Wednesday, November 30, 2022

ONE 164: Joshua Pacio vs. Jarred Brooks | Manila, December 3, 2022

The wait is finally over, as ONE Championship returns to thrill Manila once again with two incredible back-to-back shows at the Mall of Asia Arena!

Capping off a spectacular day of action is ONE 164, which features ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio defending his coveted belt against outspoken #1 contender Jarred Brooks in the main event.

Plus, longtime rivals Superlek Kiatmoo9 and Panpayak Jitmuangnon collide in the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix Championship Final, and former ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera looks to end his ongoing feud with Iranian grappling juggernaut Amir Aliakbari.

Joshua Pacio, ONE Strawweight World Champion, stated: “I’ve been undefeated here in my country, in the Philippines. And I plan to do that again this December 3rd.”

Jarred Brooks, #1-Ranked Strawweight Contender, stated: “It’s been really, really tough. It’s been a really rough experience in this training camp. I’m going to show it all against your boy this Saturday. I’m going to chop off the head of this Filipino and I’m going to take it back to the United States. Ya’ll laughing now, I promise you won’t be laughing after the fight. I love all of you Filipino people. I have nothing against any Filipino. I have nothing against any Asian-American. All my beef comes with that man and I’m getting the belt. I promise you that. You all can keep hating, it doesn’t matter. I’m getting the belt at the end of the day. You all know that. I’m getting it.”

Several of the Philippines’ biggest MMA superstars will also compete on the stacked card, so mark your calendars, download the ONE Super App, and go to!

ONE on Prime Video 5: Reinier De Ridder vs. Anatoly Malykhin | December 2, 2022

ONE Championship™ (ONE) returned to Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, to kick off a massive event week with a live press conference for ONE on Prime Video 5: De Ridder vs. Malykhin, and ONE 164: Pacio vs. Brooks, held at The Theatre at Solaire on Wednesday night.

In attendance was Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, who was joined by top athletes from both cards, including reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion Reinier de Ridder and his opponent, ONE Interim Heavyweight World Champion Anatoly Malykhin, as well as ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio and his opponent, #1-ranked strawweight contender Jarred Brooks, among others.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “This is going to be an explosive night for Filipino fans and our athletes are in for a treat. They have no idea what’s coming. The Filipino fans are not only the loudest but they are some of the greatest fans on the planet. Two undefeated World Champions with a massive finish rate -- I want to say that both [with an] 80-90 percent finish rate. This will be an epic fight to see who’s the best in the world. I already believe that Reinier de Ridder is the best middleweight in the world, by far. He would smoke anybody in the other divisions. Anatoly, I believe, is the greatest heavyweight on the planet. I’m telling you that RDR’s going to get knocked out or Anatoly’s going to get choked out. That’s my prediction."

Also, ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Champion Kade Ruotolo makes his first title defense against Matheus Gabriel. Plus, Croatian superstar Roberto Soldic makes his highly anticipated debut against unbeaten Russian sensation Murad Ramazanov.

Be sure to mark your calendars, download the ONE Super App, and go to to catch all the action!

Fans in the United States and Canada can watch this event live and for free with an Amazon Prime membership at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Tingin Film Fest 2022 | Dec 2-4, 2022

Themed “Imaginaries of Neighborliness,” the 2022 Tingin Southeast Asian Film Festival gathers short films that explore neighborliness, a value that resonates with an aggrupation such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

A project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Tingin will have a limited online run from 2 to 4 December 2022. The festival is free to the public, on the Vimeo page of the National Committee on Cinema, a festival partner. 

Official Tingin selections aim to interrogate ideas around neighborliness, especially its cultural manifestations and avatars across Southeast Asia celebrate reciprocity and conviviality as seeds for the transformation of society explore Southeast Asia’s ethnoscapes, and how its porous borders complicate as well as liberate modes and lived experiences of citizenship and identity uncover ‘throwntogetherness' and ‘thrownapartness’ especially in urban spaces where migrants and locals become disposable identities promote the right of neighborliness and the right to neighborhood to protect the wellbeing and dignity of strangers and residents, visitors and citizens. 

“Tingin forms part of an arsenal of projects of the NCCA to bring Filipinos closer to their neighbors across Southeast Asia. Tingin went digital last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but we found an enthusiastic audience who continued to patronize Tingin. We have decided to maintain this online iteration of Tingin, to grow this audience who is hungry for quality Southeast Asian cinemas. Through Tingin, the NCCA reaffirms its commitment to promote ASEAN awareness and identity while sharing the outstanding works of filmmakers from the region,” said Annie Luis, head of the Sentro Rizal-International Cultural Affairs Office of the NCCA. 

Leading the selections this year is the Philippines’ very own “The Headhunter’s Daughter,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The film follows a young Igorot woman as she leaves her family behind and travels through the Cordilleran highlands to try her luck in the city as a country singer. 

Award-winning “Further and Further Away” is this year’s selection from Cambodia. In this film, a young indigenous Bunong woman and her older brother spend one last day in their rural village in northeastern Cambodia, before an impending move to the capital city in search of a more prosperous life. The film was part of the Berlinale Shorts 2022 and won Best Live Action Short Over 15 Minutes at the Palm Springs ShortsFest USA 2022. 

In Indonesia’s “Homebound,” the protagonist longs to return home to Indonesia after more than ten years working abroad in Taiwan. When the Covid-19 pandemic strikes, her plans unravel. A similar story of the diaspora is exposed in Singapore’s "partitions," a short observational documentary about a Sindhi woman’s migration to Singapore following the Partition of India in 1947. The film juxtaposes fragmented recollections of the past—drawing on photographs, state documents, oral histories, and more—with practices of the present. 

Thailand’s “The Threshold 1969” presents four directors’ visions about the impact of new technology within a transitional period of four generations. 

Homecoming is the theme of Lao PDR’s “A Long Way Home,” in which a young Lao-American man brings his father’s ashes to Laos to fulfill his father's last wish—to return home. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2017. 

Young people’s sense of belonging is the preoccupation of the films “Cloud Jacket” from Brunei and “Here I Am” from Malaysia. “The Graduation of Edison” tackles issues of conformity. In this charmer from Viet Nam, the protagonist, Minh, lives in a village where every child but him is born with a tree on their head. On graduation day, students who have turned 18 will get their tree cut to signify adulthood. Problems arise when Minh's sister decides to keep hers. 

Finally, Myanmar’s “Laisho Ambulance” take us on an intense ride aboard a volunteer ambulance in Lashio, in Myanmar’s northern Shan State, which helps whosoever is need, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or religion. 

“This year’s Tingin asks: What does it mean to be a good neighbor? The Philippines’ ‘The Headhunter’s Daughter’ deals with the isolation encountered by strangers in a new place. A stranger suffers from a so-called poverty of relationships, which is the opposite of neighborliness. Cambodia’s ‘Further and Further Away’ looks at displacement, and the films ‘Homebound’ and ‘partitions,’ the feminization of migration. All these films surface issues prevalent in ethnoscapes, or areas which have porous borders, such as Southeast Asia. In spaces where are thrown together, as Doreen Massey says, how do we relate and cope? Myanmar’s ‘Laisho Ambulance,’ for example, provides a template for neighborliness, what Wendell Berry describes as preemptive sympathy,” said Maya Quirino, festival director. 

Aside from the screenings on Vimeo, a series of conversations with select filmmakers will be live-streamed at 6:00 PM, every day, from 2 to 4 December, on the Facebook page of Tingin. 

For more information, including details on how to watch the films, write to or follow the festival on its Facebook and Instagram pages: Tingin Film Fest. Tingin 2022 is officially distributed by Solar Pictures, Inc.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Galing Pook Foundation Recognizes Outstanding Local Government Programs for 2022

President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. recognizes the 10 winners of the Galing Pook Foundation 2022 at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang Palace. He commended the Galing Pook Foundation for recognizing and incentivizing top performing LGUs. With them in the photo are: Galing Pook Foundation chairman Mel Sarmiento, Local Government secretary Benjamin Abalos, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Ten outstanding local governance programs were recognized in the 2022 Galing Pook Awards held at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang Palace last Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Hong Kong Disneyland holds online auditions | Dec 1-5, 2022

Hong Kong Disneyland holds online auditions from December 1 to 5, 2022.

ONLINE SUBMISSION - Vocalist for Male / Female Roles (Follow your Dreams & Mickey and the Wondrous Book)

Note: NO housing / living allowance provided with these contracts).

Submission deadline: 5-Dec-2022 (17:00) - HK Time 

For submission details please visit:

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Rex Education enhances learning resources in Philippine history and social sciences

(L-R): Jeanne Marie F. Tordesillas (Chief Marketing
Officer of Rex Education), Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson (Chairperson of Philippine Social Sciences Council), Don
Timothy I. Buhain (Chief Executive Officer of Rex Education), Professor Emeritus Dr. Ma. Luisa T. Camagay (Representative, Philippine Historical Association), & Dr. Marcelino M. Macapinlac, Jr. (Representative, Philippine National Historical Society)

Rex Education hosted a memorandum signing with the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), the Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS), and the Philippine Historical Association (PHA) on September 6, 2022 to seal a fellowship program centered on Philippine history.

The main goal of the program is to develop a compendium on Philippine history that could serve as a reference material for writing and publishing future history-centered textbooks. A careful selection of fellows who are knowledgeable about specific periods in Philippine history would be conducted to ensure the accuracy and credibility of the compendium.

In line with REX’s pledge of providing relevant and timeless learning solutions, the program would ideally improve the content of learning materials in history and social studies.

“This fellowship program brings together the academe, civil society, and private sector toward the common goal of serving Filipino learners,” Don Timothy Buhain, Chief Executive Officer of Rex Education, said in his welcome remarks. “REX believes that looking back at where we all came from is important in enabling our learners, teachers, and communities.”

For every Filipino learner
PSSC stands as the project’s implementing agency alongside REX. PHA and PNHS, two local and professional historical associations, will collaborate with REX and PSSC to oversee the compendium’s development.

“This wonderful, novel project will benefit all learners. History is not only for the young; it is for learners of all ages,” PSSC Chairperson Dr. Excelsa Tongson shared.

Dr. Bernardita Churchill, president of PNHS and president emeritus of the PSA and MSA, also highlighted the importance of corroborating history in a country as diverse as the Philippines. “The plan is to enhance the study and teaching of Filipino culture, and create an inclusive history that will present the multiethnic history of the Filipino. A serious study of our history and culture would settle doubts and questions about our identity as a nation.”

A worthwhile endeavor for the future of education
REX’s goal for the program is to provide authoritative reference materials in the writing and publishing of history textbooks.
Dr. Marcelino Macapinlac Jr., a representative from PNHS and a professor for over three decades, believes that the references that will be produced by the fellowship will further capacitate authors and those in the academe as they enlighten learners about Philippine history.

The development of well-researched historical resources invites not only educators but also the youth to reflect on our national history and culture. Dr. Ma. Luisa Camagay, president of the PHA and professor emeritus, Department of History, UP Diliman, and Dr. Macapinlac noted that the current generation of learners has become more discerning of the sources they consume.

“I find that those who finish the K to 12 program are better prepared and more engaged [in the study of history],” said Dr. Macapinlac. He noted that the last national elections highlighted how his students are now more passionate and engaged, but the bigger challenge lies in maintaining that passion in the long run.

“I hope Filipinos will not consider history just as a classroom or University course, but it should be a lifetime interest—whether Philippine, Southeast Asian, or world history,” Dr. Camagay concluded.

To keep up with news about the program, be sure to follow Rex Education’s Facebook page.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

5th EDDYS Award (2022): Full List of Nominees

Despite the previous years’ quarantine restrictions arising from spikes of coronavirus cases, the film industry still thrived and came out with finished works that The Eddys, an annual awarding ceremony organized by the Society of Philippines Entertainment Editors (SPEEd), now honors in its anticipated event.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Meralco reaffirms commitment to support hotel industry

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has reaffirmed its commitment to support the recovery of local hotel operators as they bounce back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a webinar recently organized by Meralco, the power distributor, which has long been a partner of the Philippine Hotel Owners Association (PHOA), pledged to continue providing stable and reliable electricity service, and energy solutions befitting to the needs of the industry moving forward.

The pandemic, at its peak in 2020, led to temporary closure of businesses and loss of income for the hospitality industry. Despite the challenges, the industry supported the government in its fight against the pandemic.

“For the past two years, our customers from the Hotel Industry were among the hardest hit with the sudden decline in occupancy. Their facilities were used for quarantine, requiring them to operate as quasi-hospitals and to strictly implement health and safety protocols while providing utmost care to travelers that had to be accommodated. During this time, Meralco initiated contract right-sizing to assist our customers with hopes of preventing further loss of business and employment,” said Meralco Vice President and Head of Enterprise and National Government Engr. Ma. Cecilia M. Domingo.

According to PHOA Executive Director Benito C. Bengzon Jr., Meralco played a vital role in helping PHOA members deliver on their commitments with energy-saving measures, such as contract rightsizing and temporary waiving of the Guaranteed Minimum Billing Demand (GMBD).

“PHOA sees Meralco as an institutional and vital industry partner. We hope to strengthen our relationship so that together we can continuously improve the delivery of services to our clientele,” Bengzon said.

Raffles and Fairmont Hotel Group, a member of the PHOA, similarly recognized the crucial role that Meralco plays in the recovery of the industry.

“Meralco is an essential partner in our business by providing for the electricity of the hotels. Customer satisfaction is one of our goals and we could have not attained it if power supply is unreliable,” said Raffles and Fairmont Hotel General Manager Aubrey Ada.

As local tourism takes off this year, Engr. Domingo said: “Meralco is more than happy to assist the hotels to ensure energy-readiness once again. Further, their aptitude for economic recovery through participation in the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) is laudable.”

ILP is a demand-side management program of the Department of Energy where large businesses are asked to temporarily de-load from the grid when the Luzon grid is placed under red alert.

Participation of companies is crucial to the success of ILP, since this may spare an estimate of 4,000 households and small businesses from power outages for every 1-megawatt of de-loaded power.

Among the companies in the hospitality industry within Meralco’s franchise that are enrolled under the ILP are Taal Vista, City of Dreams, Discovery Suites, Diamond Hotel, Sofitel Manila, and Raffles and Fairmont Hotel.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

European Higher Education Fair 2022 | November 18-19, 2022

Thinking of studying abroad? Conscious about getting the best graduate or post-graduate education while expanding your horizons and getting to know other countries and peoples? Interested in scholarship opportunities?

Take your first step towards excellence and innovation by learning everything that the European Union has to offer as a higher education destination at this year’s Hybrid European Higher Education Fair, on 18 and 19 November 2022 at the Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong, or online at 

H.E. Luc Véron, European Union Ambassador to the Philippines, underlined the importance of studying abroad, especially in the EU, as this experience will enable the Filipino youth to gain a different perspective, which can be incredibly useful in both personal and professional development.  

Through the partnership between the EU Delegation to the Philippines and the Commission on Higher Education, the EHEF has become the premier platform to link higher education institutions, cultural groups, and other EU academic programs with those aspiring to study in the EU.

This year’s fair will be the biggest so far, with more than 90 European higher education institutions and education services joining in person or virtually.   

Participating EU Member States include Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Finland and Sweden.
Here are what Filipino students, academicians and researchers can expect in this year’s EHEF: 

1. Meet with some of the EU’s top universities and higher education institutions 
EHEF’s format allows to directly connect students with some of the most distinguished EU universities and HEIs, either onsite or virtually. Get the chance to meet representatives, inquire about academic programmes, and just have a fun and engaging talk about your dreams of studying in the EU. 
European HEIs have long been popular destinations for students looking to pursue Masters' and Ph D programmes because of many reasons. First of which is EU’s emphasis on using cutting-edge technology 

in engineering, sciences, design, and information technology. They also offer specialized courses, excellent research programmes and facilities, and an educational environment conducive to higher learning. These reasons, among others, make the EU one of the world’s leading higher education destination. 

2. Get a glimpse of life in the EU
The Fair will provide first-hand access to information about the EU member states and how it is to live and to study in the EU — from university selection, living arrangements, and even famous places to visit during your stay in Europe.
Enjoy an awesome experience about what it is like to study and live in the EU.
3. Meet and greet Goodwill Ambassadors and Erasmus+ scholars
Get the chance to meet with both EHEF goodwill ambassadors and Erasmus+ and Marie Curie scholars. EHEF goodwill ambassadors are notable personalities who have studied in the EU and are now making their waves in their chosen fields of expertise, be it in business, mass media, or in the academe. Erasmus+ scholars consider EHEF as their annual reunion event where they get together and invite interested students to join their network.  
4. Get social with EHEF!
Get updates before, during, and after the event through EHEF’s social media accounts. Follow EHEF on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @ehefphilippines

5. Choose from among wide-ranging program offerings

Having an MA or PhD programme from the EU is undoubtedly attractive on your CV. Going to the Fair means having a first-hand interaction with HEI representatives who can give the best and tailor-fit options in programme offerings from nanotechnology and biotechnology to creative industries and culinary arts. 

6. Experience world-class education 

Get immersed and soaked up in learning in the EU where world-class teaching, top facilities, and cutting-edge research programmes abound. 

7. Feel right at home 

The EHEF is a welcoming and friendly one-stop shop for information from experts of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, EU Member States’ Embassies and academicians from well-known and specialized European Higher Education Institutions who flew to Manila just for this hybrid event.

8. Celebrate diversity 

With all the enormous options, studying in the EU means a celebration of diversity. Twenty-seven 27 countries, different languages, and rich cultural and historical heritage, amazing and diverse foods, great geographical and natural diversity… Get a taste of this diversity at EHEF.

The Virtual European Higher Education Fair 2022 is being organised by the EU Delegation to the Philippines together with the EU Member States’ Embassies, education services and Cultural Institutes and in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education.   

This year’s university partners include regional university hubs such as the Wesleyan University and the University of Cordilleras (Luzon), Silliman University (Visayas) and Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan (Mindanao) and other top-notch Philippine universities such as Ateneo de Manila University European Studies Programme, De La Salle University, Holy Cross of Davao College, Mabalacat City Colleges, Rizal Technological University, Trinity University of Asia, University of Sto Tomas, and Visayas State University.

Professional associations such as Philippine Society for Public Administration, Philippine Association of Agriculturists Inc and Philippines Communication Society are joining this year’s Fair. 

Media partners this year include: Adobo Magazine, BusinessWorld Spark Up, CNN Philippines, Gadgets Mag, iOrbit News, Philippine Daily Inquirer – INQPOP!, Seawave, ThePhilBizNews, and When in

Sunday, November 6, 2022

It’s a Happy Christmas at SM Supermalls

SM Supermalls brings back the excitement in every visit, joy in every sight, and a magical connection in every experience that will make every Filipino’s Christmas happier and brighter.

Ode to outer space: An out-of-this-world celebration starts at SM Megamall
SM officially ushered the holiday season with an out-of-this-world celebration at the Mega & Bright: Christmas in Space 2022 at the SM Megamall on October 20. 

The mall’s mega Christmas Tree decked in stars and lights was lit, signaling the start of SM’s nationwide Happy Christmas campaign. And starting October 20 until December, SM shoppers can have a glimpse of the universe through SM Megamall’s Mega Space Odyssey. The 3D LED tunnel transports individuals into space and allows them to view it immersively. 

If you missed the SM Megamall Christmas event, there are still more ways to celebrate the joys of the holidays. SM Supermalls has lined up exciting and festive activities just for you and your loved ones! Check out the details below:

More Christmas Tree lighting activities in your favorite SM mall
Apart from SM Megamall, other premier SM malls will light up their massive 50-foot Christmas trees to share hope, joy, and love with every SM shopper. Check out the dates below so you can drop by your favorite SM mall and watch the lighting of its dazzling trees full of lights, stars, and colorful ornaments.

Santa-approved Christmas Playpark
Witness as your favorite SM mall opens a new world of Christmas with towering centerpieces, functional spaces, and sprawling activities at the Christmas Playpark. Explore the Christmas markets and play areas, and watch out for Santa appearances, character meet and greets, and other surprises! Plus, you also get to have a multisensory experience at the playpark’s light and sound shows, festive eats and holiday treats, and a whole lot more scents and feels that will embrace you in holiday warmth and ambiance.

Sparkling lights to brighten up your holidays
Christmas won’t be festive without lights. Be in awe as you pass by hallways decked with twinkling lights, illuminated tunnels, beaming driveways, and lit parking spaces as they glow at their best. 

Dining out al fresco style at the Super Spots decked with lights
SM Supermalls has also created outdoor attractions for that picture-perfect, memorable shopping, dining, and leisure activities for the whole family. At The Podium, shoppers are in for Joie De Vivre with its Holiday Night Cap on October 21-23 and 28-30 at the ADB Al Fresco, and the Food Lab on October 24-30 at the Atrium East Level 2 so everyone can discover new food specials this Christmas. You can also enjoy special treats, promos, and exclusive deals from your favorite restaurants and food merchants at the SM mall near you!

Turn Christmas AReality at SM
Don’t miss out on a phygital Christmas experience as SM incorporates the festive season with Augmented Reality. In SM Megamall, four AR filters have been made available, including Santa Claus, Reindeer, Snowman, and Sparkle. You just need to scan the QR code at the SM mall near you and see the Christmas centerpiece and magical spots come alive!

Check out the Happiness Stations
SM installed various happiness stations where you can create lasting memories with family and friends. Spot the giant bears with lights at Bears of Joy corner, the happiness photo wall, the Christmas tree decors with your family photos, or the huge TV screen where you can watch your recently filmed Tiktok or IG video at your favorite mall.

Make your furbabies feel the happiness and love
Christmas is for the whole family including furbabies! Make them happy and feel loved by joining the Holiday Paw Play Dates and Costume PAWty. You can also flex them at the Christmas photo challenge and win amazing prizes, or shop for them at the Christmas markets. Also, SM Supermalls will be partnering again with organizations for a pet adoption drive so you can help the little ones find a home in time for the holiday.

Unlock a bigger, better, and brighter virtual Christmas Village
SM will reopen its virtual Christmas Village to bring an exciting, engaging, and rewarding holiday experience to Filipinos. Check out as it goes live from October 28 to January 5 for an awesome augmented reality shopping, dining, and leisure experience. Create your own avatar, e-meet fellow shoppers and SM ambassadors, and enjoy bonding time with your family and friends while playing fun games at the immersive virtual Christmas zones made for you.

Create circles of happiness by buying products for cause-oriented programs 
Since it’s the season of giving, you can support cause-oriented advocacies of individuals and organizations by purchasing products that provide opportunities and livelihood to marginalized sectors. For this year’s 100 Days campaign, SM partnered with bag designer Zarah Juan, Spark PH, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), the Association of Foot and Mouth Artists of the Philippines, and the Quezon City LGU for its Vote to Tote initiative.

“This Christmas, we are sending a message of happiness to every Filipino. With every activity we have for them, we hope to inspire everyone to spread sparks of happiness in their homes and communities as we celebrate this year’s holiday festivities,” said Steven T. Tan, president of SM Supermalls.

A new light of experiences will bring happiness and kindness to every Filipino as SM Supermalls create more magical memories and opportunities to touch other people’s lives this holiday season. Check out and follow @smsupermalls on all social media accounts to stay updated on the various holiday happenings.