Martes, Disyembre 19, 2017

SIARGAO A Film by Paul Soriano

3 broken hearts, 1 island brings them together. Is love really worth it the second time around?

Release date is on December 25, 2017 (Monday), official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2017.

Directed by Paul Soriano, Written by: Anj Pessumal, and Produced by Paul Soriano & Mark Victor.

  • Jericho Rosales,
  • Erich Gonzales
  • Jasmine Curtis-Smith
  • Luke Landrigan
  • Wil Dasovich
  • Mica Javier
  • Roxanne Barcelo
  • Will Devaughn
  • Suzette Ranillo
  • Leon Miguel

Genre: Romance
Produced by: Ten17p Films, released thru Solar Pictures
MTRCB Rating: PG (Parental Guidance)
Running Time: 1 hour 44 minutes (MOVIE ONLY) 
+ 8 mins hard-locked materials = 1 hour 52 minutes (movie + hardlock)

  • Shot in scenic #Siargao, this film tells of a love story about three people who find themselves in this beautiful island, looking for love, happiness, and belongingness.

  • Fresh from a breakup caused by her fear of settling down, video blogger LAURA (Erich Gonzales) embarks on a solo trip to Siargao hoping to move on and find a new adventure. Here she meets rock singer DIEGO (Jericho Rosales) who is caught between uncertainties of the future and baggages of the past. This fateful encounter stirs up what local entrepreneur ABI (Jasmine Curtis-Smith) thought were long lost feelings for a long lost love, i.e. Diego. In this unlikely triangle, is there room for second chances? Or should they move on to something(one) new?

Hard-locked materials:
GOYO trailer (2 mins)
I TONYA trailer (2 mins)
Ten17p trailer (2 mins)
Short Film: CRAB MENTAL (1min 18 sec)
MTRCB Advisory: Feature Rating "PG" in English

Link to view FULL TRAILER on Facebook:

Solar Pictures is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @solarpicturesPH

AXN Launches Supernatural Season 13 and Hawaii Five-0 Season 8 this January

Supernatural Season 13

The terrifying adventures of the Winchester brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), continue as they fight more supernatural threats and are faced with the most destructive enemy they have ever seen. 

Season thirteen begins with Sam and Dean left picking up the pieces after the loss of their mother, the demise of Crowley (Mark Sheppard) and the heartbreaking death of Castiel (Misha Collins). The birth of Lucifer’s son, Jack (Alexander Calvert), leaves them with differing opinions on how to deal with a Nephilim. After being dragged into the breach, Mary (Samantha Smith) must learn to survive Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) and an apocalyptic world.

Supernatural Season 13 premieres on January 19, every Friday at 9:45 pm.  First & Exclusive on AXN.

Hawaii Five-0 Season 8

Lt. Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and his Five-0 Task Force are back to safeguard the Aloha state from criminality as they investigate new cases and encounter more dangerous villains along the way. 

This time around, Hawaii’s elite unit is joined by new recruits Tani Rey (Meaghan Rath), a hotel pool lifeguard who used to be a top candidate at the police academy; Junior Reigns (Beulah Koale), a former Navy SEAL; and Adam Noshimura (Ian Anthony Dale), Kono’s husband who has been a longtime confidant and resource for the team. 

In the season premiere, Steve, Danny and the rest of the task force find their hands full after a diabolical hacker named Aaron Wright helps escape a dangerous arsonist from prison.

Hawaii Five-O Season 8 premieres on January 8, every Monday at 10pm. First & Exclusive on AXN.

AXN is available on Cablelink Channel 38, Cignal Channel 121, Destiny Cable Channel 49, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

This January, AXN starts the new year with the all new seasons of two hit series - the action drama Hawaii Five-0 and the horror fantasy Supernatural. 

About AXN
AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and ground-breaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to U.S telecasts. From The Blacklist and Quantico, to MacGyver and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.

A perfect Christmas Gift for your Crowning Glory

"Invest in your hair, it is the crown you never take off. Invest in your hair because you wear it everyday."

Honestly I am not in my most beautiful if my hair is not in most beautiful look. Come on i don't mind not wearing attractive outfit but I do mind having my hair done in a most nice looking way.

So this coming Christmas All that’s left undone is a party season-perfect hairstyle. I have a lot of hairstyle in mind for the season. But my main concern are the products that i use or put on my hair. During the 90's most of the people run to the rescue for hair spraynet but everyone knows it is not a good habit to use it as well as adding damage to your delicate strands are the chemical contents of various products on hand. From shampoo to conditioner and hair treatment, down to styling goods to groom it to your liking, their harsh synthetic materials jeopardize the natural oil and luster of your mane.

But how do we really take good care of our hair? Vvitamins and minerals are soem of the few vitamins needed to make the hair to become shiny and strong. But hey it's Christmas season and a lot o food is everywhere from different Christmas Parties. Be careful on what you take in, thinking that it’s also what you feed your ‘do. Because you are what you eat, the fate of your crowning glory is in the plate. 

Do not stressout yourself too much of the Christmas Rush of buying gifts and preparing for the food to feast on the Christmas eve. Even stress can wear off the beauty and health of the tress. And that’s exactly what you should avoid this Yuletide season. Never put pressure on yourself just to please everyone. Just take it easy, let your hair down and party all night long. 

NOVUHAIR makes everyday “a good hair day” for its valued patrons like you with its Christmas and Year-End Promo. Get an extra NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo 200 ml. worth Php 1,040.00 for FREE if you buy a NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack at participating WATSONS stores nationwide (DOH-FDA CCRR Permit No.: 967 s. 2017).

Packed with 19 natural ingredients—mostly standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients—NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion does not only help prevent the hair fall malady, but also aids in stimulating hair growth. NOVUHAIR helps prevent hair loss, improve overall appearance, promote nourishment and rejuvenation. It is clinically-tested and proven safe and effective.

Whether it’s a luxury gift for your loved ones, or a self-indulgent treat for you, opt for the best with this Christmas and Year-End promo. NOVUHAIR has the perfect gift to inspire and keep you party-ready this Holiday season, while providing you with the ultimate styling result.

For inquiries:
Please call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575
You may also visit Novuhair’s Website:
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Waze your way out of Holiday traffic for better driving experience this Christmas

Predict the best times and routes with Waze for better driving experience this Christmas!

In the Philippines, worst day to drive this Christmas will be Friday, Dec 22, as well as in Malaysia and Singapore. Everyone’s favourite Christmas tune while sitting in holiday traffic is 90s classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. This is according to most popular songs data from Waze’s partnership with Spotify.

In the unfortunate event that Santa’s sleigh breaks down, Waze can help plan your trip from the Philippines to the North Pole to get your gifts. Based on Filipinos’ average driving speed, it will take about 14 days to reach Santa’s house. In APAC, Philippines is ~1,400KM closer to the North Pole than Singapore, yet Filipino drivers take 8 more days to get there. Globally, Italian drivers are among the fastest in the race to the North Pole (likely because everyone is driving Ferraris).

For this trip to the North Pole, the 3 slowest countries were Philippines, Australia and Brazil while the fastest were USA, Italy and France.

As for your return trip to ring in 2018, Waze recommends avoiding the roads between 3pm – 5pm on Sunday, Dec 31, especially if you’re hoping to make it back home in time for your New Year’s Eve party.

Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app,  collected data over the past year and has come up with the date and the hours of the day when traffic is at its worst. The data includes places that increased in traffic during the holiday. In the hands of a seasoned driver, this information will shorten travel time so families can spend more time together.

Worst time and date for driving 
Waze has also come up with a report on Philippine cities that had increased traffic over the holidays. 

Key metros with heavy traffic
With the exception of Angeles City in Pampanga and Naga City in Bicol, most cities with increased traffic volume are found in the southern part of the country. If you have plans to go through these areas, best schedule hitting the road earlier than usual or just go somewhere else to celebrate.

But if staying away from these places is not an option, Waze has a solution - Planned Drive. The function gives drivers the estimated time of departure and arrival.

Christmas tunes for Wazers on Spotify
Earlier this year, Waze and Spotify announced a partnership to bring your favourite Spotify playlists into the Waze app. With the integration in full swing, your commute, road trip or holiday-related traffic jam becomes much more enjoyable, especially as Wazers get into the holiday groove with Spotify! 

It’s no surprise that our favorite diva Mariah Carey has topped the list with “All I Want for Christmas Is You”.

Top 5 Most Popular Christmas Songs for Wazers on Spotify:
  1. “All I Want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
  2. “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Michael BublĂ©
  3. “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande
  4. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – 2010 Digital Remaster”by John Lennon
  5. “Last Christmas – Remastered” by Wham!

Trip to the North Pole: PH Ranks Slowest 
In the unfortunate event that Santa’s sleigh breaks down, Waze can help plan your trip from Philippines to the North Pole to get your gifts. Based on Filipinos’ average driving speed, it will take about 22 days to reach Santa’s house. In APAC, Philippines is ~1,400KM closer to the North Pole than Singapore, yet Filipino drivers take 8 more days to get there. Globally, Italian drivers are among the fastest in the race to the North Pole.

As for your return trip to ring in 2018, Waze recommends avoiding the roads between 3pm – 5pm on Sunday, Dec 31, especially if you’re hoping to make it back home in time for your New Year’s Eve party. 

In a race based on Days to NP at 100 KPH and Days Added Due to Region Speed, Waze ranked the Philippines, followed by Australia and Brazil as the 3 Slowest Countries, while USA, Italy and France, no surprise there, as the 3 Fastest Countries to reach the North Pole.

Enjoy this holiday season and let Waze and Spotify be your best road companion wherever you may go to celebrate. Download the Waze and Spotify from the Play Store or the App Store. For more information, please visit the Waze at  

Christmas is time spent with family and friends. Who can resist the laughter, the stories, the food, and above all, the company? It motivates people to endure tedious traffic to go and be with their loved ones. Nobody loves traffic jams, especially during the Christmas season. Knowing what roads to take or avoid, planning ahead for the best time to leave and the shortest travel time to arrive at a destination is one Christmas treat we all want.

About Waze
Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today’s maps. Waze is home to the world’s largest network of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favourite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit

Linggo, Disyembre 17, 2017

Coke Studio Music finds its way back to Marawi

“This is our way of showing support and solidarity with the Filipino people – to be able to contribute in the rebuilding process. Music is one of the things that threads through every person, regardless of age, religion, culture, and socio-economic bracket. We are committed to help the communities that we serve, especially in times like these that we have to come together to rebuild not just the physical structures, but most importantly, the lives of the people.” ~Stephan Czypionka, Marketing Director of Coca-Cola Philippines
Coca-Cola Philippines Assets, Promotions, and Activations Manager Macy Magpayo joins the evacuees in a photo op during the solidarity caravan in Marawi City

The evacuation center in Saguiaran, which has one of the biggest concentrations of Maranaos, hosted a mini-concert featuring a Coke Studio bands The Ransom Collective and Franco. They sang their own songs and distributed hydration kits to the evacuees.

Music will once again be heard in the streets of Marawi City and in the hearts of Maranaos as the government and members of the private sector work hand-in-hand to rebuild the city, its communities, and homes. In support of various efforts, Coca-Cola Philippines, through Coke Studio, spearheaded a hydration drive in evacuation camps, including the Maria Cristina Evacuation Camp, Buruun Gym, Sta. Elena Evacuation Camp and Saguiaran Gym, where around 5,000 Maranaos are sheltered.

Each family received various Coca-Cola products, including three 6-liter bottles of Wilkins Distilled water, and Coca-Cola shirts, while young local musicians sang OPM hits for the crowd. Customer partner Shakey’s also provided snacks for the evacuees.

Rock band Franco brings back music to the hearts of the Maranaos during a solidarity caravan of Coca-Cola Philippines at the Saguiaran Gym, one of the largest evacuation centers around Marawi City
“We are committed in helping rebuild Marawi and the communities impacted by this conflict. In partnership with relevant government agencies, we in the private sector will be bringing our sustainability initiatives to the area. Our 5by20 entrepreneurship programs will be provided for the spouses of soldiers deployed in Marawi, while water systems will also be installed in the communities. We’ll also build a Little Red Schoolhouse.” ~Jonah de Lumen-Pernia, Public Affairs and Communications Director of Coca-Cola Philippines
Coke Studio was launched early this year and successfully changed the OPM landscape with its creative collaborations with various artists. It also served as a platform for teens and young adults to come together, drawn by their common love for music.

The Filipino youth is also coming together to help rebuild Marawi, driven by their passion for music. A benefit concert at the Mall of Asia concert grounds, and a recyclables collection drive are just some of the fund-raising initiatives to build schoolhouses through the Little Red Schoolhouse program implemented by the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines.

Evacuees received hydration packages, which includes Wilkins Distilled, Coca-Cola, and Sparkle. A mini-concert and sing-along was also done at Saguiaran Gym

The construction of a school building is part of the commitment of Coca-Cola Philippines through the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation’s (PDRF) United4Marawi campaign. The Company also joined the PDRF in a three-day medical mission for the evacuees in Iligan City. Volunteer health care professionals provided check-ups, surgical procedures, and psychiatric intervention to the evacuees.

Coke Studio staged a benefit concert for the rehabilitation of Marawi on Saturday, December 9th, at the MOA Concert Grounds. Coke Studio artists such as:
  • Abra
  • Gab and John of Urbandub
  • The Ransom Collective
  • Gracenote
  • Moonstar88
  • Autotelic
  • Ebe Dancel
  • Franco
  • Reese Lansangan
  • BP Valenzuela
  • Sandwich
  • Noel Cabangon and Curtismith 

Joined various school bands for the benefit concert. A collection drive of PET bottles was done on site to help raise funds.

The Company also provided for the daily hydration needs of the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines stationed in Mindanao. 

About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and nearly 3,900 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our company's portfolio features 21 billion-dollar brands, 19 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. These brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at, follow us on Twitter at, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at or find us on LinkedIn at

LG V30+ Pre-orders Begin on December 15

"LG Mobile Philippines’ (LG) premium flagship phone, the V30+, is finally hitting the stores this month at SRP Php46,990, and it’s available for pre-order starting December 15 until 21. And, as a special gift this holiday season, the first 128 customers will get a LG 24” HD LED TV for free."
The first 128 customers will get a free LG 24” HD LED TV

This month at SRP Php 46,990.00, and it’s available for pre-order starting December 15 until 21. And, as a special gift this holiday season, the first 128 customers will get a LG 24” HD LED TV for free. 

2 Available Colors are:
  • Aurora black
  • Moroccan blue

To avail of this exciting promo, all you have to do is visit any participating store, place your pre-order, and pay P3, 000 for down payment. Every purchase entitles you to one (1) LG 24” HD LED TV. 

Participating stores include:
  • LG Concept Stores in SM Megamall
  • SM North Edsa
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • Greenhills
  • SM Pampanga
  • Glorietta
  • Alabang Town Center
  • Sta. Rosa
  • Marquee Mall
  • Memoxpress in SM North Edsa
  • SM Marikina
  • SM Megamall
  • SM Cubao
  • SM Pampanga
  • Robinsons Ermita
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • Festival Mall
  • Abenson stores in Glorietta 1
  • Market Market
  • Electroworld in Trinoma
  • Digital Walker in SM Mall of Asia
  • Introgadgets in Trinoma
  • Robinsons Midtown
  • Silicon Valley in SM Megamall
  • Ephone in Market Market

In Visayas and Mindanao, the promo is valid in the following stores:
  • LG Concept Stores in SM Lanang
  • Gaisano Mall
  • SM Cebu City
  • Ayala Centrio
  • SM Seaside Cebu
  • BQ Mall
  • SM Palawan
  • RC Goldline in SM Cebu City

For more information about LG mobile phones, please visit

The smartphone can be claimed at the same store starting December 22. Make sure to present the official receipt of down payment amount and two (2) valid IDs matching the OR. If you are among the lucky first 128 customers, your free LG 24” HD LED TV will be delivered directly to your home address. 

AXN New Travel Show “Adventure Your Way” hosted by TV personality Atom Araullo

Brand new original series hosted by TV personality Atom Araullo where viewers shape his experience via social media

AXN has added a fresh new reality series to its roster of top-rated original productions: Adventure Your Way, a weekly 30-minute travel show that explores new adventures in exciting destinations in the Philippines. 

TV personality Atom Araullo takes you to an adventure of your own choosing in the brand new original reality series Adventure Your Way, a weekly 30-minute travel show starting February 2018 on AXN that explores new adventures in exciting destinations in the Philippines. Unlike any other travel show, Adventure Your Way puts you where host Atom Araullo is and what he is doing. Whatever adventure he takes will be chosen from crowdsourcing on social media so you can be a part of his journey. 

Unlike any other travel show, Adventure Your Way invites Pinoy viewers to shape the travel experience of popular host Atom Araullo by sharing their bucket lists via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (#AXNAdventureYourWay). From these crowdsourced ideas, Atom will embark on a one-of-a-kind mission around the country equipped with only his phone and social media to guide him.  From sampling the local delicacies and meeting with the locals to discovering the most thrilling activities, Atom is completely in the hands of AXN fans. 

Adventurous ideas for Atom, which could be crazy, cultural, epic or daring, can be submitted from today via AXN’s social platforms: AXN or Adventure Your Way Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. 

Atom Araullo is an award-winning TV personality and is regarded as one of the top program hosts in the industry. His most notable work is the documentary Warmer (Climate Change), which won the Bronze Medal in the World’s Best TV and Films category of the 2017 New York Festivals. Today, Atom continues to pursue his interest in documentary filmmaking. 

Adventure Your Way is co-presented by Vivo Smart Phone, BDO, and Cherifer; and co-sponsored by Petron, Chevrolet, and Cebu Pacific. 

AXN is available on Cablelink Channel 38, Cignal Channel 121, Destiny Cable Channel 49, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

Adventure Your Way will premiere in February 2018 first and exclusively on AXN. 

About AXN
AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and ground-breaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to U.S telecasts. From SEAL Team and MacGyver, to The Amazing Race Asia and Asia’s Got Talent, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.

About Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, Asia is a leading operator of ad-supported channels including English general entertainment powerhouses AXN and Sony Channel; and Asian content giants Animax, GEM and ONE. SPT Networks’ portfolio collectively features the biggest and best titles from Korea, Japan and the U.S that are first run, exclusive and aired close to the original telecast. Taking the content beyond the screen, SPT Networks immerses viewers in its premium entertainment via large-scale festivals, celebrity fan meets and social platform conversations. In Asia, SPT Networks’ portfolio is available across 19 territories and in over 42 million homes.

Christmas Gift ideas under Php 1,000.00 and Php 2,500.00

"They say that gifts are a way of showing someone that you care about them. You can translate that thoughtfulness into literal care with the MyMaxicare LITE prepaid healthcard!"

One of the most grueling parts of the holidays has finally come upon us – choosing just what to buy for our loved ones! While the amount we spend on someone shouldn’t reflect how we feel about them, it’s still important to be able to budget our spending on gifts. It’s the season of gift giving.

Here are some great gift ideas for your loved ones that we’ve laid out into two popular budget ranges. 

Under Php 1,000.00

Power bank
A good power bank with a thin and light profile but a big capacity like 5000 or 10000mAh will help your loved ones stay in touch with you – or at least allow them to play a few more rounds of Candy Crush. 

These little dashboard-mounted cameras are soon going to be an essential part of driving around the slow and furious streets of the Philippines. They’re an amazing gift for anyone who drives regularly.

Prepaid healthcare – Php549/749
Even at this lower price range, you can find great prepaid healthcare options. Maxicare’s EReady prepaid health card provides up to Php15,000 coverage on emergency medical conditions, inclusive of ER fees, dressings, casts, and sutures, IV fluids and blood products, and more. It’s valid for up to 1 year from the activation date, and cardholders are eligible if they are between the ages of 15 days old and 65 years old. EReady can be purchased for a one-time payment of Php749 for access to major hospitals, and Php549 without this access.

Prepaid healthcare services
With Maxicare’s EReady and MyMaxicare LITE prepaid cards, the HMO opens up new, more flexible opportunities for Filipinos who can’t afford the monthly dues for a more traditional healthcare plan. These innovative programs ensure that a greater number of people are able to access healthcare, leaving no one behind when it comes to what matters most.

To buy Maxicare prepaid healthcards, just log on to

EReady and MyMaxicare Lite are also available in all Robinsons Department Stores (Business Center) nationwide and via IRemit.

Under Php 2,500.00

Good Earphones
The gift of high-quality music is precious. So do a little research and find a pair of great earphones that’s within budget for your music-loving friends. 

Fountain Pen
Once you’ve tried a fountain pen, you’ll never want to go back. Fountain pens are characterized by an incredible smoothness in the way they write, and will last forever if you take care of them. You can get a really great fountain pen for Php1000-1500 – throw in a bottle of ink for about Php300-500 and you’re still under the budget!

Prepaid healthcare – Php2199/1599
They say that gifts are a way of showing someone that you care about them. You can translate that thoughtfulness into literal care with the MyMaxicare LITE prepaid healthcard! For a one-time payment of Php2199, the recipient of this gift can get up to Php25,000 coverage for any of 8 common diseases – dengue, chikungunya, malaria, typhoid and paratyphoid, cholera, gastroenteritis, leptospirosis, and pneumonia – valid for 1 year, and for patients between ages 2 and 60 years old. Cardholders are covered for room and board, lab tests, professional fees and more, and even get additional discounts at select health services. You can also opt for a Php1599 card that has all of these benefits, though excluding access to major hospitals. 

Miyerkules, Disyembre 13, 2017

UNDP and Citi Foundation Launch Regional Program for Social Change

“We are proud to be partnering with UNDP to empower young people to take control of their future. Youth Co:Lab is part of Citi and the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress** initiative to prepare urban youth to thrive in today's economy. We are doing our part by collaborating with municipal and community leaders in cities around the world to tackle youth unemployment. In addition, I firmly believe that empowering young people to lead through entrepreneurship and social innovation is a critical part of the solution.” ~Jim McCue, Citi Shared Services Asia Pacific/Japan Head and Risk Shared Services Manila Head
Participants to the Youth Co:Lab flash their respective placards that represent the different development goals set forth by the UN.

Youth Co:Lab will drive social innovation and entrepreneurship to address the unemployment challenges faced by young people in the region. 

A regional program that targets social challenges and unemployment by harnessing youth leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation was launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Citi Foundation.

The global youth unemployment rate is currently over 13 percent*, that is about 71 million young people, aged 15 to 24, are unemployed worldwide and about half of these live in Asia Pacific.

In addition, the Global Youth Survey 2017: Economic Prospects & Expectations study commissioned by Citi Foundation found that of the 7,000 respondents polled, 69% had dreams of starting their own business but only 44% were trying to do so, citing a lack of education and skills and concerns of failure.
“The youth of the Philippines’ not only have a stake in the country’s development trajectory but can also play a critical role in shaping that trajectory. The challenge is to harness the creativity and dynamism of the young and align these to tackling some of the country’s most significant development challenges. UNDP is delighted to work with Citi Foundation in providing a platform to enable youth-led social enterprises to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in the Philippines. We hope to catalyse youth innovations, provide young entrepreneurs with better access to market information and business skills, and with government, provide a better enabling environment for youth-led enterprises. With Citi Foundation, we hope to inspire young innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs to become influential and successful actors for development.” ~Titon Mitra, UNDP Philippines Country Director 
The survey polled respondents across 45 cities worldwide. A majority of 78% also agreed that apprenticeships and internships were critical to future success but 60% did not feel that there were enough of such opportunities in their cities.

Targeted at helping young people overcome some of these challenges, the Youth Co:Lab program will convene a series of National Dialogues and Social Innovation Challenges across Asia-Pacific that will culminate in a Regional Summit to be held in Bangkok in March 2018.

The National Dialogues serve as platforms for young people to directly engage policy makers, private sector partners including incubators, youth-led organizations, NGOs and academia, on how to develop and accelerate youth-led entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Titon Mitra, UNDP Country Director in the Philippines and  Jim McCue, Citi Shared Services Asia Pacific/Japan Head and Risk Shared Services Manila Head (3rd and 4th from left) with #HackSociety winners (L-R) Krizia Lucero of Tuto Club, Keisha Mayuga of LawKo, Leah Sasing of Phinix and Angel Aniag of Arooga Health.

Alongside the National Dialogues, the Social Innovation Challenges, akin to start-up hackathons, enable participating youth to showcase their proposed ideas and solutions to tackle some of the world’s biggest social challenges.

Through these platforms, young entrepreneurs will connect with governments, mentors, incubators, and investors who will help equip them with entrepreneurial capabilities and skills. This includes mentoring and networking opportunities as well as support to start and accelerate their social enterprises.

UNDP and Citi Foundation launch their partnership during the Youth Co:Lab National Dialogue: Inspiring Innovators, Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Actors for Development (i2 LEAD), held at Makati City. The two-day Dialogue brings together some 100 delegates including government officials, private sector participants, academia and youth representatives to identify challenges and solutions to improve the support and ecosystem for youth entrepreneurship in the Philippines.

UNDP and Citi Foundation, alongside local network partners, are pioneering the National Dialogue & Social Innovation Challenge in various countries in Asia Pacific. In its inaugural year, key countries including Thailand, Philippines and China are being piloted and plans are already underway to scale up the Youth Co:Lab program across the region next year.

For updates, follow #YouthCoLab on social media, and visit the Youth Co:Lab Facebook. 

Statistics show many Asia Pacific countries are experiencing a “youth bulge” with adolescents and young adults making up a third of the population. In the Philippines, the median age of its population is 24.2 years and 32% of the 103.5 million population is under 15. It has the third youngest population in the ASEAN after Laos and Cambodia.

*International Labor Organization
*Pathways to Progress is Citi and the Citi Foundation’s response to the persistent issue of youth unemployment globally. Led by the philanthropic efforts of the Citi Foundation, and strengthened by the active involvement of dedicated Citi volunteers, the Pathways to Progress initiative supports programs that help young people, ages 16-24, build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills, and begin to engage in the formal economy through a first job.

In February 2017, the Citi Foundation announced it would expand its philanthropic commitment to empowering urban youth with an additional $100 million investment to impact the lives of 500,000 young people in cities around the world by 2020. To support these efforts, Citi is mobilizing 10,000 Citi volunteers to serve as mentors, coaches, and provide professional advice to help young people move towards their career goals.

Royal Caribbean International Set sail on the Mariner of the Seas with Citi Credit Cards

“This is only one of many irresistible travel offers available on our PayLite ‘Bucket List’ campaign.  For the coming months, our clients will be spoilt for choice with one-of-a-kind discounted travel experiences available on easy on the pocket payment options.” ~David Stoughton, Citi Philippines Credit Payments Director
Go on a holiday cruise onboard the Mariner of the Seas and enjoy up to $100 onboard credits with Citi PayLite installment plan

Awarded as the best cruise line for years by the international magazine Travel Weekly and considered a Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand in Asia, Royal Caribbean International has made its name by providing the best, most innovative ships, features, destinations and personalized services to its guests. Part of its 21-strong fleet, Mariner of the Seas can accommodate up to 3,114 guests on double occupancy. 

The Mariner of the Seas also brings to wayfarers the best of Melaccan culture through the 3Nights Best of Penang Cruise that go around Singapore and Penang, and the 3Nights Weekend in Port Klang Cruise that takes you to the cosmopolitan cities of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur—all available at $246 onwards.  

For those eager to explore the Indochina pavilion of Southeast Asia, take your pick from the 4Nights Penang and Phuket Cruise, the 4Nights Penang and Langkawi Cruise, and the 7Nights Vietnam and Thailand Cruise.

Each Royal Caribbean journey, besides taking you to amazing destinations, allows you to enjoy an unforgettable onboard experience that includes delectable dining options, exciting activities, and amazing entertainment. What’s more, enjoy up to $100 onboard credits when you avail of this generous offer using Citi PayLite  up to January 31, 2018. 

Open to all Citi cardholders, the Citi PayLite installment plan lets you enjoy 0% interest or affordable converted monthly factor rates at participating establishments and network partners nationwide. It allows light and easy installments for up to 3 months when purchasing travel packages, gadgets, apparel, appliances, and a whole lot more.

So what are you waiting for? Level up your vacation plans with Citi and Royal Caribbean International! Call its local office, Arpan Air Inc., at (02) 892-2701 to 03, or send an email to, or to make your booking today.

For more information about this exciting promotion and to know more about privileges exclusive only to Citi account holders, log on to

Itching to go around the whole continent? Go on the 9Nights Exotic Asia Cruise, which takes you through Shanghai, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh and Singapore for as low as $288. Longing for an escapade but only have a week to spare? Not to worry—the 7Nights Exotic Asia Cruise brings you to bustling Singapore, scenic Penang and breath taking Phuket.  

This is your chance to gear up for an unforgettable holiday cruise that departs from Singapore and brings you to the sublime shores of the Asian continent. 

Your Selfie Expert Christmas Gift Guide from OPPO

Ideal Christmas selfie companion this holiday season!

Here’s a Selfie Expert Christmas gift guide for your monitos and monitas, and even for you! While everyone’s squeezing in as many gatherings and Christmas shopping as possible, Selfie Expert OPPO has got you covered on finding the perfect gift for you this season as it has officially announced its holiday promo with price drops you won’t be able to resist. 

OPPO A57 for only Php 10,990.00!
A smartphone that won’t stretch your budget, the OPPO A57 is the perfect smartphone for you!  It comes with a fingerprint scanner, a 13MP front camera, a 16MP rear camera with Beautify 4.0, and a 32GB internal storage – definitely a Selfie Expert standout at a much affordable price.

OPPO F3 for only Php 13,990.00!
Make everyone fit in your groufies with the dual selfie camera of the OPPO F3! Everyday tasks will never be a problem with its octa-core processor and ample 64GB storage. Not to mention its two sim-card capacity and even a dedicated microSD slot for all of your selfies, groufies and videos. 

OPPO F3 Plus for only Php 19,990.0!
The 6-inch full HD design of the OPPO F3 Plus will definitely give you extra plus points on your gatherings. Taking groufies has never been more fun with its dual selfie camera, as the wide-angle lens can surely fit a lot of people in one shot. If you’re feeling a little more traditional, feel free to use its rear 16MP camera that is equipped with a Sony IMX398 sensor for crisp and clear photos. 

You won’t even have to worry about storage anymore because the OPPO F3 Plus has a built-in 64GB storage, so you’ll be able to stock as many selfies and groufies as you can. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner which allows you to access your phone the fastest way possible. Not to mention, it packs a 4,000mAH battery with VOOC rapid charging technology to keep you online all the time. 

Getting an OPPO phone can’t be more fulfilling than ever, you can even get freebies such as Bluetooth speakers, selfie sticks and more for every purchase. Whatever your smartphone preference is, OPPO has you covered for that ideal Christmas selfie. 

Here’s to fulfilling your Christmas wish list this year! For more exciting updates about the OPPO F5 Youth, make sure to tune in to OPPO Philippines’ Official Facebook page

Now that Christmas is fast approaching, we are sure you’re definitely making your way through the holiday rush in buying your OPPO ideal Christmas selfie companion this holiday season. 

About OPPO
For the last 10 years, OPPO has been focusing on manufacturing camera phones, while innovating mobile photography technology breakthroughs. OPPO started the era of selfie beautification and was the first brand to launch smartphones with 5MP and 16MP front cameras.  OPPO was also the first brand to introduce the motorized rotating camera, the Ultra HD feature and the 5x Dual Camera Zoom technology. OPPO's Selfie Expert F series launched in 2016 drove a selfie trend in the smartphone industry.

In 2016, OPPO was ranked as the number 4 smartphone brand globally, according to IDC. And today, OPPO provides excellent smartphone photography experience to over 100 million young people around the world. For more information, please visit

Miyerkules, Disyembre 6, 2017

TechnoMarine's New MoonSun Collection

Liza Soberano wearing MoonSun by TechnoMarine

Founded in Switzerland in 1997, TechnoMarine focuses on active luxury with its combination of quality, sophistication, and originality. TechnoMarine constructs each watch with the highest of standards; each timepiece engineered using the finest materials to produce the balance of durability and elegance for which the brand is known. 

Inspired by the lines and energy of urban landscapes, the collection captures a youthful sophistication, powered by a precision Swiss movement and superior craftsmanship that’s tailor made for one’s active yet chic lifestyle. The collection offers incomparable motion in design of 40mm case size for women and 42mm – 44mm case size for men, with a wide selection of either all-steel, all-steel in black, in steel and gold, or a chronograph with leather strap, and with technical prowess and water resistance of 50 meters.

Possessing the very qualities that make the MoonSun collection distinct are the faces of TechnoMarine: Liza Soberano and Alden Richards – youthful and vibrant; stylish yet subtle.

With two of the hottest young celebrities today representing the collection – Liza, a gorgeous style icon who easily transitioned from the small screen to the movies as an A-list star; moves effortlessly from day to evening with MoonSun’s minimalist timepiece that is equally stylish and chic. And Alden, everyone’s favorite leading man and ever the gentleman with his boy-next-door charm; lives through time in his charismatic way, whether hitting the gym during the day, then heading for an elegant dinner date – MoonSun is perfect for any adventure or occasion.
Alden Richards wearing MoonSun by TechnoMarine

Indeed, with the MoonSun collection, you too can be the center of your universe like Liza Soberano and Alden Richards, defining day to night style through the allure that only TechnoMarine timepieces can bring.

TechnoMarine boutiques are located at:
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • SM Megamall
  • SM North Edsa
  • SM City Cebu
  • SM Lanang Premier
  • TriNoma
  • Greenbelt 3
  • Robinson’s Galleria
  • Robinson’s Magnolia
  • Shangri-La Plaza
  • And all MyDiamond boutiques nationwide

Follow and Like them on Facebook: and follow them on Instagram @technomarineph.

TechnoMarine is proud to introduce MoonSun, its newest collection that presents a totally refreshing dimension to the luxurious Swiss brand watch.

Villa Del Conte Chocolates the sweetness of Christmas

Make your holiday extra special and delightful than having sweet chocolates on your table this coming Christmas.

Customized Christmas box from Padova, Italy is filled with:
  • Luscious Villa Del Conte chocolates – 400 grams of assorted pralines at Php 1,490.00, or 250 grams at Php 980.00. 

Get boxes of delicious artisanal chocolates for Christmas at all Villa Del Conte stores in:
  • Greenbelt 5
  • Century City Mall
  • Shangri-La Mall,
  • Resorts World Manila
  • SM Megamall
  • Robinsons Magnolia  

Contact 893-2575. To know about Villa Del Conte and its other tempting chocolate creations, follow Villa Del Conte on Facebook at, Twitter at, and Instagram account at, or visit

Whether they are for you, or your clients, friends, and loved ones to enjoy, Villa Del Conte Christmas box will make Christmas sweet and memorable.

HSBC helps #OneStepCLoser to get young employee his Better Self

Regular employees like Anjo Maico, 27, skillfully juggle multiple priorities. Faced with daily challenges at work and managing personal finances, Anjo finds it equally challenging to incorporate regular exercise on his list of daily ‘to-dos.’ As he tackles the demands of his professional and personal life, Anjo’s biggest fear is that he might not be able to fulfill everything he set out to accomplish, if he is not of sound health.  

Dreams power everyday life. It creates focus, demands self-improvement, and moves one towards the right direction. Chasing after your dream, no matter how big or small, becomes possible when you are surrounded with the right people and the right tools to turn them into reality. 

To see how Anjo got #OneStepCloser to his, visit

HSBC believes that one step is all it takes to make dreams happen, and it becomes easier with a banking partner who you know will always have your back. It’s never too late to make your dream happen this year.