Friday, June 14, 2024

Return to the Wild : Carlito and Uswag's Journey to the Heart of Leyte

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On June 28, a remarkable event took place deep within the lush forests of Mt. Anobang-Lobi in Brgy. Kagbana, Burauen, Leyte in partnership of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF). Two critically endangered Philippine Eagles, Carlito and Uswag, were released back into their natural habitat, symbolizing a significant step towards the conservation of this majestic species.

Our journey to witness this historic release was both challenging and exhilarating. Brgy. Kagbana, one of the most remote communities in Leyte, has been home to the Mamanwa Tribe since the 1980s. It is a place where time seems to stand still, and nature thrives unspoiled.


The Journey Begins
Our adventure started with a ride in a rugged four-wheel-drive vehicle, navigating the rough terrain that led us closer to the heart of the forest. The road was steep and narrow, often forcing us to hold our breath as we maneuvered around tight bends and rocky paths. The sense of anticipation grew with every mile, knowing we were about to witness a momentous occasion.

Upon arrival, we faced a steep walk from a hanging bridge to the main forest and protected area. The air was thick with humidity, and the sounds of wildlife echoed around us. The forest canopy above provided a natural shelter, creating a serene and almost mystical atmosphere.


A Glimpse of Majesty
As we approached the release site, the excitement was palpable. The Philippine Eagle, known scientifically as Pithecophaga jefferyi, is a creature of mythic grandeur. Often called the "Monkey-eating Eagle," this raptor is the king of the Philippine skies, boasting a wingspan that can reach up to seven feet and a striking appearance with its shaggy crest and piercing eyes.

These eagles were hidden from the crowd initially to prevent unnecessary stress. Wildlife conservation experts from the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) explained that Carlito and Uswag had been brought to the forest weeks before the release to acclimate to their new environment.

The Release: Carlito and Uswag Take Flight
The release of Carlito and Uswag was a meticulously planned event, part of PEF’s Conservation Translocation Program. This initiative aims to restore the population of the Philippine Eagle, which has suffered greatly due to habitat destruction and hunting. The Anonang-Lobi mountain range, where sightings of these raptors dwindled after Super Typhoon Yolanda, was chosen as the release site for its suitability and historical significance.

Carlito, a female eagle rescued and rehabilitated in 2022 from Trento, Agusan del Sur, and Uswag, a male eagle rescued from Mt. Apo, Davao City, in 2023, were the stars of the day. These eagles represent different regions and bloodlines, increasing the genetic diversity crucial for the species' survival.

The eagles were released from a makeshift ledge made of local bamboo, a platform that allowed them to take their first flights back into the wild. Lightweight GPS trackers were attached to their backs, enabling conservationists to monitor their movements and ensure their safety.


A Community United
The release of Carlito and Uswag was not just about the eagles; it was a celebration of community and collaboration. The event was made possible through the combined efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippine Eagle Foundation, the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU), the Australian Embassy, and various government and private agencies.

Ms. Kathlyn Gonzales, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy to the Philippines, highlighted the symbolic nature of the event, stating, “Just like the Philippine Eagle, the friendship between Australia and the Philippines stands firm and tall, deeply rooted in our history and our shared values.”

DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga emphasized the importance of community involvement and sustainable livelihoods in conservation efforts. The community’s role in ensuring the safety and well-being of the eagles cannot be overstated. The Mamanwa Tribe, in particular, has pledged to protect these magnificent birds, understanding their vital role in the ecosystem. "For a critically endangered species such as the Philippine Eagle, with only about three hundred and ninety-two (392) pairs remaining in the wild, every single individual counts," delivered by the Secretary.

Reflections on the Experience Witnessing the release of Carlito and Uswag was a deeply moving experience. The sight of these powerful birds taking to the skies, reclaiming their place in the wild, was a testament to the resilience of nature and the impact of dedicated conservation efforts. It was a reminder that, despite the devastation caused by human activity and natural disasters, hope remains.

Our journey back was filled with a sense of accomplishment and renewed determination. The steep walk and the challenging ride seemed trivial compared to the significance of what we had witnessed. Carlito and Uswag’s release was not just a step towards saving a species; it was a symbol of what can be achieved when communities, organizations, and nations come together for a common cause.

The Road Ahead
The Philippine Eagle Reintroduction Program is a long-term commitment. With only about 392 pairs remaining in the wild, every effort counts. The success of this program relies on continuous support, monitoring, and the development of sustainable practices that benefit both wildlife and local communities.

The DENR has secured species-specific conservation funding for the Philippine Eagle, thanks to the support of Speaker Martin Romualdez and other key figures. This funding will ensure that conservation efforts continue and expand, covering not only the Philippine Eagle but also other threatened species such as the tamaraw, marine turtles, Palawan cockatoo, and the dugong.

As we look to the future, the partnership between the DENR, PEF, local communities, and international allies will be crucial. The release of Carlito and Uswag is just the beginning. With ongoing efforts and unwavering dedication, we can hope for a day when the skies of the Philippines are once again filled with the majestic presence of the Philippine Eagle.

A Personal Note
For those of us who made the journey to Brgy. Kagbana, the experience was more than just a field trip. It was a pilgrimage, a testament to the power of nature, and a reminder of our responsibility to protect it. The sight of Carlito and Uswag soaring into the sky will remain etched in our memories, a powerful symbol of hope, resilience, and the boundless possibilities of collective effort.

As we left the forest, tired but inspired, we carried with us the spirit of the Philippine Eagle. Majestic, resilient, and free – the king of the Philippine skies had returned, and with it, a renewed promise to safeguard our natural heritage for future generations.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Celebrate Wins Through Photography: It's Never Too Late to Achieve Greatness

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When was the last time you paused to celebrate your achievements? In the hustle of daily life, it's easy to miss the moments that shape our journey. Celebrating milestones helps us recognize that it's never too late to reach for greatness. Photography is a wonderful way to honor these victories. With Great Image, you can capture your accomplishments, preserving them as a lasting reminder of your journey and potential.

Reflecting the past triumphs

Each picture is a solid reminder of the challenges we've conquered and the victories we've celebrated. Think about your school years, from kindergarten to college. Every graduation photo tells a story of your struggles and successes. Even if you had to pause your education to work, that graduation photo, when you finally achieved your degree, symbolizes your grit and determination. It proves that it's never too late to reach your goals.

Capturing new beginnings

As we navigate life's ever-changing landscape, photography becomes a beacon of hope and renewal. It allows us to capture the excitement and optimism of new beginnings, whether starting a new career or pursuing a long-held passion. Even the simplest photographs, like your first ID picture for job applications, symbolize a fresh chapter as you transition into adulthood. Each photo affirms your readiness to embrace change and strive for greatness.

Immortalizing milestones

We all reach new heights at our own pace, and these milestones deserve to be celebrated. Photography lets us capture these special times forever. Think about the couples who finally take their wedding photos after years of being together or those who welcome a baby after trying for so long. These photos prove their patience and commitment, inspiring others to pursue their dreams, wherever they are in life.

Honoring personal growth

Looking back at ourselves can be a powerful tool for growth. Photography offers a unique way to see our journey of self-discovery. By capturing moments of reflection and self-acceptance, we celebrate how far we've come and the challenges we've conquered. For example, someone who has struggled with self-confidence might finally feel comfortable getting a professional portrait taken. This portrait becomes a symbol of their newfound acceptance and inner strength.


On realizing one’s greatness

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Show love for all kinds of dads with Samsung devices!

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A wonderful Father’s Day awaits every kind of dad! Show your appreciation for your multitasking superdad, nostalgic fur-dad, or caring plant-dad with the perfect Galaxy gift. Check out these amazing deals on Galaxy devices this June that will make him grin with pride. Epic surprises for the hard working dads Every hardworking dad needs a companion to lighten the load of a busy day. Let them experience the epic power of AI in the Galaxy S series to increase productivity with Call and Text Assist and Live Interpreter functions for seamless office calls, or with the Google Circle to Search feature to easily plan your next family vacation.

If you buy a Galaxy S24 Ultra for your dad until June 30, 2024, he can also enjoy a FREE Galaxy Watch5 Pro and keep track of his health. Epic discounts up to P25,000 also await if you choose from the Galaxy S23 series, Galaxy Z Flip4 or ZFold 4. Additional FREE gifts also come when you purchase this month: Galaxy Buds2 Pro when you buy a Galaxy Z Flip5 or Z Fold5, or a Galaxy Buds FE for every purchase of the Galaxy S23 FE.

Improve their work set up with the Galaxy Tab S9 series. With the DeX Mode they can use their tablet like a desktop and get work done anywhere whether at home, at the office, or waiting in the car to pick up the kids from school. Cop the Galaxy Tab S9 series and enjoy a FREE Keyboard Cover. If you prefer the Galaxy Tab S9 FE, you’ll also get a free Smart Keyboard plus P2,000 discount.

For a more affordable tablet option, you can also consider the Galaxy Tab A9 series - get tf for as much as P2,000 off this Father’s Day. There’s also a new kid-friendly option to help dads and their kids get some fun bonding time - the Galaxy Tab A9+ Wifi Kids Edition, the perfect edutainment buddy for kids.

The Galaxy Tab A9+ Wifi Kids Edition has an expansive display perfect for watching videos and for exploring kid-friendly games through the Samsung Kids app, while still allowing dad to get maximized productivity with DeX Mode. It even comes complete with a puffy case to better protect the tablet, a crayon stylus, stickers for personalization, and a travel adaptor.

Great dog dads also deserve awesome treats

With all the care that goes into raising and maintaining furbabies, make the most of those proud dad posts! Flex those furry companions with the awesome content creation features of the Galaxy A series. Save core memories with Galaxy A35 5G’s Dual Recording to capture both POVs with both front and back camera, or with Single Take that takes up to 14 shots from a 3-10 second recording. Keep the memories clear as day with Stable HDR to record with both optical and video image stabilization.

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Enjoy plant fathering with the Galaxy wearables

Complete the Galaxy experience with these daily drivers perfect for plant dads hard at work with their green thumbs. Listen to your top playlists with Galaxy Buds and track your movement with Galaxy Watches while improving your garden.

Get the Galaxy Buds2 Pro or Buds2 for half the price when you buy it with any device from the Galaxy S24 series, Galaxy Z Flip5 or Fold5, or the Galaxy Tab S9 series. You can also get it for 30% off with the Galaxy A55 5G and A35 5G, or 20% off when you buy it with the Galaxy A15 5G or A25 5G.

Make the plant dads happy with cross-sell discounts for the Galaxy Buds FE, Galaxy Watch6 series, Watch5 Pro, or the Watch4 40mm. These devices can be bought for 50% off when you bundle any of them with the Galaxy S24 series, Galaxy Z Flip5 or Fold5, or the Galaxy Tab S9 series, 20% discount when you partner them with the Galaxy A55 5G and A35 5G, or 10% price-off when you buy it with the Galaxy A15 5G or A25 5G. You can also help them pursue fitness with the 30% off on Galaxy Fit3 when you buy it with any flagship Galaxy device.
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Show your admiration for the greatest dads in your life with Galaxy gifts this Father’s day. Don’t miss out on amazing deals this June! Check out the nearest Samsung Experience Stores or other authorized stores and visit for more information.

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TOYCON MNDSTYL FANX The Evolution: Celebrating the Transformation of Toys, Collectibles and Creative Play

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TOYCON PH, the premier event for toy and collectible enthusiasts in the Philippines, marks its 21st year, celebrating the evolving world of toys and creative play. The convention continues to attract fans, collectors, creators, and industry professionals, serving as a hub for all ages to explore the past, present, and future of playthings. This annual event underscores its status as a key destination in Asia for toy aficionados.

Event Overview
Date: June 14-16, 2024
TOYCON PH 2024 is set to transform the SMX Convention Center Manila into a vibrant playground for toy aficionados. The convention will feature an extensive range of exhibits and activities, including exclusive toy product reveals, performances from international Pop idols, panel discussions with toy industry experts and celebrity collectors, toy designing workshops, interactive gaming and tabletop tournaments, cosplay, comics and a bustling marketplace for rare and exclusive collectibles.

Event Highlights
●Be a part of the exciting launch of two new toy brands from MNDSTYL and the creator of Funko Pop
●Catch the launch of an exciting new Quiccs release of TEQ 63 and Jollibee
●Take your pick of exciting toy exclusives from Solid Toys, RLux Custom, Armored Komodo, Devil Toys, Omo Collectibles and more than 50 other Designer toy artists
●Enjoy new finds and releases from big toy brands like Hot Toys, Jada, Bandai, PopMart, Funko, Toy City, and so much more!
●Catch the celebration of GMA Network’s 74th anniversary with surprise GMA celebrity appearances!
●View the very first reveal of the 20-foot Voltes V Legacy display of Telesuccess Productions!
●Funko Funatics Philippines launching the Funko Exclusive Tee and the Freddy Funko exclusive for TOYCON MNDSTYL FANX 2024 at their booth "Freddy's Sari Sari Store!"
●Enjoy performances from International Performers - Bugvel, Chicken Blow The Idol, Kuroguro, and Tenohira El, Voice Actress/Idol - Ai Negeshi, local idols, Pastel Mix and Day Night Explorers and many more surprise international guests!
●MNDSTYL FANX presents JPOP Singer-songwriter krage and KPOP boy group n.SSign for their 1st time live performance here in the Philippines!
●Special musical performance by P-POP Sensation G22, the Female Alphas, and beloved OPM band I Belong to the Zoo courtesy of CaliCo Toys.
●Be part of the Mana Underground Table-top Tournaments: Battlegrounds
●Catch the special displays and special spotlight presentations from upcoming movies, "Alien vs Predator: Romulus," "A Quiet Place: Day One," "Deadpool and Wolverine," "Friendly Fire," Horizon: An American Saga," "Inside Out 2," and "Transformers One."
●Enjoy all the spectacle of costume play performances with TOYCON’s Cosplay KO Competition
●Meet and greet our talented Filipino anime voice actors at the Calico Booth featuring: Nica Rojo, Elle Genovata, Alain Alfred and Blair Arellano.
●Catch the awarding of the Pinoy Pop Culture Icon for 2024. It will be awesome!
●Be a part of more than 100 toy collector groups of the Philippine Toy Groups Association with their collections exhibited at the TOYCON Gallery
●Enjoy the Creators and Artisan Alley and Comic Zone with celebrity graphic artists, authors, crafts people and inventors!
●Get your first lightsaber from Saber Source with a special collab with TOYCON, launching the exclusive and limited edition "Kawayan" light saber.
One of the main attractions at TOYCON Evolution is the unveiling of new toy lines and limited-edition collectibles. Major toy manufacturers and independent creators alike will showcase their latest innovations, offering attendees the first look at the toys that will shape the market in the coming year. This includes everything from action figures and designer toys to high-tech gadgets and educational toys.


This year, it’s all about the creators! Get up close and personal with many of them including renowned toy designers, popular influencers, and iconic figures from the world of toys and collectibles. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet their heroes, get autographs, and participate in Q&A sessions.

Panel Discussions
Industry experts, including toy designers, marketers, and trend analysts, will lead insightful panel discussions on various topics such as:
-The impact of technology on toy design
-Trends in the collectible markets
-Sustainable and eco-friendly toy production
-The role of nostalgia in modern toy collecting

Interactive Workshops
TOYCON Evolution offers a series of workshops designed to engage and educate attendees. These hands-on sessions will cover a wide range of interests, from DIY toy customization and 3D printing to the basics of starting a toy collection and preserving vintage toys.

The marketplace at TOYCON Evolution is a paradise for collectors. Vendors from around the world will offer a vast array of toys and collectibles, including rare finds, limited editions, and exclusive convention merchandise. This is the perfect place for attendees to discover unique items and complete their collections.

Community and Networking
Beyond the exhibits and panels, TOYCON Evolution fosters a sense of community among attendees. Networking events, meet-and-greets, and social mixers provide ample opportunities for fans and professionals to connect, share their passions, and build lasting relationships within the toy community.

We’re more than just a convention, we are a PLAYGROUND!
TOYCON Evolution is more than just a convention; it's a celebration of the creativity, innovation, and joy that toys bring to our lives. Whether you're a seasoned collector, a casual enthusiast, or someone looking to dive into the world of toys for the first time, TOYCON Evolution promises an unforgettable experience that honors the past, celebrates the present, and looks forward to the future of toys and collectibles. Mark your calendars and get ready to embark on a journey through the ever-evolving world of toys at TOYCON x MNDSTYL FANX 2024!

Coverage and entry of last year's TOYCON

Thanks to our sponsors, Jollibee, Great Toys Online, Talent High, Urdu, XURE, College of St. Benilde, Solid Toys, PUBG Mobile, Filbars, Devil Toys, CO The Collectible Store, CaliCo Toys, Bullyboys, Hubbyte, Grimalkin, JADA, RLux Customs, OMO Toys, Courtside, Toki, Funtastick, Clay Miniatures, Armored Komodo, The GMA Store, Imageworld, Tiktok Shop, Legendary Beast Studios, Oishi, Telesuccess, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Parallax/Saga Studios and Black Cap Pictures.

With special thanks to our event partners, Baguio Country Club, Mana Underground, Ambox National, Telesuccess Productions, United Neon, Devant, Imageworld, Quiccs, The Jakarta Toys and Comics Fair, IPMS, Exlink Events, Anime Alliance, the Philippine Toy Group Association and to our Official Residence Partner, SEDA Manila.
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Saturday, June 8, 2024

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Ginebra San Miguel Celebrates 190 Years of Gin with New Archangel Reserve

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Crowded entrance, a feel of elegance and refinement, the air was filled with anticipation and celebration as Ginebra San Miguel, the world’s largest-selling gin producer, hosted "The Art of Gin" event. This occasion was not only a nod to World Gin Day but also a tribute to Ginebra San Miguel’s remarkable 190-year journey in gin-making. Guests from all walks of life, including media personalities, bloggers, influencers, celebrities, and performers, gathered at Novotel Manila Araneta City to witness the unveiling of a new gem in the brand’s crown—the Ginebra San Miguel Archangel Reserve.
A Journey Through History

Gin, beloved by many across the Philippines, has a storied history that mirrors the country's own cultural evolution. Introduced during the Spanish colonial period, gin quickly became a favored drink among the locals, transcending social classes from the illustrados to the masses. Its versatility and affordability made it a staple in Filipino celebrations, from grand fiestas to humble family gatherings.

Ginebra San Miguel, founded in 1834, has been at the heart of this tradition. Over the years, it has become more than just a beverage; it has woven itself into the social fabric of the nation. Known for its resilient spirit and the iconic “Never Say Die” attitude, Ginebra San Miguel symbolizes the enduring and unwavering spirit of the Filipino people.

The Legacy of Ginebra San Miguel

Ginebra San Miguel's legacy is not just about its longevity but also about its commitment to quality and innovation. The brand's history is marked by numerous accolades and recognitions, attesting to its excellence in gin production. Among these, the prestigious Monde Selection International Quality Institute Awards stand out, showcasing Ginebra San Miguel's global standard.

The "Never Say Die" spirit, epitomized by the brand’s popular slogan, resonates deeply with Filipinos. It speaks to the nation’s perseverance through hardships and its collective hope for a brighter future. This spirit was evident at "The Art of Gin" event, where guests celebrated not just a brand, but a cultural icon that has stood the test of time.


The Archangel Reserve, the highlight of its ginnovation.

As Ginebra San Miguel commemorates its 190th anniversary, the introduction of the Ginebra San Miguel Archangel Reserve marks a significant milestone. This super-premium dry gin is a testament to nearly two centuries of gin-making expertise. Crafted from a blend of six botanicals—juniper berry, angelica root, coriander seed, lemon peel, orange peel, and liquorice—distilled in copper stills, the Archangel Reserve offers a smooth and balanced finish that caters to discerning palates.

Bottled in a striking emerald green Frasco, the Archangel Reserve features the image of St. Michael the Archangel, a nod to the brand’s rich heritage. This new addition to Ginebra San Miguel’s portfolio stands alongside other premium offerings like the 1834 Premium Distilled Gin, catering to modern and sophisticated tastes.


A sense of pride beams to all the guests who took a shot of the Archangel Reserve. It represents Ginebra San Miguel's commitment to excellence and dedication to providing consumers with the finest distilled spirits. This gin is perfect for those special moments that deserve a distinguished toast.

Community and Celebration

The significance of Ginebra San Miguel in the community cannot be overstated. It has been a part of Filipino life for generations, from everyday socializing to landmark celebrations. The brand's affordability and quality have made it the drink of choice for many, bridging social divides and bringing people together.


At the heart of the event was a celebration of community and togetherness. The Art of Gin event was a vivid display of how Ginebra San Miguel continues to be an integral part of Filipino culture. A rich blend of history and modern innovation. 

World Gin Day provided the perfect backdrop for Ginebra San Miguel to showcase its rich history and innovative spirit. This global celebration, dedicated to all things gin, highlighted the cultural significance of this beloved beverage. Gin enthusiasts worldwide raised their glasses in unison, celebrating a drink that has stood the test of time and trends.


As guests mingled and enjoyed the festivities, the event underscored the importance of understanding and appreciating the history of gin in the Philippines. It was a reminder that every bottle of Ginebra San Miguel carries with it a legacy of craftsmanship, community, and an unwavering spirit. 

The Ginebra San Miguel Archangel Reserve is more than just a new product; it is a symbol of the brand’s enduring legacy and commitment to quality. It invites both long-time fans and new enthusiasts to partake in a piece of history, to celebrate the moments that matter, and to embody the "Never Say Die" spirit that defines the Filipino heart.


Raise a glass to Ginebra San Miguel, to its 190 years of excellence, and to the many more years of celebration to come. Discover the rich history, savor the innovations, and become a part of the enduring legacy that is Ginebra San Miguel. Cheers to the spirit that never says die.

Kim Chiu Joins Brilliant Skin Essentials as Hello Melo Brand Ambassador

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Brilliant Skin Essentials hosted a spectacular event at The Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan on June 2, 2024, marking several milestones in the company’s journey. The grand launch of their latest product, Hello Melo Drink, featured the popular actress Kim Chiu as the brand's newest endorser. This highly anticipated event also included significant contract signings with F&D and iFuel, showcasing the company's expanding reach across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The event kicked off with the contract signing with F&D, a momentous occasion symbolizing the strong partnerships that Brilliant Skin Essentials is building. Miss Glenda dela Cruz, the CEO of Brilliant Skin Essentials, began the event with heartfelt remarks, highlighting the emotional significance of the day. “Nandito ‘yong Lola ko, ‘yong family ko. She’s (Miss Glenda’s Inang) the reason why kung bakit ako nandito, gusto kong ipakita sa kanya na lahat ng pinaghirapan mo, ito na ‘yong bunga ng marami ng nagmamahal sa apo mo, and ang dami pong nagmamahal sa Brilliant Skin— lalo na po kayo (F&D). Kaya sabi ko bibigyan ko ng magandang launching ang Hello Melo, ang ating bagong product,” she said.


The event was filled with exciting activities for the attendees, who had the chance to win fantastic raffle prizes, including treatments from Brilliant Medical Group, cash prizes, and major items such as Zion Eye Massagers, Zion Deluxe Massage Chairs, and even an MG Car. These thrilling giveaways kept the atmosphere lively and engaging throughout the day.

Adding to the event's excitement were performances by actress Arci Muñoz and actor Paulo Avelino. Both stars shared their personal experiences with Brilliant Medical Group, praising the impact it had on their skin care routines. Arci Muñoz expressed her gratitude by saying, “I really appreciate you, Glenda. Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your family, this wonderful group, and your empire. Thank you so much...Brilliant Skin lang ang naka-help sa acne problem ko.” Paulo Avelino echoed this sentiment, adding, “Wala po akong masyadong alam pero nung pumunta po ako (Brilliant Medical Group) sabi ko, ‘Doc Ikaw na pong bahala.’ So may mga favorite po ako, ‘yong hydrafacial, and of course there’s this new laser na ginagamit nila to lighten the pigments of your skin, which is very good bilang prone rin ako sa acne.”

The highlight of the event was the grand launch of the Hello Melo Drink, a beauty beverage that promises to enhance collagen production and keep consumers looking youthful. Kim Chiu, the newly signed brand ambassador, captivated the audience with a lively performance and shared her enthusiasm about the collaboration. “I am very excited for this collaboration. Tsaka syempre more collagen, mas babata talaga tayo kasi nga sabi sa study nawawalan ka ng 1% collagen every year, kaya nagmumukha kang matanda but with the help of Helo Melo, lahat tayo babata,” Kim shared.

During a Q&A session with the media, Kim Chiu further elaborated on her philosophy of beauty and happiness. “‘Pag masaya ka sa buhay mo magrereflect din yan sa mukha mo na maaliwalas, mukhang masaya ka, mukhang maganda ka kasi di mo pinoproblema ‘yong problemang di mo kailangang problemahin. So just live in the moment, mabuhay ka lang. Gawin mo lang ano magpapasaya sa ‘yo and kung ano ‘yong magpapaganda sa ‘yo.”

Another pivotal moment of the event was the contract signing with iFuel, signaling another strategic partnership for Brilliant Skin Essentials. The event drew a crowd of nearly 1,200 attendees, including franchisees and distributors from across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The presence of actor Daniel Matsunaga added a touch of glamour and excitement to the already star-studded affair.

Miss Shed P. Garcia, the COO of Brilliant Skin Essentials, wrapped up the event with closing remarks, expressing her amazement at the turnout. “Dami nating attendees, I can’t imagine na magagawa ‘to ni Brilliant na sobrang short notice lang. And sabi nga ni Miss Glenda, grateful sya kasi kahit short notice pinupuntahan talaga nila ‘yong event ni Brilliant.”

The event was a testament to the growing influence of Brilliant Skin Essentials, driven by the visionary leadership of Miss Glenda dela Cruz. Her commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction has solidified the company's reputation as a leader in the beauty industry.


The launch of Hello Melo Drink, a product that combines the health and beauty benefits of melon with a deliciously milkier taste, is set to be another success story for Brilliant Skin Essentials. Melon is known for its rich content of vitamins A and C, which are essential for healthy skin. These nutrients help hydrate the skin, improve its texture, and protect it from damage.

For those looking to keep their skin youthful and radiant, the Hello Melo Drink offers a tasty and effective solution. With Kim Chiu as the face of the brand, the product is poised to capture the hearts of consumers nationwide.

Follow the official hashtags #BrilliantSummer and #BrilliantSkinEssentials for more updates on the event and the latest products. Stay connected with @missglenda on Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram for exclusive insights and announcements. Join the Brilliant Skin Essentials community and experience the transformation that has everyone talking.

BINI's 'Salamin, Salamin' True Meaning Exposed!

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The girl group, BINI, has brushed off allegations that their hit song "Salamin, Salamin" promotes witchcraft. This controversy erupted after a religious content creator claimed to have evidence that the song was linked to dark practices. However, BINI members were quick to dismiss these claims, clarifying the true, endearing nature of the song.

BINI Colet couldn’t help but laugh when she saw the post, mentioning that the group often encounters amusing interpretations of their music. "Actually, nakita ko po yung post na yun, nakakatawa po, pero mas meron pa po nakakatawang post bukod dun. Natatawa na lang po kami kasi may nabubuo na po silang kwento sa mga kanta namin," she said. (Actually, I saw that post; it's funny, but there are even more funny posts besides that. We laugh about it because they are creating a story in our songs.)

Meanwhile, BINI Maloi confidently labeled the claims as "fake news" and reiterated that "Salamin, Salamin" is simply a good song. "Fake news po. Hindi po witchcraft ang ‘Salamin, Salamin.’ Maganda lang po ‘yung song,” she affirmed. (It’s just fake news. ‘Salamin, Salamin’ doesn’t promote witchcraft. The song is just nice.)

The misunderstanding likely stems from the song’s use of the phrase "mirror, mirror on the wall," reminiscent of the evil queen’s line from the Snow White fairy tale. The phrase might evoke images of magic and witchcraft, but the lyrics of "Salamin, Salamin" are far from sinister. Instead, they tell a tale of a girl’s longing for her crush to notice her, wrapped in the relatable context of youthful infatuation and hope.

The song's lyrics express a common teenage experience: the uncertainty and excitement of a crush. Lines like "Mahiwagang salamin kailan ba niya aaminin, Kaniyang tunay na pagtingin" (Magic mirror, when will he admit his true feelings) capture the mix of hope and anxiety familiar to anyone who has ever had a crush.


In another part of the song, the lyrics go, "Mirror mirror on the wall, Please tell my prince charming I'm waiting for his call," reflecting a timeless theme of waiting for reciprocated affection. This mirrors the sentiments of many teens, making the song universally relatable across generations.

BINI’s charm lies not just in their catchy tunes but in their ability to connect with their audience on a personal level. Their fans, known as BLOOMS, have warmly welcomed the group and their music. Songs like "Born to Win," "Lagi," "Pantropiko," and more have cemented their place in the hearts of listeners, resonating with themes of empowerment and resilience.

"Salamin, Salamin," like many of BINI’s hits, showcases the group’s talent for blending contemporary pop with relatable narratives. Despite the recent misunderstanding, the song continues to gain popularity for its catchy melody and heartfelt lyrics.

Adding to their rising fame, BINI is set to dazzle their fans with a three-day solo concert, BINIverse, from June 28-30 at the New Frontier Theater. This event promises to be a spectacular showcase of their talent and an unforgettable experience for their fans.

As BINI continues to rise in popularity, their songs remain a testament to their artistic vision and connection with their audience. Misunderstandings like the recent witchcraft allegations only highlight the cultural impact of their music, sparking conversations and drawing more listeners to explore the true meanings behind their lyrics.

In the end, BINI’s "Salamin, Salamin" is not a song of witchcraft but a charming ode to the emotions that accompany a crush. Their music captures the essence of youthful longing and the magic of hoping for love, proving that BINI’s songs are here to stay, captivating hearts and minds with their relatable themes and catchy beats.

Join BINI at their upcoming BINIverse concert to experience their music live and see firsthand why they have become a beloved sensation. Don’t miss out on what promises to be an extraordinary event celebrating the music and talent of BINI.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Darren Espanto's Latest Single and Upcoming "D10" Concert

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Darren Espanto, the singer who stole hearts as a young contestant on "The Voice Kids Philippines," is set to celebrate a major milestone in his career. On June 1, Espanto will take the stage at the Araneta Coliseum for his highly anticipated "D10" concert, marking ten years of remarkable achievements in the music and entertainment industry.

Darren's journey began in 2014 when he wowed audiences with his powerful voice and captivating stage presence on "The Voice Kids Philippines," finishing as a runner-up under the mentorship of Sarah Geronimo. Since then, Darren has grown into one of Asia's most beloved pop artists, known for his wide vocal range and emotive performances.


The "D10" concert promises to be a spectacular event, celebrating Darren's decade-long career with a mix of his biggest hits and new songs. Fans can expect an unforgettable night filled with music, memories, and heartfelt moments. Darren’s talent has not only earned him a loyal fanbase but also numerous awards and platinum albums, solidifying his status as a pop icon.

In preparation for the concert, Darren released his latest single, "Hanggang Kailan," which has already garnered significant attention and praise. The song showcases Darren's growth as an artist and his ability to convey deep emotions through his music. "Hanggang Kailan" is a poignant ballad that speaks of longing and hope, resonating deeply with listeners.


“I wanted to create something that would touch people's hearts,” Darren said about his new single. “'Hanggang Kailan' is very special to me, and I hope it becomes special to my fans too.”

As Darren continues to evolve as an artist, he remains dedicated to his craft, consistently delivering powerful performances and relatable music. His versatility extends beyond singing, as he has also ventured into acting, earning praise for his roles in the film "The Hows of Us" and the series "Lyric and Beat." Currently, Darren stars in the ABS-CBN primetime series "Can’t Buy Me Love," playing the character Stephen, which has further showcased his talents.

The upcoming "D10" concert is set to be a milestone event in Darren's career. Fans can expect to hear a mix of his classic hits, such as "Dying Inside To Hold You," "In Love Ako Sa’yo," and "7 Minutes," along with new tracks, including "Hanggang Kailan." The concert will also feature elaborate stage designs, stunning visuals, and guest performances that promise to elevate the experience.

Tickets for the "D10" concert are now available and can be purchased through Ticketnet outlets and Prices range from P427 for general admission to P8,004 for platinum seats, ensuring that fans from all walks of life can join in the celebration.

Darren’s influence extends beyond music and acting. He has become a role model for many young artists, demonstrating that hard work, passion, and dedication can lead to extraordinary achievements. His journey from a young contestant on a talent show to a celebrated artist is a testament to his talent and perseverance.

"I am incredibly grateful for the support of my fans over the past ten years," Darren shared. "This concert is my way of thanking them for their unwavering love and encouragement. I can't wait to celebrate this milestone with everyone."

In addition to his concert, Darren has exciting plans for the future. He is set to release more new music later this year, continuing to push the boundaries of his artistry. Fans can look forward to fresh sounds and innovative projects as Darren continues to evolve and grow as an artist.

For those who have followed Darren's journey from the beginning, the "D10" concert is a chance to reflect on the incredible moments and milestones that have defined his career. For new fans, it’s an opportunity to experience the magic of Darren Espanto live and witness his undeniable talent.

Don’t miss out on this monumental event. Join Darren Espanto on June 1 at the Araneta Coliseum for a night of music, celebration, and unforgettable performances. For more details and updates, follow Star Music on social media and visit the official ABS-CBN website.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Muri's latest single "Afternoon" a teaser for her EP

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The Ransom Collective’s Muri will soon release “Afternoon,” the first song from her debut EP, which is coming out this year.

The Filipino singer and violinist shared the release date and song title on her social media.

Muriel Gonzales said “Afternoon” is about her own experiences as a young woman dealing with work and life problems by herself, in a country far from home.

“I’ve been working on this song for quite a while,” she admits. “Without revealing too much about the creative and thought process behind Afternoon, I actually find it freeing to open up about being vulnerable and share a piece of myself through songwriting. Sometimes, expressing what you really feel helps you gain a deeper understanding of yourself as a person and as an artist. Making the entire track was both a journey and a reflection. I can’t wait to share it with the rest of the world.”

Currently based in London and Paris, Muri is working on her solo EP, with plans to perform her new material in Europe and Asia sometime this year.

Muri is best known for her work with indie folk collective The Ransom Collective as a violinist and singer. As a solo artist, she has earned a nomination for Wishclusive Contemporary R&B Performance of the Year at the prestigious Wish Awards and Favorite Female Artist at the 35th Awit Awards for her pre-debut 2022 single “Letters.” In the subsequent year, she collaborated with electronic producer LUSTBASS on a remix of "Thunder," which garnered a nomination for Best Remix Recording at the 36th Awit Awards, the Philippines' equivalent of the Grammys.

James Reid's New Emotional Ballad 'Hurt Me Too' Hits Streaming Platforms

11:17:00 PM

Filipino music superstar James Reid has once again captivated fans with his latest single, "Hurt Me Too," marking his debut project under Sony Music Entertainment. This emotional ballad delves deep into the theme of heartbreak, showcasing Reid's talent for combining raw emotion with compelling storytelling.

With a career spanning over a decade, James Reid has become a key figure in contemporary pop and R&B music in the Philippines. His chart-topping records, sold-out tours, and successful brand campaigns have made him a household name. But it’s his ability to balance commercial success with artistic integrity that truly sets him apart.

In "Hurt Me Too," Reid presents a stripped-down ballad that hits hard emotionally. The song, produced by Tim Marquez, finds Reid at his most vulnerable, reflecting on past heartbreak with a mix of fondness and pain. "I wrote the song three years ago together with Seth Reger, an artist from LA," Reid shares. "He really helped me tap into these emotions that I didn’t even know I was feeling at that moment."

Reid's exploration of heartbreak in "Hurt Me Too" marks a significant shift in his musical direction. Known for hits like "Cool Down," "Turning Up," and "16B," Reid's previous work has often leaned towards upbeat, feel-good tracks. However, this new single introduces a more introspective side of the artist.

"For this next album I’m working on, I wanted to focus on the core of who I am as a songwriter with minimal but intentional music production," Reid explains. "Hurt Me Too is like a palate cleanser for me in a way that it introduces a change in sound and direction."

The heartfelt tune is complemented by a music video directed by Elena Virata, a close friend of Reid's. "The concept was simple but powerful, focusing on unreleased emotions and frustrations," he adds. The video’s simplicity allows the song's emotional depth to shine through, creating a poignant visual experience for listeners.

James Reid's music has always resonated with fans due to its authenticity and relatability. His ability to connect with listeners on a personal level is evident in his extensive catalog, which includes popular tracks like "Right There," "On Top," and "The Life." These songs, much like "Hurt Me Too," showcase his knack for blending heartfelt lyrics with memorable melodies.

Reid's journey in the music industry began with his win on the reality show "Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010." This victory catapulted him into the limelight, leading to a successful career in both music and acting. Over the years, Reid has continued to evolve as an artist, consistently pushing the boundaries of his craft.

Joining Sony Music Entertainment is a significant milestone for Reid, aligning him with other prominent Filipino artists such as SB19, Ben&Ben, and Clara Benin. This partnership is expected to further elevate Reid's career, providing him with new opportunities to reach a global audience.

Reflecting on his career, Reid expresses gratitude for the support he has received from fans and collaborators alike. "I’m grateful for the journey and the growth I’ve experienced over the years," he says. "Each song, each album is a part of my story, and I’m excited to share this new chapter with everyone."

As "Hurt Me Too" gains traction on digital music platforms worldwide, fans are eagerly anticipating Reid's upcoming album. This next phase promises to delve deeper into his personal experiences, offering listeners a more intimate glimpse into his life and emotions.

James Reid’s ability to convey profound emotions through his music is a testament to his talent as a singer and songwriter. "Hurt Me Too" is not just a song; it’s a reflection of his journey, his struggles, and his growth. It’s this authenticity that continues to endear him to fans, old and new.

Reid's work stands out for its enduring impact. His songs have the power to evoke memories, inspire reflection, and provide comfort. With "Hurt Me Too," James Reid reaffirms his place in the music industry, proving that true artistry lies in the ability to touch hearts and minds.

James Reid's "Hurt Me Too" is available now on all digital music platforms. As he continues to explore new themes and sounds, one thing remains certain: James Reid is an artist whose music will continue to resonate for years to come.

COMCO Mundo’s regional PR agency in Dubai recognized in Middle East’s F&B PR Power List

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COMCO Middle East & Africa (COMCO MEA), the Dubai-headquartered communications agency of COMCO Mundo League of Enterprises, has been recognized in Caterer Middle East’s F&B PR Power List 2024, an honor dedicated to celebrating the region's exceptional and influential PR firms that deliver compelling messages and exemplary results for their clients.

Founded in 2021, COMCO MEA is a part of the COMCO Mundo League of Enterprises, an inter-regional powerhouse and award-winning communications group that started in Southeast Asia and is now rolling out to other regional centers of the world. In a span of two years, COMCO Middle East & Africa has remained committed to the group’s strategy based, content driven and channel agnostic way of doing PR and other related disciplines. Through COMCO’s unique brand of Meaningful Storytelling, they were able to build notable campaigns and move stakeholders to action.

Being recognized in the F&B Power List by Caterer Middle East is a testament to the company's excellence, and was made possible because of the efforts and expertise of COMCO MEA’s co-founder and managing director, Tricia Jimenea and Partner and Head of Hospitality Josimar Delfin. With Ms. Jimenea’s 20 years of experience in corporate, lifestyle, and entertainment and Ms. Delfin’s a decade and half years of experience as a hotelier and F&B strategist, the company has built an exciting list of clients within two years and has already completed over 125 campaigns across the region.

COMCO Middle East & Africa Co-founder and Managing Director Tricia Jimenea (left) and Partner and Head of Hospitality Josimar Delfin (right)


“It is such a competitive landscape so we’re very grateful to the team at Caterer ME for creating a platform like this to celebrate our and other PR agencies’ hard work. As a team that has been immersed in this industry for more than a decade, we know that moving our clients forward is not just about achieving media values for them. Real impact comes from campaigns that support commercial goals and positively affect communities. We are committed to challenging ourselves to go beyond the traditional and meaningfully contribute to our clients’ success and their ability to improve the lives of their stakeholders and the entire F&B ecosystem,” said Tricia Jimenea.

“The often-used line ‘PR agencies are only as good as how well you drive them’ isn’t true for Tricia and her team at COMCO,” said Luke James, former General Manager for Ennismore and Jumeirah in UAE/Oman, now Area General Manager for Ghassan Aboud Group Hotels and Resorts. “They are relentless in their approach to add value to their clients. They constantly and consistently came up with unique initiatives to drive awareness to their client’s business.”
v COMCO MEA’s portfolio includes well-followed concepts like Belcanto at Dubai Opera, Electric Pawn Shop, Cafe Kitsune, Katsuya, Yann Couvreur Patisserie; hotels such as Taj Exotica Resort & Spa The Palm, Taj JLT, Radisson Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center, Paramount Hotel Dubai and Dusit Thani Dubai; and companies that support the entire ecosystem like Geidea, one of the Middle East’s largest fintech companies that provide payments solutions to F&B brands of all sizes and The Marketing Deep Dive, the only conference in the UAE exclusively curated for senior marketing executives in the QSR, cafe, casual dining, and cloud kitchen community. Apart from the F&B and hospitality industry, COMCO MEA also proudly serves clients in other spaces such as live events, entertainment, real estate, beauty, fashion, automotive and tech.

“This recognition and the continuous growth of our office in MEA as well our recent wins in SEA are a clear manifestation of our core values of upholding integrity and excellence, empowering talent and sparking positive social impact. We are thrilled to see what our 8th year holds for all our companies, ventures and brands from Southeast Asia to the Middle East & Africa and beyond, and we’re excited to unpack further expansion plans soon,” said Ferdinand L. Bondoy, Group Chief Executive Director and Lead Strategic Communications Counsel/Partner and Co-Founder of COMCO Mundo League of Enterprises.


To know more about COMCO Mundo, visit or follow on Facebook, on LinkedIn, and @comcomundo on Instagram.

To stay updated on the work of COMCO Middle East & Africa, visit, on Facebook, on LinkedIn, and @comco_mea on Instagram.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Kathryn Bernardo and the Century Tuna Superbods Finalists Sizzles at the #BestYouEver Launch

11:52:00 AM

The summer just got hotter with Kathryn Bernardo joining Century Tuna as the new brand ambassador for the 2024 Superbods campaign. Known for her charm and fitness, Kathryn is the perfect fit to lead this year's "Best You Ever" campaign, which celebrates self-love and self-improvement.

Kathryn Bernardo, a top actress and fitness enthusiast, is the new face of Century Tuna Superbods 2024. The "Best You Ever" campaign encourages Filipinos to embrace their wellness journeys and become the best versions of themselves. With Kathryn leading the way, the campaign is set to inspire many to focus on personal growth and overall health.

“With Century Tuna, I’m embracing fitness and wellness like never before. I hope that the ‘Best You Ever’ campaign becomes an avenue for Filipinos to start or continue their journey to become the best version of themselves. We all start somewhere and with a lifestyle that is centered on our overall wellbeing, we empower ourselves and the people around us to strive for the best,” said Kathryn.


Together with Kathryn, the 36 Century Tuna Superbods Finalists continue to reinforce the Best You Ever campaign as they inspire more Filipinos to become the best version of themselves through incorporating the Superbods spirit in their diet, exercise, and overall wellness.

Century Tuna Superbods 2024 Best You Ever Top 36 Finalists

Two months leading up to the finals night, the 36 Century Tuna Superbods Finalists brought their A-game as they showcased their fit and healthy bodies perfectly embodying what it is to be a Superbod.


Century Pacific Food Inc. Executives formally welcome Century Tuna Superbods Ambassador Kathryn Bernardo (from left) Century Pacific Food Inc. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mr. Greg Banzon, Century Tuna Senior Product Manager Mardi Dator, Century Tuna Superbods 2024 Ambassador Ms. Kathryn Bernardo, Century Pacific Food Inc. Vice President and General Manager for Branded Tuna Division Mr. Carlo Endaya, and Marketing Manager of Century Tuna and Vita Coco Ms. Bea Ballesca-Martinez

“We are on our 9th season and this year, we have a solid set of Superbods who, together with Kathryn, we believe epitomize what it is to be a Superbod and what we stand for in Century Tuna. Our common factor in choosing this year’s Superbods is those who we believe will uplift and inspire others in their fitness journeys,” said Century Pacific Food Inc. (CPFI) Vice President and General Manager for Branded Tuna Business, Mr. Carlo Endaya.


The finalists will join a series of digital and onsite challenges that will be uploaded on Century Tuna Superbods Facebook page leading up to the Finals Night on July 9, 2024. The Century Tuna Superbods 2024 Male and Female Grand Winners will each receive PHP500,000 tax-free while the Runners-Up will receive PHP200,000 tax-free.


For more information, please visit or visit Century Tuna on Facebook at or @centurytunasuperbods on Instagram for more updates.

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