Filipino hip-hop wunderkind Kiyo shows range and versatility on debut full-length album, HARANASA

A free digital concert celebrating the album release will stream live on Facebook on the same day

Filipino underground hip-hop sensation Kiyo captures his love for vast spectrum of sounds and music styles on his debut full-length album, HARANASA—out today via Dyecast Ent.

The long-awaited album features collaborations with fellow contemporaries and friends in the industry, including Shortone on the dub-meets-trap jam “Hey,” Space Moses on the jazzy but chill “G,” and YZKK on the stripped-down, laidback tune “Dantay.”

No One is Safe as Ghostface Returns in the All-New "Scream"

Ghostface is back and it's scary as ever.  Watch the featurette that’s just been released by Paramount Pictures and discover what brings the legacy and new cast together in the all-new horror thriller Scream, coming to Philippine movie theatres January 2022.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/j2zJEwVTT6g

Check out the film’s trailer at https://youtu.be/i3sXCxPaRl0

About Scream

Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past. Neve Campbell (“Sidney Prescott”), Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) and David Arquette (“Dewey Riley”) return to their iconic roles in “Scream” alongside Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Sonia Ammar.

#TooGoodToBeNo2: PayMaya offers surprisingly better e-wallet features

Digital transactions are here to stay and fintechs like PayMaya are making it easier to go cashless. The country's leading digital financial services platform is the only fintech in the Philippines that runs a consumer e-wallet app, an enterprise payment processing business, and a remittance agent network with Smart Padala. 

While its consumer app may not be the no. 1 e-wallet right now, its superior features make it #TooGoodToBeNo.2. If you haven’t tried out using the PayMaya app yet, you're definitely missing out on some of its surprisingly better features that could make your everyday transactions a whole lot easier.  

From its free cash in channels to 99.9% uptime, you'll be surprised at how these nifty features can bring ease, convenience, and even savings whenever you go cashless.  

LRMC, Alstom, and Bouygues partner with Binhi Foundation to provide access to quality education

LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) further beefs up its partnership with Binhi English Literacy Foundation, a non-profit and non-governmental organization, as it engaged its partner companies Alstom and Bouygues in supporting more classes for its advocacy of nation-building through quality education.

Started in School Year 2020 - 2021, the partnership between LRMC and Binhi English Literacy Foundation began with one class at Marcela Marcelo Elementary School in Pasay City being supported for the Beginning Reading Program. The primary objectives were to improve the student’s comprehension skills and develop love for reading that will inspire students to do better in school and subsequently, improve their economic situation. The program resulted to a 40.8% improvement in average scores for the reading progress of students.

Philippine Stagers Foundation's KATIPS Is Now A Musical Film!

Now that cinemas are back, it is also a perfect time to revive Pinoy films for the big screen bring back the experience, emotions, and also the jobs that were greatly affected by the pandemic. Theater performances was also greatly affected with a halt with their operation in recent years. But as conditions has now been relaxed somehow, would it be great to have a comeback of cinema and theater?

I was surprised with news that the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF) has now invested their talent and resources in making new media. They now created PhilStage Films that will create movies for the big screen starting with a cinematic adaptation of their play  “Katips: Mga Bagong Katipunero” which won the 2016  ALIW Awards for Best Musical Performance.

Now simply titled "KATIPS", they now brought the PSF energy and story to a new platform and possibly a more wider audience. KATIPS in summary is a story of friends and lovers  during the time of Martial Law. With the main characters like Panyong, Greg, Alet, Art, and Estong are activists protesting against "Apo", it also shown the powerful police and military that can commit atrocities as they please. We also have Lara who is an actress who went to Philippines to search for his activist father.

Let's Take A Tour Of Binondo With The Xiaomi 11T

The lockdowns really affected most of us as we are confined inside our homes and almost forgot how the outside world looks like. Fortunately restrictions has eased up with the declining number of cases which means we can gradually comeback to our usual routines and do more things. But since we may not go to more far away places, it's practical and preferred to travel to local spots, in which Binondo comes to mind.

With this opportunity,  a photowalk was organized with Xiaomi and brought bloggers to take part in a photography activity around the culture rich district of Manila. Health and safety protocols were enforced which also required us participants to take an antigen test, and the good news is, everyone is negative which means everyone can be part of the photowalk.

Singapore-based artist Lullaboy on hosting Tokopedia’s WIB Indonesia K-Pop Awards: “This is really happening!”

The acclaimed singer-songwriter is working with Korean producers and songwriters for his upcoming album, Chapters Of You

Lullaboy recently landed one of the biggest gigs of his career as the host for Tokopedia’s WIB Indonesia K-Pop Awards, a star-studded music event that gathers the biggest Hallyu pop artists in the world, including BTS, BLACKPINK, TWICE, NCT DREAM, Stray Kids, aespa, ITZY, THE BOYZ, TREASURE, and SECRET NUMBER.

The Singapore-based musician specifically auditioned for the part, and was luckily chosen as the host for the prestigious awards show, which streamed live on November 25, 2021 from 7pm onwards via Indonesian channels RCTI and SCTV, Tokopedia Play, and Tokopedia’s official YouTube channel. 

Lampara Books hopes to promote spiritual formation and values education through its Guiding Light imprint

The new Philippine imprint offers inspiring stories centered on Christ’s teachings and fun, purpose-driven storytelling

Lampara Books has recently launched Guiding Light, a new Philippine imprint that hopes to encourage parents and families to be a good influence on their children’s journey to life. 

The family-oriented and faith-based imprint aims to promote spiritual formation, values education, emotional growth, and community development through highly entertaining but transformative books written and designed by some of the world’s most promising and award-winning writers, illustrators, and personalities.

Ben&Ben push the mental health discussion forward with “Lunod” music video

The MV is accompanied by an EP release featuring multiple versions of the track, and an exclusive launch of Lunod-themed café

It doesn’t always have to be sink or swim when it comes to mental health. 

Ben&Ben chronicle the experience of drowning in torrential distress and anxiety on the music video of their new single “Lunod.” Directed by award-winning filmmaker Jerrold Tarog (Heneral Luna, Sana Dati), the visual narrative pushes the discussion forward with its metaphorical depiction of individuals trying to keep their head above water and find their way out of a dark, harrowing tunnel.

Shopee Wraps Up 2021 and Introduces its Newest Brand Ambassadors, Dingdong and Zia Dantes, at the 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Users can enjoy fun content from the celebrity father-and-daughter duo, free shipping with no minimum spend, ₱1 Deals, and 10% off daily at Shopee’s most anticipated year-end sale 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, closes the year with its annual 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, the most joyful year-end celebration in the region. 12.12 is set to bring a smile to users as they shop from the widest variety of products to reward themselves and their loved ones during the happiest time of the year. Through the 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, shoppers can also spread the holiday cheer to their favorite local businesses, with 2 times more items sold by local businesses this year.

Huawei PH: Bring Digital Skills to More Students Towards Building a Sustainable World

With the Students joined the program with outstanding output, Huawei Philippines successfully held the 7th Seeds for the Future program this year, made the program benefited over 200 students in the Philippines. The Undersecretary of DICT Arnold Ali Atienza, Undersecretary of DOST Renato Solidum, together with university heads and Seeds Alumni joined the Closing ceremony on Friday.

Undersecretary of DICT Arnold Ali Atienza, gave his remarks to the program, “I highly laud Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Program. The sincerity of Huawei’s intention to eliminate the digital divide cannot be more apparent and clearly manifested in ways other than by providing useful training programs to contribute to ICT talent development and provide the technical skills needed in the industry. As Huawei aptly puts it, the Seeds for the Future Program is their way of sharing their innovation and technology to hopefully support the requirements of the Philippine ICT Industry and nurture the development of the local ICT Talent ecosystem.”

R Rules delivers a rousing message of empowerment on debut single “DNY”

Listen here: http://rrules.lnk.to/DNY

R Rules champions of women empowerment on their debut single “DNY”—out today via MCA Music Inc.

With its propulsive beats and hip-hop swagger, the Pinay quartet shows unwavering commitment to inspire young music listeners to stand up for what they believe in and encourage them to find their inner strength to go after what they want.

The song, which literally means “Don’t Need Ya,” puts a refreshing spin on empowerment anthems while taking into consideration the values, perspectives, and views of R Rules as individuals and as a collective. Aside from using their platform to inspire change and lift each other up, the Filipino girl group also shares that their latest track promotes love and kindness in any way or form, be it for your own self and for others who need it.

Lite Up and Discover Your True Self with Xiaomi

Xiaomi Philippines is releasing the "Lite Me Up” online series, a four-part online series that showcases the journey of the Lite Crew, four stylish and creative individuals discovering and expressing their true selves, as well as owning their style, with the help of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.

Guided by a group of Lite Style Experts - It girl and trendsetter Gabbi Garcia, fashion stylist Maita Baello, celebrity makeup artist Mark Qua, and photographer Rxandy Capinpin, the aspirants will discover how to unleash their most creative and stylish selves.

“When it comes to fashion, I love experimenting and mixing up my wardrobe. But my most important style advice is to always make sure to express your truest self whether in real life or online. I’m excited to work with Xiaomi to help the Lite Crew in finding and expressing their own style with the help of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE,” shared Gabbi.

Thailand Prime Minister Meets Huawei CEO to Promote Collaboration on Digital Transformation & Talent Development

Today, H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, attended a virtual executive meeting with Mr. Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei Technologies. Gen Prayut expressed appreciation for Huawei's continued support of Thailand's digital transformation and post-pandemic recovery, and his eagerness to further strengthen cooperation with Huawei to promote the Thailand 4.0 strategy and digital talent cultivation.

Got a few minutes? Switch to another bank account right now

If you – or anyone you know – still puts up with out of date and inefficient banking services just because it seems too difficult to open a new account, then switch to a bank that makes it easy for you to go digital right away. No need to go to a branch for all the paperwork or do zoom interviews. RCBC Digital will help you through the process, right here, right now.

It takes just a few minutes. All you need is a secure internet connection, one valid ID, and the gadget you’re using right now to read this article. Not only will you be able to open your own RCBC Digital account, but you can also upgrade with an ATM debit card, a virtual prepaid card or ewallet, and a checkbook without needing to submit any other document. 

MindNation uses Qualtrics CoreXM to help improve workplace mental health

Company creates bespoke mental health and well-being support programs for employers across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America

Deep insight into mental health challenges across industries and geographies helps company to raise awareness and drive action

Qualtrics (Nasdaq: XM), the leader and creator of the Experience Management (XM) category, today announced that MindNation, pioneer provider of data-driven mental health and well-being support programs, is using Qualtrics CoreXM™ to continually improve the support and services it delivers focused on improving the mental health of people accessing its programs across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America.

Big discounts for Home Credit customers with SM Appliance Center’s 30th Anniversary Sale

Get your shopping carts and lists ready because SM Appliance Center, in celebration of their 30th anniversary, is teaming up with the country’s leading provider of in-store financing and digital service provider Home Credit to bring the biggest and grandest sale for its shoppers. 

Make your dream home upgrade come true with discounts of up to 40% on electronic device and home appliance must-haves like TV, Refrigerator, Washing Machine, Aircon, and so much more from leading brands such as Samsung, Sony, Whirpool, and Panasonic, among others when you avail via a Home Credit loan. 

iQiyi and ABS-CBN’S Highly Anticipated First Filipino Local original

The Exclusive Titles will be iQiyi’s First Local Originals in Southeast Asia

Available Worldwide Exclusive on the iQiyi app and www.iQ.com for Free across 191 Territories

Global streaming service iQiyi, leading provider of beloved pan-Asian content worldwide seals a multi-title content deal with ABS-CBN, a leading Philippine media and entertainment company to produce four Filipino original romantic series for its  international subscribers worldwide. 

Xiaomi Gives You All You Want This Christmas – And More!

Feel the joy of the holiday season with Xiaomi’s Holiday Season Promo

Christmas is right around the corner! Have you started your holiday shopping already? In case you’re still clueless about what to get your loved ones, Xiaomi has got you covered.

Feel the holiday spirit with Xiaomi’s All I Want for Christmas promo and get an exclusive and adorable Mi Bunny plushie along with more awesome freebies sure to make Christmas extra merry when you purchase the Xiaomi 11T Series, Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, Mi 11 Lite, and the Xiaomi Pad 5 from November 13, 2021 to January 14, 2022.

Globe widens reach of GoWiFi services to over 3,700 locations nationwide

With the intensifying need of Filipinos to have access to an affordable and stable internet connection in public areas, Globe Telecom answers the call by expanding its GoWiFi service to over 3,700 locations nationwide.  

“We are happy to be at the forefront of digitalization in the country through innovative WiFi solutions that will cater to everyone’s online needs. And right now, we stand by this mission as Free GoWiFi becomes available in over 3,700 sites nationwide,” said Janis Nathalie Racpan, Globe Business Development and Marketing Director.

She added, “Furthermore, as the times taught us that connection is one of the most valuable things, we hope that you not only stay connected but find more meaningful connections through GoWiFi.”

Huawei Launches New HUAWEI WATCH GT 3, WATCH GT Runner and FreeBuds Lipstick Powered by HarmonyOS

Huawei Philippines announces the arrival of the new generation smartwatch, HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm and 42mm powered by HarmonyOS 2.1, HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner, and HUAWEI FreeBuds Lipstick. Delivering an upgraded, more powerful, and convenient user experience, these new products are more dynamic and intelligent with fashionable appearance, comprehensive upgrades, and new interface design. 

HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm and 42mm for Innovative Health and Fitness Experience

The brand-new HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 is another breakthrough in health monitoring and scientific training. It is designed to make life easier and more convenient for consumers, as well as help them to achieve fitness goals using scientific data. Health and fitness monitoring has always been one of our wearables’ core strengths and this time, Huawei is providing a comprehensive upgrade to the GT series, with the addition of the new TruSeen 5.0+. It also comes with 14-day battery life, and an Intelligent Dynamic Adjustment Plan. 

Singapore Singer-Songwriter Jean Tan Drops Chill R&B Single 'When Its Time'

Singapore singer-songwriter Jean Tan releases ‘When It’s Time’, a perfect song for the season of waiting. Available on 19 November 2021 on all major digital streaming platforms via LEEWAY, this track features production by sought-after Singaporean music director and producer Evanturetime (Evan Low) and electric guitar by guitar extraordinaire Leo Goh.  

Written in the blossoming stages of a relationship, the song is essentially about being in the period of nervous waiting, between the fluttering of beginnings and the certainty of something more. In a way, it speaks to the universal yearning for resolution and clarity, especially in today’s climate. The song asks the questions: Can there be value, even in the waiting? How do you cherish the present without losing yourself in a longing for ‘something more’? 

"Malignant" Explores Horror Roots in Two New Featurettes

Warner Bros. Philippines has just released two featurettes of its new horror-thriller “Malignant” that highlight the film’s horror roots.  

Check-out the videos below and watch “Malignant” only in Philippine cinemas starting November 24.

Horror Roots Featurette: https://youtu.be/QYvjzuXzez8

It’s All in Our Head Featurette: https://youtu.be/aCrTlOgWf28

raven puts a refreshing spin on ‘90s indie rock with catchy new single “Lika Na”

The track is co-produced by Rico Blanco and mixed/mastered by Emil dela Rosa

In a music landscape populated by personalities who turn familiar music trends into sleek new forms, raven seems to be ahead of the pack. The young singer-songwriter/producer has built a reputation for experimenting with various music genres, from hip-hop to bedroom pop, from lo-fi to acoustic, from R&B to ‘90s indie rock. But what sets him apart from his contemporaries is his ability to tap into the zeitgeist without compromising his vision as an artist, making considerable amounts of artistic leap in less than two years after being signed to Sony Music Philippines and being taken under the management wing of Rico Blanco and Balcony Entertainment.

On the commercial front, raven has attained some level of success with the crossover performance of his previous singles “Paraluman” and “S.U.K.I.” To date, the multi-faceted artist has amassed more than 7 million streams and an average of 294,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone, opening a new lane for breakthrough solo artists whose material appeals to the streaming public and casual music fans.

Create Cinemagic moments with the Xiaomi 11T and be part of Moira Dela Torre’s next music video

Xiaomi Philippines is inviting all aspiring content creators across the country to join the Making Magic video contest for a chance to win an entertainment package from Xiaomi, and be featured in the music video for Moira Dela Torre’s newest song, “Making Magic”.

With the launch of the newest tool for content creators, the Xiaomi 11T, Xiaomi Philippines is holding the Making Magic contest and will be handpicking the entry with the best captured cinemagic moment to join her latest music video.

To join, those who purchase a Xiaomi 11T or Xiaomi 11T Pro can create a 30-second to 1-minute video of their "Everyday Cinemagic Moments" captured using the devices. "Cinemagic" pertains to everyday moments that you want to show or capture using your Xiaomi 11T or Xiaomi 11T Pro smartphone. Videos can be submitted through this form.

Entrants must also like the Making Magic contest mechanics post on the official Xiaomi Facebook page and share it publicly on social media accounts and with the hashtags: #MakingMagicMV #XiaomiXMoira. 

Games, Prizes (including Laptop Computer!) and a Concert After-Party Await Delegates of PRSP Students’ PR Con!

The Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) is announcing more exciting fun details for the PRSP Students’ PR Con 2021 and its much-awaited virtual after-party.

A virtual, interactive, and nationwide edition of the Students’ PR Congress, the PRSP Students’ PR Con is an opportunity for students all over the country to learn more about the public relations industry from leading practitioners in the field. 

Aside from a series of informative talks and discussions, PRSP Students’ PR Con participants will be treated to an exclusive virtual concert after-party. The organization has partnered with Warner Music Philippines and PhilPop Musicfest Foundation to bring together a line-up of up-and-coming artists for a one-of-a-kind musical experience, which includes Jikamarie, Keiko Necesario, Lara Maiguel, Paul Pablo and Reon. 

Maximize Your 13th Month Pay with ShopeePay

Plan ahead and make the most out of your 13th-month bonus!

Your 13th month pay is just around the corner, and as much as you want to enjoy the fruits of your labor and check out everything in your cart, it’s best to be wise about spending your hard-earned money. With ShopeePay, not only can you save more, but you can also enjoy big rewards while embracing the season of giving. Here are three tips on how you can make the most out of your year-end bonus with Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, ShopeePay.

Embrace the Growth and Make Success Happen with SKYBIZ

As more and more businesses have turned into home businesses, and currency has turned to digital currency, it’s important to grow with a reliable business partner like SKYBIZ. Aside from its reliable service, approachable team members and customized business packages, SKYBIZ also extendsits expertise to its clients with exciting programs that can help budding entrepreneurs become more productive and successful in their endeavors! 

PLDT Home first to launch PH’s fastest, future-ready 10,000 Mbps service

PLDT Home launches the first-ever 10,000 Mbps fiber-optic service in the Philippines, in a history-making move towards the future of home connectivity.

Pioneered by the Philippines’ fastest broadband internet service provider, the new service now puts the country next to first-world nations such as South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Italy, New Zealand, and the USA, in terms of having access to ultra-fast home internet speed.

PLDT Home is confident its 10,000 Mbps service will set the bar for the future of internet speeds in the Philippines. 

“We at PLDT continue to play an active role in shaping the future of our country and leading the way towards a connected nation. We are doing all these for our north star – our customers: business owners, professionals, tech mavericks with very large homes, multiple high-bandwidth users with multiple screens. And with all that life requires of them, they need the fastest home broadband powered by the fastest network. And we are more than ready to give them what they need – all 10,000 of it,” said Alfredo Panlilio, PLDT President and Chief Executive Officer.

Enjoy Wild Rift with Globe RiotGo80

League of Legends: Wild Rift is the Mobile MOBA game that has taken the Esports world by storm and is the ultimate barkada activity you can enjoy even while social distancing. 

Recognizing the Filipino’s love for Wild Rift, Globe is fueling everyone’s love with its RiotGo80, an exclusive promo offering where you can enjoy in-game content bundled with 5GB data allocation so you can have a more enriched and leveled up gaming experience in League of Legends: Wild Rift.  

To subscribe and start enjoying all the RiotGo perks, you can do it via GCash. 

Via GCash:

1. Open your GCash app an go to "Only on Gcash"

BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, and more at the 2021 American Music Awards, live exclusively on Smart GigaPlay

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. through its new GigaPlay App is bringing the 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs) exclusively to its subscribers, live on November 22 at 9am PHT. Hosted by multi-awarded rapper Cardi B, the 2021 AMAs is set to excite the hearts of music fans everywhere when it brings together the biggest artists at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. In this time of pandemic, Smart makes the biggest acts available to Filipinos through amazing live streaming technology.

Headlining the event is Korean supergroup and Smart endorser BTS (방탄소년단), who will be doing two separate performances during the show. First is the remix of their hit song “Butter” live for the first time together with fellow AMAs winner and nominee Megan Thee Stallion and a performance of their recent chart-topping collaboration with Coldplay, “My Universe.” The six-time AMA-winning group is also nominated for three major awards this year, including Artist of the Year—a first for any Asian act.

Smart Infinity members enjoy Palacio de Memoria’s art and cultural events

Members of leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart)’s Infinity plans got to enjoy exclusive art, cultural, and historical experiences at local heritage destination Palacio de Memoria’s slate of events last October.  

The two-day Flea Market held last October 23 and 24 saw collectors and enthusiasts explore and purchase exquisite artworks, antiques, and pieces from various local galleries at the Flea Market, while enjoying food and drinks served by The Loggia—the work of world-renowned Filipino chef Margarita Fores—and an open bar by Distileria Limtuaco and Don Papa.  

Flagship-level HUAWEI nova 9 is now open for pre-order

Achieve that flagship-level experience with this lite version of the HUAWEI P50 series! 

Huawei Philippines finally announces a pre-order for their newest HUAWEI nova 9 - a lite version of HUAWEI P50 Series that is packed with a flagship-level 50MP RYYB Ultra Vision Camera. This super device was highly awaited since it sparked anticipation earlier this month of November. Designed for youth who love taking photos and sharing video content, the HUAWEI nova 9 is expected to redefine mobile content creation. 

HUAWEI nova 9 comes in two vibrant colors – premium-looking Black and the eye-catching Starry Blue. Starting today until November 25, 2021, customers may pre-order the HUAWEI nova 9 at PHP 23,999 with FREE HUAWEI FreeLace worth PHP 3,490 and HUAWEI Cloud benefits worth PHP 9,449 via Huawei Experience Stores, online HUAWEI Store, Shopee and Lazada. The Starry Blue variant will be available for a limited time during the pre-order period.

Globe’s 917Ventures launches iNQUiRO; empowers businesses to make data-driven decisions via AI-powered products

Globe’s corporate venture builder, 917Ventures, recently introduced a new portfolio company, iNQUiRO, to help businesses make data-driven decisions in their operations.  This start-up offers a suite of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered products that allows small, medium, and large enterprises to create exciting value for their customers.

iNQUiRO aims to address the challenges encountered by businesses in their journey towards data-driven insights, especially during the pandemic. These include access to the right data, tools, and technology. With its unique and unparalleled access to rich omnichannel data, iNQUiRO has developed products that can extract quick and actionable insights.

“By providing organizations of all sizes with access to otherwise unobtainable insights, we enable them to make exceptional and impactful data-driven decisions. This is what makes iNQUiRO truly a game-changer, “said Pancho Reyna, Chief Operating Officer at iNQUiRO.

Viu launches first Pinoy original STILL

The first Viu Original musical created by award winner Pat Valera with a powerhouse cast and a production backed by the brightest in the Philippines' theater and music industries

Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, proudly launches its first original musical narrative series featuring a powerhouse cast of Filipino artists from the country’s music, film and theater scene.

STILL was created by Palanca-awardee Pat Valera, who is known for award-winning shows Dekada ‘70 the Musical and Mula Sa Buwan. Theater industry greats Giancarlo Abrahan and Nicco Manalo co-created the series with Valera. On the director’s chair is Treb Monteras II of the internationally-acclaimed rap musical Respeto. Multi-awarded screenwriter, director, producer and editor Monster Jimenez produced the series.

Smart gives back to subscribers with bigger and better GigaMania

Win data packs, gadgets, and a brand new Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is making the holiday season even more special by giving back to subscribers and turning them into big winners via this year’s GigaMania promo on the GigaLife App. 

Running from Nov. 15, 2021 to Feb. 6, 2022, Smart’s GigaMania promo offers millions worth of prizes in the form of daily freebies like data vouchers and GigaPay credits; weekly gadgets including iPhones, MacBook Air, Samsung devices, and gaming consoles; and a Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid as grand prize. 

Safeguard Continues Hand Hygiene Effort as Pilot Face-to-Face Learning Begins

Handwashing has been an integral habit to protect our health from the threats of germs and bacteria transmitted by touch, even before the pandemic. As the country continues to lift strict protocols, resume face-to-face classes, and slowly ease in reopening, ‘di pa rin pwede, ang pwede na! The demotivation caused by pandemic fatigue has caused Filipinos to settle with “pwede na” hand hygiene, even at time when it’s vital to maintain proper handwashing. 

Procter & Gamble’s Safeguard reinforced the importance of proper handwashing with the SafeWash Movement last 2020. Now, the brand continues to ensure that Filipino families are safeguarded from the threats of germs and bacteria with every handwash.

Janine Releases Relatable, Feeling Single "Pagod Na Ako"

 A song about the importance of taking a break produced by Juan Karlos

Janine Berdin leaves a lasting reminder to take a break when life gets overwhelming in her latest self-penned single, “Pagod Na Ako.”

“When writing this song, I wanted to tell myself that it’s okay to feel exhausted. It’s okay to feel like something’s draining you,” she said, adding that denial and putting up a front will only add more gravity to someone’s existing woes.

Produced by former “The Voice Kids” alumnus Juan Karlos Labajo, the new Star Music release lyrically encapsulates the raw emotion of being drained by one’s circumstances but also puts a positive spin on the very human feeling of not being completely fine.

Ben&Ben to push the boundaries of concert production on a scale that’s never been done before with ‘Kuwaderno’

Different forms of art intertwine on the nine-piece band’s most ambitious concert so far

Ben&Ben are redefining the virtual concert-going experience with the biggest headline show of their career. 

Aptly titled Kuwaderno: A Ben&Ben Online Concert, the Filipino nine-piece collective are pushing the boundaries of music shows in the new normal setting by integrating creative disciplines such as drama, dance, orchestra, and technology with a live performance. Their highly anticipated major concert will be staged at the SMART Araneta Coliseum, and will be streamed live on December 5, 2021, from 8pm to 11pm via digital streaming platform, KTX.ph. 

“We can’t deny the fact that it’s the biggest project we’ve undertaken so far, and I think you just somehow know that it’s a leap of faith when the streams of guidance and providence lead you to the right people who believe in the same vision you have: To bring the music and the messages they carry to life,” the award-winning group said. “This spirit of collaboration was one of the defining themes of our album ‘Pebble House Volume One: Kuwaderno’ and it was only by natural desire that we brought the same spirit and attitude when we began working on the concert. As for the play between grand and intimate, we really wanted our listeners to relish in the grandiosity of what their support means to us. Doing a concert on this scale and bringing them closer into that bigger picture is our way of expressing immense gratitude to them as well.”

Former PRSP Academic Scholar in PLM leads student programs of PRSP and IABC and joins PRCA APAC’s Next Gen PR World Cup Jury and CIPR International Committee

From an academic scholar of public relations to a thought leader in the communications field, award-winning communications practitioner and COMCO Southeast Asia’s Regional Integration & Chief Executive Director, Partner and Co-Founder Ferdinand L. Bondoy has been appointed to lead the industry’s student programs – the Students’ PR Congress (rebranded to Students’ PR Con) and Grand Prix (Hack Sprint edition) of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) and the Student Quill Awards of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines.

COMCO Southeast Asia’s Regional Integration and Chief Executive Director Ferdinand L. Bondoy together with some of the graduates of Camp COMCO Mentorship Program

Shopee excites shoppers and uplifts businesses with new record of over 2 billion items sold across 11.11 Big Christmas Sale

Local sellers saw a massive boost, with orders surging 18 times for those  taking part in the sale for the first time

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, sets two new records at the year’s largest shopping festival, 11.11 Big Christmas Sale. With a huge array of irresistible deals, shoppers across the region bought over 2 billion items across the festival period, smashing its previous record in 2020. Excitement peaked on November 11, with visits spiking 5.5 times in the first two hours compared to an average day.

Huawei Philippines Launches Seeds For The Future 2021 for ICT Talents

Huawei Philippines launches 7th Seeds for the Future program today, over 100 students in the Philippines joined the program this year. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Department, Chairman of Commission on Higher Education in the Philippines, Chancellor of University of the Philippines, Professors and students from 20 universities joined the opening ceremony.

Teodoro Locsin, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Department, gave a speech during the event, and said that, “As the world becomes more digital, Huawei has seen it fit not only to be business for profit but also to make the building of a better future its business. In 2008,It took this commitment to another level by launching its flagship CSR Program – Huawei Seeds for the Future. Now this Digital Spark has spread exponentially to make a difference in the lives of almost 9,000 beneficiaries worldwide.”

Celia Diaz Laurel: Woman of and For Peace

Last July 12, 2021, Celia Diaz Laurel peacefully joined her Creator at the age of 93. This unfortunate event, however, did not put to rest her remarkable accomplishments that we wish to highlight here once more. In particular, we refer to her esteemed “Woman for Peace” award whose 30th year of bestowment falls on November 29. 

The year was 1991 – at the tail end of an administration which her husband Vice-President Doy Laurel had earlier cut ties with. But even sans the government’s support and local media mileage (and those being a non –issue), Mrs. Laurel with much pride for the Philippines, flew to Madrid, Spain to receive this highly prestigious international award. 

Bangkok Music City goes fully virtual with more than 60 participating Thai and global artists

The showcase festival will feature music performances and talks on gaming, film, soft power and art

Almost 2 years have passed, but COVID-19 is still looming over all of us.  With the unpredictable restrictions put on physical events in Thailand, in lieu of its signature staging at the creative district of Chareonkrung, Bangkok Music City (BMC) 2021 is set to take place 100% online via YouTube Live through BMC’s YouTube channel and Gather.Town virtual space from November 20 to 21, 2021.

Meet R Rules, the newest girl group under MCA Music Inc.

Four-piece girl group R Rules are set to make a splash in the music scene with their empowering anthems. 

Giving value to pop music through their hard work and universal appeal, the promising rookies are ready to share their unique music journey to inspire and bring joy to music fans all over the world. Previously signed under a different label, R Rules (formerly known as Japh Dolls) are composed of RIYO, RURI, REINA, RISA—all four of them, fluent in Filipino, English, and Japanese and are currently undergoing de rigeur trainee development program to hone their skills. Get to know the girls behind R Rules: 

The Children Step Up to Fight the Creatures in "A Quiet Place Part II"

Their father Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) pulled off the ultimate sacrifice in order to save them in  A Quiet Place Part.  Now, in the sequel A Quiet Place Part II, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe) must step up to the plate as they seek refuge from the sounds that draw the omnipresent alien creatures.

Watch the film’s new spot at https://youtu.be/pxpUzpUgUaU

Young Regan who is thrust into the forefront of trying to find a larger solution, only to have to venture out on her own and take on an epic amount of responsibility. Returning to the role is Millicent Simmonds, the deaf teen who won critical praise for her mesmerizing portrait of Regan in the first film. Krasinski was thrilled to have her back—and especially excited to give her the opportunity to go even further.

Shane G’s self-care anthem “Loved” gets praised by Stray Kids’ Bang Chan

Aside from being featured on the K-Pop star’s live stream, the UE Jam Sessions member also bagged two nominations at the 34th Awit Awards

Shane G is the latest in a lineage of budding Filipino singer-songwriters who have recently caught the attention of K-Pop stars.

Her inspirational self-care ballad “Loved” was featured on VLIVE, a series of streaming sessions curated and hosted by BANG CHAN of Korean boyband Stray Kids.

The Korean pop star praised the message of the song on the 131st episode of his streaming sessions, which happened last November 6, 2021, Saturday (PH time). The format of the online show focuses on championing new music and fresh discoveries from all over the world, as recommended by BANG CHAN himself and his fans.

After finding out about the clip, Shane G expressed her excitement through a Facebook post: “This one’s really SURREAL!!! Am I dreaming??? I will treasure this forever as a STAY, and as an artist. Thank you so much!”

Shop for the Perfect Gifts for Your Monito Monita on Shopee this Payday Weekend

Check out Shopee’s Christmas in our Carts for plenty of gift inspiration and enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, 50% bills cashback, and 10% off vouchers at the Nov 15 Payday Sale

What are you most excited for this Christmas? Aside from the noche buena on Christmas Eve, plenty of us look forward to the monito monita or Secret Santa gift exchange. It’s just one of the Christmas traditions that make the holidays so fun! Everyone loves receiving gifts, but more than that, there's nothing quite as exciting and satisfying as finding the perfect gifts to give our loved ones joy during this season of giving.

Smile Train Global Ambassador Catriona Gray Brings Smiles to Kenya

Smile Train Global Ambassador Catriona Gray visits baby Grace at her home in Limuru, Kiambu County. Gray, who just concluded her two-day visit to Kenya, had the chance to interact with beneficiaries of cleft treatment to spread the message that ‘All Smiles are Beautiful’. 

Smile Train Global Ambassador Catriona Gray recently visited Kenya, East Africa to spread awareness of Smile Train as a partner in comprehensive cleft care for those in need. Even after her reign as Miss Universe ended, Catriona continues to use her voice to share the message that “All Smiles are Beautiful” and help reach more people who can benefit from Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity.

In between filming in Mauritius and hosting segments at the Miss Universe South Africa 2021 pageant, Catriona made time to visit Smile Train patients and their families in Kenya. Through her interactions with them, Catriona was able to learn about their cleft care journey and the stigma that cleft lip and palate bring.

PRSP Extends Registration for Students’ PR Con; Unveils More Speakers and Musical After-Party Line-up

The Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) is giving more students of public relations, communication, marketing and advertising a chance to be part of the first-ever PRSP Students’ PR Con 2021 with the extension of its registration until November 16, 2021.

A virtual, interactive, and nationwide edition of the Students’ PR Congress, the PRSP Students’ PR Con is an opportunity for students all over the country to learn more about the public relations industry from leading practitioners in the field. 

This year’s theme is “Decoding Content: The Journey to PR for Good”, wherein participants will be navigated to the new media landscape and go through the content journey’s three different stages, which are: (1) Capture and Consume, which addresses how we contextualize content we encounter in everyday life; (2) Curate and Converse, which will discuss how to properly curate content from reliable sources and create fruitful conversations responsibly; and (3) Create and Care, which collates learnings from the first two segments by talking about why creating our own PR for Good can push forward ideas into meaningful advocacies and causes.

TCL Holds A Grand Media Launch for Its Newest Innovations.

T CL Electronics, one of the dominant players in the global TV industry and a leading consumer electronics, held its grand media launch intr...

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