Saturday, May 23, 2020

Call for Entries: Video Home Festival (Theme: Lockdown)

Video Home Festival (VHF), in cooperation with Movie Workers Welfare Foundation (MOWELFUND), Inc., is accepting entries until June 30, 2020. Theme: LOCKDOWN. You may have it in any genre that you prefer.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Call for Entries: The Lockdown Poems (Journal)

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS! Time to let your quarantined verses see the light. Break that cabin fever and let the world know how we can in fact Imagine a new world—better than what we left before lockdown. 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Smart offers free access to government websites

As part of continuing efforts to empower the public with the right information amid concerns over COVID-19, Smart Communications, Inc. is offering FREE ACCESS to key government websites.

Subscribers of Smart, Sun, and TNT can access the following websites for free on their mobile phones:

Department of Health - 

#COVID19 tracker -

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council -

Philippine Information Agency -

Stay updated and keep safe, everyone! #COVID19

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Misters of Laoag 2020 Winners

Congrats to all the winners of Misters of Laoag 2020!!! šŸ‘‘

Mister Laoag 2020: Cyrax Miguel

Mister Laoag ABC 2020: Byron Paul Salamanca

Mister Laoag Millenial 2020: Joecaner Orap Jr.

Mister Laoag 2020 1st Runner-up: Cris Mark Andres

Mister Laoag 2020 2nd Runner-up: John NiƱo Corcuera

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Medicard launches the Supremo Obstacle Challenge | March 16-May 31, 2020

Medicard, a leading health and maintenance organization in the country, enjoins the public to live a healthier and active lifestyle through the Medicard Supremo Obstacle Challenge. This first and one-of-a kind activity will gather both beginners and fitness enthusiasts who want to start their way to a healthier and fitter lifestyle.

The Medicard Supremo Obstacle Challenge will kick-off with a conditioning program for the first two weeks beginning March 16 and end on May 31 at the Glorietta Activity Center. The activity is open to all individuals who want to start living a healthier and fitter lifestyle by conquering a series of obstacle course challenges.

Before participants can join the culminating event, they must first pass a two-week conditioning program from March 16 to 27 at Eton Centris in Quezon City, from April 20 to May 1 at Festival Mall in Alabang, and from May 5 to May 15 at Ayala Triangle in Makati. The conditioning program will run every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6pm to 8pm. Participants who complete the two-week conditioning program will qualify for the Supremo Obstacle Challenge culminating event on May 31.

The top three male and top three female participants from both the beginners and advanced categories will compete in the culminating event. Only 36 participants will be selected for this.

“We are excited to launch the first ever Medicard Supremo Obstacle Challenge. This is part of our advocacy to enjoin Filipinos to live a healthier and fitter lifestyle,” said Dr. Nicky Montoya, MediCard President. “This activity brings together as well, coaches from Affiliate Alliance. Their expertise will ensure that those who participate will push themselves to be the best that they could physically be.”

Unlike other aerobic and exercise activities, Supremo Obstacle Challenge combines several workout routines that are meant to test the agility, flexibility, balance, cardiology, dexterity, endurance of each participant through a combination of cardio, running and rope exercises, Crossfit workouts through the use of dumbbells, and short but high intensity exercises. 

Moreover, professional coaches closely monitor and supervise the progress of the participants and make an evaluation of their readiness before they are profiles either as a beginner or an advanced athlete. The coaches also develop workout programs that are suited to the participants of both categories.

The Affiliate Alliance is a network of CrossFit-affiliated boxes all over the country. It was established just last 2015 with the goal of promoting CrossFit as well as promoting overall fitness. Coach Jason Monteverde is the head coach of Affiliate Alliance.

Aside from Coach Monteverde, the group counts in its ranks several of the country’s recognized fitness experts such as Andrea Arcega, former head coach of Spartan Race Philippines, Mark Lamson, one of the elite athletes in the country, Cilyn Abella, a four-year coach at the Complete Fitness in Ortigas and Asian Development Bank’s corporate coach, Nolan Collado, a physical therapist, CrossFit coach and former trainer at Planet Infinity Gym, Raymond Manual, another CrossFit trainer with a background in calisthenics and gymnastics, and Vlad Salum, also a CrossFit trainer and weightlifter.

“We would like to enjoin the public start living a healthier, more active and fitter lifestyle by signing up for the MediCard Supremo Obstacle Challenge. We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones.” Montoya added.

Medicard is the first health and maintenance organization founded and managed by doctors. Over the years, it has provided the most comprehensive and innovative health care programs and fitness activities that help people achieve a healthier life.

For more information on how to join, please visit

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Call for Entries: Nespresso Talents 2020 Contest

Nespresso Talents 2020 in partnership with CNN Philippines and Film Development Council of the Philippines is giving filmmakers a new platform to tell their stories and express their talent and creativity in a vertical format.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Fruitas signs up Manila Mayor Isko Moreno as the new endorser

Leading food and beverage kiosk operator, Fruitas Holdings, Inc. (FHI), listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange under the symbol FRUIT, has engaged Hon. Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, mayor of Manila, as its newest endorser. 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

“Tabing-Ilog” returns as a live stage musical

"Tabing Ilog,” the iconic Kapamiya TV series that gave Filipinos the ultimate 90s teen barkada is returning, but this time as a live stage musical, starting March 2020.

The show that introduced us to John Lloyd Cruz, Jodi Sta. Maria, Paula Paralejo, Paolo Contis, Desiree Del Valle, Patrick Garcia, Baron Geisler, and Kaye Abad was not just another a teen TV show. Every Sunday afternoon, viewers saw the trials and triumphs of eight close friends as they navigated their way through their relationships, families, and the challenges of growing up.  

“What set “Tabing Ilog” apart was that it tackled the realities of teenagers growing up at the time,” said Raymund Dizon, business unit head of Star Hunt and executive producer of the original series. The show did not shy away from topics like teenage pregnancies, pre-marital sex, bitter arguments with parents, alcoholism—themes that are still very relevant today. 

“The challenge now is that the teenagers have evolved,” Dizon says. “How do we know better the teens of today? What are their challenges, their aspirations? When we revive the show, we wanted to make sure that it’s relevant to both the youth and the people who grew up with the original show.”

The musical will star a talented mix of Star Hunt artists and theater actors, including rising stars Kiara Takahashi, Abi Kassem and theater actress Gab Pangilinan, who will be alternating as Eds delos Santos; Sky Quizon, Hanie Jarar, and theater actor Ian Pangilinan, who will  take turns playing Rovic Mercado; Batit Espiritu and Emjay Savilla who will alternate as Badong Magtibay.

Meanwhile, Jem Macatuno, Gian Wang, and Gabby Sarmiento will take on the role of James Collantes while Argel Saycon, Star Hunt alumni Ellyson de Dios, and theater actor Vino Malabot will play the role of Fonzy Ledesma.

From the all-girl Filipino idol group MNL48, Abby Trinidad, Belle Delos Reyes, and theater actress Mia Canton will alternate as George Fuentebella. Lou Yanong, Missy Quino, and theater actress Teetin Villanueva will play Corinne Ledesma. Shawntel Cruz, and theater actresses Krystal Kane and Justine Narciso will play Jerry Ricafort. Art Guma, Ian Hermogenes, and theater actor Franco Ramos will alternate as Ely. And playing Sammy Collantes are Brei Binuya from MNL48, Star Hunt and Theater actor Noel Comia, and Lie Reposposa.

Joining them to play multiple roles are theater and veteran film actors Jojit Lorenzo, Paolo O’hara, Agot Isidro, and Joann Co.

Members of the show’s artistic team, meanwhile, come from the country’s premier theater groups, including the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), Red Turnip, Dulaang U.P. and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. They are composer and musical director Vincent De Jesus (“Changing Partners,” “Himala,” “Care Divas”), director Topper Fabregas (“Tribes,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Company”), and choreographer JM Cabling (“Ang Lihim ni Lea,” “Bent”). Writer and director Jade Castro (the play “Dalawang Gabi,”; films “Endo,” and “LSS”) bridges the story from screen to stage. 

“Tabing Ilog: The Musical” will run from March 7 to April 26 at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater at the ABS- CBN compound in Quezon City. Tickets are priced Php 1000, Php 1200, Php 1500 and Php 2500, and are available online in KTX. The production is also open to showbuyers. Contact 0977 836 0315 for tickets and inquiries.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

9th AmCham ScholaRUN - Eat and Run | March 1, 2020

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The American Chamber (AmCham) Foundation Philippines holds the 9th AmCham ScholaRUN - Eat and Run 2020 to be held on March 1, 2020 at Central Park of SM by the Bay, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Monday, January 27, 2020

EUROPelikula begins this January 31 at CCP Art House Cinema

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The European Union Delegation to the Philippines is starting its cultural programme with its latest feature: "Europelikula".

In partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines this new initiative will form part of special film screenings at the CCP all year round.