GMA New Media, Inc. (GMA NMI), a subsidiary of GMA Network, Inc., and the Manila Jockey Club, Inc. (MJC), recently signed the Shareholders’ Agreement for Gamespan, a joint venture that aims to transform sports participation and recreational gaming into technology-based services. The JV company aims to propagate the gaming experience through multiple platforms such as mobile, web and other emerging technologies, and develop derivatives-based games.
Archive for: March 2012
The iButterfly, an Augmented Reality Application based technology, that will be first introduced by SM Supermalls in the Philippines will be officially launched on April 8, 2012 across all Cyberzone branches. It will be the start of SM Cyberzone’s exciting summer campaign.
To give you an overview, the iButterfly is a fun and entertaining mobile information and couponing platform that tasks its users with catching augmented reality butterflies , each representing one or more coupons. It was previously created by Japan’s Mobile Art Lab and has been successfully launched in Japan, Hongkong, Indonesia, and Singapore. The iButterfly uses 3 technologies: Augmented Reality for seeing butterflies in the real world, Motion Sensors for catching butterflies using a phone and Global Positioning System (GPS) for finding butterflies at a location. It is definitely a unique and engaging way to enjoy promos and discounts with your tablet and smartphone with the Android platform, and IOS on Easter.
To join the Easter iButterfly Hunt, just follow these easy steps:
- DOWNLOAD- Using your gadget simply connect to the internet via data connection or Wi-Fi and go to the App store (for iOS) or Google Play (for Android). Download and save the iButtefly application.
- CATCH- While connected, access the iButterfly application and start catching augmented virtual butterflies.
- REDEEM- Claim your free items by merely following the instructions as seen on the iButterfly and present it to the participating Cyberzone stores.
It will definitely be an Easter to remember at SM Cyberzone where promos and discounts will fly around the malls. For more information please visit our website: www.smcyberzone.com and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/smcyberzone
Dee is gracing the cover for the second time and Men’s Health editors believe that his commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and his achievements is something readers can aspire for. “He’s one of the biggest stars of ABS-CBN and a fine actor. Despite his busy schedule, it doesn’t stop him from committing to a workout routine and continue to push himself further,” Men’s Health Deputy Editor, Peejo Pilar says.
In the cover story,Dee shares how his mindset as an athlete helped him become just as successful in the field of showbiz. “I will not be who I am today without swimming,” says Dee. The former national swimmer is now setting his fitness goals a notch higher by easing himself into doing triathlons. In fact, running has become a regular part of his workout routine. “These days I like to run at high noon because I like to sweat,” Dee says.
Enchong Dee also admitted that he is quite fond of doing the martial art Muay Thai right now and is very much interested to compete in minor Muay Thai games if given a chance. Dee, however said that this will never replace the sport that he first fell in love with – swimming. ”It’s in my blood already.” Dee added.
Also in this month’s issue is the MH Hot List—a selection of things to do, the coolest gadgets, essential guy skills, and summer related tips from eight gorgeous MH Girls of Summer. The Men’s Health Guide To Footwear will make shoe shopping easier for guys and gives you rules on what type to wear for any occasion. While this month’s workout poster, The Ultimate Boot Camp Workout, will help you blast away fat and reveal that abs as you hit the beach.
Men’s Health Philippines is now available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide at P140. For more of Men’s Health online, become a fan on Facebook via Facebook.com/menshealthphilippines and follow them on Twitter via Twitter.com/menshealthph.
There are two things that are very exciting about this latest sale event, the first one is about technology!
Three lucky shoppers will get a chance to win an HP 430 NOTEBOOK PC
Every P500 single or accumulated purchase, within the promo period, from SM Department Store, SM Supermarket/Hypermarket or from any participating mall establishment entitles a shopper to one (1) raffle coupon.
Customer gets one (1) raffle coupon with every P150 single purchase receipt.
Customer gets one (1) raffle coupon with every single purchase of four (4) cinema tickets.
Customer gets one (1) raffle coupon with every P150 worth of tokens.
The next is still related to technology, because on March 31 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm the world will be celebrating EARTH HOUR 2012 which encourages everyone to give the earth a rest for a full 60 minutes and switch off everything including all forms of technology that requires electricity!
It’s a SALE DAY at SM MALL of ASIA so I’m not sure if they’ll be participating in the grand switch off this year but their SM CITY Davao will be participating together with Ayala Avenue, Makati City and Plaza Independencia in Cebu City.
Well anyway, switch off or not, I’m very sure that there’s going to be a lot people in Mall of Asia this weekend for this 3-Day Sale.
Here are other SM Malls that are on Sale this weekend:
Mansmith and Fielders, Inc., the leading training and consultancy firm for marketing and sales, strategy and innovation courses in Asia, once again honored young achievers who exemplify excellence in marketing and entrepreneurship during the 7th Young Market Masters Awards (YMMA) 2012 held recently in Makati City.
For the past 6 years, Mansmith and Fielders, Inc. have honored dozens of individuals 35 years old and below for their exemplary achievements in the field of marketing through the YMMA. This year is no different as Mansmith and Fielders, Inc. marches on with its advocacy to encourage and inspire young individuals of today to be innovative entrepreneurs and outstanding brand builders.
According to Chiqui Escareal-Go, President and Chief Service Strategist of Mansmith and Fielders, Inc., this year’s awardees were chosen based on specific cases and results of activities, projects and efforts they personally directed during the last 2 years under the award category they were nominated.
“Out of the 60 nominations we received, seven were selected because they were able to showcase their talents and competencies in creating value, which boosted their managed brands and leveraged industry’s standards,” shares Escareal-Go.
Kristine Joanne Tang, Regional Brand Manager of Procter & Gamble, Neil Trinidad, Senior Global Brand Manager of Pond’s-Unilever Asia Private Limited and Jonathan Allen Yabut, Senior Product Manager, Urology Division of GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, all lived up to expectations as they were declared winners under the Brand Management category.
“One should always believe in what the products stand and worth for,” 25-year old Tang said, adding that “when working in other countries, knowledge-based data is the key to an effective marketing and brand campaign.”
Meanwhile, Ilustre Estrada II, Country Marketing Manager of Procter & Gamble, and Christian Lim, Internet Solutions Category Head of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), shared the honors under the Marketing Management category.
Estrada created various channels and touchpoints to reach consumers instead of following a competitive price cut for their brands “Pampers” and “Whisper.” In addition, he infused investment programs for P&G Philippines’ non-core brands that resulted to 20-30 percent growth. Lim’s strategy and innovation techniques for all Internet Solutions of PLDT for the small-and-medium-enterprise (SME) market, on the other hand, recorded a revenue increase of P1.44 billion from 2008 to 2011 for PLDT’s myDSL Biz portfolio.
Lastly, Julie Lee, Senior Brand Marketing Manager of Collins International Trading Corp., and Giovanni Bogasan, Business Development Manager of GQWEST Inc./Aquabest, were chosen under the Business Development category. Lee worked an awareness campaign that OMRON Healthcare’s digital blood pressure monitor is one of the best alternatives compared to mercury-based devices. Bogasan, on the other hand, developed a 3-in-1 franchise concept called Combostore, a combination of structured water station, laundromat franchise and oxygenated alkaline water brand.
Bogasan explains, “To be a successful marketer, one should take the active role in shaping the market. If the company is not innovating, it’s dying.”
Escareal-Go cites more important values to being a YMMA winner, which include earning the respect of peers in the marketing industry. “Through the accomplishments of our awardees, we expect more nominations for the 2013 search, which is now open, to find out our 8th batch of YMMA awardees,” continues Escareal-Go.
The nominees are thoroughly back-checked by research giant TNS with Kantar Worldpanel and are screened by judges who are distinguished in their respective industries which include, Emily Abrera, Chairman of Children’s Hour and Cultural Center of the Philippines, Tennyson Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Bounty Fresh Group and Perry Morgar, President and Managing Director of Tupperware Brands Philippines, Inc.
The YMMA advocacy project is officially endorsed and supported by the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA), and the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA); with Businessworld and Philippine Daily Inquirer as print media partners, Microdata as AV partner and Abenson as platinum sponsor.
The summer adventure continues…
On the other side of MONTE VISTA Beach Resort in Bgy. Bignay 2, Sariaya Quezon is another resort called BEACHWOOD RESORT
This is a much better place than Monte Vista, it has a lot recreational areas. Aside from the beach, it also has a pool bar, pool with twin slides and a kiddie pool with fountain.
It also has some fully air-conditioned mediterranean-style villas with private bath body massage and jacuzzi. Beach front cottages, tree houses, nipa huts and mezzanine, mini shacks, tent houses, a mini bar, cafeteria, souvenir shop, videoke, multi-purpose hall and an outdoor activity area complete with facilities.
Recreational facilities are available upon request like a tour around Tayabas Bay for focal sight-seeing, bonfires, aquabikes, kayaks, billiards, badminton, volleyball, table tennis and darts.
I am impressed with all the amenities, however, the place looks pretty old now. Some areas needs some renovation and the rooms and buildings also needs to be re-painted.
Anyway, here is a view of the resort:
Here are the overnight room rates:
|Bahay ni Kuya||20||6,000.00|
|Excusive (Whole Resort)||2000||280,000.00|
For inquiries call 0926-6455096 or 0928-3249315
Next stop: Villa Del Prado in Bignay 1, Sariaya, Quezon
WHY DO I LOVE CHICKEN DELI?
Well, let me count the ways….
I love you for your PECHOPAK with kanin all-you-can and soup.
I love you for your Pork BarBeQue, I’d like to share with the group.
I love you for your sizzling sisig meals, your pork and delectable squid galore.
I love you for your healthy sharing meals, sinigang na isda and kangkong with garlic, bagoong and more.
I love you for your spaghetti meals, solo or with chicken would be nice.
Now who could never love your chicken burger, with that amazing low price.
And of course, to love you more during merienda – Halo Deli, Turon, BATCHOY with Pandesal.
Bacolod… you’re in my heart always, with Chicken Deli’s Inasal.
Now if that doesn’t make you fall in love with Chicken Deli, try it and you’ll soon see..
Chicken Deli is one great Pinoy restaurant, I know you will all agree!
Haha.. mouth watering ain’t it?
Anyway, when their Pedro Gil branch opens, I am sure to be awarded a frequent buyer there because I’m just a few blocks away from the area. For now, I’ll just visit Chicken Deli in these areas:
MEGA MANILA BRANCHES:
SOON T O OPEN:
#841 Pedrol Gil St.,
G/F Rosal St., Brgy Uno
Crossing Calamba, Calamba City
CHICKEN DELI originated from Bacolod since 1983 serving people original recipe Chicken Inasal.
Summer is here!
Summer spells beach, road trips, sports fests and other outdoor fun activities!
Excited for your outdoor beach activity with family or friends? Go spoil yourself with activities under the sun, but always remember to get the right protection for your skin when you go out.
Here’s one item that you shouldn’t leave home without.
ULTRA SCREEN MD SUNBLOCK
This is the latest skin protection product from Kohl Industries Corporation that can help you stay protected against the harmful effects of excessive exposure to the sun. It is a dermatologically-tested sunblock that helps reduce the risk of skin damage and aging due to the too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light emitted by the sun.
It has a SPF (sun protection factor) ranging from 60 to 70 that signifies longer protection against UVB and UVA, which is attributed to cause skin cancer.
Ultra Screen MD is hypoallergenic which makes it friendly to any skin type. It is your all-in-one sunblock since this can be applied both to your face and body. So, less hassle for you to buy two sunblock products separately.
Ultra Screen MD Sunblock is available at all Watsons Stores nationwide in 40, 60 and 90ml easy-to-carry bottles, fit for any outdoor activity you might have.
RETAIL PRICE: Php 149 to Php285
So far, it’s the most affordable high SPF sunblock in the market today.
HOW TO APPLY A SUNBLOCK?
It is best to apply generously and evenly unto skin, 15 minutes before exposure to sunlight. Re-apply at frequent intervals after swimming and towel drying.
Visit the Watsons’ Sun-Up Sun-Down booths at the different SM Supermalls and find the Ultra Screen MD booth and experience some exciting hot summer deals from Kohl Industries Corporation:
- FREE derma consultation on Saturdays from 2-5pm only.
- FREEPhp 500 worth of anti-mosquito kit when you buy at least Php 300 worth of Ultra Screen MD.
- FREE hand sanitizing spray with the Ultra Screen MD 90ml Gel spray
- More SM Advantage Card points
- Qualify to a FREE Watsons gift-pack
Here are the remaining schedules for the promo.
SM Fairview – March 29 to April 3
SM Makati – April 12 to 17
SM Megamall – April 29 to May 2
For more information about Ultra Screen MD Sunblock or other tips, please Like them on www.facebook.com/kohlindustries or Follow them on www.twitter.com/kohlproductsor visit their website at www.kohlindustries.com.
“The days are longer.. The nights are shorter
The sun is shining.. It’s noticeably warmer
Summer, every single moment is worth it’s weight in gold
Summer, it’s like the world’s best story and it’s waiting to be told
It’s ice cream cones and cherry soda dripping down your chin
It’s summer, man, where do we begin?”
Summer (Where Do We Begin) -Phineas and Ferb
I love that song! Do you know that song? Well, it’s already summer here in the Philippines and everyone’s feeling the heat! That means.. It’s that time of year where we scout for some summer get-away places for barkada excursions and family outings!
Well, look no further, because I have some suggestions here for you! Hmmm.. but where to start?
How ’bout we start with Quezon Province? That works for you?
What’s in Quezon, according to our research there are several beach resorts located in Sariaya, Quezon and also some wonderful resorts and parks in Lucban, Quezon. Here’s a map to where we want to go:
To get to Lucban and Sariaya, we will need to get the route to Sto. Tomas Batangas after South Super Highway.
Our first stop was of course, breakfast. We made a quick stop at a Jollibee Shell SLEX Stop Over for some breakfast and to get some supplies for the trip because it’s going to be a long trip.
From the shell station, we then traveled for about 2 hours to get to Bignay 2, Sariaya Quezon for our first resort. The Monte Vista Beach Resort.
Monte Vista Beach Resort
According to the care-takers, this used to be a part of the Monte Vista Resort in Laguna but is now under new management. I recommend this place for those who want to have a simple summer beach escapade but on a very tight budget. Because for this summer, Monte Vista’s rate will be rock-bottom cheap. Why? Because some areas inside the resort will undergo renovation. Their cottages and rooms are not that great looking right now. Did I mention that they are under new management? Ok here are some of the photos that I’ve taken:
The rooms are not that classy or well maintained but it will do for a simple excursion and for people who are not that sensitive. This is like a renovation sale for the resort, so better take advantage of the low price.
All their rates are now on 50% discount! Check out these rates and then slash 50% from it.. That’s how cheap this place is.
Regular Rates: (50% off for Summer 2012)
SMALL KAMALIG (20pax) – 6,000 (overnight)
LARGE DUPLEX (60 pax) – 12,000 (overnight)
BUNGALOW No Aircon (1-2 pax) – 5,000 (overnight)
BUNGALOW w/ Aircon (1-2 pax) – 6,000 (overnight)
BAHAY_KUBO No Aircon (6 pax) – 7,000 (overnight)
FAMILY HOUSE W/ Aircon (8 pax) – 10,000 (overnight)
Amenities aside from the beach:
- A pool which will be operational by April
- Videoke (1,500.00)
- Volleyball Area
Madonna fans will get a kick from this new mini-album from the hit Fox Tv Series GLEE with the release of The Power of Madonna a special tribute compilation album from Sony Music Philippines and Ivory Music and Video.
This much talked about and highly anticipated mini-album features the cast of Glee’s distinctive and unique take on such Madonna classics as “Like A Virgin,” “Express Yourself,” “Vogue,” “Like A Prayer” and more. This blissful soundtrack gives fans a chance to own the music from this special Madonna themed episode.
Celebrated for its witty writing and ability to breathe new life into pop music, Glee has proven to be an unstoppable cultural phenomenon. The most award winning new show, Glee was recently honored with accolades from the Golden Globes (Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical), Screen Actors Guild (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series) and People’s Choice Award (Favorite New TV Comedy). The music from Glee has become an international sensation with Glee: The Music, Volume 1 and Glee: The Music, Volume 2 topping charts in Australia, UK, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada. In the US, over 4.5 million songs have been downloaded in addition to both Glee:The Music, Volume 1 and Glee:The Music, Volume 2 being certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 units.
The Power of Madonna is available in music stores nationwide. For more songs from Glee, visit www.mymusicstore.com.ph, thePhilippines’ BIGGEST online music store where you can buy songs from international and local artists!
The full track listing for “The Power of Madonna” is as follows:
1. Express Yourself
2. Borderline/Open Your Heart
4. Like A Virgin
5. 4 Minutes
6. What It Feels Like For A Girl
7. Like A Prayer