Friday, August 26, 2016

TPB is bringing a larger and improved PHITEX this year

                                     TPB to host the county’s biggest travel trade event

The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) is set to host the country’s biggest and most significant travel trade event – the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX), on September 4-6, 2016 at the Marriot Grand Ballroom. In line with the Visit the Philippines Again 2016 (VPA) campaign, this year’s PHITEX is set to once again promote the country as the premier tourist destination among some of the world’s biggest travel and tour buyers.

With this year’s theme “#PHITEX2016: Bigger Business”, TPB is bringing a larger and improved PHITEX with more sessions allocated for business-to-business interactions and better designed pre-tours and post-tours.

Kicking off this week-long event is the 27th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) on September 2-3 at SMX Convention Center. Organized by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), PTM is considered to be one of the major travel trade exhibitions in the promotion of domestic and inbound tourism. The event attracts buyers from all over the world as it presents the best and most affordable tour packages in the country.

Highlighting the event is the Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), which includes exclusive business-to-business appointment meetings between Philippine sellers and foreign buyers. By giving them the chance to personally meet the local sellers, buyers are introduced to the Philippines’ marketing trends and practices. In exchange, sellers are given an edge to offer globally competitive tour packages to the international market. These sessions will also provide foreign buyers the opportunity to experience the fun and exciting post tours to main Philippine attractions and destinations.

“PHITEX has been instrumental in strengthening the brand image of the Philippines,” shares TPB Chief Operating Officer Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III. “By introducing the best tourism products and services to the international market and bringing together the different stakeholders in the tourism industry, the country has become an important destination, not only for various international and high-level business and economic meetings but also for travel and trade. In fact, the country has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors from January to May 2016. This is 13.02% higher than the accumulated arrivals in January to May 2015.”

Now on its 15th year, PHITEX has been continuously sustaining the growth that the Philippines has gained in the global tourism market

Saturday, August 20, 2016

MediCard Fairview offers new medical services

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider, announces the availability of new medical services and specialists in its free-standing clinic, MediCard Fairview.
In addition to its quality healthcare services, MediCard Fairview now offers executive check-ups, 2D echo, dental services, pulmonary function test and treadmill stress test.
Joining its team of highly competent and well-trained doctors and medical professionals are new specialists, IM-Pulmonologist, IM-Endocrinologist and IM-Oncologist, as well as new specialists in the Rehab Medicine and Orthopedic fields.

To set an appointment, please call (02) 935-0949, (0917) 524-3965, or (0908) 886-4744, or e-mail

MediCard has 13 free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer laboratory tests and consultations to monitor your health. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or for more information, check out their website at and

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Marriott’s MAX! Invites Young Explorers for a Hotel Tour

In line with Marriott International’s award winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, Marriott Hotel Manila is doing its 3rd Max! Kids program this coming August 21, Sunday, at 3pm in The Hub. The activity will focus on the Go Explore pillar, which will involve an amazing race type of tour for the kids to give them a glimpse on how the hotel’s back office operates to cater brilliantly to loyal and new guests alike. Free to Marriott Rewards members checking-in with their kids at the hotel, the exclusive program aims to enrich the travel experiences of children through holistic activities that inspire and nurture.

Looking back, the first ever Max! Kids program that Marriott Manila did is a cooking class for kids lead by their chefs from pastry. This focused on the Stay Curious pillar, which culminated last March. The hotel’s second go on this quarterly activity revolved around Filipino Sports focusing on the Be Active pillar. Now on it’s third installment, Marriott Manila calls out to the young explorers to actively participate in the Go Explore Amazing Race – themed endeavor.

Making the race more worth the sweat, Marriott Hotel Manila prepared riddles and tasks for the young explorers to solve and finish during their stopovers in the hotel’s laundry room, guest room, pastry kitchen and At Your Service office. What’s more is that kids will get to enjoy hefty snacks such as pancit canton, ice cream, pastries and mini burgers after the race. Registered participants will get their Max! Kids kit, which contains a tumbler, all purpose bag and towel.

More to know about Max! Kids

Created for children ages 5 to 12 years old, “MAX!” is founded on four activity pillars: Be Active offers action-packed sessions, ranging from pool activities to dance lessons; Stay Curious encourages intellectual curiosity with activities such as cooking and arts-and-crafts; Go Explore will appeal to children’s sense of adventure; while Just Relax offers more tranquil pursuits.

“By introducing MAX!, Marriott Rewards aims to exceed the high expectations parents have when they choose a hotel for their family vacation,” said Anka Twum-Baah, Vice President, Customer Loyalty & Content, Asia Pacific at Marriott International. “Providing children with enriching experiences has a positive effect on their lives. We are launching MAX! with the aim of inspiring children to enjoy a range of memorable experiences that they can share with their family and friends.”

Marriott Rewards created MAX! in response to the changing nature of family travel in Asia for its most loyal guests, including the rise of multigenerational travel and parents’ desires to provide their children with learning experiences even when on vacation. Based on input from its current Members, Marriott Rewards developed this unique program that caters to these evolving demands and offers activities that are both educational and fun, nourishing children’s innate desire to learn and stay active.

For more information and reservations, visit Marriott Manila at 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City, Metro Manila or call (632) 988-9999, log on to To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Araneta Center Malls to hold QC Day Sale on Aug 19-21

In celebration of the 138th birth anniversary of President Manuel L. Quezon, the Araneta Center is holding a Quezon City Day Sale on August 19, which will extend until August 21, Sunday.

Head over to Gateway Mall, Gateway Tower Mall, Ali Mall, Farmers Plaza, and SM Department store this Friday, and enjoy store discounts up to 70% on selected items!

Shop early or till late as the stores open at 10 am to 10 pm on Friday, 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 9 pm on Sunday.

Don’t miss out on Araneta Center’s Quezon City Day Sale and shop it’ you drop! For more updates on Araneta Center, log on to; also like Araneta Center’s official page on Facebook and follow it on Instagram.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Spruce up your ride in this week’s Wheels

It’s all about sprucing up your ride this week in PhilStar TV’s premier motoring show Wheels! Join the audacious team of motoring journalists Matteo Guidicelli, Kap Maceda Aguila, Manny Delos Reyes, Ulysses Ang and Angel Rivero as they give a rundown on how to pimp your automobile.

Discover a unique way to upgrade and modify your ride as Matteo visits a top-notch car boutique and tries his hand at foiling an auto. Can he properly foil-a-car?

Join Uly as he gives tips on keeping your car’s delicate interior and engine spotless and sleek. Learn the proper and safe way to clean and make them long-lasting.

Meanwhile, Angel goes on an adventure with her significant other on a Peugeot. Explore the French automobile’s remarkable features and performance as they effortlessly drive their way to the City of Tagaytay.

Lastly, join Manny as he meets up close and personal with the man behind Lexus Manila’s success, Danny Isla. Find out how he effectively manages the luxury marque.

It’s all these and more on the fourth season of Wheels, your guide to life on the fast lane. Catch it every Thursdays, 10:30 p.m., on ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel. For firsthand info on the latest happenings in motoring, like and follow Wheels on, @PhilStar_Wheels on Twitter and @PhilStarTV_Wheels on Instagram.




·         ‘Til death do us part
·         How far would you go to hide the truth?
·         Obsession. Desire. Betrayal.
·         A perfect couple. A chance encounter. A deadly mistake.
Director: Bram Coppens
Writers: Jim Agnew, Sean Keller
·         Wes Bentley (Hunger Games, Interstellar, Pete’s Dragon)
·         Jaimie Alexander (Thor, Blindspot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
·         Cam Gigandet (Easy A, Twilight, Burlesque)
·         Alexandra Breckenridge (Walking Dead, American Horror Story)

Genre: Romance, Thriller

Synopsis 1:
A charming yet troubled man spirals into a rage after being rejected by the woman he initially seduced.

Synopsis 2:
Broken Vows tells the story of Patrick Flynn (Wes Bentley), whose charm and charisma masks a profound psychosis. Patrick seduces Tara Bloom (Jaimie Alexander) instantly becoming infatuated with her beauty. Tara regretting her actions rejects Patrick sending him spiraling into madness and delusion.

Synopsis 3:
On her bachelorette-party weekend with friends in New Orleans, Tara falls for the darkly-sexy bartender Patrick. Waking in his bed the next morning, Tara instantly regrets her unfaithfulness and flies back home to her fiancé. Her secret flame becomes a full-on fire when Patrick shows up at her house, surreptitiously tries to cancel her wedding arrangements, and stalks her every move.

He spirals into madness and delusion, determined to have Tara no matter what the cost. When his efforts fail, he tracks the newlyweds on their honeymoon where he erupts in a psychotic, murderous rage. Tara will have to find the strength she never knew she possessed to stop Patrick from destroying her marriage and her life.

MTRCB Rating: (to follow)
Running Time: (to follow)

Link to view FULL TRAILER in YouTube:

Official Hashtag: #BrokenVows
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Stylish Splurge: The New and Still Elegant Black Box

The long wait is over. After much clamor, Marriott Manila is thrilled to announce that its five-star steaks are now available for gifting or home cooking.

The excitement starts with seeing the simply elegant black box with the silver text of Cru Steakhouse glimmering like a diamond. Stroke the cover and it gives a luxurious feel. Yes, it is a stylish splurge. More people are beginning to discover that it is the perfect present for clients born with a silver spoon in their mouth or the deserving ones who believe that every cloud has a silver lining.

Open it and be relieved that it goes beyond the usual cigar or chocolate. The CRU Gift Box shows how Marriott Manila’s Cru Steakhouse is a cut above the rest. One look at the slabs of meat will make eyes pop and jaws drop as the inside cover explains how the Certified Angus Beef ® brand must pass nine more quality standards than the regular USDA prime. Hence, the finer marbling and strict standards assure that every bite is flavorful, juicy, and tender. These are exactly what diners of Cru Steakhouse have been accustomed to enjoy. Finally, those with premium taste can buy more for impressing or personal indulging at the dinner table.

Four slabs of Certified Angus Beef USDA Prime Rib Eye, each weighing 350g, are best eaten with Cru Steakhouse’s signature Spice and Truffle Mustard for only Php5,500.

Share the succulent steaks of Marriott Manila’s multi-awarded Cru Steakhouse. It’s definitely a taste of luxury that you, your family, or clients, will find hard to resist!

Cru Steakhouse is located at Marriott Hotel Manila’s G/F and is open from 6pm to 10:30 pm on Sundays to Thursdays and 6pm to 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Catch Single/Single explosive season finale

It has been a roller coaster ride for our favourite weekend barkada in Single/Single season 2. There were heartbreaks, anger, regret and disappointment but there was also laughter, kilig and excitement all throughout the entire show. Indeed, Single/Single has created relatable scenarios of life, love and friendship which perfectly depict the everyday struggle of a millennial.

The season started in a heartbreaking moment with a death of a friend. Through this unfortunate event, the barkada came to grips with the reality that life can be short and it has also driven them to step up in order to achieve their dreams.

We saw Joey’s transformation from being a carefree young musician to a hard-working businessman, managing his own bar, Bistro Biajo. Joee, on the other hand, tried to strike a balance between love and career, which, unfortunately, did not work out. The ever-busy Ranee was the one blessed with both a blooming lovelife and a flourishing career, but not after a splitting up and making up with her prince charming Randy, who chose her over his career in Canada. Meanwhile, Benny matures and has happily embraced singlehood. This season also gave Tita Bianca a second chance in love and marriage. And at the end, all of our worries were put to rest when Joey and Joee finally admitted that they have feelings for each other.

It was indeed a whirlwind of a season, not only for the barkada but also for the viewers who shared the struggles and laughter of our millennial gang. But will it be a happy ending for each of our characters? Or will it be a cliff hanger series once again, paving way for another exciting season?

This Sunday, do not miss the season finale PhilStar TV and Cinema Ones’ breakthrough series, Single/Single season 2. The show will air at 10PM, with no commercial breaks, in Cinema One with replays every Wednesday, 8:30 PM and Saturdays, 9PM. Past episodes can also be viewed on For more updates, visit and @SingleSingleC1 on Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ten HealthTech Solutions Advance to Takeda Digital Healthcare Innovation Challenge Pitching Competition

Manila, Philippines, July 11, 2016 — Ten HealthTech startups have been selected to advance to the final Pitching Competition for Takeda’s Digital Healthcare Innovation Challenge (DHIC) on August 6, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.

The finalists include six from the Philippines, two from USA, one from Malaysia and one from Thailand.  DHIC is a HealthTech pitching competition sponsored by Takeda Healthcare Philippines, Inc. with technical assistance from  HealthTech is a term generally used to define software or tech-enabled solutions geared for the healthcare industry. 
Following the open call for submission of applicants from around the world last May 10 to June 27, 2016, Takeda DHIC chose the top 10 entries with the most suitable and most relevant tech solutions for Oncology.  
The finalists include a variety of mobile and web solutions from electronic medical records, to early cancer detection and diagnosis, telemedicine, wellness platform, e-prescription and blood donation platform.
The top 10 solutions include the following:
Blood Hero (PH) - a web and mobile application that will make blood donation social through gamification and easy accessibility.  It will foster collaboration amongst hospitals, organizations and blood donors in order to meet the needs for blood supply.
CarinMED (Malaysia) – a mobile application that enables doctors to take history quicker, more intuitively and with better flexibility by using machine learning to help with their diagnosis, especially in the area of oncology.
docHERs (USA) – a patient-centered, nurse-assisted digital health platform that enables physicians to navigate, diagnose & treat patients from remote locations. This is especially useful for chronic disease management (cancer, diabetes, CVD/stroke and neurological disease, etc).
EMR Doc Assistant (PH) - a cloud based Electronic Medical Record Solution which can catch red flags in a basic patient examination and forward them to the doctor specialists for further examination.
Handy Pharmacy Onco (Thailand) - an online-based individual health consulting application for patients to connect directly to Pharmacists.
HealthInsight for Oncology (PH) - a digital platform for the oncology ecosystem to empower patients and care providers along the cancer patient journey, from dealing with actual patients already receiving care to providing primary care.
Hybrid Fusion FISH™ (USA) – a web application using simple and cost-efficient "colored dots" to detect cancer genes for early cancer detection and diagnosis, disease stratification, and companion diagnostics for targeted therapies and precision medicine.
KnowCo (PH) – a mobile application for information collation, dissemination, and clarification on what to expect in a life with Cancer
MyLabs (PH) – an Electronic Medical Records and Laboratory Result Management System that leverages on predictive and prescriptive analytics.
Renal Tracker (PH) - a web-based program with remote patient monitoring, daily nutrition tracking, constant cancer care program, and dietitian-created cancer recipes
Among these 10 entries, one will be chosen to take home the US$10,000 prize and the chance to work with Takeda Pharmaceuticals International and Takeda Healthcare Philippines to further develop their solutions.

During the final pitching competition, each entry will be given five minutes to present their solution, two minutes to demo their product and three minutes for the Question and Answer portion with the panel of judges. Entries from outside the Philippines were given an option to provide a video pitch and demo video to be presented during their turn. The Q&A portion will be done through online channel.

The Takeda DHIC is an initiative of Takeda Healthcare Philippines, Inc. (THPI)- a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GMBH, a Swiss Company. THPI imports pharmaceutical products in finished and semi-finished form. They are present in several therapeutic areas like gastroenterology, respiratory and inflammatory diseases, cardiology, oncology, women’s health, tissue management, and pain management.

Takeda’s vision is to improve patients’ lives through leading innovations in medicine. The patient is at the core of everything that Takeda does. Their focus is to reach more Filipino patients. Takeda is committed to innovation and they are doing this in the Philippines by introducing the latest cutting edge in medicine and utilizing digital technologies. Also part of their commitment to innovation is to support the local tech startups.

The Takeda DHIC was implemented with the technical assistance of - a non-profit organization and Innovation Consultant that promotes the technology and startup industries in the Philippines.

The Pitching Competition will happen at AIM Conference Center, Makati City, Philippines on August 6, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. The event is open to the public with limited seats available. To witness the event, RSVP via or email

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Three Realities of ZOOM

From the crazy mind of Pedro Morelli, written for the screen by Matt Hansen, and produced by Niv Fichman, these three creative geniuses collaborated to create the distinct universes of ZOOM. Hansen explains that “originally, the film was similar to INCEPTION in that it started with one reality point and went further into one’s consciousness. This changed when I suggested that we do the film Escher staircase style where we would have different worlds affecting one another. Conceptually, this idea sounded really cool, but we soon realized that realistically the idea was fairly complicated. We then decided cut the film down to three stories, which led us to create ZOOM.”

Emma The Cartoonist
Emma works in a factory that makes love dolls. But when she looks in the mirror, Emma tends to compare herself to the dolls and becomes dissatisfied with her own flawed body. And so, she decides to invest her savings in breast implant surgery. The surgery endows Emma with enormous breasts, just like the dolls. But she has a hard time getting used to their presence and begins to feel like a stranger in her own body. Emma questions her decision and ultimately tries to get the implants removed. Unfortunately, she doesn't have enough money left for the surgical reversal.

“The thing about Emma is that a lot of people know a girl like this,” says writer Matt Hansen. “She’s nerdy but not in a pejorative kind of way. She’s caught up in this society of perfect appearances, but unable to see her own inner beauty.” Emma’s inner beauty captivated producer Niv Fichman as well. “Emma is someone who I would love to meet,” says Fichman.“She’s a secret artist, she draws really well. I feel sorry for her because she has this problem where she is not as confident as she looks and wants to be augmented. But this unrealistic image of beauty is something society has imposed on all of us and that is one of the main themes of the film.”

In her free time, Emma likes to draw cartoons and creates a comic book about the life of a filmmaker named Edward.

Edward The Filmmaker
Edward is designed by Emma to be the perfect man. Charming, handsome and sexy, he is a successful action film director. Immersed in a world of fame, fortune and vanity, he craves to be recognized for his artistic sensibility. Edward's problems begin when his penis dramatically shrinks overnight - the result of a derisive practical joke by his creator Emma, who holds his destiny in her hands. This sudden and senseless mutation leaves Edward in despair.

The character of Edward is far too familiar to those in the film industry. “Edward’s a caricature of a variety of directors in movies that both Niv and I have come across over the years, in that he’s a commercial guy who is trying to make something meaningful or arty,” says Hansen. “He’s a parody of that type of filmmaker, the process of making a film as well as having various people influencing the work, for better or worse.”

Edward's latest project is a movie about a successful Brazilian fashion model who strives to be a novelist.

Michelle The Novelist
Michelle is a Brazilian fashion model living in Toronto. She dreams of becoming a novelist despite the discouragement of her manager (and boyfriend) Dale. But when Michelle shows an incomplete manuscript to a respected publisher, he thinks it has great potential and encourages her to complete it. In order to concentrate on finishing the book, Michelle escapes to Brazil so she can focus exclusively on her work.

Michelle’s character was created around the concept that one should not judge a book by its cover. “Michelle is that kind of girl who people think is just beautiful,” says Hansen. “She has all these advantages in life: she goes to the front of the line; she can get what average people can’t and she sees the benefits and disadvantages to that---one of them being that she is not taken seriously as a writer because she’s only seen as beautiful.”

Throughout her story, Michelle is writing a book about Emma, an insecure woman who works in a factory that makes love dolls.

And this closes the circle between the three realities of ZOOM.