Van Gogh Alive at the BGC Arts Center is a testament to LG's unwavering commitment to enriching lives through innovative technology. By supporting this extraordinary exhibit, LG aims to bring art enthusiasts and the broader public closer to the world of Vincent van Gogh in a way that transcends traditional museum experiences.”


LG and BAFI share a longstanding and fruitful partnership, marked by a shared commitment to enriching the community through the convergence of art, science, and technology. To date, LG  has contributed over one million pesos worth of state-of-the-art LG OLED, QNED, and UHD TVs to the foundation. This generous contribution not only demonstrates LG's unwavering support for BAFI's mission but also underscores their dedication to enhancing the artistic and cultural experiences of the community, solidifying their enduring and impactful collaboration.


Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness Van Gogh's brilliance come to life in the heart of Taguig City. LG's involvement ensures that this extraordinary journey through art is destined to be an event that will be cherished and remembered for years to come.

 

Life’s about more than having the latest technology, rather, it’s about the experiences that technology creates that impact our lives. LG Electronics Philippines delivers consumer electronics through top-of-the-line home entertainment appliances that prepare Filipinos for their greatest moments. LG promises to bring “Innovation for a Better Life” nationwide – from Luzon, to Visayas, and Mindanao. LG OLED products are available via lg.com/ph and through its flagship stores in Lazada and Shopee. For more information, visit and follow their social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube (@lgphilippines).

HONOR opens in the all-new SM City Sto. Tomas Batangas


Much to the delight of Batangueños on the unveiling of the all-new SM City Sto. Tomas Batangas, the leading smart devices provider HONOR Philippines also officially welcomed shoppers to its newest Experience Store in the said mall, located at the 2/F Cyberzone. 

 

It is really an honor to unveil our newest HONOR Experience Store the same time the much-anticipated SM City Sto. Tomas Batangas opened. This is part of our promise to continuously service our HONOR fans and tech enthusiasts alike and we are very far from what we have envisioned for the country,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng. 

HONOR Philippines GTM Manager Steven Yan with Greentelcom Chief Operating Officer 

Ma. Theresa Luna and HONOR Philippines Retail Sales Director Tom Yuan 


 

The successful store opening was officiated by HONOR Philippines GTM Manager Steven Yan and HONOR Philippines Retail Sales Director Tom Yuan together with Greentelcom Chief Operating Officer Ma. Theresa Luna and President Edwin Luna. 

 

The viral smartphone brand also pledged to dominate the South as Experience Stores in SM City Dasmarinas Cavite and SM City San Pablo Laguna is soon to open. 

 

The Unstoppable Trio: HONOR X9a 5G, HONOR 90 5G, HONOR 90 Lite 5G 

 

Who would forget the HONOR X9a 5G that catapulted the brand into virality, with its industry-leading ultra-tough OLED curved display that was put to test through various means, including smash and drop challenges. HONOR X9a 5G is still available at Php 16,990 in Titanium Silver, Emerald Green, and Midnight Black. 

HONOR 90 5G, beyond its 200 MP Flagship camera performance, also has one of the most advanced high-frequency Pulse Width Modulation dimming technology at 3840 Hz, which greatly helps with lessening eye strains with long periods of phone usage. Available in three colors – Diamond Silver, Emerald Green, and Midnight Black, HONOR 90 5G is priced at Php 24,990. 

 

Last but definitely not the least, the HONOR 90 Lite 5G – the newest HONOR iteration still packs a wide array of specs that other competitors unusually carry within the same price range. Apart from its 100 MP Camera system, which allows for ultra clear photography, this phone packs 8GB + 256GB Super Storage, and a 4500 mAh battery that can last for up to two days. HONOR 90 Lite 5G is priced at Php 12,990 and available in Cyan Lake and Midnight Black. 

For more announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website www.hihonor.com or social media platforms: Facebook (Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines), Instagram (Instagram.com/honorphilippines/) and TikTok: (Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines). To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/.


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Why investing in a memorial lot now is the best and most responsible financial decision you can make


Total death care provider Forest Lake emphasizes importance of early end-of-life planning for Filipinos’ overall well-being and financial stability

 

 

The word “death” is often euphemized in sentences, with people instead using the terms “no longer with us” or “passed away” to lighten the impact of loss. The COVID-19 pandemic has also raised anxiety surrounding death as the general public struggled to cope with grief.

 

But it is also a known fact that death is inevitable, and that early end-of-life planning remains crucial not only for an individual but for their loved ones as well. It is also a responsible move you can make today that will spare your family of stress and burden in the future. 



Memorial service solutions you may be surprised to know about 

This is why Forest Lake, the Philippines’ largest total death care provider, makes it a point to ease the pain of loss by providing diverse memorial service solutions that cater to different needs and preferences. 

 

Libing Anywhere is a flexible memorial solution that adapts to changing circumstances by allowing you to use your lot in any Forest Lake park in the country. 

 

Libre Burol, on the other hand, gives Forest Lake lot owners complimentary body retrieval, embalming, casketing, and chapel viewing services as cost-effective solutions for dignified burials.

 

Financial and emotional benefits of investing in memorial lots now 

But before you and your family can benefit from these vital end-of-life services, the first step is to invest in a memorial lot. 

 

Here’s why it’s the best financial decision you can make:

 

  1. Memorial lot values tend to appreciate steadily over time, allowing more financial stability. The earlier you invest in a memorial lot, the higher are your chances of gaining large profit over the years, as the value of this type of asset does not easily depreciate.

 

  1. If you’re a beginner investor, memorial lots can diversify your investment portfolio. This way, you can limit your risks, which are often associated with having only a single type of asset to your name, while ensuring investment returns.

 

  1. Purchasing power also tends to decrease over time due to inflation. But with the historically steady appreciation of real estate prices—including memorial lots—it can act as a hedge against inflation.

 

  1. This kind of investment is also a way of legacy planning. A memorial lot is a valuable financial asset to your name that can help future generations in need.

 

  1. Apart from financial gains, memorial lot investments also provide high emotional value. Coping with loss sometimes includes having to search for an available lot with limited time. But if you have already invested in your own memorial lot early on, this gives peace of mind and a sense of belongingness to your loved ones left behind.

 

“Interment service providers such as Forest Lake do more than just offer coffins. We are an important after-death partner because we put a high premium on the legacy that an individual builds for themselves both in life and in death,” shares Forest Lake president Alfred Xerez-Burgos, Jr.

 

For more information on how you can start end-of-life planning, you may visit the Forest Lake website.

 

AirAsia Philippines Emphasizes Strict Compliance with Security Protocols for Smooth and Hassle-Free Travels

With more guests taking advantage of the long vacation after the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE), AirAsia Philippines Asia’s leading Low-Cost Airline, is not letting its guard down especially when it comes to On-Time Performance (OTP) and safety especially as it expects to fly some 60,000 additional guest from 31 October until 5 November. 


The bulk of the passengers will be flying locally to Cebu, Boracay, Panglao, Tacloban, Davao, and Iloilo, while others will be minute travelers to international destinations such as Incheon, Taipei, Bangkok, Osaka, Narita, Hong Kong, and Macao.   


“Other guests opted to exercise their right of suffrage for the Baranggay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE). Guests from Metro Manila also took advantage of the weekend break to visit the grave of their loved ones. With these important things accomplished, what’s left to do is enjoy their vacation and visit their travel bucket list,” AirAsia Philippines Communications and Public Affairs Country Head, First Officer Steve Dailisan shares.  

With the expected number of guests taking over 700 flights until the weekend, AirAsia Philippines is also reminding its guests to strictly follow security protocols in the airports for hassle-free travel.


This includes bomb jokes which AirAsia Philippines takes seriously as it can disrupt not only the involved flight, but also all the succeeding flights carried by the same aircraft and affect other airline operations or worse, divert flights.  


A few days ago, a flight from Narita bound for Manila was disrupted for more than two hours after a passenger joked about a bomb in his luggage which prompted local authorities to perform a mandatory security screening on the aircraft, as well as the baggage and cargo.


Last week a guest bound for Tacloban who checked in late and missed his flight threatened to “blow up” the airline out of frustration. While no flight was disrupted, the guest was brought to the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Enforcement Unit and banned from flying with the airline. 


“As a matter of strict protocol, all matters of security such as bomb jokes are taken seriously.AirAsia Philippines reminds the public that there's no excuse for cracking a bomb joke on the ground and in flight as it immediately raises the alarm among personnel and can cause discomfort among other guests. Not only does it cause trouble, it may also traumatize first-time travelers,” Dailisan added.


Bomb jokes also carry serious penalties in relation to existing Philippine laws under Presidential Decree 1727 and Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2000, both punishable by up to 5 years in prison or a fine of PHP40,000. 


With the expected influx of passengers rushing to the airport towards the weekend, AirAsia Philippines is advising its guests to allow extra time to be at the airport or check in their flights via airasia.com or the airasia Superapp.


Guests are also advised to regularly check their phones and email, or visit the airasia Superapp, the AirAsia website (www.airasia.com), and AirAsia social media channels for the latest travel advisories.


REALME BUDS AIR 5 REVIEW: MY `SILENT SANCTUARY

As someone who often commutes, I’ve realized there’s one thing I hate more than being stuck in traffic: loud, noisy passengers.

 

Makes me really miss the time when we were all just starting to go out right once the pandemic chilled out. Back then, there were signs all over the place in the MRT telling people to keep it down, and guards weren’t shy about telling folks to quiet down if they were talking a bit too loud or too much.


As if running late isn’t enough to raise my stress levels, having to listen to people gossiping, whining, or even fighting? That’s more than enough to give me a nagging headache.


Plus, I’m at a point in my life where I just crave for some peace and quiet, no matter where I am. It’s not like I’m trying to be a loner or anything; but sometimes, I just really want to enjoy my music and drown out all that other noise.

 

And that’s exactly why noise-canceling earbuds are such a lifesaver. These little gadgets have skyrocketed in popularity, and it’s no wonder why. They’re like being in your personal quiet bubble, cutting out all that unwanted noise so you can just focus on your music, podcast, or just the sweet sound of nothing at all.  


 

Your own silent sanctuary.

 

Unlike before when noise-canceling tech was pretty pricey and seemed like something only the fancy folks could afford, now, it’s a whole different story. These earbuds are way more budget-friendly, making them accessible to just about everyone. And trust me, once you’ve tried them, there’s no going back.

 

And that’s why the realme Buds Air 5 has earned its place in my everyday carry—no matter how small my bag is. I’ve tried a bunch of different noise-canceling earbuds from my partner, but these “buddies” have quickly climbed to the top of my favorites list. They're not just about silencing the world around you; they offer so much more, and at a price that doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet.

 

So yeah, these little buds are pretty much one of the best ones when it comes to affordable and high-quality audio gear and here’s why.

@lola_lamon So yeah, these little buds are pretty much one of the best ones when it comes to affordable and high-quality audio gear and here’s why. Full review on www.lemongreemteaph com @realme #realmebudsair5 #ElevatetheSound #EmbraceTheSilence #realmeph ♬ Like Wooh Wooh (Radio Edit) - Rnbstylerz

 

Chic Design and Comfortable fit: Straight out of the box, the realme Buds Air 5 comes in a compact and lightweight charging case, at just 45.5 grams, is sleek and designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Opening the lid at a precise 105°, you'll find the earbuds nestled inside, each weighing a mere 4.4 grams. The engineers at realme have done their homework, ensuring that these buds are designed to fit a variety of ear sizes, and comes with several eartips so you could choose the best fit. The buds are lightweight, and the buds and stem design fit snugly in the ear canal. And though you might feel it may loosens up a bit after a few heavy jerks or if you headbang to your favorite song, rest assured it will still not fall off that easily.


The glossy finish adds a touch of elegance, though it's worth noting that it could be a bit slippery to the touch. Durability isn’t compromised, as the case proves to be sturdy, surviving a few accidental drops unscathed. Thoughtful design elements like the USB-C charging port and a handy pairing button at the bottom of the case enhance its functionality, ensuring that you are always connected with ease.

 

You can choose from either Arctic White or Deep-Sea Blue variations but each one has a black interior to make it different from other similar shaped cases. I am quite worried though about its glossy finish as it does attract a lot of smudges and prone to scratches.  The realme buds air 5  also come with IPX5 waterproofing, which means they can withstand sweat from heavy workouts but I won’t recommend using it under heavy rains just to be safe.

 

Superb Sound Quality: Now, onto the good stuff—the sound quality. With a 12.4mm Large Audio Driver, coated in titanium for added durability and sound clarity, the audio quality is nothing short of impressive. The audio produced is robust, clear, and crisp, creating an immersive soundscape for the listener. Furthermore, the integration of Dolby Atmos support ensures a surround sound experience that captivates and envelops, whether you’re indulging in music, gaming, or video content.

 

I’ve come to appreciate Christina Perri’s Thousand Years and have the song “Both Sides Now” on repeat and its like hearing them for the first time again because of how good it sounds.

 

I’ve been mentioning noise cancelation and its one of the most notable features of the realme Buds Air 5. It has 50dB Active Noise Cancellation, employing dual-mic noise cancellation and a robust 6-core noise cancellation chip. These earbuds diligently work to mitigate external noise, providing a sanctuary of sound even in the bustling urban environment of the Philippines. This feature marks a 19% improvement from the Buds Air 3, showcasing realme's commitment to audio excellence.

 

Additionally, the Smart Adaptive Noise Cancellation feature intelligently adjusts the level of noise cancellation based on your surroundings, ensuring a seamless listening experience. I don’t even have to max the volume as 60% is usually enough to drown out the noise even when I am on the MRT

 

Touch Controls and Connectivity:  The realme Air Buds 5 has embedded intelligent touch gestures that replace having to manually input the command to a phone or a connected mobile device. The controls are very easy to learn and are quite intuititive--Double Tap to Play / Pause music or Answer / Hang Up a call; Triple Tap to skip to the next song; Long Press on one side for 2s to switch on noise cancellation mode or reject a call. The gestures are also customizable via the realme Link App to allow volume adjustment, voice assistant activation, game mode activation, previous song playback.

 

Speaking of the realme Link app, it further expands functionality, offering battery status, firmware updates, EQ customization, and control customization, despite occasional connectivity issues. Game Mode, Smart Wear Detection, and support for Dolby Atmos (on select phones) are notable additions, though the absence of multipoint connection is felt.

 

In terms of connectivity, the Buds Air 5 stands tall with its integration of Bluetooth 5.3 technology, ensuring a stable connection up to 10 meters, even when on the move. The dual antenna switching technology furthers this stability, and with a super low latency of 45ms in Gaming Mode, your audio and visuals are in perfect harmony. This also contributes to a more stable connection with potentially less latency. Bluetooth transmitted audio is compatible to A2DP, HFP, and SPP.

 

Pairing it for the first time is quite easy as it is able to detect and connect to a compatible device right out of the box in just one click with Google Fast Pair.

 

Battery Life:  With up to 38 hours of total playback time, the Buds Air 5 is built to keep up with your on-the-go lifestyle. The earbuds themselves can last up to 4.5 hours with ANC turned on and the volume at 50%, and up to 7 hours with ANC turned off. Combine that with the charging case, and you've got yourself a total of 22 hours with ANC on, and an impressive 38 hours with ANC off.

 

Final Thoughts: 

 

With its impressive noise cancellation, superb audio quality, and thoughtful design, it stands out as a top contender in the market. Whether you’re commuting through the busy streets, enjoying a workout, or simply relaxing at home, these buds are sure to elevate your audio experience.  The realme Buds Air 5 truly has given me the instant silent sanctuary I need wherever and whenever I want—be it in a coffee shop, restaurant, train, or even just our room when I don’t want to be disturbed.


realme Buds Air 5 is priced at PHP 3,499 SRP

Available in Colors: Deep Sea Blue and Arctic White

Available at realme Lazada  and Shopee  Flagship Stores and at all realme physical stores nationwide. 

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