The Easter Promise

Lord Let Me Die
Die from my evil ways
Die from the wages of sin
Die from the wicked ways
So I may carry my cross

The cross that you have bore
the cross that pinned you down
the cross that was not meant to be yours
the cross I was afraid to bear
the cross that brought your mortal body to its end


John Lloyd and Sarah Geronimo fans rejoice as their very successful love team up for movie  as the lovable characters of Miggy and Laida. "It Takes A Man And A Woman" is the third intallment to their loveteam  which started with "A Very Special Love", the followed with "You Changed My Life" and both movies were box office hits.

The team up may have been doubted at first, as it was Sarah and John Lloyd's first team up together and fans are still clinging to the Bea-John Lloyd chemistry. The first two movies prove that they have succeeded in winning the hearts of viewers with their unique style of romance comedy. 

Celebrate Easter Sunday Party at SM City North EDSA!

Easter is just around the corner and what great way to welcome the festive celebration at SM City North EDSA. Celebrate a GRAND EASTER PARTY with us at the SKYDOME on March 31! Gates will open at 1pm for our Easter activities, join our Easter Mascot Parade at 2:30pm, and participate in the HOP Race and a giant bubble show at 3pm. 

Get a chance to Meet & Greet our favorite Hop Character, register and come in your cutest Easter costume, and join the excitement on our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Skydome. 

Here are the mechanics of costume contest


GMA’s Temptation of Wife nears its finale

GMA Network’s top-rating Pinoy version of the hit Koreanovela Temptation of Wife concludes its run with a heart-stopping finale week from April 1 to April 5.  

The series is regarded as one of the most watched programs on GMA Telebabad, consistently posting high numbers in the ratings game since it began airing on October 29, 2012.

The entire cast led by Marian Rivera, Dennis Trillo, Glaiza de Castro, and Rafael Rosell together with Rio Locsin, Raymond Bagatsing, Michelle Madrigal, Antonio Aquitania, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Bettina Carlos, Rez Cortez, and Ms. Cherie Gil delivered commendable portrayals of their respective characters that hooked viewers from start to finish.

Viewers are eagerly looking forward on how the Pinoy adaptation of the series will conclude especially the fate of the characters of Angeline, Nigel, Heidi, and Marcel.



Academy-Award winner Danny Boyle brings together James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vince Cassel in a stirring ensemble performance in the mind-bending action thriller “Trance.”

Boyle, whose worldwide acclaimed works “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Shallow Grave,” “Trainspotting” and “127 Hours” that covered themes such as triumph of the human spirit despite abject poverty and reality brings a new kind of thrill in “Trance.” Boyle crafts a wildly twisted mind puzzle exploring identity, madness and perception using the altered state of hypnotic trance. 

Gus* Studio Manila's Trade-in Trade-Up Promo

Planning to change or get new furniture for you home? You can check out Gus* Studio Manila's Trade-in Trade-Up Promo for 2013! Great deals plus each purchase will also help Habitat for Humanity! Check out the details and mechanics here:

Trade-in Trade-Up Promo Mechanics:
Promo Period is from January 16, 2013 to April 15, 2013.
To avail of the promo, clients must make their trade-in and purchase during the promo period.
Clients may trade-in their old furniture at Gus* Studio Manila and get an instant 25% discount on any Gus* furniture purchase listed as eligible Trade-up item under the promo.
All Trade-in Items will be forwarded and donated to Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
Clients participating in the Trade-In, Trade-Up campaign shall be issued a Certificate of Appreciation for their donation to Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
The following item categories may be traded-in for the promo: Sofas, Dining Tables, Dining Chairs, Lounge Chairs, Arm Chairs, Coffee/Center Tables, Side Tables, Beds and Storage Cabinets.

SM Supermalls Celebrates Easter with Carnival-themed Party

Customers who will troop to any SM mall nationwide this coming Easter Sunday, March 31, will be treated to various fun activities for the whole family as SM Supermalls holds a grand celebration dubbed “Easter Carnival”. SM malls are especially decorated for sight-seeing and photo opportunities, with giant Easter installations available for the public to enjoy. 

One of the highlights of the Easter Carnival includes “Circus Fun”, which features a circus show with magical acts and performances by clowns. There will also be a grand parade of mascots and  a costume contest where kids can play dress-up with their cutest, most colorful and wackiest Easter costumes to get a chance to win cool prizes. Egg-hunting tradition will be held through “Eggstream Hunt” in select SM malls. Another interesting event to watch out for is the “Easter Fair” where booths will be set up for fun activities and food that kids will enjoy, such as hotdogs, popcorn, ice cream, and many others. Activities include face painting, balloon twisting and egg painting. 

Tropicana Coco Quench kicks off summer in Boracay

Green is definitely the color of summer, as Tropicana Coco Quench, the first locally produced coconut water in a Tetra Pak packaging, ushers in the summer season at TripAdvisor’s 2013 Best Asian Beach, Boracay.

Right at the glistening white and powdery shores of the island, Tropicana Coco Quench will be holding several activities that will take off on March 27 through the 31st.  Selling and redemption booths are scattered along the three stations, and with a strong push for recycling products, Tropicana Coco Quench will give out essential summer items in exchange for empty Tetra Pak packages.

March 30 marks the Green Saturday event, which will start with Yoga wellness morning with renowned instructor, Louise Lee. There will be a sunset happy hour with overflowing coconut water, and a chill out party to cap off the night, all happening at the beachfront of Obama Grill.

REEL DEAL: The Internship


Hollywood-Based Filipino Actor Tobit Raphael Included in Cast With Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn

Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) battle it out with the techies in “The Internship” as two old-school salesmen in their 40s who use old fashioned charm and brilliant sales technique to sell watches. On the night that they try to close a big sale with a client, to their shock, they find that their company has been shut down because kids don’t wear watches anymore. Suddenly, they find themselves unemployed as two dinosaurs in the digital world.

After an exhaustive job search online, Billy chanced upon an opportunity for them to reinvent themselves – an internship program with Google.

XSTIG: Perk up your summer with Toshiba’s “Easter Bundle” promotion

Perk up the summer months with Toshiba’s “Easter Bundle” promotion featuring the brand’s latest line of notebook PC products. Customer gets a variety of free items that goes with their every purchase of selected Toshiba notebook PC products like Toshiba Canvio Basic 500GB External Hard Disk Drive, D-Link Wireless-N300 Cloud Router and gift vouchers worth up to Php 2,000 which can be used to select a choice of freebies or accessories inside a participating Toshiba store for free. Hurry! Avail of this exciting Easter offer only from Toshiba. Visit Toshiba Concept Stores located at SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Pampanga, SM Sta. Rosa, SM City Cebu and Abreeza Mall Davao and other participating retail shops nationwide. Offer is good until April 9, 2013 only.


OBLIVION : a cinematic event, a journey of redemption and discovery as one man battles to save mankind.

by Emy Abuan

In 2073, a 37 year-old former-Marine Commander Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed at Earth which was nearly destroyed by an alien invasion 60 years ago. As part of a massive operation to extract the planet's remaining vital resources, he lives in an airborne "town" floating thousands of meters above the Earth.

His mission nearly complete, Jack's soaring existence comes crashing down when he rescues a 22 year-old female stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a series of events that forces Jack to question everything he knows about the war and its aftermath. In addition, after being captured by an insurgency led by 102 year-old Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman), Jack is told that the society in which he lives may in fact be a police state.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL adapts Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book on Lincoln assassination

Tackling a monumental event in American history, National Geographic Channel’s first original scripted drama “Killing Lincoln”, based on the best-selling book by controversial political commentator and TV personality Bill O’Reilly, will hit Philippine television on April 14, 2013. The film portrays the dramatic events that led up to the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and reveals the mysterious motivations of its perpetrator John Wilkes Booth.

“Killing Lincoln” is a film produced by Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions and written by the Emmy Award-winning Erik Jendresen, writer for the acclaimed TV series “Band of Brothers”, who based his script on the book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever co-written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. “What people never knew, and what both the book and the film capture, is the great tale of action and conspiracy surrounding the manhunt for Booth. It is ultimately a fascinating story, and that’s what makes it the perfect fit for us at Scott Free,” said Scott.

Highlands Coffee Opens in Eton Emerrald

Coffee lovers rejoice! As the Vietnamese Coffee brand Highlands Coffee is expanding their business here in the Philippines, they are also on a roll with opening new stand alone branches in key areas in Metro Manila, and today they have opened a new branch in the busy Ortigas district which is also a big market for coffee shops.

Highlands Coffee opened its first store in Lucky Chinatown Mall with Netopia and have partnered with different stores and restaurants. They also have opened stand alone store like the one in E. Rodriguez near St. Lukes Medical Center. And the latest one opened with Eton Emerald in Ortigas.

GMA Network proudly welcomes Christian Bautista

March 20, 2013 (Quezon City, Philippines), Multi-platinum artist Christian Bautista signed an exclusive contract with GMA Network Inc.

Present in the contract signing were GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Felipe L. Gozon, GMA President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., OIC for Entertainment Lilybeth G. Rasonable, and Christian’s manager Carlo Orosa.

Being welcomed by the GMA executives, Christian feels very privileged and excited about this new chapter in his life, “It’s wonderful! Bagong taon, bagong makakatrabaho at bagong bahay. I feel very welcomed and very honoured na nandito na ako ngayon. With all the projects I’m doing, it’s gonna be fun!”

Carlo is looking forward towards a bright future for Christian in GMA. “We feel the warmth and sincerity of their welcome,” he adds.

MUSIC LYF: Panatang Makabanda marks the return of Rivermaya in the local recording scene

Iconic and multi-platinum-selling band Rivermaya makes a local recording scene comeback with the much-awaited release of their album Panatang Makabanda, under Universal Records. The album is their first in four years and their first with Universal Records.

Rivermaya is now composed of Mark Escueta, Norby David, Mike Elgar and Ryan Peralta.

Rivermaya joins the label’s elite roster of bands – Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Calla Lily, among others.

Ramon Bautista takes ‘friend zone’ fever to the corporate world

Are you in love with your officemate – or worse – your boss?  Then you have a potentially big problem.  But don’t worry, comedian and TV host Ramon Bautista might have a solution to your predicament.

After his “Tales from the Friend Zone” video series became popular on video sharing website, YouTube, Bautista recently released a new video series tackling a different relationship issue.

While the first series dealt with problems that occur when courtship goes south and ends in an awkward state of being “just friends” or “friend zone,” the new web series deals with the woes of office romances.


We all know hims as the "Nestea Guy" who is a quest to win the heart of the girl he loves with the help of his family and iced tea. He also appeared in a Cookie sandwich commercial as a student with his friends But Neil Coleta proves that he not all looks and "Papogi" moves but also an actor to watch out for. He is now starting to be a household name and going beyond just being a commercial model.

He is usually seen as a comedic character in teleseryes and even in commercials, but he also proves that he can do more than being funny by being part of the musical movie "I Do Bidoo". He is also now the sidekick of Coco Martin in Juan Dela Cruz as his best friend in the series.

His efforts were rewarded recently with his newest endorsements and also the Star Award for Movies as the Best New Actor Award. He still proves that hard work has its fruits and now he also have Chicken and Baboy. 

Jolina Magdangal gears up for heavy drama

After doing mostly light and oftentimes comedic roles, singer-host-actress Jolina Magdangal is shifting gears and is set to do heavy drama in GMA’s upcoming primetime series “Mundo Mo’y Akin,” which will replace “Pahiram ng Sandali” this month.

“Yes, I’m ready,” replied Jolina when asked about how prepared she is for her pivotal role in the series.

Jolina will play the character of Zenaida “Aida” Carbonel, the keeper of the secret behind the real identities of the lead characters portrayed by Louise delos Reyes and new kapuso Lauren Young.

Sunshine Dizon returns to drama, reprises ‘familiar’ role in new series

After taking four years of respite from showbiz, actress Sunshine Dizon is back to doing drama and is one of the lead cast members of GMA’s upcoming primetime series, “Mundo Mo’y Akin.”  In the said series, Sunshine will be working with Angelika dela Cruz, Jolina Magdangal, Alden Richards, Louise delos Reyes and new kapuso star Lauren Young.

“I am very excited and I can assure the audience that this show is going to be very beautiful: maganda ang concept, maganda ang story,” Sunshine said in an interview during the photo shoot for the said series.

NMPP and Migz Zubiri Presents 15 Scholars

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This March, 15 students have finally reached their goal of graduating this school year which belongs to the family who are part of NMPP (Nagkakaisang Mangagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino) which is group of people who work for the movie industry. Senatoriable Miguel "Migz" Zubiri has been a loyal supporter for the people in the industry and is a fan of Pinoy movies.

Migz Zubiri shares that even on his term as senator, made this project in support to the people of NMPP where families are dependent on local movie projects.  Future projects Includes a planned housing project and more scholars under the project. He shares that he was able to get to know more about them through directors whom he have worked with like Joel Lamangan who is the president of the NMPP.

#OkraSoup Episode 1!

The long wait is over as the first (impromptu) episode of OKRA SOUP has now been uploaded and with the pilot episode graced with a fresh new artist of PolyEast Records Isabelle De Leon. We had a fun jamming time with this sweet rock-chic along with fellow bloggers Jing, Sire, and Myrna! Okra Soup is part of Manual To Lyf's offering for 2013 providing live videos which people will see live experiences and sometimes live celebrities!

Well Okra Soup has been in the planning and teasing process since 2011, but the only thing we had were teasers featuring Kim Chui, Richard Yap, and Xian Lim! Episode two is now in the works and of course, will have more improvements (just to get the ball rolling) and hopefully soon a trending show and topic on twitter, which you can also do to help with the hashtag #OkraSoup.  You can send us feedback and your messages which would be read in the next episode! So tweet away!

Former Rivermaya frontman Jason Fernandez makes TV acting debut

In previous interviews, former Rivermaya frontman Jason Fernandez admitted being abandoned by his Cypriot father at a young age. In fact, after his stint in the band, he flew to Cyprus to meet his father. 

This Holy Week, Jason was tapped by CBN Asia to be one of the lead stars of their Good Friday presentation – Tanikala presents Ama Namin, which also stars Mike Tan, Diva Montalba, and Tricia Amper. It will air this March 29, 5 p.m., on GMA 7.


Its time for a prehistoric fun time with Dreamworks newest animation offering for 2013, The Croods.

This is the story of the prehistoric family of the Croods, which includes Eep (Emma Stone), a girl in a family of cavemen living in pre-historic times, talking about how her family is one of the few to survive nearby, mainly due to the strict rules of her father, Grug (Nicolas Cage) and his wife Ugga (Catherine Keener), daughter Sandy, son Thunk (Clark Duke), and his mother-in-law (Cloris Leachman), which were used in living in a cave all of their lives but when seismic events destroys their home, they now embark on a journey of finding a new home.

They would also encounter a new guy named Guy (Ryan Reynolds) and his pet Belt. The movie comes in 3D and is actually a visual feast . I also liked the Owl City track featured in the movie. Kids will definitely love this movie because of the humor and also values which they can learn from the characters.

Ladies Celebrate Women's Month This March at SM!

March is known to be Women's Month and its actually a great time for ladies to go out and exercise their right to shop! And SM will give a treat for women on Wednesdays of the month!

May it be sale season or not, SM malls definitely makes this moth exciting for you and your retail theraphy with these discounts you can avail from SM stores! 

If they would go to Watsons for beauty, health and personal finds, all women will instantly get 10-percent off on minimum P1,500 worth of purchase. 

Ladies can also be tough when they shop at Ace Hardware where they can get 5-percent less on every P3,000 single receipt purchase on all regular priced items. 

In Our Home, where you can find items which can make your home beautiful and organized, they can get  5-percent off for a minimum P15,000 purchase on all furniture, ladies can also avail of 10-percent discount on all accessories for a minimum purchase of P5,000.

Australian Catholic University offers scholarship programs

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) Manila has announced that it is offering full and partial scholarships this coming school year.   

Based on academic merit and talent, the “Esteban Scholarship Awards” will provide one full scholarship, two 50% scholarships and ten 20% scholarships. A full scholarship is valued at AUD 5,200 or PHP 246,000 per year. All scholarships are offered for the entire 3-year program in Manila.

63rd Palanca Awards now accepting entries

Now on its 63rd year, the country’s premier and longest-running literary contest, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature or Palanca Awards, has once more opened its doors to both amateur and seasoned writers who wish to showcase their talent in crafting beautiful literature.

Its organizer and sponsor, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., (Palanca Foundation), has announced that it is now accepting entries for the Awards’ regular categories, as follows:

* English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play;
* Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Pambata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula;
* Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon and Short Story-Iluko.

GMA News videos now accessible on iPhones

Mobile news consumers who missed GMA news on TV can now see it on the go.

An updated version of the GMA News mobile application for iOS now offers video clips from GMA News programs. The app is available for free download on the Apple App Store.

GMA News Online v 2.0 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod enables users to customize its content by choosing which sections of the website will appear on the app. It also features an option to display 10 or 15 articles from each section.

“We just want to be where news consumers are going. Our improved app combines two exploding trends – mobile and online video,” GMA News Online editor-in-chief and GMA Network VP for Multimedia Journalism Howie Severino said.

He explained that only selected GMA news videos will be viewable on mobile initially, but the volume of video content will eventually increase.

My Yoshinoya Gyudon Eating Contest Experience

The gastronomic journey is endless, yet its more delicious than the glutton's destination. This has been my motto for food which makes me love food a lot, and to be part of something cool about food is always a green light for me. This is why I participated in different eating contest in the past to see, if my digestive system is prepped up for the job. Yoshinoya's Gyudon Eating Contest this year gave me an opportunity to much on my favorite Japanese dish, the Gyudon and recently I won in the media challenge along with the 28 weekly winners from different branches which one of them took home 100,000 pesos.

Tessie Tomas and Nova Villa guest in Sarap Diva this Saturday

This Saturday (March 16), Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid welcomes two comedy icons --Tessie Tomas and Nova Villa -- into her kitchen. 

Regine’s living room turns into an instant dance floor as they take on cool ballroom dance moves before heating up the kitchen. 

The Songbird is up for a feast as the two showbiz royalties share their specialty recipes -Teysie's Tasty Tuwalya, a classic callos dish and Nova's Seafood Supernova, a hot and spicy mix of clam, squid and shrimp. 

Duke and Roadblock join forces in G.I. JOE 2

A follow-up to the 2009 worldwide blockbuster G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, which grossed over $300 million worldwide, In GI JOE: RETALIATION, the team is not only fighting their mortal enemy COBRA, but they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. Converting the film into 3D takes the movie to a whole new level and brings the audience even closer to the non-stop action. G.I. JOE RETALIATION hits theaters in RealD 3D & Digital 3D.

The G.I. JOE mythology runs deep and has a pantheon of characters to draw from, each with their own back-story, nuances and characteristics. When approaching the sequel, the filmmakers wanted to build on the best elements and storylines from the first film and carry those through to the second installment while simultaneously creating a new identity and feel. This offered the opportunity to introduce new characters from the mythology to the franchise.

Pahiram ng Sandali emotion-filled finale airs this Friday

GMA Network’s compelling drama on love and relationships, PAHIRAM NG SANDALI, concludes its run with a touching finale this Friday, March 15.

The series, which is under the helm of award-winning Director Maryo J. Delos Reyes, featured a formidable cast headlined by Ms Lorna Tolentino, Christopher de Leon, Mark Gil, Alessandra de Rossi, Max Collins, Neil Ryan Sese, and Dingdong Dantes.

As the program wraps up this Friday, will Cindy (Max) finally forgive Janice (Lorna)? Will the mother and daughter seek the path of reconciliation in the end?  

What will be Cindy’s reaction if she finds out about Alex’s condition? Will Cindy’s heart soften and give Alex another chance at love or be a father to her child?

Pahiram ng Sandali airs after Indio on GMA Telebabad. 

Fisher Mall Set to Open This Year

I love going to malls as I love to roam around them and find anything new and interesting. Even if the metro is already filled with many super malls, I still want to see what new malls can offer. And this year a new mall will open that is not owned by y the major  mall companies but will offer one of a kind and fun amenities, it is Fisher Mall which is expected to open at the last quarter of the year.

The mall is on the construction phase and is located along Quezon Ave in the lot where Pantranco used to be which is actually a very strategic point because of the traffic from Roosevelt, Roces Avenue , and Quezon Ave. Family-owned and pays homage to the family business of fishing, thus the name.

Beat the Summer Heat with the Kapuso Network this March

The Kapuso Network kicks off the summer season with its first batch of offerings that are sure to beat the summer heat in more ways than one.

In the first of many Summer sa Mundo ng Kapuso on-air plugs, Kapuso personalities get their hands on the cup stacking craze that has become so popular among the youth these days - proving how fun and exciting summer can be when spent watching the Network’s March launches.

These are the Saturday night sitcom Vampire Ang Daddy Ko, the new primetime drama Mundo Mo’y Akin, and the TV airing of the hugely successful Foursome concert.

Aljur Abrenica joins GMA’s most expensive drama INDIO

Kapuso actor Aljur Abrenica shows off his godly physique and acting prowess in GMA’s primetime series Indio as he portrays the character of Bagandi, a datu of a small banwa.

According to the actor, he underwent workshops and physical trainings for the role. “Pinaghandaan ko talaga ang role ko dito sa Indio saka sumailalim rin ako sa workshops dahil kailangang makipagsabayan ako sa mga malalaking artista na bahagi nitong napakalaking programa na Indio” he adds.

Who is Bagandi in Simeon’s life? Will he be a friend or a foe?

Find out on INDIO, weeknights, after 24 Oras on GMA.  

Fisher Mall re-creates a new shopping experience

Quality, beauty, functionality, and completeness are the words used by the owners of the Mallers Management Corporation to describe its 114k square meter mall development project that will soon rise in Quezon City – the Fisher Mall. Designed with comfort and convenience in mind, the Fisher Mall is pure shopping bliss.

However, there’s more to Fishermall than meets the eye! The structural integrity of the building, its aesthetics and support system are all meticulously designed by the renowned Architect Felino Palafox to ensure a pleasurable shopping experience from ground level all the way to the top floor.

MUSIC LYF: Isabelle De Leon - LoveZone (Album)

I would still remember Isabella "Duday" De Leon from the GMA series "Daddy Di Do Du" where the lovable bunso of the family is seen along with Vic Sotto, Maxine Magalona, and Ciara Sotto and has been a household name throughout the years. She is now 18 years old (how time flies!) and is now releasing her debut album under PolyEast Record titled LoveZone

However we have not seen her in any major series or film but actually she is harnessing her true talent which is singing. And she is still in the showbiz industry by working on gigs and roles in indie movies. She is still a student, but her love for music has grown and is now composing a lot of songs about love, life and many more.

LAKBAYAN: SEAIR offers nationwide PHP 99 sale, promotes domestic tourism

Here’s great news for travellers! Southeast Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAIR), in partnership with Tiger Airways, announced that it is offering PHP 99 fares for all its domestic destinations.

The special rates are for booking on March 12-13, 2013 for travel on October 1 to November 30, 2013. To avail of the promo, passengers must book their tickets at

The airline offers flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 to Cebu, Davao, Tacloban, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, and Bacolod. It flies to Boracay (via Kalibo) from both Clark and Manila. SEAIR has  also recently announced that it will start flying from Manila to Laoag on April 4, 2013.

Adobo Design Awards 2013 Call For Entries!

Since being introduced in 2007, the Adobo Design Awards has sought to champion the Philippines' best in design and to recognize the talents behind the work. Now on its fourth year, the competition, organized by adobo magazine - the country's premier advertising and brand communications publication - is championing a search for the most creative work with a purpose.

The Professional Category is open to creative professionals, Philippine or foreign-based companies and individuals.   Entries in this category vie for individual category awards for each format, with as many gold, silver and bronze winners as there are deserving.  Best in Show winners are then selected from all gold winners, regardless of format but based on their stated purpose: "Design for a Purpose" or "Design for Good". 

"Design for a Purpose" awards work that promotes an individual, product, company, brand or event, while "Design for Good" supports campaigns for a worthy cause, advocacy, CSR or public service. 

XSTIG: Sennhieser IE 800

The IE 800 headphones from Sennheiser are the ones with the most innovations per square millimetre. And for precisely that reason, these small in-ear earphones can certainly compete with much larger high-end headphones. They are brimming with groundbreaking ideas to ensure that audiophile music lovers can get as close as possible to perfect sound even when they’re on the move. 

When it comes to audio quality, ear-canal phones have been known to come up against their limits in the past. But the IE 800 sets new standards: with its new model, Sennheiser is now rounding off its top segment with a set of genuinely high-end portable headphones. “The sound of the IE 800 can easily compete with that of our high-end portfolio," said Maurice Quarré, Director Product Lifecycle Management Sennheiser Consumer Electronics. These dynamic in-ear phones offer fascinatingly brilliant trebles, precise bass response and a detailed, lifelike sound image with a frequency response of 5 to 46,500 Hz.

The IE 800 not only boasts innovative technology but also features a modern design and high-quality materials such as the scratch-resistant ceramic housing. Its puristic design language and black/silver finish give it that certain extra. The high-end earphones were developed and designed at Sennheiser's headquarters in Germany. And the new in-ear earphones will be produced here too.

Outstanding in-ear sound system 

The interior of the IE 800 conceals many small but effective innovations: the centrepiece is Sennheiser’s specially developed Extra Wide Band (XWB) driver. With a diameter of just 7 mm, it is the smallest wide-band sound transducer currently available in dynamic headphones. Its functional principle guarantees distortion-free sound even at high sound pressure levels. "Until now, high-quality in-ear headphones have used so-called balanced-armature multi-drivers,” explained Senior Acoustic Engineer Axel Grell. “Reproducing the entire audio spectrum requires several narrow-band drivers to be operated in parallel. However, this results in very slight jumps and delays in music reproduction." By contrast, the miniature-sized XWB driver developed by Sennheiser is able to perfectly reproduce the entire audible frequency spectrum and beyond. The advantage: music is played back with crystal clarity and with absolute time precision. 

The endeavour to fully exploit the sound potential of the premium headphones led to a further small but highly effective innovation: a vented magnet system. The idea is actually quite simple and was used for the first time on the HD 700 high-end headphones. “The oscillating motion of the diaphragm produces an air flow in the magnet system housing that causes the diaphragm to wobble slightly,” explained Axel Grell. “By positioning two precisely defined vent holes in the housing directly under the magnets, we can cause the air to flow in a specific direction. This minimises the wobbling motion of the diaphragm and reduces total harmonic distortion to less than 0.06 percent.

Innovative dual-chamber absorber

With the IE 800, Sennheiser has succeeded for the first time in solving what is known as the ‘masking effect’. This effect, which has a negative influence on overall sound quality, is due to the way in which our ears work. “The human ear is unable to perceive low-volume frequency components of a sound if there are much louder sounds occurring in a lower frequency range at the same time," explained Axel Grell. "This means, for example, that very loud low-frequency sounds will ‘mask’ very quiet sounds in the medium frequency range. This is particularly apparent in in-ear headphones. The sealing of the ear canal by the earphones normally causes resonances that result in a peak in the 7kHz to 8kHz range. This has the effect of masking the actual higher-frequency components. Precisely this problem has been overcome in the IE 800 by the use of an absorber. Sennheiser’s patented dual-chamber system absorbs the energy of the resonance, thus preventing any unwanted peaks. As a result, all frequency components – even the finest nuances – in the music material become audible.       

Finest wearing comfort

The optimum sound properties of the IE 800 are further enhanced by excellent wearing comfort. The housing is made of scratch-resistant, skin-friendly ceramic, while the ear pads consist of skin friendly silicone. This rules out any risk of allergies or skin irritation. To guarantee a perfect fit, Sennheiser has developed new ear adapters with an oval shape based on extensive international studies in ergonomics. According to their personal preference, users can choose from a selection of oval (SM/ML) and round (S/M/L) adapters. A protective mesh on the ear cushions effectively protects the drivers against dirt contamination.

Technical Data Transducer principle Dynamic, closed vented Frequency response 8 – 41,000 Hz (–3dB) Impedance: 5 – 46,500 Hz (–10dB) Total harmonic distortion: 24                                        © W e i g h t : <   0 . 0 6   %   ( 1   k H z ,   1 V ) C a b l e   l e n g t h :   1 . 2   m   ( s y m m e t r i c a l )    

XSTIG: Senheiser Momentum

Experience sound with all your senses - MOMENTUM, the new headphones from Sennheiser

Perfect sound can be heard, felt and seen: the new MOMENTUM from Sennheiser’s Style Selection combines an excellent sound experience with high-quality material and minimalist style. The new headphones are the right choice for anyone unwilling to compromise on sound quality and style.

The MOMENTUM is part of Sennheiser’s Style Selection. Its minimalist design resolutely cuts out superfluities, making the headphones appear understated and timeless, yet at the same time stylishly urban.