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Sunday, February 18, 2024

HONOR Magic V2: Thinnest Foldable Phone Unveiled in PH on Feb 21

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It's among the many firsts of the brand! Yes, Honor is rolling out another first in its line of remarkable products.

HONOR Philippines, a leading provider of smart devices, has confirmed the upcoming release of the HONOR Magic V2 in the Philippines on February 21. This foldable smartphone, HONOR's latest premium offering, promises an impressive foldable design, stunning display, long battery life, and top-notch performance, aiming to deliver an unmatched user experience.

According to Stephen Cheng, Vice President of HONOR Philippines, the HONOR Magic V2 sets new standards in the industry as the thinnest and lightest book-style foldable smartphone yet. Cheng highlights significant enhancements in various aspects including form factor, battery life, display quality, and user experience, designed to encourage wider adoption among consumers.

Weighing just 231g and measuring 9.9mm thick when folded, the HONOR Magic V2 pushes the boundaries of innovation in foldable devices. Its ultra-slim and lightweight design aims to meet consumers' expectations for flagship performance while keeping the phone's thickness under 1 cm, a first in the industry.


 
The HONOR Magic V2 incorporates breakthrough materials such as titanium alloy in its hinge and second-generation nanocrystal glass to achieve superior lightweight design and premium build quality. The hinge is engineered to withstand over 400,000 folds, while the nanocrystal glass offers remarkable durability, being 10 times more resistant to drops than standard glass. Additionally, the device is powered by a 5000mAh dual-cell silicon-carbon battery, ensuring all-day battery life and rapid charging with the included 66W supercharger.

In addition, the HONOR Magic V2's display experience is outstandingly enhanced, with a 120Hz high refresh rate on the inner and external displays, and the industry's highest 3840 PWM Dimming technology used for the first time on a foldable display, allowing for excellent browsing and entertaining experience while also taking into account eye protection.

Catch the launch live on Facebook: https://bit.ly/HONORMagicV2Launch_PR at exactly 6PM and don’t forget to tune in on HONOR’s website www.hihonor.com or social media platforms: Facebook (Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines), Instagram (Instagram.com/honorph/) and TikTok: (Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines) for more exciting announcements!

To check out HONOR’s wide array of mobile phones, tablets, and laptops at any HONOR Experience and Partner Stores nationwide https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/) or online via Shopee (https://bit.ly/HONORPHShopee), Lazada (https://bit.ly/HONORPHLaz) and TikTok Shop (https://bit.ly/HONORTikTokShop).

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Unified SEEK, Jobstreet & Jobsdb: Enhanced Job & Talent Search

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SEEK has merged its employment websites in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region - SEEK, Jobstreet, and Jobsdb - into a single platform. This change aims to make it easier for millions of job seekers and employers across APAC to connect and find suitable work opportunities.

This integration comes a decade after SEEK acquired Jobstreet and Jobsdb, following three years of development and an investment of around AUD$180 million.

Peter Bithos, Chief Executive Officer for Asia at SEEK, emphasizes the company's focus on its customers. The unified platform allows SEEK to reach millions across Asia in a new way, enhancing the job search and talent recruitment process. Bithos believes this positions SEEK better than ever to fulfill its goal of assisting 500 million people in advancing their careers with five million companies in the region.

Revolutionizing the job market in the Philippines

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recently reported an unemployment rate of 3.6% in November 2023. SEEK's efforts to unify its platforms reinforce its commitment to providing job opportunities to every Filipino. Dan Majarocon​, Managing Director for the Philippines at Jobstreet by SEEK, is excited about the platform's ability to facilitate tailored job matches based on specific skills, job roles, and career aspirations, improving the job market experience in the country.


 

Delivering relevant matches and personalized experiences

The unified marketplace platform introduces new AI-powered features to enhance the employment experience for both employers and job seekers. For employers, the platform employs AI models to assess talent suitability and offer personalized recommendations, streamlining the hiring process. Job seekers benefit from being matched with AI-recommended jobs based on their skills and experience, thanks to SEEK's extensive dataset across APAC. This leads to a better user experience and speeds up the hiring process on the Jobstreet and Jobsdb platforms.

Enabling customer-centric innovation at pace

Moving to a unified marketplace platform enables SEEK to scale its use of data-driven insights, product testing, and innovation. SEEK has introduced a new natural language search feature on its Jobstreet platform in the Philippines, allowing job seekers to submit queries using simple phrases or sentences. This feature, powered by a large language model (LLM), offers a more organic and appealing search experience, set to be rolled out across SEEK's APAC markets in 2024.

To explore the new Jobstreet by SEEK platform, visit jobstreet.com.ph or download the app from Google Play Store or the App Store.

Romantic Escapade This Valentine's Day at The Manila Hotel

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The Manila Hotel offers a memorable Valentine's Day experience with special dining options emphasizing timeless romance.

Quintessential 5-Star Culinary Experiences

At the iconic Champagne Room, guests can indulge in the finest French and Italian cuisine through an exclusive Valentine’s Day set menu. This specially curated menu includes delectable dishes such as Lobster-Mango Delight Salad, Pan Fried Scallops on Pink Beetroot Risotto, Carrot Purple Yam Soup, and a choice of Oven Roasted Black Cod on Parmesan Asparagus or Filet Mignon Foie Gras in Red Wine Truffle Sauce for the main course. To conclude the meal, guests can enjoy Delice Du Chocolate Sans Farine, Pomegranate Sorbet in Prosecco Float, and Valentine French Macarons for dessert. Available for dinner from February 13 to 15, 2024, the menu is priced from Php 7,800 to Php 8,000 nett per person.









 

For those who savor Chinese cuisine, Red Jade presents special set menus designed to provide a gastronomic journey for couples and families alike. The menus feature tantalizing dishes such as Roast Goose Hong Kong Style, Pan Fried Lamb Chops with Honey Red Wine Pepper Sauce, Steamed Sea Bass with Celery Sauce, Fried Red Brown Rice and Baby Abalone in Pumpkin Sauce, and Salted Egg Ice Cream, among others. Available for lunch and dinner from February 13 to 15, 2024, the set menus are priced at Php 4,688 nett per person, with a minimum of 2 persons per order.

For those yearning for an intimate Valentine’s Day celebration, The Manila Hotel’s in-room dining set menu ensures a cozy and romantic experience within the comfort of one’s own space. Available from February 13 to 15, 2024, between 6PM to 9PM, the set menu includes Fresh Pink Lumpia of Prawns and Pomelo in Dalandan Honey Dressing, Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil Foam, Fettucine Pasta in Light Smoked Salmon Cream, Roast US Beef Striploin, Swan of Choux Pastry with Strawberry and Praline Cream Filling, and Pink French Macarons. The set menu us priced at Php 3,888 nett for 2 persons.


 

An Afternoon Valentine Rendezvous

A special Merienda Espesyal afternoon tea set, best shared by 2 persons, will add sweetness to one’s daytime celebration. With its charming combination of sweet and savory bites that include Pink Salmon Sandwich, Ganache Tartlet, Valentine Chocolate Pralines, Panna Cotta with Berry Compote, Mini Bibingka, Pink Sapin-Sapin, paired with a choice of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Priced at Php 1,180 nett per set, Merienda Espesyal is available at the Lobby Lounge from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM this month of February.

Valentine Goodies at the Delicatessen

From intricately prepared chocolates to irresistible pastries, the Valentine’s Goodie Counter at the Delicatessen is poised to become the go-to destination for those seeking a delightful pairing of love and culinary delights. Available until February 16, indulge in these exceptional treats crafter to elevate one’s Valentine’s celebration.

Love To-Go with M Takeout’s Offers

Enjoy a sumptuous Valentine’s Day celebration without leaving home. M Takeout presents to-go boxes that bring the romance of fine dining to one’s dining table.


 

The Valentine’s Grazing Box offers an assortment of charcuteries and delectable treats featuring mouthwatering premium deli meat like Country Pork Terrine, Parma Ham, Italian Salami, sweet bites such as Pralines, French Macarons, Maltese Chocolate Balls, Choco Chips Cookies, Heart Shaped Jam Cookies, Butter Cookies; and creamy cheese like Danish Brie and Edam Cheese. The platter also includes Garlic Cheese Spread, Cherry Tomato, Gherkins, French Bread, Soda Cracker, Ritz Crackers; fresh fruits such as Chocolate Coated Strawberries, Grapes, Dried Apricots, Dried Dates. Available from February 12 to 16, 2024, the Valentine Grazing Box is priced at Php 3,388 nett with an option to add a bottle of Conquesta Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay wine for Php 4,188 nett.

The Valentine’s Hot Box offers a unique and indulgent experience that will make one’s Valentine’s Day celebration at home both special and memorable. The hot box is a self-heating portable food box that allows one to enjoy a hot meal anytime, anywhere. The Valentine’s Hot Box offers a proper feast with savory mains such as Grilled Minute Beef Steak with Peppercorn Sauce, BBQ Pork Ribs, Garlic Prawns with Sweet and Spicy Chili Sauce and Java Rice with a side of Sweet Mashed Potato and Buttered Vegetables. Available from February 12 to 16, 2024 at Php2,888 nett.

For inquiries and reservations, contact +632 8527 0011, +632 5301 5500, or email restaurantrsvn@themanilahotel.com.

Friday, February 9, 2024

The Manila Hotel Celebrates Year of the Dragon

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The Manila Hotel is gearing up for the Year of the Dragon with a lineup of festive events and offerings, adding an extra touch of luxury to the celebrations. The hotel's iconic Grand Lobby will be adorned with elaborate Chinese New Year decorations, setting the stage for a memorable experience.

Dragon and Lion Dance Spectacle

On February 10, guests can enjoy a lively dance performance featuring a dragon, lion, amusing monk, and God of Fortune. This centuries-old tradition symbolizes good luck and prosperity, filling the Grand Lobby with vibrant energy and setting a positive tone for the year ahead.

 

Tikoy Early Bird Offer

For those craving traditional Chinese New Year treats, The Manila Hotel is offering special discounts on nian gao, also known as tikoy. From January 20 to 31, guests can enjoy a 30% discount on orders of 5 boxes or more. From February 1 to 11, discounts range from 10% to 20%, depending on the quantity purchased. These delectable treats, regularly priced at Php 1,288 per box, will be available for purchase at the Delicatessen from February 1 to 11.

Chinese New Year Set Menu at Red Jade

A culinary delight awaits guests with the exclusive set menu at Red Jade, available for lunch and dinner from February 9 to 11. Priced at Php 3,800++ per person with a minimum of 4 persons, the menu boasts traditional flavors symbolizing good luck and prosperity, featuring an array of dishes that include Suckling Pig Combination, Seafood Sharksfin Soup, Stir-Fried Scallop with XO Sauce, Braised Pata Time with Chinese Bun, Roast Goose Hong Kong Style, Braised Dried Oyster and Seamoss with Lechon Macau, Pan-Fried Lapu Lapu with Thai Sweet Chili and Mango Sauce, Cha Misua, Sweetened Papaya with Red Dates and White Fungus, and Pan-Fried Tikoy.

 

M Takeout’s Chinese New Year Hotbox

Crafted to enhance the joy of home celebrations, the Chinese New Year Hotbox from M Takeout features a delightful combination of succulent Pork Knuckles paired with freshly steamed buns. The hotbox is designed for convenience and is prepared as ready-to-heat takeaway, ensuring that guests can savor the exquisite flavors of The Manila Hotel’s signature dishes in the comfort of their homes. Priced at Php 3,688 nett, M Takeout’s Chinese New Year Hotbox is available from February 1 to 15, 2024.

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate Chinese New Year at The Manila Hotel, where tradition meets luxury. For inquiries and reservations, call +632 8527-0011 or +632 5301-5500, email info@themanilahotel.com, or visit www.manila-hotel.com.ph.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

HONOR Debuts PORSCHE DESIGN Magic V2 RSR in China

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Fresh off the press! HONOR and Porsche Design have just unveiled their latest creation, the PORSCHE DESIGN HONOR Magic V2 RSR, in Shanghai. This sleek inward-foldable phone is making waves for being the thinnest on the market. It's a perfect blend of tech and design expertise from these two giants. This collaboration is not just about innovation; it's setting the tone for what's next in the world of gadgets. Stay tuned for the future of tech and design!

This momentous partnership between HONOR and Porsche Design is another best practice for HONOR, as a global and premium brand, to bring collective innovations to consumers around the world. As George Zhao, CEO of HONOR Device Co., Ltd., stated, "United by a shared pursuit of excellence, HONOR and Porsche Design will co-design the next generation of smart devices, combining human-centric technology and functional design to create exciting products for global consumers."

“From day one of this extraordinary partnership, we have been eagerly awaiting the reveal of our first jointly developed smartphone. At Porsche Design, we want to bring the unique Porsche spirit and values to life through our products. Anyone who buys a Porsche Design item becomes part of the global Porsche family. Our goal is to transport this emotion as well as the progressive functionality, cutting-edge technology, and the unique design language to customers around the globe,” says Stefan Buescher, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Lifestyle Group.

Introducing the PORSCHE DESIGN HONOR Magic V2 RSR

Debuting as the first innovation where HONOR’s human-centric approach meets the purist, functional aesthetics of Porsche Design, the PORSCHE DESIGN HONOR Magic V2 RSR features a bold design inspired by motorsports. The flyline of the backside of the industry-leading foldable smartphone is intricately reminiscent of the hood of a Porsche 911. The improved grip provides a sportscar experience in the user’s palm. The PORSCHE DESIGN HONOR Magic V2 RSR comes in the Porsche car color Agate Grey.

Ultra-thin foldable device with Anti-scratch NanoCrystal Shield

In pursuit of convenient portability, HONOR and Porsche Design have jointly refined the choice of materials in the PORSCHE DESIGN HONOR Magic V2 RSR to create a pioneering device that weighs only 234g and is just 9.9mm thick. Incorporating the industry’s first Anti-scratch NanoCrystal Shield, the PORSCHE DESIGN HONOR Magic V2 RSR races ahead of the pack with improvements in display durability, providing enhanced protection to the device. The tenfold improved scratch resistance and the hardness rating of over seven on the Mohs scale - a scale which indicates the degree of strength of a material - ensures superior resistance to damages.

Exceptional Display for Human-centric Visual Experience

The PORSCHE DESIGN HONOR Magic V2 RSR has a stunning foldable OLED LTPO display that offers an unprecedented visual experience. With support for 1.07 billion colors, the screen delivers vivid, accurate visuals that captivate and immerse users. As a testament to HONOR’s commitment to human-centric technology, the device incorporates eye protection features such as 3840Hz PWM Dimming, Dynamic Dimming and Circadian Night Display, which reduce fatigue of the eyes, thus, catering to the needs of heavy users.


 

To know more about the complete features of the PORSCHE DESIGN HONOR Magic V2 RSR, you may visit: https://www.hihonor.com/global/phones/honor-magic-v2-rsr-porsche-design/ and head on to HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms for exciting announcements: 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/.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Samsung, Google Cloud Partner for AI on Galaxy S24

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Google Cloud have entered into a new multi-year partnership to introduce Google Cloud's advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology to Samsung smartphone users worldwide. The collaboration kicks off with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S24 series during Galaxy Unpacked in San Jose, California. Notably, Samsung takes the lead as the inaugural Google Cloud partner to integrate Gemini Pro and Imagen 2 on Vertex AI through the cloud into their smartphone devices.

Expressing enthusiasm for the partnership, Janghyun Yoon, Corporate EVP and Head of Software Office of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics, stated, "Google and Samsung have a shared commitment to making technology more helpful and accessible to everyone. We are excited to debut the Galaxy S24 series as the first smartphones featuring Gemini Pro and Imagen 2 on Vertex AI. Following extensive testing and competitive evaluation, the collaboration between Google Cloud and Samsung has resulted in delivering the finest Gemini-powered AI experience on the Galaxy."

Samsung is the first Google Cloud partner to deploy Gemini Pro on Vertex AI to consumers. Built from the ground up to be multimodal, Gemini can generalize and seamlessly understand, operate across, and combine different types of information including text, code, images, and video. Starting with Samsung-native applications, users can take advantage of the summarization feature across Notes, Voice Recorder, and Keyboard.[ Galaxy AI features may require internet connection, Samsung Account login, and/or update to latest Android version. Product functionality may be dependent on your app and device settings. Some functions may not be compatible with certain apps or require additional software downloads, such as language packs. Availability of the service may vary by country, region, or market. Accuracy of results not guaranteed. For detailed specifications and conditions, refer to your local Samsung website.] Gemini Pro on Vertex AI provides Samsung with critical Google Cloud features, including security, safety, privacy, and data compliance.

Galaxy S24 series users can also immediately benefit from Imagen 2, Google’s most advanced text-to-image diffusion technology from Google DeepMind to date. With Imagen 2 on Vertex AI, Samsung can bring safe and intuitive photo-editing capabilities into users’ hands. These features can be found in Generative Edit[ Generative Edit requires a network connection and Samsung Account login. Editing with Generative Edit results in a resized photo up to 12MP. A visible watermark is overlaid on the image output upon saving in order to indicate that the image is generated by AI. The accuracy and reliability of the generated output is not guaranteed. ] in S24’s Gallery application.

As part of this partnership, Samsung is also one of the first customers to test Gemini Ultra, Google’s most capable and largest model for highly-complex tasks. The S24 series will also use Gemini Nano, an on-device LLM delivered as part of the Android 14 operating system, the most efficient model of Gemini for on-device tasks.

“Together with Samsung, Google Cloud sees the tremendous opportunity for generative AI to create meaningful mobile experiences that stimulate and strengthen connection and communication for millions,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud. “With Gemini, Samsung’s developers can leverage Google Cloud’s world-class infrastructure, cutting-edge performance, and flexibility to deliver safe, reliable, and engaging generative AI powered applications on Samsung smartphone devices.”

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Brilliant Awards 2023 Shines The Brightest of All Time

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Traffic was already bad but witnessing the milestone of one of the already known brand in the country and its CEO, is just an event not to miss before year 2023 ends. Sick or not, the show must go on.

Brilliant Skin Inc., a top beauty and cosmetic brand, concluded the year with a grand celebration at the Brilliant Awards 2023: Brightest of All Time on December 21 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Franchisees and distributors from various regions donned dazzling pink gowns for the event. The pink carpet was graced by TikTok comedienne and content creator, Queen Dura, marking one of Brilliant Skin Essentials' major events this year.



The event was opened by A-Team, 4th Impact and Brilliant Skin Ambassador, Andrea Brilliantes, who performed dance numbers followed by an opening speech by Brilliant Skin CEO, Ms. Glenda Dela Cruz. She expressed her gratitude to all her Brilliants – a term she coined for supporters, franchisees and distributors who came even on a short notice. She recalled the success of Pinakamakinang: The Brilliant Concert 2023, the launch of TikTok Live Philippines in Malaysia- Making her the first Filipina Ambassador of TikTok Shop Philippines. The program commenced introducing Luis Manzano and Mariel Rodriguez as hosts for the evening.

 

The first set of awards were introduced by Daniel Matsunaga namely: Live Streamer Award, Digital Market Place Trailblazer, E-Commerce Excellence Award, Rising Star in Outstanding Achievement, Exceptional Leadership in Network Growth and Team Player Extraordinaire. Awardees are from the different districts, cities, provincial and regional distributors

 


Kean Cipriano rocked the night with his band followed by the first raffle draw with giveaways of 5,000 cash for10 winners Lenovo Chromebooks for another 10 winners and 5 winners of iPhone SEs.



Also in attendance is Ms. Korina Sanchez, who spoke about Ms. Glenda Dela Cruz’s humble beginnings to what has become one of the country’s trusted beauty brands. She also shared how they became partners even before the pandemic and how she admired the generosity, openness, and diligence of Ms. Glenda in growing her business along with her partners who believes in Brilliant Skin Essentials.




 
Juan Karlos performed his hits Buwan and Ere, much to the delight of the audience, followed by awards for the Top Sales Achievers from all over the country. Jackie Gonzaga heats up the night with her sensual dance performance followed by live song and dance numbers from Kyle Echarri. Jason Dy and Paulo Avelino also serenaded the Brilliants that night.


 

The night’s highlight is the awarding of Top Regional Franchisees by Ms. Glenda Dela Cruz with the new face of Brilliant Skin Essentials, Alden Richards. This was followed by the introduction of Ms. Shen Garcia as the Chief Operating Officer of Brilliant Skin Essentials. The surprise kept coming with the grand raffle draw giving away not one but two winners each of P50,000, iPhone 15 Pro Macs, Yamaha NMax mototrcycles and one grand winner of an MG AJV Car

The night ended with a performance from Asia’s Soul Supreme, KZ Tandingan.

This is indeed the most brilliant and shining awards ending 2023. Congratulations to all the winners and more power to Brilliant Skin Essentials!

Friday, December 29, 2023

Unraveling the History of New Year's Eve

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As the clock ticks towards midnight, people around the world eagerly anticipate the arrival of a new year. The celebration of New Year's Eve is a global tradition that transcends cultural boundaries and brings people together in a shared moment of reflection and anticipation. Have you ever wonder when and how New Year's Eve started? Well, let's uncover the origin, the time, and the evolution of this time-honored celebration.

Our story begins in ancient times, where the concept of marking the passage of time was intertwined with celestial events. The Babylonians, over 4,000 years ago, are credited with one of the earliest New Year celebrations. Their festivities were linked to the vernal equinox, a moment when day and night are of equal length. This event signaled the rebirth of nature and inspired the Babylonians to make resolutions for the coming year.

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Fast forward to ancient Rome, where the calendar underwent numerous changes. The Romans initially celebrated the New Year in March, aligning it with the spring equinox. However, in 45 B.C., Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar, moving the start of the year to January 1st. This change was in homage to Janus, the two-faced god who symbolized transitions and new beginnings.

The adoption of January 1st as the New Year's Day was not universally accepted at first. Various cultures adhered to different calendars, resulting in diverse New Year celebrations occurring at various times. It wasn't until the Middle Ages that the Gregorian calendar, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, gained widespread acceptance. This calendar solidified January 1st as the official start of the year, aligning with the Roman tradition.

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Throughout history, New Year's Eve has taken on different forms and meanings across cultures. In medieval Europe, the celebration evolved into a religious observance known as Watch Night. Christians would gather in churches to pray and reflect, marking the transition from the old year to the new with a sense of spiritual renewal.

The custom of making resolutions became more prevalent during the 17th century. Puritans in colonial America embraced the idea of setting goals for self-improvement and moral development. Over time, this practice became ingrained in the fabric of New Year's Eve, transcending religious boundaries and becoming a secular tradition embraced by people of all backgrounds.

Fireworks, a ubiquitous feature of modern New Year's Eve celebrations, have their roots in ancient Chinese civilization. The Chinese believed that loud noises and bright lights could ward off evil spirits. This tradition eventually spread to other cultures and found its way into the festive atmosphere of New Year's Eve.

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The iconic ball drop in Times Square, New York City, has become synonymous with the American New Year's Eve experience. The tradition began in 1907 when the New York Times organized the first ball drop to mark the opening of their new headquarters in Times Square. The event was an instant success, drawing crowds and setting the stage for a century of annual celebrations.

As the 20th century unfolded, technology played a significant role in shaping New Year's Eve celebrations. The invention of radio and television allowed people around the world to witness and participate in the festivities in real-time. The advent of the internet further expanded the global reach of these celebrations, connecting people across continents in a shared moment of joy and anticipation.

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Today, New Year's Eve is a truly global phenomenon, celebrated with diverse traditions and customs. From the ringing of church bells in Spain to the banging of pots and pans in South America, the world comes together in a collective expression of hope and optimism for the future.

From tradition to history to spirituality, the history of New Year's Eve is a tapestry woven with threads of ancient traditions, cultural shifts, and technological advancements. From the Babylonians to the present day, the celebration of the new year has evolved and adapted, reflecting the human desire for renewal and the hope that comes with the turning of the calendar. As the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, let us continue to embrace the timeless tradition of New Year's Eve, a celebration that transcends borders and unites us all in the shared journey of life.

Puerto Princesa: Beyond Beauty, into Athletic Excitement

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Puerto Princesa City, situated in the renowned Last Frontier of the Philippines, is topping the charts as a preferred destination for travelers, adventure enthusiasts, and nature lovers. The city's growing popularity is further boosted by hosting numerous sports tournaments, establishing itself as the recognized "Sports Capital of the Philippines."

Relentless. Exceptional. Indomitable. That's the spirit of Puerto Princesa, showcasing top-notch sports events including marine activities such as kite-boarding, wakeboarding, water skiing, banana-boat rides, tube riding, and hookah diving. The city is also a consistent host of the "Motocross Masters of Asia," featuring the Philippine leg of the FIM UAM Asian Motocross Series, Puerto Princesa International Motocross Grand Prix, Thai Riders, Pinoy Riders, Mountain Bike XC Challenge, and Boxing Eve "Hamon sa Puerto Princesa."

Puerto Princesa understands that sports and tourism are interrelated and complementary driving forces for the promotion and sustainable economic development of the city as an attractive tourism destination. It continues to boost its tourist arrivals by hosting and organizing more sporting events.

Gathering strength, determination, and a sea of endurance: Participants unite for the Ironman 70.3 Puerto Princesa 2023, capturing the essence of the long-distance triathlon journey in a single frame.

 

The city is blessed with natural resources and landscape to hold excellent mass-participation events such as triathlons and marathons, mountain bike and motor cross races, beach volleyball, and other water sports competitions.

“Talagang naka-project na ang Puerto Princesa sa sports tourism. Syempre yung hinahabol nating sports tourism yung mayroong international flavor,” City Mayor Lucilo Rodriguez Bayron said. Mega sports events such as Ironman and dragon boat festival can be catalysts for tourism development in Puerto Princesa if successfully leveraged in terms of destination branding, infrastructure development and other economic, cultural, and social benefits.

IRONMAN 70.3 PUERTO PRINCESA-ASIA TRI-CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP


The second year of the IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Princesa - Asia Tri-Club Championship, the ultimate test of endurance, strategy, and strength, capped off the Philippines' triathlon season. It was successfully held in Puerto Princesa on November 12.

A total of 523 foreign and Filipino triathletes from 38 countries participated in the amazing race. Satar Salem (4 hours, 22 minutes, and 25 seconds) and Leyann Ramo (5 hours, 2 minutes, and 56 seconds) both of Tri SND Barracuda dominated the top overall age group for the male and female categories, respectively.

China’s Junyu Cao finished the race in second place at 4:23.13 while Dutch Olympian Eric Van der Linden rounded off the top three finishers in the male category with 4:24.41. Ramo’s teammate Lyllian Grace Banzon trailed her at second place in 5:29.23 while American Catherine Wood completed the top three in the women’s side with the time of 5:36.26.

Tri SND Barracuda of Lanao del Norte netted the country’s top triathlon squad a whopping P500,000 purse put up by Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron.

The competition was divided into three segments: a 1.9-kilometer swim in Puerto Princesa Baywalk, a 90-kilometer bike ride through the city’s southern part, and a 21.1-kilometer run. The grueling course covered 113.0 kilometers, or 70.3 miles.

Ironman 70.3 participants rushing from Puerto Princesa Bay

 

City Mayor Lucilo Rodriguez Bayron expressed his gratitude to the organizers, participants, and spectators for their support for Ironman 70.3. He also showed confidence that the competition will be successfully held again in the city next year as more local and foreign delegates are expected to attend.

THIRD LEGENDS RIDE 2023

The city understands that one of the most popular ways to experience a destination is through a sports event. It allows sports enthusiasts as well as tourists to better engage with local people, nature, and culture.

That happened when about 200 local and visiting riders participated in the 3rd Legends Ride 2023 held on November 18 in Puerto Princesa. The sports activity is part of the successful Subaraw Biodiversity Festival 2023.

From the starting point at Caltex Junction 3, the riders of different groups from all over the country, led by the Tamilok Motorcycle Group, marched together. The other participants were the Big Bikes, Palawan Street Monkeys, Himass Motorcycle Group/Hijos, United Sports Bike of Palawan (USP) and others on small bikes.

The route took the legend riders to Puerto Princesa landmarks such as the Montible Junction, Napsan at the Villa Francesca Resort in Simpocan, the Tala Beach Resort and straight to the Tennis Covered Court of the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex, inside Balayong People’s Park.

“Thank you very much for bringing the Legends Ride to our city. Because you enjoyed it, you will definitely come back here. You are always welcome here in Puerto Princesa City,” said City Mayor Bayron at the fellowship dinner at the Tennis Covered Court as he congratulated the organizers, riders, guests, and sponsors for the successful holding of the Legends Ride 2023.

Jun Diagono, president of the National Federation of Motorcycles said they are very happy with the success of Legends Ride 2023. He set two goals in going to Puerto Princesa City: first was to unite all the big bikes clubs in the Philippines; and second, to invite various groups to the National Motorcycle Convention on April 26-27, 2024, at the Subic Bay Convention Center.

Diagono also convinced Puerto Princesa City bike legend Edward Butch Chase to hold the national convention in the city next year. He also promised to bring LMFI’s 54-member bike clubs to participate in the upcoming event, including the Federation of Bikes Club based in Mindanao.

At the awarding, the youngest rider was Blu Andre Rausa, 19 years old; and the oldest rider was Bob Del Rosario, 74 years old. The Most Organized Group is Evo Riders Club Philippines and Biggest Group is Palawan Street Monkeys. A Special Citation was given to Philip Dulatas as the overall chair of the event, and a Certificate of Greatest Appreciation for the support of William Genato, Naj Abdul, and Elroy John “Clink: Hagedorn. The Living legend award was given to Edward Butch Chase.

The other participating groups were the Legends Ride are Binuang, GBC, Bandits, Baghawi Rider Club, Bundakan Motorcycle Club and Widows Son Masonic Riders Association. 2ND INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL 2023

The 2nd International Dragon Boat Festival 2023, held on November 19, attracted teams from Chinese Taipei, Manila, Cebu and Siargao which competed in the just-concluded 200-meter event. From this series of international activities, it has been proven that it is possible to raise the level of programs and activities in Puerto Princesa.

Strength, strategy, paddling speed, and teamwork were the advantages of the 'paddlers' who won the championship in the final competition. They showed the audience a breath-taking fight. Everyone wants to get away and no one wants to be left behind. So even on a sunny day, the applause and screams from the audience were loud and clear.

In the Women’s Category, the Alliance of Masters from Manila won the championship; 1st runner-up is the Philippine Titans – Manila; Fire Dragons A is 2nd runner-up – Manila; and Rampage is 3rd runner-up – Manila.

In the Men’s Category, Mr. Canoe from Chinese Taipei won the championship. Followed by Philippine Titans in second place, Dagun Pilipinas A in third place and Alliance of Masters in fourth place. The battle in the Mixed Category was also uneventful where the Siargao Dragons from Surigao del Norte proved that they deserve to be champions. The Alliance of Masters placed second; Hongkong China Canoe took third place followed by SAG-1 from Manila in fourth place.

In the Masters Category where those aged 40 and above were given the opportunity to show their skills, the Sugbo Mighty Dragons from Cebu became champions; followed in second place by the Alliance of Masters; Rampage in third place; and Blue Phoenix from Manila in fourth place.

Praise and admiration were showered on the leadership of the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragon Boat Federation, or PCKDF, for taking the lead in organizing the international sports event in the city. Also heavily praised were the efforts shown by Mayor Lucilo Rodriguez Bayron in the tremendous success achieved by the municipal government for the competition.

“It was not easy but we know that we can win these big international events of ours. Of course with the support of department heads, city hall employees and the citizens who are there to support what we do. And even the organizations that trust us for big events. I am very grateful,” said City Mayor Bayron. “Please also expect that there are many more activities to look forward to that will definitely make the city recognized by the whole world not only for its eco-tourism wealth but also to become famous as the Sports Tourism Capital of the Philippines!”



Monday, December 11, 2023

Thoughtful and Budget-Friendly Gifts to Make Christmas Merry and Bright

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The holiday season is upon us, and while the festive spirit is in the air, finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones can sometimes be a daunting task. However, spreading joy doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag. In this guide, we'll explore a myriad of thoughtful and budget-friendly gift ideas that will make this Christmas special without breaking the bank.

Personalized DIY Gifts:
There's something truly special about receiving a gift that someone has put time and effort into creating. Consider making personalized DIY gifts like homemade candles, photo albums, or hand-knit scarves. These items not only showcase your creativity but also carry a sentimental value that store-bought gifts often lack.

Source: Martha Stewart's DIY Holiday Gifts 

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Customized Gift Baskets:
Putting together a custom gift basket allows you to tailor the present to the recipient's interests. Whether it's a coffee lover's dream with various coffee blends, a spa day at home with scented candles and bath salts, or a movie night basket with popcorn and favorite snacks, personalized gift baskets are both thoughtful and economical.

Source: The Spruce's Guide to DIY Gift Baskets 

Plant Parenthood:
Indoor plants make for charming and budget-friendly gifts that keep on giving. Not only do they add a touch of nature to any space, but they also contribute to improved air quality. Succulents, snake plants, and pothos are low-maintenance options that are perfect for both seasoned plant parents and beginners.

Source: The Sill's Guide to Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants 

Subscription Services:
Gifts that keep on coming throughout the year can be a delightful surprise. Consider gifting a subscription service that aligns with the recipient's interests, whether it's a magazine subscription, a streaming service, or a monthly snack box. These gifts not only offer continuous joy but also demonstrate your thoughtful consideration.

Source: Forbes' "The Best Subscription Boxes To Give As Gifts" 

Photo Credit : The36thAvenue


Cooking up Memories:
For the aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts on your list, consider gifting a recipe book or assembling a collection of your favorite recipes. Add a personal touch by including handwritten notes or tips for each recipe. It's a heartfelt way to share your love for good food and create lasting memories.

Source: Food Network's Collection of Budget-Friendly Recipes 

Experience Gifts:
Sometimes the most memorable gifts aren't physical objects but experiences. Plan a day out, whether it's a picnic in the park, a hiking adventure, or a movie night under the stars. These experiences create lasting memories and allow you to spend quality time together without spending a fortune.

Source: Travel + Leisure's "35 Unique Experience Gifts That People Will Actually Use" 

This Christmas, the true spirit of giving lies in the thought and effort you put into selecting gifts for your loved ones. By opting for personalized, budget-friendly options, you can show that it's the sentiment that matters most. Whether it's a DIY creation, a customized gift basket, a potted plant, a subscription service, a cookbook, or an experience to share, these thoughtful gifts will make this holiday season merry and bright without shedding too much money from your pocket. Remember, the joy of giving doesn't have to be measured by the price tag; it's the thoughtfulness that makes all the difference.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Heavenly Fiesta: Ginebra San Miguel's 2024 Calendar Girl Revealed!

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Anticipating the 2024 holidays, many eagerly await the reveal of the upcoming year's calendar model. Often, people speculate about the identity of this model, pondering whether she is a beauty queen or a well-known celebrity.

Ginebra San Miguel, renowned for featuring numerous Calendar Girls, continues this tradition. Recently, at a lively media launch at The Westin Manila in Mandaluyong City, the world's leading gin brand introduced Heaven Peralejo as the 2024 Calendar Girl.

Ginebra San Miguel carefully selects a Calendar Girl who embodies the essence of the brand, and Heaven Peralejo's unwavering spirit has earned her the title of the brand's 2024 Calendar Girl.


 
Best known for her acting in the movie ‘Nananahimik ang Gabi,’ which awarded her the Philippines Best Actress award from the Asian Academy Creative Awards, as well as starring in the youth series ‘The Rain in España,’ Heaven shared that it is a dream come true for her to endorse an iconic brand, Ginebra San Miguel. “It’s such a beautiful milestone of my life to be part of Ginebra. When I was 18 years old, gin bilog with pineapple juice was my first drink. It’s a dream come true, my first drink is also my first big endorsement,” she said.

With the theme “Philippine Fiesta,” the 2024 edition of the Ginebra San Miguel Calendar showcases Heaven in six vibrant fiesta layouts (Panagbenga, Lantern, Higantes, Pintados, Kadayawan, and Masskara), embodying the vibrant spirit of Philippine Fiestas.

GSMI Marketing Manager Ron Molina said that the 2024 Ginebra calendar serves as a symbolic expression of optimism, unity, and the resounding belief that brighter days are ahead. “Looking forward to 2024, we, at Ginebra, envision a year where the echoes of the pandemic are a distant memory. And the best way to move forward is to embrace a future filled with all-out celebrations, reminiscent of the joyous fiestas that define our culture,” he said.


 
GSMI Group Product Manager Paolo Jose Tupaz described Heaven as a captivating and talented actress who perfectly captures the Ginebra San Miguel attributes and the essence of the Philippine Fiesta. “Heaven’s authenticity, perseverance, courage, and zest in life embodies the spirit of Ginebra and reflects the beauty, grace, and dynamism of the Filipino culture,” he added.

HEAVEN IN THE VIBRANT WORLD OF FIESTA

Next year’s calendar showcases the beauty and diversity of Filipino culture, with stunning visuals inspired by the colorful and festive celebrations that take place across the archipelago. Heaven described Ginebra as a staple in every Filipino’s drinking occasion, particularly during fiestas. “Hindi magiging buo ang celebration ng mga Pinoy kung walang Ginebra,” says Heaven [The celebration of Filipinos won’t be complete without Ginebra].

As the next face of Ginebra San Miguel, she shared that the Heaven the public would see in the layouts would show her positive perspective on life— on being resilient and outgoing and on enjoying and loving life.



 
Heavenly Blossoms in Panagbenga

The first is “Panagbenga,” set in Baguio’s renowned flower-themed festival. Heaven is surrounded by vibrant floral displays in this set, showing joy and beauty.

Like how Ginebra San Miguel is a brand associated with joy for bringing people together to celebrate joyous and special moments, Heaven’s infectious smile, bubbly personality, and cheerful spirit also bring joy to those around her.

Heaven holds a special affinity for this particular layout, considering her personal passion for flower arranging, making it a cherished and resonant experience for her.



 

Heavenly Lights in Lantern Festival

Emerging as one of the brightest stars of the new generation, Heaven sparkles in the next layout against a backdrop of vibrant giant lanterns and a myriad of dancing lights. The featured setting is the Giant Lantern Festival, also known as Ligligan Parul in San Fernando, Pampanga, a spectacle that symbolizes not only the brilliance of light but also the profound sense of hope it brings.

Just as Ginebra has inspired Filipinos to light their lives with choices that reflect their truest and most vibrant selves, Heaven sparkles hope for her family and followers. She constantly reminds others that even in the darkest times, there is always a glimmer of hope.



 

Heavenly Heights in Higantes

In the third layout, Heaven takes center stage amidst the larger-than-life papier-mâché puppets of the Higantes Festival in Angono, Rizal. Much like these symbolic giants that represent the aspirations of the people of Rizal to achieve greatness and make significant contributions to their hometown’s progress, Heaven, too, aspires to excel in her role as an actress and performer, contributing to the enrichment of the arts.

Heaven is truly ‘ganado sa buhay’ as she managed to graduate with a degree in Business Management from the Southville International School while working her way up to become one of the most recognizable faces in the entertainment industry today.

Heaven in Higantes Festival layout aligns seamlessly with Ginebra’s commitment to upholding traditions of excellence, emphasizing the shared pursuit of greatness and the celebration of achievements within the tapestry of cultural festivities.



 

Heavenly Design in Pintados

The fourth layout draws inspiration from the Pintados Festival in Leyte, where Heaven is showcased alongside intricate body paintings. Pintados, a festival steeped in historical significance, pays homage to the pre-Spanish tradition of warrior tattooing, where the bravest warriors showcased their valor through intricate ink designs.

Parallel to the festival’s celebration of bravery, Ginebra San Miguel is a brand that reflects the bravery and compassion of every Filipino. Every glass of Ginebra recognizes the hero of every Filipino, one who continues to strive for his dreams, his family, and the whole nation. Likewise, Heaven’s strength and resilience in the face of adversity make her an inspiration to many, fueled by a deep sense of malasakit for herself, her family, and the nation she holds dear.



 

Heavenly Blessings in Kadayawan

The fifth layout is Kadayawan festival in Davao City, a celebration of life and thanksgiving for nature’s bounty. Here, Heaven is portrayed with the abundance of fruits and vegetables, symbolizing the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest, and the serenity of living.

Ginebra believes that the key to conquering tomorrow’s challenges lies in taking a moment to appreciate today’s accomplishments. After a tiring day during shoots and film, there’s no better way for Heaven to unwind and recharge than by having a Ginebra drink, taking a moment to be grateful for the things in life as she readies herself for the next challenge.



 

Heavenly Smiles in Masskara:

The sixth and final layout is the Masskara festival in Bacolod where Heaven is seen together with big, vibrant masks and eye-catching outfits. Originally, the festival was born out of crisis in the 1980s to lift the spirit of the locals and bring back smiles on their faces.

Masskara perfectly captures the “never-say-die” attitude of Ginebra, which Heaven also mirrors in life. Throughout the challenging journey of her mom’s battle with cancer, Heaven has exemplified unwavering strength, resilience, and dedication to support, uplift, and bring smiles to her mom. She shared that, “My love for her would always be there and would always remind me to never give up and to persevere on what I love.”

 


The much-anticipated 2024 GSM calendar serves as a celebration of Filipino pride and heritage. Beyond its artistic showcase, the calendar holds a dual significance as Ginebra San Miguel commemorates its 190th anniversary. This milestone marks nearly two centuries of crafting iconic moments and flavors that have become an integral part of Filipino festivities.

This edition of the Ginebra San Miguel calendar also features a QR code that consumers can scan using their smartphones to see Heaven Peralejo’s calendars come to life, showing behind-the-scenes videos of her calendar girl photoshoots and a special message to her fans and followers.

THE GINEBRA CALENDAR TRADITION

The Ginebra San Miguel Calendar Girl is a long-held tradition in GSMI and an important part of the brand’s history. Since its inception in 1988, beauty queens, actresses, and models who have made their mark in their respective fields have graced the Ginebra San Miguel calendar. Among them were Marian Rivera (2009 and 2014), Anne Curtis (2011), Solenn Heusaff (2012), Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (2019), Sanya Lopez (2020), Christelle Abello (2021), Chie Filomeno (2022), and Yassi Pressman (2023). Heaven follows in the footsteps of her aunt, Rica Peralejo, who also served as Ginebra San Miguel Calendar Girl in 2002.

GSMI is the producer of the world’s largest-selling gin, Ginebra San Miguel. GSMI’s other quality distilled spirits include GSM Blue Light Gin, GSM Blue Mojito, GSM Blue Margarita, GSM Blue Gin Pomelo, Ginebra San Miguel Premium Gin, 1834 Premium Distilled Gin, Antonov Vodka, Añejo Gold Rum, Primera Light Brandy, and the Philippines’ no. 1 Chinese wine Vino Kulafu.



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