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Friday, March 17, 2023

Experience OPPO’s Future-Forward Innovations at Inspiration: Ahead this March 18

Leading global smart device brand OPPO puts innovation, openness, elegance, and technology at the forefront in the Inspiration: Ahead event on March 18, 2023 at the BGC Amphitheater in Taguig City. Everyone is invited to see the latest offerings from OPPO, get up close and personal with the brand’s ambassadors and content creators, and participate in interactive booths. Get the chance to also meet OPPO celebrity brand ambassadors Bea Alonzo and Nadine Lustre! 

“OPPO looks forward to bringing to life our brand mantra of ‘Inspiration Ahead,’ through this one-of-a-kind experience for Filipinos. We aim to spotlight OPPO’s innovation in products and services and how they add more value to the lives of our consumers and community.” ~Joanarc Sales, PR and CRM Head of OPPO Philippines

Discover OPPO’s Latest Innovations Firsthand

OPPO Inspiration: Ahead will highlight the brand’s latest smartphones for people to appreciate their cutting-edge features. The soon-to-launch OPPO Find N2 Flip, which has an industry leading hinge that offers users a more refined foldable screen, long-lasting battery, and a generous cover screen display. Those visiting the Inspiration: Ahead event can be one of the first in the country to try out the much-anticipated OPPO Find N2 Flip’s Hasselbad camera capabilities alongside the recently launched OPPO Reno8 T 5G and its 108MP Portrait Camera and Microlens Technology in various booths and activities.

Be Inspired by OPPO’s Brand Ambassadors Bea Alonzo, Nadine Lustre, and more

The program will also feature sessions on useful photography and fashion tips and tricks from some of the best in the industry. Learn how to level up photography skills from celebrity photographer Magic Liwanag and content creator David Guison while fashion experts Daryl Chang and Pam Quinones will show guests how to maximize their OPPO smartphones to unleash their creativity and discover the best style that suits them. Enjoy music from today’s up
Be one of the first few to be part of an exclusive meet-and-greet with two of OPPO’s superstar brand ambassadors, actresses Bea Alonzo and Nadine Lustre! 

Register in the venue as early as 4:00 p.m. and be one of the first to complete all tasks in the interactive booths. The first 25 Bea Alonzo fans and first 25 Nadine Lustre fans who present their fully stamped wristbands at the redemption area will qualify for the meet-and-greet.

To know more about #OPPOInspirationAhead, visit the OPPO Philippines’ official website at or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

About OPPO
OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since the launch of its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO provides its users with the ColorOS operating system and internet services like OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with 6 Research Institutes and 5 R&D Centers worldwide, as well as an International Design Center in London. More than 40,000 of OPPO's employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

A taste of Argentina and Japan in one hot bowl

Ramen Nagi has something new for you! 

Any bowl of hot, authentic ramen from Ramen Nagi is always a treat, but the ramen chain just keeps on giving us new flavors to rave about. 

Ramen Nagi has given us innovative ramen bowls such as the Tom Yum King, the Crab King, and who could forget the Unbelievable Niboshi King? Ramen Nagi has been creating new hot bowls of ramen and partnering it with flavors we’ve only dreamed about. 

This time around, Ramen Nagi has partnered with Bolzico Beef to create another king-worthy bowl of ramen - the Bolzico Sukiyaki King. 

A medley of both Japanese and Argentinian flavors, the Bolzico Beef Sukiyaki is an ode to a classic Japanese dish - the sukiyaki. In Japan, sukiyaki is a type of  nabemono or hot pot dish and best served piping hot with a side of white rice. Definitely a staple of Japanese cuisine! 

The Bolzico Sukiyaki King is a guaranteed treat—a hot steaming bowl of freshly-made noodles in their signature tonkotsu broth mixed with a special sukiyaki sauce. This is topped with thinly-sliced tender strips of Bolzico beef, soft cubes of melt-in-your-mouth tofu, leeks, an egg yolk for some richness, and fire sauce for a touch of heat. Definitely a hot bowl of ramen fit for a king!

It is truly a hearty meal that offers a medley of flavors and beef that simply melts in your mouth.  This special treat will only be available for a limited time! 

Head to your nearest Ramen Nagi branch to taste their new and innovative Bolzico Sukiyaki King from March 1 - 31, 2023. 

The Bolzico Sukiyaki King is available for dine-in and delivery through your app of choice - Grab, FoodPanda, Pickaroo, and ToktokFood. 

For more details, check out Ramen Nagi PH on Facebook or Instagram.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Lime El Nido Resort - The Next Food Destination

Everyone is getting ready for their next vacation spot, where sand and swimming are top priorities, as summer approaches. The Philippines has a number of world-class beaches with stunning scenery and crystal-clear waters.

Picturesque mountains, limestone cliffs and white sand as well as the dreamy waters teeming with aquamarine life are surely guaranteed to amaze anyone who steps into Palawan, also known as the Last Frontier of the Philippines. Lime El Nido Resort is the perfect place where one can enjoy nature’s wonders together with the comforts of a luxurious resort that offers a relaxing stay, world-class amenities and excellent service.

Synonymous to an island retreat is good food. Lime El Nido Resort aims for locals and guests alike to have a total feast of the senses with the Celebrity Chef Series which will kick off this March featuring guest Chef Sau del Rosario of Sawsaw and Cafe Fleur. Chef Sau has refined his culinary craft not only in the Philippines but also in other parts of the world. Throughout his more than 20-year experience, he has mastered the art of Filipino cuisine, putting his own distinct touches in the process.

“I am pleased to collaborate with Lime Hotel and Resorts for the Celebrity Chef Series. ‘Arkipelago: Featuring Food From Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao’, brings together the unique mix and tastes of the three major islands of the Philippines. I hope anyone who goes to El Nido will be pleased with the line-up I prepared as they rediscover the culinary delights that are part of our culture.” ~Chef Sau

His menu offerings will be available from March 15 to June 30, 2023. The wonderful spread includes some of these mouthwatering delights: Kinilaw na Maya-maya, Pinoy Style Caesar Salad, Chorizo & Citrus Chicken Jus, Sous-vide Lengua Pastel, Lamb Shank Caldereta, Sisig, Crispy Pork Belly with Macadamia Kare-kare Sauce and Deconstructed Halo-halo.

One of the main activities at El Nido is island hopping. Visitors can enjoy the novelty of having their lunch arranged and brought at any of their stopovers. While this has been a norm for quite some time now, it still has a long way to go in terms of quality, serving and presentation. The Celebrity Chef Series aims to level up this service by going the extra mile. On top of a well-curated menu, food will be served hot and fresh, with guests being comfortable with a cozy table set-up, completing the perfect island experience.

“Lime Hotel and Resorts is known for providing fun-loving individuals an unforgettable visit across our three destinations, namely: Lime Resort Manila, Lime Resort El Nido and Lime Hotel Boracay. We want to elevate the El Nido experience with a unique gustatory adventure showcasing the wonderful flavors of our country. Through the Celebrity Chef Series, we envision Lime El Nido as the perfect food destination in the island. We are glad to work with Chef Sau in this endeavor and look forward to the next collaborations with other chefs in the coming months.” ~Emil Po, CEO

Lime El Nido Resort is about 15-20 minutes away from the airport and Lio Beach. For more information and reservations, visit

Monday, March 13, 2023

Cebu Pacific, Singapore Tourism Board renew partnership to fly every Juan to Singapore

Cebu Pacific and Singapore Tourism Board executives pose for a photo following the MOU signing.

Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the Philippines’ leading airline, has strengthened its partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to help travelers reimagine the Lion City and visit Singapore.

CEB and STB previously signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in April 2022 to mark the reopening of Singapore’s borders. With the successes of the past year, both parties today renewed the MOU to intensify their collaboration to promote travel to Singapore, which is one of the top-of-mind destinations for visitors from the Philippines. Key projects in this 2023 MOU will include joint marketing and promotions, and joint business development in the areas of fly-cruise and meetings and incentive corporate groups.

“We are delighted to renew our partnership with Cebu Pacific, which contributed greatly to Singapore’s strong tourism numbers for 2022. Philippines is a key market for Singapore, and the attractive promotions from Cebu Pacific will be complemented by STB’s ‘SingapoRewards’ programme, which offers a free experience for every eligible tourist to Singapore.” ~Ms. Juliana Kua, Assistant Chief Executive for International Group, Singapore Tourism Board (STB)
Ms. Juliana Kua, Assistant Chief Executive for International Group, Singapore Tourism Board (STB)

SingapoRewards is a new programme that will provide international visitors with an opportunity to try one of nearly 40 new or “off-the-beaten-path” experiences in Singapore for free, across the whole of 2023.

Ms. Juliana Kua and Ms. Candice Iyog formally sign the MOU between the Singapore Tourism Board and Cebu Pacific.

CEB provides strong connectivity to Singapore as it currently flies from Manila, Cebu, Davao, and starting in April, from Clark, Pampanga.

“We value this partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board. With recovery in place and our growth plans set in motion, our main goal now is to fly every Juan to exciting destination such as Singapore and enjoy all the offering in this beautiful destination that we missed doing during the pandemic.” ~Ms. Candice Iyog, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer of Cebu Pacific

Ms. Candice Iyog, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer of Cebu Pacific

CEB currently flies thrice daily between Manila and Singapore, providing passengers easy access to the Lion City, to experience its famous culinary scene, see its scenic spots, engage in thrill-seeking activities, or go shopping.

Passengers from the Visayas may also conveniently reach Singapore through Cebu Pacific’s daily flights from Mactan Cebu International Airport.

CEB will also increase its Singapore flights from Davao up to 4x weekly starting on March 26, 2023.

STB Executive Director for Southeast Asia John Conceicaojoin Juliana Kua and Candice Iyog, and Cebu Pacific Director for Marketing Michelle De Guzman for the media Q&A.

Travelers from Northern Luzon will also have a new gateway as CEB starts its daily Clark – Singapore flight on April 28, 2023.

To spur travels to Singapore, CEB travelers can book their flights for as low as PHP499 one-way base fare, exclusive of surcharges and fees on March 13 until March 15, 2023. The travel period is from June 1 to November 30, 2023.

Passengers with existing Travel Funds may use these to pay for flights and other add-ons. Apart from the Travel Fund, other payment options such as payment centers, credit or debit cards, and e-wallets may also be used.

CEB now flies to 34 domestic and 25 international destinations, spanning across Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

Redemptions and bookings can be made on the VisitSingapore app or SingapoRewards microsite at

Friday, March 10, 2023

Filipino indie pop/rock band the vowels they orbit drops sophomore EP, tuloy tuloy tuloy!

Filipino indie pop/rock band the vowels they orbit drops sophomore EP, tuloy tuloy tuloy!

The second EP from the Filipino indie pop/rock band the vowels they orbit, titled tuloy tuloy tuloy!, has finally been released. the eagerly awaited follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album, Ang Unang Ikot.

The new EP, which was released by Sony Music Entertainment, shows improvement in both music and lyrics without losing the well-rounded charm that made them an instant favorite when they first came out.

In terms of themes, tuloy tuloy tuloy! talks about not letting heartbreak get the best of you and going out into the world with a newfound sense of determination even when things get harder than usual. The EP also discusses the idea of taking control of your own story to make it better and accepting your brokenness with the hope that you will one day heal and improve.

Filipino indie pop/rock band the vowels they orbit drops sophomore EP, tuloy tuloy tuloy!

“It is about finding ourselves caught in the cycle of our own emotions, yet still choosing to move forward. Because this EP is a continuation of the first, the phase of emotions is a bit heavier — from coping with the unfamiliar feeling of life without your first love in ‘Una’ to dealing with grief and the loss of a loved one in ‘Clutch.’ However, it does end on a high note with ‘If You Come Back To Me,’ talking about being sure of oneself and not relying on another to live and grow. In the next phase, we are looking forward to more healed feelings.” ~The Selos act shares in a collective statement

The vowels they orbit’s new EP, tuloy tuloy tuloy! is produced by Rye Sarmiento, guitarist of 6cyclemind and Banda Ni Kleggy, and was recorded in his studio, Backdoor Recording Studio, during a 6-day lock-in session in 2021. Inspired by iconic alt-pop acts The Cardigans and Moonpools & Caterpillars, Sarmiento wanted to capture the ‘90s sound in terms of arrangement and vibe, but made it a point to retain the band’s indie pop influences with a more organic, rock-oriented direction.
“We also gave attention to the performances of each member, doing what they do best individually while still keeping their chemistry as one band.”

The majority of the songs from tuloy tuloy tuloy! were written and sung by lead vocalist/guitarist Nikka Melchor. Keyboardist Hannah dela Cruz wrote and performed “Clutch,” and Jeremy’s father, Ponciano Sayas, penned “Here In My Arms,” in which drummer Jeremy is a featured vocalist. The end result is a project that feels singular, yet distinctly unique in their surprising ways. 

Aside from “Una,” “Bangungot,” “Clutch,” “Here In My Arms,” and “If You Come Back To Me,” the EP also features the focus track “Sandali,” which talks about the importance of slowing down and finding the light amidst everything. 

According to the five-piece act, the song was written by Nikka during the start of the pandemic, thus the lyrics. However, she realized that the message can still be applied to life, in general. 
“With so much going on, we tend to wonder when it will end.”

The EP release will be accompanied by a launch on March 11, 2023 (Saturday) at the 70s Bistro in Quezon City, featuring performances by the vowels they orbit, I Belong To The Zoo, Autotelic, syd hartha, Better Days, Hey June!, and Banda Ni Kleggy. 

the vowels they orbit’s ‘tuloy tuloy tuloy!' is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment. 

About Sony Music Entertainment
At Sony Music Entertainment, we honor the creative journey. Our creators shape movements, culture, communities, even history. And we’ve played a pioneering role in music history, from establishing the first-ever music label to inventing the flat disc record. We’ve nurtured some of music’s most iconic artists and produced some of the most influential recordings of all time. Today, we work in more than 100 countries, supporting a diverse and distinctive roster of talented creators at every level and on every stage. Situated at the intersection of music, entertainment, and technology, we bring imagination and expertise to emerging products and platforms, embrace new business models, and employ breakthrough tools—all to support the creative community’s experimentation, risk-taking, and growth. And we form deep, trusted, cause-based partnerships to uplift and empower communities around the world. Sony Music Entertainment is part of the global Sony family. Learn more about our creators and labels here.

SM Supermalls, SM Cares recognized for programs on inclusion, sustainability, employee experience

SM Supermalls and SM Cares took home a total of three Silver Anvils at the recently concluded "Gabi ng Parangal" of the 58th Anvil Awards last March 8 for SM Cares' Environmental Programs on Solid Waste Management, Emergency Preparedness Forum 2022, and SM Life. Shown in the photo are (from left to right) Program Director for SM Environment and Sustainability Engr. Liza Silerio; Director of SM Cares Program on Persons with Disabilities Engr. Bien Mateo; and SM Supermalls' Human Resources Vice President Cheryll Agsaoay, holding their respective awards.

From encouraging mall-goers to adopt more sustainable ways to dispose of their solid waste, to promoting emergency and disaster preparedness that is inclusive of persons with disabilities and the elderly, to employee engagement efforts that ensure a happy and productive workforce, SM Supermalls and its corporate social responsibility arm SM Cares are known for their advocacies that continuously leave a positive impact on communities and the environment.

In recognition of their unwavering commitment to these advocacies, SM Supermalls and SM Cares took home a total of three awards at the recently concluded “Gabi ng Parangal” of the 58th Anvil Awards, organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines last March 8 at the Manila Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.

SM Cares took home a Silver Anvil award for its efforts to help address solid waste pollution in the country through its Trash-to-Cash and Plastic Waste Collection initiatives, which are part of its Environmental Programs on Solid Waste Management.

By the end of the eligibility period, SM Cares successfully collected a total of 1,247 tons of solid waste, and has helped many SM mall-goers develop the habit of disposing of their solid waste properly.

SM Cares also took home a SIlver Anvil award for the 2022 iteration of its "Emergency Preparedness Forum," an event designed to provide emergency preparedness training that is tailored to the unique needs of PWDs and senior citizens.

Held from July 13 to August 3, 2022 in four of the most disaster-prone cities in the country--Baguio City, Quezon City, Legazpi City, and Cebu City--the forum was able to help more than 1,900 participants become better equipped to keep themselves safe during disasters.

Meanwhile, SM Supermallls won a Silver Anvil award for its initiative SM Life, which aims to "promote purpose, performance, and passion" and help employees "adapt and grow to the evolving needs of the business, and to stay happy, resilient, and productive at work."

Through the initiative, SM Supermalls was able to retain 96 percent of its high-potential talents, and saw an average of 94 percent in terms of training coverage, with participation in the engagement program at 100 percent, among other positive results. The company also recovered and sustained its mall revenue, foot traffic, and occupancy through 2021 and 2022.

SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, supporting initiatives focused on communities and the environment. Aside from the program on PWDs, its advocacies include Programs for the Environment, Women & Breastfeeding Mothers, Children & Youth, Senior Citizens, and the SM Bike-friendly initiative.

To learn more about these programs, visit

GrabShare expands to more Metro Manila cities

Celebrate "summer sarap" with Mang Inasal Extra Creamy Halo-Halo

Grab Philippines officially brings GrabShare to more cities in Metro Manila. The carpooling service – which had its pilot run in Makati, BGC, Manila and select areas in Ortigas in 2022 – is now also available in Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan, Pateros, and select areas in Paranaque and Quezon City. 

GrabShare makes the same convenience and reliability of GrabCar more accessible and affordable for the Filipino commuter. With GrabShare, passengers can enjoy as much as 30 percent lower fares on Grab. The service’s passenger-matching feature was also further optimized to ensure that the party is headed in the same direction to avoid surprise detours, hence improving overall shared-ride duration. 

“Every Filipino deserves unfettered access to safe, reliable, and more affordable means of transportation, and we are fully committed to help make that a reality for everyone. We are optimistic that as we expand GrabShare’s service areas to more cities in Metro Manila, we are staying true to our commitment – continuing to play an active role in providing a better mobility experience for everyone.” ~Ronald Roda, Grab Philippines Senior Director for Strategy and Operations

The leading super app is also working on bringing GrabShare to cities outside of Metro Manila. With the growing availability of the service, Grab Philippines reminds its passengers to continue practicing health and safety protocols while on the road. This includes the wearing of face mask and regular hand sanitation. 

Grab is Southeast Asia’s leading superapp based on GMV in 2021 in each of food deliveries, mobility and the e-wallets segment of financial services, according to Euromonitor. Grab operates across the deliveries, mobility and digital financial services sectors in 480 cities in eight countries in the Southeast Asia region – Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Grab enables millions of people each day to access its driver- and merchant-partners to order food or groceries, send packages, hail a ride or taxi, pay for online purchases or access services such as lending, insurance, wealth management and telemedicine, all through a single “everyday everything” app. Grab was founded in 2012 with the mission to drive Southeast Asia forward by creating economic empowerment for everyone, and since then, the Grab app has been downloaded onto millions of mobile devices. Grab strives to serve a double bottom line: to simultaneously deliver financial performance for its shareholders and a positive social impact in Southeast Asia. (

BingoPlus Night celebrates first year of BingoPlus

BingoPlus Night celebrates first year of BingoPlus

On March 4, BingoPlus held a red carpet-themed BingoPlus Night at the Grand Hyatt Manila, marking the company's first evening grand event since its inception in 2022. Luis Manzano and Maine Mendoza, brand ambassadors for famous brands, led other famous people in celebrating the event.

Billy Crawford and Colleen Garcia at the BingoPlus Night Red Carpet

The glitz-and-glam party which was simultaneously live on the official Facebook page of Viva and BingoPlus started at 6:30 pm with Viva artists Bela Padilla, Sam Concepcion, and Kim Molina walking the red carpet. The main program kicked off later in the evening with a sizzling song and dance number by Josh of SB19. Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid serenaded the audience followed by first BingoPlus female celebrity endorser Maine Mendoza doing a dance number. Highlight of the show was a surprise number by the Unkabogable Vice Ganda who rocked the night with a song and dance number. The event was aired live on TV5 and One PH. 

BingoPlus celebrity endorser Maine Mendoza performs at the BingoPlus Night

Regine Velasquez performs at the BingoPlus Night

Vice Ganda performs at the BingoPlus Night

Over and above the non-stop fun and entertainment, BingoPlus gave away 1 million pesos worth of raffle prizes to its supporters. Two lucky winners of the Mega Jackpot round exclusively for the BingoPlus Night received 25 million pesos while 20 million pesos was donated to the BingoPlus Foundation, the brand’s arm that takes care of giving back to special groups and communities.

“We are grateful for the public’s overwhelming love and support for the brand during its first year of existence.” ~Jasper Vicencio, AB Leisure Exponent Inc. President

Present during the wine toasting ceremony were Leisure & Resorts World Corporation (LRWC) Chairman Eusebio Tanco, LRWC Board of Directors Atty. Mardomeo Raymundo, Jr. and Atty. Jose Paras, LRWC President Andy Tsui, AB Leisure Exponent Inc. (ABLE) Chairman and CEO Elvis Chan and ABLE President Jasper Vicencio.

Key partners and industry allies from GCash, Maya, Greab Ads, Food Panda, Huawei,  PLDT, Globe, SM Supermalls, Limitless, Family Mart, Shopback and Enravision Media Donuts also participated in the event. 

BingoPlus is the first live-streaming bingo in the Philippines. You may visit and download BingoPlus App for more details.

Celebrate "summer sarap" with Mang Inasal Extra Creamy Halo-Halo

Celebrate Summer Sarap with Mang Inasal Extra Creamy Halo-Halo

Mang Inasal, the country's Grill Expert, ushers in the summer season with its best-selling Extra Creamy Halo-Halo. 
Jumpstarting the "Summer Sarap" campaign is a TV commercial that features Mang Inasal brand ambassador Dimples Romana enjoying the Mang Inasal Extra Creamy Halo-Halo while dancing to the tune of “Mas Macrema” -- a fun twist to the 90s hit song Macarena. The song emphasizes the extra creamy milk that makes the Mang Inasal dessert’s blend of ingredients even more delicious. 
“Halo-Halo is truly every Filipino's favorite especially during summer. This is why we’re excited to celebrate summer offering our customers the Solid sa Sangkap, Extra Creamy Sarap Halo-Halo. This forms part of our 20th anniversary celebration which highlights the commitment of Mang Inasal to continuously provide food superiority and the best value for money to our customers.” ~Mike V. Castro, Mang Inasal Business Unit Head
Customers can enjoy Extra Creamy Halo-Halo and Crema de Leche Halo-Halo starting at P39 with the new 8 oz. add-on to complete their Ihaw-Sarap meals. Classic favorites Small and Regular Halo-Halo are also available for dessert and as snack treats. All Halo-Halo sizes can be ordered for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. 
Want more Mang Inasal exclusives NOW? Visit for the latest updates, for delivery deals, and follow Mang Inasal on social media! 

FOR KING + COUNTRY scores multi-format hit with “Love Me Like I Am,” featuring American R&B star Jordin Sparks

For King & Country

Multi-GRAMMY® award-winning duo FOR KING + COUNTRY is currently making waves with the crossover success of “Love Me Like I Am,”  their current single featuring American R&B superstar Jordin Sparks.

Aside from topping Billboard’s Christian Airplay charts (dated February 25, 2023), the multi-format smash has recently entered Billboard’s Adult Top 40 charts at No. 31 and Billboard’s Adult Contemporary charts at No. 17, becoming one of the biggest hits in the US by an Australian act this year. To date, the soulful ballad has amassed more than 30 million streams on Spotify alone.

The Christian pop duo, which recently headlined Manila’s Found Music Festival in 2019 at Circuit Makati, also expressed their intent of going back to the Philippines sometime in the future. 

“You know, we hope to always come back to the places that we’ve been, because every country has its own individual culture—taking part in that was a thrill for us. By visiting different cultures around the world, you can learn something from each of them. We just enjoyed being able to spend time with our Filipino friends.” ~Luke Smallbone

Joel and Luke Smallbone

Their song “Love Me Like I Am” will be serviced in Philippine radio soon, thanks to its crossover appeal and inspiring universality that resonate to fans all over the world. A soaring pop tune that recognizes the fact that we all make mistakes, “Love Me Like I Am” highlights the importance of seeking and practicing forgiveness. 

“I think, sometimes in today’s society, we feel like if we make a mistake, that puts us at odds, and we can’t be loved anymore. The truth is if we all made mistakes, that means all of us would never be able to accept this wonderful gift called love. I think ‘Love Me Like I Am’ is obviously talking about heavenly love but I think it’s also a challenge for us to love our families that way. The gift of practicing forgiveness is probably the most important attribute of the world. And, I think, for us, that is what this song is talking about. Is love for people, mistakes, and all. And, look, people will live very differently when they recognize how deeply loved they really are.” ~Luke Smallbone

“Love Me Like I Am,” featuring Jordin Sparks, is part of FOR KING + COUNTRY’s chart-topping fifth studio album, What Are We Waiting For?, released via Curb | World Entertainment last year. The album reached No. 1 on iTunes in multiple countries, and debuted at No. 2 Billboard US’s Top Albums, No. 1 on Billboard US Top Christian Albums, and No. 7 on Billboard US Albums Chart.

FOR KING + COUNTRY is one of the music industry’s most respected and decorated duos. Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone have been awarded four GRAMMY® Awards, seven GMA Dove Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and 16 K-LOVE Fan Awards; and their 11 No. 1 songs have produced an astonishing 2 billion career streams. The RIAA Platinum-selling act’s live show has been hailed as a must-see concert event that continues to wow sold-out crowds whether in the U.S., Australia, Germany, Netherlands, or New Zealand. FOR KING + COUNTRY’s WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? released this year, became the duo’s second Top 10 album on the Billboard 200; following their RIAA Gold certified album, BURN THE SHIPS, which also debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The duo has had seven consecutive No. 1 songs including “For God Is With Us,” “joy.,” “TOGETHER” (feat. Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly),” and the 11-week Platinum smash, “God Only Knows.”  Featured on major networks including MTV, BBC2, ABC and more, the global hitmakers have collaborated with a diverse list of artists including Dolly Parton, NEEDTOBREATHE, R3HAB, Hillary Scott and Timbaland, amongst others.

Century Park Hotel concludes the first quarter with deals on full blast

Century Park Hotel's PG Bar

The season is heating up at Manila’s renowned establishment, Century Park Hotel (CPH), as it announces its line-up of exciting pre-summer promotions.

According to the hotel’s General Manager, Anthony Tan, CPH geared up early this year to present a delightful variety of promos and activities for all its patrons.

“For the last month of the first quarter of the year, the hotel deals are on full blast to give our guests wonderful bonding moments and celebrations. New deals for the second quarter were already rolled out as well.” ~Anthony Tan, Century Park Hotel General Manager

Century Park Hotel's Tsu Kiji

Your fondness with our Century Tsukiji’s Eat-ALL-You-Can gets more exciting as it upgrades its Japanese buffet spread.

Starting March 1, 2023, we are introducing daily add-ons of  crepes station, unlimited juices, and “Make Your Own Ramen” station in your favorite Japanese dishes from appetizers (Otsumami), sushi, sashimi, sunomono (vinegared dishes), nimono (simmered dishes), teppanyaki, tempura, yakimono to delightful desserts for only Php 1,199 net per person every Mondays to Thursdays.

And for Fridays to Sundays and on holidays, enjoy more items like Yakitori, variety of seasonal seafood, new sashimi & sushi creations and an exclusive add-on of Japanese ice cream on top of our regular buffet spread for only Php 1,399 net per person.

Head off to the Century Tsukiji and reward yourself with an indulging meal. The outlet is open from 11:00am to 2:30pm and 5:00pm to 9:00pm for lunch and dinner, respectively. 

Century Park Hotel's SamgyuPG

March is the season for graduates! At Century Park Hotel, more people mean more fun in our grand “Salute to the Graduates”. A free buffet awaits graduates who will bring along a minimum of three paying guests at the Café in the Park. Celebrate their moment by indulging in a wide selection of food and fill your plates with your favorite items from soup, salad, cold cuts, carving, seasonal seafood, grilled meats, pasta, Filipino and Chinese stations. Be sure to make room for desserts and unlimited juices all available from 11:00am to 2:30pm and 6:00pm to 10:00pm for lunch and dinner, respectively.

Prom and Graduation Ball’s Package are also available. For reservations, you may call our Sales Department at contact numbers (02) 8528-5871 to 73. 

The Palm Grove Bar, where one of Manila’s first temperature-controlled pools is situated, extends its promo of “Buy 1, Take 1” on Heineken and Tiger beers, Frozen Fruity Margarita and Frozen Sangria every Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. 

When being in the thick of activity on weekends means all the hustle and hassles, take a break and visit Al Fresco by Palm Grove from 5pm to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays and enjoy our Unlimited Samgyeopsal for only Php 799 net per person and spare yourself from cooking at home even just for weekends.

CPH will open it with Easter Candyland, a special celebration to end the Lenten season on April 9. Both adults and children will enjoy a fun-filled day full of exciting activities like interactive games, face painting, enchanting magic show, photo booth, loot bags and the traditional egg hunting at the Grand Ballroom from 9:00am to 1:00pm.



Launched in 1976, the Century Park Hotel remains as one of the finest hotels in Manila. It is owned and operated by Maranaw Hotels and Resort Corporation and enjoys a mix of local and international patrons. The renowned establishment has over 450 rooms in varied types and facilities for a complete dining and leisure experience. To know more about Century Park Hotel, visit or contact and telephone number (632) 8528-8888.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Take care of your kidneys and help #STOPCKD

Chronic kidney disease and Filipinos requiring dialysis continue to increase. The Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN) is calling on Filipinos to take care of their kidneys as chronic kidney disease (CKD)—while it can be slowed down—cannot be completely cured with medications.

Referring to data from the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), the PSN revealed that one Filipino develops chronic renal failure every hour, or about 120 Filipinos per million population every year. Worse, it remains underdiagnosed.

“All of us need to be informed of the importance of our kidneys to our general health. Everyone needs to be aware of the risk factors and signs and symptoms of kidney disease, and see a doctor for proper diagnosis even those without symptoms but are at risk. Majority have no symptoms, especially in early CKD, and so it is best to check with your doctor if you think you are at risk. All the more that those with signs and symptoms such as fatigue, poor appetite, edema, nausea and vomiting, decreased urine, etc., should see a nephrologist.” ~Dr. Maaliddin B. Biruar, PSN President

As the country observes World Kidney Day on March 9, PSN is reminding Filipinos that the kidneys are important to overall health and becoming informed about CKD is a great first step to prevent or managing the disease.

World Kidney Day is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness about the importance of kidneys not only to one’s overall health but also to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease worldwide. 

In keeping with the observance of World Kidney Day this year, the PSN is undertaking a lay forum that targets informing Filipino patients about kidney functions and CKD—its risk factors and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests for the disease, and golden rules for healthy kidneys.

Risk factors include high blood sugar, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, smoking, age over 60 years, and family history. 

Stop CKD
The lay forum, slated on March 09 at the Archdiocesan Museum of Cebu, will also launch PSN’s initiative dubbed #StopCKD, an online self-awareness test to know one’s risk for kidney disease. 

“By filling out a simple questionnaire, our fellow Pinoys can find out if they might have silent CKD now.” ~Dr. Juliet Chua Chong - Noel, President of PSN Central and Eastern Visayas

Who will be leading the celebration in Cebu. The questionnaire can be accessed thru

According to Dr. Vimar A. Luz, Head of Cluster of Patient Care and Member of PSN’s Board of Trustees, damage to the nephrons, the functional units that make up the kidneys, cannot be recovered, making CKD lifelong. But early intervention can improve outcomes, he added.

The consequences of CKD extend beyond the kidneys, including all-cause mortality, hospitalization, impact on multiple organ systems, and progression to End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) requiring dialysis, among others, the PSN said.

Lifestyle change
For his part, Dr. Luz said that apart from getting screened for possible CKD, Filipinos can start following some golden rules for healthy kidneys.

“This disease can be prevented. A lifestyle change can save the kidneys. This golden rule will help in keeping the kidneys healthy. Control blood pressure and blood sugar. The target BP should be lower than 140/90 or as determined by your physician. Blood sugar control level is individualized, so see your doctor about it.  And if you’re under medication, take your medicines regularly. Our kidneys filter around 140 liters of blood daily to create 1-1.8 liters of urine. They’re hardworking organs and important to our overall health, so it is best to take care of them. And Filipinos requiring dialysis continue to increase.” ~Dr. Vimar A. Luz, Head of Cluster of Patient Care and Member of PSN’s Board of Trustees

Dr. Luz said another golden rule is to eat a healthy diet of vegetables and fruits; lean meat and fish; whole grains; and low in added sugar, sodium, and fat. Exercising regularly, drinking adequate water volume, quitting smoking, now abusing the use of pain relievers and supplements, and having regular checkups are the other golden rules Filipinos could follow, he added.

To date, more than seven million have CKD in the Philippines. 

Citing data from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, the medical society said CKD had significantly increased as one of the top causes of death in the Philippines. In a span of 10 years, CKD jumped from 6th place in 2009 to 4th place in 2019 among the leading causes of death in the country.

For more information on #StopCKD, visit and support PSN in stopping CKD through early diagnosis and intervention. 

Thursday, March 2, 2023

The Body Shop's Himalayan Charcoal Line

The Body Shop's Himalayan Charcoal Line

Charcoal is famously known as a detoxifying   superfood, and skin care ingredient, because of its absorption qualities.  This means that when you apply it to your skin, the charcoal attracts any excess oil, dirt, and impurities on your skin, leaving your skin feeling cleansed and purified when you wash the charcoal away. 

The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal line is made from bamboo which is the fastest growing woody plant in the world, making it an environmentally- friendly resource.

What  it does to your skin?

*Re-texturizing.  With   regular use it works   by gently exfoliating the top outer skin, leaving skin feeling smother and softer.
*Clarfying.  Helps  to refine pores over time, leaving the complexion looking clarified and improving skin’s luminosity.
*Organic Acids. Derived from hibiscus flowers and famous for their skin-exfoliating powers, these acids lead to a smoother looking skin surface and a brighter looking complexion.

It is source from charcoal powder from the Himalayan foothills of India, known to have   purifying properties,   brilliant for oily skin.  It also has   hibiscus flower extract that contains   organic acids, known to have exfoliating   properties.  Salicylic acid known to penetrate into the pores of the skin helping remove dead skin that has built up on the surface and alpine willow herb known to help soothe the skin and control sebum production.

The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Line is available at The Body Shop stores and on its online store

About The Body Shop
The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick in Little Hampton, England. The beauty brand pioneered corporate activism and was built on a philosophy that business can be a force for good. With its brand expression, Beauty with a Heart, the company continues to be focused on the five core values: Against Animal Testing, Support Community Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend Human Rights, and Protect the Planet.

SM Cares reiterates support for "mga Natatanging Nilalang" at 2023 Happy Walk for Down Syndrome led by DSAPI

SM Cares reiterates support for "mga Natatanging Nilalang" at 2023 Happy Walk for Down Syndrome led by DSAPI

"Today, we express our love once again to our special friends in our midst. Today, we show that we care about their well-being. Today, we show that we shall always walk in solidarity to ensure that they have a bright future. We walk today because we seek to foster love, understanding, and hope through this yearly activity, because we act to get integration of persons with disabilities in our community. We want to bring positive change to ensure that people with Down Syndrome have opportunities to contribute and have their rights guaranteed. This SM Cares Program on Disability Affairs is something that is etched already in our business. We don't just do programs for short-term. If we may mention, this is our 16th year of partnership with DSAPI. We are not doing this just for fun. We are doing this because we believe this is the right thing to do." ~Engr. Bien Mateo, SM Cares Program Director for Persons with Disabilities

This was one of the key points of SM Cares Program Director for Persons with Disabilities, Engr. Bien Mateo's speech at the 2023 Happy Walk for Down Syndrome of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. (DSAPI); which took place last February 26 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall in Pasay City.

The recently concluded event marked its 20th year overall and the 16th year that DSAPI held it in partnership with SM Cares. This was also the first time that it was held physically after three years, and was held simultaneously in Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Bacolod.

Among the key individuals who graced the event, aside from Mateo, were DSAPI President Luis Harder, DSAPI Chairman Elmer Lapena, and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of SM Prime Hans Sy. Representatives from various Down Syndrome communities and advocacy groups were also present during the event.

From left: Agnes Lapeña, Executive Committee of DSAPI; Engr. Bien C. Mateo, SVP of SM Supermalls and SM Cares Director for Persons with Disability; Hans Sy, Chairman of Executive Committee of SM Prime Holdings; ‘Natatanging Nilalang’ kids Oscar Rodriguez and Adeline Harder; and Luis Harder, President of DSAPI welcome back one of the largest events in the Philippines that promote acceptance & inclusion for all persons with Down Syndrome.

A total of 3768 participants attended the Manila leg this year, while Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Bacolod posted final counts of 580, 140, and 250 participants, respectively. Overall, the nationwide event garnered 4,738 participants. 

A total of 354 SM employees and companions for Manila Happy Walk from SM Supermalls, SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc., SM Engineering Design and Development, SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., SM Markets, SM Prime Holdings Inc., SM Development Corp., SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc., and SM Family Entertainment Center Inc. also joined the event.

A security guard poses with one of the ‘Natatanging Nilalang’ kids during the Happy Walk celebration at SM City Bacolod.

One of the highlights was the Happy Walk Parade wherein people with Down Syndrome and their loved ones walked together throughout the SM Mall of Asia Complex. An annual tradition, the parade is a way for people with Down Syndrome and their families to promote awareness, acceptance, and appreciation for those with the condition.

Prior to the parade, the National University Pep Squad gave a rousing performance and led a cheer for Down Syndrome awareness. Later during the event, actor and Down Syndrome awareness advocate Andrea Torres performed special song and dance numbers that wowed the crowd. She also shared a short message on the importance of caring for people with the condition, being sister to one herself.

National University Pep Squad performances brought smiles to all the kids during the event.

Andrea Torres’ performances brought smiles to all the kids during the event.

Another notable part of the event was the Dance ShowDOWN, wherein several children with Down Syndrome showcased their groovy dance moves on stage. Various booths with activities for the participants, such as drawing and games, were also present throughout the half-day event. To make it even more exciting, there were also raffle draws, where gift cheques, insurance packages, gadgets, and a 4K smart TV were given away to winners.

The event was capped off with a dance number to Ronnie Lee's song "Natatanging Nilalang" performed by children with Down Syndrome. Composed with a fondness for those who have the condition (he himself has a nephew who has Down Syndrome), Lee's song highlights all the characteristics that make these individuals special, and is one of empowerment not only for them, but also for their loved ones.

Mr. Hans Sy, Chairman of Executive Committee of SM Prime Holdings, and a long-time supporter of PWD activities and events, celebrated with the kids and families at #HappyWalk2023.

Happy Walk for Down Syndrome is a yearly event that gathers persons with Down Syndrome and their loved ones into a day-long family-oriented event filled with fun activities and entertainment. Held every February as part of the celebration of National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month, it aims to promote awareness and better understanding of those living with the condition.

Happy Walk is just one of the many ways SM Cares is supporting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, particularly "SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities."

Other PWD-friendly initiatives from SM Cares include the annual Angels Walk in partnership with Autism Society Philippines, held every January in celebration of National Autism Consciousness Week; the annual Sensitivity Training for Customers with Different Needs, which educates mall staff and security personnel on how to care for PWDs; and the annual Emergency Preparedness Forum which educates PWDs and senior citizens on what to do during emergencies.

SM Cares is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, with programs that support communities, promote social inclusion, and care for the environment. Aside from the program on PWDs, its advocacies include Programs for the Environment, Women & Breastfeeding Mothers, Children & Youth, Senior Citizens, and the SM Bike-friendly initiative.

To learn more, visit

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