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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Opinion Leaders by William Thio


"Opinion Leaders" is a weekly talk show hosted by William Thio on Global News Network (GNN) that brings public awareness and expert perspective to current issues and topics in social responsibility and social causes in the diverse fields of medicine, law, business, the environment, and self-sufficiency, among many others.

“Opinion Leaders” aims to educate viewers using relevant taped segments that subsequently lead to one-on-one, group, or multi-guest exploratory discussion. However, unlike in most talk shows, questions are kept to an accessible level while answers are always explained with the objective of Everyman understanding.

As a result, we hope viewers will be encouraged to learn further about the social causes and issues we try to bring awareness to, reach out to the community at large, and moreover, empower others to do the same as our titular "Opinion Leaders" who are at the forefront in today's universe of social media especially. We can now all be OPINION LEADERS.

Although “Opinion Leaders” is only in its Freshmen season (premiered January 4, 2011), our past episodes have covered hard-hitting topics pulled from the headlines, including unwed mothers, unwanted pregnancies, and abandoned babies, celebrities and social causes, being Tsinoy/Chinese in the Philippines (Chinese New Year’s Special), surviving breast cancer, global climate change, and global youth leadership training with international internships for Filipino students, to name a few.

We have worked with the following highly visible organizations to produce episodes that bring light to their respective missions: Operation Smile, Red Cross, Grace to Be Born Shelter, I Can Serve, World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, AISEC, and World Vision, among many others.

"Opinion Leaders" airs on Global News Network (GNN) Channel 8 on Global Destiny Cable and Channel 1 on G/SAT every Saturday primetime at 9pm. Past episodes are also regularly posted on YouTube, Veoh, and Facebook.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/opinionleaders

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/opinionleadertv

Veoh: http://www.veoh.com/users/garyhidalgo

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/opinionleaderstv?feature=mhsn

GNN: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/GNN-Official-Global-News-Network-GNN/133469670056087


We will also be launching an online magazine blog called “Opinion Leaders” in April 2011 that will provide more extensive coverage of topics covered on our show.

Our Host


Host William Thio has over half a decade of experience in news as the Monday evening news anchor at RPN and social responsibility programming with Public Service shows like "Damayan" and "@ Ur Serbis." The prior is especially synonymous with William since it was created for his great aunt, the legendary Rosa Rosal, from whom William had taken the reins. "Opinion Leaders," in a way, is the spiritual successor of "Damayan" but with a modern "Web 3.0" twist on GNN.

William is also a familiar face locally and internationally with TV commercial and print ad campaign credits that include Jollibee, Close-Up, Vaseline Shampoo, Honda Civic (Vietnam), Nissan, Old Spice, Alaska, and Decolgen (Indonesia), among many others.

Our Audience


“Opinion Leaders” is most popular with the much-desired demographic of males and females, 18-24 as well as 25-34. These young professionals are socially aware and active when it comes to politics, business, environment, and culture. They have the disposable income whether they are still in school or settling into new careers to support social causes. Furthermore, they are very active in social media, spreading the word about social causes. Our key viewer cities are Makati and Quezon City.

Our Viewership


“Opinion Leaders” airs on Global News Network (GNN), a Philippine-based dedicated news and public affairs channel that airs on the second largest cable TV company in the Philippines, Global Destiny Cable and Global Satellite TV (GSAT). While we cover Metro Manila and the rest of the nation (see “Areas Covered” below), we also proudly broadcast to Asian nations like North Korea, South Korea, China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Well-aware of this fact, “Opinion Leaders” tries to cover topics of relevance to other Asian countries.

Areas Covered

Metro Manila: Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Quezon City, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela City

Rizal Province: Cainta, Antipolo

Cebu Province: Metro Cebu

Davao Province: Metro Davao

"Opinion Leaders" airs on Global News Network (GNN) Channel 8 on Global Destiny Cable and Channel 1 on G/SAT every Saturday primetime at 9pm. Past episodes are also regularly posted on YouTube, Veoh, and Facebook.


The third staging of the movie-marathon endurance challenge Star Movies Triathlon saw five winners sharing the coveted title. An interesting mix of yuppies and students won over the contest made more difficult by the fact that two other types of endurance challenges were added apart from the movie marathon itself.

star movies triathlon winners

In photo (L-R) are: Ria Hernandez, Cathleen Andersson, Natalia Ortega, Lesly Yiu  and Dominic Cruz

The winners were Ria Hernandez, a 28-year old interior designer, Cathleen Anderson, a restaurant owner in her early twenties, students Natalia Ortega and Dominic Cruz, and another young movie buff Lesly Yiu.

All five survived the Triathlon staged at the Newport Cinema 3 last October 18. They outlasted the rest of the 200 participants from practically all ages and statuses.

Classic movies like "Casa Blanca" and "Apocalypse Now" were shown during the 16-straight hours of movie-watching under exceptionally strict rules that included 'no standing, phone call, sleeping, and yes, no bathroom breaks. The two other challenge categories were Circuit Training and Yoga Poses.

The final nine who lasted the 'triathlon' were all given flat TVs as additional prize before they were led to the surprise "sudden death round" of exercise biking and treadmill run while glued to the big screen for a final stretch to determine the official winners. Winners won P150,000 as cash prize.

"With three years of consecutive success, it's true no one entertains like Star Movies," said one observer.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Birthday Greeting: Happy Birthday sir Reigh from your loving I.C.T family

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This pic was taken 2009, Ito yung unang picture na kuha ko sa BOSS…

”Happy Birthday” naiiyak na ko eh…

Para sa akin ginabay mo kami tungo sa TUWID NA DAAN at tinuruan mo kaming maniwala sa aming kakayanan…we all missed you a lot lalo na yung mga GINTONG PANGARAL nyo sa staff nyo lalo na sa amin ni Ali he he he, na miss ko na rin yung mga bonding time ng department natin lalo na pag may mga occasion sa office (kulitan to the max)…

”Maligayang Kaarawan sir Reigh”

Wheel your way to some good deals with MICHELIN tires: Gear up with some Michelin tires and get great deals!


From October 26 to November 15, 2012 all Michelin dealers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will give motorists a chance to get free cash vouchers upon purchasing two (2) MICHELIN tires.

Any single-receipt purchase of two (2) MICHELIN passenger car or light truck tires, of the same pattern and tire size within the promo period entitles the consumer to receive a Sodexo cash voucher worth Php 1,000.

In Luzon consumers may contact TIARA Commercial and Industrial Corporation at 813-2548, 813-2786 and (0918 842-7201for inquiries or more details. In the Visayas, consumers may contact Primex Trade Sales, Inc. in Cebu at (032) 254-8490, Iloilo at (033) 320-9344 and Bacolod at (034) 434-5408. Mindanao customers may inquire from Transway Sales Corp in Davao at (082) 227-4355 and in Cagayan de Oro at (08822) 735565.

This promotion is covered by DTI-NCR Permit No. 9738, Series of 2012. For more details about the promo, customers may consult the promo posters, visit any of the participating dealers or log on to www.michelin.com.ph.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Photography workshop by Parc Cruz: Portraits



Fans around the world are invited to tune-in and participate in a live chat with Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold from the set of The Wolverine in Sydney, Australia. This extraordinary event will take place on Monday, October 29th at 1:00 pm PT (Los Angeles time) / Tuesday, October 30th at 4:00am (Philippines) on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thewolverinemovie and the film’s official website at www.TheWolverineMovie.com. Marvel’s own Agent M will host and provide fans special access to this highly anticipated movie.

THE WOLVERINE firstlookphoto

Hear the details directly from Hugh Jackman and James Mangold themselves in this exclusive video from the set: http://youtu.be/bJ0TysDdbBk

Have questions about the The Wolverine’s epic story and thrilling action? Visit The Wolverine on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about this exciting opportunity and submit questions for the chance to have them presented to Jackman and Mangold.

Be sure to include #TheWolverineMovie when sending questions.

The live chat will be available across all The Wolverine, X-Men and Marvel social pages; additionally Hugh Jackman and James Mangold will provide the chat directly to their fans.

Official Site: www.TheWolverineMovie.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/thewolverinemovie



Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheWolverineMovie





Based on the celebrated comic book arc, “The Wolverine” is an epic action-adventure that takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

“The Wolverine” opens in cinemas on JULY 25, 2013 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


26th FRIDAY of October at SEVENTH HIGH SUPER CLUB!! We will transform SEVENTH HIGH into a HORROR HOUSE! get your outfits ready!!


Now Taking GUESTLIST & TABLE RSVP (we suggest to book your tables now as early as possible or 2 weeks in advance since it's BER months already, fully booked are expected.

Gaming to the next level with the Acer Predator G3620 Desktop

As the online gaming community continues to grow and become more and more mainstream and even the number of casual gamers increasing exponentially, stunning graphics performance, advanced multimedia features, coupled with a contemporary design, are true must features for the 21st Century gaming desktop.


If you got game, then go ahead—it’s game time!

Fortunately, everyone’s gaming experience promises to be even better if it’s the Acer Predator G3620 desktop that you’ve got your hands on. With this unbelievable desktop in front of you for your gaming needs, then it’s absolutely gaming to the next level that you will get.

The Acer Predator G3620 is the newest and most advanced multimedia center that promises eye-catching performance and combines smart features and premium design. Bearing a 3rd-Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor with an Intel® B75 Express Chipset, you can only imagine the Acer Predator G3620’s awesome power as you are guaranteed smarter performance to take your gaming experience to a whole new realm.


Plus, the NVIDIA® GT645 graphics features embedded in it, watch and be stunned as your favorite games’ visual prowess come alive—as if you’re truly part of every bit of action that happens on screen. Processing a whole gamut of intricate and complex gaming detail is no problem either since the Acer Predator G3620 is equipped with 8GB DDR3 memory for faster processing—and out-of-this-world gaming performance every time, any time, or all the time.

Of course, the Acer Predator G3620, when not used for all-day, all-night gaming, is still a reliable and fully-functional desktop you can use for a variety of computing needs. Storing all your important and significant files will be a breeze because with a 1 Terabyte (1000GB), 7.2 RPM hard drive, you have a massive storage space for all your office-related documents like Word, Excel or PowerPoint files, your video presentations, plus your personal collection of music or movies you may want to watch alone, at the office or at home whenever you feel like having your “alone time” after a hard day’s work at the office.

Audio qualities of the Acer Predator G3620 is also no pushover as it supports high-definition audio with stereo support, Gigabit Ethernet for outstanding Internet connectivity any time of the day, a 16X DVD-Super Multi Drive for you to play your optical media-based files. The form-factor design of this computing beast is never compromised, the G-logo on the side that acts as an air-vent adds toughness to the look while its easy-to-use design allows maximum expandability and ergonomics.


Of course, there are the other standard input/output ports like two USB 2.0 ports at the front and four USB 2.0 ports at the back, headphone and microphone jacks, Ethernet port and HDMI port, and a Multi-in-1 media card reader to read a wide format of storage solutions.

So go ahead and try to get your hands on this new gaming device from Acer, with its powerful and remarkable features that will make your gaming experience more fluid and extraordinary.

Truly, the Acer Predator G3620 desktop is your new gaming companion that will make you ready for more gaming developments—now and in the future.

See more of this product at www.acer.com.ph. Follow Acer Philippines on Facebook and Twitter. Shop for Acer products online at acer.multiply.com.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Philippine Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: coverage


The Philippine Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 opened at 6:30 p.m. with the Philippine Supermodel finals at the SMX Convention Center Tuesday, October 23, 2012. 



To formally start the Philippine Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 they started it with 17 young hopefuls take center stage in SUPERMODEL PHILIPPINES 2012’s finals night.

this year they also included the search for MALE SUPERMODEL PHILIPPINES 2012 that mad the crowd interesting…

THE REUNION: Anniversary open shoot for photographers


Anniversary open shoot for photographers.
Location: Greenwoods Pasig
Time: 8AM - 5PM
Reg Fee: 1500 (inclusive of lunch + free Pepe and Bern Reunion shirt for the first 20 participants)

***Need to deposit full payment to ensure slot (keep deposit slip for reference)
***Bank Details
-Account Type: BDO Cash Card
-Account Name: Peter Paul Fernandez
-Account Number: 6018539063306561
-E.Rodriguez - Welcome Rotonda Branch


List of Activities:
9am to 12nn (seminars for registered participants / simultaneous activities)
*Advance Portraits Posing Techniques - Neil Garcia, Editor in Chief of i-MAG Photography
*Introduction To Studio Lighting - Francis Mendez / Zachary Ballaran of Studio 54
*Modern Wedding Photography - Marc Rozen Franco of Digital Light Images
*Basic Portraits Photography - Roger Sesbreño

12nn to 1pm
*Lunch / Raffle / Briefing / Group Shot
1pm to 5pm (model shoot featuring:)
*Geng Maderazo
*Michanne Kaye Mika Umali
*Aicah Lobregat
*Cyen Lazam
*Key Chua
*Kimmy Baculi
*Janine Pooner
*Jillian Ongsip
*Lou Zamora
*Nene Relosa

This will be in different concepts with wardrobes from the creations of:
Adrian Rios
Don Cristobal and
Ricci Calzado

Hair and Make Up of none other than:
Kitkat Pescador, Yuki Dela Fuente and Arlita Lopez Domingo

Join us as we celebrate our Production's first year anniversary. Register na! :)

Another event that you shouldn't miss!
Event Page:
Pepe and Bern Production


Kung ganito ba ang makikita mo sa office nyo araw-araw, malamang di ka late pag pasok sa office!




The 7th Philippine Center For Photojournalism (PCP) Professional Photojournalism workshop

The Philippine Center For Photojournalism (PCP) Professional Photojournalism workshop is back, the only comprehensive workshop given by working photojournalists.

The five-day workshop tackles all the areas requisite in the practice of photojournalism in today’s media landscape. Participants will go thru an extensive workshop in areas such as composition, best practices at work, industry trends and a hands-on field exercise to be delivered and facilitated by today’s top photojournalists from different publications and agencies.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

SUPERMODEL PHILIPPINES 2012’s finals night


REGISTER NOW & get the chance to witness history unfold at SUPERMODEL PHILIPPINES 2012

History begins as 17 young hopefuls take center stage in SUPERMODEL PHILIPPINES 2012’s finals night. Who will be The Philippines’ newest supermodels?


Visit www.registration.supermodelphilippines.com and register to get a chance to be invited to the finals night, 6:30 P.M. at the SMX Convention Center Function Rooms 2 and 3.

Philippine Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: starts today Oct 23, 2012


OCTOBER 23, 2012

6:30 PM SMX - Function Rooms 2 & 3 SUPERMODEL PHILIPPINE 2012

7:30 PM SMX - Hall 2 MINT

9:30 PM SMX -Function Rooms 2 & 3 L'ORÉAL Paris presents Albert Andrada Ezra Santos


The all-new motion picture, THE THREE STOOGES, in theaters October 24, is a contemporary take on a trio of time-honored boneheads. The film recreates the classic and iconic Stooge sound effects (including "boinks," finger snaps, and palm claps), haircuts and other Stooge-isms- -- while interweaving them with modern-day attitudes, situations and pop culture references.


In the film, we meet the Stooges as newborn "angels from heaven." That's how the nuns characterize the three toddlers left at their orphanage. But when one of the nuns, Sister Mary-Mengele, receives a fierce eye-poke from Moe, which catapults her into the next county, they suspect the new arrivals are anything but heavenly.

Now, years later, their Three Stooges have left the nuns bruised, battered and bewildered. Even worse, it looks like the orphanage will be forced to close its doors due to financial difficulties. But Larry, Curly and Moe, employed as the foster home's inept maintenance men, are determined to come to the rescue. Their quest: raise $830,000 in just 30 days, or risk losing the only home they've ever known.

Will Sasso, who made an impression as MADtv's resident impressionist, where he brought to life the likes of Elton John, Kenny Rogers, Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley, worked hard to capture the unique rhythm and cadence of Curly's voice.

Playing Curly is Will Sasso who dishes out on the following q&a what it’s like to be a Stooge.

Q: What can you tell us about the storyline and structure?

A: It reflects the original shorts, with great respect. When you go to see the movie it will be like you’re going to the matinee


back in the day and were watching three Stooges shorts in a row, but instead it will be three acts of a single movie.

Q: Was there any trepidation on your part in playing someone as well known as Curly?

A: Well, it helps to be a bald, fat guy! You know, I’d like to think I had a little bit of cabbage growing on top of my head but

then this project comes along and I had to cut even that half-inch off…

Q: The Curly voice is pretty distinctive too. How did you get that right?

A: The most interesting voice to me of Curly’s is just his normal speaking voice, which emerged the later the Stooges went on. But the first step was, ‘Oh, okay, I can do it. I can do that voice.’ Then it’s about getting it better and better.

Q: The original Stooges roles were very physical – are they equally physical here, and are you doing your own stunts?


A: Any time we slap each other it’s one hundred percent real. And a lot of the rest of it is really intense stuff. We’re getting hoisted in the air a lot on these harnesses that look like rope diapers. It’s insane.

Q: Where do you see The Three Stooges’ legacy?

A: This has probably been said a thousand times, but it’s like what The Beatles are to music, The Three Stooges are to comedy. You can literally draw a parallel from everything that’s going on now back to The Three Stooges. When you talk about these three guys or these three characters and how they work, you think about your favorite comedy and you can find how it applies. The Three Stooges are everywhere.

“The Three Stooges” opens October 24 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Justice without lawyers at the People’s Court Four steps improve access to justice in PH

Created through the Supreme Court’s special rule of procedure, the Small Claims Court is the justice system’s solution to air grievances and fight for the rights of the common Filipino through a convenient and affordable platform.

“The Supreme Court hopes to increase the access to justice of indigent and disadvantaged Filipinos through the inexpensiveness, accessibility and expediency of the Small Claims Court,” said Supreme Court administrator Midas Marquez.

The Small Claims program in the country is a pioneering effort of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) to improve access to justice for indigent Filipinos and has been in effect since October 2008.

From damaged property to money owed

The Small Claims Court can hear and decide civil claims amounting to P100,000 and below, not including interests and costs. Ordinary litigants can prosecute and defend a Small Claims Case without the participation of lawyers.

Claims filed under these courts include actual damages to vehicles, other personal property, real property and person; money owed under a contract of lease, loan, services, sale or mortgage; and civil actions such as payment of money covered by bounced or stopped checks.


Improving access to justice. Supreme Court administrator Midas Marquez and Metropolitan Trial Court Judge Jackie Crisologo-Saguisag respond to questions about the recently reintroduced Small Claims Court that improves access to justice for the common Filipino through a simple process, face-to-face settlement and speedy resolution of disputes. 

Fighting for your rights in four steps

For claims not more than P100,000, a four-step process assures an inexpensive, informal and simple settlement of cases in the Small Claims Courts.

First, the claimant must file the documents, evidences and affidavit needed for your cases at the Clerk of Court in your municipality. Then, he or she must pay the P1,000 fee per claim for indigents. Additional fees may be charged for non-indigent claimants.

Third, claimant must wait for the “summons of hearing” as the case is being raffled by the court. Once called, one should appear before the designated Small Claims Court on the hearing date for the final decision and settlement mandated by the judge.

The process allows the parties to handle their own case from beginning to end with ready-made forms and non-strict procedural rules, without the need of a lawyer.


Justice without lawyers. Midas Marquez, Supreme Court administrator and spokesperson

Accessible, swifter justice for all

According to the Supreme Court, the purpose of the Small Claims four-step process is to provide an efficient means for the masses to settle disputes involving monetary claims instead of the regular civil process.

“Most Filipinos have a misconception that taking disputes to court is time-consuming and costly, and thus, justice is only afforded to the affluent. In the Small Claims Court, the process is simple, the settlement is done face-to-face and justice is achieved quickly,” said Marquez.


Justice without lawyers. Midas Marquez, Supreme Court administrator and spokesperson, shares how the Small Claims Court decides on civil claims amounting to P100,000 and below without the participation of lawyers thus allowing inexpensive and speedy justice to be afforded to Filipinos from all walks of life. 

In the Small Claims Courts, judges pass decisions based on facts presented and evidence elicited in a single hearing. Prior to the hearing the case on merit, judges attempt to convince parties to arrive at an amicable settlement in the barangay as decisions made through the Small Claims Courts are final and cannot be appealed.

All first level courts which include Metropolitan Trial Courts, Municipal Trial Courts in Cities and Municipal Circuit Trial Courts are designated as Small Claims Courts.

GREYSON CHANCE Live! at Ayala Malls

Ayala Malls, home to the best live entertainment continues its tradition of bringing some of the most remarkable performances of both foreign and local acts in the country as it presents 15 year old American teen pop singer-songwriter and pianist GREYSON CHANCE for a series of concerts and promotions. He shall be delighting fans with his enthralling voice and amazing talent as he performs at the Ayala malls on November 11, 2012. Catch him at Market! Market! Activity Center at 2:30 pm and TriNoma Activity Center at 6:30 pm.


Platinum-selling artist GREYSON CHANCE has seen places of the world most people only dream of visiting. To promote his debut album Hold On 'Til The Night, Greyson traveled across the world which helped propel Hold On 'Til The Night to Platinum status in Indonesia and the Philippines, and to Gold status in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Along this journey, Greyson met thousands of loyal fans around the globe, each of whom helped inspire a brand new creative state of mind for him.

This new outlook can be witnessed in his latest release, the new single "Sunshine & City Lights", exclusively under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines). The product of a serendipitous last minute studio session in London with songwriting duo The Nexus, this new song is a perfect reflection of Greyson's artistry and vocal talent, free of the production that is ever-present in contemporary music. "Sunshine & City Lights" is the first taste of the new music Greyson has been working on for nearly a year. While he continues work on a full-length album to be released in 2013, Greyson has decided to give fans a taste of what's to come through this new single and EP. Entitled Truth Be Told part 1, the EP is slated for release in parts of this world by end of October this year.

Get GREYSON CHANCE’s refreshing single, “Sunshine & City Lights”, at iTunes or www.MyMusicStore.com.ph


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Stanhome World Philippines (SWP) continues to make strides in the local direct selling market by opening new service centers in Metro Manila and in Northern Luzon, bringing the total number to 16 branches nationwide. SWP also held its first Operators Conference at the Manila Peninsula Hotel with SWP executives, operators, its beneficiary Virlanie Foundation and Home Care Ambassador Carmina Villarroel and guests gracing the occasion. SWP President Ina Quiogue revealed the company’s new products, sales incentives and future plans at the Conference. Above, the Stanhome World Philippines Sales team, led by Regional Sales and Operations Managers Yell Carreon (extreme left) and Minoy Jocson (4th from right), celebrate the event with (L-R), SWP Human Resources Manager Analyn Carmona, SWP Marikina Service Center Operator Irene Kimpo, SWP Novaliches Service Center Operator Elmer Kimpo, SWP Home Care Ambassador Carmina Villaroel, Stanhome World Research & Development Project Leader Vanina Paganelli, Virlanie Volunteer Anne Prikhodko, Virlanie Fundraising and Communications Manager Jenny Rodil and Virlanie Executive Director Alwin de Leon.

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Carmina Villaroel, Stanhome Home Care Ambassador, was the special guest at the first Stanhome World Philippines (SWP) Operators Conference held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel recently. At the event, Carmina shared her personal home care secrets and talked about the importance of using high-quality home care products for the family. Above, SWP Regional Sales and Operations Managers Minoy Jocson and Yell Carreon present their brand ambassador with a congratulatory bouquet.

Lani Misalucha is at her best in The Love Collection album

Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha has invaded the live entertainment scene in Las Vegas, earning her the titles Siren of the Strip and Diva of Las Vegas. Now, she is back in country to topbill her Resorts World concert Journey With Me this November 28.


Acknowledging her status as one of the finest Filipina divas, Universal Records has just released The Love Collection, a compilation of the some of the most memorable love songs performed by Lani.

The Love Collection includes A Very Special Love, which, according to Lani, is very memorable for her because this is the song she first recorded for her first album under Universal Records. She also notes how beautiful the arrangement of the song was.

She considers Never My Love, which she performed during her Crossover Concert, as a special song because she dedicates it to her daughters.

Lani, on the other hand, admits that she personally requested that she sing Someone in the Dark because of her fascination with the movie E.T.

I Live For Your Love is also a special song because she won the Best Performance By A Female Recording Artist at the 20th Awit Awards.

The Love Collection is undeniably the perfect collection for music lovers out there.


1. Very Special Love
2. I Live For Your Love
3. These Dreams
4. Love Me Again
5. Come In From The Rain
6. Someone In The Dark
7. Never Knew Love Like This Before
8. A Certain Sadness
9. All In Love Is Fair
10. Hold Me
11. Always And Forever
12. Never My Love
13. I Just Wanna Stop
14. When You Believe with Regine Velasquez
15. Here, There and Every Where
16. Someone That I Used To Love

1. We Could Have It All
2. Skyline Pigeon
3. I Loved You All The Way
4. Bridges
5. Love Of My Life
6. Dust In The Wind
7. Healing
8. Get Here
9. Where Is The Love/Feel Like Making Love Medley
10. Tin Man
11. Whispering Waves
Bonus Tracks
12. Very Special Love (acoustic version)
13. Never Knew Love Like This Before (acoustic version)
14. Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?
15. Iisa Pa Lamang
16. Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos? (acoustic version)

FOLLOW Lani Misalucha:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lani-Misalucha/31518211196
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaniMisalucha
Instagram: @lanimisalucha

Yabang Pinoy Launches PH made: “It’s Worth Buying For”

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Yabang Pinoy intensifies its consumer revolution campaign through the PHmade movement.

The pioneering Filipino pride movement, through PHmade, yet again encourages Filipinos to support Filipino ideas, business concepts, products, and services. The campaign aims to educate Filipinos, through videos, print materials and events, on the availability and viability of Filipino brands, and on the positive impact that going local contributes to the economy.

PHmade’s tagline “It’s Worth Buying For” encourages each Filipino to think twice before spending: is it really worth buying for? Yabang Pinoy believes that small things, when done together, can create a big difference. If each Filipino became conscious of where he spends one peso, he will understand how each choice affects himself, fellow Filipinos, and the country. PHmade also aspires to influence Filipino entrepreneurs into supporting local natural and human resources.

Indeed, patronage of locally made goods and services should be a lifestyle. It enables homegrown brands to improve and compete against foreign brands. The local economy also improves as money goes back and forth between consumer and business, employee and employer. And as more entrepreneurs create, develop, and expand their businesses, more job opportunities are generated. PHmade recognizes Filipino ingenuity and the role of each Filipino in nation-building.


PHmade focuses on seven categories: Produce, Home, Footwear, Fashion, Personal and Home Care, Food and Beverage, and Entertainment. The campaign will continue to collaborate with Filipino entrepreneurs and encourage them to continue to improve their products and services and to always aim for Filipino brands to be global brands.

PHmade is a project of Yabang Pinoy, the pioneering Filipino pride movement that started in 2005. As it celebrates its 8th anniversary, the organization includes it among numerous Filipino pride projects, such as the Y.A.B.A.N.G. Camp (Youth Achievers Building A Nation of Greatness Camp), Yabang Pinoy Goes to School, Pinaka-mahabang Todo Patintero, Global Pinoy Bazaar, and many more. In the 8 years that Yabang Pinoy has immersed itself in various nation-building activities, it re-affirms its belief that true progress and development in our country will start once Filipinos begin living a proudly Filipino lifestyle.

Yabang Pinoy invites every Filipino to be part of the PHmade movement. As early as now, save November 10- 11 2012 for the 8th Global Pinoy Bazaar – a showcase of Filipino products made with 100% Filipino Love and Pride.

For more information on Yabang Pinoy, visit www.yabangpinoy.com or email yabangpinoy@gmail.com.

"Grill & BBQ Fest 2012": BAGA Manila's 1st Anniversary Celebration

WHAT: BAGA (Barbecuers and Grillers Association) Manila's 1st Anniversary Celebration, "Grill & BBQ Fest 2012"

WHEN: October 26, 2012, Friday, 2PM onwards

WHERE: A. Venue Open Parking Lot, Makati Ave., Makati City


1. Grill & BBQ Battles - Pork BBQ on Skewer, Pork Belly, Pork Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Inasal, Kebabs and Sates.

2. Launching of BAGA Manila's Theme Song

3. Bands

4. Many more!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Adobe® Unveils Next Generation Acrobat® XI

Powerful New PDF Solution Addresses Productivity Gap Across Devices and Platforms


Adobe® Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today unveiled Adobe Acrobat® XI software, a powerful new solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges. The industry standard for PDF software will now feature complete PDF editing and export to Microsoft PowerPoint; along with new capabilities and functionality designed for tablets and mobile devices, such as touch-friendly capabilities on tablets and smartphones allowing users to add comments, fill in, save and sign forms. Acrobat XI also supports IT departments with more seamless Microsoft Office and SharePoint integration, easy deployment, applications virtualization and robust application security to help provide a low cost of ownership and sound return on investment.

Products included in this release are: Acrobat XI Pro, Acrobat XI Standard and Adobe Reader® XI.


The mounting productivity inefficiencies and cost of document-based challenges are highlighted in a recent global IDC white paper. A typical company with 1,000 employees has a productivity cost of US$15.9 million annually according to the white paper. Addressing these inefficiencies would be tantamount to hiring an additional 213 people.

“The compounding complexity of work has never been more pressing. As the number of mobile devices and the use of cloud services surge, information workers must be empowered to work more effectively with documents anywhere on any device," said Melissa Webster, program vice president at IDC. "They need a solution that enables them to collaborate with others inside and outside the firewall while at the same time meeting IT and organizational requirements for streamlined management, application security, and secure delivery of information – all with a high ROI.”

The importance of working collaboratively with documents is evident in the amount of time workers spend on it. According to the white paper, information workers spend approximately 15 hours of their workweek reviewing and approving documents. In a telephone poll of about 900 information workers in Southeast Asia, including Philippines, conducted by Adobe’s external agency to understand the type of document related activities most dominant in the workplace, about 60% of them responded that they work with documents to facilitate reviews by multiple parties.

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“More and more information is being generated, shared and consumed in documents than ever before,” said Kevin M. Lynch, SVP and GM of Acrobat and Document Services at Adobe. “Working with online forms, collaborative PDF reviews and signatures are the everyday norm for business professionals who were once simply content creators. IT departments need to support these changes while maintaining and maximizing the use of existing infrastructures and systems, as well as provide support and services that enable their organizations to take advantage of new business opportunities, improve results, justify return on investment, and lower the total cost of ownership.”

Vicky Skipp, Regional Director, Adobe South East Asia, said the launch is significant for Philippine businesses. “There is a very positive outlook for Philippine businesses in the coming year, so we expect our customers to seek every possible measure to remain competitive. This includes focusing on technologies that will help employees be as productive on tablets and smartphones as they are on laptops, and investing to make their business secure in an increasingly digital and complex environment. Acrobat has been a trusted desktop solution for leading organizations across the Philippines for many years, and the release of Acrobat XI will continue to help address productivity challenges and boost organizational efficiency.”


Corinna Toh, Senior Vice President, Strategic Advisory at Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, was part of an international pre-release trial program for Acrobat XI before its launch. “With the new features in Acrobat XI, our users can quickly export PDF files to Word, PowerPoint or Excel, saving time that can be put to more productive work,” she said. “We also find it very useful that the enhanced security features will allow users to continue publishing sensitive information in PDF format securely.” 

With Adobe Acrobat XI, new and improved features and functionality for business professionals now include:

  • Edit PDF files, modify paragraphs, images, and objects by simply clicking and dragging using the new, intuitive Edit Text and Images tool. Arrange and visually merge select contents and multiple documents into one organized PDF file, while retaining source file integrity.
  • Enhanced mobile capabilities. Work with PDF files across tablets and smartphones in touch-friendly Adobe Reader to annotate and add comments, as well as fill in, sign and save forms.
  • Save PDF documents as PowerPoint, Word or Excel files or reuse parts of or entire PDF files as Microsoft Office documents and Web pages without retyping. Reflow paragraph text without disturbing format.
  • Improved protection of all PDF files created from Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel to help prevent copying, editing, or printing without permission.

The new and improved IT features and functionality now enable IT professionals to:

  • Standardize on an easy to use, full-featured, consistent, trusted PDF Reader for iPads and Android tablets. Additionally, deliver Acrobat XI and Reader XI as a centrally managed, touch-friendly, virtual application with new support for Microsoft App-V via Citrix XenApp.
  • Integrate Adobe Acrobat XI more seamlessly with Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint, enabling users to do more with PDF in an Office or SharePoint environment.
  • Streamline deployment and maintenance with free Adobe tools to aid configuration and installation, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft SCCM/SCUP and Apple Remote Desktop.
  • Help mitigate risk and protect systems and data with industry-leading security technology, in addition to the Adobe PDF Whitelist Framework, allowing selective enablement of JavaScript for both Windows and Mac OS. Easily deliver multi-step PDF file preparation and security measures using the Action Wizard to help ensure organizational consistency.

Pricing and Availability

Acrobat XI and its associated products are scheduled to ship within 30 days. They will be available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe.com South East Asia store at shop.adobe.com/sea. Adobe Store price for Acrobat XI Standard is expected to be Php 14,870. Adobe Store price for Acrobat XI Pro is expected to be Php 22,305. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available. A free 30-day trial of Acrobat Pro will be available upon product shipment. Reader XI free download will be available at get.adobe.com/reader upon product shipment.

For more detailed information about features, OS support, upgrade policies, pricing and international versions please visit: www.adobe.com/sea/products/acrobat.html.

RIHANNA Announces 7th Studio Album UNAPOLOGETIC Set for Worldwide Release on November 19th

Worldwide superstar Rihanna - the “#1 Person On Facebook” with over 61.7 million Likes - has once again ignited record charts around the world with “Diamonds,” the fastest-rising single of her career to date, with first-week postings at #1 on iTunes in 27 countries and Top 5 on iTunes in 55 countries. Now, Rihanna announces the global release of her 7th studio album under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) in just seven years: UNAPOLOGETIC arrives in stores worldwide on Monday, November 19th.

In the U.S., “Diamonds” debuted this week at #16-bullet on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Rihanna’s previous highest debut, last year’s worldwide #1 smash, “We Found Love” (featuring Calvin Harris). “Diamonds” amassed 41.5 million total audience, her biggest first-week audience ever on the Hot 100 Airplay Chart where it debuted at #28-bullet, tying her previous highest debut, last year’s “You Da One.”


Now, as Billboard unveils its new, updated methodology and tallying formulas, "Diamonds" leaps to the #1 spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, aided by strong multi-format airplay and digital downloads.

In the UK, “Diamonds” has earned Rihanna her 6th #1 single on both the iTunes and the national chart, topping a summit of 27 countries where the song has also reached #1 at iTunes including France, Spain, Australia and Germany. “Diamonds” is her fastest growing airplay hit in the UK, France and Germany.

Following Rihanna's award winning social media marketing campaign last year, UNLOCKED, and as Forbes' and Billboard’s #1 Social Media artist, she continues her digital media domination with #R7, launching on Monday, October 15th. #R7 is an interactive gaming experience where fans visit www.Rihanna7.com and explore this site to “RIHveal” exclusive content and prizes. Each week fans are assigned weekly trivia questions. When answered correctly, fans have a new mission to exclusive Rihanna announcements and “RIHwards,” bringing fans closer to her 7th album, UNAPOLOGETIC.


The recipient of six Grammy Awards® and seven Billboard Music Awards, Rihanna has sold over 37 million albums and 146 million digital tracks worldwide, and currently holds the record as the top-selling digital artist of all time. Forbes named Rihanna the world’s #1 social media star with over 2.8 billion views on YouTube/VEVO, the most ever for any female artist, over 61 million Facebook fans, and over 26 million Twitter followers. In addition to her 11 Hot 100 #1 singles and overall 22 Top 10 singles, she also has 18 #1 singles on the Billboard Dance Club Song Charts.

Listen to RIHANNA’s brand new single “DIAMONDS” here:


Get “DIAMONDS” on iTunes:


Get “DIAMONDS” on MyMusicStore:


RIHANNA’s brand new album “UNAPOLOGETIC will be released on November 19, 2012 in CDs under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines), available at Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video. Get the latest single “DIAMONDS” via iTunes and MyMusicStore.com.ph

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