Monday, September 17, 2018

REP Philippines stages Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale



Rediscover the girl with a very, very, very long hair that does double duty as a rope, Rapunzel, as REP's Theater for Young Audiences brings you the story of Princess Rapunzel in Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale from September 15,2018 to January 27,2019 at the Onstage Theater Greenbelt, Makati City. 

REP Phils' Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale

The stage design transports you to the deep dark forest and to the tower of Rapunzel.

REP's Artistic director for Theater for Young Audiences Joy Virata directs and PJ Rebullida choreographs a quirky cast of characters in this updated musical version of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale with book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. 

The cast of REP's Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale

We join Princess Rapunzel's story on the eve of her 18th birthday when she is supposed to report to the palace and take her rightful place as queen. But Rapunzel thinks she is only 15. Why? Because like most fairy tale stepmothers, who are usually wicked, Rapunzel’s stepmom, the narcissistic, but delightfully funny Lady Za Za, plans to swoop in after the princess’s time is up and claim the crown for her own. Meanwhile, in other parts of the kingdom, Sir Roderick is looking for a new quest, while his BFF, Edgar, who chose beauty school instead of knight training, is on a quest of his own for the perfect head of hair, and a mysterious gypsy woman is looking for her a powerful piece of jewelry that was stolen from her.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Beginner's Guide to Investing in Mutual Funds


If you have P100,000 and would ask me what I can invest it in, I would advise you without batting an eyelash, to invest in a mutual fund.   Forget about starting a business with your 100,000.  You know why?  If you really know what business to engage in, you would not be asking me anymore.   You know,  If you have attempted to start a business but failed eventually, then sometimes it pays to look in another direction.   Why go into business with a high overhead and end up with a deficit and eventually even go bankrupt?  There is a better alternative for people who are still surfing about the best business to start, your money is safely managed and it could grow depending on the market and economy.    

Now, you’ll probably tell me, but I have no idea what a mutual fund is; what if I lose money in the long run?  Well, this I can tell you, all businesses are risky and all businessmen are risk-takers.   Besides, all businesses need an initial investment, and so is the mutual fund.   Sadly, only a few percent of Filipinos know what a mutual fund is and how it works.   The science of mutual fund is still a vague concept to most Filipinos, but that’s the reason why there are financial advisers and fund managers.  

Join FamilyMart's Shower of Prizes Promo

FamilyMart's Shower of Prizes Promo

Press release:

We all have a reason to be happy during the rainy season as FamilyMart gives showers of prizes to blow your rainy day blues away. Joining FamilyMart’s Shower of Prizes Promo is so easy.  With every purchase at FamilyMart, you get a chance to win a staycation for two, spa treatments, and over 40,000 instant prizes until October 14, 2018.

Each time you make a minimum purchase of P100 in a single receipt at any FamilyMart branch, and you already get one raffle entry and one instant prize pick! Instant prizes include FamilyMart-branded coffee mugs, tumblers, umbrellas, and eco bags, as well as Zalora gift certificates and a wealth of other rainy-day essentials. All entries will be downloaded, and an electronic raffle system will be used to pick the five lucky grand prize winners who will each receive a relaxing Onsen Spa-cation package for two during the Grand Raffle Draw on Friday, October 19, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Omron Healthcare and The Philippine Society of Hypertension initiates 'BPrecise' Awareness Campaign

More and more Filipinos are suffering from hypertension without them knowing it
It’s easy to know you’re sick when you have the signs or symptoms. But when your illness is asymptomatic (where you'll just wake up one day and find out you're sick without any warning), that can be very alarming. 


Omron launches BPrecise campaign with the Philippine Society of Hypertension

Most hypertensive patients have no symptoms. The known symptoms of hypertension like headache, dizziness, nape pain, and blurring of vision are non-specific and could be due to other causes. The best way to find out is to have one’s blood pressure taken. It's very easy to do and it only takes a few minutes to do it. 

Unfortunately, perhaps due to the Filipino diet, based on the national survey released by the Department of Health in 2017, the total number of hypertensive Filipinos is now more than 12 million, with more than half of them are unaware of their condition. Roughly, that is one out of four to five Filipinos in general.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Beyond the Box Wins International Training Competition

Beyond the Box was represented by Arvin Dumo, Training Specialist and Raffy Colico, Training Supervisor

Press release:

Beyond the Box Philippines proudly bagged the championship at an impromptu Training Video Competition at the Bandung Trainers Camp held last July 16-20, 2018 in Bandung Indonesia. Beyond the Box was represented by Arvin Dumo, Training Specialist and Raffy Colico, Training Supervisor. The duo competed against trainers from several countries, namely Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangladesh. 

The mini symposium and competition on July 19 was given a different twist from the question-and-answer format of previous years. This time around, the camp included participants from nine other countries, which made the competition more intense. “This was not my first time to represent the company in this camp, but this year not only were there more competitors, there was more effort given by the trainers,” said Raffy. “What made it different was the extra effort we all put in to make sure that our message would be easily and effectively delivered to those who would watch our video.” “ Before the competition started we were given guidelines to consider when creating our video, and what stuck with us was to ‘Keep it simple. Keep it local.’ This meant we needed to consider our audience, such as the use of language and terminologies that they are familiar with,” shared Arvin. 

The importance of knowing who your audience was underscored throughout the entire process. “You need to be able to simplify what you want to say. And how do you do that? By knowing your audience well.” Raffy, who has been with Digits Trading Corp. for 12 years also shared how trainers can set themselves apart from the rest: “We [trainers] are similar regardless where we come from. What differentiates us is on how we facilitate, how we tackle the topic, and approach the audience so that they learn during each training session.” 

During the camp, Arvin albeit being relatively new in the company was also given the chance to talk about the company’s best practices. This competition allowed the Training and Development team, headed by Bodjie Pamintuan to showcase the skills of its trainers, which reflects on the company’s sales team performance and their ability to effectively market to Filipino users. 

Beyond the Box is proudly owned and operated by Digits Trading Corp. For the latest on Beyond the Box, follow their page at http://www.facebook.com/pg/beyondthebox.ph or visit beyondthebox.ph Follow our official Digits Trading Corp Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/digitstrading

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka Movie Opens On September 19 in Cinemas Nationwide


I vividly recall how devastated I was when I thought my world has crumbled after my narcissist ex has left me to get back together with his younger girlfriend in March of 2017. I have long moved on from that relationship as I am now happy dating someone else. But still, I can easily relate well with a movie like Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka, a movie about a broken-hearted girl who can’t seem to get over her ex. Starring actress/TV host and book author Alex Gonzaga who plays the lead as Jaz Cruz, the said film tells the story of a distraught girl who couldn’t seem to get over her past love, portrayed by hunk actor Vin Abrenica

Writer/Director Fifth Solomon is flanked by singer/songwriter Keiko Necessario and actress Alex Gonzaga


Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka is the first foray into films by Wilbros Films who’s known in the entertainment industry as concert producers and also the very first directorial job by former Pinoy Big Brother alumna, Fifth Solomon who also wrote the said film. Just like every broken hearted girl, everyone goes through that five phase towards complete healing and recovery. 

Fifth Solomon, Alex Gonzaga, Jerald Napoles and Joi Agpangan
In the film, Jaz’s seems to associate everything and anything with her ex. I had been through all such stuff too. The places I’ve been with my ex, the love songs I used to sing to him, his words still ringing into my ears—as in practically everything! In my case, I even tried shopping at H&M for a day and spent a whopping amount of P10,000 just to make myself feel happy. I had accepted three kinds of work at the same time (two writing gigs and as social media community manager) in order for me to get busy and hopefully easily forget. I also tried traveling. But in the end I realized that no matter where you are, your thoughts will always be with you. You must really have an outlet where you can express your sentiments and let it all out. Once you’ve cried everything and have accepted that it is where it ends, then it will be a lot easier for you to move on. And it is also important to surround yourself with all the people who love you genuinely like family and friends.

To give you an idea how heartbreaking this film is, check out the movie's teaser:





Singer/songwriter Keiko Necessario performs her own rendition of "Let Me Be The One."
In the movie, Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka, Jaz’s character was given the moral support she needs by her best friend (played by Jerald Napoles) and Doctor Rolex (portrayed by actress Candy Pangilinan) whom Jaz has asked for help to make her forget her ex easier. 

Wilbros Films producer with the cast members

Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka is filled with bittersweet memories and “hugot” scenarios that we can all relate to. It promises to make you swoon, laugh, cry and practically grieve with Jaz’s character as she goes along with her many memories.

Restaurant Owners Join Forces to Fight Child Malnutrition


Malnutrition has always been a problem in the Philippines being a third-world country. We see poverty everywhere—in the streets, we see children begging for alms, we see a lot of child labor cases—among many others. And while we thought we couldn’t do anything about the current economic situation, it is such a joy that there are several global humanitarian organizations that have thought of ways to help those who are in need. Action Against Hunger is one of them. It is an organization where in restaurants across the globe has come together to fight child malnutrition.



In the Philippines, the campaign is called “Restaurants Against Hunger,” it runs from October 1 to December 1, 2018. They have actively done this campaign for the past three years. During the said period, participating restaurants will be donating a portion of the sale of specially marked dishes on their menu to projects combating child hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines. 


How can an ordinary person help?

 It’s so easy. All we need to do as diners is to order and patronize the featured dish/dishes in any participating restaurants. By doing so, we can be part of the said movement to help provide food to the most underprivileged children and their families in the country.





The following restaurants have made their pledges to help and participate in the said initiative, namely: Alba Restaurante Espanol, Aracama, Azuthai, Café Mediterranean, Calderon, Chef LaudicoOK Café, Chelsea Kitchen, Chotto Matte/IIzakaya Sensu, Corner Tree Café, Cyma, Friends & Family, Coconut Club, Green Pastures, Grilla, Ikomai, Ilustrado, Kabila, Museum Café, Providore, Saboten, Sangkap, Simple Lang, Sobremesa, Terraz Bistro & Meetings, Terry’s Bistro, The Old Spaghetti House, The Shrimp Shack, Wild Ginger and The Bistro Group. 




“We hope to sign up more before the program kicks off on October 1,” said Action Against Hunger Fundraising and Resource Development Manager Dale Nelson Divinagracia during the press launch held at Acceler8 Co-Working Space in Makati City. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

RAPUNZEL: A Very Hairy Tale from Repertory Philippines


Press Release:

Enjoy magic and mirth with the family as REP’s Theater for Young Audiences reinvents the classic, whimsical adventure of Princess Rapunzel in Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale from September 15, 2018 to January 27, 2019 at the OnStage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.



Based on the story, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, the play opens with the beautiful, extremely long-haired Princess Rapunzel (Cara Barredo, Mikkie Bradshaw, Justine Narciso and Alyssa Rosa) being kidnapped and trapped inside a tower as the evil Lady Za Za (Carla Guevara-Laforteza and Liesl Batucan) tries to seize the entire kingdom and place it under her rule.

While on the quest to find the perfect head of hair, Sir Roderick (Hans Eckstein, Andres Borromeo and Brendon Banares) and his hairstylist friend Edgar (Steven Hotchkiss, Chino Veguillas, and Kenny Isidro) find their way to the tower in the middle of the dark forest to rescue Rapunzel with the help of a slightly neurotic Gypsy Woman (Bituin Escalante and Naths Everett) and witty, old dragon Socrates (Arnel Carrion, Raymund Concepcion and Jamie Wilson).


Joy Virata directs the cast of this magical retelling of a classic fairytale with its fair share of twists and turns.  

Interested organizations and schools may now reserve slots for fundraising purposes. For the available show dates and tickets, call REP at 843-3570 or Ticketworld at 891-9999, or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow @repphils on Twitter.



Monday, September 3, 2018

AfterShokz Headphones has arrived in the Philippines

AfterShokz Headphones using Bone Conduction Technology

AfterShokz makes awesome types of bone conduction headphones which functions with little tiny speakers that are jammed into your ears, the headphones have large rubber pads that rest against the bones of your skull.

Bone conduction headphones have become increasingly popular in the music industry. What has been incorporated into the hearing healthcare industry for many years is now being utilized in the music media industry as a different way to listen.

AfterShokz are wireless, open-ear sport headphone made to ensure safety—perfect for runner, cyclists, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. This award-winning headphones deliver the ultimate level of comfort and situational awareness, without compromising on premium sound. 

Yes, these headphones are really supposed to be worn with open-ears. At first it looks weird, knowing all other headphones we worn before are designed to cover or plug into our ears, but AfterShokz is different, it’s supposed to settle on your cheekbones. Sick of listening music through your ear canals like a chump? It turns out you can actually hear via the bones in your skull instead.

Playing music sets them vibrating and the fun begins. Listening to music via bone conduction is weird in so many ways. But convenient and fun at the same time. The sound seems to somehow come from inside your head and feels richer yet muted at the same time. To be honest, it gets some time before you get used to it. But when you do, you won’t look back to your old plugged-in-your-ear-earphones/headphones. 

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium
It’s important to nestle the headphone pads right up against the bone in front of your ear, otherwise you won’t get the full effect. It does take a bit of experimentation to find the best spot, especially if you wear glasses.

At first it seemed like the sound was only inside your head – like standing in a room full of music that only you can hear. But it turns out if you crank up the volume the headphones are actually very audible to people nearby. While bone conduction does the heavy lifting, a lot of sound does make it into your ears the usual way.


This is how you wear AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Beijing’s Silk Road Extends to Manila with Charming Beijing Tourism Promotion


Press Release:

Historically, the Silk Road (also known as Silk Route) was China’s famous road which literally gave way to Chinese trade across the Mediterranean. It enabled China to create relationship through trade, mostly of China silk, with countries like India, Egypt and even Britain, among others. Today, China is reviving its Silk Road days by developing partnerships, extending assistance, and building bridges not only with trade but also through tourism; and it will extend its reach to Manila.

On September 15, 2018, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development presents “Charming Beijing: Beijing Tourism Promotion” at the G/F Atrium, SM Aura Premier. With a theme, “The Silk Road Bridges East and West, New Beijing Resonates with People,” it reflects China’s endeavour to revitalize the Silk Road’s eminence into the modern times.

This one-day free admission event is open to public and will highlight many of Beijing’s unique characteristics.  It will feature a variety of activities to highlight China’s capital like the Beijing Virtual Reality Experience, “I Heart Beijing” Arts and Calligraphy Workshop, 360° Beijing Photo Booth, and Beijing Photography Exhibit. Guests can also enjoy entertainment such as the Traditional Lion and Prosperity God Dance Ritual and a cultural dance performance by the Filipino-Chinese Theatre Dance Company.

Charming Beijing is an initiative of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, organized by China Travel Service (CTS) MICE Co., Ltd. and Write On Track, with venue partner, SM Aura Premier.

For more information about Beijing, visit www.visitbeijing.com.cn or follow and like "Visit Beijing" on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube with hashtags, #CharmingBeijingPH and #WeHeartBeijing. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

World-class natural remedy for Filipina beauty & wellness expert’s crowning glory

Ms. Cory Quirino for NOVUHAIR

Press Release:

Hair loss is a concern for both men and women. It can have a devastating effect to anyone who experiences it. 
According to Web MD, the average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair and loses up to 100 of them a day, which is normal. As people age, their rate of hair growth slows, and they can experience losing more than hundreds of strands which is quite alarming. So what can you do to prevent it? 
For beauty and wellness expert, Cory Quirino, embracing wellness is the first step to help improve the hair’s condition and make people look younger.
“If you choose to have a wellness lifestyle, then expect wonderful changes such as radiant skin, energy, and a general sense of well-being,” she emphasizes. “In time, you will realize that you have successfully delayed the aging process.”
The beauty and wellness expert says that choosing wellness as a lifestyle includes eating nutritious food, exercising, getting a good sleep, drinking generous amounts of water, managing stress, getting enough sunshine, and above all, staying positive. 
On top of a daily healthy regimen, a supplement is necessary to maintain a healthy hair and scalp. Many people opt to use chemical-based products. But for her, the use of natural products is a must and the best solution for hair loss.

Christmas starts in September with the Toys “R” Us’ Flash Sale with Mastercard


Press Release:

This is the best time to shop for your Christmas present to your kids as Toys "R" Us, the leading toy store in the country gives awesome discounts to Mastercard card holders. You can get as much as 50 percent off discounts with the Toys "R"Us and Mastercard's Flash Sale. 

We all once believed in the magic of Santa Claus. Back in the day, Santa Claus was the source of every toy a kid could ever want, and both naughty and nice had to count down to Christmas to see what goodies lay under the tree courtesy of the Big Man in the Red Suit. Today, children don’t have to wait for Santa or the season of giving to get their toy fix: beloved international toy chain Toys “R” Us offers shelves upon shelves of the latest games and playthings for the young and young at heart. Best of all, they’re available the whole year round!

From September 3 to 5, 2018, Mastercard celebrates Christmas three months early through a tie-up with giant toy retailer Toys “R” Us for the biggest Flash Sale in town.   

The giant toy retailer’s exclusive promo is open to all active consumer credit, debit, and prepaid Mastercard holders at its Robinsons Galleria branch so mark your calendars and plan your early holiday shopping with the kids. Discounts are valid for straight and up to 6-month installment purchase at 0% interest for select existing enrolled products.

Find your child’s dream toy kitchen set, mini race car or baby doll on select discounted items and get up to 50% off while score up to 10% discount on regular priced items exclusive of batteries, confectioneries, and Tech Zone items. Mastercard holders can also get a free P100 Costa Coffee gift certificate for a single receipt minimum purchase of P3,000. The gift certificate will be given automatically at the counter upon receipt of payment and can be availed at any Costa Coffee Branch.

Show some love and make your little ones smile with their desired toys as Mastercard and Toys “R” Us give you the best deal this month.

Don't miss this awesome deal guys! It's always best to make an advance holiday shopping than be sorry for all the stress during the so-called traffic and jampacked Christmas shopping rush during the holidays. 

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