Sunday, July 14, 2024

Join the Inaugural Bridal Fair at Manila Prince Hotel

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Manila Prince Hotel will hold its first Manila Bridal Fair on July 26 and 27, 2024. The event, taking place at the Grand Ballroom, aims to offer an unforgettable experience for future brides and grooms.

Over two days, the fair will feature a wide range of wedding suppliers. Visitors can explore bridal gowns, suits, floral arrangements, hair and makeup services, photography options, and more. The event is free to attend, providing couples a convenient way to plan their weddings.

A Curated Selection of Wedding Experts
Manila Bridal Fair by Manila Prince Hotel aims to bring together a curated selection of industry experts under one roof. On July 26, the event will open at 12:00 noon and run until 7:00 pm, featuring over 20 exhibitors. The second day, July 27, will extend from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Attendees can meet seasoned wedding planners, cake designers, talented photographers, hair and make-up artists, and skilled florists, all dedicated to making each wedding truly memorable. Couples will have the opportunity to consult with these professionals and book their services on the spot.

A Premier Venue for an Unforgettable Event
Located in the heart of Manila, Manila Prince Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for this premier bridal fair. The Grand Ballroom, with its elegant décor and spacious layout, creates an inviting atmosphere for exhibitors and guests alike. Attendees will also enjoy an exclusive preview of the hotel’s distinct wedding themes: Classic, Opulent, and Oriental. This event underscores the hotel’s commitment to excellence and its reputation as a leading venue for weddings and specials events.


Manila Bridal Fair by Manila Prince Hotel promises to celebrate love, style, and the art of wedding planning. For more information about the event, including exhibit opportunities and registration details, please call +632 8525 6228, email sales@manilaprince.com, or visit. www.manilaprince.com.

Special thanks to media partners: Manila Bulletin, Wedding Essentials, The Manila Times, Wheninmanila.com.

PSA Certificates Easy and Convenient Pick Up Experience at The National Bookstore

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More options and more ways to get your PSA Certificates. It's not always easy to deliver your documents at home when you're not around. The National Bookstore pick-up option is easy and one of the convenient way to get your documents from PSA. This is ideal for applicants who have irregular schedules and are not always available at their delivery address. This delivery option provides you with the flexibility to pick up your order at your chosen National Bookstore branch at your most convenient time.

Here’s how you can arrange for your PSA certificate orders delivered at your preferred National Bookstore branch:

Step 1: Choose Pick-Up During Checkout

When placing your order online on PSAHelpline.ph, select "Pick-up" as the delivery option before entering your address details.

Step 2: Select Your Preferred Branch

A list of participating National Bookstore branches will be available. Choose the one most convenient for you. Here are the branches that currently accept PSA pick-up:

  • Robinson's Galleria
  • Quezon Avenue
  • Taft Avenue
  • Victory Central Mall
  • Superbranch Cubao
  • Filinevest Festival Mall
  • Shopwise Sucat
  • Cash and Carry (Makati)
  • Rockwell (Makati)
  • C. Raymundo (Pasig)
  • E. Rodriguez (Quezon City)
  • Katipunan
  • Malabon Citi Square
  • Marikina
  • NBS Express Pasig
  • Quad Alpha (Mandaluyong)
  • North Ridge Plaza (Quezon City)
  • Pateros
  • Puregold Zabarte (Quezon City)
  • Recto Manila
  • Retiro (Quezon City)
  • Rizal Avenue (Manila)
  • Batangas Bay Mall
  • Waltermart Cabanatuan
  • NBEX Paniqui (Tarlac)
  • Newpoint Mall Angeles (Pampanga)

More branches will be activated soon. To see the most updated list of participating National Bookstores, visit PSAHelpline’s FAQs page (https://psahelpline.ph/faq/NBS-Pick-Up).

Step 3: Complete Your Order and Await Notification

Finalize your order by providing your contact details and confirming payment. Once your PSA certificate arrives at your chosen branch, PSAHelpline will send you an SMS and email notification.

Step 4: Claim Your PSA Certificate at your chosen National Bookstore Branch

Bring a valid government-issued ID that matches the name on your application, along with the SMS or email notification you received. Proceed to the National Bookstore branch and present these documents to the staff. They will verify your identity and release your PSA certificate.

Important Reminders:

  • Sending a representative to claim your PSA certificate is not allowed, even with authorization.
  • You have 30 days to pick up your documents from the chosen National Bookstore branch. Unclaimed certificates will be returned to the PSA.
Enjoy the convenience of picking up your PSA certificates at National Bookstore!

Your Information, Your Security:

PSAHelpline understands the importance of safeguarding your personal information. When you choose PSAHelpline for your document procurement needs, you can be confident that your data is in secure hands. (https://psahelpline.ph/blogs/securing-privacy-while-ordering-psa-certificates-online-striking-the-balance-with-convenience)

The platform utilizes advanced encryption methods and secure payment channels to shield sensitive information submitted throughout the request process from unauthorized access or misuse. With PSAHelpline, you can experience peace of mind knowing your information is treated with the utmost care and security.

Real-Time Tracking for Complete Transparency

Track the status of your order through the Check Status link (https://orders.psahelpline.ph/check-status) located on PSAHelpline’s homepage. Simply enter your order reference number and access real-time updates within seconds.

This level of transparency applies to all types of document requests.

Convenience at Your Fingertips: The PSAHelpline Advantage

Their user-friendly website makes navigating the document procurement process a breeze. For additional support, their hotline (02 8737-1111) is available during business hours (Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm, excluding holidays). You may also send them an email at help@psahelpline.ph.


PSAHelpline.ph (https://orders.psahelpline.ph/order/choose-type) simplifies the process and prioritizes comfort for all users. With just a few easy steps, you can manage your document requests online, freeing up your time to focus on what matters most. Choose PSAHelpline.ph for a smooth, hassle-free experience from start to finish, and experience the power of convenience.

Mylo Speech Buddy, BCRemit, PAMMÉ awarded as top startups at ARISE Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator Program Cohort 3

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Excellence in Filipino entrepreneurship was displayed when the ARISE Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator Program Cohort 3, funded by the European Union (EU) and led by the International Trade Centre (ITC), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – Competitiveness Innovation Group (DTI-CIG) and QBO Innovation, recognized the most outstanding startups at its recently concluded Demo Day on June 25, 2024, at the Blue Leaf Pavilion, Taguig City.

Launched in 2021 and now in its third cohort, the ARISE Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator Program is a 14-week program aimed at providing internationalization support to youth-led startups.

Rene "Butch" Meily, President of Ideaspace | QBO Innovation, expressed his gratitude, stating, "I'd like to thank our partners, the European Union, the International Trade Council, and DTI for their support. Europe is an often untapped market for us. Through the ARISE Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator Program, we hope that Filipino startups can gain access to this crucial market and establish a foothold for exports."

The Demo Day, attended by a diverse audience of key partners, investors, and stakeholders, marked the culmination of the program for 12 business startups from various verticals.

The esteemed judging panel who evaluated the startups' pitches and shared valuable insights included Assistant Secretary Althea Karen Antonio, DTI Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC); Miguel Lopez, Youth Entrepreneurship National Expert, ITC; Shoraliah Macalbe, Head of Startup Development, Ideaspace | QBO Innovation; Dara Ever Juan, Head of PLDT Innovations Laboratory and Ecosystem Partnerships (INNOLAB), PLDT; and Rodrigo Alarcon, Studio Director, ThinkPlace.

Mylo Speech Buddy, the developer of a speech development app for children with autism and speech delays, clinched first place, securing a pitch prize of $2,500, or around PHP 146,000.

"Our experience joining the ARISE Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator Program has been great. The support provided by QBO Innovation and the insights from ITC have been invaluable. I believe our win underscores the importance of the service we provide to the market. Our winnings will play a crucial role in our efforts to further grow the company and help more Filipino families,” said Mylo Speech Buddy founder Vincent Rocha.

BCRemit, a London-based fintech company founded by Pinoys empowering Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with efficient money transfers, was awarded second place and received a $1,500 grant, or around PHP 87,000.

"Our focus has been on penetrating more markets geographically to reach more migrant workers. The grant we won will fund our expansion plans to the United States," said BCRemit co-founder and director Gio Calma.

Lastly, fashion brand PAMMÉ, which crafts sustainable accessories from recycled plastic made by women deprived of liberty, secured third place with a $1,000 pitch prize, or about PHP 58,000.

"The ARISE Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator Program has been remarkable. With its main focus on internationalization, I’m grateful that they have opened doors for us to explore global markets. At PAMMÉ, a fashion social enterprise, we take pride in this win," shared PAMMÉ founder Pamela Meija.

Other participating startups in the ARISE Plus Ye! Boost Accelerator Program Cohort 3 included: Capilli, a social enterprise creating eco-friendly products from upcycled human hair waste; Hibla Philippines, a social enterprise preserving Philippine weaving traditions; IndieCo, an SEO company blending human creativity with AI for business content; Nama Urban Farms, an urban agriculture startup cultivating nutritious produce; Nutricoach Inc., a platform aiding dietitians in building and scaling nutrition clinics; Prezenter, a company that simplifies presentations in under 10 seconds, helping teachers put their lessons on Smart TVs; Reelist8, a proptech x Shoppertainment marketplace for real estate transactions; REPAMANA, a circular fashion brand repurposing hotel textiles into new garments; and TERPCAP Inc., an accessibility solutions provider for inclusive workplaces..

In addition to the cash prizes, the program, under the strategic partnerships facilitated by QBO Innovation, ITC, and DTI-CIG, will provide the top three winners opportunities to build stronger networks with EU partners and investors to support their global market expansion.

QBO Innovation, a division of Ideaspace that consults for and engages with government agencies, academic institutions, international development agencies, and private sector enterprises, provided support and guidance to the participating startups throughout the program via workshops and mentorship sessions.

DTI unveils comprehensive mapping report to bolster youth entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philippines

The DTI, in partnership with the EU and ITC, has unveiled a comprehensive mapping report to identify and leverage growth opportunities for young Filipino entrepreneurs and ecosystem actors, such as Technology Business Incubators (TBIs), which offer specialized programs to propel the Philippine economy forward.

The report, "Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in the Philippines - Network Analysis and Mapping of Institutions Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship," aims to foster an inclusive environment where young entrepreneurs can thrive, innovate, and contribute to sustained economic development.

In her video message, ITC Head of Youth and Trade Mayara Louzada highlighted the country's young entrepreneurship landscape:

"We have found that the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Philippines is young and rapidly developing, with an emphasis on economic development, inclusion, and innovation to attract investment. Both the government and private sectors actively support young innovators aiming to create jobs and stimulate economic growth, especially as many turn to entrepreneurship due to a lack of quality job opportunities."

However, she identified market gaps in the report, including confusion over the roles of different government departments, limited access to funding, and the lack of continuous and sustainable programs for youth-led businesses, especially outside Metro Manila.

The report's recommendations include creating a TBI info-sharing network to streamline access to relevant updates and content, establishing a country guide to support services for entrepreneurs, and expanding support beyond the tech sector.

The report also reiterates the government's critical role in supporting the continuous advancement of the entrepreneurship ecosystem and developing young entrepreneurs.

DTI Undersecretary Rafaelita "Fita" Aldaba stated, "We're working together with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and other government agencies to ensure that our economic relationships are fundamental to our strategy, competition, innovation, and productivity. We cannot remain static—our industries cannot stay stagnant. Therefore, we are committed to supporting the growth and development of startups in the Philippines."

The Philippine startup ecosystem has shown continuous growth despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the country ranked 52nd globally, with thriving industries including fintech (19%), e-commerce (7%), education and healthcare (5.2%), and agriculture (3.1%).

To get full access to the report, you may download a copy via this link.

Is Global Star Yang Yang coming to PH for the AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 on July 17?

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Leading smart devices provider, HONOR, has officially named the Heartthrob Yang Yang as the Global Ambassador for HONOR 200. Much to the delight of his fans, the AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 Series is officially arriving in the Philippines on July 17, 2024 which will be telecasted live on Facebook: https://bit.ly/H200YangYang_PR.

“HONOR takes pride in being the ultimate leader in smartphone portrait photography, transforming mobile imaging with the HONOR 200 Pro's advanced AI capabilities. Combined with its powerful hardware performance, the HONOR 200 Pro offers an exceptional level of convenience and enjoyment for users who enjoy capturing and preserving moments of their lives,” HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng said.

Yang Yang is one of the most sought-after Asian actors and has appeared in Jackie Chan’s 2020 film Vanguard and led hit series Fireworks of My Heart, You Are My Glory, and The King’s Avatar. He joined HONOR as its global ambassador during the launch of HONOR 90 5G and has continued for the AI Portrait Master HONOR 200.

Specifically crafted to redefine users' future lifestyles, the all-new HONOR 200 Pro is the newest member of the renowned HONOR N Series with robust performance and professional portrait capability. The HONOR 200 Pro enhances smartphone experiences with its AI-empowered portrait photography features, immersive display, powerful hardware performance, modern design, and human-centric experience, rivaling any accessible flagship device currently on the market.

Excited for the AI Portrait Master? Catch it live on Facebook on July 17: https://bit.ly/H200YangYang_PR and get a chance to win your very own HONOR 200! Stay tuned for the full mechanics on HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms: (Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines), (Instagram.com/honorph/) and TikTok Shop: (Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines). To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Take Studio-level AI Portraits Worth P120K with the NEW Studio Harcourt feature of HONOR 200, coming on July 17!

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Global technology provider, HONOR, is all out for the upcoming launch of the AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 in the Philippines on July 17! The much-awaited hero phone comes with the Studio Harcourt mode which is an official collaboration with the prestigious Parisian studio. Catch the launch live on Facebook: https://bit.ly/HONOR200SeriesLaunch_PR!

The HONOR 200 redefines smartphone portrait photography with its Studio-level Portrait Camera set-up. It features a 50MP Portrait Main Camera with dual stabilization (OIS + EIS), ensuring clear and detailed images even in challenging lighting and motion-intensive scenarios. Equipped with a flagship-level 1/1.3-inch Super Dynamic H9000 Sensor, the device delivers excellent light sensing capabilities and HDR support. The HONOR 200 Pro also includes a 50MP Telephoto Camera equipped with a customized Sony IMX 856 Sensor, enabling stunning zoomed portraits with remarkable sharpness and clarity. Additionally, the device boasts a 50MP Portrait Selfie Camera that offers automatic FOV switching, producing exceptional selfies in any lighting condition.

Furthermore, the HONOR 200 Pro revolutionizes portrait photography by collaborating with Studio Harcourt to co-engineer the AI-enhanced HONOR AI Portrait Engine. This achievement brings the mastery of studio-level portrait photography to smartphones, made possible by HONOR’s cutting-edge platform-level AI technology.


“With Studio Harcourt’s expertise in capturing timeless and classic portrait shots featuring the most iconic personalities, the team of imaging expert from HONOR and Studio Harcourt conducted extensive analysis of countless scenarios and datasets from the photography house, successfully incorporated the studio's profound understanding of manipulating light and shadow,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng.

Excited for the AI Portrait Master? Catch it live on Facebook: https://bit.ly/HONOR200SeriesLaunch_PR and get a chance to win your very own HONOR 200! Stay tuned for the full mechanics on HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms: (Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines), (Instagram.com/honorph/) and : (Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines). To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

COMCO Mundo wins the Philippines’ and Southeast Asia’s first global IABC Gold Quill Agency of the Year Award

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Starting the second half of the year with a blast, interregional powerhouse communications group COMCO Mundo League of Enterprises / COMCO Southeast Asia was hailed by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) as the Agency of the Year (Mid-Sized Agency) at the prestigious Gold Quill Awards 2024 in Chicago, USA, making it the first communications agency from the Philippines and Southeast Asia to receive the highly-coveted global award, and the only consultancy firm from Asia-Pacific to be included in this year’s Best of the Best and Special Award Winners of the internationally acclaimed award giving body.

The Agency of the Year recognition marks COMCO Mundo’s compelling presence and seal of excellence, not just in the Asia-Pacific region, but also across the world as it continues to work with local and international brands and projects with its own unique brand of #MeaningfulStorytelling. The Gold Quill Awards' “Agency of the Year” honor is given to agencies with the highest-rated entries making these top organizations the Global Best of the Best and Special Award Winners. Since the Gold Quill Awards’ inception in 2008, this is the first time that a Filipino and Southeast Asian agency won the much sought-after award in the industry.

COMCO is also the most awarded organization in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific at the Gold Quill Awards 2024 receiving recognitions for its “Save Our Planet, Save Our Seas – The Century Tuna “Saving Our Seas” Initiative” in Corporate Social Responsibility and Climate Change and Sustainability Communication, “UNMASKED: The COMCO Mundo Write to Ignite Initiative Season 3” in Digital Communication and Social Media, and “Igniting Talent – The Camp COMCO Mentorship Program” in Communication Training and Education.

The USA-headquartered IABC is a global network of communication professionals that recognizes the best practices and innovative campaigns of agencies, companies, and brands that foster excellence in the field of communications through the Gold Quill Awards.

“Being the only and the first communications agency in the Philippines and Southeast Asia to receive the highly acclaimed global Gold Quill Awards Agency of the Year recognition from IABC marks another milestone for COMCO. This recognition from the world’s top organization of business communicators puts COMCO on the world’s biggest arena in the practice of our profession. To represent the Philippines and Southeast Asia is an honor we proudly accept as it serves as a testament of what can be accomplished by our commitment to craftsmanship excellence, workplace community culture, and meaningful storytelling,” said Mr. Ferdinand Bondoy, COMCO Mundo League of Enterprises / COMCO Southeast Asia Group Chief Executive Director and Lead Strategic Communications Counsel / Partner and Co-Founder.

In 2023, the Public Relations and Communications Association Asia-Pacific (PRCA-APAC), the world’s largest professional PR body, honored COMCO as the Medium PR Consultancy of the Year during the PRCA APAC Awards 2023 for its efforts in community leadership and innovation. Earlier this year, the Dubai-based communications agency of COMCO Mundo, COMCO Middle East & Africa (COMCO MEA) was recognized by Caterer Middle East’s F&B PR Power List 2024 which celebrates exceptional and influential PR firms and campaigns in the region.

Stay updated with COMCO Mundo by visiting http://www.comcomundo.com or following fb.com/comcomundo on Facebook, linkedin.com/company/comcomundo on LinkedIn, and @comcomundo on Instagram.

The Manila Hotel on its 112th Years Welcomes Visitors with Special Room and Dining Offers

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It's really a rare opportunity for an establishment, which became an icon, to last more than a hundred years. A century of Filipino hospitality and the very first ever 5-star hotel in the Philippines. Imagine that century long experience, standing tall amidst invasion and military occupations. 

The Manila Hotel, the country’s first 5-star hotel, proudly marks its 112th anniversary this 4th of July. The Grand Dame celebrates with an array of exceptional promotions tailored to delight its patrons.


Unforgettable Memories Await

Guests can enjoy a luxurious staycation with a special anniversary promo. Book a stay in a Deluxe Room for two consecutive nights at a discounted rate of Php 11,200 nett inclusive of breakfast for two persons. This offer provides an excellent opportunity to experience the unparalleled comfort and grandeur that The Manila Hotel is renowned for.

Red Jade Dim Sum All-You-Can

Red Jade invites guests to savor a delightful Dim Sum All-You-Can experience for Php 1,120 per person, available for lunch from Monday to Friday. This promotion includes unlimited Wintermelon Tea and offers a wide selection of freshly made sio mai, hakaw, dumplings, vegetable spring rolls, century egg, hot and sour soup, yang chow fried rice, stir fried vegetables, chicken Szechuan, and chocolate buchi, among others.


Merienda Espesyal at Lobby Lounge

Indulge in a quintessential afternoon tradition of merienda with an assortment of sweet and savory Filipino delicacies, tea or coffee, and an Ilang-Ilang designed tote bag, all served in the elegant ambiance of the Lobby Lounge. Available at Php 1,912 nett per order.

The Chamberlain

Served since 1938, the Chamberlain is a favorite among gentlemen. Made with gin, lime juice, and soda, this historic cocktail has been the centerpiece of countless stories and friendships. Enjoy a glass with a free Willy the Bear stuffed toy for Php 1,912.

Unlimited Drinks at Tap Room

Unwind with unlimited drinks at Tap Room for Php 1,120 nett per person. From 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, enjoy our signature cocktails and classic drinks, and receive a complimentary Willy the Bear magnet or keychain as memorabilia.

In-Room Dining Special

Guests can enjoy the hotel’s signature Clubhouse Sandwich paired with two complimentary beverages for Php 1,120, offering an ideal choice for in-room dining, whether for a leisurely afternoon or a
 delightful nightcap.


M Takeout Savings

Ideal for a celebratory feast at home, guests can savor The Manila Hotel culinary delights with special discounts on M Takeout. For a minimum order of Php 5,000, guests will receive a Php 1,120 discount, while for orders amounting to Php 8,000 or more will enjoy a Php 1,912 discount.

To know more about these offers, please call +632 8527-0011 or +632 5301-5500, email info@themanilahotel.com, or visit our website at www.manila-hotel.com.ph.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Know the Truth, HPV Reveal in an Advocacy Play

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A hidden health threat is taking lives, and we know little about it. It's time to raise awareness about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The good news is that HPV can be prevented, and there are solutions to stop it from worsening.

The more we know about HPV, the better. There is an ongoing campaign to inform everyone, including teenagers. The most effective way to spread awareness is through creative and relatable methods.

Ka.SEEN.halaga (HPV. Out!) is a play that delivers both emotional impact and vital information about HPV.

Frontline Production Inc. with Rotary Club South San Francisco California as co-presenter raise the stage curtains for Ka.SEEN.halaga (HPV Out!), a one of a kind play that brings the feels and information about the Human Papilloma Virus or HPV.

Directed by Rodel J. Mercado, with three monologues written by Julia Enriquez - “Girltok,” Joshua Lim So - “Para Kay John,” and Liza Magtoto – “Ka.SEEN.halaga”, we will meet the characters of Roger, Maya and Girltok as they express their thoughts and feelings about afflicted with HPV.

Director Mercado said: “This play is not only timely but relevant. It sheds light on the myths and misconceptions about this deadly virus; anyone can be infected with HPV regardless of age, gender, and economic status. It also raises awareness on how anyone especially young people can get protected from the virus through preventive efforts such as vaccinations and sex education.”

He added: “I believe in this noble cause, so I push to make this theater production happened. Also, it is a great honor to be trusted by the Rotary Club of South San Francisco California through Dr. Jasmin Flores to be the purveyor and medium in educating the Filipinos about the risks and dangers of HPV.”

Cast of Ka.SEEN.halaga (HPV Out!) are Migui Moreno as Roger, Phi Palmos as Maya and Angela Maghanoy as Girltok. Alternates are Blaisdell Caloyloy (Roger), Twinkle Santiago (Maya) and Zhyra Villanueva (Girltok).

Migui Moreno said: “The role of Roger, a father who has throat cancer because of HPV, attracted me most because it is a huge challenge for me as an actor. Portraying a person who has throat cancer that he got from HPV gives me a better understanding about the disease and how one copes up with this situation.”

On being Maya, Phi Palmos said: “Maya’s tenacity attracted me to give her life on stage. She’s firm but also, vulnerable. That vulnerability masked with strength is what makes her an interesting character.”

“Her strength is her care, respect and humility towards her parents, loved ones, viewers and future” said Angela Maghanoy about Girltok. “Because of her, I learned more about HPV. I also want to use my skills and talents to inform others, help the community be more aware on these social issues.”

Major Sponsors are MSD, PAGCOR, OROCAN. Minor Sponsors: SOGO, Nature’s Spring & Zephaniah’s Catering.


Ka.SEEN.halaga (HPV. Out!) is slated on July 14, 2024. Matinee 3:00pm and Gala 8:00pm, at the RCBC Theater, Makati City.

Tours in campus and universities and other outreach performances will happen on September.

In conclusion, Director Mercado said: “Aside from it being entertaining and educational, this theater show will help in championing the fight against the deadly Human Papilloma Virus.”

For tickets for the July 14 matinee and gala shows, please buy them at ticket2me.net or send your queries to 0954-170-2679 and please look for Bevs Lalo.

Breaking News: The AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 Series is coming to PH on July 17!

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Leading smart devices provider, HONOR, has officially confirmed the arrival date of their newest smartphone here in the Philippines! The AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 is coming on July 17. The HONOR 200 also includes portrait modes built through co-engineering with the iconic Studio Harcourt, making it perfect for users looking for studio-level portrait photography on their smartphones.

“The HONOR 200 Pro is created for users looking for an unparalleled portrait photography experience. As an accessible flagship device that delivers robust performance, it is perfect for company employees, university students, content creators, and young entrepreneurs,” HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng said.

Featuring AI-powered portrait capabilities, immersive displays, and robust hardware performance, the HONOR 200 Series is a master portrait smartphone set to revolutionize users’ future lifestyle and provide an unrivaled level of convenience and enjoyment for users who are passionate about capturing and documenting their lives.

With a professional-level portrait camera, long-lasting durability, and human-centric eye protection features, the HONOR 200 Pro is built to revolutionize the user's future lifestyle.

Excited for the AI Portrait Master? Catch it live on Facebook on July 17: https://bit.ly/HONOR200SeriesLaunch_PR
and get a chance to win your very own HONOR 200! Stay tuned for the full mechanics on HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms:
Facebook (Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines), Instagram (Instagram.com/honorph/) and TikTok Shop: (Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines). To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Galaxy Unpacked July 2024: Embrace the Arrival of Galaxy AI

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Get ready for the next frontier of Galaxy AI. Experience the enhanced capabilities of Galaxy AI integrated into the latest Galaxy Z series and across the entire Galaxy ecosystem. Brace yourself for a world of endless possibilities as we embark on a new era of mobile AI.

On July 10, Samsung Electronics will host Galaxy Unpacked in Paris — where the iconic cultural nexus and trend epicenter becomes the perfect backdrop for the rollout of our latest cutting-edge innovations. The event will be streamed live on Samsung.com, Samsung Newsroom and Samsung’s YouTube channel at 9:00 PM Philippine Time.

Stay tuned and make sure to visit https://news.samsung.com/ph/ for all upcoming teasers, trailers and updates ahead of Unpacked 2024.

Register now for Samsung Galaxy Unpacked by visiting https://www.samsung.com/ph/unpacked/. You can get an e-voucher worth up to P7,000 plus a chance to win a 65” Neo QLED 4K TV worth P135,999.

*Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-194997 Series of 2024

Filipino Boy Band SB19 Debuts on THE FIRST TAKE!

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The latest episode of the YouTube channel THE FIRST TAKE features the Filipino boy band SB19.

Episode 449 marks SB19's first appearance on THE FIRST TAKE. The five-member group gained international recognition as the first Southeast Asian artist nominated for Top Social Artist at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.

SB19 will perform their hit song “GENTO,” known for its catchy phrase and unique dance moves on TikTok. The song conveys the message that small efforts lead to success, and this special version is available exclusively on THE FIRST TAKE.

“It was a true first take, so we were very nervous and overwhelmed, but it was fun and an amazing experience,” SB19 shares. “Above all, we are grateful for this opportunity and for being able to represent the Philippines by performing our song here. We are honored to showcase our music and culture to the world through THE FIRST TAKE.”

THE FIRST TAKE is a Japanese YouTube channel that invites top singers and artists from all over the world to perform a song recorded in one take. Videos on The First Take are filmed in a studio, with shots of the performing artist and a microphone, set to a background that is usually white.

SB19 on the other hand, is the first Southeast Asian group and the first Filipino to be invited in the influential music media outlet. After the initial announcement, HALA THE FIRST SB19 skyrocketed at No. 1, 2, and 35 of X’s trend list in the Philippines, Japan, and Worldwide, respectively.

Aside from this recognition, the Philippines' five-member boy group also recently bagged a nomination for Favorite Asian Act in the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

SB19’s performance airs at 9 pm today, Manila time via THE FIRST TAKE’s YouTube channel. Watch it here.


THE FIRST TAKE is a YouTube channel that clearly captures the performance of musicians and singers performing in a single take. With the concept “capture the take. This moment. This sound. THE FIRST TAKE. It only happens once,” THE FIRST TAKE presents pure music in overwhelming quality with no exaggerated performance.

The channel started on 15 November 2019 and has now hit 9.69 million subscribers (as of 7 June 2024). Total views have exceeded 1.4 billion, and contents have been viewed from over 220 countries and regions around the world. Growing as a comprehensive music platform, new initiatives have been launched and become viral contents. THE FIRST TAKE INTERNATIONAL features international music stars such as Harry Styles, Avril Lavigne, V from BTS, Jason Chan and Jolin Tsai, having them to give their 1TAKE performance exclusively on the channel.

Follow THE FIRST TAKE on socials:

Website: https://www.thefirsttake.jp
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_firsttake
Twitter: https://twitter.com/The_FirstTake
X: https://www.tiktok.com/@the_first_take
THE FIRST TIMES: https://www.thefirsttimes.jp

Samsung Backs PH Olympians as Official Mobile Partner for 2024 Olympics

7:02:00 AM

Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO) has teamed up with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to become the official mobile partner for Filipino athletes competing in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Aira Villegas, Filipina boxer with the Galaxy Flip5


This partnership aligns with Samsung's global campaign, "Open always wins," which celebrates the brand's values of openness and innovation. The campaign highlights how openness can lead to new perspectives and endless possibilities, forming the core of Samsung's Paris 2024 initiatives.

 Carlos Yulo, Gymnast with a Galaxy Flip5 


Additionally, Samsung announced it will host its Galaxy Unpacked event in Paris. The city, known for its cultural significance and trends, will serve as a backdrop for unveiling Samsung's latest innovations. The event will be streamed live on Samsung.com, Samsung Newsroom, and Samsung’s YouTube channel at 9:00 PM Philippine Time.

Elreen Ando, a Philippine weightlifter with a Galaxy Flip5


Samsung has been a Worldwide Olympic Partner since 1988. For almost 40 years, athletes and fans have trusted Samsung’s transformative mobile technology to share the Olympic spirit globally. The company’s commitment to the Olympic Movement, which soon faces its fourth decade of partnership, extends through Los Angeles 2028.

Joanie Delgaco, the first Filipina in the Olympic Rowing competition with a Galaxy Flip5


Samsung’s purposeful innovations in wireless communications and computing equipment, including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, and 5G, will continue to shape the digital future of the Olympic Games for Paris 2024 and beyond, changing the way the world experiences this global event.

John Ceniza, Philippine weightlifter with the Galaxy Flip5

This global commitment was extended to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), with Samsung Philippines proudly serving as the official mobile partner. The Philippines recently bid farewell to its Olympic-bound athletes in a send-off ceremony at the Ayuntamiento De Manila in Intramuros. The event was graced by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., POC President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, SEPCO Head of Marketing Yna Quimson, and SEPCO Head of Mobile Experience Blue Avelino.

Nesthy Petecio, Filipina featherweight boxer with the Galaxy Flip5

As the athletes prepare for their journey to the Paris Olympics 2024, each of them is now equipped with a Galaxy Z Flip5, part of the brand’s commitment to keeping them connected with fans and loved ones throughout their Olympic adventure. This support ensures the athletes can share their experiences and stay in touch with their supporters, amplifying their voices and stories on a global stage.

Samantha "Sam" Catantan, the first fencer to qualify for the Olympics in over three decades with a Galaxy Flip5


Samsung's alliance with the Philippine Olympic Committee not only emphasizes technological advancements but also spotlights the athletes' commitment and accomplishments, enhancing their visibility and aspirations internationally.

Vanessa Sarno, Filipina weightlifter with a Galaxy Flip5


Find out more about Samsung’s latest innovations at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked happening this July 10 at 9:00 p.m. Register now by visiting https://www.samsung.com/ph/unpacked/ and get an e-voucher worth up to P7,000 plus a chance to win a 65” Neo QLED 4K TV worth P135,999.

Mansion Sports Club Launches Cutting-Edge 7v7 Football Pitch in Ho Chi Minh City

6:41:00 AM

The Mansion Sports Club has opened its inaugural facility in An Phu, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, delivering a cutting-edge football experience that integrates technology, community engagement, and luxurious amenities.

The club reinvents the conventional football field with adaptable configurations suitable for various styles, formats, and teams. The facility can convert a full-sized 11v11 pitch into three 7v7 pitches or six 5v5 pitches. Enhancements like racing seats and sunken goalposts elevate both playing and viewing experiences, creating a professional environment and increased stability.

The club also boasts a multi-purpose press conference room and a video production room for media engagements and game analysis, catering to both players and the media.


Beyond the pitch, the facility offers amenities designed for comfort and convenience. A cafe, a merchandise store, an elevated VIP viewing deck with air conditioning, and a BBQ area enhance the overall spectator experience. Additional features include secure equipment storage, team-friendly changing rooms, and strategically placed toilets with views of the pitch.
v Technological advancements are a key aspect of Mansion Sports Club. Electric sign boards facilitate smooth player substitutions, video assistant referee (VAR) technology ensures fair play, and AI-powered cameras provide detailed game analysis. Professional referees and live commentators further enrich the matchday experience.

The club's opening comes on the heels of hosting the inaugural national 7v7 pro tournament, the Mansion Sports Cup.

Mansion Sports Club's debut signals a significant development for football in Ho Chi Minh City, with more innovations on the horizon

HONOR Unveils AI Defocus Eye Protection and AI Deepfake Detection at MWC Shanghai 2024

6:30:00 AM

Global technology brand HONOR introduced two groundbreaking on-device AI innovations designed to enhance user safety and empowerment during its keynote at MWC Shanghai 2024. The presentation, titled “The Human-AI Synergy: Intelligent Devices Will Empower People Better,” highlighted HONOR’s latest advancements in human-centric AI with the introduction of AI Defocus Eye Protection and AI Deepfake Detection technologies. The keynote emphasized HONOR’s commitment to developing AI-driven hardware that offers personalized services while safeguarding user privacy, reaffirming the brand’s vision of a future where technology empowers individuals.


Evolving Eye Protection Technology from Prevention to Relief

Introducing the latest advancements in eye-protection technology, HONOR launched AI Defocus Eye Protection at MWC Shanghai. Noting the global increase in cases of nearsightedness caused by long-term screen usage, this technology leverages AI to simulate defocus glasses on the smart device’s display.

Wearing defocus glasses is proven to be conducive to eye health as they intentionally induce controlled defocus in the user’s peripheral visual field to help maintain clear central vision. This effect creates an altered visual perception that slows down the eye elongation process, which leads to nearsightedness. Taking eye protection from prevention to creating technology that can lead to relief for consumers, HONOR’s AI Defocus Eye Protection has been shown to decrease users’ transient myopia by 13 degrees on average after reading for 25 minutes, with some users experiencing a maximum reduction of 75 degrees.


Mitigating Fraud with AI Deepfake Detection

Circumventing the risks presented by cloud-based “deepfake” AI technology, HONOR has introduced AI Deepfake Detection. To help prevent fraud and detect digitally manipulated content, AI Deepfake Detection examines frame-by-frame information such as eye contact, lighting, image clarity, and video playback to identify flaws that are imperceptible to the human eyes.

Additionally, the AI Deepfake Detection has been trained through a large dataset of videos and images related to online scams, enabling the AI to perform identification, screening, and comparison within three seconds. If synthetic or altered content is detected by the feature, a risk warning is immediately issued to the user, deterring them from continued engagement with the potential scammers for their safety.

For more exciting announcements and cool tech, head on to HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms: Facebook (Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines), Instagram (Instagram.com/honorph/) and TikTok Shop: (Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines). To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/. 


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