Lunes, Oktubre 30, 2017

Sharper, clearer vision from Essilor

“Turning 40 is one of the greatest milestones in life that we should embrace and appreciate. We need healthy vision to see and enjoy every moment in our life, which is why it’s important that we take care of our eyes. With healthy vision, we can live our lives to the fullest.” ~Piolo Pascual
Piolo, who recently turned 40, continues to charm audiences on the silver screen and television with his expressive eyes, which light up in romances, pierce through rivals in action-thrillers and brim with tears in dramas.

Although it is said that “life begins at 40,” many people still dread reaching the so-called prime of their lives. This is the time when undesirable physical changes start to appear. One of the most telling signs of being 40 is the beginning of eye problems like presbyopia or near-vision blurriness. 

But do people really have to suffer poor vision as they age? Top actor Piolo Pascual does not think so.

Varilux progressive lenses are recognized worldwide as an optimal solution to achieving natural, sharper vision in any distance, with smooth transition in between. Using patented W.A.V.E 2.0 and Binocular Booster™ lens technologies, Varilux lenses help those in the prime of their lives see effortlessly in any distance, and also help boost their active lifestyles. 

Feel good and look good while enjoying the prime of your life with healthy eyesight. Use Varilux to achieve sharper and clearer vision. For more information, visit Essilor’s website at, and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Piolo emphasizes the importance of taking care of one’s health and ensuring and protecting clear eyesight. For people who enter their 40s and start to experience near-vision blurriness, he recommends having the eyes checked regularly. He says that the key to keeping the eyes healthy midlife are prevention, protection and correction. He recommends Varilux lenses for his fellow forty-somethings with presbyopia.

About Essilor 
The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its corporate mission is to enable everyone around the world to access lenses that meet his or her unique visual requirements. To support this vision, the Company allocates over €160 million to research and development every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Essilor’s flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®, Xperio® and OptifogTM.

It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.

Essilor reported consolidated revenue of €4.9 billion in 2012 and employs around 50,700 people in some 100 countries. It operates 19 plants, a total of 390 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world.

Essilor was classified by Forbes magazine as being among the world’s 30 most innovative companies.

For more information, please visit


Taking for granted of taking good care of our crowning glory our hair will indeed result to different hair problems and one of its cause is stress and it may affect most of your work routine as well as your moods. 

Hectic schedules and pressure from work, not to mention the pollution and filth outside easily make you feel unease and, at times, irritable. Slow down a bit, have fun and relax. There’s no better way to begin with your mane.

Have you ever experienced a day wherein nothing seems to go well, that no matter how you try to choose the right path, you keep making the wrong turn? Just like having a bad hair day, no matter how many times you comb your hair, it just would not budge.

Just like losing strands of your hair due to factors beyond your control, you too can do something.
  • Eat healthy – Eating the right food can alter your mood. Having low-level of folic acid in your body can cause anxiety, hence, food such as asparagus, avocado, salmon, and almond are recommended to fight stress hormones.
  • Stay calm – Listen to comforting music and reading feel-good stories can help switch you to a calm mood.
  • Exercise – Exercise releases endorphins that can relieve you from stress and anxiety.
  • Supplement –Taking in Vitamins such as B-complex can alter mood swings.

Don’t let your stress factors contribute to your hair loss. Letting yourself succumb to anxiety will definitely show up to your follicles and this can lead to more hair loss.
Hectic schedules and pressure from work, not to mention the pollution and filth outside easily make you feel unease and, at times, irritable. Slow down a bit, have fun and relax. There’s no better way to begin with your mane.

Tip 1: The stroke of a comb can give you a soothing feeling while, at the same time, help unleash the natural oil of your hair.
Tip 2: Stay away from getting pigtails, hair weaves, braids and tight hair rollers, which can pull and stress your hair.
Tip 3: Avoid perming, straightening or coloring because they contain toxic chemicals that could cause damage to your locks.
Tip 4: Choose natural. Use NOVUHAIR topical solution. Apply liberal amount on to your scalp and hair. Massage it gently for -10 minutes to help permeate deeply from root to tip. NOVUHAIR is packed with 19 natural ingredients that help promote growth, nourishment and rejuvenation of your tress.

NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. For more information, please contact hotlines 4136570 and 09228830575 from Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm or visit

Life can be challenging at times but there will always be a way to resolve these challenges and come out victorious. Having this in mind will be easy to keep your patience and continue to move forward.

Sun Life three digital financial literacy initiatives - Money for Life: MOVING UP

“Nowadays, Filipinos are more empowered in taking charge of their finances. They are turning to online resources to help them understand financial concepts and manage their money. Given our expertise and experience, we want to be their go-to partner as they progress in their financial journey.” ~Mylene Lopa, Chief Marketing Officer Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc.

Sun Life offers three free online resources to help many learn and plan for their future bBoosting its efforts to make financial literacy accessible to Filipinos.

Attend the Brighter Life Institute
Open for enrollment since 2014, the award-winning Brighter Life Institute or BLI is an organized learning program inspired by MOOCs (massive online open courses). For this year, BLI rolls out the Moving Up module – a set of lessons which aim to teach families basic financial planning practices and the value of honest conversations about money, even to one’s children.

The Moving Up module takes its cue from Sun Life’s ‘Money For Life’ philosophy, which shows a holistic journey through four different life stages. With lessons spanning from creating a household budget to preparing for future milestones such as a college education, BLI’s latest offering can now be accessed via

Begin your journey with the My Future Fund Calculator
For a glimpse of how an insurance-with-savings product can help in reaching one’s dreams on time, the My Future Fund Calculator is available via Just set a target date, choose a My Future Fund nearest the target date, and pair it with a suitable Sun Life variable life insurance product.

My Future Fund is perfect for families who are preparing for a specific purpose, like a college education or owning their own home.

What’s more, users of the My Future Calculator can get a chance to win P25,000 cash when they share it on Facebook and subscribe to Brighter Life Institute through the Plan 4 Your Fam, Win a Future Fund promo. Full mechanics HERE.

Connect with #SINAG online journalism contest
Now on its fourth year, #SINAG invites Filipino bloggers and online journalists to be part of Sun Life’s financial literacy advocacy by sharing and posting about their insights and experiences on money management.

From securing their future to learning about financial instruments, #SINAG is a valuable compilation of life stories and advice from writers who also believe in the benefit of being financially prepared.

Interested writers can send a link of their entry to Full contest mechanics can be found here. Clueless on where to start? The Brighter Life Institute and the My Future Fund Calculator are good jump-off points to select a #SINAG-worthy entry.

For updates on Brighter Life Institute, My Future Fund Calculator, and #SINAG, follow us on social media via @sunlifeph.

Together, they provide a three-step push for individuals and families towards achieving their dreams: attend the Brighter Life Institute, begin their journey with the My Future Fund Calculator, and connect with the #SINAG online journalism contest.

Biyernes, Oktubre 27, 2017

SOLANE in service initiatives

The event aimed to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship in a competitive and friendly game while encouraging a healthy lifestyle among its employees.
Present during the event were (from left) Isla LPG Corporation or ILC account manager Kyle Yulo, ILC general manager for sales Tonito Gonzalez, Marianing and Sons president Marlon Julius Lao, ILC CEO Ruben Domingo, Marianing and Sons operations manager Jose Joaquin Mayor, ILC marketing manager Valeri Villano, and ILC regional sales manager for Visayas and Mindanao Rene Gamba

Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, recently held its first basketball cup tournament at the Balabag basketball court in Boracay aptly named the Solane Boracay Cup.  The basketball tournament is also part of Solane’s corporate social responsibility program which seeks to help provide educational materials and school equipment to public schools. Winners in the tournament donated their prizes (which included audio visual equipment, school supplies package, and tables and chairs package) to schools within the community. 


Celebrate Halloween with your kids at the grandest and spookiest Halloween party at the Festival Mall!

For kids, Halloween doesn’t only mean scary ghosts and haunted houses; it’s a time for exciting parties and games with friends.  There are three ways to join the contest: a minimum purchase of P2,000.00 single or accumulated receipt/s from any Festival Mall tenant from Oct. 1 to 25; a minimum purchase of P2,500.00 single or accumulated receipt/s from Shopwise and Savemore from Oct. 1 to 25; or a purchase of Php 500 worth of ride tickets at any Amusement Center ticket booth (Pixie Forest, X-Site, and Train Station) from Oct. 1 to 25. 

It’s a costume-cum-acting contest, and Festival Mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa goes all out for kids at the Halloween Kingdom slated on Oct. 31, 1 p.m., at the mall’s second level Carousel Court!

Invited to be famous kings and queens, princes and princesses, fairies, knights or even colorful commoners, children from ages four to 10 years old are invited to dress and act the part as they present themselves to the judges at Festival Mall’s annual gathering, a much-awaited one among families South of Manila. 

The grand prize winner will receive Php15,000 in cash, while the 1st runner-up will take home Php 10,000 in cash, while the 2nd runner-up will get Php 5,000 cash prize. Four consolation prizes will also be given at Php 1,000 worth of cash.

Festival Mall is a Filinvest Lifemall and a premier development in Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. It is the only mall with five anchor stores: Shopwise Supercenter, SaveMore, Robinsons Department Store, Ace Hardware and Handyman. It has over 700 shops, a total of 2,300 multilevel parking slots, various food outlets, and indoor amusement rides.

Participants may register by filling out application forms available at the mall customer service counter, together with the photocopy of the child’s birth certificate or school ID. Deadline of submission is on October 25 at 9 p.m. 

JOLLIBEE Kids Club Halloween Fun!

Jollibee Kids Club members are in for more treats than tricks as the country’s leading fast-food chain hosts the most exciting and thrilling costume party—Jollibee Halloween Fun. 

This Halloween, et your kids be part of Jollibee Kids Club for a chance to join the Jollibee Halloween Fun until November 5, 2017 at select Jollibee stores nationwide! Visit a Jollibee store near you for more details on the event.

Jollibee Kids Club members are in for more treats than tricks as the country’s leading fast-food chain hosts the most exciting and thrilling costume party—Jollibee Halloween Fun. 

Little ones will have the chance to dress up in fancy costumes, enjoy fun games and have a wonderful time with their fellow kids at the costume party being held at participating Jollibee stores nationwide until November 5, 2017.

Kids can unleash their imagination and be whoever they want to be at the Halloween Fun costume parade. Here they can channel their inner fairies, superheroes, princesses, pirates and so much more for a chance to be the best-dressed jolly kid and win cool prizes.

From dancing like zombies and Frankenstein, to feeding monster creatures and passing around a pumpkin ball, members of one of the country’s most active kids clubs are in for a series of exciting Halloween-themed games that will have them jumping from their seats.

To prep the kids up for a bucket brimming with sweet Halloween treats, they will also get a chance to get creative with their creepy candy-holders. Jollibee Kids Club members can make and decorate their own paper plate candy-holders with the help of their parents.

With a jam-packed program that is sure to get tummies hungry, Jollibee Kids Club members can recharge and munch down on some of their favorite langhap-sarap treats. 

Lunes, Oktubre 23, 2017



The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), has just announced the full card for ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT, set for 24 November at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Fans will be treated to another exciting evening of authentic martial arts action, as the best martial artists in the world take to the ONE Championship cage. In the main event, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee will defend her title against Japanese martial arts veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi in a highly-anticipated rematch. In the evening’s co-main event, reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren will defend his title against former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki. It is Askren’s final bout as a professional before he retires from the cage, and takes an executive position with ONE Championship.

Ticket information for ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT is available at

21-year-old “Unstoppable” Angela Lee of Singapore is considered one of ONE Championship’s most outstanding athletes. She captured the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship with an awe-inspiring victory over Mei Yamaguchi in 2016, and has since then defended the title successfully on two occasions. Lee’s beautiful combination of elite striking and grappling has proven to be a potent formula for success, as she has remained unbeaten in her career. In the most recent bout of an impressive run, Lee dominated top contender Istela Nunes, showcasing her wide array of skills. She now returns to Singapore to defend her title against Mei Yamaguchi in a much-anticipated rematch.

34-year old Japanese martial arts veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi is a female atomweight standout and a former ONE world title challenger from Tokyo. She is the DEEP Jewels Featherweight Champion, and owns seven submissions and two knockouts in her 27-bout professional career. In 2016, Yamaguchi challenged Angela Lee for the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship in an epic showdown that would later win multiple ‘Bout of the Year’ honors from international media publications. In her last bout, Yamaguchi submitted top contender Jenny Huang impressively within two rounds. With the victory, Yamaguchi earned the right to challenge for the world title once more opposite the champion Angela Lee.

A former NCAA Division I All-American and US Olympian, Ben “Funky” Askren is a collegiate wrestling legend and one of the finest martial artists in the world today. Askren joined ONE Championship in 2014, taking the promotion by storm and capturing the ONE Welterweight World Championship with a resounding technical knockout victory over Nobutatsu Suzuki. Since then, Askren has successfully defended the title twice, and has stopped six of his last seven opponents to maintain a perfect 17-0 professional record. In what is being billed as the last bout of Askren’s illustrious professional career, the American is set to defend his title against the legendary Shinya Aoki of Japan.

Global martial arts veteran Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki of Shizuoka, Japan, is one of the world’s most decorated athletes. He is the DREAM Lightweight Champion, former Shooto Welterweight Champion, and the former ONE Lightweight World Champion. The 34-year-old Aoki is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under the famed Yuki Nakai and has won multiple grappling tournaments all over the world. Aoki also holds a black belt in judo and is widely considered one of the best pure grapplers in professional martial arts competition today. In his next bout, Aoki makes his ONE Championship welterweight debut, taking on reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren of the United States for the title.

Leandro “Brodinho” Issa is a 34-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion black belt from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who trains and competes out of the world-renowned Evolve Fight Team in Singapore. With a record of 14 wins and six losses, including nine wins by submission and two by knockout, Issa has proven to be an exciting competitor with a penchant for spectacular victories. A pioneer of ONE Championship’s bantamweight division, Issa will take on American Andrew Leone in his next assignment.

Andrew Leone of Cortland, New York, is a 28-year-old martial artist who trains alongside some of the most talented combat sports athletes in Asia at the renowned Bali MMA gym in Indonesia. With a standout record of eight wins and only three losses, Leone is victorious in three of his last four outings, including tough decisions over top flyweight contenders. In his most recent contest, Leone earned the right to challenge reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, falling via first-round submission. Now, Leone is looking to get back into title contention but will next have to face talented veteran Leandro Issa.

22-year-old Singaporean top lightweight contender Amir Khan is a martial artist with a stellar professional record of 8-2. He is considered one of the most promising young talents to represent Singapore on the international stage of martial arts. Khan is currently riding a five-bout win streak, with all of his victories coming by way of scintillating finish, including one by submission and four by devastating knockout. In his most recent outing, Khan needed less than one round to finish Jaroslav Jartim with a combination of punches and kicks. Next in line for Khan is the always-dangerous Adrian Pang.

Adrian “The Hunter” Pang is a martial arts veteran from Queensland, Australia, with a 22-10-2 professional record. The veteran Pang has decimated opponents with his incredible power and no-frills approach to striking in nearly two decades as a professional. He is known for his astounding durability and overwhelming strength, with the ability to walk through opponents with little to no resistance. Pang will need to muster all of his strength however, when he takes on rising star Amir Khan of Singapore in his next appearance inside the ONE Championship cage.

22-year-old Li Kai Wen of Tianjin is the ONE Featherweight Beijing Tournament 2014 Champion and is one of the most fearsome young competitors from China. Li utilizes his tremendous striking ability and aggression to overwhelm foes with his offense, which has resulted in a series of impressive highlight reel stoppages so far in his young career. On his way to becoming a complete martial artist, Li will be faced with a tough challenge in fellow rising star Ahmed Mujtaba.

Ahmed “The Wolverine” Mujtaba is a Pakistani martial artist competing in ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division. He owns an impressive professional record of six wins with only one defeat, with 83% of his wins coming by spectacular finish. Mujtaba is known for his tremendous grappling technique which has led to four submissions out of six total victories. Mujtaba makes his highly-anticipated return to the ONE Championship cage against Li Kai Wen.

Singaporean female strawweight contender “Mighty” May Ooi is a martial artist with a professional record of 3-2. A former champion swimmer, Ooi represented Singapore in the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona. Today, she is one of the country’s most talented martial artists, and a hard-working competitor possessing well-rounded striking and grappling skills. In her most recent contest, Ooi scored a thrilling upset, defeating Malaysia’s Ann “Athena” Osman by  first-round submission in her promotional debut. Ooi is now set to make her second appearance inside the ONE Championship cage opposite Cambodia’s Vy Srey Khouch.

Vy Srey Khouch is a highly-regarded Cambodian martial artist and former female boxer who competed in numerous international competitions. She made her professional debut in 2015, winning by decision at ONE: KINGDOM OF KHMER. In her most recent bout, Srey Khouch fell just short of victory against Malaysian icon Ann Osman at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS. In her next bout, she will take on Singaporean women’s martial arts standout, May Ooi.

37-year-old Arnaud “The Game” LePont is a lightweight veteran from France who sports a professional record of 11 wins and five losses. A fixture in the Asian martial arts scene, LePont is well-known in local martial arts circles and lives and trains in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He made his promotional debut in 2012, and has since notched two hard-earned victories in the ONE Championship cage. He now returns to action after a short break to take on Richard Corminal.

Filipino lightweight competitor Richard “Lion Heart” Corminal is a Filipino martial artist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He holds a professional record of four wins and two losses, with each of his career victories to date coming by way of knockout. In his most recent bout, Corminal debuted inside the ONE Championship cage opposite Thai martial arts star Shannon Wiratchai. Corminal now aims for redemption, as he takes on Arnaud LePont in his second appearance in the promotion.

Yang “The Pugilist” Fei of Hubei, China, is a newcomer to ONE Championship, and one of the most promising young Chinese martial arts talents in the game. He sports a professional record of two victories and only one defeat, with both of his wins coming by finish. Making his promotional debut, Yang will seek victory against Waqar Umar in a three-round preliminary bout.

27-year-old Waqar Umar of Pakistan is a ONE Championship featherweight with a 4-4 professional record. All four of his victories have come by submission, made possible by his well-established grappling skills. Inside the ONE Championship cage, he’s faced the likes of Peter Davis, Amir Khan, and Benedict Ang. In his most recent contest, Umar took on rising star Keanu Subba in Malaysia. Umar now returns to take on Chinese competitor Yang Fei.

Tiffany “Soul Crusher” Teo is a female martial artist who competes in ONE Championship’s women’s flyweight division. She holds an unblemished professional record of six wins and no losses, including two submissions and two knockouts. Born in Brunei and raised in Singapore, Teo began training in taekwondo before moving on to compete in boxing and Muay Thai and eventually transitioning to the ONE Championship cage. In her last bout, Teo impressed with a thorough decision victory over Rebecca Heintzman. Teo’s next assignment is against Pooja Tomar.

Flyweight competitor Pooja Tomar is a martial artist from India with a professional record of three wins and one loss. With a penchant for showcasing her solid striking skills, Tomar has recorded all three of her victories by knockout. Competing largely in her home country of India, Tomar now makes her way to the biggest stage in Asian martial arts as she is set to make her ONE Championship debut against top Singaporean talent Tiffany Teo.

Chinese bantamweight prospect Miao Li Tao and Cambodian Khun Khmer practitioner Sim Bunsrun are set to kick off all the action at ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT in the evening’s first bout offering. The two strikers will lock horns in an exciting three-round contest, setting the pace of what should be an amazing night of martial arts competition.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at

About ONE Championship
ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Championship is the home of martial arts. The world’s most exciting martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 1 billion potential viewers across 128+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Bandsports, Startimes, Premier Sports, Thairath TV, Skynet, Mediacorp, OSN, and more.

Eugene Toquero vows to give it his all at ONE: HERO’S DREAM

“I have made other adjustments. I train longer and harder now. I don’t want to be complacent because I am not getting any younger. This is a huge organization with a lot of very good martial artists from all over the world. I will give my best in this bout. I will leave everything on the line. If my opponent did not train well, then I will eat him alive inside the cage. I am hungry for that win. I never study my opponents. I do not care who they are because in Muay Thai and my amateur fights we never knew who our opponents were. We train in the gym and enhance our strengths. This time, l will make sure that my hand is raised as the winner. I am not going home with a loss on 3rd of November.” ~Eugene Toquero

Filipino fan-favorite Eugene Toquero will be making his fourteenth trip to the cage as a professional mixed martial arts competitor on 3 November, and he will be doing so in front of a passionate crowd in Yangon, Myanmar.

The fans at the iconic Thuwunna Indoor Stadium will be entertained by the flamboyant flyweight Toquero once more on the undercard of ONE: HERO’S DREAM when he takes on highly-touted Chinese prospect Ma Hao Bin.

Toquero dropped his last three outings and is in dire need of a win as he returns to action on 3 November.

The 36-year-old Filipino veteran lost two of his scheduled bouts in 2016, yielding to reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes via first-round submission in March before tasting the same fate at the hands of Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad in December.

Having his hand raised in triumph remained elusive to Toquero in April of this year when he bowed down to Indonesian standout Stefer Rahardian by way of unanimous decision.

As he desires to place himself on the winning track again, Toquero stressed that he has made some crucial adjustments to his preparation.

The man standing in his re-entry to the winner’s column is Ma, who has strung together an impressive 7-1 professional record that includes three wins by submission and one by knockout.

In Ma’s recent trip to the ONE Championship cage, he submitted “The Wolf Of The Grasslands” Hexigetu in their flyweight affair at ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI this past September, courtesy of a guillotine choke, with ten seconds remaining in round number two.

Toquero hopes that his experience will pay dividends when they meet across the cage, but he won't be paying too much attention to his adversary's game plan.

According to Toquero, the key to victory is in focusing on himself and making his A-game the priority.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at

With a fresh outlook and his back against the wall, Toquero is driven to break his losing spell and redeem his status as one of the most exciting flyweights in the Asian region.

About ONE Championship
ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Championship is the home of martial arts. The world’s most exciting martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 1 billion potential viewers across 128+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Bandsports, Startimes, Premier Sports, Thairath TV, Skynet, Mediacorp, OSN, and more.

PilgrimAge: Joey Samson for the Red Charity Gala

Red Charity Gala Co-Chairs Tessa Prieto-Valdes (leftmost) and Kaye Tinga (rightmost), with event’s main presenter Ben Chan (2nd to the left), and Joey Samson (3rd to the left)

The Red Charity Gala 2017, held recently at the Shangri-La at the Fort, brought to the stage PilgrimAge, the incomparable haute couture collection of this year’s designer in focus: Joey Samson. Now on its 9th year, the Red Charity Gala continues to generously support the Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation, while championing the best creative talents in fashion. In what was truly a most captivating evening of style, glamour, and philanthropy.

Sabado, Oktubre 21, 2017

CM GLITTER MANILA RUN Colorful Face to Fun Run

“Just when you think you’ve seen and experienced it all, CM Glitter Run comes in and combines everything that you’ll ever love to have in a fun run. Glitters, foam, color powders, retro music, and more—say no more, we’ve got ‘em all covered to ensure a well-rounded and wellness-inclined run for all of you. You wouldn’t want to miss this for the world. Join now!” ~Justine Cordero, Color Manila VP 

Shaking up the metro’s fun running sphere this October 22 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City, CM Glitter Run is undoubtedly going to be a certified game changer in the fun running scene, thanks to its glitter station, that will allow 3K, 5K, and 10K runners to shine (literally and figuratively) through a shimmering glitter shower spree, as well as a foam station that’s guaranteed to give all participants a bubbly and blithely run. Runners will also have a field day going through the usual color stations we’ve come to love in Color Manila runs, while being sprinkled with and sopping each other in bold and bright color powders. Further proving that merrymaking (more than monitoring your mileage) is, indeed, king at CM Glitter Run, registrants will be having a major throwback as they reminisce the past through the retro music beats that will be played all throughout the untimed run. Because at CM Glitter Run, as it has always been in other CM runs, heading straight home post-run is never an option, we will bring you Color Festival—an extravaganza of color powder and up-to-date music hits that’s sure to get your enthusiasm and energy going.
Glitters and foam? Check! Color Powders? You bet! Retro Music? Sure thing! Come and join us on October 22 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds as we go all out in bringing in value and good vibes to your fun run experience big time!

Getting pumped up and ready to pace yourself and party with us yet? Kick off the fun and festivities by choosing from our Deluxe, Rockstar, and Superstar kits now! Valued at Php950, the Deluxe kit is worth a shave off your wallet because, not only will you get to run the distance of your choice (3K/5K/10K), you’ll also get dibs on our must-have kits consisting of a Dri-FIT shirt, race bib, sunglasses, color packet, and finisher’s medal. The Rockstar kit, on one hand, only costs Php1,500 and is inclusive of your running slot and a Dri-FIT Shirt, race bib, sunglasses, drawstring bag, bandana, color packet, and finisher’s medal. And last, but definitely the best, the Superstar kit, which is priced at Php1,850, comprises your registration, plus a Dri-FIT shirt, race bib, sunglasses, drawstring bag, bandana, color packet, finisher’s medal, and finisher’s shirt.

Online registration is ongoing at up to October 21 or until supplies last. SM Tickets are also available for cash purchase at SM Cinema booths nationwide on the same dates. You may also buy prepaid cards at Toby’s Glorietta, Toby’s SM Mall of Asia, Toby’s SM Megamall, Toby’s SM Aura, Toby’s Trinoma, and Toby’s Alabang Town Center on the mentioned dates. 

Kit claiming is at R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street from October 19 – 21, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. While you’re at it, you may also purchase cool R.O.X. items and avail of the 15% discount on selected Salomon and C3fit regular-priced items. Offer is valid from October 19 – 22. 2017 and customers must present their CM Glitter Run 2017 race bib prior to the transaction. Multiple transactions are allowed.
CM Glitter Run won’t be complete without our signature CM Color Stations to immerse you in a stunning and spectacular color display.

Because you, our runners, are the stars of the show, we will let you dazzle and sparkle in one double-tap worthy run to remember through our CM Glitter Stations.

CM Glitter Run is supported by PLDT Home Fibr, JBL/ Beyond Innovations, F1 Hotel and Resorts, Golden Phoenix Hotel, Anytime Fitness, SM Mall of Asia, SM Tickets, Toby’s Sports, NutriAsia’s Locally Fruit Juice, Vitamin Boost, SIP Purified Water, GMA,, Manilascope,,, YuneOh, iFM 93.9, Royal Express Travel and Tours, and Ariva Academy, and will benefit Operation Blessing.
At CM Glitter Run, we’re bringing the old beats back with our retro music blast all throughout the route. Let’s all rock, roll, raise the roof, and reminisce the good old days while on the run!

Put on your dancing shoes and switch on your celebratory mood as a not too shabby dance-and-color powder party at the Color Festival will welcome you after the run!

With glitters, foam, color powders, and retro music under CM Glitter Run’s belt, you will never see fun running the same way again after this. Glimmer on the go, have a frothy and fun-tastic (pun intended) run, and color your Sunday happy and healthy at CM Glitter Run! Take a stroll down memory lane via retro music along the route, and show off your widest grins too! Ready, steady, shine at the CM Glitter Run 2017!
Fill your Facebook and Instagram feed with foam-tastic photos as CM Glitter Run will turn your fun run experience into one fabulous foam fest that’s definitely for the win!

Color Manila Events Inc., Living up to its name the reputable events management company that’s famed for helming colorful fun runs in the country, takes mounting fun runs to a new turn through CM Glitter Run! 

Now on its fifth year, COLOR MANILA has established itself as the most aggressive ‘concept fun-run’ organizer in the country. Over 120,000 runners have participated in its various franchises, which include the CM Challenge, CM Blacklight, CM Costume, CM Glitter, and CM Classic. It has broken its own record with its biggest event to date, CMR5, which had 12,000 runners that participated last January 2017. Visit for more information.

Marvel Studios’ Thor:Ragnarok at IMAX!

"I had this unique hammer, made from the heart of a dying star. I would spin it, and I would fly." ~Thor (Thor: Ragnarok)

Last Friday October 20, 2017 we were treated to an exciting cinema experience as they got the first preview of the much-awaited sequel of Thor in SM Megamall’s IMAX Theater.

In the movie, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer, and is forced to team-up with the Hulk, Loki and new player Valkyrie to stop “Ragnarok”—the destruction of Asgard and its civilization, at the hands of the ruthless and all-powerful Hela.

Fans were left at the edge of their seat as they experienced the full glory of the movie in IMAX. Here are five reasons why you should catch it in IMAX too:
1.   IMAX exclusively features 26% more of the action than a the regular screen
With select scenes shot exclusively using an IMAX camera, the theater has a special format that features a 1.9:1 ratio, meaning you will get to see 26 percent more of the scene than what you’ll see in a regular cinema. We all know how Marvel loves to hide Easter eggs in all their films; that 26 percent can play a crucial role in the entire story of the Marvel universe. If you’re a Marvel fan, you can’t miss out on this.

2.   Asgard comes to life through IMAX’s vivid colors
If you’ve ever seen the imagery of Doctor Strange or the first installment of Thor in IMAX, you’ll easily conclude that color plays a huge role in the movie. Through psychedelic trips in and out of different universes, there is no better way to watch Thor: Ragnarok than with IMAX’s digital enhancement process which delivers 60% more brightness and 40% greater contrast than what you’ll find anywhere else.

3.   Imagine the Hulk on IMAX’s giant screen
IMAX has a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, curved screen that fills even your peripheral vision with increased viewing angles up to an average of 70 degrees. Can you just imagine the epic gladiator scene between Thor and the Hulk on its enormous display?

4.   Hear the sonic boom of the Mjolnir with IMAX’s earth shattering sound
With a customized sound system that distributes sound throughout the theater, you can hear the krak-a-thoom of the Mjolnir to the slightest pin drop and be able to tell exactly where it fell. 

5.   IMAX’s 3D is out-of-this world
IMAX’s 3D projector delivers unsurpassed brightness and clarity. Coupled with the screen’s increased field of view, the results are images that jump off the screen and land right in your lap. Slide through time and space and live like a superhero in your most immersive experience yet.

Step into the movieverse and catch the god of thunder with the biggest movie screen in town. Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok hits IMAX theaters and SM Cinema branches nationwide on October 25. For tickets, log on to or follow @SM_Cinema on Instagram and /SMCinema on facebook for more details.

From the makers of all Marvel Superheros that we all loved take your family with you and laugh and feel the fighting scenes as if you're part of the movie.... at IMAXX.

Huwebes, Oktubre 19, 2017

Filipino Para Athletes Launched Alay Para Atleta Mobile Donation Campaign

“Our showing in KL validated our long range plan: to implement a grassroots development program that will help discover new talents and harness our existing ones in order to create a bigger pool of para athletes that will be ready to compete in the next 2018 Indonesia Asian Para Games, the ASEAN Para Games in Manila in 2019, the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and other international para sport competitions. The Alay PARA Atleta Program is our response to the colorful performance of our para athletes in the recent Para Games. Funds raised through this program will help provide our para athletes with equipment and basic needs that will support them in their quest to transcend their personal barriers to achieve excellence and excite the world. Above all, it will inspire them to know that the whole country is behind them in their dream to excel and bring honor to the country. Whatever resources we are able to generate will help strengthen PPC’s organizational capacity to enable our national sports associations (NSAs) to implement our grassroots development program. This is in alignment with the mandate of our Philippine Sports Commission Chairman, Butch Ramirez.” ~Michael Barredo, PPC-PHILSPADA President 
Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist in the recently held ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia flank PPC-PHILSPADA President Michael Barredo at the launch of Alay PARA Atleta, a mobile donation service that will raise funds for our para athletes in their upcoming international competitions.

PPC PHILSPADA launched today a mobile donation service called “Alay PARA Atleta”, a simple and easy way for Filipino citizens to participate in the Philippine Paralympic movement using their mobile phones. The group has tied up with Rising Tide Mobile Entertainment Inc., a mobile content and service company, to launch APA on both Globe and Smart so Filipinos everywhere can help enable our para-athletes to move forward. Under the campaign, citizens can donate amounts starting at P10 up to P500 simply by texting the amount to access code 3456 on their cellphones.  
PPC-PHILSPADA President Michael Barredo welcomes media, para athletes and special guests to the launch of Alay PARA Atleta, a mobile donation service, at Dads EDSA.

According to PPC-PHILSPADA president Michael Barredo, the mobile donation campaign is part of an integrated marketing plan that aims to propagate the national paralympic movement through various events and activities that will increase public awareness and support for our athletes with disability.
UAAP Varsity players Janjan Jaboneta of the UP Fighting Maroons, Hubert Cani of the FEU Tamaraws, and Rhayyan Amsali of the NU Bullpups click-off their support for Alay PARA Atleta by texting their desired donation to the Paralympic Movement at the launch of the mobile donation service at Dads EDSA. Also in photo is PPC-PHILSPADA President Michael Barredo who led the click-off.

On September 1, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) partnered with the PPC-PHILSPADA so UAAP students and schools can join the Paralympic movement and support Philippine para-athletes using the mobile facility, a communication and payment mode that is most appealing to millennials. UAAP students and athletes are looking to volunteer as support staff and crew in the next ASEAN Para Games in 2019 that will be hosted by the Philippines.
PBA Legend and Star Hotshots Team Manager Alvin Patrimonio (center) showed-up to support the nationwide launch of Alay PARA Atleta, a mobile donation service that will help support the Paralympic Movement. Also in photo are from left, Event Host Martin Javier, Michael Barredo, President of PPC-PHILSPADA, and two para athletes who were Gold medalists at the recently held ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia.

The country won a total of 69 medals (20 gold, 20 silver and 29 bronze) in the last Para SEA Games held September 17 to 23 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Formerly ranked 7th in the overall standing, the Philippines moved two notches higher to 5th place in the ASEAN region. PPC PHILSPADA sees this as the perfect jump board for bigger achievements for Filipino para athletes.
Contract signing between PPC-PHILSPADA and Rising Tide Mobile Entertainment Inc., a mobile content and service company that will help raise financial support for our para athletes in upcoming international competitions.

The biggest surprise in the recent KL stint were the fresh para athletes who bagged medals in their very first international competition. These rising stars are products of Palarong Pambansa and includes 16-year old Ma. Cielo Honasan who bagged 3 golds in Athletics, Gary Bejino, 21, 1 gold and 3 bronze in swimming and Claire Calizo, 18, a silver and a bronze in swimming.
15-year-old Cielo Honasan who bagged three Golds in the recently held ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia delivers an inspirational message to her para athletes at the launch of Alay PARA Atleta.

Some Filipino para athletes who have consistently brought home honor for the country are:
  • Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong (Polio Wheelchair), gold medalist in the 2017, 2015, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005 and 2003 ASEAN Para Games and bronze in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.
  • Table tennis ace Josephine Medina (Polio Standing), gold medalist in the ASEAN Para Games 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005 and 2003.
  • Swimmer Ernie Gawilan (Congenital Deformity), gold medalist in the 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011 and 2009.
  • Track star Jerrold Pete Mangliwan (Polio Wheelchair), gold medalist in the 2015 ASEAN Para games.
  • Joel Balatucan of field athletics (Polio Wheelchair), gold medalist in the 2015, 2013, 2011 and 2009 ASEAN Para Games.
  • Julius Jun Obrero (Polio Standing), gold medalist and Wheelchair Dance Sport IPC World Champion.

Following the successful campaign of Philippine para-athletes in the recently concluded 9th ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia in September, the Philippine Paralympic Committee/Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PPC-PHILSPADA) is pushing the envelope further to support local para athletes in upcoming international competitions.

Jollibee is digital engagement leader among QSRs in PH in major social media platforms

“Jollibee’s stellar digital success has been key to sustaining our market leadership in the country, across all our major target markets. Through world-class, highly engaging online content and digital innovations, we will continue to break the internet to reinforce our position as the Philippines’ most loved, most talked about brand. For us in Jollibee, capturing the hearts of the Filipinos online (and offline) is the ultimate reward.” ~Francis Flores, Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer and PH Marketing Head

Brand tops share of voice and share of engagement in major social media platforms.

According to a report by Community Plus, a social listening tool used by various global brands, from January to June 2017, Jollibee outranked all other brands in the quick service restaurant category, particularly in Facebook where it garnered a majority 37% share of engagement, twice greater than its biggest foreign competitor. Social media intelligence tool Thoughtbuzz also reports that Jollibee is the #1 most talked about QSR brand, registering 1.5 million mentions in various digital platforms; almost triple that of its competitors in the same period.

The Kwentong Jollibee Success
The brand’s original short-film series, Kwentong Jollibee, has gone viral multiple times this year, and has earned multiple accolades not only from netizens but from industry leaders globally.

In February, the highly-evocative “Vow”, “Date”, and “Crush” Valentine’s videos successfully wooed the online audience with over 50 million views on Facebook and YouTube, about 1.3 million shares, 7.5 million in engagement, and 82 million reach (72% organic reach). The buzz of Kwentong Jollibee’s Valentine series generated over P150 million in free PR and media values as well.

The viral success of the Kwentong Jollibee episodes continued towards mid-year with “Parangal” and “Powers”—back-to-back moving tributes to the sacrifices of moms and the heroic deeds of dads, to provide a comfortable life for the family—as the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day videos garnered positive reactions from netizens and received 8.1 million and 7 million views, respectively.

The Kwentong Jollibee series’ most recent viral hit, “Apo” is proof not only of the enterprise’s sustained success but of Jollibee’s digital content mastery. A Grandparents’ Day special, “Apo” follows a young man recalling his happy childhood memories as he makes his way back home to the embrace of his “second parents”. With a whopping 29 million reach, over 14.2 million views and an engagement of 1.1 million, Jollibee’s special grandparents’ day tribute solidified the brand’s online leadership.

The most recent viral short film was coupled with a heart-tugging CSR effort, Grand Thank You Project, and a special video feature titled “Handog para kay Lola Belen”. The project recognizes hardworking grandparents and gives back the love with a Grandparents’ Day feast for their family and other forms of support such as financial aid. On the Grand Thank You Project’s second year, Jollibee features Lola Belen, a grandmother from Pangasinan who tirelessly sells local delicacies at a nearby Jollibee branch to provide for her loved ones. The video feature reached over 7.7 million netizens and 5.2 million views.

An Array of World-Class Digital Content
Apart from the emotional Kwentong Jollibee short films, Jollibee has also produced a number of successful online campaigns that have gotten netizens abuzz: from the impressive dance skills of the lovable mascots Jollibee and Friends in the JolliDance Showdown series with more than 29 million Facebook and YouTube views, the quirky quick escape tricks of JolliSavers for every Petsa de Peligro that reached more than 24 million views, to the sumptuous and heartwarming Chickenjoy campaigns that generated more than 28 million views.

Jollibee also introduced digital engagement innovations such as the Twitter Intercept, which uses social listening to be able to suggest various Jollibee products depending on day part and topic. This exercise rendered a 50% growth in conversation and craving for Jollibee and its products on Twitter.

The brand also launched the JolliDance Showdown App—the first augmented reality experience in the local QSR industry. With the free app, kids can turn the Jolly Joy Box of their Jolly Kids Meal into an interactive platform to bring to life a dancing Jollibee, compose their own dance tunes, and personalize their avatars for a unique augmented reality experience. To date, the app has registered more than 100,000 downloads.

Together, these efforts have led to astounding share of voice and share of engagement results across the QSR market for Jollibee on the digital platform.

There are definitely more exciting digital content from Jollibee to look forward to in the coming months.  Make sure to follow Jollibee on Facebook (, on YouTube (, and stay updated on Jollibee’s viral hits on and

The Philippines’ #1 fast-food chain is also #1 in digital engagement. For decades, Jollibee has been capturing the taste buds of Filipinos with its langhap-sarap treats. Lately, the brand has been winning over the hearts of millions online with hit-after-hit digital content. 

Travel and save 8% on flights and hotels with Citi Cards

“As our way of expressing our heartfelt appreciation for their loyalty, only the most generous of rewards for our clients will do. Hence, we want our clients to see more of the world with greater ease.” ~David Stoughton, Citi Philippines Credits Payment Products Director

You can indulge your love for travel with your Citi credit card, even share the joys of seeing the sights, trying exotic cuisines, and learning new cultures with family and friends. Citi credit cardholders in the Philippines can save as much as 8% on their travel adventures using their Rewards Points and PremierMiles when booking via Citi ThankYou Rewards.

This convenient and secure digital customer experience has been offering the most generous deals as a way of giving thanks and showing its appreciation for Citi clients through Shop With Points, electronics and gadgets, dining deals, trip promotions and unique services. 

Available to holders of Citi Prestige, Citi PremierMiles, or Citi Rewards cards, it’s easy to enjoy these exclusive perks whether you’re travelling for leisure or business. 

Furthermore, by booking via the Citi ThankYou Rewards Travel Center, you get additional options and flexibility. Plus, no black-out dates apply and no waiting is needed for airline miles to be posted to your account.

Beyond the convenience, from now until December 15, 2017, you can also enjoy 8% discount on airline flights and hotels around the world. Simply visit and use the promo code “PHAIR8” to get a discount on flights, or “HOTELS” to avail of discounted hotel bookings.

So now you can see the world, live well and do more with your Citi credit card! Indeed with Citi ThankYou Rewards, the world is yours to explore.

For more information, or to apply for a Citi Prestige, Citi PremierMiles or Citi Rewards credit card, log on to  

Citi ThankYou Rewards is a global program designed to give loyal cardholders access to the best lifestyle and travel brands worldwide online, from the comforts of their home or office. 

My Diamond 6 tips in choosing a Bridal Ring

My Diamond, with its wide collection of high-quality jewelry, offers stunning wedding rings that represent a couple’s beautiful commitment to each other. You can choose from a list of wedding ring designs such as Classic, Harmony, Commitment, Devotion, and Unity. 

Ever wondered why December is considered the marrying month in the Philippines? It goes back to old traditions when Filipinos, reaping the fruits of their labors after long and arduous planting seasons, would have enough money to spend for a wedding feast. June is celebrated as the bridal month in the West but December remains the Filipinos’ favorite month for weddings. It is the month when Christmas bonuses and extra pay for a year-long’s worth of hard work are received.

With Filipinos feeling more generous in December, wedding preparations are made even grander.  Everything from bouquets, decorations, to the food is of the best quality. Of course, it is important to find the perfect wedding ring, an essential part of the ceremony that symbolizes the couple’s love for each other and the promise of forever.

My Diamond, the leading concept jewelry boutique in the country, shares some important tips in choosing the band that will be the long-lasting symbol of the wedding vow. 

Set a budget
  • A budget helps you identify the options available and find the perfect wedding ring at the right price.

Search early
  • Give yourself time to browse, research prices and revisit rings that you like. If you want a custom-made ring you’ll probably need even more time.

Do it together
  • You and your partner may have different styles. Talk about your preferences and find a common ground. The key to finding something you both will love is to choose a ring that reflects your individual tastes.

Narrow the options
  • Do you want a simple wedding band or an elegant ring with intricate designs and embellishments? Decide whether you and your partner want 18K or 14K gold in yellow, white or rose color, in plain metal or with diamonds. 

Think long term
  • Since you will be wearing your wedding ring every day for the rest of your life, make sure that it fits your lifestyle, and will remain in fashion no matter the season.

Choose quality
  • Your wedding ring is the symbol of your love and commitment to your partner and it should be the best. It doesn’t matter whether you choose a simple wedding band or an extravagant one. Buy from a trusted jeweler that gives the best price for the best quality. 

My Diamond, with its wide collection of high-quality jewelry, offers stunning wedding rings that represent a couple’s beautiful commitment to each other. You can choose from a list of wedding ring designs such as Classic, Harmony, Commitment, Devotion, and Unity. Each piece is made by internationally-trained craftsmen using diamonds of top-tier cut, clarity, color and carat weight. As an option you get an assured authenticity certificate from the Gemological Institute of America.

Visit any of MyDiamond concept stores at:
  • Shangri-La Plaza Mall
  • SM Megamall
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • Festival Supermall
  • Glorietta 4
  • Greenbelt 3
  • Gateway Mall
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • SM Aura Premier
  • Lucky Chinatown Mall
  • Ayala Fairview Terraces
  • SM Lanag Premier Davao

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Whether you are opting for simpler wedding bands or intricately studded wedding rings you can find what you want at My Diamond.