Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Phenom and Team Gilas Women’s crowned Champions at Red Bull Reign Philippines 2019

Two Philippine Champions emerged victorious at the Red Bull Reign Finals on June 29, 2019 (Saturday) at Kerry Sports Manila in Bonifacio Global City: Men’s Champions Phenom and Women’s Champions Team Gilas Women’s. Both teams advance to the Red Bull Reign Global Finals in Toronto, Canada, this August where they will represent the Philippines against 15 other nations from around the globe.

2 Champion Teams at Red Bull Reign Philippines 2019

Red Bull Reign is a high-endurance, offense-driven 3-on-3 street basketball tournament that brings the best ballers in the world together. Each game is contested under strict rules inspired by FIBA’s (International Basketball Federation) 3-on-3 rules:
  • Teams consist of 3 players (+1 reserve) age 18 and above
  • Games take place back-to-back on opposite halves of the court
  • The first team to score 21 points or the most points in 10 minutes wins the match
In total, fourteen (14) male teams and eight (8) female teams competed this year.

Men’s Red Bull Reign Tournament
This year’s men’s tournament began with the Last Chance Qualifier, which saw eight teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao compete head-to-head in back-to-back action. Teams Phenom and Philippine Navy, and team J Hoop from Cebu City, crushed the competition to advance to the Semi-Finals together with Team Basilian.

Teams Phenom and Basilan both won their respective games to meet in a thrilling finals showdown. With amazing shooting and tenacity, the Phenom edged its competition to a final score of 22-to-19. As three-time Red Bull Reign Philippine Champions, the Phenom this year consisted of former NCAA and PBA D-League players Shaq Alanes, Junjie Hallare, Micole Sorela, and Team Captain Bong Pineda.

“I’m kinda speechless,” says Sorela. “We didn’t expect to win this, especially against our friends from Team Basilan. So we feel great! We wouldn’t have made it here without the help of our coaches or my awesome teammates.”

“Toronto, here we come!” shares Phenom team captain, Bong Pineda, in a statement that echoed Animam’s sentiments. “We’re excited to advance to the World Finals. We’re coming, Toronto!”

Women’s Red Bull Reign Tournament
Red Bull Reign 2019 introduced a standalone tournament exclusively dedicated to women. Teams from countries including Russia, United Kingdom, and the Canada held local tournaments to find representatives for the Global Finals.

This year’s installment saw several local teams all vying for a spot in the Finals. The opening games took place in the morning and progressed over the course of the day, until only two teams remained: Zamboanga Valientes and Team Gilas Women’s, with the later taking the victory with a final score of 21 – 06.

Team Gilas Women’s is comprised of Jack Daniel Animam, Claire Castro, Janine Pontejos and Afril Bernardino. They are members of the Philippines’ national women’s basketball team, with years of experience under their belt.

“We train everyday,” says power forward Animam. “We’ve known each other for so long that our teamwork is top notch. And now, it’s a privilege to represent the Philippines in the World Finals in Toronto!”

Red Bull Reign 2019
Vince Hizon, Tournament Director of Red Bull Reign, shares his thoughts on this year’s tournament. “The fact that this is a qualifier for a world tournament – that makes it a big deal. Red Bull has done an exceptional job in all the sports they’ve participated in, really uplifting sports through these amazing opportunities. But in basketball, they know how passionate the Filipinos are regarding the game.”

As the 2019 Red Bull Reign Philippine Champions, Phenom and Team Gilas will represent the country at the Global Finals in Toronto, Canada, this coming August!

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

56th PMAP Annual Conference in Cebu City | July 17-19, 2019

The 56th PMAP Annual Conference will hold the biggest and preeminent HR event in the country - EXCELLERATEHR.PH: Elevating and Accelerating Filipino People Management -  on July 17-19, 2019. Over 1,500 people managers will gather together at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Philippines hosts the first Sesame Street Run Tour at SM By The Bay | August 17, 2019

Sesame Street, the famous and well-loved children’s television program in the world, turns 50. As part of its golden celebration, Heroes Pte Ltd has partnered with Sesame Workshop, debuting the first-ever Sesame Street Run Tour on August 17, 2019, at SM by the Bay in Pasay City.

Entitled “Sesame Street’s 50 Years and Counting Run,” this historic running event’s first kick off will happen in the Philippines. The revelry will continue as Sesame Street goes to other Southeast Asian countries – Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Sesame Street Run 2019 - Meet the characters of the show

In line with the five splendid decades of Sesame Street, the run will feature a five-kilometer family fun run across all ages. On its 50th birthday, witness Sesame Street Giant Birthday cake blowout before the flag off with a special countdown by Count Von Count. Get showered with Abby’s Magic Dust before running into a fun-filled 5KM Sesame Street Run. Meet Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and the gang at the starting line and relive childhood memories.

After the run, Sesame Street will treat its participants to many exciting activities that they will surely love. For five decades, we have seen how Sesame Street made learning fun for children.

Learn road safety as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will take the participants to an engaging obstacle course activities. Recently, Sesame Street has forged ties with the MMDA to help disseminate proper information regarding safety concerns in a child-friendly manner. This partnership with the MMDA has also aimed at heightening public awareness of the agency’s key functions – road safety, traffic education, environmental care, solid waste management, and public safety.

Sesame Street Run 2019 - a sneak peek of the running shirts

Joining this once in a lifetime race will give its participants exclusive access to Sesame Street’s 50 Years and Counting’s irresistible merchandise items. Get these limited-edition products – smart scarf which can be worn in different styles, light and breathable drifit shirt, a functional bag, a trucker cap, and sunglasses by signing up for any of these runner’s entitlement:

Go Happy with Ernie (PhP 1,100)

Go Cute with Elmo (PhP 1,400.00)

Go Hungry with Cookie Monster (PhP 2,300.00)

Go Magic with Abby Caddaby (PhP 3,100.00)

Go Big with Big Bird (PhP 4,000.00)

Avail of a group discount by signing up five (5) or more friends to get a 10 percent discount. For children who are born on August 18, 2015, and after, they are eligible to FREE admission (without any entitlement). They must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Participants will also receive free healthy cookies from Cookie by the Bucket, the official cookie partner of Sesame Street Run Tour. There will be a traditional Piñatas courtesy of Piñata Party PH to complete the birthday party. Get to sing and dance with Sesame Street’s furry friends during the meet and greet. Interact with family and friends at several booth-sponsored activities from its generous sponsors. Savor fondest memories of this run by having photos taken at Sesame Street’s photo booth.

Participants can also purchase these Sesame Street’s 50 years design merchandise separately by ordering online or with our Official Timer and Registration Partner - Garmin Philippines.

Sesame Street Run Tour’s on-site registration is now available at selected Garmin Philippines branches – SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Glorietta 5, SM North EDSA, and Alabang Town Center. Meanwhile, online registration is still ongoing. Visit and sign up to experience Sesame Street’s exciting birthday treats.

Claiming of the race kits and limited-edition merchandise will happen one week before the event at SM by the Bay in Pasay City. Register now!

The Sesame Street Run Tour in the Philippines is brought to you by Heroes in partnership with the MMDA. Special thanks to our official venue partner, SM By the Bay and SM Mall of Asia, official registration partner and timer, Garmin Philippines, official cookie partner, Cookie by the Bucket and official piñata, Piñata Party PH.

This run is also powered by Aldenver Marketing, Inc., the local event agency partner of Heroes.

For more information regarding the Sesame Street Run Tour in the Philippines, please contact Ms. Veronica Ramos of Aldenver Marketing at 0927-8484533 or 0998-9565231 or e-mail her at

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

22nd Eigasai Japanese Film Festival at Shang Cineplex | July 3 to 14, 2019

The 2019 edition of the Japanese Film Festival, popularly known as the EIGASAI comes back to Shangri-La Plaza as it kicks off the season at the Red Carpet from July 3 to 14, 2019.

The Japan Foundation Manila is bringing 14 full-feature films of diverse genres and themes to the Shang for its 22nd year. EIGASAI continues its tradition of screening films to viewers of all ages and interests.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Red Bull Reign Philippines 2019: Qualifier and National Finals

Red Bull Reign, the largest open 3-on-3 street basketball tournament in the world, returns to the Philippines! On its third consecutive year as a nation-wide competition, the event will pit teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to square off at the Philippine Finals, on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at the High Street Amphitheater in Bonifacio Global City. The winning team advances to the Global Finals this August in Toronto, Canada!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

TOYCON celebrates 18th year in the Asian Pop Culture scene at SMX Convention Center, Pasay | June 28-30, 2019

The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, better known as TOYCON PH, is celebrating 18 years of serving pop culture enjoyment to its fans both local and international. It is, simply put, the longest-running and premiere pop culture event in Asia.

TOYCON POPLIFE FANXPERIENCE happens on June 28-30, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Great UP Run 2019 at UP Diliman | August 11, 2019

RUNRIO and NowheretogobutUP launch The Great UP Run recently to raise funds for all UP varsity sports.

University of the Philippines varsity teams got a big boost last June 18 from a new fundraising event called The Great UP Run spearheaded by RUNRIO Inc. and nowheretogobutUP Foundation Inc. (NTGBUP). The running event is happening on August 11, 2019 at UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

DepEd-endorsed, NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA returns anew to the CCP for one weekend only (June 21-23)

‘Ang Sampung Pangarap ni Rizal’ online art exhibit supplements the smash-hit opera.

To celebrate the anniversary month of the Department of Education (DepEd) and to further promote cultural awareness and appreciation, DepEd, together with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), J&S Productions Inc., and Enrique Zobel Foundation Inc., brings back the smash-hit landmark production of Noli Me Tangere, The Opera to the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP for one weekend only, from June 21 to 23, 2019.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Virgin Labfest 15:Titibuk-Tibok at CCP | June 19, 2019 - July 7, 2019

Now on its 15th year, the annual festival of fresh one-act plays continues to attract theatergoers with remarkable works by emerging and established playwrights. Established in 2005, the Virgin Labfest aims to provide our playwrights a venue to present their unpublished, untried, untested and unstaged works to theater-going public. 

Virgin Labfest is a project of the Manila-based playwrights group Writer's Bloc, Inc., acclaimed theater company Tanghalang Pilipino, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Virgin Labfest 15 runs for 3 weeks and is composed of 12 new Featured Works, 3 ‘Revisited’ Plays (audiences’ favourites from last year’s festival), 10 Staged Readings, including the new component, “Once They Were Virgins,” and a showcase of works from the VLF Writing Fellowship Program. Other new components of the Festival include a reunion of playwrights, director and actors; a Playwright’s Fair; and a Library Exhibit.


June 19, 2019 - July 7, 2019
Main Features at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
VLF Revisited at Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)
Staged Readings at Tanghalang Amado V. Hernandez

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Click, learn, and win at Cyberzone Mobile Fest 2019

Heads up, tech geeks! Roll up your sleeves for the much-awaited annual showcase of the country’s latest and most affordable smartphones at the Cyberzone Mobile Fest 2019 in partnership with Huawei and Smart— happening from June 21 to 23 at SM City BF Paranaque Main Atrium.