GCash empowers businesses to thrive in new normal

GCash, the undisputed leader and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, is empowering businesses to transition into the new normal, providing a wide variety of digital financial tools and services that enable enterprises of varying sizes to serve their customers and employees.

As the government puts prime emphasis on the development of the digital economy, GCash is leading the financial technology (fintech) industry in providing necessary digital financial tools and services to enterprises that are adapting into the new normal.

New HBO Asia Original "MISS S" To Premiere Later This Year

WarnerMedia has revealed its next HBO Asia Original series. Miss S is a 30-episode hour-long Chinese scripted drama and a format adaptation of the globally popular Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. The series will premiere first and exclusively on the regional streaming service HBO GO later this year.

The series, which is set in 1930s Shanghai, stars award-winning actress Ma Yili (The First Half of My Life, Struggle) in the title role of Miss S, also known as Su Wenli, a beautiful and witty socialite who forms an unlikely duo with the righteous and serious inspector Luo Qiuheng played by Gao Weiguang (Ghost Blowing Light, Harmony). 

Eastern Communications celebrates National Heroes Day with City of Manila

For more than a century, Eastern Communications, one of the country’s premier telecommunications companies, has been part of nation building fighting alongside Filipinos for stronger tomorrow by providing world-class services. 

Now that the country is facing yet another challenging situation due to the pandemic, Eastern Communications continues its mission of empowering Filipinos by jumpstarting in the country’s capital city.  

With Manila celebrating the National Heroes Day through unveiling of murals in honor of then and today’s heroes in its newly refurbished Lagunislad underpass, Eastern Communications amplifies its strong partnership with the local government by showcasing its mural in the area – a visualization of its strong connections that stand the test of time.  

The OPM Archive Foundation launches initiative to collect Filipino music artifacts

During the virtual presser attended by members of the press last August 26, 2020 (Wednesday), The OPM Archive Foundation has announced its official plans to collect Filipino music memorabilia and champion digital archiving in a time that needs preservation of cultural artifacts. 

Heading the OPM Archive Foundation are the “next gen” members of the group, Moy Ortiz, President; Krina Cayabyab, Vice President; Dinah Remolacio, Treasurer and Chevy Salvador, Secretary, while the more senior members will stay on as board members and advisers.

Quarantine creativity: 19-year-old Cebu student uses soy sauce to make art

Quarantine Creativity: 19-year-old Thea Sophia Disabelle
only had a bottle of Silver Swan Soy Sauce, large plate,
and a limitless imagination to create unique works of art.
As the quarantine keeps everyone at home for their safety, many young Filipinos spend their time honing their skills and creativity, finding ways to express themselves. With all this free time on their hands, there are those who even go the extra mile when it comes to being creative.

This was certainly the case for 19-year-old communication student Thea Sophia Disabelle, from Bantayan Island, Cebu, who stirred buzz on the internet after creating art not just through traditional mediums, but also using a medium no one thinks could be used for art: soy sauce. Yes, the very same soy sauce you ordinarily see in kitchens at home.

“It all started when I poured a little amount of soy sauce into a saucer, since I needed it for my fried fish,” said Thea, who made her first soy sauce artwork back in March using Silver Swan Soy Sauce, a staple in their pantry. “After that, I paused for three seconds while staring at it—something was beautifully formed. After I had my breakfast that day, I asked myself, ‘Why not make art using soy sauce?’”

NOVUHAIR® 3-in-1 VIP Promo Kit

In line with NOVUHAIR's 10th year of fervent commitment to consumer health awareness on hair loss prevention and maintenance, plus a decade of partnership with Mercury Drug Corporation, ADP Pharma Corporation has launched the NOVUHAIR® 3-in-1 VIP PROMO KIT. 
Check out the promo video: https://bit.ly/317yNSM

The NOVUHAIR® 3-in-1 VIP PROMO KIT serves as a token of the company's appreciation and gratitude to the affirmative support of its loyal users and new trialists. 

The continued consumer support, committed distributors and agency partners, dedicated brand ambassadors, passionate and hardworking marketing and sales teams spearheaded by Managing Director Mr. Bob Segovia, and the full support of ADP Pharma CEO Mr. Martin Pascual and executives.

KonsultaMD gives LGUs opportunity to bring doctors to remote brgys

When the government implemented quarantine protocols all over the country, one of the consequences that has impacted local government units (LGUs) is the travel restriction imposed on their constituents, making access to healthcare and medical facilities more challenging specially for those coming from remote barangays all over the country.

In the Liveable Cities Challenge (LCC) Liveable Cities Labs Webinar Series dubbed, “Digital Transformation in a Post GCQ World: Building Healthy Cities and Municipalities,” KonsultaMD is giving LGUs the option of extending telemedicine to their constituents who live in far-out or remote barangays. KonsultaMD  is a subscription-based telehealth service that’s available 24/7, allowing access to skilled and licensed Filipino doctors who can provide safe medical assessment and advice on basic healthcare and proper medication. It is operated by Global Telehealth, Inc., a joint venture of 917Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom, and Mexico’s Salud Interactiva.

"Tenet" Reveals Final Trailer, Behind-The-Scenes Featurette

Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted the final trailer and behind-the-scenes look for Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.”

Check out the videos below and watch “Tenet” only in Philippine cinemas soon.

Tenet - Final Trailer

Tenet - Behind The Scenes

Vloggers, spikers, home partners join “Fill in the Bank” and “Bawal na Game Show”

Now on their third unstoppable week, TV5’s pandemic-inspired game shows continue to bring intense fun and action with vloggers Krissy Achino and Baninay gracing “Fill in the Bank” and Cignal HD Spikers ruling over “Bawal na Game Show” as this week’s headliners. After the back-back celebrity episodes of these wacky game shows, televiewers will soon be in the spotlight where they get to be the show’s star players.

Join the hilarious tandem of Krissy Achino and Baninay as they exchange antics with “Fill in the Bank” hosts “Manedyer” Jose Manalo and “Madam Poky” Pokwang on Monday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m. Standup comedians Toni G and Afril fill the studio with non-stop laughter and fun as they play for money and bag the top prize of as much as Php150,000 in “Fill in the Bank” on  September 2.  

Experience a breakthrough in cool with the new Mountain Dew Ice

Sometimes following your passion means going beyond limits or shattering barriers. Pursuing what your heart desires takes guts, and sometimes you need a perfect boost, as you dare to define your own brand of cool.

Mountain Dew, a brand known to champion thrillseekers, empowers you to break the ice and genuinely express yourself with their newest offering, Mountain Dew Ice. A crisp, clear, carbonated drink with a splash of real lemon and lime with a kick of Dew, it’s also low calorie with only 100kcal per 12oz serving. Mountain Dew Ice is a breakthrough in cool for Dewds to stay refreshed and energized all day. 

Globe’s 5G service now available to Prepaid and TM Subscribers

As more Filipinos embrace doing things digitally, from the way they learn to the way they make a living, the clamour for better internet connectivity is stronger than ever. The desire to serve this need is what propels Globe to bring internet connectivity, particularly the latest 5G technology, to more Filipinos. 

Back in February, Globe introduced 5G to its most elite set of customers, Globe Platinum. Shortly after, the said technology was extended to all Globe Postpaid customers. And, starting August 24, Globe Prepaid and TM customers are now able to access Globe’s 5G network in areas like Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Makati CBD, Rockwell Center, Ortigas CBD, and strategic areas along EDSA and C5. All these customers need to do is to ensure they are on a Globe LTE or TM  LTE sim and have a 5G-enabled mobile phone. No additional fees will be charged to enjoy this lightning-fast connection.

Shopee Powers Growth for Filipino Brands and Sellers with Enhanced Warehouse and Logistics Capabilities

Shopee offers a full range of warehouse and fulfillment support to help brands and sellers meet increased demand and to grow their e-commerce business

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, steps up its logistics preparations to help brands and sellers meet the increased online demand in the peak year-end shopping season. 

As e-commerce in the region continues to flourish, there is a higher demand for quicker and secure deliveries for online purchases. Shopee offers a robust logistics ecosystem to help brands and sellers meet evolving consumer needs. This year-end shopping season, Shopee commits to strengthening its warehouse and fulfillment support for brands and sellers, enabling them to increase sales and maximize customer satisfaction even as online shopping activity peaks. 

Globe, TM customers get free data access to TESDA online courses

Globe and TM subscribers may now sharpen their technical skills or learn more online while staying at home without worrying about data connectivity cost.  

With the partnership between Globe and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), all Globe and TM subscribers are given free data access to the TESDA Online Program (TOP) at https://www.e-tesda.gov.ph/.  They can visit the site anytime they want using their Globe or TM - powered mobile device even without load and without incurring any data charges.

TOP is an open educational resource that aims to make technical vocational education and training (TVET) more accessible to Filipino citizens and widen their chances of employment or sources of livelihood. It offers free online courses such as Computer Systems Servicing National Certificate (NC) II, Food Processing NC II, Bread and Pastry NC II, Housekeeping NC II and other courses from sectors such as automotive, agriculture, entrepreneurship, healthcare, among others. 

A Career on Lock: Career Opportunities at Mondelez Philippines amidst the Pandemic

Starting a career can often be a daunting task—going through job searches, interviews, and feeling anxious on the “first day” of work.  For many of us this can be all too overwhelming, what more during a pandemic? 

With parts of the country still placed under quarantine, tech-savvy companies and organizations like Mondelez Philippines have successfully transitioned to a work-from-home (WFH) setup and have retained a sense of continuity. This applies as well to its recruitment. Even amidst the pandemic, the organization continues to hire people for critical roles, having recently welcomed aboard eleven new employees who are part of the Company’s EDGE Stars. 

Leading Brands and MSMEs Gear Up for Shopee’s Highly-Anticipated 9.9 Super Shopping Day

Various brands and sellers are ramping up operational and marketing efforts to offer an elevated shopping experience at 9.9 Super Shopping Day 

Brands and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are gearing up for Shopee’s signature annual shopping event, 9.9 Super Shopping Day. With more Filipinos going online-first for their shopping needs, the highly anticipated 9.9 Super Shopping Day provides brands and retailers the opportunity to reach more customers and amplify their online presence.

Rico Blanco releases fun, upbeat single “Happy Feelin”

Alternative rock icon Rico Blanco spreads love and positivity amidst difficult times on his new single, “Happy Feelin”—out today, August 25, on all digital platforms worldwide.

On his second release this year under Sony Music, the award-winning producer and singer-songwriter delivers a bright, upbeat number that soars with an inescapable chorus and a rockabilly vibe. 

XDE Logistics modernizes operations with Globe Business ICT Solutions

As the country’s economy slowly reopens, most businesses are still required to comply with safety standards, observe social distancing, and conduct rapid testing for employees to keep facilities COVID-free. Around the world, the majority of companies are diversifying their business models to accommodate shifts in consumer behavior and the increase in online transactions.

To help meet the growing demand for localized sourcing and distribution services, Globe Business teamed up with XDE Logistics—formerly known as Ximex Delivery Express Inc., to support its digital transformation through various ICT solutions.

Smart brings Ellie Goulding's The Brightest Blue Experience online concert to Filipino fans

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. makes it simpler for Filipinos to score tickets and watch Ellie Goulding’s The Brightest Blue Experience along with millions of fans around the world.

Smart has partnered with LIVENow, a pay-per-view service, which shall broadcast the British singer-songwriter’s one-off exclusive virtual concert live on August 27 from London’s iconic Victoria & Albert Museum.

Huge Discounts With Prestiz On Shopee

Shopping online is now the norm in today's situation and is the safest and most convenient way of buying home appliances. But with many of us now living on limited budgets, the need to have them yet not go beyond can truly help a lot in keeping our homes updated yet functional.

On Shopee, there are a lot of brands listed and Prestiz Philippines is one of them. This online store has brands such as Prestiz, Alpine, and Crown  which are a selection of TVs, air conditioners, speakers, amplifiers, and more. It's like a one stop shop which also offers accessories like TV wall bracket mounts, microphones etc.

The Role of Finance Influencers in Marketing Campaigns

Risk is defined as the possibility of something bad to happen. Often focused on negative or undesirable consequences; it involves uncertainty about the effects or implications of activity with respect to something that humans value. Risk might damage your assets and your life which is why it is important to manage the risks and that management oftentimes involves finance.

Finance is about managing your money through expenditure, investments, and savings; under various life events and risks. 

In business, it is considered as the foundation. Finance  for business which involves the management of financial resources and financial activities of the organization is very important for the business’ success and sustenance.

PhilPop announces finalists from Visayas and Mindanao clusters

PhilPop, the country's premier songwriting competition, has officially unveiled its top 6 finalists from the Visayas and Mindanao cluster. With #MusicBreakingBorders as its newest tagline, the music institution sets its sights in promoting top-notch Filipino compositions on a scale that’s never been done before: by going global and forging regional ties.

Carefully handpicked from thousands of submissions, the first batch of finalists from PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 recently graced the online media presentation last August 24, 2020 (Wednesday).

In no particular order, the finalists from the Vis-Min cluster include: 

  • Jerika Teodorico – “Ayaw Na Lang” (Cebu City, Cebu)
  • Noah Alejandre and Reanne Borela – “Suyo” (Ormoc City, Leyte)
  • Michael Catarina – “Hinungdan” (Cebu City, Cebu)

  • John Cadeliña  – “Akong Bililhon”(Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur)
  • Christian Chiu – “Kasadya” (Corandal City, South Cotabato)
  • Sherwin Fugoso – “Pahuway” (Jabonga, Agusan del Norte)

According to PhilPop Executive Director Dinah Remolacio, the entries underwent multiple rounds of selection process until Top 3 per clusters were handpicked. “We wanted our process to be inclusive so the decision making involved local and international representatives from Warner Music, representatives from our regional partner for each cluster, and representatives from PhilPop,” Remolacio shares in a statement. 

The selection committee is headed by Festival Chair and PhilPop Musicfest National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, as well as Foundation Board Members, adjudicators, partners, and Warner Music Philippines Executives such as PhilPop Musicfest Foundation President Victorico P. Vargas, Festival Co-Chair and PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Board Member Noel Cabangon, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Executive Director Dinah A. Remolacio, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Lead Adjudicators Jungee Marcelo and Trina Belamide, Warner Music Philippines Managing Director Ian Monsod, MinPop Musicfest Director and Mindanao Cluster Partner Jeremy Sarmiento, and Kadasig Founder and Visayas Cluster Partner Jude Gitamondoc.

PhilPop is currently wrapping up its adjudication process for the remaining clusters namely: North Luzon, South Luzon, and Metro Manila. The finalists representing the remaining regions will be announced next month.

In terms of the selection of finalists from the Mindanao Cluster, MinPop Musicfest Director Jeremy Sarmiento takes pride of how the top three finalists took inspiration from various sources, yet their songs sounded truly ‘Mindanaoan’ in terms of cultural context and identity. Sarmiento also cited the importance of regional representation, and how this platform helps in introducing different stories and diverse experiences through music. “There's no better way to achieve that than giving an opportunity to those in the regions to tell their own stories. Representation provides a reflection of each of their languages, ideals, feelings and that's what we ultimately need to understand each other better, the uniqueness of the Filipinos, expressed through songs.”

Kadasig Founder and Visayas Cluster Partner Jude Gitamondoc is also optimistic about their official picks for the Visayas cluster, citing diversity and universal appeal as two of main reasons that make these songs a standout in the competition. “I think the songs chosen to represent the Visayas are a great representation of the region,” says Gitamondoc. “We have an electronic-infused track, another one that's soulful, and another that's folksy. That pretty much shows how varied the musicality is in the Visayas. We are at the center of the country. We are a melting pot of cultures, influences, and ideas.”

PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. This year's PhilPop is co-presented by SMART, MERALCO, and MAYNILAD, with official partners, Warner Music Philippines, Kadasig, and MinPop.

5G networks, phones not harmful, will not fry your brain

When misinformation on a new technology is debunked by authorities and experts, doomsayers will always find a way to continue to discredit it to a point that logic seems to be overtaken by the need to create confusion or misconceptions.

The introduction of any new technology, along with devices capable of this technology, are now even discredited through propagation of false information and lies.

Take the case of 5G technology and 5G capable mobile devices.

Back in 2000, Bill P. Curry submitted a report to the superintendent of the Broward County Public Schools in Florida, claiming that exposure to wireless frequencies associated with computer networking is dangerous to the health of students. His graph showed an extremely steep increase in microwave absorption by the brain at higher wireless frequencies. This report was used as the basis for fallacies surrounding 5G, that this same wireless frequency posed health risks.  

Smart, Moonton bring Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Pro League Season 6 with top PH teams

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. continues to strengthen its presence in the esports scene by powering the latest season of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) Season 6, which is set to run every weekend from Aug. 21 to Oct. 18, 2020.

Ten teams are participating in the country’s largest mobile esports league, including Aura-PH, Onic-PH, BREN Esports, Execration, The Smart Omega Team, Blacklist International, BSB, Blu Fire Cignal Ultra and NXP Solid, which battle it out for the lion's share of the prize pool worth over Php 6 million in cash and freebies.

Nobody’s Home drops ‘80s-inspired anthem “12:00 (Midnight)”

Filipino three-piece band Nobody’s Home reinvents ‘80s nostalgia with modern synth-pop sheen on their debut single “12:00 (Midnight)”—out today on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music.

Plumbing greater heights with pulsating synth melodies and cinematic flourishes, the indie rock trio’s maiden song evokes the hallmarks of a generation who grew up on Back To The Future and Dungeons and Dragons, while setting its sights on darker, more subdued production.  

Nicoe Asensio Launched New Single "Silong"

There are some songs that take years to write, and there are some songs that take mere minutes. This wasn’t one of them.

Silong is a song I gave up on many times because it wouldn’t lend me an ending, it is also the only original song in my upcoming album that I did not predominantly write the lyrics for, instead I focused on the melody and being involved in instrumentation ideas with my bandmates.  

I first sat and jammed with Kim Lopez (keyboardist) humming a tune as he played random chords, and it was instant, on the very first try a simple melody sputtered from my lips and that was it, in its raw form, the melody was final, unaltered. Soon after I found myself threading through the lyrics… and that is where I had my many tangles. I first wrote the song in english, it was entitled “Once” but somehow the melody wasn’t sitting in the same mind-space because it was reminiscent of classic OPM melodies from the 70s… so somehow it was asking for Tagalog lyrics. I asked my mom to give a quick listen and she agreed, it did need Tagalog lyrics. I wrote 5 drafts of Tagalog lyrics and was unhappy with all of them. I reached out to a few songwriters for a writing collaboration, and none of the meetings happened. I decided it was time to bury the song. 

Cash-in anytime, anywhere with GCash’s 33,000 touchpoints and more than 40 partner banks

As the number of cashless transactions reach an all-time high amid the pandemic, GCash, the undisputed leader and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, is enabling Filipinos to conveniently cash-in to their GCash wallets through more than its 33,000 cash-in touchpoints nationwide and over more than 40 partner banks.

GCash users may cash-in anytime and anywhere to their GCash wallets through partner grocery stores- Puregold and All Day, as well as retail outlets such as Robinsons Department Stores and Business Centers, SM Retail Outlets, LBC, Lawson, and Shell Select.

We Heal as One - Police And Artists Together In Benefit Concert

The global COVID 19 pandemic continues its onslaught worldwide as infections have spread rapidly over the vast population leaving a trail of devastation in both social and commercial fronts. While a period of uncertainty lingers as we wait for the development of a working vaccine, a sustained campaign has been set in place by the national government to drive the balance of saving the economy and lives of Filipinos with the Philippine National Police – Police Security and Protection Group (PNP-PSPG) and PNP Medical Reserve Force being a prominent organization at the forefront of this noble endeavor.

With this, RII Builders Inc. and The Big Difference Communications extends its support to the PNP-PSPG by spearheading a fundraising event via an online concert featuring some of the country’s promising and established musical artists and celebrities on August 29, Saturday from 7-10PM. Performances will be held in their respective residences and in a designated out-of-home location.

Visa launches ‘Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog’ online with Tanghalang Pilipino

The musical, which teaches children and youths the value of their bills and coins, is now on YouTube

Visa’s musical production Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog is now streaming online for free, to promote financial literacy to children and youths while they stay home. The musical can be accessed through Tanghalang PIlipino’s Youtube channel as part of its PangsamanTanghalan initiative that makes stage plays more accessible to Filipinos worldwide during the pandemic.

Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog was launched in 2017, together with partners Tanghalang Pilipino and Teach for the Philippines as part of Visa’s financial literacy program. The musical features teenager, Gwyneth who was given birthday money to pay for entrance exam fees. The play focuses on Gwyneth’s journey in learning money management, with guidance from her grandfather Lolo Sally, best friend Jing-jing, and national heroes who magically come to life.  

BRIA Homes and “Magandang Buhay” award house-and-lot unit to deserving single father

“Magandang Buhay, Magandang Bahay” segment winner
Ernesto Bauzon and his family are set to move into their new
BRIA Home in Magalang, Pampanga
—a fully furnished Elena end unit model.
BRIA Homes, one of the leading housing developer in the Philippines, together with ABS-CBN’s top-rating morning show Magandang Buhay, recently turned over the digital key to a brand-new house and lot to single father Ernesto Bauzon, the fourth winner in their “Magandang Buhay, Magandang Bahay” segment.

The awarding took place in a Facebook live episode last August 14, which had winner Ernesto, his daughter Agnes, and Red Rosales, BRIA Homes President and Chief Operating Officer, joining Magandang Buhay hosts Jolina Magdangal, Melay Cantiveros-Francisco, and Karla Estrada in a conference call.

GCash enables 2.5M Filipinos to own savings accounts amid pandemic

More and more Filipinos are opening savings accounts through GCash, the undisputed leading and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, as they found it easier and more convenient than traditional savings products in the market.

GCash Save Money has breached over 2.5 million account holders since it was launched in the second quarter of 2019. This represents a 500-percent year-on-year growth from August last year, when it initially had 500,000 pioneering customers.

vivo to redefine clarity, stability with X50 Series & TWS launch this Saturday

Clarity and stability are about to tack on a whole new meaning as vivo unveils the vivo X50, X50 Pro, and TWS earphones live this Saturday, August 22, at 6PM via the vivo Philippines Facebook page.

The “Masters of Craft” digital event, hosted by viral voiceover artist Inka Magnaye, will feature the leading global technology company’s newest lineup and their innovative features that are sure to help millennials master their respective crafts. These exciting features will be highlighted further through reviews conducted by celebrated leading man Khalil Ramos, young globe-trotter and travel agency CEO Angely Dub, and renowned photographers Hannah Morales and Xander Angeles—masters in their respective fields—during the event.


Global superstars BTS released the music video for their new single “Dynamite” worldwide on August 21 through their official social channels.

The new music video of “Dynamite” is colorful and bright, featuring retro concept props, hairstyles, and attire. The overall mood is lively and vibrant from start to finish, perfectly capturing the joyful energy of the song’s melody and lyrics.

It opens with the image of BTS as they stand gathered but soon scatter. The members one by one express their own style and individuality in different spaces. 

Smart powers all-female esports league ‘Liga Adarna: Laban Para Sa Korona’ for COVID-19 initiatives

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has teamed up with Eplayment Entertainment for ‘Liga Adarna: Laban Para Sa Korona,’ an all-female esports league running from Aug. 16 to Sept. 17, 2020 in support of COVID-19 initiatives.

Spearheaded by Eplayment Entertainment, the first esports multi-platform in the Philippines, the league features various esports and mobile gaming events including Valorant, DOTA 2, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang with a total of Php 140,000 cash prize pool and the coveted Liga Adarna Crown up for grabs.

TGIS reunion, Pokwang’s birthday featured this week in TV5’s ‘Bawal Na Game Show’ and ‘Fill in the Bank’

Because reunions and birthday parties are what we sorely miss these days, TV5 brings more prizes and surprises in its wacky game shows “Fill in the Bank” and “Bawal na Game Show.”  This week, viewers are up for a double celebration with game show host Pokwang’s birthday bash in “Fill in the Bank” and the most-anticipated TGIS cast reunion in “Bawal na Game Show.”

Hosted by “Manedyer” Jose Manalo and Pokwang as Madam Poky, “Fill in the Bank” will have fellow comedians Ketchup Eusebio and Archie Alemania as contenders in its upcoming episode on Monday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. Next episode on Wednesday, August 26, will have celebrities Ria Atayde and Jane Oineza vying for the jackpot money of as much as Php150,000. 

GCash doubles down on security amid pandemic

GCash, the undisputed leading and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, is doubling down on security measures to safeguard its users from fraudsters and cybercriminals, putting in different safety nets that keep customers alert and aware of their accounts’ security and safety.

GCash has ensured that users receive SMS, in-app and social media advisories against fraudulent pages, including fake donation drives and fake financial aid offers under the government's social amelioration program.

Star Cinema launches its first ever podcast series ‘Listen to Love’

Star Cinema’s ‘Listen To Love’ brings hit novel ‘The Four Bad Boys and Me’ into life

In time of pandemic, the country’s leading film production outfit Star Cinema officially ventures into producing digital series with ‘Listen To Love.’
Hosted by Maymay Entrata as the Master Lovecaster DJ Zari, ‘Listen To Love’ brings well-loved romance books to another medium through Star Cinema’s way of storytelling mixed with captivating visual elements, animated illustrations and a musical soundtrack.

As Star Cinema continues to innovate, ‘Listen To Love’ marks its first ever lovecast (love + podcast) series as it will become available on Spotify as a treat to podcast listeners.

First story to be featured on ‘Listen To Love’ is the adaptation of the hit Wattpad novel by Tina Lata a.k.a. Blue Maiden, with over 300 million reads, ‘The Four Bad Boys and Me.’

Leia Valenciano takes the lead in inspiring children thru World Vision’s Give Hope campaign

World Vision in the Philippines welcomes to its family Leia Valenciano as its ambassador for Give Hope campaign.

Nataleia Martine, known to many as “Leia”, is the 3-year old daughter of Director Paolo Valenciano and wife Photographer/ Graphic Designer Samantha Godinez-Valenciano. Paolo and Sam are also World Vision ambassadors and actively supporting the organization thru various projects.

Give Hope is about letting children’s dreams live on

Based on World Vision’s rapid assessment in the Philippines on the impact of COVID-19 to children, their families and communities, learning opportunities or education for the young generation is one of the most critical problems in the country.

‘Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino’ rocks the new normal with first digital music fest in Philippines

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) continues its commitment to promoting Filipino music in varied forms and functions through its maiden online edition. 

Considered as the first digital music festival in the country, LMP brings the stage at the comforts of your home with an inclusive and diverse programming that fits the new normal setup. 

The virtual festival is slated to take place from August 19 to 28, 2020, featuring a multi-format showcase spanning music performances, busking sessions, single and album launches, concerts, workshops, creative webinars, talks, and more.

5 ways to get hired during pandemic

Millions of Filipinos have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic which means the competition for getting the job is much tougher as more candidates now eye for a single position. 

The situation has led to the rapid increase of the demand for alternative sources of income as the quarantine limits job opportunities on ground. There are 30 million job searches on Google as of April 2020. Furthermore, leading online job portal JobStreet.com says there has been search growth for freelance jobs (+709%), work from home (+514%), and part time jobs (+53%).

Filipino-American artist Dominic Fike drops long-awaited debut album

Rising Filipino-American artist Dominic Fike has just released his highly-anticipated debut album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong, via Columbia Records. The album includes the previously-released singles "Chicken Tenders," and "Politics & Violence," which Pigeons & Planes called "one of his best songs yet," and arrives after his video FIGHT OR FLIGHT, where he jumped off a plane and previewed the album opener "Come Here." 

What Could Possibly Go Wrong was initially delayed in light of the protests that have spread across America, which Fike addressed in addition to detailing his own history with police brutality in a powerful essay he shared with fans. He also spoke with Brockhampton's Kevin Abstract for a conversation that further contextualizes the forthcoming album, as well as appeared in Anderson .Paak's "Lockdown" video that poignantly addresses the protests and current political climate.

Choose Your Own Adventure with jaye’s Interactive Music Video

ADHD represents the vicious-affective cycle experienced by artist, jaye in his bygone days as a hustling DJ. The four symptoms that make the acronymed A-D-H-D cycle are: Attention, Depression, Hit, and Dip. These were the formulaic-four that spun the cycle led headfirst by intoxication and party highs. All jaye could yearn for at the end was escape from its cyclical gravity. The genre-fluid single was recently released on 31 July - but that was just the shallows. Today, jaye drafts audiences into a rip-tide of immersive experiences with a powerful interactive Music Video.

Shopee Outlines Three “Super” Commitments for 9.9 Super Shopping Day, in Line with the Growing Significance of E-commerce in the New Normal

Shopee aims to provide a super ecosystem, supercharge recovery for sellers and brands, and deliver a super collection of entertainment and deals at its largest annual 9.9 shopping event 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announces the return of its signature annual shopping event, 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Shopee’s fifth 9.9 shopping event will feature four weeks of entertainment and shopping deals in all seven Shopee markets.

Intriguing, New International Posters Arrive for "Tenet"

Warner Bros. Pictures has just unveiled new international posters for Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” (in Philippine cinemas soon).

(Watch the film’s trailer at https://youtu.be/8cgv_jGEaBA.)
About “Tenet”

John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.”

Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Not time travel.  Inversion.

The international cast of “Tenet” also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Martin Donovan, Fiona Dourif, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Himesh Patel, Clémence Poésy, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh. 

Globe partners with Secureworks to help businesses secure their digital transformation

Globe Business, the enterprise arm of Globe, has partnered with Secureworks to help customers strengthen their security posture against cyber threats in a digitally-connected world.

When organizations embrace digital technologies, they expand their attack surfaces and create new gateways for both opportunistic and targeted cyber threats. To help customers secure their progress, Globe Business will offer software and solutions that leverage the Secureworks Red Cloak Analytics Platform to prevent, detect and respond to threats, wherever data moves into, out of, and through customer environments.

Tanghalang Pilipino streams “Heneral Rizal” on Youtube after its successful Cinemalaya premiere!

After the successful premiere of “Heneral Rizal” at the recently-concluded Cinemalaya 16: Stream Consciousness, Tanghalang PIlipino in cooperation with Voyage Studios makes the hit short film even more accessible to everyone by streaming it on Tanghalang Pilipino’s official Youtube page.

"Heneral Rizal", written by Floro Quibuyen and directed by Chuck Gutierrez, provides a closer look at General Paciano Rizal, the brave general and a loving older brother to our National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. The short film sheds light on the real story of Paciano. "Heneral Rizal" features a stellar performance from TP Artistic Director Fernando "Nanding" Josef as the titular character. 

You can watch “Heneral Rizal” by clicking this link: 

Help and support us on our mission to continue inspiring the public with relevant artistic presentations during these trying times by donating via the fundraising Pantawid Ng Tanghalan.

GCash records P100B in transaction value

GCash, the undisputed leader and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, has breached P100-billion in terms of transaction volume during the first seven months of 2020.  The mobile wallet is empowering millions of Filipinos with digital financial tools and services that help them adapt to the new normal.

The volume is an impressive 280-percent surge from the same period in 2019, when GCash transactions reached P28 billion.

Two women, two different lives, victims of the same circumstance in the series “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin”

Two best friends who are victims of the same circumstance will become bitter rivals as they fight for what they believe they rightfully own in the upcoming ABS-CBN TV series “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin,” which will be available outside the Philippines via TFC starting August 17.

The series features a grand ensemble of a cast led by Jodi Sta. Maria and Iza Calzado with Sam Milby and the Philippines’ Diamond Star Maricel Soriano.

Joji & Diplo struggle as PAs in “DAYLIGHT” music video

Today, Joji teams up with Diplo on a new collaboration called “Daylight,” the latest single from his highly anticipated new album Nectar, due out on September 25 through 88rising, distributed by 12Tone Music. 

Just in time for the dog days of summer, this midtempo anthem sets Joji’s lulling vocals against Diplo’s crisp production to create a hazy, shapeshifting aural mirage.

The vibrant music video for “Daylight,” directed by Munachi Osegbu (Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” video), finds Joji and Diplo tasting the high life of a boy band: as struggling PAs on a 90s music video shoot.

NOVUHAIR® Officially Launches NOVU VIP CLUB

What a great way to celebrate NOVUHAIR’s 10 years of success in the Philippines. With the aim of highlighting further the brand’s advocacy campaign Nothing to lose, NOVUHAIR® introduces Go for the Perfect 10! with the launch of its NOVU VIP CLUB.

The NOVU VIP CLUB is designed to guide, inspire and at the same time to take the journey with the members through a wholistic approach in managing hair loss especially during this global health crisis. 
Supported by a pool of VIP Coaches, the members are given the opportunity to engage directly with the experts and at the same time enjoy the exciting monthly perks.

K-Hip Hop Artist, JUNGSU, to drop another hit, “Bullet Holes”

If you were able to have a listen to his recently released single, “Need Ya Now”, you will be served with a new yet a different side of K-Hip Hop artist JUNGSU as he will be releasing another song this month.

The new hit entitled “Bullet Holes” is a crossover of multiple genres and emotions combined into one song. In every song he wrote, it evokes an incomparable style of Korean Hip Hop.

“Bullet holes deep down inside my heart
Feeling empty only filled with lies so dark
It’s so hard to go on when I’m scarred
Can’t go far the scars are too large”

If we put songs from Korean rappers who already made their way to the scene, side by side with JUNGSU’s own style and vibe, his music touches undertone of chill music that is something new with diversity in a beautiful way.