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Friday, March 24, 2017

Summer happiness with new Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors




This year, the world’s favorite ice cream brand is sure to bring more happiness as it introduces new ice cream flavors to delight ice cream fanatics in the metro.  Here goes (drum roll, please): Butterscotch Toffee Blondie, Dulce de Leche, Salted Chocolate Truffle Crunch and Tiramisu Delight.


Available in stores now is the new Tiramisu Delight, a rich tiramisu and espresso ice cream wrapped with an espresso chocolate flavored ribbon and tiramisu cake pieces. A perfect treat to beat the summer heat is Butterscotch Toffee Blondie, which is made with butterscotch toffee pieces and brownie bits swirled with a toffee ribbon.

Upcoming flavors include Dulce de Leche ice cream swirled with a dulce de leche flavored ribbon (available in April) and Salted Chocolate Truffle Crunch, chocolate ice cream with a salted chocolate cookie crunch ribbon and chocolate flavored truffle pieces (available in May).

To know more about other Baskin-Robbins premium ice cream flavors, log on to www.baskinrobbins.ph or check out their social media accounts: facebook.com/baskinrobbinsph, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.


Groufie’ era begins with the new OPPO F3 Plus


Selfies will never be the same now with the whole gang in the picture!

Mobile technology brand OPPO just launched its flagship dual selfie camera phone, the F3 Plus—the first-ever smartphone with a wide-angle dual front camera to easily accommodate ‘groufies’ in a single shot. The new phone will be out in Philippine stores as well as in India, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia beginning April 1.

 “Since OPPO started the Selfie Revolution in the Philippines with the F1 Series, we’ve gone through incredible growth especially when we became the country’s second bestselling smartphone in 2016,” OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng said. “We are very excited to see the F3 Plus start a new trend in groufies and reinforce our position as the Selfie Expert.”

“The F3 Plus was developed for both selfie lovers and photography buffs who want a smartphone that lets them take stunning shots wherever they are, no matter the time of day. Our newest camera phone packs state-of-the-art hardware and software in a sleek body to deliver outstanding performance and style, perfect for the urban lifestyle,” Cheng added.

Effortless from selfie to groufie

Set to be the ultimate Selfie Expert, the F3 Plus builds upon the technology of the earlier OPPO F1s to deliver outstanding selfie photography. The new smartphone sports a similar 16-megapixel (MP) selfie camera with a 1/3-inch sensor for clear image results even in low light, as well as an f/2.0 aperture for depth-of-field aesthetic.4. OPPO F3 Plus_Sample

The difference lies in the additional secondary camera. This 8MP groufie-camera has a wide 120-degree angle—105 percent larger than the regular 80-degree lens field of view— which allows more people to fit inside the frame. The wide-angle shot is also complemented by a 6P lens to minimize distortion.

Ease of use has been carefully designed into the front camera’s functionality to reflect OPPO’s “user-oriented” philosophy. The built-in Smart Facial Recognition, for instance, notifies users to switch to “Groufie” mode when more than three people are detected. This makes the switch from selfie to groufie effortless while keeping image quality stable.

The new smartphone still comes with the brand’s pioneering image editing software, Beautify 4.0, which offers a range of beautification modes for a flawless look in every selfies and groufies.

Built for professional photography

Significant improvements have also been made for the rear-facing camera. Co-developed by Sony, the 16MP back camera is now powered by a customized 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor for fast focusing speed, outstanding noise reduction, and advanced low-light performance—ideal for serious photography.oppo f32

The sensor has been developed using dual-phase autofocus (DUAL PDAF) technology to double the pixel array area, which is composed of photodiodes that determine the camera’s point of focus. This increases focusing speeds by 40 percent even in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. Together with a large f/1.7 aperture, the sensor enables the rear camera to capture clear and breathtaking photos.


Flawless inside and out

The F3 Plus is engineered with hardware designed to support its powerful front and rear cameras. The phone’s octa-core processor is backed by a 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM to ensure speed, while OPPO’s ColorOS 3.0 optimizes performance to lower energy consumption.3. OPPO F3 Plus_Dual Selfie Camera

A built-in 4000mAh battery provides more than 284 hours of standby time for whole-day use. OPPO’s proprietary and industry-leading rapid VOOC Charging Solution also cuts charging duration by four times compared with standard units; even five minutes on the plug is enough for a continuous two-hour call.

Dual SIM users will be glad to know that the F3 Plus includes a double-slot card tray for holding two Nano 4GSIM cards. The second slot can be used for a Micro SD card to expand storage up to 256GB.

Lightning-Fast Touch Access also unlocks the phone in just 0.2 seconds—the fastest in the market. The same scanning technology allows users to assign fingerprints to quickly launch phone numbers and apps. An Avast-based virus scanner further adds protection to keep phone data secure.

Exquisite craftsmanship for an upscale look 

At the core of every OPPO phone is the brand’s belief in “design excellence.” Casing the F3 Plus is a sleek metal unibody that gives the phone an elegant form either in luxurious Black or opulent Gold. The back shell also comes with an innovative ultra-fine six-string antenna to exude a more upscale appearance. But beyond aesthetics, the body is sculpted for proper hand grip so users can take selfies with comfort.

To match the polished look is the phone’s durability. The six-inch display screen is made of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to resist damage. Pre-applied protective coating further makes the screen scratch-proof.

The F3 Plus in Gold is coming to the Philippines this April 1 with the suggested retail price of P23,990. Pre-orders, along with a free Bluetooth headset and a selfie stick, will be available in all OPPO concept stores and selected dealer stores nationwide as well as at the brand’s official online shop in Lazada from March 24 to 31.

Shoppers can get OPPO’s latest Selfie Expert via Home Credit through a nine-month installment plan at zero percent interest. They can also watch out for Globe’s exclusive offer for OPPO F3 Plus, with date and details to be announced soon.

Grab and Tinder Partner to Spark New Connections with a Chance to Meet Your favorite Internet Stars


Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading technology company, is partnering with Tinder, the world's leading social app for meeting new people, to let you spend a day with your favorite internet personalities.

Book a ride today via the Grab x Tinder “Meet your Match” icon within the Grab app, and you may be in for a pleasant surprise, as you may end up sharing a free ride with one of Tinder’s Top 10 Personalities, such as Michelle Gumabao, Tohid Ajdani, Mauro Lumba, Karl Kramer, Jose Sarasola, Nix Damn P, Princess Legaspi, Tricia Santos, Roxanne Montealegre and Jaz Reyes.


Here’s how it works – today, the “Meet your Match” activation will have Tinder’s Top 10 Personalities roving in GrabCar vehicles and will be picking up passengers from 10am to 4pm around Makati and BGC CBDs. You can take this opportunity to get to know these internet stars while riding to your destination of choice.

Each ambassador will select the passenger he or she gets along with the most; Tinder and Grab will then arrange an outing for them to do an activity together – from dining in the coolest cafĂ© in the city to bungee jumping off a cliff – it all depends on the interests of the ambassador and passenger!

The rides will be filmed, and the most interesting and fun moments will be captured on video and shared on the Grab Facebook page starting on the 5th of April.

Spark new connections while on the go

Tinder’s first partnership in Southeast Asia puts the spotlight on Grab’s ride services and its strong reputation for delivering safe rides, so everyone can enjoy a safe online and offline environment for sparking new connections with people in the same city.

“Grab is a brand that delivers more than just rides and is all for creating memorable experiences for our passengers", said Cheryl Goh, Grab’s Vice President for Marketing.

“Tinder is a platform for meeting new people,” said David Wyler, VP of Global Partnerships at Tinder. “Our simple user interface makes it easy to meet people anywhere. We wanted to provide an opportunity for our users to connect with some of their favourite social media stars and still get to their next meeting on time. Grab is the perfect partner to make this happen.”

“Meet your Match” will be rolled out in five markets – Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia – starting today. For more information, please visit www.grab.com/ph/grabtinder.

Graduation Gift Guide from Moto and Lenovo

To the style-savvy whose OOTD has always been on point every single school day, the Moto M would be the best gift this graduation. Moto M fuses power and metallic glory with its blazing-fast Helio P15 Octa-core processor 2.2 GHz and up to 4GB of RAM, elegant fine metal design and a gorgeous 5.5” Full HD display. The Moto M retails at P14,999.

The Lenovo A6600 Plus offers an A+ mobile experience for that goal-getter. This feature-packed smartphone delivers amazing performance and awesome pictures, at an affordable price point. It is a multimedia powerhouse that delivers entertainment and multitasking on-the-go. The Lenovo A6600 Plus retails at P5,999.
Lenovo A6600 Plus 

 Music and movies are few of the escapes people tend to turn to whenever stress or boredom looms in. Feed that hunger for an endless entertainment with the Lenovo K6 Note. It has a massive 4,000mAh battery, blazing fast processor speeds and a more immersive audio experience with Dolby Atmos, which complements its 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display. The Lenovo K6 Note retails at P11,999.
Lenovo K6 Note. 



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Smart Giga Movies special screening of Ghost in the Shell

Following the successful screenings of the blockbuster hit "Logan" Smart Giga Movies rolls the red carpet anew for Smart subscribers with the block screening of “Ghost in the Shell.”



“This event is exclusive to our valued postpaid subscribers. Like what we said when we did the ‘Logan’ advance screening a couple of weeks back, this is not a one-time event. Our subscribers will be treated to the biggest movie releases throughout the year,” said Patrick Tang, Head of Smart/Sun Postpaid.

Smart Giga Movies’ “Ghost in the Shell” screening happens March 29, 7 pm at the Cinema Four of Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati. Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the science fiction stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major, a cyborg counter-cyberterrorist tasked to thwart criminals and hackers.

To win tickets to Smart’s special screening of Ghost in the Shell, log on to your FB accounts and go to Smart’s FB page where users will have to count and spot how many times the invisible Major appeared in a lengthened Facebook GIF. There will be a beginning and an end supers to indicate the start and end of the GIF.

Smart Postpaid subscribers who will guess the number correctly in the comments section with the hashtag #SmartGigaMovies will get a chance to win tickets.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Philam Life partners with AC Energy to finance energy related projects




In photo (from left to right) are Philam Life Head of Fixed Income and Corporate Finance J. Vincent R. Daffon, Philam Life CIO Arleen May S. Guevara, AC Energy President and CEO Eric T. Francia, and AC Energy CFO Maria Corazon G. Dizon.




Philam Life, the country’s premier life insurance company, recently signed an agreement with AC Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ayala Corporation (AC), for a Php1.0 Billion long-term loan to partially finance the energy development company’s power and energy-related projects. Throughout its almost 70-year history, Philam Life has actively supported nation-building efforts by providing financing to key industries involved in major infrastructure projects like the Cavite Coastal Road and the first Skyway Project, among others.

AC Energy reached over 1000 MW in attributable capacity across its thermal and renewable energy platforms.  The company is now positioned to double its attributable generation capacity to 2000 MW by 2020.




HOOQ brings you Aldub's "Destined to be Yours"




HOOQ, Asia’s largest Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVOD) service, recently announced its acquisition of the exclusive SVOD rights to the catch-up episodes of Aldub’s first-ever teleserye,Destined to Be Yours, in the Philippines.



“With this new partnership, AlDub fans in the Philippines can stream the latest episode of Destined to be Yours 24 hours after its telecast on GMA Channel 7, plus they can also catch up on all the previous episodes they missed,”says Jane Cruz Walker, Country Manager of HOOQ.  
“Since we announced the highly anticipated first primetime TV series of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, the entire #AlDub nation created such a buzz online that Destined to be Yours was definitely destined to be a hit even before it aired its first episode,” says Judd Gallares,President & COO of GMA New Media, Inc. “
Destined to Be Yours is currently the most talked about primetime show on Philippine television since it aired its premiere episode last February 27, 2017. In fact, the pilot episode garnered 22.5% ratings on AGB Nielsen NUTAM which is 2.9% higher than its rival program. The hashtag for the pilot episode, #DestinedToBeYoursWorldPremiere, also dominated worldwide Twitter trends – garnering 4.4 million tweets from February 26, 6:00 pm to February 28, 6:00 am.



Destined to Be Yours quickly captivated viewers with the enthralling romance story between Benjie Rosales (Alden Richards) and Sinag Obispo (Maine Mendoza) which is set in a charming and picturesque town where anything, especially destiny, is a possibility.

Sinag is a DJ in a community radio station in her hometown of Pelangi. The paradise-like town of Pelangi was formerly a well-developed municipality due to its flourishing mining industry but many people were forced to leave the town after mining firms closed down. Sinag stayed behind because of her love for her hometown and her intention to preserve the traditions and culture of Pelangi through the community radio station that she inherited from her late grandfather.

Meanwhile, Benjie had just graduated from his university and had high hopes of starting his career as an architect. Benjie applies for Rosales Development, one of the largest real-estate development firms in the country. Amanda (Lotlot De Leon), who had to raise Benjie on her own after her husband died from an accident, was against this at first but later allowed it after a change of heart.



Benjie’s grandfather, Vicente Rosales (Tommy Abuel), is a real-estate tycoon and is the owner of Rosales Development. He had alienated Benjie and Amanda for many years following the tragic death of Benjie’s father, Gabriel. In order to make up for lost time, Benjie’s grandmother, Helen (Boots Anson-Roa), convinces Vicente to interview and offer Benjie a position in the company.

As Benjie accepts the job, he gets assigned to a project at Pelangi. There he meets Sinag and their lives become intertwined as they fall in love with each other.

Joining Alden and Maine is a cast of talented actors led by Boots Anson-Roa, Lotlot De Leon, Gardo Versoza, Tommy Abuel, Ronnie Henares, Ina Feleo, Sheena Halili, Dominic Roco, Juancho Trivino, RJ Padilla, Koreen Medina and Janice de Belen who recently returned to GMA for this project.

Besides having thousands of Holywood or US movies and TV series, HOOQ is now the prime destination for Filipino entertainment on demand with the largest library of local movies amongst any video-on-demand service in the country.

“Destined To Be Yours”is the latest addition to the ever growing library of local content available on HOOQ.

HOOQ subscribers can now enjoy over 1,200 Filipino movies spanning almost five decades of film making, and over 4,000 hours of local television leaving other video-in-demand services way behind in terms of Filipino content.

Fans of local TV series can also watch catch up episodes of the latest GMA 7 shows including Meant To Be,  Ika-6 naUtos and more in the coming months.

HOOQ has over 10,000 movies and TV shows available for streaming or download. Globe At Home customers can get up to 6 months access to HOOQ with plans P1,299 and up, while Globe mobile customers can also get up to 6 months trial on selected prepaid and postpaid plans.   You may also visit www.hooq.tv to sign up for a 7-day free trial.