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Jpark presents beach fun, yacht cruise, top DJs in Havana by the Sea party

Get ready to let loose as Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark hosts the hottest event of the season at Cebu’s newest party place Havana by the Sea. The Groove Cruise…

Get ready to let loose as Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark hosts the hottest event of the season at Cebu’s newest party place Havana by the Sea.

The Groove Cruise All White Party brings together beach fun, luxury yachts, and top music DJs in one enjoyable celebration this August 19, 2017.

Move to the rhythm of eclectic beats mixed by popular DJs Dennis Garra, Raff, Maf, MC JL, Cathy Rock, Janice Dizon, and Maxe Perez in a night of drinks and dancing at top Cebu getaway Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark.

Havana by the Sea is an open-air restaurant and bar built along the shoreline that makes the most of Mactan’s spectacular coastal views.

Havana by the Sea

The second installment of the House-Kissed beach event showcases the newest Jpark destination Havana by the Sea, an open-air restaurant and bar built along the shoreline that makes the most of Mactan’s spectacular coastal views.

Check out Havana, go on yacht cruise along the Hilutungan Channel, or show off your dance moves on the beach at the House-Kissed Havana by the Sea Groove Cruise All White Party this August 19 at Jpark resort.

Party tickets

Event partners include y101 FM, Jokai Marine International Inc., Knottical Power, Mojitos, AirAsia, 97.9 Love Radio Cebu, 96.3WRock, Monster Radio Cebu and Magic 92.3 Cebu.

Ticket to this Cebu’s hottest party is only P500 for Regular Patron with One (1) standard drink, VIP Yacht (limited slots)P1,800 with unlimited pica-pica and cocktail drinks and consumable tables for VIP Silver P3,500, VIP Gold P5,000, VIP Platinum P8,500 and VVIP for only P10,000.

Get yours now! For more details and to reserve your tickets call 494-5555 and 494-5293 or go to www.jparkislandresort.com or our official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jparkislandresort/.

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Cafe Marco serves a Sugbusog feast for Sinulog 2017

Have your fill of festival food this Sinulog 2017 as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco puts all your favorite Cebuano and Pinoy dishes in the buffet for Sugbusog: Padayon…

Have your fill of festival food this Sinulog 2017 as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco puts all your favorite Cebuano and Pinoy dishes in the buffet for Sugbusog: Padayon ang Kaon Year 10.

From the beef steak, Cebuano style, and halabos to escabeche na mayamaya and budbud kabog, a feast awaits you at Cafe Marco as it times its culinary event Sugbusog with the Sinulog de Cebu festivities.

Sugbusog Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

BLESSING. Sto. Niño relics are blessed at the hotel lobby.

The best of classic Cebuano cuisine, including humba and balbacua, street food, seafood, and other local classic dishes dear to your heart, will be available during lunch and dinner at the Cafe Marco buffet up to January 17, 2017.

Other yummy surprises await diners at the Cafe Marco buffet during the Sugbusog: Padayon ang Kaon Year 10 celebration.

Sugbusog, a decade-old tradition of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco, has thrived under the guidance of Cebu culinary guru Jessica Avila.

Sugbusog 2017 photos

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Cebuano beef steak.

 

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Budbud Kabog

 

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Escabeche na mayamaya.

 

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Halabos

 

Hopia at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Hopia

 

Buko pie at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Buko pie.

 

Adobo pate at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Adobo pate at the Sugbusog Store.

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General: The self-made man’s ultimate style guide

A self-made cosmopolitan man is a traditional gentleman and a man of action, and lifestyle store General has assembled a line of premium products to cater to his every need….

A self-made cosmopolitan man is a traditional gentleman and a man of action, and lifestyle store General has assembled a line of premium products to cater to his every need.

General offers an array of quality men’s products – including apparel, footwear, grooming, and accessory – that any discerning man with a penchant for style and adventure would truly appreciate.

We’re down to our last quarter of the year, and the fast approaching holiday season is the perfect time to take a breather and plan your transformation for the coming year.

After all, ‘tis the season to be jolly so think about what you really want as we all know you deserve it.

General Cebu men's products

QUALITY MEN’s PRODUCTS. The General store in Ayala Center Cebu offers an array of quality men’s products – including apparel, footwear, grooming, and accessory – that any discerning man with a penchant for style and adventure would truly appreciate.

Iconic lifestyle products

Here’s what the store has on offer for you.

General carries no less than a discerning selection of brands, not to mention well thought out in-store programs and campaigns. General is located at prime locations such as in Ayala Center Cebu – a must-visit shopping destination for the modern day Renaissance man.

Let us give you a closer look at some of the premium assemblage of products that best embodies every modern man’s penchant for a well lived life.

Bering

Inspired by the iconic Danish sailor Vitus Bering, the first European to discover Alaska and eventually honored by having the straits he crossed named after him. Also known as the Bering Strait, as well as a time zone we now call the Bering Time, the Bering brand blends minimalist Danish design and extraordinarily optimal materials to come up with watches that are inspired by the beauty of the arctic with its clear, streamlined forms, and pure elegance.

General Cebu Bering watches

BERING WATCHES. The brand blends minimalistic Danish design and extraordinarily optimal materials.

One among which is the Bering Slim Solar Watch, an environmentally friendly watch that has a power reserve. Capable of running for six to twelve months once fully charged, the watch is made of scratch resistant sapphire crystal, brushed stainless steel, and fine mesh or calf leather. Plus, it features a 3D look with its raised indices – making it stylish, elegant, and easy to read.

Red Wing Shoes

Founded in 1905 by a local shoe merchant, Red Wing Shoes are crafted with skill and precision by the most discerning shoe makers.

General Cebu Red Wing Shoes

RED WING SHOES. These pairs are crafted using premium leather and goes through 3 processes.

Each shoe goes through six processes of construction, including the cutting, fitting, bottoming, Goodyear welt construction, toe types, and finishing – all of which are meticulously accomplished by passionate experts.

Moreover, Red Wing Shoes are constructed using premium leather from its very own S.B. Foot Tanning Company and are available in round toe, moccasin toe, capped toe, and brogue toe.

Millican

Inspired by the life and times of Millican Dalton, a self-proclaimed “professor of adventure” who spent his daylight hours taking paying guests on rock climbing and mountaineering expeditions around the Lake District, Millican makes sustainable bags for the conscious traveller.

Setting the brand apart from other outdoor bag brands is its environmentally-conscious construction process as it makes use of organic cotton, recycled polyester, vegetable tanned leather, and stainless steel.

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with a heart for mother nature, Millican carries rucksacks, roll packs, and ruffle bags in capacities of 18L, 25L, 32L, and 40L. Millican also has casual silhouettes for casual everyday use.

General premium brands

Other brands found in General are Masterpiece bags, Lyle & Scott, Victorinox Apparel, Stance, Herschel, Dr. Martens, G-Star, Hex, Johnson and Murphy shoes, Rains, Raen, Swims, and Hedgren.

In its commitment to keep up-to-date with everchanging trends that are relevant to its clientele, General started the Curatorship among its in-store programs. An occasional invitation to individuals, brands, and icons to redesign the store’s interiors in accordance to their personal taste and style, the Curatorship represents General’s adaptive and insightful attribute.

General Cebu Herschel wallets.

Herschel wallets.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is a social event that goes hand in hand with the Curatorship program. The event primarily invites key influencers and VIP customers to come together and witness the inauguration of a store’s latest curatorship.

General Cebu Herschel bags

Herschel bags.

At General, find an array of lifestyle products that caters to men’s taste for quality and distinction. Whether it be for one’s self or for an equally cultivated gentleman, one is sure to discover brands that will suit his particular needs and preferences.

General is owned and operated by The Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retail giant.

About General

General is a pioneer concept store that brings forth the quintessential men’s lifestyle store to the Philippines. It is located in upscale Metro Manila in Bonifacio Global City, placing itself in the high end-contemporary radar of men’s fashion.

General seeks to capture the twin qualities of cleverness and distinction—standards that befit the self-made cosmopolitan man—with an exclusive selection of male-centric brands such as Lyle & Scott, Victorinox, Swims, and Laco.

General Cebu Masterpiece bags

Masterpiece bags.

The Curatorship

It spares no quarter in completing the male shopper’s experience with programs like The Curatorship. Through it, in-store themes and merchandise will change every so often to reflect a certain lifestyle that can serve as relevant style cues for men.

General sees itself maturing as the leading men’s lifestyle store beyond its local beginnings. It ventures to claim that title with a solid brand repertoire and sustained respect for the male intellect.

General Cebu Dr. Martens.

The iconic Dr. Martens.

About Primer Group of Companies

Established in the Philippines in 1985, the Primer Group of Companies is engaged in the retail and distribution of the world’s top and premium consumer brands in outdoor, travel, footwear, fashion, wellness and urban lifestyle. It has also established a solid ground in industrial products and services landscape, with companies in full-scale printing, air-conditioning and creative graphic design and services.

General Cebu Star Raw.

Star Raw items.

The company is aggressively expanding to become the leader in the global distribution and innovation of premium goods and services. Its retail authority alone has grown to over 150 premium brands, with over 500 free-standing stores worldwide.

Headquartered in Manila, Philippines, the Primer Group employs over 3,000 and has presence in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and the United Kingdom.

General Cebu Ayala Center Cebu

GENERAL IN CEBU. The lifestyle store is located in Ayala Center Cebu.

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Marco Polo Cebu highlights special mushroom in culinary event ‘Weekend with Chanterelles’

One of the best edible mushrooms that used to exclusively grace the tables of nobility in 18th century France is the centerpiece ingredient in the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary…

One of the best edible mushrooms that used to exclusively grace the tables of nobility in 18th century France is the centerpiece ingredient in the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary journey “A Weekend with Chanterelles.”

Discover Chanterelles, an orange or yellow meaty and funnel-shaped mushroom with a fruity aroma and mildly peppery taste, as it features in five special creations by Marco Polo Cebu executive chef Stefano Verrillo available at El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar, Lobby Lounge, and Blu Bar & Grill.

A Weekend with Chanterelles is happening from October 13-16, 2016.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu A Weekend with Chanterelles

Chef Stefano shows off the versatility and rich flavor of the star ingredient in the following special dishes:

  • Warm Chanterelles salad with white balsamic dressing, crispy prosciutto, organically farmed greens and sprouts
  • Sautéed fresh Chanterelles mushrooms on grilled ciabatta toast with fresh oregano, garlic butter, and cream
  • Braised Veal Osso Buco with Chanterelles Risotto Vegetable Ragout and Gremolata
  • Beef tenderloin with fresh Chanterelles sauce, seasonal vegetables and chats potato
  • Chanterelles and Chicken Fricassee with homemade Pappardelle pasta and provolone cheese

Discover and enjoy Chanterelles, only at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. For table reservations and inquiries, please call Cebu at (63 32) 253 1111 local 8249 or Manila at (63 2) 887 1263 or email fb@marcopolocebu.com.

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Kapampangan Food Festival at The Original Pino

Enjoy delicious Kapampangan dishes such as the Crispy Belly Kare-Kare, Rellenong Bangus or the Crispy Pansit Palabok among other culinary mainstays as The Original Pino holds a Kapampangan Food Festival…

Enjoy delicious Kapampangan dishes such as the Crispy Belly Kare-Kare, Rellenong Bangus or the Crispy Pansit Palabok among other culinary mainstays as The Original Pino holds a Kapampangan Food Festival beginning October 7.

Pampanga during Spanish colonial times became the capital of Philippine cuisine. It was a melting pot of Spanish, Mexican, Malay and even French influences that would go on to define what Filipino cuisine was to the rest of the world.

Celebrity chefs

Beginning October 7, The Original Pino brings back two of its celebrity chefs, Editha Singian and Sau Del Rosario, to treat Cebuanos to the distinct flavors of Pampanga.

Have your fill of Crispy Belly Kare-Kare with Macademia at the carving station. Delight in dishes such as Chicken Galantina Roulade, Rellenong Bangus, Morcon, Crispy Pansit Palabok and Bringhe. The Cold Station will serve Pako Salad with Salted Egg and Kesong Puti Kapampangan Ensalada: Hito Flakes, Buro, Mustaza, Green Mango Salad and Tamales.

Sapin-sapin (White Chocolate, Jackfruit, Corn, Ube), Halo-Halo, Tocino Del Cielo and Tibok Tibok will be served at the dessert station. Okoy will be prepared on-the-spot cooking and the featured soup will be Sinigang sa Bayabas Pork Ribs. In addition to those, you may also savor the Sisig Ni Sau and Kalderetang Bebe.

The Original Pino

KAPAMPANGAN FOOD. The Original Pino’s Joel Rama del Prado with celebrity chefs Sau Del Rosario and Editha Singian.

Best value-for-money resto

The Original Pino is still the best value-for-money restaurant in Cebu, open daily and serving buffet lunch for only P299 net and dinner buffet for only P399, both inclusive of orange juice, kangen water and bottomless iced tea. There are no hidden charges.

For reservations and inquiries, call us now. Our landline is (032) 5054840 or mobile (+63) 926 672 2007 (tap on numbers to call on your phone). We are located on Wilson Street, Lahug, Cebu City.

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Original Pino brings you Chef Tatung’s ‘From Heart to Platter’ menu

Tinolang manok, kare-kare, and adobong pusit alongside The Original Pino’s popular dishes and delicacies are on the menu this week when Cebu’s best value-for-money restaurant presents the best of Luzon,…

Tinolang manok, kare-kare, and adobong pusit alongside The Original Pino’s popular dishes and delicacies are on the menu this week when Cebu’s best value-for-money restaurant presents the best of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao as prepared by renowned culinarian Chef Tatung.

“From Heart to Platter with Chef Tatung” begins August 24 at The Original Pino, where diners get to enjoy the cooking of one of the most sought after chefs in the Philippines on top of the restaurant’s popular menu.

Viewers of ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda know Chef Tatung as the resident chef and presenter of the cooking segment “Kwentong Kawali,” where he imparts his love and knowledge of Filipino cuisine.

The Original Pino

Sinuglaw and kilawin.

Filipino cuisine

A Manila-based Cebuano, he is well-known for his passion for Philippine cuisine and the restaurants which he founded, namely Tatung’s in Quezon City, Chef Tatung in Taguig, and Agos, which opens soon at the SM Mall of Asia. He was one of only two Filipinos who joined some of the best chefs in the world at the Madrid Fusion 2016.

His love for Filipino cooking finds fruition in his first book, “Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter,” which is currently on the National Bookstore Bestseller List.

Chef Tatung Original Pino

CHEF TATUNG. The Manila-based Cebuano is well-known for his passion for Philippine cuisine and the restaurants which he founded, namely Tatung’s in Quezon City, Chef Tatung in Taguig, and Agos, which opens soon at the SM Mall of Asia. He was one of only two Filipinos who joined some of the best chefs in the world at the Madrid Fusion 2016.

Here, he delves into the heart of his native cuisine by showing how to cook Filipino through basic cooking methods—steaming, grilling, sautéing, frying, curing, among many techniques.

Featured recipes

Featured are recipes perfected from Chef Tatung’s many years of research around the country. These include basics like tinolang manok, kare-kare, adobong pusit, as well as more unusual fare like bulanglang, piyanggang, and pinaupong manok sa asin.

Chef Tatung The Original Pino

Kinilaw na dilis.

Throughout, he explores important ingredients like vinegar, coconut, rice, as well as traditional kitchen tools like the palayok or claypot, and bamboo tubes used for boiling.

The Original Pino is open daily and serves buffet lunch for only P299 net and dinner buffet for only P399, both inclusive of orange juice, kangen water, and bottomless iced tea. There are no hidden charges.

For reservations and inquiries, call (032) 5054840 or (+63) 926 672 2007 (tap on numbers to call on your phone). The Original Pino is located on Wilson Street, Lahug, Cebu City.

The Original Pino Chef Tatung

Cocido.

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Ipanema Summer Sunscream returns to Cebu

The country’s biggest summer music festival, the 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscream, is taking place on May 21 in the Green Lagoon Park in Compostela, Cebu. Top-billed in the event are…

The country’s biggest summer music festival, the 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscream, is taking place on May 21 in the Green Lagoon Park in Compostela, Cebu.

Top-billed in the event are Filipino rockstar Bamboo Mañalac, actress Bela Padilla, and international club DJs Jason Dewey (USA) and Danny Kay (UK).

Four of the country’s best bands, < S >andwich, Pedicab, Gracenote and Powerspoonz, are set to play during the event. Manila’s Katsy Lee and Tip Fucoy front the line-up of seventeen of the country’s best DJs.

Ipanema Summer Sunscream poster

Ipanema Summer Sunscream pool party

The Summer Sunscream signature pool party will kick off at 12:00 noon. The foam party will happen simultaneously with the evening concert.

Now on its 9th year, the event will also include two sports events, the Dip & Dash Aquathlon and Beach Volleyball Tournament, both presented by Rider Sandals.

The Rider Dip & Dash Aquathlon has categories for Elite (male and female), Age Group (male and female) and Kids (male and female) for full distance (2 km swim and 10 km run), half distance (1 km swim and 5 km run) and kids distance (500 m swim and 3 km run). Registration is open and available at Autofocus in Banawa, Gold’s Gym in J Centre Mall, Metrotiles in A.S. Fortuna, and Toni & Terry Altershop in Banilad. Those interested can register online on www.cornerstone8080events.com.

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Beach volleyball

The Rider Beach Volleyball Tournament is a competition to watch as it will have 24 games played by 8 teams with CESAFI and two teams with the UAAP. The tournament will run on May 20 and 21.

The Ipanema Summer Sunscream has consistently packed a massive audience of up to 15,000. This year’s installment is expected to be no different.

rider-beach-voleyball

Tickets to the 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscream are available at the SM City Cebu Customer Service Counter, Ayala Center Cebu, Concierge Desk, KOA Tree House in Gorordo Avenue, Dong Juan (Guadalupe, Persimmon, Parkmall, Panagdait and Insular Square), Green Lagoon Park and the Compostela LGU. For reservations or more information on tickets, call Kyle at (0932) 101-3233 or Cara at (0998) 553-8105.

The 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscream is presented by Ipanema and co-presented by Bioderm, Lecit-E, Omega Pro and Casino Ethyl Alcohol. Major Sponsors include San Miguel Beer, Bacardi, Nature’s Spring and Smart. Minor sponsors include Greenwich, SkyCable, Y101 and Home Radio. The sports events are presented by Rider Sandals while major sponsors include Omega Pro and Gold’s Gym.

The event is powered by KTM Entertainment, Cornerstone, The Right Access and Tiller Media. Special thanks go to MagikMoments, Drawingboard, Click and Smile Digital Photography and Leylam’s Shawarma. Magic 92.3 and Magic Nationwide are the official media partners, while Sleeves Shirt Depot is the official shirt printer. (Press Release)

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PLDT, Smart offer 3 simple tips to protect passwords

Following the cyber theft of voters’ records from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) database, PLDT and Smart Communications are encouraging their subscribers to take precautions to protect their online privacy…

Following the cyber theft of voters’ records from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) database, PLDT and Smart Communications are encouraging their subscribers to take precautions to protect their online privacy and security.

According to published reports, the data breach disclosed voters’ personal information such as their names, birthdates, home and email addresses, the full names of their parents and in some cases passport details. These information can be used for identity theft and other fraudulent activities.

(Photo: Pexels.com)

(Photo: Pexels.com)

As a starting point, here are some simple, practical tips to ensure your peace of mind by properly managing your online passwords.

Update your passwords. Make it a habit to change passwords regularly for all your online accounts – email, social (like Facebook and Twitter), online banking accounts among others.

Make your passwords strong. This means creating passwords with a mix of letters and numbers, with a mix of capital and lowercase letters, and with symbols like “&” or “@”. It is best to use passwords with at least six letters, numbers and symbols.

Avoid predictable passwords. Like birthdays (yours, your spouses or children, etc.) Or common number or alphabet patterns like “123456” or “abcdef”. Or, predictable words like “password.”

PLDT and Smart are stepping up measures to strengthen your online security and will periodically share information that can help subscribers protect themselves.

When managing information regarding your PLDT and Smart accounts, please use only our official channels.

For PLDT, these are: the official websites pldt.com, and pldthome.com and its official social media accounts on Facebook are facebook.com/PLDTpublicaffairs, facebook.com/PLDTHome, and facebook.com/SMENation, and on Twitter, @PLDTHome, @PLDT_Cares, and @PLDTMedia.

For Smart, these are: the Smart hotline *888, the official Smart website smart.com.ph, and the official social media accounts facebook.com/smartcommunications, twitter.com/LiveSmart and twitter.com/smartcares. (Press Release)

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Megaworld’s 8 Newtown Boulevard picked ‘best condo’ in Cebu

Megaworld’s residential development 8 Newtown Boulevard located within the 30-hectare Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City won big at the 2016 Philippine Property Awards held recently in Makati City. 8 Newtown…

Megaworld’s residential development 8 Newtown Boulevard located within the 30-hectare Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City won big at the 2016 Philippine Property Awards held recently in Makati City.

8 Newtown Boulevard took the Best Condo Development in Cebu as well as the Best Residential Interior Design and Best Landscape Architectural Design awards, making it the most awarded residential development in Cebu during the event.

The four-tower residential cluster is Megaworld’s first residential development in Mactan Newtown.

8 Newtown Boulevard

AWARDS. 8 Newtown Boulevard took the Best Condo Development in Cebu as well as the Best Residential Interior Design and Best Landscape Architectural Design awards in the 2016 Philippine Property Awards held recently in Makati City.

Megaworld awards

The condominium development’s awards are among the 17 that Megaworld earned this year, which also included the most coveted Best Developer.

“We are very happy for this major award given to 8 Newtown Boulevard. This just shows a glimpse of the kind of exciting, world-class projects that Megaworld is bringing to The Mactan Newtown, our first and only township by the beach,” said Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. president Noli D. Hernandez.

8 Newtown Boulevard boasts of a lavish interior, from a spacious condominium lobby to quaint East Asian-inspired design elements that give a relaxing yet polished vibe.

The property also features top-of-the-line amenities that complement Mactan Newtown’s beach setting, including an amenity deck with a 61-meter infinity pool, a fitness center, and unparalleled views of Cebu’s Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay.

The residential cluster also has Japanese-inspired gardens, courtyards, and bathing rooms.

8 Newtown Boulevard Mactan

8 NEWTOWN BOULEVARD boasts of a lavish interior, from a spacious condominium lobby to quaint East Asian-inspired design elements that give a relaxing yet polished vibe.

Live-work-play concept

8 Newtown Boulevard is the first residential development at Mactan Newtown, where other luxury residences, business hubs, leisure hotels, a lifestyle mall, and school will soon rise to bring Megaworld’s perfected live-work-play-learn lifestyle concept to Cebu.

The Philippines Property Awards is one of the highly-recognized award giving bodies in the country organized by Property Report, Asia’s leading luxury real estate, architecture, and design magazine.

Top winners from the Philippines this year will compete with their counterparts from eight Asean countries at the grand finals of the 2016 South East Asia Property Awards this November 10 in Singapore. (Press Release)

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Singtel Group’s Go Ignite opens doors to local startups

The most promising local growth startups working on solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, content delivery, cyber security, or customer experience enhancement space have a new…

The most promising local growth startups working on solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, content delivery, cyber security, or customer experience enhancement space have a new opportunity to scale their business through Go Ignite, the recently-announced alliance of the Singtel Group with its European counterparts.

The alliance, comprising the innovation arms of Deutsche Telekom (hub:raum), Orange (Orange Fab), Singtel (Singtel Innov8), and Telefónica (Telefónica Open Future), offers to help top startups in the Philippines and abroad find business development opportunities, accelerate the commercialization of their innovations and bring their business outside their home market.

Up to five startups will be selected for the program: the global call for startups to apply is open until 11:59PM CET on April 30, 2016. Applications need to be submitted via the Telefonica Open Future platform. Shortlisted startups will be invited to pitch to the Go Ignite Alliance members.

Path to global market

“We are thrilled to see developments like Go Ignite giving Philippine startups a path to penetrating the global market. Through the collective resources of these four major global carriers, any startup shortlisted to the top five would have a wealth of opportunities and services to help them accelerate their global growth aspirations,” said Minette Navarrete, president of Kickstart Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned venture capital firm of Globe Telecom which is also a part of the Singtel Group.

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Kickstart is a founding member of Singtel Group’s Innov8 Sparks, a network of technology startup support and funding initiatives. Kickstart helps startups by breaking down barriers that prevent founders from accessing capital, mentors, and markets. The VC firm’s network of business connections build virtual bridges to enable close and relevant engagement between the business community and startup founders.

Benefit for startups

To translate their ideas into viable solutions quicker, selected startups will benefit from the alliance members’ insights into different markets, introductions to partners, use of co-working spaces, potential investment, coaching, mentoring, invitations to showcases and events, and access to the alliance members’ operating businesses.

They will also have the opportunity to gain access to Go Ignite alliance members’ business units and their collective customer base, which includes enterprises and consumers, equating to over one billion mobile customers across five continents.

Singtel Innov8 chief executive officer Edgar Hardless said, “The Go Ignite alliance helps startups succeed in multiple markets by providing them with the right resources that are critical for their commercialization. Selected startups can expect access to the alliance’s business units and refine their solutions within a sizeable customer base. Combining our resources together, the Go Ignite program can give startups a better chance to scale across markets worldwide.”

To be eligible for the Go Ignite Global Call, all members of the startup should be above the age of 18. The startups are expected to be in their growth stage with a ready product that can be taken to ecosystems across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Interested parties may find out more about the Go Ignite global call by visiting http://go-ignite.com. (Press Release)

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FWD shakes up Visayas, brings “Live to Move” to Cebu

A 30-minute run to kick start the day. Biking to and from work. Yoga classes thrice a week after work. A trek to the mountains on weekends, then an out-of-town…

A 30-minute run to kick start the day. Biking to and from work. Yoga classes thrice a week after work. A trek to the mountains on weekends, then an out-of-town trip to recharge after a hectic month. If any of these are part of your routine, then you’re most likely part of the growing population of active and health-conscious Filipinos who are driven by the desire to experience more out of life

Recognizing and emphasizing the growing need to complement the active Filipinos’ lifestyle, FWD Life Philippines—the fastest-growing insurance provider in the country today—has spearheaded the “Live to Move” movement, a wellness campaign inspired by the virtue that achieving better health is key in getting ready to live life to the fullest.

Live To Move FWD

WORKOUT. “Live to Move” is centered on the FWD Motion, a four-minute workout specially designed by fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret (above) to provide Filipinos the health benefit equivalent to an hour’s worth of exercise. (Photo from FWD Philippines website)

Cebu shakes it up

“Live to Move” is centered on the FWD Motion, a four-minute workout specially designed by fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret to provide Filipinos the health benefit equivalent to an hour’s worth of exercise. Depending on the intensity of the routine and the number of repetitions, the work out is scientifically proven to burn as much as 600 calories through four primary steps: jump, squat, push up, and lunge.

Following its successful maiden run last year at the Bonifacio Global City and recently in Cagayan de Oro, FWD is bringing “Live to Move” to Cebu today, April 23, at 3 p.m. in Ayala Center Cebu as part of its regional efforts to promote healthy lifestyle and expand awareness for the brand and its advocacy this 2016.

For FWD Philippines President and CEO, Peter Grimes, a lifestyle anchored on health and wellness puts people at the best position to do and achieve more. “We’ve conceptualized the idea of the Live to Move campaign by placing a huge emphasis on lifestyle continuity and pursuit for passions, en route to empowering Filipinos to get ready to live their lives to the fullest,” he said.

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Get moving to start living

Research says, regular, moderate activity helps add several years to one’s life expectancy, which means more time for better and more rewarding life experiences. Also, regular exercise—the kind that gets the heart pumping—not only has been linked to better mood and increased energy, but also improved memory and better thinking skills.

The Live to Move wellness campaign is in support of the Philippine Heart Association’s (PHA) 52100 advocacy, a simple guide to remind people of the essentials of good health, with each number representing a daily target: 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours maximum recreational screen time, 1 hour of moderate activity, zero sugared drinks, and zero smoking/second-hand smoke.

A game-changer in the insurance industry, FWD Life Philippines is geared towards providing easy-to-understand products to their customers, aided by digital technology for a more relevant brand presence. Recognizing Cebu’s standing as one of the most progressive provinces in the country, FWD also looks into broadening its reach by raising awareness about how Filipinos can truly achieve more and get ready to live with the most rewarding experiences through campaigns like “Live to Move.”

“Our goal is really to change the creative and passionate Filipinos’ perception about pursuing multi-faceted and mostly active lifestyles. Among the ways we’re setting this goal in motion is through our Live to Move campaign,” adds Grimes.

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Make Your Own Havaianas 2016 turns Japanese

April marks the onset of full-on sizzling summer in the Philippines. It also marks one of the most anticipated events in the calendar, Make Your Own Havaianas. From April 22…

April marks the onset of full-on sizzling summer in the Philippines. It also marks one of the most anticipated events in the calendar, Make Your Own Havaianas. From April 22 to May 1, step into a celebration of self-expression and creativity inside All Flip Flops SM Seaside City at the lower ground floor of the mall’s Mountain Wing and mix and match buttery-soft, colorful soles with vibrant straps and fun pins.

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Havaianas was born in Brazil in 1962, but an interesting fact is that the very first flip-flop was inspired by the Zori, a type of Japanese sandal made of fabric straps and rice straw roles. Today, Havaianas flip-flops show marks of these iconic rice patterns, making it a fusion of eastern Zen and western joy.

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Always Summer

Each year, MYOH highlights a destination or theme that celebrates its heritage or encapsulates the ‘always summer’ state of mind and on its 11th year, it is its Japanese roots that MYOH pays tribute to, from this year’s 2016 limited edition commemorative sole inspired by Shibori, a Japanese fabric-dyeing technique, to its selection of kawaii pins. With Japan being an all-time favorite summer destination of Cebuano Havaianaticos, embellishments such as the The Sakura, Ramen, The Japanese Fan, The Empress, The Zori, Ninja and statement pins, among others celebrate the love for travel and the land of the rising sun’s unique lifestyle and influence on today’s pop culture.

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Let your creativity bloom like the season’s cherry blossoms and share your Make Your Own Havaianas experience at #MYOHCEBU2016 and #MYOH2016. For more details, check out Havaianas Philippines on Facebook and @Havaianasphils on Instagram and Twitter. Register online and try out the many ways you can personalize your flip-flops at http://myoh.havaianasphilippines.com/.

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Get the Sony PS4 with a PLDT HOME Fibr bundle

Following a historic year marked by successful partnership launches with renowned global brands like iflix and Fox Entertainment Channels for content, and Microsoft and Intel for the TVolution Stick, PLDT…

Following a historic year marked by successful partnership launches with renowned global brands like iflix and Fox Entertainment Channels for content, and Microsoft and Intel for the TVolution Stick, PLDT HOME, the digital services unit of leading telco PLDT, is back in the spotlight, this time to herald the arrival of a new era in ultimate gaming at home.

After bagging the best digital innovation honor at the recently concluded CIO Asia Awards, PLDT HOME’s most powerful brand, Fibr, in partnership with multinational entertainment giant Sony, is set to provide the best home gaming experience with an exciting partnership offer for fun-loving Filipino families and gaming enthusiasts.

Powerful gaming console

Considered by gamers as one of the most powerful gaming consoles in the world, the PS4 provides deeply immersive experiences through rich and high-fidelity graphics. It is powered by a custom chip that contains eight x86-64 cores and a state of the art 1.84 TFLOPS graphics processor with 8 GB of ultra-fast GDDR5 unified system memory. This translates to easier game creation and enhanced richness of content achievable on the platform.

One of the most popular games for PS4 is the Nathan Drake series dubbed Uncharted. Widely known as one of the most revered game series of all time, it is recognized as a genre-defining epic that changed the game for adventure storytelling. After three successful installments, a fourth chapter, entitled Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, is expected to be released this year. It picks up several years after the last adventure of retired fortune hunter Nathan Drake as he is forced back into the world of thieves.

PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali said, “Last year, we raised the bar for home entertainment with our compelling product and multimedia content portfolio. This year, we’re bringing gaming into the fold and leveling up the experience for our subscribers by empowering them to enjoy ultimate gaming at home.

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PLDT Home Fibr bundle

PLDT HOME Fibr will be bundled with a Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) gaming console for an additional P749 per month within a 36-month period. And for only an additional P100 at P849 per month, subscribers will also get complimentary copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End when it launches on May 10th.

“We’re thrilled to be working with a like-minded digital leader like PLDT HOME.” President and Managing Director of Sony Philippines Nobuyoshi Otake added.

PLDT HOME Fibr delivers the first and fastest Internet of up to 1 Gbps, allowing high-speed browsing of multiple websites and the country’s first symmetrical speed service. Fibr is now available in over 1,600 Fibr-powered villages nationwide.

For more information on the country’s most powerful broadband, visit pldthome.com/fibr.

(PlayStation Network is currently not available in the Philippines.)

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PLDT HOME Telpad boosts content offerings with Disney games, e-books, apps

PLDT HOME Telpad, the Filipino family’s all-in-one entertainment device and kids’ favorite gadget at home, levels up its content portfolio with fresh and fun Disney activities for kids in time for summer vacation.

PLDT HOME Telpad, the Filipino family’s all-in-one entertainment device and kids’ favorite gadget at home, levels up its content portfolio with fresh and fun Disney activities for kids in time for summer vacation.

“This summer, PLDT HOME Telpad aims to cultivate a rich and entertaining experience for kids at home,” PLDT VP and HOME Marketing Director Gary Dujali said. “Introducing new Disney content is the perfect way to engage kids and families. A timeless entertainment organization, Disney offers a spectacular range of well-loved classics and modern content—more than enough for kids to learn, to discover, to imagine and to be entertained.”

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Games, e-books, apps

The favorite home gadget of kids and kids-at-heart is now pre-loaded with 50 free Disney games, e-books and apps. Kids can now put their critical thinking skills to the test with fun puzzle games like Frozen Free Fall and Where’s My Water? 2, and unleash their creative storytelling abilities with the help of mom using story theatre apps like Disney Princess: Story Theater.

A virtual hub for kids and parents alike, the Telpad lets them enjoy exciting and family-friendly apps that revolve around other Disney treasures like Inside Out, Toy Story, Sofia the First, Star Wars and many more.

Digital entertainment portal

“The Telpad serves as a digital entertainment portal which, just like Disney, is designed to be part of a child’s upbringing and create happy moments for families,” Dujali added. “Whether it’s through an adventurous game, an animated e-book or special edutainment activities, the Telpad’s upgraded suite lets kids of all ages experience the magical world of Disney.”

Downloading Disney games on the Telpad comes in a simple three-step process. Users can: 1) go to the Telpad’s knAPPsack which is similar to the Google Play Store of Android devices; 2) click on the Disney icon and 3) select a game and download. Unlike other content stores, the Telpad’s knAPPsack offers these all-inclusive Disney selections for free.

Families can easily upgrade their PLDT HOME DSL plan to a Telpad plan by adding as low as P500 to their monthly subscription. With a Telpad plan, they can enjoy a landline, HOME DSL connection, speed boost and multifunctional tablet. And for an additional P199 per month, they also get a Smart Watch with a SIM slot, camera and Bluetooth which can be connected to the Telpad, truly making it the center of the connected home. (Press Release)

For more great offers for kids, visit pldthome.com, like PLDT HOME’s official Facebook page and follow @pldthome on Twitter and Instagram.

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Smart starts deployment of LTE-Advanced mobile service

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart) has begun to roll out the country’s first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service, which can provide significantly higher data speeds than existing LTE services using a…

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart) has begun to roll out the country’s first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service, which can provide significantly higher data speeds than existing LTE services using a capability called “carrier aggregation.”

Initially deployed in Boracay, Aklan, one of the country’s leading tourist destinations, Smart’s LTE-A service there has posted speeds of up to 260 Mbps.

“With the introduction of our LTE-Advanced service, the next stage of development of 4th generation of mobile technology, Smart is again at the technology forefront, setting the bar higher for mobile service experience,” said Joachim Horn, PLDT and Smart chief technology and information advisor.

Smart joins the short list of operators around the world that have tested and rolled out the technology, which is also referred to as 4.5G. This list includes Optus in Australia, Sprint in the US, and Turkcell in Turkey, among others.

Boost internet services

“Combined with our other network improvement initiatives for both our mobile and fixed line networks, the introduction of LTE-A will help boost internet services in the country and enable more Filipinos to enjoy and benefit from the fast-growing range of digital services that PLDT and Smart offer,” he said.

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SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE. For Smart subscribers using LTE-A capable devices, this translates into superior experiences when using various data services, particularly bandwidth-heavy services like video- and audio-streaming, and gaming.

“We are also planning ahead, in anticipation of future advances in technology. Our current investments in network facilities are already being done in a way that will enable us to be ready for 5G when it arrives sometime in 2020. For this purpose, we are working closely with NTT DoCoMo, which is one of the global pace-setters in the development of 5G,” Horn added.

Carrier aggregation refers to the ability of LTE-A to combine two or more radio frequency bands in order to deliver bigger bandwidth and faster data speeds to mobile users.

Superior experience

“This is like being able to put together two or more separate highways in order to create a wider highway through which vehicular traffic can flow more freely and at a much faster rate,” Horn said.

“Wireless technologies being a shared resource, the actual customer experience is typically less than the peak speeds being registered during tests. But, carrier aggregation on LTE-A, by combining the capacities of two or more frequency bands, will enable Smart to deliver to subscribers with LTE-A devices consistently higher speeds than is possible using LTE. In Boracay, we have combined three frequencies, which is a first in the country,” he said.

For Smart subscribers using LTE-A capable devices, this translates into superior experiences when using various data services, particularly bandwidth-heavy services like video- and audio-streaming, and gaming.

Currently, the LTE-A capable devices include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Other handset manufacturers are expected to introduce their own LTE-A devices soon.

LTE-A tests

Smart ran several tests of LTE-A in 2013 – in Boracay during the Geeks on a Beach startup conference; in Davao City during the Kadayawan festival; and in Makati City. The introduction of LTE-A capable devices since then has opened the door for its roll-out.

Horn explained that LTE-A is the “cutting edge” of a broader effort to improve the cellular and mobile internet services of Smart and Sun subscribers.

In a network integration program started last year, for example, Smart and Sun have been synergizing their networks to improve the coverage and quality of service for the subscribers of both brands using 2G, 3G and LTE capable devices.

Increase in coverage

“For example, where it makes technical and marketing sense, we equip a single cell site – either of Smart or Sun – so that this can serve the subscribers of both brands,” Jorn said.

As a result of this program, depending on the area, the effective coverage for Smart and Sun subscribers increases by anywhere from 50% to 100%. The program is expected to be completed by end-2016 or early 2017. This was part of PLDT’s P43-billion capital expenditure program (capex) in 2015 and will be funded by the 2016 capex budget which has been set at the same level.

In this program, specific attention is being given to enhancing 3G/HSPA/HSPA+ coverage and capacity because about 90% of Smart and Sun subscribers who go online use 3G handsets.

“Improving our 3G data service thus delivers immediate benefits to the largest number of people in our subscriber base. At the same time, we have been expanding the coverage of our LTE network because the number of subscribers using LTE phones is steadily rising,” Horn said.

“And now, we have also begun to deploy LTE-A. The pace of this deployment will be driven by several factors, including the rate at which subscribers start using LTE-A capable devices,” he added. (Press Release)

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Emperador generates P7 billion net income in 2015

Emperador Inc., the world’s largest brandy company, reported a net income of P7 billion on revenues of P43.6 billion last year, inclusive of foreign operations. The company made the highest…

Emperador Inc., the world’s largest brandy company, reported a net income of P7 billion on revenues of P43.6 billion last year, inclusive of foreign operations. The company made the highest quarterly net income in the fourth quarter of 2015, amounting to P2.26 billion, showing a 38% year-on-year increase versus the fourth quarter of 2014 and as much as 56% quarter-on-quarter increase against the third quarter of 2015.

Emperador chairman Dr. Andrew L. Tan said, “The fourth quarter of 2015 also marked a significant milestone in Emperador’s history as an agreement with Beam Suntory Inc was reached to buy Fundador – Philippines’ best-selling premium brandy and an iconic brand for more than 150 years. The purchase also included other Spanish assets like Terry Centenario, Spain’s number one selling brandy; Tres Cepas, the number one brandy in Equatorial Guinea; and Harveys, the number one selling sherry wine in the United Kingdom. The turnover of the Spanish assets recently occurred early this month.”

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ANDREW TAN. The business tycoon expands his empire with the purchase of the iconic Spanish brandy. (Photo used with permission)

 

Bigger global presence

Emperador Inc. president, Winston Co, said, “This recent development truly marks an epoch in Emperador’s history. The long-term potential of our brandy business is more compelling than ever. We have become even more global.”

Emperador now has a much bigger product portfolio of brandy and whisky that has greater global presence. The core local product, Emperador brandy, will benefit from this international route to market given export opportunities in other countries.

Co said, “We are best positioned to capitalize on premiumization opportunities in the Philippine market. We now have a broad spectrum of products available locally ranging from standard to ultra-premium offerings. Our core local product, Emperador brandy, remains to be the undisputed leader in the local liquor industry. We also now have a compelling presence in foreign liquor in the Philippines with our Fundador brandy and single malt whisky products, The Dalmore and Jura.”

Emperador Inc. is majority-owned by Alliance Global Group, Inc. (Press Release)

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Megaworld net income soars to P10.4 billion in 2015

Megaworld, the country’s largest developer of integrated urban townships and the biggest lessor of office spaces, has breached the P10-billion mark in net core income for 2015. The company’s core…

Megaworld, the country’s largest developer of integrated urban townships and the biggest lessor of office spaces, has breached the P10-billion mark in net core income for 2015. The company’s core profit reached P10.40-billion (net of P181-million non-recurring gain from P10.58-billion), up 10.58% from last year’s P9.40-billion (net of P12.16-billion non-recurring gain).

“We already have a strong roster of townships across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao that are backed by adequate landbanking and carefully-thought masterplans. We have already mastered the art of township development. What we want to put focus on now is how to further grow our rental portfolio, which is integral to being a township developer. Malls and offices are key components of an urban township,” said Megaworld chief finance officer Francis Canuto.

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IN CEBU. The 6 Newtown Boulevard in The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City.

Megaworld core businesses

Megaworld’s consolidated revenues, excluding non-recurring gains, grew 9.37% year-on-year in 2015 to P44.81-billion from the previous year’s P40.97-billion. Each of Megaworld’s core business – residential, rental and hotel operations – hit double-digit growth in 2015.

Megaworld’s leasing business has been the fastest growing business segment in 2015, as rental income grew to a remarkable 23.46%. Leasing income from malls, commercial centers, and offices reached P8.73-billion in 2015 from P7.07-billion the previous year.

Exponential growth

“Our rental business had been growing exponentially the last five years. We are confident that we will reach the P11-billion target by the end of this year as we see continuous growth in consumer spending as well as further expansion of BPO companies, particularly in key growth areas in Visayas and Mindanao where Megaworld is already present,” adds Canuto.

The company launched five townships in 2015, bringing its total township developments across the country to 20. These are Eastwood City in Quezon City, (18.5 hectares); Newport City in Pasay City (25 hectares); McKinley Hill (50 hectares), McKinley West (34.5 hectares), Uptown Bonifacio (15.4 hectares) and Forbes Town Center (5 hectares), all in Fort Bonifacio; The Mactan Newtown in Cebu (28.8 hectares); Iloilo Business Park (72 hectares) and Sta. Barbara Heights (173 hectares), both in Iloilo;

Boracay Newcoast in Boracay Island (150 hectares); Twin Lakes in Tagaytay (1,300 hectares); ArcoVia City in Pasig City (12.3 hectares); Southwoods City in the boundaries of Cavite and Laguna (561 hectares); Davao Park District in Lanang, Davao City (11 hectares); Alabang West in Las Piñas City (62 hectares); Suntrust Ecotown in Tanza, Cavite (350 hectares) and The Upper East (34 hectares) and Northill Gateway (50 hectares) both in Negros Occidental; a vast property beside the Pampanga Provincial Capitol in the City of San Fernando (35.6-hectares); and Westside City in the Entertainment City in Paranaque (31 hectares.) (Press Release)

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7 tips for stunning summer photography by Starmobile

Heading to the beach this summer? Aside from partying in the sand, you must also be looking forward to taking a lot of awesome photos of your vacation using your…

Heading to the beach this summer? Aside from partying in the sand, you must also be looking forward to taking a lot of awesome photos of your vacation using your smartphone.

Two of summer’s most popular smartphones are the Starmobile KNIGHT Spectra and KNIGHT Elite. Both feature cameras powered by Star Cam, a unique technology that enables you to refocus images even after shooting, take cool pictures even in low-light, and capture beautiful scenery from a distance.

In addition, the Starmobile KNIGHT Spectra also features dual rear cameras that work together to help you take breath-taking photos. A 2MP sensor gathers data like light, exposure, and distance, acting as support to the 13MP main sensor that takes brilliant photos quickly and accurately.

Here is quick how-to guide to help you get the best, most interesting, and most Instagram-worthy photos. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll make Matabungkay look like the Maldives soon enough. Impress your friends, amaze your family, and make the world a happier, prettier place.

1. Have a plan, shoot with purpose

Once you arrive at your destination beach, take the time to scout out the place. Look for interesting backgrounds or subjects. Take note where the sun will rise (east) and where it will set (west) because these things will help you make creative decisions later on. Whether you want to document your barkada’s vacation, take gorgeous introspective landscape shots, or just want to add to your profile pic collection, it is important to have an end goal in sight.

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Pro Tip: Spotted an especially gorgeous landscape that you want to use for your cover photo? Take advantage of Star Cam and use the Opti-Zoom feature that lets you capture faraway subjects with great texture and sharpness.

2. Mind the light

Photography is all about capturing light and the quality of light is often as important as the subject you’re trying to shoot. At the beach, the sun will cast different qualities of light depending on the time of day and the cloud cover.

Pro Tip: When the sun is bright and directly overhead, you’ll likely have harsh shadows on the faces of the folks you’re trying to shoot. In this case, you might want to turn on your cell phone’s flash to provide what’s known as a “fill.” This softens or reduces the shadows on your subject’s face, making for a more flattering shot.

3. Wait for the Golden Hour

While the sun isn’t exactly friendly to photography during high noon, it produces a wonderful golden glow during dawn and dusk, when it’s low on or just under the horizon. This is known as the “Golden Hour,” a term that is spot on because this is when reds, purples and, well, gold, colors come out. A more evocative color palette, longer shadows and the juxtaposition of light and dark make for more interesting photographic possibilities.

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Pro Tip: Planning to extend your barkada photo-shoot well into the evening? Star Cam has got you covered – its Chroma Flash feature lets you take cool photos even in low-light places.

4. Play with angles

Why do beach shots tend to look the same? One reason is because they are mostly shot at eye level. Change up your point of view by going high or crouching low. Finding a high vantage point will let you capture more of a scene, especially in the fore and mid-ground. Going low will let you frame your subject with the sky, make even small ripples look huge, and generally make everyone look taller.

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Pro Tip: The volume controls on Starmobile KNIGHT Spectra and KNIGHT Elite smartphones act as shutter buttons, so you can hold the phone more comfortably when you find angles. Bonus tip – a selfie stick can come in really handy when you realize that it’s not just for shooting selfies.

5. Focus on the eyes

Emotion is often expressed by the whole body, but it is in the eyes that it comes forth more clearly. Even if other parts of the shot are out of focus, as long as the eyes remain sharp, you’ve captured someone’s soul.

Pro Tip: One way of ensuring this (or correcting full body shots that focused on someone’s abs or legs by accident) is by using the Refocus feature on Star Cam. This allows you to adjust your focal point after you’ve taken the shot, making it ideal for bringing your focus back to where it should be.

6. Watch out for clutter

Starmobile photo tipsWhen you’re so focused on your subject, it is easy to overlook any unnecessary elements in the background, say, a garbage can, a photo-bomber, or even something bigger like a power plant. When you shoot, make it a habit to quickly scan for anything that is out of place or defaces the otherwise pristine shot.

Pro Tip: Explore shooting using full 13MP resolution. That way you can crop out any stray offenders without giving up too much image data.

7. Curate your shots

You know how professional photographers manage to impress everyone? It’s because they know well enough to show only their really good photos and keep the bad ones hidden behind lock and key. When presenting your photos to your friends or posting them on social media, make sure to weed out the weak shots and only use the strong ones.

Pro Tip: When checking photos in your smartphone, set your Gallery to Grid mode so you do not make the mistake of posting multiple shots of the same thing. Those Instagram stars you admire only upload a few, perfectly composed shots from their vacations, never an entire memory card’s worth. Neither should you.

So there you have it. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll come home with more than just a tan. You’ll come home with unforgettable memories and photos you’ll be especially proud of.

Planning to get your own Starmobile KNIGHT Spectra or Elite smartphone? Learn more by visiting www.starmobile.com.ph or Starmobile’s official Facebook page at facebook.com/starmobilephones. (Press Release)

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AirAsia offers low fares in seat sale

Travel to amazing destinations with AirAsia’s Red Hot Seat Sale that gives travellers access to over a hundred local and international destinations across 22 countries. AirAsia, together with its long-haul,…

Travel to amazing destinations with AirAsia’s Red Hot Seat Sale that gives travellers access to over a hundred local and international destinations across 22 countries.

AirAsia, together with its long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier AirAsia X are offering three million promo seats for travel to popular local destinations like Kalibo, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Tacloban and Manila and international destinations like Korea, Malaysia, China, Macau, and Hong Kong.

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The airline’s seat sale starts at P1.00 base fare, excluding applicable taxes and fees. Booking period is from March 7 to 13, 2016 on www.airasia.com as well as AirAsia’s mobile site mobile.airasia.com. Travel period is from October 1, 2016 to May 22, 2017.

“This time around, we are pleased to offer three million promotional seats. Guests may grab this perfect opportunity to make advance travel plans and enjoy extra value for their money. We have introduced many new and undiscovered routes throughout the region and grabbing a promo seat is the best way to discover new destinations,” said AirAsia Group chief commercial officer Siegtraund Teh.

AirAsia X destinations

“Guests from around the region can take advantage of our Fly-Thru service to connect to many exciting AirAsia X destinations such as Auckland, Sapporo, Tokyo, Gold Coast, Sydney and more. In conjunction with this special promotion, AirAsia X’s Premium Flatbed to all AirAsia X destinations are also on sale,” he added.

AirAsia BIG members and AirAsia BIG Prepaid MasterCard cardholders can earn 1 AirAsia BIG points for every P28 spent while booking the promo seats on www.airasia.com. Bargain hunters can also save up to 50% and more when they book their hotel with promo seats on www.airasiago.com.

Philippines AirAsia Commercial head Gerard Peñaflor said, ”With AirAsia’s massive network in the whole of ASEAN and extending as far as India, Japan and China, we offer guests the convenience of connecting seamlessly and at the same time ensuring that they enjoy only the best quality service from us. Filipinos traveling from Manila, Cebu and Kalibo to Korea, China, Malaysia, Macau and Hong Kong would be thrilled to know that Red Hot One-Peso seat sale also include these amazing destinations.”

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For added convenience, AirAsia strongly encourages guests to pre-book their baggage allowance at the time of flight booking to enjoy the lowest rate.

Alternatively, guests can use the “Manage My Booking” function to pre-book or add more baggage allowance at airasia.com up to four hours before the scheduled time of departure.

Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (@AirAsiaPH), Facebook (AirAsiaPhilippines) and Instagram (@AirAsiaPH).

The Red Hot P1 Seat Sale is for base fare only and does not include airport taxes, fees and other optional services.

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