Monday, March 19, 2018

ASUS Philippines Strengthens its Partnership with the Biggest Shopping Website in the Country Lazada by Opening Three Online “Concept Stores”

The newly opened online stores will be ASUS’ gateway to its fans and other Filipinos end-users all over the country who want to purchase its whole range of product line from smartphone, notebooks, gaming laptops, motherboards, monitors, mini PCs, peripherals and all key devices conveniently through hassle-free online shopping experience. The ASUS ZenFone Store will be carrying the complete line-up of smartphones of the company and as well as their soon-to-be launched devices which is dubbed as the “most intelligent ZenFone ever” the ZenFone 5 series. On a similar note, ASUS Republic of Gamers will be also offering its key gaming machines in the newly opened online store which brings ROG closer to its fans all over the country. ASUS store on the other hand will be more focused on selling ASUS’ entire consumer line-up from mainstream notebooks, ultra-books, 2-in-1s, convertible, all-in-one and mini PCs and monitors.
“We started our business in the Philippines ten years ago and we have experienced a lot of changes in the business ecosystem locally. From just selling motherboards in our early days in the country now we have a full line-up of products that we share to Filipinos to meet their evolving demands,” shares, George Su, ASUS Philippines Country Manager for Systems Group.
Opening three concept stores online is our way to make our products easily accessible for our fans and all Filipinos who want premium yet value-for-money devices. There is no doubt that Lazada is the perfect online partner for us because they are the number-one online shopping website in the Philippines that offers effortless shopping experience, Su added.
Newest ASUS and ROG products available in Lazada
The ASUS x407 and X507

The ASUS X407 and X507 is a perfect device for people who are looking for a notebook that offers great performance, portability, premium design without hurting your wallet.
Both devices are powered by the latest Generation Intel® Core i3 processor with 1TB HHD and NVIDIA®GeForce® MX110 discrete graphics while the Pentium and Celeron is equipped with 500GB storage. The X407 and X507 have a super thin NanoEdge display with a slim bezel for an immersive viewing experience. Both feature a fingerprint sensor for quick and easy logins with Windows Hello. Despite its large display, X507 is extremely portable, with an overall weight of just 1.68kg. The 14" version, ASUS X407, weighs just 1.42kg.
Both X407 and X507 are designed for daily computing and entertainment. These Windows 10 laptops also support new and exciting Windows features including Cortana with voice recognition, allowing the user to wake the device from sleep mode simply by saying the “Hey, Cortana” command. For maximum convenience and compatibility, X507 includes a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port and a microSD card reader, as well as 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 4.2, despite coming in an ultrathin form factor.
Both laptops support fast charging, requiring only 49 minutes to charge a near-flat battery to 60%. In addition, ASUS SuperBattery technology ensures a 3X-longer battery lifespan compared to traditional laptop batteries.
AiMesh overcomes many of the limitations found in alternative off-the-shelf whole-home Wi-Fi systems, such as mesh-networking systems. Although these systems can be convenient all-in-one solutions, they are often only available in fixed bundles, with a limited choice of Wi-Fi speeds, hardware features and upgrade paths. With AiMesh, users can create a completely flexible whole-home Wi-Fi system tailored to their needs, while continuing to enjoy all the functions of each individual ASUS router, such as extreme Wi-Fi performance and exclusive advanced networking features. AiMesh also offers convenient central management and control via either the ASUS Router mobile app or the ASUSWRT web interface.
Enabling AiMesh on a compatible ASUS router just requires an easy — and completely free — firmware update that allows it to be added to any AiMesh network, so users can mix and match models according to their budget and/or needs, and make good use of their old router when they upgrade.
AiMesh is an unbeatable solution for discerning users looking for the ultimate whole-home Wi-Fi system, adding yet another dimension to the award-winning family of fast and reliable ASUS routers.                                   
The ROG Strix GL503 and 703
All-around performers, the 15-inch ROG Strix GL503 and 17-inch ROG Strix GL703 are powered by the newest Intel Core i7 processor, and Windows 10, equipping the gamer to control the competition. Both laptops also offer up to 32GB of fast DDR4 2400MHz memory and include a VR-ready GeForce GTX 1060 GPU that delivers smooth and stutter-free gameplay for unforgettable virtual-reality experiences.

Strix GL503 and GL703 feature built-in Aura RGB illumination technology, so you can fully customize the backlighting to match your gaming style or mood! The newly designed four hot keys are for in-game convenience and speedy control: With mute, volume up/down, and ROG Gaming Center buttons right where you need them, full control is at your fingertips. The keyboard features a highlighted WASD key group and anti-ghosting technology with n-key rollover to ensure that your inputs are tracked precisely, no matter how many keys are pressed; and the 0.25mm-deep keycap curve is precisely shaped for typing accuracy.

Both the Strix GL503 and GL703 includes ROG Sonic Studio software with in-game noise cancellation and voice-volume stabilization technology, to deliver clearer, louder and more enjoyable audio and chat. Sonic Radar helps gamers detect opponents through an on-screen overlay that shows the relative position of gunshots, footsteps and other in-game sound effects. With Sonic Studio and Sonic Radar, gamers enjoy high-quality in-game audio that provides a strategic advantage.

ROG Strix XG32VQ and XG35VQ
The ROG Strix XG32VQ and ROG Strix XG35VQ are two impressive curved gaming monitors that deliver an immersive and comfortable viewing experience.
The 32-inch ROG Strix XG32VQ is versatile curved monitor that offers the perfect balance between smooth gaming and brilliant image quality, while the 35-inch ROG Strix XG35VQ is the largest curved monitor in the ROG family and offers unparalleled viewing immersion. Both models feature Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync™) for extremely fluid gameplay without tearing and stuttering, and include ASUS Aura Sync lighting that allows for seamless synchronization with other Aura-enabled components and peripherals.
The ASUS ZenFone “Battery King” Max Plus
ASUS ZenFone Max Plus (M1) is a smartphone designed to go the distance, to accompany you on all of life’s adventures, and to bring you the bigger picture. With its 5.7-inch full view display, high-capacity 4130mAh battery with advanced power management and 16MP dual cameras, ZenFone Max Plus keeps up with your active lifestyle and is always at the ready to capture every extraordinary moment.

With a full view 5.7-inch Full HD (2160 x 1080) resolution with its outstanding 80% screen-to-body ratio and 2.5D front glass design, allows you to dive in the immersive visual experience. ZenFone Max Plus makes photos, videos, and all your other content like you never experience before.
ZenFone Max Plus features an advanced dual-camera system designed to take your mobile photography to new heights. Its 16MP main camera is equipped with the wide, F2.0 aperture lens to capture clearer photos. Its 120° wide-angle camera lets your fit more scenery and people in the frame for dramatic landscape shots, better group photos, and a more convenient photography experience in confined indoor spaces.
The 120° wide-angle camera on ZenFone Max Plus has a 200% larger field of view than standard smartphone cameras, so you can fit more scenery and people in the frame for dramatic photos and videos that capture a true sense of place. When taking photos indoors, the wide-angle view makes it much easier to get the shot you want — especially in confined spaces where it may not be possible to take a few steps back to fit everyone and everything into the photo. The unique perspective of the wide-angle lens can also be used to stylistic effect, allowing you to exaggerate the sense of space in any setting to capture more dramatic scenes and stunning, expansive landscapes.
To know more about the activities of ASUS Philippines, head over to ASUS and ROG Philippines’ official social media pages. For hassle-free purchasing of ASUS and ROG products online please check out the official ASUS and ROG store in Lazada:

Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 Continues Search for Talented Young Ballers Nationwide

Jr. NBA coaches led by Coach Carlos Barroca were assisted by 2016 Jr. NBA All-Star and Alaska Ambassador Julian Alfonso Jugo who facilitated drills at various skills stations of the Jr. NBA Regional Selection Camp.  More than 1,100 young ballers aged 10-14 from the North Luzon region travelled to Benguet State University to showcase their skills and secure a slot in the National Training Camp of Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska from May 18-20.  
Jugo shared his valuable experience with the Jr. NBA aspirants, inspiring the campers to excel on and off the court. The fourth and final Regional Selection Camp this year will be staged April 21-22 at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati, Metro Manila.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

2018 Investment Opportunities Amid Market Volatility

(L-R) Citi Philippines Consumer Business Manager Manoj Varma and Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed at the 2018 Citigold Annual Market Outlook with Citi Philippines Retail Bank Head Rene Aguirre and Investment Product Head of Citicorp Financial Services and Insurance Brokerage Philippines Inc. Ramon Tejero

The Philippines’ inflation rate has risen to 4% year on year in February, a three-year high, from an average of 2.9% in 2017 (using the new 2012 Consumer Price Index base year). While bond yields have risen in 2017, policy rates have yet to increase.

This was among the topics discussed in the recent Citigold 2018 Annual Market Outlook Briefing, “Navigating A Maturing Bull Market” attended by more than 600 Citi customers in the cities of Taguig, Mandaluyong and Cebu.

Also on the agenda was the United States economy. The briefing heard that the United States is showing early signs of inflation that may have implications to both Asia and Europe. However, the good news from the speakers was that they expect no serious financial consequences and remained bullish on Philippine and select global financial markets as these continue to present potential investment opportunities.
Ramon Melchor Tejero, Investment Product Head of Citicorp Financial Services and Insurance Brokerage Philippines Inc., said, “We believe that the recent decline in markets was caused by the sudden change in sentiment among investors related to inflation and rising interest rates.”

Aftab Ahmed, Citi Philippines Chief Executive Officer said, “This is Citi’s 116th year of serving the Philippines and we owe our continued leadership in the country’s banking sector, to the loyal support of our valued clients. Our wealth managers are committed to guiding our clients make sound investment decisions. We are also enhancing our digital capabilities to make our services more accessible to everyone who banks with us. Our priority remains being the best through the eyes of our clients. Our goal remains one of delivering a strong value proposition.”

Manoj Varma, Citibank Consumer Business Manager, shared Ahmed’s optimism “because of the opportunities and growth I see in the Philippines.” Varma said, “The Philippines remains as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The demographics are supportive of growth. The population is young, productive, and growing. The financial industry still sees a lot of opportunities.”

The Philippine economy remains robust with a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.7% in 2017. GDP growth is expected to accelerate to 6.9% this year because of the government’s infrastructure spending and higher private sector consumption both supported by the recent tax reform law. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) revenues and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) remittances are both expected to continue to grow steadily especially with the recent strengthening of the U.S. Dollar.

With the latest market forecasts, Tejero suggested that, overall, the current environment calls for staying diversified, riding the structural trends like Asian growth and the technology sector, positioning for higher interest rates, and coping with an eventual weaker U.S. Dollar.

Varma said Citigold is constantly innovating to serve clients better. “Citigold has and will continue to invest in digital and mobile capabilities that will allow our clients to manage all their investments in one place,” he said. “Citi has also partnered with the Wharton Business School to help train our people and make them even better in relationship management. The recent market leading product launches will continue and this is something that we are passionately pursuing for our clients.”

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A heart for sustainable food sourcing


At leading homegrown hospitality group The Discovery Leisure Company, sustainability has always been at the heart of the way they do business. This is made apparent through their sourcing of ingredients from only sustainable producers; from introducing heirloom rice in their menus, a way to show support to Cordillera farmers, to partnering with Swiss-led sustainable seafood supplier Meliomar, which launched the Sustainable Seafood Week, a yearly event that started in 2016.

It’s no wonder then that the Discovery Leisure Company made its presence felt during the opening of the week-long sustainable seafood event, held at the Marriot Manila Grand Ballroom. With the theme “Inspiring Solutions for Change,” the Sustainable Seafood Week aims to serve as an open and dynamic platform in discussing the challenges facing the local seafood industry, towards a more sustainable future. Throughout the evening, The Discovery Leisure Company wowed guests with a traditional Filipino boodle fight laden with fresh sustainable seafood, featuring the stars of the night Selva Shrimp from the mangroves of Vietnam, and line-caught yellow fin tuna.

To show further support for the advocacy, Discovery Suites Ortigas also served as venue sponsor for a Sustainable Seafood Workshop that brought together Discovery staff and representatives from leading Hong Kong-based NGO CSR Asia for an engaging and productive afternoon session.

The talented chefs of The Discovery Leisure Company also took part in an exciting cooking challenge that pitted their culinary skills with chefs from other hotels, again with the intent of highlighting the importance of sustainability.

“We are proud to be one of the first homegrown hospitality groups that support sustainable seafood,” said Discovery’s Corporate Director of Food and Beverage Chef Anthony Raymond. “By 2020, my vision is to ensure that 100% of all our menus across all our hotels will only serve seafood sourced from sustainable fishing.”
When asked what’s store for 2018, Chef Anthony revealed, “Our goal is to add close to 10 more species in our repertoire of sustainable seafood.” He added: “Not only do we want to give our guests the best quality seafood there is, but we also strive to take responsibility for the health of our oceans and its diverse marine life.”
Visit to learn more about the advocacy.

Celebrations made sweeter with Villa Del Conte

Every occasion in life deserves a sweet celebration, whether it is a birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding, new milestone and achievement.

Make each celebration sweeter and more special with a box of decadent chocolates from Villa Del Conte. Home of premium chocolates from Padova, Italy,

 Villa Del Conte offers a variety of chocolate flavors from milk or dark chocolates filled with delectable fillings such as caramel, nougat, almond, hazelnut, velvety white cream and torrone, to classic pralines, neapolitan and tavoletta chocolates,

Villa Del Conte has the chocolate for every occasion and is perfect for gift giving. Visit Villa Del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-La Mall, Resorts World, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia.

For bulk orders and to know more, contact 893-2575, visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @VillaDelContePH and Twitter: @VilladelConte.

KTM successfully holds first ever Dukehana Philippines

The ready-to-race DNA of KTM motorcycles were put to test the brave and skillful motorcycle enthusiasts during the recent Dukehana in the Philippines at the Circuit Makati Parking Grounds.

Dukehana is a motorcycle time trial sport where riders competed to maneuver through a paved course restricted by traffic cones and other skill-testing obstacles in the shortest time.

Participants riding skills were faced with challenges like reversals, 180 degree spins, 360 degree spins, parking boxes and figure 8s.
The fastest rider with the least number of penalties or who did not set any penalty will be the winner.

The first ever Dukehana in Manila was highly anticipated by everyone, including amateur and veteran motorcycle riders to test and challenge their skills. Luisito Sta. Ana outstood the competition as he navigated his Duke 200 through a challenging street course to bag the title as overall Luzon leg champion of the first ever KTM Dukehana in the country. Other winners were Van Ruedas, second and Iraq Bauzon, third.

Aside from the Luzon leg, two more legs will be held for motorcycle riders in Mindanao and Visayas, respectively in Davao on April 28 and Cebu on June 2. The overall winner with the fastest time will represent the Philippines in the Dukehana Asia Finals before the end of 2018 and will compete against other Asian champions including those from Thailand, China and Taiwan

To join, visit your nearest KTM dealer or visit KTM PHILIPPINES official Facebook page for further announcements.

The Dukehana is made possible with the support of Summit Ridge Tagaytay

Mr. Chinatown for Blackwater Charcoal Facial Wash.


Pimples and oily skin? Mr. Chinatown 2017 Jacob Muñez knows the solution. Blackwater Charcoal Facial wash is infused with charcoal powder that treats clogged pores.

It also contains peppermint extract for that refreshingly cool feeling. Treat your skin to a healthy black charcoal wash and kiss your skin problems goodbye.

Blackwater Charcoal Facial wash is available at select supermarkets and Watsons outlets nationwide.