Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Blulane Hotel: A Charm in Chinatown

Deluxe Room with a queen-sized bed at The Blulane Hotel.

Chinatown.. a bustling district one can find in major cities around the world. But did you know that Chinatown in Manila is the oldest in the world? Our country takes pride in this recognition since 1594. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Blockchain Applications and Economics Forum 2018 will have blockchain and fintech experts from Europe, Asia, and North America who will act as speakers, panelists, trainers, and moderators during the three-day forum on May 28 to 30 at the SMX Aura Convention Center in Taguig City.
The first day of the forum, which will be on May 28, will be devoted to two pre-conference bootcamps. One is a whole-day workshop on "Ethereum and Smart Contract Development" which is designed especially for software developers, tech experts and blockchain enthusiasts who wish to get into coding in the blockchain platform Ethereum.

The trainers for this workshop are Harpreet Singh Maan and Adly Abdullah, CEO and CTO, respectively, and co-founders of Blocklime Technologies, one of the foremost blockchain consultancy and development service companies in the world.
While the second bootcamp will be devoted solely for members of the press, dubbed the “Media Blockchain Workshop.” The workshop aims to help media understand  and have a better appreciation of what Blockchain is all about, its challenges, risks and opportunities.
This workshop is open to all interested journalists and will run from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The trainer for this workshop is Amor Maclang, globally awarded brand architect; risk, crisis, and reputation strategist; marketing and communications innovator; and co-founder of GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications, Inc.
The formal opening of the the conference will be on May 29th, and will start out with the official launch of the Blockchain Association of the Philippines (BAP), the very first official blockchain-related association in the country.  The keynote address for the launch will be delivered by BAP and Unionbank chairman Justo A. Ortiz.

Panel discussions will be held throughout the day as well. Topics to be discussed include Global Developments and Perspectives in Blockchain, with panelists from Singapore, Malaysia, Russia and Ireland; Managing Legitimacy in Blockchain--Regulations, Risks, and Communications, moderated by Amor Maclang; Can Blockchain Replace IPOS?, moderated by Daphne Ng, Secretary General of Access Singapore and committee member of Singapore Fintech Association; Blockchain and its Impact on Financial Transactions and Services, moderated by Arvie de Vera, first vice president and head of the Fintech Business Group at Unionbank; and The Future of Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and Digital Currency Exchanges, moderated by Shawn Tham, founder and CEO of Blockrypto.
The last day of the forum, May 30, will focus on exploring the role of blockchain in disrupting, enhancing, and creating new business opportunities in established business verticals and will involve major technology giants including IBM, SAP and Microsoft.
The panel discussions on the last day will help give business leaders the opportunity to learn more about how blockchain can be used to leapfrog the technology curve and gain a competitive advantage.
A special discussion on blockchain for the social good will be led by Daniel de Gruijter, of Incitement, as well as Paolo Magnata, from the UNDP; as well as a look at how Blockchain can be applied to the Entertainment, Logistics, Energy, Commerce, Healthcare and even Government sectors.
The three-day forum will be capped by a panel discussion on What is Next? Taking the Leap into Blockchain, which will focus on what corporations need to do with newly acquired information on blockchain and what they can do to move ahead.
For more information about the event, and how to register, visit:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Globe Bags Multiple Recognitions at Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

Telecom giant cited for its Education, Business, 
and Social Innovation Programs

With its groundbreaking programs on education, business, and social innovation, Globe Telecom took home two Gold and three Silver awards during the recent fifth annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Philippines to Host Mr. World 2018 for the First Time

The Mr. World 2018 press conference was held on May 2, 2018, at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, attended by (from l-r), Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann, Miss World Philippines National Director Arnold Vegafria, Miss World 2017 Manushi Chilar, Mr. World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal, Martin Paz Chief Integrated Marketing Officer of Resorts World Manila (RWM), and MWP's Bessie Besana.

The Philippines marks another milestone in pageant history as it hosts the Mr. World 2018 pageant for the very first time.

Why Globe myBusiness Academy Online is Essential for both Start-Up and Existing Entrepreneurs

Derrick Heng, Senior Advisor for Globe myBusiness, leads the media launch of Globe myBusiness Academy (GMBA) Online, here with real-life GMBA entrepreneurs, Ginger Arboleda and Patch Dulay on May 9, 2018 at Chef Jessie Restaurant Rockwell in Makati City.
The good news is that Globe myBusiness Academy is now online to reach more entrepreneurs nationwide.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CARI Launches CheckApp Tech, Revolutionizing How We Access Medical Services via Mobile App

Check App Republic, Inc. (CARI), in partnership with Carewell Health Systems, Inc., recently announced the launch of Check App Tech, a mobile app that revolutionizes how we use medical services, and HMO coverage. The launch, which was attended by the executive officers of both companies, employees and the media, was held on April 30, 2018 at the Acacia Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Drew Barrymore's Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix Captures a New Generation of 80's Fans

Drew Barrymore stars in Netflix' Santa Clarita Diet Season 2.

Ever since I watched her as an adorable 3-year old little girl in the 80's movie hit, E.T., Drew Barrymore has caught my fancy. As I grew up with her, (albeit I am many years older), I have watched many of her films, like Firestarter, The Wedding Singer, Charlie's Angels, 50 First Dates, to name a few.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Petron Fuels FIA Sport Conference 2018 in Manila, Establishes Leadership in Motor Sport Industry

A powerhouse ensemble of motoring personalities are from left, Ana Neri Petron AVP for Marketing, Maricar Parco BMW Philippines President, Augusto Lagman Automobile Association of the Philippines President, Dr. Mina Gabor AAP Director for Tourism, and Spencer Yu BMW Philippines Special Assistant to the Chairman, during the FIA Sport Conference 2018 contract signing on May 3, 2018 at the Diamond Hotel Manila 

Industry leader Petron Corporation will be the official local fuel and oil sponsor of the FIA Sport Conference 2018, to be held in Pasay City from June 4 to 6. This is the first time the event is taking place in Asia, and is being hosted by the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) and supported by the Department of Tourism (DOT). 

Shell and AXA Announces Roadside Assistance Partnership for Customers

Steve Quila, General Manager of Shell Lubricants announcing its partnership with AXA during the press conference held on May 2, 2018 at the Blackbird Restaurant in Makati City.

Shell Philippines recently announced its partnership with AXA Partners Philippines, one of the largest and fastest growing assistance solutions companies in the country, providing Shell Helix Ultra users with an extended engine warranty for up to 12 years (or 200,000km). 

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Takes Center Stage in Manila

Austria vs. Spain at the Men's Division qualifying round of Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour at the Sands, SM By the Bay in Pasay City on May 3, 2018.  

The Philippines takes centerstage as first-time FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour hosts unveil the men's division qualifiers at the Sands SM By The Bay starting May 3, and will run until May 6, 2018.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Resorts World Manila Announces Staging of Ang Huling El Bimbo the Musical, Tackles Friendships Told Through Iconic 90's Hits

The cast of RWM’s Ang Huling El Bimbo, from left to right: Topper Fabregas, OJ Mariano, Tanya Manalang, Reb Atadero, Boo Gabunada, Gian Magdangal, and Jon Santos.

Resorts World Manila (RWM) is set to premiere Ang Huling El Bimbo, now on its 9th theater production, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on July 20. Songs from the Eraserheads, the country’s most iconic ‘90s band, is woven into one original Pinoy story, which will bring back Filipinos to the days of their youth.

EATIGO Announces Bigger Discounts in Restaurant Reservation App

Eatigo app is changing Metro Manila’s dining scene one reservation at a time.  Download for free on your mobile phones.

The question of “Where should we eat?” is one of life’s happiest struggles. The restaurant and cuisine options nowadays are endless. Now, if only your budget was as vast as the choices that you have.

Worry no more -- Eatigo has your back! Eatigomay be new but it has fast become one of the leading restaurant reservation platforms in the Metro. With Eatigo, you get to choose where to eat without having to worryabout your budget because it offers up to 50% discounts on every restaurant partner.

PH Welcomes Home FWD North Pole Marathon Athlete Louie Sangalang, Finishes 42-kilometer Grueling Race

Filipinos have another source of national pride as FWD Life Philippines representative Louie Sangalang conquered the FWD North Pole Marathon, the world’s coolest marathon.

Multi-sport athlete Louie Sangalang, the first Filipino cancer survivor to conquer the FWD North Pole Marathon, was given a homecoming party by Pan-Asian insurer FWD Life Insurance after successfully completing the marathon held on April 16.