OneRepublic 'Live In Concert' Coming To Manila On February 23

GRAMMY® nominated, multi-platinum selling band OneRepublic announces their much-awaited return to Asia in February 2023. The ‘Live in Concert’ tour will be coming to MANILA on February 23 at the Araneta Coliseum. Presented by Wilbros Live. Tickets will go on-sale on September 30, 10AM via TicketNet.com.ph and TicketNet outlets nationwide.

OneRepublic, fronted by the enigmatic Ryan Tedder, have provided some of the most memorable and successful pop hits of their generation, including chart and streaming smashes “Apologize”, “Stop and Stare”, “Rescue Me” and “Counting Stars”. On the 27th of August 2020, the band released their new single, “Someday”, in which the group also debuted the video for their new song. The album includes previously released tracks which combined have over 2.5 billion global streams, “Run”, “Somebody To Love”, “Wanted”, “Better Days” and “Rescue Me”, which has been certified RIAA Gold.

The band has blasted back into global charts with their smash hit “I Ain’t Worried” which is featured in the blockbuster movie, Top Gun: Maverick. The video, directed by Isaac Rentz, includes stunning footage from the film. OneRepublic has amassed more than 5 billion streams on Spotify to date with all their smash hits.

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ASUS strengthens no. 1 OLED positioning in the Philippines with latest Vivobook offerings, Vivobook S 14X OLED and S 14 OLED

Young professionals no longer have to worry because the ASUS Vivobook S 14X and S 14 OLED is part of the Intel® Evo™ platform boasting a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ H-Series Processor offering an exceptional experience in a thin and light laptop.

ASUS, the no. 1 OLED laptop brand in the world, announces two new thin and light Vivobook laptops — the Vivobook S 14X OLED and Vivobook S 14 OLED. Built to withstand the demands of the digital world, these two new ASUS devices are designed for young and multifaceted individuals looking for a reliable and powerful laptop. 

BRIA welcomes new homeowners to BRIA Manolo Fortich’s modern house-and-lot units

The visibly excited new BRIA residents checked
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Bouncing back from disruptions spawned by a two-year health crisis, BRIA Homes is fast making up for lost time with a spate of on-ground activities that include open houses, groundbreaking events, and project launches. Indeed, at the rate BRIA is moving forward, it looks like nothing can come between the dynamic home builder and its goal of making sturdily built and well-designed homes accessible to more Filipinos all over the country.

 

Attesting to this singular drive is BRIA Homes’ recent mass turnover event during which the company rolled out the welcome mat to almost fifty new homeowners at BRIA Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon, a landlocked province in Northern Mindanao.

Awesome for all: Up your A-Game and be all kinds of awesome with the latest Samsung Galaxy A Series smartphones

Being “awesome” has different meanings to different people and can be interpreted in many ways. For some, this could mean being able to seize opportunities, maximize one’s time and balance multiple responsibilities. Being awesome may also mean engaging in one’s passions, from baking, to playing mobile games, or even making art. For others, being awesome can be about the seemingly small wins that matter, like ticking off all the items in one’s to-do list, or staying within budget.

There truly is no singular definition of being awesome; it’s how one chooses to live their life the best way they can. And this is why Samsung recently unveiled their latest Galaxy A Series smartphones: Galaxy A13 5G, Galaxy A23 5G, and Galaxy A04s, to enable today’s youth to achieve their awesome, whatever that may be.

Polaris Esports Takes The Predator League 2022 Philippines Dota 2 Grand Finals Championship

DOTA 2 remains as one of the most competitive Esport in the world which is seen with the huge number of players and competitions that has built great teams both locally and internationally. And as one of the biggest Esports competition in the country, Predator Cup 2022 continues the excitement and intesity of the games with the Predator League 2022 Philippines Dota 2 Grand Finals Championship held at SM Mall of Asia Central Atriumlast September 18, 2022.

The semifinals and final matches brought the teams such as GrindSky Esports, Execration, Polaris Esports, and Atomic Esports. Returning for the second day to host this prestigious event, Justin “Vill” Villarasen and Allyza “Tayrawr” Taylor were joined by a lineup of talented casters and panelists: Erika Mei “Aki” Ilar, John “Johnxfire” Nathan Fernandez, Aries “Kalbz” Alejandro, Nathaniel “NaTan” Wicks, and Rain “Rain” Zerlyn Manaig.

COMCO SEA promotes and appoints homegrown managers and award-winning talents to key deputy positions

Inter-regional integrated communications agency COMCO Southeast Asia has recently announced the promotion and appointment of its homegrown managers and award-winning talents to key deputy positions in the company. They are AC Recio, Harvey Llamosa, Queenie Resmundo and Patricia Raña.

Each promotion is nothing short of special because they are some of the people who have been with COMCO SEA from the beginning and graduated from the Camp COMCO Mentorship Program, the multi-awarded, intensive, and comprehensive talent incubation, industry linkage, and apprenticeship program of the Agency.

Gretchen Ho Brings Travel, Adventure, and Public Service With ‘Woman In Action’

Most of us know Gretchen Ho as a star athlete which paved the way to many opportunities to try out new careers along with sports. And with this background, makes her a very active woman in her prime that can do a lot of things beyond her sport.

She did ventured into broadcasting for quite some time, which also honed her talent. Now she has a new show that will be a mix of travel, adventure and public service calld WOMAN IN ACTION to be aired on One News channel.

Director Says "Smile" a Horror Film That Feels Like a Panic Attack

Some horror movies aim to subtly spook audiences. Others try to make viewers squirm in their seats. But filmmaker Parker Finn had a far more ambitious goal in mind when he set out to write and direct his debut feature, Smile. “I wanted to make a movie that felt like a sustained panic attack from start to finish,” he says.

Watch the film’s featurette at https://youtu.be/-U68rvBEev4

The chilling story of a clinical psychiatrist who begins experiencing terrifying and inexplicable occurrences following a bizarre encounter with a patient, Smile was inspired by a short film Finn made in 2020. Titled Laura Hasn’t Slept, the short starred Caitlin Stasey — who also has a memorable role in Smile — and won a Special Jury Award in SXSW®’s Midnight Short category. The 11-minute film generated intense industry buzz around Finn, who successfully pitched a feature version to Paramount Pictures and producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment.

For "Smile" Star Sosie Bacon, Horror Genre Runs in the Family

Cinematic terror is something of a family business for Sosie Bacon, the lead in Paramount Pictures’ terrifying horror thriller Smile. Her father, Kevin Bacon, has appeared in several iconic genre films, including Stir of Echoes, Flatliners, and the all-time classic Friday the 13th. “My dad is  a big scary movie fan, so I gained an appreciation for them early on, and I still like them a lot,” says the actress.

Watch the film’s featurette at https://youtu.be/NaBbuNtm29w

Whitney Houston Film "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" Unveils Trailer

The greatest voice of our time has an even greater story.  Discover the Whitney Houston you never knew in Columbia Pictures’ I Wanna Dance with Somebody.  Check out the trailer below and watch the film exclusively in cinemas across the Philippines January 2023.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/VW2oM3bb3rs

About I Wanna Dance With Somebody

I Wanna Dance with Somebody is a powerful and triumphant celebration of the incomparable Whitney Houston. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, written by Academy Award® nominee Anthony McCarten, produced by legendary music executive Clive Davis and starring BAFTA Award® winner Naomi Ackie, the film is a no-holds-barred portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice. From New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time, audiences are taken on an inspirational, poignant—and so emotional—journey through Houston’s trailblazing life and career, with show-stopping performances and a soundtrack of the icon’s most beloved hits as you’ve never heard them before. Don’t you wanna dance?

First US Reviews Hail "The Woman King" as Oscar-Worthy Epic Adventure

Fresh from its successful premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the initial reviews for The Woman King are now out, and critics are unanimous in praising Viola Davis’ fierce reinvention as an action hero and the film as a rousing, action-packed crowd-pleaser.  

Watch the film’s trailer at https://youtu.be/Urnw1iqXI9E

Garnering 100% Fresh Rating over at review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes (as of September 12), The Woman King’s admirers say the historical epic offers an awards-worthy performance from Davis, a breakout star in Thuso Mbedu and impressively choreographed action scenes.

“It feels like the `Gladiator’ for Black women, and what a welcome surprise,” writes Variety.  “With the right messaging and awards campaign from Sony Pictures, the film could be among the many consumer-friendly titles in the hunt for Oscar attention.”

Kang Daniel First Solo Concert Confirmed In Asia Manila On October 22

Korean superstar Kang Daniel has confirmed the Asia route of his World Tour following the concerts in Seoul and Japan. Konnect Entertainment has announced the seven cities tour including Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau. “KANG DANIEL FIRST PARADE TOUR IN ASIA will start in MANILA on October 22, 2022 at the New Frontier Theater. Tickets will go on-sale on October 1, 10AM via TicketNet.com.ph and all TicketNet outlets nationwide. Presented by Konnect Entertainment, Genie Music and promoted by Wilbros Live.

Last month, Kang Daniel was well received by performing his first concert in Seoul three years after his solo debut. As local and international fans attended, they witness the amazing performance of the superstar after the long wait, which was delayed by the pandemic. On October 15 and 16, the heat will continue in Osaka and Yokohama, Japan. Due to the demand, the first solo concert will be expanded to a world tour. Kang Daniel recently made a strong impression on the overwhelming stage at the Kelly Clarkson Show, starting with the US Grammy’s “Press Play”. It also signed a contract with Warner Music Japan to confirm its entry into the country, signaling the start of its global activities. Kang Daniel’s management Konnect Entertainment explained that “This Asia Tour shows Kang Daniel’s spectrum that extends to the global stage”.

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TBA Studios brings Japanese dystopian film “Plan 75” to Philippine cinemas

TBA Studios, one of the leading film production and distribution companies in the Philippines, has acquired the exclusive Philippine theatrical rights to the award-winning film Plan 75.

Written and directed by acclaimed short film director Chie Hayakawa, this critically lauded dystopian drama made its international premiere in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and won the Camera d’Or Special Mention Prize.

Based on Hayakawa’s segment of the same title from the 2018 anthology film Ten Years Japan, Plan 75 paints a harrowing look at a not-so-distant future when the Japanese government launches a program that encourages voluntary euthanasia for senior citizens to remedy a super-aged society.

The Dallas Zoo Re-Names One of Its Nile Crocodiles Lyle in Celebration of "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile"

In celebration of the release of Columbia Pictures’ motion picture “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” based on the beloved book series by Bernard Waber and starring Academy Award winner Javier Bardem, Constance Wu and Shawn Mendes, the Dallas Zoo re-named one of its Nile crocodiles Lyle for the day.

The ceremony took place today in the Dallas Zoo where a sign was displayed for the day, marking the illustrious occasion. Dallas Zoo’s Lyle is a male Nile crocodile that weighs a whopping 1,000+ pounds.

Along with the announcement, Columbia Pictures released an exclusive clip of the film in which Hector P. Valenti (played by Javier Bardem) meets Baby Lyle for the first time. Lyle is voiced by musical artist Shawn Mendes.  

“Meeting Baby Lyle” clip: https://youtu.be/iSGVDfv6cIc

Watch the film’s latest trailer at https://youtu.be/w7JwkIr-Dtw

Industry leaders share best practices on entrepreneurship at Canva Philippines’ Negosyantrends Summit

Canva Philippines holds a get-together to cap off its Negosyantrends: MSME Summit which ran from July 19 to August 6, 2022.

To cap off the Negosyantrends: MSME Summit 2022, Canva Philippines held a get-together at its Makati headquarters featuring successful entrepreneurs Marvin Agustin, president and owner of Secret Kitchen, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, president and founding partner of Rags2Riches, Nian Ellao, CEO and founder of Vyous Digital, and Andrea Sumida, CEO and founder of Kohi Social. Canva’s design experts also treated the participants to a free brand consultation to help them with their branding needs.

ALESSO at SMDC Festival Grounds

Ovation Productions, promoter in the Philippines of the ROAD TO ULTRA the premier electronic music festival presents world famous DJ Alesso on December 17, 2022 at the SMDC Festival Grounds.

Hailing from Stockholm, Alesso won over his country from the very start of his career. His second single as the lead artist, 2012’s “Calling (Losing My Mind)” with the legendary Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso and Grammy award-winning OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, was certified 2x Platinum in Sweden while also reaching no. 1 on Billboard’s US Hot Dance Club Songs. 

Alesso’s Remix to “Pressure” by Nadia Ali, Starkillers, and Alex Kenji was named the “tune of 2011” by Kaskade enroute to a nomination for Best Progressive Track at the International Dance Music Awards. In 2013, he released “If I Lose Myself” with OneRepublic which was certified 4x Platinum in Sweden and “Under Control” with Calvin Harris featuring Hurts which was certified Gold in the United States. 

Teleperformance ranked one of the 2022 Best Workplaces in Asia™ by Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work®, the global authority on workplace culture, ranks Teleperformance (TP) number 12 on the 2022 Best Workplaces in Asia list for their sites in the Philippines, Greater China, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. The list is based on over 1 million survey responses across Asia and the Middle East, representing the experience of more than 4.7 million employees in the region.

This recognition is based on confidential survey data assessing employee experiences of trust, innovation, company values and leadership. Companies are also evaluated on how well they are creating a For All™ workplace experience, inclusive of all employees no matter who they are or what they do.

TP integrates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) in their DNA and has pushed efforts that aim to improve the lives of their employees and their community. Their TP Women and TP Pride year-long initiatives raise awareness on the challenges of women and the LGBTQ+ community through employee education and internal programs and policies, while the leaders of the company have also pledged to strengthen their disability inclusivity in the workplaces.

P-Pop kings SB19 cement their status as an emerging global powerhouse with disco-pop anthem “WYAT”

The sparkly new track has entered the iTunes chart in a total of 14 countries, peaking at No. 1 in the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar, and UAE

Filipino five-member boyband SB19 reaches even greater heights as their new single “WYAT” continues to gain foothold in the Philippines and abroad.

In less than a week, the disco-pop track has peaked at No. 1 on iTunes Chart in several countries and territories, including the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar, and UAE. It has also charted in 9 countries outside the country: No. 2 in Bahrain and Antigua & Barbuda, No. 4 in Saudi Arabia, No. 8 in New Zealand, No. 20 in Canada and Cambodia, No. 54 in Azerbaijan, No. 55 in Malaysia, No. 70 in the US, and No. 74 worldwide.

Original Epic "Babylon" Reveals First Trailer, from "La La Land" Director

Always make a scene. Watch the new trailer for Paramount Pictures’ BABYLON starring Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Diego Calva. In cinemas across the Philippines January 2023.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/8Hn4S8Se8gg

To coincide with the trailer launch, Paramount has also revealed the character posters of the principal cast.  Check them out below.

About Babylon

Paramount Pictures Presents A Marc Platt / Wild Chickens / Organism Pictures Production A Damien Chazelle Film BABYLON.

From Damien Chazelle, BABYLON is an original epic set in 1920s Los Angeles led by Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Diego Calva, with an ensemble cast including Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li and Jean Smart. A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.

Jack White Founding Member Of The White Stripes Coming To Manila On November 5

Founding member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, JACK WHITE is coming to Manila on November 5, 2022 at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura Premier for his The Supply Chain Issues Tour. Tickets go on-sale to the general public on September 23, 10AM via SMTickets.com and all SM Tickets outlets nationwide.

The 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and 36-time nominee, and Third Man Records founder, is set to release his fourth and fifth solo studio albums in 2022. FEAR OF THE DAWN (Third Man Records), featuring his latest single “Taking Me Back,” was released on April 8th, 2022 and ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE (Third Man Records) followed on July 22, 2022. In addition to writing global anthems such as The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and The Raconteurs’ “Steady, As She Goes,” all three of White’s acclaimed previously released solo albums – 2012’s RIAA gold certified solo debut, BLUNDERBUSS, 2014’s LAZARETTO, and 2018’s BOARDING HOUSE REACH – debuted at #1 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 along with a variety of other charts. Among his myriad of international honors, White’s long run of career GRAMMY® awards and nominations saw BLUNDERBUSS earning five nods over two years, including “Album of the Year,” “Best Rock Album,” “Best Rock Song” (for “Freedom At 21”), “Best Rock Performance,” and “Best Music Video” (the latter two honoring the single, “I’m Shakin”). 

Any Name’s Okay navigates the growing pains of adulthood in new EP, Leaving Home

Its focus track “Takbo” tackles themes of running away from burnout and hustle culture

Filipino alternative pop band Any Names Okay has finally dropped their much-awaited sophomore EP, Leaving Home via Sony Music Philippines. Taking a huge step forward in terms of musical and creative direction, the 6-track release digs deeper into the journey of navigating adulthood and embracing the uncertainty that comes with the process.

“As a band, we’re maturing in our songwriting and the way that we operate as creatives,” shares the five-piece outfit. “We want to grow old with our listeners—which can be scary, but very exciting. A lot of those fears and joys can be found in this collection of songs.”

Lyrically, the band’s new EP, Leaving Home expands on introspective and existential themes—sometimes rendered in emotionally blunt details, but most of the time, exhibiting some of the growing pains that one has to go through in their transitional period towards maturity. The promising newcomer explains, “We’ve all been through the wringer the last few years, and this was a much-needed emotional release for everyone. We believe that a thorough listen of the EP, however, still shows that same heart, energy, and sincerity that people have come to know of us.”

After "Dunkirk," Harry Styles Takes the Lead in "Don't Worry Darling"

When Harry Styles had his first musical fame, he could have made a smooth transition into Hollywood leading man roles. But he’s never had any interest in doing things the easy way. Instead, he made his film debut as a character actor, with a supporting role in 2017’s “Dunkirk,” the Oscar-nominated World War II drama from Christopher Nolan.

Styles treated “Dunkirk” as a learning experience, not a stepping stone to Hollywood. Five years later, he returns to acting, ready to take the lead as the ambitious husband Jack Chambers in New Line Cinema’s provocative thriller, “Don’t Worry Darling.”

Daisy Edgar-Jones: A Star is Born in "Where the Crawdads Sing"

Rising British star Daisy Edgar-Jones plays Kya, the ill-fated “marsh girl” in Columbia Pictures’ $100-million-grossing box-office hit Where the Crawdads Sing.

Watch the film’s latest trailer at https://youtu.be/04kbkq2595c

At the center of Where the Crawdads Sing is Kya Clark – “the marsh girl” – about whom little is known and much is assumed. When Chase Andrews, once the town’s star quarterback and now heir apparent to a successful auto shop, is found dead in the marsh, most of the townspeople are quick to blame Kya. As local defense attorney Tom Milton tries to save Kya’s life, Kya slowly reveals her mysteries – abandoned by her family and left to make a life for herself in the marsh… the two loves that shaped her past… and the lengths that creatures of nature will go to survive.

The Macbeth 20th Anniversary Show Invite Mechanics

Are you ready to celebrate with Macbeth’s 20th Anniversary?

With Macbeth’s love of Music, Arts, and Denim, this Music Festival will feature a live band fashion show collaboration, showcasing the latest of Macbeth’s Collection.

The brand has put together a 20-band-line up music festival carefully selected across different genres with a passion focused on highlighting both the main and underground music community. The line-up includes: Chelsea Alley, Urbandub, Rico Blanco, Mayonnaise, Chocolate Factory, Sandwich, Hilera, Even, Snakefight, Sucketseven, Fragments, CHNDTR, Faspitch, Soapdish, Written By The Stars, Divina, Lilith, Shotgun Combo, Imbue No Kudos, Macbeth All Stars, and Macbeth Superband.

This 20th Anniversary Show will be the official launch of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth Underwear, 10 years of Macbeth in the Philippines, and 20 years of Macbeth in the world.

What are you waiting for? Get your show invites now and enjoy the rad concert on October 8, 2022 (gate opens 11AM) at the Metrotent Convention Center, Pasig City.

Globe Business Introduces Omnichannel Retailing at 28th NRCE 2022

Businesses, particularly retailers, have encountered a mix of uphill battles and discovered inventive maneuvers to stay afloat despite COVID-19. To celebrate the resilience that is retail, the 28th National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo 2022 (NCRE) went live with a physical event to once again give retailers a platform to take advantage of new skills, learnings, and technologies as they keep pace with the ever-changing needs and demands of their consumers.

Organized by the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA), this two-day event aimed to educate retailers about the latest data-backed industry trends and developments and allowed them to touch base with a vast network and connect with new prospective partners. Many industry leaders shared nuggets of wisdom on retailing through “sponsor sessions” or talks about improvements in customer service, consumer trends in this evolving world, leveraging on consumer loyalty, and how the pandemic changed the Philippine and global markets entirely. Breakout sessions introduced the Metaverse (a shared multidimensional virtual environment where people can interact socially and professionally), how social e-commerce shapes the future of shopping, and global talent trends. These industry leaders also provided short mentorship programs to help shape the future of retail.

Shanti Dope Is Bursting With Wonderful “Tricks” In Latest Single

“Parang si Rihanna, babae pero hustla ayaw mo sa drama, gusto mo sa gangsta,” 

Time and time again, Shanti Dope always comes up with dazzling wordplay, spectacular verses, and gorgeous rap flow. But you haven’t seen it all. He’s once again ready to showcase the hacks and tricks that he rolled up his sleeves.

Presenting the Rap Phenom’s latest offering called “Tricks”, a song that revels in one’s need of an emotional connection and even magnetic sexual attraction towards someone that might develop into something more. Co-written by Lester Paul Vano, “Tricks” is Shanti Dope’s punchy take on an easygoing yet more mature manner of delivering his perspectives and storytelling prowess. It’s tightly metered and packed with lush beats too. While he uses some vulgarities while unraveling the narrator’s story, he weaves it in such an artistically powerful way, leaving listeners awestruck with this new set of “tricks.”

Get up to 5% rebate on every swipe with Security Bank’s Complete Cashback Platinum card

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Zsara Tiblani's New Music Video "Mr. Disco" Features A Special Cameo

Zsara Tiblani  is back with a new sing and a new dance craze with her version of the classic OPM hit "Mr. Disco." Known as the Best Dance Recording Artist in the 34th Awit Awards in 2021, Zsara continues with more music with this second single under PolyEast Records.

Her playful rendition of the dance hit also comes with a music video that weaves a story along with the song. Directed by Tristan Cua of Mobile Filmmaking Philippines, it brings the elements of the song into a cute and funny interpretation along with the groovy feel of Mr. Disco.

As the song implies, "Mr. Disco" is also an important caharcter for the music video which both of them will have a special connection from their childhood. And as they grew and found themselves jiving on the dance floor, Zsara and Mr. Disco finally meet again. And it was revealed that Mr. Disco is played by online sensation and content creator, Albert Nicolas or also known as Asian Cutie.

Shopee partners with Cebu LGUs to help local MSMEs bring their businesses online

Shopee Philippines Seller Coach Mik Baluyot, In Sweet J&J’s Jimmy Martinez, Ithra Jewelry shop owner Hilaire Labalan, Shopee Philippines Head of People Karen Perez, Mandaue City Vice Mayor’s office representative Trixie Mae Brigoli, and Cebu City Councilor Hon. Jaypee Labella at the Shopee University Roadshow in Cebu

Driven by its mission to make e-commerce for everyone, Shopee partners with local government units (LGUs) in Cebu to help micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region for its second iteration of the Shopee University Roadshow and Shopee Kumustahan. These two events educated MSMEs on how to take their businesses online, and kickstart their venture into e-commerce.

Food insecurity impacts mental health help address this through the Hapag Movement

The effects of food insecurity go beyond physical. Involuntary hunger has been a long standing problem in the Philippines, and during the pandemic, when millions lost their means of livelihood, this became more apparent with the surge of mental health concerns. 

A study by University of Arkansas professors Di Fang, Michael Thomsen and Rodolfo Nayga Jr., published by BMC Public Health in March 2021, found that food insecurity caused by the pandemic was also associated with increased risk of mental illness.

It determined that “food insecurity is associated with a 257% higher risk of anxiety and a 253% higher risk of depression.” The study then recommended that public health measures should focus on getting direct subsidies of food purchases to poor families, especially families with children.

Toyota Motor Philippines leads the way to greener mobility, showcases electrified vehicle line-up at PIMS

Toyota Motor Philippines, the leader in electrified mobility in the Philippines, unveiled its exhibit headlined by its wide selection of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) at the opening of the 8th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), last September 15 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

As part of its commitment of contributing to the achievement of carbon neutrality, TMP gave the guests at the motor show the opportunity to view and experience hybrid technology with test drive activities available at the event.

TMP’s Hybrid line up has been empowering Filipinos to switch towards a more sustainable driving. As one of Toyota’s multiple paths to vehicle electrification that lead to the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality, Toyota’s hybrid technology provides practical solution that is readily available and within Filipinos’ reach.

Singing Croc Befriends Family in the New Trailer of "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile"

Meet the croc so nice, they named him twice. Check out the new trailer below for Columbia Pictures’ new musical comedy Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile starring Shawn Mendes as Lyle, Javier Bardem and  Constance Wu.  

YouTube: https://youtu.be/w7JwkIr-Dtw

Also check out the vignette “Voicing Lyle” at https://youtu.be/LqBRYKKPQjA

Sarah Brightman Celebrates The Holidays With 'A Christmas Symphony' Coming To Manila This December

Announcement – Last year, the world’s biggest-selling Soprano and legendary GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Sarah Brightman entertained her first-ever Christmas tour Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony … and it warmed hearts of both fans and critics alike, being named the ultimate holiday event! Given the overwhelming response, and in celebration of her favorite time of the year, Sarah begins a new Christmas tradition, by taking her A Christmas Symphony Tour internationally for the first time! The tour will be coming to Manila on December 7, 2022 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Presented by Wilbros Live and Smart Araneta Coliseum. Accompanied by orchestra and a choir, this beautiful holiday show will feature Sarah Brightman performing show-stopping renditions of classics from the Christmas canon, along with personal holiday favorites and many of her greatest hits.

Home Credit gears to become the ‘lifestyle partner’ of Filipinos, expands services to different sectors

The brand deepens its commitment to Filipinos and presents itself as their trusted ally “Para sa Life”

To bring Filipinos closer to the life they want, the country’s leading consumer finance company Home Credit Philippines (HCPH), continues to expand its offerings by innovating its products and partnering with more brands and retailers across key categories, such as healthcare, fashion, beauty, and fitness.

As the lifestyle partner of Filipinos, Home Credit has served almost 9 million Filipinos nationwide -- serving as an ally of Filipino consumers -- from achieving every little item in their life’s checklist to the more important investments for their desired future.

Home Credit has been pioneering financial inclusion in the Philippines since 2013. It further strengthens this cause by being at the forefront of advocating financial literacy and practicing responsible lending in the country.

Globe’s G Music Fest ensures festival goers’ safety, proper waste segregation and disposal

Globe is celebrating life’s big and small wins this year with an EXTRA special 917 GDay. For the first time since the pandemic, its much-anticipated G Music Fest will be held live on-ground, offering the best in music, entertainment, culture, and arts.

The National G Day on September 17, or 917, is Globe’s annual tradition of giving back to its customers, set on a date that is symbolic of Globe’s iconic mobile number prefix. This year, the event will be held at Circuit Makati, where exciting rewards and surprises await everyone, guaranteed to turn ordinary days into something extraordinary.

To ensure a safe environment, Globe, a staunch sustainability advocate, is calling for festival goers’ and their partners’ participation in observing health and safety protocols and properly disposing of their waste and limiting the use of single-use plastics during the event.

The only PRO for the PRO’s: All-new HUAWEI MatePad Pro 11 launched in the Philippines

A next-generation flagship tablet that offers greater productivity and creativity 

A new HUAWEI MatePad Pro 11 has arrived with improved productivity features and a stunning new look, thanks to HUAWEI’s newest surface processing technique. It comes with an 11-inch OLED Real Color FullView Display with a 120 Hz high refresh rate for smoother content presentation. The 92% screen-to-body ratio ensures a more immersive viewing experience and the "Frosting Processing" used on the casing delivers a unique style. Weighing only 449g, and with a slimness of just 5.9mm — this ultra-light and ultra-thin device also comes equipped with HUAWEI SOUND® for the first time to deliver cinematic entertainment experiences.

The new HUAWEI MatePad Pro 11 comes with many newly upgraded features like the App Multiplier and Multi-Window for more efficient multi-tasking. When used together with the HUAWEI Detachable Smart Magnetic Keyboard and the upgraded HUAWEI M-Pencil (2nd generation), the new HUAWEI MatePad Pro 11 completes the Tablet-PC and portable creative studio experience.

Go Inside the Making of "Smile" With New Featurette for the Horror Film

Evil has a brand new face in Paramount Pictures’ upcoming horror-thriller Smile.  Go behind-the-scenes with writer-director Parker Finn, star Sosie Bacon and the cast of Smile as they discuss the creation of the psychological terror in the newly released featurette “It’s Smiling at Me” which may viewed below:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/NaBbuNtm29w

About Smile 

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can't explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

Written and directed by Parker Finn, the film stars Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, Caitlin Stasey with Kal Penn and Rob Morgan.

P-Pop phenom SB19 cuts across generations with new single “WYAT [Where You At]”

The release of the disco-pop track comes with captivating visuals that explore themes of time travel and connection

P-Pop Kings SB19 arrive in triumphant style with the release of their highly anticipated single, “WYAT [Where You At].” Produced by SB19’s very own Pablo and his real-life brother Josue, the catchy new track delivers another show-stopping moment that cuts across boundaries and generations. 

According to the Billboard chart-topping quintet, “WYAT” is a song that chronicles the reconnection of a bond after a very challenging phase in life. “We’ve been performing for almost half of our lives together, and due to the pandemic, our world was suddenly put on hold,” shares Pablo. “I felt a disconnection among the group brought about by the lockdown, and I’ve wanted to reach out to them through this song.”

Propelling their artistry forward with a masterful blend of disco, electronic, and pop music, the five-member hitmaker sets the tone for a new era by incorporating the elements of the past with accessibility that is relatable to the present time. As Josh puts it, “Our team often tries to do something different from what we’ve done before; we’re always evolving.”

Kumu is 4 U and You and You: The Philippines’ Leading Social App Celebrates Four Years with Stars and Fans Alike

Now in its fourth year, social entertainment app Kumu marked the occasion with a bang at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura Premier, in partnership with Globe and Sunsilk; with media partners Spot.ph, Candy Magazine, Pep.ph, One Music PH, When in Manila, and Geektalk PH; and wardrobe sponsors Dave Ocampo, Designers Circle Philippines, and Mabuhay PH. Kumu gathered roughly 1,000 guests, comprising the biggest streamers, the most active users, and a huge roster of the talents that had their dreams of stardom—however unorthodox—through the app.

PETA marks theater comeback with Batang Rizal

After Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) big digital breakthrough during the pandemic: a string of successful online show streams and virtual workshops, the pioneering Filipino theater company is making a big theater comeback for its 55th Theater Season! 

The return to the theater features no less than a PETA classic, Christine Bellen’s Batang Rizal! First to launch online via streaming from October 14-16, the well-loved musical will be the first show to open PETA’s theater stage in November.

Co-written, directed for stage, and choreographed by Dudz Teraña, with musical direction, arrangement, and composition by Vincent de Jesus, Batang Rizal is a remarkable piece because of its ability to resonate with audiences across generations. Its power rests in its simplicity and relatability, while carrying a deep challenge for audiences to become everyday heroes.  

Even after a decade and a half, the magic of Batang Rizal has not wavered. PETA artistic director, and Batang Rizal video director, Maribel Legarda, says that one of the most powerful aspects of the show is “how Rizal’s story is told not through the eyes of an adult but that of a child’s.” 

Home Credit empowers bike community in Iloilo, commits to support cycling communities in the PH

#BikeKaNaman with Home Credit. Through its bike merchant partners and consumer financing solutions, Home Credit has provided accessible and affordable means for more Filipinos to afford bicycles.

Home Credit Philippines (HCPH), the lifestyle partner of every Filipino, continues to expand its consumer finance services by offering different commodities that address the changing needs of Filipinos— with biking as one of its lifestyle priorities.

Last July, Home Credit was among the partners of the Iloilo Bike Festival, the biggest gathering of bike hobbyists and enthusiasts in Iloilo City, organized by the Iloilo Festival Foundations Inc., and the Iloilo City Government with different stakeholders.  

PureGo is now Rappit!

Online grocery store promises more rewards for shopping, more efficient deliveries

Online grocery store Purego, a collaboration between the Puregold Group and Globe’s 917Ventures is now Rappit, the Filipinos’ new grocery shopping sidekick that promises more efficient deliveries and a better shopping experience.

Rappit, a play on words combining “wrap it” and rapid, is hopping into Filipino households with a more fun and exciting shopping experience plus greater rewards for their shopping.

KonsultaMD Group seen to help government delivery of primary care

The consolidation of KonsultaMD, HealthNow and AIDE – three of the country’s market-leading digital health apps – is expected to help the government lead the country’s development of a productive, resilient, equitable and people-centered health system.

This follows the integration of the three applications into one KonsultaMD superapp, bringing together KonsultaMD’s expertise in on-demand consultations, HealthNow’s strength in medicine delivery, and AIDE’s mastery of providing health services in the home.

Reese Witherspoon Produces Inspiring Tale "Where the Crawdads Sing"

Besides being an Academy Award®-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon is now also a powerhouse producer heading Hello Sunshine, her billion-dollar production company, whose first feature film is Where the Crawdads Sing, based on Delia Owen’s best-selling mystery novel.

Watch the video in which star Daisy Edgar Jones and producer Reese Witherspoon  talk about the film -- https://youtu.be/v_dk8SAN3lo

Learn the A-Z to stop cyberbullying; go to www.makeitsafe.ph

A is for apple?  Think again.  In cyber lingo, as these parents have experienced, the alphabet takes a whole new meaning, but not necessarily all good.

These cyber expressions could range from AMP, a shorter version of a Filipino cuss word, to other derogatory terms.

Or you might have heard someone say “Go KYS” or “Reincarnate.”  These are simple but disturbing terms with the harmful intention of telling a person to “kill yourself.”

And sometimes, cyberbullying does not even use letters or words.  Instead, people resort to emojis such as a pig face or snout to shame a person for being fat, or a clown to denote stupidity.

New Adventure Awaits As Playparks's Dream Of A New World Announces Closed Beta Test

Playpark’s newest mobile RPG title Dream of a New World (DNW) will open the doors of Mulland for a Closed Beta Test (CBT) starting August 31 - September 5, 2022. During this time, pre-registered players will be able to experience the Beta version of the game together with their friends. Do note that there will be a server wipe after the CBT.

The CBT comes after the limited-capacity Alpha Test conducted last July 21 - 24, 2022. The PlayPark DNW Team, working with the developers from Archosaur Games, have incorporated the improvements from the Alpha Test in order to bring the game one step closer to its grand launch. And to celebrate the Closed Beta, the team has lined up a lot of in-game and community activities for the pioneer Dreamers who will take their first steps into the world of Mulland!

Gloc-9 Has A New Propelling Single “Di Umiinom” Featuring Hero

Five down, three more to go! Our Paboritong Makata moves along his lyrical journey with what will be his Pilak album, a musical celebration to mark his 25 illustrious years in the Philippine music industry.

Before the month of August ends, Gloc-9 unveils "Di Umiinom", the 5th single for this upcoming anniversary album and this time around, he shares limelight with Hero, another young buck in the Asintada Management's stable of talents.

Sometimes when someone gets badly hurt and reaches their breaking point, they tend to perform deeds that they don’t usually do, or haven’t done before. Perhaps that act is a coping mechanism to escape all the pain and sadness that they feel. That’s how the song “Di Umiinom” was formulated by the veteran rapper.

Toyota Starts Demonstration Project of Data-Measuring Vehicle Advertising Business for Company Vehicles in the Philippines

On the 17th day of May, 2022, Toyota Mobility Solutions Philippines Corporation (TMSPH) launched a demonstration project of a mobility service to optimize advertising revenues by specifically measuring the effectiveness of wrap advertisement of fleet vehicles based on vehicle location information using the GPS data sent from mobile APP.

This demonstration project will be led by TMSPH, with the cooperation of Flare Inc. (Flare), a company that develops and operates mobility-related businesses such as wrap advertising, Toyota Financial Services Philippines Corporation (TFSPH), Toyota’s automobile sales finance company, and Toyota Daihatsu Engineering & Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TDEM), Toyota’s regional office in Asia. The project will be promoted using ten fleet vehicles throughout Metro Manila, Laguna, and other bordering cities for six months. During the demonstration, TMSPH will serve as an advertiser by promoting TFSPH’s KINTO One full-service lease product.

Unlike outdoor advertising in fixed locations, such as billboards, the demonstration project enables us to collect a broad range of data and knowledge relating to advertising effectiveness by using cars that move in wide areas for advertising. We can also measure advertising effectiveness more accurately by using and checking GPS-based vehicle position information sent from drivers' smartphones and real-time traffic data collected at each location, instead of using data obtained from a periodic traffic census.

Taylor Swift Composes Song "Carolina" for "Where the Crawdads Sing"

Columbia Pictures’ gripping mystery-drama Where the Crawdads Sing boasts of the new original song by Taylor Swift titled Carolina which she composed after reading Delia Owens’ bestselling novel from which the film was based.

Watch the song’s lyric video at https://youtu.be/egxyRSb_XtI

“About a year and half ago I wrote a song about an incredible story, the story of a girl who always lived on the outside, looking in. Figuratively and literally,” said Taylor Swift. “The juxtaposition of her loneliness and independence. Her longing and her stillness. Her curiosity and fear, all tangled up. Her persisting gentleness… and the world’s betrayal of it.”

HWANG IN YOUP IS COMING BACK TO MANILA!

2022 HWANG IN YOUP 1st Fan Meeting in Manila

South Korea’s rising star Hwang In Youp is set to come back in Manila for his 1st official fan meeting 2022 HWANG IN YOUP 1st Fan Meeting in Manila on September 24, 6PM at the New Frontier Theater.

HWANG IN YOUP is a South Korean Actor who debuted in 2017 as a runway model before launching his acting career in 2018 with a lead role in Playlist Studio’s web drama <Why>. He has been steadily growing his acting career since then and his name rose rapidly after his performance as the beloved second lead, Han Seo Jun, in the drama adaptation of the highly popular webtoon, <True Beauty>, which started airing in late 2020. HWANG IN YOUP recently strengthened his position as a trending young actor by leading Netflix’s series, <The Sound of Magic>, and <Why Her>, which finished its run last 23 July after 16 episodes. 

Apart from the confidence that Hwang In Youp radiates with his icy yet warm charms, fans can expect a memorable night as the actor will have exclusive up-close interaction with them, will sing songs and lucky winners will even have the chance to get hold of his autograph during the fan meeting.

Predator Gaming x Blacklist International Dota 2: Breaking the Code in Dota 2 with a World-Class All-Filipino Roster

After solidifying their position in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang as a global esports giant, Tier One Entertainment and Blacklist International ...

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